By Jo Mooy
In a dream on the new moon I saw her. In the blackness of the night sky, with the moon suspended like a pale sliver, she ambled slowly across the heavens. The stars dimmed to make way for her immense shadow. I watched in awe as she took each deliberate step. Then she turned her golden head toward me. Only a moment passed between us; however, in that moment, I knew she’d been awakened and her power was palpable.
The Lioness had been unleashed!
Out of the dream state I could still feel the presence of the Lioness. But what was the dream about? I began a day of research to investigate the outer interpretations of the dream symbolism. An image of the new moon holding the old moon in its arms was prophetic. The darkness upon the earth was actually illumined by a phenomenon called “Earthshine,” where the earth’s light is reflected back onto the dark side of the moon. The new moon was opening an energetic doorway for new ideas to emerge in consciousness.
The numerology of the dream also indicated its significance. It occurred on January 23, 2017. January is a “1” month. It signifies a strong assertive leader, a pioneer. The fact that the number 1 occurred twice, in the month and the year (2 + 0 + 1 + 7), was doubly potent. The date was a “5” number (2 + 3). It’s the number associated with the Goddess through the pentagram, and relates to freedom for all people. When all the numbers were added together they totaled 7, which is the number for Spiritual Wisdom. These clearly were huge messages.
I thought about the Presidential Inauguration Meditation I did with a group in Sarasota, FL, where we opened the door for the values of the Divine Feminine to flood the earth. Women and men spoke eloquently of unity, of justice, of fairness, of right action, and of hope, love, peace and laughter. The altar was set with a tall white statue of Lady Liberty holding her torch aloft, reminding us in Emma Lazarus’ words that she is “A mighty woman with a torch whose flame is the imprisoned lightning…and from her beacon-hand glows worldwide welcome.”
With these symbols in mind, I needed to better understand the world of the Lioness. She is the feminine aspect of solar power. She is the mother who provides for and protects the pride. She is fierce, righteous, benevolent and courageous. She is Sekhmet, the great hunter goddess of Egypt, whose very breath created the deserts. She is the Goddess of war and retribution, one who could ignite epidemics as well as cure them. Her myths say, “She would slay the disagreeable men on earth.” This was potent imagery! But it was not the whole story.
Behind every external presentation is the esoteric or inner meaning. The Lioness also had one. Stalking across the cosmos, she kindled a movement of women across the globe. It began small enough, then swelled to the millions in what has been called “the largest movement in history.” Women emerged from their comfort zones to make themselves visible. They marched with their mothers, daughters and granddaughters. Women in their 90s marched alongside toddlers on their fathers’ shoulders. They came from all across the country traveling by buses, trains, planes and cars. Those who could not go to Washington, D.C., went to marches in their hometowns. Husbands joined in as one to say, “Stop talking and listen to what the women have to say.”
The march was peaceful and filled with hope, calling out the same values we did locally on Inauguration night.
The Lioness unleashed a new pattern of behavior. Her power is now awakened in every woman, whether they acknowledge it or not. It is a subtle power—though it burns intensely when needed.
The Lioness is the symbol of the Divine Feminine rising up and summoning others of like mind to right action. For when each woman rises, all women rise. When each woman lights a torch, all women see and embrace the flame. Hope is ignited with wisdom. When equality and justice are called out, all women benefit. That is the immense power of the Unleashed Lioness in all of us.
Jo Mooy has studied with many spiritual traditions over the past 40 years. The wide diversity of this training allows her to develop spiritual seminars and retreats that explore inspirational concepts, give purpose and guidance to students, and present esoteric teachings in an understandable manner. Along with Patricia Cockerill, she has guided the Women’s Meditation Circle since January 2006 where it has been honored for five years in a row as the “Favorite Meditation” group in Sarasota, FL, by Natural Awakenings Magazine. Teaching and using Sound as a retreat healing practice, Jo was certified as a Sound Healer through Jonathan Goldman’s Sound Healing Association. She writes and publishes a monthly internationally distributed e-newsletter called Spiritual Connections and is a staff writer for Spirit of Maat magazine in Sedona. For more information go to www.starsoundings.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.