This year, I created Howl at the Moon, a yoga and sound bath ritual offered at La Maida on every full moon. Inspired by La Mer’s New Moon Sound Ceremonies, it is my intention to offer an experience that is the counterbalance to her offering. The full moon is a time when the masculine energy of the sun is reflected through the ripe feminine energy of the moon. To me this is a Two Spirit form – Two Spirit being the term some cultures indigenous to America use to refer to sacred 3rd and 4th gender ceremonial roles in their tribes. These 3rd and 4th genders are “masculine woman” and “feminine man.”
I layer this Native American wisdom into my full moon rituals in order to deepen the intention of creating harmony, not only between gender energies but also with nature. When we embrace the simple act of marking time by the moon, we set our rhythm with that of the earth and in this way we gain insight into our own personal cycles. While the new moon offers us a glimpse at our potential or desires, the full moon shines a light on how worthy we already are.
Through offering the Howl rituals, I have learned that each full moon also has a name, adopted by the Farmer’s Almanac, but originating again with indigenous cultures. The full moon names and traditions have gifted me a newfound appreciation for the cycles of time and their ability to inspire transformation. For example, the January full moon is called the Wolf Moon and invites us to meditate on our strengths. Wolves must be very strong in order to survive the winter, so too must we acknowledge our strengths in order to find peace in the present moment. The February full moon is called the Snow Moon and invites us to vision our coming year. Once we have taken the time to acknowledge our own strengths and abilities, then in February, we are ready to vision our desires from a place that more deeply accepts our worthiness. In this way, the full moon traditions inspire us to approach the concept of “new year’s resolutions” a little differently – rather than the more western approach that has us setting resolutions to get what we don’t have and fix what is broken about ourselves.
The March full moon is called the Sap Moon and invites us to enter a period of self-care and rebirth in order to ensure we are charged up and ready to manifest the visions of the Snow Moon into reality. So, in many ways, the full moon traditions teach us to take our time but to keep moving forward. For any project to turn out well, it is important to take the time to understand the best ways to approach it – after all your years of life, why would now be the time to rush your dreams? We must always reach for the stars, but only with solid ground underneath our feet. Like the phases of the moon, doing our best will look a little different every day – that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, or wondrous, or worthy.
I hope you will join me in celebrating the spring equinox – the equanimity of the light and the dark – and take some time for self care under the light of the full Sap Moon on March 20th at La Maida Institute. Learn more and register here.