February- Month of Renewal

Following on from the Full Moon lunar eclipse that was witnessed at the end of January, this coming week, we will experience a partial solar eclipse.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, obscuring view of the sun from our vantage point here on earth.  With this event being  “partial” eclipse, this means that the sun will only be obscured partially.

Although this eclipse probably will not be able to be visible from Adelaide (we will have to wait until July before we can witness a partial solar eclipse), it will be visible in southern South America, in particular Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and even in Antarctica.  This does not mean however that its energies will not effect us, because they will, regardless of whether we can witness the event or not.

So what does this partial solar eclipse mean energetic wise?

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Understanding the Seasonal Sabbats

One of the aspects of Contemporary Wytchcraft is the alignment with the changing seasons.  This is done through the observance of the eight seasonal festivals, sabbats, that mark the turning of the year, often called the “Wheel of the Year“.  Within modern Paganism there are traditionally eight sabbats – being the summer and winter solstices, the autumn and spring equinoxes, as well as four “fire” festivals. Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasadh.

The idea of this eight-fold Wheel of the Year was created in the 1950s by the founders of what has become two of the more popular modern Pagan traditions, Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern witchcraft (often referred to a Gardnerian Witchcraft or Wicca), and Ross Nichols, the founder of modern Druiry, and in particular The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids.

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Meditation and Magick

A recent discussion raised a comment regarding the connection between the magickal arts and the practice of magick, or more appropriately was there any need for meditation within the magickal arts.

Learning the discipline of meditation is all about control over the mind … well it is for me anyhow.  It is about turning away from the noisy confusion of the projected external world and turning inward in order to gain clarity, peace of mind and even connection with the higher forces, ie the Gods.  When we are able to establish this place of inner calm, we become more alert, aware and focused in what we are doing.

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