Monday, January 31, 2011

Capricorn Balsamic Moon - Hecate's Night

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

28th Day of the 1st Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle of Beith/Birch
11th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Luis/Rowan
28th Day of the Cycle of Imbolgen -
Days of Reclaiming
Moon Phase: waning Balsamic Moon
Moon rises:5:49AM EST
Moon sets: 3:29PM EST
Moon in the Cardinal Earth Sign
of Capricorn
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Memories of
dear ones  dead or absent.
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:31AM EST
Sunset: 5:36PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
does the seasonal cycle of renewal
offer you?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter
of the Year
January 31st, 2011

Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling.... there are minor magickal energies today to 'resolve domestic issues.'

Hecate's Night

      Today is the last day of the month, and so is sacred to the great Triple Goddess Hecate. Every month we honor Her as Queen of the Night. She is the Goddess who shows the way to the land of the dead, the Lady of the Crossroads. Although She is also Maiden and Mother in modern times, She is most often recognized in Her aspect as Crone and is the Goddess of Witches and the wisewoman.
   Hecate can serve as the mediator in contact with your shadow, so when you have personal challenges you need to deal with, ask Hecate to guide you on your inner journey. Hecate is the protector of women and a formidable advocate for the disenfranchised and marginalized.
   In ancient times, worshippers would leave a 'Hecate Supper' with specially prepared foods as offerings to Her. Sometimes this if referred to as 'Hecate's Deipnon' and takes place during the dark phase of the moon; the end of the lunar month (any time before the sliver of the new moon has been sighted). Hecate means 'bringer or giver of light' and tonight will be great time to honor Her - the bringer of the New Moon on Wednesday and the returning of the Light of the Sun.  A good way to make this offering of a Deipnon would be a donation of food or money at a local food shelf bank or to a homeless shelter.  Even a donation of food or money to an animal rescue shelter.  Traditional offerings for your 'Hecate's Supper or Deipnon would be:
  * sweepings from the home
  * garlic
  * eggs
  * leeks
  * 'things you don't want to bring
       into the next month and/or lunar cycle.
  It is Hecate who teaches us the ancient Mysteries. It is She who protects the vulnerable. May we wisely follow Her example.


Hecate said...

For some time now, I have made it a practice to leave an actual deipnon on the stone altar in my woodland. I prepare an egg, onion, fish, honey, and, often, some cheese. It's always gone in the morning, but the practice of preparing it and leaving it on the night of the dark Moon has been profoundly important to me.

Sobeit said...

You are the one who inspired me to follow this custom. I must take the time to do this and just write about it. There will be next time which I now affirm myself to do this also.