If you have ever wondered if You Might be Pagan?
1. When you’re sworn in in court, you bring your own grimoire.
2. You’ve been seen talking to cats. They talk back. You understand what
3. When asked if you believe in God, you ask, “Which one?”
4. You know what “widdershins” means. You apply it.
5. You have an entire spice cabinet and you don’t cook. You know that
laurel and bay leaves are the same thing.
6. You have a frequent buyer card at the local antique bookstore. The
proprietor of said bookstore picks out anything to do with the Celts and
saves it for you.
7. You think Mercedes Lackey should be a cultural icon.
8. You know that there are exceptions to the laws of physics. You’ve
9. The first thing your guests say is, “My, that’s a nice…altar…you
10. On Halloween, you yell “Happy New Year!” at passers-by.
11. You know that Christmas trees were originally pagan symbols. That’s
why you bought one.
12. You have friends who say they are elves. You believe them.
13. You commit blasphemy in the plural.
14. Upon dying, your first thought is, “Darn it, not AGAIN.”
15. When you say “Mother Nature,” you don’t mean it in an anthropomorphic
16. Gaia is NOT the lady on Captain Planet.
17. You think The Mists of Avalon should be a religious text. You use it
18. In Religion 100, you were disappointed because they didn’t cover YOUR
19. You know that there is a right way and a wrong way to draw a pentacle.
You can explain the difference.
20. You’ve spent the last year and a half looking for a familiar.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2015 October 23
Explanation: Beautiful island universe Messier 94 lies a mere 15 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the hunting dogs, Canes Venatici. A popular target for earth-based astronomers, the face-on spiral galaxy is about 30,000 light-years across, with spiral arms sweeping through the outskirts of its broad disk. But this Hubble Space Telescope field of view spans about 7,000 light-years or so across M94’s central region. The sharp close-up examines the galaxy’s compact, bright nucleus and prominent inner dust lanes, surrounded by a remarkable bluish ring of young, massive stars. The massive stars in the ring are all likely less than 10 million years old, indicating the galaxy experienced a well-defined era of rapid star formation. As a result, while the small, bright nucleus is typical of the Seyfert class of active galaxies, M94 is also known as a starburst galaxy. Because M94 is relatively nearby, astronomers can explore in detail reasons for the galaxy’s burst of star formation.
The Words of Confucius
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Your Daily Influences
October 23rd, 2015
A lover of tradition and ceremony, The Hierophant needs social approval and appreciates the positive aspects of conformity.
Naudhiz reversed may tell of needs met and harmonious relationships. Your passions for someone or something may be at their pinnacle.
Pisces the Fishes
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led. This person probably relies to heavily upon you to make decisions for them.
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.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Tree symbolizes spiritual health and growth. The healthy tree is rooted in a rich, nurturing medium, has a strong trunk from which leaf laden branches fan out to capture the sun’s energy. The Tree represents a healthy spirit entrenched in experience and strengthened by wisdom. It is a spirit that is happy with itself, but continues reaching to become even wiser, more complete, happier, stronger. While The Tree represents a strong and independent spirit, it is also a life-force that owes much of its strength and growth to being surrounded by other healthy spirits.
As a daily card, The Tree denotes a time when your spiritual self is especially powerful and open for further growth. Now is a time for you to seek out streams of wisdom and knowledge that you can not only draw from but contribute to as well. Don’t disregard sources that seem improbable, as they often produce the most profound revelations and spiritual expansion.
Daily Witches Rune
Meaning: This rune symbolizes your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the Moon stone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The Hierophant represents the protector of a culture’s heritage and traditions. His purpose is to defend and teach the established ways and beliefs a group embraces. He is inherently conventional and a true believer in the power of the group. He loves the structure of the group and its values. It is the task of The Hierophant to bring new members into the group—to prepare the uninitiated to take their rightful place in his culture. In this sense he is very much like a teacher or a priest. He also acts as the repository of his group’s history. The Hierophant is certainly not one to buck proper authority. However, he is staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of tradition and conformity.
Your Daily I Ching Hexagram of the Day
21: Cutting Through
The situation calls for confronting a knotty conflict and cutting through it. Somehow, the way to harmony and unity is blocked or frustrated — perhaps by a tangle of misunderstandings or outright deceit. Like Alexander the Great cutting the Gordian knot, assert yourself now and you will meet with good fortune. Don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit. The ability to take corrective measures when they are needed is an essential trait of true leadership.
But those who bring discipline to bear must, above all, be honest — with others, and with themselves. Honesty is the hallmark of the strong and self-confident. The successful person masters the art of honesty much as a swordsman masters fencing. When lies, delusions and game playing are getting in the way of teamwork, a swift sword of honest action, perhaps even correction, must be wielded to protect one’s integrity and values. Decisiveness with integrity brings good fortune.
Though your actions be vigorous, they must not be hasty, severe or arbitrary. Be sure to carefully consider all the circumstances. In the case of a serious disruption of relations, you must forgive, but not forget to give a person a chance to make reparations for his mistakes. If some penalty or punishment is necessary, make certain that it fits the crime. When boundaries have become slack and useless, only through the institution of clear and swift correction can their effectiveness be restored.
In situations where serious issues of justice are at stake, keep careful records and do not hesitate to go public with the truth.
Gebo represents the coming of gifts and favors. While each are usually positive events, they often carry obligations with them. Gebo often represents strong bonds such as deep friendships and marriage.
Additional Information on Today’s Rune, Gebo
Phonetic equivalent: g (as in ‘girl’)
- DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
- gift, offering, relationship, love, marriage, partnership, generosity, unexpected good fortune
MAGICAL USES:to find or strengthen a relationship, for fertility, to mark a gift or offering, to bring luck
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:Sigurd & Brunhild; Aesir & Vanir treaty
Gebo is a rune of connection, particularly the connections between people. Up until now, our journey has been a solitary one. This rune represents those places where our path intersects with others, and allows us to begin to form conscious relationships. Such relationships are strengthened and sanctified by the exchange of gifts.The use of the gift as a symbol of an oath or a bond is an ancient one. When a lord wanted to ensure the loyalty of one of his subjects, he would give that person a gift. The gift would create a debt on the part of the person receiving it, and this debt would ensure his readiness to serve his lord. Similarly, a gift given between lovers, especially that of the ring, symbolizes the bond between them. Originally, only the man gave the ring in a marriage for much the same reason as the lord giving gifts to his vassals, but today the arrangement is usually more equitable. Gifts or offerings given to the Gods often carry the same meaning, representing the giver’s love for or loyalty to their Gods. The giving of a gift implies the acceptance of a debt with the understanding that the debt will not be repaid. It is this imbalance which forms the bond.
Tarot Card of the Day
What has traditionally been known as the Moon card refers to a deep state of sensitivity and imaginative impressionability, developed within a womb of deep relaxation. Here we dream and go into trance, have visions and receive insights, wash in and out with the psychic tides, and experience deep mystical and/or terrifying realities beyond our ordinary senses. The full moon and/or eclipse cycle charted by the Magi (as in some of the earliest Moon card images) exemplify this as a mechanism that Nature uses to expand consciousness.
The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters the Ocean of Being. What transpires next is between a soul and its Maker.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..
Your Horoscopes for Saturday, October 24th
This is a good time for reflection and rest, dear Aries, although the morning can be demanding as you are forced to pay attention to chores or problems. Decisions related to or made with partners or close friends can be strong now. You could recognize a pattern that helps you to rise above common and recurring communication problems. This is an excellent time for observational skills, as you can be seeing where impatience may have been tripping you up, and the types of strategies that would better serve your purpose. You are unafraid of making changes that can put you ahead of the game.
Your social life can be animated today, dear Taurus. Although morning conflict or tension can upset your desire for peace, it might also lead to important improvements in a friendship or with a child. Decisions related to work, research, health, and habits can be above average now. You’re willing to entertain new methods today if they’ll get you to your goal more quickly or expertly. Take the time to put in the research when it comes to improving your health and habits, as this approach can have payoffs. Be as open-minded as possible when faced with a different viewpoint than yours today.
This is a potentially strong day for decision making, dear Gemini, as you’re patient and practical enough to consider the future but also creative and insightful about what needs to be done right now. It’s also good for sharing your ideas with others, who are likely to have interesting input that expands your view. The Moon is in your responsibility sector all day, and this brings your attention to your priorities. It’s an excellent time for making sure you’ve handled the details of your life effectively. The more organized you feel now, the more confident you are going forward.
With the Moon in your adventure sector all day, dear Cancer, you are tuned in to your more spontaneous inclinations. Even so, strategy and observation serve you well now, and you can learn a lot from feeling out a situation, particularly related to a partnership. Instincts are good today, but so is more deliberate thought. Decisions revolving around work and habits or health can be strong now. You may get to solve a problem that has been stumping you recently. There can be excitement building about a recent endeavor related to learning or a new topic of interest, which is motivating.
This is a good day for bringing a little more order to your life, dear Leo. While the morning can be a little chaotic if you’re rushing things that need more time to unfold naturally, as the day advances, you come into your own. This can be a day for creative problem solving. You may be able to set right a situation that you’ve been unhappy with. Hidden problems can come to light, giving you the chance to correct them. You meet challenges with ease now. It’s a good day for standing out on a professional level for your more creative or unique talents.
You have a stronger than usual desire to create more warmth and peace in your home environment today, dear Virgo, perhaps due to recent events. While the morning can be a little stressful if you feel others aren’t moving as fast or as motivated as you to get things done, as the day advances, you’ll arrive at solutions to better organize and “warm up” domestic matters, which can be satisfying now. A steadier pace is the right approach for a calmer outcome. Sharing ideas with others can be rewarding today. You could be feeling better equipped to offer advice or counsel to family members. Personal matters seem to be a priority now.
This is a strong day for updating skills or knowledge, dear Libra. You are hungry for mental stimulation and exchanges with friends and associates are satisfying today, perhaps even leading to a eureka of sorts. You could come to wonderful conclusions or decisions related to creative and career goals. There is a strong need to relate well on mental levels with the people you care about. While the morning can be a little scattered in terms of energy levels and goals, as the day moves forward, you’re more inclined to handle distractions well. Security is becoming more important to you these days, and today is good for taking better care of your home, family, and daily affairs.
You are up for a challenge today, dear Scorpio, and your creative approach to problems is a winning one. Social and romantic matters can be in stronger focus today, although there can be some tension experienced this morning if you’re taking on too much or expecting everyone to go along with your plans. You are coming across with more personal presence today and your seamless ability to handle surprises or changes of plans is admirable now. This also makes you especially easy to talk to today. Your open-handed approach to others later today and into tomorrow can certainly attract some new admirers.
This is a strong day for sharing ideas and information, dear Sagittarius. Your own wisdom can be in high demand, particularly from friends and associates. You are able to truly get to the heart of a matter right now, seeing the root of problems rather than focusing on superficial fixes. While the morning can be a little chaotic if you’re thinking of work problems or if there is a sudden need to tend to a responsibility, as the day moves forward, you’re inclined to really get comfortable! It’s important to take extra time to center yourself, as your ruler, Jupiter, and lovely Venus are merging tomorrow, and opportunities to connect with others and to advance your goals are likely. The more centered and confident you are, the better able to grab opportunities when they emerge.
This is a great day for solving problems and for coming to accurate conclusions or bottom lines, dear Capricorn. You happily meet challenges now, and derive much satisfaction from filling your responsibilities. You could be drawing upon past experience in order to advance current goals and projects, and others appreciate your wisdom. You are appreciating others’ input more than you typically do, and could find that working with others doesn’t slow you down and can be quite satisfying. Conversations about long-term goals and strategies can be rewarding now.
Money and matters of sharing can be hot topics this morning, dear Aquarius, after which you’re more inclined to settle into a nice routine and attend to your more basic needs and wants. Even so, it’s a good day for exchanging ideas with others, so don’t hide yourself away completely. There is an ease with which you show your skills and creative inclinations today that endears you to others and enhances your connections. This is a good time to discover ways to heal the mind and body as well. Relax and enjoy pleasant activities today. Decisions or insights about money can be especially astute now.
This morning, you could find that others are a little defensive or possibly defiant, dear Pisces. However, as the day advances, you are more likely to feel that you can call it your own. The Moon is in your sign all day, and you can find you have more emotional punch than usual. You tend to be led by your moods to some degree, and this can be a good thing in moderation.
You seem to be the one who solves the bigger problems today, and others tend to follow your lead for the most. Life is less scattered than it has been, and you could enjoy a feeling of emotional renewal.