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.

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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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Rituals for the Pisces New Moon

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Day 1, 🌚🌑 Dark Moon / New Moon in Pisces AND a Solar Eclipse
Sunday, February 26 at 6:58 AM Pacific Time (14:58 UTC)
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We have another powerful start to the lunar month, with a Solar Eclipse (visible in parts of South America and Africa). An auspicious time for fresh starts!

For me, the New Moon energy doesn’t really begin until we see that first glimmer of light of the Waxing Crescent in two to three days. For now, we are in the Dark Moon, completing the last journey, embracing Grandmother Moon’s deep and powerful Yin energy, and strongly connected to our own wisdom and intuition. We are guided by The Crone, known by many names: Hecate, An Cailleach, Cerridwen, Hella, Lilith, Baba Yaga, Kali, and others.

Take this time to reflect, and refocus your visions and dreams for the next Journey. When we work with our Crone energies, we can face our fears squarely and courageously and can learn from them. We can accept our strengths, and embrace the fierce wildness within.

And like the Phoenix, this phase is not just an ending, a completion, it is a beginning. . .  a rebirth of light from the darkness. With the new light of La Luna’s crescent, our journey begins again. We start a new adventure. But unlike The Fool’s Journey, starting with a clean slate, we carry forward with the wisdom from our recent explorations. We still have endless possibilities but perhaps more clarity as we focus our intentions and incorporate the wisdom from our Dark Moon reflections.

This moon also embraces the coming Equinox (Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:29 UTC) which for some signifies the official start of Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) and Autumn (in the Southern Hemisphere). . . a time of shifting energies, towards balance and equilibrium, and an opportunity to review and refocus.

SOUL RITUALS FOR THE NEW MOON

Do you have rituals or practices for the New Moon? If not, consider some of these:

🌙  Do a New Moon tarot or oracle reading. At each new lunar phase — First Quarter, Full Moon, Third Quarter, etc — check in with the reading and draw additional cards for further illumination as you work through the month.

🌙  Start a lunar chart or Moon Wheel (so many great tools out there) to track your energy and emotions throughout the month to see how the phases manifest in your life: sleep patterns, emotions, flow days and, of course, the lunar phases (new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, etc)

🌙  Set up a new altar, or add new elements for Spring (Northern Hemisphere) or Fall (Southern Hemisphere)

🌙  Start a new herbal tincture, decoction or glycerite. I do this every new moon! This month, I’m starting a cooling tincture for the liver (I am full of Fire and over-stimulated at the moment, so need to dampen it) using a recipe from Rosemary Gladstar (one part burdock root, one part dandelion root and 1/4 part cinnamon bark). I’m preparing it two ways: one batch with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and one with alcohol (vodka).

🌙  Create a (re)Vision Board for the coming new season. This can help you get back on track with any New Year’s Resolutions you may have created. Or maybe something new may be revealed! In the Northern Hemisphere, the sap is starting to rise. . .  definitely an inspiration for new things and new visions. In the Southern Hemisphere, Mama Earth is starting to reap the abundance of Summer. .  time to reflect on your own harvest and start to prepare for the coming Autumn and Winter. This exercise can be done with magazines, or with various collage/photo apps on your laptop, tablet or smart phone. This exercise can be a great bonding experience, too, if done in a group.

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For a simple New Moon reading, try this: New Moon Wisdom Work: a Medicine Wheel Reading

We also have several in the FILES section of our Facebook group, the Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle (see info below).


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Ivy is the Queen of Old 

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Of the three greens associated with Yule — Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe — the Ivy is most strongly associated female energy, the Divine Feminine, and is ruled by Grandmother Moon.

My female Celtic ancestors used the Ivy vines to weave necklaces, bracelets and crowns to adorn themselves during Yule. Men and boys would wear a holly crown (holly is ruled by Father Sun). Ivy was thought to bring clarity, and represented the vitality of Mother Earth and the Celtic goddesses (such as Arianrhod).

Last year I was introduced to crafting with ivy vines, working in circle with a group of women, creating baskets from ivy. It was an incredible experience — preparing the ivy, starting the weave, and sharing stories as we built our baskets. Pure magick!

Think about how you can use Ivy today… or, instead, sit in circle with your female friends — laugh, chat, share a story, drink some mulled cider and celebrate the Queen of Old.


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Mistletoe and the Feast of Potentials​

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Celebrating Mistletoe on the 3rd Day of Solstice
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The origins of Mistletoe as a Christmas decoration go far back into our Pagan origins. Druids considered the Mistletoe — a parasitic plant that grows on willow and apple, and other species — to be both sacred plant and healing … and a magick plant, good for the heart. Roman author Pliny wrote in the first century CE that the “Druids hold nothing more sacred than mistletoe and a tree on which it is growing.”

This third day of Solstice was also referred to as “Nameless Day”, not associated with any particular lunar month. Those born on this date were said to have strong intuitive senses and healing abilities.

According to a post in Magical Recipes Online “The Nameless day, December 23rd was called “the Feast of Potentials”. It was (and still is) a Holy day attributed only to Mistletoe, the Winter’s equivalent to Oak. Both were considered equally powerful like Yin and Yang, Light and Darkness. There was a powerful Druid ceremony called “the Ritual of Oak and Mistletoe”, in which Druids climbed a sacred oak and cut the mistletoe growing on it…. The Nameless Day was believed to have powers of change.”

When we think of Mistletoe today, many recognize it from the “kissing bough”, a tradition that came to us from the Middle Ages. A berry would be picked from the Mistletoe and exchanged for a kiss. When all the berries were gone…. well, you would need more Mistletoe if you wanted another kiss!

And even that fairly recent tradition was rooted in earlier traditions: in the Middle Ages in England, “holy boughs” were created with a figure of the Christ Child and kept in the home. Visitors would be given a “kiss of peace” at the Holy Bough for forgiveness for any transgressions or ill will during the year. Eventually the Christian church banned Mistletoe from church decorations due to its pagan associations… but it has clearly made its way back into our modern festivities.

I love the idea of Mistletoe as a “kiss of peace” and would definitely like to revive that tradition!


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21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

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Winter Solstice – also known as Yule – is one of my favourite times of the year…. okay, my absolute favourite time of year. But maybe I say that for all holidays!

And while I love the major celebrations of Samhain (the start of the Dark Half of the year in the Celtic Wheel of the Year) and Beltaine (the beginning of the Light Half of the year), there is something about Winter Solstice that touches so many. Virtually all cultures and faiths celebrate Father Sun and the return of the light at Solstice.

So what is Solstice? The word solstice comes to us from two Latin words, sol  (the Sun) and sistere (to stand),  referring to the standing sun that we experience twice a year. During the days around the solstice, the Sun appears to stop in its travels (particularly dramatic in polar regions!).

On Solstice, our ancestors celebrated the return of the Sun with feasts, music and art, rituals, greenery, camaraderie and – most importantly – symbols of the Sun such as bonfires and candles. And many carried on the tradition for a full 13 nights / 12 days (in the Celtic world, the day began and ended at sunset), a tradition some of us may recognize as the root of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

For me, Solstice is always about The North – the place of our Ancestors, of Mother Earth, that place of stillness and quiet and deep contemplation. So although I also celebrate Solstice with seasonal crafts and food, it is important for me to spend some time at Solstice honouring my past and my ancestors, celebrating my connection with friends and family and in contemplating what is coming in the year ahead. This year I did a very powerful Journey with Inanna, releasing illusions about my self, and will spend Solstice doing the return journey – choosing what beliefs still serve me and what I want to keep. . . and how I will manifest those in the next year.

For many, Solstice is pure celebration. . . a time to connect, rejoice, share gifts with each other and kick of the holiday season of Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah and more. And I definitely love this aspect too!

Solstice falls on the 21st of December, arriving here in Vancouver at 2:44 am, and my celebrations will begin at sunset this evening. So, here are 21 ways you can celebrate the Solstice with friends and family . . . and I’d love to hear how you celebrate!

21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

  1.  Watch the sunrise or sunset from a favourite spot

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    Tip 1: watch the sunrise (this is at Newgrange in Ireland)

  2. If you can’t be outdoors, light a candle for Solstice in your home
  3. Connect with Mama Earth by walking in Nature with friends and family. Take some wild bird seed to feed our feathered friends. Honour your Nature Family with words or ritual.
  4. Declare your intentions for the next year in the form of a poem or just a few heart-felt words (I stand in vigil for. . .  I am holding space for. . .  I honour . . . )
  5. Create an Solstice Altar.  Place objects on your altar that symbol and honour those for you.
  6. Make a crystal grid using your favourite crystals and some pine cones to represent the directions and celebration days of the Wheel of the Year
  7. Craft a loose incense or an essential oil blend for using in your diffuser or for adding to a carrier oil such as grape seed, olive or almond oil for anointing your sacred objects, candles and altar
  8. Create a Solstice centrepiece for your table or altar: place one large white candle in
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    Tips 8 & 21: gathering materials for centrepiece and rituals

    the middle to represent the solstice and surround with seasonal elements such as pine boughs, cones, holly berries, mistletoe, oak moss and more. Carve one or more of the alchemy symbols for Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit onto small pillar candles or votives, an anointing with a Yule Oil. Go wild and add a little glitter to the carving afterwards! Or for a more natural expression, finely chop pine needles, rosemary or other herbs and rub into the carving.

  9. Thinly slice orange slices then dry in a dehydrator, or in the oven on a low temperature (no more than 250F). temperature. Hang on your  tree or in a window with ribbons or twine…. or use to decorate a candle!
  10. Handcraft a wreath for your door or home, using foraged materials (if possible) or natural elements from a garden centre or florist shop – every green boughs, cones, holly, ivy, mistletoe
  11. Hang up some mistletoe and be ready to give or receive a kiss! ❤️
  12. Ring a bell at Sunrise or Sunset to greet the Solstice
  13. Light a bonfire and toast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and thank Mother Earth and Father Sun for everything they have brought you this year.
  14. Handcraft a pentacle with twigs and twine, and add a jingle bell. Hang in a window or on a door.
  15. Spend time with an elder and do something meaningful for them – a small gift, taking them on an excursion, bake some cookies
  16. Food… .always food! Create your own special Yule / Solstice / Christmas treats – cakes, biscuits, puddings, yule logs, spiced nuts, egg nog, hot chocolate, candy canes and more.
  17. Handcraft a Prayer Stick (a First Nations tradition and plant it in the soil. These are typically crafted from fallen cedar – or any tree you feel a connection to – and add natural elements such as a feather, moss, a little bundle of one or more smudging herbs (tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, cedar)
  18. Handcraft a smudging bundle or wand with cedar

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    Tip 18: handcraft a cedar smudging wand

  19. Make a Prosperity Globe (or jar!) using a clear glass Christmas ornamentand materials such as herbs, moss, cinnamon sticks, essential oils, ribbon, pine, shells, crystals and your personal intention scroll for the year. Personalize it even more by adding small items – or photos – that are significant to you.
  20. If you didn’t have time for the five-day Solstice Advent Candle Circle Meditation, do it all in one day
  21. Another lovely ritual tradition is the Candle Circle, a wonderful tradition for family and friends. I like to use white candles but some folks prefer red to represent the fire of Father Sun. Each person can customize their own candle, or leave it unadorned. At Solstice sunset, dim the lights and gather together (these days you could even do it by Skype if you can’t all be together physically). A volunteer – or the “head” of the family – can lead with a moment of meditation or  a blessing for Solstice and for all gathered. Take turns lighting your candles and sharing your favourite stories and memories from the year, or what you are grateful for. When all are complete, extinguish the candles in the order they were lit, with each participant making a wish or affirmation for the following year. The volunteer (or “head” of the family) can then say a final blessing for all and turn the lights back on.
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Tip 19: Prosperity globes

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Tip 14: Twig Pentacle

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Tip 7: loose incense

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Tip 11: Hang Mistletoe


🌿🎄🌞 Solstice Blessings to you all ! 🌝🎄🌿


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Winter Solstice Five-Day Advent Ritual and Meditation 


Do you have any special traditions for Solstice? Each year I add — or modify  — my rituals, staying present with the changes in my life, where my life is going . . . and what is happening in the world.

I’m gathering materials now for my 5-day Solstice Advent blessing candle ring, and haven’t yet decided whether to go with the scented coloured pillars seen here or switch to the plain white but embellish each pillar/votive glass with the symbols for Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit (or Sun). So many choices!

This advent blessing was inspired by Beth Owls Daughter’s blog (she lights one a week leading up to Solstice) and Brigid’s Grove: Creative Spirit Circle. Beth is also listing these weekly meditation events on Facebook.

Beth notes, “The original source for this particular adaptation was the late Helen Farias, founder of The Beltane Papers magazine, and then it was continued by Waverly FitzGerald in her School for the Seasons teachings.”

Because I’m starting with Solstice only a week away,  my plan is to honour this with a five-day rather than a five-week advent ritual. I will light the first candle (East, Air, Hope) on December 17 and meditate on my hopes for 2017, then each subsequent night light the original candle and then the next one in the sequence, repeating until Solstice night:

  • Candle 1: East (Hope, Air)
  • Candle 2: South (Peace, Fire)
  • Candle 3: West (Joy, Water)
  • Candle 4: North (Love, Earth)
  • Candle 5: Center (Spirit, Solstice Night)

You can choose your own themes for the nightly meditation, whatever speaks to you. For instance, some choose to honour their Ancestors as part of Solstice, other Community. . .  yet others Gratitude, or Abundance. . .  or an even more personal experience.

And if you do not celebrate Solstice but celebrate another holiday — Christmas, Hanukkah, etc — just adjust the start date accordingly. Or use it as an advent to New Years Day✨

🌞 Solstice Blessings 🌞


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