What does your next transformation look like?
The life-death cycle starts with coming into existence on one end and ends with leaving this world behind on the other but so much happens in between and every creature is not the same at the beginning as they are at the end. I came into this world one way but, like everyone else, I’ll be leaving it completely transformed. That journey of transformation is riveting, not only in ourselves but in everything that lives and grows. The seed becomes a plant, the tadpole becomes a frog and the caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Growth and change is exhilarating and fascinating but it’s also exhausting and hard. Something old must change in order for something new to be born.
The full moon must fade away to welcome a new moon. This month we are dealing with a super new moon. As the moon orbits the earth it doesn’t travel a perfect circle therefore some points along it’s path are much nearer the earth then other points. When the moon is on a point on its orbit that is closer to the earth we call it a super moon. We tend to feel those lunar energies a little stronger and because this is a Libra new moon, that means its qualities will be a little more pronounced.
The black stone in the picture below is what the new moon feels to me; dark and mysterious. I associate the new moon with the Crone archetype and her wisdom is found in that place where we are at peace with death and dying and I don’t just mean physical death. I also mean the many metaphorical deaths we experience as we grow. The seed must die to become the plant, the caterpillar must die to grow its wings.
Think about all the ways you’ve changed and what you’ve had to leave behind to become who you are today. You lost the need for constant care as you grew from a baby to a child. You lost a little of the wildness you carried as a child when you became a teenager and fitting in was important. You had to say goodbye to some freedoms as you grew older and were confronted with more responsibilities. You lose naivety as you become wise. Sometimes you even lose friends or family when you’ve changed and an old relationship doesn’t have the strength or skills to grow along with you.
I created this moon page to help you contemplate that life-death cycle. How do you or your life need to change in order for you to become who we want to be? I also want you to consider what you might have to lose or leave behind in order for that transformation to occur.
If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s moon 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 October new moon journal page.
There is a large moth depicted on the page. I like to think of the moth as the butterfly of the night: a darker cousin that flits around being drawn by the light. Spiritually, the moth has represented different things to different cultures but there’s usually a darkness associated to it. It has been viewed as the spirit of our ancestors coming to say hello. It has been associated with death and graveyards. It has represented sleep, dreams and our fragility but its attraction to light has also been seen as a reminder to seek our own inner light.
On the moon page, the moth’s wings has four sections. In the upper right hand section, draw or describe in words how you’ve transformed recently. How have you changed for the better? What in your life has changed for the better? What are you proud of accomplishing (and here, emotional and spiritual changes count as much as physical changes)?
In the upper left hand section, draw or describe in words the goals you want to achieve in the next moon cycle or in the next year. The witch’s new year is coming up so personally, I’ll be thinking about my goals for the coming year as I complete this moon page. Try to describe your intentions for the next moon cycle or next year in as much detail as you can. Really try to capture the look and feel of your intentions.
In the bottom sections of the moth’s wings, draw or describe in words all the things you think you will have to say goodbye to in order to grow into the version of yourself you intend to become. How will you need to be different in order to achieve your goals? What will you have to release in order to change? What qualities will have to dissolve from your relationships in order for you to realize your dreams?
Finally, color your moon page as you think about how you will feel when your intentions become real.
If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to hear how it went. 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 email@example.com 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.