Essential Oil Holiday Rituals That Harness This Gemini Supermoon’s Power
No matter where you are, get outside this Sunday night for a moon you don’t want to miss. This moon is known as the Full Cold Moon, signifying winter’s everlasting, frigid nights. In other traditions, the December full moon is referred to as the Long Nights Moon because of its proximity to the winter solstice.
The full moon falling on Sunday, December 3 is what we’ve all been waiting for— this year’s only supermoon! Falling right in the nick of time for holiday season to swing into full force, it may be unsurprising that this moon in Gemini and all the other astrological happenings promise a tad of chaos.
This full moon is intensely influenced by the planet, Neptune. The full moon squares Neptune in a very tight orb meaning that cunning Neptune will be out to play. Propaganda, dishonesty, disillusionment, shame, and sickness may weave into your life during this two-week moon phase. While the moon’s relationship to Neptune is certainly notable, it’s also worthy to note that there is some spiritual good in this moon cycle with the fixed star, Aldebaran, which is known for prosperity and integrity. Let this be a time to focus on the plight of others. This moon and time of year shine a light on social justice issues that may be tugging at your heartstrings over the next few weeks.
Read on to try your hand at four simple at-home aromatic rituals to honor and harness the power of the full cold moon. They also happen to make awesome DIY holiday presents! And if you’re totally enamored with this big pie in the sky, you don’t have to wait long to experience supermoon magic, again. This moon is the first of three supermoons as January 2018 will have two back-to-back full supermoons. Stay tuned for what that can mean for you and your new year’s resolutions!
Stop What You’re Doing and Get Clarity
I am not here to tell you what everyone else will be saying the next few weeks about the holidays being the “most stressful” or “anxiety-provoking” time of year. While that may certainly be true for some, let’s dig deeper here. As previously mentioned, the Moon square Neptune can play tricks on one’s mind and perception. Maybe some strange, out-of-place feelings arise for you, or you find yourself becoming over-analytical— reading too much into situations or what people say. When this happens, catch yourself. Is your mind leading you down a slippery slope? Don’t believe everything you think.
In the midst of holiday frenzy, it can sometimes be hard to find just a moment to enjoy the season. If you’re finding the time to engage in a mindful practice, like meditation, or you are just hoping to take a few moments to yourself each day, I’ve concocted a seasonally delicious (aromatically speaking!) blend that works to energetically ground and help you gain mental clarity about what you want or need.
Invigorate and Clarify Inhaler
Add 5 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis), 6 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita) and 4 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) onto the cotton wick of an aromatic inhaler. Inhale whenever you desire.
Juniper berry is fresh, woody aroma that’s useful for expanding one’s thinking. Peppermint is one of my all-time favorites— a cooling classic with a wintery persona— and boasts boosting mental focus and mental sharpness. Lastly, cypress rounds out the blend with a balsamic aroma and not to mention— an affinity for catching one’s breath, which is a must-have when running around this December.
Make Peace with Others and This Year
Naturally, December brings a lot of reflection. Did I do everything I set out to accomplish this year? What am I proud of? Grateful for? Regret? Now, is the time to strive making peace with your decisions and behavior from the past twelve months.
This full moon conjuncts the bright, fixed star, Aldebaran. And while that may mean nothing to you, I promise it’s bound to be good! This shiny star is associated with bringing an abundance of opportunities, achievement, and affluence into your life. Beyond that, the effects of this fortunate star could also reverberate into your personal relationships. May all be happy at your homestead when everyone gets together for the season’s celebrations! If you’re having people come to your home this month, this diffuser blend taps into the sacred and traditional scents of the season that may help you find peace, love, and joy— even if no one is around!
Holiday Gathering Diffuser Blend
Add 6 drops balsam fir (Abies balsamea), 3 drops cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), and 2 drops frankincense (Boswellia carterii) into your diffuser of choice.
Balsam fir is my go-to when I need a holiday fix post-thanksgiving. To me, it smells like Christmas— more so than pine or other woody scents. The coniferous aroma brings a bit of the winter outdoors inside. Cinnamon leaf adds a touch of purifying spice to the blend. Plus, if you have hordes of people traipsing through your home, a little cinnamon goes a long way due to its strong antibacterial properties. Lastly, frankincense is the epitome of a peace seeking oil— given its notable history in the story of Jesus’ birth. And the rich, musky aroma adds a familiarity to the blend with which party-goers are sure to resonate.
Oh No, Retrograde! Tap into Intuition
You’ve likely heard about it before. Retrogrades have recently become quite a built-up phenomenon in astrology, so here’s your notice: Mercury retrograde is heading our way. It will station itself there just eight hours before the full moon arrives. The overlap of this full moon and Mercury retrograde for this entire moon cycle can be powerful. Mercury rules communication, technology, and travel— so give yourself extra time to get places and be wary of when your communication style feels off or indirect.
With mercury in retrograde and the strong Neptunian influence of this moon, people may cross your path with the intention to emotionally harm or take advantage of you. When the energy or presence of another makes you feel uneasy, trust your gut. Think twice about what you agree to and don’t be afraid to say no. To remain grounded in your truth and establish healthy energetic boundaries, use this daily perfume featuring spiritual oils.
Intuitive Spirit Daily Perfume
Add 6 drops myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), 2 drops galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua), 3 drops nutmeg (Mrystica fragrans) into a glass roller bottle. Top off the blend with a carrier oil of your choice, like sunflower or jojoba.
Myrrh, like frankincense, has a storied history associated with the Christmas holiday. It’s a meditative and grounding oil that’s useful for speaking your truth and cultivating intuition. Galbanum is a sacred oil— one of my favorites— with a resinous aroma known for fostering introspection. And, a few drops of nutmeg can help with quelling overwhelm. Like burning sage, it’s often used to purify.
Be of Service
Despite the entropy this moon brings, it reminds us the importance of being present and of service to others. If you’re looking to make a DIY holiday gift that is sure to please, try this Ayurvedic body oil that grounds flighty, wintery Vata energy. And did I mention that this body oil is easy to make and use? Plus, it’s my own go-to recipe for dehydrated skin in need of TLC.
Vata Holiday Body Oil
Add 5 drops frankincense (Boswellia carterii), 4 drops sandalwood (Santalum album), and 5 drops helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) into a 1 oz. glass bottle. Top it off with sesame oil, which is useful for the airy Vata constitution.
This warming blend taps into masculine energy that nourishes thin, dry skin. These oils have an affinity for the skin, while also working on the energetic level to proactively tackle anxiety and stress.
Written by: Leigh Winters
Leigh Winters is a neuroscientist and natural beauty expert. She’s currently an instructor at Columbia Business School’s Venture for All program teaching entrepreneurship around the globe. At Columbia University, she also co-teaches a wildly popular online graduate course that blends venture creation and spiritual psychology— the first of its kind. Previously, Leigh served as a fellow at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute, where she clinically researched contemplative practices, like yoga and mindfulness meditation, and biobehavioral health.
Leigh is a sought after certified aromatherapist and teacher of meditation, aromatic plant medicine, and all-natural beauty formulation. Leigh regularly writes about and hosts workshops on the brain, behavior, and plant medicine.