Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ostara - Spring Equinox - Moon in Libra

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

17th Day of the 3rd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle of Nion/Ash
3rd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Fearn/Alder
17th Day of the Cycle of Raven -
Days of Air
Moon Phase: waning Full
Moon sets: 7:28AM EDST
Moon rises: 9:10PM EDST
Moon in the Cardinal Air
Sign of Libra
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The release
of forgiveness
Sun enters Aries at 7:21PM EDST
Sunset: 7:25AM EDST
Sunrise: 7:31PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Is your
criticism undermining someone or
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
Ostara - 2:14AM EDST
March 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 transit is a time to create, beautify and find our core balance and balance with others. Moon in Libra highlights the magick of the dance of interrelatedness - friendly, romantic and searching for a way to connect. Libra asks us to treat those around us as equals and make sure our politics and arts, our lovemaking and our networks integrate. All partnership activity will be heightened during this moon transit. 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 this moon sign came here to feel the beauty in cooperation. They may need to learn to hear their own voice under conflict. They offer us bone-deep kindness, mediation and justice.

Sun Day - is the Day of Intent, Creation and Renewal.....

Super Full Moon - I watched the Moon rise last night and it was beautiful - like a huge orange ball coming up through the trees.  The Moon became Full at 2:10PM EDST yesterday and was at 29 degrees in its zodiac sign of Virgo and so passed out of Virgo at the moment it reached it's fullness.  About two hours later it entered the Cardinal Air sign of Libra.  I felt quite fortunate to have clear skies in our area
so I could see this Super Sized Full Moon.  The moon as at lunar perigee when it became full and this is a point it reaches every lunar cycle.  The elliptical orbit of the Moon brings it close to the Earth and this lunar cycle it happened in the Full moon phase. A Full Moon at perigee occurs every couple of years or so. But the perigee point distance is not always the same - it can vary by thousands of miles, sometimes being nearer, or further out. This perigee point in Full Moon is the closest one to the Earth in 18 years.

Ostara - The hours of daylight have increased and are briefly equal to those of night. From now until Autumn Equinox  there is more daylight than night time.  This is the Spring Equinox, whose true date will actually vary slightly each year. Ostara is sacred to the Anglo-Saxon Dawn Goddess Ostara, or Eostre, who derived from Ishtar, Astarte and Isis, and whose symbols are the egg of rebirth and the Hare. It is the forerunner of that other festival of rebirth, Easter. To the Greeks this was the time when Persephone returned from the Underworld and Demeter cast off her cloak of mourning, allowing life to return to the land. Our language still holds traces of Eostre, in the words oestrus and oestrogen.
   Spring is with us now; there will be signs of growing life all around; leaves on the trees, flowers  in bloom, creatures rearing their young. Try to get into the countryside to appreciate these changes; you will see much to tell you of the return of life to the Land, you may even see a Hare. This festival is colored light green and yellow. Look for yellow flowers like primroses and daffodils. When you see your first, make a wish to the Goddess and ask Her Blessing. If, on your walk, you come across sheep's wool on a fence, take a little home with you and leave it outside for the birds to like their nests.
[From: "The Real Witches' Year by Kate West]

Spring Equinox Rite - The Spring Equinox, when day and night are equal in length, is a time of balance.  How appropriate to happen in the zodiac moon sign of Libra!  Also know as Oestara it is the festival of Eostre or Ostara, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring. This is an excellent time for some personal 'spring cleaning', a time to be rid of the bad and encourage the good into your life.
    Prepare by making two lists of 9 items each. The first should be things which you would like to be rid of. The first 3 are personal, perhaps bad habits; the next 3 affect your interactions with others, such as old resentments or guilt; and the final three affect the Land such as the loss of young life due to cars on the roads.
    Make a second list of 9, again in 3 parts, of things you would like to bring, maybe a new job for yourself, more patience in your dealing with others and the plentiful growth of crops.
    Light a black candle and read the first list aloud three times. Burn the paper and ask the Goddess to take these things from you. Visualize these negatives burning in the flames and being carried away in the smoke. When the paper has completely burnt, put the candle out.  This little rite is perfect with us going into the waning time of our lunar cycle.  Now, the second list about things to bring into your life, I would suggest you do it on the next New Moon - April 3rd - which unfortunately will be during a Mercury Retrograde phase.... so perhaps you may wish to do it now, at this time regardless of the waning moon. 
    Light a white candle and read aloud three times the list of things you would like to bring to your life. Burn this paper and ask the Goddess to bring these things to you. Visualize your wishes being carried to the Goddess in the smoke. Let this candle burn all the way down.  As you give your energy to positive thoughts, let the negatives fade and pass from you.
{From "The Real Witches' Year" (slightly modified) by Kate West]

The Sun in Aries - Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and a Fire sign, indicating passion, energy, and creativity. It is also a Cardinal sign, bringing eagerness, the urge to reach out and to take action, but also impatience.  Those born when the Sun is in Aries are usually energetic, assertive, expressive and spontaneous. Typically they give off an air of activity and urgency, and often sexuality. It is hard to miss an Arian when they are in the room!  They are impulsive and restless, often seeking quick results. Enterprising and courageous with an adventurous spirit, they spirit, they can appear aggressive and self-centered. While being quick thinking they rarely pay attention to detail, so the projects they conceive often aground. Working well where initiative and enterprise are needed, they are great at exploring new avenues, so long as they are partnered with someone with a practical side. They are passionate in love, but may seem tactless and insensitive, especially as they are not good at listening. On the negative side they can be selfish, impatient, tactless and rude.
    For Arians this is a time to play to your strengths but be aware of your weaknesses; conceive new plans but put off execution until the Sun enters a new home which will be Taurus. Be particularly aware of the need to let partners feel that they are listened to and that their ideas and feelings are appreciated. For others this is the time to use the ambient energy to seek new solutions to stagnant problems. If you know an Arian, ask them for advice, but give it serious thought before taking action! 
[From "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]


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