Poetry Catalyzes, Share the Joy of It

But the living poets express a feeling that is actually being made and torn out of us at the moment. One does not recognize it in the first place; often for some reason one fears it; one watches it with keenness and compares it jealously and suspiciously with the old feeling that one knew. –Virginia Wolf, A Room of One’s Own

I was leafing through this book again today & stumbled upon that wonderful description of modern poetry, still true today of course. In the passage itself she’s talking about a comparison of greatness between modern poets the old greats like Tennyson & Christina Rossetti. But she takes this new argument as to why the classics were abd are more revered, it’s not about the culture as I’d think, as most would. It’s about the feeling. The old greats write of the classic emotions in a classic way, it’s comfortable. It’s evocative, yes, it’s wrenching, yes, and it makes you feel. But it makes you feel what you like, what you already know. Modern poetry is written to dissolve that. As a poet myself I can say my goal when I conider or edit a poem is to say how I feel and say it in a new way.

I strive to write to be a catalyst to a new faction of emotion, to push thought to a new border of the mind. I’m grateful for the greats who taught us how to do it right, but now I’ll write my way, because you have to learn the rules to break them right?

I look forward to sharing some poetry with you as I continue working on a line of cards inscribed with short poems & art. Cards will be available free with purchase of any Daughter of the Moon product you deem a ‘gift’ for someone. Cards will also be sold separately in complete packs for those interested in a set. I’ll be posting pictures in the coming weeks so check back soon!

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For me, meditation allows me answers, peace, & acceptance of the change that sometime seems unyielding. This is a great post (which I read like a poem) on the process of meditation, this quote sums it up for me: “Meditation has taught me to measure release, and accept my fate. I am my pen, for existence has the magic to pause itself in moments of stillness and grasp you, the single evidence.” Evidence of what? Of itself? I love the open ending. This too is meditation for me, when I listen I hear the answers I need, for what I’m seeking to resolve, but they’re never concrete, they change as circumstance does, as I do, as the wind changes through the tree I’m rooted in, a moment passes & when it does so the world has changed again.

Spirit Shivers

Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
-Shakti Gawain

My spirit is directly associated with my consciousness. This quote from Shakti Gawain above talks about that feeling of disappointing yourself, or acting against your better judgement.

When I do something against my better judgement or morality, ignoring my conscious, I can feel my spirit quiver. It becomes disturbed, uncomfortable. And as cold bodies shiver in order to create body heat, so my spirit shivers. As it shakes, so it loses shards of itself- like small icicles falling off of tree branches when the wind sets in between the frosted cedars. And so I loose a little of myself each time my spirit shakes, each time telling me: something’s wrong. Should I choose to listen, I’d hear it say: stop, think about it in its entirety before you act.

Share an Exchange of Gratitude in Response to Pain

There’s  a moment of empathetic energetic exchange between two people when they share a moment of gratitude that is without parallel.

After recent loss, disappointment, or heartbreak I tend to get more introspective & honest. Why? Maybe because through the crying & the pain- my emotions are brought even closer to the surface than they usually are; & let’s just say I’m empathetic on a good day & over-sensitive on a bad one, 0=)

But somehow, I’ve learn to twist heartbreak into something usable. There’s so much energy there, it’s got to be good for something. So today I did MORE, that is, listened more, played more with my daughter, went out of my way to help a stranger who dropped something while I was out, etc.

Why? Because giving feels good, & that moment of empathetic energetic exchange between two people who share a moment of gratitude is without parallel.

Have you experienced a difficult breakup or loss of a loved one? How did you handle it? What worked for you?

Scientifically Spiritual: Benefits of Essential Oils

Fragrance is an integral piece of our molecules of emotion. We smell not just with our brains but with our entire bodies. Scientists can draw the precise chemical structures of most molecules that are in oils and can track their benefits to us spiritually, mentally, & physically.

When applied to the body directly, essential oils are absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil is composed of beneficial molecules which affect us positively, passing through the body in a similar fashion to hormones & neuropeptides (through a natural path in the body).
Within the body the oils find receptor cells to act as catalysts for change within cell metabolism.


The oils are an outside influence on the vital communication network taking place between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in the mind-body.


One way essential oils affect us is through our sense of smell through Aromatherapy. Our olfactory receptor cell in our nose is the first receptor site for smelling and healing through Aromatherapy.

Another way essential oils benefit us is through their vibration & its effect on our own vibrations. Many people are skeptical about vibrational healing, such as Reiki, or of the idea that people & living things vibrate energy at all. I must say that I was a skeptic at first as well; however, coming to learn about Einstein’s theories on spirituality was the first piece which opened me to learning about our vibrations & energies. I’ll discuss this in a later post, for now let’s stick to essential oils & their vibrations. Scientists now have (gas chromatographic-mass spectrophotometric analytical documentation of various oils) and documentation from experiments on vibrational energy changes within the body & can see the physical vibrational effects of inhaling or applying essential oils to their body.

Scientists document that receptors on all neurons & immune cells in our body form ion channels & regulate electrical set points, which are then acted upon by the essential oils through this channel, resulting in changes in cell shape & function. Essential oils have been proven to be able to selectively modulate ion channels by dissolving in the fatty membranes (much more gently than most pharmaceutical drugs, & so no liver metabolism is required for essential oils & side-effects are much less while benefits are substantial). For instance, scientists have seen profound change in levels of consciousness (from heightened awareness & excitement to reduced awareness and sleep).

Here is a perfect example: By adding rosa damascena oil to a bath, an emotional conflict can be spiritually resolved & the body can feel calm & serene & can then rest, relieving muscle cramps, the holding of body weight, & other physical affects due to the stress. The use of this oil here affects the electrochemical process within the body, giving it a sense of balance and peace by finding the cellular receptor sites that need harmonizing to bring calm.

Essential oils have the ability to harmonize emotions, raise our spirits, & eliminate microbial infections. The key to utilizing the benefits of our world around us is by respecting it. It’s my belief (shared by most) that we live on this Earth to benefit from it, furthermore that it was well-crafted to fit our needs specifically, & so we must look to it when we are in need if we want a viable solution. Additionally, we live on this Earth to benefit it, that is, we were created not to destroy it but to care for it. As the plants & animals feed & care for us, so we care for them by caring for crops & wildlife & by lending our intelligent expertise to further their care. The oils themselves must be well-cared for, responsibly harvested, packaged carefully, & mixed consciously with other oils which relate on a molecular level to one another. This is the great adventure of perfume-making which I enjoy so much.

Custom Orders

Within this new line of Aromatherapy Perfumes & Colognes I am pleased to have perfected a few recipes. I continue to try new combinations, as I love listening to the ingredients, being led by them, & having those choices supported by my knowledge of the oils’ chemical compositions & their value in Aromatherapy & Energy & Vibration Healing.

I particularly enjoy crafting fragrances for custom orders because when I create the oil I can see the customer. I see their problems, their desires, their preferences, & so design an oil blend which I know will help that particular person, which will cater to them personally & emphasize their individuality. Because I enjoy it so much I offer custom-designed products for NO extra cost.

You can check out a list of Daughter of the Moon Aromatherapy Perfumes & Colognes on the Products Page, Click HERE & you will be linked there directly. Also, you will find in-depth descriptions of established recipes in blog posts below. You can contact me by the comments or through email: jes.dotm@gmail.com, twitter, or facebook.

Daughter of the Moon’s “Last Kiss” Aromatherapy Perfume

Daughter of the Moon’s ‘Last Kiss’ Aromatherapy blend makes a wonderful Perfume or Cologne. Warm & subtly masculine, this is the perfect cold weather scent that both men & women will enjoy. This is a romantic, full-bodied scent with stand-out notes of Peru Balsam & is filled out by the faint dissonance of Vanilla & Rosemary.

Peru Balsam effects our emotions physically through Energy & Vibration Healing & Aromatherapy reactions. It facilitates love & acceptance of our physical bodies & our sexuality. We experience feelings of warmth, tenderness, & sensitivity towards ourselves & others. Opening ourselves spiritually, we feel safe & present in our world. This recipe is also excellent for skin protection & strengthening as Balsam conditions & soothes rough, cracked skin. 

Into this expertly balanced recipe I also blended in Organic Rosemary, concentrating this recipe with antioxidant power. Rosemary is also helpful spiritually & mentally refreshes, useful to clear the mind of mental fatigue & to clarify our memory.