In This Skin: A Ritual Body-Prayer for the Full Quickening Moon

Welcome to the Quickening, my love. Here, we are living expressions of radical hope, blood-and-skin reliquaries for these ivory bones of ours. Beneath this full and vibrant moon, we are calling in what is ours with our very breath, and we are the living antidote to body-spirit separation. ‘Tis the season of sensual expression and embodied Craft, and the Witch’s body becomes a soft and soulful bridge between where she is and where she yearns to be. Know your longing as holy, and let’s wed our feeling flesh to our as-yet unrealized dreams.

Stand strong, and dream the impossible, Priestess. Where are you going from here? Revoke your mundane mind’s permission to be rational, to demand to know precisely when and how your hopes will come to fruition, to strip your most soulful, newborn-bud wants of their ability to bloom. Simply envision yourself in that single, fleeting moment when all is right with your world, when the children are fed or the lover is sleeping or the house is bubbling with laughter or the ocean is singing to you or the treatment was successful or the application was approved or the garden is gushing with color. Whatever is for you, my love, whatever vision makes your heart swell and lift just a bit in a momentary, subtle elation, see this now as if it were a lucid dream, as if you were remembering the yet-to-come, as if somewhere, somehow, there is a version of you who is already living this particular truth.

Beneath the full, Quickening Moon, cast your circle to claim your right to be here and now, Witch. Call to your ancestors of the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and know your place at the center of that cauldron of transformation. Here, your body is the warm, virile intermediary between your soul’s mandate and the cosmic pulse. Here, your movement will be the conversation, your enacted poetry that speaks yes. Yes, thank you, more please.
Ask yourself this: As you hold that vision in your mind’s eye, where do you feel it in the body or aura? Where is that scene already happening within your energetic field? Visualize this. What color is it? What temperature? What shape? How does its energy move within you? Now, without naming it, ask yourself where the greatest obstacle to this vision is in the body? Just in this moment, just right now under the swelling moon, where is the greatest block to that vision? What does it look like? Are you willing to purge it today?

With these energetic spaces in mind, my love, move in ways that will strengthen and grow the vision and weaken and break apart the obstacle. Add any music or play any instruments that seem true to you. Play your power song. Become the dance of manifestation. This is a moving body-prayer to the next pivotal place on your journey. Let everything about your body- your breath, your heartbeat, the pulse of your organs, the friction in your joints as your bones move and your tissues slide about- all of this becomes an embodied spell. Demand to be seen and heard.

Begin chanting yes. Yes, thank you, more please. Yes, thank you, more please. Keep moving, permitting the natural ebbs and flows to overtake you. Exaggerate the motions when it seems right, beating your fists on the ground, snarling, and sourcing guttural sounds from deep in the bowels of your being, then slow down to near-stillness, feeling into the small and shadowy places long forgotten where the most meaningful, ancestral memories are housed.
Stay with this for as long as you have, until the colors and sensations of the vision have swelled to fill your soft body and vibrant energetic field, until the obstacle has crumbled and been washed away by the warmest waters within you. When you feel ready now, come to stillness. Lie at the center of your circle with limbs wide and breath easy. Imagine the energy of the vision integrating into all parts of you, seeping into every cell, muscle, and organ, wrapping around your bones like purposed vines and becoming as much a part of you as your very life force.

Know it as true. Breath it as true. And so it is.

Open your circle when ready, honoring your vision with even the most ordinary movements, with even your most everyday actions becoming a prayer for the yet-to-come.

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Danielle Dulsky Danielle Dulsky is a longtime activist for wild woman spirituality and the divine feminine’s return. She is the author of Woman Most Wild: Three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within (New World Library, 2017), a multimedia artist, yoga teacher and teacher trainer, energy worker, and Witch, Danielle is on a mission to inspire women to be fearless creators of their own sacred work, to reclaim the name Witch, and to integrate ritual and magick into their daily lives. As a continuing educator provider and teacher trainer for Yoga Alliance, Danielle teaches creative movement alchemy, conscious body-prayer, and yoga as living ritual. Danielle leads Witchcraft workshops, women’s circles, councils, and yoga teacher trainings nationwide and in the United Kingdom. She believes all women who are alive today are meant to be instrumental in supporting positive social transformation by enacting their spiritual agency, cultivating a kinship with nature and Her elements, and liberating their inner wild woman. Website: http://DanielleDulsky.Com Facebook Page: Danielle Dulsky (@WolfWomanCircle) Instagram: WolfWomanWitch

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