Saturday, January 2, 2010

Saturn's Day -

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

18th Day of the First Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Demeter
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Beth/Birch
Moon Phase: waning Gibbous Moon
Moon sets: 9:08AM EST
Moon rises: 7:41PM EST
Moon in the Fixed Fire Sign of Leo
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The satisfaction of conclusion.
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:43AM EST
Sunset: 5:04PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Do you appreciate
the other side of the argument?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter of the Year
January 2nd, 2010

    Saturn Day - Saturday - the Day of Manifestation and Structure, Assessment and Responsibility. This day of the week gets its name from the Latin Dies Saturni, or 'Saturn's day.'  In Old English, it was Saeturnesdaeg.  The Middle English version was Saterday.  Saturn, a Roman god of agriculture, was believed to have ruled the earth during an age of contentment and virture. Saturn was a god who symbolized the passage of time and karma. He was not a harsh, judgmental god, either; he was a sower and a harvester. Interestingly enough, there is no Norse god associated with this day. It has remained under the province of Saturn. But if you think about what Saturn stood for, it does make a lot of sense.

   Saturdays are traditionally days to work on protection, remove obstacles, birnd troublesome or dangerous individuals and banish negativity. Saturdays are like a magickal 'let's clean house' day. Any magickal messes left lying around that need to be addressed, or any problems that need to be cleaned up, are best dealt with on the day devoted to Saturn.

   Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to cleanh up and clear out. Hecate is a deity assigned to Saturdays according to Ellen Dugan and why is she says - let's take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick associated with her.

   Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It's interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshipped Hecate as the queen of the underworld and the guardian of the three-way crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.

   While dark magick sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark, beautiful, mysterious and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the 'most lovely one,' the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life and death are at her command.

And continuing on on the So You Want to be a Witch theme is post about here from time to time:

The Witch's Pyramid:

   In some Craft circles, the Witch's Pyramid is known as the Four Powers of the Magus or the Four Secrets of the Sphnix, whose energy is considered to be the foundations and four pillars of all practical and esoteric magick. The basic building blocks are: To Know, To Dare, to Will and To Be Silent. In some Craft circles they are known by their Latins names as Noscere (to know), representing the Element of Air; Audere (to dare), designated by the Element of Water; Velle (to will) stands for the Element of Fire; and Tacere (to be silent) linked to the Element of Earth. Together they become voces mysticae.  The most difficult lesson to learn of the four corners is the last, to be silent.

   When the four powers are gathered together, then the fifth sacred power occurs - that of quintessence, or Spirit, which represents the top of the pyramid, sometimes called ire, meaning 'to go' - the movement of energy toward manifestation guided by the hand of the Witch. Without this solid foundation, the cone of power will stutter and fall and the enchantment will break apart before it can reach your desire.

Here are a couple of You Tube links about Witch's Pyramid that I think can be helpful in understanding this concept.  I will be posting more on this tomorrow.

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