Dark Moon in Scorpio 2017

 

The Dark Moon in Scorpio connects us with our deepest emotional experiences in such a way that we can begin the healing process. We may feel an intensity of emotions that can take us to the depths of sorrow, crippling fear, or excessive anger. We have choices available to us on how to manage these extremes. We can lash out at others, railing at the injustices imposed upon us. We can curl up into a fetal position on the floor, ignoring it all until it goes away. We can beat ourselves up, feeling like a failure. Or we can choose to direct it inward, to empower the self in order to do the work of seeking out Shadow, naming it, and releasing it.

The Dark Moon in Scorpio is an excellent time to resolve difficult issues, providing us with an opportunity for emotional healing. In this way, we are able to cleanse and purify as we prepare for the inner work that will be done in the Winter months ahead. Emotional healing and transformation occur when we are able to face, acknowledge and embrace the Shadow parts of ourselves. Sometimes, it takes a crisis for us to come to the realization that something needs to change.

Emotions may become intense, and so we must try to avoid the automatic reaction of stuffing them down, ignoring them, or rationalizing them. It may be that decades of avoidance have led to this build up, and so, now we must experience them fully and completely before we can heal the wounds. This does not mean we have to feel it all at once, we can keep it manageable, a little at a time, or revisit the issue over several days, as often as needed. We can be gentle with ourselves, even as we stay firm in our decision to heal the scars of emotional wounding.

How do we do this? By stepping back and looking honestly at the trigger, when did it first emerge? Why did it occur? Often, the onset of a behaviour arose as a way to protect us, but over time, it became an unconscious reaction whenever we felt the emotional helplessness of that initial incident. The reaction no longer serves its purpose, and may actually prevent us from healing and moving forward.

 

The Dark Moon is a time for inner reflections, personal journeys and shadow work. What better time to take stock, to face our deepest fears, to meet and embrace our Shadow side. Communing with our dark self may lead to valuable personal insights. As we shine light on our darkness, we come to a place of healing. The Shadow self is the part of us that reacts from a place of unconscious fear. Once those fears are brought into the light, we can begin the process of healing.

 

Ritual – Naming the Shadow

 

Ideally, this ritual is done in a darkened room, with one candle lit.

Begin by casting a circle, in a manner that is comfortable for you. By creating a sacred space, you choose who to invite in, you may wish to call on Guides and Guardians, Deities, Angels, Elementals… to act as protectors or to witness your ritual.

Take several cleansing breaths, letting go of the events of the day

Sit before your candle and look into the flames, with every breath, you find yourself going deeper and deeper into yourself.

Think about an event, either a recent one or one from your past. Notice where in your body you feel the emotional reaction. Think back to when you may have first experienced this reaction. Name the behaviour, is it projecting onto others, is it denial, is it putting yourself down? Think about the ways this behaviour has had an impact on you, does it serve you to continue? Once we name a part of our Shadow self, and bring it to consciousness, we can begin a dialogue, expressing how we feel about this behaviour.

Dialogue isn’t about blaming or shaming, it is merely expression, a release of pent-up emotions, emotions that have been held onto for far too long. Remember, your circle is your safe space, tell your Shadow why you feel the way you do, don’t analyze the emotional experience, sit with it, allow the release to occur, don’t rein it in. Try to understand it without becoming attached or reliving the crisis

Visualize the intense emotions as a ball of energy, looming over you, casting a large and oppressive shadow. Place all your fear, your anger, sadness, or any other emotion that threatens to overwhelm you, or that makes you uncomfortable. Yell, scream, cry, anything that gets the energy out of you and into this ball. Once you have filled your energy ball with all that has been within you, send it into the Earth, ask the Mother to take it from you. Ask her to transform it into compost, to nourish Her. Then, and this is key, let it go, completely, don’t hold onto any of it, feel the weight lifting off of you,

Once this Shadow ball has disappeared into the Earth, visualize a second ball, one of light, and into it cast your hopes and dreams, the new and healthier ways you will respond to situations that you once reacted to unconsciously, fill it with healing energy, healing your soul, your emotional woundings, and your heart that has so recently unleashed so much. Draw this ball of light into yourself, feel the lightness, feel yourself glowing more brightly as the Shadow fades.

Feel the love of self in your heart, permeating through your entire being. Visualize this ball of light, emanating from your heart, and send it deep into the Earth, with thanks and gratitude to the Mother.

Give thanks to those who have stood as witnesses and protectors and open your circle.

Be gentle with yourself after an intense emotional release. Do what you require for self-care.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

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Samhain 2017

Samhain is a time for personal reflection and communing with the ancestors. We look to the past, so that we may be better prepared for the future.

At Samhain, the Goddess has entered her incarnation as Crone. She is Grandmother, Ancient Goddess, the Wise One we turn to for advice. Crone has many names: Baba Yaga, Cailleach, Grandmother Spider, Hekate, Morrígan, Mother Holle, Cerridwen.

She is transition and transformation, acting as a bridge between the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one. We can work with Crone to assist us in transitioning from one life to the next, or from one realm to another.

Crone is associated with night and darkness, the unconscious realms and shadow work, the underworld, healing, transformation and regeneration.

Crone listens with Her inner ear and sees with Her inner eye, and so She is able to access Her powers of divination and prophecy. If we are receptive to Her gifts, She will share Her knowledge with us, the wisdom of the ages.

On this Samhain eve, Her Sacred Magick is at its most potent.

 

Mother of Darkness

Queen of the Night

Gift me with your Visions

That I may see the Light

 

Mistress of Dreams

Limitless in scope

Guide me with Your Wisdom

Fill my Heart with Hope

 

Oh my Ancient Wanderer

Your Magick does Entice

Gaze into the Mirror

May the Vision be precise

 

Scrying Mirror

 

In a darkened room, cast a circle and call on your guardians of protection. Invite Crone into your circle to assist you in your ritual.

Use a blackened mirror, or fill a dark-coloured bowl/cauldron with water to act as a mirror. Light one small candle and place it  behind your mirror. You only need enough light to see, you do not want its reflection to impede your gaze. Repeat the poem above, chant the names of the Crone, or meditate on a question. Continue doing this until your mind is focused.

Cast away all doubts. If you set an intent to see images, it will happen.

Gaze into the darkness of the mirror rather than focusing on the surface.

Do not blink your eyes more than is necessary. Too much blinking breaks concentration, but staring too hard can cause eye strain.

Do not let your gaze wander from the mirror. If you are experiencing some difficulty, try to visualize the blackness as infinite space and project your gaze several feet into the blackness.

It may take some practice to achieve results but it is worth the effort. If this is your first scrying, you may wish to limit your time to 15 minute intervals, until you get results. Make a note of any images or symbols that arise, but do not try to analyze them immediately.

Scrying is a valuable tool to connect us with the inner workings of our subconscious, a way to commune with our ancestors, and to see how the year ahead will unfold.

 

Samhain Blessings,

 

The Muse

Dark Moon in Libra 2017

The Dark Moon in Libra is a time for honest and open communication with ourselves. Honest communication goes beyond words, it includes active listening and an open heart. It is about expressing emotions and thoughts, without judgment or blame.

It can be uncomfortable to listen honestly to what we say and to look honestly at how we act. There may be a tendency to block out “negatives” or what the ego perceives as criticism. We can be our own worst critic, beating ourselves down at every turn. Or we may project onto someone else, avoiding responsibility and personal accountability.  We may take on the role of enabler, rationalizing our self-righteous indignation, making excuses, or we may live in denial.

The Dark Moon is a time for inner reflections, personal journeys and shadow work. What better time to take stock, to face our deepest fears, to meet and embrace our shadow side. Communing with our dark self may lead to valuable personal insights. As we shine light on our darkness, we come to a place of healing. The Shadow self is the part of us that reacts from a place of unconscious fear. Once those fears are brought into the light, we can begin the process of healing.

This Dark Moon coincides with Lunar Samhain, a time of endings and beginnings. In some Pagan traditions, Samhain marks the new year, it is a time of contemplation, communing with the ancestors and reflecting on the year just past. It is an opportunity to let go of what no longer holds true for us, creating space for transformation. We can use the Dark Moon to commune with our shadow self, to have an open and honest discussion about how we live and act in the world, and to ask what it is that we need to let go of in order to bring about healing and transformation.

 

Ritual to Commune with the Shadow Self

 

Ideally, this ritual is done in a darkened room, with one candle lit.

Begin by casting a circle, in a manner that is comfortable for you. By creating a sacred space, you choose who to invite in, you may wish to call on Guides and Guardians, Deities, Angels, Elementals… to act as protectors or to witness your ritual.

Take several cleansing breaths, letting go of the events of the day

Sit before your candle and look into the flames, with every breath, you find yourself going deeper and deeper into yourself.

Close your eyes and visualize yourself stepping into darkness, feel the earth beneath your feet, the wind caressing you, whispers in the trees, you are safe and protected.

You find yourself in a forest grove, the weak, flickering light of a lone candle causes the shadows to dance around you. You may feel fear, a need to run and hide, but instead you remain, determined to meet your Shadow. You sense that you are being watched, and, looking up, you see a pair of glowing eyes, you are facing your Shadow self. You swallow your fear and invite her into the circle of dim light.

As she approaches, you see that she is you, yet somehow different, menacing or threatening perhaps. Notice where in your body you feel discomfort, a tension in the jaw or shoulders, a queasy sensation in the pit of your stomach, anxiety or panic. Breathe through these sensations, for they are telling you that you are on the right path.

Together, reflect on events where your shadow self was triggered and ask the following questions:

What happened?

How did my shadow self react?

How did I feel about her actions?

How does she affect me now?

What kind of control does she have over me?

How does she serve me?

Do I need to make changes and, if so, how do I go about it?

 

As you explore these questions together, bringing unconscious behaviours to light, you noticed the candle flame growing brighter and brighter.

When you are ready, embrace your Shadow self and give thanks for what she has taught you this night.

Walk out from the forest and slowly come back into your body.

Give thanks to those who have stood as witnesses and protectors and open your circle.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

Lammas

 

Lammas, celebrated on August 1,  comes from the Saxon hlaef-mass (loaf-mass) and marks the first wheat harvest of the year. Grain, planted in the spring has been empowered by the sun and is now ready for gathering. The cycle of life is renewed as seed collected in the harvest is stored away for planting in the spring.

These days, many of us may feel disconnected from this natural cycle of life-death-rebirth. We’ve traded in quality for convenience, our daily bread awaits us, already baked and wrapped in plastic, sitting on the shelf at the local supermarket. Agriculture has become big business, complete with mass-production, pesticides and genetically-modified single-use seeds.

Lammas is a reminder that we are all in this together. Our lives are entwined with Mother Nature. We honour the Goddess and the abundance of nature by planting organic gardens or buying from local farmers. Living a more sustainable life is healthy not only for us, but for the planet as well.

Lammas is an opportunity to come back into alignment with nature. We do this through conscious living and making choices that will benefit Mother Earth. And, in return, She will provide the sustenance and nurturing we require to continue living a life of abundance and joy.

 

Lammas Blessings

 

The Muse

Dark Moon in Cancer

 

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,

 

The Muse

Litha 2017

 

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.

 

Solstice Blessings,

 

The Muse

Beltane 2017

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”.

 
Beltane Blessings
The Muse

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