About Our Familiars

I had several questions today in regards to the Witch’s familiar. I dug up some information up and added a few things of my own. I hope this helps answers your questions. If anyone has any questions about anything, please feel free to ask. After this I have to get ready to go to the doctor. I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday and here’s the info…….

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Many Witches choose to have a familiar— a spiritually attuned creature (who lives with or nearby the Witch) who offers the Witch insights into nature, and for help in magick. Today’s familiars include cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, and even the stereotypical frog, but, really, any living creature with whom the Witch can have an ongoing relationship or rapport can fulfill the role of the familiar! Actually, the Witch doesn’t necessarily choose this creature so much as the animal and the Witch seem to discover and bond with each other. No matter what kind of creature it might be, the familiar is no mere pet. The animal in question is the revealer of truths and a respected partner in every sense except being human!

If a Witch wishes to put out a call for a familiar, he usually does so through a spell or ritual. This ritual typically takes place outdoors, near the home. The Witch begins by creating sacred space, and then he meditates, prays, and places the request in the hands of nature. During the meditation the Witch visualizes the living space so the right creature can easily find its way to the door.

Below is a list of not so average animals we might not think of as being familiars:

Bees

According to many demonologists, if a witch or sorceress managed to eat a queen bee before she was arrested, she would be able to withstand torture and trial without confessing. This was one of many ready explanations offered by witch-hunters when their victims refused to confess. In this way, many witches were condemned to death despite the lack of a confession.

Chickens

A chicken named Nan was considered a familiar in the 17th-century Bury St. Edmonds trials of Suffolk, England. Three other chickens were also cited as imps in the same area.

Crows

Sooty-feathered and harsh of voice, the crow was a fit familiar to witches, prized for its ability to fly and spy. Villagers feared this carrion eater, for it was a messenger of mortality. A fluttering crow around the window or one that flew thrice over the roof, croaking each time, meant Death was on his way. Simply to see the bird flying alone could bring bad luck, and crows rising in a flock from a wood sometimes presaged famine.

Flies

Margaret Wyard, an accused witch of Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, England, confessed to having flies among her familiars.

Hares

In ways both physical and behavioral, the hare was a natural ally of witches: Hares are swift and agile, able to stand on their hind legs like a person, prone to gathering in parliament like groups,

orgiastically mad in the spring, wantonly destructive of crops and possessed of a most unbeast like cry. Some witches traveled in the shape of hares.

Given the association of hares with witchcraft and magic, it is not surprising that superstition surrounded them. It was said, for example, that the sight of a hare running down a village street presaged fire and that the appearance of a white hare in a mine would be followed by a fatal accident. A hare that crossed a person’s path would bring bad luck. And the very word ‘hare’ could not be mentioned at sea, so great was the fear of the animal’s power.

Curiously enough, possession of a hare’s-foot brought luck. This belief arose not from the hare’s traffic with witches but from much more ancient associations: The hare is a notably prolific creature, and its foot was long a sexual symbol.

Mice

Margaret Wyard, an accused witch of Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, England, confessed to having mice among her familiars. Other witches in the area admitted to having two “heavy and hairy” mice as familiars. In 1662, the nine- and eleven-year old daughters of Samuel Pacy somehow saw invisible mice, which they threw on a fire. One mouse “screeched like a Rat.” The other mouse “Flashed like to Gun-Powder.”  One 16th-century Essex woman confessed to having three mouse-shaped imps named Daynty, Prettyman, and Littleman. Another woman had four named Sparrow, Robyn, James, and Prickeare.

Snails

A victim of Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, John Bysack confessed to having six familiars in the form of snails. These imps sustained themselves by sucking Bysack’s blood. “Each snail was an assassin with a particular assignment: Atleward killed cows, Jeffry pigs, Peter sheep, Pyman fowls, Sacar horses and Sydrake Christians.”

Snakes and Cats

Anciently inimical to each other, the serpent and the cat were favorites of witches. The serpent seems to have played the smaller role: While it could serve as a familiar, it was chiefly valued for its fearful aspect and its link to Satan – useful in repelling the curious, who might interfere with a witch’s business. To dream of a serpent signified that someone had a grudge against the dreamer.

The cat, on the other hand, was surrounded by speculation. Its pupils – narrow slits in the daytime and luminous black globes at night – linked it to the moon and emphasized its power to see into the future. Cats were said to suck the breath from infants at night. And cats forecast the weather: When they scampered and cavorted, wind was on its way; when they washed their ears, rain was coming; when they sat with their backs to the fire, they awaited frost and storms.

Except in northern England, where it was thought lucky to own a black cat (but unlucky to meet a strange one), black cats were the most common embodiments of Satan. As for cats that served as familiars – rather than as transformations of the witches themselves – they were usually brindled.

Spiders

Spinner of webs, an archtrickster, and a silent and murderous trapper, the spider was tiny enough to hide in the hood of a witch’s cloak as a familiar and whisper instructions in her ear.

Ordinary folk said that to dream of a spider meant betrayal. To see one in the morning brought bad luck, and to kill one summoned rain. The sight of spiders terrified wedding parties because the creatures were omens of unhappy marriage. And in Switzerland it was said that the plague, with its black sores, was spread by malevolent spiders travelling in secret from house to house.

Toads

Ugly and venomous thought it was, the toad seems to have been among the most cherished of witch familiars: The creatures were dressed in velvet by their mistresses, ornamented with bells and encouraged to dance. Common folk both feared and valued them though. Toads were burned because the horns on their foreheads marked them as agents of Satan and because witches used toad spittle to concoct ointments that conferred invisibility. On the other hand, toads were admired for their ability to hear distant thunder long before the human ear could catch it; the sight of the little creatures making their way to safe water provided a reliable indicator for approaching storms. And very elderly toads – rarely glimpsed – carried precious jewels in their heads, effective antidotes to poison.

Faith

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Faith is the dark moon

Unseen in the night

We know it is present

Yet long for the light

Faith is the wind

That whispers around us

We cannot touch it

And must take it on trust

Faith is the soft voice

Of the Goddess of Old

Who warms us in the Winter

And wards off the cold

Let my heart feel the warmth

Let my soul hear her voice

Let me find faith in the darkness

And my spirit rejoice once again!

Daily Feng Shui News for Sept. 17th – 'Time's Up Day'

Today’s ‘Time’s Up Day’ reminds me to tell you about timekeepers and Feng Shui. This tradition says that you should never gift anyone with a watch or any other type of timepiece, as you’re basically wishing them limited time in their lives. You also need to be careful where you position clocks in your household, office and bedroom. Hanging clocks on any of the walls that would be considered within the confines of the Bagua map (the map we use to locate major life aspirations) will bring limiting energies to those same spaces and intentions. Rather, keep clocks in innocuous places to limit the limits that they can attract.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Animal Spirit for September 17th is the Eagle

Your Animal Spirit for Today
    September 17, 2013

Eagle

Eagle soars high enough to see the grand panorama of life, and yet has vision keen enough to spot a fish a mile away. How’s your vision? Are you seeing the big picture or are you only concentrating on the fish? Eagle is asking you to take a step back so you can once again see the whole. You’ve gotten so lost in the trees you’ve forgotten the forest.

Today's Tarot Card for September 17th is The World

The World

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What has traditionally been known as the World card points to the presiding intelligence, called “Sophia,” or Wisdom, which upholds life on this and all worlds. A more precise title for this card might be “the Soul of the World,” also applicable as a symbol of personal empowerment and freedom. In most Tarot decks it is a female figure that has become our standard World image. She originates in Hebrew, Gnostic and Alchemical lore, and stands between heaven and earth as the Cosmic Mother of Souls, the Wife of God and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance.

Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship — once we come to realize our soul’s potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul’s Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying.

This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is “Know Thyself”, this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, September 17th

We may be confused by our own desires today because they don’t necessarily fit neatly into our current set of circumstances. The Moon drifts into psychic Pisces at 9:57 am EDT, opening our intuitive channels and sensitizing us to other people’s unspoken feelings. It’s tricky to separate our emotions from those we pick up from everyone else. Fortunately, our actions reflect our words as mental Mercury forms a supportive sextile to physical Mars.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

It feels as if someone is keeping a secret from you today, yet the more you try to figure it out, the farther away the truth seems to get. Instead of worrying about what you might be missing, concentrate your attention on what you do know and act accordingly. Save your detective work for another day when others are more willing to communicate. Take the high road and see who follows.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Your current dilemma requires balancing your personal desires with the needs of others at work. Fortunately, you can rely on your ability to logically analyze the differences and then make decisions based upon what will work best for a larger group. Being selfish now will only create additional problems. There’s no need to panic since you’ll probably get what you want soon enough. In the meantime, show others that you can be a valuable team player by jumping in to help.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may not have the freedom to express your feelings at work today. There could be unexpected consequences if you go ahead and say what’s on your mind, but you might choose to speak your peace anyhow. Although you aren’t responsible for the reactions of anyone else, you still need to get your job done on time. If you want other people’s cooperation, take a deep breath and consider their feelings first.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Making travel plans for the future is tricky business today since you are likely to aspire toward more extravagance than you can actually afford. Unrealistic dreams could come crashing down to earth if you try to cover too much ground or spend too much money. Instead of running into an insurmountable obstacle, it’s smarter now to rein in your vision of an idealistic getaway. Keep it real in order to make it possible.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your need for intimacy might create situations that ultimately make you feel uncomfortable today. It’s not that you want to avoid getting closer to someone you truly admire; it’s just that you don’t like limiting your options. Focus your attention on what you are experiencing in the present moment instead of dreaming about indefinite possibilities that may or may not happen sometime in the future. Be here now.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Although you logically know what’s best for you, you’re still confused when people tell you what they want today. But listening to someone else doesn’t have to change what you already know about yourself, even if you are more sensitive to the needs of your partner now than to your own desires. Remember, you can be available to others while still taking care of yourself.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It’s complicated to figure out what is expected of you at work today, but that might not prevent you from trying to do what’s right. Don’t worry about the reactions of your associates, since they probably won’t tell you what they’re really thinking anyhow. Accept the fact that others may hide their true feelings because they don’t want to stir up the waters any more than necessary. You can’t go wrong if you act for the greater good of everyone involved.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

A romantic attraction might make you feel a bit unstable today as the Moon slips into your 5th House of Love and Play. It’s natural for your feelings to swing one way and then the other as you play out the possibilities in your mind. It’s okay to acknowledge that you really don’t know what’s best, even if you want to arrive at a final conclusion now. Ease up on the controls for a while and just observe your changing moods. You’re better off postponing a relationship decision for a couple of days and enjoying the ride.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Unresolved feelings about a family member may instigate a minor crisis at home today. You might try to ignore the issue by focusing on your work responsibilities, but this will probably just make matters worse. There’s no need to add to the tension with your denial when you can simply discuss your concerns without taking control of the situation. Remember, you don’t need to have all the answers at this time; just showing up is enough to make others happy.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your desire to micromanage your schedule today creates more problems than it solves. Unfortunately, others may not be willing to blindly go along with your plans and there isn’t a lot that you can say or do to change their minds. Ironically, loosening your grip on the reins could actually help you to get what you want faster than you might expect.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

A financial decision that has been weighing heavily on your mind might be resolved today in a single instant. You may have a sudden flash of inspiration that enables you to clearly see the solution that you were missing. When you realize that the issue is less about money and more about what you value, the logical choice will become crystal clear. It’s not the bottom line that counts now; it’s the feeling you have at the bottom of your heart.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your emotional inconsistency could be driving someone crazy today, even if you aren’t aware of your erratic behavior. Others might currently see you as irresponsible; however, you think that you know what you want and are willing to follow through with your plan to accomplish your goals. Nevertheless, your feelings are unsettled now that the Moon is back in your sign, and it would be wise to wait until after the Full Moon on Thursday before you make a major commitment. In the meantime, cultivate your dreams and see what develops.

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for Sept. 16th – 22nd

Love is serious business this week. Wednesday’s conjunction of Venus to Saturn in Scorpio suggests it’s time to move past any surface-level or lighthearted romantic ideology. The universe wants to know whether or not your love has what it takes to survive the depths of despair together. Staying together is easy when times are good, but the true test of a partnership happens during the bad times. Venus and Saturn together in Scorpio will symbolize a major awakening that revolves around the durability of your romantic bond — even through the darkness. Still, don’t assume that you’ll experience a rough patch with your mate. If you know your love is solid, this week appears to reinforce that. Venus will also be at a perfect sextile to Pluto, assuring that the more open you are to being vulnerable with your partner, the more transcendental your union can truly be.
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Fearless communication will be the hallmark of your love life early in the week. On Tuesday, a gorgeous link between Mercury and Mars may prompt you to talk to your lover about sex. Is there a discrepancy between your respective needs in the bedroom? Do you have a fantasy that you’ve always wanted your mate to participate in? If so, this will be the time to speak up. Adding to the strong support of intimate conversation is Wednesday’s conjunction of Venus and Saturn in your 8th House of Shared Resources. Repressing deep sexual needs will only add tension to your relationship. It’s time to open up.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Things between you and your partner will likely come to a head this week. Saturn, the planet of limitation and tests, has been touring your 7th House of Relationships since October 2012. This signals a karmic cycle where any existing partnership may endure tests that help you to decipher how viable your relationship truly is. If you’ve been feeling the tension lately, Wednesday might be a turning point — for better or worse. Venus and Saturn will collide in your 7th House of Relationships. If you’re not feeling appreciated by your mate, you’ll make your feelings known.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

If you’re single and looking for love, this week will be the perfect time to ask someone out on a first date, or to indulge in some flirty communication! On Tuesday, Mercury, in your 5th House of Love and Pleasure, will be at a perfect sextile to Mars, in your 3rd House of Communication. This is your chance to make a bold statement to someone special and be confident that it’ll get you noticed! Most likely, it’ll be in a positive way, thanks to the added support of the Sun moving into your 5th House of Love and Pleasure by Sunday. Make love happen!

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, matters of the heart are certain to weigh heavily on your mind this week. If you’re single, it’s possible that you’ll feel that extra pang of loneliness due to Wednesday’s connection of Venus to Saturn in your 5th House of Love and Pleasure. The lesson is not to resign yourself to negative, depressed notions of your love potential. Rather, now is the time for you to make a resolute declaration about what you will and won’t put up with in order to feel loved. If you’re attached, Venus and Saturn will both connect to Pluto in your 7th House of Relationships this week, offering the opportunity to give serious consideration to your commitment. Remember: We accept the love we think we deserve.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

These days, your love life and your family life might not exactly blend perfectly together. If you’re dating someone new and have recently brought your sweetheart to a domestic function, you may have the clear feeling that your lover and your clan aren’t hitting it off. This sticky situation might weigh heavily on you, particularly on Wednesday, as Venus and Saturn connect in your 4th House of Home and Family Life. The best thing you can do now is avoid trying to force the issue. That will only make someone you love feel alienated. Thursday’s Full Moon in your 8th House of Deep Transformation might stir up your deeper emotional side. Are you willing to really let love in?

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Speaking from the heart might not be as easy as you think, but when it comes to love it’s the only way. On Wednesday, Venus and Saturn will link up in your 3rd House of Communication, making it clear that whatever you convey about love is anything but superficial. If you’re feeling insecure about communicating your feelings to someone special, ask yourself why this is the case. What are you afraid of? Rejection is always the chance we take when we open our hearts, but if you’re not willing to take the risk, you’ll never experience the joy that love has to offer. Thursday’s Full Moon in your 7th House of Relationships amplifies the sensitive attention you’ll have in a partnership matter.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Ever-concerned about relationships and your place in them, Libra, these days you’re able to effectively communicate what you need in a union. This is a welcome change of pace, because you’re typically so concerned with what the other person requires, often at the cost of yourself. On Tuesday, Mercury in Libra will be at a fine angle to Mars, which gives courageous communication in a social, nonthreatening way. If single, you might reach out to someone new and initiate a conversation on a social media or Internet dating site. You have nothing to lose! In fact, with the Sun entering your sign on Sunday, all eyes will surely be on you.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

A significant turning point in your love life is possible this week. You’re certainly not in the mood to play games, and if you suspect that your lover is, well, you’re just not having it. A sober conjunction between Venus and Saturn in Scorpio on Wednesday screams that you want to be taken seriously when it comes to love. You’re not the type who will settle for an arm candy relationship, and these days superficiality is an even greater turn off. On Thursday, a Full Moon in your 5th House of Romance will make it perfectly clear to your lover that if you can’t have it all, you’d rather have nothing.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The pangs of unrequited love may be especially harsh this week. On Wednesday, Venus and Saturn will connect in your 12th House of Privacy — which is also associated with isolation and anxiety. With this combination, romantic feelings you have for someone that have clearly been restricted from expression might leave you more wistful than usual. Try not to spend the entire week moping over lost opportunity or regretting words that you may or may not have spoken to this person. Recognize that it’s time to move on. What’s meant to be yours will not pass you by.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Friendship and love are not two mutually exclusive relationships in your book — especially these days. With Venus traveling through your 11th House of Friends and Associations until October 7, you’ll pay careful attention to the level of camaraderie you have with a potential love interest. If there’s one particular friend you’ve had for ages, it’s possible that you’re fraught with romantic feelings for him or her. On Wednesday, Venus and Saturn will connect in your 11th House of Friends and Associations and it may be time for you to take a deep breath and reveal your sentiments. Worrying about rejection or that it may change your friendship with this person is pointless now. Be honest with yourself: It already has.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your point of view may change this week, thanks to the influence of your partner. He or she may expose you to a previously unchartered philosophy, religion or other school of thought. If so, you’ll feel extremely stimulated by the newfound awareness. You’ll ask the big questions and will attempt to answer them together. The best part, however, is that you’re not as concerned about the answers as you are about the journey you’ll take that will lead you towards them. Lucky for you, your mate feels the exact same way. Enjoy the mental simpatico.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You’ll be extra sensitive this week, thanks to Thursday’s Full Moon in your sign. You’ll be emotionally open, for sure, and extremely sentimental. This will translate into your love life as you’ll feel an even deeper yearning to share unconditional, soul-mate, fairy-tale romance with someone special. In fact, by Sunday, when the Sun enters your 8th House of Intimacy, you’ll be ready to share yourself completely with a lover. Body and soul. That’s the sexual experience you’ll crave. Luckily, now you’ve got every chance to capture it. If, however, you’re with someone who leaves your physical and spiritual cup empty, you might decide to make a change. Above all, be true to yourself.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for September 17th

With the next Full Moon occurring on Thursday, today and tomorrow become the monthly, 48-hour time-period of preparation for the enlightening spiritual vibrations getting ready to descend from the higher planes of divinity into human consciousness. Thirteen times in every calendar year, this sacred and mostly invisible process takes place — although over the past hundred years, there are now many groups that actively congregate, in a positive manner, to help bring through these exalted vibrations as purely as possible.  Providing an early support system for this preparation cycle is this morning’s Mercury-Mars 60-degree contact (12:18AM) followed shortly by a nurturing Venus-Ceres contra-parallel (1:49AM). Nevertheless, both of these aspects occur while the Moon may be laboring in a void uncertainty zone in Aquarius. A more confusing, chaotic situation can develop when Vesta in Virgo makes a fairly rare opposition to Neptune in Pisces (6:35AM). Keep your valuables and assets safe and secure.  The Moon’s entry into Pisces (6:59AM) is the monthly reminder to be more compassionate and empathic to the truly needy and disenfranchised. Steer clear of mental fatigue as Pallas forms an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with sometimes loopy Neptune (8:28AM). On the other hand, enhancing your creative imagination and psychic abilities later on fits right into the monthly union of the Moon with Neptune in Pisces (12:39PM). Experiment with a digital or video camera for fun or profit. Make a note or record especially significant dreams and visions that have set your mind ablaze during the last few days.  If you are reasonable and careful, you may be able to mix business with some moderate types of pleasure as the Moon trines Venus (8:16PM) and Saturn (9:34PM) — two celestial bodies that are on the verge of uniting in Scorpio tomorrow.  Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.

Current Moon Phase for September 17th – Waxing Gibbous

Gibbous Moon

(waxing/88% illumination)

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 Spell for Sept. 17th – Spell To Keep Evil Away

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Spell To Keep Evil Away

Items You Need:

Black candle
Salt
Water
Sage
Black Cord

This spell can be done as a general insurance policy and the black cord can be put on your altar or in a bag hung up over the entrance to your home. If you truly feel under attack, you can use a long cord and wrap it around your waist (under your clothes) or use a short one and tie it around one wrist. To make it extra powerful, use three thin cords and braid them together as you perform the spell.

Use as needed, but this spell is best casted under a New Moon in a formally cast circle. Place all the spell ingredients on an altar or table in front of you, light the candle, and do the actions one by one as you recite the spell.

(Sprinkle Salt on the Cord)

Avert, avert, avert, I say

With power of earth, block evil’s sway.

(Sprinkle Water on Cord)

Avert, avert, avert, I say

Water clear, wash evil away.

(Hold Cord Carefully Over Candle Flame)

Avert, avert, avert, I say

Fire’s heat it must obey.

(Light sage, and waft the smoke over the cord)

Avert, avert, avert, I say

Air protects me as I pray.

(If Planning To Wear Cord, Put It On Now, Otherwise Hold It in Your Hand)

Avert, avert, avert, I say

Safe I am and safe I’ll stay

So Mote It Be

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Rosh Hashana

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September 17th

Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is a time of new beginnings. On this day, the best clothes were worn and “Good Year” greetings are exchanged. Originally this was a one-day festival and the Fast of Trumpets, at which the shofar was sounded. For the Jewish community this is a time of judgment, repentance, soul-searching, and also of augury for the coming year. This is an entirely public festival, in contrast to the domestic nature of most Jewish holidays. In earlier times, a ritual cleansing was enacted by casting one’s sins into the waters. Today, when possible, Orthodox Jews still assemble near the water for this rite.

The Witches Correspondence for Tuesday, September 17th

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The Witches Magickal Correspondence for Tuesday, September 17th

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

Great Goddess


Sympathy Comments

Great Goddess

Be with me in this time of sorrow

Ease the pain of my heart

And soothe my battered spirit

Bless my nights and restful sleep

So I might cope with the long days ahead

Enfold me in your compassionate arms

As I learn to live with my loss

Help me to move forward with life

And let the pain grow less as time passes

Bless me with your love

And watch over me

And the one I have lost

So Mote It Be