It’s the midpoint of our year–the perfect time to make yourself whole again. But should you perform a ritual during an eclipse? Astrologers, magicians, and pagans disagree on this point. For many, the energy is just too unstable, hindering, even harming, your results. Others swear this is the best time for magical workings, as you’ll be blessed with important celestial downloads. What to do? I say, let your need decide!
If you’ve been feeling lost or off-center, following is the perfect ritual to re-center and stabilize yourself when the Moon is in earth-sign Capricorn opposite the Sun is in water sign Cancer. Their gift to us lies in the interplay of the elements: earth mixed with water makes clay. As told in ancient creation myths, the stirring together of these elements brought the earth and all its creatures into being.
In the same way, by mixing these two elements together in a sacred way, you can can work magic in your life. You can create something new and beautiful. Just as, down through the centuries, the skilled potters, builders, and sculptors worked with the soft dough of clay to produce beautiful bowls and urns, adobe homes, and great works of sculpture.
Before beginning your Full Moon ritual, prepare a small container of water, a small container of earth, and an empty bowl. Bring them to a quiet place where you can protect yourself from distractions or interruptions. Ideal would be a spot outdoors in nature, a secluded garden beneath a tree, a tranquil patio, somewhere that allows you a good view of the eastern horizon, where the Moon will rise just after sundown. You may wish to light candles and incense, or recite a prayer or sacred phrase from your particular tradition to calm your spirit. Watching the breath – inhaling in, exhaling out – further deepens the energy.
RAISING THE ENERGY
The Full Moon is a time of heightened sensitivity for all above-ground beings. Gradually open yourself to the vibrations around you. Pay particular attention to the natural environment. (Even if you’re inside, you can still call to mind the trees, streams, breezes, plants and flowers of the elemental kingdom.) Breathing calmly, with awareness, watch for (or imagine) the Moon’s rise. As she lifts above the horizon, experience the sky lit with Moon beams, pouring down like blessings on Earth where you sit. Sense the moonlight entering you with each in-breath. With each out-breath, feel her silvery blue light coursing through your body. As you bask in the Moon’s presence, feel your body bathed, inside and outside, with the soft rays of healing moonlight. Experience everything around you lit up in a lovely incandescence.
THE HEART OF THE RITUAL
Now think of the work you have been given to accomplish in life: whether it is your work as a parent, a businessperson, a writer, a therapist, or a musician. Next, place some of the dirt in the moonlit palm of your left hand, while honoring the earth element of Capricorn. Think of hills, fields, and meadows; and their evolution through human culture as roads, abodes, and towns. Now sprinkle a few drops of water into your right hand, honoring the water element in Cancer. Think of the oceans, rivers, and streams; and their manifestation in human culture as the flow of emotion, the blessings of nurture and compassion. Mix the two together and hold your hands up to the moonlight. Ask that the creative spirit of this Sun/Moon cycle be breathed into your craft, bringing form and substance out of your
CLOSING THE RITUAL
Cupping your two palms together in a gesture of prayer, bow in thanks to the Moon. Bow again in expression of gratitude for your own participation. Finally, bow in blessing to your loved ones, and to the world around you. Pour the remaining dirt in the bowl. Holding your hands over the bowl, rinse your hands with the remaining water, also pouring it into the bowl.Bring this bowl to your altar or to a special place in your home or office, where its presence will have a calming effect, and remind you of the creative spirit at work within you. Sometime before the next New Moon, when it feels right to do so, return your sacred clay to the earth.
If the signs point to this as a potent eclipse for you, be sure to treat yourself to one of April’s famous eclipse reports, available here.
Likely more influential than the eclipse is your transits and progressions, available here as Steven Forrest’s fabulous Skylog reports.
You can round out your star picture for the year with Mary Shea’s solar return report. It’s best to order this one if your birthday falls within in the next or last three months.