The Day of the Moon

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Silver crescent moons and pale blue, pearl-like beads. The colors of our Sterling Silver Pale Moon ear cuff and Earring collection reflects the beauty of the moon. The series comes in many styles that can be mixed and matched.

Earrings that make your Mondays special days

Mondays can be days of chaos at the office, hustling kids off to school and planning projects tackle for the week, but your Moon-day evening is your own sacred time. Treasure it, especially if you are nocturnal or it’s just your wind-down-from-the-day-time at home.

Center and ground yourself and all that crazy energy so you can find a place of peace and serenity. For me, Saturdays are that time, especially when I can see a setting crescent moon on my back porch, surrounded by plants, trees, incense and candles. This time is for the feminine in anyone and everyone. Nurture it with what floats your boat on a moonlit evening.

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Complimentary Colors that match

Make it made even more special when you dress for the occasion. Cool whites (like the moon), dark blues and blacks always harmonize with lunar energies. Even better when you can go to the beach and walk its sandy shores with the lulling surf in the background! Pick something loose-fitting that floats on the breezes and is comfortable. Take time to reach down to the sand or earth and dig your hands in, calm your mind and listen to your surroundings. It has much to tell us if we would only stop and listen.

The book Spell Crafts reminds us blue is for healing, peace, psychism, patience and happiness. The color of the water, symbol of the ocean, sleep, twilight and the sky. To the Zuni Indians it was used to represent the West, Land of the Dead – our final resting place, along with the setting sun. Whenever I can catch a setting sun and start out my time with the moon that night, it is always a good meditation!

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Be Gone, Ever so Boldly, Into the Light…

Leonard Nimoy tribute by John Brewer
Leonard Nimoy tribute by John Brewer

After a miserable two weeks of losing my largest website client to the machinations of the heartless City of Los Angeles, after getting sick *again*, after $600 car troubles and my sweetest client landing in the hospital due to a person who NEVER should have been hired to be a “caregiver”, I get the final blow to seal the deal with the death of Leonard Nimoy today.

What can I say that has not already been said by his family, fans and his fellow crewmates? Mr. Nimoy’s character of Mr. Spock on Star Trek was the only thing that kept me from slitting my wrists when faced with bullies all through my formative years. So much like my dad – they shared the same stoic outlook on life, the same calm exterior, the same dry sense of humor and love of science, Spock was there while my “weekend” dad toiled away at a swing shift job to keep our family fed. Science fiction was my anchor in a dysfunction world and holding that anchor telling me to never give up was the father-figure of Leonard Nimoy’s character Mr. Spock.

When we don’t have good role models growing up, we often turn to whatever is in our environment as a substitute. If we are smart and lucky, we pick the good people. The ones who DO NOT give in to anger or hatred, vice or corruption, weakness or malice. I was so very, very lucky it was a strong character of morale fiber that was acted out so beautifully by Mr. Nimoy.

Nothing all week – not L.A.’s betrayal, not financial worries, not being sick was enough to make me break. It took the moment of silence when all of that nonsense stopped – that small stuff we all go through – and I realized I and the world had lost an irreplaceable treasure in the man and the character that had touched so much of the world and all of my friends. It was then and only then that I finally lost it and cried.

Live long and prosper, Leonard Nimoy. Your journey to boldly go has just begun.

Live Long and Prosper Leonard Nimoy

Aries Full Moon Lunar Eclipse: Shadow of Illumination

(Excerpt from the student research papers archived in the Coven of the Dragonfly Moon, Temple of Whocate)

We are entering the final eclipse vortex of 2013. The gateway opens this Friday night with a full moon burning bright in Aries, ruled by Mars, sign of cardinal fire, initiation, spring and action; and it closes in two weeks with the Scorpio new moon on 11/3, on the tail end of holy day, Samhain (AKA Hallow’s Eve or halloween.)

Of all the signs, few have more intensity than Aries and Scorpio and to weave them together with the power of an eclipse is nothing short of terrifying and illuminating, not to mention transformative in every way imaginable.

I will address Scorpio as the new moon draws closer, today is all about Aries. Among other things, Aries is not fond of sharing, she likes to lead, so I will give her my full attention now.

My mentor’s moon is in Aries. When she learned this, many years ago when her astrological horizons were just beginning to expand, it made so much sense. She had always related to her sun in Gemini, most who meet her can guess she is a member of the clan of Twins. But there was always something else that laid just below the surface and came out anytime a leader was needed or her independence felt threatened. Enter the revelation of an Aries moon. The moon in our astrology rules the feminine/emotional part of our chart, the energy we need to cultivate to meet our needs on emotional levels, it is also connected to karma, and where we spent the previous incarnation.

Following the lunar cycles, as well as honoring your own moon sign, are remarkable ways to reconnect with our feminine/intuitive/emotional cycles, bringing balance in a world that is greatly solar and masculine. Additionally, awareness of the lunar helps us to reconcile old karma and receive the support we need to move towards our soul purpose in this life.

The full moon is notorious for stirring up the waters of the world, including our unconscious. When an eclipse, a perfect alignment of earth, moon and sun, occurs, it is always within the full or new moon. The alignment on a full moon constitutes a lunar eclipse, which heightens, even breaks open, the lunar teaching already at hand.

An Aries Full Moon brings illumination and heat to the surface. It questions where we are compromising our autonomy, our truth, it also demands us to look at what we are (or are not) fighting for in terms of that truth. Aries is not a feminine sign, like Cancer or Taurus. Aries is ruled by Mars, God of war and without the appropriate guidance, the Aries lunations can trigger wars and violence as the natural imbalance and struggle between male and female is ignited.

When I say male and female, please know I do not mean man and woman. Both men and women have male/female energy and much of her, and others, work is geared towards a marriage of sorts between the sun/moon, yin/yang, action/reception, etc within each of us and the collective consciousness.

Therefore, an event like the Aries full moon, kissed by the penumbral lunar eclipse, is an amazing opportunity, on all levels and realms, to balance the warrior (Aries) the Goddess (Moon) and create healing.

Our guide this cycle is the element of fire. Fire meditation, burning ceremony, fire dancing, etc are all wonderful activities. The energy is so strong, though, that in order to receive it successfully, we do not want to over do. Aries brings out the agro in us all and something as simple as lighting a candle out under the moon, maybe doing some slow breathing and a few warrior yoga poses or stances from martial arts or Tai Chi, along with open meditation, can be just the ticket.

How can you honor the warrior and the goddess in a way that is receptive and supportive? How can you be open to receive the shadow of illumination being whispered to you on the lunar eclipse without letting our own ego and agenda muffle the message?

Our world hangs in a delicate balance today. Coming through the 2012 portals and the mutability of 2013, there has been dramatic upheaval personally, politically, environmentally and socially. The difference between tilting towards destruction and shifting into restructure is exactly the teeter totter game being played by Aries and Scorpio this month. But they do not play alone. We all have weight in this one, but it’s tricky. It starts in our hearts, in our emotional and subtle bodies. Don’t give into the desire for drama this week. Slow down, ground, listen, breathe. But do all those things focusing on the fire within, your passion, your flame, your power and truth. Fan it, play with it, dance with it, let it sing and write and cry.The illumination will come. So will the healing.

Many blessings to you, and all beings, on this sacred full moon.

Mercury Retrograde – Are You Prepared?

Did you know the HMS Titanic sank during a Mercury Retrograde?

How about the Bush election fiasco in Florida with the infamous “hanging chads”? Mercury shifted out of retrograde at about 9 p.m. – just after the TV news stations wrongly predicted that Gore would win in Florida. The book, Mercury Retrograde, Your Survival Guide to Astrology’s Most Precarious Time of Year says, “For more than a month afterward the breakdown in voting systems bred chaos and court battles.”

Fascinating? Absolutely. A train wreck if you don’t know how to handle it? You better believe it.

The week leading into Mercury retrograde is often fraught with even worse problems than during the Retrograde itself. I got a grim reminder of this when my computer’s hard drive failed this morning. When I saw in my Facebook feed that the next one is coming up on the 21st of this month, it totally didn’t surprise me.

Most of my friends cuss out this time in the astrological cycle, railing that they can do nothing about it. Not true. While you can’t ALWAYS be prepared for the communication and mechanical train-wrecks that happen during this unstable wobble in the planet Mercury’s orbit, we CAN shift our activities to those that produce very positive results…reflecting on where our life is going, our business strategies, product lines, renegotiating and reviewing contracts of all sorts and so forth.

If you want to be prepared for this one and others that will hit approximately SIX TIMES EVERY YEAR, you better get started and read up on it. I highly recommend the book, Mercury Retrograde, Your Survival Guide to Astrology’s Most Precarious Time of Year! Get and get reading so next time you won’t get caught unprepared.

New Moon Purging

new-moon-purging Tonight is a night many Pagans observed the New Moon, having precious little time in our busy world to do it on the weekday. Tonight I attended a new group in Hollywood to see if we would be a good fit for each other. The New Moon is an introspective time, one to contemplate one’s inner work and the things that hold us back. It requires that we be honest with ourselves about our shortcomings and issues and work towards moving past them. In this Libra Moon, the New Moon right after the Autumn Equinox, the Children of Hecate especially, and many strong Pagans who follow other paths, begin the work of letting go of what no longer serves us – bad habits, tempers, intolerance and so forth. Even deeper, but easily discerned for those who are honest with themselves, are those things that bring out anger in us about others. This is a very clear sign of those things that bother us about ourselves – the shortcomings and failings we possess. Our physical reality, including our surroundings, our work – right down to the friends and lovers we take on in life – mirror our inside world. That is why they distress us so much to see them in others – they remind us of ourselves. Tonight we each charged a black candle with all the things that hold us back, the things we want to get rid of in preparation for Parting the Veil next month at Samhain. We were instructed to burn it down to the ground outside to symbolically release those negative things we put into them during ritual. I have not participated in a ritual with others for a long time, let alone done such intensive work. Tonight changes that. May your deep introspections be enlightening, beneficial and blessing. )O( Luna

The Blessings of the Autumnal Equinox

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After the brutal heat we’ve been experiencing in Southern California for the last 4 1/2 wretched months, the Equinox brought it to an abrupt end this two weeks ago, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Most Blessed Goddess and God!

This time of year is only rivaled in my heart by Samhain/Halloween as the most sacred and blessed time to be alive. Besides the desperately-needed relief from the heat in the southwest, the profound change in weather signals a collective calm, an exhalation by Nature and her Children, a time to catch our breath between seasons, reflect on what has gone before in the year and what is to come.

In touching base with a local women’s New Moon Group, their leader sent out a beautiful reflection on how precious this time of year is and what it has brought into her life. She says, in part, “This is the gift of the Goddess in Libra. Libra, mutable air, sign of the scales, ruler of the autumnal equinox, is charged with bringing harmony and balance. In between the extreme seasons of summer and winter, she offers compromise and one more chance to balance our stores and our perceptions, before the year ends.

“Air is a mental energy and no task is more suited to cardinal air than that of reflection. Taking the time to look at the past year without criticism or judgment, to see it for the transformation it was and the potential for growth it created. Libra asks us to look at the present moment, as well as the past, with grace and gratitude. To see if we can really rest in our center as the year wanes, letting go of what no longer serves and turning our intent for the seasons ahead to what the Goddess is asking of us, right here and now, rather than what we think she wants.”

Like the author, my life was turned upside-down in the latter part of last year, continued to rocket ahead and change EVERYTHING in my life until this Equinox, where life, the Goddess and Libra are allowing me a breather to see where is has thrown me and where I need to go from here.

If you, dear reader, have encountered this as well, you will see what I mean.

Monday’s Lunar Pic – Silvery Moons

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The moon and silver have been associated with each other since the first woman walked the cool Earth and gazed upon her quiet, serene beauty. Its lunar surface, reflected back to us in silvery light, was so obviously opposite from the garish light of the sun that she had to be its polar opposite; cool as opposed to the sun’s heat, quiet and as reflective as the water she drives in Earth’s tides. The tides that whisper in a woman’s womb each month, so of course the moon was feminine in nature. Wear her with quiet pride, with love, with the secret sign to all those women that know that Moon imparts all her Sacred Mysteries to her human daughters.

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Thursday’s Pics – The Day of the Dragonfly

Thursday being a day sacred to the Old Ones Jupiter and Juno, Zeus and Hera and Thor, the colors associated with them made today’s Etsy store choices my favorite ones; Asymmetrical-Midnight-Spiral-earcuff-and-earring-set-163x300Asymmetrical-Midnight-Spiral-earrings-300x204

Green and Royal Blue.  The Asymmetrical Midnight Spiral Goddess Earcuff and Earring Set and it’s matching earrings were absolute joys to make, rich with these “oil-slick” like colors. Their iridescence is hypnotic – I could make jewelry from these colors all day and never get bored of them. Their otherworldly glow extends even to tarot bag fabrics, which I can never seem to leave in the fabric stores when the catch my attention. Dragonfly-Priestess-earrings-300x202Dragonfly-Priestess-Single-earcuff-228x300 But by far, of the ones to add to the store that give me a shiver of excitement and purest burst of love are the Dragonfly Priestess Series. Copper, dragonflies and swarovski crystals made these simple, little designs so magickal for me, I can scarcely form the words for how they touch me. Read their story in the store listing – they were truly made with the purest love for the art of jewelry-making I could ever express.

Wednesday’s Pick – The Egyptian Ankh

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In researching the lore of the Egyptian Ankh, I ran across much lore and many attributed associations with it. Here are a few:

Symbol of Life
Immortality
Spiritual Reflection
The Three Upper Chakras
The Masculine God
Divination
Regeneration
As a Symbol of Magick

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Some say an ankh can be used for healing and to promote psychic communication with the divine. This last is at least backed up by Egyptian depictions in wall paintings and on papyrii. It is also said healers often placed the Ankh over wounds or areas that required attention, to promote regeneration and divine healing.

Whatever symbolism and meaning you attribute to it, its power can be enhanced in your life by keeping representations of the Ankh around you – on your altar, in your jewelry, images in paintings and in your sacred Book of Shadows. If you want the power of thousands of years of magickal attunement to back up your workings with the Ankh, do your research into which attributes are accurate and date back the longest in human history. Do as much of your research off the internet as possible to confirm your ‘net resources are from reliable sources – don’t take their words for it! Without a doubt, the Ancient Egyptians hold the oldest records by far of its power and held it as one of their most sacred objects, so be sure to delve deeply into reliable lore surrounding their cultural references to this powerful symbol.

The Whocate Project

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“That Which You Believe Becomes Your World”

The Whocate Project is about celebrating myself as I truly am. Just before my 50th birthday this past December 30th, I realized now more than ever that what I have been writing about in my 13-year off-and-on story project is me on many levels.

It started out as an online role playing game with a dear friend in Canada. We RP’d for about 4 years, then as happens in life, we wrote less and less, saw each other less and less on line and eventually went our separate ways. I didn’t realize at the time something important beyond writing was happening, taking shape, showing me my inner world and yet was a reflection of it in the real world. As we stopped writing and real life swallowed up my time and attention, I forgot the essence of the magic in those stories that was trying to tell me what I really and truly am.

Capricorns sometimes take forever to learn their life lessons, a few of which are to be true to your inner self, be happy with who you are and finding your bliss. My sign fits me to a tee, it seems, as now, at the half-century mark, I am finally coming into alignment with who and what I am and can potentially be.

So who is Whocate? For me, she has been my inner developing world, a creative force, a reflection of my inner self in the physical world around me. I see her and influences of her every time I hold a dragonfly, pluck the strings of a harp, meditate and look up into an evening sky at the moon in any of her phases.  She is what I learned is my potential, the results of my inner world reflecting into the real world through studying it in the pages of books such as Mind Magic, How to Master Life and Magical Use of Thought Forms.

She is me. And though her story and mine are not done yet, this is where we have been, where we are now and where we are going…