The night before a New Moon crescent when there is no moon appearing in the sky, the Balsamic phase, or Dark Moon, is a potent time for inner work, Shadow work, and powerful healing, cleansing, and purifying. A dip in the ocean or a salt bath can be magical purification. Cleansing and emptying are called for to clear heavy energies from crystals, tools, and keepsakes. Of course, powerful drains of this kind that “wipe the slate clean” will need recharged or uplifted follow-up at the New Crescent (likely the next day) and the Full Moon.
The Dark Moon energy reminds us of a “hidden phase”, which is also the external mystery. The empowering, cleansing, and uplifting illuminations of the Full Moon shows us the power of lunar reflective properties – beaming streams of delightful negative ions to us from the flip-side of the sun’s potent positive ions. The Dark Moon has no such reflection. It is the covered-over weight of the illusory material of the sun’s positively charged rays. It is the “hidden in plain sight” wisdom of the inner-knowing of the mysteries of creation and destruction entwined - birth, growth, death, rebirth.
This energy is the time of deep cleaning the residue left behind of that was. And, more importantly, the wisdom of integrating it into the whole as it is the surface which magnetizes and then reflects. If the Moon symbolizes inner knowing and inner consciousness, and thoughts and feelings and memories are the current of that stream of consciousness, then we can see the Full Moon’s illumination as the reflection of that stream bringing to fruition, fullness, and enlightenment what the vibrational current of that inner knowing and inner consciousness has magnetized. Likewise, we can see the Dark Moon’s secret mystery as the bed of the stream of consciousness, mineral-rich and magnetic, over which flows the streams of current thoughts, feelings and memories (the current of the stream of consciousness). This is where all the silt settles, where all the everything gets stirred up when we go panning for minerals, where all the votive offerings of our trinkets of power lay, where all the charms of our buried and lost powers settle.
The Dark Moon is noted as a wonderful time for cleansing & healing, storytelling, meditation, private journaling, and inward focus. It is true, that solitude and hidden alone-time is powerful to recharge. But don’t shy away from opportunities for storytelling, group meditation, a group swim in the ocean or a saltwater pool, or taking turns clearing one another’s homes.
When working by yourself at the Dark Moon, you can still bring “storytelling” as a means to focus with your own inner work and Shadow work. Often, we work with at least one other person to assist, facilitate, and help us process our Shadow work, explorations of Past Lives, or reclaiming of soul parts, etc. because they can prompt us to process and integrate or offer reassuring support or actually assist in certain techniques like hypnosis and past life regression or soul retrieval. One powerful practice that you can do on your own is to journal or write your autobiography.
It’s not necessarily for anyone to read or to publish, rather it’s an exercise in you exploring, identifying, remembering and reframing how you see the events, characters and storyline of your life, how you came to be where you are, what’s important to you, and what was influential in how you think feel and act. While it is helpful to sometimes have a mentor, advisor, or therapist to help during the process (which could take days or weeks) – especially for integration purposes and a reminder to come back to the present – this exercise can help us sift through thoughts, feelings, and memories and find a sense of cohesion, release, expression.
The key is not to just journal or diary your life story per se but, rather, to share it as if you were telling a story – essentially, telling a story of you. Perhaps imagine yourself as an elder sharing the tale of your life and times with a student, apprentice, scribe or biographer. Or, you could even think of it as the tale or drama of another character whose main life theme has been woven into a short story. In this instance, you can translate the power of your emotions and emotional memory into the drama of an objective story about “someone else” which can allow you the opportunity to cleanse resentments, heal hurts, or at least open a space for that to happen by putting a little distance between you and the thoughts, ideas, or memories. The technique of writing about yourself in third-person (and not changing names, dates, or places) is another useful way to objectify your subjective story, turning your autobiography into a biography.
The entire process, no matter which experiment you try, is a means to express to yourself that you understand and know you. It’s a way to clear the mental clutter of our perceptions about who we are, where our values came from, how they have evolved, and how we came to be here now getting ready to move forward. This process can show us our fears, limiting beliefs, deepest desires, truest values, revelations from this life or past lives, reveal habits or patterns that operate without our deliberate intention, and sometimes exorcise a heavier thought-form from our energies.
Even the writing process, the experience of a kind of “writer’s block”, or the purge of reacting to old memories with laughter or tears, or the avoidance of topics skipping over that person or that year, are facets we can roll with because they are the sign-posts showing us what’s going on – how we draw the map (what we include and omit) is as important as the route we are highlighting with the map we draw.
In the path to self-knowledge, self-mastery, and self-love… may you reveal your story to yourself and allow it to be okay. Your Akashic Records are not wrong, so write the book thus far and close the chapter on yesterday and everything before. You and the life you have lived is valuable. The Universe wants you, and the world needs you, to be okay with you – because the Universe is within you, and deep down you know that you want you to be okay too.
And, after the Dark Moon nights, with the rise of the New Crescent, you get to be refreshed, empowered, and rejuvenated. Absorbing our Shadow and giving it its assigned seat in the living-room of our compassionate heart, integrating the past and its pearls of wisdom – cleaned of all the mud from the bottom of that riverbed of consciousness – and redirecting our focus, attention, insights, and appreciation is how we move forward toward self-mastery.
There is that precept in many spiritual and esoteric traditions, I believe all sourced from The Emerald Tablet, that states, "As above, so below. As within, so without." It describes the mirroring principle of the Universe and, in total context, encourages us to work from the inside out in that whatever we say or do we should first "do the inner work" or engage with it energetically, even prior to the rational-planning stages. The idea and practice of this concept is something many of us aspire to accomplish in our self-mastery process, it's fundamental and basic... and often taken for granted. The experience of this concept is quite different from understanding it, knowing it, and practicing with it. And, to experience it consciously & conscientiously, on purpose, at-will, presently, while operating from it... that's the magic.
One meditative visualization that has served many well is during a grounding and centering practice, which is when it consciously dawned on me that this is what was happening. It may seem rudimentary and basic, but did you ever learn something or have one of those revelations that hit you like, "Oh! That's what I've been doing this whole time!" And that is exactly what prompted the writing & sharing of this article.
A common visualization for grounding and centering is to imagine Divine Light streaming in through the top of your head, filling your body, radiating out into your aura, and pouring from your feet down into the earth. This is commonly used when calling in healing, protection, magical power, or connecting with Angels and Spirit Guides, etc. And, that's true whether you are doing it for yourself or channeling in the service of another, such as before doing energy-work, healing, or a psychic reading. Everyone one is different, but that's the basic visualization many learn first.
There is also another technique, often used for healing, self-care, and nurturance. It may also be taught as a technique for grounding and centering, spatial awareness, and protection. This technique is not about calling in Divine Light from an outside source or the Universe "out there". It's all about going within and finding that point of connection, the source of Divine Light, within your own Spirit-Mind-Body. Usually the meditator will then sit with their personal ball of Light energy somewhere in their belly and feed it love and watch it grow until it fills the whole body and every cell. It can be a powerful experience of Divine love & connection & well-being... literally, a Light feeling.
Tantric Buddhism teaches a practice of following your body sensations and just observing them - like when you're focusing on your breath and your nose starts to itch, and then a twinge pinches your side, and a tickle dances on the top of your foot, then a shoulder-blade itches. This Tantric technique teaches to let your awareness follow your body but without responding to it, just observe the energy moving around and use these jumping points like you would the breath as a focus of awareness. You can then learn more what it's like to observe-without-reacting to thoughts and feelings that wave through you as you sit to quiet yourself and focus.
Similarly to the Tantric technique, when we put our awareness deep within to or own personal Source of Divine Light, we are presently Spirit-Mind-Body -- grounded, centered, & emanating. I had a teacher who once said (I'm paraphrasing), "Stay in it. Don't journey back from this energy-space. Don't close down the visualization." Usually, we think of closing a meditation or journey with a return to our physical senses and grounding our Spirits back into our Bodies, etc. Her point was that we went within, we didn't go off anywhere "otherworldly". We were right here, right now, and the purpose was to shine our light, to bring the Divine out into the world and our lives through this Spirit-Mind-Body system. It's not like opening the treat, taking a bite, and wrapping it up to hide it away again - like it's a secret stash that would somehow dissipate if revealed. So, she encouraged us no to force it but to practice just "going there and saying there" or operating from there for as long as we were aware of it. Practice really does make progress...
The highlight of all of this really is, that moment of awareness that -- "Oh, this works because I AM it, not because I called it. I don't ever have to be 'ungrounded' unless I am operating the system manually instead of automatically." It was a big moment because I experienced it - simultaneously aware of the feeling of it, action of it, and intellectual understanding of it. And, so, the words that rang through the experience were, "As within, so without".
Peace & Lughnasadh Blessings, Everyone!
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August 1st marks the halfway point between the Summer Solstice & Autumn Equinox. There is something determined and strong about the energy now, though there is also that sigh of satisfaction or that wistful nostalgia that may caress our fields of energy in moments of reflection. There seems to be powerful waves of ready-to-go mixed with taking a moment to bask. It's that air of ripening summer and the full sweetness of the harvests coming in mixed with the desire to keep going and start something else and keep working on it. But, it's important to remember that we can reap and sow at the same time.
And, in other areas of their land, they are mulching spent beds for overwintering, trimming fence-lines & underbrush, and gathering firewood to dry. The point, however, isn't really a homestead lesson so much as an energy lesson & following the seasons.
This time of year affords us an opportunity to slow down and enjoy our blessings. We have the time to appreciate what we love & desire most in life. We remember that a "desire" is not always that want or need as yet unfulfilled, but is present and ever changing and thriving with us - requiring our appreciation of its presence with a bit of TLC. Remember when you first desired your partner (or a partner), children or a family, that car or that job? Just because you have that now "fulfilled" it's not gone away, it's growing with you, changing with you, has the opportunity to fulfill itself every day... Do you still desire it? If you do, appreciate it - which is to say, increase its value by offering it gratitude and care. Put that loving desire of "Yes, I still want this," behind your interactions with whoever or whatever it is.
Instead of just counting our blessings, let's tend them, recognize them, and when the energy arises "to do" then appreciate them, and when the energy slows "to bask" then relax into the abundant feeling of these fulfilled & thriving desires. Sometimes more is just more, and sometimes more is merrier, but always what is presently can thrive and grow with our appreciation. This is where the magic starts!
Dynamic Alchemy with Venus & Retrograde Effects
Dynamic Alchemy is an alchemy of the soul & spirit, how you as a Being channels Life Force into existence by your Becoming. It’s the mixing, blending, and tempering of all these energies – subtle & gross (or, dense) – that flow to you and through you and swirl within your experience of life on every level of Spirit, Mind, & Body.
Venus – either goddess or planetary influencer in astrology – represents the gross, dense, sensual, physical, profane energies of existence pertaining to creation. More precisely, the creation or manifestation itself. This energy highlights material form and sensual physical experience – environment, appearance, beauty, relationships, health, abundance, finances, sexuality, food, pleasure, values, interests, enjoyment/ entertainment, etc. Yet, for all we attribute to Venus’s characteristics and symbolism, we often forget – because these energies engage our physical senses so intensely in our experience – this is the realm of illusion.
In Dynamic Alchemy, there is the symbolism of the Veiled Isis. She is the inherent weaver and wisdom-keeper of the universal mystery of how Aether is turned into form, how “thoughts turn to things”. When the Life Force flows to and through you, it is Veiled Isis who - informed by your thought-focus (attention), emotions, and vibrational patterning – spins the threads of the Life Force according to your pattern and into your very real, tangible, and sensory experiences.
Isis Unveiled is this Venus energy, the Creatrix. This energy weaves the form according to the patterned threads which have arisen within and gives their expression to be experienced without in density with the gross physical senses. However, we must not forget that the threads, weaving, and patterns all carry the vibration with which we began – the grid or structure of our thoughts, emotions, habits, words, behaviors, etc. This means that though we heavily get distracted by our physical experience and physical senses, the capacity of our subtle, energetic senses to “sniff out” what emotional & thoughtful patterns we gave to Veiled Isis (consciously or unconsciously) is just as useful and strong if we use them also in how we experience the world. That is how we can get beyond the illusion and be mor aware and directive of what pattern we give to Veiled Isis and what creation we receive from Isis Unveiled.
This month, as Venus – the Isis Unveiled energy – turns retrograde (July 22 – Sept 3), we can take time to slow down, evaluate what is around us in our experience, an assess our relationships within and without. Are you connected within and tending your thoughts, feelings, pleasures, pains, self-talk, intuitions, goals, dreams, values? Are you tending your vehicle of expression – your body, your words, your behaviors, your boundaries, your personality, your integrity? What is in your experience right now that you appreciate – not just what you’re thankful for but – what do you care for with your gratitude and attention thereby increasing its value? Where do you put your attention? Is it something you want to appreciate (more bills & scarcity versus more money & opportunity)?
With the retrograde energy of Venus we can take time to evaluate our attentions, goals, and appreciations. We can make offering of our attention to our own health & self-care regimen, wealth management, opportunity (schedule) management, and see how we are relating to our environment – relationships with others, relationships with circumstances, relationships with objects in our homes or offices or public spaces. And, with this evaluation we can find what we want to put our attention on, how we want to create sacred space in our bodies, minds, hearts, homes, and wherever our sphere of influence reaches.
In our Beingness, we are all the same – energy of a particular consciousness. In our Becomingness, we are all different – unique experiences of that consciousness. In our humanity, we all have the capacity to blend the two through living our own lives and through sharing with others.
Everything you desire is already within you – every answer sought, every need, every connection, every want & hope, every feeling, every experience, each thing you covet. It’s already there because you are Source, the Divine; and the Divine is the “I AM” presence, the All-That-Is, simultaneously the source of existence & existence itself. Nothing is outside the Divine Source because the Divine did not create anything apart from Itself.
Therefore, what we seek is recognition – recognition of the Divine that I Am & the Divine that you are. It’s not a “within, without” thing; it’s rather an “Is” thing. To recognize that you are Divine, and then to recognize that another is Divine – the same Divinity as you are, at the same time – and then to allow yourself to be humbled by that recognition – how minute yet purposeful your subjective experience is compared to how vast your whole existence truly is. In that awesome humility, then, we find our sovereignty, our self-mastery. And then… with sovereignty… then, it’s not so scary to share or to accept – to give freely and receive freely, to share knowledge & experiences & ideas & emotions & resources of all kinds, to cooperate in creating & appreciating.
The article linked below was originally written in December for the Winter Solstice - a time of darkness & shadow as we (in the Northern Hemisphere) tip away from the Sun's Light.
However, even summer can be a poignant time to attend you inner light. For whatever reason we find ourselves off-balance, or trudging through both real and imagined darkness, we need to remind ourselves consistently - daily - that we are the blended energy of Light & Shadow out of the perceived darkness of Void.
Too often, we find the Shadows within seem to grow deeper when the light perceived outside of us is brighter...
Take a moment now to...
Tend the Light Within
What is "Scrying"?
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Check out Cynthia's 12/2020 article here:
"Scrying: A Clairvoyant Method for Divination"
Cynthia Botsko is an author of poetry, metaphysics, and channeled wisdom for the empowerment and upliftment of humanity.
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