Dark Moon

You have heard of the New Moon and the Full Moon and all of the phases in between. But, what is the Dark Moon?

The Dark Moon is the period of time between when the moon is invisible and when the first sliver of the New Moon arrives. Hey, isn’t that the new moon? Guess what? No, that is wrong. You can read more about the Dark Moon here.  Go ahead, I’ll wait . . . . . .

Now isn’t that interesting! If you think about your body’s response to the phases of the moon; and if you are using the moon to manifest and release, this takes it to a whole new level. Or maybe that is just me. It does take awhile for me to put two and two together.

Maybe you are different, but when the calendar says it’s the new moon, the last thing I feel like doing is being positive and starting a manifesting cycle. I was never in the mood being all cranky, irritable, and achy . What I thought was the New Moon was actually, the Dark Moon. Now everything makes sense. Finally! Or until my next new understanding.

So, go ahead and use this time to release the negativity and honor your body. Let the negative energies flow through you and release them. Then you will be all ready to start anew with the first sliver of that New Moon.

On an aside note, those who practice magic and cast spells, apparently, have been using the Dark Moon for such things all along.

Do as you will, but harm none. I’m just concentrating on the manifesting part. For now, anyway. One never knows where I might end up (wink wink).

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Nurturing the Feminine

I used to be at odds with myself. Where did I fit in? Who was I and what did I stand for? Am I living my truth or someone else’s? What the hell did I really want out of life? Why am I suffering through this life as a female because it would be so much easier being a male?

A lot of time (decades) and much turmoil went on and has been wasted. I say wasted because if only I could have had this wisdom earlier, my life would have been easier. I wouldn’t have fought so hard to change everything natural to unnatural. Unnatural is the way society strives so hard to mold us into being something we are not. But Alas, I guess we don’t really learn this until we are older and start searching for a better way.

I fought my way through being a kid, a teen, a teenage mother, a young wife. I fought from being poor and uneducated to being something more. I went through hell to finish a 2 year college with 4 kids and a husband. I went from one job to the next trying to find a better paying job that helped me take care of my family. Through all this I developed cysts on my ovaries and had to have a hysterectomy. I began exploring my symptoms with the spiritual causes. I really needed to accept myself and begin loving myself as I was.

I fought myself the most. Years ago I was searching to get my anxiety and depression under control and to find what I was looking for. I was always harping on the past, and wishing the present was over with and looking too far into the future. The future I wanted. I was miserable and not enjoying anything in the present. I was not enjoying my family, my job, or myself.

I remember one winter solstice, I asked the goddess Frigg to help me. She is the goddess of marriage, motherhood, fertility, love, household management, and the domestic arts. I called on her because this was what I needed to desperately work on. I needed to reconnect with my feminine side and learn to nurture myself and my family, and pay attention to my home. I needed to make my home my sanctuary. Things have been slow; but a lot of learning has happened. The other day the memory of me asking her for help came to me. I realized that she did indeed help me out. Even all this time that I have not given her much thought.

So this is changing. Frigg, thank you for reminding me! I just now found out she is also the goddess of the sky. Which is funny because all the birds are attracted to me and I find feathers everywhere.  And I do love the wind. Thank you Frigg for all your messages.

My life now is much more grounded and happier. I am in touch with the land, learning the ways of old, taking lessons from my ancestors; learning from Momma Earth, the gods and goddess and the nature spirits . I am much happier being a woman now. Which seems odd I know. But, that’s the way it is. I am being more creative and nurturing and teaching the grandkids about the kindreds and respecting the earth. I am wandering around at home in simple sun dresses and being barefoot. I am learning about the Druids and I am now at home with myself.

Photo Credit: John Charles Dollman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons