Friday, April 29, 2011
Balsamic Moon phase - Freya's Day
and open to Her Wisdom."
27th Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle of Fearn/Alder
15th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Saille/Willow
27th Day of the Cycle of Annwyn -
Days of Avalon
Moon Phase: Balsamic moon at 12:27AM
Moon rises: 4:18AM EDST
Moon sets: 5:06PM EDST
Moon in Pisces v/c 7:49AM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Fire
Sign of Aries at 1:33PM EDST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The silent
testimony of innocence in the face
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:23AM EDST
Sunset: 8:12PM EDST
Solar Question of the Day: "Which
of your abilities are you neglecting?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
April 29th, 2011
Balsamic Moon - (or waning crescent moon) rises before dawn and sets midafternoon. She is the last sliver of Moon seen in the eastern sky in the dawn and in the very early morning. The Balsamic Moon is the COMPOST phase of the lunar cycle, when the nutrients remain in the soil, providing nourishment for the next new seed. This is ending of one lunar cycle and the beginning of another. Keywords for the Balsamic phase are: transition, release, transformation, renewal, and purity. It is the time in a lunar cycle when you must let go of everything you have been working on that does not deal with current cycle issues. During this phase you reflect on the passing cycle and prepare for the new. Trust in renewal. It is important to separate from others now so you can clear the intellect of negativity. LET GO. Become still and meditate. Those who are born in the Balsamic phase of a lunar cycle possess the potential to be wise, insightful, understanding and patient. They are prophetic and unique.
Moon in Aries - The Moon in Aries lights a fire under our tails; it wakes us up, strips away our complications and our patience. We can make a fresh start but tend to shoot from the hip, move fast, and argue quickly. This transit is a time to initiate, speak up, weed, and honor independence. Aries Moon transits ask us to wake up and remember who we truly are, even if it bothers those we love or work for. Tempers, tears, and passions run hot. It's a time of new beginnings, intense activity, pioneering in any field, reaching out with emotional surges and impulsiveness. This moon transit can be a great tester of limits. During an Aries moon transit you may want to depend on yourself to get things done as there is also a certain amount of ego involvement. You might feel impatient now or want to initiate new things.
Aries Moons are based on impulsiveness and acting on feelings of the moment, rather than the result of reason. Sometimes snap decisions are made - later to be regretted. The force of Aries transits are felt in emotional surges, whereby we are highly assertive and enthusiastic. Aries is know for headstrong behavior and a tendency towards temperamental blowups. Selfishness could be an issue, so be extra sensitive to others. Moon in Aries is the best time to work magick involving leadership, authority, rebirth, spiritual conversion, or willpower. Healing rituals for ailments of the face, head, or brain are also done during this period of time. Those who were born under an Aries Moon sign are passionate, honest, fierce and big-hearted but intensely self-directed. They are happy to loan their fire to inspire others, just don't tell them what to do.
Freya's Day - Venus Day - Day of Sharing and Relationships .... there are minor magickal energies today for resolving quarrels with friends and lovers.
Without old age, without consummation of earth."
____The Voyage of Bran, early Irish text, (trans. CM)
The faeries are the race of beings who live between the worlds, making their home upon the earth but usually apprehensible only to otherworldly vision. Every country in the world has stories about the faeries as the 'people between' who inhabit quiet country places but occasionally interrelate with human beings, exchanging favors for small gifts and courtesies, such as gifts of milk or food.
Within the Celtic countries there is still a great respect for the faerykind. People and faeries are considered to be neighbors who must live in mutual respect. People are careful to build their houses away from routes frequented by the faeries, and refer to them only as 'the good folk.'
Many stories relate how musicians have learned tunes from the faeries, or how humans have wandered into faery domains and lived with them there. Such tales may seem fabulous to those who have cliched images of tiny, gossamer-winged faeries who flit about from flower to flower; but faeries within the Celtic tradition are considerably more robust, some being even taller than humans.
As Beltane (BEL'tenn-a) approaches, faeries become very active. It is believed that now and at Samhain, the doors to the faery hills are open, and that the faeries make their progress through the land. It is a time to be sensitive about our movements and intentions so that we do not disturb the fair folk about their business.
"Discover the faery traditions of your own part of the land. What spots are associated with faeries? What courtesies are customary? Respect their ways; leave them to their own affairs."
[From: The Celtic Spirit by Caitlin Matthews]