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.