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“That orbed maiden
With white fire laden
Whom mortals call the Moon”
-Percy Bythe Shelley, “The Cloud”
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Full Moon: DEC 1 11:30 pm*
Full moons occur from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Full moons are prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any workings that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, full moons aide work for love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money, divination, and dreams. It is said that full moon magic is like a white candle — all purpose.
Full moon magic can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise of the full moon, the night of the full moon and during the 3 days after. DEC 1 11:30 pm
Cats’ eyes open wider during a Full Moon than any other phase, so it’s said…
Last Quarter:DEC 8 4:13 pm *
Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of waning moon. The waning moon is best used for banishing and rejecting those things that influence us in a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments, and bad habits can all be let go and special spells for clearing can be performed at this time. Saging your home is a great idea during this time.
From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon.The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.
New Moon:DEC 16 4:02 am*
The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also a good time for love and romance, health or job hunting, anything that is for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. The new moon is also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival or something you just obtained. Some people call the new moon the dark moon and the terms are often interchangeably used.
New moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.
First Quarter: DEC 24 9:36 am*
The first quarter, called the waxing moon is best used for attraction and constructive magic, love spells, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck, and healing energy.
Between the new and full moon from seven to fourteen days is a period of the waxing moon.
The Gauls made ritual cakes in the shape of crescents to honor the Moon, the French carry on this yummy tradition, which we call ‘croissants’ which means:
)0( BLUE MOON )0( DEC 31 11:13 am
Blue moon, also called thirteenth month, to the Egyptians it connected to the color blue and was very lucky, as blue was a lucky color. This may conincide with the saying ‘once in a blue moon’ we know as meaning occasionally, like luck rolls are way…occasionally.
December Full Moon
The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon, Oak Moon, Wolf Moon, Aerra Geola (Month before Yule) Wintermonat (Winter Month) Heilagmanoth (Holy Month) Big Winter Moon, and Moon of Popping Trees – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
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Dec. 1 Day of Pallas Athene/Minerva in Greece.
Dec. 3 The Roman Feast of Bona Dea (the Good Goddess), deity of Justice.
Dec. 4 Festival of Minerva in Rome
The Festival of Minerva (Athena) was a Roman celebration to the Goddess Minerva. Ovid at Fasti explains about this Festival:
A festival of mine,” said She, “is celebrated under that name in the month of March, and among my inventions is also the guild of flute-players. I was the first, by piercing boxwood with holes wide apart, to produce the music of the long flute. The sound was pleasing; but in the water that reflected my face I saw my virgin cheeks puffed up. ‘I value not the art so high; farewell, my flute!’ said I, and threw it away; it fell on the turf of the river-bank. A satyr (Marsyas) found it and at first beheld it with wonder; he knew not its use, but perceived that, when he blew into it, the flute gave forth a note, and with the help of his fingers he alternately let out and kept in his breath. And now he bragged of his skill among the nymphs and challenged Phoebus (Apollo); but, vanquished by Phoebus, he was hanged and his body flayed of its skin. Yet am I the inventress and foundress of this music; that is why the profession keeps my days holy.” (Ovid, Fasti, VI. 651-710)
Dec. 8 Festical of Ixchel amonth the Maya. Festival of Neith in Egypt. The Astraea in Greece, Goddess of Justice.
Dec. 10 Festival of Lux Mundi (Light of the World) honoring the Roman Goddess, Liberty.
Dec. 13 St. Lucia/Lucy’s Day in Sweden.
Dec. 17-23 The Saturnalia in Rome.
Dec. 18 Eponalia: (around) Eponas annual festival in Roman times in Mantua/Italy. Dec. 19 The Opalia, for Ops, in Rome; success and fertility. The Pongol in India; the Hindu Solstice festival to Sarasvati.
Dec. 21 Yule/Winter Solstice, Celtic Festical of the Stars. Osiris’ return to Isis in Egypt.
Dec. 23 Day of Hathor in Egypt. The Night of Lamps. or final entombment of Osiris, in Egypt and Acca Larentia, also known simply as Lara, she is a goddess of sexuality in whose worship sacred prostitution played an important role. A semi-divine prostitute, she passed into Roman mythology as a benefactress of the lower classes and as the she-wolf foster-mother of Remus and Romulus, the mythical founders of Rome. Her festival was called the Larentalia.
In Egyptian mythology the sky goddess and the daughter of Ra. In legends, Hathor is associated with most of the other goddesses, who personified the principles of feminine love, motherhood and joy. Hathor was depicted as a cow with a sun disk between her horns or as a slender woman with a headress of horns and sun disk. (For more information on Hathor, check out my article in Circle Magazine, Summer 2008 Magic Mirrors.)
A hymn to Hathor says:
Thou art the Mistress of Jubilation,
the Queen of the Dance,
the Mistress of Music,
the Queen of the Harp Playing,
the Lady of the Choral Dance,
the Queen of Wreath Weaving,
the Mistress of Inebriety Without End.
Dec. 24 Modresnach or Mother Night among Anglo-Saxons. Night of the Mothers in Germany.
Dec. 25 Christmas. End of Saturnalia in Rome. Day of the Geniae in Greece; Athene also honored, Celebration of Astarte in the Semitic countries.
Dec. 26 Birthday of Horus in Egypt
Dec. 27 Birth of the Norse Goddess Freyja
Dec. 31 Hecate’s Day in Rome, Lucky day of Sekhmet in Egypt. The Norns in Scandinavia. Faery of the Van in Wales. Hogmanay in Scotland; ward off evil spirits by wearing costumes, such as hides and horns. In Siciliy for Strenia, Goddess of gifts. In France for Dame Abonde for presents, In Mexico called Wishing Night, Festival of Yemaya Santeria Goddess.
Yemaya is the Yoruban Orisha or Goddess of the living Ocean, Mama Watta, “Mother of the Waters” considered the Mother of All. She is the source of all the waters, including the rivers of Western Africa, especially the River Ogun. In Haitian Vodou She is worshipped as a Moon-goddess, and is believed to protect mothers and their children.
“Do not be afraid to visit me in the depths.”
Magic Moon Water
Take a cauldron, chalice, or plain pail of spring water and set it out in the moonlight of a full moon. This is fantastic for cleansing ritual items, or washing your face and hair with to bring to you the beauty of the moon!
Moon Magic Flowers and Plants
Moonwort– was introduced to England from Germany in the late 1500s and brought to America by the Puritans, this heirloom is also known by such colorful names as Judas’ Penny, Lunaria, Money plant, honesty, silver dollar, satinflower…Magickal properties promise aid for love and money.
Water on the Moon!
‘”I’m here today to tell you that indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit; we found a significant amount” — about a dozen, two-gallon bucketfuls, he said, holding up several white plastic containers.’ announced by project scientist Anthony Colaprete, on November 13th.
On October 9, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, was intentionally crashed into the moon in the Cabeus crater near the moon’s south pole. Through that crash and analyzing the data from the satellite’s spectrometers, which provide the best information about the presence of water, Colaprete said.
“The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon,” Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington, said the latest discovery also could unlock the mysteries of the solar system. “In addition, water and other compounds represent potential resources that could sustain future lunar exploration.”
*John Mosley from the Griffith Observatory and is set to Pacific standard time.
Moon Magick by D.J. Conway
The Book of the Moon by Tom Folley