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Your future is in YOUR own hands! On September 9th, the moon will be full, opening a door to possibilities for health, happiness and personal growth that you've only ever dreamed about. The Full Moon will deliver more opportunity than ever to repair old wounds and create potential for your personal happiness.
Don't squander this gift from the heavens.
Now is your chance to use the energy of 9/9 (Sept. 9th) to change any area of your life! Its light will shine brightly on everything from career, to complicated family relationships, to old heartache, to lawsuits. The psychic energy is so strong with this event that everyone will feel its pull to mend and move towards a better life. It's time to have tough talks and explore new paths with unexpected ease. This moon will act as a sort of safety net, cushioning these challenging encounters, while allowing a brilliant, bright light to flood the hearts of those around you.
Remember, your future is in your own hands! Don't just sit there and watch this moment pass you by. This is a once-on-a-lifetime gift from the cosmos to bring peace and happiness.
The Moon has a huge influence on how we feel, as well as on our luck. While the Moon’s power of attraction over tides is accepted, its impact on human beings has been hotly contested, although that impact is very real.
The Moon has an influence on your body
The night star is the main influence responsible for changes in sea-level all around the world. Since the human body is composed of 65% water, how can anyone deny that the Moon has an influence on us as well?
The gravitational force of the Moon is known to influence various earthly phenomena. Why, then, should human beings be immune to its effects?
The Moon has always been important in various cultures and religious traditions. Symbolically, it represents the female principle, the world of dreams and passivity.
How the Moon’s phases affect us
Depending on what phase it’s in, the Moon has a strong influence on your mind and body. You can learn to take advantage of the positive phases of the Moon to orient your life in the right direction:
- experience success
- attract luck, love, money and well-being…
The Moon can also elevate your mind to higher levels of consciousness.
The phases of the Moon, called ‘lunations,’ affect our behavior. Depending on the Moon’s phase, the same person can be:
- aggressive or passive
- dynamic or lazy
- happy or sad
- dependable or frivolous
- self-confident or indecisive…
Each lunar phase has its own energy
Starting now, keep tabs on the phases of the Moon, and take them into account when you act or make decisions. If you’re in synch with the Moon’s lunations, you’ll have a better chance of being effective. Then you can embark on the path to success in all areas of your life.
Below you’ll find a description of each of the Moon’s phases, and what you should and should not do during each period:
New Moon, also called the black moon.
This is the time to move forward with your plans and projects. Just be careful not to get overly enthusiastic. When it comes to attaining your ambitions, be logical and not emotional.
Waxing Crescent: During this phase, don’t have any illusions about the people you meet, because the relationships you start probably won’t last. This phase is favorable for investments and the sale of goods. Things should go well in your job or career, but be wary of promises made during this period because they probably won’t be honored.
First Quarter: Encounters you make are marked by sincerity, and a real desire to live-up to promises and commitments. In terms of your love-life, the bonds you create should endure. The period also provides a lot of energy for advancing your professional plans and furthering your goals.
Waxing Gibbous: This phase favors a lot of self-confidence and creativity, which is why you should undertake things, or press forward with a project. This is also an ideal time to become emotionally involved with someone. The initiatives you take to earn money will be crowned with success.
Full Moon: This is the best phase for success in all areas of your life. The encounters you have with people should endure, and the bonds you create during this lunation should be stable and long-lasting. If you embark on any projects during this phase, they will have every chance of being successful.
Waning Gibbous: This isn’t a good time to meet people or take the initiative. If you become emotionally involved with someone during this phase, you may need to make a lot of compromises and concessions if the relationship is to last.
Last Quarter: This isn’t a good time to take the initiative.
You’ll hesitate a lot in all areas of your life, and the projects you embark on may become very complicated. You’ll need to be persevering if you want them to come to a positive conclusion.
Waning Crescent: This is a favorable period for resolving problems and conflicts in all areas.
As far as your love-life is concerned, the encounters you make could lead to lasting relationships. The practice of positive thinking is particularly beneficial during this phase.
Supermoon: August 10, 2014
A super full moon occurs when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth (lunar perigee) coincides with the phase of full moon. When this happens the moon may seem bigger and brighter. However, for the ordinary star-gazer there will be no significant difference.
How To Celebrate a Summer Full Moon - Group Ceremony
In addition to -- or instead of -- holding a monthly Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups prefer to have a season-specific full moon ceremony. During the warmer months, the summer season begins with the Strong Sun Moon in June, and continues through July's Blessing Moonand ends with the Corn Moon of August. If you'd like to celebrate one or more of these moon phases with a ritual specific to the summer, it's not hard. This rite is written for a group of four people or more, but if you needed to, you could easily adapt it for a solitary practitioner or a family coven.
Have you ever had a dream that you can't really explain or interpret? You're not alone and you should know that dreams are very powerful. They all mean something very important to us. Take a look at how you can start analyzing your dreams today! What you find out may surprise you...
Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied about future events in the form of poems.
Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime - the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!
Janet Ursula Southiel (Southill), more popularly known as Mother Ursula Shipton, lived in Yorkshire England from 1488-1561. She became quite well known the accuracy of her visions with some pertaining to modern times including descriptions of the radio, television, airplanes, and World Wars, and even possibly World War III.
I Prophesy: Mother Shipton's Visions
The most famous claimed edition of Mother Shipton's prophecies foretells many modern events and phenomena. Widely quoted today as if it were the original, it contains over a hundred prophetic rhymed couplets in notably non-16th-century language and includes the now-famous lines:
The world to an end shall come
In eighteen hundred and eighty one.
However, this version did not appear in print until 1862, and its true author, one Charles Hindley, subsequently admitted in print that he had invented it. This invented prophecy has appeared over the years with different dates and in (or about) several countries (for example in the late 1970s many news articles about Mother Shipton appeared setting the date at 1981). The 1920s (subsequently much reprinted) booklet The Life and Prophecies of Ursula Sontheil better known as Mother Shipton stated the date as 1991.
Among other well-known lines from Hindley's fake version (often quoted as if they were original) are:
A Carriage without a horse shall go;
Disaster fill the world with woe...
In water iron then shall float,
As easy as a wooden boat.
In many modern Pagan traditions, animal symbolism -- and even actual animals -- are incorporated into magical belief and practice. Let's look at some of the ways people have welcomed animals into their magical practice throughout the ages, as well as specific animals and their folklore and legends.
1. Power Animals, Totem Animals and Spirit Animals
The use of a totem animal is not part of traditional Wiccan practice. However, as Wicca and other modern Pagan practices evolve and blend together, many people who follow non-mainstream spiritual paths find themselves working with a mix of many different belief systems. A power animal is a spiritual guardian that some people connect with. However, much like other spiritual entities, there's no rule or guideline that says you must have one.
2. Animal Familiars
In some traditions of modern Wicca and Paganism, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection, but in truth, the concept is a bit more complex than this.
The crystal ball glimmered with an iridescence of days of future past. The nearby flickering candles threw shadows of things yet to be upon the orbs crystalline matrix. The prophet, withered and aged, breathed deeply of the smokey air and continued to gaze deeply into the heart of the crystal. Deep within his brain, universal connections that bind us all in a web of wholeness are stimulated by the hypnotic shapes that danced faintly in the ball.
Time and space are one and all information contained within reality are available to those who can master their intellect and allow the stream of information to be downloaded directly into the brain -- bypassing the rational mind that would block anything received through such unconventional methods. The prophet sighs in contentment.
A crystal ball is a crystal or glass ball believed by some people to aid in the performance of clairvoyance. It is sometimes known as ashew stone (or show stone— "shew" is an archaic spelling of "show").
A body of water, either in a container or on the ground, used for this purpose, is called a scrying pool.
The Magical Crystal Ball
Use the magic of the crystal ball to predict your future.
Art of scrying
Main articles: Scrying and Crystal gazing
The art or process of "seeing" is known as "scrying", whereby images are claimed to be seen in crystals, or other media such as water, and are interpreted as meaningful information. The "information" gleaned then is used to make important decisions in one's life (i.e. love, marriage, finances, travel, business, etc.).
By contrast, some professed seers say that they do not actually see images in the crystal itself, but rather that the featureless interior of the stone facilitates them in clearing their mind of distractions so that future truths or events will become known to them.
When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, or any transparent body, it is known as crystallomancy or crystal gazing.
July's full moon is known as the Blessing Moon, although it's also called the Meadow Moon. July was originally called Quintilus, but was later renamed in honor of Julius Caesar.
Also Known As: Meadow Moon
To celebrate the Blessing Moon, Willow's coven did a ritual invoking Venus.
Making a Living, Making a Life
Here we go again -- it's a crescendo of the ongoing cosmic big squeeze, and with very active, cardinal forces. The Full Moon is at 20 degrees Capricorn on July 12th at 7:25 am EDT.
There's raw, instigating Aries and Mars energy, but the tones belted out in this opera of change come from deep soulful repositories and concern the big questions. A peak of theCapricorn instinct, with the Full Moon, spins around themes of life's work and/or calling.
Full Moon in Capricorn Motif: Deep embodiment, celebrating the sensual, the power of the rooted, investing in what's worthy, demonstrating mastery, dignity, enduring and worldly. Light shines on areas of life's work, mentoring, authority, legacy, lineage, natural law, maturation, traditions. This is serious moonlight for epiphanies about the most longed-for aspirations, which are often ones that take time and effort over many years.
The angles to the luminaries (Sun and Moon) foretell a mortal struggle to persevere through the crisis of growth. All four elements are in full force. A grand cross is when the four (chart) corners are activated in a powerful tension.
There's agitating pressure from all sides. And huge rewards and leaps if you dig down deep, and find hidden reserves of strength . Your character is fortified by creatively adapting to the demands of the times. Full Moons are revelatory -- what will be revealed?
By being alert and active in the current ordeals of your life, there's light at the end of the Full Moon tunnel. The Capricorn Moon is imbued with Pluto's near-supernatural knowing, for potential clear seeing into the shadowy terrain. What's standing out here, is that it's one to lift out buried treasures within. And to unlock hidden pockets of pure creativity and vitality.
The overall forecast is for firming up resolve, and growing in your personal authenticity. In a time of flabby integrity, the one that is determined to live their values, knows true personal power.
Capricorn's ruler Saturn looms large in the Capricorn Full Moon chart with a trine to the Sun (Cancer). And there's a close-enough bouncing off to Jupiter, also in Cancer. All this hints at a cosmic conspiracy, to firm up your emotional authenticity factor, as a way of moving forward.
There's a whole lot going on here at the Full Moon. But one stand-out, is the support for those that put in sincere effort, and push through inner and outer resistance. And using your various intelligences, especially emotional and practical knowing of what's being experienced "on the ground."
Authority, Authorize, "To Grow"
Capricorn is a cardinal sign, making it all about inventiveness, high impact doings, and the drive to initiate. Capricorn is an earth sign, with an emphasis on the tangible, stable, secure; it inspires resourcefulness, ambition, conservation and patience.
Which house does Capricorn fall in your birth chart? Read your Capricorn Full Moon forecast by house (life sphere).
(Capricorn) is the sign of climbing mountains, and being dedicated to what matters deeply. At the Full Moon, we're drawn into the karma-heavy, rich, musty, earthy caves of the planetary past -- and can find the wisdom of the ages there.
The Cancer-Capricorn opposition blends two signs that draw in what they need, and fiercely resist what they don't want. Both can appear to brood and go deep within, only to end up surrounding themselves with emotional and material structures that are built to last.This Full Moon can root you in the home of the Self and surrounds, where you take stock of what you've got, and what you need. Capricorn is tough love personified, where no means no. And yes is deep commitment.
The Full Moon in this wise old sign takes us to the depths and the peaks. It's a particular kind of sight, one where you might get the thousand yard stare. You're watching with a knowing that includes the intellect, but is so much more.
What's Illuminated?: Earth moving; setting corner stones; plans to flourish; strategy for sustenance into the future; taking control; personal authority; honoring commitments; dedication to what's most valued.
With the Moon in a wide orb merging to Pluto in pre-historic Capricorn, there is a call of the ancients. The instincts of the indigenous soul beat strongly. Tune into something timeless -- deeper and more powerful than the overlay or virtual anxieties of our age. The Capricorn message is to find power in the rich archives of the human story.
A Light On
Mead Moon, Blessing Moon, Full Hay Moon, Lightning Moon, Full Thunder Moon (big storms). Also known as the Full Buck Moon, since it's when new antlers grow out on young bucks, with a coating of velvety fur.
When the Moon is full in Capricorn, the Sun is in the opposite sign of Cancer.
More on the Capricorn Full Moon http://astrology.about.com/od/themoon/a/FullMoonCap.htm
I am so pleased to announce I have completed the first draft of my manuscript A Seeker's Quest - a guide to working witchy magick and preparing the submission letter to send to the Acquisition Editor for publication.
A Seeker's Quest is possibly the closest a reader will come to viewing my personal 'Book of Shadows'. A Book of Shadows or grimoire, is a handwritten collection of Witch's rites and practices that have been collected.
I like to sit under an oak tree that is at least 50 years old to take a moment and remember every step it took me to bring the book to reality.
I walk across the hay fields toward the oak tree in a remote part of the family farm to request the most benevolent outcome for my book 'A Seeker's Quest' - a guide to working witchy magick.
This is a request I say to my Spirit Guide for a desired outcome, and then I thank my Guide for their support. I have asked for benevolent outcomes for each of the three books with signed contracts, so I know it works.
Start requesting benevolent outcomes and experience situations going better than you can expect.
"May I have the most benevolent outcome for__________________, thank you."
But that's entirely up to you!
Smiles & Sunshine:)
MIDSUMMER, LITHA near June 21 – the Sun, stops its climb, is stationary, and then changes direction. This marks the point of year when the Sun is symbolically at the height of its powers. Summer Solstice earth experiences the longest day of the year.
YOU ARE AT YOUR FULLEST.
FLOWER, BUD, LEAF,
YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR PEAK.
OAK TREE – The oak tree is sacred to the Celts. They celebrated the eight pagan festivals among the knowing trees. They are said to have conducted their practices in the sacred groves, the most important being summer solstice.
SUMMONING THE GREEN MAN,
EMBRACING THE GREEN MAN,
KNOCK THREE TIMES, UPON THE TREE,
SPEAK, LOOK, LISTEN
FOR THE WOOD SPIRIT TO APPEAR.
THE APPLE – The fruit represents Apple Land, or Avalon, a place where women can learn from the Divine to be true to what’s important in life. The skin of the apple represents earth’s circle. Inside is a five-pointed star – a witch dancing in the cosmic force.
The apple is ruled by the love planet Venus, and can be used to predict matters of the heart.
Turn the stem of an apple requesting knowledge. With each turn recite the letters of the alphabet to know the initial of an intended suitor. Peel the skin off saying the abc, allowing the peel drop to reinforce the answer given.
Hold apple seeds in your left hand and recite the name of a suitor for each seed, and then toss them into the flames. The seed that pops the loudest is the suitor whose heart burned the most for them.
The answer given should either reinforce your choice or give you the knowledge that someone better suited would be coming in to your life.
PROPHETIC DREAMS – to foretell or foresee future events while sleeping
Dreams are a way the Divine Powers use to tell you what path to follow.
Perhaps the greatest gift a dream can give is to reveal where you need to heal so you can attain a healthier lifestyle, and certainly a healthier relationship. If you resolve and release the emotional issue, you’ll lessen the chances of having to deal with it again in a future relationship.
I recommend writing down what you dream when you wake up first thing in the morning.
Gather mistletoe on Midsummer and sleep under your pillow to gain divine inspiration.
As long as mistletoe continues to grow at the foot of the mighty oak the tree will never die. The mistletoe is harvested at the exact moment of Summer Solstice, when the power of protection is at its fullest.
Lay two acorns out in the Sun’s first light to be blessed. Around noon drop the acorns together into a bowl filled with fresh rain water. If the two acorns float together your mate is true to you. If the acorns drift apart there is someone more suited for you.
Knowledge is Power:
Wiccans and Pagans have an animal companion that they consider their familiar. A familiar is part of the family.
A familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection. If an animal has appeared in your life unexpectedly -- such as a stray cat that appears regularly, for instance -- it's possible that the animal may have been drawn to you magickally!
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Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway and a free ebook copy of my magic and realism book At the Edge -
Winners of the Giveaway:
First, a dangling charm ring with flying witch charm and an e-book copy of my new adult - magic and realism book At the Edge.
The second prize bronze tone link bracelet with a flying witch charm & an e-book copy of At the Edge.
RBTL (Read Between The Lines) World of Books Blog Tours hosting AT THE EDGE, book blog tour!
Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway and a free ebook copy of my magic and realism book At the Edge -
Judy S. - dangling charm ring with witch charm
Lisa M. bronze tone charm bracelet with witch charm
Nikki J. e-book copy of At the Edge
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