Dark Moon Temple, September 6, 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….
Here we are entering into a time of reflection upon how we are in relation to ourselves. We are entering the time of Virgo, the Virgin ~ the original meaning of this term was someone who was whole and complete unto themselves; Sovereign and powerful.
How do you feel about your relationship to yourself? Do you feel like you treat yourself as Sovereign and powerful? Do you hold yourself accountable to your values? Do you treat yourself as someone of value and worth? Have you made your health, your wellness, and your joy your own priority?
This is a key, this… A key to a lock that so many struggle to open.
I encourage you to take some time this Dark Moon, while we stand in liminal space, and reflect upon your actual stance upon your Self. How do you speak to yourself? How do you treat yourself? How do you show yourself you are of value and worth and joy?
If you are like so, so many of us, and you discover there are gaps within this relationship, this Dark Moon is a beautiful opportunity to create a Self-Dedication Ritual or Ceremony to conduct on the New Moon, in the energy of beginnings.
Spend some time really understanding where you have put yourself last; some time looking at where those gaps come from; some time in apology to yourself and in forgiveness & compassion. And then, only then, move into designing the ceremony of dedication. Make it specific. What exactly are you dedicating to yourself? What exactly will you do, to show yourself worth, and value, and joy?
Ceremony can look like anything you want it to. It only requires that it be intentional and focused and meaningful to you. A powerful element to use in these types of ceremonies is Mirror Magic. Beholding a true reflection of your Self while you make these oaths and promises creates an energy bond between you and your Soul. It allows you a moment of understanding that there exists the you in your mind, and then the You that is eternal – and in that space between, is the relationship you are healing and strengthening.
Give yourself a check-in date – perhaps the next Dark Moon? Or the Full Moon? Give yourself a meaningful schedule to check in on how you are doing with these specific promises you have made to yourself.
There is often still so much healing to be done upon any individual path. And. It all begins with the relationship you have to your Self. It begins, and will end, there.
And so; Begin.
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