Lighting candles and performing rituals is wonderful,
but celebrating the Moon with ordinary gestures can be even sweeter and more intimate.
The winds are blowing, leaves are flying. It’s the Libra New Moon when Nature fills with the restless, drying qualities of air. Since we aren’t separate from Nature, we’ve become drier too. Our skin is less supple and our thoughts may fly like so many dead leaves in the wind. No wonder Libra is about balance! We need to re-balance ourselves during this shifting time. A fine way is with a sesame oil massage. Both grounding and beautifying, it’s the perfect ritual gesture for tuning into Libra’s New Moon.
Here’s the practice: Get goddess naked. Before stepping into your bath or shower, have some cold-pressed (untreated) sesame oil available. Massage it on your face with a loving, circular motion, into your scalp too. Rub it on your feet. With nice long strokes take it up your legs. Massage your thighs, belly, curves, and breasts. Rub it into your shoulders, arms and neck.
Leave it on for a few minutes as it absorbs into the skin (I do a few standing yoga postures while I’m waiting, but you could also sing, dance, or drum your fingers). Then step into your daily bath or shower as usual. You won’t need extra soap. As your pores open, the oil is cleansing, detoxifying, and nourishing your body. Afterwards, as you towel yourself dry, notice the difference in your skin and spirit.
Ayurvedic doctors recommend this as a daily practice, and you might like it so much, that you’ll be inspired to keep it up throughout this cycle. Sesame is a hardy plant that grows where little else can grow. Packed with nutrients that have served mankind for millennia, it’s antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Massaging with it helps to increase circulation, calm the nerves, center the mind, soften the skin, tone the muscles, energize the spirit, and bring deeper sleep. Just what we need to keep our balance during this first cycle of Autumn.
This is truly a Moon potion. The Moon rules both sesame seeds and your body. That means she inhabits both sesame seeds and your body. She’s not far away. She’s near. Become aware that the Goddess is in the oil—and in the beautiful body that your hands are touching. Ahhh… what a lovely way to honor this Goddess New Moon.
It’s an auspicious time to touch into the deeper layers of your goddess nature (order my intimate report, “Your Venus Unleashed” here).
Or commit to your archetypal vibrance by enrolling in my monthly Moon workshop this cycle. Touch into what’s true in you.