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New Years 2010: Blue Moon, Venus and the Number 3! December 31, 2009

Good bye to 2009 and hello 2010!  I have a wonderful feeling about 2010 – how can I not when there are so many wonderful things lined up to usher in the new year (and the new decade)?!  

First off, tonight is a Full Moon which means that there is a lot of energy bringing the new year in.  But EVEN BETTER is the fact that it is the SECOND full moon of the month – a Blue Moon!!!  Blue moons are very rare and are extremely powerful.  Blue moons bring luck and create an atmosphere filled with Magick.  You can use this energy to manifest a year that is wonderful beyond anything you can even imagine.  

Looking at the year numerologicaly we see that 2010 is a 3 year.  (2+0+1+0 = 3)  Three is a very significant number of cycles and completion.  It is the first number that has a beginning, middle and end.  Think of the spiritual significance attached to the number such as the Holy Trinity and the Triple Goddess – Maiden/Mother/Crone (each phase of the goddess signifies the human life stages of Birth/Life/Death).  

3 is also a number that relates to creativity.  

Now lets take a quick look at the significance of the day of the week.  January 1, 2010 is a Friday!  The year begins on the day of the week that is ruled by the planet Venus!!!  The year (and decade) begins on a day whose properties include love, friendship, peace and harmony.  How wonderful!

The Universe is giving us a great start to the year and decade – let’s make the most of it!  Lot’s of blessings )O(

 

November Full Moon, Samhain and Dia de los Muertos November 2, 2009

"Full Moon" by Michael Roppert

"Full Moon" by Michael Roppert

Blessed Esbat!  I hope everyone enjoys the Full Moon energy tonight (and the next two nights, which will also be permeated with Full Moon magick).  I love that the November Full Moon falls so close to Samhain (the Witches New Year! aka Halloween) this year.  Today is also the second day of Dia de los Muertos.  So it has been a very powerful and significant couple of days.  It is a time of simultaneous endings and beginnings.  I view this part of the yearly cycle as the time of the Void.  With Mabon we saw the culmination of the years events and gave thanks for all that we have harvested in our lives.  During Samhain and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) the veils between the worlds are at their thinnist.  We honor, connect with, and remember the dead.  We also acknowledge, honor and release what has died in our own lives.  Samhain marks the New Year, and reminds us that in order for anything new to be birthed, we must first allow some things to die away.  It is necessary.  Without endings we would accumulate too much clutter and stagnate.  Experiencing endings in any part of our life is not always easy; but would you rather cling to something that isn’t working for you just because it is familiar?  Or will you harness your personal power and summon your faith in order to take a leap into the unknown?  Who knows what treasure lies waiting to be discovered…both within yourself and without you in the earthly world.   It is a celebration of endings and beginnings: life and death celebrated at the same time.It will come as no surprise therefore, to learn that in Neo-Pagan traditions the November Full Moon is called the Mourning Moon.  This full moon is giving an extra charge of energy to the New Year, so make sure you take advantage of it!  I found the above picture online and thought it was absolutely perfect for this post.  It shows that this Full Moon, in conjunction with Samhain and Dia de los Muertos, is a perfect time to reflect on what has passed and then take a leap of faith into the unknown.  Allow the old to pass away, and let the New Year bring you blessings, beauty and bounty!!!!!The following poem struck me completely with its haunting beauty.  Perfect for the month of the Mourning Moon.  Blessed Be.

To The Moon

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Moon Tree (Photographer unknown)

Oh gracious moon, now as the year turns,
I remember how, heavy with sorrow,

 

I climbed this hill to gaze on you,

And then as now you hung above those trees

Illuminating all.  But to my eyes

Your face seemed clouded, tremulous

From the tears that rose beneath my lids,

So painful was my life: and is, my

Dearest moon; its tenor does not change.

And yet, memory and numbering the epochs

Of my grief is pleasing to me.  How welcome

In that youthful time – when hope’s span is long,

And memory short – is the remembrance even of

Past sad things whose pain endures.

by Giacomo Leopardi

What endings and beginnings are you experiencing?  How are you celebrating Samhain/Dia de los Muertos/the Mourning Moon?

 

DragonCon 2009: Finally, Here Are My People! September 10, 2009

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On a purely sporadical decision, I went to DragonCon this past weekend.  For those of you who don’t know, DragonCon is a convention held every year in Atlanta, GA during Labor Day weekend that involves all sorts of genres of geekdom and wonderfulness.  Everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Zelda to Lord of the Rings to World of Warcraft to bellydancing to Renaissance Fairs to Star Trek to, well, I guess you get the picture.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a geek or a dork or even if you don’t want to dress up (or don’t have the funds) like your favorite syfy channel character or Princess Leia, the point is there is something for everyone.  I go for it all.  I know a little about everything and I love seeing what panels they will have, which famous people will be there, and most of all the costumes. 

Oh, and I saw some of the best costumes.  There were pirates, zombies, vampires, the Terminator, the Alien (and other types of aliens), and so so so many storm troopers.  If you have a chance to go next year, then I highly recommend it.  Even if you just go on Saturday, you will not be disappointed just walking around, shopping in the vendor rooms, and checking out the nightlife.  There are small club-type rooms set up all over the hotels that stay open until the wee hours of the morning and have all sorts of themes.  The concerts, though not always great, are excellent places to people watch.  Let me tell you, perhaps the biggest highlight of the weekend for me was watching this guy dressed up as Rufio from Hook sing karaoke.  BANGARAAAAAANNNGGGGG! 

If that doesn’t convince you to go, I will now come to the whole reason why I decided to write about the convention on this blog in the first place.  I found my people!  Guess where they were hiding?  In a ballroom in the Hilton, drumming and bellydancing under the full moon until five o’clock in the morning

In the middle of all the pretending and dress-up, there were people frolicking in merriment under the grace of Her Beautifulness, the Full Corn Moon, drumming and swaying, jumping, and shaking.  I loved it.  The energy in the room was a mixture of people party-hopping and those drawing down moon energy from above.  Regardless of why there were there, everyone was exuding such positive energy and the whole experience made me so happy.  The thing is, in this convention, there are those who go to dress up and escape who they are and then there are those who attend to actually be allowed to be their true selves.  It is the people of the second category whom I believe were at the center of the drumming circle.  So many of us who follow an alternative spiritual path tend to downplay that side and everyday interactions, but it is important not to completely forget who we are.  I’m not trying to put any sort of religious or spiritual spin on the event itself, but I do think there were those who attended to be able to set themselves free from the constraints of everyday society and be able to celebrate the way they would like to all the time.  I recognized these people in the crowd and they made me smile.  Even if you don’t really have any interest in syfy or gaming, there is a whole group of people who attend the convention to free their inner heathen.  (Heathen, meaning people of the Earth, with absolutely no negative connotation whatsoever.)

 

 If all of that didn’t convince you, here are some pics from DragonCon 2009:

Real-life Spartans from 300

Real-life Spartans from 300

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Star Wars

Star Wars

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Share your favorite parts of DragonCon 2009 below, along with any other conventions or big events you think our readers would enjoy!

 

September Full Moon – the Corn Moon September 4, 2009

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“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” ~Hal Borland

Well luckily for us tonight IS a full moon!  There is something truly magical about seeing the moon hover in the sky and glow with a gentle brilliance.  It is beautiful in every phase – a delicate sliver when it is reborn as the new moon, a waxing and waning crescent, and it’s most stunning form as a full shining orb.

The moon is most often associated with the feminine, while the sun is regarded as the masculine aspect. (There are always exceptions however!  Just think of Amaterasu, a Shinto kami – spirit/deity – who is the goddess of the Sun).  Working with the moon is a perfect way to connect with your Divine Feminine (regardless of your gender).  I like to take a few minutes to go outside and gaze up at the moon.  As her light hits my skin, I breathe in the energy and feel my intuition expand and my emotions calm.  A subtle joy fills me.  All is well.

The Moon is a wonderful teacher; her phases remind us to pay attention to the different phases we experience in our own lives.  When the moon is full it is an excellent time to give our goals an extra “push” since the energy is at it’s pinnacle.  The full moon increases our intuition and psychic abilities, bringing things into greater illumination.  I’ve found that it is easier for me to go into deep meditations during this time.  I also have very clear tarot readings (especially if I use a goddess tarot or oracle deck).

It’s also helpful to take an inventory of your life (since the full moon brings clarity) and see what has grown into fruition, and in turn, what needs to be released when the moon begins to wane.  The full moon is also a powerful time for manifestation, so go ahead and visualize your life as being full and abundant in all aspects!

Every full moon has a special energy to it.  Various cultures have named each month’s full moon, and you can use this as a guide. In the lovely month of September, it is called the Full Corn Moon (thank you, Farmers Almanac) since this is the time of year when the corn is harvested.  In neo-pagan traditions the September moon is called the Full Barley Moon.  (Are these food names making anyone else hungry?).  Well anyway, I’ve found that the September full moon is especially powerful as it really brings the abundance of summer to a nice culmination.  It’s time to harvest all the blessings that grew over the past couple months, and make room for the new season.

I like that the Full Moon falls so early in September this year.   Later this month we have the sabbat of Mabon (also known as the Autumnal Equinox) to look forward to.  Mabon is a powerful day to bring balance into our lives.  (I will be posting more information about Mabon soon, so be sure to check back!)

So enjoy harvesting the blessings and lessons of the full moon and the preceding months, and then get ready to bring it all into balance later in September on the Equinox!  It is going to be a beautiful lineup!

What do you enjoy most about the Full Moon?  Share with our other readers by posting below!