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New Moons are always a time to wash away what has passed and begin anew. It is a time of absolute potential: the previous cycle is complete, and something new is beginning. Thankfully, Mercury has now gone direct, so all of those pesky communication issues we faced in the month of August will not be affecting us as we move into this New Moon.

The New Moon in Virgo brings us a greater attention to health, diet, personal hygiene, and other details that are necessary in order to live in a physical body. Virgo is known for being conservative and introspective. As the New Moon waxes across the next 2 weeks and you begin your new Virgo projects, remember to take some time to meditate upon your new ventures to seek balance.

Virgos have a reputation for being perfectionists (trust me, I know! I’m married to one!) Be careful of the New Moon in Virgo bringing out the uber-perfectionist in you. Attaining a goal is commendable, but be aware of possible heightened sensitivity which can bring about anxiety.

Blessings to you on this New Moon!

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The full moon in July is known as the Buck Moon as this is when deer antlers begin to show their growth. This month’s full moon appears in earthy Capricorn and brings a time of radiance and blossoming. It is a time to search for the deeper meaning in what you are creating in your life. Question every moment, discerning what is in the best interest for everyone in your life.

The energy from the full moon in Capricorn could instigate the seeds of ambition. Always be aware of this full moon energy and seek balance and wisdom in your ambition. It is time for conscientiously apply yourself to tasks while living solely in the present. The Earthy Capricorn Moon helps us reach to the sky to achieve our highest goals.

Knowing that we need to balance this full moon drive toward ambitiousness, it is helpful to recite a mantra that brings the peace needed to accomplish goals, and create an environment of success and appreciation. It is recommended that calling to the Creator through sound allows for vibration of a new perspective.

A good mantra for achieving peace & balance is simply: Om Shanti Om.

You may also find it helpful to burn a blue candle and recite Psalm 91. I have translated Psalm 91 from the Hebrew so that a deeper understanding of the female/male goddess/god may be seen. Italics are my additions.

She who dwells in the shelter of Elyon (god) will rest in the shadow of Shaddai (goddess). I will say of YHWH, “They are my refuge and my fortress, my Elohim (plural-goddess & god), in whom I trust.” Surely they will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. They will cover me with their feathers, and under their garment of wings I will find refuge; their faithfulness will be my shield and rampart. I will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me. I will only observe with my eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If I make Elyon my dwelling, even YHWH who is my refuge, then no harm will befall me, no disaster will come near my tent. They will command their angels concerning me to guard me in all of my ways. They will lift me up in their hands, so that I will not strike my foot against a stone. I will tread upon the lion and the cobra; I will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because she loves us, we will rescue her; we will protect her, for she acknowledges haShem (the Name). She will call upon us, and we will answer her; we will be with her in trouble, we will deliver her and honor her. With long life will we satisfy her and show her our Yeshua (salvation-the Name of Jesus).”

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It may surprise many of you to learn that Easter has already passed!

Easter is the name of a fertility goddess known throughout the Anglo, Celtic, Teutonic, Germanic & Saxon lands.  She is also known as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Ashtar, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Austron and Ausos.  From her we get the word “estrogen”, which is a primarily a female hormone.

Bunnies and eggs are symbols of springtime fertility.  Fertile land, fertile livestock and fertile women were all extremely important to peoples living in these ancient cultures.  To celebrate Easter, people would decorate eggs with magickal symbols to celebrate her fertility.  And rabbits are known for their ability to mate!  These are powerful symbols to promote fertility and restore virility, to bring good weather, to encourage the growth of crops and protect both flocks and children against misfortune.

The word “Easter” is not in the Bible.  In Acts 12:4, the translators of the King James Version blatantly took the Greek word “Pascha” out of this verse, which means “Passover”, and inserted the fertility goddess “Easter”.  Strange, but in the 26 other places where the Greek word “Pascha” appears in the King James Version, the translators decided to keep truth of the word “Passover”.  Those who blatantly and intentionally mistranslate Scripture will be held accountable for their actions.

So when is Easter?  Easter is the Spring Equinox, which already happened this year on March 20th.  Sorry you missed it, but it will be back around!

So what should we call this holiday?  Today is Resurrection Day, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus!

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Welcome Imbolc, the return of the sun, a time of quickening in Mother Earth. New life not yet seen, deep in her belly, waiting to burst forth at the appointed time. It will not be long now.

Imbolc, also known as Oimelc, is Gaelic for “ewe’s milk” because this is the season when the milk begins to flow in the lambs and sheep. This is the 1st of 3 Spring Festivals (Imbolc, Ostara & Beltane).

Imbolc is closely associated with the Celtic-Irish goddess Brigid. Imbolc is sacred to Brigid because she is a goddess of fire, of poetry, and of healing, all things that go along with the creative powers of the onset of spring. Brigid is a powerful representation of the Maiden Goddess, and she has been almost perfectly preserved for us today by none other than the Roman Catholic Church. Rather than call her demon and risk the displeasure of all Ireland, they canonized Brigid and made her the patron saint of poetry and healing. This appeased the Irish, who at the time probably saw the Catholic saints as being very similar to gods themselves.

Imbolc was adopted by the Catholic Church as Candlemas, which later became known for Groundhog Day: “If Candlemass day be dry and fair, The half o winter’s to come and mair; If Candlemass day be wet and foul, The half o’ winter’s gane at Yule.”

In the deep of winter, when all lies dormant in the ground, it seems that there is no life to be found. But life is never fully vanquished. In the belly of Mother Earth, deep in her womb, there is life! Life waiting to burst forth at the appointed time.

So whether you watch for the groundhog to come out of it’s hole or you put a candle in your window to represent the Eternal Flame of the Maiden Goddess, may all of you have a moment of quiet in which to listen to the silence around you and feel her body beginning to stir.

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Items Needed:
White Candle
7 Pieces of Parchment with Name of Person
White Flower Petals in a Spell Box

Perform this spell the 2nd through the 8th evenings after the Full Moon Each evening before you go to sleep (during the Waning Moon).

Anoint White Candle in Truth Oil while chanting: “Opened hearts, secrets unsealed, in 7 days Truth be revealed”

Burn Parchment with Name of Person while chanting: “To see the truth, to know the way, I cast this spell for 7 days, only Truth will set you free, only Truth you’ll speak to me”

Collect any ashes that remain from burning the parchment, as well as any ashes from incense burned or leftover ritual items and place in the Spell Box with the White Flower Petals.

Blow out the candle while saying the person’s name from whom you want the truth (say the person’s name through the smoke of the extinguished candle).

Do this for 7 evenings in a row.

On the 9th day or evening of the Waning Moon, take the Spell Box with all of its contents and toss them to the Four Winds. Go up on a high place or go out on a windy day. Toss the contents of the Spell Box while chanting: “Silence now your lying tongue, only truth and honesty come, by the next Full Moon it will be done.”

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Few people know it, but Mary Magdalene is a Christian saint by the Catholic church.  Of course the most well-known thing she did according to the canon Bible, was being a woman that Jesus cast out seven demons, that turned her into a devoted and beloved disciple and later a forgotten apostle.  (Of course for many centuries, she was painted a scarlet woman and prostitute that Jesus saved by turning her from her sins, this was NOT true)!   She was also most famously, the first person who found Jesus’ empty tomb, greeted by the angel that announced that Jesus had risen and most importantly, she was the first to see the “resurrected Christ.”  She was scoffed at by the male apostles when she returned and happily announced that she had seen Jesus alive and well, as they couldn’t understand why Jesus would appear to Mary and not them if he were truly alive.  But all this aside, there is a even less known story that Mary Magdalene was part of and this was a great example of how Mary was as much a teacher of Jesus’ message as the other apostles. It also gives a background for why Christians are inclined to dye eggs at Easter.

Here is the story:

  
This ritual is more widely practiced by the Orthodox church than the rest of the world, but it wouldn’t hurt to make it part of your Easter ritual as a great way of mixing the pagan egg dyeing with a Christian root!  So when you are dyeing Easter eggs this weekend, dye a couple red, paint some crosses on them and give them to others as a sign of Christ’s resurrection.  “Christ is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed.”   Happy Easter!
Blessed be in Christ!

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Ideas to Enhance Your Yule Ritual
• Take a Peppermint Cleansing bath
• Drink Peppermint Tea
• Make an Herbal Blend of Mistletoe, Cedar and Bayberry. These 3 Herbs are known for protection & enhancing prosperity. A great prayer blessing for 2010 would be that your finances would be protected from dwindling away on needless matters!
• Use a green Altar Cloth to celebrate the coming green
• Use Red, Green, and White Candles on your altar

Some prayers and chants I found for celebrating the Yule
This is the night of the solstice, the night that the darkness is triumphant over light, and yet on the morrow, the dark begins to give way and the light will return. The spirit of nature is suspended, all living things wait the transformation of the Dark King into the Infant Light. We watch for the coming of dawn, when the Great Mother will again give birth to the Divine Child, The Sun God who is the bringer of the life of Spring and the promise of Summer. We call the Sun from the womb of night. Blessed Be.

Yule celebrates the birth of the Sun-child and His promise of returning warmth.
This is also a time when we give thanks for Winter’s enchantment, and the icy spell of its bewitching beauty.

Invoking Goddess
We invoke Thee,
Luminous Lady in White,
sweeping mount and vale with falling flakes
as Thy Winter-wand
scatters upon us
a spell of sparkling snow!
We invoke Thee,
Ice Enchantress,
star-studded Goddess of Northern nights;
Thy frosted garments
shimmering in the slumber-still
visions of December dark
as Thou guardest the gateway
to the portals of polar Mysteries. We invoke Thee,
Crystal Queen,
Crone of cold and Arctic climes;
in this season of barren woodlands
and naked branches
upraised to grey-veiled sky,
we invoke Thee
to be here among us!

Invoking God
We invoke Thee,
antlered Ancient One,
both Lord and Victim
of the Winter’s hunt;
giver of Thy flesh
for the love of our lives,
in this,
Thy season of Sacrifice.
We invoke Thee,
shape-shifting Solstice Stag,
Thy hoof prints brushed away by driven snow
as Thou guardest the pathways to the Invisible. Winter-reigning forest-phantom,
be here among us
as we celebrate
this turning of the Solar Wheel!

The Solstice Gloria
Let us give glory
to He Who is the Firstborn,
the Celestial Sun-Child,
soon to set afire
the circled stones of Salisbury
with the Solstice sunrise!
Sun of Righteousness!
Sol Invictus!
Solar Savior!
We hail Thy birth
from the womb of wintry night,
for Thou art the light
that shineth in darkness!
From Thy majesty
proceedeth the very Light of nations,
the shining brillance of illumined Truth,
and the manifest splendor of the Sacred. Hallowed Blaze of Heaven,
Thou art the living Light,
Source of inspiration
to sage and saint,
priestess and prophet.
Therefore,
we add to the adoration of the ancients
as we ascribe unto Thee praise and honor,
O New-Born king of planetary gods!
God of Light and God of Life,
dying daily
Thou descendest into darkness;
rising early,
Thy radiance renews the day!
I light this candle
for the infant Solstice Sun;
one small flame to pierce the darkness;
a ray of Hope,
a symbol of the Light within us all:
Light that can never be extinguished,
even by the longest Winter night;
Light that will grow into glory,
waxing strong despite the cold to come;
Light that dispells despair and resignation,
giving us a glimpse of golden days ahead.
Behold the Light that can never die,
reborn anew in the Solstice sky!
Come now!
Let us give from the strength of our spirits
encouragement and vitality
to this fledgling Light of Winter’s night!
The Yule light burns,
and the Sun-wheel turns! The Yule light burns,
and the Sun-wheel turns! The Yule light burns,
and the Sun-wheel turns!

Thanks to Goddess
Glimmering Goddess,
draped in the blackened folds
of the galaxies which art Thy garment,
once again Thou hast given birth
to Thy Celestrial Sun,
the reborn Christ
of the ever-turning Solar Wheel! O Heavenly Virgin,
Thou hast brought forth Thy Son
that we might live in the Light!
For this we give thanks,
rejoicing at this ebb and flow of Solsticetide.
Blessed Be,
O High Holy Lady!

Thanks to God
O Horned Lord of Winter’s Darkness,
Companion of the Leprous White Lady;
we give Thee thanks,
for Thou teachest us well of inner Mysteries
through the cold,
the dark,
and the foreboding spell of Winter,
even as we rejoice in Solstice joy!
Blessed Be,
O High Holy Lord!

Ending the Solstice Ritual
This rite of the Winter Solstice is ended!
May the grace of Goddess & God be upon thee,
and the benediction of the Queen & King of Holly
be thy portion. Merry Meet and Merry Part!

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