Your Rune For January 18th is Eihwaz


bw-eihwazYour Rune For Today


Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations!

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Today’s Tarot Card for Jan. 13 is The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

Monday, Jan 13th, 2014









Traditionally, the card known as the Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. This energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.

This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.

Your Love Horoscopes for The Week Of January 13th

This might be a week that pulls especially tight around your heartstrings. An emotionally charged Full Moon in tender Cancer on Wednesday may offer clarity and enlightenment concerning your feelings for someone close. You might also feel extra hypersensitive, so try not to allow your partner’s fluctuating moods to unravel you. On Thursday, a testy square between the cosmic lovers, Venus and Mars, might add to any already existing romantic distress. The remedy? Make love, not war.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

A domestic flare-up might lead to a heated argument between you and your partner on Wednesday or Thursday. This will be a sensitive subject, but if you remember that you’re meant to work together to resolve the matter, it’ll make a world of difference. “Who’s the boss?” is the last question you need to ask this week when it comes to your love life. If you’re too busy trying to remain in charge, you might win the battle. Unfortunately, you might also lose the love.


Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

An emotionally charged conversation might leave you feeling wounded. At the same time, however, it might be necessary to consider how honest you’ve been about verbalizing your feelings to a loved one. By Thursday, a conversation with a colleague about your love life might not go well so be careful how much personal information you choose to divulge. If there are any feelings of jealousy or competition at the office, one coworker in particular might use your emotional vulnerability against you. Be aware.


Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Sometimes, the only way to get back to harmony in your love life is through conflict. This week, you will certainly feel that is true. On Thursday, you’ll need to address a difficult setback in your relationship. This may have to do with your sex life — especially if you and your lover have experienced tension in this department lately. Try not to turn this into a blame game or you’ll only wind up taking a defensive stance. Voice your concerns in a non-confrontational way and be willing to reveal where you’re vulnerable. A breakthrough is possible.


Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You’re already one of the most sensitive zodiac signs, thanks to being ruled by the emotionally charged Moon. This week, a Full Moon in your sign will only trigger this even further. You might shed tears of sorrow about any existing unhappiness in your love life, or tears of joy if you’re in a rare position of bliss. Truth be told, these days love is not an easy journey for you. You’re at a crossroads in your relationship, and on Wednesday you might experience an almost intuitive moment of clarity. Either way, revealing your feelings will not prove detrimental; it’ll only demonstrate your strength.


Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You might feel as if you need to guard your feelings this week, but if so try not to shut out your romantic potential or your current lover in the process. Self-protection might become the single greatest barrier that prevents you from achieving intimacy. Thankfully, this does not have to be the case. What if you used your courageous heart to love harder and stronger instead of worrying about the slight possibility of rejection? Ah, that approach would be life changing. Consider it.


Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

If you find yourself wrapped up in a lover’s quarrel, try to disengage from the heat of the moment. Consider talking to a friend about the current situation in your personal life, because it’s possible you’ll receive viable emotional insight from a pal. Even so, an argument with your sweetheart might not be avoidable at this point. If you find yourself in a deadlock, ask yourself if it’s more important to be in love or to be right. Act accordingly.


Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

If you’re single and looking for love, there will be a happy prospect opening up for you after Saturday. This glimmer of hope will only beam brighter by the end of the month, but for now hold on to the hope that your love life will get better — because it will! In the meantime, this week you might feel too distracted with domestic strife to even care about your romantic needs. That’s OK — take care of your family drama. Love will happen soon enough. Remember: What’s meant to be yours will not pass you by.


Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If you’ve been feeling anger or resentment building in a romantic relationship, you might reach a tipping point this week. You might have tried to convince yourself that holding your frustration in may diffuse the situation, but in reality the opposite is happening. You’re likely to feel at the point where it’s more painful to remain quiet now than if you’d finally explode and lay your feelings out in the open. Congratulations … this will lead to progress. And (hopefully) healing.


Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

If you’re feeling hypersensitive about a fiscal matter between you and your partner then this week, things may come to a head. You might realize that your mate is in a precarious situation when it comes to money — one that you find unsettling. Or, it’s possible that the two of you are trying to come together to make a major purchase (such as a home or new business venture or even a car) and one of you has spotless credit while the other’s is quite messy. Now is the time to address all the holes in your financial relationship.


Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

An emotionally charged week is likely for you and your partner thanks to Wednesday’s Full Moon falling in your relationship sector. These days, if you’re feeling disconnected from your mate you’re especially aware of the impact it’s having on your union. Make a decision this week to relink as a couple physically and spiritually. Cuddle, spend time at home together and don’t forget the pillow talk! Your sweetheart needs TLC. So do you.


Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

If you’re having trouble reconciling a difference of ideology or spiritual beliefs with your lover then this week you might feel that you’ve reached a breaking point. On Thursday you and your sweetheart might realize that it’s no longer acceptable to simply “agree to disagree” — at least not on this matter. There’s likely to be a fundamental difference in a core conviction between the two of you. Will it be a deal breaker? Time will tell, but in the end you’ll both need to be true to yourselves if you expect to remain true to one another.


Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

This week your love life might receive plenty of attention – most likely in a warm, sentimental “let’s have dessert first!” kind of way. If you’ve recently started to date someone new it’s possible that you and your sweetheart will exchange those first sweet words of love to one another. You might also take the relationship to the next level physically, if you haven’t already done so. An affair may reach a crucial point — one where you’ll choose to go all in or possibly end it once and for all.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for January 13th

We seek new ways to fulfill our obligations today without feeling tied down by them. Cerebral Mercury’s visit to ingenious Aquarius provides ample mental stimulation and its creative alignment to responsible Saturn helps us see things from a new perspective. Meanwhile, the fickle Gemini Moon aspects both Mercury and Saturn, adding a sense of urgency to the situation. The tension eases when the Moon shifts into nurturing Cancer at 7:24 pm EST.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Even if you have been successfully holding it all together, your schedule might feel as if it could fall apart today. Luckily, this isn’t as chaotic as it sounds, for you are invigorated by the buzz of activity all around you. Respond to whatever unfolds with a high level of enthusiasm, for you may not be able to tell what’s most important until after the fact. In the meantime, keep your options open and enjoy the ride.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You might want to tie up loose ends today, but whatever isn’t completed may not get finished for a few more days. Nevertheless, don’t give up. Your current attitude matters more than anything, so keep your attention on your goals even if they seem to be temporarily slipping away. Maintaining your optimism is key to establishing the foundation you need. Remember, the momentum you are building now fuels the next round of hard work.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may feel as if you cannot keep up with your own thoughts as the Moon continues to move through your sign today. Nevertheless, your willingness to talk about your ideas could prevent you from being overwhelmed. Remind yourself throughout the day to open your heart so you can hear the emotions behind what others are saying. Engaging in meaningful dialogue will help you gain a healthy perspective so you can sort out what matters the most in your life.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

A secret needs to come out into the open today, so you can integrate this information into your current plan. You might have big ideas about how you want to change the dynamics of a relationship, but may have a hard time knowing how to do it until you have all the facts. Carefully asking the right questions now helps you discover what you need to know. Nevertheless, remain open to surprises and keep your sense of humor close at hand.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Be wary of carefree friends who lure you into their dreams. In other words, fulfill your obligations and attend to your own plans for the future before going off in search of good times. A little self-indulgence sounds like innocent fun, making it tough to decline the invitation to play. Just remember that you probably won’t feel so proud later if you abandon your commitments for the pursuit of pleasure. Oddly enough, taking care of business brings more satisfaction in the long run.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You are feeling stressed as you attempt to balance your responsibilities at work with your own career objectives. You want to be more responsive to the needs of your coworkers, but it may not be appropriate to step over certain formal boundaries. Even if there are big things happening in your private life, keep them to yourself for a while longer as you concentrate your efforts on your professional world. Don’t veer off track now when you are making so much progress.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Just when you thought you could stop and catch your breath, the pace picks up again. You might become so excited about all the possibilities today that it’s hard to calm your nerves. You have too much to share and it’s challenging to shut it off once you’ve started the conversation. As important as it is to get your feelings out in the open, don’t say anything you may regret down the road. A dash of self-restraint saves the day.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Others may perceive you as more lighthearted than usual. However, they could believe that you’re trying to evade a sensitive issue — and maybe you are — but you are doing it for a good reason. Chances are that you’re not in denial; you are just waiting for the best time to broach the subject. Trust your instincts to know when the moment is right. In the meantime, you might as well spread some cheer along the way.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your optimism might get the best of you today, for others won’t take you very seriously if you gloss over an important issue. It’s not that your positive thinking is problematic; it’s usually quite motivational. However, you could miss a crucial piece of information now that creates trouble and exposes sloppy thinking. Don’t make matters worse by pretending that you have all the answers. Be courageous and take responsibility for your actions.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your optimism might get the best of you today, for others won’t take you very seriously if you gloss over an important issue. It’s not that your positive thinking is problematic; it’s usually quite motivational. However, you could miss a crucial piece of information now that creates trouble and exposes sloppy thinking. Don’t make matters worse by pretending that you have all the answers. Be courageous and take responsibility for your actions.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your optimism might get the best of you today, for others won’t take you very seriously if you gloss over an important issue. It’s not that your positive thinking is problematic; it’s usually quite motivational. However, you could miss a crucial piece of information now that creates trouble and exposes sloppy thinking. Don’t make matters worse by pretending that you have all the answers. Be courageous and take responsibility for your actions.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You can say all the right words today, but you may be disconnected from your true emotions. Uncharacteristically, your heart isn’t leading the way now; your head is temporarily in charge. But don’t be misled into believing you have to make a choice; it isn’t about one versus the other. Your current journey is all about creating a workable balance between your personal aspirations and your career ambitions

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, Jan. 13th

After a good-sized void lunar cycle in Gemini yesterday, the Moon continues its void-dominated transit through the third sign of the zodiac until 4:26PM this afternoon when the Moon enters watery Cancer. The main thrust of a void twilight zone on a work-oriented Monday is not to pile up a lot of challenging situations that eventually lead to a crisis. Instead, strive toward simplifying your activities and finishing old projects with flair.  Helping you stay productive is a Moon-Ceres trine in air signs (7:33AM), an inspirational, 72-degree tie from Mercury to Saturn (2:51PM), and a Sun-Mercury parallel (5:40PM) — with this latter aspect happening once the Moon refreshes itself in Cancer’s waters (starting at 4:26PM).  Home and family matters are on center stage during the Moon’s two-day visit to the fourth sign of the zodiac. Immerse yourself in a bestseller or film classic as the Moon trines Neptune (11:42PM). Start gearing up for the enlightening Full Moon that arrives this Wednesday evening. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard 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 January 13 – Waxing Gibbous

Gibbous Moon

(waxing/95% of Full)

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.

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Crystal of the Day – Malachite

Crystal of the Day – Malachite


Steady pulsing electromagnetic energy. (High copper content) Malachite and azurite are the same chemical, practically, Copper Carbonate. The only difference is the ordering of the elements in the molecule. On brow: Stimulates physical and psychic vision, concentration. For heart and solar plexus centers: Stomach, liver, kidney stones, lungs, immune system, radiation, MS, circulation. Powerful healer with azurite or chrysocolla for healing: Releases and draws out pain, inflammation, depression, anger; heals blocks. Protects well by powerfully cleaning the auric field, rapidly absorbing undesirable energies, including: computer, TV, and other radiation, etc. Place in the 4 corners of a room to cleanse carpet toxins/gases. Clean very frequently — daily if possible! . Often variegated and is one of the basic ores of Copper. Should be used with extreme care because it can amplify negative qualities. Caution must always be used when wearing it as jewelry. However, Malachite also magnifies the positive, and so it is useful if your mood is definitely on the upswing. It should not be used in healing without careful consideration of who is doing the healing. It is useful for relaxation and neurological disorders as well as tissue regeneration. It is said to awaken healing qualities and useful in fighting mental illnesses. Said to stimulate the optic nerve, help the pancreas, spleen, parathyroid, and help dyslexia. People living near nuclear power plants should keep pieces of Malachite in their homes, since Malachite may expel plutonium. A warning: Malachite in raw form has dust particles that are highly toxic and their ingestion should be avoided.

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Herb of the Day – GINGER

Herb of the Day – GINGER

Acts as an aid to ingestion or colds (tea form). Also in tea form, good for cramps, to stimulate the digestive organs, migraines and nausea, external stiffness. Can be added to the bath as a way to ease pain and increase circulation, but only use a few sprinkles, not too much, like cayenne, ginger quickly brings the blood to the surface of the skin. For pain you can also soak cloths in ginger tea and apply them directly to the painful areas. A good healing tea is made from a pinch of peppermint, a pinch of ginger and either a pinch of clove powder or 2 bruised cloves, add 1 cup of hot water and steep. Ginger tea sweetened with honey can help alleviate cold symptoms.

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Deity of the Day – BAAL

Deity of the Day – BAAL

He is the Canaanite Ruler God (like Marduk). Baal and Yam-Nahar origonally competed for kingship of the gods. The matter was brought before El, who decided in favour of Yam. Yam then proceeded with a reign of tyranny over the gods, and none of them felt they had the power to defeat Yam. So, they sent Asherah to entreat him to lossen his grip. Asherah even offered herself to Yam. Upon hearing this, Baal was enraged, and decided to defeat Yam. Yam got wind of Baal’s plan and sent messengers to El with the demand that Baal be delivered to him. El, afraid, agreed. Baal then taunted the gods for their cowardice and went to face Yam. He had two weapons made, Yagrush (chaser) and Aymur (driver). He struck Yam on the chest with Yagrush to no avail. Then he struck him on the forehead with Aymur and fell Yam to the earth. After Yam’s defeat, Baal had a palace built for himself; closely resembeling the story of Marduk. It also resembles Marduk’s story in that the Primeval Waters threatened the gods, and the High God and others were afraid to face them, with the exception of the soon-to-be Ruler God. The Baal epic then continues to describe his fight against Mavet. Baal is also a Storm God like Marduk, and a fertility god like Tammuz. Dagon is his father. Baal is the Canaanite God-force (the goddess force seems to be split between Anath and Asherah). Baal’s proper name is Hadad, relating to his storm-god aspect. Baal is really a title, meaning “Lord”.

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The Witches Magick for Jan. 13th – To Rid A Bothersome Spirit

The Witches Magick

To Rid A Bothersome Spirit

Before starting place your hands before you, and start the flow of power out your hands and then say the words letting the light form you hand fill the room or house or any other place that you might be.

Consecrate salt and water and sprinkle throughout the house as you repeat three times in each room:

“What is dark be filled with light,
Remove this spirit from my sight.
Let it go to where it may find it’s eternal rest.”

Speak gently to them to them and cleanse each room with incense especially cold spots and all corners and cupboards.

Put salt along the sill of each windowsill and the bottom of all doors and steps to the house afterwards.

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Let’s Talk Witch – How to Explain Your Beliefs

Let’s Talk Witch – How to Explain Your Beliefs

When describing your beliefs to someone, it’s not always necessary to explain everything. It’s best to start with your personal beliefs, and then to segue into a longer explanation. It also helps to make connections between Neo-Pagan practices and the practices of other religions. Finally, you should be prepared to allay fears people have about magic and those wild Pagan orgies.

Share the Basics

When first explaining your beliefs, stick to a skeleton of your basic belief system. For a coworker, it’s enough to say something like, “I follow a nature religion.” You can answer further questions if you want to, but try to steer clear of talk about working skyclad. With friends, you can explain your beliefs a little more deeply. It’s okay to mention the deities you follow, your holiday celebrations, or anything else that seems appropriate. Your friend may or may not ask questions. If she does, then explain further. For example, if you’re asked if you believe in God, you can answer that you believe in a god and goddess. If you are asked if you worship Satan, you can explain that Satan is a Christian construct and that you don’t worship anything that could be construed as evil.

Answer the Questions

Family members and people you have a romantic connection to will ask the most questions. Work slowly, starting from the basics. Allow the person time to digest your answers and then think of new questions. You might want to invite them to attend a ritual with you, or send them a copy of a ritual so they can see what it’s like.

You will most likely be asked if you still celebrate the holidays of your original faith. Many Pagans choose to celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday and share the day with family and friends, just as they did before, but without the trip to church. Most Jewish Pagans find that their traditions work very well with Neo-Paganism and are able to honor both the Jewish and Pagan holidays. You can also explain that you honor the cycles of the sun and earth, or adhere to a holiday calendar that predates Christianity. You can point out that many of these celebrations continue in the regions where they originated.

Some Christians don’t know that Christ’s actual birth date is unknown. Christmas was first moved to December 25 in the fourth century, and was later set by Pope Gregory. The new date coincided with Pagan celebrations of Saturnalia, the winter solstice, and the birth of the sun god Mithras.

If you are asked specifically what you do, then give a very basic rundown of an average ritual. You will most likely be asked if you use magic. If you do use magic, you can explain that you don’t practice black magic or sacrifice animals during your rituals (unless you’re Santerían). Magic can be likened to prayer because both are tools for asking the gods for help.

The tools, especially ritual knives, usually arouse the most curiosity. Explain as much of it as you feel comfortable with. For example, you could explain that your athame is a symbol of the element of fire because steel is forged from fire. You don’t need to get into its relation to male energy and the symbolic Great Rite unless you already explained Beltane.

Make Connections Between Religions

When explaining your faith, it also helps to make connections to more familiar religions and holidays. For example, you can liken the goddess to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, whom many Pagans honor as a goddess. When asked about Yule, explain that you celebrate the return of the light in the form of the sun god, spelled Sun. You can point out that the Christmas tree, holiday wreaths, and decorations are all pre-Christian practices.

If you use other practices, such as shamanic journeying or meditation, compare your practices to those of Native Americans or Buddhists. Other practices, like wearing a Celtic Cross pendant or hanging a Witch Ball in your window for protection, can be related to the folk traditions of Europe and the British Isles.

Allay Fears

When people hear the words heathen, Pagan, and Witch, all sorts of scary images are conjured up. Your family members may worry that you’ve joined a cult or gone off the deep end. You should clarify that you are not a sorcerer or the Wicked Witch of the West. You should explain that Pagans have no single leader, you’re not required to give all your money to anyone, and there is no strict dogma, so it would be difficult for you to be a member of a Pagan cult.


If a friend or family member insists on trying to “save” you, gently but firmly explain that you believe differently, but you appreciate the concern. You might want to give him a copy of a beginner’s book on your chosen path or direct him to an explanatory Web site.

Once you’ve explained your personal beliefs, your friends and family members may be less worried but might still have a few concerns. You may be asked if you have orgies in the forest. Even if you do, that might not be the right thing to tell your mom. You might be asked if you hex people. Again answer with a simple “no,” unless you want to get into a long conversation about magical ethics.

The most common fear is that you’ll become a different person. Reassure them that you are the same person you always were, and you just have a different religion. Chances are you had Pagan leanings before you made the conversion, and once they recognize that, they will be better able to accept your religious choices.



“The Everything Paganism Book
How to Explain Your Beliefs
by Selene Silverwind
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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Midvintersblot

Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year

January 13 and 14

Midvintersblot/Saint Hilary’s Day

Midvintersblot or Midwinter’s offering, from called Tiugunde Day in Old England, was sacred to Tiu, the ancient Teutonic Chief God and ruler of the year. This festival falls 20 days after Yule and is when the runic half-month of Peorth commences.

This day was christened as Saint Hilary’s Day (for Hilary of Poitiers), the patron of backward children, who was invoked against snake bites. This time is traditionally the coldest point of the year and marks the time when marriages were once again permitted after the Christmas season

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Monday Is Ruled By The Moon

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Monday Is Ruled By The Moon

Archangel: Gabriel

Candle colour: Silver

Incenses: Jasmine or myrrh

Crystals: Moonstone or opal

Use Mondays for spells for fertility, protection especially while traveling, for home and family and to increase psychic and healing powers.

Where possible, work close to any water and, as a bonus, by moonlight

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The Witches Correspondences for Monday, January 13th

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The Witches Correspondences for Monday, January 13th

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
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
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.

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The Witches Almanac for Monday, January 13th

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The Witches Almanac for Monday, January 13th

Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification and fertility.

Twentieth Day (Norwegian)

Moon Sign: Gemini

Gemini: Things begun now are easily changed by outside influence. Time for shortcuts, communication, games and fun.

Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.

Moon Phase: Second Quarter

Moon enter Cancer 7:25 pm

Cancer: Stimulates emotional rapport between people. Pinpoints need, supports growth and nurturance. Tends to domestic concerns.

Incense: Rosemary

Color: Gray

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