|Hunter's Moon altar 2014|
Ever since Little Bitty Baby made her appearance nearly six weeks ago and the entire third trimester of my pregnancy if I were to be completely honest I really haven't been feeling very ambitious. The wheels are turning and the ideas are there, but both the time and energy to execute them has been absent. This lackluster feeling effected every aspect of my life from routine chores to art projects and spiritual activities.
The Harvest Moon came and went. I wrote a beautiful baby blessing, but just didn't have the energy to set up an altar or cast a circle. Superman and I just took the little one out in the yard to meet Her and called it a night.
Mabon was going to be my new start. I planned a ritual, collected crab apples and leaves to adorn my altar, and then cared for a new born and a teething toddler all day. Once the girls were in bed, I sat down on the couch and didn't move until I could respectably call it a night myself.
The Hunters Moon almost snuck up on me, but the unperformed baby blessing was starting to eat away at me. Two days before the big night I started making plans, but true to my nature didn't finish pulling together a ritual until the last moment.
Once all my notes were in order I set up the altar, laid out my Elemental stones, and then nursed the baby to sleep. Having come too far and put in too much effort to stall yet again, I prepared myself and cast the circle. This being the first time I had cast or participated in a communal circle I fumbled a bit. I didn't raise as much power as I do in my solitary working circles due to nerves, but I am sure that will come with practice. As comfortable as I am with my husband, I have to admit it felt a little odd having an audience while I worked.
When the circle was cast, Superman joined me with our sleeping baby and we read her blessing while she slumbered. It was a beautiful experience and I believe we both were a bit misty eyed before it was over. Although we often discuss spirituality and have fully compatible beliefs, this was the first time we celebrated those beliefs together in an official capacity. It was a bit unnerving at first, but the feeling of closeness and contentment that followed was exhilarating. We also found it quite fulfilling to know that we had finally started a new spiritual chapter for our family.
Now that I have resumed a magical practice and we have taken a step toward family spirituality, I feel like we are on a roll. In the past few days we have been sharing more thoughts about Paganism, witchcraft, and the deities who may be playing rolls in our lives. Not surprising, we both feel a special affection for Hela. Also, I have already started making plans for Samhain. Maybe I won't be finishing up at the last moment this time.