Monday, February 14, 2011

Gibbous Moon in Cancer

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

13th Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
25th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Luis/Rowan
13th Day of the Cycle of Keolwulf -
Days of the Old Ones
Moon Phase: Gibbous - 8:05PM EST
Moon sets: 4:19AM EST
Moon rises: 1:53PM EST
Moon enters the Cardinal Water
Sign of Cancer at 12:49AM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The invitation
sent by your dreams .
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:16AM EST
Sunset: 5:53PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What enslaves
you and how can you be free?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
February 14th, 2011

Gibbous Moon - The Gibbous Moon rises midafternoon and sets before dawn. She is the bulging Moon getting ready to be full, visible soon after she rises until she sets. The Gibbous Moon is the BUD of the plant, the pulse of life tightly wrapped, wanting to expand. Keywords for the Gibbous Moon are: analyze, prepare, and trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments, it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. For those who were born in a Gibbous phase, their talents lie in the ability to refine, organize and purify. They are seekers, utilizing spiritual tools as guides on their path.

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. As our feelings take the lead during Moon in Cancer we will find that this moon transit encourages the wisdom rising out of our oceanic unconscious through our moods and feelings. Ground in the magick of our homes as our temples. Ask what needs protecting and feeding. This transit concerns desires about a home, emotional security, entertaining friends, cooking, security issues, nostalgia and the desire to nurture. Prepare a feast in your home, ask your friends over, or do psychic work together. Women are emotionally and psychically sensitive at this time, and due to these strong emotions it is a 'crybaby' moon.
   Because of the home-orientation coming from a deep-seated need for security, there is a greater interest in food and its preparation. This can easily lead to self-indulgence, so health-conscious women should be aware of the tendency to food binge. Cancer is the home of the moon, sensitive planet of emotions, so feelings are easily hurt, especially by personal criticism. Handle with care.  Nostalgia reigns supreme. This is not a transit when it's easy to be alone, as needs for security in love and friendship are high. Be careful to avoid conflict as a grudge formed now will take a long time to heal.
Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic live. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done during this period.  Those born under a Cancer Moon sign search for what nurtures their soul and the world's.  They may need to learn to carry their security with them. They respect our deepest feelings, and ease our past fears.

Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling - Impression Day.... There are Major magickal energies today for rites regarding Dream Homes, Fertility and Planting.  There are minor magical energies for rites regarding household harmony in the PM.

Valentine's Day -

    While in no way a Wiccan festivall, Valentine's Day has become so much a part of our modern calendar that we probably observe it in some way even if it is a grudging nod.  This day was named after one of two Christian Martyers of the same name, and there have been fertility festivals around this far longer.
   The 15th of February is the Roman festival of Faunus, also known to the ancient Greeks as Lupercalia or the festival of Pan. Both woodland deities, Faunus and Pan are closely linked at this time to Priapus who originated in Asia, definitely a fertility God. Images of the God were decorated and displayed through the streets and the Priests would whip members of the crowd, especially women, to bring about fertility. 
   In addition to the Gods and festivals of fertility there are a great number of Gods and Goddesses who are linked to love, like Eros, Venus and Hathor, and these are perhaps more appropriate deities to honor of you are seeking love and romance. Light a pink candle to your chosen deities and ask them to bring you a true love. Resist the temptation to work magick to make someone love you: not only is it unethical but to also invariably results in problems and disappointment.
    While today it is customary for us to send a greetings card, whether romantic or humorous. to those we love, this only originated in the Victorian era. Before this it was a country custom, which still exists in some parts, for unattached girls and boys to draw names from which to choose their partner for the day. [information from Kate West's "The Real Witches' Year"]

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