Scorpio New Moon ~ Wednesday November 11, 2015 @ 9:47 am PST
Offering: something that is given to God or a god as a part of religious worship
Sacrifice: the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone
Happy Mid-autumn to all! We are officially between the worlds, in the longest nights and shortest days of the year for the western hemisphere. I know I have talked about the practice of “offering” and “sacrifice” before, but it came through some divination work recently that I need to emphasize the difference between them, as defined above from Merriam-Webster. They definitely are synonyms, as both share the intent to let go, but the energy between them is very different, as was pointed out to me.
Usually, when we make a sacrifice, it is something that is precious to us, something important, but we let it go for a higher offering, in exchange, hopefully, for something more precious or important. Offering, on the other hand, is simply a giving away to something of worship, a power greater than you.
Sacrifice feels like loss, because it is, and sometimes we need to make a sacrifice. Coming off Halloween, it is not comfortable to remove the sweets I have been so happily indulging in, but it is a sacrifice I make to cleanse my body. Or when we let go of painful relationship in hopes it will create space for a new one.
When we make an offering, we do it because it feels right. Like when the sunset brings tears to my eyes, so I offer a prayer of gratitude or a piece of hair. When I give a book or crystal to a friend because it sees like it is meant for her. There really is no expectation for something in return.
Why is this distinction important? I don’t know. But as we drop into the cycle of Scorpio, which the solar part has already begun, we enter a world of deep surrender and release. As ruler of the underworld, Scorpio kind of demands sacrifice. As the season that ends the year, Scorpio holds the death card, the west gate of the medicine wheel. We have to sacrifice when something passes away, don’t we?
Yes. No. I think we have a choice. So much of this year has felt like sacrifice. Painful, burning, soul searing sacrifice. Dying to our old selves and beliefs, giving up old patterns and world views. This year has hurt.
So, as we enter the period of time associated with that very practice, I feel like I have nothing left to give. I want to cringe and hide and hibernate through solstice. If I have to sacrifice one more thing I hold dear… I just don’t think I can.
And that is when spirit speaks. It is not always about the exchange or expectation. Sometimes all spirit needs, even the spirit of Pluto and Scorpio, is a heart-felt offering. Leaving food for the birds starting to scavenge, offering blankets or old clothes to the homeless. Engaging in loving kindness practices. Abstaining from more than you need in food, drink and speech. We don’t have to sell our souls to survive these last weeks of 2015, at least that is not how it feels. There is a part of me that whispers quietly, “enough, it is enough” and to that voice, I want to make an offering. With no desire, no hope for the results, just an offering of love and gratitude, for another day, another year, another chance to grow and release.
Sometimes, we do have to make a sacrifice, but we can also choose to infuse these energies together, we can take a seeming surrender, a painful giving up, and make it into an offering. We can let go of the results and just let this cycle be one of spaciousness. Freeing ourselves of grievances, floating in gratitude, giving from a generous heart.
What a change from how we usually meet Pluto, yes? And perhaps this change in consciousness, a transformation of perception, is just the powerful gift the sign ruling power and transformation needs at this time. Maybe she, too, is tired of reaping the heavy burden of sacrifice and would appreciate the joy of true offering. Whatever you need to give up, make it a give-away instead. Offer it with a smile and a prayer. Don’t wonder what you will get from it, just let it go and trust.
Wishing you love and an open, pure and giving heart this month,
About Bekah Finch Turner
Bekah Finch Turner is also a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.