"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."
22nd Day of the 12th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hestia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Ngetal/Reed
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Ruis/Elder
Moon Phase: Disseminating
Moon sets: 11:44AM EST
Moon rises: 11:14PM EST
Moon in Leo v/c 3:58AM EST
Moon enters the Mutable Earth Sign of Virgo at 2:05PM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The joy of simplicity.
Sun in Sagittarius
Sunrise: 7:32AM EST
Sunset: 4:51PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Which of your plans needs better motivation?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
December 7th, 2009
The disseminating moon enters the Mutable Earth Sign of Virgo today - the key phrase of Virgo is "I analyze". During this transit, important issues are practicality, organization, and cleaning up your diet and/or home, healing your body and attending to loose ends. The disseminating moon time give strong energy to taking care of loose ends. There are Major enerties today for Eliminating Obstacles to Getting a Loan - and minor energies to releasing unwanted emotions.
Centering, Earthing, and Grounding
There are techniques which it is best to perfore and after meditation, visualization, rituals, acts of magick and spells. Those performed before have the effect of preparing you physically, mentally and pyschically for the work you are bout to perform. Those you carry out after are designed to ensure that you are truly back down to earth before you go on with daily life.
Center yourself by taking several deep breaths and focus on the Earth beneath you, the Air you are breathing, the light and heat of the Sun, and your heartbeat, and the Water and blood which flow within your veins. It is essential to balance the Elements before starting magical work.
Earthing and Grounding are both techniques to use after working. Earthing involves much the same as Centering in that you visualize the Elements within. It is assisted by actually placing your hands and feet on the earth, if you are outside, to allow residual energies to transfer to the ground. When indoors you may find that it helps to rub your arms and legs briskly, again dissipating left-over energy. Grounding is most easily achieved by having something to eat and drink: this encourages your body to focus on the physical realm. Earthing is nused to disperse residual energy whole Grounding helps to replenish the body's physical resources. If you can, perform both after any act of magick.
Witch Studies - The Importance of Visualization
Visualization is a crucial part of a witch's spiritual and magical tool-kit. The ability to hold in our mind's eye aspect of our inner spiritual landscape or to imagine the intended outcome of a spell is an important part of self-development, spell-work and ritual.
Visualization is used routinely to encapsulate the entent of actions we are undertaking, and to direct the energy we are raising toward its goal. In magical and spiritual work, clarity of intention is fundamental to the success of our work and visualization is part of craft discipline.
This technique also enhances our potential to receive growth-enhancing clues from our deep intuitive selves. Going on guided journeys of discovery to our inner, spiritual and emotional landscape is particularly important to our development as spiritual beings, which is why it is embedded in Wicca as a developmental tool and a means of communication with the desires. It enhances our ability to envisage rountinely during circle and spell-work, certainly, but it also helps us to discover the power we have within us.
The skill of visualization is easier to acquire than most people imagine. If you were a natural daydreamer as a child, you may find it easy to slip into visualization or 'path-working,' as it is sometimes known. Those of us who are still quite adept at drifting off into a world of our own are actually good natural storytellers; we tell ourselves stories that we play out in our imagination. But everybody has the basic ability to imagine. It simply requires a conscious effort to reclaim our imaginative faculties - particularly those who were discouraged from daydreaming at school or at home - and this will come with practice.
Some of us are more visual than others and can produce vivid imagery inside our heads, while others find it easier to focus on a narrative pattern - a storyline with causes and consequences, actions and outcomes. It really doesn't matter which type you use; it is more important that you learn to focus it to steery guided inner journeys and develop the ability to receive and recognize the sometimes unexpected images and impressions that can emerge during the process.
Visualization is a form of meditation that deflects distracting thoughts of the everyday by providing a mental map of an inner journey. While the left-handed side of your brain is occupied with the story or map coordinates, the right-hand side of the brain - associated with random creativity, pyschic abilities and magick - is free to become a transmitter and receiver. Important messages from the deep inner self, which is connected with the Whole, with Spirit, with the God or Goddess, may emerge during inner journeys.
Some people record a journey and play it back on tape so that they can concentrate on the journey itself. Others get a friend to read it aloud or, if in a group, nominate someone to guide everyone else through the visualization. It should be noted that recordings are not always successful, because tape recorders cannot adjust the speed of delivery to the needs of the person undertaking the journey. A whirring and clicking tape can also be quite distracting. Getting a friend to read out loud is a better option, but it requires some expertise on the part of the reader or guide, who needs to be aware of the appropriate speed at which to proceed, and the length of pauses involved. Facilitating visualizations sensitively is itself an acquired skill.
The following blog entries here in the next few days will include guidance for visualizations of a variety of purposes, but first there will be an entry or two of preparation information. The best way to start, if you are working alone, is to read the visualization through at least three times, memorizing key aspects of the journey, then carry out the visualization from memory. You do not have to remember it word for word, just the main points. Keep a note pad and pen next to you so that you can record anything that strikes you as important as soon as you emerge from your inner journey. Just as we often forget dreams quickly after waking, the images, symbols and words given to us during visualization fade like fairy gold in daylight unless we remember to write them down.