Saturday, January 8, 2011

Crescent Moon Phase

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

5th Day of the 1st Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis
Lunar Tree Cycle of Beith/Birch
16th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Beith/Birch
5th Day of the Cycle of Imbolgen-
Days of Reclaiming
Moon Phase: Crescent
Moon rises: 9:50AM EST
Moon sets: 9:43PM EST
Moon in the Mutable Water
Sign of Pisces
Blodeuwedd's Cycle
Lunar Meditation: Thresholds
of light in your life.
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:43AM EST
Sunset: 5:10PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
are you homesick for?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter
of the Year
January 8th, 2011

Crescent Moon - The Crescent Moon (or waxing crescent moon) rises midmorning and sets after sunset. She is the first visible sliver of the Moon seen in the western sky in the late afternoon and early evening. The Crescent Moon is the SPROUT. The seed has broken through the earth and reaches up as she ventures from the dark, moist earth she has known. Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward.  Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal.  Those who are born in a Crescent Moon phase must break from the past to create their own destiny.

Saturn's Day - the Day of Manifestation and Structure, Assessment and Responsibility - Foundation Day. Saturday, the final featured day of the week, gets its name from the Latin Dies Saturni, or 'Saturn's Day'. In Old English, its was Saeturnesdaeg. The Middle English version was Satenday.  Saturn, a Roman god of agriculture, was believed to have ruled the earth during an age of contentment and virtue. Saturn was a god who symbolized the passage of time and karma. He was not a harsh, judgmental god, either; he was a sower and a harvester. Interestingly enough, there is no Norse god associated with this day. It has remained under the province of Saturn. The goddess associated with Saturn's Day is Hecate. Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to Saturn, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her.
   Saturdays are traditionally days to work on protection, remove obstacles, bind troublesome or dangerous individuals, and banish negativity. Saturdays are like a magickal 'let's clean house' day. Any magickal messes left lying around that need to be addressed, or any problems that need to be cleared up, are best dealt with on the day devoted to Saturn.


     Obsidian is connected to the energies of Saturday which are useful for grounding, centering, protection and for absorbing negativity.  Obsidian is a naturally occurring glass. It's lava that cooled so quickly that the minerals inside of it did not have time form. Its elemental association is fire, and its planetary correspondence is Saturn. Sometimes this black, translucent stone is called an apache tear, and you may also find obsidian with white patterns in it - this variety is called snowflake obsidian. No matter what variety you discover, this is a great stone to help you ground and center. An excellent choice to add to any Saturday spell, obsidian is a popular stone to utilize protective spells and magick designed to fight negativity and break bad luck. Check out a few stores that carry inexpensive tumbled stones and pick up a few to have on hand.

This is a very thin slice of obsidian that shows dark flow bands.

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