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Dear Moon Family,
Tomorrow, December 21st, we celebrate the Winter Solstice ~ a turning of the wheel that gives us the opportunity to connect with the subtle changes and cycles of the season and help us attune with the inner changes and cycles in ourselves. This is a beautiful day in this hectic time to remember the miracles that surround us daily.
Solstice comes from the Latin words, sol, meaning sun, and sistere, meaning to stand still. It was named Solstice as it appeared as if the sun and moon stopped moving across the sky ~ as if time stood still for just that mere second ~ and maybe it does!
Although it is the longest night of the year, it is also the start of the solar year ~ the rebirth of the Sun. It can be a beautiful time to remember that our lives are part of a larger energy, always changing, always renewing.
I hope you all placed your intentions under the Dark New Moon in Sagittarius ~ the last new moon of the year. Now as we move into the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, I hope that you will bring those intentions forward again ~ or if you did not place your intention, this is a second beautiful chance to plant and seed.
Taking time for rituals with personal meaning serve as touchstones to help you to open to receiving and internalizing the magic that surrounds you. Here are a few simple rituals for you. Remember to create your space. Light a candle, incense or sage or gather some Evergreen to fill your house with the smell of the woods ~ evergreen symbolizes continuity of life, protection and prosperity.
Wash and cut the apple and boil it in ~ 5 cups of water for 5-6 minutes. Add the clove, anise and cinnamon stick and let everything sit for 5-10 minutes. Strain and if you like add raw honey or other sweetener.
Sit in the dark and drink your tea ~ find a place where you can experience quiet and tune into the silence while sipping on your tea. No need to think about what to do ~ just enjoy the taste, smell and feel of the tea in silence. Silence and darkness are soothing to the soul. Drink a second cup. Open to your magical self and all that you carry inside ~ its there for you.
And please, if you cannot do any of these rituals on the winter solstice itself ~ please make a time between now and the new year to share a quiet moment with you. Let it be your present to yourself.
I believe in miracles.
photo by mystic mama
Tomorrow morning at 7:47 am PST (10:47 am EST) we enter the Full Moon in Gemini. Gemini is an air element and when the Moon is in Gemini we can find our thoughts and nerves speeding up. It is also a time to feel liberated and free ~ teaching us to work with possibilities. This is a time to focus on balancing the Element of Air ~ the unseen energies of life.
Air is the element that connects all other elements. It has the power to shift and change the landscape ~ shaping itself into the space available or shaping space to its own nature. You experience the power of air through its movement ~ maybe through a soft breeze passing over your skin or the scent of flowers it may carry. Air gives us life ~ it is the power of breath. Each breath is a cycle within itself. Your inhale represents the energy of receiving and your exhale the energy of giving. It is the wind beneath your wings, the power of your heart to direct you into right action. This power is the perfect balance between receiving and giving.
Thought: What is taking shape in your life?
Here are a few ways to work with the element of air:
Today, bring in the color yellow in your surroundings or on your altar. If you like, work with the gemstones citrine or yellow jade. And to help focus your mind use the essential oils of rosemary, juniper berry or clary sage. And don’t forget to put out your Moon Water gems.
Holiday surprises and gift packages coming this week <3.
Full Moon Blessings,
Hello Dear Moon Family,
We have passed through a beautiful, deep Dark Moon in Scorpio ~ did you feel her? How did she move you? Scorpio is a planet of depth and hidden feelings and pushes us into transformations.
This month I am focusing on the New Crescent Moon in Sagittarius. Under a Sagittarius I seem to find a comfort and happiness that is calm and lovely. I hope over these last months you are starting to better gauge your feelings under each moon sign .
As the Moon pulls away from the Sun and beings to wax toward the second quarter stage towards her fullness, there is energy of newness a beautiful time to start a new project. Catch her tonight as she sets to feel her energy. She will be visible on the horizon setting after the sun tonight at 5:23 pm (PST).
Lets find time today to connect with what we just released and find the expansion in ourselves that is opening and shifting this week. We have so much to look forward to ~
I have many sweet holiday treats of gratitude and love coming your way ~ I am so thankful for each of you <3 ~
Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,
Tonight is the Full Moon in Taurus for the West Coast (10:22 pm PST) and early tomorrow morning for the Central & East Coast (1:22 am EST). Taurus is a strong and supportive sign ~ bringing in the earthy, comforting side of life. As Chani Nichols shares, the Moon loves to be in Taurus and is said to be exalted here. This is our time of darkness, inner journeys, and finding the comfort in the arms of mother earth. I find a likeness of Mother Earth to a vessel, a cauldron. She is open to holding and recycling our fears and joys, and transforms them so that our life experiences can be blended and transmuted into a meaningful whole. She calls us to change as she does all things in nature.
Taurus is a feminine, fixed, earth sign, ruled by Venus. A Taurus Moon slows us down so that our roots can grow deeper under her sensual creativity. It is a time to cultivate the miracle of the Earths magic.
Connecting with Mother Earth under a Taurus Moon can help you to find a subtle clarity arising from a place of inward receptivity. This is a time for tilling ~ before planting the seed ~ be like the rivers and streams and follow the path of least resistance.
A sweet ceremony for you:
Place the vessel on your altar and tomorrow once you have your Moon Water created ~ place a few drops in your vessel ~ or even do it daily until the New Moon in Scorpio.
Don’t forget to put your Moon Water out tonight gems ~
Full Moon Blessings,
Today, October 19th at 12:12 pm PST (3:12 pm EST) we move into the Dark Moon of Libra. Libra energy gives us the chance to look at what is increasing and decreasing in our lives; what is in balance and harmony.
This is our first New Moon following the Fall Equinox, a time to connect to your inner point of balance through stillness. To still yourself is to come to rest in your own right place. This stillness is not the opposite of motion, but a push into motion by outside influences. Whether you move or stop is determined by your own sense of the nature of the time. When you are in your stillness you can be inwardly still and reflective and at the same time outwardly stay with your situation; not seek to act on it or escape it. Outer and inner stillness reinforce one another.
To work from this inner point of balance allows you to slow down, become aware of your feet on the ground and create that moment of stillness that supports you in discovering your natural path and pace. This helps you to flow in greater harmony with your environment and more genuinely connect with other people because you are fully immersed in your authentic experience.
During a dark moon (seed moon) your mind turns inward. You may feel contemplative yet find your intuition is active. This is the time to seed/plant your intentions.
Here are a few questions to contemplate under this Dark Moon ~
Where is your inner point of balance?
What is just beginning to germinate?
What is increasing/decreasing in your life?
Here are a few thoughts on seeding your intention for this Dark Moon:
Friday, October 20th, is the New Crescent Moon (sprouting moon). During a sprout moon you may find sudden insights or new ideas! Your appetite may increase and you may need less sleep. If you can, watch the Moon setting (7:11 pm PST, 10:11 EST). It is a beautiful way to bring your intention forward and feel the blessing of new beginnings as we move into the waxing moon.
New Moon Blessings,
We are entering a Virgo New Moon tonight at 10:29 pm PST and early tomorrow morning, September 20th at 1:29 am EST. As, Beatrex Quntanna says, “Virgo is called the “Womb of Time” in which the seed of great values are planted, shielded, nourished and revealed.”
During a New Moon the side of the moon that remains invisible to us here on Earth is being illuminated by the Sun. This means that our “invisible” side, our inner feelings, emotions and desires, are also being illuminated during under the New Moon. Under this illumination, is a window of opportunity to let go of the energy of the previous cycle, and set our intentions, and dreams into conscious action.
Virgo is a feminine, mutable, earth sign ruled by Mercury. She represents purity, innocence and intellect, a union of spirit and matter. A Moon in Virgo sharpens our minds and nerves. It helps one digest information and assess the situation; it is a time to cleanse, organize, edit, heal and brainstorm solutions.
Another beautiful aspect for this New Moon in Virgo is that it is a Cazimi Moon. A Cazimi Moon is when the Moons center is within 17 minutes of the arc of the center of the Sun. There is a small window of time, ½ before and after the Dark Moon, where there is an increased energy available when the Moon is in this arc of the Sun. This is a great time to start something new.
Build your altar with earth tones, browns, blues, reds, and greens. Carry malachite or sapphires (for those who buy the large Gem Juice you have yours ~ use them!) Pull out your lavender and use it to fragrance the air, yourself and your altar, it is a beautiful way to manage and store the energy you are working with.
Thoughts for your New Moon in Virgo Ceremony
Autumn begins with Lammas on August 1st and ends on Samhain, November 1st, with Mabon marking the mid-point. The Autumnal Equinox calls to us to lean inward to explore our riches, wisdom and inspiration for the coming year. Summers bring high energy and as we move into fall the days shorten, we become quieter and prepare us for dark and cold days of winter. I love pulling out my jeans and sweatshirts, preparing soups and warming foods, and be around the energy of the changing leaves. What a beautiful time to take stock of what you have grown.
We can look at this time of our year as making changes within to create our future and not carry the past forward. This is a time of gratitude.
On Friday, September 22nd, the Sun and Mercury move into lovely Libra. This will usher in a time to look at what is increasing and decreasing in our lives. Mercury in Libra brings us three weeks of charming communications, business exchanges, and social views. Fall is a time of big changes, some are welcome and others are difficult. There are so many wonderful stories around the Autumnal Equinox and celebrations of gratitude and harvest.. As we turn to Mother Earth she graces us with understanding into the weaving of the patterns we carry.
Let us gather our strength, change our colors, and dance our dream awake.
May All Your Wishes Find Their Wings,
Wednesday, September 6, 12:01 am
We have a Full Moon in gentle Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac. Pisces is a water sign and ruled by ethereal Neptune, reminding us that we are all born of the stars. Pisces is a very romantic sign, a sign of compassion, and one of spiritual seeking. It reminds us that we are still unable to grasp all that Life has to offer us or fully understand our intuition. Under a Pisces Moon you may feel in touch with something greater than yourself, feel more compassionate and forgiving. This is a time to fully connect with yourself so that you can connect with others. A Full Moon in Pisces can help you to embody the divine ~ to make the invisible visible.
A few quick thoughts to work with under this Full Moon in Pisces ~
And don't forget to put your Moon Water out gems ~
Sending you Full Moon Love,
We are approaching the New Moon in Leo for the second time and this Moon is called a Blue Moon or some call it a Black Moon because of the full Solar Eclipse. This New Moon occurs tomorrow, Monday, August 21st, at 11:30 am PST (2:30 pm EST). This full Solar Eclipse moves across the United States and will have a big impact on us all ~ I love the way Chani Nicholas shares it the best ~
New Moons are about planting seeds and during this very energetic time I want to share thoughts about nourishment.
Your quality of life reflects how you are nourished; how you nourish others and the way you function in the world. Every level of our being requires nourishment ~ body, mind and spirit. This is a wonderful time to pay attention to your health and how you nourish yourself ~ here is some food for thought:
Here is a short, inspiring exercise to connect you to what you are feeling as we move into and through these heightened energies:
For your altar ~ again, royal blues, purples and orange; gemstones, peridot, emerald and whatever calls to you; and, grab some jasmine and sunflowers to bring in centering and your souls intention. Manifesting ideas ~ ways of expressing yourself, bonding with those you love, new ways of loving!
Grab onto this swirling and twirling energy and let it push you in directions that feed your soul, shake you up, and bring you out on the other side with more passion, more love and more time to create a full and happy life ~ that in turn will trickle out to manifesting a happy world!
New Moon Wishes,
I write this as I sit in the early morning hours when I can enjoy the beauty of Venus Rising ~ one of my favorite morning rituals is to see and feel her beauty as she rises so brightly in the east. I love her as much as the Moon itself….she is one of my sky guides.
Tomorrow morning (11:10 am PST) or afternoon (2:10 pm EST) we enter a Full Moon in Aquarius. Many of you have been hearing about the upcoming eclipses this month and this Full Moon is partnered with a partial lunar eclipse. Did you know that Lunar eclipses can only happen on a Full Moon and Solar eclipses only on a New Moon? Eclipses definitely hold an intensity that will pull on us to look more deeply at our patterns and show us the importance of showing up for ourselves.
Aquarius is a masculine, Air sign, ruled by Uranus and Saturn, and rules the calves and ankles. Aquarians are independent, progressive, and original thinkers. They love to help others, fight for causes and have a good intellectual conversation. I had the pleasure of living with an Aquarian for a few months and she taught me how to connect to my dreams by giving them time to fill me, to feel the world of possibilities beyond my doorstep, and think deeply.
Full Moons are a time of illumination. This Aquarius Full Moon is a great time to harness the Air Element to sweep out and move stale, stuck minds. Aquarius, the Water Bearer, encourages us to draw down energies from divine places, bring forward our ideas, and go beyond our knowing into the unknown.
This Full Moon in Aquarius also falls under the celebration of Lammas, a time for celebrating the Corn Mother. Stories around the Corn Mother Goddess span across the continent. She is known as the Corn Mother or Corn Maiden to the Native Americans or the Great Mother Goddess, Demeter in Greek mythology, Other well known Corn Mothers are the Egyptian Goddess Isis, and the Celtic Goddess Cerridwen. In all cultures, her themes are abundance, energy, fertility, harvest, health, grounding, divinity and strength. The Corn mother brings with her the bounty of earth itself, with all her nurturing and healing capabilities. Corn Mother Goddess brings her love for you in the form of food to tell you it is time to nourish yourself.
So let us celebrate the Corn Mother under this Aquarius Full Moon ~ to keep us nurtured, to help us to move stagnant mindscapes into a place of gratitude and abundance. To connect to the energies of Aquarius in her light of possibilities!
Below area a few ceremonies to celebrate and nurture yourself and those you love:
This is a time of energy to harness. If you can turn it into nourishment, it will feed you and your life. Don't forget to put out your Moon Water Gems...
Full Moon Blessings,
Leo ~ courage, strength, and heart
Sun ~ energizing, empowering, and warmth
These are the words that I want to connect with under this New Moon in Leo. Leo, ruled by the Sun, is a masculine, fire sign. When it comes to our bodies, Leo rules the heart, upper back and spine. This is the time to harness these energies and fill our hearts. Lets empower ourselves and take in some self-love.
If you haven’t noticed I love New Moons! I think of them as a four-day ritual that include:
I always find strength and beauty in connecting with these new beginnings and rituals.
For this New Moon in Leo, I want to share a few simple self-care rituals, to shift you into that habit of loving you first! This is the most healing practice we can give ourselves, our loved ones, mother earth ~ EVERYONE!
Below are several simple self-care rituals to help you move forward in yourself over the next few weeks. I suggest picking one and sticking to it for the next two weeks and then notice how it impacts you and your life, but feel free to choose more than one:
You may find that one ritual speaks more loudly to you, as it will also nurture the intention you plant under the New Moon. Colors to use for your altar under this new moon are royal purples, royal blues and orange; gemstones are amber, peridot, citrine or pyrite, the scent of jasmine can connect you to your heart intention; and sunflowers can remind you to stand tall in yourself! Write your intention and place it on your altar or in a vessel or tape it to your mirror so that you can see it daily.
New Moon Wishes,