Flames cling to their source of fuel in order to keep the fire burning. Likewise, in the human world, emotional attachment results from everything that radiates light or warmth is dependent upon something else. Through these dependencies we can see that all things are related, each thing to the other. Awareness of your own dependency on others is the key that unlocks the door to your true place in the world. No woman is an island.
Fire is also a symbol of liberation — sending out crackling molecules that fly away from home. Paradoxically, by clinging to what is balanced and true, we gain inner freedom.
Given perseverance on your part, this hexagram indicates success. In spite of challenges, cling to what is luminous in yourself, in others, and in life itself, never forsaking your belief in what is right. When events seem foreboding, or people seem oppressive, remember the good that has been and is yet to be. Holding to this idea is to cling to the power of the light and love within you.
Casting the Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Today
The Past Sowilo
The Sun Rune, denotes power and strength. That which you want may be attained. Sowilo also denotes mental clarity and added warmth to your relationships.
The Present Jera
Jera denotes positive, recurring cycles, fertility and a time to harvest rewards from your hard work.
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.
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.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Berkano
berkana : birch
fertility, health, new beginnings, growth, conception, plenty, clearance
healing (especially infections), achieving conception, making a fresh start
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
The birch is fundamentally a symbol of fertility. There are numerous instances in European folk tradition where birch twigs are used to bring prosperity and encourage conception. They were fixed above a sweetheart’s door on May Day in Cheshire, England, and were placed in stables and houses to promote fertility. On the continent, young men, women and cattle were struck with birch twigs for this same purpose, and young boys would be sent out to “beat the bounds of the parish” with branches of birch to ensure prosperity in the coming year. Witches were said to ride broomsticks made from birch, an image which probably originated with fertility rituals where dancers would ‘ride’ brooms through the fields, the height of their jumping indicating how high the grain should grow.
If teiwaz is the fundamental male mystery, then berkana certainly belongs to the women, for it represents the path of the mother, the healer and the midwife, bringing new life after death just as the birch puts out the first leaves after winter. While Tyr’s wound is acquired through his encounter with death, berkana’s wound is that of menstruation, and her ordeal is that of childbirth. The birch is abundant and all providing, and heals through nourishment, cleansing and empathy.
The Emperor is gifted with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order, provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t he may well become a tyrant.
When The Hierophant or Justice are among your personal cards, the influence of The Emperor may be increased. Having The Empress in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Emperor.
This card represents the dreamer in you, the idealist, the mystic. The Fool desires to do great things, but is often unaware of just how difficult great things are to do. He must always be very careful of the choices he makes, and remember knowledge is his ally. The Fool often symbolizes a new beginning, unrestrained optimism, and curiosity that hasn’t been dulled by time. While The Fool may well indicate a lack of experience or grasp of the pitfalls along the path he is taking, it is equally true that his lack of experience leads him to believe all things are possible, which brings even impossible goals within his grasp.
When The Hanged Man or The Star are among your personal cards, the influence of The Fool may be increased. Having The Devil in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Fool.
What is traditionally known as the Temperance card is a reference to the Soul. Classically female, she is mixing up a blend of subtle energies for the evolution of the personality. One key to interpreting this card can be found in its title, a play on the process of tempering metals in a forge.
Metals must undergo extremes of temperature, folding and pounding, but the end product is infinitely superior to impure ore mined from the earth. In this image, the soul volunteers the ego for a cleansing and healing experience which may turn the personality inside-out, but which brings out the gold hidden within the heart. (This card is entitled “Art” in the Crowley deck.)
Circumstances are such today that domestic and family matters tend to repair themselves, dear Aries. You are seeing things in a holistic way, particularly as it pertains to home, family, and personal matters, and this makes it a fabulous time for making long-term plans. You might also be sharing your ideas and plans with people close to you and enjoying the process. Finding support and building a positive self-image are important themes now, even if there can be some challenging energy in the next couple of days on this front. Stay grounded and accept compliments. There’s a more receptive environment for your ideas right now, generally speaking, and this helps you not only to get in touch, but to stay in touch, with your personal muse. Your ability to imagine possibilities and to express yourself creatively is enhanced today.
You might express an idea or opinion that is inspiring to, or well-received by others today, dear Taurus, or friends can be a source of inspiration. The more idealistic side of your nature is stimulated, and you might find that you’re giving of yourself through help, support, or services. Ideas and communications are more compassionate, interesting, creative, and fascinating. There is a calming or soothing way of looking at things now. You are looking for different, unusual topics or amusements now, as the ordinary is holding very little appeal for you at the moment! If relationships with classmates, siblings, friends, neighbors or other acquaintances can use some help or healing, today is excellent for making repairs. Understanding is intuitive and natural. Later today, however, you can reach a frustrating block in a partnership or family relationship.
While the Moon in your sign can often stimulate your more impatient and impulsive nature, there is a wonderfully soothing energy with you today that is likely to soften the rough edges, dear Gemini. You can come up with new ideas that help you improve the flow of your work, and you can be very imaginative when it comes to practical and business solutions. There can be experiences now that help boost your self-esteem and faith in yourself. This can be a time for taking positive steps for improving career, business, performance, and finances, especially if you deal with the more challenging energy of the next couple of days in this regard with a cool head and mindfulness. You might see ways to improve upon your reputation. Others are drawn to you in subtle ways, and a gentle approach to the world can find you at your best now.
The Gemini Moon today tends to have the effect of drawing you into your shell, dear Cancer, and extra alone time can help you take advantage of the positive energy with you today for making plans, working on self-improvement, and imagining possibilities. Feelings, and possibly complicated ones, that emerge today can help you to see your own insecurities more clearly, and thus allow you to learn from them. Fortunately, we are especially open to learning and improving today. Your personal charm is stronger or more noticeable today, and much of what you are doing now seems to have an alluring appeal. You may very well be in the position of role model or simply set a good example for others. You tend to be following your inner guide or muse, and this can encourage others to want to do the same. It’s easier than usual to put elusive concepts into words, so be sure to share.
Helpful, inspiring, or simply enjoyable conversations can figure prominently today, dear Leo. It’s a good time for combining logic and creativity, and for tending to practical matters with both realistic and positive thinking. Your mind might open to an idea or concept that you previously overlooked. It’s a good time for connecting and sharing something of yourself that helps others to open up as well. You may be a little withdrawn, but you’re still magnetic in a quiet way. You are doing your own thing, quite naturally, and this can really impress others. Someone could be putting their faith in you, and might take you into their confidence. As you get into better touch with your inner world with a number of planets, including your ruler, the Sun, in your solar twelfth house, a stronger sense of purpose can emerge. The next couple of days can be on the tense side, so do your best to center yourself now. You may be experiencing some of the more difficult energy as early as tonight, when you could encounter some feelings of rejection or blockage.
You might find it easier to put your worries aside today, dear Virgo, and truly enjoy yourself as a result. Relationships tend to be pleasant and supportive, possibly even feeling magical now, and agreements tend to be arrived at naturally and without strain. Cooperation with others, and also on business levels, tends to be a theme today. You might be coming to a comfortable conclusion that you need to make a change. There can be a new idea that humbles you or opens your mind to an important concept. You may be expanding your knowledge or experience through friends, networks, or associates. Your perspective is changing in a very positive way, and it can feel wonderful to see the world a little differently. Even so, tonight, there can be some worries or frustrations when it comes to expressing your feelings. This is a time for cutting back or reminding yourself of limits, without stifling your creativity in the process.
While actions do typically speak louder than words, you may very well say something today that touches and inspires someone, dear Libra. Take extra time to notice and appreciate the small gestures that show you are cared for. A little bit of compassion goes a long way right now. Business and reputation matters are especially important to you these days, and they are subject to ups and downs, but today you have added imagination and creativity benefiting you in these areas. It’s less about your talents now, as considerable as they are, and more about your effort that is being recognized. Your approach to achieving your goals is subtly different – improved and renewed, instead of habitual. Towards the end of the day, however, your ruler, Venus, is approaching a square with Saturn, and distancing behavior tonight can be driven by insecurities. Reflect on recent events, slow down, and give yourself space away from distractions.
A relationship can deepen through the sharing of something personal, private, or previously hidden now, dear Scorpio. Your ability to take the bad with the good is appreciated now. It’s a good day for sharing ideas and personal philosophies, and for acceptance of differing viewpoints. Conversations can be inspiring and uplifting. Your imagination can be harnessed and channeled into something productive. The atmosphere is ripe for change, especially in terms of activity and learning, as these can be a major path to empowerment. You could experience emotional distance or frustration in a relationship tonight, however, but if someone important to you seems distant or disinterested, try to detach yourself and go about your own business. Clinging or probing behavior will not get you anywhere.
Others could be drawn to you with fascination today, dear Sagittarius. Be willing to let go of a bad situation, habit, or attitude today, as that is the path towards attracting more positive into your life. With self-honesty, you’ll know what it is that needs to go. Imagination is wild but you’re able to harness it and put it to good use. Dreams and ideas that you come up with today can later take on substance, and your confidence in yourself will help get things going. It’s a good day for coming to agreements, respecting others’ ideas and input, or agreeing and feeling stronger for it. Conversations with family take on a compassionate, creative tone. Tonight, try to reflect rather than push. Avoid letting insecurities or fears drive behavior.
You could be feeling especially confident about relationships in your life much of the day, dear Capricorn. Easy energy is with you for expressing your more charming and creative side. There is more spontaneity and imagination in your conversations and interactions now. There can be extra courage to express yourself, your ideas, and your affections. As well, you’re approaching relating in a fresher way, rather than falling back on old, ineffective methods. Later today, however, you could face some limitations or blocks with your ruler, Saturn, in hard aspect with Venus. Creative energy is abundant when it’s with you today, but there can be some feelings of being unappreciated or there can be confused feelings for someone. Focus on things that truly matter rather than ride totally on the emotion of the moment.
You can have an easier time coming to an understanding or agreement with someone close to you, dear Aquarius. There is a natural flow happening that makes necessary adjustments natural and strain-free. Ideas that come to you today possess subtle flair and plans birthed now tend to have long-term worth. You might reach people in different ways or express yourself in ways that people are especially pleased with. There might be good business sense today, not necessarily regarding facts and figures, but more on the lines of design and creativity. You might bring something new, imaginative, fresh, or unique to business or work projects. Tonight, there can be some tricky energy in a partnership or other close relationship, and for some, worries about work or reputation, due to a Venus-Saturn square. There might be some disappointment with a person in authority. Use your intuition when it comes to interacting with a partner, as it will serve you much better than over-analyzing a situation.
There can be quite a bit of fun in simple chatting today, dear Pisces, and the details of what’s being said are not as important as the spirit behind the communications. This is a great time for coming up with fresh new ideas or adding wonderful imaginative details to projects and ideas you already have going. It’s all about the feeling, and you’re feeling it! You’re also coming across very well. You can find yourself on the same page with a partner or special friend. There might be some opening up involved in your interactions that feels good and bonds you closer. You might also repair or heal problem areas through sharing a lofty, encouraging belief. Tolerance, allowance for errors, and desire to learn and improve are all keys to success today.
You are a colorful, likable, and intelligent person, but you are not always well understood, probably due to a somewhat contradictory nature. You have a way with words, possess great wit, and your intuition is very strong. If lacking confidence, you tend to get into a rut; but at your best, you embrace your spontaneity. Your life path is not always easy, but with age and experience, you learn how to avoid worrying excessively about the future. Famous people born today: Henry David Thoreau, Bill Cosby, Cheryl Ladd, Milton Berle, Michelle Rodriguez, Topher Grace.
You are a little more curious and restless today than you have been recently, dear Aries. Resist the urge to rebel or to snap at others today if you feel that your plans, particularly revolving around home and family, are not coming together as quickly and efficiently as you’d hoped. Honor your need for a change of scene, then come back fresh. Get rid of extras and distractions so that you can figure out what you really need to do. There are times when your own inner rebel gets in the way of the calm and peace that you seek, and today, this can be obvious. There are ways of combining or answering to both needs for independence and for comfort.
There can be a restless and impatient atmosphere around you today, dear Taurus, with a Sun-Uranus square that tends to shake things up a little. This can be exciting on one hand, and unsettling on another. In your case, there is a tendency for something you say or express to cause a bit of a stir. There could be communication or transportation mix-ups to deal with today, but these can lead to the discovery of new channels for connecting that you may not have thought about otherwise. Don’t fret too much if your schedule is thrown off, as it can possibly result in an important discovery.
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Gemini, and this serves to increase your hunger for emotional connections. A Sun-Uranus square lends an unpredictable energy to the day. You might be feeling a little scattered, impulsive, or impatient. You’re more inclined to act from a place of emotion or eog than you are from reason, and this should be watched for. Even so, something that you’ve been sitting on may need to come out. There can be a tendency to feel possessive, or you could be prompted to make a defensive stand with a friend or group you’re attached to if you feel limited or restricted by someone.
The Moon is in your privacy sector all day, dear Cancer, and this signals a need for some reflection and rest. Even so, the day feels a little unstable and unpredictable. There can be surprises related to career, rules, and responsibilities. If you’re feeling discontented, try to find its source. Something needs to change, and it’s better if you identify what it is rather than letting change happen to you. If you can’t find the source, then consider taking steps to reduce stress, such as through exercise. You can feel put upon if your responsibilities are too great, so you might want to look to reduce your burdens, even in small ways. Consider also adjusting your manner if you’ve been more provocative than you realize when dealing with others.
You have a stronger need than usual to take some time out, for psychic space, and some level of retreat these days, dear Leo, but a Sun-Uranus square today can point to disruptions on this front. A significant other may not be seeing eye to eye with you, and may not appreciate your withdrawal, for example. A desire to expand, grow, learn, and connect could be pulling you away from more healing activities. This is a good time, in fact, for confronting aspects of yourself or past choices that may be blocking current success, but today, distractions can be plenty, as you feel strong desires pulling you in different directions. Finding a way to balance all that you want to do and what you feel you should do for better mental health can be difficult, but vital now.
You could experience some tension and/or impatience today, dear Virgo, as you deal with conflicting feelings for someone or for a project. Look for ways to make changes, even if you’re feeling ready to dump something altogether, unless of course you’ve given things a lot of thought. Taking a breather from what is frustrating you can also help. It’s time to do something differently or to change your methods. Accept surprises rather than let them discourage you, because in the process, you might discover something entirely new and very valuable. Areas where you have felt confined or limited can be extra sensitive today, but instead of rebelling against what feels like pressure to conform or to fit in, consider more constructive, moderate ways to reduce the tension or to express your individuality.
Relationships with others can be distracting today, dear Libra, and could possibly interfere with your work or even your reputation. Try not to worry too much about what people are doing (or not doing) and prioritize your own work, needs, and goals, or your performance could very well suffer. Identify areas of your life that require a change or a new approach instead of falling back on the same behaviors that keep frustrating patterns alive. If someone is giving you space when you’d prefer to be close, let it happen and then take the time to carefully examine what it is you want and need. Don’t allow yourself to be at the beck and call of a person who doesn’t return the favor. The Moon in your adventure sector all day can help you to find your own paths to fulfillment, without having to rely on others.
Restlessness today may very well be a need for a change of pace, dear Scorpio, if you look at things closely. One of the lessons of the Sun-Uranus square occurring today is that if you stick too rigidly to a routine or plan, you may not learn a better method or something new and helpful. Aim to adapt and to be flexible if there are changes of plans. Even so, your patience can be tested today, as schedule problems and lack of organization can get in the way of your bigger plans. Resolve to take better care of details going forward, and avoid putting all of the blame on others or circumstances if it’s clear you didn’t prepare well.
You are hungry for more from life than the ordinary these days, dear Sagittarius, and perhaps a little more from the people in your life as well. Even so, your approach to the world can be so playful or even flippant at times that it’s hard for others to know that you may be looking for more. Watch that you’re not giving off mixed signals. In truth, it can be difficult to let go of the “free spirit” image and approach, and hard to know when and if you want things to be more serious. It can certainly be difficult knowing where to direct the energy of all of these excess and conflicting feelings, so it will be extra important to take the time to get in touch with what you truly want. Even so, don’t think in black and white terms of “either/or”, because a combined or divided-attention approach can also work for you.
There can be unrest in your close relationships today, dear Capricorn, but this can be managed quite expertly if you aim to be flexible and more self-aware. It may be too easy to feel that changes are being forced upon you by others or by circumstances. However, if you look within, you may very well discover that you are in need of a change of pace. Taking steps to make your own changes is the path that empowers rather than waiting for the rest of the world to decide what needs to change. Watch for rebellious reactions. Don’t allow a change of plans or schedules to throw you off balance.
With a Sun-Uranus square today, dear Aquarius, there can be difficulty coming together in agreement with others, as people may be too wrapped up in their own needs and wants, particularly as they relate to freedom an individuality. You are no stranger to this energy – you understand it well – but there can be times when the day’s unpredictable energies throw you a little off center. You could be bothered by someone’s opinion, unreasonable requests or demands, or very sudden changes of heart or changes of plans. Aim to be as flexible as possible now, or you could spend the day in a state of frustration. In fact, a shuffling of responsibilities or activities may lead to good things or good times, if you allow yourself to enjoy the change of pace.
The need to nurture yourself in some manner is present today, dear Pisces. From time to time, we need to remind ourselves that we are “safe”, and with the Moon transiting your sector of home and family, this is the kind of mood you’re in. However, you will need to entertain the idea that some things need to change. As the day advances, it can be difficult to remain patient, but it’s important to avoid nervous tension, which can challenge your ability to see things clearly. If you’re restless or bored, then you could be inclined to take risks. Be aware that you may be overpaying, either emotionally or literally, or both! Identify the source of tension and work on breaking through fears.
Break out the big guns because while family matters may shine for you this week, communication will be dicey in the romance department! It’s not going to be pretty. Read all about it!
Monday, July 13: Mercury trine Neptune
On Monday, Mercury will trine Neptune and you may think you’re starting the week off in a way that is too good to be true…
Tuesday, July 14: Venus in Leo square Saturn
Enjoy the dreamy mental state while you have it because by Tuesday, Venus will square off with Saturn and you might feel an extraordinary level of tension between you and your partner. You’re not feeling the love for some reason, and it’s quite possible that your mate simply doesn’t have the ability to give you what you want right now.
Wednesday, July 15: New Moon in Cancer; Mars opposite Pluto; Mercury opposite Pluto
On Wednesday, a New Moon in Cancer does suggest a glorious opportunity for a fresh start in a domestic or real estate matter. You may hear news from a relative during this time but if so, your reaction will be unpredictable. That’s because Mars and Mercury will also oppose Pluto on this day.
Thursday, July 16: Mercury conjunct Mars
On Thursday, Mercury will conjunct Mars. You might feel as if you have to fight and argue with all of your might in order to turn the page on a family situation. Or, it’s possible that the new beginning in your family life has to do with clearing the air with one of your relatives. It might pinch just a little more than you’d like, but family is worth it.
Saturday, July 18: Venus enters Virgo
Finally on Saturday, Venus enters Virgo — but next week she’ll turn retrograde. Now it’s time to re-assess the value of a relationship. Is it productive in your life or does it set up a feeling of you doing all the work and sacrifice without any reward? You might begin to second guess whether or not a potential relationship is ever going to be what you want it to be. Perhaps there’s a lesson about accepting less-than-perfect conditions. Love is messy — but worth it.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for Sunday, July 12th
Agile, versatile, inquisitive, flowing, conversational, airy, many ideas. Can be volatile, superficial, changeable, restless and inconsistent.
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.
There can be a lack of desire, interest, or skills regarding practical affairs. We may not be very much in touch with reality. Difficulties concentrating, grounding ourselves.
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.
Disruptions can pull up buried frustrations, which we should probably examine more closely. Aim to learn something new about yourself today.
•The Moon is in Gemini all day (until Tuesday, July 14th, at 2:13 AM)
•The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase until 4:38 AM/ the Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase from 4:38 AM forward.
•The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 8th and a New Moon will occur on the 15th.
•Venus is direct and is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Venus will retrograde from July 25-September 6).
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 – Sunday, July 12, 2015
Phase: Waning Crescent Illumination: 14% Moon Age: 25.98 days Moon Angle: 0.53 Moon Distance: 376,843.97 km Sun Angle: 0.52 Sun Distance: 152,078,921.91 km
This charm uses the power of the elements to give yourself added energy to carry on in your quest for a better life. Like four Goddesses, who are sisters, the elements each have their own unique quality that is powerful by itself, but when combined, become even more divinely powerful.
You will need a piece of carnelian and a red candle.
Wash the carnelian in cool water for at least a minute before using it as a charm. Draw a circle of light and call in the elements. Light the red pillar candle, and dedicate it to the four sisters:
Sisters of the earth, wind, fire, and water
Let your light shine bright tonight
With the piece of carnelian in your power hand, move to the north point of the circle, and call out:
Divine sister of earth
Give me strength.
Moving to the east point, call out:
Divine sister of air
Give me hope.
Moving to the south point, call out:
Divine sister of fire
Give me creativity.
Moving to the west point, call out:
Divine sister of water,
Give me love.
Now that the piece of carnelian has been programmed with the power of the four sisters and their corresponding elements, keep it near you as a reminder of your internal strength and determination. When you are done, bid farewell to the elements and pull up the circle. Allow the candle to safely burn down.
Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Take a broad, thin piece of bark. Put it into a bright fire until it catches flame, then quickly set it a little distance from the fire.
When it has stopped burning, carefully stare at the symbols visible in the charred and ash-laden wood.
Light a fire of oak wood, if possible. When much of the wood has been reduced to glowing pieces of charcoal, pick up one carefully with a pair of tongs or shovel and throw it immediately into a stream or pot of cold water. It will sizzle and pop. As it does, visualize the disease leaving the body of the afflicted person. Repeat this operation three more times.
To communicate with others Write a letter to a distant friend as if you were going to mail it. Next, light a blazingly hot fire and throw the letter into it, firmly visualizing the person’s face. You should receive a reply.
The Sun And Glass Spell
Make a drawing of a problem or negative influence in your life on a piece of paper. On a bright, sunny day, take the paper outside with a magnifying glass. Lay the paper on a heat-proof surface and hold the magnifying glass so that its power is concentrated on the center of the paper.
As the paper begins to burn say:
Through glass the sun’s bright rays of light
put ill and misfortune to flight.
No more shall you harm me or mine.
Begone! I charge you in this sign.
The problem should clear up.
An anti-fire charm
To protect your home from the ravages of a devastating fire, place some mistletoe in a blue drawstring bag, douse it thoroughly with cold, clear water, and then immediately hang it in the “heart” of the house where you and your family spend most of your time.
Or, light a piece of wood and burn to ash. Wet the ashes, let them dry, and hang in a blue drawstring bag. It is done.