vanishing moon: coming inside

resized 31st AugustThe moon is in its last quarter which, for me, symbolises a time to reflect, rest, meditate and learn. Gone is the busy energy of the new then waxing moon and the heady energy when she is full. Just passed is the time of the month where, as she starts to wane, I assess what within and around me needs letting go of and cleansing. Gone are two half moon days where I try to pause a little, be still and rebalance. Still to come is the few days of the dark moon’s transformative energy; that space like the empty moment between your in breath and your out breath.

The vanishing moon – her crescent sometimes visible in the morning sky – feels to me a good time for inner work, for drawing in and cosying up, for settling down and reflecting with honesty and gratitude for what has been achieved, gained, lost and come to pass during this moon. And for what has simply happened – so many of us easily feel as though life is passing us by and I find this a good way to just take stock and catch up. Like you sometimes get a little recap at the beginning of each episode of a TV series: “Previously on Mo’s Life….”

IMG_1531I’ve been sensing the vibe of drawing in and settling down quite a lot this week. People with kids at school – or who work in schools – prepare to resume their normal routine, my meal ideas are switching back to soups and dals as the evenings are noticeably cooler, my thoughts are less of the garden and more of craft projects and our spiritual life, I’m finding us inside the house that little bit more… Which brings some reassessment of our living space and how we use it. One reassessment is of our sacred shelf. Up on top of our bookcase that we use as a kitchen dresser, it just wasn’t very easy to see or access.  I’ll devote a separate post to sacred displays, altars and nature tables though.

It can feel a bit of a vulnerable place, this low ebb of the moon’s cycle. The imagery of decay, retreat and death can feel sad and difficult. This vanishing moon – the Grandmother moon – falls at the first anniversary of my Gran’s death. Although I never felt very close to her, she was very wise  (in quite a hidden way) and very humble and kind. This is a good time to draw down some Grandmother energy, the energy of wisdom, experience and learning to let go. To connect with Grandmother aspects of yourself; where you are experienced, for example.

Aging and death part of life and part of nature – even if they are topics we often try to hide or ignore and that don’t fit with the “bigger, better, more” mantra of capitalism. With the fading summer can come regret about the goals not met, the seeds not germinated and the projects not complete or perfect.  I offer these feelings to the healing, wise, wonderful earth as part of the harvest of my learning – and look forward to their rebirth.  ♥

Do have a look at my Crescent Moon Pinterest Board!

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