The first full moon of 2017 is upon us, and she is glorious. She rose in the early hours of this morning, and I have been feeling her power all day long. She’s in the watery sign of Cancer, an opportunity to cleanse, to wash away all that isn’t necessary. But also an invitation to feel, deeply, like salt on a open wound.

Traditionally, this moon is known as the Wolf Moon, a ripe opportunity to declare intentions for the coming year. Less like resolutions, and more like aspirations. Where would you like to be at the end of this year? What would you like to achieve?

I’m a big fan lunar cycle self-care. My rituals almost always include soaking in a candlelit bath infused with crystals, oils and epsom salts. Journaling and taking the time to quietly clear my head before climbing into bed so as to better connect with my sleep life are also high on my list of ways to honor the occasion. If I manage to make it to a moon lodge, all the better. There’s nothing I like more than sitting in circle with other ladies in the light of the moon, holding space for ourselves and each other, in reverence and appreciation of sisterhood.

Tonight I brought lepidolite and black tourmaline with me into the tub, stones of transformation and protection. I thought about how times of great adversity are, more often than not, opportunities. Regardless of what is happening globally or governmentally, I am choosing to perceive this moment as a chance to be love, to spread kindness, to absorb light and reflect it everywhere I go.

Just like the moon.

PS: I posted the third piece of my miscarriage recovery story, if you’re interested.

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