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A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Smudge wand

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

Happy Full Blessing Moon & Eclipse!

The Summer months are here and in full force over here in the Northern Hemisphere. This Full Moon in many ways, marks the last big planting time of the season. All that needed to sprout roots for the long months ahead is in the ground growing towards its full potential while we prepare and maintain for the coming harvest.

The Blessing Moon marks a time of both celebration and preparation!

Abundance can be found all around right now, and this Full Moon in Capricorn might have many of us wanting to play in the garden, placing our last minute plants into the Earth.

This current Lunar Eclipse holds potent energy for rebirth and transformation on many levels for us all…

It is very important to remember to cleanse and clear away any old or stagnant energy that might be blocking you from your growth! This might mean reorganizing or physically cleaning.

It’s also important for empaths and highly sensitive people to be clearing their energy and protecting their auras/shields right now!

Not only are we currently in the middle of the Eclipse season…but we are deep in the many big retrogrades of 2019.

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

Many of these planets will be retrograde for several months, so the lessons they offer might be a bit more subtle than Mercury’s and the current Full Moon’s.

A retrograde is when a planet appears to be moving backwards… It really isn’t, but the retrograde does cause US to slow way down ourselves… the energy causes us to reevaluate, rethink, and replan.

Eclipses, like the current Full Moon we are experiencing shake up the current energy so that what isn’t working in our lives can come to the surface to be dealt with and healed.

With all this going on, we are currently welcoming in big changes and deep transformation into our lives that will have lasting impact.

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

This Lunar Eclipse wants us integrating these karmic lessons on a soul level so that we can enter a new chapter in our lives free from the weights and baggage of the past.

In order to truly embrace this change we need to prepare ourselves and our environment for the upcoming transformation. Similar to weeding a garden… smudging or saging your home or space will clear way old energy (and even bacteria) that is stagnant, negative or could be inhibiting your growth.

Blessing your space and calling in the energy of transformation and change after you clear the energy is a great way to help set an intention for the changes ahead. Cleansing and blessing your space and self can make way for new and healthy growth, while also helping your garden flourish!

(This is a guest post by Rachael of Tree Talker Art and a co-creator of Spirit de la Lune!)

The act of burning herbs to clear negative energy, clean the air and offer intention or blessing has been around for many years and is practiced by various cultures.

Smudging is currently very popular in the west, and there are many debates on if white sage is considered endangered or not… While white sage is a sacred herb for many cultures, there are several other different healing herbs out there that can be burned for clearing and cleansing the energy from the air. In fact, you might already have many of these herbs in your garden already! If not, your local grocery store or nursery will have many of the herbs! (Read more about the history of smudging here! Here is a list of possible herbs and their meanings to use.)

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

Herbal Smudge Wand

You will need

Scissors

Garden shears

String

Fresh Herbs

Herbs used for today’s smudge wand: Lavender, russian sage, purple sage, yarrow, rosemary. (scroll to the bottom of this post for the spiritual meanings and uses.)

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand
  1. Gather- Gather your herbs and flowers. Before you pick the flowers and herbs, keep in mind your intention from the last new moon. Or write a new one if you need to. You can even base the color of your string and herb choice off your intention. Using garden shears or sharp scissors, cut and gather your herbs.

    Before cutting, ask the mother plant for permission and let her know what you plan to do with that branch. This will help remove any current living energy from the branch as well as help set and tune the intention of your smudge wand. Be sure to pick and prune at the right joints and nodules of the plant to promote future growth. Here is a good guide.

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2. Arrange - Arrange your flowers into a small bouquet.

Lay the biggest and tallest plant matter down first to frame and add structure to your bouquet. Next add a layer of medium length flowers. Then add the shorter flowers filling in any gaps. Move the faces of the flowers so they face outwards. You can always trim any leaves.

*It is a good idea to let the bouquet wilt in the sun for a few minutes to soften up the stems so they don’t snap when tying the wand.

3. Tie- Tie a knot at the bottom/base and wrap the string tightly around the bundle at a 45° angle until you get to the top, then repeat back down the bundle until you get back to the bottom. Secure with a knot at the bottom. Keep the string tight. Herbs lose a lot of their bulk when they dry out, so you may need to re tie your smudge stick, or go over it again later.

You can leave a little loop so you can hang and dry your smudge stick.

Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Smudge DIY Spirit de la Lune
Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Smudge DIY Spirit de la Lune
Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Smudge DIY Spirit de la Lune

4. Dry- Hang your fresh herb bundle by an open window until it is dry enough to burn. Mine was ready in only a day or so! Until then, enjoy the fragrance of the fresh herbs through your window!

(Your herbs will lose some size/bulk when it’s dry, so you might need to re-tie it.

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

5. Burn- Burn your wand with a container under it to catch any ashes that might fall. Never leave your herbal wand burning unattended! It’s best to stay mindful when working with fire and smoke.

Here is a list of the herbs I used and their properties… You can find more here!

Lavender - Used as an invitation for spirits. Lavender has long been used for cleansing. The Scent of lavender wards off evil spirits and safeguards one against evil.

Sage - Sage is a healing plant who’s smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal. Sage is used to cleanse away the outside world and helps us enter a place of ritual or ceremony. There are many varieties of sage. Sage smoke is also antibacterial. It cleanses the air of negative debri on a physical and spiritual level.

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

Yarrow - Burned to enhance courage and strengthen psychic powers. Aids in divination and connection with spirits. Used to increase and enhance love. Burned for purification, cleansing and blessings. Encourages peace and balance. Yarrow helps eliminate toxins from the body during the Smudging process.

Rosemary- is known to to be soothing and encourages a sense of peace within you and your environment. Rosemary removes negative energy from spaces. Used to restore balance to create a healing environment.

Happy Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse!

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

This was a guest post from Rachael of Tree Talker Art! We are hoping to open up the blog to guest posts next year! Do you have a Full Moon ritual idea you’d like to have featured on our blog? We will soon be opening up a page for submissions!

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

The Decks are now shipping!

The newest edition of the Spirit de la Lune deck is now shipping! If you ordered the deck, you should be receiving your tracking number by the Full Moon!

The Prism Edition of the Spirit de la Lune deck features holographic rainbow foil instead of silver!

The deck, book and box all feature beautiful rainbow holographic foil!

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge wand

Don’t forget to cleanse and charge your decks and crystals tonight and set an intention tonight and make room for new growth ahead!

Now is also a great time to color in your Moondala in the planner with your intention in mind!

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2018 Blessing Moon Chakra Alignment Ritual

Happy Full Blessing Moon!

Let's Align with Our Bliss!

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

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

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

Let's get started!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Chakra Blessings!

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2017 Blessing Moon Abundance Grid!

Happy Full Blessing Moon!

Are you ready to make a crystal grid with us? Keep reading how to create and activate your crystal grid for abundance!

Putting different crystals together in geometric patterns activates the different energies of each crystal and creates a beautiful union of their vibes -a vortex of hyper-focused intention and healing. It is called sacred geometry. Crystal grids are beautiful, creative, and really fun to make. Sacred geometry connects us to the universal creative forces that have created all matter so we can call upon the powers of creation and manifestation!

For the Blessing Moon we are focusing on our abundance that we are attracting into our lives and also the abundance that is already surrounding us! Create your own affirmation or choose one from below!

My heart is full.

Abundance permeates my whole life and I am grateful.

Abundance flows steadily through my life.

I receive abundance with grace and ease.

I am healthy, wealthy, and abundant!


Choose your crystals. There are so many crystal you can choose from! Below is a list of some crystals that help attract abundance, just remember to listen to your intuition while choosing your gems. Which crystals call to you?

  • Aquamarine

  • Aventurine

  • Citrine

  • Clear Quartz points (important for directing energy!)

  • Emerald

  • Golden Fluorite

  • Green and Yellow Calcite

  • Jade

  • Pyrite

 

Have a plan. You can make your grid as large or as small as you want. Follow your intuition always. The crystals will reveal themselves to you. There is always the center stone -the core or essence of your grid that gets programmed with the surrounding crystals. This can be a cluster, generator point, a sphere, a specimen, even a tumbled stone -it typically is different than the rest, but doesn't have to be. Choose as many other stones as you want to go around your center stone. And have an idea of the design you want to make. Having multiple of the same stone will build upon their energy, or having different stones will each add their own vibrations. The choice is up to you and what you have. There is no wrong way! Have fun and get creative! 

The placement of the grid is important... try to place your grid on your altar or near a window for flowing energy. If you have your grid on a tray you can move it our under the Full Moon to charge!

Program your crystals. Before you lay each stone (beginning with the center and moving out clockwise to build momentum) hold each stone individually near your heart and pour your affirmation into it. Visualize it with all your senses, what you want the outcome to be. They will hold this memory. I 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. Remember that!

Constructing the Grid. Then set up your grid from the center out, working clockwise. You can use a grid map to place your crystals on, like The Flower of Life mandala, or Metatron's cube, but it is optional! You don't need one to have a powerful grid. 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 -no one will ever make this mandala ever again! Each stone and design is different -you are activating the powerful and unique crystal healer within you and bringing your own vibe to this creation! Make sure all your crystal points are facing in toward the center stone! This is moving the energy toward the center or vortex of the crystal grid! We want to attract abundance IN to our lives!


Activate your grid. After laying each stone, take a crystal point and use it as a wand to activate the energy. If you have a traditional wand already, you can use that as well. Or simply use your dominant index finger. Begin and touch the center stone and from there touch the top crystal and touch back to the center stone; you are drawing a line of energy and connection with each stone. Think: connect-the-dots, but always bring that energy back to the center. I always work clockwise to activate. Really try to see this line of energy you are creating. What color is it?

While you are doing this, say your affirmations out loud and visualize how your life will look with abundance flowing through. What are you doing? How are you feeling? Really try to embody these emotions. What people, spirit guides, animals, would you like assistance from? Do you feel the vibration and aura of the grid growing? Use the wand and visualize as long as you feel called to, but always complete the circle by ending at the top of the grid and back to center. You can go around as many times as you like or feel called to. Depending on how complex and layered your grid is, it could take a while! For good measure I always suggest going around in 3's... 3, 6, 9, or 12.... there is creative, manifesting energy in the number three and sacred trinity energy!

Elemental Blessing: This is optional, but when working with abundant energy and attracting magick, I like to honor and invoke the elements.... all 4 elements are the foundation of magick and creation in the world. They are sacred allies. 

  • Invoke air: Call upon air and light incense blessing your grid and the stones you are working with...keep moving clockwise. notice how the smoke moves and shifts with the energy you are building with the grid! Cleanse yourself with the smoke as well.

  • Invoke Fire: Call upon fire and light candles at the four corners of the grid. Or you can take anointing oil, and anoint each crystal starting with the center stone moving out clockwise. This is igniting and activating a deeper layer of the grid! Anoint your chakras with the oil as well.

  • Invoke Water: Call upon water and anoint each crystal with a drop of sacred water, or moon water just like you did with the anointing oil. Or if you have a spray, spray all around your grid clockwise. Spray your aura as well, or drink some moon water.

  • Invoke Earth: By creating this crystal grid you are calling upon earth. Simply say a heartfelt thank you to your crystal companions for their love and power. Ground your feet to the earth afterward, or eat some food for grounding.

Trust and let the grid work its magick. If you can, let it charge under the Full Moon! Keep the grid up as long as you feel you need it. If animals knock it down (like pesky little kitties), it means the grid is no longer needed. You can always reactivate it and set it up again. See what unfolds and trust the grid is assisting you in the way you need it, not necessarily the way you want it.

Crystal grids teach us to trust the process.

Deactivate and make an offering. When you are ready to deactivate it, Thank your grid and reflect on your journey with it. Begin to take each crystal out of the grid working from the outside into the center stone. I would still keep moving clockwise to keep the abundant energy open. To complete this process, choose 1 crystal you used  for your grid and offer it out to the world! Give it back to the land, or leave it somewhere someone can find. if you know someone who may need it, give it as a gift! This keeps the energy or giving and receiving abundance open and flowing and it is a beautiful gift to give!

We would love to see your grids! Tag us in your pictures! 

Blessing Moon Heart Opening Asana

Happy Full Moon beauties!

Today we bring you a movement ceremony to soften and open your heart chakra so you can cultivate contentment and receive the blessings that are already all around you. If you can, practice this asana under the Full moon's light tonight and with a Moon Sistar! My beautiful soul sistar and yoga teacher Hannah helped me with this video, my heart is full of gratitude!

There is a lot of back bending and heart opening in this flow, so listen to your body and do what feels good!

Before you begin...

I find setting an intention before you begin to move on the mat brings more meditation, focus, and sacredness to your practice. Feel free to draw a card from Spirit de la Lune and explore that word while you are moving and breathing, or try the Blessing Moon spread from the guidebook!

Mudras

Mudras are sacred gestures that help us activate different energies in the body and prana, the life force energy, within and all around us. Here are a couple of Hand Mudras you can try during your movement ceremony or while meditating under the Full Moon .

Mudra of the Earth

Touch the tip of your ring finger to the tip of  your thumb for the Mudra of the Earth or Privthi Mudra. This gesture stimulates and grounds your Root chakra  to increase stillness and contentment within your body. Let your heart soften with love and appreciation for all your body does for you.

Mudra of the Sun

You can also adjust this mudra by pressing your ring finger into your palm with your thumb. Your ring finger should be pressing into the thumb with the tip of your ring finger resting on the mount of Venus. This is the Surya Mudra, or Mudra of the Sun and increases the fire, or agni, within you. If you need to increase your energy and vitality try this mudra with your right hand and hold a citrine crystal in your left. Chant affirmations of mantras, or take 10 deep breaths and see how you feel afterward!

Lotus Mudra

This is a beautiful heart opening mudra to practice and cultivate gratitude and receiving love and blessings gracefully. At heart center, bring the bottom of your palms together touching your pinkies together and your thumbs together, almost as if your are creating a bowl with your hands. Stretch out and expand your open fingers, creating the lotus blossom in bloom. Imagine beautiful moonlight cascading into this vessel and pouring into your heart. You can hold crystals in this gesture or hold a bowl of moon water and bless it with your heart and the moon before you drink it. If you do hold a bowl, drink from it while your hands are still in this gesture.


Savasana Variations

Here are also a couple of variations for savasana for you to try as you end your practice. Feel free to place crystals all over your body and especially around you heart as you lay in these poses soaking in the movement you just did. Lay out under the moonlight, or imagine the beautiful Full Moon right above you restoring and healing your body with her gentle, soothing light. 

Legs up the Tree (or Wall) Pose

This is a such a rejuvenating and restoring pose for savasana. It is a gentle inversion bringing more blood and circulation to your heart. If your hamstrings are tight, feel free to bend your legs a little keeping your feet on the wall or tree. You can deepen the back bend by placing a blanket under your hips, but that is completely optional. Listen to your intuition and follow your body's rhythms. (Click the images to enlarge them).

If you are outside using a tree, feel the energy of the tree commune and merge with yours. Feel the energy rising from the roots  of the tree and from Mother Earth moving into you. Your body becomes an extension of that tree, as if you are another root in the tree's system. Feel the energy rising from Mother Earth into your body and send it back to the tree. You are both giving and receiving each other's love. This is a beautiful grounding practice to try under the The Full Moon in earthy Capricorn!

Supta Baddha Konasana

This is another restoring pose that opens the hips and calms the nervous system. You may want to put blankets under your knees for more support or even use pillows and blocks so you are reclining and not completely on the ground. Again, listen to your body and do what feels good. (Click the images to enlarge them).

In this pose you can visualize your are floating in the ocean, your body supported by the gentle waves, as the Sun is setting and the Full Moon is rising. Her reflection in the water shimmers and charges the water with moondust. The moondust washes over you with each breath and each ebb and flow of the soothing, rhythmic waves. You become lighter and lighter, feeling as those you are floating to the moon, letting any tensions, doubts, or worries, sink down onto the ocean floor.

You are free. You are blissful. You are content. Namaste, moon Tribe.


We hope you enjoy this Full Moon Asana and please let us know if you try it! Tag us with #spiritdelalune or #tunetothemoon with your full moon readings or your favorite yoga pose from the asana! 

What are the blessings in your life right now?