Archive | July 31, 2015

Lughnasadh / Imbolg And The Blue Moon

Lammas Blue Moon

Lammas Blue Moon

The Celtic Holiday Of Lugh Under The Blue Moon

Tonight in the Northern Hemisphere many Pagans will be celebrating the 1st harvest festival of the season, Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas. In the Southern Hemisphere Pagans are celebrating Imbog.

This is an exciting time for Pagans. As the sun sets on July 31st Northern Pagans will honor the Sun and his blessings upon the gardens and fields.  Lughnasadh is known as a Fire Festival and celebrates the Celtic hero Lugh as the Sun God who saved Ireland from its oppressors. Freeing the people from slavery and ensuring the land would always be fertile and abundant.

In the Southern Hemisphere, Imbolg can be seen as a celebration of the return of the Sun or “the return of the light from the dark of winter”. It is also associated with the slow return of spring (in this case early spring), when new life is formed. This makes the holiday one of the Fertility festivals for the new season.

But tonight we complement these observances under a special event, the arrival of a Blue Moon!

A Blue Moon occurs when a full moon falls within a single month twice. For July 2015, the first full moon fell on July 1st. Today on July 31st, we’ll once again see the full moon in the evening sky. Technically the Moon hit its full phase at 6:46am eastern U.S. time. In the world of energy, the moon’s effects can be felt 3 days prior to its official phase and 3 days after. And of course the closer you are to the ‘official’ phase time, the stronger the energy will be.

Keep in mind however, that the ancients who lived by the moon didn’t have the luxury of Naval Observatory and precision clocks the way we do today. For them, the official time was sunset when Grandmother Moon bathed Mother Earth with her loving glow.

In some pagan traditions the phases of the moon represent the transition of knowledge within the Triple Goddess. The quarter moons representing the Maiden Goddess, the New Moon the Mother Goddess, the Full Moon the Grand Mother Goddess (which maybe one reason we refer to the moon as “Grandmother Moon”). The Blue Moon then is seen as the transition of the Grandmother or Crone to the Divine level of existence. She becomes an expression of the evolution of wisdom, as well as an example of the circle of life. She moves from a tangible wise old Crone to a spiritual energy within the Divine force of the universe. Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Eight of Pentacles

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti  - Eight of Pentacles

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Count the blessings you have in your circle. Study the patterns around you and make changes as necessary. Those who can’t or won’t get away from the negative comments or put downs don’t need to be in your Universe. Let them go and move on. It’s time for banishing the unwanted negativity and cleaning house to make room for your positive growth and success. You’ve worked to hard not to move forward with joy.

Additional Insight:

Tonight’s Blue Moon is a great time to review your current status, the situations you’re presently in and those energies that influence your world. The things you don’t like, that bring you down, that make you feel angry, uncomfortable or irritated need to be pushed aside so you can move on. You need room to grow!

You no longer need the nay-sayers in your world. You’ve changed and your attitude is not the same as it used to be. So why are you keeping those negative people in your life who keep pulling you back into their darkness. It only attracts more struggle strife into your world. Do you really need more of that?

Remember words have energy. The negative put downs, the disrespect of others and their views, the shallow comments about appearances and looks have no place in your Universe now. Everyone is the perfect reflection of the Divine in their lives. The spiritual beings before you are beautiful no matter what form they’re packaged in. Those jokes at someone elses expense are pulling you into a circle of negative thought and action. What goes around comes around. You sure that’s where you want to be? Do you know what they’re saying about you, behind your back? Continue reading