Hello, hello! This past Friday, I was grateful to host a very wonderful event: a New Moon Celebration.
I had been inspired by a post on Mystic Mamma, where she writes the following:
A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life ...
There is something so powerful when women come together to support each other on their journey, in the hopes and dreams. We are healed, we are nurtured, we feel comforted and understood. Moreover, when you share sacred space together you magnify the power of your intentions and you energetically create a web of support for not only your circle of women friends but with women everywhere.
First time I read that, I thought, Healed, nurtured, comforted, and understood. A web of support. YES! How wonderful! I want to get me some of that! So, as the event planning junkie that I am, I decided to have A Road of Your Own put it on asap.
As I've said before in my horoscope post, I don't really believe that the location of the planets or the state of the moon affects my life. But I wholeheartedly believe in the values of stories and symbols. The emptiness, and thus receptiveness of the New Moon is a beautiful metaphor for emptying your own life of something undesirable and welcoming something new in. Then, as the days go on, and the moon grows, you tell the story of your new intention flourishing and growing as well.
So, surrounded by candles and perfumed by incense, a group of Austin women gathered on my porch and felt community. We most assuredly "created a web of support". We talked about the women we admired, how we felt about the Leo moon's implications in our lives, carving gems out of our stone hearts, and the pain and stress we'd each been going through recently. We each chose one thing to let go of. One thing that had sapped our energy, and used up too much valuable real estate in our hearts. It was time to say goodbye to letting it live in our lives. I'd provided a tear away portion in the program, and in that space, we wrote down what we were letting go of. One by one, to the extent that we were comfortable, we shared what we were surrendering, rolled up the scrap of paper, and burned that pain right up. They flew away as ash, no longer using our energy.
Then, we were ready to devote that freed up energy to what our hearts really wanted to focus on. We set new intentions for ourselves. Everyone had been asked to bring an herb or an essential oil that they most loved, and I had provided extra oils, and a whole basket of lavender, mint leaves, and flower petals. We passed around a big bowl of bath salt crystals, and when the bowl got to each woman, she shared her intention, and added her flowers and herbs and oils. The smells wafting from the bowl and the determined smiles from around the circle were heavenly.
Next, we focused on how to make that intention a reality. I had decided to demystify tarot readings a bit further, so I split the group into trios and had them draw one card from the major arcana one at a time thinking about this question "What do I need to focus on to help my intention flourish?", and the other two women in the trio would interpret it for the seeker. To help them out, I had created a quick reference guide, primarily depending on (and at times directly quoting) Little Red Tarot's meanings. Click the image below for a printable PDF version of the guide!
But I wanted everyone to work on their own intuition and symbolic thinking, so I encouraged the 'readers' to go with their gut: what did they see on the card, and how did they think it applied to the seeker's intention beyond what was printed in the guides. Sounds of laughter and insight swelled through the groups. After returning to our large circle, we talked about what we'd found out about ourselves, and the symbols that would remind us to hold true to our intentions. Suns, swords, balances, and wild strong women. We had actions to work on: jumping in to new adventures, stepping into a changed life, and diving into studies.
Finally, sadly, we reached the end of the night. We stood around the table where the unmixed bath salt crystals festooned with flowers, herbs, and oils waited for us. We plunged our hands into the salts and stirred and stirred, feeling our neighbors hands and their dear hopes mix with our own. The intoxicating spicy floral aroma billowed around us. Joining our gritty crystalled hands together, we stood in a circle and I expressed my gratitude.
I'd like to do that again.
So thank you so much to everyone who attended, and to those who sent intentions and well wishes from afar. It was exactly what I needed, and perfect for the group. As one attendee said afterwards
You all are helping me in my journey of strengthening, self awareness and happiness. I felt it was a safe environment filled with love and respect. I hope that each of your find the strength and patience to continue to let it go so much so that it never comes back.
And she is so right. Your presence, your depth of sharing, and your support, filled my heart up.
I'd like to do this again.