Lunar Lore with GrannyMoon

 Lunar Lore with GrannyMoon 

 Greatly shining,
The Autumn moon floats in the thin sky;
And the fish-ponds shake their backs
And show their dragon scales
As she passes over them.
 – Amy Lowell, “Wind and Silver.”
 A cluster of summer trees,
A bit of the sea,
A pale evening moon.
       – Enshiu, quoted in Kakuzo Okakura, “The Book of Tea”.
When February sun shines cold,
  There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter slow unfold,
  And show the golden summer there.
       – Philip H. Savage, in the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” for 1901

The moon rising solemnly over the crest
  Of the hills to the east of my station
Displayed her broad disk to the darkening west
  Like a visible new creation.
 – Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary.”

Doth the moon shine that night we play our play?
A calendar, a calendar! Look in the almanac;
find out moonshine, find out moonshine.
– Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” III, i.

Sounds of Spring

Sounds of Spring

 Silver chimes ring softly in the supple and pleasant breeze,

Small blue irises and yellow daffodils open their eyes to see,

The lemon colored sunshine rolling down the Great Divide,

As into the garden the gentle Fae come running side by side.


“This is the beginning of the season,” they sing in elegant harmony,

It is time to till the soil, prune the roses and plant the seeds one, two, three,

They are the most magically skilled gardeners on the face of the Goddess’ Earth,

And, with lutes, cymbals and voices so rare they help the garden give birth.


Soon the delphinium rises tall, listening to the robin in the pear tree,

Silken pansies nestled near the ground hear the flutter of lady bugs flying free,

Wildflowers dancing in gorgeous chaos, love the sound of rain best of all,

But, Her Majesty the Rose opens her fabulous blooms only at the Goddess’ call.

 ©The Herban Goddess, 2008

Daily Devotions of the Goddess

Daily Devotions of the Goddess

There are times in our lives where we become blind to the beauty surrounding us as. We are rushing through each day as if tomorrow relies on us and what we are doing. It is hard to stop the mundane world from effecting us. But we can; we just have to stop. Stop what we are doing and sometimes even change the direction we are going. Stop so that we can truly see and allow the beauty of the world to come into our lives.

Lady Abigail
Copyright © 12142009

Power of the Flowers Daily Reading: Angelica


from Isha Lerner
from Isha’s
    Angelic blossom of light and mirth,
    Anchor my soul,
    Into the roots of the earth.
    Your luminous glory,
    Your halo of gold,
    Help me to deepen,
    This destiny I hold

Color(s): Greenish-White

Archetype: The Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. These four archangels—each of his own free will and each in his own unique way—offer themselves in unconditional service to humanity. Leaders of the angelic realm, they have dedicated themselves to the ultimate good of the whole, making whatever sacrifices are necessary in the interest of sanctifying human existence. They assist in anchoring humanity’s soul-body to the earth plane, so that all may learn the path of service, dedication and sacrifice. In this way, they patiently lead us, step-by-step, upward on the path to higher consciousness.

Signature: Angelica’s deeply anchored root system supports a stem of substantial proportions. It can grow up to six and a half feet in height with a circumference as thick as a human arm. An umbrella of greenish white flowers delicately overlight its powerful foundation.

Healing Properties: Angelica helps one establish a firm connection between the refined, subtle realm of angelic light surrounding us and the tangible material world which grounds and anchors us to earth. Once such a link is made, we are given the inner strength and stamina required for pursuing our life’s destiny.

Healing: The Archangels offer light. Even in darkness, or when attachment and distractions seduce humanity away from its Divine essence, the Archangels continually pour their protective and loving radiance into you. In this way, they strengthen your spirit so that you may persist in your goal of ascension, trusting that each earthly step brings you closer to the luminous world of the Soul. Remember this: you would not have been given an earthly body if you were not meant to anchor that which is perfect, infinite, and eternal in material form. Each incarnation in the human realm is a privilege.

Without a doubt, as you read these words you are especially close to the angelic world. Which angel is near you now? Perhaps you can identify with the qualities of a particular Archangel and invite his presence into your life at this time. The Archangels offer you a shimmering umbrella, grounding the forces of light in your human experience. Accept the gift, and by so doing, begin the journey that will surely culminate in the fulfillment of your destiny.

‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
The Universal Heart Center

Daily Crystal: Amblygonite


  • Chemistry: (Li, Na)AlPO4(F, OH), Lithium Sodium Aluminum Phosphate Fluoride Hydroxide.
  • Class: Phosphates
  • Group: Amblygonite
  • Uses: As a source of lithium and phosphorus, as gemstones and as mineral specimens.
  • Specimens


Amblygonite is a relatively common phosphate mineral. It is found in lithium and phosphate rich pegmatites as a primary mineral. At times it makes up a significant percentage of the rock although this fact may be overlooked. Amblygonite, as it turns out, is easily confused for other host rock members such as quartz and albite. The general appearance of amblygonite does resemble these two minerals especially the albite but it can be differentiated with a flame test for lithium, density and by its unusual cleavage.

Amblygonite’s name comes from the Greek words for “blunt angles” in allusion to its variously angled cleavages. Amblygonite has no less than four different directions of cleavage at different angles from one another and with different qualities of cleavage. This is very different from quartz which has no cleavage and albite which has only two directions of cleavage at nearly 90 degrees.

Amblygonite has a fairly compact structure. This fact gives rise to a somewhat high specific gravity. Of course a specific gravity of around 3.05 is not considered very high in the mineral kingdom. But a look at amblygonite’s formula shows the elements sodium, lithium, aluminum, hydrogen, fluorine, oxygen and phosphorous. None of these elements are heavy and a mineral composed of these elements would be expected to have a specific gravity lower than 3. Both quartz and albite have lower specific gravities than amblygonite.

Since amblygonite has lithium in its formula, it gives a reliable lithium result with a flame test. Powdered amblygonite which is placed in a gas flame will produce a brightly colored red flame. This is evidence for the presence of lithium.

In amblygonite’s chemistry, the lithium and sodium substitute for each other but there is a greater percentage of lithium than sodium. A mineral with the same structure and chemistry as amblygonite but with more sodium than lithium is called natramblygonite. There is also substitution between the hydroxide and fluorine. Amblygonite also forms a solid solution series with the often associated mineral montebrasite and differs from amblygonite by being richer in hydroxide instead of fluorine. The structures of the two minerals are the same and there are no discernible differences in physical properties between the two. In fact many specimens labeled amblygonite are in fact montebrasite.

Gem quality amblygonite is mined in Brazil and the regions formerly known as Burma. These gems are an attractive yellow color and have an index of refraction of 1.61 and 1.64. This is a relatively low index of refraction but is higher than beryl or quartz and on par with topaz and tourmaline.

Amblygonite, montebrasite, natramblygonite, natromontebrasite, and a mineral named tavorite all belong to a group of minerals called the Amblygonite Group. The members of the Amblygonite Group are triclinic and have the general formula of ABPO4(F, OH). The A ion can be lithium and/or sodium and the B ion can be either aluminum or iron. Tavorite’s formula for example is LiFePO4OH.


  • Color is generally white or creamy, but can also be colorless or pale yellow, green, blue, beige, gray or pink.
  • Luster is vitreous to greasy and pearly on cleavage surfaces.
  • Transparency: Specimens are translucent to less commonly transparent.
  • Crystal System is triclinic, bar 1.
  • Crystal Habits include short prismatic, tabular or equant crystals referred to as lath-shaped, but more commonly found as anhedral masses and compact grains. Twinning forms elongated, flatten crystals.
  • Lamellar twinning is sometimes seen.

  • Cleavage is in four directions all with varying quality with one direction being perfect, two directions being good and one direction being only distinct. All cleavage angles are non-right angles.
  • Fracture is uneven to conchoidal.
  • Hardness is 5.5 – 6
  • Specific Gravity is approximately 2.98 – 3.11 (slightly above average).
  • Streak is white.
  • Other Characteristics: When powdered and placed in a gas flame, it gives the flame a bright red color and this indicates the presence of lithium. Some specimens are fluorescent orange in long-wave UV light.
  • Associated Minerals include lepidolite, quartz, albite, elbaite, topaz, cassiterite, apatite, brazilianite, beryllonite, montebrasite, triphylite, lithiophilite and spodumene
  • Notable Occurrences are Minas Gerais, Brazil; Montebras, France; Germany; Varutrask, Sweden; Sakangyi, Burma; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. In the United States localities include Pala District of San Diego County, California; Newry, Hebron, Buckfield and Topsham, Maine; Taos County, New Mexico; Yavapai County, Arizona and the Black Hills area of South Dakota.
  • Best Field Indicators are density, associations, environment, lithium flame test and especially the numerous cleavage angles.

  • Amblygonite

    Metaphysical Properties

  • Sometimes referred to as “The Prophet Stone”
  • Works well for mild anxiety and stress
  • Calms nerves and quell excessive sensitivity
  • Great stone to have around in the presence of intense mental activity, stress or deadlines

    Discovering the Gemstone Known as Amblygonite

    Charlotte Kuchinsky

    Charlotte Kuchinsky, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    Mar 26, 2008 “Contribute content like this. Start Here.”

    Amblygonite, sometimes referred to as “The Prophet Stone, is a common phosphate gem that includes a number of other material like lithium, aluminum, and fluoride. This mineral is sometimes mistaken for another

     material known as albite because both can be found in granite pegmatite deposits.

    Amblygonite is often found in the same mine area as the gemstones apatite, lepidolite, and tourmaline; all of which are lithium related minerals. It is most often found in white and pastel shades of green, lilac, pink, and yellow. However, it also comes totally translucent.

    The gem is nothing new. It was discovered in the United Kingdom in the early 1800’s. Its name is Greek for blunt (amblus) and angle (gouia) because of the way that the material grows.

    Although originally found only in the U.K., deposits of amblygonite were eventually also found in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, and the United States. In the U.S., it is mined in California, Maine, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

    For the most part, it is the transparent form of amblygonite that is used as a gemstone. Although it can be found in cabochons and beads, it is usually faceted in order to bring out the delicacy of the stone’s color.

    Amblygonite is relatively soft, barely weighing in at a five on the Mohs scale of hardness. Unfortunately, that means that the gem is both difficult to work with and subject to easy damage when set within jewelry.

    The gem is rarely set into rings or bracelets because such jewelry pieces take a lot of wear and tear. It is much more popular set within pendants, necklaces, earrings, and pins.

    Amblygonite is not an expensive stone, so it is rarely set into precious gold. Instead, it is most often set into sterling silver or plated with gold or platinum.

    Because the material is soft, cleaning jewelry items with this gem must be approached carefully. It is not recommended that amblygonite be submersed into harsh chemicals or into technology-driven machines like ultra-sonic cleaners. Harsh chemicals can damage the gem while machinery can crack or even break the stone.

    Keywords: Will, Manifestation
    Chakra: Sacral(2nd), Solar(3rd)
    Element: Fire
    Amblygonite focuses your Will to facilitate manifestation. It energizes the creative energies and inspires confidence in using them in your Soul Journey. Amblygonite can help with procrastination, empowering you to work with your natural creative energies to accomplish goals. An excellent stone for the proverbial “Starving Artist” who’s belief systems are stuck in poverty consciousness.


    Amblygonite is calming and soothing and is excellent for use in grids to keep the space balanced. It releases past traumas bringing the emotional body into balance and clarity to the mind. Amblygonite is considered to be the food of the gods, imparting a sense of divinity and immortality. It is helpful for those in the arts as it brings creativity and ideas, releasing blocks so we can bring our ideas into reality. Amblygonite is a bringer of insight into duality and helping us to resolve any issues we might have. A useful stone for gently releasing emotional hooks from the solar plexus, Amblygonite assists in ending relationships without angry consequences. It can be used to grid areas of discordance or public disorder, bringing peace and tranquillity, especially where young people are involved. In healing, Amblygonite activates the electrical systems of the body and can be taped over the thymus to protect against computer emanations in those who are sensitive.

    Chakras: All
    Astrological sign: Taurus

    ‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
    The Universal Heart Center

    Runecast for Monday February 7

    This morning we have Nauthiz of Heimdall’s Aett Nauthiz pronounced “now-these” (N: Need) Delays, restriction. Resistance leading to strength, innovation, need-fire (self-reliance). Distress, confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them. Endurance, survival, determination. A time to exercise patience. Recognition of one’s fate. Major self-initiated change. Face your fears.

    A high wall bars the way. Only a lizard can climb on it. So  –  become a lizard! Difficulties force you to make changes. Your life may presently have several difficulties or obstacles and it is hardly possible to continue in the same way as you have done before. You may feel up against a wall, but it is so solid that if you try to destroy it, you are likely to damage yourself. A considerable change of attitude and life-style is needed. Only by making such a deep-rooted change can you overcome the obstacles in your way. The rune Nauthiz advises you not to try to overcome obstacles in vain, but there is no reason to be passive and just wait. The wall won’t simply disappear and your best way forward is to work patiently on yourself. Accept that you cannot change your situation quickly or simply, because what is needed is a qualitative change in your whole way of life.

    Nauthiz Reversed or Merkstave: Constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity. Necessity, extremity, want, deprivation, starvation, need, poverty, emotional hunger. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)

    As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.

    **a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at and used here with her gracious permission**

    In the Light…


    “Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
    — Kevin Burke
    Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…

    Today’s I Ching Hexagram for 2/7

    Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:

    40: Deliverance

    Monday, February 7th, 2011

    Hexagram 40

    General Meaning: After a thunderstorm, or any period of extreme tension, a period of new clarity and fresh opportunity follows. The storm has the effect of clearing the air and suddenly reducing atmospheric tension. Deliverance is at hand. In the wake of a storm on land, deliverance appears in the form of new color and life, which bursts forth in all the fields and flowers. In the wake of a storm at sea, deliverance takes the form of land itself.

    In the field of human relations, the rain of forgiveness washes the human landscape clean after a period of conflict and enmity. Great clarity of purpose and renewed vigor can follow the healing of old wounds. But care must be taken not to re-open such wounds by moving too quickly. In the same way, it is important to return to normalcy before moving ahead with new plans after periods of stress.

    Following the resolution of a difficult situation, your first priority, should be to return to normal conditions as quickly as possible. Breathe a sigh of relief, but don’t relax completely. It would be a mistake to re-awaken the sleeping dogs of the immediate past before the new situation has crystallized. Look ahead. Attend to any residual matters that need resolution, and do so as quickly as possible. Make a clean sweep of the past, move deliberately and the future will bring good fortune

    Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:

    Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:

    The Moon

    This Tarot Deck: Universal Waite

    General Meaning: What has traditionally been known as the Moon card refers to a deep state of sensitivity and imaginative impressionability, developed within a womb of deep relaxation. Here we dream and go into trance, have visions and receive insights, wash in and out with the psychic tides, and experience deep mystical and/or terrifying realities beyond our ordinary senses. The full moon and/or eclipse cycle charted by the Magi (as in some of the earliest Moon card images) exemplify this as a mechanism that Nature uses to expand consciousness.

    The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters the Ocean of Being. What transpires next is between a soul and its Maker.

    Daily Horoscopes for 2/7


    General Daily Horoscope


    We are receiving an energetic boost with the Moon visiting enthusiastic Aries. This initiates a new emotional cycle that encourages us to spontaneously rush ahead into whatever we believe we should be doing next. We are also still feeling the lingering impact from the recent Sun-Mars conjunction. Meanwhile, feisty Mars forms a harsh semisquare to bombastic Jupiter, tempting us to be too pushy in a situation that doesn’t need much force at all.


    Aries Horoscope
    Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

    You may feel wired today, as if you are ready to set the world on fire. However, you might become less confident when you see how others react to your off-the-wall energy. Keep in mind that you are probably giving off mixed signals because your moods are changing quickly and you aren’t very good at hiding your emotions with the Moon in your sign. Still, it’s wise to balance your sense of urgency with a bit of prudence. You have more time than you think.


    Taurus Horoscope
    Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

    It’s a good idea to check in with yourself today to see what you need, especially if you’ve been spending a lot of time with friends and family. Ironically, going back to work may be a welcome relief, even if only to stir things up and get you moving again. Your restlessness could prompt you to start a new project, but it’s more important to tie up loose ends so you can be ready for new opportunities when they come knocking at your door.


    Gemini Horoscope
    Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

    You are eager to reconnect with your friends and co-workers today, for you are quite excited about something new in your life. You could be so enthusiastic that you want to tell everyone about your plans. But remember that it’s important to follow through on your previous commitments because others are counting on you. Fortunately, you have sufficient common sense now to find balance between your desire for social interactions and your sense of responsibility.


    Cancer Horoscope
    Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

    You may feel as if you’re standing at a crossroads today. You can imagine what it would be like to be on the other side of the intersection and want to blast your way through any fear. But as you move forward, you can see that there are lots of different ways to proceed, so what starts as an impulse could turn into a much deeper consideration. Don’t rush the process; let it unfold naturally, according to its own clock.


    Leo Horoscope
    Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

    You may be interested in exploring your emotions in a deeper way today, but might not know exactly how to do it. Actually, it’s tough to be real if you’re more comfortable when you’re safely hiding behind a mask. Although you are often able to disguise yourself, the true you will still shine through now. Thankfully, once you realize that it isn’t worth all the work that it takes to keep your intensity hidden, it will be much easier to touch others with what’s really in your heart.


    Virgo Horoscope
    Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

    You may be more lighthearted now, but only if you are already caught up at work. You have a lot on your plate these days, yet your heightened state of efficiency enables you to get everything done and still have time left over for fun. However, in your quest for excitement, don’t be so eager that you agree to be part of something before you know what it is. Ultimately, you’ll be happiest today if you decide what you want and then stick to your plan to get it.


    Libra Horoscope
    Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

    No matter what you do, someone close to you could become annoyed or even angry with your actions (or inaction) today. However, from your point of view, he or she seems to be needlessly stirring up conflict. Unfortunately, your attempts to avoid confrontation may not be effective. Don’t argue; relying on logic to defuse the situation will only make matters worse. A strategy based on compassion will be more successful now, so soften your position and try to be more understanding.


    Scorpio Horoscope
    Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

    You aren’t interested in walking on eggshells now; if you have something to say, you need to just come right out and say it. In particular, your patience wears thin if you are challenged by someone who acts selfishly today. Although you know what might be best in the long run, you’re still tempted to push an issue right to the edge. Be smart and step back from a confrontational encounter. It’s currently wiser to reduce the pressure on a difficult situation than to add more stress to it.

    Sagittarius Horoscope
    Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

    Although you’re longing to be playful today with the Moon in your 5th House of Fun and Games, it’s hard to get past your own sense of lingering caution. Something tells you that you cannot set your current responsibilities aside, even if you’re tempted to escape. Thankfully, you can now have your cake and eat it, too. Working hard and accomplishing a lot early in the day will justify your lighthearted spontaneity later on.


    Capricorn Horoscope
    Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

    You have a tight schedule today and would like to stick to it. You aren’t in the mood to add anything to your day that’s not already in the plan. Unfortunately, your desire to have everything neatly compartmentalized won’t give you the certainty that you want. Much to your chagrin, responding to someone’s unexpected emotional display could pull you off track. Keep in mind that their feelings are real and need to be taken seriously, even if it seems like an inconvenience to you.


    Aquarius Horoscope
    Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

    It’s relatively easy to interact with others today if you are willing to let go of your personal agenda. However, if you hold onto unexpressed feelings, they could get in the way of your relationship happiness. It’s smarter to just state what’s on your mind and let others know if something makes you feel uncomfortable. Remember that your current issues don’t need immediate resolution. A spirited discussion that gets everyone’s feelings out in the open will help more than you think.


    Pisces Horoscope
    Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

    You may be thinking about new ways to increase your income, but your current thoughts might not be very connected to reality. Don’t worry if your ideas seem totally impractical now; what’s important is to give yourself permission to dream. Your imagination could be the key to an upcoming breakthrough, so let the fantasies roll by unedited. Wait until you return to earth in a couple of days before settling on a suitable goal and choosing a logical course of action.

    Happy, Happy Monday, dear friends!

    Good Monday Morning! So far it has been a great day. I have been typing since about 9:30 this morning. Nothing else to do besides watch it snow. The weather people around here wouldn’t know a raindrop if it hit them in the head. The snow storm that is currently blowing outside wasn’t suppose to happen. We were suppose to get a light dusting, ha, ha, ha! Now that we have an 1 inch of snow, they have declared a Winter Storm Warning for us. They tell the weather by looking out the window. Anyway what have I been typing? A present for you. It is “Our Creation.” I know the new ones have never read this and perhaps some of the older ones too. I am going to put it in the “Page Section” of the blog. Then when I get ready to make some more pages, I will move it over under a topic. By like I said this is very unusual and I have never seen it on the net, so it would be a good idea to print it out and put it in your BOS. I hope you enjoy it. Have a very blessed Monday!