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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,
For this Summer Solstice Celebration ~ I have chosen the bee as my focus. Because of their ability to create incredibly beautiful hurricanes below their wings their flight is one of life's little mysteries, amazing.
I LOVE bees and find their touch something to be cherished. They visit me every time I make Gemstone Organic cremes and although I always dream that they come just because they love my energy, most likely it is that they love the smells!
We have so much to learn from this small yet important insect ~ Albert Einstien said, "if the bee disappears off the surface of the Earth, man would have not more than 4 years to live" ~ why? Because of their vital and most important role in our ecosystem.
I chose the Bee for this Sun celebration because they are believed to hold secret knowledge and are divine messengers. They symbolize brightness, personal power, the sun and community. To follow the bee is to discover your new destination. What better time to discover more of 'you' than under the warmth, and light of these special long days of summer.
Another interesting note, bee keepers know that at the time of the Summer Solstice the Queen Bee is said to move towards winter and the hive shifts and begins their preparation for colder weather coming.
I begin to move toward my winter by gathering the sweetness of these long summer days, not forgetting to smell the flowers. And like the bee, I will collect the pollen and make honey for sharing.
Last night I stayed up late and at the moment of the Summer Solstice,3:04 am PST, I laid a picture of a bee at the center of the vision board that I will create for this celebration. Tonight I will complete my vision board for this time between the Summer & Winter Solstices...I will share it with you later. I encourage you to start a vision board ~ they are powerful and beautiful images to keep your dreams floating in your consciousness and subconsciousness. They can be simple, very simple.
I end with this beautiful Gayati prayer:
You who are the source of all power,
Whose rays illuminate the world,
Illuminate also my heart
So that it too can do Your work
As you say this prayer, visualize the sun's rays streaming forth into the world, entering your heart and then streaming out from your heart center and back into the world. The Sun is our Life Force.
And remember my sweet family ~ what you are striving to become in actuality is what, by nature, you already are. Bee conscious of your essence....let it shine like the sun and touch the world like a bee.
Busy as a BEE ~ and loving every minute,
Tomorrow at 12:43 pm PST (3:43 pm EST) we have another New Cazimi Moon ~ this time in the sign of Gemini. I love Cazimi moons as they inspire me to hold my ritual at the time of the dark moon moving into the New Crescent Moon. Gemini is a mutable, air sign ruled by Mercury (the planet of communication). If you have a new project to start, this is the time to do it! Or if you need a fresh start in life, this may be the time to aspire to those calls. Air signs represent mental processes, communication and pursuing intellectual projects (research, studies, hobbies). I believe that this is a great moon to take your mind to the place that moves you forward. This is a great time to create a ritual to keep your mind from jumping on the 'hamster wheel' and instead opening up space for your imagination to breathe inspiration into your body.
Air signs are associated with the lungs, tissue, breathing and sense of smell.
Here are a few thoughts for preparing for your ritual:
Rituals for the Gemini Moon:
This beautiful twin moon reminds us that we have two arms, two spheres, two lungs, two feet, and two eyes ~ use them and be grateful for them as they show you the journey, carry you on the journey, lead you on the journey, breathe you on the journey.
New Moon Wishes to each you,
Tomorrow morning the Moon will reach her fullness in Sagittarius at 7:19 am PST (10:19 am EST). She moved into Sagittarius today at 3:29 pm PST (6:29 pm EST) ~ maybe you felt a shift in energy as she entered the sign of Sagittarius as when the Moon is in this sign she is at her most optimistic and sheds a feeling of willingness to let go of things. Sagittarius is a masculine, mutable, fire sign and is ruled by Jupiter. Get ready to feel inspired, with an optimism that leads to radical change! With her bow and arrow she inspires us to hit our mark and hold fast to our truth. This is a Moon to guide you closer to your personal freedom and independence. He holds radical change behind his aim and is there for you to bring your intention from the Taurus New Moon to light.
This Full Moon is also known as the Flower Moon by Native Americans and across Europe because it is the time of year of blooming flowers. The flowers here in California right now are like eye candy ~ so, so beautiful, with vibrant reds, crimsons, peaches, yellows, whites, blues and purples. And the jasmine flowers are heavenly with their soft and yet powerful scent that pushes a smile across my face every time! I am in love <3. Don't dilly-dally ~ get outside NOW as these blooms come and go much faster than you remember.
I am hoping that some or all of you were able to follow the last ritual by collecting your flowers each day and placing them into books or under boards to press them. I found it a lovely ceremony with the tasting of each one and the surprise they all brought to my mouth and taste buds.
Tomorrow is the day to take them all and place them into a flower Mandala to bring your intention(s) onto a Moon circle ~ one that you can now turn each day to keep the intention moving forward and with new light and energy.
I completed my mandala to give you an idea of how you might want to work with your pressed flowers ~ and for those of you who did not gather them, do it now and over the next few weeks ~ it will inspire you with heartfelt love for your intention every time you look at it.
So here is what I did ~
I gathered my last flowers today and must admit with all the blooms some days I was not able to only gather one :)).
I will add them to my Moon Mandala tomorrow.....and I added a dandelion today as I wanted to be sure to include a beautiful healing weed!
So take this Moon and fee the freedom she can light up in you ~ this is a time to laugh hard and loud! and be spontaneous ~ feel the flower in YOU. Watch her rise tomorrow night at 8:11 pm PST (11:11 pm EST).
And don't forget to put your Moon Water out tonight gems.
Full Moon Flowers for each of you,
Knowing others is intelligence, Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
~ Tao Te Ching
Tomorrow morning at 4:47 am PST (7:47 am EST) we will experience the Dark Moon in Taurus. Taurus is a sign that is committed to getting things completed. The Bull represents independence that blooms from self-knowledge and connects us with our inner power. When the Moon is dark under an Earth sign, we are reminded to slow down, connect to her deep rooted energy and ground our hearts and minds. It is a time to pause in the present and let our emotions find their stability so that they can bring forth their best intentions.
Taurus Moon energy is Feminine, Fixed and Earthy. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus and in the body she rules the thyroid gland, larynx, chin, lower jaw, ears tongue, vocal chords, jugular vein and tonsils.
Under a dark moon ~ everything is new and we connect to our primal urge to initiate and emerge; we are driven from a body level rather than a mental level. Dark Moons are a time when our mind turns inward, and our intuition is active. Our bodies may feel a slowing of metabolism and although you may sleep well, on awakening you may feel sluggish or drowsy.
The Lunar Celtic Tree for the month of May is the ‘Mighty Oak Tree’ ~ The Moon of Strength
The Oak Tree has the magical properties of all positive purpose and is the most powerful and sacred of the trees for the Celtic peoples. The Moon of Oak poses the essence of power and balance. She is androgynous and her essence provides the greatest alignment for manifesting our goals.
The gift of Oak Moon Mother is in showing children of the universe what their talents are so that they can share them to create a world of balance, where no one is without. She presents us with the essence of fertility, the power to manifest, and the capacity to create an environment for success. She provides the essence of balance; work and play; action and rest; and speaking and silence.
My ritual for you under this New Moon is to encourage you to carry your intention forward ~ to make it a part of each day between now and the Full Moon in Sagittarius. We have another Cazimi Moon, meaning that if you can do this ritual within 1/2 before or after Grandmother Moon goes Dark it can be more potent ~ but please know that anytime tomorrow or tonight will be powerful too:
The Crescent (Sprout) Moon is a time when we can feel the young shoots of our seeds (intentions) just beginning to poke themselves out of the soil (our consciousness). This is a time we may be filled with insights or new ideas, so it is a wonderful time to awaken your beautiful intentions by placing your flowers into your book.
I believe that we are our best healers and to know ourselves deeply is a wonderful way to connect to our wisdom. This is not a quick process, but a lifetime of learning, so be gentle with yourselves my beautiful moon family. You still have dreams to dream and stories to tell.
New Moon Wishes Your Way,