Monday, June 21, 2010

Litha! Waxing Half Moon moves into Scorpio, Sun moves into Cancer

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

10th Day of the 7th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hera
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Duir/Oak
10th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Duir/Oak
Moon Phase: waxing Half
Moon sets: 2:00AM EDST
Moon rises: 4:27PM EDST
Moon in Libra v/c 5:44AM EDST
Moon enters the Fixed Water Sign
of Scorpio at 8:14AM EDST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Growth in your
emotional life.
Sun enters the Sign of Cancer at 7:28AM EDST
Sunrise: 5:49AM EDST
Sunset: 8:53PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: What is the
source of your courage?"
Beltaine (Calan Mai) Quarter of the Year
June 21st, 2010

Litha - The Sun is at the height of its power and is now beginning to decline. In common with the other Solstices and the Equinoxes the date of this festival will vary from year to year, taking place between the 20th and 23rd of the month. Also in common with the other Sabbats it would have been traditional for celebrations to have taken place over several days.
   If you possibly can, on the day of the Solstice go to the seashore and at the low tide draw a solar image in the sand.  Make it as large and ornate as you can, for this is in honor of the Sun. In the center place 3 stones or pieces of wood for 3 things you would like to change in your life. Position yourself where you can watch the incoming tide slowly erasing your image. As this happens, visualize the waters taking away the old and bringing in the new.
   If you are unable to get to the shore then gather flower petals in reds and oranges and perform the same rite at the top of the highest hill you can reach. Try to time your arrival so that the Sun is at its zenith just after you create your image in petals. Let the wind take them in the same as the tide above. If it is a very still day you may need to leave the pattern after your visualization, but rest assured that the magic will still work.
    Whichever of these you choose to perform, follow it by taking a walk. As you go, take care to notice the seasonal changes around you. The Solstice marks the mid-point, zenith, of the summer quarter of Year. This is season when the crops are ripening and the trees and bushes are starting to produce fruit. It is also the time when we should look at our own lives and give thanks to the Goddess and the Gods for those things which have borne, or are bearing fruit.

Now here is a Summer Solstice 'henge' in the City.
Manhattanhenge (sometimes referred to as Manhattan Solstice) is a biannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan's main street grid. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. It applies to those streets that follow the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, which laid out a grid offset 28.9 degrees from true east-west.

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