Micro-Moon 2015

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The Psychic Tarot deck by John Holland. Photographs are not of a reading, just cards laid out for the photograph. If you see a message, I am happy you came across it.

Tonight’s full moon is the smallest full moon of the year. We’ve heard it called the micro-moon or mini-moon. This March 5, 2015 full moon lies about 50,000 kilometers (30,000 miles) farther away from Earth than will the year’s closest full moon – the full supermoon and Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon – on September 28. The March 5 moon is the year’s farthest full moon because full moon and lunar apogee – the moon’s farthest point in its monthly orbit – both fall on the same date. – Via earthsky.org

That’s what I read yesterday and what inspired me to do some banishing type magick.  When I read “micro” I thought this would be an excellent time to use the power of the moon to help me reduce/minimize an unwanted habit/desire/thought etc until it was no longer visible within myself or my life.

It was a quick ritual, most of the prepping and intention set inside my home.  The rest performed outside, under the moonlight. It felt fantastic.  I didn’t use any particular wording this time, using only my mind’s eye to see what I desired to happen.  I also took out my “The Psychic Tarot” deck by John Holland and did a quick reading for myself and then, went to bed early to concentrate on taking care of my body & spirit.

The Cold Moon

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The Cold Moon, full and blinding white. Jan. 5, 2015

“O Nyx, whose darkness holds all the mysteries in shade,
O flame lit stars, whose golden rays with Luna light float near,
Black Queen who knows the untold desire that works our will,
Ekate Apotropaios Grant us your protection this night
from harm & malevolence as we give honour to you.” 

I followed my new tradition of drinking the reflected moonlight out of my cup of life-sustaining water. I read the words posted above that I found on this site, I breathed heavily as I expelled all the negative emotions and energy inside my body. During the full moon, I usually don’t work on banishing but this, this was an act of cleansing and pure intention. My greatest wish, were the words I repeated.

Full Frost Moon

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Full Frost Moon, over South-Central Alaska. November 6, 2014

This is a photograph of tonight’s full Frost moon.  I am absolutely AMAZED that I had the energy required to honor the divine in ritual on the actual night of the full moon, that is something that has escaped me the past months.  With the upcoming full moon I felt my nerves becoming frazzled, my body has been fatigued. Despite all that, last night as I looked upon the nearly full moon and, I asked for healing.  While I walked, I stared at the moon and envisioned a spiraling white light shining down directly to me.  I drank in her energy and invited her healing light.  The spiral quickly became a tether and I felt safe.  My emotions are often rocky during the full moon phase, but with the tether I felt I would not get “lost.”

Tonight, I prepared myself for ritual. I cleansed myself with frankincense incense smoke and patchouli oil. My clothes were changed and my robe donned. Quickly, I filled my black mug with water and I thought of the true blessing that clean water is.  I made my way outside and found a spot where the moonlight could reflect in the water of my mug. The dark contents shone like a mirror and I invoked the Goddess of the Moon. Hecate was called upon to join me and I thanked her for her presence. Guidance and wisdom were both asked for, I drank in the blessed water – I drank in the silvery moonlight. Thanks were given and I poured what I did not drink on the ground at my feet on the little grass left in our winter.

Inside, I ate a piece of chocolate and grounded my energy. Then I ventured out to take photographs. The image was taken with our Samsung camera, not my usual cellphone.  I was delighted that the evidence of the double image of the moon came out so clear, it is absolutely enchanting!

New Moon Scrying

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This image was taken from a post by Selena Fox on her FB page, I hold no copyright to it.

Yesterday, during the partial eclipse I was looking at current posts on my Facebook news feed.  I came across this image in a post by Selena Fox, including a new moon chant: “New Moon Healing in New Moon Rite — New Moon Magic on New Moon Night!”  I began quietly chanting in my mind and mouthing the words while staring at the image on my cellphone. Naturally, there was some reflection on the glass and although I did see my face I saw more that surprised me.  The image of my face didn’t look like myself as I do now, instead it became an old and weathered face. Perhaps 30-40 years from now. I saw my beauty had more than faded, it was gone. It was a very short and quick epiphany to work on what others and myself see beyond my outward image/persona. A calling to find my inner beauty and let it shine!

New Moon Banishing Ritual

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September 24, 2014 New Moon Banishing Ritual

On September 24, 2014 we entered a new moon. In the course of my studies I have learned that during a new moon it is a great time for banishing rituals/spells as well as “planting seeds” of positivity and desires/goals we wish to achieve. I recommend studying further into these ideas on your own as I am not especially versed in these areas in order to teach. In the photo pictured above you see three mussel shells. I chose 3, for it’s magickal properties. The shells are actually from a recent dinner, I cleaned and saved them for this purpose. I actually had a total of 9 but used 3 for this ritual.

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My 3 mussel shells on the beach before I let them go in the current.

On the beach, right at the exact spot I chose  there was a Fireweed flower floating in the water. I did not notice the flower or place it there, my best friend and fiance actually pointed it out to me. I take this as a wonderful sign. During the moments before tossing the shells back into the ocean, I reflected on the three things I wrote on the shells. It was actually kind of difficult for me to allow the “overly critical” shell to be shown in the photo. Or, to actually be used in the ritual because I was fairly unhappy with my writing  of the letter “T” in critical.  A great reason to just let it go!

shell in ocean current

That which no longer serves me I RELEASE!

2 of the shells immediately went away very quickly in the tide. One shell floated on the water and close the beach. I ran along beside it, afraid it would actually come to shore. I had planned to throw it back out further if necessary, it was not. I feel like once I was finally ready to let it go, that is the moment when it went under the waves and out with the tide!

Goodbye to what no longer serves me! Goodbye!

(I failed to mention *tsk tsk* where I got the idea, please visit hocuspocus13 the blog is amazing)

 

 

Recooperating

I have not been especially active in my practice as of late.  For me, (as much as I love the moon) full moon periods are actually quite debilitating in some ways. My body begins to feel a build up of energy (I must learn to use this energy in a beneficial manner/purpose) and by the time the moon is full, I am exhausted. This year we had a series of 3 supermoons fairly close to each other, which meant the effect of the moon was more intense upon me. With the first supermoon, I had a nervous/hyper irritated energy. During the second supermoon, I felt drained – absolutely drained. The third supermoon was brutal for me, my body ached beyond belief. I had headaches, back aches, neck aches, knee pain and felt sick. I conducted 2 days worth of detox during that time, including: sea salt and soda baths, meditation (lots of it) and different nutritional/hydration routines.

My feeling is, I need to learn to better prepare for the full moon. Journaling and expressing myself through art and music seems appropriate. Preparation for any work to occur during the full moon should be done at least one week in advance, in order to help ensure my practice isn’t lost from me during that time. Extra time must be made for myself, in regards to sleep and replenishment of not only my physical vessel but also my spiritual needs.

During this last supermoon, I did find a very helpful video on YouTube on a channel I subscribe to.


Here is the link to her page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ6rVQbFVbHQDcunrxd1NVA

My detox bath included 2 simple ingredients:

1. Sea salt (1 cup)

2. Aluminum free baking soda (Arm & Hammer) (1 cup)

Use the hottest water you can tolerate comfortable to help your pores open and help your muscles relax, and keep plenty of water to drink beside the tub. The bath should last 30 minutes. If you have questions about if a detox bath is safe for you or how often you can take one safely, please refer to your personal physician.