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!

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