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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.

Clearing clutter

tasklist Spiritual clutter can also take the form of negative thinking, over thinking, and negative feelings such as anger, jealousy, and other soul-sucking emotions. It’s not letting go, it is living in the past, it is letting others’ actions or words reside in your heart for too long. For me, the biggest issue of spiritual clutter is overthinking and having too much to do. Like a dog thrown too many toys and catching none, having too many tasks lends to my doing nothing. I get overwhelmed. The time has come to clear it out.

Recognize the clutter. This is the toughest part of the process because we fool ourselves into bad habits. Multi-tasking and keeping busy provided me this false sense of being productive. In fact, I was not. If anything, I stressed myself out. Getting to the heart of the issue can be a process that takes a while, but well worth finding the issue to fix it. Take stock of your feelings, your motivations, and how it serves your Life. Does it move you forward? Help you evolve? Or does it stand in the way of opportunity?

Find a way to remove clutter. This next step can also be a process of trial and error. Removing anger and jealousy can be huge because if you live with it long enough, its like having a favorite sweater you wear. We grow comfortable with the emotional/spiritual clutter, not recognize how unhealthy it really is. Sometimes taking it off ends up an illusion, you find yourself doing the same thing. Commit and keep at it. I find it helps to cultivate healthier habits to replace the old ones. For instance, being angry with someone can be replaced with compassion, knowing everyone has their issues. Difficult people often work from their own weaknesses (and clutter). You don’t have to let that take you down too.

Stumble and try again. This was tough for me to recognize- to accept I will fail, stumble, fall back into old habits. This is part of the process.

Some of the things I’ve cleared out;

– The anxiety I felt that had me biting my fingernails. After a year, I finally have long fingernails and don’t even feel the urge to bite. I might tap the nails now with anxiety, but I found mediation and simply taking moments to recognize that feeling to remind me to feel calm. Slow breathing helps too.

– Over thinking. Wow, this was really difficult to work through and I still work at it. Over thinking causes so much anxiety because you imagine things that haven’t happened. I remind myself of Scarlett O’Hara’s quote of “tomorrow is another day”. If I can’t fix something, I let it go to deal with it when I can.

– Too much to do. I realized this year that I just have too much to do. I homeschool my son, have my own business, volunteer with Score.org, organize meetup groups, blogs and fiction writing, and I find I just can’t do it all. I quit two meetup groups, keeping only the writer’s group open. I cut back on Score volunteering, rely more on my son taking on responsibility of studying, and most importantly, learned to say no. Even blogging will be on a schedule so can get it done, providing its scheduled and planned. This has made a world of difference.

wiccanalter Sacred space also needs a cleaning now and then, and mine was no different. I went through my stuff, asking if it serves a purpose. If it isn’t used regularly, it goes into a storage box. I prefer a stream-lined alter with only a few useful items, and you can take note, the Zen influences here. I really like the Terracotta flower pot plate filled with sand. I can put in any type of incense. It can be in cone form or stick, and I use a spoon to clean out the ash. I also add various crystals depending on my need. The plate that looks like a leaf is made from Paper clay where I used one of the leaves from my grape arbor to give it shape and texture, then painted it. I do not use anything flammable on it. Behind everything is a corkboard, so I can hang my jewelry, prayers, chants, and the pentacle charm.

What do you do to clear out your clutter? Post in comments.



Saga of Bjorn

This is a charming animated short about a Viking seeking his noble end in battle, but not getting much luck at first.

If the video doesn’t work, look up Saga of Bjorn on a search engine. I highly recommend it..