This new year I greet you with an overview of the importance of the Moon phases and how you can use them to live, love, and work more efficiently and effectively. Each month I will guide you through basic moon correspondences and attributes that I encourage you to consider when planning your days in conjunction with your goals, aspirations, duties and dreams for 2015.
As we move through the next months together, keep in mind the following overview of moon phase attributes. The Full Moon is a time of high energy, creation and bringing to fruition, as well as a time of perfecting projects and ideas. The Waning and Dark Moon phase is a time of resting, retreat, conservation, healing, and deep contemplation and meditation. It is a time to decrease or banish the unwanted. The Dark Moon is a great time for deep contemplation, meditation and psychic (clear-thinking) development. During the New Moon and Waxing phase think of what you want to bring into your life; a time to start new projects and goals and invoking the things you want.
January’s Moon is known as the Snow Moon, Quiet Moon, Wolf Moon, and Cold Moon just to name a few. This year the Full Moon falls on January 4th. It is commonly believed that the energies of the Full Moon exist up to 2-3 days prior and after the date of the Full Moon. The week before this Moon spend some time contemplating needed and necessary changes that should be made in your life. This can be anything from something that is specific to you, or on a larger scale, a social wrong that is in need of transformation. Think children’s rights, homelessness, medical care and attention available to all, women’s issues and crisis centers, animal shelters, etc.
January Moon Correspondences
Herbs: nuts and cones, holy thistle, marjoram
Incense: mimosa, sandalwood, musk
Animals: coyote, fox, wolf
Deities: Sarasvati, Hera, Innana, Freyja, Sinn
Indian Spiced Tea
7 cups cold water
6 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1/4″ peeled & chopped fresh ginger
1/4 cup honey or brown sugar
2 Tablespoons black tea leaves
almond or coconut milk to taste
Bring water to a boil and stir in spices and brown sugar. Boil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes. Add tea leaves and bring to boil. Lower heat, cover pot and simmer for additional 5 minutes, adding optional milk to taste. Strain the tea leaves and serve.
When you go to your altar during this time, have something specific in mind, and infuse it with intention and feeling. You may be able to release emotions. On or around the Full Moon, decorate your altar with a lit white candle and burn some sandalwood incense. Spend time meditating upon your intention, envisioning the changes you would like to see happening.
Lovely Lady of the Moon, bless and purify me with your light. Thank you for empowering me this night.