Dearest moonbeams, we are approaching our next full moon and this one is a powerful Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Gemini. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will take place on Monday 30th November at 9.29am(gmt). Lunar eclipses are when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon blocking the sunlight. Full Moons always offer us the chance to do shadow work and eclipses just amplify that energy even further.
We all have shadow sides of ourselves, parts of us that are wounded, parts of ourselves that we are ashamed of, states of mind that you could consider to be 'negative' - these might be things like anger, jealousy and attachment. When we're talking about spirituality and 'doing the work' we're referring to shining light on these dark places within ourselves and learning how to either heal, embrace or overcome them. Shadow work means leaning into those difficult and painful emotions and looking at what lessons they can teach us. There's a beautiful section in the book Belonging by Toko-pa Turner where she talks about 'negative emotions' and the Shadow self:
"'Negative emotions' don't cease to exist because we ignore them. They just find other ways to express themselves. Sometimes we lash out inappropriately, have confusing crying fits, or feel protractedly numb. Most commonly we slip into depression and anxiety. And if we leave it for too long, we become prone to accidents, crisis, and even physical disease."
"Negative doesn't mean bad, it simply means opposed to the way things are. So if we remix those definitions, negative emotions are a disagreement with how things are and, if we are receptive to them, they can change the way we are navigating our lives." - Toko-pa Turner
What tends to happen when we experience a 'negative' feeling is that because we have labelled them bad, we immediately feel ashamed and then try to bury/repress them. Shadow work teaches us to invite them in, sit them down with a cup of tea and listen to what they have to tell us. It won't always be comfortable or easy but each time we do this we will have learned a little bit more about ourselves and how we can heal and move forward. That is the invitation for this full moon as we begin to close out this difficult year.
The November full moon is also known as the Moon Before Yule, the Mourning Moon and the Darkest Depths Moon. For this full moon we will have the sun in the fire sign of Sagittarius and the moon in the air sign Gemini - both are masculine signs and both are to do with the mind. Both Sagittarius and Gemini are inquisitive, curious and mentally expansive. Gemini also rules communication so it's interesting here to work with combining the philosopher archetype of Sagittarius with the ability to communicate our ideas out into the world.
A key theme for Gemini is truth and honest communication and sometimes that communication can be to do with how we view ourselves, the conversations we're having with ourselves and whether or not we're being honest. When the full moon is out, there's nowhere to hide, this can be a powerful time for looking inwards and asking these questions.
On Gemini moon days it's easy to get caught up in our thoughts, Gemini has a mercurial energy to it which can leave us feeling ungrounded and mentally overwhelmed, add this to the busyness of the lead up to Christmas and hello frazzled mind. It's a really good idea on Gemini moon days to bring ourselves back into our body and do things that will calm and focus the mind. Think of the idea of using the arrow and focus of Sagittarius to focus the somewhat flighty tendencies of Gemini.
Using practices such as Yoga Nidra, guided meditations and gentle yoga can be really helpful for slowing the mind down. Also, when it comes to tackling Christmas tasks, try to focus on one thing at a time, write lists or use a bullet journal to give yourself the satisfaction of ticking things off. Try not to flit from one unfinished task to the other, just like leaving loads of tabs open and programmes running on your computer slows it down, it's the same for our mind too.
The combination of Sagittarius and Gemini can also lead us to get over excited about new ideas and ventures, so check-in with yourself honestly about whether or not you're taking on too much? Can some things wait? Are you honouring the season of winter and the need to rest? Sometimes it can be so hard with all the pressures of social media to not want to jump into new things straight away, one of our favourite quotes is "Do less, be more" - can we let go and soften a little bit and pick up the pace again in Spring? Or is our gut telling us that now really is the right time? Only you can know :)
Gemini is an AIR sign so why not use sacred smoke cleansing practices to cleanse your home, your oracle cards and crystals and to do a ritual of letting go - this ideal as this full moon falls at the end of the month. Use incense, resins or herb bundles to clear negative, old or unwanted energy from the last month. Afterwards light a white candle which represents the way you'd like to feel moving forward or the things you want to welcome in for the month of December.
Gemini rules the shoulders, arms and hands and it's easy at this time of the year to feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders or that we're juggling too many things. Make sure you're taking time out for yourself, meditate, listen to relaxing music, read and take baths.
Sometime over the next few days, if you have access to one, run yourself a cleansing epsom salts bath to help soothe tense and tired muscles and gently detox the body. Add rose and geranium essential oils to help you de-stress and bring you back into your heart space.
We've also created a Gemini playlist for you to enjoy:
Honouring the Full Moon
Set aside some time on the full moon itself or the days either side to honour the full moon. First of all, reflect on the intentions that you made at the New Moon in Scorpio and read back over your reflections and insights. Ask yourself how those intentions have served you? What have you learnt over the last 2 weeks?
As mentioned above, this full moon is taking place at the end of the month, reflect on the events of the last month and ask yourself what needs to be released? What are your grateful for and what, if anything, needs to be forgiven?
Spend some time connecting to your intuition, draw oracle cards and reflect on their messages and meaning. Place your crystals out to be cleansed and re-charged and take a cleansing aromatherapy salt bath.
Wishing you a blessed Full Moon dear ones!
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Dear ones, we are once again about to complete another lunar cycle with the dark moon at the end of the week. The moon will then turn new in the sign of Scorpio on Sunday 15th November at 5:07am(gmt). The moon will transition into the sign of Scorpio on Friday 13th at 16:18(gmt) and will stay in Scorpio until 11:12am Sunday morning. We also have Mars stationing direct on Saturday after being retrograde in Aries since September 9th so make time on saturday for allowing yourself to recalibrate. We'd also recommend using the energy of the Waning Moon this week to release all that hasn't worked out this lunar cycle to create space for the new. Post Samhain, releasing and cleansing is so important - set some time aside to cleanse your home and to engage in ceremonies and meditations of release.
Scorpio is a feminine water sign ruled by the 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 our self that are unseen, hidden and secret. Scorpio is very much about making the unconscious, conscious.
This New Moon, we can use this magical, feminine water sign 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.
Key words/themes associated with Scorpio are: transformation, passion, death, karma, emotions, intuition, magic, regeneration, rebirth, sovereignty, the witch, the dark goddess, the liminal.
Scorpio rules the sexual organs, urinary tract, hips, pelvis and sacrum and it's element is water. Due to it's ruling element and anatomical associations - Scorpio's chakra is the Sacral Chakra. Sacral chakra work requires us to go deep into our emotional wounds and begin a process of healing, releasing, forgiving and moving forward. Scorpio Moon often brings secrets and truths to the surface to be dealt with, cleansed and released. Honesty and communication is key for this New Moon. Have a deep think about what is being revealed to you at the moment. Instead of looking away can we lean in to the process of transformation?
Womb healing practices and ceremonies can be wonderful for Scorpio season - why not try this simple Womb Breathing practice:
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/Wild Woman/Witch which is one of the archetypes associated with Scorpio.
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 Bradley.
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.
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 New Moon invites us to tap into our passions, our inner fire and to embrace and unleash our creativity. By integrating the archetype of the Enchantress can you allow yourself to shed layers of shame and allow yourself to transform and transcend? Celebrate your body, celebrate whichever part of the life cycle you are in, celebrate your sexuality, your desires, your passions. Celebrate being you! In all your glory!
"Have the courage to love yourself. Have the courage to act as you really feel - to act, if need be, against everything that the whole world is trying to persuade you to do." - Moon Times
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Dearest moonbeams, on Samhain itself - the 31st of October we welcome in the Full Moon in Taurus - the Hunter's Moon. Mama Moon will enter fullness at 2:49pm(gmt) and as this is our second full moon this month it is known as a blue moon. Samhain is a magical time of year where the veil between worlds thins and we can connect more deeply to our ancestors and honour our beloved dead. Samhain represents the death of the year and the full moon is the peak of the cycle so we can use these energies to think about all that we are grateful for since Samhain last year but also, all that we wish to release. Make time to journal about all that has taken place since this time last year. What have your learnt? What has served you? What do you want to take with you into next year? And most importantly what do you want to let go of? Ask the dark goddesses to help you let go of things holding you back.
On this full moon, the sun will be in Scorpio and the moon will be in Taurus and as with each 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. 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.
Moon in Taurus invites us to look at our attachment (the shadow side of Taurus) not an easy thing to look at as for humans, attachment is as natural as breathing. We can be attached to people, places, objects, experiences, other people's views of us and according to most spiritual teachings, attachment is the cause of most of our mental suffering. It's important to not misunderstand attachment for love, when we are striving for non-attachment it doesn't mean that we don't care about people, places and things, in fact it actually means we are able to love people more purely and enjoy things in a more pure way. Attachment is a self centred mind whereas love is a selfless mind. Attachment causes us pain because we are unable to enjoy things as they are, attachment wants things to last forever, it wants to bend things to it's will, and when things don't work out the way we wanted them to or people 'let us down' we get angry, disappointed or hurt. We can ask for the help of the powerful Scorpio energy and it's ability to comfortably sit with topics such as death and change to help us tune into the flow of life, understanding the impermanence of all things helps us to erode away our attachment.
"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
We can also use the grounded Taurean energy to help us balance out the intense energy of Scorpio season. Taurus is a very loving sign, ruled by the planet venus and has a deep connection to mother earth. If we have been having a difficult time emotionally with the chaos of mercury retrograde and the intense emotions that come to the surface with both Scorpio and Samhain Season then it's time for some Taurean self care. Use this full moon to come back into your body - dance, move, get a massage, run an aromatherapy bath, go for a walk, place your bare feet on the ground and get present. Taurus is a very embodied sign and Scorpio is deeply sensual so use these powerful feminine energies to celebrate your feminine magic.
Samhain Full Moon Bath
Using salts to cleanse is always a good idea on and around full moons but especially important on Samhain when the veil is at it's thinnest. Here is a cleansing full moon ritual bath recipe with Autumnal scents:
Dead Sea Salts
Dried rose petals
1 drop Juniper Essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Orange essential
Grounding essential oil blend
Use this combination of essential oils either in a diffuser or in a body oil to help you come back into your body, drop into your heart and connect to mother earth:
Taurus rules the throat and neck so when the moon is in Taurus it's particularly important to look after these parts of the body. With the weather getting colder and sharper be sure to keep your neck extra warm during Taurus moon days. It's also an opportunity to check-in with your throat chakra, Scorpio season often brings secrets and truths to the surface to be dealt with, cleansed and released. 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?
In two weeks time, on Sunday 15th November we will have the New Moon in Scorpio where we will be delving deeper into the themes associated with Scorpio. We really hope you have enjoyed this article and wish you a blessed full moon and blessed Samhain. Don't forget you can join our Patreon membership site to join in with our New Moon and Full Moon sister circles. Click here for more information!
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On Friday 16th October at 8:30pm(bst) we welcome in the New Moon in Libra. This New Moon is also Lunar Samhain and takes place 2 days after Mercury goes retrograde so there's a lot going on! Libra's constellation is the scales of balance and it rules the 7th house of partnership so we can use this moon cycle to look at balance in our relationships. To create balance in our relationships we can ask ourselves do we need to be more open hearted or more boundaried? Is there a balance between love for ourself and love for others? Where are we leaking energy? Where are we missing out on opportunities to connect with others? How good are we at receiving? The combination of Libra's association with relationships and it's element being Air makes this an ideal time to work on our Heart chakra. The Heart chakra rules not only the heart but also the respiratory system so making time to connect with this chakra's air element via Pranayama practices would be really beneficial at this time.
THEMES FOR LIBRA: Love, Beauty, Fairness, Equality, Harmony, Peace, Partnerships, Communication
Libra's ruling planet is Venus, the planet of love, femininity and harmony and invites us to make peace with others and let go of past hurts and resentments, this is also perfect for honouring both Lunar Samhain and Samhain itself which is a time of release. Friday itself is ruled by the planet Venus and was historically honoured as the day of the Goddess so we can also tune into that potent divine feminine energy. 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.
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 this new moon but also by our current situation. Libra invites us to ask ourselves - how are my actions affecting others?
Libra is a fair, just and loving sign and provides us with an opportunity to examine our love for others, is the love we have for others conditional on them behaving a certain way? Is our love for others clouded by attachment? How could we love more openly with less strings attached? Do we judge ourselves and others too harshly? It's also time to check in with our self-love, do we feel deserving of our own love and affection as well as other people's? Do we always place ourselves at the bottom of the list? In order for the heart chakra to be balanced there needs to be equal amounts of love pouring in and love pouring out. How is your self care at the moment? If you feel your heart chakra is depleted at the moment, like you are giving too much without receiving in return, practicing Padma (lotus) mudra can really help with this as it redirects prana back into the heart chakra.
Libra and it's associated season of Autumn also encourages us to make peace with change, surrendering to what is. Journaling about where you feel you're resisting in your life at the moment can be a really helpful practice and then trying to tune into the lightness and freedom of Libra's air element to help you move past this resistance. Look to nature at this time of year and you will see so much effortless change taking place around you. Remember, for change to take place, the old way of being has to die. What can you shed like autumn leaves to help you make space for the new?
As we mentioned above, Libra's ruling planet is Venus, the planet of Love, Beauty, Abundance and Pleasure. There is a lot of shame wrapped up in women 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? Do you find yourself saying things like "I've worked so hard this week I deserve this long soak in the tub."? When you finally have some time off, do you feel guilty and so instead of doing the things you actually want to do you end up doing things that feel useful or productive? That constant need to be productive is a masculine quality and needs to be balanced out. In the book Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell, she talks about the shift she made from corporate life to working for herself and how before she knew it, she had got caught up in that masculine approach to working. She talks about the difference between working from a place of pressure or pleasure:
"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
Do you operate from a place of pressure or pleasure? Think deeply about the driving force behind your actions.
Connecting to the Goddesses Venus and Aphrodite will help you to tune into these divine feminine energies of pleasure and the understanding that pleasure, joy and love are you birthright not just treats that are released after a certain amount of productivity. When we allow ourselves to let go and enjoy ourselves, we arrive in a place of happiness and contentment, we are then more open to loving others and receiving their love in turn. We live in a state of flow, ease and grace. When we deny ourselves love, happiness and pleasure it's then so easy to begrudge others who seem to be enjoying themselves, our mind can then be overtaken with jealousy and bitterness. This repression can then cause problems with our ability to create as our relationship to pleasure is linked to our Sacral Chakra and therefore our womb space.
"The womb is not a place to store fear and pain. The womb is a place to create and give birth to life." - Rebecca Campbell
OTHER LIBRA GODDESSES: Themis, Astarte, Green Tara, Hera, Mother Mary.
Self Care for Libra
Libra rules the kidneys, hips and bladder. When the moon is in Libra it's important to not do anything that would place these parts of the body under extra stress. Restorative or yin yoga sequences for the hips would be especially nice over the next few days as the hips are also where we hold a lot of past emotions. Dedicate some self care time on your mat for a releasing practice. Adding in mantras is another beautiful way to connect to this signs Air element, try this mantra for balancing the heart:
OM MANI PADME HUM
Aromatherapy for Libra
Essential oils to assist the respiratory system: Eucalyptus, Pine, Ravensara, Frankincense, Fir.
APHRODITE BODY OIL
Here's a recipe blend for connecting with our inner Aphrodite
Sweet Almond oil 25ml
1 drop Rose absolute
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Jasmine
HEART CHAKRA OIL
A dreamy heart chakra oil blend to bring comfort and balance back to your heart space:
Sweet Almond oil 25ml
1 drop Rose absolute
2 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Bergamot
3 drops Geranium
To make it extra special add some rose quartz chips and dried rose petals to the bottle to infuse over time.
Dear ones, next week on Thursday 1st October we welcome in the Full Moon in Aries. This being the closest full moon to the Autumn Equinox makes it the Harvest Moon. We will have the sun in Libra, the sign of relationships and balance, and the moon in Aries, the sign of the self. At first it might seem that these signs contradict each other but when we look closer they actually help us to navigate our Autumn theme of finding balance. Libra is a sign that is always wanting to make peace and harmony, their focus on relationships and partnerships can sometimes mean their own needs and boundaries get overlooked. Aries is a self reliant, head strong fire sign with clear boundaries and an often devil may care attitude. Somewhere between these two signs is a wonderful balance of taking care of our relationships and community and taking care of ourselves.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and when the moon is in Aries it 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. This means you can also spend some time asking yourself if you feel your needs are being met, your voice is being heard and if you're being true to yourself. How could we add some of that powerful self reliant Aries energy into our life at the moment? Moon in Aries is a wonderful time to concentrate on our relationship to self, to check-in with our self love and self care knowing that these have a huge impact on our relationships.
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?
The Warrior Within
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the planet of strength, passion and the archetype of the warrior. This Full Moon we have the opportunity to look to Aries for help building resilience in the face of adversity and tune into our inner warrioress. This global crisis is forcing us all to dig deep, face our fears and do some real spiritual work - we can use this time to create deep transformation. Fire has both the power to create and destroy and we are in a situation where we can see these dualities playing out in both human nature and mother nature herself. As the old way of being begins to crumble around us, we have the chance to ask ourselves what new world we wish to create together, like the phoenix rising from the ashes.
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. Aries can often suffer from being too much in their head and because they are a fire sign are often called hot headed. If you resonate with this and have been dealing with thoughts of overwhelm, it would be really helpful to dedicate some time for meditation to help soothe your mind and calm your thoughts. Journaling about what's overwhelming you could also be really helpful, especially in relation to the people pleasing and over committing that we just spoke about. Maybe it's time to scale back and admit we can't do everything? Full moons are a great time to take an honest look at what isn't working and let it go, we may have just started a new project or venture and for whatever reason it's just not in flow, sometimes we need to push through and sometimes we need to let go and accept that perhaps it's not the right time. How much are we clinging on to this particular thing out of fear of what others might think?
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Now is a great time to call upon fire Goddesses and Goddesses of transformation such as Kali, Durga, Lilith, Brigid, Pele, Eos, Bast and the Morrigan. Set up an altar or a place on your altar for one or a few Goddesses, just seeing them there each day will help you to draw strength, guidance and power from them. You may even like to do a daily meditation with them or even a mantra practice. Durga's mantra is incredibly powerful for protection: OM DUM DURGAYEI NAMAHA
Warming Body Oil
This aromatherapy body oil will help you connect to the fire of Aries whilst at the same time help with the stiff joints, sore muscles and will help to boost your immune system:
25ml Base oil of you choice
1 drop Black Pepper essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
3 drops Orange essential oil
2 drops Marjoram essential oil
Essential Oils for Sinuses
If you feel your sinuses are blocked, these essential oils can help to clear them. Use just a drop or two of one of these oils in a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and breathe the steam in:
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We are delighted to be offering this free online course to help you deepen your connection to the Moon. The moon moves through a different zodiac sign every 2-3 days and each sign is associated with a different archetype, element, charge and part of the body. Over the 30 days we will be sharing daily self care prompts for working with the moon on each day, this will also include which phase and zodiac sign the moon is in and the ruling planet of the day. This course will help you to create a much more intimate relationship with the moon as well as keep your self care practices active during these difficult and uncertain times.
This course will start tomorrow - 1st October and is free to join. Once the course begins you will then receive a daily lunar prompt every day for 30 days.
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Happy Autumn Equinox dear ones! The Equinox takes place at 2:30pm(bst) tomorrow and we can officially welcome in Autumn - the season of snuggly jumpers, pumpkin spiced lattes, cosy socks, crunchy leaves, crisp walks in the countryside and the beginning of slowing things down as we head in to winter. Tomorrow, along with the Equinox we also have the sun moving into the sign of Libra - amplifying the theme of balance as Libra is all about seeking and creating harmony in our lives. The Autumn Equinox, also called Mabon and Alban Elfed, marks the balance between light and dark, it offers us an opportunity to pause and take stock before things shift as we make our way towards the dark part of the year. It is the second of the Harvest festivals and has long been honoured as a time to give thanks for all that we have received throughout the year.
Autumn Equinox is also a time of release - if we look at what nature is up to at the moment you can see that she is shedding her leaves in order to make space for new growth next year but not before heading into her winter slumber. Mother Earth’s energy now is beginning to draw in and down, the majority of the activity will begin to take place underground. This is our cue to begin to do the same, to start to draw our energy from the outward expression of summer to the inward reflection of Autumn. It's a time to set new boundaries, to prioritize our wellbeing and to learn the art of saying no. Now, more than ever, with all that is going on in the world it's important for us each to take care of ourselves and each other.
THEMES: Transition, letting go, balance, release, slowing down, magic, ceremony, gratitude, boundaries, journeying inward, coming home to self.
Here at Sisters of the Moon we are passionate about connecting people to these natural cycles and rhythms. Below, we have compiled some of our favourite recipes and rituals for Autumn:
A Ritual for Releasing
As mentioned, Autumn Equinox is a time of release, here is a simple ritual to help you release the old and make way for the new:
You will need:
Autumn leaves or dried flowers
somewhere quiet and private outside
Gather up your autumn leaves and dried flowers and hole punch them so you begin to make confetti. Place your confetti in a container and head out into nature, somewhere you can be alone and where you can throw your leaf confetti.
Stand in front of where you want to throw your leaves, pour the leaves into your hands and close your eyes. Imagine that each one of these pieces of leaf or flower represents something that you want to let go of. Strongly hold these things in your mind. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, throw your leaf/flower confetti out in to the world and feel all of these things leaving you.
Afterwards, write a list of all the things that you are grateful for receiving since the time of the Spring Equinox and allow your heart to be filled with joy and warmth.
For us, one of the best things about Autumn is getting our cosy on! Now is the time to stock up on candles with scents that warm and delight, we're in love with the scent of Vanilla and White Pumpkin, gingerbread, Jasmine and orange with Clove. You could also get crafty and have a go at making your own candles using eco alternatives such as soy and beeswax. Check out the amazing magazine Willow and Sage for lots of inspiration.
A big part of our Autumn self care routine is coming home from work and lighting candles, turning on the fairy lights and turning off the main lights to tune in to the darkening of the days.
Remember that Equinox is all about balance, it's important to balance our indoor cosyness with plenty of time outdoors soaking up as much natural light as we can and breathing in the fresh air. The countryside at this time of year is just absolutely stunning, go exploring and try leaving your phone at home. Gather beautiful autumn leaves and nuts and try creating an Autumn mandala when you get home.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte Body Oil
This gorgeous combination of essential oils not only recreates the smell of this autumnal drink but also helps to boost immunity, soothe tired and achey muscles and improves circulation:
25ml Base Oil of your choice
1 drop Clove essential oil
3 drops Orange essential oil
1 drop Cinnamon essential oil
1 drop Ginger essential oil
1 drop Vanilla essential oil
The Magic of Mabon Online Course
If you would like to deepen your connection to and understanding of Mabon then we are offering this online self study course called The Magic of Mabon. In this course you will learn:
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Happy New Moon in Virgo dear ones! We are now shifting from the playful, fiery, sun ruled Leo to the more serious, grounded, earth ruled Virgo which seems to fit in with the shift from August into September and the new academic year. It's that time of year where we begin to establish routines again after the free flow of the summer months and start planning for the rest of the year. Routines, healthy habits and getting organised are all key traits for Virgo so use the energy of this new moon to help yourself begin to transition from summer into Autumn.
As well as their love for an organized life, Virgos also have a deep connection to the spiritual, the divine and a higher purpose - this is due to Virgo being ruled by the planet Mercury, the planet of elevated thought, communication and travel. They also have a deep connection to the earth as they are an Earth sign. The combination of Mercury in an Earth sign gives us this sense of embodied wisdom.
Virgo moon asks us how we can balance the Spiritual with the practical? How are we showing up for our spiritual life? How can we integrate our connection with the divine into our daily life in a practical way? Are our daily habits in harmony with our spiritual wishes? In your journal, write a list of ways that you can create spiritual habits, simple ways that you can connect to the Divine every day. Do you have an altar space? If not, is this something you could set up?
Keywords associated with Virgo: intelligent, independant, focused, organized, spiritual, discerning, hardworking, grounded.
Themes: Health, habits, routines, slowing down, purpose, sacred service, coming back down to earth
Virgo and the Body
Virgo rules the digestive organs - the large and small intestine, spleen and pancreas and also the nervous system. Because of this, most Virgos tend to be very health conscious and careful about what they put into their bodies. This is the ideal time to have a look at our lifestyle and health habits as we head into the Autumn months - self care is very important to Virgos. With Virgo's love of being organised and healthy and winter on its way, 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 to honour the shortening of days? 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?
Because of Virgo's connection to the gut, they also have very good instincts and are guided by their intuition. How often do we allow ourselves to be guided by our gut feelings? Do we listen to and trust our gut? Intuition is a powerful aspect of the divine feminine - awakening, trusting and being guided by your intuition is a powerful way to awaken the priestess within.
One of Virgo's archetypes is 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 New 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?
Virgo's symbol is the maiden or Virgin and is often depicted as a maiden goddess carrying a sheaf of wheat - representing the harvest season but also the gathering of wisdom. What wisdom have you gathered from the year so far? The archetype of the Virgin and the Maiden is very much to do with the idea of being sovereign (the original meaning of the word Virgin) - 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?
Virgos have a deep connection to the earth and often act in ways to be of service to the Earth Goddess - caring for the environment, living in harmony with nature's cycles and living with consideration and modesty. We can ask ourselves if we're living a balanced, eco conscious lifestyle or if we've fallen in to the trap of consumerism. This would be a wonderful time to inspire yourself with environmental groups, documentaries or even doing a permaculture course (don't worry there's plenty of online courses available).
Virgo is ruled by the 6th Astrological House of Healing & Health so one of it's archetypes is the Healer. Also, because Virgo rules the harvest - the picking and sorting of crops - it has an affinity with healing herbs. This is a wonderful time of year to gather healing herbs for the coming Autumn months.
Essential oils to use for Virgo are Marjoram, Myrrh, Frankincense, Bergamot, Valerian and Thyme. Here's a recipe for a solar plexus balancing tummy oil:
25ml base oil of your choice
5 drops Bergamot
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Frankincense
3 drops Marjoram
(not suitable for pregnancy, breastfeeding or if going out in the sun directly after using).
Rub the oil on your tummy in circular motions, from right to left.
The Roman goddess Vesta is a maiden goddess of the hearth and home and represents self reliance, purity, sacred service and the archetype of the priestess. Inspiration we can draw from Vesta is developing or reconnecting with our own self reliance. Asking ourselves how much we rely on or are effected by the opinions of others. Virgos are known for their independence and strength of character.
The Hindu Goddess of knowledge, learning, and the creative arts. We can call upon Saraswati to empower our mind, to bless our projects and to watch over us as we study. She is another example of a self reliant Goddess. Sally Kempton refers to the 'Saraswati woman' in her book 'Awakening Shakti' - a woman who is perfectly happy to be alone, immersed in sacred study, self development and service to the divine. Does the Saraswati woman appeal to you?
Pachamama is a South American Earth Mother Goddess. She is a fertility Goddess and also oversees planting and the harvest so she fits in beautifully to this time of year where we begin to both plant hardy seeds for next year and harvest our crops from this year. She also oversees the sacred balance of things and can be wrathful when when we are taking too much from the Earth without giving back. In light of recent events throughout the world, this is the perfect time for us to deepen our connection to the Earth Mother and pledge ourselves to be in her service. What actions can you take over the coming months to be of service to Pachamama?
Demeter is another maiden Goddess associated with harvest and fertility. She is a grain Goddess and also rules over the cycles of the seasons. We can ask for her help as we transition from summer to Autumn. Our fast paced world has lost connection to the sacred rhythms of the earth, we are expected to be the same all year round, our working hours don't change and in some instances (like christmas & new year) we get busier when we should be slowing down. It's up to us to tune into these natural rhythms and walk a different path, this is the way of the Priestess! Part of your journaling practice could include how you can start slowing things down for Autumn, ensuring you have plenty of time for rest and restoration.
Due to Virgo's link with the Priestess archetype, it's a really nice opportunity to connect with the misunderstood and undervalued Goddess Mary Magdalene who was a High Priestess.
We really hope you've enjoyed our blog. Don't forget you can join us for our online Sisters of the Moon Circle tomorrow night where we'll be exploring the theme - the Power of the Priestess. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dearest sisters of the moon, in the early hours of tomorrow morning (6.21am BST) we welcome in the Full Moon in Pisces. In Druidry, the September Full Moon is referred to as the Singing Moon, this is believed to be because of all the Harvest songs that would have been sung at this time of year. This Full Moon also sees us welcoming in a new month and for many people an uneasy transition back into 'normal' working life and children going back to school. In terms of the academic calendar, September signifies the start of a new year and this can be a nice thing to tune into as the wheel of the year is about to turn again, in just a few weeks we will be celebrating the Autumn Equinox! So, we are definitely in a state of transition in so many ways and this full moon in Pisces can help us to tune into it's element of water and go with the flow.
Pisces is a sensitive, feminine, water sign so expect to feel fairly emotional whilst the moon is in this sign. Full moons always heighten emotions so the Pisces influence will amplify this even more. It's definitely a time to go slow, be gentle with yourself and make sure you've got lots of self care lined up. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and therefore carries with it a depth and maturity and, if we want, an opportunity to swim down into the waters of our unconscious and retrieve soul treasures. Pisces is a deep and magical sign, ruled by the 12th House of Self-Knowing and the Unconscious and the planets Neptune and Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and Neptune is the planet of Universal Love and elevated consciousness. These influences mean that Pisces is always asking the big questions...Who am I? Where do we come from? What's the real meaning of human life? How can we be a conduit for the divine here on earth? Pisces is sometimes referred to as the Mystic of the Zodiac and provides us with a wonderful opportunity to tend to our spiritual life. This is perfect preparation for the upcoming New Moon in Virgo where we will be connecting to the archetype of the Priestess.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen.”- Rumi
Emotions, dreams, spirituality, mermaids, selkies, sea witches, creativity, connection to the Divine, Soul Dreams, Sacred Contracts, The Divine Feminine, Intuition, Mysticism, Healing,
Pisces is also referred to as the dreamer of the zodiac and is often accused of being away with the fairies, vague and impractical and although that might be true there's a lot we can learn from Pisces when we understand them a little better, as they tend to be a fairly misunderstood sign. The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions representing how this sign exists in two worlds - the physical world and the spiritual world. They have a wonderful connection to the dream world, the divine, the imagination and the ability to see beyond the ordinary and are deeply in tune with their feelings - this can sometimes overwhelm them. Pisces are highly creative and tend to be artists, musicians, writers, and dancers but also spiritual teachers and mystics. This full moon would be a wonderful time to let yourself dream, create and give yourself permission to feel.
The sun is in Virgo and the moon is in Pisces - this offers us a chance to look at our own balance between these worlds. Virgo is a very practical, grounded, earth sign and Pisces is a floaty, water sign but what they both have in common is the desire to have a spiritual life, to be of service and to connect with something beyond the daily grind. Virgo rules our routines and habits, an interesting question for this full moon is are our habits/routines/daily activities in line with our dreams? Or do we spend time day dreaming about what our life might look like but make no practical steps to make this happen? How could we combine the practical and discerning qualities of Virgo with Pisces freedom to dream and create?
Pour yourself a cup of something comforting, grab your journal, light a candle and play some soothing soft music. Take some deep breaths and then work your way through these journaling prompts:
- Write a list of all your dreams and goals or even better create a vision board
- On a separate page write practical steps to making this happen. For example, if you have a dream job that you're not yet qualified to do, what steps do you need to take to get qualified?
- Ask yourself if there's a balance between your dreaming mind and your rational mind or does one smother the other? Does rational thought stamp out the fires of creativity? Or does daydreaming keep you from bringing your dreams to fruition? What steps could you take to balance these things out? What role does fear have to play in this? If rational thought takes over is it out of fear of the unknown, not wanting to risk the safety of current circumstances? Or if you always remain in the dreaming state is that due to fear of trying and failing? Write a list of fears, be honest with yourself.
- Spiritual progress is at the heart of both Pisces and Virgo and we can use full moons and the waning moon afterwards as a time for release and forgiveness. What are you still holding onto from your past that is hindering your spiritual progress? What is standing in the way of you having an open heart?
- Due to the emotional nature of full moons and the moon being in Pisces ask yourself what your relationship is to feelings? Do you let your emotions flow freely? Or do you suppress them or berate yourself for being emotional? Ask yourself how you are feeling today. What's your response to the answer?
- Virgo and Pisces both share the ability to trust their feelings and intuit, what's your relationship like to your own intuition? Do you trust it and follow it? Or do you ignore it? Spend some time working with Tarot or Oracle cards and give yourself a reading. Journal about your experience.
- Write a list of all that you are grateful for since the new moon in a few weeks ago
Pisces self care
Pisces rules the feet so on the days when the moon is in Pisces it's beneficial to take care of the feet and avoid anything that will put them under extra stress. It also reminds us to have our feet on the ground and to be present which we definitely need reminding of on Pisces days. Try and make some time to go outside and place your bare feet on the earth and take some deep breaths. Then play around with wiggling your toes, rising up on the balls of the feet and lowering back down and then one by one rotating your ankles. You could even do fascia ball rolling for the feet, this is a lovely treat for the fascia on the underside of the foot but also benefits the entire back line of the body - it's also a great stress buster!
PISCES FOOT BATH
Treat your feet to an aromatherapy foot bath. Here's our Pisces full moon foot bath recipe for you to enjoy:
Dead sea salts
Dried lavender flowers
Bergamot essential oil - 2 drops
Cedarwood essential oil - 1 drop
Geranium essential oil - 1 drop
Lavender essential oil - 2 drops
*Not suitable during pregnancy
EMOTIONAL HEALING BODY OIL
This body oil recipe is to help you navigate the heightened emotions of both the full moon and the Pisces energy. This would be lovely applied to the feet before bed or to the heart space.
Choose a base oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or apricot kernel oil. This recipe is for a 25ml bottle, if you want to make a larger bottle just increase the ratio:
25ml base oil of your choice
Wild Orange essential oil - 2 drops
Bergamot essential oil - 5 drops
Cypress essential oil -n 3 drops
Frankincense essential oil - 2 drops
*Not suitable during pregnancy or if going out in the sun.
Pour into an amber or dark blue glass bottle or jar and store in a cool, dark place.
YOGA FOR THE HIPS
Due to the emotional nature of this time, we'd recommend a gentle yoga practice such as gentle Hatha, Yin or Restorative Yoga with a focus on the hips. The hips are where we tend to store our emotions, releasing this part of the body along with the emotions you've been gripping onto will leave you feeling nourished and balanced. This will also help to bring balance to the Sacral Chakra which is connected to Pisces because of it being a water sign.
Morgan Le Fay
As mentioned in the introduction, Pisces are often artists, musicians and dancers - what better way to connect to your inner Pisces than to put some music on and have a good dance. Movement practices on or around a full moon can really help us to navigate the intense energies that are so often at play. Here's a playlist we've created for the Pisces Moon. Hope you enjoy:
Full Moon Circle
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Dear ones, mama moon has ebbed and flowed and once again we find ourself at the beginning of a new cycle. This Wednesday we are welcoming in the New moon in Leo, right in the middle of the Lion's gate portal (which closes on the 22nd August) so now is incredibly potent time to connect to your inner Lioness! Leo is about stepping into your power, your truth and your sovereignty and shining your beautiful unique light out into the world. It's also about letting your hair down and shaking off the heaviness of the last few months with all that's been going on and enjoying these late Summer days.
Leo is a playful and joyful sign which can help us open up to a feeling of lightness and new possibilities. If you've been adulting hard of late and feel like it's all work and no play then now is the time to inject some fun into your life. Can you down tools for a bit and let yourself enjoy the fruits of your labour? This moon is a great opportunity to ask yourself if you're taking yourself too seriously? Have you been letting yourself get bogged down in the daily grind? When was the last time you belly laughed? 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.
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?
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 moon cycle, 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. Both Leo's element of Fire and it's ruling planet the Sun, represent the Masculine and therefore our action and drive. In your journal, ask yourself what is holding you back from setting things in motion and taking action? Is it fear? Is it a lack of confidence? Is it a worry about what other people think? Do you think you don't deserve it? Use the playful and childlike energy of Leo to ask yourself - "come on, what's the worse that can happen? - maybe you try and it doesn't work out...is that the end of the world?" Again, we can reflect on whether we're getting heavy minded and taking everything too seriously. Remember what it felt like in your maiden years (maybe you're still in them) there's a lightness towards everything, a playful curiosity to try things and go with the flow of life. What happened to that girl? Is she in there still?
“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
The shadow side of Leo can be an imbalance of the ego, it can dominate and lead to an overinflated sense of self and can leave little room for thinking about others. On the flip side, we can have an ego imbalance the other way and always view ourselves as beneath everyone else, putting our own wishes and needs at the bottom of the list. Balance, as always, is key here and in particular looking at a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra. A key word for the Solar Plexus is HARMONY. A healthy Solar Plexus Chakra means we are in harmony with our self, others, and the world around us. We are not disempowered, we are not overpowering, we are EMPOWERED.
In your journal, write down those two words, HARMONY & EMPOWERED. How do those words feel to you? Do you feel in harmony? If not, where is there disharmony? Do you feel empowered? If not, why? What do you need to feel empowered? Being empowered doesn't mean we hold power over others or external situations but that we have the power within us to stay true to our self, our values and our peace of mind regardless of what's going on around us. Ego tricks us into thinking that we need to dominate in order to be powerful, this is a patriarchal structure and one that the divine feminine seeks to destroy.
Reflect on the societal pressures to the 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
Have fun with creativity
Leo is an incredibly creative sign and helps us to have a more playful approach to our own creativity. Sometimes left to our own devices, we won't be satisfied with just creating for fun but will need to turn it into a project of some kind. Why not give yourself permission to play, create, sing, dance? Get your paints our, collage, draw, write poetry. Don't overthink it. Connect to the experience of joy and freedom that being creative evokes.
“You're not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn't have to be original, in other words, it also doesn't have to be important. For example, whenever anyone tells me that they want to write a book in order to help other people I always think 'Oh, please don't. Please don't try to help me.' I mean it's very kind of you to help people, but please don't make it your sole creative motive because we will feel the weight of your heavy intention, and it will put a strain upon our souls.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Leo's are the queens of self care! They delight in taking care of themselves and also love spoiling others. If the last few months have left you feeling emotionally drained and run down then it might be time to take a step back from everything and give back to yourself. Here are a few Leo inspired recipes and rituals to get you back on track.
Dry Body Brushing
Leo rules the heart and circulation so it's important on Moon in Leo days to take care of this area of the body. Dry body brushing is fantastic for lymphatic drainage and for helping with circulation. Start from the feet and work upwards towards the heart using upward brush strokes. Do the entire body and then afterwards apply this dreamy Leo inspired body oil:
SELF LOVE BODY OIL
Choose a base oil such as sweet almond or coconut oil and add the following essential oils. This recipe is for 25ml of base oil and is not suitable in pregnancy or if you're heading out into the sun (Citric oils are phototoxic and can stain skin in the sun).
4 drops Mandarin
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Bergamot
Solar Goddesses are wonderful to connect to for the New Moon Leo such as Amaterasu and Sekhmet, Sekhmet is also a lion Goddess so this ties in to Leo's symbology. Also turning to empowering Goddesses of strength such as Inanna, Hathor and Hera.
We really hope you've enjoyed this blog and we wish you a blessed New Moon!
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:
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