Kitchen Witchin' : A guide to creating fresh herbal infused salts! Read the full recipe.
Meet Lauren Nixon, the vivacious food and wellness educator from Washington, D.C that teaches adults and children the importance of creating positive and healthy relationships with food by utilizing local, organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The Hoodwitch interviews Tiffany Janay co-owner of Yonieggs.com in an informative interview discussing how the 100% natural crystalline eggs work, health, ritual, and some pretty hilarious yoni egg mishap stories.
A Full Moon that occurs between February 19 and March 20 will be in Virgo. Use this moon for workings pertaining to:
- Getting organized
- Detoxifying your body
- Cleaning up your home/office
- Reviewing what you have achieved.
- Catching up with small jobs, and daily matters
- Healing your digestive system
A full moon in Virgo offers us the energy we need to really clean up our act, and in painstaking detail. During this time it is important for the cleaning of our living & work spaces, as well as our bodies as each of these aspects are one in the same. A cluttered home/office often represents a very cluttered mind. Giving your space a deep cleaning, with some much needed organizing will set your mind free, and have you feeling light as a feather. This also includes the healing of our bodies, and digestive tracts. The particular force of the Virgo days makes itself apparent in the activity of the digestive organs. This energy influences the large and small intestines, the spleen, and the pancreas.
After the Leo party, the Virgo moon says it's time to turn our attentions to matters of our health and hygiene. Start this Full Moon morning off with a nice warm cup of lemon water to hydrate and flush out toxins that cause bloating/ constipation. Lemon Water is highly effective in alkalizing the body, as well as a gently detoxifying. Steaming, Hot Yoga, dry brushing the skin, or giving yourself a clay mask are also some easy methods to detoxify while utilizing the energy of this moon to nurture and care for our physical bodies.
Emotionally, during the Virgo moon women are mentally active but there is a tendency to excessive criticism both of oneself and others. Use this time to go inward, to reflect on our personal relationships. This Virgo moon wants us to be of emotional service, now is the time to offer this to others. Because there is more inward energy in the Universe now, Virgo full moon is not the best time for a ritual, unless it's a healing circle which would work just fine. Keep it small!
Full Moon Mantra: "I willingly release all obstacles and impurities so that I may be a sacred container for this divine energy."
The Curandera is a short 7 minute piece featuring a lovely healer treating the children of her village all while explaining how she began her journey utilizing sacred plants and the traditions of her ancestors. The curandera/curandero dedicate their lives to the administration of remedies for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual illnesses based on their evaluations of their patients.
There are many different types of curanderas/curanderos. "Yerberos" are primarily herbalists. "Hueseros and Sobaderos" are bone/muscle therapists who emphasize physical ailments. "Parteras" are midwives. "Oracionistas" work primarily through the power of prayer.
Although many curanderas/curanderos do have a specialty and may identify with it, that does not mean that these healing modalities are necessarily strict and don't overlap. As an example, an oracionista may also be a powerful yerbera and so on. Elena Avila is the author of an excellent book on curanderismo titled Woman Who Glows In The Dark it is definitely a must read for anyone interested in the day to day practices as well as the history and traditions of a modern curandera.
A Full Moon That Occurs between January 21st and February 18 will be in Leo.
Use this time for matters concerning:
- Healing the heart and chest
"The heart region houses the power of our love. If we do not allow this to unfold, for whatever reason, then in the truest sense of the word we strangulate our heart. We have allowed ourselves to be persuaded that love is a sentimental feeling. It is not. the essence of feelings is their constant variation ; they are merely the accompanying symptoms of other things- thoughts and perceptions. One cannot build on something that is constantly altering like quicksand. Love is the thing that maintains us in life, that inspires us, that is always there- for you and for all of us. But only when it is given unreservedly, without ulterior motives, and expectations. The more one gives of it, the more there is!" - Johanna Paungger
A Full moon in Leo meditation:
Light a gold or orange candle and anoint yourself using frankincense, cinnamon or orange. Sitting in silence breath in the sign of Leo and place it into your heart center. As you envision the golden color of the sun surrounding you, allow it to fill you with courage, strength, and fire. recognize the power of your individual self by repeating the mantra: "My will is strong and my calling is to express and illuminate. I choose to express that will with love".
- Citrine : abundance, joy, prosperity
- Carnelian: courage, protection, blood circulation
- Kunzite:releases blocks of the heart, releases daily stress
A full moon that occurs between December 22 and January 20 will be in Cancer. Use this time of helpful, quiet moon energy for all workings pertaining to family, children, and fertility.
A full moon that occurs between November 23 and December 21 will be in Gemini. Utilize this time for bright ideas, and laughter.
A Full Moon that occurs between October 24 and November 22 will be in Taurus. Use this time for magic related to:
- Attracting wealth and material possessions.
- booting creativity
- enhancing sexuality and sexual attractiveness
- security and stability
- healing dealing with the neck and throat.