and open to Her Wisdom."
29th Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
13th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Nion/Ash
29th Day of the Cycle of Keolwulf -
Days of the Old Ones
Moon Phase: waning Crescent
Moon rises: 5:31AM EST
Moon sets: 4:26PM EST
Moon in the Fixed Air
Sign of Aquarius
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The compassionate
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 6:53AM EST
Sunset: 6:11PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "How
do you practice ecological awareness?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
March 2nd, 2011
Woden's Day - Mercury Day - the day of Communication and Connection .... there are minor magickal energies for spells to defend against psychic attack and to work in your Book of Shadows. Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don't fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because on Wednesdays you will really need it.
Dark Moon Rite -
thread; a heat-proof bowl or cauldron; a seed (sunflower seeds are a good size and shape); a black or dark bowl containing some earth; one black candle and one white one; oils of myrrh and sandalwood; a black scarf, and some red wine, stout or juice.
This rite should be performed when the Moon cannot be seen at all in the sky. This will be for about three days when she is very close to the Sun. New Moon is marked in calendars and newspapers, and this rite should be performed on that day or one of the days on either side of it. Cast your circle wearing the black scarf, by the light of the single black candle, which you have anointed with the oil of myrrh.
Sit quietly for a while and then say:
Lady behind the veils, Priestess of the Mysteries,
I call to you. Hear me, in your temple beyond the stars.
Hear the voice of my soul.
Awaken in me the knowledge of all things
That I may come to know you, in truth
And find my way home."
Take the card on which you wrote your wishes at the New Moon and bind it around and around with black thread reflecting on how much has come to pass, what needs to be done, what needs to be relinquished and what may need to rethought. Don't work things out or plan, just let the images flow through your mind as you weave. Say, "Things come and go and come again." over and over again. When you are ready, you may burn the little package in your heat-proof dish or cauldron. In this way you are making room for things to move on and make way for the unknown. (You can miss out this part of the rite if you want simply to preserve, and you can reanoint your card at the next New Moon. The black thread can simply be wound into knots as you chant, and burnt by itself to emphasize passage.)
If you wish you can sit for a while as you did at the Waning moon rite, meditating and going inward. You may use a prerecorded Moon meditation if you wish, perhaps one that concerns your own Moon sign.
Now stand and anoint the white candle with the oil of sandalwood. Say, "This is the still time, the fallow time, the secret time. Soon it will be time for new growth. I prepare the way in the name of the Great Mother." Light your white candle and take the black scarf off your head. Pick up the pot of earth and push the little sunflower seed into it. Say,"I plant this seed deep into the secret Earth. It has passed from my sight, and from the sight of the Sun, Moon, and stars. May the Earth preserve, conceal and protect it until the time is right and the powers of light and life call unto it. Blessed Be."
Place your pot upon the altar and drink some of your wine or juice as you contemplate the soft Earth. What magick there is within that simple pot of dirt! It is a marvel that a seed can simple be put in it, and can grow unaided into a find, golden sunflower. And so it is with all of Nature. Close down your circle when you are ready. Water the pot when the first sliver of the New Moon appears.
[From: "Power of the Moon" by Teresa Moorey]