This Full Moon is in Leo and it is one of the last Wolf Blood Eclipse Moons for many years. Obviously, there’s something special about this Full Moon; a Wolf Moon, a Blood Moon and the last Lunar eclipse for a while. On the one hand, it’s coming at us with almost flu-like feelings; body aches, emotional aches, confusion and exhaustion. But there is another side to this energy. There is a feeling of slow magic making way for our dreams to materialize. I am seeing and hearing about baby steps that are becoming reality. This Full Moon feels like a giant release of past aches, allowing for us to move forward with the strength and courage that comes from Leo energy. If you feel brave enough, go out and howl at the moon.
This Full Moon also marks my first Full Moon dinner of the year. I took last year off to heal after learning that my body (literally) and lifestyle needed re-formation. I spent the year walking and just letting go. I had no idea where these changes and shedding would take me but it was the only option I had. My physical health was rejecting my old life and as I started to heal one of the things that became important to me was preparing food and studying what I put into my body. By the end of the year I was making almost all my meals at home with fresh ingredients, and for me, this was a huge change. I was also finding my creative voice and magic again. I slowly began to realize that food was saving me in more ways than I could explain. That’s when this idea hit me. I wanted to create a new vision of Ritual Coach focused on the magic of community and food. I want to go deeper into this area to the extent that I am pretty sure I will be attending culinary training later this year to learn the basics. Until that starts, I will be creating Full Moon dinners for my community. Each month will be different and I plan to have the menu reflect what my body and spirit are craving and what the moon is doing. I want to grow what I can to support these meals and spend more time at farmer’s markets to supplement the rest. I will be sharing my inspirations throughout the month and then each Full Moon I will release the menu.
As I have been creating this months menu, I’ve been able to watch my Ritual Coach intuition take over and help me make connections between the menu and the moon. I’ve been craving chicken in a way that is abnormal for me. Why is it all I want to do is eat chicken, cook chicken and look up chicken recipes? I then remembered that January is the wolf moon and what do wolves like to sneak at night? Chickens. I also have been craving beets and the beautiful color red. Then it hits me, this is a blood moon for us in the northern hemisphere. Piece by piece the menu has come together and I see how intuitive eating has been directing my menu.
As I have been stirring and baking in the kitchen, I have heard from friends and clients who are reaching out of their comfort zone to go for their dreams. They are changing course because the universe has opened a new path. They are ready to move forward and leave the past. It’s so exciting to see people using this energy in very intentional ways. The energy is not hurried or reckless. It’s a level of slow magic that we all need; slow, steady and strong like a wolf or lion/Leo hunting. No more fast fashion for us. We want to be strong, slow and secure.
Let’s use the energy of this Full Moon to embrace our new directions.
Ritual for the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Let’s say “Yes” to new things; to Slow Magic, to community, and to receiving gifts.
Where are you ready to shine? Leo energy likes attention and Leo’s are confident. Where can we use this confidence in our lives? Where are you ready to release any remnants of shame, insecurity and old feelings?
This Full Moon has a powerful energy that is asking us to focus on where we want magic in our lives. Let’s look at where we are ready to shine, to show off our power and to connect with the pack or community. Let’s declare to the Universe what changes we want to manifest this year.
The only project I see working on in 2019 are my Full Moon Dinners and sharing what inspires me throughout the month. I am doing this to bring my community together and to feed them, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I want this year to be connection and healing from the inside. This is what I will be declaring this Full Moon.
Take out your journal or make a coffee date with a friend to do this Ritual. Write down or speak out loud what people admire about you. What makes you shine? Speak the truth about all the wonderful and good things about yourself. What makes you unique and special? Talk about where you are ready to move forward and leave the past where it belongs. Talk about what makes you excited for this upcoming year. Speak these dreams out loud. Let the Universe know you are ready and that you believe in yourself. Make sure you pick people in your community that understand this Ritual and will support you and that you can support right back. We aren’t trying to show off to feed our egos. We are stating truths to let our spirit know we take this journey seriously.
I will be doing all of this at the Full Moon Dinner with my lovely friends. We will be speaking our desires for the New Year and how we want to illuminate our lives. We will admit to each other our strengths and what we admire about ourselves and others. We will be supporting each other and thanking the Universe for bringing us together. We will experience the Full Moon in full Slow Magic mode with a multi-course meal that I will make with love and magic for my beautiful friends.
The Full Moon Eclipse Dinner Menu
Baked Goat Cheese with Bacon and Dates
Fresh Green Beans with French Vinaigrette
Roasted Beets with Fresh Basil
Breaded Chicken Breast with Capers and Green Olives
Lemon Curd and Fresh Raspberry Roulade with Mascarpone and Cream
Drinks will include kombucha, Champagne and sparkling water.
Notes about the dinner.
A vegetarian alternative to the chicken will be two length-wise grilled slices of zucchini, using them as the base for the Olive and Caper sauce. I tried it last week and it was delicious. I would recommend peeling the outside of the zucchini since the skin can be a bit rough at this time of the year.
o Green Beans are good for people with fibromyalgia and something my body has been craving a lot lately.
o The beets and the dessert are my homage to the Blood Moon. We will be eating the beets at room temp, as a salad but they are equally good warm as well. The fresh basil (from my garden) along with a light dressing help to connect to the healing powers of earth and food.
o The chicken dish is Wolf Moon in action. I love this dish and have been making it for about 20 years. It’s so simple and delicious. I often will cook up a bunch of chicken breasts and eat this all week long. It is also delicious over a bed of pasta (which we are skipping this month).
o This dessert is very simple to make once you get the hang of making the meringue. It was inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi and his brilliant desserts. I opted for the lemon curd to offset the cream and sugar and the fresh raspberries’ connect to the Blood Moon.
o All sparking drinks to help us feel light and bubbly.
I encourage all my readers to do something this Full Moon that will allow you to feel like a glowing star in the Universe. Go outside and howl at the moon if you want. Give thanks for the New Year and let go of the past. We are moving forward and what no longer serves us is not coming with us into the future. Baggage is no longer something we can carry around.