Monday, August 15, 2011
Waning Full Moon in Pisces
and open to Her Wisdom."
17th Day of the 9th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Gaia
Lunar Tree Cycle of Coll/Hazel
11th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Coll/Hazel
17th Day of the Cycle of Lughnasadh -
Days of Lugh
Moon Phase: waning Full Moon
Moon sets: 8:23AM EDST
Moon rises: 8:54PM EDST
Moon in the Mutable Water
Sign of Pisces
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A song of
Sun in Leo
Sunrise: 8:30AM EDST
Sunset: 8:19PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "When did
you last celebrate or party?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
August 15th, 2011
Moon in Pisces - I did not post the past couple of days and over that time period the Moon reached it fullest point in this lunar cycle and then moved into the zodiac sign of Pisces. The Moon in Pisces reveals our permeability. We dream, and need to ground our dreams. We care, but can become overwhelmed by our awareness unless we feel spirit working though us. This transit is a time to: imagine4, share, sense, meditate, nurture, soak, and find constructive ways to be sensitive. During the Moon in Pisces emotional life is more introverted, intuition is at its height and psychic energy is powerful. You are now able to get in touch with your deepest self, but it can also be a time of vagueness, unclarity and uncertainity. Pisces is about endings as a result of internal processing. With moon transit you may notice a moodiness in others around me, but transit is also an opportunity to fully appreciate art and beauty. Many women have a good cry with Moon in Pisces, washing away troubles. Or you can be the compassionate friend for a sister who needs her troubles. We cry during Moon in Pisces because it's the most watery of all signs. Pisces Moon brings a retreat into the self to do internal processing and contemplation necessary at least once during the lunar cycle. The outer world 'busyness' becomes fuzzy and vague. Issues are clouded and cold, hard facts slide through your fingers like slippery fish. Things are not what they seem, so don't be confused by this transit. Moon in Pisces is the best time to work magick involving dreamwork, clairvoyance, telepathy, music and the creative arts.
Healing rituals for ailments of the feet or lymph glands are also done at this time. Those born under a Moon in Pisces sign have extra perceptions and need to build the strength (not defense) to match. They are sensitive, intuitive, responsive and compassionate; your dreams are a gift.
Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling - Impression Day.....
Named for the Celtic deity, Lugh, the sabbat of Lughnasadh is a tribute to the first harvest and the beginning of the end of the summer. Most legends attribute Lugh's parentage to the Dagda, the supreme god of the land. As a father-god, the status of Dagda was grand indeed. His titles include "the Mighty One of Great Knowledge" and "the Good God." Although often described as a primitive deity, the Dagda was the High King of the Tuatha De Danaan. It was believed that the Dagda controlled the weather and was responsible for the life of the harvest. His attributes include the cauldron of transformation and a mighty weapon, his club.
Lugh's ancestry portrays him as the grandson of Balor, a Fomorian king with terrible powers. It was revealed to Balor in a prophecy that he would be killed by his own grandson. Attempting to avoid this fate, he imprisoned his daughter Eithne and held her captive so that no man could ever touch her. His strategy was subverted by her lover, Cian, who was able to gain access to Eithne by disguising himself as a woman. Eithne gave birth to triplets, and of the three, only Lugh survived.
Fostered by Manannan and Tailtiu, Lugh approached the Tuatha De Danaan at Tara, the high court of the ancient pagan kings, and offered his services. Nuada was hesitant to accept him at first, for there was no skill that Lugh possessed that was not already fulfilled by an individual member of his court. When Lugh challenged the court to consider that he was the only person to have such a diverse mastery of carpentry, smithcraft, weaponry, music, magic, and history, the Tuatha De Danaan conceded that Lugh was a most rare and noteworthy individual. They gave him the name Samildanch, meaning 'the one of many skills.' Here was the hero that would lead them to victory against the Fomorians. One of his epithets was "Lamfhoda, or long arms" which referred to his prowess on the battlefield. It was said that no enemy could escape the reach of his weapons and that his spear would wield itself. He ultimately faced his grandfather on the battle field and fulfilled the prophecy, driving Balor's evil eye through the back of his head, killing him.
Lugh has been compared to Mercury in the Roman pantheon, in that he is considered a master of arts and a binder of oaths. He is called the 'Shining One' and is distinguished his myriad skills. Some Celtic myths claim that he created the sabbat of Lughansadh as a means of honoring his foster mother, the goddess Tailtiu, who died on that day. It has also been suggested that Lugh initiated the festival as a tribute to his two wives. He is considered a guardian of promises and the god of oaths; most likely for this reason his feast day has been associated with vows between lovers and temporary marriages.
In Irish folklore. Lugh is directly linked to the prosperity of the land through his allegorical marriage to Eriu. Eriu, depicted as a hag, represented the land of Ireland. By her marriage to Lugh, she was transformed into a great beauty. As a personification of the land, her transformation established the power of the god and the sovereignty of Ireland.
[From: The Wiccan Year by Judy Ann Nock]