I made this amazing Rose Moon Water (pictured below) during my full moon ritual two weeks ago and a few days later, finally had the time and space to be able to bathe in it. I put some of it in a small spray bottle and used it to mist my sheets, bed, face, and space with it, and I really loved the vibe it gave off. I'd been feeling really connected to my late maternal grandmother, and I honestly think it's the roses - 'Rose' was her middle name, and she grew roses in her garden. she made it very clear that she's offering love and support to me while I've been navigating some difficult family situations in the midst of mourning my mother (her daughter), who passed away three months ago. as we're currently in a Neptune retrograde - a great time for this kind of work - I thought it would be nice to use my Rose Moon Water to help channel both my mother and her mother, and connect with them through dreamwork, where I meet with my ancestors.
|image shows a glass mason jar filled with reddish-pink water infused with roses, and left out under a full moon|
rose water is made by simmering rose petals in water, and moon water is made by leaving a jug of water out under the moon - during any phase; I just made this particular batch during the full moon. so I made rose water from the roses I bought for the Solstice and used in my full moon ritual, then left the rose water out in the light of the full moon, and voilà! Rose Moon Water! moon water can be used in any of the ways that you use water - to charge and clean crystals, cleanse your energetic body, clean your home, water your plants, for drinking/bathing/cooking, basically everything! rose water also has a myriad of uses including soothing skin ailments and irritations, treating sore throats/skin redness/acne/cuts and burns...it can be used in eye drops, to treat infection, to lift your mood and soothe headaches, reduce wrinkles, aid in digestion, to cook with, and makes a great facial cleanser and toner. it's an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, antioxidant, antidepressant/anti-anxiety powerhouse! so combining the rose water's natural healing properties with the energies of the full moon, I was looking forward to a great big healing rosy hug from my grandmother before retreating to my dream sanctuary to hopefully connect with both her and my mother on the other side of the veil.
|my mother and grandmother, when they were both younger than I am now. image shows two women in printed dresses seated outdoors.|
the general wisdom surrounding dreamwork is that one needs to enter a dedicated scared space in which to incubate the kind of dreams that go deeper than our minds just reliving our day - into that gateway between where we can experience meaning. that this space not be our bedrooms is also part of that wisdom, though many of us don't necessarily have the ability to set up a space to sleep and dream in other than our bedrooms, so just work with what you've got. if you do have that kind of space to play with - or you if you simply want to bring some of these elements into your existing bedroom - than the colors blue (believed to reduce heart rate and blood pressure), purple, and silver (for some 'otherworldly' charm) are good choices.
|lucky me, jewel-tones of blue and purple with silver accents is my bedroom aesthetic. image shows a white curtain blowing in the breeze across a blue and purple tapestry of peacocks in a tree.|
for the bath, it goes without saying that the whole room be clean and tidy, but in a pinch, as long as the tub is clean, go for it. I will leave the lights off and burn a bay leaf or two to clear the energies, then run the bath. while the tub fills, I'll play some calming music or binaural beats, light some candles and incense, and place some crystals around the tub; I use quartz, amethyst, citrine, & rose quartz...if you have some moonstone, it would make the perfect addition. there's also eucalyptus hanging in my shower, so the steam from the bath should release those oils as well. I'll set out a small dish of honey to use as a facial cleanser, and in a bowl, combine:
a few drops of lavender essential oil
dried rose petals
fresh freesia petals
during this prep work, it's important to be setting one's intentions all the while. consciously listening to what the energies are telling us, moving in the ways they want us to go. this much salt/soda (cup and a half?/like a teaspoon). that much lavender (three drops, maybe). these flowers...dance with it. by now the bathroom is all steam and scent and soft sounds, and entering into it deepens a shifted mindset. my head will already be both open and focused when I pour the Rose Moon Water into the filling tub, followed by the bowl of salt/soda/scent/flower petals. and when the tub is full, it's time to call on one's guides, and step into the bliss.
|image shows flower petals floating in a bath. there was so much steam it was hard to get any pictures!|
soak in your delight. talk to your crystals and touch them. put some in the bath with you (careful! some will dissolve, so do your research). lay back and breathe deeply. let your head empty, your shoulders relax, and your body heal. pay special attention to any areas of your body that need it the most - massage any sore spots, scrapes, and cuts...feel where any energy might be blocked and help keep it moving. ask yourself what you need. ask your people to bring the answers to you in your dreams. also be gentle with yourself, and go slowly - these experiences can be intense.
when I'm done (usually when I start to doze off and/or the water starts getting too cold) I'll drain the tub and shower off. this is a good time to use any special towels or robes that you save for ritual occasions; I'd say it's also a good time to use any fancy body products you might like to indulge with, but after all the magical goodness I added to my bath, I just let the natural oils seep into my skin and left it at that (my skin felt like rose petals). the crystals get placed on the altar, and I'll take a moment to choose one to bring as I head to bed to dream...
|Coyote Woman Dreaming by Susan Seddon Boulet|
now, the dreams we go looking for don't always come right away, but if we stay alert, we'll find them! use the crystals in your work, or simply carry them around with you to keep the energy moving in a direction. do use a dream journal every morning upon waking to write down what you remember of your travels in the night ~
|art by Pawel Kuczynski|
*the night of my bath, I dreamt my already long hair (to my butt) reached all the way to the floor, and whomever was there with me (Mom?) was measuring it either against their own, someone else's, or in general. long hair in dreams suggests growth, strength, and is an Earth symbol...the growth of the spirit, psychic abilities, and a connection to all living things. alternatively, it can suggest thinking long and carefully about a decision, or concentrating on a plan or situation. also indicative of good health, virility, sexuality, and vanity. can point to overthinking a situation and not acting.
again, thank you for coming along, commenting, and sharing - this post is for anyone who wants/needs it! as always, I hope there's something in here for you personally, and feel free to contact me for a private reading.
some ritual practices from lunaluna for more info
some lunar bath rituals from well + good