Yesterday, September 19, was a very important phase in the moon cycle, known as the Balsamic Moon. I learned about this moon phase from one of my new yoga instructors, Danny. Yesterday’s yoga class consisted of 90 minutes of pranayama (breathwork) and meditation. The focus was on clearing out negative energies and focusing on how to create a fertile empty ground where new seeds can grow. We moved through balancing each chakra, and on releasing anything negative back to mother earth.
As Wikipedia says, “The balsamic Moon is said to relate to one's commitment to destiny, so whenever the Moon is placed in this position it is at a very crucial point, and attention should be made to the earthly events that occur during such an astrological configuration. The balsamic moon also is said to relate to healing and rest, since it is the last phase before the New Moon.”
At the end of the class, Danny read this passage from Rowena Pattee Kryder’s book, “The Faces of the Moon Mother,” during shivasana:
“The Mother of Valleys appears during the Balsamic Moon when the moon is waning 45 degrees behind the sun. The Face of the Moon Mother emerges as a longing for compassion, yet you may be still releasing the old. Everything is now in a state of emptying. The fruit of your life has fallen and is putrefying before your own eyes, and yet the seeds of love, of the vehicle of light, are present within you. Balsamic implies the fragrances of the old and new mingled together.
If you have pain during this time, it may be because you are still attached to something outworn. You may search for new values now or try to find the old, but the latter will only lead to frustration.
The critical turning that the Mother of Valleys can teach you is to transform desire into love and compassion. Your individual identity is being pulverized in a universalizing process which comes from the formation of your light-body. You begin to feel one with others suffering and sentience. You are now looking for love within yourself – for you have released dependency and paradoxically can now feel love for all. Now you may condense your wisdom into forms that will be of future use to others, for all false identity is being released. This condensing takes place in the most refined states of being, wherein, there is a mixing and dissolving of past and future, in the immediacy of the present living moment.”
I feel like the Balsamic Moon could not have appeared at a more appropriate time.
In addition to doing research about the Balsamic Moon, I also took time yesterday to research natural cockroach, scorpion, and tarantula repellents. Apparently, cockroaches HATE tea tree oil. Fortunately, I LOVE tea tree oil, and brought a bottle with me. I covered the door frame and window frames, and placed drops around my bed (and put some in my hair, just to be safe!). Guess what!? Not a single cockroach was seen last night. Cockroaches also hate mint, bay leaves, and cucumbers, so I will be looking for those items today at the grocery store. Spiders, and I am hoping that includes tarantulas, hate peppermint oil, which I almost brought, but left behind due to luggage weight issues. I will be in search of peppermint oil today as well. Spiders and scorpions also hate orange and lavender, which I love. Luckily, I also packed lavender oil, and spread it around the room last night, and didn’t see a spider or a scorpion.
Fingers crossed. I was also able to use my Spanish to speak to building management to fix some holes in the ceiling, which will really cut down on the bugs entering and exiting. So, who knows, maybe my Spanish degree has actually saved my life!? My last effort in the war of Lexi vs. Jungle Bugs was to use my roll of orange artist tape to seal the entire doorframe before bed – both on the main door, and the bathroom door. Last night, I definitely won the battle. Hopefully I can keep it up!
In the symbiotic relationship category, I have a teeny tiny one inch baby lizard who likes to hang out on my prayer flags and eat mosquitoes.
For breakfast yesterday, I had fresh carrot and orange juice from Turtle Bay Café, amazing black bean soup at Lol-Ha for lunch, and a very VERY sweet piece of lemon pie under the stars, directly next to the ocean for dinner.
Getting to know the other artists, as well as the other people living here who are studying coral reefs and sea turtles, has been great. We have laughed a lot together over the past few days, and it is great just to be in conversation, and to observe their work in progress.
I made a sign for our gallery yesterday, and I am excited to see how we will use the space.
So friends, the Balsamic Moon is also known as the Wishing Moon, and is in effect until September 22. So make a WISH! I read that if you see the lunar crescent rising before the sun, it will bring blessings of new life, new inspiration, and new love. Guess what?! I saw it this morning, over the ocean, with the sun rising and a lightning storm moving across the water.