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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,
Endocrine disruptors are natural and synthetic molecules that mimic our estrogens, androgens and thyroid hormones. These disruptors interfere with the endocrine system and how it functions by interrupting our bodies hormonal communication system, which in turn affects the production of hormones and how they interact with their receptors. Hormonal processes play a key role in the health of our blood, brain, guts, and organs.
As I discussed in my last blog Hormones & You, our bodies communicate through our nervous system and hormones. When these endocrine disruptors get into our system they are messing with the messages your normal hormones are trying to send to each other. They can reduce or inflate the messages being transferred ~ think of it as a game of ‘telephone’. I am sure we have all watched a sentence pass through a circle of people and heard it come out sounding totally different by the time it reaches us again!
For decades we have been exposed to hundreds of toxins and over time this exposure creates an accumulation of toxins that can clog our systems leaving our bodies/systems unable to properly remove and detoxify. For example, if our livers are overworked (they perform over 200 vital functions) they are not able to properly remove toxins and excess hormones and rather than sending them out of the body will push them back into circulation causing an excess and imbalance. This is why boosting our detoxification pathways through cleansing can play a key role in hormone balance. More on that later.
Endocrine disruptors have been shown to play a role in auto immune diseases, allergies, inflammation, obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance, hormone related cancers and infertility to name a few. And I want to emphasis here that although many times we place the focus of endocrine disruptors on women, they also play a big role in the lives of men.
To monitor the intake of these disruptors it is good to look at our diets, lifestyle and the environments we live in.
My goal here is to educate you and not to induce fear or guilt. I believe it is important for all of us to be knowledgeable and to take on what we can when we can. Because I know that eating healthy and taking care of ourselves can be a FULL TIME JOB! My hope is that many of you are lucky enough to have a partner who shares in supporting you on this journey.
So lets talk about a few of the most common and dangerous disruptors and how to best avoid them:
There are several additional endocrine disruptors that can be found here on the Dirty Dozen List by the EWG. I feel top five ways to reduce intake of these chemicals is to:
I cannot end without talking about your largest organ, the skin. Please remember, when chemicals come in contact with your skin they go directly into your bloodstream and that means they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without any filtering of any kind and head right to your delicate organs…making this path one of the most important to be aware of ~ truly.
This last month the EU banned the outdoor use of three bee killing neonicotinoids in Europe. “These chemicals act like endocrine disruptors on the bees, which act on their nervous system causing paralysis, decreasing the function and survival of the queen bee, worker bees and the honey production.” These endocrine disruptors also impact human life.
I am also over the moon excited to share that Hawaii has banned two endocrine disrupting chemicals used in sunscreens. Oxybenzone and octinoxate not only cause coral bleaching but the are also endocrine disruptors and when applied topically can cross the skin and reach the blood, negatively affecting the functions of important immune and reproductive hormones. Thank you Hawaii for taking the first step to protect our beautiful coral reefs.
Take care of your bodies moon family; they are magnificent machines that perform intricate and magical processes.
To healthy and vibrant lives,
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,
What do you know about your hormones? Do you understand the important role they play in your body? In your daily life? What can cause hormonal imbalances? Where you can find endocrine disrupters? How do they interfere with our hormonal levels? How does the Moon work with our hormones?
Learning how hormones work and how to keep them in balance covers a lot of ground. So to answer all the questions above, I am going to do a series of blogs. With the huge leaps and bounds science has made over the last 10 years in understanding these amazing and magical beings that live within us. I wanted to take this subject seriously as I believe it will help all of us to better understand ourselves ~ a true passion of my work and life. Because I believe that knowledge is power; it empowers.
In this blog I am going to cover the basics of hormones and how they work……
Hormone comes from the Greek meaning of the word hormon, “that which sets in motion, urge on, impulse”. Our bodies use hormones as a communication line between organs and tissues to regulate physiological and behavioral activities. They help to regulate our biological clock, digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction and mood. They rule our bodies in so many words.
Similar to our nervous system the endocrine system is one our body’s main communication systems. The endocrine system is controlled by the nervous system through the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, and yet they both work independently with the main function of the endocrine system working to keep the body in a state of balance and the nervous system working on receiving and responding to stimuli.
Hormones can take the form of protein-based molecules (water-soluable) or lipophilic (fat soluble). They are broken down into three major chemical classes, steroids, peptides and amino acid derivitives.
We have 10 main endocrine glands whose main function are to produce and release hormones. Each gland produces different types of hormones that awaken a specific response in other cells, tissues, and/or organs located throughout the body. Your endocrine glands secrete their specific hormones into your blood so that they can travel through the blood stream to reach their targets. Lets take a brief look at the ten major glands:
These 10 glands are responsible for producing our hormones. Now lets look at what are considered the most important hormones they secrete and a little about how they work within our body's:
Hormone balance is like a big puzzle that just doesn’t fit together if pieces are missing. These beautiful chemical messengers are sorely understood or discussed and yet impact our lives ~ starting in the womb. Many of us are out of harmony with our natural biological rhythms because our hormones are out of balance.
Next week I will talk about the fight to keep our hormones balanced in the midst of a chemical pool of endocrine disrupters.
Ready to kick this one to the Moon <3,
The Moon. Luna. Mwezi. Grandmother. We know her across the world under different names, but as her light shines down on us she makes each of us feel like we are her special one, the one she really wants to communicate with, the one who has something special to offer the world…and we do, each of us.
Creating rituals can be nourishing and turn you inward to your quieter spaces. I would like to offer you one such ritual that can be done each month if you like, a Full Moon Water Ritual that I love to do and find healing benefits from. It may help you connect with new parts of yourself, brighten your day or help quiet you so you can hear the sweet words your soul is sharing. Gathering the light of the Moon into water is a way to connect to your feminine power.
Creating Moon Water under the Full Moon is an ancient ritual for men and women and is best charged on the first night of the Full Moon. There are many ways to use the Moon Water once it is charged: I love the most ancient and sacred practice of drinking this moon magic! You may want to use it for blessings, for cleansing your chakras, making tea or for watering your plants ~ maybe they need a boost of moon water love! You will intuitively know what to do with yours once you hold the power of the charged water in your hands.
Here are the steps to creating your Moon Water Magic:
Every morning until the next full moon, take a sip of your Moon Water on an empty stomach. With each sip you will strengthen yourself with the properties of the full moon. Open yourself to her energy of creativity, wildness, imagination and brightness ~ she is there for you. Remember the blessings and intentions you placed in her and let this be a new way to start your day with gratitude and connection to the light within you.
Moon energy is something we all experience bi-monthly as her ocean tides rise and fall and the Earth tides (body tides) create a displacement of the Earth, which is caused by the gravity of the Moon and the Sun. We may not feel it in a active sense any more than we do the spinning of the earth as it rotates on its axis, but as we tune into it we can feel her pull. We women are in bodily ceremony with her every month as we follow her cycle of 28 days in our menses. We feel her rhythm as she wanes and waxes and she calls to us on a deep emotional and nurturing level. We carry the vibration of her feminine power.
TONIGHT we experience the Full Moon in Scorpio at 5:58 pm PST (8:58 pm EST). This is a time for you to feel deeply into the secret places of yourself. This time of year we can use the thunder and lightening to feel the places that we are awakening ~ to get the inner circulation flowing. Its a time to crack open situations so that you can grasp it with wholeness ~ when you can See it allows you to reach the truth or the result you are looking for. You might be tempted to give up but to give up means you would miss the diamond in the rough. Through persistence you gain skills and inner strength. Use this full Moon energy to ask yourself: How can you follow your sense of direction more closely? Where might your path of truth lead you now?
Take time to create your Full Moon Water Ritual and connect to this spring energy that is cracking us all open to possibilities and love and freshness of life.
Journeys lead us out and then home again ~ let this moon take you out from your source to help you to rediscover your own deepest intent and its harmony with your spirit.
We all love the moon and her beauty ~ let her shine her light this month into your deepest truth. Let her light ignite your light.
Full Moon Blessings,
Sunday, April 15th at 6:57 pm PST (9:57 pm EST)
Tonight we have a New Moon in Aries ~ a time of unexpected things to come! This fiery sign is sure to stir your passions up and that can sometimes be as uncomfortable as it is exciting. If you are not following your heart or hearts desires, it can definitely bring up reasons that it is important to look at them again. New Moons are here to share with you the opportunities or dreams that you are quick to bury or put aside as not possible or achievable. This Moon is one of those yearly moons that is sitting in a position to hold a fire to your intentions and with Mercury moving out of retrograde ~ or moreso in his stop before starting his move direct ~ it brings us more clarity of thought and word on how to communicate and work towards these fire-powered dreams. Sprouts require watering and so New Moons are a time of watering ~ taking time to give them the nourishment they need to come to life. And remember Moon Sisters & Brothers, this may take months of nourishment at times so stay the course and be kind to your dreams as they are waiting for you to bring them to life.
This Moon is also a Cazimi Moon, meaning that its center is within 17 minutes of arch with the center of the Sun in celestial longitude. This position is said to create a very powerful, yet gentle and loving period starting 30 minutes before the Moon is in her full darkness and running 30 minutes after. This is a time to really align with your hearts desires.
Aries is a masculine, cardinal, fire sign. It is ruled by mars and rules the head. That is why this is such a powerful time to get your heart and head to connect and move them in the same direction. Use this fire awaken your dreams and take on that Aries confidence, strength and passion and put it to go use.
The Celtic Tree for this New Moon Cycle is Willow. The Willow tree seeks out water and like no other tree is associated with the Moon in all her phases. She encourages expresseion of deeply buried feelings and teaches us to surrender completely to the watery world of emotions and the subconcious so that we can move into a deeper understanding of your inner-most feelings, toward a better appreciation of our hidden motives and secret fears and desires. She allows us to realize that within every loss is a seed of potential for something new! The magic of the willow carries creativity, inspiration and female rights of passage. Follow the labyrinth trail, connect with the power of wisdom and the rhythm of your soul and return to your ordinary world strengthened. Your will find that your awareness of your purpose is stronger and your intentions cannot be broken by the spell of someone else'e desire. Remember your fertile inner strength is like that of the Willow. You have the flexibility to bend around obstacles ~ your desires can be woven into the shape. Tell your wishes to the willow. This is a wonderful time to
Use the New Moon in Aries to write out your intentions and deepen your movement forward. A ritual for this new moon ~
Map it out! Lets try something new for this New Moon by mapping out our intention for the next two weeks. If you want to do a larger mapping save it for another time. Lets keep this one simple.
This Moon has a special energy, because it is the New Moon in Aries 2018. It is unique. Remember Moon Family, what you are seeking to become is actually by nature what you already are ~ this is a time to become conscious of your essence and bring it into form and express it in a creative way. Today is a new day ~ everyday.
New Moon Wishes,
Artwork, Full Moon Medicine, by Mary Pines
Today we move into the energies of the Gibbous Moon ~ how are you feeling? This is a beautiful time to stay aware of any negative thoughts or energy coming forward that can deter us from coming into the fullness of our ideas or intentions, and releasing them into our lives. Grandmother Moon is resting in the sign of Virgo until Friday morning ~ what better time to clear out the cobwebs and clutter in our home and mind before she moves into her Fullness in Libra on Saturday morning at 5:36 AM (PST)/8:36 AM (EST). This is a beautiful time to stay aware of negative thoughts or traits coming forward.
As you are moving through this energy also remember that we have our second Blue Full Moon this month ~ a moon to remind us that opportunities are never lost. That they come back around as the Moon does. They may not always appear at the most convenient time in your life, but these are opportunities you have had to pursue your dreams ~ and find an excuse not to act upon them. Following dreams is not easy, we must change how we think and act. This is the time to do that, yet remember that sometimes we need to make sacrifices. If we don’t move or act we become stuck repeating the present. The Moons phases guide us into remembering the importance of being aware and in tune with our thoughts and actions. This is a time to find a new approach, a new way, something different. Something fun ~ it will clear the path so that the opportunities will again flow your way ~ here are some thoughts for moving energy over the next two days:
And now that you have cleared the path for all those opportunities lets bring them into the light of the Full Moon in Libra (Saturday, March 31 @ 5:36 AM PST). Libra is all about beauty and balance and can stir in us the ways that move us into our dreams with just that ~ balance and beauty. This is not a time to give up or feel that things are passing you by ~ but to notice, notice, notice, and move into the feeling and beauty and opportunities that are presenting themselves to you under her light. Grab them, see them, feel them, and most of all get to know those places in your body and spirit that hold them so that you can access them later as she begins to wane. If they are not complete, put them in a safe place so that you can work with them and seed them again in new soil for the New Moon in Aries.
Libra is an air sign and another reason to be sure to get time outside ~ to feel the warm breezes of spring on your skin ~ a simple way to reenter your body awareness. If possible, jump outside under the rains ~ cleansing and clarity come from a walk in the rain. She is ruled by Venus and so it is also a time for self-love and forgiveness. Libra rules the kidneys and intestines
Here are a few rituals to gather this Full Moon Medicine:
This Full Moon is the harbinger of Spring. This is the time of year to fill up with Mother Natures Medicine called blossoming! Gather. Enjoy. Savor. Her love, light and fullness are here for you.
I believe in you.
Debra, Moon Mama
Following Our Natural Rhythm is a Sacred Ceremony
This is a ritual we do either consciously or unconsciously. We are influenced by the constant cycles of the sun and moon, light and dark, warm and cold. In order to thrive our bodies have had to be intimately linked with these natural cycles and the seasons. Our bodies follow the seasons in ways that we know well. For example, as the days get longer our energy increases and we need less sleep. And here is an interesting fact ~ did you know that sunlight (natures full spectrum light) activates your endocrine system when it enters your eyes? And that your endocrine system is connected to your immune system and your nervous system? We need this light daily.
I love how Krystina Dryza writes about our connection to natures rhythms:
This week, as we move into the waxing, Gibbous Moon, also known as the time of the Maiden, gather her light and energy and stop.listen.feel. the unfolding of yourself.
Spring forward ~