Sunday, February 28, 2016

GAIA Collective MoonBox Review and Coupon

My best friend Linze introduced me to the world of full moon rituals, and when I found out about GAIA Collective's MoonBox I was interested in reviewing it for a number of reasons. If you're not familiar with what full moon rituals are this box is a great way to delve in!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

GAIA Collective is made up of a group of artists who believe in spreading positive intentions and universal compassion. Their MoonBox is sent out each moon cycle and they also host a Moon Event featuring a full moon ritual and meditation. This box allows you to participate in the event from the comfort of your home!

There are two subscription options. The Moon Gift box costs $12.50 per box with $2 shipping, and the MoonBox (which I am reviewing here) is $29.50 per box with free shipping.
  • The Moon Gift box is a small gift set for internal guidance and includes a hand-picked crystal, essential oil blend, tea/soak herb blend, and a mantra.
  • The MoonBox comes with three hand-picked crystals, an essential oil blend, tea/soak herb blend, featured item, a moon oracle card, guided meditation, full moon ritual, full moon ritual supplies, and you can add a wearable gem for $10.
GAIA Collective has partnered with Trees for the Future and plants 10 trees for every box sold!

The box is medium sized and came wrapped in brown paper. The actual box is white and has a MoonBox design and other images around the sides.

This box was for the Virgo full moon that occurred on February 22nd. This moon had a lot of significance for me because my moon sign is actually in Virgo. If you're not familiar with astrology, you have your sun sign, which is generally the sign that people refer to. I'm a Capricorn because I was born December 28th, but there are also rising signs (mine is Aries) and moon signs. You can learn more about that with a quick search, but I wanted to explain for anyone who wasn't familiar.

Anyway, Virgo is an Earth sign and is ruled by the planet Mercury. The moon oracle card that was included states that "powerful intentions can be planted and diligently tended to with the divine energy of the Goddess Virgo. Allow this time to be a positive force for motivation." There is more information on the card, but that is the main message.

As you can see, the box is beautifully packaged! I couldn't wait to learn more about all of the items and how to do the full moon ritual.

Here's everything that was inside of the box. Along with a printed version of the full moon ritual, GAIA Collective also emails you a guided meditation and ritual instructions. I received my email on the 21st and my box arrived on the 22nd, just in time for the full moon.
  • Crystals - I received peridot, quartz point, and labradorite. Peridot enhances connections with friendliness and relationships with compassion. It is a stone of rebirth, renewal, and repair. Quartz point is an amplifier of all energies and is the time keeper and healer of the world. This is used to magnify your intentions. Labradorite is surrounded in magic and mystery and is the stone of the stars. Use it to connect with the mysterious dream realms.
  • Essential Oil - This box's blend contained lemongrass, rosemary, sweet marjoram, thyme, white spruce, black spruce, peppermint, and spearmint, This smells amazing and I pick up on the lemongrass notes the most.
  • Herbal Tea - The tea is made of dandelion root, fennel, ginger, hibiscus, holy basil, elderberry, licorice root, and rhodiola root.
  • Peridot Gemstone Essence - This is the little stopper bottle in the photo above and is an energetic remedy that was created during the full moon of Imbolc. The instructions say to add five drops in water, topically, or directly by mouth.
  • Full Moon Ritual items - A succulent chipping and hexagonal jar with lid were included for the actual ritual.
The ritual instructions say to add a bit of soil to the jar and plant the succulent. Moss from the box lining and your crystals can also be added to the mini terrarium. Think about this ritual as the process of bringing something to life. This succulent represents the intention you wish to bring to life during this full moon, and when it begins to manifest the succulent will grow too big for the jar and will need to be replanted. This is a sign of the beginning of your new journey!

The email contained more detailed instructions on what to do for the ritual, which I have placed at the end of this post for anyone who's interested. The guided meditation was also nice to have to listen to.
Bottom Line: I think the GAIA Collective MoonBox community is a wonderful introduction to guided meditations and full moon rituals! The box itself is beautiful and I found the ritual to be very calming. I have been going through some personal things recently (haven't we all?), and being able to center myself and focus on a new intention helped to put things into perspective.

If you're interested in seeing the full ritual, click the "Read More."

a guided meditation
Written by Missy Shaw
1. Create your Clearing
Begin your Sacred Steps process by first cleansing the crystals you received in your Moonbox. The idea is to release them from any past energy. Simply run them under warm water or smudge them with some sacred smoke of your choice. Imagine, in your minds eye, the root of your crystal becoming clear and pristine. Let it fill up with new light as you massage them with your tender touch. 
2. Find your Sacred Space
A sacred space is simply somewhere you feel comfortable and at peace. It could be somewhere outside, under the moon, the comfort of your bedroom. Any place where distractions may dissolve and you can find some inner peace. 
3. Arrange Your Crystals 
Place your crystals amongst your Sacred Space in any way that feels right to you. If you already have your own collection of stones, feel free to add them here as well. Remember, each crystal has healing energies and properties that will assist you in different areas of your life. Focus on the energy you want to feel, as well as where you want to feel it as you arrange your stones. Intention is the most important part of any ritual, so think positively! 
4. Enhance your Space
At this time, gather anything else you would like to add to your altar space. Maybe some candles, some imagery, flowers, pine cones, a feather. Any thing that raises the frequency of your heart and makes the space feel special to you.
5. Settle in your Seat
Make sure you are sitting comfortably amongst your Sacred Space. If you need to prop up your hips on a pillow, feel more then free. Spread your collar bones wide, relax in your shoulders, feel your sit bones begin to descend into the Earth. Tune into that feeling of how the Earth is holding you up. 
6. Visualize your breath
To relax the mind begin to focus on your breath. Visualize inhaling a deep, luscious green color, like the one you would imagine in a canopy of a tree. Inhale this green color, let it spiral and swirl around your heart and your mind. You inhale it travels through you, you exhale it travels out and around you. Begin to create a smooth, steady rhythm in your breathe. 
7. Tap into the Virgo Moon
Virgo is a sign represented by a goddess of the Earth. Earth is a place we all share, and keeps us deeply connected to something greater. Something of a higher power. Tuning into this united support should help one to feel grounded and sustained. Visualize earths roots holding you here in an enchanted embrace.
8. Tend to your Soil
Now knowing you are supported by this Earth, begin to tend to the parts that may be holding back your growth. Continue to inhale this fresh vibrant green, and with each exhale release any negative emotions of beliefs you may be watering. This is where the Virgo supports you. Clean out the old, reorganize the new. You are clearing out the dirtiness of non-supportive thoughts! 
9. Enter the Enchantment
Now that you are relaxed and breathing steadily, begin to imagine yourself drifting deeper into this embrace of the earth. Her roots twine and twirl all around you, gracing you with the softness of her touch. Let your imagination take you to a place that might exist deep within a forest of the Earth’s green heart. There is no right or wrong, go ahead, enchant yourself. 
10. Feel Magic by the Moon
When you enter that space in the heart of the Earth, begin to visualize the light of the moon shining on the two of you. Her light and radiance unites you. You begin to find lightness of being, lightness of heart. Carry this illumination with you as you go. 
11. Awaken
As it feels natural and you feel complete. Gently open your eyes to see the world as you left it. Only now, you are more grounded, empowered, supported and inspired. You are spiritually strengthened because of this connection you created to the mysterious that exist around you. Goddess of Earth and Mother of Moon have left you with this gift of revitalized  light. May you carry it with you always.

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