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Changing Moon - Lilith

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Changing Moon - Lilith

PostAuthor: Morwenn » Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:59 pm

The 9th moon cycle of this year begins with the new moon on August 14th and ends on September 12th. The full moon occurs on August 29th.

Change - Equality - Balance

The changing moon falls between the festival of Lammas and the mid-autumn feast of Mabon, when day and night will be of equal length again.

It's the end of summer. Through the inertia of sticky warm days and heavy growth, the undercurrent of change rising beneath us, drawing us closer to the point of balance. As the days get shorter trees across the country produce spectacular displays of colours, when the leaves gradually fade from green to gold. Change is in the air.

Lilith

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Lilith, self-will
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The goddess of this moon cycle is Lilith. Lilith was originally the Sumerian Queen of Heaven, a goddess older than Inanna. The Hebrews took the goddess and transformed her into the first wife of Adam, the primal male.

The oldest known term which relates to Lilith would be the plural word 'Lili' (feminine: 'Lilitu'), which simply meaned 'spirits' in Sumerian. Lilith is often described as having been a Sumerian succubus. In fact such creatures surely had their part in the Hebrew conception of Lilith.

According to Jewish Myth, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. The Book of Genesis proclaims in its first version of humanity's creation: 'Male and female He created them,' (Gen 1, 27). There was a female created simultaneously with Adam, and her name was Lilith. It was said that she was created out of the dust of the earth. Later on, the creation of woman is explained as Jahweh's afterthought.

When Adam suggested intercourse to the primal female, she enthusiastically agreed. Adam then instructed Lilith to lie down beneath him. Insulted, she refused, pointing out that they had been created equally and should mate so. When Adam disagrees with her, Lilith no longer wants to stay with him and flees from the Garden of Eden. From then on Jewish mythology depicts her as a temptress and a demon.

Changing moon

In the Sacred Cycle of Blood Mysteries the goddess is still fertile but her role of mothering children has been completed. Her energy is shifting from mothering to the desire self-exploration and self-expression: bringing the energies and mysteries of her inner darkness out into the world around her as a gift and an offering of the depths of her learning.

But some women experience this time of necessary change as a threath. Looking back at her life she might wonder 'Is this all there is to life?' Some women will choose to divorce their husband because there is no more room for change. The Lilith-phase in a woman's life is often characterized by self-will and stubbornness. On the other hand, this phase may also offer the opportunity to deepen the relationship between partners and allow them to grow as individuals. When this is the case, Lilith doesn't have to flee.

Embracing the dark goddess

After all, this is a time of great opportunities and of renewed creativity. Lilith represents our primal, instinctive feminine sexuality. It's a time of embracing the dark goddess and discovering your own (sexual) desire.

Nourishment

Because the days are shortening again and soon the cold will come creeping in, your body is in the need of a richer type of nourishment. Include walnuts, almonds, peanut butter, salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines in your daily nourishment. They might even increase your libido.

Ritual - Cord Cutting Ceremony

Lilith appears to tell you to take back your power. Where are the places you have lost or given away your power? What beliefs do you hold that deny your power? Lilith boldly instructs us to stand up for what we believe in, unbridled and courageous.

You may do this ritual suggestion at any time. Working with the lunar cycles will increase its power. A good time to cut cords is at the dark of the moon. The time to put on the cords is the day after the full moon. You may wear the cords till the new moon or keep them on for a longer or shorter period – whatever feels right for you.

You will need rope, yarn, string, or whatever feels right. It should be sturdy enough for you to wear for the length of time you have chosen. You will also need a pair of scissors, a knife, and an incense burner, cauldron, or wood-burning stove. You can do this alone or with others.

Choose up to three ways you have not been in your power. Perhaps you’ve been afraid of stepping into your power or your beliefs keep you from expressing your power. Next decide on a date to put on the cords. It could be right now or you might want to align with the cycles of the moon.

When ready, pick up your cord and cut it to the length desired. The length you choose will be determined by where on your body you plan to tie it, for example, your ankles, wrists, throat, waist. The place you choose will be determined by what the cord represents. If you want to transform what keeps you from walking in your power, you might tie cords around your ankles. If you have trouble speaking your truth, you might choose your throat. If fear of your sexuality keeps you from your power, you might tie the cord low around your hips. Do what feels right.

As you are tying the cord next to your skin, speak the meaning of the cord. For example, 'This cord symbolizes my desire to be in my power by speaking my own truth.' When finished, go on to the next cord. You may choose to work with only one cord at a time or you may work with three. Be sure you can give attention to all the cords. During the days leading up to the cord cutting, you will need to focus on each cord and what it represents by looking at the cord or feeling it next to your skin.

On the day or night you have chosen to cut the cords, have the incense burner, cauldron or wood-burning stove, matches and a knife or scissors ready. When ready, light whatever you are using. Do you want to dance and drum wildly, shout the meaning of the cord and how you take you power back as you cut the cord? Or do you prefer to sit quietly, state the meaning of the cord and your desire to take back your power, then cut the cord? Do what is appropriate for you. You may want to cut each cord differently. Cut the first cord, go on to the next till all the cords are cut. Now take the cords and put them in your incense burner, cauldron, or wood-burning stove and watch them burn. Allow yourself to feel a surge of power as you watch each cord turn to smoke.

Take a deep breath and feel your new sense of power. Release what you have called in with gratitude. Give thanks to Lilith for pointing the way to your power.

Excerpt from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Le principal est d'arriver à faire une vie heureuse et riche de son incarnation présente.
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