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 

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  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.

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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.

 

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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

Larkspur

July’s Trees

Northern Red Oak

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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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Author: Beverly Hernandez
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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.

 

 

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Author: Martin Kelly
Website: About.com

 

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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.

 

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Author: Marilyn Oliveira
Website: Huffington Post Home

 

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A Very Bright & Blessed Tuesday Morning To All My Dear Family & Friends!

Great Goddess, whose voice is heard

Throughout the world And throughout the ages

Help us to find my voice

Help us to speak clearly

So others might understand

Loudly enough to be heard

But not so loudly we offend

Help us state our position well

So we might argue on our own behalf

And on the behalf of others

fairly, wisely and strongly

Great Goddess, whose is voice is beauty

Let us find the beauty of our own voice

And let our light shine out

In all the days to come.

So Mote It Be

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I Must Apologize An Emergency Has Come Up

An unexpected emergency has come up and I have to run. Around here you never know what is going to happen. But this emergency involves an animal and I am off. Till Then……

 

Have a very Blessed Monday, my dear friends & family,

Love Ya,

Lady A

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, july 21

Hold Everything! Yesterday may have seemed gargantuan while it was occurring, but — in many ways — today is an extenuation of Sunday’s potentially traumatic experiences. However, now the focus shifts from the rules of the road and doing things according to Hoyle (the Saturn way) to the up-in-the-air, anything-goes qualities associated with a halt in motion by Uranus. This outer planet with an 84-year orbit around the zodiac is now stopping its forward motion at 17 degrees of Aries (7:54PM) — gradually shifting retrograde until December 21, 2014 when it will return to direct motion at 13 degrees of Aries. All Uranian themes — revolution and radical behavior, intuition and the higher mind, high technology and the multi-media, aviation and advances on the cutting edge of science and metaphysics, out-of-the-box thinking, wild cards and jokers, the unpredictable, the nervous system, unusual events coming out of left field, surprises, shock waves, alienation, rebellion and anarchy — are highlighted throughout the day. Expecting the Unexpected is a good motto for meditation and affirmation sessions whenever needed. Adding challenging exclamation points to this 24-hour time-span are a void lunar cycle in Taurus from 7:14AM to 9:37AM, the Sun contra-parallel to Pluto (2:46PM) and Mercury in a polarity to Pluto (11:50PM). With underworld-ruling Pluto coming into the picture, today’s itinerary under the stars can be exceedingly eccentric and emotionally jarring. Pin some of your hopes on the lunar orb entering Gemini (9:37AM) and bringing about lighthearted conversations, playful activities, and good humor — especially as the Moon also forms a supportive, 60-degree link to providential, optimistic Jupiter (11:53AM) while a Sun-Jupiter parallel is waiting in the wings to unfurl its radiant feathers tomorrow. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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The Witches Magick for Monday, July 21- House Blessing Spell

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A HOUSE BLESSING SPELL

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 earth
House of stone, metal, wood and earth
Secure one, peaceful one, you of the charm
Guarded and protected you be
Cleansed and put 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 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 knobbed 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 shut with another white cord.
Finally, place the box in the home where it won’t be seen or found.

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WOTC Extra – Blessing of the Book of Shadows

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BLESSING OF THE BOOK OF SHADOWS SPELL

 

Hearken as the witch’s word calls to all, a gulf to ford. Bridge the vast realities.
An it harm none, do as ye please.
Elements, protect and guard this book, from wandering eyes and prying looks.
Fill it with thine ancient powers, in this right and ready hour.
Powers of the North, the East below, help me to live, to learn, to grow.
Lend your strength and stability, to practice the Craft and with love be free.
Powers of East, the wind, the Sky, watch over these pages with thine eye.
Your wisdom and knowledge, for these I do ask,
that this book be worthy of the Craft and its task.
Powers of South, Fire, and hearth, help these
Shadows to prove their worth. Infuse them with all your healing and passion,
so only good comes from the work that is fashioned.
Powers of West, the Water and sea, change and growth are granted by thee.
Bless these pages with all that you know, that righteous readers may learn and grow.
And to the unschooled eye that see,
confusing words and sophistry, lead them from these sacred pages,
and bless their passage through the ages.
For free will of all, and harm none, as I have willed it, it is now done.
So mote it be!

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Let’s Talk Witch – Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

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Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

Whether it’s called a Book of Magic or a Book of Shadows, it’s important for every witch to create a book of records. These are your personal notes, a diary of your spiritual or magical journey. A book to record your interpretations, aspirations, affirmations, notes, charms, and spells. All right, all right, let’s make this simple: It is a book kept and used by a witch to record research, thoughts, experiences , and spiritual information, such as spells, charms, incantations, potions, and so on. I have bits of plants and herbs pressed into mine and drawing of plants on the page that the spell was written on . As with all religious texts, debates loom about how the books came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the Middle Ages written only in runic alphabets to hide their magical meanings . It is widely thought that in the Middle Ages, many were illiterate , and the books did not come into practice until the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. Even then, runic alphabets and codes were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if found by witch hunters.

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Home & Hearth Magick for July 21

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Home & Hearth Magick for July 21

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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Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Ellen Dugan

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year – The Binding of the Wreaths

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July 20 and 21

The Binding of the Wreaths

The Binding of the Wreaths is a popular festival among te young people of Lithuania. At sunset, the participants go into the forest and gather summer flowers. The flowers are then made into wreaths, crow circlets and streamers to be exchanged the following day between lovers.

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