18 The Moon – INYANGA
Inyanga invites you to discover the unconscious self.
Feminine mystique /Intuitive knowing /Facing self-delusions /Magnetic personality /Deception of self or others /The ability to make choices /Guided by universal self Trust /The Mother/ The unconscious/ Emotional security/ Compassion/ Confusion/ Spiritual healing /Dreams and desires /Emotional death and regeneration
The new moon tonight marks the end of the Astrological year of 2012. So for those who have been wondering why all the challenges of 2012 are still hanging on with us, after the new moon we can begin to breathe a little easier. This transition ends on 21 March (the Equinox). We have not only survived the last 25 years of the Harmonic Convergence but we have had a shift in consciousness from being ‘warlike and all about ME’ to ‘peace – co-operation and about “WE”‘. The end of the Mayan Calendar (21December 2012) was more about this universal shift and marks the beginning of a cleansing period, separating the enlightened and unenlightened – many of us had our ‘wake up calls’. We are entering into the phase of “ascension” where we will be more in-tune and in touch with the great unconscious and Source. We will know that our actions affect everything around us and we need to be more inclusive and more conscious of the universe.
The Astrological symbol assigned to the Moon card is Pisces. Pisceans tend to be highly intuitive and live in a world of imagination and the dream realm and yet are greatly influenced by external factors. Like water, they often flow and blend with others to the point of either losing their own identity. The River always returns to source and many Pisceans are so connected and able to give unconditionally, love, help or act as guides to merge us with Source.
The new moon in Pisces represents our emotions and needs that make up our humanity, it’s about the return to the Source. This is the time to heal our souls, face our self delusions and be guided by the great mother. It’s a time for emotional death and regeneration – let go and rebuild all that is you. Examine deep within where the hurt is, it’s time to heal and to understand the lesson, let go and move on.
The Moon card can be confusing to some – she shows many faces (phases) and with each face we experience different parts of ourselves. The New Moon is a period when we are less sensitive and are feeling more secure so it’s a good time for activity to do things for ourselves. It’s an excellent time for starting new projects or at least initiating change. When we keep rhythm with the moon we are more likely to succeed. As the moon waxes (grows) we build and develop, we nurture and tend to what was begun. By the time of the full moon we should have realised our goals, everything is seen in a better light. When the moon starts to wane (decrease) we reap the rewards of our past efforts and in the last quarter we need to consolidate our efforts, complete anything left undone. This is a time for reflection and to face the darker side of our natures.
The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. Use the tools that are available to help you with connecting to your unconscious and the Divine. Get a reading done, go for healing or take time each day to read/research the great books of the world. You will experience more flashes of inspiration – follow up on these thoughts and build something – you are being guided and shown a path. If not already doing it, start a dream diary. Dreams is one of the ways our unconscious can talk to our conscious – take note of what is being said. We owe it to ourselves to take up the challenge and move forward.
The Moon is also about deception so we need to be more vigilant about what is being presented. Not all things are as they seem and we need to trust our intuition when looking for the deeper meaning of self and life. Be patient, all will be revealed.
In northern hemisphere myths and legends the Hare signifies fertility and the coming of Spring. Yesterday all the clocks were set back an hour. In Pagan traditions the moon gazing hare is said to bring good fortune because it represents Spring which is about rebirth, growth and abundance. Later in popular culture The Hare became the Easter Bunny. In the San tradition the Moon is the ‘Lord of Light and Life’. For us in the Southern Hemisphere we are going into Autumn, when the world around us seems to be changing and dying. So too should we be preparing by letting go, ending things that no longer serve and rather work with what we have than trying to start something new. BE guided by your own Divine inspiration and remember – In the words of one of my favourite songs – The Rose
… When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed
That with the sun’s love
In the spring
Becomes the rose
INYANGA [inyanga/izinyanga n. (-nyanga) : Month; moon; healer; traditional doctor]
There are many tales told of the sun, moon, and stars. The gender of the moon changes with the different cultures – for some, the moon is seen as a woman, for others, a man. Whatever the case, the moon is a constant in the vast African sky and will always be the source of timeless legends and stories.
The Sotho, Tswana and Venda believe (say) that ‘If the new crescent’s horns point up, it holds disease away from the world; when the horns tip down, the illnesses spill out and cover the world.’ The Zulu have always been intent moon-gazers, and the dark day (Ng’olumhlope namhla) after the waning moon disappears is a quiet day of rest, when no work, business, or celebrations should take place.
The moon, say the San, is really an old shoe belonging to Mantis (the Praying Mantis insect), who threw it up in the air to guide himself. As it rises, it is red with the dust of Bushmanland, and cold like old leather. The sun is jealous of the full moon and sees it as a rival to its own brightness. So with its sharp rays the sun cuts bits off the moon until there is just a little backbone left for the children. Then the sun disappears, and soon the moon starts growing back to its normal size, little by little, until the process starts all over again. They also believe that it was the moon who sent the message of death to man.
Some say that when the moon is hollow and young (i.e. the crescent moon), she is weighed down with the spirits of the dead which she carries; clouds that pass are really the hair of the dead, and the wind blows to sweep the footprints of the dead from the sand.
For the Tswana, her markings are those of a woman carrying a child, who was caught gathering wood when she should have been at a sacred festival. For the Khoikhoi, the Moon is the ‘Lord of Light and Life’.
Among the Xhosa, it was believed that the world ended at the sea’s horizon, which concealed a vast pit filled with ‘new moons ready for use’, and so to them each new lunar month began with a brand-new moon.