My wife’s recent post over at Birthing with Brigid got me thinking. Therein she mentions attributed associations between the three trimesters of pregnancy and the three guises that our Lady of the Moon doest wear. Several things in the lore kinda jumped out at me that say that such a correspondence has some validity in application if one were inclined to work such into their practice.
Back at Autumn Equinox our Lord was sacrificed into the Underworld, and at Samhain our Lady descended through the gates, underwent the trails, and finally rose to Her throne beside him. If we think of this cycle combined with the mythos of the Sun’s death and rebirth cycle portion of our Wheel’s lore, then it is easy to recognize that She was with child at the time of the journey. It is also interesting to note that this time of the year is also usually thought of as being associated with the Hag, which my wife associates with third trimester, and that the time between Samhain and Yule is the period of rest, reflection, and silence.
To truly appreciate this image, I went back and reread the story of our Lady’s travel and tried to keep the mental image of Her as being full bellied in the middle of month eight during the passage. If you have a BoS version, go read it, if not then this will do.
This mental exercise brought forth other bits of lore. Our Lady descends inward to be stripped of all identity so as to be able to join with that part of Herself that makes Her whole. Throughout the entirety of this Initiatory experience whereby She becomes the Queen of Hell, in addition to already being the Queen of Heaven, She has carried the spiritual Sun in Her womb that will be birthed forth at Winter Solstice.
There is actually a lot more going on here that I am going to leave unsaid. After all the Craft is a mystery religion. Just go through the exercise and see what is brought forth to be harvested unto the soul.
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."