and open to Her Wisdom."
19th Day of the First Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Demeter
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Moon Phase: Disseminating - 7:28PM EST
Moon sets: 9:43AM EST
Moon rises: 8:58PM EST
Moon in Leo v/c 4:55PM EST
Moon enters the Mutable Earth Sign
of Virgo at 9:52PM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The truth of the imagination
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:43AM EST
Sunset: 5:05PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What do
you most hope for?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
January 3rd, 2010
The Disseminating Moon has keywords of: demonstration, distribution, sharing and introspection. It is the time in the lunar cycle to further process your advancement toward your goal by looking at the results of your adjusting action taken at the Full Moon phase. During this phase you gain clarity by sharing what you've learned through awareness. Demonstrate your power of abundance by giving back to your community. Visit friends. Distribute your knowledge. SHARE. Reach out and touch someone.
The Moon in Virgo - a Mutable Earth Sign which says: "I analyze". During this transit of the moon important issues are practicality, organization, cleaning up your diet or your house, healing your body or offering healing to others and attending to loose ends. After Leo's influence on partying attitudes it's time to clean up our acts and turn our attentions to the matter of our health and hygiene. Practical Virgo cleans the house, and sets things in order. She purifies and organizes our diet, letting us back on the healthy road for the month (till she comes around again). It is a time of taking responsibility and cleaning up the messes we've been leaving. Virgo brings painstaking attention to detail; housecleaning is a good work through a Virgo moon transit.
During Virgo Moon, women are mentally active but there is a tendency to excessive cristcism both of oneself and others. Emotionally it's an inward time, when we can reflect on personal relations. This description of the energies floating around during a Virgo Moon transit sound a great deal like the Saturn's Day energies I posted on yesterday. Today is Sun Day, a Day of Intent, Creation and Renewal.
So take Sun Day's energies and be intent on your Virgo cleaning mode, and renew yourself in healthy manner.
Seven Steps To a Healthier Witch
Second: Develop a natural rather than chemical scent. Switch from scented soaps, antiperspirants and deodorants to unscented ones, or use a deodorant stone. Use only a small amount of a very light scent or an essential oil. Remember, if you can smell your scent it's too strong.
Third: Tired and sore feet affect the way you look and react towards others, so pamper them: remove dead skin, apply a lotion, keep the nails neat and wear shoes which really fit and are comfortable.
Fourth: Practice smiling often, with your eyes as well as your mouth. It can help to imagine you have secret good news. Check this in the mirror, as you don't want to look like an idiot!
Fifth: Ensure your hair is clean, shiny, and well cut. A good cut saves a lot of daily fiddling and shiny hair looks a lot better than tortured and starched hair!
Sixth: Drink lots of plain water, at least 8 glasses a day. Water cleanses the whole system and gives clear eyes and skin.
Seventh: Go for a short, brisk walk every day, whatever the weather. It improves the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, tones and strengthens the legs and gives you time to clear your head and focus your mind. Use this time to notice the natural world around you.
Relieve stress by reading humior.
[From Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]
The Witch's Pyramid (continued from yesterday)
The base of the pyramid consists of four points, one for each of the four elements. The first is Earth, and the concept 'to know'. This is your clean intention. You must know what your want before you can make it happen. Most importantly, you must know yourself and your true will. Is the result in your best interest? Earth is the element of physicality and practicality. All 'real world' things fall into the realm of earth, like health, money, and home. To know means that you will strive to learn as much as you can in this lifetime
and that you will apply this knowledge to your daily life. It also means that you will seek truth in all things and be willing to change your perceptions to meet your awakening spirituality.
The second point is 'to will' and the Fire element. You have the strength of will to manifest your clear intention. Without proper will, magick cannot work. Self-esteem and self-knowledge are keys to bolstering your will. Fire is your willpower, your passion and drive. Fire guides the way. To will means that you will learn to focus your thoughts and practice meditation and visualization in order reach your goals. It means that you won't sit back and let the world pass you by - you will work toward your dreams. You will meet obstacles and find positive solutions to overcome them.
The third point is 'to dare' and the Air element. You dare to actually do magick and follow it up with action. You have faith that it will manifest. You have belief that it is possible. Air is the power of the mind, of logic, communication and creativity. To Dare means you have pushed fear behind you and that you will be courageious and proactive in all you do. You will believe in yourself and have faith in the universe and in your own abilities.
The fourth point is 'to keep silent' and relates to Water. Water is the emotions, the mystical and unknown. To Be Silent is, perhaps, the most important. It means that you will keep your mouth shut about the magick that you do, lest your friends and others destroy the magick with their negativity before it ever manages to manifes. It also means that you will think before you speak, and that you won't throw pearls before swine (which means don't give good information to bad people). Finally, it means that you will follow the etiquette of the Craft and not blab about what happened in ritual circle (if you work with a group), carry gossip about the other members, nor harm others intentionally through your words. For adults and teens, this is by far the most difficult promise to keep.
Secrecy is important, though you can share your work with other witches, teachers, and like-minded people, because they will not detract from your energy. If you lack such a community, a Book of Shadows is an excellent way to share your experiences without talking to those who would not understand.
The top point of the pyramid is the element of Spirit and the Wiccan Rede, the only true rule of Wicca: "Do what thou will and let it harm none." Spirit is also referred on the pyramid as 'to go'. It means you will master the four pillars (energies) of the base of the pyramid and use them in a positive way to help yourself as well as others.
This Witch's Pyramid can also be imaged as the Pentacle: