Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Balsamic Moon moves in the Sign of Capricorn

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

29th Day of the First Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Moon Phase: Balsamic
Moon rises: 6:38AM EST
Moon sets: 3:41PM EST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The legacy of wisdom
you would bequeath to your descendents.
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:42AM EST
Sunset: 5:15PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
is the source of your inspiration?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
January 13th, 2010

    Late last night the Moon moved into the sign of Capricorn signalling that she is preparing for the New
Moon on this Friday, the 15th.  And so it is time to begin thinking ahead as to what the will be on the list of things to be working on and manifesting during the next lunar cycle - what seeds will be planted.
Also this Friday Mercury Retrograde ends, yea!! 

    Moon in Capricorn - Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth Sign and its key phrase is "I permit."  This transit will concern leadership issues, security, responsibilities, the need to be recognized, the desire to create environments, a time to take care of business, to deal with alternative healing for your body, and intensification of your powers of concentration.  After the moon transit in Sagittarius, with it's restless enthusiastic energy, we may now be feeling contraction and a time to pay attention to our needs for security, duties, obligations, and drives and ambitions. It's a good time for setting and achieving goals, 'going for it' materially because may be feeling quite persistent and ambitious.  So take these last couple of days of this lunar cycle, the dark moon time, to finish up whatever obligations you may have and start setting what the goals will be in the new lunar cycle coming up.

  "Winter's Witch keeps cauldron busy
Stirring till the cat is dizzy.
Shadows dance as firelight glows
Warms the heart like good bordeaux."
 __From Seasons of the Witch datebook

Some of The Folklore of 13

    The number 13 is often associated with Witches, the Craft  and all things occult, and in most cases it is thought to be unlucky.  For many years, hotels and flats would be numbered without a number 13, either by missing it out altogether, or by using 12a in its place. It has long been considered unlucky to seat 13 at a table for a meal. Where 13 people all sat down together it was important that everyone rose to leave the table at the same time, as should on person be first to leave they would die before the year has ended. While it is often said that the origins of the superstition of 13 as an unlucky number come from the Last Supper, where Jesus sat down with 12 disciples, there is also a Norse legend that 12 Gods gathered for a feast and all was well until Loki, making the 13th, arrived to join them. This legend substantially pre-dates the Christian story.
   Another belief is that there should be 13 Witches in a Coven, and that this is the reason why 13 is considered unlucky. Some say that a Coven should be made up of 6 couples plus the High Priestesss, while others go forther and say that each person should be of a different sign of the Zodiac. Of course, were this 'rule' to be followed, there would be very few Covens indeed.
    Friday too was considered to be unlucky and therefore Friday 13th couples two fears in one. Personally I have always found it to be a positive day. Fear of the number 13 is called 'triskaidekaphobia.'
Bad lluck may happen, but good luck can be made.

[From: "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]

 Three Requirements - Working with our Three Minds

    The goal of the practitioner is to bring the three minds into harmony, into alignment. Once you have a good relationship with them, magick is much easier. Regardless of the form of magick you practice, from pagan rituals to creative visualization, there are some common steps to follow to align the three minds. Along with the three minds, or aspects of self, there are three other requirements.

   First, you must have strength of will. Do you desire the outcome? If you con't care what happens, then why should the universe? Your desire, your willpower, sparks the process. Any strong emotion can start it. Usually need and desire, self-love, or better yet, unconditional love can be the fuel. Part of magickal training is to be able to access these feelings, to muster the energy whenever you need it, yet remain calm and centered.

  Second, you must have a clear intention. It doesn't matter if you have the will-power to succeed. If you don't know what to apply your will-power toward, nothing will occur. You must have a specific idea of the desired result. You can form the idea through visualization in your mind's eye, through the power of the word, either spoken or written, or through knowing what you want.

  It is at this step where we can qualify our intentions. In magick, we tend to focus on the result, and not necessarily on how it manifests. In the intention for the new job, the goal was to get a new job in the field desired, not to meet someone at a party who would give you a lead for a new job. The goal of employment was more important than how it happened. This leaves the way in which the spell can man ifest open to the universe. If you do a spell for money, it doesn't matter where the money comes from. It could be the lottery, returned taxes, a prize, or a gift. We do not want to limit where the money originates from. But we do want to protect ourselves from channels of manifestation that might not be for our overall benefit. The money could also as easily come from insurance for an accident in which you are injured, but no one wants to get injured. In many witchcraft traditions, all spells and intentions are qualified using the words 'for my highest good, harming none.'  For the example, regarding money, think about why you need the money. Is it to pay for something specific?  If so, make that your goal, your end result. Always focus on the ultimate goal rather than the means of getting it. You give yourself more opportunities that way. The divine is infinitely wiser and knows far more options than our middle self can perceive.

   Lastly, you need a method to direct your energy, your willpower and intention.  Usually methods of energy direction involve some form of altered consciousness, resulting from either a mediative practice or ritual. The reason why rituals and tools are so common in the magickal traditions is because they serve the greater purpose of helping us direct our energy and intent. If they don't work, they would be discarded for something that did.
[From: "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak]

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