Monday, August 1, 2011

Laammas/Lughnasadh - waxing New Moon

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

3rd Day of the 9th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Persephone
Lunar Tree Cycle of Coll/Hazel
23rd Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Tinne/Holly
3rd Day of the Cycle of Lughnasadh -
Days of Lugh
Moon Phase: waxing New
Moon rises: 8:32AM EDST
Moon sets: 9:29PM EDST
Moon in Leo v/c 2:19AM EDST
Moon enters the Mutable Earth
Sign of Virgo at 4:41AM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The blessing of water
Sun in Leo
Sunrise: 6:17AM EDST
Sunset: 8:36PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
soul food nourishes you?"
Lughnasadh ( Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
August 1st, 2011

Moon in Virgo - The Moon in Virgo sends us back to work and gives us a to-do list. We become impatiently aware of what needs to be improved, fixed or healed. Our compassion is strong, but we can get irritated at less industrious folk. This transit is a time to edit, critique, care, exercise, investigae, study, and heal but be gentle with others. The Moon in Virgo asks us to consider what needs healing and what needs composting. It's time to study, learn, train, organize and turn our compassion into pragmatic action. Don't get stuck in your head. During this transit important issues are practicality, organization, cleaning up your diet and/or house, healing your body and/or offering healing to others and attending to loose ends. After the Leo party it's time to clean up our act and turn our attentions to the matters of our health and hygiene. Practical Virgo cleans the house, sets things in order, washes the dogt and harvests the vegetables. She purifies and organizes our diet, setting us on the healthy road for the month. It is a time of taking responsibility and cleaning up the messes we've been leaving. Virgo brings painstaking attention to detail: housecleaning is a good way to work through a Virgo transit. During a Virgo Moon transit women are mentally active but there is a tendency to excessive criticism both of oneself and others. Emotionally it's an inward time, when we can reflect on personal relationships.  The moon speaks directly to our spirit. It describes the daily pulse and the emotional matrix we walk through. As the moon changes signs every 2 1/2 days, the filters on our inner world changes. Let the garden be a metaphor for any project you want to nourish. Our own moon sign indicates our personal spiritual lineage and our emotional prime-directive. Moon in Virgo is the best time to work magick involving employment, intellectual matters, health, and dietary concerns. Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during this period of time.  Those born under a Moon in Virgo moon sign are curious, responsible and caring but need to cultivate acceptance of self and others.

Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling - Impression Day ......There are Major magickal energies today for Borrowing or Lending Money; there are minor magickal energies for doing rites/spells dealing feminine or domestic issues.

Lammas - Lughnasadh - older alternate for Lammas. Pronounced Loo-naz - August Eve - August 1st. Also known as Cornucopia (Stega tradition) Thingtide (Teutonic tradition), Lammas and Lammastide (old Christian). Witches' calendar beginning of Autumn, first of the three harvest festivals. Lammas was the Christian name given the holy day. The term literally means 'loaf mass' for a feast of bread to celebrate the wheat harvest.
   The grain god was molded into an edible figure and passed around. Everyone broke off a piece and ate it thereby becoming one with the deity in symbol. This is clearly the predecessor to the Christian rite of communion. In Ireland this holy day was traditionally a festival of the dead, a mourning ritual.
    Wheat may have been regarded with awe as it was what made civilization (loosely defined) possible in Western Europe. This festival was called Lammastide in medieval times and was observed with craft fairs, parades, dances, ceremonial plays and the usual warm weather revels. Baking bread is a tradition as is the making of a corn dolly to guard your home for the coming season. This is the celebration of the first fruits of the harvest. The Sun King gives his energy to the crops to ensure life. Now is the time to teach the young what you have learned so that the fruits of your accomplishments may endure. Altars are common decorated with Baked Breads, Grains, Fruits and Vegetables.
[From the 2011 Season of the Witch Datebook.]

At this blog site Beth has created a beautiful Laughnasadh posting that everyone should view and listen to......


cargillwitch said...

as always wonderful information! thank you for all your work on this blog- I thoroughly enjoy it!

Sobeit said...

Thank you for your kind words.