|First quarter moon at dusk. Photo by A.K.Entingh / AccuWeather.com.|
First Quarter Moon
(July 9–11, 2013)
By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | July 9, 2013
“Grow, grow, within and without; moving forward is what I’m about; strength is mine, honor is mine, success is mine, all will be fine.”
First quarter moons are times to start projects, both those you expect to finish within a month and those that will take longer. The focus should be on growth, be it of income, savings, information, knowledge, or whatever you have growing in your garden. If you are still planting things in the garden, this is the time to plant above-ground crops.
While preparing your magickal site, nibble on spicy foods such as tamales and nachos; they will help accelerate your energies. Ripe pears and a good blue cheese also make a delicious and nourishing snack. Drinking tea, fruit punch, and water is recommended, but don’t let yourself become so heavy with food to digest that you lose your spiritual focus.
If you choose to celebrate on Tuesday, July 9, Mars rules the day and will be helpful with developing courage and protecting property. Use the color red, incorporate the element Fire, and repeat your chant five times. You may also invoke Thor’s help. The day is named for him.
If Wednesday, July 10, is your preferred day to celebrate, Mercury is the planet to keep in mind while making your preparations. Use the color yellow and make sure you feel air moving across your body as you repeat your chant eight times. This will be easy if you are outdoors. If you stay inside, turn on a fan. This is a day to focus on career matters most of all. It is also Odin’s day, so you may invoke him or any deity associated with paternal leadership to assist you.
If Thursday, July 11, is when you opt to celebrate, the ruling planet is Jupiter, the planet of expansion. Listening to energizing music with a bouncy beat as you create your site will help keep positivity around you. Make magick regarding money and legal matters. Use the color blue, the element Water, and repeat your chant four times.
Keep your chant simple and to-the-point. You create whatever words most accurately indicate your intentions. Here is a suggestion: “Grow, grow, within and without; moving forward is what I’m about; strength is mine, honor is mine, success is mine, all will be fine.”
Notice that whatever day you pick for your celebrations, masculine energies will be dominant. Call on them to help get your projects off to a good start. Rev the engines, so to speak, and hit the ground running. When momentum is well-built, then you can relax and coast.
Before you put away your tools and decorations, I recommend you take a moment to reflect on what you have just manifested. Hold the image of your finished projects in your mind. Breathe deeply. Feel the sense of accomplishment that is sure to come. Then you may find it helpful and balancing to recite:
May I be at peace;
May love live in my heart;
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature;
May I be open to the positive changes begun today;
May the love within me flow to all living beings.