Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Disseminating Moon in Libra

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

20th Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Demeter
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Luis/Rowan
14th Day of the Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Luis/Rowan
Moon Phase: Disseminating
Moon sets: 9:34AM EST
Moon rises: 11:29PM EST
Moon in the Cardinal Air Sign of Libra
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Memory of childhood games
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:27AM EST
Sunset: 5:39PM EST
Solar Question of the Day: "What knowledge are you seeking?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
February 3rd., 2010

    Woden's Day - Mercury Day - the day of Communication and Connection.  There are Major magickal energies for spells/rite to Right Wrongs and minor magickal energies for honoring ancestors.  The moon being in the Cardinal Air sign of Libra gives energies for cooperation and harmony and for focus on relationships.

Meditation from "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak

   This is Lesson Two in the book.  Meditation is one of the most wonderful paths to gnosis because it leads to many other skills. So much of the witch's way falls under the umbrella of meditation. Some people take the classes that Penczak offers not out of any interest in pagan religion, but to learn to meditate and develop themselves psychically. Modern science is  now proving the benefits of meditation for stress control and overall health. Learning to quiet your mind and open up to your intuition is the first step to more major undertakings. Don't let the simplicity fool you. Just because something is basic doesn't mean it is always easy or doesn't need to be practiced. To effectively command the skills in this chapter, you must practice them regularly.

   The first step to a successful meditation practice is to make a space for it in two way. The first is about outside space, a place in your home for you to meditate . By designating a physical space in your environment, you make a space within you for this change. One helps create the other.

   To make a physical space for meditation, Penczak suggests building an altar. An altar is a basic tool in the practice of witchcraft. An altar is just a workplace for your tools. As you progress on this path, specific ritual tools are placed on the altar, but at this point you are creating a meditation altar. The tools you need are the ones that remind you of your path. Your altar can be a piece of furniture designated solely for this use, or a spot on your nightstand, desk or bookcase. Choose a place for your altar that you can see when you are meditating.

    On the altar, place any items that make you feel good, including any magickal trinkets you have picked up along your path so far, such as candles, incense, statues, crystals, feathers, stones, tarot cards, and tree branches. Use anything that signifies magick for you. Arrange them in any manner that feels intuitively correct for you, and change this arrangement as often as you like. Let this altar be a focus for you. Every time you walk into the room, you see it and are reminded of your meditation practice.

   You don't need these tools or an altar to meditate; the meditation itself is an internal practice. These physical tools can help you develop a regular practice and serve as a reminder. By building a practice in a regular space and at a regular time, you develop good meditation habits. If you cannot set up an altar, do not let that stop you from meditating.

Different Types of Altars

There are many different types of meditation altars which you can buy or design yourself. Some of the most popular include:

Desktop Water fountains
Wind altars
Sea altars
Feather altars
and Candle altars.

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