The Moon

Part 2 of the series Wicca for Devotional Astrology

A question for astrologers with devotional practices. Have you considered Wicca? Hear me out.

To say the moon is important in astrology is an enormous understatement. The Moon is called The Mediatrix, the essential interpreter and translator for other celestial forces to humankind. 

For someone observing a planetary devotional practice drawing from Traditional Astrology, the Moon and Lunar Work is the place to start. Wicca is a system that is inherently lunar that can be used to deepen one’s personal practice and bring it from prayer to ceremony. It is a helpful model for group ceremonial ritual experience. 

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The Circle – Wicca for Devotional Astrology Part 1

A question for astrologers with devotional practices. Have you considered Wicca? Hear me out 😉

You probably look at an astrological chart several times a week. Have you ever imagined casting a chart with your body, creating a ritual circle, a sacred space within which to commune with the Celestial?

Wicca for Devotional Astrology Part 1 – The Circle

Casting a circle in Wicca, at its most basic level, is creating a vessel of sacred space by invoking 4 cardinal forces, usually an element associated with a particular direction. Which element goes where can be very different amongst traditions and individuals.

As an astrologer, you are already familiar with the four foundational forces that make up humankind’s experience of this world, forces that go by many names, such as The Elements – fire, air, water and earth. You are already familiar with navigating them as the four essential stations about a circle that form the axis of the cosmos- the angular houses, and also the medium & imum coeli along with the ascendant and descendant.

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Wicca-lite

Disclaimer: the moon is in Cancer, I’m feeling feisty, and the public pagan-o-sphere has gotten me mad again.

I practice Wicca. Or at least, I was trained in Wicca and I’m currently re-evaluating the teachings I was given. But in the meantime, I can say, despite all the questionable colonialism inherent in Wicca, that the teachings I was given have provided me with a great deal of insight into my character, the world, and life. I am, despite my questions and issues with group dynamics, beyond grateful for what my teachers imparted and the experience of having worked in a coven. My experience in my old coven and my training has help make me the person I am today, including the person who wants to decolonize her practice.

That said, pardon my language, but WTF is up with people gravitating towards Wicca-lite? The lack of discipline and structure? The inability to understand that any esoteric practice is a practice and thus, requires work?

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Sorry, but the Wheel of the Year isn’t about the seasons…

I’ve only ever practiced Wicca within the context of a coven. The attendance and practice of all the observances was a standard expectation, but also a pleasure to be looked forward to (sometimes with excitement, sometimes nervous anticipation!), especially to those of us experiencing our very first year. I rarely received an explanation in advance, and while that was uncomfortable, it also meant many wonderful surprises and memories, poignant moments of realization and awe.

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