14
Jan

January – Intentions & Creating Sacred Space

   Posted by: earthkat   in full moon, song, Spinners, winter

Spinners Cycle Moon #1

  • Smudge with sage

Smudging is done to create sacred space, to cleanse ourselves of our mundane worries, and to get in touch with the sacred within ourselves.

    • Chant as we walk into Circle:

She changes everything She touches, and

Everything She touches, changes.

  • Cast Circle – Earthkat

Take a deep breath in… and let it all out. Take another deep breath in… and when you let it out… let all the cares of the day flow out from your body, down through your legs, down into the ground, and down into the earth where that energy can be used for a higher purpose.

Now reach down into your personal pool of energy. Imagine it glowing warm and bright. Reach down into that energy and pull it up through your feet. Feel it fill your legs and flow into your torso. Feel it fill your neck and head. When you are full of this warm bright energy, send some of it down your left arm to the person on your left, and pull in energy from the person on your right, until we are a shining band of energy growing strong and bright.

Now imagine that ring of energy growing to go beyond our bodies until it fills the room. Imagine it going beyond the walls, and beyond the building. Now, imagine the top forming a dome above our heads. And imagine a bowl forming beneath our feet, until we are encapsulated, in a shining sphere of energy to keep us safe here tonight. We are now between the worlds. Blessed Be.

  • Call Quarters and Center/God and Goddess

(done clockwise, lighting candles as each Quarter is called)

East: I greet the East, direction of Air;

Gentle breezes and strong winds,

Realm of the beauty of clouds and birds,

Bearer of the weather that touches us all.

The breath of Life I inhale and exhale.

Come, be here now. Blessed be.

South: I greet the South, direction of Fire;

Candle flame, bonfire, starlight and sunlight,

The energy that warms me and gives life to the world I inhabit,

The energy that pulses along my nerves.

Come, be here now. Blessed be.

West: I greet the West, direction of Water;

Rain, snow, rivers and lakes,

The great encircling ocean from which all Life first came,

The blood which flows through my veins

Still bearing the saltiness of that original home.

Come, be here now. Blessed be.

North: I greet the North, direction of Earth;

Metal and stone, hill and valley,

Mother who bears and nourishes all Life –

Root and leaf, fur and feather and scale and skin,

Muscle and bone and brain cell.

Come, be here now. Blessed be.

Center/God and Goddess:

By the Earth that is Her body,

By the Air that is Her breath

By the Fire of Her bright Spirit

And by the living Waters of her womb,

Goddess we know that you are always with us

Even if we are not always with you,

So it is only formally we say:

Come, be here now. Blessed be.

*(We only call Goddess because this is a Full Moon ritual. In all other rituals we would call both God and Goddess.)

  • Check In
    • Questions for all the women in the Circle:
      • Your name and magickal name if you have one
      • Who’s your mama? Your matriarchal lineage
      • What day of your cycle you’re on
      • Question for this Moon: What are your goals/resolutions for the New Year?
  • Intro

This is the time of a new year when recently- and often hastily-made resolutions start to fall by the wayside, whether because they were too ambitious, we didn’t put enough energy into them, or life just got in the way. Many people don’t make New Year’s Resolution for these reasons.

But we’re here to talk about intentions, which are different than resolutions. Part of its in the name – “intent”. It’s being on the precipice of change – of being ready for it. It also implies a process, a journey that starts from within and spreads out to transform you in ways you won’t expect. Intentions have an energy about them, and that spark, that readiness within you gives them the energy to move forward, so you can start the journey of transformation that begins with an intention.

  • Meditation – grounding and inspiration

Get comfortable, and close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly. If you have any concerns from the day, lay them aside now. Let them go. Listen to the sounds around you. When you feel certain that all is well, tune those sounds out of your conscious awareness. Let tenion seep away from your body. Let each deep, slow breath carry away all discomfort and fill you with well-being.

Imagine a forest in late spring. Imagine that you are becoming a tree in the midst of this forest. Your feet are sprouting roots that are delving down into the ground, root that are strong and thick as well as delicate and gentle. Your roots and slipping through the soil, embracing the ever larger stones that they find as they dig deeper. Your roots taste the soil. Feel the cool moistness, as your roots dig through into the water table running deep beneath the surface of the soil.Your roots intertwine with the roots of the other plants and trees that surround you. Your roots, and the roots of all the trees that you sense around you, are digging downwards towards the Earth’s core. The Earth’s core is a fiery sphere of molten rock and your roots reach towards it. Feel the warmth. Reach for the fiery sphere. Feel the pulse of energy rising through your roots, up through the soil, through the water table, past the rocks, and into your trunk. Feel that energy in your trunk, and within your trunk, see a small, bright spark at your spirit’s center. The spark of your soul, of your heart. See that spark, and go into it. Examine it. This is your potential, the spark of intention that will take you on your journey of transformation.

When you are ready, begin to come back to the room we’re in tonight. Feel your body. Wiggle your fingers and toes, stretch your arms and back. Take a deep breath and when you’re ready, open your eyes.

  • Intention worksheets
    • Questions for the New Year and Circle worksheet handouts

Use these questions and the worksheet to stimulate and write down your thoughts about setting intentions and the intention(s) that call out to you. You may have one or several, you may see a pattern or you can use free association.

  • Divination

There are “Divination Stations” set up around the room with all kinds of divining tools: “The Book of Answers”, tarot cards, runes, tracing labyrinths, ceromancy (we call this “Wax-o-mancy”), a crystal ball, and others.

These tools are typically used to help a person understand or know something about a problem they’re facing or see direction or an answer to a question. You may be drawn to one, or want to try several out, but be open to any guidance, answers or thoughts that come up as you use these tools.

  • Come back together to share our thoughts and experiences
  • Thank Quarters and Center/God and Goddess

(done counterclockwise, blowing out candles as each Quarter is thanked)

East: Farewell to the East, direction of Air;

Gentle breezes and strong winds,

Relam of the beauty of clouds and birds,

Bearer of the weather that touches us all.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here. Blessed be.

South: Farewell to the South, direction of Fire;

Candle flame, bonfire, starlight and sunlight,

The energy that warms me and gives life to the world I inhabit,

The energy that pulses along my nerves.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here. Blessed be.

West: Farewell to the West, direction of Water;

Rain, snow, rivers and lakes,

The great encircling ocean from which all Life first came,

The blood which flows through my veins

Still bearing the saltiness of that original home.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here. Blessed be.

North: Farewell to the North, direction of Earth;

Metal and stone, hill and valley,

Mother who bears and nourishes all Life –

Root and leaf, fur and feather and scale and skin,

Muscle and bone and brain cell.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here. Blessed be.

Center/God and Goddess:

By the Earth that is Her body,

By the Air that is Her breath

By the Fire of Her bright Spirit

And by the living Waters of her womb,

Goddess we know that you are always with us

Even if we are not always with you,

So it is only formally we say:

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here. Blessed be.

  • Close Circle
    • Meditation closing

Close your eyes, and take a deep breath in, and become that tree again; your roots reaching down into the soil, past the water table, down into the fiery core of the earth. Feel the energy coursing up your roots and into your trunk, and see that spark of your spirit, your insiration, your intention. Send that energy up through your branches, up to the sky, to the sun shinins it’s rays down upon you.

    • K closing

Take a deep breath in…. and let it all out….

Take another deep breath in… and when you let it out….Get in touch with that spinning sphere of energy that has kept us safe here tonight.

Imagine the dome above our heads opening to recede back into the ring. Imagine the bowl beneath our feet, receding back into that ring as well.

Imagine that spinning ring of energy becoming smaller and smaller, until once again it is in the walls of the room. And growing smaller and smaller until once again it is being passed from hand to hand, from woman to woman.

Imagine that spinning ring slowing, and slowing until it comes to rest. Keep the energy you need, and let the rest drain down through your body, down through your legs, down through your feet into you personal pool of energy that you can access at any time.

The circle is now open, but unbroken.

Singing:

May the ircle be open, but unbroken

May the love of the Goddess

Be ever in our hearts.

Merry meet, and merry part

And merry meet again!”

  • Feasting!

Songs:

Breath In Breath Out
She Changes Everything She Touches

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