‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for March 25th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Don’t try to tell me what your enemy looks like. My enemy is lazy, a procrastinator that spends most of the time talking me out of success. My enemy says friends are fickle and true ones are most infrequent. Faith, I’m told, is not enough to carry me over barriers. And I’m not loved so much as others, but that’s all right because what good is love?

The day is dreary, my enemy says, and the flowers at my feet will soon wilt. I shouldn’t smile at anyone today because they won’t smile back at me.

This will be one of those days when everything goes wrong, my enemy tells me, and if I do anything right someone else will get the credit. I should watch the clock and realize how long the day is and how weary I am.

Don’t tell me about your enemy, I have one of my own. But the fact that I know my enemy makes all the difference. M enemy lies to me and wants to destroy me. So I’ll refuse to give my enemy power this day by giving a special measure of love to my friends and knowing that everything is exactly opposite of what my enemy tells me.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 25

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 25

“Come forward and join hands with us in this great work for the Creator.”

–Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE

The Elders have spent years learning to pray and communicate with the Great Spirit. Their job is to pass this knowledge to the younger people. The Elders have told us we are now in a great time of Healing. The Creator is guiding the younger people to help them figure this out. We must get involved and participate. We should pray and see what it is the Great Spirit wants us to do. We need to sacrifice our time and do what is our mission, to help the people and be of maximum use to the Creator. Every person is needed to accomplish this great Healing.

Creator, whisper what you want me to do.

March 25 – Daily Feast

March 25 – Daily Feast

A herd of Jersey cows feeding in the meadow is reason to think wealth. Their milk is rich and they give lots of it. But there alongside of them is a patch of coreopsis – golden flowers by the thousands. They come again every year and bloom profusely even when a stretch of dry weather persists. Wealth includes many different things to fill many different needs. The Cherokees call it, nu we hna vi, and to them the most important wealth is that which feeds the spirit – whether it is a field of coreopsis, a bank of oxeye daises or a clean, flowering creek for good fishing. The cows, the milk, the provision for what we need to live are all important, but the Creator was generous in the necessary things – and then he gave us lots of little extras. The extras may be flowers or moonlight when the whippoorwill calls, or music. But it fills a need almost too deep to explain.

~ I want to roam the prairies. There I am free and happy. ~

SANTANA

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for March 25th – Keep pushing forward

Keep pushing forward

When you feel like quitting, you’re actually closer than ever to getting the work done. Keep going, keep moving, keep working and finish the task.

When it seems that you’ve run out of ideas, you’re actually opening yourself to new, more workable, more powerful ideas. Keep going, move on past the discouragement, and let those new ideas flow.

Sure, you can think of plenty of reasons to stop short of the goal. Yet there are even better reasons to push yourself forward so the goal is reached.

If the work has been difficult and challenging, that’s certainly no reason to stop. In fact, that means you’ve got a whole lot invested in what you’re doing, so keep going and reap the rewards of that investment.

You already made the choice to get started, so choose right now to reaffirm your commitment. Keep up the good and valuable work, and get the results you desire.

This is a great day to make real progress, so make the most of it. Keep going, keep pushing forward, and keep creating real, meaningful value in your world.

— Ralph Marston
Source:

The Daily Motivator

The Daily OM for March 25th – Violet-Flame Meditation

Violet-Flame Meditation
The Power of Transmutation

by Madisyn Taylor

Adding a violet flame meditation once in a while to your daily practice is a lovely way to feel a fresh sense of peace.

The violet flame is a powerful tool anyone can use in meditation. It helps release negative karma, raise your consciousness awareness, the frequency of your vibration, and accelerate your spiritual growth. Energy can’t be erased but it can be changed, transmuting negative into positive, darkness into light. This allows you to make the choices you feel negatively about become positive, while also changing your emotional experience. Physically, the violet flame releases emotions and energy pent up within that make you vulnerable to illness and disease.

The violet flame in meditation uses a combination of affirming thoughts and visualization. Once centered, begin by surrounding yourself with white-and-blue protective energy. You may even want to call on archangel Michael for his protection while you go into this powerful spiritual state. Then repeat thoughts such as “I am cleansed and purified by the violet flame. Picture a huge bonfire before you, its immensity making you feel small beside it, and marvel as the colors flicker between purple, violet, and bright pink. Sense its warmth while noticing that it will not burn you. Step into the flame, letting it surround you entirely while also filling the spaces in your body, your thoughts, even the cells and molecules within you. Once there, focus on the positive things you’d like to create in your life or your hopes for others. Visualize the violet flame in the midst of the scenes as they unfold in your mind. You may want to ask that the power of the flame be multiplied to assist those in need.

When you have finished your meditation, be sure to close with gratitude. The violet flame is a powerful tool that should be used consciously and with intent. Forgetting to close with thanks keeps you connected and may lead to the unintentional misuse of this energy. It is always a good idea when finished with any spiritual practice to give thanks as this creates closure. Saints and adepts throughout the ages have known how to use the violet flame, but it is available for all to use to raise our awareness and, eventually, that of all mankind.

 

Source:
The Daily OM

The Real Secret of Spell Casting

THE REAL SECRET OF SPELL CASTING

The power that makes a spell work is not to be found in some new recipe book. The real power that makes a spell work dwells within you, and surrounds you. The real secret of successful spellcasting, as with all magic, is your connection to divinity, within and without. Your thoughts, willpower, feelings, and physical exertions are actually all expressions or forms of this divine energy — just as
air, water, fire, and earth are all forms of divine energy. When you understand the true nature of the energy you work with, you can make real magic.

9 Steps to Casting Your Spell

1. cast a circle and connect with the divinity within
2. call upon the divinity from without
3. state the goal of your spell
4. visualize your goal
5. raise energy by chanting, dancing, or drumming
6. direct your energy to the spell’s goal
7. release the energy of your spell, ground any excess energy
8. offer libation and thanks and close your circle
9. act in accord and give back in thanks

Casting a spell? Don’t forget to:
– decide on your goal
– find guidance for your spell from an oracle or divation tool
– prepare your space by cleansing with salt water or herbs such as sage
– read Witchcraft Without Rules

5 Facts for Successful Spellcasting:

Passion fuels a successful spell; doubt can kill it.
Spells can be performed almost anywhere — though I don’t recommend attempting it while in the midst of rush-hour traffic! You do need to work without being disturbed when you cast a spell. So find a quiet and private place, preferably outdoors.
Once you’ve cast a spell, don’t talk about it — or even think about it — for 24 hours!
An old axiom says that spells should rhyme. A rhymed spell has rhythm and joyfulness in it, it’s easy to remember and repeat, and the repetition itself creates an altered, magical consciousness.
A spell is only used to control yourself, never another or Nature and remember, you should not do spellwork on someone else’s behalf without their permission.

Author unknown
Contributed by Brightstar

Spell To Conjure Transformation Within Yourself

TO CONJURE TRANSFORMATION WITHIN YOURSELF

Moon phase: new, crescent or first quarter
Moon signs: Aries, Scorpio or Pisces
Day: Saturday
Planetary hour: Saturn
Deity: The Calliech
Colors: Purple and silver or gray
Totem Animals: Stag (east), Bull (south), Horse (west), Bear (north)
Tools: Hearthstone on altar
Cauldron
Cup that fits within cauldron
One Seashell necklace
One candle (your choice of color) for illumination
Tea: Valerian and cammomile, ½ teaspoon each in tea ball
Incense: Patchouli
Circle: Full ritual

Quarters summoned and stirred. Guardians to protect, Ancients to assist. Quarter opened west only. Acknowledge the others clockwise but do not open.

Conjuration:

Ancient ones draw nigh this night
Circle around, assist my sight
Guardians of the quarters
Round I go
East, South, West, North
Help the energy flow
Protectors of Witches, round one more
To seal this circle
I walk
I conjure
Tis done.

Quarters:

North, the earth, the wind, the rain
Assist me now, upon earth plane

East, the sun, the wisdom, the sight
Assist me now, this sacred night

South, the power, the passion, the gift
Assist me know in the energy shift

West I open, the gates swing wide
I see the answers that lie inside.

Invocation:

Oh mighty Calliech, Queen of the Underworld.
I _______, seek transformation of self.
I feel that I am prepared to make this transition in my life
I am ready to assume the responsibility of the chosen.

Meditate for as long as necessary again. The Calliech will appear in the circle or in your mind and give you the advice you need on your spiritual journey.

Working:

Trace a banishing pentagram over the cauldron in which the cup of tea is placed. Place your hands over the cauldron and say:

I am the tool
You are the fire
Fill this cup
With all I desire

Drink the contents of the cup, imagining the desired change flowing through your body. Draw energy from the West, imagining the Calliech is sending it to you.

Chant:

Center and circumfrence
Throughout and about
Transcendence
Transformation
Change
Everywhere and nowhere
Within and without
The void
Immanence
Beyond time
The turning wheel
Red, white and black
The cauldron
Changes me.

Ground and center.

Closure:

Thank the Calliech. Close the West. Thank the remaining quarters. Pull up the circle.

Rich Witch Spell

Rich Witch Spell

This spell should be cast on the evening of a new moon.

Find a flat surface or use your altar. Light a green candle and place a bowl and a spoon on the surface before you. Mix a teaspoon of nutmeg and a teaspoon of cinnamon in the bowl. As you mix the ingredients, think of an amount of money you would like to see in your bank account. (Don’t go overboard though, or you will scatter the spell’s energy.)

Continue to focus on that amount of money as you take three coins of low denomination and toss them repeatedly until you get one tail and two heads.

Place the coins and the powder together in an old wallet or purse and shake it up as you chant:

ATTRACTION POWDER LET IT BE
SEND ME ALL THE LUCK I NEED

Place the purse in the same place as you keep all your financial documents.

Success and Prosperity Spell

SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY

Ingredients:

* a small green or brown talisman bag
* three silver coins
* cinnamon and cedar chips
* a small dish
* your wand
* a pentacle
* cauldron
* ritual knife

Procedure:

This spell is best done during the waxing moon or on the Full Moon. Set your cauldron on the pentacle.  Place a small dish inside the cauldron with a small amount of cinnamon and cedar chips on it.  Beside your cauldron, lay your wand.

Tap each coin with the wand as you chant:

Glistering silver, coin of the Moon,
Shiny and round, bring me a boon.
Draw to my hands many more of your kind.
Multiply, grow, like the image in my mind.

Place the coins in the cauldron with the herbs.  Stir the air clockwise seven times over the cauldron and chant:

Earth elementals, cunning and bright,
With me share treasures here on this night.
Share with me riches of silver and gold.
Success, prosperity, all I can hold.

Put the coins and the herbs in the talisman bag and lay it overnight in the moonlight.  Either carry the talisman bag with you or keep it near your bed where you will see it every night.

THE MAGIC MONEY JAR SPELL

THE MAGIC MONEY JAR SPELL

When March winds blow, and skies are bleak
And your checking account looks like welfare week
Go to your kitchen with a dash
Find a jar to bring some cash.

Get a tea bag, mint for sure
Brew a cup, you need no more.
In your little witches pot,
Add vervain, not a lot.

In goes dragons’ blood and cinquefoil
Bring it all to a rolling boil.
Mix ingredients, stir it thrice
Cut the heat, throw in some ice.

On paper virgin, write your need
Be specific, ignore the greed.
Put the paper in the jar
To bring in riches from afar.

Call the Fates, yes all three
Ask them for prosperity
Here’s the chant, it’s easy now
Take your time to give it pow.

Three great ladies crossed the land
Each held prosperity in their hand
The first said, “She needs some.”
The second said, “She has some.”
The third said, “There is more to come.”
“We turn three times, the way of the Sun.”

Raise your energy, clap three times
Then seal the brew with a magical sign.
When it cools, pour in the jar
Close it tight, mark with a star.
A minor magic, I call this
To bring you monetary bliss
For extra punch, choose a planetary hour
Full Moon’s good, for extra power.

When money comes, thank the Gods
Pour the content on the sod
Return in like the gifts you got
And remember all the blessings brought.

I Couldn’t Pass Up, Cat Folklore & Magick

CAT FOLKLORE AND MAGICK

Cats have been associated with deities, witches and magick for centuries. Here are some snippets of cat-related folklore.

Cats have been sacred to more than one religion, and at different times and places have been considered both good and bad luck-bringers. The Egyptian goddess Bast was both lion-headed and cat-headed and attended by cats and therefore cats were sacred and revered in Egypt; killing one was a heinous crime, and when a household cat died mourning rites were performed for it. Cats
were often found in temples and were ritually fed; stray cats were treated with honour and fed, and the household cat was allowed to share the family’s food. Cat amulets were produced and elaborate cat-sized sarcophagi crafted for cats who had died, who were often embalmed as humans were. Followers of the goddess Diana also considered the cat sacred because she once assumed the form of a cat, and cats were under her special protection. In Scandinavia, Freya’s chariot was drawn by cats. The Celtic goddess Ceridwen was also attended by white cats, who carried out her orders on earth.

Cats are traditionally associated with witches, and it is generally assumed today that witches’ familiars were (and are) always cats. However, during the Burning Times any small animal that was kept in the house was suspect, and records show that accused witches were forced to confess having familiar spirits in the form of cats, rats, mice, dogs, weasels and toads. It was also firmly
believed that witches could take the shape of cats, and accusers sometimes claimed that they were followed or tormented by witches in the shape of cats. In 1718 William Montgomery of Caithness alleged that hordes of cats gathered outside his house nightly and talked in human language; he claimed to have killed two of them and wounded another one night and awoken the next morning to hear that two old women had been found dead in their beds and another badly injured.

In Britain and Australia black cats are considered lucky, and in some places white cats are correspondingly unlucky. In many parts of Europe and in the United States, however, it is the black cat who is ill-omened. In Britain tortoiseshell cats will bring their owners luck, and blue cats bring luck in Russia. An old saying about black cats is that ‘Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers shall have no lack’. It was said that if the household cat sneezed near a bride on her wedding day, she would have a happy married life.

To meet a black cat is usually fortunate, especially if it crosses one’s path. In some districts the luck is only considered released if the cat is politely greeted, or stroked three times. Sometimes it is considered unlucky if the cat runs away from the person, or turns back on its own tracks. To meet a white cat is bad luck, except in those countries where white cats are the luck-bringers. If a black cat comes into a house or onto a ship, it is considered a very lucky sign, and the cat should never be chased away in case it takes the luck of the house with it. Seamen avoid the word ‘cat’ while at sea, but to have a cat on board is lucky, especially if it is a completely black cat with no white hairs. To throw the cat overboard raises an immediate violent storm; no sailor would do such a thing to the ship’s cat, and in fact cats are rarely left on an abandoned ship but are generally rescued with the sailors. In Yorkshire, if a sailor’s wife kept a black cat, her husband would always return safely from the sea; this sometimes led to black cats being stolen.

Cat hair and bones were often ingredients of charms and spells, and even now a few hairs from a cat are supposed to increase the power of a spell, although this now appears more common in England than in America where the hair of a wolf appears to have taken over. In previous centuries the tail of a black cat was believed to cure a stye if stroked over the afflicted eye, and a tortoiseshell
cat’s tail was considered to remove warts. Three drops of a cat’s blood smeared on a wart was also considered to cure it. If a person in the house was very ill, it was thought that throwing the water in which the patient had been washed over a cat, and then driving the poor creature away, would transfer the illness to the cat and drive it out of the household.

It was said that every cat should be given two names; a country rhyme states ‘

One for a secret, one for a riddle, name puss twice and befuddle the devil’.

This saying was based on the belief that one person could gain power and ascendancy over another simply by knowing his or her real name; by giving the household cat two names, once for common use and one secret and never revealed to outsiders, the pet which had the run of the household could be protected from becoming a tool of evil or of outside infiltration.

Cat Weather Lore

A sneezing cat means rain on the way, and three sneezes in a row portends a cold for the cat’s owner!

A cat running wildly about (known in our house as ‘spacey cat’) darting here and there and clawing everything in sight means wind or a storm on the way; when the cat quiets down, the storm will soon blow itself out.

Cats washing over their ears has long been held to foretell rain; the old rhyme goes ‘When Kitty washes behind her ears, we’ll soon be tasting heaven’s tears’.

A cat which rolls over and over in the grass, claws the ground and behaves in a skittish manner, is indicating that a brief rain-shower is on the way.

When the cat is restless and moves from place to place without settling, it is foretelling hard winds.

A cat who sits with its back to the fire is said to be a portent of frost.

When a cat spends the night outdoors and caterwauls loudly, it may be foretelling a period of several days’ bad weather.

Cat Dream Interpretations
(traditional, and some from Clare Nahmad’s ‘Catspells’)

To dream of a black cat is lucky.

To dream of a tortoiseshell cat means luck in love.

To dream of a ginger cat means luck in money and business

To dream of a white cat means luck in creativity, spiritual matters, divinationand spellcraft.

To dream of a black-and-white cat means luck with children; may also mean the birth of a child.

To dream of a tabby cat means luck for the home and all who live there.

To dream of a gray cat means to be guided by your dreams.

To dream of a calico or multicolored cat means luck with new friends and old ones.

A dream of two cats fighting means illness or a quarrel.

 

Cat Spells and Charms

If a black cat crosses your path, greet the animal politely and stroke it three times if possible, while reciting this charm:

‘Black cat, cross my path,
Good fortune bring to home and hearth,
When I am away from home
Bring me luck wherever I roam’.

Then leave the cat and go on your way. If you abuse, insult or ignore the cat, no good luck will follow.

HOUSEHOLD FOLKLORE

HOUSEHOLD FOLKLORE

Bed

The position of a bed has significance in many cultures, although opinions seem to be evenly divided as to whether the bed should be aligned north-south or east-west for best results; perhaps a better idea is to go with the opinion that the bed should point in the same direction as the floorboards, rather than go across them. In Chinese Feng Shui, a bed which is arranged so that the sleeper’s feet point towards the door is unlucky; this is known as the Coffin position, but can be cured with the addition of a crystal between the bed and the doorway. A bed which is cut across by overhead beams is also unlucky as it cuts through the life energy; red tassels should be hung on the beams to correct this.

It is also considered unlucky to get out of bed in the morning on a different side to that on which the bed was entered the night before; anyone who does so will have a bad temper all day and is said to have .got out of bed on the wrong side’.

Candles

To our ancestors, candles were often the only source of light, and the way a candle burns is often considered portentous. If the candle-flame burns blue and dim, it is considered a sign that a spirit is passing, although in some places a blue flame indicates frost on the way. A bright spark in the wick means a letter for the person nearest the candle, or sometimes the arrival of a visitor. Weather was also foretold by candle-flame; a flame which flickers and wavers when there is no breeze or draught means windy weather is on the way, whereas a candle which will not light easily indicates rain.

It was deemed unlucky to light a candle from the hearth. Candles should also be blown out before they burned out, for if they were allowed to gutter out in the candlestick it was said that a sailor would die at sea. To snuff a candle out accidentally was an omen of a wedding. Three candles should never be lit from a single match or taper, and to have three candles burning in one room was very ill-omened, although in some parts of Britain it foretold a wedding. In other places people who sat together in a room with three candles lit would quarrel.

It was considered unlucky to leave a candle to burn in an empty room (a superstition which probably originated in the practical fact that it would waste the candle!) However, a large candle was often left burning through the night of Christmas Eve in order to ensure prosperity, warmth and light throughout the coming year; this custom has its origins in the pre-christian festival of Yule. Candles were used in spells by our ancestors, as they still are today. A lover could be called to visit by thrusting two pins into a lit candle and reciting a charm over it.

Front Door

The front door in some districts was rarely used except on special occasions, but as the symbolic and ceremonial entrance it was the center of a number of traditions. A bride must always leave by the front door, both going to the ceremony and leaving on the honeymoon. When moving into a new home, it is considered wise to enter for the first time by the front door, to ensure that life in that house will not be unhappy.

After a death, the front door was often left unlocked until the burial of the body, lest the soul of the dead person be confused and unable to leave the house. During the funeral, the coffin was carried out of the house through the front door, which was then left open until the mourners returned after the burial in order that the person’s spirit might come and go freely.

Hearth

Before the introduction of electric and gas heating, the hearth was the symbolic (and often literal) center of the house. In ancient times the fire burnt in the middle of the main room, where it served for cooking and heating and symbolically stood for the source of life. In ancient times the fire was never allowed to go out; the phrase ‘a desolate hearth’ also meant an abandoned house, a scattered family, lost kinfolk. A bride would be led to the hearth of her new home and the fire-irons put into her hand to symbolize her new status as mistress of the house.

In Scotland and Ireland the open peat fires were often ritually raked at night; this was a complicated ceremony involving the division of the embers into three separate parts with a small heap in the middle, each of which had a peat laid in it, the whole thing then being covered with just enough ashes to keep the fire quiet without extinguishing it. Generally performed by the woman of the house, this ritual was intended for protection of the entire household and sleeping family, symbolized by the subdued fire.

It is still often considered unlucky to poke someone else’s fire without permission, unless one had known the householder well for at least seven years. Until the last century it was also considered in some parts of Britain to be unlucky to give fire, or even a light, out of one’s house on New Year’s Day; if fire was given it was said that a death would follow within the year.

The behavior of a fire in the grate is the source of many omens. If the fire burns all on one side, or falls into two heaps in the grate, a parting is foretold; if it will not start in the morning it foretells quarres in the house, and quarrels are also foretold from a spluttering piece of coal. A coffin-shaped piece of coal flying out of the fire and into the room foretells a death, whereas a cradle-shaped (oval) piece means a birth. If the flames are bluish, or very high, it means that frosty weather is coming. A cluster of bright sparks at the back of the chimney means good news on the way, and dull sparks means bad news.

Knife

In previous centuries a knife was a very personal possession, carried at all times by its owner and used for hunting and work as well as cutting food. A steel knife was regarded as being protection against fairies and curses; a house could be protected by a knife being thrust into the door and a baby protected by a knife stuck into the headboard of its cradle. A knife could also be thrust into the mast of a boat for luck, although the word ‘knife’ was never spoken at sea.

If two knives are crossed accidentally at the table it means bad luck or quarrels unless one of the knives is immediately straightened. A knife falling to the ground means the arrival of a male visitor. A knife with a white handle could be used to divine whether the inquirer’s future spouse would be fair or dark; the knife was spun round, and if it came to rest with the handle pointing towards the inquirer, the spouse would be fair; if the blade pointed at them, the spouse would be dark.

The most common belief about knives is that a knife given as a gift will sever the love or friendship between giver and recipient; a knife should never be taken without something being rendered in exchange, generally a penny or other small coin.

Laundry

Some days are considered badly-omened for doing laundry; clothes should never be washed on New Year’s Day, since this was once thought to ‘wash one of the family away’ or to cause a death or parting of someone in the family. Laundry was generally done at the beginning of the week, and therefore washing on a Saturday was considered the mark of a bad housewife.

In Wales it was considered a bad omen to spill water on the way from the spring or well to the washtub; it is also unlucky to splash water about too freely during the washing, or for the laundress to make her own clothes very wet. It was once said that if an unmarried girl got wet while doing the laundry, her husband was bound to be a drunkard.

Mirror

The most common mirror superstition is that to break a mirror means seven years’ bad luck. It is also considered unlucky for an actor to look into the mirror over another actor’s shoulder, or to allow a baby to look at itself in a mirror before it is a year old. The most unlucky omen of all is to look into a mirror and see no reflection; this is said to be a certain omen of death.

Mirrors were once covered after there was a death in the house, since it was thought that if someone saw their reflection at such a time, they or another person in the house would die soon afterwards. Brides are also supposed to avoid seeing themselves in their wedding clothes before the ceremony, lest something happen to prevent the marriage taking place; this superstition is often got around by having the bride leave off the veil, shoes, jewelry or some other essential part of the wedding costume.

Nails

Being made of iron, nails were once used in many charms and spells. The Romans once drove nails into the walls of houses as an attempt at warning off the plague, and also thought that epilepsy could be cured by driving a nail into the piece of ground the epileptic had fallen onto in a fit.

In Britain it is considered lucky to find a nail in the road, especially a rusty one; it should be picked up and taken home. Nails carried in the pocket or placed somewhere in the house guard against bewitchment and the evil eye, and during the hysteria of the Burning Times it was considered a sure test of witchcraft to drive a nail into the footprint of the suspected person. If really a witch, it was thought that he or she would be compelled to return to the spot to remove the nail.

In mediaeval times a cure for toothache was to scratch the gum with a nail till it bled, and then to drive the nail into an oak tree. In Cheshire, nails were used as part of a binding ceremony involving a group of people. A group would go together to a wooded area away from their homes and would drive a nail into a tree, swearing to keep their vow for as long as the nail was there. It could not
be withdrawn without the consent of all of them, but once it was removed, they were all released from their vow.

Scissors

Like knives, scissors as a gift were also considered to cut the bonds of friendship and love, and must be given only in exchange for a small coin or other token.

Scissors were also used like knives as a charm against evil; a pair of scissors could be thrust into the door for protection, or opened to form a cross-shape and laid on the threshold. To drop a pair of scissors by accident is unlucky, and the person who dropped them should never pick them up; another person should always be asked to do this. Scissors which fall point downward foretell a death in the neighborhood, unless their owner is a dressmaker, in which case they mean an order for plenty more work to come.

Spoon

To drop a spoon is generally said to mean that a child is about to visit the house. A spoon which falls with the bowl downwards means a disappointment, but if the bowl is uppermost it means a surprise on the way. Two teaspoons in a saucer means a wedding; if they are in the saucer of a girl or young woman, they mean that she will marry twice.

WEATHER FOLK LORE

WEATHER FOLK LORE

 

A veering wind, fair weather; A backing wind, foul weather. If the wind back against the sun, trust it not, for back it will run.
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Cats have the reputation of being weather wise, an old notion which has given rise to the most extensive folklore.
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It is almost universally believed that good weather may be expected when the cat washes herself, but bad weather may be expected when she licks her coat against the grain or washes her face over her ears, or sits with her tail to the fire.
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If the rooster goes crowing to bed, he’ll certainly rise with a watery head.
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If on Feb. 2, it is bright and clear, the groundhog will stay in his den, indicating that more snow and winter are to come; if it is dark or rainy the winter is over.
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If groundhog day is clear, corn and fruits will then be dear.
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If it thunders in February, it will frost in April.
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If the November goose bone be thick, so will the winter weather be; If the non-goose bone be thin, so will the winter weather be.
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When the moon lies on her back, she sucks the wet into her lap. — Ellesmere
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The shepherd would rather see the wolf enter his fold on Candlemas Day then the sun.
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March in January, January in March., I FEAR.
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Who doffs his coat on a winter’s day will gladly put it on in May.
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A red morn, that ever yet betokened wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, sorrow to shepherds, woe unto the birds, gust and four flaws the herdsmen and herds.-Shakespeare
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Cranes soaring aloft and quietly in the air fores how fair weather, but if they make much noise, as if consulting which way to go, it foreshadows a storm that’s near at hand.-Thomas Willsford
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Mackerel scales and mare’s tails make lofty ships carry low sails.
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Hogs crying and running unquietly up and down with hay or utter in their mouths foreshadow a storm to be near at hand.-Thomas Willsford
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Evening red and morning gray will set the traveler on his way; but evening gray and morning red will bring down rain upon his head.
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The sun reveals the secrets of the sky, and who dares give the source of light the lie. –Virgil
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Do business with men when the wind is from the westerly, for then the barometer is high.
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Fishes in general, both in salt and fresh waters, are observed to sport most and bite more eagerly before rain than any other time.
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Go plant the bean when the moon is light,
and you will find that this is right;
plant the potatoes when the moon is dark,
and to this line you always hark,
but if you vary form this rule,
you will find you are a fool,
if you always follow this rule to the end,
you will always have money to spend.

Ever Heard of the Thirteenth Generation: A Pagan Proposal

The Thirteenth Generation: A Pagan Proposal

Thirteen is the number that incites superstition among those who place their faith in chance.  Thirteen is friends with black cats and enjoys the sound of wood knocking.  It has been deleted as a title floor that comes after twelve in many hotels, high-rise apartment and office buildings.  I often wonder why anyone who really “believed” would then risk their chances with the fourteenth floor–isn’t it really the thirteenth with a misleading label?  In my fantasy world, the thirteenth generation, “Generation X,” sees beyond fear and superficial labels.

Thirteen years is the time it takes for girls and boys to reach puberty and adolescence.  It is a time when the mind and body are hungry for knowledge. During this time we begin to prepare to battle boundaries and dogma with what we “know” as truth.  We prepare our minds  for the challenge with unceasing examination, questions and doubts.  We prepare our bodies with sexual
experimentation, exploration of the natural world and martial arts.  All of this comes easily to those this age because limits are not yet fixed.

There is no physical description of a person who may belong to the generation of “bad luck” because we have begun to see the superficial as a constriction forced upon us by the older, more desperate, generations.  We’ve discovered the secrets that fascists have tried to hold from humanity for thousands of years. We have discovered the wonders of perception as more than what our usual senses allow.  When we are again in touch with our hidden senses we will love and recelebrate Nature.  This generation IS bad luck for those who cling on to love of the material world and overindulgent ego.

This will be the first Western inherited generation to recycle and manage resources appropriately.  We will finally realize that not only is space and time relative but so too is consciousness.  Animals, plants, spores and minerals will no longer be treated as if they were here for the purpose of
exploitation.

Monotheism will finally be forced to admit that there can be no monopoly on spiritual belief or worship.  We’ve taken the matter of spirit into our own souls; we will connect with one another as we never have–while at the same time accomplishing such a novel aim on our own.  We take full advantage of our lives and dreams.  Our greatest transformation though, is we do not fear
uncertainty but embrace it and use it as an opportunity to self-examine as opposed to self-indulge.

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Author
Elizabeth Nanas.