Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse!
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!
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
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!
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 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.
You will need:
String or ribbon
Herbs that match your intentions. (Here is a great list!)
Small crystals that match your intentions. (Need some help deciding?)
Paper with intention or goal written out in present tense.
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!
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.)
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.
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!
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