Dark Moon Temple, august 8, 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….
Can you smell the shift on the air? We have moved into August, this month of lazy summer, camping and vacations, days filled with heat… and a cooling in the night. Darkness falls noticeably earlier these days and leaves us just a little later in the mornings. August is when we can begin to sense the tipping, the movement of the Wheel once again… the decent into Autumn has begun.
Have you ever reflected upon how you navigate change? The shifts within your life – some huge and life-upending, some small and compounding? These shifts are a natural part of the cyclical spiral of nature. And we ARE nature. However, we have not been well prepared for meeting and engaging with change in our culture; we are often left unskilled and even taught to resist all shifts, chasing the brass ring of stability.
So how do we move into being with change, rather than resisting it? It helps to acknowledge that change has many facets, some positive and some not so much. It also helps to acknowledge the fear that holds us in resistance, rather than surrender. What do you fear when things change? How can you meet this fear tonight, and see what it is trying to really tell you? This takes interpreting the surface message, and looking for the deeper, underlying one. It also helps to sit with the Earth and listen to Her. Impermanence is a vital part of the woven fabric of our natural world. Working with the Seasonal Wheel, watching and walking alongside these shifts can assist us in aligning with the natural unfolding of our lives, including all the twists, shifts, upendings, and transformations.
Within the Darkness of this evening, under the Dark Moon, take time to call in your Fear of Change; within a safe and sacred space, begin a dialogue with this part of your Self. Hear the message, and then Receive the true message under it. You may do this in a meditative state, or perhaps you will use free writing to facilitate this dialogue… you could also pull some cards to see what your Fear needs you to know. If you would like to further this reflection, call in the Earth Mother and ask Her for guidance on how to move into alignment with Her laws of impermanence. She is here for each us; always.
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.