Before I began learning of the phases of the moon, it seemed to me that full moons only happened at night when I could see them. My knowledge of astrology was also limited to the sun signs, so I would have been confused to have this moon referred to as a full moon in Virgo. "What? No, dude! We're in Pisces!" I'm sure I would have said, if I had cared at all. I had little understanding of: the workings of the phases and the cycles. And, let's be real here, I'm still learning and there's lots to learn. The learning will never be complete.
This morning under the full moon, which was at it's very fullest at 8:53 AM Mountain Standard Time, I spent my morning making ghee, baking sourdough, dream journaling and drinking oatstraw nourishing herbal infusion - the smells in my house are glorious this morning! Did I have perfect solitude? Um, no... Did it look like something sacred? Nope! Life happens. I'm also busy being a mom in between it all, but if nothing else, making time for these small things feels good to me today. It is also no coincidence that my moon blood has returned for the first time since August of 2016 when I mysteriously became pregnant with my twins. So it's kind of special. I felt a quiet sense of wonder when I saw the first tinges of pink yesterday morning knowing the full moon was almost here. In the old days, when there was little exposure to artificial light, women would normally bleed on the new moon, so according to Miranda Gray, author of Red Moon, bleeding on the full moon means that I am cycling on the Red Moon Cycle, meaning that I ovulate during the new moon and bleed on the full moon. Mindy Sheppard blogs about this here, saying:
"Energetically speaking, this goes against the grain being that the most fertile moon cycle would be the Full Moon, and the least is the New Moon. What this means for the woman experiencing this is that her darkness she experiences during her menstrual cycle is brought out into the fertile world through her artistic expressions, healing work, and magick. These women are truly the wisdom keepers, medicine women, and shamanesses of their community, and it is obvious why a Patriarch would feel threatened by such a woman of high degree and try to make it shameful to align with the Red Moon Cycle."
Interesting. I'm going to have to sit with that and see how that resonates for me. I am certainly putting a lot of my energy into learning Ayurveda right now and that has taken me away from putting as much energy into nourishing my family as I would have normally in previous years and I absolutely do feel guilty about this because my identity is deeply entrenched in being a "good mom". Maybe my new learning pursuits are reflected in my cycle. Certainly the shadowside seems to be. And isn't it ironic that I'm building a business around caring for new moms while Iit seems to come with a feeling of sacrifice around my own mothering skills? Virgo being the servant, the martyr, the perfectionist, and the analyzer, these seem like classic full moon in Virgo problems, if I had to wager.
Speaking of Ayurveda, I made ghee this morning because I've been reading that ghee made under the full moon has more healing powers than at any other time. Being the moon-loving, curious person that I am, I really wanted to make ghee today. According to my studies, the sattvic qualities of ghee make it an ideal application to sore, cracked nipples because it is food grade and won't cause harm to baby's delicate digestive tract. Makes sense, right? What would you rather your baby get traces of? A product that you or someone you know made from pure organic butter or some mass manufactured cream that has preservatives and ingredients that you can't pronounce? The beauty of ghee is that it can sit on your countertop (or bedside table) and not spoil if it's been made correctly. And making it correctly is easy. Simply, put unsalted butter over medium-low heat, let it bubble and froth and after about 20 minutes when it becomes still and quiet, pull it before the milk solids begin to burn (but even if they burn, they will leave a nice toasty brown butter flavor, so how do you go wrong with that?). Strain the milk solids out by pouring through a sieve and there you have it. Make it under a full moon and clear, uncloudy skies if you want to observe subtleties. A grainy texture is considered desirable and difficult to achieve. There is also a mantra you can chant 108 times over it. I'm not there yet, but I'll keep you posted if I venture there. I do use mantra for prayer and meditation, but not in Sanskrit. I don't have a full understanding of Sanskrit and it is not part of my ancestral lineage, but then again neither is Ayurveda. Where does that line get drawn?
The other parts of this morning ritual aren't overtly full moonish for me, more part of my every day routine. I generally make sourdough every couple of days as needed, though it is said that baking under a full moon is best because yeasts rise better at this time and the new moon is said to produce baking that rises poorly or not at all. If I'm being kind to myself, I do drink herbal nourishing infusions every day and I rotate between the usual; nettles, oatstraw, comfrey, linden and red clover. Perhaps I'll post more about nourishing herbal infusions and their effects on my personal health some other day, but if you have never heard of this wonderful self-care ritual and are looking for a quick take away, go to the source who started it, Susun Weed. She will set you on your path much better than me relaying her beautiful wisdom ever could. As for dream journaling, well, that's just what I do every day that I can remember my dreams. I'll often fall asleep repeating this autosuggestion a few times, "I remember my dreams with ease." and that seems to help. I also will often ask for dreams to help me with different aspects of my life that I'm troubled by. Sometimes my dreams are so revelatory and sometimes how revelatory they actually are only becomes clear to me months later when I reflect back on what was going on for me at that stage in my life and how that lines up with my dreams. For me, it is a worthwhile pursuit and I am so happy to have all my dreams recorded as I do review them and interpret them.
And that is how I brought in this full moon in Virgo. I'll post some pictures of my ghee, bread, journaling and infusion up on my Instagram. I'd love to hear how you spent yours!