Bloodtime

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    Moontime
    Dreamtime
    Darktime

    thinking time
    resting time
    knowing time
    hearing time
    listening time

    openness

    flowing
    knowing
    transforming
    becoming
    whole…

 

I find that now is the time of year to contemplate the Dark Mother and to remember the many things that incubate and take root in the deep places within us as well as within the earth herself. I've been trying to implement dark moon retreat time into my own life on a regular basis. When thinking about what it offers, I made this list:

Time of self-care
Rest
Nourishment
Comfort
Growth
Initiation
Exploration
Transformation–-stepping into fullness of power
Surrender
Not knowingness
Wildness of spirit
Deepness of soul
Groundedness of being
Creativity
Stillness
Self-nurtrance
Time for mental quiet
Time for sinking in
Ask for help–-seek and find guides

I also think about the place where meat is chewed off our bones–-our strongest place. The place where we have grieved and despaired. Place where we have begged. And wailed. And the place where we have healed.

Darkness holds our DNA–-our link to past and future. At the birth of the universe, some part of us was there. I do not find that dark automatically translates as “bad” or negative or as the "shadow side" of anything. I think of cocoon. I think of womb. I think of germination. I think of a place to rest, wait, be still and transform. Emergence. Deepness. Rich earthiness.

The Goddess herself might be found in the dark and as Camille Maurine wrote, there is a secret in endarkenment.

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For more about endarkenment, see my post at Feminism and Religion.