New Moon in Scorpio- Entering the Cold Moon Cycle 2017

Happy New Moon! 

IT's time to enter the waters of rebirth

Winter is slowly creeping it's way in. Much of the northern hemisphere is experiencing increasing darkness as the days grow shorter and colder. This New Moon ushers in the Cold Moon Cycle, signifying a time of both hibernation and rebirth.

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A New Moon always represents rebirth and the beginning of a new cycle, but this New Moon in particular holds potent energy for a powerful transformation. Your soul may be calling you to go through deep waters to access this rebirth, but walking through the Winter of your soul will be worth it.

There are many lessons to be found within the cold.. the Winter season can provide a true testament to the strength of our soul. Let this Scorpio season take you deep within yourself to witness the powers of your  transformation.

 

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Tune to the moon!

Grab a cup of tea or cider & read on to see what this New Moon cycle has in store for you! 


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New Moon

In Scorpio

November 18th 2017

 

 

Tonight's New Moon in Scorpio intensifies the already intense energy we may be feeling as we experience the change in seasons. Scorpio is a watery sign that evokes our intuition and intensifies our feelings. 

You may be feeling more vulnerable than normal during this Scorpio cycle. It's almost like our emotional volume knob gets turned up when the moon is in Scorpio, so a New Moon in Scorpio can provide for a very intense time!

Your psychic awareness and intuition may be sharpened, and if you are an empath, be sure to cleanse yourself during this New Moon. Emotionally you may feel more sensitive than normal. Sensuality and sexuality may be on the forefront of your mind as well during this time.

New Moon in Scorpio | Spirit de la Lune energy Report Cold Moon 2017

This New Moon offers a total rebirth on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. Take advantage of this fresh new energy that is available to you.

Travel deep within your soul and find out what it is you need for this rebirth to happen.

Don't be afraid to look within your darkness to understand yourself better during this coming Cold Moon Cycle. 

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The Card Pulled for this phase is the Blue Moon card, with the message of Renewal; a perfect card to pull for such deep waters we are about to tread.

The Blue Moon represents a rare opportunity for renewal and a fresh perspective and outlook coming your way. 

This New Moon truly is an important time for telling the universe what it is that you want. Renewal can come to us in many ways, so seek out your own way of finding renewal.

Self care is important, and you will be better for it in the future.

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First Quarter Moon

in Aquarius

November 26th 2017

 

 

The First Quarter Moon takes place in Aquarius on the 26th of November. The First Quarter Cycle is represented by the fire element; as the moon grows in the sky, our own personal energy is ignited in many ways as well. This First Quarter Moon takes place in the dreamy sign of Aquarius.

You may be feeling extra inspired during this time! Your visions and goals may soon be coming to fruition, and you may be on the verge of completing something big in your life. Maintain and hold your vision. Trust in yourself and the goals you have put into place and go after your dreams.

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Activate your goals by meditating and visualizing the outcome. Use your imagination to help you visualize the details to help you truly ignite your goals and intentions.

The card pulled for this phase is the Guidance Card. The answers to your questions will be shown to you.

It may be that you are on the brink of finishing something big right now.. if you are feeling unsure of yourself, try reaching out to those in your community or tribe for feedback and advice.

There is guidance available to you at this time, either through the help of those that love you or within your own intuitive self. Access this guidance from within through visual mediation. Take advantage of the moon in Aquarius to access your pool of inner knowledge. 

 

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Full Cold Moon

in Gemini

December 3rd 2017

 

The Full Moon takes place in Gemini on December 3rd. The moon in Gemini might have you feel outgoing and extroverted. You could be finding yourself more light hearted, cheerful and sociable than normal. 

The Full Moons represent fulfillment, celebration and the turning point of a cycle; after tonight, the moon will begin to wane back to New. This Full Moon in particular is also signaling the coming Winter season ahead for those of us on the Northern Hemisphere.

Seek comfort in your Ebb...

What does this mean? This New Moon cycle is all about the winding down of the seasons, embracing our darkness and embarking on transformation... Find the comfort in the chaos and look for the peace in the unfolding. The Winter season is inevitable, (even if you don't experience literal snow where you live!) so you might as well learn to adapt in the best way possible! 

Do something to honor yourself and aid in your relaxation right now. Go into hibernation mode if you have to- whatever that might mean to you. Take a nice bath with a cup of coffee, binge watch your favorite show with a glass of wine, or stay in with a nice sketchbook or novel. You define your level of comfort. Seek out the experiences and rituals that offer you comfort even if the outside world is full of chaos.

New Moon in Scorpio | Spirit de la Lune energy Report Cold Moon 2017

The card pulled for this phase is the Super Moon card. Be prepared for anything during this phase. 

The emotionally charged Full Moon is in the airy sign of Gemini and goes opposite the Sun in Sagittarius on the 3rd, while on the 1st, Venus entered Sagittarius.. igniting many aspects of communication within our relationships and how we express ourselves to others.

The Super Moon card indicates that a lot is going on... and anything is possible, so watch your emotions, be mindful of your habits, and choose your words wisely.

Mercury also goes retrograde on the 3rd in the sign of Sagittarius! It's important to keep an open mind and go with the flow. Use the time in Scorpio to delve into your spiritual studies and practices. Tune yourself to the moon and truly listen to your intuition before acting. Remember that Mercury retrograde is not a bad thing!

It is a normal occurrence that holds the opportunity to bring you closer to yourself and others. Your communication methods (and even technology) may be put to the test during this time, but it's nothing to worry about. Mercury Retrograde has a way of showing us what needs to be reworked for our lives to flow smoother in the future.

Don't forget to check back on December 3rd for the Full Moon Ceremony honoring the Cold Moon! 

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Last Quarter Moon

In Virgo

December 10th 2017

 

 

The Last Quarter Moon takes place in the sign of Virgo, the Healer. The Virgo energy, mixed with the Last Quarter Moon may have you feeling a bit on edge. There is going to be a lot of energy and it will need a place to go! 

On December 9th, Mars enters the intense sign of Scorpio and amps up the energy and powerful emotions even more. The Waning Moon may have you wanting to finish up goals or tie up loose ends which is important as that energy does need to go somewhere. 

Utilize this Virgo energy by looking for ways you can bring more organization into your life for the new year ahead. Virgo holds the ability to solve organizational problems in a creative way. So allow the Virgo within you to do it's job during the Waning/Last Quarter Cycle. You can organize areas of your home, donate to a thrift store, brainstorm new ideas for the upcoming year, etc.

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The card pulled for this phase is the Connect card. Remember that everything is connected!

This Virgo energy may be calling you to clean your house and organize small aspects of your life, but understand that this is connected to larger areas of your life. Everything is connected!

It's been said that the way we do one thing is the way we do everything.. try keeping your home organized and clean or working with a to-do list more consecutively and see what clarity it can bring to different areas in your life. 

This will also be important for the transition of Saturn into Capricorn on December 20th. This transit will bring our careers and our social status into focus. You may find yourself more driven towards self discipline. So use this time to help prepare yourself.

 

New Moon in Scorpio | Spirit de la Lune energy Report Cold Moon 2017

Have a happy New Moon! 

Remember to prepare for the winter season ahead. Tonight is a powerful night, so be sure to set a solid intention.

Don't forget to cleanse and charge your crystals and decks under the New Moon.While you are at it, cleanse your body and nourish your soul in any way you can..

 

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Self care is important during this time! What are your favorite ways of taking care of your Self during the New Moon? Tell us in the comments! 

2017 Full Crone Moon Cauldron Ceremony

Happy Full Moon!

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Are you ready to connect to the Crone? The Crone's cauldron is her tool for alchemy, activation, clearing, and transformation. We will be exploring cauldron magick this Full Moon weekend! The Full Moon is a Supermoon, so Her energy will feel potent all weekend long. A Full Moon in Taurus ignites all the senses and embraces relaxation, pampering, and pleasure. So we are making some witchy recipes in our cauldrons that do just that!

Below are 3 ways to work with the cauldron's in your life this Full Moon. Try them all together for a full night of celebration, or pick and choose what you need right now. Listen to your intuition!


The Cauldron Bath

Circe Indiviosa. John William Waterhouse. 1892

Circe Indiviosa. John William Waterhouse. 1892

Our bathtubs can become big cauldrons to ignite, relax, and clear our cells and energy fields with a little intention and magick. 

All you will need is:

  • 2-3 cups of salt: epsom, pink salt, or sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil - coconut oil is my favorite
  • 10 drops of essential oil - you can make any mixture you prefer, but I love Ylang Ylang, especially for this Venusian Moon (Taurus is ruled by Venus)
  • Any herbs and dried flowers for more prettiness, but completely optional

Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon (or your wooden wand!) Draw your bath, set the mood, and light candles, surround your bathtub, or cauldron with crystals and play enchanting music. Make yourself a cup of tea, and make sure you have a soft robe to put on afterward. 

When you bath is ready, take your bowl and pour your special recipe in. Stir the cauldron with your dominant hand, or the sale wooden spoon clockwise. As you stir your cauldron you can say something like this aloud:

"I call upon the elements of alchemy, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, to be present during this healing ceremony. I ask the Crone (or any specific deity you choose) to be present and nourish these waters, that my body may seek refuge, healing, and transformation in this cauldron. And so it is."

Soak in this cauldron as long as you want. And make sure to hydrate yourself throughout and afterwards. If you do not have a bathtub, you can modify this recips to be a foot soak!


Cauldron Clearing

The Magic Circle. John William Waterhouse. 1886

The Magic Circle. John William Waterhouse. 1886

Our cauldrons can be used to alchemize plant allies, using their smoke and energy to clear our spaces and invoke new energy. Sacred smoke shifts energy and can bring us closer to our intentions.

If you don't have a witchy apothecary set up, do not fear! You can use dried herbs from your pantry! Here is what you need:

  • Your cauldron - fire proof container
  • Charcoal disc, or candle
  • Lighter
  • Your dried herbs - recipes are endless!

Fall Recipe:

  • Dried rosemary - 1 tablespoon
  • Dried ginger - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pumpkin pie spice - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Star Anise (optional)

You can also add dried sage leaves, palo santo chips, for more smoke and aroma!

Combine all those ingredients into a bowl or mortar and pestle. Now, add 2 - 3 whole bay leaves. Bay leaves are known as Witch's note paper - you can write a word you would like to invoke into your energy field and then crumble it up into the rest of the incense.

Light your charcoal disc, or candle and set it in your cauldron. Now add pinches of the incense into the cauldron setting it on the disc or near the flame to make it smoke. You don't want to use it all up at once! Always be mindful and cautious, the cauldron can get hot! 

Start be clearing your energy and body, and then go around your house and clear each doorway and window- the thresholds of your home, letting energy in and out. You can say:

"Sacred smoke of the cauldron - shift the energy in the space, only (say your keywords or intentions here) can enter this place."

Say this at each threshold. And thank the elements, herbs, and Crone for their support and magick.


Cauldron Cider

Your very own soup pot or crockpot can be used to make healing brews and potions!

The Danaides. John William Waterhouse. 1888

The Danaides. John William Waterhouse. 1888

What you will need:

  • 1 liter of apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Apple slices - I used one apple
  • Cinnamon sticks - how ever many you would like!
  • A dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice - use as much as you would like
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves

Combine all the ingredients into your crockpot, and using a cinnamon stick, stir the cider clockwise and say:

"I stir this potion and set my intentions into motion. As the the light fades, and the dark sets in.. May this brew warm my heart and stoke my fires within."

Set it on the low setting and let it simmer for 2 hours. Serve then enjoy! Add a cinnamon stick to your mug to stir and for garnish! You can also let this simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes or so.


We hope you have a beautiful Supermoon weekend and let us know if you try any recipse from above! Be sure to charge your crystals and decks and try the Crone moon reading from the Spirit de la Lune guidebook!

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2017 Crone Moon Cycle Energy Report

Welcome to the Crone Moon...

...A moon cycle filled with magick, deep wisdom, and a cycle which asks you to stay receptive and open as the seasons wane. The Crone stirs you into her cauldron to be alchemized and transformed. This cycle is not for the faint of heart, and as it lands in the season of Scorpio this year... it will be more intense than ever.

Keep in mind that there are many names for each Moon cycle, and some people may resonate with the Blood Moon, Beaver Moon, or other names, but we are staying true to our Spirit de la Lune deck, and resonate with the Crone Moon energy this cycle. We follow the moon and stay flexible to her ebb and flow!

Uranus will be opposite both the New Moon and Venus during the Full Moon this cycle, so expect the unexpected. Remain open and flexible and have faith in your magick. This cycle I pulled a lot of reverse or tilted cards... so the energy is very topsy-turvy. Have faith that the Crone's cauldron will test you, but it won't be more than you can handle. 

Grab a warm brew and sit a spell, won't you? Let us begin.


10/19/17: New Moon in Libra

Tune in to the Deep

The New Moon in harmonious Libra will be disrupted by Uranus, creating twists and turns and will want to throw you off balance. But there is a method to this madness. Libran energy would rather focus on what creates more peace... which would be great, as long as it is not covering or masking a wound that needs to be seen. The card pulled for today is Waxing Crescent: Awareness. Tune in to your intuition and discernment now. The Crone Moon cycle will mostly be in Scorpio, so things will rise from the deep. Whatever is rising from the deep from within you right now, this is the key ingredient you need to throw in the cauldron to be transmuted. The external world is deep in this pot of unrest, injustice, fear, survival, and chaos. We are all feeling this to some degree... so we need to honor the deep emotions of rage, grief, despair, hunger, and yearning, that are surfacing for us.

They need to be heard and felt within us, so we can begin to make shifts outward into the world around us.

So what is surfacing for you? How can you bring more awareness to it, without judgment or shaming it? Do not cover it up. How can you honor these emotions and find peace with them?

Whatever it is this New Moon, throw it into the cauldron and let the magick begin.


10/27/17: First Quarter in Aquarius

What is Truly Worthy?

The First Quarter in Aquarius (who by the way, is ruled by Uranus, there he is again!), is a time to check in with the Water Bearer within you. Your air body (your mind) and water body (your emotions). Are they in alliance with each other right now? Is your rational mind leading, or are your emotions wreaking havoc? Or are they working together to serve you and the greater good? Continue to tune in with yourself. The card I pulled is Capricorn: The Achiever but in reverse... I felt really drawn to look into Capricorn further... remember this cycle is about going deeper. Get your hands dirty and dig deep into the soil of your terrain.

First Quarter in Aquarius 2017

I found that Pluto is still slowly moving through Capricorn right now until 2023. Pluto is the God of the Underworld, and in modern astrology ruler of Scorpio and we are in the Scorpio season! Of course we are reminded of this at this time. With Pluto in Capricorn, this is a push to find what is truly worthy of your time and energy. Be strategic with your precious energy right now... there is a lot going on, and you can better serve when you focus and direct your energy in an intense and intentional way, rather than in a scattered, multi-tasking sort of way. You will most likely feel drained and powerless if you put too much on your plate at one time. Pluto explores the use and misuse of power, and with Capricorn being the achiever and ambitious leader they are, what is fueling your desire for power? Is it controlling you? Are you using manipulation? Be open and honest with yourself. The Crone is supporting you in this.

Most importantly what is your power that is unique to you, and how can you use it to serve the greater good?

Throw this sacred ingredient into your cauldron.


10/31/2017: Halloween or Samhain in Pisces

Did you hear that? The spirits are calling!

I decided to pull a card for Halloween as well! On Samhain, the veils between realms is thin and we can tune into the spirit realm more easily than any other time in the year. This is a wonderful time to practice any type of divination to connect with your guides, Source, and your ancestors. Halloween also falls on a Waxing Gibbous in Pisces... the Psychic of the Zodiac... the energy in the cosmos is telling to you tap into your intuition and connect with the Divine! The card pulled is the Waning Gibbous: Listen, but tilted on its side. In order to listen to messages from other realms, we must be able to soften, and allow the messages to move through us. They will come to us in a way we can "hear" them. Some people feel them in their body, some hear voices, some see images flash before them. How does the Divine speak to you? And how can you prepare yourself to receive? If divination tools help, try scrying using water (perfect for watery Pisces), or read tea leaves, use your pendulum, or take out your own Spirit de la lune deck and try the Crone Moon reading in the guidebook. For many pagans and witches, Halloween is their New Year, so set new magickal intentions, celebrate, and connect into the different realms this night.

Remember to have fun and invoke joy!


11/3/17: Full Moon in Taurus

We are all Reflections

When Taurus is in her fullness and prime... She reflects all the beauty, magick, power, and potential we all have within. A Taurus Full Moon is like Botticelli's Birth of Venus... all are enamored and drawn into the euphoria and beauty she creates. However, Uranus is opposite Venus, who happens to be the ruler of Taurus on the Full Moon, taking the personal energy of Taurus and making it trans-personal... This feels awkward to Taurus and Venus. Remember to expect the unexpected,possibly in your relationships and you may feel a disconnect in your own skin. Coming back into your body will help... move your body in a way that feels good today.

The card pulled for this Full moon is Waning Gibbous: Reflection in reverse. The reflections of ourselves can be distorted at this time. You do not realize the impact you have on others. Whoever is in our lives, we chose each other to learn and grow from each other... we reflect to others what they need to see and hear and feel. Just as they do for us. People may be triggered by you today, and you may be oblivious and downright obstinate as to why (Stubborn as a bull, much? Or in this case, Taurus). Remember, we are always reflecting and sometimes projecting... which one is it for you right now? And if someone is triggering you, tap into the Taurus energy and check in with your body and the sensations it is telling you. What is this person reflecting to you? What in your life is being triggered? When this surfaces, you have an opportunity to shift it!

The Crone once again is stirring and brewing you in her cauldron.

Take these triggers and throw them in the cauldron. Or, do you feel completely vibrant and embodied today? Is Venus rising within you? Throw this into the cauldron as well. 

This cycle you are creating your own special brew with the Crone. The Full Moon ceremony we will be working with cauldron magick! Make sure to have a cauldron (fire proof container), some bay leaves, oils (carrier oil and essential oils of your choice), and an empty glass bottle, to work with!


11/10/17: Last Quarter in Leo

Dream Yourself Awake

A Last Quarter in Leo finds us releasing parts of ourselves that no longer serve the greater good, or keep us in a state of being small. Leo wants you to shine forth, since Leo is ruled by the Sun and our own Sun signs hold the energy and the potential light we can shine in the world (regardless if we are Leo or not). The card pulled is once again in reverse. It is the Waning Gibbous: Dream. You maybe holding onto a version of yourself that is unrealistic or sets you up to fail. Don't get me wrong, dreams are beautiful and keep us growing and expanding on our paths, but the shadow side of a Leo last quarter moon is self-sabotage. And if we let our ego dictate our dreams and not our higher selves... we will always play it small and always keep it just out of reach.

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We are not meant to chase our dreams... we are meant to embody them!

So what "dream" of yours, is keeping you small and always chasing? What dream fills you up completely that you explode in radiance? Embody the latter.

Also, the dream world is very active in this season. Your dreams in your sleep can reveal so much about the dreams in your heart. Here is a little dream guide for you:

  • If you are having nightmares, keep lepidolite and angelite on your nightstand or in your pillowcase.
  • If you cannot activate or remember your dreams,  place labradorite on your nightstand... it may make your dreams very vivid and keep you up though, FYI!
  • Amethyst is an amazing dream time stone to work with... keep it close to you while you sleep!
  • Use a dream journal to track your dreams and notice any patterns or themes.
  •  In the morning before you get out of bed, use rosemary oil and rub the oil into the bottoms of your feet and third-eye to remember your dreams more clearly and wake you up for the day!

This Crone Moon Cycle is potent with possibility, transformation, and magick!

Are you ready for it?

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We hope this report helps you prepare, and begin to gather your items for your Samhain celebrations and the Full Moon Cauldron ceremony! Take some time to set intentions, charge your crystals and cards, and share any pictures with us through instagram!

We love you all so much!
 

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Create Your Own Moondala Full Moon Ceremony

Happy Full Moon! 

Blood Moon - Spirit de la lune Full Moon Ceremony

The nights are getting longer as the darkness of the Autumn Season is settling in.

Tonight's Full Blood Moon takes place in the fiery sign of Aries. Aries is an active and energetic sign exuding confidence and needing expression. This week the past may be stirred up as the full moon is currently squaring Pluto, which could cause some old unhealed wounds to come back to the surface to be re-examined and healed.

Venus and Mars is conjunct in Virgo today, an occurrence that hasn't been seen since 2015. This could mean some major cycles in your relationship are ending, and a sense of balance is being restored or healed in your life. 

These are pretty intense and dynamic times. The recent events in America, paired with the full moon energy may be causing conflicted and intense emotions within many. Especially if you are an empath.

The cycle presented to us on the last new moon was one of healing. And while the term healing often makes us think of rest and relaxation, this full moon is asking us to take action towards that healing. 

Our card pulled for this cycle was the "Create" card, which seems fitting for our current energy. There is a lot of energy wanting to get moving and it is needing to be expressed in some way.

Tonight's Full Moon ceremony taps into the creative energy.

Creating Your Own Moondala

Making Your Own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune

Mandala making is a very powerful creative meditation. It not only helps you slow down and sooth your mind, but it can show you powerful truths about yourself. You can even set an intention before beginning a mandala to help further intensify the energy behind it.

The Major Arcana cards of the Spirit de la Lune deck feature Mandalas. Mandalas contain images, colors and symbols to help spark your intuition or sooth your soul. The motion of creating in a circle is very natural and soothing to us as the circular shape is inherently harmonious. 

The cards are meant to unlock your intuition and spark insight, but creating your own mandala can be also helpful for your own soul's healing. You do not have to be a good artist to create a mandala! Mandalas are a sacred space, most often a simple circle that reveals inner truth about you and the world around you. 

Follow the simple steps below to create your very own Moondala!

Finding Your Inspiration

The first part of this ceremony includes a reading to gather insight and information for your moondala. Organize your Spirit de la Lune deck (or which ever deck you are using), separate the Moondala cards from the phase cards and pull a reading of 3-5 cards using the major arcana cards, and one card from the Minor Arcana. 

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I chose 3 moondalas and 1 Phase card for this ceremony. 3 Moondalas full of symbols, colors and images for inspiration, and 1 phase card for the overall central theme.

Don't worry too much about a spread. For this ceremony we are just looking at the symbols, colors and themes that stand out the most to you.

Looking at the cards in front of you, see if you can find an overall theme or lesson for your mandala. Begin to notice elements from each of the cards. Look at the small details, the shapes, petals, or symbols within the card. 

Take notice of the colors you see as well, and how it makes you feel.

Set aside these cards for inspiration for your mandala. You can take elements of each of these mandalas and combine them into your very own Moondala.

Making a Mandala

Here's what you need: 

Pencil

Eraser

Paper

Pen

Ruler

Circles to trace: Tape, lips, plates, cups all work! (Or a handy-dandy circle maker (found at Hobby Lobby))

Coloring tools (I chose watercolor)

There are many many ways to make a mandala. This is the process that I used to create the Moondala cards in Spirit de la Lune. It's simple, fun and meditative. 

You can set an intention before you begin creating your mandala, but you do NOT have to know what your moondala will look like before you begin. In fact, I rarely ever do. This is expression, don't plan it out or think about it too much. 

1.  Trace the outer circle. You can use a small dinner plate, or a bowl to help create your outer circle. 

Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune
Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune
Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune

2. Find the center of your circle using a ruler. Make a small dot right in the center for your reference point.

3. From the center of the circle, begin to trace your other circles, working your way from small to large. Be sure each circle is centered. Using tape rings, or lids is helpful so you can see where the center is at. 

For variation in your Moondala, stagger the spacing of the rings. 

4. Take your ruler, and draw a light line through the center of the circle, and segment it out a few times. 

I divided mine into 8 sections. You can do as many or as little as you would like! The more segments - the more detailed your mandala will be.

Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune
Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune

5. Add your center symbol.

The image in the center of the mandala often represents the overall theme of a mandala.

Look back over your cards and find the symbol you want to use for your theme and center point. 

I chose to use the phase card that I pulled as the center of the Mandala. You can add any element you would like from your reading to the center.

6. Now is the time to set your intention as you draw some of the shapes found in the cards. You may helpful insights as you begin creating and filling in the designs on your mandala.

Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune

Using your other cards, begin to fill in the "bullseye/grid" with elements from your cards that you feel speak the most to you. 

Many of the cards have simple shapes, like triangles, circles or half circles/petals.

Use the guides and the grid to help keep your mandala centered and balanced as you fill in your details.

Don't worry about perfection! I'm sure that if you look too closely at the cards, you'll find many imperfections. That's often the beauty of creating. 

Allow yourself to feel into the flow of creating. Let things come to you. If you want to add something to your mandala that isn't from your cards, go for it! 

As you work on your mandala, remember to work in a circle. Start from the center and work your way towards the edges. Rotate your page, or physically move around it. Let yourself feel that circular energy as your focus goes within and around the circle you are creating.

Mandalas will draw you inward as you work on them. The are innately introspective shapes. Allow yourself to get lost in the shapes you are drawing. Ask yourself why you chose to draw petals, or stars. Ask yourself what the meaning behind this mandala may be. 

Once you have the drawing of your mandala done, it's time to add color! 

Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune

I chose to paint mine with watercolor since that's my favorite medium and what I originally did the deck in. Choose whatever medium you feel most comfortable with. Colored pencil, or marker would look great! 

Take time to work from the center out again. And be mindful of your color choice. Work with the colors from your reading if you can't think of what colors to use. Ask yourself why you are drawn to the colors you are. Colors also hold many meanings! 

The final step is to line your final Moondala in pen. I use Micron art pens, but any pen would work! This is the final step that give it that completed Moondala Feel. 

This is a good time to fill in any last minute details or embellishments on your mandala. The black lining really helps things pop and stand out.

Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune
Create your own Moondala Mandala | Spirit de la Lune

When your Moondala is complete, set up a crystal grid over it and set it under the Full Moon to activate it. You can hang your moondala in your home, use it as an altar piece, or do what Tibetan monks do with their completed mandalas- destroy them. 

But I prefer to keep mine. 

Mandalas are a meditative art form, and can take quite a bit of time if you choose to do a large one. We would LOVE to see any mandalas you create with us tonight on this Full Moon in Aries.

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Such a wonderful time to tap into our creative gifts and express some of these intense emotions we are feeling! 

Happy Full Moon! 

 

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New Moon in Virgo 2017 Energy Report for the Blood Moon Cycle

Happy New Moon! 

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Happy New Moon in Virgo!

The seasons are changing, and we are preparing for fall and winter here on the Northern Hemisphere. As the seasons change, we too may be feeling drawn inward towards our own personal shifts and transformation.

This New Moon in Virgo supports both introspection and healing that can take place on many levels and be felt throughout the entire month. You are taking a healing journey to become the best version of yourself.  

Healing seems to be a major theme right now and should be a top priority as this Moon Cycle progresses. We begin this cycle in the earthy sign of Virgo, the Healer, and wind it back down during the Last Quarter moon taking place in the watery sign of Cancer, the Nurturer.

Grab a cup of warm tea and read on to see what this New Moon Cycle holds for you!

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The New Moon takes place in Virgo on September 19th

Like mentioned above, this New Moon is very supportive of healing. There may be something that has been bothering you for quite some time now, and the answers you are seeking in regards to healing will soon be shown to you, but you must first quiet the mind to be open to these answers. 

One influence of Virgo is the need to find order and detail. When the moon is in Virgo we tend to analyze our surroundings or situation; which can be very helpful for our healing and growth, but this New moon you may need to slow down and sit in silence first in order for these answers to be shown to you.

The Healer within is waiting to speak to you, but you must first stop over-thinking your situation and be open to its message. Listen to what your body may be telling you. If you have had a physical ailment that has been on your mind, begin to look for whatever emotional connection could be related to it.

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Give your body nourishing food at this time. When the Moon is in Virgo, your body may become more sensitive to low-grade, processed food or harmful substances.

The card pulled for this phase is the Support card. Ask yourself what it is that you really need right now to support your healing journey.

Remember that you are supported in your healing by those around you, but ultimately you must be supportive of yourself right now.

You have shown up for yourself more times than anyone else has. Show yourself some love and gratitude this week. It is important to treat yourself with love during this time.

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The First quarter Moon takes place in Sagittarius and Capricorn on September 27th.

This first quarter moon takes place in Capricorn just as the seasons change.

You may be feeling the need to put things in order or prepare for the changes.

There is no need to feel rushed or stressed during this time, even though you may feel presented with that energy from others or circumstances in your life.  

Stay focused on your current goals and remember to act with grace under any pressure that you are experiencing. It will not last, and with patience you will be able to achieve everything that you are needing.

The card pulled for this cycle is the Surrender Card. Try to relax and go with the flow during this time. Do what you can do, but relax about whatever it is that feels is out of your control right now. If you are feeling stuck or in a place where you can't act, allow yourself to just be still. Sometimes we truly win, when we surrender for the moment.

 

Full Blood Moon

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This Full Moon takes place on October 5th, and is known as the Blood Moon, marking the darker months ahead. This Full Moon takes place in the fiery sign of Aries.

The Full Moon brings heightened emotions and deeper feelings, while the influence of Aries likes action and spontaneity. The Moon is opposite of Mercury during this time, making this a bit of a challenging time, as conflicts could arise with others if we are not watchful.

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There may be a sense of restlessness in the air, as we have so much energy going on, and no where to put it. There is something that needs to be expressed and energy needs to get flowing. Be careful it doesn't explode out of you.

The card pulled for this cycles is the Play card, which is very fitting for the astrological dynamics right now! You may have be feeling quite expressive, with a good eye for detail during this time, making this a great time for anything artistic. So open up and play a little bit to express this energy in a physical way.

Check back October 5th for our Full Moon Ceremony! We will be creating our very own Moondalas together on the blog for this Full Moon in Aries.

 
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The Last Quarter Moon in Cancer takes place on October 12th. 

The Last Quarter Moon takes place in Cancer and it feels almost like coming full circle with the journey that the Virgo Moon has brought us on. 

As the moon winds back down to New, we are called in once again towards our healing process, this time supported by the nurturing sign of Cancer. 

Indulge in your self care once again, and look back on the lessons you have learned this past month. 

You may be feeling vulnerable during this time or notice increased emotions due to the Cancer influence. So tend to yourself and your needs right now. Focus on your home and family and nurture that which needs to be nurtured. 

The card pulled for this phase is the Focus Card. Be aware of where you are putting your energy and focus right now. Prepare for this coming new moon by being mindful of where you put your attention and adjust accordingly. There is something that needs to be nurtured, pour your focus inward to find what it is that needs your attention.

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Tonight is the perfect time to set some intentions towards your healing journey as well as cleanse your crystals and your decks.

Don't forget to check back here for the 1st and last quarter moon updates for a more in depth astrological report! 

 

 

 
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Harvest Moon Elemental Balance Ceremony

Happy Harvest Moon!

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Today marks the closest Full Moon to the Autumn Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) and is known as the Harvest Moon. This is a time to honor the fading bloom of Summer, and keep gratitude in our hearts as we move into the darker months ahead.

In this ceremony we will be honoring the elements of creation; air, fire, water, and earth, and create a reading with your Spirit de la Lune deck for elemental balance preparing for the Equinox ahead. We will also connect to the magick and wisdom of the apple! 
 

Elemental Reading

First, separate the moon phase cards into their respective elements... you will be able to tell by the colored galaxy on each card.

Air is the New Moon and Waxing crescent cards with the Air signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. The galaxy color is indigo/purple.

Fire is the First Quarter Moon and the Waxing Gibbous cards, along with the Fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The galaxy color is red/orange.

Water is the Full Moon and Waning Gibbous cards with the Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The galaxy color is shades of blue.

Earth is the the Last Quarter moon and the Waning Crescent along with the Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The galaxy colors is shades of green.

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After you separate them into their own piles, focus on the the elements and remain open to receiving messages from each. It is the same question for each element:

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What do I need to do or embody to bring balance to this elemental realm within me?

Place the Harvest Moon card in the center to represent the Full Moon and the energy of this moon cycle.

  1. Air placement & message
  2. Fire placement & message
  3. Water placement & message
  4. Earth placement & message

 

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Take your time with the reading a journal about each message you receive. Write down ways you can actively bring this energy into your life. Which element do you really connect with? Which element intimidates you?

In my personal reading my Air realm, or third-eye, wants me to keep creating; the fire within me wants me to explore and follow my curiosities (it is also my sun sign Sagittarius); Water wants me to listen to my intuition more; and Earth wants me to bring more support into my realm... everyday rituals that support my thriving, and also I need to support Gaia more.

What do the elements have in store for you?

Before you continue forward with the ceremony, create an affirmation, statement, or  vow to yourself and each element. These are important for your Elemental offerings.


Elemental Offerings

Offering is at the heart of ceremony and ritual. It represents the cycle of giving and receiving and that all energy is borrowed. A heartfelt offering, filled with gratitude, is a deep surrender and devotion to the Divine and to Gaia. 

Now that we know what we must do for the elemental realms, and have consciously crafted our intentions and vows for each element, we offer our devotion and invoke the realms around us. 

For these offerings you need:

  • 4 apple slices - showing the pentacle
  • Air offering: incense and your intention or vow
  • Fire offering: oil and your intnetion or vow
  • Water offering: spray (or a chalice filled with moonwater or wine) and your intention
  • Earth offering: crystal and your intention or vow
  • 3 whole apples (used later)
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The Apple is a sacred fruit to the elements. When we cut an apple from the middle, the seeds reveal their magick - the five pointed star, also known as a pentacle or pentagram. Each point represents an element: Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit. 

Cut each slice so the seeds show their star. When you are ready call on each element starting with Air....

Light the incense and waft it around your apples, altar and your body. Stick it in the apple slice and call on Air and state your vow or intention aloud. Let the smoke carry your prayers upwards.

Take your oil and anoint each chakra point on your body. Call in Fire and state you vow and prayers to Fire aloud. Place 5 drops of oil on you apple slice and light a candle if safety permits.

Call in the element of Water with your intentions and vows... spray your apple slice and yourself with the water spritz, or alternatively drop the slice into your wine or moonwater and pour and offering out to the land and then take a sip yourself.

Hold your crystal in your hands at heart level and call in Earth with your prayers and intentions out loud. When you feel ready, place the stone on your apple slice.


The Three Apples

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The Fruits of Your Labor

The Lessons You Have Learned

Your Blessings and Gratitudes

 

Apples are one of the sacred fruits of Autumn along with the Pomegranate. The Apple's wisdom of Elemental Magick, along with her potent energy of the Great Mystery and cycles of Gaia, make her the perfect fruit to use in this ceremony.

After you create your Elemental offerings, take the remaining 3 apples and the offerings and place them out on the land somewhere. This is how they become an offering... it must be someplace other than your backyard or altar space. Offer up the elemental offerings first.

You should now have your three apples left.

  1. The first apple represents the Fruits of Your labor. Meditate on your harvest this year so far. What have you accomplished? What are you proud of? What new projects are you excited about? Infuse all of this into your apple and offer it out to the land to your higher self and Spirit.
  2. The second apple represents all the lessons you have learned thus far. What lessons and obstacles helped you make it this far? Infuse this apple with your sacred lessons and this time, eat it! Eat it,, and integrate these lessons into your cells.
  3. The third apple represents your blessings and gratitudes. What are you thankful for? What makes you pinch yourself with awe and amazement? Who are you grateful for in your life? What makes your life better? What and who do you love? Infuse this apple with this beautiful energy and take it with you. Keep it on your altar as a daily reminder of your blessings. When it is ready top be disposed of... bury it in the earth.

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Feel free to split this ceremony up into parts... you could even do the elemental offerings on the actual day of the equinox, September 22nd, and the Three Apples on the Full Moon. Follow your intuition and remember to offer with a grateful and joyful heart!

This is a wonderful time to create moon water and charge your crystals and cards out under the Full Moon!

Please share your elemental readings and ceremony with us by tagging @spiritdelalune in your photos! We would love to see your magick!

 

We hope you have a beautiful Harvest Moon filled with joy and blessings!

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Quarter Moon + Astro Transit Report!

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For this lunar report the moon begins her journey in the optimistic and exploring sign of Sagittarius but then quickly becomes challenged by Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus.

Moon in Sagittarius gives us all a friendly composition. We want to reach out to others, we are full of ideas, and we are ready to explore and start the week strong! We can still do this, however, there are a few things that we need to be aware of:

Mood Killer- Moon Conjunct Saturn- August 28th

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On the 28th the Moon meets with Saturn which can feel like a little bit of a "Debbie Downer". This transit sobers our minds and feelings... something that dampens the spirit of moon's original move through light-hearted Sagittarius. For some, we can feel depressed or alone even in a room full of happy people that we love... something just doesn't feel right. Those feelings are valid and very real but also temporary and brought on by the moon's struggle with serious minded Saturn. This is the best day of self-care or laying low- staying focused on what you need to do while making frequent breaks to feed your spirit and give to yourself in ways that surround you in a bubble of positivity. Journaling is also a wonderful way to channel these feelings that may come up constructively.

I suggest that you work with this energy by focusing on what needs your attention most now especially if that means work, school work (as some are starting classes now!), or being serious about long-term goals and making moves on them.

Power Shift! Pluto Empowers Our Feelings- Pluto Conjunct Moon- September 1st

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Quickly after that, the moon conjoins with Pluto (the planet of transformation) which funnels our focused & serious minds to open to the idea of powerful changes & transformation!

When moon met with Saturn a few days before the universe tested us through our feelings to be realistic about our current state in life and now here on the first we are being tested again through our feelings to reevaluate what we have seen and learned and make a positive change based upon that. This can be as simple as shifting the way that you normally perceive things, having an honest and heartfelt conversation, or connecting with someone on a deeper level. The sky is the limit with this and you won't need too much cosmic redirection to find yourself exactly where you need to be the moment you need to be there.

Power Shift! Pluto Empowers Our Feelings- Pluto Conjunct Moon- September 1st

Quickly after that, the moon conjoins with Pluto (the planet of transformation) which funnels our focused & serious minds to open to the idea of powerful changes & transformation! When moon met with Saturn a few days before the universe tested us through our feelings to be realistic about our current state in life and now here on the first we are being tested again through our feelings to reevaluate what we have seen and learned and make a positive change based upon that. This can be as simple as shifting the way that you normally perceive things, having an honest and heartfelt conversation, or connecting with someone on a deeper level. The sky is the limit with this and you won't need too much cosmic redirection to find yourself exactly where you need to be the moment you need to be there.

Doing the Shuffle with Mercury's Influence- Mercury enters Leo- August 31st

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Mercury is still currently retrograde and just recently entered into the sign of Leo on the 31st. This has a lot of us taking steps backward in order to later make moves forward so we're finding ourselves doing an earth dance- shuffling from side to side all while re-evaluating, restructuring and rebuilding – all for our highest and greatest good! If you work with this energy you'll benefit from it but if you work against it you'll feel frustrated and annoyed by all the delays but really what they're doing is slowing you down to build a stronger foundation before you can charge ahead towards the future! Mercury's move into Leo makes you verbally want to shine bright like a diamond! We are allowed (and even encouraged!) to be expressive, dramatic, and over the top with our ideas and expressions! Leo vibes want you to stand out and make an impression to allow others to see your light and al that you have to offer! There is nothing wrong with standing out from the pack, even the shyest moonchildren benefit from a little cosmic stardusting of well-deserved attention!

Rockets Firing- Mars trine Uranus- September 2nd

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On the 2nd, Mars trines Uranus the planet of innovation, surprise, and independence. Energy will be exceptionally high this day but you will want to steer clear of impulsive or forceful action which will be hard to do as Mars rules drive and the push needed to power through most obstacles.

Remember, Mercury is still retrograde and we don't want to make important decisions during this time, however, Mars connecting with Uranus makes it difficult to resist. Shortly after on the 3rd, Mars and Mercury conjoin and again this is a day of making plans, striving to move forward, and action! The best way to channel this energy is by using your brilliant mind to visualize and conceptualize the ultimate vision of what it is you want to manifest in your life, to talk about plans and brainstorm with others, and to keep an open mind for brilliant ideas to pop in and out as Uranus still has a strong influence on us during this time.

You Spin Me Right Round, Baby- Sun Opposes Neptune- September 4th

One day to be wary of is the 4th where the sun is fighting with Neptune- the planet of illusion and deception.

This makes us hazy, foggy, and unfocused and with this I also feel the need to warn people of food poisoning or side effects from medications or drugs.

This is not a day to start new prescriptions, try new diets, or make long-term decisions.

Virgo Vibes! Mars Moves Into Virgo, Mercury Goes Direct- September 5th

On the 5th, Mars (the action planet) moves into sign of Virgo and Mercury finally goes direct! Mercury naturally rules Virgo so Virgo energy is at an all time high! This is an excellent week to focus on your productivity, getting organized, and making changes to become your highest and best self as Virgo rules perfection!

These planets do not expect you to be perfect but they do want you to strive to implement the things that will make you most efficient and will make you feel the best that you possibly can feel so that you can be of service to others. This means making healthier lifestyle changes, pruning out things that are clogging your growth, or simply taking some time out to organize or clean! A fresh space helps the mind feel free and less stressed out!

Dream a Little Dream!- Full Moon in Pisces- September 6th

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On the 6th we have the full moon in Pisces which lights the sky up with an ethereal glow! You'll definitely want to check to see where Pisces rules in your chart because this is where you will see  cosmic shifting! Pisces asks you to be idealistic and for this full moon Mercury contacts Uranus and say, "Think big! Think outside of the box! Don't hold yourself back"!

Use your imagination when setting intentions and realize that anything is possible and can happen... especially with Uranus here holding surprises for you in his hands!


About Jessica

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Jessica is a healer, herbalist, and intuitive reader based in Philadelphia, PA. She has 15 years experience in reading and teaching tarot as well as 9 years experience in the study of astrology. She is best known for her insightful and powerful readings while delivering channeled messages in an honest and uplifting way as well as creating magical monthly lunar blends for her clients every new and full moon cycles charged with love, light, and specific intent for her shop and apothecary BehatiLife. Her mission is to be in service to others and the Divine and to spread love, healing, and light to all.

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2017 Harvest Moon Cycle Energy Report

Happy Total Solar Eclipse in Leo!

The total solar eclipse initiates the Harvest Moon Cycle. This cycle is all about finding the moments of gratitude and awe in our lives. With the retrogrades and the intense, chaotic energies at play right now, it can be hard to find those fleeting moments.

But the Solar Eclipse is shining light on all our heaviness so we can choose to transmute these heavy energies into something else. Something supportive, something light, and something new. The retrogrades (Uranus, Mercury, and Chiron the Wounded Healer) are bringing the collective burdens of humanity to the surface, so we can do our part to shed some light and awaken peace.

It feels like a lot to take in, I know. But the cards pulled for this cycle bring all the elements to the forefront (fire, earth, water, and air) showing balance is possible. We are also approaching the equinox which brings in balance and alignment as well. We have universal and elemental support to do our work!

We will stay grounded, centered and strong if we keep gratitude the main priority this cycle.

Grab a cup of tea and continue reading about the Harvest Moon cycle!


Monday, Aug 21st is the Total Solar eclipse in Leo (and possibly Virgo depending on your time zone)...

There is an intensity that is palpable now. The sun (collective ego) is in alignment with the New Moon (the collective subconscious emotions, fears, and desires) and creating a portal on the earth across the United States. Most places around the world will see the eclipse partially, but the energy is still infusing the earth. The card pulled for this eclipse is Courage... Telling us we have a choice. We can choose courage. We can choose to stand up collectively as humans and own our shit. Take a stand, take responsibility, and do our part to work together. It takes courage to see the best in ourselves and know that we can do better and be better. The more we find the courage to do our part for humanity within our own communities, the stronger we will be together. This will look and feel different for everyone, so take some time to really evaluate what you can do for yuourself and others right now.


The First Quarter moon is Tuesday, August 29th in Sagittarius, the Explorer.

The optimism of the Archer can lift our spirits and affirm the courageous actions we are taking. Interestingly enough, the card pulled is Boundaries. How can you push your boundaries a little further? How can you find that edge if discomfort and embrace it? This is the only way towards growth and finding new pathways. They are called growing pains for a reason? It takes friction to create a spark, which can lead to a blazing fire. What is the friction you need to create that spark in you? Allow the explorer within you guide you on this adventure.


The Full Moon in Pisces is the Harvest Moon, on Wednesday, September 6th

so expect emotions to rise like the sea at high tide.

The Pisces energy will open you to new levels of compassion, empathy, and your intuition will be buzzing. You will most likely have a new perspective of humanity and your part in this interconnected web of life. The card pulled is Cancer the Nurturer. Tend to your emotional body right now. Nurture these new gifts you are coming into. Tend to your Third-eye chakra and it will open in amazing ways. Find the gratitude and awe you have for humanity and the Earth. We need to remember and tend to these currents  so they can keep flowing through our lives and the collective. You may feel not only your emotions, the emotions of the collective on your shoulders. Do not let them become a burden. Know you are not alone and with each act of compassion, love, and kindness, the collective will soften.


The last Quarter Moon falls in airy Gemini on Wednesday, September 13th.

 

You may feel your thoughts are more scattered and you may be tapping into the collective thoughts and patterns that keep you distracted and  unfocused. The card pulled is Refine. In order to refine anything, one needs more clarity and focus. You need to hush your ego right now and tune in to your higher self. The part of you that keeps you centered and focused on your true path. Ground yourself and remember your purpose and passion. Reflect on this cycle and find those moments of absolute clarity. How can you refine your actions and thoughts so they can align with your path? Reflect and get ultra clear for the next moon cycle and the next new moon.


Throughout this moon cycle, keep a gratitude journal and write your blessings and gratitudes daily. This will invoke the energy of awe, beauty, and peace. It will also change they way you see the world and humanity.

During the time of the Solar Eclipse, set out your crystals and tarot and oracle decks, for some powerful charging and cleansing. Between 8:30 am and 3pm (pacific standard time) is when the journey of the solar eclipse unfolds. Remeber not to stare at it directly!

 

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