Learn About Traditional Folk Magic – Part 1

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Many times in discussion of modern Paganism, it’s easy for us to overlook a valuable source of information – the past. Some of our not-so-distant ancestors practiced various forms of folk magic, and we can learn a lot from those old remedies, charms, and stories. In fact, in many parts of the world, what is often dismissed as superstition is in fact a perfectly valid system of folklore-based practical magic. Today, let’s look at some of the most popular types of folk magic. We’ll talk about animal legend and folklore, omens, simple protection rituals, and more.

The Magic of Animals

In many modern Pagan traditions, animal symbolism — and even actual animals — are incorporated into magical belief and practice. Let’s look at some of the ways people have welcomed animals into their magical practice throughout the ages, as well as specific animals and their folklore and legends.

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Your Daily Influences for March 24

Your Daily Influences
March 24, 2016 

 

 

Four of Pentacles Reversed
Gain is hindered by obstacles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ansuz
Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.

 

 

 

The Heart
A course of events that cannot be altered has been set in motion within this aspect. Accept whatever happens in the near future and do not waste your time fretting about it–you can do nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 March 24th is Simplicity

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

Simplicity



A much revered swami said “Simplicity is the nature of great souls.” There is a natural sense of art and genius in Simplicity. Keeping things simple produces solutions that are not only efficient but work well and are easy to maintain and build upon. Whether it takes a physical form or is an idea simple constructs please our aesthetic self. Simplicity is soothing, because you don’t have to fight your way through layers of complexity to see and understand the end result.

As a daily card, Simplicity indicates a time when you will do well by looking for simple solutions, and avoiding that which cannot be easily understood or implemented. In short, if a plan can’t get you form point A to point B without any side trips, then it is the wrong plan. Look for answers that you see immediately, that sets the proverbial light of in your head and makes you exclaim Eureka!

Today’s Witches Rune for March 24th is Woman

Today’s Witches Rune

Woman

Meaning: The first meaning of this rune is quite obvious: it represents women. Any woman that is important in the question, whether you know her or not, will be represented by this rune. Mother, sister, aunt, grandma, a female boss, friend, lover or even enemy… all can be symbolized by the appearance of this rune.

In a more general sense, this rune is related to traditional female abilities and characteristics, such as giving birth, nurturing, comforting and healing. When this rune appears, you can count on the sympathy of others towards you or your situation. In its most negative aspects, the Woman rune can show over-protectiveness, a patronizing attitude or co-dependency. It often strives to maintain the status quo, refusing to change even if the situation is bad.

The Woman rune is connected to nurturing – nurturing a relationship, a person or a project. Like the Moon rune, it can be related to finding a safe place to rest and heal, but while the Moon implies a solitary retreat, the Woman often shows that you need to go back to the people you trust, the people you feel safe with.

Healing is another strong aspect of this symbol, as well as teaching. You can be both the patient/student or the healer/teacher when this rune appears. This rune is also connected to creativity, but in a way that is different from the Romance rune. While the latter is about the conception of a project – the initial stages of creation – the Woman is about the birth of this project. When your creation is brought out into the world, fully manifested.

In relationship readings, this rune isn’t bad, but rather weak. While it can indicate subtle ties between people, these are usually so, so subtle that the partners can easily drift away from each other. It can show that one of the partners sees the other as someone who needs to be protected and healed, rather than an equal. Usually, the romance is a bit stagnated when this rune appears, or very close to becoming a friendship.

 

 

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Your Spiritual Journey Australia

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for March 24th is The Sun

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Sun



Only The Universe card of the Crowley Tarot can match the blessings that come with The Sun. While it certainly doesn’t promise a life’s path without some bumps in the road, The Sun indicates all will be well. The Sun is our Cosmic Nurturer. Life flourishes under its radiant beams. It provides the illumination to find Truths and lights one’s path so they do not get lost. To stand in the rays of The Sun is to shine. To absorb its energy promotes growth, exceptional physical and mental health, and good fortune. The Sun is empowering, elevating and fills those who bask in it with confidence and sense of self-worth.

Your Lucky Tarot Cards for March 24th

Your Lucky Tarot Cards for Today

 

The Emperor

The Emperor is gifted with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order, provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t he may well become a tyrant.

When The Hierophant or Justice are among your personal cards, the influence of The Emperor may be increased. Having The Empress in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Emperor.

 

 

 

The Fool

This card represents the dreamer in you, the idealist, the mystic. The Fool desires to do great things, but is often unaware of just how difficult great things are to do. He must always be very careful of the choices he makes, and remember knowledge is his ally. The Fool often symbolizes a new beginning, unrestrained optimism, and curiosity that hasn’t been dulled by time. While The Fool may well indicate a lack of experience or grasp of the pitfalls along the path he is taking, it is equally true that his lack of experience leads him to believe all things are possible, which brings even impossible goals within his grasp.

When The Hanged Man or The Star are among your personal cards, the influence of The Fool may be increased. Having The Devil in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Fool.

Your Personal Tarot Card for March 24 is The Moon

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

The Moon



The Moon represents those forces which remain largely hidden to us. The light of the moon provides some illumination down a path into the unknown, but not enough to brighten the landscape like The Sun, or cut through the dark shadows from which the unexpected may leap. However, The Moon is not without gifts we can use. She spurs our imagination and creativity. She can be a portal to knowledge and experience beyond the realm of our everyday lives. But Her offerings are not available to the feint of heart. To receive what The Moon offers one must have the courage to follow uncharted paths and the intelligence to find truths hidden in a bewildering setting rife with illusion. For those who can make this journey the reward may be finding the key to making their dreams come true.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, March 25th

 

 

 

 

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, March 25th

by Rick Levine

 

General Horoscope

Our romantic dreams are ready to take flight today, yet it’s difficult to get them off the ground. Sweet Venus reactivates the lingering square between expansive Jupiter and contractive Saturn. Reality teases us with looming satisfaction before setting it out of reach as we seek the sweet spot between scarcity and plenty. Unfortunately, there’s little room for error once the Moon sinks into the extreme emotional depths of Scorpio at 2:08 pm EDT.

Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19

Pursuing pleasure sounds like a good idea, but it can be disconcerting if you’re feeling anxious about meeting everyone’s expectations today. However, you could simply declare this a welcome day of rest, especially if you have been working hard and responsibly attending to your chores. Give yourself permission to indulge your senses while you have the chance. True happiness comes from appreciating your blessings in the present moment.

Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20

You might not be overly interested in doing the right thing today, even if you are sternly reminded to finish your chores. Flirty Venus opposes jovial Jupiter in your playful 5th House of Romance, motivating you to rattle up some fun wherever the opportunity arises. But ignoring your obligations now might lead to unpleasant consequences. Consider the ramifications of your actions before you stir up an avoidable mess. Maximize your creativity by setting yourself up for success.

Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20

You’re pulled in two distinctly different directions today, but there’s no need to resolve this all-too-familiar dilemma right away. On one hand, you feel a growing sense of urgency to express what’s on your mind. On the other hand, you want to sidestep any complications now so you can relax in peace. Even if pleasant events distract you from what you originally intended to do, there really isn’t any harm in having fun as long as you know how far you can push your limits.

Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22

Someone might not come through for you today in the way you expect. You must pay meticulous attention to every little thing that’s happening now because you can easily convince yourself that your life is better than it truly is. You’re tempted to overstep boundaries and may even end up regretting your lack of discretion, unless you’re wise enough to restrain your blind enthusiasm. Make decisions based on the rules of reality instead of what you wish to be true. The truth will set you free.

Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22

A synchronistic confluence of circumstances creates a perfect day for you Lions to purr and play like carefree kittens. Although it’s a cat’s job to sleep in the afternoon sunshine, your current laziness is not an excuse to escape from your responsibilities. Nevertheless, you still can have a wonderful time as long as you don’t overdo it. Balancing work and play may be extra-challenging now, but it’s the key to finding personal satisfaction.

Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22

Although you may secretly worry that your strategy won’t lead to success today, you are likely to go ahead with your plans, anyhow. Your uncharacteristic indecision might have you playing the waiting game at first, but your confidence builds until you’re motivated to take a risk in your search for love. It’s easier to believe someone who encourages you to follow your heart’s desire now than to face the facts. Nevertheless, a quick reality check does more to ensure your emotional gratification than leaping before you look.

Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22

Your resistance to participating in a fun adventure today may originate from your natural instinct to nurture others instead of yourself. Although wanting those you love to feel cherished is an admirable trait, you can take your good intentions too far and possibly even discourage yourself in the process. You might end up resenting the very people you are trying to please unless you honor your own needs first. Practicing enlightened self-interest sets a better example for everyone in the long-run.

Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21

Unavoidable obligations continue to stack up, making it difficult to kick back and chill today. Nevertheless, your desire for sensual pleasure is quite strong now that jolly Jupiter is activating indulgent Venus — and you can’t fathom any reason to deny your cravings. Just be careful to watch the quantity of food and drink you consume, the money you spend or the love you promise since you can inadvertently overdo anything that makes you feel good. Applying a touch of moderation is a healthy strategy when you attempt to experience the finer things in life.

Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21

Following the expected rules of behavior is no simple matter today. Although you can normally stay on track if it’s part of a larger plan, you’re intrigued by the alternatives now. However, you’re more enamored with your own original ideas, rather than the contributions of anyone else. Unfortunately, you might be so gung ho about the big picture that you don’t see the problem staring you in the face. Step back to consider what could go wrong before a minor complication becomes a major dilemma. Success favors the prepared.

Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19

You may believe you have waited long enough to get what you want. However, voracious Venus forms a tense opposition to permissive Jupiter today, making it temporarily difficult to manage your desires. There’s no harm in harboring this perspective as long as you don’t go too far defending your self-indulgence. It’s okay to enjoy an extra dessert or a lingering flirtation if you’re so inclined, but think twice about exhibiting a brazen disregard for sensible limits unless you’re willing to suffer the consequences.

Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18

You could be nearing a point of exhaustion today, and don’t want to spend your entire day trying to meet everyone else’s expectations. You’re eager to break the mold of responsibility while letting others fend for themselves. It’s time to satisfy your own needs by doing something memorable. Your previous commitments can be better fulfilled after you take some quality time for yourself. Pull out your bucket list and choose an item that makes your heart skip a beat.

Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20

You possess an uncommon knack for turning a fleeting conversation into a long-winded philosophical debate today. Or, maybe you transform a minor crush into a major romance because everything is taking on bigger-than-life proportions now. Of course, you should delight in this sweet phase while your key planet Jupiter inspires beautiful Venus. Don’t worry if you waste the day engaging in pleasant social interactions and have little to show for it, except for fond memories. Follow your bliss and see who follows.

 

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If You Were Born Today, March 24

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If You Were Born Today, March 24

Exceptionally intuitive, you are highly perceptive and often have very good instincts. Many of you have psychic ability, or at least, very accurate first impressions. You are idealistic and truthful, and others generally respect you for speaking the truth, even if it hurts sometimes! You are stubborn but determined; loving and dedicated.

Famous people born today: Harry Houdini, Steve McQueen, Jim Parsons, David Suzuki, Alyson Hannigan.

 

Courtesy of Cafe Astrology