The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Great Wild Spirits! And my Star Witches!

Keep a look out for the Lyrid Meteor Shower! A great time for magick, divination, and power!

Magick especially to consider:

  • Trance work
  • Divination
  • Astral Travel
  • Underworld Connections
  • Spirit Communion
  • Love Magick
  • Inspirational Magick
  • Power

The Lyrid meteor shower offers 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak on a moonless night. The peak numbers are expected to fall on the morning of April 21 or 22. In 2017, the light of the waning crescent moon won’t too greatly interfere with this year’s Lyrid shower. In rare instances, Lyrid meteors can bombard the sky with up to nearly 100 meteors per hour. No Lyrid meteor storm is expected this year… but you never know.

The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers. Records of this shower go back for some 2,700 years.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower shoots out from the Lyra Constellation. Lyra constellation lies in the northern sky. It represents the lyre, a musical instrument with strings used in antiquity and later times.

The constellation is associated with the myth of the Greek musician and poet Orpheus. It was first catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century.

Lyra contains Vega, the fifth brightest star in the sky and second brightest star in the northern hemisphere, and the famous variable star RR Lyrae. It is also home to several notable deep sky objects, including the globular cluster Messier 56, the planetary nebula Messier 57 (the Ring Nebula), the merging triplet of galaxies NGC 6745, and the open cluster NGC 6791.

The Summer Triangle is formed by the brightest stars in each of the constellations of Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila. 
The beautiful Ring Nebula can be found within the Lyra constellation, between the stars of Sulafet and Sheliak.

Different cultures interpreted Lyra differently. In Wales, the constellation is known as King Arthur’s Harp or King David’s Harp. The Persian poet Hafiz referred to it as the Lyre of Zurah. Vega is Lyra’s most notable star, so it’s not surprising that this constellation is also associated with eagles and vultures. The Incas called this constellation Urcuchillay, who is a multicolored llama deity who watched over animals. For Christians, this constellation has been called Praesepe Salvatoris, or the Manger of the Infant Savior.
Here is a great tarot spread for this meteor shower. 

Enjoy and many blessings!

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Day of Mooncakes

Merry meet! And welcome!

Today we will be celebrating the Moon Goddess in all her glory and splendor. The Full Moon is tomorrow and with it offerings of delicious mooncakes! 

Often the day of mooncakes is on April 8th, however it can be done on or near the Full Moon, so that the offerings are fresh. 

I love to make crescent shaped cookies. They are filled with flavor! Almonds, spice, and sugary delight. Packed with magical intentions. 

                Crescent Moon Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almonds, very finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350F

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. 

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add vanilla extract and stir to combine. 

Add the flour mixture and mix, just until combined. 

Add almonds and still until thoroughly incorporated. 

Using 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, shake into crescents and place on being sheets, 2 inches apart. 

Bake, in batches, until lightly golden. This will take about 15 minutes. 

Let cool for 5-10 minutes. 

Place the remaining 2 cups of confectioners sugar in a wide, shallow bowl. 

When the crescents are cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in confectioners sugar, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Once cool, roll in confectioners sugar again.

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This recipe is filled with magical intentions. 

Love: To instill love in the heart.

Lust: To instill the passion in the spirit. 

Mental Powers, Wisdom: Will restore lost energy and improve the mind. 

Money,  Prosperity, Success: To any who eats these enchanting cookies.  

Healing: To heal the heart, body, and mind. 

Psychic Power: To enhance the psychic senses. 

Protection: To protect all who eat these delicious cookies. 

Spirituality: When made with love, will send out spiritual vibrations to any who eats these marvelous cookies. 
Enjoy!

Another Moon Turn

Welcome and blessings!
Tonight makes the first quarter moon in Cancer. That means new spells to write!

Here are a three spells, each with their own magical purpose. 

                    Blessing Meditation 

Sit in a comfortable position in front of the altar, outdoors, or anywhere you feel safe and sacred. Meditate. Think about your blessings as you breathe steadily and deeply. Inhale, exhale, for about 20 minutes or so. Take your time. Your connecting with the energies around you, The spirits, and the Goddess. 
When ready, chant:
I am made of sacred Earth, purest Water, holy Fire, and wildest Wind.

Great Goddess, giver of all the fruits of this Earth. 

Of all bounty, beauty, and well-being. 

Bless all who give and receive these gifts. 

Blessings upon thee.

Blessings upon me. 

So mote it be.

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                 Moon’s Desires Ritual 

Once the day begins to set, and the first quarter moon rises. Don a white shirt or dress. Bring a moonstone and take a walk outside. Gather wildflowers, dandelions, grasses, and sit somewhere where you can watch the moon rise. Weave a wreath crown as you absorb the coming of night. 

Once finished, burn frankincense, or nag chamba. Light 4 white candles and place the crown upon the head. 

Hold the moonstone in the left hand and begin to concentrate on a desired outcome. Whether that be for creative fulfillment, happiness, releasing anger, etc. 

Arms outstretched, eyes on the moon. Sing or chant when your power has build:
Luna, in your seventh heaven,

I invoke you now. 

Brighter than any star, you are. 

I will sing your magic song,

If you but shine my desire. 

I will walk your sacred path,

If you but make it so. 

Be here now!

Repeat as much as you feel is right. Then meditate awhile for any visions that may arise. Or use tarot cards to find the response to your desires.
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My own special blend

                     Silver Tongued Tea 

  • Favorite Oolong Tea
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds (lightly crushed)

And/Or

  • 1/8 tsp Slippery Elm Bark (shredded)

Drink just before speaking with anyone important, or in front of others. When drinking, focus your energy on your throat chakra and on your words, and subject. Or think of the person you wish to enchant your words to.
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Enjoy and Cast Safely!

Blessed Be