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Upon the ferment of restless seas
You were born;
primordial as the sea.
Your realm is of pleasure and
the moment —ephemeral;
Your anger quick as a
summer storm and as quickly spent.
In loveliness of spirit all may
share in Your delight—
the Mystery is the ever loving Self—
Your flame burns bright in those
who love You—
Your rituals endure.
So Mote It Be!
By Galen Gillotte
The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship
“There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of one candle.”
“Freedom: Appreciate It, Cherish It, Protect It.”
All We Are Saying Is…Give Peace A Chance ~John Lennon
So mote it be!!
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In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr.
Tuesday is ruled by Mars, whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Tiw was a God of Athletics, Combat, and Law. Consider meals to improve physical well-being, encourage justice, or increase strength and strategy.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good to be cautious—-especially while traveling.
Tuesday is the proper day of the week to perform rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, surgery, and the breaking of negative spells.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries and Scorpio
Lunabar Moon Almanack for Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
New Moon, at 8h. 14m. morning.
Ascending Node is at 13° Libra.
Moon in 7th degree of the Sign Aquarius, the Waterman;
also in 8th deg. of the Constellation Capricornus, the Goat.
Moonrise: 6:57 morn. Souths: 12:21 eve. Moonset: 5:46 eve.
Spells and rituals involving the Air element should be performed when the Moon is in the Air sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Aspects of the Fixed Air Sign of Aquarius: Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Airy, Fixed, Barren, Horary Western, Wintery, Austral, Obeying, Human, Moist, Vocal, Sweet, Warm, Mental, Nervous, Hot.
Current Moon Phase: The New Moon
The beginning of a new cycle.
Keywords for the New phase are: Beginning, Birth, Emergence, Projection, Clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone.
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
New Moon Magick: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.
New Moon workings can be done from the day of the New Moon to three- and-a-half days after. The New Moon is for starting new ventures, new
beginnings. Visualize your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Pale moon doth rain,
Red moon doth blow,
White moon doth neither rain nor snow.
– From the Latin proverb (Clarke, 1639).
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As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night,
O’er heaven’s clear azure spreads her sacred light,
When not a breath disturbs the deep serene,
And not a cloud o’ercasts the solemn scene;
– Homer, “Iliad”, Bk. viii. (Pope’s trans.)
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O Moon! the oldest shades ’mong oldest trees
Feel palpitations when thou lookest in:
O Moon! old boughs lisp forth a holier din
~ John Keats, “Endymion.”
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The moon appearing larger at sunset, and not dim but
luminous, portends fair weather for several days.
~ Francis Bacon, “Historia Ventorum”.
The Lunar Mansion
Sa’d-Aldahbih, The Lucky One of the Slaughterers,
also known as Pastor et Aries, The Shepherd and the Ram.
Marked by the fix’d Star: Algedi, in Capricornus.
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Thence down amain
As deep as Capricorn.
~Milton, “Paradise Lost.”
Lunabar Sun Almanack for Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
Sunrise: 7:23 morn. Sunset: 5:15 eve.
Length of Day: 9h. 52m.
Dawn: 6:54 morn. Dusk: 5:44 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 28m.
Sun in 0th degree of the Sign Aquarius, the Waterman;
also in 1st degree of the Constellation Capricornus, the Goat;
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But yonder comes the powerful king of day,
Rejoicing in the east. The lessening cloud,
The kindling azure, and the mountain’s brow,
Illumed with fluid gold, his near approach
The Sun in the Fixed Sign of Air: Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Airy, Fixed, Barren, Horary Western, Wintery, Austral, Obeying, Human, Moist, Vocal, Sweet, Warm, Mental, Nervous, Hot.
Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
Goddess Month of Hestia begins 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe, begins 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Ends
Celtic Tree Month of Rowen Begins: January 21 – February 17
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic Goddess of Hearth and Home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearthfires. This is a good time of year to perform initiations (or, if you’re not part of a group, do a self-dedication). Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success.
A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
January ~ Moon Phase
New Moon falls on Tuesday, 20 January, 2015 at 8:14 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 26 January, 2015 at 11:49 PM
February ~ Moon Phases
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Tuesday, 03 February, 2015 at 6:10 PM
Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 at 10:52 PM
New Moon falls on Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 at 6:49 PM
First Quarter falls on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 at 12:15 PM
The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
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Our Weekly Affirmation
If you repeat an affirmation three times a day three times each time you do it for 28 days it will
become a part of your being and whenever you feel like life is going out of control you will be able
to just find that safe place.
Affirmation Of The Week!
Treat each day as a new journey.
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Tasha’s Day by Day Planner for January 2015
Tue. 1/20 Altruistic Aquarius New Moon promotes brotherly/sisterly love. Sun into Aquarius brings originality to our days.
Wed. 1/21 Quirky Aquarius Moon adds to the confusion as Mercury turns retrograde and all things “re” are featured for 3 weeks.
Thu. 1/22 Compassionate Pisces Moon turns eyes and hearts to those in need.
Fri. 1/23 Psychic Pisces Moon suggests we can know more than we think we do.
Sat. 1/24 Aggressive Ares Moon gets us up and moving early.
Sun. 1/25 Athletic Aries Moon seeks out competition for fun.
Mon. 1/26 Bouncy Aries Moon starts us off, midday steady Taurus Moon quiets us down.
As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore
Today Is …
Aquarius zodiac sign begins
Babin Den (Grandmother’s Day; Bulgaria)
Birthday of Ruth St. Denis 1879 – Great American modernist dancer, breaker of social taboos.
Celtic tree month of Beth ends
Egyptian: Procession of Anubis
Feast Of The Kitchen God: Offerings made, beans tossed over roof
Heads Up Seattle, Washington: First of the month of PLURIOSE (rain) in the French revolutionary calendar.
Heroes Day (Cape Verde)
Heroes Day (Guinea-Bissau)
Lesotho Army Day
Mali Army Day
National Buttercrunch Day
Roman: St. Agnes
St. Euthymius’ Day
St. Fabian’s Day (patron of lead founders, potters)
St. Paula’s Day, celebrates a young girl saved from the passions of a pursuer by running into a church, where she grew a beard.
St. Sebastian’s Day (patron of archers, soldiers, athletes, Rio De Janeiro)
St. Sebastian’s Day (patron of Rio de Janeiro, archers, athletes, hardware, lace makers, the military, pin makers, potters, police officers; against plague)
Take A Walk Outdoors Day
US Presidential Inauguration Day (every 4 years)
Day of Baba Yaga – A Russian Crone Goddess later reduced to the status of Witch, She was a Goddess of the Cycle itself. Meditate on your own ability to take life as well as birth and nurture it
Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
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Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.
GrannyMoon’s Reading for Today ~ Chariot
Keywords: Control, will power, victory, assertion, determination
The Winner! Groundedness and the ability to accomplish a task on the physical plane. It traditionally symbolizes a victory of self-discipline. You may find that your mind has achieved greater control over the unconscious parts of yourself. This control is not prohibited or stiff, but does involve bringing unconscious contents to the surface.
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Today’s Goddess: Oya
Aquarius Begins (Various Locations)
Themes: Justice; Tradition; Zeal; Femininity
Symbols: Fire; Water; the Number Nine
About Oya: A Yoruban Mother Goddess and spirit of the river Niger, Oya flows with us through the last day of January, strengthening our passion for and appreciation of life. She is wild and irrepressible, like the fire she’s said to have created, yet Oya presides over matters of fairness and custom, using that fire as the light of truth. Artistic depictions of Oya show a nine-headed woman whose bosom speaks of fertile femininity.
To Do Today : Enjoy a glass of water when you get up to begin generating Oya’s zest for life in your body and soul. This is also very suited to the energies of the day. Aquarius represents the Water Bearer who continually pours inspiring, creative waters from celestial spheres into our lives.
Get out and do something daring today. Invoke Oya through your pleasure and pure excitement. Dare to dream; then try to make that dream come true somehow.
If there’s some area of your life that needs more equity, try making this Oya charm: Take any small candle and carve Oya’s name into it. Have a glass of water nearby. Light the candle to invoke the Goddess. Hold the water over the candle, saying,
“What injustice consumes, Oya’s waters quell.”
Drop a little water on the candle, then trim off the taper, carrying it with you to draw justice to you
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Grounding Spell
During this Capricorn Moon in the middle of winter, you can warm your bones and set strong foundations for your good intentions in the coming year. To prepare for this spell, find a special rock and cleanse and prepare it for magical work. Make a fire, or light a few candles on your altar. Get in touch with your body by stretching out on the floor. When you feel grounded, go to your altar, and place the rock in a spot facing north. Visualize yourself with roots going down into the earth, and say:
Sacred rock, ground me.
Help me set a course for the year ahead.
By: Jonathan Keyes
From: GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ AQUARIUS, Jan 20 – Feb 18
SYMBOL: The Water Bearer
ATTRACTED TO: Gemini, Libra
LUCKY NUMBERS: 17, 11, 30
TAROT CARD: Queen of Pentacles
You are a charitable and public minded person who is ambitious, energetic, determined, dedicated, but can be opinionated and strongly affected by outside events that are unexpected or out of their hands. You are usually very honest and forthright. Your word is your bond. Once given, you stand by your word and your decisions. You do not have a problem with other people’s right to their own beliefs and you think everyone is entitled to their own approach in life.
You are very considerate of others. You are very independent. You are an individualist. You find it hard to team up with others and tend to go your own way. You have an active imagination, sometimes letting it run away with you. You are usually 50 years ahead of your time. You have high Morals and values, and are compassionate and friendly. You are happiest in work like teaching, writing, painting, inventing.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Peppermint in the Car
Try this on your way to work. To stay alert during a long car ride try essential oil of Peppermint.
Known for it’s stimulating and head clearing properties it is excellent for mental fatigue. Use in
a dash board diffuser, hanging terra cotta pot or place a drop on a cotton ball. You don’t need much
so use sparingly.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Moon Gardening
Sow, transplant, bud and graft: From New Moon through First Quarter to Full Moon.
Plow, cultivate, weed and reap: From Full Moon through Last Quarter to New Moon.
Plant above-ground crops with outside seeds, flowering annuals: Between New Moon and First Quarter.
Plant above-ground crops with inside seeds: Between First Quarter and Full Moon.
Plant root crops, bulbs, biennials, perennials: Between Full Moon and Last Quarter.
Do not plant: Between Last Quarter and New Moon.
BY PLACE IN THE ZODIAC – FRUITFUL SIGNS
Cancer – Most favorable planting time for all leafy crops bearing fruit above ground. Prune to encourage growth in Cancer.
Scorpio – Second only to Cancer, a Scorpion Moon promises good germination and swift growth. In Scorpio, prune for bud development.
Pisces – Planting in the last of the Watery Triad is especially effective for root growth.
Taurus – The best time to plant root crops is when the Moon is in the sign of the Bull.
Capricorn – The Earthy Goat Moon promotes the growth of rhizomes, bulbs, roots, tubers and stalks. Prune now to strengthen branches.
Libra – Airy Libra may be the least beneficial of the Fruitful Signs, but is excellent for planting flowers and vines.
Leo – Foremost of the Barren Signs, the Lion Moon is the best time to effectively destroy weeds and pests. Cultivate and till the soil.
Gemini – Harvest in the Airy Twins; gather herbs and roots. Reap when the Moon is in a sign of Air or Fire to assure best storage.
Virgo – Plow, cultivate, and control weeds and pests when the moon is in Virgo.
Sagittarius – Plow and cultivate the soil or harvest under the Archer Moon. Prune now to discourage growth.
Aquarius – This dry sign of Air is perfect for ground cultivation, reaping crops, gathering roots and herbs. It is a good time to destroy weeds and pests.
Aries – Cultivate, weed and prune to lessen growth. Gather herbs and roots for storage.
Excerpted From Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd.
From: GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
The Goddess Companion
in the glad greenwood,
leaping like a deer
who fears no hunter.
There I will dance
with no man watching,
there I will find wisdom
written in the forest shadows.
Is there any gift greater
than feeling such joy?
~Maenad song, Greek Dramatist Euripides
On this night in ancient Greece, the Lenaia was celebrated. It was the festival of the Maenads, women who followed a now-mysterious cult of the God of Ecstasy, Dionysus. Little is known about the celebrations of these women, who for more than 200 years practiced a religion apparently based upon union with the divine. Yet even, 2,000 years after their societies were disbanded, the Maenads still hold a powerful place in our imagination. What were they like, these seekers of ecstasy? How did they find the divinity within themselves? We may never know, but we can celebrate the instinct for transformation within ourselves, however it may manifest itself.
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