Your Charm for April 5 th is Abraxas

Your Charm For Today

Abraxas

Today’s Meaning:
A powerful force will rule you within aspect for the duration of a year. You will be given few choices to make as most will be made for you. This force is benign in nature and the end result will be positive.

General Description:
Abraxas stones were commonly worn and highly esteemed in the Roman Empire about the time when Christianity was becoming established there. Much importance was attached to the word Abraxas in the Greek notation making up the number 365, signifying 365 heavens, occupied by the 365 gods, who according to the Gnostic religion, formed the earth and ruled its destiny. The Abraxas, the curious divide Jeo, of Jehovah of the Gnostics, has a fowl’s head, signifying watchfulness and foresight; the shield, wisdom; whip, authority; two serpents, mystery, eternity, vitality. These rings were worn as talismans for protection against physical ills.

Your Animal Spirit for April 5th is The Otter

Your Animal Spirit for Today
April 5, 2014

Otter

Otter represents one of the most playful feminine energies on earth—and she has swum over into your reading to bring a message of joyful play. If life has been difficult or challenges overwhelming, relax a little—Otter is here to remind you that play is just as important as work—and NOT competitive play, but rather the kind you loved as a child. Hopscotch anyone?

Your Ancient Symbol Card for April 5th is Chance

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today


Chance

The Chance card denotes a period in which taking risks may produce positive results. This doesn’t mean head off to a casino with your life’s savings! What is suggested is that you should make gains by taking a well calculated risk. For the power of Chance to be fully realized it is essential that you pick your risk carefully, move forward with conviction, and above all else don’t get greedy!

As a daily card, Chance implies you are currently in a place where taking a chance is likely to produce substantial rewards. In other words, take a few calculated steps out on the proverbial limb, but remember if you take it too far you are likely to lose all that you gain and possibly more. 

 

Your Tarot Card for Sat., April 5th is The Devil

The Devil

Saturday, Apr 5th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces.

The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal.

Your Horoscopes for Saturday, April 5th

Our emotions overwhelm rational thinking today as the Moon swims into watery Cancer at 5:39 pm EDT. Our feelings are deepened by Venus shift from intellectual Aquarius into imaginative Pisces at 4:30 pm. We are lured into a rich world of our fantasies as Venus moves toward dreamy Neptune. Paradoxically, the energetic Aries Sun creates a magical aspect with pragmatic Saturn, reminding us that being real contains more magic than anything else.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Consider the wide variety of alternatives in front of you today, rather than stubbornly fixating on any one idea. However, focusing on your future may not be as straightforward as you wish. Although you can explore new perspectives without losing track of your original destination, you might still be overwhelmed with all your choices. Keeping your channels of communication open increases your chances of reaching your goals. Help is readily available if you simply ask for it.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

An unresolved financial issue may capture your attention today. Even if the problem is something you prefer to avoid, it’s better to face the music sooner than later. However, when all is said and done, you still could have a few loose ends to tie up. Unfortunately, you might need to simply accept that you’re only human and move on. Don’t let current circumstances drain your energy or your positive attitude. You need to be operating at your best for whatever the future holds

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Quieting your mind is an impossible task now because your thoughts continue to bounce around, prompting you to change your mind on a whim. However, the Moon’s current visit to airy Gemini brings a sharp edge of focus to your perceptions. Take whatever time you need to write down your best ideas, but wait a day or two before making any final decisions. Choosing the right moment to act is an art in itself.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

People trust you more these days if you give them an opportunity to share their feelings with you. Unfortunately, everyone is so busy now that it’s nearly impossible to connect with them. Thankfully, you know when to walk away from all the noise. Your best bet today might be to find a quiet spot where you can talk privately with a friend. All is well when you’re taking care of those you love.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Working with others can be quite a challenge now, especially if a fearful person’s resistance is slowing down the entire process. Hold tightly to your objectivity; losing patience isn’t in your best interest today. Show your strength by adapting to the circumstances instead of digging in your heels. Your generosity of spirit overcomes nearly any obstacle that stands in your way

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your current plans don’t make as much sense now that everyone is running around in different directions, making it hard for you to stick to your agenda. Letting go of your expectations brings welcome relief today, especially if you maintain a sense of humor. Laughing releases tensions, enabling you to gracefully move through an uncomfortable situation. Keep an open mind and you might even learn a valuable lesson that you can apply later on.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Cramming a lot of activity into one day doesn’t necessarily mean that you are being productive. You might feel as if you’re running around in circles today on a quest for something to challenge you. But you may grow weary of searching for the missing puzzle piece that makes sense of everything else. However, the answer to your malaise can’t be found externally. Time spent in contemplation or meditation offers more rewards now than wasting energy on pursuing worldly distractions.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Delivering on your promises usually feels gratifying, but today it can also present a unique set of problems. Your feelings shift as do the prevailing winds of change, and you would be wise to modify your plans accordingly. If you run into someone who has recently decided to take a different course or wants to alter an agreement with you, don’t bother fighting it. Just absorb what is said and make the most sensible adjustments as quickly as possible. Cooperation leads to more progress now than competition.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your partner may agree to your plans today, but the energy is too scattered to make much progress. Don’t waste time attempting to get others on board; instead, remember that different points of view could be just as valid as yours. There are multiple answers to any question, so consider all your options rather than cleverly trying to find one quick solution to sell to everyone else. The process of collaboration ultimately produces the best results.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The tiniest little detail might be what counts the most today. An apparently insignificant event can complicate your work and delay your progress. Pay meticulous attention to how everything fits together to assure there’s no trouble. Balancing your powerful focus with a graceful flexibility grounds you while also freeing you from your current dilemma. Think outside of the box to discover a different route to success.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

A creative project might come to a temporary standstill today because there are so many intriguing possibilities on the horizon. You need to decide if you want to continue on the same path or change your direction. You may be overwhelmed by all the choices, making you second-guess your original plan. Don’t be afraid to examine your motives in greater depth to enrich your understanding of the entire process. Instead of losing yourself in endless analysis, let your intuition be your guide.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Managing a dynamic situation at home might look like child’s play, but you still take it very seriously. You really don’t want to be distracted by any career or community involvement now as you realize how important your family is to you. Communication is a significant key to conflict resolution, yet it’s easy to get swept up into someone’s passionate argument today. Maintain your objectivity while tuning into the emotions behind the words. Oddly enough, your rational outlook and compassionate heart are an unbeatable combination.

What do the Cosmos Have In Store for You Today?

The weekend may get off to a rough and uncertain start due to the Moon in Gemini squaring Mercury in Pisces (7:56AM) — simultaneously beginning a 6+ hour void lunar twilight zone that continues until 2:41PM when the Moon enters its natural abode of watery Cancer. If you are anxious to visit estate sales, art fairs and flea markets today, don’t be taken in by over-eager sellers and con artists passing off reproductions as supposedly the real thing. The Moon trine to Ceres (9:24AM) does provide a measure of productivity while you are going about your errands and tasks. The best news of the day concerns Venus entering Pisces (1:32PM) — a cycle that lasts until May 2. Increase your compassion and empathy for the truly needy. Reach out a helping hand to elders and shut-ins. The Moon leaves void-of-course mode by entering nurturing, family-oriented Cancer (2:41PM). Historical and ancestral interests peak in power during the next 2+ days. Love vibrations soar due to a flowing trine between the Moon and Venus (2:47PM). This highly favorable 120-degree connection doubles as a notable boost for business and social affairs as well as artistic efforts across the board. Don’t let a flaky and off-kilter, 150-degree link from Mercury to Ceres (5:33PM) throw you off-course. Immerse yourself in literary or film classics to your heart’s content this evening. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Current Moon Phase for April 5 – Waxing Crescent

Crescent Moon

(waxing/35% of Full)

During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities.  There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.

Witch’s Magick for April 5th – Spell to Give Someone A Dream

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Spell to Give Someone A Dream

 

Items You Will Need:

A dish of earth

a cup or cauldron of water

A candle (check color correspondences for whatever kind of dream you will be sending)

Incense (one that symbolize Air)
If you have an altar it should go in the middle of wherever you are placing these objects. Put the earth to the North the incense to the East the fire to the South and the water to the West. Then sit in the middle by your altar or just in the middle.
Visualize the dream you wish to give and after you’re done visualizing say this:

“Lord and Lady I ask of thee
Give me the ability to send forth this dream
Across the Earth or water’s bound
Whether he/she be in the sky or on the ground
By the powers of fire to let it shine bright
By the powers of earth and air to send it tonight
By the powers of water to sweep within dream’s door
And by the powers of 3 shall _____ remember it evermore

Sleep in the knowledge the dream will be projected to the person you have visualized. Be sure to go through every detail of what you wish to send.

 

WOTC Extras – Some Sleep Incense Recipes

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WOTC Extras –  Some Sleep Incense Recipes

 

Sleepytime Incense
 
1 part Poppy Seeds
1 ½ parts Chamomile
1 ¼ parts Willow

 

Rest and Sleep Incense
 
½ part Catnip
½ part Dill
¼ part Poppy
1 part Lemon Verbena
½ part Motherwort
Few drops of Lemon Verbena Oil
 
 
Psychic Dream Incense
 
2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Rose
1 part Camphor
Few drops of Tuberose Oil
Few drops of Jasmine Oil
 
 
Prophetic Dream Incense
 
2 parts Frankincense Resin
1 part Buchu
1 part Mugwort
 
Burn this incense before you go to bed to stimulate your psychic mind and to ensure that your conscious mind remembers your dreams in the morning.

Let’s Talk Witch – Herbs for Sleeping & Dreaming

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Herbs for Sleeping & Dreaming

There are many herbs used today which are helpful in making our dreams more accessible and for obtaining a good night’s sleep. Sometimes, rather than attempting to actually influence our dreams, it is often advisable when working magically simply to let the content of our subconscious come to the fore. For this we may use the group of herbs known as hypnotics or soporifics. Different herbs work for different people so the order here is alphabetical, without any particular preference:

Hops are often used as an infusion or tincture and should not be used when you are depressed. This herb has an effect on the central nervous system, and can be used when tension is making you restless. Gentle slumber is induced from the hop pillow, causing soothing dreams.

Jamaican Dogwood can be taken combined with hops, although it is a fish poison and should be used with care. It is used in cases of insomnia or broken sleep patterns.

Passion flower acts without leaving any kind of a hangover effect and makes it easy for those who suffer from insomnia on a regular basis to find restful sleep.

Skullcap has a sedative action par excellence. Working on the central nervous system, it is particularly useful in cases of nervous exhaustion.

Valerian, which is included in many pharmacopoeias as a sedative, is used to manage tension and sleeplessness caused by tension.

Wild lettuce is invaluable where there is restlessness and excitability; it is both sedative and hypnotic – that is, relaxing and sleep inducing.

As a gentle remedy, it is particularly useful for children.

Nervines have a beneficial effect on the nervous system. Some which are relaxants are Balm, Black Haw, Bugleweed, Chamomile, Damiana, Lady’s Slipper, Lavender, Oats, Pasque Flower, Peppermint and Vervain.

 

Source:

Natural Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self-Development
Pamela Ball

 

Magickal Activity for April 5 – Shrine for Kwan Yin

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 Kwan Yin Shine

 

Items Needed:

A small table or corner shelf covered with a white cloth
A small white or crystal vase filled with water (to represent Kwan Yin’s dew pot)
Sea shell
One white flower
A bowl of water
One white flower-shaped floating candle
A picture or statue of Kwan Yin
Sandalwood joss sticks and holder
 

Place the statue at the back of the shelf or table. Set the vase and the incense holder in the right-front of the statue (or picture). Put the floating candle, flower, and sea shell in the bowl. Set this in front of the statue (or picture). In your own words, ask Kwan Yin to bless you and those you love with good health, good fortune, and compassion. Light the floating candle, and recite her benediction:

Grant me light that I shall know,
The wisdom thou alone can give;
That truth shall guide all that I do,
And virtue bless the way I live.
O grant me light that I shall learn,
How empty is life from thee apart.
But, how sure is joy when I return,
To thee with an open heart.
 

It is appropriate to allow the candle and incense to burn out. You may repeat Kwan Yin’s simple ceremony whenever you feel the need for her blessings.

Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Kwan Yin

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April 5th

Festival of Kwan Yin

 

In China and Japan thousands of people share a love for this Goddess of compassion, healing and mercy. To this day, Kwan Yin is still widely worshipped, and, in general, most Eastern households will have at least one shine dedicated to her. At the temple of Miao Fend Shan, near Peking, devotees make their annual pilgrimage to her shrine on this day. Many ask for healing and the power to rid them of life’s pains and sorrows. As her compassion is invoke, offerings of incense, violet-colored candles, and petitions written on rice paper are placed at her shrines.

Saturday Is Ruled By Saturn

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Saturday Is Ruled By Saturn

Archangel: Cassiel

Candle colour: Purple or brown

Incenses: Patchouli or mimosa

Crystals: Jet or banded agate

Use Saturdays for spells to do with property, security and long-term financial matters, for closing doors on the past, for psychic protection and for locating lost objects (as well as animals and people).

Where possible, work in woodland near rocks and stones or on animal or bird reserves.

The Witches Correspondence for Saturday, April 5th

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The Witches Correspondence for Saturday, April 5th

Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death
Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Planet: Saturn
Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius
Angel: Cassel
Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli

Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects. It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.