Monday, April 30, 2012
Waxing Half Moon enters Virg - Beltane Eve
and open to Her Wisdom."
10th Day of the 5th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hera
Lunar Tree Cycle of Sailler/Willow
16th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Saille/Willow
Moon Phase: waxing Half
Moon sets: 2:45AM EDST
Moon rises: 2:09PM EDST
Moon in Leo v/c 4:16PM EDST
Moon enters the Mutable Earth
Sign of Virgo at 7:42PM EDST
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The vista through the
window of imagination.
Sun in Taurus
Sunrise: 6:20AM EDST
Sunset: 8:14PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Are you
allowing spontaneity into your life?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
April 30th, 2012
Moon in Virgo - The Moon in Virgo sends us back to work and gives
us a to-do list. We become impatiently aware of what needs to be improved,
fixed, or healed. Our compassion is strong, but we can get irritated at less
industrious folk. This transit is a time to: weed, edit, critique, care, exercise,
investigate, study, heal, but be gentle with others. The Moon in Virgo asks us
to consider what needs healing, what needs composting. It's a time learn, train,
organize and turn our compassion into pragmatic action. Don't get stuck in
your head. Plant and care for medicinal herbs. During this transit important
issues are practicality, organization, cleaning up your diet or your house, healing
your body or offering healing to others and attending to loose ends. After the
Leo party, it's time clean up our act and turn our attentions to the matter of
our health and hygiene. Practical Virgo cleans the house, sets things in order,
and washes the dog. She purifies and organizes our diet, setting us on the healthy
road for the month. It is a time of taking responsibility and cleaning up the messes
we've been leaving. Virgo brings painstaking attention to detail; housecleaning
is a good way to work through a Virgo transit. Moon in Virgo is the best time to
work magick involving employment, intellectual matters, health and dietary concerns.
Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during
this period of time. Those born under a Virgo Moon are curious, responsible, caring
but need to cultivate gentle acceptance of self and others.
Moon Day - the day of Remembering and Feeling - Impression Day The Tarot card
for Mondays is The High Priestess
a great communal celebration that excludes no one from its embrace. Ancient Celtic
celebrations involved the kindling of bonfires at this time - indeed, the name of the
festival derives from 'bright fire'. The Beltane fire itself was kindled in a special way:
evidence from nineteenth-century Scotland reveals that the wood had to be of nine
different kinds, that it had to be gathered by men with no metal about their persons
(metal being inimical to the faerykind), and that it had to be kindled without metal.
The ancient method of fire-raising involved a fire spindle and a small piece of wood
to create friction or by the rubbing together of two oak poles. This arduous task was
traditionally performed by nine teams of nine married men - eighty-one firstborn sons.
Once the fire had been kindled, people danced sunwise round it and jumped through
the flames. As the fire was dying down, the animals that had wintered over in barns and
local pastures were driven on their way up to summer grazing, between the parted fire
to ensure their fertility. Before the coals died out, people took fire from the ceremonial
blaze to rekindle their hearths (which had been extinguish in every household before
Welcome in the May by making your own fire or lighting a candle and singing
May-time songs. Honor the coming of summer in your own way. Rise before dawn
and wash your face in the dew tomorrow morning to receive the blessing of
Beltaine. If you have a partner, this is the best time for sexual fun and frolic.