Dark Moon  

Posted by Stella Clark

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IN DAYS OF OLD, THE PEOPLE WORSHIPPED THE "MOON" AS A GODDESS, AND EACH OF "HER" LUNAR PHASES CORRESPONDED TO THE THREE PHASES OF A WOMANS LIFE:(NEW) MAIDEN, (FULL) MOTHER, AND (DARK) CRONE. THE DARK MOON APPEARS IN THE SKY DURING THE LAST THREE DAYS OF EVERY LUNAR CYCLE, AND DURING THIS TIME, THE NIGHT IS WITHOUT MOONLIGHT, BUT THE "DARK MOON" IS THERE; IT IS THE "DARK MOON" THAT PRESIDES OVER THE SKY UNTIL THE NEW 28-DAY CYCLE BEGINS, AND A "NEW MOON" IS READY TO APPEAR. SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE "DEAD MOON," THE "DARK MOON" DOESNT NECESSARILY REPRESENT DEATH. IT IS, HOWEVER, A MOST POWERFUL TIME. IT SEEMS TO LURE US TOWARD THE DEEPEST SELF, THE LONGINGS OF OUR SOUL.

WHEN THE "DARK MOON" APPEARS, IT BECOMES EASIER FOR US TO SHED UNNECESSARY EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE AND LET GO OF THOSE PEOPLE AND IDEAS THAT NO LONGER SERVE US OR ADD VALUE TO OUR LIFE. IT IS A TIME TO CLEANSE OURSELVES AND CREATE SPACE SO THAT WHAT IS NEW CAN ENTER. THE DARK OF THE "MOON" COMES WITH A "PULL INWARD", AND FOR MANY PEOPLE, THIS IS A TIME TO REST, REFLECT, AND REPLENISH THEIR ENERGY. IT IS AN EXCELLENT TIME FOR DEEP MEDITATION AND GOING WITHIN, UNDERSTANDING, AND GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF SELF. DURING THIS "MOON" CYCLE MANY HAVE REPORTED HAVING POWERFUL HEALING DREAMS, AND IT IS AT THIS TIME THAT MOST PEOPLE FEEL DRIVEN TO EXPLORE THEIR INTUITIVE ABILITIES, RETRIEVE PAST LIFE MEMORIES, OR DELVE MORE DEEPLY INTO THEIR PSYCHE.

THIS IS A TIME TO PERFORM SPELLS FOR PROPHECY, CURSING OR CHAOS, BUT OF COURSE, IF ONE CURSES ANOTHER, THEY SHALL REAP WHAT THEY HAVE SOWN. BLACK IS THE MAIN COLOR OF "CRONE" MAGIC. BLACK IS A COLOR OF WHICH MANY ARE FEARFUL FOR IT SIGNIFIES THE ABSENCE OF COLOR....YET, IT ENCOMPASSES ALL OF THE COLORS. IT DISPELS NEGATIVE ENERGY QUICKLY AND IS VERY GOOD FOR BANISHING SPELLS. IT IS THE COLOR OF "HECATE", THE "GODDESS OF THE CROSSROADS AND MAGIC. " SHE IS A DARK GODDESS WHO IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NIGHT. AS A GODDESS WHO RETAINS ATTRIBUTES OF THE THREE ASPECTS OF THE TRIPLE GODDESS, "HEKATE" IS OFTEN SEEN IN TRIPLE FORM. SHE RULES NOT ONLY OVER DEATH AND THE UNDERWORLD, BUT OVER BIRTH AND REGENERATION, COMBINING FERTILITY WITH DEATH AS A POWER OF THE EARTH...A FEARED AND REVERED FIGURE.

One way to harness the energy of the "Dark Moon" is to perform a ritual. Begin by lighting a black candle and calling forth those different parts of your life that you feel you are ready to let go of. Through visualization, bind these parts together with light and imagine the bundle moving toward the candle. Watch as these old parts are devoured by the flames. Finally, let the candle burn out. Trust that what you've released has left you. You are now ready to welcome the new into your life.

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Nusku  

Posted by Stella Clark

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Nusku was the name of the light and fire-god in Babylonia and Assyria, who is hardly to be distinguished, from a certain time on, from a god Girru - formerly Gibil. Nusku-Girru is the symbol of the heavenly as well as of the terrestrial fire. As the former he is the son of Anu, the god of heaven, but he is likewise associated with Enlil of Nippur as the god of the earth and regarded as his first-born son. A centre of his cult in Assyria was in Harran, where, because of the predominating character of the moon-cult, he is viewed as the son of the moongod Sin. Nusku-Girru is by the side of Ea, the god of water, the great purifier. It is he, therefore, who is called upon to cleanse the sick and suffering from disease, which, superinduced by the demons, was looked upon as a species of impurity affecting the body.

The fire-god is also viewed as the patron of the arts and the god of civilization in general, because of the natural association of all human progress with the discovery and use of fire. As among other nations, the fire-god was in the third instance looked upon as the protector of the family. He becomes the mediator between humanity and the gods, since it is through the fire on the altar that the offering is brought into the presence of the gods. While temples and sanctuaries to Nusku-Girru are found in Babylonia and Assyria, he is worshipped more in symbolical form than the other gods. For the very reason that his presence is common and universal he is not localized to the same extent as his fellow-deities, and, while always enumerated in a list of the great gods, his place in the systematized pantheon is more or less vague. The conceptions connected with Nusku are of distinctly popular origin, as is shown by his prominence in incantations, which represent the popular element in the cult, and it is significant that in the astro-theological system of the Babylonian priests Nusku-Girru is not assigned to any particular place in the heavens. This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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