Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Disseminating Moon enters Libra

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

21st Day of the First Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hestia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Moon Phase: Disseminating
Moon sets: 10:44AM EST
Moon rises: 11:24PM EST
Moon in Virgo v/c 7:19PM EST
Moon enters the Cardinal Air Sign
of Libra at 11:58PM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The spirit of the
Land in Winter
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:43AM EST
Sunset: 5:07PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What is the source of your creativity?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
January 5th, 2010

    The beautiful image of birch trees by a flowing stream is a quilt pattern image from Wendy Butler Bern's website...  Quilting, sounds like a nice wintertime project. http://www.wendybutlerberns.com/

   This is Tiu's Day - Mars Day - the day of Activity and Physicality, Passion and Desire.  According to Ellen Dugan's Book of Witchery - Lilith is one of the deities of Tuesday.  Lilith is the divine lady owl and the original bad-ass chick. She is often portrayed as a dark, winged, beguiling sorceress. Our most familiar image of Lilth comes from terra-cotta relief from Sumer, dating back to about 2000B.C.E....
She is shown as an attractive winged-woman with clawed feet. In modern times, she is popularly imaged as the beautiful vampire and the ultimate femme fatale. It is easy to envision Lilith as a raven-haired seductress draped in flowing black, her ebony wings swirling around her. She is thought to be ethereally beautiful, with pale skin, dark red lips and perhaps a small flash of elongated teeth. Seductive, aggressive, and dangerous - Lilith is all of these things.

    According to the Zohar, a Kabalistic work from the thirteenth century, Lilith is described as a seductive redhead draped in crimson, wearing many 'ornaments.'  There are also some passages about her having white skin, rosy cheeks, and a seductive mouth, which seems like they could be describing makeup and jewelry. Back in the thirteenth century this was quite scandalous.  This version of Lilith illustrates her as a woman standing at the crossroads, waiting for some hapless male to wander into her trap so she can pounce on him.  (This sounds like in the old days that woman's sexuality and power was absolutely terrifying.) In some Biblical myths where Lilith and Adam were described as being the first man and woman,  Adam and Lilith never found peace together; for when he wished to lie with her, she took offence at the recumbent posture he demanded. 'Why must I lie beneath you?' she asked. 'I also was made from dust, and am therefore your equal.' Because Adam tried to compel her obedience by force, Lilith, in a rage, uttered the magic name of God, rose into the air and left him.
   To modern practitioners, Lilith is a patroness of Witches and a goddess of sexuality, wisdom, female equality, power, and independence. While Lilith is not traditionally linked to Tuesday her energies can still be worked with on Tuesdays. This can be an ideal day in the week for a big dose of in-your-face empowerment.  These aggressive and strong characteristics are just what are called for on this day of passionate day. 

Using a Pendulum

  The pendulum is one of a great variety of methods of divination, and can be asked questions to which the answer is 'yes' or 'no'. While many beautiful pendulums can be purchased, almost any weight suspended on a string or thread will act as a pendulum so long as it hangs freely. As with many tools of the Craft it can be better if you can find or make your own. Look for a stone with a hole in it and then suspend it on a piece of violet thread.
  Before using your pendulum you should 'set' it, that is find the way in which it will respond. Ideally you should do this before every use. First, hold the string in your strong hand (the right if you are right-handed) and suspend it over your other hand. Hold it as steady as you can and then think of the strongest 'yes' you can. Observe the way the pendulum moves, whether it is back and forth, left and right, or round in a circle. Once you are sure you have established 'yes', stop the pendulum and clear your mind. Now repeat the process with the strongest 'no' you can visualize, again observing the pendulum's direction of movement. Now you are ready to ask your question(s). Remember to phrase it in such a way that the answer can only be yer or no. If you should get a different kind of movement then try again, but if it persists it could be that the answer is 'maybe' or that you are not meant to know.
"If you are not certain you want the answer,
don't ask the question."

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

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