Charge of the Goddess
I am the Great Mother, worshiped by all and
existent prior to their consciousness.
I am the primal female force, boundless and eternal.
I am the chaste Goddess of the moon,
the Lady of all magic.
The winds and moving leaves sing my name.
I wear the crescent Moon upon my brow and
my feet rest among the starry heavens.
I am mysteries yet unsolved, a path newly set upon.
I am a field untouched by the plow.
Rejoice in me and know the fullness of youth.
I am the blessed Mother, the gracious Lady of the harvest.
I am clothed with the deep, cool wonder of the Earth
and the gold of the fields heavy with grain.
By me the tides of the Earth are ruled;
all things come to fuition according to my season
I am refuge and healing.
I am the life-giving Mother, wondrously fertile.
Worship me as the Crone,
Tender of the unbroken cycle of death and rebirth.
I am the wheel, the shadow of the Moon.
I rule the tides of women and men and
give release and renewal to weary souls.
Though the darkness of death is my domain,
the joy of birth is my gift.
I am the Goddess of the Moon, the Earth, the Seas.
My names and strengths are manifold.
I pour forth magick and power, peace and wisdom.
I am the eternal Maiden, Mother of all, and Crone of darkness,
and I send you blessings
of limitless love.
“Wicca: A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner”
by Scott Cunningham
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, June 9th
Sun Direction: ↑ 90.25° E
Sun Altitude: 40.68°
Sun Distance: 94.364 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 20, 2017 11:24 pm (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 5:34 am↑ 60° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:13 pm↑ 300° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 39 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 274.91° W
Moon Altitude: -38.48°
Moon Distance: 252434 mi
Next New Moon: Jun 23, 20179:30 pm
Next Full Moon: Jul 8, 201711:06 pm
Next Moonrise: Today8:19 pm
Current Moon Phase: Near Full Moon (Waning Gibbous)
The Full Moon
The Full Moon is the most spectacular Moon phase when the entire face of the Moon is lit up.
At Full Moon, the entire face of the Moon is illuminated by the Sun’s rays and it can be bright enough to light up otherwise dark nights.
Technically, this primary Moon phase only lasts a moment, the instant when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth
So the exact time for Full Moon is during the day on parts of the planet.
However, the Moon can appear to be full a day before or after while more than 98% of the Moon’s disc is illuminated.
Therefore, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a Full Moon and the last stage of a Waxing Gibbous Moon or the beginning of a Waning Gibbous Moon.
The technical term for the Full Moon alignment is syzygy of the Sun-Earth-Moon-system.
When the side of the Moon we can see from Earth is fully lit up at Full Moon, the opposite side is in darkness, and vice versa at New Moon.
The Full Moon is visible in the sky approximately from sunset to sunrise. At the precise moment of the Full Moon alignment, the Moon is only visible in the night part of Earth, with a few exceptions.
A Primary Moon Phase
Full Moon is the 3rd of the 4 primary Moon phases which occur at specific moments in time. The other 3 are New Moon, First Quarter Moon, and Third Quarter Moon.
In addition, there are 4 intermediate phases which take up the time in between the primary phases. These are called Waxing Crescent Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon, and Waning Crescent Moon.
The Moon orbits Earth counterclockwise on an elliptical path, and the same side of the Moon always faces Earth. However, over time, the Moon rocks slightly from north to south and wobbles a little from east to west. This motion, known as lunar libration, makes it possible to see up to 58% of the Moon’s surface from Earth, although only 50% at a time.
Higher Tides at Full Moon
The greatest difference between high and low tide is around Full Moon and New Moon. During these Moon phases, the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun combine to pull the ocean’s water in the same direction. These tides are known as spring tides or king tides.
Affects the Tides
The tides on Earth are mostly generated by the Moon’s gravitational pull from one side of Earth to the other. The Moon’s gravity can cause small ebbs and flows in the continents called land tides or solid Earth tides. These are greatest during the Full and New Moons because the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same or opposite sides of Earth.
The Full Moon in Culture
The Moon has influenced human culture for millennia, and the Full Moon phase in particular. The date for Easter Sunday, for example, is determined based on the Full Moon and the vernal equinox.
The Moon has also inspired the invention of countless deities, like the Roman goddess Luna or her Norse male counterpart Máni, who gave his name to Monday. And, even today, people use ancient Full Moon names, like Harvest Moon and Strawberry Moon.
Witches and Werewolves
In the past, it was common to think that many forms of mental illness were caused by the Moon, hence the name lunatic. The Full Moon has even been held responsible for supernatural transformations, changing otherwise harmless men into ferocious werewolves.
Modern Full Moon Celebration
The Full Moon still inspires celebrations. One of the most famous gatherings these days is the monthly Full Moon party on Haad Rin beach on the island of Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand, where thousands of tourists gather every month.
The Sky This Week for June 9 to June 11
Comet Johnson, a Full Moon, and other awesome things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Friday, June 9
Full Moon occurs at 9:10 a.m. EDT, though our satellite will look completely illuminated all night. You can find it low in the southeast as darkness falls and peaking in the south around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon lies on the border between Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer and Sagittarius the Archer, just 3° north of magnitude 0.0 Saturn.
Saturday, June 10
For people who live near 30° north latitude, today marks the earliest sunrise of the year. Although the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day doesn’t occur until Earth’s summer solstice 10 days from now, earliest sunrise happens several days before and latest sunset several days after. The specific dates depend on your latitude, however. In general, earliest sunrise occurs closer to the solstice the farther north you live.
Sunday, June 11
Jupiter appears halfway to the zenith in the southern sky during twilight this week and doesn’t set until after 2 a.m. local daylight time. The brilliant planet shines at magnitude –2.2 among the background stars of Virgo, some 11° west-northwest of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter’s disk spans 40″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.
Magical Workings for The Full Moon
For many Pagans, the cycles of the moon are important to magical workings. It’s believed in some traditions that the waxing moon, the full moon, the waning moon and the new moon all have their own special magical properties, and so workings should be planned accordingly. If your tradition follows these guidelines — or if you think you’d like to time your magic based upon the phase of the moon — here are some tips on what sort of magic to perform during the various lunar stages.
The Full Moon
The full moon is the point at which we can see an entire side of the moon. For magical purposes, many modern 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
Rituals that connect you closely with deity, such as Drawing Down the Moon
Any magic related to developing your magical skills
For many Pagans, this is also a time to celebrate with an Esbat ritual. Dorinda is an eclectic witch who lives in Nevada, and she says, “Once a month, during the full moon, I drive out to the desert about half an hour away. There’s a spot that I go that’s really off the beaten path, and I can stand up on a hillside and watch the moon rise, and it’s just magnificent, because there’s no one out there but me. It’s always a very meditative experience, and I can really feel the connection that my body has to the full moon, as well as connecting on a spiritual level. This is when I call upon the gods of my tradition, ask for intuitive guidance, that sort of thing. I always feel so refreshed and aware afterwards, it’s almost hard for me to get to sleep when I get back home.”
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Friday, June 9
Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:
Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra
Celtic Tree Month of Hauth (Hawthorn) – May 13 – June 9. Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire. Also associated with the realm of Faerie.
Runic Half-Month of Odal (home, protection) – May 29 – June 13
Goddess of the Month of Hera – May 16 – June 12
The Pagan Book of Days
The Magickal Day of Friday
Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.
Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings
*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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The Witches Guide to Friday
Ruler: Freya, Venus
Colors: Emerald green or pink
Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following.
Key Words: Love, money, health
It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. In the word Friday, we see the roots of the name of the Norse goddess Freya, a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses thus the verse “Friday’s child is loving and giving.”
In Spanish this day of the week is called Viernes and is derived from the goddess Venus. Matters of love, human interaction, the fluidity of communication, sewing and the creation of artistic garments, household improvement, shopping, and party planning all fall under the aspects of Friday and its ruling planet, Venus.
Friday’s angels are Ariel/Uriel, Rachiel, and Sachiel. Rachiel also concerns himself with human sexuality and is a presiding spirit of the planet Venus.
On Fridays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Venus, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual.
Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.
The Witches Almanac for Friday, June 9th
Heroes’ Day (Ugandan)
Full Moon 9: 10 am
Moon Sign: Sagittarius
Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart
Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels
Number: 5, 6
Charm: green or white garments, scepter
Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline
Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow
Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers
Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents
Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta
God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra
Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas
Courtesy of Moonlight Musings
Friday Is Ruled By Venus
Friday belongs to Venus, both the planet and its namesake Roman goddess of love. This day is sacred to many other gods and goddesses of love such as Eros, Venus, Aphrodite, and the Norse goddess that gave the day its name, Freya. This day of the week is for magical topics such as love, birth, fertility, and romance. Colors for today include pink and aqua. Some suggestions for Friday enchantments would include:
Carrying a rose quartz with you today to send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby co-workers
Working a loving Tarot spell to charm a friend’s pregnancy with good health and safety
Working a little flower magic to enchant a single pink rose for friendship and inner beauty, and setting it on your desk. Or try empowering a red rose for passion and placing it in your bedroom.
Burning rose-scented candles to encourage the same effect. Call on Eros to “bring a passion for life” to your days.
Sharing a romantic snack with your partner. Feed each other ripe, red strawberries. Those strawberries are love-inducing food, and are sacred to many love goddesses, including today’s patroness, Freya.
What Happens at the time of The Full Moon
The Full Moon is a peak, and many feel the buzz. It’s a crescendo and sometimes brings on a reckoning…a moment of truth. It’s associated with illumination, since it lights up the dreamtime landscape.
At the Full Moon, the luminaries — Sun and Moon — are always in opposite Zodiac signs. The polarity brings heightened tension, as balance is sought between the two extremes.
The Moon has been waxing (increasing), and if you set new Moon intentions, you’re ready to act!
In the hum of the jolty energies, there can be epiphanies about things that were vague desires at the New Moon.
Make it real, with tangible actions, perhaps a ritual that signifies you’re ready to integrate your intent. I like to stay open to surprise, too, and divine inspiration.
Time to Act?
Every month, you have a chance to experience a fresh start. The Moon’s waxing and waning is like the shortest hand on the cosmic clock. The intentions we set with the Moon can get specific, and match the traits of the sign that month.
This is a way to stay attuned to cosmic currents, and go with the flow. It’s a constant in a chaotic time, that the Moon waxes and wanes. Each lunation is a chance to set new goals, and feel closer to a bigger mystery.
Full Moon Intentions
This word is used a lot, and is interchangeable with the word goals. Perhaps, though, it suggests an active engagement in what you’re co-creating with the universe.
Your intent is what you intend to create in your life. Some like to to create Vision Boards at the New Moon. But the amped up energies, and clear sight make the Full Moon ideal for dreaming-while-awake.
Preparing for the Full Moon
Each full Moon has a different intuitive feel, and any ritual you do could draw on the essence of the sign.
As it approaches, you might gather photos, found objects, meaningful totems and place them with your intentions in a prominent place.
You might light a candle in a simple Full Moon Ritual.
Time to Celebrate
The Full Moon often casts an exuberant vibe, making it a great time to have a party. This also opens the door for meaningful people to step into your life. But keep in mind that it can be intense, too.
There’s a reason why more patrolmen are sent out on full Moons! Take time to honor yourself in some way for any steps you took since the new Moon.
The Climax and the Big Reveal
Sometimes Full Moons feel like the end of an Act in your ongoing life story.
It’s like in a movie where all the plot points are pulled together, and for a brief moment, you can see the interwoven whole. If you set intentions, the full Moon is a time when you begin to make out the path, and can take an exhilarating step forward. It is both a culmination and a time to act on something you’ve imagined. In the act of doing, you have brought an idea into reality, and made magic.
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A Full Moon Ritual
Full Moons are big peaks, and with ritual, you can go with the momentum. And that simply means concentrating your energy for a symbolic or real action.
The lunar cycle gives you many chances to do rituals to mark a personal turning point or let go.
At the New Moon, you can go into the dark and be symbolically reborn. New Moon rituals help you summon your whole Self, and in that magic moment, commit to intentions.
At the full Moon, the energy builds and builds….there’s an explosive outgoing aspect to it. All of nature grows and is more vital at the full Moon. This surge allows you to take action on behalf of those new Moon intentions you set two week prior. A full Moon ritual might involve taking one solid step, with a symbolic action. And it can be a powerful time to release, cast out, unburden yourself, purge, etc. You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin, identity, behavior, attitude, relationship. The ritual helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.
A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements. Most often, it’s fire, and done by casting something you don’t want into the flames. One idea: 1) Write what you’re releasing down on a stick. 2) resolve to let go as you throw it into the fire. 3) Throw the stick into the fire. This can be done as a group, with everyone sitting ’round the fire…or in your own private ceremony.
Each person can seal their action of letting go by speaking it aloud, if there’s trust in the circle.
Water can be used to cleanse in rituals. I remember a very meaningful full Moon ceremony I had at my house with three other women. We had filled a blue bowl with water and some rose petals. Each of us wrote down what we wanted to draw into our lives on a piece of paper.
After we read them aloud, we put our hands in the bowl to signify the cleansing of the old, to open to the new. It’s still one of my favorite memories. Mainly it worked because we all trusted each other to be open hearted and share our dreams. When that’s there, you can evoke the magic of shifting consciousness at will because the support is palpable.
Full Moon Release Ritual
Items you’ll need: Floating candles, a large bowl, water, matches, a pen.
1. Create sacred space with candles, sage smudging, and setting up altars with powerful totems. For some rituals, I’ll use an owl’s wing that a friend gave me, to represent wisdom.
2. If possible, stand or sit under the Moon. Allow yourself to feel a direct relationship to it, as a mover of the living waters of the Earth and within our own bodies.
3. Do a grounding exercise, to bring you out of the chatter of small talk and into ritual space. Feel the earth under your feet and shake out the tension in the body.
4. Place the large water-filled bowl in front of you, or in the middle of your gathering on a table.
5. Each person writes what they’re releasing on the floating candle. It’s not important that it shows up, just that the intention is there.
6. As you place the candle into the bowl, declare what you’re releasing.
7. Light the candle.
8. Allow yourself to feel the transfer of what you’re releasing to the candle. As a group focus on letting go into the water, holding hands if that feels right.
9. Celebrate this release by sharing a feast under the full Moon!
Allow the candle to keep burning in the bowl as a symbol of the letting go process. The flame is a purifier, and symbolizes the sparks of inspiration as well. If you blow out your floating candle, and your bowl is in your home, relighting it will remind you of your commitment. Place inspiring pictures and totems around it that remind you of who you’re becoming. Above all, give yourself kudos for honoring your own growth.
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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Vestalia, Festival of Vesta
Vestalia, Festival of Vesta
Vestalia is the spirit of ancient Rome, abided in a flame that was kept flickering in the temple of Vesta-the hearth (heart) of the city and the royal palace. The fire was tended by six priestesses, considered to be the “king’s daughters,” who were chosen as children for their nobility and physical perfection. The priestesses or bestial Virgins were held in high regard and lived a life of affluence. However, their high position tion demanded discipline and compromise; they were required to remain celibate for their 30 years of service.
The festival of Vesta began on June 7. When the temple was opened to women, men were forbidden to enter the temple. Because very little is known of the public or private Vestal rites, we can only speculate as to what took place. However, historians ans do know that at some point, the fire in the temple was ritually ally rekindled and that prayers and offerings were made. In addition to performing all of the sacred rites for the festival, tival, the Vestals undertook other ritual duties. For example, it was their responsibility to make the sacred salt cake (mola-salsa) used in the Vestalia. This required them to fetch water from a sacred spring and bring it back without setting it down along the way. They were also in charge of ritually sweeping the temple clean before it was closed to outsiders on June 15.
Magickal Activity for the 9th Day of June, The Festival of Vesta
Invocation for Vesta
Items needed: A small table covered with a white cloth; a statue or picture of Vesta; one large white pillar candle; fresh violets; a dish of salt; a dish of flour.
Place the statue or picture of Vesta near the center-back of the altar. The candle should go directly in front of the statue, and the violets are sprinkled around the candle. The two small dishes of salt and flour are placed center-front.
To begin, take several relaxing breaths and focus on the image of Vesta. Imagine how it might have been to be one of her priestesses. When you feel the time is right, light the candle and speak her invocation:
Goddess of the hearth and home,
Let your brilliance now be known.
The flair of potential does abound,
Well within your temple round.
Vestal Virgins dressed in white,
Keep your fire burning bright.
As elements of salt and flour,
Are offered in this ritual hour.
Let your powers bright and bold,
Grace me now from times of old.
Your flame of love I did light,
To bring me honor from this night.
I now give all honor to thee,
For your blessings
so mote it be.
When you have completed the invocation, take some time to reflect on the Goddess. If you have prayers or petitions of your own, make them at this time. Leave the candle to burn for one hour.
Daily lighting of the candle will bring Vesta’s blessings to your home and family.