04 April 2014

April Full Moon Gathering

The April Full Moon will be occuring on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 (at 5:13 pm CST) and fall in the sign of Libra, the Scales, as well as it being a total lunar eclipse (however as the moon will be below the horizon in Adelaide some of the time, the first part of the eclipse will not be visible).  A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon line up so the earth's shadow falls on the moon, darkening it.
According to USA Today, the April eclipse "marks the start of a lunar tetrad.  That event occurs when there are four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six full moons."   The other three eclipses of this lunar tetrad are on 8 October this year and then 8 April and 28 September in 2015.

15 March 2014

Full Moon in Virgo

March's full moon will be in the sign of Virgo, the only constellation in the zodiac that actually depicts a woman.  At times considered to be an old maid, the secretary or librarian, or even a housecleaner with OCD, Virgo is also the “Virgin” (maiden) aspect of the Goddess, the one who is able to recreate life on her own without a partner.

26 February 2014

Essential Authenticity - Revealing your True Self

The following is a posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.

Our true selves exist whether we acknowledge them or not,
often buried under fears and learned behaviour.
Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small selection of roles and conscious character traits, even if none accurately represents our notion of “self".  The confusion surrounding our true natures is further compounded by the fact that society regularly asks us to suppress so much of our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual vibrancy. Yet we are, in truth, beings of light - pure energy inhabiting physical bodies, striving for enlightenment while living earthly lives.

07 February 2014

An Insight into Working with Deity

Due to the uniqueness of the southern Australian weather at this time of year, especially when attempting to fit in seasonal observances that originated from the Northern Hemisphere, the recent Lughnasadh rite saw a step taken away from the more "traditional" into something that more closely echoed what was happening within the landscape around us.  Coming on the end of an early heatwave (where temperatures hovered over 40C for almost of week), the sight of an annihilated garden left the concept of "bringing in the harvest" rather far from our minds.  A substitute was needed for this time of year and the one who naturally came to mind was the Egyptian lion-headed Goddess, Sekhmet.

26 January 2014

Heatwaves, Lughnasadh, Brighid's Fires and Rosaries

This new calendar year has certainly leaped out of the starters' box and as the ending of the first month is nearing, I have finally had a chance to write something.  Following on from my last blog, with another heatwave is also looming for the coming week, I've stopped any attempt in trying to tidy up the garden from the last one.  This way I am hoping that the "mess" of dead leaves may form some kind of protection, at least in the way of mulch for those plants who have survived "Round 1".

19 January 2014

Making the Most of a Respite from the Heat

There is no doubt that summer has arrived to the southern parts of Australia, and announcing its arrival, a heatwave that included Adelaide being confirmed as the hottest city in the world on Thursday, 16 January 2014, where the temperature peaked at 44.2C (111F).  Thankfully it did not reached it anticipated 46C.  However, in other parts around South Australia it did.
As I write this, a welcoming cool change has arrived but with it, the winds have pushed the heat, and indeed the fires eastward.

05 January 2014

The Energy of Cities

Adelaide - the city in which I reside
A view over the Torrens River
A belated happy new Gregorian calendar year to everyone.  May this new year, which equates to the number "7" (an introverted and somewhat mystical number in esoteric numerology) bring you wealth, happiness, and most important of all, peace.

The reasons for the delay in blogging have been many fold - work, preparing and running various coven events, writing obligations, re-editing and formatting the manuscript for Dancing the Sacred Wheel for it to be re-released this year, and even formatting the manuscript of my second book.  On top of all this, LunaNoireCreations has recently opened on Etsy, with more stock to be added over the coming months.

11 December 2013

The Wisdom of Sharing - Stone Soup

The following tale comes from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om in perfect timing for the upcoming Solstice.
Imagine a world in which we all shared our gifts and bounty with each other
rather than focusing on self preservation.
There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveller coming into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveller from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there’s no food anywhere to be found. The traveller explains that he does not need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them.

24 November 2013

Walking through Your Fear

The following is a wonderful posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om that I thought I would share.
Emerging Courageous
Walking through Your Fear

Frequently, in walking through our fear,
we discover that the strength of our fright was out of sync with reality.

The situations, activities, and individuals that frighten us remain static. Their relative intensity does not change. Fear, on the other hand, self-magnifies. It is when you are afraid and envisioning all that might go wrong that the energy underlying your fear grows. A tiny flicker of anxiety can easily develop into a terror that manifests itself physically and eventually paralyses you into inaction.