Wonderstruck in Retrograde…. I just read an article that included this phrase and it jumped out at me and I thought how wonderful and timely. The article was referring to America’s history, but for this newsletter I will expand the meaning to include planetary movement, our own individual history and the coming Blue Moon on Halloween.
Collectively we are all struggling with many unprecedented events; Covid19, unemployment, working from home with kids in & out of school, wildfires, misinformation, divisive and toxic political environments. These events are causing collective anxiety, fear, depression, isolation and stress. We are all feeling uncertain, ungrounded and unsafe. But could there also be hidden gifts? Can we find ways to tap into our innate resiliency by having our own retrograde?
Mercury is in retrograde (as is Mars, Uranus & Neptune) and we are coming up to Samhain/Halloween (October 31) which is the Celtic New Year’s Eve. As the year starts to wind down it naturally causes us to become reflective on the past year. The phrase was “wonderstruck in retrograde” – meaning there is wonder and awe to be found as we look back on the past year. Hard to believe I know…2020 has tested us to the edge of our limits.
Retrogrades always call for us to review, regroup, renew, revise, revisit – all the RE words. We all tend to focus on the current crisis’ because they often need immediate attention and cause major concerns. For our own emotional and mental well-being, we should attempt to balance all that with the opposite. And I know it’s a luxury for many to find quiet moments, but I promise you – as you reflect on the past 9 months or so, there will be things that will leave you wonderstruck.
I’ll start for you – How resilient you are! You faced a global pandemic! You cared for others and yourself by believing science and wearing a mask. You realized something amazing about your partner, child, friend or family member… or dare I say it? Yourself. You rested, you listened more, spent more time in nature connecting to the seasonal rhythms, got crafty, stretched your budget, learned new computer technology. Maybe you joined a protest and practiced social distance at the same time. You clapped at 7pm for frontline workers with your neighbors. Maybe you played music or sang from a balcony. Did you notice the air, earth and oceans were cleaner? Proving we can turn around or at least slow the damage we’re doing to the planet. I swam with tiny schools of fish in Coney Island this summer! A landlord in Brooklyn gave his tenants a pass on the rent for the month. I am wonderstruck in retrograde at the generosity of spirit from people who rose to the occasion, lent an ear, gave encouragement to someone else, for those whose better angels showed up. That includes you. You are resilient and awe inspiring. And speaking of wonderstruck & awe inspiring…A Halloween Blue Moon is on the way!
A full Moon on Halloween occurs roughly once every 19 years and this one is a Blue Moon (meaning 2nd Full Moon in a month -happens every 2 years) so the energy is really magnified by this rarity, so…very powerful. Personally, I feel we should collectively work with this energy for the good of the world. Imagine if many people sent out healing to the planet and the human spirit at the same time during this Blue Moon….
It’s also a great time to charge any of your moon friendly crystals like selenite, moonstones, and blue stones like lapis lazuli or celestite, make moon water by letting the blue moon shine through a glass jar or bowl, charge any magical tools, amulets, etc.
Any rituals, intentions, or spells performed during a Blue Moon are extremely beneficial for long-term results, as it sets in motion and works towards your end result until the next one appears. The infrequency inspires us to take a look at long standing habits and behaviors we want to heal; chronic health issues, unhealthy or old relationship or money patterns, anywhere you are looking to make a significant change. Nature abhors a vacuum so while you burn what no longer serves, you state what energy you would bring with you into the coming year.
Blue is the color of happiness, peace and wisdom. It assists in opening blocks, clearing the mind, healing, strength and courage. All wonderful aspects that help us reach our intentions and goals.
For a simple magick working – You’ll need a blue candle, red pen, paper and a representation of your intention like a photo, picture from a magazine, a ring if its relationship based, a coin for money, something that is meaningful to you and a heatproof container to burn the paper.
- Sit for a while (if you can see the moon – let her light fall on you as you do this or before you start) get quiet, grounded and think of what you’ll leave in the past, and then your new intention, visualize yourself free from the past and tap into how you feel with this wish fulfilled.
- Write out in red ink what no longer serves you. Light the blue candle and read it out loud – light it from the candle and say “As this paper burns, the wheel turns and change is made” drop it in the heatproof container and watch it turn to ash. Know this is in the past. Now pick up the representation of your intention and state it out loud 3x. Phrase it as if it is already granted (ex: I am enjoying optimal health, vitality and well-being)
- Keep the reminder/representation within sight and every new or full moon spend time calling in the energy of the intention granted and restating your phrase.
Even if you found yourself successfully “wonderstruck in retrograde”, the world is still full of challenges and aromatherapy is a quick way to rebalance those stressful emotions when they arise. Our sense of smell is anatomically designed to connect directly to our brain and emotional centers.
For this Fall season I am offering two blends in two products – a 5ml bottle of the essential oil synergy blend that can be used in a diffuser, bath, anointing oil, the other as an aromatic spray. All blends are made with astrological correspondences and charged with reiki and crystal energy.
Prana – vitality, the breath, our life force which comes from deep breathing This synergy has anti-microbial and respiratory benefits. Blend includes Eucalyptus & Cardamom – 5ml essential oil blend 5ml – $35 Spray – $25
Fall Forest Walk –The Japanese do Forest Bathing to bring a sense of calm, grounding and wonder. This synergy includes Cedarwood, Cypress and some other tree oils. 5ml essential oil blend- $35 Spray – $25
All Hallows Blue Moon Blessings – Limited Edition – Available November 3rd –A magickal blessing oil to be used to anoint yourself, candle, talismans, or add to your bath when you need that little bit of extra magic. Blue Moon, reiki, crystal charged essential oils with notes of Blue Tansy & Frankincense – 1 ounce bottle – $50
In closing, Samhain not only marks the beginning of the dark phase of the year, but a time where we honor those who have passed, our ancestors, our friends, our loved ones. This year is particularly poignant given all those who have passed due to the pandemic. If you manage to carve out some quiet time, remember your loved ones who have passed and the happy times you shared, sending them your love. And think of all the families you don’t know who have lost someone and offer a prayer of gratitude and solace.
Reflection of what has passed this year should be accompanied with a growing sense of changes to be made and acceptance of the change that wisdom and inner reflection brings. In every ending is a new beginning. Look inside for self-knowledge and for the fire of your spirit that will sustain you during life’s challenges. I remind you – you are a resilient, bright spirit and I remain “wonderstruck in retrograde” for your bravery and triumphs both great & small.
Blue Moon Blessings,