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Aquarius Full Moon ~ Beautiful Water Bearer

Artwork by Jo Wall

Tomorrow, Firday, July 27th at 1:20 pm PST (4:20 pm EST) the Moon will be Full under the sign of Aquarius. We also will be experiencing a Full Lunar Eclipse and if you would like more information on the Eclipse and other planetary movements you can read about them from a few of my favorite astrologists: Chani Nicholas or Pat Liles. Lots of energy out there to work with and be aware of under this Full Moon.

I love those born under the sign of Aquarius…they are beautiful dreamers, have a deep love for freedom, are visionaries and want to change the world to make it a better place. We need them always and forever to teach us their gifts. When we have a Moon in Aquarius it gives us the opportunity to briefly take a ride through their lense and see how we too can join them in catching our dreams, tapping into our humanitarian side and finding ways to join them in making this world a better place. 

They are the perfect representations of the energy needed now as we move through the Age of Aquarius. We have much to learn from them ~ so welcome their teachings as we move through this Full Moon in Aquarius with a Full Lunar Eclipse. And although we will not be able to view the Lunar Eclipse here in North American I love how Pat Liles suggests pulling the energy through the Earth into your prayers.

Even if we cannot see the eclipse in North America where it will be daytime, our ceremonies and meditations will be infused with its energy.  Imagine pulling the eclipse energy through the Earth and into your prayers. 


I love to remember to tap into the energies of these planetary movements and although there is so much to read out there about how the energies can touch our lives, I like to connect with myself on a deeper level to see what I need to shift. I try to pay attention to the things that happen, how I deal with them and the words and advice that come from friends and loved ones. The messages are always there if I listen and sometimes I just know where to go to get the information I need to hear.

Aquarius is a masculine, fixed, air sign, is ruled by Uranus and rules the calves and ankles. Fixed, masculine energy is unstoppable and aggressive and can teach us to take our projects to completion. Our ankles represent balance and give us the ability to adapt to the ground we walk on. The right ankle is yang (masculine) and the left ankle is yin (feminine) ~ trouble with the ankles, according to Louise Hays, identifies issues of inflexibility and guilt ~ they also represent the ability to receive pleasure. She has an affirmation that I want to share with you to carry through this Full Moon and place in your Full Moon Water ~

I accept all the pleasure life has to offer


A few thoughts to carry under this Full Moon ~ 

  • What brings you pleasure?
  • What project do you want to bring to completion?
  • How are your ankles supporting you at this time in your life?

My teacher and colleague Candice Covington shares that one of the energies a Full Moon carries is the chance to restore universal memory. Aquarius is the water bearer and it is said that through water the light of consciousness flows.

A ritual for this Full Moon is to use this hightened energy to focus your prayers on your Full Moon Water.

Here are a few gemstones you may want to use for your Full Moon Water Ritual tonight: pearl, moonstone, tektite or rose quartz or amethyst. Use the one that connects you with pleasure. Use a pearl white or silvery moon cloth under the jar and place rosemary, myrrh or frankincense on the cloth, on yourself, or near your bed (or all three!) to capture the light and energy of this Moon.

Here again is the link on how to create your Moon Water and remember to share your words with your water ~ it will guide you and place your words inside your body as you drink it or use it in ceremony between now and the New Moon in Leo, on August 11th.

This is a time for free thinking and expressing ourselves as the wild, unique persons we ARE!

Enjoy the light, be the light.

Full Moon Blessings,
Debra
Moon Mama

March 19, 2019

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New Moon in Cancer ~ partial solar eclipse


A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe   ~ RUMI
 


We are in our Dark Moon time until tomorrow night when she moves into the New Moon in Cancer at 7:48 pm PST, (10:48 pm EST). She moves into the sign of cancer tomorrow morning at 10:59 am PST (1:59 pm EST). 

During this New Moon phase we will also be experiencing a partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and the Moons shadow blocks the Suns light from sharing her ultraviolet radiation with our ionosphere. The ionosphere is an electrified layer of charged particles that surrounds the Earth. This energy exchange of incoming radiation from the sun causes a swelling in the ionosphere and therefore this layer is always larger during the day than at night. 

Cancer is a cardinal,water sign that is ruled by the Moon and rules the stomach teaching us to go with our intuitive, gut feelings. When the Moon is in Cancer we can find her influencing our emotions and focusing us on home, family and the nurturing of ourselves and others.

This dark moon I encourage you to explore the archetypal energy of Lilith, a Dark Moon Goddess.

My dear friend, Candice Covington, describes the Dark Goddess as the goddess of the unconscious, of the dissolution or undoing of things. She shares, "the Dark Goddess teaches us that by going inward to the cause instead of ascending away it we can deal with the aspects of the self and life. We are often taught to fear the power of the Dark Goddess ~ darkness, destruction, dissolution - but her energy is that of the dark moon, the force of rebirth." Candice describes Lilith as a catalyst for thriving in your original nature. Lilith, she says, "shows us that being cut off from our soul and our sense of self-worth is to be cut off from our power, strength and potential. To connect with her energy is to open ourselves to our own inner bravery until we find firm footing in our unique, perfect soul. She is the energy of pure possibility without restriction."

Under these mixed energies of Dark Moon, New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse, I offer the following thoughts for ritual:

  • Take a bath tonight or tomorrow under the Dark of the Moon (prior to 7:48 pm). Call on the energy of Lilith to assist you in moving into your unconscious to access information that you have forgotten and to remember the women of power and strength that birthed us. Adding gemstones (moonstone, black tourmaline, red jasper, or garnet), candles and essential oils (lotus, jasmine, or peppermint) to inspire and activate energies. Water can teach us the path of least resistance ~ follow it.
  • The solar eclipse starts at 6:48 pm PST (9:48 pm EST) and the New Moon is at 7:48 pm PST. Where ever you are try to take the time to notice what your body senses at the time of these subtle energy shifts between Moon, Sun and Earth. Trust.
  • Under this New Moon connect to your feelings and see where they lead you. Acknowledge what you have overcome.

The Moon is there for us to learn to how to cycle through the dark to light and back into the dark again ~ it is a daily, monthly, yearly, lifetime of death and rebirth. She is here to guide us on our journey with ourselves.

New Moon Wishes,
Debra
Moon Mama

 

 

March 19, 2019

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Capricorn Full Moon ~ sending & receiving compassion

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 27th, at 9:52 pm PDT - or early Thursday morning, June 28th, at 12:52 am EST, we will experience a Full Moon in Capricorn. 

Full Moons can be high-energy times as the sun completely illuminates the moon as she sits exactly 180 degrees apart. On these warm summer evenings we love that extra light, love and energy ~ at least I do! With the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Capricorn we can find ourselves identifying with our emotional bodes in concrete ways, making this Full Moon a perfect time to focus on ways to give our time and energy to nurture others and ourselves.

With all that is happening in the world today ~ this is a good time to focus our energies into the places that we feel drawn to support and heal. There are many ways of supporting causes, yet, as you know from previous emails, I am a firm believer that we must get to the root cause to make the biggest difference.

Many times as we move through life we can find ourselves disconnected with others and are not always kind, and worse yet, many times we are not kind to ourselves. It has been shown that compassion is important to our health and well-being. When we are involved in the prayer and healing of others we can feel the reciprocity of healing in our own lives. 

I offer you these three thoughts and meditations to use under the energy of this Full Moon for sending and receiving compassion, healing and love ~ ahhhhh! my trifecta appears again <3.

So lets take the high-energy and light of this full moon and make it life/world changing:

To prepare for your meditation or Moon Ceremony add earth tones of browns, teal, and reds to your altar using cloth, candles, mala beads etc; add rose quartz, smoky quartz, garnet or turquoise gemstones; and scents I recommend are geranium or frankincense to raise your vibration of heart and crown.

Also be heartfelt in choosing what you bring into your meditation so that it has heart for you. And then choose your meditation or practice ~ if you feel drawn to do all three, start with one tonight and do one each day for three days. The Moon energy is high all three days...

  1. Awakening the Heart of Compassion ~ Tonglen Meditation:

    This is a Tibetan practice to let in suffering and offer out compassion. I find this practice powerful in that it is a practice to awaken With each in-breath we take in others pain and with each out-breath we send them relief.

    Here is a link to instructions on the meditation by Tara Brach or if you prefer a video, here is a short version by one of my favorite teachers, Pema Chodron.
  2. Loving - Kindness Meditation

    This meditation places heartfelt wishes for the well-being of others along with yourself. It creates a softening of the heart allowing you to “feel empathy with the happiness and sorrow of the world.”.

    Here is a link to the Metta Institute for instructions on a loving-kindness meditation by Gil Fronsdal.
  3. A practice of generosity

    This practice also comes from Gil Fronsdal’s book “The Issue at Hand”. Gil explains that the practice of generosity has two important functions.

    1. It helps to not only connect us with others, but also with ourselves. When we give it creates a relationship between the giver and receiver, and through the acts of generosity we learn about the nature and development of our relationships ~ this is lovely.

    2. Second, when we practice generosity is teaches us to see and understand where we are closed, holding back, and where we feel our fear. Taking on this practice helps you to know where you are resisting in giving and receiving. Gil gives example(s)of an intentional practice:

      “Give yourself a week to give a twenty dollar bill to someone you don’t know. Watch what happens during that week. What does it bring up for you? How do you react? What do you learn about yourself in that situation?

      or Jack Kornfield teaches a practice of acting on every impulse to give, no matter what, during a twenty-four hour period.”

      It is important to note that generosity is not limited to the giving of material things. You can be generous with your kindness and receiving by sharing a smile with a stranger, or really listening to your partner or friend. And there is one that may be the hardest ~ try being the receiver ~ and I will add here that receiving has many, many facets so be aware of the subtle ways you are passing up receiving.

I will be practicing compassion and giving through Gemstone Organic this Full Moon in Capricorn by offering 20% off site-wide with all of you who receive this email ~ use the code GIVING at checkout. The sale will run through Saturday June 30th.

AND I will be donating 20% of all sales to Together Rising an organization that transforms heartache into action. I am also offering prayers for those who would like to be held in my full moon ceremony ~ please email me at debra@gemstoneorganic.com with your requests and I will add them to my altar and our circle will hold you as we do our meditation.

And remember to put out your Moon Water tonight or tomorrow gems ~ it will be a lovely way to bless your life over the next two weeks..

Light, compassion, moon beams,
Debra
Moon Mama

March 19, 2019

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Winter Solstice ~ A Deepening

Tonight at 2:23 pm PST (5:23 EST) we will experience the longest night of the year. I love this time of year as it always pulls me inward to my center and I love the unfolding that occurs when I take time to pleasure in the darkness before moving into the light.

The Winter Solstice happens when one of the Earths poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun; when the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky.

Yule or Jol (pronounced “yoh-l”), is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. Yule is the Norse word for wheel and was the Norwegian celebration of light and rebirth of the Sun. These longest hours of darkness or rebirth of the sun hold powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. On these midwinter days in Norway the days of sunlight are less than 6 hours and it resonates with my heart that they would celebrate the coming of the light, as we all know the power of the Sun to bring us joy, warmth and a deep sense of hope. 

Historically, in Norway the Winter Solstice was the start of an almost 3-week festival that ended on the Yule, which happened near the 12th of January. It was a time of drinking, feasting, celebrating, games and songs to bring in the new solar year.

Each season has it’s own rhythm and magic. The rhythm of winter is one of slowing down. It is the time when seeds are held within the earth and only internal germination is active. This is our call to move inward to find the courage and healing we need to call the seeds of our dreams forward. As we understand ourselves from these inner places, a deepening, a shift happens. Such deepening’s are not immediate, but come in small increments allowing us to find the alignment and clarity for our intentions.

Let us celebrate this darkness that opens us to the light once again:

  • Walking the labyrinth. The goddess in the labyrinth goes back to the bronze age, however only between 20 and 30 labyrinths remain in Scandinavia that date back to the Viking Age. John Kraft shares, "What connect the labyrinths across time and space is not only their shared design, but also essential myths or legends as well as rituals associated with them. It is well-known that walking the stone-labyrinths had a magical purpose: It was generally thought, up to the present time, that walking the stone labyrinths in the proper way gave fortune and protection, healing and magical aid."
  • Create a spiral or participate in a spiral walk such as a labyrinth. The waldorf schools celebrate this turning point by looking for the light within themselves through a spiral walk.
    • A single candle is placed in the center of the spiral/labyrinth and lit. Each person/child walks to the center of the spiral and lights their candle from the center candle and then on their way out places their candle along the spiral. Once everyone has walked the labyrinth, the whole spiral is aglow with lights. This walk symbolizes finding the light in the darkness. It is the awakening of nature and ourselves. The spiral is associated with the cycle of rebirth, our spiritual journey and is found in shells, flowers, pinecones, fingertips and galaxies. You can create a small table spiral at home using the evergreen boughs or other plants or flowers.
    • Place a candle at the center and then let each person add a candle to the spiral, again leaving a beautiful, spiral of light.
    • Apples are used as the candleholders. They represent the seed that lies waiting patiently inside the darkness until it is to sprout, our hidden potential.
    • Evergreen trees boughs are used to place along the spiral and symbolize the tree of life. Evergreen trees do not go dormant in the winter months and carry the regenerative power of life, nature and the seasons. They represent the sustaining abundance of life on mother earth.
    • Beeswax candles are the symbol of eternal love and warmth and light the darkness to show that love is eternally present.
    • Placing crystals, seashells, feathers, pinecones, berries, ,and oranges along the path symbolize the trifecta of plant, mineral and animal.
      If you are interested in finding a labyrinth near you here is a link to a labyrinth locator
  • Do a Solstice Eve ritual by meditating in silence or in darkness and then welcome the birth of the Sun by lighting a candle and singing chants or carols.
  • Adorn your home with the sacred herbs of holly, birch, evergreen, ivy and pinecones and add in the druidic colors of red, green and white. Buy some mistletoe and hang it from a well used threshold and leave it there for the year!
  • Create a wheel of the year and move along the wheel throughout the New Year using a pin or small homemade doll or animal spirit. This is a wonderful way to see that you do not stay in one place and that no matter where you are the shift is happening. Below is a wheel to guide you, but please make your own ~ it will hold a personal healing energy that will move with you as you pass through each season. Again you can add to the wheel as the year progresses, so keep it simple and place it on a wall or board or better yet, if you have the ability create the wheel directly on a wall in your home!


    You can find many more visual wheels of the year at this link to get more ideas
  • Bring in the light with our Ceremonial Solar Plexus Chakra Bath. Work with the energies of the Masculine Sun and the feminine energies of the Moon as she becomes full in Cancer on Saturday. Working with the third chakra, Manipura, connects you to your warrior(ess) giving you the ability to move forward with confidence from a place of power. Light your inner fire and connect you to your personal power and joy.
  • Magical gemstones to work with are catseye, ruby, garnet, citrine, and bloodstone.
  • Incense to use is cedar, pine or rosemary
  • Traditional foods, mulled wine, eggnog, fruit cakes and nuts

The Winter Solstice is followed by the Full Moon in Cancer on Saturday morning at 9:48 am PST (12: 48 pm EST). Celebrating both the light/dark, feminine/masculine, water/fire, is here for you this year. I encourage you to use these next few weeks to really anchor your dreams, hopes and aspirations for 2019. Each day can be a celebration or part of your ritual. Here are a few ways to play with each day:

  • Collect something each day for a vision board, be it a word, number, something from nature, or color. Place it on your board with your intention always being a part of the ritual.
  • Chant the Kirtan Sohelia with Snatum Kaur each night before bed. This chant is called the Song of Peace and can help to stop your mind and put you into a state of meditation of no thoughts. It is a song of poetry to connect you to your subconscious. Reciting this before going to sleep works at a very deep level and sets the vibration for your night, for your life. To learn more about the song and words go here.
  • Play in water, somewhere, somehow! Ocean, bathtub, river, lake. Even walking on the frozen ice is connecting. Snow is another version of water that can be healing. Water is life and connecting will connect you with your source, your gratitude for life and its blessing. Do something each day. Place new gemstones out in the snow or in water each night between the full moon and new moon and leave them till morning to catch the morning sun to connect the dualities that are in motion.
  • For your altar use the colors of silvery blue or greys; gemstones are moonstone, pearl or ruby; and the essential oils of peppermint or geranium.
  • And of course put out your Moon Water dearest moon sisters and brothers.

Each day the sun rises we have the opportunity for a new beginning, to see the light rise for us and in us. Let each holiday you celebrate support you in connecting to your mystery, your fullness, and your essence.

Sending each of you light and love,
Debra
Moon Mama

March 19, 2019

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Dark Moon in Sagittarius ~ Be the Archer of Your Dreams


photo from foreverconscious

Tonight we have our last New Moon of the Year ~ the New Moon in Sagittarius.  

Sagittarius is a masculine, fire sign and is the archetype for wisdom, truth and understanding ~ energy for the journey. He is ruled by Jupiter and tules the liver, hips, thighs, pelvis and femur. When the Moon is in Sagittarius it is a time to manifest truth. Fire signs inspire and ignite. You may experience the ability to speak with honesty or you may feel philosophical or the spirit of inspiration. It is a time to turn your healing energies inward.

During the Dark (Seed) Moon your intuition is active, your mind turns inward and you feel contemplative. It is a time when your metabolism slows down and although you sleep well you feel inertia upon awakening. Your dreams may be symbolic and bring you back to your childhood. It is the time of the Northeast energy, the direction of mountain, stillness, a time to retreat so that you can gain perspective to create a firm foundation for new growth. 

It is under the dark moon when your needs are felt deeply and have the ability to call up the energy under the waxing moon cycle to meet your needs. Remember feeling invokes healing.

Sagittarius is half man and half horse. The horse is the animal spirit for Power. It is why we have the word horsepower for engines! The medicine of Horse as described in the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and Dave Carter is, "True power is wisdom found in remembering your total journey. "Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked in another person's moccasins. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving and sharing your gifts, talents and abilities are the gateways to power."

Along with this Dark Moon we also have our shortest days of light for the year. So  tonight I encourage you to slip into the darkness and find the comfort she offers, the nurturing womblike space that is full of quiet and stillness. Here is a space to fall into your remembering, to review your year and all the places you gained wisdom and shared your gifts and talents. Use this wisdom to be the archer of your dreams, aim your bow of compassion and love for yourself and others and your gifts and talents through the gateways to power for 2019. 

Use the end of this Dark Moon cycle to see what is standing in your way. She is here for you until tonight at 11:20 pm PST or early tomorrow morning, 2:20 am EST. As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. It opens your eyes to what is standing in your way, however, you need to slow down to receive her messages and insights. A quote I heard once was, "the Dark Moon is like one of those mountain ramps for rescuing runaway trucks that have lost their brakes. Veer onto the Dark Moon ramp and let your careening momentum run itself out." Connect with the Northeast mountain stillness and new visions will come. Use the end of the Moon's cycle to prepare for your beginning and commit to doing this for the entire year of 2019 and you may just find yourself closer to the life you've always dreamed about.

Here are a few ways to capture her energies: 

    • Find a time to slow down today, or if you can back into your bed or lay on the couch to mourn whatever habit or attachment you are ready to release. Let the feelings surface and think about how you love this habit. Why you dislike this habit. Imagine life without it. Feel the fear. Imagine yourself on the other side of the fear, happy, strong and free. Move through all of your feelings, without stopping them or getting stuck. Once you have explored them all, finish with a clearing ritual ~ write what came up that you want to release and then burn it. Empty an old drawer or clean a corner of your closet and throw or give away wha you no longer need. The energy in this area will be 'sparkling'. Breathe it in as an encouragement for the new you.
    • Climb into a hot bath tonight to access the ending energies of the Dark Moon. Water is wonderful for supporting you in releasing emotions and toxins. Add salts (sea, celtic, epsom) blended with essential oils and/or plant powders to create soothing waters to immerse yourself into. Add flower petals to bring in beauty, and place a candle at the foot of the bath to aid you in clearing your mind and dropping into your remembering and bringing focus to your intentions.

As we move into the energy of the New Crescent (Sprout) Moon we can feel our hearts and minds lift. You may feel this lifting when you awaken in the morning if you are not able to stay up to work with her this evening. When you are under these energies, you can find yourself writing more easily, coming up with sudden insights or ideas. You have energy spurts and may need less sleep, although your sleep may be restless! You may find yourself having wish dreams <3. This is the direction of Northwest, the direction of heaven. Here is creativity in its pure form, a force of change that confronts us with the truth and awareness of what to do, how to be and the power to act. Use it. Feel it. Ride it.

We also have the energy of a Cazimi Moon, or dropping moon tonight. For those who can stay up, setting intentions and making wishes 30 minutes before or after the New Moon becomes exact (11:20 pm PST or 2:20 am EST), gives them a lovely boost.

Here are a few rituals to use for your New Moon Wishes:

  • Dream. Dream big. Write down all the dreams you have for 2019 and don't worry if some of them are lofty and full. It is a way to connect to and fill your heart with desire and love. It can even help you to better understand what you hold inside of you that you love truly love or yearn to do. Put your note into a small box or vessel or on your altar and open and read at it again at the first new moon of 2019, New Moon in Capricorn on December 22.
  • Gather magazines or pictures to create a vision board. Get a poster board or paper and choose one picture that you want to be the center of your board. Paste it on and then over the next two weeks as the Moon is Waxing, add pictures, words or drawings to the board when you have time. Complete the board using the energy of the Winter Solstice and finish it before the Moon becomes Full on December 22nd.
  • If you have your milk weed and have been placing your love and thoughts of movement your want to create in your life into her seeds, set them free and then write the movement you shared on a paper or in your daily note book to bring them into form and move them forward!
  • Create elder berry syrup. The celtic tree for November 25- December 23rd is the Elder. She is a highly sacred tree and her spirit is known as the Elder Mother, The Queen of Herbs, TheTree of Faeries. She is the 13th Moon Calendar tree and has berries that many of us know well, the elderberries! She also produces a five petal flower, and as we discussed last month, in nature five symbolizes change and movement. So I suggest making of buying elderberry syrup to take daily over the next two weeks to engage in her energy of spirit and magic. It is a immune booster and is a wonderful colds and flu remedy.  Here is a link to a recipe by my favorite herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar.
  • For your altar use deep purples, or turquoise and a few gemstones are turquoise or lapis lazuli.

The Moon is 'yin' (feminine),  and so placing our wishes in line with the lunar cycle can hold great potential for bringing new things to light in our life. Under this beautiful New Moon in Sagittarius, Be the Archer of Your Dreams.

Deep, Beautiful, New Moon Wishes, 
Debra
Moon Mama

p.s. my Holiday Gift Ideas are coming tomorrow <3 

March 19, 2019

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Full Moon in Gemini ~ Mindful Thankfulness

 
photo by consciousreminder

Full Moon in Gemini: November 22rd at 9:39 pm PST (November 23rd at 12:39 am EST)

Tonight we have a Full Moon in Gemini, a moon that turns us towards our thoughts and how we communicate our thoughts to the world and our own lives.

Today is also Thanksgiving, a time when we gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate our gratitude for each other and all that we have.  Combining these two together, we are gifted with how we choose to weave our words and how we listen to others. A time of giving and receiving.

This Moon in Gemini falls under the element of air, which connects all other elements. Air 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, through your breath, as your thoughts. 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. 

Air is circular ~ wind creates wind, movement creates movement, a breath in creates a breath out. The influence of our thoughts create the realty of our world. Wind can always find a way through ~ we know this as we can feel the air come through our windows or walls! She never creates resistance ~ how beautiful is air! Air is something we can not see, yet she has an influence that is far-reaching and profound.

Here are a few thoughts to carry with you through the day today:

What if there were no limits?
How can you use these energies of air to move your resistance
?
What thoughts of beauty inspire you?
How are your words influencing your world? 

When we are under the energy of a Full Moon we may feel energized and want to share~ what a wonderful day to be with family and friends. Your higher energy may also keep you up later than usual due to her light. This is also a time for dreaming and a time when you are most likely to remember your dreams. 

Here are a few rituals to play with over the next two weeks:

  1. Start a dream journal and see what is playing in your mind while you sleep! Dreams are gatekeepers to our daily world and can give us deep and important messages that our subconscious or conscious mind is trying to convey to us. Keep a pen and notebook next to your bed and upon awakening, immediately write what you can remember about your dreams. Before going to sleep you can also call on your dream keeper to help you to remember your dreams.
  2. If you take a walk today see if you can find some seeds, gather a few. I have found beautiful milkweed seeds and cattail seeds are abundant right now. Place them in a jar or small vessel ~ I placed a few of the seeds into a small vial so that I could carry them with them over these next few weeks.

      

    Milkweed is the flower of life for the monarch butterfly and symbolizes transformation. The flowers also have five upright hoods ~ and in nature five symbolizes change and movement. As I let go of a thought that is holding me back I will pull out my sweet milkweed seeds and think about the message they share with me and I will share thoughts of movement with them to plant under the New Moon in Sagittarius. These beautiful seeds are there to remind you that what you think is vital to your health and well being. Keep it full of abundant love, kindness and joy and it will make your life full of love, kindness and joy! When you get to the New Moon in Sagittarius in December you can release these seeds to the wind to give them the ability to bring profound and far reaching energy to your intentions!  
  3. Do a morning meditation or mantra. A sweet and simple mantra to use is, 'Breathe and breathe again'.

    Use the colors of blue, white or yellow in your surroundings or on your altar and work with the gemstones citrine, smoky quartz, lapis lazuli or blue chalcedony are lovely. 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.

    Many of you have also been asking if we will be having a Black Friday sale. For those of you who are reading this you can use the discount code Gratitude15 at  checkout tomorrow (starting at 12:00 am PST) to receive 15% off your purchase. I will be gifting an additional 15% of your purchase to families who have been devastated by the California fires.

    Don't forget though that we will have lovely holiday surprises and gift packages coming later next week <3.

    Full Moon Blessings and love and gratitude for your presence in my life,
    Debra
    Moon Mama

    March 19, 2019

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    New Cazimi Moon in Scorpio ~ Now!

    photo from Brad Aspy

     

    We are under the New Cazimi Moon in Scorpio NOW! This is a beautiful time ~ no matter where you are ~ to place your intentions for this two week period moving into the Full Moon, or even the remainder of the year, or for something you want to take into the new year! This is the time to start something new ~ something that moves you deeply, as we are swimming in the energies of this lovely, dark, watery moon. Take in the nourishment of this watery moon,

    A Moon in Scorpio turns us inwards, deepens our curiosity and focus, but gives us attitude. Scorpio is the most intense sign and when the Moon is here she feels everything to the nth degree - needless to say so do we! Passion, joy, love and desire can take center stage in our lives. This is a time when we may need more privacy to feel more deeply and to find the perfect place to plant our seeds in the gardens of our souls.

    Scorpio is a Feminine, Fixed, Water Sign, she is ruled by Mars/Pluto and she rules the genitals, bladder, cervix, urinary tract and prostate gland.

    Below is a short and sweet ritual that you can perform today ~ if possible under the Cazimi Moon ~ however, anytime today is perfect! 

    1. Get yourself a glass or vessel that you can place water in ~ here is a shell that I found on the beach and used in my ceremonies over the last few days. Use what is available as time is short here!

      

     

    1. If you can boil the water first or if you have reverse osmosis water available that would be wonderful! These waters are emptied through the process of boiling or ROhave the ability to take on your words and energy best. If not, do not worry, tap or any water works!
    2. A half hour before or after the New Moon ~ so from 7:31 am - 8:31 am PST (10:31 am - 11:31 am EST) take a few minutes to quiet yourself and choose the words or story of your intention or dreams or wishes.
    3. Now, while holding the water in your hands, or even better holding it near your mouth or heart, speak, whisper or even just silently place your intention or words of power into the water. Hold it silently for a minute and bless the water thanking if for listening and taking on your words.
    4. Now drink the water, feeling the energy shared with your water, your cells! This is a time to feel, not think, so do your best to quiet the mind and take in the messages your body shares with you.

    Try to find time for this ritual any time today ~ take in this New Moon energy that can bring you sudden insights or new ideas. This may be a time that you find writing is easier or that your appetite is getting stronger!  Or you may find that your body wants to rise earlier and needs less sleep. The energy of the Sprout Moon is from the Northwest ~ this is the  direction of heaven in the IChing ~ a powerful time to be creative and open to the energies.

    Be aware of your dreams gems ~ this is a time for wish dreams, be listening. 

    New Moon Wishes,
    Debra
    Moon Mama

    March 19, 2019

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    Releasing, Earthing, Trusting ~ Taurus Full Moon

     
    photo credit, Brodie Vissers

    Full Moon in Taurus: Wednesday, October 24th at 9:45 am PST (12:45 pm EST)

    Today I want to you pay attention to how you are feeling around 9:45 pm PST ~ according to Beatrex Quntanna60 hours prior to the Full Moon we may notice her energy pulling on us in ways that help us to see what needs to be released. Even if you don’t know it at the time, sometimes looking back on this small window may bring you strong insight into what is calling for release. Full Moons are openings for releasing, for letting go.

    Taurus is a fixed, feminine earth sign. She is ruled by Venus and rules our neck, throat, thyroid gland, larynx, chin, ears, tongue, vocal chords, and tonsils.

    A Moon in Taurus teaches us to slow down and connect to our creative, earthy, sensual self. She is steady and grounded.  She gifts us with her earth magic ~ encouraging us to harvest the miracle she shares with us.

    The Moon is akin to the intuitive part of our nature, urging us to move towards harmony and potential and alignment. When we are steady/constant, we are true to our intentions, and base our choices so that they align with our vision. Connecting to this Earth Moon creates alchemical moments to help us understand her knowledge; our wisdom; her beauty, our beauty; her softness, our softness; her power, our power; her diversity, our uniqueness; her fragility, our fragility. This is a time to be empowered, humbled, intentional and creative.

    Rituals support us in finding our center, our creative energy, and to align with our vision. Here are a few thoughts on how to use this Full Moon in Taurus Energy: 

    • Have you ever wondered what moves the stars through their course in the sky? Or the rains to fall, nurture growth, rise and fall again? Or the seasons to change? That creative energy force of spirit is not only what we see and experience, it is within each of us. This is a great Moon to reconnect with that earthly, creative power.
      • Over the next three days, find a time to go outside, ground your feet or body onto the earth and look up into the sky ~ if you see clouds, delight in the signs and visions they share; if you are taking in the Fall colors think of ways to prepare for the coming winter; if you are lucky enough to step into a rain shower be reminded of the things you need to replenish; or if you are under a beautiful snowfall let yourself be awakened to your dreams; if you are lucky enough to experience a rainbow what hidden gifts can you find that are there for you; or if you have mist or fog think of things that are yet to be revealed. AND if you can do it each day and night ~ maybe you can connect to the stars and their energy and the light of Grandmother Moon.
    • Place your gemstones onto the earth under the Moon for cleansing overnight. If you want, you can also place them on a table or something with a design in a spiral shape ~ it is a beautiful site (see my gemstones below!). When you pick them up the next day, smell the earth and/or moonlight they carry before placing them back in your house, pocket or on your altar.

    • Walk a labyrinth or follow a path on a hillside or roadside. And carry this question with you: Are you trusting your path even when you are not sure where it leads?
    • What needs releasing? Can you note your feelings around 9:45 pm PST tonight? Or for those on the East Coast who are not night owls, before bed or when you awaken since your time would be near 12:45 am EST tomorrow?!
    • I find this a healing time to color in my Mandala Coloring Book ~ it is a soothing, calming, meditative place for me and I also carry what I learned on my time in nature more deeply if I do it once I return.
    • For your altar use the colors of the earth; for gemstones I love Rose Quartz, Garnet, Turquoise, or Sodalite; for smells I love labdanum and cedarwood.

      • And of course don't forget to put your Moon Water out, gems!

      Today I leave you with this quote I love ~

      You yourself are even another little world and have within
      you the sun and the moon and also the stars
      ….by Origin

      Follow the light of this Moon to your little world…. and then light the world with your beauty my dear moon family.

      Full Moon Blessings,
      Debra
      Moon Mama

      March 19, 2019

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      New Crescent Moon ~ Sagittarius

      Hello Dear Moon Family,

      We have passed through a beautiful, deep Dark Moon in Scorpio ~ did you feel her? How did she move you? Scorpio is a planet of depth and hidden feelings and pushes us into transformations. 

      This month I am focusing on the New Crescent Moon in Sagittarius. Under a Sagittarius Moon I seem to find a comfort and happiness that is calm and lovely. I hope over these last months you are starting to better gauge your feelings under each moon sign .

      As the Moon pulls away from the Sun and begins to wax toward the second quarter stage towards her fullness, there is energy of newness a beautiful time to start a new project. Catch her tonight as she sets to feel her energy. She will be visible on the horizon setting after the sun tonight at 5:23 pm (PST).

      Lets find time today to connect with what we just released and find the expansion in ourselves that is opening and shifting this week. We have so much to look forward to ~

      • Starting today, Jupiter and Venus join up in Scorpio ~ don’t miss this energy sweet family! According to Beatrice Quintanna, “this is a time to live fully and love fully .” 
      • Tuesday, November 21st, the Sun moves into Sagittarius .a lovely time to connect with your faith and hope ~ your spiritual side through ceremony. 
      • Wednesday, November 22nd Neptune moves forward and out of retrograde ~ according to astrologist Pam Ciampi ~ “with Neptune back online, its going to be easier than ever to believe that if you wish upon that certain star, your dreams really will come true.” Don’t forget to put those wishes out sweet Moon Family

      I have many sweet holiday treats of gratitude and love coming your way ~ I am so  thankful for each of you <3 ~

      Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,
      xx Debra
      Moon Mama

      March 19, 2019

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      Full Moon Water Ritual

       

      HELLO DEAR MOON FAMILY!
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      November 2015.

      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:

      1. To begin, you will want to pick a glass container, jar, or bowl - something that will hold the sacred feeling of what you want the water to carry over the next 28 days. The vessel can vary with each full moon - sometimes large, sometimes small, colored or clear. You may feel inspired to decorate the vessel with colors by surrounding it with gemstones, flowers, leaves, candles or even draw or write on it…be creative!
      2. On the eve of the Full Moon fill your container using filtered or distilled water. Bless the water, by holding it and visualizing the water collecting the energy of the moonlight. Share your love and intention with the water by speaking into it - tell it what you want the light to shine on in your life.
      3. Cover the container and place it outside, if possible, where the moon can shine into the water all night. If you cannot place it outside, choose a windowsill where it can gather the greatest number of moonlit hours.
      4. The next morning collect the container with the Moon Water, hold and bless it again thanking Grandmother Moon for her light and energy, then take your first sip!

      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.

      For a little extra Moon Loving, try our Organic Lavender Gem Juice Hydrosol. Spray it on yourself with an intention on your mind and then in your bed before going to sleep. 

      The Full Moon in Taurus is a time for you to deeply reconnect with the Earth. The energy of Mama Moon combined with the sacred Root Chakra Ceremonial Bath would be a powerful way to go inward and ground yourself. It is also about manifesting ~ knowing what you want, possibilities, and creative power ~ so depending on what you need, the Sacral Chakra Ceremonial Bath would help you to honor your body by being present to your creativity, passions, and sensuality. 

      We all love the moon and some of us really love the moon, I mean really love her.

      Let her light ignite your light. 

      Full Moon Blessings,

      Debra

       

      SPECIAL NOTE: This is the time of year when the days grow shorter days and we receive less light, the womb time. This is a beautiful ritual to prepare for the weeks of darkness ahead. This week we have a Full Moon in Taurus, an earth Moon, also known as the Harvest Moon or Sanguine Moon. When the moon is Full in Taurus it is a time for heightened senses and a time for enjoying earthly pleasures: a time for slowing down.

      Colors that you may want to place on your alter under this Taurus Moon would be scarlet or earth tones of browns, greens, yellows and oranges. Gemstones to work with under this Full Moon are red coral, red agate, or garnet.  And the fragrance for this Moon is Rose ~ for opening the heart. Now is the time to give up envy, financial insecurity, not feeling valuable and fear of change!

      On the morning of November 14th at 5:53 am (PST)/8:53 am (EST), the moon will reach her fullness. It is best to place the Moon Water out on the eve of the Full Moon, however since she is full in the early morning hours, you will want to put your water out on the eve of November 13th, Sunday, to catch her at her fullest on Monday morning. It is good to have the water under her light when she is at her fullest or close to it.

       

      March 19, 2019

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