Summer has given me space to sit with myself in a deeper way than I’d ever been able to before the summer. I’ve been able to tuck in and work more diligently through my Lunar Apothecary course and revitalize a practice of sitting intentionally with the moon as she moves through her cycle. She is in the First Quarter phase this weekend, half-lit in meticulous Virgo as she waxes into fullness.

Now is not the time to look to the destination but your steps in the journey. The First Quarter in Virgo brings with her the energy of attention to detail. Pay special attention to your work energy space at this time. This is a perfect time to pay attention to how you plan to implement your goals- all that sometimes dull minutia that nevertheless makes all the difference in the end.

The waxing moon calls up persistence, helping you move through the new and challenging by activating your own inner strength of will. I think of the 9 of Wands energy reinforced by The Chariot. Meditate on the ways The Chariot guides you through the 9 of Wands’ call to task. If you’ve been floundering, now is the perfect time to root back into your power.

Honoring the journey, The Wanderer meets Athena – Daughters of the Moon Tarot and Mythical Goddess Tarot


Reinforce any positive habits you started in the New Moon’s energy with the growth of the waxing moon.  Lean in to them and boost them to the next level. Jeanna of Girlboss Woo phrased it perfectly: “Structure enables flow.”

Those of us with magpie hearts and minds often meet the notion of habit or routine with some difficulty. What I have found useful is to re-envision the structure formed by routine as ritual. Thus to the mundane I return the magic, and incidentally my attention span.

In all this buckling down, remember to nourish yourself. It is hard to be consistent when we move about the world half-empty. The tendency toward burnout only increases as the moon waxes. In the small moments of quiet, take care of yourself in practical ways. Avoid skipping meals if possible, drink water whenever possible, get some real sleep, and spend time with people who support and love you.


Herbs to guide you in this energy:
Holy Basil (Tulsi), Thyme, and Rosemary – brew this tea blend every morning this week as your waxing moon energy ritual to help you feel supported and focused as you dig in.

ETA: In light of recent tragic events, another suggestion for ritual tea is here that is particular to grieving and heavy hearts. Rosemary is included in that blend, and Holy Basil and Thyme would be welcome and supportive additions particularly for those of us queer and trans who move through the world weary and wary.


Crystal and Stones to ground you in this energy:
Snowflake Obsidian, Carnelian, and Smoky Quartz – a morning or evening meditation ritual holding one or more of these stones will help root you in your purpose.

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Art by Camille Chew

Hi, I’m Asali! I’m a Black queer femme earthworker passionate about tarot, tea, and healing work. Schedule a card reading with me for a deeply clarifying intuitive tarot session. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, drop me a line!