(For the past two years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, added a few from other sources, and created my own month of questions.)
Habit. What habit did you adopt this year that really made a positive impact on your life? What habits do you want to adopt in 2013?
I have struggled to find a way to mark the full moon in my spiritual practice. I have tried a lot of things but none has become a habit. Until this year. I was lucky enough to find out about the Mother of the New Time ritual as it was beginning. It added a great richness to my solitary practice, and although the ritual was for this year only, I think that in one way or another I will end up carrying it forward. After all, no matter what people might say about the Mayan calender, life goes on. We are always birthing a new time.
The Ritual Working:
Procure a small stone or crystal that you will use in this work. Know that you will be releasing possession of this stone on Dec. 21, 2012. Stand at your altar or in your sacred place, holding your crystal. Clear your mind and begin breathing deeply, inhaling through the nose and exhaling with a small sound, “Ma.” Read and contemplate the following ideals we have envisioned for the world of the future, and add your own if you’d like. Please note- when contemplating this vision of the coming world, don’t waste any time lamenting that it is not here yet. Focus instead on the joy you are feeling as these things come to be in fullness.
1. Honor for elders: respect for their wisdom; regard for their needs in policy and care; inclusion of elders as an active, vital part of the society they’ve shaped.
2. Honor for children: regard for their creativity and imagination; cultivation of their individual and collective genius; teaching them respect and dignity by modeling these virtues in our own behavior.
3. Access to education and service opportunities for all, including re-skilling toward practical, sustainable lifestyles.
4. Healthcare that is free/affordable, accessible, and provided with genuine skill; commitment to the health of the whole being; availability of birth control and other critical women’s procedures regardless of personal, political, or religious concerns; compassionate healthcare for every stage of life.
5. Clean water and air; reversal of global warming; transition to renewable energy sources; creative adjustment of lifestyles as needed to facilitate these changes.
6. Healthy, natural, affordable and sustainable food; respect and support for those who tend the land and her creatures; awareness of the food chain and its implications as a regular part of education and daily life.
7. Awareness of our part in the ecosystem and our kinship with all living things; vast acreages of pristine wilderness; restoration of rain forests, glaciers, and oceans.
8. Equal and ethical representation in directly-elected government; a movement toward honorable leadership from the grassroots level.
9. Equal rights and freedom of expression for all, with awareness and respect for the complicated levels of identity, including but not limited to: race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual identity, religion or faith, ability.
10. Freedom from violence and intimidation as a means of exercising power.
11. Sisterhood and community, women allying with one another and offering one another respectful, mutual support.
12. An atmosphere of inspiration, excitement, and celebration, over mere survival.
13. Legal equality for all, with respect for diverse traditions and cultures in every country.
14. Re-claiming and honoring women’s roles and skills through history and today.
15. Deep respect for one’s own body, and accurate education that highlights women’s miraculous creative nature, including reverence for their holy blood.
Add your own additional visions. (I added the following. I rather like that there were 22 things for a working that ends on the 21st.)
16. An appreciation for the useful, handmade, and unique.
17. A return to the circle as an effective and satisfying form of self-governance and consciousness-raising.
18. A yearning and reverence for the quiet spaces in our cities and in our hearts.
19. An appreciation of the ‘feminine,’ particularly in men and boys.
20. An appreciation of the ‘masculine,’ particularly in women and girls.
21. Access to all forms of artistic expression for all, with value placed on effort, not result.
22. An awakening to our own individual responsibilities for and impact on planetary dramas.
Holding this vision of the future in your mind, anoint the crystal with your body’s natural sacred fluids (you might choose one or more: blood, spit, woman honey, or milk). Take a moment to honor your body, and to honor the sacred fluids that issue forth from the body as the natural wisdom of creation.
Speak aloud the following affirmation or prayer:
I dance at the edge of the world
Like my ancestresses before me
I am a sacred vessel
My blood is indomitable
Cradling the now at my breast
Nurturing the future unfolding
There is nothing to fear
I am a Mother of the New Time
It is done.
Blessed be the Earth, blessed be the women and children, blessed be the future.
Repeat this practice at every full moon for the rest of 2012. On the Winter Solstice, 2012*, as one cycle of time ends, bury this stone in the Earth, in a place sacred to you, and envision yourself digging it up and re-discovering it in a future life, in another body, at a time when it is needed. All time is cyclic and present, and when we engage the future, we shape the Now.
(*Much has been made of the end of the Mayan calendar. Yet since the dawn of humankind, many calendars have come and gone. By creating magic for the future, we create the future.)
PS. Last year I wrote this.