Timing with the
January Moon
New Year's Day dawns with a full Cancer Moon, and like Yule, it holds the energy of the threshold making it an auspicious time to renew
and remake your life into the life you desire. With the rebirth of the Sun God, the world is infused with hope. Now is the time for new
beginnings. It is a time to forgive, a time to abandon the things that did not serve in the old year, and to look ahead with hope, each of us
aspiring to be better, as we pay homage to the cycle of life. Sun ceremonies have special significants at this time, allowing the individual to
attune to the natural tides and sync their personal energy with all of nature. The simple act of quietly watching the sun descend or ascend
into the sky awakens a spiritual connection within us. Turn the act into a ritual by singing the sun into the sky, or drumming, or dancing as
light returns to the world.

Make your life sacred by incorporating ritual into your everyday life. It is through ritual we come to the something more that waits in the
small moments of our lives. By keeping an alter, lighting a morning candle, or whispering a morning prayer we incorporate ritual into the
fabric our lives. Start your day with in meditation. The small act of silently focusing on your breath as you visualize what you want to
accomplish during the day is a simple morning ritual fueled with the power to pull your awareness from the mundane and shift it to the
sacred. It is through these small daily rituals we are able to recalibrate our energy and connect with the Divine.

Embrace a New You
Take an honest look at your life and look at yourself. In your heart you know what is keeping you from being a better person, what habit is
keeping you from attaining your goal. Identify what it is that you want to change and stoke the desire to do the work to change it. It is
through awareness and ambition you can turn your energy to becoming the person you want to be. Start today. New Year's day holds the
energy of the threshold making it an auspicious time to renew and remake your life into the life you desire. What is it you secretly call
yourself? Are you a dancer, painter, writer, actress, cook? Make today a Me day and invest in your passion. It is time to become the person
you truly are. Today's energy is favorable for positive life change.

Clear Away the Stagnant
If you are feeling weighed down with the residual energy of the old year, employ the power of sage to clear it away. A good smudging will
waft away the negative energetic residue left from sickness, depression, or stress. Begin with a saltwater bath. Add a handful of salt to
your bathwater. Scent it with 5 drops of rose oil and 3 of the Laurel leaves. Immerse yourself in the water. Slip under the surface until you
are completely submerged. Let go of all of the negativity that is clinging to you and as you surface see it washing away. If you feel you
need to, dunk yourself completely under until you are free and your body, mind, aura and spirit are clear. When you step from the tub, leave
all the negativity behind to disappear down the drain. Next light a sage wand and smudge yourself by wafting smoke around and stepping
through it. But don't stop there. Clear the energy of your home or workspace by walking around the rooms with a lit sage bundle or wand
and wafting smoke into each corner. Sage and sweet grass are popular smudging herbs used for cleansing, balance and purification.
Smudging calls positive energy into a space while removing negative energy.

Monday, January 1 - New Year's Day dawns
with a full Cancer Moon

Tuesday,  January 17  full Aquarius Moon

Wednesday, January 31 - Full  Leo Blue Moon
New Years and Good Luck
There are many traditions for drawing good luck into the
New Year. In Mexico there is a tradition to pour lentils,
beans, rice, cornmeal, and flour over a white candle before
dusting it with cinnamon. The candle is then lit and allowed
to burn out. The next morning the waxy mixture is then peel
from the plate and buried to ensure food is on the table in
the year ahead.

In Russia they take advantage of the auspicious energy
with a Champlain toast. It is customary to write a wish on a
small piece of paper. The paper is then placed on a fire-safe
dish and burned to ash. The ash is added to a glass of
Champlain and a toast is made before it is drunk down, ash
and all, encouraging the wish to manifest in the coming

In America, especially the American south it is customary to
brew up some good luck by mixing up a pot of black-eyed
Full moons are power packed days. A Blue Moon, or the second full moon of a month is no
Wednesday, January 31 bring a full Leo moon. Blue moons do not happen often, in
fact the last one was on May 21, 2016.
Empower yourself with the Full Leo Moon. Leo energy will charge self improvements and revitalize
work for fame or career.

Meditation for a Better You
You will need:
1 pen
1 white candle
Frankincense oil
Anoint the candle with Frankincense oil and light. Sit with the pen and paper in your lap as you
visualize becoming the person you wish to be. Look for  one thing that you can remove that
would bring you closer to this image. Now think of something to replace it with that will bring you
closer to being the person you wish to be. Write down what you would like to remove. Cross a
line through it and write what you want in its place. Sit and visualize how you are going to feel
as you make the change you have decided to make. Visualize this in as much detail as you can.
Next write down three actions that you can do to make this happen. Close your eyes and see
yourself successfully completing these steps. When you are ready, blow out the candle.
Keep the paper somewhere that you can see it. Check off each action as you complete them.

Nothing says courage like the image of the lion. Bolster your own courage with this
Courageous Breath Spell.
You will need: Frankincense resin, or incense
If you do not have any incense, you may substitute with essential oil and a cotton ball by
dropping a few drops of oil on the cotton ball
In a quiet place where you will not be interrupted light the frankincense or hold the cotton ball as
you sit comfortably. Close your eyes and breathe in to the count of three, hold for the count of
three and then breathe out to
the count of three. Breathe consciously until you feel calm. When you have reached this point
move your focus to your toes and say,
"Courage I breathe you into my toes."
Breathe in the scent of frankincense. Next, move your attention to your feet and say, "Courage I
breathe you into my feet."
Continue moving your focus up your body saying, "Courage I breathe you into my legs." Then
"Courage I breathe you into my hips."
Continue with, "Courage I breathe you into my heart."
"Courage I breathe you into my throat." "Courage I breathe you into my mind."
At this point, take a moment to sit quietly. After a moment conclude with,
"Courage you fill my spirit. I am unafraid!"
Monday, January 1 st- New Year's Day dawns with a full Cancer
Moon making it an especially auspicious time to channel energy into
the life you want. Look at your habits. What is holding you back?
What is limiting your creativity? What is draining away your vitality?
Look at your lifestyle and decide what you need to do to become
more of who it is you are supposed to be.
Is your diet harming your health? Change that now by recognizing
the detrimental behavior and making a conscious choice to switch it
to a healthier one.
Is laziness making you inactive? Again this is merely a choice you
make to change a harmful behavior for a healthful one.
Is self doubt limiting your creativity? Fear of your potential, non-
action, or not having faith in your abilities has the power to hex
yourself worse than any enemy could. Self Doubt will undermine a
positive person and send them spiraling into helplessness but
combating it is easy. When you feel yourself beginning a negative
spiral, consciously cancel the negative thought with a positive one.
Honor your authentic self
Sometimes we are put into situations where our core values come
into question. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation
where you are suddenly unsure of yourself or situation, then employ
the power of the moon to  shore up your confidence and embrace
your most authentic self.
Free to be Me spell.
Look into a mirror and take three deep breaths before you say,
"I am free to be the wonderful me that I am.
Wherever I am, or wherever I go,
I will always be free to be me.
I am a special someone.
I am me and there is none like me and none that I'd rather be than
I will hold my truths close as I regard the world with an outlook of
for I am loved. I am loved. I Am Love.

Threshold days are known for their luck drawing ability. Take
advantage of this by working a
Lucky Charm Spell
You will need:
3 green candles
1 orange candle
A dish of ground ginger
A sage wand
a favorite piece of jewelry or a luck drawing stone (amber, citrine,
lodestone or red jasper work well)

Clear your space. Set out the ingredients. Take a cleansing bath with
sea salt to neutralize any negativity that might be clinging to you.
Then cast a circle. Light the green candles and call up the powers
you are working with.
Come to center and then light the sage. Pass your charm through the
smoke as you say,

"Divine powers hear my plea,
let good luck come to me,
let this charm hold your favor
that my new found luck shall not waver."

Hold the item you are going to charm in your strong hand as you
meditate. Visualize the charm filling with luck. See it bringing you
positive energy. Feel it thrumming with power. See it bringing you
the object you desire be it a new car, new house, or fun vacation.
Smile as you savor that feeling, take a deep breath and relax. Set
the stone on the table and sprinkle the ginger over it and the
candles as you say,
"Charm of wonder,
charm of might,
be the holder of my delight."
Repeat 4 times
“Good luck come to me on this day
With harm to none my luck does change.
So mote it be."
Thank and dismiss the energies.
Carry your charm with you. Hold in your strong hand and repeat the
“Good luck come to me on this day. With harm to none my
luck does change"
whenever you need some quick luck.
New Moon Magick
Twelfth Night is the 12th day of Christmas  
The belief that sacred trees held healing powers is found in almost every
culture and age. Trees were cared for and honored with sacrifice. In the
1600's, wassailing, a rite derived from an Anglo-Saxon drinking custom, was
preformed on Twelfth Night when a group bearing lit torches and mulled
drinks would go out into the orchards to ward off evil spirits and charm the
trees into bearing an abundant harvest. They would choose a tree, usually
the oldest in the orchard, and sing and dance around it, spiraling out,
spilling wassail at its feet. An offering of toast soaked in apple cider was
placed in the branches.

"Wassaile the trees, that they may beare
You many a Plum and many a Peare:
For more or lesse fruits they will bring,
As you do give them Wassailing." - Robert Herrick 1642

Staffs were rattled or drums were beaten to drive away spirits and raise
positive energy for the tree. This folk custom is gaining popularity with the
return of urban orchard. Trees are sung to and toasted to encourage them
to be fruitful as landowners everywhere are once again forming relationship
with their trees.    
wassailing the apple tree
magickal timing with the january moon
Black-eyed Peas
This recipe makes 8 servings

You will need:
1 package (16 ounces) dried black-eyed peas
1 fully cooked ham bone (preferably left over from
Christmas dinner with lots of meat still attached)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
4 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
Season with salt and pepper
Directions: Rinse and sort black-eyed peas and soak overnight. The next morning, drain and rinse peas,
discarding liquid. In a dutch oven or large stock pot, sauté onions. Add garlic and toast for 3 minutes.
Add carrots and celery and sauté. Stir in peas, broth, and spices. Add ham bone and cover with water
(About 4 cups). Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cover. Cook for 3 or 4 hours until peas are tender.
You may also cook overnight in a slow cooker. Just soak beans in advance. Caramelize veggies and add
with the rest of the ingredients.
Full Moon Magick
Here we come a-wassailing
among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wandering so
fairly to be seen,
Now is winter-time strangers
travel far and near,
And we wish you, send you a
happy New Year.
Bud and blossom, bud and
blossom, bud and bloom and
So we may have plenty of cider
all next year;
Apples are in capfulls are in
bushel bags and all,
And there's cider running out of
every gutter hole.
Wednesday,  January 17th holds a new Aquarius Moon brimming with energy for heightened
communication and social interaction. Reconnect with an old friend or accept that invitation for
coffee from an acquaintance. Today's energy will infuse a budding relationship to help it flower.
Aquarius and Mercury both bolster an exchange of ideas making today a power day at the office.
Follow the urge to challenge the old and suggest something new. Today's energy will boost
networking and infuse new ideas.

Are you getting ready for a confrontation? Fortify your communication skills and boost your mojo
with this
Silver Tongue Bath spell
You will need:
A yellow candle
3 Bay leaves
Frankincense and Rose essential oil

Start the tub. Add 7 drops of rose oil to the water. While the tub fills, set a yellow candle on 3
bay leaves. Anoint the candle with Frankincense oil and light. Get into the bath. Sink into the
scented water and close your eyes. Breathe and come to center. When you reach the right
mindset, say

"I breathe in the energy of this moment to bless my tongue with eloquence.
As it turns silver, I accept the bliss of easy communication.
My words fill with power. My ideas excite and entice.
My thoughts win and create forging fondness of thought and empowering action as bonds form
and renew, bonds form and renew, and the bonds form and renew for the good of all.
For the very best.
So Mote it Be."
Blue Moon Magick