Lune Noire

For those of us in North America, tonight* marks the first of an exceptionally rare occurrence of 3 consecutive Black Moons.

Our next two Black Moons will occur:

  1. March 1/2 – which coincides with Mardis Gras/Ash Wednesday
  2. March 31st – the day before April Fool’s Day

Additionally, another Black Moon will take place on April 30th – the day before Beltane, the same day on which a partial Solar Eclipse occurs. For most of the world this will be the only Black Moon of 2022.

A Black Moon is the result of the celestial mechanics and the Gregorian calendar being out of sync – a quirk of the calendar – and refers to a New Moon happening under any one of these circumstances:

  • A month in which there are 2 New Moons.
  • The 3rd New Moon in a season of 4 New Moons.
  • A month in which there is no New Moon.
  • A month in which there is no Full Moon.

*Coincidentally, tomorrow (February 1st) kicks off Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) and ushers in Imbolc (Feb 1/2 depending on where you live in the world). So you see, all 4 of these Black Moons have much activity around them!

All New Moons are about new beginnings and manifestation but Black Moons are said to be especially powerful – fostering luck, creativity and happiness!

There’s more Magick afoot tonight: the Dark Moon phase takes place at 9:46pm PST. Purrr-fect for spells relating to intuition, banishing, protection, cleansing, meditation, and energy work – and for invoking Hekate.


Here’s a quick protection spell using either white or black salt: Prior to using be sure to bless or consecrate your salt, then sprinkle it around the perimeter of your home and at doorways and windowsills.

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Magick.

What does the word Magick conjure up for you?

A Sorcerer summoning a demon?

Morgan la Fay weaving an enchanted robe with which to kill her half-brother, King Arthur?

Native American shamanism?

Invoking the sea gods?

A voodoo doll?

Hermione practicing her craft at Hogwarts?

But there’s more to Magick than just the supernatural stuff. Magick can be a perfect souffle or book that captures your imagination. There’s the magick of childhood – the wonder of experiencing everything for the very first time.

Magic is moments that define so much
you feel that you have no words to express the feelings.

– Shruti Ghosh

Magick is music that gives you goosebumps…

Relationships can be magickal. Sitting down to write a poem, letter, or post and having the words flow effortlessly – that’s Magick! Chrismastime, running into a childhood friend, Practical Magic AND Bell, Book and Candle (OK, both movies are about witchcraft but that doesn’t make them any less MAGICKAL.), a warm Summer night, kinetic energy created by a storm, the smell of the air after it’s rained, NATURE

For some, a forest can be a magickal place.

Others find enchantment beneath the ocean

or in a sunset.

There’s Magick in the air when the first crocuses appear

and in the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly.

The Magick of nature is all around us. In every living thing. The Magick of LIFE never ceases to amaze and humble me all at the same time.

A tomato plant growing out of a sidewalk crack.

A tiny begonia Magickally appearing out of nowhere.

Steve.

Magick is believing that anything is possible.


This Post started with one at Apartment Therapy: “Instead of a Resolution, Consider Adopting a Word of the Year.” I had several in mind but MAGICK was the word I awoke with this morning…

I grounded myself and gave thanks for all that I have and all the MAGICK in the world around me – and inside me. I asked that I embrace it, nurture it, and grow it. Now, let’s go back to the Tarot card seen at the beginning of this Post.

Before I do a read I cleanse my deck in incense smoke. Today I used Dragon’s Blood. I noticed that the card at the bottom was The Priestess. This happens from time to time, but not often, and I normally ignore it. I didn’t have any question to ask so I shuffled and cut the cards thrice like normal; however, before I had a chance to perform that third cut one card stuck up from the deck. When this occurs it’s a sign to pull that card – which is what I did. That card was The Priestess.

The Priestess is the Planetary Trump of the Moon and is the Number 2 card in the Major Arcana. Major Arcana (Trump cards) represent life lessons, karmic influences, and archetypal energies that are affecting you right now. The Number 2 symbolizes duality, balance, and wisdom; and in Numerology it represents a supremely feminine force with the strongest intuition.

The Vampyre Priestess wears a silver headpiece adorned with the sign of the Triple Goddess: the three phases of the Moon. The quiver of arrows at her back links her to the Roman Goddess Diana, patroness of hunters, crossroads, the underworld, and the Moon. Diana is also considered an aspect of the Triple Goddess. At the Vampyress’ neck is a black lace choker studded with one black stone. Her pale dress is patterned with images of NATURE: Birds, snakes, flowers, and butterflies. Except for her blood-red lips, she is void of color. Black is her hair, eyes, fingernails, the ribbon embellishing her gown, and the coiled serpent armpiece. A lit black candle rests beside her while a black book (dripping with blood) levitates before her, its pages waiting to be filled.

Divine Feminine. Occult talents. Seduction and mystery. Arcane knowledge. Independence. Shamanistic journeys. Psychic power. Dreams and the unconscious.

The Priestess (feminine) balances The Magician (male). Together they represent Yin-Yang: The seemingly opposite forces that are complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. She is both physically and mentally in tune with the natural world as well as the spiritual world, and is the conduit between the mundane and the sacred.

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Truce.

It is not possible to kindle fresh fires from burned-out embers.
– Ruth Sawyer

Although the lady has been bitten by a Vampyre the blood on her dress is not hers. She’s managed to escape to this beautiful garden sanctuary. Note the position of the woman’s body mirrors that of the angelic statue she stops at, their hands meeting in prayer. The statue acts as her Guardian Angel, which in turn represents her connection to the Divine. She takes a breath and quiets her thoughts. Her action parallels the symbolism of the murdered crow, which is the suit’s Totem Animal. This moment of respite will afford the young lady the time she needs to reflect and regroup.

The 4 of Knives (Swords) is Lord of Rest from Strife and is ruled by Jupiter (expansion) in Libra (balance). All the fours represent structure and stability. The suit of Knives (Swords) relate to mental activity, the intellect, rational thinking, and communication; astrologically, they are connected to the Air signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

Essence: Stilling turbulent thoughts and clearing our minds. Healing and recuperation. Gathering inner resources. Moment of repose. Sweeping away distractions. Getting our bearings after a time of stress. Allowing our higher self to work on our behalf.

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The Devil, The Rebel, The Trickster, and The Shadow

“Speak of the devil and he appears.”
“When you dance with the devil, you don’t get to pick the tune.”
“Better the devil you know.”
“The devil is in the details.”

and my favorite:
“The devil’s best trick was to convince us he doesn’t exist.”

The Devil represents the Zodiacal Trump of Capricorn in Tarot, and is ruled by Saturn (discipline and responsibility, Taskmaster) and exalted in Mars (creative energy and willpower, Warrior). Traditionally the keywords for The Devil are predictable (oppression, addiction, obsession, dependency, excess, powerlessness, and limitations); but in the Tarot of Vampyres it expresses itself thusly: Originality, Rebellion, Duality, Independent, Mischievous, and above all, having a Lust for life. No commonplace Baphomet-like symbol graces the card above. Indeed. Here The Devil appears to be more a lusty goatman – think Pan or the Horned God (consort of the White Goddess).

The Devil is the card’s quintessential Archetype but I’m going to attach it to three more…

  1. The Rebel – Just like his alias, Lucifer, The Devil goes against the grain, resists the status quo, and forges his own path.

    “Lucifer was perhaps the one who best understood the divine will struggling to create a world and who carried out that will most faithfully. For by rebelling against God, he became the active principle of a creation which opposed to God a counter-will of its own. Because God willed this, we are told in Genesis 3 that he gave man the power to will otherwise. Had he not done so, he would have created nothing but a machine, and then the incarnation and the redemption would never have come about. Nor would there have been any revelation of the Trinity, because everything would have remained One for ever.” – Carl Jung (1942) [source]

  2. The Trickster – The devil is known as “the father of all tricksters” and the cause of deceipt and deception. Like the Greek god Pan, The Devil is crafty, playful, opportunistic, light-hearted, and Devil-may-care.

    “…he can also be the agent provocateur that helps us live more fully into life.”

  3. The Shadow – The Devil is the dark and shadowy side of our existence. He demonstrates how a selfish devotion to material possessions and ill-conceived passions can tie us down and keep us from true happiness.

    “Milton called Satan the principium individuationis, the principle of individuation, and to the extent that our shadow side helps us become more fully ourselves.”

I drew the card after asking this question: “Through the end of 2021, whose energies should I engage?”

Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul’s journey to enlightenment. The Devil‘s message: Enjoy life for life is worth living. Leave behind structured ideologies, dogmas, and false morality. Embrace a healthy down-to-earth attitude. There’s a fine balance to be had between the animalistic passions that all humans possess and the Divine inspiration we strive to attain. Nothing’s wrong with meeting in the middle. Human are of The Earth as well as The Divine. To ignore either would be disastrous.

The only other hope is that he [man] may learn to curb a creativity which is wasting itself in the exploitation of material power. Unfortunately, all attempts in that direction look like bloodless Utopias.
– Carl Jung

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Lord of Material Happiness

This weekend’s card is the 9 of Grails (Cups).

Ruled by Jupiter (expansive) in Pisces (receptive), the essence of this card is: Happiness, contentment, optimism, and compassion. Abundance surrounds you and you are finding ways to be happy in the present moment. As the “Lord of Material Happiness”, emotional fulfillment here is linked to the physical realm of Being. You are happily tethered to your earthly existence, creating a oneness with Nature and all its creative beauty.

Known as the “wish card”, the 9 of Grails indicates a wish is soon to be granted in a natural and divine manner. What you want is likely to come into being in your life, so dream big!

In Tarot, all nines are related to the Moon. The 9 of Grails is ruled by Pisces whose zodiacal trump card is The Moon. Indeed, in the card above the moon is full and quite grand. Ethereal and illusionary, the Moon represents our unconscious and intuitive self.

Tomorrow is the last Full Moon of 2021 – the Oak Moon – in the sign of Gemini (adaptability). The Moon quickens our psychic abilities while Gemini’s mental acuity will enable us to quickly adapt to any changes in our environment by tuning into our intuition. And guess what? It’s in a harmonious aspect to expansive Jupiter (trine) – which makes this a lucky and benevolent moon phase.


Yesterday I wrote about the 13 Moon-driven Esbats and how they relate to the Celtic Tree Calendar. I love sunshiney days – especially warm ones – and when I see the morning sun shining on the trees outside my window I just know the day’s going to be wondrous. But I also love the mystical quality of the moon as she peaks through gossamer clouds or triumphantly stares down at us on a clear night. (Like she did last night as I walked to the mailbox.)

Just as the sun imparts a masculine vitality during the day, so the Moon fills us with her mysterious feminine energy at night.

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