~Dark Moon, Dark Time, New Moon, New Time~
The night of the Dark Moon where the sky is velvet black and rich with power. The Crone Goddess greats us as we enter the infinite darkness. Our psychic receptors open at this time of most dark night. Let the Crone, keeper of the mysteries, the underworld, and the stretching void, walk us to the edge of our being so that we might see.
The New Moon is a time of perching on the edge between Full Moons. The Absent Moon stands guard at the gate between worlds and beckons us to look inward to a place of fertile soil ripe for transformation.
Deep within this dark well stirred to life by Cerridwen is the inner self, the soul, and its mysteries. The Dark Moon excites our thirst for life, sensual nature, and our most galvanized magic.
The cool, quiet darkness of our internal selves is the breeding ground for magick at the time of the New Moon. The Raven guides us to the recesses of our minds which often don’t see the light of day. This is the great enigma of the Soul. We must bring our shadows to light to understand them, to give them adequate space to breathe and transmute. Make space for the unloved, unhealed, and unacknowledged parts of yourself. They silently wait for recognition. Not to harm but to finally heal. Answering the call of these shadow emotions forces us to find our tenacity and power. Express your mystic self, delve into the Shadow, pull out all the stops, and move forward.
At the Altar of the Dark New Moon, lay down your hurts. Life is a great tapestry sewn for you with gold thread by the Fates. Give them your material to create your work of art. Hack through the Woods of Hurt, gain your scars, and emerge a new person at the other side.
Personally, I’ve been through a lot in the past couple of days, most quite painful. It inspired me to look for a way to embrace and move past my pain. This is what I have pieced together using my books, some online resources, and my own knowledge.
~A New Moon Ritual to Purify Pain~
- A Release Statement- This is a written or thought statement/intention of what you want to let go of.
- A black candle.
- A black scarf.
- Dragon’s Blood or another rich, earthy incense like Frankincense.
- Walnut flower essence, Sweetgrass, or Gardenia essential oil. The black walnut tree is powerful for severing ties with the past in addition to things that hurt you, particularly unhealthy relationships. Walnut Flower Essence will work as well. Sweetgrass works to banish and clear negative energy, then replacing it with positive, restorative energy. Gardenia has a reputation for promoting peace, love, and healing. Gardenia can help with healing emotional issues.
The night before the New Moon, also known as Dark Moon, or the night of is the right time for this ritual. This includes a bath, and in fact if you can perform the whole ritual in your bathroom that will be amazing. If not, find an area where you will not be interrupted and then move into the bathroom.
Darken the ritual space, turn off all lights, and if you can cover up any source of light. Lighting the black candle, declare your intent. You can say something thing like:
“With reverence and respect, I step into the Kingdom of the Dark Moon. In perfect love and perfect trust. In fortitude and utter surrender. The Garden of Lost Soul
Fragments beckons me. I seek the bones abandoned by choice or force during the course of my life. I look to the pain of the recent past and let it go. I seek to understand that paths in life take people different places and I accept this. I honor these parts of myself. I sing unto them. I quicken them and they return to life. Rebirth, regeneration take me in your arms and enshrine me. So Mote It Be.”
Hold the candle and walk in a widdershins, or counterclockwise, circle to begin the banishing and releasing magick. You can start wherever you like, listen to your instincts, however the West is a power spot when working with the soul and metamorphosis. Summon your protective energies as you walk around your circle. Allow the energy of the Dark Moon settle around and inside you. This is the time to create a zone for self work. If you can, include your bathtub in the circle.
Sit down in the center of your circle. Breathe deep, in and out. Allow yourself to become entranced in the moment. Fall into the sacred space.
Light your incense. Let the snake of smoke waft around the circle. Let it fill the air with sacred protective energies. Go deeper into your center as you breathe in the incense. Repeat the your invocation.
Here the work begins. Allow yourself to crack open, gently. Travel down your personal path to your pain and heartache. Become aware of the dense weight your body has accumulated. Feel how the garbage you have taken on has pulled you down. And remember, stay aware of the intention you came to release. When you are filled to the brim with heavy, sticky feelings, start to let them fall off you naturally into the dark void.
Repeat your Statement of Release as they slip away. You can reread the intention or you can simply speak from the heart. Allow yourself to be vulnerable to the receptive energy of the Dark Moon. Give the Crone Goddess your pain and trauma. You are ready to release and purify, to move forward and heal.
Stay in this space as long as you need. Allow your body to do whatever it needs. Shake, cry, curl into a ball, scream or sit in silence. Any reaction guided by spirit is perfect. You will be guided through this release by the Dark Moon.
~The Oil Essence Bath~
Fill a bath with warm/hot water. If the bath is in another room, gather up the tools needed, and continue your circle into the bathroom. You can recast the circle as well.
If you don’t have a tub, fill a bowl big enough for both your feet to fit comfortably.
Pour a few drops of the essential oil choice into the water. Visualize or feel the water being infused with dark, uberous, fruitful powers of the Moon. Imagine the bath as a black inky sky. It is the great void of transmogrification. Here there is nothing to fear.
To sink further into the void, wrap the black scarf around your eyes. Being careful, wade into the bath. Embrace of the dark and relax. The alchemical waters of healing wash away pain and assist you to release that which does not serve you. In your cauldron you are in the home of rebirth, the womb of the Dark Moon of the Dark Mother.
Can you feel resistance? Do you still feel pain in your body and spirit? Is your heart still heavy? Have you wounds that continue to bleed?
Let it happen. Again, give space to these dark emotions and let them fill you completely. Wait and be patient for a natural sense of surrender. Release it all into water. Once again, speak your Statement of Release to the Goddess. Ask the Dark Moon to take it all away…to return it to the void where the energy can be recycled and reborn, as you are reborn. Speak out loud, speak from your heart, from your soul.
This isn’t a timed process, take as long as you need. When you’re ready, drain the water. Let the veil down from your eyes. Thank the Goddess for her counsel, for her presence, for her strength. Take time to dry and release anything which may have tried to cling to you. Then, release the circle now clockwise. Blow the candle out with your intention or allow it to burn down.
~A Healing Journey~
Major blocks to your energy and pain have been purified. You asked for guidance and protection from the Dark Moon Mother. This magick and influence will grow like a vine around and through your spirit. It will begin to move through your life in synchronistic ways. Honor this process, and yourself, by practicing compassion, grace, and introspection. Rest, eat a rejuvenating meal, and sleep as long as you like or can.
For the next few days, you may feel spacey. This is part of your soul knitting back together. Essentially, you just performed psychic surgery on yourself. And like with surgery, recuperation time will be needed. This is all a part of the journey and will vary from person to person, experience to experience. The first time you might just scratch the surface, later your might take huge chunks out of that wall. Meeting the Dark Moon each month and laying a new pain down to be healed will promote your healthy soul journey. Healing is an ongoing process. Come back to yourself. Allow yourself this time, this sacred space.