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Dark Moon in Scorpio 2018

 

The Dark Moon in Scorpio connects us to those intense emotions that are hidden within the depths of our unconsciousness. These emotions may be triggered by the events around us, a simple word or phrase, or may even arise, unexpectedly, into our memories. The shadow side of these emotions can lead to reactions that may seem over the top, more forceful or intense than the situation requires. But this does not mean they are wrong, only that they have been hidden for so long, that they have built up until, suddenly, a tsunami of intense emotions overwhelms us.

But it is this intensity, when brought to the surface and acknowledged, that can lead to profound transformation. It is from the depths of emotions that our power comes to the forefront. We can ride the waves, and let them take us safely home. There can be danger involved when we choose to open the floodgates. It can be humbling, perhaps even frightening, to feel so much raw power emanating from us. Some believe that once the emotional torrent is unleashed, it can no longer be contained. But this is precisely what we want to occur. Why would we want to dam up these dark feelings once again, and allow them to wreak havoc.

We can set an intent to release these dark emotions in a way that creates the least amount of chaos in our lives, and in the lives of those around us. We do this by acknowledging and honouring them. This is how we empower ourselves and learn to respond to situations rather than react.

 

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 – Transmuting Emotions


Water represents our deepest emotions as well as being a symbol of self-reflection. It can act as a mirror into our true selves.

Visualize a cauldron filled with clear, clean water, resting upon a fire. the water represents your emotional state, the surface may appear to be still initially, but as you look into the water, you notice a stirring, just beneath the surface.

Passionate intent, symbolized by the fire, is what brings these emotions up to the surface. As the water boils, it creates steam, a form of release.

One thing we must never do is place a lid on a boiling pot of water. Attempting to contain it may lead to an intense and potentially dangerous  outburst, so too when we try to contain our emotions rather than expressing them. Acknowledge the emotions as they  come up, allow them to build into a roiling mass, and then, allow them to be released into the Ether. You can aid the release by gently blowing the steam/emotions away from you.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

 

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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

 

 

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

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

Dark Moon in Aries 2018

 

The Dark Moon in Aries connects us to our own sense of Divinity. When we embody Goddess within, we walk boldly through life, with confidence and clarity. The fiery passion burning within us lights the path, and we are more than willing to take a risk and follow our heart.

To be headstrong and heartstrong may seem like arrogance to others. We demand respect, but we must be ever mindful that those around us are also Divine and worthy of our respect in turn.

Becoming clear on who we are, acknowledging both our strengths and our faults, brings us closer to that sense of divinity. By embracing light and dark, we feel whole unto ourselves, and we proudly state “I am Goddess!”

 

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 to Meet Your Dark Goddess

 

Cast your circle.

Breathe deeply and let go of the day.

Close your eyes, visualize yourself floating above the earth, the night air is cool and refreshing.

As you look down, you notice a field, spring flowers poking up through the snow. You gently land and begin walking toward a dark frost-limned forest. At the forest’s edge lies a small creek. You drink the cold water, feeling it cleanse and purify you. You continue following the path into the dark forest.

Though you can only see a few feet ahead of you, you feel safe and comfortable. You notice the trees around you seem to be old, twisted and gnarled, the chill wind blowing through their naked branches. The branches block the starlight so that you can barely make out the path, but you have no fear, trusting that your footsteps know the way.

Ahead you see an old cottage, light and warmth emanating from the windows. You sense that someone is within, awaiting your arrival.

You knock on the door and it immediately opens. As you enter, you note that the cottage appears to be empty. You close the door and walk toward the hearth, feeling warmth replace the chill in your body.

As you look around, you notice someone sitting in a dark corner. She  invites you to sit, you introduce yourself and ask Her if she has any information to share about Shadow Work.

Ask for Her name. Notice what She is wearing, what She looks like, any items She is holding. What information does She wish to share with you. Ask Her what aspect of your shadow self She is here to represent.

Spend as much time as you need with the Dark Goddess, then, when the conversation is over, give thanks. Ask Her for a symbol that you can work with, or that you can use in order to reconnect with Her again.

Leave the cottage, closing the door behind you, and return to the path.

As you walk, notice if there are any changes to the landscape, perhaps the path is much clearer now, or the forest may not seem quite so dark.

Return to the forest’s edge, cross the stream, and slowly come back to your body.

Write down or draw the symbol given to you. Pay attention in the coming days. This symbol may come to you in dreams or in waking life. When you notice it, know and trust that the Dark Goddess is near, supporting you and guiding you.

 

Dark Moon Blessings

 

The Muse

 

Dark Moon in Pisces 2018

 

The Dark Moon in Pisces connects us with our sense of wholeness. We tend to focus on the duality of who we are. We get caught up on being this and not that, as if one part of ourselves can somehow cancel out another part of us. In order to feel a sense of balance, we need to step back and see ourselves as whole unto ourselves.

Light and dark are intertwined, both are necessary aspects of who we are and how we move in the world.  At times, light overcomes dark, and at other times the darkness takes over. This never-ending dance of light and dark comes into balance during the Dark Moon in Pisces.  

When doing Shadow work, it can be easy to become too focused on the dark and forget that we are also beings of light. Alternately, we may  use the light as a way to avoid facing our darkness. Either way, we block the flow of energy when we hold onto one or the other. This brings us out of balance. Blocks in our Chakras may indicate an area of Shadow work that needs attending to. Paying attention to our Chakras and clearing them regularly can help us stay balanced.

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.

 

Finding your Balance

 

Sit in a comfortable position and take several deep cleansing breaths.

Draw white light up from the Earth, through your Root Chakra, and out through the top of your head. At the same time, draw white light from the Universe through your Crown Chakra and back down into the Earth.

Once you feel the flows of energy blended together, bring your focus to your Root Chakra. Notice how the energy feels, is it frenetic or overwhelming, or perhaps slow and muddied. Does it feel blocked or does it flow smoothly. Notice if any tension or discomfort occurs. What words, images or emotions come up as you focus on this Chakra. Breathe light into the area until you feel grounded and connected.

Travel up the Chakras, spending some time focused on each one as you go. Once you have completed the exercise with the Crown Chakra, it is time for the return journey. Notice any further details that may arise as you check in with each Chakra on the way down.

Ground the energy back into the Earth and give thanks.

 

Make a note of any issues that may have arisen at each chakra. These will lay the groundwork for upcoming Shadow work.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

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