Death & Rebirth

The full Blood Moon is on the horizon. If you are not familiar with the significance of the Blood Moon, it has a heavy emphasis on rebirth. One cannot be reborn without a “death” of some sort. That doesn’t mean you are going to step outside, trip, and be hurled into oncoming traffic. It can signify the death of a bad habit, a one sided friendship, a toxic relationship, or a pattern that no longer serves you. Death energy is necessary to bring in life energy. If you hold onto the things that no longer serve you and struggle too long in the metaphorical birth canal your spirit, or sense of self, becomes stagnant.

Rebirth is paired with Bat Medicine, “Bat embraces the idea of shamanistic death. The ritual death of the healer is steeped in secrets and highly involved initiation rites. Shaman death is the symbolic death of the initiate to the old ways of life and personal identity. The initiation that brings the right to heal and to be called shaman is necessarily preceded by the ritual death. Most of these rituals are brutally hard on the body, mind, and spirit. In light of today’s standards, it can be very difficult to find a person who can take the abuse and come through it with their balance intact.

The basic idea of ancient initiations was to break down all the former notions of “self” that were held by the shaman-to-be. This could entail brutal tests of physical strength and psychic ability, and having every emotional “button” pushed hard. Taunting and spitting on the initiate was common, and taught him or her to endure the duress with humility and fortitude. The finial initiation was to be buried in the earth for one day and to be reborn with the former ego in the morning – In this ritual, the shaman-to-be is sent to a certain location to dig his or her grave and spend the night in the womb of the earth totally alone, with the mouth of the grave covered by a blanket. Darkness, and the sounds of animals prowling, quickly confronts the initiate with his or her fears. As the darkness of the grave has its place in the ritual, so does the cave of bat. Hanging upside down is a symbol for learning to transpose your former self into a newborn being. This is also the position that babies assume when they enter the world from the womb of woman”

Now, maybe you have zero intention of being tortured and letting your ego die a shamans death, but I bet you are holding onto patterns that no longer serve you. We hold on, due to fear of the unknown. We all once thought the comfort of the womb was the safest place to be. The Blood Moon is a reminder to circle over our lives and really examine if where we are serves the greater purpose of why we are here. If you cannot confidently say you working actively towards your growth. I encourage you to look at why. Are you standing in the shadows afraid to live up to your true potential because you fear the opinions of others? My own word of advice, if someone is hindering your growth and progress or doesn’t approve of you actively trying to live a better life – they’re better off as a part of your past and came into your life to teach you that lesson. You may run into the death of relationships of those who are not interested in growing. They see you begin to undergo a transformation of self and people will find that intimidating. They might criticize you for how “you’ve changed” – let those things people fall away and embrace who you are growing to be. They are not on your path and it is up to them to find theirs. Do not fear the darkness of your shadow work. Lean into the discomfort.

In closing,

I wish you a happy death and rebirth. From the darkness you are reborn.

See you on the other side.

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