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Featured Article: Full Moon Essence
**Aug 30 Mercury Retrograde until Sept. 22
Sept. 1 New Moon at 5:03 am EST
Sept. 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins
Sept. 5 Labor Day
Sept. 16 Full Harvest Moon at 3:05 pm EST
Sept. 22 Fall Equinox/ Mabon
Sept. 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins
Yeah we all shine on, like the moon,
and the stars, and the sun.
- John Lennon
Article for the Week:
Full Moon Essence
By Melanie-Lee Anderson
Let your emotions be still, imagine they are like a beautiful lake, calm and present, nourishing its surrounding body. Allow your thoughts to come and go, like ripples, not having much effect on the waters, just adding substance. Hang on too tightly to a thought, and the ripple becomes more ominous, crashing against the banks of the once calm lake, leaving scars and telling a troubled story. Allow your mind to still these thoughts by learning to LET GO of your attachment to them. Create space in your mind to find stillness in your emotions.
Tonight we embrace another beautiful full Moon. I have found that honouring the Moon cycle is an especially powerful practice, it gives us the opportunity to align ourselves with the cosmic forces that, aware of or not, shape and shift our physical experience. In the days leading up to this full Moon I've noticed the presence of it against the clear blue sky - throughout the entire day! I think this has something to do with the Equinox, but I am no astrologer so will leave that explanation to the experts. My point however, is that it appears to be an especially powerful full Moon.
I like to align with the cosmic forces by relating them to the 'Universe' that resides within each of us. As the full Moon has such a dramatic affect on the Earth's waters, 'drawing them to the surface' with huge tides, I connect this directly to the element of water within - primarily the Saccral Chakra or hip centre. It is said that this energy centre characterises the qualities of creativity and emotions. This is easily recognisable when we consider that our sexual organs are located here - literally where we create human beings, as well as looking at our emotions as being fluid in nature - they have more substance than our thoughts (Air) and they 'rise and fall' like the tides.
My personal practice around any full Moon involves a few different things. In the days leading up to and following this event, I observe my emotions; notice any physical symptoms such as bladder changes or menstrual fluctuations (I will note here that numerous times my menstrual cycle has and continues to fall into alignment with a full Moon); I teach and practice Yoga sequences that centre around hip-opening, allowing any surfaced emotions or stagnant energy to shift; and lastly I cleanse my crystals in a Moon bath. This may seem like an overly committed schedule just in the name of a full Moon, but in my experience the times I have not dedicated enough of myself to honouring this cosmic event, I have experienced unpleasant after effects for many days to follow.
I believe it is not only important, it is essential to dedicate some form of ritual to this magical monthly occurrence as aligning ourselves on a cosmic scale means to align ourselves within.
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