Introducing the Moons of Spring: Intimate Stories, Affirmations, and Self-Care Rituals

Please enjoy this nourishing sweet preview into a new series coming to Annapurna Living called The Moons of Spring: Intimate Stories, Affirmations, Creative Prompts and Self-Care Rituals designed to awaken and connect us to our bodies and to nature. We will begin our series launch with the Full Moon of March.
Happy New Moon and Happy Chinese New Year!
— Carrie-Anne Moss

Photos by Denise Andrade-Kroon

Still Waters Run Deep

Finally! We have arrived at the lunar New Year. Though we live in a culture that primarily recognizes January first as the New Year, I cannot help but feel, deep in my bones, the truth of the lunar New Year. It just makes sense.  As women, we are the only lunar primates on earth. Can you believe it? Certainly, then, the lunar New Year holds magic and meaning for us. This month, the moon means beginning and (re)birth. Emerging from the darkness of the winter months, we arrive now at the very edge of dawn. Though we are still in the days of winter, we hear whispers of warmer seasons on the wind, or perhaps it comes to us in dreams. The indigenous tribes of Northeastern America used to call this moon the Snow Moon, or the Hunger Moon, as this month was cold and frozen; snow was abundant and food was scarce. This moon is the final resting point; it is the last moment before we push upward and outward and begin planning our unfurling (like the plants). On February 18th, this New Moon lives in the sky and also in our spirits. If you pay close enough attention, you can feel her—she pulls on us just as she pulls on the oceans. Our gravitational center is anchored in the moon.  We cycle because she cycles. Let us honor the completion of the 13 moons of last year, and in doing so, let us also honor the 13 moons that lie ahead of us. This is a new beginning. Bless yourself with it. With new beginnings comes great opportunity. Allow yourself to shed the burdens you carried last year so that you may start anew. Dig deep: this Moon is the deepest depths, the darkness before the dawn, the primordial clean slate from which our masterpiece will be born.

Affirmation: I trust myself and I love working for what I want. By letting go, I attain exactly what I need.

Washing Feet photo by Denise Andrade-Kroon via #AnnapurnaLiving

Self-Love Ritual: Cinnamon/cayenne foot oil.

This warming oil is perfect for this end of winter/Lunar New Year transition. Not only will it smell delicious, but the cinnamon and cayenne will communicate with your cells, activating them and nourishing them on a deep level. Did you know that our hands and feet are the places that are quickest to absorb oils and medicines? Treat yourself to a foot rub before bed, setting intentions about what energies you wish to activate in yourself. This oil is the perfect medicine to pair with the soles-of-our-feet meditation this month. Better yet, have a loved one rub the oil into your feet for you.

To make your oil, put 1 cup of coconut oil in a bowl and heat by double boiling. Add a teaspoon of cayenne powder and a teaspoon (or a couple of sticks) of cinnamon. Let the oil and herbs simmer for a while (around 15 minutes) and then strain through cheesecloth into a jar. Once the oil cools, use it on your feet (or sore muscles) for heat activation and stimulation. Do not use this near your mucus membranes as the cayenne is hot hot hot. Please also be careful during the simmering process when handling the cayenne powder.

About this Series

The Moons of Spring is created by Carrie-Anne Moss

These February affirmations and prompts are written by Sadie Rose Casey. Photos in this preview are by Denise Andrade-Kroon. Join us on the full moon and new moon each month through May for stories, prompts, self-care rituals, visualizations, and more!