By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Chief Standing Bear talked of his Lakota people. He said they loved to worship and the contact was immediate and personal and that blessings flowed over them like rain showered from the sky.

Can worship really produce such blessings? Indeed, yes. Indian people were born to believe and they have long proved that the “vanishing American”is so much high talk that came to nothing.

To the Indian, Spirit is not aloof, not a figment of the imagination but real life and real power. How sad that lukewarm attitudes silence those who do not want to be known as religious. It is not religion at all, but faith, Spirit, and something to rely on when life goes dry.


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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – August 23

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – August 23

“They also learned, and perhaps this was the most important thing, how to look at things through the eyes of the Higher Powers.”

–Fools Crow, LAKOTA

Our eyes can only see our beliefs. Our beliefs cause us to make assumptions, draw conclusions and cause confusion. Our five senses are very limiting. The Creator has a way of allowing us to see or know in the spiritual world. This is called the Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is like a radar system; our personal radar system. It will help us “see” opportunities and help us avoid disaster. This Sixth Sense is controlled by God. We must learn to listen to it. We must learn to trust it. We must learn to act on it even if our head says differently. We must learn to look at things through the eyes of God.

My Creator, guide me today. If my eyes cause confusion, let me close them and see through Your eyes. If my ears
Hear confusion, let me listen to my heart. Let me let You guide me.

August 23 – Daily Feast

August 23 – Daily Feast

Painting a picture is much the same as living a life. Some of us only get the outline sketched while others find the time and desire to mix beautiful colors and brush them on canvas. Color is used sparingly on some canvases, others are somber and dark with little or no highlights. But those whose cheerful colors, cardinal reds, sunflower yellows, and all shades of purple and lilac, show us that life does not have to be ordinary. The Master Artist, U ne la nv hi, gave us all pallets and pots of bright colors to use boldly, or to mix in subtle but lively shades. We have been given the general sketch but it is left to us to fill in the colors, harmonizing and blending until we get the right tones. Each of us is a painter and each has the charge to make life a work of art.

~ They searched for a long period of time for the source of life, and at last came to see the thought that it issues from an invisible creative power to which they applied the name Wa-ko-da. ~


“A Cherokee Feast of Days” by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daily Motivator for August 23 – Living your purpose

Living your purpose

The way to have a full and happy life is to live it every chance you get. The  way to get beyond the excuses is to stop believing them and to start living your  purpose.

Decide to see the obstacles as steps along the path rather than blockades.  Let the challenges strengthen you, and let the disappointments inspire you to  push more purposefully forward.

Whatever the objective, whatever the dream, there is always a way. You can  find it and you can live it by thinking and acting from the perspective of  purpose.

You will never be truly satisfied by superficial trinkets and shallow  pleasures. Remind yourself, again and again, to put your energy into what really  matters.

You deserve much better than to constantly wallow in the distractions. You  deserve the exquisite experience of bringing your beautiful, unique purpose to  life.

Live today, and every day, and your whole life, like you mean it, and like it  is the best you can imagine. Because when you do, it is.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Daily OM for August 23 – Disapproving Faces

Disapproving Faces

Not Everybody Will Like You

by Madisyn Taylor

Not everybody we meet will like us and it is ok to move into acceptance rather than trying to make somebody like you.

It is not necessarily a pleasant experience, but there will be times in our lives when we come across people who do not like us. As we know, like attracts like, so usually when they don’t like us it is because they are not like us. Rather than taking it personally, we can let them be who they are, accepting that each of us is allowed to have different perspectives and opinions. When we give others that freedom, we claim it for ourselves as well, releasing ourselves from the need for their approval so we can devote our energy toward more rewarding pursuits.

While approval from others is a nice feeling, when we come to depend on it we may lose our way on our own path. There are those who will not like us no matter what we do, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with us. Each of us has our own filters built from our experiences over time. They may see in us something that is merely a projection of their understanding, but we have no control over the interpretations of others. The best we can do is to hope that the role we play in the script of their lives is helpful to them, and follow our own inner guidance with integrity.

As we reap the benefits of walking our perfect paths, we grow to appreciate the feeling of fully being ourselves. The need to have everyone like us will be replaced by the exhilaration of discovering that we are attracting like-minded individuals into our lives—people who like us because they understand and appreciate the truth of who we are. We free ourselves from trying to twist into shapes that will fit the spaces provided by others’ limited understanding and gain a new sense of freedom, allowing us to expand into becoming exactly who we’re meant to be. And in doing what we know to be right for us, we show others that they can do it too. Cocreating our lives with the universe and its energy of pure potential, we transcend limitations and empower ourselves to shine our unique light, fully and freely.

Crystal of the Day for August 23 – Garnet


  • Common Name: Garnet
  • Appearance: Deep red to purple
  • Element(s): Fire
  • Deity connection: Persephone
  • Healing powers: Connected to the root chakra, garnets can be used in healing of reproductive disorders and regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Magical uses: Strongly tied to women’s bodies, the garnet is associated with moon magic; also used in rituals to balance the spiritual with the physical body
  • Other info: In some traditions, a garnet obtained through deceit brings a curse upon the person who possesses it, until returned to the legal owner

Herb of the Day for August 23 – Bayberry


Botanical Names

  • Family Myricaceae
  • Myrica cerifera (Bayberry, Southern/American Bayberry, Wax Myrtle, Candleberry, Tallow Shrub, Vegetable Tallow, Waxberry, Myrica)
  • Myrica gale (Sweet Gale, Bog Myrtle, Dutch Myrtle, Bayberry)


  • The volatile oil is considered toxic, and mixing plant extracts with beer (as practised during the Middle Ages) is said to lead to manic episodes.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.


Bayberry is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to about thirty feet, producing narrow, glossy, aromatic leaves, small, yellow flowers in catkins and gray, waxy berries that contain numerous blacks seeds that have a crust of usable greenish-white wax. This wax helps keep the seeds suitable for germination for up to three years. Bayberry is found in the eastern and southern regions of Canada and the US, especially around Lake Erie, and as far west as Texas. The bark is collected in autumn or spring.

Sweet Gale is a deciduous shrub that grows to about ten or fifteen feet. Both the branches and the leaves have tiny, fragrant glands that produce an aroma when crushed. Sweet Gale is indigenous to the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere.


European settlers in North America believed that bayberry plants had many medicinal benefits. A 1737 account stated that it could “expel wind and ease all manner of pains proceeding from cold, therefore are good in colic, palsies, convulsions, epilepsies, and many other disorders.”

The root bark was listed in the US National Formulary from 1916 to 1936.

Its nicknames came as a result of its wax being used to make candles or in place of tallow.

The Mohegans used the tea to treat kidney disorders. Other tribes used bayberry to treat influenza, scurvy, stomach cramps, and gynecological problems.

Key Actions

  • astringent
  • antibacterial
  • diaphoretic
  • stimulant
  • vermifuge (bark)

Key Components

  • volatile oil
  • tannins
  • resins
  • flavonoids
  • triterpenes (including taraxerol, taraxerone, and myricadiol)
  • phenols
  • gums
  • vitamins and minerals(mainly selenium, calcium, chromium, iron, manganese, sodium, and vitamin C)

Medicinal Parts

  • Root bark and wax from the berries (Bayberry).
  • Leaves, branches, and wax extracted from the flower catkins (Sweet Gale).
  • While myricadiol has a mild effect on the potassium and sodium levels, myricitrin has antibiotic properties.


  • Strong decoctions of the dried bark is used in Sweden to expel intestinal worms.
  • Infusions are used as a mouthwash to strengthen spongy gums.
  • Douche, from infusions, is used to treat excessive vaginal discharge.
  • Gargles are used for sore throats.
  • A paste of the powdered root bark can be applied to ulcers and skin sores.

Traditional Uses

Bayberry is commonly used to increase circulation, stimulate perspiration, strengthen local resistance to infection, and to keep bacterial infections in check.

Infusions of the dried bark are used to treat colds, flu, coughs, and sore throats, and to dry mucous membranes. Its astringency helps such intestinal disorders as irritable bowel syndrome and mucous colitis.

Because of its antimicrobial properties, a wash made from the root bark is effective in treating skin infections, skin diseases, and ulcers.

Deity of the Day for August 23 – Lasair


by Almut Wille
In Irish mythology, Lasair (“Flame”) is the eldest of three sisters, a goddess triad representing the growing, ripening and harvesting of crops. Lasair, goddess of the spring budding, has beautiful long black hair and wears a silver crown, silver jewelry and armbands. She lives in a Red Castle (another reminder of her fiery nature) with an orchard. The god Flann brought her the Rose of Sweetness that never withers, the Comb of Magnificence, and the Girdle of Truth. She is alternately named Lassar Fh�na, Lasair�ona (the latter two meaning “flaming wine”) or Crobh Dearg (Red Claws). Later on, she became a Christian saint and her well is at Lough Meelagh, Ireland. Her feast day is May 1st, the old Bealtaine festival. Her sisters are called Inghean Bhuidhe and Latiaran. The three goddesses are said to be daughters of Douglas and Sc�thach.

Lighten Up – Murphy’s Law For Witches

Murphy’s Law For Witches

1) No spell is as easy as it looks.

2) If you perceive that there are four possible ways
in which a spell can go wrong,
and circumvent these,
then a fifth way will promptly develop.

3) Every spell performed to solve a problem
will breed new problems.

4) Mother Nature is sometimes a bitch.

5) Anything that can go wrong will go wrong;
and anything that cannot possibly go wrong
will also go wrong.

6) The Craft as understood by Witches,
will be judged otherwise by non-witches.

a) If you explain a situation so clearly that nobody can misunderstand, the news media will.

b) If, during an interview, you explain
99 good things about the Craft, and tell one bad joke,
guess what will make the headlines!

7) No matter what the result of a spell,
there will always be someone eager to:
a) misinterpret it,
b) fake it, and
c) believe that it happened
as a result of his own work.

8) Once a Ritual is fouled up,
anything done to improve it
only makes it worse.

9) The Coven is a mule, not a car…if pressed too hard,
it will kick and turn on its High Priest.

10) 90% of anything is crap.
a) When dealing with the occult, make that 95%.
b) When dealing with religion, make that 98%.

11) Everyone has a favorite ritual or spell that will not work.

12) As soon as you mention something…
if it’s good, it goes away.
if it’s bad, it happens.

13) If a spell requires ‘n’ materials,
then immediately before beginning,
you will discover that you only possess
‘n-1’ materials.

14) In any formula, it will be discovered
that the required amounts
have been forgotten.

15) No books are lost by lending
except those you particularly want to keep.

16) If you miss an issue of a newsletter,
it will be the issue that concludes the article or ritual
that you are most anxious to read.

17) No matter what goes wrong,
it is always the High Priest’s fault.

18) When your familiar has fallen asleep on your lap
and looks utterly content and adorable,
you will suddenly have to go to the bathroom.

19) A toothache always starts the afternoon of an important Ritual.
Usually after your dentist closes; unless he overdoes the Novocain

20) If a ritual is useful, enjoyable and works,
it will have to be changed.

21) If you drop your Athame during a rite,
you will discover that you are no longer able
to move your right foot.

22) In any outdoor Sabbat, performed skyclad,
the Circle will be drawn around a patch of poison ivy.

23) In Any Sabbat performed robed,
the person behind you will step upon your hem,
thus leaving you skyclad during a dance.

24) When all else fails,
consult your Book of Shadows.

25) If the facts do not support your pet theory,
they must be changed or ignored.

26) In any Coven,
each member tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

27) The organization of any Coven is very much like a septic tank,
the really big chunks always rise to the top.

28) Expansion of the Coven means complexity,
and complexity decays.

29) The inevitable result of improved and enlarged
communications between different Covens
is a vastly increased area of misunderstanding.

30) Any teaching that can be misunderstood
has already been misunderstood.
Often by your own teacher.

31) 20% of the Coveners
account for 80% of the work.

32) Witches and Covens will act rationally
only when all other possibilities have been exhausted.

33) A witch in power
always takes himself too seriously.

34) The amount of wind blowing the day of a rite,
is inversely proportional
to the number of matches you have
to light the candles and incense with *

35) It’s better to have a horrible ending
than to have horrors without end.

36) A Witch will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

37) The universe is not only stronger than we imagine,
it’s stranger than we can imagine.


38) When the going gets tough, everyone leaves the Coven.

39) In order for something or someone to become clean,
something else must become dirty.

40) You can all become dirty
without anything else becoming clean.

41) The other coven works better.

a) If you change Covens, the one that you just left
will begin to advance faster than the one that you are now in.

42) The closer that you are to the basis of a news article,
the more obvious are the errors in the news coverage of the situation.

a) Newspapers rarely admit their own mistakes.
b)If they do, it will be at the bottom of page 49.
c) Witches in the public eye, therefore, need a warped sense of humor.

43) The best way to inspire fresh thoughts is to
seal the letter and mail the article.

44) For every action,
there is an equal and opposite criticism.

45) Some Witches work by the book,
even though they don’t know who wrote the book
or even what book.

46) Don’t let the Elders know that you are better than they are,
otherwise you will never become an Elder.

47) The High Priestess who attempts to inspire the Coven
with her knowledge of intricate details
has lost sight of the final objective.
The High Priest who ignores those same details
in an effort to reach the objective
will end up someplace else.

48) For every vision of the Goddess,
there is an equal or opposite vision
that negates your own vision.

49) The Coven member, that you trained at great expense
is the first person to leave the Coven;
and usually he does so just when you need him the most.

50) If you are early to a Sabbat, it will be canceled.
a) If you are on time, it will be late.
b) If you are late, it will have started early.

51) The cream rises to the top of a Coven;
so does the scum.

52) The more complicated and grandiose the ritual,
the greater the chance that it will fail.

53) The more carefully you plan a ritual,
the more you will resist admitting that it failed.

54) When explaining a facet of magick or religion
an easily understood and workable falsehood
is more useful than a complicated and incomprehensible truth.

55) Anyone who makes a significant contribution to the Craft,
and stays in the Craft long enough,
will become an obstruction to its progress in direct proportion
to the importance of the original contribution.

56) Everybody lies;
but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.

57) If you teach a lazy witch
the proper and safe way to draw a Circle,
he will state that it isn’t necessary to do it that way
and toss out 90% of the ritual.

a) When this lazy witch gets into trouble
due to his ignoring the facts,
he will imagine that his failures are caused by another’s curse.

58) The best and most effective rituals occur
when you are home with the flu.

59) You always hear about the need for a ritual or spell
after that need ends.

60) One hour before your first skyclad Sabbat,
you will develop a large and unsightly pimple upon your left breast.

61) In any Coven your sense of humor
will be inversely proportional to your position.

Daily Chakra Levels for August 23

The Chakras represent the seven primary energy hubs in the body. Life force energy is constantly flowing in and out of these centers. Just as the cosmos is constantly changing, so too are the levels of energy absorbed and radiated by our Chakra centers.  The graph below is a representation of the quantities of Chakra energies available today.





Sahasrara – The Crown Chakra represents energies associated with cosmic consciousness, spirituality, knowledge, wisdom and inner peace.

Ajna – The Third Eye Chakra represents energies focused on both physical and spiritual vision. Psychic powers resonate from the Ajna Chakra, as well as your image of the Cosmos as a whole (the big picture) and the many nuances that make your journey unique.

Vishuddha – Throat Chakra is the energy center associated with communication and creativity. Your energy to express yourself verbally and creatively are derived from the Vishuddha Chakra.

Anahata – The Heart Chakra’s energy is concentrated on issues concerning your emotions. This energy fuels your power to love, feel compassion and maintain balance between disparate aspects of your being.

Manipura – The Power Chakra provides the energy that fuels our strength of will, individuality and sense of self-worth.

Svadhisthana – The Spleen or Sacral Chakra supplies the energy we use emotionally and sexually. This is the energy used to connect to others.

Muladhara – The Root or Base Chakra furnishes the energy used to create and maintain our foundation. This is the energy that keeps us on firm ground and provides us with the basic skills to uphold a place in the world.

Your Charm for August 23 is Solomon’s Seal

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:

This aspect needs to be lightened up a bit, things are getting to serious. Some humor or even a bit of flirting could lighten the tone greatly.

General Description:

The use of this, one of the most ancient charms, dates back to the commencement of our present civilization, and was in use previous to the Jewish dispensation. The symbol has been used in almost every religion, and was considered all powerful, efficient, and the perfect sign of the absolute. The triangle with the apex upwards symbolized all that was good and the inverted triangle all that was evil, and the two combined in the device portrays the triumph of good over evil. The seven discs represent the seven then known planets. This charm was worn to protect the wearer from every description of mischief and danger, and was a preserver from all evil.

Your Animal Spirit for August 23 is Green Man

Your Animal Spirit for Today
August 23, 2012


Green Man

Green Man peers out of the foliage to remind you that not all of life’s mysteries have logical solutions. Be open to magical opportunities, spirit allies, and unconventional paths. Get out into the wilderness, ground yourself in meditation, and listen for Green Man’s wisdom. You may just catch sight of him eyeing you in his leafy camouflage.

Your Deck of Ancient Symbols Card for Aug. 23 is Strength

Your Deck of Ancient Symbols Card for Today


Strength denotes an inner power, mastery of will, development of inner might, and the ability to lead effectively. Through mastering one’s emotions and learning from both success and failure the person Strength represents has reached a place where they are influential without applying physical force, able to weather the roughest of storms, and not likely to abandon the less fortunate. Strength also denotes a large capacity for forgiveness and compassion. Strength is not as much about winning as it is about overcoming hardship, and using well crafted persuasion to ease others to your side.

As a daily card, Strength indicates a period in which your psychological powers are extremely strong. Your mental endurance may well astound even you at this time. Possibly it is time for you to stand up and take command of any loosely run situations in your life. If you take the lead others will follow.

Daily Feng Shui Tip for August 23 – ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’

On this ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’ I thought I’d offer a few cures with one fortunate flower. Feng Shui says that there are some adjustments that are specific to certain individuals, perhaps a daughter. If you have a daughter of marrying age who is looking to find the perfect partner, then pick the perfect floral to help her do just that. Feng Shui says you should place two fresh pink peonies in the ‘Romance’ area of a young girl’s room in order to plant the intention of happily ever after into her love life. If you can’t find fresh peonies then simply position a picture or image of them in her room. If you are an older female looking for love, create your perfect garden by placing a picture of peonies outside your bedroom to the left of the room as you look in. Hang it on a wall or place the peonies there in a vase on a small stand. If you’re already married and you want to enhance your existing relationship, put the peonies in the ‘Relationship and Romance’ area of your main floor. Never position them in your bedroom as this is said to cause your partner to develop a roving eye. Truthfully, though, this pink peony cure works best with younger ladies, like your daughter.

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