Last night, the United States military dropped bombs on Syrian military targets, citing compassion for innocent civilians after closing the door on those same innocent civilians via the travel ban's block of all Syrian refugees. Earlier this week it was reported that the Syrian people were attacked with sarin gas by their own government. This is just the latest in an unfathomably brutal civil war in its sixth year. While the entire world is in desperate need of a balance toward peace, Syria in particular could use our collective energetic and financial resources right now. In addition to dedicating this month's Full Moon Ritual to peace in Syria, please donate to White Helmets - the volunteer civilian rescue organization on the ground in Syria - at whitehelmets.org or to another aid organization of your choosing.
We call on this Full Moon in Libra, sign of partnership, balance, and fairness, to aid us in channeling peace to the people of Syria. The scales are badly out of alignment and we need to re-balance the energy. With the illumination and power of the Full Moon in the sign of Libra, we have an opportunity to come together to beam this balance out in partnership with each other and with the Earth and the cosmos. When we perform this ritual, we also embody the righting of our own sacred scales, refusing to be tipped toward violence and hatred. We become the peace we seek to manifest.
You will need:
1 white 7-day ritual candle in glass container
1 piece of Green Calcite
1 printed image of the Justice card XI
Pen or pencil
White sage (optional)
Lavender oil (optional)
STEP ONE: Cleanse your space, holding the intention that you are preparing it for a sacred operation and that only those beings working for the highest good of all are invited
STEP TWO: Gather your supplies and settle in to your cleansed space
STEP THREE: (optional) Put one drop of Lavender oil in the top of the candle and trace it with your finger 3 times clockwise around. Lavender is calming. We use it here to promote peace and de-escalate conflict for the people of Syria and within ourselves.
STEP FOUR: (optional) crumble a small amount of dried White Sage in the top of the candle. White Sage clears and purifies spaces, people, and objects. We use it here to establish Syria and ourselves as sacred spaces worthy of protection.
STEP FIVE: On the back of the printed Justice card, write an appeal to the Universe to bring peace to Syria. Follow your heart and let yourself focus on what connects with you. It may be that you find yourself writing only about the safety of children, or about a diplomatic solution to conflict, or simply an end to violence. Find what connects with you and go with it. As with all ritual work, write in the present tense, as if the things you hope for are already happening.
The Justice card represents true, balanced justice of the inner/spiritual and outer/mundane realms free from blind spots, prejudice, or corruption. Lady Justice is shown holding her perfectly balanced scales in one hand and a sword in the other. We can see the sword as representing truth, particularly as it relates to the element of Air.
STEP SIX: Place the candle and the Green Calcite on top of the Justice image (image side up).
Green Calcite helps to release anxiety and promote serenity of the heart. The intention here is connect our hearts with the hearts of the Syrian people and hold a space for them and their country.
We use a white candle here to mirror the bright white light of the Full Moon and to remember that the same Moon shines on all of us here on Earth. We are all citizens of the world. We are one.
STEP SEVEN: Light the candle and spend a few minutes in quiet meditation reflecting on your process, your goals, and your connection to the Moon, the Universe, and all your fellow beings here on this planet.
Let your candle burn until it goes out on its own in a firesafe place. While it is burning, be sure to stay aware of any signs, symbols, or messages that come through. These can be from loved ones, strangers, dreams, signs on the street - anywhere.
I highly suggest and humbly request that you seal this work with a donation to the White Helmets or to another aid organization of your choosing working in Syria. Taking guidance from the scales of Justice, we must balance our work in the energetic/spiritual realm with work in the physical/Earthly realm.
Peace and safety to all our sisters and brothers. XoxoMLH