A Ritual and a Prayer on World Oceans Day 

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Tanker on English Bay, Vancouver at Sunset

On  World Oceans Day, I am reminded of the importance of this Kenyan proverb:

“Treat the Earth well. She was not given to you by your parents. She was loaned to you by your children.”

So, today, on World Oceans Day, I will go to the sea and offer a healing ritual and blessing to Yemaya for healing the world’s oceans and waters. The healing and cleansing ritual was posted on this blog yesterday. Feel free to use this ritual, adapt it or create your own.

And I will say a prayer to Yemaya for her continued health, vibrancy and balance (not my original prayer but one found on many websites):

You who rule the waters, pouring over humankind your protection, O Divine Mother, wash their bodies and their minds, performing a cleansing with your water and instilling in their hearts the respect and veneration due to the force of nature that it symbolizes, let us protect your group of things and what they protect.

We beseech powerful Yemaya, Queen of the waters, to receive this prayer.  With love and justice, give me the required and necessary strength to withstand everything.
In your sea of nature and harmony, I want to live.

Protect my loved ones from all harm and danger.
Hail Yemaya, Queen of the Sea!

How are you celebrating World Oceans Day and the theme of Our Oceans, Our Future?

What does the ocean — and the fresh waters of our Earth — mean to you?

The seas have always been magical to me. I love living by the ocean. . . breathing in the salt air, listening to the seagulls, watching the herons wading in the shallows and the bald eagles soaring in the sky, spotting a playful seal and hoping to one day see a whale breach in the Bay.

Some days I visit at sunset, meditating at the end of the day. Other times, I visit at low tide… walking out on the flats, through the shallow tidal pools, connecting with the ocean floor. It’s a blessing to live where the Sea meets the Mountains.

But I am also aware of both her power and her fragility. As I looked through my pictures of English Bay here in Vancouver to share with you on World Oceans Day, I realized that although many capture our gorgeous scenery of mountains, sea, and sky, very few are absent of the commerce in the Port of Vancouver — the numerous ships anchored each and every day awaiting their appointment at the docks. Even this sunset picture was marred, in my mind at least, by a tanker crossing the horizon as it sailed into port. And if Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion moves forward, there will be even more tankers, carrying toxic crude oil piped from the Alberta oil sands to overseas refineries… at great risk to the environment.

So I will continue to lobby against that expansion
and to lobby for the health of our Oceans.

We are custodians of Mama Earth. . . Let us treat her—and her waters—well for our generation and for future generations.

♥️ 🌎 ♥️ 🌊


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A Healing Ritual for Yemaya (and YOU) on World Oceans Day

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English Bay, Vancouver BC, where I will do my ritual for World Oceans Day

Thursday, June 8th is World Oceans Day, a day the United Nations has set aside each year as a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme is Our Oceans, Our Future, with a conservation focus of “encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future”.

Ocean health is vital to the health of our planet, of our beautiful Mama Earth. Per the UN,

“The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate.”

For those of us who love Mama Earth and are committed to her health and vitality, every day is Earth Day and every day is World Oceans Day.  Consider using this day to look for ways you can improve what you are already doing to support the health of our planet and our oceans.

And do take this occasion to honour our Oceans in a special way, with a ritual for cleansing and healing, and a blessing. And because World Oceans Day this year is so very close to the Full Moon (which arrives Friday, June 9th at 6:09 AM Pacific Time), consider bringing elements of your Full Moon ritual into this ritual… perhaps working with Yemaya in a ritual cleanse or release to the waters.

ABOUT THE RITUAL 
In this ritual, we honour Yemaya (Mother of the Seas) and her sister Oshun (Mother of the Rivers), and offer a healing to the waters of our world. You can also use this ritual for cleansing the Self.

Do change up the ritual to honour any Goddesses of the seas or waters that resonate with you such as Aphrodite, Brigantia, Ganga… so many to choose from.

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Yemaya by Thalia Took 

This ritual can be done at the ocean or any source of fresh water such as a lake, river, stream, pond, etc. If you are not close to a fresh water source, fill a large bowl with the freshest water possible (such as distilled, from a spring, or simply tap water that has been left in the sun for several hours or to which you have added a handful of ocean salts). Preferably, the bowl should be large enough to either stand in or immerse your feet in. Bathtubs or foot baths are great for this!

PREPARATION FOR THE RITUAL
Prepare for this ritual to Yemaya by first collecting seven shells and seven white flowers. The number seven is special to Yemaya, representing the Seven Seas. I believe that rituals are not “fixed” or absolute, so feel free to adapt this in your own way if these materials are not available to you. The key is to honour the intent. Do try to have at least one real shell, however, for the ritual, and make sure that whatever you are offering the ocean will not harm it in any way.

Cowrie shells are strongly associated with Yemaya, but use any small shell of your choice. If you are not in a place where wild shells can be collected, use purchased shells (ethically sourced of course) of any kind in this ritual. You could even use blue and white stones.

Forage for wild white flowers such as daisy or yarrow, or any white blossom that is local for you, first asking Mama Earth and the plant for permission. Alternatively, you could purchase white blossoms from a florist or pick from your garden. And because both blue and white are the colours associated with Yemaya, you could even mix it up a little with the colours.

THE RITUAL
Go to the sea, river or other location (unless you are doing this at home) with your shells and flowers, and any other sacred objects that support you in your rituals.

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Oshun, by Thalia Took

Centre and breathe deeply, connecting to your Wise Inner Self. Meditate first on your intention for this ritual, such as what you want to share with the Oceans, and — if also using this as a cleansing ritual for your Self (so perfect for the Full Moon) — reflect on what you want to release to the Oceans.

Stand in the water, making a connection with the seas and rivers. As you stand in the water, no matter the source, you are connecting to all water.

Call on all your Ancestors, spirit guides, and any other deities and allies. Call to Yemaya (Mother of the Salt Waters) and Oshun (Mother of the Fresh Waters), and any other goddesses of the waters that are important to you.

Holding the shells in your palms, call to the Ancestors of the shells…. to their ancient DNA from the time when the Oceans were pure, teeming with marine life, unpolluted, in balance, and flowing with ease. Call out to these Ancestors and ask them to remember that time of balance and flow in the past and to bring it to our present and future so that the Oceans can be healed again. As you physically connect with the shells, listen to their message. Perhaps they have a blessing for the Sea or wisdom for you as to how you can continue to honour Mama Earth and Lady Ocean.

Immerse the shells in the water to bring the ancient healthy energetic patterns to all our world waters, saying something like:

“Yemaya, I bring you these shells and their ancient energy to heal you, to restore your energy and to heal the damage we have done to you.”

Leave the shells as an offering for the seas. If doing this at home, add them to your altar in a small bowl of water (infused with salts) until the Full Moon has passed.

Holding the seven flowers in your palms, call out to Yemaya, Oshun or other water goddesses. Thank them for the fertility and life they have brought us, for the fresh water that nourishes and cleanses all living things in our world and for the air that fills our lungs. Ask The Goddess(es) for her blessing and a cleansing of all you wish to release. Stand in the water… feel it moving across your feet and ankles…. the coolness… feeling all you wish to release leaving your body and given to the waters for healing.

As you lovingly release the flowers to the water, thank Yemaya — or your Goddesses — with a simple affirmation such as

“Yemaya, I offer you these flowers to thank you for your love, protection and healing. I thank you for the waters and air that nourish and sustain our lives.”

Completion and Gratitude 
While still standing in the water, take a moment to connect with the wisdom of the Oceans and the Goddess(es) of the waters and reflect on how grateful you are for what they give us. Listen for any messages or wisdom they are sharing with you.

When complete, give your thanks to the oceans, to all waters on our planet, to Yemaya and Oshun, and to your Goddesses, Ancestors, and allies.

When you return to the land, note your experiences, thoughts and wisdom gained in your journal for further use in your Soul Work for this month and for your Full Moon rituals.

Blessings to you on World Oceans Day !


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Preparing for your New Moon journey with a gentle Water Release Ritual

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Dark Moon Waning Crescent, Day 29 of the lunar journey

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Altar for my Water Release Ritual

Tomorrow we enter a new cycle with Grandmother Moon… new beginnings, new energy, new goals, a new journey.

And this is the last New Moon before the Solstice on Wednesday, June 21 at 04:24 UTC (Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm PDT here in Vancouver). The Solstice is the medicine of Father Sun, used by many to mark the “official” first day of the seasons of Summer or Winter. Our ancestors celebrated this day in the Northern Hemisphere as Summer Solstice, Litha, MidSummer and/or Longest Day and in the Southern Hemisphere as Winter Solstice, Yule, MidWinter and/or Longest Night.

Before the dawn of New Moon, I spend a day reflecting and releasing, and often use different elements in my release Rituals… Earth, Fire, Water, Air.

So today is an ideal time to sit with the Medicine Wheel reading you created at the beginning of the New Moon, to which you added new cards — at the First Quarter, the Full Moon, the Third Quarter and now the Dark Moon — to those already drawn.

SOUL WORK
Spend some time reflecting on the cards you drew throughout this month’s journey and the messages/wisdom they brought you on this month’s theme of “passionate transformation” (or whatever theme YOU set for yourself). What new wisdom can you integrate into your Wise Inner Self? What did you learn? What is now complete? What is yet unfinished? And what are you now ready to release?

Today I feel the need for the gentle, intuitive emotional energy of Water and the grounding energy of Mama Earth. Consider this Release Ritual with Water, which can be done throughout the day or all at once, at sunset:

TO BEGIN

  • Call on your guides and allies for their wisdom, guidance, and support in this ritual
  • Fill a small bowl with water
  • Place a favourite healing crystal into the water (make sure it is a crystal that is safe in water) or add a teaspoon of sea salt
    • You can also add other elements. . . a favourite essential oil, herb or botanical element (leaf, flower, etc). Today, I added a drop of Lourdes Holy Water, a gift from my Grandmother, to represent my Ancestors.

Method 1: Throughout the Day

  • Throughout the day, bring your awareness to any negative energy, self-limiting limiting beliefs, patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you.
  • For each one you identify and are ready to let go, energetically send it to the water bowl for release, saying a release affirmation you create or something like: “This _________ no longer serves me. I release it to the healing waters of Mother Earth.”
  • When you feel you have released everything you can, move to the COMPLETION part of the Ritual.

Method 2: All at Once

  •  Sit and meditate at the water bowl, and once again reflect on your Medicine Wheel reading for the month… or your journey since the new moon on April 26th. As in Method 1, also bring your awareness to any negative energy, self-limiting limiting beliefs, patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you. What are you now ready to release after integrating the wisdom of your Soul Work?
  • For each one you identify, release energetically to the bowl OR write the keywords onto a small piece of paper and drop into the water bowl for release. As you watch the words blur and dissolve into the water, say a release statement you have created or something such as “This _________ no longer serves me. I release it to the healing waters of Mother Earth.”
  • When you feel you have released everything you can, move to the COMPLETION part of the Ritual.

COMPLETION
When you have completed your release(s), empty the bowl — if possible outdoors, into Mama Earth, but it can also be released to water (sink, pond, river…) — while repeating your release statement, one you craft yourself or something like this: “I free my Self of all things which no longer serve me and I send them to Mother Earth for grounding and release.”

Thank your guides and allies for their support and wisdom.

NOTES:
If you choose to empty the bowl into a sink or a fresh water source, modify your statement accordingly, for example “I free my Self of all things which no longer serve me and I send them to be cleansed and released in the healing waters of Mother Earth”.

Some folks also choose to release and bury the crystal(s) used in the Ritual, but I simply thank the crystal and then cleanse it energetically.

 

Honouring our Great Mother on Mother’s Day

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“Circle, Mother and Child” by Sulamith Wulfing

This Sunday in Canada (May 14th) – and in many countries around the world – we celebrate Mother’s Day.

For some of us, this is a joyful day when we can spend some time with our mother… honour her… laugh with her…. share memories (and cake!). And for those of us who are mothers or grandmothers, we can delight in the time spent with our children.

But for others, it can be a poignant day, a day of loss. Perhaps you have lost your mother, as I did three years ago. Perhaps you have lost a child or miscarried. Perhaps you have a strained (or non-existent) relationship with your mother or child. Perhaps you are struggling with fertility.

However you choose to experience this day, consider holding a ritual to celebrate Motherhood in a way that is powerful and meaningful for you.

Perhaps you can…

  • honour our Great Mother — Danú , Gaia, Pachamama — or your Goddess
  • hold sacred space and love for the relationship you would like to have with your mother
  • step into a place of unconditional love, of healing and forgiveness
  • honour whoever is a mother to you in your life now
  • honour the child you wish to bring into this world or the child you lost
  • honour all mothers in a simple blessing
  • honour the women who are special to you – sisters, ancestors, friends
  • honour your Self and the medicine and gifts you have given our world….  ideas, children, relationships, beauty, art…

🌸 A RITUAL FOR THE GREAT MOTHER 🌸

These are only suggestions and I would encourage you to create your own ritual, perhaps using this as a starting point. You could do this on your own, or in Circle with others.

  • Collect some items for offerings to the Divine Feminine, the Great Mother of us all, whatever works for you and holds meaning for you: crystals, wild flowers, rose petals, or pebbles. Have something for each person/spirit you are honouring in the ritual.
  • Decorate your altar with items that represent both the Divine Feminine and Motherhood to you. These can be mementoes such as a piece of jewellery, a photo, a treasured gift, or items from nature such as a nest, an egg, a flower.
  • Place three candles on your altar to represent The Maiden, the Mother, the Crone. I like to use white and yellow on my altar but do consider using a red candle, representing our sacred flow.
  • Add a chalice or a bowl as a symbol of the Divine Feminine. This will be used in the ritual representing the womb. Add a small amount of pure water or blessing water.

🌿 TO BEGIN 🌿

Breathe deeply, relax and connect to the grounding energies of Mama Earth.

Create sacred space by calling in the directions, your guides, allies, ancestors… whoever supports you spiritually.

Light your candles.

Start by giving your blessings and gratitude to our Great Mother and all the mothers you wish to honour…. it could be along the lines of:

“I thank you, Great Mother,  for birthing this place we call home, this Earth that gives us food and shelter, that nourishes us. Your love supports me. Your wisdom illuminates my life. Your energy flows within me. Thank you, Danú.”

For each offering, hold the item to your Heart Chakra and connect with both the person you are honouring and the item. Imbue it with your love, your intentions, your gratitude. As you place your offering into the chalice or bowl give words of thanks, being as specific as possible. For instance:

“My Heart and Soul thank our Great Mother, who nurtures and comforts us all, who protects us from harm, who unconditionally loves her Self and her loved ones.”

“My Heart and Soul thanks my mother-in-law who has always shown me unconditional love and embraced me with care.”

With your last offering, honour YOU and give thanks to YOU, in your own words, such as:

“I am thankful for my gifts of _____________________ (e.g. music, wisdom, dance, strength, healing, etc) that are my Medicine for this world, and for all that I have birthed ________________ (e.g. children, ideas, art, etc). I honour all aspects of my own Divine Feminine: the Goddess within, the Maiden, The Mother and the Crone. They are me and I am them. Thank you, Great Mother.”

When your offerings are complete, take some time to connect, journey or meditate with the Great Mother and ask for her wisdom. Give thanks to her when she does so.

Close by thanking the directions, your guides, allies, ancestors… whoever supports you spiritually.

Blow out the candles.

Celebrate with Hugs:)


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Passionate Transformation during the Full Flower Moon

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This Full Moon carries so much power. Not only is it in Scorpio — giving us a powerful and emotional experience — but this Full Moon is a very special day in the Buddhist calendar, marking Waisak aka Vesak aka Wesak, when Buddhists around the word celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha.  Perhaps YOU are sensing that global energy of peace, enlightenment, transformation and forgiveness.

And each of Buddha’s transformations (birth, enlightenment, death) are closely aligned with our own theme in this lunar journey: Passionate Transformation.

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Firebird by Susan Seddon-Boulet

You may feel like everything is enhanced, fired up… your intuition, your emotions, your sensuality, your passions. You are like the FireBird or the Phoenix… burning, transforming, coming alive. Zinging!

The Full Moon is a powerful time for the Divine Feminine energy within us, and for our emotions. Many women cycle with LaLuna… ovulating at the Full Moon, experiencing their Flow at the Dark Moon. But even if we don’t align in that way, the Full Moon is the time to celebrate our femininity and our connection to the Goddess. This is HER power time, no matter which Goddess you follow or work with.

At the Full Moon, many turn to the Mother Goddesses for support and inspiration, such as  Gaia, Demeter, Isis, Hestia and Green Tara. But there are Goddesses associated with the Moon who can support us including Artemis, Diana, Luna, Mama Quilla, Selene.

SOUL WORK 
At this phase of our Lunar Journey, we are aligned with the Direction of the South and the Element of Fire as we birth our creativity and manifest our goals. We are fully charged with the fiery Yin energy for the next couple of days, before we move into the Waning Phase when our intuition will increase once again, and we will start to feel the drawing down, the drawing in of our energy and connecting to our Magick.

Be intentional in your Soul Work during this Full Moon, calling in the Directions, Elements and Goddesses to start your ritual, whatever that may be. It could be a release ritual; a simple honouring of the Goddesses, your Self and/or the amazing women in your life; or it could be as simple as lighting a candle and meditating on the Soul Questions.

CALLING IN THE DIRECTIONS 
We each have our own way of Calling in The Directions. Some like to start in the East (Air, Dawn, a new day in many traditions)  and some in the North (Earth, Night, start of day in Celtic traditions).  I tend to start in the East, with the inspiration of Air.

I recorded a sample Calling in The Directions that combines two traditions, that of CelticScreen Shot 2017-05-10 at 4.22.24 PM Shamanism and that of the Chinook First Nation of the Pacific NorthWest. Click here to listen to the recording, or click on the picture to the right.

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And for a basic introduction to Calling in The Directions, click here for a short SoundCloud recording or simply click on the picture to the left.

Once you’ve listened to these, perhaps you will be inspired to create your own Calling In.

SOUL QUESTIONS 
For your meditations, journeys or rituals during the Full Moon consider these Soul Questions, or develop your own:

🔥 What is now flourishing in my life?

🔥 What is passionately transforming in my life?

🔥 What does transformation mean to me?

Full Moon Blessings on the Flower Moon!


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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

    🌸 🌝 Full Moon Blessings 🌝 🌸


    🌸 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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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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