Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Soltice - Full Moon

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

17th Day of the 13th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle of Ruis/Elder
27th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Ruis/Elder
17th Day of the Cycle of Grael -
Days of the Earth Dragon
Moon Phase: Full - 3:13AM EST
Moon sets: 7:55AM EST
Moon rises: 5:28PM EST
Moon in Gemini v/c 3:13AM EST
Moon enters the Cardinal Water
Sign of Cancer at 4:22AM EST
Winter Solstice 6:38PM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The message
of the wind.
Sun enters Capricorn at 6:38PM EST
Sunrise: 7:39AM EST
Sunset: 4:56PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
do you most appreciate about
being human?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter
of the Year
December 21st, 2010

Full Moon - The Full Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Astrologically, the Sun and Moon are in opposition (i. e. opposite each other in the sky and in opposite signs of zodiac).  She is visible all night long, from moonrise til moonset. She opens and blossoms during the Full Moon into the FLOWER, with the desire to share her beauty with others.  Those who born in a Full Moon phase enjoy companionship and partnership and desire to merge deeply. Fulfillment and illumination are their goals. Keywords for the Full Moon phase are: fulfillment, illumination, realization, experience. It is the time in a cycle that you are given a clear view so that you can make adjustment to put you back on track to manifesting the goals you set at the new phase. Go to a public place. Do something with a friend. LISTEN. Receive awareness. Understand others.

Moon in Cancer - The Moon in Cancer deepens our feelings; our moods are stormy and vast, our hunger and desire to feed others sharpens.  We protect our own, nest in our cave, need to know we're safe. Hunger grows, but for more than food. A Cancer transit encourages the wisdom rising out of our oceanic unconscious through moods and feelings. Those born under a Cancer moon searches for what nurture their souls and the world's. They may need to learn their own security with them. They respect our deepest feelings and ease our past fears.  Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest and stomach are also done during this period of time.

Yule - Winter Solstice - For a lot of people in the Northern hemisphere this considered the start of winter..  but in the Celtic culture the season of winter actually started in the first few days of November right after Samhain.  The Solstice is considered the apex of the winter season.  This is the time of the year when we celebrate the rebirth of the Sun. Since the Summer Solstice the days have been getting shorter and the nights longer, but now the tide is about to turn and we celebrate the return of the Sun King. As Yule is a Solstice it can fall on any date from the 20th to the 23rd of December, although many will celebrate it on the 21st anyway.
    After dark gather your group together and place your Yule Log on a safe table in the center of your gathering. Check that all the candles are secure and that the log is stable and cannot be upset by children or pets. Each person in turn should state something positive they are thankful for in the previous season. Then in turn, they should state something they wish for the coming season and light their candle. It is worth remembering to light the candle furthest away first so that no-one has to stretch over an already lit candle. While the candles are burning, you could also slice and eat a chocolate Yule log, or simply discuss the things you hope to see in the coming season. The candles should be extinguished before they reach the wood as they may set it alight.
   If you have an open fire there is an older way of performing this Rite in which you burn last year's Log on the fire and from its flames you light the candles on the new Yule Log.
[From Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]


Mina said...

Thank you for the constant stream of information you provide! Happy holidays.

Hecate said...

Your blog has become a daily "check-in" for me. I love it! Hoping that the returning light brings you all good things.