Another round of applause to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Your Magickal Muse
After exploring our magickal muses last week, it’s time to connect with another force in our lives- not one of nine this time, but one of twelve.
This week’s challenge is in celebration of the Lunar New Year happening this week and is…
The Lunisolar Calendar and Chinese Zodiac
Happy Lunar Year!
Also called the “Chinese New Year” when referring to celebrations in China, the Lunar New Year is a special moment in the yearly cycle for all those who follow the Lunar Calendar.
Unlike the Gregorian Calendar (Jan - Dec) many of us are most familiar with or the Pagan Calendar (that follows the Wheel of the Year and begins at the Witch’s New Year/Samhain), the Lunar Calendar (sometimes also called the Lunisolar Calendar) does not have set days that stay the same each year, but rather vary based on the changing phases of the moon.
Most calendars referred to as “lunar” calendars are in fact lunisolar calendars. Their months are based on observations of the lunar cycle, with intercalation being used to bring them into general agreement with the solar year. The solar “civic calendar” that was used in ancient Egypt showed traces of its origin in the earlier lunar calendar, which continued to be used alongside it for religious and agricultural purposes. Present-day lunisolar calendars include the Chinese, Vietnamese, Hindu, and Thai calendars.
From Wikipedia: Lunar Calendar
For 2022, The Lunar New Year officially begins on Tuesday, February 1st
Calendar from Jookyo: 2022 Lunar Calendar
You may be familiar with your sun, moon, star, etc signs in the Western Constellation-Based Zodiac, but do you know your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
→ Learn more and compare two types of astrology in Astrology: East and West
The Chinese Zodiac is an animal and elemental-based zodiac consisting of 12 animals and 5 elements.
→ Learn more about the elements and animals in Francisco’s post about the Chinese New Year!
Each year, the cycle moves onwards and we enter a period that is tied to both an animal and an element.
This week, we are leaving behind the year of the Metal Ox and are entering the year of the Water Tiger
For the challenge this week, we are welcoming in the Lunar New Year with some fun exploration of our Zodiac signs- how you do so is up to you!
So are you ready? Because it’s…
Picture from Horoscopes: Chinese New Year Zodiac Chart
This challenge celebrates the Lunar New Year and opens the door into the world of a different type of astrology. There are many ways you might pursue this challenge, but here are a few suggestions to help you get started!
For this challenge you might:
Find your Chinese Zodiac animal and element
Read your astrological forecast for 2022- either through a site, or through your own medium such as tarot cards
Create or use a Chinese Horoscope Tarot or Oracle Spread
→ Such as this Horoscope Spread based on the Western Zodiac
Find Your Primal Zodiac Sign - combination of your Eastern and Western Zodiacs
Cast some Moon Magick! - honor the Lunar New Year with some moon magick
Work some Art Magick - allow the celebrations to inspired you! Whether it is inspired by the moon, your Zodiac, or just the turning of a calendar page- feel free to let your talents shine!
Deep dive into your Zodiac- examine the traits or the foretold horoscope for your Zodiac sign. Do they relate to you- why or why not? What traits do you like, and what would you like to improve upon?
Like all challenges, this theme is meant to be open-ended. Feel free to pursue the topic of the week in a way that calls to you and your unique magickal practice!
Picture from Her World: 2022 Chinese Zodiac Predictions
Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience
To participate in the challenge, please share:
- How you explored or were inspired by the Lunar New Year/Chinese Zodiac in your magickal practice this week
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.
Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
( 2022-02-01T12:00:00Z )
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.
Picture from Elite Traveler: Lunar New Year Traditions Around the World
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
Picture from Pixabay
No matter your Zodiac sign, may the blessings of the Water Tiger ensure a healthy, safe, and magickal 2022 for you and those you hold dear!