Monday, April 25, 2011

Waning Half Moon

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

23rd Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Medusa
Lunar Tree Cycle of Fearn/Alder
11th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Saille/Willow
23rd Day of the Cycle of Annwyn -
Days of Avalon
Moon Phase: waning Half
Moon rises: 2:35AM EDST
Moon sets: 1:12PM EDST
Moon in the Fixed Air
Sign of Aquarius
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: Your spiritual
quest so far
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:28AM EDST
Sunset: 8:08PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
are your dreams telling you?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
April 25th, 2011

Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling....

Old Beltane

     Beltane was traditionally celebrated when the Hawthorn, also called the May, blossomed. A major fertility festival, it used to be traditional for the unattched to dress in green to signify that they were available and seeking a partner. These young people would then spend the night in the woods. Any child born of such a union was considered especially blessed and to bring good fortune to the village.
As a result both mother and child would be cared for by everyone. It is thought that one of the reasons why it is considered unlucky to bring May blossoms into the house is because this would have indicated an unsuccessful night! It is just as likely that the flowers would have given away the fact that the people of the house followed the Old Gods.
    When the Hawthorn is in blossom go and seek out a bush and, if you can, lie down under it and meditate on the festival and its meaning. Visualize the Goddess or Mother and the Horned God as her Consort, for this is the time of their marriage. Gather enough flowers to weave into a circlet. Most florist sell preformed wicker rings which are ideal for this. While you thread the flowers into the ring, focus on the meaning of this festival. If you were not able to meditate under the Hawthorn you can meditate wearing the circlet, otherwise use the circlet to decorate your home for the festival. If you have an image of the Goddess in your home it is nice to also create a smaller circlet for this.
"Give thanks for the gifts of the Goddess,
lest She decides to take them back."
[From Kate West's The Real Witches' Year]  

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