Self Care for The Moon

Each week I plan to release a mini self care program using the tarot. The goal is to take a mini hero’s or fool’s journey through the lense of self care. The fool’s journey is the journey that we take through life, though it is often not linear. Each card represents an archetype, an energy, a way that you are viewing the world or can view the world. The major arcana in tarot are a visualization of this journey in life. It is a journey through self discovery and growth. I will be using the Motherpeace deck with this series.  It is a beautiful deck and easy to apply self care to.

My original plan was to go in numerical order of the major arcana, but I drew the Moon no less than 5 times in a few different tarot decks for myself and you these past two weeks. I can take a hint!  I cannot help but wonder if this is due to it being eclipse season. There is actually a lunar eclipse tonight or last night, though most of us will not be able to see it. I love the moon. I use it as a guide to check in spiritually, to do ritual, to allow myself to rest or pull all nighters. The moon is pretty awesome once you start looking into it. The moon is powerful and mysterious and we will explore how this can be applied to your self development.

Element: Water

The Moon is transmutable. Ocean tides are controlled by the moon. It is said that a woman’s menstrual cycle is even affected by the moon. The moon also has a cycle. Like water it shifts personality. From being so dark you cannot see it and so bright that it keeps you up at night.

Number: Eighteen

The Moon is an intuitive and spiritual card. The Moon is a seeker. The Moon is about change. 18;  9 if you add 8 add 1 together, is a divine or spiritual number.

Chakra: Root, Base

A note on these chakra assignments. There is no set chakra assigned necessarily and some may argue with me on this one, but when working with the Moon I think of deeply rooted issues, of primal energy. The Root chakra is all about this, so I have assigned the Moon here. I plan on doing a series on the Chakras one day!

Stones and Crystal Support:

Thanks to Olga at Hand in Hand Love out of Chicago and Etsy, we will have stones and crystals to support each major archetype. She put a lot of care in choosing each stone or crystal for us. I met Olga and her sisters years ago in Chicago and am so happy to be collaborating with her for this project and more. Olga is a reiki master who makes healing jewelry using her vast knowledge of their healing properties. You can find her on Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.

 Amazonite and Black Abalone Shell Vial Earrings by Hand in Hand Love

Amazonite and Black Abalone Shell Vial Earrings by Hand in Hand Love

 

Her Magician Stone Picks are:

Moonstone-
Happiness ♥ Good fortune ♥ Nurturing ♥ Mothering ♥ Unselfishness ♥ Humanitarian ♥ Love ♥ Hope ♥ Spiritual insight ♥ Easy childbirth ♥ Safe travel ♥ New beginnings ♥ Abundance ♥ Ancient wisdom

Labradorite-
Transformation ♥ Promotes psychic abilities ♥ Strengthens our will ♥ Stimulates imagination ♥ Calming

Selenite-
♥ Serenity ♥ Purification ♥ Peace ♥ Meditation ♥ Universal consciousness ♥ Clarity of thought ♥ Purity of heart ♥ Universal love ♥ Integrity ♥ Spirituality ♥ Psychic development ♥ Forgiveness ♥ Positive thoughts

Ammonite-
Accept Change ♥Harmony♥Longevity♥ Organization,♥Protection♥Ancient Knowledge♥Astral Travel♥Past Life Recall

Essential Oil Support:

 

Sabrina at Witch Bitch Elixirs suggests her Balancing blend to align with the different phases and cycles of the moon. Her Balancing blend is Geranium & Ylang Ylang, which can provide hormonal and emotional balance. It can help women during their cycles specifically. Geranium can also assist with lowering guards and being more open and accepting. In the 1600s, European gardeners would plant Geranium around their house to keep the evil spirits out. Though the Geranium planted is not the same Geranium used to extract oil. Very interesting! Ylang Ylang balances female-male energies to assist in spiritual alignment & grounding and also create emotional stability.  

Sabrina is a Kansas City business owner that I have the pleasure of collaborating for this series and hopefully more in the future! You can find her on Instagram, Facebook and she takes email orders for her oils.

Your mantras as the Moon:

You are the MOON. You are both tame and you are primal. You are dark and you are light. You must contain both to be YOU. It is time to dig into the darkness, into the subconscious of your mind and to purposefully seek discomfort in order to find freedom. Your ultimate goal is to seek, to understand and to find harmony within your multitudes of self. It will not be easy but you can do it.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

NOTICE: What discomfort am I feeling lately?

Not worrying about why, just NOTICE any odd feelings you have had lately. I know for the past month I have been feeling discomfort. This discomfort is a sign to me that change is coming and that I am ready for a transformation of some kind. Transformation is uncomfortable at times. You can almost feel the resistance of change making you sick sometimes. I know I can. I recommend checking in with yourself a lot this coming week. Maybe you can even make this a consistent practice. Try your best to be hyperaware of how things make you feel. The obvious way would be if something triggered happiness or anger in you. Note how it felt in your body. A less obvious way to play around with this is while doing something like scrolling through social media. We sometimes blindly like or even judge. Examine instead how scrolling makes you feel. Observe how this rapid shifting of your gaze affects you. Don’t judge. Don’t analyze. Just NOTICE.

EMBODY: How can I make myself uncomfortable?

This seems strange right, to embody discomfort? It’s easy to numb out in our world now. We are SO busy it’s ridiculous. We can lose ourselves in Netflix, work, social media and never let ourselves really feel how we feel. By embodying our emotions through movement we may be able to address them or at least feel them more fully. The yoga I teach is a way to do this, but in a more simple way you can do something as simple as taking a bath. I put a guide up to help you with this. Embodying goes just a little beyond noticing. When you notice, you just notice and move on. It’s a great tool for meditation, but to take it a step further what happens when you let yourself deeply feel these feelings? What happens if you let go and even cry? Even if you don’t know why you cry, what happens if you just let it happen? What we want to do is to get in touch with that primal part of ourselves, our deep roots, our child self. It takes a lot of shifting energy to do that and for me sitting there thinking doesn’t do it.

PROCESS. What does this all mean?

I wonder if there will ever be a post or a reading or coaching session where I won’t recommend journaling? I doubt it because journaling is POWERFUL. So we notice, let it go. We embody, let it go eventually. And now we analyze it and pick it apart so we can transmute it. What does it mean when I get sick when I scroll social media? What does it mean if someone makes me jealous? What does it mean if I admire someone? What does it mean that a joke hurt my feelings? I don’t always suggest doing journaling this way, but here I do. Process the why and enjoy the digging. It can be painful...it likely will be...but how exciting! Then we turn this darkness into something we can work with, not against. 

I wrote a whole post on shadow work yesterday. If you want some further in depth guidance, read that!

If you would like extra guidance designing your own life and rituals to support them, I offer a service called Groundwork. Groundwork is a customized program to help you in practical, yet powerful ways. Feel free to email me and set up a free mini consult so we can get to know each other.