Lunar Cycles

Using your Inner Cauldron at the Balsamic Moon


The New Moon arrives on Friday, September 30 at 5:13 PM Pacific Time (Saturday, October 1 at 00:13 UTC), and Grandmother Moon will begin her monthly journey once again.

This will be the second New Moon in the calendar month for many of us (depending on our time zone). This is known as a Black Moon, similar to the Blue Moon, which has two Full Moons in a calendar month. For some, the Black Moons are significant for ritual and spellcraft, as it is believed the outcome of work done will be even stronger on the Black Moon. And perhaps even the energy of this Balsamic Moon will be stronger!

The New Moon is the dawn of a new adventure, a new project, a new beginning. You may have heard the expression “It is always darkest just before dawn”. And so it is with the Moon’s journey in this final phase of the Waning Crescent, also known as the Balsamic Moon (balsam refers to anything that heals, soothes, or restores). The light of the Moon is barely visible… a sliver of light arising before dawn and setting late in the afternoon, before Father Sun.

This phase of the Moon is associated with increasing yin energy and psychic strength, and with the wisdom of the Crone (aka The Wise Woman) and the Sorceress phases of a woman’s life, and with the Goddesses Cerridwen (Keeper of the Cauldron) and Hecate (a powerful Triple Goddess from ancient times).

These energies are deep, introspective, wise and intense. During the Balsamic Moon, we connect to our inner fire, our inner cauldron, and are ready for the alchemy of transformation. These Goddess energies can support us in the “work” of the waning phase of the Moon (that time from the Full moon to the New Moon): a time of completion, of contemplation, and release.

The shift to the Balsamic Moon in the three days before the New Moon is our Call To Action to complete that process… one last opportunity to delve deep inside and connect with our inner light.

The work we do in the final phase of this moon prepares us for the beginning of the next lunar cycle…. preparing the soil of our Soul’s Garden for the planting of new seeds, and for asking the Soul Questions that will help us complete and move forward.

Soul Questions for the Balsamic Moon

Last month I offered some Soul Questions for this phase of the moon, and those may be the ones that resonate with you this month.

If not, create your own questions based on your intentions for this month’s journey or consider these new Soul Questions for your meditations under this month’s Balsamic Moon:

  • What practices and beliefs have I clung to, yet which no longer serve who I am now?
  • Who have I become? What part of my true Self have I (re)claimed?
  • Who am I no longer?
  • Am I ready to release with gratitude the “old me” that served me well, but now needs to be put aside?
  • What are the new practices and beliefs that resonate with my true and authentic self?
  • What can I do in the next lunar journey, starting from this new sense of my Self?

Practices and Rituals

The Balsamic Moon is a great time to meditate, journal and to do a release ritual (so many posted in this blog).  I also like to work with my oracle and tarot cards for even more insight, either working with the Medicine Wheel spread I create at the start of each month or with a new spread for the specific phase of the moon.

Have you tried the spread created by Bree of Nyms Divination for our recent Fall Equinox Tarot Hop: The Cerridwen Cauldron Spread and Meditation?  It is so powerful and perfect for this phase of the moon!

Click here to read Bree’s article (and listen to wonderful Cerridwen meditation she created!) and to download the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Tarot Spread.




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