For now, a peaceful respite.
We woke to the news that New Zealand has experienced an earthquake of some magnitude. Fortunately, friends and family are safe. But it was a significant event as far as shakes go. It was just yesterday that I was chatting with the Bloke about Super Moons and a possible link to earthquakes. My thoughts and good wishes are with those in Aotearoa.
Such a week.
I’ve desperately needed quiet these past few days. I’ve had to stop and withdraw a while, in order to hear my own feelings more clearly.
Feelings that were placed on hold in the middle of it all. Despite my best efforts not to absorb, I still found my body feeling heavy and toxic from the maelstrom of the collective. It’s now taking longer for me to process my own responses, and I still don’t have all my words; only the echoes and reverberations of others, and their feelings fill my heart and bones.
We’re all connected, I repeat to myself. It’s crucial to remember that now. Not recoil from that fact.
But these past days, I focused on mundane, small things. I hung out with my peoples under the trees, I baked lemon and yoghurt drizzle cakes, watched Jamaica Inn, and read Juliet Marillier’s tales set in mythical Ireland. And I hugged my Moon-girl hard.
Today, I do feel a deep sense of peace. This is despite having been awake since 3am, (because a tendency towards Full Moon insomnia is my wont). Last night was more pronounced than usual.
And today I feel the fullness that I’ve been holding. I focus upon releasing, and it will be a great relief to do so. Giving it back to the earth, back to Her. She holds it all.
It’s such a gentle, Full Moon (Super Moon) in Taurus. Can you feel it? The trust and opening.
Taurus is the sacred Feminine, and the power of this Earth Moon is softening my hard edges. I feel held. I hope you do also, dear ones. For these have been harsh days, indeed. But this Moon is a respite. She brings us home to ourselves, and the softness that already resides there if we allow ourselves to feel that.
Here at Rapunzel’s we’re wrapped in rain and wind, and lushness. Flowers in full bloom bow their heads in homage to the cleansing rains. I’ve lit candles – black ones this time, because I wish to let go of both personal and collective heaviness; and I’m listening to Francesca Mountfort’s exquisite music.** Her ‘Cosmic Raven’ delivers me into another world. One where I’m more at home.
The gentle sensuality of this Moon finds me drawn to the Druid Plant Oracle for this month’s lunar reading. I seek the wisdom of the old healing herbs and ways. I seek the earth, reconnection, regeneration.
And, what can I say? This reading…
Juniper – cleansing, pioneering, magic: a cleansing herb,”before you can welcome something new, you need to say goodbye to something that needs release”. It’s also about intention, as well as paying thoughtful attention to the significance of new beginnings.
Release, release, release.
Lady’s Mantle – the Feminine, details, miracles: (re)connecting more deeply with the Goddess or Feminine Principle. Opening to the soft wildness, treasuring the small things. Lady’s Mantle also happens to be a herb of Taurus.
Today I’m going to smudge my home with lavender and sage, and at moon-rise I shall burn my Moon incense from Starchild, (gifted to me by a dear friend, and saved until now. Because this moon calls for such rare delicacies).
My home is filled with candlelight, roses, and music, and a contented dog sighs beside me, and I hug these simple, beautiful things to me with genuine gratitude. Tonight, although I may not spy my Lady Moon amidst all the cloud and rain, I shall make offerings to the earth of flowers, wine and food. Gifts for the wild fae creatures of the night.
I wish you and yours a peaceful Full Moon. And if you seek the moon in the soft, dark night, I hope when you look upon Her, that you may be held in Her light, and find gentle release.
*It took me years to not cringe from that term. Now I just accept it as a bald fact.
**New Zealand born, Melbourne based cellist. Her new album is truly sublime.