Thursday, December 24, 2009
The Cycle of Beth/Birch begins - First Quarter Moon
and open to Her Wisdom."
9th Day of the 1st Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Beith/Birch
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Beith/Birch
Moon Phase: First Quarter - 12:35PM EST
Moon sets: 12:15AM EST
Moon rises: 11:50AM EST
Moon in Pisces v/c 3:08AM EST
Moon enters the Cardinal Fire Sign of Aries at 6:38AM EST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The work of your hands
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:40AM EST
SunsetL 4:58PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Which of your family do you most appreciate?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year.
December 24th, 2009
There are minor magickal energies for spells/rites for good fortune - correspondences are: element of Sun; color Green; tarot card - Three of Wands; and rune Fehu. It is Thor's Day - Jupiter Day, the Day of Vision, Spiritual Insight and Expansion.
First Quarter Moon phase: the keywords are: action; expression; growth; breaking away. It is a time in a lunar cycle to take the initial action necessary to achieve your goal by expresing your needs and desires. FEEL & MOVE. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now. Moon in Aries is a time of new beginnings, intense activity, reaching out with emotional surges and impulsiveness. This is moon sign that is a great tester of limits. When moon is in Aries you may want to depend on yourself, as there is also a certain amount of ego involvement. You may find yourself feeling impatient and wanting to initiate new things.
Names: BETH, Birch, Beath, Bethi, Bedw, Beithe, Bedwen, Beithi, Betula pendula
Celtic Symbol : The White Stag
Zodiac Degrees : 2º00` - 29º59` Capricorn
Ruling Planet : The Sun - Sul
Ancient Gods Associated With The Sun :
Greek : Helios, Apollo ( Alson Known As Phoebus), Cynthius And Pytheus
Celtic : Hu, Beli, Taliesin, Arthur
Full Moon: Birch Moon; Moon of Inception, Moon of Beginning
Magickal Properties include Protection of children; purification; creativity
Tarot Key: The Magician
The birch is the tree of inception, representing birth, initiation, discipline and sacrifice. The time is ruled by the force of wild, un-tamed nature, and is reflected in the unconscious (inner) self and the rebirth of the Sun from winter's solstice. This is the first tree that takes away the decay of the mysterious elder. Both the Birch and the Elder stand on either sides of The One Nameless Day. They both represent a link between life and death, with the Birch being the beginning of all things. It is also associated with the training of Druids, the birth of new life and is both energetic and spontaneous.Children's cradles were made of Birch. Axe handles were also made from Birch. On the Isle of Man, off the west coast of Scotland, criminals were 'birched' to purify them and to drive out evil influences.
The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch.
Its symbols are the horned animals, especially goats and stags. Connected to pentagrams and mountains. The Magician tarot card. Symbolized by Cernunnos - the horned one, said to be the Soul of Lugh, and the Dagda - Celtic Earth god. Archetypically related to other horned gods such as Pan, the Hircocervus (sacred Goat-Stag), the Egyptian horned god Asar (Osiris), and Shiva who is lord of the animals.
Birch trees have been long associated with fertility and healing magic, and the twigs were used to bestow fertility on cattle and newlyweds. Birch is most useful for fertility and healing spells. The birch has a multitude of uses: it yields a sap similar to maple syrup; its bark can be used as flour and also make birch beer; and birch tea is said to ease rheumatism and gout. The inner bark provides a pain reliever while the leaves can be used to treat arthritis.
[From: http://www.crystal-forest.com/celtictreemonthBIRCH.html ]
Color Correspondence: White
Personality: spiritual, devote4d, psychic, protective, comfortable in open spaces, likes neatness and order.
Magickal Purpose: inner light, moon workings, seeking truth
Magickal Uses: divination, healing, inner spirituality, moon workings, truth, energy boost for psychic powers, protection, peace and purification.
God: Fati, Gou, Lah, Limagah, Mah, Mani
Goddess: Artemis (Diana), Ashma, Luna, Selene
Tools: crystal ball, cauldron, wand, scrying mirror
Tarot: The Fool (new beginnings)
Oil:Anise, Betony, Cedar, Frankincense, Honeysuckle, Heliotrope, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Parsley, Sandlewood, Thyme, Wormwood
Herb: Betony, Burdock, Dahila, Elder Flower, Fern, Gladiola, Heather, Lilac, Lily, Marigold, Mint, Moonflower, Mugwort, Mustard, Roemary, Rue, Sage, St. Johns, Tansy, and Woodruff.
Wood: Almond, Ash, Birch, Cedar, Coconut, Elm, Elder, Hawthorn, Hazel, Juniper, White Heather.
Animal: bear, cat, chameleon, dog, dove, hawk, lizard, magpie, praying mantis, snowy owl, swan, whale, and wolf
Stones: abalone, agate geode, amethyst, aquamarine, clear crystals, moonstone, mother-of-pearl, pearl, opals, and quartz.
[From: Seasons of the Witch datebook 2009)