Eclipse & New Moon

APTOPIX Ring Of Fire Eclipse

Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

Since I was able to watch the eclipse from here, I made a perfect little pinhole camera out of an old Christmas topper box to view it with. Throughout the viewing time I would go out front and see how it was progressing. It was fun cause the old man across the street had his telescope out in his front yard to view the eclipse with. Nice to know I’m not the only geek on the block!

During the eclipse I decided to make use of the twilight energies and went about with some workings. Although I was born and raised in this house, I am new to the neighborhood at this point. The energy of the place has changed dramatically, so I took the time to reintroduce myself to the genius loci. I live at the base of a 569 foot hill which is a part of a chain of ancient volcanic mountains, so I climbed the short hill and went to the spot I was called to go to. I sat and meditated and conversed with the spirit I found there and presented it with an offering. Continue reading

Supermoon 2012

The “supermoon” appears behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece, while tourists watch, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Dimitri Messinis/AP Photo

I stood out last night under the perigee full moon and set out all my cleansed quartz crystals to charge.

I also cleansed all manner of jewelry and other stones, some of which came outside with me as well.

I toasted the gods, the ancestors, and the fair-folk and asked for a blessing for myself and others.

I also took the time to do a releasing spell. I wrote out my request on parchment and burned it by the light of the full moon.

As I stood there watching the incense waft, a very bright falling star shot across the moon (likely from the Eta Aquarids) which I took as a positive sign while the neighborhood barn owl circled silently above, over-shadowing me.

This morning I found one of its downy feathers in the backyard. Wildspeak has this to say about the barn owl.

Being prone to judging others based off first impressions, first impressions, occasional inflexibility, adapting to things in unexpected ways, being made into a villain by others, sometimes having to be the ‘bad guy,’ a possible connection to Ares, a close relationship to mice and rodent energies, an exceptional ability to hear the truth in all worlds.

Festival Dates

There are many ways Pagans determine when to perform rituals for sabbats and lunar rites. Some Pagans celebrate on the closest weekend, some celebrate the sabbats on the nearest full or new moon, some celebrate the day of while others will celebrate the eve of, some will use local conditions, and others use popular timing as determined by astronomy. This article will focus on this last method of popular astronomy.

The greater sabbat dates are fixed, which mean they don’t change. Generally, the are celebrated on the first of the corresponding month. Although another method is to use the date when a sabbat is at fifteen degrees of its fixed sign (Samhain – Scorpio, Imbolc – Aquarius, Beltane – Taurus, Lughnasadh – Leo). Now on to the lesser sabbats; the solstices and equinoxes. Although popular culture will have you believe that the equinoxes are the dates of equal daylight and nighttime, this is not exactly true. An equinox is actually determined by the date the sun intersects the equator. The time of equal lightness and darkness for your area would be determined by local sunrise and sunset information. As for the solstices, these occur specifically when the axis of the earth is tilted farthest from the Sun or nearest to the Sun. So solstices might not be the longest day or night, but are one of them. The lesser sabbats also correspond to zero degrees of its cardinal sign (Yule – Capricorn, Ostara – Aries, Litha – Cancer, Mabon – Libra), however the dates associated with the festivals no longer correspond to these constellations.

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