)O( Jaunuary Moon Report )O(
Been looking up, the moon she’s so bright
She’s so white, she’s so clean
I’m telling you, she’s everything.
January Moon Phases
JAN 29 10:18 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.
“Traditional belief in the moon’s influence on accidents, crime, and destruction is backed by tales from police, firefighters and ambulence drivers, as well as several controversial scientific studes. We are adviced to take more care of our belongings, our homes, and even our lives at the time of the full moon.” -Tom Folley
JAN 7 2:39 am*
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 Dark Moon:
JAN 14 11:11 pm*
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.
JAN 23 2:53 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.
*Moon Phases (above) are at Pacific Standard Time
*Moon in Signs (below) are at Eastern Time
January Full Moon Names and Traditions *
Full Wolf Moon, January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, (but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.) It is also refered to as: Quiet Moon, Cold Moon, Chaste Moon, Disting Moon, Moon of Little Winter.
Some facts about the January Moon:
The Full Moon of January honored Ch’ang-O, Chinese goddess of the bedchamber and protector of children.
“Ch’ang Ô is the Chinese moon goddess, the younger sister of the Water Spirit. Her husband Shên I, the “Excellent Archer”, was given the drug of immortality by the gods. Ch’ang Ô discovered the pill which Her husband had hidden. Not knowing what it was, but seduced by its delicious fragrance, She ate it. Suddenly She found She could fly. Just then Shên I came home, and realizing what She had done, She fled from Him, up into the sky, until finally She reached the Moon–a glowing white sphere, very cold, with no life save a forest of cinnamon trees. Here She made Her new home.
Her husband in the meantime had come to realize that Ch’ang Ô’s destiny was to be the Goddess of the Moon, as His was to be God of the Sun. He was made immortal also, and given a great house on the surface of the Sun. When He came to visit Cha’ng Ô on the Moon She was afraid at first, but He explained He was no longer angry with Her, and They were reconciled. He built Her a palace of cinnamon-wood and precious stones, and is said to visit Her on the fifteenth day of each month, when the Moon is full.
Some say She was transformed into a three-legged toad, the three legs representing the three ten-day phases of the Moon.
Ch’ang Ô is often depicted with a hare, and the Hare of the Moon can still be seen traced on the surface of the full Moon. She represents the source of yin, the female principle, as Her husband symbolizes yang, the masculine.” -Information about Chango, and artwork by Thalia Took
The New Year in China begins on the first day of the New Moon when the Sun is in Aquarius. This can be as early as January 21 and no later than February 19.
The word January comes from the Roman name for this month; it was named after the god Janus, who had two faces. This deity ruled over beginnings and, endings, the past and the future. Since January is reckoned as the first month of a new year, this connection with the god Janus is appropriate. It is an excellent time to work on putting aside the old and outdated in one’s personal life and making plans for new and better conditions.
)O( Important Events
In addition to the New Moon on January 15th, there is also a solar eclipse on that date.
Other events in January:
Jan. 1: Celebration of the Seven Deities of Luck in Japan and the goddess Fortuna in Rome.
Jan. 2: The Birth of the goddess Inanna in ancient Sumeria.
Inanna, which means “Queen of Heaven”, is the Sumerian Great Goddess and forerunner of the Babylonian Ishtar, with whom She shares similar legends. Sumer was a culture located in what is now the southern half of Iraq, between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, known as the “Cradle of Civilization”. It was one of the earliest civilizations on this Earth.
Inanna is the First Daughter of the Moon, and the Star of Morning and Evening. Like Anat and Aphrodite (who is believed to have a Phoenician origin) She is linked to the planet Venus and is a love-goddess.
Her wedding to the Shepard Dumuzi was celebrated on the first day of the new year as a sacred marriage rite, and Her legends show Her to be a woman of powerful sexuality.
Inanna’s descent to the Underworld is similar to the journey of the later goddess Ishtar, with some important differences–Inanna goes to the Underworld to learn of the wisdom of death and rebirth. To be released from Death She must choose a substitute, and offers up Dumuzi, who in Her absence has not mourned. With Dumuzi gone, His sister Geshtinanna, Goddess of Wine, went frantically searching and eventually a bargain was struck: Dumuzi would remain half the year in the Underworld, and Geshtinanna would take His place in the Land of the Dead for the rest of the year.
Inanna in a reading indicates a passionate and overwhelming love that demands all of the beloved, whether a child, lover, or a passion such as music or painting. This love needs to be tempered with compassion and forgiveness or it may hurtle itself to a destructive end.
Titles: Honored Counsellor, Ornament of Heaven, Holy Priestess of Heaven, Supreme Among the Heavenly Gods
-Information about Inanna, and artwork by Thalia Took
Jan. 5-6: Night-time ritual to honor Kore; held in the Koreion in Alexandria. The fifth day of the first month was the birthday of the Chinese god of wealth, Tsai Shen,or Ts’ai-Shen.
Kore was just a girl when She was abducted by the God of the Dead, Hades (“The Invisible”), and dragged down into the Underworld to be His wife. Her mother Demeter was consumed with grief and searched for nine days, but no one would tell Her anything: for Kore had been abducted with the approval of Zeus, ruler of the Gods, who was the girl’s own father. Finally Helios–who as Sun God sees all–told Demeter what had happened. In anger and despair, She rejected the world of the Gods and wandered among mankind. In Her sorrow, She also withheld Her gifts of fertility so that no crops grew. At this Zeus finally gave in and commanded Hades to release Her daughter.
However when Kore was returned to Demeter, it was found She had eaten a few pomegranate seeds while in the Underworld, binding Her there. As a compromise it was allowed that Kore would spend one third of the year in the Land of the Dead, and two-thirds with Her mother on the Earth. This produces the seasons–for when Kore is away from Her mother, dark winter descends as the Earth sorrows; but When Her daughter is returned to Her, the flowers spring forth in joy.
Kore and Demeter are thought of as two faces of the same goddess, and with Persephone, Kore’s name as Queen of the Underworld, they make up the classic Triple Goddess–Kore (whose name means simply “The Maiden”), Demeter (“Earth/Barley Mother”) and Persephone (“Destroyer of Light”), the Crone or Death-goddess. Within Herself, the Goddess (and Woman) contains the whole cycle of life, from birth to death to rebirth.
The journey of the Great Goddess through death and rebirth formed the basis of the famed cult of the Eleusinian Mysteries, initiatory rites to the Goddess held in the Greek city of Eleusis that were said to have been founded by the Goddess Herself. Over time the Mysteries became very popular and were considered a highly ethical ritual to take part in that promised eternal life after death. The mystery of Nature’s death and rebirth told through the tale of Demeter and Kore is a women’s mystery that was recognized as humanity’s mystery.
In a reading this card indicates that the situation is more complex than originally thought. Large patterns and cycles are at play here; it may help to keep in mind that things are cyclical and will come around. It can also represent finding your power in a bad situation–after Kore was carried off against Her will to the Underworld, She became its Queen.
Alternate names: Core, Cora, Persephone, Persephoneia, Persephassa
-Information about Kore, and artwork by Thalia Took
Jan. 6: Celtic day of the Three-Fold Goddesses: Maid, Mother, Crone.
Jan.10: Day of Freyja, the Norse Mother Goddess.
Jan.12: Besant Panchami, or Dawat Puja, the Festival of Sarasvati in India or on the closest New Crescent Moon. In Rome, the Compitalia to celebrate the Lares, household gods.
Jan.18: The Theogamia of Hera, a women’s festival for all aspects of this goddess.
Jan.20: In Bulgaria, the Baba Den, or Grandmother’s Day for the goddess Baba Den, or Baba Yaga. In China, a day of the Kitchen God.
Jan.24: In Hungary, the Blessing of the Candle of the Happy Women, a ceremony of purification honoring Fire goddesses.
Jan.27: The Paganalia, a day of the Earth Mother in Rome.
“The moon never beams without bringing me dreams…”- Edgar Allen Poe
Moon In Signs
Moon phases are crucial to magickal workings but there is another valuable tool in the Moon’s magickal arsenal, Moon in zodiac signs. We know the Moon sets the emotional mood for the day, and using those subtle changes to your advantage can change a result from ‘fuzzy or vague’ to ‘perfect!’ To understand how this works, you need to understand how the Moon travels. Simply, it is the astrological sign the Moon travels through and it is something that should be considered when planning magickal workings, or even mundane tasts. As the Moon’s phases gives off different energies, so too do the astrological signs she visits. To figure out how the Moon in any particular sign will effect you, consider the nature of the sign the Moon is visiting. For example, if the Moon is in Virgo, it would be a great time to tend to details, tidying up, being efficient, make plans, but watch out for anxiety about what could go wrong, overthinking an issue etc.,
Last Aspect Moon Enters New Sign
Date Time Date Sign Time
1 10:43 am 1 Leo 9:41 pm
3 4:55 pm 3 Virgo 9:52 pm
5 12:25 pm 5 Libra 11:58 pm
8 1:07 am 8 Scorpio 5:00 am
10 10:02 am 10 Sagittarius 1:10 pm
12 9:43 pm 12 Capricorn 11:54 pm
15 4:02 am 15 Aquarius 12:17 pm
17 3:22 pm 18 Pisces 1:17am
20 1:06 am 20 Aries 1:36 pm
22 2:46 pm 22 Taurus 11:39 pm
24 10:03 pm 25 Gemini 6:11 am
27 1:32 am 27 Cancer 9:01 am
28 11:49 pm 29 Leo 9:10 am
31 1:27 am 31 Virgo 8:23 am
In about 28 days the Moon circles the Earth and she moves through each zodiac sign in two and a half days as you can see from the chart above. Because she moves one degree in two-two and a half hours her influence is short lived. Though from the point where she reaches her highest degree within a sign to the point where she is reaching the next sign, it is called ‘void-of-course.’ It’s best to think of this short time period, as ‘dead time’ because plans usually don’t work properly. These are the times when we uncharacteristically exercize poor judgement because actions initiated during this time period aren’t given the full picture. But, all is not lost, this is a good time for just reflecting, not acting. If you are a person that likes to periodically ‘put things off’ well this is a great time for that. You can think about what to do when the Moon is right for it!
January V/C times
1 7:43 am
3 1:55 pm
5 9:25 am
7 10:07 pm
8 1:07 am *
10 7:02 am
12 6:43 pm
15 1:02 am
17 12:22 pm
19 10:06 pm
20 1:06 am
22 11:46 an
24 7:03 pm
26 10:32 pm
27 7:12 pm
28 8:49 pm
30 10:27 pm
31 1:27 am *
* These are Eastern Time because only Eastern Time is inicated for v/c moon, all others are set to Pacific Time Zone.
“Double double toil and trouble…” Macbeth
)O( Moon Magic Tip:
If you find that you need to do some spell work and the moon phase doesn’t fit, and you don’t have time to wait…rework your spell. For example, if you are looking for a new love in your life and the moon is in wane, work a spell for getting rid of lonliness etc.,
The Moon Through the Zodiac Following the Lunar Waves By Molly Hall, About.com Guide
Everyday Moon Magic by Dorothy Morrison
Moon Magick by D.J. Conway
The Book of the Moon by Tom Folley
2010 Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book
Llewellyn’s 2010 Daily Planetary Guide