Lilith’s Mourning Moon

A partial Lunar Eclipse is taking place tomorrow. Astronomers say it will be the longest one in several centuries, lasting almost 3-1/2 hours. North America and Canada will see this full red moon in all its glory. (For us here on the West Coast, it begins just after 11pm TONIGHT and reaches its maximum blood-red peak at 1:00am.)

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Generally speaking, Lunar Eclipses do a great job of purging and releasing things from our past which no longer server our higher selves and the effect of one can last up to three months. Lunar eclipses can affect us emotionally, so if you’re feeling a bit “off” take a moment to sit quietly and listen to what your psyche is telling you. Our feelings are our psychic barometer so let your emotions bubble up from within. If you need a good cry, let it all out. If you feel like screaming – let er rip!

This Full Moon occurs in Taurus decan 3 which is supportive of those who are SURVIVORS! But its Trine Pluto (transformation/rebirth) carries with it a tinge of the Underworld. Psychic perceptions may be enhanced. Dreams can be extraordinarily lucid and predictive. Shadow work will prove liberating.

The strongest influence on tomorrow’s Full Moon is Fixed Star Algol.

Known as the “blinking demon” it is said to be the most destructive star in heaven, and is associated with Lilith who was branded as a vampire and succubus from the Underworld. (I have a fondness for vampires…)

Fright Night (1985)

Faust:
Who’s that there?
Mephistopheles:
Take a good look. Lilith
Faust:
Lilith? Who is that?
Mephistopheles:
Adam’s wife, his first. Beware of her.
Her beauty’s one boast is her dangerous hair.
When Lilith winds it tight around young men
She doesn’t soon let go of them again.
Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy (Goethe, 1808)

“In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. In the myth, Lamia is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus’ jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia’s children and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others…Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.” [source]

Whether you love vampires or not, Algol’s influence tends toward misfortune, violence, and sickness. My advice is to “keep it real”. Generate positive energies and work on your soul’s progression – with the help of your Shadow, of course. (And turn off the damn TV – especially MSM. Give it a rest for a day or two until Algol’s energies wane a bit.)

Wear or carry Apache Tears (a type of obsidian). It will absorb negative energy and protect the body from unwanted vibrations, energies, and entities.. (I always carry one in my purse.)

Lunar Eclipse November 2021 at Darkstar Astrology
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The Fool, The Magician, 8 of Wands

I enjoyed doing a 3-day spread so much last Friday I decided to pull another one today, but I had not planned on Posting the results until I saw the cards I drew. They were powerful.

When two Major Arcana cards appear together, it’s a good indication that there’s an interplay between two major forces or major life-issues at work. All 3 cards are connected to the element of Air (communication, mental activity, intellect).

You need chaos in your soul.
– Nietzsche

Tuesday (today)
The Fool: Pluto (rebirth) in Aquarius (visionary). Reawakenings/renewals, new beginnings, openness, creativity, free-spirit, independence, curiosity, leap of faith, joie de vivre, chaos.

As the number 0 (infinity) the Fool is nothing and everything at the same time. He is the Spirit of Aether which is the 5th element, the celestial energy that fills all spaces. The Fool is both Dreamer and Trickster, idealist and scoundrel, innocent and cunning.

Like a dancer leaping onto the stage, the Vampyre bursts forth from his tomb. In his hand is a Holy Grail filled with life’s blood. The crows flying overhead represent the airy nature of this card.

You can’t tame the spirit of someone
who has Magick in their veins.

– Unknown

Wednesday (tomorrow)
The Magician: Planetary Trump of Mercury. The Mystic. Creative power and skills, manifesting Will into reality.

Coming on the heels of The Fool, The Magician is the next step in your journey through the Major Arcana. He is the alchemist who brings the hopes and dreams of The Fool to life. By balancing and utilizing the four elements (fire – Scepter, air – Knife, earth – Skull, water – Grail), he is a Wizard capable of creating magick and miracles. You have the power to change things according to your Will.

We come spinning out of nothingness,
scattering stars like dust.

– Rumi

Thursday
8 of Scepters (Wands): Lord of Swiftness. Mercury in Sagittarius. Swiftness, sudden and direct action, movement, progress, momentum.

Eights represent movement and Wands are associated with the Will – and you can sure see all of that here! There’s a magnificent fierceness in the way this Vampyre is executing his attack, using the Scepter (symbolizing his fiery Willpower) as a weapon. Mercury is the planet of communication, thus this card may portend unexpected messages.

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A Night of Hekate

Tomorrow we honor the great Dark Goddess, Hekate. Sunset on November 16th marks the beginning of the Night of Hekate. Her origins are Greek but for some Wiccans Hekate has become identified with the Crone stage of the Triple Goddess – the third phase of the Moon Goddess – and is associated with the wintery death of the Earth and the darkside of the Moon.

And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate’s team…

– Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Hekate (also spelled Hecate) is the Goddess of witchcraft and magick, crossroads, doors/gates, and thresholds between the living and the dead. As such she is aligned with the Underworld and the spirit realm. Hekate is the Patroness of Witches. Her priestesses (the most famous was Medea) were trained herbalists and well-versed in the use of baneful herbs. Hekate is the witness to all crimes, especially those against women and children, and may be invoked when justice is not forthcoming from other channels. She has the power to grant (or deny) any mortal’s wish and may be petitioned for swift, painless death.

She honours your own choices, though, and will not protect you from yourself
— and yet She is always there for guidance if you choose to look for Her.

– wicca-spirituality.com

Although Hekate has been known to assume the shape of a black cat, she most often manifests as a mature woman or black dog (esp. female). The frog is sacred to her and she is closely aligned with bats, horses, ravens, and lions. Sacred plants: willow, yew, hellebore, garlic, mandrake, belladonna, and hemlock. Hekate’s emblems are the star and crescent moon and her sacred number is 3. Sapphire, moonstone. black tourmaline, onyx, hematite, smokey quartz are her gemstones.

So at sunset tomorrow, light black candles and burn Dragon’s Blood. Serve a feast of eggs, mushrooms, honey, crescent-shaped treats, raisin & currant cakes, red wine, and mead.

Hecate, goddess of the crossroads, hear my cry,
Protect and guard me under your midnight sky.
Hecate Phosphoros “she who brings the light,”
Hecate Trevia bless me with your wisdom tonight.

Ovid writes that Hekate could be conjured up from darkness “with long howls.”

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Which ~ Witch is Normal?

Today I am a spinner of webs, so let me weave you a tale of the Wyrd and the Wicked.

c.1959

The little girl in the photo looks like your average, normal kid, right? Well, don’t be fooled by that toothy grin and mop of disheveled hair (Must’ve been mom’s handiwork there.). What you’re looking at is someone who was (and still is) anything BUT normal. “But what IS ‘normal’?”

I ran across this question in a blog post weeks ago and it gave me pause. I commented that I was a weird kid who grew up to be a strange woman people are uncomfortable being around. I was never what one would consider “normal.” Got a couple of replies back from young ladies who felt similarly – except they were obviously uncomfortable with being odd. That gave me even greater pause. Why does one person revel in their quirkiness while others feel like shunned outsiders? Does it have something to do with their upbringing, or does it speak more to our societal norms and the pressure put on us to conform to them? Hell if I know! But I promised to spin you a tale and a tale you will get…

This next photo should give you a clue to just how different I was from other girls my age. No frilly frocks for me!

c. 1960

I even had a “horse” to ride and (fake) pistol! I can’t show you those pictures because I had a towel wrapped around my waist and was naked from the waist up. (My secret desire to be an Indian was starting to sneak out of the teepee…)

Don’t get me wrong, I loved wearing cute ensembles and had dolls that I played with. I really didn’t even think I was different because I was a girl. I never even gave it much thought. I just knew what I liked to do and DID IT; but I didn’t have any close friends growing up. I’ve written about how we moved a lot, which always seemed to put me in a new school, so it was hard to make friends. I learned to entertain myself. I was comfortable being by myself and left to my own devices. (You know how kids get sent to their rooms as punishment? Never worked for me. I loved my room. Still do.)

It was around the early 1960s that things changed for me:

For me, it all began during the 1960’s. Saturday afternoon monster movies (Accompanied by bowls of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. These two would remain inextricably linked.) I had begun collecting Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines and had pictures of horror films plastered all over my bedroom (Which my Mom refused to enter at that point. Guess she was “squeamish”.), followed by Creepy and Eerie.

My Dad was not so squeamish and helped me assemble and paint Monster Model kits by Aurora. I had Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

I was around 10 at the time and although I loved playing dress-up, it was safe to say I was no ordinary little girl. Only the neighborhood boys were interested in “monsters” and horror films so I happily traded Monster bubble gum cards with them. One Christmas I remember getting paint-by-number kits featuring Universal monsters.

1964 ushered in two horror-themed sitcoms: The Addams Family and The Munsters. Of the two, I preferred The Addams Family and Morticia became one of my Archetypes early on.

I became totally immersed in the supernatural and monsters and vampires and werewolves and…well you get the picture. Today, that whole goth/vamp thing is “a thing” but not when I was growing up. With the exception of trading Monster Bubble Gum Cards with neighborhood boys, NO ONE ELSE WAS INTO THAT STUFF. Again, I was oblivious to the fact that I was so different from everyone around me. I was happy just being me.

I will continue spinning this tale for you tomorrow but before I go, there’s one little tidbit I will share with you (Because my bestie said she’d kill me if I didn’t…This one’s for you, J.)

Every year we took an Aptitude Test. These tests were supposed to show your IQ level and what your natural abilities were. I always scored high and the school district kept wanting to place me in accelerated classes. Only one thing held me back. When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I answered with “A vampire.” Yep, that’s right folks. I WANTED TO BE A VAMPIRE. For real. I was totally serious.

Today kids would be prescribed drugs for that but, thankfully, my folks let me be myself. I never knew what they told the school board. (Once I hit Junior High I was put into High-School level classes.)

To be continued…

c. 1963

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2 of Wands, 3 of Pentacles, 8 of Cups

I did something a little different this morning. I asked the cards to Tell Me A Story of the next three days, each card representing one day:

Become who you are.
– Nietzsche

Friday (today)
2 of Scepters (Wands): Mars in Aries; a channel for fiery creative power; warlike energy; exalts our individuality and uniqueness; spiritual drive; assertion of Will.

The Vampyre in the card is reminiscent of Vlad III – more commonly referred to as “Vlad the Impaler”. Vlad was the second of four brothers born into the noble family of Vlad II Dracul. In 1448, after being informed of the assassination of his father and elder brother at the hands of Walachian nobles (who’s efforts were supported by the Ottoman sultan), Vlad embarked on a long series of wars against the Ottoman empire to reclaim his governorship. Although most popularly known for his cruelty, he was a courageous and fierce warrior and is considered one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history, as well as a national hero of Romania.

Creative power, imagination, and invention,
[lies] at the level of the individual.

– Jon Rappoport

Saturday (tomorrow)
3 of Skulls (Pentacles): Mars in Capricorn; creative powers and talent put to use; mastering new skills; hard work; passion (Mars) brought to material fruition (Capricorn).

Like the Wyrd Sisters of Norse mythology, this Vampyress weaves the secrets of the Universe into the web she spins. Indeed. Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny (“to come to pass, to become”). The word wyrd eventually morphed into weird, which in Elizabethan times meant “having the power to control Fate.” Pagans believe that wyrd is a force that connects everything in the universe, therefore all their actions could have far-reaching consequences (similar to the concept of Karma).

Finding antidotes to the epidemic of lies, misinformation, and falsity
means being willing to be open to radical changes
while finding practices for living in truth.

– Michael Meade

Sunday
8 of Grails (Cups): Saturn in Pisces; Lord of Abandoned Success; letting go and moving on; soul-searching.

Pisces (mutable and intuitive) is so weighed down by Saturn (strict Task Master) – symbolized by the poisonous fog – that it’s siphoned all the life out of the kingdom. Only his mask saves the Vampyre Lord from Death. In his shackled hands he holds a empty chalice which has been drained of life’s blood. Leaving behind the ruins of the past, he has embarked on a Spiritual Quest seeking meaningful truth and fulfillment – as Eights represent movement and Cups deal with the realm of emotions.

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