The Moon in the Signs – Part 1 of 3

The Moon moves through the twelve signs of the zodiac each month, spending about two and a half days in each sign and taking on the sign’s characteristics while there. Moon sign astrology is an ancient tradition and holds a significant place in folklore and magic. In addition to using the waxing and waning phases of the Moon in daily life, it is important to know which Moon signs can be helpful to the job at hand and which will work against you. Here is a description of how the Moon behaves in each of the twelve signs.

Aries

Aries is a cardinal fire sign that is ruled by the planet Mars. When the Moon is here, it is time for starting new ventures, particularly financial or medical. Don’t plant seeds for your garden, though. This Moon is about the self and the ego and anything ruled by Mars – knives, sharp things, strength, daring, courage, and lust. Use this moon for quick results, not for things that will drag out. People will be enthusiastic during this time, and also headstrong and rash. If you fall, you’ll land on your head.

Taurus

Taurus is a fixed earth sign that is ruled by Venus. The Moon exalted in Taurus which means that it is very happy here and can be used for anything associated with love the arts. Taurus is about values, possessions, money, fertility, and Mother Earth. This is a good time for gardening and anything requiring hard work and steady progress. People be cautious and protective of what they have. You’ll think your voice sounds especially lyrical in the shower now.

Gemini

Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by the Mercury; it is also a dual sign, which means you can do two things at once, or perhaps not be able to make up your mind. You may feel restless and changeable, but it is also a good time to write, study, or communicate with your family. Be careful of what you say or ask for; you may mean it for only as long as it takes you to say it. Practice your sleight of hand or juggling, as your fingers are very nibble now.

Cancer

Cancer is a cardinal water sign and the home of the Moon herself. When the Moon is here, she is at her most powerful, so use her for working important magic and divination. This is the most fertile of signs, good for planting any seeds. The Moon rules the home, children, the emotions, cooking, eating, and all nurturing. Prepare your favorite comfort food, but don’t overeat! Do kitchen magic and be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Tomorrow we will cover Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio

Copyright by K. D. Spitzer in Llewelly’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Pages 14 – 17

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Week 9 – Goddess Knowledge – Triple Goddess

Before I share what is on the Goddess Knowledge Card I wanted to share my favorite image of the Triple Goddess. In most witchcraft traditions there is some representation of this goddess.

Triple Goddess

The Triple Goddess, the original trinity, symbolizes the three faces of the Great Goddess and its earliest representation of her division into multiplicity. The goddess with three faces is a universal motif, found worldwide.The Triple Goddess is intimately associated with changing phases of the moon; just as the moon transforms from one phase to another, the Great Goddess moves among her many rolls. Her three faces usually virgin, mother, and crone: virgin representing the strong, well-defined goddess; mother representing the nurturing goddess as source of all nourishment; and crone representing the goddess of death and transformation. This symbolism embraces the roll of the goddess in all phases of existence from birth through death to rebirth. The Triple Goddess reminds us of our sacredness regardless of our age or function in life. She reminds us that despite her many forms there is one goddess, always present and always sacred.

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Traditional Full Moon Names

Article from timeanddate.com

Full Moons had given names in many ancient cultures. The Full Moon names we use today often reflect the changing seasons and nature, like Harvest Moon, Strawberry Moon, or Snow Moon.

In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which our modern calendar is based on.

Ancient Month Names

For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of these names are very similar or identical. Some Native names are often attributed to tribes who lived in a vast area stretching from New England to Lake Superior, and whose languages are related. They are sometimes called Algonquian or Algonkian peoples, but they are not to be confused with the Algonquin tribe who lives in Canada. However, other sources list completely different Native American Moon names.

Full Moons with No Name

Some years have 13 Full Moons, which makes at least one of them a Blue Moon, as it doesn’t quite fit in with the traditional Full Moon naming system. However, this is not the only definition of a Blue Moon.

About every 19 years, there is no Full Moon in February. This is one of several definitions of the term Black Moon. The other definitions refer to a New Moon which does not fit in with the equinoxes or solstices, similar to a Blue Moon.

Latin Names Took Over

When the Julian calendar was introduced in 45 BCE, Latin month names gradually became more common in Europe. However, the ancient Pagan names were not forgotten. Old High German month names were introduced by Charlemagne (Charles the Great) who ruled as King of the Franks and later Emperor of the Romans from 774 to 814. And Old English or pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon month names were collected by the English Monk Venerable Bede in 725.

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A Thought for Today

Remember without the Moon and her different phases Mother Earth would be less inhabitable. The Moon has always had a type of dominion over the oceans and larger lakes on Mother Earth with her waning and pulling every morning and night. When you thank Mother Earth for all the bounty she gives us please remember to thank her sister the Moon for helping to make these things possible also. This is why the phase the Moon is in is just one important aspect for getting as much power into a spell as is the day of the week and the hour of the day or night you do your non-emergency spellwork.

Blessed be dear ones.

A Meteor Struck the Moon During Sunday’s Total Eclipse

It may be the first time that such an event was documented from Earth

smithsonian.com

The “super blood wolf moon” that lit up the night sky on Sunday marked the rare convergence of three lunar events: the January full moon, known as a “wolf moon,” appeared especially large because it was positioned unusually close to Earth, hence the “super,” and a total lunar eclipse caused the celestial body to glow a deep crimson—or “blood” red, if you will. While this spectacular phenomena was ongoing, yet another special event occurred: a meteor collided with the moon and sparked a powerful flash that could be seen from Earth.

According to Scientific American’s Nadia Drake, this may mark the first time that a meteor strike has been observed during a total lunar eclipse. On the night of the super blood wolf moon, a Reddit user reported seeing the flash on multiple webcasts, and social media was soon filled with images and input from other people who said they caught the meteor collision. Eventually, Jose Maria Madiedo, an astronomer at Spain’s University of Huelva, confirmed on Twitter that the “impact flash has been recorded by telescopes operating in the framework of MIDAS Survey from Europe.

MIDAS, or the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System,

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Full Moon Esbat Gathering Sunday, January 20th

Our ritual this full Moon is a joint writing and being led by Lady Beltane and one of our Adepts Country Moon. This ritual is for a healing of mind or body or spirit, or any combination you need healing for. Please take some time before the circle is cast on Sunday to think of what you want help healing. There is no minimum and maximum number of things you can write on your piece pf paper. You should write what you feel is giving you a problem be it a physical medical problem, negative thinking that is attaching negative energy towards you, not connecting with the Goddesses, Gods or Spirit Guides, etc

WHEN:

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 7:00 PM CT

Circle will be Cast at 7:01 PM CT

Please do not enter the chatroom after the circle  has been cast as this will let out the energy we have raised to help empower our ritual

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

                                    I sheet of 4 inch by 4 inch/10.16 cm paper

Pen

1 Small Bowl

 

COUNTRY MOON: I call upon Telesphorus, demigod of convalescence and Epione,  goddess of the soothing of pain to protect this circle. By the power of three times three to keep us all from harm and let the only energy that we raise enter or leave our gathering.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air. I invite you to this circle and ask for your wisdom and protection.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire. I invite you to this circle and ask for your wisdom and protection.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water. I invite you to this circle and ask you for your wisdom and protection.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth. I invite you to this circle and ask for your wisdom and protection.

EVERYONE: Please tell us your first or Pagan name and the country or state that you live in

We will take 2 minutes to center and ground ourselves as the power raises from Telesphorus and Epione coming into our circle

LADY BELTANE: Take your paper and write on it the things you want help healing. Type in DONE when you are through.

Hold the paper between your palms and repeat this 3 times: Telesphorus and Epione with your power please help to heal the things I have written here. I no longer want this in my life draining positive energy from me. If you cannot take it away completely please take away some of the pain and negativity so I might have a better quality of life.

When you are done type in So Mote It Be

Now rip the paper into the tiny pieces you can. Type in Done when finished.

Tomorrow morning take the bowl outside, away from your home if you can, while keeping your intention that what you wrote down for most in your mind than throw the tiny pieces of paper to the 4 winds asking them to take what you wrote on paper that in now in pieces far from and if they land that they will not cause harm to any other living thing.

EVERYONE: Stand up I’d sitting down. Start with your hands above your head palms facing downward slowly brings your hands down to the floor while saying, “I ground all extra berry in this circle giving it to Mother Earth to use to herself, her waterways, and all our fellow living things.” Type in So Mote It Be! when finished.

COUNTRY MOON: Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle.

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth. I thank you for your presents and give you leave of this circle. 

Thank you Telesphorus and Epione for your care and guidance tonight.

This circle is now open but never broken.

 

Week 5 – Goddess Knowledge – Flora

Flora, “Flourishing one,” was the Roman goddess of flowers, gardens, and spring. She is the embodiment of all nature; her name has come to represent all plant life. She is especially a goddess of flowers, including the flower of youth. Her festival of unrestrained pleasure, the Floralia, was celebrated at the end of April and beginning of May; this festival was probably the orgin of the maypole dance and the gathering of bouquets of flowers, symbolizing the bring of spring and new life into the world. She gives charm to youth, aroma to wine, sweetness to honey, and fragrance to blossoms.

Flora teaches us to honor growing things, both inside and outside us, She is a reminder to pay attention to pleasure, to the beauty of spring, and to new life, where it is found.

For more information about Flora click on this link for a general search: Information about Goddess Flora

To see images of the Goddess Flora click on this link: Images of Goddess Flora

A Thought for Today

As Witches or Pagans we do not need four walls, a roof, doors, and Windows to make our church. All we need is a quite place in nature be it our yard, a forest, by a body of water even if it is just a small trickling creek, etc. Or a place in our home to sent up a permanent or even a non-permanent altar to ask a Goddess and/or God to hear our prayers, help us work a magickal spell and/or ritual.

We do not need a book of specific songs to sing to or about our deities. All we need is our voice and to allow ourselves to sing or chant whatever words come to us to let a Goddess or God or both know what they mean to us as an individual. We do now need another book that tells us how we should be living.

We do not need to show off to other people we are a “put your choice of a main stream religion here.” We live our chosen spiritual path and walk in all aspects of our lives every day.

We do not need one specific day of the week to go into a building to “worship” our God. We can do it any day and place; although we do not worship our deities like main stream religions instead we ask them for help and give them an offering, as simple as pouring some water onto the ground, to thank the God and/or Goddess and/or the Element(s) for their help. We do not need a specific God to ask to save our immortal soul after committing a ‘sin’ and because we asked and it was forgiven by him weare are free from whatever wrong we did including murdering another person. We take the responsibility when we haves wronged another living being on Mother Earth an we go directly to the human, Animal,bird, etc and ask for giveness.

We do not need a specific religious dogma to follow. We have many pagan spiritual paths that We many just one to follow or we many pick and chose from more then one path to incorporate as our spiritual and magical path. The way we chose to practice The Old Ways or the more modern Neo-Paganism may change and evolve over time the only constant thing in your Magickal and Spiritual path is YOU!

Just a few things to think about until we meet again. Blessed be dearn

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How to Understand and Make a Sacred Medicine Wheel by MATEO SOL

When you think of “medicine” what is the first thing that comes to mind?

For many modern people, medicine is associated with drugs, surgical procedures, nurses, dentists, or doctors that all improve one’s physical health. However, “medicine” in many past ancient cultures was understood as an interrelated process of physical and spiritual well-being. Medicine was once thought of as a way of being in harmony with the primal energy of nature, and a way of becoming aware of the personal power within each of us that allows us to become more whole and complete.

Before we based our lives on beliefs and interpretations of “holy scriptures,” we looked to the surrounding world for answers and we observed the rhythm of nature to guide our existence. What we discovered is that life behaves in cycles or circles rather than Cartesian “line” that we perceive time and existence these days. We discovered that the seasons came and went in cycles as did the Sun cycles and Moon phases, and we observed that even living beings like humans, trees and animals worked in cycles of births, death and rebirth.

With this understanding of life came a respect for the sacredness of the circle, and its medicinal …

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Drawing down the Moon 

 

δραςινγ-δοςν-τηε-μοον

Drawing down the Moon (also known as drawing down the Goddess) is a central ritualin many contemporary Wiccan traditions. During the ritual, a coven’s High Priestessenters a trance and requests that the Goddessor Triple Goddess, symbolized by the Moon, enter her body and speak through her. The High Priestess may be aided by the High Priest, who invokes the spirit of the Goddess. During her trance, the Goddess speaks through the High Priestess.

The name most likely comes from a depiction of two women and the moon on an ancient Greek vase, believed to date from the second century BCE.

In classical times of ancient Greece, ancient Thessalian witches were believed to control the moon, according to the tract: “If I command the moon, it will come down; and if I wish to withhold the day, night will linger over my head; and again, if I wish to embark on the sea, I need no ship, and if I wish to fly through the air, I am free from my weight.”

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The Orphic hymn to Selene (Moon)

One of these songs is the Orphic Hymn to the goddess Selene, namely the Moon. The text could be also considered as a spell one could address to the Blood Moon that is going to appear in the skies tomorrow.

“Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.

With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:

Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.

Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:

Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.

Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:

Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.

Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;

Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,

Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.”

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.

With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:

Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.

Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:

Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.

Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:

Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.

Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;

Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,

Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.

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