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Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Epona

December 18th

Festival of Epona, Mesa de Gallo

This was another of the festivals dedicated to the Celtic horse Goddess, Epona. Her worship was most popular in eastern Gaul and on the German frontier. So popular was Epona that she was honored with festivals in Rome, which was unique for a Gaulish deity. Epona was sometimes associated with the Celtic Mother Goddesses, and in Germany she was portrayed as a triple Mother Goddess.

An annual festival in the Philippines, Mesa de Gallo begins at sunrise when the people take to the streets with every imaginable noisemaker in existence. The parades of people clanking, banging, and hooting are believed to frighten away the evil spirits that may linger and thus affect future crops and harvest

Magickal Activity for this day:

Change Your Luck Spell

Items needed:  One black-cat candle; patchouli oil; a mirror.

Anoint the black-cat candle with the oil. As you do this, visualize your luck changing and good things coming to you. Place the cat candle on the mirror (reflective side up). Light the candle and chant:

“Black cat power,
From this hour,
Reflect the light,
Make things right.”

Leave the candle to burn for one hour. Repeat this spell every night, at the same time, until the candle has been consumed. Discard any wax left and put the mirror away.

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A Little Humor for Your Day – The Truth About Cats

The Truth About Cats

  • There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
  • Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
  • Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
  • In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.
  • As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.
  • “One cat just leads to another.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
  • Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
  • People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life.
  • Cats aren’t clean, they’re covered with cat spit.
  • A dog will jump on your lap because he likes you; a cat will jump on your lap because it’s warmer than the floor.

Turok’s Cabana

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Feline Communication Spell

Feline Communication Spell

Spell is designed to help you better understand and communicate with your familiar.

You will need the following items for this spell:

  • Cat
  • Voice
  • Patience
  • Faith

First get your cat to sit in front of you, completely still. Next tap it three times between the ears to make extra sure the spell works. Then chant:

”Tail of Rat, Wing of Bat, Allow this Cat to Chit Chat.”

You might need to repeat this a couple of times if your cat does not remain completely still.

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for July 12 is The Cat

Your Deck of Ancient Symbols Card for Today

The Cat

The Cat represents the need for stealth and the freedom to act without restrictions. Acting stealthily in no way implies the need for underhanded behavior. Instead the suggestion here is to move quietly towards your goals and reach out for them when they are within range. It also denotes a need to free yourself from restrictions imposed by others.

As a daily card, The Cat suggests that the opportunity to attain your goals is very strong at the moment. However, you need to keep your intentions to yourself and shed whatever limitations have been put on you by others.

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Is Your Pet Left-Handed? Use This Test!

Is Your Pet Left-Handed? Use This Test!


Us southpaws never seem to get a break — bumping elbows at dinner tables, the  smudge of ink that develops on our pinky fingers when we’re using pens… and  don’t even get me started on scissors! At just 10% of the world  population, we have to adapt to a right-handed world. But while humans are  overwhelmingly right-handed, the animal kingdom is actually quite more  diverse.

Studies have shown that handedness among dogs and cats, for instance, is much  more equally distributed. Now, of course, whether a cat or dog uses their right  or left paw more often doesn’t matter in the same ways as it does to humans —  you’re not going to see Fido using a can opener or Fluffy writing a postcard.  But it can be helpful to know which paw your pet prefers in other circumstances,  as Dr. Stefanie Schwartz of the Veterinary Neurology Center in Tustin,  California told the Daily Mail. Handedness goes, well, hand-in-hand,  with laterality, or which side of the brain is more dominant. In the future,  knowing the paw preference of a puppy may just help identify the best candidates  for service and therapy dogs.

Though Dr. Schwartz is still researching this topic, she has developed a  method of testing the paw preferences of dogs and cats for curious pet parents  to try at home. Dr. Schwartz suggests performing these tests 100 times to get a  definitive answer. Though my foster cat quickly lost interest, he’s 5 for 5 a  righty!


Tests for Dogs

  • If your dog can “shake,” which paw does she usually offer?
  • Put a dab of a sticky food on your pooch’s nose. Does he use his right or  left paw to take it off?
  • Put a tiny treat just out of reach of your dog. Does she use her right or  left paw to grab it?
  • Put a tiny treat under your dog’s food bowl. Does he use his right or left  paw to move the bowl?
  • When your dog wants to go outside, does she use her right or left paw to  knock on the door?
  • Fill a toy with your dog’s favorite treat. Does he use his right or left paw  to touch the toy the first time? Does he use his left or right paw to hold the  toy?

Tests for Cats

  • Put a dab of a sticky food on your cat’s nose. Does he use his right or left  paw to take it off?
  • Put a tiny treat just out of reach of your cat. Does she use her right or  left paw to grab it?
  • Put a tiny treat under your cat’s food bowl. Does he use his right or left  paw to move the bowl?
  • Dangle your cat’s favorite toy over his/her head. Does she use her right or  left paw to bat at the toy?


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How to Make Your Own Cat Food

How to Make Your Own Cat Food


With multinational companies like Purina mass producing cheap cat food in  places like China, where controls are limited even for products meant for human  consumption, many people are beginning to go back to the basics for their pets.  If you would like to surprise your kitty with a wonderful treat, or even  transition entirely to homemade kitty food, consider these guidelines, recipes,  books and websites as a starting point.

Ingredients to  Avoid

As tasty as a chocolate-covered mouse may sound, this is definitely a no-no  for kitty. Chocolate, in general aggravates the tummies of many of our animal  companions, not just cats. Some other ingredients to avoid in homemade cat food  include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Raw Egg whites
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes

While the above ingredients must be avoided, any regular cat food diet must  also include a number of ingredients, but especially animal protein. You may be  okay being vegan, but your cat certainly will not thrive on a diet of tempeh and  tofu! Your cat is a carnivore and there is no way around this evolutionary fact.  Cats need between 60% and 80% meat protein in order to acquire enough essential  amino acids such as taurine, arginine, lysine and cysteine. Not getting enough  taurine, for example, will make your kitty blind.

The Essentials

Animal Protein: The protein in your cat’s diet should  come from chicken (or other poultry), beef, pork, rabbit, fish or liver. Liver  is especially important because it is chock-full of Vitamin A and cats cannot  produce this vitamin on their own. Variety is important, so you should not just  feed your cat liver or straight fish on a daily basis. The other essential  ingredients include:

Animal Fats: Not only does animal fat make food tastier,  this essential ingredients is also mandatory for healthy skin and fur, as well  the circulatory and urinary systems. Kittens need about 35% fat while adult cats  thrive on a diet of about 30% fat.

Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio (Ca:P): The ratio between  calcium and phosphorus should be 1 part calcium to to 1.3 parts phosphorus.   The easiest way to accomplish this ratio is to add calcium supplements.  Commercial cat food usually uses bone meal. If you choose to use bone meal only  use a product meant for human consumption, not one intended for  gardening. Veterinarian  Dr. Pierson is a supporter of grinding up bone herself and says it is much  easier than it sounds.

Water: Homemade cat food will ideally be 10% to 30%  water weight.

Carbs: All good recipes for felines should contain less  than 10% carbs.



Basic Cat Food

from Ecolife:  A guide to Green living

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil or salmon oil
  • 2.7 grams of feline vitamin/mineral supplement
  • 30 grams of potato, cooked without skin
  • 50 grams of carbs (choose one: cooked pasta, white rice, barley, oatmeal,  peas)
  • 83 grams of cooked animal protein (whole meat chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef,  pork, tuna, salmon)

Mix all of the ingredients together (a blender works really well for this  purpose) and store the food in the fridge until needed.


Tuna Patties

from Healthy  Recipes for Pets

  • 1 can tuna
  • 1/2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/4 cup pureed liver
  • 2-3 sprigs parsley chopped

Drain the tuna and mix everything together. Make 6-7 balls and then pat them  into patties. Store in the fridge and serve to your cat. This is one cat treat  recipe that your feline friend won’t be finicky about.


Rabbit Stew

from the book Natural Cat Care by Christopher Day:

This meal is also good enough for human consumption. So get out two plates,  for kitty and you.

  • Rabbit meat (wild or domestic), boned and cut into small pieces
  • A little olive oil
  • A few springs of parsley, rosemary, marjoram and thyme
  • Vegetable stock (unsalted, so best home prepared)
  • Sweet potato, carrot, celery, leek, turnip, peas

Sautee the rabbit chunks in the olive oil. Sprinkle with herbs. Add the stock  water and bring to a boil. Cover with lid and place in a medium-low oven until  cooked through.  Add the chopped vegetable and peas and return to the oven  for a another 45 minutes. Let cool, then give to kitty.


Salmon Delight

from LovetoKnowCats

  • 1 can salmon (or fresh salmon)
  • 1 tablespoon cooked, mashed broccoli
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir together and serve. Keep  any leftovers refrigerated, and discard after three days.


Sardine Treat

also from LovetoKnowCats

  • 1 can sardines in oil
  • 2 tablespoons of grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mash ingredients together and  serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, and discard after three  days.

Bon Appetite!


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Yes, Ask The Witch Is Now On The Air With Glenn

First of all I would like to thank you for asking a question. I am glad I asked the question then. Death is hard enough to deal with but having questions with no answer is horrible.

I lost My Familiar to a car over a Month ago and still sense Her Love and Energy , will another come into my life or will I only have the esense of my Lost Cat to carry !!! Is there any spell that may help Draw a connection with an animal or is just someting you need to happen on its own ? Hmmmmm never even had a ? till you ask LOL


It is normal to feel the way you are feeling. You lost a very dear friend in your beloved cat. People take it for granted that dogs and cats have no feelings or souls. But they do. Humans have a “let say” an outer skin to make it easier to understand. But this outer skin is invisible. When we get up and go some place, all the places we have been we have left some of us there. Your outer skin will slowly just flake off and you have left your essence without even noticing. Cats do the same thing. Since your cat lived there for a long time. She has had plenty of time to shed her essence all over the place. You are not crazy on that account either.

I would get a passing over ceremony to help your cat pass over. I know Lady A put one here on the site. It was beautiful. If you can’t find it, let me know. I will see if I can get her to repost it. When an animal passes on, you need to do one of these rituals. It not only lets you properly grieve but it also helps your cat to pass over to the Summerlands.

Don’t rush it. Let nature take it course. The Goddess will know when you are ready for another furry animal. You will be out some where and “Look, it’s the most beautiful cat in the world.” It will happen, I promise you. Just give yourself sometime to grieve right now. I would also like to encourage you to stop by the animal shelters when you are ready. Maybe stopping by there once a week, who knows the Goddess might make one of them stand out. But seriously consider adopting from an animal shelter.

I hope I have answered your questions and concerns. If you need anything else, just let me know.

Your friendly Witch,

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A Little Humor for Your Day – Dog vs. Cat Diary

Dog vs. Cat Diary

This classic dog versus cat diary has been circulating the internet for  years, maybe since the advent of internet humor. However, I was not able to find  the original author so this humor-filled comparison between felines and canines  remains anonymous (if you know who the original author is, please let me know!).   Personally, I just read it for the first time last month, so I thought it  was worth sharing it with Care2 readers. Whether you have read it before or are  reading it for the first time, ENJOY!


The Dog’s Diary

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 PM – Milk bones! My favorite thing!

1:00 PM – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 PM – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 PM – Dinner! My favorite thing!

7:00 PM – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 PM – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 PM – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!


The Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They  dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some  sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly  clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to  disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and  dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into  their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities.

However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little  hunter” I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in  solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the  noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power  of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my  advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my  tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again  tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The  dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more  than willing to return. He has obviously gone mad.

The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards  regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged  protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now.


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