New Moon in Taurus: Spiritual Manifestation

New Moon sign

New Moon May 2016: Taurus-Scorpio

May 6, 2016 at 17:29

19 degrees Taurus (tropical); 24 degrees Aries (sidereal)

“somebody/ anybody
sing a black girl’s song
bring her out
to know herself
to know you
but sing her rhythms
carin/ struggle/ hard times
sing her song of life
she’s been dead so long
closed in silence so long
she doesn’t know the sound
of her own voice
her infinite beauty
she’s half-notes scattered
without rhythm/ no tune
sing her sighs
sing the song of her possibilities
sing a righteous gospel
let her be born
let her be born
& handled warmly.”

Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Fertility and abundance is stirring in the air at this time as the fullness of the season blooms with intensity and fervor.  Both Taurus and Scorpio, the signs ruling the season right now, are signs of intensity and sensuality; the depth of the emotions (Scorpio/Water) and the height of sensual input (Taurus/Earth) come together like water and earth, creating a fertile matrix ripe for rich manifestations.

During this New Moon we have several powerful forces at play creating dynamic influences: the energy of Aries, the sidereal energy of this New Moon, calls us to look within and to assert our own identity and independence along with several planetary aspects involving Venus (attraction and feminine energy) and Jupiter (expansion and movement).  This New Moon is also a supermoon, so the Moon is closer to earth than normal. We can expect Her effects to be that much more intensified in our lives.

May begins with 5 (yes 5, that’s Oshun’s number!) in retrograde, meaning that from Earth, it looks like this planets are moving backwards.  Retrograde planets are both a curse and a blessing, or at least feel like a curse!  When planets go retrograde the dissolve all normalcy. What we are used to clinging to for support and security are no longer guaranteed.  The blessing is that retrograde periods encourage us to go within to connect with out own truth as we get pushed beyond our comfort zones.

The planets in retrograde are:

  • Mercury, the trickster who rules communication: This is a time when communication and movement in general can go awry.  Be intentional with your words.  Mercury retrogrades 4 times this year, in each earth signs.  We are being urged to pay attention to how we relate to physical reality: our physical environment, our money, our possessions, and our physical bodies.
  • Mars, the warrior: Stubbornness and unnecessary strife are possible.  Use your Mars energy towards competing with yourself to outdo previous goals instead of competing against others.
  • Jupiter, the benevolent optimist: In retrograde, Jupiter calls us to look within to connect with our source of growth and development.  Jupiter reminds us that soul growth is intentional.
  • Saturn, the karmic law-keeper: Saturn is the planet of karma and (perceived) limitations.  In retrograde there is a strong tendency to be highly critical of yourself.  There is also a strong tendency to have extreme focus towards meeting goals.  Don’t allow for negative self-talk.  Make sure you schedule time to focus on your priorities.
  • Pluto, the subversive revolutionary: Pluto is always tearing things up, ripping to shreds whatever is no longer useful.  Pluto in retrograde removes internal obstacles.  This can be painful if we fight against our inner transformation.  It’s best to surrender and allow ourselves to be elevated and transformed.

 

Oshun Is All Up In This!

oshun3Oshun’s energy is all up in this new moon!  Oshun, the orisha (Yoruba deity) of love, attraction, beauty, and sensuality is a deity of water — bringing nourishment and life-giving energy — but she is also of the earth, as she manifests as abundance, fertility, and the coursing rhythms of female sexuality and sensuality.  Oshun calls whom She wants to Her honey pot with no shame, knowing and relishing in Her ability to give and receive ultimate pleasure.  During this New Moon, Oshun reminds Black women, her daughters, of this sacred gift that should be used with the fullness of our agency, no one else’s.

Venus, the planet of the feminine divine, dances with both Neptune, the deep-ocean planet of mystical awareness and experiences, and Virgo, the earthy planet of work and harvest. These forces in our lives attract energies of spiritual manifestation and sensual mysticism where we can both manifest our magic and lose ourselves through intentional sensual participation to transform and elevate Self.

The Sun, force of life that animates Earth, is in a positive flow (in astro terms, we call it a Trine which is a super-positive planetary aspect) with Jupiter, the benevolent and optimistic planet of expansion and Pluto, the subversive planet that tears down and eliminates anything unnecessary to growth and development. This is a time of both building up and tearing down; we build up our inner selves and use our magic to progress towards our goals to harvest the fruit of our creative energies while also destroying what holds is back, what keeps us boxed in, and what prevents us from blossoming.

“How is believing that you are anything less than love working out for you?”

– India Ame’ye

The Sun and Mercury, the trickster planet of movement and communication, are in an embrace during this Moon Time so expect in increase in intensified communication; poetic communication, words and tones of sensuality; this is a time for artists (especially of the written and spoken word) to create and manifest. Put honey on your tongue and ask Oshun to make your words sweet and smooth, to bring healing to yourself and others.

Moon Focus: Take advantage of this easy flow of energy towards attracting the tangible and subtle resources needed to manifest goals — making vision boards and brain maps isn’t just for the new year. Whatever you have been pondering and considering in your heart, write the vision down and make it plain. Write down the plan and begin executing.  Manifest your dreams into tangible reality. 

 

Suggested Moon Activities:

  • walk on the earth with your bare feet and ask Her take any negative emotions and energies
  • give oranges and honey to Oshun at the river and pray to Her
  • sit under a tree and listen to what it has to say
  • gather materials, snacks, and wine and have a vision board party
  • start a new creative project you’ve been thinking about doing…stop thinking…just start!

Additional Magical Moon Information:

  • Chakra: sacral
  • Color: green, orange, pink
  • Element: earth (and water)
  • Herbs: cinnamon, vanilla, jasmine, raspberry leaf, chamomile
  • Scents: jasmine, rose, lavender
  • Stones: rose quartz, citrine, carnelian, moonstone

 

 

Shifting My Eating Paradigm

 

Over the past few days I’ve been reflecting my attitudes towards food. In my early 20s, I was rather disciplined when it came to eating. I was a vegetarian with vegan tendencies, many that I often went long stretches without eating dairy. Because of this, I used to whip up vegan dishes and desserts so much that friends began suggesting I sell some of my vegan cakes and cookies.

Somewhere along the way, though, my relationship with food began to change. But when? And why? That’s what I attempted to uncover through my reflections.

I realized that the change came about in my mid-20s. I was making more money than I had previously had and spent a lot of it eating out. My previously disciplined and holistic way of relating to food – considering how it impacting body, mind, and spirit – had been sacrificed for what seemed to be more fun and enjoyable. Why deny myself the plethora of amazing food choices even if they are filled with fat and sugar? “Eat now and worry about it later” became my subconscious mantra, never said aloud but all the while guiding my eating habits.

And I also realized that it’s this shift in my attitude towards food that keeps me from being as disciplined as I was previously. In the back of mind, discipline is denial, robbing me of something enjoyable that deserved to have.

Wow. Writing that just now feels just as powerful and freeing as it did when that revelation first came to me.

It’s only until I truly believe and accept the truth – that it’s the fatty, sugary, glutenous foods that are robbing me and denying me of my health and energy – that I will be able to return back to those days of disciplined eating.

I’m steadily working on shifting my belief system regarding food and eating. It’s not an easy task but I know in my heart that it’s absolutely necessary.


 

Goals this week:

  • Exercise daily: 1 hour on 3 days and 30 minutes on the remaining 4 days
  • Lose at least 2.5 lbs
  • Eat gluten free*

*For gluten-free oatmeal try Bob’s Red Mill’s Whole Grain Rolled Oats

Random Thoughts on Eating

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My very late brunch: #glutenfree blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs with garlic, onion, and cheddar cheese.

I’m realizing that I love food and the act of eating. It’s in my best interest to make every meal an act of #selflove and #selfcare.

#sacredliving #weightloss #weightlossjourney #vibratehigher

Equinox Goals: Losing The Weight

I went to my doctor this week for my yearly checkup and she told me the same thing she told me last year: I need to lose weight.

My doctor is a Black female so when she tells me I need to lose weight, I know she is not telling me that because she thinks I need to be a size 2.  While I am grateful that I don’t have any serious health concerns, I know that weight loss will help me achieve my optimal health.

It’s not like I don’t know how to eat healthy or that I don’t know the importance of exercise.  I absolutely do.  It’s just that until about 7 years ago, I never had an issue with weight. I was a size 5 and didn’t have to think about what I was eating or how much exercise I did each week.  And then, almost overnight, it seemed I couldn’t just eat whatever I wanted or shrug at exercise.  Now I had to be intentional about being healthy!

Whaaaaat???!!!

I thought my body was turning on me.  Why was she being so stubborn about holding on to extra pounds.  And then slowly those pounds started creeping up…first 10, then 20…and now, 7 years later, I am a good 60 pounds over what I was back then.  And it has been much harder to lose this weight than it was to gain it!

I have lost a few pounds since the beginning of the year but I know that, with more intention and commitment, I can lose even more.  So I decided to put some accountability around this and make this weight loss journey public.  And I am hoping that other Black women who are working to make their bodies healthier, their minds freer, and their spirits lighter will join me on this journey.

Here are my commitments:

  • I am exercising daily.  Yes daily, for at least 20 minutes. 1 hour of exercise at least 3 times per week.
  • I am going to join at least one new exercise class.  I signed up for the Y yesterday so I have no excuse.
  • I am eating all my foods at serving size.  So if 2 crackers is the serving size and I am hungry, I need to eat the 2 crackers or opt for something else.  This will generate more discipline. Of course, veggies are at an unlimited serving size.
  • I am not adding any extra sugar to my diet.  Fruit is okay, in moderation, but no candies, cakes, cookies etc. except…
  • I will have 1 indulgence per week, at  serving size.  An indulgence means anything that fits into that “no good for you” zone when working to lose weight.  If one cookie is the serving size, then that’s all I will eat.  This also includes alcohol, so I will probably save my 1 indulgence for my glass of wine while watching Scandal.
  • I will eat very limited carbs, and especially wheat.  I haven’t been diagnosed with gluten allergies but I don’t like the way I feel after eating wheat, so I have been using gluten free products lately anyway.
  • I will update my progress at least once a week, including how much weight I have lost, how much exercise I got, how well I kept to my diet, and any other changes.

Cheer me on and share your insights!  I would love to hear them!

Thoughts on Radical Healing

I’ve been reflecting much on what radical healing and wellness is and the work of River of Honey Wellness. For almost a decade, I’ve been learning various aspects of wellness, as well as intentionally developing my political consciousness as a New Afrikan, along with learning about and eventually initiating in the Yoruba tradition.

It’s important to me that these things — wellness, a politics of Black liberation, and African spirituality — inform my work and inform each other in the ways that I work. How can be a priestess but ignore Black people’s need for mental, physical, and emotional, and material healing and wholeness? How can I be a community organizer and ignore spirituality and its ability to be a tool for liberation? How can I focus on wellness and ignore the dire material conditions of African people?

River of Honey is a space for these three aspects of my work to come together, and there are a few other projects I’m working on that will be much more community-involved (look out 2016!). In the meantime I wanted to share my thoughts regarding the specific work of River of Honey.

Core Values/Core Action

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1)Openness to Spirit: River of Honey promotes an openness to the work of Spirit within ourselves (intuition and higher self), in others as we work in community, and in the various spiritual paths created and channelled through the divine.

2) Self-love and Self-care: This is vital, especially for Black women, who give 100 percent for our partners, children, and our community, often leaving nothing for our own healing and creativity. River of Honey Wellness supports and provides resources and supports for self-love and self-care.

3) Holistic Liberation and Radical Healing: True liberation must be holistic (mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and materially) and we only realize holistic liberation through radical healing – pulling up the roots of our individual and social sicknesses and replacing them with healing and wholeness.

4) Utilizing our gifts/talents/medicine to bring about the Good Condition:  Our ancestors have taught us that we each were born with a medicine – something we uniquely came into the world with to bring about what Ifa calls The Good Condition. Human beings have the specific purpose of bringing goodness into the world and we do this by utilizing our gifts and talents to bring about  positivity and goodness.

5) Natural and Sustainable Living: The way of life that maintains capitalism and consumerism is making the planet and all who dwell here sick. We must return to the natural and sustainable ways of our ancestors, whose spirituality and ecology went hand-in-hand.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and know that this is all a work in progress.

Monthly Spotlight: Afia Asaase BreTuo Oyonko

River of Honey Wellness is committed to honoring the Divine Feminine by celebrating the amazing work of Black Women. Every month we will feature a Black woman who embodies the Divine Mother by utilizing her Goddess-given talents and gifts to support the overall well-being of Black people.

This month we celebrate Afia Asaase BreTuo Oyonko, a talented artist and spirit worker, and one of my closest sista friends. Her interview is below.

Want to be featured or recommend someone to be featured? Email me at alaade.ojekemi@riverofhoneywellness.com.

 

1) What is your name and what does it mean?

My name is Afia Asaase BreTuo Oyonko.

In my culture, your name is preordained by Nyamewaa Nyame (Amen and Ament – Kanit/Kamit Language) and given based on the day of your birth. Afia is a name given to females born on Fida, aka Friday.  Friday is ruled by and represented by the planet Venus or Abosom (deity) Nana Afi.  Nana Afi translates to Osun in Yoruba Culture, Azilie in Voodoun, and is also known as Het Heru in Kanit/Kamit (Nubia/Egypt). She personifies the magnetic, attracting force of life and unites things harmoniously. As a daughter of Nana Afi/Het Heru I embody these energies and work to stay in alignment with them. Asaase is a title of the Earth Mother.  BreTuo is the name of my Matrilineal clan, a clan of warriors known for their bravery, skill and protection that is personified by my clan totem, the leopard. Oyonko is my last name and the name I received from my husband and Ohenni (King). It is derived from his bloodline and is the clan of royal heritage in the Akan tradition.

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2) What do you do artistically/professionally and how long have you been doing this work?  When did you get your nudge from the universe to do your work?

Living in alignment with my divinely allotted function is my life’s artistic pursuit and profession.  Everything I do in this incarnation I consider artful practice and ritual. My expressions vary and range from Visual Art and Meditative Drawings, Massage Therapy and Reikii, Hoodoo Healing and Conjure Work, Dance, Dream Catcher Weaving, Ritually Crafting Healing Teas and Tonics and Holistic Bath and Body Care, Music and More. I have always been supported by the Universe, My Spiritually cultivated Ancestors and Ancestress, Nana Afi and The Supreme Being Nyamewaa-Nyame, to create and explore harmoniously and fulfill my role in Creation during this incarnation. It is a continual journey of self-discovery.   In addition to this, my artistic expression has extended, in its form and function, in the realm of self sustainability, nation building and entrepreneurship.

3) What is your spiritual tradition/practice and how long have you been involved in this tradition/practice?

Afurakani-Afuraitkaitnit Ancestral Religion of the Akan is the spiritual tradition I live and embody.  It exist in my blood and throughout my whole life has been bringing me home to its center.

4) What is your life’s philosophy?

My life’s philosophy can be summed up as Obra Bo. It means an ethical existence and generativity for Afurakani-Afuraitkaitnit people and the eradication and destruction of those entities and energies that are enemies to Afurakani-Afuraitkaitnit people.

 

5) What does the Divine Feminine mean to you?

The Divine Feminine is one half of the Supreme Whole.  It is the magnetic house of creation that births form from its constant dance with the divine masculine Nyamewaa- Nyame Nhyehye (Divine Order of the Supreme Being).

6) What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in life so far?

That the only way out is in… That the foundation of my existence is based on the Divine Law and Love of my Ancestral Culture and Tradition and that no matter where I am in life, I can Sankofa (go/return and fetch) and receive Divine guidance and support from my spiritually cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors and Okraa Nana Afi.

7) What is your website and what are some of the services you offer?

http://chantfarm144.wix.com/enchantedfarmacymj#!about-/cheh

https://www.facebook.com/Enchanted-Farmacy-747467655339465/

Enchanted Farmacy attunes to the resources of wisdom based intelligence and technologies inherent to the Womb of Earth for Sustainable Wellness, Beautification and Nourishment.

Our products and services are formulated to celebrate and actualize the raising of vibrational awareness and energy. Balance and Harmony are the roots of Beauty.

Our signature collection unites and alchemizes natures’ elements. We compose formulas of sea, earth, air, water and fire for purification and beautification.

https://www.facebook.com/AsaaseYeDuruCreations/

The Harmony Of Abode

All In One Place

Ritually Made With Love

ABIBIAFAHODIE , ANKH UJA SENEB NEB, MEDA ASE.

African Liberation, All Life, Prosperity and Health unto you, Thank you!

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Sun in Sagittarius: Expanding and Elevating

Did you see that beautiful Full Moon on November 25?  She was absolutely gorgeous and in Gemini, brought positive energy adding our communication with those closest to us.

The Sun entered the sign  of Sagittarius on November 22. Sagittarius is both a fire (active, zealous, and passionate) sign and a mutable (quickly changing and adaptable) sign, making it a sign of boundless energy.  Sagittarius is a sign that calls us to expand our horizons and elevate our consciousness beyond our animal nature.  But Sagittarius (when balanced) doesn’t despise our animal nature or view it as an enemy of the spirit; we are embodied in flesh in order to learn lessons necessary for our soul’s growth.  However, Sagittarius reminds that we have another nature — a spiritual one — that must be cultivated to learn those soul-centered lessons.

Sagittarius is receiving influence from Orphichus, the 13th sign of the zodiac that follows Sagittarius.  Orphichus is the sign of the divine feminine and reminds us that we need to let go and surrender in order to grow. Jupiter, the planet of benevolence and good luck, rules Sagittarius and is in the sign of Virgo, bringing a very practical and disciplined energy to Sagittarius.  In order to expand our horizons and elevate our consciousness to transcend our animal nature, we must be disciplined.  Discipline will look different for different people, but a regular practice of meditation and prayer does wonders for the soul.

Saturn, the planet of structure and groundedness, is also in Sagittarius.  Saturn is karmic; with Saturn we reap what we sow.  Saturn, even more than Virgo, demands discipline and work.  You will not grow spiritually without putting in the work, not if Saturn has anything to do with it.

What is your spiritual practice?  How do your cultivate yourself spiritually?  The important thing to find and maintain whatever practice works for you.

We begin the Sagittarius solar month with Mercury, the planet of communication in the intensely emotional sign of Scorpio.  This is a time of intense understanding or mis-understanding; there can healing and closure or there could be disruption and destruction.  The key is to take it easy and keep a cool head to make sure that you say what you actually mean.

Charming and attractive Venus begins the month in its home sign of Libra, making love and romance easy and joyous.   Mars is also in Libra, bringing a fire in our relationships that can manifest as either passion or aggression.  It’s up to you how Mars will show up. 

Important Dates in the Sagittarius Solar Month

December 2 – Moon in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces and squares Saturn in Sagittarius : There is a possibility of deep vision or deep illusion and a strong possibility have feeling a bit sour. Ground yourself and reflect to keep your head straight and your vision clear. Don’t let things — especially negative energy from others — get to you.

December 4 – Moon and Jupiter in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius – This is a good day to put tangible plans in place but ignore ignore any feelings of insecurity. Push forward with your plans and you’ll see results.

December 4 – Venus moves into Scorpio – attraction deepens and becomes more magnetic.  And it’s a  Friday – a perfect day for a love ritual!

December 6 – Mars in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn – Swift changes can invoke frustration and rage.  Take deep breaths and ground.  This too will pass.

December 7 – Moon in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces – a day full of emotion, intuition, and imagination.  Work on any project requiring creativity. And when making a decision, follow your gut!

December 8 – Moon in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces and the Sun in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries – the energy is ripe for emotional healing to set the stage for new beginnings.

December 10 – Moon in Sagittarius conjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius and squares Neptune in Pisces –  Saturn provides an energy that lends itself to providing tangible results and Neptune adds a sense of imagination and creativity.  Decide on your goals and begin acting on them.  You will surely see results if you are consistent.

December 10 – Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries – This is day where anger can easily become a raging fire.  Do not get angry.  I repeat: Do not get angry.

December 11 – New Moon in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries and sextiles Mars in Libra while Venus in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces – The New Moon is always a time of new beginnings and this new moon is no exception. Uranus and Mars bring a pioneering energy while Venus and Neptune bring a rich intuitive and creative energy.  The energy abounds with positivity and possibility.

December 13 – Moon in Capricorn trines Jupiter in Virgo – If ever there was day to put creative energy to work, this is the day.  Seriously.  Write, sew, paint, do anything creative and you’ll be surprised at how productive you’ll be.

December 15 – Moon in Aquarius trines Mars in Libra, squares Venus in Scorpio, and sextiles both Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries – Strong emotions abound, especially in our most intimate relationships. It’s important to listen and compromise in order to progress.

December 17 – Moon in Pisces conjunct Neptune in Pisces – emotions run strong and bring a strong sense of mental cloudiness.  This is not the best day to make pertinent decisions but, if you must, ground yourself to gain as much clarity as possible.

Additional Information for this Sagittarius month:

Chakra: brow

Colors: green, brown, and white

Herbs/Plants: anise, dandelion root, hydrangea

Planet: Jupiter

Scents/Oils: sage, peppermint

Stones: amethyst, lapis lazuli

Tarot: The Emperor, The Hierophant, The World

Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

When the weather gets cooler it’s only natural to reach for foods that warm our bodies and soothe our souls.

Lentils are the perfect fall and winter food — not only are they yummy but that are packed with protein and are easily seasoned with warming spices like ginger, cumin, and coriander.

One of my favorite fall soups is this Coconut Curry Lentil Soup. Honestly, I eat this all year round but it definitely hits the spot on cold days. This recipe is perfect for vegans.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or minced garlic in the jar)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced (or ginger paste to taste)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2-3 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups dry red lentils
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 handfuls of chopped kale or spinach (optional)
  • Garnish: chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a stockpot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat and stir-fry the onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is translucent, a couple minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, curry powder, and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, diced tomatoes and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, until the lentils are very tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Before serving, stir in the kale/spinach and garnish with cilantro.

Have in any great cold-weather recipes you want to submit?  Send me an email at alaade.ojekemi@riverofhoneywellness.com.

Spiritual Cleaning with Floor Washes

Spiritually cleaning your space is just as important as physically cleaning it. Just as dirt and dust easily gathers and accumulates, so does spiritual dirt, dust, and debris that, left uncleared, can create mental, emotional, and spiritual unrest, fatigue, and a general sense of feeling stuck and stagnant.

Luckily, spiritual cleaning is easy! With just a few ingredients and a little time you can have your space (and yourself!) spiritually cleansed in no time.

Floor Washes/Sprays

Floor Washes are solutions made with herbs, oils, spiritual colognes, and prayers for spiritual cleaning. Floor washes are similar to spiritual baths that can be used for spiritually cleaning your body. The major difference is that floor washes often include ammonia, something that you would never want to use on your body.

Floor Washes can be used as sprays if you have carpet. Your floors should be physically cleaned before being spiritually cleansed.

Floor Washes can be made with a variety of herbs or colognes used for cleaning. Below is one of my favorite recipes for a good cleaning.

Ingredients
*Water
*Florida Water
*Kananga Water
*Bay Rum
*Dried Bay Leaves
*Dried Epazote
*Bluing

You can purchase all of these ingredients at one of favorite online shops: http://www.originalbotanica.com

Set up a clean space in your kitchen and place a symbol of each of the four elements near your stove where you will be making your bath. You can use a white candle (fire), a crystal, stone or plant (earth), incense (air), and a glass of water (water).

Put water in a pot (at least 2 cups) and boil it. Once it boils, add all of your ingredients except ammonia. You can add as much or as little as you feel, but there is no need to overdo it (more ingredients doesn’t mean stronger cleaning). As you add your ingredients, pray that this wash will clean and clear away all negativity.

Take the pot off the heat and allow your wash to cool. You can take some of this wash and place in a separate container to use as a bath BEFORE ADDING THE AMMONIA! Once the bath cools, add a small amount (no more than two caps)of ammonia.

Your wash can now be added to water to cleanse your floors. You can add just a small amount to your floor water and store the rest; you don’t need a lot for the bath to be effective.

To cleanse, begin at the back of home and mop clockwise while praying.

If you have carpets, put your wash in a spray bottle and spray over your carpet, starting at the back of your home and spraying in a clockwise motion.

You can make a floor wash with many different combinations of herbs, oils, and colognes. Experiment and be creative!

Sun in Libra: Maintaining Balance

On September 23 the Sun moves into airy Libra, bringing us into a new season with the Equinox, when day and night are perfectly balanced as we prepare for longer nights and shorter days (in the Northern Hemisphere; our family in the Southern Hemisphere experiences the opposite effect).

This time of year is the season of the ancestors, a time of going within with gratitude for the bountiful harvest.  The holidays of this season — Halloween, All Souls Day, the Day of the Dead, Ghede Parties in Haitian Vodou — all point to the shadowy energy of this time.  As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer we face the darkness within and without to discover what is lurking beneath the surface.

The Sun is in the sign of Libra but in the constellation of grounded and detail-oriented Virgo, bringing a more stable and steady energy to this Libran month.  As an Air sign, Libra’s focus is on relationships and communication and, being ruled by Venus (femininity, attraction, and beauty), relationships and communication is refined.  Libra is relationship-oriented, preferring to focus on the needs of “the other” before the needs of “the self.”   In Libra, confrontation is avoided at all costs, for better or for worse.   Librans strive for balance and objectivity and are able to see sides of coin that don’t even exist to most people!  Libras greatest lesson for humanity is non-judgmental, unconditional love and its greatest need is clarity and decisiveness.

In Libra, with a Virgo influence, we focus on the particular way we approach our relationships with others.  How would you evaluate your relationships?  Are they healthy, balanced, and reciprocal?  Being too headstrong and aggressive doesn’t lead to healthy relationships but being a doormat isn’t a viable option either.  The key is balance — in how you treat others and how others treat you. 

For all of Libra’s refined communication, this month presents some challenges with communication.  We begin the month with Mercury in Retrograde in Libra, where it will remain until October 9.  Mercury, the planet of communication, will appear to be going backward and thus communication tends to be confusing and chaotic.  Along with this, we have Mars, the planet of drive and aggression, entering Libra on September 24. The decisive energy that Libra needs is more than available with this Mars placement but the goal is to be decisive without being aggressive in speech.  Putting honey on the tongue is a helpful way to bring sweetness to your words, especially for you hot fire signs! 

On September 25, Pluto goes Direct in Capricorn after a period of retrograde movement (seemingly moving backwards). Pluto eliminates all that is unnecessary and out-dated and, in Capricorn, Pluto tears down institutions and traditions that nolonger serve humanity.  In our personal lives, Pluto pushes us outside of our comfort zones, particularly in our careers and work lives.  This is a time to dream big…and Pluto is in this placement for another 8 years so you have ample time to use this energy for your benefit!

On September 28, we have a Full Super Moon in a lunar eclipse, in fiery and independent Aries. Lunar eclipses call us to embrace the shadow, repressed side of ourselves and, in Aries, we are called to draw upon our warrior nature.  This is a perfect balance to Libra, where we look out for both our needs and the needs of others.

For women, this time is especially important as our energy is naturally aligned with the Moon and Her cycles.  Take time for yourself.  Walk on the earth.  Charge your crystals and other spiritual items.  Do a ritual that honors yourself and your Divine Feminine.  A ritual can be as simple as lighting a candle. meditating, and affirming yourself.

On October 11, Jupiter in Virgo combines with Pluto in Capricorn to create a powerful energy to manifest goals and dreams into tangible realities. This is particularly powerful because on October 12, the Moon returns to newness in Libra.  New Moons are a time for introspection and going within to tap into our own power.  New Moons are also an excellent time to add power to your intentions and goals. Creating a vision board is the powerful tool to empower your intentions.  I remember doing creating a vision board for the new year and by the following year, almost everything I invisioned had manifested!  Spirit makes the impossible possible.

 

Additional Information for this Libra month:

Chakra: heart (and sacral)

Colors: blue, pink, green, orange

Herbs/Plants: burdock, thyme, angelica

Planet: Venus

Scents/Oils: jasmine, rose

Stones: citrine, chrysophase, rose quartz

Tarot: The Empress, Queen of Swords

“the lesson of the falling leaves

the leaves believe such letting go is love

such love is faith

such faith is grace

such grace is god

i agree with the leaves”

– Lucille Clifton