Sunday, February 21, 2010
First Quarter moon phase tonight
and open to Her Wisdom."
9th Day of the 3rd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Nion/Ash
4th Day of the Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Nion/Ash
Moon Phase: First Quarter - 7:42PM EST
Moon sets: 12:57AM EST
Moon rises: 10:27AM EST
Moon in Taurus v/c 10:54AM EST
Moon enters the Mutable Air Sign
of Gemini at 1:47PM EST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The blessing of fire.
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 7:05AM EST
Sunset: 6:01PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What needs clarification
and what motivations underlie it?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
February 21st, 2010
First Quarter Moon - The keywords are: action, expression, growth, breaking away. It is the time in a lunar cycle to take initial action necessary to achieve your goal by expressing your needs and desires. FEEL & MOVE. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now.
This is Sun Day - the Day of Intent, Creation and Renewal.... and there are minor magickal energies for doing rites/spells for movtivation and personal finances. Good day with this First Quater coming on to do perhaps a rite to 'motivate' yourself to get started on the goals you want to achieve in this lunar cycle.
Instant Magick - from "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Penczak
Instant magick is the practice of putting your will into motion very quickly, using the power of visualization and attaining a light meditative state through the use of a trigger. There are many names for it: the power of creative visualization, projecting (because you are projecting yuor will into the future to maniafest), or causal magick. It is a form of magick without deep meditation, ritual or tools, and many discount it because of that, thinking 'anyone' can do it so it is not 'real'
magick, but Penczak disagrees with that thought. Yes, anyone can do magick if they decide to, and the rewards of instant magick are by no means little. These seemingly insignificant acts help us reevaluate the way we create our own reality from moment to moment
Such instant spells never cease to amaze Penczak. When you start out in the practice of magick, it is easy to chalk success up to coincidence, even as you learn metaphysically that there are no real coincidences. Still, it's a hard fact to swallow when most of us are told otherwise throughout life. If you are able to to integrate this talent into your daily life, your results venture out of realms of coincidence and into the truly amazing. You then learn to expect the amazing and live a magickal life.
Instant magick is projecting your will forward through visualization and specific intention to create an opportunity lining up what seem to be coincidences. You do this by entering a light state of alpha, a meditative level where you can still talk, walk, drive and carry on with everyday life. The sensation is similar to letting your mind wander for a moment, but it is not wandering. In fact, it is truly focusing, but only for a few moments. In those few moments, you state silently or out loud what you want to happen, or visualize it. You do not even need to close your eyes. Imagine it for a moment.
You reach your light magickal mindset through intention. By programming a trigger, you can reach this state no matter how stressful a situation is. There are many times in life when we need access to our magickal and meditation skills, but circumstances do not give us the time, space, and quiet we are accustomed to having. The trigger helps us. It is like a post self-hypontic command that says, "When I do some specific motion, I will enter a light trance state." Triggers can be hand motions, gestures, words, or images that, when performed, help us reach our magickal mind.
Although you can choose any trigger you like, Penczak suggests a simple hand position. He originally learned from Laurie Cabot to cross my first and second fingers to activate my trigger. She taught it as a basis of our expression "I'll cross my fingers," when we want something to happen. Children's games associate crossed fingers with lying, and that root also probably comes from witchcraft, when the craft was associated with harm. Penczak was surprised to find out that this position is actually a mudra in Hindu mysticism. Author Guruna, (Joseph Michael Levry) says, "If you need a favor, or have a wish, such as wanting a raise, all you have to do while asking for it is cross the middle and index fingers....This procedure balances your energy, thereby momentarily increasing your magnetic field for your desire to be fulfilled."
Experiement in meditation and see what feels comfortable to you. The reason why Penczak suggests simple hand movements is because grand and sweeping gestures attract attention, and you want to be able to do this when you drive and have a conversation with someone and not necessarily explain what you are doing. In Celtic myth, thumb sucking is a trigger for inspiration and wisdom, though I don't suggest using it in public. Some use a specific word as their trigger into the trance state and a word to end the trance state. Use what feels comfortable to you. You do not necessarily have to vocalize the word or make to make it effective.
Here are some links to check out Mudras and various positions: