The Dark Moon is not truly well suited to magickal endeavors; rather, this time is better spent by focusing inward. Divination is appropriate, as it is a means to connect with one’s intuition: “that little voice” inside of ourselves. Another method to utilize at this time of heightened Crone energy is meditation.
Meditation is a means of quieting the conscious mind, allowing the subconscious to come forth and enabling us to connect with our Higher Self, as well as any Spirit Guides, and even our Gods. It can foster greater relaxation and helps in dealing with stress, even if only done for a few minutes.
Anyone can meditate, even small children. However, you will be the one to determine if and when your child is able to start meditating. Some kids will be able to learn how at about age 3, others perhaps not until 8. How soon is not an indication of anything in regards to your child, after all, there are many adults who struggle with meditation.
This is what could be determined as an Intermediate Meditation, as it assumes your child(ren) is already familiar with the process of meditation and you in guiding them through the process.
The room should be soft lit, perhaps with a few candles. It should be dark but with enough light that your child(ren) feels comfortable. Sit comfortably. Begin the process of relaxing and turning inwards, shutting off the mental chatter. With our children, we know that they have finished and are ready to begin by the dramatic sighs they make and the sudden posture change (still upright, but relaxed and not forced now.)
Remember to pause frequently to allow your child time to visualize and remind them of their breathing as needed (deep, slow breaths; in through your nose, out through your mouth.)
Say to your child: “Picture yourself outside. It’s Night and it is dark.
“You’re in a meadow. The grass is tall and moves from the gentle Wind. There are trees around you, but they are far away; the meadow you are in is huge.
“Lay down in the grass. Feel how the grass is wet and cool from the dew. Lie down and look up. It’s Night, the Sky is full of Stars.
“You see the Moon. The Moon is full, a big, bright circle shining down on you. Look at the Moon. Feel the light of the Moon touching you; feel the energy of the Moon entering your body.
“Keep looking at the Moon. Notice how the Full Moon is starting to wane. The Moon is getting dark on the right side and is getting smaller. Keep looking at the Moon. There is only a tiny sliver of light left. Watch now as the last bit of light grows smaller and finally …disappears.
“The Moon is nothing but a shadow now, dark, but you can still see Her. Just look at the Shadow Moon. Think about what you are feeling when you look at Her.
“Now, look at the Stars that surround the Dark, Shadow Moon. See how the Sky stretches out for forever.
“Focus now on your breathing. Deep breath in… and breathe out.
“Open your eyes.”
Have your child record their experience in their Book of Shadows, journal, or a notebook just for this purpose for future reference. If very young, your child can draw pictures of what they saw and felt. Do not write it out for them; there is no easy route in magick or spirituality and this is something that must always, though subtly, be stressed when teaching children.
Talk about the meditation with your child. When asking questions, ask open ended questions. For example, do not ask, “Did you see any lightning bugs in the meadow?” Instead, ask something like, “What did you see when you were in the meadow?” Encourage them to talk about the experience, but be careful not to suggest things and alter their memories (which can be easy with especially young children.)
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