Dark Moon in Capricorn
The Dark Moon in Capricorn connects us to the spark of life hidden deep beneath the snow, within the frozen soil. Life appears dead to us, yet in truth, it is simply lying dormant, preparing for the quickening that comes with the Spring thaw.
Women’s power is similarly lying dormant, inert. Our power has been hidden for so long; many of us have forgotten what our personal power feels like, or how to work with it. Women’s power is not the same as the dominator power we are most familiar with. Patriarchal power is based on an assumption that one person is better, stronger and more worthy than someone else. Bullying, threats, violence and aggression are the hallmarks of this type of power.
A more subtle version of patriarchal power comes in the form of emotional manipulation or imposing personal beliefs upon someone else. This form of “power over” can occur in seemingly innocent acts such as trying to “fix” someone with unsolicited help or advice, implying that there is something wrong with the person. We may think we are helping and will use this term to rationalize our harmful behaviour. There is an underlying assumption that an individual not only knows better, but is better than the person they are trying to “fix”. It’s one thing to share experiences, it’s quite another to tell another person how they should be living their life.
Women’s power is very different. Nestled in our wombs, it is sometimes referred to as power within. Women’s power is about seeing equality in all beings, knowing that everyone has the right to be respected and to live their optimal lives, for the good of all. Women’s power is about compassion and respecting personal autonomy. It is about supporting someone in their choices rather than making judgements or imposing beliefs. Women’s power is inclusive, encompassing everyone, including animals, plants and Mother Earth. When we tap into our power, we choose where we will direct our energy and we hold ourselves personally accountable for what we say and do.
We can look to the Celtic Goddess Cerridwen as an example of a woman stepping out of domination and into her own power. Cerridwen used her magick cauldron in an attempt to make her son more handsome. She interfered with her son’s life; judging him to be too ugly to be loved, and tried to “fix” him. She did this out of concern and love for her child, but this meddlesome helping only caused heartache when the spell backfired. Cerridwen learned from her mistake, she became accountable for her actions. She gained wisdom by accepting her son as he was rather than as the man she wanted him to be.
Cerridwen’s Cauldron Visualization
Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
Visualize a large cauldron in front of you.
This is Cerridwen’s Cauldron. It contains all your experiences, your memories, your hopes.
Pick up your ladle and begin to stir clockwise. Stir up the stuff that has settled on the bottom, forgotten or denied. These can be old emotional wounds, recurring issues you’ve ignored or other matters that need to be looked at. Allow these issues to rise to the surface as you continue stirring. Pay attention to your emotional reactions to what is brought to the surface. If you feel triggered you have probably ladled up something juicy to delve into further. By looking honestly at the things we have denied in ourselves, we can come to a place of healing.
When you are ready, open your eyes. You may want to journal your experience in order to gain greater insights.
Dark Moon Blessings,