Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations!
What has traditionally been known as the Moon card refers to a deep state of sensitivity and imaginative impressionability, developed within a womb of deep relaxation. Here we dream and go into trance, have visions and receive insights, wash in and out with the psychic tides, and experience deep mystical and/or terrifying realities beyond our ordinary senses. The full moon and/or eclipse cycle charted by the Magi (as in some of the earliest Moon card images) exemplify this as a mechanism that Nature uses to expand consciousness.
The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters
We are eager to start new projects now that the evocative Moon is in extroverted Leo. The Moon’s Grand Fire Trine with the inspirational Sagittarius Sun and irrepressible Uranus in pioneering Aries makes this a propitious time to initiate action. We are willing to set our goals a little higher and stretch a bit further to reach them. Even if we run into obstacles, we still feel joy from the upward movement of our spirit.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You are excited today as the storm clouds continue to clear, encouraging you to feel as if you can see forever. Although this is a great day to set long-term goals, the lively Leo Moon adds an element of playfulness to nearly anything you do. You can even come to terms with difficult emotions now, especially if you are willing to narrow your vision and move slower as you execute your plans.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might reveal your innermost feelings today in a rather cavalier manner. Usually, it takes time for you to open up and verbalize your emotions, but self-disclosure seems like the simplest course of action now. Grab the opportunity to share while you can, since expressing what’s in your heart sets a positive tone for the days ahead.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You may have so much to do today that you feel tired before you even begin anything. And although it’s difficult to set a pace you can maintain throughout the day, getting started is half the battle now. Don’t worry about the possibility of letting others down because you’re not sure you can hold up your end of the deal. You might be happily surprised when you look back and realize how much you actually accomplished.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Everything at work seems to be moving along smoothly today now that the extroverted Leo Moon collaborates with the planets in your 6th House of Employment. Nevertheless, your emotions are more complicated than others realize, but you might be afraid to share them now because you don’t want to create any drama. Ironically, expressing your true feelings will ultimately result in more harmony than if you remain quiet.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Today’s outgoing Leo Moon poses an interesting dilemma. You’re more sensitive than usual, but you’re also excited by original ideas and unconventional plans of action. Your world is humming an unfamiliar tune and you are ready to play along, yet there’s a nagging voice that encourages you to stay within safe boundaries. Find a way to honor your vulnerability while still moving joyfully toward your future.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Newly acquired information must be integrated into your current perspective today, even if you think it will distract you from your real work. You might act impulsively, letting others know how you feel without regard to the consequences. Although there’s no need to postpone action until another day, make sure your decisions are made in a methodical manner rather than shooting from the hip.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Although today is an action-packed day, it seems as if something is holding you back from doing as much as you wish. It may be that social obligations prevent you from having the fun that you wanted. However, if you remain flexible, the potential for enjoyment might resurface later in the day in ways that you could never expect.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Although several planets moving through Water signs heighten your emotional sensitivity now, a Grand Fire Trine empowers you to swing into action and overcome any self-doubt. There’s still more work to do resolving issues regarding your own self-worth, but at least you can sense hope is on the horizon. Be patient yet persistent. Don’t ease up on your efforts, but it’s important to realize that it’s going to take some time to achieve the results you desire. Your positive attitude can make all the difference in the world.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your energy is building to a crescendo today, yet you must be careful not to over-commit so you don’t waste the current opportunities in front of you. It’s tempting to blindly trust your confidence now, but it’s healthier to support your optimistic outlook with analytical skills and a concrete plan. Balancing your goals with a bit of common sense multiplies your chances of finding success.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You can feel a shift into a new perspective, but you might still resist change. For this reason, the next few days may feel a bit strained as current circumstances require you to let go of the past. Meanwhile, now that the Moon is in expressive Leo, you need to take a risk to make the most of the situation. Nevertheless, watch your moods carefully, especially while interacting with people who stir up your emotions. It’s perfectly acceptable to switch the topic if things get too intense.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Social activities bring a lot of joy this time of year, but unfortunately, there is also a high price to pay. If you overextend your commitments now, you might find yourself too tired to do what really must be done. Your current practice should include moderation. If you curtail your activities just a little, you can conserve the energy that you need to fulfill your current obligations.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
It might feel as if you’re running around in circles today, as you think and rethink the same ideas. Your current mental loops may border on obsession, but they can also indicate that some information about a project at work is still missing. Nevertheless, shine your inner light for all to see. Don’t waste precious energy trying to analyze what’s happening; just trust that it will all make sense in due time.
Your weekend should be hot with the mood-setting Moon in lovely Libra and your 7th House of Partners. However, a tense square to your rowdy ruling planet Mars could stir up discontent on Saturday. You need physical stimulation to release your stress; move your body, explore new places and put some more spice in your personal life. Be playful in a light and easygoing way to create sparks, but avoid becoming too competitive or you could end up on the sidelines alone.
The sociable Libra Moon is in your 6th House of Service on Friday and Saturday where you can earn bonus points by being helpful to others. Giving a little more now or putting in a bit of extra effort pays off in the near future. In fact, you might even experience some of that joy on Sunday when the Moon shifts into sexy Scorpio and your 7th House of Relationships, enabling you to end the week with some intense play and passion.
You could be in for a yummy weekend with the charming Libra Moon’s presence in your 5th House of Romance on Friday and Saturday. This is your time to shine by being a gracious host, creative artist or perfect partner in pleasure. Though this seems like a light and frothy period, you still may settle into a deeper conversation with someone special. Addressing your desires more honestly reveals the truth of who you are and makes real intimacy possible.
The weekend begins on a weird note with a lunar opposition to unconventional Uranus on Friday that’s likely to rattle your cage and shake up the status quo. If you’re insistent on sticking to your plans, you may be scrambling to maintain control and will miss out on all the fun. A willingness to let go and accept what arises reduces stress and opens you up to new and different experiences. There’s no need to cling to the past. Heading toward the future with an open mind and a positive attitude is the only way to go.
Keeping your sense of humor in the midst of heated conversations could be your key to social success this weekend. The gracious Libra Moon occupies your 3rd House of Communication where charm and diplomacy are held in high regard. Sure, you may encounter combative individuals with ideas that oppose yours, but if you can’t carry on a polite discussion, it’s probably wiser to walk away than to allow the conflict to escalate.
There’s nothing wrong with a little midweek passion since the Moon is in your sign on Wednesday and Thursday. The former is ideal for mixing work and pleasure but the latter is made for pure play. Reward yourself for taking care of business with a little self-indulgence. Making your needs a priority puts you in a stronger position to express yourself in a current relationship or while pursuing a new one.
Expect an exciting but not necessarily orderly and predictable weekend. The Moon is in your creative sign, heightening your emotions and casting you in the spotlight. But planetary connections with revolutionary Uranus provoke unusual events and unexpected feelings on Friday that could knock you off stride. Nevertheless, if you can relax and go with the flow you could find yourself in some delightfully surprising circumstances.
You may be more comfortable staying away from the crowds most of this weekend. The Moon spends Friday and Saturday traveling through your 12th House of Obscurity where privacy is particularly desirable. Spending time alone or with one undemanding individual gives you a break from the social whirl. The mood changes on Sunday when the evocative Moon moves into your passionate sign and aligns with dreamy Neptune to offer you both peace and passion.
The lovely Libra Moon lights up your 11th House of Groups on Friday and Saturday, encouraging you to go out with friends or connect with others through an organization as a positive way to use this energy. Just be aware that excitement could suddenly get out of hand with some reckless behavior. Breaking patterns and trying new activities are fine as long as you don’t take foolish risks. You may need to recover and relax on Sunday so give yourself some peace and quiet while you can.
You’re the social director this weekend, assuming the impossible responsibility of keeping everyone happy. However, that’s not a job that leaves you much time for yourself, so do your best to avoid taking on more obligations than necessary. You will have more fun if you don’t try to control events all on your own. The chances for surprises are good and a lack of cooperation from others might be likely, which means flexibility is needed now to reduce stress and enhance pleasure.
Breaking out of routine situations is a must this weekend. You’re usually the first one willing to explore unfamiliar territory, and that’s especially true now. Trying to stuff your feelings to appease others could backfire on Friday or Saturday. Sure, compromises are necessary in any relationship, but if you give too much ground now, the outcome might not be pretty. Have an exit plan in case you need to make a sudden getaway.
The Moon is in accommodating Libra and your 8th House of Shared Values on Friday and Saturday. Ideally, this tunes you into your partner’s needs and allows you to get closer. However, there’s a risk of relinquishing your own desires and making sacrifices that won’t work to your advantage. Sometimes it’s better to stand alone than to lose yourself to please a person. Just listen to your heart and you won’t go too far off track.
The first workday of December 2012 is a rather upbeat and opportunistic 24-hour time-span. Look for breakthroughs in higher consciousness — courtesy of a Moon-Uranus trine of 120-degrees from Leo to Aries (3:08AM PST). If you are awake and active at this time, explore high-tech subjects or learn more about advances on the cutting edge of science and metaphysics. There is reinforcement of this expansive, mental state of affairs later on as the Moon makes a supportive, 60-degree alliance with Jupiter (3:51PM PST). Everything seems to be coming up roses as the Moon in Leo and the Sun in Sagittarius proceed with a pleasant wave of cosmic goodness by their forming a harmonious trine in fire signs (6:05PM PST). It probably won’t surprise you too much if the bloom comes off the rose shortly after the solar-lunar positive partnership takes place. Venus becomes the catalyst for change as it makes an abrasive, 135-degree tie with Ceres (8:32PM PST) while also forming a square to the Moon (11:39PM PST). Whenever Venus shifts toward being more mischief-maker than uplifting benefactor, emotions and feelings are in shake-up mode and love bonds may become frayed temporarily. Hang in there as Monday evening morphs into Tuesday morning.
Colors: Grey and white
Altar: Upon a grey cloth set a large wooden box covered with carvings of horror, blight, and disease. It should be filled with two layers of rolled papers, separated by a cloth. The first layer is rolled papers tied with black string, which are assignments as to what offering of aid to the unfortunate should be given. The bottom layer is rolled papers tied with silver string, each of which has a saying of hope written upon it. Aside from the box, the altar should be starkly empty.
Offerings: Give aid and hope to those who are suffering outside the House. The following day should be a day of helping other organizations.
Daily Meal: Give food to others; the House fasts tonight.
Invocation to Pandora
You were made like a toy by the Gods
To take revenge on the world,
Yet you hold your own mystery.
You were constructed with all gifts,
Yet we must never forget
That suffering, too, is a gift.
Though it may seem like the greatest of evils,
The pain that you bring hones us,
Tries us, trials us, tests our mettle,
And teaches us the limits of Life.
Help us to honor these gifts of yours,
These thorns and hails and lightning strikes,
This pain and weakness and suffering.
And help us to always remember,
The final gift in the bottom of your box,
Which is hope for the future.
(All come forward and kneel before the altar. The keeper of the box says, “Choose your suffering.” One at a time, each comes forward and takes a paper from the top layer of the box. Then the keeper of the box says, “Choose hope,” and each comes forward and takes another paper from the bottom. The box is closed and all leave in silence.)
Altar: Upon cloth of white place a figure of Mengloth, cut from cloth and filled with herbs, a cup of herb-fortified wine, a pot of herbal tea with cups, a mortar and pestle, and bunches and jars of all the medicinal herbs in the House.
Offerings: Give natural medicine to someone.
Daily Meal: Anything healthy and well-balanced.
Invocation to Mengloth
Hail, Lady of Lyfjaberg,
Mistress of Gastropnir,
High on the highest peak
In the pure air of the north country
Atop snowy cliffs you dwell.
Lady whose roads are long and winding,
Lady whose roads are treacherous and fell,
Lady whose hidden fortress is sought
By the weak, the ill, the desperate,
Those whom all medicine has failed.
Lady of the Last Resort,
Healer of the wounds that cannot be healed,
This offering we make to you
And all the maidens that cluster around you;
Hlif and Hlifthrasa, Thjofvara, Aurboda,
Bjort and Bleik, Blith and Frith,
Colleague of Eir the Healer of Asgard.
We pray your healing hands, Jeweled One,
We pray your healing mind, Mountain-High,
We pray your healing magic shall shape us whole.
Svipdag’s beloved, Keeper of the Wand of Light,
May your favor shine upon us
As we ascend to the trials of your high road.
(The wine is poured out as a libation. Each comes forward then and pours a cup of the herbal tea, asking for healing for themselves or others, and drinks it.)
This is a tremendous time of transmutation. All of the prior elements are coming together for a final burst of creative output. You have seen a clear view of your own needs and the posture of significant others. Now the accumulation of that input is leading to a deep, core change within you. In this phase, you will naturally be inclined to seek higher guidance so that you can emerge from this transformation successfully. The Disseminting Moon favors sharing what you have learned (and are learning) with others
7 Green Oak Leaves (Or Bay leaves if these are out of season)
A Purple Candle
A Yellow Candle
Run the bath to a depth and temperature of your liking. Put the lavender oil and oak leaves into it, swish it around, then light the candles and climb into the bath. Close your eyes (but don’t fall asleep). Begin to breathe, breathe in a warming Orange light of confidence, and breathe out murky coloured self-doubts.
Imagine a yellow light above your head, which slides down your body, touching every bit of you from top to the tips of your toes. Continue to breathe in slowly through your nose and out through your mouth.
Say out loud:
“I am gorgeous,
I am beautiful,
I am Goddess”
Repeat this six times in total.
When you leave the bath, snuff out the candles and thread the oak leaves on the purple thread. Then, whenever your self-esteem fails you, heat jasmine oil in an oil burner, light the candles, hold up the oak leaves and repeat the chant.
When the leaves eventually run out, begin again with new oak leaves and new candles.
The oak leaves may be carried with you (in a small box or envelope) in your handbag / bag on (all sorts) of important dates. When touching up your make – up, or getting ready just get out the oak leaves and repeat the mantra to spur you to greater things.
Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Fluorite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.
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