week 1
New Moon

Shakti: the female principal of divine energy.

Welcome to a new society of ancient wisdom, being reclaimed and remembered. 

 
 

Why the Moon?

Civilization’s way of tracking time was born out of the lunar rhythms of a woman’s monthly cycle, or Moon cycle. The origins of the word, Moon, come from the word month and menses both in Old English and Greek. This is where we get the words month, menstruation, menarch, and many more words with “me”- to measure.  

There was a time, before our mothers and our grandmothers and perhaps even their mothers, where all life and time was governed by the menstrual cycle.  Before artificial light, hormone disrupting diets and the rise of hormonal birth control, most women would experience their period together on the New Moon and would ovulate at the Full Moon.

This cycle is our default setting and it’s only been until fairly recently that we have disrupted our own biology.

Rather than blame the generations that came before us, for allowing this ancient wisdom to be lost, we can reclaim this knowledge and dive deep into our cyclical nature. You have taken the initiative upon yourself to be both a Mother and a Wise Woman for yourself and the little girl that still lives inside of you.  What an honor it is to witness this brave act of self-love. 


Initiation: Setting Intentions

 

I am excited to initiate you as a Balanced Babe. The next 4 weeks will involve a journey to your innermost feminine energy; your Shakti.  Some of us have spent our whole lives not truly feeling what it means to be a woman.  Over the next 4 weeks you will have special opportunities to discover and reconnect with Shakti.

Aho!
(this is what we say when another woman speaks. It means "amen" or "thank you" or "and so it is").

Click below to watch our Intention- Setting video as we join together on this mindful journey!

 
 
Click above to access this guide for setting your intentions. You can re-do this on each New Moon!

Click above to access this guide for setting your intentions. You can re-do this on each New Moon!

 

Art by Hanako Mimiko

Art by Hanako Mimiko

what to expect during the new moon phase

 

The New Moon, or Wise Woman Phase is the first phase of the moon. In YOUR inner moon (or menstrual) cycle, this is also your first phase!  Each phase of your moon cycle corresponds to a season. This time of menstruation, and bleeding, is the season of winter.

Your body goes through many physical, emotional and even spiritual changes during each part of your cycle and, for many women, menstruation is often a painful and emotional experience. What if we could go from feeling negativity around our period, to looking forward to it and embracing the positivity that comes from it? When we are more connected to each phase of our cycle, we look at them as gifts; offerings from Spirit allowing us to harness their energy on different level. 


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This week's guest: Erin telford

Erin Telford believes your light is just as informative and valuable as your shadow and holds space for both. Her mission is to help people heal their relationships with themselves. She pulls from a toolbox of therapeutic conversation, lifestyle and spiritual counseling, essential oils, crystals, mantra and other healing tools. She is a healer, acupuncturist, herbalist and Reiki Master and leads individual and group Breathwork sessions. 

She was recently featured in Refinery 29 as one of “6 Women Who Are Redefining Wellness in New York City.”  She is also a regular contributor to The Numinous online magazine.  Her private practice is located in Chelsea in New York City. Click here to sign up for her newsletter and receive a free instant download of her Radiant Heart sound healing meditation to sooth your heart!

Erin & I had a great conversation about healing and listening to ourselves more than we listen to teachers, healers, or even doctors. 


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Nutrition for the new moon phase

During this phase of your cycle, your body is spending a lot of energy expelling the lining of your uterus; so you want to focus on eating nutrient-dense foods. Think "winter" foods like stews or soup; ones that will keep you full and filled with energy.  Specifically water-rich foods and those with iron and zinc to replace what you're losing through your menstrual blood.

Incorporate these foods into your diet:
beets,kale, mushrooms, watermelon, berries, kidney beans, adzuki beans, pork, duck, crab, lobster, oysters, mussels, and be liberal with your use of salt. 
Pro tip* remember to soak dried beans overnight so they're easier to digest.


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action items for this week

At the New Moon each month, the threads between Spirit and Earth become thinner.  This is a time of deep reflection, creation, and dreams.  

Create something this week; it could be a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a drawing, a dream-catcher, a new style of painting your nails- anything goes! Put on some music and let your creativity fly! 
 

Each Moon phase is connected to a specific goddess archetype. This phase connects us to our inner Wise Woman. Also known in folklore/myths as the witch, baba yaga, the hag, the stepmother, and the fairy godmother. Click below to read a tale about the Wise Woman...


"We all wait for a mirror to show us who we are, to validate us.

When we hear something about ourselves that we have never heard before, it feels like a blessing, and it gives power."


~Clarissa Pinkola Estes