by Crystal Pomeroy
gives us a special gift by repeating her
fullness as the month ends (or as June begins,
depending on what part of the world you’re
in). For the Daykeeper family, it may seen as a tribute
to our beloved Maya, whose name contains
that of the passing month, and whose influence
on my life’s work
is directly related to the special prayer
magic I share for this lunation, as we will
see a bit further on. In fact, May was originally
named after Maia, the eldest daughter of the Pleiades. When Maya and
her colleagues decided to name their group after this constellation
some forty-five years ago, she didn’t know
about this name coincidence. Our mother loved
the moon, and would go out of her way to
observe it whenever possible.
month most associated with Mother Earth’s
fertility comes to a close, Luna is full again.
Nina Bouska gives the only precise explanation of the Blue Moon that
I’ve found in my research, in her Daily
Success Guide, including a fact important for this space: “In
Vedic traditions, because blue is the color of Krishna’s skin
to be an important time, especially potent
for prayer and meditation.”
traditions also attribute special powers
to this lunation. Known as the Dyad or Flowering Moon, it is especially
potent for magical work, even for achieving the impossible. Dyad
is from Latin, meaning double, and corresponding to the marriage
of the god and goddess principles. Pagan author Dorothy Morrison
suggests using wedding décor to celebrate it. A bit further
on you will find a fascinating, timely way
to synchronize with these energies that go
beyond the idea of joining masculine and feminine in nature or partnership.
We are before an alchemical portal for courting our own anima or
animus and recovering its role in our path of power.
familiar with this concept at an early age
thanks to my mother, who invited me to join her in a series of seminars
with Joseph Campbell on the anima and animus. Over the years such
knowledge has proved to be a fascinating tool. Dr. C. George Boeree
summarizes its importance:
of our [Jungian] persona is the role of male
or female we must play. For most people that
role is determined by their physical gender… When
we begin our lives as fetuses, we have undifferentiated
sex organs that only gradually, under the
influence of hormones, become male or female.
Likewise, when we begin our social lives as infants, we are neither
male nor female in the social sense. Almost immediately—as soon as
those pink or blue booties go on—we come under the influence of society,
which gradually molds us into men and women.
societies, the expectations placed on men
and women differ, usually based on our different roles in reproduction,
but often involving many details that are purely traditional.
In our society today, we still have many remnants
of these traditional expectations. Women are
still expected to be more nurturant and less
aggressive; men are still expected to be strong and to ignore the
emotional side of life. But Jung felt these expectations meant that
we had developed only half of our potential.”
surprised to learn that author Riane Eisler considers the Jungian
animus-anima a mistaken model, one that reinforces stereotypes of
masculine and feminine. It’s true the time has come to update the collective
unconscious and generate new archetypes; but
let’s not forget that the
deeper mind prefers stories over linear analysis.
Just as the characters in our dreams play out different parts of
ourselves, in the mythology of our unconscious, disowned strengths
can be associated with an opposite sex figure.
Morrison says, the Dyad Moon portal can optimize any magic, it becomes
miraculous when applied to recovering the god or goddess within,
empowering our lives and projects, restoring the springtime of our
beings. Could this be an inference of the following quote from the
apocryphal Book of Thomas?
you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer
and the outer like the inner…, and when you make male and
female into a single one, so that the male
will not be male nor the female be female…, then you will
enter[the Kingdom].” (adapted by
for the present lunation blesses this process
of integration in several ways. The Grand
Trine in fire harmoniously joins the expansive
properties of Jupiter; the discipline of
Saturn with Pluto’s
promise of bringing out that which is hidden
and Mars for effective action. Jupiter squaring
Pallas in the twelfth house also stimulates
a hidden, intuitive genius to combine male
and female archetypes. To quote Nina on this
Full Moon: “the
Sun-Moon opposition also squares the Moon's
Nodes, the 'karmic points,' in
Virgo-Pisces. This combination emphasizes
'discriminating use of our accumulated skills
to achieve spiritual wholeness, and an ability to rely on intuition
and approach our problems with creativity.'”
for the Dyad or Flowering Moon
the elements into your prayer space or corner a way that reflects
your marriage to yourself:
as flowers in your hair or a bridal-like
bouquet, and/or a favorite ring on your finger.
wine for the water element.
and silver candles for the fire of electric
and magnetic polarities.
incense, such as jasmine, rose or lavender
light your candles and/or incense, know it is an offering to the
Angels of Wholeness and Self-Embrace, and call on them to guide
your marriage with your anima or animus potential.
work for the Dyad Moon
words like those that follow 15 times:
invite my anima/animus into loving union
with my conscious mind. I am not afraid
of its power. Infinite Intelligence in me knows
and shows how to recover the capacities
I have hidden or denied until now, in order
to live with wholeness, freedom and the power to create the life
and dreams that form part of my highest potential. I
now embrace my whole self in symbolic marriage, and reclaim those strengths
I have previously projected onto others.
Write down three initiatives you can readily
take to integrate your repressed “male” or “female” energies
into your daily life and projects.
Note: Full Moons are great for dream work. The above process is especially
effective if you do step 1 before going to sleep, then write down step
2 immediately upon waking each day from now until the next New Moon.
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