You Know Your Coven’s Getting Older When…
The ritual feast is pureed.
Last Beltaine the coven decided it would be nice to go out to dinner to celebrate.
The last time you tried to do a spiral dance your oxygen feeds got tangled.
Viagra is kept in the coven supplies.
The maiden of the coven is a grandmother.
The ritual room is outfitted with defibrillators.
The coveners drive their RV’s to Scottsdale for Mabon.
When you are at a festival you go to bed at sunset.
It takes the whole coven to move the cauldron.
The high priest still has a vendetta going against Richard Nixon.
You find yourself using your pendulum over the stock pages in the newspaper.
You tell an initiate that in your day you had to slog through five feet of snow uphill both ways when you did a Yule ritual.
You drop your teeth in the ritual cup.
At Samhain you see more of your coveners in the Wild Hunt than you do in circle.
You put your athame in the chalice during ritual but you can’t remember why.
You hold an all night blow-out drum frenzy and none of your neighbors noticed.
You use Glenn Miller records for trance music.
All of your ritual robes are tie-dyed
Your coven has a 401(k) retirement plan.
A nitro pill vial replaces the crystal on your pendant.
No one’s successfully jumped the Beltaine fire since 1983.
When the coven sings, “Creak and groan, creak and groan . . .”
When you set comfy chairs around the circle.
When you sit on the floor and can’t get up again.
You do anointings with Aspercreme.
The oak tree your coven planted died of old age.
You use Bran Muffins and Prune Juice for Cakes & Ale because you need the extra fiber.
You don’t use salt to consecrate you altar because you need to stay away from extra sodium.
You use a walker during the Wild Hunt
You prefer to rent a Hall for rituals because the bathrooms are closer.
You need a flashlight to find the candles.
Happy Fourth of July! On a day devoted to celebrating independence with all sorts of fanfare, including the traditional fireworks, let’s talk about the other ways Feng Shui says you can blast your way to better recognition and career related rewards. But first some Feng Shui firework history. Asian cultures use fireworks to welcome in the New Year and bid farewell to any negativity attached to the old one. They also use fireworks to celebrate weddings, grand openings and to clear the space before enacting sacred rituals. The fireworks are mostly employed to blow away harmful energies and negative spirits. According to this ancient philosophy, they can also be used to symbolically protect a home or to create an ‘explosion’ in the Fame area of your home. For this intention we use the ‘Five Buddha Firecrackers,’ a specific grouping of five faux red and gold foil firecrackers positioned in the Fame area of your home or office in order to promote your career, bring monetary rewards and blast you up the ladder of success. Have a safe and wonderful holiday and may we all enjoy freedom forever!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
64: Nearing Completion
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.
|Stone Runes are most commonly used for questions about the natural world and things beyond human control. Tyr is the symbol of the warrior. This rune most represents masculine force and potency, and frequently victory in battle. Beware though, for this rune represents directly the Norse god whose name it bears – Tyr stands out in legend for having sacrificed his hand that he might bind Fenrir, a monstrous wolf that threatens to swallow the world. As such, this rune is known to portend a great victory that can be bought with a terrible sacrifice. Tyr is also the god of law, frequently placed in such position above Odin. In this aspect, protection of justice may be had by this rune.|
This Tarot Deck: Ukiyoe
General Meaning: Traditionally known as the Hierophant, this card refers to a Master and the learning of practical lessons from the study of Natural Law. This energy of this card points to some agent or resource that can reveal the secrets of life, the cycles of the moon and tides, the links between human beings and the heavens.
Because monasteries were the only places a person could learn to read and write in the middle ages, a Hierophant was one to whom a student would petition for entry. He was the one to set the curriculum for the neophyte’s course of study.
Often pictured with the right hand raised in blessing, the Hierophant is linked with the ancient lineage of Melchezidek, initiator of the Hebrew priestly tradition, the one who passes on the teachings. All shamans of any tradition draw upon this archetype.
It feels as if new information is bombarding you from multiple directions today, encouraging you to change your mind. However, what you learn now doesn’t necessarily arrive through normal communication channels. It’s as if you have been offered a direct pipeline to the center of the cosmos, but the truth is that it’s really coming from your own imagination. Write down your dreams, for they can tell you exactly what you need to know.
Your current attempts at taking it easy are shattered as friends shock you into a new frame of reference. Normally, you’re resistant to this type of sudden change, but now your mind races ahead eagerly to integrate the exciting ideas. Make the most of your newly found intellectual freedom while you are still riding high from the adrenaline rush.
Sudden changes in your career can bring unexpected fluctuations to your financial condition in the form of an unexpected windfall or an unplanned expenditure. Remember, you are likely to react impulsively as your mind makes quantum leaps, so don’t assume that your edgy thinking is without flaws. Reconsider large purchases before you buy something you may later regret.
Your emotional sensitivity is strong now as other people insist that you do things in a specific manner. You may have a different idea, yet it’s hard to put your feelings into words. Meanwhile, others may think that you’re holding back a big secret because you appear a bit nervous, but don’t buy into their insecurities. Let your own emotions be your guide and not the fears of others.
Your thoughts can tug you into strange and unfamiliar waters today, and you must travel alone on this short journey of the soul. You may be working on the solution to a particular problem, yet now you are poised to make a larger intellectual breakthrough. Nevertheless, don’t push your thoughts onto everyone else; you can share your ideas with your friends when you return.
Clever Mercury, your key planet, receives a brilliant electric shock from Uranus the Awakener today, brightening your dreams and bringing your nervous system into the present moment. Your interactions with everyone else may be precise, but don’t think that you know where each conversation will take you. Remain flexible and your willingness to change will teach you much about yourself and your world.
Be outrageously original and as unconventional as possible instead of trying to please everyone today. Your creativity is running strong now as your key planet Venus is zapped by the high voltage of Uranus. Breaking out of expected behaviors can actually strengthen your hand, so be experimental, even a bit rebellious, as you move outside your normal boundaries.
It feels as if you’re watching short movie trailers of your future possibilities, and it may not be quite what you were expecting. Don’t worry; these fantasies don’t necessarily reveal your fate. Rather, they’re your way to rebel against the status quo. There may be ideas worth pursuing that get lost in the sheer volume of original thoughts sparking through your brain. If something makes sense, write it down quickly so it doesn’t get lost in the noise.
Your initial reaction to grow and evolve may be a reflection of your need to control something that is beyond your sphere of influence. Thankfully, you can see that things are shifting for good reason. Unfortunately, you may not be ready to jump on the next opportunity that comes along. Luckily, tensions will release once you accept the new direction you are required to take.
Normally you try to build your reality on stable foundations, yet trouble develops if you become overly rigid. Today’s lessons can help you learn how much you need to loosen up, especially as you deal with other people’s feelings. Fear of change will likely work against you, so practice flexibility as you stretch and bend in the face of emotional transformation.
Your key planet, eccentric Uranus, receives a power boost today from an inflow of useful information as intelligent Mercury harmonizes with it. Additionally sweet Venus brings her charm to the party and spices up any gathering. Nevertheless, you placed yourself in a data-rich environment, so make maximum use of what you know by stepping outside of the box. Be original while incorporating radical ideas into the flow of events.
You have a bit of magic at your disposal today. You can share your emotional spontaneity by communicating the feelings in your heart, but it won’t work if you take too much time searching for the right words. Instead, just reach out in a new and exciting way, for your well-intentioned overtures might be just what’s needed. There’s no need to rationalize your desire to establish a deeper connection with a friend.
Easy does it! The day after a Full Moon can sometimes be disconcerting due to your reaching an enlightening mind-set around the exact time of the Full Moon. Now the need – for today and tomorrow – is to distribute the illuminating energies just received across the globe. Making matters somewhat more challenging is the Sun forming a frictional, 45-degree link to Vesta (3:28AM PDT) – a sky pattern that can equate with tensions relating to safe and security issues, insurance rates and coverage, as well as investments. Meanwhile, it doesn’t help that the Moon in Capricorn enters a nearly exact 12-hour void twilight zone at 5:26AM PDT (during a Moon-Saturn square). The lunar orb stays void until 5:27PM PDT when the Moon enters service-oriented Aquarius. Nevertheless, while the Moon is void, Mercury makes a supportive, 60-degree link to Venus (6:27AM PDT) while Mercury also trines its higher-guardian planet Uranus (10:54AM PDT). Revelations abound and your mind can pick up on ingenious ideas that can still be implemented in the days and weeks to come. Once the Moon enters Aquarius, consider becoming pro-active in group projects, team sports and community events. Creative and artistic vibrations dominate the evening landscape – courtesy of a supportive, 60-degree link between Venus and Uranus (7:37PM PDT) and a parallel from Mercury to Venus (8:14PM PDT). The love boat enters exotic ports of call as Venus continues to increase its daily speed following its shift from reverse to direct motion a week ago.