Moon Magic

Full Moons have forever been a mystical time of connecting with our spiritual, sacred feminine selves. Many Goddess and earth-based traditions honored all phases of the Moon, while Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism still celebrate special holidays according to the lunar calendar. While New Moons are associated with new beginnings, Full Moons represent the culmination of energy: fruition, completion and celebration, as well as releasing and shedding of the old to pave way for a whole new cycle.

Spirit Voyage. Ajeet Kaur With Ezra Landis & Raffa Martinez. This is a song to connect to the Moon, to the grandmother guiding wisdom. It is a song of love, letting go, and embracing the wisdom and magical mystery of life. On the Full Buck Moon July 27th 2018, there will be a total lunar eclipse -the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. From start to finish, the event will last four hours. Although the eclipse won’t be visible in the U.S., you can catch it live via community webcast on astronomy site Slooh if interested.

Because the Full Moon increases psychic and emotional sensitivity, many feel its effects very palpably -often starting the days leading up to the Full Moon, While it can feel overwhelming to deal with the intense energies it brings up, learning to harness the gifts of this special time can help us better manage everything that comes up, and create powerful shifts in our lives. Here are three Magical Full Moon Rituals to embrace the many gifts of this blessed time every month. Experiment with whatever you feel guided to. It’s a Full Moon after all, so trust your intuition!

1.) Shed Light On Darkness Journal Ritual

One of the reasons we can feel so emotional during a Full Moon is because it’s a time of making the unknown known, the unconscious conscious, the hidden seen. Naturally, this includes relationships and patterns that are not in alignment with our truth and highest good. If we don’t allow ourselves to face and process these insights, we may feel hypersensitive, confused and overwhelmed. The best thing we can do is to take some time to express everything we are feeling in a safe and healthy way.

A simple ritual to bring light to any darkness you are facing is to take a sheet of paper and write out everything you are feeling, uncensored. Notice any surprises or insights you gain about issues that are important to you. Have you been ignoring or suppressing your feelings in a certain area? Have you been settling, compromising, or disowning your truth and boundaries? Are you ready to release what’s no longer serving you? You don’t need to know the answers, but it’s important to ask the questions.

In the next steps, you will learn how to awaken your intuition, which will guide you on any action to take and changes to make as you move forward. For now, once you feel you have released all that you need to on this sheet of paper, (very safely, perhaps in a pot) burn it. You can write an intention at the end, such as, “I now release all that no longer serves me for total healing, purification and transmutation, for my best and highest good.” As the paper burns, wash away any ashes or surrender them to Mother Earth, and feel the lightness of releasing what lurked in the dark before. Remember it’s always darkest before the dawn.

2.) Clear Your Energy Smudging Ritual

If you choose to do the above ritual, smudging is wonderful to perform after, although it can be done independently, and any time as well. Of course, for this, you will need to have a sage bundle handy, which you can craft, or buy from most spiritual/new age shops or online. Smudging is a powerful energy clearing ritual used in Native and earth-based traditions during ceremonies. It is said to help release negative, toxic, stagnant energies, and even get rid of earth-bound spirits and attachments. A Full Moon night is an especially potent time for a smudging ritual. After facing and releasing what you need to, you can then ceremoniously clear it away with the smoke of sacred sage.

To perform the ritual, burn the dried sage bundle, keeping a fire-safe dish underneath to catch the ashes, and simply waft it around your entire body (at about a two-feet long distance). As you do so, you can again set an intention such as, “I release all that no longer serves me for my highest good.” After smudging yourself, you can smudge your home by waving the wand in the corners and centers of each room -or anywhere you feel guided. Trust your intuition, as you may feel the need to smudge some unexpected places or linger somewhere a little longer. Be sure to perform this very safely, keeping a distance from fabrics, pets and children. You need only wave the wand once or twice in each area to get the smoke flowing there, as you keep moving along.

After the ritual, open all your windows to air out the smoke and let new, fresh energy, and ideally Moonlight, into your home. Bonus Step: Since your space is now clear, you can go around the house and re-program the energy by setting intentions for what you want to bring into your space and life instead. You can clap three times at the end of each intention to seal it in, or if you have a bell or singing bowl, ring it three times for extra blessings. Finally, you can also clear spiritual objects like crystals, oracle decks, sacred texts and malas by waving the sage bundle around each one three times.

3.) Moontime Majesty Massage Ritual

A beautiful and beneficial way to replace the darkness that you released, is to ride the tides of your lunar cycle and truly align with the divine sacred feminine, with the gift of Living Libations Moontime Lunitidal Elixir. An essential oil estro-fest blest with a sisterhood of solacing botanicals. Anoint these dutiful drops onto your belly and wrists, as you relax and dwell in the majesty of your femininity. Directions: Enjoy drops in a bath. Use in a diffuser. Anoint the body. Massage Moontime Majesty into your belly by diluting 5-7 drops with an organic carrier oil like jojoba or St. John’s Wort. Simply massage area or apply with the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage to guide the body.

Catching The Light

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Hello June! The Summer Solstice is just around the corner. The Solstice reminds us how integral the Sun is to our lives. In several ancient cultures, the Summer Solstice is honored as the union between Heaven and Earth. Here are a few Wonder. Wisdom. Words. ways to mark the longest day and celebrate the Sun. Wishing you a season filled with light and vitality!

Cast A Spell: This spell is for protection, healing, empowering, and revitalizing: Create a pouch for psychic dreams; put mugwort (a visionary herb) and bay leaves (often associated with the Sun) in a piece of Yellow material (the color of the Sun); sew it up with Red thread (the color of action and fire); and place it under your pillow. Dream on!

Greet The Sunrise: Watching the Sun come up is a powerful reminder of nature’s cycles -the ones we so often take for granted. Wake up early with the Sun. Watch her rise. When the Sun is low in the sky, you can stare into her. Fill your eyes and your body with her light. Do a Sun Salutation yoga practice. Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses with profound benefits. Shine on!

Design A Mandala : Create a mandala or danmala (meaning the giving of flower circles in Sanskrit) with natural elements -flowers, leaves, twigs, berries, rocks, seeds and feathers, found foraging. This is a beautiful process for grounding, presencing, and practicing the art of letting go. Make temporary mandalas around your local area to connect more deeply with nature, and leave for others to find and enjoy. Explore nature as art studio!

Express Gratitude: Give thanks for the Sun, for the light of the Sun, for the life that comes from the Sun. Write the Sun a love letter: Thank you, light, for the life you give to the plants, the animals, and to me. Next, show gratitude to yourself, too. Take the time to honor your own inner light and it’s expansion over your shadows. Express gratitude for your journey!

Unleash Your Spirit: The Summer Solstice is our annual opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of light that can help us release burdens, doubts, and fears, so we can become just a little freer, lighter. The most basic way to honor the Sun is to be in it. Soak it up, sing, dance, drum, play some music. This is a great time of year to dive into your inner child. A reminder to never lose sight of the magic in each day. Remember to play!

Skin Saviors

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection. Nourish. Infuse. Transform. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm & Ultralight Oil are great multi-functional products that will transform your skin’s radiance. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nourish the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes the feeling of Summer. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. The collection blends flowers that are grown on the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, which promise to relax and restore your mind, body and soul.

Kiehls Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask. The old-world apothecary since 1851’s latest golden beauty mask is formulated with Calendula Flower Petals and Aloe Vera, to deliver an instant refreshing surge of cooling hydration upon application, to soothe skin. With continued use, skin is calm and comfortable, for a healthy-looking complexion. Calendula Extract, Petals, and Aloe Vera, each highly regarded for centuries as medicinal herbs in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, widely used for their versatile, healing and hydrating properties. Attains Wisdom. Wonder. Words. Summer skin-loving stamp of approval + an ELLE International Beauty Awards 2018 winner.

Chamomile Compress Homespun Remedy. Resting with chilled Chamomile tea bags over the eyes for 10 to 20 minutes can help reduce and prevent puffiness and nourish your skin.  It’s also a wonderful way to unwind anytime of day. You can even do this while resting in a restorative yoga pose. 1) Place 2 Chamomile tea bags in small bowl and cover with boiling water. 2) Place in an air tight container & refrigerate to cool. Use within 2 days. 3) Simply remove tea bags and squeeze out excess water, then relax with tea bags over eyes for 10-20 mins. for soothing relief. Note: Not recommended if you have an allergy to plants in the same family, such as Ragweed, Daisies and Marigolds. In such cases, Cucumber slices work well too! One of the most common remedies for eye irritation and inflammation. 1) Cut two slices of Cucumber, submerge in ice-cold water for 10 mins. 2) Then place on closed eyelids for 10 mins.

Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine, is the deep drink your skin is thirsting for. Alchemic essences harmonize your skin and the Sun’s rays with this nourishing serum, perfect for Sun soaking, and for Sun-soaked skin. Everybody Loves the Sunshine lets you relax in luxurious light, aligning your body with the glorious rays of the Sun’s life force. A melody of tropical coconut, sweet flowers, warm spices, and verdant flora = a sensual invitation to languid Summer days. If you could only bring one product to a desert island, this is it! This season, take time to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness, abandon elaborate regimes and synthetic products, and reveal your renegade beauty, with beauty philosopher, aromacologist, botanical muse, and creatrix of Living Libations, Nadine Artemis and her new essential guide.

Renegade Beauty: Reveal And Revive Your Natural Radiance by Nadine Artemis, 2017. In this beautiful guide, Artemis introduces readers to the concept of renegade beauty -the art of doing less and allowing the elements and life force of nature to revive the body, skin, and soul so natural radiance can shine through. Anyone stuck in perpetual cycles of new products, spa facials, and dermatologist visits, will find answers as Artemis illustrates the energizing elements of Sun, fresh Air, Water, the Earth, and plants. A comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to simplify their self-care, take their health into their own hands, and discover radiant beauty. More than simply a beauty book, it’s a new paradigm for healthy living lifestyle, including essential myth-busting and evidence-based tips for awakened vitality and self-healing.

Flower Power

Lotuswei Flowerlounge NYC February 13th 2018

Fall in love with the world through poetry, movement, meditation + love elixirs. Dive deep into your own beauty, wisdom + big-hearted love in all its forms. It’s time to bloom! Join Katie Hess, Flower Alchemist of Lotuswei & Author of Flowerevolution, for a flower-filled gathering, a powerful distillation of good vibes featuring mandalas, meditations, elixirs & flower readings with special guests: Poet + Story Whisperer Morgan Farley; Movement Magician Lynda Sing; and Luminary Intuitive Robin Sandomirsky, for Flowerlounge’s one and only East Coast event of the year. Tap into the power of the last days of the Fire Phoenix Year + an imminent New Moon Solar Eclipse with this one-of-a-kind, transformative evening. For rapid growth, accelerated transformation & energetic wow! Tickets here.

Acquainting oneself with Hess’s new book & accompanying card deck “Flowerevolution” + appreciating the Lotuswei range of magical elixirs = great prerequisites for the event.

Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers, by Katie Hess (Author) & Louie Schwartzberg (Photographer), 2016.

 In Flowerevolution, Flower Alchemist Katie Hess & photographer Louie Schwartzberg invite us to venture into the vast and beautiful world of flowers, and learn how they can be used to give us a fuller experience of our everyday lives. This flower-filled guidebook is rich with information, stories, images, and rituals that demonstrate the largely untapped power of flowers. Most people are unaware that quiet, unassuming flowers can amplify our positive qualities and awaken new joy in everyday life, but in fact, flowers are ready to spark us to reach our greatest potential -one that is likely bigger than we can even imagine!

Flowerevolution is designed to open you up to a fresh new world of magic and possibility. In it, you choose the flowers you’re most attracted to from the 48 different profiles, and discover what your favorite flowers reveal about you. You’ll find out how flowers can be used for a variety of conditions, including pregnancy and postpartum, travel and jet lag, and addiction; and learn the answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about flower elixirs. The book also features ancient and modern methods for harnessing flowers’ unique qualities, including flower baths, elixirs, mandalas, body oils, desserts & more!

Winter Beauty

Elevate your mood health well-being & aesthetic Winter into Spring with these Wonder. Wisdom. Words. fabulous finds from near and afar. Who couldn’t use a beneficial beauty and beyond boost this time of year? The idea of deep rest, to replenish and renew the body mind spirit & recharge during this at-times-sluggish season is appealing, as is enhancing your beauty routine with nourishing & aromatically rich products, while adding a few essential seasonal pieces to your environment & wardrobe to refresh and organize, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style. Comfort calm citrine calendula cream chakra curios country couture candles & more.

Magic Organic Apothecary Green Bath Potion & Balm

Fall in love with award-winning, artful artisan Magic Organic Apothecary, skincare products made in England, inspired by old herbal folklore with a sprinkling of magic! Therapeutic green bottled beauties that combine organic Yarrow with other herbal extracts & botanical oils to help nourish & invigorate the body mind spirit to improve well-being. Cult-classics include a multi-purpose beauty balm: The Green Balm, a decadent daily cleansing ritual, and some might say a miracle with all its weird & wonderful uses + healing powers. And a Green Bath Potion with refreshing Peppermint, detoxifying Fennel, relaxing Fir Needle & Birch to ease achy muscles & soften the skin. MOA spell for feeling balanced: Pour capful into the bath. Immerse in water, breathe in & let the natural essential oils clear the mind & lift your mood = magic!

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Elevate your Winter skincare game with Ursa Major’s Super Natural hydration boost plus fast-absorbing Golden Hour Recovery Cream. A Wonder. Wisdom. Words. absolute favorite for its unisex qualities, healing Sunflower, Calendula & Sea Buckhorn properties + aromatics of Neroli, Sandalwood & a touch of sour Rose anchored with fresh-soaked Earth. Crafted by a great Green & grounded grooming line free of synthetic chemicals and toxins out of Vermont, with a brand ethos that comes from a desire to live a healthy, active, stress-free natural life close to the land. A stand out cream and brand in an increasingly crowded field for its philosophy, simplicity, efficacy, clean packaging & quality.

Sundari Neem Hand & Chamomile Eye Oil

Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind, body and spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty, as will picking up Sundari’s stellar new floral citrus Neem Hand Oil & best-selling Chamomile Eye Oil. Positively potent travel-friendly essential oil aromatic botanical treats to quench thirsty skin. Skin is instantly relieved upon contact while the essential oils soak deep into the dermis to boost natural repair and defense processes. Sundari encompasses a complete line of Ayurvedic luxury spa treatments with worldwide distribution, that will help you discover truly healthy skin & encourage you to find your own sense of well-being.

Gülsha Rose Perfecting & Regenerative Elixirs

Discover distinctly divine & luxurious Rosa Damascena flower oil potions that are highly effective skin-enhancing elixirs for day & night. Formulated by French skincare experts & made in the Isparta region of Turkey famous for its Roses, using traditional techniques handed down through generations, with only a limited number of bottles being produced each year. It takes approximately 4000 kilograms of Roses, hand-picked before the sunrise, to produce just one kilo of pure Rose oil in an incredibly labor-intensive process. Gülsha perfectly distills this fragrant skin-loving essence & combines it with other powerfully healing & protective seed oils to nourish dehydrated skin with vital nutrients to restore radiance.

L.L. Bean Upworthy Down Jacket & Hunter Boots

Stay warm dry & stylishly seasonal in these Loden Green rural landscape classic wares. Wisdom. Wonder. Words. favorites for Gray Green rugged riding style perfection. L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes & gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe & warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. At some point the typical New Englander stops letting the weather ruin another pair of boots and picks up a pair of Hunter boots. Then wonders how they ever did without them! Founded in 1856, Hunter is a British heritage brand renowned for its iconic original boot, and Royal Appointment to HM The Queen & HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The brand has a rich history of innovation and continues to forge designs that shield pioneers from the elements and bleakest of landscapes.

Dooney & Bourke Florentine Collection 

Dooney & Burke = vintage vibes Florentine gift to self or other that will stand the test of time. Inspired by America’s rich history in leather goods, ranging from mail pouches to saddle bags & early military gear, Dooney & Bourke known for its New England roots and heritage, designs & crafts instant classics with the perfect union of timeless American style, the highest regard for the finest raw materials & time-honored techniques of old world craftsman. The Florentine Collection with Vacchetta leather, matte Gold hardware & micro-suede detailing, has the look & feel of fine saddlery leather, and develops an even richer patina with time and use. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite pieces rich with enduring style, timeless versatility & effortless functionality.

Satya Jewelry Chakra Collection

Satya means “truth” in Sanskrit, and that sentiment beautifully inspires the New York-based designer yogini jewelry line of the same name, handcrafted for the modern & fearless woman in mind. Offering necklaces, bracelets, malas and earrings with symbols & semi-precious gemstones within specialty collections such as: Mandala -that embodies the divine spirit of this age-old art form, and Chakra -that delivers powerful messaging, mantras & inspiration to tap into empowerment. This year Wonder. Wisdom. Words. chose Citrine & Yellow Jade as its empowering crystal allies for 2018. Both Solar Plexus Chakra stones -or Manipura, which governs health, self-worth & energy. The solar plexus chakra is located right above the naval, and honors the life force, self-esteem & confidence. Manipura infuses the body with energy, balance & strength. In wearing these stones, you are supported to blossom in your growing spirituality, with inner peace, joy & happiness.

Farmhouse Pottery Candles & Match Striker

Farmhouse Pottery, Vermont based artisanal potters offering unique one-of-a-kind handmade pottery, décor & gifts. With original shapes brought back from another time when storage was done with handcrafted vessels. Rooted in traditional American pottery styling, basic in design, with many purposes for the home and entertaining, Farmhouse Pottery vessels are household essentials, that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Nothing celebrates seasonal nostalgia & the Winter Solstice –Wonder. Wisdom. Words. second favorite season, with simple sophistication better than Farmhouse’s carefully crafted candles. With woodsy notes of Balsam Fir, Cedar & Sandalwood oils inspired by Vermont’s rural landscape, preserved natural beauty & seasonal change.

Alicia Adams Alpaca Baby Alpaca Throw

A 100% Baby Alpaca Handmade Throw that is softer than cashmere is just sublime. Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, cherished the world over, not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes, its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic & lightweight qualities. Adams’s gorgeous accessories suit any season, a swoon-worthy collection of hand-spun sweaters, blankets, robes & accessories perfect for stepping up your Winter wardrobe or gift-giving. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. finds the throws especially comforting, perfect for Winter into Spring evenings by the fire. Alicia Adams Alpaca raises & manages its own herd of over 200 Suri Alpacas at Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Autumn Aura

 Maple Leaf Graham Cookies. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and festive, and cozy country kitchen aromas are emanating from every open window -it’s an Autumn afternoon in New England! From apple-cinnamon to mulled-cider and woodsy-pine to pumpkin-spice and everything nice, this is the most aromatic and flavorful time of the year. Sweet & spicy seasonal treats & tea + scents = Recipe For Fall!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite wellness teas company with roots that go back to a third generation herbalist named Rosemary Gladstar, has a stellar new tea offering: Organic Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger. Traditional Medicinals artfully blends turmeric, a root praised by healers around the world, with the power of meadowsweet & ginger’s warming properties for an herbal trifecta of ancient wisdom and soothing relief. Perfect Autumn afternoon tea time treat with Maple Leaf Grahams.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Place all your dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer & combine. Add all of the wet ingredients & mix until everything comes together. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed -depending on dough consistency.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll half out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use Fall inspired cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, poke them with a fork few times, and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges just slightly darken. They will harden as they cool. Store in an air tight container.
  • While cookies are baking brew Traditional Medicinals Stress Ease Cinnamon Tea. Serve. Savor!

DIY Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Blends. No worries if you’re not culinary inclined, you can still let the scents of golden Fall fill your senses and home with these warm earthy & aromatic body mind soul diffuser blends -Pumpkin Spice Latte, Mulled Cider, Autumn Afternoon, Fireside and Walk in the Woods. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create sublime year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands at various price points recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. to consider when crafting your blends: Young Living Essential Oils, Aura Cacia, dōTERRA, Edens GardenFloracopeia, & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

For More Naturally Scentsational Autumn Ambiance See Previous Post: Scents & Sensibilities.