What's happening now? Coming up in this chapter Avril for spiritual and personal transformation goes beneath the Harvest Moon, where it is revealed when the heart is willing, so is spirit.
For those new to witchcraft the moon is considered to be the sourse of witches' power. Nights of the Full Moon provide greater power for magick and the world of spirit.
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Avril listened to a choir of tree frogs and crickets as she crawled between the cedar rails for a premier site to cast her circle. She gathered from the earth thirteen small stones she planned to use to build a stone ring to contain fire in the center of her intended circle. She walked further on. In the grassy open pasture a herd of cows looked on with curiosity while Avril collected some dried leaves and twigs. A slight breeze sprang up as she arranged the thirteen stones in a ring. The autumn clouds closed in on the Harvest Moon. The moon’s light disappeared. Avril was plunged into darkness. She sat cross-legged, feeling drained with a pile of dried twigs and leaves. She swiftly built a fire inside the stone ring. The wind helped the fiery sparks turn into flames. She picked up a handful of dried twigs and leaves from the ground and tossed them into the flames. The bright fire filled her space with pleasant warmth. She felt peace within as the dried leaves and twigs crackled and burned.
She lay silently relaxed for the longest while, thinking the Moon and planets continually shift from one zodiac sign to the next. She took a moment to search for the Circle of Animals, the constellations of the Zodiac; Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Siblings, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin holding the Sheaf of Wheat, Libra with the Scales of Justice, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Centaur, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water Bearer and Pisces the Fish.
The Sun - represents life, personal self, and head of state, vitality and health
Rising Sign - how others view you
Moon - imagination, individual emotions, mass emotions
Mercury - intellect, how one communicates
Venus - feminine, how one loves
Mars - masculine, ego, expression of aggression
Jupiter - good fortune, intellectual capacity
Saturn - when and how big changes will come
Uranus - ignites activity and desire
Neptune - stands for illusions, dreams, deceit and confusion, spirituality and fine art
Pluto - change and transformation, when and how one would depart from patterns
The planets all revolve around the Sun and are a system of complex wave-patterns that can affect personal cycles and global changes. Mapping planets can give a glimpse of one’s purpose within the greater scheme of things. The planets calculated at the exact date, place and time of birth tells the story of 'what ought to happen' and 'what might happen' and potential.
In slumber under the night sky Avril yawned, looking up at the Harvest Moon. The satchel she had brought which contained the elemental tools needed to summon the Empress of the Night’s power to become more enlightened lie at her side. Lying alone quietly for sometime, without distraction Avril closed her eyes. Utter silence clung to the air. Calmness descended over her. She pondered the words of the invocation verse to herself. She began to rehearse under her breath, “Here in this place which is not a place, at a time which is not a time, between awake and asleep, I call the Moon Goddess, High Priestess of the Night, ruler of emotions and imagination, the empress to all women. Hail to thee, I honor and praise your magick, maiden, the innocent, mother, the nurturer, crone, the wise. Your wisdom is power, your power is love, your love is understanding. Summoning the power please, release secret information.”
Avril struggled to keep awake. Half dreaming she was locked into the mystic power. Following a short period of silence, a voice came out invisibly from the night air with the ultimate message of hope and encouragement to reach harmony and peace. “Every thing is as it should be,” said a wondrous voice. “Some things in life don’t make sense. It has no rhythm, it has no reason, but when this life is complete, each piece will find its place. Every experience fits. Be someone you can be proud of. Work hard and ye shall be rewarded. Ride the ups, flow with the downs, and enjoy the turnarounds.”
Avril grew sleepy. Fatigued she slept in peace before the firelight, outside under the Moon.
At sunrise Avril rose to her feet, cleared the space, and then headed home. She smiled remembering the exact wording of the guidance given. Within minutes her mind leaped to the fact that destiny is a matter of choice and is a thing to be achieved as well as she was in the right place at the right time, and things always happen for a good reason, although we rarely know why at first.
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