What’s with all the moon stuff?

For those of you who know me, you know I am a huge fan of getting in touch my wild af divine feminine by howling at moons (sometimes in public), twirling under stars, writing things, burning shit, and doing all kinds of craziness in the name of lady luna. After several years of projecting my insanity on girlfriends, and luring them into participation with promises of cheese and wine, I realized that there were other people out there interested in the phases of the moon and what it meant to them as an individual.

Here’s the rundown:

Many astrologers believe that our energy corresponds with the cycles of the moon. Our energy begins to awaken with the new moon, making it a wonderful time to set goals, explore new ideas, and plan projects – basically this is the time to lay down the foundation for anything you want to see happen. Our energy is at its peak at the full moon, which means this is the time for action! Use this extra kick of vitality to revisit the things you’ve been building, either moving towards completion, finding you need a change of direction, or scratching it all together.

I think of following the cycles of the moon as a mystical, energetically charged form of project management, because it’s such a great way to set goals and monitor their progress. New moon is for creation, full moon is for completion and release.

Each new moon falls in a zodiac sign has its corresponding full moon six months later. For example, the Supermoon we had on January 1 was in Capricorn, and its full moon will be June 28. This means that I will check back in with the plans and intentions I set on January 1 over that six-month period.

I hope that your lady luna adventures prove to be as insightful, healing, and inspiring as mine.  xx

1/16 – Capricorn
2/15 – Aquarius (SOLAR ECLIPSE)
3/17 – Pisces
4/15 – Aries
5/15 – Taurus
6/13 – Gemini
7/12 – Cancer (SOLAR ECLIPSE)
8/11 – Leo (SOLAR ECLIPS)
9/9 – Virgo
10/8 – Libra
11/7 – Scorpio
12/7 – Sagittarius

2018 FULL MOONS (Full Moon Ritual)
1/1 – Cancer (SUPERMOON)
3/1 – Virgo
3/31 – Libra
4/29 – Scorpio
5/29 – Sagittarius
6/28 – Capricorn
7/27 – Aquarius (TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE)
8/26 – Pisces
9/24 – Aries
10/24 – Taurus
11/23 – Gemini
12/22 – Cancer



Full Moon Ritual for Release

The Full Moon represents a time for releasing the things that no longer serve us. It could pertain to projects, relationships, negative thoughts, beliefs, or behavior patterns – pretty much anything that might be holding us back from truly loving ourselves.

This is my favorite full moon ritual that is designed to help you cleanse and release the energies and burdens that you no longer wish to carry forward with you.

You will need:
Two bowls
Palo santo, sage, etc. (optional)
Crystals, malas, or any other special items (optional)

Step 1: Create a sacred space.
Find a quiet, uncluttered, comfortable place to sit and place your special objects around you. Place the lit candle in front of you along with the bowls (one filled with water).

Step 2: Get centered.
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths in and out through your nose. My preference is to practice Sama Vritti Pranayama (Equal Movement Breath). For several minutes until I am feeling calm, grounded, and centered.

To practice Sama Vritti:
Inhale to a count of four
Hold the inhale for a count of four
Exhale for a count of four
Hold the exhale for a count of four

You can play with the length of counts, but the goal is to have the length match so that it is equal. It can also be helpful to visualize a square shape while practicing this breath.

Step 3: Make a list.
Write a list of the things that are limiting you and holding you back. Once your list has been completed, sign and date it.

Step 4: Say goodbye.
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths in and out through your nose. Make some statement (either internally, or externally) declaring your intention to release. It can be anything from, “I release you,” to “I forgive you and am letting you go,” or anything in between.

Step 5: Burn baby burn.
Place a corner of the paper under the flame and once ignited, place the paper in the bowl. If you notice that the paper has trouble burning, consider whether you are truly ready to let go. The faster the paper burns, the more willing you are to release and move forward.

Step 6: Wash yourself clean.
Place your hands in the water to signify rinsing away the residue from the things you are releasing.

NOTES: There are tons of full moon rituals to explore, and variations of this one. Some people practice this ritual with others, while some prefer solo. Some like to burn the items individually, others like to keep the list or rip it to shreds. Instead of placing hands in water, some people like to take a bath or shower. The sky is the limit! There isn’t a right or wrong way. It’s your intention that matters.

I practice this ritual because writing the things that are weighing me down is cathartic. By expressly writing these items down, I am acknowledging and accepting that these things no longer serve me in a positive manner, and by doing so I am holding myself accountable for their release.

Letting shit go IS NOT my strongest suit, so the act of using fire to consume and water to wash away is an important symbolic part of the process.

I hope these ideas serve as a starting point for you.

Happy New Year, Wolf Moon, Cancer Full Moon, AND Supermoon. We’ve got so, so much energy working in our favor tonight.