In my experience and the experiences others have shared with me, the Dark Goddess comes in a way that grabs our attention. She grabs it with a face or name or animal, one that grabs our attention at the soul level. It is a knowing, something just sparks for us, and we know we have found a thread leading us home. Home in ourselves, to our tribe, to our purpose, and to her.
I know I was simultaneously scared shitless and curiously exhilarated.
She arrives in the form that we need to connect with and many times during the beginning of our awakening. These may be moments that do not feel like new beginnings, but like death, destruction, and endings. Those dark nights of the soul, the ones that leave us breathless or screaming, she appears and guides us through our own trials by fire. It is this deep darkness that provides the most fertile soil for us to rise strongly rooted in ourselves, in our path. We are reawakened, remembering, reclaiming, and rewilding with her.
She also forces us to face the monsters we keep trapped in the basement of self or even the real ones in our lives.
She provides opportunities in the small decisions of everyday life. Think about all the small decisions that we have made, the connections and threads spiraling outward from a single choice. My first job at 15 years old led me to my first husband, 3 wild and beautiful children, and a divorce that led me to the Dark Goddess. This subsequently led me to you.
I also have learned to radically accept every decision I’ve made, and every part I’ve played (or not) to get here. In those places of the deepest dark, I know I don’t deserve the things that have hurt, betrayed, and invalidated me or cracked and shattered the very essence of my being, but I accept that they happened. Coming home to the Dark Goddess is the baseline, it is the beginning of the rest of a life on our own terms. These are the choices she empowers us with.
Coming home to witchcraft feels like an act of rebellion or of defiance. In essence, it is the ultimate act of defiance in the face of a system that pits people against each other, thrives under structures of powerful or ‘powerless’, and where wisdom is only valued if it can be scientifically measured by those in the ‘powerful’ category. Witchcraft becomes a conduit through which we become our own Breaker of Bindings, Force of the Fierce, Reclaimer, and Completely Untamed.
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The very act of becoming requires that we remove the shackles or bindings of who we were told to be. We must do it ourselves. It is a battle cry of living from the soul truth, to unlearn the limits placed upon us, being soul or heart driven. Perhaps you have found yourself here, among an ever-rising Force of the Fierce tribe that is learning together.
We are creating a collective.
These are spaces of being that allow us to genuinely connect with everyone exactly as we are and reclaim our sovereign right to exist without the guilt, the shame, or the fear. In fact, we become able to experience a full range of emotions and connect to our magic in a way that promotes a wild curiosity to emerge. This is the place where we come face to face with the Dark Goddess, we find her staring back at us in the mirror.
Breaker of Bindings Ritual Bath
This is a ritual with the purpose of calling forth and illuminating that which we must retrieve from within to break our own bindings. This could be those truths we were told to hide at a young age. It could be our soul sparks that have been diminished through periods of trauma, abuse, or invalidation. It could be retrieving our own voice after only hearing the voice of others for so long. The pieces of us that need retrieving are keys that allow us to break the bindings that have kept us playing small or living inauthentically. This ritual will call the pieces upward from the darkest depths where they have been hidden. Only you know these pieces and only you can do this work.
- Living Water (snow, spring water, rainwater)
- 5 Bay Leaves
- 2 tbsp. Yarrow (dried herb)
- 2 tbsp. Lavender (buds)
- Glass Jar and lid
- Black Sacred Candle
Moonstone is a beautiful stone that, as its name suggests, pulls in lunar energy. This stone can signify new beginnings, enhance our inner intuition and strength, while simultaneously reflecting the individual back to themselves.
“…it allows one to absorb that which is needed from the universal energies, not necessarily, however, furthering that which is wanted.” ~ A. Melody, Love is in The Earth
Moonstone is a useful tool to assist in our journey. We are going to create Moonstone-infused water for a Ritual Bath that will illuminate what we must retrieve for our own sovereign journey. While this stone can be put into water, I do not recommend it as there are other ways to infuse water with a stone’s energy.
Moonstone Water Directions:
- Place the cleansed and blessed stone into a glass jar and seal with the lid.
- Take the bowl and place the living water in it.
- Take the glass jar and place it into the bowl so the water rises, surrounding the glass jar that safely holds the stone.
- Place outside or on a ledge during the full moon to capture the lunar energy.
The time spent capturing the lunar energies in both the stone and the water, will allow the Moonstone Water to reach a conflux of potential once we activate it.
Moonstone Water Activation
After the full moon, we want to merge the energies together and activate for our ritual bath. Unseal the lid on the glass jar. Visualize the energy from the stone coming up out of the glass jar and flowing down the sides into the water. You may use both hands to help guide the energy from the top of the glass jar, down the sides, and into the water (think of how one can use their hands to guide sacred smoke).
Speak these words:
Lumino, Lumen, of the Liminal Realm
Confluence, a Mirror, Truth rises to the helm
The Moonstone Water is now activated. Remove the glass jar from the bowl and set to the side. Your Moonstone will need to be recharged before using again. You are left with the bowl of activated water.
The Complete Ritual with Audio Journey can be found here.
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