Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Waning Gibbous Moon moves into Scorpio
and open to Her Wisdom."
17th Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Fearn/Alder
14th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~Fearn/Alder
Moon Phase: waning Gibbous
Moon sets: 7:30AM EDST
Moon rises: 10:08PM EDST
Moon in Libra v/c 8:13AM EDST
Moon enters the Fixed Water Sign
of Scorpio at 8:41AM EDST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The release of
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 7:06AM EDST
Sunset: 7:42PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
needs to restored and appreciated?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
March 31st, 2010
Many people like to take a magickal or Witch name when they enter the Craft. This is thought to originate from the time when Witches were persecuted, and it would have been safer if people could not give real names to the authorities. But there is doubt about this being true. People would have known each other anyway. The belief that knowing someone's true name will give you more power over them is far more widespread and vastly predates the Witch Hunts. Many Witches feel that the giving or taking of a Craft name reflects the feeling that they are starting afresh, almost as a new person. In some traditions the Witch name is given as part of the second degree Initiation Ritual; in others it is a separate Rite. In some traditions a person may select their own name, and in others the name is chosen for them. Many Solitary Witches also take a name of their choice, not to be confused in these days of the internet with a pen or e-mail name.
While there are no rules on the selection of a Witch name there are some fairly guidelines. Read up on your chosen name, as some deities, heroes, or heroines demonstrate attributes you may not wish to invite into your life. For the sake of everyone's sanity, choose something spell-able and prononouceable. Try not to select one of the may over-used names. And lastly, it is considered self-aggrandisement to take the name of one of the 'major' Goddesses or Gods, such as Isis or Herne.
[From: "The Witches' Real Year" by Kate West]