Your Current Moon Phase for February 22nd is The Full Moon

February 22
Full Moon
Illumination: 100%

The Moon today is in a Full Moon phase. During a Full Moon the moon is 100% illuminated as seen from Earth and is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. The Moon will be visible throughout the night sky rising at sunset in the east and setting with the sunrise the next morning. The point at which a Full Moon occurs can be measured down to a fraction of a second. The time it takes between full moons is known as a Synodic month and is 29.530587981 days long.

Phase Details for – Monday, February 22, 2016

Phase: Full Moon
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 14.52 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 397,283.71 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,990,213.75 km

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Rede of the Wiccae or The Wiccan Credo

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Rede of the Wiccae or The Wiccan Credo

By Lady Gwen Thompson / Adriana Porter

Despite the insistence of some that the Rede is taken from this piece, the Rede of the Wiccae was not published until the 1970s by one Lady Gwen Thompson, although some attest to its existence at least a few years earlier within Thompson’s own tradition. Thompson claims it was taught to her by her grandmother, Adriana Porter. The fact that it includes the word “Wiccan,” however, makes it highly unlikely that this could be the case, especially when one considers that in Wicca’s early years just about everyone was claiming a witchy or Wiccan grandmother.

Doreen Valiente is sometimes mistakenly credited with authoring this piece. Valiente published The Witches Creed in 1978 in her book “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”, which is a completely separate document.

This is NOT the Wiccan Rede. It includes the Rede (in the last line), but it is not the Rede. It is, according to all available evidence, a document newer than the Rede. It also mentions the Witches’ Rune, which is credited to Valiente and Gardner.

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Live and let live,
Fairly take and fairly give.

Cast the Circle thrice about
To keep the evil spirits out.

To bind the spell every time
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak but little, listen much.

Deosil go by waxing moon,
Chanting out the Witches’ Rune.

Widdershins go by waning moon,
Chanting out the baneful rune.

When the Lady’s moon is new,
Kiss thy hand to Her, times two.

When the moon rides at her peak,
Then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North wind’s mighty gale,
Lock the door and drop the sail.

When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss thee on the mouth.

When the wind blows from the West,
Departed souls will have no rest.

When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow.

Elder be the Lady’s tree,
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

When the Wheel begins to turn,
Let the Beltane fires burn.

When the Wheel has turned to Yule,
Light the log, the Horned One rules.

Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree,
By the Lady, Blessed Be.

Where the rippling waters go,
Cast a stone and truth you’ll know.

When ye have a true need,
Hearken not to others’ greed.

With a fool no season spend,
Lest ye be counted as his friend.

Merry Meet and Merry Part,
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Threefold Law you should,
Three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow,
Wear the blue star on thy brow.

True in Love ever be,
Lest thy lover’s false to thee.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
As Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will
 

Source

Wicca, The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide
Riley Star

 

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for Feb. 22nd – Caristia or Cara Cognatio

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February 22nd

 

Carista or Cara Cognatio

 

This was not an official Roman holiday but was nevertheless celebrated on an annual basis. This was a cheerful time that followed the somber activities of the Feralia. Caristia was set aside to renew family ties and settle disputes. There would be a family meal and offerings would be made to the household Lares. The holiday was converted into the feast of St. Peter and continued to be celebrated well into the 12th century.

Monday Is Ruled By the Moon

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Monday Is Ruled By the Moon

This day of the week is dedicated to the moon and all of her magic and mystery. Mondays are for women’s mysteries, illusion, prophetic dreaming, emotions, travel, and fertility.

Some suggestions for Monday enchantments would include:

*Getting outside and looking for the moon in the heavens. Sit under her light and absorb a little glamour. Call on the moon goddess Selene for practical help in magical issues.

*Invoking the god Thoth for wisdom and insight

*Empowering your silver jewelry under the light of the moon. Wear moonstone or pearl jewelry today to add a lunar and magical shimmer to your outfit.

*Be mysterious and subtle and wear moon-associated colors such as white, silver, and blue.

*Working spells for safe travel with a simple moonstone

*Gathering bluebells, jasmine, gardenias, or white roses to create a little garden witchery with the flowers that are associated with the moon

*Setting up a lunar Tarot spell today to increase your psychic powers

*Eating a lunar fruit such as a melon to be healthy, serene, and at peace

*Brewing up a cup of chamomile or mint tea and enchanting it for sweet dreams and restful sleep

The Witches Correspondences for Monday, February 22

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The Witches Correspondences for Monday, February 22

Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood

Herb: Moonwort

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.

Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.

Hold an Esbat Rite – Celebrate the Full Moon

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Hold an Esbat Rite – Celebrate the Full Moon

What is an Esbat?

An esbat is a Wiccan meeting held each month at the time of the full moon. This is usually the time for initiation ceremonies or healing magic to be done, as opposed to a Sabbat (holiday) celebration.

There’s also an old joke in the Wiccan community about “what do you feed your esbat?”

The answer? Purina Esbat Chow!

Celebrating the Esbat with Ritual

In addition to the eight Sabbats observed every year, many Pagans celebrate a regular Esbat, in which magic is performed and the gods and goddesses of the tradition are honored.

Most covens and groups meet at least once a month, and time this ceremony so it coincides with the full moon. The word Esbat is of French origin, from s’esbattre, which loosely translates to “frolic joyfully.” In addition to frolicking, this is a time to commune with the gods of your tradition. In some groups, the Esbat rite is followed by a Cakes and Ale ceremony. You may also wish to tie this in to Drawing Down the Moon.

First, if your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so at this time. If you don’t normally cast a circle, at least take the time to ritually purify the area by smudging or asperging.

This will establish the space as sacred. You’ll need a bowl of water and a moon candle for the altar. This is traditionally a white unscented pillar-style candle. You can decorate the moon candle with sigils or inscriptions etched with a hot knife. Adorn your altar with lunar symbols — mirrors, silver ribbons, white crystals. Feel free to substitute the names and attributes of the deities of your path in this incantation.

Turn to the altar, and hold your arms open wide. Tilt your head so that your face is skyward — after all, this is a celebration honoring the full moon. Say:

Goddess of the moon, queen of the night,
keeper of women’s mysteries, mistress of the tides,
you who are ever changing and yet always constant,
I ask that you guide me with your wisdom,
help me grow with your knowledge,
and hold me in your arms.

At this time, light the moon candle, and take a moment to reflect upon the gifts you have in your life.
Hold the bowl of water to the sky. Say:

The moon is the symbol of the mother,
and she watches over us day and night.
She brings the changing tide, the shifting night,
the flow that changes women’s bodies,
and the passion of lovers to their beloved.
Her wisdom is great and all-knowing,
and we honor her tonight.
Keep your watchful eyes upon us, great mother,
until the cycle returns once more,
and bring us to the next full moon,
in your love and light.

Take a few moments to think about the things in your life which have changed in the past moon cycle. Are there people who have come into your world that you’re thankful for? Have you ended a toxic relationship? Have you experienced good fortune at work? Meditate on all the things you have to be thankful for, as well as the things you would like to see change for you by the next full moon. When you are ready, close the circle and end the ritual. If you choose, you can move into healing rites or magical workings, or a Cakes & Ale ceremony.

Tips:

Use the moon water over the next month for watering plants, making offerings, or doing spellwork.
 

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

Aspects of a Virgo Full Moon

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High on Your Own Supply
Virgo Full Moons mean that the sunny ginormous companion is in Pisces. Virgo and Pisces are signs of devotion and magic, all along the spectrum from the worldly to the otherworldly.

What’s outstanding here is that at 4 degrees, the luminaries are intoxicated — and enchanted — by Neptune (in Pisces).

Neptune relates to the imagination, and to the phenomenon of breaking through our own frames of perception to something beyond.

The dreams of Neptune, or our own authentic eternal selves, have to make it past the gatekeepers within (beliefs).

With this Full Moon, the Neptune lift and high makes it possible to see from that lofty plane. If there’s a catharsis at the lunar peak, it could be a dissolving of beliefs that keep you from taking practical actions to change your life.

This is a Full Moon for letting the imagination have full revelatory rein. It’s also a big one for a rush of mystical images or feelings. You could get a flash glimpse of a bright, wholesome future.

I’ve recently been thinking about Jupiter Virgo, and how so much comes down to choosing what’s natural over what’s unnatural.

This is kinda simple, but it appears that a dark force is driving humanity away from spirit and nature, and toward corruption, degradation and unnatural impulses. Look to nature and it’s persistent wholeness and yin/yang balance for inspiration.

Cleanse and Regenerate

Another potent feature is Mars Scorpio, making motivating angles to Pluto, and planets in visionary Aquarius (Venus and Mercury).

What’s divine about this, is that it reinforces that sense of breaking through that’s there with Neptune.
The bright idea is enough to motivate Mars to join with Pluto and raise the dead, and remove corrupting influences. This whole package creates an atmosphere for reunion — reuniting with your essential self, and getting psyched to shed a skin if necessary, to mark the occasion.

This year’s Virgo Full Moon is on February 22nd, 2016. Where is Virgo-Pisces at 4 degrees in your own birth chart?

Find this degree along the Virgo-Pisces axis to spiral in to the themes that could be up for you.
I used these words of constant change to mirror the mutable nature of these two signs.

The mutable phase in each trio (cardinal, fixed, mutable) is the time of rearranging, loosening the fixed hold on how things have been. Here we get a mood lift, when we’re flexible, and able to let old mindsets dissolve — tolerating the void like uncertainty — as a new awareness dawns.

At the Virgo Full Moon, there’s a high beam on the mind-body connection — how are thoughts, and what you digest affecting your body? The Sun is engaged, in Pisces, for spiritual vitality — heeding the messages of the soul (in dreams, knowings).

It’s also a fertility peak and time for boosting your immune system with healthful living. Steer clear of junk of all kinds, and purify from degrading influences that have wafted in.

Consistent Practices

In a time like ours, what practices are effective, in this process of accelerated change? It’s not about being perfect, with perfectionism being a Virgo peccadillo.

Full Moons bring rising inner tides — the material of the psyche is surfacing. This Full Moon brings home the reality that it’s useful (and a lifesaver) to have a basket of strategies that work in different situations.
This is a time to experiment, listening to the soul’s promptings, on what will aid in the integration process. What gives you confidence, to ride the waves, and even if you’re knocked down, find your center again? Sometimes what’s needed is to Do Nothing — to simply let the waters wash over and trust the process.

Virgin Land, The Seed

The Full Moon is in Virgo, who is often depicted as an earth goddess, and maiden of the harvest. The Sun is in Virgo in September, and that’s when we glean what’s been sown in the Spring and Summer. But the roots of Virgo as earth goddess, holding an ear of corn, is traced to ancient Mesopotamia, according to Deborah Houlding of Skyscript UK.

Houlding writes of Virgo the Maiden that the Mesopotamians would have placed most significance upon the time that the full Moon illuminated its stars during the Sun’s transit of Pisces. For the Mesopotamians this occurred in early spring, just as the first signs of corn appeared above the ground. Thus the Babylonian reference for the constellation was Ab Sin, ‘the Furrow’, depicting the virgin land about to bear its fruit.”
And this is the thing — Virgo star lore is about both the harvest and the virgin land, where the seed is germinating. Writes Houlding, “Some have argued that the constellation depicts ‘the woman and her seed,’ with the palm branch being seen as an ancient symbol for the seed.”

What are the elements needed to thrive? What combo from the infinite choices available take you where you want to go?

The Beauty of the Small

At the Full Moon, we’re invited to manifest with sure-footedness, from a real grounded awareness. Virgo is a sign of presence, and one that observes the smallest details. A great expansion happens now from being here now — in your body, where you are. A great renewal comes from letting go of what keeps you from settling in, and knowing the power of presence.

What strikes to the nervous system cause you to escape from being present? This can be a time of clearing, simplifying and purifying. You become the Virgin, whole-unto-herself (or himself), able to take in new experiences, and be changed by them.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

—William Blake
 

Author

Molly Hall, Astrology Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

Full Moon Magick

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Full Moon Magick

Definition:

The full moon is the point at which we can see an entire side of the moon. For magical purposes, most Wiccans and Pagans consider the full moon to include the day before and the day after a full moon, for a total of three days. If your tradition requires you to follow the phases of the moon for your magical workings, this is a good time to do rituals focused on personal growth and spiritual development.

Some examples would include:
Spells related to increasing your intuitive awareness
Healing magic
Rituals that connect you closely with deity, such as Drawing Down the Moon
Any magic related to developing your magical skills

For many Wiccans and Pagans, this is also a time to celebrate with an Esbat ritual.

Examples:

Willow and her coven celebrated the full moon with a ritual to hone their intuitive abilities.
 

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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 22nd

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The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 22nd

Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.

Caristia (Roman)

Waxing Moon
The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation, and little magical work (except magic designed to banish harmful energies).

Full Moon 1: 20 pm
The Full Moon is the time of greatest power.

Sign: Leo
Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, central ideas, or institutions, away from connections with others and other emotional needs. People tend to be melodramatic.

Moon enters Virgo 6: 24 am
Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.

Incense: Narcissus

Color: Ivory

Monday Is A Day of Witchery, Magick and Enchantment

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Monday Is A Day of Witchery, Magick and Enchantment

Think for a moment on all of the witchery, magick and enchantments that you have discovered. Don’t be afraid to adjust spells to suit your own specific needs. Any gentle, illusory, and dreamy charms and spells can be enhanced when you work on the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon. Mondays are a fantastic day to boost your psychic abilities and to tune in to your intuition and empathy. It also gives you the opportunity to work with a different lunar phase each and every Monday, which means in one month you could work four different types of moon magicks on Mondays. How’s that for adding to your repertoire? You are going to have mad skills in no time at all.

So light up those lunar scented candles and add a little mystique to your outfit by wearing an enchanting lunar color. Wear your sparkling silver jewelry and maybe add a pair of dangling silver earrings or a pendant shaped like a crescent moon. Create lunar potions and philters; make a dream catcher and give it as a gift to someone you love. Burn some sandalwood or jasmine-scented incense today to inspire the glamour and magick of the moon. Slice up a favorite variety of fruit that is in season for a snack or share it with your love and enjoy his or her lunar and romantic qualities. Brew up a cup of chamomile tea, enchant it with a little moon magick, and relax and get a good night’s sleep.

Most importantly, get outside tonight and watch the moon for a while. What phase is she in? What color was the moon as she rose? Why not start a journal and write down at what location the moon rises and sets for a few seasons? This is a great way to teach you to tune in and to become more aware of the moon and the influence that she pulls into our lives. Try calling on Selene for her magickal assistance, and call Thoth for wisdom and strength. Get to know the Norse Mani and the Latvian Meness. These gods of the moon have plenty to teach, and if you allow their influence to cycle through your life, you’ll receive many blessings. Be imaginative, and create your own personal lunar magick and witchery. Go on….the moonlight becomes you.
 

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Monday – the Moon’s Day

 Ricordati, la vita è una malattia mortale, per cui bisogna godersela.
Monday – the Moon’s Day

Monday is the first day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, but in the US, Canada, and Japan it’s counted as the second day of the week.

Monday is named after the moon.

Monday comes after Sunday and before Tuesday in our modern day Gregorian Calendar.

Naming Monday
The English word Monday was derived from Old English which literally means “moon’s day”.

Middle English – Monday or mone(n)day
Latin – dies lunae – “Day of the moon”
Old Norse – mánadagr, mandag, mánudagur
Old English – mōnandæg or mōndæg
Ancient Greek – hemera selenes – “day of the moon”

First or second day?
Monday is considered the first day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601. In many cultures and languages, Monday is given a name that means either “second day” marking Sunday to be the first day of the week or a name that means the day after Sunday.

Slavic languages number Monday as the first day, not the second day. Many European countries have calendars that mostly show Monday as the first day of the week.

Depressing “Blue Monday”
Monday used to be called “Blue Monday” because it was a day associated with washing clothes that involved blue dye. However, it now refers to the day when employees have to return to work after the weekend.
Least favorite day

In many cultures, Monday is considered the worst day of the week because it is the first day of the work week. A number of songs often feature Monday as a day of depression, anxiety, or melancholy such as “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas & the Papas in 1966 or “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters in 1971, not to mention “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats in 1979.

However, Mondays are considered good days for fasting in Judaism and Islam. In the Eastern Orthodox Church Mondays are days in which Angels are commemorated.

Holidays on a Monday
Several holidays always fall on a Monday such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day.
 

Source

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