A Time of Rebirth:
The time each month in which the moon is dark and cannot be seen is known as the new moon. It's a period in direct contrast to the full moon. Although some Wiccans and Pagans consider this a good time to do magical workings, others believe it is a time in which the magical self should be rested and rejuvenated.
Getting Your Mojo Back In Order:
Depending on how actively magical a life you lead, you may find yourself needing to take a breather every now and then, a time when you do no workings, and simply get in touch with your spiritual and emotional inner self. Use the three days that occur before, during and immediately after the new moon as a time when you give your "witchiness" a rest, and instead focus on rejuvenation.
How can you do this? After all, you're busy, right? You have a job, kids, committments to keep... but you owe it to yourself to take a break once in a while. It's not selfish to think of yourself on occasion -- in fact, if you DO take the time to focus on you, you'll be a happier and healthier person. Here are some ways you can get yourself feeling revitalized during the new moon:
By Patti Wigington
November 11 to November 17: Old Anglo-Teutonic fast marking Hod (God of Darkness) unintentionally killing Balder (God of Light), and his true love Nanna (Goddess of Flowers) dying of a broken heart. The dead were honored.
MythologyHod is the blind god of darkness and winter, the son of Odin and Frigg. When the gods were enjoying themselves by using his brother Balder as a target, Hod unintentionally killed him by throwing a dart made of mistletoe, the only object that could harm Balder. Hod was put to death for this deed by Vali, Odin's youngest son who was born for revenge. However, after the destruction of the cosmos when a new world is built, Hod will be reborn.
See Also: Loki
Balder was the fairest god in Asgård, and his death was the treacherous work of Loki.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium
November's Full Moon on the sixth is called the Mourning Moon, Snow Moon, Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Beaver Moon, Blotmonath (Sacrifice Month), Heristmanoth (Harvest Month), Mad Moon, Moon of Storms, or Moon When Deer Shed Antlers.
Mourning Moon rituals will help you to honor the dead, and release your sad memories. Light a white candle and burn your favorite incense. Add something for each loss you have suffered-photographs, jewelry, flowers or feathers.
It is a time of letting go, leaving your baggage behind, focusing on the joys of the future, saying good-bye to bad habits and toxic relationships, and getting a fresh start on the new year.
In the early Celtic society, November was the beginning of the new year. Why not use the magic of this moon phase to celebrate new beginnings?
Universal Pagan Temple celebrates the Mourning Moon and the Goddess. Also, Gregory leads us into ritual with the Witches Creed.
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The Witches' Creed
Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, when dark was our destiny's pathway, that now we bring forth into light.
Mysterious water and fire, the earth and the wide-ranging air, by hidden quintessence we know them, and will and keep silent and dare.
The birth and rebirth of all nature, the passing of winter and spring, we share with the life universal, rejoice in the magical ring.
Four time in the year the Great Sabbat returns, and the witches are seen at Lammas and Candlemass dancing, on May Eve and old Hallowe'en. When day-time and night-time are equal, when sun is at greatest and least the four lesser Sabbats are summoned, and Witches gather in feast.
Due to certain experiences or their personality, each human being may someday lack self-confidence. How does that happen? How to be self-confident or recover your self-confidence? The answers to all these questions are, no doubt, the key to living a fulfilling life. Let’s explore them together.
Why do we lack self-confidence?
Since the beginning of our lives, we have been shown many paragons. In some cases, we have followed their path so as to become integrated or have people accept us. There’s nothing wrong about that since common rules are required to live in society, otherwise it would become difficult to live together.
Quite often, we live our private lives according to the same criteria. This may turn out to be problematic when we become unable to forge ahead or when we don’t know how to find happiness. Consciously or unconsciously, we doubt our ability to change. We then have to restore our self-confidence, which leads to self-esteem.
The purpose of most of the rituals I can reveal to you is to transform your current frame of mind to guide you to a life that will be more satisfying.
But, even if the desire for a better life is a sincere one, we may sometimes find it hard to believe that we actually can change our lives and find happiness. Fundamentally, it is most often due to our lack of self-confidence. Be reassured, it’s a common and frequent obstacle. What’s even better is that there is a solution to it.
Recover your self-confidence to change and make your life a success
Lack of self-confidence is one of the main reasons for failure in life. That is why you absolutely need to become self-confident. Here is what you’re going to do.
The first thing to do is to think you can succeed!
Succeed in what? This is what you will have to define because no one knows it better than you do. I can, of course, perceive what you are capable of doing, but it’s up to you to discover it to be able to initiate a real transformation.
Deep down, you know what you want, even if you only have an overall impression of it. You now need to make this portrait more precise. To help you find the right direction, I’ll give you two avenues of reflection on which you can work:
1. What are the most important values for me?
2. What are my goals?
- have true friendships,
- living a comfortable life,
- having a family life,
- finding the love of my life,
- finding another job,
- earning more money...
By answering these questions, you will have a clearer picture of your goals and of what you want your life to become. This will be very helpful to recover your self-confidence. So now, the ball’s in your court!
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Merry meet, fellow Witches and Pagans!
As you might imagine we've had a ton of content here on PaganSquare over the last month about Halloween — or Samhain as most of us prefer to call it ;) — as well the cycle of life and death, the gods of death, and dealing with our ancestors. Given how much of it there is, we figured it might be a hassle to try and locate it all so we've gathered all of it (plus a little extra stuff we found scouring the web) and bunched them into a collection of links here for you to browse at your leisure.
P.S. Don't know what PaganSquare is? It's the blogosphere of Witches&Pagans magazine -- filled with over 100 Pagan/Wiccan/Witchy/Heathen/Polytheist bloggers sharing their thoughts, rituals, and much much more. New stories every day!
The Day of the Dead might seem like a Mexican version of Halloween; but, in fact, this ancient tradition has a very different focus. In this episode, Matt and Rachel explore the origins, traditions and significance of "El Dia de Los Muertos."
Published on 15 Aug 2013
Please watch this beautifully animated, and heart felt, short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead, where she learns the true meaning of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. Student Academy Award Gold Medal winner, 2013!!
Grimoire of the Modern Witch
This is a community page for the Modern Witch. We will learn about different aspects of the Craft along with Natural Recipes for Healthy Living. The old ways are not forgotten, and I think we could all do with a bit of getting back to Nature!
Pagan Samhain Celebrating in the News: http://www.ibtimes.com/samhain-2014-3-things-you-need-know-about-pagan-festival-1715741
Celebrating Samhain & Halloween! Video of Selena Fox talk this past Sunday at Open Circle UU Fellowship in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: