Before the moon is made new on March 24th at 5:28am ET, 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 Pieces which corresponds to the Tarot’s Moon card. In the Dark Goddess Tarot The Moon is Arianrhood, the Welsh Goddess of the Moon. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, creator of the Dark Goddess Tarot, description of Her includes:
Arianrhod – whose name means Silver Wheel – is a shapeshifter who often appears as an owl of the night, the owl who sees in the darkness, who sees at once ahead and behind, whose wings are soft and silent. She is the weaver upon her wheel, braiding and binding her magic into the manifestation of the world and the destiny of its creatures.
In the Celtic tradition, owls are associated with death, and could serve as guardians of the underworld and protectors of the dead. The newly dead encounter Arianrhod in her tower behind the dreamy glow of the northern lights, and here she serves as a guide to help them make their transition from life to death and then onward into their next incarnation.
During this moonth, we have been plunged into a national death experience as we withdraw from public life to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the medical system from being overwhelmed. For most of us our lives are radically different from a few weeks ago and the future uncertain. We can turn to Arianrhod and her night sight to guide us through this time of transition.
But right now in New England, owls are not harbingers of death but of life. Owls are one of the first species to mate and reproduce. In February, we hear the mating call of the Barred Owls at the wildlife sanctuary where I work. Now they are incubating their eggs. The next generation is gestating.
Death and life are woven together at this time in the occurrences of the natural world and in wisdom of Arianrhod. Acknowledgement and work with their interwoven nature can bring power to your dark moon release work this moonth. The 2 -3 days before new moon’s arrival is the optimal time for engaging in reflection and ritual to make this release.
Do you record your dreams? If so, you are invited to look back at the dreams of the moonth for images that capture your attention, patterns that appear, and perhaps to see if any dream images had an echo in your waking life.
If you don’t record or remember your dreams, you can pull 3 Tarot or oracles to show you the main themes of your dreams this moonth. (We dream each night, even if we don’t remember those dreams.)
Then working with your reflections or your cards, ponder questions such as:
- What are my dreams telling me about what is dead in my life (i.e. ready to be transformed)?
- What are my dreams telling me about what new is gestating in my life?
After you’ve done some pondering on your own, select by choice or chance cards to represents each thing you feel is ready to transform and each thing that might be coming new in your life.
Dark Moon Ritual
Before going to sleep on the dark moon night, shapeshift into the role of Arianrhod. You might do this by gazing on an image of her, inviting her through meditation, or by feeling the power of the dark and moonless night.
Then take up each of the cards from the reflection above that represent what is ready to be transformed in your life and spend some time in communion with the aspects of the image that most captivate your attention. Let them know that they are dead and now is the time to transition into something new. Imagining yourself as Arianrhod, give each aspect words of encouragement and advice for making the journey into death and then beyond into the next incarnation.
Then as you prepare to go to sleep ask that these elements be released and transformed in the dark of night. You might imagine them getting into some kind of conveyance – a boat or a chariot or a sports card – and moving away from you as you drift into sleep.
Trust that the night will do its work.
When the new moon arrives, you may want to take up the cards that represented the new in your life and let them inspire you to make new moon wishes. Be sure to write them down to revisit at the end of the moonth.
Programming Note: I will be leading a virtual session inspired by these ritual ideas on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm ET. I am not charging a fee, but if your income is not impact by coronavirus please make a donation to your local food bank/entity proving school lunches. If you want to get the info to participate send me an email (Carolyn @ this website).
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