Sorry I’ve been MIA for so many days. Decided I had nothing to say and needed a break from the blog for a bit. But I did do my second new moon ritual yesterday! I fasted from morning ’til evening (I still have to do my monetary act of charity) and I thought of a new goal. This goal will (hopefully) go on well beyond the full moon; diet and exercise everyday. I lost some weight over the summer doing it, but gained it all back (well, most of it anyways). So I want to make it a more permanent feature of my life so I can lose the weight and keep it off. Wish me luck!
Besides that, nothing much else has been happening. We had a crazy blizzard this weekend, but other than that, pretty quiet in the life department. I’m seeing about traveling to see family in the next month or two and bring CT along for the ride. I might do some more photography this week (maybe tomorrow?). Hope life is going well for everyone!
Ever find yourself hitting a major bump in the road of life? That’s kinda me right now. I mean yes, overall I’m happy and feel blessed as I’ve mentioned, but there is a lingering issue in my life that have been bothering me for years that I’ve now decided to confront with God and Goddess as witness. I won’t go into it as it is too private for even my anonymous, open book blog. But, I’ll just say I’ve finally made a goal for myself to commit fully to deal with it and hopefully bring more positivity to my life and less discord. The change I need to make will be hard, but I have confidence in myself to succeed.
Anyone else had that moment when you’ve realized you gotta change course or you’ll hit an iceberg?
This is St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. I took this picture while on an academic-related trip there in January of last year.
Now minus my baptism as a newborn and recognition of Christmas and Easter (the birth and resurrection of Jesus), I’m not particularly Christian in any serious way. However, I do have a special place for houses of worship. They have a special energy to them that cannot be ignored. So I was looking forward to entering this Catholic house of worship…where Pope John Paul II once was a guest.
The whole scene inside took my breath away…
You enter a house of worship and you feel the power of the Creator emanating from the room.
Decided a late evening post would be good for me. Been feeling kinda blah the past 24hrs. Had a nasty headache slam me today, even napped for 3hrs this evening. I had planned on exercising this evening but that didn’t happen. Right now I’m at a restaurant hanging out with CT trying to do some homework. Got some reading done now that the headache has disappeared but now I’m ready to head home and sleep 😛
Tomorrow, CT and I are planning on traveling to the (relatively) big city an hour away for hangout time since we both have the day off from work and school. It should be a good day. Besides being kinda sick today, life is going pretty well. My mental health was a bit blah yesterday, but I got through it ok and felt better about myself today (minus the stupid headache). Life is definitely a one-day-at-a-time affair for me sometimes, but I am otherwise pretty happy.
Tonight is the Full Moon and with that comes my first Full Moon Ritual. You read about the January 11th New Moon Ritual. Today for me is a day of spiritual reflection, of which this blog is a part of that process. Specifically reflecting upon my goal made on the day of new Moon. Here was my goal:
My goal is to give a positive blessing prayer to one person every day through the next Full Moon Day. This one person will be a non-family member.
I successfully fulfilled my goal, praying for someone every day. This included acquaintances, co-workers, even some of you out there who follow this blog. I found it very fulfilling spiritually, I felt like I was giving attention and positive energy to people who may have very well needed it. In one case, a prayer was clearly answered. It helped me feel connected to other people beyond simply being physically present with them. I felt like a spiritual being, connected with God and Goddess as well. These prayers for people, whether family, friend or stranger is something I’ll definitely continue beyond the end of this lunar cycle. Prayer is a powerful and wondrous thing. I’ll definitely make use of it more to connect with people and the Universe.
The New Moon I fasted…for the Full Moon, I think indulging myself to celebrate life is good for balance. Tonight, I’ll be hanging out with CT and our co-worker who received a new job, plus others. Should be a fun evening 🙂
The great life-giving sun returns for yet another day in the 4.5 billion year history of sunrises. I give thanks to God and Goddess every morning and night just for that bright star who’s energy sustains all of us.
The awesome coffee shop I go to for social company, study and reflection.
For some reason, there is something emotionally powerful about listening to something poetic in a foreign language. Do you feel that way too? It’s like, you don’t necessarily understand what is being said, but the way the words are spoken, the cadences, the knowledge it at least has some special meaning just does something to your soul. It draws you in. This Christian religious hymn is in Anglo-Saxon…aka Old English (translation provided in the video). Close your eyes and listen to the power of the language first. I think it’s even more powerful because it is a language functionally extinct from this Earth, but is spoken for the modern world to hear.