Hello lovelies! Welcome to the Gemstone Organic Blog. We are here to share our insight on skincare, holistic living, and beyond.
Tonight I am writing this blog as I sit in the high desert in beautiful Colorado. I am sending this blog early to share with you that tonight (~60 hrs prior to the Full Moon) is a great time to notice any triggers that happen under a Full Moon. Under this Virgo Full Moon, may find yourself feeling a bit judgmental of others, or getting caught up in details or perfectionism that keeps you from acting or getting things done. Being aware of this time is helpful.
On Tuesday, February 19th at 7:53 am PST or (10:53 am EST) we have a Super Full Moon in Virgo. This moon carries a mystical, earthy energy that might move you through deep, unconscious feelings. Now is a time to look at what needs to come to an end and what you are ready to bring to life.
Native Americans called this Moon the Worm Moon as this is the time of the year when the earth begins to soften and the earthworms begin to make their way to the surface.
Virgo is a feminine, mutable, earth sign. She rules the intestines, digestive and nervous system. Her ruling planet is Mercury. She is all about intellect, communication, wisdom and intuition!
Virgo Moons can open up our energy around our life paths and encourage us to bring our radiance out into the world to support healing for ourselves and others. This is a wonderful time to work with your Throat Chakra. Clearing the Throat Chakra helps you to have good, clear communication enabling you to express yourself authentically.
Full Moon Ceremony
Full Moons are a time for releasing , letting go and recalibrating. Under a Full Moon in Virgo you may find that your organizational skills are available and so grab that urge and run with it!
Taking time for ceremony can deeply nourish your spirit and soul and afterwards you may find that you are more clear and connected to your center. If you can gather with others under this Moon, please do!
A sweet ceremony for you:
Mother Earth is shifting into spring and we are shifting with her ~ feel the movement? We live in a world where endings are beginnings and beginnings are endings ~ everything comes full circle. We take for granted that each day we wake up to a new US, to someone we have never been before and will never be again.
Catch the Moonlight over these coming evenings ~ open your curtains and soak up her light while sleeping or in the morning during your meditation/ritual. It is something magical to experience. And who knows it may shine light into areas you never knew existed ~ but be prepared that it may not be something you wanted to know and so it is sometimes jarring ~ but always healing.
And .... don't forget to put out your Moon Water gems ~
Full Moon Love,
Our Aquarius New Moon is here tomorrow, February 4th, at 1:04 pm PST (4:04 p.m. EST) and is a magical Cazimi Moon. New Moons in Aquarius bring us the element of air and usher in the energies of clarity of thought, intellect, visionary dreaming and the desires of working with the collective energy to make the world a better place. We are gifted by the water bearer with beautiful ideas and thoughts. Time to churn out those amazing ideas gems and shower the world with your creativity and love.
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus. These planets bring us strong and vibrant messages. Aquarius rules the ankles ~ a good reminder of the important way we stand for the collective and ourselves.
I believe February is a month to be celebrated ≈ we have so much love and happiness to work with!
This new moon is on the tail of Imbolc, a time for new beginnings ~ can you feel the stirrings of new life under your feet? There is freshness in the air moving in and around us. It is there to carry us far and wide over the next two weeks, this month, through the new year… are you ready?!
We also have all of the planets moving forward offering us a lot of wonderful energy to invest into new beginnings ~ can you feel the energy of new beginnings yet?
Today, we also have Venus ~ our planet of love and beauty ~ entering orderly, practical Capricorn. Time to get real about our desires and serious about our finances.
And lets not forget this is a Cazimi Moon ~ so if you want to work on something new this is a great time to bring it forward. The Cazimi Moon for those who are new to the blog is where the Moon and the Sun are at a magical degree creating a little ‘zing’ of beauty to the New Moon energy. This is available 30 minutes before and after the New Moon (for this New Moon it is from 12:34 until 1:34 pm PST). Setting intentions during this time is lovely if you can make it happen!
So I share a few ideas on how to work with these New Moon in Aquarius energies~
AND, on Tuesday, February 5th, we celebrate the Chinese New Year. We are entering the Year of the PIG. The PIG is a symbol of good luck, happiness and abundance ~ could we ask for more than all of this for February? 2019?
Tonight, go outside and breathe in some of that beautiful air and catch the happiness.
New Moon Blessings,
I’m going to admit it…It has been years since I had a consistent AM and PM skincare routine. When I first began working for Gemstone Organic ~ I fell in love with the face cremes and hydrosols! Then one day, Debra asked me if I’d like to try the Sun and Moon Facial Cleansers. I’m not going to lie... I was less enthusiastic about this idea. Face Cremes and Hydrosols...yes please :), but twice a day cleansers sounded like work.
I put the jars on my shelf for a week and thought about trying them everyday. Finally, my co-worker mentioned how much she was lovin’ the cleansers. This got me thinking, what was I waiting for...so that night I decided to take the plunge!
Well, let me tell you...man was I wrong about the cleansers being “work”. I not only did not dread them, but I actually got excited to get up and wash my face and then do it again before I tucked myself in at night. The morning (sun) cleanser awakened my senses with its sweet, granulated mixture of raw honey and rose petals. The night (moon) cleanser calmed me down with its poppy seed infused clay and soft scent of lavender. The two cleansers reminded me that taking care of myself, taking care of my skin, could be a luxurious experience that I wanted to do everyday, not just needed to do.
So enough about me. Try them for yourself. I went from only using a cleanser in the shower to now putting a couple of minutes aside each morning and night to happily commune with my face.
Not convinced yet. Let’s get down to the science of why these mixtures not only feel good, but also are bangin’ for your skin. Here are the ingredients in the two cleansers:
Sun Clean: raw, unfiltered organic honey, organic rose petals, organic thyme essential oil
Moon Clean: bentonite clay, organic lavender hydrosol, organic chia seeds, organic poppy seeds, and organic lavender essential oil
Let’s start with...The Sun Cleanser ~ raw honey has both antibacterial properties to help with acne and also skin saving antioxidants to help slow down the effects of aging. Honey is also great at unclogging pores and clarifying skin. Rose petals have natural oils that help trap moisture and hydrate skin. These dried petals are also great at gently exfoliating the skin. And lastly, thyme essential oil is a great antiseptic and antibacterial that can tone aged skin and prevent acne outbreaks.
And now to….The Moon Cleanser ~ bentonite clay is known for unclogging dirt and oil from your pores and helping to shrink them. The clay can also draw out heavy metals and other toxins from the skin and it is loaded with silica that helps make skin super soft :). The poppy and chia seeds are both gentle scrubs that exfoliate the skin while also leaving the skin soft and moisturized. The lavender hydrosol is a wonderful skin toner while the lavender essential oil has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help fight off blemishes and heal burns.
So there you have it. These cleansers are not just a yummy experience for your senses, but they are also a natural way to protect, heal, and nourish your skin from morning through night :).
With Love, Meagan
Tonight at 9:16 pm PST (January 21st at 12:16 pm EST) is the Full Moon in Leo ~ our Wolf Moon, Blood Moon, Super Moon, and Full Lunar Eclipse. Information on these energies are flooding the internet ~ there is so much to read, so many thoughts on how to feel and what to expect.
So I have chosen to keep this blog simple. As I want you to find your own way to feel and work with the energies. The 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 but to take some time to breathe and bring your energy back to your roots. To recover your sense of your own strength and autonomy, to create space for that fire to build up inside of you, to reconnect with you.
At this time of winter I begin to feel the rumble, the thunder within that is waiting for me to bring it to fruition. Spring is on her way. I can feel her budding energy starting to rise up in me.
I love the Moon. She teaches me so much about myself. I try to listen to her as she moves with my body and senses and all the spaces in between.
These planetary energies are here for each of us and we experience them 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 with us and guide us. I find that it is a time of learning so many beautiful teachings around astrology, the Moon and listening to our intuitive energies. However, we sometimes become so flooded with information that we loose our own journey.
So I encourage each of you to listen to your gut, 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. So listen and learn from others, yet be sure to check in with you, with your inner home.
Take time to return inward, it is a two way road, one inward and outward. To gather your fire and creativity and find harmony within you. It will give you the recharge to keep you centered in YOU when you are in the world at large.
So enjoy these energies and trust the feelings and 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 a beautiful message.
And don't forget to put out your Moon Water gems!
Full Moon Love,
This is a time of year when we start to feel our energy beginning to build again! Spring is coming and we know that we want to feel and look good for those days when our minds and bodies are energized by the warmth and light of spring days. Many times we want to jump into a cleanse and yet don't have the time for a full fast or deep detox...yet!
So here are a few simple daily adjustments that can support your body detox and are good for you in so many other ways too!
It may sound 'cliche' yet, skincare is a very important first step in the process of detoxifying the body. A pure, organic skincare routine can keep your skin healthy, protect you from environmental elements you are exposed to and keep your hormones safe from harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc on your body. Head over the to the website and take our Free Skin Reading to learn more about which products can support you and your skin and receive $5.00 off on your first purchase.
This simple step will help to kick-start your organs and help to flush out yesterdays toxins! Drinking water at room temperature is important, cold water first thing in the morning is shocking to your organs. Squeeze in some lemon (or if you prefer, apple cider vinegar) and you will gain these amazing benefits:
Moving our body daily is not something that really takes more time than one normally spends on social media these days! So drop the phone and take a walk, turn on some music and dance or do some simple stretching. Movement can release tension, help to move your toxins so they are released, and clears our mind. Moving will help hake off that sluggish feeling we get from sitting too much. Make sure is it something you do for yourself and if you can do it outside you get the extra benefit of the exhilaration from fresh air in your lungs and on your skin!
Your food, not just what you drink, can account for 20% of your daily fluid intake. Choosing foods that are rich in water and minerals is a great way to add energy. The more hydrated you are the faster your body can flush toxins from your system!
There are many other foods high in water content, melons (of course!), broccoli, radishes, green peppers, strawberries, and spinach to name a few. I want to emphasize the importance of choosing organic produce. Eating organic is an important way to reduce the amount of toxins (chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.) your body has to process. Today we are blessed to have organic foods that are more affordable, so please choose organic when you can ~ for your body and the environment.
Take a deep breathe right now! We can easily find ourselves in shallow breathing many times during the day and just stopping to take a deep breathe several times can really bring us back into our bodies. If you take time to do even a few minutes of deep breathing daily it can help your body tremendously. Oxygen pushes out carbon dioxide to rid our bodies of toxins. When we oxygenate our blood it can better absorb the vitamins and minerals we feed it ~ and improves the flow of our lymphatic system. Spray yourself with some Organic Gem Juice ~ it will not only help you to remember to breathe deeply, it will bring you all the benefits of aromatherapy.
Our bodies are miraculous machines ~ so give yourself a little love and detox at the same time!
I would love to hear what your favorite ways are to detox!
Take care of you,
We are at that time of winter when our skin is calling for a little extra moisture due to the dry air of the indoor and outdoor environments.
So I say, Gem Juice to the Rescue!
Our Gem Juice Hydrosols are made from 100 percent high-vibrational organic plant waters. They contain active plant ingredients that help support skin hydration and soothe inflammation and so much more. Please note ~ hydrosols are not flower waters! Hydrosols contain the imprint of the plant as they are created in the distillation process of the flower oil. There is a big difference in what they have to offer your skin.
So lets talk about how you can use these enchanting plant waters to bring relief to your dry skin:
To support you and your skin in these colder winter days we are sharing
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Use the code WINTERSKIN at checkout
Give yourself a little extra sprtiz ~ it will not only feel good, it will do you better!
Photo of Crescent Waning Moon, Jupiter and Venus rising ~ January 4, 2019
Tomorrow, January 5th, we are bringing in 2019 with a New Moon in Capricorn at 5:38 pm PST (8:38 pm EST). With the partial solar eclipse riding on the back of this New Moon along with Saturn (Capricorns ruling planet) in close proximity you may find yourself in a place of reflection.
Capricorn Moon energy is feminine and earthy. She connects us to our ambitions, encourages us to dream, and brings in the energy of productivity, stability and opportunity. She brings you energy to look at what you want to achieve. Under a Dark Moon in Capricorn we can find it easier to direct our thoughts to see beyond what is possible ~ to find our confidence and pay attention to our relationships.
These Dark Moon hours offer us the time for circling into the wild unknown, the darkness. When we take the time to practice finding comfort in these dark hours we learn to slow down and connect to our inner teacher. It also offers us the opportunity to be present to how it is ~ now. In the darkness we find there is nothing to hold onto but our truth, our faith, our inner knowing. Many times it is here, in the darkness that we can recognize where our true nourishment comes from. Darkness is the place where magic is waiting to happen.
As we move into the New Crescent Moon on Sunday, we can feel the energy rise up in us to act on our faith with courage and commitment. And do not forget that it can take many leaps of faith to get us where we are headed! Water carves out her path to create momentum ~ as each small tributary flows to the same source she creates a river!
This is a very energetic time with all the planets moving forward starting tomorrow and one that can bring positive, active energy to your intentions, to move them forward or to move you forward in your way ~ because you are each as unique as the snowflakes that fall from the sky.
A few thoughts on rituals for this Dark/New Moon in Capricorn:
We also have a Lunar Eclipse that is occurring at the Full Moon on January 20th ~ I mention this as many times between eclipses we can find that doors open for us, so keep this in in your mind/heart as we move through the waxing moon.
This Capricorn earth sign also calls us to place our feet, our eyes, and our ears to nature. Spend some time outside and soak up her beauty remembering you hold that same beauty inside.
And for those of you who are early risers, Venus and Jupiter are visible just before Sunrise and starting on January 9th, Saturn will be joining them!
Thank you Dear Moon Family, for letting me share my magic with you in 2018.
New Moon Blessings,
Tonight at 2:23 pm PST (5:23 EST) we will experience the longest night of the year. I love this time of year as it always pulls me inward to my center and I love the unfolding that occurs when I take time to pleasure in the darkness before moving into the light.
The Winter Solstice happens when one of the Earths poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun; when the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky.
Yule or Jol (pronounced “yoh-l”), is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. Yule is the Norse word for wheel and was the Norwegian celebration of light and rebirth of the Sun. These longest hours of darkness or rebirth of the sun hold powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. On these midwinter days in Norway the days of sunlight are less than 6 hours and it resonates with my heart that they would celebrate the coming of the light, as we all know the power of the Sun to bring us joy, warmth and a deep sense of hope.
Historically, in Norway the Winter Solstice was the start of an almost 3-week festival that ended on the Yule, which happened near the 12th of January. It was a time of drinking, feasting, celebrating, games and songs to bring in the new solar year.
Each season has it’s own rhythm and magic. The rhythm of winter is one of slowing down. It is the time when seeds are held within the earth and only internal germination is active. This is our call to move inward to find the courage and healing we need to call the seeds of our dreams forward. As we understand ourselves from these inner places, a deepening, a shift happens. Such deepening’s are not immediate, but come in small increments allowing us to find the alignment and clarity for our intentions.
Let us celebrate this darkness that opens us to the light once again:
The Winter Solstice is followed by the Full Moon in Cancer on Saturday morning at 9:48 am PST (12: 48 pm EST). Celebrating both the light/dark, feminine/masculine, water/fire, is here for you this year. I encourage you to use these next few weeks to really anchor your dreams, hopes and aspirations for 2019. Each day can be a celebration or part of your ritual. Here are a few ways to play with each day:
Each day the sun rises we have the opportunity for a new beginning, to see the light rise for us and in us. Let each holiday you celebrate support you in connecting to your mystery, your fullness, and your essence.
Sending each of you light and love,
photo from foreverconscious
Tonight we have our last New Moon of the Year ~ the New Moon in Sagittarius.
Sagittarius is a masculine, fire sign and is the archetype for wisdom, truth and understanding ~ energy for the journey. He is ruled by Jupiter and tules the liver, hips, thighs, pelvis and femur. When the Moon is in Sagittarius it is a time to manifest truth. Fire signs inspire and ignite. You may experience the ability to speak with honesty or you may feel philosophical or the spirit of inspiration. It is a time to turn your healing energies inward.
During the Dark (Seed) Moon your intuition is active, your mind turns inward and you feel contemplative. It is a time when your metabolism slows down and although you sleep well you feel inertia upon awakening. Your dreams may be symbolic and bring you back to your childhood. It is the time of the Northeast energy, the direction of mountain, stillness, a time to retreat so that you can gain perspective to create a firm foundation for new growth.
It is under the dark moon when your needs are felt deeply and have the ability to call up the energy under the waxing moon cycle to meet your needs. Remember feeling invokes healing.
Sagittarius is half man and half horse. The horse is the animal spirit for Power. It is why we have the word horsepower for engines! The medicine of Horse as described in the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and Dave Carter is, "True power is wisdom found in remembering your total journey. "Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked in another person's moccasins. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving and sharing your gifts, talents and abilities are the gateways to power."
Along with this Dark Moon we also have our shortest days of light for the year. So tonight I encourage you to slip into the darkness and find the comfort she offers, the nurturing womblike space that is full of quiet and stillness. Here is a space to fall into your remembering, to review your year and all the places you gained wisdom and shared your gifts and talents. Use this wisdom to be the archer of your dreams, aim your bow of compassion and love for yourself and others and your gifts and talents through the gateways to power for 2019.
Use the end of this Dark Moon cycle to see what is standing in your way. She is here for you until tonight at 11:20 pm PST or early tomorrow morning, 2:20 am EST. As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. It opens your eyes to what is standing in your way, however, you need to slow down to receive her messages and insights. A quote I heard once was, "the Dark Moon is like one of those mountain ramps for rescuing runaway trucks that have lost their brakes. Veer onto the Dark Moon ramp and let your careening momentum run itself out." Connect with the Northeast mountain stillness and new visions will come. Use the end of the Moon's cycle to prepare for your beginning and commit to doing this for the entire year of 2019 and you may just find yourself closer to the life you've always dreamed about.
Here are a few ways to capture her energies:
As we move into the energy of the New Crescent (Sprout) Moon we can feel our hearts and minds lift. You may feel this lifting when you awaken in the morning if you are not able to stay up to work with her this evening. When you are under these energies, you can find yourself writing more easily, coming up with sudden insights or ideas. You have energy spurts and may need less sleep, although your sleep may be restless! You may find yourself having wish dreams <3. This is the direction of Northwest, the direction of heaven. Here is creativity in its pure form, a force of change that confronts us with the truth and awareness of what to do, how to be and the power to act. Use it. Feel it. Ride it.
We also have the energy of a Cazimi Moon, or dropping moon tonight. For those who can stay up, setting intentions and making wishes 30 minutes before or after the New Moon becomes exact (11:20 pm PST or 2:20 am EST), gives them a lovely boost.
Here are a few rituals to use for your New Moon Wishes:
The Moon is 'yin' (feminine), and so placing our wishes in line with the lunar cycle can hold great potential for bringing new things to light in our life. Under this beautiful New Moon in Sagittarius, Be the Archer of Your Dreams.
Deep, Beautiful, New Moon Wishes,
p.s. my Holiday Gift Ideas are coming tomorrow <3
photo by consciousreminder
Full Moon in Gemini: November 22rd at 9:39 pm PST (November 23rd at 12:39 am EST)
Tonight we have a Full Moon in Gemini, a moon that turns us towards our thoughts and how we communicate our thoughts to the world and our own lives.
Today is also Thanksgiving, a time when we gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate our gratitude for each other and all that we have. Combining these two together, we are gifted with how we choose to weave our words and how we listen to others. A time of giving and receiving.
This Moon in Gemini falls under the element of air, which connects all other elements. Air has the power to shift and change the landscape ~ shaping itself into the space available or shaping space to its own nature. You experience the power of air through its movement, through your breath, as your thoughts. Your inhale represents the energy of receiving and your exhale the energy of giving. It is the wind beneath your wings, the power of your heart to direct you into right action.
Air is circular ~ wind creates wind, movement creates movement, a breath in creates a breath out. The influence of our thoughts create the realty of our world. Wind can always find a way through ~ we know this as we can feel the air come through our windows or walls! She never creates resistance ~ how beautiful is air! Air is something we can not see, yet she has an influence that is far-reaching and profound.
Here are a few thoughts to carry with you through the day today:
What if there were no limits?
How can you use these energies of air to move your resistance?
What thoughts of beauty inspire you?
How are your words influencing your world?
When we are under the energy of a Full Moon we may feel energized and want to share~ what a wonderful day to be with family and friends. Your higher energy may also keep you up later than usual due to her light. This is also a time for dreaming and a time when you are most likely to remember your dreams.
Here are a few rituals to play with over the next two weeks:
Use the colors of blue, white or yellow in your surroundings or on your altar and work with the gemstones citrine, smoky quartz, lapis lazuli or blue chalcedony are lovely. And to help focus your mind use the essential oils of rosemary, juniper berry or clary sage.
And don’t forget to put out your Moon Water gems.
Many of you have also been asking if we will be having a Black Friday sale. For those of you who are reading this you can use the discount code Gratitude15 at checkout tomorrow (starting at 12:00 am PST) to receive 15% off your purchase. I will be gifting an additional 15% of your purchase to families who have been devastated by the California fires.
Don't forget though that we will have lovely holiday surprises and gift packages coming later next week <3.
Full Moon Blessings and love and gratitude for your presence in my life,