Hey, lovies! The time is closing in on the New Moon. (And some of you might already be experiencing it...are you? Time zones make me dizzy.) We've gotten a few questions about what to DO at the water when we get there.
Here are some thoughts:
First, Blade and Cauldron came up with a simply gorgeous chant that I think you could use anywhere: at your kitchen table with a bowl of water, in the swimming pool, the creek, river, ocean, mud puddle in the back yard....you get the drift. I'll probably, knowing me, come up with something on the spot, although I love B&C's melody.
I think that, for me, I'm going to want to include the elements. Water, Earth, and Wind are fairly easy at the beach, but I don't know what I'll do for Fire. Maybe grab some incense? Lavender or rosemary would do well in this case, I think.
I'll carry with me my "Mother" stone and I think I'll scout the beach for any "signs"--maybe I'll bring the big shark's tooth I found on the island a few years ago. That would be pretty powerful for ME personally.
I've been thinking a lot about containing the strength and love I'm sending out. I'm considering finding a shell as a holding place for it and then wading out and letting it slip into the water. I might dance around on the sand or turn cartwheels or simply sit quietly and just be with Her.
As I've said, for me rituals like this tend to be very in the moment. And to be honest, I'm not sure that WHAT we're saying or doing is as important as the fact that we're doing it. We're DOING it.
I know I've mentioned this, but I want to say again how truly inspired and blessed I am by you all. I didn't expect this response. I wrote what I wrote to give voice to my anger and in return, I have been soothed by hundreds of voices reaching out to me and to Mother Ocean. It's just...nuts, frankly.
Can I say it now? THIS IS CRAZY!!!!! Are you KIDDING me with how awesome people can be? Wooohooooooo!! You rock!!!
(Sorry. Just had to get that out.)
I've got to go pack now and bake in preparation for our trip. I'll probably be able to post on Twitter (I'm NotHannah, obviously), but I don't know if I'll be able to do anything more than that while we're on the island. Just know that I'll be thinking of you while I'm at the water and being thankful for every one of you.