A Modern Ritual

Today is quite the day for planetary shifts! New Moon in Pieces, Uranus moves into Taurus – Mercury just a day into its retrograde through Pieces… WOW.

I LOVE new moons, even more than full moons. As a barren woman I resonate strongly with the mystical qualities of abyss and void. I also really love Piecean energy as an intuitive and empath; the complete saturation of emotional energy makes me swoon with a poetic heaviness that permeates my being physically, mentally and spirituality.

Image: Internet

I’m also a cusp Taurus, so while the “innovator” planet Uranus moving into our sign to shake things up might greatly distress a true Taurus’ resistance to change, my bit of Aries fire has me SUPER EXCITED! I have no idea what to expect, but I’m ready to ride the wave regardless…

Starting with intention

This morning I began a 40 day Kundalini Sadhana commitment as a form of active intention. The kriya I’ll be working with is for Internal Balance and I am partaking in this with some friends for the benefit of accountability.

Image: Yogi Bhajan’s Library of Teachings

I also attended a Satori yoga class today in which we did a salutation to the new moon, also setting an intention of the more classical personal mantra/affirmation style. My intention is to activate a love of both personal awareness and discipline.

Refining for effectiveness

I have set intentions to “be more disciplined” or “have more self control” before, but I’ve come to realize that I am really very disciplined already… When I put my mind to something there is no question that I will do it… I just resent discipline and think of it as a “not fun thing that I have to do even though it’s basically miserable…” So, I am now seeking to shift my perspective of this characteristic instead. Hopefully this new mindset will help me find enjoyment in delaying gratification and developing perseverance.

I also included the awareness bit because I’ve realized that too often I don’t do what I intend to do not because of a lack of discipline but rather, because I’m simply distracted. Now, my poetic sensibilities and tendancies towards blissfully intricate mindfulness are certainly precious to me, but I’ve also got a lot of stuff I want to accomplish – I need to be able to hone in my focus more effectively. I hope to do this with increased awareness; to refine my mindfulness so that I can still get enraptured by my experiences, but also be able to maintain focus when necessary – and to be present enough with my own priorities to know the difference.

Gotta love that yoga glow!

Making it an expression

I also laid out a crystal grid, using various raw Quartz and Amazonite stones I collected myself this past week after hiking to a local vein. I do these intuitively and this one became a kind of sunburst or mandala.

I was drawn to a white candle earlier this week that has a rainbow running through it, and I added this to my crystal grid, lighting it intermittently throughout the day as I have been able to supervise it.

I get into a trance when I create these grids…

I also wanted to take a ritual bath but alas, I ran out of time today and have an early day tomorrow. A ritual bath is not something to be rushed through after all.

I did still indulge in a bit of self-care though. A face mask isn’t much but, it was important to me to include a bit of pampering in my observation (I am still a Taurus).

No bubbling cauldron or even sage smudging (though I did light a some incense), yet all of these things are no less magickal. I feel good about the impressions I sent out into the universe today; however small, practical and modest, they are no less powerful.

Image: Instagram, @moonbodysoul

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