Winter Moon Prayer

Lupita  (Mary, Guadalupe, Tree of Life)

Your steel points of light

Your branches of Light (Asherah)

 glow in grave darkness.

Hecate’s second moon is Red.

The raven slices the sky into shards.

The river catches shivering stars.

We remember the First Mother…

Patiently, painfully,

we return the parts to the Whole.

See the Wolf who hides

 behind the Tree,

 the door?

Welcome him in.

Only then can we begin…

Lupita, 

Your needled points of light 

glow in grave darkness.

This kind of prayer is said during the dark months when shadows are feared and the nights are long. I use it at the solstice or the full moon before the winter solstice, a fire festival. There are good reasons for this kind of prayer. It is so important to acknowledge our shadow and to invite him/her in as a friend, not as an enemy. Otherwise harmful projections occur as we place undesirable qualities that we can’t own onto others.

 In Indigenous traditions there are always masked personages that act out these shadow qualities in sometimes very scary or humorous ways. The Tewa have a masked dancer who uses a whip to strike the ground. In central Europe masked dancers walk the streets creating havoc in rural areas even today. These figures are acting out the shadow in us all, keeping it present so this energy does not go underground where it can become quite deadly. 

2 thoughts on “Winter Moon Prayer

  1. Such a relief! Whenever I write a post that addresses shadow I never get a response! You are the exception… my guess is that no one wants to own the dark sides of who they are when these darker qualities enlighten us helping us to make different choices!

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