Introducing Baby Moon: Aeryn Morrighan Iah born October 1st

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Mabon and the Autumn Equinox

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Enjoy this time of balance and abundance on this the Second Harvest- Mabon. The Autumn Equinox brings with it the lengthening nights and a time of inner reflection and stillness. Below is a poem I wrote to capture the essence of the season. As you celebrate today, remember to give thanks, show appreciation, and open yourself to the changing of the Wheel of the Year.

As the Light Recedes

And now the time has come
to find ourselves
at the balancing of the light.

Perched upon the edge
of a silvery blade.
Sun and moon made equal.

With Great Sickle in hand
The Wise Crone reaps
the ready harvest.
A time of darkening has come.

He is changed.
From Greenwood, to Corn,
to now the Dread Lord
of Shadows.

She is changed.
From a Maiden in youth, to full
and heavy with child.
Now she must depart.
Return to the deep earthen wells.

We take with us
their power and life.
The bountiful harvest
they have given
sustaining us.

But they must,
as so many do,
make their journey.

Falling golden
and rust to the earth.
To be swept
along until they reach the end.

There to transform
and start again.
Let us see
in them the story.

Our Horned God
and Mother Goddess,
traveling from woods
so green and alive
to the dark cauldron
of the Underworld.

Great time of balance,
mystery, and lore.
Give us space of remembrance.
Thinking on their sacrifice,
their Death.

Through this cycle,
ever onward,
let our hearts
and spirit be strong.

Gifted sustenance
and fertility
which will carry us through.

Through the Dark of Times.
Through the Waning Sun.
Through the Place of Night.

To come through again
And rise as the Sun.

New but the same.
Changed but forever sure.
Reborn.
Renewed.
Rediscovered.

 

For more on this wonderful holiday, see my previous posts on the Autumn Equinox and Mabon.

Not sure I have enough projects to keep me entertained. 😉 #comeoutbaby #coloring #bookofshadows #reading #canlaborstartalready

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Tis the Season! #ilovehalloween #halloween #samhain #somuchbetterthanxmas #skulls #bats #creepycrawlers

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Alright baby, I’m ready for you. #pregnantandproud #pregnancy #39weekspregnant #readytopop #anydaynow

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Maiden to Mother Ceremony

On August 21st, 2017 at the Sekhmet Goddess Temple I was gifted with the most beautiful Maiden to Mother Ceremony. My Priestess friends, Peace, November, and Laurelinn did an amazing job with facilitating and photography.

The experience was incredible and I’ll try my best to recount the fantastic magick that took place.

The ritual was held on the incredible day of the New Moon and Solar Eclipse. There were several women who attended as regular guests of the Temple, and of course my amazing husband, Ryan. We called in the Elements, Sekhmet, and ourselves as usual. With the lovely twist that the name I used that night was Mama and Ryan’s was Papa Bear.

The space felt filled to the brim with love, from strangers and loved ones alike. I was given a flower in the beginning of the ceremony to carry as symbol of the Maiden. It was a beautiful pink rose from one of the bushes which grows on the property. Ryan and I took our place near the Priestesses and when we sat, listened to a special Charge of the Goddess.

As we continued, I was asked if I freely gave up the symbol of the Maiden to accept my new role as Mother. I did and as the flower was taken, it was replaced with a beautiful apple and red scarf as symbols of the Mother. I was also gifted with a beautiful gold necklace of Sekhmet to protect me and Baby Moon. I’m currently wearing it and will do so every day until Baby Moon is here in the world.

We were then guided through a beautiful meditation where I was to ask for a message from the baby and feel my little Moon grow strong. The other women there could use the meditation to here their own message from their inner child and it made the entire temple swirl with loving, positive energy.

Baby Moon kicked and rolled throughout the experience and reminded me to stay in my own space of calm and not let anyone pull me out of it.

We also enjoyed going around the circle with messages for me and Ryan. Normally, we have discussion during ritual about our lives, a meditation, whatever we feel needs to be said, and it felt wonderful to hear so many women give me inspiring and human advice and words of encouragement.

I was so moved by everyone’s love, even though they had no idea who I was. I felt strong and ready and prepared to be exactly the mother this baby chose.

That statement was one of the most powerful from the evening.

This baby chose me to be its mother, and I couldn’t be more proud or happy.

We closed out our circle and, as is traditional, I cackled as loud and wonderfully as I could. The evening was truly…

Magickal.

The Sky’s Celebration 

As I wake in the morning,

On this most auspicious day, 

The sky is bursting with raw energy and potential.

Gray clouds plump with rain,

Electric streaks of white crack

Them open and roar power at the peak.

A darkened, New Moon crosses

In front of the face of the Sun.

Eclipsed by the New.

The World is changing. 

I am changing.

What was once a Maiden,

Now a Mother.

Bless us powerful Sky.

Let the full range of your wonder 

Spill over today 

On this day of worshipped transition.

Upcoming Maiden to Mother Ceremony

This Monday, at the Sekhmet Temple in Indian Springs, my lovely Priestess friend Candace will be performing a Maiden to Mother ceremony for me. I’m so very excited.

One of my favorite things about Wicca and Paganism is that these religions and beliefs celebrate so many more important parts of a person’s life. There are ceremonies to celebrate birth, naming, marriage, coming of age, spiritual milestones, passings, beginnings, endings, every part of life has a way to show your appreciation for the event or lesson learned.

So, this upcoming Maiden to Mother ceremony is a very welcome one. Though many choose to progress through life without becoming parents, which is totally fine, I am excited to mark this momentous occasion with a special ritual to recognize this big change.

I’ll never be “the Maiden” again. I’ll never not be someone’s Mother.

It’s certainly an ending of a big part of my life. A part I thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated vastly. The flourishing growth and experiences of Youth are nothing short of amazing and I hope others can experience the wonder and innocence and daring and stupidity of this time.

But as one door closes…

Yes, as cliche as that phrase may be, it’s true. I’m ending my time as the Maiden and stepping forward into my time of Mother. While this chapter of my life’s story is only just beginning and the character development of this protagonist is certainly expanding, I believe the future holds great things.

I am fully ready to embrace this new identity, this new life, both mine and the one growing inside me. Through all the rough and tough parts of being pregnant is a wonderful feeling of actually creating a human. I’m growing this little human inside me and it’s strange and amazing and fascinating and still a bit of a mystery as to exactly how it’s all happening.

I’ve even gone ahead and taken these maternity photos of myself and am embracing the bump, which seems much more like a giant front hump to me.

So, I’m very ready to meet this little person and I’m very ready to celebrate this transition into Motherhood. I am so thankful as well to have such an awesome group of women supporting me, including my wonderful fellow Priestesses at the Temple.

Before I’d gone out to the Temple for another ceremony, I’d thought about what I wanted to do to celebrate being a mom and I had decided I would probably have a private ritual at my home since I didn’t want to overwhelm an already overworked Candace. Well, lo and behold as I was enjoying eating before the ritual started she asked if I was going to do anything to celebrate and if I’d like to have a Maiden to Mother ceremony.

Well of course I would!

And so the Universe, and Candace, saw fit to make my desire to celebrate this big event in a big way come true. On the night of the Solar Eclipse and New Moon too!

Thank you Universe, thank you Candace, and thank you baby for making this moment a reality.

Stay tuned for updates and photos from the ceremony coming soon!

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A Prayer to the Lunar Eclipse

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I had forgotten about you.

But you were always there.

Still,

a speck of something that never

went away.

Maybe I forgot

about you

because I was too afraid

to face the darkness that still lingered

behind my closed door.

You don’t serve me though.

You don’t make my days full

or wondrous.

And so,

upon this time

where the Moon’s bright face

is shadowed,

I ask for the strength

to let you go.

To move through

to a new place,

a wilder, freer place.

Even as the black falls across

the White Orb as full as can be,

the constant

guiding light of our Mother’s Nighttime Face

is ever there.

Bright One, Shadowed One

who asks that I look deep,

bless upon me

the Truth,

the Magick,

the Power.

I am ready to face you,

to see you for what you are,

to let you pass through

me.

Sweet Moon,

I heed your message.

I face the closet door,

and I see the Shadow,

and I am One Light

too strong to be diminished.

Blessed Be.