The Moon is full in mysterious Scorpio, opposite the Sun in earthy Taurus. What will happen? What sort of magic emerges when transformation meets sensuality and pleasure? Maybe you’ll taste new vitality in something ordinary and routine. Perhaps you’ll discover new comfort with a strange situation. It’s a propitious moment to seek transformation. Consider the basics: Taurus is fertile. Scorpio regenerates. That means–for Moon priests and priestesses everywhere–this is an auspicious Moon to perform a fertility ritual. In fact, it may be the year’s best Moon for this.
Trees are often major players in ancient fertility rituals. Whether your ceremony was complex–full of incantations and libations–or simple–just putting a blanket on the grass–the heart of the ritual was always the same: You make love, under the tree, in the dappled moonlight. The tree creates the sacred space. It offers a sheltered bower so you can bring your body to ecstasy under the Moon. Whether you do this alone or with a partner, it’s a wonderful way to enliven your earth experience. Moonlit ecstasy is the kind of thing you should enjoy at least once a year. The less scripted your ceremony, the more interesting it can become. Spontaneity is a delightful expression of fertility.
From a practical standpoint, what this means is that the clever work is done in your preparation. Set yourself up for a safe and positive experience. Choose a time and location that will work, when you can relax and unwind into greater receptivity. Decide whether you want to be partnered or solo. If you feel safer indoors, choose a time when moonlight will illuminate the space. You’ll need to know which windows face east and west. The Moon will be in the east after sunset. She’s high in the sky at midnight. After midnight, she is in the west. Sex just before sunrise in a western facing room can be delicious.
Enchanting the space
If you have a tree, this can help to create sacred space. But there are plenty other options, limited only by your creativity. Create an altar; arranging special ritual objects. Burn sage or mist the area. Light a candle. Spiritual props help to invoke the protection of illuminated souls and ancestor spirits, though, in truth, props are largely used to alter human consciousness. Beautiful scents, sights, and sounds cast a spell over our everyday mind, drawing it away from the usual worries and distractions. Design your ritual to include objects and experiences that can cast a spell on you.
Breath is always the simplest and most powerful mind-shifter. When you tune into the natural rise and fall of your breath, your center begins to steady, your intuition is more acute and refined.
Raising the Energy
Let your ordinary thoughts dissolve. Just be with the atmosphere. Soak it in. Ideally you are sitting or lying in a patch of moonlight, though it’s not necessary. The Moon’s influence is everywhere. Notice how the environment is responding. What’s the mood? Welcome all of it. Even the jarring sounds, if there are any. Keep returning to your peace in the ocean of sensuality that is building in the moonlight. Pour a scented oil into your hands and begin massaging. Where will this take you tonight?
The Heart of the Ritual
Your body may want to do all the talking. But if your imagination wants a fantasy, you can tune into the charged dance between Sun and Moon, engaged now, as two opposing forces. Each is a vortex of energy, equal to the other. They see life so differently–yet they’re drawn to each other. Eros — the loving, life-giving energy that is the matrix of all creation — charges the atmosphere with intensity. Everything becomes infused with the erotic force generated by the attraction of these two celestial bodies.
Within your own field, see if you can sense these two sky lovers drawing passionately together as one. Let your desire build. Feel into the moonlight’s passion, promise, and possibilities. Let this grand universal love consummate. Let this be a moment of delight and perhaps surprise. Maybe there will be heat, a burst of light – a blossoming – the birth of a beautiful star.
Breathe. Receive. Soak in the bliss for as long as you like. In the ancient rituals, lovers would lie under their moonlit tree all night long. Sunrise rang the bell indicating the ritual was done. But if that’s not convenient for you this year, you can seal your ritual with an energetic anointing. Open your hands to the sky. Receive the celestial energy that is pouring into them. When your hands feel full, or like they’re vibrating, turn your palms towards yourself. Gracefully lower them through your energetic field, in the air across from your face, chest, hips, legs, and feet. Hold your feet with your hands until you can feel the energy grounding–going from your feet, into the earth.
Rise. Move slowly. Sensuously. As though you were filled with an ecstasy of new possibilities — because, of course, you are.
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