You can read my post about how voting in the midterm elections is an act of magic over at my blog: http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/change-consciousness-at-will/
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The New Moon this month occurs in the sign of Scorpio (0°) on Thursday October 23rd, at 2:57 pm (PDT) and is accompanied by a potent partial Solar Eclipse at 2:46 pm. Depending on your weather, this eclipse will be visible in most of North America. Scorpio is the archetype of the Mysteries of sex, death, regeneration and rebirth, and is associated with the planet Pluto. Scorpio is a Fixed Water sign;“Fixed” meaning it is a sign that resonates with the heart of the season.
Death and rebirth can be a messy, cathartic, moving experience. Allow yourself to ride high on the currents of your emotion during this New Moon. Let the currents take you and rock you and leave you a blithering mess, fetal on the floor if it feels right. Scorpio, amongst other things, is about death and grieving. Whether that be the death of a part of ourselves, a relationship that you know its time to release, or remembering and missing a loved one that is no longer on this plane. Resist the temptation to make it all neat and dignified, and by the book. Let’s face it, Scorpio is the shadow realm, don’t be afraid of the dark. Scorpio is a witchy, freaky, down and dirty archetype that invites us to shed our skin, dig into the dirt with our hands, and release whatever is keeping us from growing. We then come up on the other side, revivified, regenerated and yes, reborn. Don’t fight the shadow; move into it. Open yourself to Ereshkigal and surrender, because it’s futile to fight when it’s time for something to die. It is simply another part of the cycle. No new life can come unless you allow yourself to dissolve into the comforting womb of the Dark Mother....
In today's PaganNewsBeagle, we have our Watery Wednesday community news. A watery festival in New Orleans; Paganism and depression; Jewitch ancestors; remembering Margot Adler; a new CSI episode features Wicca.
Bridging the Element of Water and magickal communities, last weekend's Anba Dlo Halloween festival in New Orleans combined environmental issues with Voudon ceremony....
The still centre.
Outside, in the dark, the air is finally still. Like rich swathes of fabric, the darkness hangs around me, enfolding me, wrapping me in its exquisite embrace. I sit, breathing in the night air, the smell of cedar and dew wet grass filling me with pure awen. The last of the crickets are singing in the remnant of summer’s growth, owls hooting softly in the distance and underneath the beech tree near Caia’s grave I let the songs of the night wash over me in waves of indigo and black.
The quiet is shattered by the call of a stag just on the other side of the hedge. Calling to the does, he is in full rut, looking for the ladies in the shelter of the night. He is maybe four feet away, and his bark and rumbles excite me with the power that he is emanating in following his soul’s truth. I can hear the slight shuffle of leaves and grass beneath his hooves as he paces up the track and then back down towards the nature reserve and farmer’s fields.
All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain...we can be like they are
Donald Roeser “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”
The New Moon of October is an eclipse, which means its effects will reverberate for much longer than the standard New Moon — this chart overlooks the next six months to a year. It’s a demanding chart, but with some hope, some ease, and a challenge to take our spiritual awareness up a notch or two. The emphasis is on the sign of Scorpio, so we are looking at a lot of intensity of feeling, intensity of connection with others, confronting taboos, and a need to deeply understand and accept the realities of death and cyclical change. Venus is in a huddle with the Moon and Sun, putting an emphasis on personal relationships. When the chart is cast for Washington, DC, (find the chart here) it is predictive for the entire United States, and these three planets, along with Saturn, fall in the seventh house. This suggests to me that we will probably be seeing a whole lot of “othering” going on, quite a bit of active conflict — and hopefully some cooperation — in the public sphere, and the creation and/or dissolution of some powerful alliances....
#13daysofmagic has been a lot of fun! Tuesdays I usually make offering to spirits and my picture is of an ancestor offering I did earlier today.
Yesterday furnished some pretty amazing spells for the challenge, here are jus a few!
"Ancestor offering" by Chas Bogan from Carnivalia.com...