A Full, Feminine Moon
A couple of weeks ago, on the heels of the New Moon, I promised to share my altar honoring the Divine Feminine when the time was right. Tonight is the Full Moon - and now is the time. I began preparing my altar with a batik cloth depicting images of the Bodhisattva Quan Yin, with my beloved statue of this Chinese Goddess of Compassion centered atop it. Each additional item placed around the altar represents some aspect of the feminine spirit to me, or my current quest to honor my whole self.
The "Bliss" birth goddess art by Maggie Davenport is an image that just sings mother and woman to me. The triad of herbal candles are said to promote healing and wholeness (both goals of mine for this lunar cycle).
Fresh flowers were gathered and cut from my garden and paired with a ceramic lotus flower, a symbol Quan Yin is often pictured holding or sitting upon. The lotus represents purity, wisdom and enlightenment and appears all over my home (can you see the reflection of a lotus painting in the mirror?)
Around Quan Yin's neck I wrapped a necklace which belonged to my maternal grandmother. It features a jade (said to encourage self-realization) fish (the ever-open eyes of a fish are said to represent compassion).
Various stones, crystals and shells also adorn this sacred space, including a gifted cowrie shell - a sacred symbol long associated with the feminine.
Like myself, my altar to the Divine Feminine is a work in progress. I plan to continue adding to it as the moon progresses and as I continue to honor this sacred space inside me.
Labels: Mindful Living