Cancer is ruled by the Moon and the emotional element of water, so when the Moon is New in this Zodiac, it signifies a strong wave of ‘coming home’ to ourselves and to those that matter most in our lives -- close friends, family, teachers, partners, or even our pets. This Cancer New Moon is asking us to connect to the loving, loyal, and sensitive energy being brought to light. Emotions may run high, and they are supposed to. Whatever you are feeling, let it nourish you and be grateful for the opportunity to feel anything at all. With a Partial Solar Eclipse adding the the potency of this New Moon, there is a wonderful opportunity to redirect our attention towards positive memories that inspire us to keep spreading our own personal light. Close your eyes and think of someone you would like to thank for any reason, living or passed. Let it be someone who has nourished and supported you at some point in your life. What would you like to say to them? How have they contributed to who you are today? With this ritual we will seal in gratitude for their presence in our lives, while placing intention into our homes to create a daily reminder of gratitude, no matter how strong the waves of life become.Materials:
Aquarius Full Moons are a powerful awakening of the spirit of revolution. Aquarius is known for philanthropic, innovative, and inspiring ways of thinking. When the Moon is full in the sign, all those qualities are highlighted and elevated in all of us, making our collective potential for change tremendous. An Aquarius Full Moon is a surge of energy, focused on revealing truth, authenticity, and the unique gifts we were all given as living, breathing beings on this planet. When each of us steps into our own personal gifts, together we make the world an exponentially brighter place. This Full Moon with a Total Lunar Eclipse is here to set us off into a new a new trajectory, to widen our perspectives, and stand up for the sake of humanity with all beings everywhere in our hearts and minds. Because this is such a powerful moment, this ritual itself is very simple.
Sarah Ezrin is a motivator, writer, yoga teacher, and teacher trainer. Her joie de vivre is infectious. Her fun and popular yoga classes are infused with humor and positivity. Bringing a background of psychology and life coaching, Sarah lovingly guides people toward their brightest and best self.
Sarah is an E-RYT-500. She is based out of San Francisco with her soon-to-be husband and dog. A world traveler since birth, Sarah leads trainings, workshops and retreats at home and across the globe. She is a writer and certified life coach.
Sarah has been featured in Yoga Journal and LA Yoga and is a regular contributor for Mantra Magazine. She is sponsored by numerous mindful fitness companies including Athleta, Manduka, Lululemon Athletica, Alternative Apparel, Fabletics, Sweaty Betty, Navitas Naturals, Vita Coco, Lifeforme Yoga, and Yoga Gives Back.
Sarah began doing yoga in college, however she did not get serious about her practice until working demanding hours in the film industry. It was also during this time that Sarah’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. The mat provided refuge and healing as her mother’s illness progressed. Sarah realized that time was too fleeting to not be spent doing what one loves. She quit the film business to pursue her passions. Her mother was able to see her teach once before passing away.
For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures it is a guide for living and she is changing the world, teaching self-love one person a time!
To flourish, we must first nourish. So many of us give it all away, depleting ourselves to take care of everyone else. This month’s Aquarian moon is not only full, but also a lunar eclipse. This happens when the earth blocks the moon from the sun. The moon has no light of its own. It needs the warmth of the sun, its fire energy, and the pull of the earth to remain in orbit. We too need the earth’s energy to root and ground, just as we need light, like the sun, to shine our brightest. When we are blocked emotionally or energetically drained, we go dark too! This month, we are going to play with the elements essential for nourishment and growth to prepare for July 27th’s full moon!
Week 1 we will draw grounding energy from the earth. Week 2 we will connect with our emotions and fill ourselves up with the element of water. Week 3 we will harness the transformational energy of the sun. Finally, week 4, we will bring space into our bodies and minds clearing our energy in preparation for Friday’s full moon, ending the month full, complete, and nourished!
Week 1 - Earth: This week, I invite you to get outside and get barefoot! Find a patch of grass or a sandy beach and take your shoes off, taking 10 deep breaths. If weather is not permitting, place your hand on a tree’s trunk. Practice the following grounding meditation.
Balancing. Photographer: Nir Livni
Week 2 - Water: This week drink 64oz of water of every day! Draw a circle on a calendar to mark each day. Water is the element of emotions. Every day this week, ask yourself “How are you?”. There is no right or wrong answer. Simply feel into what you are feeling. You may find the answers seem to contradict one another. It’s so normal! Just feel into whatever you are feeling and practice allowing.
Triko in the waves. Photographer: Chelsea Heller
Week 3 - Fire: Fire is the element of transformation and nothing represents that better than the sun. Fire often gets a bad rap for being destructive, but that is only half the story. We must destroy the old to create something new. Before next week’s full moon, now that you are more grounded and feeling all the feels, what is something that you want to let go of? Write it on a tiny piece of paper and then imagine what you want to create in its place. Put what you want to create into a present statement, like “I am enough” “I am loved”. Light the paper and as it burns recite your present statement both internally and out loud. This is now your mantra for the rest of the month! Say it morning, noon, and night! Note: Please be safe when practicing fire rituals! Do this in a sink with running water readily available!
Smoke and fire. Photographer: Samuel Henderson
Week 4 - Space (Ether): This week’s full moon is a lunar eclipse, meaning the earth passes in front of the moon blocking the sun. The moon has no natural light of its own. Yet it’s power is extraordinary. Now that we are grounded, feeling all the feels, and have integrated our transformational power, we can settle into the space of our whole being. Let’s embrace this moon as an opportunity to get comfortable with our shadow side. Practice this 10-minute nourishing flow every day leading up to and including Friday to help you find space in your body and mind!!!
Gratitude. Photographer: Samuel Henderson