Monday, August 8, 2011
First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius
and open to Her Wisdom."
10th Day of the 9th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hera
Lunar Tree Cycle of Coll/Hazel
3rd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Coll/Hazel
10th Day of the Cycle of Lughnasadh -
Days of Lugh
Moon Phase: waxing First Quarter
Moon sets: 1:13AM EDST
Moon rises: 4:41PM EDST
Moon in the Mutable Fire
Sign of Sagittarius
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The message
of the blood.
Sun in Leo
Sunrise: 6:23AM EDST
Sunset: 8:28PM EDST
Solar Question of the Day: "What
traditional frameworks support you?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year.
August 8th, 2011
Moon in Sagittarius - Moon in Sagittarius gets us moving; it brings cheerful impatience and refreshing
honesty. We need wide open minds, souls, and attitudes, but can't sit still. This is a time to: get honest, forgive, dance, hike, explore and connect to the natural world. Those who were born under a Sagittarius moon sign are funny, restless, freedom-loving, and direct; they are natural global citizens but need also to look for answers at home. They accept the wild in all sentient beings.
Hazel is coppiced and used much the same way as Willow, and has been so since ancient times. Hazel wood is much favored for dowsing and the nuts are mineral rich and highly nutritious. The nuts can be ground and used as flour, and the whole shell, husk and skin were powdered and added to a drink to ease heavy menstruation.
The Hazel feature in the tales of many of the Gods. It is said that when Lugh severed Balor's head, he placed it in a Hazel but the dripping blood poisoned the tree until Mananna felled it. Later Fionn used the wood to make his shield Dripping Ancient Hazel. It was said to be a tree of keening (a form of weeping) over death and sacred to Brighid, the Goddess who first used this form of grief over the death of her son, Ruadhan. The Hazel is also sacred to her in role of Goddess of Wisdom and Inspiration, as some of the nuts are said to contain her wisdom. It also features in the tales of Artemis, Diana, Mercury and Thor.
Today we use the Hazel in spells for luck, protection, wishes and fertility. Eat the fresh nuts in season prior to Rituals for divination and burn them in a fire when seeking the knowledge of Brighid. Weave fresh wood around your hat to make your wishes come true. Hazel wands were also the symbol of the herald, and sometimes used in Covens to mark the office of Summoner.