Welcome dear ones to 2021 and to our brand new theme for the year: The Wild Moon Series. Each New Moon we will be seeking inspiration from an Animal Guide, a Tree from the Celtic Tree Calendar and a Goddess. We are starting with the New Moon in Capricorn which takes place on January 13th at 05:00am(gmt) and we are welcoming in the guidance of Badger, Birch and Goddess Nicnevin.
Capricorn season is a time to connect to the darkness of winter, to the dark Goddesses, the archetype of the Crone and the idea of learning to love the dark and all the wisdom it contains. What wisdom is waiting for you in the dark of the winter forest and how can you slow down enough to hear it? Just like the winter trees, can you strip back your layers and bare your soul without the distractions of busy summer months to cover you up. Who are you underneath it all? In modern society we have forgotten how to sit with silence, stillness, ageing, the dark and death - how can we learn to stop shying away from these incredibly magical times and use them to transform and transcend?
Capricorn themes: Wisdom, Winter, The Crone, Soul Purpose, steadfastness, spirituality, dedication, mother earth, structure, silence, stillness, retreat.
Capricorn is a feminine Earth sign, ruled by the planet Saturn. It's a cardinal sign and initiates Winter in the Northern hemisphere and Summer in the Southern hemisphere. Saturn rules organization, structure and practicality. Capricorn is the final of the Earth signs and therefore carries a mature and wise energy and the archetypal qualities of the Crone or Sage.
Capricorn is represented by the constellation of the seagoat. As always, we can draw powerful messages from astrological imagery. The seagoat represents the combination of the earthly, practical life (the goat) with the soul life (fish tale). This provides us with the wonderful opportunity to reflect on the balance between our work life and our soul life before we head into 2021. Is our soul life something that we just squeeze in as and when we can? Or is it with us all day? What's our soul purpose and soul calling? Are we dedicated to it? Capricorns integrate their spirituality and soul purpose into their daily life. This is a beautiful quality and gives them this wise, grounded and magical energy. They also have the dedication and focus of the mountain goat and therefore are hard working and able to carry out their goals. Are we lacking in determination and focus?
Due to Capricorn's placement in the Zodiac and it initiating winter in the Northern hemisphere, one of it's archetypes is the Crone, or the Elder. When asserting boundaries it can be really helpful to step into the power of the Crone and assert yourself. Think of all the wisdom that you have gathered over the years about yourself and what you need. You know what you're about, you know who you are and you know what you need, sometimes we just get too easily swayed by others. The Crone does not, her days of dedicating an ounce of energy to what other people think are behind her. How much does what others think of you affect the choices and decisions you make? How could you listen to your inner elder more and the noise of the outside world less? Connect to the wisdom of winter and the archetype of the crone, trust your deep inner knowing and guidance. Channel your inner Baba Yaga :)
Our animal guide for this month is Badger. Badger spends a lot of time underground and is a fairly solitary animal so perfect for connecting to the season of winter and the Earth element of Capricorn. Badger spends a lot of time digging down into the earth, we can take inspiration from this and dig down into our own psyches. Underground, there are no distractions, it's dark and we can listen deeply to the messages of our soul. Capricorn asks us what our Soul purpose is, how can we use the darkness and quiet of winter to connect to our unique soul purpose and let that shape the year ahead?
Badger is a burrowing animal and can help us to unearth treasures buried in the cold winter soil - call upon the spirit of this animal to help you find your way in the dark and to uncover messages and insights.
The other aspect of Badger is that they never back down, this ties in really well to the aspect of Capricorn that is steadfast and determined. Badger invites you to hold your ground and stand powerfully in your truth.
Badgers are fairly illusive creatures but often when encountered by humans they are aggressive and fierce and are known to attack or charge at people. Badger teaches us the importance of boundaries and defending them. This is particularly important at this time of year when we need to defend this period of rest and dreaming.
In the Celtic tree calendar, the tree for January is Birch. Birch represents rebirth and regeneration. It's the first tree to sprout new growth after winter and is the first tree to grow back after a forest fire. It's a pioneering tree and was one of the first trees to take over the British Isles after the Ice Age. Birch is self-sustaining and adaptable.
Birch is also called Lady of the Woods and has often been used to create magical items such as brooms. In winter, brooms made out of birch were used to sweep away the old year.
Birch trees also shed their bark and so can teach us the importance of letting go of what no longer serves us as we head into a new year.
Themes for Birch: determination, healing, peace, self reliance, rebirth, personal truth, ancestors, winter, new year.
Nicnevin is an ancient Scottish Goddess shrouded in mystery and magic who goes by many names: Mother Nicnevin, Grandmother Witch, The Bone Mother and The Witch Mother. She is associated with Winter and Darkness and is said to fly through the winter night's sky as part of the Wild Hunt with her retinue of nymphs and witches. She is depicted in crone form wearing a grey mantle and carrying a magic wand but will also shapeshift into her enchanting maiden aspect as Queen of the Fae. Similar to the stories of the Cailleach she is linked with the shaping of the land and is believed to be as old as the land itself.
She is often referred to as the Mother of Witches because of her particular interest in Witches and Witchcraft and the way she watches over Magical Practitioners. There are stories about her caring for the souls of women who were burned as witches during the Witch Trials and carrying them away with her to the Otherworld.
We will be taking a journey with Nicnevin with our Online New Moon Circle on Friday 15th Jan at 7pm(gmt) - if you would like to join us please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to book in. Alternatively, join our Patreon membership to enjoy monthly online women's circles, more info here: www.patreon.com/sistersofthemoononline
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