Each month close to the full moon on The Wirral I hold a Moon Circle to share the ancient teachings of the moon; we gather together in a spirit of love and community. Since beginning my circle, other circles have been created in the UK and abroad joining us together in the old ways of honouring the moon.
The moon is full on March 12th in the sign of Virgo and Virgo puts us very much in touch with the Earth.
We move into spring this month and spring is the time of the wood element and so the teachings this month come from that element. You are going to go through a process of getting rid of your dead wood so that you can grow new wood.
Before I begin I would like to share with you my recent experiences with the wood element.
During the gales we have just experienced in England some of our fence panels blew down and at the same time an enormous branch fell into the garden from a large tree growing next door. Graham replaced the fence panels and he chopped up the branch so that we had a huge pile of dead wood in the middle of our lawn waiting to be removed.
When we work with spirit we work with symbolism, this is the language of light and everything in our daily lives tells us what is going on around us.
For me this was all about the wood element, the old fence panels blew down at the same time as the old branch and both of these were old wood. The symbolism of the fence is about boundaries and so the teaching for me was to do with boundaries. It was time for me to reassess my personal boundaries and take another look at them. These are often a problem for many who work with spirit as you are so keen to give, to help others but we must also be aware that there are those who will always take and overstep your personal boundaries. This is a subject that constantly needs to be reassessed.
So Graham replaced the fence panels with brand-new wood so I knew that new wood was coming in. However today I decided to go on an inner journey and see myself as a tree still carrying dead wood. I did this and let go of the dead wood and the moment I opened my eyes Graham came in to see me and he told me that he had just removed the pile of old wood from our lawn, how timely and how wonderful is the language of symbolism. I knew that Graham had intended to move that today but as it is raining I never dreamt that he would. So within and without I let go of my old wood. I thought that Graham just gone into the garden to coat a beautiful new wooden toadstool I have been given as a gift in linseed oil to protect it and he had done this but unexpectedly he continued on to remove the dead wood.
Tomorrow when the oil has dried on my toadstool I will take it out in a ceremony and place it in my fairy corner in my garden, a testament to the bringing in of new wood into my life. Remember that the wood element connects to the liver and gallbladder, those organs where we hold in old anger and resentment. It is also the element of new beginnings where we begin again as we enter into our own springtime.
Here are the teachings for this month’s full moon:
Draw down the light of Sirius, in and through you and radiate it out into the circle.
Draw down the moonlight of this earthy Virgo Moon and fill yourself with the white light. The light within you will lead your way so let it lead you into an enchanted forest. Take note of every detail of your journey through the forest; let your eyes see with inner vision.
You eventually come to a huge clearing and you stand in the centre of it and you transform into an old gnarled Apple tree. You stand as the tree listening to the dawn chorus of the birds and you delight in such heavenly music.
You feel yourself as the tree and as you look down you can see how much dead wood you carry upon you. Contemplate upon this and look to your daily life and see where you carry dead wood and be totally honest in what you feel. The dead wood represents old ways of thinking, situations and people who do not belong in your life any more.
The dead wood then begins to crumble away from you and you watch as it falls to the ground. When it has fallen away it reveals you as the most beautiful Apple tree with only new wood upon you. You feel yourself grow through the seasons from your buds unfurling to your beautiful gown of pink blossom until eventually your fruits ripen. This is a symbol of the cycles of your life where you constantly move from dying and being reborn and then reaping the fruits of your own inner harvest.
You step out from the tree and you see that the dead wood which has fallen away from you has been transformed into the most glorious wooden staff and upon that staff are ancient carvings. This staff belongs to you for a staff is a symbol of support, of the support which comes from your own true self, from your soul, always there waiting to give you guidance.
You set off on a journey but before you do you gather some red apples from the tree and take them with you for this will be your food, your spiritual food to sustain you through the cycles of the coming seasons.
You return to the enchanted forest with your staff in your hand and you come to the most magnificent enormous tree and at the foot of its trunk is a fairy door, a doorway to an enchanted world. Remember that the fairies like the birds bring the wood element or the air element for the wood and the air are one and the same.
You enter through the door into such a magical world with your staff in your hand and you see a golden path before you. At the beginning of the path is someone waiting, a most magical person ready to lead you forwards. You set out on a journey into what you can only call fairyland and you gather stories, stories filled with wisdom and gifts to bring back. You will bring these stories and gifts back to reflect upon their meaning as the ancient stories and symbols and fairy tales are our birthright for the hidden wisdom has been concealed within these tales and objects.
You find yourself in the Forest once again at dusk and it is time for evensong, the song of the birds at this time of the day. You hear their call and you follow their music and you feel as though you are going to a Temple or a very special place to honour the divine.
You come to a place in the Forest where the song is at its height and you lie down on the soft mossy ground and you listen to an orchestra of such beauty all around you. As the birds sing you feel their songs going deep into your body and into your mind and even into the depths of your soul bringing harmony. If you have harmony you have healing and birdsong harmonises all the physical structures and systems of your body and harmonises your heart bringing peace to your mind and it eventually finds its way to your soul so that your soul sings with joy.
You are bathed in the currents of these sounds and you are touched to the depths of your being with such beauty and such sacred sound, a true orchestra of light.
Enjoy the spring energies and may you always grow new wood so that you blossom and Bloom like the trees at this time of the year.
I wish you all a very blessed Ostara,
With love Margaret
There are more teachings from previous months’ moon circles here:
If you would like to begin a moon circle in your area then I will be happy to pass on information to help you to do this. Although you can run a circle any way you want I send out teachings to all the moon circle teachers each month before the full moon and they can use these if they wish. Your contact details can also be added to the contacts page on the website.
If you are interested in beginning your own circle then please get in touch with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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