You may be familiar with the proverb, “home is where the heart is,” ﬁrst coined by the roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.).
Beyond the physical space, the notion of home speaks to the space where we may ﬁnd respite and solace by turning inwards and dropping into our heart to ﬁnd belonging and inner strength. The heart is also where we ﬁnd our passion, express love and compassion; linked to the ﬁre element and the season of summer, in the Chinese ﬁve element theory.
As we approach the middle of July, we also enter the astrological time period of the ﬁre sign of Leo (from July 22 – August 22, 2021). The sign of Leo is ruled by the Sun, the brightest star in our solar system and the center of our life force. Just as the sun provides us sustenance for life, we are reliant on a healthy functioning heart for our human existence.
Interestingly to note, the sign of Leo governs the heart, the spine and the upper back part of the body. The physical function of the heart, a small muscular organ about the size of our ﬁst, is responsible for pumping and circulating blood throughout the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to our tissue, removing waste and carbon dioxide, while regulating body temperature. Similar to our dependence on the sun, the heart is the driving life force that has a tremendous impact on our emotional, mental, and spiritual state.
In my recent musing about the approaching Leo season and its connection to the heart I reﬂect upon the wise words of Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654 AD), a renowned English botanist, herbalist, physician and astrologer, who recognized the connection of herbal plants, essential oils and astrology. In his quoted statement, “Calendula is an herb of the sun, and under Leo. The ﬂowers strengthen the heart exceedingly.”
To dive into a deeper understanding of the healing powers of calendula as a glorious Leo sun ﬂower refer to the PDF download created by Aromatic Studies, which you can download here.
The heart connects to love and compassion, sadness and loss, joy and happiness. A “broken” heart from grief may have a crippling impact to the physical body, and when in a state of bliss, may trigger the rush of endorphins or hormones released throughout the brain and nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, the traditional hindu system of medicine, the heart is associated with the heart chakra, an energetic ﬁeld that resides in and around the body, also known as anahata– a sanskrit word that translates to “unhurt” and is recognized as the center of compassion, love, empathy and forgiveness. Recent modern research has identiﬁed the heart ﬁeld to generate an electromagnetic rhythmic force measurable up to 10 feet beyond the physical body in all directions, according to a non-proﬁt research organization known as HeartMath.
When we bring love and attention to the heart, we are affecting all levels of awareness. The use of herbs and essential oils offers that potential to create a positive impact mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Some (of my) recommended essential oils to support a harmonious heart include but are not limited to are yarrow, neroli, helichrysum, clary sage, rose, lavender, frankincense.
With the upcoming full moon on July 23rd, it is an opportune time for release and letting go, so embrace your inner Leo energy, shine from your heart to release what no longer serves you in your life. Practice a daily meditation ritual along with a recipe, highlighted below. By instituting the conscious practice of cultivating love and compassion into a daily routine, there may be great rewards of inner peace found in the heart that one can return home to often.
Caring for the Heart Recipe:
● 10 ml roller glass bottle
● 3 drops lavender
● 2 drops frankincense
● 2 drops neroli
● 9 ml carrier oil of calendula infused sunﬂower oil (see PDF article above)
Morning meditation Heart Ritual:
1. Find a comfortable position to be in (sitting up or lying down).
2. With your Caring for the Heart blend, roll into the palm of your hands and breathe in.
3. Next roll the blend directly onto the center of your heart.
4. Close your eyes and hands over the heart or your anahata chakra and recite “ I am love”.
5. Meditate for 5 minutes to start daily.
Wishing you a blessed full moon with an open heart. For further guidance on the astrological and aromatic inﬂuences impacting your soul’s blueprint, I am available for Astroma consultations, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org