moon magick

Moon in Gemini, 2014

by on Nov.08, 2014, under astrology, celebration, garden, magickal info, moon magick, Moon Unit, ritual tools, rituals, spells and rituals, the moon

Full moon in Gemini

If I were to be casting a horary or event chart, I’d try to avoid this time when the moon is in Gemini.  Especially if I were to be looking at events or situations that involved a mass of people.  The political events of the last few days are a good case in point.

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Gemini is not a good resting place for the moon in general.  She has absolutely no dignity (to use a classical astrology term) here, neither good nor bad.  In other words, there is no juice fueling the moon at this time.  No support from the Universal Source.  It’s a place either resting or wandering around blindly.  Since Gemini is an air sign, and one that is often regarded as social, that would tell us that in the realm of ideas, there’s either not much happening, or if it is happening, there’s little connect, or ‘lots of sound and fury signifying not much’.  A political victory for the PR team, or the media, rather than the reality of a candidate or particular issues, is perfectly in alignment with this energy.

However, astrology, like the world, is not simple.  This is not a case of up and down thumbs, or the switch is on or off.  Gemini has it’s characteristics, and for gardeners or creatives, even an airy and chattery moon like this one has its uses.

Since we are about to leave the peak and start sliding down into the dark side of the moon, you might want to consider planning your cutting back, your active pruning of those things you don’t really want to grow back.  Since it’s air, above ground cutting, flowers and ornamentals, and probably most fun of all, start to plan your next garden, or garden room.  Anywhere in your landscaping where you will be social is a good thing to look at right now.  You can begin to work on redesigning your BBQ space, if you have one.  The driveway or entry to your home, where visitors knock on your door, and what flowers or ornamental plants you want in those spaces is good to focus on.

Moving away from the garden, as the moon begins to fade, start to think about things you might like to repurpose in your home – especially if it involves getting rid of the old.  Have you thought about repurposing your job?  Can you take some of the knowledge and training from old projects and create better ones?  Leave creation of new things for the other half of the month, but reworking something that needs new thoughts and ideas, or a new perspective, is an excellent use of this energy.

If you are a weekend worker, or are trying hard to finish a project and are finding things not quite jelling as they should, or are part of an ensemble of any kind that seems to be pulling in different directions, think on this.  Perhaps your work team is irritating you right now (no!).  Perhaps you are stumped by a plethora of choices.  Don’t try to make sense or achieve cohesion right now.  Let everyone bring what they have to the table, and gather it in.  Cull what is obviously over the top, or even disruptive or damaging team members, just as you’d prune that climbing honeysuckle that’s threatening to tear off a part of your nice gingerbread decorations!  Just let the ideas accumulate, or look at what you have and discard the obviously unworkable ones, and wait for the moon to move into Cancer, where it will be in it’s happy place!  This will happen very soon,  before Monday morning.  Perhaps you will wake up to that Aha! moment when all of a sudden your choices make sense and your project efforts click.  You intuitively flow with the right choices.  You may find the team working with more emotional intensity, but in a more cohesive way during that time, especially if you’ve done the intellectual pruning work right now and gotten rid of some baggage.

As far as ritual goes, the full moon energy will be around another day or two.  It’s fall.  The year is declining on it’s way to the Winter Solstice, and the moon is about to turn and begin the descent as well.  This is a lovely time to look at what you have accomplishes over the summer, what you’ve been given, and to start thinking of what you’d like to make of it.  Where would you like to be this time next year?  Giving thanks isn’t limited to a day of eating lots of tofu turkey and lying around with your tummies in the air, watching TV and scratching the dog.  Why not cast a circle in the Full Moon energy, using this airy time to bless items that help the energy of your home.

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Here’s a ritual to make and bless a broom.

Cast your circle, using both your incense smudge and salted and purified water to sprinkle the ritual space clean.  Greet the quarters, if you wish, and welcome the Moon Goddess into your space.  You may call her Diana, or Selene, or simply the Lady.

If you did not do this at Samhain, bless a fall apple, eat half, and offer the other half to the Moon Goddess.  If you cut it in half along it’s equator (stem is the North Pole), then you will see the 5 pointed star within.

Since you are spending the weekend cutting back those twiggy plants that are taking over your garden, or have made a trip to your broom patch to clip materials, AND collected your broom’s handle before you started, you have everything in the circle with you now, don’t you!  LOL!!!  Don’t forget the twine! (and the gorilla glue) 🙂

Gather the stalks of the broom (or twigs from another woody plant you’d like to use) now, tying them together as you state your intention and set that into place with your energy as you attach the bundle to the branch or dowel you’ve chosen as a handle.  This tool symbolically aligns with the turn of the moon in retreat, as it is intended to discard or sweep clean of whatever you choose.  It may be new to you, however you’ve had to prune branches or stalks to make it, and it contains the essence of the air of Gemini.  It will be especially good for ridding yourself of unwanted guests!

In addition to letting go of unnecessary or surplus situations or people or objects, this broom is of course lovely for sweeping things INTO your life.  However now is not the time for that.  Wait until Diana’s Bow!

After a period of dancing around your (hopefully private) circle with your new toy, thank the Moon Goddess for gracing you with her presence.  Speak your emotions to her as she hangs in the sky above you.  Release her from the ritual with courtesy and thanksgiving.  Release the quarters if you’ve called them, and you can use your new broom to sweep down the circle itself, obscuring the energy line in the earth as you ‘see’ it fading away, dispelled by your efforts.

Eat chocolate.  Ground yourself and let the energies drain back into the earth so that they do not stagnate in your system.  It’s important to be and stay as grounded as you can, to take care of your nervous system.

Last night I watched the full moon rise over the waves crashing on the shore of the Atlantic ocean.  It was lovely, and this morning I walked on the beach as the sun was rising, the full moon setting in the west, and the brown pelicans flying over the surf, looking for their breakfast.  So I’m giving thanks for this peaceful time tonight. I’ll have my list of things to appreciate, which I will tie with sky blue and yellow ribbons (air element colors), and place on the altar.  Next, I’ll write out those things I can safely sweep out of my life, and place it in the burner, using my feather fan to blow the flame into being, and the smoke into the sky.  Feel free to join me with your own ideas.  And always always please add your thoughts to the comments beneath the posts.  I’d love to hear from you.

Blessed be,
Marie Angeli

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Dark Moon in Aries

by on Mar.22, 2012, under moon magick, Moon Unit

Hello dears,

Tonight the Moon is in Aries.  Tonight the moon is dark.  Astrologically, the moon is not a happy camper here.  Aries is fiery hot, sterile, dry, the exact opposite of the energies that make the moon thrive.  Since we are at the dark of the moon, now is usually the time when one would perform divination and/or pathworking.  Although for me personally, I’ll stay clear of the energies tonight for anything except meditation.

I’m not trying to be negative about Moon in Aries at all.  Agriculturally, there are some circumstances when this time would be good for things like cultivation or burning off deadwood, or destroying pests.  If we are in season or moon phase for harvesting, this moon is a great time to do that.  The dry qualities of this fire sign help ensure that the harvest should keep a long time.  And for the time after the dark moon, seeding crops now leads to a fast growth.  Plants sprout and grow quickly, although not in a stable way.  If you are looking to get a crop to market, or a project to the boardroom quickly, tonight and the next couple of nights are the time to start these things.  The moon will stay in Aries until about 9:45pm UT or about 5:45pm Eastern, 24th of March.

Again, as we are now past the peak moments of the dark moon, the time to start things that you wish to accomplish quickly is now thru 3/24 5:45pm ET.

Just remember, speed does not necessarily mean stability.  The better time to plant or to begin new works will be immediately after the moon leaves Aries, when it arrives in Taurus.  This sign is beautifully fertile, and the moon loves being here!  Because we are still in the very new moon energies here, what you plant or start will root deeply, with great stability, and strong structure, producing abundant fruits.  Business projects are wonderfully begun in this Taurus moon, as well as artistic endeavors.  Almost any kind of project, actually!

So enjoy your meditations tonight, and I’ll be back with the moon in Taurus to talk about decorating your new wand.

Blessed Be!
Marie Angeli

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