Rituals involving the Moon don’t always need to be complex. I am craving a simple one for the Full Moon in Sagittarius on Friday, June 9th at 6:09 am (PST).
The energy of Sagittarius encourages you to delve into your heart space and search for the truth in your relationships, including the one with your Higher-SELF. The journey for the truth may lead you to heal and liberate yourself from old hurts that have been inflicting your mind & heart.
From the little that I know of the Vedic system, the upcoming Full Moon will be in the Jyestha part of the night’s sky, which is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and the Indian Goddess, Jyestha. She is a wise woman, who is believed to be the eldest heavenly sister. Thus, a reminder to connect with elders, including your ancestors on the other side. . .and also crone medicine, which encourages you to embrace your sacred power.
On a side note, have you noticed how the Full Moon magnifies your energy? If you are feeling ungrounded and chaotic then that will be illuminated. On the other hand, if you are zenned out and at peace then that will be magnified. The Full Moon serves as a reminder to be mindful of the vibrations that you are sending out into the Universe.
I mentioned on Instagram that I have been drinking A LOT of cardamom CHAI lately, especially while I am writing and painting. I grew up eating cardamom in rice, curries, sweets and almost everything that my grandma or mom made. . .and I use to push the black seeds aside on my plate, but now I can’t get enough! I love both black and green cardamom.
The health benefits of cardamom are amazing, as the spice is known to detoxify the blood, which is excellent as the Full Moon has a cleansing energy. You can dive into the other benefits of cardamom via Saba Naaz’s in-depth article.
Making chai is a ritual, as you can’t simply boil water and add the ingredients because there is a set sequence. You will need 4 simple ingredients: water, milk (non-dairy is fine too), cardamom (pods or powder) and honey (other sweeteners can also be used). If you don’t have cardamom in your pantry then you can use cinnamon or perhaps try another spice that you feel drawn to like star anise, cloves, ginger and so on.
In India, many people pray, chant or meditate while making chai, as the positive vibes are believed to be infused into the tea. As you are making your chai, let your heart open and fill with unconditional love. . .then allow yourself to fall into a meditative state, so that you can focus on chanting your mantra or affirmation.
My grandma taught me to make chai as a child and here’s one of her authentic recipe straight from the foot hills of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern India. She taught me how to make several types of chai teas, but I’ll save those ones for later!
To make cardamom chai:
- Measure ½ cup of water in the mug that you are going to use for drinking the chai then pour into a small sauce pan.
- Next, you will need to crush 1 or 2 cardamom pods using a mortar and pestle. You can use cardamom powder as well, but I prefer the pods as the taste is fresher & richer. Add cardamom powder to taste.
- Let the water boil for 5 to 8 minutes until you can smell the aroma of the cardamom in your kitchen and then add your favourite bag of black tea. I prefer orange pekoe . . .and yes, you can use loose leaf tea as well 🙂
- Allow the water to boil with the tea bag for 5 minutes. Pour ½ a cup of milk into you mug and add to the sauce pan.
- Let the chai come to a boil on medium heat and then add your choice of sweetener to taste.
- Pour the chai into your mug using a strainer, so you don’t have chunks of cardamom floating around. I don’t always strain mine, as I’ve grown to love the taste of cardamom.
As you sip your chai, allow yourself to acknowledge emotions & feelings that have been weighing heavily on your heart and when you are ready gently release the energy into the Universe. You can visualize or write down your thoughts. If you feel called to, you can burn the piece of paper that you wrote on.
I encourage you to make cardamom chai for a friend or loved one that you feel distant with, but would love to connect with again on a deeper level. Allow the conversation to mend the distance and melt away any hurts. Chai is the cure, I swear!
Full Moon Blessings <3