and open to Her Wisdom."
10th Day of the 5th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hera
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Saille/Willow
9th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Saille/Willow
Moon Phase: waxing Half Moon
Moon sets: 3:31AM EDST
Moon rises: 2:51PM EDST
Moon in Leo v/c 11:34AM EDST
Moon enters the Mutable Earth
Sign of Virgo at 2:24PM EDST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The vista through
the window of imagination.
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:29AM EDST
Sunset: 8:08PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What memories do
you most appreciate?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
April 23rd., 2010
Moon in Virgo - so we will be leaving the dramatic Fire Sign of Leo today and be grounded again in Virgo's analytical energies. With the Sun being in a Fixed Earth Sign and the Moon in a Mutable Earth Sign we will experience Major energies of practicality and organization - urges of cleaning up messes and taking care of loose ends. But in the midst of all this 'groundedness' there are Major energies today for Romance and friendship lurking. Can you combine these energies? Virgo is an inwardly time so we can reflect on personal relationnships during our Mercury Retrograde time span.
Here is an appropriate little essay from Kate West's book "The Real Witches' Year" - Beltaine is right around the corner. How prepared are you?
Beltane was traditionally celebrated when the Hawthorn, also called the May, blossomed. This is a major fertility festival that used to be traditional for the unattached to dress in green to signify that they were available and seeking a partner. These young people would then spend the night in the woods. Any child born of such a union was considered especially blessed and to bring good fortune to the village. As a result both mother and child would be cared for by everyone. It is thought that one of the reasons why it is considered unlucky to bring May blossom into the house is because this would have indicated an unsuccessful night! It is just as likely that the flowers would have given away the fact that the people of the house followed the Old Gods.
When the Hawthorn is in blossom go and seek a bush and, if you can, lie down under it and meditate on the festival and its meaning. Visualize the Goddess as Mother and the Horned God as her Consort, for this is the time of their marriage. Gather enough flowers to weave into a circlet. Most florists of craft supply stores sell preformed wicker rings which are ideal for this. While you thread the flowers into the ring, focus on the meaning of the festival. If you were not able to meditate under the Hawthorn you can meditate while wearing the circlet, otherwise use the circlet to decorate your home for the festival - hang it upon the outside entrance of your house. If you have an image of the Goddess in your home it is nice to also create a smaller circlet for this.
"Give thanks for the gifts of the Goddess,
lest She decides to take them back."