Dark of the Moon ~ February 11, 2021

Moon Temple

With Repetition, we carve the Path smooth and our Souls know the way intuitively….

The Moon Temple is open once again. Welcome back to the Souls that gathered with us last month, and to the new Souls that join us this Dark of the Moon. All are Safe and Welcome within this Sacred Temple.

The Dark Moon Liminal Space ~ every month, we enter here….
As the light fades away this evening and the liminal space of the dusk (between day and night) comes round, let your mind rest on the liminal spaces within your journey. Those moments in time where we are between – between this moment and that; between this relationship and that; between being single and married; or married and single; between being childless and a parent; between life and death; between leaving one job and starting another; between not knowing and knowing…

The liminal spaces arise in so many parts of life; they are the gateways that stand between before and after. And in most cases, there is no going back once we’ve crossed that threshold.

The concept of the Dark of the Moon is like that – for a moment, there is a pause between the waning of the old moon and the beginning of the new moon’s light – a dark moon. So in this liminal pause, allow yourself some time to consider how the gateways show up in your life…

The Invitation ~ new, each Dark Moon….

The Dark Moon in February can be a desperately dark time for some. February tends to bring with it the coldest parts of the season, and as we are experiencing here in Alberta this week, a world outside that is not safe to be out in for long.

In a typical year, this is difficult. During a world pandemic where outside in nature is the safest place to gather with others, it can be overwhelming in its bitter reality.

February also brings with it deep and unseen stirrings of Spring. Underground, in this frozen earth, plants are starting to think about waking up and growing again. In the dark, without great warmth, they are beginning to move the energy needed to grow themselves.

If we think about energy in terms of love, and apply this idea of deep, unseen beginnings to our own lives… perhaps, even in the darkest part of the year, we can begin to turn our attention and the first stirrings of love towards that part of us that is cold and sad and low. What will it feel like if we begin to give love to that part of ourselves? That part that wants to grow, yet has been sleeping?

February is traditionally about love, fertility, and relationships, (yes, even long before Valentine’s Day was coined). This Dark Moon, I invite you to lend some energy towards loving your Soul; take some time to find that ember, deep, deep within, and gently breathe upon it. Give it energy, as well as action; offer it humble and powerful love through attending to your Soul and its small yet bright spark. What might yet grow from such a beautiful space? What blessings may be stirring for you, and through you, this year?

Honour Your Own Traditions…
Take these questions/invitations and use them in your own tradition this evening during the Dark Moon. Use art making, journaling, spirit journey, mediation, scrying, tarot, or whatever other way you would like to use in reflection. Create a sacred space where you can safely be quiet, internal, and soft. Ask these questions to your Soul; ask them to your Guides and your Gods. Listen for the answers and any wisdom they may have to assist you in the present happenings of your life.

No matter which contemplative tradition you use, I encourage you to write about the experience (or make art!) afterwards, so to create a lasting record within the physical realm. So much can be lost so quickly when we do not marry the two together.

You are also invited to share any part of your experience that you wish on the closed Facebook group – thoughts, narratives, photos of art, etc. Please keep to the group norms on respectful and mindful comments on others’ posts. Posting is completely voluntary; please do not feel any pressure.

I honour each of you in knowing your Wise Self and I am grateful to sit in virtual Circle with each of you. Each month there will be a new Invitation to take into your personal practice… a way to keep to and honour the natural rhythms of our world, and our lives, that are so often forgotten.

May your journeys be enriching and exactly what you need in this time.

~ Nikki

© NKM Featherstone 2021

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