Broom Purification

Broom Purification

 

Items You Will Need:

  • tree branch
  • brightly colored long-stemmed flowers
  • string or thread

 

The Spell:

Before dawn, take a branch from any tree.  Thank the tree for its gift and leave a coin or semi-precious stone at its base in payment. Next, obtain several brightly colored flowers on long stalks. Tie these flowers to the branch to fashion a sort of broom, then sweep the floor in every room  of the house, visualizing the flowers of the broom absorbing negativity and “evil” as you work.  Then, still before sunrise, leave the broom at the crossroads.  Traditionally this ritual is repeated at the first of each month.

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“THINK on THESE THINGS” for October 2

“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Aim high, even though it seems at the moment you’ll never reach that cherished dream. It is your duty to lift yourself above mediocrity. And if you’re afraid your dream will sound foolish, then don’t talk about it, work for it.

Some dreams have gossamer wings, too fragile to discuss. We can be so zealous about our plans that we talk away the mystery and lose interest in the things we’ve begun. Zeal can burn itself out in one, quick, bright flame, or it can be nurtured into strength that is the basis for greatness.

If dreams have substance, then they may well come true. And if they are in line with the law of good, then there will be someone who wants to help. To have the desire to do something that will benefit others, the desire to serve, is to have a dream with solid possibilities.

The aims, then, must be deserving as to become duties. It falls to certain individuals to develop a gift and to use it in helping other people. As German philosopher Immanuel Kant has written, “What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are the perfecting of ourselves and the happiness of others.”

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 2

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 2

“Laughter – that is something very sacred especially for us Indians.”

–John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA

Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual. Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction. If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system. Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.

Great Spirit, teach me to laugh.

October 2 – Daily Feast

October 2 – Daily Feast

Sweet fragrance of the land, herbs and roots and medicines long lost to the general populace, are nonetheless as present as they always have been. We have been so taken with miracle cures, these things have been put away as folklore and not dependable. The simple people at one time had no other alternative – so runs the present-day popular notion. Hard-fought battles over who is to pay for the miracle medicines – and we are grateful for most of them – may turn a venturesome soul back to the soil and back to those things that heal a mind and body without being asked for proof of insurance. But one other thing far too ignored is the power of prayer. No Indian is remiss in blessing his body and soul and spirit because he knows they work together. His prayer is not now and again but regular and potent.

~ The lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. ~

LUTHER STANDING BEAR – LAKOTA

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

Daily Motivator for October 2 – Live with confidence

Live with confidence

In you, there is goodness. Be confident in that goodness.

In you, there is life. Have confidence in that life.

You have the very real ability to do great things. With your goodness, with  your life, through your purpose you can make a difference.

Choose to have the confidence to truly make the world a better place. Choose  to express the goodness that’s within you by fulfilling your best possibilities.

Be a leader who leads by positive example. Express your love for life with  confidence, grace, humility, gratitude and original creativity.

Life is beautiful and unlimited in its possibilities, and you have life in  this very moment. Live with the confidence of knowing how good you have it and  how much more beautiful you can make it be.

— Ralph Marston

Daily Motivator

Daily OM for October 2 – Intention and Intuition

Intention and Intuition

The Purpose of an Altar

byMadisyn Taylor

The purpose of having an altar in your home can be as simple as reminding you to take time for serenity each day.

If you didn’t grow up with an altar in your home, having an altar now may seem like an exotic and unattainable idea. Yet having an altar does not have to be complicated or difficult, nor does it need to be based on a religion or a set of ideas that don’t seem to relate to you. An altar can be a simple, personal expression of what you want to focus on right now. You do not have to build anything or take up a lot of space. You do not have to buy anything new or follow a complex set of instructions to create your altar. All you have to do is have a general understanding of what an altar is and the willingness to allow yourself access to this wonderful, ancient tool of transformation.

At its most essential, an altar is simply a raised structure that serves as a resting place for meaningful objects. It focuses the eye and provides a place for contemplation and, if so desired, ritual. All of these elements can be quite simple. One idea for a simple altar is a pot with a bulb planted in it, set on a box. This altar to growth can act as a reminder to you that all living things bloom in their time. A simple ritual might be to write down dreams you would like to see come to fruition on scraps of paper. You might place these scraps of paper in the box, or under the flowerpot, or in an envelope you prop against the pot. As the flower grows, so will your dreams.

If you look around your home, you may find that you have already created altarlike arrangements without even really thinking about it; this is something we humans do quite naturally. A candle, a decorative box, and a vase of flowers are just a few of the common household objects that lend themselves naturally to the creation of an altar. Simply add intention and intuition, and you have created your first altar. Remember that it isn’t necessarily about the objects you place at your altar—it is the time you spend with it daily, taking the time to be with it for your sacred time.

Daily OM

A Few Thought for the Day – Be A Kid Again (It’s all in the attitude)

BE A KID AGAIN…

(It’s all in the attitude)

– Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today.
– Dot all your “i”‘s with smiley faces.
– Grow a milk mustache.
” Smile back at the man in the moon.
– Read the funnies–throw the rest of the paper away.
– Dunk your cookies.
– Play a game where you make up the rules as you go along.
– Order with eyes that are bigger than your stomach.
– Open a pack of cupcakes and give one to a friend even though you wanted both of them for yourself.
– Step carefully over sidewalk cracks.
– Change into some play clothes.
– Try to get someone to trade you a better sandwich.
– Have a staring contest with your cat. – Eat ice cream for breakfast.
– Kiss a frog, just in case.
– Blow the wrapper off a straw.
– Refuse to eat crusts.
– Make a face the next time somebody tells you “no”.
– Watch TV in your pajamas.
– Ask “Why?” a lot
– Have someone read you a story.
– Eat dessert first.
– Wear your favorite shirt with your favorite pants even if they don’t match.
– Sneak some frosting off a cake.
– Refuse to back down in a “did vs. did-not argument”.
– Get someone to buy you something you don’t really need.
– Hide your vegetables under your napkin.
– Stay up past your bedtime.
– Whatever you’re doing, stop once in a while for recess.
– Wear red gym shoes.
– Make a “slurpy” sound with your straw when you get to the bottom of a milkshake.
– Play a song you like really loud, over and over.
– Let the string all the way out on your kite.
– Make cool screeching noises every time you turn a corner.
– Fuss a little, then take a nap.
– Take a running jump over a big puddle.
– Giggle a lot for no real reason.

 

OH MY AGING FUNNY BONE…

Quiz of the Day – What Your Music Taste Says About You

What Your Music Taste Says About You

Mel, selected from DivineCaroline Which came first—the music or the melancholy? In the movie High Fidelity, the  narrator, Rob, thinks about the countless people out there listening to songs of  heartbreak and loneliness. “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable?  Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” he wonders. Given how  certain personality types seem drawn to particular kinds of music, it’s a fair  question to ask. For example, I’d probably look and feel out of place at an  Insane Clown Posse concert, but plop me down in the middle of a Death Cab for  Cutie crowd, and I’d blend right in. Our taste in music can influence everything  from the way we act to the way we dress—or is it that the music we choose to  listen to reflects our personalities? Most well-rounded people enjoy a variety of music, their MP3 players a highly  individualized assortment of multiple genres. But they also have a particular  genre or two that speaks the most to them. And those genres, according to some  studies, speak the most about them, too.

Different Musical Tastes, Similar Personality Traits

Think about a time when someone insulted your favorite musician or band. Did it  feel like a personal attack? Professor Adrian North, of Scotland’s Heriot-Watt  University, believes that’s because we use music as an extension of our  personalities. We’re drawn to certain genres because we relate to them in some  way. Over the past few years, he’s conducted a worldwide study linking musical  taste to personality traits. In an online survey, North asked participants to  rate more than one hundred genres and then answer personality-based questions.  He’s used the thirty-six thousand–plus responses he’s received so far to form a  few hypotheses about fans. North’s findings reveal some truth in stereotypes, such as that dance fans  are creative and classical fans are introverts, but they also challenge a few.  For instance, rock/heavy metal people are often thought to be rough around the  edges, but surveys suggest they’re actually gentler and calmer. There are also  quite a few similarities between genres that aren’t thought to mesh well, like  rock/heavy metal and reggae. The genre types may vary wildly, but that doesn’t  mean their fans can’t find some common ground, at least personality-wise. Finding Truth in Fan Stereotypes Peter Rentfrow, an assistant professor  at the University of Cambridge, also thinks that personality has much to do with  music preferences. In a 2003 study called “The Do Re Mi’s of Everyday Life: The  Structure and Personality Correlates of Music Preferences,” he and Sam Gosling,  a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, came up with four categories  for music: Reflexive and Complex (blues/classical/folk/jazz), Energetic and  Rhythmic (hip hop/dance), Upbeat and Conventional (religious/country/pop), and  Intense and Rebellious (heavy metal/rock/alternative rock). They found that  those who fell into one group over another had a few common characteristics.

Energetic and Rhythmic: confident, liberal-minded,  gregarious, athletic, feels attractive

Upbeat and  Conventional: trusting, hardworking, feels attractive, helpful,  politically conservative

Reflexive and Complex:  open-minded, politically liberal, creative, intelligent, tolerant, enjoys  aesthetic experiences

Intense and Rebellious: athletic,  energetic, adventurous, intelligent, inquisitive Rentfrow and Gosling have conducted a number of joint studies concerning  music and personality. In 2007, they tested whether stereotypes about music  genres and fans have any truth to them, the results of which were published in  the journal Psychology of Music. First, they asked seventy-four people a series  of personality-related questions and afterward told them to list their ten  favorite songs. (Volunteers also had a week to change their choices.)  Seventy-four CDs of the participants’ top-ten songs were made and distributed to  eight people, who were then asked to guess the nature of the volunteers based on  their song selections. Interestingly, the eight observers accurately predicted congeniality,  forgiveness, openness to experience, creativity, and emotional balance. They did  better than respondents in previous studies in which people used pictures and  videos as personality indicators.

Songs That Stand the Test of Time Since the participants  were college students, it’s possible that age makes a difference when it comes  to genres predicting personalities. As we age, music tends to define us less,  and our tastes vary more. And that probably has much to do with the fact that  our personalities change as get older, too. As we develop, our musical tastes  evolve along with us. But though we branch out into different musical genres, I  think we all have at least one that carries more significance for us than  others. It’s the kind of music that we relate the most to, be it through  heartfelt lyrics, aggressive tempo, or the soft twang of a single guitar.

Anything we willingly incorporate into our lives could be considered a  personality indicator, but most of us hold music a lot closer to our hearts than  we do clothes or interior decorations. So think twice before you question or  insult others’ taste in music. Chances are, they’ll take it personally—and based  on the aforementioned studies’ findings, they might be right.

 

Today’s Feng Shui for October 2 – ‘World Farm Animal Day’

You might think that pairing ‘World Farm Animal Day’ and Feng Shui might be difficult, but the two actually have a lot in common. Feng Shui started in China with farmers who found that the location of their farms often determined how they survive. Their animals also held special significance in the unfolding of this philosophy. For example, a pig is said to symbolize abundance, safety, fertility and success. During less urbanized days the intelligent pig was even considered to be man’s real best friend. Horses are said to symbolize fame while the cow and its milk producing abilities represented descendant’s luck and good fortune to those who fed it. In fact, cows were believed to be able to grant wishes and help one achieve their goals. Therefore, Feng Shui says to place an image of the pig in your ‘Wealth’ arena to increase your abundance. Or put a symbol or statue of a horse in the ‘Fame’ area to grow your recognition and rewards. Place a representation of a magical cow on or around your desk in order to turn wishes into reality. Gives new meaning to ‘Old MacDonald,’ doesn’t it?

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com