Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gibbous Moon enters Scorpio

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

14th Day of the 5th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Saille/Willow
13th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Saille/Willow
Moon Phase: waxing Gibbous
Moon sets: 5:25AM EDST
Moon rises: 7:45PM EDST
Moon in Libra v/c 4:19PM EDST
Moon enters the Fixed Water
Sign of Scorpio at 6:28PM EDST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The inheritance of your blood.
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:23AM EDST
Sunset: 8:12PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What new
influences are trying to come into your life?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
April 27th, 2010

Moon in Scorpio - When the Moon enters Scorpio we experience a heightened sensitivity.  This transit brings us the desire to keep our strongest feelings to ourselves. The secretive aspect of Scorpio is a way of holding power, but also assists in the internal processes of change. Althought Scorpio is a fixed sign, it is really about metamorphosis - the most profound kind of change. Nothing can stop a Scorpionic transformation once started. This will be a good time for focusing and doing psychic work because of the deep emotions and desires that Scorpio brings.  The Scorpio Full Moon rituals are high energy and very psychic.  The veil will be thin between the worlds during Scorpio and the Goddess can join the Circle very easily.

On Tiu's Day today - the Day of Activity and Physicality, Passion and Desire - there are Major magickal energies for Fire Energy, Passion and Sexuality rites/spells after the moon moves into the Sign of Scorpio. There are some minor magickal energies for spells or rites regarding courage.

Casting the Circle

Casting a Circle is one the most simple and effective means of creating a potent magickal space. The Circle is our Sacred Space and can be created wherever and whenever we need it. It helps focus our concentration, contain our energies until we are ready to release them, and protect us from outside negative influences.

    It is a good idea to take a purification bath and to meditate a little prior to casting your Circle, but if the mood is upon you, act on it. Spontaneouly cast Circles can be quite powerful.

    The Circle is created by invoking the Elements from within and without and the first thing required by a witch in casting a Cicle is knowledge of which cardinal point is where. This can be easy if you are in a field and have the sun and moon as guides, but working in a built-up area, a compass will be handy. Many Witches place signs and symbols of the elements in each quarter to help enhance the effect of their visualizaiton. You can use pictures, sigils, candles or Quarter Light like Tea Light candles and/or use incense (in the east), fire (in the south), water (in the west), and earth or salt (in the north). After casting the circle and you have returned to East again, turn slowly around the Circle twice more, affirming the presence of the elements in each quarter.

   Then you can do this action but it is optional - once you have thrice-affirmed your Circle you can do as Kala Trobe does - standing in the middle of the Circle, point directly above yourself, and ask the Lords of Spirit to be with you. Her visualization is the purple Akaskic egg, but use whatever symbolizes Spirit to you. Then point to the ground and say (something along the lines of), "Spirit above me, Spirit below me, Spirit behind me, Spirit before me."  This idea can bring higher influences into play. Often, what goes on in the modern witche's Circle is simple lower psychism. Envoking the Lords of Spirit should turn the proceedings into a valid spiritual experience.

    Now you are standing in the middle of a vibrant, protective sphere, encased by the Elements and the Lords of Spirit.  Magick can now commencence.  When you have finished your working, it is important to close the Circle.

    Closing the Circle involves the same process, but thanking the Lords instead of calling them up. Kala Trobe says that she never banishes them. Just as she would not invite somebody into her house and then throw them out as soon as I'd had enough. Banishing is rude and arrogant. There can be no harm in having the Lords around, so she always thank them and invites them to leave whenever they wish. She says that usually she sees them vanishing into the distance once this is said.

    You can close your Circle with the words 'Circle Open, Never Broken." This is as good as an 'Amen' to a prayer or a 'So Mote It Be' to a spell. It confirms that the work is over and that life can now continue as usual.  There are many ways of casting a Circle (and Traditional Witches do not even bother with this, as they view all spaces as sacred), but there is a lovely sensation of working in a timeless sphere under the auspices and guidance of those much older and wiser.  Inside her Circle, the life of the witch is magickal indeed.
{excerpts from "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West, and "The Witch's Guide to Life" by Kala Trob}

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