For a while now, I have felt a different pull. The old ‘Love and Light’ brigade doesn’t do it for me anymore. “All you need is love,” I absolutely believe this with all my heart, and we desperately need more of this.
We also need more healers, poets, story tellers, imaginal cells and dreamers.
But…right now, we also need fierce warriors, invincible people who can hold the darkness within them so others can’t weald it. We need authenticity, unabashed realness, alongside enlightenment we need (maybe more desperately) enrealment.
In 2012 I witnessed the end of time as we know it, I watched as the planet and all of us on it, slipped off the timeline, into timelessness. Things changed, didn’t they? Things are most definitely not the same anymore.
I started my spiritual path as a pagan, a Wiccan, when I was very young, but even the pagan tenets and celebrations no longer inspire me.
So, what am I with right now? What’s going on? I know from coversations with others that I am not alone.
There is too much to discuss in this singular post, so I will focus on the cycles and seasons of our natural world.
The pagan wheel of the year has never sat right with me. I have followed it blindly all my life but now I am deconstructing it. The 2020 lockdown triggered it. I followed the wheel and, living next to a wood, I noticed that all that was being posted about the different celebrations didn’t match what I was experiencing. Then, in the beginning of 2021, the wheel made even less sense.
My despondency brings with it a sense of need for authenticity, integrity and congruency.
I have recently acquired a diary for this year. I began by researching local ancient festivities and celebrations. I looked at local figures of interest. Near my neck of the woods is Weyland the Smithy, Herne the Hunter, and Dick Turpin. I researched about these characters and began to incorporate them into my celebrations and observances.
I am also looking at the natural world around me. The other day, there was a storm of willow seeds that covered the whole land in its soft fluffy seeds, it was a Blessing of the Willows, this is now a sacred day that I look out for and observe. Collecting these seeds for blessing spells, and honouring the Willows.
This is the change that is required of us, we are to co-create our own paths, walk our paths independently of recently made doctrines. Go and connect to YOUR land, where you live, and create these celebrations, watch the sun, the clouds and the trees, the flowers, animals and the bees, for they will tell you what to do. Who lived and worked in your area that could be of any service to your path? Who could you call upon to support you on your path?
I noticed too, that the moons have all been named, in different countries there are different names for them, yet we are still using one of the other. There seems to be a mix of Angelo Saxon, Native American and Germanic, why is this? It doesn’t seem real or traditional.
So, I have named the full moons myself, most of them have been taken from Saxon names, so I won’t go into this now, but I now have my own names that actually make sense to me and the world around me.
I have however also named the dark moons. (when I say dark moon, I mean what is traditionally known as new moon. For me, a new moon is the first slither of light you see after the dark moon.)
Full moons are sometimes a little overbearing to me. The dark moons are a time that I sit in stillness and connect with the spirits. The dark moon is the manifestation of the Dark One, the dark face of Goddess. It is the void, the womb and tomb. It is a shame these aren’t named, so I decided to name them.
I backdated them to the beginning of this year, so you may see how these dark moons have manifested in your life.
I have dated them with the month and a brief feeling of the moon, these may change each year, nothing should be static…each year is different, why should the celebrations and observances not change with them?
I hope that they prove to be helpful for you.
Using planetary alignments, seasonal common and cunning knowledge, I have named them as such.
The Dark Moons:
January Crone Moon
Stripped down to bare bones. Tough lessons, tough love. Kindness to the soul. Visit her in her domain. Small fires. Cauldron. Sacrifice, what are you willing to sacrifice? Vulnerability. Blessings. The love of a grandmother. The fierceness of a sow. Crows. Bones. Water. Cailleach. Baba Yaga. Bone Mother. Black Anny.
February Serpentine Moon
Honouring and embracing the serpentine energy of the earth. The coiled serpent not only with the earth but the kundalini, the witch fire within us. Breathing in the serpent breath. Water. Snakes. Movement. Dance. Sensuality. Sexuality. Snakeskin. Hag stones.
Candle flame and water. Fire spirits. Serpentine Spirit. Sarf Rüth.
March Womb Moon (I love how this sounds like women)
Be a light in the dark. Be a thought in the dark recesses of the skull. Be a seed in the dark soil. Be life gestating in the womb. Darkness. Light. Germination. Gestation. Dark Mother. Void. Black hole. Mahakali. Black Madonna. Má. Gaia. Caves. Tunnels. Underground. Dolmans. Quoits. Holy wells.
April Ram Moon
Honouring the Horned One in his newness. Fatherly Love. Fierce Love. Light. Warmth. Sun. Creational power. Creative energy. Flames. Food. Bread and wine. Troyl. Ram. Horns and skull. Connecting to nature. Walks. Rambles. Gwyn Ap Nudd. Cernuous. Pan. Bucca Gwidder.
May Auroch Moon
Honouring the Horned One in his fierce aspect. The wild masculine. The fierce masculine. Hunter and gatherer. Warrior. Vital untamed power. Sex. Rut. Bull. He goat. Pan. Bucca Dhu. Minotaur. Puc.
June Honeyed Moon
Sweetness of life. Sexual union. Juice. Lingam. Yoni. Sex. Celebration. Rapture. Raising energy. Music. Dancing. Body movement. Flowing water. Ocean. Honey. Union. Rejoice. Rest. Restore. Mead. Honey cakes. Sex oil. Perfume. Maiden and Enchantress. Ishtar. Inanna. Aphrodite. Venus. Baubo. Shakti. Rati. Bees. Butterflies. Hare. Cat. Cow. Snake.
July Water’s Moon
Reflection. Light shadow. Bathing. Underworld journeys. Holy wells. Springs. Streams. Rivers. Pools. Candlelight. Salt. Essential oils. Flowers. Lilies. Frogs and toads. Dew. Rain. Storms. Fish. Cauldron of transformation. Scrying. Crystals. Moonstone. Amethyst. Herbal teas. Water spirits.
August Fire’s Moon
Feed from the flames. Sacred fire. Need fire. Honouring your path. Celebration before hard work. Preparation. Stories by the fire. Laughter. Rest. Recoup. Fire spirits. Phoenix. Dragons. Bel. Corn. John Barleycorn. Lough. Corn Maiden. Corn Mother. Kor. Sun. Gold. Drumming. Drumbeats. Foot stamp. Pound the earth. Make love.
September Virginal Moon
Silence. Stillness. Solitude. Purifying. Cleansing. Clearing. Cocoon. Refocus. Set boundaries. Upperworld journey. Connect to the earth. Send roots down into the earth, send branches up to the heavens. Honour the corn dolls. Spirits of harvest. Mother earth. Dedication to the Great She.
October Blade Moon
Shadow work; dark shadow. Light vs dark. Cutting through the illusion. Removal of the bullshit veil. Truth. Facts. Cord cutting. Ancestor work. Giving back the crown of thorns we all bare, back to the thorn trees. Blackthorn. Hawthorn. Blades, knives. swords, athame. Removal of the skin that is ready to be shed. Balance on a knife edge. One foot in the world of dream the other. In the world of agreement.
November Toad Moon
Removal of dead weight. Transformation. Underworld journeys. Spirit communication. Curses. Hexes. Spirit flight. Hedge riding. Toads. Gwyn Ap Nudd. Fairy King and Queen. Gatekeepers. Doorways. Keys. Hekate. Aradia. Medusa. Liberation. Freedom. Destruction of that is poisonous. Destruction of all that is corrupt. Deserted ruins. Dark woods. Forests. Marshland and murky pools. Fairy folk and creatures. The recent dead. Ancestors. Ankow.
December Dark Star Moon
Warding. Underworld journeying. Soul parents. Psychopomp. Guardianship. Stars. Illumination. Stillness. Flying. Life – death – rebirth. Void. Co-creation. Dream. Open up to spirit. Conscious sitting. Honouring the year. Milky Way. Centre of our galaxy. Black hole.
Birth of new. Candlelight. Light the way. Silent night, holy night. Mistletoe, holly, ivy, joy, celebration, community, family.
Shamanism has been a passion and an inspiration for me for many years now.