A Gift from Mother Dark
Approach, Daughter, and be not afraid. You know me by many names, Oya, Cybele, Kali, Isis, Aphrodite, Sophia, Hecate, Lilith, Inanna. I am the Void, the Dark Goddess, I was, before time and space existed, I am your Mother. This evening, we will journey into the heart of my realm, the Womb of Mother Night.
Close your eyes, relax, and breathe deeply, slowly, gently. Feel the world slipping away as you sink further into yourself. Relax and continue breathing deeply and gently as we enter the Darkness.
It is the dark of the longest night.
It is the dark of the primordial void.
It is the dark of the sea and rich earth.
It is the dark of my Womb.
This Darkness is a safe place, feel my embrace surround you; know you are protected within the Darkness, within my Womb.
Feel yourself floating freely within the void, gently flowing in the dark. Feel the swirling, nurturing energies of my Womb enfold you.
You sense a quickening, and suddenly, a spark of life, of light, emerges from the void. Focus on this light, watch it grow stronger, watch it glow brighter. As you continue looking at this light, allow it to fill you with warmth and love. And as you feel warmth and love grow within you, the light begins to fade, leaving in its place a Yuletide present, my gift to you.
As you approach this gift, what do you notice? What colour is the wrapping? Is there an inscription? What is its shape? Is it heavy or light?
When you are ready, open your gift.
Spend some time with your gift and experience it fully.
Accept your gift with joy and gratitude. Feel the warmth and love which this gift has given you. What will you do with this gift? Will you manifest it into the world or hold it close to your heart? This is my gift to you, to do with as you wish, a gift from Mother to Daughter.
It is time for you to leave the warmth of my Womb, but know you can return to the darkness whenever you need to feel nurturing and love.
Breathe deeply, begin to feel your body, solid around you, move your limbs, gently. When you are ready, open your eyes
Yuletide and Solstice Blessings
Dark Moon in Sagittarius
The Dark Moon in Sagittarius connects us to the Wounded Healer within. We all carry the scars of past hurts. Physical, emotional or psychological wounds determine how we perceive the world. We cannot undo the hurts of the past, but we can choose how we will work with these scars in the present in order to create a healthier future for ourselves.
Carl Jung introduced the archetype of the Wounded Healer through the story of Chiron. In the Greek myth, Chiron was a centaur and noted healer and teacher. He was wounded by a poisoned arrow. Although a physician, he was not able to heal himself. Rather than play the victim and laying blame, he accepted the injury, and the chronic pain that accompanied it, with grace. Chiron’s wounds, in fact, allowed him to become a more compassionate healer and a mentor for others.
Chiron can teach us a lot about suffering and how to transcend it. This is not to say the pain disappears, but rather that we are able to own the pain, accept it with grace and work with it, in order to become more empathetic to the pain and suffering of those around us. Empathy and compassion enable us to become skilled healers and knowledgeable teachers. Through this selfless act of serving others, we may arrive at our own place of self-healing. The scars may remain, but we are no longer suffering alone, nor are we defining ourselves by the wounds we carry.
Meeting the Wounded Healer
Sit quietly with eyes closed and breathe deeply into your being.
Visualize yourself walking along a forest path. You notice that you are holding a small sphere of light in your hands. Think about one particular wound that has deeply impacted your life. This hurt may be physical, mental or emotional. Remain detached from the hurt; note how it affects your life, your relationships. Has it made you less trusting of others? Does it leave you feeling ugly or un-loveable? Do you identify yourself primarily by the suffering you’ve experienced? Place this wound, as well as your thoughts and feelings about it, within the sphere.
As you walk along the path, you notice a light ahead. You come to a cave and step inside. Within you meet Chiron, the Wounded Healer. Although a large and imposing figure, Chiron emanates an aura of gentleness and compassion. You have no fear. You hold out the sphere containing your wounds and present it to Chiron. He accepts your gift with unconditional love. Chiron shares his wisdom with you. It may come to you as a story, a phrase, a word or simply a feeling. He hands back the sphere and you notice that it seems different somehow, lighter and brighter. You accept the sphere, as you accept the wounds it represents, and place it within your heart. You thank Chiron and leave the cave. As you walk along the forest path you notice that you yourself feel lighter and brighter. You have taken the first steps along your healing journey, with Chiron as your guide and mentor.
Dark Moon Blessings