Monthly Archives: February 2013
This Week’s Astrology
Every week I try to post the astrological events. Here is the astrology for February 25- March 2.
Venus in Pisces February 25-March 21. This combination typically leads those who are single on a search for their soul mate. This is a great time for a true romance but be careful you aren’t simply in love with the idea of being in love. When this arrangement happens we typically fall head over heels into infatuation rather than love but there may not be much you can do about that.
Venus parallel Saturn February 24-25. If you started a new relationship (romantic or otherwise) recently – right about now it may feel like work. That’s okay! Relationships started near this coupling usually ARE more work, but they last a long time.
Venus conjunct Neptune February 28. A fresh start in regards to romantic relationships pretty much sums up this transit. During this time we may be more sensitive or more aware of beauty as well as spirituality. Be careful! You may be easily influenced, easily seduced and may have an over-active imagination. This could lead to a lot of inner confusion on not just a romantic level, but a social and spiritual one as well.
Venus parallel Neptune March 1-2. The extra sensitivity to beauty and spirituality continues. Be careful not to be too easily influenced, but show compassion and patience with others who have been.
Void Course of the Moon
VOC Moon on Tuesday, February 26th, from 1:13 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Mars), until the Moon enters Libra the next day, Wednesday, February 27th, at 8:02 AM EST.
VOC Moon on Thursday, February 28th, from 3:37 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Pluto), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Friday, March 1st, at 12:34 PM EST.
This Week’s Astrology
- The Sun is in Aquarius until Feb 18.
During this cycle, we are motivated by knowledge, experience, and originality. We’re aware of what’s out-dated in our lives and looking for new perspectives. (Spring Cleaning, anyone?)
- Mercury is in Pisces from February 5-April 13.
When Mercury is in Pisces, we tend to be very emotional and visual. You may find you are more intuitive and imaginative during this time.
- Void Course of the Moon this week:
Monday, February 11th, from 12:04 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Saturn), until the Moon enters Aries the next day, Tuesday, February 12th, at 8:53 PM EST.
Thursday, February 14th, from 10:37 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Taurus the next day, Friday, February 15th, at 5:09 AM EST.
The moon is waxing this week – so for many magick workers this is a time to ‘reel’ things in until the full moon.
Oath Bound Secrets
I can’t tell you. It’s oath bound.
I have always hated that! As a baby witch I had so many questions. How do you cast a circle? Should I ‘do’ an altar? How do I really know when my item has been blessed or cleansed? How do I bless or cleanse something, anyway?
I understand the need to keep some things private. I am totally open to sharing anything and everything but I never share absolutely everything. Why? Well … it’s simple really.
I will tell anyone absolutely anything about how I practice. I will help them find things they need to cast a spell or a circle but I never tell them the exact words I say. Why? Well … I tend to think that simply reciting words written by someone else and sending the energy out into the universe is kind of like going to see a cover band.
Let’s say you call up your witchy friend and say “I’m trying to whip up a spell to bring more positive energy into my life but I am getting stuck.” Your friend says ‘Hey no problem! I have a spell I do and it goes like this ….”
You write it all down, go home, and do everything your friend said. You are basically being a ‘cover band’ and just reciting whatever your friend wrote. While I don’t see a problem with this amongst friends or coven-mates who practice together – I personally – don’t see where any power lies in that.
When witches ask me questions like “How do you cast a circle?” I usually say:
Well I don’t get all Merlin the Wizard when I cast a circle. (which is true) I use very basic non-ceremonial words and actions when casting a circle. BUT – for ‘high’ holidays (Ostara, Litha, Beltane, Samhain, Yule) I am ceremonial. For ‘lesser’ holidays (Imbolc, Lughnasadh, Mabon) I am not ceremonial. My observation of the ‘lesser’ holidays are much simpler.
And just to clarify no one told me there are high/greater or lesser holidays. This is simply how I see things. The holidays I call ‘high’ holidays are the ones that resonate and speak to me. The lesser holidays I don’t feel a connection to. At least right now.
I don’t think basic information should be oath bound. Well unless it is some kind of cop-out and you really don’t have an answer. In that case I would just prefer to be told “I dunno!” instead of hearing “Oh it is oath bound. I can’t tell you.”
I never tell anyone chants said to my goddess. I never tell anyone the words I write for spells UNLESS
- I have written the spell for the purpose of being passed on.
- I work closely with that person.
- I trust the person asking.
These are just my guidelines. I feel that it gives my words more power and energy – and by someone repeating them word-for-word that their intent and words will have LESS power. I don’t do it for myself – I keep this secret for their benefit. This way their words have more power.
Not telling someone herb properties because it is oath bound is (in my opinion) stupid.
Not telling someone the basics or the ‘why’ of circle casting is (in my opinion) stupid.
Telling someone that absolutely everything surrounding your practice is oath bound is … again .. stupid.
There is so much to gain from passing on your knowledge! Not only for yourself, but for the baby witch asking! I think anyone with the interest enough to ask should be given the information with at least a ‘seeker beware’ warning. But – as humans – we have the ability to gauge what a person can, can’t or should NOT handle. You can ‘dumb things down’ to those who just wouldn’t be able to handle what you’re saying.
Even with people I practice with I find myself saying “This might make me sound insane but …” No. I don’t sound insane to THEM. To others – yes I probably would. BUT – if you ask – you’re going to get an answer.
I am very leery of people who say everything they do is oath bound. It makes me think they are just full of shit.
How much should remain secret? Aren’t we past that time in society where we have to keep ourselves secret? I understand in some cultures yes – secrecy is important. But in most Western societies?
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Am I completely off-base?