…Daughter Moon, Moon of Myself,
Thank you for the blessings in my life…
This is the prayer I speak to the Moon. Full Moons like the one coming this evening are a great time for this simple ritual, but so is any moon-time. If the Moon isn’t visible, I’m happy to talk with a planet or star instead. I’ve had great chats with very-visible Jupiter in recent months, and with a particular star in the Big Dipper.
I greet the Moon (or other celestial light) and then proceed to say “thank you.” For life, breath, food, warmth, an incredible circle of friends, a happy car with a great heater, for students, for clients, for health and vitality, for the chance to stand outside – or dance – “beneath the diamond sky.” (thanks, Bob Dylan)
This is my most often-repeated ceremony these days, super simple. Maybe I pour a libation, maybe I share a food offering first. Then speak my Greeting and my Thanks, and eventually a respectful Hail and Farewell. That’s it.
This practice started years back: On impulse, I stepped outside and just began. So much spell-work is focused around asking for more. I could use more of some stuff, sure! But what if I began by saying “thank you” for what I already have? Two MAJOR things happened that night:
- First, that “cat” I saw out of the corner of my eye as I invoked, who wandered into the yard and sat down nearby to watch and listen? It was actually a young fox. She hung around for months, but that was the night we met.
- Second, once I began clearly and out-loud saying “thank you” for what I had, more of that good stuff started flowing in, consistently. Unless the ________ (Goddess, the gods, Higher Power) knows I appreciate what they’ve already delivered, why should they hurry to send more? I began saying “thanks,” and the flow in my life altered perceptively, as of that night.
Many friends are writing Gratitude notes, in journals and on Facebook. While I value reading what others share, for me these practices work best when done live, physically, under the dome of sky. That’s when I’m most clearly living it, breathing it, speaking and hearing it, feeling it deeply through and through.