Welcome to the Full Moon in Cancer, the first Full Moon of 2018 falling on the first day of the year, the super Wolf Moon, and the first of two full moons in the month of January waxes at 9:24 PM EST.
The Moon is our emotional nature, our inner self, instincts, habit patterns, the feminine archetype of our personalities, at home in watery, emotional Cancer, the “I Feel” of the zodiac. Cancer is described as a toddler that grabs onto something and won’t let go, like my great granddaughter putting her new pink rain boots on the wrong feet and refusing to take them off even to have them corrected. Cancer is receptive, sensitive, and imaginative, and very intuitive. With 11th house energies, the Moon highlights our hopes and wishes, and sets the perfect scene for setting intentions for what you wish to create for coming year. I know a lot of people purposely don’t make resolutions because they know they have a tendency to break them, but setting intentions, especially within the ritual setting, is like making a vow that the universe steps in to lend it’s assistance with.
For this supermoon, we have almost all of the major players adding their two cents, and some are adding a few dollars; we have the opposition with the Sun, Venus, and Pluto, as well as the trine with Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune.
Oppositions create challenges because in order to have balance, we have to find a way to give all of the energies involved, expression. With the Sun and the Moon opposition, it’s giving our emotional selves, and our egoic self equal time, but today, we have two other planets in the opposition. The Sun represents our basic character, our sense of identity and outer personality, the male archetype, and logical self. Venus is our pleasure principle, romantic nature, sense of style and aesthetics, and ability to express affection, and Pluto is transformation, extremes, regeneration, obsessions, and untapped potential. Capricorn is the sign of the harvest, where we reap what we sow, obstacles, and discipline. So while the Moon in her emotional state feeling the energies of her home sign to imagine what we could desire for the year to come, our wildest imaginations, the Sun, Venus, in Capricorn remind us not to go to far, and to consider all sides possible before jumping in with both feet. The Sun reminds us to not let our emotions run rampant, to think clearly, Venus says how does what we imagine fit in with who we are, and Pluto says what has to change in order to reach our potential. The 5th house is the house of romance and children. So if Capricorn is all about disciple and limitations, and we’re in a family setting, we also have to make sure our wishes and intentions take them into consideration and how these things will affect them, as well.
The trine occurs when planets are at 120 degrees from each other and Is considered an aspect of ease, where you’ve earned good karma. Trine with this Full Moon is Mars, and Jupiter together, and then on the other end is Neptune. Mars is the planet of physical vitality and assertiveness, and Jupiter represents good luck and expansion, both in the sign of Scorpio, the sign of extremes and desire. So with our intentions for the year, we can include good physical health, and wisdom. With Neptune the planet of spirituality and imagination, we can use those energies to imagine positive things in all these areas of life for the coming year, because our imagination is key in creating our reality. Neptune is at home in the sign of Pisces, the sign of belief.
Today in the Hebrew is the 15th of Tevet. In the Torah Portion for today, the Children of Israel were growing strong, and increasing in numbers, and the the new king of Egypt feared they would grow too strong and take up arms against him which I take as Capricorn’s caution to use good sense in setting our desires for what we want…shiny baubles only attract attention, and jealousy can be anywhere you don’t expect it. My sister in law’s truck died this past week, and I took her out to look for the car of her dreams, and why not, she works hard. So we’re at the Mini Cooper dealership, because the used ones that we saw at little car lots didn’t pan out, and she’s thinking, they’re gonna laugh me right out of here, and I kept telling her to have some faith, things work out as they are supposed to…and here comes the finance manager with papers for her to sign and she’s ecstatic, cheesing all the way home driving her new car. But in the midst of that happiness is a neighbor saying, “what did you guys hit the lottery or something,” and I thought what an odd thing to say.
Livekabbalah.org suggests that the month of Tevet is the month of good luck but says that Capricorns don’t rely on that good fortune, but focus on good work because it’s difficult for Capricorn to trust in that luck sticking around, just as my sister in law found it hard to believe she would be approved for the car she had dreamt of for so long.
Capricorn is the first of the winter months and is represented by the last Hei of the Tetragrammaton, representing our limited physical world and the constant hunger to receive; Capricorns have a hunger for material security.
The month of Tevet was created by the hebrew letter Ayin. Ayin is the 16th letter of the alef bet, the eye representing the idea of seeing and watching. The letter Ayin represents the 26th Path on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life connecting the sphere of Tiphareth (6 – beauty) with the sphere of Hod (8-glory). and connects left column energy with central column energy. Hod receives it’s light from Kether through understanding and severity while Tiphereth receives Kether’s light through knowledge.
Tiphereth, located in the heart of the Tree balances above and below, right and left, mercy with judgment, masculine and feminine. Represented by the Sun in your chart and shows where you can express your highest good. The sphere of Hod is reverberation, enabling us to absorb messages, signs, and synchronicities. It is represented by Mercury in your chart and signifies your antenna.
The letter Ayin is connected to the Devil card in the Thoth Tarot, the great scapegoat, the Lord of the Gates of Matter.
“With thy right Eye create all for thyself, and With the left accept all that be created Otherwise!” DuQuette, Lon Milo. Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot (p. 137). Red Wheel Weiser. Kindle Edition.
He is the masculine creative energy in it’s most basic form. I was reading a book this past summer that suggested that creative energies exist all around us, and like a branch of a tree, attract like energies as they simply blow by in the wind until the organism has all it requires to manifest itself. That organism is the thought in it’s most basic form, and the like energies it attracts include all that we add to it, emotion, work, giving it form. For example, had my sister in law continued to sit and worry and imagine being declined for the car of her dreams, it could have manifested in just that way and she would have been given exactly what she unwittingly asked for, her own defeat. Hopefully, her victory will be a reminder to her next time, because that’s how faith works; spirit reminds us that the source isn’t discriminating from one person to the next, and you, being connected to all things including that source, makes all things possible to you that you can imagine for yourself, including your defeat, if that’s who you are, but we can do better than that. Being a witch isn’t all about casting spells to destroy your enemies, it’s harnessing the energies in balance and using them to the advantage of the whole.
— Sphere of Tiphareth —
The Sphere of Destination is Tiphareth, Beauty.
The Hebrew Divine name is Jehovah Aloah Va Daath.
The number is 6.
The color is yellow.
— Sphere of Hod —
We commence our journey in the Sphere of Hod, Splendor.
The Hebrew Divine name is Elohim Tzabaoth.
The number is 8.
Its color is orange.
— 26th Path —
The 26th Path is known as the Renovating Intelligence, because the Holy God renews by it all the changing things, which are renewed by the creation of the world.
Its esoteric titles are the Lord of the Gates of Matter and the Child of the Forces of Time.
The Hebrew letter is Ayin, which means eye.
The color is indigo.
The magical tools or weapons are the “secret force” and the lamp.
Symbols are the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life.
Symbolic living creatures are the dragon, the monkey and the crocodile.
The musical note is “A.”
Associated mythological figures are Pan and Chiron, both born of one celestial and one human parent.
Areas the 26th Path will help you:
Detachment, and sublimation of emotions.
Overcoming your tendencies to be over-dominating.
Overcoming feelings of selfishness and conceit.
Gaining a sense of calmness and centeredness.
Opening the Heart Center
Increasing your energy.
Understanding that controlling the “carrot” for others to chase yields no fulfillment.
Understanding that you cannot grow beyond anything that you continue to pursue.
Knowledge that obsession comes from the desperate need to avoid opening the heart and giving up control.
Understanding that the only way to overcome our self-imposed limits and fears is to go deeper into them.
Recognizing that nothing is what it seems.
Recognizing that you are controlled only by that which you attempt to control.
Knowledge that whatever you build will eventually block your progress when you outgrow it. It will trap you until you discard it.
Undestanding that nothing is forever.
The ability to see things as they are.
Tolerance for others, especially your partner(s).
Increasing your spirit of generosity.
Understanding that you create your own reality with your mind.
Understanding that you have the right to protect your home, and you have the means to do it.
Being able to open your heart and give up control.
Letting your Guides in.
Disengaging from patterns of over or under achievement.
Acquiring the drive for achievement and balanced growth.
Improving organizational ability.
Choosing your own goals, and being able to accomplish them.
Dealing with time.
Musical note is A which translates to la on the standard scale and 852 hz on the solfeggio scale.
and now it’s time for our guided meditation. Chic Cicero in his book Scrying the Tree of Life, says the following of the 26th path:
“The Twenty-sixth Path is called the Renewing Intelligence, because the Holy God renews by it all the changing things which are renewed by the creation of the world. The “Renewing Intelligence” implies reproduction, recreation, and rejuvenation. This is physical renewal as the divine life-force issues from Tiphareth into the form-building sphere of Hod. But it is also the renovation of consciousness which, even as it undergoes the process of renewal, still maintains a fundamental composition that the student must strive to rise above. The Hebrew letter Ayin means “eye.” This refers both to the physical eyes and the invisible “third eye,” and it points out the differences between outer mundane vision and true inner sight. Any slight-of-hand magician can demonstrate how easily the physical eyes can be deceived. True inner vision, on the other hand, cannot be so easily fooled. On this path, one must be careful not to confuse the outer corporeal form for the inward reality. Reproduction of physical form is attributed here, so it is on this path that the student can be deluded by the illusion of the material. Although the realm of matter is very important to the stability of the universe, appearances can be deceiving. Here the student must look beyond the mere form in Hod to perceive the Light of Tiphareth.”
Links to Guided Meditations:
Path of Ayin: