New Moon Ceremony: 16th October 2020
How is life? Any fun times dealing with communications and technology lately? We have entered the last Mercury Retrograde of the year yesterday -13th October 2020- but you might have been feeling some effects way before that and also way over the 4th of November when we should be free again of it's interesting influence. So, if that's the case, just take a deep breath, relax, have a laugh at the situation (please do!) and let's focus in the opportunities that Mercury creates for us.
The term retrograde comes from the Latin word "retrogradus", which literally means “backward step.”
As the name suggests, retrograde is when a planet appears to go backward in its orbit, as viewed from Earth but it is just an optical illusion. In reality it doesn't change direction... it just looks like it is.
As Mercury is the planet of communication and travelling or transport, during this perceived backward motion, the things the retrograding planet is associated with go a bit la la. That's why we have issues with relationships, misunderstandings, technology, contracts, arguments, etc... some of them are to challenge ourselves, to reveal some truths, to help us reflect on our reactions and some of them are just there so the Gods might have a laugh at our expense.
So it is Mercury Retrograde a shitty time of the year? Well, all depends how you look at it and the perspective from your view point. But the harsh side effects of this transit are generally things that are meant to happen for the better.
It's a way to force us to review, recheck, reevaluate and revisit. Given that Mercury retrograde is not a time to start something new, it makes sense that we should slow down and recalibrate our lives. So here are some benefits of this amazing time ahead of us:
- Mercury retrograde is a great time for catching up with old friends
- It can breathe new life into old forgotten projects
- Looking for closure? Mercury retrograde can help
- It’s the best time for downtime!
- Mercury retrograde is an ideal time for self-reflection
- It’s the best time to have a major clear out and declutter
- Mercury retrograde teaches us important life lessons
As this fantastic year we are living has already brought us so much introspection and give us ways (that we didn't even thought were possible!) to nurture our inner worlds, the next few weeks are going to be the perfect little topping for this beautiful life we get to experience.
Here is the "usual" pre ceremony you can use before doing your exercise. Light some candles, get a comfy blancket, 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.
So yes Mercury Retrograde is not for the faint-hearted. Be ready, for things from the past to come back. But do not rush into conclusions. Not all shiny things are made of gold my lovelies. So take your time, explore and give yourself the chance to make the best decision you can possibly make. It's time to align:
- What you want?
- What you need?
- What you have?
- What you accept?
- What for?
These 5 questions came to me on the last Full Moon out of doing some inner work and working with my runes. And it is a mind blowing exercise. So before you start asking yourself these questions... make a nice cuppa... light the fire... play some music... and get ready to amaze yourself. Because I would be very surprised if you don't find discrepancies in different areas of your life. And as much as this might sound scary. Facing these questions, help us bring our life to a new level of harmony and inner peace. So go for it!
And here is where our beautiful New Moon in Libra comes to play.
New moons are about new beginnings, yet our Mercury Retrograde is telling us not to start new things. What a contradiction, right?... maybe?...
This new beginning can be a new push and new way to solve an issue or a situation we already had. It is going to require extra work and we might need a bit of that downtime to recharge from the effort. But with the intention of finding harmony and balance in our lives (New Moon is in the sign of Libra) I invite you to take some Me Time to self reflect on those 5 big questions for 3 different aspects of your life. Then compared the answers against each other. Ideally, what we want, need, have and accept would be the same. Ideally... but we want to dig some dirt here guys... so don't go easy on yourselves, and challenge your beliefs.
You deserve all the stars in the Universe my dears, so don't settle for breadcrumbs.
Now... questions 3 and 4 are kind of the same question... but done from different perspectives. Let me use an example:
- What you want?
- A healthy, harmonious, exciting, sexual, intellectual and supportive romantic relationship.
- What you need?
- I need time for myself to make my life purpose reality.
- What you have?
- A relationship that is becoming an issue for my life purpose and self realization.
- What you accept?
- A relationship below my needs and wants.
- What for?
- To try to find balance between my spiritual and "human" world.
There is no issue with the want, need and what for. But what we have and accept is a contradiction and doesn't serve us. And in some cases can be the result of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Where we believe that certain realities are out of our reach. There is no better time, that this time, right here... right now, to confront them. Yet it is time to reflect and bring these issues to surface. But try not to rush into quick decisions or actions. We will spend the next few days or weeks letting settle the dust so we can see more clear which way to go. And questioning our perspectives and answers to the questions. To see if they are written from our ego... or from our true self.
So, I told you this month was going to be fun, right? Well, fun it is for sure, lol
- Time to get 3 pieces of paper. One for each topic or area in your life.
- Top of the page we will write the topic. Bottom "For the good of all concerned and with no strings attached" (this can be the back page if you need more room to write).
- And one by one, go through each question in sequence (do not jump). And we will keep these papers close to us, to reflect upon and elaborate, change, edit, erase... or whatever you need to do until the next full moon. For those who have done the Self Love jar in our last ceremony, keep it near and let it inspire your work.
- Go over and over and over again each topic. Asking yourselves the same questions for the same topic in the same sequence. And go faster answering every time. And be brutally honest. The truth will come true if you let it shine.
Your life is your greatest masterpiece so make it awesome!
Note: This time, to connect each other in support and to magnify the intention and energy I'll be creating a separate offering for the group.
So let's 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 :)