I greeted the New Moon in Virgo early on in the day, making a decent brew of herbal tea. The ingredients (above) consisted of raspberry leaf, nettle, calendula flowers, oatstraw and a little bit of thyme. I haven’t really researched whether they complement each other well – I’ll leave that for when I get into some serious study – but nonetheless, I think it’s a good tonic.
The final product isn’t as pretty as the dry ingredients, it looks a bit like mud water, but I’m happy with the taste. Thyme has a lot to answer for in the taste section, given the rest of the ingredients can be considered rather bland (not for me, though!).
So, the New Moon in Virgo was a time for contemplating what I want to start, or bring into my life, health-wise. Virgo is certainly attributed to health and healing and it is a sign of “service” i.e. service to the community, service to others ,etc. I wanted to spend some time contemplating what new actions or pathways to incorporate into my life that resonate with Virgo energy. I did this first by making the aforementioned tea, then retreating into my tarot room and lighting up candles, incense, and a new smudge stick.
The main idea with the smudge stick is to bring in more focus and sacred energy into my space. It is also a cleanser, and I use it to cleanse both my room and myself. This is done simply, carrying it around the room, and circling around both myself and the room I work in.
It can get pretty smoky so if you intend on doing this, make sure you have good ventilation available. I keep my rituals pretty simple. The main thing, is to be genuine, and focused. Fancy words or rhymes I care not for. Ritual for me is really a prayer to the divine, asking for help, guidance and blessings, while giving thanks too.
Here are some of the actions I wish to bring into my life (after the previous post on my doubts about following some healing vocation path, this was a welcome affirmation):
- Yoga: oh, I am a master procrastinator. I should know better. I do know better. I don’t just “believe” in the power of a yoga practice, I know what it can do. I came off anti-depressants, tranquilizers and sleeping pills all at the same time, against the advice of my doctor (who sternly advised me if I did so, I would be on them for the rest of my life). Possibly I should have followed her advice, since at the time, I promptly fell into a crevasse and the world darkened like never before. Stubborn being that I am, I pushed on through, day by day, barely living, yet vowing not to touch the stuff ever again, even if it meant death. And then I saw a newly opened yoga studio around the corner from where I lived, and the rest, as they say, is history. I was so lucky that it was a small studio practicing in the lineage of Svastha yoga, and the focus was on breath and pranayama, as much as on correct alignment of asanas. That journey is another story onto itself, but for now, all I’ll say is, I need a regular practice, and intend to stick to it.
- Nutrition: this is a Virgo specialty. I’ve been pretty good, and intend to get better. I am seriously considering giving up bread, though for now I am happy to bake my own stuff… More herbal teas, less processed foods, that kind of stuff.
- Study: I’ve been slack here, really slack. I’ll be putting a couple of hours after work towards this, even if it’s just reading an astrology book or doing some tarot meditations. Speaking of meditation:
- Meditation: this one goes hand in hand with Yoga. Best time to do it is early morning, so a 6am wake-up time is on the cards I think I’ll be really grumpy for a couple of weeks…
As it happens, the very night of the New Moon, I attended a sound healing workshop as part of a local Wise Women Circle. And you know, all of my previous doubts melted away to the sound of gongs, crystal bowls, drums, bells, and more. The sound healer is a Swiss lady living in a beautiful rural setting, where she has a studio dedicated to her practice. It was divine.
After we all had a play with the various “toys” (I want to make my own drum folks, this much I know!), we lay down, closed our eyes, and were guided through a sound healing session. The only lights were a few candles, the only sounds came from nature, wind, and the divine bowls and gongs, masterfully synchronised by the healer. I cannot emphasise how good it is to surround oneself with like-minded folk, to know that the path you are on is shared by others, even though the healing practices differ.
I left feeling both rejuvenated and inspired. I love discovering and being part of an active group of extraordinary women, all beneath the thin veneer of mainstream tourism, mining and sugarcane agriculture that dominates the local landscape. Long may this path continue.