Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Moon - Hawthorn Lunar Cycle

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

1st Day of the 6th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Blodeuwedd
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Huathe/Hawthorn
29th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Saille/Willow
Moon Phase: Dark/New Moon ~ 9:04PM EDST
Moon rises: 5:25AM EDST
Moon sets: 8:32PM EDST
Moon in the Fixed Earth Sign
of Taurus
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The support of friendship
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:06AM EDST
Sunset: 8:26PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: ""What
ambitions wait to be fulfilled in your life?"
Beltaine (Calan Mai) Quarter of the Year
May 13th, 2010

New Moon - The beginning of a new lunar cycle. Keywords for this phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, and clarity.  Now is the time in a lunar cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new lunar cycle is seeded by your visions, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. It is Thor's Day - a Day of Vision, Spiritual Insight and Expansion - these New Moon energies will align perfectly with Thor's Day energies.  There are minor magickal energies for 'networking.'  Mercury Retrograde is totally over - so communicate!

Hawthorn Month/Lunar Cycle

   The Hawthorn is a tree of defense and protection, it sharp spear-like thorns make an impenetrable fence. It is one of the three trees most sacred to Witches along with Oak and Ash.  It is said that where this tree appears on an earthen mound it has been planted by the fairies as a warning to stay away, lest disaster be visited upon the disturber.  The Hawthorn has many folk names. Whitethorn relates to it being a tree of the White Goddess, distinguishing  it from the Blackthorn or Sloe which flowers earlier and is sacred to the Dark Goddess. It is also called the May, which indicates its month of flowering and it is the tree, not the month, which is referred to in the saying, 'Ne'er cast a clout till May is out.' Another name, Hagthorn, shows its links to Witches and the Craft.

   Hawthorn berries were used as a cardiac tonic, to ease sore throats, asthma and aching joints. They also make a very fine liqueur which lightens the spirits. At one time it was thought Witches could transform themselves into the tree and few Witches would have had a garden without at least one Hawthorn tree. Hawthorn blossom is used to decorate Maypoles and in the celebrations around this time. It protects the house from lightning and evil spirits, and was placed in the cradle to keep the child safe from spells or being taken by the fairies. Magically, Hawthorn is used in spells for fertility and, conversely, chastity, to increase a fishing catch and to promote happiness and remove depression.
[From: Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]

Basic New Moon Ritual suggestions -

** Place white, cream or pastel colored budded flowers on your altar.
** Burn white or pastel candles on the altar
** Use damiana, lemongrass, lavender, or any other light, airy incense.
** Energy should be raised in a manner that is brisk or lighthearted; beating a bodhram
or other drum with a quick rhythm would be perfect, or shaking a gourd rattle or rainstick.
** Magick for new moon should be concerned with fresh wishes and goals, or new stages in
projects already underway. Work toward putting energy into starting each project, but ask for
some staying power to prevent things from petering out again.

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