This Spring we get to experience the Pink Moon in Libra and you may be able to tilt the scales in your favor. This April 19th the Pink Moon is a full moon to usher in the season of renewal and rebirth.
While the Pink Moon has attributes all on its own we’re seeing Libra’s influence on this magical night. Lets make room for the charming and refined personality of Libra that sends us over the moon for our loved one.
This season also brings us pastel bunnies, fruity flavored jelly beans, and sugary marshmallow chicks. Our baskets are full so lets get ready to spread that cheer and share our sweet spirits with others. Do you have a relationship that has been neglected? It’s time to balance the scale and allow some renewal to take shape.
You may want to work with some crystals to help set the mood or build an altar devoted to the work you’ll be doing in spirit. Some crystals to work with are egg shapes or even a unicorn for some magical influence.
I remember when I first started working with oregano to infuse our family dinners with those powerful little leaves. Crushing the leaves released that strong aroma most associated with spaghetti sauce. Little did my family know that I was weaving some magic over our meal.
When I’m cooking our spaghetti dinner I begin with a sauce pan and some olive oil. Heating it up just enough to send the aroma of the fresh crushed leaves into the kitchen air. I had to add some garlic too, of course. That pungent little bulb that seems to sweeten when its cooked. While I’m adding these powerful ingredients to the pan, I speak words of blessing over the simmering blend. Whatever words inspire family togetherness and laughter. While it simmers on the stove I prepare another yummy potion in a small dipping dish. We each take turns adding to the olive oil… garlic, herbs, and a dash of pepper. Creating the dipping oil together is an important part of this magical meal time. The final ingredient was the balsamic vinegar.
Then came the bread, slightly warmed in the oven and sliced for dipping. We talk together while enjoying our pre-dinner snack and as the simmering pot becomes ready the sauce goes in.
Oregano is a powerful herb for protection, as is garlic. But it’s more than just the protection I wish to cover my family with. It’s the ancestry of our family that brings us together. Family means everything. Nurturing a family of togetherness takes hard work and self discipline.
When you can bring the family together under a memory making meal with fragrant aromas and delicious tastes, you build new memories for them to hang onto when times get tough. These dinner time rituals hold more power than you think. Each time you set this ritual in motion their minds are reminded of the happy nights you spent together dipping bread together, in unity as a family.
All of us, no matter where on the Zodiac chart we find ourselves, have herbs that can support who we are in the cosmos. There are a few herbs for each Zodiac, but in this chart I focus in on one main herb to support you. **When you get to the bottom of this post you can find the master list of herbs for the zodiac to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
Aries- For Aries you’re going to be supported by Geranium. Geraniums begin to bloom during your birth month and offer such vibrant beauty to the world around them. Their flowers range in color from white to red. The color red represents the element of fire, of which your sign is corresponded to. Add geranium flower petals to your next batch of moon water or use its essential oil to support your complexion’s health.
Taurus- Catnip is beneficial for the Taurean because it can be steeped in tea to create a soothing nighttime potion to help you rest well. It helps boost mood, relaxation, and eases anxiety. While a Taurus typically takes a while to get angry, catnip can help during those times when you’re seeing red all around.
Gemini- Lavender is a fragrant herb that can be used to support feeling relaxed and to inspire an overall feeling of well-being. A Gemini can become distracted from tasks and lavender can help calm anxiousness when you feel like moving on to the next project too quickly. Anoint your pillow with lavender essential oil for a good night’s rest.
Cancer- One of my personal favorites (even though I’m not a Cancer) is white sage. Cancer tends to be the sign that struggles the most with anxiety, emotional upheaval, and picks up on all sorts of vibes so white sage is the best herb to support you. Smudging with white sage can help bring you back to Mother Earth and settle those turbulent emotions.
Leo- Sunflower is the herb for our fiery Leos and they’re quite the show off among the herbal community. Their bright yellow petals symbolize the sun, which is the ruling planet of Leo. Dry the petals and use them in your next bonfire offering.
Virgo- The herb I chose for the holy woman of the Zodiac is marjoram. Virgo holds the power of healing with her intentions of making the world a better place. Marjoram is a medicinal herb that is antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties. You can steep marjoram in hot water for a steamy respiratory aid.
Libra- Thyme is an herb that symbolizes balance and since Libra is all about the scales of justice we find thyme to be the best herb for a Libra to partner with. Thyme is known for offering support for balanced skin health. Many Libras struggle with self-confidence so reach for an aromatic solution made with thyme to bring out your radiant self.
Scorpio- Some folklore claims that scorpions would breed in the presence of basil and this sign of the Zodiac is represented by the reproductive organs. The sting of a scorpion can leave quite a scar, but working with basil can bring healing (even when you’ve been stung by your own stinger).
Sagittarius- Saffron is quite the vibrant spice with its fiery hues. It’s the most expensive in the herbal/spice community which makes it ideal for a Sagittarius (who loves the finer things in life). Like the Sag, Saffron is corresponded to the element of fire. A pinch of saffron in warm milk at night is said to boost your libido, not that a Sag would need help in that area. 😉
Capricorn- A Capricorn has an active mind and rosemary is known to support brain stimulation. Its herbal power offers the Capricorn the magic of its essence. Simply steep fresh crushed rosemary in hot water to feel the brain benefit in its steam as you inhale with deep breaths.
Aquarius- Aquarius pairs best with fennel because Aquarians tend to have a developed cosmic affinity to know what makes people tick. Their mind is always searching for sound philosophy and understanding to the human psyche. Fennel is believed to support focus and to help the mind retain information. It’s fragrance strengthens the mind and the memory, making this the most ideal herb to work with.
Pisces- The herb I believe to be the most supportive for a Pisces is lemon balm. Pisces tend to need support to avoid addictions brought on by anxiety. They can be restless at times and seek to self medicate. Whether it’s through traditional medicines or by relieving that itch for sugar with a massive ice cream sundae, lemon balm can ease that tension. Try creating a lemon balm honey to be used in your next cup of chamomile tea.
Below is the master list of herbs for the Zodiac. Feel free to share with everyone! The social media icons are below the list.
Aries season is upon us and we honor and celebrate those born between March 20th – April 19th. Also, those whose Moon is in Aries! Have you ever discovered what your moon sign is? You can get your free Natal Chart from Astrostyle or use the TimePassages app (free). Now lets learn about the crystals that can support our strong and fiery Ariens.
There’s always going to be boundless images on the net and on Pinterest that claim which crystals are for Aries (and all the other signs in the Zodiac), but lets take a look at WHY certain crystals can support an Aries or a person whose moon is in Aries.
One of the foremost characteristics of an Aries is the symbolism of rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings. Aries is the first in the line of in our Zodiac and leads the way. For rebirth we work with Rose Quartz.
Rose Quartz– Rose Quartz is the traditional stone of love and for any rebirth process we need to have a good foundation in love. Love is what inspires us to go further in life. Ariens tend to be generous souls, always willing to lend a hand when someone is in need. They usually are seen as having a magnetic personality and draws people toward them.
Argentinian Blue Calcite– This form of blue calcite holds a lovely water energy, as if from the sea herself. This crystal is to offer support to our zodiac brothers and sisters because Aries is know for having a quick and hot temper. Blue Calcite cools those hot emotions to bring balance to their mood.
Carnelian– In the photo above you’ll see a Carnelian flame because Aries is a fire sign in the zodiac. While Aries holds its own fire energy, the Carnelian stone is known for creativity and energy. If you know an Aries you may have noticed their ability to take action when it’s needed. This is a spectacular characteristic and Carnelian is there to support this strong vibe.
Lepidolite– Ariens tend to struggle with patience so I offer Lepidolite as a support crystal. Lepidolite contains lithium, a mineral known to assist in calming your nerves which can support them in being patient. This doesn’t mean you should grind this beauty down and take it internally, leave the meds up to your physician. 😉
Honey Calcite– Aries is known for being optimistic and optimism is supported through honey calcite. This juicy and sweet little crystal is buzzing with positive vibes!
Here’s a quick run down on a few facts about Aries:
Ruling Planet: Mars
Dreams and Animal Totem: If a ram has presented itself to you in a dream, it could be a message that there’s an opportunity and you need to lower your head and charge full steam ahead. It could also mean you have an obstacle to get through and your ram spirit animal is there to guide you to break down those barriers.
As we approach the season of Aries we’ll see the full moon in Libra at the time of the Spring Equinox this week. This is the time of year we get to see 12 full hours of night and 12 full hours of daylight. This season of dark and light reminds us that while there are some who approach life with a black and white mindset, there’s so much color in this world to enjoy.
Even though we have 12 hours of night this equinox we aren’t in complete darkness. We have the moon to brighten our paths (and even on the new moon when we don’t see her light we still have the stars to brighten the night sky and guide us).
This stellar balance between the sun and the moon has been teaching us for as long as humans have inhabited this world. Their dance through the cosmos, with the stars to twinkle beside them, is a performance like no other. While there are some who firmly believe magic is either black or white, the cosmos shows us color even among the star dust, the aurora borealis, and the sunrises and sunsets.
Our universe and Mother Earth has shown us life isn’t just black and white. Life is so full of color and includes shade and light. It’s how we see the depths of things. If life was all light, all the time, we’d go blind. We need the shadows to give us perspective.
The Spring (and Fall) equinox teaches us balance and equality. When the sun’s light travels around our equator (because of the earth’s orbit), we can learn that the sun shines the same for all of us. We all, no matter which hemisphere we live on, will have equal daylight and night hours. Just as the sun shines equally for all of us, we all have equal value in this life.
“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” ~ Chief Joseph
Likewise, when the daylight and night hours fluctuate during the rest of the year, we’re reminded of how human we really are. Not everyone believes in equality and balance. As I said earlier, some people have a very black and white view. “We’re right and you’re wrong”.
The Universe always has a way of teaching us valuable truths to inspire us to grow and evolve. The balance and equality we learn from the equinox is so timely this year because it’s accompanied by a Libra full moon. Libra is all about balance, order, and justice. Even more magical is that Libra’s ruling planet is Venus, the planet of LOVE. So here we have this beautiful theme this season of equality, balance, justice, and love.
Let this season be a time of personal contemplation. How can we improve ourselves in the area of equality for all? How can we adjust our schedules and priorities to make room for order? What can we eliminate to be sure we live a life of balance? As we approach Aries season, lets make room now for how the upcoming season of new beginnings can be beneficial for our lives.
February 19, 2019 marks the most fullest super moon of 2019, our beloved Snow Moon. The term, Snow Moon, is probably not as embraced by those suffering from the polar vortex this year. Though it will be quite a sight if your skies are clear.
This Super Snow Moon rises into Virgo, our astrological organizer! This is the perfect time to spend some time sorting through what no longer serves you and make some donations. Virgo is detail oriented and hard working so harness that skill for yourself and get your home and work space in order.
When I’m working on my home or work space I always begin with ritual to make sure my focus stays on target. There’s no time for distractions while the moon is in Virgo. We need to strike while the iron is hot!
Begin by visualizing how you what the space to look when you’re done. Once you have that image in your mind, light a candle and anoint it with essential oils. I like to use wild orange or grapefruit to get that added zing into my work. Next, visualize what steps it’s going to take to get there. You’re more likely to follow through when you’ve visualized those steps.
Now place some crystals around your candle on your altar or create a grid. These crystals help hold that energy while you work and help keep you going.
The crystals I work with depend on a few factors. What space am I working in? If it’s my bedroom, I focus on working with deep red crystals to promote romance. If it’s my bathroom, I work with clear quartz and water element crystals such as turquoise, blue calcite, or aquamarine.
Sometimes I see people commenting in social media poking fun at those of us who honor the Goddess and the full moons, but if the full moon reminds you of areas of your life that needs some extra TLC then don’t worry about the nay sayers. This Virgo full moon certainly won’t let critics get in the way of your personal growth.
Now move forward in accomplishing your organizational goals and celebrate with your favorite treat or drink once you’re done. Bless the space and smudge with Palo Santo to bring in added blessings.
Imbolc is the observance and celebration of mid-winter and the sun has been making its way back into our skies after the dark winter nights. February 1-2 marks this time and for thousands of years we’ve honored the Goddess, Brigid with this special time.
I know there’s a ton of other articles out there about Imbolc and Brigid, so I won’t bore you with more of the same old information. Some of the more unique things about Brigid are her connections with some fascinating legends that many of us are familiar with.
Brigid is known as a smith. She is the Goddess of working with metal to create tools and weapons. She’s also connected to the Arthurian legend and many believe she is the Lady of the Lake who forged Excalibur.
This early spring Goddess is also corresponded to herbs for healing and poetry. For these reasons, I believe she must have been a true witch at heart. Another of her crafts was to be with women in childbearing and welcome new life into the world. And isn’t the upcoming Spring all about new life?
Another legend teaches that Brigid is a special part of the Tuatha de Danaan branch of the Sidhe. A goddess of the fairies. How magical!!
Imbolc means in the belly, as in Mother Earth quickening with new life. Imbolc is one of four great fire festivals and Brigid is a goddess of fire. But in this instance the fire is more about light than heat.
So lets get to the magic of Imbolc and Brigid!!
I won’t bog you down with an never ending list of items to collect, in fact this is super easy and full of deep spiritual meaning.
Crystals for Honoring the Goddess, Brigid
Pyrite- I choose pyrite to work with to honor the smith craft of the goddess Brigid. Pyrite is made of iron and symbolizes strength and success.
Bloodstone– Working with Bloodstone is to honor her midwifery skills. Bloodstone is commonly worked with for all matters pertaining to health and blood. Blood has been known as a symbol of life and everlasting life by numerous spiritual traditions throughout history.
Citrine– Since the fire of Imbolc is more about light than heat, Citrine is my choice for any altar to honor this season and the Goddess. Citrine is known as the ‘light maker’ and for attracting success. It also symbolizes the gold hair of the Goddess.
Green Opal– Opal is made by the water content that grew within the crystal during its formation. It embodies the water element of the Goddess Brigid.
Staurolite (Fairy Cross)– These fantastic twinning crystals appear to look like fairy wings, surrounded in their sparkling matrix. It’s often held as a talisman and believed to bring the luck of the fairies to those who care for them. You know the time just as the sun peeks over the horizon? That’s when the dew on the plants begins to sparkle, just like the sparkle on a Staurolite (Stauro means ‘cross’ in Greek) crystal. That’s when you might get a glimpse of the Fae before they hide their delicate wings from the heat of the sun.
You can place your Fairy Cross on your altar to the Fae to show honor and respect for their hidden ways. Don’t miss the chance to summon the fairies with our Little Bag O’ Fairy Magic to complete your altar set up.
My favorite activity for honoring Imbolc, after building my altar, is to do some early Spring cleaning. A lot of dust settles during the dark winter months and that dust serves as a metaphor, reminding us to clear out anything that no longer serves us. Use your broom to sweep away the past and welcome new life and new birth to your home.
I do hope you’ll join us in our online community for more discussions and free classes about our magical days and working with spiritual tools to bless your home and manifest miracles.
February’s New Moon is on the horizon, making it’s approach to our skies on February 4th. I don’t know about you, but I wanna see manifesting in my life every month in 2019! Wouldn’t it be great to see your intentions actually materialize?
When I’m working with the New Moon, I’m gathering herbs, candles, and crystals (along with some anointing ritual oils) to bring some spark to my craft. I just happen to believe that incorporating the elements into my spiritual practice makes all the difference.
One year when we were visiting Palm Springs I set some intentions to find something very specific for my practice. Whenever we arrive at one of our villas, I always set up a crystal grid and smudge. As I was meditating in our villa, I visualized a small round dish, made of clay. I pulled out some paper and anointed my pen and began writing down exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a small round clay dish, but I needed it to be made by a woman artist who was devoted to her craft. I included my budget, $5. My intuition began to flow as I visualized this little hand made treasure. I repeated the description out loud three times and explained exactly how I wanted to find it and where. At the very end of this intention setting I felt a further nudge from Spirit…. I drew a heart on the paper. I wrapped it into a small square and placed it in my purse.
Later that night, at the street fair…I found a pottery vendor…a female…an artist devoted to her craft…and a box of small clay treasures. I gently sorted through the box and found it! A small clay dish, hand made by a devoted female crafter…and as I turned it over, BEHOLD! I saw a small heart carved into the bottom. The heart is part of her signature.
I was so ecstatic about this spectacular manifestation that I called my husband over. I called the woman over and showed her my list! I explained about how I set my intentions and told her exactly what I was searching for and showed her the small clay treasure I found at HER booth! She was so excited and asked if she could have my intention paper. Of course!
It was such a magical night for both us us. The Universe gave us both the confirmation that magic is real. There really is power in the pen.
Sometimes I have very specific crystals I wanna work with, depending on what the intention is for. But I also have some crystals that are an all-around smart choice for anyone to work with, under the New Moon.
Crystals for New Moon Manifesting
When the moon is dark and the night is deep, I reach for Black Moonstone.
Black Moonstone is the premiere crystal to have take center stage on your New Moon altar. It’s symbolism is to empower you in all new things. This is the birth place of all new ideas and inspiration. I associate Black Moonstone with the Goddess, Morrigan. It’s secretive energy teaches us the mysteries of this ancient Goddess. As much as we all would love to say we work in all love and light, sometimes love requires the kind of strength The Morrigan can offer us. It can be dark, mysterious, and empowering. The energy we receive and manifest from working with Black Moonstone is the kind of energy that gives us the strength to be vocal leaders for equality for women.
Another magical treasure I sometimes work with under the New Moon is Labradorite, especially in sphere form.
Labradorite has been worked with by magic practitioners for support for the Heart, Third Eye, and Crown Chakras. It teaches us to allow our inner magic to be brought into the light to sparkle radiance in our lives. Labradorite has been partnered with healers to expand awareness of the heart and mind, develop psychic skills, and support for lucid dreaming. This makes Labradorite an astounding choice when setting intentions.
One last recommendation is to work with my Intuition Kit, curated to inspire your intuitive process.
Any time I work with magical intentions, I enlarge my borders to visualize what else I’m needing. When it comes to intuition, tunnel vision can severely limit our visionary journey. This is why I include several stones in this kit for you to work with. This kit is designed to help you connect with others (including spirit guides or angels) with an intuitive communication style.
After manifesting that scared little dish, I wished for all my loved ones to be able to manifest like that! We gather together in an intimate group on Facebook to seek wisdom, counsel, and guidance for our magical workings. I hope you’ll join us there and share your manifestation successes with us. *Mention this article when you join and get a special discount code for this upcoming New Moon.
This great work that we do comes under scrutiny and criticism from extremists who think our paths are evil. Accusations that crystals are a tool of the devil. Do they forget the holy crystals in Aaron’s breastplate? Did they not notice how much God loves to smell frankincense on the burnt offerings? Did they miss the passages that teach to meditate and think on good things?
I know they forgot the Goddess, who is referred to by God as the Queen of Heaven. Why does the patriarchy seek to silence her followers and condemn healers who work to bring wholeness to the lives of others?
Many play around with crystals because it’s the latest thing to do but this work that we do is serious business. We diligently work to heal and revive our spirits in a world filled with abuse and heartache.
We aren’t just playing with tarot like it’s a mundane deck of cards. We’re searching our psyche and soul for pockets of pain that needs a salve, for corners of dark secrets that need the light.
This isn’t an easy fix, this broken humanity with many flaws. We hurt, we break. But we do the work to get back on our feet.
Whispering the name of a holy man won’t make all our troubles disappear. We still have a work to do. And we take our work seriously.
We own up to our errors and ask no entity to take the blame. We make amends and offer restitution to those we wronged.
There’s nothing evil about sage when smudging helps to center us. It’s an aroma of holy ancestry that calls us to look inward and find our balance.
As with other paths, we have symbols to remind us to be kind. Magical unicorns that sparkle beckon us to draw upon our compassion and generosity. But we’re condemned again for the magical unicorn. There’s also the tree of life that calls us to make personal sacrifices to accommodate our children’s needs.
There is a profound darkness that does entice us, it calls to our egos.
“This is absolutely right and that is absolutely wrong. This path is the only true path, all other paths are evil.”
It bellows it’s dogma dusted in sugar. It’s sweet but toxic ideals make us wanna be on the right side of a war, but we don’t have to engage in that battleground. We don’t have to climb into the warship that’s headed for calamity. King Solomon once stated that where there is no wood, the fire goes out. He also rightly explained that a proud heart is followed by a great fall.
The ego, that pride of thinking we have the only way, drips with poison. And yet it’s bitter stream sparkles with a fraudulent halo.
This great work we do, to find our balance, takes committed effort. This path requires humility and strength to own up. It’s not an easy passage to travel, but we go forward knowing we take responsibility for our choices and for the steps we take.
Be encouraged, dear ones. Your work is your own. Blessed be.
There’s a buzz about this weekend’s full super moon in Leo along with questions about whether one should or shouldn’t place their crystals out under this eclipsing full moon. Leo is one of our fire signs in the astrological line up and meeting a roaring Leo under an eclipsing full moon can cause one to shudder. It’s also known as a Blood Super Moon! I don’t know about you but when Leo (lion) and blood are involved in a full eclipsing moon, I shake to the bone. There’s a lot of power there.
I’m not one to buy into tales of fear, though erring on the side of caution is a wise thing to do. We can take wisdom from other famous Leos who have become successful participants in this vast universe. Power house leaders such as Barack Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Lynda Carter, and J.K. Rowling can be among those we look to for example of leadership and/or success! How can we harness the power of Leo under this full super moon?
Respect the energy. Leo’s energy can be wild and unfiltered, but at the same time it can be quite the show. Leo is known for its gorgeous mane and reveals to us that our first impressions are important. Put your best foot (paw) forward and look your best! There could be a fight ahead of you and you’ll want to be prepared in every aspect. Sometimes a strong and confident person can effectively shut down an enemy energy before a fight can begin. Be wise and cunning. Leos can blaze through life, but remember those around you. Life isn’t all about us and we should consider the lives around us. A good leader will not forget those around them who need their courageous influence.
Magical people have a long held tradition of wisely selecting crystals to work with under full moons. For this Leo super moon I’m recommending some crystals to heighten that fiery Leo energy along with some protective crystals to balance the chaotic energy of the eclipse.
Orange calcite lends its fiery passion for creativity and motivation to change.
Uses: Creativity, energy, acceptance
Affirmations: “I accept the things I cannot change and am motivated to transform the things I can.”
Amphibole Phantom Generators contain four minerals to support an array of energy healing. Limonite lends it’s yellow hue to these phantom quartz generators with its support for psychic protection. The red hues are from Hematite, a mineral used to support blood energy. When Limonite and Hematite blend together, you begin working with an inner knowing you can sense down to the bones and marrow.
Carnelian carries it’s own kind of fire, as you can see in these hot flames! When the Full Moon is aligned with some Zodiacs, you can add Carnelian to your altar or grids to maximize the energy. Taurus, Leo, Cancer, and Scorpio are signs with passion that work well with Carnelian, especially in this flame form. Flames represent fire and passion, motivation and energy.
I choose to work with Black Tourmaline for protective energy under an eclipsing moon, because it carries such a grounding protective force.
Black Tourmaline is my favorite gem to work with when it comes to doing shielding work. I can work with this powerfully strong mineral to block out any spiritual spies from ‘seeing’ me or my family.
“Out of sight, out of mind.”
It’s a simple method of being in the shadows where I can be safely out of sight from those who wish to cause me trouble.
Out of all the smokey quartz I have in my magical tool box, my raw double terminated smokey quartz wand is my go-to crystal for transmuting negative energy that may come from different directions. Since this full super blood moon will be eclipsing we should be watchful about the energy that can permeate the spaces around us.
For those who work with the other elements I recommend anointing your protective crystals with black pepper essential oil. Your fiery crystals can be anointed with orange essential oil. After ritual you can cleanse their energy by smudging with sage and placing in a bowl of salt over night. I like to work with herbs as well and sometimes sprinkle dried flowers and herbs over my crystals to balance their energy. Some herbs I’ve used are fresh ground black pepper, lavender, rose petals, and sage.