The Elder Moon gives us an opportunity for helping ourselves with a magical boost to move forward, leave the troubling parts of the previous year behind, and begin anew at the winter solstice when the Sun is reborn. The elder tree brings magical Energies known for banishing harmful energies, bringing us healing and closure, and promoting new beginnings. The elder is often referred to as the “guardian of gateways.” This sounds like just the ticket at this point in the calendar!
Bundle up and head out into the moon if you can. Visualize yourself as an elder tree, roots deep into the ground, branches stretched high under the cleansing moonlight.
See yourself with bare winter branches. The moonlight cleanses away harmful energies that do not serve, the magic of the elder pushing them out and away from you. As they exit your trunk, the moonlight cleanses. As they exit your roots, the earth transmutes. Feel the earth, elder, and Moon working together as a sacred triad. Then, visualize new leaves, as if in spring, blossoming and bringing you new beginnings!
-Blake Octavian Blair, Llewellyn‘s date book
Jacqueline Albert Pepper