I created this Raven and Malachite Spirit Animal art for last week's Full Hunter Moon in Taurus / Scorpio. I started it while on my recent trip to Kansas City and finished it on the plane ride home. It seems so fitting to launch it today, as Raven is known to represent magic and to travel between both realms. On Halloween, the veil is the thinnest all year and Raven seems perfectly poised to transcend between both Heaven and Earth today.
"When a Raven totem has flown into your life, it signifies that magic is at play. Raven ignites the energies of magic allowing it to become one with our intentions and will. Great changes can be achieved at this time and dreams can become a reality. The Raven will show you how to walk into the dark corners of your inner conflicts buried deep within, opening the doors to the deepest power of healing to be within our grasp."
Raven represents magic, healing, rebirth and renewal, transmutation, divination, and much more.
'Raven is assuring you of the impeding change. He brings with him the ability to bend time and space for the perfect moment at the right time. He signifies rebirth, renewal, reflection and healing. He helps the transitions and transformations move along smoothly by casting light into the darkness."
Malachite is a great stone for both Scorpio and Taurus. Malachite is a stone of transformation and helpful when breaking old patterns. A very calming stone, it resonates with the heart and throat chakras. It inspires unconditional love and loyalty. Malachite inspires risk taking and promotes leadership. A very protective stone, it absorbs environmental pollutants and negative energy. It helps to balance both the left and right sides of the brain. Malachite is also one of the few stones that works to activate all 7 of the major Chakras.
I wish everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween!
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My first Trunk Show in Portland is this Friday, on Dia de los Muertos, at Redux Boutique! I'm making new one of a kinds just for the event. There will be a tarot card reader, artwork, shopping, snacks and cider. There will be a public Day of the Dead altar that everyone is welcome to contribute to as well!
Full Harvest Moon in Aries
This year's Harvest Moon, also known as the Corn Moon, was yesterday at 7:52pm PTZ in Aries, just two days after the Fall Equinox. I chose Carnelian as it's a great stone for this fiery sign, and it's the Stone of Creativity. I prospected this piece myself from a beach in Oregon, my very first Carnelian find! It's facet grade, so I am keeping it for myself to cut into something sparkly to wear as a talisman of creativity. Carnelian inspires action, ambition and drive. It's a Sacral Chakra stone and promotes leadership and courage. It strengthens self esteem as well as boosts energy and motivation.
I chose Blue Heron as I am fortunate enough to see them almost every single day living here in Astoria, OR. Although they also live in the Midwest, I hardly recall seeing them until one literally flew in front of my car while driving through the Missouri countryside. I decided then that they would be this month's Full Moon Spirit Animal.
It is time to look deeper into aspects of your life that will bring out innate wisdom and show you how to become self-reliant. Are you grounding yourself regularly? Heron teaches that grounding yourself in the earth and your spiritual beliefs will help you discover emotional insights more clearly and more quickly.
Alternatively he could be teaching you how how to become comfortable in uncertain situations and to be watchful of opportunities to arise so that you can quickly grasp them and move on."
According to wolfsmoon.com, Blue Heron represents the following:
"Peace, Ability to Stand Alone, Uniqueness, Dignity, Call to Balance , Fluidity, Connection to the Blue Road, Independence, Boundaries, Self Esteem"
Here's what my favorite astrologers had to say about yesterday's full moon:
Jon me this Friday in Seattle at Dandelion Botanical Company
. I'll be there from 10:30 - 7 selling my current stock of one of a kinds, chakra gemstone necklaces, traditional birthstone necklaces and more.
5424 Ballard Ave., NW Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98107
I hope everyone enjoys the shadow of this full moon! I hope it inspires you all to create something wonderful.
Love to you all!
Happy Full Sturgeon Moon! Some Native American tribes called this the Sturgeon Full Moon because these fish were most readily caught during this time. Seeing that I live by the Columbia River now, where Sturgeon are available, and Pisces being this moon's sign, I had to go with the obvious for this Lunar month's spirit animal. I chose Labradorite because it's a great stone for Pisces but it's also fantastic during transitions, which many of us are currently undergoing due to the aftermath of eclipse season.
"The sturgeon is known as the king of fishes. A primitive fish that has probably existed on the earth since around the time the dinosaurs disappeared, the sturgeon comes in a variety of sizes, but can reach twelve-foot lengths and at least 300-pound weights.
Sturgeons were considered the royalty of fishes among the Native people who lived in the Great Lakes area. In the Ojibwa nation there is a Sturgeon clan that is one of the teaching clans. To the Ojibwa people the sturgeon represents depth and strength.
The European people who came to North America did not have the same respect for this fish. At first they considered it a nuisance when sturgeons got in their nets. Later they almost fished it to extinction when they discovered the value of its roe, which is better known as caviar. The sturgeon is rarely found now.
Working with the sturgeon can teach you about your determination, perseverance, depth, knowledge, generosity, strength, and sexuality."
Labradorite heightens intuition and strengthens clairvoyance. It helps to ease anxiety and nerves, as well as reducing racing and negative thoughts. It assists us through all transitions, but is particularly helpful with transitions that are positive for us. Labradorite helps serendipitous situations, coincidences and synchronicity to flow in to your life.
I wish everyone the best of luck while flowing through the transitions brought out through eclipse season. To help, I'm offering a flash sale so you can get the healing gemstone necklace you need, including Labradorite
August 28th - 31st at midnight
Use Code: LabradoriteFlow
Minimum Purchase: $40
September 7th from noon - 9pm
Happy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius! I’ve noticed the Cormorants drying their wings and diving for fish since moving to Astoria. They’re unlike any of the Midwest birds I grew up with.
Amethyst, a Third Eye and Crown Chakra Stone, is a great stone for Aquarius. It increases psychic abilities and spiritual awareness. It relieves stress and brings a sense of inner peace. Amethyst combats anger and balances mood swings. It wards off psychic attack and dispels negativity. Amethyst helps with sleep issues as well as promotes lucid dreaming. It also helps to battle addiction.
“Cormorants are magical diving birds whose bodies are more equipped to swim under water than to fly in the air. Known in ancient Latin and Germanic languages as the “sea raven”, cormorants make a presence in your life when it is time to overcome obstacles and see possibilities. The cormorant brings earth-bound sensibilities and an amazing ability to navigate emotions. The cormorant invites you to dive into life FEARLESSLY, and to dive deep into the emotional realms knowing that you have evolved to do this, and you will always rise to the surface once you have gotten what you need from the depths.”...
“The cormorant is all about self-reliance, wit, and a powerful ability to move through watery emotion with the power of feet and wings; then to translate that movement into forceful sky flight.”... “The cormorant teaches us that life goes on, a high perch is worth the effort, and that it is perfectly fine and well to use your evolved abilities to live and move through more than one element; in this case air and water.”...“Cormorant power supports realization of seemingly impossible goals, dissolution of obstacles, and the application of multi-faceted skills which surprise and dazzle outsiders.” -www.gaiaearthoracle.com
In honor of yesterday’s Strawberry Full Moon, I chose Slug
as this Lunar month’s full moon Spirit Animal. I’ve been seeing slugs everywhere lately, but mostly eating the wild strawberries in our yard. I became curious to their meaning and lessons.
“Looking at the symbolism of the slug in various cultures, we can see that the slug was not always considered a nuisance but actually an ethereal being with healing powers. Some of the Native Americans used slugs to heal a toothache by allowing them to squirm around in their mouths. Apparently they believed that the trail the slug leaves behind has healing properties to it.The slug is also considered a hermaphroditic animal and is therefore considered to embody both the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Because of this, the slug is more a spiritual being than an earthly being. Great balance and strength is also a message that the slug can bring to its beholder. They are able to mate with any other slug and produce hundreds of offspring, and therefore also represent great fertility.I used to see slugs as being snails that are "between homes" (shells) but I realized that slugs are actually different species than snails...they don't need a mobile home. They are strong without it. The slug is also connected to shamans of certain cultures because during mating the slug sometimes loses a part of its body, just as the shaman loses a part of himself in order to transition into the spiritual world.”-Nicole Canfield https://exemplore.com/spirit-animals/Snail-and-Slug-Symbolism-and-Spirit-Guides
Rainbow Moonstone is a stone of new beginnings. It helps one maintain calm during times of transformation. It stabilizes the emotions and provides a calming, soothing energy. A crown chakra stone, it heightens intuition and psychic abilities. Strongly connected to the moon, it's a very powerful stone for women in particular.
Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius! A tiny little snake slithered across my path recently, leading me to look into its Spirit Animal Meaning. I paired Snake with Sunstone in honor of this fiery Sagittarius full moon.
Sunstone is associated with the Sacral Chakra and is known as the Stone of Leadership. It increases confidence and personal power and helps bring mental clarity. It helps stabilize the emotions and inspires passion and romance. It's also known as a Stone of Freedom and encourages independence, originality and individuality. Sunstone is linked to the sun and embodies its warmth and light, bestowing joy and good luck.
Snake Spirit Animal meaning is one of primal, life force energy. It represents the cycles of life, death and rebirth. Associated with the element Earth and the root chakra, Snake assists in Kundalini awakening. Call upon Snake medicine when you need help grounding. Snakes represent transmutation. Just as snakes shed their skin as they grow, we must shed past pains and outdated thinking to grow. Snakes evoke spiritual renewal and provide spiritual guidance through times of transformation. Snake asks us to move slowly, have patience, gather insight, then strike at the most potent time. Snake represents healing and wisdom. Learn more about Snake Spirit Animal meaning at https://www.spirit-animals.com/snake/
Happy Full Pink Moon in Scorpio! It peaks here on the West Coast at 5:59pm.
The Native Americans called this the Pink Moon due to the blooming of pink Wild Ground Phlox flowers, one of the first signs of spring.
There are 3 Main Scorpio Totems that represent where a Scorpio is on their journey, Scorpion, Eagle & Phoenix.
Scorpion: The basic and the least evolved Scorpio totem, is ruled by emotions and instincts rather than intellect. It has low self-awareness and little self-control. The most dangerous and vengeful type of Scorpio.
Eagle: The stage where the Scorpio becomes more self aware and accepting of his/her powers. They’re ruled by intellect rather than instincts and emotions. At this stage, they aim to achieve great heights in their dreams, career and endeavors.
Phoenix: The final stage where a Scorpio becomes fully self aware of their mystical powers of healing. A Scorpio needs to go through a complete transformation, to burn to the ground and rise from the ashes to achieve this power. The true power of a Scorpio lies in healing and spreading peace and love.
According to www.PureSpirit.com
, “The eagle is the chief over all the winged creatures. Eagle conveys the powers and messages of the spirit; it is man's connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. The eagle brings the message of renewed life because it is associated with the east winds - the direction of spring, dawn and rebirth. If an individual has been going through a hard time, eagle not only signals a new beginning, but provides that person with the stamina and resilience to endure the difficulties. If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles. Summon the eagle when you are about to embark on a challenge, a massive life change or a creative endeavor.”
Citrine is a great crystal for Scorpio. It’s a stone of success, prosperity and personal power. It not only combats negative energy, but also is one of only 3 stones that emits its own positive energy. Citrine manifests success and abundance in all areas. It is particularly useful to promote success in business, especially if placed in the cash box. Citrine promotes generosity and sharing of one's success with others.
I dedicate this Full Moon in Scorpio to my double Scorpio (sun and moon) husband, Kenneth Edward Booth. I love watching you soar to new heights!
Love and Light to all!
Now that I’m back to work, I want to share a few changes with you.
👌Thanks to the beautiful state of Oregon for having no sales tax!
All gigimoon.com purchases are now completely tax free!
All One of a Kinds will be listed on gigimoon.com only. Etsy won’t allow me to charge less than 1% sales tax so I encourage everyone to purchase on my site. I will keep my Etsy open for simple gemstone necklaces only.
I’m detaching a bit from Facebook and don’t check my messages very often. I encourage all inquiries to go through Instagram or firstname.lastname@example.org
I will also be doing the Astoria Sunday Market several times this season. I’ll let everyone know which dates I’ll be vending and what other events I’m participating in here on Instagram.
That’s it. Thanks for reading this!
Happy Full Moon!
Happy Full Snow Moon in Virgo!
March 1, 2018
Virgo is an earth sign and today's full moon is full of grounding, practical energy, guiding us to make the right decisions.
I stumbled across three deer walking around my new neighborhood a few days ago. They allowed me to get within 6 feet of them while they grazed on the neighbor's grass. I took them as a sign and looked up their animal spirit meaning:
"Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal.In the Celtic tradition, there are two aspects of deer – female and male. The Hind (the red female deer), called Eilid in the Gaelic language, symbolises femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to call to us from the Faery realm, tempting us to release the material trappings of so-called ‘civilization’, to go deep into the forest of magic, to explore our own magical and spiritual nature. The topic gentleness is part of this tradition. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women, often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild things in the spirit of love and communion. The Stag, Damh in the Gaelic tongue, is also linked to the sacredness of the magical forest. The Damh represents independence, purification, and pride. It is known as the King of the Forest, the protector of its creatures. For time immemorial people have sought to identify with the stag by ceremonially wearing antlered headdresses and imitating the deer’s leaping grace."http://www.shamanicjourney.com/deer-power-animal-symbol-of-gentleness-unconditional-love-and-kindness
Amazonite is an excellent stone for Virgos. Amazonite is an stone of manifestation and helps to increase Universal Love. It's a stone of prosperity and is considered a good luck stone for games of chance. It's also said to increase business and helps to protect from unfair business practices. Amazonite is both a Throat and Heart Chakra stone. It's an ecxellent stone to assist in communication, especially within romantic couples. In general, amazonite helps to see all sides of a situation, enabling one to understand the other's point of view. Amazonite promotes self love and courage. It helps to increase intuition and enhances creativity. Amazonite is good for dispelling negative energy and also protects from microwaves, EMFs and environmental pollutants. It soothes the emotions and calms the nervous system.
Happy Full Blood Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo
January 31st, 2018
Happy Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!
This one is in Leo during Aquarius. It was at 7:27am this morning, CTZ. It was intense!!
Garnet, the birthstone for January and a powerfully potent stone for Aquarius, is a stone of personal power and self esteem. It's a very grounding Root Chakra stone. This deep dark red stone holds a flash and fire, which is said to stimulate survival instincts, courage and willpower. Garnet's inner fire is also said to bring light, alleviating depression and bringing joy. Garnets help control anger, especially toward oneself. A stone of passion, sexuality and sensuality, Garnet activates the kundalini energies in a controlled manner. A stone of commitment, it inspires love and loyalty. Garnets are said to bring success in business.
Lions represent courage, strength and personal power. They encourage self expression from the heart. They are creative, influential, calm, extremely independent and confident. Lions represent wisdom and honor. Lions are fiercely loyal to their friends and family. Lions are leaders and exert dominion and power in a productive and positive way for all.
Happy Full Wolf Moon in Cancer
January 1, 2017
Today's Super Full Moon in Cancer is the perfect start to this New Year. Time to go inward and reflect on what to build and create while indulging in some self care. May your new year be full of blessings, love and light, self care, creating, manifesting and building your dreams
To a fabulous 2018!
Peacock represents rebirth, intuition, patience, kindness, good luck, self love, honor and balance.
Aquamarine is connected to the ocean. It provides peace and tranquility and helps reduce stress. A Throat Chakra Stone, it helps to speak from truth and encourages self expression. Its wonderful for meditation. It's considered to be the Stone of Courage. Aquamarine assists in letting go and helps to gain closure.
Full Cold Supermoon in Gemini
December 3rd, 2017
Happy Full Supermoon in Gemini!
This one is in my sign!
Mercury Retrograde also starts today. Get your turquoise on! I chose Blue Lace Agate for this collage because it's wonderful for both Gemini and communication, which we'll need extra help with when Mercury is Retrograde.
Blue Lace Agate is a wonderful stone to promote communication, allowing us to speak from truth. It provides a calming energy and alleviates nervousness. It brings the right words to help successfully express emotions or thoughts with out anger. It's said to help with thyroid issues. Blue Lace Agate provides inspiration and hope to the wearer.
Fox medicine includes increased awareness, cunningness, ability to swiftly problem solve through all obstacles, awareness to see through deceit and facades, ability to disappear or seem invisible.
Full Beaver Moon in Taurus
November 3rd, 2017
Full Moon Farewell, Kansas City, Missouri!
I have lived here since 1999, longer than I've lived anywhere. I love KC, it's my home, and it's molded me into the person I am today. I have grown so much here and I will always cherish the memories, but it's time for this Midwest bird to fly to the West Coast.
After the holiday season ends, Ken and I will be moving to Astoria, OR!
I have dreamed of living by the ocean literally my entire life. Astoria offers ocean, river and mountain views that I cannot wait to explore!
Thank you, Kansas City, Missouri, for being my home for 18 years.
Happy Full Harvest and Hunter Moon!
The Farmer's Almenac
explains why this moon is both the Hunter and Harvest Moon of this year. It happens to also be my and my husband's 3rd wedding anniversary! I was almost done with this artwork and then I thought, "I should include the 3 year wedding anniversary stone in this." As it turns out, Clear Quartz (and pearl) are the traditional 3rd year wedding anniversary stones. So this Full Moon is extra special to me. It's in the sign of Aires and here are what the experts have to say:
I normally launch new products on the New Moon but I am OREGON bound for our Anniversary trip October 10th through the 21st. My husband lived in Portland for 7 years and Astoria for 3 years so he's showing me his old stomping grounds. I lovingly call him, "Chef Squatch," so I feel as if we are taking him to his native land. The New Moon is on the 19th so I thought I would launch some items on the Full Moon so I can enjoy my trip. Here are this Lunar Full Moon's offerings:
Happy Full Moon!
Keep an eye on my Instagram
for photos of OREGON!
Happy New Moon!
New Moon, Newu Line
For this lunar month, I'm so proud to launch my Traditional Birthstone Line! I've been working to source these stones for over half a year and finalized my collection at the Denver Gem Show earlier this month.
Each necklace is on 16 inches of sterling silver chain with fancy lobster clasp closure. They come in a beautiful box with a vintage science illustration of each stone on the top and the healing properties inside the lid.
These are the perfect gift and they are ready for the Holidays!
This line will be on my website indefinitely, it is not a limited edition line.
Special thanks goes out to Stephanie Summers
who helped with the graphic design of the box labels. Thanks to my friend Melissa Dehner
and the other fine folks at the Linda Hall Library
for helping me source the vintage gemstone illustrations from their rare book collection.
January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Aquamarine
April - Herkimer Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Pearl
July - Ruby
August - Peridot
September - Sapphire
October - Opal
November - Topaz
December - Turquoise
Join me tonight from 5-8 pm at my studio in the Bauer Building for the new line launch and New Moon celebration featuring 10 of KC's intuitivez, healers and light workers.
115 W 18th St
This New Moon was unlike any I've experienced before in my lifetime! It fell on a total solar eclipse which happened to be most visible just a 30 minute drive north of my home town, Kansas City, MO. This was a highly anticipated event here as you might expect. This was the first Solar Eclipse to be viewed from the Continental US since 1979 and the first to cross America coast to coast in 99 years. The next viewable eclipse here won't happen until 2024.
I was invited to participate as a vendor at an event in Weston, MO, right under the Belt of Totality. I made a few new pieces in honor of the eclipse and decided to blog about my experience.
Before I do so, I must apologize for the tardiness of this blog! I have been keeping myself a bit busier than usual with trunk shows and traveling. Even though these reports are also tardy, here is what some of my favorite astologers had to say about the eclipse:
This gorgeous time lapse composit photograph of the Great American Eclipse was created by Ken Geiger.
One of a Kinds
Available only on Etsy
I was invited to participate as a vendor in "Black Sheep in the Shadow", an event hosted by Green Dirt Farm. Green Dirt is a sheep farm and creamery. They are well known in Kansas City and surrounding areas for their delicous cheese. My favorite is the Dirt Lover but there are so many wonderful options to choose from.
For this event, Green Dirt teamed up with The Rieger, one of KC's best known restaurants, to create an amazing meal for the event. They offered 370 tickets and the event sold out in no time. The entire staff of the farm, restaurant and all of the vendors got to participate and attend the event.
This old John Deere is located by the creamery, where they make all the cheese. You don't get views like this in the city!
Everyone who participated was allowed to camp the night before on the farm. I invited two of my best friends to help me out and we chose a secluded spot up a hill.
This selfie is courtesy of Stephanie Summers, one of my best friends and also the graphic designer behind my business cards and Gigi Moon branding. She is currently helping me with some new designs that I am excited to role out for the holidays. Check out her website
to see her work! Tara Milleville, one of my best friends, is to the left. Tara helps me fabricate some of my designs and she is a very talented Jane of all Trades. We drank wine while I did some last minute show prep. The oweners of Green Dirt Farm made a huge communal meal for everyone who camped out. They literally rang a bell to tell us all the food was ready.
The next morning, people started to arrive by the shool bus load at 8:30am. This photo shows a view from the top of the field looking down towards the Green Dirt Event Space. The moment of Totality was to start at 1:06pm so everyone wanted to beat the traffic and get to the farm ASAP. This field is normally full of grazing sheep and this was the most people who have ever been to the farm at one time.
We got to ride in the back of a pick up truck after we re-parked our cars. This is one of my favorite fellow makers here in Kansas City. Tara Tonsor has a genuine heart of gold. She is the real deal! We are constantly finding ourselves in endless conversations about maker life, creative inspiration, intuition and more. Check out her beautiful work on her
Hands down, my favorite part of the experience (besides the moon completely blocking out the sun, of course) were these three baby lambs. They were just over a month old and so adorable!
, Chef Owner of the The Rieger, was hard at work the entire time making sure the makers, Green Dirt employees and volunteers were fed. They made breakfast for us all and then went right into making lunch for the guests. A sacrificial lamb was roasted, I was told it was incredible by my meat eating friends. The crew from Ca/Va
was also there selling hand crafted cocktails during the event.
Everyone who attended got a pair of Eclipse glasses. These bad boys were selling for a rediculous price the day before the eclipse. This shot was taken right before the eclipse started.
It unfortunately started to get cloudy right at this time. We were all getting a little nervous about not getting to see the Eclipse. No matter what, you could definitely feel it starting. It made me feel dizzy and drousy but charged and excited at the same time. We all caught a glimpse of the sun sliver leading up to totality.
Unfortunately, the sky got cloudier as we got closer to totality. When the "360 degree sunset" occured during totality, it started to rain and it stopped the moment the sun became uncovered.
During this time, I sat cross legged on the ground and meditated under the rain. As New Moons are a time of new beginnings, I was focusing on my intentions but mostly sending love and light out as our world desparately needs it right now. This was one of the most amazing, intense meditations of my life thus far. I've never been able to tune out so many human energies around me and tune in like this before. It was an experience that I will never forget. Although we didn't get to see the ring of totality, the rain added an intense healing energy that I feel Middle of America needs desperately.
Back to the lambs. Of course. Their handler, Elise, told me after the eclipse that these babies were making sounds she has never heard lambs make before during the moment of totality. We also heard a chours of crickets begin to sing during the black out. Even after totality, nature seemed to stand still for a bit. Every living thing was affected by the energies of the eclipse.
This is the best shot I got of the eclipse. I was able to see a glimpes of the Sun crescent before and after totality and took this shot with my cell phone through the glasses. Sort of anticlimatic, I know. To see some of the best eclipse photos, check out this gallery of eclipse photos
from National Geographic.
Incredible photograph of the moment of totality
After the totality, Quixotic
started their performance. It was absolutely beautiful.
In conclusion, I was thrilled to be a part of this epic, once in a life time event. I want to say thank you to Green Dirt Farm for hosting and opening your homestead to us all for this experience.
See you next time, Solar Eclipse! 2024 is around the courner-ish.
Happy Belated Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse
According to the Farmer's Almenac
, this moon was called the 'Sturgeon Moon'. "The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon."
Monday's full moon was also a partial lunar eclipse and its effects were powerful. With the Sun in fiery Leo and the Moon in watery Aquarius, this one was intense! It had me in an incredilbly reflective state, and I had a hard time focusing my energy on anything else. Hence, the tardiness of this blog. Eclipses bring about sudden change, so my of us experienced some major shifts over the past few days. Eclipses have a way of ripping away things that are no longer serving us, leaving us feeling vulnerable and out of control at first. But eclipses have a funny way of knowing what's best for us. Perthaps as we let the dust settle, we'll find that this was JUST the change we needed.
Here's what a few of my favorite astrologers have to report:
For this Full Moon, I decided to add some of the Unisex pieces I've recently made to my Etsy shop! I post all one of a kinds there and you can follow the links to below to purchase them. These Unisex necklaces are all on thick antique brass or silver chain with larger lobster clasp closures.
August 21st Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun
Next New Moon is also a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!
This eclipse's path of totality goes 45 minutes north of my hometown, Kansas City.
The last total solar eclipse viewed from contiguous United States was on Feb. 26, 1979 whose path passed through the northwestern U.S. states and Canada. After this total solar eclipse, the next annular solar eclipse that can be seen in the continental United States will be on October 14, 2023 which will be visible from Northern California to Florida. Following this, a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 visible from Texas to Maine.
I consider myself so lucky to be a part of this event on the day of the Solar Eclipse! All my New Moon listings will be available and I'm making some one of a kinds in honor of the Eclipse. This is a sold out event but I will blog about it!
I'm coming to CHICAGO!
I'm popping up at Squasht Boutique
for a Happy Hour event on Friday, August 25th!
Happy Belated Full Moon!
Love and Light to you all and my the Eclipse season treat you well.
This New Moon, July 23rd, marks the beginning of Leo, a fire sign that seeks to evoke our inner passions and stoke our creative flames. This is a Two Part Leo New Moon series, with the second half taking place in the Third House of Leo on August 21st, which is also an intense Solar Eclipse!
Here's what some of my favorite astrologers have to say about this New Moon:
Although this New Moon is focused on the King of the Jungle, I found myself focusing on the Bird of the City. Pigeons. I had taken this beautiful bird for granted most of my life until I got engaged to my husband in 2013. He loves pigeons, they're one of his favorite animals. I found this to be so sweet, as he is always rooting for the underdog in any situation. I then became more aware of the pigeons around me. They're gathered on wires and buildings all over the KC Crossroads and downtown. I find myself taking photos of them on their city perches. I see them as regal creatures, looking out over their urban domain with pride.
I recently had the pleasure to meet a baby pigeon named Dino, prounounced 'Dean' - 'O'. He was injured and placed in the care of Jack, who fostered him back to health and is now proud owner of the Dapper Dino. Dino became far too socialized to let loose in the wild and needed a good home. Pigeons are very loyal and make great pets. They become attached to their owners and eventually can be trained to always return back to them. They're very loving pets and like to cuddle and love being pet, and Dino is no exception.
When Jack brought Dino over for the photo shoot, and it was such a delight to be in his presence. We locked up my cats and let him fly around and get aquainted. He took turns landing on our heads and shulders and walking around the apartment. When we put the necklace on him, you could tell it made him happy! Pigeons love shiny things and Dino pecked at the necklace a few times in approval. Dino is used to wearing, "pigeon pants" which work as a leash harness (and diaper) so he is used to having things around his chest and neck.
The pigeon necklace is made with Labradorite and brass and is surrounded by Apatite, Pearl, Black Onyx and Coral. All the stones were carefully chosen to match the colors of pigeons. The photo above is a stock image of an adult male pigeon and it displays the beautiful mauves/magentas and teal colors of their neck and chests.
Dino is only 3 months old so he's just now beginning to grow those colorful feathers. He had a few teal ones growing already but his neck is still mostly grey. Jack thinks the necklace makes Dino look like a Game of Thrones character. I agree, it makes him look very regal and wise. Here's a little photo Trio of Dino being held by Jack, wearing his new necklace.
Dino got to take his necklace home and I hope he wears it on special occasions and enjoys its shinyness. I don't know what compelled me to make jewelry for a pigeon other than my own amusement, but Dino truly loved it and that makes me so happy!
As I was writing this blog sitting on my front porch, I heard a pigeon cooing across the street. I found that to be serendipitous, as I don't recall hearing a pigeon from our porch before. Our trees are dominated by cardinal families so we're blessed with their melodies. It reminded me to look up the animal medicine meaning for Pigeon. I'm not surprised that they represent peace and love, among many other awesome things.
Thank you, Dino, for making this New Moon so special with your peaceful presence and loving spirit. And, of course, with your dapper looks!
Thank you, Laurie Ray, for lending your beauty to this New Moon's listings. I hope everyone has a lovely New Moon and enjoys this creative and passionate Leo energy.
According to Farmers Almenac,
"July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon."
This Full Moon lies in earthy Capricorn while the Sun is in the watery sign of Cancer. Dualities at play indeed! Here's what some of my favorite astrologers have to report:
This full moon called me out into nature, and I made sure to walk and hike a bit both days. I felt compelled to take in the full moon's energy. I recommend getting outside and soaking it up!
If you live in Kansas City, come by my studio this Thurdsday night for my summer clearance sale. 25% off all items and some things up to 50% off.
Gigi Moon Studio
115 W. 18th St. Ste. 205
Chair Massage by Jackie Haines
Happy Full Moon!
Happy New Moon in Cancer!
Here's what some of my favorite astrologers have to say:
For this New Moon, I chose Moonstone as we entered Cancer on June 21st. I love moonstone for this watery sign and made some Rainbow Moonstone and Grey Moonstone offerings. Rainbow Moonstone stabilizes the emotions and provides a calming, soothing energy as well as heightens intuition and psychic abilities. Grey Moonstone is known as the, "New Moon Stone", as it mimics the powers of the new moon, which represent new beginnings and potential.
I added a new Fossil item as well as some fun flirty Cloisonne Fish earrings.
Arkansas Clear Quartz Collection
I hand picked my favorite stones from my crystal dig at the Ron Coleman Mine
in Jesseville, Arkansas. This collection was so personalized as I felt such a strong connection to the stones. I am selling this line tonight in person at a New Moon Open House with Totem Accupuncture
and Glowing Massage
at 8016 State Line Road, Suite 203, Leawood, KS 66208. Whatever is left unsold, I will list as a One of a Kind in my Etsy shop.
Happy Summer Solstice!
The Summer Solstice takes place today, June 20th, if you are in the Western time zones and tomorrow, June 21st for most parts of the world. According to the Farmer's Almenac, "The timing of the solstice is not based on a specific calendar date and time. It depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time." I made these two Sunstone creations in honor of the Summer Solstice.
Sunstone is linked to the sun and embodies its warmth and light, bestowing joy and good luck to the wearer. Sunstone is associated with the Sacral Chakra and is known as the Stone of Leadership. It increases confidence and personal power and helps bring mental clarity. It helps stabilize the emotions and inspires passion and romance. It's also known as a Stone of Freedom and encourages independence, originality and individuality.
Model: Ashley Vining
Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius!
The Native Americans called the June full moon the Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time to gather fruit. This is so fitting because I have recently found the most amazing old mulberry tree in my neighborhood. I have been stopping by during my runs and harvesting its fruit. Today, I went there to graze but also to do a small photo shoot with the Botswana Agate one of a kind pieces I made for Gemini. There is a wild strawberry patch right next to my favorite mullberry tree. I ate a few strawberries during the photo shoot as well.
Here's what my favorite astrologers have to say about this Full Strawberry Moon.
That's right! Full Moon Flash Sale!
Save 25% off on orders over $50
Now through Monday at Midnight
applicable on my Etsy and Website
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Check out these 5 new One of a Kinds made with Botswana Agate for Gemini. All One of a Kinds are listed in my
Go eat some strawberries and enjoy the rest of this beautiful full moon!
I've been wanting to dig crystals in Arkansas for years now. I've gone on a few gemstone digs, for Staurolites and Garnets in Taos, NM and Topaz in Mason County, TX. Both digs were a low find rate, the topaz especially. I found a handfull of staurolites and some tiny garnets and zero topaz.
I had heard of Coleman Mine because it has such a high find rate. You pay $20 to dig but if you don't find anything, you get $20 credit in the gift shop. You would have to actually try to not find crystals at Coleman Mine. The place is exploding with them. Some of the world's largest crystal clusteres are found here. The energy was trumendous. The land felt alive with the crystals' vibrations.
is located at
211 Crytal Ridge Lane
Jesseville, AR 71949
This is the commercial mine, and it's closed to visitors for digging. You can, however, sign up for a tour of the mine. Digging goes from 8am - 4:30pm.
We got to the mine just after 2pm, which, we discovered gets you a discounted entrance fee. The regular fee is $20 per person and you get to keep everything you find. This includes a heavy duty bag to put your finds in. We purched digging tools in the gift shop for $2 a piece but you are welcome to bring your own.
For future digs, I plan to bring a bucket and heavy duty gardening gloves. I bought a new pair of hiking boots for this dig and I was really glad that I had them. Sturdy footwear is a must.
To the left of the commercial mine, is the Tailings field. They dump piles of excavation material from the mine into these hills and that's where you get to dig your own crystals.
We were informed to look through darker, redder dirt, and wet dirt especially. It had rained the entire night before so we were lucky to have a lot of wet dirt to choose from.
My dear friend, Jenna, came on the trip from Kansas City with me. It was a 7.5 hour drive to the mine.
Here's a close up of one of the tailings piles.
Jenna had a strong intuition about a spot to dig in the way back. En route, I found my very first crystal just laying on top of one of the tailing piles. Just sparkling in the sun for me to find.
Jenna's spot was great, we were off down into the lower hills, which from the looks of it, don't get picked through much. We found a lot of tiny clear points here along with a lot of the white quartz shapes.
They say, if you can get it out of Coleman Mine, it's yours to keep. Someone started digging away at this massive crystal cluster but gave up on it.
My first big point! We moved away from the mountain side and in towards the center of the tailing area when I found this beauty!
This is my favorite of all the clear crystals I found. I literally gasped when I found it! I love it and will keep it forever as a keepsake from this trip.
My bag of crystals was two thirds the way full. It was really heavy. After the mine closes at 4:30, you're welcome to clean your crystals off at the wash station. The gift shop is open until 5 so I did a little shopping instead of cleaning my crystals. When I got home, I put all my crystals in a big cooking pot and soaked them for a while.
You can camp at the mine, the spots are $13 a night and there's another crystal cleaning station there as well as electricity hook ups. We opted for something near water, and found the Gulpha Gorge Campsite
which is $30 a night.. It's located in the Hot Springs National Park right next to the creek surrounded by hiking trails. It's where I took the product shots for the May 25th New Moon series.
The next day, we drove 15 minutes in to Hot Springs, AR and visited the historical Bathhouse Row
There are several gorgouse bathhouses to choose from.
We got to Bathhouse Row at noon, but by then, all the private tubs were booked. Make your reservations early because the public pools were also full. We lucked out and got a spot in the public pool at Quapaw. Make sure you have a bathing suite and flip flops, but you can buy them there. The pools range from 95, 98,102 & 104 degrees ferenheight.
The next day, we drove 25 minutes from our campsite to Lake Catherine State Park
to see a waterfall. This is Falls Creek Falls, and we hiked two miles into the park to see it. The water was super cold, but I imagine it's the perfect temperature during the heat of the summer time. We did rest of the photo shoot here. I have never shot at had a more beautiful location.
The Waterfall was well worth the hike. The hike back was mostly uphill but still worth it. We drove home to Kansas City after the hike. This trip was truly inspiratoinal, relaxing and rewarding. There's nothing like plucking a gemstone directly from the Earth. It's such a gift. We left KC Friday night and drove back Monday early evening but still had time for camping, crytals, nature, hot springs, photoshoots, waterfalls, crawdads and most of all, friendship.
After soaking my crystals, I lay them to dry on an industrial size baking sheet. I found all of this in under 2 and a half hours.
The clear quartz is the most valuable but I found the white quartz to be beautiful in its own way. It has a soothing and calming energy and many of them have a few quartz like sides.
I made a crystal grid from my finest of my finds. Because I have OCD and I love crystals.
Here are all of the clear quartz points, minus the two bigs ones I found.
I've hand selected some of my favorites to turn into jewelry. Stay tuned to my Etsy, where I post my one of a kinds!
Thank you for letting me share my crystal journey with you!
Happy New Moon!
Normally a time for manifesting, this new moon is more about self healing. Here's a New Moon Healing Ritual by ForeverConscious.com
This past weekend, I had a chance to slow down and do some self healing. My friend, Jenna, and I went to Arkansas to dig crystals, find a waterfall, camp, hike, enjoy hot springs and do the New Moon Photoshoot! Although Jenna is not a Gemini, she is a Gemini Rising. I am a Gemini Sun Sign, so in a way we were two Gemini's on an Arkansas adventure. Slowing down like this and spending time in nature was exactly what I needed and it was fruitful as well! I have an entire pot full of crystals, a refreshed soul, and a mind full of dreams of future crystal digs and adventures in nature.
During the photoshoot, a huge dragonfly landed right onto the sheer floral wrap I was wearing. The dragonfly stayed with us for over 20 minutes, eventually becoming a beautiful living prop for our photoshoot, then quickly turning into her own photoshoot. She allowed us to pass her back and forth, almost as if wanting to be part of our creation. It was truly magical. I looked up Dragonfly Spirit Animal meaning immediately after the 2 mile hike back to our car and civilzation. Dragonfly Medicine was exactly what Jenna and I needed. I have posted more photos than usual as it's not often that I get to do a photoshoot by a waterfall, blessed by a beautiful dragonfly and a dear friend.
In preparation for the trip, I made some one of a kinds for the New Moon. Labradorite is my favorite stone, and since my birthday is this Saturday, I wanted to make you all a little Labradorite Party.
I orderd some Blue Lace Agate, Moss Aquamarine & Rainbow Moonstone Cabachons, all good stones for Gemini. However, shipping from India can take forever and this time it took almost a month. So, expect some more Gemini One of a Kind pieces to pop up on my Instagram and Etsy shop as soon as they get here. Any day now.......
Blue Labradorite Arkansas Adventure Series
I made 5 one of a kinds for this Double Gemini New Moon.
They're listed on my Etsy shop only
Photo Credit: Jenna Nicole Hammond
Gemstones and Stainless Steel Collection
Thank you to Jenna Nicole Hammond for lending her beauty and photography skills to this Double Gemini New Moon photoshoot. Thank you for coming on this Arkansas Adventure with me and for sharing in all the sernedipitous moments.
Photo Credit: Jenna Nicole Hammond
Photo Credit: Jenna Nicole Hammond