Monday, May 16, 2011
3 moons moonday
On this moonday in the sign of Scorpio, the moon is hours away from complete fullness. Scorpio makes us go deep, mentally and emotionally, sometimes uncomfortably deep. There is an intense and edgy quality about Scorpio days that calls for loving and nurturing ourselves to stay centered.
I try to be aware of which body parts are affected by what sign. Scorpio rules the sexual organs and urinary tract. This is a good time to heal those parts and to also lessen any irritating factors for them. Bad menstrual cramps may be a call for self-care -- cups of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea, a hot bath, or a hot-water bottle are soothing. Or try a dose of cramp bark tincture (Viburnum opulus) in a spoonful of chocolate syrup. Chocolate has minerals, you know.
Scorpio is a great planting and watering day with its cool, moist energy. Seeds and seedlings planted under the water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, usually do very well in general and I will definitely be taking advantage of this energy today.
It is believed that the plant world goes into a deep meditative state during a full moon. So on the nights before spring and summer full moons, I sometimes make a moon infusion of calming lemon balm to deepen meditation and inner work. And with this moon in the sign of Scorpio, lemon balm is even more appropriate.
Here's how to make lemon balm moon infusion: Fill a large jar at least halfway with lemon balm leaves and stems picked fresh from the garden, fill with water, cover and set it on the Earth where the moon will shine on it -- if it's cloudy, that's OK, it still works. The next morning, strain if you like, and refrigerate. Drink on the evening of the full moon before or during meditation. It is also especially beneficial for the inner work of examining suppressed feelings and emotions.