Magickal Goody of the Day
Lammas Charm for Gathering in Abundance
You will need:
A broom or beson
Ribbon (traditional Lammas colors, green(for abundance) or gold(for prosperity and gathering)
A Sprig of Mint
As far as the broom or beson goes, any broom/besom will do as it is always the intent of your actions that are important. If you don’t have a broom then collect a bundle of twigs and tie time at the top with your ribbon to make a hand shaped broom. The broom/besom is a potent symbo of hearth and home, found in some form in almost every home. It is a traditional magickal tool useful for everyday charms as it has the imprint of its owner firmly on it.
Next take your sprig of mint (ideally from your own garden, or dried mind – put in a pouch. The mint represents abundance and plenty and is easily accessible to obtain.
Take your broom and tie your ribbon around the top. Tie in your sprig of mint or securely fasten your pouch. Take your broom outside, place both hands on the stave and focus on your intention – gathering in the harvest for winter. Turn slowly three times in a clockwise direction then start to sweep towards your door saying:
“By one, two, three and four, sweep Lammas gifts to my door. May abundance be a constant friend by my hearth till Winter’s end.”
If you don’t have an outside space, you can sweep from your front door inwards to either you kitchen or hearth.
Repeat this three times, take your besom back into your house and put it in its usual place. You can leave the ribbon on for as long as you want to. If you have made your own broom you can place it where you consider the heart of your home to be. You can return the mint to the earth and be sure to say thank you for the use and gift of it.
Gemstone of the Day
The name Pyrite comes from the Greek word “pyr” (fire) because pyrite emits sparks when struck by steel.
Specific Gravity: 4.95–5.10
Chemistry: FeS2 Iron Sulfide
Crystallography: Isometric Diploidal
Fracture: Very uneven, sometimes conchoidal
Streak: Greenish-black to brownish-black
Healing: Pyrite is used to tprevent and to treat DNA damage. It is also used in the treatment of Bronchitis and other lung diseases. And it is used to lower fevers and related inflammation.
Magical Workings: Pyrite is an excellent stone to use when shielding against negative energy. Carry this stone when engaged in hazardous types of work. Pyrite is also useful in memory enhancement. It helps one to communicate more openly and honestly, providing both emotional and physical protection. Pyrite is also used to ease the discomfort of menstruation.
Folks in ancient Mexico made scrying mirrors out of pyrite; they were created by polishing one side flat, to use for scrying, while the rounded side was carved with mystical symbols to assist in the scrying process.
Pyrite is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number 3.
Chakra Applications: Pyrite is used to open and energize the Kundalini/Root chakra. Pyrite also vibrates to the solar plexus chakra, thus strengthening ones will.
Foot Notes: Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool’s gold because of its resemblance to gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock, as well as in coal beds, and as a replacement mineral in fossils.
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Herb of the Day
Medicinal Uses: Oat gruel is a mild nutritious aliment, of easy digestion in inflammatory cases and fevers. It is found useful also as a demulcent enema and boiled into a thick paste makes a good emollient poultice.
Magickal Uses: Oats are used in money and prosperity spells.Oats are feminine and its planet is Venus. It is associated with the Element of Earth.
Properties: Nervine, stimulant, antispasmodic, diuretic; emollient; refrigerant. Oats contain starch, gluten, albumen and other protein compounds, sugar, gum oil, and salts. Oat grains are high in carbohydrates and contain about 13 percent protein and 7.5 percent fat. They are a source of calcium, iron, vitamin B1, and nicotinic acid.
Growth: Annual growing to 1.5m. The wild oat was first found in western Europe, apparently as a weed mixed with barley. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by Wind.
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Your Daily Influence
August 2nd, 2015
The Devil Reversed
The reversed Devil signifies a spiritual rebirth, freedom from the preoccupation with the secular and the overcoming of pride and selfishness.
Berkano reversed may foretell family problems and dissatisfaction. Your life path my not be clear to you at this time. Be careful to protect that which is yours.
The tortoise represents the dome of the sky, the universe. It tells you to take slow, deliberate steps and you can acheive everything you desire.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
Today’s Witches Rune
Meaning: The first meaning of this rune is quite obvious: it represents women. Any woman that is important in the question, whether you know her or not, will be represented by this rune. Mother, sister, aunt, grandma, a female boss, friend, lover or even enemy… all can be symbolized by the appearance of this rune.
In a more general sense, this rune is related to traditional female abilities and characteristics, such as giving birth, nurturing, comforting and healing. When this rune appears, you can count on the sympathy of others towards you or your situation. In its most negative aspects, the Woman rune can show over-protectiveness, a patronizing attitude or co-dependency. It often strives to maintain the status quo, refusing to change even if the situation is bad.
The Woman rune is connected to nurturing – nurturing a relationship, a person or a project. Like the Moon rune, it can be related to finding a safe place to rest and heal, but while the Moon implies a solitary retreat, the Woman often shows that you need to go back to the people you trust, the people you feel safe with.
Healing is another strong aspect of this symbol, as well as teaching. You can be both the patient/student or the healer/teacher when this rune appears. This rune is also connected to creativity, but in a way that is different from the Romance rune. While the latter is about the conception of a project – the initial stages of creation – the Woman is about the birth of this project. When your creation is brought out into the world, fully manifested.
In relationship readings, this rune isn’t bad, but rather weak. While it can indicate subtle ties between people, these are usually so, so subtle that the partners can easily drift away from each other. It can show that one of the partners sees the other as someone who needs to be protected and healed, rather than an equal. Usually, the romance is a bit stagnated when this rune appears, or very close to becoming a friendship.
Your Spiritual Journey Australia
Today’s I Ching Hexagram
August 2nd, 2015
61: Mutually Trusting
Develop mutual trust amongst your group. Trust will hasten success.
Line One of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Learn to trust those around you. Give them the benifit of doubt.
Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Manage fairly and everyone will enjoy success.
Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 6:
You may be at a turning point. Think through any plan carefully.
Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Deal with problems swiftly.
Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do what you must to gain the trust of those around you.
Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Now is a time for action.
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
Phonetic equivalent: b
- DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
- fertility, health, new beginnings, growth, conception, plenty, clearance
- MAGICAL USES:
- healing (especially infections), achieving conception, making a fresh start
- ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
- Frigg, Idunna
- 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.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow….
Your Horoscopes for Monday, August 3rd
We don’t know whether to say yes or no today as expansive Jupiter dynamically squares constrictive Saturn. We’re confident one minute yet pensive the next. The fanciful Pisces Moon clouds our path and it’s nearly impossible to find an objective reality. Thankfully, a lunar trine to Saturn helps us gain clarity about the future, while the Moon’s shift into spontaneous Aries at 7:23 pm EDT empowers us to choose a direction without looking back.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You wake up believing you can do anything today, but reality has a different tale to tell. Oddly enough, you won’t likely be surprised if you run into an obstacle. It’s as if your inner parent warned you to be more practical and you weren’t willing to listen. Thankfully, it’s not too late to change your ways. A more cautious approach to reaching your goals will take you further than running on enthusiasm. The trick to getting something accomplished now is honoring the opposite messages at play.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might be tempted to take the day off today, but avoiding your responsibilities won’t make them disappear. The fact of the matter is people are counting on you now and you don’t want to let them down. Fortunately, your dependable nature motivates you to be there for those who need you the most. It turns out there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to show up and save the day. Being a superhero is better than staying at home and missing all the action.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Beginning a project is one thing but finishing it is something entirely different today. You can talk a good game, but sooner or later others are going to expect you to put your words into action. But it’s more complicated than it seems if you’re not clear about your own objectives. Nevertheless, it may be wise to set your personal needs aside for a while and focus on the demands of work. The sooner you set a sustainable pace the more successful you will be by the end of the day. Start off small and build momentum as your confidence grows.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You have high hopes today, but you could easily underestimate the resources required to complete a job. You might begin by putting all your marbles on the table, but this unrestrained approach encourages you to blow through your time and money without much to show for your efforts. From a practical perspective, planning in advance makes a huge difference. A little self-discipline right from the start ensures you will have what you need down the road.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You feel like you should be the star of the show, but could be dismayed to discover there’s no audience. With so many planets in your demonstrative sign, you want it to be all about you today, but there are other factors to consider. Instead of rushing around to prove what you can do, spend your time creating a solid foundation for everyone else to build upon. You may not be admired in the way you prefer, but others will deeply appreciate your contributions in the long run.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
It’s nearly impossible to resolve the ongoing dissonance between your imagination and the current events in your life. Obviously, you know the difference between the subjective and objective realms, but you believe that your dreams could alter the outcome if your intentions are pure. To some extent this is true, but you still must start with the mundane now and work toward the spiritual, not the other way around. Maintaining a healthy flow between the inner and outer worlds is effective only when it’s a two-way street.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Seeking support and recognition from others is an exercise in futility today. No matter how much acknowledgment or love you receive, it may still feel like you’re not getting what you deserve. Nevertheless, self-esteem begins with loving yourself; instead of looking everywhere on the outside for validation, focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. When you perform at your highest potential without expecting anything in return, people will sit up and take notice.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
No matter how hard you work today, there’s still more to do. However, you might be further along on your path than you realize. Sometimes, you can’t see the results of your efforts right away, like when you’re climbing a hill. Until you reach the summit, you don’t have a wide enough perspective to see how far you’ve traveled. Continue on your present route without making any major changes until you gain the objectivity you need. Don’t veer off track when you’re so close to your destination.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
All the promises in the world won’t overcome your current self-doubt if you’re stuck on a memory of a past failure. You may not have the luxury of engaging in a long, drawn out emotional process. Instead, acknowledge the inarguable facts and start from there. Be as realistic as possible about your goals, but don’t stop believing in your dreams. Persistence is your secret weapon in your battle against the clock.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
It might seem as if the group process is hampering your progress today. Or it’s possible that people are really working against your efforts. Instead of trying to lead everyone along on your chosen path, you might have to give up your high expectations of harmonious teamwork. Don’t be afraid to separate yourself from the pack. You can’t get around the complexity when multiple points of view are involved. Thankfully, you can clarify your own trajectory by setting firm boundaries and sticking to your agenda.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your career objectives may be in direct conflict with your personal goals now. Your job-related duties prevent you from connecting with those you love in the way you wish. Unfortunately, you must make choices because you can only spread yourself so thin. Normally, you could rely on the advice of others to help you with your dilemma, but they are likely to encourage you to follow your heart. Nevertheless, the logical solution is to accept that it’s appropriate to refocus on work for the time being. Once you can measure your professional progress, you’ll have more time to revitalize your personal life.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Putting all your eggs in one basket might seem necessary, yet success comes at a high price now. If you want to shine professionally, you have to prove you have the determination and discipline to reach your goals. Unfortunately, you may be distracted by a string of unimportant diversions that steal your time. However, no one is taking anything from you; it’s your decision where to focus your awareness. You’re standing at a fork in the road; consider the pros and cons of each path before picking the one that suits you best.
If You Were Born Today, August 2
You are witty, charming, creative, and independent, although you thrive when in partnership and love the security of a long-term relationship. You are especially talented at the art of persuasion. This is a good birthday for entertainers and salespeople, although there is always a need or craving for down time – a simpler life. Your ability to get what you want can lead some of you down the wrong path, but rarely for long, as you are also good-hearted and prefer not to take advantage of others. You are both materially and spiritually inclined and will do what it takes to live as free from restriction and control as possible. Famous people born today: Peter O’Toole, Carrol O’Connor, James Baldwin, Edward Furlong, Mary-Louise Parker.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, August 2nd
You can feel exceptionally romantic or simply confident and expressive today, dear Aries, with a lot of activity in your solar fifth house. The energy is quite creative but a little volatile, so that there can be some ups and downs in how you’re perceiving things. It could be that a conversation that was well overdue occurs now, something that clears the air, or news stimulates a desire to reconsider pursuit of a goal. Some doubts could enter the picture later today and tomorrow, but these can serve to simply slow you down – it doesn’t need to stop you in your tracks. The Moon is in your retreat sector all day, encouraging you to take some time away from overly demanding or competitive situations.
There can be an important conversation or news today that makes you quite hopeful about a family situation, or that serves to motivate you to push forward with domestic plans, dear Taurus. Some of you could be clearing the air about a past matter and seeing opportunities to put the negative elements of the past behind you, particularly in a relationship with a loved one. Be courageous now, even if someone seems to be putting a damper in your plans, or if you face criticism later today. While family is in sharp focus, you’re also very tuned in to friends, groups, and networking.
Conversations can be especially progressive, enthusiastic, and spirited this morning, dear Gemini. You might have an overdue talk or something is said that helps to clear the air. Later today, however, you might be a little more guarded and could feel as if you’ve been misunderstood. Keep an open mind today, and look for opportunities to discover new interests. Friends can inspire you to think creatively or could help give you the courage to try something new. The Moon is in your public sector all day, encouraging sticking to the rules and tradition, and stimulating your ambition.
There can be a strong focus of interest and conversation on business matters, money, personal possessions, and basic values today, dear Cancer. There can be good news or something that makes you feel especially confident and hopeful about the future, especially along practical lines. While energy is generally forward-looking and even electric at times, tonight and tomorrow, you might have to face a reality that at first disappoints you, but that should only serve to slow you down rather than halt your plans altogether. Slowing down can often help you to make important adjustments. Look for a middle ground in any conflicts you might have with a significant other. Spending may need to be reined in.
You have considerably more impact than usual today, dear Leo, and typically you already have quite a bit! You may be expressing yourself courageously this morning. Others are likely to receive you quite well right now, although generally speaking you should be watching the way you express yourself these days. Higher education pursuits can thrive. Finding yourself on the same (or similar!) page with a significant person in your life can be rewarding. A constructive conversation with a friend or associate can figure prominently today. Your need to be heard is significant right now and you can count on others listening. Draw on courage to assert your independence without alienating others. Later today and tomorrow, there could be a letdown or a sudden need to step on the brakes with a project if you’ve been pushing too hard.
You might reawaken a topic from the past today, dear Virgo, or have new insight into an old issue. There can be a good feeling of purging or release involved with bringing something to light. Your inner world is animated, and you could have a strong sense that right now is the time to make important inner changes. New opportunities can emerge that turn your attention to matters behind the scenes. As the day advances, there could be some feelings of regret or fear that you’ve revealed too much, or you could discover that others are not very receptive to your needs. We are closing in on a Jupiter-Saturn square exact early tomorrow that can point to a hurdle to leap. Transportation, communication, or mechanical matters can slow you down or present delays.
Your social life can be up and down or quite animated today, dear Libra. Aim to be open to possibilities and to making changes related to a partner or friend. Self-expression comes easily now, and you may be developing decent rapport with people around you. Later today, there can be a temporary drop in confidence that leads to negative thinking or the second-guessing of recent openness. Use this as a time for examining your goals and perhaps making some adjustments to them, but before making sweeping changes, wait things out in order to come to a more balanced decision, as today can be up and down and rarely middle ground. Tomorrow’s Jupiter-Saturn square can stimulate a reality check, particularly along material or financial lines.
You might receive special attention today, dear Scorpio, especially in a professional sense. While in a general sense we tend to turn to the past for answers, today brings good energy for getting over things, living in the present and looking forward to the future, rather than dwelling on the past. New insights into your career path or simply a work project can emerge today that can truly propel you forward. Later today, something that’s communicated could be taken the wrong way, or you could be rethinking recent ideas or communications. Some of you might even feel a bit slighted. You may feel the need to make adjustments to how you approach others as a result. Take your time weighing pros and cons, but do consider all of your options. The Moon in your recreation and self-expression sector all day can help boost your mood.
For much of the day, you can feel quite inspired, faithful, and trusting, dear Sagittarius. Good advice is circulating, and you may just as well receive or give it. You could in fact speak words of wisdom that inspire someone. There can be a strong temptation to speak about a matter or voice an opinion today. Later, however, you may feel the need to revisit plans or statements. While travel, romantic, or creative opportunities can be opening now, there can be some doubts later today that are temporary and can serve a good purpose if they slow you down enough to see an important detail that you previously missed. If they only serve to bring you down, take a second look.
You can be in an investigating frame of mind today, dear Capricorn, with a lot of activity in your solar eighth house. It’s up and down, however, so that while you can discover interesting new things, there can be something that brings you down or disappoints you now. Know your limits. Listen, observe, and process before jumping to conclusions. There can be a strong desire or an opportunity to speak about a private, hidden, or taboo matter today. You may be clearing the air now, and feeling some form of release as a result. Tonight, try to push yourself above your insecurities. If you let fear rule, you may miss an opportunity to get closer to someone. However, heed signs to slow down if you see them.
You may get quite an earful today, dear Aquarius. People in your life can be especially verbal, and you can be very supportive as you bring new light to a problem or good advice to the table. Generally favorable, forward-looking energy is with you, even if there may be a small struggle with a decision. Don’t let uncertainty or insecurity interfere with grabbing an opportunity to learn more about a person or relationship, or for meeting new people. The Moon, now in your solar second house, brings you down to earth. With Saturn energy heavy in the air, this week can bring reality checks, but you’re also in an especially practical frame of mind. You’re coming across very well today, and there can be a meeting of minds.
Unusual and interesting elements on the job or in your daily routine can be in focus today, dear Pisces. Look for new ways of approaching your work or services, and for new or alternative health programs. Social elements might interfere with productivity today, or there could be some disappointment experienced later today as you face a reality about a situation. However, this shouldn’t destroy your confidence or motivation levels – you simply need to look for ways to work around roadblocks. The Moon is in your sign all day, pulling up previously buried emotions and increasing both visibility and decisiveness.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for Sunday, August 2nd
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
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 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.
BALANCE OF MODES
We are thinking about the long view, seeking out security and stability rather than change. We may be committed, focused, resistant to making changes, and stubborn.
Astrology of Today – August 2, 2015
Saturn turns direct this morning, bringing strongly Saturnine energy to our days, and is about to form a square with Jupiter. This week can bring tests of sturdiness to our plans. Today’s ideas are inventive.
- The Moon is in Pisces all day (until Monday, August 3rd, at 7:23 PM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase.
- A Full Moon occurred on July 31st and a Last Quarter Moon will occur on August 6th.
- Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
- Saturn is at a direct station in late Scorpio. Saturn will complete its transit of Scorpio on September 17th.