Wednesday, April 14, 2010
New Moon in Aries
and open to Her Wisdom."
1st Day of the 5th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Saille/Willow
28th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Fearn/Aler
Moon Phase: New - 8:28AM EDST
Moon rises: 6:20AM EDST
Moon sets: 8:35PM EDST
Moon in Aries v/c 3:22PM EDST
Moon enters the Fixed Earth Sign
of Taurus at 6:55PM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A plant or flower
of your choice.
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 6:43AM EDST
Sunset: 7:58PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What enslaves
you and how can you be free?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
April 14th, 2010
New Moon - The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New Phase are: beginnings, birth, emergence, porjection, clairty. http.//zodiacarts.com This is the time in a lunar cycle when you will feel stimulated to take a new action. During the New Moon phase you plants seeds of vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the next 29.6 day cycle ahead.
Saille/Willow Lunar Cycle
Willow has always had many uses, from today's baskets, chairs and fences to the watle walls of the past. Willow's long, straight and pliable branches have been pollarded to provide the material to literally furnish our homes and lives. The bark of the tree contains salicin, from which aspirin is made. The leaves can be boiled and solution used as a shampoo to reduce dandruff, as a gargle for sore throats and on the skin to reduce blemishes. It used to be thought that bathing the external genitals with this would improve sexual performance.
Willow prefers moist ground and is often found along riverbanks, close to the boundary of the otherworld and has strong links to the earth-water Goddesses. The pale color of the wood is said to be similar to that of a person who has left this life and is commercing a new life beyond the veil. The Willow is often been associated with loss and grief; hence the name weeping Willow, although in the Craft this refers to the ability to let go of material things in order to free yourself to take on more spiritual attributes. In this the Willow can act as a guide. Visualize yourself weaving a small boat from branches of Willow. Work carefully, and set forth upon the waters in it. Let the wind and tides take you where they will. The sights you see, the places you visit and the people you meet will guide you on your spiritual path.
The Willow is used to make incenses for divination and otherworld journeys and the traditional Witch's besom is tied with willow.
[From: "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]