Sparking Empathy:  Full Moon in Libra and Spring Equinox

Sparking Empathy: Full Moon in Libra and Spring Equinox

The full moon occurs in Libra on Wednesday, March 20 (8:42 pm, CDT). The Spring Equinox precedes the full moon hours before (4:58 pm, CDT). Daylight and nighttime are equal. The hibernation of winter ends while springing into longer and lighter days! The sun in Aries interfaces with moon in Libra, sparking a newness of approach in relationships.

The Mercury retrograde in Pisces, March 5 through March 28, called for a dip backwards into the past. This psychedelic retrograde was full of twists and turns, casting a fishing line deep into the ocean. As the end of the retrograde nears, it becomes clearer what the catch is. What can be saved and what can be discarded? Will it be a mermaid, flailing to free herself? Will it be a tin can or an old shoe? A combination of inane and valuable items, with a precious discovery on the side, may be fished out of the watery depths!

The strong Pisces signature taps into empathy and caring for fellow beings, human and animal. Discoveries made in March call for kindness toward one another. By the time the full moon blossoms on March 20, alternative perspectives witnessed may alter judgmental and callous attitudes. More sensitivity may be integrated into how we relate, encompassing all types of relationships: personal, romantic, familial, business, work-related and most notably, the relationship to strangers.

The earth element emphasis plus Mercury retrograde foster an environment for planning methodically and slowly, using dreams and intuition as a guide. Insights are gained in unorthodox ways; not in the linear and logical manner. Mercury goes direct March 28, and the fogginess of the last few weeks gradually lifts. May this full moon and Equinox be a transformative time!

To start visioning for the spring time, try some of the Eye of Horus’ Focus Aid aromatherapy oil. This blend of essential oils is intended to sharpen the mind and bring things into clarity. To retrieve long-lost treasures, light Coventry Creations’ Recover Lost Money candle from their Motor City Hoo Doo line. This candle is designed with the intent to have lost things return to you, as well as recovering things that are rightfully yours. To celebrate the arts and artists, use some of Shoyeido’s Inspiration incense from their Angelic line. This light, fragrant incense is designed to spur the artist within all of us and ignite our creativity.

Slumber in the Deep Blue Waters:  New Moon in Pisces

Slumber in the Deep Blue Waters: New Moon in Pisces

The new moon is in Pisces on Wednesday, March 6 (10:03 am, CDT). Sleepy, dreamy, and watery Neptune fuses with sun and moon.

Psychic receptivity is heightened, favoring communication with the spirit world. Diving into pools of music, movies, and paintings provides a channel into other realms. Slipperiness pervades the atmosphere, making it trickier to pin down plans. However, the emphasis of planets in earth helps to solidify the intangible.

Larger than life schemes return again for review. There lies a beauty in the longing for what is just out of reach. Once desires are actually met, where do the glamour and magic go?

Expect the unexpected as two notable astrological events coincide within 24 hours of the new moon. First, Mercury in Pisces goes retrograde March 5. A fish swimming one direction switches and swims the opposite way. Truths reveal themselves, albeit against a backdrop of a thick and misty fog. Phantasms from times long ago return again. Give time to decipher messages as the misty fog diminishes. Weather events of large proportions, including precipitation and moisture, may be possible. Issues surround oil, with potential for leakages.

Uranus re-enters Taurus March 6 and will remain in that sign for the next 8 years! This particular journey of Uranus in Taurus has yet to be discovered, though we had a preview from last May to November. Will new currencies be part of the story, leaning toward economic sustenance outside of systems that have been relied upon? Radical shifts in perspective may take place regarding land ownership, alongside earthquakes and earth shattering revelations. A higher attunement to mother earth and the natural world, including the sensual body and its sacred sexuality, may be called for!

To find grounding and clarity, try some of Eye of Horus’ own Focus Aid aromatherapy oil. This blend of essential oils is designed to keep you centered and sharp. To explore trance states, consider burning some of Rosarium Blends’ Eye of Horus resin incense. This special blend is designed to awaken all six senses and stimulate awareness. To help decipher truths amidst confusion, burn one of Coventry Creations’ Truth and Justice votive candles. These candles, inspired by ancient temple incense blends, help us to discern truth from lies and seek out what is good for us.

The Power of Essential Oils

The Power of Essential Oils

Smell is by far one of our most important sensory functions. It can bring us to different states of mind as well as elicit emotional responses in a way that not many of our other senses can. Combine this with the aid of powerful plant allies and it’s easy to see why essential oils are becoming more and more looked at as a useful tool for the mind, body, and spirit. Although they have risen in popularity, there has been recorded use of essential oils for around 5,000 years, so there’s definitely something to this.

But before we jump in too deep, what exactly are essential oils? Very large amounts of plant matter go into making these concentrates, which aids to their effectiveness. For example, it takes around 242,000 rose petals to make just 5 ml of rose essential oil! Steam distillation, solvent extraction, CO2 extraction, maceration, enfleurage, cold press extraction, and water distillation are all different ways that these oils can be processed.

So now that we know what these oils are, how can they help us? One of the most important and unique ways that they can affect us is their ability to interact with both our internal and external cellular makeup. Because of their small molecular size and lipid solubility, they are able to pass through the blood brain barrier (which is the most secure membrane in the body) to directly influence our state of being. For example, have you ever placed lavender in a diffuser or on the skin with the help of a carrier oil and immediately felt more at peace? Below are a few ways to enjoy these herbal blends in a safe way.

A NOTE ON WORKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS…

Due to their HIGHLY concentrated nature, they should be used with great respect and care. A few drops is all that will ever be needed when working with these allies. We never recommend applying them to the skin without a carrier oil, and especially to NEVER INGEST THEM INTERNALLY. Also, some oils may cause sensitivities and or be toxic to be used around young children and animal companions. Whenever you bring new oils into the home, double check the safety for all members of the home.

Diffusion

Whether you have a mist diffuser or a variety that releases the scent of the oils from a candles heat, filling the air with scent is one of the easiest ways to welcome the benefits of the plants into your routine. Diffusion is excellent to relax before bed, when cleaning the home, or to create ambiance in your space at any time.

Add them to cleaning supplies!

Need some energetic cleansing while you go about your chores? Try adding a few drops of sage, lemongrass or cedarwood into your cleaning supplies to move both energetic and physical debris. These oils would also be a great addition to any homemade cleaners as well. Lemon essential oil is one of our favorites to add to any DIY (do-it-yourself) blends for it’s crisp, clean scent.

Body Care

Essential oils are very easily incorporated into either pre-made or DIY body care products through the use of a carrier oil or carrier substance. Commonly these botanicals are blended in with other butters and oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil, hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, or aloe vera and applied topically to the skin and hair. Not only does this make you smell like flowers (’cause who doesn’t love that?) but traditionally, these oils have been mixed to potentially provide health benefits as well. Some oils like Tea Tree for example, will have antimicrobial properties, and other oils such as ginger may have an anti inflammatory effect on the skin. These blends can also be placed in roller balls or sprays as a personal fragrance.

Spellwork

Looking to invoke a particular deity? Performing a spell? Essential oils are an ideal way to take your magic to the next level. They are easily placed on altars, added to mojo bags, and act as an excellent way to supercharge candles by anointing them with a corresponding oil. They can also be diffused during a ritual for a smoke free substitute for traditional incense.

Although everything listed here is a great place to start with these oils, this only scratches the surface on all of the possibilities of use. The more you work with them, the more in tune you will inherently become with their potential. Let the plant communication begin!