Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aries/Libra Lunar Eclipse Meditation

The Moon is the Mother of Life, of Change, of Transformation, the triple Goddess in action. 

When the Moon is eclipsed, the Earth's shadow comes between the Moon and the Sun, allowing what's been kept in the dark to come out and play.

Eclipses herald times of change, especially total eclipses. Tonight's lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, bringing new awareness to us so we can let go of old perceptions of ourselves and others. (Aries/Libra)   Look for life-changing shifts in consciousness that provide opportunities to complete major life lessons, which give you the freedom to move on to the next level of your life’s purpose. 

Aries Lunar Eclipse

This full Moon lunar eclipse is hard-wired to the on-going Pluto/Uranus square.  Now, we are experiencing how we are personally (Sun/Moon) involved in this ongoing revolution.  This Libra Sun is joined by Venus and the asteroid Pallas Athene, as well as the Libra North Node, directing our evolution toward greater understanding, love and balance.  While the Sun travels through the sign of Libra, our consciousness (Sun) turns toward balance, harmony and social relationships.  Libra is the sign of justice and cooperation.  Along with Libra’s ruler Venus energizing her wisdom and love within us, Pallas Athene in Libra strategizes how to reconcile opposites—whether masculine/feminine, light/dark—to harmonize and integrate polarities.  She does this through Aphrodite/Venus' energy of connection and love.

 Venus has been a Morning Star for the past 9 months, but now she’s disappeared into the light of the Sun for transmutation and re-birth, and she will emerge from the Sun’s light in early December to become the Evening Star of Wisdom.  At this hidden phase of her journey, Venus sheds old beliefs and patterns so a much truer form can emerge.  This lunar eclipse will strip her bare and transmute to a deeper connection to Love.
This eclipse energizes us to step into our own unique way of expressing Love and Light through our connections, our artistry, our ability to compromise and our belief in social justice.   Aphrodite/Venus had disappeared into the Light of the Sun, uniting with the Sun, calling to us to walk in Beauty as we walk in the world.  Each of us is beautiful if we allow it.  Our own unique beauty comes from our soul, our timeless Self, the energy of who we are, what we’ve learned, and what we’ve done down through the ages.

Now is the time to release our heart’s love into the world.  It is time for us to gather our strength, our courage, our awareness of who we are, so we can meet each other and the world with our Beauty, our Wisdom and our Truth.


While you slow and deepen your breath, sending it through your body and to any part of your body that is tense, let go of everything and just feel what's in your heart as you continue to deepen your breath and deepen your relaxation. 

Take your breath up to your third eye—the Eye of the Moon—where your story starts. 
Now breathe into the 3rd Eye and open it. See the Full Moon rising over a dark space, but as it rises even further, you see it is rising over the ocean.  Silvery light sparkles on the wave tops and foam, like a shiny ladder going straight up to the Moon.  
So step into the water and start to climb up this lunar ladder.  When you get to the Moon, walk into the Light.  (PAUSE)

This is where you’ll find your true Self.  The Self which will let you express all the wonderful, crazy, heart-felt love you’ve been keeping locked up in your heart.   Walk forward until you can embrace her/him/it.  Let your love light up the Moon!   (PAUSE)   

Feel what's in your heart and find a symbol or an object that will hold that love for you, so that whenever you see the symbol, your heart will flood with love.

Follow the Light back down the Moon ladder and slowly come back.

Now cast the spell.  Say this out loud—three times!

Why not sparkle with Love so others’ flames do spark?   
Let love shine through true vision and an open heart
This I invoke 3 x 3
As I will, so mote it Be!  

Blessed Be!  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Triple Moon Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone

             The Triple Goddess of the Moon symbolizes the processes of life and fate.  Maiden, Mother and Crone can represent the phases of a woman's life as well as the life process of birth, growth and decline.  Let's look at how the ancients understood Her powers.

            The first face of the Moon goddess, the crescent Moon, was her Maiden aspect, representing youthfulness, expectancy, innocence, newness.  She is the dawn, enchantment, seduction and fruit fulness.  Through her eyes, we see the freshness and beauty of life and hold reverence and wonder in our hearts. She is open to all experiences for she is unafraid of the unknown. 

            The Maiden is also called the Virgin.  Many of the ancient goddesses were virgin goddesses.  A virgin was a woman who 'belonged to no man', a young woman who was unmarried.  Possibly this is the meaning of Mary being a virgin when she conceived Jesus.  Esther Harding's work on women's mysteries suggests that to be a virgin means to be 'one-in-herself', a woman who accepts her own sovereignty.  It did not mean a young woman who is sexually inexperienced.  To be virginal means being true to nature and to your instincts rather than giving over to another's needs or demands. Virginity is a creative submission to the demands of instinct, rather than a rejection or denial of those instincts.9   Virgin forests are not barren places, but rather ones that are especially fruitful, for they are unexploited and still totally natural.  How many of us, whether woman or man, know how to be virginal in this sense?
            The virgin acts according to her own nature.  She gives herself to lovers but is never possessed by them; she is never just the counterpart of a male, either god or man.  In ancient Greece, this aspect of the Moon was honored as Artemis, goddess of wild things, and leader of the Dance.  This Virgin Goddess watched over childbirth and was the womb opener because childbirth demands that we surrender to instinctual rhythms.   In surrendering to her instinctual nature, a woman becomes creative. 
            Each month, a woman can become virginal again with each new shedding of menstrual blood which prepares the womb for new life.  At this time, a woman stands grounded in her instincts, ready with her creative potential to meet the demands of her life.  This stage represents young women through their 20’s, as they go out into the world to work and to prove themselves in the world.  This is a time of adventure and exploration, when we learn how to listen to our own natures and learn to be free.
            Psychologically, the crescent Moon is an image this new beginning.  It stands as a sign of psychic energy emerging out of the darkness of the unconscious, continually evolving, continuing to bring us new life experiences.  Each month the new crescent moon stands in the western sky at sunset, shining with fragile beauty, evoking a feeling of hope and new life to come.  It is during this part of the Moon cycle that we experience a sense of expectancy, for who knows what experiences are waiting for us.  It evokes our youthful sense of independence and individuality that sometimes gets lost in the midst of our hectic lives.  Our bodies, our emotions and our thoughts can open to new possibilities, where we think outside the box, start new projects, and permit ourselves new feelings.

            As the Moon comes to its fullness, it fully turns to meet the light of the Sun. This second aspect of the Moon is the Mother, a stage that represents the creation and ripening of life, the state of adulthood and parenthood. It is the time to take responsibility for yourself and others, to learn the lessons of patience and self-discipline.  As the nurturing mother, this stage knows and teaches the mysteries of Life, just as a mother teaches her children how to grow up to be good human beings.  This is the stage where we learn the power of Love as an exchange, the energy that connects us to others.  We first learn to love ourselves in the Maiden stage so we can learn to love others in the Mother stage.  One without the other doesn't work, because if we can't love ourselves, we won't know how to love someone else.  Jesus said, “There are only two commandments: Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, mind and strength.  And love your neighbor as yourself.”  We must be grounded in self-love to do everything else right.  And this self-love comes to us through honoring our instinctive knowing. 

            A mother's love is unconditional and compassionate, and yet not without discipline.  We nurture our children to teach them the mysteries of life, and sometimes that means not giving them what they think they need, but letting them learn how to get it for themselves.  The mother has the wisdom of life at her core, and she teaches this wisdom by example as well as through any creative endeavor she takes up.  The care and nurturing she gives her children, both outer and inner, is reflected in the strength and truth of those creations.  Full Moon consciousness nurtures the newly born baby, a new behavior, a new creative project or a relationship in the same way – with love and devotion. 
            Psychologically, this full Moon experience is the 'rounding out' of an idea, a desire or a feeling by coming into relationship with others or bringing it into the world in some creative fashion. This full Moon consciousness can look at an ego decision, which thinks there is only one truth, and show it another, equally viable, way to see things.  It can hold both ideas until the third, transcendent path opens.
Women in their 30’s and 40’s are in this stage of life.  This is the time of motherhood and marriage, where we learn to partner and to parent.  We become involved in our schools and our communities as we help our children grow into adulthood.  This is when we learn to work with a partner toward a common goal.  It is a time when we can be perfected in our sense of ourselves.   To really meet the Other entails an openness, a willingness to be totally present in yourself for the Other; it entails an ability to allow new perceptions or awareness so we can meet the world without retreating back to the stability of old habits or values.  

The third aspect, the waning Moon, represents the Crone or Wise Woman. This was the most feared, least understood aspect of the Moon goddess. This is the aspect that was called the Hag, the Terrible Mother, the Witch, the Wise One.  This aspect of the cycle deals with death, the end of cycles, and the mysteries surrounding re-birth.  The more we fear old age, death, and the unknown, the more we fear this aspect of the cycle.  But if we can accept this part of the cycle, we will find the treasure of wisdom that we've been seeking: the wisdom that sustains life, the wisdom to evolve our consciousness.
The Crone, whose name means crown, symbolizes the achievement of Wisdom culled from the experience of loving and nurturing that we learned at the full Moon as well as the wisdom of the Virgin who knows herself.  Just as we find a peace and harmony within as we grow older - as the fire and impatience of youth is felt but is no longer overwhelming to us - so too the waning Moon is a time of introversion and withdrawal.  It teaches us to be alone with ourselves.  It is a time to realize what we understand and the wisdom that comes from that knowledge.  No one would ever mistake the waning moon for the waxing moon, for there is a wholly different feel to each of them. I am always struck by the beauty of the waxing crescent, which fills me with hope and excitement, whereas the waning crescent rising after midnight always leaves me with a feeling of mystery, of being far away and alone. You can tell the light is sinking toward death. 
            This is the aspect that was worshiped – and later feared - as Hecate.  In ancient Greece, the power of the Moon also belonged to the goddess Hecate.  She was called, like the Moon itself, the ‘most lovely’ and had three aspects: Hecate Selene, the Moon in heaven, Artemis the Huntress on earth and Persephone the Destroyer in the underworld.  Hecate originated in Egypt, where she was the midwife or wise woman, who commanded ‘the mother’s Words of Power’.  The Greeks finally came to worship her as the Crone who guarded the triple crossroads, the central axis where the different worlds meet.  She held the powers of prophecy and magic, as well as the ability to commune with the dead.  We no longer fear, as later Christians did, Hecate as the goddess of Witches and Magic, for we know that magic is the power to see the energies of life and direct them with our will, not necessarily the work of evil powers.  It can be used for evil, but that depends on the person.  We create magic when we use the power of intention and ritual to enhance our lives. This is Crone energy, and it represents the power and wisdom of Moon consciousness.   Women in their 50’s and older begin to feel comfortable with this energy, and as healers and wise women they bring healing to their families, their communities and to the world.
            It is the wisdom that facing death can bestow, the energy which sinks into the darkness of the new moon, the psychic energy that sinks back into the unconscious to be renewed.  The old life must pass away so that new life can come.  The wisdom is not lost in that darkness but rather transformed, so that it becomes part of the new virginal energy which re-appears at the crescent moon once again.  With each new cycle, we add to our understanding and go deeper within the mysteries of life.

            The Goddess also has a fourth aspect, the dark and hidden side of her nature.  This is the mystery, her death aspect, the time of her descent into the underworld, the time of the dark of the Moon.  In ancient Greece, this dark side of the Moon was ruled by Persephone, the Queen of the Dead, the guardian of the treasures of the underworld. It is why she is also the Spring Maiden, for she comes back to the outer world with the gifts she has wrestled from the darkness of the unknown. The fact that this Goddess was worshiped as life-giving and death-dealing shows that these aspects cannot be separated.  But since we have separated them, the terror of death is ever with us.  The ancients worshiped this Goddess through the initiation of the Eleusinian Mysteries, which gave them the immediate experience of a death and rebirth which helped them to accept the terror of death and separation from their old life.  It is this initiation that we have to undergo if we want to experience the power of feminine wholeness.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Moon Goddess: Our Guiding Light

The Moon Mother: Our Guiding Light

Literal Moon in the sky or ancient Goddess, it’s important to understand what natural powers are symbolized by the Moon.  In our patriarchal culture, we value sunlight rather than moonlight.  We look to facts and logic (Sun rationality) rather than feeling and intuition (Moon imagination).  In fact, we need both.  We live in our solar nature but our lunar nature needs to be explored and understood because we have been taught to ignore it.

There are many aspects of the ancient Moon Goddesses to explore.  Women need to re-learn what our lunar nature is, because it is our guide to life.  And if women can’t connect with our lunar nature, how can men find their way there?  

These next few blogs on The Moon are excerpts from my book: Wisdom’s Daughters: How Women Can Change the World.

When we lost touch with the feminine mysteries of the ancient Goddess, we were banished from our home inside the Moon.  Small children know and remember their true home, but as we grow up, we forget for the most part, how to live in the natural rhythms of life which the Moon Goddess - perpetual renewal, the measure of time, the weaver of fate - represented to her ancient worshipers.  Most of us have no idea what power and effect the Moon has over us or the world around us.  However, what was lost can be found, for the Moon still travels across the night sky and still sheds her silvery light upon our darkness.

            The first thing we observe about the Moon is that it changes shape, unlike the Sun, which appears the same every day and never fails to rise and set, full and round all through the day.   The Moon grows larger, then smaller, waxing and waning as it travels across the sky.  It rises at different times during the night and at different spots on the horizon.  And it even completely disappears for three nights.  But it comes back, and begins the process over again.  Small wonder that early humanity projected its imagination onto the Moon, since they experienced it as a monthly cycle that regulated time, its rhythms governing the tides, women's menstrual cycles, plant life and weather.   The Moon showed people the basic rhythms of life as well as the truth of the natural law of constant change.

            Ancient peoples observed that the Moon made the fertilizing moisture that makes living things grow and thrive: plants and animals as well as human beings.   The Moon Mother, imagined as a vessel of water, fertility and fecundity, was the source of being and becoming.   And because ancient peoples could live with contradictions, they also believed the Moon was the land of the dead, the place souls went to between incarnations.  Just as the Moon dies and is reborn, so souls go to the Moon to await rebirth.  The life cycle of birth-death-rebirth is prefigured in the changing Moon.  
Women naturally understand this rhythm of change, because our bodies respond to these changing rhythms.  Men have a harder time adjusting to this cycle.  They don’t know how to relate to their own changing moods, and so ignore them as inconsequential.   Women's greatest gift, our ability to adapt to change, has been used against us to demonstrate that we are not as rational, and therefore not as reliable or responsible as men.   
Once again, men used themselves as the measure of all things, and their own lack of adaptability became the standard.   But it can’t remain this way.  Now the world needs people who can change, who can let go of what is outdated and open to new ideas and new possibilities.   It is a perfect time for women to step forward and use our strengths and set new standards for what makes a full and rich life.  

When the ancient Goddess religions were suppressed under Christianity, her manifestations were split up.  On one hand, some of her light qualities were attributed to the Church and to the Virgin Mary.  Her darker, mysterious qualities, however, were soon associated with the Devil and with witchcraft, for Christianity accepted the heavenly attributes of the feminine while rejecting the earthy spirit of the Goddess.  The Earth and women, who were seen as creatures of the earth and of the body, were relegated to the darkness of sin.  Consequently, our culture developed a split between the heavenly feminine and the earthy feminine. 

It is up to us to heal that split and become conscious of our gifts.  The Moon Mother can show us the way, for she is our constant guide through life.

Watch for my next blog on the Moon.