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
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.
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:
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,