Full Moon in Virgo

Jean-Joseph-Benjamin Constant (1845–1902), Afternoon Langour
10:20am Pacific today. Focus on the DETAILS of EVERYTHING. Give your OCD full expression – today is perfect for it. Feel free to analyze everything  (but leave the obsession out of it). The Sun/Neptune in Pisces are on one side of the sky, opposing a beautiful Full Virgo Moon on the other. Make your dreams real. Pisces dreams and has a technicolor imagination, while Virgo is practical as heck and can make a PLAN to accomplish your vision. Set some goals today and make a plan to manifest them. Virgo isn’t afraid to do the WORK and research necessary to achieve a goal.
If you are caught in an unstable situation today it will become glaringly obvious. That’s what Full Moons do, they bring things to extremes. If a relationship, job or situation is unsustainable, you will see the damaged underpinnings today. Don’t be afraid to take action and again, CREATE a PLAN. Have those difficult conversations. Also a great day to begin a new health plan, particularly around exercising and losing weight as the Moon will be shrinking for the next two weeks, and you can shrink along with it :)
Happy Full Moon!


Research Says Talking To Yourself Improves Your Brain

Since we’re on the eve of a Full Moon in Virgo, check out this article from Higher Perspective.
277c5fd157af18edb997e816d21eb488“You’ve probably seen someone talking to themselves and thought they were really weird, right? Well stop thinking it and start saying it to yourself, because people who talk to themselves are actually pretty brilliant. Why?

They organize their thoughts better.

That’s right. Those who talk to themselves are better at organizing their thoughts and processing more than one thought at a time. They focus on saying their thoughts aloud in the hopes they can get a better grip on them. They actually have greater mental clarity as a result.

They have a better memory.

People who say things out loud to themselves are likely able to memorize and recall things better than those who don’t. It’s a way of reinforcing a thought inside of your brain.

Their brains are more efficient.

Some studies have indicated that talking to yourself helps you think quickly and with clarity. They found that when people talk to themselves at the store, they find what they need quicker than those who didn’t.

They achieve their goals.

People who talk to themselves, particularly about their goals, are more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. Saying it out loud helps create a laser-like focus on your goals and gets you closer to them.”
Here’s another great article from Elite Daily last year: http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/people-talk-to-themselves/1105688/


New Moon in Aquarius

Wisteria, herb of Aquarius

New moon was exact this morning at 6:39 am Pacific at 19 degrees Aquarius.
Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is in good aspect to this new moon, inspiring us with new ideas and energy. Very creative day where we push boundaries and walk on the wild side.
Mars in Scorpio (squaring the New Moon) is pushing us to take action too. Lilith in the mix too helps us access our instincts.
Be revolutionary.


February 2nd: Imbolc (Candlemas)

pagan_goddess__brigid_by_alter_eye-d5nthbr“Pagan Goddess Brigid” by Alter-Eye
Excellent article by David Salisbury
Brigid, meaning “exalted one”, is the daughter of the Dagda and a true survivor goddess. Throughout the many twists and turns of religion in the British Isles, Brigid has managed to stay within the heads and minds of the people. Whether in the form of a saint, a goddess, or the embodiment of the land, she is the keeper of tradition that stretches into antiquity. Witches and pagans who maintain a religious devotional practice often honor Brigid only on Imbolc. But as this next Imbolc approaches, I ask you to take that a step further and maintain a regular practice with her, if she calls to you.
Brigid is a poet, a smith, a healer, an artist, and the kindler of flames. For those familiar with the Norse runes, you might think of her power best described by Kenaz, the torch rune. She ignites the inner flame within us, allowing us to seek our own healing, our own power. She asks “What tools do you bring to this work? What do you need?” The following is a simple devotional you may perform on Imbolc or any time at all. If you wish to form a close bond with the Exalted One, regular devotionals, prayer, and deep listening will go a long way.
Early in the morning, just as the sun is rising, approach your altar space or some other space in the home where you can see the sun if possible. Begin by breathing slowly and deeply, until you enter a state of meditation suited for deep communion with the gods. With each breath, feel the first rays of the sun flowing into your body, as if on a stream of flowing water or the crisp sweetness of wine. Have three fresh candles before you. You may wish to dress them with oils and plants associated with Brigid such as angelica, myrrh, wisteria, heather, and basil.
Light the first candle and say:
Lady of the forge, I call to you. The fierce strike of the anvil resounds the call for transformation. I honor you.
Light the second candle and say:
Lady of the healing cloth, I call to you. Sunlit rays upon the dawn awaken the weary travelers. I honor you.
Light the third candle and say:
Lady of the sacred flame, I call to you. You who are eternal and forever unending. The holy spark. I honor you.
Take your time observing the light of the three candles and meditate for a bit on these powers that you have honored. Contemplate how transformation, the renewal of a new day, and the warmth of a flame in the winter make you feel. Brigid is the embodiment of these powers on their own and the feelings that stir as a result of them.
Before you is placed a bottle of wine or some other special drinking brew. There is also a bowl that will hold the offering. Breathing deeply, hold the vessel of the brew before you and say:
Lady of the deep well
Exalted one
Shepherd and keeper of humanity
Cosmic queen of the dawn
Keeper of the healing waters
I honor you!
Pour the brew into the bowl and raise it high before you. At this point I try to notice if I can actually feel her presence. I may also whisper personal words of honor, or even poetry. As a bardic goddess, I find that Brigid is often impressed when someone takes the time to speak original poetry in her name. Writing and releasing this devotional is one such offering.
When you’re done, you can leave the offering bowl on your altar for a bit or immediately take it outside and pour it (with reverence) onto the ground.
It is done.
Article: http://thefireflyhouse.org/brigiddevotional/
Recommended Reading:
Brigid: Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge, and Healing Well by Morgan Daimler
Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess by Courtney Weber
Tending Brigid’s Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge by Lunaea Weatherstone
Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal

“Happy Imbolc! We’re in the part of the zodiacal calendar when the Sun is halfway between the season. Here in the northern hemisphere we’re in mid-winter, the time when the Sun hits around 15 Aquarius.
The ancients celebrated these “cross quarter days” with different rituals and festivals. Halloween is another one of the four festivals along with Beltane/May Day (5/1) and Lammas Day (8/1). Here in the US, we celebrate Groundhog Day and predict the arrival of spring.
In other news the Moon is in Sagittarius today, turning our sights toward foreign lands, long distance travel, exploration, faith, and philosophy. Wherever the Moon is day-by-day reveals how we’re nourishing ourselves and the emotional tone of the day.”