Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony

Happy Full Moon & Autumn Season!

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune

This is the first Full Moon of the Autumn Season for the Northern Hemisphere.

It seems we are all looking forward to the colder weather and the return of the spirit world.

The veil begins to thin around the Autumn Equinox, being at it’s thinnest during Samhain.

Some will be experience the Full Moon in Pisces on Sept. 24th, and some Sept. 25th in the sign of Aries. This is a “cusp” Full Moon, between the elements, water and fire are emotional and passionate

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune

So there may be a level of drama you aren’t quite expecting. This is a very transitional and intentse time for many.

The card that was pulled for this cycle during last New Moon’s post was Taurus: The Lover. A wonderful reminder for this season, especially because we are in the Shadow Period of a Venus Retrograde.

Venus is the Goddess of love and relationships, so when retrograde, relationships might be tested. The retrograde will take place in the sign of Scorpio, ruler of sex, death and taboo, so expect Venus goes retrograde from October 5th - November 15th.

“You may be confronted with obstacles that keep you from focusing on what you love to do. Let Taurus be a reminder to focus on love this Full Moon. Let yourself be immersed in love, self-care, focus on healing family trauma (look out for an amazing tarot/oracle spread to connect with your ancestors for our Full Moon post!)... get clear about what is worthy of your time and energy... love is always a worthy endeavor. Whether it's the love you have for your family and friends, yourself, or a project near and dear to your heart, or all of the above. Focus on love.” (From the New Moon Energy Report)

For this Full Moon and Autumn Equinox we have a two part ritual for tonight. The veil between world is thinning, and our ancestors and lineage have the opportunity to speak to us and visit with us. What do they have to say?

Ancestor Spread

From Marissa Moondaughter

Before beginning, do what you need to do to get into a grounded, meditative state. This could be a ritual bath, deep breathing, setting up an ancestor altar, or meditation. Surround yourself with white light to protect your energy while you contact the Spirit world. Make it very clear you are only contacting your lineage and malevolent spirits and energies are not welcome in your circle. Pour a glass of Underworld sangria for yourself and your ancestors!

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune

We created this ancestor spread for this time of year, when the veil begins to thin between our world and the spirit world. As we get closer to Samhain, or Halloween, the veil is the thinnest to connect with spirits who have passed. This spread can be done if you do not know much about your roots, or even if you do! It can also be done any time to feel more connected to your ancestral roots.

In the center of your spread set up any items that represent your family or past loved ones. This could be pictures, jewelry, or items past down. It could be a family crest. Put whatever it is that makes you feel more connected to your family. If you do not have objects, write your intentions for this reading, or any questions you have for your ancestors.


Light a candle, or incense as an offering, and say something like this:

"As the veil thins, I invite my ancestors/elders, (feel free to name specific people) into this circle. I ask for your guidance and blessings. I am open to any messages you have for me. Thank you for supporting our lineage with your wisdom and teachings."

The bottom 6 cards that are facing upward are 6 Major Arcana cards, of your choice, to represent certain family members, or certain archetypes you wish to communicate with. These are the cards we chose, but feel free to choose other ones that resonate with you more

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1. and 2. represent the ancient teachings and foundations for your roots; this can go back to ancient times.

3. and 4. represent your recently deceased elders, grandparents, uncles and aunts, parents -- the mother/father figures in your line.

5. and 6. represent the teachers, healers, and initiators of your traditions - they are the gatekeepers of the spiritual wisdom of your kin.

1. Star

2. Moon

3. Emperor

4. Empress

5. Hierophant

6. High Priestess


I tried to choose Yin and Yang complementary figures for each position since I am not very connected to my lineage. Each card you place on top is the message and teaching they have for you. 

Before you choose the top card for each position, visualize the person or archetype in front of you and ask your question, or say hello. How do they respond to you? What is their expression or mannerisms? Then draw the card and proceed with your reading.

When you finish your reading, thank them for being with you tonight. When you sleep do not be surprised if your dreams have your ancestors in them. Pay attention and see what other messages they have for you.

Remember to be gentle with yourself. Lineage/ancestor work is very powerful and emotional. If you do not feel connected, do not feel discouraged. Allow this reading to be the knock on the door – let your ancestors know you are open to them and wish to build a relationship with them.

A great way to build a relationship with your ancestors is through leaving an offering on your altar. You can choose to leave a note, a picture, a candle or an offering of food. In the spirit of the season we are creating a Pomegranate Sangria- as an offering to the underworld and our ancestors.

Underworld Pomegranate Sangria

Brew your own spirits

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune

There is a reason brews are called "spirits." For thousands of years our ancestors have left offerings of libations to their ancestors and the spirit world. They would pour their Mead, or ale, or wine on to the earth so their late loved ones could still enjoy the brews they loved while they were alive. 

Before you invoke your ancestors and try our ancestor spread, brew this amazing recipe to invoke the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, and make sure to pour a glass for your ancestors. Alcohol is optional in this recipe.

Underworld Pomegranate Sangria:

2 parts Pomegranate juice

1 part apple cider (or the whole bottle if you are not using alcohol)

1/2 cup Brandy (optional)

1 bottle of fruity red wine (optional)

Dash of cinnamon

Fruits:

Pomegranate seeds

Apple slices (slice horizontally so you can see the pentacle)

Blood red orange slices

Blueberries (frozen are great to use)

Any other seasonal fruit

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune

Combine all ingredients into a big pitcher and let it sit under the moonlight for an hour, and then transfer to the fridge for at least another 1-2 hours. 

Pour a glass for your ancestors while you do the the ancestor spread, and pour a glass into your garden as an offering to the spirit world.

Add a cinnamon stick into your glass and enjoy!

Don’t forget to share some with your loved ones as well. The card pulled for this week is the Lovers card and with Venus going retrograde in Scorpio we could all use some.

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune
Spirit de la Lune Rachael and Marissa

This Sangria would be a great addition to a Full Moon Sistar Circle or Mabon celebration you might hold!

Don’t forget to charge and cleanse your crystals and decks under the moonlight!

2018 Blood Moon Cycle Energy Reading

Happy New Moon in Virgo!

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We are already in September and a new season is upon us all no matter what hemisphere you live in.

Change is in the air and we are approaching the equinoxes seasons, Autumn or Spring. We are transitioning from the Fire season of Summer to the watery energy of Autumn, and the earthy energy of winter, to the airy season of spring. Fire to Water, Earth to Air... The elements activate different energies within us!

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Water teaches us to flow and surrender to the currents.. Air brings us freshness, new perspectives, and lightness. Both Equinox seasons purify, renew, and clarify our spirits.

Venus has entered the shadow period on September 2nd, and will be in retrograde towards the end of this moon cycle Oct 5th. This Blood Moon cycle will challenge our relationships, our values, and what we deem worthy of our time and energy. As we navigate this cycle it is important to practice compassion, patience, and kindness to ourselves and others. But you will gain more clarity and insight if you allow yourself space to do your Shadow work, especially now that Saturn has gone direct on September 6th!

So cozy on up with a cup of tea or a nice glass of wine, learn what other insights this moon cycle has in store for us!


New Moon in Virgo: September 9th 2018

Rest

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We are being asked to tune into our bodies and really listen to what they need right now. You may have been overworking yourself, find you are on the brink of burnout, or feeling a lot of overwhelm this New Moon. Virgo energy can make us feel extra critical of ourselves or others and can bring out our perfectionistic tendencies... But we do not have to engage with them. Give yourself permission to rest your mind, body, and spirit... however this will look and feel to you. This will help you ease into the next season with more grace and fluidity.

 

 


First Quarter in Sagittarius: September 16th 2018

Balance and Harmony

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First Quarter Moon's are always a great time to check-in with yourself... and with the Libra card being pulled, it is a reminder of the Venus retrograde coming up (Venus rules Libra), and so you may feel some tensions rise in your relationships at this time. It is important to speak your truth, and notice if you are giving or receiving more. Do you feel like you are giving and giving to others, but the energy is not being reciprocated? Or have you been taking too much energy from others and that is causing tension? Check-in, take responsibility for your actions, and do the necessary steps to find your balance once again. Apologize, or forgive yourself, and move on.


Full Moon in Pisces/Aries: September 24th/25th 2018

Focus on Love

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Some people will be experiencing the Full Moon in Pisces on Sept. 24th, and some Sept. 25th in the sign of Aries. Again, another cusp between the elements, water and fire. Both elements are emotional and passionate. By now, we have entered the sign of Libra and the new season. I pulled another card ruled by Venus, Taurus: the Lover. Again, a reminder of Venus retrograde... You may be confronted with obstacles that keep you from focusing on what you love to do. Let Taurus be a reminder to focus on love this Full Moon. Let yourself be immersed in love, self-care, focus on healing family trauma (look out for an amazing tarot/oracle spread to connect with your ancestors for our Full Moon post!)... get clear about what is worthy of your time and energy... love is always a worthy endeavor. Whether it's the love you have for your family and friends, yourself, or a project near and dear to your heart, or all of the above. Focus on love.


Last Quarter in Cancer: October 2nd 2018

Bloom Where You are Rooted

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A couple of days before the Venus Retrograde, we find ourselves on the Last Quarter Moon in Cancer... the Nurturer. Energy is turning inward and it is time for reflection. What needs nurturing right now? What have you been neglecting? The card pulled is the Flower Moon: Bloom. This is a powerful card paired with Cancer. Cancer is the Mother of the zodiac, so this is a wonderful time to nurture yourself, others, and your space. Take time to make a great home cooked meal and savor it. Decorate your space for the changing seasons and allow the magick of the season to enchant you. Bloom where you are rooted. Do not focus on what you can't have... focus on what is blooming right before your eyes. You will move into Venus Retrograde with grace, beauty, and a full heart.


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We hope you have enjoyed this reading and watch out for the fun ritual we have is store for you on the Full Moon! We are still working hard on the 2019 Tune to the Moon Planners, pre-orders should begin in October!

We hope you have an amazing Equinox season! Be sure to try our Blood Moon spread from our Spirit de la Lune guidebook!

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4 Life Changing Ways to Cultivate Gratitude Using the Moon's Energy

Happy Full Harvest Moon! 

Full Harvest Moon | Spirit de la Lune

Summer's relentless heat is finally beginning to ease up on us as the winds of Autumn begin teasing us with her cool breeze.

The weekend's Full Moon marks the beginning of the Harvest Season for many cultures. According to astronomy author Guy Ottewell, the idea of the Harvest Moon originated in Europe, where the Harvest Moon rises 10 to 20 minutes later each night. A helpful occurrence as the days begin to get shorter as we prepare for Autumn. The Harvest Moon arrives to extend the hours of light so harvest can be done. (Source)

We may not use the light of the moon for farming and harvesting to that degree anymore, but the lunar energy can light the way within, helping us discover and cultivate our own desires.

The Autumn season tends to pull us towards an attitude of gratitude, but cultivating and living in gratitude on a daily basis has many benefits.

Gratitude is both a practice and an attitude. Taking just 5 minutes out of a bad day to focus on gratitude can help shift your mood very quickly... but it also has many long term benefits if done on a consistent basis!

Consistent gratitude is shown to boost overall happiness levels, but it's more than just that... On a physical level, gratitude helps strengthen your immune system, improves sleep function and increases energy levels. Socially, you can connect deeper with others, and empathy, understanding and appreciation in relationships increases. Long term practice of gratitude causes one to feel more productive and feel overall stable and more secure. (Source)

Practicing daily gratitude helps create a positive feedback loop in your brain, which then helps create a positive feedback loop to manifest in your outerworld as well. Consistent gratitude helps us algin to our highest potential.

It is important to continue your daily gratitude practice. Change can take time, and consistency is needed when it comes to creating new habits and adopting attitudes. So, daily practice is important! Because of that, we felt more than one ritual for this moon wasn't as helpful as focusing on creating a cycle of gratitude.

Using the Moon's 4 turnings, we have come up with 4 simple but life-changing daily rituals or practices you can do to cultivate gratitude and step into your most abundant self.

Not only does each moon phase hold its own special energy, but Lady Luna is also a helpful reminder for us! The Moon has been used as a calendar for thousands of years thanks to her visible cyclic turnings.

4 ways to cultivate and live in gratitude using the Moon's Energy

 

1. New Moon

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal | Spirit de la Lune Cultivating Gratitude

The New Moon energy is always a great time to check in with ourselves and our intentions and the act of keeping a journal is an extremely powerful way to give ourselves that mindful moment. It is important that we are aware if we are steering ourselves in the right direction or not.

Try dedicating a specific journal just for gratitude. While it is important to vent and process our feelings, a special journal just for gratitude could become one of your best friends.

Use the New Moon energy to check in with yourself and your gratitude journal. You could write in your journal during the New Moon/Waning Moon phases as a way to check in with yourself, or you could choose to write in your journal daily, and use the journal to come up with your New Moon intentions. Charge and store your gratitude journal with your crystals or on your altar, or carry it in your purse for when you need a quick mood boost while on the go!

Taking just 5 minutes at the beginning of each day to jot down a list of what makes you feel appreciation and gratitude can radically shift your entire day's direction and help you stay clear minded and positive, while also helping you build new positive thought habits on a long term basis.

2. 1st Quarter

Gratitude Candle

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The First Quarter and Waxing Crescent Moon phases hold the energy of the fire realm. Fire is an element that takes both caution and intention when used, making it a powerful element for manifestation and gratitude.

Keep a gratitude candle on your daily altar and light the candle with the intention of gratitude and appreciation. Never allow the candle to go unsupervised by keeping it on your main altar and in a place you can watch it often, remembering it's intention and listing something you are grateful for each time you see it. 

During the First Quarter phases, or whenever you are unable to leave the candle at home lit for long periods, sit and meditate with your candle. Staring at a candle flame is a wonderful "anchor" for meditation use. Meditating on gratitude, while watching the calming flame and listening beautiful music or nature sounds can help put you in the attitude of gratitude leaving you feeling positive and energized for the day.

Want to create your own candle? Try out our candle making tutorial for the Honey Moon!

 

3. Full Moon

Full Moon Blessing Bowl

Full Moon Blessing Bowl | Spirit de la Lune

A Full Moon Blessing Bowl is a beautiful practice you can cultivate from Full Moon to Full Moon! This is also a wonderful ritual to share with your little ones and family to encourage and nurture gratitude and keep the blessings flowing in your home!

You will need to choose a bowl, jar, or basket, to place on your Moon altar (or if you are sharing this with your family, place in a communal area or on your family altar). Label this “Full Moon Blessing Bowl” and feel free to decorate it and make it pretty!

Now that you have your bowl or basket, now it is time to put it to use! In this Full Moon container, you will begin to put notes about anything that you are happy for, proud of, excited for, or something that you are grateful for throughout your day. Do this at the end of each night after you moon gaze and journal. You can even put pictures or items that remind you of something special that day. It could be a ticket to a movie or show, or a feather you found on your walk. Anything that moves you. You can do this activity with your family before bedtime too, or have your little ones create a bowl to keep in their bedroom. Soon your bowl will be filled with gratitude’s and blessings!

To begin the blessings, place a rose quartz stone as your first item in the basket. This stone will represent the love and heart-opening devotion you have committed to yourself. Hold the stone at heart center and say a prayer about what you wish to cultivate through this practice. Kiss the stone and put it in your bowl. Now go charge it under the moonlight!

Do this practice from Full Moon to Full Moon. Each Full Moon place the bowl under the moonlight. You can even transfer your blessings from the last moon cycle into another jar or box. You can go through this box once a year, or once a season, and it will literally feel like a treasure chest! At the end of the year or season, you can burn the notes in your cauldron and the other items you can donate or leave as offerings to the land. This releases the blessings back out into the universe and thus the cycle continues.

Excerpt from Marissa's Lunar Flow E-book http://moondaughter.com/lunar-shop

4. Last Quarter

Service and Embodiment

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As mentioned previously, gratitude creates a positive feedback loop in our brains, and then eventually manifests in our physical lives as well. One way to continue this effect in your own life is by spreading it to others. 

Gratitude naturally makes us less self-centered. Love is the core emotion behind gratitude, and when you spend a lot of time practicing the attitude of gratitude, you will naturally want to spread it to others. Become someone's reason to feel grateful! 

The Last Quarter Moon and Waning Crescent phases are a good time to check in with others and see how we can best support those in our tribe. The Earth element can be felt during this time, and it's important to remember that we are always planting seeds.

Random acts of kindness or small acts of love will not only improve someone else's life, they will help you stay mindful and grateful. It's  surprising what a simple "thank you" to someone can do! 

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There is a lot of truth in the quote "A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected." 

We aren't saying to be grateful for selfish reasons, but that the attitude of gratitude is contagious.

When people feel appreciated, they show up more. In fact that's how a lot of things tend to work. The more you appreciate something, the more it begins to show up in your physical world. This is the beginning of the positive loop that gratitude can create in your life!

What are some of your favorite gratitude rituals and practices? Have you noticed any of the benefits? 

Happy Full Moon!

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Don't forget to charge your decks and crystals under this Full Moon, and begin creating your blessing bowl! 

 

 
Spirit de la Lune Cultivating Gratitude Daily Rituals

2018 Solar Eclipse Moon Cycle Energy reading

Happy Solar Eclipse in Leo!

Our last eclipse of 2018 is trailing the Lionsgate activation on 8/8/18. There is so much cosmic energy in the air and swirling around us... if you feel scattered, or your energy feels flighty, drained, or you are just downright frazzled... you are not alone! The collective energy is experiencing big shifts, surprises, and changes are still up ahead! 

Read more below about how you can anchor these energies into your daily life, while navigating this new terrain. 

New Moon Energy Reading | Spirit de la Lune
New Moon Energy Reading | Spirit de la Lune

New Moon in Leo 8/11/2018

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The New Moon in Leo can bring a fiery, playful energy into your life. Leo is the King/Queen of the jungle... so you are most likely feeling a lot of energy in your Crown chakra... with so much energy coming down from the Heavens, your Crown is super activated and probably over-stimulated. Bring this energy back down to Earth.

It is not surprising that we pulled the last moon phase card, Waning Crescent: BE. To navigate these big energies, you need to be anchored in your body and feel grounded and safe to move forward. 

Focus all this fiery energy of Leo into your body and practice self-care this New Moon. Go outside and place your barefeet on the ground. Feel the Earth's energy support you and feel her energy move into your body. This is called Earthing. Lay down on the Earth and let her fully support you! You will soak in the negative ions from the soil and you will feel more connected to the core of who you are once again.

A salt bath is also a wonderful way to nourish and ground your body. Use at least 2-3 cups of epsom salt and sea salt in your bath tub to really get all the benefits. And relax and soak for at least 20-30 minutes. Water is so purifying and healing and can cool down the fiery, activated energy of the Crown. If you do not have a tub, just soak your feel using a bowl and 1/2 cup of salts. 

You will feel more grounded and settled in your body to integrate the bigger collective energies of the cosmos!

Spirit de la Lune New Moon Reading

First Quarter in Sagittarius 8/19/18

The First Quarter in Sagittarius adds another layer of the fiery energy from the New Moon, but Sagittarius brings inspired action. If you have kept grounded and have listened to and have nourished your body throughout the eclipse portal, you may feel inspired to do more and have the energy to do so. Mercury moves direct today, so this refreshing energy can leave you feeling more inspired and more impulsive!

However, the card pulled for this week is Waxing Crescent: Awareness. Check-in with your motives. First Quarter's are always good times to check-in with yourself (aka, check yourself before you wreck yourself!) and see where your energy is aligned. If your actions are truly inspired  and aligned with your values... then go for it! Aim your bow high and shoot for the stars!

If your actions are stemming from boredom, restlessness, a need to compete or get even... do not move forward yet! You need to get to the root as to why you are feeling this way. Check in with your body, once again. Get grounded. Focus this energy into healthy activities and you will fall back into alignment once again.

First Quarter Moon | New Moon Energy Reading | Spirit de la Lune

Harvest moon in Pisces 8/26/18

Full Moon | New Moon Energy Reading | Spirit de la Lune

Yes the Harvest Moon is early this year! We follow the moon, not the man-made calendar. 

Remember when we had  2 Full moon's in January, and 2 Full Moon's in March? That meant there was no Full Moon for February. This makes the names of the Full Moon's feel early to those who follow only the Gregorian, 12-month calendar. Spirit de la Lune honors the 13 Full Moons of the year.

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A Full Moon in Pisces is watery, dreamy, romantic, and sensitive. Again, a lot of the Higher chakras are being activated, and it is particularly important for Pisces energy to be grounded, and to feel safe and protected. You may feel more psychic and tune in easily to everyone's energy and emotions around you. Remember you do not need to hold this energy for anyone. And if you are feeling highly emotional, ask yourself... Are these emotions actually my own?

The card pulled for the Harvest Moon is Waning Crescent: Support. Let go of pride and remember to ask for support when you need it. To feel grounded and supported, you may need to lay low this Full Moon and create a sanctuary for yourself to cocoon into. Create an ambiance that is soothing to you with pillows, candles, aromatherapy, another salt bath is always yummy under a Pisces full moon. Let yourself get swept away in romantic movies, or get yourself a good book to get lost in. Ask your loved ones to give you this time to just relax and with no obligations. You will come back to the world feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

The day after the Full Moon, 8/27/18, Mars moves direct and any resistance you may have been feeling will melt away and you can move forward with more peace of mind.

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Last Quarter in Gemini 9/2/18

Now that you feel renewed from the Full Moon, the Last Quarter in Gemini sweeps in with a refreshing energy and you may get some unexpected news or the changes you have been anticipating are upon you. But you feel more grounded and more empowered to take them on.

Interestingly enough, the card pulled for this week is the Waxing Gibbous: Movement. If you have been making self-care a priority, you have channeled all the extra energy around you and can now move forward with confidence! Make your to-do list and stay on track with your priorities and move with inspired action once again. You will move into the next Moon cycle with your Crown held high, yet grounded in your body. 

This is an exciting time, so ebmbrace it wholeheartedly and move forward with your heart courageously open to the new chapter ahead!

Last Quarter | New Moon Energy Reading | Spirit de la Lune

Tune to the Moon Planner Giveaway Winner will be announced 8/11/18!

We are currently in the process of planning and designing our 2019 planner... There is still time to take our quick survey and enter to win!

We would love your input for the new planners and have created an easy way for you to help us out AND enter to win our giveaway! 

You will be entered to win the 2019 Tune to the Moon Planner, Spirit de la Lune oracle deck, and 2019 Wall calendar! As well as the Eclipse Print featured on this blog by Rachael, The Lunar Flow Ebook by Marissa, and Lunar Goddess Bath Soak and Lunar Goddess Oil by Jessica 

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Creating A Corn Dolly for Lammas Under This Powerful Eclipse!

Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse! 

Lunar Eclipse | Spirit de la Lune Full Moon Ritual

This Full Moon has had a lot of buzz around it for a while now... And we can all certainly feel why. Things have been emotional and intense for a lot of us! There is a major rebirth under way on many levels.

While New Moons are usually all about new beginnings and fresh starts, Full Moons tend to illuminate what was once hidden from us in order to show us the way to our dreams. This ebb and flow helps us achieve the intentions and goals we set when we use it to our advantage...

Full Moon Eclipses, also known as Lunar Eclipses, usually mean that a BIG revelation is on it's way. Eclipses mean shock, big news, and secrets coming to light. Expect the dissolving of any illusions and a new chapter to begin. 

This particular eclipse may be even more tumultuous than we are preparing for...

Expect the unexpected!

  Lunar Eclipse By Rachael Caringella |   Tree Talker Art

Lunar Eclipse By Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

This lunar eclipse is the longest eclipse of the 21st century. The eclipse is expected to last almost 4 hours- 2-3 hours longer than a typical eclipse!

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the Moon and the Sun, blocking the Sun's light from the Moon's surface causing it to turn a deep blood red.

The sun represents our ego and all we can see easily about ourselves... while the Moon represents our hidden subconscious, or our "shadow" selves. An eclipse causes us to shed our egos. We are vulnerable, as our true nature can no longer be hidden. Our masks must come down, and we are forced to face our deepest selves. 

Look for the lessons that are meant to be learned at this time. Be aware of your reactions and reflect instead! Don't forget to back up your computers and hard-drives, because Mercury is going retrograde today!

In our New Moon Energy Report we had mentioned these intense waters and how to best handle them.

For the Full Moon cycle, we pulled the Envision card. "With so many planets retrograde right now, surrender and allow yourself to slow down and reflect. There may not be much that you can physically do at this time, but you can spend a lot of time visualizing how you want the outcome to be. Focus your emotions and visualize the end results if you begin to feel frustrated or doubtful at your progress."

Tonight we are tapping into that visualization energy for tonight's Full Moon Ritual.

This Full Moon is also the Corn Moon

Corn Moon | Spirit de la Lune Full Corn Moon Ritual

The Corn Moon is the first Full Moon of the harvest season.

We have had a few people ask why we are celebrating the Corn Moon in July this year... so before we begin our ritual, we wanted to explain what's up!

Some of the Full Moon's seem a little "early" because Spirit de la Lune follows the traditional Lunar calendar, instead of the Gregorian calendar.

Remember when we had  2 Full moon's in January, and 2 Full Moon's in March? That meant there was no Full Moon for February. This makes the names of the Full Moon's feel early to those who follow only the Gregorian12 month calendar. Spirit de la Lune honors the 13 Full Moons of the year.

Using this intense Lunar Eclipse, and the energy from the Envision card from our New Moon Reading, we thought a Corn Dolly would make the perfect ritual for the Corn Moon!

Corn Moon Spirit de la lune | Full Moon Corn Husk Ritual

Lammas, or Lughnasadh is the Pagan sabbat that marks the beginning of the harvest festival on August 1st.

Corn Dolls have long been used as altar pieces for Lammas since ancient times. They are a recognized figure from many cultures!

In ancient times, the word "corn" stood for the English equivalent of "grain," while the word "doll or dolly" is attributed to the word "idol" stemming from the Greek word eidolon, which means "apparition" or "spirit." This means that Corn Doll translates to "Spirit of the Grain." (Read more history here!)

Our Corn Doll Tutorial have a special extra step that we added in just for this ritual!

Corn Moon Spirit de la lune | Full Moon Corn Husk Ritual

Corn Moon Eclipse Corn Husk Dolly

Corn Doll are traditional pagan magickal charms/figures thought to protect the home or personal wellness of the maker and their household. We are putting a special twist in our dolls by adding some herbs, intentions and crystals into the heart of the doll. 

Corn Moon Spirit de la lune | Full Moon Corn Husk Doll Ritual

You will need: 

 

I found my corn husks at the grocery store. They are typically used to make tamales, so you'll have extra husks to try out a new recipe. Or you can get some corn on the cob for your Lammas dinner and use the left over husks from that! 

Spirit de la Lune Full Corn Moon Eclipse | Corn Husk Doll Ritual

1. Soak your corn husks in water for about 30-40 minutes until they are malleable.

Strain and allow the husks to dry out just a bit. You'll want to work with the husks while they are still pretty wet or they will begin to crack.

2.Take one husk and cut it so that you have a rectangle/square of about 5-6 inches. 

 

 

3. Add your herbs, crystals and intentions to the middle of this square. You can use two husks here for extra support if you need to. 

4. Roll up the husk tightly.

5. Secure the ends with a string on each end. This is the "heart" and arms of our dolly!

6. For the head and body, tie two larger husks together. (Shown above.)

Spirit de la Lune Full Corn Moon Eclipse Corn Husk Doll Ritual

7. Separate those two husks and then pull them over your first knot and tie another knot. This creates the head of your doll. (You can put some paper or spare corn husk parts in there before you tie it off to make the head of your doll more round and full.)

8. Part the husks again, and slide the arms up between them, as close to the head as possible. Tie off again with a strong knot, creating the waist. Your herb and crystal bundle should be right in the heart of your doll.

9. Trim the arms to the length you want them and cut any loose ties.

You could be done with your Corn Dolly at this point, but there should be sone left over husks for additional decoration if you want.

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10. Cut and fold the last corn husk over the dolls shoulders  and an additional layer of skirting and secure the waist with a knot creating a shawl and a fuller skirt.

Trim the skirt in the way you want it and you are done! 

You now have a traditional pagan Corn Dolly in time for your Lammas altar that was created under a very powerful Eclipse and infused with your intention.

Leave your doll out under the Full Moon and let it charge with the Lunar Eclipse and Corn Moon energy. Don't forget to thank your doll each time you see it!

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Happy Full Moon!

We would love to see any pictures of your corn dolls if you choose to make one! 

Please tag us on instagram #spiritdelalune so we can see your doll and feature it on our feed!

 

We are also hosting a giveaway this month! 

We are currently in the process of planning and designing our 2019 planner... and we need your help! 

We would love your input for the new planners and have created an easy way for you to help us out AND enter to win our giveaway! 

You will be entered to win the 2019 Tune to the Moon Planner, Spirit de la Lune oracle deck, and 2019 Wall calendar! As well as the Eclipse Print featured on this blog by Rachael, The Lunar Flow Ebook by Marissa, and Lunar Goddess Bath Soak and Lunar Goddess Oil by Jessica 

 
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New Moon in Cancer Energy Reading | Corn Moon Cycle

Happy New Moon!

 This New super Moon in cancer kicks off the transformative Eclipse Season.

The New Moon takes place in the watery sign of Cancer on the 12th of July. Expect waves of change to ripple throughout your life. Eclipses are always a harbinger of change and transformation. They have a way of  highlighting what is no longer working or needed in our lives in an intense fashion. We are often faced with uncomfortable truths, and the harsh reality of change.

An eclipse has a way of putting us right where we need to be and doesn't seem to care if we get a little "bruised" along the way. If you have been intentionally neglecting an aspect of your life, expect it to come to the surface during this cycle. It's time to make room for new habits and a new way of life.

This eclipse will likely bring up a lot from the past situation you faced back in January and February. (Our last Eclipse season.) So expect the past to come back up to be observed, felt, held and healed. You may be getting a new look at the past and have the opportunity for some understanding and closure.

As if entering eclipse season wasn't intense enough, we also have 5 planets will be retrograde this month. Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, Mars, Neptune, Uranus, and Mercury are all retrograde during July.

When a planet goes retrograde, we get a unique opportunity to slow down and reflect on different areas of our lives that each planet represents. Retrograde energy is about pushing pause and turning inward. We will talk more about each planet's retrograde as we go deeper into our reading.

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Each New Moon cycle we look ahead at the astrological influences of the coming cycle. We pull a card for each main turning of the moon as she goes through her 28 day cycle to create our New Moon Energy Reading.

So, grab a cup of tea and read on to see what this New Moon Eclipse has in store for you! 

 

New Moon in Cancer

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The New Moon takes place on the 12th of July, but some will experience it on Friday the 13th. Lunar energy is felt 3 days surrounding the event, so feel free to tap into the lunar energy whenever you feel it most. New Moon's typically represent new beginnings, but this particular New Moon holds even more powerful potential for major transformation and sudden change in our lives.

This is also a Super Moon, meaning that it is closer to the Earth, intensifying the lunar energy even more. Jupiter went direct on the 10th of July, just before the New Moon helping ease up some of the sluggish energy the retrograde may have caused. Expect some momentum to pick back up in your life in an area you may have forgotten about.

The New Moon is home in the sign of Cancer, which typically has us wanting to stay in and relax with a peaceful night in our own home. This time you might be faced with really looking at where you are, and deciding if you are actually that comfortable where you currently are There seems to be a sense of upheaval when it comes to stability for many people right now. Our sense of "home" is being re-looked, and new perspective is coming to light.

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Eclipses shake things up and deliver hard truths to get you where you need to be. We have been and will continue to feel this on a global scale and within ourselves as stability continues to shift for our planet.

Balance is being restored on many levels. Check in with yourself to see what balance needs restoring in your own life.

Walk through the threshold of this Eclipse. Don't allow your fear of the unknown to hold you back any longer. 

There is a strong rebirth energy available to us, prepare yourself for the rebirth. Journal your feelings, fill your body with nourishing foods, take time in contemplation and meditation. Look deep within to uncover what areas of your life need to experience rebirth. What have you outgrown? You are being asked to step into yourself more and become more you.

Tend to yourself and your needs at this time, and stay in your body! It is tempting to run away or sleep things off when emotions get intense, but right now it is important to feel what you are feeling. Sometimes negative emotions act as reminders to keep a cycle from repeating in our lives. Allow yourself to feel the emotions you do so that you can heal them properly.

The card pulled for this phase is Waning Crescent- Support. Trust in the process of change and transformation and know that you are supported. Don't neglect your physical needs, support your physical body as the vehicle it is. If you are in a vulnerable space, call out to your people and find your tribe. Reach out to those who have told you that they would be there for you. Trust that they will. It may not be in your nature to ask for help, but now is the time to receive from those around you. 

First Quarter Moon in Libra

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The moon will be in Libra as she turns First Quarter on the 19th of July. As the Moon gets brighter in the sky, your own energy expands and grows with it. The Moon in Libra causes emotions to come up to the surface to be analyzed. You may feel it hard to make decisions, or be feeling self doubt right now. Partnership and relationships could be brought into focus as the New Moon and Eclipse energy is still rippling throughout your life.

Neptune has been retrograde in the sign of Pisces since June18th and won't go direct until November 25th. This is helping us expand and understand our sense of self and spirituality. New ideas might come to you, you may even feel a sense of confusion around past beliefs as new thoughts and ideas begin to expand your awareness.

Allow yourself to be a witness to these thoughts and emotions instead of just pushing them away. Sit with your emotions and feel them fully. Observe your ideas without judgement to allow your mind to expand and open. 

The card pulled for this cycle is Lunar Eclipse- Sovereignty. This card is very fitting to see as we are moving towards the Lunar Eclipse the following week! This is an indicator that there is major change on the way for you. A new path is in your future, but you might be faced with facing the unknown before you even see the steps in front of you. Have courage and trust in your higher self and the path you have put before you.

Full Corn Moon in Aquarius 

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The Full Corn Moon takes place on the 27th of July in the sign of Aquarius. Some people may feel this energy in Capricorn depending on your time zone. Answers to the questions you've been asking are ready to flow to you.

Mercury goes retrograde on the 26th of July, just before the Full Moon. This gives us the chance to really look within ourselves for the answers we are seeking this week. 

This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse! This is again tied in with what was happening back in February. Expect new clarity and knowledge to come to you about that time.

This Lunar Eclipse is helping us tie up loose ends and gain closure on some of the lessons and trials we have faced in the past. Secrets could be be revealed, truth may come to light, it's time to deal with what is coming to the surface right now. 

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Eclipse energy is very intense, allow it to guide you. Pay attention to your surroundings and environment.

Listen to your intuition during this powerful Full Moon. Emotions are heightened, and once again you may feel your stability and sense of "home" is shaken.

The card pulled for this phase is Waning Crescent - Envision. You may not feel like you can put much energy or effort into things that seemed easy a little while ago. 

With so many planets retrograde right now, surrender and allow yourself to slow down and reflect. There may not be much that you can physically do at this time, but you can spend a lot of time visualizing how you want the outcome to be. Focus your emotions and visualize the end results if you begin to feel frustrated or doubtful at your progress. 

Don't forget to check back for the Corn Moon Ceremony! 

 

 

Last Quarter Moon in Taurus

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The moon turns to Last Quarter in the sign of Taurus on the 4th of August.The Waning Moon calls us inward once again, and the moon in Taurus asks us to have patience with ourselves and others. This is a time for understanding and exercising compassion, especially for yourself. Refill your own cup first before refilling others. Take a break if you need to! Visit a park, a body of water, or even spend time tending to your garden or house plants.

The card pulled for this cycle is Waning Crescent- Boundaries. Saturn has been retrograde in the sign of Capricorn since April, and will be retrograde until September 6th. This has brought our focus to personal responsibilities and goals, but has also helped us set boundaries where we have needed to. You might be feeling the influence of Saturn pushing you to draw clearer boundaries. 

Uranus goes retrograde on August 7th until Jan 6th, through the signs of Taurus and Aries. This retrograde really will dig up the past, but will bring a full circle from the lessons we learned from in the past. This is setting the stage for the next New Moon and preparing you for the new cycle ahead. This is a good week to contemplate and prepare ideas for what you New Moon intention will be.

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The Eclipse season is just beginning, and the intensity may rise as the planets go retrograde this cycle. Practicing self care is extremely important this month. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself. You might feel a lull in your own energy as thing slow down with the retrograde. Don't push yourself.

Look at this new cycle as an opportunity to practice extreme self care. Look out for yourself, have patience and look for ways to nurture yourself.

Change is inevitable, and this new cycle forces us to face the unknown. Surrender to the change and face your fears. 

Accepting that this month will cause you to go within and use the retrogrades to get to know yourself deeper so you can step more fully onto your path and into your purpose.

Happy New Moon! 

 

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Don't forget to charge your decks and crystals tonight under the New Moon! 

 

2018 Blessing Moon Chakra Alignment Ritual

Happy Full Blessing Moon!

Let's Align with Our Bliss!

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In order to truly follow our bliss, we must align to our centers once again. Our energy centers, or Chakras, run along our spine and are located along the center of our body. When we align back to our center we can truly connect to our purpose, find clarity, and our bliss will be easy to follow! 

So let's do a simple Chakra alignment meditation under the Full Blessing Moon! Gather 7-8 stones, one for each Chakra, your Blessing Moon card from the deck, and a glass jar of spring water. That's it!

The stones shown here from bottom to top: Red Jasper, Carnelian, Citrine, Green Jade, Turquoise, Blue Apatite, Amethyst, and  Clear Quartz.

Let's get started!


Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed (under the moonlight is best!), and create a space to lay down or sit comfortable. Take your stones and if you are laying down place them along  the center of your body: your red stone by your pubic bone or groin area; orange stone about 2 inches below your belly button; your yellow stone on your belly button; the green (or pink) stone resting on your heart; the blue stone on your throat; the purple stone between your eyes (your third-eye); clear stone at the top of your forehead, or on the ground next to the top of your head.

If you decide to sit down surround yourself with your stones in the same order, or hold them within your palms. And now relax and enjoy the energy of the Full Moon and your crystals. Notice the energy of each stone interacting with your energy... notice any emotions or thoughts that surface and allow them to rise. Are there any messages coming through? Visualize the beautiful Full Moon ray's coming down through your Crown chakra and move down through your Root chakra... cleansing and recharging each of your energy centers.

Stay in this beautiful meditation until you feel revitalized and realigned with your mind, body, and spirit. Feel  free to journal about your experience afterward. 


With the same stones you used during your meditation, now it is time to make Chakra Blessing Moon Water!

Depending on the the type of crystals you use, you can either place the crystals in the glass jar with spring water or surround the jar with the stones. Always research which stones are safe to use in water prior to use... or when in doubt, leave it out! 

Place the Blessing Moon card underneath the jar and let your Chakra water charge under the Full Blessing Moon in Capricorn! Let is charge all night under the moonlight! You can make a big pitcher or small bottle, whatever you prefer!

In the morning bring your water inside and take the gemstones out. Feel free to drink the whole glass to really help integrate the alignment, or make smaller bottles of this water, or even just water your plants with it. I would at least drink a couple of sips to get the benefits for your chakras!

We hope this simple realignment ritual recharges you and brings you back to center. Feel free to do this whenever  you need a pick-me-up.

Chakra Blessings!

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2018 Blessing Moon Cycle Reading

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Happy New Moon, beauties!

We are entering the beautiful Blessing Moon cycle. A time to focus on your blessings, cultivating contentment, aligning back to your center, and enjoying the present moment. For this cycle, we thought it would be fun to share the Blessing Moon reading from the Spirit de la Lune guidebook! Feel free to try this reading with any of your other oracle and tarot decks! 

Grab a cup of tea and keep reading what the Blessing Moon has in store for us!
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The Blessing Moon Reading 

  1. Moon rise: What is rising in my life?
  2. Flow: How is the energy moving?
  3. Full Moon: What is being completed?
  4. Ebb: What is slowing down?
  5. Moon set: What am I making room for?
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The cards are predicting a fun, a little wild, and flowing moon cycle ahead!  The New Moon in Gemini can bring unexpected surprises and changes, but it is important to surrender and go with the flow. After the Full Moon will be a wonderful time to purge and cleanse yourself and your surroundings so you can get back into your creative groove. 

1. Moon rise: What is rising in your life?

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The New Moon in Gemini takes place Wednesday, 6/13/18 and is a Super Moon! The first card pulled for the reading! We won't be able to see  this moon, since she is aligned with the sun, but we will definitely feel the energy! Expect some surprising news. It is just like the Twins to do this! How you react to this news or change of course is key. When the Super Moon card is pulled it reminds us that life is unpredictable and that's what makes life a journey! All the elements are activated on a Super Moon, so tend to your elemental realms: Air (mental realm); Fire (spirit realm); Water (emotional realm); Earth (physical realm). Which realm is feeling more off, or more reactive today? Tend to your needs and pay attention to your loved ones too. They may need some support and help realigning and tuning in too.

2. Flow: How is the energy moving?

The news or developments that have arisen during the New Moon could still be integrating in your system and you may be feeling overwhelmed at this point. If something is out of your control, then surrendering to what is is your best option. The flow of energy will really depend on if you resist this change or not. You always have a choice. Emotions are high and allow them to flow out to fully surrender. When you are able to surrender you are able to flow with the currents of the present moment. And sometimes that is truly the best medicine.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift... that's why they call it present”
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3: Full Moon: What is being completed?

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Where have  you been putting your devotion? In a special project? A relationship? Maybe not so healthy habits? Whatever it may be, there will be a turning point soon. Maybe you have reached a deeper level in your relationship; or maybe with all this time and energy you have put into your creation, you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. With the Full Moon in Capricorn on 6/28/18, utilize this ambitious Capricorn energy and sprint for the finish line. If you are not so happy with your progress, or your devotion has been lacking... make a vow on this Full Moon to yourself with how you will better use your time, energy, and willpower. A to-do list is Capricorn's best friend. You can charge it under the Full Moon to activate your willpower! Remember to do this for you and no else!

4: Ebb: What is slowing down?

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After the Full Moon, the momentum of the moon cycle begins to slow down and wane. The Sage Moon card is reminding us that this is the perfect time to reflect, cleanse and purge. Because we began with the all the elements activated during the New Super Moon, let's focus on all the elemental realms again. Get out your journal and pen: 

Air (mental realm): What patterns or beliefs are holding you back? How can you release them and create new affirmations or mantras to take their place?
Fire (spirit realm): Are you feeling connected to your purpose? If yes, how can you keep nourishing this connection? In no, what needs to change so you can reconnect?
Water (emotional realm): What emotions are weighing you down? Can you pinpoint the source of themes emotions and find forgiveness and compassion?
Earth (physical realm): How is your body feeling? Would a cleanse or detox benefit you right now? What needs to be cleansed in your surroundings?

Your answers and reflections may surprise you! Try to focus on the most pressing realm first and you will begin to feel more lighter and inspired!

5. What are you making room for?

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If you took the time to cleanse and reflect from the last card, you should be feeling more inspired by the next moon cycle approaching! Who doesn't want more room in their life for creativity, expression, and inspiration?! So follow your heart's whims and your imagination will guide you into the next moon cycle with more good vibes to create and manifest your desires. Get clear with hat you want and what you need to work on for yourself, put in the work, and your path will reveal itself! Maybe not in the way you would expect, but in a way that will compliment your energy and journey!

We hope you have enjoyed this reading and found it refreshing and inspiring! Happy New Moon everyone!

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