Saturday, October 9, 2010
Waxing New Moon in Scorpio
and open to Her Wisdom."
3rd Day of the 11th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persphone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Gort/Ivy
10th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Gort/Ivy
Moon Phase: waxing New
Moon rises: 9:44AM EDST
Moon sets: 7:43PM EDST
Moon in the Fixed Water
Sign of Scorpio
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The blessing
Sun in Libra
Sunrise: 7:24PM EDST
Sunset: 8:50PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day:"What
harmony is calling you to play?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
October 9th, 2010
Moon in Scorpio - This moon's transit through Scorpio is a time of death and rebirth (not necessarily physical death), intensity, extremes, and heightened sensitivity. It is a good time for focusing, being sexual, and doing psychic work because of the deep emotions and desires Scorpio brings. Patriarchal astrology paints a grim picture indeed of the Scorpio transit. Since sensitivity is heightened, you may find this to be a wonderful time when you can feel the Goddess most intensely. During Scorpio moon opinions and feelings are intense and penetrating. Strong desire, especially sexual yearnings, run deep with emotions at their peak. Emotional resentments from the past can surface and block your heightened creative energy, so fight urges to be suspicious, secretive and moody. This is a time of regeneration and cleaning out of emotional debris from the previous lunar cycle. There is great energy to complete things and focus on certain areas that you have found yourself too scattered to deal with in the previous cycle.
With the Moon in Scorpio, dig deep. Scorpio weaves the visible and invisible worlds together. We see through and into the roots. Direct this energy away from obsession and towards creation. Sexuality can be potent, musky. So plant your goal seeds, feed your creative soil and compost. Those born in Scorpion came here to find themselves in solitude first and then through transformative action with others. They may need to learn flexibility. They offer us a fearless guide to the inner worlds as they midwife all transitions. Moon in Scorpio is the best time to work magick involving sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets and fundamental transformations. Healing rituals for ailments of the reproduction organs are also done during this transit.
This is Saturn's Day - the Day of Manifestion and Structure, Assessment and Responsibility. There are Major magickal energies for Shapeshifting...
Scorpio is ruled by either the planet Pluto or the planet Mars, depending on who you talk to. Its ruling element is water.
Colors: black, scarlet, dark red, brown
Stones: diamond, obsidian, topaz, ruby, jet
Metals: iron, steel
Herbs: agaric, artichoke, asafoetida, basil, belladonna, blackberry, black-eyed susan, blackthorn, bloodroot, catalpa, cattail, chrysanthemum, black cohosh, blue cohosh, damiana, datura, dogwood, dragon's blood, elder, foxglove, ginseng, hemlock, horseradish, lobelia, mandrake, morning glory, nightshade, pansy, patchouli, pomegranate, rye, saw palmetto, toadflax, tobacco, vanilla, wormwood, yew, holly, blackthorn
Animals: scorpion, wolf, panther, eagle, vulture
Shapeshifting Here is good advice from this link: http://www.wicca.com/celtic/wyldkat/anmlshft.htm
First of all, no matter what you do you are not going to physically turn into an animal, so just drop that idea right now. Shapeshifting is a reality though. It is done through visualization so that you may carry the power and abilities of an animal with you when you need it. Drawing the courage of a lion in the face of adversity is an example where you can draw on the power of an animal spirit in such a way. Shapeshifting is also a way of getting to know an animal better (the old walk a mile in their shoes bit or perhaps in this case it should be paws....) Finally shapeshifting allows you to take on animal form while on shamanic journeys or while you visit the astral plane.
To learn to shapeshift you should be in a place where you can meditate, but where there is enough room to move around. You should be dressed comfortably (or undressed comfortably, if that is your preference) so that you may move freely. Relax, close your eyes, call and greet the animal spirit you wish to shapeshift to. Let yourself become that animal in posture, stance, movement and sound. How does this animal see, hear, taste, touch, smell? What is it experiencing? Move as it would move. Become it with all the abandon of a small child. Experience it as long as you wish. When you choose thank the animal spirit that has helped guide you in learning its ways and then return to your human body. Write or draw your experiences if this helps you.
You can do this with as many creatures as you wish, getting comfortable with their different forms and abilities, so that if you are in need of their strengths you need only don them much as you would a mask. In fact masks have been used as a focus to help in the mindshift used in shapechanging and might be something you would like to try.
The ability to shapeshift can be very useful when you are doing shamanic journeying or astral traveling. If you come across a place where there is no way to continue because of a huge chasm you may choose to take on the form of a hawk or if you find a place too small to enter, become a mouse.
You should be careful not to take on any one form for too long. Changes in your abilities will happen with time, not by keeping the abilities of a certain animal with you at all times. Do not learn to depend on a mask to face the world for you might become the mask. Remember your parents asking you, while you had your face contorted into a nasty face, what would you do if your face froze that way? Although you will have the positive aspects of the creature you have chosen to keep on will also grow into the negative ones. It is all well and good to want the courage of a lion, but do you want the arrogance and pride with you at all times as well?