Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Balsamic/Dark Moon enters Aquarius

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

29th Day of the 1st Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
12th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Luis/Rowan
29th Day of the Cycle of Imbolgen -
Days of Reclaiming
Moon Phase: Waning Balsamic/Dark moon
Moon rises: 6:27AM EST
Moon sets: 4:31PM EST
Moon in Capricorn v/c 6:03PM EST
Moon enters the Fixed Air Sign
of Aquarius at 6:21PM EST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The blessing
of fire.
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:30AM EST
Sunset: 5:44PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: ""What
is being initiated in your life at
this time?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
February 1st, 2011

Moon in Aquarius - The moon enters the Fixed Air Sign of Aquarius this evening in preparation for the New Moon tomorrow at 9:30PM EST.  The Moon in Aquarius connects us to our community, reminds us that we are in this together. It asks us to make sure we walk our talk and integrate our philosophy with our politics. We abstract, communicate and work the crowd, but may be less intimate. An Aquarius transit expands our circles and offers the magick of collaborations; spirit and  politics weave together. We can get too farsighted now and need to stay aware of others' feelings. Let go of assumptions and find new, unusual allies. Those who are born with an Aquarius Moon in their birth charts came here to understand group dynamics. They may need to learn to be comfortable with emotional intimacy. They offer us a global perspective and collaboration.

Tiu's Day - Mars Day - the Day of Activity and Physicality, Passion and Desire - Action Day.  There are minor magickal energies for doing reversals and to banish enemies. 

"This promise I make from my heart
so think it through before you start.
If malice be your plot or aim
I'll send it back from whence it came
with claw and fang,
times three times three
and you will learn to leave me be."
From "Seasons of the Witch Datebook"

Light the Imbolc Fires at Sundown

Imbolc Eve

    In Celtic times the day was considered to begin at dusk the preceding night, so all major celebrations would commence the night before the day of the festival, much as New Year festivities start on its eve.
    Also called Imbolg, Oimelc and Candlemas, this is the festival of Bride or Bridget. It celebrates the Goddess's transformation from Crone to Maiden and heralds the coming Spring and the change from dark to light. One of the ways to celebrate this is with a Circle of lights.
    Everyone gathers in a Circle, lit only by a single black candle; the wick should be trimmed to give the smallest of flames. Each person has an unlit white candle. When everyone is ready someone says,"This is the festival of Imbolc and the first signs of returning life tell us that Spring is on its way. Let us light the path for the new season and say farewell to the old. Blessed Be."  This person then light her white candle from the black one, state something they wish for in the coming season, and extinguish the black candle. Going around the group Deosil, each person states their own hopes and lights their candle from that of the person next to them. When all the candles are lit, everyone says together, "We welcome the Goddess as Maiden. We welcome the signs of new life. We welcome the coming Spring. Blessed Be."  The candles can be placed somewhere safe to burn while everyone enjoys a feast or, if this is not a family celebration, they may be extinguished and taken home to bring Spring into everyone's home.
{From Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]

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