Soul Questions for the Waxing Crescent Moon

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Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Day 4, Waxing Crescent 🌒🌘

We can now see a crescent of light in the Waxing Moon… it’s time to move from the reflective time of the Dark Moon / New Moon and step into action, to firm up your goals for the month.

This phase of the Moon is associated with the Daughter archetype, when we are at our most natural, connected to our Inner Wisdom, when anything is possible. Why? In part, because we are unencumbered by learned beliefs (both empowering and disempowering)… You might say “we don’t know what we don’t know”. And that can be very powerful! In this phase, we are supported by the goddess energies of Brighid, Juno, Kore / Persephone.

This is a significant month, with an Equinox in the latter part of the month. And, in some countries (US, UK, Australia), March is Women’s History Month. In Canada, we celebrate it in October. In our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle, we celebrate Women every day, at all stages of life… The Maiden, Mother/Woman and Crone and all other steps in our journey through life.

So for this lunar cycle, I invite you to explore the theme of your personal power in a month that celebrates women… what your strengths are, how you manifest them, how your power has shifted and changed throughout your life, your connection to the Divine Feminine within. And what goals you can declare this month. Keep in mind that we are approaching an Equinox later this month which always marks a shift, a change, a new beginning.

There is a First Nations saying that you may have heard:

“At her first bleeding a woman meets her power.
During her bleeding years she practices it.
At menopause she becomes it.”

I have heard some women express that they become “invisible” as they age, and I’ve certainly had that experience on occasion. But many of us become bolder as we age, become activists and are hard not to see!

SOUL QUESTIONS FOR THIS MONTH’S THEME

  • Are you aware of your Power? Your Divine Feminine energies?
  • Do others see your Power in the same way? How would others describe it?
  • Has your Power — or your relationship to it — changed over time?
    • If yes, how? If no, is that a positive thing or something you would like to change?
  • How do you express your Power?
  • How comfortable are you sitting in your Power?
  • How comfortable are you sitting in your Divine Feminine? With your Femininity?

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This is a good time to work with your Third /Solar Plexus chakra… checking in on it, balancing it, meditating with it, creating affirmations for it using the “rights” of that Chakra:  To Act, To Be Free, To Choose.


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Imbolc Blessings

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This week, we celebrate Imbolc (IM – OLK) and the Celtic goddess Brighid, goddess of fertility, creativity, the forge (blacksmiths and smithing), light, and livestock.

But exactly WHEN do we celebrate, you may ask!!

Some celebrate on the fixed date of February 1st whilst others will celebrate on the astronomical Cross-Quarter date of a February 3rd @ 15:27 Pacific Time (the precise midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox). I celebrate both!

Imbolc is the first of the Celtic spring festivals (Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine) and one of the four fire festivals in the Celtic Wheel of the Year.  In the Christian calendar, this day is observed as Candlemas. And on February 2nd, many celebrate Groundhog Day…. clearly an anticipation of Spring!

Imbolc  — the day we celebrate the goddess Brighid —  marks the first physical signs of Spring: the birth of the lambs, the flowing of the ewe’s milk (the literal translation for Imbolc!), the rising of the sap in the trees, and the budding of trees and 🌾plants.

It was also a time of empowerment for our ancestors, as they cleansed their homes of Winter dust and soot, and started to prepare for Spring by clearing the land and preparing to plough and sow.

How perfect that this is the time to honour Brighid with blessings and rituals to purify us for the sacred growth and seed through a three-fold Fire ritual, exemplified in this blessing:

Fire in the Forge that shapes and tempers

Fire in the Hearth that nourishes and heals

Fire in the Head that incites and inspires

Legends of Brighid’s Mantle

The first legend described the goddess Brighid as hanging her mantle on a beam of sunlight. Magickal!

A second legend said that Brighid walked the land on Imbolc Eve, healing both people and animals Legend had it that the dew absorbed her healing powers. The next morning, women would cut up the Bhrat Bridhe (Gaelic for Brighid’s mantle) into strips for sharing within the family.

In a third legend, St Brigid asked the King for a plot of land for her Abbey in Kildare, but the King refused. Brigid then asked for a plot of land no bigger than her mantle. Of course, the King agreed. Such a bargain! So she walked to the Holy Oak on the land she wanted, accompanied by four Maidens. Each took a corner of Brigid’s cloak and walked in all four directions. Miraculously, the cloak grew and grew until it stretched out to the exact plot size that Brigid desired. The King recognised the miracle and converted to Christianity. Brigid built her church. A cathedral was later built on the site but, apparently, the original foundations of Brigid’s church can still be seen.
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Bhrat Bridhe Ritual

Ideally done on Imbolc Eve which – for me – is tonight. Place a piece of cloth on a tree, bush or windowsill. You can use any cloth (natural fibres if at all possible), or even a piece of ribbon, which is easy to tuck into a purse, yoga bag, or even a bra strap!

I use a red cloth – a piece of ribbon actually – as that tradition resonates with me, but some use white or blue. Even a simple handkerchief will do the trick.

Use your Bhrat Bridhe for healing for your Self or loved ones. You can also use your Bhrat for extra energy when you need to stand strong. Brighid will be there for you.

🌿 🌿 IMBOLC BLESSINGS 🌿🌿

How will you celebrate this special day?


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For more information about the Circle, CLICK HERE

Or, CLICK HERE to join us today on Facebook


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Embracing our Crone wisdom

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Last night I joined in a teleseminar led by Jean Shinoda Bolen, on the Goddess(es) in every woman after 50…. fascinating!

During the event, she talked about the “C” word… yep, Crone! A word many of us are reclaiming, just as many of us are also reclaiming the word witch, both with wise and sacred traditions of knowledge and wisdom.

Bolen spoke about the thirteen qualities that identify a Crone, in a light-hearted way, and the first of the thirteen really captured my heart: Crones Don’t Whine! LOL!

In her book Crones Don’t Whine, Bolen elaborates:

“TO BE A CRONE, you need to let go of what should have been, could have been, might have been. You need to silence the whining in your head that will come out of your mouth next. Whining makes you unable to live in the present, or be good company for anyone—even yourself. Whiners assume they were and are entitled to a different life from the one they have. Whiners do not see that everyone has had a share of the bad things that happen to people. Ungrateful for what they do have, whiners cannot enjoy the present.”

The book, of course, goes into this in much more depth… and defining what whining is (and isn’t).

It got me thinking about when I whine —or drop into Victim mentality, feeling powerless — vs. doing something about it. A powerful reminder!

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In future… I will wine… but not whine!

And I will stand proudly as a Crone !!!

Crone Power!
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For more information about the Circle, CLICK HERE

Or, CLICK HERE to join us today on Facebook


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Ivy is the Queen of Old 

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Of the three greens associated with Yule — Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe — the Ivy is most strongly associated female energy, the Divine Feminine, and is ruled by Grandmother Moon.

My female Celtic ancestors used the Ivy vines to weave necklaces, bracelets and crowns to adorn themselves during Yule. Men and boys would wear a holly crown (holly is ruled by Father Sun). Ivy was thought to bring clarity, and represented the vitality of Mother Earth and the Celtic goddesses (such as Arianrhod).

Last year I was introduced to crafting with ivy vines, working in circle with a group of women, creating baskets from ivy. It was an incredible experience — preparing the ivy, starting the weave, and sharing stories as we built our baskets. Pure magick!

Think about how you can use Ivy today… or, instead, sit in circle with your female friends — laugh, chat, share a story, drink some mulled cider and celebrate the Queen of Old.


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For more information about the Circle, CLICK HERE

Or, CLICK HERE to join us today on Facebook


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Explore the Women’s Wisdom Wheel Spread with us on November 29th

Join Jackie Ladouceur and Della Ratcliffe on the Tuesday, November 29th at 10 AM Pacific Time (yes, it’s the New Moon!) for an on-line exploration of the Women’s Wisdom Wheel, a new spread using your favourite oracle or tarot cards.

Each month, Grandmother Moon starts a new journey, giving us an opportunity for new beginnings and for reflecting on the previous month. And, as we move into Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, this is also a time for even deeper reflection and for planning our next year.

As Mother Earth starts her draw her energy downward, deep into the ground, we can do the same…. looking back at the past year and what we learned, what we have gratitude for… and what we want for the next year.

The Women’s Wisdom Wheel is a tool to help us do that, using our favourite oracle or tarot deck, and can be used at any time of the year, but can be most powerful at the New Moon and the New Year (in the Celtic Wheel of the Year that was earlier this month, at Samhain).

In this Introduction / Q&A, Jackie and Della will:
🌙 introduce you to the Women’s Wisdom Wheel spread
🌙 demonstrate a live reading (and ask for YOUR interpretations)
🌙 share some Soul Questions you can use for each direction on the Wheel
🌙 give you a special preview of Jackie’s beautifully designed Oracle of Horse Wisdom
🌙 answer YOUR questions about the Wheel and its concepts… and your cards!

PREPARATION
🌙 We will be doing a live demo of the Women’s Wisdom Wheel Spread during this event, so open up YOUR favourite Oracle or Tarot deck and join in…. See what wisdom shows up for you!
🌙 You may also want to have a journal or other device to take notes.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS

Jackie Ladoucer, Fields of Wisdom
Jackie is a Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master and Equine Guided Coach and Practitioner and mostly a Spiritual Journeyer and Seeker who continually pursues her passion in helping others live from the deepest essence of who they are and in being an advocate for the majestic presence and wisdom of the horse. She is continually inspired to discover new ways of capturing and bringing this work out through her ongoing creative passions and joy in sharing inspirational wisdom and guidance through her work with the horses, photography and imaging.

Connect with Jackie through the Fields of Wisdom website and Facebook page Fields of Wisdom

Della Ratcliffe, Inner Journey Events
Hopefully followers of this blog will recognize me….!  I am a shamanic coach, hedgewitch, and PSYCH-K® practitioner, and passionate about holding space for individuals finding their gifts… their medicine… their authentic Self. I am passionate about entraining with the energetic rhythms of Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon, living in alignment with Earth Medicine and the PSYCH-K® Principles of Nature.

Connect with Della through the Inner Journey Events Website,  Facebook Page  and Facebook Group Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle.


REGISTRATION is required for this event, and all registered participants will have access to the recording and to a download of the spread after the event. So, if you can’t join us live, you can join us virtually!

Click HERE to Register

DATE:  Tuesday, November 29th
TIME:  10 AM Pacific time, 1 PM Eastern time, 6 PM GMT 
LOCATION:
Anywhere you can access your desktop, laptop, table or smart phone

Click HERE to check your local Time Zone for this event


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For more information about the Circle, CLICK HERE

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CLICK HERE to join us today on Facebook

Join us in the Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle

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Women of all ages around our world are gathering together to celebrate the Divine Feminine within, to connect with their inner sacredness and wisdom, to connect with other women, to connect with Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon (Seanmháthair Gealach in Irish Gaelic), the Goddess within, and to celebrate the cycles of our life — from Maiden to Mother to Crone…. and all the stages between.

Is this calling to you? Do you consider yourself a Moon Woman (Bean Gealach in Irish Gaelic)? Do you connect with the Wise Woman traditions of herbalism, connect to Mother Earth? Do you wish to make this connection? Do you wish to start on a path to connect with your Inner Goddess? To find your medicine?

Join our new virtual community in a new Facebook group, the Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle. A great way to start the Celtic new year that began on Samhain.

Please note that this group is closed/private, which does not mean you cannot join…. It just means that nothing posted there will be visible on your own timeline… or anyone else’s! It is a safe and completely private place to share, to ask questions, to grow.

UPDATE: NEW CIRCLE EVENT

We are holding our FIRST on-line Circle journey on Monday, November 14th at 2 PM Pacific Time (5 PM Eastern, 10 PM GMT/UTC): The Journey to YOUR Inner Cauldron.

 

This event is FREE and is open to folks who are not yet members of the Circle. Join us… try it out… make connections.

CLICK HERE for more information about this event, and to register.

The Circle… a place to share, connect and grow

In the group, we are collectively holding the light and Sacred Space for you to share your HERstory, your journey, your rituals, and to ask questions… and participate in the Facebook Live events and monthly on-line circles where we will meet virtually, celebrate the cycles of the Grandmother Moon and delve into our Soul Questions for the month.

I love sharing Earth-based and Moon-based rituals, wisdom and practices in this global community that connects us from all around our beautiful planet. And I hope you do too!

Together we learn and grow, and create Sacred Space in our daily lives, and:

  • connect to the Yin and Yang of our Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine energies
  • entrain with the changing energies of Mother Earth’s yearly cycle and with the monthly cycle of Seanmháthair Gealach (as Grandmother Moon, aka Selene or LaLuna, is known in Irish Gaelic)
  • celebrate with rites and ritual (and a little bit of magick!) throughout the lunar month and the solar year
  • celebrate the Celtic Wheel of the Year (Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnasadh, and Autumn Equinox)
  • connect with our inner Goddess(es)
  • build personal altars and create sacred tools
  • connect to the stages of a Woman’s life from Maiden to Mother/Woman and Crone… including other stages that may be new to you!
  • and much much more!

Through this group, I will also make available premium/paid offerings for events and workshops such as sharing Celtic Rites of Maiden-Mother – Crone (and more).


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For more information about the Circle, CLICK HERE

Or, CLICK HERE to join us today on Facebook

Samhain: A time of Remembrance and Renewal

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Tonight, many of us in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Samhain (SOW-en), while for others it arrives on the “true” cross-quarter date of November 7th. Whenever you celebrate Samhain, it is a sacred time, a time to honour our Wise Elders, Ancestors, and those who have transitioned in the past year. It is a time of reflection, clarity, divination, transformation, letting go… and starting anew: a new year, a new journey, and a new cycle of growth and renewal.

Samhain is rooted in traditions and beliefs that extend back close to 5000 years, with cailleach-300dpi-2-copyarchaeological evidence of Samhain celebrations on the Hills of Tara and Tlachtga in Ireland. The Celts believed the day started at dusk, and the year as two halves of dark (Samhain) and light (Beltaine). They defined Winter by the arrival of the first frost and snows, and I see that many of us here in Canada have already seen those first snow falls in the last week! Winter is not just coming… it is here for many of us!

Samhain is the time of An Cailleach, the “Hag” of Winter. The Crone. The Wise Woman. She is immanent, the Divine manifested in the material world.  She is the Ancient Ancestor, the Earth itself. The Dark Goddess — like those of other cultures such as Hecate, Demeter, and Kali — who celebrates the spiral dance, who creates and tames the chaos between life and death, dark and light. She was greeted with bonfires, fire representing both the return of light and the alchemy of transformation.

Renewal and Rebirth in Winter

Many of us think of Winter as a time when nothing is happening. The days are short and cold, the light diminishes, the ground is cold, little is growing. Yet it is in deepest winter that new life begins. The roots and seeds are protected and nurtured deep in the ground, drawing in the energy of Mama Earth, and awaiting the light of Spring to emerge once again.

And so it is for our human roots, the seeds of our Inner Garden. I use the entire week between “traditional” and “true” Samhain as a week of Inner Cauldron reflection and meditation…. looking back at the past year, what challenges I faced, what I overcame, where I needed support, and gaining a new perspective.

And because winter is also about new beginnings, during this week I look towards the New Year, and meditate on the Soul Questions I have for this new journey:

With what I have learned in the past year, what will I do this year to:

  • honour Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon?
  • enrich and engage my mind?
  • honour my soul and my relationship with Spirit?
  • honour and support my relationships with loved ones?
  • nourish and support my physical body?
  • create sacred space in my home?

Divination at Samhain

Because the threshold between the worlds is so thin at this time, we can communicate more easily with our Ancestors, guides and allies, and with those who have recently passed.

Be mindful of the messages or signs you receive on Samhain, and have gratitude for the communication and support given.

I use my divination skills to aid me in my meditation and journey work even more at this time, such as runes, tarot or oracle cards, tea-leaf reading, pendulum work, journeying and scrying.

Celebrating Samhain with Ritual

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How can you celebrate Samhain today? There are so many ways!

  • Light a candle for your ancestors, and for those who have recently passed
  • In a fireproof container (your smudge shell, a cauldron, a metal pot), burn white sage leaves, to honour the departed, or a rosemary twig, for remembrance
  • Add pictures or mementoes of loved ones who have passed to a home altar or special place in your home
  • Make a prosperity charm for the New Year, and for Halloween. I love these suggestions from Silver RavenWolf.
  • Create a Rowan Cross with rowan (mountain ash) twigs  and berries, tied with red thread for protection and to honour the Ancestors
  • Create a loose incense for your Samhain meditation, altar or bonfire, or for smudging the home.
  • Carve a pumpkin or turnip, to light the spirits’ way back home to their world
  • Hold a “silent supper”, with a place and chair set for those who have transitioned in the last year or for the ancestors. Mark a portion of the dinner time for silent contemplation, perhaps with a bell rung to signify the beginning and the end of that period (it can be as short as 10 minutes)
  • Carve the initials of the recently departed into a candle, and lighting it in their honour
    • Tip: Let the candle extinguish naturally. Any colour may be used, but many people prefer black or white for this ritual.
  • Take a journey with your Ancestors to examine the past year and receive messages and wisdom from your ancestral guides, to help you see through the darkness into light, and to use your inner strength and courage. This is a perfect way to close your Samhain celebrations. Click here for my Ancestral journey ritual.

Samhain Blessings !


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Join us today as we start the new Celtic year and celebrate Samhain!