and open to Her Wisdom."
13th Day of the 12th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Ngetal/Reed
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Ruis/Elder
Moon Phase: Gibbous - 2:38PM EST
Moon sets: 3:16AM EST
Moon rises: 2:15PM EST
Moon in the Cardinal Fire Sign of Aries
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Your kinship with the stars.
Sun in Sagittarius
Sunrise; 7:20AM EST
Sunset: 4:55PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What threshold of attainment waits for you to cross over?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
November 28th, 2009
Gibbous Moon - Keywords for the Gibbous moon phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments, it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN.
Similar to the waxing moon phase, you can perform all actions compatible with increase during this Gibbous period. However, magick that requires more lunar energy than the waxing crescent can provide should if possible be delayed until this time period because of it's closer proximity to the full moon. Of course minor magickal workings can also be performed during this time as well, but the added energy here may not be absolutely necessary.
So Why do you Want to Be a Witch?
Why a Witch?
[From: http://www.magickalmoon.com/index.php?page=Why ]
So you have seen "The Craft", watched "Charmed" and now you would like to become a Witch. You would love to cast some spells just like Sabrina does? You would love to be able to clean your house with the twitch of your nose just like Samantha. Well if you think it is like that, then please read on, you have been sadly misinformed.
We all know that Sabrina is fantasy, wouldn't it be nice to just conjure up anything you like? Imagine the pile of money you would have beside you if that were possible. You could turn your ex-boyfriend into a toad, anything you dream of actually. If only...........
* begin dream sequence *
*imagining myself running along the beach, supermodel perfect body, with gorgeous men all around, and all the things that money can/can't buy! * Beautiful sunset, etc, etc *
* end dream sequence*
OK, so you have now figured out that it's not really like you see on TV, so why do you still want to be a Witch? Maybe it's in your heritage, your genes. Your Grandmother/Mother was a Witch and it is a path that you have been drawn to all your life. Maybe you are just curious, well it has to start somewhere doesn't it. Maybe your friends are doing it and you want to be like them? (note: not a good reason to do anything)
Might I just take this time to point out that there are no Demons involved, we don't have to go out demon fighting every day like they do in Charmed! We also don't bring people back from the dead and make them grow magnificent rose gardens like they did in Practical Magic!
So I guess it is up to you. Are you doing this for the right reasons? You don't have to be a sheep and follow the pack. You are free to do as you please. Whatever feels right to you is always the answer. Believe in your "self" and it will guide the way for you.
"If You Want to be a Witch"
(excerpts from Edain McCoy's book of same title)
In the beginning.......
What do you already know about Witchcraft.... or perhaps I should ask, what do you think you alread know? Why are you interested? There are easier ways to live your life than to be a part of any minority.
What do you expect to get out of Witchcraft that makes the quest worth the struggle, and what do you expect to give back to it? Will you be an in-your-militant, a sort of Witchy fundamentalist? Will you quietly walk your spiritual path alone with your deities or seek contacts for friendship, exchange of information, and perhaps group or coven worship?
First, utmost, and beyond all other concerns, Witchcraft is a religion, probably one of the oldest on Earth, and one that gets new adherents daily all around the world. They may worship pantheons you're not familiar with, but they are trying to follow a positive path to the creators. Undertanding this is not
only your lesson number one, but a sentence you should emblazon upon your brain in flashing neon so it will never be forgotten.
What all Witches have in common is that we follow a nature- or earth-based religion. However, we each tread a slightly different path in our search for our creator, and each of our lives is filled with varying needs and desires, but with faith and effort, we all hope to end up in the same place.
Before you begin, I want to prepare you for the flood of names and terms that accompanies the Craft. Witchcraft somestimes referred to as Wicca or Electic Wicca, comprises the indigenous religions of western Europe, making it collectively one of the oldest religions on the planet. A Witch and a Wiccan may or may not be the same thing. Wicca began as a specific Anglo-Welsh tradition in England around the turn of the twentieth century, but today it is a tag often attached to other traditions. (Celtic Wicca, Russian Wicca, etc.) There are two possible origins of the word 'Witch', one being the Old English wyk
meaning 'to shape' or 'to bend' and the other being the Anglo-Saxon wit meaning 'to possess knowledge or wisdom.' From 'wyk' come the Craft words 'wita' and 'witta.' Like Wicca, the terms "Wicce'" and "Witta" have ceased to be spiritual descriptions in their own right, and it's not uncommon to see 'Wicce' and 'Witta' combined with other cultural labels to create an entirely new Pagan tradition.
It may surprise you to know that both men and women are called Witches. The term 'warlock' is thought to be an old Scottish term mean 'oath breaker' or 'sorcerer.' The word 'warlock' is rarely, if ever, used to as a label for a Pagan man. In fact, many men find it insulting.
So What is Next? .....