and opened to Her Wisdom."
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Gort/Ivy
Moon Phase: New - 1:33AM EDT
Moon rises: 8:06AM EDST
Moon sets: 6:28PM EDST
Moon in Libra v/c 1:33AM EDST
Moon enters the Fixed Water Sign
of Scorpio at 10:23AM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The freedom of a decisive
action you must take.
Sun in Libra
Sunrise: 7:33AM EDST
Sunset: 6:36PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: ""What joy do you miss most;
where is joy within you?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter of the Year
October 18th, 2009
The beginning of a new cycle - Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6 day cycle ahead.
On http://owlsdaughter.blogspot.com/ this was posted yesterday on the Dark Moon telling us what this new moon can bring to us.
Also take note that the leaves the zodiac sign of Libra at the same time it turns into it's new phase and begins waxing. While New Moons are to happen in the same zodiac sign that the current sun sign is, these split second happenings can be a bit confusing... This New Moon also begins the lunar cycle of Gort/Ivy for me as I continue to follow my Lunar Tree cycles.
Ivy leaves made up the wreath of the Roman God Bacchus and were often hung outside inns to advertise their trade. It was thought that wearing a circloe of Ivy around the head would prevent intoxicaton. Drinking from a bowl of Ivy wood was said to be a cure for drunkenness. A wreath of Ivy was given to newly-weds as a symbol of fidelity. A young gir would carry an Ivy leaf in order to meet her future husband. Should a man gather 10 Ivy leaves at Halloween, discard one and sleep with the other 9 under his pilloow he will dream of his future love. To dream of spirits, place an Ivy leaf on each corner of your pillow. Ivy is magickally linked with Holly and it used to be forbidden to bring Ivy into a church because of its Pagan associations.
[From: Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]
Some Magick Appropriate for the New Moon
With each of these spells, you can ask for the blessings of a chosen deity according to which one fits your current needs, or you cxan simply ask for help of the Goddess and/or God.
- Take a seed for each new goal, hold them one by one in cupped hands till you have thoroughly visualized each intention, then plant the seeds individually in a bowl of earth.
- Take a pure white candle, stroke it from base to center and up to tip to center with oil such as olive or almond. Be careful to avoid the wick or the candle will splatter when lit. As you dress it in this way, concentrate on a fresh new project that you wish to work on, then light the candle. Burn it every night at the same time till the moon is full.
- Invoke Artemis, then visualize yourself drawing back a bow and letting its arrow fly, carrying a wish with it to take root on the astral plane, to yield its harvest in due season. Really, really work hard at building up the image of your goal, and strongly picture the bow and arrow as well. It might help to see Artemis herself with bow pointing upward at arm's length, or see your own hands with the bow in them. Feel the strain and then the sense of release and hear the swish as the arrow arcs through the air. A visualization like this might seem naive and simplistic, but it can be extremely powerful - strong visualization is the basis of the most successful magick.
- Think of a goal, then tie three knots in a silver cord or ribbon, voicing your magickal intention with each know. Put it on your shrine or tie it in the branches of a tree in outside till just before the next new moon, then untie the knots and cleanse the cord through the elements so that it can be used again for future spells.
Go outside when the new crescent moonn is visible and make a wish (but don't tell anyone else till it comes true!)
[From Elen Hawke's "Praise the Moon"]