Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Moon - Imbolc

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

1st Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
13th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Luis/Rowan
1st Day of the Cycle of Keolwulf -
Days of the Old Ones
Moon Phase: New - 9:32PM EST
Moon rises: 7:00AM EST
Moon sets: 5:33PM EST
Moon in the Fixed Air
Sign of Aquarius
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A plant or flower
of your choice
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:29AM EST
Sunset: 5:38PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "How
do you practice ecological awareness?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair)Quarter
of the Year
February 2nd, 2011

New Moon -  The New Moon (or dark moon) rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. Astrologically, the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction. Because the Sun's light overpowers the nearby Moon in the day, and the Moon is on the other side of the Earth with the Sun at night, she is not visible in the sky at all. The New Moon is like a SEED planted in the earth. We cannot see her but she is ready to grow, full of potential and energy for her new journey.  This is beginning of a new cycle.  Keywords for the New Moon phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, and clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead.  A New Moon Imbolc is especially auspicious because the theme of Imbolc is beginnings, initiations and starting again.  Those who are born during the New Moon phase are impulsive, passionate and intuitive. They are risk takers and pioneers.

Woden's Day - Mercury Day - the Day of Communication and Connection....  today there are Major magickal energies working on Attraction Skills and doing One on One negotiation....

Lunar Cycle of Luis/Rowan - L

    With the Rowan Moon cycle, life forces quicken and take hold. Seeds are forming beneath the wintry earth. The red Rowan berries are said to give the sustenance of nine meals and to heal the hurts of the wounded. Rowan wants were once used to detect the presence of metal and spirits can be summoned over fires made of her wood. She is known for her oracular powers and thickets of Rowan have been found in abundance near the sites of standing stone circles.  Rowan, also called mountain ash, is popularly credited with being the most magical of trees. 'Rowan tree and red thread' was an old spell used to protect against witchcraft and sprigs were hung over byre and cradle, for it was believed you could never be too careful where the faeries were concerned. It was also planted in churchyards and outside houses to ward off witches. Rowan wood is traditionally also used for metal divining. It was accorded 'peasant tree' status in Irish law. Native to Britain and Ireland, it grows in woods, scrub, and on mountains. It has distinctive red berries in the autumn.
   It is thought that the rowan gets its name from the Norse word runa, meaning 'charm'. It has had an association with protection from ancient times, and is often found growing close to houses and churchyards to ward off evil presences. Traditions speak of the rowan as an especially powerful protector against witchcraft and that to bind a piece of red thread around a twig of rowan can turn aside the strongest spell.


Letter - L

Tree: Luis/Rowan

Bird: Lachan/Duck

Color:  Liath/Grey

Original Meaning: Flame, protection against
psychic attack

Keyword:  Free-Expression

The rowan is a tree of magickal protection long used to ward off enchantment and lightning. Its flame-red berries bear the sign of the pentagram, the protective five-point star and it is said that a rowan whip or branch can break the spell of an enchanted horse. A cross made of rowan and bound with red thread was used by our ancestors as a protective charm above the doors of houses as celebrated in this rhyme:
"Rowan tree, red thread,
Holds the witches all in dread."
[From: "Ogham: The Celtic Oracle"]

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