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DIY Moon Board Creation

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Happy Full Moon lovelies!

We want to share a fun project with you that you can begin for the next Moon cycle! It is what we call a “Moon Board” similar to a vision board or mood board, but with a Lunar twist of course!

We will show you how to create it and work with it throughout the Moon phases to really amplify, tune in, and manifest your intentions and goals. Get your scissors and glue ready and let’s begin!

Spirit de la Lune DIY Moon board
Spirit de la Lune DIY Moon board

What you need:

  • Black poster board or Cork board (you can use chalk paint to paint it black)

  • Washi tape

  • metallic pens/markers (to show up on the black board)

  • Scissors

  • Modpodge, glue, or tacks/pins

  • scissors

  • Magazines

  • glitter/stickers, anything you want to make it pretty and unique!

  • Your Moon Sign Compass or Moon compass from your Tune to the Moon Planner

 
Spirit de la Lune DIY Moon board

First divide your board into 4 even sections with the washi tape or metallic pens. The black board is optional, but I highly recommend it because it truly makes everything pop and it looks very Lunar ;)

Each section represents the 4 main turnings of the Moon cycle: the New Moon week, the First Quarter/Waxing Moon week; the Full Moon Week; and the Last Quarter/Waning week. Feel Free to write down each date for the four turnings in each section and what sign they are in. Or you can keep it blank so you can keep reusing this! That is also why I also suggest a cork/bulletin board. Either is great! You can always find the dates for the moon cycle on our New Moon energy reports, or the Tune to the Moon planner! But if you have a moon app that works too!

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Secondly, put your Moon Compass in the center of the board. We always align our New Moon with the east quadrant and our Moon Compass is the same. So the moon phases on the compass should align with your Moon phase sections on the board.

A Moon Compass helps you track your energy or intentions daily with the moon phases. The more you track your energy the more you can see patterns emerge so you can understand your unique flow of energy better. We have a free Moon Compass you can download here or you can use your Tune to the Moon Planner. Marissa also has a Lunar e-book that teaches you all about Moon charting!

Please note: The Moon Compass will be opposite for the Southern Hemisphere, so create your quadrants according to your Moon Compass so they all align.

 

Now that you have your Moon Board prepped and ready for the next Moon cycle, read below how to use The Moon Board during each Moon phase!

When the Moon is New…

Spirit de la Lune DIY Moon board

Now that you have placed your Moon Compass… on the actual date of the New Moon for the Moon cycle up ahead you can use this board and write your intentions and begin to track your energy daily by coloring the moon slices!

Before you begin using your Moon board, think about your intentions and goals for this next moon cycle. Grab your journal and answer the following questions:

How do you want to feel?

What do you want to accomplish?

What do you want to set into motion?

What do you want to release?

What lights you up right now?

What is your New Moon intention/goal/desire?

What is your vision for this Moon Cycle?

Begin to scour your magazines and find images and words that align with your vision. Have fun! Put on some music and ignite your creativity!

In the New Moon Quadrant write your intentions and glue your images and words into this section creating your first mini vision board!

Other things you can do too during the New Moon phase/week:

  • Pull a tarot/oracle card for each quadrant… what is the current energy showing you? What does it reveal about your next step?

  • Keep you moon board somewhere you can see everyday and interact with it everyday by coloring in your moon slices and reading your intentions out loud

  • Choose a crystal for this week and program it with your intentions

  • Carry this crystal with you during the day and sleep with it at night

  • Before you go to bed each night this week, smudge your bed/your aura and ask your Higher Self to reveal any messages you need to hear during your dreams

When the Moon is Waxing..

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The First Quarter Moon phase is all about action, momentum, and ignition… but not just any kind of action. Inspired action is key!

Everyday during this week, do this mini inspired activation meditation using your Moon board and a candle. It doesn’t have to be long, just long enough for you to get tuned in and spark your inspiration.

Sit in front of your Moon board, light your candle and have your journal ready. Invite your Higher self, your guides, the Universe to sit with you. When you are ready, ask yourself any of these questions:

 

What is my Soul calling me to do today?

How can I be of service today?

What is the message I need to share today?

What am I inspired to do today?

Notice, the questions are focusing on TODAY. Stay in the present moment during this phase. You have already focused on the bigger picture during the New Moon week, now it is time to trust your intuition and begin where you are at. The time is NOW.

Sit with these questions and gaze into the flame. Write any messages you receive and when you feel ready, read your journal entry and choose something you feel called to do.

Write one inspired action on your Moon board and put your focus and energy into this one next step.

As you keep flowing with this exercise you may want to add more than one step a day, but just start with one inspired action for now, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

If you do this everyday during the First Quarter week, you should have about 6-8 inspired actions steps you actually took this week! That is amazing! You are amazing!

Other things you can do during the First Quarter phase/week:

  • Feel free to draw a card for each day to gain more clarity for each inspired action

  • Is there a crystal that can help you stay motivated and inspired this week?

  • Does each inspired action have a crystal to work with?

  • Feel free to pin/tape you other to-do lists in this section, this is a time to get sh** done!

  • Also feel free to add anymore images and words/affirmation to this section

  • Keep moon charting daily!

When the Moon is Full…

Spirit de la Lune DIY Moon board

The Full Moon illuminates everything in your life. She illuminates the good, the bad, and everything in between. Now is the time to cultivate gratitude in your life and focus on the blessings. Open your heart to compassion, forgiveness, grace, and love.

Surrender to the flow.

This week with your Moon board, create a new kind of list. I gratitude and blessings list. Have a glass of water and your journal handy and answer these questions each day:

What am I grateful for today?

What I accomplishing?

What blessings have I received this day?

What is opening my heart?

What is my intuition guiding me to do?

What am I loving about myself right now?

Answer those questions and write a couple of the most meaningful ones in the Full Moon quadrant. When it is the Full Moon, take your glass of water and charge it with all the things you wrote on your Moon Board. Hold your glass heart level and repeat aloud what you wrote. Let the water charge under the Full Moon and drink this beautiful Moon-charged elixir the next morning!

Other things you can do during the Full Moon phase/week:

  • Try one of the Spirit de la Lune spreads created for that exact Full Moon (you can find it in the guidebook)

  • Place a rose quartz of clear quartz in your water to amplify the energy!

  • You can also take you charged moonwater and put it in your bath instead

  • Color in the Full Moon Moondala in the Tune to the Moon planner!

  • Also feel free to add anymore images and words/affirmation to this section

  • Keep moon charting daily!

When the Moon is Waning

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The Moon cycle is winding down and all the energy you have built up and created during the Moon cycle is now coming back down to earth. This means you could begin seeing your goals and intentions coming to fruition and completion, or it is time to release them and let them go and learn from them.

This week get your journal out again, and choose a dark or black stone to help you release and let go of this Moon Cycle. Answer the questions below:

What did you complete this Moon cycle?

Did you complete your intention?

Did this Moon cycle progressed as you envisioned it would?

Did your intention change or shift?

What did you learn?

What are you letting go of?

What are you looking forward to?

Write at least one thing you are letting go of each day on your Moon board is the Last Quarter quadrant. Take your dark stone and ask it to help you release whatever you wrote down. Lay it out under the moonlight on the earth each night this week. IT is import to place it on the earth because Mother Earth will be absorbing this energy and transmuting it for you. Place the stone on the Moon Board during the day.

Other things you can do during the Waning phase/week:

  • Practice grounding meditations sitting on the earth under the moonlight

  • Make a list of everything you are letting go of and in it to the board, later you can burn it in a fireproof container

  • Get to bed earlier and focus on rest

  • Prep your next Moon Board!

  • Keep moon charting daily! PLEASE NOTE: The Moon compass may miss the last 2-3 days of the Moon cycle… this is the Dark Moon phase and a time to rest and just be.

We hope you enjoyed this DIY and we hope you make your own! Please share pictures with us!

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Full Super Planting Moon Crystal Grid Creation

Happy Full Planting Moon and Equinox Blessings!

This Full Super Moon is the Planting Moon in the sign of Libra, a sign that loves balance and structure… it is also taking place on the Equinox. This Full Moon holds potent energy!

We are all experiencing a new shift in the energy with a new season ahead of us! The Equinox seasons are a time of balance, and we thought this would be a wonderful time to teach you how to create a crystal grid to help you align your energy to your intentions and desires, bringing you into the balance with your purpose and truth.

This Full Super Moon is the Planting Moon in the sign of Libra, a sign that loves balance and structure… it is also taking place on the Equinox! This Full Moon holds potent energy!

Putting different crystals and stones together in geometric patterns activates the crystalline energies of each crystal and generates a beautiful union of their energies. A crystal grid channels a vortex of hyper-focused intention and pure healing energy from Gaia. Crystal grids are beautiful, creative, and very fun and meditative to make. And when aligned with the Moon phases (this Full Moon!) you can learn to work with the energies of the cosmos and with Gaia to truly manifest your desires in the physical realm.

Intention is key.

First, you must know your intention for your crystal grid. Why do you want to make a crystal grid? What needs healing energy right now? What needs to be activated within you? What feelings do you wish to invoke with this grid? Choose your crystals accordingly. This process alone will take intention and research. You do not need to buy all new stones to make your crystal grid – start with what you have and follow your intuition. You can make your grid as large and complex, or as small and simple as you wish. Do what feels good to you.

 
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We always begin with the center stone -the core essence of your grid that gets programmed by the surrounding crystals. This can be a cluster, generator point, a sphere, a specimen, or even a small tumbled stone - but it typically is different than the rest. The center could even be a candle, tarot card, an affirmation, statue, or talisman you want to be charged with the crystal energies. You can use a Moondala card from the Spirit de la Lune deck!

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If you are having a hard time choosing your intention, draw a tarot or oracle card and place it at the center. You can place the stones over your card or spread. Choose as many other stones as you want to go around your center stone that have complimenting energies. Having multiple of the same stone will build that specific energy. Having a variety of stones will each add their own unique vibrational signature. The choice is always up to you and what you have on hand. There is no wrong way of doing this!

Program your crystals.

Before you lay each stone, (starting with the center stone and working outward) hold each stone (you can hold each one individually, or multiple in your hands) near your heart and pour your intention into it. Visualize pure crystal energy coming up from the earth into your body, and pure stardust galactic energy from the Heavens pouring through your crown – let both energies meet at your heart center and pour into your stones. Use all your senses, and focus on your intentions and the feelings you wish to invoke. The crystals will hold these energies. I personally believe all stones are programmable. They want to connect with us and help us on our journey. Each stone you have has already chosen you too. Remember that!

Setting up Your Crystal Grid

 
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Now set up your grid from the center stone and moving outward in a clockwise motion. Remember to set up your grid with humbleness and reverence. We are activating the crystalline grid of the earth, our bodies, and other realms while creating this powerful vortex-energy. When creating crystal grids you are shifting the grids of the old paradigms and creating new ones! This is very powerful earth magick! The Flower of Life mandala is a great sacred geometric map to align your grid with. Traditional grids are symmetric for even energy distribution, but as you create intuitively and work with your stones, create a design that appeals to you and your intentions. Think of it as a crystal mandala (or snowflake!) -no one will ever make this mandala ever again! Each stone and design is different -you are also activating the powerful and unique crystal healer within you and bringing your own vibe to this creation!

Activate your grid.

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After laying each stone, take a crystal point and use it as a wand to activate the grid. If you have a traditional wand already, you can use that instead. Or simply use your dominant index finger. Begin and touch the center stone/object with your wand of choice, and from there touch the top crystal (twelve o’clock position) and moving clockwise, touch the next crystal (one o’clock), and then touch back to the center stone. Next, from the center stone touch the stone at one o’clock position then the two o’clock position, then back to the center, and so forth. You are drawing a line of energy and connecting each stone together. Think connect the dots, but always bringing the energy back to the center stone. Really visualize this line of energy you are creating through each crystal connection. What color is it? How does the energy feel? While you are doing this, infuse the grid with your intentions… What feelings and emotions do you want to program into the grid? Truly feel those emotions surface. Do you feel the vibration and aura of the grid growing and shifting? Are you feeling any different? Go around the grid at least once until you are back up to the top stone and connecting it back to the center. I personally prefer to go around in 3’s, but you can always go around as many times as you feel called to. But always complete the circle by ending at the top of the grid and back to center stone. Depending on how complex and layered your grid is, it could take a while! Stay focused and soften your gaze, opening your third-eye, and you may find yourself in a trance or peaceful meditative state! This is the basis for creating and activating a crystal grid!

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If you created it on a tray or plate, place it under the Full Moon to charge it!

Keep the grid up as long as you feel you need it, or until you feel it has done what it needs to do. If animals or little’s knock it down, it usually is a good indicator that the crystal grid has shifted what it needs to shift and is no longer needed, or it is time to readjust it! However, if your intuition says otherwise, you can always reactivate it and set it up again (try to find a place it can be left undisturbed). See what unfolds and trust the crystals are assisting you in the way you need, not necessarily the way you would prefer. Crystal grids teach us to trust the process.

Need more Guidance?

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We understand not everybody has a lot of crystals to work with and to set up crystal grids, but we are here to help!

We are now offering Readings, Grid Mandalas and Healing sessions with crystals and our deck!

Marissa is offering a Moonifest Crystal Grid healing sessions, & Rachael is offering custom intention mandalas for crystal grids.

Happy Full Planting Moon! Please share your crystal grids with us on instagram! Be sure to charge your decks, crystals and grids under this beautiful Super Moon and plant some intentions for this new season!

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Invoking the Supermoon - Creating Lunar Eclipse Intention Incense

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Happy Full Supermoon & Lunar Eclipse!

What a beautiful & powerful way to kick off the New Year!

A Super Moon is what happens when the moon is closer to the earth than normal making her appear larger in the sky. This event can intensify our emotions, enhance our intuition, and can even bring about unexpected news or events.

This Supermoon is also a Lunar Eclipse! This will intensify our emotions even more while bringing us new revelations and insight. Lunar Eclipses also have the ability to bring us life altering news, so expect the unexpected with this one!

A Lunar Eclipse is when the Sun is opposite the Moon, this lets us take a look into our emotions and close relationships in a different way, with fresh eyes and new perspective. You might feel overly aware of the imbalances in your life on top of your enhanced sensitivity.The Moon is also square Uranus, which can cause moodiness, impatience and impulsive reactions.

Allow the Lunar Eclipse to help you stay objective so you can keep your mind set towards growth and progress.

This is also the Sage Moon according to the Spirit de la Lune Deck and Planner. Each Full Moons has varying names according to different cultures throughout history. This month, according to our system marks this as the Sage Moon. A time of cleansing and making way for the potential growth that lies ahead.

Remember that major shifts are taking place... this can open you up for so much growth ahead. Trust this Divine Cosmic Energy and allow it to transform you. Get proper rest and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

You might be feeling extra sensitive during this time. Check in with yourself often. Be sure you aren’t picking up the emotions of others! Burning incense or sage can be a great way of cleansing yourself. (Even science says it has benefits of killing bacteria in your home!)

For tonight’s ritual, we are creating intention incense! Because this Full Moon takes place in both Leo and Cancer depending on locations and time zones, we are also including a meditation for both!

Lunar Eclipse Intention Incense

Honor the Sage Moon Lunar Eclipse by creating your own intention incense to invoke the energies you want in your life.

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You will need:

  • Whole bay leaves… as many as you need

  • Herbs associated with the current sign or whatever aligns with your intentions

  • Mortar & Pestle (If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use the bottom of a coffee mug over a wooden cutting board, or use ziplock back and a rolling pin!)

  • Cauldron or a fireproof container for burning.

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Herbs for Cancer:

  • Jasmine

  • Mugwort

  • Rose

  • Lemon balm



Herbs for Leo:

  • Sage

  • Cinnamon

  • Sunflower petals

  • Dandelion

Spirit de la Lune Full Super Moon Eclipse Intention Incense Ritual

Bay leaves are known as ‘Witch’s Note Paper’ and have long been used in spell work!

In ancient times, bay leaves were even eaten by the Oracles of Delphi before giving divination.

Bay leaves are used to enhance psychic powers strengthen intentions and give protection to the user.

You can use almost any type of pen to write your intentions on the leaves too. (Add extra power to your intentions by using a blessed or moon-lit charged pen!)



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Using your mortar & pestle, grind up your bay leaves. Keep your intentions and goals in mind as you grind your herbs and create your incense.

If you need to grind your other herbs, empty the bay leaves out first. Yes you’ll be mixing the herbs together, but it will grind easier with less in the bowl.

Mix the bay leaves with the other herbs of your choice and store in an airtight jar.

(Remember you can use a zip-lock bag and rolling pin for this if you don’t have a mortar & pestle)



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During the Eclipse, burn them on your altar in a cauldron or other fire-safe container.

You can use a charcoal tablet to help it burn longer. (Here’s a great guide!)

Watch the smoke to drift towards the heavens carrying your intentions and wishes.

Cleanse your energy in the smoke. Clear and purify your decks and crystals with it. Allow it to burn on your altar to charge your intention and focus the energies you are wanting to bring into your life.

While the incense burns and does it’s work, try one of these visualizations under the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!


Cancer Energy- The Three Cauldrons

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In the Celtic tradition, the Three Cauldrons are sacred containers within your body that hold the energies of magick, spiritual wisdom and creation. The Three Cauldrons can be loosely related to the Third-Eye, Heart, and Sacral Chakras, but they are not the exact same energies. They are also linked with the Earth, Sea, and Sky.

Close your eyes and visualize a beautiful cauldron within your Third-eye. What does this cauldron look like? Imagine the Lunar Eclipse energy pouring into this cauldron... What kind of magick begins to brew? Let this cauldron bubble over and flow into the next cauldron within your heart space. What does this cauldron look like? What emotions surface for you? Let the energy keep brewing and flowing through you. When your cauldron begins to bubble over again, let the energy pour into the third cauldron within your pelvic bowl. What does this cauldron look like? And what does your magickal brew look like now? Connect and feel all three cauldrons working together. They are alchemizing your intentions and holding space for your magick to flow. Stay in this space for as long as you like!

Leo Energy - Crown Visualization

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Invoke the energy of the Empress (2019 is the year of the Empress according to Tarot), and the noble, royal energy of the Leo by closing your eyes and focusing on your Crown Chakra.

Imagine the the beautiful Full Moon shining above you and pouring her Moonlight into your Crown. As your Crown Chakra fills with Moonlight, you begin to feel the weight of a crown on your head and a beautiful crown forms across your brow.

What does your Crown look like? This Crown connects you to the Divine, your guides, and helps you act from your Higher Self. How does it feel to wear this crown? What messages do you receive from the Divine? 



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After you are done with your visualizations and ceremony, you can bury the ashes of the incense or put them in a flowing stream of water. If you’d like to save them, you can use the ash for black salt.

Happy Super Full Moon and Eclipse!

Don’t forget to charge your decks and crystals under this powerful moon!

..before we go… we have exciting news!!

The planners are now shipping!

We are so excited to announce that the planners are now in our hands and are no longer in ‘preorders’!

This planner has been a culmination of hard work, a lot of love, obstacles, and frustration... The whole spectrum of emotions have been felt!

Thank you all so much for your love, support, and patience, as we learn to navigate new-to-us production, shipping and manufacturing. It is not easy being a two-woman show across multiple states, but somehow Rachael and I make it work! If anything, we have learned so much from this creation.

To be completely honest, we are still a little hesitant to make the 2020 planner, there were so many delays we could not have foreseen, but moving forward we will definitely do everything we can to ensure everything goes smoothly and timely.
If we make the 2020 planner, we will start creating it way sooner!
Marissa will not be pregnant the majority of the year so that will help.
We will not rely on others to make deadlines they cannot keep.

And finding a local printer is priority... Shipping is cray!

All that being said, it is amazing to see your own creations come to life and manifest physically! You can create anything you put your mind to! Dedication, focus, support, and passion build the foundation for manifesting.

We are so excited to see these go out into the world finally and we hope you love them as much as we do! 💖

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Happy Full Moon!

2018 Wolf Moon: Seven Ways to Celebrate the Solstice

Happy Full Moon & Merry Solstice Season!

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The Wolf Full Moon this year takes place the day after the Solstice, Yule... the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, or the lightest day (Litha) in the Southern Hemisphere.

We thought it would be fun to share 7 ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice, and in turn, you can do any of these activities on the Full Moon as well!

Listen to your intuition and choose 1 or more activities below to celebrate Yule and the Full Wolf Moon!

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1. Celebrate with a Yule Log

Yule is one of the seasonal celebration of the Sun and light on the Wheel of the Year. It marks the rebirth of the Sun after the darkest day of the year. It symbolizes hope and renewal knowing the darkness will pass and light will always return. An omen much needed in the cold winter months.

A beautiful and ancient tradition is burning the Yule Log. Evergreens, have always been venerated by the ancients because of their eternal nature and ability to live through the cold Winters unlike the deciduous trees. The Druids would travel deep into the forests in winter to harvest Holly and Mistletoe, and the Yule log was either gifted or chosen on one’s own land and burned specifically on Yule in the hearth of the home.

We can replicate this tradition by burning a specific log in the fireplace, or creating a Yule log and drilling 3 whole in it to place candles in. Write your intentions on the log, sprinkle it with herbs, pour mead or wine on it as an offering to the Fae or the God and Goddess, or Holly King, and burn it the night of Solstice. You can also dress the candles if you cannot burn a full log. Or you can celebrate with a bonfire.


2. Create a Yule Witch's Bauble

A Yule tree carries great symbolism and in a way is an altar in of itself, what we hang and put on our tree is very important to our personal beliefs. So amp up your yule time altar by placing a beautiful and herbal-charged ornament onto your yule tree!

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3. Create a Wolf Moon Den

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With Winter in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, the Cancer Full Moon may be pulling you to stay home and seek nourishment (or gravitate towards the ocean in the Southern Hemisphere heat of Summer). The Wolf Moon encourages you to listen to your body. Listen to your primal instincts and what you need right now.


4. Solstice Vigil

To honor both the dark and light of Solstice hold a vigil for yourself and focus on your intentions and meanings of Yuletide. Turn off all lights and experiencing the longest night of the year, reflect on renewal and peace, what 2018 brought you and what Yule means to you. When you are ready, or when it is the exact time of the Winter Solstice, turn the lights back on to symbolize the birth of the New Solar Year, or watch the sunrise.


5. Have a Solstice Gathering

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The Wolf Moon is a time to celebrate with your tribe, so we thought we would show you how to create your own moon circle and celebrate with all your sistars to bring in the Solstice with lots of love, connection, and joy!


6. Solstice Reading

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  1. What has the darkness taught me?

  2. What am I leaving behind?

  3. What is the light revealing to me?

  4. What is being renewed?

  5. How can I shine my light even brighter than before?


7. 2019 Word of the Year Ceremony

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A word of the year allows you to choose something that is a guide or inspiration, a reminder rather than a rigid goal. A Word of the Year acts as an anchor that can bring you back to your center and core goals. Learn how to choose a word of the year for 2019 with our ceremony!

We hope you have a beautiful Holiday season, whatever you may celebrate, and may 2019 be your most magickal year yet!

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Make 2019 your most Magickal Year yet!

Pre-order the 2019 Tune to the Moon Planner!

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We are just as excited to get our hands on it as you are! If you have purchased it already, your confirmation email is the PayPal confirmation you received. We should begin shipping the planner the second week of January, or as soon as we receive the shipment from our printer! We apologize for the delay, but it will be worth it! We promise!

Whoever pre-orders the planner, will also have the option of joining Marissa in the Tune to the Moon private FB community for her new e-course, The Cosmic Cleanse, launching on the New Moon 1/5/19!

Full Cold Moon in Gemini | A Vision Board Ritual

Happy Full Moon!

Happy Full Moon in Gemini!

And Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! Tonight is the Full Cold Moon, and those of us in the northern hemisphere are likely going to feel a turn in the weather from here on out as the Full November Moon often marks colder temperatures on the way.

The Full Moon in Gemini is the perfect time for planning ahead and envisioning your future. Typically New Moon’s hold great energy for setting intention, but the Cold Moon represents an ebb in energy, and that couldn’t be more perfect as Mercury is in Retrograde until the 6th of December. Take this time to look at your intentions and goals. Rework what needs to be reworked! Refine your intention.

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It might be hard to see what steps to take right now to attain your vision, so take a step back and enjoy the visualization part. Your imagination is a powerful tool!

Mercury Retrograde makes for the perfect time to refine your work, and make plans.

This is the perfect time to shop around and compare rather than make big or spontaneous purchases. Be careful no to sign important contracts, or make life altering decisions right now. You might be prone to changing your mind when Mercury goes direct!

Remember there is no need to hide away during this time. Go with the flow, but expect some delays. Be understanding of yourself and others, and use this time to prepare and plan.

The Moon is in the house of Gemini, an intellectual air sign that loves to ponder and expand ideas. We are using this lunar energy and Mercury Retrograde to create vision boards for our future. A vision board is a tool that helps us clarify and amplify our goals and intentions.

Creating a Full Moon Vision Board

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Put simply, a vision board is a place where you put images or words that match your goals and desires so you can see them daily and reaffirm your intention.

There have been numerous studies done on visualization and success rates. Check out this cool study from forbes magazine!

Creating a Vision Board on the night of the Full Moon can be very impactful. Especially if you are combining it with crystals and other elements of magick!

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What you will need:

  • intention or goal

  • images and words from magazine clippings, or websites

  • poster board or cardboard, you can do this in your journal, art journal, the back of a notebook etc.

  • mod-podge, glue, or tape

  • paintbrush

  • crystals that match your intention

  • altar

It’s important to begin this ritual with a clear intention. Vision boards can be focused on long term or short term goals. Go back to your new moon intention if you need to! If you aren’t sure where to start, begin by journaling or meditating. Ask yourself where you would like to be in a year, or 5 years.

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  1. Meditate on your intention and visualize what it is you are wanting to create in your life. As you do this, check in with your emotions. What would it feel like to attain this vision? What emotions does this vision evoke?

  2. Once you have your intention, Go through old magazines, websites or books and look for images and words that feel in alignment with your vision and the emotion you evoked during step one. The images you choose don’t have to look e

    The images you choose don’t have to look exactly like what you are wanting. You are just wanting a visual that evokes the emotion you felt during the process. You can find great magazine for vision boards at thrift stores or online here. Pick words or short phrases that feel in alignment with your vision as well. A good mixture of both will help both hemispheres of your brain, and your subconscious and conscious get to work!

Spirit de la Lune Full Cold Moon Vision Board Magic Ritual

3. Once you have gathered your words and images, arrange them on your poster board in a way that looks good to you!

collage hints:

  • Try several arrangements. Take pictures and compare. You will want to like the way it looks!

  • Glue in layers. Use big pieces for the background.

  • Put the words and smaller images on last.

  • Apply the mod-podge directly to the posterboard. Applying it to magazine . paper will make it weak and curl.

  • Take a picture of your arrangement before you begin gluing. It’s easy to forget how you wanted it once you start gluing!

  • You don’t need much glue with magazine paper. It tends to bubble up, so use thin layers and gently press the bubbles out with your fingertip.

4. Once the glue is dry, it’s time to charge and dedicate your board!

You can use crystals or other meaningful objects to charge your board.

Pleace your vision board on a flat surface, preferable where the Full Moon can shine onto it, and arrange your crystals around and over your vision board.

You can use any crystals that are in alignment with your vision! I used quartz points and rose quartz for mine because quartz can be programmed with your intention and is a great amplifier.

Keep your board charged under the moonlight for the duration of the Full Moon

Spirit de la Lune Full Cold Moon Vision Board Magic Ritual
Spirit de la Lune Full Cold Moon Vision Board Magic Ritual

5. After the Full Moon, place your board on your altar for the remainder of the lunar cycle or for however long you’d like it to keep it up.

It’s recommended to keep your vision board somewhere where you will see it often.

You can add new things to your vision board as you feel! There are no official rules. Make it your very own!

Full Moon energy can best be felt three days before and three days after the actual Full Moon, so you will have plenty of time to gather your magazines if you don’t have any around your house!

Happy Full Moon!

Spirit de la Lune Blessings Marissa Rachael

Don’t forget to charge your decks with your vision boards under the Full Moon!


 

We are SO excited to announce the 2019 Spirit de la Lune Planners!

 

2018 Crone Moon: Ritual in a Jar And Creating Sacred Space

Happy Full Crone Moon!

This Full Moon takes place in the earthy sign of Taurus, a sign of strength and endurance. In many ways, you may feel your own patience and inner strength being tested. Remember to stay grounded and remain rational during this time.

Venus is still retrograde in Scorpio and is opposite this Full Moon in Taurus. Taurus holds energy of new growth and life- while Scorpio holds energy of darkness and death. Venus, the planet of love, represents our relationships, with others and ourselves. The Moon represents our emotions and intuition.

This means there may be some changes and shifts going on in our relationships, and Scorpio means the transformation may feel chaotic. It’s important to practice patience and forgiveness with others right now. Taurus is also known as the Lover, so remember to not only stay grounded, but in your heart space.

For tonight’s Full Moon we are keeping this blog post pretty simple. We are currently celebrating new life with the arrival of Autumn, Marissa’s new baby, and simultaneously stepping into the season of death as with the arrival of the season Autumn. There is a lot of change happening right now!

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A good way to stay grounded in times of change and chaos is to keep an altar or a dedicated sacred space in your home.

This is a place where you can set your intentions, perform rituals, and charge your decks, crystals, or other sacred items.

You can light candles on your altar each day to remind you of the intentions you set for the new moon.

Putting your altar in a central location in your home will help you notice and remember your intention as you walk past it each day.

Burn Sage for clearing and cleansing. Light candles for dedication and intention setting. Sweetgrass is burned for calling in matriarchy energy and enhancing love, and Palo Santo is burned for healing and purification.

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Cauldron Candle, Lion and Warrior Print, Earth Mother Print

Decorate your altar by placing items or pictures on it that are important or meaningful to you! There is no wrong way to set up your altar.

Change up your altar often to keep the energy and intention is fresh. A seasonal altar is a great way to connect with the current sabbats and seasons.

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Tonight we also have a magickal ritual to share with you from Ritual in a Jar! They sent us their Clairvoyance Ritual in a Jar just in time for the thinning of the veils. The jar has everything you need to perform the ritual... The candles, oils, sage, and herbs... The aroma when you open the jar is divine.

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This is a wonderful ritual to awaken your third-eye, connect to your intuition, and perform before any divination practices you do to really enhance them. I was personally over 40 weeks pregnant and my intention for the ritual in the jar was to find out exactly when my baby girl would be born!

The ritual comes with a beautiful scroll and gives you step by step instructions to perform the ritual to enhance your intuition.

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After I used the Ritual in a Jar, I used our Spirit de la Lune deck and pulled the specific upcoming moon phases and moon signs for the week coming up. I used the third-eye talisman from the jar to choose the cards. The two cards I ended up pulling were the Waxing Gibbous: Courage and the Aquarius card. October 19th...

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The day I was actually scheduled to be induced and the moon sign Aquarius. October 19th did end up being the day we had our little moon child, and the day started off in Aquarius, but she ended up being a Moon in Pisces like her mama! I loved that the Ritual in a Jar gave me space to clear my head and open my mind since I had been constantly worrying and fretting about going into labor!

The ladies of Ritual in a Jar are giving our readers a discount code for any of their jars! Use the code: spiritdelalune for 15% off your order! 

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It may be a little too late to try a ritual jar out for this Full Moon, but it’s still a great time to set up your altar and perform a ritual to connect with Spirit. The veil is thinning as we get closer to Samhain, and it’s a great time for connecting with our ancestors and spirits!

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Don’t forget to charge your decks and crystals under the Full Crone Moon!

Connect With Your Ancestors | Full Moon & Equinox Sangria Ceremony

Happy Full Moon & Autumn Season!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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

Happy Full Harvest Moon! 

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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

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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!

Lunar Blessings

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

 

 
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