Dear ones, happy full moon in Aquarius! After a heavy season of eclipses and retrogrades, moon in Aquarius is like a breath of fresh air...can you feel the winds of change flowing through you? With this full moon's placement in Leo season and right at the start of a new month, we can open ourselves up to a feeling of lightness, play and expansion. Tonight's full moon is also Lunar Lammas so we get to combine the abundance of the full moon with Lammas' theme of abundance and really allow our minds and hearts to turn to all the things that we are grateful for. This year so far has felt heavy, scary and incredibly challenging, Aquarius asks us to look for the teachings and blessings we have received during this time? What have we learned about ourselves and others? How has this time revealed the systems that need to be broken down in order for new ones to be built? Remember, Aquarius is the Zodiac's revolutionary. Where is there a revolution brewing in you?
Aquarius has this expansive quality of being able to zoom out and see the big picture, almost as if you're looking down on earth from amongst the stars. If you've been feeling stuck, trapped, heavy - how could you zoom out and connect to this idea of a bigger picture?
Aquarius is an air sign ruled by the planets Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is associated with revolution, social change and awakening and Saturn is associated with structure, time and boundaries. Add these together with the transformational element of air and you get this powerful energy of change - the breaking down of structures that no longer serve us and no longer serve the collective. The Archetype of Aquarius is the protester, the inventor, the rebel, the revolutionary and the visionary. They are never scared to use their voice to inspire change and to dismantle oppressive structures.
During this full moon, ask yourself what are the oppressive structures in your life at the moment, perhaps placed upon you by society, others or even yourself? How could you use the power of this Full Moon to begin to break these down? Saturn also governs boundaries, so it's another opportunity to check-in with your boundaries, this time particularly in relation to people/situations/places that are draining you and preventing you from serving the collective. If one person is always draining our energy and time and it's preventing us from doing the work we want to do in our community or family then this is out of balance. What could we put in place to protect our energy and time?
Key themes associated with Aquarius:
New perspectives, social justice, social change, activism, enlightenment, awakening, new ideas, upgrading, truth, the greater good, the collective, the big picture, creativity, rebellion, community, trailblazing, innovation, human potential
How good are you at speaking your truth and sticking up for what you believe in? If this is a real struggle for you, journal about what it is that holds you back? Is it a fear of what others might think? Fear of repercussions? How could you claim back some of your power and stand in your truth more? Think of someone outspoken that you really admire. What qualities do you see in them that you would like to emulate? On the flip side, do you dominate with you truth and take up too much space with your opinions and views? If you feel like you're always poised for a revolt...how could you perhaps soften and come into your heart more? There is a beautiful practice in Buddhism called 'Accepting defeat and offering the victory' - it's about knowing when sometimes is more appropriate to be humble and back down out of love, compassion and wanting to protect peace. Other times we need to be wrathful and deliver harsh truths. Over time, we learn to be able to discern what is appropriate at which times. A good indicator is whether we're being governed by love or anger.
Love will always serve peace whereas anger is destructive and destroys peace - even if the original intention was good, anger at the steering wheel can only cause harm. This full moon we get to balance Aquarius's outspoken, rebellious energy with the loving mother energy that we focussed on at the New Moon in cancer.
Connecting to the Air Element
Air is thought, ideas, communication, sound, expression, consciousness, creativity, freedom, connection and is associated with the mind. Air element invites us to connect to the power of the mind - the mind is the creator of all our experiences and is the architect of our reality.
QUALITIES OF AIR
Inspiration, innovation, connection, creativity, love, transformation, change, ideas, knowledge, free spirited, curious, joy, expansion
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR AIR
Pine, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Juniper, Ravensara, Lavender, Basil.
CRYSTALS: Clear quartz, Citrine, Angelite, Aura Quartz, Fluorite, Selenite.
BODY PARTS: Lower leg and ankles
And here's our playlist for the Full Moon in Aquarius:
Dear ones, the Wheel of the Year is about turn once again. This time we are honouring the festival of Lammas. Lammas takes place on August 1st and is the first of the Harvest festivals.
If you're new to working with the wheel of the year, it may well be that you haven't come across Lammas before. Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, is one of the cross quarter festivals - the others being Imbolc, Beltane and Samhain. Lugh is the Celtic God of Sun and August is his month. Lammas is the first of the three harvest festivals and like the other 3 cross quarter festivals, it's a fire festival. This time of the year is late summer and we can still have glorious sunshine at this time of the year even though the days have begun to shorten in their length. I like to view Lammas much like the morning after a great party when it's not quite time to start tidying up and you can sit contented, covered in glitter and still wearing last night's party clothes and enjoy replaying the events of the previous night in your head. As we soak up the late summer sun it's a time to bathe in all that you have achieved so far this year as the energy will begin to wane now as we make our way to the Autumn Equinox. Just like not being in a hurry to tidy up after a party - Lammas is about enjoying the last moments of Summer and focusing on a sense of both achievement and gratitude. One of the things we tend to miss out on in our busy modern life is giving ourself permission to enjoy the things that we've worked so hard for - the beauty of working with the Wheel of the Year is it provides us with the opportunity to stop, pause and connect - it invites us to slow down and really see what is going on around us and within us.
LAMMAS THEMES: gathering, harvest, abundance, gratitude, maturity, fullness, accomplishment, celebration, late summer, holiday, slow living.
A lovely practice at this time of year is to write a letter either to yourself or to a friend detailing the events of your year so far, what have been the highlights? What are you most proud of? As you write your accounts of the year, particularly focussing on the summer months allow a feeling of joy and gratitude to take hold within your heart.
August is typically the month when most people go away on holiday so much like with the Summer Solstice, it's time to really kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labour knowing that these days of late summer are so precious as the wheel of the year will be turning again soon. I like to dedicate a lot of time in my garden at this time of year, really savouring it as I know I can't spend as much time in it during Autumn. Lammas is the time to begin gently gathering seeds to plant for next year, you might also be cutting things back in the garden and harvesting your herbs. It's a wonderful time to dry lavender which can then be used to make gifts for Yule such as lavender dream pillows or sachets to go inside the wardrobe. You can also infuse oil with herbs such as making your own Comfrey oil or Chamomile infused body oil. This is also a fantastic time of year for gathering berries which will now have ripened on the hedgerows - head out with a basket and look for elderberries which will come in very handy for making Elderberry syrup for Autumn colds. Blackberries should also be ripe for the picking and you could try your hand at making your own jam :)
"I'm learning to live at a different pace,
I'm learning to live from a different place,
A place that is gentle, connected & strong,
Like the roots of this Oak tree, singing it's song.
No rush, no fuss, I am solid and here,
Grounded, unbounded. No room for fear.
This is the new way, the Warrior's tune,
Give - love - but strong & true.
I slow myself down, there is no shame,
in taking time to tend to myself.
I garden my soul - like I garden the soil...
Softly, but surely - with my own bare hands."
- extract from: Soul Gardening by Bob Hillary
As with the other cross quarter festivals - Lammas is a time of community and celebration. At this time we can gather together with friends and family to give thanks to mother earth and to enjoy each other's harvest. You might like to host a Lammas party and invite all of your guests to bring dishes they've made with seasonal fruits and vegetables and herbs from their gardens. People will often bake bread at this time of the year to share too. Really savour all the foods that will soon be going out of season soon. Lay the table with an abundance of flowers and colours of Gold and yellow.
HERBS: marjoram, thyme, lavender, sunflower, calendula
ESSENTIAL OILS: sweet marjoram, lavender, lemongrass, sweet orange
CRYSTALS: carnelian, citrine, sunstone, moss agate.
GODDESSES OF LAMMAS
Demeter, Tailtiu, Danu, Gaia, Eire, Lakshmi
We really hope you find a way to honour Lammas in your heart and in your home this year, even though it's been a super tough year so far for us all, we hope you're able to find an abundance of things to give thanks for. If you're looking for more inspiration, here's our Lammas pinterest board:
Dear ones we are heading into yet another eclipse! This Sunday we will have a Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Capricorn. The Sun will be in the watery, emotional and nurturing sign of Cancer and the Moon will be in the earthy, wise and masterful sign of Capricorn. Eclipses always offer us an opportunity to work even deeper with our shadows and bravely look at the aspects of ourselves that are holding us back from stepping into our power.
Capricorn is a feminine Earth sign, ruled by the planet Saturn. It's a cardinal sign so has those qualities of initiation and the sense of energies shifting. Saturn rules organization, structure, time, boundaries and practicality. For the New Moon in Cancer we looked at our relationship to our emotions and we discussed themes such as allowing ourselves to be nurtured and supported and being a good mother to ourselves as well as those around us. Under the influence of the Capricorn Full Moon, we can ask ourselves what boundaries do we need to put in place to help honour our emotional needs? You can ask yourself, where are you leaking energy? Sometimes, it's unavoidable when we need to be there for others and offer support but sometimes it's due to a lack of boundaries and taking on other people's emotional baggage. As we shift into the second half of the year, how can you establish better boundaries? What would they look like? One of the difficulties for Cancerians is that they feel IT ALL, so much sometimes that it can cripple them, boundaries in this context is so helpful, making sure that we are tending to our own emotional needs as well as those of others. The shadow side of the Cancer's Mother archetype can be it shifting into the Martyr. When we shift into this state, we deny others the opportunity to show their love and support for us. Showing loving kindness to others isn't always about us doing things for them, its about opening up to receive their gift of love too. In your journal, ask yourself, are you open to receive?
Due to Capricorn's placement in the Zodiac and it initiating winter in the Northern hemisphere, one of it's archetypes is the Crone, or the Elder. When asserting boundaries it can be really helpful to step into the power of the Crone and assert yourself. Think of all the wisdom that you have gathered over the years about yourself and what you need. You know what you're about, you know who you are and you know what you need, sometimes we just get too easily swayed by others. The Crone does not, her days of dedicating an ounce of energy to what other people think are behind her. How much does what others think of you affect the choices and decisions you make? How could you listen to your inner elder more and the noise of the outside world less? Connect to the wisdom of winter and the archetype of the crone, trust your deep inner knowing and guidance. Channel your inner Baba Yaga :)
Capricorn is represented by the constellation of the Sea-goat. As always, we can draw powerful messages from astrological imagery. The Sea-goat represents the combination of the earthly, practical life (the goat) with the soul life (fish tale). This provides us with the wonderful opportunity to reflect on the balance between our work/worldly life and our soul life. Is our soul life something that we just squeeze in as and when we can? Or is it with us all day? What's our soul purpose and soul calling? Are we dedicated to it? Capricorns integrate their spirituality and soul purpose into their daily life. This is a beautiful quality and gives them this wise, grounded and magical energy. They also have the dedication and focus of the mountain goat and therefore are hard working and able to carry out their goals. Are we lacking in determination and focus?
One of the shadow sides of Cancer due to it's attachment to home and nurturance is that it can get stuck, not wanting to move out of it's comfort zone in order to pursue a dream, a goal or an ambition. Is this relevant for you? If so, how could you tune into that Mountain Goat energy and climb your way out of that place of feeling stuck?
The Dark Mother
Capricorn moon, and particularly an eclipse, is a wonderful time to connect to the dark Goddesses and the idea of learning to love the dark and all the wisdom it contains. What wisdom is waiting for you in the shadows of this eclipse and how can you slow down enough to hear it? For the Cancer New Moon we connected to Mother Goddesses, for this Capricorn Lunar Eclipse we can connect with the Dark Mother Goddesses - the Crone Goddesses. Dark Mother Goddesses are there for those times when we need to make a shift, they will give us what we need but not necessarily what we want. They won't sugar coat things for us and they'll hold up a mirror so we can see what is left that needs to be healed. Think of Hekate guiding Persephone through the Underworld with the torch of her wisdom.
DARK MOTHER GODDESSES
Cailleach, Hekate, Kali, Vajrayogini, Baba Yaga, The Morrigan, La Loba.
My body, my teacher
For both Cancer and Capricorn, intuition is a massive theme. During moon in Cancer we explore our intuition via our emotions, during moon in capricorn we can explore our intuition via our body, our body wisdom. Our body is often communicating to us, giving us signs about certain situations, we say things like I feel it in my gut, I felt it in my bones, I felt weak at the knees. Capricorn rules the bones of the body as well as the knees, so this is a really wonderful time to dive into the deep inner knowing of your body. What messages does your body have for you at the moment? How does this link in with the previous section on nurturing your soul life. Do you have a decision to make at the moment? Ask questions with your eyes closed and notice how your body responds to them? Journal about your experience.
Eclipse self care
It's more than likely that as we get closer to the Eclipse our emotions have been coming up to the surface and we might also be picking up on other people's energy too. It's really important to keep on top of energetically clearing your space on the lead up to a full moon and in particular an Eclipse. Use sacred smoke or essential oils to cleanse the energy of your home and take a cleansing Full Moon Salt bath - salts are also great for energetic cleansing:
FULL MOON BATH
Combine dead sea, Epsom and Himalayan pink salts and mix together well. Add in fresh Lavender from the garden and a few drops of Clary Sage, Juniper and Lavender essential oil (not suitable in pregnancy). Surround your bath with candles and crystals and enjoy a good soak.
Again, focus on crystals that will help you navigate the intense energies of the Eclipse but also to connect with shadow work and the Earth element of Capricorn - Onyx, Obsidian, Hematite, Pyrite, Clear Quartz and Smoky Quartz.
Creating an at home Cacao Ceremony is a beautiful way to honour the Full Moon and will also help you to drop from head into heart. Cacao also helps us to ground and become present to our body. Sipping on Cacao whilst choosing oracle cards, meditating and journaling is a really powerful practice and then when the energy of the Cacao builds you might like to take yourself into a movement practice such as the Moon Salutations or have a good old dance to our playlist below :)
Here's a Lunar Eclipse playlist we made for you to enjoy!
Really hope you've enjoyed our blog. wishing you a powerful and magical Lunar Eclipse xx
Happy New Moon in Cancer dear ones. We're so sorry we're a little late getting this to you but we're hoping you can still tune into this powerful new moon energy. Over the weekend we have welcomed in the Summer Solstice and the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer just a few days after Mercury went retrograde so it's safe to say, things have been somewhat intense. Self care, rest and nourishment couldn't be more important at this time. Cancer is a feminine water sign ruled by the moon so expect to feel ALL the feelings and eclipses will tend to heighten that experience even further.
A key theme associated with cancer is CARE - it's really important to achieve balance between the care that we give to others and then making sure we care for ourselves. How good are we at receiving care and support from others? How often do we let ourselves be vulnerable? Likewise, have we gotten in the habit of shutting ourselves off from others, feeling like we're unable to reach out and give care to others? In your journal write down your emotional needs. Are they being met? Think of ways that you could send love and care out into the world at the moment in a way that's not going to deplete you.
Home is an important theme for cancer too as it rules the 4th Astrological house of Home and parenthood. One of the archetypes associated with cancer is the Mother. Rather just thinking about your role as a mother, (we all embody the mother archetype whether we have children or not) this new moon turn your attention to how often you let yourself be mothered? How often do you receive help, guidance and motherly affection? There is so much going on right now in the world around us and in our own lives as we navigate our way through unknown territory. It's so important to allow ourself space and time to heal and process the trauma of the last few months. How could you open yourself up to receive?
"Our capacity for embodied pleasure depends on our ability to receive, which is like a muscle that can atrophy if it's been habitually contracted. A learned sense of unworthiness can act as a barrier against our well-being, keeping us from opening to the beauty that's all around us. Whether it's our ability to receive positive feedback and support, or to expect things to work out in our favour, we may be distrustful of goodness even when it stands on our doorstep. But this doesn't have to be a permanent condition. With practice, we can learn how to welcome beauty and receive pleasure wholeheartedly."
- Toko-pa Turner
The Healing Power of Water
Cancer is a water sign so it's a wonderful time to connect to the qualities of water. Water is flow, emotions, intuition, creativity, adaptability and healing. Moon in Cancer days can leave us feeling sensitive, vulnerable and emotional and gives us interesting insight into our relationship with our emotions. Do we embrace our emotions and see them as guides and teachers, offering insight into what's hurting and what needs healing? Or do we consider them something to be ignored and pushed down? Remember, emotions are energy in motion, they need to flow through us like water. In your journal, ask yourself how you feel today. Sit for a few moments with your hands on your heart, breathing deeply and asking yourself that question. Allow the answer to come forward honestly, without judgement and then write down in your journal how you feel. You could even turn this into a daily practice, doing it first thing in the morning or last thing at night and really deepening this connection to your feelings.
Water is also associated with the unconscious, the dreamworld and with intuition. As we have been examining our relationship with our emotions, let's also examine our relationship with our intuition. Again, do we embrace it as a guide and as a teacher? Or do we push it to the side, favouring logic and other people's opinions? Reflect on the last 6 months since the Winter Solstice and examine the moments when you've trusted and followed your intuition and when you've ignored it. In your journal, write about how it felt when you were living in harmony with your intuition. Did it feel like you were living in flow? Like you were being guided by something beyond yourself? How did it feel at the times when you ignored it? What was the result? How did it feel in your body and mind? Was there tension present?
How could you learn to trust your intuition more?
“Intuition is the treasure of a woman's psyche. It is like a divining instrument and like a crystal through which one can see with uncanny interior vision. It is like a wise old woman who is with you always, who tells you exactly what the matter is, tells you exactly whether you need to go left or right. It is a form of The One Who Knows, old La Que Sabe, the Wild Woman.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
Keep a Dream Journal
One of the ways our intuition tries to speak to us is through our dreams. Keep a dream journal by the bed and first thing in the morning write down anything you can remember, even if it's only an image here and there. Over the course of a few weeks see if you can start to spot patterns and themes. What do you think your inner knowing is trying to tell you? With so many planets in retrograde at the moment it's more than likely that old emotions from the past are resurfacing, trying to get us to learn from the past, accept, forgive, heal and move forward. Retrogrades help us look back in order to move forward.
New Moon in Cancer Goddesses
Call upon Water Goddesses and Mother Goddesses for this New Moon:
Oshun, Yemaya, Mother Mary, Kuan Yin, Danu, Mami Wata, The Lady of the Lake.
Also, check out this wonderful free Summit over on Motherhouse of the Goddess:
FEAST OF THE SACRED WATERS TELESUMMIT
Cancer rules the chest, lungs, stomach, liver and gallbladder. Emphasising breathing practices as well as looking at our stress levels on moon in cancer days is really important. Try dedicating some time for Pranayama practices and a chest focused Yin Yoga to help clear the lungs.
A depleted heart chakra can also lead to ill health in the chest so going back to what we were talking about before, looking at whether you are giving too much of yourself out into the world and how you could scale back to help your body rest. Padma mudra is a wonderful mudra to help bring prana (life force) energy back into the heart chakra.
HEART CHAKRA BLEND
Rose, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot
Either add a drop of each to a diffuser to infuse your living environment with these emotionally soothing oils or add a drop each to a base oil of your choice and rub onto your heart space. Just be careful with Bergamot as it's phototoxic so don't go out in the sun after applying to skin and be careful with Ylang Ylang which can have a somewhat hypnotic effect, best not to use before driving anywhere :)
AMPLIFYING INTUITION BLEND
Frankincense, Sandalwood and Lavender
Add a drop each to a diffuser in the room where you sleep to enhance your dreams or diffuse during meditation.
We've also created this Spotify Playlist for you to enjoy:
We really hope you've enjoyed our blog. New Moon blessings to you all :)
Summer Solstice also called Litha or Alban Hefin takes places on Saturday 20th June this year and just like the Winter Solstice, marks a still point in the turning of the wheel of the year. Summer Solstice this year is interesting because it takes place on the same day as the Dark moon which creates this juxtaposition between the peak of the wheel of the year and the darkest point of the lunar cycle. At this point in the year the days are at their longest and from this point onwards the days will begin to decrease in length. Many people confuse Summer Solstice with the start of Summer but remember, Beltane is actually the beginning of Summer and Litha is Summer at its peak in terms of the position of the sun which is now at it's highest point. If we were to liken the wheel of the year to the phases of the moon Litha would be the Full Moon. We understand that after the full moon, the lunar energy wanes as the moon makes her way back to New Moon and it's the same with Litha, after Solstice, the energy will subtly shift to waning as we make our way towards the first Autumn festival in August. If you have been working with setting intentions and manifesting along with the wheel of the year then Litha is your time to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Litha's mirror point on the wheel of the year is Yule - the Winter solstice - so its also really nice to look back at the intentions you made at Yule and reflect on the year so far. I think we can all acknowledge that the year has definitely not gone according to plan. Who could have even imagined as we slumbered through the winter months what was awaiting us in the new year. In your journal, make a note of how you have adapted to all this change and any blessings you've been able to find during these strange and uncertain times. Look ahead to the Winter Solstice this year and make a note of any wishes, goals, intentions you have for the rest of the year.
Summer Solstice is time to let your hair down and connect to one of its main themes - joy! In your journal, dedicate a whole page to the word JOY - what does it mean to you? What is your joy? And how can you make room in your life for more of it. Do the same with the word PLAY and WHIMSY. Really sit with these words and how they make you feel. What would life look like if you followed your whimsy? How often do you surrender to playfulness?
Summer Solstice would have been another time where people would have gathered in celebration and merriment, and whilst we can't yet host or attend large gatherings you might like to host a small garden party to honour Litha. You could decorate your garden with festival bunting and fairy lights and create little sections for people to sit in and keep the appropriate distance. Or you could decorate your house for Litha and host an online solstice party if it looks like the weather is likely to scupper your plans.
LITHA THEMES: abundance, gratitude, celebration, illumination, joy, magic, play, whimsy, merriment, community, motherhood, radiance
Summer Solstice is one of the three spirit nights of the wheel of the year, where the veil between worlds thins. The other two are Samhain and Beltane. This means it's another opportunity to connect with the Fae and with the elemental realm. There are many tales of folk who journeyed to the land of the Fae during Summer Solstice and returned with inspiration - the druid word for inspiration is Awen and features in much of Druid folklore. Fairies are known to grant wishes and bless projects at this time of year so be sure to leave them offerings and engage in activities that delight them like looking after the environment and caring for wildlife.
Continuing on from the abundance we celebrated at Beltane with Spring in full bloom, now we see summer in full bloom and can bathe in the abundance of nature. The days are long, the hedgerows are full of wild flowers and our own energy is at it's peak. Now is the time to really be in the moment and catch the joy as it flies - so many people say how quickly summer goes and sometimes the reason for that is that we don't mentally show up for it. We as human have such a habit of dwelling in the past or the unknown events of the future - at a time such as this when the future is so unknown it's so important to stay in the moment and treat each day as though it is the most precious thing in the world...because it is! Summer Solstice is a wonderful time to dedicate yourself to a daily gratitude practice, you might want to do this in the morning or last thing at night before you go to bed. Each day write down at least one thing that you are grateful for. Ask yourself each day, what was there an abundance of today? It could be - today there was an abundance of sunshine. Today there was an abundance of rain which has nourished the plants. Today there was an abundance of connection as I chatted to a few friends on the phone etc.
Harnessing the power of the Sun
The sun is the Yang to the Moon's Yin - it is action, creation, power and sustenance. The element of the Sun is fire - fire is creativity, passion, transformation, will, motivation, and is associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra - the seat of self. Reflect upon your goals and intentions and ask yourself where you need some more of this fire? Where needs more power and action? The Solar Plexus chakra is all about our self worth, self confidence and sense of empowerment. Ask yourself what fears or self limiting beliefs might be holding you back from going after the things you want.
DIY COLD BREW TEA
Cold Brew tea is so simple to make and is a wonderful way to connect to the herbs/flowers in your garden whilst providing a refreshing beverage on those hot Summer days. You can either use fresh herbs from your garden such as mint, lemon balm or lavender and place the herbs in a jar or glass bottle filled with water and place in the fridge to brew or you can use any type of tea (loose leaf or bag) and simply add to the water. This is a different experience to boiling the water and steeping the tea and creates a much more subtle flavour. Leave the tea in the fridge overnight and it will subtly infuse with your herbs. All you need to do then is sieve out the herbs and serve in a jug with fruit slices! You can actually buy special cold brew tea making vessels such as this one: HARIO COLD BREW TEA BOTTLE
This is a similar concept to the cold brew tea in that you are simply infusing your water with the subtle taste of the fruit as opposed to a smoothie where you're blending the fruit to drink. Grab a jug of water and then add whatever fruit and herbs you feel called to. Here are some combinations to try:
Fresh mint, cucumber and lime slices
Lemon slices with cucumber
Rosemary sprigs with orange slices
Mixed berries with rose petals
Lavender sprigs (or dried lavender) with fresh mint
Just make sure the fruit and herbs are clean before adding them to the water.
LAVENDER & PEPPERMINT ICED TEA
Boil the kettle and add a teaspoon each of dried lavender petals and loose leaf peppermint tea to a pot and add a splash of cold water to cover the herbs so as not to scold them with the hot water. Pour over the water from the kettle once boiled and leave to brew for 10 minutes. After 10 mins strain out the herbs and leave to cool down. Once cool, transfer the tea to a bottle or jug that's suitable to go in the fridge and leave in the fridge overnight. Serve the next day and enjoy a cooling and refreshing iced tea!
Aine is the Irish Goddess associated with Summer as she is known to be a Sun Goddess. She is also referred to as Faery Goddess or Faery Queen and is linked to midsummer, wealth, joy and sovereignty.
Greine is another Irish Sun Goddess who watches over agriculture and is associated with fertility and love. Like Aine, she is associated with the Archetype of the mother and is often referred to as the mother of all women.
Who better to connect with at this time of year than Gaia - our glorious mother earth. Summer Solstice is a wonderful to make offerings to Gaia as well as give thanks for all of her gifts!
Sekhmet is an ancient Egyptian fire Goddess associated with the Sun. She is both Protectress and Destroyer and is associated with healing, war, power and righteous anger!
Tapati is a Hindu Mother Goddess and is daughter of Surya, the Sun God. Her name means 'warming' and she bestows heat upon the land. She is also a Goddess of wisdom, knowledge and devotion.
Create a Litha Altar
Creating an altar for Summer Solstice is such a joy because you can really go for it with the abundance theme. Decorate your altar with freshly cut flowers and herbs from your garden and images of the Sun and Solar Goddesses. You might also like to add images, poems and words that help you to connect with being in the moment and keeping joy alive over the next few months. We would love to see your Litha altars! For some inspiration, here is our pinterest board:
Litha Herbs, Crystals & Essential Oils
HERBS: Vervain, St John's Wort, Elderflowers, Dandelion, Rose, Honeysuckle, Yarrow
CRYSTALS: Citrine, Carnelian, Fire Agate, Jade, Fuchsite
ESSENTIAL OILS: Bergamot, Lavender, Wild Rose, Wild Orange
Starchild Glastonbury do a wonderful Summer Solstice aromatherapy blend which you can view here.
Wishing you a blessed Litha dearest sisters!
Welcome dear ones, to our Full Moon blog. We are heading into a powerful Full Moon Lunar Eclipse tomorrow in the sign of Sagittarius and entering into eclipse season. We may have already been feeling how potent 2020 is astrologically and it's set to get even more intense as we work our way through planetary retrogrades and eclipses. This combination of eclipses and retrogrades combined with all the events taking place throughout the world is calling us to do the work! To do our own inner work and to show up to do the work needed for the collective. This year is all about bringing injustice, untruths and structures that need to be torn down to the surface. Eclipses are often referred to as times to do shadow work and we know that this is always a theme that comes up every full moon also. Ask yourself as you head into this full moon lunar eclipse, what shadow parts of myself are making themselves known at the moment? Where do I need to do the work? Are we turning away from what's going on right now in the world or are we turning to face it and our own shortcomings?
Tomorrow, we have the sun in Gemini and the moon in Sagittarius, these two signs compliment each other really well as both are to do with the mind. Sagittarius is known as the Philosopher of the zodiac and can help balance out Gemini's constant quest for knowledge and information. This full moon helps us to see the balance between intelligence and wisdom. Do we spend too much time absorbing information but then not actually integrating it into our life? For example, maybe we have been reading about certain topics for a long time, like meditation, but don't actually put them in to practice. Intelligence comes from the gathering of knowledge whereas wisdom comes from putting that knowledge into action and gaining insight and experience from it. That's where doing the work comes in!
Sometimes Gemini can be led by ego, wanting to acquire knowledge and information for their own gain. Sagittarius wants to learn, understand and gather knowledge for the greater good. We can ask ourselves if ego or love is the driving force behind our thirst for knowledge? How do we use the information we have gathered? Do we share it with others or do we keep it for ourself? Sagittarians want to learn from others, want to travel to other lands to gain insight into how other people think and experience life - not for their own sake but to help them connect better with others. Again, we can ask ourselves, how willing are we to learn from others? To be humble and to understand that ours isn't the only point of view.
We love this Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the danger of the single story:
Sagittarius is a masculine fire sign, ruled by the planet Jupiter and the 9th house of Philosophy and long distance journeys. Jupiter is often referred to as the great benefactor, it is the largest of the planets and has the largest number of moons so has this beautiful expansive and abundant quality. Sagittarius moon is a wonderful time to focus on manifesting your dreams, cultivating gratitude and joy, and elevating your thoughts.
Sagittarius themes: freedom, expansion, knowledge, abundance, joy, travel. philosophy, light, growth, limitless opportunities, adventure, curiosity, meaning, direction, focus.
The image associated with Sagittarius is the Centaur holding a bow and arrow aimed at the sky and the constellation is the arrow. There are many messages we can take from this image, one of these is the message to look at the balance in our own life between our lower and upper chakras. Do we spend all our energy only on the lower chakras associated with this life and this life alone - our home, financial security, our sense of self and the day to day? How much time do we spend connecting with the higher chakras, looking to the stars? Asking questions about the universe and why we're here? Who are we underneath all the layers of daily life and responsibilities? Sagittarius is often referred to as the philosopher of the zodiac and they love to ask these kinds of questions. They have a childlike curiosity about everything and will always look beyond the ordinary much like Gemini. The symbol of the arrow can also remind us to check-in with our direction in life. Is the direction we are currently headed in in alignment with our true desires and our integrity?
The other archetype associated with Sagittarius is the traveller or the explorer. This doesn't necessarily mean physical travel but can also mean travelling with our mind. As we still find ourselves in lockdown, a wonderful way to tune into this energy is to read. Expand your mind with books, podcasts, blogs and conversations. Use your journal to record the things you've been learning. Start or join a book or philosophy club. Enroll in new studies. The world is your oyster!
Step outside into nature and carry that same Sagittarian curiosity with you. Marvel at all the seasonal changes taking place in your local area, look up when you'd usually be looking down, leave your phone at home or turn it onto flight mode! This fits in so well with our New Moon in Gemini theme of following our whimsy and wonder.
Full Moon Journaling Questions
- First off, have a look back at your journal from the New Moon in Gemini. Have you stayed connected to your intentions and have they served you?
- Ask yourself if you have a balance between intelligence and wisdom?
- Tuning into the expansive quality of Sagittarius, how could you expand your mind? What topics are you curious about but know nothing about?
- We might not be able to go travelling physically at the moment but where would you like to travel in your mind? How will you do that? Will it be through stories? Reading? Connecting with others?
- Do you have a balance between focusing on the tasks and responsibilities of everyday life and also zooming out and seeing the big picture? Are you able to see beyond the ordinary?
- What are your triggers at the moment and how are you dealing with them? Are you taking the time to do the work or repressing these triggers?
- A big part of developing wisdom is being humble. Using the light of the full moon to shine down on your heart and mind, who and what could we learn from at the moment?
- A key theme for Sagittarius is elevating thought for the greater good. What can you do at the moment for the collective? How can you educate yourself on matters that will help you gain better knowledge and insight into other people's experiences?
Sagittarius Self Care
Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs. On Sagittarius moon days it's important to look after these parts of the body. If we're spending more time at a desk or cooped up at home, it's important to stay mobile in the hips by doing lots of mobility work as well as stretching. A leg massage would be ideal - you'll have to do this yourself or using a foam roller for the thighs, IT band and back of legs to help release any tension.
Due to the optimistic and joyful nature of this sign, uplifting Citrus oils such as Bergamot, Orange and Mandarin are lovely to use and these oils help to lift our mood and connect us to hope. Why not add some of these oils to a base oil and make yourself an uplifting leg massage oil :)
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Dearest moonbeams, we are just about to complete another lunar cycle as we enter into the dark moon phase today. Tomorrow, we welcome in the New Moon in Gemini. Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac and we continue our journey of the self which we began with the New Moon in Aries. Last moonth with Taurus we began the investigation of the throat chakra and how we express ourselves - we continue that journey with Gemini which is very much to do with communication and in particular how we take our ideas out into the world. Gemini is the first of the air signs and it rules the realm of ideas, communication and consciousness. Combining Gemini's air element with it's placement in Spring/Summer is what gives it this delightful whimsical quality. Gemini's are curious and inquisitive and it can sometimes be a challenge getting them to focus on one thing at a time or getting them to complete tasks - often they're off on to the next thing before the previous thing is completed. Gemini rules the third house in astrology which is about teaching, learning and communication. It is ruled by Mercury - the planet of the mind and communication - Mercury is also referred to as the trickster of the zodiac.
As we write this blog, we are still for the most part in a period of lockdown so we wanted to dedicate this blog post to all things to with the mind. If we can't travel outside physically, Gemini invites us to travel with our mind. For New Moon in Gemini we are awakening our inner Alchemist and Philosopher, our book nerd and our playful side! At a time where it feels like there is so much restriction this a great opportunity to expand our minds.
key themes/words: adaptable, mercurial, intelligence, imagination, playful, communication, storytelling, whimsy, web-weaving, connection, community, contemplation, curiosity, meditation, mindfulness, daydreamering.
The Air Element
As we mentioned above, Gemini is an Air sign and with each New Moon it's always a lovely practice to connect to the element of that New Moon. Air is thought, ideas, communication, sound, expression, consciousness, creativity, spring, connection and the mind. Moon in Gemini is a time to deeply connect to the power of the mind. The mind is the creator of all our experiences and is the architect of our reality. Gemini invites us to harness the power of our mind by directing our energy to innovation, creativity and elevating our consciousness. The constellation of the twins can be seen to represent the left and right sides of the brain and we can ask ourselves if these two halves are in balance. Do we dwell more in the left brain - the analytical and methodical? Or do we dwell more in the right brain - the creative and artistic side? Too much right brain and we might be away with the fairies, too much left brain and we can close ourself off from wonder and imagination, analysing things until all the fun goes out of them. The symbol of the twins also helps us to tune into this transitional time, Gemini has one foot in Spring and one in Summer and we are definitely in a state of transition at the moment.
We are currently shifting from maiden into mother, from spring to summer and from life pre-lockdown to life post-lockdown. We find ourselves in liminal space. We can utilise this time for transformation. Synchronizing with this new moon is Venus going retrograde as she is about to complete her 8 year cycle. There's a sense in the collective at the moment of transformation, alchemy, metamorphosis and more and more people are referencing butterflies and the powerful imagery of their transformation to help us make sense of this time.
Reflect on where you were 8 years ago and try to get a sense of what is trying to shift, what old way of being needs to die in order for you to be re-born? How are you alchemising all the lessons and experiences of the last 8 years to create a new and improved version of yourself?
There are a fair few archetypes associated with Gemini- the fairy, the philosopher, the pan, the messenger etc. As we were doing our research for this blog we were really drawn to the archetype of the Alchemist and started to research female Alchemists which we've featured below. The definition of Alchemy is "a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination." Alchemists are fascinated with human being's relationship to the world around them whether it be through the elements, the natural world or the cosmos. We thought this idea of Alchemy worked really well tied in with the theme of metamorphosis. It also ties in to Gemini's love of innovating and creating. As we stand at the threshold of a new way of being - in the alchemy lab of your heart and mind what would you like to concoct? How would you like to innovate a new way of being for yourself?
"Alchemy is defined as the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained. An example of using alchemy is a person who takes a pile of scrap metal and turns it into beautiful art." - YOUR DICTIONARY
We can take inspiration from this quote above and look at how we can transform the seemingly ordinary of every day into something extraordinary. We can even learn to transform difficult situations into gold, by valuing the lessons in them. As you look back on the last 8 years, what gold can you find in all the challenges you have faced? In your journal, make a list of your gold!
FEMALE ALCHEMISTS OF HISTORY
Hypatia was a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. She is the earliest recorded female mathematician and unfortunately her story doesn't end well. She lived at a time of great conflict between Christians, Jews, and Pagans and because of the nature of what she was teaching she was viewed as a Pagan. Hypatia was an incredibly popular teacher and had many followers and students which seemed to draw more and more hatred and anger from her enemies, in the end she was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians. But she remains a powerful female icon and representation of a sovereign woman dedicated to uncovering life's mysteries. You can watch the story of Hypatia in the film Agora featuring Rachel Weiss as Hypatia.
MARY THE PROPHETESS
Mary the Prophetess was an Alchemist and Inventor who lived in Egypt and is the first known/recorded Alchemist in history. She is famed for teaching on sacred union - the joining together of feminine and masculine and is quoted as saying:
"Join the male and the female, and you will find what is sought."
CLEOPATRA THE ALCHEMIST
“An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: “No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you.” ― Carl Jung
Polik-mana - BUTTERFLY MAIDEN
Polik Mana is a Hopi Spirit Goddess of the Amazon and each year at Spring she is celebrated for pollinating flowers with her dancing and bringing the rain. There is a beautiful section on The Butterfly Woman in the book Women Who Run with the Wolves:
"Butterfly Woman mends the erroneous idea that transformation is only for the tortured, the saintly, or only for the fabulously strong. The Self need not carry mountains to transform. A little is enough. A little goes a long way. A little changes much. The fertilizing force replaces the moving of mountains." - Women Who Run with the Wolves
Isis is an ancient Egyptian Goddess of magic, healing, wisdom and the after-life. She is a wonderful Goddess of transition as she is known to help the dead on their journey and journeyed to the after-life herself to resurrect her husband Osiris. Isis is a mother Goddess and was worshipped in Egypt for over 7,000 years. She helps us to step into our power, truth and magic.
Sheherazade features in the story One Thousand and One Nights. In the story, Sheherazade had infused herself with knowledge and wisdom and was similar to a high level Bard - knowing hundreds of poems and stories by heart. She is married to a King who at this point is marrying women for one day and then having them beheaded and re-marrying the very next day. When Sheherazade marries the King, he has already killed 1001 women. The king's first wife betrayed him with another man and so this is his plan to avoid being betrayed again. On the night of their wedding, Sheherazade begins to tell the King a story, he is so enthralled by her story he delays her execution till the day after and then the day after that. This goes on for 1001 nights and in the end the King is so in love with Sheherazade that he cancels her execution and she becomes Queen. Sheherazade teaches us the power of stories, wisdom and the arts.
Vila is an Eastern European shape shifting Goddess and protectress of nature. The Vile are Slavic nymphs of the earth, sky and waters. They are known to be beautiful but also deadly when crossed. They are associated with nature, dance and healing.
Sophia is the feminine personification of wisdom. The Ancient Greek word Sophia can roughly be translated to skillful, intelligent and wise and the word Philosophia is translated to a love of Wisdom. Sophia helps to awaken our spiritual potential and guides us towards the light. Just like the Gemini twins, her story teaches about uniting the lower self of the psyche with the higher spiritual self.
Psykhe is the Greek Goddess of the Soul and Spirit. In the stories, Goddess Aphrodite sets Psykhe a series of almost impossible challenges one of which includes a journey to the underworld. Psykhe triumphs and becomes immortal. Her story, similar to so many stories featuring the underworld, teaches us that we must journey into the shadows in our psyches to purify our souls and attain enlightenment. She is often depicted with Butterfly wings.
Follow your whimsy
Gemini Moon invites us to follow our Whimsy. We find ourselves in between the light and playful seasons of Spring and Summer - the time of the year for honouring joy, wonder and playfulness. As we mentioned earlier, Geminis are often wondering off on mental tangents and have this infectious childlike curiosity and wonder, what would it be like to give yourself permission to follow your whimsy? Think of channeling Alice and Wonderland.
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
We have put together a playlist to help you connect to the spirit of Gemini and we particularly loved these lyrics by Aurora:
"And we become night time dreamers
And street walkers, small talkers
When we should be daydreamers
And moonwalkers and dream talkers"
Here's our Spotify Playlist for New Moon in Gemini
Gemini is the first of the Air signs and is also only the third sign in the Zodiac which is what gives it this inquisitive energy. Can we practice looking at the world through the eyes of a child? Look around at nature and marvel at the wonder all around you. We can receive so much wisdom and guidance from taking time to slow down and witness the divine in everything. You could set yourself a challenge to write down one thing each day that has filled you with wonder, better yet, share them in a our facebook group!
"Wisdom begins in Wonder" - Socrates
Communicating with nature
Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, the planet of communication and the mind. Mercury is also the messenger of the Gods, New Moon in Gemini is a wonderful time to check-in with our relationship to listening to our inner guidance and receiving messages from the Divine. Often, when we think about communication, we focus a lot on what we can/can't say. We ask ourselves if we're speaking our truth and being honest and open. But another key aspect of communication is listening. How good are we at listening? Do we listen to other people? Do we listen to ourself? Do we receive messages from our body, the world around us, and our intuition? We can use this period of life in the slow lane to fine tune our listening skills. One of the best ways to do this is to work with nature. There are so many messages, signs and teachings that nature can show us everyday if we just slow down to look and listen.
Here are some books to help you connect to the natural world and be in communication with her:
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES
THE GREEN WITCH
THE ILLUSTRATED HERBIARY
We LOVE this video and song by Aurora!
- First of all, make a note of anything from this blog post that particularly spoke to you.
- How would you like to connect to the AIR element over the next month?
- Do you let yourself follow your whimsy? What would life look like if you let yourself do this?
- Looking back on the last 8 years, what have you learned from all your challenges and experiences?
- What within you right now is metamorphosing? Do you have a sense of the person you are changing in to?
- How good are you at listening? Think about how much you listen to your own inner guidance and intuition.
- Which side of the brain is more dominant for you, left or right?
- Think of the story of Sheherazade, what knowledge, wisdom and stories would you love to fill yourself up with over the next month? What stories would you tell if you had to use them to save your life?
Moon in Gemini intention setting ritual
If you can, collect some dandelion seeds for this ritual. Find a quiet and peaceful place in nature where you won't be disturbed (this can be your garden, or you can simply open a window) and hold your Dandelion seeds in your hands. Bring to mind your new moon intentions and then hold up your seeds to your mouth and whisper your intentions into your seeds. When you've finished and you feel you've imbued your seeds with your wishes, release them out into the air to be carried away by the nature spirits.
Gemini Self Care
Gemini rules the lungs, shoulders, arms and hands so on days when the moon is in Gemini it's really lovely to connect to these parts of the body and take care of them.
Breathing practices are a wonderful way to connect to the element of Air but also a great way to bring calm and nourishment to our body. Our breath is our life force energy, it's our vitality, it's the very reason we are here! Just sitting for a few minutes and focusing your mind on the breath is incredibly effective for bringing the mind to peace, you can also tune into our theme of wonder and marvel at the mechanism of your body and how it breathes you. It breathes you all through the day and all through the night. Many Buddhist practitioners spend time each morning giving thanks that their breath has kept them alive through the night and they start the day with a deep sense of gratitude. As we focus on our breath in this way, we can also marvel at the connection between our breath and the breath of trees and plants. We draw in our life force energy from trees and they in turn draw theirs from us. We are interconnected! This is particularly comforting if we are in a time of isolation to remember that the world around you is sustaining you and you in turn are sustaining nature!
Reciting mantras out loud actually blesses the air in our environment as well as internally blessing our energy channels (nadis). Mantras are a wonderful way to practice devotion to a Deity or to make prayers and wishes for others.
Aromatherapy is another wonderful way to connect to the air element and infuse our home and environment with positivity and clarity. Essential oils that resonate really well with Gemini are the top notes such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Basil and Ravensara. You could use oils that resonate with the third eye and crown chakra such as lavender, sandalwood and frankincense.
NOURISH YOUR MIND
Perhaps this month we could swap out time we normally spend watching netflix or scrolling on our phones and nourish our mind with books. Do you have a pile of books waiting to be explored? Why not join our online book club, we're just about to start a new book. For details click here.
We really hope you've enjoyed our New Moon blog. We are gathering tomorrow night for our Gemini moon sister circle, if you'd like to join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New Moon blessings to you all x
Happy full moon dearest moonbeams! May's full moon goes by a few different names - the flower moon, the hare moon, the corn planting moon and the milk moon. We are connecting to it as the Hare Moon as we're still bathing in the energy of Beltane and the celebration of spring at it's fullest. The hare is a sacred symbol in celtic mythology with strong links to shapeshifting lunar goddesses and the Otherworld which is perfect for this Scorpio full moon. So, grab yourself a cuppa and snuggle up as we take you into the Wild Magic of this Super Full Moon. First of all, let's look at the astrology:
Key words/themes associated with Scorpio are: transformation, passion, death, karma, emotions, intuition, magic, regeneration, rebirth, sovereignty, the witch, the dark goddess, the liminal.
The sun is in the sign of Taurus and the moon is in it's opposite sign of Scorpio, as with every full moon, we use these seemingly opposing forces to help us shine the light of the full moon on our inner darkness and move forward with clarity and balance. Taurus is associated with the season of Beltane and Scorpio is associated with the season of Samhain - both of these times of year are associated with magic and the otherworld but they have very different energies. Beltane is about Spring, fertility, joy and celebration and Samhain is about death, journeying to the underworld and Autumn. Taurus as an earth sign invites us to be present, grounded and sensual, Scorpio as a water sign invites us to dive down into the shadows of our psyche and 'do the work'. Scorpios have an almost disdain for the mundane, the shallow and the ordinary and like to spend a lot of their time in quiet, deep contemplation on the how's and why's of the world and are also unafraid to confront topics such as death and dying. Scorpio has two ruling planets, Mars and Pluto. Mars brings the energies of sexuality, action and primal passions and Pluto has this connection to the underworld and therefore the cycles of death and rebirth and the parts of ourself that are unseen, hidden and secret. Scorpio is very much about making the unconscious, conscious.
We have Scorpio, a water sign associated with the underworld and Taurus an earth sign associated with the earthly and material world. These signs appear to contradict each other but they actually invite us to establish balance between these two aspects of ourselves. We can check-in with where we dwell most often. Are we always off exploring the dark mysteries of the world, brooding, deep in thought but perhaps a little aloof? Or are we distracted by the trappings of the material world and do we shy away from thinking about the darker concepts of life? Balance between the Scorpio and Taurean energy would be this idea of being in the world but not of this world, the ability to stay connected to the truth of life - the cycles of life, death and rebirth whilst being grounded and present with our self and the people around us. There would be this peaceful, contented energy of enjoying the things of this life whilst having the ability to let them go when the time is right.
"He who binds to himself a joy,
Does the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise."
- William Blake
One of the best ways to harmonize these two energies is to look to nature! Being in constant communication with nature teaches us how to both enjoy the sensuality of flowers in full bloom whilst also not shy away from death and decay. Tuning into the cyclical nature of life teaches us to see the beauty in each moment. We absolutely love this short Botanical animation for capturing this beauty! (see above).
Waking the Witch
The archetype of the Witch is often associated with the sign of Scorpio, Scorpio season takes place later in the year at Samhain (Halloween), a time of year for connecting to death, rebirth and magic! The archetype of the Witch still remains so misunderstood and misrepresented, so this Scorpio full moon, we invite you to explore this archetype in your own heart. Is your inner Witch waking up?
Many people believe that the disconnection to nature's healing rhythms was severed with the persecution of the Witch. So much wisdom and common sense was lost when we lost the Witches of this world or forced them into hiding. The persecution of women as witches is a deep collective wound that we as sisters need to heal together. It's really important to unpack the word witch, it is often associated with the stereotypical image of a hag with warts who is bitter and throws curses on her enemies. Witches are often the bad guy in stories and in the time of the witch trials were to blame for failing crops, death and illnesses in the villages and even for things like bad dreams. When we delve into history and look beyond the patriarchal manipulation of this caricature we find that a witch would have been the woman in the village who held the knowledge of the seasons and wisdom of the moon, her magic would have been the blending of herb and root to heal ailments, she would have been the midwife, the storyteller and the oracle and she would have held people's love and respect. Witches were feared because they were women that knew they had everything they needed within themselves to be well and to be happy, they could commune with the divine with no need of a medium and could help others to do the same, because of this they were a threat and one that needed to be dealt with. During the witch-hunts of early modern Europe, tens of thousands of people were put on trial, tortured and executed as witches, three quarters of whom were women. The word Witch carries pain, misunderstanding and fear and requires a lot of healing in the collective psyche of both men and women.
Excitingly, we now find ourselves in a time of people reclaiming their wild magic! Men and women throughout the world are reclaiming their wildish natures and re-learning how to honour and live with the cycles of the seasons and the rhythms of the moon. The wild is rising!
Here are a few of our favourite books for connecting to and reclaiming the Witch:
THE FAMILIARS by STACEY HALLS
THE GREEN WITCH by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
THE RULES OF MAGIC by ALICE HOFFMAN
THE WILD FOLK by SYLVIA V LINSTEADT
WAKING THE WITCH by PAM GROSSMAN
THE WITCH by RONALD HUTTON
Scorpio rules the sexual organs, urinary tract, hips, pelvis and sacrum and it's element is water. Scorpio moon is a wonderful time to reflect on your relationship to your cycle . If you're still bleeding some guiding questions to sit with are:
How do you view your blood? Do you view it as primal magic? Or are you ashamed of it?
Are you aware of your cycle or each month is it still something that takes you by surprise?
Do you put expectations on yourself to be the same throughout the month or do you honour your internal rhythms with rest and self care?
Perhaps you could start a cycle tracker journal. We absolutely love the work of Melanie Swan over at the sacred womb - she has a podcast dedicated to all things womb and has some wonderful free resources as well as running courses to help you reclaim your cycle and your magic. It's absolutely magical that the cycles of a woman's body so beautifully match the cycles of the moon and the seasons. There is so much we can learn from this constant flow of life, death and rebirth.
Womb breathing is such a simple and yet beautiful way to connect to yourself and to feel grounded and at peace. Find somewhere to sit where you can be comfortable and undisturbed. Place your hands either on your womb or you can take Yoni Mudra and rest your thumbs on your womb. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. As you breathe, begin to take your breath all the way down to the bowl of your pelvis. You could even imagine your pelvis like a witch's cauldron as per Sally Lister's description above or focus on the vibrant orange colour of the sacral chakra. With every breath, feel a warmth and a spaciousness being created. Stay as long as you like with this practice.
One thing many of these Goddesses share in common is that they are misunderstood and misrepresented - their herstories have been changed and manipulated to perpetuate a Patriarchal narrative. You could associate most of these Goddesses with the archetype of the Enchantress which is the archetype between the Mother and the Crone that so often gets missed out - it's also associated with the Witch and the Medicine woman. The Enchantress phase in a woman's life is often referred to as her second maidenhood, it's a woman who is fully stepping into her power through the culmination of all her life experience after her time of being a mother (that might be a mother to actual children or a mother to her work, her projects etc) - and she is once again sovereign. It is the pre-menstruation part of our female cycle, that part where we are so deeply connected to our intuition and magic and it's so interesting to look at the narratives surrounding these parts of our both our life cycle and monthly cycle. What does society teach us about the enchantress? She's either a crazy witch who meddles in the happiness of others and is ruled by her bitterness and anger or she's not there at all and we skip from Mother straight to Crone. There are so many women in their Enchantress phase who are locked out of their power because they are viewing themselves as a crone before their time. Women during the premenstrual phase of their cycle and during Menopause are deeply shamed for their 'unstable' emotions and many women are taught to distrust their feelings during both of these times. Another way of looking at this is that the Dark Goddess is revealing all that is not true, all that needs to die, all that needs to be stripped away in order for the fullest most potent version of to step forward. Moon in Scorpio teaches us to embrace our Enchantress. The part of our self that uses our emotions as a tool for divination, the part of us that won't stand for falsehoods and mistruths and would rather be in the company of herself rather than the company of the fake. It's time to embrace your too much woman! It's time to tell a different story about these Goddesses and about our self!
Is there a Goddess more Vilified than Lilith? - Adam's first wife who refused to submit to his will and was therefore cast out. Even to this day Lilith is depicted in many stories and TV shows as en evil temptress who brings nothing but destruction. Lilith helps us reclaim our wild and call back all the parts of ourselves that we have buried or hidden out of shame. She teaches us that NO is a complete sentence.
"Like the screech owl for whom Lilith is named, Her screech cannot be silenced. She is all women who have been subjugated, humiliated, and cast out from male-defined society. Her rage is the rage of women who have realized that our natural women’s sexuality has been made dirty by men who fear the power of it and the power of free women." - Motherhouse of the Goddess
Hekate is an ancient Goddess associated with the Dark Moon, the liminal, witchcraft and magic and is often called The Queen of Witches. She guides Persephone on her journey through the underworld and so we can turn to her on our own journey of transformation.
Kali is the hindu goddess of death, karma and transformation. If you're having trouble breaking free from certain Karmic patterns and habits, want to move forward but keep clinging on to the past then Kali can help you with her powerful fire of transformation. She has a wrathful appearance showing that she helps us to conquer our inner demons and fears. Beware when calling upon Kali, she is the great mother and will give us what we need in order to transcend but it won't necessarily be what we want.
Ceridwen is another goddess of transformation, her name comes from the celtic word 'Cerru', meaning cauldron. She is a shapeshifting Welsh Goddess associated with creativity, power, the moon and magic. You can read the story of Ceridwen here.
MORGAN LE FAYE
What do we think of when we think of Morgan Le Faye? Dark witch who tried to kill King Arthur? Evil temptress? Bitter woman? Look closer and we once again find that her story was changed. Morgan Le Faye was a Druid Priestess, a healer and Medicine Woman who was more than likely protecting her people and her land. There are some wonderful books written about Morgan Le Faye in this different light such as The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradle.
Again, one of the most misrepresented women in history! Mary Magdalene was a High Priestess and teacher who taught at the side of Jesus. Her story has been changed from a woman who was the most trusted of Jesus' disciples to being a prostitute who he took pity on. Many women today are drawn to Mary Magdalene's energy and discovering her truth for themselves. She teaches us the power of enduring love and being committed to your path no matter what other people think about you.
Scorpio Moon often brings secrets and truths to the surface to be dealt with, cleansed and released. Honesty and communication was also a theme we explored during the New Moon in Taurus. Ask yourself if you're being honest with yourself and those around you? Are there words you long to say but are holding back for some reason? Mantra can be a wonderful tool to help open up the throat chakra.
With Scorpio ruling the Sacral Chakra and Taurus ruling the throat, it's also time to have a look at our creativity which is associated with both of these chakras. Again, ask yourself if you are holding yourself back in anyway? What are your creative dreams and wishes? Journal about them, create vision boards and fill yourself up with inspiration and encouragement. If you want to dance, dance if you want to paint, paint, whatever it is that your soul is calling you to do, can you get out of your own way and express yourself fully. Who would you be if you let yourself shine?
- How can you continue to wake the witch within you?
- Who would you be if you stepped into your power?
- Do you feel yourself dimming your light in order to fit into society's patriarchal structure?
- How can you regularly connect to the magic of nature? Do you work with the moon? Do you work with plants? Or tarot?
- Which of the Scorpio Goddesses spoke to you?
- What is your relationship to your own internal cycles?
- What is your relationship to transformation? Do you enjoy reinventing yourself or do you resist and struggle against changes in your life?
- What are you longing to express?
- What is your magic? And how can you share this with the world?
- Check back on your New Moon intentions and ask yourself how you could embody those intentions on this full moon. For example, if your intention was to allow yourself to experience more pleasure, what could you do on this full moon to experience pleasure? Remember that full moons are the time to birth our dreams and intentions.
As mentioned above, the chakra associated with Scorpio is the Sacral Chakra. Aromatherapy can be a wonderful way to balance this chakra:
Sacral Chakra Aromatherapy Blend
This warming, spicy and soothing blend would be lovely rubbed into the lower back and lower belly (not suitable in pregnancy or whilst breast feeding)
Choose 25ml of base oil
1 drop Sweet Marjoram
1 drop Jasmine
2 drops Ginger
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Scorpio Diffuser Blend
Cypress, Pine and Sage pure essential oils. Cypress is associated with Pluto, PIne with Mars and Sage with Samhain. This combination of oils is a great energetic clearer, perfect before or after ritual or spell work!
Scorpio Full Moon Bath
Using salts to cleanse is especially important during Beltane season when the veil between worlds is at it's thinnest. Here is a cleansing full moon ritual bath recipe to help you cleanse your energy:
Dead Sea Salts
Dried rose petals
1 drop Juniper Essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Orange essential
We hope you have enjoyed this blog, remember that both the energies of Taurus season and this Scorpio Full Moon are guiding us to embrace our WIld selves, reclaim pleasure as our birth right and give less F***s! Full Moon blessings dear ones xx
Dearest moonbeams, the Wheel of the Year is turning once again and this week we welcome in the festival of Beltain. Beltain, also called Beltane, Bealtaine and Beltine is one of the cross quarter festivals of the wheel of the year along with Imbolc, Lammas and Samhain. Beltain is celebrated on the eve of the 30th of April over into the following day, May 1st (May Day). It's one of the four fire festivals of the wheel of the year and is a celebration of spring at its fullest and also the beginning of summer.
It's a time to celebrate the abundance of mother nature that is so apparent at this time of year and re-establish our connection to Gaia as we enter into these lighter, warmer days. This couldn't more relevant during times such as these when are being given a chance to slow down and re-forge our connection to nature. As the human world stays indoors, the Wild World is rising once again...can you feel it? Mother Earth is healing and we are remembering what it means to be in co-creation with her.
Bel is also the name of the Sun God associated with this time of year and Beltain is a celebration of the union and sacred marriage of the Sun God Bel with the Mother Goddess Danu. This union is what makes this a fertility festival and a time to celebrate sex, love, abundance and the balance of the sacred masculine and sacred feminine. This union of masculine and feminine was represented by the May pole, red and white ribbon was tied around a pole as people danced around the May pole. It was a time of joy and merriment and it was traditionally a time for handfastings -pagan wedding ceremonies. It's a time of year where communities would have come together in celebration, this year however, we will have to find new ways to honour the spirit of this festival and we hope to share some of those with you here.
What is blossoming in you?
In terms of working with goals, ideas and dreams, now is the time to fertilise your intentions and joyfully go about bringing your dreams to fruition. Look back at the intentions you set at the start of this year and see if you can get a sense of what's blossoming right now? Is your hard work paying off? What needs extra attention and nurturing to help it bloom and grow? And maybe there are things that need to be released (see below for fire ritual). Beltain combined with the recent new moon in Taurus is a time to focus on abundance and working on blockages we might have in relation to our self worth. In your journal write down all the things that you can feel an abundance of at the moment, you might even like to do this as an illustration of blossoms and flowers in bloom with your words written inside. Allow this journaling practice to fill you with a deep sense of gratitude. If you find it hard to get going, look to nature first for she is putting on a show at the moment. Birdsong is at it's loudest at this time of year and all of mother earth's energy is devoted to growth at this time, all of life is bursting with potential.
Goddesses of Beltain
Danu is an ancient mother Goddess referred to as the Great Mother of Ireland. She is the mother of the Tuatha De Danann, a magical race of people that brought magic and wisdom to Ireland. She represents wisdom, abundance and life in flow as she is also guardian of the rivers and waters of Ireland. Danu is also associated with the archetype of the High Priestess and so invites us to step into our power and sovereignty and bloom like the Spring flowers.
Maia is a Greek Goddess and gives her name to the month of May. She is one of the seven sisters of the Pleiades - the seven daughters of titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione. Maia is the eldest of the Nymph sisters, who were also companions to the goddess Artemis. Nymphs are nature spirits that look after the environments in which they dwell with their gentle and divine energy. The seven Nymph sisters were believed to have transcended into the sky, transforming in to the Pleiades star cluster. Step outside at night and look to the night sky, see if you can see the Pleiades and connect to the gentle and loving energy of Maia.
Fauna is a Goddess of Wild places, animals and sexuality. She represents the archetype of the Wild Woman - untamed and unapologetic. Call on Fauna's blessings to help you rewild yourself and reclaim your connection to your own wild feminine and sacred sexuality.
Frigg is a Norse Goddess of motherhood, fertility and the home. She is Odin's wife and her name translates to Beloved. Call on Frigg to bless your home and the seeds of your intentions.
Queen Maeve is a sovereign Earth Goddess who represents sexual empowerment, independance, passion and power. She is a warrior Queen of Ireland with the reputation of being intoxicating, forceful and decisive. Do you need some of this Warrior Queen energy in your life at the moment?
ELEN OF THE WAYS
Elen of the Ways goes by many other names - The Green Lady, The Deer Goddess, The Horned Goddess and in her Crone aspect she is also called the Caillech. She is an ancient Celtic Goddess associated with Shamanism. It is said that she is a guide during times of change and also a guide during our dream space. If you are finding it hard to see the path laid out before you, call on Elen of the Ways to help you find your way.
The month of May is sacred to Mother Mary and she is often referred to as the Queen of May. Mother Mary represents unconditional love and healing. She can soothe our sorrows and comfort our fears.
Samhain marks the beginning of Winter, Beltain marks the beginning of Summer and just like with Samhain, this is another time of year when the veil between worlds is at it's thinnest. During Samhain, the thinning of the veil helps us to connect to the dead and our ancestors, at Beltain it's a chance to connect to the magic of the Fae and the elemental beings. Going back to our theme of rewilding and re-forging our connection and relationship to mother earth, this is a wonderful time of year to pledge ourselves as guardians of nature. In your journal, write down a list of the ways that you would like to be a guardian of nature. Maybe you'll make a promise to always pick up litter when you're out on your walk. Or to try harder to reduce, reuse and recycle. You might even like to make your pledges aloud, as if speaking to the Fae folk, they will be delighted with you!
As with Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's dream, this is also a time of year for mischief and the Fae have been known to cause a fair bit of mischief on the eve of Beltain. Mischief in this way can help us to keep a sense of humour and not take ourselves quite so seriously. If you notice things are out of place or not going quite according to plan can you treat it as a message from the Fae that you might need to lighten up.
Flower Maiden Bath
Remember, we are in Taurus season and this season is all about self love and sensuality. Give yourself a treat for the senses by making yourself a ritual flower bath. Fill your bath with flower petals and arrange crystals and candles around your bathroom. Citrine is beautiful for working with abundance and Rose quartz for tuning into love and sensuality. Then add in your flower maiden bath elixir:
Add the following essential oils to a small dish of milk
Geranium 2 drops
Jasmine 1 drop
Ylang Ylang 1 drop
Rose 1 drop
Patchouli 1 drop
Mix in well with the option to also mix in honey and oats. Oats and honey are incredibly healing and soothing for the skin and the milk will help to bind the essential oils. Please don't add essential oils to the water without something to bind them with. Why not soak in the tub with a book on fairytales or folklore to connect even further to the magic of this time.
Create a Beltain Altar
Tuning into the turning of the seasons by creating altars within the home is such a lovely practice. You can create a simple Beltain altar by gathering flowers and other objects that represent this time of year. You might like to use or make a flower crown to go in the centre of your altar and decorate with crystals, candles and ribbons. You might like to create an Altar in honour of one of the Beltain Goddesses using objects and images that are sacred to that Goddess. You could also decorate branches or twigs with ribbons to represent the blessed Oak Tree or World Tree that our ancestors would have gathered round. As you tie the ribbons onto the branches, make a wish, this is a lovely ritual to do with children.
Beltain Fire Ritual
The word 'Bel' means 'Bright one' and Beltain signifies the start of the light half of the year. In ancient times, the old fires were put out and new fires were lit to signify the start of this new bright time. Beacons were lit all along the country and bonfires were set on the eve of Beltain to be danced around all night till the following morning. The element of Fire along with the Sun himself were honoured and revered.
Fire is such a purifying force and as we are celebrating this shift in to the lighter half of the year now is a good time to leave behind all that no longer serves us, in particular, ways of thinking that prevent us from having an abundance mindset.
Here's a simple Fire Ritual that you can do using a Candle or a small fire pit/wood burning stove depending on what you have access to. Write down a list of self limiting beliefs or scarcity mindset habits that you can identify within yourself. Ask yourself - do you find yourself often worrying about having enough? Do you get jealous/competitive with others? Are you generous of spirit and with your resources? These questions should help you to identify whether you're operating from a place of fear and lack. When you've created your list, burn it and with this act of burning, release all your old fears, old stories and self limiting beliefs.
We really hope you enjoy our blog. We are just working on our Beltain edition of our online Zine where we can share even more ways to connect this magical time of year.
You are also invited to sit in ceremony and celebration with us this Friday to honour Beltain. We are hosting a FREE online Beltain ceremony and Meditation via Zoom at 7:00pm(gmt) - if you would like to join us please email email@example.com and we'll send you the Zoom link.
Blessings to you all xx
Dear ones, happy new moon in Taurus! We are now arriving in the second sign of the Zodiac calendar. The first 6 signs of the Zodiac are all about the self and then the second half of the zodiac is all about our relationship to others and the world. Aries carries that energy of the new born child, curious and inquisitive about everything and fired up by passion. Taurus now helps us to ground that Aries energy by inviting us to slow down and connect to it's element of Earth. Aries initiated the season of Spring and now Taurus holds it. Taurus is a fixed sign, giving it it's notorious reputation for being stubborn but the flip side of that is they are incredibly loyal and reliable. Taurus is a very loving sign, ruled by the planet venus, with a deep connection to mother earth it gives us permission to enjoy the abundance of nature's gifts. Taking a look around at this time of year you can really tune into Taurus' theme of abundance, all of mother earth's energy right now is channeled into new growth. The world appears to be covered in blossoms of soft pink and pale yellows, a gust of wind rustles through the trees and we can watch the blossom dance on the wind and reveal branches now lit up with fresh green leaves. It feels like everyday in the garden there's something new that's appeared, a new bud, a new bloom or a new wildlife visitor. Butterflies begin to make an appearance and we can once again hear the delightful buzz of the bumblebee. With the festival of Beltaine just around the corner, now is the time to really re-awaken our connection to nature and all it's gifts.
Love, beauty, abundance, gratitude, sensuality, sexuality, re-wilding, grouding, pleasure, being present, blossoming, expression, creativity, truth, honesty, loyalty.
Taurus rules the throat and neck and one of the struggles that Taureans face is either an overactive or underactive throat chakra. An overactive throat chakra can lead to that Bull in a china shop effect of speaking our truth in an overpowering and overbearing way, an underactive throat chakra can mean that we rarely ask for what we want or are honest about our needs and wishes. Lets relate this to our theme of love and ask ourselves, when my needs aren't being met - how good am I at asking for what I need? Being able to vocalise our needs and wants is such an empowering act of self love, it is saying to ourselves and the world that we deserve to be loved and respected. The way that we love ourselves teaches others how to love us. We can also spend some time thinking about the inner dialogue that we have with ourselves. What kind of conversations are we having with ourselves on a regular basis? If we were to read aloud the kinds of things we said to our self would we be shocked? If someone else were to speak these things to us how would it make us feel? Would we tolerate such words?
The other interesting theme to look at during Taurus season is working out what your love language is and is this in harmony with those closest to you? For example, your love language might be physical affection but your partner's might be that they love you by doing practical things. Sometimes, when our love language is not being reciprocated in the same way we can feel unloved or unwanted when all we need to do is recognise the other person's way of expressing love. Learn to ask for what you need if your needs aren't being met. Communication, truth and honesty are key themes for New Moon in Taurus. How are we being present and honest in our relationships with others? We can check-in with our own stubborn tendencies and notice if they're getting in the way of harmony in our relationships.
The combination of Taurus being a feminine earth sign and it being ruled by Venus which represents the Divine Feminine, we have an opportunity to look at our self love, self worth and learn to experience life through all our senses. We can ask ourselves in what ways do we deny ourselves the pleasures of this life? And what are the reasons for this? Do we feel undeserving? Do we feel shame in relation to pleasure? As we looked at during the full moon in Libra, we as women are so often shamed for seeking and experiencing pleasure. It is time we reclaimed pleasure as an expression of the Divine.
"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love." - Buddha
Spend some time with your body. Perhaps lying down on the earth itself or in your room. Slow down your breathing and start to listen to your body. Has your body been speaking to you and you haven't been listening? Be present and listen. What messages does your body have for you? What does your body want to do? Does she want to sing? Does she want to paint? Does she want to dance? Does she want to sob? Does she want to stand barefoot on the earth and howl at the sky? Can you honour her wishes? What does it feel like when you act on these wild urges of your soul? What does it feel like when you supress them?
“And then there are the cravings.. Oh, la! A woman may crave to be near water, or be belly down, her face in the earth, smelling the wild smell. She might have to drive into the wind. She may have to plant something, pull things out of the ground or put them into the ground. She may have to knead and bake, rapt in dough up to her elbows. She may have to trek into the hills, leaping from rock to rock trying out her voice against the mountain. She may need hours of starry nights where the stars are like face powder spilt on a black marble floor. She may feel she will die if she doesn’t dance naked in a thunderstorm, sit in perfect silence, return home ink-stained, paint-stained, tear-stained, moon-stained.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
We find ourselves in a situation where the hustle and bustle of busy modern life has gone, roads are quieter, shopping has changed from an act of pleasure to a practicality and societal structures of timetables and commuting to work are dissolving - we have an opportunity to turn our attention once again to the wild, the wild within us and the wild around us. When something feels precious we savour it, we cherish it and protect it. A walk that we may have taken a hundred times before, now feels sacred as it's that one precious bit of time each day where we can go out - perhaps we've already noticed how much more present we are on our walks now. Have we noticed things we've never noticed before? Do we savour each smile and friendly hello from strangers because it now too feels like a precious moment of connection and interaction whereas maybe previously we didn't even notice them? Too caught up in our thoughts, or maybe even on our phone? A lovely practice to integrate into this time is to create a nature journal, each time you go for a walk, even if it's the same walk, the same route each time, can you pay attention to the tiny details of each day? You'll start to notice that each day is different, each plant has changed, the weather is different, you yourself are different. Gather things from your walk and stick them in your journal, or maybe even sketch or paint the things you've seen on your walk when you get home. Allow nature to move through you, to touch all the corners of your wild soul and awaken a part of you that has been dorment. Allow this connection to the wild to bathe you in a feeling of gratitude.
“We’re not just losing the wild world. We’re forgetting it. We’re no longer noticing it. We’ve lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. We’re beginning to think it’s not really our business. We’re beginning to act as if it’s not there any more.” - Simon Barnes, Rewild Yourself
- Write down the word SENSUAL in your journal and spend some time sitting with that word. How does it make you feel? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Inspired? Alive? Create a word map around this word, trying not to overthink it.
- After your word map, ask yourself, when do you feel sensual? What experiences in life are sensual? Could everything be sensual? Is there any shame around this word? If so, can you trace back where that shame has come from?
- How could you be in your body more?
- What is your relationship to your body? How could you begin to view your body as an expression of the divine feminine?
- Do you ask yourself how does it look more often than you ask how does it feel?
- What in you right now is longing to be expressed?
- What truths are you holding back from speaking?
- Write down the word WILD and like we did with the word Sensual - spend some time sitting with that word. How does it make you feel? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Inspired? Alive? Create a word map around this word, trying not to overthink it. you might also like to create a vision board based around this word.
Self Care Rituals for Taurus
Taurus invites us to be fully in our bodies and awaken all our senses. It's an incredibly sensual and affectionate sign. How can you be in your body more? Dance, move, give yourself a massage, run an aromatherapy bath, go for a walk, place your bare feet on the ground and get present. Here is an Earth playlist for you if you just want to move and dance intuitively:
AROMATHERAPY FOR TAURUS
With all that is going on right now and being bombarded with so much information it's so important to have time where we're moving from head to heart, where we can feel present and grounded and connected. Use this combination of essential oils either in a diffuser, a body oil or in the bath to help you come back into your body, drop into your heart and connect to mother earth:
INDULGE THE SENSES BODY OIL
Taureans love to experience life to it's fullest, they love to stop and smell the roses. This body oil is a real indulgence of the senses.
25ml of base oil of your choice
Jasmine 2 drops
Ylang Ylang 3 drops
Rose 1 drop
Vanilla 2 drops
Sandalwood 2 drops
Add dried rose petals for extra magic
As we've mentioned, Taurus loves to experience life through the senses and is associated with the throat chakra which is all about creative expression. What creative projects could you do that are tactile or more embodied? Perhaps you could play with clay or salt dough, there are lots of great recipes online for creating your own modeling clay. Maybe your soul wants you to have your hands in the earth, planting seeds and creating a joyful garden. Maybe you'd like to learn chanting or drumming? There are so many people offering free events online at the moment like ecstatic dance or drumming circles. Now is the time to open yourself up to new experiences.
We really hope you've enjoyed this blog post, wishing you a blessed New Moon in Taurus. Those of you joining us tonight for our online sister circle, we can't wait!