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A Little About October Birth Symbols

  • October Babies

    “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Zodiac: Libra until October 22 and Scorpio from October 23

    Gemstone: Tourmaline, Opal
    Tourmaline is available in many colors — and many stones are bi-color or tri-color, containing multiple hues. It is often referred to as “the gemstone of the rainbow,” and signifies love and friendship. Opal means “precious jewel.” Like the tourmaline, it’s often multi-hued, and it signifies faithfulness and confidence.

    Flowers: Marigold and Cosmo
    The marigold brings a message of undying love. The other October bloom is the cosmo, which symbolizes peace and serenity.

    Tree: Rowan, Maple, Walnut


    October’s birth flower is the pumpkin bloom. Just kidding—it’s actually the marigold. Marigolds are often given as a sign of warm or fierce, undying love, or as a way of saying that you’re content with being with the recipient. The other October flower is cosmo, a symbol of order, peace, and serenity.


    October Birthstone – Opal

    The Opal is the birthstone of October. The name, “Opal”, means “to see a change in color” and might make one drift off to daydreaming and envision a rainbow following a summer rain. Ancient monarchs treasured the opal mainly for its protective powers. Thus, they were set in into their crowns and worn in necklaces. The opal dates back to prehistoric times and according to Arabic legend, fell from heaven in a flash of lightening.

    The Latin word, “opalus”, means precious jewel, and that it is. It contains up to thirty percent water and must be protected from harsh chemicals and heat. If not, they can cause the opal to dry out and may lead to a loss in its luster and cracking. It can also be broken very easily and must be guarded from any knocks or blows. The opal is made up of a non-crystallized silica, that can be found near the earth’s surface, typically in areas where geothermal springs once existed. Opal is mainly found in Australia, where ninety-five percent of the world’s black and white opals are mined. They are also found in Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

    For centuries, before time was even recorded, the discovery of precious gems within the Earth’s crust inspired many. With each discovery, humans believed that there was a cosmic connection and energy emitted from these gemstones. As time went on, they became symbolic of certain times within the year. The calendar we are all familiar with today, the Gregorian Calendar or Western Calendar has a stone symbolic for each month of the year. For those offering these gemstones as gifts to their loved ones, they have been believed to possess magical or healing powers, or sometimes seen as a gift offering protection. Each of these precious stones are unique not only in their compositions, but their energies and strengthening powers.

    The gift of an Opal symbolizes confidence and faithfulness and can be used to ward off nightmares. They have even been ground and ingested for healing properties to treat issues relating to the eyes. It has also been gifted to those going into battle for protection and utilized to ease child birth. It symbolizes hope, loyalty, happiness, innocence and purity. It should be stated that the most common of all opals, recognized by its pearly iridescent hues of aqua and baby blues and pinks, should be given as a gift to only those born in October, otherwise they can be a token of bad luck. However, lucky for other lovers of the October birthstone opal, the opal ranges in many colors and shades from all over the world. Another form of opal known as fire opal is transparent of orange and red colors with flicks of yellow, but the most valuable are that of the black or gem opals, which showcase one or more colors against a background of black.

    Other Symbols of October:

    October Flower:

    The Candula. It is usually associated with grief, sorrow and despair.

    October Birth Trees:

    The Rowan, Maple and Walnut. The Rowan tree will guard against enchantment, and was also used in the art of metal divining. The berries of the Rowan tree feeds birds during long winters and have a pentagram shape. This shape is an ancient symbol of protection. Due to the berries shape, it is no surprise that it has also been referred to as the “Witch Tree”.

    Famous People Born in October:

    Zac Effron- October 18, 1987

    Kate Winslet- October 5, 1975

    Suzanne Sommers- October 16, 1946

    Susan Surandon- October 4, 1946

    Jeff Goldblum- October 22, 1952

    Charlton Heston- October 4, 1923

    Usher- October 14, 1978

    Peter Tosh- October 19, 1944

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Yemanja (lemanja of Brazil)

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February 9 and 10

Festival of Yemanja (lemanja of Brazil)


In Afro-Brazilian spiritual traditions, Yemanja is the Goddess of all sea waters and a symbol of mastery. Her name means “the mother whose children are the fish.” She is considered to be a Mother Goddess and has dominion over all large bodies of water, including the depths of the ocean.

Yemanja is the patron of motherhood and is often associated with the moon. Her colors are blue and white. Her symbols include the fan, mermaid, a silver crescent, and all things that come from the sea.

On this day in Brazil, great festivals honor Yemanja. They begin at daybreak with ocean-bound processions of singers and dancers, all expressing their love for the Goddess. Those participating carry candles and offerings carved with fish to the seashore. Thousands of candles in tiny paper boats are set afloat on the ocean as participants make wishes for the coming year

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Your Animal Spirit for Feb. 14th is Porcupine

Your Animal Spirit for Today


Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??

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Your Animal Spirit for February 8th is Porcupine

Your Animal Spirit for Today
February 8, 2014


Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??

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Crystal of the Day – Hematite Stone

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Crystal of the Day – Hematite Stone

Main Chakra: Base

Planet: Mars & Saturn

Vibrates to the number: 9

Element: Fire

Astrological Sign: Aries, Scorpio, Capricorn

Hematite stone is the main mineral in Iron and is mined in locations all around the world. The most notable places being Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, England, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain and Russia. In the United States, the states where hematite stone mining is the most common includes Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Wyoming and Utah.

Hematite stone is always opaque and is a grey metallic color or almost black. Occasionally you will find small amounts of red within the stone. This is where the iron has oxidized and is why in times past, hematite was called “bloodstone” because many of the stones would “bleed” a red color when they were cut.

The so called “bleeding” is actually nothing more than the iron oxidizing, which is nothing more than rust. Yet this red “blood” is where it got it’s name. It comes from the Greek word haima meaning blood.

Our world has become so complex, it is hard to find time to take a deep breath, much less actually relax and let go of a little stress. The hematite stone can help you maximize those few moments you may find to let go of stress. It leaves you in a calm state but at the same time, it leaves you in tuned to the universal energies, allowing you psychic abilities to increase.

If you have reached the age where your memory is not as good as it use to be, wearing hematite can help to increase your memory, making it easier to remember to get to appointments on time, to pay bills on time or even just to call your relatives on a semi-regular basis.

Hematite stone is a balancing healing stone, that bring all sides of the subject into balance. Self control and a go getter attitude can live side by side. Body, mind and Spirit can all work in harmony.

Not sure which path to take in your life to ensure you have all that you need? This also includes having peace and true inner happiness in your life. Hematite can cause your intuition to peak, helping you make the right choices to ensure all your hopes, dreams and desires can take you on the path to reach your goals.

Hematite is a great stone for students, mathematicians and engineers or anyone that use a lot of analytical skills in their jobs. It helps with memory, makes memorization easier, improves mathematical skills and aids in logically moving from a single concept through the many possible conclusions that could arise.

A hematite is a great stone for a beginner just learning to meditate. Often beginners will feel overwhelmed by the information and feelings they receive during their early attempts at meditation. Hematite helps you to stay grounded so you are not so overwhelmed, but at the same time, still allows you to maintain a meditative state.

If you are ill, especially where fever is concerned or the if the body has a build up of toxins, have someone comb your aura while holding a hematite stone. If you don’t have someone to do this for you, meditate while holding one of the stones and visualize the stone drawing the fever/toxins/illness from your body and into the stone. Afterwards, make sure you wash the stone under running water to remove the build up of negative energy from it.

If you are in need of a chiropractic treatments but can’t get one done at this point in time, lay on your stomach and have someone place several hematite stones on your back in a line down your spine. Hematite stone helps ease back pain and the magnetic qualities can help align your spine.

Hematite stone works closely with the base chakra helping to keep you grounded. This makes it the perfect stone for someone who tends to have their head in the clouds. It helps them to keep their mind on what has to be done, without cutting off their love of life and flow of creativity.

Hematite stone is great for anyone that does any sort of public speaking, including teachers, business executives and such. It gives you courage and self control while also reducing stress, which can help you to shine when communicating with others.


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Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Oct. 10, Festival of Lights


October 10th

Festival of Lights

In Brazil, October 10th begins the two-week celebration of the Festival of Lights. Each town or village has its own unique practices, but, in general, the festival begins with a parade of penance. This is followed by the lighting of torches, candles, hearth fires and oil lamps to drive away the evil spirits of the darkness that creates confusion and bring bad luck.

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Poppet Magick


Items You Will Need:

Grave dirt or earth
Piece of smoky quartz
Piece of amethyst
Item from the person

 A poppet can be sewn to represent the malicious person.

Fill it with earth (grave dirt if you can find it), rosemary, sage, a piece of smoky quartz and a piece of amethyst. Also enclose a piece of the person’s fingernails, a lock of hair, or another personal item. Handwriting can be enclosed if you have nothing else.

Photos can be used also.

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Santerian Practices

Santerían Practices

by Selene Silverwind

Santerían practices are much more ordered than Vodoun practices. The priesthood is elaborate and hierarchal; several initiations are required to reach the highest level of the priesthood. In addition, several methods of divination and magic are available.

Priesthood Hierarchy

The first level of the priesthood is the madrina or padrino, the godmother or godfather. They teach new initiates and advise those who have been practicing for some time. The next level of the priesthood is the santero and santera, priests and priestesses. Priestesses are also sometimes called iyalorishas. They lead rituals of all forms and can offer herbal cures and do magic. They are also skilled at divination. A babalao has achieved the highest level of priesthood possible. Babalaos are exclusively male in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States, but Brazil has female babalaos. In addition to the priesthood are brujas, witches, and curanderos, healers.

Whether or not a person becomes a santero or santera is determined by his or her fate. Babies born with a caul, or birth remnant, on their faces are said to be born with special abilities. The seventh daughter of a seventh sister is also especially gifted.

Initiation Ceremonies

Santeras and santeros receive at least two initiations, and possibly more. The first initiation is the Catholic baptism, usually given at birth. All Santeríans receive this initiation, whether or not they will become santeras or santeros. If the Santerían’s fate dictates it, he or she undergoes a kariocha at some later point, possibly in childhood, but there is no set time. To receive the kariocha, a Santerían must complete training that lasts up to three years, although in the United States it is often condensed down to three months. At the kariocha, the ashé of one of the initiate’s eledá is embedded into his or her head. After the kariocha, the person is officially a santero or santera. Later, a santero or santera can have kariochas to the other orishas of the Siete Potencias, if it is fated to be so.

Santeros and santeras are considered novitiates for the first year after their initation. During this time, they wear white, perform numerous rituals, and obey taboos as required by their orisha. Santeros also receive additional training in magic, ritual, and divination. Following initiation, santeros wear the collares, or beaded necklaces. The colors of each necklace represent certain orishas, and santeros wear one for each orisha to whom they are a santero or santera; for example, a santero to Shangó would wear a red and white beaded necklace.

Methods of Divination

Santeríans use several methods to divine fate, the needs of the orishas, or the cause of personal imbalance. Practitioners interpret the arrangement of ikins (palm nuts), obi (four pieces of coconut), or diloggún (sixteen cowrie shells). In addition, Santeríans examine an oguelo, a divining chain, for guidance. Charada is a system for determining lucky numbers, but it is very complicated.

Divination is often used to determine when initiation is appropriate and who a practitioner’s first orisha will be. Santeríans divine their itá at their first initiation. The itá comprises the rules, taboos, and predictions for the rest of the person’s life. For example, a practitioner might be told to stop eating meat and that he cannot earn a lot of money from his services as a santero. Divination is also used to determine the sacrifices and offerings required to appease an orisha. If an individual is suffering some ill, she, her santero, or a healer can divine the reason and the cure.

Magic and Ritual

As with Vodoun, balance is key to Santería, and imbalances must be corrected through rituals and magic. Ritual is more common to Santería than magic, but both have their places. Santeríans hold several types of rituals in addition to kariochas. Pembés are feasts held in honor of an orisha. These feasts often feature oru, sacred music that is drummed and sung. Each orisha is associated with a specific beat. When played properly, the oru will entice the orisha into possessing a santero and conveying beneficial messages. Santeros also hold funeral rites and rituals to honor ancestors.

Rituals sometimes feature sacrifices. Sacrifices may be required to give thanks to or appease an orisha, to prevent an orisha from getting angry or some action from taking place. Sacrifices are also a part of every initiation. The sacrifices made in thanks or at initiations are cooked and eaten by the guests. Regardless of the purpose of the sacrifice, the animal is killed humanely. The sacrifices signify that everything a person receives must also be returned and helps keep balance. Only babalaos may sacrifice four-footed animals, and this is rare. Chickens are the most common choice. The number associated with the orisha determines the number of animals sacrificed, or other offerings made. Orishas are also associated with colors. Santeríans often decorate their altars and choose the color of the candles they offer based on the colors associated with their orishas.

Magic rarely takes a negative form. It is more common for it to be used to correct an ill or an imbalance, and is often based in herbs. Santeros prepare omieros, magical herbal infusions that heal people or prepare them to be healed by a medical doctor. The selection of the herbs is guided by the orishas, and permission must be received from the orisha that rules the herb before it can be cut. A despojo ritual is a ritual herbal cleansing.

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