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.
Anne show you step by step how to create her September Harvest Full Moon Ceremony crystal grid for her altar that she will use in her ceremony on September 9th, 2014 You can join her in this cleansing ritual by adding what you would like to cleanse or get rid of in your life. It can be a belief, a relationship, a habit, or anything that is no longer serving your highest good. www.annehayman.com
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Sharing our stories is one of our most empowering gifts. In this issue, we have gathered stories of renewal, recovery, and recovery that we hope will brings those qualities to you, our beloved readers.
Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Jen McConnell finds wisdom — and challenge — in "Walking a Spiral Path." Finding community in a yearly gathering, Jamie Martinez Wood shares her joyous journey of renewal and rebirth in "The Healing Cloak of Womanhood."
Sometimes, what we need for our own renewal is simply a place that is solely our own. Writer Clara Oropeza dedicates a tiny shed to her writing, and shares her experience in "At Hestia's Hearth." Deborah Baudin finds her own voice at last in her story, "Switching Tracks," while Freya Velander puts her terrifying dreams to rest when she travels to her ancestor’s homeland in "Safe in Freya's Arms."
Although most of these stories are gentle, this issue's goddess is anything but meek and mild. Diana Paxson examines the mythology, ritual, and presence of the often-terrifying Hindu goddess in "Kali Ma: Dancing in the Dark."
Our regular columnists bring their own healing voices to this issue: herbalist Susun Weed teaches us to welcome fairies; Alison Leigh Lilly describes her child-free life and how she midwives the lives of others; Janet Callahan describes how mothering her medically-fragile children requires her to be open to change in her family's lives.
When Donna Henes needed catharsis one summer a decade ago, she found herself on the beach in a Summer Solstice ritual to Yemaya, while Lizann Bassham spins a story of how encounters with rattlesnakes have informed her journey into Cronehood and Anne Hill offers a cautionary tale of how healing can bring unexpected (even traumatic) life changes.
Danielle Blackwood teaches how astrology illuminates our life passages; Crystal Blanton shares her path to justice; thealogian Nancy Vedder-Shults muses on how primal nature re-enchants our lives, Leslie Linder describes the ancient magic of honeybees; and our goddess-cook Teresa Marbut weaves a sweet river song with a recipe dedicated to Oshun.
Plus goddess-poetry, reviews of books, music, and oracle decks, and the wonderful voices of our readers in our "readers write" department, the Rattle. We end with a meditation on a healing move from the busy city to a remote country farmstead by Liz Bohm. What a lovely, healing, magical issue!
Over the course of the last several decades, the Neo-Pagan movement has grown and changed dramatically. Where have we been and, more importantly, where are we headed? In this Magick Moment discussion with Publisher Anne Newkirk-Niven (Sage Woman, Witches & Pagans, and Crone Magazine as well as PaganSquare.com) we get to learn from Anne's unique position and history within the Pagan Community.
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.
LUGNASSADH - The Celtic 'Grain Festival' also called the "Feast of Bread," or the "Sports Fest.'
Date- August 1st, traditionally celebrated 15 days before, and 15 days after, with Lugnassadh-proper in the center.
Modern Equivalent-Half Mass (Christianized form).
Celtic Godform-Lug, or Lugh, or Lleu; the ancient Celtic Grain God, who is sacrificed and resurrected to honor the harvest/Earth Mother Agusta; patrons of games & festivities.
Alignment- MALE for Druids, FEMALE for Motherhood (who celebrated the event as LUNASSADH, to the Lunar Mother upon the full moon adjoining August 1st); cross-quarter, psychic high-tide of full moon adjoining August -Eve.
Customs-games,competitions, olympic-like events, feasting, temporary marriages ( trial : a year and a day), Lammas Towers (fire-building team-competitions, also known as KINDLING NIGHT), spear tossing, gathering GOLDEN PIPES OF LLEU (i.e. Matricaria is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Some of the species have the common name of "mayweed," but this name also refers to plants not in this genus.) & yellow Trefoil for crowns, FENCING/sword sports.
Symbols- wheat stalk (symbolic of Lugh's Magic Spear), loaves of bread, a spear, Golden Pipes, scythe/sickle.
Sacred Foods - grain breads, golden wine/dandelion wine, poultry/foul fish no red meat, gruel/cakes, oatmeal cookies, early corn, strawberries.
Threshold time - High Noon
Incense - Golden Pipes, marigold, sunflower, straw.
Courtesy of The 21 Lessons of Merlyn A Study in Druid Magic & Lore
Author Douglas Monroe Llewellyn publications
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
7/7/2014 IS A HUGELY LUCKY DAY FOR YOU!
THREE SEVENS ADD UP TO EXTREME GOOD LUCK ON JULY 7TH!
AN EXTRAORDINARILY LUCKY DAY for you!
On July 7th - this Monday - Lady Luck smiles your way as the numbers correspond to the culmination of your dreams!
That's because the date (the 7th), the month (July is the 7th month) and the year (2+0+1+4= 7) all add up to the luckiest number in creation ... SEVEN!
This is one of those rare days when the calendar says that almost anything you go after will be achieved.
All you have to do stay tuned in, and the Universe will guide you towards achieving your dreams.
So...make the best use of this extraordinary day?
In the Bible, it says that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. That means:
SEVEN IS THE NUMBER OF PERFECTION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT.
When the number seven is prominent, it means that balance is achieved. Things get done, and we can relax. So July 7th, 2014 can be a time of great personal accomplishments!
What do YOU want to achieve right now? Love is possible, money and wealth is possible, great good health is possible. In fact, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
Make MAXIMUM USE of this lucky day!
A fortunate alignment of the SUN IN CANCER and MOON IN SCORPIO adds to the breakthrough possibilities of July 7th.
This is a GREEN LIGHT for love, relationships, and great personal rewards!
DAY BEFORE MIDSUMMER, LITHA –around JUNE 20th
Blue Jay - spiritual healing, adaptability and resourcefulness
Crocus – first to arrive
BOLLINE – in magic is a white-handle knife, used for practical purpose such as cutting or piercing.
Midsummer is believed to be one of the best times to gather herbs. Herbs should be gathered from the east, where the sun’s energy is considered greatest. Spread a white cloth under the plant. Holding the stem, and leaf in her left hand, a witches’ energy mingles with the herb’s energy.
CREATIONS OF EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER,
I REQUEST THEE TO GIVE OF YOUR ENERGY,
PLEASE, AID ME IN MY CRAFT.
I TAKE ONLY WHAT IS NEEDED,
I PRAY YOU GROW SRONGER,
EACH AND EVERY DAY,
CREATIONS OF EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER,
SO MOTE IT BE.
Be sure to leave an offering of birdseed or bread crumbs as a thank you for what you take.
Witches have great healing powers. Women are natural healers. We are born with divine gift. The energy in our hands, hold the healing touch. Witches have the belief they can connect their light energy to plant or herb to aid other people or animal’s ailments. This connection is not made by commanding or demanding these influences, but by requesting and leaving an offering of acknowledgement for their power.
JOIN THE TWO,
GREAT HEALING POWER.
A list of healing colors –
RED energy of life, balance, strength, treating cancer,
ORANGE stimulating, balance, strength treating arthritis, asthma,
YELLOW uplifting, warm glowing treating cramps,
GREEN fertility, cool sensation treating boils, headaches
AQUA soothing, harmony, balance hypersensitivity,
BLUE tranquility, soothing, relaxing treating high- blood
pressure, menstrual pain,
VIOLET vibrating, spiritual treating asthma, baldness
clots, colds, stress disorder
ROSE peaceful, friendly, restful treating ailments of the
WHITE cleansing, protection treating broken bones,
minor pain, toothache
Illness can be detected in the aura the light energy radiating around plants, animals and humans. Illness can appear as weak cloudy or discoloured spots or detected by cold spots in the aura. Living well is the ability to keep energies balanced within the body.
Direct color rays physically to a patient, which can be done up close or at a distance.
For Self -
Lay with your spine against the ground or floor, legs straight. Rub your hands together to build up energies. Place your power hand (the one you write with) over the area that needs healing and imagine the healing color flowing where needed to be healed.
With Someone –
Have the person sit in a chair, straighten their back and feet flat on the floor while hands rest on the knees. Close your eyes and place both hands above their head. Slowly, with your palms facing down, begin to move them around your sitter’s body. Feel for any changes in the body’s temperature. Place hands slightly above the illness. Send a ray of the healing color needed to ease pain or discomfort.
Charging Herbs –
Take a pinch of herb/leaf/stem/bud in your left hand between the thumb and first finger standing by an open window or outside and raise the herb high to the sun’s rays and request that the herb be charged to aid you in your desire.
“MAY THIS HERB_______________ GIVE_______________ the strength and power to -
Whole healing herbs –
Angelica purifies the home, removes negativity
Basil wards off negativity
Comfrey (root and leaf) to stay healthy
Hops promotes good health, to help aid sleep
Sage protection, health
Fine powder herbs can be sprinkled upon the candle flame while requesting aid.
Herbs of fine powder –
Thyme burn for purification, wards off negativity
Rosemary burn for purification, wards off negativity, promotes good
health, requesting a blessing from the elves
Allspice burn for protection, wards off negativity
Cinnamon burn to request the healing spirit for assistance in bringing
protection, success in healing spells
Frankincense burn for protection from the healing spirits
To add extra power to your rituals-
Add a cup of chamomile tea to help bring rest, calmness and a peaceful sleep.
A warm bath with a sprinkle of salt should be drawn to cleanse the spirit and body.
Add to bath water cheesecloth filled with Irish moss, trying not to allow any of the moss to float free in the water to lift the spirit. As you lay request be cleansed for all ailment and return to good health.
Bury an apple outdoors and request a blessing from unseen guides and to attract good health. The apple is a gift of acknowledgement.
Excerpt is taken from my manuscript "A Seeker's Quest The Magic."
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