Waxing Crescent Moon,
(August 12-August 15, 2010)
By Kate Braun / The Rag Blog / August 8, 2010
This phase of the moon is for promoting things that require growth. Health, money, and relationships fall into this category as does planting above-ground crops in your garden. You may find it helpful to use this moon-phase for clarifying foci and continuing to set goals to accomplish between now and the next new moon.
Sunset is the prime time to begin your celebration; daytime high temperatures begin to drop as sunset drifts into darkness, making the outdoors more comfortable. It is usually better to honor Lady Moon under the open sky.
You have several days in which this moon phase is active. If you choose to activate moon-energy on Thursday, focus your energies on promoting growth where money and legal matters are concerned as Jupiter is the ruling planet. Use the color blue, the number four, and plenty of water in your activities.
Ouspensky considered four the perfect number. It refers to the seasons, the major points on a compass, the suits of Tarot, and the fixed signs of the Zodiac; and adding 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 gives 10, which is composed of the numerals one and zero, which in binary terms are the only numerals needed to create any number. Ergo, four represents “all and everything.” Repeat your invocations four times, turning sunwise and facing each of the cardinal points on the compass in turn (north, east, south, and west).
If you prefer to celebrate on Friday, Venus rules and the focus is more concentrated on promoting love and attraction. Use the color green, go barefoot so that your feet make direct contact with the earth, include water and the number seven in your activities. Seven is a number of Great Magick and may be invoked by drawing a seven-pointed star in the earth. Repeat your invocations seven times, drawing moon energy from above, below, and within yourself as well as the cardinal compass-points.
If Saturday is a better day for you to work with waxing crescent moon energy, the ruling planet is Saturn, it would be good to dress in black, to stay in close contact with the earth and incorporate the number three into your activities. Three is also a number of Great Magick, representing the balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit in the world. Use a triangle to represent this number if celebrating on Saturday and repeat your invocations three times.
There are no hard-and-fast rules as to what you say when you open yourself to moon-energy. You may take some time in advance to write out what you feel to be a good statement or you may speak extemporaneously.
The more important thing is to be centered. One way to do this is to take seven slow and easy yoga-breaths (inhale through the nose, gently and smoothly, feeling the intake of air filling all the empty spaces in your body; exhale gently and smoothly with no huffing and puffing, letting all the empty spaces in your body become completely empty) before you begin, concentrating on making a connection between you and Lady Moon. If you like, visualize this connection as a shining cord of braided silver growing brighter and stronger with each inhalation and exhalation.
Don’t let yourself become too heavy with food before completing your activities. You need energy to focus yourself spiritually, not to run a marathon, but an empty stomach is not good, either. An array of cheeses, crackers, fruits, water, and herb tea, or fruit punch will give you sufficient strength with overloading your digestive system.
Stay focused on laying the foundation for what you choose to accomplish, both short-term and long-term. Remember: you are still at a beginning stage of creating the successful outcome that is your goal. Immediate response to your invocations is possible, but it would be unwise to expect immediate results.
[Kate Braun’s website is www.tarotbykatebraun.com. If you know any Moon Lore that you would like to share with her, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kate will be participating in a Metaphysical Fair on Saturday and Sunday, August 14-15, 2010, at the Holiday Inn (formerly the Radisson) at 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. in Austin (between Highland Mall and Lincoln Village).]