The Candle and the Moon
When I was 16, on the night of the full moon in September, the first full moon of Spring like today, I lit a candle on the sill of my bedroom window. I wrote a list of wishes on a piece of paper, said some prayers for healing and blessings, then read my wishlist to the great Moon Goddesss as she glowed against the darkness, constellations of stars twinkling about her.
“A woman is a story of ebb
and flow and the moon that comes and goes.” ~ Kelliana
I have no idea why I did that. At the time I had no knowledge of the Goddess, Moon magic or deeper spiritual concepts. Raised in a Catholic family, it felt kind of blasphemous on some level. Yet something in me felt compelled to do this, and as I did, I felt my heart fill with a special kind of peace. Perhaps it was because I’d heard that if you light a candle when you said a prayer, a new doorway in heaven was opened and the angels would carry your prayers and dreams and wishes closer to God. Perhaps something in me wanted to understand why the ancestors of my land believed that the moon embodied divinty. Or perhaps a timeless piece of my soul that was once a priestess in a pastlife suddenly remembered a glimpse of that lifetime.
I’ll never know the answer, but what I do know is that it was an opening – into a journey of self discovery delving deeper into my inner wilderness and an opening into seeking a deeper understanding of Mystery. I felt a shift in me and saw my inner strength grow. Opportunities opened up for me academically, a period of loneliness ended as I found new friends and a veil of depression that cloaked much of my adolescent years began to lift slowly.
So tonight, many years later, I will honour the same moon and her mystery. I will light many candles, bask in her healing glow, commune with the angels and make crystal and herbal elixirs. I will release blocks and negativity and I will give thanks for her healing.
How will you celebrate tonight’s Harvest/Sage moon?