New Moons are about crafting a new vision.
By Dr. Candace Kant
You might want to have something close to you to write on and something to write with. It is good to jot down your experiences quickly before your forget them. Later you can go back and read them and sometimes remember more, or see them in a different light.
Be sure you are in a comfortable place. Find your most comfortable position. It’s ok to be either sitting or lying down. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in through your nose to a count of four. Hold it for a count of four. Breathe out through your mouth to a count of four, letting go of all the stress of the day. Enjoy the emptiness. Inhale deeply again for a count of four, breathing in peace. Hold it. Exhale through your mouth, letting go of all of the stress and anxiety of the week. Feel the stillness. Breathe in again deeply through your nose, and hold it. Now breathe out through your mouth, letting go of any remaining worries, tension, and doubt. Let go of conscious thought.
You are in Egypt standing on the bank of the Nile. It is nighttime, but it is still very hot. The air is dry. You look up but you can’t see the stars because there are too many lights. People going about their business surround you. They are moving, while you are still. Listen to their conversation and laughter. In the background, there is the braying of a donkey and the low-pitched grunt of a camel as it lumbers by. The rhythmic slap of oars as they dip into the water greets your ears. The water of the Nile laps against the shore from the waves made by the boats. This is all the busy-ness of Cairo.
Turn your back on the Nile and make your way west away from all that commotion and into the stillness of the desert and the blackness of the night. Leave civilization and the everyday world of reason behind. Walk on soft green grass to the edge of the city and note the palm trees on every side of you. The lights of the city light your way. Slowly, the sounds diminish and the lights of the city fade away.
Abruptly you come to the end of the green. Your next step is onto the hot desert sand. Take that step. Continue walking until you can no longer hear the city. Look back over your shoulder. The lights are small and far off in the distance.
Turn your face again to the desert and continue walking. Walk past the Sphinx with her beautiful face. Walk past the pyramids and marvel at their majesty.
Go within the desert. The desert surrounds you with white sand. The desert embraces you, holds you. Let the desert enfold you. The sand is not flat but is in rolling dunes. Stop for a minute. Look up. Over your head is the blackness of the vault of heaven, and only the shimmering stars light your way. Only the imperishable stars. There is no moon for this is the night of the new moon, and She too has gone within. Just overhead there is a shooting star streaking across the sky, then exploding into hundreds of shimmering lights, then disappearing. The heat is intense.
Look around. There is a trail that leads even further into the desert. Follow it. Walk down that trail across the sand and up and down the large sand dunes. Stand still for a minute. There is nothing but sand and sky and silence and heat. Listen to the silence. Feel the heat. Feel the sand under your feet.
Continue along the trail up another large sand dune. When you reach the top of it, you see that at the bottom is an oasis – a natural pool of calm blue water from underground sources surrounded by palm trees and green foliage. You are slightly nervous – you have heard that lions frequent the desert oases. But the cool water beckons you. Move forward to the water and kneel down at its edge. Slide your cupped hands into the water, and bring it to your face. Feel its coolness.
In the distance behind you, you hear footsteps. You tense up. Listen closely. It doesn’t sound like a four-footed lion – it sounds like a two-footed human. Slowly stand up and turn around. Your heart is racing. Coming toward you is a woman with the head of a lion. But as you look, the lion’s face fades away and She becomes a beautiful woman. She is alternatively woman and lion, one face fading into the other and back again. Her woman’s form has black hair and black eyes. She is dressed in red, carrying an ankh in Her right hand and a staff with a lotus blossom in Her left hand. On her head is a cobra rearing. Sekhmet stands before you. She is regal and power emanates from Her. You should be frightened, but Her eyes are filled with love as She looks at you.
She speaks: “I am Sekhmet, the Ancient One, the One Who Was Before the Gods Were, the Lady of the Place of the Beginning of Time. I am older than time itself. I am the Lady of the Red Garment, the one who brings justice and avenges wrongs. I am the Keeper of the Light, Protectress of the Divine Order, Overcomer of All Enemies, the One Who Holds Back Darkness. I am the One Before Whom Evil Trembles. I am the Great Defender. I protect my children with the fiery passion of a lioness. I hear your cries. None shall harm you. With my mighty arm, I shield and defend you. I surround you with My love. When you are hurt, I heal you. I am the Great One of Healing, the Drier of Tears, and My love never ends. I am the Lady of Strong Love. I am the Lady of Transformations, the Awakener, the Guardian of the Gates. I reveal the Ancient Paths. I am the Giver of Ecstasies and the Satisfier of Desires. I enlighten and I Empower. I Reduceth to Silence and I Rouseth the People. I ask only that you love me, and when you see injustice when you see my daughters and sons oppressed, starved, harmed, when you see my Earth devastated and polluted, do not mildly sit back, but rise with My strength and return righteousness to the land. Sa Sekhem Sahu.”
“Child, I am glad you are here. I have been waiting for you for a long time. It is good that you came to Me at the New Moon, for this is a time to let go of what holds you back. This is your time for renewal, your time to begin again. Now you can envision a new path. What are your dreams? What is in your heart? Tell me what you wish, and I will give you the strength, the courage and the power to manifest it for I am strength, courage and power. What will you give me in return?”
Open your heart to Sekhmet and tell her your dreams and desires. Offer her your gift. (pause)
She leans toward you. Feel Her warm breath and the brush of Her whiskers as She brings Her face close to yours. Her silky fur is soft against your cheek. Listen to Her purr. What does She say? (pause)
She steps back but as She moves away she places something gently in your hands. Look down, what is her gift to you?
“Child, it is time to return. Come again when you need Me. I am always here. Sa Sekhem Sahu.”
Thank Sekhmet. (pause)
Turn slowly and walk up the sand dune. When you reach the top, pause for a moment and look back at the oasis. Sekhmet watches you with motherly eyes. Raise your hand in farewell.
Continue walking back along the path that brought you here. As you walk, think about what She said and the gift She gave you. Think about your gift to her. Slow your steps to savor this quiet time with Sekhmet’s words.
Walk quietly atop the desert sands with only the stars to keep you company.
In the distance, you see the lights of the city. From afar, you hear the sounds. Move closer. The sounds grow louder, the lights grow stronger. You can see the greenery and the palm trees. Stand for a moment on the sand just on the edge of the green. Take a deep breath. Wiggle your toes in the sand. Open your eyes and return to this world. Sa Sekhem Sahu.