Lunar Musings by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Dreamers, I hope the winter finds you warm and cozy! We begin our 2nd moon of winter starting December 28/29, 2016 with the New Moon sitting at 7º Capricorn. Mercury, Moon & Sun are all conjunct and they sit opposite the asteroid Wisdom. This means all you need to do is look across the table, look across the field or across your dream fields to find your messengers, who will be right there in front of you. They can be positive, negative or a mix of both. Its what you do with the message that counts.
This moon represents how we rely on family or our soul family and that life is simple and we remind ourselves that we are the ones who are complicated. Our drama, our grief, our fears all can be nurtured and sometimes this is natural and sometimes it is of our own doing or our past life karma bleeding through into this life. We all become involved with mirrors of complication because it helps us grow and its pain and inconvenience, although difficult to feel, its for a reason… change.
“A man draws an image on the surface of a lake to see his inner reflections, to see her, the soul brought with him this lifetime. He touches the water lightly, dragging his hand upon its surface – which forms the lines of a woman’s face. Each line disappearing the moment it is made and simultaneously creating ripples which collide and absorb each other as they move outward across the lake’s surface. Realizing it is too difficult to obtain the exact visual he desires, he kneels down, and bringing his lips close to the surface of the water and begins to blow softly upon the water. And here his breath flutters over the small waves, as a vague and gentle woman’s face begins to appear, creating from the depths of the dark waters.”
As we enter or continue our healing-spiritual journey with commitment and dedication, it helps to place focus and practices on the complicated parts of our lives. Many associations of the path of love & light can sometimes begin to enter a sense chaos, and it can mean that we are entering a purification process spiritually. The difficulties of a spiritual path always lead to a maturing or that your gate has opened to spiritual truth and hopefully you were preparing before that happened. It is then we must be willing to become fully accountable for our shadow to be honorable with our words, actions and our past without scapegoating into the realms of escape (illusions), confusion or blame (projection).
This is indeed a very honorable but a very difficult path and most people will not see it that way when they are not challenged in the tests of real spirituality. Most people fearing to touch depth will see only partial truth before them. For those who do not believe in emotional reality at all, its only seen as irresponsible, or that our experiences are not truth, or that it is carelessness, drama and calamity. We enter clarity to offset such negative judgments and continue to navigate such chaos paths of the emotional mystery anyway. The simple aspects of mysticism and mystery is a double edged sword, one side keeps us on our path but the other side is filled with illusion.
This month again, we can recommit to our emotional complexity of spiritual work to find groundedness. For those in cycles of great changes, you must do this work everyday in the month to feel grounded. For those who are not in crisis or great struggle right now, you get to relax a bit more and practice your practices of meditation or healing work or art, anything that keeps you connected. I am just the reminder to say our spiritual walk with intention, healing, self awareness and bowing to mother earth in however we walk that, extracts the natural self to slowly come forth and surface.
If you are willing to work with your shadow, you accept the path of balance and since our light is perfect anyway, who needs to focus on that as a practice? The work of emotional growth has keys hidden in the forests, the desert, in the ocean and the mountains and when we find a key, it opens one of our gates of self imprisonment which are just the challenges of change. I remember when I had little changes to make, greater changes to make and then crisis changes, the same healing work, worked for all of them. Those are what disciplines like yoga, meditation, massage, vision quests, spiritual martial arts, going to visit the forest, energy work, truthful circles, sobriety from pot and alcohol, these all help us uncover what is hidden in the season of the night.
These are all monthly tools to develop skills of believing in yourself emotionally, a skill of the warrior who learns healthy boundaries, and the speaker of truth. Standing Rock is an excellent example of this for the entire world. The Sun or Solar Traditions of the whole world just celebrated the return of the light at the Winter Solstice and for the Religious, its their yearly reinvestment in their belief systems. I fortunately, live by the Moon and the Midnight Sun, the Inner Fire which comes not only on each Full Moon and reflects down upon me, but also the Return of the Night (three moons of the winter season).
Traditions such as paganism, spirituality, religious, science-spiritualism and even new age does not seem to know exactly ‘when the dark season is or when it ends’ but mysteriously knows for sure that the winter solstice ‘is the return of the light. When was it dark for the return of the light to reappear? Was that dark season the fullness and ripeness of Harvest? (moons of September, October and November); was that dark season the fullness of Summer? (moons of June, July and August); was it the fertility of Spring (moons of March, April and May)? How can we as souls, regenerate our soul, when the light never leaves and we deny winter’s return of the dark season in order to go into the deep waters within us, and prepare along with mother earth?
Science-Spirituality is brand new, it was forged in the Middle Ages, creating yet another philosophical-physical layer of the Sun teachings through the Alchemists and Magicians. Our soul has been through a lot for three millenniums and when we have had enough, we begin to uncover, unwind and undo the many layers of self and shed many layers of these glorified mind teachings. In truth, all we really have to do is walk outside tonight at 5:00 pm and experience the dark of this season, and look around, its night. The key here is experience and building upon that. We have too much knowledge today, an over saturation and knowledge is fine as a platform, but to experience life you must live it.
Deep self nurturing is needed with transcendence work, and transcendence work is called acts of transformation of small changes (deaths and rebirths), just like the cycles of the moon each month. If you hold onto the full moon, then a week later when the dark moon comes and your not present with it, things can begin to back up. Imagine holding a full moon reality for ten years or twenty? Many feel that winter is the end of the yearly season or may find themselves depressed in it’s three moon process, but winter is both the beginning and the end at the same time. It is the stillness, the great void, the emptiness, the pre-manifestation, the night or dark of the primal dreamer manifested into nature. If we are not in rhythm with the seasons of our own life, I would imagine it would be very depressing for our body and soul.
Moon work and synchronicity work cannot be separated because to know real medicine for our life, is to know mysticism and this requires that you know everything about your life, all of your attachments and all of your emotional fears, your path and you. There would be no balance without the Season of the Night, and when we seek balance (healing) on our path, nature becomes more important, not less important.
Change shows us every year that we have emotional responsibilities to our self and others and that we suffer because of this. That is proof enough for the cultures of the moon who accept the work of the soul and of karma. We contemplate and dream for three moons in the season of the night and we nurture our inner fire because the seeds we planted on the Summer Solstice and that ceremony brings the warmth into this season.
New Moon Intention (examples) for a Capricorn Moon (chose one wisely):
I structure my responsibilities
I focus in the present
I nurture myself
I am healing my past
I am abundant
I am confident
I reclaim my inner authority
I respect my choices
I am taking care of my body
I am serious when I need to be
I practice stability with consistency
I listen deeply
I have purpose
I accept change with groundedness
I respect myself
I grieve loss with support
I heal my sexual woundedness
I am honest with myself
I silence my busy thoughts
I allow myself to feel my feelings
I value my perspective
I practice being honorable
I speak my truth with impeccability
I accept my anger
I am listening to my heart
I am beautiful
I accept positive thoughts
I am confident
I am patient
I listen deeply
I communicate my needs clearly
I work with my fear (which one)
Paintings: Artist Kinuko Craft Woman at the Watery Moon; Wet felted boots via primitivetech.deviantart.com