and open to Her Wisdom."
24th Day of the 3rd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Medusa
Lunar Tree Cycle of Nion/Ash
10th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Fearn/Alder
24th Day of the Cycle of Raven -
Days of Air
Moon Phase: waning Last Quarter
Moon rises: 3:24AM EDST
Moon sets: 1:17PM EDST
Moon in Capricorn v/c 11:17PM
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The perseverance
and power of heart's desire.
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 7:13AM EDST
Sunset: 7:38PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
new influences are trying to come
into your life?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
March 27th, 2011
Sun Day - is the Day of Intent, Creation, and Renewal ...... there are minor magickal energies for working spells/rites to banish disease and/or addictions.
Pagan Time - As witches we keep Round Time - we are the Keepers of the Wheel and we turn with it, round and round the seasons of the Year. With Straight Time - its linear line for the end and the beginning, we never meet. No wonder those who don't keep time within the Wheel of the Year become confounded and confused as exactly where they are. Witches believe time and the seasons to be cyclical, a belief represented by the turning of a great wheel known as the Wheel of the Year.
Marking the eight special days in the Wiccan calendar known as sabbats is a wonderful way to become more aware of nature’s seasons. These sabbats may be represented as the eight spokes of the wheel of the year. Each sabbat has its own special atmosphere thanks to the intimate link between Wicca and the natural world and her seasons. Four of the sabbats are linked to key events in the solar cycle, while the others are ancient agricultural festivals that are Celtic in origin. As the seasons change, the earth’s energy and its effect on human change too. The sabbats are an opportunity to honor, celebrate and to become consciously aware of these changes, effects that while significant and real, are easily lost in the modern world. Witches believe that the beauty and simplicity of the sabbats can have a profound effect on one's intuitive appreciation of the environment. The energies are rising now - so
wake up and take note of the rapid changes happening outside your window.
Trees and the Life of the Planet -
An essay from The Celtic Spirit by Caitlin Matthews.....
"Every tree is a living watercourse; its roots, trunk and branches conduct water up from the soil to the leaves, from which it then passes into the atmosphere." from Nigel Pennick, Celtic Sacred Landscapes
The interdependence of all living things is something we often take for granted. It goes unnoticed in the daily round, so we forget that what happens in one place has its effect upon another place. It is only now that deforestation has been revealed to be a terrible legacy to our children that we begin to appreciate the contribution of trees to the life of our planet.
At this time of year, the spring rains have an important function in the revivification of the land, especially around the full moon. Trees are able to draw up the rainfall from their roots to their highest branches so that the canopy can become green again. As the leaves emerge from their buds, we notice a corresponding unfurling of spirit in ourselves as we respond with gladness to the annual regreening of the world.
As those leaves unfurl, they exude oxygen, so vital for our planet's atmosphere and our own living breath. The carbon dioxide that human beings exhale is absorbed and transformed by trees. Our lives and those of trees are beautifully and aptly intertwined as we share and replenish the atmosphere for each other. Our breath and the exhalation of trees have a symbiotic link that is necessary to our very life.
Verdancy of spirit comes when the sap rises in our souls, when we return to a state of thankfulness and welcome the spring with joy.
"Attune to the life of a tree that grows near you. Meditate upon the life that you share. Even better, plant a tree."