How to Build an Empire with the Moon

 

Did y’all know I use the phases of the moon to set goals, run my business, and build my empire

It’s true!

Okay, so maybe it sounds a little wack-a-do, but really, it works. It’s a little dash of magic and little smidge of common sense. See, the moon cycles through eight phases throughout the month, from New Moon to Full and back again. Those phrases have a lot to teach us about how to organize our time.

 

The Moon Has a Lot to Teach Us

The moon also has a lot to teach us about setting goals, letting go of what’s not working, and trusting that there will be another chance. I don’t believe we only get one chance in this life at anything. I know there’s this fear if we don’t take advantage of an opportunity it will never come around again.

Maybe.

But the moon tells a different story.

 

First Four Phases

Four of her phases teaches us about growth: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous. We plant seeds of intention with the new moon and work toward growing that intention into full bloom, the full moon.

BUT then comes the letting go. A flower is not the end fo the process, see. After the full bloom, comes the fertilization and then comes the fruit, right?

 

Second Four Phases

So think of the next four phases as the fertilization and the fruiting: full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. This half of the lunar cycle reminds us that some things need to be released in order for new things to take shape. The flower petals die so the fruit can grow.

That’s the very basics. I use the phases of the moon to organize my time during the month, when I create when I relax, and when I do the business backend work. From a practical standpoint, it means everything gets addressed every month.

And when feel time-crunched and anxious about something getting done, the moon cycle always reminds there’s always next month. It’s helped me ask the question: what absolutely has to happen this week/this month? And what can be done next week/next month?

 

Full Moon is for Reflecting

Going into the details of how I use it phases is too much info for one blog post, so I’ll give one example, with the promise I’ll about the other phases in future posts. Today, we’re coming up on the Full Moon. This is the time every month when I shine a big, bright light on the work I’ve been doing, both spiritually and professionally and make some hard decisions. I ask myself:

What have I accomplished?

What hasn’t gotten done?

What’s working?

What’s not?

What do I need to refocus my efforts on?

What do I need to let go of?

Then I  pivot my efforts so I’m working on what really matters. I also spend the evening of the full moon letting go and forgiving. Seriously. Holding on to grudges and bad feelings is the biggest handicap ever. Think of them as literal baggage that you’re carrying while also trying to lead a happy and productive life.

It gets impossible at some point if we don’t start jettisoning those burdens.

Why not give it a try tonight? The moon is technical full at 12:32 am tonight, September 14, 2019, but you can do this anytime tonight or even in the morning if you prefer.

 

Full Moon Forgiveness Rite:

1. Cleanse your energy. Light a candle, burn some sage, diffuse some essential oil.

2. Meditate. Sit still and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and imagine the light of the full moon flowing down through the crown of your head, fill and purifying your entire body.

3. Journal. Open your eyes and spend a few minutes writing about what you need to let go of. Is it a grudge? A bad feeling about a mistake you made? Resentment? Something you’ve been holding onto that makes you feel sad and heavy?

4. Visualize. If there’s a person involved, you’re going to imagine a big pink bubble with them inside. It appears in the sky very small, floats toward you like Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz.

5. Forgive. Once they get close, imagine putting your hands up to there’s though the bubble and say, “I forgive you.” If it’s something about you, picture yourself. If it’s a situation, picture the situation or something that represents it.

6. Release. Then blow the bubble away. Let rise into the sky until it disappears into the sky and tear up the piece of paper with what you needed to let go of.

And here’s a bonus aromatherapy blend to diffuse on the Full Moon! Use it during your full moon ritual or anytime you want to channel the Full Moon’s energy.

Let me know how it goes!
Stay magical

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Enlightened is LIVE and only 99 cents!

Enlightened is here!

I’m really excited to share this book!

I spent a lot of time this past year rewriting my very first series ever published, Love and Light. Why? Because I never felt the story was really done, but sometimes you have to let it go. So I did.

Until this past year when I finally figured out what was missing. And I’m extremely happy with how it came out. I feel like it’s finally “right” and done. AND The Love and Light series is now the Of Light and Blood Saga!

And you can get Book 1, Enlightened for just $0.99, but hurry! Because the sale will end soon!

Click HERE to get Enlightened! And if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you’re in luck. ALL my books are currently enrolled in KU for a limited time. Keep an eye out for Book 2, Shattered! The pre-order will be up shortly.

Sneak Peek! First page from the rewrite of Enlightened

And so it begins...

Cold rain pelted the big front window of Loti Dupree’s studio. She stared through the rivulets streaming down the darkening glass, wondering if she should have canceled class.

“Be careful, okay?” She held the door open for the last of her yoga students.

“No worries. I think it looks worse than it actually is.” Jeremy tucked his yoga mat under one arm and grinned down at Loti. “You, uh, want a ride home? I’ve got the Jeep, so you know. Probably safer than that Bug of yours.”

Loti swallowed and shook her head. Jeremy stood just a tad too close and despite the butterflies in her stomach, she made herself meet his gaze. “I’m good. Meeting Rachel for dinner at Rosemary and Thyme.” She cleared her throat. “She’s got the truck. We’ll be fine.”

Jeremey reached out and took the door knob out of her hand, stepping even closer. Loti was caught between the open door and his body.

“You want me to walk you over there?” His husky voice hitched her breath.

They were so close she could smell the soap he’d washed with and the musky, workout sweat drying on his skin. She exhaled sharply, turning to escape as fast as she could but instead tripped over the threshold and into his arms. Wide-eyed and shaking, she froze. He didn’t try some flirty line. He stared down, his eyes asking questions she couldn’t—or didn’t want to—answer.

“I need to go. Rachel’s waiting for—”

He pressed warm lips to her trembling ones.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??? Do you remember the original opening of Enlightened? How is this different? Do you like it better or not so much?

Even if you’ve never read Enlightened, what do you think will happen next???

Leave a comment and let me know what you think! 😀

The Little Flame Gets a Makeover Giveaway!

The Little Flame Series has gotten a complete cover MAKEOVER! And to celebrate it’s SENSATIONAL new look courtesy of Meg Murrey Designs, I’m celebrating the entire month of April (my birthday month!) with giveaways, freebies, games!

This page is packed with special offers & GIVEAWAYS! Scroll down to see them all, including a Rafflecopter giveaway of A Discovery of Witches, a FREE gift for everyone who downloads their copy of NINE30, and 22 Days of Little Flame Prizes.

 


NINE30: The Little Flame – Book 1

“WANTED: The reincarnated ex-boyfriend who ruined my life.”

Fiamette Jurato, the most powerful healer to the supernatural, is looking for the ex-lover who can save her from an eternity of blood slavery. The one tiny complication? He’s been dead for over 200 years.

Not one to let the little things get in her way, Fia’s joined the world famous DJ Maximillian Barbosa on his EDM whirlwind tour. It seemed like an easy way to blend in and avoid detection by her would-be masters, but she didn’t count on one thing: the crazy attraction between her and the DJ. A heat like that can make you forget the mission you’re on…and the danger you’re in.

 

 

 


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JOIN THE 22 DAYS OF LITTLE FLAME GAMES and PRIZES

We’re going to be celebrating the Little Flame Makeover for the entire month of April (my birthday month!) with a new game every 2 days! Each time play will enter you for a chance to win signed paperback copies with the ORIGINAL Little Flame cover art, gift cards, and swag packs including either a wishing bottle necklace OR a chakra necklace.

To participate, join the Little Flame Tour group on Facebook! If you’re not already a member, make sure you join through the Little Flame Makeover Giveaway Rafflecopter so you’re also entered for a chance to win an ebook of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

Episode #003 – Tarot Card of the Day & Never Give Up

Click on the image to watch the replay of my Periscope Live: Episode #003

On today’s Periscope Live I talked about the Tarot Card of the Day, The Moon, and why you should never give up. As usual, I gave a few 1 card Tarot readings to live viewers at the end. Make sure you’re following me on Periscope to catch me live and stick around until the end of the broadcast. You just might get a free reading. 😉

Do you know you set intentions every day whether you mean to or not? Your state of mind determines how you will experience your day. It doesn’t matter what happens; what matters is how you perceive and respond to the events of your day. So don’t give up! No matter what, there is always hope because you can ALWAYS change your intentions. Remember: it’s just a bad day, not a bad life and if you work on creating thought patterns and subconscious programs to support you instead of tearing yourself or your life down, you can be the badass I know that you can be.

Love and light!

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Episode #002 – You Gotta Learn to Love Your Enemies

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On today’s Periscope Live I talked about learning to love your enemies, speaking your truth, and the Tarot Card of the Day. I also gave a couple of Tarot readings for live viewers. Make sure you watch live next time!

Who is your worst enemy? If we’re honest with ourselves its probably us. We are the hardest on ourselves than anyone in our lives and we spend more time sabotaging ourselves than our worst enemies. So, how does it turn it out when the war you’re waging is on yourself?

Follow me on Periscope to catch the Live broadcast https://www.pscp.tv/melissalummis/

Links:

Be Kind to Yourself by Andrew Peterson video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYiM-sOC6nE

Bitch by Meredith Brooks video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ivt_N2Zcts&list=PLze-QRn3UDKcVjyzY6owosQUPMmwELohw&index=2

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Check Out NINE30: Little Flame Book #1

This page is packed with special offers & GIVEAWAYS! Scroll down to see all we have to offer, including free book offers, a Rafflecopter giveaway including Toxic Games by Christine Feehan & a Tarot Gift Pack, gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and a FREE gift for everyone who downloads their free copy of NINE30.

NINE30: A Little Flame Novel

“WANTED: The reincarnated ex-boyfriend who ruined my life.”

Fiamette Jurato, the most powerful healer to the supernatural, is looking for the ex-lover who can save her from an eternity of blood slavery. The one tiny complication? He’s been dead for over 200 years.

Not one to let the little things get in her way, Fia’s joined the world famous DJ Maximillian Barbosa on his EDM whirlwind tour. It seemed like an easy way to blend in and avoid detection by her would-be masters, but she didn’t count on one thing: the crazy attraction between her and the DJ. A heat like that can make you forget the mission you’re on…and the danger you’re in.

 

 

 


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Amazon Giveaway: A Discovery of Witches

It’s time for ANOTHER giveaway and this time I’ve set up an Amazon Giveaway of A Discovery of Witches! YES!!! I’m currently reading this book and LOVING it! It’s kind of like Harry Potter for grown ups. 😉

This is an instant winner type of giveaway so hurry over and enter by clicking HERE!

I’m giving away 10 copies! Woot! So make sure you share this giveaway with your friends. 🙂

This Amazon Giveaway is for an ebook of A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1) (Kindle Edition).

ENTER HERE~> https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ad6d0883291eca7f

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

Ends the earlier of Feb 20, 2019 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed.

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New Year Nine30 Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Teresa Williams, the winner of the New Year Nine30 Giveaway!

She’ll be receiving the signed paperbacks of the first three books in The Little Flame Series AND a handcrafted Chakra necklace!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway and don’t forget to enter the new Amazon Giveaway I’ve set up. Click HERE to see the deets.

Have a great weekend!

 

Excerpt from Nine30 – Book #1 Little Flame Series

FINALLY! Here I am! Back at work on my author blog. Yes, it’s been 8 months! Yes, I hear the crickets. Well, not really, because it’s winter here in Virginia, but I did have to clean off the cobwebs. What’s important is I’m back, and I thought I’d kick off things with an excerpt from Nine30 Book #1 of the Little Flamer series. It’s one of my favorite scenes because it’s the first time you get a real glimpse into the dark secrets of our lovely protagonist, Fiamette. 😀

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Enjoy. 😉

I searched the turbulent sea of gawkers for my fish. Ah. There he was. I met his gaze, my lips lifting into a come-hither smile. He was close enough now I could make out his full, Latin lips. Nice. I turned a hip, let one hoop spin to a stop at my feet, and threw the other over my head. Catching it with my neck, I bent and glanced at my boots for a second, so my shag-cut hair covered my eyes. I tossed my hair back, looking straight at the vampire.

He froze, eyes widening. Then he grinned like the devil he was and pushed his way through the ocean of flesh. Winded and a little too self-satisfied for my own good, I glanced instinctively at the door to the dressing rooms in the back of the club. Miranda was already there in her bright yellow tutu and matching fur leggings with black smiley faces. She waved, ready to spell me off.

Sexy female on starburstMiranda weaved her way to the podium, and I kept my eyes on my target, wondering how old he was in vampire years. He appeared fairly young, maybe only five or ten years since he’d been turned. Dang. I shoved my disappointment away and concentrated on reeling him in. What I needed was a much older vamp. They were so much more… well, just more, but I supposed he’d do.

Besides—I flipped the second hoop back up and spun them both overhead—I could always cut bait if something superior came along and there was always the chance he was the one I was looking for.  The young vamp stood at my feet. A song about scary monsters rocked the house as we met each other’s gaze. His absorbed expression said he was already mine, but I jiggled my derrière for him anyway. I needed to keep him entertained and interested because Miranda, making her way to the platform in the middle of the dance floor, was still five minutes away, even with members of the security team clearing a path.

He studied me, as if marking me for the hunt. Which I’m sure he was. Hmmm. I lifted the hoops back over my head and twirled them down to my waist. When Miranda finally arrived, I let the hoops swing to my feet and wobble to a dramatic stop. The security guys waited while the song wound down.

I glanced over at Katrina on the other platform. We exchanged a nod, and both backflipped off our podiums, landing in the arms of the crowd. Screaming with joy, the horde passed me over their heads to the back of the dance floor. No one grabbed my ass—well, not in a way I didn’t like—and no one dropped me. Would miracles never cease?  All in all, a successful routine.

As the last few hands lowered me to my feet, I glanced back at the podium where Miranda was already posing while she waited for the ecstatic screams to calm down enough for the DJ to be heard. Tony and Mark, my security detail, flanked me, crossing their arms over their broad pecs. Tony’s jaw flexed as he watched me, a nervous wrinkle above his brow.

I smiled reassuringly up at him, and he rewarded me with one of his rare Cheshire cat grins. We liked each other. Not that way. We got each other, that was all, and I was going to miss him. Whether I liked my co-workers or this cover job didn’t matter—my real living came from other skills—it was time to move on. Besides, I’d given this city a fair shake and I was fairly certain what I was looking for wasn’t here.

I peeked over the heads of the wound-up throng and there was my vampire. I wrapped my fingers partially around Tony’s bulging bicep, pulling him close. He leaned down, turning his ear to my mouth.

“I’m going to mingle,” I yell-whispered into his ear.

His eyes narrowed. “Please stay out of trouble,” he yelled back.

Aww, he’s sweet. I smiled indulgently. “I will.”

He grabbed my arm and I stared at his hand as he pressed his mouth to my ear. “Listen to me, Fia. You know I keep my nose out of other people’s business, but I’ve heard rumblings.” I got a sick feeling in my gut that I’d waited a tad too long to leave town.  “You’ve attracted the kind of attention I’m guessing you wouldn’t like. So when I say stay out of trouble, I mean stay under the radar.”

When he eased his grip, I forced a smile. “I’ve got it under control.” I turned to look for my vamp. I needed what he could give me more than ever, if Tony was right about me attracting attention. Damn. It was exactly what I’d been afraid of.

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