With the lunar cycle among us, last night I performed a full moon oracle spread. It spoke many wisdoms and truth to me. My learning’s and goals were pictured decorously right in front of me.
The card that resonated with me most of all was BEAUTY. This card was positioned as my Full Moon card - What is to come about, given the most energy to and be empowered.
For the last, lets say, a good 8 years of my life I believed that “beauty was approximated and conjured through makeup, hairstyles, behaviors and other forms of camouflage and cover.”
The root source of my belief finally came into light...
We know all too well that women have so much beauty on the surface and when having felt rejected by a beautiful woman, you can interalise this as a lack of beauty within yourself.
Secondly, I have been in past relationships with those that held highly superficial values. Those with an expectation of women to look and act a certain way and scrutinised if they portrayed otherwise.
Thirdly, and most universally, social media has affected the way I viewed myself. Do I look as wonderful as the last girl I scrolled my past!? And If I don’t, does this detract my beauty from hers?
So the issues were clear within myself and I started to deeply challenge them. Why did I hold this belief of beauty within myself if I didn’t hold these values for the beauty of any other being? I appreciated beauty in the way one holds themselves. Their authenticity and unique personality. A character that gives me deep belly laughter and makes me smile long after I have left them. “Beauty is not an illusion, but an emanation from the soul that shines out.”
It’s time for me to understand that “My own beauty must be acknowledged and understood, not with the unseeing eyes of a culture that wishes to sell me the fear that my form is imperfect. A culture of neurotics who fear being rejected for their lack of youth and shiny hair.” Even the youngest, most beauteous of women are unable to see their beauty. We’ve built a society that has taught us to spend all our time and energy fixing ourselves, rather than nurturing what we have.
So here is my assignment at hand and if this reading resonates with you, I ask you to undertake it too:
- Acknowledge your beauty – Your body deserves time and reverence. Separate your beauty from appearance and the commercial world. Respect it as being sacred. A temple to be honoured and grateful for.
- Nurture self-love - To nurture your beauty is to speak to yourself with grace and kindness. In doing so we are cleansing our soul and enabling ourselves to support and see the potential beauty in others.
- Implement beauty rituals – Weekly facials, hair treatment’s, manicures and pedicures. Take care of your oral and gut health. Use natural products and eat lots of wholesome foods. And you can never have too much H20, which brings me to my next point...
- Water cleansing – Jump in the ocean as much as possible! The sea contains magnesium and has a naturally occurring calming effect. Salt water also helps to clear your skin.
- Gratitude – Make a grateful statement about your beauty a day. “I am grateful for empathising with others”. Repeat it several times a day.
So my beautiful friends, let us now revel in our true beauty.