There’s been a fundamental shift, can you feel it?
We’ve levelled up, again.
Things have just got even more deep.
The new energies coming in are bringing a deep message, not a new one but it’s opening up at a whole new level.
Darkness, it’s time to embrace this, properly and completely.
And as we are still within the energy of All Hallows Eve, Hallowe’en, Samhain, Calon Gaeaf, the Night of the Dead….however you name it, this is the time of the darkness and yet, the light remains.
The message here is do not see darkness as bad, negative, wrong and light as good, positive and right. Devaluing one undermines the other. They are paired, like twin flames of each other. They are lovers, they complete each other.
If you’re struggling with your inner darkness, or with a sense of darkness all around you, know that this is not there by accident. The darkness is waiting to be let in, to be invited, to be embodied so that you, as your soul, ignite the light within. For, do you not know? Throughout infinity, light is birthed from darkness. Darkness is your friend and comes to enlighten you. Darkness is the primal mother of all-there-is. She is constant, embracing, she is not to be feared. If you fear darkness, it’s because you don’t truly see it, you haven’t got to know it. If you fear darkness, it’s just going to keep turning up until you love it. Because you are here for this. This is your soul’s calling. You asked for this at some level. This is your healing and your fulfilment.
What is darkness to you? How is it showing up in your life? What is your response to darkness, your feelings and thoughts, your beliefs about darkness? In what ways can you see darkness as your friend, your teacher, your guide?
The Goddess is complex and has many faces. The ones most talked about are Maiden, Mother and Crone. Personally, I see the Goddess in the turning of the Wheel of the Year and assign three moons to each Goddess aspect on the cycle, making four. Maiden, Mother, Crone and one more. I call this fourth face Bride, sometimes, she is the Sorceress. The energy feels like this:
The first face is the Maiden, the story of divine feminine starts with her. She is Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. She’s a Winter’s landscape, like the land beneath snow. She is waiting to grow into her power. The acorn waits in the dark earth for the Spring sun to kiss it awake. The acorn grows into the oak just as the Maiden grows into Bride, Mother and Crone. Her womb is waiting to bleed. The Maiden sits in the season of Winter on the Wheel of the Year, for she is first. And the Celtic New Year begins at Samhain, last day of October. Winter precedes all other seasons, just as the dark void gave birth to light. Everything starts in the dark, as the baby is born from the dark womb. The elemental energy of the Maiden is Air, for hers is the first breath. She is assigned the moons of November, December and January.
We are now at Imbolc, last day of January. The season when light returns and the earth wakes from slumber. Powerful season of Fire and renewal. The sun has kissed the Maiden and she has woken up. Everything is stirring in nature, in her season. The birds and beasts are mating and trees and plants are thrusting out their leaves. Here sits the Bride, assigned three moons of February, March and April. She is the May Queen whose potent, fiery blood brings transformation at Beltane. Just as Spring transforms the land. She is red and white, purity and blood, for her womb is fertile and not yet pierced. She is the Enchantress.
The Goddess energy passes on at Beltane. When the womb of the May Queen is pricked. Life is growing within her dark womb. The season of the Great Mother Goddess is here. Divine Mother rules the moons of May, June and July. She reigns through Summer, season of abundance and blessings. She is the cornucopia of plenty. She births the land as the magical child, the seed of humanity. She reigns until July’s end, whence comes the festival of Lughnasadh. Festival of the Child of Light, which is us, dear listener. For we, and all beings upon the Earth are her children. The earth is rich with flowers, corn and fruit during the season of the Great Mother. The element of Earth is her gift to us.
At August’s start, power passes to the Crone. Wise Woman, she is Elder. She, who is Keeper of the Wheel of the Year. Turner of the wheel. She oversees the process of change. She sits at the spinning wheel with the silver thread in her fingers. Her element is Water, for water is a record keeper, as is the Crone. To her are assigned three moons of August, September and October. Her womb is not barren, it is the void. Cave of inconceivable power. It is the gaping gash of Sheela Na Gig. She beckons us to enter. To go inside ourselves and know who we are. She sits in the season of the ancestors. At Samhain, the ancestors are honoured. And the Crone passes her power back to the Maiden. The wheel begins again, not a circle but a spiral.
For this reason, as a woman in her Crone stage, it is mine to gift my power to the Maiden, imparting wisdom and teaching skills to one who is starting on the same journey I have travelled. Already, the honour and opportunity has befallen me, more than once, in teaching my shamanic craft. I hope that all women in their crone-years, the years we call peri-menopause, menopause and beyond, will gift some of their power to the Maiden, for she is a Bride-, a Mother-, a Crone-in-becoming.
We Crones are the ones who have travelled the full stretch of the road and passed through all four stations. We are in our full power. And if we don’t value that, if we don’t honour ourselves for all we are, who will?
If, like me, you’re a moon lover, you are in for a treat this month of October. It’s one of those rare months when there are two full moons.
Tonight, Thursday 1st October is the first, it’s the unique Harvest Moon, the name given to the full moon nearest to Mabon or Autumn Equinox. Then, on 31st October, we get a second full moon called the Hunter’s Moon. This is also a blue moon, being the second full moon in the same month. That this takes place on the night of Halloween, or more precisely the Celtic festival of Samhain, (pronounced ‘sow-en’ as in the female pig with ‘en’ on the end) is extra special.
The Harvest moon and Hunter’s moon are the two moons of the year that usually rise closer to sunset, meaning we get more moonlight and that’s why farmers and hunters use these nights to get their work done.
There is a dark or hidden face of the Goddess that sits on the Wheel of the Year. This face can present itself at any point of the year as it appears with the blue moon. Usually, there are twelve moons within a solar year but since the sun and moon’s cycles do not coincide, sometimes there’s an extra moon in the year. This occurs because a calendar month is longer than a lunar cycle, so if a full moon takes place very early in the month there can be a second full moon at the end of the same month. The thirteenth full moon of the year, the second within the same month, is associated with the dark or hidden face of the Goddess.
At the time of the blue moon, we can really connect to our own hidden, dark or shadow self. It is a mistake to associate this with negativity, we are all part of the world of duality, we do well to embrace both the dark and light from which we are made, the yin and yang, for without one, the other does not exist. Embracing this part of ourselves and working with the Goddess in this mysterious and deep aspect is extremely valuable. This is clearing work and we all have unneeded energies to clear. It can be difficult as, in her hidden face, she is likely to bring challenges, but hugely rewarding in the longer term.
Personally, I associate the hidden face of the Goddess at the blue moon with the divine feminine energy of Sheela Na Gig, she definitely has the Crone energy about her and I will write more about that in my next post. However, depending upon which quarter of the year the extra moon falls, she can be Maiden, Bride, Mother or Crone and also bring qualities that are passive, teacher or challenger energy. Whichever she is, she comes to reveal aspects of ourselves that we may consciously or unconsciously be trying to hide.
This October 31st, she is appearing in the season of the Crone, the Wise Woman Elder archetype of the Goddess energy, and at Samhain, no less! This is kick-ass timing and we are the ones getting our ass kicked. What an incredible synchronicity and I am so excited! Samhain is the festival of the ancestors, the time we especially acknowledge our lineage and all the wisdom and learning that has gone before us and been handed down. The veil between the worlds is at its thinnest on this night. We are our ancestors, this is especially true if you consider past lives, we lived as them, in all probability. And when you factor in the eternal ‘now’, because when you take the illusion of time away it’s all happening now, you could say we are living all those lives, past and future, right now, all at the same. I don’t know how that works either, but I do believe it.