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Cosmic Ritual: Full Moon in Gemini + Lunar Eclipse Tonight

my gemini full moon ritual with sage smudge, a gemini herbal amulet, my journal, and a gemini herbal tincture

As the moon passes through the constellation of Gemini with the sun in Sagittarius, and a partial lunar eclipse, a unique cosmic doorway is opened to us for healing, reflecting, and bringing big cosmic energy into our lives, be it with herbal medicine, gem/stone healing, meditation, or any other pathway you choose. On Wednesday November 28 at 9:46AM Eastern Time there will be a full moon and lunar eclipse. this full moon is called the beaver or frost moon.

Being a Gemini myself, perhaps my affinity with this full moon is strongest of the year. Each full moon is full of powerful energy that effects us on a deep, emotional, and powerful level, as the moon rules emotions, moods, and security. The full moon illuminates certain patterns and tendencies and helps us improve and reevaluate our current ways of living. I think of the full moons as times of intense reflection and also gratitude-giving. Rather than a time for beginning new projects like the New Moon, the full moon is more of a time of fruition and culmination. Some say it is an ideal time for ritual, magic, and imbuing creations with the big energy that is present during the full moon. But you don’t have to be a green witch to do a full moon ritual…

Speech, Communication, Connection.
In the gemini full moon, we are given a chance to reflect and work on communication and social interactions. Ruled by mercury, gemini is strongly associated with the power of speech. The infamous magical incantation “abra cadabra” actually originates in Biblical Hebrew, from the words “abareh,” meaning “I create” and “k’dibre” meaning “as I speak.” Whenever we speak, we are creating realities that have real effects on the world. This full moon is a good time to refine speech and communication and use it for positive creation. Writing in a journal and/or sharing feelings, dreams, and other inner emotions can be healing and help release negative energies during this time. Journaling is a powerful healing tool that can help bring subconscious needs, desires, or feelings to the surface. What makes this moon more special is the lunar eclipse, a time of great connection and oneness with the Earth, with our natures, and with other people. It seems a very good time to actively and wholeheartedly improve and appreciate connections and relationships, with earth, nature, ourselves, and others mainly through speech and communication.

image via our disenchanted souls

Rituals for relaxation and nervous system healing
In medical astrology, Gemini rules the nervous system, arms and hands, and the lungs. Deep breathing and aromatherapy, such as lavender oil are helpful to relax and center. The process of breathing itself is a metaphor for healing, taking in what’s good and letting go of what is unnecessary or harmful. Other ways to clear negative energy are with Sage smudging, ringing bells, and drinking warm herbal teas with lavender, skullcap, vervain, or any relaxing herbs you enjoy. Herbs that are associated with the sign of gemini include: mullein, peppermint, vervain, skullcap, lavender, oats, and parsley. You can make an herbal amulet or talisman with these or other herbs that carry the energy of gemini or its ruling planet, mercury. Another way to work with herbal energetics is by burning herbs for the purposes of cleansing or releasing energies.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anaïs Nin
Gemini is an air sign that is known for change, adaptability, and adventurousness. Now’s the time to tap into this energy and make space for the new. Ridding your mind/heart/life of judgement, negative thoughts, harmful patterns, hurtful people, worries, doubts, anger, grudges, and fears/insecurities is the first step and we are blessed with a wide open door for those changes tonight. It might seem overwhelming or even scary, but that apprehension is a sign of change and growth. After that, a sense of clarity is sure to come. You can then welcome new, positive people, thoughts, and ways of living in with joy and excitement, in true gemini fashion.

For more herbal astrology and full moon teachings, check out my upcoming newsletter The Starry Eyed Herbalist. The First Issue will be printed and mailed in December 2012. Visit me on Facebook. Sign up for my free newsletter. xoxo Gem

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Herbal Elder: Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the wandering herbalist

Juliette with Gypsy Friends via Ashtree Publishing

Born under the influence of Scorpio in Manchester England, in the year of the sinking of the Titanic and the founding of the Girl’s Scouts, Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a pioneer herbalist who travelled the world seeking out ancient remedies and herbal teachings from all she encountered. What I admire the most about her was her fearless sense of adventure and her insatiable curiosity that drove her to discover worlds and cultures otherwise hidden from view. Her herbal travels led her throughout Europe, Turkey, North Africa, Israel and Greece, where she stayed for spells amongst gypsies, farmers, mountain people, and livestock breeders, learning their medicinal wisdom and sharing her tales with them as friends. When reading her books, one is compelled to explore her own boundaries and limitations; Juliette’s unapologetic approach to raising children naturally, living in tune with nature, and trusting the wisdom of our own bodies rings with a deeply rooted truth, handed down with the confidence only someone living with their heart and soul can convey. Here are some books written by Juliette of the Herbs, and some photos of her travels to inspire the wandering herbalist inside each of us…

As Gypsies Wander: Being an account of life with gypsies in England, Provence, Spain, Turkey, London: Faber & Faber, 1962.

Spanish Mountain Life: the Sierra Nevada, London: Faber & Faber, 1955.

Wanderers in the New Forest, London: Faber & Faber, 1958

Summer in Galilee, London: Faber & Faber, 1959.

The Natural Rearing of Children, London: Faber & Faber, 1970

A Herbal Handbook for Everyone, London: Faber & Faber, 1966.

Juliette’s nature’s children via Susun Weed

Juliette’s daughter Luz with her owl

Juliette with her home-bred naturally raised Afghan in the 1960’s. Via greasy.


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20 Ways to live beautifully + consequentially bring about world peace

Start your day with your favorite uplifting song and dance. Try the age-old healing earth dance, belly dance!

Stretch your body like you mean it.

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.” –Anaïs Nin 
image via Worth Seeing

Breathe in fresh air. Rosemary Gladstar recommends visiting waterfalls, oceans, rivers, and mountains where the air is charged.

Write out your feelings or share them with a good friend.

Drink a hot drink and enjoy it fully.

Wear something majestic.

Say thanks for all your blessings.

Kiss a loved one.

Read an inspiring quote, take it to heart. ♥

Enjoy nature.

Extract the essence of this very day. It’s been waiting for you since the beginning of time, and it will never come back again.

Let your bare feet touch the Earth.

Look up at the stars.

Sleep enough.

Pamper yourself, for the sake of world peace!

Let go of one past regret.

Go to bed at peace with yourself, with others, with this world.

Remember, you’re an irreplacable part of the greatest love story of all time…LIFE!

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5 Secret Joys Found Only at the Library

1. Finding an old bookmark, bookplate, love letter, or scribbled-in notes in the margins inside books and feeling like you just received a private message from the past.
2. Making eye contact with a cute stranger in between the shelves. (see image below)
3. Accidental browsing. (Stumbling across a book that was exactly what you wanted or needed, but didn’t even know it until you found it.)
4. Finding a hidden cove between the romance novels and the travel section to sit and read yourself out of time and place, undisturbed, for hours.
5. When a librarian magically figures out the name of a random children’s book that you maybe once read twenty years ago, but couldn’t recall the title, author, subject, or any other details of the book…


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