03 October 2011

Kate Braun : Waxing Moon Offers Time for Growth

Waxing gibbous moon. Photo by Dan Bush.

Moon Musings:
Waxing Gibbous Moon
(October 6 – 9, 2011)

By Kate Braun / The Rag Blog / October 3, 2011

All phases of the waxing moon are times of growth and increase, times to set in motion short-term plans that will reach fruition by the next month’s full moon, times to make long-range plans. A waxing gibbous moon is a good time for receiving support and nurturance from Spirit. Honor all maiden goddesses; they are about fertility and growth.

Regardless of which day you choose to honor the waxing gibbous moon, the most auspicious time for ritualing at this phase is 10-11 p.m. Calming, nurturing incense such as rose, floral scents, and frankincense and myrrh will accentuate the positive energies, as will anointing yourself with rose water or a rose-scented perfume.

If you choose to celebrate on Thursday, October 6, you will need to invoke Jupiter-energy, which is not recommended as Jupiter is retrograde and the result of your efforts may be the reverse of what you intended.

If Thursday is the only day you can work your moon magick, however, I would recommend you be outside, be barefoot, be under moonlight; I also recommend using the color blue as much as possible, having many containers of water surrounding the area of your workings, repeating each incantation and movement four times, smiling and laughing a lot during your magickal work,

Friday, Venus’ day, is the optimum opportunity to honor the waxing gibbous moon. Venus energy focuses on attraction of all kinds: love, money, prosperity in general, friendships, networks, connections. Venus is in charge of the household checkbook as well as all aspects of money management, and could be invoked to help attract more positivity in those areas, not a bad thing to do with the state the economy's in.

Honor Venus by wearing green and using that color lavishly in your decorations. Repeat each chant, incantation, or mantra seven times, being conscious of the energy flowing through all seven chakras up to Lady Moon and down into Mother Earth. Release your petition to the Spirit and let yourself be filled with the support that flows down from Lady Moon. Dance barefoot in the moonlight. Let the “music of the spheres” (the vibration of the planets) set your meter and guide your steps.

The continuing drought prompts us to view our water-usage differently, so dancing in fountains is not recommended; however, sprinkling the area of your outdoor celebration with water and sprinkling yourself and any guests with water would bring the water element into your ritualing without seriously depleting the water table. A plant mister would do the job nicely!

Saturday, Saturn’s day, is for self-discipline, hence improved money management and a better sense of self-control. If this is the day of you choose to honor this moon-phase, wear black, be barefoot to better feel the earth beneath your feet, and repeat each chant or mantra three times. Remember that the number three has significance for feminine energies as it can indicate the three stages of womanness: maiden, matron, and crone. Send your petition to Lady Moon on the wings of song and see what is revealed to you in dreams this night.

Sunday is the Sun’s day and is good for rituals concerning health, money, and friendship, but tapping into moon energy by using Sun-power can be tricky. You will need to use the color yellow, repeat each chant or mantra or petition six times, and surround your sacred space with lighted candles.

Protect your surroundings from sparks from the candles by making sure each candle is in a fire-proof container, is securely stabilized so it cannot tip over, and by extinguishing each candle promptly at the end of your ritualing.

Whichever day you choose, notice your dreams on that night. If you dream of a clear Moon, it is an indicator of success.

Conclude your ritual by saying aloud:

May I be at peace
May my heart be open
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature
May I be a source of healing for all beings

[Kate Braun's website is www.tarotbykatebraun.com. She can be reached at kate_braun2000@yahoo.com. Read more of Kate Braun's writing on The Rag Blog.]

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