Readings & Rituals
MOON ANGEL CARDS uses
You can use these cards in the morning to start the day, and in the evening to bless your dream time. The cards can be given as gifts, can be refrigerator art, can be laminated to use as coasters for small glasses. You may want to ask them questions and pull a card or two intuitively to find some clue into the heart of your inquiry.
Hold your inquiry or the matter at hand focused in your mind as you shuffle and handle the cards. Then, chose one of these options to guide your reading:
- Pull one card— Reflect on the image and if you are called, read the description in the book.
- Pull two cards— One for insight into the matter at hand, one for tools that can help with the matter.
- Pull three cards— One for the past, present and future in regards to what you most want to know.
You can pull a card before falling asleep to guide your dream time. Upon waking, recall your dreams, look to the card you picked to bring insight.
When waking, pull a card to begin your day and bring attention to synchronicities throughout your day.
On the new moon:
Reflect on the past moon cycle. What are things you would like to let go of? Pick a card to elucidate what needs release. Sit with that. Take a moment to reflect on what you would like to bring in and focus on in the coming moon cycle, as the moon becomes bigger. What do you want to grow bigger in your life? What do you want to get started on? Pick a card for that intention.
On the full moon:
What big dreams do you have? What would you like to manifest? What needs to be closed in order for something else to begin? Pick a card to guide that intention. Make a wish! Put the card under your pillow. This is a turning point, a chance to move things in a new direction.
However you use the cards, they were made to open up the sweetness of the moon’s turning. Their sometimes-audacious learning isn’t meant to obscure the mystery of life but instead enliven its complexity in your heart, and move you closer to its most authentic desires.
ROSH CHODESH RITUAL
Rosh Chodesh Ritual Information:
Rosh Chodesh is the first day of the Jewish month. It’s the day or two after the new moon, when we see the first sliver of the growing moon in the sky. In ancient times this was one of the most important holidays. Celebrated with festivals, this marker in time was essential for determining the timing of other holidays. Time, set by the moon was what bound people together. There is also understanding that this is a time people would enter the red tent, (I choose to include trans women, women and gender queers as part of my collective memory of the red tent. It may or may not be historically accurate but it is a history I choose to re-remember.) to participate in the shedding of a layer of themselves. Metaphorical or literal blood would be shed and given back to the earth in thanks. Stories, secrets, prayers, kvetching would be shared and transmutated.
Another story of Rosh Chodesh is the blowing of the shofar (rams horn) and the building of a fire on a mountaintop upon the sighting of the first sliver of the moon after the dark moon. This would signal neighboring villages to build fires on their mountains. These fires would light the world to bind people in the counting of time. How beautiful that the sight of a sliver of the moon, the first smile, would bring about a collective counting of time. This collective understanding, using the element of fire, the breath of our body with an animal horn and the movement of blood in bodies would be a celebration. A celebration of the wonder of life and connection.
- Celebrate! Gather with friends or take some quality time with the babe that you are.
Look at the moon, smile back at her! Welcome her turning into your heart, thank her for her steady presence.
Do something new, read something new, acknowledge the newness of the month by acknowledging there is always something new in your life.
Reflect on the past moon cycle. What are things you would like to let go of? Pick a Moon Angel / Malakh Halevanah card to elucidate what needs release. Sit with that. Take a moment to reflect on what you would like to bring in and focus on in the coming moon cycle, as the moon becomes bigger. Journal and recount the month before:
What were the highs?
Where did you shine most brightly?
Where were places you missed the mark, where you could have been more loving to yourself and those you love?
What do you want to get started on? Pick a card for that intention.