Pisces New Moon, March 2019
PISCES NEW MOON
Thursday March 7, 3:03AM (AEDT)
Wednesday March 6, 4:03PM (GMT)
Wednesday March 7, 8:49AM (PST)
So as we tune into the energies of this Pisces New Moon you may be feeling the pull of a Spiritual Initiation, or the call to develop your psychic and healing abilities. You may feel like plunging into the depths of your imagination and dreams, immersing in the dreamy realms, to unlock hidden mysteries.
“The Pisces energy is undifferentiated; it is the ‘oceanic feeling’ by which we connect with all other living beings” (Marcia Starck, Women’s Medicine Ways)
Pisces New Moon Ritual –
Unlock the wisdom of your Dreams to bring Healing
Pisces is here to activate our compassion, for ourselves and others, and connect us to healing. Under the influence of this moon, we can use our dreams & imagination now more than ever, as a powerful portal to unlock wisdom, bring healing insight and access deeper compassion.
While I was at the NZ International Yoga Festival, I was lucky enough to attend a few dream workshops, that were deeply inspiring and reminded me of how much I love using dreamwork as a tool for healing and personal growth. So in this ritual we will work with one dream. Please recall a recent dream or ask to receive a dream as you sleep tonight…
SMUDGE & CLEANSE – to clear and purify the space, your emotions, mind and your energy. For this watery moon you may choose to use water to cleanse. Either soak in a bath, take a swim, use a fresh or dried herbal/floral water mix in a large bowl, to cleanse the face and hands in, and use a plant mist spray for the space. To make one yourself, get creative and use a mix of oils and water, possibly even adding a little vodka or rum for spirit.
ALTAR – Light some candles and place any sacred items on your altar; feathers, stones, crystals etc. You may wish to place these on a special coloured cloth. The colours associated with Pisces are shades of indigo, blue, green and other shades of the ocean. There are so many different lineages with different ways of honouring & placing the elements. So, it depends on the traditions and lineages you connect with, but I like to place incense and feathers in the east to connect with the element of air, a candle in the north to represent the fire element, a bowl of water and shells in the west to honour the water element and crystals and seed pods in the south to invoke the earth element. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere you can swap, so fire is in the south and earth is in the north.
CAST CIRCLE – Honour and call in the sacred directions. You may wish to drum or chant as you do this. This may be a simple heartfelt prayer invoking the qualities of each of the directions. There are many different prayers & invocations available on the internet, but the most powerful one for your circle will be the one offered spontaneously from your heart!
CACAO – If you feel called to work intentionally with the medicine of Ceremonial Cacao in your ritual, try preparing it with Blue Lotus and Damiana as a potent dream ally elixir. Call in Cacao Blessings, give thanks and drink to: Spiritual Initiation & Healing.
DREAMWORK – When we tune in and interpret our own dream symbols we can apply the lesson to our everyday life and accelerate our growth and healing. Choose 1 dream you recall, recent or recurring, it can be a so called “bad” dream, then:
- Write the dream down
- Write the main overall feeling of the dream, as 1 or 2 words/qualities
- Write how you were feeling at the time of the dream
- Briefly, in 1 sentence, describe what might be the meaning or purpose of your dream (your first impression)
- Underline 5 or 6 of the keywords in your dream
- List the keywords down your page, then beside each one list another 4-6 associated words that come to you. (eg for sun it might be light, heat, warmth, yellow, summer, melt)
- Search amongst these words for one key word that summarises or symbolises the dream the most
- Rewrite the story from the other person’s perspective. Choose one other central character from your dream, or if there is no other people, perhaps there is an animal or even an inanimate object & tell the dream from their perspective. You can repeat this again with another character, to open up another new perspective.
- What have I learnt from this dream?
I love how through this process, a so called “bad” dream, can unlock so much wisdom and give us new choices. This sequence is based on the workshop I did with Sarah Spence in NZ, a wonderful woman sharing Dream Yoga, based on the teachings of Swami Sivnanda Radha. To find out more about her visit http://www.premratnamusic.net/about (Premratna)
COMPASSION – Once you have accessed any learnings from your dream, meditate quietly for a time. When you are ready call upon Quan Yin, Goddess of Compassion, to be with you. You may want to use this invocation I love from the orderwhitemoon website:
Mother of Love and Compassion
Bestow your wisdom upon me
Help me see humanity through your eyes
Help me master the love and compassion
that you hold near to your heart of Gold
Help me shine like a beacon in the night
and see my reflection in your tear of love
Quan Yin I thank you for your tireless love
and your patience and hope for humanity
As you tune in to her energy and qualities, ask yourself: How can I be more compassionate and less judgemental in thought and action? What seed can I plant within myself to bring about this compassion?
HEALING – Now is the time to generate a beautiful healing energy, that can be used for self-healing or to send healing energy to others that may still be struggling.
Ra Ma Da Sa Healing Meditation
Practicing the mudra and the mantra properly will optimize the energy flow and will make this meditation all the more potent.
POSTURE: Sit in Easy Pose, with a straight spine, apply a light Neck Lock (chin pulled back slightly) and close the eyes.
MUDRA: The elbows bent down by the sides, tucked against the ribs. The forearms almost perpendicular to the floor, hands extended at a 45 degree angle from the center of the body. Palms are perfectly flat, facing up, hands bent back at the wrists, so you feel a pull in the lowest part of your forearm as you almost hyper-extend your wrist to make the palms flat. The fingers kept side by side, with the thumb apart. It is important to hold the position of the hands to optimize the energy flow and make the meditation more potent.
MANTRA: This mantra consists of 8 basic sounds: Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung
Translation: Ra – Sun / Ma – Moon / Daa – Earth / Saa – Impersonal Infinity / Saa Say – Totality of Infinity / So – Personal sense of merger and identity / Hung – The infinite, vibrating and real.
This mantra taps into the energies of the sun, moon, earth, and the Infinite Spirit to bring deep healing. It is important to pull the navel point powerfully on the first Sa and on Hung. Note that the word Hung is not long and drawn out. Rather, it is clipped off forcefully as you pull in the navel. Chant one complete cycle of the entire mantra with each breath. Then deeply inhale and repeat. Remember to move the mouth precisely with each sound. Try to feel the resonance in the mouth and in the sinus area. You can find a beautiful version of the mantra by Snatam Kaur on Spotify.
MENTAL FOCUS: You can choose to mentally visualize yourself, or the person/s that you are wanting to heal, as you send this energy to them for their well¬-being.
TIME: Continue chanting for 11 to 31 minutes.
TO END: To end the meditation, inhale deeply and hold the breath, as you offer a healing prayer. Visualize the person you wish to heal as being totally healthy, radiant, and strong. See the person completely engulfed in a healing white light and completely healed. Then exhale and inhale deeply again, hold the breath, and offer the same prayer again. Exhale. To complete, inhale deeply, stretch your arms up high, and vigorously shake out your hands and fingers for several seconds. Keep the arms up and hands shaking as you exhale. Repeat two more times and relax.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
CLOSE: Give thanks & reopen the circle to complete.