My obsession with the moon started when I left the corporate world and got more comfortable with my interest in spirituality. I came out of my spiritual closest so to speak. In fact, I spent an entire year praying to and worshiping the moon to help me fall pregnant.
I was a corporate marketer working in media and advertising for 12 years, I was stressed, burning out and told I wouldn’t conceive naturally. As far as health went, I felt I hit rock bottom when I heard that.
I had been a yoga teacher for 18 months and decided to do my yin teacher training – I basically got to meditate for three hours every day while I learned about Chinese medicine. The day before I was due to commence my Yin Teacher Training I’d heard from my fertility specialist that I needed to have surgery and that it was unlikely I would conceive naturally. I was gutted. The Yin Teacher Trainer turned out to be the best self-care gift I could have ever given myself. It was in those deep meditations I heard my heart cry out; “leave your job, we can do this”. The message came from such a deep place I knew I couldn’t ignore it. The following week I resigned. It took me a few months to leave that job. But miraculously the day after I finished up, I got the first period I’d had in a very long time. It was a sign from the universe that I was on the right track.
I was practicing (and teaching) yoga and medicating religious. I took a keen interest in all the mystical stuff. Reiki led me to chakra clearing, soul searching brought me to Akashic records and crystals brought me to the moon. Each of these spiritual practices brought their own element of healing and happiness. But it was the moon phases and lifestyle aligned to those phases that truly healed my hormones and helped me conceive naturally against all odds.
The moon phases became a tool to sync my cycle and better understand the dynamic nature of being a woman. Much like the moon, we women are full of energy, highly creative and social one week then feeling withdrawn and more introspective the next – peaks and troughs similar to our cycle. My research lead my to a yoga for fertility practice and then yoga for fertility teacher training – I followed this thinking, along with moon rituals and Accupuncture for 10 months and fell pregnant with my daughter naturally – I named her after the Greek goddess of the moon. Since having her and the year of healing and mystical exploration I gave myself, I’ve had another child and my cycle is back to 29 days after almost a ten year hiatus.
Moon rituals are an ancient practice that is still done today. Moon rituals create a sacred space for you to turn inward, set intentions, spread love, and feel empowered. They are a rich source of self-care because you take the time to ask yourself what you need, and how you want to spend your time on earth.
There are eight phases of the moon, but the ones commonly used for moon rituals revolve around the full moon and the new moon.
The sun and moon come into alignment during the new moon, joining the sun and moon’s masculine and feminine energy. This time is associated with positive change and new beginnings.
A lovely new moon ritual I used to enjoy monthly as part of my self care routine was a new moon bath. It was a moment in the month to dim the lights, light some candles and think or write what I wanted to focus on or manifest in the month ahead. You can add flowers, crystals and essential oils for a truly indulgent self care experience.
During the full moon, the mood is fully feminine and is associated with nourishment and intuition. It is also a magical time for creativity and personal insight.
Full moons are when I feel the most dynamic so I use this time for cultivating creativity, booking meetings with clients, having a dance or doing a more vigorous yoga practice – it’s a time to work with the energy you have to create something. I would often create womens circles at this time of the month as it’s a potent time for connecting with others.
Working with the phases of the moon and moon rituals is a great way to delve deeper into astrology, emotions, and tap into your intuition. There is plenty of literature out there if you’re interested in moon rituals and if fertility or balancing hormones is something you struggle with please drop me a line.
With the full supermoon coming up this week and the Lions gate being open to coincide – a powerful astrological time that helps open and tap into heart energy and creativity – I find myself willing to write and share my story and love of the moon. I hope this story has inspired you to look up more regularly and connect with your inner wisdom and the moon.
In case you weren’t aware, a supermoon occurs when the full moon (or new moon) is closest to Earth in its orbit. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye – they are almost always spectacular on a clear evening. Be sure to get outside on August 12, 2022 for some moon gazing.
Nicolette Briscoe is a yoga teacher and founder of Moonshot Marketing
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