New Moon of the Sacred Cat
Saturday, July 26, 2014
This cosmic influence sets the pace until the Virgo New Moon
(on August 25, 2014) begins a new lunar month.
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Just as the light of late afternoon ( East Coast, USA time) is starting to fade into the gold of a setting summer Sun, on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm EDT, the Moon will be new at 3 degrees Leo 51 minutes. This is in the double Sun ruled decanate of the Lion. Sunlight will mingle with shadows and its a time for cat magic. My antiquarian copy of Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized by the 19th Century astrologer Charubel dedicates this 4th degree of Leo to
A cat watching its prey. Be suave, patient and prudent. Desires will be accomplished through maintaining a dedicated and cat-like effort. Sip a cup of catnip tea to find inner peace and a way to accomplish goals; the prey sought in an increasingly complex and turbulent world. Catnip tea (nepeta cataria) has been used medicinally for thousands of years for calming frazzled nerves and promoting sleep. It drives cats into fits of ecstasy. Perhaps there is a reminder here about the healing qualities of sleep, cats often sleep 18 hours a day. Dreams and sleep belong to the spirit realm along with felines, the companions of witches, fairies and deities. Be sure to get enough rest during the next four week period.
Write a wish list, especially for all things related to Leo, during the 8 hours following the New Moon on Saturday night. Recreation, games, creativity, children and romance are all linked to Leo. Reread the list several times and watch your wishes manifest as the Moon waxes toward Full. The Sun and Moon are conjunct Jupiter in Leo. This promises a hot weather time marked by fires. Candle rituals can be especially effective. The Leo placements are square Mars in Scorpio emphasizing risks, adventure and competition. This is a volatile astrological aspect pattern. Those who have natal planets in the first decanate of the fixed signs would do well to direct anger constructively. Amber is a wonderful talisman stone to wear to curb fury. Remember that anger is a just a letter away from danger. Keep your temper. No one else needs it, especially now. There can be an escalation of tensions in Russia, a Scorpio ruled nation, in the weeks ahead while war like Mars transits Scorpio.
A grand trine in the water signs adds sensitivity, sentiment and emotional expression to the celestial mix. Neptune in Pisces, Mars as well as Saturn in Scorpio and Mercury and Venus in Cancer will activate extra rainfall and usher in a tendency to be guided by feelings and instinct. The well aspected Cancer planets favor updating diaries and photo albums, scrap booking, writing about the family and ancestry, adding to collections and antique hunting. Good bargains can be had in real estate, its a great time to focus on home life and assembling the best living arrangements and life style.
Household Cat Magic
Here is a beautiful and powerful bit of ritual cat magic to bless a dwelling. It will induce a friendly spirit entity to enter the residence, bringing order and happiness. Offer your favorite cat a delicious meal, perhaps of fish and cream. The hold the kitty, stroking its fur until it purrs and let yourself focus on it, merging as one with the felines thoughts and feelings. Utter this charm, chanting it three times.
“Magic one without a name,
Welcome here, make life a game,
Cat is sent, errand bound,
Bring you here, you will be found,
May you of kind heart be
As you make of this home good company.”
When your kitty jumps down to run playfully away, the spell has worked and a friendly goblin, elf, pixie or brownie will soon make its presence known.
July 26th is The Feast of St. Anne. Those who practice Christian Witchcraft know her as a goddess of fresh waters, white light, a clean home and healthful living. Commit a random act of kindness at this New Moon to invoke St. Anne’s graces and blessings. Use white linens and wear white to connect with this tidy lady and light a pure white candle to call upon seek her aid.
The fixed star Praesaepe sparkles close to this Leo lunation. Praesaepe represents the stable sheltering the beloved donkeys ridden by Vulcan and Bacchus. Its actually a star cluster which brightens the head of the Crab and releases a Moon-Martian energy. Emotions over rule logic. Guard the eyes from too much sunlight or other hazards. Overall the world news will continue to be turbulent. Personal wellness and peace can be found through faith, meditation and strategically avoiding controversy, potentially volatile people and places. When in doubt, shelter in your own stable to sleep on it. Solutions can come upon awakening or during a dream. Wait things out and see how the wind blows rather than acting on impulse at present.