SEASON OF THE GODDESS

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The Libra New Moon on October 1st was the point where Nature completed the gear shift from Summer to Autumn that began at the Equinox on September 23rd when the Sun entered the sign of the scales, bringing energy of balance as we move into the darker half of the year.  This period of balancing is so crucial, and so fundamental to our experience here on planet Earth that it has long been marked by religions via a 9-10 day period of rituals, remembrance, reflection and thanksgiving.

To the Hindus this is the time of Navratri, a 9 day festival of the great goddess Durga, a precursor and preparation for Diwali, the Festival of Light, soon to come.  For Judaism and Islam this new moon is such a potent turning point it is regarded as the New Year and is marked by 10 days of introspection, mourning, the ‘weighing up’ of the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deeds of the year – for Jews this leads to Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement.  Christianity no longer adheres to the Moon cycles (except for the Easter festival), but enters into a time of thanksgiving for the harvest and the good things in life.

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This is a period when the sudden change in nature affects us deeply.  A time when many in the modern world will feel battered by life’s trials, weighed down by fatigue as they resist the inward pull, and the pull to balance the self on all levels.  This part of the spiritual process, which is as necessary for us to undergo as it is for nature herself in order to be ready for the winter and the renewal it will bring, is missing for most people.  The religious ceremonies of this time serve a purpose… they help to bind us together, to unite our hearts and minds with the divine streams of consciousness – and so guide us through this transition.

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We do not need to be part of religions to access this grace and guidance.  The Goddess is easily found on the inner planes, and always waiting to hear our prayers and connect to us.

This Libra New Moon caught the imagination of the world.   70,000 people were ‘talking about’ it on Facebook.  News reports about the ‘Black Moon’ were widely shared. In fact since a Black Moon is simply a name given when New Moon falls twice in a calendar month, so this Black Moon was only applicable to the Americas, since in Europe the New Moon moment came an hour and 11 minutes into October.  We will get our own Black Moon next month, at Samhain/Halloween 30-31 October.  So the ideas below as to what this moon signifies for us apply for a whole month (and in fact every year at this time, it’s not so much that the black moon is a real astrological phenomenon, it’s the amount of attention it is getting that is significant, as more humans remember how much the moon is guiding and influencing our lives).

There are plenty of scientifically minded news reports online pointedly telling us all there is no ‘meaning’ behind this moon event, and that it’s not a sign of the end of the world (I didn’t see anyone saying it was?).  SimpleCapacity.com (“become a superhuman”) on the other hand, dives into the psychological effects of the Black Moon, warning us to “prepare to witness the darker side of yourself and those around you… A look at the dark side of humanity can actually bring quite a few benefits. By taking such a look, you can gain a more accurate picture of who you are. Once you’ve got that picture, you can take the necessary steps towards becoming your best self.”

And there’s more…

“Expect Your Gender Identity To Shift.  Carl Jung pioneered the idea of the ‘anima’. This concept refers to the innate ability of both men and women to display characteristics associated with the opposite gender. For example, the anima in men refers to a male’s feminine side. Astrologists{sic} credit the black moon with awakening one’s anima… if you identify as male you will feel very in touch with your feminine side as a result of the black moon and vice versa. This can be a great time to explore yourself. If you’re in a relationship, it might help you better relate to your partner.”

And Creativity is on its way for some too..

“A normal full moon causes a burst in creativity. A black moon takes that one step further. It’s only natural;  according to research, creativity comes from a very dark place… you can expect a major boost in creative drive and ambition.”

Sun-Gazing.com offers this view of how this Moon is affecting us:

“In the days both preceding and following the new moon there will be opportunities made available to many of us which will be beneficial in nature. If you seize these open possibilities the impact from them will result in peacefulness and understanding. You will gain clarity and find a new sense of hope or meaning within your life that will drive you forward and, in a sense, re-awaken you to further opportunities.

“Some people will see a spike in their creativity. They will be inspired by the changes in the energies all around them and will be able to tap into it unconsciously and use it to their advantage. Regardless of what you are involved in, whether you’re a writer, painter, designer, etc, this will be a time when things start to come together. New directions will be taken and ideas will flow together.

“Some of us will finally be able to move on and forward in our lives. If you have been stuck in a rut lately or bogged down in some type of way, the Black Moon energy will help you conquer your fears or whatever it is that may be holding you back. This is the ideal time to work through your troubles and issues because the clarity that accompanies this new moon shift is focused on starting over and new beginnings.

“For some people, the Black Moon will make them feel overwhelmed, but they need not feel this way. If you start to feel weak or insecure you can reverse this negativity by immediately switching gears. Readjust your thinking as soon as you notice those feelings creeping up on you and the accompanying confusion will clear out.

“Overall, the vibrational shift in energy marked by the September Black Moon will be positive. If you go with the flow and connect with this energy it will be greatly beneficial in more ways than one, as it will help you to find balance and awareness in your life.”
Read more at http://www.sun-gazing.com/rare-black-moon-rising-scorpio-prepare-huge-energy-shift-september-30-2016/#CRYueFLsrcdKMAkR.99

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New Moons are powerful moments every month, becoming even more powerful when we consciously tune into them.  The global fascination with the idea of the Black Moon is a sign of how widespread the notion of a shift in consciousness on planet earth is now.  This New Moon is the first of Autumn, occurring in the relationship orientated air sign Libra, it completes the vibrational shift into Autumn that began at the Equinox on the 23rd September.  We are now in the time of finding a new balance in our lives as the darker half of the year begins.  Releasing with gratitude the experiences of Summer we can now take the next steps of our personal and collective evolution.  That process is best served by a period of introspection and invocation of the nurturing energies of the divine feminine, something religions clearly worked out a long time ago and which non-religious, spiritual, folk today can benefit hugely from remembering.

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In the Celtic Pagan Wheel of the Year we are now in the period between Autumn Equinox and Samhain.  The Equinox festival is sometimes called Mabon, which is a Welsh Celtic name for the Divine Child, and this time of balance can be seen as a magical period when the divine child in us is set free to play, to enjoy the autumn colours and sunshine now that the harvest is over and before the colder, darker time comes.  The Pagan chant ‘The Mabon’ invites us, as do the big religions, to celebrate the holiness of life as the season changes…

I am the Mabon, I am the Child

I am Yr, the Golden Bough

I am the Dart that the Yew lets fly

Three pure Rays, the Pillars of Light

I am Wren, the King of Birds

I am Bard and Teller of Lies

I am the Stars within the Void

I am the Light that will Never Die

I am the Song within the Heart

I am the eye of the Aeon

I am the I am the Mabon

Good spiritual practice brings us to remembrance of our innate oneness with All That Is… we are invited by Nature at this time to let go of our fears, express our tears and prepare ourselves for rebirth into a greater, brighter and more miraculous version of Who We Are. Samhain is coming – time of the Ancestors, time when the veils are thin, time of death and rebirth – death of the little self, the frightened self and birth of the cosmic part of the soul, the eternal part of the Self, into our lives right here, right now.  The more fear and sorrow we can release from our energy bodies at this time the more LOVE can get in, the more we will grow and thrive during the months to come.

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The Celtric Tree Calendar guides us along this path – we are now in the month of the Ivy Moon….

LESSON OF THE IVY – from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

Ivy reminds us of the movement of the heavens and the way this is reflected on earth. It has the ability to bind all things together. It can wander freely, linking tree to tree, or form dense thickets that block out the light and restrict passage. Ivy brings shelter or overwhelming darkness and reminds us that where there is life, there is also death. Ivy represents the wandering of the soul in its search for enlightenment and it carries a warning to be sure of the direction of your desires so that you avoid being ensnared by them.

 

 

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To the Hindus the Libra New Moon kicks off a 9 day period of Goddess worship, dedicated to Durga, the Devi, Mother Goddess…. Both the start of Spring and of Autumn are seen as auspicious times to worship the divine feminine.  She is worshipped through turning within, a period of introspection, self-nurture and regeneration, which brings strength and vitality for the season ahead.  Durga is celebrated in 9 forms over the days.  The forms, as described on artoflving.org,  are:

Shailaputri. Shaila means stone, and putri means daughter. Praying to this aspect of Mother Divine brings strength (like a stone). It brings commitment. When the mind is wavering, chanting the name of this Devi Shailaputri helps the mind to be centered and committed. It gives us strength, courage, and composure.

Brahmacharya means celibacy. Celibacy brings a lot of strength. Brahmacharya also has a higher meaning than just celibacy. Brahma means infinity and charya means moving. Put together, Brahmacharya means moving in infinity, which signifies knowing your vast nature. You are not just the body, you are like a glow of light. When this truth comes to your awareness, then you are in Brahmacharya. When we recognize our true nature, we become vast and powerful with a lot of vigor, valor and strength.

Chandraghanta. This form of Devi is depicted as wearing a bell-like ornament in the shape of the moon. The moon is connected with the mind, and the Ghanta (or the bell) is an instrument connected with alertness. The ringing of the bell brings the mind to the present moment. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, the mind also wavers. Chanting the name of this Devi brings the mind in our control with increased alertness.

Kushmanda means pumpkin. A pumpkin has many seeds and each seed contains the potential for many more pumpkins. This is representative of the creative power and its eternal nature. The whole creation is like a pumpkin. As Kushmanda, the Devi contains the entire creation within her. She is the Devi who can give you the highest prana (creative energy).

Skandamata is the mother of Skanda or Subramanya (Lord Karthikeya). She is depicted as riding a lion with the baby Skanda on her lap. This signifies courage and compassion. The lion signifies courage, while Mother Divine is the embodiment of compassion.

Kathyayini represents the nurturing aspect of the Divine Mother. She embodies the values of sharing and caring. She signifies the finer qualities of being in a relationship. The ultimate relationship is the union with oneself (soul).

Kaala is time. Time consumes everything in creation, and time is a witness to everything as well. Ratri means deep rest, absolute rest at the level of the body, mind and soul. Without rest, how can you be bright? Kaalaratri represents the deepest rest so that you can attain dynamism.

Gaura varna means white color. White represents purity. Purity comes out of innocence. Maha Gauri is the combination of brilliance and innocence. Gau also means knowledge. When we pray to Maha Gauri, she gives you the wisdom that is the elixir of life.

Siddhidhatri is the one who gives all the siddhis. Siddhi means perfection. When you want something, and if before the want arises it is available to you, that is called Siddhi (when you receive before you even feel the need, and when you receive more than what you need). A sadhak or seeker will get many siddhis on the path. However, if you misuse or run behind them, they will be lost. Siddhidhatri fulfills all desires and bestows powers naturally. Perfection and enlightenment are the gifts of Siddhidhatri.

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We are in the month of Libra, a sign ruled by the feminine energy of Venus, heading towards the deep, magical time of Samhain, when the Crone or Grandmother aspect of the Goddess moves into the centre of the picture.  As we move out of the heights of Summer nature is offering us a time to attune deeply to the divine feminine, as experienced through the moon and seasonal cycles, found within our own souls and there to be shared with those we love. 

No surprise that this is the time each year that Mata Amritanandamayi, the Mother of Immortal Bliss, AMMA, visits Europe to generously and freely dispense divine Mother love to us.  She will be in London on the 11th and 12th October 2016.  The Divine Feminine energies are rising all around the planet as humanity wakes up from its nightmares into new vibrational realities.  http://www.amma.org.uk/

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THE DIVINE FEMININE: ALWAYS EMBRACING THE WORLD…

Goddess I am your child

Come be always at my side

Lead me through the veils to light

Grant me your holy second sight

Teach me of the eternal way

Sacred are the Goddess Days

 

The Return of the Goddess

The Holy Spirit Herself

INVOKING HER PRESENCE

INVOKING HER WEALTH

Birthing her children

Into her Domain

The Wheel of Life

Takes us round again

Teach us of the Eternal Way

Sacred are the Goddess Days

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