‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for November 5th

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler


There are many fears in the minds of man, but none so subtle, yet so effectual, as fear of failure.


We are so afraid we’ve been unwise and wasted valuable time and it makes us wonder how many times we’ve failed those who depended upon us, and how many times we’ve failed ourselves.


Time seems too short to make up and overcome the things long past. It seems sometimes that opportunities are there and gone before we’ve had time to make use of them. We condemn ourselves so much for the lack of knowledge when we most needed it. But if decisions were made on afterthought, they might not be as wise as those made quickly, without time to think.


We should no longer think about past failures, nor give undue thought to our chances for future ones, but only begin now to do the very best we can.


True failure comes only to those who stop trying, for no age, no time, no place can stop the person who decides to try one more time. As Frederick William Farrar, English author, has written, “There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.”



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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – November 5

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – November 5

“You could study the ancestors, but without a deep feeling of communication with them it would be surface learning and surface talking. Once you have gone into yourself and have learnt very deeply, appreciate it, and relate to it very well, everything will come very easily.”


–Ellen White, NANAIMO

Inside of every human being are our ancestors, and these ancestors still live. Today, the white man calls this DNA, but there is more than DNA. We have the ability to go inside of ourselves and learn from the ancestors. The ancestor teachings reside in the place of the center. The ancestors are waiting for us to come there so they can share the ancient teachings. It is said, “Be still and Know”.

Great Spirit, let me walk in the stillness.

November 5 – Daily Feast

November 5 – Daily Feast


Secretly, we are afraid others will see what we know is true – that we don’t have what it takes. The Cherokee says we are not u wo hi yu – we lack confidence and we suspect others can see it. But no one can do everything – and, even if they can, they seldom do it. What we fear, others fear. Our needs are others’ needs. Our thoughts, our worries, though hidden from view, are not in the heart of just one person – but all. There’s no need for a stumbling block. We may not be superhuman but we are spirit, and spirit has no limits. Spirit is not dwarfed by circumstances. It has all power and makes us worthy.


~ He has done nothing for which an Indian ought to be ashamed. ~




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

Daily Motivator for November 5th – Live bigger

Live bigger

Most of the little things that annoy you are not worth the trouble you take  to be annoyed. Choose to let them go, and live bigger.

You can replace the worry, frustration and drama in your life with peace,  confidence and joy. Step back from the meaningless noise and chatter, and feel  the magnificent depth of your purpose.

Real success is not a matter of mere popularity or possessions. Being truly  rich comes from living with authentic purpose and meaning in every moment.

Don’t waste your life struggling to do what everyone else seems to be doing.  Live your life doing what matters most to you.

Live bigger than all the little trivial things that threaten to overwhelm  you. Make a difference for yourself and others in ways that are uniquely yours.

You don’t really win by winning the fight. You win by living above it.

— Ralph Marston


Daily Motivator

Pagan Craftiness of the Day for Nov. 5th – Make Your Own Silver Cleaner

Pagan Craftiness of the Day




For silver cutlery, lay a sheet of aluminum foil in a pan, cover with a few
inches of water, and add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of
soda. Bring to the boil, drop in the cutlery, simmer for five minutes, then
remove and rinse.

For silver jewelry, shred aluminum foil until you have enough to half-fill a
jar. Add a teaspoon of salt and fill with water. Drop in Jewelry, cover the jar
and leave for five minutes, then remove and rinse the jewelry.

Herb of the Day for November 5th – Hyssop

Herb of the Day




(Hyssopus officinalis)

To Grow:
Perennial herb. Grows to 1 1/2-2 ft. high. Has narrow, dark green, pungent leaves and a profusion of dark blue flower spikes that appear July-November. There are also white and pink-flowered forms available. Plant in full sun or light shade. Fairly drought resistant.

It is used in coughs, bronchitis, and chronic catarrh. It can be used for the
common cold due top its diaphoretic state. As a Nervine it may be used in
anxiety, hysteria, and petite mal (a form of epilepsy).

Part used:
Dried aerial parts. Collect the flowering tops in late summer.

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 tsp. of the dried herb and leave to infuse
for 10-15 minutes. Drink three times a day.

Take 1-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.

Goddess of the Day for November 5th – Demeter

Goddess of the Day



The goddess of agriculture, horticulture, grain and harvest. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus, by whom she bore Persephone. She was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheaf’s of wheat and a torch. Her symbols are the Cornucopia (horn of plenty), wheat-ears, the winged serpent and the lotus staff. Her sacred animals are pigs and snakes.

Take Time Out of Your Busy Schedule Today

I am sure some of our brothers and sisters were victims of Hurricane Sandy. To see the photos of the destruction this hurricane made, makes me sick. It is horrible to see these people who have lost so much trying to put their lives back together. I saw one poor woman on TV, her house was gone but all she cared about was finding her pictures. She wanted her memories. This terrible storm had even took those away from her. I cannot begin to imagine what the victims of the hurricane must be feeling in its aftermath. To lose, everything, EVERYTHING, it is beyond belief, it’s a nightmare.

I know I moan and groan about this and that. But when I see these people on TV,  I become very humble and grateful. My heart goes out to all of them. If you have a minute today, stop and say a prayer for them. If you can donate to the Red Cross, do that. These people, our brothers and sisters, need our help. They will need it not only today but in the many months to come. Keep them in your thoughts daily. Pray for them. Ask the Goddess to comfort and console them during their time of need.



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A Little Humor – Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Do you have to tell it all?
Where do you get the glaring right
To make my clothes look too darn tight?
I think I’m fine but I can see
You won’t cooperate with me,
The way you let the shadows play
You’d think my hair was getting gray.
What’s that, you say? A double chin?
No, that’s the way the light comes in,
If you persist in peering so
You’ll confiscate my facial glow,
And then if you’re not hanging straight
You’ll tell me next I’m gaining weight,
I’m really quite upset with you
For giving this distorted view;
I hate you being smug and wise
O, look what’s happened to my thighs!
I warn you now, O mirrored wall,
Since we’re not on speaking terms at all,
If I look like this in my new jeans
You’ll find yourself in smithereens!!


Turok’s Cabana

11 Home Energy Enhancers

11 Home Energy Enhancers

by Erica Sofrina

By the author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the  Western World

When our homes and gardens are alive with energy our lives follow suit.The  goal of Feng Shui is to have our homes filled with vibrant chi (energy) all of  the time.  Here are eleven energy enhancers that will help pep us stagnant chi  both inside and outside the home and either keep your life moving or get your  life moving in a positive direction.


Surround yourself with the colors you personally love.  You can effectively  use the Five Elements to quickly balance an area that needs attention, or to  work with health issues that need improving. Attract chi to your yard with  colorful lanterns and garden art. (For my readers who are buried under with  snow, dream of the summer!)


Mirrors are considered “activators” and are usually very positive chi  enhancers. Generally the bigger the better except in bedrooms or dining rooms  where we want a calming more ‘yin’ energy. Divided mirrors, smokey mirrors  or those  where you cannot see your face are not considered good in Feng Shui. We want to  be able to see ourselves without distortions. Use mirrors to pep up a dead area,  fill in a missing area of the Bagua expand a small  room or area or behind stoves and desks when you cannot see the action behind  you .


Lighting will always bring in more chi (energy) so make sure your home is  well-lit. Dimmer switches are wonderful for cranking up the light when you need  it for study and reading purposes, and provide dimmer lighting for mood and  ambiance. Use spot lighting to illuminate a favorite piece of art, up-light a  plant to warm up a dark corner, or add warm ambient lighting in more Yin areas  such as bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms. Use solar lighting or outdoor  lighting to illuminate the garden and create a sense of magic. Use up lighting  in low ceiling rooms and down lighting in high ceiling rooms- up lighting to  create the illusion of more spaciousness and down lighting to create a more cozy  space. Candles can be magical chi generators as well and can set the mood for  meditation or romance.



Your artwork takes up very important real estate on your walls. Make sure it is  current and does not anchor in unwanted emotions. Your own art or that of your  child or children holds powerful chi as long as everyone feels positive about  it. Do not keep art up that you may love but your children are embarrassed  about. Art can be used to bring into your life your hearts desire, so make sure  everything on your walls is positive and reflects who you are now and what you  want to either keep or bring into your life. Relationship pictures should be realistic i.e. no angelic men with mortal women.


Crystals are regulators of chi or energy and used for multiple purposes in Feng  Shui. They speed things up when they are sluggish and slow things down when  moving too fast. The crystals we use for Feng Shui ‘cures’ are the 30mm faceted  man-made crystals. Place one of these crystals on a stand on top of an  affirmation or wish box, or hang one in the areas of the Bagua that you want to  enhance. Natural quartz crystals are also amazing chi generators and can be used  to enhance the chi in any area of the home that needs some pepping up. Arrange  them on an attractive scarf  on a table or shelf in a place that needs  extra special energy.

Sound Makers

Anything that makes noise will pep up the chi. We use wind chimes both inside  and outside the home in Feng Shui. Use them on the outside at the front door to  greet and welcome in the chi or to enhance an area of the Bagua within the house that you want to enhance, such as the  wealth area.  Solar chimes with a fairy-like sound ring on their own when  the house heats up and are a wonderful way to keep the energy moving .

Living Things


Plants, flowers and animals must all be maintained and cared for in order to  have a positive effect, but when they are, they bring happy loving chi into the  home. Living plants are amazing chi generators. Silk flowers have much less chi  but are fine if dusted frequently, rearranged periodically and thrown out as  soon as they lose their luster.  Dry flowers and potpourri are not  considered negative in Western Feng Shui, they just  fade quickly  are  dust collectors and need to be thrown out within a month or two.

Objects from Nature

Anything from the natural world will generate chi and enhance a home.  Rocks,  crystals and shells you have collected, as well as art objects you  created from nature will bring the wonderful outside into the home. Just make  sure they are attractively arranged and kept dusted and fresh looking and that  you don’t have so many that they look like clutter. I love arranging my shell  collection on crisp white sand in an attractive bowl for my bathroom. Things  that attract nature to the garden, such as humming bird feeders and bird baths  bring a happy chi to your yard.

Hang them so that you can enjoy them from a window of your home. Make sure to  clean bird baths often so that they do not become green with stagnant water or  it will have the reverse effect. We do not want pools of stagnant water  anywhere!

Water Features

Water features are powerful chi enhancers and are recommended almost  everywhere except in the Fame and Reputation area of the Bagua and in bedrooms. Aquariums incorporate all of the five elements and  are wonderful in the appropriate places, provided they are maintained.

A dirty fish tank will have the opposite effect, just as any small animal or  reptile cage that is not well cared for. A water feature near the front door  will enhance the chi coming to the door.

Use birdbaths and outdoor water fountains to attract birds and wildlife to your  garden.

Fire  Features

Chimineas, fire pits and tiki torches are powerful chi generators in the  garden, as are fireplaces in the home.

The more we are encouraged to spend time outside enjoying nature, the happier  and more balanced we will feel in our lives.

Wind  Dancers and  Mobiles

Can be used like wind chimes to enhance the chi outside the home wherever you  need it. Hang them in the garden or at the entryway to invite the chi into the  home. Use wind socks and flags to attract the chi to the front door, which is  the important ‘mouth of chi’ for your home, where all opportunities enter.

Enjoy, and may you attract an abundance of wonderful chi into your lives!