Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Waiting for Spring

"Im one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

18th Day of the 3rd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Demeter
Lunar Tree Cycle ~Nion/Ash
13th Day of the Celtic Tree Cycle ~ Nion/Ash
Moon Phase: waning Gibbous moon
Moon sets: 7:32AM EST
Moon rises: 9:05PM EST
Moon in the Cardinal Air Sign
of Libra
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The promise of
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 6:52AM EST
Sunset: 6:11PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: ""How do you
practice ecological awareness?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
March 2nd., 2010

The Hare

  Witches have long been associated with Hares. In fact the Hare, like the egg,
is sacred to the Goddess Eostre or Ostara, whose festival is celebrated at the Spring Equinox later this month.

   When the festival was taken over and renamed Easter, the Hare's association with the Craft caused the subsitution of the more 'friendly' rabbit as a symbol of the festival. However, if you look carefully at the chocolate animals you will see that many have ears far too long for a rabbit.

   It was believed that a Witch could turn herself into a Hare in order to travel secretly across the land, and that any injury done to the animal would show itself on the Witch in the morning. Hares were feared for this reason. Also, should a pregnant woman meet one she would tear her petticoat to avoid her child being born with a harelip. Even the name was dreaded and if mentioned at sea the boat must return lest diaster follow. Conversely, to see a Hare, and especially if it crosses your path, is considered a good omen.

   The say 'mad as a March Hare' refers to the fact that this is the month when they enter their mating season and the males chased one another and, standing on their hind legs, 'box' with their forepaws for supremacy. If you can find the time, go out around the Full Moon and look for Hares as they really do seem to dance in the moonlight. If you live in the country, try to drive especially carefully at this time, as Hares frequently dash across the road.
[From: "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]

An Aquamarine Spell

   The Aquamarine is a clear light blue, sometimes blue-green stone. It is a stone of the Moon and is linked to peace, purification, love, water and psychic powers. 

   When you and your loved one are to be parted for a while take 2 Aquamarines and placed them in sea water (or water with a little sea salt added) overnight in the light of the Moon, if possible when it is full. In the morning remove the stones and wrap each one in a pale blue cloth. Each of you should then dip a figner in the water and annoit the other on the forehead, eyelids, lips, and over the heart. Each should keep their stone about them during the day and place it beneath their pillow at night6, until they are reunited.

  An Aquamarine can be placed in the bath to cleanse and purify before magical workings, or can be rubbed over the body for the same effect. If worn it will increase psychic powers and holding the stone during meditation will also help unlock the subconscious. A tincture to enhance psychic power can be made by standing the stone in spring water for the three nights of the Full Moon; this can then be sipped during acts of divination.

   The Aquamarine is also carried to heal emotional problems and to ensure safe travel over water. Aquamarines are often exchanged by couples as they marry to smooth the path of true love and to promote happiness and well being in the relationship.
[From: "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]

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