Mermaid Tree

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Water: Meditation, Protection, Manifestation September 15, 2009

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Along the path of alternative spirituality, I have often remarked to Tree, “It is so expensive to be enlightened!”  I am always joking, of course, because true magick doesn’t need any tools to happen (though they can be very helpful in channeling energy), but it can sometimes feel that way when you are out shopping in the metaphysical stores and all of a sudden your intuition insists on you buying something that is a little out of your price range.  Or, maybe you find the perfect book to explain what has been going on with your meditations and dreams lately, but it seems a bit pricey and you still haven’t paid rent yet…

There is something to be said about working with the basics, though.  As I said, true magick need not all the funds in the world to manifest itself in your life.  It just needs your energy and intention.  Maybe a little bit of focus.  So, here are a few uses for a resource we all have, either flowing nearby or straight from the faucet:  Water!

Meditation     Water can be very useful in meditation, and not just for hydration!  When clearing out the negative energy from your aura, try placing a bowl of water at your feet or simply in front of you.  You can place different crystals in it as well to help in transmuting any energy that you place in the bowl.  Then, starting at your head, slowly work your way down your energetic systems and visualize the negative energy flowing into the bowl.  When you are finished, make sure you transmute the negativity with love energy if did not put any crystals in the bowl and then use it to water some plants. 

Another way to use water in meditation is to mix it with your favorite herbs.  They all have different meanings that can be found in several books and on many websites.  Alternatively, you can mix in the loose leaves from your favorite tea.  Allow the herbs to mix with the bowl of water completely and then use your fingers to “smudge” different energy points on your body with the mixture.  For example, putting some on your third eye could highten your awareness during the meditation.  Or, you could place some on your palms and the bottoms of your feet to open those chakras.  During your meditation, try to feel the herbs at work.  Connect with their energy and try to pull from their individual uses to gain the insight you are seeking in your meditative practice.  This can also be used simply to clear out your energy by using sage in the water (this technique is especially helpful if you are not in a place where you can burn something).

Protection     Water is a great way to transmute negative energy, and what better time to take advantage of that then when we are at our most vulnerable?  If you are having trouble with sleeping due to bad dreams, placing a bowl or water on your bedside table can really help!  I used this technique when I was going through a tough time a few years ago and was just getting frustrated because I wasn’t waking up feeling rested.  It worked really well for me.  I suggest dumping the water down the drain or clearing it of negativity and using it to water plants in the morning. 

Manifestation     As an alternative to all the ways in which words can be used for manifestation, water can also be used to bring things into your life.  I came up with this method during a meditation one night and have since then passed it on to friends in need of some spiritual help.  Once again, start with a bowl of water and clear it of any negative energy.  Then meditate on what you are trying to manifest while holding the bowl with both hands.  Feel the intention flow through your palms and into the water.  If you like, you can even write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the bowl for more help.  Water is great for amplifying energy so by using this method, you will be adding some oomph to your menifestation. Place the bowl by a window.  Now, I connect more with the moon and water is generally very connected to the moon (ocean tides, feminine energy etc.) so I did this at night and allowed the moon’s energy to carry my intentions to the Universe, but if you are more connected to the sun, I say go with that and do it during the day.  If you are giong to use the moon, I suggest doing this during the time leading up to or of the full moon.  I would recommend concentrating on whichever energy you are going to use during your initial intention meditation as well.  You can leave it there for as long as you want or put a new bowl out every day/night.  What is important is that the intention is set and you have sent out into the Universe what you would like the manifest.  Sometimes it may seem pointless, but trust me, the Universe is listening!  I cannot even count how many times this has been proven to me over and over again in my life.

 

Do you have any other spiritual uses for water?  Are there any techniques that use basic tools you would like to share with other readers?  Comment below!

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September Full Moon – the Corn Moon September 4, 2009

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“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” ~Hal Borland

Well luckily for us tonight IS a full moon!  There is something truly magical about seeing the moon hover in the sky and glow with a gentle brilliance.  It is beautiful in every phase – a delicate sliver when it is reborn as the new moon, a waxing and waning crescent, and it’s most stunning form as a full shining orb.

The moon is most often associated with the feminine, while the sun is regarded as the masculine aspect. (There are always exceptions however!  Just think of Amaterasu, a Shinto kami – spirit/deity – who is the goddess of the Sun).  Working with the moon is a perfect way to connect with your Divine Feminine (regardless of your gender).  I like to take a few minutes to go outside and gaze up at the moon.  As her light hits my skin, I breathe in the energy and feel my intuition expand and my emotions calm.  A subtle joy fills me.  All is well.

The Moon is a wonderful teacher; her phases remind us to pay attention to the different phases we experience in our own lives.  When the moon is full it is an excellent time to give our goals an extra “push” since the energy is at it’s pinnacle.  The full moon increases our intuition and psychic abilities, bringing things into greater illumination.  I’ve found that it is easier for me to go into deep meditations during this time.  I also have very clear tarot readings (especially if I use a goddess tarot or oracle deck).

It’s also helpful to take an inventory of your life (since the full moon brings clarity) and see what has grown into fruition, and in turn, what needs to be released when the moon begins to wane.  The full moon is also a powerful time for manifestation, so go ahead and visualize your life as being full and abundant in all aspects!

Every full moon has a special energy to it.  Various cultures have named each month’s full moon, and you can use this as a guide. In the lovely month of September, it is called the Full Corn Moon (thank you, Farmers Almanac) since this is the time of year when the corn is harvested.  In neo-pagan traditions the September moon is called the Full Barley Moon.  (Are these food names making anyone else hungry?).  Well anyway, I’ve found that the September full moon is especially powerful as it really brings the abundance of summer to a nice culmination.  It’s time to harvest all the blessings that grew over the past couple months, and make room for the new season.

I like that the Full Moon falls so early in September this year.   Later this month we have the sabbat of Mabon (also known as the Autumnal Equinox) to look forward to.  Mabon is a powerful day to bring balance into our lives.  (I will be posting more information about Mabon soon, so be sure to check back!)

So enjoy harvesting the blessings and lessons of the full moon and the preceding months, and then get ready to bring it all into balance later in September on the Equinox!  It is going to be a beautiful lineup!

What do you enjoy most about the Full Moon?  Share with our other readers by posting below!