Below is a mediation I did for my deepening practice (one mediation every new moon for 3 years).
For Sweetwood Temenos the Fall Equinox,Mabon, is one of balance that occurs at the end of things, the balance of completion. So our Sabbath focuses on giving thanks for community and what we have recieved and then pour a libation for what we plan to give back to the community in the coming year as part of our ritual
So given this emphasis of community at the second harvest festival that is Mabon and the Fall Equinox, I offer up my meditation on Self Knowledge, one of Sweetwood Temenos values, from the perspective of Community, one of our sacred directions. The following gives the date and time of the mediation plus the setting and of course the mediation itself.
12/17/09 at 9:35 PM
Self-knowledge from the perspective of the Community
Mediation: three candles, incense lighted, and a goblet of water.
I call upon the Oracle of the Runes to aid me in my understanding of Self Knowledge from the Perspective of Community!
I draw a rune from my black bag of runes
I Draw Eihwaz or Eoh the Yew tree
There is no Self without community
From the many comes the individual
Multiple thoughts and feelings on who you are
A psychic landscape presenting opportunities, challenges and limits
In the flow of the spouted seed of the soul becoming
Dancing and Weaving the Spiral Round
Community, the nest fostering good human being
Blessing the individual with enough and more
And the individual gives as can and is part of the nest
So the circle spins onward from one generation to the next
In knowing our Selves know how community added to our growth
For good or ill separate the wheat from the chaff
What character do you have left?
From the Mystery of Self, the soul is called to serve community.
Service reflects what the soul hears and responds to
Revealing what is hidden in the depths of the Self
What the soul lights up the world with for the sake of the one and the many.
Love is woven in to a nest and so it is with community.
We are forgiven as we shame our Selves, whether in deed or word
And learn how to be part of the loving kindness
The weave that binds the nest together,
And makes whole the human community
The life time of each soul is a thread revealing color and texture
Tied into a weave of many that makes the dancing tapestry of the world
What has been done for others and what has been given to others?
What more is there to do and what more is there to be received?
Community is an essential part of Self and Self is an essential part of community.
Do you see your path as you become?
Do you see your reflection upon your ground of being?
As your lamp of consciousness leads you forward
Does it burn brightly with the fuel of Self-knowledge?
Or burns dimly in the shadows of ignorance and fear?
Have you prepared a hearth with fire, food and good cheer?
Be thankful for what you receive and joyful for what you give
And let your soul reveal the Self you are as a being of community.
At the end of this mediation I drew a Tarot card from the Nybor deck. I asked “Oh please Oracle comment on my mediation, what is written here!”
The Tarot Card chosen was the Source: the beginning and the end.
Where upon I pour a libation upon the altar and drank water from the goblet!