Full Moon in Libra

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find ourselves in a place of perfect opportunity with the upcoming April FullMoon.   A large portion of the world is housebound and facing the foretold challenge of social turbulence and material scarcity.  Little did we know it would take the form of a virus and toilet paper shortages.  Since March’s Full Moon we experienced the joyous celebration of the Spring Equinox Ostara Sabbat where sowed blessed seed for the coming season.

Libra’s motto is “I balance & weigh” with the purpose to take the Measure of our Souls.  The archetype is the Judge.  Keywords are conscience, cooperation, equality, diplomacy, intelligence, balance, perfectionist and adaptable.

Libra teaches us arriving at mindful, deliberate and well-thought-out decisions taking into account all angles will bring about a successful future.  It is a strange time and feels a bit surreal, sort of like the dust settling after a long storm.  Our planet has been bombarded with the actions of humans and as humans, we are bombarded by the energies of others.  In this we must take care to not let other’s feelings, emotions, anxieties and panic affect ourselves and our actions.  It is also the perfect time to tune into ourselves with crystal clarity whilst a large majority of people are at home and the world grows quiet.  We can see the effects in the climate with animals around the world returning to old spawning/mating grounds, seismologists have noted fewer rumblings almost immediately, less air pollution=improved air quality, less noise pollution above ground and in the oceans.  This list goes on, proving that the world would do well from a break from human activity bombardment for a month each year.

The combination of Sun in Aries and Moon in Libra sends our inner flame outward in the pursuit of understanding spiritual truths impacting our thoughts and behaviors.   Albert Einstein correctly surmised, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  It is the walk of the Spiritual Warrior that is called upon now to change our world through changing our thinking, which in turn changes our actions.  Adapting to thrive beyond survival in challenging times and directing our inner flame with honed precision requires honesty, integrity, reflection and intentional purpose that gives power to our walk.

During this Libran Full Moon the influence of aspected Mars in conjunction with Saturn, Uranian impulsivity and Mercury in close sextile to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction will push us to look closely at our deepest soul and heart level intentions currently manifesting itself in our lives, spell workings and spiritual practices.  It is time to scry by Aries fire and recognize these truths.  The  Libran thoughts connected with Venus heart centered understanding will feel different from others as thoughts that arise from our soul, heart and mind being aligned will be accompanied with a solid knowing.  These thought feelings will be known by the warmth felt throughout your body from top to bottom, your senses will be heightened and you will have a sense of its rightness and purity as in the ringing of a struck piece of crystal.
The areas where we have resistance, fear or avoidance will also point to future areas that need to be addressed during the dark of the moon, so make note of these as well.

This Full Moon will require the oftentimes difficult aspect of putting oneself first and forefront.  There is often a lot of resistance to this within ourselves as we are frequently led to believe putting ourselves first is a selfish act.   Self-care is not a selfish act, but one of required maintenance to grow as a person and be healthy for ourselves and others.  We are part of a larger whole, which is only as healthy as its parts.  The most healthy act a person can do is the caretaking of self and meeting your own needs in order to manifest a healthy unit.  This Libra esbat will give us the energy needed to take back the power that flows through our veins handed down through our ancestral roots and lifetimes past.  Let the truth of your inner self, your magic and your life’s purpose rise to the top and forefront of your awareness so that you can walk in your power.

During this time we are in a unique position to affect lasting change and weave magic into the world unlike ever before.  We are calling on the power of witches, pagans, shamans, healers and spiritualists to join forces and weave magic in the fabric of our everyday reality while bringing forth balance and harmony.

Starting on April 8th at sundown, each person will enact their own rite and light a candle (preferably a 7 day if you have it). The wave of energy will be sent around our planet for a full 24 hours and continue as long as our candles burn.  Please join in the power ritual by going to Euphoric Naturals & Apothecary Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/819088128585761/

For those joining us, please post a picture of your candle lighting on our https://www.facebook.com/EuphoricNaturals/ page as well as on Instagram #Homesteadcoven.

As you cast your circles and create sacred space, remember…….we are all in this together. May you be thricely blessed in the coming times.  Blessed Be!

Calling all Pagans, Witches, Elders, Healers, Shamans & Spiritualists…..

 

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Let us come together and combine our sparks, weave our magic in light and dark!

Euphoric Naturals & Apothecary and the Conveners of Ivy Moon are sending out a call to all Peoples, no matter your path, to join us on the next full moon in sending a wave of love and light around the world.

As was predicted, the year of 2020 would see revolutionary change in social systems and our personal relationships with society and the world at large. Little did we know how these changes would be brought about or what it would look like.

As we speak, many are on the frontlines attending to the sick or working jobs where there is no choice but to do so, while everyone else does their part in staying home to avoid spreading the contagion.  The fear, panic, anxiety and overwhelm is palpable.

What most people do not know about pagans, witches and spiritualists is how tirelessly many of us work behind the scenes for the health, protection, healing and benefit of our families, friend, communities, planet and the world at large.  In WWI the witches of England banded together and protected their country by turning the tides on the enemy.  Many of you may remember in 2000 the late Abby Willowroot founded and launched The Goddess 2000 Project, where we covens and individuals alike created Goddess statues, lit candles and performed rituals that incrementally took place around the world for 24 hours.  We ‘Danced the Goddess Home’ and back into the forefront of the earth plane consciousness.  It was powerful and effective, to say the least.

With this Call to Action, we hope to follow in the footsteps of the visionary Abby Willowroot and work magic similarly through the combined efforts of all.  With this working we strive to bring about change and balance by calling on the goodness and humanity in people to reorient humanistic values to kindness, compassion and respect for all living creatures.  It is our intent, through this act, that the ripple effect will impact on a heart level so that each individual from the house wife to the policy maker and people in positions of power will behave in a wholistic heart-centered way.  May awareness be awoken in the heart of each living being and felt through all the lands.

We are in a unique position to affect lasting change and weave magic into the world unlike ever before.  The April 2020 Full Moon in Libra, ruled by the planet of Venus and Love, provides us with skills of intelligence, diplomacy, intuition that aid us in bringing back balance and harmony.

Starting on April 8th at sundown, each person will enact their own rite and light a candle (preferably a 7 day if you have it).  The wave of energy will be sent around our planet for a full 24 hours and continue as long as our candles burn.   The first place to kick this project off will be in Fiji and Samoa, followed by New Zealand and continue on down the list.  We have placed countries in order according to the ripple of sunsets.  If we could get people from each country to commit to a sunset lighting we will be able to collectively combine our energies and align our planet with a healing heartfelt frequency.

For our part we will be setting up an altar specific to our goal, preloading with a meditation, raising energy and then lighting a 7-day candle at the specified time.  Please look at the list to see where your country falls in order and sign up for a slot.  If you would like please share what you will be doing.  Get the word out to everyone in your groups, covens and circles, everyone is included.

  1. Fiji, Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati
  2. New Zealand
  3. Most of Australia
  4. Japan, South Korea and North Korea
  5. China, Philippines, Singapore
  6. Thailand, Cambodia and large parts of Indonesia
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Nepal
  1. India and Sri Lanka
  1. Pakistan
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Iran
  4. Turkey, Iraq, Kenya and most of Russia
  5. Greece, Romania, South Africa, Hungary and other central and eastern European cities
  6. Germany, France, Italy, Algeria, Belgium, Spain
  7. UK, Ireland, Ghana, Iceland, Portugal
  8. Regions of Brazil
  9. Argentina, regions of Brazil, Chile, Paraguay
  10.  Some regions of Canada, Bolivia, Puerto Rico
  11.  Eastern Standard Time in the US – New York, Washington, Detroit and Cuba
  12. Central Standard Time in the US – Chicago
  13. Mountain Standard Time in the US – Colorado, Arizona
  14. Pacific Standard Time  in the US – LA, Nevada
  15. Alaska
  16. Hawaii
  17.  American Samoa
  18.  Baker Island, Howland Island

The Season of Yule

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ule, also known as the Winter Solstice, Brumalia, Saturnalia, Modrinacht, Tammasmas Nicht and Albun Arthan is a festival steeped in historic traditions and rooted in many pagan societies, whereby our ancestors gathered in the deepest darkness of night to pay homage to the twins of dark and light (the Holly King and Oak King) as well as the Goddess in her life-giving capacity.  It is also one of the most recognized and largely shared pagan celebrations across the world(followed by Samhain). It is one that is so powerfully felt due to the mass numbers of people in the northern hemisphere with open hearts celebrating together.   It is quite amazing and moving what people engaged in a single purpose simultaneously can energetically accomplish.  If only all of our open hearts could be brought together for a single positive purpose all year long, imagine what we could accomplish.

Opposite of the Summer Solstice, Alban Arthan is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, signaling another change in our turning wheel.  For three days the sun stands still and pauses, before starting on its journey once again.  The  Season of Yule is one of quiet expectancy, with the shifting of energy focused on the outward movement and expression of life, though it is hard to imagine spring at times during the hardships of winter.  The subtleness of a longer day in the addition of an extra minute of light can also be lost on us when snow, clouds and rain are the order of the day or we are socked in by fog.  However, the depth and void experienced at Samhain helped clear away the final chaff of the year, which now allows the quietness and stillness of the new solstice light to be felt, even if we are unable to see it.

At this time the Goddess in the cave labors to birth new light, hope and love in the world.  A new baby in our family circle opens our hearts and as a soul tribe we are all called upon to participate in the love, care, nurturing and success of this new light in our lives.  In this same manner, we are now called upon to love, honor, protect, nurture and engage in the long journey that brings fruition to the little seed of light within ourselves. With our hearts open it is also so much easier to give of ourselves to help birth the light in others.

At this time in the PNW, November winds have blown off the fall leaves on the trees, thunder has sounded and the driving rains are welcome after our hot summer.  We are chipping ice out of the water buckets and horse troughs.  Snow has intermittently fallen and the birds are relying on hawthorn berries, beauty berries and blackberries for sustenance as well as scraps from our chicken coop and seeds in the feeder.

On the first weekend of December, our family treks out to find the perfect noble tree.  Sometimes the ground is frozen with snow and sometimes we are wading through mud.  When our tree is in its stand we do a small rite to welcome the tree and give thanks for its life and the reminder of eternal life and the ability to thrive during all stages of growth.  The trimmings from the tree are gathered along with grand fir, cedar, douglas and pine to fashion a Yule log to be burned on the Solstice.  The fragrance of the season is both calming and uplifting, while also comfortingly reminiscent of family gatherings past.

Our altars are bedecked in evergreens, wintergreen, sprigs of bright green prickly holly with bright red berries and pure white snowberries.  Mistletoe is strategically hung in an open doorway.  White candles, statues, garnet, bloodstone and tigers eye grace our altars alongside offerings of homemade butter cookies, herbs and nuts.  For several days before the solstice tales of Gods and Goddesses are told.  On the eve of the solstice, fires are lit and flames are kindled to call forth the light, more stories are told as we indulge in festive treats.  The kids will open a small gift from the Winter King before retiring for the night.  Solstice morning we arrive around the fire ring to cast herbs of pine, grand fir, cedar and wintergreen berries into the needfire and burn the Yule log while we join hands to sing a song or two before wassailing and libation pouring in the orchard.  Everyone quickly makes their way through the frigid morning air into the house, fragrant with brown sugar and cinnamon french toast and hot chocolate.

In a larger group, we come together to collectively create sacred space and call in the blessings of the season.  We invoke the God and Goddess of Yule and give our energy to the birthing of the new divine light.  In turn, our open hearts receive a piece of light and life to take out into the world that we continue to make the Lord and Lady manifest once again.  We make merry as we share in a feast and heady wassail punch before heading out to the bonfire.

For many of us, the festivities shall continue over the days in visits with family and friends.  For our family, festivities culminate in a large family gathering.  Presents and breakfast are shared in the morning.  We visit throughout the day with the menfolk making merry around the firepit with a libation in their hand and children playing with their new toys.  Women visit in the kitchen and living room while a feast of roast beast, salmon, mashed potatoes, roast vegetables, pear and blue cheese salad and rolls are cooked up.  Snacks are munched on throughout the day since breakfast is early and dinner is a bit more formal and later in the evening.  The evening ends with the ladies convening on the front porch to share a drink and cigar (a carryover tradition of my mother’s Austrian family from the old country).Yule bird bath

To our pagan brethren across the globe, we raise a pint of wassail to you and wish bright blessings on you and yours!  Blessed Be!

We would love to hear what traditions your family engages in to bring forth the light.