Casting The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Today
The Past Ingwaz
Ingwaz signifies completion, success and fertility. Your present ambitions are about to be met. You are fecund in both mind and body.
The Present Berkano
Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.
The Future Uruz
Uruz reversed may represent a time of discord in your life and a disassociation from your inner strengths. You may be in a rut—absent of goals or challenges. The power to change this lies within you. While opportunities may seem to be nonexistent, they are there and waiting for you to find them.
ANALYSIS: Ing is a Danish / Anglo-Saxon name for Freyr, the God of agriculture and fertility. Agriculture represents one of the first attempts by mankind to control the environment, and the fertility of crops, animals and people has always been the primary concern and religious focus of most Pagan agrarian societies. From the earliest Sumerian accounts to modern-day British folk custom, people throughout history have sought to ensure the success of their crops.
The vast majority of people in Western society have lost all contact and connection with the land and the process of growing things.
The spiritual consequences of this segregation from the earth have been disastrous, since most people find it difficult to relate to deity in a purely man-made environment. The shape of this rune can be likened to that of a field, but its real significance may lie in its balance, representing the harmonious relationship between ourselves and the four elements / four directions. Inguz reminds us of that ancient connection between the Gods and the land, and re-links (the real meaning of the ‘religion’) us with our spiritual natures through the realm of the physical. It is quite literally a grounding rune, and by reintroducing us to the earth, it reconnects our bodies, our minds and our spirits.
Only The World card of the Tarot can match the blessings that come with The Sun. While it certainly doesn’t promise a life’s path without some bumps in the road, The Sun indicates all will be well. The Sun is our Cosmic Nurturer. Life flourishes under its radiant beams. It provides the illumination to find Truths and lights one’s path so they do not get lost. To stand in the rays of The Sun is to shine. To absorb its energy promotes growth, exceptional physical and mental health, and good fortune. The Sun is empowering, elevating and fills those who bask in it with confidence and sense of self-worth.
The Moon will be in sensual Taurus all day Friday and into Saturday night. While this might set up a perfect date night for Friday evening, you’ll want to keep things as light as possible by Saturday night. This is because the Taurus Moon will be in opposition to restrictive Saturn. You’ll go from emotionally open to shut in the blink of an eye. Or, it’s possible that you’ll get your hopes high romantically, only to be disappointed by circumstances beyond your control.
Then, the Moon will enter Gemini on Saturday night turning emotional matters into “food for thought” for the rest of the weekend. Still, don’t expect to want to spend all of your time thinking about love. On Sunday, the Sun will square off with Uranus making everyone yearn to break free from anything stale or boring. Including an outworn relationship.
This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*
* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.
Much of the day is good for being introspective and reflective, dear Aries. Doing otherwise can cause some anxiety or undue stress, at least until late evening when your curiosity is ignited and the need for variety takes hold. However, procrastination can have you busy doing many things, except the most important tasks. Be versatile tonight and tomorrow, when distractions are plenty and changes of plans are likely. Look for important signposts when it comes to home and family projects and plans. You’re more able to see areas that can be better organized.
Until late evening, the emotional tone of the day is set by your own sign with the Moon in Taurus until then, dear Taurus. Emotions are heightened and powerful, but easy to manage. Even so, there can be some tendency to waste time or to procrastinate. Later today, life slows down a little and emotions settle. You might be looking for new ways to make or spend money. Matters require more thought before taking action, as you’re far less impatient with the Moon out of your sign. You might also get new insight into an intimate relationship or personal problem, simply by seeing behavior patterns more clearly and objectively.
You can be quite fine on your own much of the day, dear Gemini, and can be content to withdraw into yourself and center yourself or digest recent events and reactions. The Moon enters Gemini later in the day, bringing emotions to the surface and some feeling of emotional urgency along with them! This is a time when you may be seeking validation, expression of your feelings, or simply a stronger connection with someone or something. Watch for impatience driving decisions and behaviors, but do acknowledge feelings you’ve buried.
Taking a more relaxed and creative approach to your life right now can do wonders for you, dear Cancer. The Moon spends time in your friendship sector and then, from late evening forward, your privacy sector. Both transits suggest a need to pull yourself away from competitive energies, although it may not be achieved easily at the moment. A feeling of camaraderie with others can lift your spirits and make you feel that you’re moving forward. While the need for people is strong today, later today your desire for privacy or some form of withdrawal emerges. You are more adept than usual at seeing where you need to heal from recent emotional disturbances.
This can be a good day for taking care of practical matters, tending to responsibilities, and putting in some extra effort with your work, dear Leo. There can be some feelings of being under watch or some guardedness, but this can help motivate you to do your best. Later today, good social vibes are coming your way. You are more able to let your guard down and enjoy yourself, and tend to seek out non-competitive, accepting people and situations. This can also be a good time for doing design or layout work, or for bringing more structure to a creative project.
Others tend to either agree with you or step out of the way to let you do your own thing for much of the day, dear Virgo. It’s not a time for idling, however, as you can be itching to do something different, to learn something new, or to experience something outside of the regular routine. While you may feel a little bogged down by responsibilities later afternoon, and this can prevent some of this exploration, try to allow some time for doing something different at other points of the day. Later today, more industrious, practical efforts bring rewards. The need for some structure in your life, or to reassess goals, can figure strongly now.
This should be a good day for strategy and analysis, dear Libra. Focus can be on money matters, shared resources, intimacy, and power dynamics in relationships. While emotions can be on the darker side, it’s unlikely to be unpleasantly so, as you can more easily get to the bottom of matters. This evening, the Moon swings into your adventure sector, lightening your mood and stimulating a restless desire to move forward, discover new things, and break the routine. Even so, it’s a fine time for seeing important patterns in your studies or work.
There are times when it’s both kind and prudent to allow a trusted person in your life take the lead or have the floor, dear Scorpio, and this is typically the case when the Moon is in your opposite sign, as it is for most of today. Taking care of others’ needs, particularly if you’ve been self-involved or busy lately, can be rewarding now. Later today there can be a strong urge to uncover a truth, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Alternatively, this energy could be felt through an important person in your life – he/she is looking for brutal honesty. Of course, care should generally be taken with sensitive topics, but sometimes it actually does us some good. It’s about putting something behind you.
This can be another good day for getting things done, dear Sagittarius, and especially the not so glamorous jobs that are necessary but often seem unappealing. Today, you’re more willing and patient to see the rewards of getting and feeling organized. Find ways to get caught up in your day, as keeping busy in this way can feel good. Also find ways to increase your efficiency or productivity. Later today, you’re more likely to unwind and crave others’ company. Plans tend to be in others’ hands tonight and tomorrow, but this gives you the chance to find a better balance in your relationships.
You can magnetize love, good vibes, and positive attention to you today, dear Capricorn, and it’s a good idea to take responsibility both in action and word. More than usual, your own frame of mind determines results, so make the most of it. Later afternoon, your emotions gear up to take care of the business of your daily affairs. Details matter more than usual to you now. Even so, your close relationships can benefit as you more clearly see their emotional value to you.
If you feel the urge to be alone or with only a trusted few, try to acknowledge and honor this feeling, and if possible, fulfill the need, dear Aquarius. This is a time for filling the well, so to speak – for recharging and finding your center. If you do so, late afternoon’s emotional shift towards sharing and self-expression will come more naturally and can be taken full advantage of. This is a time for turning yourself outward, so to speak, and sharing your creative self. Romance may be in the air as well.
Versatility equals strength today, dear Pisces. Be adaptable and don’t expect to focus on any one endeavor for too long. Open your mind to new ways of looking at things, and entertain a variety of perspectives instead. Later evening brings a natural instinct to move back into your emotional shell. It’s time to find some peace of mind and reassurance, and this can come through surrounding yourself with familiar faces and places. Security becomes more important to you than variety-seeking now in this brief but important cycle that gives you the opportunity to find your emotional center.
You are quick-witted, enthusiastic, and an eternal explorer. You are often assessing what things are worth, and are generally very good at it – you have good taste and a knack for finding worthwhile and valuable things. You enjoy traveling and learning, and you are forever seeking meaning and truths in life. Although you very much dislike routine, you are also very security-conscious and need to lay down roots. Famous people born today: Jessica Simpson, Arlo Guthrie, Adrian Grenier, Sofia Vergara.
Familiarity, the world of the five senses, and comfort are your tonic today, dear Aries. This is a good time to tend to practical affairs and/or to reconnect with the natural world. Your emotional state is strengthened by feeling secure and independent, so that efforts to get to these states will be especially satisfying, even if they are small efforts. Keep your mind peaceful now, and you can learn and gain insights into recent events or problems. Configurations support these things.
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Taurus, and it’s forming mostly easy aspects, suggesting a stronger sense that you can make what you want out of the day. It also helps you to easily find channels for expressing yourself. You have a zest for action today and you have much personal presence – you won’t go unnoticed right now. Others tend to support you, and a love interest can be especially intrigued. Your ability to communicate effectively boosts social relationships. It’s a good time for relaxing recreation as well, or for taking a break to refresh and rejuvenate yourself by either doing the things you most enjoy doing or simply bypassing the things that leave you feeling drained.
Good energy is with you for unwinding and detaching yourself emotionally from demanding situations, dear Gemini. This is a strong time for recuperation and regeneration if you can manage it. You may be in the need of more privacy, rest, or some other form of break until the Moon enters your sign tomorrow evening. You can come up with some great ideas about making money, doing business, and home improvement today; and work spent on solitary or private projects can benefit greatly. You can also have some personal epiphanies. Focusing on forgiveness can do wonders for you emotionally today.
This is a strong day for cooperation, gaining support, and even solving a problem or two, dear Cancer. You might come to an important agreement, find others quite accommodating and agreeable, and communication comes easily. There is sincere interest in one another so that relationships get a nice boost. There are times when standing out or calling special attention to your unique qualities is beneficial, but today its more about letting things flow around you, taking one for the team, and leaving your ego at the door so that you can truly enjoy others as your peers.
Others are drawn to you in subtle ways, and a gentle approach to the world serves you best today, dear Leo. Reputation is enhanced, particularly as you are clear in your value, both to the world and to individuals. The inner entrepreneur is alive and well today making this a good time for tending to business. You might also take action on a professional matter, and find the energy and gumption to push ahead. You could be in a position to take the lead on a matter, and this position always seems to become you!
You are more spontaneous than usual today, dear Virgo, and creative self-expression comes easily and naturally right now. You certainly are drawn to people with similar ideals and outlook, but you are also happy to interact with people who can expand upon these things, or introduce you to new things or ideas. You are attracting positive, happy, and forward-looking people into your life right now. Current relationships are a little spicier. You might inspire somebody with an idea or a unique perspective on a matter.
This is a strong day for observing things you might normally miss, dear Libra. Even so, connections made can be rousing. Observing and learning rather than jumping into action tends to be favored now, but it is also a good time for taking action on private matters. As introspective as you may be now, don’t totally hide yourself away, however, as there is likely to be interesting and possibly important information circling around you. Forgiveness and compassion can be highlighted today. It’s a wonderful time for healing, particularly if you aim to let go of emotional baggage, grudges, or resentment – you have cosmic support for this today!
Close relationships are on your mind today, dear Scorpio. You could be feeling more confident about pursuing a relationship, or for making amends with those close to you. You are an expert “middle guy” or go-between right now. Your capacity for compassion is enhanced right now, and your intuition is heightened. It’s not the best time for acting entirely independently or for making executive decisions, as you tend to thrive on others’ input, whether or not you actually use it! Having company is what it’s about, and company that you trust.
This is a good time for seeing and dealing with details, dear Sagittarius, and you may even enjoy the process today. Housework, organizing, or maintaining order in your life may be on the agenda, or at the very least the key to your emotional satisfaction at the moment. Getting the little things done helps free yourself up from guilt and worry. This is a strong day for gluing the pieces together, and feeling the satisfaction for having done so. You might also find yourself helping others or playing a supportive role, quite willingly.
Easy energy for fruitful, pleasing interactions with others is with you today, dear Capricorn, making cooperation a real potential now. Love feels warm, friendly, and even healing. You’re in the mood for special attention, and you are more likely to receive it if you express your own feelings sincerely and without expectation. For the time being, don’t try to think too far ahead. Figure things out one step at a time. Conservative planning is more likely to bring success in creative endeavors, as well as with a romance. Today has an easy kind of energy to it that doesn’t demand attention, but gets it anyhow.
The day holds good potential for feeling a real sense of inner peace and balance, dear Aquarius. You have a serene aura about you, and there is likely to be a chance to talk about difficult or complex emotional matters successfully, easily, and painlessly! Whether you’re relating on intellectual or emotional levels, you tend to know what to say, not in a superficial way, but due to a strong understanding. It’s a good time to rectify problems or misunderstandings if something needs repair. Share your vision with others – you’ll find a receptive audience.
This can be a busy time of your month, dear Pisces, with the Moon influencing your communications sector. The Moon’s easy aspects today can point to a happy kind of “busy”, with good news to share or receive and the chance to get a whole lot of little things done and behind you. You might also make important connections with others. While the day tends to favor little jobs that require small levels of concentration, you can quite successfully move ahead a project that involves teamwork today, as all seem to be in agreement. A potentially healing conversation might occur with a partner or best friend.
The Balance of the Elements & the Signs for July 10th, 2015
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
We can have a hard time adapting to changes and to others’ agendas.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination in growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Friday, July 10, 2015
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 23.90 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,842.07 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,088,331.81 km
Buttermilk encourages a smooth and creamy complexion. Just before you go to sleep, take this dream bath. Use this bath to empower, enrich and uplift you.
For this spell, you will need one-quarter cup of buttermilk powder, six drops of jasmine-scented oil, and one-quarter cup of sea salt.
As you stir all the ingredients into the bathwater chant:
Moon of Mead, empower my dreams.
Now, step into the bathwater. Soak for several minutes. As you do, say three times:
May the powers of the Mead Moon
Empower, enrich, and uplift me
By the lunar light, so shall it be!
Anoint yourself with a few drops of the scented oil after you towel off. Imagine being empowered, enriched, and uplifted by the natural powers of the moon and stars. Continue doing this as you drift to sleep.
Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Add saffron so that the ink will be golden-yellow. Vervain maybe added as well. Use this ink for love spells and spirit summoning spells. Unless you’re making a tremendous quantity of ink, a very few strands of saffron should be sufficient. Place the saffron strands in a glass and pour a little boiling water over them. Add this liquid to your ink formula.
Dove’s Blood Ink
Scent with essential oils of bay laurel, cinnamon and rose.
For Love Spells
Bat’s Blood Ink
Scent with essential oils of cinnamon and myrrh.
For commanding, domination and hexing spells.
A petition is usually a written wish. It involves asking Deities or Spirit for help and/ or guidance in an issue. Writing can be done with magickal inks with a quill or brush for an extra boost. If you’ve learned them, you can also write in the magickal alphabets that so many books contain. Personally, I’ve never bothered with them, but it may appeal to some. My advice is to only do so if you are comfortable with it and are doing it for a specific reason. Using magical alphabets for no purpose other than wanting to look like a know it all will not impress anyone, least of all Deity. But if you use them, be sure to check and double check your translations and how you’ve written or drawn the symbols. Writing magical petitions so poorly that you come across like a five year old is never a good thing.
Magical inks are available from many pagan stores or there are recipes on the internet for making them if you are that type of person. The most common are Bat’s Blood (for darker magics), Dove’s Blood (for love and growth) and Dragon’s Blood (for power). Bat’s Blood and Dove’s Blood inks may traditionally have been made with the blood of those creatures, but these days it’s a herbal and alcohol based brew. Some like to add a small amount of their own blood (be it 2 drops from a pricked finger or menstrual blood) when writing petitions. Be aware though, that your blood contains links to you and that you should always be careful about how the petition, or any leftover ink, is disposed of.
Many people suggest using parchment for magical writing. As true parchment is made from the skin of a calf or goat, it’s rather hard to come by and expensive when you do find it. Any paper will work, it can perhaps be coloured to work with your purpose, or be recycled and handmade— possibly with appropriate herbs added in during the making process.
As you write your petition, ask for the help you require. Be specific and be careful. If you make promises of offerings or sacrifices be sure that you follow through and understand what it is you are promising. If you don’t know the difference between an offering and a sacrifice I cover them in a later chapter.
A picture filled with your own symbolism can be used instead of or in conjunction with a written petition. Explain your need and pour it into the petition. Raise energy and pour that into the petition too.
Petitions to remove things about yourself can be inscribed in scraps of wood and burned in a Sabbat bonfire.
A simple petition spell to make someone back off and take a chill pill, if you like, is to write their name on paper or write them a letter. Put it in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer. I’ve gotten rid of a stalker this way, he came to no harm, but wasn’t so hot for me anymore. One friend used it to make her ex back off a bit. Leave it for as long as you feel it’s necessary.
What you do next with your petition is entirely up to you. Petitions have been mentioned in a number of uses in previous spells. They can be burned, wrapped around a talisman or bundle of herbs, carried in a bag or pouch, buried, the ash from a burned petition can go into a powder, a body of water, a wash, mixed with oil or ink and painted onto a talisman, or released into the air.
If you petition is to draw something to you, keep it nearby. If it is to remove something, get rid of it.
Up until the 1960s, the appearance of Lady Godiva, astride her white steed, was part of the procession held during the eight-day day Midsummer Corpus Christi festival. Unfortunately, the rowdy behavior and vulgar humor of the occasion drew Victorian disapproval. The parade was reinstated in 1969 but toned down considerably.
Godiva, Lady of Coventry, was the wife of Earl Leofric and a devout and generous patron of the church. She was considered to be saintly and blessed of God. Godiva begged her husband to free Coventry from tax until, angry at her persistence, he told her that if she rode naked across the crowded marketplace he would grant her request. She agreed but allowed lowed her hair to hang loose so that her whole body was veiled and only her legs exposed. Her husband considered this to be a miracle and lifted the tax.
Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!
Today Is …
Lady Godiva’s Day. Go horseback riding. Eat Godiva chocolates. Meditate on Amazon Goddesses associated with horses (e.g. Artemis, Epona).
Day of Holda. On this day, the Anglo-Saxon and Norse goddess of the Underworld is honored annually with prayers, the lighting of black candles, and offerings of rose petals.
On this day (approximately) a centuries-old festival is held in Douai, France. Wickerwork giants are paraded through the streets of the city to drive away evil-natured spirits and demons.
English: Procession of Lady Godiva ~ If you’re a woman with a horse, this is a good day to ride naked!
July 3-August 15. This was recognized by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabians and Polynesians. The Dog Days of Summer takes it’s name from the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The ancient words which we translate as “the Dog Star” could also be interpreted as “the little bitch bringing heat.” This is the hottest period in the Northern hemisphere of Earth.