Honey Infusions with Herbs and Florals

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Fresh honeycomb

Growing up in a big city, I can’t remember having local raw unpasteurized honey at home. I do remember, however, my first taste of honeycomb as a child, at the Agricultural Building at Toronto’s summer CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), both surprised and fascinated by the taste and the glorious beauty of the natural honeycomb.

In our house, honey was most often a tub of Billy Bee creamed pasteurized clover honey, or the squeeze top liquid version, and was considered a special treat.

We grew up, instead, on Tate & Lyle’s Golden Syrup… no surprise in our very English household! My father worked for Tate’s in our hometown of Liverpool, England, and then for a Canadian sugar company that they had acquired. In our home, sugar was “good for us” on many levels!

But we did have honey on occasion. If I was home sick with a cough or a cold, my mother would give me a treat of honey, spread on toast, saying it was good for me.

And now I know that raw honey is not just tasty but is also an ancient medicine and — in its raw unpasteurized form — is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic. It contains pollens and enzymes which can be quite beneficial for our health. (See the Caution at end of this post, however, as raw pasteurized honey is NOT for everyone).

Even Big Pharma is aware of the medicinal benefits of honey, funding hospital studies in the topical use of honey for healing skin conditions such as burns, bed sores and more.

Last year, I made several jars of infused honey: Sage honey, Thyme honey and Rose honey.  And this year I’m hoping to gather some hawthorn blossoms — aka the Queen of the May and associated with Beltaine — for a lovely floral honey.

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Infused Honey is a great addition to the culinary repertoire
and to the Home Apothecary Cupboard.

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I use Sage honey to soothe a dry scratchy throat caused by coughing and also for treating colds. Thyme honey is also excellent for this, and can be used as an anti-inflammatory, as a cough syrup and to reduce congestion. Works for me! You can also use both for culinary purposes. Thyme honey is lovely drizzled on goat cheese, havarti or feta.

And honey infused with florals such as rose, hawthorn or lavender…. sublime! They are a lovely sweetener in tea, fresh lemonade, drizzled on yogurt, and more.

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Getting ready for cough/cold season last summer with Sage and Thyme honey infusions. I used local organic herbs and locally produced blackberry blossom organic honey

INFUSING HONEY
Gather Victoria (do visit their site, a wealth of info and recipes for the wildcrafter) recommends this rule of thumb: 1 parts herb to 12 parts honey for a cold infusion and 1 part herb to 5 parts honey for a warm infusion. Please note this is by WEIGHT, not by liquid/dry measure. Gather gives an example using rose petals: 50 grams of fresh petals infused in 600ml of raw liquid honey.

I tend to use the folk method for measuring out my ingredients. In this case, I would fill a mason jar roughly half way for fresh materials or roughly one-quarter full for dried materials, then top with raw honey.

I also tend to start my infusions on the New Moon, so that rising lunar energy can pull even more of the medicine from the plant. But when using fresh, foraged materials, we may not be collecting at the New Moon. So, nice to do but not absolutely necessary.

BEFORE YOU START

  • Use clean sterilized jars, with a tight fitting lids. To sterilize your jars, place in a large pot and cover with water. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, continue boiling for 15 minutes. You can also place in a 275F oven (on a tray) for roughly 30 minutes (not the USDA preferred method, however).
  • Garble the fresh ingredients to remove any bugs, black leaves, etc. I love the word garble. One of my herbal teachers always used it; this is an archaic use of the word — meaning to sort out or cull — and, to me at least, it sounds so magical!
  • I also let the botanicals dry a little, so they are a little limp or wilted, to remove some of the plant moisture. Raw honey can keep for a very long time but water, introduced through the addition of plant materials, can quickly lead to spoilage or fermentation.

Cold infusion Method

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Garbling and chopping sage before infusion

Add herbs or other botanicals to your jar using one of the methods above. Top with honey, and then stir to remove any air bubbles. Top up if necessary, making sure the botanicals are fully covered with honey. Cap tightly and label with the date and ingredients.

I like to keep my jars out on our balcony, where they can get the sun, but a sunny spot indoors —a windowsill or a shelf near a window — would be fine. Check and turn daily. If the herbs start swelling and rise above the top of the honey level, add more honey… and be sure to check that the exposure hasn’t spoiled the herbs.

After about two weeks, check the taste. If you like it, and can taste your infused herbs or botanicals coming through sufficiently, strain the honey through cheesecloth into a new clean jar. I tend to leave my infusions for about a month but the timing does depend on that magick created between the potency of your herbs, the amount of warmth and light,  and the honey itself.

Warm Infusion Method
You can speed up the infusion process by gently warming your sealed jars in a hot water bath. Place the sealed jars in a large pot or suitable container, and top with boiled water. Repeat several times over a couple of days. Do a taste test to see if the botanicals are sufficiently infused.

Rosemary Gladstar, in her book Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner’s Guide,  also suggests an alternate method:  use a slow cooker set to 100F (roughly 37C) for a few hours.

How warm should the honey get in the warm infusion method?
Even the experts differ on this. Rosemary Gladstar says to keep the temperature below 110F (roughly 43C). Gather Victoria says the limit is 60C (roughly 140F). Your choice. If the honey does become pasteurized, you may not get all the medicinal magick and enzymes from the honey, but it will likely not crystallize as easily and may be safer for those with compromised immunity systems.

STORAGE
Keep your jars tightly sealed, and your honey should last for several months. Some say to store in a cool place (even the refrigerator) but this can lead to quick crystallization (warm gently to liquefy again). Others recommend keeping in a warm spot to prevent crystallization. So, again, your choice. What is imporant, is to check the honey to make sure it hasn’t spoiled or started to ferment.

But even fermented honey can be used, and some choose to ferment their honey for the additional medicinal benefits (after all, it can be used to make mead!).

TIPS
Rosemary Gladstar recommends gently warming the honey first (not above 110F) with the cold infusion method to better extract the medicinal properties of the botanicals.

When straining and decanting, a very gentle warming can help the process. Immerse the jar in a hot water bath for a few minutes, but be careful not to let the temperature of the honey rise above the pasteurization point.

And don’t forget to use the leftover botanicals: they can be a wonderful addition to salad dressings, to teas and in cooking.

CAUTIONS

It is generally recommended that both pasteurized and unpasteurized honey should not be given to children under one year of age due to the risk of Infant Botulism (Health Canada guideline).

It is also generally recommended that raw unpasteurized honey should not be consumed by anyone with a compromised immune system, or by pregnant women.

Always research first to be sure anything you ingest or use topically is safe for YOU.


ETHICS
I do recognize that some will choose not to consume honey of any kind, as it collected from living creatures. In addition, some small beekeepers and large commercial operations have exploitative and unethical practices, such selective breeding and worse. Know from whom you buy! For the perspective of the Vegan Society on this topic, click here.

I choose to support local ethical beekeepers by purchasing their honey as well as their natural product sidelines such as beeswax, pollen, and propolis. I support our local economy by purchasing at local farmers markets, or at their retail outlets, and make sure that I buy only from apiarists that place their hives in organic farms and fields, free from pesticides and toxins, and who observe sustainable beekeeping practices.

Healthy pollinators are essential for fertilizing plants and with the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder, we need our pollinators!


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Passionate Transformation with the New Moon in Taurus

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
New Moon in Taurus arrived at 5:16 AM Pacific Time
Day 1 of the lunar journey
Our Theme for this month: Passionate Transformation. Love Your Self
New Moon Wisdom: first, pause & reflect

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We are in that wonderful time of new beginnings… a New Moon today and Beltaine (the first fire festival of Summer) next week. And if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, the Wheel of the Year is turning towards Samhain, which is actually the start of the new Celtic year (just as the Celtic day starts at sunset). So very powerful!

But not every new journey starts easily. Sometimes we are still letting go of baggage from our previous journey(s), and at other times our Inner Garden may not be quite ready for the new growth. We may have to do a little weeding or fertilizing. We even may be looking at other gardens and thinking “yes, it’s greener / more beautiful over there!”

So, first, take some time to pause and reflect during this deep dark powerful New Moon before you start your new journey when LaLuna starts to glimmer in that sliver of a Waxing Crescent in a day or two.

And as you do, remember this: each and every flower must crack out of its seed, then grow through the dirt before it can bloom and face the Sun. The darkness will soon pass as you move into the light.

Each flower is worthy of the sunshine.

Each flower has its own unique beauty and purpose.

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
– Zen Shin

Open up and bloom your own way.

There’s plenty of sunshine for us all.

SOUL WORK FOR THE NEW MOON
This week between the New Moon and Beltaine is so powerful and ultimately passionately transformative. Reach deep into your Wise Inner Self — the Inner Garden of your soul — and create big bold audacious goals for this month and for the coming months. . . not short-term goals but rather something that is transformative for YOU.

Beltaine (aka Beltane aka Bealtaine) comes from the Irish Gaelic words for “Mouth of Fire”, and marks the beginning of “the merry month of May”. This fire festival is associated with love, fertility, sensuality, and relationships.

But let’s not forget the most important relationship we all have, and that is the relationship with our Self. Many of us neglect the Self as we care for others, as we put others first, as we look after our families.

As you create your goals for the new Moon and for Beltaine (or Samhain), be sure to embrace that fire energy and create goals for nurturing and passionately transforming your Self… your health, your vitality, your mind, your personal development, your abundance.

In your New Moon reflections, tarot/oracle readings or shamanic journeys, be mindful of this. Keep this theme in your awareness as the wisdom you need to transform and move forward reveals itself and opens up the possibilities for your transformative goals.

SOUL QUESTIONS
Some Soul Questions to consider (but definitely create your own as well) in your New Moon reflections and work:

🌸 How healthy is my Inner Garden? Does it need a little fertilizer? Are there weeds to be pruned or pulled, then composted?

🌼 What blossoms (goals) can transform my Garden to a place of beauty, tranquility, and abundance?

🌺 How will I maintain my Garden?

🌹 How will having this Inner Garden transform my life and positively affect those I love?

🌷 How can I honour myself and manifest love for myself even more?

New Moon Blessings !


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Connect with Mama Earth in April’s Third Quarter Moon

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Third Quarter Moon, In Capricorn
Arrives around 2:56 AM Pacific Time / 10:56 UTC on April 19th
Day 24 of the lunar journey
Wisdom: Connect with your Intuition and with Mama Earth

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“Phases of The Moon, Third Quarter”, a painting by Wayne Purse 

When I verify the arrival times for the various lunar phases – New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Third Quarter – the times across all information sites are usually relatively consistent. But today, I read so many variations for the arrival of the Third Quarter: 2:56 AM, 2:57 AM, 2:58 AM, 2:59 AM, 3:00 AM, 3:05 AM Pacific Time. Minor differences, but very curious indeed!  And the fact that all that variation is throwing me for a loop means I need the grounding influence of the Capricorn Moon!

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Not being an astronomer, I don’t know why there are so many variations…. maybe it’s all this retrograde planetary activity! Suffice it to say, the Third Quarter will arrive somewhere between 2:56 AM and 3:05 AM Pacific Time tonight!

But what is the Last Quarter and how is it defined astronomically? Well, by a very precise measurement: “when the excess of the apparent ecliptic (celestial) longitude of the Moon over that of the Sun is 270 degrees”. These exact words were found in numerous sources.

One-half of the visible surface of LaLuna is brightly lit (which side varies depending on your location in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere), and the illuminated portion slowly decreases each day until we reach next week’s Dark Moon.

Moon Wisdom
At this point, LaLuna’s journey around the Earth is roughly three-quarters complete, as is our journey with her. This is the Autumn of the lunar cycle, where our intuition is deepening more and more each day, where we clearly see our accomplishments (and Self) that were illuminated by the Full Moon.

What we planned at the beginning of this lunar cycle is now ready to be reaped and harvested. Like LaLuna, we too are returning to our time of rest, of consolidation, of reflection. It’s okay to slow down, so that we may focus on what we’ve learned, complete what we’ve started and release anything that will not support us in the next cycle.

You may feel tension during this final quarter (the quarter moons with their half-dark and half-light illumination may feel like crisis points) but use that energy to focus on completion and letting go, rather than jumping into new things. Let those wait for next week’s New Moon. Call on the wisdom of the Matriarch goddess(es) such as Mab, Demeter, Yemaya, Hera and others. The Matriarch knows her Self, her gifts, her wisdom… and you will too.

SOUL WORK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER 

Any time during the Waning Moon, from the Full Moon to the Dark Moon, is traditionally a time for releasing. As the Moon’s energy diminishes, releasing becomes a more natural action. If you use spellcraft, it can also be a time for banishing negative things (except during a Void-of-Course period).

But do remember that “nature abhors a vacuum”: when you release something negative, be sure to consider what positive energy you can bring in to fill that void. Balance, always… exhale, inhale… release, receive. It can be as simple as a good wish, an affirmation, a kind deed, or an act of gratitude.

SOUL QUESTIONS
This month we are working with the theme of Rejuvenation, or Renewal. Take some time to look back at this month’s journey and develop your own Soul Questions, or use these:

  • What has begun again?
  • How has renewal or rejuvenation manifested in your life this month?
  • And how will it continue to manifest?

Find the answers in meditation, contemplation, a journey, or from an oracle or tarot reading. And then release what isn’t working and next month continue to build from what IS working.

Capricorn is associated with the Earth Element and, with Earth Day coming on April 22nd, this is a perfect time to make a strong(er) connection with Mama Earth and to use Earth in your release rituals (burying a release bundle, for instance, rather than placing it in a cauldron to release with Fire).

How can you connect with Mama Earth during the Waning Moon time?

  • spend time in Nature or in your garden, if you have one
  • cleanse the Air in your home with a new indoor plant (or more)
  • make or purchase herbal tea, a beautiful bounty from Mama Earth that supports our health and vitality. Even better, make or purchase one that uses roots in the mix, such as dandelion, or with berries along with leaves
  • take a detoxifying bath by adding a cup or more of a mixture of salts (Epsom, Magnesium, Dead Sea, Himalayan, etc) to the tub, along with a few drops of your favourite essential oil, and soak your cares away
  • make a salt scrub and use it to exfoliate your body
  • energetically cleanse your crystals and pendulums
  • do some grounding work such as a grounding cord exercise (there are several on-line sources, such as this one)

In other words, as we said in the 60s, “mellow out” 😀


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Balancing with the Full Pink Moon in Libra

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Full Moon in Libra, known by some as The Pink Moon (first Full Moon of springtime)
April 10th at 11:08 PM Pacific Time  / April 11th at 06:08 UTC
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Ah, the Pink Moon… named as such by First Nations people in some parts of North America because of the abundance of pink phlox in the meadows at this time of year. Here in Vancouver, I associate it less with phlox and more with the abundance of cherry blossoms on our streets, as pictured above.

But this Moon has other names too… the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Easter Moon and the Wind Moon. I believe we can name our own Full Moons, based on where we live and what is happening in our lives at this time of year. Doing so reinforces our connection with Grandmother Moon.

What will YOU name this first Full Moon of Spring? (Or Autumn, if in the Southern Hemisphere?)

Regardless of its name, the Full Moon is always a magical time . . .  an empowering time when the seeds planted at our New Moon are growing and flourishing, and when we are manifesting our dreams. Charged by the Full Moon’s fiery Yang energy, we may feel LaLuna’s strong gravitational pull and its “Yes, I can change the world… NOW!” energy!

THE LIBRA FACTOR

The Libra energy in this Full Moon enhances sociability such as gatherings with family, catching up with friends and acquaintances, and even romantic trysts. Consider group rituals and activities for this full moon, even a simple stroll at sunset when the Full Moon rises in the East. The sign of Libra is represented by the scales, so be aware of balance in your life:

  • Yes, celebrate and socialize but also focus on your spiritual practices such as healing and releasing.
  • Drink some herbal teas throughout the day, especially ones that are fresh and local to your region. For me, this would be infusions made with nettle, lemon balm, dandelion or pine needles.
  • Focus on what is truly essential and needed. Resist getting caught up in wanting to do something just to act on “something”.

SOUL WORK

Consider how you can bring this month’s theme of Rejuvenation into your Full Moon ritual and practices, such as:

  • Libra is already reminding you of the importance of balance. Take time to center, to ground with Mama Earth. This will help you ready your Self for manifesting your goals this month and for releasing whatever might be holding you back.
  • Meditate or journey with The Mother Goddess(es) — such as Gaia, Hestia, Green Tara — and ask for their wisdom about what needs to be birthed (or rejuvenated) in your life
  • Do a card reading, asking one or more questions such as:
    • “What is flourishing in my life?”
    • “How can I use the wisdom of The Mother to support me?”
    • “How can I be of service, be a Mother to my community?”

Create (or modify) your Altar to celebrate the Full Moon. This could include:

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Starting my Pink Full Moon Altar. I will be adding some fresh leaves and blossoms, and maybe a Gaia figurine.

  • something fresh, such as flowers, leaves, buds, grasses
  • an item to represent The Mother archetype / Goddess, which is strongly associated with The Full Moon and the birth of creativity
  • something pink for the Pink Moon (rose quartz perhaps?), or something to represent whatever you name this Moon, e.g. an egg for the Egg Moon, a feather for the Wind Moon
  • crystals associated with the Full Moon. Hibiscus Moon recommends selenite, moonstone, labradorite and opal. Click here for more info on the crystals
  • a bright altar cloth in Spring colours

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    🌸 The header image was photographed with my iPhoneSE in my Vancouver neighbourhood. The Full Moon was added using a frame, in Canva.


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Rejuvenating with the April Moon

Seven Tips for bringing more energy (and less clutter!) into your life

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“Our life is frittered away by detail . . . simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

We are halfway between the First Quarter Moon and the Full Moon, which arrives April 10th at 11:08 PM PDT (April 11th 06:08 UTC). This is the Waxing Gibbous phase. The face of the moon is so much brighter, with a smaller crescent of dark.

As the Moon’s energy increases, our energy is shifting too, from the inward intuitive Yin to the outward action-oriented Yang, from intention to manifesting, from hidden to revealed.

Our theme for this month’s lunar journey is Rejuvenation. Who doesn’t feel young again in the Spring? In the growing energy of LaLuna?

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Father Sun kissing the cherry blossoms of Mama Earth

This month, in the Northern Hemisphere, we have renewed energy after the winter rest. All around us the sap is rising, the trees are budding and flowers are emerging.

Yet the word rejuvenation has other layers, other meanings. It is not just about feeling young again, feeling energized. It also means “to make an organization or system more effective by introducing new methods, ideas, or people” (per the Cambridge Dictionary).

Using the manifesting energy of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, what can you rejuvenate in YOUR life… your home… your office…your work…  your spiritual practice?

Many of us associate this time of year with Spring Cleaning, i.e. rejuvenating our homes. That was something essential for our ancestors: sweeping away the soot from winter hearths, along with the bugs and debris that accumulated in the straw they used in their thatched roofs, bed pallets or on the floor.

And in the Southern Hemisphere, this time marked the start of preparations for winter: preparing the home for the shutting in of the winter months, and likely tipping the balance towards accumulation — storing vegetables, making preserves for the winter, pickling fruits and vegetables, and also packing away tools and clothing associated with the summer, repairing and renewing tools and farm implements, etc.

Rejuvenation is definitely an ongoing theme for me. Out with the Old and in with the New is quickly becoming my mantra! Making space for new ideas, new things while keeping that which still works, that which I love, that which brings me joy (thank you, Marie Kondo, for this concept!), that which is still useful.

Simplicity. Ease. Space.

This allows us to focus on the essential.

Seven Tips for Rejuvenation

  1. Spend some time with Mama Earth . . . a walk in your neighbourhood, a local park, community garden. Breathe!
  2. If you have a garden or balcony, rejuvenate it by clearing out any winter debris and refreshing with new plants.
  3. Do a “Green Clean” in your home. Replace any toxic/chemical cleaners with ones you make yourself or purchase eco-friendly products instead.
  4. Detox your diet. Eliminate junk food and add in more fresh and home-prepared foods.
  5. Check your medicine cabinet (and fridge!) for anything stale-dated and dispose of responsibly. TIP: Your local pharmacy likely has a program for disposing of prescription drugs.
  6. Declutter your space and recycle using the four Ds (Deal, donate, dump, de-own).
    And remember, the question to ask your Self is not “Should I get rid of it?” but “Why should it stay?(More on the Four Ds in this blog post). 
  7. Bring new energy into your life by beginning something NEW — a creative project, a fitness class, a spiritual practice — anything that will raise your awareness to your own energy and renewal.

I’m working through this list one by one. My (ongoing) plan is to declutter and simplify as much as possible, in all areas of my life. Sometimes the balance seems to towards accumulation rather than reduction — especially when it comes to books, craft materials and decks of oracle cards! — but the balance soon restores.

BONUS TIP: Be aware of what one is accumulating. For each new thing you bring in, take something away by donating, gifting or recycling using the Four Ds.

What would you like to simplify and rejunvenate in YOUR life?


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A Tea Ritual for the Quarter Moon

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Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Day 7, First Quarter Moon, in Cancer
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Today (Monday, April 3rd) at 11:39 AM Pacific time, Grandmother Moon reached the First Quarter mark in her monthly journey around Mother Earth. The Moon is in Cancer during this transition . . . you may feel stronger emotions, a need to spend time alone, to share thoughts with those close to you.

FIRST QUARTER MOON
At the First Quarter, the lunar energy is moving upward, emerging from the dark of the New Moon, shifting from Feminine Yin to Masculine Yang. . . it is time for action. The seeds we planted in the New Moon are starting to take root, to anchor their tendrils into the soil of our Soul, seeking nourishment and nurturing. They want to be manifested.

This is the time of The Maiden, when we are supported by Persephone and Artemis and other Goddesses of Youth and of Spring. Perfect for this month’s theme of Rejuvenation! Tap into that youthful feeling and energy of The Maiden.

Invoke The Maiden in your Soul Work to support your new adventure, with her independence and burgeoning courage, her vitality . . . taking her first bold steps into the world.

SOUL WORK FOR THE FIRST QUARTER
The Quarter Moons can be challenging, and many refer to them as Crisis Points in our monthly journey. When we compare the lunar journey to the classic Joseph Campbell journey of the (S)Hero, this is the point where one might encounter obstacles and challenges which must be overcome before reaching our goal.

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For more info about the Crisis Points of the First Quarter Moon, and dealing with the Monkey Mind obstacles, this Inner Journey Events blog post has more info (it references Water Energy, but can be applied to any Quarter Moon).
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A TEA RITUAL FOR THE FIRST QUARTER
Whenever I had doubts, or “the blahs”, my very English mother would always suggest a cup of tea. We all know that “a good cuppa” is the cure for most things! And, the act of drinking a cup of tea (or any hot beverage of your choice), can be a ritual.

For me, it’s not jut WHAT we do but HOW we do it that makes something move from everyday to special, to sacred, to ritual.

For instance, drinking a hot beverage in a travel cup while driving to work may be habitual, but it is likely not a ritual (unless you’re the passenger!).

However, thoughtfully preparing one’s hot beverage (tea, coffee, cacao, etc), creating intent, drinking it in a favourite cup, sitting in a favourite chair, sipping it slowly, savouring the taste and noticing the effect on one’s mind, body and soul… now, that is ritual!

We also have the Four Elements in a hot beverage:

🌏 The essence of the beverage itself — leaves, fruit, roots, cacao, coffee beans, all gifts from the EARTH.

💦 We infuse our earth elements in WATER

🔥 We heat our water with FIRE

💨 We breathe in the aromas and steam from the tea through the AIR.

If this isn’t ritual, what is?

So, this ritual is simple . . . and perfect for the First Quarter in Cancer. But can be done at any time, of course!

☕️ To begin the ritual, invite Grandmother Moon and The Maiden Goddesses to join you. Assemble your ingredients, and thank all the elements for creating your tea, especially the plants with their wisdom. If you are making a herbal tea, think about adding a slice of fresh Ginger for courage, a leaf of Basil for focus, or a sprig of Peppermint for energy and creativity. Then. . .

  • Once your beverage is ready, seat yourself in a comfortable place and relax
  • Breathe in your intent for this ritual
  • Sip your beverage and meditate on what support might you need at the moment, or whatever you need to be aware of
  • Journal your thoughts, and the suggestions your Wise Inner Self or Allies, Guides or Goddess has given you
  • Reframe any “Monkey Mind” thoughts, and create a new positive thought or affirmation for this month’s journey with Grandmother Moon

When you have finished drinking your tea, relax for a moment to let the wisdom seep into your body, and to thank your guides and allies for joining you in this ritual, and for the wisdom they have given you.


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Soul Questions for the Waxing Crescent Moon

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Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Day 4, Waxing Crescent 🌒🌘

We can now see a crescent of light in the Waxing Moon… it’s time to move from the reflective time of the Dark Moon / New Moon and step into action, to firm up your goals for the month.

This phase of the Moon is associated with the Daughter archetype, when we are at our most natural, connected to our Inner Wisdom, when anything is possible. Why? In part, because we are unencumbered by learned beliefs (both empowering and disempowering)… You might say “we don’t know what we don’t know”. And that can be very powerful! In this phase, we are supported by the goddess energies of Brighid, Juno, Kore / Persephone.

This is a significant month, with an Equinox in the latter part of the month. And, in some countries (US, UK, Australia), March is Women’s History Month. In Canada, we celebrate it in October. In our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle, we celebrate Women every day, at all stages of life… The Maiden, Mother/Woman and Crone and all other steps in our journey through life.

So for this lunar cycle, I invite you to explore the theme of your personal power in a month that celebrates women… what your strengths are, how you manifest them, how your power has shifted and changed throughout your life, your connection to the Divine Feminine within. And what goals you can declare this month. Keep in mind that we are approaching an Equinox later this month which always marks a shift, a change, a new beginning.

There is a First Nations saying that you may have heard:

“At her first bleeding a woman meets her power.
During her bleeding years she practices it.
At menopause she becomes it.”

I have heard some women express that they become “invisible” as they age, and I’ve certainly had that experience on occasion. But many of us become bolder as we age, become activists and are hard not to see!

SOUL QUESTIONS FOR THIS MONTH’S THEME

  • Are you aware of your Power? Your Divine Feminine energies?
  • Do others see your Power in the same way? How would others describe it?
  • Has your Power — or your relationship to it — changed over time?
    • If yes, how? If no, is that a positive thing or something you would like to change?
  • How do you express your Power?
  • How comfortable are you sitting in your Power?
  • How comfortable are you sitting in your Divine Feminine? With your Femininity?

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This is a good time to work with your Third /Solar Plexus chakra… checking in on it, balancing it, meditating with it, creating affirmations for it using the “rights” of that Chakra:  To Act, To Be Free, To Choose.


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