Runecast for Tuesday February 8

Today Algiz of Heimdall’s Aett popped out Algiz pronounced “all-yeese” (Z or -R: Elk, protection) Protection, a shield. The protective urge to shelter oneself or others. Defense, warding off of evil, shield, guardian. Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life. It can be used to channel energies appropriately. Follow your instincts. Keep hold of success or maintain a position won or earned.

The elk stands alone, his horns silhouetted against the stormy sky. Protection. Stand alone. Keep open space around you. You are strongly caught up with something in your life and need to free yourself from excessive emotional bonds. By being too emotionally involved, you are wasting your energy and opening yourself to unfriendly people. By doing so, you are preventing yourself from progressing and creating disappointment, so try to be detached and objective, and in career matters, be independent. Instead of worrying about trivial, everyday issues, decide on the most important thing and forget everything else. Also, before involving other people, make sure that you really need their input.

Algiz Reversed: or Merkstave: Hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link. Taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)

As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.

**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at and used here with her gracious permission**

In the Light…


“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…

Quartz: The Master Healer

Quartz: The Master Healer

Properties: Quartz is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”! Probably the most versatile multipurpose healing stone. Easy to cleanse, store information/energy in, program or amplify energy and is used as a healing instrument. The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance. Quartz is used for transformation in healing and in all levels of change (mentally/emotionally, physically and spiritually). Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Quartz works with All Chakra and master gland for balancing, cleansing and healing. It is the perfect stone for complete Aura balancing.

Folk Remedies: Quartz can be used to facilitate both speaking and receiving information from the spiritual world, masters, teachers and healers. Stimulates positive thought and healing. Quartz is considered Yin or Androgynous. Quartz is often used in healing remedies such as crystal elixirs or solarized water, in clusters during meditation, in reiki grids or laying of stones in a web around you. They are used to clean the aura and balance chakra energies.

Feng Shui: Quartz can be used anywhere that balance or cleansing is needed. Use quartz in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and protection. Use in the West area for projects and creativity.

History: Quartz (SiO2) is considered solidified light and oxygen. Quartz encompasses a large family of stones and crystals, all of which are made up primarily of silicon dioxide, one of the most common and most important substances in the world. Crystals of pure quartz, generally six-sided, can be found in all shades and colors. Quartz crystals grow singularly or in groups and take on different shapes according to the temperature at the time of their formation. Quartz crystals can also contain other minerals “frozen” within, as in Rutilated Quartz. Quartz can form a huge variety of aggregates, clusters, gravel, sand and single stones. Quartz can be smoky, milky white to clear as water. Quartz was used as tools and weapons early in history and are now used worldwide in watches, appliances and technology!

Quartz can be formed of microscopic crystals and take on entirely different appearances and qualities. Other members of the Quartz family include Chalcedony, Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Carnelian, Citrine, Herkimer Diamonds, Jasper, Onyx, Sardonyx and Tiger’s Eye. These are treated separately because their healing qualities are very different from crystal or “rock” quartz.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing mind, body, spirit

Today’s Goddess for 2/8 – Aphrodite


Aphrodite, goddess of romance and passion, of fashion beauty and art,

has captivated poets and painters for centuries. Known for her

numerous affairs of the heart, as well as her willingness to help

others find the love they sought, the myths of the Greek goddess

Aphrodite reveal the awesome extent of her power.

The Greek goddess Aphrodite, the original “Golden Girl”, perfectly

attired for the occasion in a simple string of pearls and a couple of

strategically placed scallop shells, stepped out of the ocean on the

island of Cypress and set the ancient world on its ear.

Aphrodite, goddess of romantic love had finally arrived! Never had

there been such sensual beauty and impeccable taste. The other Greek

goddesses now had their work set out for them . . . a new standard had

been set, and the world would never be the same! Henceforth there

would be candlelit dinners, heart-rending arias in operas, high-heeled

shoes and bright red lipstick (not to mention soap operas). Romance

was here and planning to stay.

It is not clear how the Greek goddess Aphrodite (also known as the

Roman goddess Venus) came to be “sea-born”. One legend was that

Aphrodite was the daughter of the Titan Uranus, formed from his

genitals that had been severed and tossed into the sea by his son

Cronus who was in the process of usurping his father’s throne.

What is certain is that the her arrival caused quite a stir! Every

Greek god and goddess was dying to meet her. The Horae (Hours)

welcomed her to step ashore and adorned her with the finest gold

ornaments and cloth, then brought Aphrodite to Mount Olympus to

present her to Zeus and the other gods and goddesses.

To his credit Zeus instantly realized that this captivating creature

could become the source of all sorts of trouble, her radiance stirring

every man’s passion and leading to constant fighting for her

attention. To head off this possibility, Zeus decided she must be

married at once (“taken off the market”, so to speak) and awarded the

goddess to his son, Hephaestus, god of the forge. It goes without

saying that Hephaestus must have thought himself the luckiest man

alive, especially since he was lame and “no great looker” himself. But

he was reliable and hard working.

Overjoyed with his good fortune in acquiring this stunning bride,

Hephaestus did his best to please Aphrodite, designing and creating

for her the most beautiful jewelry and furniture that had ever been

seen. He even went so far as to make Aphrodite a magical golden girdle

that made her irresistible to men when she wore it. Whatever could he

have been thinking?

Of all the imaginable pairings of Greek god and goddess, this one had

to be the worst mismatch possible. Needless to say, their marriage had

its ups and downs. Aphrodite, goddess that she was, felt she had

married below her “class” since Hephaestus was decidedly “blue collar”

even though he was a god . . . he was not at all what she, with her

impeccable taste, had in mind. Aphrodite insisted upon an “open

marriage” (at least for her) and indulged in numerous love affairs

with both mortals and other gods.

Except for a few occasions when he was overwhelmed with jealousy or

resentment, Hephaestus seemed to accept this arrangement, happy to

just have and hold her when he could. Indeed, their marriage seemed

companionable, with little passion perhaps, but little conflict as


It was as if everyone recognized that Aphrodite had one gift and one

gift only . . . to make love. And that one gift was so special that no

one seemed to resent it. While all the other gods and goddesses had

lengthy lists of divine duties to perform, the goddess Aphrodite was

assigned only one . . . to bring love into the world.

Athena once caught Aphrodite weaving and reprimanded her for

encroaching upon Athena’s area of responsibility. Aphrodite was quick

to apologize and vowed never to do any work ever again!

Although they were surely envious of her beauty and her exciting but

easy life, other women weren’t usually jealous or resentful of her

charms. Although none were what could be called really close friends,

they found her to be quite friendly and extraordinarily generous. She

even went to the extent of loaning Hera her magic girdle to help her

keep Zeus’ wandering eyes where they belonged. The goddess Aphrodite

was always ready to help both the deities and mortals to win the loves

they sought.

The Greek Goddess Aphrodite, however, is best known for her own love

affairs, which were numerous and varied and resulted in many offspring

by her various lovers. Her most notable lovers were the gods Ares,

Dionysius, Hermes, Poseidon, and the mortal, Adonis.

You’d think the other Greek goddesses would have been green with envy,

but the willingness of the community to suspend their norms for the

goddess Aphrodite is clear. Her flagrant affair with Ares, the god of

war, was obvious to all and the cause of much embarrassment for her

husband. Hephaestus fashioned an invisible net made of bronze and

captured them in it while they were in bed together.

Hauling the pair in front of a jury of the Olympians, he demanded

their punishment. Reluctant to get involved, the court instead chided

Hephaestus for being silly and giving Aphrodite an outfit that

rendered her irresistible in the first place!

Although the goddess Aphrodite seldom seemed very serious in her

affairs, one love caused her great suffering. She had begged Adonis,

her beloved mortal, to give up the dangerous sports he enjoyed because

she could not bear to lose him. But Adonis ignored her advice and was

killed by a wild boar while hunting. When he died, Aphrodite heard his

cries and hastened to his side in her swan-drawn chariot. She cursed

the Fates that had ordained his death and, with Adonis still in her

arms, turned the blood drops that fell from his wounds onto the soil

into windflowers, also known as the short-lived anemone, as a memorial

to their love.

Aphrodite’s most famous son was Eros, the god of love, who helped her

with her work. A talented archer, his job was to shoot arrows dipped

in Aphrodite’s love potion, hitting her unwitting victims, causing

them to fall madly in love with the next person they saw. Many of the

great love stories began this way, but many respectable homes were

broken up as well.

Although she was most often loving and generous, Aphrodite could be

quite malicious and vindictive as well. She insisted upon being given

the honor she felt was due her and was quick and harsh in punishing

those who weren’t sufficiently appreciative of her efforts. Ares,

Medea, Psyche, and Atalanta, to name but a few, could attest that the

Greek goddess Aphrodite’s power was immense.

Often the punishments rendered by the goddess Aphrodite, though

severe, held important lessons embedded within them. These were

lessons that sparked growth and ultimately improved the life or

extended the vision of the person she was punishing, as in the case of


The influence of the Greek goddess Aphrodite can be seen as

generative, far beyond that of romance, love, or desire alone. She is

associated with the life-giving sea. Just as the waves lapping on the

shore refresh and renew the beach, Aphrodite brings us hope and the

awareness of the transforming power of love and beauty.

Symbols of Aphrodite;

Scallop shell, seashells, mirrors, golden apples, the Evening Star

(planet Venus), the ocean, and the triangle


Dolphin, swan, dove, sparrow, bees, and goats


Rose (especially any fragrant rose), quince, myrtle, mint and grape

(fruit, leaves, and vines), apples, artichokes, laurel, ash and poplar



Stephanotis, musk, verbena, vanilla, incense, vervain, and roses

Gems and Metals:

Pearls, gold, aquamarine, rose quartz, jade, sapphire, silver, and



Red, pink, violet, silver, aqua, pale green (seafoam), and any shade

of light blue

‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’

The Universal Heart Center

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for 2/8

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:

64: Nearing Completion

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hexagram 64

General Meaning: The situation is incomplete, but the chaos of the past is slowly giving way to order, and the goal is in sight. Nevertheless, you are still treading on thin ice — the way ahead is unobstructed, the goal is clear, but a cautious and careful attitude is essential, lest you slip and fall.

Nearing Completion is the last hexagram of the I Ching. It suggests that the ever-spinning wheel of life never reaches an absolute conclusion. Just as a hidden sadness resides in the heart of true euphoria, just as the seeds of great achievement often sprout first in a cauldron of adversity, so too no end is ever really complete without a new beginning stirring inside it. Though we divide life into categories in order to understand and master it, experience itself is seamless. With this reading, the 64-spoked, timeless wheel of change is ready to spin onward, ever evolving, ever staying the same.

A situation that is represented by this reading can be compared to that of taking a lengthy trek over a high mountain. At some point before reaching the peak, you can see in detail exactly how much farther you must travel. You will have a good idea what it will take to reach the top, because of the climbing experience you’ve accumulated thus far. However, when you do reach the peak, which has been in sight for quite a long period of sustained effort, you will have done only that. You will have reached the top — achieving your initial goal — but you must still descend the other side. This last critical segment is what remains before completion.

You may have little information and no experience of what it’s like descending the other side of the mountain. All your attention may have been focused on the route up. The coming cycle may seem very strange to you, unlike anything that you have experienced before. The backside of the mountain is where all of the true mysteries reside. Proceed carefully, cautiously and alertly — then you will reach your goal.

Today’s Tarot Card for 2/8

Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:


This Tarot Deck: Visconti-Sforza

General Meaning: What has traditionally been known as the Judgement card, sometimes entitled Resurrection, represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken Home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the World is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over.

From a modern point of view, this great reunion — which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with — reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday.

In personal terms, the Judgment cards points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others.

New Moon Report for 2/8 – Chiron in Pisces

Chiron in Pisces

Tuesday, February 8, 12:10 pm PST, 3:10 pm EST

Chiron’s presence in Astrology’s most tender and compassionate sign brings out the wounded healer in all of us. Empathy grows and reduces the barriers between us. However, a tendency to focus on suffering can make us all sound like victims. Helping one another is a gift of this transit when we recognize the spiritual wholeness that connects us all rather than simply bemoaning our broken parts.

Daily Horoscopes for 2/8


General Daily Horoscope


The enterprising Aries Moon pushes us into high gear and we feel her forceful drive as she harmonizes with insistent Mars and the Sun. We think we are ready for whatever comes next, even if we cannot yet see what’s around the corner. We can learn something totally unexpected as Mercury the Messenger forms a complicated septile to shocking Uranus. Meanwhile, healer Chiron enters compassionate Pisces, revealing the curative power of forgiveness.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You could temporarily lose confidence about your shift in direction today, but you’re not likely to slow down or change your mind. Once you begin moving on a project, you’ll be tempted to continue pushing until you’re done. Unfortunately, your strategy may not work exactly as conceived. Modify whatever needs improvement and try again.


Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

This is a day of amazing mental and spiritual experiences within the deep recesses of your own mind as your fantasies are being stimulated by strong feelings. However, your life has even greater unrealized potential now if you just go out of your way to share your hidden aspirations with someone you trust. The simple act of putting them out into the open is sufficient to shift the dynamics and improve your current situation.


Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You are not able to sit still today, even if your job requires you to stay put at your desk. Your frustration could take you right to the edge if you can’t figure out a way to interact with others throughout the day. Social activities can provide a healthy distraction and even inspire some positive ideas. Your friends can encourage you with their constructive advice now, so listen carefully to what they say.


Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Taking good care of those you love is easy work for you nurturing Crabs, so it should come naturally today when you are called upon for assistance. Helping others enables you to feel good about yourself without having to meet someone else’s production standards. Even if you fall behind at work now, you can still take pride in what you do by just showing up for a friend with a willing attitude and an open heart.


Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are overly enthusiastic about having fun today, even if it means playing hooky from school or work. Unfortunately, you could easily get caught if you just leave your responsibilities undone. However, thinking about the consequences isn’t a sufficient deterrent now. Nevertheless, there’s no need to act foolishly. If you start early, you can finish enough work to enable you to take the rest of the day off without guilt.


Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

If you are considering a joint venture, this is an ideal time to present your ideas to your potential partners. You are pumped up by the strength of your convictions, and the fiery Aries Moon gives you the ability to express yourself with gusto. But even with your current enthusiasm, you may experience fleeting moments of self-doubt. Thankfully, you can demonstrate your competence by concentrating on the details to show others that you are on the right track.


Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You might not have enough time to fully recuperate between a series of exciting activities, as one thing after another pulls you farther into the future. Unfortunately, discouragement could overtake your enthusiasm if you allow exhaustion to set in. Don’t let others talk you into taking on too much; use your common sense and pace yourself so you are not worn out by the end of the day.


Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are continuing your recent theme of trying new things to spice up your life. Today, the pioneering Aries Moon in your 6th House of Routine shakes up old habits and brings excitement to the table. Instead of doing your job the same way you did it last week, experiment and do something completely different. But tread carefully so you don’t inadvertently create unnecessary turmoil in an already turbulent day.


Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your confidence today isn’t helpful if it tempts you to skip over necessary preparation and walk into an important meeting cold. Even if you are clever enough to pull off your presentation, it’s too critical of a moment to deliver your ideas extemporaneously. For maximum results, do all your homework and then carefully review your work before sharing it with others.


Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Those closest to you now may not realize how sensitive you are because you are able to cover your insecurities with a smokescreen of hard work. You could even try to overcompensate by taking responsibility for extra things that are beyond your sphere of influence. Ultimately, it’s better to show your strength by acknowledging your limitations. Be smart and do fewer things with greater competence.


Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your energy could be a bit scattered now, so it’s a smart idea to take a few deep breaths and slow down. The rapid-response Aries Moon is now in your 3rd House of Immediate Environment, amplifying the hectic pace of your life. Your plans may run pretty smoothly at first, but something will unravel your tightly-woven schedule. Establishing firm priorities early in the day can help to keep you on track.


Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You want to explore using new tactics today in your ongoing attempt to get a handle on your personal finances. Maybe your old method of paying bills isn’t working as well as it once did. Or, perhaps you are considering an original approach to saving for the future. Luckily, your innovative thinking can be quite realistic now, so conjure up a viable solution to a problem and then don’t be afraid to try it out.

The Charge of the Star Goddess (Part II)

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess. She, in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircleth the universe.

I, who am the beauty of the Green Earth and the White Moon amongst the stars and the mystery of the Waters and the desire of the heart of man;  I call unto thy soul to arise and come unto me. For I am the Soul of Nature who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed and unto me all things must return You, beloved of the Gods and men, whose innermost divine self shall be enfolded in the raptures of the Infinite, let my worship be in the heart. Rejoiceth, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals; therefore, let there be beauty and strength–power and compassion–honor and humility, mirth and reverence–within you. And thou who thinkest to seek me, know that thy seeking and yearning avail thee not, unless thou knowest the mystery–that if that which thou seekest thou findeth not within thyself, thou will never find it without thee. For behold!I have been with thee from the beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire!

The Charge (Part I)

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old, called amongst men, Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionhod, Bride, and by many other names.

At mine Altar, the youths of Lacedemon in Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month and better it be when the Moon is Full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the Spirit of Me, who am Queen of all the Witcheries. There shall ye assemble, who are feign to learn all sorceries who have not as yet won my deepest secrets. To these will I teach that which is as yet unknown. And ye shall be free from all slavery and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall sing, feast, and make music, all in my presence. For mine is the ecstasy of the Spirit and mine is also joy on earth. For my Law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideals, strive ever towards them. Let none stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret that upon the door of youth and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immorality I am the Gracious Goddess who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man upon earth. I give the knowledge of the Spirit Eternal, and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before. Nor do I demand aught or sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of all things and my love is poured out upon the earth.

Charge Of The Goddess

The Charge of the Goddess is one of the most popular ritual invocation in modern Witchcraft and Wicca. The foundation of the work comes from a book titled Aradia – Gospel of the Witches, written by Charles Leland and published in 1899. Sometime after 1955, Doreen Valiente, one of the most gifted poets and priestesses of Wicca in our time, used the information in poetry while assisting Gerald Gardner in compiling the material later used for Gardnerian instruction. The version you will find here first appeared in The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, first published in 1972. In later years, the Charge was broken into two parts, with the second section standing alone and titled “The Charge of the Star Goddess.”

Depending upon personal or coven choice, the Charge is read:

  • At the beginning of a ritual. Members of the coven may practice deep breathing, grounding and centering, or meditation

  • Before communion.

  • At the end of a ritual, as a closure

  • At some point during an initiation rite.

  • During daily devotion

  • During personal spellworking.