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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.

Week 13: God/Male Energy

After studying moon work, maybe I should have started on feminine studies, but I have actually come to the conclusion that I have worked with “male” centered energy for the past few years at least. I have taken on the role of priest in my coven as we have not had one. I feel as comfortable calling upon God energy as I do calling upon Goddess energy. Which probably also means that I do not need to do this lesson for myself.

Except that I do want to delve deeper into this aspect of my magickal path. Understanding and knowledge are a big part of my life and this is something that I would like to understand better.

This month and next month will be the only times that I intend to bring up the more religious aspects of Paganism. And these will not exactly be religious other than speaking of Gods and Goddesses. While I feel called to certain deities, I am not a religious person. I feel there is an energy we can call upon. We can give this energy some sort of form by using various deities as a focal point, but for the most part, I simply refer to it as The Universe. I do not worship this energy, but I do acknowledge it.

This is not the belief of every Pagan and I absolutely respect that. If you feel more comfortable with a specific series of Gods and Goddesses, then you need to continue with your religious practices. I fully believe that what everyone feels is right for them, then that is Truth for them. That includes Christianity, Atheists, Buddhists, Islam, etc. I may not share your beliefs, but I will defend your right to believe what you need to.

So, with that out of the way, on to Masculine Energy.

God Energy image found at: http://100layers.org/98-days-to-go-god/
God Energy image found at: http://100layers.org/98-days-to-go-god/

I believe everyone has a combination of masculine and feminine energy. Maybe different combinations. Some have more male or more female aspects. But, somewhere within all of us, we have access to both energies.

Image found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_and_Yang.svg
Image found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_and_Yang.svg

Even Yin has a little Yang and Yang has a little Yin.

Now to get really confusing. What I may consider to be God energy may not be recognized as masculine energy by everyone. I have known some Dianic pagans who do not recognize male energy at all. I found the concept interesting, but a little unbalanced for my own needs. It was the other end of the spectrum from Christianity’s overly male-oriented beliefs. With my own experiences with Christianity, I know that I require a balance of male and female influences.

What IS God energy? How is it different from Goddess energy? I associate God energy with sun and daytime. Summer. Heat. Passion. The physical. Where the Goddess IS knowledge, He is the embodiment of learning. These are what I feel when I feel God energy in the Circle.

*A note on Warrior aspect. Most of my Pagan friends would place this in the category of God and masculine magick. However, when I need to feel strong and protective, I call upon the Mother Goddess. Kali/Coatlique/Athena/Sehkmet are the ones that come to my mind. There are, of course, many others. There is nothing as ferocious and frighteningly protective as a Mother defending her own. I will go into this more when I work with Goddess magick next month.

Now, look into yourself and see within you what you feel would be considered masculine energy. This will not match up with my description of God aspects. Everyone is different and will view male and female energies differently. This month I will be meditating on the God/male parts of me.

Week 12: Moon Magick

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

I am rounding off my Moon Month with a discussion on moon magick. This actually ties in with my post, last week, on the moon’s personalities. I will also be mentioning what moon phase I am working with when I post spellwork on my Spells page.

Moon magick is not just setting up a ritual or a Circle. You can soak up the moon’s goodness by just sitting outside and enjoying the moonlight. I will often bless items by letting them sit outside during the full moon.

For May’s full moon, I have decided to do a slightly more formal ritual than my usual casual rite. I am using an idea from Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. I am toying with the idea of raising energy with chanting. I think that will depend on how many people are able to make it. Starhawk has some amazing group chants in Spiral Dance. Or I may use chakra chants.

The past four weeks have been a great reminder for me on how much I work with the Moon and all of her phases.

Week 10: Working With The Moon’s Phases

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Image found at: http://rebloggy.com/post/full-moon-moon-magic-new-moon-craft-magick-waxing-moon-phases-phases-waning/39047811213

There are various ways of using the moon as a focus for magickal work. Concentrating on the phases is only one focal point. If you feel the need to be more complex, you can also look into where the various astrological signs are in association to the type of work you are doing. Then add in certain days and times. Fair warning on this: Waiting for a sign to be in a certain position on a certain day at a certain time during a certain moon phase could mean that you will need to wait a very long time to do that particular piece of spellwork. On the upside, waiting will allow you plenty of time to prepare for that spell.

Moon Phase Basics (which I posted on Week 9):

  • New Moon: (Maiden) magick for new beginnings.
  • Waxing Moon: magick for energy you want directed toward you (prosperity, fertility, happiness, protection)
  • Full Moon: (Mother) pretty much great as an all-purpose focus.
  • Waning Moon: magick for energy you wish to banish (ill-health, depression, unwanted energy)
  • Dark Moon: (Crone) magick for endings.

If you are like me and a bit impatient, you can tweak your spellwork to fit in with the current moon phase. I will sometimes try to work certain spells during certain times of the day (sunrise, morning, noon, afternoon, or sunset). With a houseful of kids and constant chores, I don’t have a lot of time to prep for spectacular rituals.

Protection is a great example of tweaking your spellwork. During the Waxing phase, you can call upon more protection to come to your home. During the Waning phase, you can banish any negative energies, thereby also creating a protective barrier.

Health is another example. Call upon good health during the Waxing phase and banish ill-health during the Waning phase.

The New Moon is the time for new beginnings. Starting a new look. Starting a new health plan. Blessing a new house. She is just a sliver of her potential. Easy to underestimate and overlook. She has the energy of youth tacked on with the inherent selfishness of youth.

The Full Moon is an excellent time to work pretty much any type of magick. The Full Moon’s light can bless your special or ritual objects. If you are able to go for a walk under the Full Moon, it is a great time to connect with the Mother aspect and what this aspect means. The Full Moon is the transition between Maiden and Crone. A little more settled than the Maiden, though not nearly as experienced as the Crone. It is during this phase in our own lives that we experience more empathy for others as opposed to the self-centeredness of our youth. I have also thought of the Mother aspect as a Warrior aspect. This is a time when a person may not biologically have children, but cares and protects for those around him/her.

The Dark Moon is a little scary. We don’t like to think of endings. We don’t like to think of death. The Crone has lived a full and productive life. She may no longer have the energy of youth, but her wisdom is vast. This is the time to meditate on your own journey. Your own learnings. We are never really done with learning. Someone very wise once told me to learn something new everyday. I try to. I am most often successful. There will always be someone out there who knows more than you.

Week 6: Elemental Work

Picture from: http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/2006/05/07/grubbing-in-the-dirt/

Now that I have started a relationship with the Elements (if a tenuous one with Fire), I felt it was time to up that relationship. Well, a little. I pretty much did more Elemental meditation. And it was a PERFECT week for it. It was so gorgeous outside that I was able to spend almost the entire day, all week, working on getting my herb garden set up.

I felt that sun beating down on me. Worked with that dirt. Reveled in the fresh air. I didn’t water anything, yet, but I did feel a happiness that I equate with Water.

It was pretty hard work. My arms are still sore. And admittedly, it was also the reason I fell behind on my blog posts. /sorrynotsorry

I have also been reading Earth, Air, Fire, & Water by Scott Cunningham. It is a sweet, simple read. It has some lovely little Elemental exercises and magickal exercises. A few of which I will be working on for my lesson in Week 7.

Elements – Air

To get myself back on track with my Year-And-A-Day beginner/kids series, I decided to start back up with easy lessons on the Elements.

I decided to start with Air. It is the first Element I invoke during Circle. And, as my last lesson was on Circles, this makes sense to me.

Air Element

 

Air is the element of the mind. We take walks in the fresh air to clear our heads. For my kiddo, I will have him walk with me while we discuss the aspects of Air and how we use this Element everyday. His homework will be to journal his thoughts on Air.

 

General Air Correspondences

(taken from a few different books, including True Magick by Amber K and Earth Power by Scott Cunningham)

General: mind, imagination, intellect, knowledge, theory, breath, peaks, wind, towers

Direction: East

Colors: blue, white

Ritual Tools: athame/sword, wand, censor

Sense: Smell

Goddesses: Aradia, Ariamhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania, Iris

Gods: Mercury, Thoth, Khepara, Enlil

Spirits: Sylphs

Angel: Raphael

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Season: Spring

Time of Day: Dawn

Wind: Eurus

Animals: Birds (especially hawks and eagles)

Plants: Vervain, yarrow, primrose, violet, frankincense, myrrh

Tree: Aspen

Stones: topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli

Incense: Galfanum

Making My Year Magickal

I decided that I would be working on my inner self this year. I want to see the magick in things again. When did that disappear? Oddly, I think it was when I started having kids. I guess my brain just said, “Ok. Now we have to be all adult-like and stop having fun.” Well, I am taking the fun back. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going through a book everyday. I have really enjoyed it. And Mr. Penczak’s book has also been a delight to read each month.

Well, it seems that I will be adding to my witchy workload. Eldest has started to ask about my beliefs and why I do not always go to church with the rest of the family. He will be nine soon. I think he is old enough to learn about a few other religious beliefs.

Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path
Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path

The first step of our journey was to ask him if he would be interested in sitting down with me once a week to discuss what I do. I want to teach him, not force him.
Our first lesson will be sometime this week. I am going to have him help me pick out a three-ring-binder to use as a book of shadows. So, we will be discussing what a BoS is and how to use it. I will need to come up with a fun lesson plan for the next year or so. I have gotten some good ideas from Pooka Pages and I have Starhawk’s Circle Round.

My basic lesson plan for this March goes something like this:

  • March 10: Book of Shadows: What it is and how to use it. Homework: once per week, write an observation about how the seasons are changing.
  • March 17: Discuss Ostara/Vernal Equinox. Homework: Work in the garden (this is already one of his chores).
  • March 24: Brief discussion on the other Sabbats and how they fit into the changing of the seasons. I have no homework or project for this.

I will be working on a lesson plan for April this week. I am trying to think of some simple grounding lessons and exercises.