Friday, July 16, 2010

Waxing Crescent Moon enters Libra

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

6th Day of the 8th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis ]
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Tinne/Holly
9th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Tinne/Holly
Moon Phase: waxing Crescent
Moon rises: 11:57AM EDST
Moon sets: 11:34PM EDST
Moon in Virgo v/c 9:45PM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Air
Sign of Libra at 10:24AM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Project you most
want to come to fruition.
Sun in Cancer
Sunrise: 6:03AM EDST
Sunset: 8:52PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What makes you
most angry?  Why? "
Beltaine (Calan Mai) Quarter
of the Year
July 16th, 2010

Moon in Libra - This moon transit concerns cooperation, harmony, focus on relationships, and fine artistic pursuits. All partnership activity will be heightened during this moon transit. For those of us who are not in a relationship we may crave a partnership, or feel alone and lonely. Be aware of superficial bonding just to ease the pain of aloneness. Yet Moon in Libra is a nice time to throw a party. Everyone will be extremely social and try to please and flatter others.  Moon in Libra is the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation and karmic, spiritual or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time.   Today there are Major magickal energies flowing for rites/spells regarding Partnerships and Assistance.... so take advantage of the Libra moon transit energy and the waxing moon energies.

Between Hope and Fear

   This time of the summer season we gaze westward and bid hail and farewell to the sun, for the lengthening of nights is apparent now. Journeying south toward the celestial equator, the sun begins to spend less time above the horizon. We are now approaching halfway to autumn. The fruits of summer are abundant as they give way to the grains of harvest. The first sheaves maybe be already cut and lie waiting in the fields. Although the fruits of labor have reached their pinnacle, the results remain unknown. Until the harvest is brought into the home/barn, we do not really know what to what extant our hard work has paid off. Themes of hope, belief, and trust dominate the sabbat of Lughnasad, which is also a traditional time for handfastings between beloveds.
   Celebrated on August Eve, or August 1, Lughnasad represents the first day of Celtic autumn and the last of the four great fire festivals of the Celtic year. It is also the first of the three annual harvests along with Mabon, the second harvest and Samhain, the third and final harvest of the year. Typical Lughnasad observances included the gathering of wild berries and the climbing of hills, as well as the visitations of holy wells. The Lughnasad feast typically featured corn and bread baked from new wheat. Lughnasad was also characterized by the selling of livestock and the country fair, replete with festivals games, and dances. Often, the celebrations would last for weeks, sometimes an entire month beginning in mid-July and commencing through mid-August. 
   Lammastide - Lammas, meaning 'loaf mass', is another word for Lughnasad. It is derived from hlaf, the Saxon word for loaf.  The association of Lammastide with bread and grains from the gathering of the first harvest, which was often winter wheat and apples. In Scotland, Lammas was a day of accounting; tenant farmers would make a payment to their landlords, often with the first grains of the harvest.  There are many names for this sabbat - Lammas, Lammastide, Laa Lhuanys, Calan Awst, August Eve, and Garland Sunday are some of them.

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