January 2016 Spiritual and Magical Properties of Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, and Herbs

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It’s 2016

We’Moon- Lunar News

We’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn from both calm and storm in 2016, and we need to stay awake, alive, engaged in hopeful to learn what we need to learn and direct the changes.

Let’s look at the lay of the land as 2016 dawns. Cultural earthquakes rumble on and momentum builds for the changes already in progress, but the dust is still so stirred up we can’t see the new pathways. We’re resonating from the 7 squares formed between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn between 2012-15, now waning but still within orb throughout the year, and the aftershocks will be with us for several more. Nothing, from our marriage systems to our ecosystem, will ever be the same as it was before. Think back to the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-68 (our last major Uranus-Pluto interaction), the enormous cultural shifts stimulated then resonated and revolutionized our culture and politics through the early 70s; we can expect the same few years of aftershocks creative bursts as our world culture and politics adjust to the changes wrought by that square.

For the complete overview visit our
We’Moon weekly Starcodes Page and/
read the Astro-Overview 2016 (pages 22-24)
in We’Moon 2016: Quantum Leap Year Introduction pages.

excerpt by Heather Roan Robbins © Mother Tongue Ink 2014 
This Week:
  • Mercury goes Retrograde Tuesday
  • Mercury goes into Capricorn Friday
  • New Moon in Capricorn Saturday
  • This week the moon moves through: Scorpio – Sagittarius – Capricorn
 Mercury: communication, travel, thought
Mercury is “The Thinker,” and involves our communication skills: what we say, our words, our voice, and our thoughts, including the Teacher/Student, Master/Apprentice mode. Mercury affects how we connect with all the media tools of the day—our computers, phones and even the postal, publishing and recording systems! 
Jupiter: expansion, opportunities, leadership
Jupiter is our quest for truth, living the belief systems that we hold and walking the path of what those beliefs say about us. It involves an ever expanding desire to educate the Self through knowledge toward higher law, the adventure and opportunity of being on that road—sometimes literally entailing travel and foreign or international culture, language and/or customs. 
MoonCat! © Mother Tongue Ink 2011
Capricorn: Cardinal Earth Capricorn sends us back to karmic work with family, with our traditions and rituals, and asks us to reassess our purpose and the methods we choose to achieve our goals. The mood is serious, thoughtful, assessing, ambitious, and rooted deep in our histories; we must add the heart.
Scorpio: Dive deep. Fixed Water Scorpio calls us to look within and face our fears, look under the rocks and find root causes.
Sagittarius: Wander. Under Mutable Fire Sagittarius, we want to expand our horizons, travel in mind, body, or spirit, to commune with strangers and with the natural world.
excerpts Heather Roan Robbins © Mother Tongue Ink 2014 
Capricorn and Mercury rule this week. We must all think about spending time nurturing ourselves to prevent burn out. Burnout can come from over-work and over-dedication. The following essential oil recipe will help to ease and attend your emotional needs, help you see beyond negativity, and bring clarity and focus to your communications.
Mercury Retrograde and New Moon in Capricorn Essential Oil Recipe
Add the following essential oils to 1 ounce carrier oil:
12 drops Chamomile
11 drops Jasmine
11 drops Rosemary
11 drops Sandalwood
Blend all oils until thoroughly mixed.
Place 8 to 10 drops in your bath; Wear 4 to 6 drops as a body perfume; Add 3 to 5 drops to water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Lamp; Use 3 to 6 drops to anoint candles.
New Moon in Capricorn
A new calendar for the kitchen wall

This new moon falls in Capricorn with Mercury Retrograde. The Moon will pass close to the Sun and become lost in the Sun’s glare for a few days.

The New Moon is a time of new beginnings, hope, faith and optimism. It is important night energy wise as it sets the pace for the entire lunar cycle.

The New Moon brings a fresh energy into all social situations. Connections to Mercury and Venus add a sweet, friendly quality that will help you get to know someone new better, or provide meaningful support to a friend.

When the sun and the moon are on the same side of earth the moon is in the “New Moon” phase. During this phase the moon is invisible because the side of the moon we are seeing is not being illuminated by the sun. The New Moon is also called the Seed Moon. It is a time of sprouting and new beginnings. The moon phases can affect our mind, body and emotions in the following ways:

  • Body- We tend to sleep less during the new moon phase and rise early. Our appetite tends to increase and we tend to experience spurts of energy.
  • Mind- This is a time we usually experience sudden insights and develop new ideas. It is a great time to be creative and participate in writing, painting or anything else that allows the mind to be inspired.
  • Emotions- During this time it is common to feel shy and experience sensitive feelings. It is a good time to stay away from crowds and to keep the focus on ourselves.

The new moon brings about a time of calmness and balance, while also bringing energy and acceptance that anything can be accomplished. Use this time to set seeds of intentions for the following moon cycle and love watching what manifests throughout the month.

It is important to pull our energy inward, to be the brightest lights we can, to show the greatest love we can. We hope the light we shine will catch others alight.

New moon rituals are perfect for planting new seeds and starting afresh. We are essentially working on the blank canvas of the dark moon where our ideas can gestate in the new moon soil. These thought-seeds are slowly awoken by the growing crescent moon as the day’s progress towards the illumination of the full moon. The darkness of the new moon gives peace and tranquility while our seed intentions slowly take root and sustenance form the fertile earth below. This period cannot be rushed and it is a great time to have some quiet dark-moon time to compose our goals and plans for the month ahead. Any wishes made at this time carry great force.

This is also the best time to write a list of cosmic orders, which can be big or small. Large-scale projects can bare fruit in 6 months time when the full Moon is the same sign again. Smaller wishes have a two-week timescale to be birthed at the next full moon. The manifestation spell will be that much more powerful if the subjects that you want to birth resonate with the mood of the current new moon

Add power to whatever ceremony you do by singing, drumming or raising energy in your own unique way.

As this year goes by and you find the need to do something important, to hold for the greater good, to take a stand, or to feel empowered in your truth, remember the power of the water within you. The water in our blood and in our bodies is connected to all the waters of the world in ways that are compassionate, empowering, creative and ever flowing. It always finds or creates the right and correct path as it makes its way, as it flows from the places of old to the places of new with truth, conscience, responsible action, self empowerment, and personal sovereignty.

Make a fresh start.. Create a New Moon ritual: set an intention, light a white/silver candle, imagine the new moving toward you in joyful, powerful ways; spend a few moments breathing in the energy of this new reality each day, making it more and more tangible. Work this for one moon cycle and re-access and energize on the next new moon if needed.

Make a difference this year in your life and in your part of the world.

New Moon Blessings,
Cherokee Billie

New Moon in Capricorn Essential Oil Recipe

Add the following essential oils to 1 ounce of carrier oil:

15 drops of Cypress

15 drops of Jasmine

15 drops of Tangerine

Swirl gently until all oils are thoroughly mixed.

This blend is cleansing and grounding; optimistic and uplifting. It helps to overcome resistance to change.

Place 8 to 10 drops into your bath; Wear 4 to 6 drops as a body perfume; Use 3 to 5 drops, added to water, in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner; Use 2 to 5 drops to anoint candles.


Lunar News January 11, 2016
Waxing Half Moon in Taurus—Sunday the 17th
This week the Moon moves through:
Astro–Overview 2016 
As 2016 dawns our world has changed: cultural earthquakes rumble on; momentum builds for the changes already in progress, but the dust is stirred up so we cannot yet see the new lay of the land. We’re resonating from the seven squares formed between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn between 2012–15, now waning but still within orb throughout the year.
Pluto in Capricorn (2008–24) renovates our approach to political and personal power around the globe. Efforts to crack down and tighten are the rule; and debates about governing structures echo around the globe, from political parties to our own circles. Rebellion foments in response energized by revolutionary, anarchistic Uranus in independent Aries (2010–18). Only a third perspective, where all parties can be heard and empowered, can take the quantum leap beyond struggle and into creation. 
excerpt Heather Roan Robbins
© Mother Tongue Ink 2015 
We’Moon Starcodes:
excerpt byHeather Roan Robbins
It would be wonderful if we could spend the month of January in a meditation retreat. Mercury in Capricorn retrogrades encourages us to be a wise and careful thinker, to develop a disciplined mind and focus on our work. Mercury retrograde asks us to look within to examine what we do and why we do it, review where we’ve been, reconnect with our deepest practice, and hold still.
But not many of us will be able to do this, so it may be a complicated month. Just as 2016 begins and we want to plan our year ahead, Mercury retrograde asks us to review the year behind, finish the work we began before the holidays, catch up, deal with issues already on the table, and wait to launch new projects come February. And there’s a lot of work to do because Mercury and the Sun both recently tagged Pluto and shook up our self-doubts, our concerns, shook our ground, and generally stirred the muck in our psyche. Mercury retrogrades back to Pluto before turns direct.
Mercury Retrograde:
January 5–25: As Mercury retreats in Aquarius, entertain possibilities that allow for abstract thoughts. Bring in some novelty to rekindle connections that went astray. 
excerpt Sandra Pastorius
© Mother Tongue Ink 2015
Sage is a wonderful essential oil to use often during the Mercury Retrograde.
Place it in your bath, 2 to 5 drops neat; Wear it as a body perfume, 2 t0 4 drops, neat; Use in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner ( 2 to 4 drops) added to water.
*Neat means not mixed with a carrier oil.*
We’Moon Lunar News
Sun goes into Aquarius Wednesday the 20th
Aquarius Sun and Moon

The Sun represents our soul purpose. It is what we are here on Earth to do or accomplish, and it informs how we go about that task. It answers the age-old question “Why am I here?”

Aquarius Sun: Share with community. Fixed air Aquarius calls us to philosophize, and then take our philosophy into social, political, and cultural action. We add common sense. Weave a circle of allies with mutual awareness, weave the circle of love.
If you’re born under the Aquarian Sun, you naturally understand group dynamics, though may need to learn what you truly feel and the nature of real intimacy. You can offer radical acceptance and wide perspective, and foster the circle of life.
excerpt Heather Roan Robbins 
© Mother Tongue Ink 2014
Sun Signs and Sun Transits Pg.12 Intro.We’Moon 2016
2016 Year at a Glance for – Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
The Aquarius lesson contains a struggle between individual and collective identity. Aquarians can feel marginalized for their unique personality traits, special skills, and may exclude themselves for fear of not belonging. You’ll be actively working out conflicts with peers and collaborators—as you do, you will find more authority and freedom to stand up for what you want. Energy is high for building and actualizing your dreams at work and in the community.
excerpt Rhea Wolf © Mother Tongue Ink 2015—
See Pg. 47 We’Moon 2016 for the complete 

Year at a Glance for Aquarius
Essential Oil associated with Aquarius
Neroli is the essential oil for individualistic, liberal, and original Aquarius. Neroli Essential Oil blends well with cedarwood and sandalwood essential oils.
We’Moon Lunar News
Venus goes into Capricorn Saturday the 23rd
Full Moon in Leo Saturday the 23rd/24th
Venus moves into Capricorn:
 is our recognition of love, art and beauty. Venus is harmony in its expressed form, as well as compassion, bliss and acceptance. 

Capricorn: Consolidate. Cardinal Earth Capricorn sends us back to karmic work with family, with our traditions and rituals, and asks us to reassess our purpose and the methods we choose to achieve our goals. The mood is serious, thoughtful, assessing, ambitious, and rooted deep in our histories; we must add the heart.

Full Moon in Leo:
The Moon represents our capacity to feel or empathize with those around us awithin our own soul as well. It awakens our intuitive and emotional body.
Leo by day: Life becomes performance art. We are more ready to reach out, be seen, and engage the 
comedy and tragedy of life, though we may have to turn down the melodrama. The vibe is extroverted (egotism can hide quiet insecurity), warm-hearted romantic, and engaged.
excerpt Heather Roan Robbins
© Mother Tongue Ink 2014
Moon Signs and
Moon Transits, Pg. 16 Intro., We’Moon 2016

Welcome the Full Wolf Moon on January 24, 2016. This is a good time to let out the suppressed energy you have been feeling because of Mercury Retrograde. So go ahead and Howl at the moon! In North America, we often call this full moon the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon or Hunger Moon.

On the night of the full moon ask your Angels and guides for a dream message on how to more fully step into your power before you go to sleep. Upon waking, write down what you remember of your dream, even if it is just one word. Meditate on it.

Please Note you do not need to see the full moon to make your requests and intentions to the Divine. Often people write me and say I wasn’t able to see the full moon. It does not matter the moon is always there whether we see it or not. During the daylight we do not see the moon yet it still exists.

Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Native American villages. The wolves are out in this bright light this time of year, anxious and hot on a trail for a feast to shake their hunger in the lean winter month. The normally elusive wolves were once found all over Europe and the Native Americans living close to the land held them in high esteem, along with other animals they encountered.

This full moon falls under the sign of Leo.  The warmth and playfulness of Leo is captivating, a sign that’s often ascribed rulership of all things fun and entertaining. So this full moon should be a time of letting go of being an adult and having fun!  Use your creativity.  Find ways to express yourself during this full moon.  This full moon comes at the ending of mercury retrograde, so take a deep breath relax and enjoy yourself.

Full moon always brings closures to bring to us a better tomorrow. The hills of the new, and new beginnings, will bring with them fundamental changes which have been dreaded for so long. These worries stem in the form of mysteries and it is these mysteries that have also held us back for so long. This full moon will emphasize how fluent we are to the emotions that are attached to our communication, how much we share, and how much we relate to others.

Full Moon phases herald a proper time for endings and closure. Full moon’s also signal an appropriate time to shine a light on or display works and deeds that were previously veiled during the new moon phase.

Significance of this moon is not just about emotions but it is about closeness. January tends to bring families close together with indoor activities. Some say it is a good time to work on relationships, partnerships and matters of the heart. Or, it is a good time to work on new ventures or projects that require some study time. Plan a ritual to protect your home and loved ones.

January’s moon can be bold and bright or covered in silky clouds. Like the wolf it can appear to be cunning. A symbolic lesson could be that progress is sometimes subtle and happens behind the scenes. Because wolves are also incredibly resourceful they can also symbolize our own hidden potential. Do not be afraid to howl at the moon!


Full Moon in Leo Essential Oil Recipe

Add the following essential oils to 1 oz. carrier oil:

15 drops Ginger

15 drops Lemon

15 drops Rose

Swirl gently until all oils are thoroughly mixed together.

Add 6 – 8 drops to your bath; Wear 2 – 4 drops as a body perfume; Use 2 – 3 drops to anoint candles; Place 3 – 5 drops added to water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner

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