Winter, in the North on the Medicine Wheel of the Year, is akin to the first week of the moon cycle as it is the beginning of a new yearly cycle. Winter is the time of the Earth element when Nature nestles and burrows into the earth for warmth and security, rest and renewal. It is a time for us to go within to examine, contemplate and nurture the core of our body, mind and spirit.
Nourish your physical body with nutrient dense and mineral rich foods like dark green leafy veggies, root vegetables, healthy fats and herbal infusions such as Nettles for adrenals and blood; Burdock Root and Mullen for the lungs; Holy Basil for the adrenals, immune system and ability to adapt; Rose Hips for Vitamin C; Dandelion for the liver and Hawthorne for the heart.
Nourish your mind with reading, contemplation, journaling or any type of creative expression. Nourish your spirit through dreaming, journeying, meditation....In a quiet meditative space, imagine journeying slowly...down into the earth, into the dirt...moving past the creatures, roots, rocks, stones, crystals, veins of ore, molten rock, portals to other dimensions...embracing the experience as you journey deeper...deeper...observing...experiencing...feeling the nurturing, grounding and healing energy of Mother Earth....Slowly return to the surface. Record your experience and return as often as you wish.
Crystals and gemstones are gifts from Mother Earth. Formed in the magma and core, each stone has a subtle vibration that interacts with our energy field to create harmony, healing and balance. Tune into the stone that speaks to your Sun sign. Hold it in the center of your palm, place it on your third eye (in the center of your forehead), keep it close to you--in your pocket, under your pillow. Allow your intuition to guide you as you connect with the stone and receive its gifts.
ARIES (March 19-April 19) ADVENTURINE is an earthy green stone for healing the emotions and opening and clearing the heart. It helps to quell anxiety, allowing one to make decisions from a more clear, confident place where body, mind and spirit are in balance.* AFFIRMATION: I celebrate my growth and release those aspects that no longer serve me.** TAURUS (April 20-May 20) JASPER balances our energy by dissolving limitations and unrealistic expectations, bringing joy as we tap deeper into our soul's path. It nurtures our soul, reminding us why we are here.* AFFIRMATION: With patience and an open heart, I see life unfolding to support the highest expression of my being.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) LAPIS LAZULI is a vibrant, dark blue stone that opens one to a deeper exploration of self, enhancing intuition, self-awareness, mental clarity and facilitating spiritual growth. Gazing at this blue stone offers a sense of deep peace as its colour reminds one of the night sky.** AFFIRMATION: I open to Divine understanding.** CANCER (June 21-July 22) RED JASPER helps us to see an issue or situation from the broader perspective providing opportunities to learn about ourself and to take more responsibility for our life and what we have created. There is no victim and no one is to blame. Use Red Jasper to empower yourself.*
AFFIRMATION: The roots of my experiences nourish me deeply.**
LEO (July 23-Aug.22) FLOURITE comes in a rainbow of colors and can help us find truths that may be hidden or concealed it fosters organization and self-discipline, strengthening our sense of stability during times of stress and transition.* AFFIRMATION: My body is a reflection of my mind. My mind is a reflection of my spirit. I am a reflection of Divine Light.** VIRGO (Aug.23-Sept.22) BLOODSTONE strengthens body, mind and spirit enhancing our courage to negotiate transitions and challenges. It is the stone of the Spiritual Warrior assisting us to follow our heart with confidence.** AFFIRMATION: I have the courage to act upon my inner guidance.**
LIBRA (Sept.23-Oct.22) MALACHITE assists in times of transformation, enhancing our ability to intuit when facing challenges and unexpected changes. It assists in releasing negative emotions and bringing clarity regarding decisions to be made and paths to be taken. Malachite aligns our will with the Divine Will of the Universe.* AFFIRMATION: I am in balance with the Universal Will.**
SCORPIO (Oct.23-Nov.21) MOONSTONE is the stone of "changes and wishes" enhancing awareness of the body's natural rhythms and the cycles of Nature. It helps to bring clarity regarding one's path and clears obstacles to moving forward in line with our highest Divine truth.* AFFIRMATION: I move through the cycles of my life with joy and acceptance.**
SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec.21) TURQUOISE is a healing stone helping us to recognize and integrate all aspects of the self as we move toward wholeness. It strengthens the physical body and the energy field and heals the spirit.* AFFIRMATION: I accept and integrate all aspects and dimensions of myself.**
CAPRICORN (Dec.22-Jan.19) ROSE QUARTZ is the sweet stone of Universal Love, gently removing negativity and cleansing our emotions. It reminds us that love is the foundation of all there is and the answer to every doubt, worry, challenge or question. Rose Quartz helps us to open to the healing energy of love.* AFFIRMATION: I give Love, I live Love, I am Love.**
AQUARIUS (Jan.20-Feb.18) AQUAMARINE has a watery essence, promoting release which is especially important as you end a year and prepare for new beginnings with your birthday. As you hold this blue stone imagine the healing blue waters of the Caribbean washing through your body, mind, emotions and spirit, cleansing and clearing blocks and limitations and opening you to new ways of being.** AFFIRMATION: I release that which no longer serves and I accept Universal abundance.**
PISCES (Feb.19-March 19) TIGERS EYE helps us to balance polarities-earth/sun, male/female, earth path/spiritual path-enabling us to see both sides, release any judgments and create harmony. It assists us in maintaining our center and acting upon our inner guidance.** AFFIRMATION: I walk in balance on the path of truth.**
*Information from soularenergy.com
**Affirmations and information from The Crystal Path to Self Knowledge by Naisha Ahsian
Raven Moondance (aka Shenna Benarte) is a teacher and practitioner of Moon Astrology, Shamanic Healing and Ceremony, Reiki, Yoga, Feng Shui and Live Food Preparation. She is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring a re-connection to Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon for personal and planetary healing through teaching and writing the newsletter, Moon Astrology Update and the astrology column for New Aura Magazine. To schedule an appointment for a personal MOON ASTROLOGY READING, Shamanic or Energy Clearing Session (available in person or at a distance) or to attend a Moon Astrology Class or Chord Cutting Ceremony, contact Raven at: firstname.lastname@example.org (352)372-8594