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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,
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,
Tonight I am writing this blog as I sit in the high desert in the Las Padres National Forest ~ and as I get ready to send this out she comes rising over the hills to remind me that I must share her beauty here! Tomorrow, March 1st, we have the first of two full moons in March ~ another magical month. She reaches her fullness in Virgo tomorrow at 4:51 pm PST (7:51 pm EST`). Native Americans called this Moon the Worm Moon as this is the time of the year when the earth begins to soften and the earthworms begin to make their way to the surface.
Full Moons are a time for releasing , letting go and recalibrating and joining this Virgo Full Moon we have a Venus-Jupiter trine that also adds a joy and optimism that can boost your confidence and faith ~ take notice your day tomorrow!
Under her fullness Grandmother Moon is sitting in the first house and so it is a good time to be present to the way you enter a room and to what you leave behind when you leave the room. It is also a good time to take a look at things from different directions to shift your perspective. Remember even small shifts can lead to big awakenings and healing.
Virgo Moons can open up our energy around our life paths and encourage us to bring our radiance out into the world to support healing for ourselves and others. This is a wonderful time to work with your Throat Chakra. Clearing the Throat Chakra helps you to have good, clear communication enabling you to express yourself authentically.
Full Moon Ceremony
Taking the time to create and share in ceremony/rituals under the Full Moon can be food for your soul. This is a time of the month when many women ovulate, symbolizing Purna energy, a time of fullness, expansiveness and productivity. Rituals/ceremonies deeply nourish our spirit and soul and afterwards you will find that you are more clear and connected to your center.
Here is a simple chakra ceremony that you can use under this Virgo Moon ~
Your Ceremony ~ you can do this in the evening or in the morning during the Full Moon ~
Place your mandala somewhere that you will see if often during the next two weeks ~ for me this is an important part of the healing power of ceremony. To bring it forward is how we hold onto the power and healing we experienced during the ceremony.
Here are a few questions to think about during your ceremony:
Mother Earth is shifting into spring and we are shifting with her ~ feel the movement, be the movement. Catch her the Moonlight and follow the energy ~ and don't forget to put out your Moon Water gems ~
Sending Moon Light Your Way,
Tomorrow at 5:27 am PST we have a Full Moon in Leo, a Full Lunar Eclipse, a Super Moon, a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon. That is a lot of Moon! And we all know that the Moon rules our emotions so be aware over the next few days of your responses and words.
Blue Moons are when a full moon happens a second time in the same month; Super Moons are closer to the earth and so they appear bigger and brighter; Blood Moons are when the Moon takes on a reddish color under the total eclipse and Leo ~ well Leo Moons are about personal power, warmth, and creativity.
Leo is a Masculine, Barren, Fire Sign and rules the Heart & Upper Back
A Sun in Aquarius sees the greater good of all and the Leo Moon is about self-empowerment and creativity and expression. A Moon in Leo asks the queen within to step forward and take a stand from a place of strength and calm. This is a time to delve into all those places within you that have been hiding in the shadows, waiting for the light to bring them to life, and allow them to grow and blossom.
This Lunar eclipse will be a North Node Eclipse meaning it wll be connected to the freminine (the moon) and with the future (North Node). This is a time to connect the deep expression of our self, where we open to self-love and move from the heart. Find your queen and be proud of her ~ open to her calling. Let your emotions guide you toward the issues that are in need of releasing. Let yourself look at where you let love keep you from feeling free and set an intention to work on this without rebellion! A good thing to remember is that Leo & Aquarius hold the energy of individuality ~ they may be in opposition, but this is a power place for sure!
The stones I will be working with under this Moon are Citrine, Honey Calcite, Tigers Eye and Lapis Lazuli. They are wonderful for supporting you in discovering your hidden strengths, inspiring personal empowerment, enhancing self esteem, support you in making decisions with discernment that are unclouded by this barrage of emotions that we will be dealing with and to carry the power of the sun! For colors, golds, yellows and deep blues are wonderful for this royalty sign! If you like essential oils, I love Rosemary and Ginger for empowering this chakra.
I believe that sound is a powerful tool to work with under this Full Moon and so I share the following sound ritual with you:
Toning is not chanting or singing ~ it is a sound more than a word you create. You pick a note and then draw it out so that you are working with its vibration in your body. Our voice is a powerful way to carry our intentions and as we tone it brings our intention into our bodies through a vibration delivering healing energy. It can also help you to restore balance and flow to the your chakra energy centers. Using your voice creates a deep vibration deep within your body that is soothing and peaceful.
There are different sounds for each energy center. For the Solar Plexus the sound is RAM. And the sound for the Third Eye the sound is SHAM. These are the two words/notes we will be working with under this Leo Moon. Using your voice to sound the chakra tones can help to restore balance and flow to the energy centers. And please don’t worry if you have a good voice or have trouble carrying a tune ~ you can still get the same effect!
How to tone:
Super moons are especially bright in winter ~ so watch her rise tomorrow night at 5:28 pm PST or 8:28 pm EST. The Lunar eclipse will be starting at 2:51 AM PST AND ending tomorrow morning at 8:08 am ~ so if you have a chance watch the Moon set tomorrow morning at 6:55 am PST~ the sun will rise at the same time 6:52 am (PST) ~ it should be spectacular!
As I am finish writing this the Moon is shining her beautiful light on me ~ oh, how I love her so this Grandmother Moon! She makes me feel so much gratitude and love every time I look up at her ~ I know she does the same for you.
Leo Full Moons present us with a powerful time to see ourselves, our relationships, and our world more in light of how they actually are than how we would like them to be. Enjoy the rising of the Light, the return of longer days as we move into Imbolc on February 1st and ground hogs day on Feb 2nd
Let this sun warm your souls moon family and keep the personal power vibration high ~ and don’t forget to put out your Moon Water Gems!
Full Moon Blessings,
Tomorrow we celebrate a New Moon in Capricorn at 6:17 pm PST (9:17 pm EST). The Capricorn Moon energy is feminine and earthy. She connects us to our ambitions and encourages us to dream, organize, and manifest our visions. What a perfect way to start the year. This year Venus joins her in Capricorn calling us to bring love and beauty into our 2018 goals.
We also have access to a Cazimi Moon for our first New Moon of 2018. What is a Cazimi Moon? Any planet whose center is within 17 minutes of the arc of the center of the Sun in celestial longitude is said to be a Cazimi. Planets are thought to be very powerful and benefic when Cazimi! According to The average speed of the Moon is such that it remains Cazimi for about an hour; so the best time to create and set your intentions is a half an hour before and half an hour after the exact conjunction with the Sun.
So the best time to place your New Moon intentions are ½ hour before and ½ hour after the Sun-Moon conjunction (6:17 pm PST). According to Jim Shawvan: If you have something important to start around now, this is a great time to do it.
Under this Capricorn moon you may want to revisit your past goals and look at them with a new perspective ~ or clean the slate and bring new visions and goals to your new year.
My favorite ritual at this first New Moon is to create a vision board and a New Year mandala. These two visuals help me to carry my goals and visions forward throughout the year with intention and creativity.
I like to create my vision board under the Dark Moon.
Creating Your Vision Board
I love to create my Mandala under the New Crescent Moon (Wednesday, January 17th). I find that it helps me to visualize myself in a new place on the wheel of the year ~ guiding me into thoughts and visions that come from creating my vision board and providing additional love and beauty for my eyes and heart throughout the year.
Creating Your Mandala
Thoughts to think about as you create:
For your altar:
Use earth tones, Vetiver for grounding, Frankincense for a spiritual connection. Gemstones I love for this moon are carnelian, red jasper and agates.
Rituals bring balance to our lives and can be done alone or with others. They remind us of our heart intentions and help us to stay connected to our true scared selves. Let this be a year where you make intentional room for your desires.
Today is my birthday ~ I am 61. One of my goals this year is to share more about myself with you, my dear moon family. Please read my opening blog here.
New Moon Love,
photo by Ryan Bruce
Tonight, October 8th, we are under the Dark Moon of Libra at 8:47 pm PST (11:47 EST). We also have the opportunity to work with a beautiful Cazimi Moon again tonight! These dropping moons contain a strong energy for seeding your intentions. Libra energy gives us the chance weigh out what is increasing and decreasing in our lives, showing us a deeper way of intuiting paths to self-growth and inner fulfillment. When we find ourselves indecisive it can keep us from moving forward with assertiveness. Remember that making choices is freedom.
When we are setting intentions under this New Moon in the Air Sign of Libra we can use the element of wind, the mothers breath, to guide us deeper into our places of knowing.
This is our first New Moon following the Fall Equinox, a time to allow the winds of change to move out what longer serves us and to fill those new spaces with that which brings us forward in balance. Once the wind moves through us we may find ourselves in a place of stillness. When you are in your place of stillness you can be inwardly still and reflective while at the same time outwardly present to your situation. It is from this beautiful place of stillness that we can choose to act on a situation or not! Outer and inner stillness reinforce one another.
During a dark moon (seed moon) your mind turns inward. You may feel contemplative yet find your intuition is active. This is the time to seed/plant your intentions.
Here are a few questions to contemplate under this Dark Moon ~
Where is your inner point of balance??
What is increasing/decreasing in your life?
Here are a few thoughts on seeding your intention for this New Moon in Libra:
Air is a powerful element. It carries the archetypal properties of spirit into the physical world. Use this air element to turn and shift and move your intention in the direction of your beautiful wishes!
Tomorrow, October 9th, we will be under the Sprouting Moon. During a sprouting moon you may find sudden insights or new ideas! Your appetite may increase and you may need less sleep. If you can, watch the Moon set tomorrow night (7:15 pm PST, 10:15 EST) ~ look for that sliver moon as the sun is setting. It is a beautiful way to bring your intention forward and feel the blessing of new beginnings as we move into the waxing moon.
New Moon Blessings,
beautiful artwork by David Joaquin
Monday, September 24th @ 7:52 pm (PST), 8:52 (MST), 9:52 (CST), 10:52 (EST)
Tomorrow the Moon is Full in Aries. This is the Harvest Moon ~ since it is the closest full moon to the Fall Equinox. It was also known as the Full Corn Moon as it is the time of year for harvesting the corn. This is a beautiful time to honor the Corn Mother for her gifts of abundance and nourishment.
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 to awaken your inner power and take on that Aries confidence, strength and passion and put it to good use in making your life and work successful!
Under a full moon our emotions are heightened and the full light of her can sometimes give us more energy at night and keep us awake! This Full Moon is moving in harmony with Mars (ruling planet of Aries) and so you may feel her energy magnified!
I find this Full Moon in Aries a perfect opportunity for harvesting our power through nourishment and balance. This is a time to know ourselves, to share our joy, a time for awakening spirit and for using this fire energy for empowering.
Full Moons also help us to shine light on that which needs to be released and you may notice that what you are ready to release is coming up for you. Before I share a beautiful fire/earth/water ceremony, I want to share a few thoughts for your altar. Gemstones you may want to connect with are red jasper, diamond, or black obsidian. Colors to use are oranges and reds. And are a few questions to contemplate over the next few days:
Here is a beautiful nourishment ceremony by the Order of the White Moon Goddess ~ I hope you can make time tomorrow to share with family and friends. Also, it would be lovely to place a second jar of water out under the moon tonight to use in this soup! Use the gemstones of moonstone and agate along with smokey quartz.
Enjoy this ceremony and nourish your inner power ~
Creating: homemade Chicken (or veggie) soup
~ Celery, chopped
~ Canned peas (1)
~ Fresh or canned corn (1)
~ Fresh baby carrots
~ Vidalia onion
~ 1 free-range/organic chicken
~ small red potatoes
~ 3 cans of chicken broth
~ 5 cubes chicken/vegetable boullion
~ 2 cans full of water ~ preferably your Moon Water!
~ Olive oil
~ Mushrooms, chopped
~ Italian seasoning
~ I also suggest using a small amount of ginger to give you the wholeness of ingesting and digesting life!
Not all is mandatory. Put in what you like, take out what you don't!
Rose oil (or tea tree, sage, lavender or plain lemon)
Picture/statue of Corn Woman (or aspect of corn woman)
Candle in protective jar (any color, her colors are all of the rainbow ~ red would be nice for the Aries energy!)
Stand in the middle of your kitchen ~ set good intent for the ritual and food you are about to prepare. Begin to meditate on the vision of the Great Goddess/Corn Mother. Light your candle and/or incense. Place the image of the Corn Woman near the candle. Wash the chicken and put it into the soup pot with a small amount of olive oil. Turn on the stove. Wash the food that need to be washed. Place it all in front of you. Think of the Mother an give her thanks. Ask that this food nourish all who eats it, and that it may be as delicious and comforting as it sounds! Place the chicken broth, bouillon cubes and 2 cans of Moon water immediately after the short blessing. Chop up veggies (all the while, being in a meditative state). Place all ingredients into the pot with seasonings. Add more of whatever is needed to create your desired taste. Leave in pot on medium for about 2 hours. Thank Corn Mother for help in preparation. And before you eat, thank her for her bounty. Sit down and enjoy!
And don’t forget to put out your Moon Water Gems ~
Full Moon Love Your Way,