Sunday, February 28, 2010

Full Moon in Virgo

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

16th Day of the 3rd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Nion/Ash
1th Day of the Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Nion/Ash
Moon Phase: Full - 11:37AM EST
Moon sets: 6:34AM EST
Moon rises: 6:35PM EST
Moon in the Mutable Earth Sign
of Virgo
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The gift of grace.
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 6:55AM EST
Sunset: 6:09PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Where is the Spring
in your life?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year.
February 28th, 2010

   Full Moon in the Mutable Earth Sign of Virgo - During this moon transit in Virgo important issues are practicality, organization, clearning up your diet or your house, healing your body or offering healing to others and attending to loose ends.  Virgo wants to be of emotional service: now is the ti8me to offer this to others. Because there is more inward energy in the universe now, Virgo Full Moon is not the best time for a group ritual, unless it's a healing circle which would work just fine but keep it small.
There are Major magickal energies today for Health and Healing rites. 

Finding a Place of Power - from "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak

   One of the most important tenets in the traditions of witchcraft is the sacredness and power of the natural world. Making space for meditation in your inner reality by building an altar or shrine and then maintaining a practice is an important step. Another foundation stone in the process is to find a place in nature that is special and sacred to you, if possible. It does not have to be deep in the woods, but someplace accessible to you, to serve as another meditation spot where you can commune with the forces of nature as a pathway to yourself.

    Some of your magick will seem easier or harder outside of the safety of your home because you are communing with all manner of new energies. This can be in a park, a trail in the woods, a beach, a stream, a lake, or someplace off the beaten path where you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. You may find such spot as you continue your earth walking from exercise 6 (where you walk slowly and meditatively and be a ware of the Earth below your feet). Use common sense in selecting your area. If you are not an experienced camper or hiker, do not pick a place deep in the forest, far from help, in case you get lost. If you live in an urban environment and can't find a suitable place in a park, then don't worry, but the next time you are out of the city and in the country, try practicing your meditation there.

   Make or find a shrine at this spot, even if it is temporary. You do not need to put candles or incense in your shrine unless you want to do so, but try sitting by a special rock or tree that helps you make this connection. Spontaneous psychic experiences have been known to happen when you venture forth into nature, in search of a place of power.

New Assignment: 

*Exercises 7 through 12 - Complete and record your experiences in your Book of Shadows.  Incorporate them into as regular routine at least three times a week, if not daily. Early-morning or late-evening meditation times are usually best, but do not meditate lying down in bed or you will always associate meditation with sleeping. Sit up. Do exercise 12: Prpramming Your Trigger at least three times. Practice the orange meditation often, using all your senses. Use instant magick in your daily life.

Continuing Assignments: 
* Daily Journal
* Honor and recognize your intuition. Continue to ask it questions.


* Prepare your space and set the mood for meditation. If you would like, use some soft repetitive music or perhaps a water fountain.
* Develop your inner narrator. Take the voice within you that may act critical and skeptical and give it a job to do. Train it to be your coach rathr than distract you. Silently tell yourself to relax your body and mind. Silently instruct yourself through each step of meditation, as if someone were there to help you. If you get internal criticism, thank the voice for sharing, but kindly ask it to sit down and focus on the task at hand. This inner guide will help you become your own best teacher.
* Always be sure to count yourself down and count yourself back up. Always give yourself clearance and balance at the end. Always check in to see if you need to ground more after meditation.
* Don't rush. Relax and take your time. You can spend quite a while with relaxation and breathing before getting to specific exercises. Let your body and mind tell you when you are ready, and then count down.
* There is no real 'getting there'. Some sessions seem deeper than others, but many students expect to feel 'under,' as if they were at a stage-hypnotist show. There are many levels of meditation, and all of them valuable. You can still be in a meditative state and have your mind wander. The alpha state is much like daydreaming, and when we daydream, our minds wander. When you recognize this, bring your thoughts back to the experience at hand. Don't feel you are failing because your mind is wandering. Sometimes you are distracted by outside noises. That happens to everybody. You are learning to bring more focus and direction to your meditation time, but that takes a lot of practice. Witches are walkers between the worlds, and must be conscious of both, but as you practice, you will begin to withdraw your senses into the inner world for greater lengths of time.  Do not berate yourself when meditation does not fulfill your expectations. Bring your focus back and do your best.
* You shouldn't fall asleep when meditating. If you do, reevaluate your sleeping and eating patterns, as well as your work habits. Take care of your physical body.
* Some people meditate better in the early morning hours. Others meditate better at the end of the day, before bedtime. Experiment and find out which time, if any, is best for you.

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