Understanding Wicca: Ask Fyre
The Bewitching Moon

by Fyre
Witches Moon? Is the moon really made of cream cheese? What is the blue moon?

Does the phases of the moon effect us? How we behave? How our day will be? What rituals are best on which day? In this months article we will address some moon questions.

New Moon: The lighted side of the Moon faces away from the Earth. This means that the Sun, Earth, and Moon are almost in a straight line, with the Moon in between the Sun and the Earth. The Moon that we see looks very dark. What the new moon promises the full moon delivers. A witch would consider this her working moon. There are specific spells and rituals designed for just the new moon. New Moon nights are best used for starting new ventures, new beginnings, love, romance, health, and job and house hunting

New projects should be initiated when the Moon is waxing (growing), from new to full. When the Moon is on the wane (from full to new), it is a time for storing energy and the wise person waits

Full Moon:
The lighted side of the Moon faces the Earth. This means that the Earth, Sun, and Moon are nearly in a straight line, with the Earth in the middle. The Moon that we see is very bright from the sunlight reflecting off it. The full moon tends to be the most powerful influential phase. Hospital staff would tell you, the ER's are swamped on full moons. Brings out all the layers of a person's personality. Good, bad and indifferent.

Waxing Crescent Moon:
This Moon can be seen after the New Moon, but before the First Quarter Moon. The crescent will grow larger and larger every day, until the Moon looks like the First Quarter Moon.

Waxing Gibbous Moon: This Moon can be seen after the First Quarter Moon, but before the Full Moon. The amount of the Moon that we can see will grow larger and larger every day. ("Waxing" means increasing, or growing larger.) "
The waxing period should be used in relation to constructive growth, love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck and health

This Moon is called a Waning Gibbous Moon:
This Moon can be seen after the Full Moon, but before the Last Quarter Moon. The amount of the Moon that we can see will grow smaller and smaller every day. ("Waning" means decreasing, or growing smaller). "The waning period is the time for spells for neutralizing negative energies, removing obstacles, breaking bad habits, and healing.

Waning Crescent Moon:
This Moon can be seen after the Last Quarter Moon and before the New Moon. The crescent will grow smaller and smaller every day, until the Moon looks like the New Moon

"Blue Moon" is the name for the second full moon in a single month. The moon takes 29.5 days to go through a full cycle of phases, so on rare occasions (about once every 2 3/4 years), two full moons will fit in a single month. The next double blue moon will occur in 2018; the last normal blue moon occurred in November 2001.

The important thing to remember about rituals and spells, there's no right or wrong wording in your workings. The most powerful workings are written by you. The Internet is great for researching and finding ideas and getting direction. However, you will do your rituals more justice and have greater success writing them yourself. Outline your desires. Try thinking in terms of general desires and not specific needs. I.E. I need job, rather than I want to be president. A little extreme but the point is there. Also the rituals and spells must be accompanied by you working toward this goal. You cannot ask to pass a big test. then you stop going to school. Or ask for money and then quit your job. You have to work toward your goals.

Love spells are very popular. I am not a believer in love spells. I feel love should come from within, when it does love will shower on you. If you must do such a spell. My suggestion is. "to bring into my life." Never ask for the love of a specific person. Could have very deadly results. So be careful what you ask for.

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How to make Moon Water:

When the moon is full it's time for make moon water. When it's available water from a rushing river or brook is nice however like most of us we do not have that flowing freely in our back yards so a good substitute is bottled spring water. Fill a clear jar or bottle with spring water and set it outside where the light of the full moon will shine on it. Leave it there as long as the moon is out. Ask the Goddess to bless the water with her light and love. Now be sure to bring it in before day break, and keep it tightly closed whenever not in use.

This water will be used in all rituals and spells that require water. When the next full moon comes, pour the remaining water in the grass or a garden (don't pour it down the drain!!!!) and prepare to make a fresh batch.

Cleansing Tarot cards:

Cleansing cards are a very important for any Tarot reader. As with each use the negativity of the last readings are absorbed to your cards. Once a month, on the full moon it is wise to rid your cards of this energy and start a new cycle. Return your cards back to the way they were new. You can do this by putting them in the same order as when you first removed them from the box. All the suits together and the major arcana in order. After having done this burn a sage stick allow the smoke from this stick to flow freely over your deck. The sage will cleanse your cards.

Cleansing and charges crystals:

The Moon is a powerful and magical way to cleanse and purify your crystals. Remember that moon water we made, well here is a perfect way to use some of that powerful moon juice. When I am cleansing I always put my crystals in a clear baking dish cover them in moon water, place them out in the light of the full moon. I ask my crystal to take into itself the energy of the moon and hold it within. In my garden during a full moon night my lovely collection of crystals often enjoy a moon bath as I particularly like to allow my crystals this special treat now and again. Crystals being used for healing should be cleansed and rested at least every few months and allowed to recharge.

Imbolc: Feb 1-4 Feb 1-4

Imbolc, also known as Imbolg, Imolgc, Brigantia (English) Brigindo (Gau), Brigandu (French) Oimelc (Scotch Gaelic), Uimelc, Brigid's Day, Lupercalia, Disting, Candlemas (Christian), Feast of Torches

Imbolc is pronounced "IM-bulk" and means "in milk" in Irish Gaelic.

Imbolc is one of the three Celtic customs "the feast of fire." Although fire does play a role in all the Sabbats, Brigid's Day was known as a festival of lights. A group of 19 priestesses formed a shine for her. The ancient Irish capital Kildare was chosen for this shine. A perpetual flame burned in Brigid's honor.

Her fire symbolizing birth and healing makes Imbolc an appropriate holiday for Brigid since it's the time period when the Great Mother is healing from childbirth. Brigid's fire was also the fire of forge and the fire of poetic inspiration.

Brigid walks the earth this night. The Celt made her feel welcome by leaving food out for her or setting a place for her at the table. Their homes were also decorated in order to welcome her. Corn dolly were made of wheat and straw and hung throughout the house for protection.

Imbolc is noticed for milk too. As calves and lambs were being born this time of year in many areas. So the cows and ewes are full of milk.

Most of the feast were full of soups of stews. Breads with butter, also foods made from the first milk of the year was shared.

A good bit of culture left from this holiday today concerns weather lore. Groundhog's Day is on February 2, and Here in American, If a groundhog sees his shadow, there is six more weeks of winter. A British rhyme, " If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year.

A way to mark this day is placing candles in your windows on Imbolc eve, Feb 2.

You can also think towards the kind of ritual you will do this day. Imbolc is one of the traditional days when new coven members are initiated, dedicated or coveners celebrate raising a level. If you are a solitary, use this day to self-dedicate. Spend some time reciting your poem.

Imbolc Feast Lamb Stew

2- 1/2 lb. lamb neck chops
1 tbs. lamb fat
4 medium onions
1 tbs. butter/margarine
4 medium carrots
2 1/2 cups water
4 medium potatoes
1 tbs. parsley, chopped
1 tsp. each salt & pepper
1 tbs. chives, chopped

Don't let the butcher trim the fat off of the lamb chops. Shred some of the excess fat and cook it down in a large pot or Dutch-oven. Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Cut the onions and carrots into quarters, and put all the vegetables aside. Cut the meat into 8 pieces, and trim away the rest of the excess fat. The bones need not be removed. Place the meat in the hot fat and brown. Repeat with the onions and carrots. Add water, salt, and pepper carefully. Put whole potatoes on top. Cover pot and simmer gently until meat is cooked, approx. 2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour off the cooking liquid into a separate sauce pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, skim off grease, and reheat. Add butter, chives, and parsley to the reheated liquid in the sauce pan. Pour heated liquid back over the stew. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings

Ewe-L" Love This Potato Soup

2 oz butter/margarine
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 medium onions, peeled
Salt & pepper (to taste)
3 large potatoes, peeled
1 sprig thyme, bay leaf, and bunch parsley
2 pints milk
Chopped chives to garnish

Melt butter in a large pan and add thinly sliced potatoes and onions. Toss well in the butter. Put a lid on the pan and allow the vegetables to simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Don't let the vegetables turn brown. Add the milk and all other ingredients, except for the chives, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove thyme, bay leaf, and parsley. Pour soup into food processor or blender (on chop) for about 1 minute. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with chives. Makes 6 servings.

Whole Grain Baking Mix

1. 2 cups pecans, toasted and finely diced
4 cups unbleached flour
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1-1/2 cups dried buttermilk powder
1/2 cup soy milk
4 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1-1/4 cups oil

In a 4-quart mixing bowl, combine pecans, flours, cornmeal, wheat germ, buttermilk powder, soy flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Stir in oil and mix well. Store in airtight tins or plastic bags.
Makes about 12 cups baking mix.

Irish Soda Bread

1. 1 T butter
4 cups white flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 cup buttermilk or sweet milk

Rub butter into flour. Add salt and soda, mix well with fingers. Add milk and stir into a soft dough with a wooden spoon. Knead lightly into a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured backing sheet. Flatten dough into a circle. Make a cross in the center with a knife. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.

Homemade Butter

1/2 pint whipping cream
A jar with a tight-fitting lid
Fill the jar 1/3-1/2 full of cream.

Screw the lid on tightly and begin shaking the jar or rolling it back and forth on the floor or table top.
The cream will begin to thicken and then small pieces of butter will begin to form
Continue shaking or rolling the jar until the butter forms a solid mass separate from the thin buttermilk. (It should take 10-15 minutes)
The butter may be formed into different shapes using small cake molds or cookie cutters.
Sample the butter on crackers, bread or steamed vegetables
Remember to keep any leftover butter refrigerated.

The promise of spring is here. Although it may not feel like spring. Beneath the ice encrusted soil, life is beginning to grow and quicken. Birds return in anticipation of the warmth and food that they will find. New buds are developing on the trees. The days are becoming slightly longer and warmer.

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