Working With The Moon

The Working MoonEvery magikal practitioner should know which days to work and which to take off. Which moon phases are best for what kind of casting and which are for rest. These guidelines are not cast in stone and certainly if you have a friend in dire need of healing, you don’t need to wait until the next Waxing Moon to cast. But for some of the best results, here are a few guidelines, interesting tid-bits, and helpful information.


To find out more from this article The Pagan’s Path

 

Friday the 13th History

Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, a horror film franchise and not one but two unwieldy terms—paraskavedekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia—that describe fear of this supposedly unlucky day.

The Fear of 13

Just like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat or breaking a mirror, many people hold fast to the belief that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries.

While Western cultures have historically associated the number 12 with completeness (there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and zodiac signs, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 gods of Olympus and 12 tribes of Israel, just to name a few examples), its successor 13 has a long history as a sign of bad luck.

The ancient Code of Hammurabi, for example, reportedly omitted a 13th law from its list of legal rules. Though this was probably a clerical error, superstitious people sometimes point to this as proof of 13’s longstanding negative associations.

Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

According to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday, including Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The seating arrangement at the Last Supper is believed to have given rise to a longstanding Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen—specifically, that it was courting death.

Though Friday’s negative associations are weaker, some have suggested they also have roots in Christian tradition: Just as Jesus was crucified on a Friday, Friday was also said to be the day Eve gave Adam the fateful apple from the Tree of Knowledge, as well as the day Cain killed his brother, Abel.

The Thirteen Club

In the late-19th century, a New Yorker named Captain William Fowler (1827-1897) sought to remove the enduring stigma surrounding the number 13—and particularly the unwritten rule about not having 13 guests at a dinner table—by founding an exclusive society called the Thirteen Club.

The group dined regularly on the 13th day of the month in room 13 of the Knickerbocker Cottage, a popular watering hole Fowler owned from 1863 to 1883. Before sitting down for a 13-course dinner, members would pass beneath a ladder and a banner reading “Morituri te Salutamus,” Latin for “Those of us who are about to die salute you.”

Four former U.S. presidents (Chester A. ArthurGrover ClevelandBenjamin Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt) would join the Thirteen Club’s ranks at one time or another.

Friday the 13th in Pop Culture

An important milestone in the history of the Friday the 13th legend in particular (not just the number 13) occurred in 1907, with the publication of the novel Friday, the Thirteenth written by Thomas William Lawson.

The book told the story of a New York City stockbroker who plays on superstitions about the date to create chaos on Wall Street, and make a killing on the market.

The horror movie Friday the 13th, released in 1980, introduced the world to a hockey mask-wearing killer named Jason, and is perhaps the best-known example of the famous superstition in pop culture history. The movie spawned multiple sequels, as well as comic books, novellas, video games, related merchandise and countless terrifying Halloween costumes.

What bad things happened on Friday 13th?

On Friday, October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defense of the Holy Land.

Imprisoned on charges of various illegal behaviors (but really because the king wanted access to their financial resources), many Templars were later executed. Some cite the link with the Templars as the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition, but like many legends involving the Templars and their history, the truth remains murky.

In more recent times, a number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th, including the German bombing of Buckingham Palace(September 1940); the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964); a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970); the disappearance of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972); the death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) and the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy, which killed 30 people (January 2012).

Sources

“The Origins of Unlucky Friday the 13th,” Live Science.
“Friday the 13th: why is it unlucky and other facts about the worst day in the calendar,” The Telegraph.
“13 Freaky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th,” Live Science.
“Here’s Why Friday the 13th is Considered Unlucky,” Time.
“Friggatriskaidekaphobes Need Not Apply,” New-York Historical Society.

There’s a Full Moon Due on Friday the 13th for Most of the U.S. The Next One Isn’t for Another 30 Years

Time Magazine September 12, 2019

BY GINA MARTINEZ

The next full moon is set to make an appearance on the most ominous date on the calendar this month.

A September full moon, also known as a “Harvest Moon,” will be visible to many Americans this Friday the 13th.

According to NASA, the moon will be full early Saturday morning, Sept. 14, at 12:33 a.m. EST, but for those who live in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones, the full moon will be visible shortly before midnight on Friday the 13th.

NASA says that the moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time — from Thursday night through Sunday morning.

To read the rest Friday 13, 2019

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on July 16th.

This month we are going to try a musical/sharing circle instead of someone leading us in the types of Esbat rituals we have been doing in the past. After the circle is opened please let us know if you would enjoy doing some more a little out of the witch’s standard rituals for our Esbat gatherings. We would like to do more Esbat gatherings where everyone attending can participate, unless it is for an initiation.  So, to bring you the types or rituals and/or circles you want to learn more about we have to hear back from you to know what you want.  Yes, I am the Priestess, and we have one active Priestess, and also Adepts that write and lead rituals but this coven and the type of things you want to know more about the variety of things you can do in a circle is a very important part of your novice, adept, and priestess lessons. So, please let your fingers do the talk in the comments or if you feel more comfortable send your ideas via email to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. As long as a ritual you would like to see done does not involve any type of dark magick I or Priestess Hypatia will be happy to help you write and lead the ritual. It does not matter what course you are taking novice, adept, or priestess you can either comment below or send an email about a topic for a sacred circle. The only exception to leading a ritual is you have to have already done the novices lesson on “What is an Esbat and actually write and performing an Esbat ritual” for your novice course lessons. If you have not gotten that far in your studies yet you can still submit a topic for an Esbat circle.

Playing a specific song with or without lyrics and/or using a drum, maracas or any type percussion instrument that has a steady, rhythmical sound to it can help you to go from being in the mundane, hectic everyday world into place of peace, quiet, reflection, and center you for magickal workings or even bring more power to the magick and/or spell you are doing.

An inexpensive way to make a drum and reuse what would otherwise be thrown away (they cannot be recycled because of the wax coating they have on them) use an empty cylinder-shaped oatmeal box by putting the lid on it and hit it rhythmically. To decorate it if you want to here is one idea on how to do it: take some copy paper or whatever kind of solid color paper you have and glue it to cover the writing on the oatmeal container. Let it sit out in the open for about 24 hours to make sure the glue is completely dry. Then decorate your drum to reflect you and your magickal/spiritual journey you are on. For the one or two sticks you can use to drum with these too can be decorated. People usually use some runes craved into the sticks and/or you can attach a string with bead and/or real bird feathers on one end of them.

Don’t have to time to create your drum than you could by one or just use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to hit it with. Or just hit to sticks together or clap your hands to the beat of the music.

WHEN:

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CDT

CIRCLE IS CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

Please do not enter the chat after 7:00 PM CDT. Thank you!

WHERE: 

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Something to use as a drum or percussion instrument

and/or enough room to dance around if you feel you want to

Sing along it doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like if you feel like sing with the song…go for it

A device that can play the “Grandmother” song found on youtube.com

Grandmother

A beverage for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

A small snack for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

RITUAL:

 

 

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunrises with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. I ask Luna to put us in a dome. I ask Earth to come up to meet Luna so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds.

EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (first or Pagan name only) and tell us what state or country you are from

When everyone has their drum in hand and the video ready to play. Type in “ME” please.

LADY BELTANE will count down from 5 to 1. When she gets to 1 turn on the music and start getting the beat of your drum in time with the music and dance and sign or whatever you feel the Lord and Lady are leading you. Let your mind just wander wherever it wants to go. You may receive messages from your Spirit Guides and/or ancestors. If you do listen closely to what they say. This is also a type of meditation. When the song has ended, we will take a minute for those who went into a trance like state to fully come back.

LADY BELTANE: I will call on you one at a time to share the experience you had as you drummed and listen to the song.

EACH PERSON: Each when called upon to share will have between 2 to 3 minutes to share their experience in this circle. Lady Beltane ask that no one asks to be passed by when called upon to share. Every single persons experience is important and we may learn something new from you experience that we didn’t.

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunsets with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. Triple Goddess and God thank you for helping to protect us and joining our celebration this evening. I ask Luna to take the dome away above our heads. We thank you Luna for helping to protect us and joining our celebration  I ask Earth lower yourself so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds. Earth thank you for your help in protecting us and joining our celebration. I have brought us back into the physical plane with reside in.

Our circle is open but never broken. I send each of you blessings of love, joy, harmony, and peace.

Time to visit drink your beverage and eat your snack. Remember to save a sip or to of your beverage and a bite or two of your snack to take outside to give an offering of thanks to the goddesses and gods that were with us this evening/morning

The Eight Phases of the Moon

The Moon, Queen of the NIght, and starship of the Mother Goddess, is the influential planetary body in the sky. Our response to her power is deeply embedded in us. She comes to us with a history; the representation of her major phases is still replicated today — )0( — and is used to symbolize the covenant with the Great Goddess. Her eight Phases related to the solar cycle of Pagan holidays, and the symbology is analogous, as both cycles start with the absence of light and march forward sing the same song.

The New Moon Phase

At the begging of Moon’s cycle, she slowly emerges from under the beam of the Sun, where she has been resting and gathering energy for the coming journey. From 0 degrees to 44 degrees in her zodiac cycle, the New Moon celebrates the rebirth of light, just as we do at Yule. The maiden is setting the stage and magic is afoot!

The Crescent Moon Phase

In the Crescent Moon phase (45 degrees – 89 degrees), she appears in the sky like a slim harvest sickle. Her curve mimics the round belly of the letter D. With the faintest of light in the sky, this Moon is poised for action, energizing new projects with fresh power, and offering new challenges. This phase is related to the sabbat of Imbolc.

The First Quater Phase

Seven days after the New Moon, the First Quarter Moon (90 degrees – 134 degrees) can add balance and considerable magic to your endeavors that burgeon with life. The waxing phase is the time to plant your sees, be they ideas or moonflowers. You’ll feel the drive to get a move on, to let go of the past, and be aggressive in working new spells. Half of the Moon is light and half is dark, just like the Quarter Day, Eostre (Ostara) or Spring Equinox, which divides the solar day into equal parts of light and dark.

The Gibbous Phase

Gibbous is a wonderful medieval word that describes the hunchbacked swell of the lady Moon as she moves from Maiden to Mother (135 degrees – 179 degrees). It’s time to evaluate new growth, eliminating what doesn’t work and finding more successful ways of doing things. Refine goals and prepare for the work of the Full Moon. The Gibbous Moon indicates that the most powerful time for magic is about to peak. This phase is related to the sabbat Beltane.

Full Moon Phase

The Full Moon (180 degrees – 224 degrees) reflects the golden glory of the Sun, light the night for ritual or planting or other agrarian* tasks. Crystals, herbs, and oils bated in the Moon’s light will be energized and ready to dedicate for pathwork. Consolidate efforts to move towards completion in short-term projects. This is the last of the big energy in this cycle for growth, but major undertakings can still be aggressively be set in motion. Look to the mythology of Midsummer to find a more profound meaning of the Full Moon

Disseminating Moon Phase

The Disseminating Moon (225 degrees – 269 degrees) indicates that it’s time to start drawing in; the project set in motion at the New Moon is maturing. Diets and other work of “letting go” can only properly be started now with the waning Moon. As the Moon starts to shrink, the side with the rounded curve of the letter D loses light and the viable curve faces the other way shaped like a C. This phase is related to the sabbat of Lammas.

Third Quater Phase

The Third Quater Moon (270 degrees – 314 degrees) is the crone-wise and still very powerful, but no longer fecund**. This Mabon Moon continues to power banishing work, expelling illness, negative thoughts and bad habits. Now is the time to weed and prune your life and in the garden. As worked started at New Moon crystallizes in its completion you are already beginning to feel the draw of a new cycle.

Balsamic Moon Phase

The Balsamic Moon (315 degrees – 360 degrees) provides the three and half days when you can best go indie yourself to search out what drives your passions and dislikes, so that you can understand them and let go. It’s necessary to prepare yourself for the rebirth of the next cycle, even while feeling out of step with everyone in the current one. If you missed the power of the FUll Moon phase to look into the future, the last 30 degrees of this cycle are very potent for prophecy work. This phase is related to the sabbat Samhain.

The Dark Moon 

The Dark Moon rests for three and a half days while she gathers information and lays the foundation to implement new ideas. It occurs just before the beginning of the next lunar cycle.

Editor’s Note: The eight phase of the Moon as they are described in this article are different for the Moon’s quarter system, which used on the date pages of this book. The eight phase system divides the Moon cycle into segments, each of which can influence magical begun at that time. The quarter system divides the Moon’s cycle into four parts. The first quarter begins at the New Moon and continues until the Moon has moved 90 degree; the second quarter begins at 90 degrees and continues until the Full Moon (180 degrees); the third quarter begins with the FUll Moon (180 degrees) and continues for another 90 degrees to 270 degrees; and the fourth quarter begins at 270 degrees and continues to 360 degrees, a perfect circle and just before 0 degrees, the place of the New Moon. Although the two systems are different, you can easily compare them and use them together. In the quarter system, the New Moon phase and Crescent Moon phase of the eight-phase system combine to make the first quarter; the First Quarter phase and the Gibbous Moon phase combine to make the second quarter; the Full Moon and the Disseminating Moon phase combine to make the third quarter; The Third Quarter phase and the Balsamic Moon phase comebine to form the Forth Quarter. The DArk Moon is the time just before the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next. Although there are no actual days between cycles, it is the time just before the New Moon when seeds, dreams, and plans of the new cycle await birth.

Copyright by K. D. Spitzer 1999 Llewellyn Wiches’ Datebook Pages 11 – 13

 

*a·grar·i·an [ uh- grair-ee- uhn]

ADJECTIVE
1. relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property: agrarian laws.
2. pertaining to the advancement of agricultural groups: an agrarian movement.
3. composed of or pertaining to farmers: an agrarian co-op.
4. rural; agricultural.
5. growing in fields; wild: an agrarian plant.
NOUN
6.
a person who favors the equal division of landed property and the advancement of agricultural groups.

**fecund  fe·​cund | \ ˈfe-kənd  , Adjective

1fruitful in offspring or vegetation PROLIFICfecund breed of cattle
2intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degreefecund imaginationfecund source of information

Full/Blue Moon Esbat Gathering Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 3:45 PM CT

 Do to personal reasons Lady Beltane will not be leading the circle today. In her place will be Two Feathers.

WHEN:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Socializing starts at 3:45 PM CT

Circle Cast at 4:15 PM CT

Please DO NOT enter the chat room after circle has been cast.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 Blue 12 inch/30.48 cm Taper Candle

1 Candle Holder

Lighter or Matches

Atheme or Something Sharp to engrave candle

Use Rune markings for two similar things you want to bring into your life. Here is a picture of the alphabet:

This is a chart of the Runes and their meanings. I keep a copy of this in my BOS for reference occasionally. Between knowing the Tarot, then the Runes, a witch's brain does tend to get overloaded and need a cheat sheet.

You will be engraving your candle during the ritual. Please see comment below for correct way to draw your rune.

During a circle when asked if you, “Come in perfect love and perfect trust” it is referring to you coming into the circle trusting and loving not only in your brothers and sisters in the circle but in the spiritual path you are following also.

Today some of us are in the waning part of the day and the waxing part of the night. While others are in the waxing part of the night and the waning part of the day. This is the reason for calling in the Moon goddess Luna and the Sun god Ra. Some of you may prefer to work with only Luna or Ra while others prefer to work with both, either way, you feel comfortable in doing this is acceptable.

RITUAL

LADY BELTANE: I call upon Air to enter the Watchtower of the East. To protect all of those here today.

I call upon Fire to enter the Watchtower of the South. To protect all of those here today.

I call upon Water to enter the Watchtower of the West. To protect all of those here today.

I call upon Earth to enter the Watchtower of the North. To protect all of those here today.

I call upon Spirit to stand beside each of us for protection today.

With Luna and Ra I walk this circle three times three to protect and lend their power to all who are gathered here today. I take us to a place that is out of time and our normal plane of existents. I ask you to all come to this plane in perfect love and perfect trust.

EVERYONE: Please type in “I come in perfect love and perfect trust.” Your name and what country or state you live in.

LADY BELTANE:  While engraving your runes into your candle visulize the things you want coming into your life. You have 2 minutes to do this. When you are finished type in “So Mote It Be.” We will take an addition 2 minutes for you to meditate on your life being better with these two things in it.

 

LADY BELTANE: I dismiss Earth from the Watchtower of the North with our love and thanks.

I dimiss Water from the Watchtower of the West with our love and thanks.

I dismiss Fire from the watchtower of the South with our love and thanks.

I dismiss Air from the Watchtower of the East with our love and thanks.

I dismiss Spirit from standing beside each of us with our love and thanks.

I walk this circle widdershins with Luna and Ra to bring us back into time and our plane of exsitenist.

I dismiss Luna and Ra with our love and thanks for protecting us and lending their powers to help us bring thingd needed into our life.

The circle is open but not broken. Merry part until we merry meet again.

Online Esbat Coven Gathering January 1, 2018

Since this gathering is being held on a holiday I am going to keep it very short. For those of you joining us from down under I think it is a work day another reason, I am keeping it short. Remeber you can always do this ritual on your own anytime is convenient for you.

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere – Monday, January 1, 2018

Social time begins at 7:00 PM CT

Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

Southern Hemisphere – Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Social time begins at 12:00 PM AEDT

Circle starts at 12:15 AEDT SHARP

Please do not enter chat after circle has started as this breaks the protection of our circle. Thank you!

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chat Room

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Just yourself

Pen and Paper in case something comes to you during meditation you want to write down

RITUAL:

Lady Beltane: I walk this circle three times three to make it safe for you and me. I take us from this time and place to a place where there is no time and where we are between worlds.

Everyone: Please tell us your first name and where you are joining us from.

Lady Beltane: I welcome you all to our Super, full Moon gathering. I send you blessings for a great new year.

This is only a short meditation ritual. I would like you to think of something new you want to do for yourself this year. In the meditation see yourself accomplishing whatever it is you want to do for yourself.

EVERYONE: We will now take 3 minutes to meditate on the outcome we want. I suggest you do a meditation on this goal every day until it happens.

LADY BELTANE: I now bring us back to the present time and to the planet we live upon. The circle is open but never broken. Go in love and peace my dear ones.

 

June Coven Life’s Coven Gathering

WHEN:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gathering starts at 7:00 PM CT

CIRCLE starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

WHERE:

Coven Life Chatroom:

To set up an account and/or sign into chatroom please click on this link:

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

TOPICS:

Welcoming Summer

Novices moving to adept level of studies and becoming full coven members

The full ritual will be posted a minimin one week before the gathering.

FULL MOON FOR FEBRUARY 2017

FEBRUARY FULL MOON NAMES

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

See more about the month’s Full Moon names and their meanings.

FEBRUARY FULL SNOW MOON VIDEO

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Snow Moon, “Moon weather,” and the horns of the new crescent Moon. Click below to watch the video

To see video and to read more interesting information from The Old Farmer’s Almanac please copy and paste this link to your browser: http://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-february