Blessed Ostara Rioters! Today is a day of much celebration, as it is not only Ostara and a Full Moon (third day of the Full Moon), but it is also Partner's birthday! Today is also the second day of my Do the Stuff Challenge. If you'll recall, this challenge is my pledge to celebrate, decorate, and worshipate every Full & Dark Moon and Sabbat. Well, I get to kick it off in a big way this weekend, as two of those three things happened. Now, for an update (just to keep it fair and me accountable).
For the Full Moon: I went and purchased some white votive candles. Not full size votives, but smaller ones. Maybe...2 1/2 times the size of a tea light. Small, white, and perfect to keep out on an altar for an evening. They came in a package of 8, unscented. With one for each Full Moon, these should last me a while. I cleaned up the room that houses my altar - the telltale dust and detritus reminding me how long it's been since I've taking ritual seriously - and burned a bit of sage to cleanse my space. Partner wanted to watch, but since it had been a while since I had properly constructed a circle, and I knew that I would need all the concentration I could muster, so I kicked both him and the kids out.
I lit my four elemental candles that I've had for quite some time and I summoned up a circle. Now, when I summon a circle, I don't cast in the four directions. As the correspondences of elements and directions and such tends to be one of those things not everyone agrees upon, I just speak to each element and ask that It enter, guard, and contribute to my circle. Once my circle was up, I began to ground and center.
Side Note: Grounding and Centering is VERY difficult to do with a house full of house guests on an upper level that are walking around directly above your altar room.
Now, when I began to speak to the Goddess...something happened. I had felt it when I first cast the circle, but when I began to draw upon the Moon and call on the Goddess, my skin felt tingly. My movements felt as though I were under water or as though there were some great pull of gravity affecting me. Interesting thing that I noticed was that this gravity felt like it were equally pulling me up and pushing me down. My upraised arms took no effort whatsoever to keep aloft.
I asked for forgiveness for being away, for a blessing upon myself and my household, and to simply hear and feel the Goddess in my daily life. I know the Super Moon is a rare occurrence to be taken advantage of, but I felt as though I had been away so long from proper practice that I needed to ride its wave of power to get myself right with the divine and open up my own inner core of power.
Once I had finished my rite and released the circle, I did notice some things... The pull and push I'd felt was gone. My movements were free and light, not heavy like they were in circle. Also, in circle I had this sensation of being covered in light - after being in circle a while - and that instantly was gone. Afterwards I toasted the Goddess with a very small bit of white wine and a leftover crust of bread.
All in all I will say that my first Full Moon of the Do The Stuff Challenge went swimmingly.
I'm quite looking forward to my Ostara Ritual this evening. I've already decorated my home (pictures later).
How was YOUR first Do the Stuff Challenge Full Moon?
Love and Lyte,