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Understanding the Phases of the Moon

Moon cycles have been honored by many different civilizations throughout the world for centuries.

The Moon holds tremendous power for manifestation in every area of life.

Here is your guide to understanding the meaning of the new moon and full moon, which will help strengthen your connection to the cosmos — and bring your dreams to life.

New Moon
The new moon occurs when the moon is physically positioned between Earth and the sun. The three are in approximate alignment, and the entire illuminated portion of the moon is on its back side. Think of this phase as a clean slate, or a new beginning.

How to Harness the New Moon
This is a great time to begin new projects and bring ideas to life. Acknowledge your intentions and draw out new plans and ideas. Breathe new life into any area you may feel stuck. Cleanse your home with sage, take an epsom salt bath, let go of the past.

Watch for opportunities and signs over the next moon cycle. Get excited, because your world is about to expand.

Full Moon
At a full moon, Earth, the moon and the sun are in approximate alignment — just like the new moon — but in this phase, the moon is on the opposite side of Earth, so the sunlit part of the moon is facing us. The shadowed portion is hidden from view.

Think of the full moon as a sealing of your intentions and plans. With every ending comes a giant release, which is exactly what the energy of the full moon is about.

How to Harness the Full Moon
When the moon is full, its strong gravitational pull on Earth makes for a time of high creative energy and incredibly powerful intuitive breakthroughs.

Now is the time to write all the things you wish to release. Burn the piece of paper, and move into gratitude. Give thanks for all you have and all that is the come.

Here’s where you get to actually trust this is happening. Burn some herbs and let your fears evaporate with the smoke. Now is also the optimal time to cleanse your crystals by placing them in the moonlight.

The full moon also brings heightened energy and emotions. Get grounded – feet in the dirt. Pay attention to your body and nourish it.

Get outside at night and let the light of the moon shine on you.

What intentions will you set?
When you get in tune with the moon, you ultimately live more in sync with nature. And that’s when magic happens.

Channel the moon’s energy. Get under that glow and set intentions. Align your life with a higher power.

The New Moon arrives on April 11 and brings motivation and high energy.

Now is the time to focus on conquering goals.

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Essential Oils For The Full Moon

The next Full Moon will be Oct. 1 – and oh, HELL YES, I am pumped.

This will be the first of two full moons for October. The second arrives on Halloween, Oct. 31, which also makes it a Blue Moon.

This is an energetic time in the lunar calendar, to put it mildly.

Both autumn and full moons represent a beautiful opportunity to go deep within ourselves and do some housekeeping. Maybe some mindset work you’ve been putting off… A nagging thing (block, limiting belief, behavior pattern) you know is not serving you?

Full moons are all about cleaning and clearing energies, beliefs, behaviors, relationships, jobs and more. Anything in the way of our expansion needs to go. And under a full moon is a great time to let go. It is also a super powerful time to allow in your deepest manifestations.

Essential oils can have a powerful healing effect, too, which is even more amplified in energetic times like a full moon.

Using them in your full moon ritual, your daily meditation or even your everyday home is a game-changer.

Essential oils for a full a moon

NOTE: Below is meant to be guidance ONLY, especially if you’re new to oils or dabbling with them. If there are oils you enjoy that are not on this list, USE THEM.

LEMONGRASS – THE OIL OF CLEANSING

Lemongrass is known for its powerful energetic cleansing ability. It encourages us to let go of things we no longer need, perfect for the energy of the full moon. It invites us to easily let go of old, limiting beliefs, toxic energies and general negativity that can hold us back.

Lemongrass is an uplifting citrus oil, which makes it ideal for helping us tune into what energies no longer match our high vibes. It helps clear away negative energy from our third eye chakra too. As you let go of stagnant energy, you can begin to see situations with greater clarity and energy starts to flow more freely.

How to Use Lemongrass:

  • Add a few drops to your diffuser or a drop to the palm of your hands, rub together and inhale.
    Add a diluted drop (with a carrier oil like extra virgin olive oil) to your third eye or the bottoms of your feet. If there is a part of your body where you feel energy is stuck, add a drop there as well.
  • Lemongrass can also clear energy around your house. Add a few drops to water and spritz any room to clear the air.

FRANKINCENSE – THE OIL OF TRUTH

Considered food for the gods, Frankincense is used for purification, meditation, protection, and spiritual understanding. It invites us to let go of lower vibes and allow room for more positive energy. It helps create new perspectives based on light and truth. It has the ability to assist in pulling the barriers from the mind and the walls from the heart.

Frankincense is also known for enhancing practices of prayer and meditation, a great addition to your Full Moon ritual. This oil opens the spiritual channels and allows you to connect with yourself and with source.

How to Use Frankincense

  • Inhale from the bottle or add a few drops to a diffuser.
  • Apply 1-3 diluted drops to the crown of the head, the forehead and behind the ears.
  • Like Lemongrass, you can add a few drops to a spray bottle and mist around the home.

THYME – THE OIL OF RELEASING & FORGIVING

Thyme is one of the most powerful cleansing oils for the emotional body and helps to bring to the surface trapped feelings and emotions. It reaches deep into the body, the soul, searching for unresolved and stuck energy. Once it removes blocks, Thyme leaves the heart wide open to both give and receive love and offer forgiveness.

How to Use Thyme

  • Apply a few diluted drops to the chest, over the sacral chakra (lower stomach), and/or to the bottom of the feet. Note: Thyme can be irritating to the skin. Use sparingly and do a skin test first.
  • In a diffuser.

WHITE FIR – THE OIL OF GENERATIONAL HEALING

Ancestral healing is always a theme with my clients. White Fir helps to address patterns, traditions and behaviors that are passed down through our lineage. Unearthing negative ancestral patterns and blocks allows us to deal with them and put them to rest. By adding a simple mantra like “It ends with me” into your mediation while envisioning a room full of your family can be a very powerful healing meditation.

How to Use White Fir

  • Add a drop on the palm of your hand, rub together and breathe in as you meditate.
  • Apply 3-5 diluted drops to your chest or the bottom of your feet.

CYPRESS – THE OIL OF MOTION AND FLOW

Cypress is a powerful oil that creates energetic and emotional flow. Stagnant energies start to MOVE.

Cypress teaches the soul how to let go of the past and move with the flow of life. It is about allowing versus resisting. If you have a hard time letting go of control, this is the oil for you. It encourages us to let go of fear and put worries aside.

How to Use Cypress

  • Add a few drops to your diffuser.
  • Trace a few diluted drops along the spin or the bottom of your feet.

Almost all of these oils are used inside Witchy Women Candles and Oils. So if you’re not a fan of the oils by themselves (they can be too strong for many), check out our products. We layer scents and healing properties of multiple herbs and oils to create a one-of-a-kind product that supports your magical journey. All ingredients are listed on each product.