New Moon Ceremony: 14th December 2020
Happy New moon guys!!
This is a last minute ceremony as I have been working all weekend. But here we are to embrace one of the most important astrological events of the year: a New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius.
As you know, tomorrow's ceremony will be the second one of a series of three ceremonies we will celebrate to say goodbye to 2020.
- Full Moon 30th November = Acceptance
- New Moon 14th December = Gratitude
- Full Moon 30th December = Creation
So this New Moon is about Gratitude. But this is not a new topic and to be fair we have done quite a bit of this work throughout the year. And if you, follow the standard pre-ceremony every so often, then you know what I'm talking about.
If I had to pick one single tool or practice that I have explored or learned over the years is to practice gratitude. Personally, I can't see how any personal or spiritual development can be developed without this simple but challenging practice. In the last few years different studies have shown how it can change the brain at a physiological level. Yes, gratitude can change your brain.
- How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain
- The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief
- The Neuroscience Behind Gratitude: How Does Cultivating Appreciation Affect Your Brain?
In these articles you get some insights on the chemistry process that happens when we express and receive gratitude.
But this process might look very simple but yet it's simplicity it's what makes it complicated. Gratitude should be built on "acceptance" and "non-judgement" and expressed with "non-attachment". And in that lovely cocktail of words is where the magic happens. There is a little story I have been sharing over the years that I think is truly fitting for today. I tend to tell the story "my way" but this is the original version. So take a few minutes to reflect on it. This is your pre-ceremony:
At this stage you probably guess that our exercise of gratitude involves a bit more than sharing some lovings and cuddles. The challenge is when we live situations where we need to become an expression of forgiveness. Because by accepting the experience with no judgement we can be grateful for what help us to become. Obviously, there are experiences and experiences... but like the little soul story our "soul contracts" are designed to achieve an outcome... but how we get there sometimes is proportional to the level we want to achieve in this life time.
I'm always quite mindful of bringing this side of gratitude up. And I would ask you that in any moment this is bringing some emotions or thoughts you don't feel ready to deal with, to please stop this process. And please reach out if need to talk. But I felt it was time to go a bit more down the rabbit hole. Specially because this year we are about to end has been portrayed as the evil of all evils. But is it?, what if we just get on with it and start the ceremony ;)
If you prefer to do something extra, here is the "usual" pre ceremony you can use before doing your exercise. Light some candles, get a comfy blanket, create a space and mood that feels safe and comfortable. It's Me Time guys!
You can use the Shamanic Drumming Journey (15 minutes) from Martin Duffy (Shamanism Ireland) for the "pre" ceremony phase of the evening. You can have a little meditation or reflection time. Just some quiet time for you. If you are working on certain things that you want to let go use them as offerings:
a) We are going to transmute anything that’s going on with us at the moment... frustrations, fears, worries, etc... or things that we are working on.
b) Get a nice piece of paper and a nice lovely pen and write down the things you need to balance about yourself (consequently in your life) or just let go. In a way, the things that you need to get rid of or moderate.
Eg. I give away/let go my need to control, I give away/let go my need to please others, etc..
Your paper "must" include at the end of the page:
“For the good of all concerned and with no strings attached”
This is a must :)
c) Then read your paper and if you need add/change anything you want and once you are ready, you will burn the paper.
You might need to adapt this slightly but in a nutshell I would suggest you to say from your heart:
"I love you, I forgive you, I release you and I let you go".
And in that same process we:
"I love myself, I forgive myself, I release myself and I let this situation/habit/person... go".
Other variation could be:
”I love you, I forgive you, I forgive myself, I release you and I let you go”
Remember that any process of change starts within guys! We work on ourselves, so our self-expression changes = the world around us.
This ceremony is quite simple but quite lovely and you are going to need a couple of things:
- 12 pieces of paper, A5 or A4 you can decide the size that feels right for you.
- Pen or colors
Each paper represents a month, so we need to write the month on top of each page. Then we will take few minutes to write or draw in each month things that we are grateful for that happened in that month. And I invite you to explore those "not nice" experiences we sometimes live and find ways to be grateful for them.
The best way to do that is by answering the question: What did I learn from that experience? and how is that enriching my life?. For this New Moon ceremony we will be like the little soul, ready to embrace growth and expansion by raising above the circumstances. This New Moon ceremony is a gratitude exercise for this wonderful year 2020.
We are going to keep our 12 papers, and we will finish this ceremony in the next Full Moon, so use only one side of the paper and be as artistic as you feel. So if you prefer to use symbology instead of writing, go ahead.
You can split this process in 3 days doing 4 months at the time starting tomorrow evening. And maybe invite partners, friends and family to do this with you. You'll be surprised about the impact that a little exercise like this can achieve.
And with the simplicity of this ceremony I say goodbye until tomorrow evening
Lets the magic begin!
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 :)