Sunday, July 8, 2012

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Magical Moon Phases

Celebrating the Magic of the Full Moon

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Each of the monthyl full moons has its own associations with magic and folklore. Use this list of the different full moon phases to get mation on how to celebrate them appropriately. There's even a special section just for our Southern Hemisphere reader, to help figure out how to celebrate below the Equator!

Moon Phase Names in the Southern Hemisphere

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If you're one of our Southern Hemisphere readers, your seasons are directly the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. This means that the traditional moon phases will fall slightly differently for you. Here's an important bit of information on how you can calculate which moon is being celebrated in your part of the world, based on agricultural markers and local traditions. Moon Phases in the Southern Hemisphere

January: The Cold Moon

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January's Cold Moon is one that falls when the nights are still dark and long. It's a time of year when many people feel a bit off-kilter, as we adjust our bodies to the chillier temperatures. In some magical traditions, it's a good month to work on developing the inner self, connecting with the deities of our paths, and focusing on self-discovery and awareness. January's Cold Moon

February: The Quickening Moon

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February is a season of bone-chilling cold in many areas, yet because of its proximity to the coming spring, it's also a season of quickening. New life and conception are taking place, in anticipation of the warming of the earth, and magical rituals this month often focus on new beginnings and plans for the future. February's Quickening Moon

March: The Storm Moon

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March comes in like a lion, and in many areas, we never know what it's going to do. We could have bright sunshine one afternoon, and be snowed in by the next morning. Use this month to celebrate balance, rebirth, and renewal. March's Storm Moon

April: The Wind Moon

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Sometimes called the Seed Moon, April is a month of pending rebirth. As the earth and soil prepare for new life to sprout, watch as the natural world around you begins to change. Look for buds and blossoms to start appearing. This is the season to stop talking about what you want to do some day, and just go ahead and make it happen. April's Wind Moon

May: The Flower Moon

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May is a time of fertility, passion and lust. It's the month to sow that which you hope to reap later on. In May, focus on magic related to careers and jobs - if you've thought about changing jobs, or even entering a new career field, this is a good time to do it. Expand your horizons this month. May's Flower Moon

June: The Strong Sun Moon

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June is full of long, light-filled days, and the nights are short and warm. This month's magical workings are perfect for maintaining and enhancing things you already have. Let your garden and your heart blossom and bloom this month, and focus on things that will improve your spirit and nurture your relationships. June's Strong Sun Moon

July: The Blessing Moon

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July's moon, also known as the Meadow Moon, is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life. July's Blessing Moon

August: The Corn Moon

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Thanks to kicking off the month with Lammas, August is a month associated with the grain harvest. It's no surprise, then that the Corn Moon is a time to focus on harvesting that which you have already planted - but don't forget, it's important to set some of your harvest aside for the coming winter months. August's Corn Moon

September: The Harvest Moon

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In September, the fields are full of bounty and abundance - and it's a season to celebrate hearth and home. Brew up some comfort food, begin storing your harvest for the winter, and settle in for a month of thanksgiving. September's Harvest Moon

October: The Blood Moon

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Coming right before Samhain, the Blood Moon of October reminds us that the winter is coming, and the nights are cold. It's the dark half of the year, and the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin. Focus on divination, communication with departed ancestors, and psychic messages this month. October's Blood Moon

November: The Mourning Moon

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In some of the early Celtic societies, November was considered the beginning of the new year, since it followed Samhain. Why not use this month to shed your bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start? Work on developing and strengthening your connection with the Divine as well. November's Mourning Moon

December: The Long Nights Moon

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As the days get shorter in December, we force ourselves to get through the darkness. Now is a good season for spiritual alchemy -- time to evaluate your life, and know that you'll survive the dark times. If you've already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others. December's Long Nights Moon

What is a Blue Moon?

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We've all heard the phrase "once in a blue moon," but believe it or not, it's more than just an expression - a blue moon is the name given to an actual phenomenon. Here's what it is, how it works, and what you can do with it magically. What is a Blue Moon?

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Goddess Bedtime Prayers

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Goddess Prayers 1. Mother of all things, watch over me tonight,
Hold me in your arms, until the morning light.

2. Blessed be the mother goddess, by all her many names.
May she bless my family and friends.
May she bless the animals of the world,
and all people everywhere.

3. Diana, goddess of the moon,
Shining in the sky above,
Bathe me in your magical light,
And protect me with your love.

Bedtime Prayers to the God

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God Prayers 1. The horned god runs in the night,
And hunts among the stars,
May he watch over and keep us safe,
No matter where we are.

2. Lord of night, welcome me as I sleep.
Guide me in the darkness,
and protect me as I dream.

Goodnight Earth

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Goodnight Earth
The earth is big and fat and round,
I love the sky, the sea and the ground,
I love the birds and dogs and sheep,
and all the animals that fall asleep,
I love the flowers and rocks and trees,
I love the earth, and it loves me.

Fantasy Bedtime Prayer for Kids

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Fantasy Bedtime Prayer for Kids Now I lay down in my bed,
And pull the covers up to my head.
I'll dream of dragons and fairies bright,
And pixies and wizards and elves tonight.
I'll dream of some sort of magical place, and
wake in the morning with a smile on my face.

A Psalm for Gaia

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A Psalm for Gaia
Written by Dolores Stewart Riccio, used with permission

The Earth is my mother, I shall not want.
She nurtures me in green pastures;
she freshens me with flowing waters.
She restores my body and awakens my soul.
Although I walk in the shadow
of changing seasons and passing time,
I will not fear death,
for the essence of life is within me,
the peace and beauty of Earth comfort me.
She teaches me to harvest her abundant gifts,
she fills my heart with compassion,
I drink from the cup of simple pleasures.
As I look to the skies with wonder
at the immensity of the universe,
I know I am blessed beyond measure
to live all the days of my life
in the bountiful house of Gaia.