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I am back!

Hello everyone!

I cannot believe it has been over a year and a half since I last blogged here! I have multiple drafts in the blog that I never even started, but you know, it just wasn't time. And that is okay.

A lot has happened in this past year... 2016 was probably the most challenging, yet rewarding year of my life so far, so let me catch you up!


I got married!

On Christmas day in 2015 when the Moon was full, my love asked me to be his wife in front of my whole family! He is so brave and he did not tell anyone! So we were all surprised!

So half of 2016 I was planning our wedding on a low budget, and it was time consuming, stressful, eye-opening, and fun! Oh and we also moved into a bigger place 2 months before we got married, which was intense in itself! 

And so so worth it :)

I may write a more detailed post about it in the future, but we shall see. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.


Spirit de la Lune launched!

The moon deck of my dreams and in my heart for almost 10 years was finally created by Rachael and I! The feedback, love, and support has been absolutely phenomenal and mind blowing! We are even nominated for a few awards from the International Tarot Foundation!

I have been busy blogging and creating over on the Spirit de la Lune website, so feel free to explore our website! We will be restocked soon with decks, but we also offer art prints and 2017 calendars! We also have free downloadable Zodiac Moon compasses on the offerings page!


The Moondaughter Mystic School

As you know, I revamped my programs and even added a few new programs in the Moondaughter Mystic School. My e-courses will always evolve as I grow spiritually and it has been an amazing journey. Go explore my new programs and take the Mystic Quiz!


2017 is for Thriving

My word of the year is THRIVE. I turned 30 and for my new decade I want to set the foundation for thriving. I want to experience thriving on all levels: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially. So far I feel really good about 2017. At least in my own little bubble. I've already decluttered most of my home using the Kon Mari method, and actually decorated and settled in since the wedding. It frees up so much energy, it is amazing what a nice clean home does for your well being. It sets the foundation to thrive, at least for me.

Now I am focusing on my body. I want to lose some weight, focus more on nourishing food, which means I will need to cook (something I have never really enjoyed) and I want to create a exercise/movement routine that flows with my ebb and flow. I want this blog to be where I share my journey about thriving, my spirit and my personal spiritual practices, and I just want to connect more. 

I feel so inspired and motivated to make this my best year yet! And I hope you come back here, because I have some fun posts planned! I will talk to you all soon!


Blessed be,

MARISSA MOONDAUGHTER

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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Catching Dreams... Visions... and Sacred Pauses

The first week of July I offered a dream catcher I made to Mother Nature, to catch my dreams and allow my path to become clearer. Since then I have been swirling in dreams and visions... and I see amazing new things on the horizon. I am still unsure how it all will weave together, but I know the Moon has some pretty big plans to spread her wisdom and mysteries through me.

I have noticed this year that I have been more quiet in this space, and in general. I feel a need to stay internal right now, go within while some big currents and shifts move though me. 

I am taking a Sacred Pause this Summer... something I never do! But it is something needed for my body and soul. I have began to feel the onset of burnout.... and I know a lot of it is because I have not established boundaries for myself with social media, computer time, down time.... I feel a major disconnect with my body. I live in my mind and higher chakras a lot and just assume my body will keep up with my light-speed thoughts and ideas. I can't tell you how many times I forget to eat in a day. Maybe that is why I have no energy! I honestly do not think about it. I could get away with that while I was in college, but not anymore.

I am forcing myself to slow down. My goals this Summer are to sleep more. Dream more. Be out in nature more. Cook more meals. Eat more. Spend less. Read more. Yoga more. Connect in person more. I've let technology get the best of me. It is so hard to establish new habits and outlooks, but this Summer has marked some huge transitions for me already. I began my new journey as  a yoga teacher only to injure my shoulders immediately because I didn't listen to my body; another way my body told me to slow down. I am about to release more baggage from my heart with a cord-cutting session, and at the end of July on the Full Blue Moon in Aquarius I will be initiated as a Priestess. I need to allow myself this time to just BE, so whatever spirit decides to move though me can come to the surface so I can listen and respond.

Another amazing thing on the horizon is our oracle deck Spirit De La Lune! Rachael and I just ordered our two samples to play and work with. I felt called to write the book with the cards in my hands so their messages in their purest forms could come through. This Sacred Pause will give me the time needed to dive deep into the mysteries of the Moon, these images and moondalas. This Moon oracle has been in my heart for years and to see it come to life has been such an amazing, emotional, joyful experience. We have so much in store for these decks, we cannot wait to share them with you!

Moondaughter is radically shifting into something deeper, and bigger than what I had ever imagined. She is in the cauldron melting and transforming with Spirit. All I can do is brew in this moment... enjoy the process... the unfolding... and allow this deeper magic to settle into my skin. 

Don't be afraid to take your own Sacred Pause and allow your dreams to fly on the wind. You never know what will call you forth deeper into your spirit and path.

And so it is.


 Blessed be,

Marissa Moondaughter

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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My Yoga Training

What can I really say about this whole experience? It has been challenging, rewarding, and most of all beautiful. I finished the lecture section of my Yoga training 2 weeks ago. And now I am beginning my teacher shadowing! I am so excited and nervous!

There is still so much to learn and process. Yoga is a beautiful way to live - it is not a religion, but a philosophy that can benefit anyone's beliefs and spiritual path. there is so much more to Yoga than just asanas- the movement and postures. Yoga, in sanskrit means "to yoke" "to merge" - yoking the mind, body, and spirit to merge into one. We are all one, we are all connected and can tap into this beautiful state of consciousness, and yoga can help us do so.

In Yoga there are Yamas and Niyamas, actions and observances to help us be better humans.  There are kriyas, cleansing techniques to purify our bodies and minds. Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga, learning to create balance with the energies within us, with food and nourishing rituals. And of course, chakras play a part in balancing our energies as well. The list can go on and on.

The Hanuman mudra for the Full Moon and devotion.

The Hanuman mudra for the Full Moon and devotion.

I have changed these past 4 months... I still can't explain these changes, but my yearning for spirit has grown stronger. I am a vegetarian now because I don't want to eat my friends. My awareness has grown - I am not strong in strengthening postures, but I am great at balancing and I am drawn to restorative and yin yoga. I am more in touch with my body.

I am so excited to merge Moondaughter with my newfound yoga knowledge. I want to teach specific asanas to flow with the Moon, not just the standard Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations), but specific to the moon phases we are in. I will always add crystals, tarot and oracle cards, and essential oils to my classes. I just can't help it. I want to create specific asanas for each chakra. 

So many opportunities to learn and grow have opened because of this beautiful training. I want to be able to get into bakasana (crow pose), and perfect my chaturanga dandasana (I can barely do one pushup). For a while I judged myself for not being able to do specific poses.

"A Yoga teacher should know how to do that"

"You are not fit to be a yoga teacher"

In the end, I have realized I just need to be me. I need to show up authentically and sincerely and teach from the heart. I need to remember that everyday.

Cloud Nine Yoga training merges the physical aspects and spiritual aspects of yoga so beautifully. I knew I needed that balance when searching for a yoga training school. My teachers are so amazing! They balanced each other's energies perfectly, and our lectures were never boring. They created an atmosphere to explore in without fear, but fun and joy. Unfold Yoga was the beautiful little studio we learned in. It is intimate and full of light. 

My little yoga family was filled with strong and inspiring women. We grew and bonded and it was amazing to see everyone's journey unfold together. I learned so much from each of them.

As a final project we had to create a one hour asana and teach a 20 minute snippet of it. This project is so dear to my heart, friends. I am even working on it to be an actual live workshop in the future. It definitely exceeds one hour! I combined my love for Tarot, my ecourse Tarot Journey, and yoga! It is my Fool's Journey Asana... moving through the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. Embedding the wisdom of Tarot into your body with a moving meditation. I am looking to combine Tarot Journey and this asana into a workshop in the Orange County area sometime this year. If you are local and are interested stay on the lookout!

Above is a picture of one part of the savasana (all the photos are credited to one of my lovely yoga teachers, Hannah :). 

However, coming soon to the blog will be the Fool's Journey Asana! I'll share one pose a week starting with the Fool ! The start date is yet to be determined, but I will let you all know when!

Overall I just feel extremely blessed and I am so excited to see how 2015 will expand and unravel. New beginnings are on the horizon. My spirit is soaring.


Namaste,

Marissa Moondaughter

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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Moments: Finding Rhythm

I can't complain about 2015 thus far. It has felt pretty surreal, productive, and slow and steady all at once. The other weekend we got a rug and an ottoman for our TV area, and it finally feels like we are finding a rhythm in our home. And of course the boys love the new rug and ottoman too. That is always a plus. I soon want to show you glimpses into our space. We live in a studio so it has been challenging to make it meet all our needs, and think it does for the most part now. 

And yes I live in Southern California, so it is just starting to look like fall! The good thing about living here is that we can have a garden basically all year round. We have a small little side yard and we are excited to plan a little garden more than we did last summer. I want lots more succulents, and herbs, and I want to finish my little meditation space. The last picture is my donkey tail. It was sitting too close to the birdfeeders and the birds were picking and eating it! So I moved it and it has been recovering very well! I will be transplanting it to another pot very soon.

I never really knew how comforting having a home of your own could really be. It has become my sanctuary and my place to ground myself. And though I know Jimmy and I can drive each other crazy sometimes in such small quarters, our place is full of love. And that's what counts.   


Lunar & Crystal Blessings,

Marissa Moondaughter

moon my compass // intuition my voice // crystals my companions

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