Symbol: Seven Stars
The Seven Stars tile signifies creative growth and power. Creativity should be applied to the area this tile appears. This is a place to let your imagination run free. The Seven Stars tile also indicates hope for the future.
Raven has long been known as the magical bird—the one who carries our messages and our prayers to spirit. Raven has been called a shape-shifter, and his message to you today is one of change—expect the unexpected, but know that Raven is flying close and will help you transform life’s challenges into life’s greatest blessings.
The Magus is the physical embodiment of decisive action based upon knowledge and aimed squarely at specific goals. Thoroughly Yang by nature and firmly set in the material world, he none-the-less has a powerful spiritual connection as well. His knowledge, wisdom and skill are all encompassing. He is complete. His power as a creator is unmatched on our earthly plane. He is self-aware and unafraid to act. His enormous strength gives him the freedom to act as he chooses. However, responsibility comes with that freedom. Because he is not bound to the restraints of others he must choose how to act. The question that always lies before him is should he act morally, or forsake ethics for personal gain.
As a daily card, The Magus suggest you currently possess a tremendous power and freedom to move your life in any direction you choose. In short, you can make things happen. Your true challenge at the moment is to move forward without trampling the dreams of others. Fortunately your moral fiber is strong as well, and will guide you down the right path.
Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.
Aeon deals with our journey and constant transformation through time. It denotes both endings and beginnings, our ability to redeem ourselves through action, and hope for the future. Aeon teaches us to accept our past–embrace it as an essential component of our being–but not to allow it to keep our spirits from moving towards the future and finding our personal utopia.
Casting the Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Today
The Past Perthro
Mysteries will become known to you. You should be able to see your life’s path clearly at this time. Pethro is often thought of as “Gambler’s Rune.” You are in a lucky period right now. Chance is your ally. Take advantage of it.
The Present Fehu
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.
The Future Naudhiz
Naudhiz reversed may tell of needs met and harmonious relationships. Your passions for someone or something may be at their pinnacle.
era denotes positive, recurring cycles, fertility and a time to harvest rewards from your hard work.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Jera
jera : year, harvest
Phonetic equivalent:y (but may be used in place of ‘j’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: change, cycle turning, reward, motion, productivity, inevitable development
MAGICAL USES: to bring change; for fertility and growth
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Sif, Thor, Freyr, Granni
ANALYSIS: In this modern age of central heating and oranges in February, it is difficult to imagine the close ties that people once had with the cycles of the year, particularly in the more Northern climes. The changing seasons affected not only the weather, but also the day to day activities and even the diets of ancient peoples. Constant change was the norm, and the object was to become attuned with those changes, not to fight against them. An ancient farmer (or even some modern ones) wouldn’t need to look at a calendar to tell him when to plant, or read a weather forecast to know when the snows were coming. The changing seasons were a part of his blood and bones, and his very existence depended on adapting to change.
Jera follows isa just as spring follows winter. The frozen stagnancy of ice is broken by the turning of the wheel, and things are once again moving along as they should. In fact, we have now broken out of the entire set ‘negative’ runes with which we began this aett. This has been accomplished not by fighting to escape the ice or railing against the unfairness of fate, but by learning from those experiences and simply waiting for the inevitable thaw. Jera is the communion wine – the product of the joining of opposites bringing life. Storms may come and go, but the sun is always there and life is generally pretty good. Enjoy it while you can.
The Hermit denotes a need to have some space between you and the everyday hustle and bustle of our busy world. The Hermit needs to retreat. Indeed, happiness for The Hermit requires seclusion, freedom from material wants, and time for intense introspection. The answers The Hermit needs cannot be found in our physical world. The truths he seeks are internal, spiritual, and the distraction of a well developed social life can only impede his quest for his personal truths. Still, although not anything remotely resembling extroversion, The Hermit does sometimes need to share time with others; so he can both learn and teach, guide and be guided. The Hermit’s time spent amongst people depletes his energy rapidly. To avoid mental and physical overload he has to retreat from social settings quickly.
Cosmic messages issue conflicting commands today, testing our abilities to navigate through these turbulent times. A stressful Saturn-Pluto alignment that lasts for days reveals our resistance to inevitable change. However, nothing stops us from taking risks while the Sun harmoniously trines radical Uranus. Meanwhile, the Moon is partying in audacious Leo, encouraging us to ride the shifting tides rather than trying to cling to the status quo.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Curbing your enthusiasm sounds like a smart strategy today, but your excitement will probably overtake your common sense. Naturally, it’s not wise to express everything you feel because some desires are better kept to yourself. You could stir up a hornet’s nest if you broadcast your needs to everyone before reassessing the ramifications of your actions. Luckily, you still may be able to stretch the envelope as long as you stay aware of the larger circumstances and don’t push your luck too far.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
It’s highly tempting when an unexpected event offers you the good fortune to participate in a mind-blowing activity. However, you’re still likely to honor previous commitments and exhibit some self-restraint. Thankfully, you should be able to play both sides of the game and embark on the adventure as long as it doesn’t upset family dynamics at home. Recent experiences increase your wisdom, but the window of opportunity to walk on the edge is closing. If you don’t act quickly, you could lose this chance forever.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Ironically, a fortuitous twist to today’s events can add to your concerns about your future, but there’s no need to worry if you remain flexible about your current plans. Although it might feel as if you are at an impasse, the transition you have been dreaming about could occur without much resistance now. Your life is on the upswing, even it’s not unfolding according to your timetable. Don’t waste precious time reanalyzing your options; show your courage and take a giant leap of faith.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your current fascination with being different reveals a surprising side of your personality. You may not be interested in the opinions of others now, so unsolicited advice won’t have much impact on your current choices. This is the opportunity you’ve been anticipating; go ahead and act like the nonconformist you secretly want to be — even if it’s just for a day. The emotional satisfaction you earn is priceless and worth every penny.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
If you can’t be the leader of your pack, you’ll likely want to leave it and head out on your own. In any event, the same old routine is not appealing to you as the willful Sun in your sign syncs up with rebellious Uranus. Be insistent about your independence if you want to shake things up. Fortunately, if you share your plans with those you trust, you might be pleasantly surprised by their support. It’s better to have allies in your corner, even if you ultimately need to travel your path alone.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You’re wary of relying on others because you’re afraid someone might do a disappearing act just as things get serious. Ultimately, the apparent instability of those around you may be a reflection of your unwillingness to participate in an unhealthy relationship. But you don’t have to convince anyone to do your bidding now. It’s your turn to star in your story instead of waiting for anyone else to steal the show. Shine, baby, shine.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Sticking to your schedule isn’t so simple today because unforeseen events make it nearly impossible to carry on with your original plans. Nevertheless, there’s no reason to be agitated by things you cannot control. Let a few lower-priority projects slip for a day or two. Putting the pieces back together in a more constructive manner will be easier once you break the routine. Don’t resist change now; there’s a treasure to be found in the chaos if you’re willing to experience it head on.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Sometimes innovation requires hard work, yet inspiration seems to strike today without much effort on your part. Positive change is in the air, so stop trying to manage your life with worn-out rules. However, your plans might fall apart if you assume a laissez-faire attitude. Revise your playbook for the day and you’ll gain the edge you need. Instead of just focusing on your own ambition, work out a strategy that’s beneficial to everyone. Your progressive ideas and unconventional tactics can rock everyone’s world.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
There is a wide gulf between your need for emotional security and your craving for a new adventure. Your plans are being stress-tested by an anything-goes trine from wild Uranus to the brilliant Sun in your 9th House of Big Ideas. Unfortunately, your overconfidence might entice you to gamble foolishly on something that’s not that important in the long run. Being a creative visionary is admirable, but not if you jeopardize your recent progress. Taking a calculated risk is worth it only if you consider all the variables first.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A cosmic wake-up call rings through on all your digital devices today, reminding you to include others in your latest plans as electric Uranus trines the Sun in your 8th House of Shared Investments. Go ahead and reveal your best ideas — even if they aren’t ready for prime time yet — with a possible partner. Someone who respects your integrity will see the positive potential in your thinking and will likely jump in to join your endeavors. The more the merrier; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Somehow you can get away with the craziest of ideas today. In fact, you’re quite skilled at taking an ingenious concept to a whole new level now. Your coworkers may urge you to put your thoughts into action, even if they want you to modify some details of your plan first. This is dangerous territory because accommodating someone else’s concerns could actually weaken your strategy. But walking away might be a bigger mistake. Retreat just long enough to alleviate the tension, take a few deep breaths and try again. Don’t let anyone else steal your thunder.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
The atmosphere is crackling with excitement and your life is buzzing with surprises; however, you might not be so amused with the current uncertainty. You have had your share of unexpected detours lately, and you’re not looking for any more delays now. Luckily, your resiliency empowers you to improve your plan and achieve a successful launch. Be daring in your thinking and persistent in your execution. Practice makes perfect.
You have a wonderful sense of humor. A “doer”, you tend to always keep yourself busy. You are one of the most resourceful people around, as you are often assessing usefulness and value of the things around you. You love to play, throughout life, and seem to be looking for ways to entertain yourself at every turn. Even so, you are a hard worker. You are a true pioneer in whatever you do, although you also do your best when you feel secure. As such, although you are a self-starter, the risks you take in life tend to be calculated ones. A true individualist, you also have very high ideals. You have a good sense for opportunities. In love, you are quite brave emotionally. Your emotions tend to be quite up and down, however, when it comes to matters of the heart, and you can surprise partners with great warmth and interest one day, and cool detachment the next. Famous people born today: Pete Sampras, Casey Affleck, Cecil B. De Mille, Mark Knopfler, Pat Metheny, Maggie Lawson, George Soros, Peter Krause, Rebecca Gayheart.
You are very energized and positive about most things today, dear Aries. Even so, thinking may not be precise or factual now with Mercury in opposition to Neptune. There can be a lot of mind wandering and detours from straight thinking now, which can lead to interesting ideas and new possibilities. If you want your privacy, you can keep certain things to yourself, but avoid coverups and truth stretching now, as it can cost you. Before making a commitment, be sure you’re behind it fully, which may not be possible today. If you can find healthy ways to get away or mix up the routine, do so, but your very best bet will be to find a nice balance between work and play.
An opposition between Mercury and Neptune can point to a need to pull back from overthinking things, dear Taurus. Even so, something could be misconstrued today, so that if you’re in a situation that depends on precision, you will want to double check your facts. Look for harmless ways to engage your imagination and need for drama in your life for best results today. Watch that you don’t get carried away by an idea or vision that takes you too far away from what needs to be done, but do find ways to satisfy your itch for new options and possibilities. Later today, there can be a strong connection with the past and your memories, possibly stirred by a chance meeting. There can also be a stronger need for comfortable surroundings and familiar faces.
Something you say or do today could be relayed or interpreted in the wrong way, dear Gemini, with your ruler, Mercury, in difficult aspect with illusive Neptune. However, this can also be a day when all that is imaginative, fantastic, or spiritual engages you. Seek out people you trust for opinions on your more practical affairs, but look within for answers to matters of the heart. You may feel that you have too many choices right now, and that can mean that you are not truly ready to come to a solid conclusion. Giving things more time is important now. Later today, there can be new and exciting ideas that may even be stimulated by a difference in opinion.
It’s nice to be able to let your imagination loose for a while, but today, dear Cancer, it may take you away from the things you need to accomplish and can be quite disruptive. Your mind can wander, and you might want to make yourself very clear if you have something important to say or instructions to relay, as misunderstandings are easy right now. The desire on one hand to obtain information and make sense of something is strong, but on the other, the tendency to break it apart is powerful as well. This is not the time for critical detail work or for beginning entirely new ventures. Let your imagination go, but do so in the right places, and not so far that you set yourself up for a letdown.
This is a time for checking and double-checking your work, dear Leo, if you’re dealing with facts and figures. As well, as much as you’d like to sort out a financial matter, you may not have all the information you need to do so. It’s important to avoid over-committing now, and this applies to your spending, relationships, friendships, and with regards to work and obligations. Even so, your mind is wide open, and you could be entertaining wonderful new ideas and seeing different options that you may not normally see on another day. While these may need detailed attention later, take note of what you’re coming up with now. The Moon enters your sign this afternoon and aligns with Mars tonight. You could be feeling re-energized and motivated.
With Mercury and Jupiter in your sign, dear Virgo, your personality is shining. You are nevertheless keeping some distance with the Sun, Venus, and Mars in your privacy sector. Today, Mercury reaches an opposition with Neptune, and there could be some drama in your close relationships. You might be frustrated with others who can seem to be unresponsive, indifferent, or extremely vague. You might also question whether you’re being lied to today. Try to let things be and depend on yourself just for the time being. Watch also that you don’t say something that is misinterpreted completely. You may very well decide that getting your point across is not as important as you may have thought it to be. Later today can bring a surprise connection with your past.
Pruning and clearing efforts in the next few weeks will increase clarity and focus, dear Libra, but today, you may need to settle for a state of not knowing. Mercury opposes Neptune today, reminding us that we don’t always need clear answers. There can be some disarray and a lack of clear routine that disrupts your thinking now, but the detour your mind takes may very well lead you to interesting conclusions. Enjoy harmless drama through movies or books, and avoid it in real life. Discretion may be in order today. There is strong energy for connecting with friends later today. Someone or something can inspire an exciting new idea.
A Mercury-Neptune aspect can open up the mind, dear Scorpio, which can be helpful in many ways as you see more options and possibilities. However, because it’s a challenging aspect, it may be a little disruptive as well, and misunderstandings are possible, particularly with friends and lovers. It can be difficult to read others’ intentions and situations clearly. If a recent plan suddenly seems not doable, give it a few days before you drop it. There could be some poor timing or missed connections to deal with now, but if you recognize a need for more rest and a more easygoing attitude in your life, then this can be a pause that refreshes. There can be interesting ideas on the work front and possibly a new direction that will build over the coming weeks.
It’s important today to avoid making important decisions based on your current perceptions, dear Sagittarius, as they may be strong influenced by wishful thinking or even your fears. Realistic details and practical considerations can be missed or ignored now, as you’re tuning into other worlds. It’s in fact a great time for dreaming up possibilities. Locking them down may not be the wisest choice just for now, however. Others may not be telling you all you need to know now, or they could be misinformed. There can be some moodiness now, particularly if you’re frustrated with others who seem vague or evasive. However, there is fabulous energy for personal appeal and creative pursuits. Confusing situations aside, there is a lot to love about the day, and you can find inspiration in surprising places.
Keep your wits about you today if you need to focus or tend to practical matters, dear Capricorn. If you can steer clear, you’re far better off. There is a tendency now to gloss over facts, and it’s very unlikely that you’ll get useful information or straight answers from others. If you can keep today creative and free-form, then the energy of the day can be used well. In fact, your mind is open to new ideas and possibilities. You could be hungry for interesting and enlightening concepts, ideas, and fantasies. but the real world demands your attention. Watch for both deception and self-deception today, but look for ways to add a dash of imagination to what you’re doing.
There can be a strong desire to analyze or organize your thoughts today, dear Aquarius, particularly regarding finances but also relationships. However, others may not be as interested in setting things straight. To boot, you are unlikely to have all the information necessary to make important decisions. Conversations can circle and get nowhere, so resolve to just live in the moment and take care of business at a later date. In fact, your imagination can take you to interesting ideas and possibilities that you may not have entertained on a regular day. Look within for answers, or take a break from overthinking things. The Moon and Mars align in your partnership sector later today, and this can bring energy and animation to your relationships. Someone might be integral in giving you the motivation or confidence to do something new. Good ideas are easier to come by now.
The coming weeks are important for communications with others, and especially a partner and people close to you, dear Pisces. There will be increasing focus on your relationships. Today, however, questions from others could awaken the escapist in you, as you are not in any mood to be pressured. Watch that you don’t mislead others unintentionally with a vague answer. You might experience a mental disconnect with someone now. While it’s too easy to become distracted today, it’s also a strong time for new ideas and for imaginative thinking. Given some space and freedom, you can come up with something very innovative.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for Wednesday, August 12th
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.
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
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.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
BALANCE OF MODES
•The Moon is in Cancer until 4:52 PM.
•The Moon is void from 1:43 PM to 4:52 PM.
•The Moon is in Leo from 4:52 PM forward (until Saturday, August 15th, at 3:45 AM).
•The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
•The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 6th and the New Moon will occur on the 14th.
•Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
•Jupiter spends its first full day in Virgo (Jupiter transits Virgo from August 11, 2015, to September 9, 2016).
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is 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 – Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Phase: Waning Crescent Illumination: 4% Moon Age: 27.54 days Moon Angle: 0.51 Moon Distance: 393,216.24 km Sun Angle: 0.53 Sun Distance: 151,584,047.10 km
This spell requires a handful of very rich soil. If all else fails, you can usually find organic soil at garden supply shops, but this will work better if you can find some in nature (lakes and rivers often have great organic silt).
To cast it, you will spread the soil in a thin layer over a surface that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Lay your hand on the dirt, and begin sensing the life-giving energy within it. As you do this, start to pour your own energy into it, and visualize your energy forming itself into a tiny sphere, buried within the dirt. As you continue to add energy to it, feel the earth elemental energy combine with your own. Next, visualize your sphere of energy beginning to open up, like a seed that is germinating. Continue adding energy as you visualize the seed growing into stalks, and then into a full plant formed out of your energy.
Finally watch the plant continue to age, blossom, and bear fruit. As you do this, fill your energy with the intent that this spell create circumstances that allow you to grow, flourish and reap the fruits of your efforts, just as your energy is representing. As a final step, visualize yourself picking the fruit from the plant, and swallowing it. Leave the dirt in place overnight before removing it and cleaning up.
Elemental Magick: A Guide to Harnessing the Magickal Powers of the Elements (The Ultimate Guide to Magick Book 3)