The energy of Capricorn is revealing herself in the first new moon of the year. In her brightest energy, we feel the influence of our connection and intimacy to the physical world. As a Capricorn sun myself, I know this energy too well. It craves earth and nature, but demands structure and initiation of dreams and goals. Capricorn loves to pound the pavement, as work and pleasure are boundless, dancing the line between what we have to do vs. what we feel we innately must, always rewarding us with soul growth. Rather than become overwhelmed with the idea of structure, why not toy with the sensuality of what “structure” actually means to you? I do best with the concept by finding strength in rooting in myself, my body, and ritual, by using the power of plants and nature, when I’m nurturing ambition and needing to create something larger than myself.
We are still deep into winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live well in difficult circumstances. At this time of year, approaching the Wolf full moon, our ancestors took refuge in their homes, staying close to the fire and living off of the bounty they collected in the fall. Sometimes we loose sight of slowing down and become consumed with productivity when we should be resting. Living in California, I treated myself to some forest bathing in the Muir Woods. I took off my shoes and earthed right into the vibration of the soil, soaking up the language of the roots and mosses of the redwood forest, releasing inflammation and worry. Last year I lived in NY and walked through the snowy park for an hour to fill my lungs with crisp air. Whatever climate we may be experiencing, we beat inflammation by being outdoors and raising our immunity.
Sleep and rest is also essential at this time. The moon brings out an introverted energy within us, so lean into it! We need rested minds to support all of the work we are initiating. I take my As Above mellow tincture in the evenings before bed, or drink infusion with the same blend. Medicinal teas are a go-to for me, and I love mixing Passionflower, Tulsi, Scullcap and Lemon Balm for the sweetest sleep and dreams. Supporting our nervous system is essential in keeping our cortisol levels at bay. If you are feeling depleted, a wonderful nourishing herb to work with is Stinging Nettle. Always a safe herb with no toxicity, I am called to her when my adrenals are shot. Nettles are like mothers milk for adults. High in iron, nettles were utilized in Europe during WWII when traditional foods were scarce. Chock full of nutrients, throw a handle of dried nettles into a quart size jar, fill with cold water, and sip on your infusion in the morning to give your body it’s needed nourishing wake up call. Like Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” The gifts of the season are shining down on you. Trust in the mystery of this new moon to rest, restore, and be the boss of your own life!
Written by Jacqueline Zajdman