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Moon Meditation: End of the Celtic Year


I often use the moon cycles as a way to embrace the ebb and flow of meditations. During the dark half the moon, I tend to reflect on the past and planning, while the Full moon, I reflect on taking action.

This month’s moon is also the Harvest moon, the end of the Celtic calendar where you celebrate Samhain. This means preparing for the winter months, and ending the previous year.

CatSleepFor me, this year has sucked. Goals weren’t met, and in fact, most efforts ended up a mess or putting my life worse than what it was. I’d like to chalk it up as ‘life’s lessons’, but so much of the ‘not-working-out’ hinged on the idea of luck (or lack thereof). What can be learned when you seem to just have bad luck? Not much.

But even in the darker moments in life, you can learn valuable things about yourself. I believe it is the hardships that mold and shape us more than the events that work out. I’m not saying I like it that way, but my point is that you can glean a lesson despite tears and pain.

And my lesson? I realized this year I do too much. I put way too much on my plate where I couldn’t focus on the few things that mattered most. So this past September I began to trim and cut my task list down, quitting groups, and pulling back on things that wouldn’t lead me anywhere. It was very much like weeding a garden; figuring out what was blooming and what was being choked out with weeds.

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Organizing became easier with a planner. And not just any planner.  I also began to use composition books and altered them into monthly planners. I jot down ideas, add my task lists, and journal through the month. This helped me realize what was working and what was not.

A great thing with your own personalized planner is that you add new sections as needed. For instance, when December rolls around, I will add a section for gift making/buying, card making, recipes to make, events to do, and so forth.

They make great spell books, dream notebooks, or even a book of shadows.

Moon Meditation: Sit in a quiet spot with a journal. This can be anything from your computer, plain paper with pen, or a notebook. Now take long deep breaths, drawing in ‘light and energy’ while blowing out all worries and negative feeling. Once you feel calm, imagine yourself a seed stretching your root (spirit) into the earth, and drawing in its energies. Now once you feel anchored, stretch out your spirit like a tree (or flower) stretching the heavens to release doubt, fear, anger, etc. Once you feel at peace, consider the year’s end.

What did you achieve? Did you also find new goals? Did you learn valuable lessons? Is there anything you need to ‘weed’ out of your life in order to spiritually grow? Ponder these things. Once you feel ready, write these down in your journal.

Signs of spring…

Today I can hear the rumble of the snow plow through the neighborhood, see the specks of white flying around to add to the inch already out there, and no one seems keen on leaving their homes. Churches and other events are cancelled, too.

So it is with this my thoughts and heart yearn for spring, wishing for the sun’s warmth, to appearance of growing things to bud.

The First Day of Spring, also known as Ostara (Eostre), is on March 20. Mark your calendars and hope we’ll see actual spring and not more winter.

What traditions do you enjoy in March to celebrate the Spring Equinox? Post in comments.


My Top 10 Blog Posts 2014

Here, you will find the top ten posts of 2014 for this blog. In 2015, I intend on more frequent, helpful, and fun-filled posts for my readers.

Tea, brews, and potions

What kind of pagan are you?

Pentacle Shoe Laces

Book of Shadows: Journaling tip

Calling Quarters, invoking the elements

Pagan tattoos

A collection of spells

The Worm Moon

Tips for dream interpretation

Oastara, and the First Day of Spring