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During a full moon in my small town on the Arizona border, my mom and I would pack in her car, drive up into the mountains, and walk to a boulder she called Full Moon Rock. We made jars and made moon water, drank wine, ate snacks, and watched the moon cast a nightly shadow over our quiet picnic for two.
My mother and I followed centuries of tradition in devoting time and energy to capturing the powers of the full moon. This week, I will be practicing rituals focused on the solar eclipse, with astrologer Sarolta DeFaltay and author Jaya Saxena.
My mom says there is a chance that an eclipse could impart powers, wisdom, and positive energy. The purpose of Eclipse Water is to bottle all that energy and be able to use it for months after the event ends.
What you will need:
- A transparent container with a lid. I generally use a mason jar.
- The water. I use tap, but feel free to use filtered water if you prefer.
What you will do:
- Fill your transparent container with water and seal it tightly.
- Take out your mason jar as soon as the eclipse begins.
- While your water is gathering energy, set your intention. It could be a more productive time at work, or a more creative prospect, or luck with love.
- Put your water away after the eclipse is over.
What you can do with:
- Use it to water your plants when they are looking down
- Put some in your drinking water when you need energy, luck or help for the day
- Use it for cooking when you are preparing something very special
- Put it in your coffee maker for an extra boost of energy
- Mix it with lukewarm water and Epsom salt for an unforgettable foot bath
- Put it with your alcoholic drinks to reduce hangovers
- Add it to your pet’s water bowl when they feel sick or alone
But if eclipse water isn’t your cup of tea, astrologer Sarolta DeFaltay has a different point of view.
“The time between the lunar eclipse and the solar eclipse is a portal,” says DeFaltay, who has studied astrology his entire life. “People use this energy as a symbol of what they want to change in their life.”
DeFaltay says that the eclipse represents a peak of energy and that Leo energy is about leadership, creativity, and becoming the most empowered leader in your arena. For this eclipse, she recommends people focus on what they want to release – like bad habits and negative thoughts – in order to focus their energy.
There are dozens of different rituals that a person can perform, such as take a ritual bath, but DeFaltay says the most important aspect of any given ritual is that it is personal to whoever performs it.
“During the eclipse, people sit in meditation or light a candle or write about what they want to manifest and what they seek to release,” says DeFaltay. She says you should set your intention, think about what you want to create and “send it out into the universe.”
There are different specific rituals you can follow, but for the most part DeFaltay recommends simply using the eclipse to set an intention and work towards goal clarity.
Jaya Saxena, co-author of Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven, Okay. But instead of meditation and candles, she uses crystals.
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While not a part of Wiccan or Pagan religions, Saxena says the history and culture of witchcraft really resonated with her and her co-writer, Jess Zimmerman. More than actively practicing witchcraft, they were interested in a tradition that prides itself on being ruled by unruly women.
The book is about tapping into that line of unruly women, figuring out what you want, and practicing a little self-care – “but not in the ‘I’m just going to do face masks’ way.”
While writing the book, Saxena began to adopt traditions on her own, including the Crystal Charging, which she intends to practice during the eclipse.
“People see eclipses as a time of great energy,” she says. “Even if you are a totally rational person and know exactly what is going on in terms of the movement of the planets, it is still very disturbing to see the sky turn black in the middle of the day.”
Saxena will charge her crystals during the eclipse. She says crystals are often used to focus someone’s thoughts and energy on a particular outcome, idea, or goal. You can charge them by holding them and thinking about this exact idea during periods of intense sun or moonlight, she adds. For Saxena, crystals absorb this energy and are a constant physical reminder.
“I take [my crystals] on my balcony, I hold them and think of something I want them to have, “said Saxena.” So you put those thoughts and wishes on the crystal, you put it outside during the eclipse and the idea is that he will hold that energy. “
Saxena loves crystals because she loves the way they look and the idea that each crystal has a specific property. She isn’t convinced crystals have any supernatural power, but likes the idea that you can use a crystal as a kind of talisman to pair with something you want in life, and focusing that energy during a ritual could make it more cemented for people.
“You have a physical reminder of what you want,” Saxena said. “I’m like six.”
For her, the eclipse is more than an opportunity to energize the crystals.
“You don’t often see something like this in your life,” Saxena said. “It makes me think a lot [Carl] Sagan and the pale blue dot. We are so small and subject to so many things around us. “