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Healing by the Moon
By Rachel Raymond


Moon goddesses are also goddess of magic and herbal healing.

Isis, Artemis, Hecate, and Diana are just a few of the any lunar deities who were invoked in herbal healing rituals and spells.

The very first forms of magic were healing magic.
Healers used the energies and properties of the world around them to bring their ailing patients back into a state of health.
They observed that all living things responded to the waxing and waning of the Moon.
During the Full Moon shellfish are plumper and more succulent, and mammals have more blood in their bodies and stronger heartbeats.
Women tend to menstruate during the New Moon and ovulate during the Full Moon.
The herbs used by ancient healers were said to be best when picked during a particular phase of the Moon.

As a modern herbalist, I have found the Moon to be a powerful healing ally.
Unlike my healing predecessors, I am spoiled by a ready supply of prepared herbs.
Therefore, I don’t spend a lot of time picking my herbs during the optimal phase of the Moon.
However, I have found using herbal therapies in harmony with the phases of the Moon to be a very powerful healing strategy.

Waxing Moon

The waxing phase of the Moon is the best time to build the body up.
This is when I use nurturing herbs and tonics to strengthen the body’s natural immunities.
Raspberry leaf is an excellent tonic for female reproductive organs; hawthorn berries are good for the cardiovascular system; nettle is a great blood tonic; marshmallow root is a soothing tonic for the urinary tract; astragalas is a wonderful immune system tonic; burdock is a good liver tonic; red clover builds fertility; oat straw is good for the nervous system; and alfalfa is a fantastic all-around nutritive tonic.

These herbs are simple and gentle.
They are best taken in a cup of tea, three to five times a day. During the waxing phase, I also like to increase water intake to avoid water retention.
The more water we ingest, the less water our bodies attempt to retain.

This is also a good time to apply medicinal salves and to take therapeutic baths.
Most importantly, I work during the waxing Moon to ensure that the body has all the nutritional support it needs.
This is the body’s building time, and it needs a good supply of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids to be healthy.
I would also not attempt to fast or to lose weight during the waxing Moon.

Use energy healing techniques to strengthen and reconnect with the earth.
Be careful to ground and center when healing so that you never use up your own life force energy.
The universe if full of energy to use, and by tapping into it you will be able to help many more people than you could by using just your energy alone.

Full Moon

The Full Moon lasts about three days. It is a very intense phase.
Many women still ovulate with the Full Moon. This is the time when I apply the most powerful herbs.
I like to use cayenne capsules to treat infections of any kind.
Goldenseal is a well-known herbal antibiotic.
Echinacea and Lomatium are anti-viral.
Dong quai, blackcohosh and chasteberry are excellent herbs for female hormonal fluctuations.

Energy healing work during the Full Moon is very powerful.
On the energetic level, it acts like a magnifying mirror. The strong lunar energy pulls everything out of hiding and reflects it back at us.
This is often the time during an acute illness when people feel their worst.
The Full Moon intensifies whatever else is going on. Often people aren’t even aware that they’re sick until the Full Moon hits.

This is also an excellent time for psychological therapy.
Emotions seem closer to the surface than usual and social inhibitions melt away.
Agendas that have been simmering under the surface tend to come out under the light of the Full Moon.
This is a time to strengthen relationships and reaffirm bonds.
Never underestimate the healing power of simply holding someone’s hand and listening.
This is not the time for isolation or introspection.
The Full Moon draws all of life toward it.
Even the solid ground rises several inches when the Full Moon passes overhead!

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is the best time to employ therapeutic fasts.
I avoid drastic fasting.
There is usually no need to starve the body to heal it.
However, I found it helpful to limit my intake to juices and soups for a few days during the waning Moon, particularly when I was struggling with the flu.
I like to use purifying herbs in moderation at this time.
Sage, ginger, lemon, thyme, lavender, and peppermint are all cleansing the clearing herbs.

The Waning Moon is also a good time to do sweats and diaphoretic (sweat producing) baths.
In addition, if I were trying to kick a habit, I would do it during the waning phase.
Full body massages help circulation and strengthen the eliminative systems.
Use energy healing techniques to server unhealthy bonds and strengthen boundaries.

New Moon

The New Moon is as powerful in its own way as the Full Moon.
It is a time for taking stock.
It is a phase of hibernation, retreat, and contemplation.
Avoid crowds and gatherings and seek a little time for yourself.
Unless an illness is at a critical phase, I frequently cease all therapies for a day or so and allow the body to seek its own level.
Rest is crucial during the New Moon.
Simple foods and quiet times are powerful healers.

Many women menstruate with the New Moon.
It is natural to want to curl up in bed with a good book and nice cup of chamomile tea.
Stronger nervines (relaxing herbs) are skullcap, hops, catnip, oatstraw and valerian.

After the New Moon ends and that first crescent appears, then the healing lunar cycle begins all over again.
Most acute diseases do not last a full lunar cycle.

The information in this article is only intended to be an educational tool, not a prescription.
It is always wise to consult with your health care provider when experiencing any illness or discomfort.

Awareness of the rhythms of nature can assist you and your health care provider in determining the best course of treatment at any given time.

Naturally, some conditions will require that you apply therapies that don’t necessarily “fit” with the phase of the Moon.
However, I have found that my own therapies are much more effective when I am not fighting the tides that flow around and through us.

May the lunar goddesses of healing – Artemis and Isis, Diana and Hecate – bless your healing efforts with Moon wisdom and Moon magic.
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RE:Healing by the Moon
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Healing By The Moon

There are many different ways to give and receive healing. A laugh, a hug, even a pat on the back or soothing tone can provide healing to someone in need. In today's environment of high medical bills, expensive prescriptions and invasive procedures, many people are looking to 'alternative medicines'. But you might take note at just how many of these 'new alternatives' are actually ancient healing methods or simple 'home remedies' your grand mother used to provide. No matter what you chose to believe, nothing should take the place of a visit to your doctor when problems arise. Holistic healing methods are designed to assist in treating the 'whole' person and not just the physical ailment most medical treatments deal with.

Those who carry Raven Medicine also carry a heavy responsibility to Spirit.Raven is the messenger of magic from the great void where all knowledge waits for us. He is also the symbol of changes in consciousness, of levels of awareness and of perception. He carries the mark of the shape-shifter. He is the carrier of healing energy from distances. Those of you who have asked for messages of light and healing and prayer on this list have asked for raven medicine. What all of this means to us in the modern-day world is that raven medicine gives you the ability to get inside another's head and heart, and to understand them from the inside out, so to speak. You can "become" that other person because of the depth of your understanding of them, and it is not necessary to be in their physical presence for that to happen. Spiritual healers and counsellors who are skilled in their abilities are using raven power for they have a depth of understanding and empathy not shared by all. Because of this power, they have the ability to actually alter another's perception and behavior. They are able to work real magic in bringing peace, healing and understanding to others. Here is the heavy responsibility, and the dangers, in raven medicine. As with all things, these powers can be used for dark purposes. It enables the carrier to manipulate and coerce others into doing their will to the detriment of the other. This medicine can be used for selfish and self-serving purposes for the ego and greed of the carrier. Because of the power of the levels in understanding others, a practitioner of the black arts can use raven for destructive purposes. If you carry raven medicine, you must always use it in the light for the highest and best interests of others. You must use it for the good and well being of others, and never for your own selfish motives even though you may be tempted when times are bad. Raven medicine demands that you walk in the light in all things. That's heavy with responsibility for your own thoughts and deeds.

Work your magic in the light -- you are Raven.
HEALING...??

The most common ~ understanding~ of healing is to have discomfort....diminish so it does not .. interfere with...... day to day living. This leads us to think that healing is just about the physical body and conclude that if our bodies are giving us less trouble we might think of ourselves as healed.

How many of us have had friends or acquaintances that although they may be physically fit but they are unhappy, frustrated, and many times even feel helpless about an event ... or situation .... or relationhip. Sometimes they even collapse with heart attacks or unexpected illnesses.

Consider then......healing is about more........ than just .......relieving symptoms...... in the....physical.....body....Looking at the picture to the right .... allow your imagination to open to the possibility .... that the moon shows your emotions ... and it is impacting and touching the other 3 parts of you .... your soul (spirit - light blue center star) ..... and becomes solidified in your mind (1 solid dark blue star)your body (2nd dark blue star). It is easy to see how we continue to go ... round and round ... isn't it??

EMOTIONS

Emotions - EXPRESSED OR DENIED OR WITHHELD
When emotions or feelings come we get the idea that the feelings will interfere with what our mind says we need to do in that moment or we use the feeling to say or do what we lack the courage to do kindly or we suppress the feeling completely and ignore it.
Each of these will stop the ability to understand what the feelings and emotions offer.

WHAT FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS OFFER are: one thing only

.. C L U E S ..

TO WHAT WE ARE T H I N K I N G !!!!!
Once you know what you are thinking and you discover it is not fair or nurturing or someone elses thought and not yours and is not in agreement with what you think...
Y O U C A N C H A N G E I T ! ! !
THOUGHTS

Thoughts seem to run rampant though your mind, IT IS ONLY IDEAS INITIALLY YOU HAVE A CHOICE ABOUT WHAT THOUGHT YOU MAKE SOLID.
SOUL (SPIRIT - THE DIVINE ESSENCE OF YOU

Soul - the living forever part of each of us that speaks to us all day BUT .. very softly, very kindly, very gently .... the Goddess/God force part of us we were born with THIS PART OF US ONLY COMES WHEN WE INVITE IT TO HELP US IN MOMENT TO MOMENT EXPERIENCES.
WHAT COMES FIRST???

Where do we begin to create heath, happiness and healing?
BY IDENTIFYING THE BELIEF OR THOUGHT that brings the upset and USING OUR POWER OF CHOICE ... right then.....to replace that thought with one THAT IS FAIR AND IN ALIGNMENT WITH the unconditional loving and accepting part of us.

So...Healing begins when we feel a feeling, identify the thought that brought the upset.... and REPLACE THE THOUGHT IMMEDIATELY

These upsets, challenges and frustrations keep our energy very low.

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