Before the moon is made new on Saturday, September 28tn at 2:26pm ET in the USA, it returns to the place on the astrological Wheel where it began its moonthly journey. The energy gathered through the moonth now flows away into moonless nights. What will you send with this energy to be transformed in the dark?
The moonth we are concluding began and now ends in Virgo which corresponds to the Tarot’s Hermit card. In the Dark Goddess Tarot, The Hermit is Baba Yaga, the Russian Witch of the Woods. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, creator of the Dark Goddess Tarot, description of her includes:
She is reclusive with no wish to be disturbed, content as she is with the company of spirits and her faithful, mysterious servants: the bodiless hands she calls soul friends, and her beloved horsemen, the white, the red, and the black, whom she calls Bright Dawn, Red Sun, and Dark Midnight. Her powers are earthly and old and as encompassing time.
Despite little desire for human company, Baba Yaga will aid those with pure intentions who make the uncertain journey to find her deep in the woods. She gives them a near impossible task to complete. The reward for success is life and a possible – but not guaranteed – gift of magic. Those whose intentions are corrupt are baked in Baba Yaga’s oven and eaten.
To seek out Baba Yaga with her impossible tasks and a face with fierce iron teeth is a challenge that shapes us. Success in meeting the challenge is not the end of the work, but the beginning. Baba Yaga’s words of wisdom told to us by Ellen are: Keep going, knowing the journey does not end.
My new moon musings included inspiration from Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager, who began school striking to bring attention to the climate crisis. On Friday, September 20th, four million young people and adult allies around the world were strikers in the streets of 163 countries. Greta concluded her speech at the New York rally by letting everyone know – her fellow strikers and the people in power – that this strike was not a culmination, but just the beginning. Her journey continued into Monday where she addressed the UN Climate Conference in a passionate speech. Her expression was fierce and not pretty. Despite her young age, I saw Greta as a Hermit teacher and for her UN speech you might say she words echoed with Baba Yaga’s strange magic.
What magic do you want to bring into the continued journey of your life? What are you willing to have transformed in the dark to make that possible?
Starting with the 48 hours before the new moon’s arrival at 2:26pm ET on the 28th, the dark moon comes to support our transformation. You are invited to engage in reflection and ritual to celebrate acheivements of the moonth passing and release what you do not want to carry into the next lunation.
Look back on the happenings of the moonth that began on August 30th. If you journal, you’ll have a handy record for your personal memories, but even just looking back at your appointment calendar or photos taken can jog your mind about what’s been going on in the past few weeks and the feelings, thoughts, and ideas that arose connected to the happenings of the moonth.
As you reflect, tune into the thoughts and feelings that seem most important or arose most regularly. Identify the most important thoughts and feelings.
Sort your findings into categories inspired by Baba Yaga:
- Thoughts and feelings that come out of pure intentions, those that are reflections of your Soul Self. Some will be beautiful and inspired, but the odd and strange are welcome here as long as they are true to your soul. These thoughts and feelings are to be celebrated. Pledge to them a gift of your energy for their continued development.
- Thoughts and feelings that are corrupt. These are the voices you hear in your head that do not belong to you at all, but are from a corrupted part of the larger world in which we live. They might be thoughts that limit you, that belittle you, that spring from oppressions you’ve internalized because of an identity you hold. These are to be released into the dark to be destroyed and their energy reorganized into something better.
- There is a possibility that you will also have thoughts and ideas that don’t feel like they are from within you nor are they a corrupt outside influence. These thoughts and ideas are loving. Perhaps they seem kinder to you than you usually are to yourself. These thoughts and ideas cheer you on when you are operating from your Soul Self even when it is strange. These may be the voices of your soul friends. Like Baba Yaga’s hands and horsemen, these are invisible presences who support you as the journey goes on an on. Perhaps you think of them as your spirit guides or they may be your ancestors or beloved dead (we are entering the season of tending to the dead so the season is supportive of more of these messages). These thoughts and ideas are to be treasured as gifts from the Beyond.
Dark Moon Release Ritual
You are invited to bring a piece of actual and delicious chewy food into this ritual. Alternately, you can also imagine eating this food during the ritual.
Create sacred space by lighting a candle, imagining that you are ringed with a circle of protection, and/or your usual actions.
You can invite Baba Yaga and/or the face of Greater Than that you have been serving this moonth to with you and aid you in this dark moon release. Spend as much time as you need connecting with Them.
Place your real or imagined food before you. Breathe over this food. As you exhale, imagine that you are exhaling what you want to release out of your body and into the food. Imagine it leaving your body and going into the food.
When you feel you have released all you need to release into the food, pick it up and take a bite. Chew the bite and imagine the corrupt thoughts and ideas being torn apart by your teeth until they are no longer recognizable, until they no longer have power over you. Swallow and know that the transformed food will give you energy to live your Soul Self in the moonth to come.
Eat until the food is gone. Eat until your releasing is done.
After you have completed your releasing, tune into your body, feeling it lighter. Re-center yourself by connecting with earth below you and the sky above you. Feel their energy mix in your heart. Be open to a blessing coming to you from Baba Yaga and/or your face of the Greater Than.
When the new moon arrives, you may want to make wishes for your love will be beautiful in the moonth to come. Be sure to write them down to revisit at the end of the moonth.