corn moon ceremony

Creating A Corn Dolly for Lammas Under This Powerful Eclipse!

Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse! 

Lunar Eclipse | Spirit de la Lune Full Moon Ritual

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

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

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

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

Expect the unexpected!

Lunar Eclipse By Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

Lunar Eclipse By Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Full Moon is also the Corn Moon

Corn Moon | Spirit de la Lune Full Corn Moon Ritual

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corn Moon Eclipse Corn Husk Dolly

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

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

You will need: 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

4. Roll up the husk tightly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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 

 
Spirit de la Lune Marissa and Rachael

Eclipse Sigil-Making Magick Corn Moon: Abundance

Happy Full Corn Moon & Lunar Eclipse! 

This month we are tapping into this powerful lunar event and creating sigils for abundance! Keep on reading to learn how to utilize this energy for your prosperity!

Lunar Eclipse
Corn Moon | Abundance Ceremony | Spirit de la Lune

This is a very powerful Lunar Eclipse with many astrological aspects influencing the energy around us. This Lunar Eclipse takes place in the sign of Aquarius and is paired with Jupiter Square Pluto, which are connected very closely to the sun and the moon.

A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth is between the Sun and the Full Moon. The Sun which represents our ego, logic and action, will challenge our emotions, intuition and insight which are ruled by the Moon. 

These aspects will be influencing and impacting relationships on many levels. Be prepared for some heightened energy and emotions during this time! Big changes can happen during this time! So be careful what you do and say during these days, as actions have lasting results this week.

Not all of this energy has to be heavy or dark, so don't be afraid of this transit! This time is important for clearing away old residual emotions. The Eclipse can offer us a bit of a rebirth, allowing us to release some of the heavier emotions we have been holding onto since the last Lunar Eclipse 6 months ago.

Corn Moon Ritual | Spirit de la Lune

This Full Moon is also the Corn Moon! A time of abundance, fulfillment and the first harvest. 

This is the time to step into your abundance. Many of the goals and intentions you've set forth are beginning to come to fruition. 

Take notice of the growth around you, especially during this Eclipse Season! 

Practice gratitude and appreciation in order to step into your full stream of abundance. 

 

Last month, we set up an Abundance Grid and this month we are ramping up that magick and pairing it with the powerful Eclipse energy by working with Sigils.

A Sigil is a symbol infused with great intention.

A Sigil is a symbol created to represent a specific goal, intention, or desire, and to aid in it's manifestations.

They are very powerful tools of magick, and are perfect to work with on such a big Lunar Event. 

Sigils speak to our subconscious, and help break down barriers towards what we desire.

The process of creating a sigil is very fun, creative and quite simple! 

 

Making a Sigil

You will need:

Paper

Pen

Candle

 

Create a quiet sacred space to do your magick. Lower the lights, remove distractions, or light some candles to help prepare the mood.

First define your desire. It is important to know clearly what it is you want. The universe can not help you, until you make a decision. This Full Moon is focused on abundance and prosperity, so now is a good time to open yourself up the surrounding energy.

You can either write our an entire sentence, or just use one word. I chose just one word for my sigil, but you can choose several. We will be removing some of the letters and changing it up soon. Choose a word of phrase that feels comfortable and suited to your desire. 

If you choose to work with an entire sentence, remember to keep it in the present tense. ( "I am prosperous, I have great abundance. etc.. not "I will have great abundance.)

Next, remove any repeated letters you have keeping only one of each.

(Optional) Remove the vowels. Vowels are what helps us recognize that something is a word and we are trying to take that aspect out! But, if your sigil looks better with the vowels, keep them in!

Arrange your remaining letters into a symbol or a shape.

Or, you can simplify the letters to marks or basic shapes and use those to create your symbol. Remember to make it yours by adding any embellishments you'd like!

Play around with the remaining letters to create a sigil. The can be upside down, backwards, small, big.. whatever you feel called to!

Combine lines of one letter into another. Try to think abstract. Take time to doodle and arrange the letters into a symbol you like! It took me several tries to find out that resonated with me.

I used the C and part of the D to create a moon like symbol in the Abundance one. And combined the S, R, T, P into one flowy symbol for the Prosperity one. (And you can see a few of my other ideas and doodles on the other pages! Have fun creating your sigil, and don't think too much on it. 

It is a good thing that your symbol no longer looks like your word or sentence. In fact, it is meant to be forgotten! 

Activating Your Sigil

The Activation of your sigil is just as important as the creation part. You have just built up a lot of creative and emotional energy making this sigil. In order for it to work, you must do something to release it and send it into the universe.

There are many methods to activating a sigil. Many practitioners recommend meditation/staring at the sigil, orgasm, or pain, all paired with visualization.. with the point of a build and release process.

There isn't a right or wrong way, so choose whatever feels right to you. Here are three ideas for activating your sigil:

You can stare at your sigil intently for several minutes, allowing your mind and subconscious to absorb it. In a quiet place, where you are undisturbed, meditate on your Sigil. Stare at it with wide eyes, fixate on your symbol. After several minutes, you may see colors or lines around your sigil. Almost like lightning flashes. This will let your know that your sigil has been activated and sent out. Then destroy your sigil.

Another simple method is burning your sigil and allowing the flame to get very close to your fingers. Take caution if you decide to do this one! Allow the flames to get a little too close to your fingers, and at the moment of heat, picture your sigil intensely in your mind's eye and then move your hand away. Do not think of the word, or the sentence, instead just focus on the sigil and let your subconscious absorb it to do the rest of the work. 

If you do not want to use pain or flame, you do not have to! There are more enjoyable ways of activating your sigil. 

Another method is to use your sexual energy to activate it. 

You can tape it to your wall or ceiling on the night of the Eclipse. Pleasure yourself  or engage in sex with your partner. At the moment of sexual climax look at and stare at your sigil. Do not think of the word, or the sentence or even the outcome, instead  focus on the sigil and let your subconscious absorb it and send it out.

When you are finished, destroy the sigil in some way that feels right to you. Some practitioners reuse and reactivate their sigils, while others burn it quickly after activation.

The point is to build up your desire, then release it and let it go, so when you are done with this ceremony. go do something to take your mind off of it. Return back to the real world, knowing that the magic is on it's way. 

We would love to see pictures of your sigil or your ceremony tonight on instagram! Be sure to tag us! Don't forget to charge your deck and crystals under the full moon eclipse tonight. 

Corn Moon Ceremony: Dream Grid Activation

Happy Full Corn Moon!

We are approaching a beautiful and interesting Full Moon! The moon is actually on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces! Depending on your time zone some people will experience an Aquarius Full Moon and others will be experiencing a Pisces Full Moon! Either way this is a Full Moon filled with romantic notions and high ideals, and how we can do our part for humanity to create and actualize the new dreams we are needing for this planet. There is a paradigm shift happening and humanity and the planet is experiencing a lot of chaos in the midst of this change. The Corn Moon energy is that of abundance and magnetizing nourishment and prosperity. 

Corn Moon - Spirit de la Lune

On top of this, it is an almost lunar eclipse! The Earth's shadow actually does not cross over the Full Moon, but it does come really close this cycle! This means the Sun, Moon and Earth are almost precisely aligned with each other. Each of us is on a precipice, or a cusp of actualization, but we need more clarity.

With the Leo Sun and the Pisces/Aquarius-almost-Lunar-Eclipse, we are all in a powerful position to alter our communities in a powerful and magical way. By making your realm a more beautiful place the Leo within you will be mighty proud of that!

With this beautiful portal beckoning us to be our best selves - to embody our highest selves for the highest good of all, how do we know what to do? Many of us will feel the edge of the cliff and freeze. Maybe the ego will tell you to play it safe, or stay small as not to cause ripples. To hell with that!

Let's make waves into this cosmic ocean we are all swimming in!

Reach into the web of the collective conscious and ask the universe for a dream to guide you. We will do this by creating a crystal dream grid. So gather your crystals and activate your dreams! This ceremony below will tap into the vast clarity of Aquarius and the intuitive dreams of Pisces so we can all find our purpose for the new world paradigms we are beginning to attract and move into.

Dream Grid - Spirit de la Lune

Create a crystal grid using Amethyst, Clear Quartz points, and Rose Quartz. Amethyst activates dreams and the Third-eye, Clear quartz records and magnifies intentions, and Rose Quartz keeps you connected to love. These 3 crystals are easy to come by, but if you have a lot more crystals, tap into your intuition and use the crystals who speak to you! I also added Larimar for the High Heart Chakra (between the Throat and Heart Chakras) to help tap into the cosmic collective. 

We love to include our cards in our crystal grids to invoke the energy of the Moondalas. So I put both Aquarius and Pisces in the grid to represent the cusp and honor their energies. I connected them with crystals to the center Full moon card so their energies can work together. Putting the grid together is half the fun and is a mediation in itself. Spend time playing with the crystals and asking them where they want to be placed.

crystal grid - spirit de la lune

If you do not have a lot to crystals to work with that is okay! Use what you have and play with different variations until you feel that the crystal grid is ready. Your crystals will let you know!

When you finish your grid, lay them out under the moonlight for at least 2 hours. It is better to have them set out on a tray so you can move them back into the house. While they are charging, sit out under the moonlight and whisper your dreams to Lady Luna... think about your community and on a global scale.

What dreams do you want to moonifest for humanity?

Before you bring your grid back in, it is now time to activate it under the moonlight! Using a wand, crystal point, or even your dominant index finger begin to connect all the crystals together starting with the center of your grid. Think of it like connect-the-dots! Move around the grid in a clockwise motion, always bringing the energy back to the center stone. Do this a couple of times (I like to go around in 3's) to find the easiest flow for the energy to move through. 

Begin to imagine a beautiful silver thread of moonlight moving through your crown chakra down to your heart, and flowing into your hand directing the energy into the crystals. See this web of light weaving through all the crystals as you keep moving around the grid.

When you feel in tuned with the energy and focused enough begin to say these words or something similar, while weaving the crystal grid:

Weaver of Dreams, hear my call

Share our visions for the highest good of all

As I weave this web to hold the dreams from above

As I sleep, let me swim in the cosmic sea of love.

Water Bearer Moon,

I bask in your glow,

Pour the dust of the Moon & Stars

Into my heart and mind,

So my new visions can grow!

As I dream tonight,

Lady Moon, with your light, show me the purpose

For my soul to take flight!

Bring the grid back into your home and preferably put it under your bed or near your bed. Keep a dream journal near by you and as you lay down to sleep ask for a vision of clarity so your new path can be revealed. You can keep asking for this new vision through the end of this moon cycle and pay close attention to your dreams for the next two weeks.

If you want further insight into your dreams you can use the Spirit de la Lune cards and spreads in the guidebook! We hope you enjoy this Full Moon dream grid and let us know what dreams you have! Tag us with#spiritdelalune or #tunetothemoon with your full moon readings and your crystal grid you create!

What are the dreams you are moonifesting?