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 a 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.

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.

Spring Of Life

Happy Spring Equinox! The Vernal Equinox Signals The Beginning Of Nature’s Renewal In The Northern Hemisphere.  A Solemn Passion: Jane Eyre Inspired Print By Artist Illustrator Diana Sudyka.

Black History

The Oprah Magazine February 2018

Oprah unleashes her inner Diana Ross on the cover of this months issue of The Oprah Magazine. The Artful Living Blog pick for 2018 print magazine subscription. The beloved and inspiring American high priestess media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer & philanthropist is a gorgeous icon to celebrate and honor this February for Black History Month. An annual celebration of heroic contributions & monumental achievements by African Americans & a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

Shades Of Fall

Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Autumns. ~George Eliot

Fall Whisper, Illustration, Courtesy and © Dante Lividini 2017

Illustration ‘Fall Whisper’ From The Wisetrees Series By The Artful Living Blog’s Favorite Artist Illustrator Dante Lividini. Beautiful new tribute piece inspired by the seasonal sights and sounds of Fall and our magical little property. A wonderful world of nature spirits botanical beauties & forest family friends full of whimsy wit wisdom & wonder.

Autumnal Equinox Blessings! ‘Tis the season that gets us thinking about trees and tuning into the beauty of the landscape that surrounds us. Equinox is the point when the Sun crosses the equator and everywhere on Earth day and night are approximately of equal length. Symbolically, it can be viewed as the point when day meets night, where opposites meet on equal ground, where we can integrate the duality within the oneness of existence. The ancients, who knew themselves to be at one with the Earth, honored these planetary shifts as important reflections of life. As above so below, As within, so without.

Illustrations (shown here & below) from Chapter One: Raven The Maker -An Inuit Myth, Chapter Seven: Ilmatar The Goddess Of Air -A Finno-Ugric Myth, Chapter Two: Tepu And Gucumatz -A Mayan Myth, Chapter Four: Nyambe The Creator -A Lozi Myth & Chapter Five: Ymir The Frost Giant -A Norse Myth.

From the newly published graphic novel Dawn of Time: Creation Myths Around The World, (Author) Nel Yomtov, (Illustrator) Dante Lividini, Capstone Press, 2017. Part of a Graphic Library series: Universal Myths

Forests play a prominent role in many myths and legends. In these dark, mysterious places, heroes can lose their way, face unexpected challenges, and stumble on hidden secrets. Part of the age-old magic of forests lies in the ideas that people have had about trees. In mythology from around the world, trees appear as ladders between worlds, as sources of life and wisdom, and as the physical forms of supernatural beings -nature spirits were thought to inhabit trees and forests. The mythology of early India, preserved in texts called the Upanishads, includes a cosmic tree called ‘Asvattha.’ It is the living universe, an aspect of ‘Brahman,’ the World Spirit. This cosmic tree reverses the usual order. Its roots are in the sky, and its branches grow downward to cover the earth.

Dawn of Time gathers seven ancient multicultural creation stories from various traditions around the world so readers can discover the unique differences and similarities between the cycles and seasons of life within world mythology -all recreated in artful graphic novel format Dante Lividini style.

About

Dante Lividini is a New England-based illustrator, graphic novelist and 3-D animation artist whose work, constructed with considerable imaginative care, invites a mythological journey. With a Master’s Degree in Literature from New York University, and a background in teaching and contemplative arts, Dante cleverly weaves the art of storytelling of all that is mysterious and miraculous in the natural world throughout his work, infusing it with meaning, depth, and metaphor.

Dante’s evocative ‘Wisetree’ illustrations are all deeply rooted in nature and myth. Prompting a rare kind of empathy towards his subjects, thoughtful connections between rustic gods & nature spirits, half-humans & heroes, biosphere & biophilia, trees & time, and the realms above and below human experience, blossom. We discover an unfolding meditation on those existential dilemmas that surround us all, and a world of its own in the making. Resonating otherworldliness and sublime beauty. Presently, he is completing another graphic novel project, and works for the award-winning visual effects studio FuseFX in NYC.

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