The winter chill bites at us as we bustle about town. I walked on the nature trail this morning and I took some beautiful photos of the garden and snowy leaves. Magically speaking, Mercury has turned direct. I am relieved, to say the least. The Moon has entered Aries and Neptune has gone direct.
The Full Moon comes on the 17th. The Full Moon begins at 10 am and enters Gemini. Gemini is an air sign and represents the time for shortcuts, communication, games, and fun. Have a magical and fun esbat on the 17th! This full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon and Snow Moon. Concentrate on the transition from fall to winter and how gracefully nature turns season. Think of how you can honor a transition occurring in your life and how you can accept the changes it brings. Decorate your altar and light white candles. Snow is pure and cold.
The Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins on November 25th. Before we know it, the Wheel of the Year will turn to Yule. I’ll post more about how to prepare for Yule.
The Full Moon occurs on May 25th! This would be a great time to seek blessings from the lunar Goddess to your seedlings. A lunar eclipse occurs on the same night. That adds a powerful boost to the magickal energy vibrating in the air.
To add some moon magick to your garden, consider planting silver plants that evoke lunar energy. Try mints, silver lamb’s ears, moonflower, Japanese painted fern, lungwort, dusty miller, rose campion, sedum, Silvermound Artemisia, and silver sage. Silver mound Artemisia is a Wormwood plant and has a beautiful musky smoky scent. The leaves truly are silver in colour. If you get your witchy mitts on this annual plant, do not let it go. It makes a great fragrant incense, perfect for lunar Esbats.
One suggestion: plant silver lamb’s ears at the base of an Echinacea/ purple coneflower plant. The silvery foliage compliments the tall leaves of the coneflower. Trust me, it’s beautiful. I did that in my garden.
It is now warm enough for the brave Witches/ Pagans and Wiccans to perform their rituals outdoors. Performing outdoors means that you are more in harmony with nature, can meld with the energy, and after the ritual, you and your tools gain more energy from performing outdoors. Just be careful where you perform the rituals. Trees are leafy enough now that you can also have some privacy.
The upcoming Full Moon is known as Flower Moon. Flowers are in bloom everywhere. Growing silvery plants can boost your magickal workings!!