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Libra New Moon Ritual: Feeling the Love

Author: simone  //  Category: Libra New Moon, Love Gua

The Libra New Moon (Sept. 23, 11:14 pm PDT) is an ideal time to invoke for more love in your life. Big changes can happen with this New Moon, since it coincides with the Fall Equinox and potent Pluto turning direct. You’ll want to prepare your Love gua (far right hand corner in the back of your home) ahead of time by clearing, cleansing and blessing it, as well as adding enhancements – pairs of animals, images of happy couples, things in romantic shades of pink, purple, burgundy or peach. Here is a ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life, to get you in a loving mood.

You will need: a yard of pretty pink fabric and a yard of pink ribbon, five small pieces of rose quartz, a bottle of rose essential oil and a pink candle.

As an astrologer, I often hear from desperate folks who long for a lasting romance, when the real problem lies within—with a lack of self-love that prevents them from attracting a loving partner. As astrologer Caroline Casey says in her brilliant book, Making the Gods Work for You, “Love unites us with the community, whereas romance addiction isolates us; we seek total fulfillment through another and, consumed in small dramas, neglect to give our gift to the community.”

With this in mind, I am not going to give you a traditional love spell for this New Moon. Instead, the following ritual will open your heart and strengthen your love for yourself and others.

Cut the pink fabric into five pieces, about 5” by 5”. Then, cut the ribbon into five, 5” pieces. Light the pink candle in your Love gua, and anoint it with rose oil. In addition, anoint the stones with rose oil, as you think loving thoughts. Place each stone into the center of a square of fabric, and tie it with a piece of ribbon. Put one bag on your altar in the Love gua, affirming love for yourself. Blow out the candle or let it burn down.

Give the other four bags to people you love, telling them how you feel. Include your mate, if you have one. If not, give three of the bags to people you love, and put the fourth in the Love gua along with your bag. Give thanks to Venus, the goddess of love, for sending you all the love you need. You may feel inspired to do loving things for your community over the next few weeks. Take advantage of the chance to generate good karma.

Virgo New Moon Ritual: Focused Relaxation

Author: simone  //  Category: Health Gua, Virgo New Moon

Because the Aug. 25 New Moon (7:13 a.m. PDT) coincides with the Mars-Saturn conjunction, we’ll need our wits about us to stay relaxed and use these energies wisely. Yet this New Moon brings a strong potential to commit to a healing path of service. To activate the Health gua at the center of your home, perform this centering ritual near the New Moon.

You will need: Sage leaves or packaged sage tea, a yellow candle, lavender essential oil, relaxing music.

First, make sure your Health gua has been thoroughly cleansed and prepared. Then, boil water, pour it over the tea and let it steep while you do the relaxation exercise. Place the cup in your Health gua, and light the yellow candle. Then, put on your relaxing music and position yourself comfortably in a prone position on a couch, bed or the floor. Anoint your upper lip with lavender oil so you can inhale its relaxing qualities.

Give yourself about ten minutes for this simple but amazingly powerful process. Take a few deep breaths, then direct your attention to your feet. Hold your focus there briefly while you feel your feet relax. Then, as you move upward, do the same for each body part, in this order: Ankles, calves, thighs, pelvis and belly, lower back, middle back, upper back and chest, back of the neck, back of the head, top of the head, forehead, eyes and behind the eyes, nose, mouth and jaw, tongue, throat and behind the throat, tops of the shoulders, upper arms, lower arms, hands. Continue breathing deeply and slowly throughout this exercise.

When you have finished, rise slowly and take your cup of tea. Sit in or near the Health gua, and think about your New Moon intentions for greater health, relaxation or work fulfillment as you sip your tea. Gaze at the candle as you meditate on the improvements you wish to make. You may also write your intentions down, and place them near the candle. Repeat the focused relaxation process any time you feel stressed. Doing this practice for even five minutes can make a big difference for your health and well being.

Leo New Moon Ritual: Balloon Bliss

Author: simone  //  Category: Creativity Gua, Leo New Moon

Balloon Bliss

The July 26 Leo New Moon (3:42 p.m. PDT) is greatly energized by a conjunction with jovial Jupiter. It’s a great time to launch a creative project or bring in a new practice to enhance your joy and love of life.

Now we’re working the Creativity gua, which is in the middle right of your home, as you enter the front door. Make sure it’s clean, clear and sparkling with bright, fresh, creative energy. Then, perform this ritual just prior to the New Moon, as the Moon will turn void immediately after it joins the Sun.

You will need: A small bottle of bergamot or sandalwood oil. Five brightly colored flat balloons to blow up (or, you can use helium-filled balloons). Paper for writing down your intentions, rubber bands and fun, upbeat music.

The sign of Leo is all about creating more joy in our lives. This ritual is intended to reawaken your childlike wonder and sense of fun, which will lend power to your intentions.

At the New Moon, after you have cleaned and prepared your Creativity gua, sit down in that area and list five qualities you want more of, each on a small piece of paper. For example, perhaps you’d like more laughter, tolerance, joy, inspiration and abundance. When you are finished writing, choose a different color balloon to represent each quality you seek. Then, blow up each balloon, magnifying each quality as you blow. Tie each wish onto a balloon. Then, anoint it with the essential oil you have chosen. Arrange the balloons in your Creativity gua however you like, either tied together as a festive bunch, or hanging from strings throughout the gua.      

Next, put on your favorite, upbeat music and dance your wishes into your body. Laugh, shout, jump around and really feel these qualities take root in your being. Inhale the blissful scent of the essential oil. Dance until joy is suffused throughout your being. Then, give thanks for the fulfillment of your wishes. You can leave the balloons up for as long as you like, but be sure to remove them when they start to go limp.

For more inspiration on enhancing your Creativity gua, watch my new mini-video.

Cancer New Moon Ritual: Invoke the Ancestors

Author: simone  //  Category: Cancer New Moon, Family Gua

Ancestor Blessing Ritual

The June 27 Cancer New Moon (1:08 a.m. PDT) is an important time to gather family around you–both living and departed. And, tapping into other realms is especially easy now because the New Moon is trine mystical Neptune. The ancestors have much to share with us, such as their love (witness this 1913 photo of my grandparents just before they married), courage and dedication.

You will need: Pictures of one or more ancestors (not necessarily blood relations) to whom you feel a strong connection and whose help you are requesting, a green candle, an offering of food or drink, table settings.

You may wish to cook a special meal for your ancestors (Dad’s favorite dish or Mom’s signature dessert). Or, keep it simple by pouring Dad’s chosen brand of beer or Mom’s favorite soda pop. Set places at the table for yourself and the ancestors, preferably in your Family gua. Don’t let this ritual spook you; the ancestors want to help us, and are only waiting to be asked. Feeding them is an ancient form of reverence and honor. You may also wish to play music that reminds you of them during the meal.

Light the green candle, and call forth your ancestors by name. Say, “At this New Moon, I honor you and the special place you hold in my heart. I offer you this nourishment and send blessings from this side of the veil.” Now, ask them for specific aid. Was Dad a strong, take-charge character? Ask him to give you strength, so you can conquer a challenge you are facing. Was Mom an especially nurturing or insightful person? Request her aid with mending relations between you and a family member.

Serve the food or drink, as if the ancestors were physically present with you. Consume your portion slowly, feeling love and appreciation for your relations. Listen closely for any words of wisdom they might whisper in your ear. When the meal is complete, thank them for their help. You may take their portion of the food to someone who is hungry, leave it outside for animals to consume, or pour the liquids onto your plants to nourish them. Blow out the candle, and affirm that your problem is solved.