Native Americans made beautifully poetic names for each month's full moon depending on what was happening in nature at that time of year. July's moon is known as 'The Thunder Moon' or 'Full Buck Moon', or in the UK it may have been known as 'The Hay Moon'.
Whatever we want to call it, the moon is shining biggest and brightest today in the UK in the sign of Capricorn, directly opposite the sun in Cancer.
Capricorn asks you to look at the truths around you, just as the American Indians took notice of what was around them, this full moon calls us to do the same. As Capricorn can bring issues forward that we might have been pushing to one side or ignoring, now might be a good time to listen deeply to ourselves, maybe by journalling, tarot reading or talking things over with our friends.
Sometimes a full moon can feel extra emotional, and the Capricorn full moon may feel like an emotional thunder storm. But, there's nothing like a storm to clear the air and although it may feel over-whelming at the time, practical Capricorn is there to help us through if we open up to our truths and use this time to set intentions for cleansing and transforming ourselves, letting the full moon take any negative or unwanted energy away with it.
We all have our favourite pieces of jewellery, some we wear everyday and feel naked without (Bondage Ring!), some that are pricey pieces that only come out for special occasions and some statement items that are a talking point whenever we wear them.
Some of us wear the same jewellery everyday and some like to switch it up... We wanted to know about the jewellery you wear and love, so we asked our insta-coven to share their jewellery collections and those pieces that feel like a part of them. And, in the spirit of sharing, I share with you my favourite pieces and the rings I never take off...
Name: Clare (@bonearrow)
Most played song: Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Favourite book: 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Style icons? Courtney love, 90's Angelina, Stevie Nicks
Favourite crystal: Black Onyx, Obsidian, Jet... you get the picture!
Do you own lots of jewellery or just a few items? I've always been known for wearing the same layered necklaces and rings but I do change them up depending on my mood, or what new pieces I've made. I'll often be inspired by something and create a piece that then becomes my new favourite and often sparks of a new collection, like Modern Mystic which is inspired by circles, the moon and symbolism.
What jewellery do you never take off? My Bondage Ring, it's the only jewellery I sleep in. I've worn it for years and years, it's really comfortable. My two best friends have one too so it always makes me think of them.
Name: Hattie (@hattiemccann)
Most played song: Never Met a Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
Favourite book: Howl's Moving Castle
Style icons? Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, Adam Ant, Claire Fraser (from Outlander - Love me some tartan and woolly mittens!)
Favourite crystal: Moonstone
Do you own lots of jewellery or just a few items? Loads but I always wear my trusty few pieces.
Do you change the jewellery you wear? I occasionally change it up or just layer on top of my everyday jewellery. I change my earrings a lot though.
What jewellery do you never take off? I have a Hamilton and Young Moonstone standing stone necklace, a crystal ring on the ring finger of my right hand, which was given to me to wear to prom, a moonstone ring on the middle finger of my right hand. But on my left hand are my most special rings; I have a ring that was given to me by my aunt who suffers from M.S. When I was little I used to sit on her lap and play with it, as it has cubes with runes on them which spin. I have never seen anything like it and it is so special to me. My most recently acquired 'never take off 'jewelry is a gorgeous Clogau Cariad Tree of Life ring from my boyfriend, given to me as a promise ring on my 21st birthday.
Name: Shendel (@morphine_princess)
Home: Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada
Occupation: Student at Sheridan College, Preforming Arts major. I currently work in clothing retail at Urban Planet
Most played song: Home by Passenger (This changes so often since I'm a huge music junkie)
Favourite book: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Style icons: For sure the Sailor Moon girls in their normal everyday clothes, specifically Sailor Uranus / Haruka Tenoh
Favourite Crystal: Big question for a pagan! I love anything that is still raw, I've never really liked tumbled, smooth stones. My go-to Crystal is usually Quartz. But I'm also a fan of Obsidian and dark emerald.
Do you own lots of jewellery or just a few items? I feel like I own quiet a bit of jewelry. Mostly necklaces since they are my favourite.
Do you change the jewellery you wear? I try to change it up but there are some go-to pieces for me.
What jewellery do you never take off? My best friend and I got each other matching Claddagh rings for Christmas without knowing. I also have a ruby ring my mum gave me when I was 10, there isn't anything really special about it, it's just been a thing I play with on my finger. The only time these rings come off is if I'm afraid of losing or ruining them like while swimming or working with clay.
Name: Becca (@beestansfield)
Home: A little village called Helmshore, 25 miles North of Manchester
Occupation: Homeless Intervention Worker
Most played song: At the moment, Simple Things by Ziggy Alberts. Of all time, probably something by Bruce Springsteen
Favourite book: Karen Rose is my favourite author. Or, I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes is one of the best books I've read in ages!
Favourite clothing store: It's a running joke among friends that I should have shares in ASOS because I get so much from there.. But otherwise, Ebay.
Style icons: I am inspired my so many beautiful women, but mainly because of who they are rather than what they wear. I learned a long time ago that I felt the best in what I wanted to wear, not what I thought I should wear.
Favourite Crystal: Labradorite or Lapis Lazuli.
Do you own lots of jewellery or just a few items? I own loads, I'm a total magpie for silver but I rarely wear it all.
Do you change the jewellery you wear? I wear a lot of stuff aaaaall the time and occasionally add a fancier necklace or change up a bracelet.
What jewellery do you never take off? A plain silver band that was off my Granny's charm bracelet. I wear silver rings on every finger except engagement ring and I occasionally switch out a couple but it tends to be the bunch pictured. But most important to me is my limpet shell necklace. Made by a lovely designer in Cornwall called Nicky Green, she molds real shells and then crafts them in silver and they are beautiful. My mum has a big muscle shell (complete with barnacles!) and she bought me the limpet about 6 or so years ago. I've always collected shells and bits from the beach as I used to live in Cornwall and my heart is by the sea so getting to keep a piece like this close to my heart warms my soul. Mum picked it because I've always had a bit of a fascination with broken things so a broken shell was perfect. I now never take off a simple silver bangle with a small gold coil on it, my mum treated herself to this a few years ago and adores it, last October, out of the blue, she was rushed to hospital having had the worst brain aneurysm possible and was in a coma. I kept her with me every second of the day by wearing this bracelet and i 'worried' it constantly. We were told we would lose her and she defied all the odds and is still with us now and almost back to full mental and physical health! She is a superhero and a miracle and has kindly let me keep the bangle because it has most certainly become a talisman to me, I will never take it off.
Name: Lisa (@sunday0uting)
Home: Cologne, Germany
Occupation: Department Manager Assistant at a Fashion Company.
Most played song: Little of your love from HAIM - over and over again!
Favourite book: A discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness.
Favourite clothing store: ASOS and Topshop.
What was the last item of clothing you bought? A floral summer dress by Free People.
Do you own lots of jewellery or just a few items? I own a few special pieces, my favorite ring by German designer Sabrina Dehoff, a necklace and earrings by Gorjana and a few pieces from House of Harlow.
Do you change the jewellery you wear? I wear the same pieces like my ring and necklace but switch the earrings for different occasions.
What jewellery do you never take off? My ring, which was gifted to me by my mom and grandmother at the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
Name: Gini (@gini.eat.world)
Home: Hamburg, Germany, but I grew up in a small town near Cologne.
Occupation: Journalist & blogger
Most played song: I LOVE Hurricane Love by L.A WOMEN, everything by Dermot Kennedy, and my absolute favourite at the moment is Billie Martin.
Favourite book: That’s as hard as if I was to decide what food I liked best! But there are a few books that had a great impact on me: Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig, Panikherz by Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre (only in German unfortunately…) and Food Revolution by John Robbins.
Favourite clothing store: I try to buy most of my clothes second hand because it’s better for the environment, it’s cheaper most of the time and you’ll find unique pieces that no-one else has. But sometimes I need retail therapy and go shopping in the city. My favourite store here in Hamburg is Monki, and lately WEEKDAY. Internationally speaking I love New Look for their style and if I had more money I’d shop at COS more.
What was the last item of clothing you bought? I bought a black velvet culotte at WEEKDAY last week and it’s already my favourite.
Favourite crystal? I’m in love with moonstones, rose quartz, pyrite and opals, they look like tiny universes.
Do you own lots of jewellery or just a few items? I own a lot but I hardly ever wear them.
Do you change the jewellery you wear? I always wear the same very simple and clean pieces, just when there are special occasions I go for statement bracelets or big rings.
What jewellery do you never take off? My piercings (Septum, Medusa).
Thank you to each of you who shared your jewellery stories, we loved reading about your favourite pieces and what they mean to you, and listening to your favourite songs!
Follow us on instagram and share your favourite pieces with us too with #fistsofsilver and we might feature you on a future blog post ✨
The Summer Solstice has always been a time of celebration in the UK; the mid-point of the year when the day is longest and the sun stands still on the horizon. A time of abundance and light, long hazy, sunshine filled days that make us nostalgic for summers passed.
Pagans of the past celebrated the solstice with sun-soaked parties that were generally attended skyclad (naked) at significant sites such as stonehenge. But if you're just not into that, there's lots of ways to ring in the marking of the beginning of summer, or the 'midsummer' (depending on which way you choose to look at it).
To honour this Summer Solstice we'll be making an Altar of Light decorated with summer flowers and candles. How will you celebrate the longest (and it looks like it might be the hottest!) day of the year? Maybe you'll be burning coals on a barbecue with family, or watching the sunrise at Glastonbury...
If you want to mark the solstice with your own ritual or celebration but aren't sure how, check out Mystic Mamma for inspiration.
And we're bringing you some Midsummer Magic of our own with 20% off at Bonearrow.com until Midnight on Wednesday 21st June - Just use code 'SOLSTICE' at checkout.
It's not just that we're all made of the same cosmic stardust, we need to be cleansed and recharged too, just like crystals do.
Some crystals give off positive energy, some calm the mood and some seem to radiate love. Llike people, each one is unique and has different strengths. So thinking about your own energy in the way you might a treat a crystal can help you see yourself in a different light.
Like crystals, our energy can become stagnant and we might feel creatively blocked up or stuck so we need to cleanse it. Ever feel lethargic or just tired for no reason? Maybe you need an energy cleanse. If you work in a stressful job or have to deal with negative people, you probably need to cleanse yourself regularly!
After clearing out the old, in must come the new. These are some of our favourite ways to power up.
In the sun
Just as crystals like to moon bathe to recharge, as creatures of the light we need vitamin D and so basking in the fiery light of the sun gives us exactly the boost we need. Maybe that's why us sun-starved Brits feel the need to holiday so often...
Spending time with mother nature is a healer! If you've got something on your mind, a problem to mull over, or you're looking for inspiration, taking a solitary stroll in woodland can give you the respite you need. And on a sunny day there's nothing more dreamy than laying down gazing at clouds with your back pressed to the earth.
Everyone knows that a good lie-in is a balm for your body and mind. Like literally recharging your batteries, sleep can help you solve problems, get perspective and give your body time to mend and cells to repair. If in doubt, sleep on it.
Food - It's a cure all! Sometimes, if you're feeling down, eating sugary treats (or pizza!) is a necessity! But giving your body the right nutrients to run right is super important too. Listen to your body, craving for sugar might mean you need some extra energy so take it in the form or power foods like Blueberries instead. Eat seasonally and avoid processed foods and your body and mind will thank you.
Get a hair cut
Few things put a spring in your step as much as getting new hair. Whether it's a fresh colour or a new cut, good hair is a magical life elixir that we just can't explain!
Also, if you're just not sure of your ring size, you can order one of our handy little finger tape measures here for just £1 including p+p.
But that's not all! If you're not completely happy with the fit of your ring, you can return or exchange it within 14 days of purchase, no problemo!