Different Kinds Of Magick

Different Kinds Of Magick

What is certain is that whether folk customs or more formal ceremonies are used, the underlying principles of all types of white magick are the same throughout the world, and can be categorised
under the following headings.

Sympathetic Magick

This involves performing a ritual that imitates what you would desire in the outer world, so bringing on to the material plane a desire or need or wish from the inner or thought plane. This is done using appropriate tools and symbols. So in a spell for the gradual increase of money, for example, you might grow a pot of basil seedlings (a herb of prosperity) and light a green candle.

Contagious Magick

This involves transferring and absorbing power directly from a creature or an object, such as an animal, a bird, a crystal, a metal, the wax of an empowered candle or even the Earth itself. This principle is central to the potency of talismans and amulets; for example, traditionally, hunters might wear the pelt of a lion to bring them the beast’s courage and ferocity. So, by the same token, if you wished to become pregnant, you might make love in a newly ripening cornfield (near the edge so as not to damage the crops); alternatively, you might try one of the ancient power sites of Earth, close to the phallus of the chalk Cerne Abbas fertility giant that is carved in the hillside at Cerne in Dorset.

Attracting Magick

This type of magick embraces both sympathetic and contagious magick to bring you something you desire. For example, you could scatter pins across a map between the places you and a lover live and with a magnet collect them, while reciting:
Come love, come to me, love to me come, if it is right to be.

You would then place your pins in a silk, heart-shaped pincushion or a piece of pink silk, also in the shape of a heart, and leave it on the window ledge on the night of the full moon, surrounded by a circle of rose petals.

Banishing And Protective Magick

This involves driving away negative feelings, fears and influences by casting away or burying a focus of the negativity. For example, you might scratch on a stone a word or symbol representing some bad memories you wished to shed, and cast the stone into fast-flowing water. Alternatively, you could bury it, together with quick-growing seeds or seedlings to transform the redundant into new life.

Binding Magick

Binding magick has two functions, one to bind a person in love or fidelity and the other to bind another from doing harm. This may be done in various ways, using knots in a symbolic thread, or by creating an image of the object or person and wrapping it tightly. But all binding can be problematic in terms of white magick, for whatever method you use, you are very definitely interfering with the person’s karma, or path of fate.

However, it is tempting to think that if someone is hurting animals, children, the sick or elderly, you may be justified in binding them. And what if your partner has deserted you on the whim of passion, taking all the money and leaving you and your children penniless? These are very real dilemmas; in dealing with them, I have always performed such rituals adding the proviso”… if it is right to do so.’ I believe that it is essential to include that phrase in all binding magic rituals.

My friend Lilian, a white witch and healer, used to wrap the perpetrators of crimes in a mantle of pink and visualise them in a sea of tranquillity so that they might be diverted from a destructive course of action. However, I usually cast a protective barrier around the victims and I think this is the best answer to a very difficult problem. We must harm none, not even the evil, hard though it is, and we should leave the punishment to natural justice.

In my own experience, few who find happiness at the expense of others achieve more than temporary, superficial pleasure, and in time they do seem to end badly. We should never use magick in order to act as judge and jury. After all, some who do act badly do so only out of unhappiness or ignorance.


A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Folk Magick And Ritual Magick

Folk Magick And Ritual Magick

Whether you are casting a simple spell, using items from your kitchen cupboard, or performing a complicated group ceremony, the source of the power behind it is the same. Every spell or ritual involves channeling the life force that runs through all forms of existence and transforming it into higher spiritual energies. These spiritual powers include our own evolved self, which some say is formed through many lifetimes, and the higher divine cosmic energies, such as a supreme god or goddess, or, more abstractly, some sort of divine light, spirit and goodness.

Magick for healing, it must be said, is not so far removed from the prayers of conventional religions, whose positive influence is well documented. The same effect can be created whatever the focus or faith, and I know from personal experience that positive results can be achieved when a Wiccan coven sends healing light to a sick member or a friend.

For hundreds of years, angels have been invoked in magick, just as in religion, both for protection and to act as vehicles for healing or positive energies. Practitioners of white magick may focus on particular aspects of a god or goddess figure, or benign power, personified through different deities from many age and cultures.

When I began practising magick ten years ago, I found it very artificial to invoke a goddess who belonged to another time and culture. However, I have since found that such symbols do hold a great deal of power and therefore can concentrate specific energies. I have listed in Chapter 4 a number of deities that seem to be especially potent in ritual or as a focus for meditation. But if you do not find them helpful, there is no need to use them.

Most rituals are related to the basic human needs for health, love, fertility and prosperity.

In past time, the well-being of the planet was considered to be the responsibility of peasant as well as king through paying tributes and enacting age-old ceremonies to invoke the necessary energies for the Wheel of the Year to turn. So individual prosperity or fertility was attained both through private spells and charms and by sending positive energies to the Earth and the cosmos and, in a sense, receiving bounty as those beams were amplified and returned to the sender.

Folk or domestic magick was an important part of people’s everyday lives right up until the nineteenth century. In rural areas, the implements used in and around the home and garden could be easily adapted for use in magick; and for town-dwellers, flowers and herbs could be gathered on a day in the country or grown on allotments or in urban back gardens. In the days before central heating systems, the focus of the home was the family hearth. Focus is Latin for ‘hearth’ and from Ancient Rome to China, the household deities have always had their place, being offered morsels of food, nectar and flowers and consulted on family happenings.

It was believed that the ancestors as well as the living gathered around the family hearth, and so it became a natural focus for magick. The witches’ cauldron started off as the iron cooking pot that hung over the fire (such pots are still used in country regions of Europe – I saw one for sale quite recently in the market in Rouen in France).

Herbal brews were not only created to cure coughs and colds but also, with magical words spoken over them, transformed into potions to bring a desired lover, employment or an unexpected helping hand in times of sorrow. A grandmother would put any small coins she could spare into a money pot and warm it near the fire to ‘incubate’ the money into sufficient to mend the roof or buy new coats for the winter.

A young wife eager to be pregnant would secretly prick a fertilised hen’s egg with a needle on the night of the full moon immediately before making love. Such actions were quite a normal part of life, a way of tapping into the same energies that made the cattle fertile and the corn set seed.
Farmers would leave milk for the faeries that they might bring good fortune, young girls recited love charms while planting herbs in soil embedded with a would-be lover’s footprint. On Hallowe’en, housewives opened their windows and placed garlic on the window ledge so that only the good family dead might enter and take shelter from the cold.

This simple folk magick, rather than ceremonial magick, forms the basis for the majority of spells. As above, so below’, the words of the semi-divine father of magick, Hermes Trismegistos, may originally have evolved from popular magick that is practised in many different cultures around the world to this day. They are certainly as applicable today as they ever were.

Whatever the aim of your magick may be, if you look around your home, garden, workshop or even office, you have the necessary tools for the spells you require. What is more, rooted as they are in
domesticity and the daily world, these implements could not be safer: fruit, vegetables, salt, sand, seeds, flowers, coins, pots and jars, together with your crystals, candles, incense and oils, and perhaps a few coloured scarves or ribbons to tie knots. Whether your spell is small and personal, or vast and universal, whether you are working to attract love, harmony in the home, prosperity or fertility for yourself or loved ones, for people in the wider environment or the planet, these are all you need.


A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Witchcraft Within Covens

Witchcraft Within Covens

A coven is a group of members of a unit of witchcraft and, in fact, can number anything from two to 13, or even more. The number 13 is traditionally designated by the 13 moon cycles that make up one year, and 13 is the number of the Goddess (hence it became unlucky under Christian influence).

Gardenerian covens generally number 13. Some covens are affiliated formally or informally to specific traditions, but they increasingly unite for organisational as well as legal and political strength, particularly in Australia and parts of the USA. On-line covens are also springing up and they are an excellent way for solitary practitioners to gain support and information. Reliable, bona fide covens will offer the same safeguards as any ordinary coven, but of course the normal restraints you should show on contacting any Internet site will apply.

The beginning of the path to learning about Wicca within a formal coven is usually marked by a dedication. Initiation, after a year and a day, or a similar recognised magical period, will confer formal entry. Further different levels of knowledge and responsibility may also be involved, for example elevation to a second or third degree, so that eventually initiates can begin their own covens if they wish.


A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Solitary Witchcraft

Solitary Witchcraft


There are many reasons for performing witchcraft alone: your personal circumstances or the location of your home may mean that you cannot travel to a group, or you may live in an area where there are few others who share your interests. Many witches like myself choose to practise alone, drawing in my family and close friends to celebrate with me on the festival days. Most solitary witches initiate themselves, though some traditions, such as the Saxon Seat Wicca founded by Raymond Buckland in the USA, do admit solitary witches.

Indeed, solitary practitioners are said by some to have been witches in seven previous lifetimes and to possess within them all they need to know about the Craft. Truth or myth, no one should underestimate the number of private practitioners who do work alone, some coming together occasionally in small, informal groups.

Solitary witches can use ceremonial magick very successfully, but many do follow the less formal folk magick, linked to the land and the seasons, that was practised by our ancestors in their homes. For this reason, some call themselves hedge-witches, from the times when a hedge, often of hawthorn, bounded the witch’s home, and it is sometimes said that they are walking on the hedge between two worlds. Such a witch may be in the tradition of the village wise women who knew about herbs and about the cycles of nature and used the implements of their kitchens rather than ceremonial tools.

She may also be gifted in divination, in spell-casting and in astral projection. Usually a woman, but occasionally a man, the solitary witch practises eclectic magick drawn from a variety of traditions.

Those expert in brews and potions are also called kitchen witches. Indeed, many of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers who possessed a remarkable intuition, read the tea leaves and made herbal concoctions, were jokingly called witches by their own families – and were just that!

You have your choice of groves, stone circles, the ocean shore, your garden or balcony, where you can connect with the powers of nature and work unobtrusively. Whether you are working alone, or in a group, or coven, you will share the same aims and will need much the same equipment.

A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

The Rules Of Magick

The Rules Of Magick


Magick is not beyond or above life, but a natural though special part of your world. It is about not leaving fate, your fate, to any guru or deity, but shaping it with your own innate power, the power that emanates from some higher being, goddess or god, energy source, what you will – the divine spark within us all. There are no absolutes in magick, there is only what works for you and enhances your innate wisdom and spirituality. You should use this book as you would any other DIY guide and adapt its suggestions to suit what is right for you. Choose whatever you feel are the most appropriate herbs, crystals or even entire rituals for your specific purpose.


There are provisos, however. You must always remember that the form, the words and even ultimately the associations of particular oils, incenses and planetary hours are not what really matters. The truly important thing is that you should keep to the basic rules of witchcraft that are quite as strict and twice as hard as any conventional religion. These are rooted in wisdom, compassion, honesty, honour and common sense and are summed up in one short phrase:
‘An ye harm none, do what ye will’.


Put in modern-day language, this means, quite simply:


‘Do whatever you like as long as you don’t hurt anyone.’


Simple, did I say? It is in practice incredibly hard to harm none, especially if you are seeking promotion, fighting against an injustice or struggling to survive. But it may help you if you remember the other equally vital law of witchcraft, the Threefold Law. This states that everything you do to others, both good and bad, will be sent back to act on you with three times its intensity and strength. So, if you act always and only with positive intent to help and heal, you will automatically receive all manner of good things and you should become truly wise and happy.

According to the rules of magick, as I said earlier, you cannot be angry, mean or cruel and then expect to say sorry to a deity and have the slate wiped clean. Magick is about taking responsibility for your own actions all the time and that is incredibly onerous. But, on the positive side, the results are equally potent, and if you can learn to tap into the source of light and life and joy, you will amaze yourself and others by what is possible. Thus will your psychic powers also spontaneously unfold and guide you in your everyday world, increasing your spiritual power and wisdom.


The magick is within you, so let it flow and make the world a better place.


A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Effort And Will-Power

 Effort And Will-Power

Magick is not like the magic a conjuror uses to bring a rabbit out of a hat: that kind of magic is just a trick, which relies merely on the art of illusion. White magick is much more than that. It is intensely exciting because it means that we can extend the boundaries of possibility, recalling the psychic powers of childhood when we could span dimensions as easily as jumping across a puddle. We can increase our personal magnetism to attract love and luck and regenerate the innate healing abilities both of the human body and the planet.


What magick does not do is provide quick fixes with a twinkling of Stardust. It does not produce a faerie godmother, who turns up with a shimmering frock and a platinum credit card to pay the taxi fare home if the handsome prince is short of money and the faerie coach has crumpled into a pumpkin.


After the candles and incense have burned through and we sit, exhausted but exhilarated after sending our wishes to the cosmos through dancing or chanting, we then have to use every effort, every talent at our disposal, to make those wishes come true on the earthly plane. The psychic kick-start provided by the magick must be used to translate the magical thoughts into actuality. So we must work overtime with new enthusiasm and inspiration to get that project finished, send off to the publisher that typescript that has been gathering dust, do whatever it takes to help ourselves to get the results we desire.


My late mother would always say if I asked for extra funds, ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’; and this holds true even in the magical world. Money, success and opportunities have to be generated and earned. We need to add our own will-power to the power we have drawn on.


What is more, under the cosmic profit-and-loss scheme, if we ask for a psychic overdraft, we must give back, if not immediately, then at a later date. So when your finances are better or your immediate troubles are passed, you should make a small donation or give time to a worthwhile cause connected with the area of the spell. This balances up the account whose cosmic energies you tapped into.


Many shamans or witches demand some sort of payment for services, and this is not from avarice, but because all too often if something is not paid for, it is not valued. So be sure that you pay the shaman especially the cosmic one. This is grass roots magick, but it works.


A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Magick And Responsibility

Magick And Responsibility


True magick is not like a cake in which everybody must vie for a slice or be left with none: it is more akin to a never-emptying pot. Like the legendary Cauldron of Undry in Celtic myth, the more goodness that is put in, the more the mixture increases in richness and quantity. The Cauldron of Undry, one of the four main Celtic treasures, provided an endless supply of nourishment, had great healing powers and could restore the dead to life, in either their former existence or a new life form.

Located on the Isle of Arran, it could be accessed by magical means or through spiritual quests, and many scholars believe it was the inspiration for the Holy Grail. But when using magick, you should take only as much as you need and perhaps a little more; you should not demand riches, perfect love, eternal beauty, youth, a fabulous job and a lottery win or two.


So, magick does not provide a help-yourself time in the sweetshop. The results could be like eating three times more chocolate than you really want and then feeling very sick. You cannot give the gods or goddesses your shopping list and then sit back and wait for Christmas: the divinity is within you to be kindled, and so you need to demand of yourself far higher standards than someone who believes in the forgiveness of sins.


If you do wrong, you cannot just say sorry to the godhead and carry on without putting right the mistakes or at least learning from them. Confession may be good for the soul, but magick demands more than that: you’ve got to live with the consequences of your deeds, words and thoughts because the power of a blessing or curse may be even greater on the sender than on the intended recipient. You must also ensure that you cannot harm anyone in the process of getting what you want. If you do spells for revenge, then the effects will rebound on you threefold.


A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Magick And Knowledge

Magick And Knowledge

White witchcraft is essentially the process of drawing on ancient wisdom and powers via the collective mind that we as individuals can spontaneously but unconsciously access in our dreams and visions. In magick, we can use rituals and altered states of consciousness to access this cosmic memory bank at will and in doing so, some believe, draw on the accumulated powers of many generations, especially in healing magick.

This cosmic consciousness – or Great Mind or akashic record, as theosophists call it – is perhaps what made it possible for pyramids to be built at almost the same time in lands as far apart as Egypt and South America, and for shamanism to follow similar patterns in unconnected continents. By accessing this source of power, we may create a ritual or use certain crystals without consciously knowing their significance, only to find out that our invented spell closely resembles one from another time or culture; we know how to heal without being taught.

Gaining such knowledge has been described as ‘inner-plane’ teaching and if you can trust your own deep intuitions, you need very little formal teaching about magick. If you scry at the full moon or during one of the ancient festivals, by looking into water and letting images form, this deep wisdom will offer solutions to seemingly impossible dilemmas.

The practice of witchcraft demands great responsibility, for you are handling very potent material when you deal with magick. The benefit is that by focusing and directing your own inner powers and natural energies you can give form to your thoughts and needs and desires and bring them into actuality. The more positive and altruistic these focuses are, the more abundance, joy and harmony will be reflected in your own world.

A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells
By Cassandra Eason

Tracking the Planets: Jupiter in Virgo, Aug. 11 thru Sept. 9



Jupiter in Virgo

Shifting gears

Maria DeSimone

Are you ready for a shift in cosmic luck? Well get ready because Jupiter, the planet of growth, opulence and potential, will shift gears and move into detail oriented Virgo on August 11, 2015. He will remain in this discerning sign until September 9, 2016. While the thought of expansive and optimistic Jupiter moving through a sign known for critical focus may not initially appear exciting — don’t be so quick to judge. So what can you expect from Jupiter in Virgo? For starters, Jupiter is in a weakened state during her tour of Virgo. Astrologically speaking, Jupiter in Virgo is in her “detriment.” This is a fancy way of saying that Jupiter might have a more difficult time doing his thing while in Virgo. But it certainly doesn’t mean you should stop celebrating. I mean come on — this IS Jupiter we’re talking about, not Saturn! The function of Jupiter is to expand what it touches and over the next year he will focus on expanding the Virgo qualities of craftsmanship, analytical thinking and self-improvement. The tendency towards self-improvement will likely center around health matters and/or intellectual pursuits.

Gaining approval

Jupiter likes to make a lot of noise while Virgo prefers being humble. Because of this, you can expect Jupiter in Virgo to be a time where we all pay extra attention to doing our jobs, and doing what’s right without worrying so much about gaining anyone else’s approval. Faith is a Jupiterian quality, but now faith will focus on what is most practical to believe in rather than any pie in the sky notions. Also, you’re likely to believe in your ability to do a job better than ever before. Productivity and organization will be areas you can certainly expand on as well.

Opportunities will arise for you when you’re willing to go the extra mile for others — without an agenda. Remember that!

Over the next thirteen months as Jupiter moves through Virgo, he’ll be making a couple of fascinating links to other planets — an elusive opposition to Neptune, a difficult square to Saturn and a brilliant trine to Pluto. This will shift Jupiter in Virgo’s ability to move from expressing the shadow energy to the most highly evolved potential of Jupiter.

Jupiter in Virgo Opposite Neptune in Pisces: September 17, 2015

This will be a time of high idealism for everyone and will be best suited to imaginative and spiritual pursuits. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try it appears that the rubber won’t meet the road. With Neptune’s cloudy energy on Jupiter’s tail there won’t be much room for practical growth. If you play your cards right however, this might be a perfect time for a little practical magic!

Jupiter in Virgo Square Saturn in Sagittarius: March 23, 2016 and May 26, 2016

Here we have a strong potential to see the shadow side of Jupiter in Virgo rear its ugly head. What might that be, you ask? Well, it’s possible that you’ll be your harshest critic during these dates and will tear your work to shreds. Or, it’s possible that your boss will go ahead and do that for you. Ouch! This might also be a time you discover a few major holes in something you believed wholeheartedly in. Alternatively, you might experience a conflict at work if you’re asked to do something that goes against what you know is right. In matters of health, you might be sorely disappointed in a doctor’s treatment plan. If so, you’ll be sure to let him or her know.

Jupiter in Virgo Trine Pluto in Capricorn: October 11, 2015; March 16, 2016; June 26, 2016

This will be a time for everyone to rejoice! The most influential and positive side of Jupiter in Virgo will come alive during these dates — and you will not want to waste such precious energy! Most likely, these will be exceptional times to see major strides in your profession due to your work on certain projects. You might reach a powerful new level in your career as a result. In fact, these dates have the ability to catapult you new heights. In some cases, you might even reach a pinnacle in your career. At the very least, you’ll feel highly regarded by someone important for a job well done.

This might also be a time when a powerful figure approaches you with a “once in a lifetime” opportunity that can change your life forever. Don’t waste it!

So, are you still worried that Jupiter in Virgo will be boring? I didn’t think so.


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Your Ancient Symbol Card for August 9th is The Sword

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Sword

The Sword is a a call to action. It indicates challenges are before you and to attain your goals you will have to address them. The Sword does not suggest rash or underhanded behavior on your part. Indeed, while actions indicated by The Sword are decisive, they are based on the power of your wisdom and ethics. The strength of The Sword lies in the moral purity of your actions.

As a daily card, The Sword suggest a time in which you will face external challenges to attaining your goals. These trials are likely to come from a person or persons who stand to gain from your loss or delays in you moving forward. You can expect underhanded play and surprises. Fortunately your position is far stronger than those who scheme to usurp you. Address challenges as they arise and all will be well.

Your Daily Witches Rune for Aug. 9 is The Eye


Today’s Witches Rune

The Eye

Meaning: The eye has always been a powerful symbol for different cultures. Some believe that the soul resides in them, while others think it’s possible to curse a person merely by looking at them. Through our eyes we connect and express emotions and thoughts. Thus, this is one of the most powerful runes in the set, emphasizing the importance of any rune close to it. The Eye symbol is also related to “vision” is all senses, including the physical. This rune can represent our eyes and optic nerves. It can also represent activities such as research, analysis, photography and creative visualization. When it appears, there’s an urge to observe, to explore, to understand deeply what is before you. This rune is usually related to sudden realizations. Not necessarily a ‘shock’ (unless some violent rune is close it, like the Scythe and the Man), but more related to the lifting of veils. Your eyes are suddenly open, and you see things that were unknown to you before. A change of perception and focus in life is to be expected when this rune appears… whatever the situation is, the way you see it will be transformed. The Eye rune also says that now it’s time for you to go after what you want. Your focus is powerful right now, and everything you concentrate on can become successful.
This rune often represents a lonely journey towards a goal… it suggests a calling and a connection to something bigger, a sense of purpose. Your path is clear to you now; you know which way to go, even if you don’t know where exactly it’ll take you. In a spiritual level, This rune can represent a development of one’s psychic skills, or an advancement in one’s spiritual path. As you connect yourself to a deeper source, and learn to trust, you gain wisdom and your eyes see far. A higher power seems to be guiding you in times when the Eye appears. Like the Sun rune, this rune can mean that right now all eyes are on you. But unlike the former symbol, when the Eye appears there’s some discomfort related to such attention. It may be excessive and even unwelcome. In fact, this is one of this rune’s most negative facets: it may show an invasion of privacy, when someone (or even you) pry into another’s life and scrutinize their every move. Beware of flatterers and stalkers. The Eye cautions against obsession and the tendency to spy on other people’s affairs. In a relationship reading, the Eye can symbolize a predestined bond to another person.
Note that this does not promise a happy ending, but simply says that this connection is powerful and will be very important in your life. In fact, because the Eye rune is a solitary one, it is possible that the people in the relationship cannot be together due to difficult circumstances. Still, your bond that person will transform you. In a negative way, this rune can cautions against invading your partner’s personal space or stalking them.

Additional information about Today’s Witches Rune courtesy of Your Spiritual Journey Australia

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for August 9 is the Tower

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Tower


The Tower is perfect card for the revolutionary or iconoclast or anyone who flourishes in rapidly changing environments. What The Tower brings to the mix is sudden, usually unexpected change. With that change there will be a period of disorder, and there may be loss. However, the loss is probably not yours, since you may well be the agent that created the change to begin with. Many positive things can occur from the change The Tower indicates: Truths will be laid bare, revelations and breakthroughs are not just possible but likely, and nothing spurs creativity like a good dose of chaos and confusion. In the end it is likely that what replaces what was lost in the fall of The Tower will be worth the loss.


Your I Ching Hexagram for August 9th is 30: Clinging Like Fire

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30: Clinging Like Fire



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 August 9th

Casting the Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Today


The Past

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 Present

Ehwaz represents movement. You may be closing in on reaching your current goals. Your life may be changing for the better. Harmony with others should come easy for you at this time.


The Future

Fehu is the Rune of prosperity, good luck and unbridled creative energies. Being associated with Frey, this Rune is also a powerful omen of fertility. Fehu is one of the three Mother Stones and should never be taken lightly.

Your Daily Rune for Sunday, August 9th is Othala


bw-othalaYour Rune For Today

Othala represents a solid, immovable home, prosperity and safety. Good fortune based on your heritage and character is yours to enjoy.


Additional information about Today’s Rune, Othala


OþILA: property


Phonetic equivalent: o



DIVINATORY MEANINGS: property, land, inheritance, home, permanence, legacy, synthesis, sense of belonging


MAGICAL USES: for acquiring land or property, to complete a project, to strengthen family ties


ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: the nine worlds of Yggdrasil


ANALYSIS: In oþila, we find ourselves back in the seemingly mundane realm of wealth and property, just like the first rune, fehu. However, while cattle represented a more movable, transitory form of wealth, the land (as Mr. O’Hara said) is the only thing that lasts. It can be passed on as a legacy, but more importantly, it defines who we are by defining where we are. It is, ultimately, our home.


This rune brings us to the seventh cardinal point, which is the centre. It is the meeting place between Midgard and Asgard; between our Gods and us. It is the axis around which our lives revolve. The idea of land or property is only a symbol – we must all find our own “centre” (or, as Joseph Campbell termed it, our “bliss”) to give our lives meaning, and this is really the ultimate goal of the runic journey. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we discover that after all our travels and adventures, we all eventually end up going home. But this doesn’t mean that the travels and adventures are pointless. On the contrary, it is only through those explorations that our ‘home’ or spiritual centre can have any real meaning for us. “There’s no place like home” of will have no power to send us there unless we come to truly understand what and where our home is to us. Conversely, none of lessons learned along the way can be of any real use to us unless we actively integrate them into our ‘mundane’ lives and find that centre point to anchor them to. Oþila not only completes the smaller cycle of the third aett, but also brings us back to the beginning of the fuþark itself, only on a higher level. We may now begin the grand cycle of the runic journey again.

Your Daily Tarot Card for August 9th is the Wheel of Fortune

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

The Wheel of Fortune


The Wheel of Fortune represents that aspect of life that is directed by forces and events we may not understand or even be aware of. In short, The Wheel deals with chance—those occurrences that manage to alter even the most structured of lives, usurp man’s “best laid plans.” While the effects of The Wheel are unpredictable, the outcome is always change; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Our path through life is never a ride down a perfectly straight highway. Sometimes we may even experience hairpin turns or complete reversals of direction. The Wheel of Fortune is strong reminder that despite our plans, the Universe has its own agenda from which we cannot escape participation.

Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Monday, August 10th





Get a Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Monday, August 10th

by Rick Levine


General Horoscope

High-tension currents run through our lives today as mental Mercury crosses paths with electric Uranus. Although our nervous systems are firing on all cylinders, the Moon’s entry into self-contained Cancer at 8:08 am EDT makes it difficult to express our brilliant ideas. We know what we must do and we put on our best show, even if it’s a subdued version of our inner world now. Nevertheless, our originality and rebelliousness still finds a way out.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Don’t fall victim to believing that you can do everything today. You may be shocked when you realize you’ve been so busy lately putting out fires that you forgot to do something that was quite important. Hopefully, you discover your omission early enough in the day to remedy the situation before things grow out of hand. Make a conscious decision to reassess your priorities prior to running into trouble. With a little forethought and discretion you can use this cosmic burst of energy to your advantage.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You might assume that a cautious approach to scheduling your time will prevent any logistical issues from spoiling your day. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to think of everything in advance. Don’t worry if something urgent pops up unexpectedly today. Rather than reacting fearfully, consider what this new situation can teach you and remain as open as possible to a radical change of direction. Integrating a different perspective places you in an even stronger position now than where you were before.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Your emotions are changing so rapidly that it’s too complicated to explain what you’re feeling each moment. However, by the time you attempt to share your emotions, they have already begun to shift. You may try to talk really fast to anyone who will listen because you’re anxious to catch the wave; unfortunately, this fear-based strategy will only add to your frustration. Paradoxically, saying less will help you gather your thoughts so you can speak with more authority later on when it matters.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

It’s not easy to be very patient today because you’re expecting something wonderful to happen at work. The Moon’s return to your sign is emotionally empowering, but you’re still not likely to tell others what you need. You see no reason to waste time with words when a straightforward approach of incisive action will lead you directly to your goal. Don’t miss this cosmically blessed opportunity to pursue your ambitions and reach for the stars.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Although a variety of social activities has kept you hopping during the past few days, you might feel the need to crawl back under the covers today after the emotional Moon enters your 12th House of Privacy. But even if you long to be alone, you can still benefit greatly from collaborating with others now. Shutting yourself off from the rest of the world isn’t your best move even if it sounds tempting in the moment; instead, find something exciting to do that you can’t help but want to share with your peers.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You can be incredibly picky when choosing your friends, but letting down your guard is no problem at all once you give your stamp of approval. In fact, your openness can be rather disarming today as you shift gears instantaneously. Others might be quite surprised if they judge you too quickly by your appearance because your aloofness disappears once you make the choice to warm up. Nevertheless, don’t wait too long to show your interest or it could end up being too late. Trust your psychic radar and don’t be afraid to say yes.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You aren’t interested in taking on any extra responsibilities today, prompting you to distance yourself from coworkers who place too many demands on you. You prefer someone else to be in charge now so people won’t depend on you so much. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to avoid new obligations, especially if you recently led others to assume you would be there for them in a pinch. However, you can derive emotional satisfaction once you stop resisting the pressure to perform your job; take the high road and rise to the occasion, instead.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might have a case of the jitters today, yet engaging in physical activity doesn’t seem to calm your fidgety nerves. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to work off your excess energy by throwing yourself into a job. In fact, pursuing creative endeavors might be your best chance for finding any peace now. Proving your worth by being productive is a misguided strategy; focus on the things that bring you pleasure, instead. You can always return to your unfinished projects tomorrow after your clarity returns and your heart is blissfully content.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You are weary of trying to compete with people who are so wrapped up with their perfect performances that they miss the point. You have even less patience today for those folks who don’t share your goals or values. Rather than pretending to be interested in things that don’t matter to you, reserve your energy for more meaningful interactions. One deeply moving connection is more emotionally satisfying now than any number of trivial ones.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You feel a dramatic shift in your energy today as superficial conversations with coworkers start to make your skin crawl. Although you’re often more likely to engage in a pragmatic discussion, the nurturing Cancer Moon reveals your softer and sweeter side. Don’t worry about people thinking you’re weak for expressing your feelings. If you take a risk and surprise others with your emotional honesty, they might just respond in a similar fashion. It’s up to you to get the ball rolling and see who wants to play.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Although you may not be actively seeking new information now, you still might be confronted with a radical idea that contradicts your prior assumptions about relationships. Today’s news could temporarily turn your life inside out as shocking Uranus rattles Mercury the Messenger. However, once you realize the truth, you’ll be grateful that you had the courage to change your point of view. The future is calling, even if you’re tempted to retreat to the security of the past. Anticipation will win out in the end.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You recently obtained a surprising scoop on someone you know and can’t help but wonder if it is true. However, it’s critical to consider the source of any incoming data so you can discern whether or not it’s worthy of your attention. Refrain from saying anything prematurely today; if you’re unsure about the validity of the facts, then bite your tongue until you know the whole story. Once something is spoken aloud, it’s impossible to take it back. Maintain your integrity and err on the side of discretion for the sake of all involved.

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