Saturday, April 9, 2011

Waxing Crescent Moon moves into Cancer this afternoon

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

7th Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle of Fearn/Alder
23rd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Fearn/Alder
7th Day of the Cycle of Annwyn
Moon Phase: waxing Crescent
Moon sets: 1:02AM EDST
Moon rises: 10:30AM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Water
Sign of Cancer at 5:02PM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A story of your
choice that moves you.
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 6:52AM EDST
Sunset: 7:51PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
have you been struggling with and
how does it challenge you?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
April 9th, 2011

Moon in Cancer - The Moon in Cancer deepens our feeling; our moods are stormy and vast, our hunger and desire to feed others sharpens. We protect our own, nest in our own cave, need to know we're safe. Hunger grows, but for more than food. Cancer encourages the wisdom rising out of our oceanic unconscious through moods and feelings.  Ground in the magick of our home (earth) as a temple. This transit concerns desires about a home, emotional security, entertaining friends, cooking, security issues, nostalgia, and the desire to nurture. Women are emotionally and psychically sensitive at this time, and due to these strong emotions it is a 'crybaby' moon. Cancer is the home of the moon, sensitive planet of emotions, so feelings are easily hurt, especially by personal criticism. Handle with care. Nostalgia reigns supreme. This is not a transit when its easy to be alone as needs security in love and friendship are high. Be careful to avoid conflict, as a grudge formed now will take a long time to heal. If you want your hair to grow quickly, have it cut in a Cancer Moon.  Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done at this period of time.  Those who were born under a Cancer Moon sign can be wonderfully nurturing to our culture, body, and soul when we feel safe. Early mother/home issues can be composted into empathic understanding.

Saturn's Day - the Day of Manifestation and Structure, Assessment and Responsibility - Foundation Day.... Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. Saturdays are traditionally days to work on protection, remove obstacles, bind troublesome or dangerous individuals and banish negativity. Saturdays are like a magickal 'let's clean house' day. Any magickal messes left lying around that need to be addressed or any problems that need to be cleared up are best dealt with on the day devoted to Saturn. 

Removing a Nuisance -

     It would be wonderful to be surrounded by people who were a pleasure to be with, but life isn't like that.   Occasionally there is someone who we would dearly love to be free of, like a persistent admirer, an irritating neighbour. However, to do so would go against the Rede, and negative magick invariably rebounds on the person performing it. It is always worth trying to resolve our differences; perhaps you were not firm enough when invited out, or your noisy parties caused a breakdown in communication. If, however, you can find no way of resolving the situation and it really is making your life a misery, then it is time to take steps.
     First, rid yourself of all negative feelings towards this person. Take a bowl of rainwater to which you have added some sea salt and place the fingers of both hands into it. Visualize all your annoyance, pain and irritation flowing through your body, down your fingers and into the water. Repeat this on three separate nights, disposing of the water carefully each time. Set you Altar as usual. Take a black candle and inscribe the person's initials into it and pass it through each of the Elements saying, "I pass
this though Air, that their thoughts turn from me. I pass this over Water, that all their feelings turn away from me. I pass this over Salt, that they may move from me. I bring this to Fire, that they enjoy success and happiness elsewhere. Blessed Be."  Light the candle and visualize the person turning physically, emotionally and mentally away from you.
[From Kate West's The Real Witches' Year]

Visualization - this is the ability to create or to recreate a scene, set of circumstances, or even a function in such a way that it become 'real', and you can see, hear, taste, smell and feel it as though you were there. This is a key component of magickal practice. As Witches we can use visualization to determine the potential outcomes of a spell or magick, not just whether it will work but what ramifications or side effects it may generate. This helps to avoid doing spells which bring about unintended or wrong results. Remember that much mentioned phase, 'be careful what you wish for, for you might just get it.!'   Witches also use visualization in the actual working of our magick. Probably the most quoted definition of magick is 'the ability to create change through use of will power', but in actual fact it could be termed 'the ability to influence reality in accordance with the laws of nature'. This is why magick works best when applied to things which are based in nature, for instance, why you can work a spell to find work but not make money. Work, on the exchange of energy to bring about benefits, is a natural concept; the tiger chases its to gain its dinner. Money, however, is a man-made intermediary in exchange of energy and something which exists in the natural world. In addition to this, when working a spell which is directly intended to work on a natural process, it is more than a little helpful to understand the process. For example, healing spells are far more effective if you have a basic understanding of the actual healing process you are seeking to kick-start or accelerate. Being able to visualize those processes will make your magick work that much more easily and effectively. This works with any form of spell; the more clearly you can visualize the desired changes taking place, the better and more accurately the spell will work.
From Kate West's The Real Witches' Craft ]

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