Friends old and new, thanks for visiting us today for the 4nd edition of the Free Your Hair HOROSCOPE honoring the Cancer.
I offer this series to all as an ever-changing and morphing guide for Hair-Centered Radical Self Care, Ritual and Beauty in honor and tribute to each sign as they enter into their place in the Sun Rotation.
With this Hairoscope, we hope to inspire each sign of the zodiac to take some extra time on their birthday month to really love on and care for themselves. Every month, we will pull a card to share from The Moon Deck to inspire your monthly self-care ritual. With the sage advice of The Moon Deck, we will adapt our monthly mantras to bless and honor our own hair. We invite you to share these monthly Hairoscopes with your friends who are of that month’s astrological sign and help them take some time for self love!
For this series, I worked with artist Madison McClain to create our women of the horoscope, and with intuitive writer and healer Aarona Ganesan, co-creator of The Moon Deck, which is the Tarot Deck I use daily to inspire my own personal self-care rituals.
This month, we honor the Cancer
Moon Deck Ritual:
(Words and Rituals adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook, changed slightly to speak specifically to our hair.)
Hair Brush Mantra:
‘Healthy Boundaries keep me centered and balanced ‘
Setting healthy boundaries is essential for our physical and emotional well-being. We each have a need to care for our unique nature, enforce certain limits and maintain self-respect.
Tune into your central power source as you create and relate in the world with healthy boundaries. When your boundaries are too weak you may give away too much, let too much in, or set yourself up for unhealthy dependency.
Yet if your boundaries are too rigid, or thorny you can become tense and isolated. Either extreme can be physically and emotionally painful over time.
Recognize habits that drain your energy and discover the tender balance for yourself. The positive impact of healthy clear boundaries will ripple into every aspect of your life. Take 5 minutes today to brush this mantra into your hair, repeating it to yourself with every stroke. Be in a comfortable, calm place without distraction. Close your eyes and breath, centering your body as you brush. If you are not a regular hair brusher, here is why we think you should try it, and here is where to get yourself a beautiful hair brush to work into your hair care ritual. If you are more of the combing type, consider a wooden wide toothed comb or your own fingers for a relaxing scalp massage.
Honey Anointment Ritual
Honey is a nourishing ointment, made by bees who work humbly in service to their queen and know their own limitations. This ritual calls in the power of the honey bee, great self-contained pollinator of happy gardens and healthy boundaries.
Get some organic honey, preferably gathered from your region. You will need about a 1/4 cup. Warm the honey by diluting it with 1 part hot water. Mix until blended.
Take a warm shower, and exfoliate using soap and a loofah or a scrubby mitt to remove dead skin from your whole body. Once rinsed, drain water from the shower and lay down in the bathtub, still wet.
Starting with your feet, begin applying your honey water, splashing it on and rubbing it into your skin. Apply it all over your body, making a sticky mess of yourself. Include your face. Once you are slathered up, lay back and take some deep breaths. Try to stay for a full 20 minutes, letting the honey soak into your skin. Think about your own boundaries, and how you can draw them with strength, clarity and kindness.
Rinse your whole body well with warm water. Let your skin air dry, by putting a towel on your bed and laying on it, allowing your skin to breath in the new sweetness of your Honey Anointment.
Cancer: Honey on the body, Honey in the hair. This month, to add protection from the elements and massive moisture to your Summer-dry strands, treat your hair to the softening, shine inducing and curl maximizing loveliness of a honey hair treatment.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Organic raw honey with a teaspoon of warm coconut oil in a small bowl. Wet your hair in the morning, and towel dry it. Apply the mixture from scalp to ends, massaging it through your hair thoroughly. Wrap your hair up in a bun, or use an old scarf to turban it. Go about your day, attracting honey bee’s and reflecting on their wisdom as you honor your hair with this honey treatment.
In the evening before you go to bed, rinse your hair very well with warm water. Wake up with heavenly hair.
Moon Phases in Cancer:
The New Moon and Full Moon are the most potent times for setting new intentions for healthy habits and relationships and creating rituals that are potent in their action. I highly recommend this months Honey Rituals be done around both the June 24th to observe the New Moon, setting an intention of what you are ready to let go of in your life/in your hair/in your relationship to yourself in physical and spiritual form, and around July 9th to observe the Full Moon, setting intention for what you are ready to bring in to your life. What do you want to manifest? Now is the time.
And how do you set an intention? for those who haven’t practiced it……Speak a little prayer to yourself. Honor it with the ritual of Honey on your Hair and Body. Hold the prayer in your heart as you practice self love. Make it so!
Please check out The Moon Deck for more musings. Cancer babes, may we suggest you get your own deck as a birthday gift to yourself and make a vow to love yourself and your hair more in this coming year.
What would you like to see woven into our monthly Hairoscope? I would love to hear your feedback! We are excited to watch this series grow and change with your input.
xo, HTHG and The Moon Deck