Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Wanning Moon goes void of course and enters Scorpio

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

21st Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hestia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Luis/Rowan
15th Day of the Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Luis/Rowan
Moon Phase: Disseminating Moon
Moon sets: 10:04AM EST
Moon rises: 11:59PM EST
Moon in Libra v/c 10:54AM EST
Moon enters the Fixed Water Sign
of Scorpio at 11:55AM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Meditate upon a
poem that enlivens your spirit.
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:26AM EST
Sunset: 5:40PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What news do you wait to hear?
What changes will it bring?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
February 4th, 2010

       Thor's Day - Jupiter's Day, a Day of Vision, Spiritual Insight, and Expansion. We could gain strong strong insights about ourselves when the Moon enters Scorpio.  This is a moon transit when we find ourselves desiring to keep our strongest feelings to ourselves. This secretive aspect of Scorpio is a way of holding power, but also assists in our internal processes of change. Even tho Scorpio is a Fixed Sign, it is really about metamorphosis - the most profound kind of change. Nothing can stop a Scorpionic transformation once started. 

 Meditation (con.) from "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak

    Mark your meditation times with a simple ceremony, a 'tuning in' process to delineate this time as different from your normal day-to-day life. Start by lighting a candle on your altar. Use a white candle until you have learned the significance of other colors. If you like incense, burn some. Certain substances help create a sacred space for meditation and ritual. They do this by 'raising the vibration' or spiritual energy of a room. Most are also known as substances of protection for this reason. Frankincense and myrrh are favored by many witches. You will soon associate these scents with meditative and magickal work. Then say a simple intention to set the stage on the space. Your intention could be formed like this:

"I ask in the name of the Goddess and God to receive my
highest guidance in this meditation."


"I ask the Goddess and God to protect and guide
me in this meditation."

Such statements are programming yourself and your space with the experience you wish to have. Intentions of protection, guidance, healing, or experiences for the highest good are best. Clarifying for your 'highest good' requests that the experience be guided by your divine, higher self, rather than your ego.

  Now sit down comfortably before your altar space. Posture is important. Don't strain any muscles. Everything should be comfortable and relaxed.  Wear loose clothing. Some people wear special meditation clothes. This can help shift your mind from daily life to a meditation practice, but it is not necessary. You can either sit in a cross-legged position, what people used to call 'Indian style' or if youare more flexible, a lotus or half lotus position with your feet up on your thighs. The lotus position does not necessarily make for a better or worse meditation. Use a cushion for comfort and support. If cross-legged is uncomfortable, then sit up in a flat-backed chair with your feet flat on the floor and your palms in your lap or resting on your thighs. This position is sometimes called the Egyptian meditation style because so many Egyptian statues are found in this pose. You do not want to cross your arms, and unless you are sitting Indian or lotus style, you want avoid crossing your legs, too. It tends to disrupt the flow of energy in the body. Your hands can be in your lap, resting on your thighs, or with one hand cupped in the other with tour thumb tips touching. Traditionally women put the right hand injto the left and men put the left into the right. You can also rest the wrists on the knees, palms up, holding thumb and first finger together. Do what is comfortable for you. You can lie down flat on your back, that is what is most comfortable, butbe sure not to fall asleep. If you do find yourself falling sleep in meditation, switch to an upright position. Upright positions with a straight spine aid the flow and focus of energy.

   Meditation - Entering Altered States - from "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft"

   Relaxation is the first step in meditation and it is often forgotten. By preparing your body to meditate, you ease the transition from focusing on your outer reality to you inner reality. Sometimes all the body needs is permission from the mind to relax. Through relaxation, the magickal worlds open up for you.

  Breathing is a big component of relaxation. The basic technique of meditation is to observe the breath. Breath is one of the ways to shift your consciousness. Deep and relaxed breaths lower your brain waves from beta into the lower states of meditation. Control of the breath, particularly through counting exercises, leads to a meditation state quite quickly. Just allow the breath to develop naturally and do not do anything that is uncomfortable for you.

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