Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Waning last quarter moon moves into Gemini
and open to Her Wisdom."
25th Day of the 8th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Medusa
Lunar Tree Cycle of Tinne/Holly
28th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Tinne/Holly
Moon Phase: waning half
Moon rises: 12:28AM EDST
Moon sets: 3:49PM EDST
Moon in Taurus v/c8:44AM EDST
Moon enters the Mutable Air
Sign of Gemini at 12:54PM EDST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A poem of
Sun in Leo
Sunrise: 6:19AM EDST
Sunset: 8:32PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Are
you abusing or respecting
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
August 4th, 2010
Moon in Gemini - After Taurus' stodginess, we enter a time of communication and other means of expression, freedom and adaptability. And just in time for Woden's Day - Mercury Day - the Day of Communication and Connection. During this moon transit of Gemini you feel talkative and might want to work with your hands. During a Gemini Moon women are more adaptable and changeable. So take all statements and promises with a grain of salt, especially if the person has proven fickle in the past.
This can be a hard time to make decisions, but it will be a good time to use your wit and cleverness in conversation. There is a strong desire for variety and freedom, in emotional matters and in your environment. Issues of the practical world are set aside. Moon in Gemini is the best time to work magick for good communication, change of residence, writing, 'public relations' and travel. Healing rituals for ailments of the shoulders, arms, hands, or lungs are also done during this period of time.
There are Major magickal energies for spells/rites for Favorable Negotiation after the Moon enters Gemini and minor magickal energies for honoring ancestors.
Binding and Banishing con.
To banish is to send something away, whether that be illness, negative energy, or nasty people. When you create sacred space, cleanse any item for ritual or magickal use or release negativity from your mind or body, you are practicing banishment. You are ridding yourself or an object of negative vibrations.
To bind (the most volatile of the magickal workings) renders an energy or person ineffective for a varied length of time. There are ethical questions in regard to using this on people, but if you keep the four rules posted in yesterday's message you shouldn't have a problem.
Of the two, binding is the trickiest, for two reasons. First of all if you don't handle the root of the problem, binding something or someone is worthless; and second, binding a person holds that individual or energy to you (which is not a good idea). If witches bind at all, it is usually an emergency measure followed by a complete banishing. Although little used in the modern Craft, the word for a binding of this kind is defixiones, which means 'bind down'. Another word for binding used by historical scholars when speaking of magickal bindings application is execretion.
Binding can also be used in healing by binding positive, recuperative energy to the person or more specifically to an open wound. Other bindings in the Craft included one's binding oath of service upon dedication or initiation and various forms of knot or cord magick in which magick is bound for a specific length of time. This timing is stated within the spell.
[excerpts from Silver Ravenwolf's "Solitary Witch"]