Friday, March 6, 2015

Sisters of the Moon

Dear friends,

Last night was the full moon.

Something I really wanted to focus on this year was to really celebrate the cycles and patterns of nature and the universe around me, instead of just observing them quickly as they go past me, too caught up in my own life to make a big fuss.

I try to sit down at the beginning of the month and look ahead at what changes are to come.  The monthly moon cycles, the seasonal changes.  The spring equinox is soon, and though we are still buried under a foot of snow (as I hear is something a lot of people can relate to) I can feel spring in the air.  The days are lengthening and the clocks go forward this weekend.

It is something that affects everyone's lives, the weather, the changes in seasons.  The small talk we all participate in is mostly related to these cycles of nature.  They are such a huge part of our lives.

So whether religious, or secular, we are all taking part in the observing of the changing cycles of nature.

As the Earth is what I worship, I feel acknowledging and celebrating these cycles and changes are of crucial importance to my spirituality.

I believe in the green wood, the first snow drops of March and the constant yet ever-changing rhythm of the moon.

I believe in the trees, and the birds, and the soil beneath my feet.

I believe in the wind and the rivers and constellations in the night sky.

It is what we all take part in, every day, but what some choose to deem as being sacred.

If you haven't heard of Drawing Down the Moon, it is simply the practice of standing under the full moon and absorbing its energy.  Its light, its power, its radiance.  This can be as simple or as complicated as you like, there are no rules to me.  It is all about being a child of this earth and a child of spirit.  There are rituals, if you would like, or you can simply gaze at the moon and feel her power enveloping you and filling you with light.

I have been choosing to celebrate the moons, full and dark, and the changes in seasons; as well as the changes within me that they create.  I try not to complicate things.  Being a forest dweller, and one who chooses to live away from city lights, these are the things that are sacred to me.  My religion is nature, as simple as that.

While I love to study the crafts of others, it is truly something unique and personal to me that I practice. My relationship to the world around me, and the heartbeat of the earth.

Books are one of my life's passions, but they do not contain the secrets of the moon, or the trees, or the winds.  It is necessary to go outside and gaze up at that moon to feel its power, and its energy.  You may be surprised at what you find out there in the wild wood.

Many blessings,


Ladyfair said...

Awesome pictures! I'm not religious by any means but I feel a strong connection to nature. Strangely, every time spring comes around I find myself yearning for a spiritual experience; I'll meditate, do up my altar (which only exists for meditative reasons - and memorial, for a friend), and purposely immerse myself in nature for long hours. It's wonderful! I love to soak up the sun and I love to bask in the glow of the moon. Hence the reason I'm so excited for warmer temperatures, because there's no way you'd find me outside right now!!

Joanna DeVoe said...

100% Lovely!!! -xo

Donna Patrice said...

Beautiful post! I am Catholic and very connected to nature as well. I celebrate the Liturgical Seasons, which are the seasons of the Church, but they are also tied to the seasons of nature, which I love because I am so tied to the natural rhythms of nature, as were my children growing up. I adore the moon and it shone very brightly into my room last night on my bed and I lay there and bathed in it's beautiful white light, made even brighter by all the snow. Even with the snow, I can FEEL the "wheel" of the season moving into spring, and it makes me so grateful!

Laura Morrigan said...

This is so inspiring! And I agree, some things have to be felt!

Debi said...

The forest will suck all evil from you if you sit still, that is my passion, the quiet and the huge energy I feel around me.....but I must wait to be cured' so grumpy till then!
Fiona Ivy is keeping watch , whispering to our full moon, holding her crystal and
sharing how she feels with me, secretly!
Nicely spoken , Thk you for sharing xoDebi

Nicole said...

I love sitting under the full moon light. I went through a period where I thought I needed some grand ritual for this and realised I was missing out on the tranquil time I had enjoyed just being there under the light and meditating on it all. This is a beautiful post, thank you for sharing.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Light is made fuller and brighter, if we take the time to appreciate and celebrate the wonders that make living possible.

Love the words, the images, and the energy coming from your post.

Shell said...

Beautifully said!

Jen Ham said...

Goodness, Jen, this post reaches my heart and soul with so much warmth. Nature is my "religion". The garden is my everything you have written. Everything! xoxoxoxo Jen

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, Jen
I love your new blog format. The green nuances really 'draw' me to itself and it is tranquil and earthy. Does that make sense? And your green goddess dress is ethereal. And your portrait of Bette is marvelous! Yay! 'Hocus Pocus'!

Congrats for sticking with your college degree. It does make a difference when applying for jobs.

We hardly had a winter at all in California. It's been 70 plus degrees Farenheit for two months. I mean, yes, it's awesome weather but not much rain and we need way more snow to help the underground aquifers to replenish to supply water to agriculture and people.

blessings to you too!
Teresa in California