Developing Spellcasting

Developing Spellcasting

  

The timing of spells and rituals is crucial. You can draw on the prevailing energies of the moon, the sun and the seasons and also factors like weather to amplify the power of your spells. To flow with the energies of the natural world is like walking or cycling with the wind or swimming with the tide as opposed to against it.

Much of the information on the moon, sun, seasons, the sea tides and weather is contained within different books. However, successful timing are ultimately about trusting your innate instincts. A number of experienced practitioners can feel if the moon is right or sense a rising tide even before they reach the shore.

This is not so easy initially for city dwellers or for people who like me grew up in the center of towns. The more time we spend close to nature, the more this instinctive awareness returns, for we all carry it in our genes from our distant ancestors, though it may be deeply buried.

You can help to reinstate this awareness by rising and sleeping according to natural light patterns. This is easiest done on holidays or weekends especially on natural camping grounds where there is no electric light. Watching the moon in the sky without light pollution is a good way of connecting with natural rhythms and timing especially if you note down your feelings as the moon changes each night. You may find a particular moon day evokes the same emotions each month.

I still have a tendency to think I should switch on the heater on a grey day even if it is muggy but I am getting better at listening to my body and not my logical mind.

Again, successful circle casting is less a matter of accurate measurement and knowledge of correct procedure than a feeling the pulse of the land you are working with and allowing your instincts to help you create an empowered and protective area for magick.

Astronomy Picture of the Day for Feb. 4th

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2012 February 4
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Comet Garradd and M92
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolando Ligustri (CARA Project, CAST) 

Explanation: Sweeping slowly through the constellation Hercules, Comet Garradd (C2009/P1) passed with about 0.5 degrees of globular star cluster M92 on February 3. Captured here in its latest Messier moment, the steady performer remains just below naked-eye visibility with a central coma comparable in brightness to the dense, well-known star cluster. The rich telescopic view from New Mexico’s, early morning skies, also features Garradd’s broad fan shaped dust tail and a much narrower ion tail that extends up and beyond the right edge of the frame. Pushed out by the pressure of sunlight, the dust tail tends to trail the comet along its orbit while the ion tail, blown by the solar wind, streams away from the comet in the direction opposite the Sun. Of course, M92 is over 25,000 light-years away. Comet Garradd is 12.5 light-minutes from planet Earth, arcing above the ecliptic plane.

Today’s Cosmic Calendar for Saturday, February 4th

Stop worrying about things you can’t change. Take some of yesterday’s advice to heart and really be here now as the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Aquarius. What is so important about 15 degrees of Aquarius? The middle point of each of the four fixed signs of the zodiac – 15 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – are the maximum power places in the 360-degree circle of the zodiac. As each season begins with the Sun at one or another of the four cardinal points (0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), when the solar orb moves 45-degrees or half-way though that season, it strikes the motherlode of cosmic intensity by reaching 15 degrees of the fixed signs. That is why today can be a thrill ride and magical journey into higher learning since hidden spiritual currents are being released into the mind, heart and soul of humanity. If you are ready for a personality transfiguration, this may be as good a time as any – particularly since Ceres parallels Chiron (3:36AM PST), the Moon makes a supportive, 60-degree link to giant Jupiter (3:54AM PST), Mercury forms an inspirational, 72-degree contact with Juno (9:17AM PST), and Vesta makes a similar association with distant Pluto (8:45PM PST). These four aspects help you in enhancing productivity across the board, healing old wounds, expanding your consciousness, checking out the latest fashion and style shifts in society as well as increasing the value of your investments. The Moon continuing its monthly transit in Cancer can represent a cornucopia for experts in the realm of antique buying and selling. Cooking, baking and nostalgic trips down memory lane in exploring your ancestral tree are highlighted.

Calendar of the Moon for February 4th

Calendar of the Moon

Rowan Tree Moon

Color: Orange-red
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon a cloth of orange-red set a row of red candles, Brigid’s cross, and a bell.
Offerings: Votive candles. Quicken a newborn idea into birth.
Daily Meal: Hot drinks with every meal. Keep food warm.

Luis/Gamelion Invocation

Call: Now is the quickening of the year.
Response: Now is the time of the first movement.
Call: Now the child stirs in the womb.
Response: Now the seed stirs in the earth.
Call: Now the plains flood and our fire is threatened.
Response: Now the cold water drowns our spark.
Call: Now is the time of the hard struggle.
Response: Now is the month of desperation.
Call: Now is the time of desperation to live.
Response: Now is the time of desperation to be born.
Call: We turn in our sleep as the earth turns.
Response: We dream with the sleeping earth.
Call: Each of our dreams is a lit candle in the dark.
Response: Each of our dreams is a single point of hope.
Call: They shine faint and alone in the night of struggle.
Response: They are alone as we are alone.
Call: Yet we are not alone in our dreams.
Response: We are not alone!
Call: We will keep our fires burning.
Response: We will burn against the night!
Call: We will warm our dreams with the force of life.
Response: We will not die alone in the cold!
Call: We will ward off all evil.
Response: Only good shall pass our gates.
Call: We will care for each other.
Response: We will never cease to care!
Call: We will survive the winter.
Response: We will survive!
(Repeat last two lines twice more.)

Chant:
Protect the flame that warms your dreams
And dreams shall never die.

Calendar of the Sun for February 4th

Calendar of the Sun
4 Solmonath

Amaterasu’s Day

Colors: Red, orange, yellow, gold
Element: Fire
Altar: Set with a handwoven cloth in solar colors into which is woven a great sun, and place upon is fire-colored dragons and a figure of Amaterasu the Sun Goddess, and many candles.
Offerings: Rice crackers, cooked rice dyed with saffron, paper origami figures.
Daily Meal: Japanese food, preferably with at least one dish in bright colors.

Invocation to Amaterasu

Summer’s Joy
Queen of the Sky
Giver of Life
To our entire world
Weaver of sunbeams
Into golden robes of finery
Which you drape over us
Each time we emerge
Into your sacred light.
Laugh, Queen of Day!
Laugh and let your delicate
Fingers play across our eyes
That we may blink, and sting
The tears from them,
And open them again to see
Your golden world break
Over the eastern horizon.

Chant: Omikami Omikami Arigato Omikami

(Each person takes a candle and a procession is led from the room, which divides into several groups. Each group goes to a different room in the building and shines the light of their candle into all dark places, corners, closets, under beds and in drawers, bringing light and the gaze of Amaterasu into all places. Then the candles are returned to Her altar to burn down, and are not snuffed until sunset.)

Blessings To You & Yours On This Fantastic Saturday!

Weekend Pictures, Images, Comments, Graphics
I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. I must apologize for running so late. I got up early this morning, believe it or not! Then I took my medication for my back and it knocks me out. So back to sleep I went. I finally got up at 10:30. Then I had to rush around and pick the house up real quick. We have the cable company coming out AGAIN! This is the sixth trip to our house they have made. I am about ready to pull my hair out at them. No, that’s not a good idea! Instead, I am going to pull their hair out. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Anyway they are supposed to be here between 1 and 3. So if I suddenly go POOF! during post, you know what happened.

I have rambled enough. Time to get down to business, lol!

Have a great weekend, my luvs,

Lady A