Yesterday was the Full Moon Eclipse and I am just now documenting my intentions for the month. (I usually do this with the new moon.) I am taking advantage of this powerful moon energy to assist me in visualizing my dreams and manifesting my goals.
The past two weeks have been a productive time for me. I made some strides at getting several commission pieces underway and I have made a lot of progress on cleaning/emptying my basement. Yesterday I spent a great deal of the day cleaning my studio, washing and waxing the floors. I also took time off last week to enjoy and relax while my daughter was home on spring break and had the chance to see my sister-in-law, niece and grand-nieces last week while they were in town.
I have also recently come to the realization (while working on taxes and cleaning out files in the basement) that it was 20 years ago, 1996, that I started my business, Pamela Penney Textile Arts. While it is always easy for me to fall into looking back at where I came up short, where I could have been more successful, and wondering why I’ve worked so hard for so little; today I choose to celebrate. I honor my choice at times to put family and community ahead of financial gain. I measure my success in the number of lives influenced and inspired. I give gratitude to my husband and family for supporting my endeavors. I give thanks for the flexibility my work has allowed for my time and energy. I am proud of the creations I have manifested in the last 20 years and hope that they have blessed the lives they have become a part of. I most of all give deep gratitude to the Universe for blessing me with the life I dreamed of as a young adult; a creative artistic life blessed with healthy happy children, a supportive and loving husband, great friendships and a funky studio with all of my supplies/space to work, and my own strong and healthy body/mind/spirit.
It is also coming to my attention that the next two decades will take me into my “advanced years”. In some ways I feel like I am at a cross-road yet, still unsure of which corner to turn next. Although twenty years can fly by very quickly, a lot can be accomplished in that time. In twenty years at the age of 74, how will I measure my success? How do I take the next few steps to lead me on that path? I move into this full moon to new moon cycle with ease and joy, opening up to new opportunities for growth and continued learning. I give gratitude for the past while being open, excited and ready to take on the future. I step through this portal with the knowledge learned through my past experiences and let go of the burden of my past failures and mistakes. I open myself further to new avenues of revenue, support and “success”. I measure my success on my terms.
We just experienced a solar eclipse. Did you feel it? I ask that because those of us in the USA were not be able to see it. But, the energy did affect all of us here on the Earth Vessel. This will be the only total eclipses of the sun in 2016. It gives scientists the rare opportunity to really study the Sun’s Corona. It is a rare opportunity for all of us to use the energy of the shadow brought to light, to really clear out what is in our shadows and bring into the light what we would like to focus on over the next 6 months.
On February 20th, I worked alongside a few of my Moon Medicine Circle friends to cleanse, clear and give gratitude to what I had been holding on my Mesa over the past year. My Mesa is a small metal tray that I hold crystals and meaningful objects to work with their energies for meditation and healing. Here is what my Mesa looked like going in to the ceremony:
For the clearing of the old I used my pendulum on each item to feel the energy and determine what pieces would stay and what pieces would be cleared. I also used Himalayan salts and smudging to clear old stuck energies. Here it is after the clearing:
The cleared Mesa left me with just a few special items and a lot of open space for new opportunities over this coming year. In the North I have raw amethyst and in the East I have topaz crystals that I picked up at a little gift shop last October while hiking through a forest preserve (and talking to the trees) in Southern Illinois. In the Northeast is the lovely pine scented candle that my daughter gave me as a gift for Christmas. The South holds a piece of ash from a fire ceremony last December and a special stone my friend Karen brought back from South America while there studying shamanism. In the Southwest is the wing of a grouse that gave his life by accidently flying through my brother’s kitchen window, breaking the glass. My nephew cleaned the bird, saving me the feathers! And my brother’s family had a special dinner that night. The West holds a sea shell from my friend and Transitions Circle Facilitator, Susan. And in the center is the Selenite Heart that I acquired in February along with a drying rose from the funeral of my friend Lisa’s mother a few weeks ago. These are all very special treasures.
Last night into early morning the New Moon and Eclipse occured creating a special portal for Activating the New Mesa. After blessing my Mesa I left her near the window to activate with the dark moon energies. This morning I lit the candle and felt guided to add a few new items. This is my Mesa today:
First I wanted to add the beautiful cotton handkerchief, a gift from my friend Jane. It has a lovely crochet butterfly and edging along with some amazing fine thread work in the center. I then added the new fossil stone that looks like it has a leaf print on it that my friend, Lisa gave me for my birthday last Friday. Then a small pinecone jumped on too! And finally, to bring in the energy of my paternal grandma who came to me in a dream last night, I added three metal leaves from a broken necklace that were from her jewelry box. Grandma, I hear you. I feel your love and guidance (there is that dance word again!) I look forward to heading into my “new year” with you by my side.
I urge you to do something to honor the special energy of this portal provided to us by the Universe. Offer just one small ceremonial clearing and one little thought of what you would like to see manifest between now and early September. If you allow the space and the ideas/thoughts the Ancestor and Star/Planet Guides are just waiting to be invited in to assist you in creating your dream come true. Ajo!