Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crescent Moon Phase - Sun enters Aquarius

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

5th Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Luis/Rowan
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Moon Phase: Crescent - 6:08AM EST
Moon rises: 9:31AM EST
Moon sets: 9:49PM EST
Moon in the Mutable Water Sign
of Pisces
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Thresholds of light
in your life.
Sun enters Aquarius 11:28PM EST
Sunrise: 7:39AM EST
Sunset: 5:21PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
prejudices are you holding on to?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
January 19th, 2010

   The New Moon has waxed into the Crescent Moon phase early this morning - the keywords are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity.  It is the time in the lunar cycle that you gather the wisdom you learned in the New Moon phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN AND ABSORB.  Commit to your(s) you set for this lunar cycle during
the New Moon time.
    During this phase clarify your aspirations; set concrete goals; gather support for young projects; acquire information, allies, resources you'll need for work further down the road. Allow yourself to dream big and affirm your future success (think of what you want to achieve this cycle and/or what you'd like to create years from now).  Cultivate the optimistic innocence of a child who hasn't learned disappointment y6et.
   In this phase the Moon rises mid-morning and sets before midnight. Throughout the lunation cycle, the Moon rises and sets a little later each day; sometimes fifteen minutes, sometimes ninety minutes after the previous day's rise and set. A special quality of the waxing Crescent Moon is how, illuminated 'earth shine,' the entire orb of the Moon is dimly visible behind the crescent, making an early evening "Moon sit" especially compelling. This is a good time to think of the unknown - and all the good it holds in store for you.

The Triple Goddess  

    The Goddess is seen in 3 aspects: Maiden, Mother, and Crone; which relate to the phases of the Moon to aspects of womanhood and to what we do in daily life.

     The Maiden is the New Moon; fresh starts and new beginnings. She is youth, enthusiasm and the season of Spring. She is seen as a young woman dressed in white with flowers around her head. A woman was a Maiden, no matter how pregnant, until she gave birth to her first child. Hence the Moon's Maiden phase lasts up to the Full Moon. In daily life the Maiden sparks the start of all things.
   The Mother is the Full Moon; maturity, growth, and fertility.  She caring, nurturing  and healing. She is seen as a mature woman, dressed in red carrying a basket of fruits, flowers of the season and the harvest. The Full Moon is the time of the Mother Goddess, who cares for us allo and gives life to the land. It is a time for reaping rewards. Today we invoke the Mother when we seek healing, understanding and growth.

   As the term Crone is deemed somewhat derogatory these days She is often called the Wise One. Her time is marked by the Waning Moon, she is knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. She is seen as an older woman with grey hair, dressed in purple or black. The phase of the Crone lasts into the Dark of the Moon (the 3 days each month when no moon appears) and is a time for scrying, divination and for taking our rest after the labors of life.
"The Three in One, the One made Three."
Legend, Triple Aspect

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

Exercise 4 - "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak

 Fereling the Aura

 1. As in exercise 2, sensitize your hands by rubbing them together, but instead of placing the palms facing together, put your arms out with palms facing out, as if you were gesturing stop.

2. Stand at one end of the room while your partner is at the other. Close your eyes and slowly walk toward your partner, having your partner guide you if you get off course. As you could feel the energy between your palms, you are looking for a similar feeling when you reach the edge of your partner's energy field.

3. Keep your eyes closed, but take note of the various levels of energy you feel. Move back and forth to explore the sensations.

4. Repeat the exercise, this time with your eyes open. Stop when you feel the first layer of resistence. Have your partner raise his or her arms straight outin front. Usually the perimeter of the aura is a hand's length beyond thye reach of a person's arms. Penczak says he has found that depending on an individual's boundaries and current emotions, it can be larger or smaller, but in general it is around an arm's length. Where did you feel it? Most feel it near this perimeter, though you can also feel other 'layers' closer to the body. Reverse noles and try the experiement again.

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