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Starting today we are under a beautiful Dark Balsamic Moon in Aquarius. When the Moon is in Aquarius she can bring up complicated emotions as Aquarius is a Moon that has a strong need for emotional freedom. And when we are under a Void of Course Moon the energies of discipline, submission, subordination and spontaneity fit nicely into rituals exploring the shadow sides of emotion.
The Balsamic Moon is rightfully called the wishing Moon as she holds the beautiful energy to lift our wishes into the winds of the coming New Moon. Some even say that wishes made under the balsamic Moon are more likely to come true because our needs are felt more deeply under her. She teaches us to be more aware of our fears, self-doubts and difficult emotions at the close of the moon cycle. Can you feel the old emotional cycle breaking down? Remember my dear Moon Family, feeling invokes healing.
The deeper one can feel under her energy, the deeper the healing. Many times this process is unconscious and we can understand this, as seeds grow best when planted in darkness. When something within you is disowned, that which is disowned can wreak havoc. I love the weaving of the Balsamic energies to clear the space for creating openings for seeding New Moon Intentions.
You may find yourself to feel sleepy under this Moon and giving in to the need to rest and dream is recommended! This can be a time to quit bad habits or break old patterns and here is a lovely ritual ~
Mourn a habit or attachment you want to release ~ then jump into bed for at least one irrational nap and let all of your feelings come up. Look at how you love this habit and why you hate it. Imagine life without it and feel the fear. Imagine yourself beyond the fear, happy, strong and free. Wander through the dark forest of all your feelings, without repressing them or getting stuck. Once you have explored them all, end with a simple clearing ritual ~ I love bathing, but you can use sage, bells, drumming etc. Now write what you want to release on a piece of paper and then tear or burn it up. Or empty an old drawer or clean a corner of your house and throw away what you no longer need. The energy in this area will sparkle! Breathe it in as an encouragement for the new you.
As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. You can see better what is standing in your way ~ but you have to slow down in order to receive this information. After stillness, new visions find their way forward and this is the beauty of releasing old habits and baggage. Using this ending of the Moon cycle allows for rest, releasing and prepares one for seeding.
Here are a few additional rituals to use under this Balsamic Moon to guide you into your New Moon Intention:
With the New Moon in Pisces being a Water Element Moon lets keep our rituals focused on water and how we heal our body with water over these next four days. If you can find time, do one of the following rituals each day to fuel your emotional waters.
As we move into the Moon in Pisces on Saturday evening, February 22nd at 11:37 pm PST you can begin to feel the Piscean energy of openness and receptiveness.
NEW MOON IN PISCES
As we enter the New Moon in Pisces on Sunday, February 23rd at 7:31 am PST (10:31 am EST) we can focus on her feminine, cool, watery energy. A Moon in Pisces will make us, sometimes painfully, aware of what we feel. She heightens not only our emotions, but our senses, intuition and imagination. As she ushers in the ending of the astrological year can add a richness to clearing the old energies.
We begin the New Year for Astrology begins with the New Moon in Aries ~ as we pay attention, we have many New Years to celebrate!
Pisces, a feminine, water sign, is ruled by the dreamy, romantic, nostalgic, magical planet of Neptune! The Moon and Neptune are in charge of fluids ~ both planetary and bodily. Neptune and Pisces also rule the feet, toes, and the lymphatic and endocrine systems.
Water elements bring you into your dreams and feminine signs signal a time to work with fluidity, movement, internal focus, to feel more than think, and to receive and be receptive.
Here are a few thoughts to hold under this Moon time ~
If I could chose to come back as an element it would be water ~ river, ocean, lake, stream! I hope you can take a risk of crossing the great river into unknown territory under this beautiful, watery moon. Let if flow.
New Moon Blessings,
photo from conscious reminder
Tonight at 11:33 pm PST and tomorrow, February 9th at 2:33 am EST we have our Full Moon in Leo. This Moon is known as the Snow Moon as it is the time of year that we can get our biggest snow falls. Leo is also the Moon of children and creation and this is a time where you may experience the unexpected.
The Full Moon teaches us to work in cycles to allow old growth to be moved out of the way so that we can make space for the new ~ a releasing. Maybe you don't need to make anything happen right now.
Leo Full Moons present us with a powerful time to see our relationships, our world, and ourselves more in light of how they actually are than how we would like them to be. Take time to return inward to gather your fire and creativity. It will give you the recharge to keep you centered in YOU when you are in the world at large.
At this time of winter we begin to feel the rumble, the thunder within that is waiting to be brought forward into fruition. Spring is on her way. Don’t let the cold and snow keep you from sensing her budding energy starting to rise up in you. Enjoy the rising of the Light and the return of longer days.
Planetary energies are here for each of us to experience individually. We may feel them deeply and we may not feel them at all. Yet they are there like the air we breathe and they touch us and move within us and guide us. I encourage each of you to listen to your intuition and know that only the information that touches you in a deep place is your truth. It is like a returning home to the place inside you that holds your truth. Listen and learn from others, yet be sure to check in with you, with your inner home.
So enjoy these energies and trust the feelings, love and energy that is playing with you. Take time to feel. That is what Grandmother Moon is about; and when she is in Leo, she is firing up your life with courage and strength and creativity. That is her beautiful message.
For your altar ~ royal blues, purples and orange; gemstones, amber, pyrite, emerald and whatever calls to you; and, grab some jasmine and sunflowers to bring you to your center and help you to remember your souls intention.
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:
Contemplate these as you move through this this fiery Full Leo Moon and as you place your intentions in your Moon Water. Let the Sun’s energy warm your souls and the Moons energy help you to keep your personal power vibration high.
And don’t forget to put out your Moon Water Gems!
Full Moon Blessings,
Today, January 24th, we have a New Moon in Aquarius @ 1:42 pm PST (4:42 pm EST). This is our first New Moon of the Year and can help us to set the tone of our year, and even our new decade. Tomorrow, January 25th, we celebrate the Year of the Rat ~ the Rat is the first zodiac sign of the Chinese Calendar and so we have a lot of new beginnings this year of 2020. Rat is yang energy and represents the beginning of a new day. The Rat Year is a time to develop your abilities, to think out of the box and to be resourceful and creative. The metal element signals renewed ambition and a desire to fulfill unmet needs. And during a Rat Year you are encouraged to take care of yourself and not worry about others.
Aquarius Moon energy is Masculine, barren, dry and airy; ruled by Uranus and Saturn; and rules the calves and ankles.
A Moon in Aquarius reminds us of the sacredness of collaboration and collectivity. We can become deeply aware that what affects one, affects us all. It’s a time to search for new allies and to review and live our philosophy. On the other side, an Aquarius Moon can bring out the rebel in us! This is a great time to break out of a rut, try something new, and make sure everyone sees you for the unique individual that you are.
Let the energy of this Aquarian Moon help you to express your uniqueness and connect you to your creative side. In the evening, take time to list and reflect on the positive things that happened during the day. If you practice this regularly, you will rewire your brain for happiness and find that it will make you feel more connected.
During A Dark Moon (Seed Moon) you may experience the following:
Mind: Your mind turns inward, you feel contemplative. Your intuition is active.
Body: You can feel heavy or retain water and find yourself inactive or feel a slowing of your metabolism.
Physical Energy: Low ebb. You sleep well but feel inertia when awake.
Emotion: Sensitive and can be easily hurt. You may feel more likely to quarrel. Misunderstandings of communication can occur as during a Moon void of course time.
WyMoons Mystery: It May be your Moontime. If not you can feel full and self-protective. You may have backache even if you are not fertile and find yourself not interested in compromise in relationships.
Dreams: You may have very symbolic or obscure dreams. And they may contain images of caves, shadowy places, blood and secrets. Many will have dreams of childhood.
Here are a few ideas on how to work with these New Moon in Aquarius energies~
One of the most effective ways to create reality is deciding to take action by making a dynamic move forward, and on the other hand, sitting in one place, choosing to remain undecided can be the most powerful decision yuou can make. Spirit and heart are important elements in making decisions. Let this New Moon inspire you to clear your space, inner and outer, so that your decision making can support you throughout 2020.
Wishing you a beautiful New Moon, New Beginnings,
Happiest of New Years my dear Moon Family. We are moving into a new decade and there is a freshness in these cool, crisp days that clears mind and heart and gives us a new perspective on our lives.
Tomorrow at 11:21 am PST (2:21 pm EST) we have a full moon in Cancer and at 11:10 am PST (2:10 pm EST) the peak of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses are not times to place intentions, although the energies can create emotional responses, so be acutely aware as to where you are and how you are responding.
Many of you may have already worked with your New Year Intentions, however, with the Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse tomorrow along with the movement and conjunction of Saturn and Pluto on Sunday you may want to open space to nurture them ~ or for those of you who have not finalized or created your yearly intentions or your 2020 goals, This next two weeks can be a beautiful time to discover them so that you can plant them in the fertile energies of the New Moon in Aquarius on January 24th.
Under these planetary movements, I believe we have the ability to work on our relationship with ourselves. We can create harmony with others or seek out common ground with friends and family; yet, there is also a beautiful gathering that can happen between our inner selves. In bringing them together through inner conversation, we can create a strength and energy that allows us to take greater risks, cross into new territories, and follow our visions with a tenacity that is not as accessible when they are not in agreement. Take this intuitive and collective heart of the Moon in Cancer, the deep energies of Saturn and Pluto, and these next two weeks before the New Moon and see what clarity of vision for this coming year, this new decade forms.
Here are a few thoughts on ritual for you to ponder as you work with these energies over the next few days and weeks:
Morning Meditation Ritual:
Evening Water Ritual:
'Kitchen' Soup Ritual:
Pondering, Walking, Meditation Ritual:
These rituals are for you to use over the next few days and weeks ~ use them if you are drawn to them. Let them help you to create your year and desires.
Human awareness lights up the world and its starts with us all individually. Keeping our awareness in the present moment and bringing our inner selves into harmony give us a strong inner core. We need a strong core to bring our visions forward.
We place a lot of focus on the Full and New Moons; however, I believe the true work, the hardest work, is done in the space between them. As we step into 2020 with our hopes and dreams, let us find time to nurture ourselves.
Don't forget to put our your Moon Water Gems!
Big, Full Moon Love to Each of You,
"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,