NATALIA'S JOURNAL

Updated: Sep 21



I used to have so much resistance to the change of seasons, mainly the shift out of summer and into the seemingly endless cold of an Albertan Winter.....can anyone relate? It wasn't until I began to understand the energetic shifts in the seasons and celebrate those shifts through ritual and ceremony did I learn to live in flow with the natural rhythms and cycles of nature. Embracing the cold and its teachings instead of being in resistance to it.

Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere occurs on Tuesday, September 22. An equinox represents the days of the year where the day and night are equal length. These shifts in the seasons are an opportunity to pause. To pause and thank the summer for it's light. To appreciate the growth and abundance that we experienced, where we watched the fruits of our labour bloom. But also to pause and embrace the impending darkness. To make final preparations for the upcoming season. Transitioning from a season of doing and activity to a season of inner reflection and wisdom.




The Celt's had many different herbs to represent the Fall Season but my personal two favorites are Passionflower and Rose. Passionflower is a herb that is really good for sleep and has a beautiful calming effect on the nervous system. It's nice to mix passionflower with other herbs like skullcap, chamomile and lemon balm and drink it in a tea. Rose petals are a nice feel good herb and can be used as a stomach tonic. It's really lovely infused in a honey. The Rose Hips are really high in Vitamin C and are good for colds. If you are using rose hips make sure the inner hairs are removed. They can be made into a tea by boiling 2 tsp per cup for 20 minutes.


Different ways to use Passionflower and Rose in Ritual:



  • Burning the herbs as an incense


  • Making an offering to the trees. Traditionally the Celt's would leave offerings for the God of the Forest, the Green Man. I usually sprinkle the herbs around my garden while practicing gratitude to the plants and trees for their medicine.


  • If you have a fireplace or fire pit you can also sprinkle the herbs into the fire as an offering, while releasing an intention into the universe. You can even save your spent herbs from your tea for this purpose.



My favorite way to gather and celebrate Fall Equinox and any transition is with a Tea Ceremony. If you know me then no surprise there. I love to embrace the cooler days of fall with a hot bowl of tea. A nice contrast from the summer when hot tea can feel a little bit too...well hot. In fall, I enjoy drinking richer teas with a little more depth like the Liu Bao's and some nice Red Teas.


Are you interested in participating in a Fall Equinox Tea Ceremony? I will be hosting one on Instagram live on Tuesday, September 22 at 8 pm. It will be nice way to mark the equinox with community and ceremony. So mark your calenders!


You can join in and enjoy the silence and stillness of the ceremony as a moving meditation or you can brew your own cup/bowl of tea and join in! I can't wait to see you there!


XOXO

N




During my own healing journey, learning to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth has been transformational. I remember sitting in a Women's Circle 10 days after my second baby was born listening to a Hormone Specialist talk about how our monthly cycles and the moon cycle are meant to be in sync. What?? My mind was blown!


Moon Cycle 28 days = Bleeding Cycle 28 days


The moon controls the most powerful bodies of water on our planet with it's energetic forces, it only makes sense that it would also influence our bleeding cycle. In a healthy cycle we will cycle on either a Full Moon a Red Moon Cycle or on a New Moon a White Moon Cycle. The truth is that most of us are out of rhythm and there are many factors that influence that. Birth control, medications, diet, lifestyle and interestingly enough exposure to artificial light. Our bodies need darkness in the evenings to stay in rhythm. So a really quick a simple thing to try out is moon bathing.


Activity: Once it's dark, sit outside under the moon for 15 minutes a day and soak in all that moon magic. Sometimes that is all your body needs to reset itself. Pretty amazing, right?



The greatest form of self care is when we learn to recognize the different times in our cycle. There are lots of different apps out there to help you track your cycle or even journalling how your feeling on the different days of your cycle to start to recognize your own unique patterns. It's so empowering learning how your body works. Being able to recognize the time in your cycle:


  • when you have the most energy to crush it at the gym

  • when you are at your most creative to pursue your creative goals

  • when you need to slow down and rest. Really rest.


Why is this important? It's something women have known since the beginning of time but somehow we have forgotten. Let's connect with the intuitive wisdom of our ancestors and remember. Let's connect with our physical bodies and begin to recognize our own unique patterns and rhythms. Let's ditch the shame, the numbing and the ignoring of our monthly bleeding and recognize that this is where our power lies. Acknowledging how truly amazing our bodies are and learning to go with the "flow" and nurture our natural rhythms and cycles.


Exciting News!! I am so passionate about WOMEN coming together, empowering each other in community that I have decided to host a MONTHLY Women's Circle on each New Moon. The next one will be held via Zoom in October. Stay tuned for more information. Be the first to know by Subscribing to my Newsletter here, scroll to the bottom and enter your details. You will receive a FREE Meditation by yours truly. Enjoy!


XOXO

N




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