~ Mahatma Gandhi
Lunatic tidings of the Aquarian kind are now upon us with this new moon phase. Aquarius, the astrological sign of the humanitarian, beckons you to step into your power as an individual to facilitate the dawn of a new Era. This is most aptly illustrated in the Trilogy Lord of the Rings when Galadrial, the High Priestess of the Elves says to Frodo:
The Moon, called Luna by the Romans and Selene or Artemis by the Greeks embodies the divine feminine aspect and is associated with clairvoyance, divination, maidenhood, cycles, fertility. Other deities linked with the moon include: Aine of Knockaine, Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, Alcyone, Alphito, Anahita, Anat, Andraste, Anu, Aradia, Arianrhod, Asherah, Atargatis, Callisto, Cerridwen, Ch’ang O, Chons, Circe, Coatlicue, Coyolxuahqi, Diana, Don, El, Hathor, Hekate, Hera, Inanna, Ixchup, Jana, Juno, Kali, Khensu, Kuu, Rhiannon, Siva Somantha and Tlazolteotl
Some of the symbols that have been utilized in creating mythologies associated with the Moon include the fact that it is like a lantern in the evening heavens that provides us with silvery light and has an affect on our ocean. The waning and waxing of the moon is also in harmony with a womans monthly cycle and is similar to the ten moons of pregnancy.
What symbolic aspects do you associate with the Moon? In botanical perfume, as mentioned in previous journal entries, consider creating an infusion of lunar plant material. Plants ruled by the Moon are often used for potions relating to all things lunar, such as: compassion, dreams, family, fertility, gardening, healing, love, peace, prophecy, prophetic (or psychic) dreams, psychic awareness, sleep, and spirituality. How to spot a Moon plant? Begin by noting the color of the plant, moon plants are usually white, silver or blue: Jasmine, Tibetan Blue Poppy, Blue Hibiscus and Morning Glory. Many times you will note that Moon plants have a watery aspect to them or association with the Ocean: Cucumber, Oyster and Seaweed. Moon plants sometimes are shaped like the moon: Banana and Melon.
Moon related essential oils, absolutes and C02 extracts of the following material includes:
- Clary Sage
- Cepes (Mushroom)
A lunar perfume would contain a “watery” aspect with sweet notes, the affect upon inhaling would be calming, impart psychic awareness and promote sweet dreams.