and open to Her Wisdom."
25th Day of the 11th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Medusa
Lunar Tree Cycle of Gort/Ivy
4th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Ngetal/Reed
25th Day of Cycle of Phasma
Priscus - Days of Ancient Spirits
Moon Phase: waning Half
Moon rises: 1:11AM EDST
Moon sets: 2.55PM EDST
Moon in Leo v/c 5:01PM EDST
Moon enters the Mutable Earth
Sign of Virgo at 11:51PM EDST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Sources of comfort
Sun in Scorpio
Sunrise: 7:48AM EDST
Sunset: 6:19PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What needs
liberating in your life?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
October 31st, 2010
Today is the last day of the Lughnasadh quarter of the Wheel of the Year. The Winter quarter of Samhain brings the gift of restoration and renewal, as the cold weather closes in, as the soul is led to more reflective depths. It is traditionally associated with the remembrance of the ancestors, with the coming of death and the conception of new life. In the human growth cycle, Samhain corresponds to the period of old age when wisdom, freedom of spirit and clarity are experienced. Samhain is a good time to celebrate the lives of wise elders, all those whose actions and ideas have brought resolution and peace, all holy ones whose sacrifice have brought new life and opened spiritual thresholds to all. The Samhain Quarter is from November 1st til the 31st of January.
This is Sun Day - the day of Intent, Creation and Renewal. With these energies today you bring these aspects to your Samhain rite. You can state your intentions for the coming New Year ahead, you can create new projects to purse and you renew yourself to follow your witchy path.
The Wiccan approach to death is celebrated on Samhain, the sabbat or holy night dedicated to the dead. According to tradition, the veil between the worlds is thinnest on the night of October 31st, making this the perfect time to communicate with the spirits of departed family and friends, and to work divination of all kinds. Unfortunately what was originally an occasion for reverence and reunion now has been transformed into Halloween in popular culture, which focuses on monsters and ghosts, the scariness of death and the quest for candy. Now, there is nothing wrong with a good party, but whereas Samhain encourages people to look squarely at death and change and loss, and to celebrate the life that was and the bonds of love that remain, Halloween simply flirts with death and darkness, titillating our fears and then quickly diverts attention to the goodie bags.
So keep your focus on what Samhain is really about tonight. This is the time when the person you have been must make way for the person you will be. We all learn this lesson at the end of life. If you learn it sooner, and not only embrace change in yourself but command it, then you are indeed a witch.
[Excerpts from: Amber K's "True Magick"]
"Holy night of Great Sabbat
by whom we are taught
to look within and know without,
no harm be done,
of that no doubt."
From "Seasons of the Witch" Datebook of 2010
As well as being Samhain, this is also Hecate's Night - honor Her as well. "Feel Me now as dark crone woman. I am death and transformation. I am ending and regeneration. Queen of the Underworld, I stir my cauldron of inspiration. All must travel my dark yonic passage into My womb of rebirth. For in death I give life. Be still in the darkness and feel My presence. I hold the mystery of rebirth.
"About 400 gallons of oil are expended to feed one person for a year, roughly equivalent to thirty-three car refuelings. Food transport represents more than 20% of all U.S. good shipped. The average food item travels 1,500 miles before its eaten (or thrown away). "
[From: "American Wasteland" by Johnthan Bloom]
As you move into the Witch's New Year, don't take this habit of wasting food with you. Make a resolution to change this expensive habit.