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Lunar Insight Moon Musings: Bramble and Cerridwen
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September 5 through October 4, 2013
New moon: 13VIRGO04
September seems to creep in – school semesters begin, weather changes, gardening activities mellow, rather than more sweat – sweat-ers appear!...the high gleam and glamour of summer is enjoying a glorious finale and turning inward. This new moon seems to ask us to look to the ancestral past, deeper memories of family, instinctual expectations and personal choices and goals. What new flowers and vegetables delighted you in planting this season alongside the things you have always planted?
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon Degree
14 Virgo: “A Family Tree” – keyword is “Gentility”…how am I true to my own unique promise of self by accepting ancestral guidance through spiritual inheritance from family rather than just live their lives from habit, patterning or convenience? I seek to inhabit my own particular integrity, and ultimate achievement of distinction.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon degree
27 Pisces: “A Harvest Moon” – Keyword is “Benediction”…how do I find myself at the THRESH-HOLD of new achievement? I harvest my own talents and resources in a sustainable and successful way, which by doing so, facilitates collective success?
The Part of Fortune at the New Moon (in the Montpelier Area)
27 VIRGO: “Grand Dames at Tea”- the keyword is “Aplomb”…more about THRESH-HOLD!
How do I find myself on a threshold of new discovery, passing on my gain to help others as well as myself, using traditions from my ancestral inheritance to create my own strengths? I look for opportunities through common experience and efficient administration of resources and talents.
Celtic Tree Ogham for September Virgo Cycle
BRAMBLE – VINE - MUIN
To rid myself of odd coughing episodes lately, I am trying this – a ritual that if I take care of the pickers won’t harm me, and could definitely help! Wander myself under a blackberry bramble arch three times before breakfast on nine consecutive days while saying:
“In bramble, out cough, here I leave the whooping cough”….well, I don’t actually have whooping cough, but I’d like to get rid of it anyway…I have had the cough for much longer than nine days already and could have done this ritual several times already!!!!
Muin is bramble or vine...the twining vines and bramble canes find their way into Celtic artwork, giving and receiving support from each other. They are thought to represent various levels of our mind - conscious, subconscious and everything in between, as well as the different outer realms that co-exist and create the outer environment. Fermentation of the berry and grape provide a well known altered state bringing inspired and honest words and thoughts…
The Goddess Cerridwen, with her cauldron of poetic inspiration, - Awen - is linked to Muin. A translation of her name from Welsh scholar, Sir Ifor William (1881-1965) translates as “Crooked Woman”, however, rather than our modern version of “crooked” as dishonest – this word perhaps means intertwined as the brambles themselves, supporting and receiving support and inspiration from the environment around it. Cerridwen is a renowned Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Knowledge and Divine Inspiration.
The Cauldron of Ceridwen by Thomas Love Peacock, 1829
The Cauldron of Ceridwen
The sage Ceridwen was the wife
Of Tegid Voël, of Pemble Mere:
Two children blest their wedded life,
Morvran and Creirwy, fair and dear:
Morvran, a son of peerless worth, 5
And Creirwy, loveliest nymph of earth:
But one more son Ceridwen bare,
As foul as they before were fair.
She strove to make Avagddu wise;
She knew he never could be fair: 10
And, studying magic mysteries,
She gathered plants of virtue rare:
She placed the gifted plants to steep
Within the magic cauldron deep,
Where they a year and day must boil, 15
Till three drops crown the matron’s toil.
Nine damsels raised the mystic flame;
Gwion the Little near it stood:
The while for simples roved the dame
Through tangled dell and pathless wood. 20
And, when the year and day had past,
The dame within the cauldron cast
The consummating chaplet wild,
While Gwion held the hideous child.
But from the cauldron rose a smoke 25
That filled with darkness all the air:
When through its folds, the torchlight broke,
Nor Gwion, nor the boy, was there.
The fire was dead, the cauldron cold,
And in it lay, in sleep uprolled, 30
Fair as the morning-star, a child,
That woke, and stretched its arms, and smiled.
What chanced her labours to destroy,
She never knew; and sought in vain
If ’twere her own mis-shapen boy, 35
Or little Gwion, born again:
And, vext with doubt, the babe she rolled
In cloth of purple and of gold,
And in a coracle consigned
Its fortunes to the sea and wind. 40
The summer night was still and bright,
The summer moon was large and clear,
The frail bark, on the spring-tide’s height,
Was floated into Elphin’s weir.
The baby in his arms he raised: 45
His lovely spouse stood by, and gazed,
And, blessing it with gentle vow,
Cried ‘TALIESIN!’ ‘Radiant brow!’
And I am he: and well I know
Ceridwen’s power protects me still; 50
And hence o’er hill and vale I go,
And sing, unharmed, whate’er I will.
She has for me Time’s veil withdrawn:
The images of things long gone,
The shadows of the coming days, 55
Are present to my visioned gaze.
And I have heard the words of power,
By Ceirion’s solitary lake,
That bid, at midnight’s thrilling hour,
Eryri’s hundred echoes wake. 60
I to Diganwy’s towers have sped,
And now Caer Lleon’s halls I tread,
Demanding justice, now, as then,
From Maelgon, most unjust of men.
Planetary Preponderances for the VIRGO Moon Cycle 2013
9/20: Pluto Direct @ 9CAPRICORN: in retrograde since April 2013, what do recognize that needs to be let go of or transformed concerning your view of authority?
9/22: Fall Equinox (Sun enters Libra in Tropical system) --A yearly time for balance of relationship and personal needs.
9/25: Saturn Conjunction No. Node - 10° Scorpio: As difficult as it may be, challenge is placed before us – what is it that you think you can’t possibly accomplish? That’s exactly what you visualize and then do: think collectively, act individually. The symbol for this degree is about fellowship, personal aspirations and shared experience.
We’re all in the challenge together.
Sabian Symbols: Dr. Marc Edmund Jones
Aurora Press, 1993
Cauldron of Cerridwen, Theodore Love Peacock
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