Get your Printable 2019 Animal Guide Calendar here! It includes New Moon & Full Moon dates for each month.

Cleaning Ritual for Luck

Did you do a big decluttering this winter because of that Marie Kondo show? I had taken 5 carloads of stuff to Goodwill by the time my husband told me about it. I love decluttering!

Cleaning, on the other hand, not always as much. That is until I started doing it with intention.

Last year on St. Patrick’s Day I created a Mini-Luck Ritual that involved cleaning my front door and entryway.

I did it again this year and added a Lemongrass door wash for luck and wealth.

I have found that when you add intention to mundane tasks like cleaning it changes your mindset and makes it enjoyable and even magical.

Plus, you can add your own creativity too. I am sharing this ritual on the blog along with some essential oil suggestions to create your own blend of oils and water to bring good luck into your life and home!

Cleaning Ritual for Luck

Choose your front door or bedroom door. You might also like to do this for the door you the most use to enter your home like a garage door or even a door that goes to your workspace if you work from home.

Supplies:

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum (optional)
  • Duster or dustcloth
  • Water bucket or bowl
  • Cloth for cleaning
  • Essential oil for luck

First, take a moment and take a deep inhale through your nose and an exhale out of your mouth.

The say mentally or out loaud:

I intend to clean this area and welcome luck and joy into my life.

Next, begin to clean around the door by dusting. Try to reach the top of the door, the handles, and any crevices.

Imagine stagnant and old energy being released.

Then, sweep or vacuum the area. 

You can even say or think:

I am sweeping away (or sucking up) any blockages to luck and joy flowing into my life.

If you swept, I want to you really enjoy the process of dumping the dustpan into the garbage. If you vacuumed, you might like to dump the contents right away to feel like you are removing the old energy from your home.

Now you will create your Lucky Water Wash. This simply consists of water with the essential oil of your choice for luck. There are many so you can also pick one with a smell that you really enjoy.

Essential Oils for Luck

  • Lemongrass – luck associated with wealth
  • Cedarwood – for porsperity and money
  • Bergamot – for success and money
  • Chamomile – for luck and money
  • Sweet Orange – for clearing the space and attracting luck
  • Cinnamon – for money and luck in love

You can also choose oils that simply make you feel lucky when you smell them like possibly peppermint or pine. Also, brands like Young Living have an oil blend called Abundance that would be perfect for this ritual.

Add a few drops of the oil of your choice to your bucket or bowl of warm water. Dip your cloth in the water and wring it out. Then begin to wash your door and entryway while enjoying the scent you chose.

I think it is fun to say or think positive thoughts while doing this part, like:

May this door attract luck and money into my home and life.

or 

Allow everyone who touches this handle to have luck come their way.

or

May this door protect me/us and only allow good luck to enter.

Have fun with this part. Really enjoy the scent. Dump the water and start fresh if it gets really dirty. Smile while you are cleaning.

When you are finished, stand in the doorway and breathe deeply.

Imagine green light surrounding you and the doorway.

Mentally or out loud repeat:

I welcome luck and joy into my life.

Enjoy this refreshed area of your home and stay open to the luck all around you!

Spend the rest of your day and life with this welcoming attitude!

Your Lunar Playlist – Songs about the Moon

I love songs about the moon!!! Here are some of my favorites! If you have some that I missed, please share in the comments so I can make this list bigger. Go dance under the moon tonight! 

{Update: My friend, Kristin, suggested I make a Spotify playlist so I did. You can listen to all of these songs here: Lunar Playlist!}

Blue Moon – Billie Holiday (this is my absolute favorite moon song of all time!)

Moonlight Drive – The Doors

Fly me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra

Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater

Moonshadow – Cat Stevens

How High the Moon – Ella Fitzgerald

Walking on the Moon – The Police

Sisters of the Moon – Fleetwood Mac

Orange Moon – Erykah Badu

Ticket to the Moon – Electric Light Orchestra

The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen

Half Moon – Janis Joplin

Child of the Moon – The Rolling Stones

New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran

>>>Listen here: Spotify Lunar Playlist

Pick Your Holiday Animal Guide!

Okay, so as we head into the thick of the holiday season I thought you might like to pick an animal guide to be by your side over the next month or so.

I specifically chose animals from my upcoming printable oracle card deck (Hop on my list to get yours when they launch!) that are associated with this time of year.

Look at the image above. Close your eyes and breathe deeply.

Open your eyes. Choose the card you feel drawn to the most. 

Scroll down for the cards and messages. 

Have fun with this! Notice when you see your animal represented during the holiday season. You might see it on pillows, in commercials, or even live!

Use the hashtag #holidayanimalguide so I can join in the fun!

Each morning, ask your animal to guide you through your day and to help you tap into the qualities associated with this animal that will best serve you.

You can imagine your guide with you throughout the day. I imagine my bear animal guide helping me during the Yoga with Weights class I go to, FOR REAL! Lol! 

Working with Animal Guides is such a great way to feel supported while having fun.

See below for your guide!

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How Working With a Bear Animal Guide Helped Me Heal

About 5 years ago, during a guided meditation, a bear showed up. I didn’t think too much of it until the bear showed up again in another meditation a few months later.

Before this, if you had asked me what my “spirit animal” was I would have definitely said, tiger.

So I was unsure about this bear. I did a little research to discover the energy associated with bears.

Bear Animal Guide Characteristics

  • Hibernation.
  • Solitude.
  • Alone time.
  • Protection.
  • Mama bear.
  • Grounded.
  • Earth energy.
  • Strength.
  • Confidence

At this time in my life a lot of change had been going on and I had been struggling a bit. Just reading the words associated with bears soothed me. I knew I needed this energy in my life.

I began taking more alone time and focused on getting grounded on a regular basis. In the beginning, I would imagine myself in a field and bear coming and putting its arms around me. Protecting me.

It felt good to have this strength and confidence surrounding me.

I decided I was going to call it “Bear” instead of a name. I don’t always associate Bear with being male or female. None of that seemed to matter in this instance.

As time went on, I started to bring “Bear” into my daily life. During my life coaching training when we were doing our first sessions with each other I would imagine Bear right behind me putting its large paw on my back.

This gesture reminding me that I was supported. Sometimes I would even lean back into a bit to connect to this energy even more.

Now I imagine Bear supporting me like this on a regular basis.

When I started wearing flower crowns for videos and events, I started to imagine Bear wearing a flower crown too.

When I start worrying, I ask Bear to take my worries away. I again imagine and almost feel the paw on my back. I visualize worries going from me to Bear. I feel lighter and also cared for.

My phone screensaver is a painting of a bear hugging a woman that reminds me of me. I love and appreciate our connection.

Sharing With Others

Everything I just wrote, I used to be nervous to share with others.

Would people think I was crazy?

  • I have learned who to share more with and who to keep my mouth shut around. I have also learned that I don’t care too much about what others think so that helps a ton. It took me about 40 years to get to this point and honestly I feel like I have Bear to thank a bit for this too.
  • Doing this work has benefited me tremendously without hurting anyone. I have always enjoyed taking the path less traveled and here I am.

Would my parents worry that I was replacing God with a bear?

  • I was raised Irish Catholic so the idea of working with an animal guide was more something I had heard about but not experienced. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Religious Studies and I have spent a lot of time studying religion and spirituality. However, I did not feel religious or spiritual for most of my younger life. I felt disconnected. Teaching yoga led me to more spiritual pursuits are not necessarily Catholic and they actually brought me back to using the word God and believing in a higher power. I am grateful for it. I also say Universe and Spirit.
  • We are all on a journey. I believe animal guides are simply a way for God/Universe/Spirit to connect with us and lend us support. My parents support me as I explore my own spirituality and are happy that over the years I have become closer to the divine instead of further away.

Is any of this real?

  • This has been a HUGE sticking point for me when it comes to sharing about working with animal guides. I have ultimately learned that what I have experienced is real. I have felt comforted, healed, and connected. I believe it is a combination of my imagination, intention, and energy. The universe is mysterious. I could spend all of my time worrying instead of allowing these experiences to help heal me. I could worry about what others think or help those who feel drawn to me and this work.

Where I am Now

I now insist on taking alone time daily. I even hibernate sometimes from social media and the world. I have a few solid grounding practices that I used daily too. I know how to connect with Earth energy and how to protect my own energy.

I embrace being a mama bear to my family and have increased my strength and confidence a ton over the years.

When Bear first came into my life, I NEEDED the energy. Now I embody the energy.

Bear Painting by my super talented herbalist friend, Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots!

Simple Full Moon Ritual

Ooh! One of my favorite things to do on the Full Moon is to set time aside for ritual.

When you first start working with the moon it is best to keep things simple.

It is so easy to get carried away with life and forget to take a moment to slow down, express gratitude, reflect on your New Moon intention, and/or simply enjoy the present moment.

The Full Moon allows you to take this time.

Here is a simple Full Moon Ritual that you can customize and make your own:

Just Me & the Moon (no supplies needed):

  • This can be done outside or inside.
  • Find a place to sit comfortably with a straight spine. If you don’t think you will fall asleep, you can also lie down.
  • Take at least 3 deep breaths in and out of your nose. Or set a timer and breathe deeply for 1 minute. Then allow the breath to relax.
  • If the sky is clear, take some time to gaze at the full moon. If not or the moon has not risen yet, simply close your eyes and imagine a full moon above you.
  • Express thanks for being here right now. Express thanks for anything else you are feeling grateful for.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine the light on the moon coming down into the crown of your head. Imagine that silvery, cool energy moving down your face, over your shoulders, arms, chest, back, belly, hips, and down both legs.
  • As the light moves through your body, imagine tight areas relaxing, dark areas being healed, and blocked areas being opened.
  • Imagine that the light surrounds your body too. Bask in this light.
  • You might like to set a timer, play music, or stay as long as you want.
  • When you are ready, begin to deepen your breath again. Bring your awareness back to your body.
  • Notice how you feel. If any feelings, ideas, or thoughts came up, then take a moment to jot them down.
  • Thank yourself for taking this time. Thank the moon for her healing energy.
  • Know that you can move forward with grace and ease because you took this time for yourself.

How to customize:
  • You can visualize a specific color coming from the moon or notice if a different one shows up in your visualization. Look up the healing properties of that color.
  • If you need some physical healing, allow yourself to have the moonlight focus on a particular area. Imagine that is bringing healing energy to that area.
  • If you need to release a negative habit or memory, imagine the moonlight going into a dark area and shining a healthy light there. Giving you the feeling that you no longer have to hide behind that habit or hide from that memory.

Any of these customizations can be taken deeper.

You might like to ask out loud or in your head to be shown the next steps to take. Trust that by taking this time for yourself tonight that you have raised your vibration to match the healing or opportunities you desire to come to you.

The first part of this is super simple because I believe it is important for you not to get caught up in supplies, astrological signs, a beautiful Instagram shot. While I enjoy these things myself, the whole point of following the moon is to slow down.

When you slow down, your body and mind have a chance to catch up and blend everything together.

So I hope you take the time to sit under the moon and allow her silvery light to connect you with the real you.

One of my favorite place to look up the dates, times, and names of the full moons is: https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon/full