Names and the Moon

As a child I was obsessed with looking up what names meant. I loved to know what hidden meaning there was in a name and if they matched the people I knew. I was always so excited to know that my name had a cool meaning behind it and when I was older and got into Paganism it made me feel like it was fate. I was meant to be a witch. I remember playing on the porch at my dad’s house when I was 6 or 7 and telling my friends I wanted to be a witch when I grew up. Goal achieved little me. Way to go.

Of course the story of why I got named what I did wasn’t so cool. My mom just liked the name and had an albino rat with the same name. That is less mystical, but what do you do? Ha!

My given name Cynthia is Greek in origin. Quote below from Behindthename.com

Latinized form of Greek Κυνθια (Kynthia) which means “woman from Kynthos”. This was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis, given because Kynthos was the mountain on Delos on which she and her twin brother Apollo were born. It was not used as a given name until the Renaissance, and it did not become common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century.

I liked to tell people my name meant moon goddess as a baby pagan. We all went through that stage where we wanted everything to be super special, super woo woo and mystical. Everything is a sign at that point in our path. No judgement, we all go through it.  I also joked that this was the reason I had dayglow white skin. Glowing like the moon! It sounded better than “I’m just super, super pasty”.

Strangely, with this link to my name, I have never worked with the Greek Pantheon in any seriousness. I remember once pondering something about Hera and having Bast get seriously angry about how I wasn’t supposed to work with them. It felt like pantheon jealousy at the time, but I listened. Maybe it is something to re-visit sometime.

I do pay attention to the phases of the moon. I have tracked how I felt in the past and I know that around the Full Moon I don’t sleep well. I wake up feeling rested despite this, but the Full Moon energy gets in me and I am restless, wake up often and this phase is my time to get shit done.

Apparently my son has inherited this from me. Last month I was pondering why he had been sleeping so well and then had 3 days where he didn’t and why it felt like this cycle had happened before. Then I realized it was the 3 days of the Full Moon. So last night when he got super restless and full of energy I knew that he is a moon baby like his mama. I’ll track it for a few more months to make sure, but it is looking like he gets the moon crazies too.

Which funnily enough, his fave song from the newborn stage was “Werewolves of London” Awwwoooooo!

Bright blessings this Full Moon. I hope you get the rest you need!

 

 

 

January 2015 – Full Moon recap

The January Moon was a quiet one for me. My group met and we mostly had a discussion over spell work and did some brainstorming. It was good to catch up and plan out some things for the year.

My own spiritual time was a bit more witchy. I left the hubby watching something on the couch and headed off to the bedroom. I lit my candles, centered myself, and began to prepare. If you follow my Instagram feed you will have seen some of the pics I snapped after I was done.

I had decided on a simple spell to help me focus, stay true to myself, and be motivated. I put together a small 4 x 6 collage to work as a vision board for myself. Quotes to inspire me, make me smile, remind me to stay grounded and so on, were all put together. I printed it out and on the back I placed a sigil I had created out of several runes.

I then sprinkled some herbs on top of it and charged it.  I left it out to soak up the energy. Tomorrow I will gently dust the herbs off of it and then put it in a small frame. It can sit on my desk at work and work its magick in plain sight without anyone the wiser.

Magick spellwork

Herbs and my quotes all ready to be charged.

Once I was done with my spell work I did the LBRP to center myself again and then did a bit of meditating and journaling. I’ve had a few really vivid dreams lately that I will have to get in my journal. Maybe one of the mornings at work I can sit and do that.

I hope your full moon was full of magick!

Here we come 2015!

Happy New Years!

This year has been a pretty good one. There has been much laughter, much love and a bunch of blessings. I don’t remember what my word was for last year anymore. Hmm. Oh well! I still haven’t decided on a word for this year, but it will come to me. I have a few I am kicking around in my head, we’ll see what pops out.

I am feeling motivated these past few days. Having time off to get things done is helpful. I feel like I can do all the things. Some of my goals are becoming more clear and I think they might even be attainable. They are sitting there, just outside my grasp, but they are visible now. Good things!

I’m going to be joining a Pagan book club this year, I’m finishing up the Kemetic classes, I’m about to start up my 101 class I teach again, my group is becoming more solid… Spiritual things make me happy.

Last night my Kemetic class was talking about heka and how anything we say can have power. I have learned that lesson more then once in my life. So I knew at Samhain when I dressed as a priestess I had better be prepared for the responsibility that comes with it. I know that there are frustrations when you are in a leadership position, but there are also awesome moments of fantasticness. I look forward to seeing what my group can do this year. I look forward to seeing how we grow and where we go.

I’ve also started stepping out and trying to get to more events in the community. I will continue to do that in the new year and hopefully will build some bridges with other groups in the area.

The hubby continues to be super supportive and wonderful. I was really happy to see how much fun he had at the Solstice Pageant. He wants to go again next year and told me we should invite his mom. A good time will be had!

We both got Fitbits for Christmas from his mom, which is fabulous. I am motivated by achievements, gold stars, badges and healthy competition. So this has me getting up and making sure I am active. I was happy to see that in my normal day-to-day stuff I am pretty good about moving around, so now I just have to kick it up a notch. We will be fit this year. No more excuses! I have goals I want and this is part of it.

I have a bunch of organizing to do this weekend, but I feel like I got a good chunk of my winter break list done. I plan to start taking my embroidery to work again so I can work on it in the mornings. I’m always there an hour early, I might as well use the time wisely. I do hope to get enough stuff done this year that I can get back to putting things up in my etsy store. I’ve put it in writing so now I have to do it!

This Full Moon I plan to do a little magick. I think I will work on some focus. I tend to get scattered and want to do all the things at once. I need to finish one thing before moving onto the next. Hopefully this will help!

I also hope to get back to doing regular posts. I feel like last year I wasn’t as into it as I wanted to be.

I hope you all had a fun-filled holiday season. What things are you looking forward this year? What are you letting go of and what are you hoping to bring into your life? Let me know, cause I’d love to hear about it!

December Full Moon

I had a lovely night. Good company, magick, energy, laughter. I am feeling very blessed in what I have. The hubby always tells me I am so energized and joyful after circle. And it is the truth. My spirituality fills me and all that happiness bubbles out.

I’ve made some personal goals for the next year and by sharing them in sacred space I will hopefully stick to them. I try not to beat myself up too much if I fall off my goal path, because I understand I am human, but I continue to push myself to try.

After my group left I cleaned up a bit and was energized enough to dance around the living room a bit. Before ritual I am often busy with set up, making sure I have what I need, making sure everyone arrives safely and on time… my mind is busy and full of things. After ritual I can just bask in the energy and feel the blessings.

I am excited by the coming year. On Samhain I dressed as a priestess. My hope is to be full of faith and continue on my spiritual path over the next year. So far it has felt good.

Even as we head into the darker part of the year I have that small candle inside me of faith. It illuminates me and my path and reminds me to keep believing.