and open to Her Wisdom."
4th Day of the 11th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Gort/Ivy
Moon Phase: Crescent - 6:40PM EDST
Moon rises: 11:26AM EDST
Moon sets: 8:32PM EDST
Moon in the Mutable Fire Sign
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A tree of
Sun in Libra
(tomorrow the Sun enters the Fixed Water of Scorpio)
Sunrise: 7:37AM EDST
Sunset: 6:32PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Do you oversonsume the world's resources?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter of the Year
Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal.
So this is Wodin's Day (Wednesday), a day of Communication and Connection..... it is also called Mercury Day. We have waxing moon energies going for us and a mutable Fire sign for this growing
moon... Wednesday can be known for their tricky and changeable energies. A plant/tree that has the same planetary associations of Mercury is the Aspen. Also the Aspen is associated with communication and the element of Air. Aspen leaves were often used in spells designed to protect you from thieves.
The aspen tree always appears to be in perpetual motion. The slightest breeze causes the leaves to tremble and shiver. A folk name for aspen was the 'whispering tree,' due to the sounds that the rustling leaves seem to make while they dance in the breeze. In the old days, it was believed that the winds carried messages straight to the gods. The aspen then became associated with movement and communication. According to folklore, aspen trees aid in communication with the faeries. They may also help you find your way into the realm of Faery itself.
For this herbal spell, you will need to gather three aspen leaves for movement and the positive reception of your message. This spell relies on the element of Air (the Sun is still in the Cardinal Air sign ) and all the qualities associated with this element, such as motion, contact, change, and intelligence - also qualities for Wodin's Day. The aspen is intimately connected with the element of Air also. So, unite these two enchanting energies and try a little natural magick to send your message quickly on its way. Remember that this spell is designed to give the recipient a friendly nudge, sort of a psychic 'Hey, I really need you to give me a call' type of energy.
Gather the leaves and hold them in your hands; at the third line of the spell chant (that is below), scatter the leaves to the breeze. Of, if you would prefer, simply try working with the aspen by sitting on the ground beneath its branches. Then repeat the spell three times while a nice breeze ruffles the leaves overhead.
"Aspen leaves first are green and then in autumn turn to gold,
I call the element of Air, for I am brave and bold.
As these aspen leaves catch the breeze, my spell to you will soar,
With the speed of Mercury and the help of the winds four.
Close the spell with this line:
For the good of all, with harm to none,
By leaf and breeze, this spell is now done!"
Once you have made contact, the communication between the two of you is up to the spellcaster, but this spell should at least help you to get things moving in a positive direction.
[From: Dugan's "Book of Witchery"]
but wisdom lilngers."
___ Alfred Tennyson