Full Moon Ritual
Greetings, goddess. This is a very special day! This Full Moon will give us a potent boost of external energy that we can use to focus on new projects, aspects of ourselves, or new relationships.
Together, we will take part in a Full Moon Ritual. Find someplace cozy and gather a candle + lighter, a journal + pen, and any crystals or gemstones that feel special to you.
The Full Moon is a time to release and surrender what has been manifested since the New Moon. It isa time to let go of what was and step into what IS.
AT THE END OF YOUR CEREMONY:
Blow out your candle to symbolize that which you let go of. Place your crystals out in the Moon light tonight to cleanse their energies.
You can end your ceremony with my favorite Native American Full Moon prayer; please click here to view the prayer.
Celebrate the beauty that you are creating by being open and connected to your Source, whatever that may be. Dance with these changing winds.
As the month goes by, really keep tuning into your deepest desires. Print out your worksheet and keep it on your altar space!
During your Full Moon or Ovulatory phase, your body releases eggs, preparing for fertilization. It is during this Full Moon phase (of your inner cycle and the Moon's cycle) that we let go of the old, to make room for the new. Like the moon’s brightness, our energy is at its peak. This is the season of Summer.
Your Physical Body
Vaginal mucous increases at this time and becomes clear and stretchy, like egg whites. The cervix starts to become high and soft, indicating fertility. If you want to prevent pregnancy, avoid intercourse during this time or use protection. Estrogen levels are still rising as testosterone drops; this is why you feel most attractive during this phase, and why others are most attracted to you at this time. During this phase, your vital energy is at its height and communication with others feels very clear so take part in high intensity exercises done in a group or a class. This is a great time to do some power yoga, or jogging!
Your Emotional Body
Your emotions are stable during this time and your ability to communicate clearly is at its height. This is the perfect time to schedule important meetings or conversations. It is also an optimal time to get the bulk of your work done, if you can plan your month around your cycle. Productivity is heightened and you can really be efficient during this phase. After this, you will start to experience your luteal phase (most women know this as "PMS") so try to prepare meals for the next week during this productive phase. Check things off your list!
Your Soul Body
There are many goddess archetypes representing this phase of our Mother selves; Isis, Demeter, Toci, Gaia, and so much more. They all have certain attributes in common, the main ones being fertility, love, nurturing, support, and sensuality. Most women notice this phase of their cycle as feeling like everything is “flowing”; life feels pretty solid and our focus is less on ourselves and more on others. Try and nurture yourself during this phase just as much as you nurture your loved ones. You will be thanking yourself for it as you move into the next phase!
This week's guest: Zoë Kors
Zoë is committed to transforming the way we hold our sexuality—both individually and culturally—and to creating a compassionate, loving world through the cultivation of a sisterhood of wildly-expressed women.
Zoë is the former Senior Editor and Creative Director of LA Yoga Magazine and Origin Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, and Aloha.com. Her article, “6 Ways to Have Radically Intimate Sex”, quickly went viral and is currently at nearly 2 million views with 20,000 Facebook shares.
She is a certified Co-Active Coach with the prestigious Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, and has a thriving private practice. Zoë’s work reflects her extensive study of Tantra, Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, breathwork, and other Eastern disciplines, which she blends with more process-oriented modalities of Western psychotherapy and Co-Active Coaching. Learn more at www.zoekors.com
Click below to watch our video!
Full Moon Guidance
This week, we're going to start a food journal. Food is one of the biggest factors in regulating your period. How you eat determines how you feel physically and emotionally. Your endocrine system’s functioning depends on the foods that you eat. Grab a shiny new notebook and get to tracking your food! It’s amazing to get to know yourself on a such a deep level, so the more detailed you can be with your food journal, the better!
How to start a food journal:
- Use a notebook or start an excel or Google doc spreadsheet. Create a table, like the one below.
- Each day, for at least 2 weeks (preferably 1 month!), mark down what you ate, at what time, and any other notes, like the table below. Notes could include any headaches, menstrual issues, bowel movement issues, irritability, fatigue, etc. The more detailed, the better!
Over time, you'll notice a pattern in what you eat, and how you feel. Notice if you feel more tired right before your period. Notice if you have bloating or constipation during certain phases of your cycle. Writing down your food is a great way to gain tons of insight into what you're actually consuming. Don't be ashamed of what you write down; you are the only person looking at your food journal, so be honest and objective. Often, the first step in changing how we do something, is just by becoming aware of it.
Hormones are everything..
During your Full Moon or Ovultaory Phase, your body's estrogen levels start to rise again and you’ll notice an increase in energy and sex drive. Because of increased estrogen levels, your pituitary gland produces a luteinizing hormone to stimulate ovulation.
Since you have plenty of natural energy at this time, go easy on sugars and carbohydrates during this phase of your cycle. Since we’re continuing to follow the pattern of cooking foods that correspond to the season, this phase is “summer” so favor lighter cooking methods like steaming, or even raw salads. Eating a lot of fruits and veggies will help push that surplus of estrogen through your body.
OVULATORY PHASE RECIPE:
Quinoa with steamed collard greens and brussels sprouts. Red lentil curry, with scallions and roasted okra. Add (optional) grilled or poached salmon on top of curry.
"A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés