2017 Sagittarius New Moon Mandala
December 18, 2017
Dream… Wish… Hope
“Potency is defined as the ‘inherent capacity for growth and development.’ It implies that you are not yet what you might become…The testing grounds never end; the challenges are always at hand. Slowly and steadily plugging away, you have the ability to produce a more perfected, masterful result as you continue to painstakingly and diligently refine your efforts. Leave no stone unturned in your masonry. There are diamonds to be found among the shards.”
~CJ Write, Auntie Moon
I was wearing a beautiful gray, cable-knit dress that Amy H. made for me. It was heavy, thick, beautifully made and very warm. I felt safe and comfortable in it and I loved it!
New Moon Dream 1
I was climbing a mountain. I came to a lighthouse and continued the climb on the spiral staircase inside. My father was climbing behind me.
New Moon Dream 2
The next night:
I was on a bus. It was not moving and there was no driver. It was a sunny day and though the front of the bus allowed the light in, the back of the bus was very dark. An older, black man sat at the back of the bus in the center of the last row of seats. He was flanked by a few black men. Other than these men I was the only person on the bus. He called to me and gave me three blankets and told me to give them away. He told me he was only going to give me one but decided otherwise. The blankets were also black…one had a dull orange and blue pattern…another had a greyed-white in the pattern. I took them to the front of the bus where there was more light and worked on refolding them.
New Moon Dream 3
The same night:
I was driving to a party. There was a man in the back seat – literally a back seat driver. I stopped at a cross walk and several mentally ill people crossed in front of the car. I came to the end of the road where I had to turn right or left. The man in the back seat told me to turn left. I knew I should turn right but decided to listen to him. I ended up having to make a U-turn and continued to drive. I was the first to arrive at the party. The hostess inspected the bag of popcorn I brought to share and said, “I’m sorry, I can’t use this. It’s not gluten free.” and threw it away.
New Moon Dream 4
Such explosive, light-filled potential in this mandala! Neatly packaged as if it were incubating!
The base of this mandala consists of four concentric circles…four speaks to me of foundation, earth/ground and grounding or stability. This four seems to ground what lies upon/within it.
The four is dissected into eight pieces:
“The symbolism backing number eight deals largely with business, success, and wealth. This is due to the fact that eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles. Such elements are seen in arenas where success is obtained simply because of dogged determination and repetition. Also, matters of business and wealth largely depend on cycles to fulfill their manifestation. It’s like the snowball analogy: As it continues to roll, in gets bigger and bigger with each revolution. Eight represents that kind of momentum.”
This eight speaks more profoundly to me of higher things. While the Four is earthly…the eight could be of the Heavens… as in the cosmic Christ.
The first symbol we encounter from the outer edge is square-like in nature with four corners shown here in blue…
Two corners have sharp angles, the other two are soft and egg-like. It is surprisingly similar in shape to the ornaments I selected to create my Sag Wish List for Christmas.
This mandala shape speaks to me of balanced masculine and feminine energies. No surprise this symbol is repeated Five times – a number energetically connected to a balance of masculine and feminine energies. Five calls us to motion, adventure, travel, with instability, unpredictability and radical changes. It draws our attention to the wonder of life and to appreciate the perception of chaos all around us. Five is both primitive and erratic. Arranged in this fashion this five is perhaps the incubator of what lies within.
Next we encounter 10 points…two five pointed stars one on top of the other (10 in the fashion of 5+5). Tens speaks of completion. Personally, I always look at Ten as an elevated One…a new beginning but on a higher level mentally, physically or spiritually. Arranged in this fashion it looks to me to be like the sun and as such draws me symbolically to Tarot’s Wheel of Fortune.“ This is “very much a card of the world representing all its challenges and changes…and stands for the alternation of good luck or bad, dharma, the passing of time and the need for life to have a balance of positive and negative experiences. The Wheel is a solar symbol, representing the turning of the Sun on its cartwheel journey though the Heavens, a relentless life-force.” I make note here that as we lived this cycle/month, we entered the North Gate of The Wheel, ushering in the season of winter and until the Spring Equinox it is a time of exploring The Mystery.
~The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook, Adele Nozedar
In side the “sun” we find the explosive nucleus of this incubating cell:
- Two Eight pointed stars could refer to the idea of eternity and regeneration. In the ancient tradition they could also refer to Mars, The Powerful.
- One Septagram or Seven Pointed Star – goes by many names but intrinsically is a reminder of the sacred significance of the number 7; seven days of creation, the seven days of the week, the seven planets of the ancient tradition, the seven magical metals and the seven pillars of wisdom. Or Neptune and Uranus, Bringers of Light.
- Two five-pointed stars – one masculine, larger and pointing up, the other is more feminine in nature, smaller, tilted to the right and is central to the mandala. This star is less direct and therefore energetically softer – less “in your face” than it’s larger counterpart. “This star is universally accepted as a symbol, and a part of our everyday language. To call someone a “star” is a great compliment. The light of a star is only visible in juxtaposition to the darkness surrounding it…In terms of astronomical significance The Pole Star provides a reliable aid to navigation and its unmoving position, static at the center of the great wheel of the Heavens, makes it a symbol of the world axis. This star is also, for many a reminder of the constancy of God.” ~Illustrated Signs…
Five is also connected in the ancient tradition to Mercury, The Adaptor.
“Our true worth does not consist in what human beings think of us.
What we really are consists in what God knows us to be.”
~ St. John Berchmans
Interesting things, dreams. They can tell us so much if we take the time to listen to them and unpack them. Two nights in a row at the New Moon I had very vivid dreams…and what I gleaned from them in a nutshell was: that I am very comfortable in the extra weight I carry so much so that I feel it keeps me safe; that I am overcoming obstacles to my goals and reaching a higher level of understanding; that my plans and goals are coming to life but I need to let go of things that bring me comfort (like maybe that occasional pint of Mint Chocolate chip?)…to literally give them away or let go of them as a source of comfort; and though I sometimes feel powerless in my choices I drive the vehicle that holds my spirit and I need to quit giving my power away.
All. My. Life! I have struggled with my weight…what to eat…what not to eat…how to exercise…how much and how often? And quite often lately I am easily pulled by the beautiful martini just delivered to the next table after I had made a decision not to imbibe, but I order one anyway… or another’s night time snacking that pulls me in to the game too. That popcorn dream was a kicker! I have found that I feel that I can eat small amounts of gluten with no affect on my body or my joints. My dream is telling me otherwise.
As I write we just celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany…when three Wise Men/Kings/Astrologers/??? followed the Star of Bethlehem in search of a newborn king and found a child in a manger – no ordinary child mind you, but certainly not what they were expecting. The saying above made its presence known more than once this cycle. On this Feast Day we celebrate the revelation of the Christ to the Gentiles – A Light to the Nations – a light that elevates and expands and includes and loves. And then, they had a dream… to return home by another route because King Herrod wished death upon the child. Father, Joseph, also had a dream… to leave the area to protect the tender shoot from the evil carnage that was about to happen. Dreams… can be portals of divine communication…. And can reveal a great many things still today.
During this cycle I allow to come to me things that help tether me to the Light throughout the year: a sacred word and a challenge word; a saint and a prayer. I’m including some stones from nature this year as I have opened myself to the possibility of working with God through His creation in this way. Not knowing much about them I had attended a workshop at my fitness center last cycle and at the invitation of Auntie Moon this cycle, (I do LOVE her rituals) I enjoyed a Crystal Test at Energy Muse to select my crystals/stones for the year. I am on the hunt for a piece of Rhodochrosite so my pink quarts is tagging in until I can aquire one. I use these stones as park of my meditation practice.
One of my very favorite things to do, especially at this time of year, is a waking dream experience: the creation of a Dream Wheel which I learned through Kathryn Costa at 100mandalas.com. At the Disseminating Phase, I cut out an 18 inch circular piece of cardboard, gathered the magazines I had been colleting throughout the year, made a cup of tea, lit a candle, set out some stones that drew my attention, meditated for a bit to center myself and began cutting out those things that spoke to me… not giving it much thought just cutting out those things that spoke to me. I then arranged them on the wheel. Not everything makes it onto the wheel. I often find common themes in the words and pictures then choose what makes the best symbolic representation or resonates best with me. I am always amazed at what it tells me.
Eagle has been very prominent this cycle. I have often seen one flying overhead and a pair more than a few times high up in the trees in the park on my morning walks. Eagle for me is symbolic of nobility and freedom, but freedom that requires payment…a death of some kind is required… be it mental, spiritual, or physical. Heron is more present than ever. Her message is cultivating quiet through stillness.
So are we dreaming? What are we dreaming about? What light are we incubating? What’s holding us back? What’s the next best step? What are we called to? Are we listening? Or forging ahead “on our own” without Higher Guidance? If we are uncertain, and even if we are sure about the path to take, it is my experience that The Divine Beloved will direct us to the best possible outcome… all will be given in its appointed time if we open up, let go (trust) and give ourselves over to The Great Mystery, The Lover of Souls who knows us and our situation better than we know our selves. The Beloved calls to us through the deep silence of this Mystery season. Ground… connect inwardly and upwardly… savor… lift up… give over… dare to dream…. wish… and hope and then “climb that mountain” or those “lighthouse stairs” to fulfill the guidance given. When we do, we our selves, our families and friends, our society, our culture and our world benefit immensely! Dare! to Dream… to Wish… and to Hope.
Love Hugs and Blessings,
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