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Message from Moon Mama

Hello Dear Moon Family,

I know that we are all addressing this time of challenge with hearts of concern for all. I hope this message finds you, your family, and loved ones safe and well.

I wanted to share that, yes; I am open and shipping orders. I am taking great care to insure your products are filled with extra love, because isn’t love what we all need most right now?  To support each of you on this journey, I am sharing a gift with every order.  I hope you find each gift helpful and calming.

In addition, the most recent batch was created under the energy of the Spring Equinox to share in mother earths regenerative power and a reminder of how we can grow even during challenging times. 

I also wanted to share this beautiful story of the transformation of the dragonfly.  It warmed my heart when I listened to Richard Rudd's talk on the 55th Gene Key called, “The Dragonfly’s Dream”. The following is excerpted from his book, I hope you find it inspiring for yourself:

Dragonflies spend much of their early lives underwater. As underwater insects they are known as nymphs, and unlike most pond insects they do not have to come to the surface for air. For most of their lives, nymphs live totally underwater where they are highly successful predators, feeding on anything from leaf litter to small fish. During this stage of its life, the nymph goes through a series of molts - stages of maturity in which it sheds its skin but still remains a nymph. These stages of the insect’s life can last several years, and during this time it has no idea whatsoever of what kind of future lies ahead. It is undergoing a series of hidden mutations. Then, one day, all of a sudden, some sleeping gene deep within is triggered and the nymph does something totally out of character - it finds the stalk of a nearby plant and climbs out of the water. For the first time in its life it tastes air and direct sunlight. Once the nymph has left the safety of its underwater environment, the sunlight begins to work on it, catalyzing what will be its final molt. It is at this stage that the true magic occurs, as the advanced creature hidden within the nymph cracks the outer larval skin. Over a period of several hours, four crumpled wings appear and the distinctive slender thorax begins to uncurl. What is of great metaphorical relevance at this stage concerns the element of water. As the emerging dragonfly rises out of the element of water and prepares to be reborn into a new life in the element of air, the water that still lies within its body becomes the key to the transformation process. Through a process of hydraulics, the water within the nymph’s body is pumped into the emerging wings and thorax, causing them to unfurl and spread out for the first time. In other words, the dragonfly assumes its aerodynamic shape by means of the water from its old life. This water is what drives its mutation from nymph to dragonfly. As soon as all the water is expended and the dragonfly is fully extended, it takes to the air and begins its new life.”

The life cycle of the dragonfly is a perfect metaphor for the awakening of the gift of personal freedom. The raw energy of ones emotions becomes the vehicle for the unfurling of your future awareness and once that awareness is born, your life is forever changed.

And as Charles Eisenstein so eloquently shares in his Coronation essay:

"Covid-19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible. ...Covid demonstrates the power of our collective will when we agree on what is important. What else might we achieve, in coherency? What do we want to achieve, and what world shall we create? That is always the next question when anyone awakens to their power."

Take care dear Moon Family, and please feel free to email me with any questions you may have at debra@gemstoneorganic.com. I am here.

Love, Peace, & Togetherness.

Wishing you the Moon & the Stars,
Debra
Moon Mama

March 30, 2020

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New Crescent Moon in Aries ~ The Courage to Trust Your Inner Wisdom

We have passed through the Dark Moon in Aries into the New Crescent Moon today. We passed through the Spring Equinox last week, which is the official start of the lunar year, and have moved into the New Moon in Aries which is the official start to the lunar year. We can all feel the palpable energy of Mother Earth at this time of year as we watch the seeds push upward and out of the top soil. As they make this upward movement, they meet resistance! Yet once they break through they receive the reward of the sun's warmth. The sun's light even when they are  scarcely born, fills them with a great desire to attain full growth.

Under the Aries Moon, we can tap into Aries ability tot face our fears in new ways, to find the courage to live a full and meaningful life. This is a time to follow our internal wisdom, our intuition with every ounce of courage we have been given, because it takes courage to move deep into our wisdom. Because once we do this work, it becomes difficult not to be true to our hopes and dreams.

Everything moves in cycles and this turning of the wheel at the Spring Equinox is a reminder that we are always moving and flowing. And whenever old growth is stripped away we make the space for new shoots. We can find inner and outer resistance, yet, patterns can be broken and living from the energy of your core is stronger than your apathy!

For this New Crescent Moon I want to share the story of the Celtic Alder Tree. The Alder Tree falls under the New/Waxing Moon Phase from March 18th - April 14th. So if you are born under these dates, this is your tree. The Alder tree is known as the Tree of Fairies and is associated with courage and our expanding spirit. It grows near the water in swampy, bog areas. Its wood is flexible and resistant to the rotting effects of water as when it is left to soak in water, it actually becomes hardened! This made it a perfect wood to use for bridges and it is said mythology, that the Alder tree bridges the magical space between earth and the heavens.

It is a tree that teaches you to follow your instincts and is symbolism is about release, determination, and inner confidence. It is also a tree that supports and portects you physicall, emotionally, and physically. It teaches us to blend streanth and courage with generosity of spirit of compassion. Can we not relate to the teachings of Alder in these times <3?

It is also the tree of the Spring Equinox when seeds awaken. It calls us to plant a seed under this spring energy. To hold it in our hand and envision a world in which we live in balance with nature, in peace with each other, where creativity and love flourish together. Placing your seed in the earth and watering and tending to are actions we can take to bring her qualities to birth in the world. It is the Alder tree that helps us to find a way to express our hopes and dreams at this Lunar New Year.

With this Lunar Fire we can mix water and fire to influence us in finding the clarity, action or determination to complete the actions we desire. There is an energy now that illuminates your understanding, it circulates endlessly behind and through your emotions. You know it as an inner light that burns clearly and steadily ~ this is a light that radiates out into the world from inside.

Planting & Designing Your Moon Garden

Under the heightened energies of the New and Full Moons we experience our highest tides ~ but did you know that it is a time when the waters beneath the earth are also affected? The same gravitational pull that is placed on the waters of the ocean also pull the ground water upward bringing moisture to the soils at the surface, encouraging your seeds to swell and burst into sprouts!

You can plant your flowers in a circle or a half moon shape so that when they bloom the shape of the Moon is revealed. Find space in your garden, start some seedlings indoors, or plan your garden for the next New Moon. Whatever you do, it will carry the energy and intentions of your heart ~ so don’t wait, start today <3.

Planting a garden of white and silvery flowers that bloom at night can add a radiant, shimmering energy to your evening rituals. Here are a few flowers I love.

These Flowers are fragrant and so if you can place them 
close to your home you can also enjoy their evening fragrance on warm summer evenings when your windows are open.
 

Evening Primrose ~ photo by basicgardendiy
Evening Primrose (oenothera) ~ a night bloomer that attracts moths and nocturnal bee’s. The flowers are said to be from the ethereal realm of fairies and have a sweet fragrance that can be enjoyed during the moonlight hours. The symbolism of primrose flowers is patience, kindness and gentleness ~ connecting you to the solar plexus and heart chakra.
Moonflower ~ photo by better homes & garden
Moonflower (datura inoxia) ~ catching her unawares in the moonlight hours is magical, as you can be sure to experience the full glory of her blooms; the night air swirling with her rich, intoxicating scent. Glowing like the moon these flowers contain the mysteries of your intuition and connect you with the mystical movement of the stars and moon. She will connect you to your crown chakra. 
Note: these flowers are cousins to morning glories so they will need a trellis or support to climb
 
Night Phlox ~ photo by suttons.co.uk
Night Phlox (zaluzianskya capensis) ~ also known as midnight candy; the fragrance of the night blooms are reminiscent of honey or vanilla. Coming from the greek meaning “flame” these beauties will also connect you to your crown chakra AND are known to stir inner courage and honesty to all that look upon them.


Jasmine ~ photo by tree
Jasmine (jasminum nitidum)~ the sensuous scent of Jasmine has a fragrnace that invokes passion, sensuality and love (the world needs more love!)

A second way to plant a Moon Garden is to bring the
Moon out during the day by planting these sweet plants

Dusty Miller ~ photo by rainbow seed company
Dusty Miller (senecio cineraria) beautiful silvery, velvety soft plant that is wonderful for contrasting dark foliage and is also a great bed plant ~ represents happiness and delicacy. 


Mugwort ~ photo by herbco.com
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) this plant is not only connected to the Moon but is also known for enhancing your dreams.
A few other day plants for you to consider are Lambs Ears, Silver Thyme, and Silver Sage.

And I could not leave out this most auspicious herb!

Moonwort photo by ebps.uk
Moonwort (lunaria annua) ~ in the language of flowers this plant represents money, sincerity & honesty. It has dried pods that are beautiful and can be used later in ceremony. However, please note that this is a biannual plant ~ meaning it lives two years and will flower in the second year. It's flowers will be followed by a dollar coin sized flat pod that changes from green to brown and then as the seed drops, to the beautiful silver color… so planting these for the first two years will ensure flowering each year.

Planting & Designing Your Elemental Garden


Before you plant anything, you'll need to figure out how much space you have to work with. Ideally, you'll want to make your elemental garden in a circle. To make a circle in your yard, figure out first where you want the center to be. Mark the center by driving a temporary stake into the ground. Next, figure out what diameter you want the circle to be. Using a piece of string tied to the top of the stake, walk around in a circle, marking the perimeter. You can do this with birdseed, a handful of dirt, or anything else you like. Once you've marked your circle, till up the soil. Although it's good exercise to use a shovel, it's also backbreaking work. If you've got a large space to cover, you may want to invest in a good rototiller.

Once you've tilled up the soil, figure out which way is north. You can do this easily with a compass, or if you know where the sun rises and sets, it shouldn't be too hard to determine which way is east and which is west. After you've figured out your directions, divide your circle into quadrants, so that each direction has one quarter of the circle, and mark your spaces with stones.

Choosing Your Plants

Each of the four directions is associated with an element. North is connected to earth, east to air, south to fire and west to water. To plant your elemental garden, figure out which plants are connected with those particular elements — and this will vary depending on where you live. For example, earth is associated with stability and security. Why not plant some herbs there that carry the same associations? Bryony, cinquefoil, honeysuckle, and pennyroyal* are all related to earth.

For the east section of your garden, which is tied into the themes of air, use plants connected with inspiration, wisdom and knowledge. Sage, marjoram, mugwort and members of the mint family are perfect for this quarter of the circle. In the south, select plants related to the passionate qualities of fire, such as basil, betony, rosemary and rue. Finally, the west quadrant is where your water-related plants should go — hyssop, yarrow, chamomile and ivy will do well in this section.

Offering Blessings

As you dig a hole for each plant, you may wish to add a blessing. Get your hands in the dirt, dig in, and feel the soil. Thank the earth for the gift it's going to give you. As you place the plant or seeds in the hole, you might want to offer something like:

Or, you may prefer to offer a specific blessing for each quadrant - for the southern section, offer a blessing of fire, for the west, a blessing of water, and so on. In some traditions, it's popular to smudge the garden or perform some other purification rite after planting — after all, a garden is a sacred space.

If you're going to spend any time in your elemental garden — and you'll need to, if you don't want your plants to die — it's not a bad idea to add accessories that make you feel at home. It doesn't have to be fancy, but you might want to consider some of the following:

  • Statues of the gods of your tradition
  • A gazing ball
  • A fountain or other water feature
  • A fire bowl
  • A small altar
  • A bench or chair for meditation
  • Wind chimes or bells
  • A prayer pole or decorative flag

To tie in the accessories to the elemental theme, consider a water feature in the south corner, a small brazier to the west, a pile of stones in the north, or a decorative flag on the eastern portion. Any of these will be perfect for bringing you closer to the elements in your garden. Make your garden a place where you can sit and reflect, and it will indeed be a spiritual and magical place!

Ways that you can use your flowers after they have blossomed under the energy of the moon are many! You can cut and dry the flowers to use in creating mandalas or art work or add them to your sage bundle; pluck the flowers at the height of their bloom and place them in a bath to catch their healing energy. I encourage you to explore the myriad of possibilities in which their energy speaks to your creativity.
by Wigington, Patti. Learn Religions

 

The beauty of flowers has been shared throughout time as a way to evoke feelings and thoughts that are sometimes difficult to find words for ~ using this time to place or invoke your intentions can bring you grounding, joy, and keep it flowing throughout the summer. 

A few thoughts to consider while you are planting or planing ~ 

What is beginning?
Where is the growing center and how can you tap into your courage?
What is just beginning to germinate?
How can you follow your inner wisdom more closely?

Spring is a time to replenish, a time when the rains come, plants grow, animals drink ad the Earth replenishes herself. Heed the lesson. We each need time to replenish ourselves as well. Allow yourself to be replenished; get out into the rain, put your bare feet on the earth, remember the joys of being young and free and feel the happiness it brings Plant seeds, plant joy. Spread love and hope.

Sending you New Moon Love,
Debra
Moon Mama

 

March 24, 2020

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Tips for Boosting Your Immune System

 

Self-care is KEY in staying healthy through stressful times ~ so here is a short list on how to boost your immune system and keep your body healthy. We are promoting: Connection + Self-Nourishment + Replenishment = JOY 

We are the owners of these beautiful bodies we live in and we need to treat them with a lot of love and kindness to keep them strong and healthy. This is a time when we want to help others and to do that we need to keep ourselves in good health. Tomorrow make a plan to take on one step from each of the lists below and then make a plan to follow through with it over the next few weeks so you can spread the joy!

Here are some easy steps to strengthen your immune system and to help you stay in the well-being zone.  

Connection

Emotional highs and lows are a part of life and I am glad for them all as long as they don’t go too high or too low! We all know that our emotions play a key role in the health of our bodies. 

  • Laugh a lot with friends and family. play games that make you laugh, watch a comedy you love, whatever tickles your funny bone!
  • Dance a lot, moving our bodies can really raise our frequency and help us to readjust our attitudes! My favorite dance song is Despacitoplease share your favorite dance song below!
  • Pamper your body with chakra baths, lavish body butters, and a good nights sleep!
  • Deep Breathing gets nourishing oxygen into your lungs. Blood that is rich in oxygen calms you and helps you pause making you feel better. A spritz of our loving Gem Juice Hydrosols can help you to stop, breathe deep, and take in the their healing aromatherapy. We are giving away a FREE 2-oz Lavender Gem Juice with all orders over $35 through Monday, March 16th to support our Moon Families through the weeks ahead. Use the code JOY at checkout.
Self-Nourishment

Essential oils offer anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory properties to help you stay healthy and keep your home clean and fresh. They are truly aromatherapy self-nourishment. Here are a few ways to use essential oils to boost your health and keep your surfaces clean:

You can create a lovely room spray to cleanse, freshen and purify your homes air. Use one or a combination of the following oils to make a fresh or spicy room spray:

  • Clove Oil is antibacterial and anti-infectious and is great for the respiratory system
  • Lemon Oil is a beautiful room purifier
  • Eucalyptus Oil is anti-bacterial and anti-infectious and stimulates the immune system
  • Cinnamon Oil is a powerful antibacterial and anti-viral oil
  • Rosemary Oil is detoxifying and strengthens natural immunity.
  • Tea Tree Oil is antiseptic and antiviral.
  • Lavender Oil is anti-microbial and smells fresh and clean.

Using a 2 oz spray bottle (old Gem Juice bottles work perfect here!) combine the following:

  1. Add 40 drops of one or a combination of the essential oils listed above such as:
    1. Lavender and tea tree
    2. Lemon, clove, eucalyptus, and cinnamon (spicy!!)
    3. Rosemary and lavender
  2. Add witch hazel or distilled water or both
  3. Shake well and voila ~ your room spray is ready to cleanse your room and your senses!

And here is an easy surface spray to help keep your surfaces bacteria-free!

Surface Spray:

  1. Add 10 drops of cinnamon oil to a 4-oz spritzer bottle (again old Gem Juice bottles work perfect here!) then fill it ¼ of the way with vinegar and the rest with distilled water (warm/hot water works great). Then cap and shake well! Spray it on doorknobs, toilets, countertops, appliances and more! Leave it on the surface for at least 5 minutes before wiping. Great for keeping your home safe and smells great too!
  2. If you are not a fan of cinnamon, use 5 drops of tea tree and 5 drops of lavender.

And last, here are a few additional options to reap the healing benefits of essential oils:

  • Lemon Oil is also a wonderful lymph tonic, which means it helps your body move cellular waste out of the body. A great way to stimulate lymph drainage is to add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub it into the back of your neck. Note: Lemon Oil is photosensitive and so it is important to avoid direct sunlight on the neck area for at least 12 hours after applying.
  • Oregano Oil is known as nature’s natural antibiotic due to its high carvacrol and thymol content. A great way to use this oil is to dilute a few drops in 1 tsp. of coconut oil and rub it on the bottoms of your feet before putting on your socks to help fight colds/flu. Your feet are gateways to other organs in your body and as you massage the oil into the feet you moving them into your system because every one of our nerve linings end in feet. Using an oil like Lavender can help to bring calm and enhance relaxation for a good nights sleep.
  • Peppermint Oil is excellent for controlling fevers by adding 2 drops in 1 tsp coconut oil and applying to the back of the neck and/or on the soles of the feet for relief. It is also wonderful for nausea. Just place a few drops on a cloth and breath in the aroma as needed.
  • Clove Oil is great for adding to a gargle mixture to numb sore throats and create a clean pathway! Add 1-2 drops of clove oil to a 1 tsp. of sea salt and mix with warm water stirring until the salt dissolves. Take a mouthful and tip your head back to hold the water in your throat and gargle for about 20-30 seconds. Repeat until your mixture is gone. This simple procedure helps to neutralize the acids in your throat and maintain a healthy pH balance, preventing the growth of unwanted bacteria in your mouth. You can do this EVERY day to keep your mouth fresh and clean, not just when you are needing relief!

Replenishment + Nourishment

The foods we feed the amazing bodies we live in can help us stay nourished and replenished. The following foods are wonderful for boosting your immune system:

  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and fermented coconut water are just a few ways to support your micro-biome, to improve your digestion and health. Your gut is your second brain, and a healthy gut helps us to properly absorb the vitamins and minerals from our food.
  • Water is not only something we cannot live without, it is important to a vibrant body. Staying hydrated helps your bodily fluids to  carry your immune cells throughout your body so they can get to where they need to go to fight off infections"  Adding lemon juice to your water adds a healthy alkalizing boost and fueling the regeneration of immune=fighting lymphatic cells to help you feel stronger. And remember, if you wait until you are thirsty to pick up that glass of water, you are already dehydrated. So drinking small amounts all day is a win-win!
  • Magical Garlic contains allicin, which fights infections and bacteria. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. Add it to all your soups, stews, stir-fry, and salads! Eat it raw if you can.
  • Herbal teas are not given enough praise in my opinion. These healing drinks can hydrate and boost our immune systems at the same time! High in anti-oxidants are green tea, ginger, peppermint, and echinacea. If you want to add anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to your ginger tea, add cloves and/or turmeric. They also add an extra boost for your digestion and all are safe for children.
  • Vegetables and seeds high in anti-oxidants to give your body an extra boost are kale, red cabbage, beets, spinach, carrots, and pumpkin seeds. And lets not forget the benefits of raw chocolate!
  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) shots can also give your system a perfect boost to fight infections and support your gut. They are easy to make and spicy, but good! In a mason jar (or jar with a lid) mix together 1 Tbsp. of ACV, 3 Tbsp. water, squeeze of lemon, a little honey and a pinch of cayenne. Shake well and drink. Cayenne is anti-microbial and is great for disinfecting and killing pathogens. Also spicy foods are very effective for fighting fevers as they make you sweat, which promotes rapid blood circulation.

Stay away from high caffeine and sugar intake as they can weaken your immune system.

And please get outside, especially after a rain and smell the earth, she is the best dose of nourishment, replenishment, and connection you can get to bring on your joy.

Big love to each of you,
Debra
Moon Mama

March 14, 2020

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Full Moon in Virgo ~ Awakening Natures Rhythms

  “Our unrealized potential will always ask us to go into the unknown of our lives….put simply, rhythm is fundamental to well-being. It is the keynote of nature. Not just a sign of life - it is life”. ~ Krystina Dryza

Good-morning Moon Family ~ Happy International Womens Day! This morning many of us moved into our spring forward daylight savings time. Mother Earth, our most powerful sister, is calling us outside to experience her feminine, vibrant, spring energy!

Tomorrow, March 9th at 10:47 am PST or (1:47 pm EST) we have a Perigee* Full Moon in Virgo. Native Americans called this the Worm Moon, as it is the time of the year when the earth begins to soften and the earthworms begin to make their way to the surface. Where are you softening? What is beginning to make its way to the surface for you?

Virgo is a feminine, mutable, earth sign. She rules the intestines, digestive and nervous system. Her ruling planet is Mercury. When Mercury is retrograde it gives us the opportunity to think differently ~ as Mercury begins to move forward over these next few days think of the opportunities that came forward for you.

As we approach the first day of Spring, March 19th, we are invited to explore our senses and experience the delight of spring, her mystery of life, her openness to showing us anything is possible; and that all those endless possibilities are held within us. Earth is home, body and food. How do you feel most at home within yourself? Within the world?

The earth is beautiful in her natural rhythms and shows us the beauty of how the five elements, wood, fire, water, earth, and metal show us the natural cycles of life:

Wood controls soil: the roots of the plants break up the soil; it seeks ways to grow and expand.
Earth controls water: earth can stop or change the flow of water; earth can absorb water; it holds everything together.
Water controls fire: water extinguishes fire; our emotions.
Fire controls metal: fire melts metal; reminds us to be here now, in the present.
Metal controls wood: metal can cut wood; the wildness within us keeping us real.

In our astrological year, we begin with the element Fire (Aries), move into Earth (Taurus), then Air (Gemini) and end in Water (Cancer). This cycle repeats throughout the year. Thinking of this movement in life, nature, internally, can be so helpful. Lets take the Pisces (Water, Sun) and Virgo (Earth, Moon) energy we are in now!

The Virgo Earth element can help us to control the watery Pisces emotions we just went through… have you ever thought of earth being able to help you absorb and change the flow of your emotions?

Under Virgo Full Moons we are invited to release and create new space from a grounded awareness.

My dear teacher and friend, Hilary Barrett shares insight into the Taoist I-Ching Hexagram 40: Release. She relates it to archery and the releasing of arrows. Archery is the fully intentional version of Release, and it’s all about seizing your moment: you can’t build up gradually, taking a quarter of a shot today and half of a shot tomorrow; you have to be ready to see your opportunity and act”. And another colleague shares, “Prosperity does not arrive by itself, it visits the people with the right attitude. The one who always carries along arrows is probably the one who comes home from their walk with dinner”. 

Releasing the arrows ~ this is a great time to connect to the earth’s rhythms and remember that you reap what you sow.

Find a ceremony that connects you to your internal rhythm, natures rhythm. Go outside and notice, listen, and let her stirring connect you to your stirring. Catch the Moonlight ~ take an evening walk under this full moon, open your curtains and soak up her light while sleeping or in the morning during your meditation/ritual.

We carry seeds inside us that want to push up through our feelings and attitudes; they seek the light at the surface so that we can grow strong and solid.

And .... don't forget to put out your Moon Water gems ~

Big Full Moon Love,
Debra
Moon Mama

*Perigee is when the Moon is closest to the earth giving it the name and appearance of a Super Moon!

AND if you are an early riser, check out the early morning Moon as it sets in the West and then turn to the East and you can experience Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Mercury rising in the East!

March 08, 2020

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Energy Healing ~ Working With Your Five Senses

We are made up of energy and connect to our world through energy. We hold energy in our body at different frequencies sending signals to different parts of our body allowing us to breathe, walk, talk, absorb vitamins and minerals and so much more. Many times we are inattentive to the amazing, magical bodies we live in; we, my dear moon family, are vibrating beings of beauty.

Energy is unseen, yet we know it exists and we have been able to harness its power in so many ways: solar, wind, water. And what about the Internet? We are interconnected with everything through energy in its varied vibrational frequencies. Water is a great example of this. We use it daily in all its vibrational frequencies: steam, ice and water.

Our five senses can be great teachers in helping us to connect to our energy centers. They remind us that we carry a whole lot of power inside to make the changes we desire. We need to learn to experience all of our feelings, good and bad, so that when we get stuck, we know how to move the stagnant energy.

Below are simple tools that you can use and get to know. Find the ones that resonate the deepest for you. And if you are focusing on a specific energy point, take note of which one of the senses it works with the strongest, it may be helpful. Now, please have fun with this!

Sound: Music and specific natural and musical instruments have strong healing properties, but remember it is the human voice that carries the strongest healing power of all sounds. Singing, chanting and toning are powerful ways to heal using our own voice. When we use our voice we do not have to be loud or have a good voice. If you can, use the notes of do, re, mi, fa, so ,la, ti, when toning.
Taste: herbs are a wonderful way to work with you taste buds and are very healing to body and energy centers. Drinking tea or taking tinctures are great was to use herbs.
Touch: Using gemstones as your touch stones can connect you to their healing properties. Along with their own specific healing properties, they are very soothing and grounding. You can hold them or wear them.

Sight:
adding color to your energy work can help you to vibrate at the level of the chaka you are working with. Using visualizations in meditation or with music works wonderful ~ if you are not someone who does well with visualizing, you can still have the knowing in your body so don’t shy away from using visualization it is a great part of dreaming into your intention. Bump it up by also eating foods or wearing the color you are working with!

Smell:
smells are very stimulating to our energy fields (good and bad!). Using essential oils can energize and uplift you while also help you to get your energy moving.

 Below is a list of ways you can work with each chakra and please do not limit yourself on the use of each one for the specific chakra, this list is to support you not limit you!

Root Chakra (smell):
Color: Red
Toning: LAM
Vowel: uuh (as in “cup”)
Note: do
Nature Sound: thunder
Musical Instrument: drum
Herbs: dandelion, burdock root, ginger root.
Gemstones: garnet, black tourmaline, smoky quartz
Essential Oils: cedarwood, vetiver, sandalwood

Sacral Chakra
(taste):
Color: Orange
Toning: VAM
Vowel: ooo (as in “you”)
Note: re
Nature Sounds: flowing water, ocean waves
Musical Instruments: flute, clarinet
Herbs: damiana, cinnamon,
Gemstones: tigers eye, pyrite
Essential Oils: ylang ylang, cardamom, orange

Solar Plexus Chakra
(sight):
Color: Yellow
Toning: RAM
Vowel: oh (as in “go”)
Note: mi
Nature Sound(s): wild sound of fire
Musical Instrument(s): guitar, cello, violin
Herbs: fennel, milk thistle, rosemary
Gemstones: citrine, honey calcite
Essential Oils: gingerroot, rosemary 

Throat Chakra
(hearing):
Color: Blue/Aqua
Toning: HAM
Vowel: i (as in “fly”)
Note: so
Nature Sound(s): crickets and other singing insects
Musical Instrument(s): flutes, clarinets
Herbs: red clover, lemongrass, Chamomile
Gemstones: blue calcite, blue lace agate, sodalite
Essential Oils: eucalyptus, cypress, peppermint 

Third Eye Chakra
(inner vision, sixth sense):
Color: Indigo
Toning: SHAM
Vowel: aye (as in “play”)
Note: la
Nature Sound(s): bells, space
Musical Instrument(s): bells, chimes, trumpet
Herbs: mint, eyebright, mugwort, lavender
Gemstones: lapis lazuli, moonstone
Essential Oils: clary sage, cedarwood, lavender

Crown Chakra
(inner ear, brain):
Color: Violet, White
Toning: OM
Vowel: eee (as in “see”)
Note: ti
Nature Sound(s): silence (mountain top)
Musical Instrument(s): crystal bowels, tinkling bells
Herbs: lavender, valerian root, sage
Gemstones: charoite, amethyst, clear quartz
Essential Oils: frankincense, rose, myrrh 

 

Attending to the health and wellness of your chakras is a wonderful way to take care of yourself every single day. More than anyone else, you have the power to keep your personal energy clear, balanced, and vibrant.

For more information on each Chakra visit the website.

AND don't miss out on our BIG sale on our Self-Healing Tools… it ends tomorrow at 11:59 pm PST.

XX Debra
Moon Mama

 

March 05, 2020

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March 03, 2020

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Dark Moon Energies ~ the wishing moon

Starting today we are under a beautiful Dark Balsamic Moon in Aquarius. When the Moon is in Aquarius she can bring up complicated emotions as Aquarius is a Moon that has a strong need for emotional freedom. And when we are under a Void of Course Moon the energies of discipline, submission, subordination and spontaneity fit nicely into rituals exploring the shadow sides of emotion.

The Balsamic Moon is rightfully called the wishing Moon as she holds the beautiful energy to lift our wishes into the winds of the coming New Moon. Some even say that wishes made under the balsamic Moon are more likely to come true because our needs are felt more deeply under her.  She teaches us to be more aware of our fears, self-doubts and difficult emotions at the close of the moon cycle. Can you feel the old emotional cycle breaking down? Remember my dear Moon Family, feeling invokes healing.

The deeper one can feel under her energy, the deeper the healing. Many times this process is unconscious and we can understand this, as seeds grow best when planted in darkness. When something within you is disowned, that which is disowned can wreak havoc. I love the weaving of the Balsamic energies to clear the space for creating openings for seeding New Moon Intentions.  

You may find yourself to feel sleepy under this Moon and giving in to the need to rest and dream is recommended! This can be a time to quit bad habits or break old patterns and here is a lovely ritual ~

Mourn a habit or attachment you want to release ~ then jump into bed for at least one irrational nap and let all of your feelings come up. Look at how you love this habit and why you hate it. Imagine life without it and feel the fear. Imagine yourself beyond the fear, happy, strong and free. Wander through the dark forest of all your feelings, without repressing them or getting stuck. Once you have explored them all, end with a simple clearing ritual ~ I love bathing, but you can use sage, bells, drumming etc. Now write what you want to release on a piece of paper and then tear or burn it up. Or empty an old drawer or clean a corner of your house and throw away what you no longer need. The energy in this area will sparkle! Breathe it in as an encouragement for the new you.

As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. You can see better what is standing in your way ~ but you have to slow down in order to receive this information. After stillness, new visions find their way forward and this is the beauty of releasing old habits and baggage. Using this ending of the Moon cycle allows for rest, releasing and prepares one for seeding.

Here are a few additional rituals to use under this Balsamic Moon to guide you into your New Moon Intention:

With the New Moon in Pisces being a Water Element Moon lets keep our rituals focused on water and how we heal our body with water over these next four days. If you can find time, do one of the following rituals each day to fuel your emotional waters.

  • Take a bath ~ tonight or tomorrow night to really take in the movement and fluidity of water. Let the waters help you to soften into listening to your body and heart for the releasing under this balsamic moon. Let yourself be guided by the invisible currents beneath you ~ inside of you. Since Pisces rules the feet, I also encourage you to take time to focus on nurturing your feet ~ in the bath or just using oil and rubbing the areas that call you. Tender places may give you insight into your body and what you need! Doing this before your seed day helps you to mark the beginning of your new cycle. 
  • Drink lots of water, especially lemon water or hydrating drinks such as herbal tea, coconut water and cucumber juice. Dehydration contributes to stress, fatigue, anger and negative moods. Under this watery moon, lets focus on staying hydrated. The best way is to have a drink every ½ hour or hour. Know that if you wait until you are thirsty you are already dehydrated! If you are so inclined add gemstones to your water. A few lovely gemstones to work with under this Pisces Moon are amethyst and rose quartz. Bless your water (and gemstones if you add them) and give yourself some love and healing!
  • Make a broth or soup with lots of vegetables to boost your immune system. And since the Pisces Moon rules the pineal gland, add seaweed, chlorella, spirulina, or beets to the soup to give extra support your pineal gland. While you are cooking speak kindly to yourself and bless your food. This is also a good time to eat grapes, apples, oranges and dates. Follow your cravings, but go easy on the coffee, sweets and salty foods!
  • The spirit animal for Pisces is the Seahorse. The seahorse is known for its gentle nature. Call in the Seahorse if you are in need of safe guidance through rough emotional waters. The seahorse can also fire your imagination.
  • With Mercury in retrograde, although this is going to be the easiest one of the year, it is important to be aware of how you are communicating to yourself through this New Moon, and to others.

As we move into the Moon in Pisces on Saturday evening, February 22nd at 11:37 pm PST you can begin to feel the Piscean energy of openness and receptiveness. 

NEW MOON IN PISCES

As we enter the New Moon in Pisces on Sunday, February 23rd at 7:31 am PST (10:31 am EST) we can focus on her feminine, cool, watery energy. A Moon in Pisces will make us, sometimes painfully, aware of what we feel. She heightens not only our emotions, but our senses, intuition and imagination. As she ushers in the ending of the astrological year can add a richness to clearing the old energies.
We begin the New Year for Astrology begins with the New Moon in Aries ~ as we pay attention, we have many New Years to celebrate!

Pisces, a feminine, water sign, is ruled by the dreamy, romantic, nostalgic, magical planet of Neptune! The Moon and Neptune are in charge of fluids ~ both planetary and bodily. Neptune and Pisces also rule the feet, toes, and the lymphatic and endocrine systems.

Water elements bring you into your dreams and feminine signs signal a time to work with fluidity, movement, internal focus, to feel more than think, and to receive and be receptive. 

Here are a few thoughts to hold under this Moon time ~

  • Are you feeling any sudden insights or new ideas?
  • Are you feeling fluid in thoughts and dreams?
  • As you turn inward can you feel your prayer/intention as well as speak it?
  • Are you aware of what wants to move through you to create new space for your new intentions?

If I could chose to come back as an element it would be water ~ river, ocean, lake, stream! I hope you can take a risk of crossing the great river into unknown territory under this beautiful, watery moon. Let if flow.

New Moon Blessings,
Debra
Moon Mama 

February 20, 2020

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Full Moon in Leo ~ Fire Up Your Core

 

photo from conscious reminder

Tonight at 11:33 pm PST and tomorrow, February 9th at 2:33 am EST we have our Full Moon in Leo. This Moon is known as the Snow Moon as it is the time of year that we can get our biggest snow falls. Leo is also the Moon of children and creation and this is a time where you may experience the unexpected.

The Full Moon teaches us to work in cycles to allow old growth to be moved out of the way so that we can make space for the new ~ a releasing. Maybe you don't need to make anything happen right now.

Leo Full Moons present us with a powerful time to see our relationships, our world, and ourselves more in light of how they actually are than how we would like them to be. Take time to return inward to gather your fire and creativity. It will give you the recharge to keep you centered in YOU when you are in the world at large. 

At this time of winter we begin to feel the rumble, the thunder within that is waiting to be brought forward into fruition. Spring is on her way. Don’t let the cold and snow keep you from sensing her budding energy starting to rise up in you. Enjoy the rising of the Light and the return of longer days.

Planetary energies are here for each of us to experience individually. We may feel them deeply and we may not feel them at all. Yet they are there like the air we breathe and they touch us and move within us and guide us. I encourage each of you to listen to your intuition and know that only the information that touches you in a deep place is your truth. It is like a returning home to the place inside you that holds your truth. Listen and learn from others, yet be sure to check in with you, with your inner home. 

So enjoy these energies and trust the feelings, love and energy that is playing with you. Take time to feel. That is what Grandmother Moon is about; and when she is in Leo, she is firing up your life with courage and strength and creativity. That is her beautiful message.

For your altar ~ royal blues, purples and orange; gemstones, amber, pyrite, emerald and whatever calls to you; and, grab some jasmine and sunflowers to bring you to your center and help you to remember your souls intention.

Your quality of life reflects how you are nourished; how you nourish others and the way you function in the world. Every level of our being requires nourishment ~ body, mind and spirit. This is a wonderful time to pay attention to your health and how you nourish yourself ~ here is some food for thought:

  • MIND ~ we are bombarded daily with impressions from social media, movies, books, or magazines so that we end up carrying around too much “weight”in our heads. Eliminating what does not promote wholesomeness can get you to feeling better. Gradually eliminating whatever is not longer relevant -stuff, habits, relationships, or points of view ` helps to remove some of the excess off your lifestyle.
  • BODY ~ bring awareness to what, where and how you eat. Choosing healthy foods and eating with intention sends a message to your entire being that it is worth nourishing. Finding time to move your body can clear cobwebs from an overfull mind by rerouting excess energy from the head to the body.
  • HEART ~ nourishment of the heart calls for healthy relationships in your life. Nourish your relationships with care so that they can provide you and others with emotional sustenance.
  • SPIRIT ~ nourish your spirit. Nature, rest, relaxation all bring us back to ourselves and when we do it with regularity, we clear the mind, calm the emotions and facilitate self-awareness. 

Contemplate these as you move through this this fiery Full Leo Moon and as you place your intentions in your Moon Water. Let the Sun’s energy warm your souls and the Moons energy help you to keep your personal power vibration high.

And don’t forget to put out your Moon Water Gems!

Full Moon Blessings,
Debra
Moon Mama

February 08, 2020

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New Moon in Aquarius ~ Clearing for the New

Today, January 24th, we have a New Moon in Aquarius @ 1:42 pm PST (4:42 pm EST). This is our first New Moon of the Year and can help us to set the tone of our year, and even our new decade. Tomorrow, January 25th, we celebrate the Year of the Rat ~ the Rat is the first zodiac sign of the Chinese Calendar and so we have a lot of new beginnings this year of 2020. Rat is yang energy and represents the beginning of a new day. The Rat Year is a time to develop your abilities, to think out of the box and to be resourceful and creative. The metal element signals renewed ambition and a desire to fulfill unmet needs. And during a Rat Year you are encouraged to take care of yourself and not worry about others.

Aquarius Moon energy is Masculine, barren, dry and airy; ruled by Uranus and Saturn; and rules the calves and ankles.

A Moon in Aquarius reminds us of the sacredness of collaboration and collectivity. We can become deeply aware that what affects one, affects us all. It’s a time to search for new allies and to review and live our philosophy. On the other side, an Aquarius Moon can bring out the rebel in us! This is a great time to break out of a rut, try something new, and make sure everyone sees you for the unique individual that you are.

Let the energy of this Aquarian Moon help you to express your uniqueness and connect you to your creative side. In the evening, take time to list and reflect on the positive things that happened during the day. If you practice this regularly, you will rewire your brain for happiness and find that it will make you feel more connected.

During A Dark Moon (Seed Moon) you may experience the following:

Mind: Your mind turns inward, you feel contemplative. Your intuition is active.
Body: You can feel heavy or retain water and find yourself inactive or feel a slowing of your metabolism.
Physical Energy: Low ebb. You sleep well but feel inertia when awake.
Energy: Northeast
Emotion: Sensitive and can be easily hurt. You may feel more likely to quarrel. Misunderstandings of communication can occur as during a Moon void of course time.
WyMoons Mystery: It May be your Moontime. If not you can feel full and self-protective. You may have backache even if you are not fertile and find yourself not interested in compromise in relationships.
Dreams: You may have very symbolic or obscure dreams. And they may contain images of caves, shadowy places, blood and secrets. Many will have dreams of childhood.

Here are a few ideas on how to work with these New Moon in Aquarius energies~ 

  • SPACE CLEARING FOR NEW IDEAS ~ Because it is a year of new beginnings one way to start this year out well is to do a deep house-cleaning and repairing broken items ~ there is a saying that broken equals broke! Clearing out the clutter makes space for creativity and inventive visions. You can clear your mind by changing your space. You can clear your mind by changing your space. So take a few hours today or tomorrow to clear a space: clean out your closets, your underwear drawers, the top of your desk or what ever makes you sigh and feel so wonderfully spacious. Create space for seeding your intentions under this New Moon.
  • CREATIVITY ~ If you are feeling artistic ~ create a hanging vision board. Be creative and use colors, textures and anything that brings you happiness. Hang it in the bathroom, kitchen or bring it to work and hang it from a lamp or coat rack or on the wall! Just be sure to hang it so that it brings in the air element <3.
  • DREAMING WITH INTENTION ~ Did you know that you have at least 4-5 dreams every night? Dreams can tell you a lot about your life and what your subconscious is trying to share with you. Joan Borysenko says, “ Intention is the doorway to recalling your dreams and making yourself available to the insights and guidance they often provide.” She believes that by placing a strong intention for remembering your dreams before going to sleep is equivalent to asking for guidance on life situations, to grow spiritually and to receive healing. This is a perfect time to start a dream journal and dream into your intention and year. Here are the steps she gives to recalling and journaling your dreams:
    • Choose a journal ~ not just any journal but one that is appealing. She suggests that you even decorate the cover with an image from a strong dream that you remember to affirm your belief that dreams are important.
    • Keep your dreams journal for dreams only. This keeps your intention to recall your dreams stronger.
    • Place your journal next to your bed ~ be sure it is close enough that you DO NOT have to get out of bed to reach it! Also keep a clock, pen and light near (you can use a flashlight or I love the mighty bright book lights J.)
    • Before you go to sleep write tomorrows date in your journal ~ a subconscious message to remember your dreams. Write an intention in your journal ~ she suggests something like “I will remember my dreams” or “I need guidance on….”. It could be about work, relationships, or whatever you are needing guidance on.
    • Notice if you wake in the middle of the night what it is that wakes you up. Is it a full bladder? A snoring partner? Outside noises? Most likely, these disruptors will be incorporated into your dream. Before moving (hard for me!!) catch the tail of your dream and then grab your journal and give your dream a title ~ something fun! Adding a few short sentences and it will help you to recollect the dream in the morning.
    • Upon waking in the morning ~ don’t move! Haha! Again hard for me to remember not to move! This helps you to stay close to the dream state and where recall is best. ASK YOURSELF what you were dreaming and even before you roll over and grab your journal, give your dream a title ~ “something snappy”, she says! You will need to give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to take the time to remember and record your dreams (5-10 minutes).
    • When you write your dreams in your journal use the first person, and add as much detail as you can.
    • Last, if you want discuss your dreams with a trusted friend or family member. She suggests that you avoid analyzing each others dreams, but instead as Reverend Jeremy Taylor suggests, preface your comments with “If that was my dream…). Hearing from others can sometimes trigger greater insight into your dreams.
  • Last, a few thoughts for your altar: aquamarine and pearl are nice colors and gemstones to use under this moon; and Myrrh is a lovely scent to support this Moon energy.

One of the most effective ways to create reality is deciding to take action by making a dynamic move forward, and on the other hand, sitting in one place, choosing to remain undecided can be the most powerful decision yuou can make. Spirit and heart are important elements in making decisions. Let this New Moon inspire you to clear your space, inner and outer, so that your decision making can support you throughout 2020.

Wishing you a beautiful New Moon, New Beginnings,
xxoo Debra
Moon Mama 

January 24, 2020

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Full Moon in Cancer ~ Inner Harmony

Happiest of New Years my dear Moon Family. We are moving into a new decade and there is a freshness in these cool, crisp days that clears mind and heart and gives us a new perspective on our lives.

Tomorrow at 11:21 am PST (2:21 pm EST) we have a full moon in Cancer and at 11:10 am PST (2:10 pm EST) the peak of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses are not times to place intentions, although the energies can create emotional responses, so be acutely aware as to where you are and how you are responding. 

Many of you may have already worked with your New Year Intentions, however, with the Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse tomorrow along with the movement and conjunction of Saturn and Pluto on Sunday you may want to open space to nurture them ~ or for those of you who have not finalized or created your yearly intentions or your 2020 goals, This next two weeks can be a beautiful time to discover them so that you can plant them in the fertile energies of the New Moon in Aquarius on January 24th.

Under these planetary movements, I believe we have the ability to work on our relationship with ourselves. We can create harmony with others or seek out common ground with friends and family; yet, there is also a beautiful gathering that can happen between our inner selves. In bringing them together through inner conversation, we can create a strength and energy that allows us to take greater risks, cross into new territories, and follow our visions with a tenacity that is not as accessible when they are not in agreement. Take this intuitive and collective heart of the Moon in Cancer, the deep energies of Saturn and Pluto, and these next two weeks before the New Moon and see what clarity of vision for this coming year, this new decade forms.

Here are a few thoughts on ritual for you to ponder as you work with these energies over the next few days and weeks: 

Morning Meditation Ritual:

This Ushas Mudra meditation works with your second chakra, Swadhisthana. This is the center of sexuality and creativity and we can say that it always contains something new, a secret that wants to be aired. The Ushas Mudra concentrates the energies of the Swadhisthana and directs them upward into the centers above to bring mental alertness, pleasure and new impulses. It is also known to harmonize our hormonal system (always a win-win!).
 
Clasp your fingers so that your right thumb lies above the left. The right thumb presses slightly on the left thumb. Important: Women should place the right thumb between the left thumb and index finger, pressing on it with the left thumb. Do this everyday for 5 to 15 minutes. Hold the mudra until the desired effect occurs…what will that be for you?
If you would like to use visualization here is a lovely one:
In your imagination, see yourself sitting in a good place where you can enjoy the sunrise. The sun slowly rises and you let the colors of the sunrise (pink, red, yellow, orange, purple) have their effect on you for a long time. These colors awaken and improve your mood. Now imagine yourself as a person who is full of youthful strength and new impulses, as someone who enjoys life, a person who goes out into the world with love and richly blesses it with a sincere smile, good deeds, and beautiful things.
Or here are a few Affirmations you can use:
I am filled with pleasure and enthusiasm, which allow me to achieve great things. I enjoy life to the fullest.
It is lovely to enjoy a cup of Green tea or rosemary tea to create a refreshing effect.

Evening Water Ritual:

    • Select what you would like to add to your bath ~ it can be bath salts, essential oils (Vetiver, rosemary, cypress), herbs or gemstones. Some thoughts on gemstone themes below:
      • Being in the Flow ~ Chalcedony & Moss Agate
      • Self-awareness & Balance ~ Clear Quartz & Red Jasper
      • Strengthening & Growth ~ Apatite & All the Calcites
      • Openness & Expansion ~ Aquamarine & Apophyllite
    • Gather your candles, diffuser, music, tea or what ever you choose to bring with you into your bath to better connect to yourself.
    • Once in the water surrender into total relaxation. Be sure to have something cozy to put on when you get out.
    • Sip your tea. Just be. Nothing more. Give yourself at least 5-10 minutes of connecting with the feeling of the water on your skin ~ how it moves when you move, the smells of the essential oils, the candle light, and your body and how it interacts with this setting.
    • Listen. Maybe nothing will come yet maybe a conversation will begin and you can be open and listen and participate. Ask questions.
    • Take 5 minutes to write before you loose the words or conversation, or if you like have your journal close to the bath and write things down while as they come to you (or record them during your bath and write them afterwards).

'Kitchen' Soup Ritual:

    • Shop for your soup ingredients, be happy with all you encounter at the store, be kind, be joyful as you choose what you are to place in your water and body!
    • As you cut the vegetables ~ be grateful to the earth and all those that touched them to get them to your table (farm workers, truck drivers, store hands etc)
    • As you add them to the water, thank them for the healing they will offer your body with their vitamins, proteins and minerals.
    • Bless your food prior to eating.

Pondering, Walking, Meditation Ritual:

    • If you are someone who writes and keeps notes on your intentions and Moon Rituals, it is a good time to see what your intention was for the New Moon in Cancer under the Solar Eclipse of 2019. How has it come to fruition? Or what does it need for 2020? Use this for pondering on your walk.
    • Go outside and get your earth walks in over these next two weeks. Ponder a word that you would like to carry through this year. And take in the colors and textures and beauty. I don’t love winter cold, yet, the winter beauty has captured me and stays with me all the day long! Here are a few pictures from my morning walk today:

     

These rituals are for you to use over the next few days and weeks ~ use them if you are drawn to them. Let them help you to create your year and desires.

Human awareness lights up the world and its starts with us all individually. Keeping our awareness in the present moment and bringing our inner selves into harmony give us a strong inner core. We need a strong core to bring our visions forward.

We place a lot of focus on the Full and New Moons; however, I believe the true work, the hardest work, is done in the space between them. As we step into 2020 with our hopes and dreams, let us find time to nurture ourselves. 

Don't forget to put our your Moon Water Gems!

Big, Full Moon Love to Each of You,
Debra
Moon Mama
 

January 09, 2020

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