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Spring Forward! Awakening the Spirit

 

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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:

  1. Gather with your sister(s) and share food, dreams and visions. After sharing your food, sit in circle and pass around a talking stick, stone or bowl filled with rice, sand or salt. Each person who holds the talking piece speaks and shares and once they are done they give thanks and pass the talking piece to their sister to the right or left. It is a powerful ceremony and can put one in touch with things they did not know they were carrying!
  2. Go out in nature - take a walk, plant a garden, or just sit on the earth in your yard to connect with Mother Earth and her spring
  3. Create a mandala. Gather things over the next few days, possibly when you go for a walk pick up things that call you, seeds that have fallen to the earth, flowers, twigs etc. or anything from your home, beads, string, beans, spices etc. Gather colored pencils, watercolors or other art supplies. Using paper or an art board, gather up your items, grab some glue and create a mandala that will stir you or remind you of the creativity that you are tapping into and working with on a daily basis. Mandalas are magical, healing & so beautiful to look at and make.

  4. Take an art class, a writing class, or go to an inspirational talk on something you love!
  5. Set an intention for a change you would like to accomplish by the Summer Solstice. Write it down and place it in a safe place to revisit monthly or at the Summer Solstice - the power of intention is big!
  6. Start a cleanse - this is a great time to cleanse internally for clarity and fresh perspectives on your intentions. There are many great cleanses out there!

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!

Spring blessings,
Debra

What are some of your favorite spring rituals?

    March 19, 2019

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    Moon Magic + Solar Power

    moon magic solar eclipse

    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,
    Debra
    Moon Mama

     

    March 19, 2019

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    New Moon In Cancer ~ Water Blessing Ceremony


      

    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:

    1. Gather a clear glass, bowl or vase for your water and crystals;
    2. Print out the picture of the Icosahedron below:



      You may need to change the size to fit the bottom of your vessel depending on what you have to work with.
    3. Place your paper in a windowsill or somewhere where it will catch the longest amount of the dark moon energy and then place your vessel on top of the image so that the bottom fits over the entire image.
    4. Pour water into the vessel
    5. Clean your crystals and then place them inside your vessel (for those of you who have saved the crystals from the Gem Juices ~ they are the perfect size!) and arrange them onto the numbered points on the Icosahedron as shown below (I used a bamboo skewer to move the crystals into place). You can use larger or smaller crystals, just be sure to place them on each of the numbered points:



    6. You can also place the crystals directly onto the paper and then place the jar onto the crystals (as shown below).  If you are using crystals other than the Rose Quartz, Amethyst or Clear Quartz, you may want to use this method.



    7. Now you are ready to bless the water. Take a few moments to connect to your breath and then say your blessing into the water. Remember water is prana and so you are just reminding her of her power and beauty! 
    Here are a few blessing for you to choose from ~ but I encourage you to use your own words as you may want to weave your intention into the blessing ~

    Here is an Angel Blessing:
    Think of a joyful, loving thought. Then bless the water and ask that it nourish your soul and heal your body, the earth and all that lives on and within her.

    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,
    Debra
    Moon Mama

    March 19, 2019

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    Full Moon in Sagittarius ~ A Fire Ceremony

    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:

    • What awareness does this Full Moon bring to you?
    • Where are you feeling her in your body today, tomorrow, Saturday?
    • What are your hopes and dreams?
    • What is the spark of light that lives in your heart that is calling for awakening?
    • What are you releasing and ready to bring to completion?

    Enjoy this beautiful fire ceremony my dear Moon Family ~

    Sacred Fire Ceremony by Lori-Lyn Hurley

    This ceremony is a way of letting go utilizing the element of fire. During a fire ceremony, the flames of the fire become the focal point of your intention (the prayer) that you offer. You send the intention of what you wish to release, and what you wish to be replaced in its absence, into the sacred fire. The fire’s flame consumes your prayer and transforms it into energy that is sent to spirit. You may choose to release:
    • Issues that no longer serve you
    • old habits that no longer carry a loving charge for you
    • physical or mental habits that you are tired of or that limit you
    • fears of moving forward
    You may also choose to forgive someone or forgive yourself for something that happened in the past, release relationship entanglements or the regret of words unspoken.

    First, prepare your fire. You can build your fire in your indoor fireplace, but if at all possible, I recommend an outdoor bonfire or fire pit. Once your fire is burning, prepare a spirit stick. Simply walk around with your eyes drifting across the landscape until you see the stick that calls to you. Sit comfortably near the fire and, feeling its warmth, begin to meditate on that which you wish to release. As each issue rises, tie a scrap of yarn or ribbon around the stick to represent it. This is your spirit stick. Place it where you can see it, or hold it, and write a letter. You may choose to write a letter to spirit, or you may choose (as in the case of my friend) to write a letter to a person who has crossed over. Let your words flow onto the page. Feel your emotions. Leave nothing unexpressed. Know that everything you write in this letter will be seen, heard and understood in spirit. There is no reason to censor yourself. Write into the difficult places, the loving places. Write until you have said absolutely everything that you need to say.

    When you are finished, wrap your letter around the spirit stick and tie it with ribbon. Hold the stick in your hands to infuse it with the energy of your intention. You may also choose to blow your intention into the stick several times. Feel your heart releasing its grip. Feel your intention moving into the spirit stick, and when you are ready, throw it on to the fire. You may choose to conduct this ceremony with others. If so, allow each person to come forward and send her stick into the fire as the others stand behind in a circle of support. The sincerity of your heart’s intention is what makes this ceremony so powerful. For that reason, you can release and transform with symbolic fire as well. Simply imagine this fire burning in your heart as you write your letter and place it next to a candle burning on your altar for release and transformation. You may also wish to conduct this ceremony with another of the earth’s elements. To release with Earth, bury your letter, marking the spot with a stone (or your spirit wand.) The all embracing Earth takes all things back into herself, transforming all energy back into the essential building blocks of life. To release with Water, the great purifier, tear your letter into tiny pieces and release it into a flowing stream. To release with Air, tear your letter into tiny pieces and scatter them in the breeze, or tear it into long strips and tie them to the branches of a tree. Remember, it is your intention and focus that is important. You can modify this ritual in any way you see fit, so that it feels good to you. When you release and allow energy to flow in your heart, you allow communion with spirit and move forward on your path. The earth and her elements assist you with love and support.

    And don’t forget to put our your Moon Water Gems ~

    Full Moon Love Your Way,
    Debra

    March 19, 2019

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    New Moon in Gemini

    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:

    • Sit down and tell yourself a truth out loud, such as I love Roses. Go inward and notice how your body feels when you tell yourself a truth.
    • Get up and do something around the house for just one minute ~ no more.
    • Sit down again and say to yourself out loud, I hate Roses. Notice how your body responds to this message ~ something happens in your body when you tell yourself a lie ~ get to know that response.

    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! 

    dream big,
    Debra

    March 19, 2019

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    Balsamic Wishing Moon ~ New Moon in Taurus

    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.

    • 1 cup Epsom Salt
    • 1 cup Sea Salt
    • Essential Oil ~ you can use quite a few drops and let it soak into the salts prior to using - remember the smell in the bath will be diluted so don’t be afraid to make it strong ~ a few oils I suggest are rosemary or geranium.
    • If you feel you are drawn to work on a chakra – use the color/smell to match that chakra – check out the ceremonial chakra baths on the website for more information.
    • Place a candle at the foot of the bath to aid in clearing the mind and focusing intentions.
    • Add flowers to bring the image, word and feeling of beauty to your time…remember your own beauty matches the beauty that surrounds you daily.
    • Play soft music or create a time of silence.

    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:

    1. Plan a time that will give you at least 2 hours for creating …
    2. Light a candle and tune into your vision for manifesting over the next few weeks or longer…
    3. Using a heavier paper like a Matboard ~ cut it into the circle or use it in the square…
    4. Grab magazines, colored pencils, stamps or anything that sparks you…
    5. Cut, write, paste and create….
    6. If you like, once you have completed your cuttings, blindly draw several to cover your paper and let your intuition guide you…
    7. Place your picture in a place where you can connect with your vision daily ~ preferably in the morning upon awakening and in the evening before going to sleep ~ maybe at the end of your bed! 

    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,

    Debra
    Moon Mama

     

     

    March 19, 2019

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    Dancing Under the Full Moon

    Art work by Beverly Ash Gilbert

    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 ~

    Morning

    • Start your day with a blueberry and coconut water smoothie ~ healing and energizing for your throat chakra with the healing blue color and cooling liquid.
      • Blend together blueberries, coconut water, avocado and a protein powder of your choice in a high ~ top with your favorite toppings (roasted sunflower seeds, bee pollen, coconut sprinkles etc).

    Afternoon

    • Prepare for your evening ceremony by gathering the following:

      • Music: I recommend downloading the Song: Dancing Through the Chakras by Terry Oldfield & Soraya Saraswati (you can find it online)
      • Pick out a Mandala Picture here & print it out on a heavy stock paper for coloring later;
      • Coloring pencils, water colors, markers or chalk for coloring your mandala;
      • Candles;
      • Sage
      • Gemstones (emerald, turquoise, aquamarine);
      • Lavender essential oil
      • Tea;
      • Blue or turquoise pajama’s or something colored to wear while you dance, color and sleep! 

    Your Ceremony ~ you can do this in the evening or in the morning during the Full Moon ~

    • Find your space where you will be able to hold your ceremony (preferably somewhere you can experience the light of Grandmother Moons fullness) and create a small alter using your gemstones, candles, tarot cards and a blue, green or earth tone colored cloth or pictures.
    • Lay out your mandala paper and materials for coloring on your table/floor.
    • Light your sage and cleanse the room, yourself and your altar.
    • Light your candles and use the lavender oil on yourself and around the room to lightly permeate your senses and surroundings.
    • If you use tarot cards, draw a card to work with during your ceremony. One card is good as it can speak to you more clearly when you ask a clear and concise question.
    • Light your candles and turn out the lights ~ if not candles turn your lights down low or off if you feel so inclined so that you tune into your body fully.
    • Start your music and follow the dance through all your Chakra’s paying special attention to the Throat Chakra. When you are done ~ stop and take a deep breath. Take a few minutes feel your body and energy. Where is the energy moving? How do you feel? Notice your throat chakra.
    • Move to your space to create and color your mandala… stay connected to your body and the energy from the dance. If you are drawn to write ~ do! This is a great time to listen to what your body wants to share with you.
    • Make your tea and sip on your tea and write in your journal before bed.

    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:

    • Have you every taken time to contemplate what it means to express yourself authentically?
    • Do you take time to listen to others and yourself daily?
    • What words do you choose daily to speak out to the world?

    Moon Light Your Way,

    Debra

    March 19, 2019

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    Water Under the Moon

    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

    1. Choose a beautiful glass container and if you have one that is gold or orange or purple ~ those are wonderful colors to use under this Leo Moon. Choose one that has a lid and can hold enough for you to take a sip a day until the next Full Moon.
    2. Fill your container with fresh water ~ preferably high alkaline water as it is so healing internally. 
    3. If you like add a few gemstones, this moon particularly likes pyrite, citrine, amber or yellow topaz ~ but if other gemstones are calling you, LISTEN!  Place the crystals in a glass bowl of water and then place your container in the middle of the stones to collect their energy and healing properties. 
    4. Place your container outside tonight under the Moon ~ if you can place it our before the eclipse/full moon that would be magical!  If not, do it when you can and place it where it can catch the Moon light.  If you do not have a window or option for catching moonlight ~ again, do not worry as your intention is heard and Grandmother Moon is above and listening! Full Moon is at 4:32 pm PST (5:32 MST,6:32 CST, 7:32 EST). 
    5. Talk to your water/gemstones and share your intention and dreams for this Full Moon and the next 30 days.  Your water will gather the energy of Grandmother Moon as she sits through the night.
    6. In the morning, preferably before sunrise, gather your water and take your first sip on an empty stomach.  Each morning take a sip (on an empty stomach) and strengthen yourself with the properties of the full moon and your intention! Liquid Moon light ~
    7. Meditate on your intentions even for those few seconds as you start your day and you will feel the internal shift that is happening ~ you are your best healer and the tools you have to work with are numerous.  

    Here are a few thoughts to ponder when placing your intention into your Moon Water ~

    • What are your visions for this year?
    • Where does this Leo Moon speak to you in your body?
    • What emotions is she stirring in your body today?
    • Where do you hold your courage in your body?
    • What are you ready to release?
    • How will you bring in your feminine creative powers under this Leo Moon?

    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,
    Debra

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    March 19, 2019

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    New Moon Ritual ~ Setting Intentions

     

    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.

    1. Choose your place to hold ceremony and if you can create a small alter.
    2. Choose a piece of paper ~ I like to use a printed-paper with words, pictures or even a solid color or color print that is attractive to you is great.
    3. Gather colored pencils, scissors, a glue stick, and some string (hemp, embroidery thread or even sweetgrass will work!).
    4. I also love to gather herbs, spices, seeds, beads, essential oils etc to work with ~ I have a few suggestions and their healing properties below ~ chose those that speak to you and/or that you can access easily.
    5. Do some stretching or dance to connect to your body and then sit quietly to connect internally to your breath and heartbeat. Connect to your intention.
    6. Now its time to create! Take your paper and draw or write your intention. Add spices or herbs and other lovely things you have collected and place them ~ feel free to use glue to keep them in place. Once you are done creating, fold your paper into a small bundle and tie it up with your string,
    7. Place it on your alter, next to your bed, or carry it on your body or in your purse until after the New Moon tomorrow night.
    8. During the Cazimi Moon time tomorrow night, use your small bundle to reconnect with your intention. If you like do some writing or just be sure to take your intention and dream big during this time ~ HAVE FUN! Don’t worry how big you dream, as dreaming is beautiful for heart and soul! And who knows what magic will come your way….
    9. If you used any seeds in the bundle on Saturday, under the New Crescent Moon you can place you bundle on a plate, open it and saturate it with water.  Keep is moist by spraying with water a few times a day and after a few days you can keep a small pool of water on the plate ~ within 4-7 days you will have chia/fenugreek sprouts to eat a great way to incorporate your intention, dreams, wishes and keep them moving forward and into fruition over the next few weeks.
    10. Or just place your bundle on your alter or keep it in an area where you can see it so that you are reminded to connect to your intention/wishes/dreams to keep the vision and energy moving with you. Putting you goals into action is the key, yet it is also important to remember that progress is relative, because life is a journey and the goal is ever changing!

    Enjoy this creative, auspicious energy and remember to dream big gems! 

    Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,
    Debra

    Healing Properties of a few Herbs/Spices/Oils/Tree Bark

    Birch ~ symbolizes truth, new beginnings and cleansing of the past.
    Chamomile ~ helps attract abundance and relaxes your energy to allow you to become receptive. The Universe and God always have your best interests in mind. Excellent for luck and prosperity.
    Chia Seeds ~ means strengthening, builds endurance
    Cinnamon ~ help to attract success and for bringing healing, protection and love. It can even help you enhance your psychic powers.
    Fenugreek ~ protection and grounding, helps with centering and focusing ones intentions.
    Hawthorn ~ is medicine for the heart on all levels Emotionally and energetically, it soothes a broken heart, grief, difficult relationships, and feelings of being taken advantage of by friends, family, or partners.
    Lavender ~ relaxes your mind and quiets the ego voice. It helps cast away any fears about embracing your spiritual gifts.
    Lemongrass ~ wards off distractions and procrastination; brings you clarity of purpose; sharpens your focus and stops people from interrupting your important job. (fresh or essential oil)
    Myrrh ~ symbolizes power, strength, vitality, and mysticism it can be used to increase ones energy and stamina. (I suggest an essential oil as this is the fragrance for this New Moon)
    Peppermint ~ helps motivate and inspire you, bringing you new creative ideas on how to achieve your dreams. (fresh or essential oil)
    Rose ~ opens your heart and attracts compassion, understanding and healing; and of course, love. (fresh or essential oil)
    Rosemary ~ has an affinity for the head area. It clears away unwanted thoughts, lifts negative thinking in favor of a positive attitude, and assists with concentration. (fresh or essential oil)
    March 19, 2019

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    New Year Love ~ Full Moon in Cancer

    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. 

    AND NOW
    LET US WELCOME THE NEW YEAR
    FULL OF THINGS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN
    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


    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. 

    Water Ritual:

      • Begin by selecting what you would like to add to your bath ~ it can be bath salts, essential oils clay, oatmeal or apple cider vinegar. Each has its own healing properties.
      • Begin your bath water and place your salts, clay, essential oils etc. under the running water while thinking of the healing properties the each one offers.
      • Gather your candles, diffuser, music, tea or what ever you choose to bring with you into your bath to better connect to yourself.
      • Before getting into the bath, bring forward your intention for the water to share with you ~ for this moment, this day, this week, this month or this year! 
      • Once in the water, connect with the element of water and her elemental spirits. If you have added essential oils, connect to the smell and plant spirits. They are there to work together with you and your body.
      • Sip your tea, listen to your music, take in the candle light and just be. Nothing more. Give yourself at least 5-10 minutes of connecting with the feeling of the water on your skin ~ how when you move, it moves, what it feels like to place your face in the water or immerse completely. Connect with the smells of the essential oils and how they make you feel. Watch the candle light and where you connect with it in your body. As you sip on your tea follow it down your throat and into your body. Be aware of your body and how it interacts.
      • Notice how you feel when you get out of the bath ~ are you relaxed? smiling? what feelings did it invoke? 
      • As you let the water out of the bath thank the elemental spirits for sharing with you and bless them all. 

    Soup Ritual:

      • If you shop today 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 <3.

    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,
    Debra
    Moon Mama

    March 19, 2019

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