The Spiritual Significance of a Leap Day (February 29)

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A Leap Year happens once every four years and was created back in 45BC by Julius Caesar as a way to balance out the inconsistencies in the calendar.

Because the 29th of February only happens once every four years, many people believe that the day holds significant spiritual power.

From a numerological stand point, 29 breaks down to 11 (2+9), which is known in many new age spiritual communities as being a number of awakening and spiritual enlightenment.

Even though we have a 29 in every month, the 29th of February (2) is a rare combination of numbers and therefore a rare energy to experience.

In numerology, 2 is the number of pursuing your soul purpose or mission. It carries with it a feminine energy that helps us to birth our creations and bring our ideas into the physical world.

When 11 (29th) and 2 (February) come together, their energy forms to create a powerful time for love, healing and teaching. In fact, these numbers represent the arrival of the spiritual light messenger and it is likely that if we are open and aware, we may receive some guidance on our path moving forward.

Many numerologist also believe that because the 29th of February is such a rare vibration, it causes a type of ripple effect within us.

This ripple almost creates an opportunity for us to “leap” forward in this moment in time and play catch up in our own lives.

A leap day allows us extra time to get things done and this creates a vibrational impact on the dimension of time in the Universe.

Before the clock was invented, the ancients not only looked to the Sun and the stars for guidance, but they also viewed synchronistic events as the way the Universe communicated movements in time.

These synchronistic events included seeing messages in nature, in the behaviour of animals, in the tides of the ocean and also in the wind.

With this leap in time that is given to us this year in February, it is important to observe any synchronicities that occur and whether they can provide to you clues about your own path of awakening and purpose.

This is especially important if you are trying to make sense of what energy February 29 has in store for you, as nature and the world around us are always a mirror to our own experiences.

Walking though February 29 is almost like walking through a rare portal that is only accessible to us every four years. 

To most it may just feel like an extra day, but if you challenge yourself to open your awareness and think about the deeper rhythm and flow of time in this Universe, you may just be able to tap into a new energy within your own soul.

For those born on a leap day, you still have your birthday every year as this is indicated by your solar return.

Your solar return is when the Sun returns to the same degree that it was on the day you were born. The Sun moves through this spot every year, regardless of whether it is a leap year or not.

For leap day babies, you can work out your Solar Return by looking at your astrology chart and working out what degree the Sun was at during your time of birth.

From an astrological perspective, it is interesting that a leap day falls in the sign of Pisces.

The energy and essence of Pisces is truly about connecting with our deeper consciousness, emotions and spirituality.

Having another day to enjoy in the vibration of Pisces almost seems like the Universe’s way of reminding us about the importance of consciousness and our own spiritual advancement.

To make best use of the energy of a leap day, try bringing awareness to something that you wish to leap forward with in your life. Assess where you would like to create more time and energy for something and send your intentions out into the Universe.

Those who are sensitive to the energy of a leap day, doing grounding rituals and being out in nature may help.

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About the author


Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.