Happy Cold Moon or Full Long Nights moon in Cancer…and a very happy New Year

Happy New Year from Cassandra, Debi, Caity. May all your New Year wishes come true and may you remain safe …towards the end of this post are a few rituals/spells for the New Year.

Happy approaching Cold Moon or Full Long Nights moon in Cancer on December 30 at  03.28 UTC and so visible in some time zones on the night of 29th (for your own time zone see  www.moongiant.com).  

Heralding in the New Year, the Cancerian full moon that blesses home and family, has seen many of us spending far longer than usual in our homes because of pandemic restrictions. If we are lucky, we have shared these months of restrictions with family, secure in their love. If alone, our home has perhaps offered sanctuary against what has been a dangerous time. 

But at this time too Mother Moon highlights the plight also of those for whom home has become a prison. For some during the lockdowns have been trapped in extreme isolation, dire poverty or shut indoors with an abuser. Once the pandemic is over, this suffering must not go back into the shadows, but must be resolved by us all once we are free again. 

The dual energies pulsate as the New Year heralds in fresh power for new beginnings, new determination and new hope for 2021 even though the new strains of the virus, threaten to overwhelm.  

The Full Moon in Cancer is ruled by Muriel angel of dreams. With New Year beginnings combining with those dreams still to be fulfilled, we can pursue them even in limited ways right now. We know now life is too short, too fragile for, maybe tomorrows, next year or if only I had. 

As the Full Moon illuminates approaching New Year we can tap into that surge of power from the rising earth and the moonlit skies. 

You can carry the following ritual on December 30, full moon, as New Year approaches or on New Year’s Eve when Cancerian moon power is still coursing through the sky Better still cast the ritual on both December 30 and New Year’s Eve to reinforce that determination to win through to the better future. You can carry this out with friends, family or alone 

You will need 

A drinking glass never before used for each person, half-filled with water from a bubbling tap. 

A large red candle. 

A cypress, cedar or pine incense stick. 

Dried sage or rosemary. 

The Spell: 

  • Light the candle saying This is the time of the year for new fires to be kindled from the old, that life may blaze anew, reaching for future moments made of gold.. 
  • Either alone or with family members or close friends, sit or kneel close to the candle you/each of you sprinkling just a few grains of herbs into the flame saying, I/we let go of the old, let it fade from sight, for the new year light will blaze glorious and hope once more burn bright. 
  • Name a sorrow or regret from 2020 you are consigning to the flame.  
  • Extinguish the fire or candle and then relight it, saying From the old comes new, joy after sorrow, healing after pain, dreams to pursue. 
  • Tip any remaining herbs outdoors saying, At the year’s turning, on this full moon, I name my dreams and vow I will attain them soon. 
  • Name (each of you), your dreams for 2021. 
  • Now face the moon(she will rise later on 31 but still be bright) or if cloudy face where the moon should be. 
  • Each lift a glass of water to the moonlight repeating those dreams. Leave the water out all night (if raining in a sheltered place). 
  • In the morning, splash the water on your brow, to your throat and your inner wrist points saying, Moon power, at this hour, rising of the new year’s light, be glorious in my sight, may those good times come again, joy from sorrow, hope from pain 
  • Tip the rest of the water on plants  

    May the Cancerian full moon and the New Year blaze glorious in your life.. 

A New Year’s Eve calendar ritual to bring a good year ahead

You will need   

A large dark-colored candle. 

A white candle. 

A pot of soil or sand.  

A single sheet calendar of the current year with large squares marking the days. 

A red pen. 

A ball of red wool. 

Timing 

Fifteen minutes before midnight. 

The Spell: 

  • If alone write in any square a disaster you would sooner forget. 
  • If family/friends are joining in, they can choose a square, sharing all the spell words and actions. 
  • Light the dark candle and tie up the calendar using nine knots.
  • Tear a corner off the calendar, burning it in the dark candle flame.
  • Drop the burned paper into the pot, saying nine times Old year turn, Old year burn, Bad luck, do not return. 
  • Rip up the calendar, throwing it unburned in the pot and put the pot outside the door before midnight. 
  • At two minutes to midnight light the white candle from the dark one. 
  • On the first stroke of midnight, blow out the black candle and shout,
    Come in New Year. You are welcome
     

A First Footing ritual to bring good new year luck and prosperity into your home

You will need 

A copper, silver and gold-coloured coin. 

Wrapped sweets, dried fruits and nuts. 

Dried basil, juniper berries, sage or thyme. 

Coal or wood. 

A large bowl of water. 

A drawstring bag. 

Small crystals or glass nuggets. 

Timing 

Before midnight. 

The Spell: 

  • Five minutes before midnight send the person chosen as First Footer outside the front door with the items except the crystals in the bag.
  • At midnight all shout, Come in, New Year. New Year, you are welcome, rattlingpans etc.
  • The First Footer enters, shuts the door and goes out of the back door (if there is one) or out of the front door again, saying: Out you go, Old Year. Your time is past. 
  • The First Footer comes back in, slams the door, walks upstairs to the top of the house and down again, shouting Happy New Year.  
  • She/he deposits the bag on the hearth or in front of a burning white candle.  
  • All toast the new year and drop crystals into the bowl making new year wishes

We wish you a joyous Yule and look forward to a happier 2021.

Debi, Cassandra and the newest member of our team Caitlin wish you a joyous Yule and look forward to a happier 2021.

For many people around the world, this Christmas is bitter-sweet, especially in those lands where new pandemic restrictions mean even more people than usual will be alone on Christmas Day or can’t be with loved ones. 

However, even in the pre-pandemic world many spend Christmas alone and seeing the world carolling can be painful when everyone withdraws behind their tinselled front doors of togetherness, doubly so now in this time of vulnerability.

If you are alone or feel alone this approaching Christmas if you are with people who are less than loving or can’t be with the person you want to share the Yule, when the house is quiet and dark, light a single white candle. Say, I light this flame that my own radiance will burn bright in the darkness with the love for myself as I am, who I am and without self- judgment, bitterness or blame as why I feel or am alone. 

Light from your flame in a circle around your candle of self, smaller white candles to recall those who can’t be with you this Christmas because of pandemic restrictions, are far from you across the world or if the situation you find yourselves means you can’t be together. 

Remember also in the candlelight deceased loved ones whose physical presence we miss at the celebrations and finally family and lovers estranged or those you must let go because they never were or can no longer be yours.  

Light and name a candle for each of these absences and afterwards say What cannot be restored or resolved now be at peace. I send you love, blessings and joy wherever you are within these flames.. 

Sit in the light for a while recalling happy memories and future plans when the world is light and free again. 

Only when you are ready, extinguish each of the circle of candles in reverse order, offering each person,  a specific blessing as the candle flame ceases to glow. 

If there are some you cannot and maybe should not forgive, send a blessing anyway, so moving from their shadow and freeing yourself from living or deceased who wronged us or we them, who still cast shadows on our brightness. 

Leave the central candle of yourself still burning  and from it light a single  green candle of hope in the centre of the candle circle and relight from the green candle of future promise each white circle candle.

Leave the candles burning as symbol that you are never alone as long as you walk in the light of your own self. For ultimately however much we are or will be loved, we are and must be our own flame in the darkness, our own inspiration and hope and so we share the light with others whether near this Yule or far away 

We will meet again around the Christmas tree. 

Happy Solstice on Monday December 21, 2020

Illustration by @cw_art_works

Happy Solstice on Monday December 21 at 10.02 UTC and the closest Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in 397 years, also on December 21 at 18.20 UTC . At this point the cosmic giants will be only 0. 1 degrees apart (see http://www.timeanddate.com for the times in your region of both the Solstice and the Jupiter/Saturn Great Conjunction)

It has been suggested that this greatest of Great Conjunction of the two planets which will appear like a single shimmering star, may have been the original Star of Bethlehem which it is said the Wise Men followed.

This then is a special Solstice, Mid- Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the height of the Summer Sun in the Southern world, illuminated as evening falls by that starry promise in the sky – and we can tap into this incredibly dynamic cosmic and seasonal energy burst of light and life. It brings hope for those who can’t see the point of going on and an assurance that life is more than a random turn of fate’s dice.

If our personal stars have been dimmed in the previous months, yet they still wait to be followed as the Solstice light returns; our latter- day Star of Bethlehem as we look up in wonder, can guide us maybe on new pathways that because delayed will be more precious when the journey begins again.

Never more needed, the majestic giants of the cosmos, Saturn and Jupiter uniting, balancing wise caution with promises of future expansion at a time when much of the western world is still gripped by the spectres of the pandemic. Our inner gold, our as yet to be unfolded sun of frankincense and consoling myrrh of the waxing moon, are long awaited. For we have those gifts within to develop through our newly acquired wisdom, experience and compassion we have acquired in the preceding months.

Never more needed too the return of the Solstice light in the Northern world or the golden defiant glow of unquenchable Midsummer on the other side of the world, cascading to join power at the centre of the turning world to reassure and warm and promise better times ahead we can create and share

Following that Star of hope that by the next Solstice in June 2021 when the seasonal dancers change places in the eternal solar dance, we can believe we shall feel safe again and walk in the light of freedom.

The loss of life and livelihoods can’t be undone, the pain and sorrow still goes on. Yet our Yuletide tinsel stars shimmering on the tree on what will be for many a very different Christmas, are a reminder to keep following our own star, revealing even in dark times that path of destiny we still can make.

And we have discovered many previously undervalued human stars this year, dedicated health workers, service providers, those who have given food to the hungry and offered support for the lonely. We have seen the best of humanity as well as the worst- and so on 21st we look up at the Solstice star, knowing the light of humanity will never be dimmed.

The Baltic sun Goddess, Saule dressed and crowned with gold who drove her chariot across the skies, as she returned to restore light to the world, dances joyously with her daughters, the planets. Stepping in a second across the world the Sun Mother brushes the snow from her hair, adds a bit of lippy and scatters golden sunbeams as she passes.  Fear not the sun will cease to shine even in what have been for some their darkest days. Just as people in times past lit fires and hung torches from evergreen trees to call back the sun  so we who have been spared grievous loss or worries about future livelihoods,  celebrate with gratitude and crossed fingers the blessings of family, friends, acquaintances and strangers whose goodness has shone through the darkest of days.  For light is stronger than darkness. The Sun Mother in her many names and guises never fails to light the pathway of her children even through tears, doubt and uncertainty. She has warmed the hearts of her children at this time of year down the ages, others who sometimes also feared the bleakness of life; she rekindles our inner sun as kindness and goodness, unselfishness and sharing, as caring words, thoughtful deeds and smiles that grow in light as they pass from one to the other, even if sometimes through tears. And so the Solstice sun will shine once more and light return.

October 31, November 1 and November 2

October 31, November 1 and November 2 are wherever you live in the world the days when we remember our departed family members with joy and blessings. If we cannot forgive old wrongs(and sometimes to forgive is to say what certain relatives did to us especially in childhood was excusable, which it is not) a time to let the ancestors who hurt us go in peace and so set ourselves free.
Whether it is the coming of winter or summer in your land, we welcome deceased as well as living family members to our family table and ask for their blessings as a continuing part of the family.
Only in the modern world is the idea of family ghosts celebrating the turning of the year with us regarded as strange. Yet even in today’s world a number of people recall how a friend or newcomer at a family christening or wedding has asked about an older man or woman who was peeping into the infant’s cradle or watching the bride throw her bouquet, with a proud smile. Then the figure seemed to disappear into nowhere. Invariably the description of the older person matches a deceased relative who has returned to share the occasion.
Indeed societies where departed ancestors still play a significant role are those where the living elderly are well cared for and respected by younger members of the family.
During these three days, set up a small table covered by a white cloth near the centre of your home where you can keep mementoes of loved ones who have passed on to the Afterlife. For example, you could display a piece of jewellery or watch, medals and photographs of your family ancestors. Start a memory box of old certificates, ration books, reminiscences about the idiosyncrasies of those who may be just a name to the new generation. Keep fresh fragrant flowers there and on each of the three days and afterwards once a week on a Friday or Saturday light a white candle..
· As you light the candle send your deceased relatives blessings, perhaps read aloud their favourite poem or prayer or play their favourite music and ask for their blessings on your life and family.
· On Halloween, whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, cook traditional family recipes, get out the old family photos(and maybe post one on Facebook with a memory of an eccentric relative), tell the old legends. For it is said so long as our name is spoken so shall we live.
In those lands, too many, where we still can’t see our relatives except on Skype or Facetime because of pandemic restrictions where there seems for some no end, contact an older relative who may be alone or sad, even if they are difficult. Leave flowers on a lonely neighbour’s doorstep
These hard times have made us realise how important family is and how each of has a place and a responsibility in the ongoing story- and how we can’t bear grudges through the years however justifiable. The words too late or if only are scant consolation and often innocent children can be caught up in family quarrels by the adults especially where divorce is involved and lose contact with grandparents or cousins.
So, at the time of the ancestors, let’s strengthen our family tree even via computer or phone so it will blossom in our own lives and flourish strong in those of our descendants.

2020 HALLOWEEN Samhain

A very special bitter-sweet Halloween time approaches, spanning Samhain heralding in the old Celtic New Year and colder days in the Northern hemisphere and demanding its place also in the Beltane celebrations, the coming of the summer in the Southern world, both lasting from the evening of October 31, until sunset on November 2, All Souls’ Day.

Even more magical this year October 31 also marks a Full Blue Hunter’s Moon in Taurus at 14.49 UTC(seehttps://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/for the time in your region)
The Blue Moon is so called because it is the second full moon in the month (there are 13 full moons this year) and so it is said to grant wishes.

Although there are Halloween full moons every 19 years, this is the first since 1944 that can be seen in nearly all the world’s time zones and so Mother Moon this month shines her light on all. Significant perhaps the previous almost global full moon occurred at a time when many parts of the world were still reeling from the destructive effects of the Second World War, bringing her promise that war would end and life return through in a very different form.

Now in these times of a worldwide pandemic, Lady Moon embraces the world once again on All Hallows Eve, the night of the ancestors, when the dimensions open and we celebrate our loved ones by cooking their recipes, buy their favourite flowers to set next to their photos, getting out the old photo albums and embellishing the family legends.

Though this Halloween moon is especially poignant, when as in 1944, death is ever-present in the world, Mother Moon tells us we cannot cower in the shadows but must rejoice in every day our loved ones are granted health and safety, a blessing and a bonus. Though other Halloween full moons will wheel though the skies, hundreds of years hence our descendants will still make wishes upon the blue moon and hopefully rejoice in a freer better world at the seasons’ turning as they look upwards at the fires of the ancestors in the stars.

Jack, recalled in Halloween and Samhain, in the Jack o’ lantern, was asked three times during his life by the loveliest of the Morrigu Fate sisters to go with her across the river of death to immortality. But he was too afraid to take her hand even in his last moments on earth; so it is told he walks between worlds with his small light, now recalled in the Halloween pumpkin. But all was not lost -it never is- six months later he is reborn as the wild Beltane Jack ‘o’ Green, who seizes life, free as the burgeoning woodland greenery and crowns the maiden goddess with wildflowers. Both Jacks are one, are within us and the choice is not always easy; with the buffets of seemingly sometimes unfair fate; but even in the darker times we can make decisions based on the resources and the knowledge we have right now, using the past to weave the garland of the future and when that garland breaks, repairing it again and again.

If we can live authentically, beautifully and eternally in bad times as well as good, in our words, our kindnesses, in those we try to influence for the better, in our unique foot and blueprint we can still rejoice and build upon small pleasures that are our treasures in this most bittersweet of moons

May you be safe and your wishes fulfilled.