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

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“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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Your Past, Present & Future Reading Using The Ancient Symbol Deck for Jan. 30th

Your Past, Present & Future Reading Using The Ancient Symbol Deck for Today

 

Past Influence whose impact on your life is waning.

The Tree

The Tree symbolizes spiritual health and growth. The healthy tree is rooted in a rich, nurturing medium, has a strong trunk from which leaf laden branches fan out to capture the sun’s energy. The Tree represents a healthy spirit entrenched in experience and strengthened by wisdom. It is a spirit that is happy with itself, but continues reaching to become even wiser, more complete, happier, stronger. While The Tree represents a strong and independent spirit, it is also a life-force that owes much of its strength and growth to being surrounded by other healthy spirits.

 
Present Influence whose impact on your life is very strong.

The Open Door

The Open Door signifies the presence of new opportunities. However, to reap the benefits of these prospects you will have to move beyond where you are now–forsake the comforts and safety of your current life and head out in new directions. Moves like those symbolized by The Open Door require courage, because fresh opportunities signify the chance of gain, but do not guarantee they will be realized. Regardless of the benefits that may be reaped, with the transitions like those required to explore these new found opportunities, something is always lost. Before launching on a voyage down new paths it is a good idea to objectively assess your current state of being and decide whether what you have now is worth jeopardizing.

 

Future influence whose impact on your life is growing and will be very strong in the future.

The Rose

The White Rose indicates the need for or the presence of purity of intention. The question to ponder is, “Am I/he/she being self-serving, or other-directed?” The caution is that even if we are reasonably certain our motives are generous, if we are yet attempting to impose our idea of what should be, we are not acting at the level of the White Rose. When the White Rose appears, examine your own and others’ motives, and then trust the answer that brings you true peace of mind.

 

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for January 30th is The Medicine Bowl

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Medicine Bowl

The Medicine Bowl is an essential shaman’s vessel for preparing and dispensing sacred blends of herbs and other items used to keep both clan and individuals physically and spiritually healthy. Often The Medicine Bowl and the hallowed potions made with it are cornerstones to tribal ceremonies and member’s rites of passage. The Medicine Bowl represents both the practical and spiritual aspects of healing the body and cleansing the soul through the use of natural remedies and the affirmation of your spiritual self. In a broader sense, The Medicine Bowl symbolizes the health of a clan and strengthening of ties within the clan.

As a daily card, The Medicine Bowl suggests that now may be a good time for you to take a holistic approach to ensuring both your physical and spiritual self are in top form. If there has been strife within your core social circle lately, the appearance of The Medicine Bowl suggest the time is right for your group to reaffirm their basic connection to both the group as a whole and the individuals within it.

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Your Daily Witches Rune for Jan. 30th is The Harvest

 

Your Daily Witches Runes

Harvest

Meaning:  This is a very positive rune, related to abundance, rewards, growth and benefits. But it’s important to not mistake this rune for mere luck… while luck may help, the Harvest rune is usually related to the blessings that you have brought to yourself and to others, through your actions and investments.

“Reaping what you sow” is the message of the Harvest rune, but with a positive connotation. All that you worked and fought so hard to get will finally come to you, and you’ll be able to enjoy a time of tranquility, optimism and expansion. As the obstacles that were (or still are) in the way become smaller, you have a solid ground to reach out for your dreams.

Thus, the Harvest rune is a positive sign, telling you that you are in right path. However, it’s important to know that this symbol is always attached to personal responsibility… it’s what you do with your tools (whether they be mental, emotional or physical) that determines what you’ll get back in the end. Use them wisely, and luck will serve you well.

On a more negative side, this rune can make one sleep on their laurels and cling to past victories. One can become too reliant on “what works” and refuse to try new things (specially if the Crossroads rune is near). The Harvest runes should inspire you to take some risks and keep evolving, and not to crystalize yourself in one position because it proved to be successful.

In relationship readings, this symbol is connected to more practical aspects than emotional ones. Usually it represents couples who grow together, financially, socially and/or professionally. Security becomes an important factor when the Harvest appears. It represents the moment in which the couple begins to build their nest together, and think about starting a family. This rune tends to be very positive for all relationships, but doesn’t always inspire much passion.

 

Additional information about Today’s Witches Rune courtesy of Your Spiritual Journey Australia

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Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Jan. 30th is Art

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

Art

Art denotes balance and harmony. The forces behind Art are those that keep us from succumbing to temptation or over-indulgence; steer us away from developing unhealthy addictions or behaviors. The Art driven Spirit avoids extremes, spreads harmony and brings opposing sides together. They find a happy, healthy median between what they want and what they need. Art provides an environment in which most will thrive, and a haven where the injured may heal, reenergize. Through Art success and contentment are found by practicing self-restraint, and using balance to create your own “shelter from the storm.”.

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Cast The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Jan. 30

Cast The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Today

 

bw-mannazThe Past
Mannaz

Now is the time for you to explore your inner self and those of others. Your intelligence and creativity are very well honed at the moment. Cooperation from and with others should be very easy to attain.

 

bw-berkanoThe Present
Berkano

Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.

 

bw-elhazThe Future
Elhaz

Elhaz represents your power to protect yourself and those around you. It also connotes the thrill and joy of a successful hunt. You are in a very enviable position right now, because you are able to maintain what you have built and reach your current goals. Enjoy.

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Your Rune For Friday, January 30th is Dagaz

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bw-dagazYour Rune For Today
Dagaz

Dagaz represents the fresh light of a new day. You are close to making a breakthrough. You have the will to change whatever you deem necessary. You may see the world with absolute clarity at this time.

Additional information about Today’s Rune, Dagaz….

ðagaz: day

Phonetic equivalent: d (pronounced as ‘th’, as in ‘this’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: happiness, success, activity, a fulfilling lifestyle, satisfaction
MAGICAL USES: to bring a positive outcome
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Sunna, Baldr, Nerthus, Yggdrasil
ANALYSIS: This rune effectively marks the end of the third aett, leaving only oþila to complete the cycle. As in the previous two aetts, ðagaz concludes the third with light and hope. However, while wunjo represented earthly glories and the sun, heavenly the day brings these two realms together, bringing the
more abstract light and power of sowulo ‘down to earth’ and applying it to our everyday lives.
The shape of the rune itself denotes this kind of interconnection. It is reminiscent of gebo, with its balance of masculine, feminine and the four elements, but ðagaz makes further connections to the celestial and the realm of nature. Like inguz, it symbolizes harmony with one’s environment. but again takes it a step further, implying a harmonious relationship with the spiritual environment as well. It is a bringing together of all six cardinal points – the four compass directions, the celestial realm above us where the Gods are thought to dwell; and that which is below – all the spirits of the earth and of nature. All of these things are balanced and integrated through ðagaz and brought into our daily lives.
Source:
The Runic Journey(PDF)
Author: Jennifer Smith
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Your Daily I Ching Hexagram for Jan. 30 is 8:Alliance

8: Alliance

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January 30th, 2015

hexagram09Summary:
Now is a good time to form partnerships, make new friends and seek new experiences.

Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Goodwill is your ally. Good things happen to good people.

Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Nurture long-lasting relationships. Do not burn your bridges behind you.

Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Endeavor to turn your enemies into friends; negative situations into positive ones.

Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Network with people beyond your organization. Ask for help from those you trust.

Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not be overbearing. You may alienate those whose minds you try to change.

Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Remain a strong leader but seek a successor to insure the future success of the project.

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Your Personal Tarot Card for January 30th is Temperance

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

Temperance

Temperance denotes balance and harmony. The forces behind Temperance are those that keep us from succumbing to temptation or over-indulgence; steer us away from developing unhealthy addictions or behaviors. The Temperate Spirit avoids extremes, spreads harmony and brings opposing sides together. They find a happy, healthy median between what they want and what they need. Temperance provides an environment in which most will thrive, and a haven where the injured may heal, reenergize. Through Temperance success and contentment are found by practicing self-restraint, and using balance to create your own “shelter from the storm.”.

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