Hello lovelies! Welcome to the Gemstone Organic Blog. We are here to share our insight on skincare, holistic living, and beyond.
Tomorrow morning we have a Full Moon in Libra at 4:12 am PDT (7:12 am EST) ~ this is our second Full Moon in Libra this year and one that can support you in trying again! When the Moon is on the cusp (29 degrees) it can yield a strong energy to the sign in which it is residing. A Pink Moon in Libra warms our hearts and increases our need to be near and around beauty ~ and doesn’t mother earth provide us with that option at this time of year in an explosive way!
Libra is a masculine, cardinal, air sign. He adores balance and harmony and is ruled by Venus ~ planet of love (interesting female and male energies at work here).
Full Moons can stir up energy that wants to be completed. Around 60 hours prior to a full moon we can find that stirring rise up in us ~ do you have any remembrance(s) of how you felt on Tuesday evening (~4:12 pm PDT or 7:12 pm EDT)? Or maybe this energy is up in you now? However this Moon feels to you, it can guide and teach you, and remember, my words here are just that, words. How you feel, how you respond to her light and fullness, are completely yours and unique and beautiful. For me, there are even times I find the Moon under her Gibbous energy a bigger shift than even the Full Moon energies…and sometimes I find the beautiful star nation speaks to me on a deeper level and I miss them under the Full Moons light….but more on that later.
Yet, do not get me wrong ~ I LOVE my Moon time. I move my bed around or sleep at the opposite end just to get her light to shine on my dreams and me at night! I talk with her and find her comforting at all phases ~ but for now, lets think about a way to use this lovely light to move into the realm of completion ~ one small or big task is perfect!
So here is a lovely and simple ritual to guide your energies ~
This ceremony is something I will also be doing tonight and so let us love and release together my dear moon family. I have been slow in communicating these last months and want you to know that I have many things stirring ~ some are big for me and some are big for us! So please know that in my silence I am still working with you on a level of love that I hope is palpable and full of juicy sweetness.
A reminder: the square of Jupiter & Neptune in Pisces shares infinite possibilities with you ~ grab these positive, loving energies and create your dreams and your life and your loves. Life is a crazy ride and we all have our ups and downs and that is what keeps us beautiful inside and out ~ yet, some days we must find the beauty in every thing ~ because it is what reminds us that we indeed can find infinite possibilities everywhere.
Remember, each day the world is born anew, we arise in newness, and each moment is a new beginning.
It is NEVER TOO LATE!
Full Moon Love & Blessings,
Have you ever wondered what the power of crystals can do for your skin? Well here is one purple powder and gemstone that can make some magic happen in your life!
Amethyst is a crystal that many know for it’s decorative beauty, and healing presence in the home ~ but few know its healing skin benefits. Amethyst is a part of the quartz family and is right up there with Rose Quartz on the beauty spectrum. I use this gem powder in my Mineral Masque, and gemstone in my Lavender Gem Juice, and when creating my Gemstone Essence (which I will talk more about next week), because it has so many wonderful skin benefits; both externally and internally this gemstone will rock your world!
There are two reasons we need to soak up the sunshine ~ Far Infrared rays and Vitamin D. We need both of these to feel healthy and vibrant. This is one of the reasons that we have a skin deep connection to Amethyst. Our bodies radiate FIR energy through the skin ~ have you ever wondered why hands on healing feels so magical?
Amethyst creates magnetic fields that are small but detectable; it also has the ability to absorb and reflect Far-Infrared Rays (FIR). Our own bodies radiate FIR energy through the skin and the levels we carry fluctuate: when it is high we feel healthy and vibrant, and when it’s low our energy wanes/drops. This is why it is so essential to get our healthy doses of sunshine and Amethyst; it makes you feel good.
When using Amethyst, her naturally-occurring magnetic fields interact with your body’s electromagnetic field. Some might call this combo no less than a match made in heaven; Far Infrared Rays (FIR) are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, and yet, these magic rays are capable of penetrating deep into the body to heal and aid in many ways.
Here are several ways Amethyst supports the healing process for your skin ~
And just a little note on the side ~ when your bodies FIR levels are high, you can be a transmitter of these healing waves to your partner or your pet ~ so cuddle up gems!
This powerfully protective and comforting gemstone should not only be a part of your beauty routine, but also your daily life.
So slather up and get a dose of this precious powder and gem essence. Pretty soon you’ll be thinking good thoughts, glowing from inside out, and, who knows...taking off for the stars may be in your near future .... the magic is real, don’t be afraid to get swept up in it.
photo taken from MYSTIC MAMMA
Full Moon in Gemini ~ 4:05 PM (PST) ~ 5:05 PM (MST) ~ 7:05 PM (EST) ~ 12:05 AM (GMT)
The last Full Moon of the year is quickly approaching. Take advantage of this Full Moon in Gemini to create and clarify your visions and end the year with gratitude. The Full Moon in Gemini touches on themes of communication; reading, learning, writing, understanding, errands, and making connections.
These themes are deeply tied to listening to yourself and others. Gemini, the symbol of yin and yang, calls to us to bring up the notions we have in our own mind versus what we truly want to see happen. Focus on your own journey and create clarity around your goals while remaining open to what the Universe may have in store for you. What has your input and output been in the last year? This Full Moon is asking us to listen so that we can properly dissect information given to us and created by us; separating fact from fiction, our beliefs from what is true.
Use this Full Moon to deepen your growth in one of the most important pillars of life, communication. Some fitting Gemstone Organic tools to continue this process of deepening your communication are our Throat Chakra Ceremonial Bath to guide you further in listening to others (and yourself), speaking your truth, and expressing your most authentic self, the Moonstone Face Créme to balance your power of yin and yang and your keep your skin radiant throughout the bitter winter, and our Lavender Gem Juice Hydrosol to heal your skin while giving both mind and body clarity and focus.
The optimal time for ceremony would be one hour before or after the Full Moon rises. Below, I have written several rituals to perform altogether or if you choose to just do one or two to take full advantage of the Full Moon’s energy. As always, do what feels right or is calling to you. Feel free to put your own spin on the practices and tailor them according to your current needs, desires, and energy. Begin with a small 10 or 15 minute meditation or yoga practice to bring your body and mind into the present moment.
At the close of your ceremony, cut your paper in half. Take the left column and burn it in a bowl with your candle, speak the words, “I consciously let this go and so it goes.” After the paper has burned wash your hands while repeating the phrase aloud. Feel free to express yourself afterwards in whatever way you wish, more meditation, writing, or simply just doing whatever feels right to you. You have completed your Full Moon in Gemini Ritual, thank yourself for creating space and time for you.
Wishing you the Moon + Stars,
Spring is a perfect season to tap into our creative juices! Nature calls us in all of her beautiful sprouting and flowering to open up to our creativity. This weekend we celebrate the Spring equinox - a day of equal amounts of light and dark… it is a time to reconnect to our inspired creations and carry them forward into the days ahead.
Spring gives us the opportunity to capture new energy, in sight, smell and touch. The air warms and as we begin to plant our garden seeds the smell and touch of the earth brings forth a surge of energy and heightens our sense of smell. The budding trees and flowers that burst from the earth and branches fill us with renewed hope and love. We see Nature at her best with her rhythms in her intuitive harmony. Seasons are here for us to learn from and follow. Spring is the magical time of the blending of fire and water, Pisces & Aries, nature’s alchemical process that brings new beginnings and plants seeds to be released in the summer.
As the wheel turns through the seasons it nudges us to remember the importance of ceremony, ritual and celebration. Many gather for the Spring Equinox,balance of light and dark, and Easter (rebirth, fertility).
Here are a few ways you can celebrate:
Rituals bring balance to our lives and can be done alone or with others. They remind us of our heart intentions and help up us stay connected to our true sacred selves. Let this be a season where you clean out any old stuck thought patterns and make intentional room for your desires!
What are some of your favorite spring rituals?
Dear Moon Sisters,
Today we celebrate Women’s International Day, a New Moon in Pisces and a Full Solar Eclipse - magic waiting to be released! Women’s International Day is a day for remembering how linking arms globally can bring change, hope and courage in revolutionary ways. It is a day to remember all of those who have paved the way for us, as leaders, mothers, and sisters - we learn from each other. New Moons represent new beginnings and partnered with a Solar Eclipse bring us starts to new chapters’ with increased speed and momentum.
March is a big month. Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac year. Pisces reminds us to be connected to our compassionate heart. Like the goddesses before us, Isis, Mother Mary, Quan Yin, Guadalupe, we can hold our weariness and turn it into compassionate love for ourselves, our loved ones, and our global family. It is also the month of the Spring Equinox, a time for rebirthing; and she holds a Full Moon with a Lunar Eclipse. We are called to action!
New Moons are a great time to set intentions for the month, as Grandmother Moon is in her darkest phase ~ think of it as you would the planting of seeds in the fertile ground. Take a moment to be quiet today, to journal, to feel your connectedness to your beauty. Let yourself be reminded of that beauty by all the beauty that you are surrounded by daily. See it, look for it, feel it. As you move through the month remember to keep your intentions watered and nurtured and they will come to fruition - some faster than others.
Holding to the truth of who we are, our gifts, our talents, our authenticity cannot fail us. No one can take away the essence of who we are. We are all connected and we experience this connectedness in many ways, one may be through the phenomenon of the ‘Six Degrees of Separation’. One experience of this for me was when I was living in Africa. I was working for Habitat for Humanity and leading a group of volunteers from the US in building homes. One of the volunteers had gone to college with my father and actually roomed with my Uncle - how amazing to meet someone on the other side of the world and be so connected!
I love the magic of women in circles, in gatherings, in linking arms to bring change and beauty to the world. We are here to nurture, to heal, and to bring forth new life in whatever capacity that may be. I write this short blog to bring your attention to new beginnings, to spark you into remembering that the time is now and that we have three beautiful reminders today to energize us forward in our selves, our lives, and our dreams.
Let us dream together for as you dream you empower my dreams, as you move forward in courage, I am strengthened to move forward in courage. Let us bring our magic to all those we touch and love - including ourselves. You inspire me with your presence here.
Wishing you the Moon & the Stars,
The Moon. Luna. Mwezi. Grandmother. We know her across the world under different names, but as her light shines down on us she makes each of us feel like we are her special one, the one she really wants to communicate with, the one who has something special to offer the world…and we do, each of us.
Creating rituals can be nourishing and turn you inward to your quieter spaces. I would like to offer you one such ritual that can be done each month if you like, a Full Moon Water Ritual that I love to do and find healing benefits from. It may help you connect with new parts of yourself, brighten your day or help quiet you so you can hear the sweet words your soul is sharing. Gathering the light of the Moon into water is a way to connect to your feminine power.
Creating Moon Water under the Full Moon is an ancient ritual for men and women and is best charged on the first night of the Full Moon. There are many ways to use the Moon Water once it is charged: I love the most ancient and sacred practice of drinking this moon magic! You may want to use it for blessings, for cleansing your chakras, making tea or for watering your plants ~ maybe they need a boost of moon water love! You will intuitively know what to do with yours once you hold the power of the charged water in your hands.
Here are the steps to creating your Moon Water Magic:
Every morning until the next full moon, take a sip of your Moon Water on an empty stomach. With each sip you will strengthen yourself with the properties of the full moon. Open yourself to her energy of creativity, wildness, imagination and brightness ~ she is there for you. Remember the blessings and intentions you placed in her and let this be a new way to start your day with gratitude and connection to the light within you.
Moon energy is something we all experience bi-monthly as her ocean tides rise and fall and the Earth tides (body tides) create a displacement of the Earth, which is caused by the gravity of the Moon and the Sun. We may not feel it in a active sense any more than we do the spinning of the earth as it rotates on its axis, but as we tune into it we can feel her pull. We women are in bodily ceremony with her every month as we follow her cycle of 28 days in our menses. We feel her rhythm as she wanes and waxes and she calls to us on a deep emotional and nurturing level. We carry the vibration of her feminine power.
For a little extra Moon Loving, try our Organic Lavender Gem Juice Hydrosol. Spray it on yourself with an intention on your mind and then in your bed before going to sleep.
The Full Moon in Taurus is a time for you to deeply reconnect with the Earth. The energy of Mama Moon combined with the sacred Root Chakra Ceremonial Bath would be a powerful way to go inward and ground yourself. It is also about manifesting ~ knowing what you want, possibilities, and creative power ~ so depending on what you need, the Sacral Chakra Ceremonial Bath would help you to honor your body by being present to your creativity, passions, and sensuality.
We all love the moon and some of us really love the moon, I mean really love her.
Let her light ignite your light.
Full Moon Blessings,
SPECIAL NOTE: This is the time of year when the days grow shorter days and we receive less light, the womb time. This is a beautiful ritual to prepare for the weeks of darkness ahead. This week we have a Full Moon in Taurus, an earth Moon, also known as the Harvest Moon or Sanguine Moon. When the moon is Full in Taurus it is a time for heightened senses and a time for enjoying earthly pleasures: a time for slowing down.
Colors that you may want to place on your alter under this Taurus Moon would be scarlet or earth tones of browns, greens, yellows and oranges. Gemstones to work with under this Full Moon are red coral, red agate, or garnet. And the fragrance for this Moon is Rose ~ for opening the heart. Now is the time to give up envy, financial insecurity, not feeling valuable and fear of change!
On the morning of November 14th at 5:53 am (PST)/8:53 am (EST), the moon will reach her fullness. It is best to place the Moon Water out on the eve of the Full Moon, however since she is full in the early morning hours, you will want to put your water out on the eve of November 13th, Sunday, to catch her at her fullest on Monday morning. It is good to have the water under her light when she is at her fullest or close to it.
Tomorrow, June 23rd, at 7:31 pm PST (10:31 EST) the Moon will move into her darkness under the sign of Cancer. I like to call this Moon the Dark Moon. This is the day that the Moon rises with the Sun and is too close to the sun’s glare to be visible with the eye. This Cancer Moon is here to guide you into feeling your potential and helping you to re-orient yourself to your highest work and purpose. Time to plant your seeds of intention under her Dark Moon energy.
Cancer, a water sign, is ruled by Grandmother Moon. Moon in Cancer reconnects us with our oceans of emotions and so we may find ourselves feeling more deeply or with a heightened sensitivity. Cancer is the sign of the archetypal mother, our own mothers as well as the Great Mother Earth. Under this Dark Moon in Cancer we can also find many other planets positioned in water signs: Chiron (Pisces), Mercury (Cancer), Mars (Cancer) and Neptune (Pisces) ~ making water very prominent and deeply felt under this Moon.
This is a time to remember that water is medicine.
Water is about movement, flow, and change. She is our most vital life resource, a cleanser, and a way to release into and give blessings under this Cancer Moon.
The water element is related to the heart, to our connection with others, which is why it is so important to be alert to her condition around the world. As we allow her to be mistreated and filled with toxins ~ we will find that our own hearts will feel the same mistreatment and become filled with troubles and harm.
I believe this new moon is the perfect time for a water blessing ceremony ~ to help heal you, the water and the world. In fact I dedicate EVERYDAY from today a day for a water blessing ceremony!
I have designed this ceremony around the Sacred Geometry of the water element, the Icosahedron (this geometry corresponds to the Sacral Chakra so working with this Chakra is also healing under this Moon). The Icosahedron enhances your creative thought process and can help to move and eliminate emotional blocks to give your creativity the openness ‘to go with the flow’ to move you through challenging and/or exciting changes.
Combining sacred geometry with crystals gives the water additional healing properties. I recommend using Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and Clear Quartz, as they are safe to place inside and outside the water; and contain amazing energies. Quartz provides clarity in thinking; the Rose Quartz brings in a positive, gentle love; and Amethyst is the teacher of all things spiritual and healing to body, mind and soul.
Your Water Blessing Ceremony:
Or you can use the Hawaian Huna Ho’oponopono blessing:
I am sorry, I forgive you, thank you, I love you.
In the morning of the Crescent Moon, June 24th, before eating or drinking anything else ~ bless the water and then take a sip. Feel your own healing powers as she moves into your system....this is your water to seed and bless your intention, use it daily. You can bless yourself with your intention by placing drops under your tongue, drinking it, or placing the drops on your body. You may not see or feel it right away, be patient, it may take a few days before you will notice something.
Use this water through out the next few weeks to change the vibration of the water you drink and cook with. Just place a few drops of your blessed water into your water jug or cooking pan. A few drops is enough to change the vibration of the other water and don’t forget to bless it at the same time! When we take on the act of blessing our water and sharing it with our bodies and larger bodies of water we become a force of healing ~ near and far.
Water is the greatest of all substances and is closely connected to the feminine and our intuition. The great flow of life is in water and that is the beauty and power of water blessings. We cannot change things outside of ourselves, because everything is coming from within. When we go inside and take responsibility for how we are feeling it has a direct effect on the planet. The ocean is made up of drops and we are each one of those precious drops ~ so let us start here one drop at a time….
Bless your water ~ bless the world,
Friday, June 9th @ 6:09 am (PST), 7:09 (MST), 8:09 (CST), 9:09 (EST)
Tomorrow the Moon is Full in Sagittarius. This June Moon was called the Strawberry Moon by the Algonquin tribe as it was the time of year to gather the ripening fruit. And is also known as the Full Rose or Honey Moon in Europe. I love these names for the June Moon ~ they match with all the love happening. It is no wonder weddings are at a high this time of year! And to add to the mix, this Full Moon's orbit is farthest from the earth and is called an "apogee" or Mini Moon. As it rises low in the sky it gives the moon its amber/rose color ~ hence giving it the name Rose/Honey Moon.
Sagittarius is a masculine, fire sign and is the archetype for wisdom, truth and understanding ~ energy for the journey. Full Moons mark a time of completion and bringing projects to a close, however, with the Moon falling close to Saturn retrograde it may suggest slowdowns. Yet, Saturn also gifts us with the traits of patience and persistence, so using these tools, we can keep ourselves steady and our projects successful.
Ahhh but there is always more right? Within an hour of the Full Moon, Jupiter (the ruler of Sagittarius) turns direct nudging our hopes and dreams out of hiding and inspiring us to share them with the world.
I find this Full Moon in Sagittarius a perfect opportunity for helping us call on the light of consciousness within ourselves to work with our dreams and imagination in expanding our visions. This is a time to unleash our truths, to help us to discover what has deeper meaning for us, and guide us into the energies of the Wheel of the Year turning with the Summer Solstice.
A few days before the Full Moon, you may notice that what you are ready to release is coming up for you. Before I share this beautiful fire ceremony by Lori-Lyn Hurley, I want to share a few thoughts for your altar. Gemstones you may want to connect with are Turquoise, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli or Ruby. Magnolia is a fragrance to explore your expanded beauty. And here are a few questions to contemplate over the next few days:
Enjoy this beautiful fire ceremony my dear Moon Family ~
And don’t forget to put our your Moon Water Gems ~
Full Moon Love Your Way,
Yes, the New Moon in Gemini is tomorrow, May 25th at 12:44 PST (3:44 EST). I love that Geminis are described as honey bees moving from flower to flower collecting all the information they can in the world in order to make sense of their purpose. Gemini is an air sign ruled by the planet Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication. Communication and opening your throat chakra is key under a Gemini Moon. This is a beautiful time to gather and seek out information and listen to the guidance and ideas of our kindred friends to help us better understand ourselves.
This New Moon in Gemini also has a special energy to tap into. Early Friday morning, May 26th the Moon will make a trine with lucky Jupiter (a favorable aspect). This is a perfect time to ‘double down’ and start not one but two new projects ~ we need to grab this energy by the tail and watch her bring it forward with a roar!
Below are two short meditations to bring you deeper into your body and connect you to your intention and projects. These simple exercises can help to bring you into alignment with your center of knowing:
BODY MEDITATION ~ this only takes a few minutes but is very enlightening:
With practice ~ this exercise will help you to discriminate your body’s wisdom and teach you to follow your truth.
UTTARABODHI HAND MUDRA MEDITATION ~ Mercury rules the hands and lungs.
This mudra strengthens the metal element and is associated with the energy of the lungs and large intestine. The metal element conducts the universal life force (chi or prana) from the outside to the inside, charging your inner power reservoirs. This is a great mudra to use when you feel physically and mentally listless or when you need a rousing idea ~ a flash of inspiration!
Place both hands in front of your solar plexus, at the level of your stomach. Lay the respective index fingers and thumbs on each other. Point your index fingers upward to the ceiling, and your thumbs downward to the floor or stomach. If you are lying down, the tips of your thumbs may lie at the lower end of your sternum. This hand mudra can be held anywhere, at anytime, and for as long as you want. Create your own affirmation to use when holding the mudra or use this one: My partnership with the powers of the cosmos allow my life to appear in a new light.
Once you feel centered, begin your ceremony by cleansing your space. Place your focus on your intention and your projects you will be starting, whether they are personal or professional. Go out and collect objects from nature while holding your focus and place them on your altar. Bring in the element of air by opening a window or door, using a lavender spray or essential oil, or connecting to your breath. Draw your intention to your heart space to connect your heart and mind and open your imagination so that you can embrace all possibilities. As mentioned above, Mercury rules the hands, so this is a perfect time to work with clay, color, paint, draw, or write. If you have tarot cards, do a reading on your intention or upcoming projects.
For your altar, add the Gemini colors of yellow or orange and citrine or agate gemstones. It is also lovely to add a written note or an item that symbolizes your intention (projects) to your altar.
And if you have time ~ play with the Balsamic Moon tonight by taking a salt bath!
We are entering the New Moon in Taurus this Wednesday, April 26th at 5:16 am (PST). Moon in Taurus slows us down and creates an earthy, sensual time. I cannot think of a better time to connect to my creative and sensual self ~ to plant the fertile seed and listen to the miracle of Mother Earth within as she shares her magic and guides us to manifesting our hearts dreams and songs. There is much going on under this Earth sign that is ruled by Venus and for this new moon I want to share a ritual to invoke the energy of the Balsamic Moon ~ the Wishing Moon. The Balsamic Moon phase is the three days before the New Moon and a beautiful, magical time for placing your wishes in the air. As Steve Nelson says, “A wish made on the Balsamic Moon is more likely to come true because needs are felt more deeply now…the more deeply a need is felt, the more invocative energy goes into the Moon cycle and the more likely this need will be met. You may be more aware of fears, self-doubts and difficult emotional tides at the close of the Moon cycle. The old emotional cycle is breaking down and everything that is wrong tends to come to awareness ~ let’s not forget, feeling invokes healing”
As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. This is a time to see what is standing in your way, holding you back ~ the New Moon in Taurus is a time to slow down, clear the way and allow yourself the space to plant your seeds ~ receive the insight.
Here is a Bath Ritual for you to use under the Balsamic Moon (Today, Monday, Tuesday)
A great way to cleanse during the Balsamic Moon is to bathe in salt water. A hot mineral bath is healing when your emotional and physical toxins are ready to be released. So take a bath to support your clearing of toxins and perceptions and open up to the awareness.
Then on Wednesday, April 26th once we move into the New Moon (5:16 am PST) create a vision board ~ one that can tap you into your center of creativity ~ the energy center that strengthens your ability to express yourself and your manifestations. It will be a great tool to guide you through to the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 10th.
Here are some thoughts on creating your vision board:
And remember sweet moon family, the universe is there for you ~ so use your powers to manifest your dreams and more!
Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,