2013 has finally come and gone, and now we’re in 2014. Awesome. How was last year? Fricking amazing, lemme tell you. Between a good amount of spiritual work and crafting, my first full year with my fantastic boyfriend, and no small amount of education and adventuring, 2013 really wasn’t bad at all. Now that we’re in the start of 2014, what are my plans?
- Get more physically active. The past few months haven’t been kind to my waistline and it’s starting to show, not to mention that a number of the spirits are getting on my case about treating my body better. To that end, I’m changing up my daily and weekly routine to get in some more exercise (running and basic weightlifting), as well as beginning to take aikido classes. I’m specifically choosing aikido with the Northern Virginia Ki Society, not just due to the estimable opinion of my good friend, occult crafter, and martial artist Raven Orthaevelve, but because it will help in my energy manipulation and meditation skills. Add to it, it’s something that I’ve always had an interest in but hardly had the chance to take it up when I was younger, so I may as well.
- Conjure the angels of the fixed stars. This past year, I finally contacted Iophiel, the angel of the fixed stars and the angel of the eighth sphere, which was an amazing experience. However, I’ve barely had time to investigate that sphere, and since it’s the most unfamiliar and complex of the spheres I’ve yet encountered, I want to spend some more time working with the forces of the stars as a whole as well as individual segments. To that end, I want to start a year-long project by conjuring the angels of the fixed stars; not just Iophiel, but each of the angels of the Zodiac (as the Sun enters each sign) and the angels of the lunar mansions (as the Sun and Moon enter each lunar mansion). This will amount to about 40 new conjurations, with about three or four new contacts being made a month. I’ll start this project once the Sun enters Aries at the spring solstice this year, kicking off the solar new year with new conjurations. This will provide a new wealth of information, I’m sure.
- Buy and move into a new house. I’ve lived at my current apartment since I got out of college almost four years ago, and while I’ve enjoyed my time here, it’s time to move into somewhere better. I’m investigating the possibility of actually taking out a mortgage and buying a house for myself, my boyfriend, and two of our friends; since we’re all into magic and the occult in our own ways, that should prove to be an interesting arrangement indeed! I’ll need to start talking to my agency’s HR department as well as some of the angels and gods for the help I’ll need, too. This will definitely help me, personally, to have more space for my magic work as well as begin more intense devotional practices with the gods and spirits. Speaking of…
- Start working with Saint Cyprian of Antioch. Saint Cyprian of Antioch is the patron saint of pagans, sorcerers, and magicians; need I explain further? Although no longer recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Cyprian of Antioch (not to be confused with Saint Cyprian of Carthage) is well-known by some Nordic communities of magicians as well as by many Portuguese, Brazilian, and Caribbean occultists. His ties to some ATR deities will help bridge a possible spiritual gap between me and my boyfriend and his godfamily (a group of ATR practicioners and initiates), too, as well as help give me a more solid footing when dealing with spirits of the dark and the dead. And speaking of the dead…
- Start working with my ancestors more. My interactions with people of ATR faiths has shown me by force how powerful our ancestors can be in our lives. This isn’t just to say those of our family who’ve passed away in our lifetimes, but literally all of them going back to the furthest distant reaches of our genesis, even to the gods or elves or chaos or what-have-you. I’ve started a small shrine and practice to my ancestors on my main devotional altar, but it’s just a tiny squished corner for now. Once I get the space, I plan to setting up a full altar for them and getting to do more research for their names, pictures, and preferences. This will be made more convenient since I’m tasked with repairing my mother’s old computers, which have books’ worth of genealogical information on different branches of my family. Weekly chats and offerings to them would be the minimal practice here.
- Translate more Latin. My boyfriend got me one of the most complete and thorough books on European geomancy ever written, the “Fasciculus Geomanticus” written by Robert Fludd in 1687. This is about 650 pages of dense late medieval Latin replete with very deep geomantic lore and technique compiled by one of Europe’s most famous masters of the art. I plan on translating this in full, perhaps even submitting it for publication or cannibalizing it into my own work on geomancy. Who’s to say? Maybe even both! Other works in Latin might be translated, too, pending advice and suggestions from my dear readers.
- More trance work. This is something I’ve tried off and on again since I pretty much started magic, but I haven’t really made much progress or even much of a concerted effort. Entering states of trance, engaging in astral projection, and being able to dream lucidly is still high on my to-do list, so I’m going to devote myself to trance work on nights when I don’t work out and don’t have other magical work to do. This, combined with the above things, basically necessitates I keep a strict routine for myself with putzing around on the Internet reserved mostly for when I’m at work (hah!).
So, without further ado, the calendars and timings for things for the year of 2014. First, the updated conjuration cycle:
In the past, I was going on a 5-week cycle of the angels, with all the elemental archangels being done on Wednesdays (as my work schedule lets me work from home then). However, this past year, I finally gained contact and initiation from Iophiel, the angel of the fixed stars of the 8th heaven, and wanted to allow more time for that as well. Further, due to some of my other scheduling constraints, I wanted to leave my Fridays and Wednesdays mostly clear of magical work except as necessary. Thus, I expanded the conjuration cycle to six weeks instead of five, moving the conjurations of Iophiel and my personal angels (natal genius, Holy Guardian Angel, and angel of occupation) to the weekend between the conjurations of Gabriel of the Moon and Tzaphqiel of Saturn. Further, I also moved the elemental archangel conjurations to other days instead of Wednesdays.
Next, the lunar month cycle:
|Full Moon Ritual|
Generally the same as last year. I observe a monthly ritual for Hermes every fourth day of the lunar month, and I use the day before through the day after the New Moon to clean, cleanse, banish, and reward my house. I also set aside time on the New Moon and Full Moon for certain celestial rituals, assuming the weather allows for it. Not much of my normal work revolves around the revolution of the Moon, but it does help in getting a few things done here and there.
Of course, no schedule observing the stars could be complete without a list of planetary retrograde dates. Below are all the retrograde dates for Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury that take place sometime during 2014. Of these, only Venus and Mercury are of any real importance, but still.
- Saturn retrograde from March 2 through July 20
- Jupiter retrograde from November 7 2013 through March 6 2014
- Jupiter retrograde from December 8 2014 through April 8 2015
- Mars retrograde from March 1 through May 20
- Venus retrograde from December 21 2013 through January 21 2014
- Mercury retrograde from February 6 through February 28
- Mercury retrograde from June 7 through July 1
- Mercury retrograde from October 4 through October 25
Other astrological and astronomical phenomena:
- Sun ingress Aquarius: January 20
- Sun midway Aquarius (Imbolc): February 3
- Sun ingress Pisces: Febuary 18
- Sun ingress Aries (Ostara, spring equinox): March 20
- Sun ingress Taurus: April 20
- Sun midway Taurus (Beltane): May 5
- Sun ingress Gemini: May 21
- Sun ingress Cancer (Litha, summer solstice): June 21
- Sun ingress Leo: July 22
- Sun midway Leo (Lammas): August 7
- Sun ingress Virgo: August 23
- Sun ingress Libra (Mabon, fall equinox): September 23
- Sun ingress Scorpio: October 23
- Sun midway Scorpio (Samhain): November 7
- Sun ingress Sagittarius: November 22
- Sun ingress Capricorn (Yule, winter solstice): December 22
- New Moon, first of winter: January 1
- New Moon, second of winter: January 30
- New Moon, third of winter: March 1
- New Moon, first of spring: March 30
- New Moon, second of spring: April 29
- New Moon, third of spring: May 28
- New Moon, first of summer: June 27
- New Moon, second of summer: July 26
- New Moon, third of summer: August 25
- New Moon, first of autumn: September 24
- New Moon, second of autumn: October 23
- New Moon, third of autumn: November 22
- New Moon, first of winter: December 21
- Perihelion: January 4
- Aphelion: July 4
- Northern lunar eclipse: April 15
- Southern solar eclipse: April 29
- Southern lunar eclipse: October 8
- Northern lunar eclipse: October 23
Festivals and holidays whose dates move around:
- Hermaia: March 5
- Asclepeia: March 9
- Dionysia: March 11 through March 16
- Purim: March 15
- Pesach: April 14 through April 22
- Aphrodisia: July 1
- Rosh haShanah: September 24 through September 26
- Yom Kippur: October 3
- Chanukkah: December 16 through December 24
Other festivals and holidays whose dates don’t move around:
- Veneralia: April 1
- Feast of St. Isidore of Seville: April 4
- Feast of St. Expedite: April 19
- Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven: May 1
- Mercuralia: May 15
- Feast of St. Benedict: July 11
- Festival of Venus Genetrix: September 26
- Feast of Saint Cyprian of Antioch: September 26
- Feast of the Angels (Michaelmas): September 29
- Birthday: October 8
- All Hallow’s Eve: October 31
- All Saints’ Day: November 1
- All Souls’ Day: November 2
- Feast of St. Lazarus: December 16
- Saturnalia: December 17 through December 23
- Christmas: December 25
Notes on the above lists:
- I’m already using the Sun’s entry into the four cardinal zodiac signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) to mark the solstices and equinoxes, so it makes sense to me to use the Sun’s halfway point in the four fixed zodiac signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio) to mark the cross-quarter days instead of the Gregorian calendrical method. While most other occultists and pagans will use the normal calendrical dating, I’ll stick to my solar dating and tie it to the cycle of the Sun instead. The dates are fairly close, at least, being off no more than a week from the popular observance of them. The calendar dates of these cross-quarter days are the 1st of the month the astrological date occurs in (thus May 1st for Beltane).
- The period between All Hallow’s Eve and the astrological Samhain is a big deathy week for me that I’ll probably make a big to-do for the dead.
- Similarly, the period between Saturnalia and the winter solstice will be a roughly week-long period of partying and fun.
- Yes, dear reader, I do count my birthday as a festival, not least because it usually coincides with Columbus Day (a federal holiday, and thus three-day weekend).
- The Jewish festivals are things to mark one of the cultures I come from. While I’m not very observant, I try to make these things a small reminder of what some of my ancestors have done.
- While the Roman festivals are tied to the normal calendar, the Greek festivals move around due to their being tied to the lunar months. By my reckoning, the Hermaia (Hermes’ festival) takes place on the fourth day of the tenth lunar month after the summer solstice; the Aphrodisia (Aphrodite’s festival) takes place on the fourth day of the first lunar month after the summer solstice; the Dionysia (Dionysus’ greater festival) takes place on the 10th through 15th days of the third lunar month after the winter solstice; the Asclepeia (Asclepius’ festival) takes place on the eighth day of the third lunar month after the winter solstice.
With that, let’s get 2014 rolling!