Dearest moonbeams, we are heading into a powerful full moon lunar eclipse in the sign of Cancer tomorrow. You may have already been feeling it's effects this week as the moon has been waxing. We're here for you with another lunar self care blog.
January's full moon is known as the Wolf Moon and this year we have a Appulse eclipse, meaning the moon is obscured by the Earth's shadow. Cancer is a feminine water sign ruled by the moon so expect to feel ALL the feelings. You may have already found yourself crying at the slightest thing this week and that's bound to increase as the moon reaches her fullness. Full moons always bring emotions up to the surface, this is heightened by both the fact that it's an eclipse and that the moon is in the deeply emotional and sensitive sign of Cancer. Self care, rest and nourishment couldn't be more important at this time.
Eclipses are always invitations to work with our shadow selves and full moons are a time of release, forgiveness and heightened power. New moon in Capricorn invited us to look at our soul purpose and balance between our spiritual life and daily life. 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 these full moon days, 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?
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? How often do we let ourselves be vulnerable? Likewise, have we gotten in the habit of shutting ourselves off from others, feeling like we're unable to reach out and give care to others? In your journal write down your emotional needs. Are they being met? Think of ways that you could send love and care out into the world at the moment in a way that's not going to deplete you.
Boundaries are great to re-establish 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.
The quiet moon
January's full moon is also referred to as the quiet moon in honour of it's season of winter. 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. Yes, winter solstice on Dec 21st marks the increase in light but this is gradual and subtle. In the old celtic calendar, the first signs of Spring are celebrated with Imbolc on Feb 1st. This is some way off yet and we still have to get through frosts, fogs and potential snow. Over here in the Uk at the moment, the days are dark and gloomy, the trees are bare and the mornings are quiet. It gets dark at about 4pm and the weather is cold and damp. All the festive decorations have been taken down so everywhere feels stark and the energy slightly flat. Though we can't necessarily keep all our Christmas decorations up, it might be worth thinking about how to make your home more nurturing and comforting. Home is an important theme for cancer (crab shell), moon in cancer days invite us to look at how nurtured we feel. Think about home comforts that are going to keep you warm and nurtured over the coming winter months. Adorn your living space with fairy lights and candles, invest in soft and luxurious throws and blankets, snuggly socks and our favourite...loungewear!
Remember to breathe
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. A depleted heart chakra can also lead to ill health in the chest so going back to what we were talking about before, looking at whether you are giving too much of yourself out into the world and how you could scale back to help your body rest. Padma mudra is a wonderful mudra to help bring prana (life force) energy back into the heart chakra.
Emotion soothing tea
Not only will this herbal tea help with relaxation and sleep but it will help to soothe our full moon emotions. Mix dried rose petals, dried chamomile and dried lavender and infuse in hot water, add honey to sweeten and enjoy! These herbs would also be wonderful in a bath with essential oils or Rose and Geranium.
Full Moon Herb bundle
If you have left over spruce from Christmas, this makes wonderful herb bundles that you can burn to cleanse your space. It's really important that the spruce is dried out before you burn it. Take a few sprigs of your spruce, you can mix it in with a cinnamon stick and some dried rosemary. Tie together with string, light it at the end and when it catches alight, blow it out so that it smoulders and creates smoke. Use a feather or your hands to go around your house cleansing your space with this sacred smoke.
Support yourself with Rose 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.
Full Moon Rose Water
Full moons are the ideal time to create moon elixirs. Place a bowl of purified water somewhere where it can absorb the moonlight/energy of the full moon. Place some fresh rose petals and a piece of rose quartz in the bowl and leave overnight. The next day, pour your infused water into a spray bottle with a little bit of alcohol or rose water toner to preserve your moon mist. Place a drop or two of rose essential oil into your spray bottle and shake. You can then use this as a heart chakra aroma mist, spray around yourself and take deep breaths or use to cleanse your space. Store out of direct light and label and date your mist.
We hope you've enjoyed our blog, wishing you a blessed lunar eclipse dear ones xx