After yesterday's post I was feeling a little lost, needing direction, and searching for my motivation. My motivation to clean the house was GONE, I was feeling overwhelmed, and just a bit miffed. I knew I needed some time to meditate, and I wanted to meditate and connect with the Goddess for the New Moon. I figured after the kids went to bed I would sit in my Living room and meditate and have a small ritual.... but by the time night came my house was still a mess and my living room looked like this;
It was then (finally!) that I found my motivation! The Goddess! SHE motivated me to clean up my space. I knew the energy wouldn't flow right if the room was like this... so I dedicated the time for cleaning to do it for the Goddess so that I could connect with Her, and so she could better work through me!
Guess what? It only took FIFTEEN minutes to clean up that room!
After that I decided to do a pre-ritual cleansing bath... so I went in my bathroom and of course, I had to clean the bathroom before I could expect to energetically and physically cleanse myself in that space.... FIVE minutes was all it took and; Wha-La! My bathroom got cleaned too!
After a lovely bath, I went back in my clean living room and had a wonderful time meditating and praying. I set up a small altar on the floor with a couple candles, my Hestia/Vesta figurine, sandalwood incense, and my tarot cards. I set out The Heirophant (Taurus), The Empress (Venus) and The Hermit (Vesta) as focal points to underline the energy of the New Moon in Taurus. (I also put out the Queen of Pentacles - Fixed Earth, and the 10 of Pentacles - Earth, and I used The Celestial Tarot)
this article by Rebecca Brents about the New Moon in Taurus energy, and followed by this creative visualization/meditation :) I LOVE this New Moon series by Rebecca Brents! This meditation is so peaceful and positive, I plan on doing it again tonite!
Vesta of the Hearth Flame Purification Ritual(Red Candle, purifying incense)
Cast your circle. Kneel before the altar until you feel recognized by The Goddess, then say
"May I be cleansed outwardly and inwardly, body and soul,
that all things in my life may be made new."
Light the red candle and meditate on it's cleansing and purifying energies, and think about the myth of Vesta, the Deity of both domestic and ceremonial fires. Keeper of the Hearth flame she was considered very pure, and if a condemned man were to happen upon one of her priestesses, his trespasses would be forgiven and he would be set free. Come before Vesta in your heart and mind, knowing that she will help cleanse you of any negative patterns you may be repeating, and ask her for purification and renewal with the following prayer;
"Vesta of the Sacred Flame,
Goddess of purification and renewal,
lady who sets the imprisoned free,
Pour your cleansing fires upon my heart and soul
That my life may be made new, my spirit receptive.
Awaken my mind to new opportunities.
Call my soul to greater spiritual knowledge.
Reveal to me your Inner Mysteries
that I may experience initiation anew.
Purify and bless me, O Vesta!"
remain in front of the altar in meditation until you feel the blessing of the Goddess. How you feel it will be different for every person... a tingle, a warm or cold sensation... anything! Listen and wait for the blessing of the Goddess. Once you feel you have been blessed, Thank Vesta and close your circle. Your purification may be received in different ways. Within a couple days you may have a change in attitude, a desire to change your eating habits, or otherwise experience changes... embrace your purification as being personally meant for you from the Goddess for your Highest Good!
Even my cat looked more peaceful and happy after my New Moon meditation and ritual!