The Witches Journal for Monday, May 21
Goddess, Are You Real?
The little child whispered,
“Goddess, speak to me”
And a meadowlark sang.
But the child did not hear.
So the child yelled,
“Goddess, speak to me!”
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
“God, let me see you.”
And a star shone brightly
But the child did not notice.
And the child shouted,
“Goddess, show me a miracle!”
And a life was born
But the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair,
“Touch me God, and let me know you are there!”
Whereupon the God reached down
And touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly.
Originally Published on Pagan Library
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, May 21
Sun Direction: ↑ 80.24° E
Sun Altitude: 21.42°
Sun Distance: 94.082 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 21, 2018 5:07 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 5:41 am↑ 64° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:00 pm↑ 297° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 19 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 18.66° NNE
Moon Altitude: -36.42°
Moon Distance: 230500 mi
Next Full Moon: May 29, 20189:19 am
Next New Moon: Jun 13, 20182:43 pm
Next Moonrise: Today12:02 pm
Current Moon Phase:Waxing Crescent
Planets Visible in the Night Sky
Visible night of May 20 – May 21, 2018
Mercury: From Mon 4:57 am
Venus: Until Sun 10:34 pm
Mars: From Mon 12:25 am
Jupiter: Until Mon 5:11 am
Saturn: From Sun 10:44 pm
Uranus: From Mon 4:15 am
Neptune: From Mon 2:25 am
Length of Night: 9 hours, 42 minutes
Astrology of Today – Monday, May 21, 2018
The Moon is in Leo until 10:02 PM, after which the Moon is in Virgo.
The Moon is void until 10:02 PM (since last night at 11:29 PM).
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent phase until 11:49 PM, after which the Moon is in its First Quarter phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurs today at 11:49 PM.
Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mars will retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
The Sun spends its first full day in the sign of Gemini (The Sun transits Gemini from May 20th to June 21st).
Moon in Leo
The Moon is traveling through Leo today. Shine and be proud! You rule right now!
The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.
The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.
Daily Overview of Your Stars and Planets for Monday, May 21
The Moon spends most of the day in the creative, generous sign of Leo, entering Virgo at 10:03 PM EDT. The Moon is void up until its ingress into Virgo, suggesting it’s better not to take on brand-new endeavors.
Tonight, at 11:50 PM, the First Quarter Moon occurs when the Sun in Gemini forms a square with the Moon in Virgo. There is a crisis theme surrounding any quarter Moon phase, as we feel compelled to take action. Shortly after, we are made aware of how our actions affect those close to us, perhaps through trial and error. Whatever project or initiative we began around the New Moon is now off the ground, and it may face its first obstacles. We become aware of differences, and as such, it can be a time of stress, clashing, and discord, but also of high energy, motivation, and growth. This is a time when we want to get something going, but we may not know the next step or the exact direction we want it (or us) to take.
The Moon continues its void period until it enters Virgo at 10:03 PM EDT.
The sky this week for May 21 to May 27
Ceres, Mars, Venus, and more shine overhead in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Monday, May 21
The First Quarter Moon hangs high in the southwest as darkness falls, then sinks steadily toward the western horizon throughout the evening hours. Our satellite officially reaches its First Quarter phase at 11:49 p.m. EDT. The Moon lies in the constellation Leo, about 1° north of 1st-magnitude Regulus. From North America, the two objects appear closest in the early evening sky.
Tuesday, May 22
Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility two weeks ago, and it remains a stunning sight all night. It appears low in the southeast during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south around midnight local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.5, the giant planet is the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets shortly before 11 p.m. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra, 1.6° east-northeast of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). When viewed through a telescope, the gas giant’s disk spans 45″ and shows a wealth of detail in its cloud tops.
Wednesday, May 23
The Summer Triangle asterism dominates the eastern sky in late evening. Vega, the triangle’s brightest member, shines at magnitude 0.0 and stands highest of the three stars. To its lower left lies Deneb; at magnitude 1.3, it’s the faintest of the trio. Magnitude 0.8 Altair completes the bright asterism. Despite its name, the Summer Triangle appears prominent from late spring until the onset of winter.
Thursday, May 24
Neptune rises around 2:30 a.m. local daylight time and appears about 15° high in the east-southeast as twilight commences. The distant world glows at magnitude 7.9, so you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to spot it. Fortunately, it lies near a brighter star that will guide you. This morning, Neptune stands 1.1° west-southwest of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.
Friday, May 25
Look high in the northwest after darkness falls this week and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the Big Dipper. The Dipper is the sky’s most conspicuous asterism — a recognizable pattern of stars that doesn’t form a complete constellation shape. It makes up the body and tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. Use the Pointers, the two stars at the end of the Dipper’s bowl, to find Polaris, which lies due north for everyone north of the equator. Polaris marks the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. On evenings in late May, the relatively faint stars of this dipper arc directly above Polaris.
Saturday, May 26
Although Saturn won’t reach opposition and peak visibility for another month, observers will be hard-pressed to see it as inferior this week. The ringed planet rises around 10:30 p.m. local daylight time and appears highest in the south around 3 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.2 and stands out against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the beautiful world through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Sunday, May 27
The waxing gibbous Moon appears near brilliant Jupiter all night. The two were closest during the afternoon hours from North America (when they were below the horizon), and they slowly pull apart as the night progresses. Still, they make a pretty pair set against the backdrop of Libra the Scales.
In the Sky for the Month of May
Of the five planets easily visible to the unaided eye, only Mercury is missing from view this month. The other four are in good view, with one of them, Jupiter, putting in its best showing of the year. Venus climbs higher as the Evening Star, while Mars and Saturn remain in the early morning sky. Among the stars, Regulus and Spica climb to their full spring glory.
May 21: Moon and Regulus
The first-quarter Moon snuggles especially close to a bright companion tonight. Regulus, the heart of Leo, the lion, will stand just a degree or so from the Moon as night falls, which is less than the width of your finger held at arm’s length.
May 22: Martian Autumn
Mars is climbing into better view by the day. Right now, the planet stands about a third of the way up the southern sky at first light, and looks like a bright orange star.
May 23: Scorpius Rising
Scorpius, the scorpion, is entering prime evening viewing time. Its brightest star, Antares, rises about an hour after sunset, with the scorpion’s “stinger” following about an hour later. Look for orange Antares low in the southeast by 10 or 11 p.m.
May 24: Earth’s Shadow
A few minutes after sunset, look for a blue-gray band of color just above the eastern horizon, with pink above it. The dark band is Earth’s shadow. As Earth turns on its axis, the shadow will engulf you as the daytime sky gives way to night.
May 25: Moon and Spica
Spica, the leading light of Virgo, perches to the lower right of the Moon at nightfall. It is one of the brighter stars in the sky, and it’s not close to any other bright stars, so it stands out.
May 26: Moon, Jupiter, Spica
The Moon slides between two bright lights tonight. The planet Jupiter is close to the lower left of the Moon at nightfall. It’s brighter than anything in the night sky except the Moon and Venus. The star Spica is farther to the right of the Moon.
May 27: Moon and Jupiter
Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, looks like a brilliant star close to the right of the Moon at nightfall. It stays close to the Moon throughout the night.
MAY 21, 2018
Trying to gain a lot of physical traction when a long void lunar cycle is in effect in Leo and lasting until the moon enters Virgo (7:04pm) is not an easy task.
Consider finishing odds and ends on a high note rather than taking the risk of launching bold, new ventures. Ceres contacting Neptune via a potentially shadowy, 150-degree alignment (12:45am) reinforces the sense that pushing any personal plans assertively can backfire quickly with nasty results.
Asteroid watchers should note that Pallas enters Cancer at 6:10am in a cycle that lasts until July 11. Once the moon enters Virgo (7:04pm), for the next hour all kinds of revelations can inundate your thought process as the moon trines Uranus (7:39pm) while Pallas makes a supportive, 60-degree link with Uranus (7:58pm).
However, anticipate the possible arrival of temporary obstacles to forward progress as the first quarter sun-moon phase strikes (energizing 2 degrees of Gemini and Virgo at 8:50pm). Avoid allowing any kind of crisis to foil sensible plans. Manage your business affairs with self-assurance. Stop worrying about things you cannot control.
[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for May 21
Tomorow the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 6.69 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 365,823.89 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,431,849.76 km
About the Waning Crescent Moon Phase
The waxing crescent phase is the moon’s first step toward fullness. And it’s a very visible shift — the moon is completely invisible (while it’s new) until a tiny sliver is illuminated. The moon is considered a crescent only when less than one half of it is visible. According to astrologer and medium Natalia Kuna, this lunar phase presents us with a major opportunity for change.
Where the new moon is restorative and the full moon is expansive and specific to the time of year, the waxing crescent moon is a call to action. Regardless of the season or month, this is a great time to work toward the goals that are right in front of you. Tackle those home improvement projects that have piled up; start that awkward conversation with your manager; or finally adopt a dog.
If you think all of this go-getting will feel forced, you might be surprised. The waxing crescent moon encourages positivity and faith, so even the most steadfast pessimists may be more likely to leap without a net during this phase.
Of course, the moon shouldn’t take the blame for completely reckless behavior. But, if you’re usually timid about inciting change, this is absolutely your invitation to act boldly. Ride this wave of energy as long as you can — before you know it, it’ll be time to look inward and reflect all over again with the next new moon.
The Witches Guide To Monday, May 21
Today is Monday, May 21
Monday is the sacred day of the moon, personified as the goddesses Selene, Luna, and Mani. The moon is ruler of flow, affecting the changeable and impressionable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, then the powers of the moon are at their most potent.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Rune: Lagu (L)
The Celtic Tree Month Huath (Hawthorn) (May 13 – June 9)
Runic Half Month of Ing(expansive energy) (May 14 – May 28)
Goddess of the Month of Hera (May 16th – June 12th)
The Pagan Book of Days
The Goddess Book of Days for Monday, May 21
Bernadette sees the Goddess at Lourdes (France), Church calendar. A place of Persephone in pre- Christian times. Also: Isis, Mary, Yemaya, Kwan Yin, Tonantzin, Coatlique, Chalchiuhtlique, Erzulie, and Aphrodite. The sixteenth day of the Moon belongs to Goddesses Levanah, Selene and Luna.
The Goddess Book of Days
Goddesses Associated with Mondays
Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gealach, Ida, Artemis, the Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie Tuesday Soorejnaree, Pinga1la, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona.
The Goddess Book of Days
Rune: Lagu (L)
The Pagan Book of Days
Ritual Work Associated with Monday The Day of the Moon
Perfume: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color: Silver, Grey-white
Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Longlife, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft (new moon)
A Book of Pagan Rituals
Monday: Is associated with the Moon and the colors of – White, Silver, Grey and Pearl
Monday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Antiques, Archetypes, Astral Travel, Astrology, Bodies of Water, Children, Domestic Concerns, Dreams, Emotions, Fluids, Full moon magic, Household Activities, Imagination, Initiation, Justice, Magick, Meditation, New-Age Pursuits, Nursing, Peace, Protection, Psychic Pursuits, Psychology, Public, Purity, Reincarnation, Religious Experiences, Shape-shifting, Short Trips, Sincerity, Spirituality, Totem Animals, Trip Planning, Truth, Warding off Doubts and Fears, Water, Women, Women’s Mysteries
Practical Magick for the Penny Pinching Witch
The Witches Guide to Monday
In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked. Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.
Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.
Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.
Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.
On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.
Monday’s 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.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Monday, May 21
Victoria Day (Canadian)
Second Quarter 11: 49 pm
Moon Sign: Leo
Moon enters Virgo 10: 03 pm
Correspondences for Monday, May 21
Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense: African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Fluorite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.
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 Energy of the Moon
Color: Silver, white, light blue, purple
Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Witches Magick for Monday, May 21: Binding Spells
Bind a Person from Coming onto Your Property
Picture of the person
Twine or String
Instructions: To banish a person form your property, and keep them from returning, take a picture of the person and wrap the picture with the string until it is completely covered. Bury the wrapped picture in the ground where it will not be found. If you wish to remove the binding, dig up the picture and untie the string. Then, bury the picture in one hole, and bury the string in another.
Strong Binding Spell
One picture of the person
One piece of material (belonging to person) to make a doll (a sock would work fine)
Rope, at least one yard
Instructions: This is a very strong binding spell, meant to be used for protection, as well as cursing. It will work hard to keep the intended person away from you. Make a doll from the person’s material and fill it with the grass and sand. Place the picture of the person on top of the doll, and wrap the two together with the rope until neither are visible. Bury the object in a place far away from where you live, socialize or work, where it won’t be found.
Home & Hearth Magick for Monday
On Monday, casts for matters concerning the home, emotions and nurturing.
Planetary Influence: The Moon
Household Symbols: Silver platters and bowls, moon shapes
Color: White and Silver
Kitchen Spices: Lemon rind and wintergreen.
Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Let’s Talk Witch: Cursing FAQ
My curse didn’t work. Why?
How do you know it didn’t work? Leave it alone.
My curse didn’t work well enough. Can I pile on more?
How do you know it didn’t work well enough? Leave it alone.
I asked for the wrong result. How do I change it now?
How do you know you asked for the “wrong” result, or that you didn’t get the “right” one? What part of leaving it alone don’t you understand?
Someone might have cursed me. How can I tell for sure?
If someone really has cursed you, you’ll know for sure. If you don’t deserve it, it probably won’t “take.” But if you do deserve it, that’s trickier. Use the Spotted Hag to try to escape a curse. And best of luck!
Someone has cursed me. Help! Use the Spotted Hag. And again, good luck. Curses are easier to place than to remove.
My enemy found out I cursed him. What should I do?
Nothing. Don’t brag about it, that’s all. If he asks you about it, just ignore him. (But why would he ask you about it, unless you tipped him off?) If he threatens you, ignore that, too. Unless you’ve played fast and loose with the rules, you’re safe. You cursed him, right?
How long does a curse last?
How long is a piece of string? Your curse knows how long it is. Worrying about things like this is a sign you’re fussing about the outcome of the curse you cast. Don’t.
I changed my mind. How do I remove my curse?
Salt purifies and protects, and so it’s sometimes able to “decommission” the ingredients of a curse. Try collecting the things you used, coat them with salt—lots of salt—and burn it all to ashes in a trough in the ground. Then, bury the ashes and hope for the best. The other thing you can do is to try casting the curse again—on yourself. Be aware that nothing you try will work if you’re acting out of fear, not remorse. And next time, read the label!
The Spotted Hag Spell
Protect persons, animals, homes, possessions, health
The charm you need is a Hindu prayer “to avert evil spirits of misfortune and to secure prosperity.” prosperity.” It’s chock-full of ghouls and goblins and fun for the entire family. So the bunch of you won’t mind saying it on rising every day for the next twenty-one. (You can also cast it alone; it’s just more fun if you don’t have to.) Use a calendar to keep track of where you are. Consider saying it as you’d say grace at a meal; just make that meal breakfast. It’s a great way to start your day! One last thing: you’re invoking Hindu gods, so discharge them each day with thanks. That way, they’ll return the next. Here’s the prayer:
We drive away the Spotted Hag, Misfortune, and Malignity:
All blessings to our children then! We chase away Malignity.
Let Savitar, Mitra, Varuna, and Aryaman drive away Stinginess from both the hands and feet:
May Favor, granting us her bounties, drive her off. The Gods created Favor for our happiness.
Each fearful sign upon thy body, in thyself, each inauspicious mark seen in thy hair, thy face,
All this we drive away and banish with our speech. May Savitar the God graciously further thee.
Antelope-foot, and Bullock-tooth, Cow-terrifier, Vapor-form, The Licker, and the Spotted Hag, all these we drive away from us.
The Little Book of Curses and Maledictions for Everyday Use
Dawn Rae Downton