The next three days are FILLED with divine feminine energy.
Today is Friday the 13th, and this weekend is the Lunar Eclipse Super Flower Full Moon!
Let's start with Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th is a day that is traditionally feared. It involves spooky black cats, avoiding ladders, men in hockey masks killing dingbat campers, etc. These things never scared me, and the gore never entertained me.
Actually, I love black cats - especially those with green eyes. I fancy myself blessed when I see them! I have a statue of one under my desk that belonged to my Grandma... Tempest keeps me company while I create. :)
Next to the number 11... 13 is the number I see all the time.
Did you know that Friday the 13th was considered the day to honor Feminine Energy prior to patriarchal times?
It was considered a day to celebrate the Divine Feminine, honor the goddess that lives in us, and respect the powerful cycles of creation, death, and rebirth!
Many are reclaiming the origins of this day and celebrating it as a very powerful day to manifest, honor creativity, and celebrate beauty, wisdom, and nourishment of the soul.
If you join Molly and me on Tuesdays for Spill the Tea, you know we love learning the origin stories and understanding the context of these celebrations.
For instance, did you know that Friday has long been associated with Venus? She’s a divine archetype for all things feminine and sensual and creative. The name Friday comes from Old English and literally means 'day of Frigg'! Frigg is the Norse goddess of love, fertility, and motherhood. She is often seen as the same being as Freya, goddess of beauty, fertility, sex, and war.
SO MANY RED THREADS HERE!
Then there is 13 - a divinely feminine number. Why? In part, it is the number of moon cycles each year, and our cycles as women flow with those 13 moon cycles. The moon itself represents feminine energy and is connected to and can have a pull on the emotions and sensitivities of humanity. Put this all together - and voila!
As with many SACRED feminine ceremonies, rituals, and cycles - when society switched from matriarchal to patriarchal - these sacred things were no longer honored or respected. Even the divine cycle of women was made “impure and unclean” and something they were forced to hide. Our feminine nature and ways were now feared because they were unknown. The male leaders jumbled those letters, and sacred became SCARED.
Personally, I am leaning in, reclaiming, and celebrating this day! Below you will find a lovely evening ritual I encourage you to create in your home this weekend.
Now, let's talk about the Lunar Eclipse Super Flower Full Moon happening on May 15-16.
According to EarthSky, the Moon will glow a scarlet color during this year's first total lunar eclipse on Sunday -- a stark contrast to its ordinarily milky white sheen. A partial eclipse will begin at 10:27 p.m. ET Sunday, with the total lunar eclipse starting at 11:29 p.m. ET. The total eclipse will end at 12:53 a.m. ET Monday and the partial eclipse will end at 1:55 a.m. ET Monday.
While I would normally have my water, baubles, crystals, pens, journals, glasses, skincare, and more out soaking in moonbeams and positive energy, a lunar eclipse carries chaotic energy. I don't know about you, but I don't need additional chaos in my life. ;) Instead, I will be focusing on the ritual below.
Eclipses are harbingers of change — they usher in evolution. During a lunar eclipse, the shadow of the Earth falls across the face of the Moon bringing unconscious feelings to the surface, grounding them in reality. Lunar eclipses are culminations of emotional cycles that have run their course, and they encourage us to let go of emotions and attachments that are no longer serving us.
The lunar eclipse will be an extremely powerful time for cleansing our emotional waters and setting intentions for renewal and rejuvenation in the coming months because the energetic cycles of the lunar eclipse tend to extend through the period of next three months after its event.
In a lunar eclipse, the sun momentarily blocks the illumination that creates a full moon, resetting the current emotional cycle and allowing the shadow to reveal what is hidden in our subconscious or keeping us blocked from seeing more clearly. The spiritual aspects of the moon represent our deep emotional tides, and so when the shadow passes over the moon, temporarily ceasing the illumination of our emotional being, there is an opportunity to reveal and transform our current emotional state.
A 13-step ritual to revel in this weekend:
1: Set the mood by finding a quiet, cozy place. Your bedroom would be ideal.
2: Brew yourself a cup or small pot of tea and use your favorite teacup.
3: Light a few candles. Use matches if you have them, and pay attention to the sound of the strike.
4: Choose and apply essential oils to your wrists and neck or burn incense infused with herbs or plants traditionally associated with Venus, like rose, jasmine, or vanilla.
5: Grab your yoga mat or lay out a blanket, sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Identify any self-limiting or negative thoughts, write them down, and bid them farewell. You can do a burning ceremony - if you wish. I shared this process in this post.
6: Pull out your journal and write down positive affirmations and divine declarations, like, “I am love” and “I am abundance." that help you REPLACE those negative thoughts you are releasing.
A couple on replay for me: I am walking into the healthiest, wealthiest, most-joyful version of myself I have ever seen. Everything I desire is coming to me because everything I desire is already in me.
Everything is always working out for me.
7: Grab a pad of sticky notes or a dry erase pen, add the affirmations to your bathroom mirror, and create a recurring calendar appointment to hold them in the notes so that you can revisit each morning/evening. Surrounding yourself with these words will help you attract the energy and abundance you seek by focusing on being love.
8: The next step is practicing self-love and self-care. Pull your hair back and soak into your nightly skincare routine. Slow down and really appreciate how good that warm washcloth feels and how delicious the moisturizer feels as you massage your face with it. I love using Frankincense on my skin... it nourishes it and smells so divine!
9: Repeat those affirmations on your mirror as you look deep into your eyes and smile at your reflection. Let the words flow into, over, and through you.
10: Now, grab your coconut oil (or fave lotion) and give your whole body some extra love... add in some lavender oil and end by concentrating on your feet. If you have a lover, bring them into this part of the ritual - if you wish.
11: Head back to your yoga mat, sit tall, and breathe in and out - repeating your affirmations.
12: Crawl under the covers, pull out your journal, and add in any additional thoughts or affirmations that came to mind during your meditation moments.
13: Snuggle in and sleep well tonight!
Enjoy implementing this lovely new ritual and reclaiming the Divine Feminine!