Lavender Witch Aesthetic

Monday, August 17, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Flowing with the Tides of the Triple Goddess

The ebb and flow of the Moon's energy is sometimes described as "tides", and each stage is ideal for certain magical workings. As my mother used to say, "it's better to go along with nature, than against it." She was referring to my exceedingly unruly hair at the time, but the principle holds true!
What I'm about to describe is something we all likely learned while reading our first witchcraft 101 book--but it's good to remind ourselves of the basics from time to so. So often I have found the solutions for difficulties or knowing how best to proceed lies within foundational principles and the knowledge need only be applied to the situation at hand.
New Moon: Just as the dark of the moon, this is the return of the slightest sliver of light. It is the time to plant the seeds for the coming moon cycle. Workings conducted at this time should focus on new beginnings.
Waxing Moon: As the light grows, so should we nurture and support the growth of the seeds we planted earlier. Think of it as feeding and watering the plants, and pulling the weeds. This stage involves maintenance.
Full Moon: The Moonlight is at it's peak and this face of the Goddess is the most accessible. This is the time for manifestation--or going into full bloom to carry on with the gardening metaphor. Celebration, praise, gratitude--all appropriate in ritual.
Waning Moon: The light begins to fade, and the energy starts to turn inward. The focus is no longer on what can be grown or what is blooming, but what to dispose of and cut back. Workings to banish and release things are most effective at this juncture.
Dark Moon: The light is gone, and this face of the Goddess is the most hidden. It is a time of endings, the final completion of the cycle, and looking away from the outer world. This moment is best served by rest, meditation and pathworking, and planning for the next cycle.
None of this information is likely to be new to anyone (except brand-new Seekers), but it's worth contemplating all the same. Within straightforward principles lie the hidden mysteries--if we choose to look. Working within this natural flow improves the effectiveness of our magic and we get more out of it--certainly we learn more.

Hail the Triple Goddess!

Monday, August 17, 2020
Tarot--King of Pentacles
Seed, Growth, Fruition--Golden Touch--Steady & Reliable

The King of Pentacles is an expression of our ability to manifest our intentions into the material world. Remember the phrase "As above, so below. As within, so without. As the soul, so the Universe." The King of Pentacles represents how we can achieve that on the human scale.
Unlike other forms of spirituality, witchcraft acknowledges that the material *is* sacred, and no less so than the spiritual. Therefore learning to be successful in what we do (whether this be our Craft, a career, a marriage/family, or favorite hobby) is not something we hold in disdain, or is our definition of what constitutes success narrow. Yes, it can be as straightforward as having the finances in good order, but success is also about doing things at a high level of skill and knowledge and being able to implement plans in an effective way. Success is ploughing through the mishaps, setbacks, and failures and overcoming it all anyway. It is about seeing limitations as things that can be bent and adjusted. Success is being rooted and allowing the spirit to be nourished by those roots so as to grow. It is about being stable enough to take a chance and know that you'll be alright.
We can lean on the King of Pentacles as we pursue our own journeys to success--he understands that from small acorns, mighty oaks can grow!

Monday, August 17, 2020
Correspondences for Consecration & Blessings
Color: Lavender
Plant: Lavender
Animal: Canary
Stone: Onyx

Monday, August 17, 2020
Day of the Goddess
Sun: Leo--Fixed Fire--Lively, Colorful, Confidant
Moon: 4th quarter Leo--Fixed Fire--the Self, Central Ideas, Institutions
Jupiter Retrograde: Contemplation, Breaking Habits, Prioritizing
Saturn Retrograde: Take Responsibility, Don't Cut Corners, Limitations
Uranus Retrograde: Unexpected Changes, Difficulty Focusing, Rebellion
Neptune Retrograde: Phobias Surface, Harsh Truths, Shattered Illusions
Pluto Retrograde: Evolution, Forced Transformation, Demolishing Power
Chiron Retrograde: Heal Old Wounds, Face Deep Rooted Issues, Insight & Clarity in the Depths
Celtic Tree Month: Hazel--Tree of Divination

Amber and Yellow Witch Aesthetic

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Lazy Afternoons

I don't like doing anything too strenuous on Sundays--after all, going into the week feeling worn out is seldom the course of wisdom. My favorite part is between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, when everything is bathed in a golden light and the only decision I need wrestle with is whether I want a proper afternoon tea or stretch out for an afternoon nap.
With so much going on, it can be harder to unplug and more difficult to take a break from the anxiety of "what on earth is going to happen NEXT?" Of course those with children in their household are probably laughing at the idea of quiet Sundays and worry-free relaxation--and justly so. Still--I think we have a built in need for peace. We need time to cleanse and refresh our spirits just as we do our bodies.
May you find a moment for yourself that is truly carefree!

Hail Gwydion!