Raidho may mark the coming of a physical or spiritual journey. Whichever the case, changes in your life are soon to come. Spiritual or material goals may be attained.
Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of an “innocent Fool” archetype (Rider-Waite deck) is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of the Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.
In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills.
Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our
We are ready, even enthusiastic, for whatever the day offers. But today’s spontaneous Leo Moon may not be as playful as usual because she anxiously aligns with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square that continues to rock personal and global events. We can already feel the pressure to behave in a responsible manner now as retrograde Mercury backs into somber Saturn tomorrow. We want to take action but might have to wait until we’re better prepared.
Your most creative efforts may be blocked because you take yourself so seriously today. Worrying about someone else’s reaction to your work can be enough to stop the flow of your self-expression. Dig deeply into your shadows without judgment as to what surfaces. It could take some time to figure out what to do with the material that appears now. A more casual approach to your current process removes some of the pressure and allows the energy to flow unimpeded once again.
No matter how motivated you are to share your feelings today, it may be tricky, considering the current circumstances. This is one of those times when you could be better off leaving your personal issues at home. Focusing on what needs to happen at work is best done now without unpacking any extra emotional baggage that you might be carrying. Discretion is the better part of valor and also your key to success.
Sorting out your schedule makes sense today since it’s likely that you have bitten off more than you can chew. Fortunately, your key planet Mercury is available to assist you in rearranging your calendar. Work with the retrograde energy by postponing non-critical appointments to free up enough time for you to get your chores finished. Time management could be your secret weapon.
A social situation might make you feel awkward today because you’re not willing to set aside your internal process in order to have a good time. It’s not that you are negative about anything in particular; it’s just that you don’t want to miss an opportunity to experience an emotion that’s crucial to your growth. Although it may not be a great idea to push your agenda too hard now, saying what’s on your mind goes a long way to alleviate any hidden tension.
You have an uncharacteristic tendency to be self-critical today, since it may be impossible to live up to your own standards. You might feel like you are playing for keeps now, but it’s likely that the stakes aren’t as high as they seem. Change an intense situation into a more relaxing one by removing the competitive aspect. Once the pressure to win has been eliminated then everyone will be able to lighten up and play nicely together.
Keeping your agenda private today may seem like a good idea, but it might not actually work out according to your plan. Your strategy could backfire as others realize you have something up your sleeve, making them less likely to trust you. Be as forthcoming as possible and you will likely receive the assistance you need. Transparency paves the road to success.
It may feel as if your friends are not as supportive as usual, which can throw you into an emotional tailspin. The reality is, however, that others are no different today; it’s you that has changed. You might expect so much now that no one could possibly fulfill all your needs. Your real work is to transform your attitude without depending on others. It all starts with believing in yourself.
Responsibilities weigh heavily on you today, for others expect you to carry more than your fair share. Of course, you take your work seriously and want to perform in an exemplary fashion. However, just because you have things to do doesn’t mean you can’t also have a little fun as long as you don’t flake out on anyone. Taking time to think about your plan in advance enables you to gracefully balance work with play.
Your unrealistic ideas about a thrilling adventure may crash into reality today, requiring you to consider a scaled-down alternative. Don’t let discouragement get the best of you because all is not lost. Your positive attitude allows you to make the necessary changes in your thinking more easily than you expect. A mature approach to integrating a new perspective can ultimately boost your confidence and increase your chances of living out your dream.
You might think that a close friend doesn’t understand what you’re going through now no matter how hard you try to share your true feelings. It may seem as if there is a protective wall around your heart that prevents you from expressing your ideas with the same passion you feel for them. Don’t struggle; patience works better than anything else today since you’ll likely feel more emotionally connected in a couple of days. In the meantime, look for your answers within.
This week you can’t escape it: When it comes to love, you’ll need to confront your darker side. Those walls of self-protection you hold up to avoid being hurt are about to come crashing down all around you. This is a good thing. If you’ve been the one who gets all dressed up in a suit of armor before going on a date, then it’s time to dress down. In fact, it’s time to disrobe. Surrender those fears and dare to feel something real
If you’re not being up-front with your partner about what’s holding you back from falling head over heels in love, then the only person you’re really fooling is yourself. Now, more than ever, the universe wants you to confront the naked truth about romance, relationships and your requirements pertaining to them. It’s OK to revise your concepts around these matters now — in fact, it’s called for. What’s not OK is to keep trying to ignore what needs to happen: Transformation.
This week, trying too hard to control everything happening in your environment may leave little room for pleasure. Work may be all-consuming and you might also need to pay extra attention to your overall well-being. Still, there’s a nugget of gold available in your romantic life if you’re willing to mine for it. On Thursday, you’ll seize an intimate moment at home with a lover. Are you concerned about your sexual health? There isn’t necessarily anything to worry about, but it’s a good time to make an appointment with a healthcare professional. Take care of you.
Romance — or the lack thereof — will weigh heavily on your mind this week. If you feel as if you and your sweetheart have lost that loving feeling, this will be a good time to review potential explanations for why things have gone stale. An honest conversation may lead to you both making each other a priority once again. If single, you may struggle with pangs of loneliness or pessimism about love and your ability to “find the one.” It’s time to rewrite the script in your head.
Domestic distractions may challenge you so much this week that it takes your focus away from romantic pursuits. While it’s true you’ll have a lot going on at home, this will be the last week love planet Venus moves through the area of your chart that has to do with pleasure and romance. If you’re hoping to meet someone new and fall in love, there’s still time — but you must go out and mingle! Don’t expect the love of your life to come knocking on your door. Seize it!
Expect serious and potentially significant alterations in how you communicate this week. Thankfully, these changes symbolize opportunity that will help you convey your deepest desires in a way that no longer makes you feel threatened. Penetrating dialogue between you and someone close will only support deeper intimacy. On Thursday, you and a lover might reach new heights together in the bedroom. With Sunday’s Eclipse, you might be ready to speak up to your mate about what you need emotionally to enjoy a true partnership.
Compared to the stress of last month’s Lunar Eclipse in your partnership sector, this week’s Solar Eclipse might feel like a cakewalk. There won’t be any relationship red flags to look out for or monsters in your love closet to ferret out. What the cosmic climate will demand you reassess this week, however, is your self-worth profile. The old saying is true — if you can’t love yourself, then it’s impossible to love someone else. Where do you stand when it comes to self-love? If you’re not standing tall then an adjustment will be in order.
Be gentle with yourself this week, because Sunday’s Solar Eclipse in your sign might leave you feeling both rattled and energized. On one hand, you know it’s time to make a change in your personal life. On the other hand, the steps you’ll need to take to get there may seem daunting — even terrifying at times. Remember that shedding the skin of what no longer serves you is part of the growth process. You’ll have more to offer someone you love when you have the strength to reveal authenticity.
Keeping all of your relationship fears neatly tucked away out of site might seem like a clever move. The truth however, is that you’re only playing yourself for a fool if you continue to ignore them. Most of us have suffered heartbreak and trauma at some point, but the trick to overcoming a broken heart is to keep it broken open. This week you may have a breakthrough if you’re willing to talk about these feelings you try so hard to hide. A conversation with a therapist or trusted friend will work wonders.
It’s time to pay more attention to your social life — or lack thereof — and how it affects your love potential. Making new social contacts may be your key to inviting romantic prospects your way if single. The deeper meaning behind this week’s Solar Eclipse, however, is that it’ll challenge you to reconsider beliefs about your lovability. You don’t seem to have trouble giving love these days, but receiving love — truly being able to accept it — is another story. It’s time to make a change. You are lovable. Period.
With the ruler of your romance sector, Mercury, now in retrograde motion, this week may be more about dwelling on the past in terms of your love life than anything else. Thankfully, a powerful Solar Eclipse in Scorpio will help you face painful memories of love lost or any betrayal you may have endured that has left you scarred. If you want to let love in, it’s time to give yourself permission to release the grip any trauma has on your heart.
This week, you’re questioning everything you thought you knew about the world and your place in it. Not surprisingly, your ideals regarding love are also being challenged. To err is human, but you sometimes have trouble knowing the difference between a lover’s honest mistake versus an outright deception or lie. This is because you prefer to see the best in others and to love unconditionally. This week you may reexamine any overly naive approach in order to achieve healthier margins in intimate matters. A breakthrough is possible on Sunday.
Colors: Light blue and dark green
Altar: Upon cloth of dark green lay pots of ivy twined up around posts of gold with suns, three blue candles, a vine-painted chalice of water, and a feather fan.
Offerings: Pray for enlightenment, and to be lifted up.
Daily Meal: Sheep, goat, or vegetarian using the fruits of the local harvests.
Call: Hail the month of the Ivy!
Response: Hail the month of twining for the sky!
Call: Where the vine yielded forth the blood of the earth…
Response: The ivy yields up the winds of the sky!
Call: Where the vine dulls the mind with happiness…
Response: The ivy opens the mind with terror and light!
Call: Hail to the chains of the Maenads!
Response: Hail to Dionysos and his torrent of madness!
Call: Hail to the Lady that mates with the Oak!
Response: She has entwined him, she has wrapped her limbs about him!
Call: Even his great strength is not enough to stay her!
Response: She shows that not all strength is standing tall!
Call: Hail to she who is supported by others….
Response: Yet reaches as high as they themselves!
Call: Show us, sacred Ivy, what it is to rise with the aid of the strong.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by branches.
Call: Show us what it is to be borne up by hopes.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by the Gods.
Call: We cannot reach the sky without aid…
Response: So we entreat you, Ivy, beg for aid for our earthbound hands.
Call: Teach us that the sky can be gained not only by the straight path…
Response: But also by the path of the spiral!
Call: Dance that spiral for us, Ivy, and we shall follow you!
Response: We shall follow you toward the blessed realms of the Gods.
Turn turn turn again
Turn wind turn leaf
Twine o’er the last sheaf
Turn turn turn again
Day I of the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris
Colors: Green and black
Elements: Earth and Air
Altar: Upon cloth of green and black set a figure of Isis, a figure of Osiris, a box carved like a sarcophagus, and two large ivory candles.
Offerings: Undertake a long-term difficult project.
Daily Meal: Beer. Barley. Figs. Dates. Nuts. Flatbread.
Hail O Osiris
Wake O Osiris
Arise O Osiris
Thy Mother Nuit gives thee birth
The great company of gods would converse with thee
Take thy seat, Osiris,
For none shall offend thee,
Thine enemies are beneath thee,
All honor is given
To Osiris, Lord of the Dead.
For Osiris, the eldest son of Nut,
Was feasting at his table
When forth came Set, his Adversary
With a coffin inlaid much with gold and gems,
Saying that whosoever the coffin fit,
Might have it for his own.
Osiris lay down in the coffin,
Only to find that it had been made for his measure,
And that Set’s henchmen had been laying in wait
To spring the lid closed,
Nail down the box,
And cast it into the Nile.
So it was done, and it floated into the great Sea,
Where it was borne up by the waves
To the foot of a tamarisk tree
Which enclosed it in a cradle of bark.
And there lay Osiris,
Great King of the Gods of Egypt,
Locked in stillness and one with the trees.
Weep for him, Lord of the Earth!
If you were thinking that the end of October and the beginning of November would be equivalent to a joyful walk in the park, think again. Today’s assortment of celestial seasonings are just an appetizer that leads to a full-course sampling of cosmic fireworks that will continue all week — building to a dramatic Uranus-Pluto square-off on Friday November 1 and a Solar Eclipse on Sunday November 3. Right now you need to pay attention to a Venus-Vesta square (1:15AM) followed six hours later by an off-kilter, 150-degree tie between Mars and Juno (7:17AM). Psychic storm warnings are posted on the investment and partnership fronts. Use words to heal and comfort — not disparage and harm. Coming to your rescue are a supportive, 60-degree tie between Chiron and Pluto (3:57AM) while the Moon in Leo trines Venus in Sagittarius (5:27AM). These two favorable sky patterns help to neutralize some of the discordant vibrations of the Venus-Vesta square and Mars-Juno at loggerheads. However, the Moon-Venus positive aspect (5:27AM) begins a long void lunar cycle that lasts until 8:46PM tonight when the Moon enters Virgo. During the void uncertainty zone, the Moon makes its monthly union with Pallas (10:11AM) — pointing you in the direction of solving problems and thinking more along strategic lines. Once the Moon enters Virgo, turn your attention to health concerns, eliminating non-essentials and clean-up efforts. Be careful regarding love bonds as Venus makes a frictional, 45-degree tie with Juno (10:24PM). [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.]
The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.
I have my reasons for moving the “Let’s Talk Witch” section today. It will be after the cartoon today. I am going to write it and you know how I am when I get started, lol!
If you have a moment, stick around or pop back in later and read it. It is going to deal with our Ancestors and rituals that we might be planning on doing. Should be interesting. Because I had never thought of what I am going to write about till this morning, hmm…..
monandaeg (Anglo-Saxon) montag (Germanic) dies lunae (Latin) som-var (Hindu) peer or somwar (Islamic) lundi (French) getsu youbi (Japanese
This is traditionally viewed as the second day of the week. Although known as ‘Monandaeg’ by the Angle-Saxons it was also known as ‘the day of the moon’. ‘Black Monday’ was the term given to 14 April 1360 which was an Easter Monday. King Edward III of England had laid siege to Paris but was plagued by the weather as it turned foul and dark.. As a result it is said that many men and their mounts were lost in battle. The fact that this event is said to have occurred on Easter Monday is disputed, being later said to have occurred on the Tuesday, but ever since the Monday after Easter has been given this name. On 25 February 1865 a terrifying wind rose up in Melbourne, Australia coming from the NNW. Devastation hit an immense area of land between Castlemaine and Sandhurst, known after by this name. According to tradition it was believed that there were three specific Mondays of the year that were considered to be unlucky. The first Monday in April, the second in August, and the last in the month of December. It is said that Cain was born on the first Monday in April, and that later it was upon this day that he killed his brother Abel. Sodom and Gommorah was said to be destroyed on the second Monday in August, and that it was upon this day in December that Judas Iscariot was born. According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the ‘Manual’ in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day.
(For more information see Mystical WWW Mystical Time : Mystical Months).
Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Fluorite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.
Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.
Moon Sign: Leo
Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, central ideas, or institutions, away from connections with others and other emotional needs. People tend to be melodramatic.
The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation, and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).
Moon enters Virgo 11:45 pm
Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter
So Mote It Be.
Well believe it or not, I was ready to run till about 20 minutes ago. Twenty minutes ago, WordPress threw me for a loop! When I came to the site there was this small golden bowl (loving cup) in our comment section. I hadn’t ever seen anything like it before. I had to check it out. We have always got strange symbols in that spot when we get so many “likes.” So I was thinking what the heck? Did we get a thousand likes or something? Nothing like that but much better. WordPress had dropped the bowl or loving cup off to tell us “HAPPY 3rd ANNIVERSARY” with them.
I thought that was super nice of them. WordPress keeps up with us better than I do. But three years ago, on this very day, the WOTC was born again. Oh, maybe I should have used reincarnated, lol! But over the years, we have had to reinvent ourselves over and over again. Moving from site to site, group to group, now we are home. I love working with WP. They have helped us everyway possible.I believe they are the best and most professional site providers, I have ever been involved with. And brother, I have been involved with quite a few.
It is not only WordPress’ help that has got us where we are today. But you as our followers, friends, family and loved ones. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be what we are. You are the heart and soul of the WOTC. We love everyone of you and thank you for standing with us during the past three years.
Now, we have accomplished so much in the past three years. I am looking forward to a bright and very prosperous three more years. With the Goddess’ help and a few cosmic slaps, we should have a very exciting time ahead of us.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WOTC!
Lady Of The Abyss, Mystie & The Whole WOTC bunch
Thank You, Goddess! The Goddess deserves more credit and thanks than I can ever give Her. When I was down and out, My Divine Mother picked me up, Dusted me off and gave me the courage and will to do it one more time. Without Her help, support and love, I would be nothing. Thank you, My Most Divine Mother!