We are heading into a full moon lunar eclipse tomorrow and mercury retrograde is just around the corner so we thought it would be nice to share some self care tips to help you navigate these intense energies. 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). Add the essential oils to a base to help disperse them in the water - a bath oil or milk work really well. 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 to ground you - 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 :)
If you need a bit of a dance around to release pent up energy here's a Lunar Eclipse playlist we made for you to enjoy:
Navigating Mercury Retrograde
There can be a fair bit of anxiety in the lead up to Mercury Retrograde and it's beauty is often overlooked and a lot of this is to do with that fact that this is a time for slowing down, letting go of our reliance on technology and for getting our affairs in order - in our fast paced, productive world, these are not always things that we want to do or are encouraged to do.
Mercury Retrograde is when it appears that the planet Mercury is travelling backwards. Though this is simply an optical illusion and Mercury isn't in fact moving backwards, it has an energetic effect of reversing what this planet rules. Mercury rules communication, travel and technology and is often referred to as the trickster. During the few weeks when Mercury goes retrograde we can expect the flow of this planet in reverse - delays, confusion, misunderstandings and technology to more than likely let us down. Mercury is retrograde from May 29th until June 22nd - the retrograde pre-shadow began on May 15th and the post shadow ends on July 7th so it's a fair chunk of time to be dealing with these energies.
But it's not all bad, Mercury Retrograde can actually present us with an opportunity to slow down, resist the temptation to start anything new (projects started during a retrograde can be often hard to get off the ground) and instead focus your energy on getting everything up to date. It's a great time to get on top of admin, catch up on your chores, re-organise your home or office and do some spring cleaning.
Mercury Retrograde also teaches us the value in being present and mindful, as it's easy to get into misunderstandings with people at this time, take special care when communicating with others - speak clearly, truthfully and from the heart, say what you mean. This is a great time to check-in with your throat chakra, if you find it hard to say what you mean, it's likely to create confusion and havoc during this time so ask yourself why you find it hard to be clear and honest with your speech? Being honest, direct and clear is a great habit to get into whether Mercury is retrograde or not.
One thing you often find during Mercury Retrogrades is that travel plans can be scuppered or delayed and that everything just takes that little bit longer - it's like the world around us is buffering! This can be incredibly frustrating but can also be a prompt to fall in love with the art of slow living. In a world of internet streaming, amazon prime next day delivery and the instant gratification of social media, we have forgotten what it means to live slowly and patiently. These days people get irate if you don't reply to them straight away or if they have to wait more than 24 hours for something to arrive! The world is getting less and less tolerant and more and more anxious. So, again, we can embrace this energy and slow down. Ask yourself about the demands that others place upon you and your time and how you can create new boundaries moving forward. If it's an option you might even choose to take some time to do a digital detox.
Honouring Mercury Retrograde as a time to recalibrate, slow down and be mindful can mean that you even end up looking forward to it. You can mark it in your diary and be careful of what you plan during this time and schedule in plenty of down time and time at home to potter and get organised. It's a wonderful time to catch up on your journaling, or add to your moodboards for the year.
We really hope this blog has been helpful, travel well dear ones!
Dear ones, our next full moon is just around the corner and we will be welcoming in a lunar eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius. May's full moon is referred to as the flower moon, the milk moon and the corn planting moon and will reach fullness on 26th May 12:13(bst). Eclipses can be intense and we can probably already feel the effects of the upcoming Mercury retrograde which is taking place on May 29th. This full moon is also a super moon so definitely up your self care and grounding practices in the days before. Retrogrades and eclipses can provide us with the opportunity for shadow work. Ask yourself as you head into this lunar eclipse, what shadow parts of myself are making themselves known at the moment?
“There is a special quality of stillness in a person who encounters their shadow wholeheartedly. Your body may relax in their company because it understands, in the subtle communications of their presence, that nothing is excluded in themselves, or you, from belonging. Such a person, who has given up guarding against the shadow, who has come to wear their scars with dignity, no longer squirms from discomfort or bristles at suffering. They no longer brace in avoidance of conflict. They carry a deep willingness to dance with the inconstancy of life. They’ve given up distancing as a strategy, and made vulnerability their ally.” - Toko-pa Turner
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. With it being an eclipse we can ask our self what is holding us back from manifesting our goals and dreams. It’s also the perfect opportunity to check back in with your new moon intentions and tend to them with the expansive qualities of Sagittarius. Sagittarius has a childlike curiosity about everything and will always look beyond the ordinary, everyday appearances - they seek adventure, truth and crave independence. I see them embodying the Huntress archetype.
Sagittarius themes: freedom, expansion, knowledge, abundance, joy, travel. philosophy, light, growth, limitless opportunities, adventure, curiosity, meaning, direction, focus.
For this full moon we will 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 to ground Gemini’s constant quest for knowledge and information and it's somewhat flittish tendencies. 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! It also invites us to ask whether we feel like we constantly need to be doing another course or qualification in order to feel ready to step forward into our future?
Sagittarius wants to learn, understand and gather knowledge and wisdom. They want to learn from others, travel to other lands and gain insight into how other people think and experience life. I often think of Sagittarius as the travelling storyteller or Bard - welcome at everyone's hearth to fill the room with wonder and enchantment. Embrace your inner bard and 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!
The image associated with Sagittarius is the Centaur holding a bow and arrow aimed at the sky and the constellation is the arrow. The symbol of the arrow reminds 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? Do you feel like you have the reigns of your own life? Or are you just along for the ride? How could you take the reigns back? Another key theme associated with Sagittarius is freedom. What does freedom mean to you? How does that word make you feel and where in your life do you feel restricted right now?
Sagittarius Self Care
Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs. On Sagittarius moon days it’s important to look after these parts of the body. 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.
Step outside into nature and carry that 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 and leave your phone at home.
Hope you've enjoyed this blog and wishing you all a wonderful full moon!
Dear ones, we welcome in our next new moon on Tuesday 11th May at 7:59pm(bst) , the new moon in Taurus. The previous new moon in Aries carried 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. 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.
Taurus themes: Love, beauty, abundance, gratitude, sensuality, sexuality, re-wilding, grouding, pleasure, being present, blossoming, expression, creativity, truth, honesty, loyalty.
Taurus is a feminine earth sign ruled by the planet Venus, the planet of love, beauty, wealth and abundance. This new moon invites us to look at our self love and self worth and 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? We are so often shamed for seeking and experiencing pleasure or conditioned to feel guilt when enjoying ourselves, its time we reclaimed pleasure as an expression of the Divine. Pleasure, love and enjoyment are all our birthright!
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.
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. We can 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. New moon in Aries asked us 'Who am I?1 and new moon in Taurus asks us 'what do I need?'.
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? 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.
As mentioned previously, Taurus rules the throat and neck so when the moon is in Taurus take special care of this area of the body. Taurus also invites us to get grounded and prioritise self care - with all that is going on right now and being bombarded with so much information/news it’s so important to have time where we’re moving from head to heart, where we can feel present, grounded and connected. Support yourself with rose quartz and rose essential oil and try this recipe for rose moon milk:
Rose moon milk
Moon milk is an Ayurvedic recipe to help with sleep and stress, so a perfect comfort drink before you hit the hay. It contains the adaptogen Ashwaghanda which is known for its ability to calm the nerves, ease anxiety and aid sleep. Before taking any herbs or superfood powders always check the contra-indications and whether or not they interfere with medication or aggravate certain health conditions. If in doubt, consult your health care practitioner. You can make this recipe without the Ashwaghanda and it’ll still be yummy and beneficial for helping you unwind and get to sleep and/or de-stress!
Almond/Oat or Coconut milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbs loose leaf hibiscus
1 tsp dried rosehips
1 tsp dried rose petals
1/2 tsp Ashwagandha
1 tsp honey
Bring a small amount of water to the boil on the stove and add the hibiscus, rose petals, rosehips, coconut oil and honey. Stir thoroughly and then simmer for 10 minutes so the herbs can steep and to get the max amount of pink colouring out of the hibiscus. Then add your milk of choice and the nutmeg and Ashwagandha, stir thoroughly and reduce the heat a lot so as not to burn the milk. Continue to stir over a low heat for a few more minutes. Then decant the latte through a sieve (to catch the loose leaf herbs) into a blender. Blend for a few seconds to make frothy and serve in your favourite mug.
Rise as Queen
New moon in Taurus also invites us to connect to the archetype of the Queen. The Queen represents self confidence, self assuredness, strength and the courage to stand up for what she believes in. She also represents loyalty and dedication and so at this time of year we can ask ourselves how we're going to commit to our goals and intentions. How can you be loyal to yourself? What are you Queen of? We have spent a while connecting to the maiden of early spring and now with the passing of Beltane we transition into Queen who holds the space between maiden and mother.
Queen themes: Sovereignty, grace, dedication, loyalty, compassion, power, truth, integrity, leadership, devotion, empowered.
We have compiled a playlist to help you embrace your divinity and rise as Queen, hope you enjoy:
New Moon Online Circle
We are gathering online this Friday (14th May) at 7pm(bst) to welcome in this new moon and continue exploring our 2021 theme: The Wild Moon Series. This time we are connecting to the animal ally of Bear and our guiding Goddess is Artio the Celtic Bear Goddess.
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New Moon Blessings to you all xx
We are welcoming in the new moon in Aries on April 12th and with it the start of a new zodiac cycle. Aries is an action driven, independent, resilient, curious and resourceful sign. They are often referred to as the fire starter of the zodiac, they are the initiator - officially welcoming in Spring and with it the archetype of the Maiden. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the planet of strength, passion and the archetype of the warrior. This New Moon we have the opportunity to look to Aries for help building resilience in the face of adversity and tune into our sovereign maiden energy. We have used Pisces season to dream and allow our creative energy to be in flow, Aries now invites us to take action. How can we begin to bring our dreams to fruition? Aries is a Cardinal fire sign and is therefore great at getting projects off the ground and they’re also happy to go their own way. How could you infuse some of this powerful Ram energy into your own life and goals?
Aries can sometimes get a bad rep for being selfish, and though this may be an aspect of Aries’ shadow side it’s actually a part of their archetype that can be really helpful to work with. Instead of viewing them as selfish, view them instead of just having the level of self love and self respect that means they take good care of themselves whilst at the same time taking care of others. Aries helps us to make time for our own needs and wishes which means we end up with more to offer the world around us. How is your relationship with yourself? Do listen to your needs? Do you feel nourished?
Aries asks us to take a step back and ask ourselves ‘who am I?’, ‘What do I want?’, ‘What are my goals?’ - If we feel we’ve been getting lost in other people’s dramas and problems now is a wonderful time to come home to yourself in order to establish balance. Aries are very good at saying no, they have a clear idea of what they want and don’t want and aren’t afraid to say it. Do you struggle with the word no? Do you find yourself saying yes to things and then immediately wishing you hadn’t? We then have to dedicate so much time and effort into thinking about how to get out of certain commitments, wouldn’t it be easier to just be honest and say no in the beginning? People pleasing and worrying what other people will think of us is a huge source of anxiety and stress and a massive energy drain. Think of how much more energy and time you’d have for your goals if we let go of this need to be liked.
As a maiden Goddess who initiates Spring, Persephone is perfect for working with the Aries energy. Persephone’s return from the underworld signifies the start of Spring and is associated with the Spring Equinox which took place a few weeks ago. We can take inspiration from her story and reflect upon this transition in our own life. What wisdom have we gathered in the winter months? Any hardships we have endured we can view as our own journey to the underworld and note how they have made us stronger, wiser and more sovereign! We can also remember that during her time in the underworld Persephone is training in magic under the guidance of Hekate, the Queen of Witches. Hekate is Persephone’s guide through the underworld, she is torch bearer, her light in the dark.
You can view these parts of the story as your own inner archetypes - reflect on your inner Hekate, your inner archetype of the Witch that was active in the Autumn months as we travelled through Mabon and Samhain. Then reflect upon your inner archetype of Crone (Hekate in her crone aspect) that was active in the dreamy, winter months. What magic, wisdom and inspiration have you gathered from the dark half of the year? And how can you now allow this to infuse the upcoming light half of the year?How can you rise as Queen?
Aries self care
Aries rules the head, sinuses and eyes so whilst the moon is in Aries it’s really important to look after these areas of the body. We’ll be more susceptible to picking up colds during moon in Aries days, especially if we’re already run down so wrap up warm, rest and take care of yourself. Think happy, joyful and empowering essential oils for working with Aries such as Mandarin. Mandarin really resonates with our inner child and has the ability to be both uplifting and calming. This works really well with Chamomile for helping with stress and sleep or you can blend it with something more spiritual like Myrrh or Frankincense.
ARIES ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Mandarin 2 drops
Bergamot 2 drops
Frankincense 1 drop
Lemon 1 drop
ARIES NEW MOON PLAYLIST
Here is a playlist we've created for this new moon, hope you enjoy:
And here's come gentle yoga to honour this particular new moon from our founder Michelle:
Wishing you all a blessed new moon, try and make some time and space for journaling, meditation, self care and setting your new moon intentions.
Dear ones, we are welcoming in our next full moon on Sunday 28th March at 6:22am(gmt). The March full moon goes by a few different names, I was particularly drawn to the name The Sap Moon which relates to the rising sap in the trees at this time of year. I love this idea of our own life force and creative energy rising within us as Spring is now well and truly underway. This full moon is also called the Worm Moon, the Paschal Moon and the Sugar Moon. It's the first full moon after the Spring Equinox which takes place on March 20th and is in the Air sign of Libra - how wonderful as the season of Spring is associated with the element of air and both Libra and Equinox signify balance!
Both Spring and the element of Air welcome in renewal, inspiration, creativity and a feeling of hope which feels so needed after a long and heavy winter. The sun will have also moved into the sign of Aries (this happens on the same day as the Equinox) so we have another sense of renewal and rebirth as we begin a new zodiac cycle. We are entering the season of the Maiden archetype! The Maiden is the part of us that is sovereign - beholden to no one. The Maiden is creative, curious, playful, courageous, sensual and follows her whimsy and her wonder! It's time to shake off the heaviness of winter and bid farewell to the Crone. It's time to unfurl and emerge from the sleep of winter like the plants in the garden.
For this full moon we will have the sun in the fire sign of Aries and the moon in the air sign of Libra. Aries is all about our relationship to self and Libra is all about balancing this by looking at our relationships with others. This full moon invites us to balance our own needs with the needs of others, and learn to give and receive in equal measure. Libras are always seeking for balance and harmony and are the peacekeepers of the Zodiac. This can sometimes be at personal cost as they often put their own needs and wishes at the bottom of the list and can get into the habit of denying themselves pleasure. With the arrival of Spring and Aries season we can fully step into our Maiden energy and create boundaries around time for our self, going after what we want and voicing our own needs and desires!
This full moon teaches us how to balance the fierce, independent and self assured energy of Aries with Libra’s wish for peace and harmony with others. It’s an opportunity for us to see how much of our energy is spent people pleasing - you may need some more Aries devil may care attitude, or if you spend too much energy caught up in yourself - add in some of Libra’s air qualities of connection, harmony and communication. Libra teaches us that we are all interconnected in a web of humanity, everything we do affects others and the actions of others also have an effect on us, this is being illuminated not just by the glow of the full moon but also by our current global situation.
Libra's ruling planet is Venus, the planet of love, beauty, abundance and pleasure. There is a lot of shame wrapped up in us experiencing pleasure and enjoyment. Do you always feel like you have to justify yourself when you do something that is just for the sheer joy of it? We can look back to our New Moon in Pisces reflections on our creativity and ask how much we block our creative flow because of this guilt and shame. When we long to create do we then strangle that creativity with the need to be productive? That constant need to be productive is a patriarchal quality and needs to be balanced out.
“When you make pleasure your driving force, the doing is a joy and the outcome is irrelevant. When you make pressure your driving force, the doing is a stress and the outcome is always changing. It is irrelevant what you are doing, what is relevant is the undercurrent of emotion that is driving it. You can change your entire life, but if you don’t update the system nothing will really change.” - Rise Sister Rise
At times such as these when we are dealing with a lot of fear, anxiety and uncertainty, it's a beautiful practice to connect with the divine via the Goddess. Goddesses associated with Spring help us to connect with our inner maiden, with the abundance of mother nature and with our creativity. Here are a few suggestions:
Blodewedd, Eos, Saraswati, Eostre (Ostara), Flora, Persephone, Polik Mana, Freya.
Libra Self Care
Libra rules the lower back, hips, kidneys and bladder so be gentle on these parts of the body as the moon journeys through Libra. Drink plenty of water and lay off the caffeine. Using springtime herbs such as nettle and Dandelion can help to gently cleanse the kidneys but its important you drink plenty of water at the same time. A yoga practice to help release the lower back and hips will not only aid in any muscular tension in these areas but will also help to release old emotions that have been stored here - perfect for the full moon when emotions are heightened and brought to the surface. You could also work with crystals to support and balance the Sacral chakra such as Carnelian and red jasper as well as working with crystals to support the heart chakra such as rose quartz, emerald and green aventurine.
Tune into Libra's balancing and harmonizing energies with essential oils of Geranium - for balance, Bergamot - for harmony and Rose - for love. These are beautiful together and make a gorgeous bath recipe or body oil. Rose is often the symbol for both Venus and the Divine Feminine so why not treat yourself to a bunch of roses to decorate the home.
I hope you've enjoyed this blog and wishing you a blessed full moon x
Honouring Ostara Online Course
If you would like to learn more about the Spring Equinox and how to celebrate and honour it in your heart and in your home then I have just released my latest online Wheel of the Year course. This self study online course takes you through the history of Ostara and then crafts, rituals, meditations and journaling prompts to help you connect to this time of year in a personal and authentic way. Course costs $20 and is available via mystery school of the goddess here:
This Saturday, February 27th, we will be welcoming in the Full Moon in the beautiful grounded earth sign of Virgo. February’s Full Moon is also called the Snow Moon, the Ice Moon and the Storm Moon. Even though Mercury has now stationed direct we are still in the post retrograde shadow until March 13th. Virgo is actually ruled by Mercury, the planet of elevated thought, communication and travel. Virgo’s symbol is the maiden goddess carrying a sheaf of wheat (representing the harvest season but also the gathering of wisdom) - so again, we can turn our attention to thinking about the wisdom we have gathered over the winter and how to integrate that into the fresh energy of Spring. We can also use this gathering of wisdom in relation to our experiences during Mercury Retrograde, it’s likely that over the last few weeks we have had difficult emotions and baggage churned up and old karmic patterns resurfacing. We could just breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all over in a few days or we could spend some time sitting with the pain and discomfort of what’s been illuminated.
This is really what full moons are about, we use the light of each full moon to shine awareness on our inner darkness. We ask, what is hurting that needs to be healed? What do I need to let go of in order to move forward? What wisdom lies in my suffering? The Virgo energy invites us to see our pain as a teacher. As Buddha said ‘Suffering has many good qualities’ - it shows us what we have left to master.
For this full moon, we will have the sun in the water sign of Pisces (the sun entered Pisces on Feb 18th) and the moon in the opposite sign of Virgo. Pisces is a deeply spiritual sign and enjoys spending time swimming in the depths of the unconscious - their shadow side can be favouring the spirit world over being grounded in reality and connecting to others, they are sometimes described as being aloof or unable to cope with the realities of day to day life. Virgo is also a spiritual sign but their Earth element gives them the ability to embody their spirituality here on earth whilst being present.
This Virgo full moon can help us to balance these parts of ourselves - the ability to journey to our soul world but also the ability to embody what we’ve learned from our time in the soul world with our feet firmly on the ground. Virgo full moon asks us how can we balance the Spiritual with the practical? How are we showing up for our spiritual life?
Another key theme associated with Virgo is healthy habits. With Virgo’s love of being organised and healthy and winter beginning to recede, now is a great time to check-in with our daily habits and start to make tweaks to honour the change of the seasons. We can ask ourselves if our current daily habits are leading us where we want to go? Are we choosing things that make us feel good, well and balanced or are we relying on quick fixes and instant gratification? What would it feel like to add in new routines to our day now the days are getting brighter and longer? Perhaps a little bit of yoga first thing in the morning or a few minutes of meditation? Perhaps we could add in a new bedtime ritual of tv and phone free time and a calming practice like Yoga Nidra. How are we supporting our body at the moment? How are we caring for ourselves? Think NOURISH rather punish. How are your nourishing yourself both physically and spiritually?
This could be another powerful time to moodboard - use the intuitive energy of both Pisces and Virgo to get a clear vision of where you’re headed and how you’re going to get there. Again, balance the ability of Pisces to dream and wonder with the organised and practical energy of Virgo...Virgos and Maidens know how to get shit done :) Make lists, create new pages and spreads in your bullet journal, create a plan of action!
Virgo rules the gut and because of this they have very good instincts and are deeply guided by their intuition, this is also a big part of the Pisces energy. Virgo’s archetype of the Virgin and the Maiden is very much to do with the idea of being sovereign - being self assured, self reliant and deeply connected to our wisdom and intuition. Do you trust yourself? Do your trust where you’re being guided to go? Or are you resisting?
This Full Moon we can also connect to Virgo’s other archetype of the Priestess. Virgo is associated with the Priestess due to it’s connection to the earth, the cycles of the seasons and also their connection to the divine and need to be of service. How could you use this Full Moon to awaken your inner priestess? Do you celebrate the turning of the seasons? Is there ritual, meditation, and faith in something beyond the ordinary in your life? Do you feel connected to a higher purpose? If so, what is it?These questions will help us to build on the work we did during the Capricorn New Moon and also our enquiries about serving the collective for the New Moon in Aquarius. In your journal write down the word Priestess and create a mind map around this word - what does it mean to you? How does it make you feel? How can you connect to this archetype within yourself?
Set some time aside this full moon for ritual and devotion as a way to connect to your priestess archetype. Perhaps connecting with a particular Goddess or Deity, or creating a beautiful full moon altar honouring the Earth element and the sign of Virgo. And spend some time connecting to your body and your intuition. Place your hands on your belly and ask yourself questions and listen to your gut. How does the answer differ from the answer that your head has told you? This full moon would also be a wonderful time for embodiment practices such as dance, drumming, lunar yoga and chanting.
Check out our Embodying Earth playlist here:
Full Moon online Women's Circle
We are gathering online this Friday (26th Feb) at 7pm(gmt) to welcome in this full moon and continue exploring our 2021 theme: The Wild Moon Series. This time we are connecting to the animal ally of Fox and our guiding Goddess is Elen of the Ways.
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On January 28th we will be welcoming in the first Full Moon of the new year in the sign of Leo! The January full moon is also called the Wolf Moon due to the howling packs of wolves that could be heard during this time in Winter in North America. It also goes by the name The Stay Home Moon which I just love, and The Ice Moon. All these names indicate to us that we are still very much in Winter. We can use some of this fiery and playful Leo energy to warm us up and stoke our creative fires!
Leo is a playful and joyful sign which can help us open up to a feeling of lightness and new possibilities - combining this with the work we did at the Capricorn new moon will help us to get really clear on what we want from the year ahead. For this full moon we will have the Sun in the sign of Aquarius (the sun moved into Aquarius on Jan 19th) and the Moon in the opposite sign of Leo. We can shake off some of that grown up energy of Capricorn and lean into both the Airy and expansive nature of Aquarius and the light and playful energy of Leo. This moon is a great opportunity to ask yourself if you're taking yourself too seriously? When was the last time you belly laughed and were silly? How could you bring elements of fun and play into your life as we continue to navigate these challenging and uncertain times? Leo is often associated with our inner child, spend some time connecting to your inner child and inner maiden. What does she want to do? create? experience? What would you do if no one was looking?
Leo is a fire sign, ruled by the Sun and epitomises self confidence, self belief and joy. Aquarius season is all about taking the visions and goals we had during Capricorn season and manifesting them out into the world. It's about sharing our gifts with the people around us, being the light that we wish to see. When we start to think about birthing our ideas out into the world we can often be met with fears, limiting self beliefs and a million reasons why we shouldn't follow our dreams. The inner critic takes over and our beautiful ideas, dreams and wishes go into storage for another year. Sound familiar?
“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” - Erin Hanson
Use this powerful Leo energy to give you the confidence to shine your beautiful light out into the world. Focus on Solar Plexus work during this full moon, it's in this chakra that we store our creative fire, our confidence and our self worth - it's often referred to as the seat of self. For the Capricorn New Moon, we asked you what your soul calling was, what you felt your soul purpose was. What's holding you back from achieving your vision? Remember to use the Full Moon to check back in with your new moon intentions and in particular look out for the shadowy parts of yourself getting in the way of your intentions.
The shadow side of Leo can be an imbalance of the ego, it can dominate and lead to an overinflated sense of self. Reflect on the societal pressures to feed the ego, to dominate, to seek out power, fame and glory and see if you can notice this at play in your own life. Do you often compare yourself to others? Are you competitive? Do you feel like the only way to feel good about yourself is to diminish others? This is all the shadow side of the ego. The best way to override this is to come back to LOVE. Leo rules the heart and is an incredibly loving and generous sign. Check in with your heart and notice if it feels closed or open? Be a cheerleader of others, be happy for their success and delight in their happiness.
"I cheer for people. I was raised to believe there's enough sun for everyone." - Tory L Eletto
Our guiding animal for this Full Moon is the Wolf. The Wolf represents our Wild Woman nature, the part of us that won't be tamed, civilised or controlled. I recently learned that during the Cromwelian government in the 1650s, Oliver Cromwell ordered all the wolves in Ireland to be killed to signify the taming of the country. Prior to this, there were so many wolves in Ireland it was known as Wolf-land. The last Wolf is believed to have been killed in 1786. I found learning this absolutely devastating, particularly because of my Irish heritage and deep love for wolves. It's interesting to reflect upon the patriarchy's need to tame the wild and to civilise and dominate both nature and the feminine. As we reflect upon these disturbing times in history and also look to the current world stage can we awaken our own inner wolf and howl at the moon in defiance? When we connect to our inner Wild Woman, we shake off the need to be pleasing, to be polite, to be tamed. We shake off the need to be the same from one day to the next and start to become as mysterious and changeable as the moon. We start to tend to our inner world as much as we tend to our outer world. We arrive in our bodies, fully and without shame!
"Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics: keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mates, and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave. Yet both have been hounded, harassed, and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors. They have been the targets of those who would clean up the wilds as well as the wildish environs of the psyche, extincting the instinctual, and leaving no trace of it behind.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
Our guiding Goddess for this Full Moon is the Irish Goddess The Morrigan. She is the perfect Goddess to continue our Wild Woman awakening, especially as one of her sacred animals is the Wolf who she also shapeshifts into. She is also associated with crows, ravens and cows. The Morrigan is an ancient Dark Goddess and one who is steeped in mystery and magic. She defies being typecast and remains to this day illusive and fairly misunderstood - even the meaning of her name is inconclusive. Some say her name means 'Great Queen', others say it means 'Phantom Queen' or even 'Queen of the Dead'. The Morrigan is a name, a noun and a title. She is best known as a battle Goddess and Warrioress but there is also evidence of her being a sovereign Goddess of the land as well as a Goddess of fate and prophecy.
"She is blood and battle and death,
The blade that cuts flesh from bone,
That cuts the old from the new,
That reshapes, remakes, redefines us.
Blood is not to be feared; it is the current of life,
Battle is not to be feared; it is the price of sovereignty,
Death is not to be feared; it is the end of the old...
And a new beginning, endlessly." - Pagan Portals, The Morrigan
We will be taking a journey with The Morrigan with our Online Full Moon Circle on Sunday 24th Jan at 7pm(gmt) - if you would like to join us please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to book in. Alternatively, join our Patreon membership to enjoy monthly online women's circles, more info here: www.patreon.com/sistersofthemoononline
Welcome dear ones to 2021 and to our brand new theme for the year: The Wild Moon Series. Each New Moon we will be seeking inspiration from an Animal Guide, a Tree from the Celtic Tree Calendar and a Goddess. We are starting with the New Moon in Capricorn which takes place on January 13th at 05:00am(gmt) and we are welcoming in the guidance of Badger, Birch and Goddess Nicnevin.
Capricorn season is a time to connect to the darkness of winter, to the dark Goddesses, the archetype of the Crone and the idea of learning to love the dark and all the wisdom it contains. What wisdom is waiting for you in the dark of the winter forest and how can you slow down enough to hear it? Just like the winter trees, can you strip back your layers and bare your soul without the distractions of busy summer months to cover you up. Who are you underneath it all? In modern society we have forgotten how to sit with silence, stillness, ageing, the dark and death - how can we learn to stop shying away from these incredibly magical times and use them to transform and transcend?
Capricorn themes: Wisdom, Winter, The Crone, Soul Purpose, steadfastness, spirituality, dedication, mother earth, structure, silence, stillness, retreat.
Capricorn is a feminine Earth sign, ruled by the planet Saturn. It's a cardinal sign and initiates Winter in the Northern hemisphere and Summer in the Southern hemisphere. Saturn rules organization, structure and practicality. Capricorn is the final of the Earth signs and therefore carries a mature and wise energy and the archetypal qualities of the Crone or Sage.
Capricorn is represented by the constellation of the seagoat. As always, we can draw powerful messages from astrological imagery. The seagoat 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 life and our soul life before we head into 2021. 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?
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 :)
Our animal guide for this month is Badger. Badger spends a lot of time underground and is a fairly solitary animal so perfect for connecting to the season of winter and the Earth element of Capricorn. Badger spends a lot of time digging down into the earth, we can take inspiration from this and dig down into our own psyches. Underground, there are no distractions, it's dark and we can listen deeply to the messages of our soul. Capricorn asks us what our Soul purpose is, how can we use the darkness and quiet of winter to connect to our unique soul purpose and let that shape the year ahead?
Badger is a burrowing animal and can help us to unearth treasures buried in the cold winter soil - call upon the spirit of this animal to help you find your way in the dark and to uncover messages and insights.
The other aspect of Badger is that they never back down, this ties in really well to the aspect of Capricorn that is steadfast and determined. Badger invites you to hold your ground and stand powerfully in your truth.
Badgers are fairly illusive creatures but often when encountered by humans they are aggressive and fierce and are known to attack or charge at people. Badger teaches us the importance of boundaries and defending them. This is particularly important at this time of year when we need to defend this period of rest and dreaming.
In the Celtic tree calendar, the tree for January is Birch. Birch represents rebirth and regeneration. It's the first tree to sprout new growth after winter and is the first tree to grow back after a forest fire. It's a pioneering tree and was one of the first trees to take over the British Isles after the Ice Age. Birch is self-sustaining and adaptable.
Birch is also called Lady of the Woods and has often been used to create magical items such as brooms. In winter, brooms made out of birch were used to sweep away the old year.
Birch trees also shed their bark and so can teach us the importance of letting go of what no longer serves us as we head into a new year.
Themes for Birch: determination, healing, peace, self reliance, rebirth, personal truth, ancestors, winter, new year.
Nicnevin is an ancient Scottish Goddess shrouded in mystery and magic who goes by many names: Mother Nicnevin, Grandmother Witch, The Bone Mother and The Witch Mother. She is associated with Winter and Darkness and is said to fly through the winter night's sky as part of the Wild Hunt with her retinue of nymphs and witches. She is depicted in crone form wearing a grey mantle and carrying a magic wand but will also shapeshift into her enchanting maiden aspect as Queen of the Fae. Similar to the stories of the Cailleach she is linked with the shaping of the land and is believed to be as old as the land itself.
She is often referred to as the Mother of Witches because of her particular interest in Witches and Witchcraft and the way she watches over Magical Practitioners. There are stories about her caring for the souls of women who were burned as witches during the Witch Trials and carrying them away with her to the Otherworld.
We will be taking a journey with Nicnevin with our Online New Moon Circle on Friday 15th Jan at 7pm(gmt) - if you would like to join us please email Michelle at email@example.com for information on how to book in. Alternatively, join our Patreon membership to enjoy monthly online women's circles, more info here: www.patreon.com/sistersofthemoononline
For our final full moon of 2020 we welcome in the full moon in Cancer on December 30th. With this full moon taking place so close to the end of the calendar year we have a wonderful opportunity to really release and let go of all that no longer serves us and all that we don't wish to carry in to 2021. December's full moon is also called The Moon After Yule, The Cold Moon, The Long Night Moon and the Oak Moon.
Cancer is a feminine water sign ruled by the moon herself so expect to feel ALL the feels in the lead up to this Full Moon especially as this moon lands in that weird crimbo limbo time. Self care, rest and nourishment couldn't be more important at this time.
Cancer themes: home, nurture, care, nourish, motherhood, receiving, emotions, healing, belonging, intuition, the divine feminine, the lunar, the mysteries.
For this Full Moon, we have the Sun in Capricorn and the moon in the opposite sign of Cancer. Capricorn invites us to look at our soul purpose and the balance between our spiritual life and daily life - we'll explore this more with the New Moon in Capricorn. The full moon in cancer can help us to see how much emotional baggage is standing in the way of us achieving our spiritual goals. Spend some time really sitting with your emotions and whatever is coming up for you during the lead up to this final full moon of the year and journal about your feelings. What patterns can you find within your emotions? What narratives can you see are on repeat? How much of this is your stuff or stuff that has been passed down to you? Can you cut the cords? This Full Moon falls so close to the end of the calendar year, really ask yourself what you don't want to carry with you into the new year.
We can also ask ourselves if our attachment to safety and security is preventing us from moving forward and stepping into the unknown. Cancer is a very home orientated sign and the shadow side of this can be that this sign gets stuck out of fear.
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? Winter is a time to let ourselves receive - receive rest, nourishment and restoration. It's a time to hug our energy in and create boundaries that protect this important time for our self to process the events of the year and also to allow our self time and space to dream the new year ahead.
It's really important to re-establish our boundaries at the beginning of a new year. Reflect on your emotional boundaries at the moment, are they functioning? Do you need to assert new boundaries? Who and what is depleting your energy? Remember, if we want to achieve our soul purpose we need our energy to be directed in the most beneficial way.
It's important to remember, in the midst of everyone posting about "new year, new you" detox plans and exercise goals that we are in the depths of winter and will be for some time. In the old celtic calendar, the first signs of Spring are celebrated with Imbolc on Feb 1st but even then there's an awareness that this is a subtle shift and there's still plenty of Winter time to go. We still have to get through the frosts, fogs and potential snow of January, February and March. So, an invitation is to think carefully before packing away all of your Yule decorations. Home is an important theme for cancer (crab shell), moon in cancer days invite us to look at how nurtured we feel. Think about the home comforts that are going to keep you warm and nurtured over the coming winter months. Continue to adorn your living spaces with fairy lights, candles, and soft and luxurious throws and blankets.
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” - Maya Angelou
Cancer rules the chest, lungs, stomach, liver and gall bladder. The cold, damp weather can leave us susceptible to coughs, colds and chest infections so again self-care is key. We need more rest in winter so make sure you're getting early nights and sleeping more. Gentle yoga practices like yin, restorative and yoga nidra are wonderful at this time of year as well as emphasising breathing practices to help your lungs.
SUPPORT YOURSELF WITH ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Rose is like the mother of essential oils. She will support you, comfort you and help you to let go of painful emotions. You can work with Rose essential oil energetically by holding a bottle of rose essential oil whilst you meditate or you can apply topically. Rose is a very strong oil so just one drop in some carrier oil will be sufficient. Taking this across the heart space will help to soothe emotions and replenish your heart chakra.
One of the archetypes associated with Cancer is the Mother - this full 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 our self space and time to heal and process the trauma of the last year. How could you open yourself up to receive? This is wonderful time to connect to Mother Goddesses, especially mother Goddesses associated with Yule and the season of Winter:
An Cailleach, The Deer Mother, Frau Holle, Elen of the Ways, Frigga.
Dearest moonbeams, we are approaching our final New Moon of the year and in keeping with the rest of 2020 we're finishing on a solar eclipse! It will be the 6th and final eclipse of 2020...and oh my what a year it's been! The moon will turn new on Monday 14th December at 16:17(gmt) in the sign of Sagittarius.
We say goodbye to Scorpio and Samhain season and welcome in Sagittarius season, Yule and the end of the calendar year. Scorpio season can feel a little intense, so this shift into Sagittarius can feel a little bit like turning on the lights after a power cut. 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 new moon is a wonderful time to focus on manifesting your dreams, cultivating gratitude and joy, elevating your thoughts and honouring the light.
Sagittarius themes: freedom, hope, truth, expansion, knowledge, abundance, joy, travel. philosophy, light, growth, limitless opportunities, adventure, curiosity, meaning, direction, focus, optimism.
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. 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?
This moon cycle will carry us through the darkest time of the year so it's an important time to connect with Sagittarius' fire element in all it's aspects and welcome this element into our home. Sagittarius season is a wonderful time to connect with practices such as candle magic, hearth magic and fire ceremonies as well as decorating your house with lights to keep your spirits lifted during the winter. Here are some wonderful fire Goddesses to connect with:
Brighid, Vesta, Pele, Hestia, Frigga, Durga, Cerridwen.
This Sagittarius New Moon falls in the build up to Christmas so it's a really nice opportunity to connect to the abundance of this sign and live from a place of generosity, kindness and warmth. As we journey towards the end of the year a lovely practice would be to reflect on all that has taken place over the last year and really focus on the word JOY. Grab your journal and reflect on all the things that have brought you joy over the last year and allow your heart to be warmed by the many things you write down.
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. During the winter, 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 online 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 :)
Self care for Sagittarius
Following on from Scorpio and working our way down the body, Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs. On Sagittarius moon days it's important to look after these parts of the body. As the weather continues to get colder 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 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 at this time of year. They also help fight against the fatigue we so often feel during the winter months too. Here are some festive diffuser blends for you to enjoy:
Orange & Clove
Rosemary & Orange
Mandarin & Myrrh
Bergamot, Orange & Frankincense
Mandarin & Chamomile
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