Oh mother oh moon in the dark of the night
I hear your howls, I see your tears shinning bright
Moon beams piercing me with a force no one can see
But I feel you in my being, I am you and you are me
Tonight I will howl back to you, let my voice send shivers abound
Tonight I will dance for you, Whirling about like a merry go round
Tonight I will gather from the unknown realms
The witches and wizards whom heal sacred grounds
In your full moon light you will see them shine bright
Releasing their magic, keepers of the night
My denuded being reflecting to you
the powerful paleness that makes you, you
My bumps and my bruises, my wounds deep with pride
Soak up that sweet nectar your moon beams provide
Opalescent moon dew, rejuvenate my soul
Sending me off down that ole rabbit hole
Come morning awakened by the dawns early sun
Your faintness still lingers, a lover on the run
Wanning and waxing until we are one.
This month’s full moon on March 12 is referred to in English cultures as the Lenten Moon or the last full moon of the winter season. Known to Native American cultures as the Big Winds Moon, Worm Moon or Crow Moon as it is during this time of year that the ground begins to soften, worms begin to reappear and the crow’s caw signals the end of the snow. You may also hear it as the sap moon or sugaring moon marking the start of maple tree tapping.
The naming of the moons originates from cultures who do or did not follow the Julian or Gregorian calendar system (most specifically Native Americans). They track time through the seasons and the lunar cycles.
Not only is the moon important in the tracking of time and seasons, but in Native American cultures the moon is a large part of the medicine wheel and the culture’s astrological beliefs. Per the medicine wheel there are three moons assigned to each direction and spirit keeper of the wheel.
Starting in the North, the first moon of spirit keeper Waboose lands on Winter solstice, marking the time of year for rest and renewal. The three moon cycles of the north allow time to contemplate the growth and change that occurred in the previous year and prepare for what is to come in the year ahead.
As we approach this month’s full moon in Virgo we are closing this time of restoration and preparing to enter the cycle of Wabun, spirit keeper of the East. Our spring moons mark a time of bringing fourth our inner wisdom as we sprout into our fullest potential by summer.
According to the medicine wheel, people born during this moon cycle are represented by the cougar animal totem. It is said that these people contain the inner power to be of great healers which also aligns with western astrology’s Virgo Archetype of a nurse or healer.
The celestial energy of this Virgo moon is said to bring awareness to what it is we need to let go of in order to blossom into the spring months. This moon may bring about frustrations towards our faults and flaws, but if looked at with the right perspective, can be seen as aspects of our selves that need to be healed, released or let go of in order to continue the cycle of growth.
The energy of Virgo is very grounded in nature and has a keen critical eye… tuning into these aspects while sorting through what needs to go, will allow you to stay centered and not get lost in the emotional side of bringing awareness to the frailty of unhealed wounds.
By tapping into the energy of this month’s moon, you may find it comes natural to spark up your inner warrior strength and use that power to heal those wounds before entering the spring cycle.
Although this energy is present from the start of the moon cycle (new moon) till the start of the next cycle, it is at its strongest during the full moon. Upon entering a new moon, it is a time to plant our seeds and cultivate our manifestations we want present during this cycle. Once we reach our halfway point, the full moon is a time of culmination. It is when her energy and power is at its peak. The full moon light in all her glory illuminates the things in our lives that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. She Illuminates the aspects of our lives that are no longer serving us and she brings to focus that which we need to let go of.
Representing a time of death or change, releasing our shadows during the full moon allows room for the seeds planted during the new moon to blossom.
Not only is this entire moon cycle supporting what needs to be healed and let go of, but the power of the full moon we will have this weekend, will illuminate that theme even more, allowing us to connect with our inner wisdom and strength that will open us up to the possibilities of spring time.
So this weekend if you are feeling the call of the moon I suggest a little moon ceremony or ritual to help you tap in to this powerful lunar energy.
In the past few months I have been considering and researching different Moon rituals and ceremony’s. There is so much information on the internet today it can be a bit overwhelming when researching such a topic. I found myself coming across many rituals that were all very similar but unique in their own way.
So how do you choose?
For starters, always remember there is no right or wrong way to communicate and call upon the moon. Her force is with us always controlling the tides of the ocean, and controlling the tides of our lunar cycles. She is a part of us and we are a part of her.
I feel it is important to foster your personal relationship with the moon. We are all different… We tune into energy in our own ways, we give and receive in our own ways, we communicate in our own ways so find what works for you.
The one universal aspect of all rituals I have found is creating your sacred place to perform the ritual, as well as writing down what it is that you need to let go of and burning it during your ceremony.
Aside from those two things do what works for you!
Create a sacred place that contains your power tools… Your favorite crystals, your favorite candles, your favorite essential oils and incense, music, tarot cards, singing bowls or bells, sacred herbs to be smoked or burned etc.
For me personally my sacred space is my altar and meditation zone. It is the space I spend my waking minutes, as well as the minutes leading to sleep each night…
Here is an overview of my personal full moon ritual…
- Preparing my space:because my altar is always set up, for me my preparation includes revisiting what I planted during the new moon and writing on a piece of paper what it is I am letting go of, pouring a glass of water (to put burned paper in), rolling a joint with marijuana and lavender, lighting my incense, applying essential oils, lighting my candles and smudging myself, my altar and my tarot cards with sage.
Some say that white candles and crystals as well as lavender and frankincense are best, as white represents lunar power and the scents are associated with the moon, but again I say use whatever speaks to you (to me that is what will be most powerful).
I then smoke the first half of my joint as I clear my head space and begin imagining the moons light shining down through the top of my head and spreading throughout my entire being.
- Prayer: I begin with three Oms as I feel it ignites my inner power and I then recite a prayer, chant or poem (as some may call it). The prayer I now use is one I wrote during January’s Wolf Moon which is written at the start of my post…
- Tarot:Shuffling my Angle Oracle cards, I call upon them to connect with the lunar energy surrounding me and focus on what it is I am letting go off. I ask my cards to guide me in moving on from those things. I then lay a past, present, future spread. I interpret the cards as follows:
- Past: energies that have been let go of or that need to be put in the past
- Present: where you are at in your spiritual journey, what energy you hold within yourself to guide you
- Future: the energy the full moon is guiding you with
- Release:After my reading I then read aloud the words I have written on my paper and with each thing to let go of I finish with “Be Gone”. I then burn the paper, placing it in the glass of water as it nears the end. If I am really feeling it, at this time I will let out some howls to the moon! 😊
- Closing:I then smudge myself and my altar again with sage as I feel it aids in the release of what was written on paper, ridding yourself of any lingering energy that may not have burned in the fire. I then smoke the second half of my joint while I express gratitude to my angles, my spirits and of course Mama de La Lune
Happy howling moon goddesses!!!