In prophesying marriage, one must look at the first moon of the new year through a silk handkerchief. The number of moons showing through it represent the number of months (moons) of single life.
From Moon Magick
Janus must be propitiated on the Agonal day.
The day may take its name from the girded priest
At whose blow the God's sacrifice is felled:
Always, before he stains the naked blade with hot blood,
He asks if he should, Agatne? and won't unless commanded....
Color: Dark Blue and Black
Altar: Upon cloth of dark blue and black place a ruler, and on one side things of the past, and on the other side things for the future, including a goblet of wine.
Offerings: Measure something accurately. Any work requiring measuring is honored today.
Daily Meal: Any old-fashioned recipe.
Ruler: Capricorn, Saturn
Latin Name: Dianthus caryophyllus
Folk Names: Nelka, Gilliflower, Jove's Flower
Magickal Form: Fresh, dried, essential oil
Basic Powers: Protection, Energy
Used to remove hexes and negative energy, the carnation is especially good for clearing out love problems. Brush flowers down your body to cleanse. After reaching the feet, break the stems to trap and hold the negative energy.
Once worn by witches to prevent untimely death on the scaffold, it is used in power incenses and placed on the altar to produce added energy. Dry nine red carnations in the Sun, crumble them and separate from the stems. Pour one dram carnation oil over them, mix well and smoulder on charcoal for a tremendously powerful incense. Produces tons of energy!
Add white and red carnations or essential oil to bathwater to stabilize your love life. This flower also helps relieve the depression of winter. Keep red carnations on the altar to increase your energy level and create more optimism in life.
Carnations are traditionally assigned to the month of January. For other astrological insights see The Sign of the Carnation.
From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients and other sources.
The following is of archaic Celtic origin. On the surface it is a triple recital of the thirteen months of the lunar year. Each word, however, is the name of one of the sacred trees, which in turn each have deep philosophical and magickal implications. Additionally, the thirteen, taken in sequence, tell in rich detail the life of the Sacred King and the archaic Legend of the Goddess.