Calendar of the Moon
Willow Tree Month
Colors: Yellow, silver, and pale willow-green
Altar: Upon cloth of yellow, silver, and pale willow-green place three white candles, wreaths of willow-branches, a large clay bowl of water, flowers if they are available, and a silver moon.
Offerings: Contemplate an emotion, and how you use it, and how it uses you.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian, preferably cold food. Fruits. Only spring water to drink.
Call: Now is the time of the Willow Goddess.
Response: Now is the time of the Green Man’s courting.
Call: Now is the time when leaves are full.
Response: Now is the time when gold gives way to silver.
Call: Now is the time when Sun gives way to Moon.
Response: Now is the time when Lord gives way to Lady.
Call: Now is the time of the search and the quest.
Response: Now is the time of magic dew on the fields.
Call: Now is the time of the phallus rising.
Response: He seeks the doorway that is wet with spring rains.
Call: He seeks the moon in the river.
Response: He seeks the fishes in the winnowing basket.
Call: He seeks the fruit of Persephone.
Response: He seeks the mountain of the Muses.
Call: We crown his head with flowers….
Response: That he may reach the sky.
Call: We crown his head with ribbons….
Response: That he may touch the earth.
Call: We bring forth the pole from earth to sky.
Response: We lay the line from earth to sky.
Call: We blow like the wind from earth to sky.
Response: We fall like the rain from sky to earth.
Call: We descend like the sunlight from sky to earth.
Response: We climb like the trees from sky to earth.
Call: We are the children of earth and sky.
Response: We are beloved of sky and earth.
We all come from the Goddess, and to Her we shall return,
Like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.
Calendar of the Sun
Color: Black and grey
Altar: Spread a black cloth, and lay it with photographs, paintings, and other depictions of our ancestors. Add also symbols of their old tools, and statues of ancestral deities, a bowl of seeds for the future garden, pots of soil, a pitcher of water, and many candles of black and white and grey.
Offerings: Things they would have liked to eat, drink, smoke, or smell. Tend a cemetery and clean up the graves.
Daily Meal: Food from an earlier era, using authentic recipes.
Invocation to the Ancestors
Our ancestors got up at dawn,
Slaved in the dirt,
Sweated in the sun,
Chilled in the cold,
Numbed in the snow,
Scattering each seed with a prayer:
Pray that there be enough,
That no one starve this winter.
Pray that no bird nor beast
Steal the food I have struggled for.
And most of all,
Pray that each seed I save
Of this harvest
Shall next year
Bring forth a hundred more.
We live today
Because they worked
Because they sowed
Because they harvested
Because they prayed.
Those who came before
We are your children
Those who came before
We honor your names
(Each person takes seeds from the bowl and plants them in the pots of soil, speaking the name of one of their ancestors as they do so, as in: “In honor of _______.” The pots are watered, and the candles put out one by one.)
Moon Phases: Full Moon
by Jan Spiller
A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you “see” what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the “same ole, same ole” — rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it’s time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams.
The day after a Full Moon can be rough because the vision or revelation of higher reality has now been delivered to earthlings – whether they know it or not. In the meantime, it’s as though the cosmos feels it has done its thing and now may be prepared to focus its attention on other species or planets. However, the 48-hour time-period beginning at this time ought to be a launching pad for spreading the good news that the light, love and wisdom of the universe are ready to work wonders in all of our lives. A particular challenge today is that the Moon in Scorpio appears to be shirking its responsibility by going void at 5:15AM PDT during a somewhat optimistic and illuminating Moon-Jupiter polarity. The lunar orb remains in this weakened void mode until 6:40PM PDT when Sagittarius Moon begins in earnest for the next two days. The lunar shift every month from Scorpio to Sagittarius is one of the most profound changes in the zodiac since there is a miniature death – followed by the need for regeneration, and rebirth of feelings, thoughts and ideals. Nevertheless, it is helpful to be finishing old projects and enterprises on a high note during today’s void limbo cycle. Under the auspices of Sagittarius Moon, let the fun, games and sporting events proceed! Insights about business matters and investment planning can be sharp as Vesta makes a supportive, 60-degree link to Neptune (9:31PM PDT). Strengthen love bonds and partnership ties later on – courtesy of the monthly Moon-Juno union (10:08PM PDT).