Just like last Saturday November 24th, today is somewhat open-ended in that the void Moon’s presence in Gemini is kind of up-in-the-air. It is hard to pin things down and make colleagues, friends and even dear ones see reality as you do. Even if you have the backing and agreement from several individuals, the Moon’s questionable nature right now doesn’t provide a lot of reliable persistence. Meanwhile, during the 48 hours after a Full Moon, it is helpful if you play the role of goodwill ambassador to your family, circle of friends, neighbors and greater community. The monthly Moon-Vesta union (9:55AM PST) can bring soul-sisters together in a unified front while it also places renewed emphasis on beefing up security and safety measures wherever needed. Despite the Moon’s void condition, there may be some creative artistic opportunities developing when Venus makes a supportive, 60-degree rapport with Mars (2:34PM PST) followed quickly by an inspirational, 72-degree contact between Juno and Chiron (2:45PM PST). This latter aspect can add a healing touch to love bonds needing a delicate boost. Slow down your tempo overnight as the Moon activates distant stars like Betelgeuse and the North Star (Polaris) while still feeling the numbing influence of the void-of-course vibrations.
Empowering the Square
Use smudge and proceed clockwise round the square from the top north-west corner (as you face north) until you end at the same place. If possible empower at sunset, and as close to the three days after the full moon as you can.
Make a swirl at each corner with the smudge and ask for blessings and protection from the benign lesser earth spirits who will, if you are fortunate, take up position there (especially if you have taller rocks on which for them to make a home).
Greet each of the loftier mid-point guardians, however you picture them, by raising your smudge to the sky and then downwards to the earth. Greet each of the guardians on the first occasion with a small rounded black stone offering (you can use jet or tourmaline if you want to use a crystal but not the fiery obsidian).
Unlike archangels, a land wight may not reveal his specific name so greet him as “sacred or noble land wight of the northern land” and so on round the four directions.
You can if you wish refer to the northern direction guardian as Tiwaz the Viking spirit warrior who represents the Pole Star, the east as Odin the Viking father god, the south as Thor the mighty thunder and blacksmith god and the west as Ingvi or Ingwaz, the ancient fertility god who, according to the old sagas or legends went anticlockwise, against the sun, that is westwards.
You can empower a temporary or large visualized square by standing in the center and pointing your smudge in the same order as you walked; north-west corner, north center, north-east corners, etc. and repeating the words as you turn the smudge clockwise and anticlockwise.
If you are making a protective square of light around yourself in a dangerous place, picture staves of light rising vertically at all eight points.
Magick squares don’t need to be uncast as their energies will flow back and forth from the soil.
Re-empower a permanent magick square monthly at sunset, on any day during the three days after the full moon.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
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2012 July 12
Teimareh Petroglyphs and Star Trails
Explanation: Engraved in rock, these ancient petroglyphs are abundant in the Teimareh valley, located in the Zagros Mountains of central Iran. They likely tell a tale of hunters and animals found in the middle eastern valley 6,000 years ago or more, etched by artists in a prehistoric age. In the night sky above are star trails etched by the rotation of planet Earth during the long composite exposure made with a modern digital camera. On the left, the center of the star trail arcs is the North Celestial Pole (NCP), the extension of Earth’s axis into space, with Polaris, the North Star, leaving the bright, short, stubby trail closest to the NCP. But when these petroglyphs were carved, Polaris would have made a long arc through the night. Since the Earth’s rotation axis precesses like a wobbling top, 6,000 years ago the NCP was near the border of the constellations Draco and Ursa Major, some 30 degrees from its current location in planet Earth’s sky.