Preparing for your New Moon journey with a gentle Water Release Ritual

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Dark Moon Waning Crescent, Day 29 of the lunar journey

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Altar for my Water Release Ritual

Tomorrow we enter a new cycle with Grandmother Moon… new beginnings, new energy, new goals, a new journey.

And this is the last New Moon before the Solstice on Wednesday, June 21 at 04:24 UTC (Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm PDT here in Vancouver). The Solstice is the medicine of Father Sun, used by many to mark the “official” first day of the seasons of Summer or Winter. Our ancestors celebrated this day in the Northern Hemisphere as Summer Solstice, Litha, MidSummer and/or Longest Day and in the Southern Hemisphere as Winter Solstice, Yule, MidWinter and/or Longest Night.

Before the dawn of New Moon, I spend a day reflecting and releasing, and often use different elements in my release Rituals… Earth, Fire, Water, Air.

So today is an ideal time to sit with the Medicine Wheel reading you created at the beginning of the New Moon, to which you added new cards — at the First Quarter, the Full Moon, the Third Quarter and now the Dark Moon — to those already drawn.

SOUL WORK
Spend some time reflecting on the cards you drew throughout this month’s journey and the messages/wisdom they brought you on this month’s theme of “passionate transformation” (or whatever theme YOU set for yourself). What new wisdom can you integrate into your Wise Inner Self? What did you learn? What is now complete? What is yet unfinished? And what are you now ready to release?

Today I feel the need for the gentle, intuitive emotional energy of Water and the grounding energy of Mama Earth. Consider this Release Ritual with Water, which can be done throughout the day or all at once, at sunset:

TO BEGIN

  • Call on your guides and allies for their wisdom, guidance, and support in this ritual
  • Fill a small bowl with water
  • Place a favourite healing crystal into the water (make sure it is a crystal that is safe in water) or add a teaspoon of sea salt
    • You can also add other elements. . . a favourite essential oil, herb or botanical element (leaf, flower, etc). Today, I added a drop of Lourdes Holy Water, a gift from my Grandmother, to represent my Ancestors.

Method 1: Throughout the Day

  • Throughout the day, bring your awareness to any negative energy, self-limiting limiting beliefs, patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you.
  • For each one you identify and are ready to let go, energetically send it to the water bowl for release, saying a release affirmation you create or something like: “This _________ no longer serves me. I release it to the healing waters of Mother Earth.”
  • When you feel you have released everything you can, move to the COMPLETION part of the Ritual.

Method 2: All at Once

  •  Sit and meditate at the water bowl, and once again reflect on your Medicine Wheel reading for the month… or your journey since the new moon on April 26th. As in Method 1, also bring your awareness to any negative energy, self-limiting limiting beliefs, patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you. What are you now ready to release after integrating the wisdom of your Soul Work?
  • For each one you identify, release energetically to the bowl OR write the keywords onto a small piece of paper and drop into the water bowl for release. As you watch the words blur and dissolve into the water, say a release statement you have created or something such as “This _________ no longer serves me. I release it to the healing waters of Mother Earth.”
  • When you feel you have released everything you can, move to the COMPLETION part of the Ritual.

COMPLETION
When you have completed your release(s), empty the bowl — if possible outdoors, into Mama Earth, but it can also be released to water (sink, pond, river…) — while repeating your release statement, one you craft yourself or something like this: “I free my Self of all things which no longer serve me and I send them to Mother Earth for grounding and release.”

Thank your guides and allies for their support and wisdom.

NOTES:
If you choose to empty the bowl into a sink or a fresh water source, modify your statement accordingly, for example “I free my Self of all things which no longer serve me and I send them to be cleansed and released in the healing waters of Mother Earth”.

Some folks also choose to release and bury the crystal(s) used in the Ritual, but I simply thank the crystal and then cleanse it energetically.

 

Passionate Transformation during the Full Flower Moon

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This Full Moon carries so much power. Not only is it in Scorpio — giving us a powerful and emotional experience — but this Full Moon is a very special day in the Buddhist calendar, marking Waisak aka Vesak aka Wesak, when Buddhists around the word celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha.  Perhaps YOU are sensing that global energy of peace, enlightenment, transformation and forgiveness.

And each of Buddha’s transformations (birth, enlightenment, death) are closely aligned with our own theme in this lunar journey: Passionate Transformation.

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Firebird by Susan Seddon-Boulet

You may feel like everything is enhanced, fired up… your intuition, your emotions, your sensuality, your passions. You are like the FireBird or the Phoenix… burning, transforming, coming alive. Zinging!

The Full Moon is a powerful time for the Divine Feminine energy within us, and for our emotions. Many women cycle with LaLuna… ovulating at the Full Moon, experiencing their Flow at the Dark Moon. But even if we don’t align in that way, the Full Moon is the time to celebrate our femininity and our connection to the Goddess. This is HER power time, no matter which Goddess you follow or work with.

At the Full Moon, many turn to the Mother Goddesses for support and inspiration, such as  Gaia, Demeter, Isis, Hestia and Green Tara. But there are Goddesses associated with the Moon who can support us including Artemis, Diana, Luna, Mama Quilla, Selene.

SOUL WORK 
At this phase of our Lunar Journey, we are aligned with the Direction of the South and the Element of Fire as we birth our creativity and manifest our goals. We are fully charged with the fiery Yin energy for the next couple of days, before we move into the Waning Phase when our intuition will increase once again, and we will start to feel the drawing down, the drawing in of our energy and connecting to our Magick.

Be intentional in your Soul Work during this Full Moon, calling in the Directions, Elements and Goddesses to start your ritual, whatever that may be. It could be a release ritual; a simple honouring of the Goddesses, your Self and/or the amazing women in your life; or it could be as simple as lighting a candle and meditating on the Soul Questions.

CALLING IN THE DIRECTIONS 
We each have our own way of Calling in The Directions. Some like to start in the East (Air, Dawn, a new day in many traditions)  and some in the North (Earth, Night, start of day in Celtic traditions).  I tend to start in the East, with the inspiration of Air.

I recorded a sample Calling in The Directions that combines two traditions, that of CelticScreen Shot 2017-05-10 at 4.22.24 PM Shamanism and that of the Chinook First Nation of the Pacific NorthWest. Click here to listen to the recording, or click on the picture to the right.

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And for a basic introduction to Calling in The Directions, click here for a short SoundCloud recording or simply click on the picture to the left.

Once you’ve listened to these, perhaps you will be inspired to create your own Calling In.

SOUL QUESTIONS 
For your meditations, journeys or rituals during the Full Moon consider these Soul Questions, or develop your own:

🔥 What is now flourishing in my life?

🔥 What is passionately transforming in my life?

🔥 What does transformation mean to me?

Full Moon Blessings on the Flower Moon!


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Passionate Transformation with the New Moon in Taurus

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
New Moon in Taurus arrived at 5:16 AM Pacific Time
Day 1 of the lunar journey
Our Theme for this month: Passionate Transformation. Love Your Self
New Moon Wisdom: first, pause & reflect

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We are in that wonderful time of new beginnings… a New Moon today and Beltaine (the first fire festival of Summer) next week. And if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, the Wheel of the Year is turning towards Samhain, which is actually the start of the new Celtic year (just as the Celtic day starts at sunset). So very powerful!

But not every new journey starts easily. Sometimes we are still letting go of baggage from our previous journey(s), and at other times our Inner Garden may not be quite ready for the new growth. We may have to do a little weeding or fertilizing. We even may be looking at other gardens and thinking “yes, it’s greener / more beautiful over there!”

So, first, take some time to pause and reflect during this deep dark powerful New Moon before you start your new journey when LaLuna starts to glimmer in that sliver of a Waxing Crescent in a day or two.

And as you do, remember this: each and every flower must crack out of its seed, then grow through the dirt before it can bloom and face the Sun. The darkness will soon pass as you move into the light.

Each flower is worthy of the sunshine.

Each flower has its own unique beauty and purpose.

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
– Zen Shin

Open up and bloom your own way.

There’s plenty of sunshine for us all.

SOUL WORK FOR THE NEW MOON
This week between the New Moon and Beltaine is so powerful and ultimately passionately transformative. Reach deep into your Wise Inner Self — the Inner Garden of your soul — and create big bold audacious goals for this month and for the coming months. . . not short-term goals but rather something that is transformative for YOU.

Beltaine (aka Beltane aka Bealtaine) comes from the Irish Gaelic words for “Mouth of Fire”, and marks the beginning of “the merry month of May”. This fire festival is associated with love, fertility, sensuality, and relationships.

But let’s not forget the most important relationship we all have, and that is the relationship with our Self. Many of us neglect the Self as we care for others, as we put others first, as we look after our families.

As you create your goals for the new Moon and for Beltaine (or Samhain), be sure to embrace that fire energy and create goals for nurturing and passionately transforming your Self… your health, your vitality, your mind, your personal development, your abundance.

In your New Moon reflections, tarot/oracle readings or shamanic journeys, be mindful of this. Keep this theme in your awareness as the wisdom you need to transform and move forward reveals itself and opens up the possibilities for your transformative goals.

SOUL QUESTIONS
Some Soul Questions to consider (but definitely create your own as well) in your New Moon reflections and work:

🌸 How healthy is my Inner Garden? Does it need a little fertilizer? Are there weeds to be pruned or pulled, then composted?

🌼 What blossoms (goals) can transform my Garden to a place of beauty, tranquility, and abundance?

🌺 How will I maintain my Garden?

🌹 How will having this Inner Garden transform my life and positively affect those I love?

🌷 How can I honour myself and manifest love for myself even more?

New Moon Blessings !


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Rejuvenating with the April Moon

Seven Tips for bringing more energy (and less clutter!) into your life

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“Our life is frittered away by detail . . . simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

We are halfway between the First Quarter Moon and the Full Moon, which arrives April 10th at 11:08 PM PDT (April 11th 06:08 UTC). This is the Waxing Gibbous phase. The face of the moon is so much brighter, with a smaller crescent of dark.

As the Moon’s energy increases, our energy is shifting too, from the inward intuitive Yin to the outward action-oriented Yang, from intention to manifesting, from hidden to revealed.

Our theme for this month’s lunar journey is Rejuvenation. Who doesn’t feel young again in the Spring? In the growing energy of LaLuna?

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Father Sun kissing the cherry blossoms of Mama Earth

This month, in the Northern Hemisphere, we have renewed energy after the winter rest. All around us the sap is rising, the trees are budding and flowers are emerging.

Yet the word rejuvenation has other layers, other meanings. It is not just about feeling young again, feeling energized. It also means “to make an organization or system more effective by introducing new methods, ideas, or people” (per the Cambridge Dictionary).

Using the manifesting energy of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, what can you rejuvenate in YOUR life… your home… your office…your work…  your spiritual practice?

Many of us associate this time of year with Spring Cleaning, i.e. rejuvenating our homes. That was something essential for our ancestors: sweeping away the soot from winter hearths, along with the bugs and debris that accumulated in the straw they used in their thatched roofs, bed pallets or on the floor.

And in the Southern Hemisphere, this time marked the start of preparations for winter: preparing the home for the shutting in of the winter months, and likely tipping the balance towards accumulation — storing vegetables, making preserves for the winter, pickling fruits and vegetables, and also packing away tools and clothing associated with the summer, repairing and renewing tools and farm implements, etc.

Rejuvenation is definitely an ongoing theme for me. Out with the Old and in with the New is quickly becoming my mantra! Making space for new ideas, new things while keeping that which still works, that which I love, that which brings me joy (thank you, Marie Kondo, for this concept!), that which is still useful.

Simplicity. Ease. Space.

This allows us to focus on the essential.

Seven Tips for Rejuvenation

  1. Spend some time with Mama Earth . . . a walk in your neighbourhood, a local park, community garden. Breathe!
  2. If you have a garden or balcony, rejuvenate it by clearing out any winter debris and refreshing with new plants.
  3. Do a “Green Clean” in your home. Replace any toxic/chemical cleaners with ones you make yourself or purchase eco-friendly products instead.
  4. Detox your diet. Eliminate junk food and add in more fresh and home-prepared foods.
  5. Check your medicine cabinet (and fridge!) for anything stale-dated and dispose of responsibly. TIP: Your local pharmacy likely has a program for disposing of prescription drugs.
  6. Declutter your space and recycle using the four Ds (Deal, donate, dump, de-own).
    And remember, the question to ask your Self is not “Should I get rid of it?” but “Why should it stay?(More on the Four Ds in this blog post). 
  7. Bring new energy into your life by beginning something NEW — a creative project, a fitness class, a spiritual practice — anything that will raise your awareness to your own energy and renewal.

I’m working through this list one by one. My (ongoing) plan is to declutter and simplify as much as possible, in all areas of my life. Sometimes the balance seems to towards accumulation rather than reduction — especially when it comes to books, craft materials and decks of oracle cards! — but the balance soon restores.

BONUS TIP: Be aware of what one is accumulating. For each new thing you bring in, take something away by donating, gifting or recycling using the Four Ds.

What would you like to simplify and rejunvenate in YOUR life?


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A Tea Ritual for the Quarter Moon

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Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Day 7, First Quarter Moon, in Cancer
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Today (Monday, April 3rd) at 11:39 AM Pacific time, Grandmother Moon reached the First Quarter mark in her monthly journey around Mother Earth. The Moon is in Cancer during this transition . . . you may feel stronger emotions, a need to spend time alone, to share thoughts with those close to you.

FIRST QUARTER MOON
At the First Quarter, the lunar energy is moving upward, emerging from the dark of the New Moon, shifting from Feminine Yin to Masculine Yang. . . it is time for action. The seeds we planted in the New Moon are starting to take root, to anchor their tendrils into the soil of our Soul, seeking nourishment and nurturing. They want to be manifested.

This is the time of The Maiden, when we are supported by Persephone and Artemis and other Goddesses of Youth and of Spring. Perfect for this month’s theme of Rejuvenation! Tap into that youthful feeling and energy of The Maiden.

Invoke The Maiden in your Soul Work to support your new adventure, with her independence and burgeoning courage, her vitality . . . taking her first bold steps into the world.

SOUL WORK FOR THE FIRST QUARTER
The Quarter Moons can be challenging, and many refer to them as Crisis Points in our monthly journey. When we compare the lunar journey to the classic Joseph Campbell journey of the (S)Hero, this is the point where one might encounter obstacles and challenges which must be overcome before reaching our goal.

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For more info about the Crisis Points of the First Quarter Moon, and dealing with the Monkey Mind obstacles, this Inner Journey Events blog post has more info (it references Water Energy, but can be applied to any Quarter Moon).
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A TEA RITUAL FOR THE FIRST QUARTER
Whenever I had doubts, or “the blahs”, my very English mother would always suggest a cup of tea. We all know that “a good cuppa” is the cure for most things! And, the act of drinking a cup of tea (or any hot beverage of your choice), can be a ritual.

For me, it’s not jut WHAT we do but HOW we do it that makes something move from everyday to special, to sacred, to ritual.

For instance, drinking a hot beverage in a travel cup while driving to work may be habitual, but it is likely not a ritual (unless you’re the passenger!).

However, thoughtfully preparing one’s hot beverage (tea, coffee, cacao, etc), creating intent, drinking it in a favourite cup, sitting in a favourite chair, sipping it slowly, savouring the taste and noticing the effect on one’s mind, body and soul… now, that is ritual!

We also have the Four Elements in a hot beverage:

🌏 The essence of the beverage itself — leaves, fruit, roots, cacao, coffee beans, all gifts from the EARTH.

💦 We infuse our earth elements in WATER

🔥 We heat our water with FIRE

💨 We breathe in the aromas and steam from the tea through the AIR.

If this isn’t ritual, what is?

So, this ritual is simple . . . and perfect for the First Quarter in Cancer. But can be done at any time, of course!

☕️ To begin the ritual, invite Grandmother Moon and The Maiden Goddesses to join you. Assemble your ingredients, and thank all the elements for creating your tea, especially the plants with their wisdom. If you are making a herbal tea, think about adding a slice of fresh Ginger for courage, a leaf of Basil for focus, or a sprig of Peppermint for energy and creativity. Then. . .

  • Once your beverage is ready, seat yourself in a comfortable place and relax
  • Breathe in your intent for this ritual
  • Sip your beverage and meditate on what support might you need at the moment, or whatever you need to be aware of
  • Journal your thoughts, and the suggestions your Wise Inner Self or Allies, Guides or Goddess has given you
  • Reframe any “Monkey Mind” thoughts, and create a new positive thought or affirmation for this month’s journey with Grandmother Moon

When you have finished drinking your tea, relax for a moment to let the wisdom seep into your body, and to thank your guides and allies for joining you in this ritual, and for the wisdom they have given you.


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Call on The Creatrix in the Full Moon

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Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
Day 16, Full Moon in Cancer at 3:33 AM Pacific Time 🌕
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It’s that time again… A beautiful Full Moon rising in the East. For me, it arrived at 3:30 AM today (Thursday, January 12th), but on the 11th for many of you, in this lovely global community. This energy will be with us for another 2-3 days.

This first Full Moon of the calendar year is in Cancer, such a nurturing mothering sign. And the Full Moon, in the Women’s Cycle of Life, is also aligned with The Mother — goddesses such as Gaia, Demeter, Isis, Hestia and Green Tara — giving us a double dose of the Creatrix energy to heighten our creativity, and to birth and nurture new ideas and new projects. WOW!

And with Imbolc arriving in just a few weeks, we can also look to the energy of Brigid (who we celebrate on Imbolc, February 1 or February 3rd at 22:36 UTC, depending on your traditions) to support us. Brigid tells us: “Don’t back down. Stand up for what you believe is right.”

How does the energy and wisdom of these goddesses manifest in YOUR life?

SOUL QUESTIONS FOR THE FULL MOON
Work with your New Moon card layout and review your progress in the month. Look to the questions for the South (home of Fire, Creativity, Passion… as well as song and poetry), such as:
“What is flourishing?”
“Who am I in wonder and trust?”
“How can I embrace the Creatrix energy in a way that will support me now?”

Or ponder on the mothering aspect of your Self.  We all have both the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within us.

Are you nurturing and nourishing your Self, as much as you nurture and nourish others and other things – children, family, job, career, etc.? The Full Moon is about the balancing of waxing and waning, the light and the dark. . . how does this manifest in YOUR life?

RITUALS FOR THE FULL MOON
🌕 Many people choose to release and let go on the Full Moon, and any time in the waning moon is good for that. I’ve shared some simple release ceremonies before in this blog.

🌕 Place your crystals in the moonlight for charging

🌕 Bathe in the moonlight and thank LaLuna for her wisdom

🌕 Spend some time with your altar, adding new elements for the South, and honouring the work of the South. Write a poem, sing a song, place a picture of something inspiring on your altar to be mindful of your goals or desires. And if you don’t have an altar… create one with the Full Moon and Imbolc in mind.

And especially for THIS Full Moon. . . start to plan for Imbolc and for honouring Brigid.

Full Moon Blessings !


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

ww-circles-800x800-21On Friday, January 27th at 10 AM Pacific Time, I will be offering a special event on the New Moon: “Hearts Afire: Brigid’s Fire Blessings”.

The replay will be available for those who can’t attend live. I’ll post more about it next week, but it is up now on the Inner Journey Events website if you want more info or even register now.

Click here for details.


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The Maiden and The Moon: First Quarter in Aries

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
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LaLuna reaches the First Quarter in her journey today at 11:46 AM Pacific Time (2:46 PM Eastern Time / 19:46 UTC), in Aries. The Moon should be more visible to us now, rising in the afternoon and early evening, with her face is 50% lit (right side in the Northern Hemisphere, left side in the Southern Hemisphere).

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From the New Moon through to the Full Moon, the brightness and the energy increases each day… just as the days are now growing longer here in the North.These energy shifts may seem subtle at first, but with attention and awareness you will notice it more and can entrain with that energy… embracing the shifts… harnessing the energy itself…. tuning in to its rhythms.

At the First Quarter, we are connected to The Maiden (goddess energy such as Persephone, Artemis, Grainne and others) and her spirit of adventure, freedom, an open mind.

And although I’m not an astrologer, I do look to the sign for further inspiration and insight. The Moon in Aries doubles up on that rising, waxing energy of the Moon AND the adventurous energy of The Maiden. The Aries Moon looks for decisiveness, agility, swiftness, creativity, energy….. WOW! Perfect for the First Quarter which asks the Soul Questions:

“What is Beginning?”
“How will my New Story seed and manifest?”
“What new directions and intentions will I create with my Thoughts and Voice?”

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This month, I used the Clear Your Old Story / Create Your New Story layout (join our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle to access this layout), and the Brigid’s Grove  Oracle Deck.

The card for the East – associated with the First Quarter – is The Winged Circle: The Rune of Freedom, Liberation, and Revolution. WOW! Again, great synchronicity and alignment with this month’s theme of New Beginnings . . .  and “out with the old, in with the new”!

What does this card mean for YOU?

How might this manifest in YOUR life?

How does this relate to YOUR goals?

For me, this is a powerful affirmation, and also a hint towards my words for the year which are still forming under the surface of the winter soil. So far I’ve heard LOVE and ACCEPTANCE, but they didn’t tell the whole story. I am feeling the need for a word that is even more transformative, more Yang than Yin… and maybe that word is FREEDOM or LIBERATION or REVOLUTION. This year, I feel I am doing things in a very different way,  freeing myself of any old (and no longer useful) ways and creating a whole new paradigm for myself, how I work and how I relate to others.

Pictured is my Moon Bowl altar, with the spread I pulled for the New Moon in late December. And, yes, if you look closely, that is Merlin’s nose peeking out from under the altar! 😻😻 I just can’t keep him away from my sacred tools and altars! He is definitely a magical cat… such a dear familiar!


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