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Dark Moon in Aquarius 2018

 

 

The Dark Moon in Aquarius connects us to the unseen helpers who guide us on our path. This is a time to explore that which is normally hidden from our consciousness, whether intentionally or not. When delving into Shadow, it helps to have someone by our side, and our guides are here, waiting for us to call on them.

At this time of year, life is burgeoning, unseen, beneath a blanket of snow. We trust that growth is occurring, even though it remains hidden from view.  So too is growth happening within each of us, and we can know and trust that emergence is immanent.

As this trust grows, we also become aware of the unseen forces, the guides, Goddesses, or spirits whose sole purpose is to assist us on our journey. Their presence may be subtle, initially,  but as connection grows and strengthens, so too does their commitment to us.

 

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 the Hidden Helpers

 

Cast your Circle.

Take several deep, slow breaths and let go of the events of the day.

When you feel grounded and centered, close your eyes.

Visualize yourself walking through a field covered with snow. As you walk, you hear a faint gurgling sound.

Your follow the sound until you come across a small brook, the ice melt feeding the trickling flow of water.

As you bend down, you notice sprigs of green emerging from the soil. Despite the cold bleak landscape around you, in this tiny oasis, life is once again teeming.

You cup your hands and take a drink of the cold, refreshing water. Looking up, you see that someone has arrived,  your guide on this journey into Shadow.

You feel warmth and love emanating from this person. They smile and you feel completely safe and reassured.

As you walk, side by side, your guide shares her wisdom with you. You can ask any questions that come to mind, for she is here to assist you on your journey.

As you continue walking together, you notice that the brook is growing wider, the flow stronger. The ice and snow is melting, clearing from your path. You see more and more plant life growing from the rich dark earth, and, eventually,  you can see colourful spring flowers emerging.

Soon you are walking through a field of wildflowers. It is time to say goodbye to your guide,  at least for a short while. She will always be here, awaiting you in this field of blossoms, whenever you are in need of guidance.

You ask her for some parting words or a symbol, and offer her a gift in return.

Ahead, you see a gate and walk toward it. Once through the gate, you come back into your body.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

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Dark Moon in Capricorn 2018

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The Dark Moon in Capricorn connects us to the development of our personal relationships. The people we choose to surround ourselves with, or those we choose to avoid, can provide us with glimpses into our Shadow side.

Relationships can be challenging. Open and honest communication is vital in order to develop the support we may require on our healing path. Our Shadow may be triggered, leading us to project our fears and unintentionally hurting loved ones. Once we recognize the pattern, we can work with the other person to bring the Shadow into the light and heal past wounds. In this way, we may also take the relationship itself to a deeper level of intimacy.

Involving other people in our Shadow work requires compassion and empathy for everyone involved. Both individuals share in the healing process with sincerity and a deep desire to resolve the conflict without blame or shame. A healthy relationship, built on trust and honest communication,  provides the safe space required for intimate Shadow work.

 

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.



Healing the Self Through Others

 

Seek out someone you love and trust. This person may be able to provide details about your Shadow side that you are not able to access. Be receptive to what is said, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Your loved one is not doing this to intentionally hurt you, when spoken from a place of compassion, what is shared becomes part of the healing process. Note recurring patterns, or situations when the Shadow is triggered. Together, discuss ways in which the Shadow can be acknowledged and accepted, and, when the Shadow rises up in the relationship, you can both confront it in order to attain an even deeper level of healing.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Moon in Sagittarius 2017

 

The Dark Moon in Sagittarius connects us to our sense of adventure. We become the explorer, seeking out the hidden wonders of our inner landscape.

This close to Winter Solstice, it truly is the darkest time of the year. With no Moonlight to guide the way on our journey, we may feel lost and utterly alone.

But if we dare to put our trust in the darkness and travel unknown pathways, we will discover something very precious. There is gold in the shadow, gold which needs to be mined and brought to the surface. Robert Johnson and Murray Stein refer to this as the Golden Shadow.

There is only one thing many of us fear more than the dark, and that is our own light, our personal power. The light becomes an aspect of shadow precisely because we have so much resistance to it.

The Golden Shadow is related to our higher calling, yet, we may often resist this calling, we deny it, we run from it, we fear it. To honour our life’s purpose is to hold ourselves accountable and to take responsibility for how we act in the world. We do this by embracing the Golden Shadow, by living the life we are meant to be living.

 

Ritual to Mine the Shadows for Gold

 

Sit quietly with pen and paper. Think about the bright parts of yourself that you have been keeping hidden in the Shadows.

If you aren’t sure how to start, think about the people, real or fictional, whom you admire and look up to as role models.

Write down the traits that attract you, the characteristics which resonate with you. You feel strongly because you recognize those traits, they are the flecks of gold hiding in your Shadow. Dig them up and show those beautiful golden nuggets to the world.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

The Muse

Dark Moon in Scorpio 2017

 

The Dark Moon in Scorpio connects us with our deepest emotional experiences in such a way that we can begin the healing process. We may feel an intensity of emotions that can take us to the depths of sorrow, crippling fear, or excessive anger. We have choices available to us on how to manage these extremes. We can lash out at others, railing at the injustices imposed upon us. We can curl up into a fetal position on the floor, ignoring it all until it goes away. We can beat ourselves up, feeling like a failure. Or we can choose to direct it inward, to empower the self in order to do the work of seeking out Shadow, naming it, and releasing it.

The Dark Moon in Scorpio is an excellent time to resolve difficult issues, providing us with an opportunity for emotional healing. In this way, we are able to cleanse and purify as we prepare for the inner work that will be done in the Winter months ahead. Emotional healing and transformation occur when we are able to face, acknowledge and embrace the Shadow parts of ourselves. Sometimes, it takes a crisis for us to come to the realization that something needs to change.

Emotions may become intense, and so we must try to avoid the automatic reaction of stuffing them down, ignoring them, or rationalizing them. It may be that decades of avoidance have led to this build up, and so, now we must experience them fully and completely before we can heal the wounds. This does not mean we have to feel it all at once, we can keep it manageable, a little at a time, or revisit the issue over several days, as often as needed. We can be gentle with ourselves, even as we stay firm in our decision to heal the scars of emotional wounding.

How do we do this? By stepping back and looking honestly at the trigger, when did it first emerge? Why did it occur? Often, the onset of a behaviour arose as a way to protect us, but over time, it became an unconscious reaction whenever we felt the emotional helplessness of that initial incident. The reaction no longer serves its purpose, and may actually prevent us from healing and moving forward.

 

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 – Naming the Shadow

 

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.

Think about an event, either a recent one or one from your past. Notice where in your body you feel the emotional reaction. Think back to when you may have first experienced this reaction. Name the behaviour, is it projecting onto others, is it denial, is it putting yourself down? Think about the ways this behaviour has had an impact on you, does it serve you to continue? Once we name a part of our Shadow self, and bring it to consciousness, we can begin a dialogue, expressing how we feel about this behaviour.

Dialogue isn’t about blaming or shaming, it is merely expression, a release of pent-up emotions, emotions that have been held onto for far too long. Remember, your circle is your safe space, tell your Shadow why you feel the way you do, don’t analyze the emotional experience, sit with it, allow the release to occur, don’t rein it in. Try to understand it without becoming attached or reliving the crisis

Visualize the intense emotions as a ball of energy, looming over you, casting a large and oppressive shadow. Place all your fear, your anger, sadness, or any other emotion that threatens to overwhelm you, or that makes you uncomfortable. Yell, scream, cry, anything that gets the energy out of you and into this ball. Once you have filled your energy ball with all that has been within you, send it into the Earth, ask the Mother to take it from you. Ask her to transform it into compost, to nourish Her. Then, and this is key, let it go, completely, don’t hold onto any of it, feel the weight lifting off of you,

Once this Shadow ball has disappeared into the Earth, visualize a second ball, one of light, and into it cast your hopes and dreams, the new and healthier ways you will respond to situations that you once reacted to unconsciously, fill it with healing energy, healing your soul, your emotional woundings, and your heart that has so recently unleashed so much. Draw this ball of light into yourself, feel the lightness, feel yourself glowing more brightly as the Shadow fades.

Feel the love of self in your heart, permeating through your entire being. Visualize this ball of light, emanating from your heart, and send it deep into the Earth, with thanks and gratitude to the Mother.

Give thanks to those who have stood as witnesses and protectors and open your circle.

Be gentle with yourself after an intense emotional release. Do what you require for self-care.

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

Dark Moon in Libra 2017

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:

What happened?

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,

 

The Muse

Dark Moon in Cancer

 

The Dark Moon in Cancer connects us with our sense of hearth and home and the domestic stability we feel around loved ones. Family is about the people we choose to surround ourselves with. The people we are fiercely loyal to, the people we would drop everything for, the people we offer unconditional love and support to, the people we can be honest and open with. We would do anything to protect our family, while at the same time, we allow our own vulnerabilities to show through.

 

Our first and foremost relationship, the one that is more meaningful than any other, is the relationship we have with ourselves. Do we offer ourselves the same kind of fierce loyalty and protection, or love and support? Do we allow ourselves to be vulnerable by being honest with ourselves, or do we tend toward distraction and denial? The Dark Moon in Cancer reflects a balance of strength and vulnerability. The hard shell on the outside protects the delicate parts within.

 

Visualize yourself as a crab, the outer shell represents your boundaries, while the soft inner parts are your vulnerabilities.

 

Describe your shell, what does it feel like, hard as stone, fragile, broken? Does your shell feel different when you are alone or when you are with different people, family, friends?

Describe your vulnerabilities, what is within you that you love and support? What parts do you protect fiercely? Are you able to look honestly at the more fragile aspects of yourself? Are there parts you want to keep hidden, even from yourself?

What would you change inwardly or outwardly if you could?

 

 

Dark Moon Blessings,

 

The Muse

Dark Moon in Taurus 2017

 

 

The Dark Moon in Taurus connects us to our sense of groundedness. Being grounded is to feel calm and centered amidst chaos. It’s about being fully present in your body while also being fully aware of your surroundings.

Being grounded is to feel your feet kissing the Earth, gently caressing the body of the Goddess. She supplies us with an abundance of nourishment, for the body and the soul. Think of the different kinds of soil we encounter in our lives. The rich dark loams, red ochres, sand, rocks and gravel, clay and mud. We connect to them directly every day, with our feet with each step we take, and with our hands as we plant, dig, play, or sculpt.

All soils nurture, whether it is the local flora, or our own beings. Gaia nourishes us through Her bounty. She nourishes us energetically as well. As you walk,  visualize roots extending from the bottoms of your feet,  reaching down, down, down, deep into the rich dark earth. Draw energy up and let it permeate throughout your body. Be conscious of every step, practice the art of mindful walking.

We live in a symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth.  She nurtures us, and, as Gaia’s children, it is our duty to protect Her, cherish Her, love Her. We do this through conscious living.

Select one sustainable activity that you can do every week to help the planet, something that you know you can commit to once a week, and do it.

Think of one thing a month that you can do, remember, you only have to commit to doing this once a month, every month.

Finally,  choose one activity that you can commit to once a year. All it takes is commitment, each of us doing our small part.

Honour our Mother, She who has birthed you, She who nurtures you throughout your life, and She who will embrace you in death.

 

Dark Moon Blessings

 

The Muse

 

 

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