For many of us, this time of year signifies the last days of summer. Children are going back to school. It’s a return to studies and routine. A new season, a new page turned, a life change, a new pace.
As spiritual women, it is important to notice and celebrate this transition. Stopping to take stock of the summer’s activities and focusing on the new projects ahead is essential. It is our connection with Nature and her cycles. Celebrating Moon cycles also brings us greater awareness of our own natural cycles. And this awareness – well, it makes us feel more human, and less like a robot, right? I remember when I worked for the government, with the long commute and impossible projects. I remember the stress. I remember doing, doing, doing… and the changes of seasons, the celebration of life events – it all seemed to happen all of a sudden, without signs. Life felt like it happened “TO” me. Is this feeling familiar to you?
With the New Moon, receive this invitation to reconnect as a Human Being – not a Human “Doing”. Take time to breathe, to relax. We are all sisters under the same moon; a moon who has seen many cycles, many tears, and many celebrations. As you stand under the Moon, feel the embrace of the Divine Mother, and the support of all your Sisters.
This cycle the New Moon is in Virgo. The New Moon is a time of self-reflection, going deep within to find comfort and wisdom. It’s also a time for letting go (no coincidence many start their menses on the New Moon!). It’s a good time to plant new thought-seeds for what you wish to bring to fruition. As for Virgo, she deals with intelligence, logic, and earth-bound issues. In this moon, she asks, “What logical next step can you take to grow your dream, your project, your business?”
As I meditated on the Goddess Energy of this cycle, it is Artemis who came forth. She is an Ancient Greek Goddess, very likely more ancient than the Greek myths who tell her stories (and of course, those stories are told from the male perspective, she smirks, so don’t take every word written on her as truth).
Artemis is a very independent woman, who chooses her destiny. She helps women and children and supports their health and wellbeing. When we work with her, we can develop our inner strength and courage – especially when it comes to issues involving helping other women, the welfare of children, animals, and the environment. Perfect for all you healers, movers and shakers!
I am here tonight under the New Moon, where my sisters and mothers have stood for many cycles. I honour the cycles of Nature, and I honour my own cycles. Thank you, Artemis, for your presence here tonight. Thank you for walking with me, helping me choose a path that is in alignment with my truth. May I remember with kindness and Love my connection to all my sisters snd mothers. May I deepen into my extraordinary ability to persevere through challenges, doubt, and worry. May I live each moment with ease, grace, patience and compassion. May I remember that I am a sacred woman with deep wisdom. May I clearly understand the messages you have for me tonight, Artemis, that you might speak through all my senses, or through animal messengers. May I find appropriate actions to align my path to your infinite love and wisdom.
8. The Ritual. Sit comfortably. Ground yourself, and feel the energy of your prayer and intention.
9. Closing Prayer. Speak from your heart and express your gratitude. It could be something like this:
Artemis, thank you for being in sacred space with me tonight. Thank your for helping me remember my divine power to walk this path with confidence and grace. I am a willing and joyful partner & co-creator in this dance of life. Dear Self, I am so happy I chose to slow down, meditate and listen tonight, as the New Moon fills me with compassion and anticipation for the new projects and experiences ahead. I am learning to love myself deeper with every Moon Cycle. I am aligning further to my Inner Wisdom. I am opening more and more to Divine Guidance and the Way of the Goddess. And I am grateful that I never have to walk down this path alone, for you are always with me, as is the spirit of my sisters and the strength of Nature. And so it is. I now close this Sacred Space.
10. Closing your Sacred Space. Take 3 long, slow deep breaths. Bow in reverence. You might even want to hug yourself for the gift of choosing this magical time with the Goddess. You will likely feel a shift in energy or a change in temperature – that is the magic being released! Depending on where you have set up your altar, you may gather the items with grace and care. Let the candle burn itself out in a safe place if possible, or else snuff it out. If your altar is in a safe spot like a windowsill, you might want to keep it under the moon for the next 3 nights before putting it away. It’s also a great time to place crystals under the New Moon for charging them with New Moon and Artemis’ energy.
I am surrounding you with Love, and I am looking to connecting with you under the New Moon. Blessings of Joy and Abundance!
I’d love to know – did you enjoy this Ritual? What was your experience? Can you feel Artemis’ presence in your life?
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