Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 2: Release with Air

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Image: Moonlight, by hiroinevol on Deviant Art

 SOUL WORK

The Full Moon marks both the point of fullness in the monthly lunar cycle but also the start of the waning cycle, as the Moon’s energy shifts from Yang energy back to Yin energy, decreasing in brightness as LaLuna moves towards the end of her cycle.

This is a time of healing and rejuvenation, and the perfect time to release anything negative or unneeded that you might have carried from the last Full Moon.

During our Full Moon ritual, we release all those negative or burdensome energies to Grandmother Moon and the Goddess and ask her to renew and fill our spirit again on our monthly journey.

There are many ways to release during your Full Moon ritual, and I always like to incorporate prominent elements of the current month into my ritual. This month we have the Air energy of Aquarius, so think about ways you can bring those elements onto your altar: feathers, incense, a sound bowl, chimes, the colours white and yellow…. and Thyme for Courage in your work.

Meditate or journey before you begin your Full Moon ritual… contemplating on those now freed memories triggered by your Lughnasadh meditations and the Lunar Eclipse, those lumps of coal awaiting transformation to sparkling diamonds.

These are what you can now release, let go, let goddess take.

FULL MOON RITUAL

PREPARING SACRED SPACE

Set your altar with white and yellow candles representing LaLuna and the Air Element, and any other elements that are important to you.

Create sacred space by smudging with Thyme (either a simple wand made from a few sprigs, or dried Thyme in a fireproof vessel). Thyme represents courage and will support your courageous transformation.

I like this technique: Using your smudging bundle, incense wand or vessel, slowing start to trace a counter-clockwise spiral from your feet to above your head, widening the circle the higher you go. Then smudge around the room, if indoors.

Create a positive intention for the ritual. It can be as simple as “Today I release all that no longer serves me”.

CALL IN THE DIRECTIONS

Call in the Directions (or whatever process you use to create Sacred Space).

You could use something like the following, which calls in the Four Directions of East, South, West and North and also Above, Below, Within. But be sure to customize for you… calling in YOUR guides, YOUR allies.

  • I call to the East, Air, and new beginnings, for my voice and agility of my mind, and I Brighid, Goddess of Springtime, for her support and vision.
    Sea
    (FYI, “Sea” is Gaelic for “yes”, and is pronounced SHA; you can also use HO, or AHO, or whatever words you normally use)
  • I call to the South, Fire, for my spirit and creativity, and I call to Áine, Goddess of Sun for her support and passion. Sea (SHA)
  • I call to the West, Water, for the power of my emotion, for love and courage and an open heart, and I call on Mamai (Mother) Mara of the seas for her support and cleansing flow, for harmony between my Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Sea (SHA)
  • I call to the North, Earth, for the grounding of my Spirit, for peace and stillness within, and I call on An Cailleach, the Wise Crone, and my ancestors for their guiding light and wisdom. Sea (SHA)
  • I to the worlds below, our blessed Mother Earth, Danú, for the abundance and Life she has brought us and for all her children… all our relations… our animal allies, the Sidhe (pronounced SHEE), the plants, animals, mountains and rivers. Sea (SHA)
  • I call to the worlds above, our blessed Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon) and Daghda (Father Sky), the Star Nations, our spirit guides and ask for protection and wisdom today. Sea (SHA)
  • I stand in the Centre, with and within my Self, standing amongst the Source of all Love, Creation and Spirit, and ask for the blessings of this journey, of this life. I ask the support and blessing of the Great Spirit, the source of all love and creation, and give gratitude for this life. Sin é. (Gaelic for “thats it”, pronounced “Shin-ay”)

MEDITATION AND RELEASE

Look up to the Moon (if indoors, visualize the moon in your mind’s eye) and breathe in the power and cleansing energy of the Moon. Feel its light and energy flow from your head down through each of your your chakras, all the way down to your feet, feeling that beautiful light fill you and support you.

Use the power Air — your Voice — to release.

Continue breathing slowly and deeply until you feel fully connected to your Wise Inner Self, and to Spirit.

And in the light of the Moon, being reading out your list of things to release, saying “I now release you” for each item on your list. Breathe out the energy of that which no longer serve you after each release statement. Continue until it feels complete.

Stay for a moment in that energy… how it feels to be unburdened, to let go, to let Goddess heal you, to be fully connected to your true Self and to Spirit.

Remember that. Hold onto that. You can come back to that feeling at any time.

CLOSE THE CIRCLE WITH GRATITUDE

Close the Directions in the same way you opened it, but instead of calling on each ally or direction, thank them instead… give gratitude.

Blow out your candles and savour the moment.


Blessed Be, SiStars

 


Click here for Part 1  Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 1: Energies and Alchemy


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Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 1: Energies and Alchemy

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PART 1: The Energies of the Full Moon in Aquarius

For me, August is a “cauldron” month. We are in the South / Summer of the Medicine Wheel, where the Fire element is still dominant… where things are bubbling and transforming.

But with the arrival of Lughnasadh, the first of the three Celtic harvest festivals, the Summer Fire is starting to wane and make way for the Water of Autumn, the West of the Medicine Wheel.

And oh how I long for that Water, to quench our dry Mama Earth here in Vancouver, so desperately needed to douse the wildfires still rampant in our province.

At this time of year, I am starting to align with the harvest energies … completing goals set earlier in the year, finalizing next steps for others still in progress, reviewing, processing, reaping… and digging deep within to recognize what no longer serves me so that I may release it.

For me, it’s at this time of year that buried memories can surface. And it is said that the lunar eclipse will enhance those memories…. perhaps even reaching back to our youth.

Those lumps of coal representing old wounds and pains not resolved or healed are revealed from deep within, reminding me that there is still something to release, forgive, let go under the Full Moon and the Waning cycle that follows. But choose to look at the patterns that can be broken, rather than dwelling on the pain and the memories. Letting go….letting Goddess do her work.

It is also a reminder that enlightenment can be a challenging path, not always paved in gold… although the outcome can be glorious. I can see the glint of potential diamonds… those lumps of coal rising to the surface can be transformed into diamonds, with the intent of our coeur-ageous transformation and the power of the Full Moon. Pure Alchemy, Pure Magick!

If you feel the weight of this, if you start to flag or doubt your Self, remember these words from John O’Donohue (one of my favourite authors), as quoted in his book ETERNAL ECHOES:

Your soul is more immense than any one moment or event in your past.

This lunar month starts and ends in Leo… the sign of Heart and Fire. Take courage from that, take heart…


Click here for PART 2: Soul Work and Full Moon Ritual.

 


Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Full Moon in Aquarius arrives Moonday, August 7 @ 11:10 AM PT / 18:10 UTC

The Partial Lunar Eclipse will be visible from most parts of South and East Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. Full details at TimeAndDate.


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Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, which – for me  – perfectly captures my thoughts about Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) and other harvest festivals: that true abundance is intangible and that we are a speck in the immense cosmos around us, a piece of star dust in the human form.

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“The true harvest of my life is intangible – a little stardust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.” Henry David Thoreau

Each year at Lughnasadh, I follow a simple ritual and sometimes change it up a little, such as creating new Lughnasadh Soul Questions for that year. I always ask my Self some Soul Questions as part of the ritual… and often adding in a little magick!

Harvest time gives us the opportunity to look back at our life, either just the year itself or over our lifetime. I especially like to reflect on themes associated with the harvest, such as abundance and gratitude,  endings (and rebirth) or other significant personal themes.

This simple Lughnasadh ritual can be done in Circle with others, or as a solitary practitioner. You could even meet virtually, such as online in a group with others.

In Celtic traditions, the day begins at sunset so I will begin my celebrations tonight as Lughnasadh is traditionally celebrated on August 1st. But for those who like to celebrate on the precise Cross-Quarter Day, mark your calendars for August 6th at 5:13 PM Pacific Time (00:13 August 7th UTC).  Some call this day “Old Lammas”.  I will be celebrating on both days!

This lunar month began on July 23rd with the New Moon in Leo, and I choose the theme Coeur-ageous Transformation for this month… so will include courage in my ritual. Harvests represent completion and New Moons represent rebirth… such a great combination! Leo is a sign of courage and the heart (“coeur“-age), so be sure to tap into your Heart chakra on Lughnasadh.

Preparation 
In addition to your altar requirements, you will also need:

  • paper and pen for writing
  • some string or thread
  • a couple of leaves (these can be from a tree or plant in your garden or a nearby green patch)
  • a couple of corn husks. No corn? Use a leaf from a vegetable such as lettuce, kale or cabbage.
  • a handful of fresh herbs and/or wheat sheaves (wild grasses would also be a good substitute). Fresh or dried thyme would be perfect as it is the herb representing courage. 

Craft a simple altar for your ritual, preferably outdoors but indoors is fine, adding:

  • candles to represent the Celtic God Lugh (gold or yellow) and the Goddess Áine (white or green)
  • a chalice (or glass) for your beverage, also representing the Mother goddess energy and abundance
  • something to eat  and drink such as a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine but change it up for your preferences. For instance, instead of bread, you could eat fresh vegetables, a piece of cake, caramel corn, a quick bread using fruits or vegetables such as zucchini, banana or corn, or a gluten-free item. Bread, however, can be used in an optional bit of spellcrafting afterward.  Instead of wine, you could have apple cider, beer, mead, herbal tea or fruit juice… or just plain water.
  • Optional:
    • Add items to represent the harvest, your craft work or bits of iron (for the God Lugh)
      • I will be adding two handcrafted corn husk dolls to mine, one representing the Earth Mother and the other representing Lugh
    • Some folks like to use an altar cloth in harvest colours of reds, oranges and yellow/gold, or a simple white to represent Grandmother Moon (and the Earth Mother) and Father Sun (Lugh)
    • Crystals, talismans or amulets that are special and sacred to you.

A Lughnasadh Ritual

Before you start the ritual itself, take some time to reflect on your Lughnasadh Soul Work and your Lughnasadh Soul Questions.

Harvest time gives us the opportunity to look at important areas of our life, such as abundance and gratitude (which we celebrate at harvest) and other endings and rebirth (harvest signifies the time of reaping but also starting a new period of fallow and rest followed rebirth and regrowth).

Create your own Soul Questions for your meditation or use these.

ABUNDANCE: Contemplate on the abundance in your life, from both the light side (gratitude, abundance, harvest, completion, prosperity, readiness for the long winter ahead, contentment) and the shadow side (greed, scarcity, drought, lack of completion, lack of resources, lack of planning for the long winter ahead, envy).

  • Where are you blessed with abundance?
  • Where, when and how have you shared your abundance?
  • Where do you most keenly feel scarcity, want or need? Why?
  • What can you do to shift any imbalances between the light and the shadow of abundance?

Ponder what changes you might need to make in order to live a life of gratitude and abundance, or to continue to do so, in alignment with your inner Self and your values.

COURAGE:  How does Courage manifest in your life? How do you know when you are being courageous?

  • Do you take a stand for your beliefs and values, even when it is not easy or convenient to do so?
  • Do you maintain strong boundaries for your Self or allow others to cross them… for whatever reason (to be “nice” or “polite”)
  • Do you follow you path… even when there is no one else walking with you?
  • Do you stand in your Authentic Self and allow others to see your challenges…. that you are not perfect?

REBIRTH: Contemplate on what in your life is coming to a close, and what is awaiting the energies of rebirth.

  • What lessons did you learn along the way?
  • What resources helped you on your path?
  • What new opportunities excite you and ignite your inner flame?

Optional: Take this deeper than a meditation by journeying with your guide(s), asking for their insight in what you might need to change, for their insights into what you may not be able to see. Thank them for their support when complete.

Once your meditation or journey is complete, note your thoughts into your journal. On a separate piece of paper, write what you are inviting into your life in the next year in terms of abundance and/or rebirth. On another piece of paper, create a simple blessing for the three harvests in the Wheel of Life – Lughnasadh, Autumn Equinox, and Samhain – for continued abundance and rebirth.

Begin the Ritual
Start by cleansing the space around your altar and your Self with a smudge, your Lughnasadh incense or by waving an evergreen or other greenery through the space. Be sure to ethically harvest the greenery: ask and obtain permission first and leave an offering of thanks such as a pinch of cornmeal, a flower or some sage (whatever is local for you).

If you have a ritual for creating Sacred Space, such as Calling in the Directions, do that now. Light your altar candles and your incense, if you haven’t yet done so. Then call on your guides, allies, and ancestors for support in your ritual.

Center yourself by getting comfortable, sitting or laying on the ground, and breathing deeply and slowly until you feel any tensions of the day ebb away. Drop into your Heart chakra as you continue to breathe deeply and slowly, and feel that connection to your own Inner Fire.

You may eat or drink your altar food and drink offerings during your meditation, when building your bundle or celebrating afterwards.

Reflect a moment on the invitation and the blessing / affirmation you created in your meditation. Hold them close to your Heart Chakra and breathe in their energy before voicing them aloud.

Create a small bundle with your corn husks (on the outside),  herbs (don’t forget the thyme for courage!), leaves, wheat or grasses. Insert your invitation and blessing papers.

As you tie up the bundle with string or thread, voice your Lughnasadh abundance blessing or use the one pictured below:

Find a place to return your bundle to Mother Earth, preferably near your altar or home. That could be as simple as burying in your garden, a window box or a local wild green patch.

Optional: If you prefer working with the Fire element, you could burn the bundle.

As you bury or burn your bundle, give thanks to the Earth Mother, the God Lugh and Goddess Áine – or whomever you work with – for their abundance and support.

TIP: If you have to leave the altar area to bury your bundle,
be sure to extinguish your candles first.

Complete the ritual by thanking your guides, allies, and ancestors for their support and protection, and safely extinguishing your candles (if you haven’t already done so. Close your sacred space with gratitude.

Magical Workings for Lughnasadh:  a Lammas Bread Protection Spell

Many call this celebration Lammas, which is a contraction of “loaf-mass” and is more of a Christian tradition… but definitely built on pagan harvest festival traditions.

After attending mass with their loaf of bread, to celebrate the harvest, folks took their loaf back to their garden, field or farm and offered a blessing for protection and future harvest abundance by burying one-quarter of the loaf into each of the four quarters of their land or barn.

Why not try it?

A Lammas Loaf could be a simple loaf of bread you have baked or purchased, or one you create in the image of a God or Goddess. Call on your Gods, Goddesses and other allies as you break the baked bread into four pieces with your hands.

As you bury the pieces in the four corners of your land (or home… garden….field) voice your blessing, either one you create yourself or this simple and traditional blessing:

I call on the Spirits of East, South, West and North; the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth; and the gods and goddess of the harvest.. Protect this place of home and hearth, of plants and animals, of those I love. So mote it be.

Blessed Be!


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Coeur-ageous Magic for the New Moon in Leo

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Getting ready to make a Courage Essential Oil Blend

The New Moon in Leo arrives 23-July @ 02:45 AM Pacific Time / 09:45 UTC. Are you ready to enter this new doorway of transformation?

Silver RavenWolf, in her book The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Solitary Witch, suggests the New Moon in Leo is a good time for spells for courage, strength, success, and leadership.

Sounds good to me, as I’m working with coeur-age this month!

There are very many Courage Spells and rituals but I like this simple Enhancing Courage Spell from Ann Moura’s Grimoire for the Green Witch (p. 279)

ENHANCING COURAGE SPELL
For this ritual, done in a Waxing to Full Moon, you will need a red candle and either some Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) or a Courage Essential Oil Blend.

I like this recipe for Courage Essential Oil Blend from Scott Cunningham’s The Complete Book of Incense Oils & Brews (p. 112):

  • 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber officinale)
  • 1 drop Black Pepper EO (Piper nigrum)
  • 1 drop Clove/Clove Bud EO (see NOTE  below)
    • NOTE: Mountain Rose Herbs lists their Clove Bud as Syzygium aromaticum but Aromatics International labels their Clove bud as Eugenia Caryophyllata (as does mine in the picture above).

If you prefer not to touch these oils directly, add the drops to one tablespoon of your preferred carrier oil. You can then use this diluted blend on your skin for a little bump of courage when needed.

No essential oils? No problem! If you have any dragon’s blood or frankincense, light these in an appropriate burner and waft your candle through the smoke. Or pick up a sprig of rosemary from your grocery store or garden, and use it as a smudge.

START THE RITUAL

Before you begin the ritual, meditate on the Strength and Courage you are seeking and create an affirmation for it.

Then, begin with your own personal rituals for spell crafting or ceremonies such as grounding and centering; casting the circle; calling in the directions; calling in your guides, ancestors, angels, goddess(es), etc.

Anoint/rub the candle with your oil (or smudge it with your incense), then inscribe with an appropriate runic (or other) symbol.

I love working with the WomenRunes created by Shekhinah Mountainwater (perhaps The Flying Woman, the Rune of Transformation, or The Heart, the Rune of Love & Passion?) or these choices recommended by Moura:

FEOH (aka FEHU) for energy
THORN (aka THOR) for protection and willpower
MANNAZ (aka MAN) or self-improvement
KEN (aka CEN) for opening of positive energy
UR for personal strength
DAEG for a fresh start
SIGEL for achievement and self-confidence
TYR (aka TIW) for victory, courage, and success

You can also choose to etch in your personal sun sign or ruling planet sign.

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Rune names and meanings

Light the candle and wave your wand, or favourite crystal, above it while saying these words from Ann Moura or something in your own words with the same/similar meaning:

“I call upon the Powers of Earth, Air, Fire and Water; the energies of the ancient runes; the spirits of the hoary planets! As this candle melts, may these qualities __________________ [insert your qualities or affirmation here] I seek enter into me, that as I will, So Mote It Be!

Close the ritual with your preferred way (closing the circle, directions, etc), and be sure to give your gratitude to those you called upon for guidance during the ritual.

NEW MOON BLESSINGS!


Click HERE for Part One of our New Moon in Leo post with our Soul Questions and more for the New Moon: Coeur-ageous Transformation with the New Moon in Leo


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Staycation!

Summer Holidays! YES!

This week I'm taking a staycation here in beautiful Vancouver with my husband, so I'm also trying to take a social media vacation and will be active once again on Monday July 24th.🌞

This pic of the Gathering of the Canoes was taken Friday on English Bay here in Vancouver. Such a moving experience.

Close to 30 canoes and 350 pullers from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseuil-Watuth Nations canoed from Ambleside, across English Bay from the landing site at Vanier Park / Kitsilano .

This was the final landing of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey, a 10-day journey along traditional highways from the Sunshine Coast to the City of Vancouver, with pullers from the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

After the lead canoe came to the beach, and asked permission to land, the others circled the landing site and raised their oars to honour the home of the Musqueam People. After all canoes had come up to the beach, the welcoming ceremony and rituals began and — when complete— the canoes were beached and the festivities (and eating) began!


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Life is Ceremony

Yesterday I attended a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, at the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Such a profound and healing experience.

I attended a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, at the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Such a profound and healing experience. This image is from the heart of the garden: sacred tobacco.

We began with ritual… with ceremony… with sharing… standing in Circle, honouring our ancestors and the unceded land of the Musqueam People, upon whose land we were standing. And as we each stood on boughs of cedar, we smudged our Self and gave blessings of tobacco to Mama Earth while our Sisters drummed and sang.

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We then walked the garden to connect with the plants, collecting from those that spoke to us… from those with whom we felt relationship or connection. There were so many plants, some new to me and some familiar favourites. The pollinators were busily working and a bald-headed eagle soared above us. Pure magick!

After our garden walk, we returned to the UBC Farm yurt and made medicinal creams using tinctures prepared from plants harvested from the garden, a hormone cream and a pain relief cream. We each made extras for giving back to the community.

It’s hard to describe my feelings throughout the opening Ritual…. sheer joy… connection to Mama Earth… connection to all others participating… connection to the Ancestors and those who walked this land before us. a profound sense of community.

As we completed the opening ceremony, one of the Grandmothers looked around the Circle and quietly said,

“Life is Ceremony.” 

YES! Embracing Ritual and ceremony has been a huge shift in my work and in how I walk with Mama Earth. I bring Ritual into my work and spiritual practices and into my daily life… when I am working with plants, making magic, wildcrafting, meditating, creating, cooking, writing, crafting…

How does Ritual or ceremony weave through your life?

For me, Ritual brings the sacred into my life. It expresses my gratitude. It honours my place in this Universe and lights my path.

And in a lovely moment of synchronicity, this morning I read this quote:

“I wish for you a life full of ritual and community.”
–Flaming Rainbow Woman, Spiritual Warrior
From her book “The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens

This is what I wish you.


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Praying Rain and Cooling Green Freshness

UPDATE: This meditation was scheduled as a virtual group event for 8 PM Pacific Time on Monday, July 10th and it has now been spread across social media. People across North America – and beyond – have been participating at their own time, in their own place.

Thank you for your energy.

The organizer, L Gail Ludwig of Shores of Earth and Spirit is now holding space for others to participate beyond the original date and to go (at least) as far as July 31st. Join us, to bring your energy to shift the vibrations from Fire to Water for our beloved Turtle Island.

Click here to visit the Rain4BC community on Facebook.


L Gail Ludwig, a member of our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle, shared this beautiful and inspirational meditation for “cooling green freshness” to support Mama Earth in balancing the forest fires raging across our continent with Water and loving intention.

And she has given her permission to share.

Please feel free to share with your friends and on your pages.

Let our vibrations shift the balance from Fire to Water. 


From L Gail Ludwig:

Hello all,

I know we are all horrified at the forest fires that are burning out of control. My thoughts began with the ones burning here in BC, Canada, more by the day, but I know there are so many fires in other places as well. My thoughts and love go out to the ones who are affected by these fires.

So in thinking of all of this, I have been sending out “cooling green freshness” energy and prayers to Mother Earth, Father Sky and Grandmother Moon, to bring about moist coolness and rain to calm these fires. I want to experiment with this, and everyone who would like to, please join me. Forward to your friends if you think they would like to put their ‘energy-in-numbers’ behind this as well.

I know, scientifically, it takes certain conditions for rain to happen. But I also know that we are made of all of these elements, we are an inherent part of it all, and therefore we may be able to influence the conditions.

I have written a visualization for you to follow if you would like, or just offer thoughts and prayers in your own perfect inspired way. We will do this in the spirit of love, compassion and helping in whatever way we can. I invite you to focus your thoughts, meditations and prayers now.


VISUALIZATION

For just a moment, close your eyes, take a slow relaxing breath. We always start with breath, and our own inner environment. We can’t give what we don’t have inside. So center your mind on how you are feeling within. Is your energy rushed and frustrated these days, are your thoughts and words inflamed or possibly out of control? Acknowledge the fires inside you, so that you can quench them, and then have cool freshness to give.

Breathe slowly, and begin to bring coolness inside, wafting over you, and through you completely. Now imagine moisture, like a fine spray of water refreshing you, extinguishing the blaze in your mind, in your body. With another breath enjoy that feeling for a moment.

Imagine water beginning to puddle around your feet, from your cooling mist of water.
Envision the pool of water around your feet growing, spreading out, farther and farther, eventually touching hot burning ground. And still farther it goes, moistening and cooling. More and more water courses serenely down from your body, your arms, dripping off your hands, out from your feet, and streams out to the parched land.

“Rain, we ask you to fall, refresh the land, quiet the fires. Wind, we ask you to blow the other direction and turn the fires back upon themselves. Send reprieve to the men and women who are working so hard to save life, home and land.”

Picture it in your mind; rain, dampness, drops of water on the leaves of the trees and on the grass. Freshness, moist and green. Dripping with revitalizing water. Send it out to the fire, send your fresh coolness, and imagine dewy green leaves and new growth.

Close your eyes again, breathing with peace and love, envisioning these watery images. Take as long as you want. When you are ready, take a deep fresh breath, and keep cool gentle Nature within you.

You can do this exercise whenever you think of it, and know that there are so many others of us doing it with you.

Be refreshed.

LGailL