Monday, January 30, 2012

First Quarter Moon phase in Taurus

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

8th Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
10th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Luis/Rowan
Moon Phase: First Quarter 11:09
Moon sets: 12:20AM EST
Moon rises: 10:52AM EST
Moon v/c Aries at 1:08AM EST
Moon enters the Fixed Earth Sign
of Taurus at 1:28AM EST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The welcome of like-souled friends.
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:32AM EST
Sunset: 5:34PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "Are you
allowing spontaneity into your life?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
January 30th, 2012

First Quarter Moon - Today the Moon enters the First Quarter phase when it is 8 days old from the New Moon phase and 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 fulfilment of a request. The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health. Astrologically the Moon is square to the Sun. She can be visible from the time she rises until she sets. The First Quarter 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 phase are: action, expression, growth, breaking away. It is the time in a lunar cycle to take the initial action necessary to achieve your goal by expressing your needs and desires. FEEL, & MOVE. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now. 

Moon in Taurus - The Moon in Taurus grounds us; it slows us down and wakes our sensual nature and stubbornness and helps us dig deeper roots. This transit is a time to cultivate relationships and ideas, make love, nurture, take a stand and embody. This is a time to cultivate our material resources, our homes, and our body.  This lunar transit concerns money, work, property, the body, home and family, sensuality, building cautiously and slowly, being conscientious, growth, sensitivity, planting and emotional patterns based on security. The energy flow is even during Taurus and after the forceful forward movement of Aries becomes solid, calm and patient. There is a desire to protect material goods and a strong need for financial security. It is a poor time for change or getting a loan, as people are very cautious and reserved about money, especially during the first part of the transit.
    The middle of Taurus is a good time to continue or finish projects or to stay at home with family. Taurus gives attention to order and detail. Emotionally there is stubbornness but great sensitivity to others. This sensual sign is a good time to appreciate the wonders of the beautiful earth. Moon in Taurus is the best time to work magick for love, real estate, material acquisitions and money. Healing rituals for ailments of the throat, neck, and ears are also done during this period of time. Those born under a Taurus moon sign root deeply and change slowly; they collect, touch, support, see the sacred in the world of matter. They can loan their strength to others but may need to learn the beauty of change.

Moon Day - the Day of Remembering and Feeling - Impression Day ...... Magickally this day of the Moon encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, women's mysteries and fertility.  Burn white, silver, or pale blue candles on this day.

Imbolc - First Light in the Dark of Winter ....
     The first stirrings of new life are felt as the great wheel turns from winter to spring. Water begins to move beneath the ice. We notice the lengthening of days. Dreams conceived on the Winter Solstice begin to take root. Although the weather is still wintry, there is no turning back on the journey to the sun's return. Winter's darkness begins to loosen its grip, and new beginnings are seen all around as spring approaches. This is a time for rebirth and healing, sacred to Brighid, goddess of poetry and arcane learning.
    Brighid is unique among the Celtic pantheon. While the majority of Celtic deities were associated with features of the and and were usually confined to a specific geographical area, the worship of Brighid was, in contrast, widespread Her names comes from the Celtic root Brig, meaning 'exalted.' Considered to be a bringer of civilization, she is called the High One of Strength, daughter of the Dagda. The Dagda was the Celtic god of fertility and supreme deity of the land.
   The worship of Brighid originated in the southeast region of Ireland known as Leinster and was attended by an all-female priesthood. She is often characterized as having two sisters, or alternately a triple aspect whose attributes also include healing and smithcraft.
  Many sources purport that Brighid the goddess was assimilated into St. Brigit of Christian lore. Certainly there are striking similarities between the goddess and the saint. The shrine of St. Brigit in Kildare is attended by nineteen nuns, echoing the exclusively female priesthood of the goddess Brighid. Additionally, many stories surrounding St. Brigit prove somewhat impossible for a single mortal woman to accomplish. Her legend claims she was born at sunrise and was so chaste a woman that she gouged out her own eyes in protest of her impending marriage and became a nun instead. [Now does she sound like patriarchal influence or what]
   Other accounts claim she was a friend to the Virgin Mary, and in fact was Mary's midwife when the baby Jesus was born. She has also be described as Jesus' foster mother, and it is said she assisted Mary in her search for her son when he was lost in the temple and was later found instructing the rabbis. It does not take a huge leap of the intellect to discern the improbability that a blind nun from Ireland was able to escape the confine of time, let alone the limits of transportation, to be present in Bethlehem for the Natiity. The lines between the goddess and the saint are blurred, and Imbolc is celebrated as Candlemas or the Candle Mass in honor of St. Brigit to this day.


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