Happy New Moon! Libra mirrors themes of balance, justice, and advocacy. For me there is a shadow of mediating too much, which often shows up as indecision. These days I can hardly make up my mind when it comes to small and big changes. In those moments I am called to rest, reflect, and witness. New moon energy gives an opportunity to pause and welcome reflective energies so new intentions can be manifested.
This new moon in particular I am feeling the winds change and the weight of the storms edges surrounding my experience.
In our Anishinaabe tradition the wisdom of the season is within the western direction, where we honor the abundance of the harvest, embrace gifts of the mystery, and welcome grief as we descend into the darkness, preparing for winter. At the onset of Autumn I went to Lake Michigan to sing prayers and ask for guidance. I released many tears and came back with the message to wait. I still don't know what I am waiting for, but I know that I have been called to tend to the water elements. So each day I try to find myself in a moment with water. This morning it was the frost lingering on the grasses and my sister and I took a walk with my daughter. Something about the simplicity of the sun meeting the frost gave me a brief moment of presence. There I was able to remember connection is one path to wellness. So my intentions will likely follow this path as I set my new moon altar later this evening.
How are you being called to the present? What small moments help you see possibility? How does the moon guide your path?
However you spend the season, the new moon, or the days ahead, I wish you wellness as you embrace the changing winds. We need community more than ever to endure this level of upheaval and uncertainty. Please vote, please send prayers for good changes to come, and take good care of each other.
"Libra: As Above So Below", Mixed Media Collage, prints available. Read the accompanying poem here.