lunedì 18 febbraio 2019

19th of February, Full Moon in Virgo

fasi lunari luna piena vergine

Tomorrow afternoon the Moon becomes full under the sign of Virgo.
At this moment the moon is at the closest point to the earth compared to the rest of the year, for this reason its influences will be even more powerful; in fact it is called Super Moon.

This lunation falls in the sign of Virgo in Oº, this indicates a favorable moment for new beginnings, especially considering that it is the first full moon after Imbolc.

The sign of Virgo, very precise and organized, helps us to take roots and identify more with the Earth element, allowing us to exit for a while from the vortex of thoughts that overwhelms us every day, and to focus instead on what is tangible, real. Free yourself from everything you don’t need, from what distracts you and from the negative energy that can influence you. It is only fear that keeps you from flying!

Clarifying our thoughts will help us make the right decision for the question we have been thinking about for a while; job changes and career advancements are favored!

With the sun in the sign of Pisces, which gives us a strong mystical energy, the sign of the Virgin instead makes us more practical. The opposing forces of the Sun and the Moon manifest themselves, creating a strong friction and, consequently, releasing a great deal of energy. For this reason spiritual growth on this day will get a considerable boost; take the opportunity to take note of the changes, what has happened in you in the last year?
Also start a new magical routine, try to make your spirituality as practical as possible.

Our earthly body is the vessel that carries our soul: this is the perfect lunation to push us to take care of it.
Try to reconnect with your higher self through the care of your body and your health.

The deity that best represents this lunation is Demeter, goddess of abundance, "Mother earth", sister of Zeus, in Greek mythology she is the goddess of grain and agriculture, constant nurse of youth and of the green earth, author of the cycle of seasons, of life and death, protector of marriage and sacred laws.
She is not necessarily the biological mother of her creatures, as she knows how to nurture even friends, acquaintances and companions with equal love, who see her as the good mother on whose shoulder she can cry.
Unornya

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lunedì 4 febbraio 2019

4th of February, New Moon in Aquarius


This night the Moon becomes new under the sign of Aquarius.
The Air element of the sign of Aquarius gives us a mental freshness and favors the arrival of new ideas.

The new moon has always been a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings, as it concludes and starts again the cycle of our satellite; the influence of the Air element and the proximity to the festivity of Imbolc just passed (but which energy still feels a lot) give us a burst of energy and intelligence that will serve us to fine-tune our future projects.

It's time to focus on what we want to achieve this year, set out limits and aim to overcome them.
In this moon in Aquarius conjuct to the Sun and Mercury, the planet that regulates intelligence and communication, intellectual energy is favored and it is important to be able to detach a little from those turbulent feelings that could make us lose the compass. Aim to independence!

Any idea that you will be able to conceive in this lunation will have ample opportunity to manifest itself in all its splendor, even the most eccentric and nonconformist one that will stimulate your brain.

The deity that best represents this lunation is Nut, the Egyptian goddess of heaven and birth.
Nut is the primordial ocean that generates life, She represents the star space, the celestial vault in which the sun rises and dies every day.
Invoke the help of Nut when your blocks and your exasperated judgments prevent you to overcome your limits.
Unornya

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sabato 26 gennaio 2019

Get lost in Nature, Find yourself

These days we often talk about the influence that has the frenzy of this modern world on our life.
We have become accustomed to rapid and technological rhythms, rhythms that often prevent us from dedicating ourselves to what is good for our body and soul, in order to give space to activities that have reached a higher level of priority.
We are always in a hurry, we always seem to have no time to waste and consequently we do not stop a moment, we spend most of our time indoors, in rooms lit by fluorescent lights, we eat badly and quickly, without paying attention to what we introduce in our body, considering whether it can be good or bad for us, the idea of ​​stopping and meditating or simply relaxing for a few minutes seems a waste of time, time that we could use to work, make money and engage in routine activities.

natura sincronizzazione ritmo

Now even the traditional holidays, which should represent a moment of pause and relaxation, have become almost a nuisance, I noticed this particularly in recent years during the Christmas period: a lot of people who, instead of taking advantage of the days of vacation, they pour themselves in shopping centers, stressing in search of gifts for their loved ones, just because making a gift has nowadays passed from being a pleasure to being a duty, something you are forced to do reluctantly, which is then reduced to strenuous research of the less expensive and less personal object, so as not to make mistakes.

All this frenzy has made us completely lose the contact between ourselves and the environment that surrounds us, and drastically reducing, if not canceling out, our relationship with nature and its cyclicity.
It is clear that living in this era, fascinating and terrible at the same time, it is practically impossible not to be subjected to its rhythms and therefore we too, like everyone, must adapt.

natura sincronizzazione ritmo
In ancient times things were very different: every moment of the human life was marked by a natural cycle, the human being was forced to synchronize with the events of the environment in which he lived.
We used to wake up at dawn with the sunrise, we worked in the hottest hours and, when darkness fell, we gathered around the fire to get ready to face the night.
The alternation of the seasons marked the different activities agriculture related: it was sown in the spring, the abundant summer harvest was celebrated, which needed to be preserved in autumn, preparing for the harsh winter season.
From the most ancient times, in all traditions and in all parts of the world, man used the moon's revolution motion and the position of the stars as a tool to measure the passage of time, thus determining equinoxes and solstices and making that these astronomical events became the cardinal points of the year, establishing real holidays to be honored.

With the passing of the centuries, however, the new monotheistic religions expanded and prevailed on paganism; one of the most effective tools for converting pagans to the new religion was, in fact,  a new calendar. Finding themselves honoring holidays that had nothing to do with the natural cycles, people began to lose that deep connection with Mother Earth, moving away from what was their true nature.

With the advent of modernity, the invention of electric light and the consequent light pollution also radically changed our schedules, our daily habits and our circadian rhythm, we are no longer linked to the night / day cycle and to seasons to regulate our activities, which is certainly positive in some ways, but our body and our spirituality often suffer.

EFFECTS OF DESINCHRONIZATION

I think I do not stray far from reality if I describe the daily routine of most of us with:
- Sleep little and poorly,
- Get up abruptly with and alarm clock,
- Take caffeine and sugars to help our body awaken.
- Work / Study in an indoor area, illuminated by artificial lights.

All these habits, which nowadays are considered normal, are actually quite harmful for our health.
Our body reacts to the natural light of the sun by activating a whole series of endocrine mechanisms: for example the cycle of the secretion of melatonin, one of the hormones that determines our sleep / wake rhythm, or the serotonin one, a very important hormone that determines the proper functioning of intestines, bones, prevents migraines, but above all affects mood, sleep and our libido.

As a result, the lack of stimulation on our brain by sunlight, causes in humans serious disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression and metabolic disorders. According to some studies, in fact, those who work at night are more prone to diseases of the nervous system or the cardio-circulatory system.

One of the problems that I often hear complaining about in the pagan / spiritual environment is mental fatigue or lack of connection that prevents us from practicing constantly and maintaining the right concentration during rituals. It is a very widespread problem and I believe that it is largely due to the quality of our daily life.

GET BACK IN TUNE WITH THE UNIVERSE:

natura meditazione yogaIt is obvious that giving up everything and starting a new life in the middle of nature is not a viable option for the most of us, but we can take measures to ensure that our body and our spirituality feel the least possible of the great changes in the modern era:

Find your time. We are often convinced that we do not have a second available for ourselves, but the truth is that we are lazy; start to spend 10 minutes a day in which you will only think about relaxing. You do not need big things, just close your eyes, listen to nice music and focus on your breathing.


Spend more time outdoors. When you have the opportunity to take a break, go out for a few minutes and let the sun's beams light up and recharge you with positive energy.

Eat proper food. Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet and decrease or cut the intake of refined sugars and all those foods that have low vibrations, such as meat and processed foods. Spend a few minutes more on your food, cook your meals as much as possible. What we ingest can nourish us or poison us, the choice depends on us only.

Wake up early. Probably many of us is already doing this during the week, but waking up early, even on your day off, helps us not to lose synchronization and leaves us more time available to devote to ourselves.

Stay as much as possible in the green. Gardens, woods, mountains, lakes; going to these places every time we have the opportunity allows us to reunite with the earth element, unload the stress and to get in tune with the vibrations of nature.

Practicing Yoga. Yoga is not just gymnastics or stretching, it is not about positioning the body in a certain way, but about perceiving the sensations that the body receives in that position, without being distracted and focusing on the "here and now". It takes only half an hour a day to see excellent results in a short time.


Detox from technology. Now telephones and television have become an main part of our lives, but trying to use them less or just for the essential will make us find time to devote to the other activities mentioned above. In addition, the light of the blue screens disturbs our endocrine system, detach from the smartphone at least half an hour before sleep, it will allow your body to rest better.

Practice during the Sabbaths. Even if you can not practice exactly on the right day, even the days before or after will be fine. There is no need of great rituals, a brief meditation is sufficient, reflecting on the meaning of the Sabbath. A constant practice allows us to perceive the variation of subtle energies in the alternation of months and seasons. Synchronizing with the vibrations of the universe will make us more and more sensitive and will allow us to increase our power.

Observe the Moon. Whenever you can observe the moon in the sky, feel its energy and try to be always aware of the phase in which it is located. An excellent idea is to take note of the effects it has on us, our emotions and our mood based on the time of the month. Practice small rituals with the full moon and the new moon.

Purify. Cleaning up the house from "dirty" energies that come from the outside world is always a good norm, in this way our senses will not be distracted and our home will be more comfortable. Light incense whenever you feel the need, listen to mantras, change the air by opening the windows every time you feel the atmosphere getting “heavy”.

Unornya
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domenica 20 gennaio 2019

21st January, Full Moon in Leo and Eclipse

luna piena leone fasi lunari

On Monday morning, the Moon becomes full under the sign of Leo.
This lunation is particularly significant as it will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which will reach its peak around 6:15 AM (Italian time).
The so-called Blood Moon will amplify the already positive effects of the leonine influence.


The last new moon in Capricorn has laid the foundations for the intentions that we are going to develop and express during this full moon.
The creative and artistic inspiration reaches a peak during this lunation, take the opportunity to work on your repressed emotions, use them to communicate your art.
It's the perfect time to get under the spotlight, express yourself and your ideas without fear.

If you have had insights, visions or divination during the last new moon, it is likely that this full moon will make it more concrete, pay attention and observe the signs. Do not forget to get involved in this wind of positivity!

The energy of Leo, represented by the Sun as the supreme light, the light that gives life, in this lunation is obscured by the shadow of the earth. It's time to learn to face our dark side, descending into the depths of ourselves, rediscover the fire within us, and then re-emerge on the surface, giving us new life.

The energy on this day is perfect for asserting one's own will, acting courageously and opening one's heart to generosity.

The deities that best represent this lunation are Inanna and her obscure sister Ereshkigal.
Goddess of love, fertility and beauty, Inanna is queen both in the heavens and on earth. She is also a goddess of wheat, war, and sexual love. She is a healer, a giver of life and a goddess of musical arts and poetry.
Her sister Ereshkigal was relegated into the underworld, her name means "lady of the great inferior place", she represents the life that is born from the darkness, the seed that from the mud makes a new plant bloom, she represents the cycle of life.
Unornya

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sabato 22 dicembre 2018

22nd of December, Full Moon in Cancer

luna piena cancro fasi lunari

Today, December 22nd, the Moon becomes full under the sign of Cancer.
The last full moon of this year falls under the most emotional of water signs, which is also its domicile.
It is very likely that we will be involved by a wave of emotionality, pay attention!

While the sign of Capricorn represents the Father, the sign of Cancer represents the Mother, In these days our maternal instinct will be much more present and we will find ourselves more inclined to take care of our home and our loved ones, at the same time we will be tempted to neglect the work and our responsibilities.

It must also be said, however, that the moon in Cancer brings us luck in the field of professional success; if you have any new work projects scheduled or you intend to grow professionally this lunation will help you!
Considering the coincidence with the Winter Solstice, now is the right time to sum up what has happened in the last year and, based on this, set new goals to be achieved, thus preparing for the arrival of the new year .

It is also the ideal moment to let go: if you have grudges, feelings that hold you anchored in the past, work with meditation to release them completely from yourself, so you can start a new cycle without being affected.

The deity that best represents this lunation is the Mesopotamian Goddess Ninhursag, Goddess mother of all living creatures, Mother Goddess par excellence, She represents the fertility of the earth.

Unornya

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venerdì 21 dicembre 2018

Yule - The Magic of Winter

During my teenage years, I found Christmas an essentially commercial, empty festivity: a façade of joy and dazzling lights on a crumbling building, dark and cold. The hyperbole of our society, where everything looks beautiful thanks to Instagram filters and by filling our inner emptiness with shopping carts full of consumer goods.

At an older age, however, I found myself appreciating more this celebration, having learned the arcane meaning behind it: the Winter Solstice. The triumph of the Sun over the darkness, celebrated for millennia by many peoples.

And it is there that the songs in the streets and shops, the lights in the windows and the glittering decorations on the tree echo with ancient laughter, joys and gifts exchanged by the light of fires lit during the long night.


Astronomically speaking, the winter solstice represents the moment in which the Sun reaches, in its apparent motion, the lowest point on the horizon, and then begins to rise in its path up to the highest point (the summer solstice) . This lack of light and warmth, led to the birth of many legends and festivities, linked to this suggestive moment of the year.

Two main themes recur: the darkness, the real heart of the cold season, often represented as an elderly figure, and the light, reborn after the longest night.

For the Neopagans, the solstice represents Yule, the first sabbatical feast of the year: the Goddess gives life to the God, the child Sun, who carries with him the promise of a warm spring. The name of the festival derives from the feast of Juul, a blot celebrated in pre-Christian Scandinavia. It was a moment of joy, of recollection but also of sacrifice: we must remember that, while today we are accustomed to our weekly shopping at the supermarket downtown, winter represented a season of famine for our ancestors. It was customary to sacrifice the flocks to the gods, thus ingratiating their favour, eating the meat with their loved ones and avoiding a death of hardships to livestock during the harsh winter.

From Northern Europe, we have inherited some of today's traditions such as the Yule log and the Christmas tree, which is spontaneously associated with Yggdrasil, the axis mundi.

 According to the legend, St. Boniface, who christianised Saxony and Friesland, on his way back to Rome, had a large oak tree cut, a tree sacred to the local pagans.
From the roots of the oak, a fir tree was born magically and St. Boniface interpreted this event as a divine sign, representing the goodness of Christianity.
However evergreen trees were known, in the pagan tradition, to bring prosperity and resistance during the winter season and for this they were taken to homes and hung to attract good luck.
It goes without saying that a sign of this kind should be interpreted as paganism (the fir tree) resisting the obscurantism of Christianity (the oak, which in the cold season loses its leaves).
The evergreens were also the sacred trees to the god Baal, a solar deity

Another tradition linked to evergreens is the "Yule log", known also as the "Christmas log". Usually it is a very large log, lit in the fireplace on the evening of Christmas Eve and meant to be burn up to the Epiphany.
By tradition, it helps driving away the evil spirits that roam the earth during the Solstice and serve to "strengthen" the life force of the Sun, which at this time of the year is weaker.

Even the famous figure of Santa Claus is of Scandinavian derivation: before being associated with the chubby bearded man we all know, he was portrayed as a very tall old man, dressed in black on horseback. A figure far from reassuring and good-natured, compared to that on the bottle of Coca Cola.
This spectral figure was associated with Odin and his horse.
During the longest night of the year, Odin kept a hunt (the Wild Hunt) along with other deities and spirits. The children in the villages used to put their boots out of the door, full of vegetables to feed the hunters' horses; in return they found the shoes full of gifts.

A somewhat more modern conception of Santa Claus, which helped to spread the tradition all over the world, is the one described in Clement C. Moore's poem "The Night before Christmas", published for the first time in 1823.

Inspired by various legends related to Santa Claus, Moore wrote this poem in which Santa Claus is described but as a small elf, fast and old, so minute to enter the houses through the chimneys, which he reached by flying over the roofs in his small sled , towed by eight reindeer. This little elf is called St. Nick.
For fans of ancient Anglo-Saxon traditions, the approach of St. Nick with Old Nick, one of the many names used to refer to the Devil, will not have escaped.

Similar concepts, put in the shade by the now-ubiquitous Santa, are found in various interpretations around Europe (see Befana, St Lucy, St Nick and the Three Kings just to name a few).



*** Click here to read our article on Krampus, the Wild Hunt and other winter traditions.

The rebirth of the sun during the winter solstice period is a theme common to many pagan traditions, so much so that the emperor Aureliano established on December 25th "dies natalis Solis invicti", thus giving to all the different cultures present in the Empire Roman a common day to celebrate the glory of the Sun.

Also in this period, in Ancient Rome, the Saturnalia were celebrated between 17th and 23rd December. As it can be easily deduced from the name, they were festivals in honour of the god Saturn: it was custom, during these days, to exchange small gifts and illuminate the cities by day - other traditions certainly familiar to us. It was believed that the old god, out of the Underworld, was hovering over our dimensional plane, bringing with him the spirits of the deads; in order to make them find the road to the Underworld again, sacrifices were offered, songs were sung, fires were lit and people dressed up.

Moreover, the usual social order was not in force: the slaves were free, joining their masters in the celebrations held during the lavish banquets in honour of Saturn.




*** Click here to read our article on the Mundus Cereris, the opening of the Underworld according to the Roman tradition.

The recurring theme is always the same: the "old" that brings the "new", the old and wise darkness that slowly gives way to the light, to the hope of a new year and a new harvest.

Nowadays, we must not worry more about famines and about sharing the harvest with the people we love. We live in an abundant world, full of possibilities. So full to become redundant with it, to the point of losing the sense of joy in being together with those we love, overcoming the darkness.

Let us remember the meaning behind the glitter, behind those gifts bought without feeling and unfailingly recycled. The Solstice is the time to be grateful for what we have received during the year, to be aware of what we have learned during our descent into darkness and to take a new path into the light.

Let us be grateful for the ties we can cultivate around a laid table, be it our blood family or our family of choice. And if we really do not know how to spend our money, let us not buy junk that will end up in the trash: we can use our power to help those who do not have the same luxury.

The Solstice is a festivity linked to joy of the home, the Earth is our home. Let us give us the gift to help her, let us give our money to the associations that take care to protect the environment or people in need. And if we really can not use the money, we can use our time: we can volunteer ourselves, collecting the trash from the beaches and the ground, we give what we do not need to those who can use it.

The greatest gift is to be aware, for ourselves and for those around us.

Happy and prosperous Solstice.


♃Ludna & Unornya
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venerdì 7 dicembre 2018

7th December, New Moon in Sagittarius

luna nuova sagittario fasi lunari

Today the Moon becomes new under the sign of Sagittarius.
We are in the last month of the year, it is time to sum up: what have we achieved in 2018? What goals do we have to set for 2019? What do we want to bring in the new year and what, on the other hand, do we want to leave behind?

The sign of Sagittarius is usually associated with "traveling", but this is not only intended as a physical movement, but also as a spiritual and philosophical journey. This last year has spurred us to grow, by hook or by crook, but how far have we moved? What progress have we made?

agni dio vedico fuoco During this lunation we will have to analyze what has improved in us, what new things have come in our lives, what we have learned in the last period, using all this to prepare the sowing of 2019.

The influence of Sagittarius allows us to think positively, it is time to stop worrying about everything, allowing ourselves to be happy and grateful for what we have in our lives.
Now we must set our intentions for the near future.
Be inspired by what surrounds you and let yourself be guided by your instinct!

Sun, Moon and Jupiter are under the sign of Sagittarius, so let its element, the fire, to transform and forge the energy we need to follow our dreams.

The deity that best represents this lunation is Agni, the Vedic God of fire.
Son of heaven and earth, he represents the forces of light and fire on the altar of sacrifices. It represents the "universal fire", the heat that generates life.

Unornya

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