Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gibbous Moon phase begins in Aquarius

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

12th Day of the 10th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hera
Lunar Tree Cycle of Muin/Vine
7th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Muin/Vine
12th Day of the Cycle of Beiz -
Days of Fire
Moon Phase: Gibbous - 6:32AM EDST
Moon Sets: 3:10AM EDST
Moon Rises: 5:35PM EDST
Moon enters the Fixed Air Sign
of Aquarius at 5:42AM EDST
Rhinnon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The tides of
the moon and sea.
Sun in Virgo
Sunrise: 6:53AM EDST
Sunset: 7:43PM EDST
Solar Question of the Day: "What
traditional framework supports you?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Wyst) Quarter
of the Year
September 8th, 2011

Gibbous Moon phase - The Gibbous moon rises midafternoon and sets before dawn. She is bulging getting ready to be full, visible soon after she rises until she sets. The Gibbous moon is the BUD of the moon plant, the pulse of life tightly wrapped, wanting to expand. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare and trust. It is the time in a lunar cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments, it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. In the Waxing Gibbous moon phase the age of the moon is 8 to 14 days since the New Moon birth and the Moon is 135-180 degrees ahead of the Sun. This is a time for patience and for drawing up energy for the coming Full Moon. For those who were born in a Gibbous Moon phase, their talents lie in the ability to refine, organize and purify. They are seekers, utilizing spiritual tools as guides on their path.

Moon in Aquarius - The Moon in Aquarius connects us to our community, reminds us that we are in this together. It asks us to make sure we walk our talk and integrate our philosophy with our politics. We abstract, communicate and work the crowd, but may be less intimate. A Moon in Aquarius transit expands our circles and offers the magick of collaboration; spirit and politic weave together. We can get too farsighted now and need to stay aware of others' feelings. Let go of assumptions and find new, unusual allies. This is a transit of dealing with facts, organizing, political issues, desire to save the world through social action, connecting with others in social situations, scientific pursuits, detachment and the need to come and go without restriction. Aquarius Moon's monthly transit is a dramatic mood change. Where Capricorn values tradition and caution, Aquarius indicates anything new, innovative, different or unconventional. Extremes of behavior occur during this moon, especially extreme of optimism and pessimism. We feel the need to be friendly and social but don't want to be too personal or go too deep. An Aquarius moon transit can bring feelings of detachment  or rational rather than emotional and we find ourselves making changes only if logical to do so. Freedom is very important now and you feel the need to lives with as few restrictions as possible. Moon in Aquarius is the best time to work magick involving science, freedom, creative expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, friendship and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions. Healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles, or blood are also done at this time.  For those born under an Aquarius moon sign (such as myself) came here to understand group dynamics. They may need to learn to be comfortable with emotional intimacy. They offer us a global perspective and collaboration.

Thor's Day - Jupiter Day - the Day of Vision, Spiritual Insight, and Expansion... There are Major magickal energies for Networking.  

Hedgerow Harvest - Through out late Summer and Autumn the woods and hedgerows bear their own harvest. There are nuts, seeds and berries galore.   
     Many of these would have been a welcome addition to the diet of our forebears, being gathered and stored against the chill of winter. Today, although we are not dependent on finding food in the wild, we can still look for and reap nature's harvest. Look for Blackberries, Beechnuts, Sweet Chestnuts, Hazel Nuts, Crab Apples and Sunflower heads in seed. If you are lucky you may also find occasional Apples, Pears, Plums and other fruits which have 'escaped' and can be found in the wild. If you are knowledgeable you might also collect Mushrooms, Red- and Black-currents too. You may well have other things to add to your harvest if you have planted and grown your own. Other fruits such as Quince, Elderberry and Sloes are also worth collecting for cooking and wine making, even though they may be too bitter to eat off the bush.
     Where you have grown or come across a huge surplus of fallen produce, then it is worth collecting extra to take home for freezing, bottling or drying as appropriate, or to feed the birds when the winter comes. However, do not pick a surplus from bush or tree, nor take everything you find on the ground, as this will be the source of food for the wildlife around. If you have grown herbs outside this is the time to pick and dry the leaves as few will over-winter successfully.
[From The Real Witches' Year by Kate West]

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