Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore  

 

 When Luna first her scattered fear recalls,
If with blunt horns she holds the dusky air,
Seamen and swains predict abundant showers.
            – Virgil, “Georgics.”
 …
 The moon had set. There was not any light,
  Save of the lonely legion’d watch-stars pale
In outer air, and what by fits made bright
  Hot oleanders in a rosy vale…
 – Bulwer Lytton, “A Night in Italy.”
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
 The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the listening earth,
 Repeats the story of her birth.
  – Addison, “Spectator”. No. 465. “Ode.” St. 2

The folk of that country begin all their things in the new moon,
and they worship much the moon and the sun and often-time kneel
against them.

 – “The Travels of Sir John Mandeville” (ca. 1500).
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Transiting Mercury Square Natal Mars

Transiting Mercury Square Natal Mars

THINK TWICE BEFORE SPEAKING
Words contain charge. Some words present more impact. You specialize in finding those words. You can upset someone not only with what you say, but with subtle facial expressions or physical gestures. If your burning desire is to create non-adversarial relationships, this becomes the “think, think again, and one more time, before you blurt it out” time. You know you will be provocative. Provoke well-with good intent and purpose. Write letters to editors but leave your friends and lovers alone unless your comments blend criticism with compassion.

Today Is: Tiu’s Day

 Today Is:  Tiu’s Day 

 

The day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars, whose Magickal  influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good to be cautious—especially while traveling. Tuesday  is the proper day of the week to perform rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, surgery, and the breaking of negative spells.

Tiw was a God of athletics, combat, and law.
Consider meals to improve physical well-being, encourage justice, or increase strength and strategy.
 
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength 
 
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman 
 
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
 
Incense:   Lignum Aloes, Plantain
 
Color of The Day:  Red 
 
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
 
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries and Scorpio
 
Candle: Red

 

Current Moon Phase: WANING

Current Moon Phase: WANING

Time: Waning – From full moon to dark moon (approx.14 days)
Goddess Aspect: Crone
Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan
Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying,
reversing circumstances.   Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and  psychic cleansings.

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Lunabar Moon Almanack for Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Lunabar Moon Almanack for Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Waning, Balsamic Moon          Age: 26 ½ days.
Ascending Node is at 29° Sagittarius.
Moon in 6th degree of the Sign Aquarius, the Waterman;
also in 7th deg. of the Constellation Capricornus, the Goat.

Moonrise: 4:40 morn.  Midheaven: 9:56 morn.  Moonset: 3:16 eve. 

Daily Goddess Devotion

Daily Goddess Devotion

How do you see Her this Goddess of light,
As you stand proudly within the dark night.
You stand with the thousands you can not see,
Giving honor to the Goddess that has set you free.

Blessings and Light,
Lady Abigail
Copyright © 11062009

‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
 
The Universal Heart Center
 

Hearth Witch Lesson: Magically Cleansing Your Home

Hearth Witch Lesson: Magically Cleansing Your Home

Author: Deborah
Before we get started on this lesson, it’s true confession time. When I am on my A game I am almost as good at cleaning my house as my mother is. Almost, if you’re not wearing your glasses and you squint a little. When I am not on my A game (which is often) , my house more closely resembles a somewhat neat college student’s house than Miss Martha’s domicile.
I am not at all on my A game right now.

We had our cat, Bellatrix, fixed and she decided to deal with her enforced croning by declaring war on my other cat, Max. This has been a riveting week of feline turf wars, howling for attention periodically through the middle of the night, full on attacks that mean to injure each other and of course “accidentally” going to the bathroom all over the house. So my couch is coverless, we’ve been too afraid to vacuum for fear of incurring another full on attack, my quilt is in the wash and we have yet to disassemble the day bed and assemble the desk we got around Christmas time for me to have a work space, as Spare Oom has been declared a demilitarized zone. As of last night we called for peace treaty negotiations by separating the two powers for the rest of the week and then we will reconvene peace treaty talks on Tuesday when Her Highness has her stitches out and is released from her Cone of Shame. Naturally, I’m also sick with a cold and have an event this weekend I’m attending as leadership . . .in Boston. So be assured, this is not a glass house I am currently residing in.

Despite (or perhaps because of) all these domestic failings, I have a pretty fast way to ritually clean my house. Generally I prefer to actually clean my house first and then ritually clean it but sometimes beggars can’t be choosers. When I can actually clean my house, I try to do a really thorough job of it. We live in a fairly small space by American standards though an average sized space by European standards. I find it really does add to the house’s well being if I donate things that are not being used anymore. Books, clothing that doesn’t fit, appliances that aren’t being used, etc. Constantly “purging” helps ensure that clutter creep doesn’t set in and we don’t end up on an episode of Hoarders. It also helps to make sure that your house is accessible to you. It’s hard to feel motivated to do much of anything if it doesn’t.

I have fibromyalgia, so it’s hard for me to crouch down to look for pots so we have a pot rack. I need my crafting supplies organized and easy to access because we only have one big hall closet, so I have the supplies organized by type (sewing, spinning, general craft supplies, etc) in banker’s boxes and I keep like materials (buttons, beads, notions, etc) in zip lock bags so I don’t have to take everything apart to find something.

Sometimes though, it’s hard to be motivated to ritually cleanse my house if it’s not physically clean. I find that if I wait too long in between ritual cleanings, I’ve noticed that I start to feel sluggish when I’m at home and our household squabbling rate goes waaaay up. When the house is ritually cleaned, I feel energized and my brain is functioning and I want to be a member of society and go out of my way to go above and beyond in my significant other duties.

You would think this would motivate me to do my cleansing routine weekly, but my generation wasn’t called a generation of slackers for nothing. Here’s a simple guideline for you on how often you should do this cleansing ritual: Weekly = Awesome, Miss Martha! More than a month = expect to be sleeping on the couch

Steps to Ritualistically Cleanse Your House

1. Crack open your windows for at least ten minutes. Even in the winter. You need to give that crappy energy that you’ve been building up some place to go, like outside your house.

2. Empty your salt bowl. If you don’t have one, you should get one. It naturally soaks up a lot of less than positive stuff floating around your house. It should be in a place that sees a lot of traffic. Mine is in the cutout in my kitchen, which looks out to my living room and front door. A salt bowl is simply a bowl with sea salt or kosher salt in it. When emptying mine, I flush all the salt down my sink and clean the bowl with soap and water. I dry it and then add fresh new salt.

3. Recharge your house wards. I am awful with any kind of shield magic. I learned on Momma Starr’s Old Style Conjure podcast that using a lemon with salt also works to keep out negative energy. I cut a lemon in half and dip each half in salt and put each half outside my front door facing each other and use it as a ward to keep people who mean me harm out of my house.

4. Recharge your continuous magic. As a writer, I definitely keep continuous money magic going to make sure money keeps coming into my house. I try to burn a candle on my money honey pot weekly with symbols or words etched into my dressed candle that work to bring in whatever kind of money I need that week (a small bit of found money, writing money, new job opportunities, savings, etc) .

5. Using your sacred broom, sweep all the negative energy from every room out your front door. My sacred broom comes from Michael’s Craft store and I have it “fixed” as Hoodoo traditions would say to cleanse my house of negative energy. This is that broom’s only job so it doesn’t get confused. It stays by my front door.

6. Smudge your house with a sage bundle to cleanse all negative influences out. Make sure to smudge closets, mirrors, TVs, computers and windows.

7. Give light and water offerings to your deities. We light up our altar last and give thanks to our gods for what we have and we enjoy how beautiful the altar looks and how good the house feels.

Eclectic Witch: I Am the World

Eclectic Witch: I Am the World

Author: Maiaduir

What does it mean to be an Eclectic Witch? This may mean many different things to many different people. However, I think that what it means to be an Eclectic Witch is this: to be at a state of oneness with the whole of Gaia, and all of her cultures and traditions.

Eclectic Witches reclaim spirituality from many sources, including their Ancestral traditions, traditions from their past lives, traditions from the land upon which they reside, traditions that they have a special connection to, and traditions that have truly made a calling to their hearts. They also realize that the whole of Gaia is our tribe, and it is beneficial to look at all traditions, cultures, variations of magick and Witchcraft, religions, and spiritualities for Awen, divine inspiration.

So now lets take a look at what it means to be an Eclectic Witch.

One source from which Eclectics may choose their traditions is from Ancestral traditions. This can mean two different things: Your genetic ancestors, whose blood you carry in your veins and arteries, or the ancestry of your soul, traditions and cultures that you were involved in during past lives. The traditions of your genetic ancestors can be a powerful thing to reclaim.

Look at the veins on your wrist and forearm, or put your hand to your chest and feel your heart pumping. Just sit for a few seconds and watch or listen to the blood flowing and pumping through your veins, through your heart. That blood that flows through your veins is a sacred mixture of blood that once pumped through the veins of your ancestors! Whether you are Asian or African, European or Hispanic, reconnect with your blood!

Reconnect with your genes, and realize that your great-great-great-great-great-grandmother or father could have been a Druid or a Stregha, a Brahmin or a Mambo, a Shaman or a Saint. Reconnect with the traditions of your ancestors, and feel the primordial life blood which flows and pumps through your veins. This is definitely a part of being and Eclectic Witch.

Another way of reclaiming your ancestry is by reclaiming the traditions of your past lives, if you know of them. If you do not know of them, then it’s a great idea to do some past life regression, as it can be a profound experience. Many Witches feel called to cultures and traditions based on past life experience with them.

If you have had a past life as a Celt or as a Sumerian, research the spiritual traditions of those cultures. It may give you a marvelous sense of homecoming, a return to what you have known before, a piece of your souls history. Research this bit of who you are as an Eclectic Witch, and reclaim your ancestors of body and soul.

Another source from which Eclectics may draw Awen from is the traditions and spiritual practices of the natives of the land upon which you live. If you are a native to the land upon which you reside, and if you have taken Paganism as your religion, then you most likely have this covered. However, most of us in the United States and Canada are not Native American. Most of us trace our bloodlines back to Europe, Africa, or Asia. These are our true homelands.

However, you have lived in America your whole life, you still have a very strong connection to the spirits of place here, especially if your family has lived here for many generations. A great way to connect to the land upon which you live is by researching and practicing the spiritual customs of the natives of the land, who really know it best. If you live in the America Southwest, for example, you might look into the customs of the Hohokam, Navajo, or Pueblo peoples. Not only will it deepen your connection to the land, but it is also fun to learn about the people who stood here many years ago. Witches strive to be at one with out land, so we should look to the practices of those who have attained oneness with it before us.

A fourth vehicle to the Divine that many Eclectic Witches draw practices from is from traditions and spiritualities that they have special connections to, and unique spiritualities that have made a calling to their hearts for seemingly unknown reason. You might be asking yourself what I mean when I say that one may be drawn to a tradition that they have “special connections” to. Like Eclecticism itself, it can mean many different things to many different people.

One might have a teacher who has been highly influenced by Hellenic Paganism, and whose matron is Artemis, and might develop a strong connection to Artemis’ energy as a result. One might have a spirit guide who is Egyptian, and therefore have a connection to Kemetic Witchcraft as a result. There are really endless reasons why someone might have a special connection to something that is not “theirs”, per say.

The last reason I will discuss here that one may feel called to a tradition is for a reason that they really cannot put their finger on. The tradition just calls to their hearts and spirits, and they follow that call because that is what the Divine tells them to do.

If you have specific interest in a tradition, or it calls to you for a reason that you really do not know, explore it! This is a sacred opportunity to broaden your spiritual worldview. It doesn’t mean that you have to give up your current beliefs. Rather, integrate them with the ones you have currently, as all traditions come from the same source, and therefore bear similarities to each other in some way, shape, or form. Do not be afraid to explore currently unknown traditions. Just let the Gods and Goddesses take you where their will is to take you, and you will always be safe within their arms, even when times are tough.

In conclusion, being an Eclectic Witch means to be at a state of oneness with the whole of the planet, and all of her traditions and spiritualities. At one time in history, Pagans worshiped the gods and spirits of where they were from, and as cultures intermingled, so did the Gods and Goddesses and the traditions and religions of the cultures, as seen in the worship of Isis in not only Egypt, but also Rome. But now we are faced with a new age of technology and advancement.

We are no longer single tribes. The whole of the world has become our tribe. Eclectic Witches realize that, in reality, we are all related. Mitakuye Oyasin, as the Native Americans say. So, realize that we are all one, and, as Witches of any and every tradition, let us act as such.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for 3/1

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:

63: After Completion

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Hexagram 63

General Meaning: It is a fine irony that after completion of some project or great enterprise, there is still much left to do. Completion is merely a pause in the cycle of creation and decay, a momentary still point for the swinging pendulum of life. Though completion does imply a period of restful pause — one that usually has been well earned — it is not an actual end, but rather a uniquely harmonious flat spot in the constancy of change and movement.

The image of After Completion is that of a kettle of water boiling over a fire. When the forces are balanced, the water boils properly; but if the pot is too full, it may boil over and put out the fire; or, if the fire is too hot, it may evaporate all the water. In the equilibrium that follows the completion of something significant, the current dynamics must be watched carefully to assure that a proper balance is maintained.

After Completion is the time for fine-tuning, for refinements and embellishments of what has already been accomplished.

Even if we are enjoying a rewarding situation right now, the laws of the natural world dictate that influence and success will eventually decline. So, don’t let current good fortunes prompt careless or relaxed attitudes. A successful endeavor or partnership needs to be carefully tended and maintained. What is incomplete should be finished and brought to fruition without delay.

Take satisfaction upon completion, but do not dwell on it. To do so could bring a halt to your influence and capability.