Dark Moon Desires: The Magic of Late Autumn

Holistic Wordsmith

(published on Rebelle Society)

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A few weeks ago we celebrated the autumn equinox, the time of the year when the night and day are exactly equal in length.

Now, with the moon barely new above us, a mere glimmer of light in the darkness, we find ourselves fully in a season of deepening, darkened nights. It’s a time for turning inward, of quieting down from long summer days with appointment planners and to-do lists that stretch for miles.

Where I live, in the San Francisco Bay, this is the time of pumpkin spice lattes for some and pumpkin chia smoothies for others, carrot cake (possibly gluten free), newly-planted kale in the ground and reddening leaves on the trees, chilly nights and warm afternoons finally free of fog.

I may be a summer baby, born in June, but cozy-sweater-and-hot-cocoa autumn has always been my favorite season.

At the same time, fall…

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Who is your dark moon goddess?

Works of Literata

I work with two primary goddesses, Brigid and Morrigan. In my work, they form a complementary pairing. Brigid usually takes the creative and healing roles, while the Morrigan is the goddess I turn to when I need to work through more difficult situations, such as engaging my shadows. As we turn towards this dark moon after Imbolc, I am reminded of the ways both of them are necessary and important parts of my work.

Do you tend to turn to different powers or deities in different situations? Do you have a dark moon goddess?

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Mythic Monday: Black Moon Rising

Flossie Benton Rogers

aliciamoonblurfotor Some folks call February 2014 a Black Moon month because it has no new moon. Our lovely Selene hides her face. This situation can only occur in the short month of February. However, a Black Moon also refers to the second new moon in a calendar month, and January and March are both Black Moon months by that definition. The Black Moon on January 30 was especially auspicious, since the date also ushered in the Chinese new year, the Year of the Horse.

The Moon-goddess Selene accompanied by the Dio... The Moon-goddess Selene accompanied by the Dioscuri, or Phosphoros (the Morning Star) and Hesperos (the Evening Star). Marble altar, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. From Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just so you’ll know, Black Moon also refers to a calendar month with no full moon, another situation that can only occur in the short month of February and results in January and March having two full moons…

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HOW TO MAKE A MAGICAL SIGIL

Dorado Magazine

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We could all use a little magic in our lives, especially during these dark days of autumn. In this post I’ll describe one simple (and fun!) way to do a magical working that can help make a wish come true.

If fulfilling your wish will not overtax the universe, you can sometimes bring about such a “deliberate coincidence” by an act of will. Some believe that magic derives its power from the principle that every compelling thought or desire creates a corresponding, semi-sentient energy form on the astral plane. This astral energy form, a form of your will, can then manifest on the material plane.

As aids to manifestation, sigils are “glyph[s] of desire stylized so as not to immediately suggest the desire.”*

Sigil magic is composed of 3 steps:

1. Making the sigil
2. Charging the sigil
3. Forgetting the sigil

STEP 1: MAKING THE SIGIL — THE WORD…

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