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January, the First Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

Winter Images
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”

-  Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne

791973ppcvu2wvydJanuary – Wolf Moon

January is the first month of the Gregorian calendar. Its name comes from the two-faced Roman God Janus, ruler of gates and doorways. Its astrological sign Capricorn, the goat (December 21- January 20), is a cardinal earth sign ruled by Saturn. January is a time of new beginnings. New Year’s Day brings with it the tradition of making resolutions for the new year. Popular customs include opening the front and back door of the home, a symbolic way of letting the new year in and the old year out. Epiphany or Twelfth Night, falls on January 6 and is the final night of the Christmas season. This night is a time to gather family and friends near a crackling fire, enjoying food and sweets and sharing hopes and wishes for the coming year. January’s Full Moon was known as the Wolf Moon, a time when the hungry pack would search for food. In many regions, snow blankets the ground, icicles hang from the eaves, and the night sky is spangled with starlight. Evergreen trees, symbols of eternal life, stand out now in the winter woodland. Blue jays and cardinals brighten the winter landscape. Traditionally during this month, Pagans perform purification magic, using seasonal scent such as pine and ginger. The ritual burning of written charms so that their magic may be released is also popular in January.

791973ppcvu2wvydThe Wolf Moon

The First Esbat or Full Moon after Yule is the Wolf Moon. A time of unity, purity, and dormancy, it represents the primal nature of the Goddess being reborn into a new cycle of light. The light of the solar cycle is increasing, and nights are gradually becoming warmer and shorter all the way to the Summer Solstice.

Wolf Moon Folklore

A bright first Moon promises rain and a bountiful harvest; a red-tinted Moon means a dry year.
A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
A halo around the Moon predicts wet or stormy weather.

791973ppcvu2wvydCORRESPONDENCES FOR JANUARY

NATURE SPIRITS : gnomes and brownies

HERBS: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones

COLORS: white, blue-violet and black

FLOWERS: snowdrop, crocus

SCENTS: musk and mimosa

STONES: garnet, onyx, jet, and chrysoprase

TREES: Birch

ANIMALS: Fox and Coyote

BIRDS: pheasant and the bluejay

DEITIES: Freya, Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera, CH’ang-O, Sinn

POWER AREAS: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else. Time to work on new goals

791973ppcvu2wvydSymbols for the Month of January

January’s Sign of the Zodiac
Capricorn:  December 22 – January 19
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18

January Birthstone
Garnet
(represents constancy)

January Birth Flower
January’s Birth Flower is the Galanthus

Characteristics of Capricorn
Self-disciplined, serious, determined, mature and able to persevere in the face of adversity.

791973ppcvu2wvydJanuary’s Month Long Observations

  • National Thank You month
  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Independence Day in Haiti – January 1
  • Handsel Monday in Scotland and northern England – First Monday
  • Three Wise Men Day, or Epiphany, in Latin America, Spain, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, and is, although not celebrated as widely or in the same way as in countries with a Spanish history, an official holiday in many European countries, for example Austria, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Croatia, as well as in parts of Germany and Switzerland.  – January 6
  • Russian and Ukrainian Christmas Eve, also known as Svyat Vechir – January 6
  • Plough Sunday in Scotland and northern England – Sunday after January 6
  • Coptic and Russian Orthodox Church Christmas – January 7
  • Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no hi?) in Japan – Second Monday
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States – January 11
  • Makara Sankranthi (Festival of Harvest) in India – January 14
  • Third Sunday is Pongal in India and Feast of the Santo Niño in the Philippines
  • Chinese New Year – between January 21 to February 20
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States – Third Monday
  • The uniting of Moldavia and Wallachia under the same ruler in 1859, Romania – January 24
  • Burns night in Scotland – January 25
  • Republic Day in India – January 26
  • Australia Day in Australia – January 26
  • Auckland Anniversary in Auckland, New Zealand – Monday closest to January 29

791973ppcvu2wvydNew Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Steeped In Household Magick

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are other times steeped in household magic, most of which ensures that the home and it residents will have a safe, comfortable, plentiful year.

There are many traditional New Year’s Eve rituals. Burning seven candles on this night bring household luck. If you want more than luck, light a candle on each side of a mirror five minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Then look into the glass, and you’ll see a vision.

A few minutes before midnight on the eve of the New Year, open the doors and windows for a few minutes to release any negative vibrations from last year.

New Year’s Eve is also an excellent time to increase your beauty. At midnight, wash your face in well water, look into a mirror by candlelight, and you will improve your appearance.

If you have a fireplace, you might want to try this spell. To be rid of last year’s banes and pains, bind your now-obsolete calendar with wool yarn. Place it in a hot fire while chanting:

Burn, burn, you day-book burn;
Last year’s worries ne’er return!

The preceding rituals are simple to follow, but some are more complex. At one time in Scotland, each resident of the household washed his or her entire body in water into which three live embers from the household fire had been place. Next, clean clothing was donned, the house thoroughly scrubbed, every lock opened and a shiny knife left near the front door. A light burning in the window all night topped off the ritual.

On New Year’s Day itself, there is much to do in the way of good-luck rituals. First off, ensure that your pockets and cupboards are full on this day; that way, you’ll have money all year. If you have greens in the house on New Year’s Day you have plenty of “green” cash during the following 12 months.

Juniper incense—or dried, crumbled juniper burned on charcoal blocks—ritually cleanses the home and is highly traditional. Grass and water can also be brought into the home to ensure plenty of food and drink.

Burning bayberry candles is a pleasantly scented custom. An old poem goes:

Bayberry candles, when burned to the socket,
Bring luck to the home and gold to the pocket.

Since you must let them burn down all the way, choose small tapers and place them in fireproof holders.

On New Year’s Day, not before, it is permissible to hang up new calendars and almanacs.

—-The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham;David Harrington.

791973ppcvu2wvydA New Year’s Blessing for Your Home

At dawn, rise and light some incense. Walk slowly through the quiet house and say the following words while visualizing their meaning and intent:

House of stone,
metal,
wood and earth;
silent one,
protective one,
you of the four winds;
house of health, wealth,
joy and peace;
guardian,
sustainer,
you of the Earth;
house of stone,
metal,
wood and earth,
secure one, peaceful one,
you of the charm:
guarded and protected you be,
cleansed and pure you be,
peaceful and loving you be.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty,
it is finished in beauty.

Set down the incense and draw as exact a likeness of your house as you can from your imagination. Draw it from all angles: from above, from the front, from behind. If you live in an apartment, draw the building as well.

When finished, go outside and check your drawing. Is it as accurate as you can make it? If not, draw a new one or make changes until the drawing satisfies you. No great skill is required; you need only make a recognizable likeness of your home.

When finished, take a white candle and a sharp knife. Cut seven evenly spaced notches in the candle so that you create a knob bed candle. Now set the drawing down on a table where it can remain for seven days. Set the candle on top of it and light it while visualizing your home as blessed, safe and loving.

Let the candle burn down one notch the first day as you go about your early morning business, then pinch or snuff out the flame and leave it until the next day. The next morning, repeat the ritual-from lighting the incense and saying the blessing chant to burning one candle notch.

On the seventh day, after the candle has burned down all the way, fold the drawing into a tight package and secure it with red or white cord. Place it in a wooden box with salt and dried roses and tie the box firmly shut with another white cord. Finally, place the box in the home where it won’t be seen or found.

—The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham;David Harrington.

791973ppcvu2wvydPrayer For Strength and Wisdom In The New Year

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.
Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow’s spotless page.
Almighty Lord & Lady, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord & Lady, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

–Edgar A. Guest
GodWeb.com

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Lighten Up – Top Ten Cheesy Pick-Up Lines For Pagans

Top Ten Cheesy Pick-Up Lines For Pagans

10. Hey babe, what’s your sign? What’s it’s ascendant? What is your planet alignment in Venus during Cancer’s revolving around the Fourth House?

9. Read any good Llewellyn Books lately?

8. Would you like to come over to my place and widdershens?

7. Haven’t I seen you someplace before in another life?

6. Yes, I’m handfasted, but that’s not “technically” marriage.

5. So, do you draw down the moon here often?

4. What’s a nymph Goddess like you doing in a place like this?

3. You have the prettiest third eye I’ve ever seen.

2. You’re feet must be tired because you’ve been Spiral Dancing in my mind “all” night long.

And the Number One Cheesy Pick-Up Line for Pagans to Use at Gatherings is:

1. Is that a May Pole in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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Your Daily Feng Shui Tip for June 27

Whether or not today is your birthday, I’m acting as if it is and celebrating you! So here’s a gift that keeps on giving with all my good wishes and love! Buy five helium-filled balloons, one of each of the following colors: red, yellow, white, pink and purple — never use blue, green or black balloons! Tie a tail on each balloon with nine or eighteen inches of red ribbon, string or thread. Use a new black felt-tip marker to write on each balloon one treasured wish that completely describes your heart’s desires. You can have five different wishes or write the same wish on all five balloons. Then take the balloons to an open space and release the ‘wish’ balloons one at a time. Visualize them turning into small golden orbs that are heading into the mouth and belly of the Sky Dragon. In gratitude for filling his tummy, he will then make your wishes come true sometime within the next year. Blow up your birthday and make a wish! This time you can count on it coming true!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Today’s I Ching Hexagram for June 27 is 31: Mutual Attraction

31: Mutual Attraction

 

Hexagram 31

General Meaning: The attraction of yin and yang is the powerful and fundamental force. The image of this hexagram is that of the attraction between a man and a woman in the courtship stage. In response to the magnetic attraction between them, the masculine principle (the creative, outgoing) seizes the initiative and submits to the feminine (the receptive, sensitive). When the assertive is able to defer to the receptive, and when the receptive accepts responsibility and exercises quiet leadership, an exciting and profitable union is the result. This brings good fortune, for all success depends upon the magnetic effect of mutual attraction.

Consistency is important in matters of mutual attraction, for this is what separates courtship from seduction.

If you are by nature an instigator, it is good to take the initiative. But you need to remain sensitive, and highly principled, and avoid the temptation to be manipulative. Let the power of mutual attraction pull you along. If you are the receptive one, keep your mind innocent and free of pride, so that you may remain open to good advice or helpful assistance. When your influence arises from innocence, an even more powerful magnetic force is at work for you.

Remaining open to the forces of attraction brings good fortune. Closing yourself to them heralds the dying of the soul. Learn to yield to the natural tugs and pulls of the heart.

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Today’s Runes for June 27 is Inguz

Today’s Runes

Spirit Runes are most commonly used for questions about mysticism, spirituality, and religion. Inguz is the rune of completion and fertility. The presence of this rune suggests that tasks which have been initiated will come to fruition. This rune is associated with Ing and Frey, it is this connection that explains its connotations of both fertility and sexuality. The variant of this rune shown here is reminiscent of the twin strands of life, and of the challenge and rewards of bringing together things complimentary
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Your Daily Tarot Card for Wednesday, June 27

Judgment

This Tarot Deck: Visconti-Sforza

 

General Meaning:    What has traditionally been known as the Judgement card, sometimes entitled Resurrection, represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken Home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the World is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over.
From a modern point of view, this great reunion — which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with — reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday.
In personal terms, the Judgment cards points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others.
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Daily General Horoscopes for June 27th

We seek balance with others now rather than conflict, yet recent experiences may have already upset the applecart. Although we’re at a pivotal point as graceful Venus turns direct today, we need more time to see the practical results that may come from our new perspective. Thankfully, the objective Libra Moon brings awareness to relationships; we can learn the most now by acknowledging that people around us are reflections of our own identities.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Don’t work harder today than is necessary or you could overdo it and exhaust yourself. The gentle Libra Moon means that grace counts more now than brute force, so let your senses be your guide. Flow with the emotional tides, instead of struggling against them. Creativity, rather than productivity, is the business of the day.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

The socially astute Libra Moon’s presence in your 6th House of Employment indicates that practicing diplomacy at work is essential now. Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot of patience with anyone who seems impractical today. Ultimately, you must be as flexible as possible, for there are many approaches to accomplishing the same task. Getting along with others might be more important than meeting any quota or deadline.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re juggling a number of contradictory desires today and may find it difficult to settle on any particular one. Although you’re more capable than most when it comes to managing conflicting emotions, your interactions with others can still be confusing if you try to hide your feelings. There is no reason to keep secrets now; everyone will appreciate your honest approach.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You may prefer to stay home, especially with the Libra Moon activating your inner-directed 4th House today. But if you cannot justify taking the day off, try to make your environment feel a bit cozier. Wear comfortable clothes, pack your favorite lunch and add some personal touches around your workplace. Increasing the security factor wherever you are now allows you to take risks and move toward your goals with greater success.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You have many stories to tell today and are eager to hear what others have to say, too. The Libra Moon is visiting your 3rd House of Communication, increasing the joy you feel when reading an email from a loved one, talking on the phone with a chatty friend or taking a short walk with a new acquaintance. However, the key to your current happiness is sharing the spotlight. Think of your life as a team sport in which everyone wins together now or no one wins at all.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Purchase something that makes you feel attractive now that the lovely Libra Moon is traveling through your 2nd House of Self-Worth. Or spend a little money to improve your image, because showing your best side enables you to feel good too. These actions may seem like superficial indulgences, but when you see yourself in a more flattering light, you’re likely to be more confident on every level.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

The social Libra Moon reflects her gracious light on your relationships today, increasing your sensitivity to those you love. The good news is how simple it is for you to put people at ease because you take the time to understand their concerns. But be careful of becoming so sympathetic to everyone else’s emotions that you lose sight of your own needs. Just make sure that you balance your compassion for others with love for yourself.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Issues of trust may be over-dramatized today, especially if you believe that someone is trying to withhold information from you. There are those who have complete faith in you and are willing to share their deepest secrets. But others might talk about you behind your back and there isn’t much you can do about it. Be sure to consider the source of what you learn now and spend your time with those who deserve your confidence.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You are usually happy to listen to your friends when they want to share their dreams with you, but too many people may want your attention now, making it difficult to get all of your work done. You could hear lots of ideas and promises today that aren’t grounded in reality. Remember, it’s not your job to shatter anyone’s illusions; instead, you can help others focus on the practical elements worth pursuing. In fact, you can set a good example by finishing your chores first.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s challenging to lead a group of people today because others may not work hard enough to live up to your tough standards. Nevertheless, everyone seems overly sensitive and might require more attention than you are willing to give. Being as diplomatic as possible enables you to navigate your way through these tricky conditions. Thankfully, you can earn positive recognition for your patience if you get it right.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You could be in your visionary mode because you have more ideas about the future now than information about the present moment. This is a great time to connect with other big thinkers and to share thoughts about how to create a better world. Your current goals may not be very practical, but they empower you to dream of the magical possibilities that inspire you and everyone else.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Being too concerned about what someone else is thinking can prevent you from saying what’s on your mind today. But don’t be afraid to shake up a cautious companion with the truth about your feelings. Your remarks won’t end a conversation, but might actually be an honest entry point for a deeper and more productive discussion. The first step is always the hardest, but you can’t go wrong if you speak from your heart.

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