Pagan Calendar: August 29, 2016

nothing_last_forever_by_moonzaphire-d8to3elMonday: Day of the Moon
As the name suggests Monday is the Moon day. In the French word, lundi, we can see the link to lunar cycles. This is a day to harness the Moon’s energy and focus on issues related to women’s health, fertility, and the domestic scene. It is associated with magic dealing with cooking, dreams, family, the home, intuition, medicine, spiritual growth and the ocean.

Color of the Day: Lavender
Spirituality, friendship, relaxation, and peace. Self-improvement, intuition, success in searches.

Deities of the Day: Typically, when folks talk about deities associated with the Moon, the Goddess in her three aspects of Maiden, Mother, and Crone comes to mind. The Triple Moon Goddess is a basic principle of Wiccan belief. Understanding and working with this trinity of goddesses is often a starting point for those new to the Craft.

These three different aspects of the Goddess correspond to the various lunar phases: the Maiden for the New to Waxing Moon, the Mother for the Full Moon phase, and the Crone for the Waning to the Dark of the Moon. One of the better-known trinity of goddesses is the classic Greek trio of Artemis the Maiden, Selene the Mother, and Hecate the Crone.

However, there are a few male gods of the Moon also. Why not? What’s wrong with a little equal time for the God? Let’s not forget that the balance of male-female energies, or partnership of the God and Goddess, is an important part of our belief system.

The Norse have a god (Mani) who is linked to the Moon. Mani is described as the personification of the physical moon, and he is Sunna’s brother. He is also referred to as the “shining god.” Mani’s lunar magic holds a softer, shadowy likeness to his sister Sunna’s bright solar power, for the moonlight illuminates, yet it conceals. In Norse myth, Mani guides the course of the Moon and determines its waxing and waning. He is also a chariot-riding deity, and is followed through the sky by his two children: his son, Hjuki, and his daughter, Bil.

The perhaps most well-known moon god, though, is probably the Egyptian god Thoth— the ibis-headed god who wore both a crescent and lunar disk on his head. Thoth was believed to have regulated the seasons and to have helped keep the lunar phases on track and in order. He was regarded as a magus, the greatest of all magicians.

Thoth was a fair and benevolent god of wisdom, astronomy, and practical skills. He also presided over education and books. He was a patron deity of the scribes, and his protection included written medical and mathematical knowledge. In summary, Thoth is literally a powerhouse of magical power and wisdom. If you call upon him on a Monday evening– see what it is that he has to teach you.

Goddess Focus of the Day: Winegrower’s Festival (France)/Braciaca

Themes: Nature; Harvest; Abundance; Dreams; Summer; Fall

Symbols: Grapes; Vines; Wine; Grape Juice

About Braciaca: This Gaulish agricultural goddess has the pleasure of being a patroness of brewers, especially those who make ale. At this time of year Braciaca reflects late-summer and early-fall themes by abounding in rich grapes for winemaking or just eating fresh.

Source: ‘365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess’, by Patricia Telesco
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Herbals of the Day: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Monday’s Spell: Anoint a white candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…

May today’s mysterious energies harken unto me,
My spells will bring the Lady’s power and prophecy.
Herbs of the silvery moon, lend your energies to mine,
Bring positive change and happiness for all time.

On this Date: Urda/Nativity of Hathor/Augustus/Runic half-month of Rad commences
Urda is the oldest of the three Norns (fates) and represents “that which was.” She is honored today. The deified Roman emperor, Augustus, after whom the month is named, is remembered on this, the day of his death. The Egyptians celebrated the nativity of the goddess Hathor on this day. The Runic half-month of Rad denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick
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Tarot Card Associations of the Day: The tarot cards traditionally associated with the moon’s day are the Major Arcana cards of the Moon which speaks of illusion and the development of psychic powers. It is also associated with the Crone. This is the card to work with and meditate on when you feel or sense that there are hidden forces at work, or whenever you may not be seeing things as they really are.

The High Priestess, which is linked to intuition, dreams, and magical powers. This card speaks of wisdom, mystery, feminine power, and magic. It is traditionally linked to the Maiden. This is the card to work with when you want to increase and call on your inner natural magical powers. The High Priestess is strong, tough, wise, and unyielding. She is a woman of power.

Adding either of these cards to any moon magic spell will help you to have something to focus on, and are ancient and powerful.

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