July, the Seventh Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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“Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.”

–  Henry David Thoreau 


  July, the Seventh Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

July is the seventh month of the year. Its astrological sign is ruled by Cancer, the crab (June 21 – July 22), a cardinal water sign of the Moon. July is the month of the ripening. In orchards, fields, and gardens, nature moves toward the miracle of the harvest. In July heat, the Goddess fulfills her promise and oversees maturing crops. The Summer Solstice has passed, but nature pulses with life. Hummingbirds flash among the bee balm and mint varieties spread like wildlife. Water is an important magickal element in July. Birds refresh themselves in birdbaths. Thunder rumbles on hot afternoons, bring a promise of rain. Dragonflies skim the surface of ponds, and vacationers head to the shore. Salt water and seashells are good way to include the element of water in any rituals now. Independence Day, July 4, is the major holiday of high summer. Not only can we celebrate our nation’s independence, we can also give thanks for July’s abundance, which will sustain us during the coming months. We are blessed with richness in July, perhaps the reason the old ones referred to July’s Full Moon as the Blessing Moon. Magick during this Moon may include all forms of prosperity charms. When you cast a spell now, you will feel the stability of the Earth.


Correspondences For July

NATURE SPIRITS: faeries of the crops, hobgoblins

HERBS: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop

COLORS: Blue, gray and silver

SCENTS: Orris and frankincense

STONES: pearl, moonstone, white agate

TREES: Oak, acacia, ash

ANIMALS: Crab, turtle, dolphin and whale

BIRDS: starling, ibis, swallow

DEITIES: Khepera, Athena, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Venus

POWER/ADVICE: July is strong in relaxed energy. A time to prepare do dream scaping, divination, meditation, and goals in the spiritual realm.



Symbols for the Month of July

 July’s  Zodiac Symbols

Cancer (the Crab) June 22 thru July 22

Leo (the Lion) July 23 – August 22

July’s Birthstones

The Ruby, which symbolizes contentment.

July’s Flowers


July’s Trees

Northern Red Oak


Monthly Observations for July

•International Group B Strep Awareness Month

•UV Safety Month

•Smart Irrigation Month

•Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

•National Hotdog Month

•Women’s Motorcycle Month

•Cell phone Courtesy Month

•Bereaved Parents Month

•Tour de France Month

•Sandwich Generation Month

•International Zine Month

•National Make a Difference to Children Month




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In July, We Celebrate The Fourth of July


The History and Origin of Independence Day


By the middle of the 1700s, the 13 colonies that made up part of England’s empire in the New World were finding it difficult to be ruled by a king 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They were tired of the taxes imposed upon them. But independence was a gradual and painful process. The colonists could not forget that they were British citizens and that they owed allegiance to King George III.


A “tea party” and a “Massacre” were two events that hurried destiny. Along with general unrest these events united the colonists. In 1767 a tea company in India, owned by England, was losing money. To save the company, England levied a tax on tea sold in the colonies in 1773. Partly as a joke, Samuel Adams and other Bostonians dressed up as Indians and dumped a cargo of the India Company Tea into the Massachusetts Bay. King George III did not think it was funny, nor did he lift the tax on tea. In the Boston harbor, British soldiers were jeered and stoned by colonists who thought the soldiers had been sent to watch them. The soldiers fired into the crowd and killed a few citizens. The colonists exaggerated the number killed and called it a massacre.


Virginia took the first step toward independence by voting to set up a committee to represent the colonies. This First Continental Congress met in September of 1774. They drew up a list of grievances against the crown which became the first draft of a document that would formally separate the colonies from England. George Washington took command of the Continental Army and began fighting the British in Massachusetts. For the next eight years, colonists fought fervently in the Revolutionary War.


In the meantime, a war of words was being waged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress presented & debated a second draft of the list of grievances, and John Hancock, the president of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign. The document, called the Declaration of Independence, was treasonous against the crown and the fifty-six men who signed it were in danger of being executed.


Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 because that is the day when the Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. From July 8, 1776, until the next month, the document was read publicly and people celebrated whenever they heard it. The next year, in Philadelphia, bells rang and ships fired guns, candles and firecrackers were lighted. But the War of Independence dragged on until 1783, and in that year, Independence Day was made an official holiday. 1941 Congress declared 4th of July a federal holiday.


John Adams, a lawyer, the first Vice President and the Second President of the United States, was one of the members of the Second Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. He wrote to his wife, “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”


John Adams may have predicted the later Independence Day celebrations or perhaps he started traditions with his words. Every July fourth, Americans have a holiday from work. Communities have day-long picnics with favorite foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and all the fixings. The afternoon activities would not be complete without lively music, a friendly baseball game, three-legged races and a pie-eating or watermelon-eating contests. Some cities have parades with people dressed as the original founding fathers who march in parades to the music of high school bands. At dusk, people in towns and cities gather to watch the fireworks display. Wherever Americans are around the globe, they will get together for a traditional 4th of July celebration!



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Top 10 Founding Fathers

Significant Figures Who Helped Found America


The founding fathers were those political leaders who were part of the American Revolution and the founding of the new nation after independence was won. There were many more than ten founders that had a huge impact on the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. However, this list attempts to pick the top ten founding fathers who had the greatest impact. Honorable mentions not included were John Hancock, John Marshall, Peyton Randolph, and John Jay.


1. George Washington – Founding Father

George Washington was a member of the First Continental Congress. He was then chosen to lead the Continental Army. He was the president of the Constitutional Convention and of course became the first president of the United States. In all these leadership positions, he showed a steadfastness of purpose and helped create the precedents and foundations that would form America.


2. John Adams

John Adams was an important figure in both the First and Second Continental Congresses. He was on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence and was central to its adoption. Because of his foresight, George Washington was named Commander of the Continental Army at the Second Continental Congress. He was chosen to help negotiate the Treaty of Paris that officially ended the American Revolution. He later became the first vice president and then the second president of the United States.


3. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, was chosen to be part of a Committee of Five that would draft the Declaration of Independence. He was unanimously picked to write the Declaration. He was then sent to France as a diplomat after the Revolution and then returned to become first the vice president under John Adams and then the third president.


4. James Madison

James Madison was known as the Father of the Constitution, for he was responsible for writing much of it. Further, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, he was one of the authors of the Federalist Papers that helped persuade the states to accept the new Constitution. He was responsible for drafting the Bill of Rights that were added to the Constitution in 1791. He helped organize the new government and later became the fourth president of the United States.


5. Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was considered the elder statesman by the time of the Revolution and later Constitutional Convention. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He was part of the Committee of Five that was to draft the Declaration of Independence and made corrections that Jefferson included in his final draft. Franklin was central to getting French aid during the American Revolution. He also helped with negotiating the Treaty of Paris that ended the war.


6. Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams was a true revolutionary. He was one of the founders of the Sons of Liberty. His leadership helped organize the Boston Tea Party. He was a delegate to both the First and Second Continental Congresses and fought for the Declaration of Independence. He also helped draft the Articles of Confederation. He helped write the Massachusetts Constitution and became its governor.


7. Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine was the author of a very important pamphlet called Common Sense that was published in 1776. He wrote a compelling argument for independence from Great Britain. His pamphlet convinced many colonists and founding fathers of the wisdom of open rebellion against the British if necessary. Further, he published another pamphlet called The Crisis during the Revolutionary War that helped spur on the soldiers to fight.


8. Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry was a radical revolutionary who was unafraid to speak up against Great Britain at an early date. He is most famous for his speech which includes the line, “Give me liberty or give me death.” He was a governor of Virginia during the Revolution. He also helped fight for the addition of the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution, a document with which he disagreed because of its strong federal powers.


9. Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton fought in the Revolutionary War. However, his true importance came about after the war when he was a huge proponent for the US Constitution. He, along with John Jay and James Madison, wrote the Federalist Papers in an effort to secure support for the document. Once Washington was elected as the first president, Hamilton was made the first Secretary of the Treasury. His plan for getting the new country on its feet economically was instrumental in forming a sound financial basis for the new republic.


10. Governor Morris

Governor Morris was an accomplished statesman that ushered in the idea of a person being a citizen of the union, not the individual states. He was part of the Second Continental Congress and as such helped provide legislative leadership to back up George Washington in his fight against the British. He signed the Articles of Confederation. He is credited with writing parts of the Constitution including possibly its preamble.



Author: Martin Kelly
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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July

Ah, Independence Day… the crown jewel of summer extravaganzas. Because, really – on what other holiday are you encouraged to eat, drink, and bask in the sun whilst reflecting on all that’s great about the U.S. of A? There are no poignant memorial services, no “summer is over” dread (I’m looking at you, Labor Day). The Fourth of July is one giant, pride-filled, nationwide celebration, and the below are my top five suggestions for making the absolute most of it.

5. Throw a BBQ. Hosting a BBQ has the distinct advantage of forcing everyone to come to you, plus, guests are basically delighted to eat pretty much anything that’s been cooked over a grill, so your menu can be as simple as hot dogs and hamburgers or as fancy as steak and shrimp. Add some salads, a few bowls of chips and dip, some beer and soft drinks on ice, and some patriotic plates and napkins, and you’ve got yourself a celebration.

4. Host a Bonfire. While this may seem limited to an after-dark activity, it’s really a full day at the beach/river/lake/creek for you since you’ll need to arrive early to stake out a claim – and it’s so much fun! Instruct guests to bring their own chairs and blankets, and pack an array of coolers with drinks, snacks, and sandwiches, plus hotdogs and marshmallows for roasting over the fire. Firewood, matches, and roasting sticks are of course a must, as is an iPod (with speaker) loaded with a patriotic playlist. Distributing Fourth of July sparklers is encouraged but optional.

3. Organize a Block Party. Although it takes a lot of advance planning – plus the full cooperation of your neighbors – nothing says Americana and fosters a feeling of community like an old-fashioned block party. Just imagine red, white, and blue balloons (distributed in advance) on every mailbox; patriotic decorations on every porch (offering a prize for best decor will motivate people to participate); and tables laden with delicious dishes (strictly potluck). Be sure to check with your city about permit requirements, etc., well in advance, and plan to divide the bulk of the planning and work with a few key, enthusiastic participants.

2. Picnic in a Park. The art of picnicking has recently taken a glamorous spin, but in my opinion, retro is the way to go for Fourth of July. An ice-filled cooler of Cokes (bottles only, please), a hamper of cold fried chicken, a batch of potato salad, a tray of deviled eggs, a bag of chips, and a gorgeous apple pie are really all the sustenance you need for a sundrenched day of softball and badminton. And this menu is American – throw in some Hostess snack cakes and a dispenser filled with lemonade, and watch how the kids at surrounding picnics cast envious looks your way while regarding their quinoa salad with disdain. Dress things up with a star-spangled tablecloth and you’re golden.

1. Go to See Fireworks. This may seem like a given, but a shocking number of adults are put off by the inevitable traffic jams and parking snafus that go hand-in-hand with the No. 1 draw of Fourth of July. But consider this: Some of my favorite childhood memories are of sitting snug between my parents in a nearby high school parking lot, oohing and aahing over every burst of light in the sky while the sweet smell of ozone hung in the air. The rockets’ red glare and sounds bursting in air were absolute magic – and for a few moments in time, I and the surrounding oohers and aahers (including my dad, who would most certainly curse the traffic on the long ride there and back) shared the mutual awe of imagining the view that our forefathers had

So, whether you BBQ at home, host the entire block, or venture out to catch some fireworks, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate this Fourth of July – it’s what amazing summer memories are made of.



Author: Marilyn Oliveira
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Have A Very Blessed & Happy Monday Afternoon!

Have a very beautiful afternoon, my dear friends & family!

Luv & Hugs,

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The Witches Magick for July 28th – Invisible Shielding Spell

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 Invisible Shielding Spell


This is a good technique to use when you want to quietly fade into the background, such as when you have to walk through a group of cat-calling yobs, or you’re at work and the boss is on the warpath and looking for someone to pick on. I used to practice it on the tram on the way to work, until I began to notice that the conductors weren’t selling me tickets. I’d be sitting there holding my money out and they’d walk right past me! It’s a simple procedure.

Ground and centre yourself. Start with creating a shield, with whatever technique you find most comfortable. Then visualise that the shield is a little bit fuzzy, so you seem a bit blurry to anyone watching. Gradually blur the shield, and begin to blend it, and yourself, into the colors and shapes of your surroundings. It’s a bit hard to explain, but it’s like visualising yourself as changing color to suit your surroundings like a chameleon. The shield acts like a veil which makes you less visible because you don’t stand out from your surroundings as much. If you normally like a mirrored shield, you can make it bounce back light so it mirrors your surroundings visually.


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Cautions & Considerations when Using Herbals

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Cautions & Considerations when Using Herbals

It would be pretty irresponsible to start taking herbs with little or no knowledge of herbal remedial treatments. By not taking the time to consider all the factors and seek advice you could be putting your health at serious risk.

For instance, women who are pregnant should be careful of the herbs they take because their baby may not be strong enough or sufficiently formed to handle the effects of such a nutrient and this can put the health of the baby and in fact the pregnancy in danger.

When compared to the synthetic medications your doctor may prescribe for you, herbal medications usually do have fewer side effects, if any at all, but again this reaction has to do with the individual person taking the herbs. For example one person may drink herbal tea with mint in it and have no problems at all whereas another person may do the same and develop a skin rash.

It is these risk factors which make it important to educate yourself before you decide to take herbs of any form and then you should test the herb for a few days at a diluted dosage before using it at its full concentration so that any adverse effects are mild rather than severe.

People who are diabetic should not be taking certain herbs; some herbs should not be taken when on certain medications and sometimes the combining of certain herbs will achieve a negative result. There are many rules which people neglect to learn before they jump into the herbal world with both feet. Take the time to do the research, find a reputable source of information you can trust, and learn what you can about herbal remedies so you can use them safely and without regret. It is your health; take the time to learn so you can take responsibility for it.

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Before You Make Herbal Remedies

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Before You Make Herbal Remedies

Make sure the herb you have is the herb that you want.


Although you may not wish to pop out into the woods to wildcraft your own herbs right now, you may wish to do so at another time. Wildcrafting is a term you may have already come across, it means collecting plants in the wild. In case you are a reader who has the opportunity to collect their herbs in the wild it is essential that you are able to identify the plants correctly. If there is any doubt at all leave it where it is. Many times poisoning has occurred due to the misidentification of plants. Better safe than sorry. Also, when collecting in the wild you should be aware of chemicals that have been used in the area which may have settled on your plants. Lastly, please leave endangered species alone. We are trying to preserve the old ways not extinguish the natural resources necessary to do so.

MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CLEAN – Sterilize all utensils. You can boil some for 15 minutes or you can sterilize in the oven. Also handy is a sanitising solution which is used to sterilise baby bottles. All you do is keep the equipment in the sterilizing liquid for 30 mins, then rinse with boiled water. It is important to maintain hygiene to prevent the remedies, especially creams and syrups, from turning mouldy.

STORE PREPARATIONS CORRECTLY – Different preparations have different life expectancies before they lose their medicinal properties. Infusions should be made fresh every day. Decoctions

can be kept up to 48 hours in the fridge. Tinctures, syrups and essential oils can last for months and even years if stored in dark glass bottles and kept in a cool place away from the sunlight. Ointments, creams and capsules are best kept in dark glass jars, but you can use plastic containers. Sometimes fresh creams need to be stored in the fridge if you wish them to last longer.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Herbal Wisdom Everyone Can Benefit from Herbs

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 Herbal Wisdom Everyone Can Benefit from Herbs


There is a strong movement towards the use of herbal preparations instead of the never ending supply of store bought, synthetic alternatives. Many people think that by using natural products they are eliminating chemicals from their lives. The word chemical has become such a negative word when in fact all herbs contain thousands of chemicals. And it’s the natural combination of these chemicals that provide the health benefits you get from your selected herbal medicine.

A herbal remedy is much more likely to help with a broader spectrum of related problems than synthetically derived drugs which target one particular issue. Diagnosis is rarely 100% correct and this is where herbal medicine can help your cells maintain a state of optimal balance. Not only do herbs provide medicinal help, they also provide nutrients essential for a healthy life. Many herbs contain natural ingredients that cannot be found in synthetic pharmaceuticals.

Today, more and more people are rediscovering the healing powers of herbs. They do however have to realize that although herbs are effective healers of many medical problems, there is much that herbs cannot do. Herbs cannot substitute medical science, especially in life threatening situations. Even though there are some things that herbal medicine cannot do, ALL people can benefit from using herbal remedies at home.

Making your own remedies will cost you far less than synthetic pharmaceuticals, and you can avoid a lot of the unwanted extras, such as preservatives, stabilizers and colorants that are found in many products sold in natural food stores. Living in a litigious world, commercial manufacturers tend to use a lot of fixatives and preservatives, because they are concerned that someone might sue them for a spoiled product. What they don’t tell you is that many herbs contain their own natural preservatives (and beeswax is a great natural preservative as well).

When used correctly, herbal remedies can help infants, toddlers, school kids, teenagers, men and women of all ages, your pets, your garden and your general household. You probably already have everything necessary to transform your kitchen into a herbal laboratory. What you need now is a guiding hand to help you start.

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Home & Hearth Magick for Monday, July 28th



Home & Hearth Magick for Monday, July 28th


On Monday, casts for matters concerning the home, emotions and nurturing.

Planetary Influence: The Moon

Household Symbols: Silver platters and bowls, moon shapes

Color: White and Silver

Kitchen Spices: Lemon rind and wintergreen.


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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Hopi Kachina Dance



July 27th and 28th

Hopi Kachina Dance

Celebrated annually, the Hopi Kachina Dances commemorate the Kachina-supernatural beings that help insure the survival of the tribe. The Kachina are believed to be ancient spirits that guide and protect the Hopi people. It is believed that the dances and accompanying religious ceremonies are what bring the rain that will heal the entire community. The ceremonies usually begin at sunrise and end at sunset, when it is believed the Kachina return to the realm of the spirit.

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Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays


 Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays

 Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!


 Goddess Month of Kerea begins 7/11

 Celtic Tree Calendar: Holly Moon July 8 – August 4


August ~ Moon Phases

First Quarter falls on Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Full “Sturgeon” Moon falls on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

 Last Quarter falls on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM

New Moon falls on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM


The Seasons, 2014

Autumnal Equinox (Fall begins) September 22nd at 9:28 evening.

Sun on Equator, crosses the line South, enters the sign of Libra.

 Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 6:01 evening.

Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.


The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:

 The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;

The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;

 Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;

Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.

~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century


As The Wheel Turns ~ July 28


Birthday of Pythias, Oracle of Delphi. Practice divination skills today and though them seek to know yourself better.


In the olden days of Pagan Europe, the great thunder-god Thor was honored on this day with prayers for protection of the crops against destructive storms.


July 28-29 Vardavar – Armenians celebrate the Monday and Tuesday seven weeks after Pentecost as Rose Day. Once this was a midsummer festival of the goddess, Anahid, who was offered roses and doves. These are still part of the ritual, along with sprinkling water on each other and spending the day outdoors.


According to Injejkian, in Armenia, women and children often carried a broom dressed in rags called the boub ‘lad ‘gin through the village, singing special songs. Onlookers threw water on the ragged broom or bride, as it was sometimes called, and gave those who carried it lard, cracked wheat, and eggs. After the procession, the boub’lad’gin carriers gathered at a sacred spring and dined on pilav.


New Moon in Leo - The new moon of the 7th Chinese month is called the Hungry Ghost Moon.


 In a book of spells attributed to Cagliostro, instructions are given for picking Cupid’s nosegay on the first night of the new moon in July. I have omitted the instructions for killing a white pigeon and what to do with it, as I do not wish to be responsible for the death of any pigeons of any color. Nevertheless, the rest of the spell is quite poetic.


 Cupid’s nosegay apparently consists of a red rose, a white rose, a yellow flower, a blue one, a sprig of rosemary, a sprig of rue and nine blades of long grass. These are to be bound with a lock of your own hair, wrapped in a white handkerchief and laid under your pillow when you go to sleep at night. You see have a dream that foretells your future as clearly “as if you had your nativity cast by the best Astrologer in the world.” Cagliostro, Spells and Incantations of Yesteryear, Metheglin Press reprinting an earlier edition by J Fletcher and Company, 1876


Brussels, Belgium: KERMESSE. A 600-year-old-spectacular parade featuring elaborate floats& enormous balloon creatures & characters.




MAYAN CALENDER: NEW YEARS DAY! Eighteen 20-day months (appended by five ‘bad days’); beginning today with the Month of Pop



Other Holidays: July

31: Birthday of author JK Rowling


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 Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!


 Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Courtesy of GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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