Invite the spirit of an animal to protect your inner light with this moon page for the April new moon.
Last month I felt discouraged and weighed down by the events surrounding the covid pandemic. I live near the Rocky Mountains where, on top of dealing with the psychological burdens of living in this time, the sky was cloudy and the snow kept falling. I was so tired of snow. I wanted spring to greet me with a warm sunshine hug but it just wouldn’t show up. I struggled to feel on purpose in my life and when I lose my sense of purpose, joy slips away too.
I can’t be of service to love when I’m feeling like an old blanket being dragged through the dirt and it’s really important to me to be in service to love so I know first and foremost when I start my day I need to do what I can do to shift my mood and my thinking. Protecting my inner light is important work that must be given priority.
I have a feeling as time goes on it is going to become more and more important to protect our inner light. In this world, there are so many circumstances and factors that do more harm to our inner light than good. It’s exhausting but it’s imperative we navigate through the mud and the muck and become intimate with our beauty and power. We are divine beings. We are limitless. We are magical. The more we understand just how magical we are, the better we grow our inner light and if there is anything this world needs right now it is a lot of glowing hearts.
This month’s moon page was created to help you invite an animal to help you protect your inner light. You will find the instructions below but before you read them, I encourage you to read these words from Tad Hargrave of Marketing for Hippies. He created a Facebook live video and I loved his words so much I wanted to share them here. I think they fit perfectly with this month’s moon page.
Whether you believe this covid pandemic is real or not both are an indication that we’re in troubled times. Could it be that you are your ancestors best response to this time? You are needed in this world and you come with gifts to give and if you don’t offer them it places more burden on the rest of us. Nobody else has the exact combination of gifts and nature and wounds that you have. Perhaps there is a reason you were born NOW and HERE with the gifts you have. Maybe everything you carry is to be put together in service of the world. I’m not saying that’s how it is but what if it’s true? What’s your role in the community going to be because the world needs a lot of help? There’s a place for everyone. The skills you have, the things that come easily to you that don’t come naturally to someone else, those might be yours to use as a gift to the rest of the world.
If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s journal page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.
If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.
If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.
Print out the April new moon journal page.
You’ll notice the page shows four animal cards laying on a table and a hand holding a blank card. The four animals are the ones that came to me when I asked Spirit to guide me and show me which animals wanted to step forward and offer their spiritual support during this time. I saw a porcupine, a herring, a sparrow and a beaver.
A porcupine may have quills but they are actually very gentle creatures and don’t actually use their quills unless they are afraid or defending themselves. I see that as a reminder for us to be mindful of how fear skews our perspective. It has become easy to be gripped by fear. Nowadays it can take a lot of work to live with an open trusting heart. Some days it is easier to achieve than others but it’s important we keep trying otherwise we run the risk of shooting quills and hurting others when it is not what we actually want to do.
When I looked up the spiritual symbolism of herring, I saw that it is a sign that we may face financial problems that seem difficult to solve but that in the end everything will work out and our efforts to make changes will prove successful. It also offers a cautionary message and asks us to be aware of thoughtless action we will later regret so like the porcupine, we’re being advised that protecting our inner light means moving from a calm, centered state not a fearful reactionary state.
In the book “Medicine Cards”, the authors describe the message of beaver as inviting us to accomplish our goals by working with Group Mind. Imagine how well we can protect our inner light when we all work together. I suspect community will become one of our greatest allies in the coming years. Beaver also asks you to protect the creations which you put your love and energy into. Your dreams and creations are expressions of your inner light. They deserve protection too.
In the book “Animal Speak”, the author speaks of sparrow as a symbol of triumph after long suffering. I find it interesting that in the book the author also shares a story of how sparrow, in the Middle Ages, was a symbol for the peasants and lower classes who felt powerless over nobility. They loved to hear tales of how the insignificant sparrow triumphed over stronger animals like wolves and bears. Sparrow reminds us to protect our inner light by not forgetting what we are worthy of.
On this moon page, the blank card is for you to draw the spirit of an animal you want to invite to help you guard your inner light. If an animal doesn’t immediately come to mind, spend a few moments in meditation and allow the spirit of an animal to show itself to you.
If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see a part of your process. You can even take a picture of a part of your process and share it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with me how it went for you. It’s fun for me to know there are others out there enjoying the moon with me.