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Lunar Sun Almanack For Monday, July 28th

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 Lunabar Sun Almanack for Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunrise: 6:05 morn.    Sunset: 8:23 eve.

Length of Day: 14h. 18m.

Dawn: 5:34 morn.    Dusk: 8:53 eve.

Length of Twilight: 0h. 30m.

Sun in 5th degree of the Sign Leo, the Lion;

also in 8th degree of the ConstellationCrabba, the Crab;

Courtesy of GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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Calendar of the Sun for Friday, July 25th

Calendar of the Sun
25 Haymonath

Day of Aegir and Ran

Colors: Sea-blue, sea-green.
Element: Water
Altar: Upon cloth colored like the sea place shells, nets, figures of fish, sea floats, and anything that comes from the sea. Place there also a cup of wine with flecks of gold in it.
Offerings: Singing. Blood given to the ocean. Aid those who clean the seas.
Daily Meal: Seafood.

Invocation to Aegir, Ran, and the Nine Sisters

Lord and Lady of the Depths,
Keepers of the great flocks and herds
That float by the millions
Through glass-green waves,
Lady Ran of the ten-times-fingering weed,
Your hair spread throughout the worlds,
Lord Aegir of the great currents
And the waves that keep the ship afloat,
Generous in your bounty,
Capricious in your favor,
Brewer of ale for gods and lost souls,
Keep us safe as we pass over your realm
In life, in dreams, and in mystery.
Nine Sisters of the Waves, Sacred Undines,
Daughters of Aegir and Ran, fish-tailed,
Blood on your hands and beauty in your song,
We hail you from the shores, the depths, the heights of sea-cliffs.
Kolga the Cold One, Ice-Maiden of the floes and castles.
Duva the Hidden One, Keeper of island treasures.
Blodughadda, Blood-Haired One, shark’s delight.
Hronn, Sucking Whirlpool, Eel-daughter and Mistress of Fear.
Hevring, Heaving Storm, Mourning’s Mistress.
Bara, Great Wave of the Whale, battering the land’s stalwart stand.
Bylgja, Breaker’s Dancer, Rider of the Wave-Horse.
Unn, Billowing Tides, Maiden of the Counting Moon’s Rhythm.
Himinglava, Fair-Weather Mermaid, Sun Shining Through.
Teach us by the Powers of Water
How to find the way to our own souls.

Song: Harp Song of the Dane Women, along with any other sea songs, sung as offerings.

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Planet Tracker: Sun in Leo, July 22 to August 22

Planet Tracker

Sun in Leo

Jul 22, 2014 to Aug 22, 2014


Leo occupies the middle of the summer in the northern hemisphere, the hottest time of the year for half the planet. It’s appropriate, then, that the sign Leo is associated with our source of heat, the Sun. This central star of our solar system is the hub around which all of the planets orbit. This position of centrality is basic to the Leo personality.

Leo represents awareness of self and is, arguably, the most self-centered sign of the zodiac. Taken negatively, this means that Leo can be blinded by the light of its own ego. Like a shining star, its brilliance can make it difficult to recognize the importance of others. Learning to share the spotlight is a core issue for many Leos.

The Ruler

The Sun in astrology is said to “rule” the sign Leo. That means that there is a natural affinity between this “planet” and sign. Being born with a planet in its “home” sign is considered to be an advantage by astrologers.

The energy of the Sun is thought to flow most easily in Leo. However, a planet in its home sign can also be overly simplistic and narrow in its expression. A lack of obstacles in not always a strength.

Leos, then, can benefit from humbling experiences. It’s important that they learn how to fail, so that they can reconnect to the sources of their creativity and confidence and begin again.

The Child

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. It represents that point in the cycle when a child becomes aware of his or her personal power. The discovery of self is a wonderful thing, a fascinating experience in which the rest of the world is seen as a toy with which to play. From a healthy perspective, this offers a sense of confidence that encourages creativity and risktaking throughout life. However, a potential pitfall is for Leo to operate under the illusion that he or she is creating the world in which all of us live, rather than just being a part of it.

Growing up can be a challenge for everyone, but is particularly true for Leos. Moving from the excitement of possibilities to the real commitments necessary for accomplishment can be the measure of Leo’s potential for success. Learning to listen, too, can be vital for Leo to fulfill its considerable ambitions.

Stars vs. Constellations

It is natural for Leo to see him or herself as a star. Those born under this sign do best when their self-confidence is high. Yet, even though it is the hub of our solar system, the Sun is but one star among the uncountable billions in the sky. What appears to be the source of life from one perspective is just another point in a distant constellation from another. Leos who understand that everyone is a star are best able to build the co-operative relationships that can make life so satisfying.

Famous Leos

Leos tend to do well in the spotlight, so show business is full of them. Half the cast of Friends are Leos (Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry). So are Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Kathie Lee Gifford, Woody Harrelson, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Mick Jagger, Christian Slater, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry and Steve Martin.

Leo pairs in the world of entertainment include Madonna and Sean Penn, Melanie Griffth and Antonio Banderas, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman (as reporters Woodward and Bernstein). Other Leo pairs are Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky and that perfect Leo couple: Jerry Garcia and Martha Stewart.

Sports stars Magic Johnson, Deion Sanders, Barry Bonds, Walter Payton and Patrick Ewing were all born with the Sun in Leo, too. Showmanship and heart helped make these athletes great.



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Calendar of the Sun for July 22nd

Calendar of the Sun
22 Haymonath

Day of the Lion: Beginning of Leo

Colors: Yellow and gold
Element: Fire
Altar: Set with cloth of gold, gilded suns and brass items, a figure of a lion, candles, a crown, a golden vessel of liqueur, and a glass pot of honey.
Offerings: Kneel in respect as for a King and give obeisance. Give a performance in order to bring joy to others.
Daily Meal: Food dyed golden with saffron or turmeric. Honey cakes. Yellow food, such as eggs or butter. Fowl such as peacock or pheasant.

Invocation to Leo

Great Golden King of Summer,
Bonfire whose warmth draws us near,
Sun whose light is the source of Life,
You who draw the trees upward in joy,
You who burn with radiance,
Whose gift is Will,
Bless us with the ability
To act on our joy,
And to bare our souls without fear.
By the power of all that rules,
You challenge us
To gain yet more confidence,
And yet never belittle another’s spirit.
May we all go forth in assurance.

Sun Sun Sun
Radiant Golden
Sun Sun Sun
Ray of Light

(Let one who is chosen to work for the ritual come forth with the crown in one hand, and the chalice of liqueur in the other. S/he says, “Will you receive power, or joy, or both?” To accept the crown and don it for a moment is to ask to take on leadership. To accept the chalice and drink is to ask for more joy in one’s life. If both are refused, s/he says, “As you have enough of both, you must give some away to others. Be ready!” Afterwards, the liqueur is poured out as a libation.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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What Do The Planets Have In Store for You for July 20 – 26

Weekly Astrology: July 20-26, 2014

Damn that planetary traffic jam!

Maria DeSimoneMaria DeSimone on the topics of new moon, leo, astrology
Planets are colliding every which way this week! Retrograde, direct, ingresses and lunations — oh my!

Sunday, July 20: Saturn Direct in Scorpio

On Sunday, Saturn turns direct in Scorpio after having been retrograde for several months. You can expect forward movement in professional matters now, as Saturn is naturally connected to business and career.

Monday, July 21: Uranus Retrograde 

Then, on Monday, Uranus turns retrograde and will remain in this phase for several months. During this time you may notice your urge for freedom and individuation pressing you to make a change. Ready or not, here it comes!

Tuesday, July 22: Mercury in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn; Sun in Leo

On Tuesday, Mercury in Cancer will oppose Pluto, reinforcing the mantra “knowledge is power.” Indeed, you may discover potent information on this day that has deep ramifications in a domestic or career matter. Also on Tuesday, the Sun will enter Leo, allowing all of us to shine a bright light on the pursuit of pleasure. 

Thursday, July 24: Venus in Cancer trine Neptune; Sun conjunct Jupiter; Mercury in Cancer square Uranus; Mercury trine Saturn

On Thursday, it might feel like there’s a planetary traffic jam. First, Venus in Cancer will trine Neptune, allowing unconditional love to flow. The Sun will also conjunct Jupiter, opening the door for a lucky break in a creative endeavor, your love life or relationship with a child.

On this day, Mercury in Cancer will also go from squaring Uranus to trining Saturn. If you put your foot in your mouth, you’ll definitely be able to “save” yourself from any communication fail. 

Friday, July 25: Mars enters Scorpio (Until 9/13)

On Friday, Mars will enter Scorpio, where he remains until September 13. This once-in-two-year transit will set the stage for you to connect with the depths of your personal power. Will and determination will be strong, and once you decide to do something, nothing — and no one — will steer you off course. 

Saturday, July 26: New Moon in Leo

Last but not least, on Saturday there will be a delightful New Moon in Leo that is doubly-blessed, thanks to Jupiter also being in the same sign. Expect a fresh start in romance or your creative drive. Cultivate a new hobby and live life through the eyes of a child. Carefree is where you’re meant to be!

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Sunday is Ruled By the Sun

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Sunday is Ruled By the Sun


Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of magical potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth, or being acknowledged for a job well done. All of these goals fall under the golden influence of the sun. Some suggestions for Sunday enchantments would include:

•Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration

•Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life

•Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition

•Gathering up the common marigold flower and scattering it’s petals about to encourage prosperity

•Baking up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success

•Snacking on a solar fruit, the orange, and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life

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Calendar of the Sun for Monday, June 23

Calendar of the Sun
23 Lithemonath

Baldur’s Day

Color: Gold and white
Element: Air
Altar: Upon a gold and white cloth lay a long row of white candles, incense of cedar and bay left over from the Solstice the day before, an amber stone with the rune Sigil upon it, and a horn of mead. A black cloth should be laid nearby.
Offerings: Sacrifice something beautiful in a way that gives benefit to others.
Daily Meal: Soup or stew dyed with saffron or curry.

Invocation to Baldur

Long, long ago, Baldur was the favored of the gods.
Of all the Aesir the most beautiful, golden and fine
As the Sun, and everywhere that he went, he shone.
All loved him on sight,
And all agreed that Baldur was to be the next King.
In his home, nothing impure was allowed,
That it might not dim his glory.
Yet it was Loki plotted his downfall,
Tricked a blind man into killing him,
And it was Hel who took him in,
Took his soul to her breast.
And so it was that all of Asgard wept
And there was sorrow flowing everywhere,
For Baldur the bright had been taken from the living
And hidden away in the twilit world.
So it was that Hermod the brave rode to Helheim
And asked for Baldur’s return, but Hel would not
Be moved unless every living thing wept for him.
So it was that Frigga his mother went to every living thing
And begged them to weep for her lost son, and all wept
Save one old woman in a cave who said, “Let Hel keep her own.”
And we would think this story only a tragedy,
Was it not know that at the end of days,
When the Aesir would fall, if Baldur the bright
Were present, he too would be sought out and slain.
There was only one safe place in the Nine Worlds
For the King of the Next World to wait for his throne,
And that was Helheim. Think on that mystery as he sleeps in peace.

(The candles are put out one by one, and the altar draped in black cloth. Leave in silence.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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The Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year is bright with hope

Maria DeSimoneMaria DeSimone on the topics of summer solstice, summer, cancer, astrology


As the Sun enters Cancer each year, it’s the mark of the first day of summer — also known as the Summer Solstice. What makes this day so important? For one thing, on the day of the Summer Solstice the Sun appears to stand still in the sky. The Sun will grace us with his presence and warmth for an extraordinary length of time on this day. As a matter of fact, it’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Cancer ushers in the new season

The astronomical reason for this is because it is at this time each year that the Sun stops right over the Tropic of Cancer, which is located at the northernmost point of our planet. After a few days it will backtrack south towards the equator. The solstice occurs on June 21 and astrologically, it coincides with the start of the Cardinal Water sign Cancer.

Cancer is the sign associated with nurturing, mothering, and deep emotional connection as well as family. At the Summer Solstice, we’re reminded that Mother Earth sustains. The Sun‘s rays allow Mother Earth to continue to do so. Everyone feels noticeably more vibrant in the summer months thanks to the extra rays of Sun beaming on us. Life is “in our face” at the Summer Solstice. It feels like nothing will ever die because there’s an endless supply of nourishment to our bodies and souls during this time.

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