I’m going to start out this year with my most favorite subjects, our Lady Luna, the moon and symbolism in body art.
This Saturday May 5, the moon will be at its perigee and is 14% bigger and 30% brighter than any other full moon this year. The best time to view this spectacle is while the Moon is on the horizon, when the moon already looks larger than when overhead. The full moon rises just after sunset Saturday in Bellingham, WA at 7:34 pm.
Henna is lucky, healing and magical for the wearer. I have used Henna to assist people on changing their thoughts about a subject, calming someone’s nerves or using a specific symbol as a reminder to the wearer to, for example, treat themselves kindly or remember someone special. Painting symbols on the body infuses the wearer with its meaning. The moon also has an effect on us and this Saturday’s full moon will be a very powerful one.
During the full moon we ask ourselves to release that ‘which does not serve’. As the Moon wanes so does the object/situation/habit you wish to release. The full moon also intensifies our intentions. The full moon is a fertile time for visualization, a time to do divination, or bless our homes and bodies for protection.
Henna is a fantastic way to help focus energy. If you choose to get a Henna design this weekend, consider a design that will take advantage of the energies during this powerful moon. Create a design to help you focus what you wish to release and what you wish to take its place, for the universe abhors a vacuum. You can select a design to remind you that “as it fades so does ________”. Combine symbols together for more meaning.
Some designs ideas and their symbolism:
Birds: The link between heaven and Earth. Freedom.
Butterfly: Liberation, metamorphosis, rebirth and new beginnings. Two butterflies symbolize a happy marriage.
Cat: Good fortune, wisdom and protection.
Clover: An ancient Celtic magical symbol of vitality and growth. Good fortune: The four leaves represent fame, prosperity, love and health.
Dragon: Bestows good fortune and fertility. Protection, good luck, balance and strength.
Dragonfly: Fly free of false illusion and be transformed.
Eye: Wisdom, prosperity, spiritual protection and good health.
Feather: Truth, order and justice.
Ivy: Fidelity and friendship.
Key: Liberation and freedom. Success in unlocking hidden knowledge and wisdom.
Lotus: Symbol of regeneration. Of rising from the mud and the muck into something lovely. Purity, harmony, and an opening of the heart.
Leaf: Happiness and prosperity.
Moon: Enhance feminine energy, protection and health. Fertility, the power of change, good luck and psychic abilities.
Om: Gratitude for all. The oneness of the universe.
Peacock: Immortality and beauty.
Phoenix: Regeneration and rebirth.
River: Impermanence, fluidity and continual renewal. Go with the flow.
Scorpion: Protection against injustice, malice, or to overcome self destruction.
Serpent: Renewal, hidden power and protection.
Spider: Power and growth. Associated with the number 8 or infinity, also a great symbol.
Spiral: A symbol of the Goddess, protection or going within.
Sun: Resurrection and renewal.
Tree: Staying grounded while reaching for your dreams. Growth.
Yin/Yang: Balance, dualities, interconnectedness, and the link between natural opposites.
Definitions above are a combination of my own thoughts and what I gleaned from “Henna Magic” – By Phillippa Faulks.
But symbols have many meanings and what one thing means to me may mean something entirely different to you. It is the intention that makes all the difference. Bring me your symbol or symbols of choice and together we will make some Henna magic during this full moon. Henna Moon will be at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 3pm.