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The Worm Moon and Unseen Changes

When is the Worm Moon?



This year, the full moon known as the "Worm Moon" ill appear in the skies on March 25 - and be at it's fullest at 3:00AM EST.


What Is The Worm Moon?



The Worm Moon is March's final full moon of the winter season, and is named by Native Americans due to the return of the worms. As winter ends and spring begins, the ground begins to thaw and the worms return to the soil to bring nutrients and new life. Tree bark also begins to soften at the beginning of the new season, allowing tree sap to flow again - this is why other names for this full moon is the "Sugar Moon" or the "Sap Moon".


What Does The Worm Moon Mean?



This year's Worm Moon will be under Libra, so you may feel a strong desire to find balance within your life. This can either be finding balance between home and work, taking care of yourself and others, or finding balance between your needs and the needs of others.

In some Native American tribes, the Worm Moon is as time of renewal and rebirth - which coincides with Ostara and the beginning of springtime. Named by the Natives because during this time, the earth begins to thaw and worms return to the soil. The imagery of earthworms moving under the soil can also symbolize unseen changes happening just under the surface of your life.

The Worm Moon is a reminder to us all that progress does not happen instantly. Change can take weeks, months, even years. Remember this as you embark on new adventures, journeys, and life paths.



Ritual for the Worm Moon



Exploration Ritual


You will need:


  • A candle

  • A handful of dirt, which you can carry in a jar

  • A damp cloth

  • Warm bath

  • A journal and pen


Steps:


  1. Settle into your bath.

  2. Imagine a circle of protection around you. This imagery could be a circle of stones, flowers, fire, chalk, salt, whatever resonates with you. Invite any talismans of safety into your circle.

  3. Acknowledge the traditional land you are working on, say the names of the land if you know them. Light you candle to begin the ritual.

  4. Hold some dirt in your hands. Close your eyes and drop into your breath. Allow your breath to move down into your belly, pelvis, down to your feet. Allow the earth to ground yourself into your body. Imagine you're allowing your body to speak to you. Ask "What do you need?"

  5. When you feel you have finished, thank the earth, return the dirt back to it's jar and wipe your hand with your damp cloth. Settle back into your bath, feel the warmth of the water and imaging it is melting anything frozen within you. Allowing the energy to be drawn down toward the earth.

    1. You may notice that emotions arise as you do this. Keep breathing—if tears come, let them. They are especially helpful for thawing. Stay in this restful place, allowing your energy to move downward and flow freely into the earth below you.

  6. When you feel like the ritual has completed, blow out your candle and write - or draw - in your journal about whatever came up for you during meditation.


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