The Dark Moon in Cancer connects us with our sense of hearth and home and the domestic stability we feel around loved ones. Family is about the people we choose to surround ourselves with. The people we are fiercely loyal to, the people we would drop everything for, the people we offer unconditional love and support to, the people we can be honest and open with. We would do anything to protect our family, while at the same time, we allow our own vulnerabilities to show through.
Our first and foremost relationship, the one that is more meaningful than any other, is the relationship we have with ourselves. Do we offer ourselves the same kind of fierce loyalty and protection, or love and support? Do we allow ourselves to be vulnerable by being honest with ourselves, or do we tend toward distraction and denial? The Dark Moon in Cancer reflects a balance of strength and vulnerability. The hard shell on the outside protects the delicate parts within.
Visualize yourself as a crab, the outer shell represents your boundaries, while the soft inner parts are your vulnerabilities.
Describe your shell, what does it feel like, hard as stone, fragile, broken? Does your shell feel different when you are alone or when you are with different people, family, friends?
Describe your vulnerabilities, what is within you that you love and support? What parts do you protect fiercely? Are you able to look honestly at the more fragile aspects of yourself? Are there parts you want to keep hidden, even from yourself?
What would you change inwardly or outwardly if you could?
Dark Moon Blessings,
Litha, meaning gentle (as in gentle breezes), marks the Summer Solstice, when the power of the Sun God is greatest. Hang a golden or yellow disc, representing the sun, outside to catch the sun’s rays. Create a wreath of yellow flowers to honour the Sun.
At Litha, we honour the transformation of the Maiden into Mother, fertile and ripe with abundance. The Earth is teeming with life, growth and potential. Celebrate this season with action. Manifest into reality the ideas you’ve dreamt about through the dark months. Create rituals that fire your passion and enhance creativity. Plants gathered on this night are said to have exceptional healing properties.
Although often referred to as the longest day, Litha is, in fact, the time of the longest twilight. This magickal time between day and night opens a gateway to the realm of the Fae. Fairies are spiritual beings who are always all around us, and their favourite places are in nature. In order to see them, we have to be willing to open our minds to the possibility that they are ever-present everywhere on Mother Earth. Once we open our minds and hearts, we may begin to see evidence of these magickal beings. Traditionally fairies were left pails of milk, cream, butter, cakes, and even wine. Spend time outdoors this evening, leave them a gift, and, if you are patient, you may catch a glimpse of the Dance of the Fae.
Beltane, May 1st, is a celebration of spirit, of rebirth and renewal. It is a time to honour the life spark that resides within us all and put it on display. The seeds that we have planted within our soul and nurtured through the winter are now ready to manifest. We present to the world a kaleidoscope of colours, as varied and beautiful as flowers in bloom.
Green is the predominant colour of Beltane, representing growth, abundance, and fertility. But, in truth, all colours play a part, reflected in the rainbow that appears after a rainfall, the floral displays we see at every turn, and emerging from our opening chakras. White brings cleansing and peace, red nourishes vibrancy, yellow represents the life force and happiness, pink is a reminder to love ourselves, blues and purples symbolize expansion and magick. Beltane is rich with vibrant colour, bringing joy to the soul and nourishment to the spirit.
At Beltane, we honour Goddess as Virgin in the true sense of the word, “She Who is Whole Unto Herself”. When we feel whole, we are no longer reliant on other people’s opinions of us. We stand secure and confident in the knowledge that we are beautiful, created in Her image. Create rituals honouring the wondrous woman you are. Perform self-blessings, be naked in front of a mirror, without judgment, and love the Temple where Goddess lives. Know and trust that you are whole unto yourself, a Goddess in your own right. Explore your body, your lover, your life, in a sensuous and sexual way. The Virgin is fearless, let Her guide you to glorious heights. For “The Charge” states …”all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals”.
The Dark Moon in Taurus connects us to our sense of groundedness. Being grounded is to feel calm and centered amidst chaos. It’s about being fully present in your body while also being fully aware of your surroundings.
Being grounded is to feel your feet kissing the Earth, gently caressing the body of the Goddess. She supplies us with an abundance of nourishment, for the body and the soul. Think of the different kinds of soil we encounter in our lives. The rich dark loams, red ochres, sand, rocks and gravel, clay and mud. We connect to them directly every day, with our feet with each step we take, and with our hands as we plant, dig, play, or sculpt.
All soils nurture, whether it is the local flora, or our own beings. Gaia nourishes us through Her bounty. She nourishes us energetically as well. As you walk, visualize roots extending from the bottoms of your feet, reaching down, down, down, deep into the rich dark earth. Draw energy up and let it permeate throughout your body. Be conscious of every step, practice the art of mindful walking.
We live in a symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth. She nurtures us, and, as Gaia’s children, it is our duty to protect Her, cherish Her, love Her. We do this through conscious living.
Select one sustainable activity that you can do every week to help the planet, something that you know you can commit to once a week, and do it.
Think of one thing a month that you can do, remember, you only have to commit to doing this once a month, every month.
Finally, choose one activity that you can commit to once a year. All it takes is commitment, each of us doing our small part.
Honour our Mother, She who has birthed you, She who nurtures you throughout your life, and She who will embrace you in death.
Dark Moon Blessings
The Dark Moon in Aries connects us to our sense of self-confidence. It’s about following our passions with youthful exuberance, unconcerned about how foolish we may seem, and unconcerned about the opinions of others.
Like the Fool in the Tarot, we are willing to go where no one else will dare. It is not that the Fool has her head in the clouds, but that she is leading with her heart. It may seem that she is oblivious to her surroundings, but, in truth, it is that she is walking in perfect trust, confident that each step will take her to the place where she is meant to be. She trusts her heart completely and will follow her passion wherever it takes her.
The world works based on how we feel about ourselves. When we walk with confidence, putting all our trust in ourselves, the world meets us and wondrous adventures appear. But all too often, we are more concerned about how others may see us, embarrassment holds us back. Or we may be too afraid to take a risk, over-thinking all that could go wrong.
The Dark Moon in Aries calls on us to get out of our heads, to let go of the doubts and preconceived expectations of how things “should” be. When we step with confidence, new and unexpected pathways present themselves.
What are you truly passionate about? What makes your heart sing? Whatever that thing is, just do it, drop the judgments, drop the expectations. Follow your passion, for this is the path you are meant to be on.
Dark Moon Blessings,
Ostara is a time of celebration, it marks the onset of Spring and the promise of warmer days to come. Birds have returned from their long migration, harbingers of the season, building nests and laying eggs. The eggs are a promise of hope and we emulate the birds by weaving baskets and dyeing eggs.
The egg symbolizes renewal, the golden yolk representing the Sun God, embraced and protected by the white shell that is the Goddess. She nourishes the God, until his rebirth at Beltane. What better way to honour the Goddesses of Spring.
Ostara Egg ritual
Cleanse and prepare the ritual space (ie. kitchen).
Gather your supplies: pot for boiling water, eggs, tongs, sharpies, templates or leaves, pieces of nylon stocking (to hold these in place), vinegar if using natural dyes (Visit the link provided for instructions on how to create natural dyes. http://www.earthwitchery.com/egg-dyes.html).
Think about the attributes you’d like to bring into your life. Perhaps you wish to be more creative? improved health? need an energy boost? Using a sharpie, write these qualities onto your eggs, embellish with sigils, runes, or images to imbue the eggs with the desired properties. Hold each egg in your hands and visualize the desired traits entering it.
Empower your eggs by dyeing them in colours associated with your aspirations. Yellow to symbolize the God, Violet to symbolize the Goddess, Red for passion, Green for prosperity, Orange for self-expression, Brown for stability or grounding, Rust for strength, Blue for protection, Pink for self-love etc…
Once you have completed the dyeing process, refrigerate the eggs until you are ready to eat them. As you eat, know that you are taking into your being the attributes you have infused into each egg.
The Wheel turns toward another Season. At this time of year, we sense the stirrings of our own life force as well as the life stirring in the still frozen ground. After months of retreat time and going within, hibernating and cocooning through the frosty months, we begin to feel alive once more. As the snows melt and the Earth warms up, we find ourselves spending more time outdoors. We feel a strong connection to the Goddess at this time, seeing the life burgeoning around us.
The days are getting noticeably longer.The sun rises higher in the sky, bringing warmth, and we are once again able to bask though the cooler temperatures remain. The sun is setting later in the evening, which allows more time to be outside in nature. We feel a quickening within, a need to move, to learn, to grow. As Mother Earth prepares Her Body for the Spring thaw and renewed life, so may we feel pregnant with expectation as to what the next season will bring. We have completed our retreat time, birthing the self into a new and wonderful creation, a Goddess, a Vision.
The Goddess Brighid is said to walk the earth on Imbolc eve. Welcome Her by placing candles in windows or light a ritual bonfire. Once the embers have cooled, rake the ashes smooth. In the morning, look through the ashes for a sign of Brighid’s passing.
As a Goddess of Hearth and Home, Brighid can help motivate you to get a head start on your Spring Cleaning. Throw open the windows to let the fresh air in. Clear out the clutter, cleanse and purify every corner.
Herald the coming Spring by creating and burning paper snowflakes in a ritual fire. As you cut out the snowflakes, think about what you’d like to cut out of your life. Write down on the snowflakes traits, habits or thoughts that seem to be holding you back. As the snowflakes burn, know that you are clearing unnecessary baggage from your life. Bury the cool ashes in the earth or scatter them to the winds.
Alternatively, take a handful of snow or ice and place it in a dish. Visualize the intent to banish negativity from your life and send it into the ice. As the ice melts, feel the negativity drain away from you. Dispose of the meltwater outdoors.