I prepared a small feast of fruits, great Granny’s fruitcake recipe made by my mom, and cracked open a bottle of local ale for the Moon and my spirits. I lit the candles and spoke my invocations which are more akin to invitations with such familiar spirits. I anointed my forehead, breasts, belly, hands and feet with holy water to purify and align myself with the Moon. I asked for blessings upon my family, friends, and even my enemies. I spoke from my heart and caught my spirits up with my life, what I’ve learned from recent experiences, what I know I need to do to live my truth, and asked for advice and aid on the things I am having trouble with.
I burned my homemade moon incense fragrant with sandalwood, jasmine, and calamus root. I shared in the feast of food and drink having a holy communion with my spirits. I anointed myself and my bear skull with henbane from my garden steeped in the bear fat I rendered. They pair well. Henbane’s oldest use is divination – for dreams and visions. Bears are masters of the dream world with how much of the year they spend asleep in an altered state between consciousnesses. Covered in the bear’s oil, I bathed naked in the light of the full moon soaking it into my soul.
I shuffled my tarot cards and did a simple spread. The cards were good – all related to my spiritual path, crafting, and good friends. They showed I was leaving the negative behind me. An extra card appeared by the spread. It didn’t fall out when I was shuffling or drawing and it couldn’t have slipped off the top of the deck – the spirits are tricksy sometimes. I have gotten this card many times relating to the future. It shows I have followed my fate well with a good heart and it will come to pass.
I blew out the candles, slipped under my blankets and dreamed full moon dreams. I dreamed advice and answers to my questions. I dreamed of a gorgeous black stallion and a softer than soft black female tiger – both connected to travel, communication, and the otherworld (or perhaps the underworld) in this dream. I often dream of black animals and many of my familiars are black.