and open to Her Wisdom."
27th Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
1st Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Nion/Ash
Moon Phase: Balsamic - 12:45AM EST
Moon rises: 4:50AM EST
Moon sets: 2:53PM Est
Moon in the Cardinal Earth Sign
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The silent testimony
of innocence in the face of tyranny
Sun in Aquarius
Sunrise: 7:11AM est
Sunset: 5:57PM est
Solar Question for the Day: "What
do you need to let go of
and how is it impeding you?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
February 18th, 2012
Balsamic Moon - The Balsamic Moon (or waning crescent Moon) rises before dawn and set midafternoon. She is the last sliver of Moon seen in the eastern sky in the dawn and in the very early
morning. The Balsamic Moon is the COMPOST phase, when the nutrients remain in the soil, providing nourishment for the next new seed. This is end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Keywords for the Balsamic phase are: transition, release, transformation, renewal, and purity. It is the phase in a cycle when you must let go of everything you have been working on that does not deal with the current cycle issues. During this phase you reflect on the passing cycle and prepare for the new. Trust in renewal. It is important to separate from others now so that you can clear the intellect of negativity. LET GO. Become still and meditate. Those who are born in a Balsamic Moon phase possess the potential to be wise, insightful, understanding and patient. They are prophetic and unique. The Balsamic Moon is called the Wishing Moon because this Is a good time for putting wishes on the air. A wish made at the Balsamic Moon is more likely to come true because Needs are felt more deeply now. The more deeply a need is felt, the More invocative energy goes into the Moon cycle and the more likely This need will be met.
Moon in Capricorn - whets our ambition and tests our sense of humor. It loans us extra ability to organize, build, manifest ideals, and manage our world; but we have to let others manage themselves. It's time to clear short-term goals, to feel the joy of accomplishment. Tend to foundations, ancient history, and roots of trees. Those born under a Capricorn Moon can define themselves by their work; they are natural organizers and leaders, the engine for accomplishment in a community. They need to feel they're making progress to be happy, but also need to learn to love themselves, and others, in stillness - just being.
Saturn Day - the Day of Manifestation and Structure, Assessment and Responsibility - Foundation Day.... Saturn's Day is traditionally the day to work on protection, remove obstacles, bind troublesome or dangerous individuals and banish negativity. Saturn's Day is like a magickal 'let's clean house' day. Any magickal messes left lying around that need to be addressed, or any problems that need to be cleared up, are best dealt with on the day devoted to Saturn. Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out.
Candles For Saturn's Day - Black is also the traditional candle color for protection magick as well as for spells cast on Saturn's Day. There is something extra intriguing and witchy about black candles. Sometimes these may be hard to locate throughout the year. Ellen Dugan says in her book Book of Witchery your best bet is to watch for black candles during the fall months (especially around Halloween) and stock up on them. If you check out a few specialty or trendy candle shops at the mall, you will be able to find black jar candle and votives. It always makes Dugan smile to see a classy jar candle labeled something like 'Midsummer Magic' or 'Midnight Spice'. Typically these are patchouli scented which is perfected to use in candle magick as patchouli is associated with Saturn and protection. Work with either of these dramatic and dark-featured colors for Saturn's Day candle spells designed to protect, neutralize gossip, and deflect harm.
ASH/NION - Celtic Tree Month begins today...
The World Tree; Tree of Life
Third month of the Celtic Tree calendar, February 18th - March 17th
Third consonant of the Ogham alphabet
NION or NUIN (Nee-Arn) - N - ASH
This Ogham symbol is used in Celtic Reiki at the start of a manifestation treatment
to connect to the energy required for the treatment.
Element: Water, Fire
Symbolism: Mastership and Power
Stone: Turquoise, Lepidolite (Increase psychic awareness)
Birds: Common Snipe
Color: White, pale Blue
Deity: Eostre, Frigg, Hel/Holle, Minerva, Nemesis, Odin, Nemesis, Poseidon, Neptune
Folk Name: Hoop Ash, Nion - (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven
Medicinal properties: Ash bark can make an infusion that is a mild laxative and diuretic. The rood bark is the most potent with astringent properties, and was used to treat liver diseases and arthritic rheumatism. Other uses include reduce fever, treat kidney and urinary infections, expel intestinal parasites, and treating malaria.
Magickal properties: The leaves attract love and prosperity. Burn Ash wood at Yule to receive prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree's trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. In an ancient Greek creation story, humans were formed from Ash and Oak trees.
Ash wood was used for the traditional handle of the besom broom. Druid wands were often made of ash because of its straight grain, and the poles of witches' brooms were often made of ash and was representative of protection and strength. Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don't stand under one during an electric storm
Greek mythographer Hesiod claimed the first man was born from the ash tree. This became the custom of planting an ash tree at the birth of each baby. The state of the tree served as an indicator of that person's health and strength.
Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.