Before the moon is made new on Tuesday, November 26th (exact at 10:05am), 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 Scorpio which corresponds to the Tarot’s Death card. In the Dark Goddess Tarot, Death is La Santa Muerte, the Mexican Goddess of Death. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, creator of the Dark Goddess Tarot, description of her includes:
Once the Mictecachuatl, the Aztec Lady of the Land of the Dead and Protector of Souls, under European influence she appears now as a grim reaper with scythe and robe. She wears a necklace of gold coins and holds a globe of the world to represent her worldly power. She reigns over the destinies of life as well as the moments of death for she holds all life’s ends in her hands. Her people most commonly petition La Santa Muerte for a good destiny, a peaceful death.
Guided by La Santa Muerte in this dark moon time of the 24th and 25th, we are invited to surrender to a double ending. We end the moonth that began on October27th/28th with our exploration of practices could aid us in bringing gifts out of the inevitable appearance of Death in our lives. We also begin our descent into the ending of the solar year; this is the last dark moon before the Solstice arrives on December 21st initiating the turning of the year.
Along with releasing what we do not want to carry from the past 28 days, this dark moon time invites us to begin reflection on the whole year passing and releasing of what has come to an end in our lives.
November 25th also begins Soul Path Sanctuary’s annual Descent and Return of the Light, a retreat-in-everyday life and ritual. Starting on a dark moon day stamps the season with a particularly potent energy. I’ve already been musing here on the blog about the potential of the season:
Death’s appearance is a call to transform that which can no longer exist in its current state. Even when we desire such a change – and certainly when we haven’t asked for it – bringing forth the new is a birthing process filled with messy struggle and an effort that tears us apart. And much of true transformation is beyond our control, requiring us to surrender to that which is Greater Than ourselves.
I invite you to join us for this time of surrender, release, and renewal. I’ll offer a brief post each Monday on a weekly theme with suggestions for ritual. You are invited to follow along. I also offer an e-retreat with added support of daily emails, weekly tele-audio calls, and an overview booklet if you’d like more support for tending the power of the season.
Reflection and Release for the Month
Starting with the 48 hours before the new moon’s arrival on Tuesday at 10:05am ET, 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.
- Ponder the happenings of the moonth that began on October 27th/28th. 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.
- Let yourself appreciate what you remember as successes or gifts. Let your gratitude for them fill your heart.
- Also open your heart to the memories and feelings of where you feel short of dreams or goals, experienced difficulty, or lost a connection to something once important. As you shift through these memories and feelings, let yourself become aware of what you are ready to release so you don’t carry it into the next moonth.
- 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 La Santa Muerte 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.
- When you are ready ask La Santa Muerte or your Guide to receive the first thing you want to release. Imagine them taking this and perhaps even shifting it into new form. Do this for each of your releases.
- 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. Offer gratitude. Be open to a blessing coming to you from La Santa Muerte and/or your face of the Greater Than.
When the new moon arrives, you may want to make wishes for your light heart will guide you in the moonth to come. Be sure to write them down to revisit at the end of the moonth.
Reflection and Ritual for the Whole Year
Rather than a reflection or ritual we complete, a dark moon pause can begin a season-long process with a simple signaling of our willingness to surrender: what we no longer need to carry from this year into the next year; to the Greater Than Ourselves: and/or to the gifts of season of descent of the light.
To do this signaling you might integrate your setting of a surrender intention into the ritual above. Or simply lighting a candle. You might bring a Death card out to place near the candle and gaze on the image in the candle light. You might say a prayer something like: “La Santa Muerte, full of power, I trust you to take from me all that is at its end in my life.” Then just sit in trust and devotion with the connection flowing between you. Know that as you travel to the Solstice, you will be supported to make all necessary endings to make way for new beginnings.