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.

Skin Savors

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 and potent, healing and hydrating properties. An Artful Living Blog perfect for Summer skin pick + 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, 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.

Rose Infusion

Summer is on. The Sun is shining. Gardens are growing. Flowers are blooming. The Farmer’s Market is open. It’s lemonade time, Artful Living Blog style. Lemonade is good. Refreshingly floral Rose Rhubarb Elixir is even better! Easy to make, and the perfect pitcher drink for picnic or brunch. Reminiscent of subtle Rhubarb lemonade -sans lemons, of course. Here, dark red Rhubarb stalks are sliced and simmered in water with Rosehips (which add that lemony tartness along with a dose of vitamin C!), then steeped with dried Rose petals and fresh Mint. It’s then strained, sweetened with raw honey, and chilled. Divine over ice. Stay hydrated. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds rhubarb, sliced into ½” pieces (use dark red stalks)
  • 3 Tbsp dried rosehips
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dried rose petals (use organic)
  • 2/3 cup fresh mint leaves (leave on trimmed stems)
  • raw honey, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the rhubarb and rosehips in a large pot. Cover with water and bring just to a simmer over the stove. Cover the pot. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and add the mint and rose petals to the mixture. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the rhubarb to extract as much as possible without forcing it through the sieve. Discard the solids.
  4. Add honey to the mixture until desired sweetness is achieved.
  5. Chill. Garnish. Serves 8 cups.

Tips: Use the darkest red rhubarb that you can find. The lighter the rhubarb is, the less pink the drink will be. Deep red, thin stalks give the best color. Add ice cubes infused with flowers or berries and a few rose petals + sprigs of fresh mint on top for a stunning finishing touch.

For more Rose Inspiration see previous posts Power of Roses & Rose Petal Jam & Rose Truffles & Rose + Cardamom & Rose Sugar Scrub

Catching The Light

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Gladioli Girl, © Mairianne Giovanna Genova.

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 Artful Living 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!

Malas & Miracles

Creating Malas & Miracles Retreat Menla June 15-17th 2018

During this weekend long retreat at the beautiful Menla Retreat & Spa, Satya Scainetti, Founder of Satya Jewelry will lead you through the sacred art of mala making and how malas are used in daily practice to help manifest miracles. Creating a personal mala works to open the heart and serves as a talisman for individual empowerment and well-being. Each attendee will leave the retreat with an intention infused, one-of-a-kind mala that they are encouraged to use for a 40-day meditation.

The mala is a traditional garland of 108 prayer beads. Every bead represents a truth, and meditating on them with an affirmation, or mantra, is used to bring peace of mind. The mala can also be seen as a metaphor for life: a small knot between each of the beads represents a challenge between the smoother, more beautiful aspects of life.

Surrounded by thousands of acres of Catskills forest preserve, Menla is nestled in a magical hidden mountain valley in Phoenicia New York. Throughout the year, guests can enjoy deep serenity and abundant wildlife, explore many different levels of hikes, and take advantage of unique classes and services offering integrative healing -merging Tibetan, Ayurvedic and other holistic traditions. Menla features a conference center, yoga studio, sweat lodge, meditation sanctuary, and the wonderful new Tibetan Dewa Spa & Healing Center specializing in rare and ancient Tibetan therapies.

Menla is affliated with the cultural embassy for Tibet, the Tibet House in NYC, and operated by Robert AF Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House. In 2006 The Dalai Lama blessed the land and the stated mission at Menla: to be a place for health, healing and spiritual evolution, based on the wisdom of Tibetan medicine.

Satya Scainetti is the founder and designer of Satya Jewelry. A philanthropist, yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Satya lives a lifestyle dedicated to giving back to the world community. The name Satya, meaning “truth” in Sanskrit, inspires each wearer to their individual truth. With a global following, she creates beautiful, inspiring and meaningful jewelry that resonates with each customer’s own personal journey. Satya’s background in social work and passion for early childhood education sparked the creation of the Satya Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides children all over the world with hope, change and the opportunity to fulfill their destinies.