Monday, April 23, 2012

A Meditation for the New Moon

   Although it is of course possible to enract ritual at any time in the moon's
cycle, the period just after the new moon lends itself more aptly to meditation
and the forming of ideas that can be further developed once the crescent appears
in the sky.
   Candles and incense are unnecessary, but if you especially want them, then
use a small candle such as a miniature dinner candle or a birthday candle, and
a fresh incense with a slight tang or spicy overtones.
   Wait until dusk and then sit comfortably upright and alert somewhere quiet
and dark, such as the room you use for ritual or in front of an altar or shrine. Be
open to the energies of the moment, really let yourself experience the way the
atmosphere around you seems to quicken and yet takes you within. Observe
closely how you feel. Consciously seek out the beat and rhythm of thoughts
and feelings so that you are filled with an excitement that is irritable and restless
as well. Take note of how this affects you, whether you experience it as exasperation
or eagerness. Take some short, quick breaths in and out, tense the muscles all
over your body and then give a sudden shout. This should release the extra tension,
allowing you to settle into the next stage of meditation.
    Relax and breathe deep into your belly, imagining as you do so that your whole
being is opening and but taking you deeper within at one and the same time. This
sounds like a complete contradiction when written down, but try it and see how the
experience unfolds for you. Sense darkness within, but realize that this darkness
is not a total void; rather it is teeming with energy, potential and creativity. Keep
your breathing deep and regular, so that you seem to be inhaling and exhaling
through your navel area ..... really attempt to feel your breath entering low in the
body. Try to enter a state of listening awareness...... you are listening for your
thoughts, waiting for them to focus as well, but don't force them, and be alert
for fresh impulses  too. As you breathe in, imagine that heat and power irradiate
your being; as you breathe out, visualize a small bright point of light within the
darkness, and watch it gradually grow, becoming stronger, clearer, and more
concentrated. Let the thoughts become focused too until you can separate them
out and see what they are trying to tell you. Sometimes this kind of exercise done
before the moon is visible, can teach us a lot about our own impulses and creative
drive, and ideas can emerge at this time that are more profound or more closely
aligned with our deepest intuitive promptings. Of course you don't have to do
more than at this stage ... just allow thoughts and impulses to show themselves and
to wait  for your input before unfolding their potential. Some thoughts will not be
feasible, but some may be worth bringing into the light and incorporating into the
magical work of the month/lunar cycle ahead. Watch them all without judging until
one or two particularly draw you: these may be ones worth working with and
expanding. Let your intuition guide you over their relevance and worth.
    Finally withdraw from the inner space and touch the ground to earth yourself,
then think about what you have experienced, or write it down in your magical journal.
Let its significance sink into your mind like seeds settling into the soil. In the next
few days these seeds will take root and begin to grow toward the light, becoming
visible with the moon 's first appearance in her current cycle. If you like, you can
take actual seeds and name each for a thought that inspires you and the  plant them
in a bowl of earth.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Basic New Moon Ritual Pattern

Cast your circle ....

* Place white, cream or pastel colored budded flowers on the altar.
Daffodils are wonderful in spring, and roses in summer.

* Burn white or pastel candles on the altar.

* Use damiana, lemongrass, lavender or any other light, airy incense.

* Energy should be raised in a manner that is brisk or lighthearted:
beating a bodhran or other drum with a quick rhythm would be
perfect, or shaking gourd rattle or rainstick.

* Call on a suitable goddess such as Artemis, Inanna or Freya or
just summer the Goddess as Maiden. You will probably find She
will arrive without much effort on the part of the celebrants, and
will have an uplifting and tangible presence.

* Magick for the New Moon should be concerned with fresh
wishes and goals, or new stages in project already underway.
Work toward putting energy into starting each project, but ask
for some staying power to prevent things from petering out again.

* For the feast, have light colored foods such shortbread or crescent
shaped mooncakes and drink white grape juice, wine or spring water.

[From Praise to the Moon by Elen Hawke]


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Balsamic Moon enters Aries today

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom,."

28th Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle of Alder
4th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Saille/Willow
Moon Phase: - Balsamic
Moon rises: 5:02AM EDST
Moon sets: 5:57PM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Fire
Sign of Aries at 11:59AM EDST
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A tree of your choice
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 6:37AM EDST '
Sunset: 8:02PM EDST
Solar Questioin for the Day: "What do you
want to let go of and how is it impeding you?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
April 18th, 2012

Moon in Aries - The Moon in Aries lights a fire under our tails; it wakes
us up, strips away our complications and our patience. We can prepare to make
a fresh start with the coming New Moon phase but may tend to shoot from the
hip, move fast, and argue quickly. Those who are born under an Aries Moon are
passionate, honest, and fierce, big-hearted but intensely self-directed. They are
happy to loan their fire to inspire others.