You have the ability to light up a room when you enter it. Others gravitate to you naturally because you are very easy to like. Your charm is multi-layered. One of its main ingredients is your versatility. You love people and can easily imitate others, and your many faces appeal to many! As multi-talented and multi-faceted as you are, you are also very shrewd and determined. While you may seem to have a finger in many pies, you are not scattered in focus. Bored easily, you need movement and activity in your life in order to keep stimulated. The good news is you are capable of creating it, and don’t rely on others to entertain you.
Famous people born today: Ben Stiller, Clay Aiken, Bo Jackson, Billy Idol, Dick Clark, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain.
Confidence and vigor are restored today, dear Aries. Applying yourself to artistic or other creative pursuits and hobbies today can be especially emotionally satisfying, but if this isn’t possible, try to inject more play or creativity into what you’re doing. Anything that allows you to express yourself as the unique individual that you are appeals now. With Fire signs supported and represented today, there is more natural energy to your life. If you pay attention, you are likely to notice that you’re not fighting the waves. Others receive you well and see you in a positive light. You’re interested in seeing justice done or you could be drawn to conversations about ethics. A partner is likely cooperative.
The Moon is transiting your solar fourth house today and tomorrow, dear Taurus, and your heart is with your home or familiar people and settings. You are in need of comforting activities and routines. Cocooning is a natural instinct now, and it’s part of a process or cycle that ideally brings you back to your emotional center before you push forward, and it may very well be what you need most at the moment. Do what you can to find quiet moments, but enjoy a feeling of emotional reinvigoration. There can be easy energy for organizing and rearranging and eagerness to be involved with children or family, or with those you know well and trust.
With your social and communication sectors emphasized and positive today, dear Gemini, you’re at your best if you feel connected and included. You’re also inclined to need some variety. Your attention span may be a little short if you are chained to a routine or if company is lacking, but you are likely to find ways to vary your routine in order to combat restlessness. It’s a good day for making contact and light conversation. Your communications tend to have more of a flow to them at the moment and others quickly understand what you are saying.
Life tends to slow down in a comfortable way, or at least you do today, dear Cancer, and this helps you to regain a sense of your priorities. Earthy activities suit you best today and tomorrow. Emotionally speaking, you’re in a brief but important building stage, and you could be especially interested in buying something special for yourself or your home. You’re craving a steadier, more predictable pace just for the time being, but you’re certainly willing to work for it. Emotions are settling and balance is sought. Business, financial, home, or commercial matters can assume more importance now, and you’re taking special pride in what you do.
The Moon entered your sign last evening and will stay in Leo until early Wednesday, and you can feel quite refreshed or as if you are beginning anew on an emotional level, dear Leo. It’s an ideal time for leaving behind emotional issues that have been annoying you or undermining your personal comfort, and for starting fresh. It can be quite easy and natural to channel your energy creatively and you’re likely to find some nice outlets for expressing or simply validating your feelings. People are currently valuing the very qualities that come naturally to you, and this can subtly boost your confidence as well as popularity.
With the Moon in your privacy sector until early Wednesday, dear Virgo, this is a time for quieter activities and perhaps some personal space or privacy. Even so, it’s a strong time for restoring a positive outlook and confidence or faith in others. The Moon is working in the background of your solar chart, but is working for you in a quiet way. This is a good time for tuning in to your feelings, as well as for reviewing the events of the last four weeks as a lunar cycle winds down. Rest, relax, and reflect as much as possible in order to regain your emotional center. Take the time to envision what it is you want, and wait until the Moon enters your sign on Wednesday to start actively pursuing your goals and making them happen.
There is positive, energizing emphasis on your relationship sectors today, dear Libra, and you can feel especially supported or connected with others. Interactions tend to be light and uplifting. Sharing ideas with others jumpstarts your own thinking processes. Even so, with Mars in your sign, you tend to be independent-minded and enjoy activities that you initiate these days. You’re certainly willing to offer advice and to speak about personal plans and goals, even if you are not entirely clear on their details. You are less interested in professional goals as you are in long-term and happier goals right now. These can be humanitarian and/or personal; either way, they are plans aimed at making you feel positive about your future.
After some ups and downs, you’re likely to be feeling more directed and goal-oriented today, dear Scorpio. The day’s steady, supportive energies benefit you most on practical levels, but you could also feel quite good personally and perhaps recognized and valued in some special way. Taking any new responsibilities in stride is part of this, and just one of the many ways that make you shine now. There is little to pressure you to perform, but you are motivated to do so anyhow. There can be the desire to go forward on a lofty project or goal, or a professional matter.
With your sectors of spirit and creativity in harmony and prominent today, dear Sagittarius, your emotional energy runs high. You are seeking out non-routine, creative experiences, and finding ways to attach more meaning to situations, your endeavors, and your life. A higher purpose is something you’re seeking now. You’re in a friendly, curious mood, and others seem to either actively support you or part the way for you to allow you to get things done your way. Aim to relax the mind and adjust your vision to the big picture. Symbolically, you are beginning to move on, instead of nursing your feelings, suspicions, and worries. Life is a series of learning experiences, and you’re feeling that fully today.
This is a good day for checking in with your inner world, dear Capricorn, as well as to pick up signals from your environment that you normally miss. Good energy is for introspective activities. Being around people you trust and know well is a desire now, and you might be seeking out a deeper connection with someone or with yourself. There may be some focus on sharing resources or borrowing money. The desire to get to the root of problems is with you, and you have much to discover. It’s a strong day for renewing yourself emotionally, aiming to quit a bad habit, or doing some kind of research or investigation with good results.
People are attracted to you and tend to seek your company today, dear Aquarius. There can be interesting people or news now that subtly enrich your life or boost your confidence. Relationship matters occupy your mind more than usual with your sectors of communication and connections strong and positive today. After some confusing days, there is much optimism and a feeling of freshness around you now. Keep your spirits high, and avoid the traps of over-thinking, however. There is a big difference between reflection, which is creative, and over-analyzing matters – the former energizes you and the latter drains you emotionally. You’re likely to find that others are particularly cooperative right now.
You are in a short cycle that supplies you with more energy for organization, health routines, fitness, and work projects, dear Pisces. You’ll do well today if you focus on harmonizing or even beautifying your personal environment, and you’re likely to find that others are cooperative and supportive, or, at the very least, not interfering! This can be a quietly winning time as you tackle pretty much anything that comes your way. Take advantage of the added energy you have for solving problems, which may have been lacking in recent days. You are deriving more satisfaction than usual from the practical things you do and the services you render.
This week, on Friday, Venus leaves harmony-loving Libra and moves into sultry, mysterious Scorpio. She’ll remain there until December 30, and during this time romance will become more intense for everyone! There might be a touch of jealousy or a control issue to deal with between you and your lover, but thankfully it shouldn’t be anything too overboard. On Sunday however, Mars will square off with Pluto, and tempers flare all too easily. Don’t get into an argument with your sweetheart this weekend. You might regret the tantrum later.
Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
If you’re married or in a committed relationship, this week the emphasis on your relationship may turn toward joint finances. There’s a good possibility that the two of you will decide to make a major investment together such as purchase a home, take out a business loan, or even begin to tuck away money together for a rainy day. Keep power plays out of your relationship on Sunday. If not, anticipate an explosion.
Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
Expect an additional boost of harmony between you and your partner this week. On Friday your ruling planet, Venus, will move into your relationship sector, and will remain there until December 30. When Venus is in this part of your chart, a good relationship gets even sweeter. You’ll feel your love intensify in the most profound way as long as you’re open to sharing yourself completely. If you’re dating someone, this is a time you might make a firmer commitment.
Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
On Tuesday you and your partner will enjoy extraordinary communication potential. If you have a brilliant idea to share, be sure to do so. There’s a strong possibility that your light-bulb moment is even more genius than you’re giving yourself credit for. Your partner will see to it that you recognize how brainy and amazing you truly are. If single, after Friday an office romance might begin to develop. The chemistry you share with a colleague could be intense.
Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
Are you single? Looking for that special someone who’ll capture your heart, body, AND soul? Well then — you’re in luck! On Friday Venus will enter your true love sector for the first time in about a year. Until December 30, you’ll have dazzling support to meet someone with the power to sweep you off your feet. Be sure to socialize more and consider all of your dating options. The one who intrigues you most will likely win.
Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
A stimulating conversation with a fellow student in one of your classes, or with someone from a foreign country, might lead to romance this week. You’ll instantly fall for this person’s mind — and if you’re single, pay attention to where it might lead. Before you know it, the two of you could be dating. If you’re already dating someone, this week you might decide it’s time to introduce each other to your families. Wait until after Friday for the most harmonious outcome.
Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
If you’re single, after Friday it’s possible that you’ll meet someone special right in your own backyard! A sexy new neighbor might move onto your block or into your apartment building. Introduce yourself and see where the conversation leads. Another possibility is that one of your siblings will offer to set you up with someone. Accept the offer — you have nothing to lose. If you’re already in a relationship, communication with your sweetie becomes extra harmonious. Lovely!
Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
A snap decision between you and your partner on Monday might end up being the most exciting thing you’ve done together in ages. Be open to whatever zany idea your mate brings up — you’ll be glad you did! You’ll be on energetic overload this Sunday. While it might be fantastic for your sex life, you may also easily misdirect your anger about a situation. Don’t take it out on your partner; that wouldn’t be fair.
Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
With Venus moving into Scorpio on Friday, until December 30 you’ll have a fantastic edge in matters of the heart. Since Venus will boost your confidence and physical allure, it’s likely that more than one person will show interest in you. If you’re already in a relationship, you can expect your partner to be extra appreciative of the love you share. Any investment you make in yourself and your physical appearance now will pay off. You’re worth it!
Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
If you’re pining away for someone you know you can’t be with, living in fantasyland might start to be a little too much after Friday. Until December 30 you’ll have an opportunity to free yourself of whatever insecurities lead you to fall for someone who is unattainable. Do you really believe that you deserve to be constantly disappointed in love? If so, this will be a great time to speak to a counselor and gain a new, more helpful perspective.
Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
Your social life might be the key to your love life this week. If you’re looking to improve things with your sweetheart, consider ways to spice up your social life together. After Friday and until December 30, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll easily discover shared interests that put the spark back into the time you spend together. If single, consider accepting a pal’s invitation to set you up on a blind date. Or, join a new group or club. Someone special might be at a meeting.
Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
Your partner’s reputation might be more important to you this week. If you’re in a relationship with someone, after Friday his or her status might become something you’re extra proud of. Perhaps your mate will receive an award or honor and you’ll get to be by his or her side during acceptance. The attention and validation your love receives will make your heart soar. Another possibility is that you’ll be the one receiving accolades. If so, expect complete adoration from your mate.
Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
You and your sweetheart will want something bigger this week. On Friday Venus will move into the part of your chart connected to the higher mind. As a result, until December 30 you’ll seek more than just a physical bond with your mate. You’ll want to expand your horizons together spiritually, intellectually, and culturally. Consider taking a trip together to a part of the world you’ve both wanted to explore. Or, sign up to learn a new language or philosophy together. You’ll be glad you did.
Finally there’s a break in store! With plenty of energy shifts and planetary muscle coming up, you’ll want to know when to push forward and when to hold back. Find out now…
Tuesday, December 1: Mercury trine Uranus
On Tuesday, Mercury and Uranus will be at a perfect trine, suggesting a major “eureka” moment. You might see progress with one of your innovative ideas, or it’s possible that an out-of-the-blue decision or conversation will have a fantastic outcome.
Friday, December 4: Mercury square Jupiter in Virgo; Venus enters Scorpio
On Friday, Mercury squares off with Jupiter, cautioning us not to promise more than we can deliver. Then, Venus enters sultry Scorpio where she’ll remain until December 30. You’ll find that you’re more interested in exploring love more deeply rather than superficial encounters. You and your partner might enjoy a healing, transformative time in your relationship.
Sunday, December 6: Sun sextile Mars; Mars square Pluto
Sunday is a mixed bag. You’ll have PLENTY of gusto thanks to the Sun sextile Mars. The problem however, is that Mars will square off with Pluto and it’ll be all too easy to misdirect your energy. Avoid temper tantrums, and if you see someone else throwing one do your best to ignore it.
The Balance of the Elements & the Signs for November 30th
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
There can be a lack of desire, interest, or skills regarding practical affairs. We may not be very much in touch with reality. Difficulties concentrating, grounding ourselves.
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
Strengthen your conscious awareness of other states beyond the physical, communicate deeply within yourself and learn to trust in your own answers.
When I read this message from Archangel Gabriel today, it is amazing to me how long ago it was written, and yet how relevant to my life it still is. Even though in 1996 our consciousness and perceptions were very different than they are now, the encouragement and answers to what we are seeking are still the same.
As we navigate the new 5D life, we have opened channels to communicate with the most Divine aspects of ourselves; and more importantly, we are learning to bring these higher frequencies into our lives on a mental, emotional and physical level. Through this union within us we become the wholeness that is Unity consciousness, and a blended being bridging Heaven and Earth within our human forms.
This is an amazing time when the veils between the dimensions are so thin that we have more opportunity for connections beyond the physical into the realms of the Angels and Masters who are supporting our evolution as souls. We access these dimensions by our vibration and intentions to hold higher frequencies within our minds and emotional states. It is through deeply quiet and prayerful meditative times we learn to communicate within ourselves; in other words, doing what the masters over the centuries have encouraged us to do.
We now know that it is only by taking the time to become familiar with these more expanded states of being, that we will have the access we need to the divinity within us. And we are reminded that it is important to ask for this connection with our Higher Self. Today we have reassurance from Archangel Gabriel that when we give ourselves this sacred space, we learn to trust our intuition more confidently and through this process it opens us to more Grace and Ease in daily life.
As I open my receptive channels, I invite the Golden Light of Divinity to flow through my being to anchor and connect me deeply with the Earth where I receive my sustenance. Sitting in this waterfall of Golden Light I know that I am in alignment with my Soul, receiving the flow of Divine Intelligence and loving guidance that is in my highest good at all times.
I ask my Higher Self to connect with me in pure Alignment with Source so that only those Beings of Light and Wisdom who are in harmony with my Soul Purpose in this lifetime come through to support me. I ask to be in resonance with my guidance now and in every moment.
Please help me to listen very deeply and gain strength in my connection to my Highest Self so that my trust in myself can blossom, and my connection to the Source of all Wisdom is empowered now and always. Thank you God, and so it is.
The Gabriel Messages #25
Strengthen your conscious awareness of other states beyond the physical, communicate deeply within yourself and learn to trust in your own answers.
You are here on this planet to develop yourself fully. When the ancient philosophers stated “Know Thyself,” they were talking about the power of Self-awareness. This means not just one’s consciousness of the physical, or even of the mental and emotional selves. To truly know oneself means a real discernment of your self as a multi-dimensional being.
You have the power within you to know planes of reality beyond the three-dimensional world in which you live. In fact, developing an awareness of these other states creates a link to the joy and love so many are seeking. These qualities you truly desire in life are beyond the physical plane. They exist in the expanded state of consciousness that is your bond with God, the Source of your very being. To commune within your self is to find these qualities. It requires a willingness to see beyond your outer self, and to take the time necessary to create a conscious awareness of the love and light within you.
As you sit quietly and breathe balanced breaths deeply and slowly, there are immediate results in mind, body and spirit. Imagine that you are sitting in a pillar of golden light joining Heaven to Earth through you. This allows you to enlarge your consciousness. When you add prayer asking for what you want in your life, you allow the grace of the Angels to work for you.
On this free-will plane of existence, you need to ask for their assistance or they will not interfere. This does not necessarily mean a formal prayer. Asking can be as simple as saying the words for the qualities you want in your life, such as Love, Peace and Harmony. Meditating on these qualities can literally change your life and create a more abundant, joy-filled existence. It allows you to tap into your Higher Self and your guardian Angels, so you are communicating with the deepest levels of your being.
From this place, the answers you receive will be from a level of Divine Intelligence, and all that follows will be for the highest good of all concerned. You will receive intuition and know the actions and words that will best assist you with the challenges you face. Once you begin to act on your intuitive guidance, you will start to trust yourself. Life will feel easier. You won’t need to continue looking to others for the answers. With every fiber of your being you will know what is truth in your life.
Trusting in yourself does not mean you are alone, for you are never alone. At all times, you have with you Angels to assist you. Some have been with you for eons of time. Working in harmony with the Light of God, they know you at the deepest level of your soul. It is comforting to know that you are always wrapped in their wings of pure love and cared for beyond your capacity to understand.
It is this link within the self that most people are seeking. They hunger for knowledge of the love that is within them. It is readily available through prayer and taking time to sit and breathe in Divine Light and Love in a conscious manner. So give yourself the gift of sitting in light and love every day for five minutes. It is a simple thing that will provide you with wondrous joy.
The Angels are ready now to lead you into the light of your true Self. Create a conscious relationship with your Higher Power and find the joy you so desire to have. Ask for assistance from the Angels. Begin to do this every day and miracles will surely occur, for miracles are your birthright and the natural state of your being. Know that you deserve to have your life filled with Love, Joy and Miracles. Learn to communicate within and trust in your own truth. This is the way you will live to your fullest potential and fulfill your highest destiny on earth.
We love you and bless you with all that is good. Remember your message from the Archangel Gabriel today:
Strengthen your conscious awareness of other states beyond the physical, communicate deeply within yourself and learn to trust in your own answers.
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
Weekly Forecast: November 29 – December 5, 2015
11/29 ~ Sun (core identity) ~square~ Neptune (dissolution):
This activation can cause self-doubt, self-delusion and an overall confusion that seems to be sourced within or self-directed. It’s only temporary, this is just the Universe’s way of slowing you down so you can see where your goals may have been unrealistic or based on flights of fancy. If your energy is low and you’re feeling challenged to see the bright side of things, it is better to just time-out, rest & replenish (if possible) and most of all, do not initiate any grand plans as you are not really seeing things as they truly are at this time. Luckily, this is a pretty short-lived activation.
11/29 ~ Sun (core-identity) ~conjunct~ Saturn (responsibility):
This energy gives you a strong dose of purpose & direction, but also reminds you that those big dreams require a solid foundation in order to flourish. The wheels that get set in motion this week are creating your future, for better or worse – so pay attention! While this is often about career matters, it is also about your responsibilities in general, the things you have to do that cannot be delegated to others. This is great energy for organizing and planning, creating order, and organizing your Self or your life in some way that fortifies your position. If you don’t “do the work” that you know you are supposed to be doing at the moment, you will only feel worse. So don’t delay anything that can, and probably should, be done sooner versus later. This energy can also make you feel a little lonely or depressed, don’t give in to that. There is a time to be out and about and time to get down to business. And right now, you have probably already put some things off and that is only going to contribute further to your stress levels. Make a list of things to do, prioritize them and start checking them off.
This activation gives you access to your Higher Mind and opens the way for new, deeper insights that can guide & direct you at this time. Business as usual will not work, it’s time to open up to the unusual, do something different, look at things from another angle and watch the ah-ha’s start pouring in. Your intuition will be firing on all cylinders, giving you access to unprecedented clarity. While your thinking may lack discipline, your ability to access solutions to any recent (or long-standing) challenges will be off the charts. This energy will not be contained, even though it is generally all mental, you really will have a hard time keeping up with the ideas, thoughts, concepts & intuitions that come to you under this influence so try to take notes that you can refer to later when the grounding will be necessary. Pay attention to the messages that come through/from others as well since you never know how the Universe will show up. This alone is an indication that whatever your consciousness may not have been previously ready to assimilate or process is awakening now to that which is just for you!
This energy challenges you to integrate your smaller vision with the larger vision for your life. On one hand, you can see the big picture in new ways, but on the other hand, you may not be very interested in the details that bring it about. This is another good one for expanding your consciousness and thinking outside the box, but as the insights come into your conscious awareness, be mindful of the steps it will take to make your ideas a reality. This activation is also great for course-corrections where your ideas are concerned and will open you up to learning something new or bring in a crucial piece of information, just keep in mind that you will have to stabilize anything you start and probably have to review some details down the road because of something you overlooked in your enthusiasm for the new Truth revealed from within.
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Phase Details for – Monday, November 30, 2015
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 19.52 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 392,286.29 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,527,167.95 km
This spell is meant to bind the energies around a person to stop them from effectively using magic.
You will need:
An energy source or an object of which energy can be drawn
Bowl of water – optional
First, take out a glass bowl, and fill it with water. This is used to gather energy for the spell, but if you don’t want to use the water, choose another energy source. Then, have the water reflect the sun or moon, and say:
Solar flare, Lunar mist
I call on thee this day
Bring forth your light,
strength and power,
so cast this spell I may.
(Imagine the sun/moon energy flowing into the water)
Like I stated above, this is completely optional. Now, to form the barrier. Draw upon your energy source, and send it towards your target. Once you have reached them, attempt to have your energy surround them in a bubble. Then, say:
Light, Earth, Spirits strong
Leave ‘s presence forever long
Let their powers cripple, and fail with dismay
I hereby banish your magic on this very day!
So mote/might/may it be.
Imagine the bubble drawing the energy from your target and all around him, draining him of magical resources. Continue feeding the bubble/shield/wall with energy until you feel you can release them.
WARNING: Use this with caution, there are currently no counter-spells to stop this. Secondly, there is a possibility your target can breach the barrier if she/he is physically touching a powerful energy source which has greater energy than the barrier itself.
Gestures are silent counterparts to words. Gestures can enhance Wiccan rituals when performed in conjunction with invocations or dance, or can be used alone for their real power. Pointing (as mentioned tioned above), the use of the first and middle fingers splayed to create a “v,” and the vulgar presentation of an upraised middle finger demonstrate the variety of messages that can be conveyed through gesture, as well as the range of our emotional responses to them.
My introduction to Wicca happened to include some of these old gestures. In 1971, I saw some photographs of magical protective gestures tures such as the mano figa (a hand clenched into a fist, the thumb jutting ting out between the first and middle fingers) and the mano cornuta, a “v” formed by the first and little fingers and held upside down. Both have long been used to avert the evil eye and negativity, and the latter is used in Wicca, with points up, to represent the God in his Homed aspect.
The magical significance of gestures is complex, and stems from the powers of the hand. The hand can heal or kill, caress or stab. It is a channel through which energies are sent from the body or received from others. Our hands set up our magical altars, grasp wands and athames, and pinch out candle flames at the conclusion of magical rites.
Hands, as the means by which most of us earn our livings, are symbolic of the physical world. But in their five digits lie the pentagram, tagram, the supreme protective magical symbol; the sum of the four elements coupled with akasha, the spiritual power of the universe.
The lines on our hands can, to the trained, be used to link into the deep consciousnesses and reveal things to the conscious minds that we would otherwise have difficulty knowing. The palmist doesn’t read these lines as streets on a roadmap; they are a key to our souls, a fleshly mandala revealing our innermost depths.
Hands were used as the first counting devices. They were seen to have both male and female qualities and symbolism, and images of hands were used around the world as amulets.
Gestures in Wiccan ritual can easily become second nature. When invoking the Goddess and God, the hands can be held uplifted with the fingers spread to receive their power. The Goddess can be individually invoked with the left hand, the thumb and first finger held up and curled into a half-circle, while the rest of the fingers are tucked against the palm. This represents the crescent Moon. The God is invoked with the first and middle fingers of the right hand raised, or with the first and fourth fingers up, the thumb holding down the others against the palm, to represents horns.
The elements can be invoked with individual gestures when approaching the four directions: a flat hand held parallel with the ground to invoke Earth at the North; an upraised hand, fingers spread wide apart, to invoke Air at the East; an upraised fist for the South to invite Fire, and a cupped hand to the West to invoke Water.
Two gestures, together with postures, have long been used to invoke the Goddess and God, and are named after them. The Goddess dess position is assumed by placing the feet about two feet apart on the ground, holding the hands out palms away from you, elbows bent slightly. This position can be used to call the Goddess or to attune with her energies.
The God position consists of the feet together on the floor, body held rigidly upright, arms crossed on the chest (right over left, usually), hands held in fists. Tools such as the wand and magic knife (athame) are sometimes held in the fists, echoing the practice of pharaohs of ancient Egypt who held a crook and flail in a similar position while trying ing disputes.
In coven work, the High Priestess and High Priest often assume these positions when invoking the Goddess and God. In solo workings they can be used to identify with the aspects of the Goddess and God within us, and also during separate invocatory rites.
Gestures are also used in magic. Each of the fingers relates to a specific planet as well as an ancient deity. Since pointing is a magical act and is a part of many spells, the finger can be chosen by its symbolism.
The thumb relates to Venus and to the planet Earth. Jupiter (both the planet and the god) rules the forefinger. The middle finger is ruled by the god and planet Saturn, the fourth finger the Sun and Apollo, and the little finger by the planet Mercury as well as the god after which it is named.
Many spells involve pointing with the Jupiter and Saturn fingers, usually at an object to be charged or imbued with magical energy. The power is visualized as traveling straight out through the fingers and into the object.
Other ritual gestures used in Wiccan rites include the “cutting” of pentagrams at the four quarters by drawing them in the air with the magic knife, wand or index finger. This is done to alternately banish or invoke elemental powers. It is, of course, performed with visualization.
The hand can be seen as a cauldron, since it can cup and contain water; an athame, since it is used to direct magical energy, and a wand since it can also invoke.
Gestures are magical tools as potent as any other, ones we can always take with us, to be used when needed.
–Scott Cunningham, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
This day of the week is dedicated to the moon and all of her magic and mystery. Mondays are for women’s mysteries, illusion, prophetic dreaming, emotions, travel, and fertility.
Some suggestions for Monday enchantments would include:
*Getting outside and looking for the moon in the heavens. Sit under her light and absorb a little glamour. Call on the moon goddess Selene for practical help in magical issues.
*Invoking the god Thoth for wisdom and insight
*Empowering your silver jewelry under the light of the moon. Wear moonstone or pearl jewelry today to add a lunar and magical shimmer to your outfit. Be mysterious and subtle and wear moon-associated colors such as white, silver, and blue.
*Working spells for safe travel with a simple moonstone
*Gathering bluebells, jasmine, gardenias, or white roses to create a little garden witchery with the flowers that are associated with the moon
*Setting up a lunar Tarot spell today to increase your psychic powers
*Eating a lunar fruit such as a melon to be healthy, serene, and at peace
*Brewing up a cup of chamomile or mint tea and enchanting it for sweet dreams and restful sleep
The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.
Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.
This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals
General: Vitality, the heart, strong feelings, entertainment, opportunity, fertility, confidence, courage, strength, kindness, leadership abilities, bringing money to you (but only if it is badly needed).
Watch out for selfishness, arrogance, stubbornness and bullying.
New Moon: Courage, strength, positive thinking, success, loyalty, talents, having fun and generosity.
Full Moon: Humanitarian issues, personal goals and groups.