Dark Moon in Leo 2018

 

The Dark Moon Leo teaches us to respect our true selves and to honour our place in the world.

To risk is to dare… to dare to be unapologetically who we are. To act from the heart, even if this is deemed unacceptable by others.

To dare requires us to be wholly accountable for our actions, to accept consequences.

To dare is to risk loss or heartbreak.

To dare is to be the best person we can possibly be, by following our own inner passion, even if it goes against conventional norms.


Fire can illuminate our truth by showing us what we need to burn away from our life. There is risk working with fire. We may be inclined to burn everything away, without acknowledging what has been destroyed. It’s important to remember that fire cannot fix a problem that we have created for ourselves. We can work with fire to illuminate the underlying cause of our darkness, acknowledge it and heal from it. We can burn away what needs to be eliminated now while maintaining the healthy aspects of an uncomfortable emotion.

 

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.

 

Shadow work

 


Sit in stillness.

Take several deep breaths and close your eyes.

Visualize a fire in front of you.

Step into the flames and ask yourself what needs to be illuminated.

Acknowledge and accept what the flames reveal, without judgement.

Ask yourself what needs to be burned away.

Acknowledge and allow the flames to consume that which no longer serves you.

When you feel ready, step out of the fire.

Give thanks.

 

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

 

 

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Lammas 2018

 

Lammas introduces the season of ripening. Lammas comes from the Old English phrase “hlaf-maesse” or “loaf mass”. Its focus is on the first harvests of Summer, most notably, the grain harvest. Our ancestors celebrated the crops, knowing that a successful harvest would see them through the long dark months to come.

 

Sunlight is noticeably beginning to decline as the Wheel of the Year turns  toward the dark half of the year. We may already be starting to lament Summer’s ending, but for now, we are happy to enjoy warm sunny days and partake of the endless bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

 

As a grain festival, our ancestors would burn an effigy of the Grain God at Lammas, to ensure the continuing cycle of death and rebirth in the Spring. The God was a willing sacrifice, giving up His life so that His people may live. We can honour this tradition by celebrating the abundance of the Earth and all She has to offer, sharing our bounty with others in Her name, and make our own sacrifices for the greater good of our communities.

 

Sacrifice is something that we do willingly, and often, we are lucky enough to reap the benefits down the road. We can look at our metaphorical garden, the seeds we planted, the ways we nurtured our dreams, prioritizing what needed nourishment and what needed to be thinned out. We pulled the weeds, removing some things in order for others to prosper and grow. We did a lot of hard work to arrive at this point. We can celebrate our successful harvest as we acknowledge the sacrifices we made. We can look honestly at the sacrifices that may still be required, letting go of the attitudes,  behaviours or beliefs that may still be hindering us. This is but the first of the harvests, there remains time to work on our goals and reap the benefits in the coming months.

 

Baking bread is one of the ways we honour the First Harvest. As you knead the dough, think about your personal harvest and all the things you wish to manifest in the coming months, and the sacrifices you are willing to make to achieve success. Visualize the successful harvest and send the image into the dough. As you eat the bread, know that you are taking in those qualities that will ensure an abundant crop.



 

Lammas Tarot Spread

1 What are you harvesting?

2 What must you sacrifice?

3 What opposes you?

4 What supports you?

5 What grounds you?

6 What is still ripening?

7 What will you take forward?

 

 

Lammas Blessings,

 

The Muse

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http://liberumbrarum.tumblr.com/post/108115781462/making-brideogas-corn-dollies

 

Dark Moon in Cancer 2018

 

 

The Dark Moon in Cancer teaches us effective ways to connect with the emotions we keep hidden from others, and from ourselves. In a hard world, we tend to put up a hard front, often at the expense of our vulnerability. It may feel as though we are protecting the soft fragile parts within us, but if we use our protective armour as a means of denying our emotions, we lose out on a wondrous and precious experience.

It isn’t always easy to access what is hidden, sometimes, it may be best to approach indirectly, come at it sideways, like a crab. We can explore, in depth, those emotions that we keep closest to the heart, by approaching them in a way that is gentle and non-threatening.

The labyrinth is a perfect metaphor for this type of healing work. It provides the safe space, the protective armour, within which we can explore the most fragile vulnerable parts of ourselves. The analytical mind is engaged with staying on the path, freeing up the creative and intuitive mind. As we travel the meandering path, the unconscious rises to the surface. When we arrive at the center, we can look honestly at our shadows, and do what is needed to become healthy and whole.

 

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.

Working with a Labyrinth

 

Seek out a labyrinth nearby where you can walk, if there aren’t any, you can use a finger labyrinth, an app, or a virtual labyrinth online.
Set an intention before you start.

As you follow the path in, acknowledge and let go of blocks or expectations.
The center is a place of stillness, where you can be open and receptive to the experience, dialogue with the Shadow, notice any images or words that may come up. Take as long as you need.

When you feel ready, follow the path back out, trusting that what you have learned or experienced is being integrated, and the healing process will continue long after you have exited the labyrinth.

Give thanks.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

The Muse

Litha 2018

 

Litha, meaning gentle (as in gentle breezes), marks the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. The sun is at its peak of strength and the power of the Sun God is greatest. This day celebrates the Sun King in all his glory, a time of manifestation, of passion and success.

The Sun King, (God of Light, Oak King) faces the God of Shadow (Holly King) at the Summer Solstice and is defeated. The Sun King has reached his peak and now relinquishes control of the year to the Dark God. This serves as a reminder to us all that life is cyclical, and that death makes life taste that much sweeter.

This is the season of action, a time to manifest into reality the ideas you have dreamed about. Hang a golden or yellow disc, representing the sun, to catch solar rays. You can harness these powerful solar energies and use them in magickal workings that fire your passion and enhance creativity.  

 

Litha Tarot Spread

  1. What energy am I currently radiating out into the Universe?
  2. Where do I shine the brightest?
  3. What is the sun illuminating for me?
  4. What lies hidden in the shadows?
  5. How can I work with the energy of the sun for my spiritual growth?
  6. What will manifest from my Summer Solstice intentions?
  7. How can I nurture my intentions so that they may shine their brightest?

 

 

Image courtesy of: https://foxxbrush.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Tangled-Sun-Symbol-192124278

 

Litha Blessings,

 

The Muse

Dark Moon in Gemini 2018

 

The Dark Moon in Gemini teaches us about empathy and connection to another soul (or with our own disparate selves). These relationships can take many forms: the persona we present to the world and the inner one we keep hidden, who we are and who we aspire to be, our mundane self and our Higher self, the person we think we are and the shadow self.

We tend to view these as separate entities, a duality that allows us to ignore or deny aspects of ourselves. Yet, they are all us, and part of the work is to acknowledge and reintegrate them in order to feel whole once more.

We use dialogue with ourselves so that we can begin to heal. It takes blunt honesty, combined with compassion and self-love. We must be willing partners, to accept the challenges, and to listen with an open heart, the messages our different aspects have to teach us.

Two-way attention is a practice that lets us dialogue with the Shadow while maintaining our awareness of self. It involves pointing the arrow of attention in two directions at once: one at the shadow and the other at the awareness of that shadow. It is to be aware of the shadow and aware of the awareness at the same time. We can develop this skill with the use of a mirror and meeting our reflection. 

 

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.

 

Meeting our Reflection

 

Sit comfortable and take several deep cleansing breaths.

Look at your reflection in the mirror. Do this without judgement or pointing out flaws. If you find yourself becoming critical, simply focus on the eyes.

Pay attention to the image in the mirror, then draw your attention to within yourself, your thoughts, feelings, sensations. Go back and forth, noticing the difference between the two. This is typically how we manoeuvre through the world, back and forth, our attention is focused on that which appears to be outside of us, and that which is within.

Next, draw your awareness to the attention itself. Notice that you are both the one who observes, and the one who is aware that she is observing. This is two-way attention. You are the one looking at the reflection, while at the same time, acknowledging your awareness that you are looking at your reflection. The attention itself is what connects the two, and is what brings the duality into wholeness. From this place of awareness, we can begin the dialogue and healing process.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

 

 

 

 

Dark Moon in Taurus 2018

The Dark Moon in Taurus honours our connection to the natural world. The Earth is the body of the Goddess, and we are all Her children.

As Sacred Beings, we honour our bodies as sacred and honour everyone and everything around us as sacred as well. The way we do this is through respect. Respect for one’s own body, as well as for others, plants and animals and the Earth Herself.

We can learn a lot about ourselves when we look to the natural world for guidance. This can be especially true when we work with Shadow animals.

A shadow animal is usually one that we have a strong revulsion about. We may fear it, or dislike it intensely. It is an animal that we might kill, or avoid, it may evoke a traumatic emotional response.

Shadow animals usually represents a lesson we don’t want to learn. It forces us to confront harsh and uncomfortable truths about ourselves. What we dislike most about the animal may be what we dislike most in ourselves.

By learning to love and accept our shadow animal, by arriving at a place of healthy respect, we learn to appreciate who we are as spiritual beings.

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.

Working with Shadow Animals

Sit quietly, with pen and paper and think about an animal that you dislike or fear.

Ask yourself the following questions.

What kind of animal is it?

How does it act?

What are its traits and behaviours?

Do you recognize any of those behaviours in yourself?

Keep this exercise simple so that you don’t become overwhelmed or anxious. Shadow animals may trigger an intense emotional response which can prevent us from exploring further. We can work through this block by staying grounded and approaching slowly and gently.

One of the most powerful exercises we can do is to develop a healthy relationship with our Shadow Animal. As we come to know and respect them, they can become a powerful ally who can help us in our healing work.

Dark Moon Blessings

The Muse

Beltane 2018

Beltane celebrates the sacred union of The Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine. The fiery passion of Bel, a Celtic vegetation God, has grown into His power and now plants His seed into the fertile land that is the Goddess. The Maypole is one of the symbols of this Divine Union.

The Maypole is thought to be a representation of the Axis Mundi, the World Tree, that connects earth and sky, above and below, the spiritual and earthly planes. Dancing around the Maypole symbolizes union, as the ribbons intertwine. It is also a wonderful way to celebrate the return of warm weather and new growth.

Maypole dancing originated as a pagan fertility ritual. Dancers encircle a tree or a tall pole. The tree represents the phallus of the God, it is buried deep within the earth, the body of the Goddess. At the top sits a floral crown with ribbons attached. Dancers gather in a circle at the base, each holding a coloured ribbon. As the dance begins, the ribbons are interwoven around the pole, strengthening the sacred bond between God and Goddess.

Beltane celebrates union, whether it’s love with another, or self-love, the sensuality and sexuality can bring an abundance of joy. All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals. Seek out ways to create your own bliss and celebrate with your own fiery passion.
Beltane Tarot Spread

1 – The Goddess – Message from the Lady
2 – The God – Message from the Lord
3 – The Divine Union – Where does your passion lay?
4 – The Beltane Fires – What needs to be burned away?
5 – Sowing the Seed – What do you wish to create?
6 – Nurturing the Garden – What needs doing to manifest your desire?

Beltane Blessings,

The Muse
maypole image http://www.beltanespringfayre.org.uk/

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