On ‘Hermit Day’ I want to look at the Hermit card, one of the most powerful cards in the ‘Tarot’ modality. On this card the Hermit stands alone on the top of a mountain with a staff in one hand and a lantern in the other. Mountains traditionally symbolize achievement, accomplishment and growth. The Hermit has reached a spiritual pinnacle and now wants to share that knowledge with others. He is a symbol of the ultimate awareness. His staff represents power and authority while also symbolizing the ability to influence the subconscious mind. The lantern represents sharing his inner light with the world. If you resonate with any of these qualities, keep an image of the Hermit close by. That way you will not only honor the wisdom within yourself but you’ll also be able to shine your own light on your own special path to find your own power within.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Your Charm for Today
There is a good vibration surrounding this aspect. It feels better than it has in quite some time. Maintain your faith in your deity of choice and this good vibration will remain. Waiver from your faith and this good vibration will dissipate.
This Etruscan talisman – a tusk carved in basalt, and elaborately mounted in gold filigree work – was worn as a protector from danger and evil influences. The charm was supposed to attract good fortune and success. The Tusk represented one of the horns of the Crescent Moon, which was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess Isis, who, in the course of time, became the most universal nad powerful of all the goddesses. The Etruscans, Greeks and romans had great faith in the reputed virtues of amulets, a belief which was greatly influenced by the Egyptians.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
October 29, 2013
Ant is dutiful, patient, industrious and focused. If you ever put an obstacle in the middle of an ant trail, you’ll notice that ant will go over it, around it, or even under it—but ant will NOT let the obstacle drive him backwards. Above all, ant is a team player, and knows that if each member of the team does his assigned task, the team will succeed. Do you have goals that are best met by team effort? If so, get the other players off the bench and let them into your game.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
Mars represents those qualities we commonly associate with the male/yang persona. Mars traits include raw energy, ambition, aggression, confidence, passion, and a sense of adventure. The occurrence of Mars denotes the dominating presence or need of the qualities listed above. Martian influence may have a negative impact unless it is balanced with an influence that can blunt the brashness and impulsiveness of Mars.
As a daily card, Mars suggests you would be well served by allowing your more aggressive side take control for at least for a short while. Now is a time for you to act with confidence and decisiveness. However, keep in mind that the qualities associated with Mars can do more damage than good if allowed to run free for too long.
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Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013
Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans and the like. A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself.
At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with the Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand, and charging the world with magical will was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.
Waite’s image of the Magus as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols and postures — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what the Magus was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.
Nightmares of the Zodiac
What’s your Sun sign’s deepest fear?
It’s that time of year again, when Americans like to scare themselves with ghosts, goblins and the rest of Halloween’s spooky tomfoolery. You might call it our annual fear fest, but are these truly our worst fears? Of course not. To find qualms that really make our skin crawl, we need to dig a little deeper.
Take a look at these zodiac sign nightmares and see if they don’t send a shiver up your spine.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You are at the end of a long line hiking up a tall mountain. The group’s leaders are Virgos, arguing about which way to go, while everyone else plods along at a snail’s pace. You’re going to have to push your way to the head of the line and stage a coup … or tear your hair out. Which will it be?
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Wait a minute … whose car is that in your garage? Okay, the one you had was breaking down every other day and you were thinking about replacing it … but it was a comfy jalopy and, besides, you hadn’t finished your research. Now someone has gone and made up your mind for you. That’s not fair!
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Can’t someone just change that muzak? If orchestral string covers weren’t bad enough, you work in a room all alone, your iPhone is dead and you can’t even get your browser to load. Communication breakdown … your private version of hell … has finally come true.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
As you open your door, your friends shout “surprise!” It’s your birthday and they’ve got an all-you night planned. As you squeeze between co-workers you barely know, they start projecting a PowerPoint featuring your naked baby pictures, every bad hairdo and ugly date you’ve ever had, plus your fat phase.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
Amidst booing and hissing, olives and cocktail umbrellas flying through the air … you’re cowering on a karaoke stage after what you thought was a knockout rendition of Wild Thing. Returning to your table, you find your date has bailed and left a napkin note telling you what a complete loser you are.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
You’re behind a counter, facing a long line of angry customers waiting to tell you in detail about everything that’s wrong with the product you designed. That’s right, the one you slaved over for years and were sure would be a best seller. They don’t want exchanges or refunds … they want your head!
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Your partner’s quirks have been gnawing on your last nerve for what seems like eons. You’re about to explode when … sure enough, like clockwork … he/she pulls one more stunt. Arms flailing, screaming at the top of your lungs, you lunge for his/her throat. So much for your famous emotional control, Libra.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You trust your new sweetie implicitly, but that doesn’t keep you from indulging in a little snooping while he/she is in the shower. Rummaging through bedside drawers, you discover a set of sexy underwear you’ve never seen before. Two can play at this game, you vow, as you plot your revenge.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
The jury has come back with its verdict and you’re guilty. You’ll be spending the next decade of your life in one place. But don’t worry … it’s a minimum-security prison with a lovely view of the freeway. You can still dream about all the places you’ll travel when you get parole.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Who’s that waving his finger in your face? Why, it’s that guy you used to supervise before your job was outsourced. Now you’re wearing stonewashed jeans and sitting at a tiny workstation in a row of cubicles that never ends. What happened to your Gucci suits and private corner office?
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
A security guard meets you at the entrance to your new workplace and whisks you away to a room where you undergo a complete makeover. When you’re finally escorted into your new office, you discover everyone looks exactly like you. Next on your newbie schedule … brainwashing!
Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20)
You hear a loud knocking on your door and open it to find three IRS men ready to rip into your tax return. They want you to account for every latte expense you listed and are suspicious of your self-employed income, too. Tearfully, you open the shoebox where you shoved your receipts to face the sorting and organizing you dread.
We may feel as if we’re stuck in a loop today if we seek answers by repeatedly analyzing the same data over and over again. We are faced with a dilemma as the logical Virgo Moon opposes imaginative Neptune to stimulate our dreams. However, retrograde Mercury backs into hard-nosed Saturn, requiring us to have all our facts in order. Unfortunately, the truth remains elusive no matter how many times our minds run around in the same circles.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Untangling complex relationship dynamics may be the focus of your world today as you pull away from other social obligations. Although your intention is to keep centered, the Moon’s midday conjunction with your key planet Mars makes you even more impatient than usual. Nevertheless, it’s more important than ever to practice self-restraint so you can get to the source of the current tension before riding the next big wave into the future.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You don’t like being pushed into anything too quickly, especially if you feel like you have nowhere you must go. Your natural tendency is to dig in your heels and hold onto your current position no matter how hard others insist you do something else. Lighten up; being overly stubborn now is not a strategy that will bring you happiness. Instead, pay close attention to what people are telling you. Learning a significant life lesson is more beneficial in the long run than having your own way.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Some days you can talk your way around nearly any obstacle. Today, however, reality has tightened the screws and slammed on the verbal emergency brake, making it tough for you to shift into gear. But don’t give up; whatever may be holding you back will gradually ease over the next few weeks if you remain focused on your goal and continue to put in the effort. Although taking a shortcut is out of the question, consistent hard work leads to success.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Personal relationship issues can eat up your time and attention today, and a particular situation may require direct intervention on your part. Even if you must play a heavy-handed role now, the good news is that you know what you’re talking about and your words carry a sense of authority. Thankfully, your current ability to concentrate on the present moment is working in your favor. Set your feelings aside for a while and do what you know is right.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
It could feel as if you are stepping up to the plate and everyone on the other team is pitching to you simultaneously. Others might crumble under such pressure, but you have the mind of a Jedi warrior today. Fortunately, you can remain unflappable as long as your intentions are pure. You’re up for the challenge; pick the incoming toss that you like best and hit it out of the park.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You’re tempted to hide out today, but reality may not be so forgiving. You have pressing responsibilities that need your attention and there’s little room for changing your schedule now. However, you can gain a better perspective that ultimately leads to new options if you take time to listen to your inner thoughts. This self-reflection enables you to come out of your shell later in the day. Remember, contemplation might not appear to be productive, but it’s exactly what you need to clear your mind.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Don’t even consider admitting defeat today just because a big idea seems out of reach or because someone has taken the wind right out of your sails. You still have an excellent chance of reaching your primary goal, even if it won’t likely happen overnight. Take whatever resistance you encounter now as a vital clue from the cosmos. Return to the drawing board and rework the weakest parts of your plans. Your faith gives you the confidence you need to overcome a frustrating setback.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You know exactly what is true today, even if the signals you’re receiving from those around you say something else. If you’re willing to hold on to your integrity and follow your plan all the way through to the end, it will likely work out as it should. Shallow thinking, however, collapses upon itself like a house of cards, leaving you uncertain as to where to go next. Don’t waste time skimming over the top; instead demonstrate what you can do by expressing a bit of your infamous Scorpio passion.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
A close friend or associate who often supports your ideas may come down hard on you today, but it’s probably not as bad as it seems at first. Thankfully, there could even be a silver lining in the dark cloud — and it’s to your advantage to locate it as soon as you can. Whatever you do, don’t spew negativity on the messenger, or you might miss an opportunity to improve your thinking process. A change of attitude will do you good.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Don’t second guess your intuitive hunches today, for your psychic faculties are more effective than usual. However, your thinking is also grounded in reality now so you could grow frustrated with your own mental resistance. It might even seem as if your thoughts are just leading you around in circles. Reality may be standing in your way, but you can be exactly where you need to be by the end of the day if you have faith in the process.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
An effective relationship at work may cool off a bit or one of your most exciting ideas could turn into something rather ordinary today. Perhaps you are engaged in serious thinking and have finally realized that friendly chatter alone won’t produce the results you want. Take this change in dynamics in stride now, for you can use the time to continue developing your plan. Thankfully, your enthusiasm may return as soon as tomorrow.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your emotions are a bit tangled today and your current confusion can be a bit disorienting. However, there’s nothing wrong with your analytical abilities. In fact, the source of your problem may be the opposite — arising from your awareness and not from your ignorance. Trust your logic. Be ready to jump right in without hesitating one moment after you have made up your mind.
It’s hard to conduct business as usual and be meticulous at the same time during this particular transit of industrious Virgo Moon. While a supportive, 60-degree tie from the Moon to the Sun (9:07AM) offers a brief respite of encouragement, challenging sky patterns are more the rule than the exception. You may feel as though you are walking a tightrope over dangerous depths as the Moon forms its monthly union with Mars (1:06PM) while retrograding Mercury in Scorpio forms another union with taskmaster Saturn (1:49PM). Mercury merged with Saturn on October 8 — while both planets were in forward motion — and they will join forces again on November 25. While the Moon with Mars can lead people to be too rash and reckless, the Mercury-Saturn encounter is likely to equate with a rising tide of worry, doubt or frustration. The Moon tries to cancel out blocks to your forward progress as it forms supportive, 60-degree ties with Mercury (9:36PM) and Saturn (10:25PM), but an overall slow-down is still warranted since Mercury forms a frictional, 45-degree tie with Ceres (6:59PM) followed by a parallel between the Sun and Saturn (9:46PM). A renewed focus on issues connected to health, diet and nutrition is one of the best ways to utilize the favorable energy-field of Virgo Moon. [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
Dark Moon Night
Altar: Upon a black cloth set a single black candle, incense, an iron sickle laid to mimic the direction of the waning moon, a cup of water, a lock of silver hair, and a white bone.
Offerings: Bones. Stones. Menstrual blood. Give something up.
Daily Meal: Soup of some sort, cooked in a cauldron, eaten in silence.
Dark Moon Invocation
At this time, in the dark of the moon,
When the Silver Lady ages
To an old woman in the dark,
Haunting crossroads, working magic,
Stirring her cauldron
Of poison that heals,
Grandmother Moon of sorcery
And wisdom, who sees all
And reveals little to our searching eyes.
Moon of Death, Moon of mystery,
Moon of silence who hides her face,
Let us learn silence from your averted gaze
Let us learn patience from your aging face
Let us feel for the dark places within us
And find our way down your path in the darkness
Which is utter and complete
But not impenetrable.
As darkness wraps us,
So silence heals us.
As darkness finds us,
So silence guides us.
As darkness speaks,
So silence falls.
(The candle is blown out, and all leave in silence. From the beginning of this rite at Hesperis until the dawn, silence will rule in the house. Talking must be done only in whispers, and between no more than two people, and only for that which is necessary. Long meditation is encouraged, and all work must be done quietly if possible. The evening meal should be eaten by candlelight, and only candles may light the house, except for the sake of certain important work.)
Calendar of the Sun
Day II 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: Continue with the long-term difficult project.
Daily Meal: Beer. Barley. Figs. Dates. Nuts. Flatbread.
Mistress of the Gods
Thou bearer of wings
Thou lady of the red apparel
Queen of the crowns of the South and North,
Thou mighty one of enchantments,
Mistress and lady of the tomb,
Mother in the horizon of heaven.
For when Isis the Queen found that her husband
Had fallen from grace through foul play,
She searched high and low in every country,
Until she came to a palace in a far place
Where a great sweet-scented pillar
Had been cut from a tamarisk tree
The like of which had never been seen before.
The mighty Isis clad herself in the robes
Of a common woman,
And presented herself to the Queen
To be her babe’s nurse. And so it was,
Yet the Queen one day found this nurse
Setting her child in the fire,
So as to make him immortal.
And Isis revealed herself,
And the pillar was cut down and opened,
And she did restore Osiris her husband
With many wonderful magics,
And so she triumphed over their enemies
And brought her beloved home.
Cry joyfully for them, Rulers of the Gods of Egypt!
(All cheer, and grain is thrown into the air in celebration.)
Last Quarter Moon
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.