August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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 “Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer’s queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”


–  R. Combe Miller  

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August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

August is the eighth month of the year and name for Augustus Caesar. Its astrological sign is Leo the Lion (July 22 – August 23) a fixed fire sign ruled by the Sun. In August, we are surrounded by the power and glory of the Goddess. The fields of August bring forth bounty. In nature, yellow and gold dominate with corn, sunflowers, black-eyed Susan’s, and goldenrod brightening the landscape. The month begins with Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the first of the harvest sabbats. Brains are honored now, and breads are always found on the Lammas table. Nowadays, attending a country fair is a pleasant way to observe the harvest seasons. Produce, canned foods, and baked goods are proudly displayed along with prize ribbons. In August you can occasionally feel the breath of Autumn. There’s a coolness in the breeze, and a change in the angle of the sunlight, which reminds us summer is not endless. At twilight, the katydid begins scratching its late summer son. The ancient Romans held Diana’s feast day on August 13. It was a time of feasting and enjoying the farmer’s bounty. Many Native Americans celebrated the corn harvest in August. This fstival eventually gave August’s Full Moon its name, the Corn Moon Magick for the Corn Moon may focus on health, fertility or abundance.

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Correspondences For August

NATURE SPIRITS: dryads

HERBS: chamomile, St Johns wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange

COLORS: Gold and Yellow

FLOWERS: Sunflower, marigold

SCENTS: Frankincense, heliotrope

STONES: Cat’s eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate

TREES: Hazel, alder, cedar

ANIMALS: lion, phoenix, sphinx and the dragon

BIRDS: crane, falcon, eagle

DEITIES: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hectate, Nemesis

POWER/ADVICE: Energies should be put into harvesting, gathering vitality and health, also friendships.

Magickal Themes for August

Reflecting, sacrificing, planning, celebrating

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Symbols for the Month of August

 August’s  Zodiac Symbols

Leo the Lion (Until 22)

Virgo the Virgin (From August 23 onwards)

August’s Birthstones

Peridot

Sardonyx

August’s Flowers

Gladiolus

Poppy (meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family).

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Monthly Observations for August

  • The first full weekend in August each year, Twinsburgh, Ohio, celebrates Twins Day

  • Bon Festival– (Obon Festival) is a Japanese traditional Buddhist custom, evolved into a family reunion holiday. Many Japanese manufacturers and firms give their employees three to five days off around the 15 of August.

  • Indian Independence day on August 15

  • The Glorious Twelfth, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse in the United Kingdom August 12th

  • International Lefthanders Day August 13th

  • Pakistan’s Independence day on August 14th

  • Vietnam Veterans’ Day (Australia) marking the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966)

  • World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes on August 19th

  • Black Ribbon Day, commemorating the peaceful political demonstration in 1989 when two million people joined hands across the Baltic states of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR August 23rd

  • The International Day against Nuclear Tests August 29th

  • The International Day of the Disappeared, drawing attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives August 30th

  • Kilkenny Arts Week in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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 Earth Magick

I always have a magickal feature tied in with whatever Sabbat we are having or even what season it maybe. This time I chose Earth Magick. To me, Earth Magick and Lammas go hand in hand with each other. When you stop to think about it, our Mother Earth is indeed an amazing being. We have abused Her, soiled Her, stripped Her of all Her natural resources and yet, she still provides for us.

We start in early March planting our seeds for Harvest. We put those seeds in the ground. Mother Earth takes those seeds and protects them, She guards them and watch over them. After a few months, those seeds have turned into plants. Plants that Gaia has watched over and ensured our continuous survival. Without these plants our dear Earthly Mother has nurtured, grown and cared for, we would not exist. But even though, Gaia provides for us, gives us food and resources that are absolutely essential for our survival, we still abuse Her.

We are just now coming to the realization without our blessed Gaia, we could not exist. We would not exist. We are trying to rectify the damage that we have done to our Mother Earth but is it too late? There is an old saying around here, “you never know what you had till it is gone.” Let us hope and pray that it is not to late to save our beloved Mother Earth.

As Witches, I do not have to tell you our part that we play in this role. We all know it too well. It is one of our Laws, “to protect and preserve our Planet in and all ways possible. To aid and assistance mankind in anyway possible.” I did paraphrase the Law but we all know it by heart. The Goddess gave us our powers for many reasons. I believe strongly that one reason was for us to prevent the destruction of this beautiful world she has given us. It is time to stop the destruction of Mother Earth and try, if we can, to heal the wrongs that have been done to Her. I only hope and pray we are not too late.

Now on to the magick I promised….the following articles are taken from one of my favorite Pagan author’s Scott Cunningham and his book, “Earth Power, Techniques of Natural Magick. I love Scott Cunningham because he tells it like it is. Some don’t like him because of that fact but I do. He gives no hype, he tells our rich history and magickal practices the way they should be told, honestly.

I hope you enjoy the section on Earth Power by Scott Cunningham.

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Earth Magick

By

Scott Cunningham

 

Earth is our only home. It is that from which mythologically we sprang, and in its moist soil we bury our deceased. From its surface we pull verdant vegetables and healing plants. Animals graze atop it, and within it lie riches of gold and silver, precious stones and oil. Until recently, no living thing— save birds—left its surface for more than a few moments.

The ancient goddesses of the earth have survived to this day in the guise of Mother Nature, a deity being reclaimed by nature-conscious souls in the dawning of the twenty -first century. The earth was once worshipped for its own sake, and today it is newly revered as our home and our sustenance; without it we would perish.

Ecological movements have sprung up to fill the need of protecting our planet. Spaceship Earth, as it came to be called once we had succeeded in leaving its atmosphere and gazed at its bluish mass from space, is Gaia: our Mother, our home, our all. It always has been.

As such, it has entered into religious and magical thought and practice for thousands of years . Some of the spells and techniques presented in this chapter are as ageless as the thrust of a mountain. In these earthy spells lie the roots of all magic, for if all forms of magic are not of this element, they are certainly performed upon the earth.

Think of a freshly dug handful of earth. Smell the richness of the fertile soil. See the striking color, from whitest clay to volcanic red to blackest black. This is the fertilizing nature, the storehouse of vitamins and minerals essential to life. This is also an excellent arena in which (or with which) to practice magic. Here is some of that magic.

 

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Healing with the earth works through the process of transference. The wound or disease is transferred magically to another substance, usually an organic one, which is then buried. As it rots, it releases the wound or disease.

To remove a disease or heal a wound, rub the afflicted part with an apple or potato . Then, as quickly as possible, dig a hole in the ground , put it in, and cover it over with earth. It is done.

One note here might be wise. Healing magic should always be used in addition to conventional medicine and never as a replacement. Doctors are the only people qualified to help your body heal itself.

By all means perform healing magic for yourself or friends, but not in place of qualified medical attention. The medicine of today was the magic of yesterday.

 

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THE EARTH BED

If you are sick, find a spot where the earth is bare, uncovered by concrete, plants, and leaves— pure fresh soil.

Sit or lie down on the earth. Mentally see your wound or disease sinking into the earth. Feel the pain and anguish, the physical and emotional effects of the problem running down into the ground beneath you.

Sense the rhythm of the earth —feel the steady beat of nature pounding away. It should pulsate in tune with your heart, pounding until you feel your whole body undulating with energy.

Then feel it coming— cool, deep, soft energy rising from the ground up into you.

Rise, dust yourself off, and check to see if you feel different.

If you are bedridden or otherwise cannot do this, have a dish or pot of fresh soil in your sickroom. Earth gives off healing vibrations and its presence will aid your recovery.

A simple method would be to place a potted plant in your sickroom. Not only will the plant lend its own healing energies (ivy is great and will cause no strange looks) but the soil in which it is placed will aid you as well.

 

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TO LOSE YOUR TROUBLES

Take a handful of earth and gaze into it; pour into it all your problems . Outline, in minute detail, all of those problems plaguing you.

When you are finished, throw the dirt behind you and walk away from it, not turning back.

 

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AN EARTH CHARM

Tie up in a small green square of cloth some fresh, rich soil.

Firmly tie this so no earth can escape.

Carry this with you if you have troubles with stability, security, and self-control. If you are apt to let your emotions rule your life or if you are constantly angry or nervous, this amulet of earth will help.

 

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EARTH SCRYING

Fill a small flat vessel at least seven inches in diameter with earth. Sit relaxed and gaze not only at, but into the soil. You will eventually begin to notice symbols staring up from the earth.

 

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AN EARTH PROTECTION BOTTLE

Into a long, small bottle pour fresh, clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place this bottle near the entrance , preferably in a window, to guard against evil entering into your home.

In past ages earth was thought to confound evil spirits and demons, who had to count every grain of earth in the bottle before entering the dwelling.

Today, evil spirits are seen as negativity that floats around the earth in large quantities. This negativity can enter your home. This earth protection bottle can, therefore, be useful in blocking negativity from entering your house.

 

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TO PROTECT CHILDREN

To protect them while you are away, throw a handful of earth or sand after them as they leave, without their knowledge. This will ensure their safety.

 

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A LONG-TERM EARTH SPELL

This spell is ideal if you are a good gardener, and if you have a need that you don’t mind waiting several months before it manifests.

Take a seed from a plant that is symbolically related to your need. Over a pot of soil or a special plot of land, hold the seed in your power hand and visualize your need strongly.

Speak to the seed. Tell it why you need its help to make your need come to fruition.

Then plant the seed, giving it loving encouragement and water.

Tend to the seedling when it appears and be sure that the plant doesn’t die due to your own neglect or carelessness . If this happens, your need won’t manifest. At least not until you do another spell.

If the plant grows up healthy and happy, expect your need to arrive. Once it has, take very good care of your magical plant, for it not only represents your need, but it also is now a growing, living thing, which you brought to life in order to fulfill your need.

You are responsible for the plant. Take care of it and it will sing to you alone all the secrets of earth magic.

 

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“Whether we chose to agree or disagree on our chosen Paths, we must always remember we have one common goal, that is to protect and preserve the greatest gift our Divine Mother has given us, our home, our Mother Earth.”

 
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This picture has nothing to do with what I am getting ready to talk to you about.  The photo is actually one of my dearly beloved Mocha. It was shot many years ago for a wolf calendar. She was the love of my life and brings back many happy memories. I just wanted to smile for a minute, that’s all.

 

First all I want to talk to you about our finances for this month. I know most of you know that we have operating expenses as well as on the net as well as off the net. As in the winter, the utilities are just as outrageous as they are now. We also have to add to that a huge water bill to cover keeping the critters cool in these hot days. Food, medicine and any other supplies the critters might need. We have a phone and fax number, we have a registered trademark to pay for, we have an outrageous internet service provider to pay for. We also operate 6 other blog sites(sometimes I think we are too big for our britches, maybe we are?). So you see we not only operate online, we operate offline as well. We do like to donate to our local charities. There is one right down the road (about 25 miles that way) that I like to donate to, when we are able. Putting all that aside, I have been looking for a new ISP today. Our old ISP jumped our bill so high we are now $190.00 short on the bill. It first started out, the ISP bill would jump gradually, then a little bit more, now this. This is last jump is ridiculous.

 

We desperately need your help. I have argued and fought with the ISP. The ISP has given us till Sunday, August 31 to come up with this payment of $190.00. I know everyone is broke just like us. But please understand, a dollar or two will add up. I know it is the Labor Day Weekend and I know everyone is traveling and having a good time but please take a moment to think about us.

 

I know personally, I love what I do every day. I enjoy getting up and seeing all my family & friends here. It is just like a breath of fresh air to me. You are the only family I have, the only one I can turn too and believe me I hate to ask you for donations. But unfortunately, this is one of those have to cases. So please, help us out one more time. The WOTC needs your help, I need you.

Remember no amount is too small,

Thank you so much,

Lady Of The Abyss & The WOTC

 

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Incense of the Day for Aug. 28th is Circle Incense

Incense of the Day

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 CIRCLE INCENSE

4 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Sandalwood
1/2 part Cinnamon
1/2 part Rose petals
1/4 part Vervain
1/4 part Rosemary
1/4 part Bay

Burn in the circle for all types of rituals and spells.

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Gemstone of the Day for August 28th is Ajoite

Gemstone of the Day

Ajoite  

 

Hardness: 3.5                          
Specific Gravity: 2.9 – 3.0
Chemistry: (K, Na)Cu7Al(Si3O8) 3(OH)6 – 3H2O, Hydrated Potassium Sodium Copper Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide                               
Class: Silicates                                
Crystallography: triclinic                                     
Cleavage: perfect                    
Fracture:     Streak: pale greenish white                               
Luster: dull to vitreous


Healing: Ajoite is a strengthener, healer and harmonizer of the emotional body. It is used to create an aura of peace and goodwill around the wearer. Used to meditate and to connect with Spirit.

Workings: Ajolite is an excellent stone for meditation. Ajoite helps in releasing grief, sorrow, anger, jealousy and fear. An excellent stone to heal old wounds and past hurts.
Astrological sign is Virgo. Vibrates to the number 6.

Chakra Applications: Use Ajoite to open and energize the heart chakra. Ajoite forms a connection between the heart chakra and the throat chakra and thus inspires creativity. Also creates self harmony.

Foot Notes: Ajoite often forms within quartz crystals. These crystals are called “Phantoms”. This occurs when the quartz crystal stops growing and another mineral  is deposited on the surface of the quartz. The quartz then starts growing again and covers the ajoite crystal thus creating a phantom.. Ajoite is a secondary mineral that forms from the oxidation of other secondary copper minerals. Ajoite is one of the rarest and most sought after crystals in the world.  Ajoite is found in the New Cornelia Mine, Pima County and Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA and the Messina District, South Africa, a mine that has been shut down for years.
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Herb of the Day for Aug. 28th is Dill

Herb of the Day

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Medicinal Uses: An ancient Egyptian remedy in the Ebers papyrus (c. 1500 BC) recommends dill as one of the ingredients in a pain-killing mixture. The Romans knew dill as “anethum” which  latter became “anise”.                        
Dill is used to treat colic, gas, and indigestion. Dill has always been considered a remedy for the stomach, relieving wind and calming the digestion. Dill’s essential oil  relieves intestinal spasms and griping and helps to settle colic, hence it is often used in gripe water mixtures.           
Chewing the seeds improves bad breath. Dill makes a useful addition to cough, cold and flu remedies, and is a mild diuretic.                                                                                                                                                                                 
Dill increases milk production, and when taken regularly by nursing mothers, helps to prevent colic in their babies. To stimulate the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 1 tsp each of anise, caraway, coriander and dill. Bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 4 tsp of dill seeds, let steep 30 minutes and strain. Drink 1 ½ cups a half hour before retiring to sleep well. Chewing dill seeds removes bad breath. Dill can also be made into a Tea, and sweetened with honey, or prepared as an infusion by steeping 2 teaspoons of seed in 1 cup of water for 10-15 minutes, then straining.  Take 1- 2 cups per day.

Magickal uses: Dill is used in love and protection sachets. The dried seed heads hung in the home, over doorways, and above cradles provides protection. Add dill to your bath to make you irresistible to your lover. Place in the baby’s cradle for protection. Use in money spells.

Properties: Digestive, antibacterial, antispasmodic, diuretic. Contains volatile oil, consisting mainly of carvone with dihydrocarvone, limonene, a- and b-phellandrene, eugenol, anethole, myristicin, carveole, x-pinene. Flavonoids: kaempferol and its blucuronide, vicenin. Coumarins such as scopoletin, esculetin, bergapten, umbelliferone. Xanthone derivatives such as dillanoside. And triterpenes, phenolic acids, protein and fixed oil.

Growth: Dill grows in most regions of North America. It needs sun and a well-drained soil, and frequent waterings. It is a hardy annual, biennial in the deep southern regions, that reaches 2 – 3 feet tall. The leaves are bluish-green, bi-pinnate with fili-form leaflets; the base dilates into a sheath surrounding the stem. Flat, compound umbels of yellow flowers appear from July to September, producing eventually the oval, ribbed dill seeds. Dill matures quickly, and self-sows for the following year. Plant in six week intervals for a season-long supply of fresh dill.
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Deity of the Day for Aug. 28th is Nut, The Egyptian Goddess

Deity of the Day

 Nut

The Egyptian Goddess

 

Nut or Neuth; also spelled Nuit or Newet) was the goddess of the sky in the Ennead of Egyptian mythology. She was seen as a star-covered nude woman arching over the earth, or as a cow.

Nut is a daughter of Shu and Tefnut. She is Geb’s wife as well as sister. She has four or five children: Osiris, Set, Isis, Nephthys, and sometimes Horus. Her name is translated to mean ‘sky’ and she is considered one of the oldest deities among the Egyptian pantheon, with her origin being found on the creation story of Heliopolis. She was originally the goddess of the nighttime sky, but eventually became referred to as simply the sky goddess. Her headdress was the hieroglyphic of part of her name, a pot, which may also symbolize the uterus. Mostly depicted in nude human form, Nut was also sometimes depicted in the form of a cow whose great body formed the sky and heavens, a sycamore tree, or as a giant sow, suckling many piglets (representing the stars).

A sacred symbol of Nut was the ladder, used by Osiris to enter her heavenly skies. This ladder-symbol was called maqet and was placed in tombs to protect the deceased, and to invoke the aid of the deity of the dead. Nut and her brother, Geb, may be considered enigmas in the world of mythology. In direct contrast to most other mythologies which usually develop a sky father associated with an Earth mother (or Mother Nature), she personified the sky and he the Earth.

Nut appears in the creation myth of Heliopolis which involves several goddesses who play important roles: Tefnut (Tefenet) is a personification of moisture, who mated with Shu (Air) and then gave birth to Sky as the goddess Nut, who mated with her brother Earth, as Geb. From the union of Geb and Nut came, among others, the most popular of Egyptian goddesses, Isis, the mother of Horus, whose story is central to that of her brother-husband, the resurrection god Osiris. Osiris is killed by his brother Seth and scattered over the Earth in 14 pieces which Isis gathers up and puts back together. Osiris then climbs a ladder into his mother Nut for safety and eventually becomes king of the dead.

A huge cult developed about Osiris that lasted well into Roman times. Isis was her husband’s queen in the underworld and the theological basis for the role of the queen on earth. It can be said that she was a version of the great goddess Hathor. Like Hathor she not only had death and rebirth associations, but was the protector of children and the goddess of childbirth.

Nut was the goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies, a symbol of protecting the dead when they enter the after life. According to the Egyptians, during the day, the heavenly bodies—such as the sun and moon—would make their way across her body. Then, at dusk, they would be swallowed, pass through her belly during the night, and be reborn at dawn.

Nut is also the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in the world. She was pictured as a woman arched on her toes and fingertips over the earth; her body portrayed as a star-filled sky. Nut’s fingers and toes were believed to touch the four cardinal points or directions of north, south, east, and west.

Because of her role in saving Osiris, Nut was seen as a friend and protector of the dead, who appealed to her as a child appeals to its mother: “O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me, that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may not die.” Nut was thought to draw the dead into her star-filled sky, and refresh them with food and wine: “I am Nut, and I have come so that I may enfold and protect you from all things evil.”

She was often painted on the inside lid of the sarcophagus, protecting the deceased. The vault of tombs often were painted dark blue with many stars as a representation of Nut. The Book of the Dead says, “Hail, thou Sycamore Tree of the Goddess Nut! Give me of the water and of the air which is in thee. I embrace that throne which is in Unu, and I keep guard over the Egg of Nekek-ur. It flourisheth, and I flourish; it liveth, and I live; it snuffeth the air, and I snuff the air, I the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, in peace.”

 

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WOTC Cartoon of the Day – “Difference Between Cats & Dogs, lol!”

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A Little Humor for Your Day – “Things That are Difficult to Say When You’re Drunk”

Things That are Difficult to Say When You’re Drunk

THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK:
Indubitably
Innovative
Preliminary
Cinnamon

THINGS THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK:
Specificity
British
Constitution
Passive-aggressive disorder
Loquacious
Transubstantiate

THINGS THAT ARE DOWNRIGHT IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK:
Thanks, but I don’t want to have sex
Nope, no more booze for me
Sorry, but you’re not really my type
Good evening officer, isn’t it lovely out tonight
Oh, I just couldn’t. No one wants to hear me sing

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