“Think on These Things”

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Others don’t seem to be interested in our excuses – they merely want performances. Alibis for lack of service, for lack of ability to give a full measure of trust make a bad servant. And we are all servants, serving each other in one way or another.

It is an unhappy one who is not depended upon for something. There is great satisfaction in being needed, even to the point of doing more than one is capable of doing.

English divine Sidney Smith once wrote, “Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.”

We cannot move a step upon this earth without finding someone to serve. And as we serve each day, we never stop to consider how many we’ve made happy; but it should be very vivid in our minds how many we’ve made unhappy.


Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.


Elder’s Meditation of the Day August 20

Elder’s Meditation of the Day August 20

“…remember and think about the closeness of Wanka-Tanka. If they live in this wisdom, it will give them endless strength and hope.”

–Fools Crow, LAKOTA

The value of staying close to the Creator is the immediate help we have available to us whenever we need it. I can listen to the whisper of my heart for this is the place He communicates with me. Staying close helps me remember that we are here to serve Him and to help other people. The Grandfathers are my direct access to wisdom. He who has wisdom has everything. If we have wisdom, then we will see our lives become more effective in the areas of jobs, relationships, family, friends and finances.

My Creator, today grant me the wisdom to seek Your wisdom. Help me to Walk of the Red Road.


August 20 – Daily Feast

August 20 – Daily Feast


We have taken many paths we would not have chosen, and we have done many jobs we did not want to do. We have carried burdens we did not want to carry and dealt with impossible people we did not like. It is strange that the road we did not want to take is the one that brought us more quickly to the place we wanted to be. At times, the way was hostile, but when we needed a hand there was one. When we needed courage, it was there. What we call problems and unjust circumstances have a way of teaching us integrity and how to be peaceful. It makes us wonder how many other rewards we have missed because we resisted something that looked like too much responsibility.

~ I was going around the world with the clouds when God spoke to my thoughts and told me to…..be at peace with all. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler



Today’s I Ching Hexagram for August 20 is 47:Oppression

47: Oppression

Hexagram 47

General Meaning: The image of oppression conjures up a dried up lake bed with nettlesome crows stalking the shoreline. Hard times can shrivel our spirits, and give rise to a multitude of ‘crows’ in the form of troublesome worries. Times of great loss or personal failure break weaker people; but the strong of heart can bend with fate. To endure hard times — or even grow and benefit from them — it is essential to tap that deepest stratum of personal identity, that which is deeper even than fate, and which is incorruptible by even the harshest realities. It is essential, in other words, to tap the wellspring of human endurance: hope.

In a sense, there is no such thing as failure. There is only sweet and sour reality, and more is learned from the sour, oftentimes, than from the sweet. For failure, hard as it may be to swallow, opens the blinds to the real world, and reawakens the clarity of vision known only to those who have risked, and tasted, disappointment.

When in the throes of hard times, it is wise to be resolute and strong on the inside while remaining quietly cheerful on the outside. Avoid too much talking — except to your closest friends. Your words will have little effect on all others, since your influence will be at a low ebb — and the attempt to get across will only drain you of vital energy. Strong silence is the most skillful posture when facing the public during adversity; it shows that your inner core is strong enough to withstand the current troubles, and suggests that your recovery will be complete. At the same time, talking openly to those you trust is equally important, for in times of calamity, talking is an important part of healing.

Keep in mind that failure — the final taboo in modern society. But this is just one part of the inevitable cycle of life for those who dare to live fully and completely. Never to fail at all is to fail in the biggest way — avoiding risk altogether, you cannot help but fall far short of what might have been.

Today’s Tarot Card for August 20 is Justice


This Tarot Deck: Crow’s Magick

General Meaning: Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.

Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.

Your Horoscopes for Saturday, August 20

Today’s determined Taurus Moon helps us keep our heads out of the clouds and our feet on the ground, while a trine with enthusiastic Jupiter encourages us to fly. Three planets in radiant Leo and a magical Venus-Uranus quintile infuse us with the desire to try something new. However, taking a risk is not advised. We may need to keep our feelings to ourselves later in the day because Venus forms a stressful semisquare to restrictive Saturn.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

A bit of sensible self-restraint is wise because you tend to see more of the good news than the bad today. The power of positive thinking may be on your side; however, you can take this strategy too far by ignoring the facts. Remember, it’s helpful to be an optimist, but it’s not useful to remain in denial.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You won’t likely veer too far off course today, even if a different route looks better than the one you’re already traveling. Fortunately, you can recognize that there are many ways to reach the same goal and the one that works for someone else isn’t necessarily the best choice for you. Be appreciative and acknowledge each of the ideas that are presented to you now before returning to your path, knowing that it will serve your purpose best.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Although you are feeling pretty good today, you may believe that it’s important to keep your optimism under wraps. The Moon’s conjunction with jolly Jupiter in your 12th House of Secrets means that no one will know that you’re smiling on the inside. In the meantime, don’t forget about your obligations. Having fun isn’t just an excuse to get out of work. In fact, you should be able to find a way to combine your responsibilities with a lighthearted attitude that enables you to be productive while still enjoying yourself. Just be careful not to take on more than you can do.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Your friends can be a source of joy today as the Moon joins jovial Jupiter in your social 11th House of Community. Nevertheless, you could still have a tough time expressing a secret fear if you are concerned that others may not accept you just the way you are. You might even grow frustrated with your own inhibitions, wishing that you were more easygoing. Don’t waste energy trying to do anything that’s uncomfortable now; just observe your feelings and say what’s on your mind only when you are ready.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

It’s an absolute relief to let someone else take the lead today. Giving up control can be very exhilarating on its own, but you’re in luck now because your friends or co-workers may have something fun in mind. Processing your own resistance quickly allows you to open up some playtime in your already busy schedule. Go ahead and indulge yourself; your work will still be there when you return.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may want to retreat into a more private space because excessive social activity makes you feel nervous today. Unfortunately, you have to incur interactions with others to do your job or to accomplish what is expected of you. If you withdraw, the pressure could build until you fulfill your commitments. Paradoxically, you might have a great time once you stop resisting the inevitable.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Today could be a wonderful day if you are open to all the potential possibilities that come your way. But as the day unfolds, it appears that you are more attached to an old agenda than you previously thought. Someone may seem quite stubborn and can become a pain in your neck until you realize that you’re being inflexible, too. Adapt to the changing circumstances and enjoy yourself while you can.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Something that bothered you recently seems less annoying now. Perhaps you change your attitude when you learn additional information that you were previously missing. Or, maybe you simply have a change of heart. You may see the very same person who was obstinate yesterday as the source of steadfast support today. In any case, your willingness to try new experiences can attract exactly what you are seeking.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You cannot escape from the drudgery of routines now, but someone can take you on a little adventure that leaves you relaxed and reinvigorated. Whether it is a fascinating discussion at a long lunch with friends or a peaceful sunset stroll with your sweetie, getting away for a bit today is exactly what you need to clear your mind.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You’re eager to start on your new project, even if you don’t know where it will take you yet. Your willingness to make a commitment before you have all the details stems from your high level of self-confidence. You are secure in knowing what you stand for now and what you bring to the situation, freeing you to say yes to an intriguing opportunity and save the hard questions for later.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

The potential for fun and games continues to grow, making it nearly impossible for you to choose only one path. But you need to limit your activities because you cannot do everything. Still, you may take on more than you can handle today, without realizing that too much of a good thing can tire you out or, at the least, cause indigestion. Practice moderation; a bit of self-restraint now allows you to have a better time in the long run.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your emotional satisfaction may not be noticeable by most of those around you today. Oddly enough, you can be very happy without your friends or co-workers having any knowledge of your personal world. Meanwhile, a partner or family member comes to the rescue by being able to see a different side of the story. Letting your joy overflow opens other avenues of communication which are easily expressed within a more private and personal venue.

the daily humorscopes for saturday, august 20

the daily humorscope 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Today you will get one of those pimples that just suddenly appears, and you will only notice it when you glance in the mirror after a very important meeting.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You will decide that you like the name “Sven” better than your own, and you begin encouraging people to call you that. Eventually, you will have your name legally changed.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You will be chased through the streets tonight by a group of wild-eyed short people wearing togas and playing kazoos. Be careful — they may have escaped from a birthday party, and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Someone nearby will make disgusting slurping sounds in your favorite restaurant. You’ll retaliate by glaring pointedly, and by eating your linguini with your fingers.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
You’ve been trying to sell your car, and it just isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes it helps if you have a name for your vehicle, to give it more character. I call mine the “Millenium Falcon.” My passengers often become irritated at being called “Chewie”, though.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Let the golden sun of happiness burn away your inner fog of disgruntlement. Remember: gruntled people are more fun!
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
In one of those amusing mix-ups that happen so frequently in modern life, a friend of yours will have mistaken your reference to “her suit” and thought you said “hirsute”. Still, this may prove a little awkward.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Several people, quite independently, will tell you moose jokes today, or otherwise attempt to discuss moose with you. This is their subtle way of telling you that you’re having a “bad hair day”.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Today you should sit down (someplace comfy), and ask yourself if you even care. You shouldn’t. It’s not your fault, you’ve been trying as hard as you can, so you shouldn’t care. Not if they’re going to act like that.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
You will walk into a door frame today, and people will smirk. Remember though, they’re smirking with you, not at you.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
Today you will receive a gift horse. Unfortunately, it will have a really horrendous case of gingivitis.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You will finally come to understand what Mies Van der Rohe was talking about when he said “Less is more.” He was talking about his brother, Lester Van der Rohe, and was referring to a small weight-gain problem.

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions  
The most common times to perform sacred devotions are:

Upon rising
Before sleep
Before meals
Before a magickal working
Before a ritual
OR simply, when you feel the time is right

Although for many people it is not possible to spend hours a day on daily devotions, on the other hand they are not a quick kneel, blab a quick verse and then race off. Brief they may be but must include enough time for you to ground, centre, perform the devotion, ground and centre again.

These are some suggestions for grounding yourself:

A. Place palms of hands flat down on the floor or ground and visualize the energy flowing into the earth.
B. Imagine the energy draining from your body, through your feet and into the earth.
C. Send the excess energy into the Universe for peace, or healing, or to form a reservoir of positive energy for the Good of All.
D. Send the excess energy into your tools or into your altar.
E. Hold a piece of hematite in your hand.
F. Run cold water over your hands.
G. Eat or drink something.

Remember, a devotion should always raise your energy level and leave you feeling refreshed.

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Daily Devotions



The Power Animal can be consulted in order to obtain advise on problems. This is
commonly called “divination”. To do this, simply journey to the Lowerworld to
see your animal. Your Power Animal is usually quite close by and you won’t have
to journey far before you see it. Quite often it is at the end of the tunnel.

When you see your Power Animal, silently greet it and pose your question. Most
often the Power Animal will provide the answer by moving it’s body in an unusual
way. However, sometimes it may lead you on a journey. The experiences of the
journey will be relevant to your answer.

The first few times you do this, it is best to keep your answers simple so that
they may be answered in a “yes” or “no” form. When you become more experienced
in understanding the animal’s language, the questions can be more complicated.

You should keep some form of diary in which to record your shamanistic
experiences. These you should record as soon as you finish a journey so that the
memory is still clear.

You need not wait until you have a problem before you undertake a journey to see
your animal guardian. It is beneficial to visit without posing a question. You
will find positive things happening in your life around such visits.



There are different names for this exercise in different cultures. It is a way
for a person to get in touch with their animal aspects through dance. Keep in
mind that a Guardian Spirit can appear in animal or human form.

Undertake this exercise in a quiet, half darkened room which is free from
furniture that can hamper your movements. It is helpful if you have the use of
one or two rattles, but these are not necessary.

There are two parts to this exercise, 1- The Starting Dance, and 2- Dancing your
animal. In both dances, you loudly shake a rattle in each hand and dance in time
to the rattle. In all dancing, you keep your eyes half closed. This allows you
to cut down on the light and at the same time enables you to know where you are
in the room.

The Starting Dance
Standing still and erect, face east and shake one rattle very rapidly four
times. This is the signal that you are starting, ending or making an important
transition in serious shamanistic work. Think of the rising Sun and the power it
brings to all living things.

Still standing in place, start shaking one rattle at a steady pace of about 50
beats per second. Do this for about half a minute in each cardinal direction
while thinking of the element or power animals of that direction. For example,
you can think of an Eagle in the East, a Lion in the South, a Serpent or Dolphin
in the West, and a Bull in the North. Move clockwise.

Return to the East and shake the rattle above your head at the same rate for
about half a minute. Think of the sun, moon, starts and the entire universe
above. Now shake the rattle towards the ground and think of the earth, our home
and the gifts she gives to us.

Still facing the East, begin shaking both rattles at the same rate and dancing
along with the beat as if you were jogging in place. In this starting dance, you
are giving proof of your sincerity to the power animals wherever they may be, by
making a sacrifice to them of your own energy in the form of dance. Dancing is a
form of praying and evoking the sympathy of the Guardian Spirit.

Stop dancing and stand still. Shake one rattle four times to signal that you are
about to make an important transition.

Start shaking your tattles loudly, but in a slow tempo of about 60 beats per
minute. Start dancing around the room in time to the rattle. Move slowly and in
a free form. Try to pick up the feeling of some kind of mammal, bird, fish,
reptile or a combination of these. Once you feel the sense of something,
concentrate on it and slowly move your body in accordance with the creature. Be
open to the experience and emotion of the creature.

Don’t hesitate to make noises or cries. By keeping your eyes half closed, you
might be able to see the non-ordinary environment in which the animal is living.
You may even be able to see the animal. Do this for about 5 minutes. Without
pausing, shift to a higher state of rattle shaking and movement. Do this for
about 4 minutes. Another shift to a still faster pace of rattle and body
movements. Do this for about 4 minutes.

Stop dancing and mentally welcome the animal into your body. To do this, shake
the rattle four times and draw it and the animal towards your solar plexes.

Face the East and shake the rattle four times, while standing still. This is the
signal that your work has ended.

Once you have successfully gained your power animal, make it content enough to
say with you. This is done through exercising your animal through dancing and
singing songs of the animal.

Guardian animals usually only stay with a person for a few years, and then
depart. So in the course of a life long shamanistic practice, a person will have
a number of animals.