Your Animal Spirit for October 2nd is

Your Animal Spirit for Today
October 2, 2013

Bear

Bear represents a time of reflection and stillness—a time of entering the inner cave of  Self to contemplate life’s challenges. Bear often appears during times of confusion and unrest—those unsettling moments when you turn to everyone you know for answers—everyone except yourself. Go within, ask the hard questions—then listen.

Your Ancient Symbols Card for October 2nd is Strength

Your Ancient Symbols Card for Today

Strength

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.

Today’s Tarot Card for October 2nd is The Devil

The Devil

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What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces.

The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal.

Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, October 2nd

Issues of the heart may require less logic and more intensity now that passionate Pluto and magnetic Venus drive our desires to the surface. Even the sensible Virgo Moon won’t offer much help since she forms a trine with relentless Pluto. Seeking balance is wise as the nights grow longer, but our emotional needs deepen, making equilibrium more elusive. Meanwhile, a verbally assertive Mercury-Mars aspect complicates communication with tough talk.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Anyone who gets in your way today could be in for a big surprise when you arrive dressed for battle. The bottom line is that you’re in no mood to deal with someone else’s arbitrary judgments. Although your feelings are very strong now, there’s little need to worry about any resistance you currently face. Be true to yourself; instead of looking for a fight, just keep pushing your best ideas ahead, one step at a time

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Feelings of sweet love may temporarily transform into an intense meltdown today as your key planet Venus creates an anxious aspect with dark Pluto. Although your desires are slightly obsessive now, you’re able to avoid trouble, even if you set your common sense aside to attain the pleasure you want. There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgent behavior as long as you don’t lose your moral compass.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You might make a number of attempts to tell someone your story now, but it can be frustrating when others don’t seem to care about the same things that are significant to you. Nevertheless, don’t waste your time and energy worrying about the possibility of being hurt by rejection. There’s really no place for negative thinking in your life. You’re better off if you focus your positive thoughts on the journey ahead.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Making choices about your personal life is a challenge today because there seems to be a wide array of appealing possibilities until you examine them more closely. However, it isn’t smart to put off any decisions that could help you realize your potential. Thankfully, you have powerful friends that are eager to support your ambitions now, so don’t be afraid to ask for their assistance. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You don’t want to let go of a recent experience just yet, and you may try every trick in the book to extend your playful feelings into the workday. But don’t worry about missing out on a little fun if you have more important things to do today. Instead, think about the positive impact you can have on others if you jump in now and show them the way. Your I-can-do-it attitude is contagious so spread it around.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may not be willing to give an inch today, especially if someone is questioning your ability to handle a situation while suggesting an alternative plan. Be careful, since this current predicament isn’t about right versus wrong. Everyone can be correct, for there are many ways to reach the same goal. Remember, progressing according to your strategy keeps your heart in the game while enabling you to remain passionately committed to the greater cause.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your light and easy thoughts of love are interwoven into a more complex web of attachments as dark Pluto gives your key planet Venus something mysterious to ponder today. You might prefer to remain detached from your feelings by having fun with someone else. Unfortunately, you can’t outrun the work you must do to sort out your relationships. Stop focusing on dreams that are just out of reach so you can appreciate what’s right in front of you.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You must tread very carefully and watch your step now because you are more impulsive than usual. It’s tough to filter out any anger if your emotions suddenly surface because you still haven’t had enough time to process them. However, blocking your feelings won’t help your cause in the long run. Go ahead and share what’s on your mind, but try not to inflame an already sensitive situation. A little compassion goes a long way.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Make time for some physical activity today because keeping your energy in motion is crucial to preventing you from becoming a couch potato. However, you want to do everything just right now that the Moon is visiting perfectionist Virgo. The downside is that you might get so hung up in the details that you can’t move forward with confidence. Don’t worry about every little thought that enters your mind. Tackling one small task at a time is the best way to maximize your productivity.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You have lots to share now and you shouldn’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of expressing your truth. Don’t restrain the power of your words because persuasive Pluto harmonizes with captivating Venus in your 11th House of Goals. But it’s not about what you say today; it’s more how you say it. Keep in mind that you can be both ambitious and kind in your drive for success.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your overall situation is growing brighter day by day, but there are still a few loose ends that must be tied up before you can move on to the next chapter of your life. However, the rate of change could pick up speed over the next few weeks, so make a commitment to concentrate on the present moment and not on the future. It’s wonderful to be spontaneous, but in your haste don’t let any unfinished tasks slip by unattended. Sometimes you have to give up a little freedom to reach your full potential.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Love isn’t always simple and today you have an opportunity to experience a more complicated kind of pleasure. Beautiful Venus usually adds sweetness and grace to your life but an uneasy aspect from shadowy Pluto offers up sensual delights from the hidden recesses of your subconscious mind. No matter what, don’t let fear stand in your way of a meaningful experience. Open your heart and let love in.

Halloween Costumes for the Zodiac

Halloween Costumes for the Zodiac

Spooky, sexy or silly? Astrology reveals your sign’s best costume

Jeff Kishner   Jeff Kishner on the topics of halloween, astrology

A person’s Sun sign often reflects their inner hopes and dreams. Halloween costumes are an exciting opportunity to bring these fantasy lives to the surface.

Some say the veil to the otherworld is lifted this time of year, so not only can you tap into your insight more easily with a Tarot reading, but you can have a little fun role playing, too.

If you’re stuck for Halloween costume ideas, check out the list below. It could provide you with the perfect outfit to express your inner demons!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Your sign is ruled by Mars, the warrior of the zodiac. Dress up as a gladiator or a luchador (a Mexican wrestler). Aries is also the sign of courage, so a police officer, firefighter or military officer uniform would help you express your inner Ram. Superhero costumes are also popular this year, and bold Aries is perfectly suited to take on Superman, Batman or Iron Man.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Your sign is known for earthy beauty, from sensuous curves to brawny muscles. Dress up as Miss America, who made a huge splash this year, or Mr. Universe to show off what you’ve got. You can also dress up as Poison Ivy or a walking tree to channel the Bull’s love for green pastures. Taurus also loves to indulge, so don’t hesitate to dress yourself up like a sweet cupcake!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

What better way to dress up than to be Siamese Twins with your best bud or girlfriend? You can literally be joined at the hip! You could also go as famous real-life Twins, such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Or a famous real-life Gemini, Angelina Jolie. Gemini is also an androgynous sign, so be a half-man/half-woman creature … or just go in drag!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your sentimental sign loves the homeland, so express your patriotism as the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam or America’s true ancestor, a Native American. Cancer also loves food, so dress up as an oversized banana or a milk carton. You can also pay tribute by dressing up as real-life Cancer Princess Diana, or embrace your sign’s nurturing instincts to dress as a famous mom, like Carol Brady or Octomom!

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

What better way to channel your sign’s mascot than as the Lion from The Wizard of Oz, or in a sexy cat costume? And of course, glamorous Leo rules over royalty and stars, so dress up as a king, queen or just wear tons of gold. Or go as an A-list celebrity or movie star, like Marilyn Monroe or Elvis.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

This perfectionistic, word-loving sign can express its erotic earthiness as a sexy librarian. Virgo is also associated with Demeter, the grain goddess … so a chaff of wheat may be right up your alley. Virgo is a great pet lover, so you could dress up as an animal — a cat or dog or even a fox costume, which are selling out this year. Or go as a classic Virgo good-girl, like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz — and don’t forget her pet, Toto!

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

What better way to bring balance to this holiday than to dress up as Justice? A scale in each hand would help you make sure everyone gets their equal share of candy, especially if you’re dressed up as Judge Judy. Or put on your best threads and say you’re a fashion guru or interior designer. Libra is also the sign that most loves to shop, so dress up as a shopoholic with tons of boxes and bags and you’ll feel right at home.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Your sign is the private investigator of the zodiac, so you may want to dress up as Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew or Inspector Gadget. Scorpio also rules the underworld — so going all-out as your favorite Mafioso will do, whether it’s Tony Soprano or Al Capone. Scorpio is also perfect for so many dark, creepy Halloween costumes — the Grim Reaper, Darth Vader and the Devil will do. Or you could be a zombie prom queen, a skeleton or a corpse bride!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

The adventurer of the zodiac may want to dress up as Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Sagittarians also love to make people laugh, so donning a clown costume or the silliest outfit you can find will be good for a few chuckles. The sign of the Archer is also perfectly suited to play a huntress from The Hunger Games, like Katniss Everdeen — just don’t forget your bow!

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

The businessman of the zodiac may want to put on a power suit and a funny hairpiece to look like Donald Trump. Strong women, such as Hillary Clinton or Joan of Ark, are also well-suited to your sign. Capricorn also excels at building, so a construction worker’s outfit — make sure you wear a helmet — will help you blast through any crowd. You could also be a superhero, as Capricorn is known for its nearly superhuman strength of character!

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Aquarius rules outer space, so what better way to celebrate Halloween than as an astronaut … or a space alien? Dress up as a scientist in a lab coat and taped glasses to channel this sign’s intellectual bent, or put on fake tattoos and piercings to show your inner rebel. Robots, like in Dr. Who or Star Wars — think R2D2 and C3P0 — are perfect for your quirky sign!

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Your sign’s ruling planet, Neptune, commands the sea. Dress up as a mermaid or King of the Sea (carry your trident, or three-pronged spear!). Artistic Pisces would also love to be a ballerina, painter or poet for Halloween. Or wear soft flowing fabrics to be the Muse. Pisces is also known as the most psychic sign of the zodiac, so a gypsy fortune teller Halloween costume would be perfect!

Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for October 2nd

If you are sensing a higher buzz and busy type energy-field all around you, chalk it up to the large number of celestial alignments going on at the start of this month. Yesterday’s activation of all three outer planets — not a usual occurrence in one 24-hour time-period — is now amplified by over 10 sky patterns today.  Look over the following list: Venus makes a frictional, 45-degree tie to Pluto (1:51AM); Saturn trines Chiron (2:38AM); the Moon makes its monthly union with Vesta in Virgo (7:30AM); the Moon parallels Uranus (8:05AM); Mercury squares Juno (11:06AM); the Moon makes its monthly union with Ceres in Virgo (6:29PM); Vesta forms an off-kilter, 150-degree tie to Uranus (7:48PM); Mercury makes an inspirational, 72-degree connection with Mars (8:16PM) and also forms a contra-parallel with the red planet (9:08PM); the Sun makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link to Chiron (9:25PM); and the Moon forms a supportive, 60-degree tie with Jupiter (10:59PM).  At least three of the above alignments are in the favorable astro-psychic zone while the lunar conjunctions to asteroids Vesta and Ceres can help you tune into investment plans and raise your productivity across the board. Nevertheless, there are enough tensions going on to warn against going too far too fast in affairs of the heart and regarding emotionally sensitive discussions with loved ones. It is also wise to reinforce safety and security measures around your residence and business environment.  [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.]

Calendar of the Moon for October 2nd

Calendar of the Moon

Grapevine Month

Colors: Blue and Purple
Element: Water
Altar: Upon cloth of blue and purple set a great pitcher of wine with many cups, four purple candles, and many wreaths of grapevine and baskets of grapes.
Offerings:
Daily Meal: Vegetarian, with wine or grape juice to drink, and of course grapes.

Muin Invocation

Call: Hail the Month of the Grapevine!
Response: Hail the Month of the Vine-Gods!
Call: Hail the month when sour turns to sweet!
Response: Hail the month when labor comes ripe!
Call: Hail the month when our hands come together,
Response: Hail the month when the cup is passed!
Call: This is the time of bonding,
Response: When the fruits of the harvest lay within our grasp.
Call: This is the call of Joy and Merriment,
Response: This is the time of coming together.
Call: For though we may have forgotten laughter beneath our burdens,
Response: Laughter comes for us at last.
Call: And yet we begin to see the year passing to its end,
Response: And our laughter is the light passing into the dark.
Call: May we go to into the dark like the Children of Dionysos,
Response: Embracing the cycle with open arms!
Call: Like the grapevine, we are givers of ecstasy.
Response: Like the grapevine, we are givers of dream.
Call: Like vines, we yield up our fruit.
Response: Like vines, we yield up for the good of all.
Call: Like vines, we twine towards the Light.
Response: Like vines, we twine towards the Spirit.
Call: We hold the line, we keep the Mysteries true,
Response: We hold the line, we keep the Mysteries true,
Call: I am the vine; the branches, you and you.
Response: I am the vine; the branches, you and you.

Chant:
Taste Joy in the Day
Take Joy in the Night
Touch Joy in your face turned
To the fading light
Ay ay ay ay-yi-hey.

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for October 2

Calendar of the Sun

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Gerda’s Blot

Colors: Brown and green
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of brown, bury a sword in bunches of herbs from the garden, and a cup of ale.
Offerings: Give aid to those who have lost children, through choice or no.
Daily Meal: Root vegetables and herbs.

Invocation to Gerda

Hail, Lady of the Walled Garden,
Hallowed in hedgerive and hammerwort,
Sacred in stonecrop and sowthistle,
Gifted and gifting in gladden and dragonwort,
You help us build the still, safe place
In which we can grow tender hopes to blossoming.
Hail, Lady of the forest paths,
Hallowed in hillwort and hindberry,
Sacred in cock’s spur grass and sicklewort,
Gifted and gifting in gale and libcorn,
You help us bring those hopes into the world
To test and turn them into manifestation.
Hail, Lady of the quiet endings,
Hallowed in hulwort and whortleberry,
Sacred in ramsons and raven’s leek,
Gifted and giving in viper’s bugloss and boarfern,
You teach us to cull out what cannot be
While still keeping hope alive in the dark.
Hail, Lady of the hidden treasures,
Hallowed in mallow and meadowwort,
Sacred in sundcorn and stitchwort,
Gifted and giving in groundsel and sedge,
Cleansed in river-mint and lamb’s cress,
You bring us deeper than we thought possible
Into the earth on which we depend.
Hail, Gerda, etin-bride of Frey,
Shadow to light, night to day,
All things balanced in your keen dark glance.

(All shall come forward and silently take a bit of herb, and taste it, and ask Gerda for her wisdom in what to keep and what to give up. The ale is poured silently as a libation.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

 

Current Moon Phase for October 2nd – Waning Crescent

Crescent Moon

(waning/15 illumination)

This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

The Witches' Spell for Oct. 2nd – Excellent Spell To Stop Pain

Pain Spell

         To lessen or be rid of pain.

Items Needed:

Black Candle

This is a very short spell/prayer that can be used at any time, with or without the candle. I will tell you from personal experience, asking the Goddess to help with the pain. DOES WORK!

God and Goddess

Hear my plea

Take this pain away from me

Leave me feeling good instead

Strong of body, clear of head

So Mote It Be

No "Let's Talk Witch" Today Instead A Disclaimer

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We are going to update the site this afternoon and tonight. But I want you to know that there will be a disclaimer on this site for the month of October. I am comfortable in doing this because I know our regular followers are all brothers and sisters of the Craft. The reason I am doing this is because I was scrolling through the movies on TV for October. There are tons of Witchcraft and Occult movies on for this month (doesn’t it figure?).

My husband picked out one last night for us to watch. I think I would have rather watched reruns of Hee-Haw. Seriously. It was a movie about teenagers doing a Séance using a Ouija board. The whole thing was pathetic. Then it hit me, Halloween is this month, Samhain for us. But people will watch these movies and run to this site demanding to do Witchcraft NOW! It happens every year, like clock work. The disclaimer isn’t going to be offensive. It will simply explain that magick doesn’t happen with the snap of the fingers. It is a serious Religion and should be regarded as such. It involves study and unless you are not serious about becoming a student of the Craft, please do not demand Magick NOW! Or something like that.

Anyway, you will know what is going on and won’t be surprised when you see it.

The Witches Correspondence for Wednesday, October 2nd

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The Witches Correspondence for Wednesday, October 2nd

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

This day is governed by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to rituals involving inspiration, communications, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, October 2nd

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 The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, October 2nd

Wednesday (Mercury): The conscious mind, study, travel, divination and wisdom.

Old Man s Day (Virgin Islands)

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign:  Virgo

Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene and daily schedules.

Incense:  Lilac

Color: Yellow

Good Wednesday Morning, My Loves! I Hope You Are Having A Very Blessed Day!

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I hope everyone is having a super, fantastic Wednesday. I apologize for yesterday. But yesterday wasn’t a very good day for me. My blood pressure sort of went crazy (after visiting two doctors, whose wouldn’t, lol!). I use to take blood pressure medicine off and on. Mostly off because after being on it awhile my pressure bottoms out.  Then if I want to stand up straight I have to stop it. Last night I got tired of fighting it and ate the hell out of some cayenne peppers 😦 ! You talking about a hot momma, but they did take care of the blood pressure. I am normal today, well what’s normal for me! Right!

You might be wondering why the horrible spider as a graphic. Well he plays into my blood pressure ordeal. Several years ago, I almost lost my leg to a bunch of recluse spiders. The pretty thing above is not a recluse but a writing spider. They will kill the recluse and keep it away. The first year I had one show up it started out in my corner on my porch. I would talk to it as I was unlocking the door. A few weeks later, I guess the spider decided he wanted to be friends. I opened the door and there he was right in the middle of this grapevine wreath I have hanging. I holler because I didn’t expect him to be that close and you have to admit they are a little frightening. My husband heard me, he came running. He was going to kill it. I told him, “hell no, he wasn’t,” and hand over the broom immediately. He gave me the broom. Believe it or not, I put the tip of the broom up to his web and he walked right on it. It didn’t dawn on me till afterwards what if he had kept on walking (I probably would have been changing drawers!).  Anyway to cut this story short, I have bushes around the porch where I originally placed this one. I now have eight of them adorning those bushes. The recluse are gone. Now I have to figure out if these guys will do anything about wolf spiders. Cause I honestly believe I got a bite from a wolf spider. That’s the only time my blood pressure goes haywire when I get bit by something poisonous. Knowing my luck, the wolf spiders are smart enough to avoid my jolly little army of writing spiders. I must add these spiders also keep noisy neighbors at bay! Hmm, perhaps I use start a market on writing spiders! Any takers?

Have a great one, my sweets!

Luv & Hugs,
Lady A