Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
— Brooks Atkinson
Tomorrow is the New Moon, occurring just before noon, Eastern Standard Time. The lunation period that surrounds Samhain can be thought of as the Samhain season, during which access to the Otherworlds is most natural and the veils between have been thinnest.
From the Oct. 28 New Moon in Scorpio, to this New Moon in Sagittarius, the doorway of apparent reality has been flung open wide, inviting us to commune with our beloved dead, consult with the Mysteries, and contemplate the ending of what has been, while awaiting what will yet be.
For truly, this is a magical threshold, during which we are invited to honor and understand the darkness and the places in between. We are given this gift, a time to settle quietly and listen to the whispers of our own deepest mysteries.
Tomorrow, we in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving – our national feast of gratitude. With it, the Winter holiday season begins, and all its accompanying busy-ness. But tonight, we are offered a magical time out of time in which to observe the final closing of the Samhain season.
So allow the dark to whisper its guidance and blessing to you. New beginnings lie ahead, but now is the ideal time to pause, open, and listen – the better to set your intention. To do so, you might want to consider this ritual, from the wonderful Starweaver.
Or else you might incorporate this meditation, from the ever-inspiring GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast —
There is magic in the darkness if only we can allay our fears of it. It is only the unknown we fear and once we understand that mystery is revealed in the dark, we can relax and find the enchantment of the place. To do this, after sunset today find a place that will be in darkness when the lights are off.
Light some patchouli incense to promote deep awareness. Tone a single note to yourself, and settle down into a meditative state. Turn out the lights and close your eyes. Continue to intone softly and breathe deeply.
Open your eyes in the darkness. Do not strain to see. Extend the awareness of your psychic senses outward and feel the texture of the night. Breathe deeply and rest in the darkness. Let the messages come to you as you rest in the deepest dark.
When you are finished, go back to a ordinary state of consciousness and to your normal activities.