Today’s Goddess: ASHERAH

Today’s Goddess: ASHERAH

Ta’Anith Esther (Israel)

Themes: Kindness; Love; Divination; Foresight

Symbols: Lion; Lilies; a Tree or Pole

About Asherah: Asherah, a Canaanite Goddess of moral strength, offers to lend support and insight when we are faced with inequality or overwhelming odds. In art, she is often depicted simply as an upright post supporting the temple. This is a fitting representation, since her name means “straight.” Traditionally, Asherah is a mother figure often invoked at planting time, embodying a kind of benevolent, fertile energy that can reinforce just efforts and good intentions. Beyond this she is also an oracular goddess, specifically for predicting the future.

To Do Today: In Israel, this festival commemorates Esther’s strength and compassion in pleading with King Ahasuerus to save her people held captive in Persia. It is a time of prayer when one looks to the divine to instill similar positive attributes within us. For help in this quest, we turn to Asherah with this simple prayer:

Lady, make me an instrument of kindness and mercy; let my words be gentle and true, my actions motivated by insight and fairness. Where there is prejudice, let me be the bearer of tolerance. Where there is uncertainty, let me share your vision. Where there is disharmony, let me sow love. Amen.

Plant a tree today to remember Asherah, and tend it often. As you do, you tend her attributes in your heart.

By Patricia Telesco

Laugh Of The Day – You Know Someone Is New To Paganism If….

YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS NEW TO PAGANISM IF THEY THINK THAT…

CHRYSTAL CLEANSING is done with windex.

LAY LINES happen at the airports in Hawaii

A DOLMAN is a new brand of banana

APHRODITE is a type of pre-historic bird

CASTING is done with a fishing line or on a set in Hollywood

WHEEL OF FORTUNE is a game show with Vanna White

CYCLES have to do with your washing maching and when to add fabric softner

A BOOK OF SHADOWS contains shilouettes of friends and family members

ARCHETYPES are a type of building structure

A QUARTER is $.25 and buys a cop of coffee (and obviousily, these people have
not been out in awhile)

PAN is something to fry food in

The BLESSED BE is the God of Insects

The only way to get into a CIRCLE is to have the right of way

HANDFASTING is eating without utensils

A BRAZIER is support wear for women

CHARGING is done with a credit card or a battery

SKYCLAD is a shade of blue clothing

DEMETER is a place to park your car downtown

A TRAD is a type of geometric figure

Daily Feng Shui Tip for Feb. 25th: Pistol Patent Day

I know this month I’ve been offering a lot of tips for single women to meet ‘the one’, so on today’s ‘Pistol Patent Day’ I’d like to offer a Feng Shui way for a man to find the perfect partner. This philosophy says that any man who has an image or an actual cherry blossom branch positioned over his bed will soon meet someone special who will share that same space with him.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Charm for February 25th is The Crescent and Hand

Your Charm for Today

The Crescent and Hand

Today’s Meaning:

Guests and visitors will come calling. Their visit brings happiness and joy. This aspect will reflect these emotions for weeks after the visit.

General Description:

Crescents were worn by the ancients to safeguard them against witchcraft and danger. From the very early Eastern symbol, horseshoes came to be regarded by the Greeks and Romans as charms against sickness and the plague. In the middle ages horseshoes were used as amulets for witchcraft and even today are looked upon as lucky. When the representation of the hand of strength was worn with the crescent it signified hospitality and generosity. Hands of Might are painted on houses in Italy, Syria, Turkey and in the East to protect the buildings from misfortune and the inmates from death. The blue beads were worn to avert the evil eyes.

Your Animal Spirit for February 25th is The Turkey

Your Animal Spirit for Today
February 25, 2014

Turkey

Has turkey gobbled his way into your life today? If so he brings a message of sacrificing for the greater good. To some indigenous tribes, Turkey represents the spirit of the giveaway–a ceremony where those who have more give to those who have less, thus “sacrificing” for others. If Turkey helps you feel the spirit of giving, who can you help?

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Feb. 25th is The Green Man

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Green Man

Where the Green Man appears the mystery and untamed energy of nature abounds. The Green Man indicates the presence of choices and powers that have not been muted by civilization. The Green Man represents the antithesis of technology and industrialization. He offers primal energies veiled in mystery and derived from the spirit of nature in its purest form.

As a daily card, The Green Man indicates you are in a place where you will be well served by exploring your place in the natural world. At the moment the wisdom that will serve you best cannot be found in books or on talk shows or extracted from today’s headlines. What’s called for is an affirmation of your place in the natural world.

Today’s Tarot Card for February 25th: The Star

The Star

Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has traditionally been known as the Star card is about reconnecting one’s Soul with the Divine — the transcending of personality, family, community and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s Self. The Soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a Higher Union.

This card could also be called the “Celestial Mandate” — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of Divine Will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible Helping Hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger Cosmos.

The Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 25th

We are better equipped to see the relationship between cause and effect today as the Moon makes her way through calculating Capricorn. Although we think we can act with self-restraint, Jupiter brings overconfidence. After a few false starts, we may take a more realistic approach. We need time to consider what to do to attain our goals and make concrete plans to reach them. There are no shortcuts now; we must work to earn whatever we want.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Improving your chances of manifesting your dreams is simple today if you’re smart enough to practice patience. But waiting for the right opportunity is not an excuse to do nothing at all. Relaxing for a while is fine, but being lazy when you have so much to do is not in your best interest. Establishing a steady pace early in the day helps you get enough of your most critical chores out of the way so you can think about the bigger picture later on.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You may be obsessing about a getaway now that the Moon is hooking up with relentless Pluto in your 9th House of Journeys. If you have been dreaming about going somewhere exotic, this is a perfect time to continue your exploration of the possibilities. Making plans for a future adventure is a great idea because you are able to deftly balance fantasy with reality now. Visualize all the alternatives and then choose the path that makes the most sense based on what you learn.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You could be so busy now that you lose touch with your own emotions. However, taking on a little less work might allow your feelings to rise into awareness. Try not to start any new projects and put all non-essential communication on hold for a couple of days. Although developing a fresh perspective may create anxiety at first, the positive outcome makes all the trouble worthwhile. Listening to your heart is the first step to lasting satisfaction.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You might have a tough time expressing your love toward someone who wants more attention from you. You could even decide to withdraw for a while, yet others don’t necessarily realize that you’re coming from a place of good intentions. Although you may actually be afraid of getting too close, you also don’t want to bother anyone with your shortcomings or doubts. Nevertheless, rationally facing your fears gives you a chance to break through an emotional barrier and deepen existing relationships.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your health may be compromised now as you battle a cold or deal with a minor infection. Even if you are feeling great, it’s still wise to make some kind of improvement to your current exercise program. And if you’ve recently thought about making a change in your diet, don’t wait for a better time. Establishing new routines that increase your physical strength has a powerfully positive impact on your overall well-being.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Managing your schedule with a creative flair gives you a much-needed advantage for the next few days. Of course, you still must take care of your previous obligations, but with a little foresight you can find time for play while the Moon is lighting up your 5th House of Fun and Games. Your life is not just about being the most responsible one in the room. Whatever you do for enjoyment — whether engaging in sports, social activities or hobbies — make sure that you leave time to replenish your soul.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You might have to pay extra attention to a family matter today. Thankfully, the problem isn’t earth-shattering, but domestic responsibilities can still get in the way of other more enjoyable commitments. Don’t complain about what you must do; just prioritize your tasks and get started right away. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that with the right amount of determination you can finish nearly everything in less time than you thought possible. A positive attitude only helps to make the work more pleasurable along the way.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Taking care of unfinished business is a smart plan today, especially if you have been procrastinating for too long. The practical Capricorn Moon is visiting your 3rd House of Communication, so write those emails and make those phone calls needed to handle a lingering issue. Tying up loose ends requires concentration and commitment; however, you will surely feel good about your efforts once the day is over.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may receive an unexpected benefit today from taking a risk and sharing your concerns with a friend about a personal failure or a disappointment. The supportive feedback you receive can cast your situation in a whole new light. The information you glean isn’t radically different; it’s just that you are more open to hearing the truth now. Paradoxically, expressing your vulnerability can ultimately improve your self-esteem and validate your trust in others.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Although you may be confident in your ability to accomplish your objectives today, you could find yourself in trouble if you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. If you’re not sure how much effort a task requires, talk it over with a coworker or friend before saying yes. Being self-assured enough to push your limits is admirable, but for now be as practical as possible. Setting clear boundaries earns you even more respect.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Don’t be too hard on yourself if reality feels somewhat boring today. Your current dreams are bigger than life, but they’re not necessarily a distraction. In fact, your fantasies may be your best ticket to understanding the future. You can explore alternative life paths by visualizing your future self right in the middle of the picture. Trust your intuition; let your mind wander now and create your strategy later.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

It doesn’t necessarily feel like work if you’re helping someone you love today. You may even be willing to go beyond the call of duty now. And although you might feel pleased about what you are doing for others, it’s crucial that you don’t go overboard. Taking your role as a superhero too seriously can leave you physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. Just remember to reserve some of your nurturing and pampering for yourself.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Tuesday, February 25th

As the second month of 2014 begins winding down toward the beginning of March, the next ten days will see a flurry of major planetary alignments as well as celestial stations — where key bodies in our solar system appear to stop from the Earth’s perspective to move either retrograde or direct.  Right now, Pluto attempts to seize center stage by making its monthly union with the Moon in Capricorn (8:22AM) while Pluto also forms a fairly rare, 60-degree rapport with Chiron in Pisces (2:36PM). Intensity and extremes are always huge potentials when Pluto makes an appearance in the human domain. Tuning into your spiritual willpower and laser-like mental concentration will give you a clear boost.  The Moon and Venus attempt to ratchet up love vibrations and their romantic frequency as these two goddesses of the heavens parallel (6:05PM) and then unite in Capricorn (9:18PM). What may keep the love boat anchored at shore are a somewhat dour Moon-Saturn parallel (9:00PM) and a far more unpredictable, surprising square between Jupiter in Cancer and Uranus in Aries (11:30PM).  Whatever stability and reassurance you can muster around these time-periods can become a saving grace. With a little maneuvering and clever attitude-shifting, the frictional nature of the Jupiter-Uranus 90-degree aspect could turn into a tour de force — providing you with a cornucopia of insights on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and arcane studies. [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.]

Calendar of the Moon for Tuesday, February 25th

Calendar of the Moon

Ash Tree Month

Color: Pale Blue
Elements: Water and air
Altar: On a cloth of pale blue set a great bowl of salt water in which are set many shells and stones, a shell full of salt, incense, and the figures of sea-birds and fishes.
Offerings: Wash something clean, or air it out.
Daily Meal: Either fish or seafood, or poultry.

Nion/Anthesterion Invocation

Call: Now is the time of wind and water.
Response: Now is the time of sea and sky.
Call: Now is the time of the Gods of weather.
Response: Now is the time of the great waves.
Call: Now is the time of terrible flooding.
Response: Now is the time of needed rain.
Call: Now is the time of battering gales.
Response: Now is the time of winds of change.
Call: Now is the time of fear of change.
Response: Now, and always, change will win.
Call: The wild winds disturb our dreams.
Response: The wild winds awake our minds.
Call: The heavy rains flood our hearts.
Response: The heavy rains water our future.
Call: The sea will sweep us away.
Response: The sea will bear us up.
Call: The sea is cold and unending.
Response: The sea is the source of life.
Call: We are ships on the lost expanse of the ocean.
Response: We are winds that call to one another.
Call: We will brave the wind and water.
Response: We will bring together mind and heart.
Call: We will come home safely after wandering.
Response: We will anchor safely after our journeys.
Call: We will come through wind and water!
Response: We will come through wind and water!
(Repeat last two lines twice more.)

Chant:
We will come through wind and water
We will come through sea and sky

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for Tuesday, February 25th

Calendar of the Sun

Media Hiems

Color: White and grey
Element: Earth
Altar: Set out a cloth of white and grey, a vase of bare branches, a single grey candle, a pitcher of melted snow or rainwater, pots of earth, and seeds to be sown and nurtured in the greenhouse.
Offering: Seeds, preferably saved from the year before.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian.

Media Hiems Invocation

Earth that lies asleep
Waiting for the touch of the Sun
To grow in strength and light
And awaken thee to life,
We warm thee with our breath,
We prepare thee with our hands,
We plant thee with our hopes,
We await thy awakening
With faith in the coming of Spring.

Chant:
Breath warms thee
Hands prepare thee
Hope sows thee
Sun awaken thee.

(All take seeds and plant them in the pots of earth, water them, and breathe onto them, visualizing the seeds awakening and growing. The remainder of the water is poured out as a libation to the Earth. The pots are then taken to the greenhouse in procession to be nurtured until planting time.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Current Moon Phase for February 25th: Last Quarter

Last Quarter Moon

(waning/26% of illumination)

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.

Spell of the Day for February 25th: Stardust Abundance Spell

Stardust Abundance Spell

Cast this spell to bring abundance and prosperity into your life.

You will need a gold candle, a green felt, gel, or ink pen, a piece of paper, glue and glitter.

Once the moon has risen place the gold candle on your altar. Draw a magic circle and call in the elements. Call in your favorite Goddess or God of abundance. Light the candle, dedicating it to this deity. Write your dream career or work on a piece of clean paper. Place the paper safely in front of the candle so that it is illuminated by the flame. Next, drip glue in a clockwise circle on the paper around what you have written, and say:

May my career wish become reality. So be it!

Now, sprinkle gold glitter clockwise over the circle and say:

By the powers of stardust, blessed prosperity. So be it!

Sprinkle a second clockwise circle of glitter on top of the first circle, and say:

By the power of gold, my work is blessed be!

When the glue is dry, fold the paper four times, and keep it in your desk drawer until you attain your career desires. When you are done, thank the Goddess or God, bid farewell to the elements, and pull up the circle.