Dark Moon Temple, March 13, 2021
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…. (click to read the introduction to the Dark Moon Temple)
The Invitation ~ new, each Dark Moon….
The night sky is deep, and the stars shine even brighter during the Dark Moon. This is the place we enter in this month. How deep is your Darkness right now?
A year of pandemic; a year of being truly stuck in a holding pattern, being forced to tolerate the liminal space of this threshold. The liminal space is an exceedingly difficult place to stay for long periods of time, yet that is essentially what has happened to the world this year… we have all been doing our best to tread water in the darkness of the Between pre-covid and post-covid existence.
These deep, dark waters can be truly overwhelming. They tend to be filled with unconscious material like sea monsters we’re not really sure of, but know lurk under the surface in our own depths. The waves can become turbulent and rough, and then smooth out into a perfect mirror of glass-like reflection… either way, we’re in it right now during this Dark Moon, with only the stars in the sky to look to for direction.
What if I ask you to allow yourself to sink? Sometimes, it is necessary to surrender to the waters to truly find a way through. Sometimes, it is discovering our inner strength to swim and face the monsters who exist within our Souls that will lead us to the way out. Surrender does not mean passivity, nor embracing illness; it means radically accepting that pain and discomfort is a part of our lived experience, and we must make space for it, work with it, feel and honour it, before we can move through it. These are the times when we discover that the monsters aren’t quite what we expected, and that they may well have gifts for us if we take the time to learn from them. They may even have the magic key to the door that leads out of the waters and onto dry land, facilitating the rest we are seeking.
We are so often looking up in our efforts to become more enlightened; to heal and feel better; to get past the painful and uncomfortable experience of uncertainty. Under this Dark Moon, I encourage you to turn your gaze down and see if the door to your Becoming is in fact below you. We so often need to embrace the Darkness in order to find the Light, as they are two parts of one whole. What gifts are waiting for you in your Dark Waters? What parts of your life require surrender to move through?
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 (and/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.
© NKM Featherstone 2021