Vol. I Issue I
August 1, 1998
Groups, Covens, Temples & Sanctuaries. Oh my!
In this issue we will be
looking at "Temple Open Circle" and its members.
Within this group, there is a "study group" that people may ask to
attend. Then there is a Circle group that does circle work and
healing circles. There are 9 people including the Priestess in the
group. They all have their own path i.e. pantheon that they follow
and learn from, yet everyone finds a sense of harmony in learning
through different paths. Thus, the circles are conducted generically
with no specific pantheon elaborated. So everyone can be
themselves and not be afraid to share energies. There are five
women and four men in the group.
The Priestess of the group is
Obsidian. She was brought into the religion by her Grandmother
when she was growing up. She was quite lucky, not all
Grandmother's are of the "old Path". They called it "Folk Magic" or
"Root Medicine" and in 1985, they overturned the laws against the
religion. First, she was ordained in the Priesthood of Melchizedek in
New York giving her a certificate of ordination. Of course, she does
not think about that as much as she thinks about work she needs to
do. She made an inquiry of SerpentStone to bring her in the
Priestesshood of Witchcraft. She perceived no problems with this
request and was summarily received into the group. She has been
a Witch Priestess for a little over two years now. Her attention is on
what work she needs to do, that the Lady and Lord have for her to
do. Currently, she is working towards her next milestone in her
spiritual growth in this lifespan. For now and always she bids Love
and Light. Good Journey to all.
"We are They" --
that walk between the worlds of the
Physical & Spiritual.
"We are They" --
that work to bring
Enlightenment . . .
"Our Lady's Faces"
August 1, 1998
Our Lady will be in her second phase, she's waxing. She is building
energy and focusing it for whatever needs arise. Her name at this
time is "Diana", and many others according to culture.
August 7, 1998
Our Lady will be in her third phase, totally full. This is the height of
her being and fulfillment of all, as the great mother is about to give
birth. Her name is "Selene", and many others according to culture.
August 14, 1998
Our Lady will be in her fourth phase, she's waning. Now is the time
for breaking down, destruction, doing away with what does not
work for healing, and the wisdom for seeing this appears. This is the
time of the Dark Mother, Crone, Grandmother, as she does not need
light to see into the depths of being. She gives us a choice to see or
not to see, the question is, "Are we willing to see what is there?"
Her name is "Hecate", and many others according to culture.
August 21, 1998
Our Lady will be in her first phase, she's beginning anew. Her name
at this time is "Green Hecate", and many others according to culture.
This will be the first
harvest of the Wheel of the Year. The first gleanings of sustenance
for the dark half of the Wheel, of which the Oak King slowly begins
to give way to the Holly King until "Yule". Now is the time when we
begin to take stock of what we have sown. There are many cultures
that have a connection with this holiday, some are Celtic, Norse,
Scandinavian.....to name a few.
Love and Light.
Good Journeys to the Lady and the Lord.
Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar
Aspects for the Lammas Gathering
August 7-9, 1998
Moon square Saturn-- disciplined work, serious thinking.
Moon sextile Pluto--enlightening discussions, intense
Moon conjunct Uranus-- high hopes, unrealistic plans.
Moon square Chiron-- an opportunity to change old habits.
Moon opposite Sun-- hard work for little gain.
There is supposed to be a lunar eclipse.
Our Lady will be full at 9:10 p.m. on Friday the 7th.
Moon quincrux Mars-- direct impulsive emotions.
Moon quincrux Venus-- discrimination required in
Moon opposite Mercury-- handle routine work and details.
Moon semi-sextile Jupiter-- religious, philosophical thoughts
Moon semi-sextile Neptune-- sensitivity to spiritual
Mercury semi-sextile Venus-- harmonious communications
Moon sextile Saturn-- easy to help those in need, good
Moon square Pluto-- make few demands on others and
Moon semi-sextile Uranus-- desire to break free of
Moon trining Chiron-- assisting others in creative
The moon is in Aquarius at the Lammas gathering on the 8th:
The moon in Aquarius
brings out the rebel in all of us-for better or for worse. Dressed
in electric blue, in something outrageous, eccentric, and far too
futuristic, this Moon is ready to break free from the past, to
Just Say No to all the rules we just set in place in Capricorn. Now
is the time when we're ready to break out of our ruts, try something
different, and make sure everyone sees us for the unique
individuals we are, regardless of what we have to do. Now is a time
of extreme, sudden and abrupt actions, when we surprise even
ourselves at what we say, when we're prone to complete reversals
and changing our minds at the last minute. This sign is ruled by
Uranus, so personal freedom and individuality are more important
that anything now. Our schedules become topsy-turvy, and our
causes become fanatical, act deliberately rebellious without a
reason, or break tradition just for the sake of breaking it.
The moon is in Pisces at the Lammas gathering on the 8th:
This sign belongs to the
planet Neptune, the ruler of altered states of reality. When the
Moon slips into this sign, sleep, meditation, prayer, or alcohol is
what we crave-whatever induces a trance-like state that will allow
us to escape from the harshness of reality. She is dressed in her
most ethereal flowing pink gown, picks up her pink smoke machine
and sparkling bucket of pink dust, and sets out to woo us, to cast a
spell upon us, to convince us that everything's all right. Now is
when we're most susceptible to emotional assaults of any kind,
when we're feeling "fuzzy", vague, dreamy, nostalgic, wistful, or
impressionable, Now, too, is when we're at our most spiritual, when
our boundaries are at their lowest, when we're more compassionate,
intuitive, and sensitive to those less fortunate, so now is the time
to attend spiritual group or religious gatherings.
Aspects for Lammas
August 1, 1998
Moon trine Mars-- harmony, cheerful, exciting.
Moon trine Jupiter--overoptimism, progress with ideas.
Moon square Mercury-- restlessness, indecision, worry.
The Moon is in Scorpio on Lammas, August 1, 1998:
This moon in Scorpio is
the second quarter moon. She is in the growing phase. This fixed,
feminine, water sign is co-ruled by Mars and Pluto, so this Moon
doesn't mess around. She' all dressed up in her formal black,
looking so good she knows you can't take your eyes off her.
Scorpio is the most intense sign out there, and when the Moon is
here, she feels everything to the absolute nth degree. Everything.
Needless to say, we do, too. Passion, joy, jealousy, betrayal, love
and desire--they take center stage in our lives now, as all our
emotions deepen to the point of possible obsession. Be careful of
a tendency to become secretive, suspicious, or to brood or "stew"
over an offense that was not intended. Now is a great time to play
detective, to investigate a mystery, do research, "dig" figuratively
and literally, and allow ourselves to become intimate with someone.