Hello lovelies! Welcome to the Gemstone Organic Blog. We are here to share our insight on skincare, holistic living, and beyond.
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.
I love the Full Moon in Capricorn ~ why? Maybe because I'm a Cappie and it resonates so deeply with my soul...yet, it may be the Thunder Moon, I love a good shake up in my life.
And with this Full Thunder Moon following on the back of the partial lunar eclipse, we can expect some shake up. Yet, I want to emphasize that I believe shake-ups during a Full Moon are times to let loose those parts of ourselves, or our lives, that we are ready to let go of. This is a double Lunar ~ a Full Moon and a Lunar Eclipse ~ a time of a strong feminine energy where we connect with our emotions, with our bodies, and our intuition. It might even be a time for re-birth.
How can you break out of the mold?
We also have Capricorns ruling planet, Saturn, in retrograde, in Capricorn, all of July. Look at areas of your life that need to be reworked.
Where are you holding resistance?
And this Full Moon is placed in the third house ~ the house where we connect with our intelligence and share it effectively so that we achieve our desired result. The words you speak and communicate are what are a part of your own nourishment.
What are you investing in?
Capricorn is a mountain climber and can teach that constancy bears fruit. A mountain is still, it is a place to create a still center amid changes. When we retreat to this place of stillness we can find a new perspective, one that helps us to create a firm foundation for new growth.
Thunder brings change, a spark of the new, shock or upheaval, It is the great awakener that can bring life to new growth. It sets things in motion, creates decisive action and inspires initiation
This is a time to come from a more feminine way of relating...of being open, loosening, and allowing space for new influences..
What must change?
When our outer world is shaken up, it is the best time to stay awake, to feel, to be aware of the quivers of the energy of change underway. Remember, you are only passing through this point in time for today, be true to yourself. In the moment of change there is only truth, knowledge, understanding. Regrets vanish, along with the past to which they belong.
What do you bring with you into new situations?
"The truths you choose to nurture and cultivate in your life become the foundation of your personal ecosystem, they are your energy source for your creative action."
What will this new place ask of you?
This night, I call on you to move outside at the last light of the day. To catch the first stars that grace the sky and let them twinkle some love into your heart to work with under this strong, ground shaking Full Moon.
And don't forget to put your Moon Water out tonight Gems ~
Big, Full Moon Love to each of you,
The Summer Heat is here, and although the sun does provide us with our ‘sunshine vitamin D, a lot of anything is hard on the skin and that includes our much loved summer rays.
Taking care of our skin can be as simple as a morning and evening routine that refreshes and revitalizes.
Tips for a summer morning routine:
How well do you know your skin? I offer a free skin reading on the website that can guide you in choosing the crème and gem juice that best fits your skin.
Tips for a summer night skin routine:
After a tiring day amid the heat and sweat, it’s great if you can take the time to remove the sun rays and overall environmental grime. Making this a priority can keep your skin clean and healthy.
Here are a few more tips to heal summer skin and can be done morning or night, whenever you and your skin have the time for a pampering ~
Herbal facial steams are wonderful for removing dead skin cells and ridding your skin of toxins. They will clean your pores, along with hydrating and softening your skin. It is a truly simple way to open your pores, increase circulation, and remove bacteria, makeup, and sunscreen residue. They are great for all skin types and help your skin to better to absorb your face crème. These are magic in my book and used regularly, you will definitely see a difference in your skins health! Here is a great video on how to do a gemstone facial steam.
Doing a mud mask weekly is so good for your skin. It exfoliates by tightening the skin as it dries, allowing skin cells to stick to the surface of the mask. The dead skin is then washed off with the removal of the masque. Adding in the benefits of gemstone powders is a plus with your Mineral Masque that will add to your clean, fresh, glow!
This is a great time of year to add in a few masque additional options that can aid in creating fresh, clean, glowing skin right from your summer garden or kitchen!
Apple Cider Vinegar facial masque:
This is a great face mask for those of you with oily skin that need a deep cleaning and this is another wonderful way to bring your skin into pH balance. Make a simple mask with ¼ cup of cider vinegar and ¼ cup water. Apply on your face and wait till it dries. Rinse with cool water! Great for the summer months.
Watermelon & Cumber facial masque
Summer dryness is something we forget to address and with the longer days, lots of outdoor activities, and warm summer evenings, this is a great time to give your skin a little extra love!
p.s. And you know how much I love my readers...you can take 10% off all purchases using the code Summer at checkout ~ good through our Full Buck Moon on Tuesday, July 16th <3<3<3.
Tomorrow we have a New Moon in Cancer with a Full Solar Eclipse, The Solar Eclipse begins at 9:55 am PST (12:55 pm EST). The New Moon is at 12:17 pm PST (3:17 EST).
This season of Cancer/Capricorn Eclipses started in July 2018 and has a two year cycle going into 2020. Is there a Theme that is playing in your life? It is also a time to reflect on where you were in your life during the last Cancer/Capricorn Eclipse Season, which was from 2009 - 2011.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon and is the sign of the Sacred Feminine. Here the Moon is in her most nurturing water sign. She is the creative mother energy.
With this New Moon and Solar Eclipse energy, we hold the potential to dream the dreams of the Goddess, breathing in the masculine and feminine energies of love.
This may be a time for you to dive deep to find that inner clarity, to feel a charge of new energy, to decide what you will take on, to make the preparations and march out!
Working under this watery moon, being around, near, or in the water can be very nurturing and healing.
Here are a few thoughts for working with this lovely energy:
Take in the influence and energies of this New Moon/Solar Eclipse ~ it is a time to be called and moved, and always a time to encounter something new.
New Moon Blessings,
We harness the power of the Summer Solstice by deeply connecting to our inner Sun and the Sweetness of Life and allowing our gifts to flow forth ~ Sisters of Topaz
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!
Today we celebrate the SUMMER SOLThe Summer Solstice, also known as Litha or Hafmas, is celebrated every year when the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer. This is the time when the earth is midpoint in her journey around the sun, creating the longest day and shortest night of the year.
Mother Earth brings forth her greatest abundance under these long days of the sun… where we see the manifestation of what was planted in the early weeks of spring. These are the days of lush greens and bursting flowers, trees, and gardens.
We are also under the light of a Honey Moon, because this is when our sweet bees are busy making honey. Mead made from honey is regarded as the divine solar drink filled with magical and life restoring properties; and mead is used in many celebrations to honor of the life-giving abundance of the Sun (missing you sweet moon sister Pam and our mead celebrations <3)
This is also a great time to work with your Solar Plexus, Manipuri. Your energy center that radiates vital life energy, your fire. The Solar energies support you in connecting with your inner light, your the place of consciousness, clarity and awareness.
Do you remember the beautiful story of Aladdin and his wonderful lamp? I believe this story symbolizes the indwelling power that we all possess. In the story, Aladdin had only to rub the lamp and a powerful genie appeared ready to do his bidding ~ fortune, fame, power, were his for the asking!
I believe the lamp represents the conscious mind, the rubbing of the lamp teaches us that we only need to understand our own power, and the genie represents the subconscious mind, “that mighty power within you waiting for recognition and unfoldment, that when aroused and used will bring you to the realization of your fondest dreams”
Things don’t spring instantly into a state of full growth, nor does wisdom or knowing, they must be nourished with patience over time. And when we are fully present to our growth and all that it has to offer we find that we begin a beautiful journey of creative engagement with the world. We become fully engaged with present opportunities.
On June 21st we also have Neptune beginning her reverse movement. She will be retrograde for the next four months making this a beautiful time to turn inward and tune into your core, your inner knowing. Although her retrogrades tend to have a light influence on most, she can be a powerful ally when you place your focus on creativity or spirituality. Catch her influence by working with your solar plexus, your center, to cultivate your own quality of character and personal power.
Here are a few altar options to add to your ritual or ceremony:
This ritual is designed to bring nature and solar power into your heart and living space ~
Take time to gather up the solar energy to warm you heart and spirit from this beautiful planet we are blessed to call our Sun. SOLAR UP so that you can carry this energy forward as we move into the waning days ahead.
With light and love,
Yes, the New Moon in Gemini is tomorrow, June 3rd at 3:02 am PST (6:02 am EST). Gemini's have been described as honey bees moving from flower to flower collecting all the information they can in the world in order to make sense of their purpose. Gemini is an air sign ruled by the planet Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication.
The honey bee is a symbol of extracting the sweetness of life. They share with us the promise that is we but pursue our dreams, no matter how great, they can be fulfilled.
Air signs teach us to find a way through ~ as the wind ~ by penetrating and creating a subtle yet far-reaching influence. This is a time to open up space for your imagination and to 'breathe' inspiration into your body.
Here are a few thoughts for preparing for your ritual:
Meditation can make life sweeter! Here are a few short meditations to move air ~ one in speaking the other in breathing:
BODY MEDITATION ~ this only takes a few minutes but is very enlightening:
With practice ~ this exercise will help you to discriminate your body’s wisdom and teach you to follow your truth.
BREATHING ~ Match your inhales and exhales.
This is a simple and lovely exercise to bring you in back into your body and connect.
May these sweet meditations show you the journey, carry your dreams forward.
New Moon Wishes to each you,