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#019: New moon in Leo the Lion, Plus Mind, Body, and Soul Work Before the Blue Moon

#019: New moon in Leo the Lion, Plus Mind, Body, and Soul Work Before the Blue Moon

Emailed: August 16, 2023

Message from our founder

I love new moons... The absence of moonlight
allows me to tune in and slow down through activities like taking a bath, journaling, or practicing restorative body exercises such as stretching, yin yoga, or Guasha. This new moon is coming at the perfect time for me as I've been caught up in the fast-paced wheel of life for several months. I'm excited to enter a period of grounding.

The new moon today is sandwiched between two full moons happening in the same month; this is a rare occurrence - 
more on this Blue Moon event in two weeks.

 Today’s new moon is the perfect time for reflection on how I want Q4 to unfold, especially as I will have more routine given my 5 year old returns to school.
Today, it is important for me to be thoughtful about how I want to nurture my mind, body, and soul. I've learned that when I neglect one of these areas while going full steam ahead on another, it leads to anxiety, stress, or burnout.  Today, I’ll be thinking through how I can keep the mind, body, and soul nourished at relatively similar levels – it doesn’t need to be equal.  
I need to consciously pour into all 3 cups to be the best version of myself. When I take an hour or two to think about this, somehow everything effortlessly falls into place in the future. After all, energy goes where attention flows.

The new moons are an opportune time to 
prioritise the health of our mind, body, and soul. Below, we share three rituals which are great for new moons.

On another note, today's playlist feature is a special one. I've had it prepared since 2020 but never felt ready to make it public. However, with the celebration of 50 years of hip hop this week, I decided now is a good time. As a passionate music enthusiast, particularly of hip hop, this playlist holds great significance for me and will never be ‘just right.’ Although it may not be the most relaxing genre, with today’s new moon falling in the sign of Leo the lion, this playlist could be an exciting energy to cosmic backdrop – particularly the conscious tracks.
Please note that some songs contain intros and outros from the that are not suitable for young listeners. This playlist offers a diverse selection of hip hop styles, record labels, artists, and pop culture influences that have shaped the genre. While I may not love every single song on the playlist, I appreciate it’s contribution to hip hop and have added it to the playlist.

Happy New Moon and #rockwithcare.
neeta sharma


M I N D ---

Take a minute for yourself with #stixandstones Palo Santo.

This holy wood can be used in various ways for mindfulness, aromatherapy, and even as a visual representation of your choice - whether it be an intention, a shield, or a signal to start the next task.

For inspiration, check out this vlog on YouTube.




B O D Y ---

Try a restorative body practice like yoga or qigong or a full body guasha within one or two days around the new moon. The act of stretching and engaging in sequences designed for internal organ health not only impacts the body, but also the mind and soul.

A Guasha session across the body can help promote movement, breakdown tightness, and more. Even just three minutes of Guasha is beneficial, but ideally, aim for a longer session. Watch this video for some inspo.



S O U L ---

After consciously engaging your mind and body, take time to journal and release any thoughts or emotions that come to the surface.

If you're unsure where to start, read our New Moon in Leo section (below) can offer some inspiration.







essential hip hop playlist by grounded 1002

Although hip-hop's beginnings date back to August 11, 1973, when DJ Kool Herc created continuous break-beats in the Bronx, the majority of this playlist spans from 1990 to 2020. This collection covers influential songs, artists, and change-makers in the genre. While not necessarily our favorite hip-hop tracks, these songs played a vital role in shaping the big hits that followed. If you're curious about the roots of hip hop, this compilation is a great place to start exploring.


As we bask in darkness under the new moon in Leo, let us be captivated by the essence of this mighty celestial sign. Known for its fiery energy and royal charm, Leo encourages us to embrace our unique strengths and inner power. Reflect on the characteristics of Leo -- the lion-hearted and the ruler of their own destiny.

How can you tap into your own leadership skills, unapologetically following your passions and living life to the fullest? Allow the new moon's energy to ignite your creativity, confidence, and generosity.
This is a time for self-expression and celebrating the wonders of your individuality. Embrace your inner star and let your light shine with unwavering authenticity. Remember, you are worthy of all the success and joy that life has to offer. Until the next new moon in 4 weeks, wishing you a month brimming with courage, self-assurance, and endless possibilities!


grounded 1002 tagline get curious #getcurious

Grounded 1002 promotes an #intuitivelifestyle, creates experiences, and is a store. Our mission is to be a gateway for people being a better version of themselves. We believe the #essentialelement is to #rockwithcare. After all, we know that the nursery rhyme #stixandstones wasn’t entirely true. Every product and experience we offer is meant to be additive – whether used just once or on a daily basis.