Posts Tagged ‘harvest moon’

Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: Praying Mantis

September 16, 2011

The Praying Mantis by Ogden Nash

From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.

My husband and I have been trying to have an Outdoor Movie night all summer.  Between busy friends and rain, we finally had our chance last Saturday, September 10, 2011.  We decided to screen two Muppet Movies.  It was to be an old school double feature.  We decided to watch The Muppet Movie, (1979) my favorite of the Muppet Movies.  Our Second feature was to be my husband’s favorite, The Great Muppet Caper (1981).

We watched both movies…note to self: Schedule next outdoor movie night closer to a New Moon instead of near a Full Moon.

Other than the bright moonlight, everything went well.  We even had people stick around to help us dismantle everything.

Being a photographer, I used a background and stands for the screen.

As we began breaking down the backdrop, we noticed a Praying Mantis.  He did not want to leave our screen.  We put the stands down, carried the cloth and he still hung on.  Finally, I had to move our little friend so I could take the equipment into the house.

As spirit Animals, Praying Mantises are all about calm, quiet, stillness and are perfect symbols for meditation.  They show is to be patient with others as well as ourselves.  They channel female warrior energy. When a praying mantis appears in your life it is asking you to direct your energy, thoughts or actions in a different way. “Follow Mantis” means putting that core aspect of yourself, your foundation of Spirit, at the helm and let it direct your intellect and ultimately your life.

Now on to the asana:  Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis is a balancing squat that helps open hips.

  • Begin in Table Pose
  • Curl toes under and begin to walk hands back towards your knees
  • Roll back onto your feet and allow your knees to come up off of the floor
  • Inhale your arms up, overhead
  • Interlace your fingers, index fingers up
  • Exhale, keeping your arms straight, lower your arms and lean torso forward
  • Point your fingers to the floor
  • Drishti is at your fingers
  • Hold for several breaths
  • Release to child’s pose for a few breaths

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Full Moon Purging Ritual

September 15, 2011

I had a Tarot Reading done by Barbara Kauffman.  My cards stated that I had habits in my life I needed to release.

Barbara recommended that with the full moon approaching (September 12, 2011 was a Full Harvest Moon) it would be the perfect time to do a Ritual.

The full moon represents death, change, or tying up loose ends. We end a chapter in our lives and shed light on the things that we no longer need to hold on to.  Full Moon is the best time for purging rituals, to set free anything we want to release physically and mentally.

The closer to the Midnight of the Full Moon the more powerful the energy.

I spent some time meditating and collecting all things in my life I wish to release:  pain, annoyance, short temperness, laziness, frustration, anger, bad eating habits and on and on.

Write down everything you want to free from your life.

Each issue should be written on its own slip of paper.

As you write, visualize letting the habit go.  See it leave your body and mind.

Place all your paper strips into a fireproof container.  A cauldron would be so cool here, but I didn’t have one so I used a disposable baking pan.

Take your container outside

Say a little prayer

Light the paper on fire

Visualize all the negative things in your life releasing with the smoke

When the fire is out completely (use water) I buried the ashes.

See Moon Salutations Here

Look for more Moon Rituals coming soon…..
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