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White Wolf Moon   31 comments

White Wolf Spirit Guides

White Wolf Moon

Against the backdrop of a rising Moon, glinting satellite monitors watching galactic space as intently as a star wolf listens for the call of the moon-song on a cold winter’s night.

A milky Full Moon glow casts a hazy silvered aurora in mystic shadowed magic around the White Moon Star-Wolf. Magic of the Moon-song. White wolf mysteries of the Full Moon Rising over an enchanted nightscape. The song of the Moon wolf echoing eerily into the night sky, casting its sound to the sphere of 1000 stars.

White wolf waits, watching for you from the enchanted forest that is your mindscape, calling to you, unseen, unfelt, but for those for whom wolf is spirit guide, the haunting call of the moon-song will let you know he is there. Bold and space silver. Caller of the star song and the moon dreams, fired by the consuming power of the solar streams and the call of the cosmos.

Magic of the Moonsong

The concept of linking a specific energy or purpose to a particular animal using their colour as a basis is an age-old concept, not the new one that some people perceive it to be.

There are various breeds of wolves within the world’s wolf community, each sharing very similar energies. However individual wolf guides within the pack have their own specific energies which when learned are useful tools when working with “wolf magic”.

  • The White Wolf:

    The white wolf is the phantom, the spiritual wolf, the wolf between worlds, existing simultaneously in both effectively bridging the gap between them. White wolves show us the way, the art needed to build bridges that span the divide between the spiritual and physical worlds that exist in our lives. In doing so the white wolf teaches the art of bringing balance to our lives and helps us to make sense of the meaning and purpose of events and issues that inevitably occur in our daily lives.

  • Brown Wolf:

    Is the medicine wolf, teacher of the ways of health and healing. In order to maintain a healthy balance between the mind/body/spirit we must understand and learn the ways in which we can successfully combine nature’s healing abilities with our existing earthly knowledge of medicine.

  • Grey Wolf:

    Is the hidden one, the shadow hunter, slipping ghostlike through the veiled mists and the swirling fogs, of natural world sight into the mysteries of the spirit realm. The grey wolf is the teacher of spirit connections and communications. How we can balance our path with information from our spiritual teachers and guides.

  • Red Wolf:

    Is the earth-forest wolf, guardian of earth and nature, hunting amongst the Redwood forests, and all lands of our world, at one with the life-force of the Earth They teach us the great art of communicating both with the natural world around us and the very Earth itself that is home to nature. Red wolves teach us also how to communicate in these spheres on both a physical and spiritual level, for example, in our dreams

  • Black Wolf:

    Our guide and teacher in the physical dimension. The black wolf helps us to bring balance to our physical and material natures, our everyday erotic and sensual and sometimes carnal desires! When we need to focus our minds on such matters, questions and concerns as the disputes of our earthly, worldly existence, black wolf is there to help us to do. Spiritual lessons learned along the way are good for helping us to evolve. They allow us to progress onwards and upwards till we reach the next level of our spirit lives.

These are top level colour categories from which the whole variety of shades in the wolf kingdom flow. These create sub-categories, eg wolves of lighter colouring, would fall into the White Wolf category etc.

Depending on your life circumstances, one particular animal may stand out as the most prominent at any one time. This is because when working on a certain area of your life that animal’s specific energy is the energy you need to help you progress and move forward.

If you marry, your dominant animal also gains a mate. In fact it is likely that your dominant animal will be the first of the two of you to find a mate, and their romantic energy will in turn impact on your energy leading to you attracting a mate of your own.

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Raven’s Mystical Magic   28 comments

 

Magic of the Dark Raven

Swift, swift, you dragons of the night, that dawning 

May bear the raven’s eye ~ Cymberline, by William Shakespeare

 

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They slept until the black raven, the blithe hearted

proclaimed the joy of heaven – Beowulf

Raven is the Great Mystery of the Void both the symbol of the sun and the symbol of a moonless night. It is the light thimageat is the giver of life at the centre of our galaxy, and the black hole in the centre of the universe, to where all energy is drawn to before it’s release as new creations.

 

Ravens’ glimmering black feathers shimmering in blues and greens represent night especially the dark New Moon when her deep magic is very powerful. In China the three-legged Raven lives in the sun, representing the sun’s three phases. In Greece Raven is the messenger of the Sun gods, both Helios and Apollo.

In Native American cultures black is a colour of magical power. Raven is the guardian of both ceremonial magic and healing circles, and is deemed one of the oldest and wisest of animals, intelligent and adaptable. Her element is air, and she is a messenger spirit. Whilst Raven is said to represent the irreverent, the devil, evil spirits, the trickster and thief, war and destruction, death and disaster, the void, none-the-less in many societies such as Native Americans and Norse Shamanism Tradition Raven also represents profound magic, the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, creation, healing, knowledge, protection, and foresight.

 


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Ravens are carrion eaters; and they have a symbiotic relationship with oldest enemy of man, the wolf…

“craving for carrion, the dark raven shall have its say, and tell the eagle how it fared at the feast, when, competing with the wolf, it laid bare the bones of corpses.”~ Beowulf Anglo Saxon poem

Raven represents winter, because of their ability to endure the cold. Likewise wolves also thrive during this time, being equally well equipped for the brutal conditions.image

 

   

Raven was connected with the Celts Triple Goddess, Morrigan, Chooser of the Slain and Protector of Warriors flying over the battlefields in the shape of the Raven.  

When the Welsh God, Bran the Blessed Protector of Britain was decapitated, during battle with Ireland, he asked to have his head buried in the what is now known as  “Tower Hill” in London. His Ravens are kept there even today, as protection against invasion. During World War II, Tower Hill was bombed, and the ravens vanished. Mindful of the ancient legends Winston Churchill, immediately arranged for replacement ravens to be brought in, which they were from the Celtic lands to London’s Tower Hill .

Winter Solstice Eclipse 2010   37 comments

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES

This is the first time in nearly 400 years a Total Lunar Eclipse has taken place in conjunction with the Winter Solstice. The last time was December 21st 1638 and such an event will not be repeated again until December 21st  2094. The official astronomical date for the Winter Solstice is December 22nd

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves through the Earth’s shadow, an event which only occurs when the Moon is full. During a Total Lunar Eclipse the Earth and the Moon are arrayed almost exactly in line, with the Moon and the Sun on opposite sides of the Earth.  The last one occurred in February 2008. This Winter Solstice Eclipse, known as “Selenelion” or the “Horizontal Eclipse” – when the Sun and the eclipsed Moon can be seen simultaneously, showing above the horizon at opposite points in the sky, is a once in a lifetime experience.

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DECEMBER 21ST 2010 TOTAL ECLIPSE

The Full Moon began moving into the Earth’s shadow about 06:32 GMT. The Total Eclipse got underway about 07:40 GMT and reached maximum at 08:17 GMT, lasting a total of 73 minutes, ending 08:53 GMT. The best views in UK were from the Northern skies, the Southern skies being totally obscured by heavy cloud cover.  Also during totality the Moon moves through the Northern of the Earth’s shadow or “Umbra” so the Southern half was much darker.

MOON OF RED-FIRE

How bright a Total Lunar Eclipse proves to be is dependant on atmospheric conditions on Earth, as all the light that falls on the Moon has to first pass through Earth’s atmosphere. During this Winter Solstice this Total Lunar Eclipse the Moon turned a deep coppery red, in shades akin to Mars, and was much darker than normal.

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Seen from the Moon, when the eclipse is underway the rim of planet Earth would appear to be on fire. This is the result of seeing every single sunrise and every single sunset in the world all at the same time. This creates an incredibly powerful light which filters through to the very centre of the Earth’s dark umbra, lighting it up with a copper-red glow. Consequently the Moon is transformed into a world of glowing ember red, sending colours the shade of fire dancing across the fallen snow of Earth.


 

WINTER SOLSTICE

Winter Solstice also known as “Yule” falls on the shortest day of the year and means “Stand-Still Sun.” It is one of the world’s oldest winter celebrations and the one on to which Christmas was attached around 1,600 years ago.

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SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS

Predating probably even the solstice was the “Mediaeval Winter Festival of Apple Wassailing.” Involving the blessing of apples, songs, dancing and decorations…and a drink of cider SmileMug to ensure their fertility, this festival was linked to nature’s themes of rebirth and fertility.

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Druids gave Mistletoe, winter fruit cut from the sacred Oak Tree. This was a symbol of life during the cold, dark winter months. Traditionally the Yule Log, on the first day of Solstice was, for 12 hours through the night, burned to banish evil spirits and symbolise hope, and their belief in the return of the Sun. A belief also incorporated into Christmas celebrations as “The Birth of the Son.”

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Ancient hunters revered and worshipped the Sun. Norsemen viewed the Sun as a wheel changing the seasons. It is likely the word “Yule” was derived from the word “wheel” (houle). At Mid-Winter Norsemen shared stories around roaring bonfires and drank sweet ale.

SOLAR OBSERVATORIES

“Stonehenge” is the perfect marker for both  Summer and Winter Solstices. “Newgrange” in Ireland which is 5,000 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids is an ancient round structure designed by it’s builders to receive a shaft of sunlight at Winter Solstice dawn, deep into its Central Chamber. “Maeshowe” on the Orkney Islands North of Scotland operates similarly, receiving a beam of the setting Winter Solstice Sun.

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Many Mediaeval Cathedral Churches were also built to be Solar Observatories and astronomers used them to predict the dates for Easter. Consequently they were also built into cathedrals and churches throughout Europe. they received a stream of sunlight through a hole in the roof to trace a path on the floor known as the “Meridian Line.”

Full Wolf Moon   6 comments

 

January Full Wolf Moon 2009

 
The Full Moon in January is called the Wolf Moon.  It is named after the cold and hungry wolf packs that in the bleak Native American midwinter in the ice and deep snows would regularly howl hungrily outside the Indian villages.
 
It is also sometimes referred to as the “Old Moon”, or the “Moon After Yule.”