Following the Sun and the Moon

Solar Wheel of the Year

Most witches, myself included, keep a close eye on the position of the sun and moon in the sky. The cycles of the sun and moon are important as they signify the tides and rhythms of magical and spiritual energies.

It is due to the magical and spiritual energies that witches place a great deal of attention to both magical luminaries. Our eight Sabbats mark the progress of the sun through the seasons of the year. Similarly, Our Esbats mark the waxing and waning of the moon in her cycle.

Lunar Cycle

The observation of the sun and the moon are key to my personal spiritual practices. Unsurprisingly then the first entries into my diary are the four lunar phases; waxing moon, full moon, waning moon and dark moon. These details can be found in local newspapers or The Farmer’s Almanac.

Similarly I make not of the progression of the sun through the equinoxes and solstices. The Winter Solstice, which I celebrated a few days ago, occurs as the sun enters the sign Capricorn between 20-23 December; Spring Equinox between March 20-23 as the sun enters Aries; Summer Solstice as the sun enters Cancer between 20-23 June and Autumn Equinox between September 20-23 as the sun enters Libra.

By giving awareness to the sun and the moon and their rhythms the self becomes aware of how the being is affected by them and tunes into the energies of the god and the goddess, of male and female and the balance of that natural rhythm.

With the blessings of yule
in love and light
Raven

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