Thank you for bearing with me during this time of unknown with your Moon Goddess box. The unknown must remain a mystery. You must trust your intuition that everything that happens will be for a better good. Learn to live in the moment and know that sometimes clarity comes in retrospect.
The August New Moon in Leo tells us to focus on self-awareness, self-respect, and self-love. Your light wants to shine so let it.
Tomorrow marks the 3rd quarter moon. A signifier to look back, find gratitude, course correct and move forward into the final stage of the moons life cycle. So far, we’ve spent this waning moon contemplating, tying up loose ends and scratching the surface on some topics of letting go. Starting tomorrow, Pendulum in hand, its time to start actively pursuing the groundwork needed for you to tap into the power of the New Moon and make your statement.
A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon means all possibilities are on the table. I want you to capture that energy, feel that all possibilities are on the table!
In your box, you received a magickal oil, the Night Star. It contains essential oils of Tunisian amber, bay laurel and black pepper. Rub this oil in and around your pendulum and anoint your third eye to attune your body to its magickal powers. The Night Star was formulated for heartfelt reflections and release of emotional blockages. Aline yourself with the pendulum during your morning rituals, magickal workings or meditations during the waning moon phase.
Using your pendulum to align your chakras and energy intentions
When you are ready to embark on your healing work, pendulums are excellent at balancing the chakras. Place the pendulum over the chakra center. Wait for the pendulum to begin moving on its own to show you the size and direction this wheel of energy is moving. Start at the root chakra and one by one, make your way through each chakra simply gathering information at first. Notice the direction and size of each chakra as you move through them. An erratic swing of the pendulum will show you where something is off balance. If no movement is detected, there is a block in the energy field and it will need to be addressed. Once you’ve checked all the fields, go back and invite each one to come into harmony. Harmony is the natural frequency of the universe and needs to be restored gently. You are not making anything happen, you are simply asking the wisdom of the body to correct itself. When you have addressed all the kinks, go back and ensure the chakras are all moving in the same direction and are about the same size.
Waning Moon Sky Meditation
Go into this meditation trusting your intuition. What it is you truly want will come to you. Now is the time to be. To feel. To go through it. To allow things to happen. To learn. To let whatever is being worked out in us take its course. In hindsight, we will know. It will become clear.
While the moon sheds her light, find a comfortable seat outside, preferable with a view of the sky. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and let go. Rest naturally and ease into your body.
Allow all sense experiences to pass, like clouds in a vast, clear sky. Simply observe. Be still. Everything is right here. Let go and let be. Nothing to do; nothing to figure out, understand or achieve. Simply present. At home and at ease. Allow breathing to move in and out, on its own. Let body and mind settle naturally in its own place, its own time.
Now, slowly open your eyes and elevate them skyward. Gaze evenly into the infinite sky with quiet eyes. Space like mind has no beginning or end, no inside or outside, no actual form, color, size or shape. Let go and relax the mind, allowing it to dissolve into this infinite, empty spacious awareness.
Allow thoughts, feelings, and sensations to come and go freely, casting everything off into the vast sky-mind. Let go. Let be. At ease. As is. In the vast, empty perfect spaciousness of the sky. This is pristine awareness, the innate great perfection.
Using Your Mala
A Mala is a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions.
A mantra is a word or series of words chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities. Chanting is used as a spiritual tool in virtually every cultural and religious tradition. In the yogic tradition a mantra is a Sanskrit word that has special powers to transform consciousness, promote healing or fulfill desires.
The practice of chanting a mantra is used as a form of meditation. Sitting in a comfortable position, with the eyes closed, the mantra is repeated silently or aloud. The mind is focused on the mantra, the thoughts are let go of and the breath is slow and deep.
Hold your mala in your right hand (in India the left hand is considered impure) and use your thumb to “count” each mantra by touching the bead during the recitation and then lightly pulling the bead towards you on completion and moving to the next bead. The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala. The large meru (mountain) bead should not be counted or touched by the thumb and is used as a starting and ending point of the recitation. If you have a wrist mala of 27 beads you will need to repeat this 3 more times. Continue by pulling the beads and going backwards until you again end at the meru and continue until you have done 108 repetitions, or multiples of 108.
To empower the mala and the mantra used, japa (mantra meditation) should be practiced each day for 40 continuous days. When the mala becomes empowered it can be worn or lightly placed on oneself or others to transmit the energy of the mantra as well as the energetic qualities of the mala. When you use a new mantra with a mala, this energy becomes replaced, so it is recommended to use a new mala with each mantra if possible.
When not in use, store your mala in a special, clean and preferably sacred space. The best place to store a mala is on a personal alter or statue of a deity.
Choosing a Mantra
A mantra is either given to you by a teacher or chosen by yourself. When selecting a mantra, be clear on what your intention is, and use your intuition over your intellect. You may want to try out each mantra for a few repetitions to see how it feels to you and choose the one that feels like it fits best for you.
By the end of this waning moon phase I trust you will find the perfect sacred mantra to give your mala.