Fiery New Moon

New_Moon_at_Sunset

Fiery new moon in Sagittarius, the truth seeker.  The new moon energy is amplified because this is the  new moon closest to winter solstice and the start of the new year.

Use the fiery new moon energy to light up and feed your highest intentions for the new year.

Full Moon Peace

Sagittarius Moon

Tonight, the big, beautiful full moon in airy Gemini reflects the good and bad of our world back to us. November has been a tumultuous month filled with horrendous acts of terror, pain and hateful rhetoric.

Here at Sacred Earth Institute, we believe that now is the time for each of us to find peace within and share it with the world. Do you wish for peace, crave peace? Then focus on inner peace.

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Peace in the World, Peace Within

This audio guides you through a simple practice to cultivate peace in your part of the world:

Prayer to the 7 Directions

Altar to the Earth Goddess
Altar to the Earth Goddess

“To that which lies above, may it inspire us.

To that which lies below, may it sustain us.

To that which lies behind, may it protect us.

To that which lies before, may it guide us.

To that which lies to our left, may it purify us.

To that which lies to our right, may it strengthen us.

To that which lies within, may it remember us.”

~don Oscar Miro-Quesada
Pachakuti Mesa Tradition

The Dark Half of the Year

Samhain - Wheel of the Year

As the days grow short and the nights lengthen in the northern hemisphere, the ancient Celtic tribes of Europe used to hold a celebration they called Samhain (sow-in).  The Celts celebrated Samhain to mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year. At Samhain, the entire northern hemisphere officially enters into the dark half of the solar year. This is the time of year when the sun seems to turn away, and night lasts longer and longer. The dark half of our solar year officially begins on November 6th this year.

Samhain actually marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year in times past. At Samhain, the Celts paused and took time to reflect on the past and plan for the new year. They also believed Samhain was a time to connect with and honor loved ones who have crossed over into the land of the dead. And halfway across the world, the people of Mexico and Central America still celebrate Dia de los Metros (Day of the Dead) at this time of year.

Celtic Samhain is not just about celebrating death and those who have passed beyond. It is about celebrating life. The last of the year’s harvest is being gathered up in the fields and orchards now. Samhain is the perfect time to express gratitude to sacred Mother Earth for  all the blessings and bounty she has provided for you and your loved ones.

Celebrating Samhain does not have to be complicated. Just take a few moments to pause and offer up a prayer of love and gratitude to those who have died. Go outside and offer gratitude to Mother Earth. Express thanks for everything you have harvested in your life. Simply pause and take a few moments to appreciate all the good that has come your way in the past year.

May the Spirit of peace
bring peace to your house
this Samhain night
and all nights to come.