Full Moon Ceremony 

It was time to gather the coven and utilize the cycles of nature to help us break through various challenges. We watched the full moon rise as we drank tea and set intentions.

There are many ways to do a ceremony and I always recommend modifying it to what feels good to you.

The full moon is a completion of a cycle. The moon has reached its peak and will start to retreat once again. It’s the perfect time to let things go that are no longer working for you. If you need a clean slate and want to make room for a new experience, this is for you.

This phase carries a strong energy that can be used for just about any purpose, that’s why we go a little loony if the energy is not focused. Use it for anything including celebrations and being creative.






Fireproof dish




1.  Make it ceremonial. 

Light a candle. Light some incense. I like to use stones and other symbolic things.

Palo Santo, Archangel Michael, Tarot Cards, Calcite, Pyrite and Hematite were what we had on hand


2. Set your intention.

I like to say a little prayer stating that my intention is to use this full moon energy to release what no longer serves me. I ask for the help of my spirit guides and higher beings of consciousness.

You can skip that if you’re not into Angels, Ascended Masters and all that hoopla.

3. Write it down.

Write down what you are wanting to let go of. Maybe it’s a relationship, a behavior, or how you’ve been treating yourself. No matter how big or small, write it down.

4. Meditate.

Close your eyes and breathe into your belly. Ask your inner self if there is anything you need to know to move forward with this situation.

Then just listen for thoughts or insights. If nothing comes that’s fine, too. This is an exercise in becoming more receptive and intuitive. Sometimes things will come, sometimes not.

4. Burn or tear up the paper.

Get rid of the paper. Say a little something like, “I release these things now to make room for all good things for the highest good of all.”

I hope this goes without saying but f you burn your paper please use a fireproof container and be safe.

5. Give thanks.

Close your ceremony by saying thank you to the energies that supported your letting go.

6. Blow out your candle.

That’s it! It can really be this simple. You can do this by yourself or with friends and make a night of it like we did. Super bonding and fun.

So how did it work? One of my intentions was to start blogging again and voila!

Here I am.


Tell me about your favorite ritual traditions you’ve tried in the comments below.

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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

20140801-144457-53097941.jpgJoaquin and me

Congratulations! You’re knocked up.  Your hormones are crazy and you might be feeling a tad crappy.  You turn to the internet (or your doctor, I suppose) and you discover that you’re not allowed to take anything you would normally take for all your ailments.  What to do? Try acupuncture, of course.

Acupuncture during pregnancy is awesome. I know because I hardly got any during mine due to some dreadful bed rest. I wish I’d had more. But I treat a lot of pregnant women and they all have relatively easy pregnancies or are alleviated of those pesky pregnancy bonuses quicker than most.

Some things acupuncture can help with are:

  • Morning sickness aka Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Aches and pains
  • Leg cramps (Charlie Horses are the worst!)
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Insomnia

As a bonus, women who get acupuncture during pregnancy tend to spend less time in labor and generally have less complications and interventions overall.


I’ll leave that up to you and your acupuncturist. It may vary depending which trimester you’re in but, about once every week to two weeks would be ideal. More frequent visits toward the end are common.

Acupuncture may not be able to help your waddle but, it will help keep you at ease and feeling balanced overall.

To find a great acupuncturist near you ask your friends, check out Yelp, or search AcuFinder.com

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How To Bring Your Vacation Home

I’ve decided to move to Maui and open a Shave Ice Shack.
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Monday Inspiration: Mumford & Sons

Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.

-“Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons

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Weekly Pick: Myrrh


Ooooooo Myrrh. It conjures up feelings of mystical spirituality, Jesus, and death, doesn’t it?

Myrrh is quite earthy so it’s not surprising that Continue reading

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Monday Inspiration: Dr. Wayne Dyer

1-2-3-4 I declare thrumb war

 “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer


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Weekly Pick: Adzuki Beans

In honor of Chinese New Year (February 3rd) I have chosen the Adzuki (aka Aduki or Azuki) bean for my newest addition, the Weekly Pick. This is a popular food for Chinese New Year because of its red color, which is considered to be lucky.  It’s commonly used to make sweet soups or desserts.  Adzuki bean paste = yum!

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The Best Coffee Alternative


In the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a coffee drinker.  I love the taste but it makes me feel like I did a bunch of uppers and not in a good way.  It’s my understanding that in homeopathy coffee is used as an antidote to their remedies.  Apparently, the oils create toxicity, so it doesn’t even matter if it’s decaf.  Basically, it undoes anything beneficial.  Plus, coffee is totally acidic, can create digestive problems, and puts your body into a state of fight-or-flight. 

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Monday Inspiration: Hafiz

Let your inner light shine!

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth “you owe me.”

Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.

The Gift by Hafiz, a Persian poet of the 1300s


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Birthdays Shmirthdays?

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy birthday to all the other Scorpios out there!  My birthday is pretty much my favorite day of the year.  I believe acquiring another year of life is a grand achievement worthy of celebration.  This year, however, I came upon one of those numbers with a “5” in it.  You know, halfway through a decade.  Which basically means I’m closer to the other end of the spectrum.  It jarred me a little, I have to admit.  What was that about? Continue reading

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Monday Inspiration: Dumbledore

What do you see?

“The happiest man alive would look in the mirror and see himself exactly as he is.”   Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Image: Pablo Picasso’s Girl Before a Mirror

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