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Week 19: Drawing Down The Moon

I have had to think on this post for a while. I have had some really amazing spiritual experiences this summer that have really added to the content of this subject. None of which I will probably be able to convey in writing that would actually do it any justice.

So, here goes.

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Photo credit: ArwensGrace http://www.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-down-the-Moon-II-27254020

As mentioned in my post on Drawing Down The Sun, drawing down the moon is the ritual in which the Goddess/Feminine is drawn into the person performing the ritual. It was once thought the Goddess energy could only be drawn into a priestess while God energy could only be drawn into a priest. This is now an outmoded idea. I believe that the energy that is called to you is the energy you most need at that moment.

I had performed a Drawing Down ritual of my own for the June 2, 2015 Full Moon. It was something I had never attempted before and was glad that I had others with me. As I had mentioned while writing my God energy posts, I really feel a connection with masculine energy. I was fully anticipating God energy, if anything, during this ritual. I did not expect the fullness of the Feminine that I felt. Maybe it is because I am now pregnant and am really feeling the connection with my inner Mother Goddess now. It was both beautiful and little terrifying. Since this ritual, I have been better able to feel the connection with energy work while performing rituals, meditations, and sometimes in daily life. Especially while cooking and baking. Really gaining a connection with my inner Feminine was one of the best things that I could have done for myself.

Now, I do need to mention (especially as I am writing this at a later date than the one posted) that the Drawing Down ritual was only the beginning of this journey. That connection was so very tenuous. I was privileged to be able to do some Goddess workshops and rituals at a Pagan festival in July. I did not realize before this that I had been slightly out of balance. Being able to combine my connection with masculine and feminine has been a boost to my spiritual growth and health. The workshops and rituals at Summerstar helped me to get a grasp on this and I now feel a balance. It is an amazing, calm feeling.

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Week 18: Working With Feminine Energy

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This particular blog post is way later than the date that will display. It isn’t that I have put off my personal lessons, I just don’t always have time to write about them. However, I am so very glad that I did wait to write about this one. Many things have happened that have really added to this one.

First, I find myself meditating on my feminine side a lot lately. I have found out that I am currently pregnant and expecting baby #4 in January of 2016. It is a little hard not to work with Goddess Energy during a time like this. I have felt more in tune with my plants and my growing things.

I also performed a drawing down ritual that opened my eyes a bit. I will be writing more on that in my next lesson.

I had the absolute privilege to attend Summerstar. I don’t feel I can completely explain all of my experiences, but I came away from it feeling refreshed and more connected. The Women’s Circle made me face some parts of myself that I am not always comfortable facing. The final Ritual made me let go of things that I had clung to too tightly. I actually feel lighter, happier, and more comfortable in my own skin. I am not perfect, but I am me.

In working with Feminine Energy, there can sometimes be a “sharpness” that isn’t quite found in Masculine Energy. At least that is how I perceive it. It can be more shadowy. Not exactly dark, though it requires the dark as much as the light. Where I feel God energy is somewhat vivacious, Goddess energy can be slightly reserved. Though not always. Letting out that Amazonian war cry sure does feel good. Stomping the earth around a drum circle, feeling that wild woman energy filling you feels good. It is an energy that uses exuberance purposefully, whereas God energy simply feels exuberant.

I feel the Goddess as I care for my growing garden, as I swim in Her waters, as I teach.

The Maiden can be impetuous and flirty. A person can be 100 years old and still flirt. She stays with us for life. She is our reminder that youthfulness is important.

 

One does not need to be or become a mother to recognize the Mother Goddess. She is also a fierce protector. There is a reason Mother Goddesses are also shown as Destroyers or Warriors in cultures around the world. That which creates can also take away. Artists can relate to this. Farmers can relate to this. Creating causes a bond. Artists, farmers, mothers all have a responsibility for nourishing and growing their charges.

The Crone can be frightening. She knows life and She knows death. She has the knowledge learned from a lifetime of living.

These are aspects we can embrace at any stage in our life. Some have an easier time accepting all of them than others. Sometimes we can only work with one aspect at a time, two, or all three.

Week 17: Goddess Energy

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Image from: https://goddessinspired.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/moon-magic-and-the-triple-goddess/

Feminine or Goddess energy delves into the archetypal Goddesses: creation, birth, death, wisdom. As with masculine energy, this is not subject to only women to tap into. In fact, as I mentioned that I was fairly comfortable invoking the God, so do I know men who are fairly comfortable communing with the Goddess aspect. Balance (for me) is a key element in my personal spiritual happiness.

There are many ways to consider Goddess energy. As with my post on God energy, these ways may not necessarily be yours. And that is totally fine. We can go through the common triple goddess phases: Maiden, Mother, Crone. But I find that there is more to feminine energy than these phases indicate. There is also a Warrior element that can be found in Goddess mythos. Think Sehkmet, Kali, Coatlique, Diana, Artemis, Athena, The Morrigan, Valkries, etc.

Maybe it is because I am a female, but I seem to see a lot of darkness in Goddess energy. It isn’t exactly a bad thing. Not that all God stories are light and airy, but Goddesses can be downright scary. The moral of this little note is to make sure you do not underestimate the energy you are working with.