Archive for March, 2013


libra moon

There has been an interesting build up to this coming Full Moon in Libra with the sun and lots of other things lining up in fiery Aries and the sweat on the 26th at 6pm will meld all these divine energies together – particularly the Mar’s [masculine god aspect of self] and Venus [feminine goddess aspect of self] both being here for balance [very Libran quality] and this is perfect for it is only from the place of perfect balance can we move forward.

sweat lodge 3

So in the Sweat we will draw on these powerful aspects of self to come to balance – we will also honour the dark goddess to whom we are returning for the winter and seek abundance in the year ahead as we husk ourselves of that which no longer serves.

Imagine it like a bird with one wing caught behind it – not much flying getting done. However with both wings in balance with each other – the sky is indeed the limit!!

equinox autumn

On the 20th the Sun entered Aries and this is the day of the Autumn Equinox.

This is an interesting time due to the changes in the earths magnetic field for as the day and night are of equal time the sun predominately hovers over the equator at this time – the effect of which is to reduce the magnetic field of the earth.
The magnetic field is what holds everything in place – including memory and our addiction to the story of what we think we are.

Ergo this means it is easier during this time to break out of what holds us and reach for the greater reality or dimensions of what we are.

Maximize this folks – do a little ritual for your self on the day to open up to all possibilities for remembering more of your inherent nature outside of the story. You will find such a ritual below if you cannot make the sweat itself.

The more you learn to work with the rhythms and cycles of the seasons the better equipped you are not to be swept by the natural events of change that are a normal part of our lives. Invite yourself to grow into your true nature even though this will be resisted by your nearest and dearest.

Change is the only constant and it is the thing we resist the most. Everything that has gone in the month before this encourages you to step up so don’t resist now.

It looks like being a stormy autumn following the equinox, so be prepared. For unshackling and real change, for movement to the collective while being individuated within and the system does not like it when this happens remember so gird your loins and enjoy the Aries strength that will boost you.

Do not let it boost you into conflict or war with others though. Let it be used to move you onward and upward on your journey – nothing else.

god and goddess as tree

The cardinal fire sign of Aries with both Sun and Mars here will shake us completely out of our dreamy Piscean interlude.
The sun here impels us to life it self and Mars injects us with an impetus to make it happen now – the god of war indeed!

On the 21st Venus also enters Aries and this enlivens her feminine energy to partake in all kinds of social activities to see what shall be brought closer to her divine enticing energies!

Here the Goddess [Venus] and God [Mars] come together in divine union and this can get very arduous on the amorous side lol. Seriously folks it can be a bit like being possessed and ridden by a Verdun god and while this can be very entertaining it can also leave everyone a bit exhausted at the end!

harvest moon

On the 27th we encounter the full moon in Libra [to be celebrated on evening of 26th].
As always the lunacy factor is at play at the full moon and as with all things in this cycle nothing is quite straight forward.
With retro Saturn in conjunction with this Moon along with a T-square with the sun and Pluto squaring it all – this makes this a Moon with oomph and plenty of room for power plays in this normally relationship oriented Libran energy.

Seeking balance is very likely to be replaced by seeking weapons so another good moon to go within and see what is going on inside you in terms of the struggle before you act out the struggle on the outside!

Remember we are all fighting the good fight on the inside folks as we burn off the dross of the ages to begin a new chapter in this transformation.

Libra seeks balance within and without. Between our needs and the needs of others, between the needs of the individual and the needs of the collective.

With the God and the Goddess both here, the will of the self is heightened to maximize and move forward into life, the power and magic of the transcendent growth period just preceding it.

So this is powerful moon to be aware of the path upon which you work and what you seek for future to hold – it is all achievable here!! And necessary for the next stage.

sweatlodge

The sweat encompasses both beginnings and endings. Each time we take part in a ceremony, we take a journey to the centre of our being, joined with the others in the process and yet also alone. It is about birth, death and rebirth. We change as a result of participating.

Great richness flows from maintaining this focus. We chant to help us concentrate on the journey and not the uncomfortable physical environment and our fears. Chanting also helps us to breathe easily and to compose ourselves.

Physiologically, the lodge helps to tune the autonomic nervous system, creating a new internal balance, smoothing out the peaks and lows of emotional and energetic changes.

Psychologically, it fosters feelings of well being, peace and self-worth. It is a powerful tool for growth and also for specific kinds of life difficulties, emotional turbulence and trauma.

mabon candles

A ritual for the Moon

Full moons are good times to get in touch with your spiritual center, to ask for awakening, for guidance, make spiritual requests and wishes.
The first Harvest Full Moon, is an exceptional time to perform this spell. Always, when doing a spell, follow the spiritual law of abundance – Ask, Believe, Receive.
Whenever we ask for anything, it’s always good to give thanks, first. That’s not just good manners, but gratitude is a powerful prayer. In fact, there may not be a more powerful one. (this is also a law of attraction. When you’re grateful, you’re aligned with abundance).

Increasing harvest is a two part process: first we give gratitude for the harvest we’ve already received, the abundant friends, lovers, passions, and support from the Universe. Then Ask for our cup to be full or re-filled, in balance. Anything you’d like to increase, desire more of, would like illumination about, put into this spell.

* What You need:

wine and candles

2 matching wine glasses filled with equal parts red wine

A red candle

Any other items related to your wish!

Here are some ideas: almonds for success and prosperity; vanilla bean for love and abundance; musk incense for passion; moonstone for intuition; bloodstone for healing; fools gold or jade for money; tiger’s eye for protection and luck; quartz to amplify wish and for general healing; carnelian for courage and resolving issues related to expression of anger.

The ritual

Set up your items, outside or in the path of moonlight. Draw a circle, or simply make a space sacred with intent. Take a few deep breaths, grounding and centering yourself. Look at the full moon in the sky and take your time to connect to the energy of the moon, the spiritual energy of the God & Goddess, of illumination, the perfect harmony of life’s cycles. Feel the energy in your body, in your womb. As you watch the moon imagine your will, which you experience in your solar plexus, working together with your emotions, in your heart. Feel them join together. Allow your self to fully feel that harmony and perfection. When you are ready recite the following:

“Water and fire
Chalice in balance
This is the hour
Of my spiritual power

Hecate, Selene, Moon Goddesses, ye
I draw down the moon’s power aligned with thee
Creatures great and small,
Oceans vast and wide,
Mountains strong and quiet,
Winds howling in the dark night
I offer, in gratitude, this harvest for the next
I ask to receive a wish, a bequest”

mabon feast

Now give silent gratitude for your harvest, blessing everyone and everything which has contributed to your blessed abundance. As you silently ask for more – love, insight, awareness, help, healing – put your heart into your wish. Take your time; ask for the moon! When you are done, thank God/Goddess, breathe deeply. If you want to, sit awhile with the energy of the full moon & your harvest wish. Know that you will receive.

If you wish to come to the sweat and ritual contact me at prue.blackmore@thrivebydesign.com.au and I will send you details and for the regulars bring something to feast that involves seeds in some part!

sweatlodge

On Monday Morning of this long weekend here in South Aust we will be holding a sweat lodge for women for the new moon in Pisces to followed by an invocation to Kukulcan – the Mayan deity – for vision, connection and strength utilising a stone struck by lightening to open the third eye to vision.

This shall begin at 9am at the sweat site in the Vales and that gives you plenty of time to get there from the city as you will catch the freeway down!

moon in pisces

This moon is very powerful with both Sun and Moon in Pisces and as it transits this constellation we again are all called to sleep, to dream, [or to drink and escape!!]

It will affect us all in different ways depending on your natal chart but is some way or other it is an invitation to enter the dream world and be still as the boundaries between this and other dimensions blur and dissolve.

It can call us to the spiritual or artistic within, the muse and the mystic of our internal world to come to us in edge of reality, on the edge of dreams, on the edge of our visions – to awaken our creative spirit and let it guide us.

Now is the time to draw on your helpers on all levels of your existence to make the most of these energies rather than lose yourself in them.

kukulcan

Meditating in a sweat lodge, followed by an ancient ritual to access the Godhead within, the combination of earth and sky, sun and moon, yin and yang, bird and snake – in the form of the feathered serpent Kukulcan – to awaken us to our vision, to lift us up for another step in our spiritual journey, our creativity or divine expression.

This moons’ trine with the north node means we can gain a foothold into our own future of a truly aware kind and how cool could that be! Let the dreams of this beautiful water sign take you to heights, not to depths and this will serve you well for the next stage of your journey.

planeary alignment

This is a cracker of a day in fact – with Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Neptune and Chiron all joining the moon in this Piscean energy – ramping up the divine energies of home coming, dissolving the mundane boundaries and allowing us to see that we are part of a much bigger reality unfolding.

This is a true opportunity to be the bridge between heaven and earth!! A glorious moment to let go of the past, of grudges, wounds and all other illusions.

lightning on stone

The sweat itself will be followed by time in the medicine wheel outside during which we will do a ritual with Kukulcan as diviner – seeking what we need as the equinox approaches, the magnetic field is diminished and information flows much more readily to us from the divine source that we are.

Taking a stone from the source and connecting it to a stone struck by lightning [lightning being the source of all life and awakening in this pantheon] we shall indeed open ourselves up to the vision from within, for the season and year ahead!

The stone chosen will then go home with us for us to decorate and remind us of the vision received and to carry the energy of the lightning itself for creation and manifestation of the vision.

fruit platter

So all in all, this shall be a beautiful morning and ceremony – all held early before the heat of the day reaches us – to be followed by a simple feast of fruit and goodies for breakfast before we go about the day.

It is a truly beautiful way to start the day and as you are now near the beach and the wine trails – perfect after all this to go for a swim, follow a wine trail or three or any thing else that may intrigue you in this beautiful part of the world.

There is some info on the sweat below and if you wish to come to this lovely day, contact me at prue.blackmore@thrivebydesign.com.au for instructions and directions and for only $20 and a plate of something yummy to share for breakfast, you can begin the new season from a grounded and connected place.

spirit matter
The sweat lodge encompasses both beginnings and endings.

Each time we take part in a ceremony, we take a journey to the centre of our being, joined with the others in the sweat lodge and yet also alone. It is about birth, death and rebirth. We change as a result of participating.
During the ceremony, much will be asked of you. It may be hot, dark and claustrophobic. But each of us needs to call upon our inner strength (not bravado) and move into and through the discomfort with quiet dignity. Indeed, dignity is a central value in the sweat lodge.Great richness flows from maintaining this focus.

We chant to help us concentrate on the journey and not the uncomfortable physical environment and our fears. Chanting also helps us to breathe easily and to compose ourselves.
Physiologically, the lodge helps to tune the autonomic nervous system, creating a new internal balance, smoothing out the peaks and lows of emotional and energetic changes.
Psychologically, it fosters feelings of well being, peace and self-worth. It is a powerful tool for growth and also for specific kinds of life difficulties, emotional turbulence and trauma.
There is an intrinsic value arising from participation in the sweat lodge. It is a powerful healing tool.

moon goddess

The Moon represents the physical manifestation of the Goddess.
The Moon Goddess created time with all the cycles of creation, growth, decline and destruction.
The Dark Moon symbolises death, the void, transformation and rebirth.
The Dark Moon sweat lodge is a celebration of great mystery. It represents the fruitful darkness from which all creation flows.
The Moon represents the subtle yet powerful force of cycles upon the planet and our bodies.
As she shifts the tides, she shifts our receptivity. The dark moon is a time to retreat, to meditate, to claim this power the power that creates all form.
We enter the lodge to hear the voices of grandmother moon. We emerge strong with the knowledge of our power and the truth of who we are.

A teaser from the March Newsletter out tomorrow!!

cosmic connections

Whilst on the surface it does not appear that much is happening this month, astrologically it has actually got a lot going on.
Interesting transits and aspects make it more potent than may appear on the surface.
Mercury continues its retrograde motion in Pisces and this is not an ideal sign for this planet of the mind!

This will go on until the 17th March and because of its placement here the usual issues of communication issues and simple mistakes is in fact enhanced by the dreaminess of Pisces.
This could also act on your finances this transit or business activities so pay attention to detail.

sydney superbug

Because of its general rule over the nervous system – in its ‘debilitation’ post retro, health issues to do with skin and lungs may appear and as we are entering the flu season – soon about to meet the new superbug of the ‘Sydney’ flu – a mutant not seen before so no immunity to it at this point – it will be useful to build the immune system over the next few weeks.

Mercury in Pisces tends to strain the intellect and focus of attention and allow emotions to flourish so just bear all this in mind as we move through it. This can lead to poor boundaries, illusions and delusions flourishing in the amorphous world of Piscean energy.
The past will continue to beckon in dreams or reality and if pain comes with that – it is just here for clearing as you cleanse your soul of a chapter in your life that is closing.
This is a good thing by the way, because the same energies allow us to tap into new visions and new possibilities as we clear the decks of the old wood.

When Mercury goes direct on the 17th if is an opportunity to bring new visions into life. These will seem nebulous at first due to the feminine nature of these things but what will emerge is a vision of depth and compassion in its leanings.
Any new connections you make through this time may have a short lived or confusing aspect to them but remember all things are part of the journey and you brought them to you to learn to love yourself.
Siblings are part of this journey, so your communications with them may be problematic but all things are designed to bring you home, so stay in the observer and with mindfulness – and the Mercury reality will help you express yourself well in the Piscean energy of expansion.
There is much space for confusion and stress here so step back before you react and choose to respond instead.
This can be very illuminating to the games your ego will play and will allow the deeper parts of yourself to guide you through old patterns of pain.

mars and chiron align

This retro also engages Mars and Chiron which will bring energy to the healing capacity of what will be on offer here for healing. This is really a golden opportunity to see the bigger picture of what you are involved with and have the courage to change.

Saturn continues its’ retrograde journey through to mid July and this adds healing possibilities, letting you step out of toxic relationships, seeing where they are attached to your souls journey and how to untangle your self.

This can include all kinds of issues from the past including shared debt, stepping out of an energy in which you give a lot and gain little, or where you are controlling or being controlled by another and to spend time in the awakening of intuitive gifts and insights for many of these factory installed gifts are coming home now with all this Piscean energy!

The Sun continues its march through this month in Pisces until the 20th. This awakens the Mystic within and allows for a more gentle, compassionate and altruistic world view.
Illusions continue to be shattered and as this happens for you it will happen for your nearest and dearest – it flows out from you like the ripples on the pond.
Remember there is no wound like a Piscean wound however and do your best not to get caught in the shadow side of this energy and become a victim to your circumstances or worse, a victim-martyr to them.
You have a choice here between love and forgiveness, spiritual awakening and rising above the mundane or tripping off to lala land thinking the circumstances of your life are actually ‘real’ and take it easy on the escapist tendencies and the things to facilitate them just now lol.
So take some time and go within and give your self space just to be – it is required at this time and with everything else lining up along with this at this time as the new moon approaches – well give yourself some time and pampering – it will do you the world of good.

planeary alignment

Venus enters here late Feb also, joining Mars, Mercury and Neptune until March 21st and as it conjuncts Neptune it gives us an opportunity to step back and examine all of our relationships – speaking again of seeing what is real or not! If it seems too good to be true it probably is – as the old saying goes and if it seems too left of centre – then it probably is and leave it alone.

Some really bizarre ideas can surface at this time and so do what you must to stay grounded and truly assess the viability of some scheme or idea or fancy or other before you go leaping in the deep end with it.

If – after such examination – it seems new and innovative and deeply enhancing then for it, for these are the days for it indeed – fine line is all.
Venus brings much love here and it is an agape kind of love, love for mankind and its’ suffering and a desire to help, so go with the flow of that – share it with all – just don’t get arrested by doing it in a way bound to be misinterpreted – agape right!!

Mars continues its journey here until the new moon on the 12th and remember Mars in this sign continues to help us energise our spiritual goals.
We are less likely to beat our way into a position here and more likely to see the other point of view and find a way to work it out.
In this transit there is a tendency to fight for the underdog and oppose bullying – do not forget that each persons lessons are their own however and while it is good to help – these battles are not necessarily in our interest or those we defend. Make sure you are paying attention here and helping others up without doing for them – no one wins with this attitude.

On the 8th Saturn sextile’s Pluto and these can mean a settling down of the bigger picture on social issues for awhile. A little stability on the western front for a while runs from this and this is not a bad thing. You can go with the flow here, run with the current for a bit and enjoy this until things ramp up again lol.

moon in pisces

The 12th begins first with the New moon in Pisces followed soon after with Mars entering Aries and this is its’ home base here so things can get a little fiery.
New Moon first.
As it transits this constellation we again are all called to sleep, to dream, to drink and escape!! It will affect us all in different ways depending on your natal chart but is some way or other it is an invitation to lay about, to sleep a lot or to escape the mundane with alcohol or other recreational drugs.
It can also call us to the spiritual or artistic within and this is much more useful to indulge than escapism.
In its shadows we can become dreamy or confused so however it effects you be aware and exert your own influence over how much you wish to indulge this moon. Draw on your helpers to make the most of these energies rather than lose yourself in them.
Meditation, sweat lodge, time at the beach, writing and painting are all really useful for maximizing this transit.
If we do this right we can open the doors for another notch up in our spiritual journey, our creativity or divine expression. This moons’ trine with the north node means we can gain a foothold into our future of a truly aware kind and how cool could that be!
Let the dreams of this beautiful water sign take you to heights, not to depths and this will serve you well for the next stage of your journey.
This is a cracker of a day in fact with Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Neptune and Chiron all joining the moon in this Piscean energy – ramping up the divine energies of home coming, dissolving the mundane boundaries and allowing us to see that we are part of a much bigger reality unfolding.
This – as described above – can lead to disappearing into lala land so find a way to stay grounded while you rise – a true opportunity to be the bridge between heaven and earth!!
A glorious moment to let go of the past, of grudges, wounds and all other illusions. Some will resist this but do what you can to surrender to this amazing day and be free.
And then when Mars moves into Aries later in the day we can gain clear thinking and purpose back a little!! It is in its glory here and it is though we get an adrenalin boost to shake our selves out of the cloud of dreams Pisces took us to.

Mercury goes direct on the 17th and all things confusing and glitchy can begin to ease here.

autumn equinox

On the 20th the Sun enters Aries and this is the day of the Autumn Equinox.
This is an interesting time due to the changes in the earths magnetic field for as the day and night are of equal time the sun predominately hovers over the equator at this time – the effect of which is to reduce the magnetic field of the earth.

The magnetic field is what holds everything in place – including memory and our addiction to the story of what we think we are. Ergo this means it is easier during this time to break out of what holds us and reach for the greater reality or dimensions of what we are. Maximize this folks – do a little ritual for your self on the day to open up to all possibilities for remembering more of your inherent nature outside of the story.
The more you learn to work with the rythyms and cycles of the seasons the better equipped you are not to be swept by the natural events of change that are a normal part of our lives.
Invite yourself to grow into your true nature even though this will be resisted by your nearest and dearest.
Change is the only constant and it is the thing we resist the most. Everything that has gone in the month before this encourages you to step up so don’t resist now.
It looks like being a stormy autumn following the equinox, so be prepared. For unshackling and real change, for movement to the collective while being individuated within and the system does not like it when this happens remember so gird your loins and enjoy the Aires strength that will boost you.
Do not let it boost you into conflict or war with others though. Let it be used to move you onward and upward on your journey – nothing else.
The cardinal fire sign of Aries with both Sun and Mars here will shake us completely out of our dreamy Piscean interlude and the northern hemisphere will be worth watching as to where the next round of conflict occurs!
The sun here impels us to life it self and Mars injects us with an impetus to make it happen now – the god of war indeed!
mars and venus

On the 21st Venus also enters Aries and this enlivens her feminine energy to partake in all kinds of social activities to see what shall be brought closer to her divine enticing energies! Here the Goddess [venus] and God [mars] come together in divine union and this can get very arduous on the amorous side lol.
]Seriously folks it can be a bit like being possessed and ridden by a Verdun god and while this can be very entertaining it can also leave everyone a bit exhausted at the end!
On the 23rd there is an interesting clash between Jupiter and Saturn leading to someone’s dirty little [or not so little] secrets being exposed while someone else is desperately trying to hide them. The Vatican springs to mind for some reason here.

libra moon

On the 27th we encounter the full moon in Libra [to be celebrated on evening of 26th].
As always the lunacy factor is at play at the full moon and as with all things in this cycle nothing is quite straight forward.
With retro Saturn in conjunction with this Moon along with a T-square with the sun and Pluto squaring it all this makes this a Moon with oomph and plenty of room for power plays in this normally relationship oriented Libran energy.
Seeking balance is very likely to be replaced by seeking weapons, so another good moon to go within and see what is going on inside you in terms of the struggle before you act out the struggle on the outside!
Remember we are all fighting the good fight on the inside folks as we burn off the dross of the ages to begin a new chapter in this transformation.
Libra seeks balance within and without.
Between our needs and the needs of others, between the needs of the individual and the needs of the collective.
With the God and the Goddess both here, the will of the self is heightened to maximize and move forward into life, the power and magic of the transcendent growth period just preceding it.
So this is a powerful moon to be aware of the path upon which you walk and what you seek for in the future to hold – it is all achievable here!! And necessary for the next stage.

Easter – that old pagan festival purloined by the christians is celebrated on the weekend after this full moon [cant let festival get in the way of business now lol] and at the end here we will offer some of the more interesting ways of acknowledging this time of year and this moon!!

The month ends with curiosity and possibility with unexpected meetings that can have you really ramp up your current career or future business ventures.
It also ends with the possibility of old wounds biting!So overall this is a very powerful month and if things rise [a given] know that you are ready for it to happen and ready to let things go.

There is such possibility for genuine spiritual growth this month and ending with the power and energy you need to then mark a new course as you leave an old way behind.

As we grow in this way we will continue to detach – and from this see many more creative solutions to problems that have plagues us for an age.
Be grateful for what you have learned for you truly are the master of your own destiny and not a victim to anythings.
This growing detachment allows you to move from eros as an egoic concept to a collective consciousness and the love of all things while you continue to become more of yourself within it.
It is truly paradoxical and there in lie great truths.
The answer is never at either end of the drama or the polarity but always in between.
These are indeed challenging times and we will be tossed about like so much flotsam and jetsom here and there but stay true to your goal of becoming yourself and accepting all facets of yourself just as they are and you will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, as the Kali Yuga or Black Age truly comes to and end.
You will feel this in your bodies as you learn in your refinement what you can and can no longer tolerate.
You will feel it in your hearts as you become aware of the illusion of the romance of love and your will feel it in your minds as you feel love and compassion for the desperately raging, terrified children yet to awaken.
So greet everyone you meet with love and recognition that you are a piece of the divine fighting a tough battle with in.
Treat them with kindness and compassion and a willingness to help them through what ever they are struggling with.
Do this with an open heart and clear boundaries and shine as you do.

dna

In these actions we are actually rewiring our DNA – this is occurring now and accelerating as we treat all we meet with love.
The illusions are being shattered and this will touch all you know helping them to shatter the illusions of this false reality.
This will be painful and all the things they thought were real will fall away. This kind of change is painful but will lead to a new way of being and new world built on love and compassion.

So be still beloved ones and get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
Eat fresh and clean and in small amounts frequently.
Have time alone and at peace. Step out of the madness where you can. Be tolerant [one I still must practice daily if you watch my facebook rants occasionally lol] for all things are changing and everyone is fighting just as big a battle as you and we are all going to work it out – that I have seen very clearly.
Be patient – with everyone all the time.
Seeds of change are being planted and I laugh a lot when I remember one of my grand daughters Hayley [definitely one of the new energies] planting seeds and shrieking with joy every few minutes as she stared at the earth – they are growing ‘boom boo’, can you see them?!!!
I genuinely think that she was watching them in there.
But for the rest of us it takes a little time for seeds to appear. Remember we are only half way through this 36 year cycle – the mid way point being the 21/12/12 last year. It will accelerate now but we still have a way to go and a lot of work to do.
Be gentle with your bodies – they are the vehicle of the DNA changes you are experiencing and much of this will be painful as bio chemistry changes are going on and sickness is used for the system to recalibrate and injuries are utilized for change.
We may not have a clear understanding of it yet but your body is your friend and it will do what is needed to bring you along.

Witch Tips and Seasonal Celebrations

cauldron

A little on Easter – remember the pagan festival is held on the first full moon following the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere – it is of little relevance at this time of the year for us here in the south but it is useful only to reflect on the truth of it. I mean they worked out when ‘christ’ was born – the pagan Yule festival of winter solstice – the rebirth of the sun. But they keep changing the end because it is a pagan festival that follows the moon.
The work itself comes from the Norse Goddess Eostre – goddess of fertillity [you know all the eggs and rabbits etc] which is where we get eostregen – the female hormone from. There are many other clear adaptations but let us leave that for another time and here now is a ritual for celebrating Autumn!!!

life wheel

Autumn, Equinox, Mabon, Kulkulcan and Dionysius – so many beautiful rituals for this time of year but we shall settle for one lol.

Here we move to the Autumn Equinox, Mabon – the sleeping death of the Earth as told in the myth of Persephone and Demeter is upon us.
The husking of the corn – the scales of Justice.
The time of Moon Cakes and Myth and the Neolithic Meade rites – precursor to the Osiris and Dionysian Mysteries. Turning the world and our roles upside down!
We could invoke the feathered serpent of the Maya – Kulkulcan who returns through the precession of the equinoxes. We could receive the wisdom from the Intihuantana stone – the Hitching post of the Sun that holds the night and dark in balance.
You could discover your own Mayan Glyph and Divine the days ahead.
And through the Japanese Higan we could journey to the Shubun No Hi – “the other shore of enlightenment” through focusing on the seven virtues.
Come and immerse yourself and prepare for the winter chills!
corn moon

Open the Wheel for the Corn Moon.

I am trusting you have access to a medicine wheel or can build one lol.

Place in the centre – Apples, A pumpkin and Cider

Stand in the East and say – “East – Red – Powers of Air, Spirit –Welcome. May the winds of Change bring Vision and clarity. May the seeds begin anew in this time of turning. We stand upon the threshold of Darkness and know summer breezes give way to Autumn chill, bringing the blaze of colours to the trees.”
Move to the north and say – “North – Black – Powers of Earth, Body – Welcome. May the fertile soils of this land prepare us for strength and stillness, to release from our body that which has passed at this time of turning. The world passes from light to dark and the golden fields of the Earth bring promise of food through the winter.”
Then to the west and say – “West – White – Powers of Water, Heart – Welcome. May the healing rains of Autumn wash away the last comforts of summer and prepare us for the chill to come at this time of turning. I reflect on the healing of the goddess and let the cool autumn rains wash over me, cleansing my heart.”
And finally to the south to say – “South- Yellow – Powers of Fire, Mind – Welcome. May the shining light of this seasons Moon illuminate our way in the coming Autumn at this time of turning. I call you the wise ones, the ancestors. As the Sun moves away and the fire fades to be replaced with the chill of night. Be the voice in the dark to guide us.”

Stand at your centre with your arms crossed over your chest, and feet together. Face towards the full moon.
Say:
Goddess of the Moon, You have been known by many names in many lands in many times. You are universal and constant. In the dark of night, You shine down upon us and bathe us in Your light and love. I ask You, O Divine One, to honor me by joining with me, and allowing me to feel Your presence within my heart.

1. Move your feet apart to about shoulder width, and raise your arms up and out to welcome the Goddess into you. The next part is one that you can memorize and learn, or you can speak spontaneously from the heart. You will begin to feel a surge of energy, a palpable tingle – don’t worry, that’s the Goddess making Herself known to you. Feel free to change these words as you like. You are speaking for Her, in Her voice, so let Her say what She wishes.

Say:
“I am the Mother of all life, the One who watches over all. I am the wind in the sky, the spark in the fire, the seedling in the earth, the water in the river.
“I am the vessel from which All Things spring forth.
Honor Me from within your heart! Remember that acts of love and pleasure are My rituals, and that there is beauty in all things.
Honor Me on this coming of the full moon! I have been with you since the moment you were created, and shall remain with you always.
Let there be beauty and strength, wisdom and honor, humility and courage within you. If you need Me, call upon Me and I shall come to you, for I am everywhere, always.
Honor Me as you seek knowledge! I am the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, and I live within you.”

2. Feel the power of the Goddess within you. When you are ready, conclude with:
“I look down upon the sands of the desert, I crash the tides upon the shore, I shine on the mighty trees of the forests, and watch with joy as Life continues every cycle.
Be true to Me, honoring that which I have created, and I shall be true to you in return.
With harm to none, so it shall be.”

3. Take a few moments to stand and bask in Her glow, and to meditate upon that which you have just experienced. Once the energy surge has subsided, lower your arms, and proceed with your ceremony as you normally would at the conclusion of a ritual.
candles trilogy

Back inside. Light the candles:
I seek balance in my life as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
A red candle for the blood of life, renewal, transformation and rebirth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.”

This beautiful ritual will connect you with the energies of the time of year and from here you may commune within or journal or seek further guidance for the season ahead

Blessed be