Full Moon Ceremony: 31st of October 2020
And time to say goodbye to October!! This is our last ceremony this month and what a way to end it: Full Moon, Blue Moon and Halloween. That's all! lol
First of all, I would like to apologise for the late post. Let's just say that technology hasn't been very co-operative. We are still in mercury retrograde until the 5th of November so this doesn't come as a surprise, yet it's actually quite inconvenient. Anyway, we're here now so let's make the best out of it.
As this is our last ceremony this month, we're going to integrate our first full moon and our new moon into this last full moon ceremony (obviously with a twist).
During our Full Moon on the 1st of October we did something a little bit different: we created beautiful and absolutely gorgeous and outstanding jars of self-love. These jars were full of trinkets, spices, colourful items and a lot of intention. And they have been with us for a month supporting and inspiring us. But as you can imagine now it's time to let go…
Then in our new moon we did a good bit of personal work exploring our personal situations and reasons to do what we do, to be what we are and to question what we accept in our reality. We made uncomfortable questions, and we faced our fears. Just because we deserve better.
But here we are are... embracing this new full moon during the same day we have a big celebration: Halloween. To that we have to add, the fact that is also a blue moon.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion over the internet about this. I did see in extremely popular blogs how the last New Moon was actually called a blue moon which is completely incorrect. When we have two full moons in one calendar month the 2nd full moon is what we call a blue moon. That’s it. Quite simple, and that's where we get the expression “once on a blue moon” due to the fact that is a rare occasion.
But going back to our ceremonies, the work we did during our new moon has been a process of reflection for the last 14 days. And now it is also time to let it go.
Halloween is a special day, were the veil between worlds and the presence of our ancestors can be felt closer and more intense. So we are not going to go over the last two ceremonies but use the things we have to let go from the processes we started to fuel the bonfire of this ceremony.
Bonfire comes from a Middle English word 'banefire', which means a fire for burning bones, 'bane' being an old word for 'bone'. As the name suggests, bonfires were originally used for burning bones, and also on occasion for burning people convicted of heresy as well as prohibited items, including books.
For many of us the representation of the bonfires and a night like Halloween can be associated with painful past life experiences of being burned at the stake. Not a nice thought. But sometimes we don’t realise that in many countries this is still a sad reality for many women today. That is why August 10th has been declared a World Day against Witch Hunts. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?.
Only in Ireland the Witchcraft Act of 1735 inherited from the old English legal system was only revoke in 2006. This Act stated that “Any person who shall pretend or exercise to use any type of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or pretend knowledge in any occult or craft or science shall for any such offence suffer imprisonment at the time of one whole year and also shall be obliged to observation for his/her good behaviour.”
Historian Wolfgang Behringer, who works as a professor specializing in the early modern age at Saarland University reports that "Between 1960 and 2000, about 40,000 people alleged of practicing witchcraft were murdered in Tanzania alone. While there are no laws against witchcraft as such in Tanzanian law, village tribunals often decide that certain individuals should be killed,"
How is this for a scary story to tell your friends on Saturday night? Well, this is the world we live in.
I remember how few years ago I was headhunted to work on a project in Tanzania that didn’t go as planned. But can you imagine lovely Elora in the middle of Tanzania, making bonfires and dancing to the full moon? That could have been fun… and risky.
At the same time, we have a completely different reality in the west, where witches and witchcraft are becoming mainstream. So mainstream that witches have been using the hashtags #BindTrump and #MagicResistance to join their forces to create a "Blue Wave" spell on October 31 and on November 2 to stop Trumps reelection. Facebook group Bind Trump (Official) has over 6,200 members alone when I last checked.
Even the figure of the Magus or Magician has gained a great momentum in the last 2 years. Even do is not as popular and more highly specialised in most cases. But we can all agree that this “renaissance of the occult” is infiltrating all levels of consciousness and awareness. When most of the time access to this type of power was concealed to the elites behind closed doors or made a mockery in the media. But here we are in 2020 embracing all that we are and all that there is within. Where past, present and future merge to honour our truth. For the good of all concerned before us, beside us and in front of us with no strings attached.
Because here is the deal my lovelies: what’s the point to turn on a light to hide it behind a door?.
In 2006 at the time that the Witchcraft Act of 1735 was revoked here in Ireland, I was in full swing exploring the non ordinary and in that same year I started Letsmoveon. I was doing workshops, having mind blowing experiences and facilitating my first workshop about introduction to Life Coaching in Dublin. But there was something that everywhere I went and with every teacher I had was a common denominator: you can’t tell people what you really do.
After that, it was like snowball effect of labels and words so people could fit me in “comfortably” in their realities. So that I could be accepted, understood, taken seriously and attractive enough commercially. Not very successfully.
Witches have not only been prosecuted but have also being demonised. Even it its own definition:
So if you look for the antonym of the word witches this is some of the stuff you get: angels, babes, beauty, cupcakes, dolls, foxes, honey, hotties, stunners, sweethearts, sweeties, nice, ladies… What happened with the magical powers? So we need to go to the Oxford Dictionary to find the term White Witch: a person who practises magic for altruistic purposes. Which sounds to me like the Robin Hood of the magic world… a thief, a criminal but feeds the poor. So it is ok. We can tolerate it but still a thief that can be prosecuted and put in jail.
In other words, what is the term for a woman connected to the Universe who develops magic and skills out of the ordinary?. No more or less. Just that and without judgment. Well... no, there is not such a term. Obviously because it seems that if a woman has access to any kind of power it makes her evil.
So for many reasons and sometimes not of my own making, it was easier to be a "coach" than having to explain my true nature.
So in this Full Moon we are claiming our voice as an expression of our true nature honouring our ancestors for their sacrifices and their suffering. We take back the power and make every bonfire lit in this planet a symbol of our strength. Make each flame lit in this full moon a sign of empowerment for each woman that came before us, each woman that will come after us and each sister that walk with us in this Present.
Because if magic is not real, if we witches (of all types) don’t exist... what the fuck is all the fuss about? But someone, somewhere forgot that you can’t burn what’s made of fire.
So this full moon ceremony is an offering of fire. Due to logistics and restrictions we will need to be creative with this process. And sensible please!.
I have a pretty big bonfire ready to go for the circle but for your own ceremonies here are my suggestions:
- I would like to invite you, remember and honoured women in your family or women in general that inspire you at some emotional level by creating a little altar. No labels. No restrictions.
- We will then write their names or a description of who they are, on individual pieces of paper and light a candle for each one of them.
- We will also have items in the altar that represent them. Or dedicate the day to cook a recipe from your grandma, or use a perfume, buy some flowers, etc… anything that can link you and connect you with their energy.
- We will thank them for their support and all what they mean to us and the evolution of this planet.
- Once this is done, we will then burn each paper with intent and respect, reflecting on each of the journeys that these women represent.
- The process can be quite intense and emotional so make sure you have some space to do this where your vulnerability will be respected and supported.
- This ceremony is for the good of all concerned and with no strings attached.
If you have access to an open fire you can do this process and also let go of the self love jars for final transmutation. If you do this by emptying the content and recycling the glass jar, is something I leave up to you. You can also opt to dig a hole somewhere in nature and do it when you have the opportunity to get there. Otherwise, use water to let go of the contents and again recycle the jar.
In the other hand. The three pieces of paper we got from our New Moon can also be set on fire on Saturday. Only if it is safe for you to do so.
For this full moon our aim is to heal the world by liberating ourselves and the ones before us from the victimisation of women at the hands of ignorance, jealousy, cowardice, hunger for power and commoners. And honour their memories for the warriors that they were, and we carry with each one of us in this life time.
Remember make it your own. Add, adapt and follow your rhythm. For the good of all concerned and with no strings attached.
And with this last remark we finish our ceremony offering our gratitude to the Universe and the circle.
Be awesome, embrace all that you are and thanks for taking part in this Ceremony.
Love you all,
Suggestion: This article about how to create a sacred espace might be handy ;)
PS: I’ll be putting your names down in my list to connect us all and use the channel to increase the energy of transmutation. This is not a shopping list: I need a new car, or my boyfriend is an asshole make him nice, or my boss is a bitch just turn her into a teddy bear… no my dears… that’s not how it works! Hahahaha but seriously we are not here to do dark magick, we don’t ask for others only for us and within us. But just in case, I bound the circle for the good of all concerned and with no strings attached.
If any of you don’t want their name to be added to my list, just shout! Text me, call me, let me know please. Your individuality and empowerment will always be honoured and respected. Always :)