Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Quarter Moon Phase in Aries

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

9th Day of the 1st Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle of Beith/Birch
9th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Beith/Birch
Moon Phase: First Quarter - 1:14AM EST
Moon sets: 12:36AM EST
Moon rises: 11:53AM EST
Moon in the Cardinal Fire Sign of Aries
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The work of your hands.
Sun in Capricorn
Sunrise: 7:43AM EST
Sunset: 5:03PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
are you attempting to manifest now?"
Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) Quarter
of the Year
January 1st, 2012

First Quarter Moon - The Moon is 6 to 7 days old. The Moon is 90 - 135 degrees ahead of the sun, rises at noon and sets at midnight. Sunset is the prime time for the waxing Moon. From the time a new moon is sighted, until it reaches the height of it's power as a full moon, the cycle is known as a waxing moon. The lunar power constantly increases during this time, and as such, it's an ideal time to cast a spell requiring the fulfillment of a request. The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health. The First Quarter Moon or waxing Half Moon is when the moon is square to the Sun.She is visible from the time she rises until she sets.  This phase of the Moon is the GROWTH phase. Roots go deeper, stems shoot up and leaves form as she creates a new strong body. Keywords for the First Quarter are: action, expression, growth, and breaking away. It is the time in a lunar cycle to take initial action necessary to achieve your goal(s) by expressing your needs and desires. FEEL & MOVE. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now. For those who are born during a First Quarter phase they live a full active life - old structures are cleared away providing room for new development.

A New Year Day's Walk

"Wind from the West, fish and bread;
Wind from the North, cold and flaying;
Wind from the East, snow on the hills;
Wind from the South, fruit on trees."
___ Scots new year weather omen

  New Year's Day is a time of reading omens for a fresh beginning. It is widely held that the first twelve days of the year will reveal the disposition of the weather for the year ahead. This is a good day to go for a long walk, to divine the possibilities of the year ahead in a very simple way.

Before you set off on your walk, stop and tune your intentions to the unfolding year ahead; sense the pathway of the year that stands ready before you. Now begin your walk, attentive to everything that is about you, including the mythscape, story, folklore, and feeling of the Land. Keeping the year ahead in your conscious, allow your attention to widen to include everything about you. If you come across something that draws your attention with urgent filaments of greeting - it might be the sudden movement of a bird, the beauty of a patch of moss, the intensity of the light through the trees - stop and be attentive to what caught your attention.

Listen and attend to the greeting and intuitively reach out for and feel its meaning - a meaning that might not be experienced in words or even in sound but may come to you as a subtle understanding. Appreciate it, note it, and then pass on. Keep repeating this throughout your walk until you have had twelve such experiences. Each time stop, attend, and intuit (without fishing for a rational explanation) why your attention has been engaged. Then return home and review the omens in the order you experienced them, relating them successively to the months of the year. Next New Year's Eve you can check your findings.

"Take a walk as suggested above."
[From: The Celtic Spirit by Caitlin Matthews]

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