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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 17: Goddess Energy

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

Week 16: Gods

Gods. The masculine. Yang. A few common ideas come to mind when we bring up God.

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Image found http://www.nobeliefs.com/pagan.htm

We could even bring up Christianity. However, “God” means something different to every person. Even in Christianity. Some Christians will see their God as all-forgiving while others will see God as unforgiving and bringing down the wrath of the heavens. Pagans are no different. Some will honor Cernunnos and some will honor Odin. Some (similar to me) will honor the masculine that we feel in the Universe and not really be able to give it a name, but will honor different aspects of the Masculine by using different Gods (Odin, Hermes, Thoth, Quetzalcoatl).

Pantheons may not have completely matching Gods, but most of them will have similar God archetypes: Father, Trickster, Warrior, etc. For magickal purposes, when a certain aspect is required, it is easier to use a certain God as a focal point.

Now, not all the traits associated with Gods are considered Masculine by everyone. This is also something that will vary from person to person. And it is totally ok. Go with your gut feeling. If you feel you need a Warrior Goddess, then do so. If you feel you need a Nurturing God, then do so. The person who best knows what you require is you.

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 11: The Moon’s Personalities

Moon Tarot|Mommy Witch's Book of Shadows

What? Personalities? The moon is a hunk of rock orbiting our planet. How can it have any personality, let alone personalitieS. Which is true, looking at the moon from a strictly logical point-of-view. However, even scientists are human and can be in awe of a hunk of rock.

From a magickal standing, the moon has quite the personality disorder. The different moons each month affect the meaning of the moon. Then, we bring in the Moon Signs and the Sun Signs. Now we have some personalities roaring around.

As an example, the next full moon for my area is May 3, 2015. It is often called Flower Moon, Grass Moon, Hare Moon. In other words, growing things are definitely showing up. It is no longer winter cold and food is becoming more bountiful. The reigning Sun Sign is Taurus. Earthy and steadfast. The Moon Sign is Scorpio. Deep and mysterious. Earth and Water elements. Both symbols of the Feminine aspect. Scorpio will add an element of mystery to the usually not-so-mysterious Taurus. Passion may run a bit higher. On an astrological level, this could be an interesting full moon.

I go into more detail on my page, Moon Work. The page is a work in progress and I will continue adding to it.

Week 10: Working With The Moon’s Phases

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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 9: The Moon

The Moon. One of the biggest symbols for most Pagans. It is a focus for magic of all types, representative of multiple deities, and one of the easily visible astronomical beauties we can all enjoy.

Moon Work|Mommy Witch's Book of Shadows

The Moon affects the tides and, it is commonly believed, our behavior.

This week was the week of the Full Moon in Libra. I had a few friends over and we celebrated in a very casual fashion. My Full Moon rituals now consist of sitting outside with incense. I will usually write a few things down that I hope to gain/lose/energy that I wish to send out. I burn that paper in my cauldron. We sit and chat and generally just enjoy being under the light of the moon.

The moon’s phases are a really great focal tool:

  • 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.

This is a seriously, super-duper simplified description. I will be adding to this as this month goes on.

I will look into the different meanings behind not just each monthly moon, but also into how the moon signs affect the moon.