and open to Her Wisdom."
19thDay of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Demeter
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
3rd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Nion/Ash
19th Day of the Cycle of Keolwulf -
Days of the Old Ones
Moon Phase: waning Gibbous
Moon sets: 8:01AM EST
Moon rises: 9:22PM EST
Moon in Virgo v/c 2:17AM EST
Moon enters the Cardinal Air
Sign of Libra at 4:01AM EST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Your relationship
to your country.
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 7:08AM EST
Sunset: 6:00PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Is your
criticism undermining someone
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
February 20th, 2011
Moon in Libra - The Moon in Libra opens our sociability, brings a friendly egalitarian vibe and encourages us to connect. Bread and roses; we need beauty like we need air. This is a lunar transit when is time to: to seek justice, romance, meet, approach, create, beautify, find our core balance and balance our needs with others. This transit concerns cooperation, harmony, focus on relationships, fine artistic pursuits. When the Moon is in Libra all partnership activity will be heightened. But those who are in a partnership or feel alone and lone should be aware of superficial bonding just to ease the pain of aloneness. Moon in Libra is the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation and karmic, spiritual or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time. Those who were born under a Libra moon sign are peacemakers, but need to remember to keep themselves in the equation. They see the beauty and seek fairness, help us understand one another.
Sun Day - the Day of Intent, Creation, and Renewal... Sun Day brings those bright solar energies into your life and has the magickal correspondences of success, promotion, leadership, pride, light, generosity, warmth, fitness and personal growth. Astrologically, the sun symbolizes the conscious self and rules the zodiac sign of Leo. The charms and spells that would complement this magickal day of the sun are ones for personal achievements of any kind - such as if you are seeking fame and wealth, working for that much-deserved promotion at work, or being acknowledged for a job well done. Health issues, increasing personal power or simply sticking to your diet and being proud of what you have accomplished all fall under the sun's golden influence.
Yesterday I got on my soap box and cheered on the wonders of Inspiration. I came across this essay in my "The Celtic Spirit" by Caitlin Matthews and I think this can give another side of Inspiration...
"I draw my knowledge from the famous cauldron,
The breathe of nine muses keeps it boiling."
___ "Preiddeu Annwen" (trans. CM), anon. Welsh poem
The cauldron of Annwfn (ANN'uvn), the Welsh Underworld, was guarded, warmed and inspired by the nine sisters of the cauldron - the primal inspirers of the Celtic world. The ninefold sisters were understood to take the threefold thread of each life and amplify it till its full potential was realized. They were seen as the Gifting Mothers by the Celtic world, and later as the faery godmothers of medieval tradition. Actual sisterhoods of priestesses played an important part in the sacred and inspirational guidance of the ancient Celtic world. The sacred flame within the enclosure of St. Brigit was tended by nineteen sisters - two shifts of nine nuns and their abbess.
The relationship between ourselves and our various inspirers is complex and subtle. We rely on the teachers and inspirational people of many ages whose craft we follow; the practitioners of our own life-skills who preceded us; the places, animals, plants trees, and land features that have become central to our symbolic and metaphorical understanding of our vocation; the music, books, art, and skills that feed our soul; the stories, songs, texts and teachings by which we live our lives. All of these come together to heat the brew in our cauldron of life. Our inspirers pull upon the thread of our soul's circuit to remind us where our vocational duty lies.
The little essays in this book of Ms. Matthews come with a daily meditational thought or suggestion for the these of each daily essay. This essay's suggested meditation is:
"Which nine major influences in your life keep your own cauldron of inspiration boiling? Visualize each of these, appreciating them and focusing upon those aspects that most inspire you."