Initially, when I began my Do The Stuff Challenge, I assumed that I was going to merely enjoy decorating my house more often or get back in touch with my tools I'd left abandoned for quite some time. I thought, Hey, I have this new altar, and this will be a great way to break it in. But, something more has happened along the way.
Yesterday, as I was at work, I felt this pull...this notion...this urge almost. It was a feeling that the moon was going dark in the sky. Now, it was about mid-afternoon and the sun was out, so there was little reason why I should be thinking about the moon. And, before you ask, no I hadn't looked at my lunar calendar in quite a while. But, once I had the feeling, I whipped out my iPhone, pulled up my trusty lunar calendar, and sure enough the moon was just entering it's dark phase yesterday evening and throughout today.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley has a section towards the latter part of the book where Morgan is coming back to her craft after being away for quite some time - a few decades. She talks about having to do the work of a brand new dedicant, tracing the lay lines and counting the days between moon phases. In doing this work, she realized that she had forgotten the sway of the moontides. Over time she begins to feel the pull in her blood and she no longer needs to count the days, because she feels the full and dark and new phases of the moon just as easily as she feels the wind brush her hair from her face. The pull is the gentle nudging that the moon has over us all if only we take the opportunity to quiet our spirits long enough to feel it. It's a feeling I think all of us would like to acquire while walking our witchy path.
Now, I'm not going to get all overzealous and jumping the gun and all that and say that I am now completely in sync with the waxing and waning of our Mother in the sky. But, I just have to admit that when I saw that lunar calendar and knew that I had known before I even looked....
That was pretty friggin cool.
Happy Dark Moon Rioters! Hope your Do The Stuff Challenge is working well for you!
Love and Lyte,