May the New Year bring you & yours, peace, love & prosperity!
Best Wishes & Love,
Lady Of The Abyss & Witches Of The Craft
‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
I don’t know of anyone I’d rather see happy than you. Perhaps somewhere along the way you’ll also find what causes it and maybe it will be something you can find within your heart to share with others….for only in sharing are we ever really happy.
Just remember that it may well be where you least expect it. You may recognize it as something you’re about to give away…..But don’t worry, it will come back so many times; like love, it seeketh not its own but flies over us like angels. And when it finds a heart big enough to hold all the love it can supply it settles itself, wings and all, within the soul of that love.
And then the world will be new. There will be sights you’ve never seen, yet they have been there all the time….there will be laughter from the heart…..and gratitude for all of life’s privileges. There will be peace and contentment….and strength abounding to withstand all adversity…..and quiet acknowledgment of God. For without God, there could be none of these.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 1
“…because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being.”
–Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
We are created by the Great One to accomplish His will through our mental pictures or visions. Our thoughts are three dimensional: words, pictures and feelings. We create the vision by thinking the words and we create feeling for the vision by feeling enthusiasm, desire, commitment and other strong beliefs. Once we create the vision, we move toward and become like that which we think about. All visions are tested by our self talk; for example, “This isn’t going to happen, where is the money coming from anyway?” When this happens, we need to let go of the test and focus on belief in the vision. Why? Because God said if we believe it long enough, He will guarantee it!!!
Great One, let my beliefs be strong today. Help me to have faith in my visions.
January 1 – Daily Feast
If, like a Cherokee warrior, I can look at the new year as an opportunity to stand on new ground, then strength and courage are on my side. If I have waited a long time for everything to be perfect – and there have been moments, brief as they were, that filled my expectations – then I can face the challenges. I will remember that things do work out, bodies do heal, relationships mend – not because I said it, but because I believe it. But it is time to make things right, to stay on the path. As water runs fresh and free from the woodland spring, so new life and meaning will bubble up from my own inner source. I will be still and steady, because there is nothing to be gained by showing fear in a chaotic world. I can turn from ignorance and prejudice toward a light that never goes out.
~ The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
To have the best year you’ve ever had, live each of its days as the best person you’ve ever been. This year will be what you make it, and you can make it great.
Many challenges will come your way, and unexpected interruptions will push you off track. Yet you can make the choice to persevere, to innovate, to thrive and to prosper no matter what.
Life is not easy and life is not fair. Nonetheless, you can live each day with grace, integrity, purpose, love, compassion and richness.
The decisions you make in each small moment will determine how this year unfolds for you. Decide right now to make the most of that amazing opportunity.
All sorts of outside factors will have an impact on your life this year. Yet the overall quality of your life will be determined by the way you choose to be.
Choose to be your authentic best, in each moment and in every situation. And create the very best year ever.
— Ralph Marston
Honoring Life Changes
The Wisdom of Fear
Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it.
Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careers—all of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.
Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.
You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up—your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes—is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.
Reading symbols (archetypes) is subjective at best. When interpreting symbols, use your psychic abilities to get more information. You can also use a Dream Book or a book that details symbols and archetypes to get further clarification of the images you see. As consciousness is evolving, so too are the meanings of most symbols. Try to view them as holograms.
ACORN – at the top means success and gain: At the bottom means good health.
AIRCRAFT – journey; if broken means danger of accident; can also mean a rise in position
ANCHOR – cross, Jesus, at top rest, stability, constancy; at bottom means clouded, inconstancy
APPLE – computer, knowledge, achievement
AXE – difficulties; if at top overcoming of difficulties
BABY – something new, pregnancy
BALL – completion, variable fortunes
BELL – harmonics, creation, spiritual, unexpected news
BIRDS – ascension, good news, bird headed beings
BOAT – lifepath, (note size and speed of boat), and visit from a friend, protection
BOOK – you will find your answer by something written, if open it’s good news; if closed you need to investigate something
BUTTERFLY – transition, transformation, Butterfly Effect
CANDLE – sacred light, creational flame, help from others
CAT – deceit, a false friend, Cat Headed Beings
CELEBRITIES – To see the face of a celebrity, may link to that person’s destiny or the initials of their names
CHAIN – DNA, engagement, a wedding, chain link, karma
CHAIR – a guest
CIRCLE – success, completion
CLOCK – alchemy of time and consciousness, better health
COIN – change in financial status
CROSS – protection, sacrifice
CUP – reward, bloodlines
DAGGER – warning, danger from self or others, power
DOG – friend, Sirius, celestial connotation, Egyptian god, Anubis
DOOR – opening (to something new) or closing (old issues and relations), spiritual (portal)
DUCK – money coming, a man named Bill, ‘ducks in a row’
EGG – good omen, creation, new beginnings, sacred geometry
ELEPHANT – wisdom, strength, luck, Ganesh, trunk up indicates overcoming obstacles
ENVELOPE – message coming, positive or negative
EYE – creation – open (awakening) – closed (something not seen)
FAN – hand held (pleats) – rotary (4, time divination, numerology)
FEATHER – ascension
FENCE – limitations, minor setbacks, not permanent
FINGER – which finger, pointing in what direction,pointing to god
FIRE – sacred flame, at top achievement; at bottom danger of haste
FISH – Jesus, Creation – Vesica Pisces, Amphibious Gods, good fortune, Christ Consciousness, return of the soul to higher frequency or god
FLAG – denotes nationality
FLY – domestic annoyance
FORK – speak with false tongue, false flattery
FORKED LINE – decision
FRUIT – fruitful, prosperity (depends on the fruit which goes to seeds and planting something new)
GATE – opportunity, future success, ancient civilization, portal, doorway
GLOW – enlightenment
GOAT – be careful of enemies
GUN – anger, sex
HAMMER – hard work needed, getting a point across
HAND – of god, creation, if open means friendship; if closed means an argument
HARP – creational harmonics, love, harmony
HAT – head, consciousness, improvement
HAWK – Horus, jealousy
HEART – chakra, pleasure, love, trust, compassion
HORSE – if galloping means good news; if just the head means a lover or nebula, new
HORSESHOE – good luck, attraction, Earth’s magnetics, Omega or Leo, closure
HOURGLASS – time running out, need to decide something, synchronicity, illusion, creation
HOUSE – security, change, success
ICEBERG – danger, planetary meltdown, ice age, consciousness frozen in Time
INSECT – depends which one
JEWELS – DNA, Pearls, Diamonds, Star Tetrahedron, sacred geometry, gifts
KANGAROO – harmony at home
KITE – wishes coming true, flying free
KNIFE – broken friendship, hidden enemy
LADDER – promotion, a rise or fall in life, DNA
LAMP – turned on means enlightenment, at the top means a feast; at the side means secrets revealed; at the bottom means postponement
LEAF – new life
LINES – if straight means progress; if wavy means uncertain path
LION – Leo, Omega, Closure, influential friends, strength, Zoroaster
LOCK – obstacles if closed – new information unfolding if open, lock and key are phallic symbols of creation
LOOP – loops of time and creation, avoid impulsive actions, slinky effect
MASK – something hidden
MOUNTAIN – obstacles or a specific area
MOUSE – theft, computer
MUSHROOM – at top means journey or moving to the country; near bottom means rapid growth; if reversed means frustration, psychedelics
NAIL – injustice, unfairness
NECKLACE – DNA, complete, admirers; if broken means danger of losing a lover
NEEDLE – recognition, admiration, sewing, eye, weaving
OAK – health, long life, tree of life
OCTOPUS – danger, 8, infinity
OSTRICH – travel, not seeking a truth
OWL – gossip, scandal, aliens owl symbology
PALM TREE – success, honor, place were they grow
PARASOL – open (you will glean insightful information), closed (something hidden), raining (water symbology of creation)
PARROT – repeating something, a twin, a journey, people talking and saying nothing
PIG – greed
PURSE – at top means profit; at bottom means lose
QUESTION MARK – need for caution
RABBIT – need for bravery, time and illusion, Alice in Wonderland
RAKE – watch details, planting seeks, reap what you sow
RAVEN – bad news, death that leads to new beginnings
RING – phone call, coming full circle, near the top means marriage or the offer of marriage; at bottom means long engagement; if broken means engagement broken off
ROSE – Rose bloodline, creation, flower of life, love, may be accompanied by a fragrance in the room
SAW – interference, tear apart, something viewed
SCALE – legal issues; if balanced means just result; if unbalanced means unjust result
SCISSORS – quarrels, possibly separation
SHEEP – good fortune
SHELL – good news, nautilus, golden ratio, sea of creation
SHOE – sole/soul, condition of shoe is important, transformation
SNAKE – DNA, wisdom, or if the snake is attacking, an enemy
SPIDER – weaving together
STAR – health and happiness, hope, heavens, Isis and other goddesses, female energies,
SUN – happiness, success, power
SWORD – arguments
TABLE – social gatherings, UFO platform, outside the box
TENT – travel, cover, hidden truth
THIMBLE – changes at home
TORTOISE – criticism, usually beneficial, slow moving, Turtle Island (Earth)
TREE – improvements, of life, creation, book of life, your life path
TRIANGLE – something unexpected, 3 in a relationship, pyramids, 3, third dimension
URN – wealth and happiness
VASE – a friend needs help
VOLCANO – harmful emotions
WAGON – a wedding, wagon wheels (wheels within wheels)
WASP – romantic problems
WATERFALL – prosperity
WHEAT – abundance
WHEEL – if complete means good fortune; if broken means disappointment
WINGS – messages, winged beings
WOLF – jealousy
YOKE – domination
ZEBRA – adventure, especially overseas, black and whiteSource:
Both the Egyptians and Babylonians scryed by means of an oil lamp. The lamp consisted of a stone which was shaped as a low open dish with a strip of white linen coiled in the oil that had an end which hung over the side of the dish. The Egyptians used clear oil made from oasis palm plants. They believed that the clearer the oil, the better the results. This is in essence, candle or flame scrying, watching the flame, which can play tricks on your eyes in a dark room.
Ritual Lamp Scrying Techniques
Place your lamp on a table. Sit on the west side facing east across the lamp.
Sunday : Sol (Ra)
Monday : Luna
Tuesday : Mars
Wednesday : Mercury
Thursday : Jupiter
Friday : Venus
Saturday : Saturn
Using the name of the God of that day, chant a suitable invocation toward the flame – in a soft voice – repeating several times. Your mantra may be as simple as calling the God’s name. Focus on the flame. You may see or sense shadows off to one side (peripheral vision). Telepathically ask a question. You may hear voices or see images. Flames create illusion. This exercise is not for those with emotional problems.Source: Crystalinks.com
Ancient Egyptians believed in the power of dreams to bring messages from their many gods. Their methods of dream scrying go back over 5000 years and were recorded in their ancient texts and on hieroglyphic writings. Some of their techniques were later used by other ancient civilizations, as in ancient Greece thousands of years ago.
Ritual Dream Scrying Techniques
On the day you scry – find a place of solitude and remain alone.
Do not consume alcohol, eat for 4 hours before your begin, or engage in sexual activities.
Take a warm relaxing bath then anoint your temples with olive oil. You will need an oil lamp as used with lamp scrying.
On a short narrow strip of white linen write the name of the Egyptian God and the purpose for the dream scrying. Twist the linen strip into a wick and insert into the oil of the lamp. Place the lamp on a table beside your bed. Using the ink draw the image of the dream God upon your left palm.
Light your lamp. Kneel before the lamp. Invocation:
Concentrate on your question. Around your left hand wrap a piece of black linen about four inches wide and about thirty inches long. The black cloth is called the black eye of Isis. – the Magic of Isis – or Black Isis.
Blow out the lamp’s flame. Clear your mind and go to sleep.
Have a tape recorder or pen and paper beside your bed so that when you awaken you may record your dreams while still fresh in your mind.
You will find that the dream will come to you in a voice that is clear and powerful rather than in dream images. Sometimes the messages are in symbols – cryptic forms. Take your time in deciphering the messages you have received. You may want to use a dream dictionary to interpret messages given, if possible. They are often archetypes from your subconscious mind, perhaps from an Egyptian lifetime.Source: Crystalinks.com
Most of us watch clouds images at one time or another. It is as if we are guided to look up and watch the patterns unfold at a given time. Fluffy cumulous clouds bring messages, which sometimes seem to tell an unfolding story. While flying on an airplane, it is fun to watch the clouds from above as if celestial art. You may receive telepathic messages while watching cloud images, coming from a spirit guide.
Throughout history symbols of political or religious importance have been seen in the clouds. In A.D. 312 when Emperor Constantine was marching against the army of Maxentius at Rome, both he and his entire army saw a shining cross of light amid the clouds. It was said the cross contained the Greek words “By This Conquer”. Later that night Christ appeared to Constantine in his dreams bearing a cross in his hand ordering Constantine to have a military standard made in the same image. Under this standard his outnumbered army was victorious. Down through history entire military battles have been witnessed in the clouds.Source: Crystalinks.com
Scrying can be an auto-deepening trance process that progresses in stages using tools such as a crystal ball, or other medium. Initially, the medium serves as a focus for the attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the mind in the same way as a mantra. Once this is achieved, the scryer begins a free association with the perceived images suggested, for instance in a crystal ball, by the tiny inclusions, web-like faults and/or the cloudy glow within the ball under low light (i.e. candlelight).
The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, is done with the intent of deepening the trance state, wherein the scryer hears their own disassociated voice affirming what is seen within the concentrated state in a kind of feedback loop. This process culminates in the achievement of a final and desired end stage in which visual images and dramatic stories seem to be projected within the mind’s eye of the scryer, like an inner movie. This overall process reputedly allows the scryer to “see” relevant events or images within the chosen medium.
Scrying has been used for thousands of years by different cultures. Ancient Egypt used scrying in their Initiations. This included water scrying, dream scrying, oil scrying, and mirror scrying. One legend states that the goddess Hathor carried a shield that could reflect back all things in their true light. From this shield she allegedly fashioned the first magic mirror to “see.”
Ancient Persia — the Shahnama, a semi-historical epic work written in the late 10th century, gives a description of what was called the Cup of Jamshid, used in pre-Islamic Persia, which was used by wizards and practitioners of the esoteric sciences for observing all the seven layers of the universe.
Ancient Greeks and Celts practiced scrying using beryl, crystal, black glass, polished quartz, water, and other transparent or light catching bodies. Nostradamus is believed to have employed a small bowl of water as a scrying tool into which he gazed and received images of future events. Alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee employed a form of scrying using a small crystal ball or shewstone – a piece of polished obsidion. The crystal ball and wax tablets used by Dee and Kelley are on display at the British Museum in London.
Scrying is the occult practice of using a medium, most commonly a reflective surface or translucent body, to aid perceived psychic abilities such as clairvoyance. The media often used to “see” are water, polished precious stones, crystal balls, or mirrors. Scrying, in this context, uses a “visual” process. There are some who believe the art of scrying is not limited to the use of “reflective” or “translucent” bodies only, but includes other media. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of seeing the past, present, or future; in this sense scrying constitutes a form of divination.