Spell Of The Day for Aug. 6 – Spell To Cover Your Rump

Spell To Cover Your Rump

Whether you’ve done something you shouldn’t or neglected to do something you should have this spell throws a “smoke screen” around you.

Best Time To Cast This Spell:

  • During the New Moon
  • When the Sun or Moon is in Scorpio

Items You Will Need:

  • Wood chips from these trees:  Ash, Rowan Pussy Willow, Holly
  • Small amounts of these herbs:  Fennel, Basil, Garlic, Dill, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Star anise
  • Seeds or petals from these flowers, peony white snapdragon, primrose
  • An amber-colored glass bottle with stopper
  • A gray silk scarf
  • Matches

The Spell:

  1. In a safe place build a small fire using the wood chips, herbs and seeds or petals.
  2. When the fire has died down to ashes, hold the amber bottle above the ashes and collect some smoke. Stopper the bottle.
  3. Hold the silk scarf in the smoke (don’t let it catch fire) for a few moments. Extinguish the fire.
  4. The next time you need to cover your ass, open the bottle and let the smoke flow out. Imagine it swelling to form a dense cloud around you, completely hiding you from sight. Drape the scarf over your shoulders and imagine concealing yourself  with a cloak of invisibility.

Note:  Refill the bottle with magick smoke after each use.

Crystal of the Day for August 6 – Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

Pyrite

 

The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide with the formula FeS2. This mineral’s metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool’s gold because of its resemblance to gold. The color has also led to the nicknames brass, brazzle and Brazil, primarily used to refer to pyrite found in coal.

Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek πυρίτης (puritēs), “of fire” or “in fire”, in turn from πύρ (pur), “fire”.In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel; Pliny the Elder described one of them as being brassy, almost certainly a reference to what we now call pyrite. By Georgius Agricola’s time, the term had become a generic term for all of the sulfide minerals.

Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock, as well as in coal beds, and as a replacement mineral in fossils. Despite being nicknamed fool’s gold, pyrite is sometimes found in association with small quantities of gold. Gold and arsenic occur as a coupled substitution in the pyrite structure. In the Carlin–type gold deposits, arsenian pyrite contains up to 0.37 wt% gold.

Uses of Fool’s Gold

Pyrite enjoyed brief popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in early firearms, most notably the wheellock, where the cock held a lump of pyrite against a circular file to strike the sparks needed to fire the gun.

Pyrite has been used since classical times to manufacture copperas, that is, iron(II) sulfate. Iron pyrite was heaped up and allowed to weather as described above (an early form of heap leaching). The acidic runoff from the heap was then boiled with iron to produce iron sulfate. In the 15th century, such leaching began to replace the burning of sulfur as a source of sulfuric acid. By the 19th century, it had become the dominant method.

Pyrite remains in commercial use for the production of sulfur dioxide, for use in such applications as the paper industry, and in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. Thermal decomposition of pyrite into FeS (iron(II) sulfide) and elemental sulfur starts at 550 °C; at around 700 °C pS2 is about 1 atm.

Pyrite is a semiconductor material with band gap of 0.95 eV.

During the early years of the 20th century, pyrite was used as a mineral detector in radio receivers, and is still used by ‘crystal radio’ hobbyists. Until the vacuum tube matured, the crystal detector was the most sensitive and dependable detector available- with considerable variation between mineral types and even individual samples within a particular type of mineral. Pyrite detectors occupied a midway point between galena detectors and the more mechanically complicated perikon mineral pairs. Pyrite detectors can be as sensitive as a modern 1N34A diode detector.

Pyrite has been proposed as an abundant, inexpensive material in low cost photovoltaic solar panels. Synthetic iron sulfide is used with copper sulfide to create the experimental photovoltaic material.

Pyrite is used to make marcasite jewelry (incorrectly termed marcasite). Marcasite jewelry, made from small faceted pieces of pyrite, often set in silver, was popular in the Victorian era.

Herb of the Day for August 6 – White Sage

White Sage

Salvia apiana (White sage, bee sage, or sacred sage) is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, found mainly in the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California, on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Description

S. apiana is a shrub that reaches 1.3 to 1.5 metres (4.3 to 4.9 ft) tall and 1.3 metres (4.3 ft) wide. The whitish evergreen leaves have oils and resins that release a strong aroma when rubbed. The flowers are very attractive to bees, which is described by the specific epithet, apiana. Several 1 to 1.3 metres (3.3 to 4.3 ft) flower stalks, sometimes pinkish colored, grow above the foliage in the spring. Flowers are white to pale lavender.

Distribution and habitat

White sage is a common plant that requires well-drained dry soil, full sun, and little water. The plant occurs on dry slopes in coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and yellow-pine forests of Southern California to Baja California at less than 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) elevation.

Uses

S. apiana is widely used by Native American groups on the Pacific coast of the United States. The seed was a main ingredient of pinole, a staple food. The Cahuilla harvested large quantities of the seed that was mixed with wheat flour and sugar for gruel or biscuits. The leaves and stems were eaten by the Chumash and other tribes. Several tribes used the seed for removing foreign objects from the eye, similar to the way that Clary sage seeds were used in Europe. A tea from the roots was used by the Cahuilla women for healing and strength after childbirth. The leaves are also burnt by many native American tribes, with the smoke used in different purification rituals.

Deity of the Day for August 6 – The Valkyries

Valkyries

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Valkyries (“Choosers of the Slain”) are beautiful young women, mounted upon winged horses and armed with helmets and spears. Odin needs many brave warriors for the oncoming battle of Ragnarok, and the Valkyries scout the battlefields to choose the bravest of those who have been slain. They escort these heroes, called the Einherjar to Valhalla, Odin’s hall.The Valkyries are also Odin’s messengers and when they ride forth on their errands, their armor causes the strange flickering light that is called “Aurora Borealis” (Northern Lights).

Some of the Valyries are Brynhildr, Göll, Göndul, Gudr, Gunn, Herfjoturr, Hildr, Hladgunnr, Hlokk, Hrist, Sigrdrifa, Sigrún, and Svafa.

Old Norse: Valkyrja. An 8th and 9th century term for them is Wælcyrge

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Feng Shui Tip for Aug. 6 – ‘National Fresh Breath Day’

On ‘National Fresh Breath Day’ I’d like to offer some holistic halitosis remedies that could be the breath of fresh air that you (and everyone around you) could use. I could share the standard ‘brush the back of your tongue’ to scrape bacteria away. Or I could start with the old ‘floss and brush after every meal’ advice. Instead, I’d like to address alternative ways to freshen the breath. If you need to make onion and garlic smells disappear, than sprinkle a teaspoon of kosher salt on the top of a half of a lemon and you’ll smell citrusy fresh. But don’t make that a habit because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel. You can also chew on a clove or eat some anise seeds for two time-tested and refreshing remedies. Then there’s my personal fave for fighting morning breath. At bedtime, let a tiny piece of myrrh dissolve in your mouth. Not only is this an oral antiseptic, it can also keep bacteria at bay and lets you wake up with a ready-to-rock kisser! Finally, eating an apple will kill coffee breath and keep the doctor away at the same time!

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for August 6 is 58: Joy

58: Joy

Hexagram 58

General Meaning:

A joy that is shared is symbolized by a group of friends playing, or a carefree young girl singing to herself while engaged in her work. Happiness is rising within, and spreading out into the world.

Joy arises through gentle means, but springs from a solid inner base. The power of pure joy should not be underestimated. The enjoyment of learning and discovery, for example, has let to great innovation and much material progress. Accordingly, that which brings the most joy into the world — love — is the source of life itself.

If happiness is supported by personal stability, it will eventually wear down the stiffest barrier and win over the hardest heart. True joy is a beacon in the world, and though it is indeed rare, its presence is an indication of great good fortune, both now and in the future. How could it be otherwise?

Today’s Runes for August 6 is Othila

Othila is the homeland. Land was the purest form of immovable wealth in Norse civilization, distinct from the movable wealth represented by Fehu. This rune speaks of stability and safety stemming from inheritance, both material and genetic. With respect to the question asked, consider the background of the people and families involved…

Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:

Judgment

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.

Daily Horoscopes for August 6

An unexpected emotional encounter in the morning is likely when the combative Aries Moon activates domineering Pluto and irrepressible Uranus. However, our memory fades quickly along with any lingering negativity as the Moon harmonizes with jolly Jupiter and the radiant Sun. Although we may express our emotions before thinking about the consequences, everything should work out fine as long as we remember to consider the feelings of others, too.

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You know what you want today with the Moon in your sign, yet impulsively announcing your desires to the world isn’t necessarily the most effective way to reach satisfaction. You could stir up an emotional hornet’s nest by saying more than is necessary. Thankfully, a little self-restraint goes a long way now. But it’s not necessary to keep all your thoughts to yourself. Revealing your most uplifting feelings allows you to walk on the sunny side of the street.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You really don’t have to say much today because that special someone probably already knows what you are feeling, even if you think you’re keeping a secret. There are lots of different ways to be demonstrative; although verbal communication may be the most obvious, it’s not always the most efficient. Your acts of kindness toward those you love enable you to get your message across loud and clear.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your current wave of enthusiasm can create a big splash with your partner or lover. However, a long-winded speech might have the opposite effect unless you follow your good intentions with sincere actions. People may tire of your sweet talk. Delivering the goods is more impressive than empty promises.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You shouldn’t have to work so hard at letting someone know how much you care. Ironically, sometimes expressing what you feel is so easy that others think you’re not really being sincere. Naturally, this misunderstanding can be frustrating. Steer clear of flattery and flowers; stick to the facts and speak straight from your heart.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You might exaggerate today as you try to paint the most positive picture of your love life. However, your words can be misleading now as talkative Mercury nears the end of its retrograde period. Even if you believe that you’re being clear, others may still hear what they want to hear. Fortunately, your actions speak the truth in a way that cannot be misinterpreted. Say less and do more.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Communication skills are crucial today, especially if you want to delve beneath the surface to discover what’s real. Exploring your feelings is difficult now without the support of others. But a visit to a therapist or counselor won’t be able to replace a heartfelt discussion with someone you love. Keep in mind that finding the truth is less important than the process of interaction. There are no absolute rights or wrongs when it comes to matters of the heart.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It may seem as if everyone is a bit jumpy today and their reactions can be extreme. Nevertheless, avoid basing your actions on how you think someone will respond to you. Instead of carefully weighing your words, just say what’s on your mind while still conveying kindness and respect. Others will be so appreciative of your positive attitude that they might not even care if you disagree with them.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Instead of doing your job according to the established routine now, take a risk and experiment with a different plan. Approaching your work from a new perspective today can help move a project along more quickly than you expect. Even if you think you know what’s best, practicing the Zen art of beginner’s mind expands your choices and increases your chances for success.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may be so eager to open your heart today that you don’t notice the potential trouble that lies ahead. Once you know what you want, you’re ready to take the course of least resistance and let down your defenses. Thankfully, acknowledging your vulnerability draws others closer to you and disperses lingering feelings of loneliness. Saying exactly how you feel now will likely lead to more intimacy in the days ahead.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Others might be walking on eggshells when they are near you because they don’t want to unnecessarily stir up difficult emotions now. However, this may be the exact opposite of what you want. You can set an example by expressing your desires clearly instead of keeping your desires to yourself. But being brutally honest doesn’t mean that you have the right to hurt someone’s feelings. Say what you must while remaining sensitive in your delivery.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You wish that you could push your feelings into new territory, but you still might be cautious with your words. Oddly enough, it’s easier to demonstrate what you want with bold actions rather than rationalizing your needs. Keep in mind that you are not responsible for how anyone reacts to your decisions. Nevertheless, you can be true to yourself and still be kind to others at the same time.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You’re feeling optimistic today about what you have to offer others in your life. You are excited about exploring this newfound confidence by sharing your exciting plans with your family or coworkers. However, they may not be as supportive as you wish, so downplay your original ideas to be safe. Ultimately, you’re more believable if you speak matter-of-factly, without turning everything into such a big deal.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for August 6

If you read yesterday’s calendar entry, you will recall that Mercury is still retrograde — although gearing up to switch to direct motion tomorrow night. However, the universe appears to be on a charm offensive right now as several favorable sky patterns attempt to lift your spirits.  The monthly Moon-Uranus (5:52AM PDT) and Moon-Pallas (11:44AM PDT) unions are mega-boosts for your thinking — particularly along intuitive and innovative lines. Brainstorms can lead to money-making endeavors if you are in the right place, at the right time, and in the right state of consciousness.  It doesn’t hurt that the Moon forms a supportive, 60-degree alliance with mind-expanding Jupiter (11:30AM PDT) and a harmonious 120-degree trine with the radiant, glowing Sun (6:47PM PDT).  Topping off this upbeat day is a Sun-Mercury parallel (7:42PM PDT) — similar in effect to a communication-enhancing union between the Sun and Mercury. Strategy sessions may be empowered overnight when you are burning the midnight oil — thanks to a supportive, 60-degree tie from Pallas to Jupiter (2:22AM on Tuesday morning). Write down your insights when you wake up tomorrow.