FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN : TIME TO CLEANSE
June's Full Moon is the first one after Summer Solstice, and falls very close to Saturn Opposition, when the ringed planet is brighter in the sky than usual. Both lend to an energetic potency that we will be moving through for this next two weeks.
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This full moon is known as a Strawberry Moon, named by Native Americans to demarcate the short strawberry season. Native American women use this moon as a time to cleanse: to rid themselves of possessions, relationships, patterns, and emotional baggage that is no longer serving them. Modern astrological experts agree that it is a ripe time to take a look at what is going on in our lives, discern what is serving us, and what we can get rid of. They purport that during this moon cycle, particularly because of its relationship to Saturn (a planet known for inspiring turbulent energy), we may experience heightened negative emotions: guilt, shame, sadness, and disappointment.
However, these emotions themselves can be looked at as part of a cleansing process: feel where you are fully so that it can change, as everything inevitably does. Do not run away from the emotions that may rise. Instead, dig into the feelings that arise and ask yourself the question: what is it I am hanging on to that is no longer serving me?
You're not alone in feeling, moonbeam.
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FULL MOON RITUAL : MEDITATIVE BATH
"I cleanse myself of what is no longer serving me."
There are fewer things more relaxing, nurturing, and supportive than soaking your body in a bath. In many ancient cultures, baths were part of a daily routine, and a clean body was likened to godliness. Since this Strawberry Moon may stir up uncomfortable feelings and is also in support of clearing what no longer serves you, turn to this bath time ritual to both nourish your spirit and leave you feeling a bit more free.
You will need:
1) Epsom salts
2) Rose Quartz Crystal or your Sacred Intention Crystal Set
3) Lavender Essential Oil (or another calming blend)
4) A candle
5) Your favorite smudge such as palo santo, sage, copal, or your fav incense
6) Optional soft music
Before you begin your bath, cleanse your bathroom with your smudge to create a free and clear space. Light a candle and dim or turn off the lights.
Fill your bathtub* with warm water and your epsom salts. Add a few drops of essential oil. Breathe deep into the smell of the water.
Place your crystal close by. Rose Quartz is to bring you the feeling of being loved and held as you soak in your bath.
Once you are in your bath, close the eyes and begin to watch your breath from the inside as it moves in and out. Bring one hand to your heart and one hand to your belly. This will help direct the breath to places that will calm the nervous system and soothe your energetic body.
Repeat the mantra out loud at least 3 times: "I cleanse myself of what is no longer serving me."
Allow the feeling of being taken care of wash over you, knowing you are being held, even in the most difficult of times.
*if you do not have access to a bathtub, you can do this ritual in the shower.
As one of our astrological expert friends noted about this full moon, "things are about to get weird." We are entering into a moon cycle that is going to bring up emotion and serendipity from every direction. The strange-ness of this cycle is for our highest good ultimately, but the processes we each individually go through may be uncomfortable at times. This moon is a powerful one to remember that we are fully supported and taken care of. The random and the weird - circumstances, emotions, and thoughts - are actually there to help up expand.
As an archetype, the moon carries aspects of the feminine energy. Regardless of gender, feminine energy and lunar energy are often used synonymously and carry a more spherical or cyclical perspective. This energy leans into the ephemeral and it carries a deep trust in the unknown as well as the interconnectedness of all things. There is both elegance and patience innate to feminine energy.
However just like everything in nature, a need for balance exists. Feminine energy dances with masculine energy. The moon also has the capacity to inspire directness, action, linear thinking, and full honesty.