Thursday, January 18, 2007

New Moon

For those who like to keep track of the Lunar comings and goings, today is January's New Moon!
I found a cool moon calculator to add to my blog. Check it out midway down the left side column. This way you can keep track of where the Moon is at!

Now, why would you want to keep track of the Moon cycles? Well, if you were so inclined, you can align yourself with the cycles of the Moon to help you with your gardening, spellwork, personal spiritual work, among other things. The Lunar cycles are strong, so why not pay attention to that energy and run WITH it, instead of AGAINST it?

The Moon can help us work with our "darker" personal energies. Now this might sound dire, but it's not all bad! We can take advantage of these cycles to look inward, and do the corresponding work. If you have patterns in your life that repeat themselves, and you would really rather that they not, you can use the waning phase of the Moon to address this. Similarly, if you want to create abundance, love, and prosperity in your life, then doing work when the moon is in waxing mode will help that along.

When the Moon is full, we can feel that energy at it's most influential. Doing divination work on the full Moon will help illuminate your issues right now. When the Moon is new, as it is today, it's a great time to start planning a new venture. you might want to wait a day or two before doing any magickal works associated with it, though.
Some general lunar magickal correspondences are love, dreams, sleep, fertility, peace:
  • Metal: silver

  • Stone: moonstone

  • Herbs: Lotus, Camphor, Dulse, Poppy, Myrrh, Sandalwood (to name a few)

  • Goddess: Athena, Aphrodite (among many others depending on pantheon)

  • Animal: Owl (again, there are many)

These are just a few of the many correspondences for the Moon. All the monthly moons have names, attributed to them in Native American traditions. This moon is called the Wolf Moon. This name can be different depending on what text you are referencing. Even if you aren't ready to get something new started right now, you might want to plan for next month's new moon, or even this month's full moon.

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