Saturday, March 12, 2011

First Quarter Moon

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

9th Day of the 3rd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle of Nion/Ash
23rd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Nion/Ash
9th Day of the Cycle of Raven -
Days of Air
Moon Phase: First Quarter - 6:44PM
Moon sets: 1:14AM EST
Moon rises: 10:39AM
Moon in the Mutable Air Sign
of Gemini
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The blessing
of fire.
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 6:38AM EST
Sunset: 6:22PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
do you most need and what help is
at hand?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year.
March 12th, 2011

First Quarter Moon - The First Quarter Moon (or waxing half moon) rises around noon and sets around midnight. Astrologically, the Moon is square to the Sun. She is visible from the time she rises until she sets. The First Quarter Moon phase is the GROWTH phase. Roots go deeper, stems shoot up and leaves form as she creates a new strong body. Keywords for the First Quarter phase are: action, expression, growth, and breaking away. It is the time in a lunar cycle to take the initial action necessary to achieve your goal(s) by expressing your needs and desires. FEEL & MOVE. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now. For those who were born during the First Quarter phase, they live a full active life - old structures are cleared away providing room for new development.

Saturn's Day - the Day of Manifestation and Structure, Assessment and Responsibility...

Let's Get Real: Realistic Expectations of Magick:

    Magical powers are natural powers. Magick is part of real life. Magick is not an excuse to assume that Earthly laws, the rules of nature, will somehow be suspended, that exceptions will be made for you. Magick just reminds us that Earth's laws are a little more complex than we often care to remember.
   Remember, thinking symbolically means that things operate on multiple levels simultaneously. Yes, that big, strange, stray dog may be your response to a petition from Hecate, but no, that doesn't mean necessarily means that you should approach and pet it. Seeing a coyote in your neighborhood is a powerful good luck but not if you leave your little Dandie Dinmont terrier in the backyard unattended. Magick isn't license to abandon common sense. Ideally, they enhance each other.
    Magick doesn't supersede the laws of nature: it is a law of nature. Magick works best in conjunction with other efforts on other planes, as mutual reinforcement. You can do all the fertility spells you like; if you're not having sex too, or at least in vitro, they can't work. Even Isis, who can revive the dead, at least momentarily needed the golden penis. No matter how many professional success candles you light, if you don't show up for the job interview, you're wasting the wax. There are contraceptive spells. These aren't intended to allow you to forget biological cycles; they work hand-in-hand reinforcing each other. Don't use magick as a challenge to Earth, unless you don't care who wins.
    What does it mean when, despite your best efforts, your spell just doesn't work, when Muddy Waters sings, "I've got my mojo working but it don't work on you"?  When a medication doesn't help, we don't throw in the towel on magick, to refute its existence, when a spell doesn't work for us.
    Maybe something in the preparation of the spell wasn't completely correct. Maybe the most beneficial time or day wasn't chosen. Maybe the energy wasn't right. Sometimes the spell bears repeating or sometimes, it just isn't the right spell for you. You may need to substitute another. Sometimes magick just doesn't operate on the schedule we desire and all that's called for is a little patience.
    Sometimes, when a spell doesn't work, it's a message from the Earth Mother to reassess your situation and alternatives. Once in a while, we ask for things that sincerely believe at that time to be in our best interest but the Earth Mother thinks different. Sometimes the powers that be don't grant our wishes or they put obstacles in the way of our magick for our own protection. How many of us, years later, have looked back wonderingly at narrow escapes, grateful we didn't receive what we requested at the time? When a charm consistently fails, consider whether this is your scenario: Are you really asking for what's best for you?
    Magick involves energy adjustments. With a little experience, you will feel something, which can only be described as being a 'click', that indicates that you spell is complete and likely to be successful. It's like a key in a lock, you can play and play with it, but when it actually turns and opens, you're aware, you feel it as it's opening the door. You'll also feel right away if the spell doesn't work. No need to wait for weeks; you'll know pretty immediately if you need to find an alternative. This awareness comes with experience and experience can only follow practice.
[From "Prue Magic" by Judika Illes]

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