Monday, October 17, 2011
Disseminating Moon moves into Cancer
and open to Her Wisdom."
21st Day of the 11th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hestia
18th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Gort/Ivy
Moon Phase: Disseminating
Moon sets: 12:39PM
Moon rises: 10:16PM EDST
Moon in Gemini v/c 6:17PM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Water
Sign of Cancer at 9:38PM EDST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The restoration
Sun in Libra
Sunrise: 7:32AM EDST
Sunset: 6:39PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Which of
your skills needs to be honed at this time?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
October 17th, 2011
Moon in Cancer - The Moon in Cancer deepens our feelings; our moods are stormy and vast, our hunger and desire to feed others sharpens. We protect our own, nest in our cave, need to know we're safe. Hunger grows, but for more than food. This transit is a time to nest, comfort, secure and dive deep into feelings. During a moon Cancer transit our feelings take the lead. Cancer encourages the wisdom rising out of our oceanic unconscious through moods and feelings. Ground in the magick of our home as a temple. Ask what needs protecting and feeding. Moon in Cancer brings heightened sensitivity, the desire to nurture, and the need to create a home. Because of the home-orientation, coming from a deep-seated need for security, there is a greater interest in food and its preparation. This can easily lead to the tendency to food-binge. Cancer is the home of the moon, sensitive planet of emotions, so feelings are easily hurt, especially by personal criticism. 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 during this period of time. Those born with a Cancer Moon sign search for what nurtures them and the world. They may need to learn to carry their security with them. They respect our deepest feelings and ease our past fears.
Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling ...... there are minor magickal energies for releasing unwanted emotions.
Samhain - A Year Ends, A Year Begins
The word Samhain in Irish means 'summer end.' Samhain represents the third and final harvest of the year. This is when the remaining produce is stored to provide nourishment during the coming winter. In addition to the storing of winter provisions, Samhain had agricultural significance in other ways. In Ireland it was the day on which pigs were killed and when cattle moved from the mountains into protected pastures for the winter.
The identification of Samhain with the beginning of the New Year comes from the Celtic tradition of each day beginning at sundown. Just as each sabbat festivel begins on the eve of the celebrated day, so too does the year begin with the advent of winter. In addition to archeology, early Irish accounts suggest that Samhain was also a festival when alcoholic beverages were consumed. Several great legends that include references to intoxication are all said to have occurred on Samhain. On Samhain night it is believed that the dead walk and that faries cavort, causing both magic and mayhem. Samhain is the time of Cailleach, the crone who rules the winter season. Offerings and sacrifices were made in her honor.
[Info from Judy Ann Nock's The Wiccan Year ]