Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Waning Last Quarter

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

26th Day of the 9th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Muin/Vine
Moon Phase: waning Last Quarter
Moon rises: 2:06AM EDST
Moon sets: 4:08PM EDST
Moon in Leo v/c 5:19PM EDST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: "The
blessing of twilight.
Sun in Libra
Sunrise: 7:28AM EDST
Sunset: 6:44PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
is your spiritual goal?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
October 13th, 2009



No picturen of a Witch has been complete without a large Cauldron bubbling and steaming away since Shadespeare's Macbeth.

  It should be remembered that the Cauldron is simply the forerunner of the saucepan. What we now consider to be a 'cauldron' used to be an everyday kitchen pot for our forebears, and would have been kept filled with steaming broth.

   Today's Witches use saucepans to cook in, whether food or lotions and potions. For nus nthe Cauldron has other meanings and uses. As with the Chalice, the a Cauldron is a symbol of the Goddess. However, whereas the Chalice usually only holds wine or other drinks, the Cauldron is used to contain fire, to prevent scorching carpets or the land. Leaping such a fire is a key part of many cleansing and fertility Rites. It can also hold water to act as a dark mirror for scrying, or in water rituals. A Cauldron can represent the Cauldron of Cerridwen which has the power of giving knowledge and life, or the Cauldron of Dagda, one of the four treasures of the Tuatha de Danann.

  When seeking a Cauldron, ensure that it is made of thick metal, usually iron as thin metal may not take the heat of even a couple night-lights. There are two basic styles of Cauldrons: the kind designed to hang over an openfire which generally has a large handle and no legs, and the kind with 3 sturdy legs which can stand on its own, keeping the heat away from whatever is underneath. The latter is more useful unless you only intend to hang it over a hearth.
[From: Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]

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