Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Moon moves from Virgo into Libra

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

2nd Day of the 10th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Muin/Vine
8th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Muin/Vine
Moon Phase: waxing New
Moon rises: 8:25AM EDST
Moon sets: 8:02PM EDST
Moon in Virgo v/c 4:58AM
Moon enters the Cardinal Air
Sign of Libra at 5:01A EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: An absent friend
Sun in Virgo
Sunrise: 6:54AM EDST
Sunset: 7:40PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: ""What
harmony is calling you to play?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
September 9th, 2010

Moon in Libra - this transit highlights the magic of inter-relatedness - friendly, romantic, and searching for a way to connect. Libra asks us to treat those around us as equals and make sure our politics and art, our lovemaking and our networks integrate. A Libra lunar transit is about cooperation, harmony, focus on relationships, and fine artistic pursuits.  All partnership activity will be heightened during this moon transit. But for those of us not in relationship may crave one or else feel alone and lonely. Be aware of superficial one just to ease the pain of aloneness.  This is a great time to throw a party because most everyone will be extremely social and will be trying please and flatter others. Libra moon transits are the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation and karmic, spiritual and emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time.

Today is Thor's Day - Jupiter Day, the Day of Vision, Spiritual Insight and Expansion.  There are minor magickal energies for networking today.  And something else I noticed this morning on my Zodiacarts Lunar Calendar is that early this morning (12:49AM EDST to be precise) - that Jupiter apparently moved in Pisces (Rx)... Now being a budding astrology student I am not sure what this means other than that Jupiter is in Pisces retrograde.... ??  Enlightenment anyone?

Healthy Witch Tip for the Day:  Keep serving dishes off the table - Researchers have found that when people are served individual plates as opposed to empty plates with platter of food in the middle of the table, they eat up to 35% less.   (Hmmm, I am not above of going out to the kitchen for more if I still feel like eating more of a particular good dish.)

Hedgerow Harvest

Throughout late Summer and Autumn the woods and hedgerows bear their own harvest. There are nuts, seeds and berries galore.  Many of these would have been a welcome addition to the diet of our forebears, being gathered and stored against the chill of winter. Today, although we are not dependent on finding our food in the wild, we can still look for and reap nature's harvest. Look for Blackberries, Beechnuts, Sweet Chestnuts, Hazel Nuts, Crap Apples and Sunflower heads in seed. If you are lucky you may also find occasional Apples, Pears, Plums and other fruits which have 'escaped' and can be found in the wild. If you are knowledgeable you might also collect Mushrooms, Red- and Blackcurrants too. You may well have other things to add to your harvest if you have planted and grown your own. Other fruits such as Quince, Elderberry, and Sloes are also worth collecting for cooking and wine making, even they may be too bitter to eat off the bush.
   Where you have grown or come across a huge surplus of fallen produce, then it is often worth collecting extra to take home for freezing, bottling/canning, or drying as appropriate, or to feed to the birds when the winter comes. However, do not pick a surplus from a bush or tree, nor take everything you find on the ground, as this will be the source of food for the wildlife around. If you have grown herbs outside then this is the time to pick and dry the leaves as few will over-winter successfully.
[From Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"] 

This morning at   (another favorite blog of mine) - she posted a great entry about appreciating the harvest times we are having now and also those 'wild' places in urban areas where you can walk and appreciate the presence of Nature...  First she mentions the 'rolling
cascade' of the harvest of different things you might have grown in your garden - from the earliest harvests of spring vegetable right on through the summer and into early fall.   And then she points out that 'just because you live in the city' that is no excuse to not develop a relationship with your particular landscape.  She says: "As I've noted before, cities are full of deserted spaces, almost custom made for a Witch's attention and connection. (And devotee of Hers that I am, I can't help but mention that it is in just such deserted, liminal spaces that Hecate often resides.) "  So go check out this posting essay today and begin to look around you and be aware of developing this connection.  Remember awareness is a trait of Witches.  Develop yours. Also check out this posting she made about this subject in August.

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