As the full moon occurs on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 12:59 am PDT, I would offer to you this simple ritual to bring your dreams, visions and needs into fulfillment.
Use a bowl or other receptacle of your choosing and place stones, or other objects to represent your dreams, visions and needs inside.
Play music that is special to you, if you choose, then ground/meditate and create sacred space.
O Great Mother, I come to you in the fullness of the moon to celebrate and give thanks for the fullness in my life.
Hold up the bowl and draw down the moon into yourself and the bowl, illuminating these dreams, visions and needs with the light of fulfillment.
Know in your heart that the Great Mother holds us, our dreams, visions and needs in Her heart. Know also that just as the bowl cradles the stones, so does the Great Mother cradle us in Her loving arms.
A worthy question, which I have been thinking about quite a bit lately, realizing that we serve everyone. To everyone we come in contact with, no matter how briefly, we either do a service or a disservice. The way we look at someone--did we smile or frown; our tone of voice--was it friendly or unfriendly. Did we acknowledge or ignore, were we patient or impatient, tolerant or intolerant. Were we compassionate or did we exhibit a lack of compassion. That brief encounter defines us--it is a small but telling glimpse into who we are.
We have a choice to make a difference one encounter at a time. As each new day dawns, I reverently speak my intentions to be at my personal best for the highest good of all, to listen for the Great Mother's voice, and to contribute to the betterment of my community.
The words to a song from "Rent" invade my mind: " . . . no other road, no other way, no day but today . . ."
For me there is no other road but that which the Goddess has set me on, no other way but Her way, and; truly there is no other day but today!
Last evening on the occasion of the new moon, I met my dear friend Tyra for some girlfriend time. We had delectable things to eat and drink and we spent a great deal of time talking about everything. When we were finished, we took a walk and made our way into one of my favorite stores, Ten Thousand Villages. There I was drawn to an hour-glass shaped drum that was hanging on the wall. I immediately took it down, hung it on my shoulder and began to drum. The sound was so intimate and gentle, it was soothing to the soul. I bought the drum and include pictures of it here.
In July of 2007 I made my first frame drum from deer skin. It was a very beautiful, sacred experience for me. In January of this year, I started attending a monthly drum circle and fell in love with drumming.
The steady beat of the drum is such a soothing balm for me. The deep boom-boom calling me to loosen and let go the cares of the day, creating visions of ancient ritual in my mind's eye, filling me with sacred energy.
The new moon for me is always such an energetic time. I am onto two
new art projects: artist trading cards and altered books. As I will be
offering these two projects in my class this fall, I am in the process of
creating altered books and trading cards as examples for my students.
I also joined the local gym and have started an exercise program. My time
at the gym is turning into a moving meditation. As I walk on the treadmill to
get warmed up, I use the time to pray and meditate and you would be amazed at
how fast the time actually flies by!! My view from the treadmill is beautiful.
This gym is located in a small community 5 minutes from my home. Looking out
the big front windows I see beautiful quaint homes, lots of mature trees, flower
boxes, birds, and the sky.
Each year I notice more and more subtle hints and some NOT so subtle
hints that I am aging. But I have decided to welcome these inevitable changes
and instead of expending energy on anger or frustration I am honoring these
changes and working on making myself healtier through exercise and more
meditation. I believe that in our aging we gain confidence in the bodies we
have tended all these years, we are wiser, we listen to what our bodies tell us
and abide by what we hear. I also believe the gifts of aging and maturation
foster tolerance, patience and compassion for ourselves and others.
A powerful, spiritual woman knows, honors and utilizes her energies,
wisdom, fears and limitations. She takes negatives and reinvents them as
postives. She is vulnerable and strong and uses all her resources to her
advantage for the highest good of all.
Each day is a new adventure--a blank canvas on which we get to create our
reality and I am most thankful for each new dawn.