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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,
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,
We are entering the Full Moon in Virgo on March 12th at 7:53 am PST (`)~ also known as the Worm Moon by Native Americans 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. Tomorrow we also turn our clocks back ~ creating more light in our days.
Full Moons are in opposition to the Sun ~ this month the Full Moon is in Virgo while the Sun is in Pisces. It may feel as if they are working against each other, however, they are really working towards the same goal from different directions. According to Beatrix Qunttana ~ this Virgo Moon/Pisces Sun is a time when you may find tension between doing your work and finding your path. Looking at things from different directions can shift your perspective and healing. And remember even small shifts can lead to big awakenings and healing.
A Virgo Full Moon is a time to work with your Throat Chakra. Clearing the Throat Chakra helps you to have good, clear communication enabling you to express yourself authentically. The Moon in Virgo opens up your energy around seeking your path and encourages you to bring your radiance into the world to support healing for yourself and others.
Full Moon Ceremony
Taking the time to create and share in ceremony/rituals under the Full Moon can be food for your soul. This is a time of the month when many women ovulate, symbolizing Purna energy, a time of fullness, expansiveness and productivity. Rituals/ceremonies deeply nourish our spirit and soul and afterwards you will find that you are more clear and connected to your center.
Here is a simple chakra ceremony that you can use under this Virgo Moon ~
Your Ceremony ~ you can do this in the evening or in the morning during the Full Moon ~
Place your mandala somewhere that you will see if often during the next two weeks ~ for me this is an important part of the healing power of ceremony. To bring it forward is how we hold onto the power and healing we experienced during the ceremony.
I will be sharing chakra ceremonies throughout this year during the Full and New Moons. Regularly dancing through the charka’s helps you to feel more alive and energized, bringing balance to your whole body. I think by the end of the year you will be able to notice very real changes in yourself and so will others!
Here are a few questions to think about during your ceremony:
Moon Light Your Way,
Get your Moon Water out today Gems! We are under a beautiful Full Moon Eclipse with the Moon in Leo. Ecplises are always a time of intensified energies and listening to your body during this time is a great way to understanding your needs and learning about your own healing powers. This is a Fire Moon and 2017 is a year for new beginnings ~ so let us take our energies and put them forth with our creative juices and fire. Tap into your courage and let your heart be heard with powerful energy of this Leo Moon.
You know how much I love working with water, gemstones and Grandmother Moon! So here are a few ways to work with the water, gemstones and the Moon before, during and after this eclipse/full moon.
PREPARE MOON WATER
Here are a few thoughts to ponder when placing your intention into your Moon Water ~
Moon water is a beautiful way to keep yourself looking forward and connecting with your visions and intentions. It strengthens female powers ~ whether used by men or women.
TAKE A MOON BATH
Grab your gemstones, pyrite, citrine, yellow topaz or whatever calls to you, and place them in the bathtub under the running water as you fill the tub. Add bath salts, and a few drops of essential oils, Jasmine is a beautiful fragrance for this moon and will help you to remember your souls original intention. Get into the bath if possible prior to the Full Moon (4:32 pm PST) and create intentions with yourself immersed in the waters.
PLACE YOUR GEMSTONES UNDER THE MOON
Place your favorite gemstones under the Moon to charge them up with your intentions and the energy of the Moon. I love to place them in the shape of a mandala or spiral ~ again listen to the crystals and your inner voice to what is best for you.
Use the Moon energy and light today and let yourself shine bright dear sisters and brothers ~
Wishing you the Moon & the Stars,
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Tomorrow is the first New Moon of 2017. This is not only a beautiful time to set intentions for the next Moon cycle but also for the coming year. New Moon energy is all about setting your intentions, wishes, or dreams out into the Universe into the Dark Moon to germinate. Then during the Waxing period, the two weeks between the New and Full Moon, you take action on your intentions, actively working towards your goals.
New Moons fall under the same sign as the Sun and this New Moon is in Aquarius. When the Sun is in Aquarius you will find that your mind and spirit work together to give you the power of vision. It is a time of focusing on the collective, working together with a team, community, science and Magic! We have some lovely, creative energy to work with under this New Moon.
Tomorrow we also usher in the Fire Rooster. The Fire Rooster represents a year of new awakenings ~ success and good luck are can be achieved through your hard work and your taking action towards your goals. The Fire Element is magnetic ~ great for increasing your inner wisdom.
In addition, we have Mars moving into Aries tomorrow night, his favorite sign, pulling in more fiery, potent energy ready for action.
And to add to this creative, fiery, focused energy, is a Cazimi New Moon. A Cazimi Moon is when the Moons center is within 17’ of arc of the Sun. A Cazimi Moon is good to use if you want something to really succeed ~ it is one of the highest forms of good luck. This energy is available 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the New Moon, which is tomorrow at 4:07 pm PST (7:07pm EST) ~ i.e. from 3:37 to 4:37 pm PST. Cazimi Moons only happen at the New Moons, however, not all New Moons are Cazimi Moons.
This is a great time to hold ritual, alone or with your tribe to connect to your intention, your goals, and your wishes. Below is a sweet ritual for you to use to set your intentions. To complete all the steps below can take anywhere from 1 - 2 hours so feel free to use one or all of the steps ~ they are there for the picking.
Enjoy this creative, auspicious energy and remember to dream big gems!
Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,
As we move into this New Year 2018 ~ I want to share my gratitude for each of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share my magic with you and your skin. Walk forward into 2018 with your beautiful self ~ you are a blessing to my life.
Today we step into a Full Moon in Cancer at 6:24 pm PST (9:24 pm EST). Get outside tonight to see her rise ~ she will be spectacular ~ catch her light. The Moon rules cancer and loves being in her sign ~ a sign of water. Cancer reconnects us with our oceans of emotions ~ a time to nourish ourselves and connect to our true feelings. Water is healing and one of the best conduits for our emotions ~ a great time to bath, hydrate or make soup!
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the New Year or this Full Super Moon than taking a self-caring, ritual bath. Taking time for you on this first day of the year is a wonderful way to start the year with a self-care practice. Let this bath ritual guide you into the year in a way that is nurturing and intentional. You can create your bath time so that it not only becomes a self-care ritual, but a daily/weekly/monthly cleansing and healing. We are blessed to have access to clean water ~ something we take for granted daily.
We are all stepping into the New Year with hopes and dreams ~ let yours begin with a self-ritual that is nurturing to your body and soul. And don't forget to put our your Moon Water Gems!
Wishing you the Moon, the Stars and more,