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Something does not work as expected? Find out what you can do. Back off, and let the Moon slide into another phase before you make a commitment. Check the Moon cycle before you shop for any item that requires you to sign a contract. You can be more easily swayed emotionally during a Full Moon. Chances are you both will be edgy and the communication will be off.
If you must undergo surgery of any kind, check the Moon before setting the date. Bleeding will be more profuse at this time. There are benefits to being in tune with the Moon as well. By cutting your hair and nails during a waxing Moon, they will grow back stronger and faster. Planting by the Moon has been known for centuries; certain plants grow better when planted during certain phases. There are Moon sign almanacs, such as the excellent one by Llewellyn Publications, that give you all the information on this you need.
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This is all interesting information on the Moon but hardly of much practical use unless you combine it with magickal techniques. And magickal techniques are of little use unless you apply them in practical ways to your personal life. After all, magick is for improving your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
To do this throughout a lunar year can be a challenge. The lunar year consists of thirteen months, the old calendar reckoning. I have divided Part Two of this book into these months, filling each lunar division with old sayings about the Moon, ancient religious information, recipes, practical rituals and spellworkings, and a great many other things to make your lunar year one of interest and enthusiasm.
Part Three includes a list of Moon goddesses and gods from around the world.
This can be used to find an appropriate deity if you wish to add a name to your rituals. Or it can be an interesting overview of world Moon deities and how long the Moon has been important to humans. The collective unconscious, or universal mind, still holds all the old information from our own past lives and those of our ancestors. The Moon knowledge of all those ancient civilizations still can affect our subconscious thinking, and our lives, in subtle ways. Each human, however, can learn to deliberately access this portion of the mind through deep meditation and, therefore, be more aware of how it is influencing life.
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Add this to the fact that the physical Moon affects our bodies and emotions, and it seems rather absurd not to work with the flow of power instead of against it. Life is difficult enough. Why not use Moon magick to smooth the path a bit? It takes the Moon nineteen years for Her phases to repeat themselves on the same days. T he word calendar comes from the Latin calendae or kalendae, which was the title of the first day of each Roman month.
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The Indo-European root words for moon, mind, and month are mati-h, manas, mana, or men; all are connected in meaning to the menstrual blood of women and the Goddess. In Greek, mene means Moon, while in Latin the word for Moon was mensis and mensura. These same root words are found in measurement.
Even today there is a remnant of the Moon in our present calendar under the name Monday, or Moon Day. The word create comes from the word crescent, or New Moon. In modern French this survives openly in the word croissant, or crescent cake. There are three types of calendars: solar, lunar, and luni-solar. Calendars are used to establish dates, both secular and religious. They help to mark the times of the Solstices, Equinoxes, eclipses of Sun and Moon, etc.
They are a way of dividing the seasonal year. The most ancient calendars were lunar, those based on the Moon. The solar calendar which most of the world now uses is a rather modern innovation, when compared to the length of time humans have inhabited this planet.
There are a great many archaeological finds and historical documents which reveal that the first cultures lived their lives around the Moon and its phases. Certain holidays are still figured according to the Moon phases. A few cultures even retain the use of the lunar calendar. The earliest Chinese calendar was based on lunar cycles, with observations of both the Sun and the Moon.
The twenty-eight divisions of the Chinese lunar year were called Hsiu, Houses ; each House was inhabited by a warrior-consort of the Moon goddess. Such a calendar was also used in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The calendar of the early Hindus was lunar; still today they speak of the 28 mansions of the Moon. The very early Egyptians had a lunar calendar; in fact, the hieroglyph for month was a crescent Moon. In about BCE, they set up their solar calendar consisting of twelve months of thirty days each. Their weeks were ten days long. At the end of the last month, they added five additional days, which were known as the birthdays of special deities.
This calendar was based on observations of the rising of Sirius or Sothis, the Dog Star. Babylonian priests taught that the god Marduk counted holy days and the seasons by the movements of the Moon.
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The Gaelic words for menstruation and calendar are almost identical: miosach and miosachan. Even today the Moslems use lunar months and years. Because the Islamic year is only or days long, their religious feasts, such as Ramadan, proceed through the seasons. The Jewish culture uses a combination lunar-solar calendar, with the years as solar and the months as lunar. Each month begins when the first sign of the crescent Moon is seen. The Moon never has just one form or size to present to the Earth and its inhabitants.
Sometimes the Moon appears to be larger than at other times. This is caused by the elliptical orbit of the Moon around the Earth. When She is closest to the Earth at perigee , She appears about 15 percent larger than She does when She is farthest away at apogee. When a planetary body like the Moon is even a little closer to us than usual, its visual size increases dramatically.
Magickally, the Moon would be 25 percent stronger at perigee than at apogee. This is a time when we have much higher tides than normal because of the in-creased influence of the Moon upon the Earth. Theoretically, the available power for magick would increase also. Magickal common sense tells you that the higher the Moon rises, the more directly Her rays or powers fall upon the Earth, and the more energy is available for ritual and spellworking. Most of this energy is wasted, as the vast majority of people struggle against the psychic flow instead of putting it to beneficial use.
As the Moon moves through the seasonal year, Her energies also change subtly, for She is influenced by the Sun and the angles She makes between the Sun and the Earth. I have divided the lunar months in the following calendar according to the solar months with which most of us are familiar and live our lives. However, the thirteenth month, which I have chosen to list only as the end of October and the beginning of November, is not a full twenty-nine days here. It is very confusing to try to divide the solar months equally into thirteen Moon months, which may begin and end in the midst of a solar month.
People have spent centuries living to the rhythms of the solar division of time. For convenience of use, I have chosen to use this unorthodox division system. A Blue Moon, or the second Full Moon contained in a month, can come at any time of the year. I have chosen to insert it in October-November, a time of year in Northern European tradition that brought remembrances of the ancestors and the Thin Veil between the worlds a celebration now known as Halloween.
When in doubt, I used what seemed reasonable to me. T he following list of Moon months contains information that I feel will help the reader understand many of the ancient mystical mysteries, ideas, festivals, and lore about the Moon. The list of correspondences may differ from those of other writers; most lists do. They are not engraved in stone and can be changed to suit individual needs. The Recipes and Crafts sections of each lunar month was produced out of my personal files and recipe box. Although I like to collect authentic recipes, I invariably change them, whenever possible, into easier methods.
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Few people have the luxury or time to fuss with hours of cooking. The foods and beverages can be used during ritual or when entertaining friends in mundane situations. Some of the recipes can be made and given as gifts, as can the crafts. I included them as fun projects. In making the colognes, use unscented rubbing alcohol; this releases the scent as it evaporates. Distilled water is important since the impurities have been removed.
The glycerin is a fixative which holds the scent. If the recipe calls for solid ingredients, let the cologne set for several days, then strain out the solid particles. Many practitioners of magick prepare for their rituals by taking a bath first, using special salts. Some magicians use only sea salt, but I see no reason that regular salt could not be used.
All salt comes from the Earth. Any solid particles should be of a fine grind that will wash down the drain. If you have allergies, test a little of the essential oil which is an ingredient in the bath salts on the inside of your elbow before using it for bath salts. Store the bath salts in a container with a tight fitting lid. All the potpourris and sachets use dried ingredients unless it says otherwise.
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If the recipe says Hot Pot, the mixture is to be used in the small pots which gently heat this type of potpourri. Potpourris can be stored in fancy boxes or jars; the lids are removed for short periods of time to perfume the room. The myths related here are only a sampling of what exists. If you are really interested in a particular cultural pantheon, you should visit your local library.
They have or can get for you books on any particular pantheon. Although I have tied in various rituals with the ideas behind ancient festivals and celebrations, I have made no attempt to reproduce the old rituals. Instead I have written modern ones. First, reproduction of ancient rites would be impossible since we have few, if any, records telling us exactly what went on. Second, we live in a totally different era. It would not be logical to perform ancient rituals including use of the language as they were once performed.
Many of the dates are debatable since there have been several drastic calendar changes. The ancient festivals and rituals listed are the ones I felt would be of most interest today. Rituals should be fun as well as serious. Therefore, not every ritual in this book is somber and serious. We should be celebrating the joy of life besides taking care of what we need and desire. Each lunar month has rituals for the Crescent, Full, and Dark Moons.
However, a great many people are either outright frightened or at least wary of the Dark Moon and Dark Moon deities. Protection of yourself and your family is not wrong ; using a spell to force someone to love you or give you their personal money is wrong and unethical. And never specify how you want them punished. Ask that they be caught by their own mistakes and arrogance.
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As a magickal person you have the same responsibility. The rituals given here should open a few mental and spiritual doorways, enabling the reader to dispense with erroneous ideas and gain a glimmer of what really lies behind the three powerful faces of the Moon. The Crescent Moon is when the first sliver of light is seen; the Full Moon when Her complete face shows; the Dark Moon when no light is seen at all. Traditionally in magick, the waxing or Crescent Moon is for invoking the things you want, a time to start new projects. The Full Moon is used for integrating and perfecting ideas and projects, casting spells for positive things to happen; it is the high tide of psychic energies.
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