The moon is full again. And I have been fighting a stubborn cold for six days now. Generally I take pride in my strong immune system, and I can’t even recall the last time I had a cold.
Deep down, between studying for midterms and working on Cycle Harmony, I know that I’ve pushed myself too hard. Getting sick is my body’s way of telling me, forcing me – to slow down.
Since I left my financial consulting career to pursue my passion in February of this year, I have been on an all-out, non-stop tear – working and studying into the nights and weekends.
I know I cannot sustain this kind of intensity in the long run. Studying Chinese Medicine and building the Cycle Harmony community are both long-range goals that require determination, strength, stamina and patience. Both require that I become stronger and bigger than I already am.
So on this full moon, I’m calling upon Goddess Sekhmet – the Egyptian goddess of the strong and mighty – to shore up my strength and power.
1. At the beginning of my ritual, I use the following “invocation” (to invite Sekhmet’s be present with me):
“Sekhmet, the goddess of the strong and mighty, I call upon you to come with your lion and lend me your strength and power. Help me rise above the old tendencies and see myself in a new light of feminine strength.
“Let me have the courage, strength, patience and perseverance to carry out my mission, attract new opportunities, abundance and prosperity, and enriching relationships.
“Let me be stronger, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And so be it.”
2. I then meditate for a while, visualizing and feeling that every cell of my being is getting stronger and filled up with enormous power. I also quiet my mind to receive any specific message that’s sent my way.
3. At the end, I use the following “devocation” (to thank her and say farewell to her) to close my ritual.
“Sekhmet, I have received your message. Thank you for being with me. May you give strength to anyone who needs support on his or her journey. And I ask that your strength remain in my heart. Farewell. And love and peace to all.”
I also like to find an object that symbolizes my intention to be used in my rituals. The following stones are often used to invoke inner and outer strengths.
I will be performing my ritual tonight when the moon is full. If you feel that you can use some strength and support, join me…