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Because the moon revolves around the Earth once every 28 days, or so, we may, on occasion have a year with 13 moons (rather than 12). The fourth full moon within a season, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, is known as a Blue Moon. (Note, some call the second full moon in a calendar month a Blue Moon). The Blue Moon is celebrated as a time to charge dreams and wishes with power so they may come into being.
However, there is another rare moon occurrence that seems to slip by, unnoticed. It’s known as the Sidhe (pronounced shee) Moon or Faery Moon (aka Black Moon). The Faery Moon is the second new moon in a calendar month, and this only occurs once every two to three years.
The Faery Moon is special to those who have a strong connection to the faery folk or follow the mist filled path of the Celts. During the Faery Moon, connections to the faery realm are stronger, and it’s a very favorable time to connect to a faery companion or guide. It’s also a powerful time to work on self, particularly bringing the shadow aspects into the light.
Though precious little is actually written about the Faery Moon in any sort of folklore, it doesn’t change the fact that it still carries a rather special magic, and those inclined to celebrate will very likely benefit from the effects that this rare new moon has to offer.
Cast a faery circle
To create a sacred space that encourages interaction with the faery folk, try casting a faery circle.
Before doing any sacred work, it’s very important to ground yourself – so take a few moments to breath deeply, and imagine that your energy flows deeply into the earth, anchoring and grounding you.
Then, face the east, raise your hands and say “welcome faery folk of the east, home of the whispering wind, clear the obstacles that block my path.”
Face the south, raise your hands and say “welcome faery folk of the south, home of the glimmering fire, grant me wisdom that I may reach my goals.”
Face the west, raise your hands and say “welcome faery folk of the west, home of the sparkling waters, I ask for the vision to know myself.”
Face the north, raise your hands and say “welcome faery folk of the north, home of the fertile earth, I ask for the strength to move forward and live my truth.”
Take a few moments to feel the energies that surround you.
While you’re in this sacred space you can do inner work, like meeting your faery guardian or journaling. You can also do group work, artwork, or anything that helps you to strengthen your connection to the faery. Be sure to include enjoying good food as part of your sacred ritual.
Meeting your faery guardian
After you cast the sacred faery circle, you can do a visualization to meet your faery guardian.
Imagine yourself in a sacred stone circle, like Stonehenge. In the center is a fire, and you gaze into the flames, relaxing. Ask first if you are meant to walk with a faery ally. If you get the answer, no, then breathe deeply, thank the faery folk, and allow yourself to gently return.
If you get the answer, yes, then give thanks, and then imagine that from each of the four directions faery beings now enter the stone circle. They come to welcome you. You may visit with them for a while, then they will return back to their realms. One faery may stand out from the rest, as your ally, or guide. Thank them.
Allow yourself to gaze again into the flames in the center of the stone circle, and breathing deeply, allow yourself to return back to the present space.
Opening the circle
It’s very important to open the circle when you are finished working with the faery. To keep the circle closed could mean keeping some very intense energies around you!
To open the circle, face the north, raise your hands and say, “faery folk of the north, thank you for your presence here today. Hail and farewell.”
Face the west, raise your hands and say, “faery folk of the west, thank you for your presence here today. Hail and farewell.”
Face the south, raise your hands and say, “faery folk of the south, thank you for your presence here today. Hail and farewell.”
Face the east, raise your hands and say, “faery folk of the east, thank you for your presence here today. Hail and farewell.”
Anytime we can allow ourselves to find reason to celebrate, and connect with the magical energies of the world around us, we allow ourselves to feel closer to our Creator, and grow spiritually and emotionally as we walk our path through this sacred world.
Upcoming Faery Moon Dates
July 30, 2011 – 11:40am (PDT) or 18:40
January 30, 2014 – 21:38
October 30, 2016 – 17:38
August 30, 2019 – 10:37
Areas of Influence:Ereshkigal was the Sumerian Goddess of Attalu, the land of the dead and ancestral memories.
She ruled this land alone passing laws and judgment upon the deceased. Later she fell in love with Nergal who was sent with offerings of food during a feast. As only the dead were able to stay in Attalu he had to return home. Ereshkigal was so upset by his departure that she threatened the king of the Gods that she would bring all of the dead back to life. Nergal was permitted to return and they ruled the underworld together.
Another Sumerian myth tells the story of her sister Inanna's visit into the underworld. The Goddess is not pleased to see her as she fears she has come to take over her Kingdom. She turns her into a corpse but is eventually she is forced to release her. For more information on this myth please go to the page listed for
Inanna Some scholar's suggest that this Goddess represents another aspect of Inanna as they both symbolize the changing of the seasons.
Origins and Genealogy: This Goddess is said to be Inanna's elder sister her parents were Nammu and Na
Strengths: Not intimidated by other Gods and Goddesses.
Weaknesses: Jealous of her sister's beauty.
The Burney Relief is said by some archeologists to represent this Goddess. In this sculpture she is shown as a naked winged Goddess standing on a lion with owls flanking her sides.
She is also depicted as a big dark haired Goddess who sleeps naked in a palace made of Lapis Lazuli.
Sacred Animals: Lions and owls.
Sacred Crystals: Lapis Lazuli.
Ereshkigal is a classic example of a Crone Goddess, she is fierce and uncompromising and rules over the land of the dead.
In the Pagan tradition the Goddess is often split into three to depict the different stages of a woman's life: mother, maiden and Crone.
The Crone represents the wise old woman whose child bearing days are behind her. Other associations with this Archetype include: compassion, transformation, healing and bawdiness death and endings. She is the respected older woman or grand parent at the heart of family who enjoys life and sharing her experience.
Unfortunately the word Crone or Hag often has negative connotations as many wise woman and midwives were persecuted as witches in the middle ages.
Shadow Crone is the bitter, old woman who has failed to learn from her life. She blames all her failings and unhappiness on a society that no longer respects the elders. As a result she becomes increasingly isolated and fearful.
Please follow this link to the Archetypes page to discover which other Goddess Archetypes resonate with you.
Working with the Crone Archetype
The Crone: The Crone maybe one of your archetypes if you have gained wisdom, learning from your mistakes and showing a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances.
You are experiencing the Crone's shadow if you have become rigid in your beliefs and have become stuck in a rut having lost all ability to let those areas of your life go that no longer serve you.
Ereshkigal (pronounced ay-RESH-kee-gal) is the Sumerian Goddess of death and Queen of the Underworld. She is the daughter of Nammu, Goddess of the primordial sea, and Anu, God of the sky, and twin sister of Enki, God of the waters. Shortly after her birth, she was carried off by the dragon Kur to the Underworld, where she became its ruler. She is also said to be the older sister of Inanna, Goddess of love, war, and fertility, and she is mostly known from the myth of Inanna’s descent to the Underworld. Ereshkigal’s husband Gugalanna, the Bull of Heaven, had been killed after Inanna sent him to punish Gilgamesh, and Inanna went to the Underworld to pay her respects to her sister. Ereshkigal feared that Inanna was actually coming to take over the Underworld, and had her servant remove an article of Inanna’s clothing at each of the seven gates that she had to pass through. When she finally arrives naked at the foot of Ereshkigal’s throne, Ereshkigal strikes her sister dead and hangs her body from a hook behind her throne.
Another myth of Ereshkigal tells of how she came to have a second husband, Nergal, God of war and plague. Nergal was first sent to the Underworld with a message from the other Gods to Ereshkigal. He was so impressed that he petitioned the Gods to let him visit a second time, and the great God Anu warned him not to eat or drink anything in the Underworld and not to get too close to Ereshkigal. However, Ereshkigal seduced Nergal and they stayed in bed for seven days. Nergal then left the Underworld and returned to the heavens. Heartbroken Ereshkigal threatened to raise the dead until they outnumbered the living if the other Gods would not send Nergal back, and he returned to the Underworld and married her.
Ereshkigal’s name, which means “lady of the great earth,” is seen asErec-kigala, and she was also known as Irkalla, which is another name for the Sumerian Underworld.
Underworld Goddess of Death, Darkness and Dust.
The consort of NERGAL, andISHTAR's sister, she is a brooding moody figure who is prone to fits of fury and spasms of tearful temper. Particularly when she doesn't get her own way. If you see her lips turn black, you know things can only get worse.
ERESHKIGAL is known as 'Lady of the Great Place'. Which in this instance means Deadville. 'Queen of the Great Below' doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
In fact the locals referred to her domain as 'The Land of Gloom' — and were not impressed by a menu offering a choice between mud and dust. Dead boring really.
ERESHKIGAL's Underworld realm is guarded by Seven Judges and Gatekeepers, who seem very zealous about keeping people out. Which, we feel, is hardly necessary.
“Great Lady Under Earth”, Irkalla
Animal: Dragons, snakes, owls, ravens, black animals
Family & Other Connections
Older sister of Ishtar. Mother to Nungal, Namtar and Ninazu.
Information & Stories
Ereshkigal ruled over Irkalla, the land of the dead or the underworld. In the story “The Descent of Ishtar”, her sister journeys to Irkalla, and Ereshkigal traps her. She rules that Ishtar may only go free if she sends someone back to take her place. Eventually Ishtar sends her husband Tammuz as her replacement.
In some stories Ereshkigal rules Irkalla with the God Nergal, although the relationship between them in not agreed upon. In some versions Nergal has been sent to Irkalla to punish Ereshkigal, but relents when she pleads for mercy and instead makes her his wife. The version which I believe is closest to the original has a very different dynamic between the two though;
In this version, Nergal and Ereshkigal fall in love with each other while he is in the Underworld. When he returns to the land above, Ereshkigal is upset and angry, and vows to find him and get him back! She sends her vizier, Namtar, to plead her case before the Gods, and eventually Nergal returns. This time he accepts the relationship that was developing between them, and becomes Ereshkigal’s true consort – and not just her lover. They rule equally over Irkalla, but it is acknowledged that the power and position are rightfully Ereshkigal’s and she has chosen to share them with him of her own desire.
I believe that this is more accurate because, as the Goddess of the Underworld, Ereshkigal is understood to be both powerful and respected. She is not a Goddess to be conquered but to be feared. She can take care of herself, and is proactive in getting what she wants. To me it feels that twisting the relationship between Ereshkigal and Nergal is done for the sole purpose of robbing her of power. Instead of being put forward as a strong female figure, she is turned into the submissive lesser-half of her husband. That is not what a relationship should be, and not how a Dark Goddess of the Underworld would behave.
Ereshkigal is a Dark Goddess and represents the decline of life, and death before the eventual rebirth. She is associated with the magical arts and arcane knowledge.
Ereshkigal receives the mortuary offerings made to the dead.
Ereshkigal is supposed to be terrifying in appearance. Babylonians described her with black lips and a blue face when she was enraged.
Dark Moon, Dead Moon
The Moon continues to grow small, and soon, very soon, it will have waned completely, and we will find that it appears to have vanished completely. This is why it is called the "Dark Moon" or the "Dead Moon". It signifies death, but not literally a physical death, but because it is because this is the last cycle of the Moon, and there will be no Moon for us to see...because the Moon is now conjunct the Sun...rising at sunrise and setting at sunset. To the ancients, this was a symbol of death. Some people just don't even deal with this period of the Dark Moon which lasts for approximately three days...the day before, the day of the "New Moon", and the day after. This is when the power of the Moon is at its weakest. But, I believe this is a very important phase. For many, and this is important for those of us who feel drained, this is a time of rest and introspection where little or no magickal workings are done. This is where we give ourselves a much needed break, to turn to self and to pamper and replenish our energies.
Yet, some traditions hold that the Dark Moon holds the same power as the Full Moon. The Goddess has turned her face away from us, and darkness walks the earth. For those in these traditions, dark energies are conjured during this time; it is a time for black magick and dark working.
The keyword for this cycle of the moon are solitude, introspection, divination, rest, and resurrection.
Spend sometime outdoors on the astronomical Dark of the Moon. You will find that outside, when there is darkness all around, the soul stands alone...and we find ourselves in an abyss, separated from the visual world. Contemplate the Dark Goddess with Her veiled face turned away for just as the darkness of the night will give way to the dawn of a new day, an encounter with the Dark Goddess will pave the way for new beginnings. Reach out and connect with the stillness of Her energy. Examine your own hidden face and the dark side of the soul within us all. Meditate on darkness and on endings. Recognize that everything has a season and a cycle; a time to be and a time to end. Identify and release endings in your own life...past, present, and future.
During this last phase of the moon, the plant will wither and return to nourish the earth...preparing it for the cycle to come. This can be a time of conflict where the past seems to be against the future. This internal conflict can get in the way of our self-fulfillment, so use this time to rid yourself of beliefs, thoughts, habits, and so forth, which are no longer useful to your inner self and in your relationships.
Rituals that require more energy for banishment are best performed during this time as the Waning Crescent phase of the Moon is close enough to the Dark Moon that it carries a good portion of its lunar decreasing energy with it.
Moon writing for your journal:
Do you have any conflicts in leaving the past behind and moving toward the future? If so, what are they?
What beliefs, thoughts, habits, etc. do you feel you need to leave behind, and how do you plan on doing this?
How do you plan on resolving conflicts which may come from your inner self?
How about conflicts in your relationships? How will you deal with them?
New Moon--New Beginnings
By Donna Morgan on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:33am
New Moon--New Beginnings
The period of the New Moon is a good time to start new activities and to take action toward new ambitions, purposes, and directions. This is the time to plant, so that we may grow or create the pathway of your inner journey. Look deeply into your inner self, and by consciously moving your being into an alignment with the New and Full Moon cycle, you will find a potential to utilize the inner channels within your being. The challenge which confronts us at the New Moon cycle is one of self-expression through activity...primarily as one of us projecting ourselves out into the environment, society. This can include learning about what we hope to have manifested in our lives, the vision which we will choose to pursue, taking decisions to change unsatiisfactory areas of our lives, and making new beginnings. The New Moon is a phase of renewal, and it is this energy that we can harness to aid our attempts to change.
I can never say this enough. Journaling is so important. I have journalled since I was a teenager. There is never a need to show it to anyone else, but by writing down your thoughts and then rereading them later, you will be able see the patterns of your soul. You'll see more clearly what you have learned about yourself, your feelings, your emotions, how you handle things--and you will likely also see what you have NOT learned yet. The things that cause us pain are often found to involve similar patterns of behavior, similar mistakes. In the process of thinkng these things through, you may also discover a path toward healing. Just the other day,I was cleaning out a closet and found one of my old, old journals from 20 years ago. Gosh, how co-dependent I was at the time! I was so insecure, so beaten from bad relationships. And by reading my words of so long ago, I was able to see just how far I have come. We are all here to learn, on a deep soul level, the path to serenity.
Don't waste too much time on these questions. I have found that when you take your time, you try to write everything out perfect...and although your grammar may be beyond fault, your inner self remains hidden. Just jot down what comes to your mind...words, phrases...sentences about how you relate to this phase of the moon.
What is your inner self's new beginning?
What seeds might you plant in your inner self so that you can grow, transform, or create yourself anew?
How might you nourish your new beginning?
Dark Moon Rituals
Our ancient ancestors revered the Moon as a Goddess with each of Her lunar phases--new, full, and dark moon--said to correspond to the three phases of a woman's life--maiden, mother, crone. Throughout time, the Moon has long been associated with our power within, and men, as well as women, are capable of connecting with this power. The dark phase, which is associated with the crone phase, appears in the sky during the last three days of every lunar cycle; it is a time for life-enriching endings and a prelude to new beginnings. When the dark moon appears to us, we find it much easier to shed that unnecessary emotional baggage which we carry within us and to free ourselves of those people and ideas that no longer add value to our life. This is the time when we need to cleanse ourselves of the old and unnecessary in order to create space so that the new can enter.
One way that we can harness the energy of the dark moon is to perform a simple ritual where you light a black candle. Black candles open up the deeper levels of the unconscious and are good for banishing evil or negativity from your life. Call forth and visualize the different parts of your life that you are ready to let go of. Then, through visualization, bind these parts together with light and imagine that this bundle is moving toward the candle. Watch as these parts are devoured by the flame; then let the candle burn out. Trust that what you have released has now left you.
A Solitary Dark Moon Ritual
For this ritual you will need two black candles, a cauldron, paper, and a pen.
First, place the cauldron in the center of your altar; then place the paper and the pen next to it. Now, cast the circle in a counter-clockwise way, and once it is cast, return to your altar and face towards the North. While lighting the black candles say":
This is the time when the dark moon hides Her face from humans. Oh, Dark Mother, oh Wise One, let me feel Your presence and Your power. I need Your wisdom of releasing and removing.
Move counter-clockwise to the East and say:
Dark Mother, remove all of the negatives from my thoughts and mind and let them bear no fruit within my life.
Now, go to the North and say:
Dark Mother, remove all negatives from my body and let them bear no fruit in my life.
Now, go to the West and say:
Dark Mother, remove all negative from my emotions and let them bear no fruit in my life.
Now, go to the South and say:
Dark Mother, remove all negatives from my spiritual life and let them bear no fruit in my life.
Now, return to the alter and while facing the North say:
I will accept no negative thoughts, words, or deeds from others. They are destroyed by the powers of the Dark Mother. If these negatives happen to come from within myself, I will turn them into lessons of good. Help me to become a true goddess daughter.
While facing the altar, write down on the paper the negative things you wish to be removed from life--bad habits, negative influences of other, etc. Read each one out loud to the Dark Mother to release them to Her. Light the paper from one of the black candles and drop it into the cauldron saying:
Dark Mother, Crone Goddess, Wise One...teach me Your deepest mysteries. Guide and protect me, Dark Mother.
Now would be a good time to meditate and see what insights you might receive. When finished, release the circle and bury the ashes of the paper somewhere on your property.
March 1, 2:00 am - New Moon EST
The new moon sets the stage to a new spiritual awakening when it enters Pisces. Any time there is a new moon or full moon in a water sign, expect massive surges of water or snow, floods and large waves. Several days after the new moon in Pisces 2011, a tsunami hit Japan which caused massive damage causing the city to rebuild itself. The weather on the east coast was erratic too. One storm after the other has affected salt supplies and caused damage to streets and some even died. So, perhaps it’s a wakeup call to appreciate what we have and to always be spiritual.
With every new moon, we are asked to examine our actions, reactions and how we handle conflict, love, and spirituality. Usually, when the new moon enters Pisces, many call it a spiritual moon because everyone has Pisces somewhere in his/her chart. This is because the Universal “God” is a Pisces and we are his/her children. Thus, this unconditional love and new beginning forces a spiritual love.
It’s a time to be more loving towards yourself as well as others. This new moon will give enough energy to stop any self-destructive activities, dependences, or behaviors that have stalled our lives and those of people around us. The moon's energy will allow the awareness to use our strength to connect to our highest psyche, God, to help us manifest our dreams.
Almost everyone will be affected by this new moon in one way or another. The adjustment will open many doors to medicine and spirituality. The greater emphasis will be where Pisces is prominent in one’s chart. It is vitally important to understand the Pisces affect.
The New moon will signal a time to weed out things with consideration and unconditional love. It’s a good time to absolve those who have hurt you. It is time to let go of expectations, even if it means you have to cry and let it all go so that you can begin the healing process. There is a greater need to renounce with an open heart and go beyond time itself and journey through the spirit.
The new moon in Pisces normally is a time of tranquility, devotion, and planting seeds for spring. It is a time of earth rejuvenation when the first scents and stirrings of spring are so provokingly close. It’s also a moon of Shiva who abolishes our imperfections in order to bring spiritual growth and progress. Shiva is the light that brings the higher place in our lives to hold life with humbleness, love, compassion, accepting, and sympathy.
This Pisces new moon represents a time of extreme responses. Self-destructive impulses can arise for those in the grip of cynicism. For many, it becomes more difficult to appreciate and value the quality of life. The power of emotional energy can be helpful if directed into pioneering activities and self-healing. However, there is a strong desire to simply slip into interference. It is better to indulge in constructive pastimes rather than yield to more vicious, distracting activities.
Gloomy tendencies can easily dominate under this New Moon. The influence of this New Moon can be especially difficult or demanding for those who were born under a New Moon phase, as well as for those of the mutable Sun Signs Virgo, Gemini & Sagittarius. Also, for those whose birth Moon is in Pisces, this New Moon can represent a critical time for potential accidents, hurts, negligence, and the undertaking of rash choices or judgments.
March 4 - Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday
King and Queen go forth
Standing in a royal place
A Jester joins their court
Princesses and maidens
Searching through the crowds
Seeking joy and happiness
Underneath masked shrouds
Joined in jubilation
The crowds now move about
Searching for their happiness
So joyful there's no doubt
Streets abound with laughter
Dancing has begun
Masks have made them one
Constant stream of joyfulness
Parades and floats go by
Music fills the crowded streets
Torches light the sky
Last hurrah of season
Food and wine to last
This in preparation
For forty days of fast.
~ Francine Pucillo
March 9, 2:00 am - Daylight Savings Time Begins
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour.
March 16, 12:08 pm - Full Moon
During the Sap Moon, the life force begins to manifest in all living things. Plants emerge from the earth, birdsong can be heard as well at the chatter of flowing water in streams as the ice melts. Early settlers knew the sap was moving and rising again. Sap, the precious, unseen life-giving fluid, rich with minerals that feeds every blade of grass, plant and tree, is responsible for turning our Earth green again.
During the Sap Moon, our own bodies respond to this surge of new life and nature's rhythm. We feel a quickening inside. Welcome its power by focusing on your growing energy. Ground and center; look at the Moon if possible. Light a cream-colored candle. Brew a cup of ginger tea and sweeten with honey, sip slowly. Feel the energy of your body growing from your feet to your head. Speak to the Sap Moon:
As the Earth stirs and the ice melts,
Sap Moon, your magical presence can be felt.
As every river and stream starts to flow,
I feel my own energy begin to grow.
March 20, 11:57 am - Ostara
Animals/Mythical Creatures – unicorn, merpeople, pegasus, rabbit/Easter bunny, chicks, swallows, snakes
Gemstones – rose quartz, moonstone, amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone, red jasper
Incense/Oil – African violet, lotus, jasmine, rose, magnolia, sage lavender, narcissus, ginger, broom, strawberry
Colors/Candles – gold, light green, grass green, robin’s egg blue, lemon yellow, pale pink, anything pastel
Tools/Symbols/Decorations – colored eggs, baskets, green clothes, shamrock, equilateral cross, butterfly, cocoons, sprouting plants; violets, lily, spring wildflowers, new clothes, lamb, hare/rabbit
Goddesses – Eostre (Saxon Goddess of Fertility), Ostara (the German Goddess of Fertility), Kore, Maiden, Isis, Astarte (Persia, GrecoRoman), Ishtar (Babylonian), Minerva (Roman), Youthful Goddesses. Faerie Queen, Lady of the Lake (Welsh-Cornish), the Green Goddess
Gods – Hare, Green Man, Youthful Gods, Warrior Gods, Taliesin, Lord of the Greenwood (English), Dagda (Irish), Cernunnos (Greco-Celtic), Pan (Greek), Adonis (Greek)
Essence – strength, birthing, completion, power, love, sexuality, embodiment of spirit, fertility, opening, beginning
Dynamics/Meaning – the God comes of age, sexual union of the Lord & Lady, sprouting, greening, balance of light and dark
Purpose – plant and animal fertility, sowing
Rituals/Magick – spellcrafting, invention, new growth, new projects, seed blessing
Customs – wearing green, new clothes, Celtic bird festival, egg baskets coloring eggs, collecting birds eggs, bird watching, egg hunts, starting new projects, spring planting
Foods – light foods, fish, maple sugar candies, hot crossed buns, sweet breads, hard boiled eggs, honey cakes, seasonal fruits, milk punch, egg drinks
Herbs – acorns, celandine, tansy, cinquefoil, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, Irish moss, ginger, honeysuckle, iris, jasmine, rose, hyssop, linden, strawberry, violets
Element/Gender – air/male
Threshold – dawn
March 30, 1:45 pm - New Moon/Black Moon
This is the second new moon in March and the second new moon in a month is called a Black Moon. This Black Moon is also the second of 2014. It is extremely rare to have two Black Moons in the same year. Those who study the concentration of energy, acknowledge that when the rare Black Moon comes about, it is one of the most powerful nights for casting. There is a direct line to the Goddess, and therefore an opening for Her to transmit Her energy to us. Many different traditions perform rituals on this night.
Herb of the Month
Ginger - Fire/Jupiter; Gender - Masculine; Parts Used - Root; Magickal Properties - Success, Power and Money; Uses - Burn the crushed dried root for attracting money and success in a business endeavor, carry for power in a given situation (caution: please be sure you have thought out the situation and your stand on it before trying this one, it could backfire on you!), used in love wishes too as an added boost of power.
Stone of the Month
Aquamarine - This lovely gem evokes the sea in both its name and its color. The ancients saw this as a stone of courage and felt that carrying it would help them return safe and prosperous from sea voyages. It aids in compassion, and tolerance, and facilitates communication both with others and with the deeper self. It enhances the utilization of psychic powers and makes the mind more alert. It is excellent for cleansing and purifying. Aquamarine can be used in rituals to ensure good health. It soothes and calms emotional problems and promotes peace, happiness, and joy as it halts fear. It is the stone of the Sea Goddesses, Psychism, the Goddess of courage.
Aquamarine cleanses and aligns the chakras and the etheric and mental bodies. It helps you to reduce fear and communicate with those around you in a loving and compassionate way, all while it is flushing out your lymph system. Aquamarine gems attract friends and friendly people to you. People you can trust and who show compassion for you. It is often used to calm disrupted situations with its ability to bring harmony. Aquamarine helps facilitate communication and is especially good to help couples work out their problems in a friendly and peaceful manner. Any time you and a loved one need to sit down and work through problems, place an aquamarine gemstone between you. It not only helps keep your emotions under control but also helps you find the most affective words to use in the situation.
If you need help with Varicose veins, make an elixir by placing one or more aquamarine gemstones in a glass container of water. Leave it sitting outside overnight, preferably under the light of the full moon. The next day, lightly massage the elixir into the skin around the troubled area. This same gemstone elixir can be used to bathe joints affected by arthritis. The blue ray of the stone is cooling to the joint and helps to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. If you find yourself suffering from a sore throat, try wearing an aquamarine close to your neck. To help with allergies or immune system problems, wear one or more aquamarines near the heart so they can transmit their energies directly to the blood.
It has been said that if you need the powers of the aquamarine gemstone and want them to be as powerful as possible, wet the stone while drawing upon the powers of water. This doubles its strength.
To purify yourself with a water meditation, hold an aquamarine gemstone in your hands. Visualize water coming out of the stone and into your hands. See it swirl through your body removing all negativity and impurities as it washes through your body, then down your legs and out of your body via your feet. Allow the water to be soaked up by the earth where She will absorb and transmute the energies into something useful.
To calm the nerves, help heal emotional traumas or to prepare for a good night’s sleep, take one of more aquamarine gemstones and wrap them in a cloth so they won't get lost beneath the water, then toss the cloth into a bath tub full of nice hot water. Step in, sit down, lean back, relax and allow the aquamarine to do its work.
Rune of the Month
q Ingwaz (NG: Ing, the earth god) – Male fertility, gestation, internal growth; Common virtues, common sense, simple strengths, family love, caring, human warmth, the home; Rest stage, a time of relief, of no anxiety; A time when all loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction. Listen to yourself. Ingwaz Merkstave (Ingwaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Impotence, movement without change; Production, toil, labor, work.
Tarot Card of the Month
The King of Cups - The King of Cups is the worldly and calm projection of authority. Finding him in your spread is most likely a reference to someone who will aid you in achieving your goals. This person may seem unconcerned, even distant, but motivations are pure. Whatever advice he/she gives will be important to you and should be considered in your own deliberations. If it does refer to you personally, it shows an inner strength and tightly disciplined control of emotions.
Correspondence of the Month
Time of Day
Sunrise – purification, business, success, study, travel, employment, breaking habits, guilt, jealousy, healing disease, conscious mind
Noon – magickal energy, physical energy, strength, protection, money, courage
Sunset – breaking addictions, weight loss, banishing, misery, pain, anguish, negative habits
Night – beauty, dreams, psychic dreams, awareness, sex, spirituality, purification, love, friendship, peace, releasing stress
Spell of the Month
Gaia Healing Spell
Perform this spell during an eclipse or a waxing moon phase. Arrange sea shells on a secluded beach, in the shape of a circle. If you do not have access to a beach, perform this ritual in a garden or forest using stones, branches or flowers to form the circle.
Kneel at the center facing the ocean. Light a blue candle and an incense of your choice. Raise arms high and recite:
"With smoke and flame this spell's begun.
O Goddess of the stars, moon, and the sun,
Let the healing power begin.
Let the Earth be whole again."
"The Earth is my mother and I am her child.
The earth is my lover, free and wild.
Heal on the outside, heal within.
Land and sea, fire and wind."
"With love sincere,
I chant this prayer to make mankind
Begin to care.
Let every sister and every brother
Heal the wounds of the Great Earth Mother."
"Let the healing power begin,
Let the Earth be whole again.
Heal on the outside, heal within.
Land and sea, fire and wind.
So mote it be!"
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According to Ann Moura what is Green Witchcraft?
How long ago was the Green Practice as a Folk Art introduced and what tradition?
Why is Green practices personal magick?
List the five rules of conduct?
Why is it important to release ones fears before working with the Dark Power?
Name the three basic approaches to the Green Craft?
How does the Green level of Witchcraft differ from other practices that associate light or dark like in white, gray or dark magick and when did this concept evolve?
Do rituals of the Green witchcraft have to be planed and formal and what do we use for our rituals?
Name the 9 basic movements of casting a circle?
8-Quarter candles are extinguished one by one in counter clockwise.
9 Circle is opened.
Describe what you need to do to prepare your tools before spell working and why?
Is timing and keeping the circles energy flowing important and why?
How can one keep the energies and the energy alive and healthy during a ritual?
What is a spell?
Why do we use spells?
What are the benefits of spellcasting?
How do spells work?
What is the purpose of a spell and name the five basic steps?
When do we not cast a spell and why?
What is the definition of alchemy provided in this book?
What is the Grimoire?
What is the Egyptian equivalent of their Grimoire called?
What are the “cured tablets, “ by whom were they frequently used and from what era?
In Northern Europe, what was the Galdr magic based on?
How did the Celts hold magic?
What is the “Order of the Golden Dawn,” who created it and in what era?
How does Hoodoo differ from Voudoun?
Is most of today's modern practices of crafting the same as the old way's and why?
Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry
Institution of Magick
Assignment due by March 6th Thor's Day by midnight witching hour
March first we once again embrace the dark moon's magick in ritual, as a matter of fact we have another dark moon on the 30th as well; two dark moons in one month.
Not very often we have two or more months in a calendar year with two new moons.
Are we not blessed or what!
Preparing for the New Moon:
It's a good idea to spend some time reflecting in the days leading up to the new Moon. Knowing exactly what you want to draw into your life is not always easy. Part of preparing for the new Moon is making sure you are clear about your intentions. Sometimes it's a quality you'd like to cultivate like forgiveness, courage -- other times it's a more specific request like a promotion at work or new place to live.
What is a new Moon Ritual?:
This depends on your personal tastes, the pace of your life and the time you have to devote to it. Some simply light a candle, while others gather objects and pictures for their altar. Lately, I've been writing my intentions on a 7-day candle and leaving it in a prominent (and safe) place. With a candle, you can return to it and relight it while meditating on your intentions.
Ritual helps focus your entire being on the quest at hand. In the days leading up to the new Moon, you might gather pictures and totems that symbolize your goal. Creating a collage gives you a visual reminder of your dreams.
New Moons for 2014
New Moon for January, 2014
January 1, 11:14
January 30, 21:38
New Moon for February, 2014
New Moon for March, 2014
March 1, 08:00
March 30, 18:45
New Moon for April, 2014
April 29, 06:14
New Moon for May, 2014
May 28, 18:40
New Moon for June, 2014
June 27, 08:08
New Moon for July, 2014
July 26, 22:42
New Moon for August, 2014
August 25, 14:13
New Moon for September, 2014
September 24, 06:14
New Moon for October, 2014
October 23, 21:57
New Moon for November, 2014
November 22, 12:32
New Moon for December, 2014
December 22, 01:36
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Solitary Ritual for Reassurance
Simple or elaborate, our rituals connect us to the Goddess and when they do, they create ripples of light and change within our souls. These ripples of energy affect all levels of reality, and the transformational magick of the Goddess touches all things. Thus, "She Changes everything She touches" and we are reminded once again, "if you change yourself, you change the world".
It is for this reason that many of our rituals use our connection with the Goddess for healing work, both for ourselves and others. A beautiful example of this is Morgan McFarland's "Ritual for Reassurance" that is presented here.
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Solitary Ritual for Reassurance
This is a private ritual for inner strength, peace and reassurance. At its completion, the spine should feel straight and strong, the nerves should be both soothed and alive and receptive, the heart should beat slowly and strongly, and the mind should be clearer and more tranquil.
All the senses should be more perceptive and open.
There are two ways that this ritual may be done: It may be physically enacted or done within the mind.
If it is done within the mind, it can be performed even in a crowded bus, a busy library, or while your roommate sleeps in the bed next to you. It does help to have something to concentrate upon when the circle is mind-cast: book of poetry, a painting or drawing with special significance, a lighted candle. Sit facing the North with your focal point before you, and concentrate your attention on the object until your breathing is slow and comfortable and the world has receded, leaving you feeling calmer and isolated. Then begin with the invocation, mentally envisioning each step of the ritual as though you were physically doing it.
If you can physically perform the ritual, first cast your circle in whatever way is pleasant or possible: by marking it or using things like flowers or stones or even houseplants. Your circle may be this simple, of you may include the elemental candles and symbols and your private altar. These tools are not needed unless you wish them to be a part of this ritual.
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When you feel calm and isolated, begin the ritual, speaking the words out loud if possible.
Invocation of the Elements
From Earth I am
From Earth I spring,
From Earth I grow,
Her strength I sing.
I call Thy Name.
Mother of Rain,
Wave and Crest,
River and Tempest,
Spirit of the West.
(state this verse while facing North again)
Great Mother, Come:
Behold my rite
Great Mother, I stand within Thy light.
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Now sit of kneel facing the North, resting quietly for a few moments. Then say:
(Touching the forehead) I know am Thy Daughter, a Woman.
(Touching the closed eyelids) I wish to see within me calm fields,
Warm candle glow and gentle rains
(Touching the nostrils) I desire the smells of new-turned earth,
I desire clear winds,
I long for wood burning fires,
I wish the smell of ocean salt
(Touching the lips) I wish to taste the fruits of the earth.
I wish to taste cleansing breezes,
I wish the taste of warming foods,
I wish the taste of clear, cool water.
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Now quietly meditate on each Element, feeling yourself becoming each: dark earth or warm sand, winds and breezes, candlelight and hearth fires, the ocean and small brooks and streams. When you have felt the elements as though you are within them, continue.
(Touching the breasts) Mother, give me a strong heart.
Mother, let my heart be open.
Mother, warm my heart from others' coldness.
Mother, let my feelings flow.
(Touching the knees) Let my knees touch Thy breast.
Let my knees be stroked by the wind
Let my knees kneel before Thy flame.
Let my knees feel the waters' caress.
(Touching the feet) Sister, see my feet be firm.
Sister, see my feet in dance.
Sister, see my feet walk freely.
Sister, see my steps tread gently.
Chant now a Goddess-Name or Names, or "Earth-Water-Air and Fire" concentrating on some focal point, until each muscle relaxes and the mind is free enough to say the words and NOWtheir meaning. After a few moments, sit quietly and picture yourself and the Woman you wish and know yourself to be.
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When your senses have been reawakened, and you are refreshed, gently move away from your Circle, or allow yourself to gently return to your surroundings. If it is night, try to fall asleep as soon as possible, remembering that the energy you have tapped is elemental, and will be there in the morning.
This ritual may be done again and again, and like most ritual, grows stronger in its result each time it is done.