and open to Her Wisdom."
6th Day of the 11th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Gort/Ivy
Moon Phase: waxing Crescent
Moon rises: 1:00PM EDST
Moon sets: 10:22PM EDST
Moon in Sagittarius v/c 2:38AM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Earth Sign of Capricorn at 2:39AM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The creative power of hope.
Sun entered the Fixed Water Sign of Scorpio nat 2:43AM EDST
Sunrise: 7:39AM EDST
Sunset: 6:29PM EDST
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter of the Year
October 23rd, 2009
Sun in Scorpio: Scorpio is one the Water signs, reflecting the emotions of the world of intangible ], sensitivity, psychism perception and mysticism. It is also one of the Fixed signs, bringing stability, stubborness, resilience and persistence.
Those born under Scorpio are generally self-repressive, emotional, intuitive, steadfast, and intense. The typical Scorpio can be quite secretive, keeping personal affairs and feelings hidden from those around them. Outwardly they may appear fearless with a strong desire to succeed. They can purposeful and dynamic. They are perceptive about others and their personal magnestism makes them good at persistent probing to get to the basis of things. Their perceptiveness allows them to understand and comfort others in times of difficulty, and they are unlikely to violate a confidence. On the negative side their intense feelings can make them highly caustic and scornful when angered or crossed in any way. They can be highly jealous, destructive, stubborn, suspicious and even vindictive.
Those born under this Sun sign should utilize their ability to reason while being aware of their negative qualities. They should be aware that relationships only flourish if both parties can share their thoughts and feelings. Those of other sign will also find this is a good time to work on psychic abilities as the energies of the period, including the influences of the Hunter's Moon and Samhain, will enhance these.
Hunter's Moon - The Full Moon closest to Samhain is the one where the Moon nearest to the Earth and hence appears at its largest and brightest in the sky. Looking at the calendar I will consider the Full Moon on Nov. 2nd this year to be a Hunter's Moon since it is closest to Samhain rather than the Full Moon that was on Oct. 4th.
Indeed, on a clear night its light is bright enough to read by. This is called the Hunter's Moon in honor of the God in aspect of Hunter and Guardian of the Gates of Death, and as leader of the Wild Hunt.
The Wild Hunt commences at Samhain and continues throughout the winter months, in which the God as Hunter leads the host of souls of dead warriors. The Hunt peaks at Yule when he unwary can be caught up and swept away. Some Witches perform a Ritual which echoes this. They set a course through the woodland. Individuals set off one at a time with the intent of completing the course accurately, without stopping, pausing, or looking behind. An experienced Witch will summon the Spirit of the Hunt to pursue them and try to lead them astray. Those who complete the test are said to be blessed by the Lord of the Hunt. The Wild Hunt used to be run on the night of the Hunter's Moon, rather than at Samhain, as is more common these days. This allows the run to take place separately from the festivities of the Sabbat.
Even if you don't choose to run a 'Wild Hunt', try to get outside on the night of the Hunter's Moon, raise your arms to the Moon and gaze deep into her face to feel closer to the Goddess and the God and to recharge your physical and psychic batteries.
The haunting sound of wild geese flying overhead at night gave rise to legends of Odin's Wild hunt and ghost riders in the sky. The legends vary from place to place, but the theme is always that of lost souls doomed to hunt eternally across the night sky.