Day: January 25, 2013
A Little Humor for Your Day – The Caffeinated Cross
The Caffeinated Cross
by Karl Lembke
The following ritual was found in a musty, dusty old fragment of parchment lodged between the musty old pages of a musty, dusty old book in a musty, dusty old library whose musty, dusty old dust hadn’t been disturbed by the presence of man in many a musty, dusty old century. It took a great deal of effort to translate the original writings. After months of effort and research in language libraries, it was finally determined that the weird script was not some arcane, forgotten language, but English, written by someone with a very bad case of caffeine jitters.
Another fragment indicated that this was once part of a book, entitled “The Mystery of the StarBuck”.
THE CAFFEINATED CROSS
Stand, facing east, holding your coffee cup, filled with the mystical brew, in your power hand, and assume a posture of wakeful alertness.
Bring your coffee cup to your forehead and intone:
Lower your coffee cup to the vicinity of your navel:
Bring your coffee cup to your left shoulder:
Bring it across to your right shoulder:
Clasp your coffee cup in both hands over your heart chakra:
“ARABICA, OH MAN!”
Extend your arms to the sides, and intone:
“BEFORE ME, MRS. OLSON”
“BEHIND ME, JUAN VALDEZ”
“AT MY RIGHT HAND, M J B”
“AT MY LEFT HAND, THE BROTHERS HILLS”
“FOR ABOUT ME SWIRLS THE COFFEE AROMA”
“WITHIN ME SINGS THE CAFFEINE HIGH”
Drink the coffee, in communion with the spirits of the Sacred Coffee Bean. This last step may be usefully repeated as long as you like.
Feng Shui News for January 25th – ‘Hot Air Balloon Week’
Today marks the beginning of ‘Hot Air Balloon Week,’ the same visual that Feng Shui says can take your career to new heights. Simply locate the ‘Fame’ area of your main floor or office and place an image of a hot air balloon into this space. Soon enough you should see your own recognition and rewards skyrocket while your professional opportunities soar. Now, you might think that I’m full of hot air, but the balloon will show you differently. Here’s to your career taking off and flying high!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Your I Ching Hexagram for January 25 is 32: Endurance
Friday, Jan 25th, 2013
Endurance is fostered when inner constancy is coupled with external flexibility. Long-distance runners must adapt readily to changing conditions, while maintaining an inner determination and strength of purpose. Two trees growing near each other adapt to enhance each other’s survival. A strong image of durability is a stable marriage of intimate partners striking a dynamic balance between involvement in the outside world and nourishment in the home.
True endurance is not based on rigidity, for endurance implies movement, not immobilization. Only by adapting to change can we stay in the race; but only by deepening our sense of purpose can we develop the fortitude to win it.
Continuity is achieved through movement, not by keeping still. That which has ceased to grow is close to death. Stay active, but allow yourself time to stay in touch with your innermost thoughts and feelings.
Sorry for this brief interruption of your daily divination
I wanted to show you what your donations will be be benefitting this time. This poor little guy was throwed out in a trash heap to be left for dead. Fortunately for him, a good Samartian passed by and uncovered him to see if it was really a dog. When he started to uncover him the poor animal whimpered. The man and woman started throwing garbage off of him as fast as possible. Then took him to the vet were he underwent surgery and start to recover. I picked him up yesterday and I won’t describe how he was again. It brings tears to my eyes. He is now with us till he is fully recovered.
Also this precious little kitten was found on our doorstep when we got back. Left in a box, out in the cold, thank goodness whoever dropped her off knew what kind of person I was. Nothing like them for sure. She will also be another one we took in last night.
Your Rune For January 25th is Wunjo
Your Tarot Card for Friday, January 25th is The Emperor
Friday, Jan 25th, 2013
In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, January 25th
We may want to sweep our feelings under the rug today with the Moon in shy Cancer. But a buoyant Sun-Jupiter trine acts as a magnifying lens that makes circumstances appear better than they really are. An indulgent Venus-Jupiter alignment sweetens sensory experiences and softens our fears. But our pleasure-seeking motives don’t kick in until later; we must first overcome the austere judgments of a Mercury-Saturn square that blocks our creativity.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You already made your choice to ride the incoming waves by maintaining a positive attitude, yet you might have underestimated the power of the tides now. Don’t be afraid to retreat and re-evaluate your plans before pushing against the currents. A steadier pace improves your chances of reaching your destination. Regardless of the actions of others, you have the capability to transform your love into something greater than it already is.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Your common sense reminds you to think before you speak, because it’s better to get your message right the first time rather than having to start all over. Although you’re not greedy, you might have trouble acknowledging your limits today. More is not necessarily better; if you have set a goal, be prepared to stop when you reach it.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Although your key planet Mercury is impeded by austere Saturn today, communication will improve later in the day. Your good idea is close to paying off if you remain persistent in your efforts. However, too much stress at work can make you less effective, so be flexible and coast for a while if you run into trouble. Resist the temptation to dig in and make a stand. Adaptability is your not-so-secret weapon, so don’t be afraid to use it.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your emotional reactions are strong today, yet you won’t gain any advantage by giving up at the first sign of conflict. Neither do you need to battle against an immoveable stone wall. Your most sensible strategy is based upon consistent behavior without aggression. It may even be helpful to consciously let go of control so you can float with the flow. Calm your nerves by surrounding yourself with nature, soothing music or just good old-fashioned silence.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
This is a significant day for relationships and you may end up quite pleased with the outcome. However, you might need to demonstrate a bit of self-restraint or someone else could rain on your parade. The dynamics of the current situation have long-lasting ramifications; even if you feel as if you’re being bent out of shape, express the love that is already in your heart. A simple act of kindness can shift the energy and make everything brighter.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
A flood of brilliant ideas opens many possibilities at work today, yet you may grow frustrated because you cannot turn this magic moment into something more. If you meet resistance now, pushing harder won’t bring success. Instead, ride the intellectual currents and wait for the energy to settle down before finalizing your career plans. Exploring your options enables you to make the most of the amazing opportunities knocking at your door.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You have a lot of work you hope to accomplish today and you really don’t want to modify your schedule. Unfortunately, too much rigidity only stirs up more conflict. You stand to gain the most by meeting others halfway and being as spontaneous as possible. Paradoxically, compromising may be the easiest way for you to get what you want now. Just make sure you don’t go to the opposite extreme and become so enthusiastic about every idea that nothing gets done at all.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Some of your current conflict stems from how you reacted to recent events. If you pursued an opportunity without overplaying your hand, you won’t likely run into any problems at all. But if you made a poor decision, today’s consequences might be a bit tougher to accept. Nevertheless, letting go of your old expectations clears the energy and frees you to achieve your goal.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Although you may be worried that your best-kept secret isn’t safe now, you still could enjoy yourself while managing the situation. Today’s high level of action is what you wanted, so don’t waste your energy wishing that everything was less hectic. The Sun’s sweet trine to auspicious Jupiter indicates that there’s really a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. However, you must meet your current responsibilities before you can magically transform a tricky moment into an awesome day.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
If you have been handling the details of a project and living up to your end of the bargain, then rewards may be just around the next corner. But the clouds might not clear until later in the day, just in time for a great weekend. Meanwhile, don’t fall behind in your work. Part of your current lesson is learning to live with more uncertainty. Find meaning in the present moment while also honoring your dreams for the future.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
It’s hard to keep your thoughts in line today, but you’re up for the challenge. Although you might not have much fun at first, don’t waste energy berating yourself if something isn’t working out as desired. Your maps have brought you this far but you must set them aside now to explore the uncharted territories ahead. Transform any remaining fear into courage and trust your intuition. Be optimistic about the possibilities, even if everything continues to change.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If your fantasies have hijacked your attention, someone may shock you with their criticism today, refocusing your attention back on reality. Instead of rejecting the advice you receive from others, embrace it. Just make sure you establish healthy boundaries to maintain your emotional sanity. Nurturing your confidence, not your skepticism, will guide you toward fulfillment.
Weekend Love Horoscopes for January 25 – 27
Weekend Love Horoscopes
January 25 – 27: Going to Extremes
Dramatic gestures and grand events invite love and affection into our lives this weekend. That’s not how we’re likely to feel on Friday morning, when the cautious Cancer Moon is more concerned with safety than adventure. But resistance to romance begins to melt in the afternoon with a lunar opposition to alluring Venus, and playing it safe is completely out of the picture on Saturday.
The flames of passion burn brightly on Saturday, when the Moon enters expressive Leo in the morning and favorable lunar aspects to unconventional Uranus and extravagant Jupiter add fuel to emotional fires in the evening. The hunger to open hearts peaks with the lively Leo Full Moon on Saturday night. Going to extremes in showing feelings and demanding attention may be unavoidable, yet allowing ourselves to prance, dance and express affection without restraint can make this a breakthrough time for relationships.
Giving generously and not holding back on expenses or emotions is a ticket to the big show of delight. This is no time to let practicality or logic get in the way of the pleasure that’s flowing now. It’s play time on Sunday, as flirtatious games and creative activities widen the channels of joy that keep love alive.
Calendar of the Moon for January 25th
Calendar of the Moon
Birch Tree Moon
Altar: Upon cloth of white set the budded birch branches, a single , the rune Berkana carved onto a piece of birch wood, and a bowl of clear water.
Offerings: White cakes with the Berkana rune carved upon them.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
Call: Now is the beginning of the year.
Response: Now is the time of stillness and .
Call: Now all is still and waiting upon the earth.
Response: Now the earth sleeps beneath her many blankets.
Call: Now is the time of patience.
Response: Now is the time of our longest wait.
Call: We are at peace with the Earth and with each other.
Response: We are at peace with the Earth and ready to begin.
Call: This is the month of indrawn breath.
Response: This is the time of all beginnings.
Call: May the year grow strong before us!
Response: May we grow strong before the year!
Call: For as the birch tree steps forth into the burned fields,
Response: So do we forth into the aftermath of our own burning.
Call: For as the soft branches of the birch beat away the old year,
Response: So do we lower our heads for the strokes of the future.
Call: For as the pheasant hunts the snow for food,
Response: So do we seek through the ruins of the past.
Call: For as Frigga spins the clouds into thread,
Response: So do we circle like the spinning whorl,
Call: So do we take up the fiber of what has been,
Response: So do we bring forth the new year from our very hands.
Call: From our open hands,
Response: From our open hearts,
Call: From our open bodies,
Response: From our open souls.
Chant: Silver tree, in your branches
White of snow, stars are dancing
Tree of clouds, like thread of silver
Time runs through our hands.
Calendar of the Sun for January 25th
Calendar of the Sun
Sementivae Feria: Seed Blessing
Colors: and brown
Altar: Upon cloth of green and brown set all the seeds for the next year, with the seeds saved from last year’s garden in the center.
Offerings: Give seeds to poor and gardeners.
Daily Meal: Vegan.
Sementivae Feria Invocation
Hear us, Ceres, Mother of the Grain,
You whose breath stirs the seed in the ground,
Though Earth sleeps now in her bed of stone,
We ask for her blessing on these seeds
Which will soon be sowed.
These are our hopes, our dreams,
Our aspirations, all promise and possibilities,
Waiting dry and dormant to be awoken.
Though we will not wake them today,
Soon the time will approach when they shall
Come into the embrace of the warm soil
And blossom into manifestation.
Bless our seeds, Great Ceres,
Mother of the Corn, Spark of the Plowed Earth,
Bless their promise, and ours as well.
(All cry, “Hail Ceres!” Then all surround the seeds and hold their hands over them, and together sing Ohm and Ah in harmonies, to carry Ceres’ blessing. The seeds are then placed in a special basket shaped like a cradle, and covered with a cloth, and sung to.)
Chant: Carry our wishes
Carry our hoping
Carry our blessing
Till you be awoken
Witches Current Moon Phase for Jan. 25th: Gibbous
Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.
The Witches Correspondences for Friday, January 25th
The Witches Correspondences for Friday, January 25th
Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow
Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.
Tonight Is Burn’s Night in the U.K., read more….
Burns’ Night in United Kingdom
Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture. Burns’ best known work is “Auld Lang Syne”. Read More….
Well WordPress still does not have all the kinks worked out yet, here is the url for this very interesting celebration in the UK:
The Witches Almanac for *Friday, January 25th
The Witches Almanac for *Friday, January 25th
*Friday (Venus): Love, friendship, reconciliation and beauty.
Burns Night (Scottish)
*The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.
Moon Sign: *Cancer
*Cancer: Stimulates emotional rapport between people. Pinpoints need, supports growth and nuturance. Tends to domestic concerns.
Moon phase: Second Quarter
Pause A Moment For Our Morning Invocation
Gracious Goddess, Who lives within Me,
Help me to understand Your Ways.
Guide my feet as they try Your Path
And keep me safely out of harm’s way.
Teach me to trust myself, my inner child,
and my instincts,
For I am a product of Your Creative Force;
And by my very existence
Form an important part of Your Universal Plan.
Make my life not a test,
But instead–a joy
And speak to me through my intuitive nature
So that I cease to see my whims and fancies
As mere frivolity.
Let me view the, instead,
As what they are–
An important part of who I am
In Your World.
So Mote It Be
I Have Never In My Been So Glad to Say “TGIF”! THANK YOU GODDESS IT IS FRIDAY!
Perhaps some of you thought I had went off the deep end yesterday. Especially since I called for a boycott on a “simple” movie. A simple movie, huh! Do you have any idea how witches are portrayed in the movie. Do you? Do you know it is something as this “simple” movie that will start the hatred against us up again?
My husband watched me as I was the trailer for this movie. He told me, my eyes glowed red and were full of tears. He is a Druid and he was appalled at the movie as much as I was. I don’t know if this is just something society has come to accept as being “OK.” It’s just another movie, no this one isn’t another movie. IT IS ABOUT US, US!
I know personally I have faced a lot of fights in regards to my Religion, Witchcraft. I have never backed down, never, not even in this day and time. We have fought a long hard battle to bring The Craft so close to mainstream Religion. Are we going to idly stand by and watch our destruction begin with one movie. Think of our Ancestors, think of your great-great-grandmother, mother, anyone you know who has been a witch, now or in the past. We have all fought the good fight. I know I have my scars and they are scars I proudly bear. Because I know with each one of them, the Craft took another step forward.
Don’t let such a trashy movie as this destroy what we have worked so hard for, for what our Ancestors died for. We are witches. We should have learned from our past. If not, will our history repeat itself. Because I will be the first one to go to the stake. I will go in the name of my Religion and my Goddess.
BOYCOTT THIS MOVIE
When You Think Things Are Going Great, The Crap Hits the Fan
Good Early Morning my friends,
I hope everyone has had a fantastic day. Since I lasted spoke to you, mine has went straight down hill. I had more contractors I had to deal with. I deal with the contractors here then I turn around and go home and get to deal with them again.
Then I had three calls to pick up some new creatures. One is a beaver (I will post a pic of him, well all of them), after we got him settled, I got another call for a Mother lynx and two of her kits. I love Lynxs about as good as I do Bobcats, look out, here I go again. Then late this afternoon, I got a call for a pitbull. None of the vets ever call the humane shelters, they call me. They know in the shelters, the pitbulls will automatically be put to sleep. This poor dog pushed me over the edge. I love animals and to see one with it’s ribs showings, chunks were he had been bite, scars that were appropriately cared for, it broke my heart. The vet got him, he was half dead. He had recovered enough to be sitting up in the corner of his little cage. He was shaking like a leaf. The vet told me, they didn’t know what kind of temperment he could have. Seeing him shake in the corner, I didn’t care. I sit down in the floor and talked softly to him. I called him twice and on the third time, he stood up on his shaky legs and fell in my arms. He was shaking so and of course, the I was crying. I kept telling him, he didn’t have anything else to worry about. He was safe now, I would make sure of that. Through all the tears, a great, big sloppy tongue licked my face. I hugged him, crying and laughing at the same time. Automatic bond made. I carried him to the truck. I didn’t put him in a cage or anything. I put him in the cab with me. He sit right on top of me all the way back to the country. The vet had told me and I could see, he was a young pitbull that had been used as another’s fighting partner. These pitbullfighters pick younger dogs, strong ones but they don’t think they really have that killer in them, to be sparing partners. Sparing partners for the more vicious dogs. The one I picked up had been found in a back alley in the country, just throwed away. The person who found him, thought he was dead. Till they heard a faint whimper. They threw the garbage off the top of him and he was alive. They immediately picked him up and took him to the vet. He has been at the vet’s for more than a week recovering. Now it is my turn. All I want to do is show this poor animal all the TLC I can muster.
When we got back, I made him a special place in the back of the building were the babies generally stay. When he gets strong enough, I will move him but right now he is way to weak to go outside and survive. It is 10 degrees here tonight.
Got all the critters taken care of, I came in the office for some peace and quiet. Till I got to reflecting on how expensive this week has been. I also found bills that Annie was suppose to have paid that hasn’t been paid. Well here I went to crying again, I have wrote four checks to four different contractors just to get the work started. In other words, they wanted my deductible up front just to start the jobs. Then I thought we had enough funds left, so I orders a huge order of straw and feed. Now to top it off, I have found a $524.12 power bill. Why so high? Heaters for the animals. It gets cold, they are hurt and they couldn’t survive without them. Then up pops a $378.64 water bill. No we don’t have a leak, its winter and we leave the water outlets dripping. This keeps the water from freezing in case it is not getting enough heat.
So here I am again doing something I hate to do more than anything in the world asking for donations. Any amount right now will help. If the government hadn’t pushed tas season back, we would have been find. You see I do taxes and all the money I make from that goes right straight to the refuge. So far, no calls for anyone wanting their taxes done early. I just keep thinking, make it to Spring, we will be fine. We are always ok in Spring. Make it to Spring.
Winter is a very rough time of the year for us. In fact, I hate to see Winter roll around. It is a struggle each year, just to figure out how we are going to make it through another year. This year with the figure, the computers and everything else that keeps popping up, it just seems exceptionally hard.
We need your help. I know money is tight everywhere. But like I said if we can make it just a little longer, we will be fine. We would deeply appreciate any amount, you could donate to the animals and the refuge. They have to have food, water and heat. I’ll go hungry myself before they do. All they know is that they have been mistreated for their entire lives. Now they have a chance for a brand new, loving life. I am going to see that they get that new start. You don’t realize how much a $2.00 can buy. It can buy 6 cans of cat food. $5.00 can buy a bale of straw. You see it doesn’t take much and right now we are in a very desperate situation.
Whatever you can donate, we will be deeply grateful. Spring and Summer gets here, I hope things will be better. But right now, we need your help, please.
Thank you so much,
May the Goddess Truly Bless You & Yours,
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