Card Spread, Free Your Voice, Personal Writings, Rituals, Spirituality

Word of the Year + Card Spread

The past few years, I’ve chosen a word of the year as my theme, instead of new year resolutions. It often encompasses my intentions for the year, how I want to live my life, and the direction I want to move in my purpose.

This year, I was inspired by Catrice M. Jackson of Catriceology to add 5 supporting words for my primary word. I took it a step further and made a card spread to find confirmation and divine support to guide me as I step into the themes of these words.

Copy of Word of the Year Spread

Empower
I chose the word Empower as my main word for 2019 because this past year has been a year of learning and healing, and now it’s time to step into the empowerment of all that I’ve learned. The supporting words I chose are related to areas of my life and work. These are areas where I want that empowerment to be a strong force behind what I do and who I’m becoming!

Healing
I desire my own healing work, and the healing I facilitate for others, to come from a place of empowerment. I strongly believe we all have the capacity to bring healing into our lives, but sometimes it helps to have someone alongside who has already been there and can hold space.

Embodiment
Embodiment is a strong secondary theme for me, and embodying lessons learned from a place of power is important for me in my journey right now.

Community
Relationships are incredibly important to me, and they inform my values and are a source of inspiration. The community I’ve been cultivating in my life is very important to me and my social justice values come from a place of community. I included this because I want to empower my community and be empowered by the people in my own community of friends and family.

Self
Even though this one seems straightforward, there are a lot of layers to this one. I want to empower my connection to my higher self, but I also desire to give myself the unconditional love and support I need. While relationships are important to me, my connection to myself has been growing over the past year, and I can sense I’m ready to step into a greater place of power in who I am and what I desire to co-create in the world.

Purpose
It’s time to put more focus and power behind my own work and my own purpose in the world. I’ve been going deeper into what that means the past year, and this year I’m ready to empower it into being in a deeper way as well!

After determining my words for this year, I was inspired to create a card spread with the purpose of receiving guidance to support me towards my goals, and I’m sharing it here for you to use as well! You can also use it to gain inspiration or confirmation for your words or themes for the year. I hope you enjoy it!

Word of the Year Spread (1)

May your voice be freed even more in the new year, and may 2019 be full of joy, peace, and abundant blessings in all forms! And so it is.

Lots of love,

~Marieke

 

Moon, Prayer, Rituals

New Moon Rituals

The new moon is a time of new beginnings. It is a time to start fresh, create intentions, and an excellent time for manifesting, and working with the divine to start on a new path. No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, we see that the moon has it’s cycles – the cycles that God/the Universe/Source/Allah, etc created – along with all the other natural cycles of the day, seasons of the year, menstruation, and life itself. These cycles align with the creative process as well.

The cycle is:

Birth, spring, waxing moon, sprouting plant, follicular phase of menstrual cycle

Mid-life, summer, full moon, fruitful plant, ovulation

Old age, Fall, waning moon, decay, luteal phase

Death, Winter, New moon, gone to seed, bleeding phase of menstruation

In the creative process, it’s the same thing:  The inspiration or birth of an idea, the fruition of an idea, the completion of an idea, and what Kate Northrup has dubbed the “fertile void”.

In order for a sprout to grow, a plant must go to seed. That seed must be buried, like in death…except the seed still carries the possibility of life. Life energy resides in that tiny seed. So even when you feel that you can’t move forward or you are stuck and don’t know what to do…that seed is there, waiting for some sunlight, waiting for the ground to thaw, waiting for the warm showers of Spring.

In the cycle of the moon (and possibly your menstrual cycle if you have one and it is aligned), right now is the season of the seed. It is the time to plant your intentions, to trust that your ideas and your goals have life force behind them, and that they will come to fruition in time.

The following rituals can be done individually, or all together as one. You may light a candle when you begin, and blow it out when you are done, whether it’s just one, or all of them. Make them your own!

Gratitude Ritual:

  • Light a candle if you wish, or diffuse some essential oils that make you feel good.
  • Write down all the things you are grateful for, especially from the past 4 weeks.
  • Write down all the things that have gone well, no matter how small.
  • Then sit in the feeling of gratitude for all the blessings in your life.

Prayer:

“Thank you [insert deity/universe here] for your support and for your blessings. I am grateful for the cycles of the universe that are an example of how I can live and am grateful I can tap into them for support. I am grateful for how you bring me what I need when I need it, for the challenges that help me grow, and the blessings that support my passions and purpose in this life. [You may repeat your lists here if you’d like]. I release the things that do not serve me. I release the things that hold me back from pursuing my purpose, taking time to feed my soul, or giving to the world. I release the distractions, frustration, discouragement, and clutter. I release them down into the earth so they can be reborn into something new that will produce good fruit. And so it is. Amen.”

Blow out the candle to seal your ritual.

Intentions Ritual:

[Many elements of this ritual are inspired by rituals described in Moonology by Jasmin Boland]

  • Light a candle, or keep it going. A green candle is a good choice if you have one since it signifies growth, new beginnings, and abundance.
  • Take out a journal and tap into your imagination. Write out all the things you wish to see come to fruition in your life, even if they feel impossible. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Make a list of the top 10 things you wish to see happen in your life, no matter how realistic you feel they are. The more specific you are, the better.
  • Take time to imagine your life as if those things DID come to fruition. How do they FEEL? Feel the gratitude and the joy.
  • To solidify those things in your mind, take some time to draw, color, or beautifully hand write your list.
  • Write out the steps you will take during this lunar cycle to bring those things to fruition.
  • Spend time each day visualizing the manifestation of your intentions, and feeling grateful for them. If you wish, you can say a prayer of gratitude as well (your own, or the prayer above).
  • Add the steps to your calendar or planner!

Self Care & Self-Forgiveness (Ho’oponopono) Ritual:

This includes a very basic Ho’oponopono (“to make right”) Hawaiian forgiveness process combined with water to cleanse away negative energy. To learn more about it, check out this article. This ritual is also inspired by Laureen Mally’s new moon rituals from The Woo Collective.

Take the time to wash away the past lunar month and start fresh!

Take a few minutes to meditate or journal about the past few weeks. Think about things that have come up for you either within yourself, or within your relationships with others. Don’t judge it, just observe what comes up. Allow yourself to feel whatever feelings come up. Cry or be angry if you need to.

Optional: Before bathing, prepare a bowl of warm water by adding natural salts, herbs, and/or a few drops of essential oils. Use what you are drawn to, or what you know can help support your intentions for the month. Bring your bowl into the bath or shower with you. If you are taking a bath and use essential oils, mix them into natural or epsom salts first.

  • Before bathing, bring a bowl (or one filled with herbs) into the shower with you or have it nearby.
  • When in the bath or shower, say the Ho’oponopono creed three times:

“I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.”

Notice anything else that comes up emotionally and forgive yourself or others. Forgive yourself and release yourself from focusing on “negative” about yourself, and instead fill yourself with love. Love the imperfect parts of yourself. Send love to others.

  • Imagine surrounding yourself with a pink bubble and fill it with love.
  • Imagine the people you need to forgive, surround them with a pink bubble, fill it with love, and blow it away.
  • Take your bowl, fill it with water if need be, and pour it over your head, allowing it to wash away anything else you need to release. Say the Ho’oponopono one last time, really feeling into the words.
  • Open your hands, palm up, and imagine loving white light from God, Source, the Universe, to fill you up with through the top of your head and your hands.
  • Thank the Divine for supporting you and finish your shower.