Fire in the stones; full moon and lunar eclipse

I’m not big on rituals simply for the sake of them. Even after spending time as an OBOD bard working my way carefully and methodically through the rituals and ceremonies I happily abandoned them again as soon as I began working as an Ovate and felt it was right to do so. For me it’s much more important to work shamanically, connecting with the energies around me, the spirits of wherever I am, with myself and also with my allies and then to work spontaneously following any guidance I’m being given. In this way any ritual takes place as and when it feels right or necessary and not just because it is a particular time of the year or turn of the wheel.

Even though it is nearly a year since my stone circle was created during which time I have worked within it and held fires, since filling the space with wood chip and so ‘finishing it’, it has taken me a while to be ready to really work there again. Last month though, at full moon I at last was called there and also drawn to work with fire.

I set my fire pit in the stone lined area I had created in the centre of my stone circle, laid bundles of garden sage and rosemary amongst the flames and then I spent some time there working with the energy of the circle and the spirits of the place, releasing both into the fire and into the energy of the full moon. As this was my first fire there since placing the wood chip around the stones and I was more than a little concerned about setting light to the wood chip but I was careful of sparks and all was ok 🙂
Tonight is both a full moon and a lunar eclipse, just the kind of evening where it would be brilliant to light another fire in the fire pit and spend some time within the stones once again but today it has been raining and is expected to continue to do so. The sky is very overcast so I suspect the chances of seeing either moon or eclipse tonight are pretty much none existent. This though does not negate the power of either the moon nor the lunar eclipse.

I have not been drawn to visit and sit with fire in my stone circle tonight but this does not mean that I am not mindful of the energies around me, nor of the need to be aware of their effects. As with any full moon I will be aware of what I am ready to give up, what has come to an end and what I can release to make space for something new but tonight I will be doing so in a gentler way than when I work with the powerful transformative energy of fire and to balance the strong energies around at this particular full moon, will be working with the energy of water instead.

Rattles for Solstice 

I knew something would come to me if I gave the energy the space it needed 🙂

Yesterday out of nowhere I found myself thinking about making rattles and wondering whether I could find the time to prepare the materials in ceremony ready to make them on 21st. Now I know there is some discussion this year as to whether solstice is the 20th or 21st but I’m going for the 21st for there is method in my madness.

Today after I finished work, after I caught up properly with a friend I hadn’t spent quality time with for a long time, I decided to just go for it. 

Hide was unearthed from storage, wood for handles made itself known to me, sacred space was opened and the spirits of all were thanked. I was ready to go! 

Although in the past I made shamanic drums this is the first time I have made rattles and in many ways it is a trial run. Friends who I work with often have been asking to make rattles for some time now but it is difficult to get us all in the same place at the same time, plus I have no idea how long it might take. This way I will know.

At the moment Deer and Elk hide has been prepared for the heads. It is now in soak with sage and rosemary for cleansing and purification. Tonight it will bask in the light of the full moon and tomorrow soak up the solstice sunrise thus being fed and filled by the energy of both. This is why I am going for the 21st 🙂 

Tomorrow I will stitch each hide, fill them with sand, bind them to their handles and hang them to dry. They will not be completely finished on the solstice but their birthing will have well and truely begun.