DArk moon temple october 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….
The time of the Dark Moon rises… and the month of October is with us again. There is a palatable, visceral change in the air in October. Even for those who may not be living close to the Seasonal Wheel, they still remark upon the change that is felt. The tilting into the Dark time of the year is becoming very noticeable, and I can feel the pull towards the Veil that stands between this world and the Other.
The Otherworld. When you read that word, what do you sense? What comes up in your body? How does the presence of the word sit within you?
We grow up with a fear of the Other. And of Darkness. And of Death. We are told tales of horror and fantastical creatures that may exist within the unseen realm… what do we know about these stories? How can we use them for more than a thrill of adrenaline? Perhaps if we look a little deeper, there may be more for us to see.
There is wisdom within the parts of life that scare us. There is information waiting for us in the tension; waiting for us to discover it by lifting the covers and peering under the bed at what monsters we fear exist.
Running never works in the stories.
The Veil between the Worlds becomes thin at this time of the year. It’s that change you can sense; it is the Otherworldly essence you are picking up with your less conscious senses. The tingle up your spine; the shivers racing down your arms; the scent of death and decay of fallen leaves in the cold night. The eternal You remembers, even if you’ve gotten out of the rhythm of the natural cycle.
Take time within this Dark October Moon and reflect upon what scares you right now. Where does this fear come from? Is it a recent fear? Or does it have roots in your life story, or perhaps, the story of your Ancestors? This is a perfect time of year to communicate with your Ancestors and look at the Ancestral Story that may be unfolding within your own. There are numerous ways to do this; ensure you stay grounded in whatever method you choose and seek supports to help you navigate any parts that are destabilizing. This work is a long process and will refuse to be rushed; take your time and move into, and back out of the meditation/reflection/communication as feels supportive and helpful.
And no matter what; Don’t run.
It never works anyway.
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