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"The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is good as dead." ~ Albert Einstein
Today we celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of light in the year. The Solstice is exact at 8:16 pm PST (11:16 pm EST).
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 find myself drawn to ritual at these turnings of the wheel. To take time to move into the quiet silence of darkness, under the cold, winter beauty to reflect on my inner world. Each season has its own magic, spirit, energy, feel and rhythm. Winter is a time of slowing down and going within. It is a time when our seeds stay within us, the earth, and we find there is internal activity and germination.
It is a time of cold and snow, guiding us to soften, find the quiet place in the vastness of our landscape and connect with our inner space where the heart and soul entwine. This is a time to stir your dreams to move deep inside to the mystery within, where you believe that anything is possible. Your dreams and the way they unfold in your life are unique to you, like every snowflake that falls.
Recently, I was driving through Iowa and Nebraska and reveling in the quiet, powerful vastness of the snowy landscapes. How it quieted my soul.
I love the solstice energy and the stirring it evokes in me. Each year it is something new. Sometimes it is a deep connection and sometimes a stillness that lures me into new quiet spaces I can access throughout the coming year.
In working with this energy, I share these few simple rituals I will be practicing today and into the coming days:
I hope you will take time to share in the deep mystery of the darkness, to experience the fluidity in that quiet place inside of you. And if you like, carry that practice forward daily or monthly.
Tonight at 9:12 pm PST (tomorrow morning at 12:12 am EST) we enter the Full Moon in Gemini. This Full Moon is the last one of 2019 and of this decade. For those of you on the East Coast this is also a 12 Moon since it is Full at 12:12 am on 12/12/2019. Beautiful energy to work with as 12 signifies the beginning. Hmmm, what will be starting for you? What is blowing in the wind to urge your forward towards a beginning that you have been contemplating for 2020? Be holding that beginning energy as you view her tonight or in the coming nights as we approach the last New Moon and Solar Eclipse of this decade.
Gemini is an Air element. When the Moon is in Gemini it is a good time to place attention on the breath. Breath is a noun defined as the power of breathing; life. It gives us life because without it we cannot exist. Breath, wind, air are the unseen energies of life. Under windy conditions we can find it harder to breathe, due to the turbulence that is created our air clearance is decreased and the air we breathe tends to linger near and around the nose vs moving into the lungs. This Moon is also known as the Cold Moon ~ did you ever wonder why you turn into a cloud-breathing dragon in the cold, winter days? When you exhale in the cold, the water vapor in your breath condenses into lots of tiny droplets of liquid water and ice (solid water) that you can see in the air as a cloud, like fog! Air is a magical wonder when mixed with water!
Nasal breathing is healthier than breathing through the mouth. This is primarily due to the fact that we exhale more slowly through the nose and this gives our lungs more time to extract oxygen from the air we have already taken in.
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 it carries. 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.
Full Moon Blessings,
November. I want to drink in the colors at sunset right now. They are so beautiful, soft, and earthy. The smells draw me down into my body with a subtleness that is palpable and makes me want to take a million pictures, but instead, I take it in through all of my senses imprinting the scene in my body. A few nights ago I ran back to my car to get my phone so that I could catch a few pictures to share in this blog. Its impossible to really capture all the colors, yet, I know you will feel the beauty. Taking in the Moon at these magical moments is something I treasure.
Tomorrow morning we have a Full Moon in Earthy Taurus at 5:34 am PST (8:34 am EST). Taurus is a feminine, fixed, earth sign, ruled by Venus. Under a Taurus Moon we can feel the benefits of slowing down and letting our roots grow deeper under her sensual creativity. It is a time to relish in the miracle of the Earths magic. Do you ever stop and think about the Earths magic? Her transformation from season to season? Her change of colors, temperature, light and sounds? It is something that we take for granted daily and yet we are all moving with her. Some migrate south, some of us begin our inward movement.
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 ground and find a stability that you hold inside. I have felt this stability, this grounding since yesterday. It was from a culmination of things; walks, ceremony, writing, and I woke with a feeling of being in my body, solidly, quietly, yet so content and full.
This is a Moon to reconnect with all that earthly, creative power.
Here is a short ritual:
Each change of season reminds us that we too are shifting. Take in the signals and tune into yourself:
Stop. Breath. Believe.
Don’t forget to put your Moon Water out tonight gems ~
Full Moon Blessings,
Mandala design by Elena Noosh
Tonight we have a New Cazimi Moon in Scorpio at 8:39 pm PST (11:30 EST).
Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Mars and Pluto. He is the eighth astrological sign and rules the 8th house: house of birth, death, mysteries and transformation ~ possibly, the house of your secret power. The number 8 is the symbol for balance and harmony and on its side is the symbol for infinity and a constant flow of energy and power.
As a water sign, Scorpio gains his strength from the deep, emotional realm. He can teach you to how to reach the clear life giving water found at the deep, dark space of your internal well, your unconsciousness.
In his research, Carl Jung identified that in our youth we are compelled to repress certain aspects of our personality. For example, boys can be discouraged to be soft hearted and can quickly learn the benefits of suppressing their compassionate side, which then becomes unconscious. Girls on the other hand are criticized if they are too assertive or independent and can rapidly learn to conform to social norms. As we mature, we find that we reclaim these hidden aspects of ourselves, by reclaiming our inner child; or maybe better identified for many of us as our innocence, playfulness or creativity.
Our highest potential is hidden within our unconsciousness. Many times we can confuse the search for the self as being absorbed in self fulfillment. On the contrary, encountering the inner Self can be a deeply moving and emotional experience. When we move inward to connect to our higher Self, we can often find ourselves humbled because we are forced to recognize the limits of our own conscious ego. We find out how small our ego is compared to what humankind can be. And when we learn to listen deeply, we can tap into a powerful pathway to renewal and clarity. Lets look at meaning of the word deep as it holds such a strong essence for Scorpio:
The ocean is a dark unknown, yet filled with hidden forms of life; in dreams the ocean represents the unconscious. Fishermen and -women therefore symbolize the process of retrieving material from the unconscious. We carry hidden life within our subconscious ~ and now is a perfect time to go fishing sisters and brothers.
Mandalas often symbolize the higher or inner Self. The meaning of the Mandala in sanskrit is magic circle. Creating mandalas can offer a "safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness", while at the same time provide a sacred space into which we can invite the Self. When we create Mandalas, whether creating our own or coloring a Mandala, we are making a personal symbol of who we are in that moment.
So lets dive deep and go inward under this New Moon in Scorpio. Here is a ritual for you to connect/experience your inner Self:
As so well spoken in the Book of Runes, "When in deep water ~ become the diver".
New Moon Magic,
Today we have a Full Moon in Aries at 2:08 pm PST (5:08 pm EST).
Aries is a cardinal, fire sign and ruled by Mars, planet of action. He showers us with his lively spirit and creativity and being the first sign of the zodiac can also help us to feel into new beginnings.
Fire is light ~ both inner and outer. As an inner light she is consciousness at its most luminous. Fire is the light that makes things visible, spreading clarity and bringing in awareness. When mixing Fire (Aries) and Water (Moon), we want to keep our awareness clear within the emotional stream of our experiences.
This Lunar Fire can help us to use our minds and our feelings, a potent combination to make you feel capable of accomplishing anything. This is a time to take that extra step by going a little further than expected and finding the courage of your convictions, in even the small things, as they eventually amount to meaningful commitments.
There is a feeling of determination under this Moon that is strong and energizing. Fire element gemstones will support you in firing up your enthusiasm and help you move through times of exhaustion and apathy. The third chakra is where we work with the fire element and movement and flow will help to increase your fire. By doing yoga or dancing you can increase your fire to find your inspiration and creativity under this Aries Moon.
Rituals for this Full Moon in Aries:
We will be making a fresh batch of cremes from the waters of this Lunar Fire so get yours while they last! We will also be creating a new Fire Elixir with these Full Moon energies ~ learn more here!
The sun sets and the world turns, the day comes to a close. This may be the end of one phase of your life and the light of endings colors all you see. Take time to take in all that has happened and move into the present moment....sing your song, beat your drum and celebrate the achievements of the day. We are always learning to see what must be done and have the motivation and energy to undertake it ... this is a Moon to feel the beginnings of clarity, to wake up to the morning light and see what messages have been left for you.
Take in this fiery energy and create a little magic ~ and don't forget gems to believe.
Full Moon Blessings,
Tonight, September 27th, we are under the Dark Moon of Virgo until early tomorrow morning when the Moon moves into Libra at 3:03 am PST (6:03 am EST). Under a Libra moon we can find ourselves looking for balance and for this Libra Moon I would like to work with nourishment and how that brings balance to our lives and bodies. To create balance sometimes we need to deal with obstacles. This can take determination to bring things back into order. It is a time to crack the situation open like a bone between our teeth, to penetrate to the essence, and let nothing stand between you and the truth. Action and insight can awaken us into bringing things into view. And when we can see we have the possibility of reaching the truth, a result.
When we include all forms of nourishment: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual we create an 'ecosystem' to sustain ourselves. And most importantly, the truths we choose to nurture and cultivate in our lives become the foundation of our personal ecosystem.
When we are setting intentions under this New Moon in the Air Sign of Libra we can use our breath to guide us deeper into our places of knowing.
So here are a few questions to ask during this New Moon as you create your intentions:
What must you do to get to the truth?
What nourishes you?
If you accept this nourishment, who will you become?
How are you growing into your self to create a harmonious, balanced cycle of nourishment?
Become aware of what truly sustains you. Work with your deep instincts to connect with the real nourishment you are seeking.
A few thoughts to remember under this Dark Moon is that you may find that your mind turns inward and your intuition is active. This is the time to nourish the seeds of your intentions so they are ready to plant tomorrow under the New Crescent Moon.
Here is a simple ritual for this New Moon in Libra:
Air is a powerful element. It carries the archetypal properties of spirit into the physical world. When we pay attention to both giving and receiving we bring nourishment and energy to our creative actions. My wish for you my dear moon family, is to use this New Moon in Libra to create a foundation for a beautiful inner and outer 'ecosystem'.
New Moon Blessings,
Friday, September 13, 9:33 pm PST (Saturday, September 14, 12:33 pm EST)
Tomorrow night we have a Full Moon in gentle, compassionate Pisces. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac. She is a feminine, mutable, water sign ruled by the ethereal planet Neptune, and is the ruler of the feet. A Moon in Pisces reminds us to connect to our spiritual side and to remember that we are all born of the stars.
I want to focus on the feet for this Moon, to remind you of the importance of these beautiful body parts that play a significant role in your life.
The health of your feet is directly linked to your ability to become grounded inside of your physical body. Our feet are receptors of the grounding earth and her magnetic energies…did you know that your feet contain 8,000 nerves? They are the manifestor’s of the spiritual skill of being an anchor to the light
I love finding synchronicities in spiritual practices because I believe that we all flow to the same ocean of love, eventually. So here are a few thoughts for you around the spirituality of feet.
Feet are related to the number 12 in the schools of wisdom, the 12th chakra is the very last initiation before graduation; they are ruled by the 12th sign of the zodiac wheel, Pisces; and Jesus washed the feet of the 12 apostles during his last supper, a ceremony of love and devotion.
It is said that your right foot will keep you on the right path, and your left foot will keep you on the spiritual path so that you can move through life’s lessons. The right foot is known to hold a stronger male energy and the left foot a stronger female energy ~ this follows the Native American traditions of the Nine Animal Totems. They are the connection of balance and assimilation of Kundalini Energy by pulling the earths magnetic currents up through the spine and out the crown chakra.
The feet have the ability to bring harmony to your spirit and body through their connection to the earth. They are the receivers of the earths nourishment to our human body just as the roots are the receivers of the earths nourishment to the trees. They ground us and guide us in manifestations of our life purposes, and retain all the memories of the many paths our soul has walked on this earth and beyond.
Itchy feet can stir us to awareness by setting our body in motion. Influencing us to see the paths that are open for us so that we can follow the commitments and relationships that we desire, guiding us towards far-reaching transformation.
The ability to be grounded allows us to develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-realization. A lake can form in the mountains because the mountain makes space for it and at the same time remains solid on the inside so that the clear water can pool above it. Ground those feet so that the clear watery energy of this Moon in Pisces can bring you clarity and deep connection to the part of you that wants to move forward.
When we are in harmony we can find clarity, and clarity moves us forward.
Full Moon Blessings,
Dear Moon Family ~
Today we have a New Crescent Moon in Virgo ~ she is in Virgo until tomorrow at 1:46 am PST (4:46 am EST) to work with. I find the Virgo Moons to be very energizing ~ yesterday I found myself cleaning like a wild, beautiful, pregnant woman right before birth! I remember that high energy and this Moon is pushing me to a good outward cleansing, which for me is always a way to move the internal clutter out before grounding in my intentions.
Virgo it known as the "Womb of Time" where seeds of great value are planted, nourished and revealed. It is the time to raise our standard of excellence in our lives and on the Earth. A Virgo Moon sharpens our minds and nerves and puts us to work. It can support our ability to digest information and assess the situation to invoke compassion and brilliant problem-solving.
Use some lavender today to manage and store your energies for the next two weeks and play with malachite or sapphires! Virgo is a Feminine, Mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury.
During a New Crescent Moon or Sprout Moon we can find ourselves writing easier or having new ideas or sudden insights. Your appetite may begin to increase and you may need less sleep. Watch for energy spurts today!
Thoughts for this New Moon:
Here are a few things that I will be doing to celebrate this Earth Moon ~
This is a lovely day to connect to this Earth energy from the Virgo New Moon. And remember that you are the earth herself and this is a call to connect.
New Moon Wishes,
On Thursday, August 15th @ 5:29 am PST (8:29 am EST) we have a Full Moon in Aquarius. A Moon in Aquarius calls us to dream, to feel her inspiration and become deeply aware that what affects one, affects us all. Aquarius is known as the Water Bearer, to bring forth the waters of wisdom ~ which I believe we all hold in our dreams. Dreaming is so important to creating the life we love. Without our inspirational dreams we are not the creative, vibrant, dancing hearts that we desire to be.
Aquarius is a masculine, air sign ruled by Uranus, making this a time where we can find personal freedom and individuality very important. Aquarius rules the calves and ankles; for me the calves can represent forward movement as they are the muscle that pulls up the heel up to allow use to move forward and the ankles represent the ability to receive pleasure.
Full Moons are directly opposite the Sun and it is at this time we can feel the pull of our two greatest lights. The Sun is masculine, and connected to our conscious mind, the Moon is feminine, and relates to our subconscious mind. They are fire and water, yin and yang that fit perfectly together and show us how we fit perfectly together.
As we join with the Moon in Aquarius we are also feeling the Suns energy in Leo. The Sun provides us the light and warmth and Leo opens our hearts to connect with our dreams and inspirations.
And under this Moon I want to bring in the constellation of Stars to add to this light. Did you know that every single cell in our bodies contains elements created in the burning center of a collapsing star? From the iron in our blood, to the calcium in our bones, and keratin in our hair! That my dear moon family is pure magic!
This is a time to use this dreamy sign to channel our inspirations from the subconscious into our consciousness. We must learn to speak to ourselves in ways that bring us in forward motion, to know that we hold the stars within us and that we are connected and created from the amazing beauty of the world we see ~ we are that, we are that, we are all of that.
This is a time to dance between the borders of fire and air ~ a time when we are in ‘just enough’ and ‘not quite there’ a time to stretch our wings and play with infinite possibilities that is opening to us. Creativity flows through us and moves us towards inspiration that wants to be realized. To start this journey we open to the creative source, not with plans and intentions, but with the energy that powers them, the power that moves the stars in the sky. When we step into the heart of this process, we can welcome its momentum and move between our subconscious and conscious mind, where we weave the powers of inspiration and realization together into a synergistic context for creative possibilities.
A Lovely Full Moon Ritual:
I suggest with this Sun and Moon Energy we are under that we find time in the next 48 hours to do the following:
Remember the story about the little boy went looking for the wishing gate? He was so intent on his purpose that he did not notice where he was going and he got lost and was very tired and so sat down on an old stile to rest. The north wind came along and offered to take him home and because he was so tired he accepted the North Wind’s offer. As they traveled along the North Wind asked him how he cam e to be lost. “I was looking for the Wishing Gate,” he replied. The Wind laughed all the way to his home. When they reached his doorstep the North Wind said, “The next time you go out to search for anything keep your wits about you. You were sitting on the Wishing Gate when I found you.”
The power of attention, intention, is called the Silence. Your imagination, your dreams, your inspirations are a divine gift. Use them.
Sending You Full Moon Love and Star Magic,
We walk on them everyday and yet most of us may have little knowledge of all the work these two perfect parts of our body do on the daily. Giving them some attention and love may just change the way you move through your day and possibly your life.
I have been a barefoot mama for the last 25 years. Ask anyone, I walk barefoot everywhere I can and my feet love it. This year I have been spending more time in the mountains where the air is dry and the soils have taken a toll on my feet, or maybe it is just that I have not been pampering them like I have in the past.
Either way, it has inspired me to research feet and the special power and beauty they hold.
Pampering these sensitive, powerful, ‘wheels’ of motion can bring you good results in both movement and relaxation. So let’s go. Here is a great mixture of steps to take to pamper those feet of yours…do one or all of them.
Going barefoot, even when in the house is a great way to connect to the Earth. So if you have a yard or can go to the nearby park and place your feet on the grass or dirt, do it, daily! Feel the pleasure you experience feeling the surface beneath your feet. When your feet come in contact with the earth you receive electrons from her that are absorbed into your body through your feet. These electrons are nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralize excess free radicals that lead to inflammation and disease in the body.
A good foot soak can soothe your muscles, hydrate your skin, remove toxins, relieve aches and pains, reduce swelling and keep your feet clean and healthy. This combination is great for calming sore, tired or swollen feet. The Epsom salts and herbs are great for easing the pain and flushing out the toxins and the essential oils will refresh your feet.
If you are looking for more of an antifungal foot soak, add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar after straining the herbal mixture into your basin; and replace the Peppermint Oil with Tea Tree oil.
AND if you have time, after your soak, put your feet up on a chair seat or a few cushions for 10-15 minutes. This can add to your stress release and improve circulation.
This may come across as a little different, but trust me, this is going to be something you look forward to a second, third and fourth time! Foot masks are a great way to gently draw toxins from the feet, as they do on the face and body. They are cleansing, detoxifying and just plain good fun.
You might want to do this in the bathroom so that once the mask has dried you can rinse your feet without a trail of clay on the floor.
OR…a beautiful way to do this mask is to follow it with your herbal foot soak! In that case here are the steps:
Because we hide our feet in shoes, sandals and boots, they can sometimes get lost in our self-care routines. Yet, the condition of our feet can determine how well they support our bodies.
Don’t be fooled by these simple steps ~ they pack in a whole lotta love! Pampering your feet will improve how your entire body moves and feels. Happy feet are strong feet.