Brew an Chéad Lá- The Wild Week Ahead: March 3, 2019

Brew an Chéad Lá- First Day Brew. Time to gear up for the week ahead!

It's the first full week of March, and next weekend, my oldest daughter is getting married. There will be a very abbreviated Brew next week.

This Week's Totem: Butterfly

Unquestionably, butterfly is the symbol of transformation and of the soul. So many cultures from Greece to Central Asia to Mexico to New Zealand to Zaire, and even in Christianity the butterfly is seen as the symbol of the soul.
"It’s connection with the soul is rather fitting. We are all on a long journey of the soul. On this journey we encounter endless turns, shifts, and conditions that cause us to morph into ever-finer beings. At our soul-journey’s end we are inevitably changed – not at all the same as when we started on the path.
To take this analogy a step further, we can look again to the grace and eloquence of the butterfly and realize that our journey is our only guarantee. Our responsibility to make our way in faith, accept the change that comes, and emerge from our transitions as brilliantly as the butterfly." ~Avia Venefica

In many Native American nations, the butterfly is the symbol of transforming, planning a project and making changes.
Butterfly goes through four stages, which can be seen as the four stages of life or a project.
Ask yourself:
1. Is this the egg stage: Is it just a thought or idea?
2. Is this the larva stage: Do I need to make a decision?
3. Is this the cocoon/chrysalis stage: Am I developing and doing something to make my idea a reality?
4. Is this the birth/adult stage: Am I sharing my completed idea?
Butterfly can help you understand what you need to do next to continue the cycle of self-transformation.  For example: Butterfly is an air symbol, so it is through the use of your mind that you will be moving through these cycles. If you have been feeling exhausted and need to know how to heal your fatigue, take notice of the colors you've been drawn to lately.  Does your body feel better in green? Could this mean you need to eat more green vegetables? Maybe you need to connect with the green grass or forests again. This is the type of thinking that Butterfly brings you.
Butterfly can give you clarity to your mental processes, help you organize the project your undertaking, and assist you in finding the next step for your personal life or career.

Try using "The Butterfly Spread" in  your divinations. I use Tarot, but you could use this with any divination tool, really. It just takes a bit more creativity. This comes from "Animal Medicine Cards" by Jamie Sams and David Carson.

1. The East card: This is known as the Egg Card or Egg Position. View this card as the nucleus or seed of your idea, project or activity. Allow its message to interact with the concept of your enterprise. It will suggest the value of the inner core of your plan. Is this the 'medicine' that is needed at this time or place?

2. The South card: This card is known as the Larva Card or Larva Position. This card is about early doing. What needs to be done, and how will it be done in the pragmatic world? Who will take responsibility for this work? Just as a butterfly egg first turns into a growing, struggling caterpillar, this is the medicine of the Larva Card. Will the energies be great enough to overcome obstacles? The caterpillar sheds its skin many times during its growth. Will the many egos involved in your project or activity acquiesce (shed skin) in order to facilitate achievement?

3. The West card: This card is known as the Cocoon Card or Cocoon Position. It speaks of higher purpose. It is where the highest transformation takes place, much as when transformation happens inside the cocoon and a beautiful butterfly soon emerges. In viewing this card, it is good to ask yourself why you have joined the activity or project you are considering.  Be clear about your intents and purposes.

4. The North card: This card is known as the Butterfly Card or Butterfly position. It is likely to tell you if the Great Spirit walked hand-in-hand with you and your group or project. Look to this card to tell you what sorts of rewards are to be gained. Will financial rewards be yours? The North is the place of Spirit. Matter follows vision and spirit. This is the place of manifestation.

Weekly Planner

For those of you who like to plan ahead, we have the Last Quarter moon on Tuesday. After that, the moon is in her waning crescent phase for the rest of this week. She will move through the signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius this week. The Daily Magic Guides are posted every morning at 5am EST on the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page. However, many of you do like to see what's going on ahead of time. These are for you:

Mo sheacht mbeannacht ort!
(My seven blessings upon you!)



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