For as long as I can remember, I have been captivated by the moon. I chase it up the mountain to try and capture it in photos. I sing to it and I use the bright white light to cleanse my crystals and channel meditations. I watch its cycles closely and see its influence on the world around me; on my mood; and frustratingly, sometimes on my body as it expands and contracts.
I see it in full expression in my daughter, Hadley, too. She was struggling yesterday – like many of us. Consumed by her emotions, confused, sad, and frustrated.
I found myself speaking to myself as I tried to comfort and console her. In tears, curled up on the couch with a blanket over her head she said,“I don’t know what is wrong with me. I don’t know what is happening to me. I don’t know what to do. I am so confused.”
I responded,“There is nothing wrong with you, sweetheart. You are feeling. You are feeling your emotions and it is a confusing time. The moon is swelling and we are in its field. It affects us. Everything is amplified, everything is stirred up. It will pass. Let’s just be with it.” With that, I held her and we rocked the tears away by sitting with them, knowing we were okay feeling not okay.
Today, we step into the field of the full Strawberry Moon and and the first lunar eclipse of three to come in the next few weeks. This moon was named by the Algonquin Native American tribes in eastern North America, who used its appearance as a signal to gather ripening wild strawberries, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Astrologically, this particular moon governs our relationships, our behaviors, our beliefs and viewpoints that seem to be in opposition– our higher mind and our lower mind, our intuition and our intellect, our right and our left, our shamed and accepted, our loved and rejected. We are being called to find acceptance, tolerance, and commonality between the opposing forces that lie beneath the surface and that magnify our moods.
The gift of this time is in the stirring. Things must come to a head and surface before we can make them better. The old ways must give way to the new. We must see the dark and the light to come back into balance with both. Without the shadows there would be no light. We must see the atrocities, the inequities, and the differences so we can create the equality, justice, and common ground we seek. The stirring calls us to act differently, to think differently, and to create a more inclusive, harmonious way of treating ourselves and treating others around us. No one will create it for us. The time is now to empower ourselves to model the way for the united humanity we seek.
There are no instructions for these times. And yet, we have the instructions within us. We know what feels off.
May you follow your knowing.
May you follow your truth.
May you follow your heart.
Enjoy this full moon meditation help you calm and center in your courage to bring peace, harmony, and love to everything you do.
Words by Jennifer Mulholland, music by Jeff Shuck.