This is a “MUST SEE!” We Only Got 12 of these Beauties in and I guarantee you they will go fast…..

For your next Solitary ritual or Coven gathering, how would you like to have a brand new, long, black flowing robe. At the bottom of your robe, gently flowing in the breeze is the trim which is one of a kind,  crescent moons, pentacles, and the Nile moon goddess.

If you are like me, you like to look good before the Goddess or whoever your Divine might be. And if you are like me, you have had the robe you’ve got now forever. In fact, you can’t remember how long you have had it. So it’s time for a new one and this one is a beauty(really we got 12 in, I guess you can imagine where that one went, lol!). But when we get special items in like this, I like to share them with you. And I didn’t want this one slipping by you, so without further a’do, here she is….

 

 

I should add, there are also matching shirts and skirts to go along with this robe. They have the same beautiful needlework at the bottom as the robe does. There are plenty of the shirts and skirts but like I said a very, very limited quantity on the robes. Also we are now running ads all over the net, I  wanted you to have first chance at one of these gorgeous robes.

 

As usual, they can be found at…..

 

The WItches Digest No. 13 for July 30 (Lammas Approachs!)

 

Lugh of the Long Arm

 

“O Lugh of the Long Arm:
You arch over earth
To kiss the corn,
To call it forth,
To see it born.
Your hillslopes flaunt,
breathe golden bees.
From parched fields
Scant dewfall flees.
Your chest is opened
Your heart exposed
Your blood like bronze
And amber flows.
Sun sears your flesh
Asprawl in thistles
Through your wound
Your life’s breath whistles.
You laid you down
In fragrant thyme,
To bleed the sun’s
Entranced decline.
You wrestled harvest,
Corn to capture –
Now we see at sunfall
Your face of rapture.”

– Lughnasadh Ritual by Llwyn y Ser, The Grove of the Stars

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Sunday, July 30

The Sun

Sun Direction: 81.50° E

Sun Altitude: 19.86°

Sun Distance: 94.365 million mi

Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)

Sunrise Today: 5:58 am 66° East

Sunset Today: 8:03 pm 294° Northwest

 

The Moon

Moon Direction: 31.93° NNE

Moon Altitude: -58.61°

Moon Distance: 247900 mi

Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm

Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm

Next Moonrise: Today1:24 pm

Current Moon Phase:Waxing Crescent

Illumination:51.9%

 

Lunar Calendar

First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am

(Next Phase)

New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am

(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Sunday, July 30th

  • The Moon is in Scorpio all day.
  • The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent until 11:23 AM, after which it’s in its First Quarter phase.
  • The First Quarter Moon occurs today at 11:23 AM.
  • Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from August 12-September 5).

 

Moon in Scorpio

Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it’s passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won’t work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it’s an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspicion.

The Moon in Scorpio generally favors the following activities: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.

Sunday’s Conjuring

 

Sunday – is associated with the Sun

Candle colors – Red, Gold, and Orange

This is a Leo’s power day

Conjuring Work Excellent for Sundays: Power, Health, Success, Personal Finances, Prosperity, Home life, Control, Hotfoot work, Shut your mouth conjure, Sunday is good for all hot work.

 

Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

 

Sunday, July 30

 

Traditionally, Sunday is the first day of the week. It is also known as the Lord’s Day from it original association with the Lord, that is, the Sun God, personified as Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras, and St. Elia. But in the Northern Tradition, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as the goddess known as Phoebe in East Anglia and Saule in eastern Europe. The sun rules the conscious element of the human being, the ego, the real self, and Sunday is the day on which this conscious power is at its most effective.

Deity: Sol

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Planet: Sun

Tree: Birch

Herb: Snakeroot

Stone: Ruby

Animal: Lion

Element: Fire

Color: Gold

Rune: Sigel

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne (Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Thorn (defense) – July 29 – August 12

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Magickal Day of Sunday

In many traditions of Paganism, days of the week are very important aspects of effective spellcasting. For example, spells to do with abundance or prosperity could be done on Thursday, because it is associated with riches and desire. When casting a spell concerning business or communication, one might prefer to work on a Wednesday due to its associations.

While not all traditions follow this rule, when you’re doing any sort of magical working, always be sure to document the day of the week you’re performing the spell.

You might be surprised later on to see some connections!

 

Sunday Magical Correspondences

Sunday is associated with the colors yellow and gold, which shouldn’t be surprising – it’s the day of the sun, right? Because of this planetary association, this is a day that’s also connected to solar deities like Helios and Ra. Interestingly, in some Celtic traditions, Brighid’s day is Sunday as well.

When it comes to crystal use, Sunday is related to quartz crystals and diamonds, as well as the yellowish hues of carnelian and amber. For herbs and plants in magical workings, use marigolds, sunflowers or cinnamon.

What kind of magic is best performed on Sunday? Well, it’s a day that generally has a number of associations – agriculture, beauty, hope, victory, self-expression and creativity are all connected to this particular day. Plant or harvest something new (not just material crops, but metaphysical ones as well), create something from nothing, and prepare to win at everything.

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo

The Witches Guide to Sunday

 

Ruler: Sun

Colors: Gold or yellow

Power Hours: Sunrise and sunset.

Key Words: Love, happiness, health, wealth

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. Sunday is the day of the sun. Community work, volunteer services, exercise, outdoor sports, buying, selling, speculating, meeting people, anything involving groups, running fairs and raffles, growing crops and taking care of all health matters fall under the influence of the Sun. With all this activity and the brightness of the sun, it’s easy to see why the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Michael is the primary angel of Sunday but each hour of this day also has it’s secondary angel. These angels are Michael (first hour), Anael (second hour), Raphael (third hour), Gabril (fourth hour), Cassiel (fifth hour), Sachiel (sixth hour), Samael (seventh hour), Michael (eighth hour), Anael (ninth hour), Raphael (tenth hour), Gabriel (eleventh hour), and Cassiel twelfth hour). Notice some of the angels do double duty this day.

On Sundays, (unless you are invoking a specific angelic energy) the hour of sunrise will be the most powerful time to work, especially if you want to infuse energy into your work. Sunset is the second best time and is favored when you need to calm down a situation. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

 

Source:

Gypsy Magick

The Witches Honey-Do-List for Sunday

 

Those ambitious, successful spells and charms will be heightened by working on the day of the week that has the planetary influence of the sun. So light those sunny candles, wear some luminous colors, and break out the gold jewelry! Bake up some cinnamon rolls or low-fat cinnamon muffins for an enchanting family breakfast. Take an orange with you to eat at lunch today. Try using a little magickal aromatherapy and burn some cinnamon-scented incense to encourage success and wealth today. Make the talisman to keep your solar magick with you. Sprinkle some dried marigold petals around your house-or across the threshold-to pull triumph and protection toward you and your family.

Get outside and tip up your face to the sun. Take a walk outside, and soak up some sunshine! Acknowledge the power of Sunna or Helios as they blaze across the sky and bring courage and motivation into your life. Sit outside at sunrise on a Sunday morning and bask in its warm, rosy-golden glow Acknowledge Brigid as the inner, creative spark of imagination and inspiration. She can help these gifts burn brightly within your own soul. Use your imagination and create your own brand of witchery and magick. Here comes the sun, and it’s your turn to shine!

—–Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week

Ellen Dugan

The Witches Almanac for Sunday, July 30

Micman Festival of St. Ann

Waxing Moon

Second Quarter 11: 23 am

Moon Sign: Scorpio

Incense: Marigold

Color: Yellow

Correspondences for Sunday, July 30

 

Sunday (day of the sun)

Planet: Sun

Colors: Gold, Orange

Crystals: Diamond, Amber, Tigers Eye, Carnelian, Sunstone, Topaz, Gold

Aroma: Cedar, Frankincense, Sun Oil, Lemon Herb: St. Johns Wort

Traditionally the first day of the week and ruled by the Sun, it personified as Helios, Apollo, Lugh, and Beli or Bel. In some traditions, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as Phoebe (East Anglia), and Saule (eastern Europe).

The Sun rules the conscious element of the human mind, the ego, the “real” self.” Sunday is the day on which this power is most effective.

Magical aspects: protection, healing, spirituality, and strength.

Sunday is the perfect day for the magic of Fatherhood. A father wishing to cast a spell for his children might want to try a little prayer on a Sunday. However it is probably wiser to cast on a Monday if the idea is to conceive. Sunday is also the day for social and political furtherment, so try going out to see some friends on a Sunday or just mingle.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving exorcism, healing, prosperity, individuality, hope, fortune, work, power, promotions, strength, spirituality, swift change, and God rituals.

Sunday is Ruled by the Sun

 

Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of magical potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth, or being acknowledged for a job well done. All of these goals fall under the golden influence of the sun. Some suggestions for Sunday enchantments would include:

Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration

Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life

Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition

Gathering up the common marigold flower and scattering it’s petals about to encourage prosperity

Baking up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success

Snacking on a solar fruit, the orange, and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life

Home & Hearth Magick for Sunday, July 30th

 

On Sunday, work for success, healing and blessings.

Planetary Influence: The Sun

Household Symbols: A rooster, a sun, gold jewelry

Colors: Yellow and gold

Kitchen Spices: Cinnamon and orange peels

 

Source:

Cottage Witchery

Natural Magick for Hearth and Home

Author: Ellen Dugan

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Sunday, July 30th

First Quarter
Illumination: 49%

The Moon today is in a First Quarter phase. This phase occurs roughly 7 days after the New Moon when the earth is one quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. Exactly half the moon will be illuminated and half dark. On the day of the First Quarter phase the moon is high overhead at sunset and is visible until mid-night when it sets in the west. The First Quarter phase is a one day event and in the following days enters a Waxing Gibbous phase becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon.

Phase Details for – Sunday, July 30, 2017

Phase: First Quarter
Illumination: 49%
Moon Age: 7.26 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 399,478.52 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,859,307.32 km
Source

This Week’s Astrology: All Over the Map

Your weekly Astrology highlights for July 31 – August 6


Things could get interesting in a few different areas of your life this week! See what the cosmos has in store for you…

Monday, July 31: Venus enters Cancer

Love planet Venus enters tender Cancer on Monday and will remain in this sign until August 25. As a result, matters of the heart are deeply connected to emotional and domestic security. You’ll want to pursue a romance that feeds your soul. Fortunately, it’ll be easy to achieve this while Venus is in Cancer. Emotional nourishment will be available to all.

Thursday, August 3: Uranus Retrograde

Uranus turns retrograde on Thursday, and will remain retrograde until January 2, 2018. This 6-month period allows a resting space for all the crazy, quirky events that might be going on in your life. Now is the time to process them.

Friday, August 4: Jupiter square Pluto

On Friday, Jupiter and Pluto square off. Expansive struggles with those in authority are possible, but on the flip side, it’s just as likely that you will stop fighting your own influence and finally slip into your personal power suit. It’ll fit like a glove.

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, July 30th

 

Aries

Aries
Aries

Creatively speaking, you’ve been on top of your game recently, dear Aries. However, today you may be dealing with some temporary blocks to this flow. This may come in the form of a delay, interruption, or block, as Mars and Saturn form a minor challenging aspect. Focusing too much on the process of reaching your goals may only serve to frustrate now. Energy is very much stop-and-go right now, and motivation may falter just for the time being. Doing editing, reviewing, and fixing work makes the most sense. It’s not the best day for feeling that you’re moving forward, at least until tonight when you are less likely to be counting the minutes or problems! There is an easing of pressure, particularly if you focus on the bigger picture.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

You may need to bypass blocks, challenges or conflicts to pursue your desires today, dear Taurus, or you may decide to wait until a better time altogether! Impatience sets you back right now, and slowing down a tad, in fact, makes the most sense, particularly with family or household pursuits. You may need to alter your plans or goals to keep them viable. Reacting to delays carefully and maturely is your best bet. If you can contain yourself and focus, you’ll solve some problems that help you out for some time to come. Worries about finances, especially money that comes from other sources than your income, may get in the way of your fun. It’s probably best not to take a financial or emotional risk today. By tonight, you’ll pull everything back together.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your work and health sector, dear Gemini, and you’re emotionally geared to fix problems and sort things out. Nevertheless, a Mars-Saturn aspect today can serve to frustrate, particularly if you’re trying to rush something that requires concentration. Challenges in a relationship can present themselves, and this can involve a current relationship or a past one that has your brain hopping. Examine the emotions that are surfacing now a little more carefully, as they likely have to do with something you’ve buried or swept under the carpet recently. If you frequently find that a person in your life doesn’t budge or compromise enough, aim to work things out when you have the patience and time. Tonight, you’re in great shape for letting things go.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

Rigidity with schedules may prevent you from enjoying yourself today, dear Cancer. Work needs doing, and you may be facing rules, technical problems, or interruptions and blocks now that throw a wrench in your plans. A partner may not be very compromising, either. It’s not the best day for pushing forward with plans. In fact, spending more time perfecting them will eventually work more in your favor. The day’s challenging energies ease considerably by tonight as you let go and find your center. You see dwelling on lingering anger as a waste of your time, and you’re right! The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your sector of entertainment, creativity, self-expression, and spontaneity, after all, and while you can’t and probably shouldn’t escape your responsibilities, this Moon position can keep your sense of humor from flatlining.

Leo

Leo
Leo

You may be coming on a little too strong today for your audience today, dear Leo, likely because people are taking themselves a little too seriously right now! The more you push, the stronger their resistance, so it makes sense to back off and act a little detached or aloof. Misunderstandings with a love interest are possible now, or there can be obligations to fill that make you feel less than independent. Others may see you as overly frustrated, animated, or impatient — perhaps even a bit reckless.  Draw on patience now. Tonight, you’ll find it easier to live and let live. You’re inclined to enjoy some time out and diversions. In fact, resolutions to frustrations seem to come effortlessly now.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your busy third house, dear Virgo, and you seek out mental stimulation, connection, and variety. However, with a Mars-Saturn aspect active today, it’s not the best time to further your goals quickly or for spontaneity and warmth in your exchanges. There can be a sense that someone’s limiting you or blocking your progress, and this can be frustrating. However, with a little patience, this can be a good time to wait things out and to put in extra effort to get things right before pushing ahead with plans. Tonight, the mood shifts considerably. You’re ready to let go of anything that winds you up.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your solar second house, dear Libra, and this tends to slow you down enough to enjoy and appreciate what’s currently in your life. While you can benefit from a slower pace, a Mars-Saturn minor challenging aspect can nevertheless serve to frustrate you. It makes it hard to work quickly towards a goal, and can also lead to blocks in communication or transportation, possibly due to technical problems or mechanical breakdowns, but also misunderstandings with others. Treat slowdowns as the chance to catch your breath and to refine your goals rather than waste your energy harping on problems, and you will fare much better today. Tonight, you’re better able to let go of frustrating problems and enjoy fun diversions.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

Your emotions are strong, and they might even feel urgent today, dear Scorpio, as the Moon spends the full day in your sign. However, instant gratification is unlikely to come right now with a Mars-Saturn aspect active today blocking things up. Even with your desire to make waves or take action so intense, you may not get very far! You could discover that what you had planned is too expensive or otherwise not feasible. Try your best not to push yourself, projects, or others today and resolve to fix problem areas or work on things that need a little extra attention. The day’s pressures tend to ease tonight, although it may very well be that you care far less about frustrations! Focusing on what’s working in your life instead of what you don’t have is the key to peace and enjoyment now.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

It’s best to take things easy today, dear Sagittarius, with the Moon in the sign just behind yours (Scorpio). As well, a Mars-Saturn challenge can make everything seem quite slow, particularly those things you’re not thrilled about doing. It’s not the best time for interpersonal relations, particularly before evening, and trying to push your case is likely only to make matters worse. You may feel that others are (temporarily) not supporting you or your plans. You may also be feeling off-center and perhaps a little unyielding, too. Take a deep breath and do what you can to keep a positive frame of mind. With patience and concentration, you’ll do well now, even if you’re not likely to charge full speed ahead.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your friendship sector, dear Capricorn, and you’re likely to seek out like-minded company or pressure-free social situations. This is a period of the lunar month when you focus on happiness goals. Even so, there may be a hurdle to clear today, likely due to slowdowns or delays. However, with patience and further thought, these can afford you more time to finish up something that needs additional attention. You tend to be more sensitive than usual to the emotional atmosphere around you. You see the less flattering side of relationships just for now, but by evening, your mood improves, and you begin to seek out intangible rewards and experiences.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon spends today and tomorrow at the top of your solar chart, dear Aquarius, and you may feel that all eyes are on you. You can’t seem to get away with much right now! A partner or friend may not be seeing eye-to-eye with you when it comes to long-term goals or career. A Mars-Saturn challenge encourages work, but it can be difficult seeing the end of the road as slowdowns are likely. Attempts to push something too hard or too fast meet with blockages. Your social life may leave something to be desired, or you simply can’t seem to finish what you’re doing to enjoy a more frivolous activity today entirely. You may want something that you can’t have, or your plans might fall through due to obligations to a friend. Don’t let any of this truly get to you. Resolve to carry out your plans on a better day. Tonight brings easier, laissez-faire energy.

Pisces

PIsces
Pisces

While you may want to move something forward quickly, dear Pisces, a Mars-Saturn challenge can seem to block or slow you down. This delay or obstacle is likely to do with a rule, superior, or concern about your reputation. Impatience slows you down further, so consider that reviewing, editing, or adjusting make more sense than taking direct and immediate action just for the time being. You may be able to see which actions you take that tend to cause problems, challenges, or hard feelings in general, and taking notes can help prevent future problems. The Moon’s harmony with Neptune, your ruler, in your sign tonight comes in especially handy – it allows you to unwind and let go of tensions.

 

If You Were Born Today, July 30th….

You are highly creative, spontaneous, humorous, entertaining, and likable. Emotionally impulsive, you need to feel inspired in order to truly perform. You have a definite flair for the dramatic. You might frequently make sacrifices for others, and often willingly do so. You are highly perceptive and insightful, and this draws others to you, particularly as you mature. While your good-heartedness may be taken advantage of by less noble individuals, you tend to bounce back quickly and although you toughen up to some degree with life experience, you keep your youthful, loving, and generous spirit alive throughout life.

 

Famous people born today: Henry Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kate Bush, Hilary Swank, Delta Burke, Lisa Kudrow, Christopher Nolan.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, July 31st

 

Aries

Aries
Aries

You’re focused and interested in intensive projects rather than spreading your attention around today, dear Aries. The Moon spends another full day in your intimacy sector, encouraging introspection, problem-solving, and research. Also today, Venus moves into your home and family sector. During this transit that lasts until August 26th, you seek out and (mostly) achieve peace and serenity within the home or with family. It’s a great time for entertaining in the home, hosting, and occasions to remember. Use this cycle to iron out difficulties on the domestic front, boost warmth in close relationships, make yourself more comfortable, and redecorate or beautify your surroundings. It’s a great time to learn more about your needs for security, love, and nurture. While this is not the most openly expressive period for your affections with the rest of the world, it is a strong time for connecting with family.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

Your social life, close relationships, partnerships, and companionship are in stronger focus today with the Moon in your solar seventh house all day, dear Taurus. Also today, Venus moves into your communications sector for the next three and a half weeks. During this creative cycle, you’re likely to enjoy greater involvement with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and acquaintances. You might take pleasure in running errands or opportunities open up to you as you go about your daily affairs. You also enjoy exploring mental interests and topics as well as learning new things. Love and communications are connected to one another in significant ways now. For some, there can be increased communications with friends and lovers, or you are meeting people through daily routines, transportation, and places of learning. You’re also bringing more charm and warmth to your communications, and you might take on the role of mediator.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The Moon spends another day in your work and health sector, dear Gemini, and you’re focused on the details more than the big picture. This is a day for fixing problems and getting your life back on track. Also today, Venus leaves your sign today and enters your resources sector, where she will stay until August 26th. This transit tends to improve or make favorable your finances and resources. You’re likely to enjoy an ease of pressure on financial fronts, or you take greater comfort and pleasure in what you already have. This transit awakens and augments your practical eye and natural sense of balance. Security and comfort are important to you during this period — more one than the other depending on your current circumstances. Love could be a little quieter, but also more stable or status quo. It’s a time for wanting to settle in and enjoy yourself.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

The Moon spends the day in your sector of creativity and fun, dear Cancer, enlivening your mood. Also today, Venus moves into your sign, ending a several-week cycle in which you were on the fence with your affections or feeling a little underwhelmed or overlooked in your personal life. Venus in Cancer lasts until August 26th and gives a boost to your personal popularity. While this can be a time of some over-indulgence, it may very well be deserved! You’re likely to receive more positive attention during this cycle, and people find you especially attractive or pleasant. This is a time for carrying yourself with more confidence and warmth. Efforts to improve your image or style can be very successful during this cycle, and it’s a better time of the year to socialize, date, mingle, shop, and discover new sources of pleasure and entertainment.

Leo

Leo
Leo

The Moon spends another day at the bottom of your solar chart, dear Leo, stimulating a need to reconnect with your roots, get comfortable, or stick with familiar places and faces. Also today, Venus enters your privacy sector. During this transit that lasts until August 26th, you’ll do well for yourself taking more time to yourself or for rest, relaxation, solitude, and peace. Watch for a tendency to do too much for others to the point that your own needs go unnoticed. However, underplaying your needs may be useful and appropriate just for now as you reconnect with what feels right. You may be in a supportive role to others. This can either be a quieter time for your love life, a time of endings, or merely an inclination to keep your feelings or relationships private. When it comes to money and love, which can seem a little more complicated than usual, you may be going over the past and taking more time to come to conclusions or decisions.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

The Moon spends another full day in your communications sector, dear Virgo, and you’re likely to keep yourself busy. Curiosity keeps you mentally engaged, although sometimes rather distracted! Effort does have its payoffs this morning, however. Also today, Venus enters your social sector for a three and a half week stay. This visit is a pleasant one, as it enhances your popularity and appeal. It can be a time of increased social invites or pleasant contact with friends and groups. It can also be a great cycle for strengthening or forming friendships and connections that benefit you both personally and professionally. You may be a little more detached, perhaps just enough to facilitate enjoying yourself more thoroughly in new situations. Camaraderie is of particular importance in your love life and your social life during this cycle that lasts until August 26th.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

The Moon spends another day in your resources sector, dear Libra, and you’re looking to settle in and enjoy yourself. It’s a good day for finding reasons to appreciate your life in fundamental ways, as well as for earthy, grounding activities. Also today, Venus begins its transit of your solar tenth house. With Venus at the top of your solar chart, your finer qualities are getting noticed! For some, your feelings for someone or your relationships or personal life may become a little more public. Your reputation and image improve. Superiors see you in a more favorable light. You’re bringing more charm to your professional or public life, and your creative vision or people skills can be on show. It’s a good time to polish your look, image, and style. Advancing your career now can involve being especially friendly and personable.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

The Moon spends another day in your sign, dear Scorpio, and you’re enjoying more visibility, attention, and colorful feelings and experiences. Its harmony with your ruler, Pluto, this morning helps you feel especially connected and purposeful. Also today, Venus moves into your adventure and spirit sector, and into a favorable position to your sign. This transit, lasting until August 26th, is a good one for enjoying more cultural events, learning, and engaging experiences in your life. Friendly relations with in-laws, teachers, lawyers, or publishers can be in focus for some of you. It can be a pleasant and productive period for activities related to sharing, learning, promoting, and imagining. You may be inspired by someone or by an idea or experience during this cycle, and opportunities, particularly social and financial, can emerge from non-routine places and experiences.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

The Moon spends another day in your privacy sector, dear Sagittarius, marking the tail-end of a lunar cycle. This is a time for sorting through recent experiences and deciding what to leave behind you and what to bring forward into the new cycle that begins tomorrow. The Moon enters your sign tomorrow morning. Also today, Venus enters your solar eighth house and will be a guest in this sector until August 26th. It’s a great time for gaining support, if needed, or for smoothing out problems related to debts, ownership matters, and power dynamics. There are stronger themes of passion, attachment, and intensity in your love life or relationship with yourself now. You’ll take particular pleasure in private moments, thoughts, and observations during this cycle, and you tend to evaluate situations and people based on deep hunches and feelings.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

The Moon spends the day in your friendship sector once again, dear Capricorn, and you’re looking for comfortable, friendly activities and connections. People are generally supportive of you today — and you of them! Also today, Venus enters your partnership sector — a transit, lasting until August 26th, that typically brings helpful, friendly people into your life or special warmth to existing relationships. It can be ideal for one-to-one relationships, which are particularly trustworthy or peaceful and content at this time. Your rapport with others builds or steadies now. You are more companionable than usual, and you’re also more attentive to others’ needs and wants. You’re going to unusual lengths to understand and enjoy others in your life, which has nice payoffs!

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon spends its second full day in your sector of career and reputation, dear Aquarius, and you’re particularly goal-focused and ready to take charge. You’re more aware than usual of your image and performance. Also today, Venus moves into your work and health sector, blessing working relationships and improving your relationship with your job and routines until August 26th. This is a good cycle in which to create more balance and happiness in your daily life and working life. You could be forming friendships or possibly love connections on the job, or you might pretty up your work environment now. Others more thoroughly appreciate your help and service, primarily because you’re sincerely enjoying it more.

Pisces

PIsces
Pisces

The Moon spends another full day in your adventure sector, dear Pisces, and lifts your thoughts and feelings to greater heights as you connect with the needs of your spirit. You seek out new ways to enjoy yourself or to experience life more fully. Learning and sharing ideas can be in stronger focus. Also today, Venus moves into your romance and creativity sector — one of the best house transits of Venus. This can be a time of new or increased romance, pleasure, and satisfying games, pastimes, and recreation. This transit lasts until August 26th and is a strong time for vacationing or attending to hobbies and leisure activities. You’re inclined to splurge a little or share your feelings more openly than usual. This is a good period for creative pursuits, dates, and interviews.

 

Your Daily Tarot Card for July 30

 

 

The Tower

Keywords: sudden change, pride, houses and buildings, liberation!

Astrological Correspondence: Mars

The Tower card first and foremost illustrates that neither physical nor emotional structures that we build are permanent and stable; instead, they can be destroyed suddenly, thereby initiating change that we have tried to avoid. The sudden change resembled by the crumbling tower reminds us of letting go of outgrown beliefs and values, of releasing an illusion, an unhealthy relationship, an old way of life. The sudden change frees us to face the unknown, frees us to move forward instead of stagnate, frees us from social conventions and enlightens us on our path so that we reach a new level of understanding about our purpose in life. Not embracing the inevitable change brings out the negative elements that the Tower also depicts: being struck down by one’s own doing, by vanity and the inability to change so that one remains stagnant.

Your Daily Love Tarot Card for July 30

 

 

The Emperor

Are you involved in a relationship with a dominating personality? Does this person just keep on taking just as much as you can give? Let the image of a ‘steamroller approaching a bruised peach’ flash through your mind. Do you really want to be either the former or the latter? The Emperor card selected you to urge you to get back in touch with your inner strength and power.

Your Erotic Tarot Card for July 30

 

 

Strength

Your sex life gains some serious momentum today with the appearance of the Strength card. You have tremendous inner strength when it comes to getting what you want, and that includes sexual conquests. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to try out some new moves, the Strength card urges you to act now! There may be some obstacles in your way, but you welcome any and all challenges. Anyone playing hard to get right now is like putty in your hands.

Your Daily Rune for July 30 is Eihwaz

 

 

 

Eihwaz

Yew-was” – Literally: “Yew” – Esoteric: Yggdrasil or Kundalini

“The axis or process of spiritual becoming.” Upper and lower worlds meeting in Midgard (earth). Rune of the mysteries of life and death.

Psi: death mysteries, the timeless, kundalini,

Energy: axis of heaven-earth-hel, secrecy, encoding, immortality, the chakra system (hvel)

Mundane: longevity, initiations, trees

Divinations: movement toward Enlightenment, endurance, initiation, protection; or confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness, death

Governs:
Initiation into the wisdom of the World Tree (Yggdrasil) and hvel (chakras)
Liberation from the fear of death.
Development of spiritual endurance and hard will to gain initiative
Spiritual vision
Communication between levels of reality – the Worlds or Yggdrasil

Your Daily Thoth Card for July 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Daily Karmic Number for July 30

 

The 6 appears now to remind you to have faith that you will find and keep true love. It may not be today, unless you are 100 percent comfortable with who you are at this very moment. Yes, it starts with you as an individual in self-love. When Harry met Sally they barely tolerated each other before falling in love. Six says you can skip the drama if you focus on yourself first. You had too many demands in a previous life that left you in a string of unsavory situations. Save time and practice self-love. Then you will meet the one who truly deserves your attention.

The Words of Confucius

You cannot open a book without learning something.

Lughnasadh

 

The Celtic harvest festival on August 1st takes its name from the Irish god Lugh, one of the chief gods of the Tuatha De Danann, giving us Lughnasadh in Ireland, Lunasdál in Scotland, and Laa Luanys in the Isle of Man. (In Wales, this time is known simply as Gwl Awst, the August Feast.)

Lugh dedicated this festival to his foster-mother, Tailtiu, the last queen of the Fir Bolg, who died from exhaustion after clearing a great forest so that the land could be cultivated. When the men of Ireland gathered at her death-bed, she told them to hold funeral games in her honor. As long as they were held, she prophesied Ireland would not be without song. Tailtiu’s name is from Old Celtic Talantiu, “The Great One of the Earth,” suggesting she may originally have been a personification of the land itself, like so many Irish goddesses. In fact, Lughnasadh has an older name, Brón Trogain, which refers to the painful labor of childbirth. For at this time of year, the earth gives birth to her first fruits so that her children might live.

Tailtiu gives her name to Teltown in County Meath, where the festival was traditionally held in early Ireland. It evolved into a great tribal assembly, attended by the High King, where legal agreements were made, political problems discussed, and huge sporting contests were held on the scale of an early Olympic Games. Artists and entertainers displayed their talents, traders came from far and wide to sell food, farm animals, fine crafts and clothing, and there was much storytelling, music, and high-spirited revelry, according to a medieval eye-witness account:

 

“Trumpets, harps, hollow-throated horns, pipers, timpanists, unwearied…fiddlers, gleemen, bone-players and bag-pipers, a rude crowd, noisy, profane, roaring and shouting.”

This was also an occasion for handfasting, or trial marriages. Young men and women lined up on either side of a wooden gate in a high wall, in which a hole was carved, large enough for a hand. One by one, girl and boy would grasp a hand in the hole, without being able to see who was on the other side. They were now married, and could live together for year and day to see if it worked out. If not, the couple returned to next year’s gathering and officially separated by standing back to back and walking away from each other.

Throughout the centuries, the grandeur of Teltown dwindled away, but all over Ireland, right up to the middle of this century, country-people have celebrated the harvest at revels, wakes, and fairs – and some still continue today in the liveliest manner. It was usually celebrated on the nearest Sunday to August 1st, so that a whole day could be set aside from work. In later times, the festival of Lughnasadh was christianized as Lammas, from the Anglo-Saxon, hlaf-mas, “Loaf-Mass,” but in rural areas, it was often remembered as “Bilberry Sunday,” for this was the day to climb the nearest “Lughnasadh Hill” and gather the earth’s freely-given gifts of the little black berries, which they might wear as special garlands or gather in baskets to take home for jam.

As of old, people sang and danced jigs and reels to the music of melodeons, fiddles and flutes, and held uproarious sporting contests and races. In some places, a woman-or an effigy of one-was crowned with summer flowers and seated on a throne, with garlands strewn at her feet. Dancers whirled around her, touching her garlands or pulling off a ribbon for good luck. In this way, perhaps, the ancient goddess of the harvest was still remembered with honor.

Lughnasadh Ritual Tools, Symbols, and Decorations

Altar Decorations: Gold or yellow altar cloth; gold altar candles; four ears of corn, each tied with a yellow and orange ribbon; small basket of fruit; gold-colored pillar candle; chalice covered with a yellow cloth; red and white wine; cornbread or ritual cakes.

Symbols: Corn; bread and all baked goods; the pentacle; the hearth, broom, and things connected with the home; baskets filled with corn and fresh vegetables; gift baskets filled with fresh baked goods and tied with gold ribbons; dried corn husks for making corn dollies.

Setting Up Your Lammas (Lughnasadh) Altar

It’s Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth — the grain god dies, but will be reborn again in the spring. Depending on your tradition, you may also observe this Sabbat as the day of the Celtic craftsman god, Lugh. Either way, you can try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, someone using a bookshelf as an altar will have less flexibility than someone using a table, but use what calls to you most.

Colors of the Season
It’s the end of summer, and soon the leaves will begin to change. However, the sun is still fiery and hot. Use a combination of summer and fall colors — the yellows and oranges and reds of the sun can also represent the turning leaves to come. Add some browns and greens to celebrate the fertility of the earth and the crops being harvested. Cover your altar with cloths that symbolize the changing of the season from summer to harvest time, and use candles in deep, rich colors — reds, burgundies, or other autumn shades are perfect this time of year.

Symbols of the Harvest
The harvest is here, and that means it’s time to include symbols of the fields on your altar. Sickles and scythes are appropriate, as are baskets. Sheafs of grain, fresh picked fruits and vegetables, a jar of honey, or loaves of bread are perfect for the Lammastide altar.

Honoring the God Lugh
If your celebrations focus more on the god Lugh, observe the Sabbat from an artisan’s point of view.

Place symbols of your craft or skill on the altar — a notebook, your special paints for artists, a pen for writers, other tools of your creativity.

Other Symbols of Lammas (Lughnasadh)
Grapes and wine
Corn dolls
Ears of corn
⦁ Iron, such as tools or weaponry or armor
⦁ Fall flowers, such as cornflowers or poppies
⦁ Straw braids
Onion garlands

Author

Patti Wigington

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Lammas incense

Ingredients:

2 parts frankincense
2 parts sandalwood
1 part pine resin
1/2 part bay
1/2 part cinnamon
1/2 part coriander
1/2 part meadowsweet
1/2 part oregano
1/2 part rosemary
A few drops rose oil

Slightly less oak moss oil

Very little patchouli oil (start with one drop)

Mix well. Burn during Lughnasadh/Lammas rituals.

 

 

Lammas Ritual Potpourri

Ingredients:

20 drops clove bud oil
25 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cup dried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers

Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container. Simmer during Lughnasadh/Lammas rituals

 

 

Lughnasadh Philtre

Ingredients:

Yarrow
Rose
Poppy seeds
mushrooms
Barley
Basil
Raspberry leaf
Strawberry leaf
Mugwort
Heliotrope
Comfrey
3 drops Macha oil
3 drops Cerridwen Oil
3 drops Lugh Oil

 

 

Lammas Soap

⦁ 1 cup grated unscented soap
⦁ 1/4 cup hot water
⦁ 1 tbsp. apricot oil
⦁ 1 tbsp. sunflower petals
⦁ 1/2 tbsp. blackberry leaves
⦁ 6 drops rosemary oil
⦁ 3 drops sandalwood oil

Place grated soap in a heat-proof non-metallic container and add the hot water and apricot oil. Leave until it is cool enough to handle, and then mix together with your hands. If the soap is floating on the water, add more soap. Leave to sit for 10 minutes, mixing occasionally, until the soap is soft and mushy. Once the soap, water, and oil are blended completely, add the dry ingredients. Once the mixture is cool, then add the essential oils (essential oils evaporate quickly in heat). Enough essential oils should be added to overcome the original scent of the soap. Blend thoroughly and then divide the soap mixture into four to six pieces. Squeeze the soaps, removing as much excess water as possible into the shape you desire, and tie in a cheesecloth. Hang in a warm, dry place until the soap is completely hard and dry.

Recipe adapted from Kate West’s The Real Witches’ Kitchen Sabbat Soap recipe.

 

Deities of the Fields

When Lammastide rolls around, the fields are full and fertile. Crops are abundant, and the late summer harvest is ripe for the picking. This is the time when the first grains are threshed, apples are plump in the trees, and gardens are overflowing with summer bounty. In nearly every ancient culture, this was a time of celebration of the agricultural significance of the season. Because of this, it was also a time when many gods and goddesses were honored.

These are some of the many deities who are connected with this earliest harvest holiday.

Adonis (Assyrian): Adonis is a complicated god who touched many cultures. Although he’s often portrayed as Greek, his origins are in early Assyrian religion. Adonis was a god of the dying summer vegetation. In many stories, he dies and is later reborn, much like Attis and Tammuz.

Attis (Phrygean): This lover of ⦁ Cybele went mad and castrated himself, but still managed to get turned into a pine tree at the moment of his death. In some stories, Attis was in love with a Naiad, and jealous Cybele killed a tree (and subsequently the Naiad who dwelled within it), causing Attis to castrate himself in despair. Regardless, his stories often deal with the theme of rebirth and regeneration.

Ceres (Roman): Ever wonder why crunched-up grain is called cereal? It’s named for Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest and grain. Not only that, she was the one who taught lowly mankind how to preserve and prepare corn and grain once it was ready for threshing. In many areas, she was a mother-type goddess who was responsible for agricultural fertility.

Dagon (Semitic): Worshipped by an early Semitic tribe called the Amorites, Dagon was a god of fertility and agriculture. He’s also mentioned as a father-deity type in early Sumerian texts and sometimes appears as a fish god. Dagon is credited with giving the Amorites the knowledge to build the plough.

Demeter (Greek): The Greek equivalent of Ceres, Demeter is often linked to the changing of the seasons. She is often connected to the image of the Dark Mother in late fall and early winter. When her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter’s grief caused the earth to die for six months, until Persephone’s return.

Lugh (Celtic): Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. He is sometimes associated with midsummer because of his role as a harvest god, and during ⦁ the summer solstice the crops are flourishing, waiting to be plucked from the ground at Lughnasadh.

Mercury (Roman): Fleet of foot, Mercury was a messenger of the gods. In particular, he was a god of commerce and is associated with the grain trade. In late summer and early fall, he ran from place to place to let everyone know it was time to bring in the harvest. In Gaul, he was considered a god not only of agricultural abundance but also of commercial success.

Neper (Egyptian): This androgynous grain deity became popular in Egypt during times of starvation. He later was seen as an aspect of ⦁ Osiris, and part of the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Parvati (Hindu): Parvati was a consort of the god Shiva, and although she does not appear in Vedic literature, she is celebrated today as a goddess of the harvest and protector of women in the annual Gauri Festival.

Pomona (Roman): This apple goddess is the keeper of orchards and fruit trees. Unlike many other agricultural deities,  Pomona is not associated with the harvest itself, but with the flourishing of fruit trees. She is usually portrayed bearing a cornucopia or a tray of blossoming fruit.

Tammuz (Sumerian): This Sumerian god of vegetation and crops is often associated with the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

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Patti Wigington

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Lammas Customs and Traditions

In many cultures, there are different legends and lore surrounding Lammas (Lughnasadh). Here are a few of the stories about this magical harvest celebration from around the world.

⦁ In Israel, the festival of Shavout commemorates the beginning of the harvest, as well as honoring the date that Moses received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The final sheaf of wheat is brought to the rabbi for a blessing, synagogues and homes are decorated with flower, and a great feast is prepared for all to enjoy.

⦁ The festival of Onam is celebrated in India, and people dress up in their finest clothes and give food to the poor. Onam is celebrated in honor of King Mahabali, who was a ruler of Kerala. In one story, the god Vishnu approached Mahabali dressed as a beggar, and asked for land, which Mahabali gave him. Mahabli ended up buried under the earth by Vishnu, but was allowed to return once a year, symbolizing the planting of the seed and the subsequent harvest.

Thor’s wife, Sif, had beautiful golden hair, until  Loki the prankster cut it off. Thor was so upset he wanted to kill Loki, but some dwarves spun new hair for Sif, which grew magically as soon as it touched her head. The hair of Sif is associated with the harvest, and the golden grain that grows every year.

⦁ In the Shetland Islands, farmers believed that grain harvesting should only take place during a waning moon. They also believed this about the fall potato crop, and the cutting of peat.

⦁ At Lughnasadh, calves are weaned, and the first fruits are ripe, such as apples and grapes. In some Irish counties, it was believed farmers had to wait until Lughnasadh to start picking these fruits, or bad luck would befall the community.

⦁ In some countries, Lammas is a time for ⦁ warrior games and mock battles. This may hearken back to the days when a harvest festival was held, and people would come from miles around to get together. What better way for young men to show off their strength and impress the girls than by whacking away at all the competition? Games and contests are also held in ⦁ honor of Lugh, the mighty Celtic craftsman god, in which artisans offer up their finest work.

⦁ It’s become a custom to give people the gift of a pair of gloves at Lammastide. In part, it’s because winter is just around the corner, but it’s also related to an old tradition in which landowners gave their tenants a pair of gloves after the harvest. The glove is a symbol of authority and benevolence.

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Patti Wigington

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The Legend of John Barleycorn

 

John Barleycorn is a character who symbolizes not only the harvest, but the products made from it as well.

 

In English folklore, John Barleycorn is a character who represents the crop of barley harvested each autumn. Equally as important, he symbolizes the wonderful drinks which can be made from barley — beer and whiskey — and their effects. In the traditional folksong, John Barleycorn, the character of John Barleycorn endures all kinds of indignities, most of which correspond to the cyclic nature of planting, growing, harvesting, and then death.

 

Although written versions of the song date back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, there is evidence that it was sung for years before that. There are a number of different versions, but the most well-known one is the Robert Burns version, in which John Barleycorn is portrayed as an almost Christ-like figure, suffering greatly before finally dying so that others may live.

 

In The Golden Bough, Sir James Frazer cites John Barleycorn as proof that there was once a Pagan cult in England that worshipped a god of vegetation, who was sacrificed in order to bring fertility to the fields. This ties into the related story of the Wicker Man, who is burned in effigy. Ultimately, the character of John Barleycorn is a metaphor for the spirit of grain, grown healthy and hale during the summer, chopped down and slaughtered in his prime, and then processed into beer and whiskey so he can live once more.

 

The lyrics to the Robert Burns version of the song are as follows:

 

There was three kings into the east,
three kings both great and high,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn must die.

 

They took a plough and plough’d him down,
put clods upon his head,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.

 

But the cheerful Spring came kindly on’
and show’rs began to fall.
John Barleycorn got up again,
and sore surprised them all.

 

The sultry suns of Summer came,
and he grew thick and strong;
his head well arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
that no one should him wrong.

 

The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
when he grew wan and pale;
his bendin’ joints and drooping head
show’d he began to fail.

 

His colour sicken’d more and more,
and he faded into age;
and then his enemies began
to show their deadly rage.

 

They took a weapon, long and sharp,
and cut him by the knee;
they ty’d him fast upon a cart,
like a rogue for forgerie.

 

They laid him down upon his back,
and cudgell’d him full sore.
they hung him up before the storm,
and turn’d him o’er and o’er.

 

They filled up a darksome pit
with water to the brim,
they heav’d in John Barleycorn.
There, let him sink or swim!

 

They laid him upon the floor,
to work him farther woe;
and still, as signs of life appear’d,
they toss’d him to and fro.

 

They wasted o’er a scorching flame
the marrow of his bones;
but a miller us’d him worst of all,
for he crush’d him between two stones.

 

And they hae taen his very hero blood
and drank it round and round;
and still the more and more they drank,
their joy did more abound.

 

John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
of noble enterprise;
for if you do but taste his blood,
’twill make your courage rise.

 

‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
’twill heighten all his joy;
’twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
tho the tear were in her eye.

 

Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
each man a glass in hand;
and may his great posterity
ne’er fail in old Scotland!

Author

Patti Wigington

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Ritual Honoring Lugh of the Many Skills

Lugh was known to the Celts as a god of craftsmanship and skill — in fact, he was known as the Many-Skilled God, because he was good at so many different things. In one legend, Lugh arrives at Tara, and is denied entrance. He enumerates all the great things he can do, and each time the guard says, “Sorry, we’ve already got someone here who can do that.” Finally Lugh asks, “Ah, but do you have anyone here who can do them ALL?”

Take the opportunity this day to celebrate your own skills and abilities, and make an offering to Lugh to honor him, the god of craftsmanship.
Before you begin, take a personal inventory. What are your strong points? Everyone has a talent — some have many, some have one that they’re really good at. Are you a poet or writer? Do you sing? How about needlecraft, woodworking, or beading? Can you tap dance? Do you cook? How about painting? Think about all the things you can do — and all of the things you’d like to learn to do, and the things you’d like to get better at. Once you sit down and think about it, you might be surprised to realize how accomplished you really are.

Decorate your altar with items related to your skill or talent. If your skill relates to something tangible, like sewing or jewelry-making, put some of your craft supplies on the altar. If it’s an ability to DO, rather than MAKE, such as dancing or singing, put some symbol of your ability on your altar.

Do you have a favorite outfit you wear when you dance? A particular song lyric that you know you’re fabulous with? Add as many items as you like to your altar.

You’ll need a candle to symbolize Lugh, the god. Any harvest color is good, because he came up with the idea of a grain festival to honor his foster mother, Tailtiu.

Place the candle on your altar in the center. Feel free to add some stalks of grain if you like — you can combine this rite with one honoring the harvest, if you choose.

Light the candle, and take a moment to think about all the things you are good at. What are they? Are you proud of your accomplishments? Now’s your chance to boast a little, and take some pride in what you’ve learned to do. Announce your own talents in the following incantation. Say:

Mighty Lugh, the many-skilled god,
he who is a patron of the arts,
a master of trades, and a silver-tongued bard.
Today I honor you, for I am skilled as well.
I am deft with a needle,
strong of voice,
and paint beauty with my brush strokes.

**Obviously, you would insert your pride in your own skills here.

Now, consider what you wish to improve upon. Is your tennis-playing out of whack? Do you feel inadequate at bungee jumping, yodeling, or drawing? Now’s the time to ask Lugh for his blessing. Say:

Lugh, many-skilled one,
I ask you to shine upon me.
Share your gifts with me,
and make me strong in skill.

At this time, you should make an offering of some sort. The ancients made offerings in exchange for the blessings of their gods — quite simply, petitioning a god was a reciprocal act, a system of exchange.

Your offering can a tangible one: grain, fruit, wine, or even a sample of your skillwork — imagine dedicating a song or painting to Lugh. It can also be an offering of time or loyalty. Whatever it is, it should come from the heart.
Say:

I thank you, mighty Lugh, for hearing my words tonight.
I thank you for blessing me with the skills I have.
I make this offering of bread and wine* to you
as a small token of honor.

Take a few more moments and reflect on your own abilities. Do you have faith in your skills, or do you deflect compliments from others? Are you insecure about your abilities, or do you feel a surge of pride when you sew/dance/sing/hulahoop? Meditate on your offering to Lugh for a few moments, and when you are ready, end the ritual.

If you are performing this rite as part of a group, family or coven setting, go around in a circle and have each person take their turn to express their pride in their work, and to make their offerings to Lugh.

Author

Patti Wigington

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Lammas Gratitude and Bread Blessing Ritual

As anyone who practices gratitude on a regular basis will tell you, it really pays to express appreciation for the blessings in your life. This is because of the Law of Attraction—the more you appreciate, the more you attract new things and circumstances to appreciate!

But it’s also good to express gratitude simply for its own sake. Any Sabbat is an excellent occasion to do so, but it’s especially appropriate at Lammas, the season of the first fruits.

This ritual provides a simple, elegant structure for thanking the God and Goddess, Nature, or whatever your term may be for the powers that govern the Universe. If seven candles are too much to manage for whatever reason, you can certainly use fewer, but it’s nice to get a little decadent with this if you can.

You will need:

7 gold, yellow and orange candles (any size and in any combination)
Handful of fresh sunflower and/or calendula petals
Loaf of fresh-baked bread
Pen (or pencil) and writing paper

Instructions:

Arrange the candles and sprinkle the petals among them in a manner that pleases you.

Place the bread in front of the candles and light one of them.

Now, make a list of at least 10 blessings you’ve experienced over the past few months. These can be hugely significant or “little things.” Usually, it will be a combination of both. You will likely find that more and more things occur to you as you write (again, the Law of Attraction at work).

When you’ve got a good list together, light the rest of the candles and then read the list aloud, starting with “Thank you for…” before each item.
Now, hold the bread up toward the sky and say the following (or similar) words:

“God and Goddess, I thank you for this bread, which represents all the blessings I have listed here and more. May all on Earth be nourished by the bounty of Nature. So let it be.”

Eat some of the bread, and be sure to use the rest of it over the coming days.

Source

Wicca Wheel of the Year Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to the Sabbats, with History, Symbolism, Celebration Ideas, and Dedicated Sabbat Spells
Lisa Chamberlain

 

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The Witches Digest No.11 for July 28th (Plus Lammas Primer No. 2)

The Witches Digest No.11

Friday, July 28th, 2017

(Plus Lammas Primer No. 2)

 

Lughnasadh

Waning days
Waving grain
The summer months begin to fade
The horned one walks to the shades
Day of first fruits
You reap what you sow
Is your grain all bland
Or with flavor, you know
Nines months we have nurtured
And cared for our goals
Now we are birthing
Like mother and foal
The seeds we have planted
Watered and helped grow
We now begin harvesting
The seeds we have sown
But the growing is not over
More cycles to pass
So weed your fields
Err it be your ass
Tis a time of great merriment
Games to be played
To honored the ancients
And the wisdom they say
Hail to Fair Tailltiu
For whom the games are named
That tests the skill and knowledge of both me and you

—-Rev. Raven Spirit, Author
Published On Witchery

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, July 28th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 92.75° E
Sun Altitude: 35.97°
Sun Distance: 94.387 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:56 am↑ 65° East
Sunset Today: 8:04 pm↑ 294° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 8 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 69.68° ENE
Moon Altitude: -27.31°
Moon Distance: 242205 mi
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Moonrise: Today11:29 am
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 30.2%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Astronomy for Friday, July 28th

The Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent.
The New Moon occurred on the 23rd in the sign of Leo, and a First Quarter Moon will occur on July 3oth.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from August 12-September 5).

Moon in Libra

Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.

 

The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.

The Sky This Week for July 28 to 30

 

Constellations, a crescent Moon, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, July 28

The waxing crescent Moon appears about one-third illuminated this evening, when it lies just 3° above brilliant Jupiter. The two lie about 25° high in the southwest an hour after sundown and look spectacular from then until they set after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Although the naked eye and binoculars show this conjunction best, a telescope delivers great views of magnitude –1.9 Jupiter all week. The giant planet’s disk spans 35″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.

Saturday, July 29

Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. The innermost planet lies 27° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition (the configuration officially occurs at 1 a.m. EDT on the 30th). Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies some 8° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.3. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with naked eyes.) Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight, but meteor rates remain essentially the same from July 27 to August 1. And with the nearly First Quarter Moon setting around midnight local daylight time, early morning viewing conditions should be ideal. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, which rises in late evening and appears highest in the hours before dawn. At its best, the shower produces 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a dark sky, though the highest rates occur at tropical locations and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 30

First Quarter Moon arrives at 11:23 a.m. EDT. Our satellite won’t rise until around 1:30 p.m. local daylight time, however, so observers in the Americas won’t see it precisely half-lit. As darkness falls this evening, the Moon appears about 55 percent illuminated and resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales.

Venus’ rapid eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Taurus the Bull into Orion the Hunter this morning. The planet will reside in this non-zodiacal constellation for only two days, however, and will cross into Gemini the Twins on August 1.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Today is Friday, July 28th

 

Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:

Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Friday, July 28th

The Irish sacrificial god, Domhnach Chrom Dubh, is connected with the festival of Lammas as is John Barleycorn, personification of grain, who is killed by being cut at this time.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Goddess Book of Days for July 28th

 

St. Christopher’s Day in the Church calendar, derived from the Scandinavian God Thor. He is also Zeus, Jupiter, Damballah, Obatala, Ra, Quetzalcoatl, Chango, Woden, Tlaloc, Christ, and Jehovah.

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

Today is July 28th, We Celebrate This Day….

Sandcastle Days (California)

OLD WOMAN OF THE SEA

 

Themes: Water; Recreation; Rest; Art

Symbols: Sand; Saltwater; Sea Creatures

About the Old Woman of the Sea:
Among the Native Americans of California, this simple designation says it all. This goddess is a primordial being whose essence and power is linked with the ocean and all that dwells within. Old Woman of the Sea washes into our lives today with waves of refreshment and relaxation. She is also a powerful helpmate for all water-related magic.

To Do Today: Sandcastle-building competitions began in Imperial Beach, California, in 1981. Many of the artistically crafted sculptures feature sea creatures and other water themes. Alongside the festival, all manner of community activities take place, including children’s competitions, feasting, and live music. So, stop by a gardening store and get yourself a little sand! Mix up some saltwater to mold and shape it. As you do, listen to some watery music, and focus on the Old Woman of the Sea. Try to capture her image in the sand, and as you do, you will capture her magical power in your heart.

If you live anywhere near a beach, today’s a perfect time to practice sand and water magic. Write a symbol in the sand describing what you hope to achieve, then let the tide carry it to the Old Woman for an answer. Or, step into the surf and let the goddess draw away your tension and anxiety into her watery depths.

Reference

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Patricia Telesco

On Friday, July 28th, We Honor the God Lugh

“Lug or Lugh (modern Irish Lú) is an Irish deity represented in mythological texts as a hero and High King of the distant past. He is known by the epithets Lámhfhada (meaning “long arm” or “long hand”, or “left hand”), for his skill with a spear or sling, Ildánach (“skilled in many arts”), Samhildánach (“Equally skilled in many arts”), Lonnbeimnech (“fierce striker” or perhaps “sword-shouter”) and Macnia (“boy hero”), and by the matronymic mac Ethlenn or mac Ethnenn (“son of Ethliu or Ethniu”). He is a reflex of the pan-Celtic god Lugus, and his Welsh counterpart is Lleu Llaw Gyffes, “The Bright One with the Strong Hand”. As a young man Lugh travels to Tara to join the court of king Nuada of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The doorkeeper will not let him in unless he has a skill with which to serve the king. He offers his services as a wright, a smith, a champion, a swordsman, a harpist, a hero, a poet and historian, a sorcerer, and a craftsman, but each time is rejected as the Tuatha Dé Danann already have someone with that skill. But when Lugh asks if they have anyone with all those skills simultaneously, the doorkeeper has to admit defeat, and Lugh joins the court and is appointed Chief Ollam of Ireland. He wins a flagstone-throwing contest against Ogma, the champion, and entertains the court with his harp. The Tuatha Dé are at that time oppressed by the Fomorians, and Lugh is amazed how meekly they accept this. Nuada wonders if this young man could lead them to freedom. Lugh is given command over the Tuatha Dé, and he begins making preparations for war. Lugh’s sling rod was the rainbow and the Milky Way which was called “Lugh’s Chain”. He also had a magic spear (named Areadbhar), which, unlike the rod-sling, he had no need to wield since it was alive and thirsted so for blood that only by steeping its head in a sleeping-draught of pounded fresh poppy seeds could it be kept at rest. When battle was near, it was drawn out; then it roared and struggled against its thongs, fire flashed from it, and it tore through the ranks of the enemy once slipped from the leash, never tired of slaying. Lugh is also assisted by a magic hound.”
– Lugh – Wikipedia

Friday’s Magick

Magickal Intent:
Lust
Romance
Happiness
Travel
Friends
Beauty
Sexuality
Harmony
Growth

Planet: Venus

Colors: Pink, Aqua, Seafoam

Crystals: Coral, Emerald, Rose Quartz

The Magickal Day of Friday

 

Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.

 

Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings

 

*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.

 

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

The Witches Guide to Friday

Ruler: Freya, Venus

Colors: Emerald green or pink

Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following.

Key Words: Love, money, health

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. In the word Friday, we see the roots of the name of the Norse goddess Freya, a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses thus the verse “Friday’s child is loving and giving.”

In Spanish this day of the week is called Viernes and is derived from the goddess Venus. Matters of love, human interaction, the fluidity of communication, sewing and the creation of artistic garments, household improvement, shopping, and party planning all fall under the aspects of Friday and its ruling planet, Venus.

Friday’s angels are Ariel/Uriel, Rachiel, and Sachiel. Rachiel also concerns himself with human sexuality and is a presiding spirit of the planet Venus.

On Fridays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Venus, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual.

Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

 

Source

Gypsy Magic

Friday’s Witchery

 

Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell.

Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes, while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.

Source

Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 28th

Independence Day (Peruvian)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Libra

Incense: Orchid

Color: Pink

FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

 

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Vela

 

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

The Beginning of the Harvest:
At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields.

Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest.

Celebrating Grain in Ancient Cultures:
Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The Sumerian god Tammuz was slain and his lover Ishtar grieved so heartily that nature stopped producing. Ishtar mourned Tammuz, and followed him to the Underworld to bring him back, similar to the story of Demeter and Persephone.

In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. Two goddesses, Aphrodite and Persephone, battled for his love. To end the fighting, Zeus ordered Adonis to spend six months with Persephone in the Underworld, and the rest with Aphrodite.

A Feast of Bread:
In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas — it meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities.

However, on August 1, the first sheaves of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season.
The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

Honoring Lugh, the Skillful God:
In some Wiccan and modern Pagan traditions, Lammas is also a day of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. He is a god of many skills, and was honored in various aspects by societies both in the British Isles and in Europe. Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah) is still celebrated in many parts of the world today. Lugh’s influence appears in the names of several European towns.

Honoring the Past:
In our modern world, it’s often easy to forget the trials and tribulations our ancestors had to endure. For us, if we need a loaf of bread, we simply drive over to the local grocery store and buy a few bags of prepackaged bread. If we run out, it’s no big deal, we just go and get more. When our ancestors lived, hundreds and thousands of years ago, the harvesting and processing of grain was crucial. If crops were left in the fields too long, or the bread not baked in time, families could starve. Taking care of one’s crops meant the difference between life and death.

By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables.
Lammas is a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.

Symbols of the Season
The Wheel of the Year has turned once more, and you may feel like decorating your house accordingly. While you probably can’t find too many items marked as “Lammas decor” in your local discount store, there are a number of items you can use as decoration for this harvest holiday.

⦁ Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
⦁ Grapes and vines
⦁ Dried grains — sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
⦁ Corn dolls — you can make these easily using dried husks
⦁ Early fall vegetables, such as squashes and pumpkins
⦁ Late summer fruits, like apples, plums and peaches

Crafts, Song and Celebration
Because of its association with Lugh, the skilled god, Lammas (Lughnasadh) is also a time to celebrate talents and craftsmanship.
It’s a traditional time of year for craft festivals, and for skilled artisans to peddle their wares. In medieval Europe, guilds would arrange for their members to set up booths around a village green, festooned with bright ribbons and fall colors. Perhaps this is why so many modern Renaissance Festivals begin around this time of year!

Lugh is also known in some traditions as the patron of bards and magicians. Now is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents. Learn a new craft, or get better at an old one. Put on a play, write a story or poem, take up a musical instrument, or sing a song. Whatever you choose to do, this is the right season for rebirth and renewal, so set August 1 as the day to share your new skill with your friends and family.

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)

In many cultures, there are different legends and lore surrounding Lammas (Lughnasadh). Here are a few of the stories about this magical harvest celebration from around the world.

⦁ In Israel, the festival of ⦁ Shavout commemorates the beginning of the harvest, as well as honoring the date that Moses received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The final sheaf of wheat is brought to the rabbi for a blessing, synagogues and homes are decorated with flower, and a great feast is prepared for all to enjoy.

⦁ The festival of ⦁ Onam is celebrated in India, and people dress up in their finest clothes and give food to the poor. Onam is celebrated in honor of King Mahabali, who was a ruler of Kerala. In one story, the god Vishnu approached Mahabali dressed as a beggar, and asked for land, which Mahabali gave him. Mahabli ended up buried under the earth by Vishnu, but was allowed to return once a year, symbolizing the planting of the seed and the subsequent harvest.

Thor’s wife, Sif, had beautiful golden hair, until ⦁ Loki the prankster cut it off. Thor was so upset he wanted to kill Loki, but some dwarves spun new hair for Sif, which grew magically as soon as it touched her head. The hair of Sif is associated with the harvest, and the golden grain that grows every year.

⦁ In the Shetland Islands, farmers believed that grain harvesting should only take place during a waning moon. They also believed this about the fall potato crop, and the cutting of peat.

⦁ At Lughnasadh, calves are weaned, and the first fruits are ripe, such as apples and grapes. In some Irish counties, it was believed farmers had to wait until Lughnasadh to start picking these fruits, or bad luck would befall the community.

⦁ In some countries, Lammas is a time for ⦁ warrior games and mock battles. This may hearken back to the days when a harvest festival was held, and people would come from miles around to get together. What better way for young men to show off their strength and impress the girls than by whacking away at all the competition? Games and contests are also held in ⦁ honor of Lugh, the mighty Celtic craftsman god, in which artisans offer up their finest work.

⦁ It’s become a custom to give people the gift of a pair of gloves at Lammastide. In part, it’s because winter is just around the corner, but it’s also related to an old tradition in which landowners gave their tenants a pair of gloves after the harvest. The glove is a symbol of authority and benevolence.

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Protection Magic for Lammas

 

In many magical traditions, workings can be done to ensure protection of home, property, and people. There are a number of simple ways you can do protection workings.

⦁ Make an ⦁ Onion Braid protection charm to hang in your home to protect those who live there.

⦁ Use ⦁ crystals or stones with magical properties, such as Hematite to create a barrier around your home. Put a piece of Hematite at each outside corner of the house.

⦁ Make a ⦁ magical poppet to protect yourself or a loved on.

⦁ Brew up some ⦁ Protection Oil, and anoint yourself with it. This will keep you safe from psychic or ⦁ magical attacks.

⦁ Plant herbs with ⦁ protective properties, such as violet, thistle, honeysuckle, or fennel around your home. When they bloom, harvest them and hang them up to dry. Use the dried herbs in protective sachets or incense.

⦁ Hang an iron horseshoe, open end facing down, to keep evil spirits out of your home. A horseshoe found along the side of a road was particularly powerful, and was known to provide protection against disease. In some areas, the horseshoe is displayed with the open side at the top, to contain good fortune.

⦁ Make a ⦁ batch of Black Salt to sprinkle around your property for protection.

⦁ In western Scotland, it was once popular to make a small cross of rowan twigs and bind them together with red string. Hanging this in the window or over a door will keep negative influences from crossing the threshold.

⦁ If you’re suffering from bad dreams, consider making an ⦁ Herbal Dream Pillow to protect you in your sleep.

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Brew Up Some Vervain Water for Lammas

Vervain was known in many legends as one of the herbs sacred to the Druids. Although it is often associated with the Summer Solstice, the vervain plant is highly potent in late summer, around the time of Lammas.

In Hoodoo and other folk magic traditions, vervain is used to make Van-Van oil – this is simply a blend of vervain and a base oil, simmered and strained. This oil is used to provide magical protection, and clear away evil energies.

In many forms of folklore, vervain is associated with workings that decrease lust – however, the scent of vervain is a well-known aphrodisiac.
In addition to matters of the libido, however, vervain is commonly incorporated as a cleansing herb. You can brew up a batch of vervain water to cleanse your magical tools, asperge around a sacred space, or purify your altar for ritual.

You’ll need:
⦁ 1 / 2 C fresh vervain leaves
⦁ 2 C. boiling water

After your water has come to a boil, pour it over the vervain leaves in a pitcher or bowl. Allow the leaves to steep for half an hour, and then strain. Use a funnel to pour it into a jar. Use the water for cleansing and purification

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Warrior Meditation for Lughnasadh

 

At Lammas, the harvest is kicking in. This is a time of year when the masculine energy of the earth is in full swing. For starters, it’s the season of the spirit of grain, and a time to honor Lugh, the craftsman god. Lugh was not only a craftsman, but a gifted smith and swordsman. The season from late summer to the middle of fall is often a season of heightened energy for those who identify with the warrior soul.

Who Is the Warrior?
The warrior in today’s society is someone who understands the idea of right action. He or she follows a code of honor, and abides by that code even when it may be inconvenient or unpopular. The warrior recognizes that the forces of creation and destruction must be balanced. The warrior is empowered because he or she knows his own circumstances, limitations and goals. Perhaps most importantly, the warrior is someone who has made past mistakes, owned up to them, and learned not to repeat them.

A note on women and the concept of warrior: the notion of a warrior soul is not exclusive to men. Many women have powerful warrior spirits. Think of the warrior soul as an archetype of personal empowerment. Indeed, throughout history, many women have been known as mighty warriors. If it helps you get in touch with your inner warrior, envision some of them as you work. Picture Boadicaea of the Iceni, conquering the Roman army, or Penthesilea battling her lover, Achilles.

If you lean towards more current history, consider France’s Jeanne d’Arc, or Grainne’ ni Mhaille, the Irish pirate. For those who connect best with pop culture, even television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly’s Zoe, or Xena make perfectly good warrior woman archetypes.

Setting the Mood
You may wish to prepare your mind and body prior to starting the meditation.

Some people like to take a ritual bath as a method of cleansing the body, and clearing the mind. If you wish, you can anoint yourself with Blessing Oil or another oil of your choice before beginning. Since you’re performing a warrior meditation, why not try adding a bit of war paint to your face amd body?

Before getting started, make sure you can work undisturbed somewhere for about an hour. Turn off the cell phone, get off the Internet, and send the kids off to play with friends for a while. Perform this meditation outside if at all possible. Set up a small altar that you can sit in front of. Since you’re working outside, consider using a flat stone or a tree stump as a natural altar. On it, place symbols of the warrior spirit: a knife, a drum, an arrow, a shield — anything that helps you connect with your inner warrior. If you have ancestors or loved ones that represent the warrior archetype to you, feel free to include photographs or other heirlooms. Finally, add a purple candle – purple is the color of royalty and power, and of honor.

Although this meditation is designed to be performed solo, it can easily be adapted into a group practice, or turned into a full-fledged ritual.

Welcoming Your Inner Warrior
Sit before your altar, and light the purple candle.

Focus on the flame, and visualize the fiery passion of the warrior soul. Think about the things you’ve done in your life, incidents in which you should have taken one path, but instead chose another. Consider mistakes you’ve made, and how they’ve affected not only you, but other people. Think about the consequences of these actions. Did you learn anything from these events?

Take this knowledge of past action, and move it into the present. As a warrior, you have followed a particular path to get to the present, one with many roadblocks, twists, and obstacles in the way. How has this helped to shape the person you are now? Think about the person you have become, and how you have grown during the different experiences you’ve had.

Now, think about the person you wish to be, and how the past and present will influence the future.

Understand that for you to follow a principle of right action, there may be times when you make decisions that are unpopular. Are you willing to stand up for your convictions? Are you willing to live in a manner that will earn you the respect and honor of others? To do this, you must first and foremost honor and respect yourself. One way to live rightly and with honor is to make a pledge, both to yourself and to the gods of your tradition.

As you focus on the burning flames, say:

I am a warrior.
I am one who lives with honor and pride,
in my deeds, words, and actions.
I am a warrior,
and I pay tribute to myself, my family, and my gods,
by living rightly.
Honor is found not in the sword and the first,
but in wisdom, and courage, and strength.
I will make the changes I need to make,
that I may live in an honorable way
and follow the code of the warrior.
I am a warrior,
and I have control over my mind, my thoughts, and my sword.
I pledge to hold truth in my heart,
to hold strength in my hands,
to be honest in my words,
and to stand on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.
This is the way of the warrior,
and I shall live with honor.

While you do this, envision the warrior archetypes that you wish to emulate. Who are some warriors you look up to and hold in high regard? Think about them, and draw their energy into you. When you are ready to end the ritual, put the candle out.

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Patti Wigington, Author
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To Burn in Sacrifice: A Lammas Ritual

by Melanie Fire Salamander

 

The sun rises hot in the sky, dries the long grass yellow. Summer has settled in, and from crops in the fields and wild things in the forest the sun presses the first fruits of the coming harvest. It’s a classic time for ritual. Around the world, farming cultures have traditionally offered up the first harvest gleanings to their deities to ask that the remaining harvest be full and sweet. So too, symbolically, do we, many of whom have come away from our agrarian roots but still feel the pull of the seasons and the older gods.

 

My coven and I presented the following ritual for Lammas, or Lughnasadh, following one traditional theme of the Sabbat, sacrifice. In many pre-Christian European cultures, Lammas was the time when farmers, probably first using a human representative, later an effigy, sacrificed the Corn King, symbolizing ever-reborn vegetable life. Traces of this tradition can be found throughout the British Isles and the Continent. In the ritual I describe following, participants identify themselves with the dying and rising God by first sacrificing to the fire straw dolls, symbolizing the selves to be left behind so that new selves can be reborn. The ritualists then consider the harvest they have gleaned and continue to glean from the past spring and summer and give thanks. Raising energy to symbolize that harvest and the giving Goddess and God, ritualists put the energy into ritual bread and eat it, taking in the harvest more fully.

Preparation the week before

A week to ten days beforehand, the high priestess or priest begins ritual preparation by making Lammas incense. The recipe for the incense I used is as follows:

2 parts frankincense

2 parts sandalwood

1 part pine resin

1/2 part bay

1/2 part cinnamon

1/2 part coriander

1/2 part meadowsweet

1/2 part oregano

1/2 part rosemary

A few drops rose oil

Slightly less oak moss oil

Very little patchouli oil (start with one drop)

 

On the day before or the day of the ritual, the high priestess or priest bakes Lammas bread. To do so, you can follow any simple bread recipe to produce a loaf to your liking. We shaped ours into the form of a small man for the sake of the sacrifice symbolism, but that’s a personal call. While baking the bread, the ritualist should concentrate on the harvest, the Good Goddess and God and thankfulness. When the bread is finished and cooled, consecrate the bread. I raised energy and consecrated the bread with a pentacle of blessed olive oil, but you can use whatever form of consecration you prefer.

 

During the week before the ritual, participants should collect or make flammable decorations to symbolize attributes or events they’d like to either leave behind or offer as sacrifice. The ritual as structured leaves it up to individual participants to decide whether they want to let go of negative things or truly make sacrifice, giving up something so as to receive blessings from the deities. You can amend the ritual to focus on either approach.

 

During the week before the ritual, the high priest and priestess and any helpers should also collect the following:

 

· Wood, matches and fire starter materials to build a fire

· Straw, enough for all participants to make dolls from

· Multiple colors of yarn and embroidery thread

· Scissors

· Flammable ornament makings, such as colored sisal, dried flowers, flammable cloth, colored paper and markers

 

Bring enough materials that any ritualist who hasn’t been inspired previously can whip up a few symbolic decorations on the spot.
Preparation on the day of the ritual

 

On the ritual day, an hour or two before the rite itself, the high priest, priestess and helpers build a fire, and the high priest and priestess consecrate the built pile of wood and tinder to the ritual purpose, without actually lighting it. Likewise, ritualists set up their usual altar near the firepit (not too close!). On the altar or a side table nearby, helpers place the ritual wine and juice and the various ritual materials.

 

In my coven, we celebrate every Sabbat with a potluck feast. A feast is particularly appropriate after this ritual, which ends with the intake of our year’s harvest. I’d suggest traditional harvest foods (think Thanksgiving), but really hot weather might call for salads and ice cream. Before the ritual, everyone should make or set up their potluck dishes so that the ritual can segue smoothly into feasting and merriment.

 

Just before the ritual begins, the high priest and priestess should explain the ritual to everyone, start the Lammas incense on the altar burning and light the fire.

The ritual itself

The high priestess or priest begins the rite by leading everyone in a grounding exercise.

 

After grounding, the high priest, priestess and coven members cast the circle and invoke elements or directions in their usual way. The Goddess and God should be invoked with their harvest attributes; you can choose a particular pair of harvest deities or just call general female and male deity energy in harvest form.

Creating and burning dolls for sacrifice

The high priestess or priest then explains the technique for making straw dolls. To make such a doll, you take a hank of straw, bend it in half and tie a loop of string around the bent end. That creates the head. You then tie off some straw on one side for one arm and some on the other side for the other arm. Leaving some straw for the torso, tie a belt around the waist. Next, tie off one leg and then the other, and you’re done with your basic straw person. You can tie on or otherwise create genitals if gender is important in your sacrifice.

 

When the doll bodies are done, ritualists decorate them, incorporating the materials they brought and also things provided. Everything that goes on the dolls must be flammable and ideally should burn with a sweet scent. As the ritualists create their dolls, they concentrate on imbuing the dolls with the qualities of self that they bring to sacrifice, that their new selves be reborn. The high priest and priestess should keep an eye out and when doll-making is nearly complete ask the slower workers to finish.

 

When everyone’s done decorating dolls, it’s time to call the energies to sacrifice into the dolls. Before doing so, the high priestess or priest can describe how through this ritual we identify ourselves with the dying and rising God of Grain and Vegetation: Lugh, Tammuz, Dumuzi, Adonis, et al. To raise energy, the group performs a circle dance widdershins around the altar and chants the well-known couplet:

 

Horned one, lover’s son, leaper in the corn

Deep in the Mother, die and be reborn

 

This verse is not entirely vegetation-god oriented, but it’s a sweet chant most pagans know and definitely brings up dying and rising god energy. You can of course create your own chant instead.

 

Using this chant, raise energy and project it into the dolls.

 

When the dolls are imbued with energy, it’s time for sacrifice. Each participant, going widdershins around the circle, walks to the fire and feeds his or her doll to the flames. Ritualists can say a few words or work in silence as their dolls flare up.

 

While the dolls burn, people can also sacrifice to the fire by jumping it, as at other fire festivals. If you choose to do so, you can call out your sacrifice as you leap, or leap in silence. It’s probably best to limit ritualists to one jump each, lest the momentum of the ritual be dissipated. Once all are done jumping, the group grounds any remaining sacrifice energy and moves to the second part of the ritual.
Taking in the harvest as bread

 

At this point, the high priestess or priest asks ritualists to recall their spring and summer, particularly any ritual requests made six months ago at Imbolc, and to consider the things they are beginning to harvest.

 

Having considered their harvest, each group member going deosil around the circle gives thanks, spoken or wordless, for that incipient harvest. After thanks are given, the group raises energy of thanks and hopes for harvest by performing a circle dance deosil around the altar. For this second dance, the group can either create a thanksgiving chant, continue to call out their personal thanks or simply intone:

 

Thank you for the coming harvest, blesséd Lady and Lord.

 

Sometimes simple chants are best.

 

With the chant or calls of thanks, the group sends the raised energy into the ritual bread. The bread consecrated, the high priest and priestess break the loaf, take a piece each and pass the remainder deosil around the circle. Each ritual participant breaks off a chunk and eats it, taking the harvest within. The group follows the bread with ritual wine and juice.

 

When bread, wine and juice are finished, the group releases the elements or directions and deities in their usual way and takes down the circle.

 

This Lammas ritual is simple but contains, I think, some techniques to get energy moving. For me, sacrifice by fire and the intaking of bread — grain transformed by fire — create a satisfying cycle that resonates with the harvest beginning in this season.

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 27 & 28

July 27th and 28th

Hopi Kachina Danc

Celebrated annually, the Hopi Kachina Dances commemorate the Kachina-supernatural beings that help insure the survival of the tribe. The Kachina are believed to be ancient spirits that guide and protect the Hopi people. It is believed that the dances and accompanying religious ceremonies are what bring the rain that will heal the entire community. The ceremonies usually begin at sunrise and end at sunset, when it is believed the Kachina return to the realm of the spirit.

“Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when bounties of nature give of themselves
so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields, Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as you
prepare to deliver yourself under the sickle of the
goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth
as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold.

 

I partake of the first harvest, mixing its energies
with mine that I may continue my quest for the starry
wisdom of perfection.
O Lady of the Moon and Lord of the Sun,
gracious ones before Whom the stars halt their courses,
I offer my thanks for the continuing fertility of the Earth.
May the nodding grain loose its seeds to be buried in
the Mothers breast, ensuring rebirth in the warmth
of the coming Spring.”

– Scott Cunningham, Lammas Ritual

The Current Moon Phase for Friday, July 28th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 29%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details for – Friday, July 28, 2017

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 29%
Moon Age: 5.38 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 391,498.56 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,894,244.75 km
Source
The Moon Giant

Love Secrets in Your DNA Akashic Records

The power of love to bring people together and create a lasting bond is without question one of the most amazing magnetic forces at work in relationships. Have you ever wondered how you could have been attracted to someone or stayed with someone when he or she didn’t fit your idea of the perfect match? Likewise, have you wondered why you are still single or why the person supposedly perfect for you left with no explanation? Continue reading to understand some of the “why” of such things, learning how specific answers can be found in your DNA akashic records.

Why Love Often Doesn’t Make Sense

For starters, know that love quite often doesn’t make sense when your reference point is the conventional world and society norms. Love can seem illogical and unmanageable from that reference point. Love can’t be negotiated, after all. It can’t be put in a box or manipulated.

Love is a living energy that one can only fully appreciate from a holistic big-picture point of view. This larger view includes subtle forces that bring two people together. These forces are quantum, vast, and interconnected on a soul level.

Personal Love-Life History in DNA

Did you know that your entire personal love-life history is actually recorded in your DNA akashic records? Yes, it’s there in the field around your DNA, which can be read like a map by a trained DNA intuitive healer.

When you have a specific relationship issue, or simply a block to finding love, there is usually a very good reason. Investigating this in the DNA akashic records, the cause could have started with an early life experience, or it could go way beyond that.

Most often, there’s a combination of factors at play. It could be an early life wound supplemented by ancestral patterns you house within your DNA. You may never have met the ancestors involved, but their experiences with love could impact you all the same. Likewise, your current issue could be rooted in your past lives – an experience that soured you, a vow you took, or a betrayal that destroyed your trust.

Sometimes your current issue involves the same person you were with before in another lifetime. There are countless other scenarios, too.

Secrets to Love Happiness

Difficulties with love rarely begin this life. Most come from the soul’s numerous experiences in relationship with others. A person who was your father one lifetime could be your husband the next. Roles will sometimes change for the soul to have different experiences, each time learning more about how to love.

Sometimes people make a soul agreement to come together again at a specific time. Not all of these involve romantic partnership. It could be more of a friendship or business partnership. Either way, when the two meet again, there is a strong bond and perhaps instant recognition on an intuitive telepathic level.

When people are connected on these more subtle levels, it can feel mysterious. One or both people often feel that there’s some larger bond at work in the background.

Quite often when people contact me for private sessions, there’s some kind of relationship bond involved. It’s normal to want to understand the connection and the soul-level roots of the relationship.

Demystifying these things can go a long way towards a happier relationship. Example: before getting married or going into business together, one or both partners often want a kind of advance check-in about potential harmony and problems. A lot can be seen about such things in the DNA akashic records. Foresight can make all the difference in creating a happy and lasting partnership.

2017 Relationship Challenges

Relationships of all kinds are having unique challenges during 2017. These are stressful and uncertain times. Tensions are amplified beyond the norm, and even relatively stable relationships can get shaky.

Planetary energies are contributing to the chaos people feel within as they attempt to adapt to the constantly-changing canvas of events. All kinds of very old issues can rise to the surface within people. This can make for quite volatile relationships.

Remember, though, that you and everyone you meet has love at their core. That love is your true nature. It is the energy that fuels you to go on when you get discouraged and nothing makes sense. It is the healing force that brings you back together with your loved one after a misunderstanding.

Walk gently with yourself and others. Allow for mistakes. Allow for the larger picture of interpersonal interactions and relationship bonds. Invite a knowing of hidden puzzle pieces that help explain issues as they arise.

Keep in mind that forces and life events outside your awareness – including from ancestors or past lives – could be impacting your present. Investigate those for DNA healing of root issues preventing harmony.

Each day as you walk your path as a divine changemaker, remember that you are here now on purpose. At a soul level, you chose to be alive now at this pivotal juncture of humanity. You are not a victim. You are at cause, alive to master living in a conscious heart-centered way.

You are here to remember the love that you are and how to express it in all types of situations. When that love is your fuel, your reason for doing and being, you cannot make a mistake or lose your way.

This Weekend’s Love Horoscope: You Didn’t See This Coming

Your love horoscope for the weekend of July 28-30, 2017


This weekend’s romantic vibe will have a pleasant surprise attached to it. Early Sunday morning, Venus and Uranus will be at a supportive angle. This will support an unexpected but positive new direction in your love life. If single, you could meet someone out of the blue. If you’re in a relationship, you and your sweetheart might make unusual plans together in an effort to spice things up. You won’t regret it.

This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*

* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Frday, July 28

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Problem-solving is favored much of the day as you can truly get to the heart of a matter right now, dear Aries. However, there is a tendency to take something too far, and this can interfere with productivity. There’s value to dedication, but compulsion doesn’t do you any good, so draw the line. There can be a real tug of war happening between your desire to create, entertain, and have fun and your desire (or need) to excel at your work and responsibilities. There can be snappiness and irritability as a result, and a sense that the ball is not exactly in your court. You may need to enlist a helper or perhaps simply someone who you can vent with or lean on.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThere can be some misunderstandings today, dear Taurus, as you’re not particularly trusting of what’s on the surface of things. Reading too much into a situation can get the best of your mood today. However, it’s a good time for probing a matter further, investigation, research, and intensive study. Even so, these things may take up a lot of time, steering you away from your priorities! Avoid anything that seems ripe for turning into a power or control game in your interactions, as there are no winners now. The need for familiarity and comfort can be at odds with your desire to get away from it all today, but it may be better to choose one or the other than to stay in a state of limbo.

Gemini

Gemini

Suspicion is something you are likely to battle within yourself today, dear Gemini. Avoid major decision making until your mind clears. Research and analysis are favored, however, as long as you don’t become so absorbed in it that you forget what you should be doing. As well, you can be attracted to all the wrong situations now, so watch for this tendency. On some level, you can be torn between a desire to keep things light or easy and a compulsion to know all. You can be productive with a home or family matter or project, however, and as long as you don’t fret too much over problem areas, you’ll do just fine now.

Cancer

Cancer

You can’t help but see all the flaws today, dear Cancer, and your mind may go to negative places too quickly now. You could also feel that others are pressuring or pushing you, and these vibes don’t mesh well with your rather insular mood today. Vie for mutual trust in your relationships and refuse to accept anything less! Avoid absorbing the the thick tension around you and sidestep power games or manipulation. You need some peace of mind with the Moon transiting your home sector all day, so aim to take care of these needs rather than focus on something that may only serve to drag you down.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeWatch for taking your sense of duty to extremes today, dear Leo, as you may be accumulating too much stress by taking on too many things or going too hard on a particular pursuit or project. Pushing yourself can take its toll on your health and general outlook. Perhaps ironically, many Leos are pushing their desire to get healthier too hard these days! For others, it’s about staying on top of work. Ambition is great, but if worry about your daily routines interferes with the rest of your life, then you need to make a change! Today, also watch for regular conversations that turn into power plays. Money-making or business projects can fare well now with extra dedication, but interactions can very easily become tricky.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeYour mental radar is working hard today, dear Virgo, and perhaps too furiously at times! Watch for stirring up controversy. You might enter a conversation thinking you have everything under control, but if it doesn’t go a certain way, things can get out of hand. Interactions may be intense as a result. Worries and fears tend to dominate your thinking and may drive your communications if you’re not careful. You might have a memory that puts a new and possibly negative spin on an old matter, but consider that your perceptions may be skewed the wrong way. You aren’t likely to come across at your best right now, so if you can, save important conversations and presentations for a more confident, positive time. Pour extra energy into researching information you truly need, or that furthers your cause and helps you to see the positive.

Libra 

Libra

There is a tendency for worries, fears, and concerns to hang around today, dear Libra, affecting your thoughts and communications. Conversations and interactions can be on the tricky side as a result, particularly if you are feeling guilty or insecure about something. Try to avoid setting yourself up for answers that you don’t need to hear right now. People can be resistant to learning or may want to direct the conversations, which can be annoying. While part of you wants to oversee what’s going on around the home or with loved ones, another part would prefer to escape with friends or enjoy something lighter and more positive or forward-looking. Do your best to avoid dwelling on matters that you can’t change, and focus instead on possibilities for the future.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The Moon spends the day in your privacy sector, dear Scorpio, and you need to take a break. Even so, it’s a strong day for work and problem solving that doesn’t require high levels of emotions. Social exchanges and interactions can quickly become tricky, however. Conversations may go in a direction you hadn’t anticipated. You may be reading a situation or person negatively, which is more about fear or insecurity than reality. Compulsive thinking can get you down, so refuse to be a part of it! In fact, it can steer you far away from your priorities, and you can end up feeling behind. Overthinking or over-analyzing doesn’t serve you well right now. Be kind to yourself and seek out ways to find extra replenishment and rest instead.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Pressure to speak up about a matter may figure strongly now, dear Sagittarius, but this is unlikely to be a good time to do so. If you must do so, gauge your audience as much as possible and try to focus on the positive because with today’s energies, there is a tendency to see the worst of a situation. As well, with Mercury at the top of your chart until August 31st, your words aren’t easily forgotten! It’s certainly not the best time to divulge sensitive information. People can be defensive now. Seek out ways to relax, detox, and loosen up. Getting yourself all wound up about possibilities won’t do you much good. However, the day is strong for doing research and investigating a topic more deeply, as long as emotions aren’t involved!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

Differences of opinion may seem to mean more to you than what’s on the surface today, dear Capricorn, as you may be reading a lot into them or you could be taking something very personally. If you’re worried about someone’s feelings for you or whether you have the same power over a person as you once did, this may affect your behavior today. Consider, however, that oversensitivity can lead you on the wrong path and that perceptions may be skewed to the negative due to fears of losing relevance. Today can be excellent for delving into topics that don’t trigger deep emotions, however. The technical side of life can be far easier to take now. This is not to say that you should ignore the emotional side of life — in fact, it’s a great time to learn more about yourself — but it may be appropriate to back off from a heated situation to gain a better perspective.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Conversations can be on the delicate side today, dear Aquarius, so do your best to be objective and avoid getting pulled into mind games. If you’re not feeling up to par on an emotional or social level, keeping some distance makes sense, but it would be wise to do so without alienating people you care about. This isn’t a time to push others away, but rather to pull yourself back a little so that you can collect yourself. Watch also for a tendency to fall back into old habits and patterns with a partner or special friend. This may happen so naturally that it’s hard even to see, but consider that your past may be interfering with the present.

Pisces

Pisces

Your mental radar is working at full speed today, dear Pisces, but you may be reading far too much into a situation than is necessary–or healthy. Probing a topic further can be useful, but if it sucks up too much of your time or drains you emotionally, then it’s a compulsion, and it’s not any good for you. Make concessions and compromises for the people you love, but watch for a tendency to go too far with this — so far that you’re no longer happy. Alternatively, a friend or partner may be suspicious or jealous, and this can lead to mind games or standoffs. Don’t avoid topics that need addressing altogether, but some things may be best deferring to a warmer, more accepting atmosphere.

 

If You Were Born Today, July 28

Your manner is unmistakably warm, and you are an emotional, leading, and magnetic person. Creative fields work well for you. You are talented at bringing harmony to the world around you. While for the most part adaptable, you are also determined and quite organized. With loved ones, you might sometimes seem a little controlling, as you often feel you know what’s best for them. However, it’s not about needing to rule the roost. Rather, true care is behind it. You have a very strong sense of responsibility, which can at times lead you to worry a little too much.

Famous people born today: Beatrix Potter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jim Davis, Sally Struthers, Elizabeth Berkley, Lori Loughlin.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, July 29

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You can feel restricted from enjoying yourself or bogged down with responsibility in the first half of the day, dear Aries. This likely has to do with feeling censored. However, you grow lighter and freer as the day advances, even with the Moon moving into your dark, deep solar eighth house this evening. This is due to a Venus-Uranus sextile that encourages fun self-expression and experimentation. You have a way with words these days, but this is more about expressing yourself in open, refreshing, and honest (and perhaps surprising) ways rather than turning on the charm. Updates and upgrades to your tech or even to your image and appearance can be in the offing. You might be a little more courageous with your style or look. People are attracted to your wit and also your independence and originality today.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeYou want to feel comfortable and enjoy simple activities in the first half of the day, dear Taurus, but you’re likely to feel weighed down by tensions or restrictions related to an intimate relationship or financial obligations. You may not be able to get out of certain duties, but as the day advances, inventive solutions or compromises can be discovered. Your sign is known for being possessive, but today your intuition is incredible for what you need to let go of so that you can make room for the good stuff — or make room, period! This can apply to both material and emotional planes. You might uncover hidden or unexpected sources of money, resources, and ideas. You could also find a surprising ally or enjoy an impressive turnaround in a relationship. You need some space and freedom to think freely right now.

Gemini

Gemini

As much as you’d prefer to keep things light and positive, dear Gemini, someone may be reminding you of your responsibilities or raining on your parade in the first half of the day. Feeling censored is no fun, but as the day advances, you’ll feel freer to “do you.” Positive, and possibly even adoring, attention is likely to come your way later today, and it can be a breath of fresh air and perhaps make its way to you from a surprising source. Venus in your sign is subtly but pleasantly accented by a supportive Uranus aspect, and your appeal increases. You do particularly well in social situations, mingling, and networking. Even if a partnership weighs heavily on your mind now, friends can be enjoyable diversions.

Cancer

Cancer

You may feel overworked, or you can have a hard time seeing the rewards for your efforts in the first half of the day, dear Cancer. Generally speaking these days, you’re in the frame of mind for wanting to relish in the rewards of your work or to enjoy more comfort. However, duties are likely to call you this morning, interrupting these pleasures. While you may not be able to escape certain obligations, as the day advances, you’re in great shape for enjoying more freedoms. Beauty may be found in unexpected places now, and although you’ve been keeping more to yourself than usual, you’re willing to share some of yourself with those who will listen. You need emotional space, but you’re not against enjoying company. You find beauty in the layers, particularly the hidden or subtle ones, of your life, interactions, and emotions. Freeing yourself from worries about long-term goals can make for a happier day.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYou may feel tied down to a project, relationship, or your children in the first half of the day, dear Leo, and this encroaches upon your sense of freedom and independence. It may be difficult to escape certain responsibilities, but as the day advances, you’re  likely to find great pleasure in learning, sharing, and connecting with friends. It’s a good time for reaching out to others, sharing what you’ve learned, mingling, conversing, and otherwise boosting friendships. New ideas and even some inspiration can result. Love and passion are also favored for you today with Venus in a harmonious relationship with your partnership ruler, Uranus. This is a time for feeling freer and happier as your knowledge of the world around you grows.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeYour desire for free form, quiet, undemanding activities is high, dear Virgo, but family or household obligations may keep you from enjoying these things in the first half of the day. You may not be able to escape your duties, but as the day advances, you feel freer to create and enjoy yourself. With Venus at the top of your chart these days, you’re making it very easy for others to respect you. Authority figures, including bosses and parents, are likely to see you in a good light. Someone could support, sponsor, or otherwise endorse you today as Venus connects well with Uranus in your sector of support and others’ resources. This is a time for flirting with new ideas, concepts, and activities. Freeing yourself from self-limiting ideas of what you can or cannot do is what Uranus in this sector of your chart is about, and right now, this process helps you present the best version of yourself to others.

Libra 

Libra

You can feel a strong desire to experiment with new things today, dear Libra, but in the first half of the day, you feel tied down by current commitments and work in progress. A serious conversation may be part of this story. As the day advances, you feel considerably freer to express yourself in new ways. It’s a wonderful time for a boost in a relationship. Keeping things fresh and exciting helps any relationships that have become predictable. People are drawn to your liveliness, charm, ideas, and wit today. Sharing ideas, philosophies, and beliefs can be mind-expanding and pleasant. Doing something offbeat or outside of the usual routine can be integral now. However, you don’t have to go anywhere to try on a new approach to relating, which can be freeing and just what you need to enliven your connections.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You may feel restricted from pursuing your plans due to limited resources today, dear Scorpio, although as the day advances, you feel lighter and freer, particularly on an emotional level. You can experience a pleasant degree of detachment later today, and this is a welcome detour from the usual! It allows you just enough comfort and emotional distance from matters to enjoy yourself fully. Complicated issues seem far less complex or confusing now. There can be a pleasant relationship or work-related surprise that throws you off guard in a most pleasant way. Attractions can be unexpected or inspiring. Loosening up your schedule helps you relax and have fun.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You may feel particularly interested in exploring new things or places today, dear Sagittarius, but you might also feel limited by responsibilities this morning. While you’re conflicted, as the day advances, lighter energy is with you for enjoying more freedoms. You no longer take yourself as seriously, and you’re ready to try out something new. The key is emotional detachment, and it becomes easier as the day moves ahead. Relationships seem to be the key to personal enjoyment now, and allowing someone else to shine as you listen or support them can be the ticket. Relationships that need boosting or a breath of new life can be enhanced. Stale ways of relating don’t serve a useful purpose anymore, so put them behind you!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

In the first half of the day, you may feel limited or restricted from expressing yourself naturally, dear Capricorn. You could feel that others aren’t truly understanding you now as the Sun and Saturn form a minor challenging aspect. However, the second half of the day seems far less confining and judgmental, and you’re ready to embrace change if it promises growth and improvement, particularly in your relationships. You’re in the mood to experiment with routines, living arrangements, methods, and approaches to relating. More and more these days, you’re finding reasons to let go of traditions and habits that no longer serve you good purpose. This is a time for updating, upgrading, and otherwise adapting your personal, work, or domestic life to keep things fresh.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Relationships may be challenged by a sense of obligation or limitation in the first half of the day, dear Aquarius, when you feel that you can’t express yourself without judgment. However, as the day advances, you hardly care! In fact, you’re ready to rise above small problems and embrace change, progress, and innovation. A Venus-Uranus transit turns your thinking to what needs an update, upgrade, or other forms of advancement so that you enjoy life more thoroughly. Love is fun, verbal, and communicative today. In fact, you might connect with someone special through shared interests, online, or on the phone. Even games can open up doors for you in relationships as you share your sense of fun and humor with others. You may be making a break from the past today, particularly regarding leaving old, unsatisfying ways of communicating behind.

Pisces

Pisces

You are especially interested in working on small jobs and duties today, dear Pisces, as you’re taking more pride in staying on top of these things. However, you could feel pressure or judgment about performance or long-term goals and larger responsibilities this morning, which kills the fun. You may need to find a balance between the smaller things you enjoy doing and the bigger priorities in your life. Even so, as the day advances, you’ll discover that it’s easier to loosen up. You’ll do particularly well if you make nice with family or find creative, original, and new ways of enjoying home life. Breaking from the past in some little way can be satisfying, and this can be about decluttering or updating. A change of pace can turn things around in a very positive way now.

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You can feel restricted from enjoying yourself or bogged down with responsibility in the first half of the day, dear Aries. This likely has to do with feeling censored. However, you grow lighter and freer as the day advances, even with the Moon moving into your dark, deep solar eighth house this evening. This is due to a Venus-Uranus sextile that encourages fun self-expression and experimentation. You have a way with words these days, but this is more about expressing yourself in open, refreshing, and honest (and perhaps surprising) ways rather than turning on the charm. Updates and upgrades to your tech or even to your image and appearance can be in the offing. You might be a little more courageous with your style or look. People are attracted to your wit and also your independence and originality today.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeYou want to feel comfortable and enjoy simple activities in the first half of the day, dear Taurus, but you’re likely to feel weighed down by tensions or restrictions related to an intimate relationship or financial obligations. You may not be able to get out of certain duties, but as the day advances, inventive solutions or compromises can be discovered. Your sign is known for being possessive, but today your intuition is incredible for what you need to let go of so that you can make room for the good stuff — or make room, period! This can apply to both material and emotional planes. You might uncover hidden or unexpected sources of money, resources, and ideas. You could also find a surprising ally or enjoy an impressive turnaround in a relationship. You need some space and freedom to think freely right now.

Gemini

Gemini

As much as you’d prefer to keep things light and positive, dear Gemini, someone may be reminding you of your responsibilities or raining on your parade in the first half of the day. Feeling censored is no fun, but as the day advances, you’ll feel freer to “do you.” Positive, and possibly even adoring, attention is likely to come your way later today, and it can be a breath of fresh air and perhaps make its way to you from a surprising source. Venus in your sign is subtly but pleasantly accented by a supportive Uranus aspect, and your appeal increases. You do particularly well in social situations, mingling, and networking. Even if a partnership weighs heavily on your mind now, friends can be enjoyable diversions.

Cancer

Cancer

You may feel overworked, or you can have a hard time seeing the rewards for your efforts in the first half of the day, dear Cancer. Generally speaking these days, you’re in the frame of mind for wanting to relish in the rewards of your work or to enjoy more comfort. However, duties are likely to call you this morning, interrupting these pleasures. While you may not be able to escape certain obligations, as the day advances, you’re in great shape for enjoying more freedoms. Beauty may be found in unexpected places now, and although you’ve been keeping more to yourself than usual, you’re willing to share some of yourself with those who will listen. You need emotional space, but you’re not against enjoying company. You find beauty in the layers, particularly the hidden or subtle ones, of your life, interactions, and emotions. Freeing yourself from worries about long-term goals can make for a happier day.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYou may feel tied down to a project, relationship, or your children in the first half of the day, dear Leo, and this encroaches upon your sense of freedom and independence. It may be difficult to escape certain responsibilities, but as the day advances, you’re  likely to find great pleasure in learning, sharing, and connecting with friends. It’s a good time for reaching out to others, sharing what you’ve learned, mingling, conversing, and otherwise boosting friendships. New ideas and even some inspiration can result. Love and passion are also favored for you today with Venus in a harmonious relationship with your partnership ruler, Uranus. This is a time for feeling freer and happier as your knowledge of the world around you grows.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeYour desire for free form, quiet, undemanding activities is high, dear Virgo, but family or household obligations may keep you from enjoying these things in the first half of the day. You may not be able to escape your duties, but as the day advances, you feel freer to create and enjoy yourself. With Venus at the top of your chart these days, you’re making it very easy for others to respect you. Authority figures, including bosses and parents, are likely to see you in a good light. Someone could support, sponsor, or otherwise endorse you today as Venus connects well with Uranus in your sector of support and others’ resources. This is a time for flirting with new ideas, concepts, and activities. Freeing yourself from self-limiting ideas of what you can or cannot do is what Uranus in this sector of your chart is about, and right now, this process helps you present the best version of yourself to others.

Libra 

Libra

You can feel a strong desire to experiment with new things today, dear Libra, but in the first half of the day, you feel tied down by current commitments and work in progress. A serious conversation may be part of this story. As the day advances, you feel considerably freer to express yourself in new ways. It’s a wonderful time for a boost in a relationship. Keeping things fresh and exciting helps any relationships that have become predictable. People are drawn to your liveliness, charm, ideas, and wit today. Sharing ideas, philosophies, and beliefs can be mind-expanding and pleasant. Doing something offbeat or outside of the usual routine can be integral now. However, you don’t have to go anywhere to try on a new approach to relating, which can be freeing and just what you need to enliven your connections.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You may feel restricted from pursuing your plans due to limited resources today, dear Scorpio, although as the day advances, you feel lighter and freer, particularly on an emotional level. You can experience a pleasant degree of detachment later today, and this is a welcome detour from the usual! It allows you just enough comfort and emotional distance from matters to enjoy yourself fully. Complicated issues seem far less complex or confusing now. There can be a pleasant relationship or work-related surprise that throws you off guard in a most pleasant way. Attractions can be unexpected or inspiring. Loosening up your schedule helps you relax and have fun.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You may feel particularly interested in exploring new things or places today, dear Sagittarius, but you might also feel limited by responsibilities this morning. While you’re conflicted, as the day advances, lighter energy is with you for enjoying more freedoms. You no longer take yourself as seriously, and you’re ready to try out something new. The key is emotional detachment, and it becomes easier as the day moves ahead. Relationships seem to be the key to personal enjoyment now, and allowing someone else to shine as you listen or support them can be the ticket. Relationships that need boosting or a breath of new life can be enhanced. Stale ways of relating don’t serve a useful purpose anymore, so put them behind you!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

In the first half of the day, you may feel limited or restricted from expressing yourself naturally, dear Capricorn. You could feel that others aren’t truly understanding you now as the Sun and Saturn form a minor challenging aspect. However, the second half of the day seems far less confining and judgmental, and you’re ready to embrace change if it promises growth and improvement, particularly in your relationships. You’re in the mood to experiment with routines, living arrangements, methods, and approaches to relating. More and more these days, you’re finding reasons to let go of traditions and habits that no longer serve you good purpose. This is a time for updating, upgrading, and otherwise adapting your personal, work, or domestic life to keep things fresh.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Relationships may be challenged by a sense of obligation or limitation in the first half of the day, dear Aquarius, when you feel that you can’t express yourself without judgment. However, as the day advances, you hardly care! In fact, you’re ready to rise above small problems and embrace change, progress, and innovation. A Venus-Uranus transit turns your thinking to what needs an update, upgrade, or other forms of advancement so that you enjoy life more thoroughly. Love is fun, verbal, and communicative today. In fact, you might connect with someone special through shared interests, online, or on the phone. Even games can open up doors for you in relationships as you share your sense of fun and humor with others. You may be making a break from the past today, particularly regarding leaving old, unsatisfying ways of communicating behind.

Pisces

Pisces

You are especially interested in working on small jobs and duties today, dear Pisces, as you’re taking more pride in staying on top of these things. However, you could feel pressure or judgment about performance or long-term goals and larger responsibilities this morning, which kills the fun. You may need to find a balance between the smaller things you enjoy doing and the bigger priorities in your life. Even so, as the day advances, you’ll discover that it’s easier to loosen up. You’ll do particularly well if you make nice with family or find creative, original, and new ways of enjoying home life. Breaking from the past in some little way can be satisfying, and this can be about decluttering or updating. A change of pace can turn things around in a very positive way now.

 

Tarot Card of the Day

 

 

 

 

Judgment

The Judgement card, sometimes called “Resurrection,” represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the world is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over.

From a modern point of view, this great reunion — which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with — reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday.

In personal terms, the Judgment Tarot card points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others.

 

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Daily Love Tarot

 

 

 

The Judgement

The Judgement card is your ticket to second chances today. You have the opportunity to go over ground again. This time you find something you missed the first time out. Be open to great truths and aware of insight. There could be a serendipitous reunion with someone who lets you overcome obstacles if you channel energy together. This is dual power to change old relationship patterns, especially tendencies to repress important issues.

Erotic Tarot for the Weekend of July 28th

The Star

The Star card says that today the outlook for your sex life couldn’t be better. You have every reason to believe that something you’ve been hoping for will come true today, and it will be mind-blowing and inspirational. You’re an extremely motivated sexual partner as well, and the hard work you put in to please your partner does not go unnoticed or unrewarded. You’re the Star of your own sexy show, and everyone wants to be your co-star!

Your Weekend Influences for July 28th

 

Tarot Influence

Ace of Cups Reversed

Love and happiness may be false. Instability and infertility are possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Gemini Reversed

Gemini reversed denotes vacillation. Decisions are not made, because all side of the issue pull with the same strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air

Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Karmic Number for July 28th

Hmm, drama lately? Six seems to think so. There are a few reality show producers looking for someone like you because you live your life in some state of (interesting) disarray. Your home is an extension of you and everything is either out of place, mismatched (and not in a Feng Shui way), or covered in dust. Hiring maid service means that you are unwilling to do the work yourself, which you must. Do an emotional cleanse. Cry if you have to. When you are done, throw those tissues away. Stop tucking them in the seat cushions then start clearing your home so that you’re proud to have visitors.

The Wisdom of Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

“The Wheel of the Year has turned once more,
and the harvest will soon be upon us.
We have food on our tables, and
the soil is fertile.
Nature’s bounty, the gift of the earth,
gives us reasons to be thankful.
Mother of the Harvest, with your sickle and basket,
bless me with abundance and plenty.

 

The power of the Harvest is within me.
As the seed falls to the earth and is reborn each year,
I too grow as the seasons change.
As the grain takes root in the fertile soil,
I too will find my roots and develop.
As the smallest seed blooms into a mighty stalk,
I too will bloom where I landed.
As the wheat is harvested and saved for winter,
I too will set aside that which I can use later.

 

As the grain dies, it transforms to bread,
and brings us life through the winter.
We bless this bread, and it blesses us in return,
and we are thankful for the gift of the harvest.”

 

–   Patti Wigington, Hold a Lammas Harvest Festival

 

 

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The Witches Digest No. 10 for July 27th (Plus Lammas Primer)

The Witches Digest No. 10

July 27th, 2017

(Plus Lammas Primer)

 

Let’s take a trip back in time, let’s say about some 2000 years ago. The setting: a Bard sitting in a long house, or round a fire. His audience would be hunters, warriors and farmers, ancient Celts, anywhere in western Europe. The story and the characters would be familiar to his audience, because it formed part of their mythology, and the story of the cycles of nature and the way of the world as they knew it.

 

He begins, this then, is the story of Lammas, which is the first harvest of the year, the harvest of the grains. It is told from the point of view of the ordinary people present at this great event and told and reenacted to those gathered to celebrate.
We now turn to a stone circle at the top of a hill, we listen as the Bard begins his story….

 

Listen to this!
And we will tell you the tale of the Lammas-tide
When the sacred King will come to die ,
Who plays the Fool, choosing to collude
man his artifice and sacrificial tool!
The would-be godling learns his lore
And knows his pow’r is naught but that –
the gods adore.
We “ little jests ” by our Jester played .
~ This is our great god Cern! ~

 

The dealings of the Danu , we shall see anon;
Of their favour this our tale shall tell.
For the Satyr grown strong , his Song sung deep ,
Since Yule-born Faun , sleeping amongst
the briar thorn .
Now to keep compact with the sacred stone
He sings at last his final bellow
Then goes , from the world we know to
the shadows below
His mother our Mare , both Maid and Crone .
~ This is our great god Cern ! ~

 

Should we ask , ” Are you belov’d of the
blessèd gods ? ”
Then you shall die young . So it is sung ,
and truly
For who is more loved than the strong son?
So this is the story of the son and lover
Cut down by the hand of his mother .
~ This is our great god Cern ! ~

 

By the blight of his strength and beauty
The scion of the wild will give his wergild gift
To restore we forfeit acorn born .
Reclaimed by right his untamed life
renews our land ,
And, orlog wov’n in the weft of wyrd
We too play our long-appointed part :
man must defaud
But the Danu to their nature true .
~ This is our great god Cern ! ~

 

Now listen! For the wheel of the world
will turn today,
Cern renews all life at Lammas-time…..

 

—Song of Cerannon – Lammas
Bard Cerannon

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, July 27th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 45.39° NE
Sun Altitude: -19.44°
Sun Distance: 94.399 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:55 am↑ 65° East
Sunset Today: 8:05 pm↑ 295° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 10 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 351.96° N
Moon Altitude: -49.24°
Moon Distance: 237886 mi
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Moonrise: Today10:29 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 19.2%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Thursday, July 27th

The Moon is in Virgo until 11:36 AM, after which the Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is void from 2:30 AM to 11:36 AM.
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent.
The New Moon occurred on the 23rd in the sign of Leo, and a First Quarter Moon will occur on July 3oth.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from August 12-September 5).

Moon in Virgo

We instinctively gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In order to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.

 

The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.

The Sky This Week for July 27 to 30

Constellations, a crescent Moon, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Thursday, July 27

As an inner planet, Venus moves quickly relative to the background stars. After passing south of M1 yesterday, this morning the planet appears 0.4° north of the 3rd-magnitude star Zeta (z) Tauri, the southern horn of the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Friday, July 28

The waxing crescent Moon appears about one-third illuminated this evening, when it lies just 3° above brilliant Jupiter. The two lie about 25° high in the southwest an hour after sundown and look spectacular from then until they set after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Although the naked eye and binoculars show this conjunction best, a telescope delivers great views of magnitude –1.9 Jupiter all week. The giant planet’s disk spans 35″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.

Saturday, July 29

Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. The innermost planet lies 27° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition (the configuration officially occurs at 1 a.m. EDT on the 30th). Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies some 8° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.3. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with naked eyes.) Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight, but meteor rates remain essentially the same from July 27 to August 1. And with the nearly First Quarter Moon setting around midnight local daylight time, early morning viewing conditions should be ideal. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, which rises in late evening and appears highest in the hours before dawn. At its best, the shower produces 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a dark sky, though the highest rates occur at tropical locations and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 30

First Quarter Moon arrives at 11:23 a.m. EDT. Our satellite won’t rise until around 1:30 p.m. local daylight time, however, so observers in the Americas won’t see it precisely half-lit. As darkness falls this evening, the Moon appears about 55 percent illuminated and resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales.

Venus’ rapid eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Taurus the Bull into Orion the Hunter this morning. The planet will reside in this non-zodiacal constellation for only two days, however, and will cross into Gemini the Twins on August 1.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Thursday, July 27th

 

Thursday is the day of the planet Jupiter, dedicated to Thunor(Thor), god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European traditions are Zeus, Taranis, Perun, Perkunas, and St. Olaf. The faith of the Northern Tradition holds Thursday sacred. This is why almost all adages about Thursday are positive, such as “Thursday’s child has far to go,” “Sneeze on Thursday, some better,” or “Cut nails on Thursday for wealth.” Thursday rules controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, and material success.

Deity: Thor

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn – Sagittarius

Planet: Jupiter

Tree: Oak

Herb: Henbane

Stone: Turquoise – Topaz

Animal: Goat – Aurochs

Element: Fire

Color: Orange – Brown

Rune: Thorn (TH)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Thursday, July 27th

St. Pantaleone

St. Pantaleone, worshiped today, was among other things the patrons saint of trousers!

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Thursday, July 27th, We Honor the God Bacchus

Roman God of Wine and Fertility

In Roman legend, Bacchus stepped in for Dionysus, and earned the title of party god. In fact, a drunken orgy is still called a bacchanalia, and for good reason. Devotees of Bacchus whipped themselves into a frenzy of intoxication, and in the spring Roman women attended secret ceremonies in his name. Bacchus was associated with fertility, wine and grapes, as well as sexual free-for-alls. Although Bacchus is often linked with Beltane and the greening of spring, because of his connection to wine and grapes he is also a deity of the harvest.

 

A celebration is held in his honor each year at the beginning of October.

 

Bacchus was the son of Jupiter, and is often portrayed crowed with vines or ivy. His chariot is drawn by lions, and he is followed by a group of nubile, frenzied priestesses known as Bacchae. Sacrifices to Bacchus included the goat and the swine, because both of these animals are destructive to the annual grape harvest — without grapes, there can be no wine.

 

Bacchus has a divine mission, and that is his role of “liberator.” During his drunken frenzies, Bacchus loosens the tongues of those who partake of wine and other beverages, and allows people the freedom to say and do what they wish. In mid-March, secret rituals were held on Rome’s Aventine hill to worship him. These rites were attended by women only, and were part of a mystery religion built up around Bacchus.

 

In addition to being the patron of wine and drink, Bacchus is a god of the theatrical arts.

 

In his earlier incarnation as the Greek Dionysus, he had a theater named for him in Athens. He is often portrayed as a slightly effeminate figure, prone to good humor and general bawdiness.

Bacchus in Mythology

In classical mythology, Bacchus is the son of Jupiter and Semele. However, he was raised by nymphs after Semele burned to ashes, overwhelmed by the splendor of Jupiter in his true form.

 

Once he grew up, Bacchus wandered the earth learning about the culture of the vine and the mysteries of winemaking. He studied the religious rites of the goddess Rhea, and began sharing the good news far and wide. When Bacchus returned home from his adventures, the king was none too pleased with his shenanigans, and ordered him put to death.

 

Bacchus tried to talk his way out of execution by spinning a fanciful yarn in which he claimed to be a fisherman, but the king wasn’t having any of it. However, before the death sentence could be carried out, the prison doors sprung open of their own accord, Bacchus vanished, and his worshipers threw a huge party in his honor.

 

Bacchus is mentioned in Longfellow’s Drinking Song as the leader of a drunken, debauched parade:

 

Fauns with youthful Bacchus follow,
Ivy crowns the brow, supernal
as the forehead of Apollo,
and possessing youth eternal.

Round about him, fair Bacchantes,
Bearing cymbals, flutes, and thyrses,
Wild from Naxian groves, or Zante’s
Vineyards, sing delirious verses.

 

He also appears in the writings of Milton, in the story of Circe:

 

Bacchus that first from out the purple grapes
crushed the sweet poison of misused wine,
after the Tuscan mariners transformed,
Coasting the Tyrrhene shore as the winds listed
on Circe’s island fell (who knows not Circe,
The daughter of the Sun? Whose charmed cup
Whoever tasted lost his upright shape,
and downward fell into a grovelling swine).

 

In his Greek incarnation as Dionysus, he appears in a number of myths and legends. Represented by grapevines and a drinking cup, Dionysus taught mankind the art of winemaking. Pseudo-Apollonius warns of the dangers of overindulgence, and says in Bibliotheca, “Icarius received Dionysos, who gave him a vinecutting and taught him the art of making wine. Icarius was eager to share the god’s kindness with mankind, so he went to some shepherds, who, when they had tasted the drink and then delightedly and recklessly gulped it down undiluted, thought they had been poisoned and slew Icarius. But in the daylight they regained their senses and buried him.”

 

While slaying one’s host is considered bad form today, you can certainly celebrate Bacchus in his guise as a god of vine and wine – just be sure to do so responsibly!

Author

Patti Wigington

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On Thursday,, July 27th, We Celebrate….

Niman: Hopi Kachina Dances (Southwestern United States)

NUVAK’CHIN’MANA

 

Themes: Ghosts (Spirits); Blessings; Weather; Winter

 

Symbols: Cold Items; White; Moisture

 

About Nuvak’chin’mana:
This goddess’s name means Snow Maiden. In the Niman festival, Nuvak’chin’Mana is a Kachina who appears to pray for the return of cold weather so the moisture in the earth gets replenished. In our lives, she comes to replenish the well of our spirits and cool any overheated tempers that erupt with summer’s heat.

 

To Do Today: In Hopi tradition, Kachinas are spirits that help the tribe in all matters of life. Each year the Kachinas emerge around February to remind people of their blessings and to teach the sacred rituals that bring rain. Around this time of year, the Kachinas return to their rest, escorted out of the human realms by the Niman ritual.

 

To bring Nuvak’chin’Mana’s coolheadedness and refreshing energy to your entire day, drink a glass of milk on the rocks at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or anytime in between). It’s very refreshing, and the appearance of the beverage honors the goddess. If your region has been suffering from a dry spell, pour out a little of the milk and ice on the ground as an offering to Nuvak’chin’Mana so she might carry your need for rain to the nature spirits.

 

Last, take a moment at some point during the day to thank the Powers for all your blessings. A grateful heart is one ready to give and receive more of the Goddess!

Source

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Patricia Telesco

The Magickal Day of Thursday

 

Thursday is a day of royal blues and greens, associated with the planet Jupiter and metals like tin. When it comes to deities, look at leader type gods like Thor, Zeus, and Jupiter. Gemstone correspondences for Thursday include turquoise, amethyst and lapis lazuli, and plant associations can be found in honeysuckle, cinquefoil, and even oak trees.

 

This is a day for honor, fealty and family loyalty, as well as harvesting, success, and prosperity.

 

Take advantage of Thursday’s different aspects and do spellwork that brings abundance to you, declares your allegiance, and embraces prosperity.

Author

Patti Wigington

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Thursday’s Witchery

Today is the day for prosperity work of all kinds. It can also be used for healing work, whether that is a physical healing of an illness or an emotional healing. Also remember that you have to follow up your healing work and prosperity magick and physical action.

 

I can’t tell you the number of times I have met new witches who complain to me that their prosperity spell or “I need a better job” spell did not work as they expected. They’ll ramble on and on about how much time and money they spent working their magick….but, alas, they had no glorious manifestation of wealth or fabulous job that suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed in their laps.

 

Then, when I gently ask them, “Did you enchant your resume or application when you filled it out? Did you do a little confidence-boosting spellwork when you went to apply for the job or went to the interview?” typically they give me a blank, confused stare.

 

Nine times out of ten, their response is, “You mean I have to go out and actually look for the job too?” Um, yes, my dear, you certainly do. Magick follows the path of least resistance, which means it’s going to manifest along the simplest, quickest route. Get out there and hit the pavement. See what you can find. Times are tough and competition for good jobs is fierce, so you need whatever edge you can get. For folks like us, we’re going to get the edge by using our magick and our spellcraft.

 

Thursdays have such a rich source of magick for us to draw upon that, honestly, the sky is the limit. This is the day associated with the gods of the sky and heavens, after all. Get to know these deities and add their wisdom and magick into your days

 

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Honey-Do List for Thursdays

 

Try wearing some honeysuckle-scented perfume to encourage prosperity. Bewitch someone by wearing deep royal blue or brighten up a dreary day by wearing lucky, prosperity-drawing green. Brew up a pot of mint tea to help increase your cash flow. Try adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to an unscented candle to encourage some fast cash. Bake up a loaf of wheat bread for the family, and celebrate abundance and be thankful for all that you have.

 

Conjure up a witchy craft and create a philter or two for your magickal needs. Work with the deities and the magickal plants corresponding with Thursday.

 

How did the energies of the plants of Jupiter enhance your magick? What did you learn by working with Juno, Jove, or Zeus? The truth is that by adding these new techniques and information into your spellcasting repertoire, you will indeed advance your skills, thereby moving up in the ranks to become a more adept magickal practitioner

 

Just by believing in yourself and working toward creating abundance, health, and prosperity, you have already begun to transform your outlook on life. Put your game face on; think positively. Work with Thor for perseverance and courage, and apply those qualities to your own prosperity spells and healing witchery. Break out the tarot cards; How could you incorporate that symbolism into other spells of your own design?

 

Use your imagination, check Thursday’s correspondence list, and see what other bewitching things you can conjure up for prosperity magick all by yourself. Call on the gods and goddess of Thursday and bring some positive change, abundance, health, and prosperity into your life!

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Almanac for Thursday, July 27th

Sleepyhead Day (Finnish)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Virgo

Moon enters Libra 11: 37 am

Incense: Clove

Color: Purple

The Witches Correspondences for Thursday, July 27th

 

Thursday (Thor’s day)

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Deep Blue

Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin

Aroma: Melissa, Clove, Oakmoss, Jupiter Oil, Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage

Herb: Cinquefoil

Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.

Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.

Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful. Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.

Thursday is also associated (in Greek mythology) to Thor – Thor’s day – and some even say that Jupiter and Thor are one in the same. Both are strong and powerful, yet wise and just. Try a small prayer to Jupiter before commencing any ritual on Thursday as a sign of respect.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving luck, happiness, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure, wealth, honour, riches, clothing, money, desires, business, group pursuits, joy, laughter, and expansion

Thursday Is Ruled By Jupiter

Thursday is a Jupiter day. Here is the day of the week for prosperity, abundance, and good health. Thursday is “Thor’s day.” This Norse god gave the day his name and many of his attributes, including strength and abundance. Some suggestions for Thursday enchantments would include:

Wearing a regal and royal shade of blue to see how it affects your mood and your magic. Other colors for the day include purple and green

Carrying a turquoise tumbled stone in your pocket to draw a little protective and healing energy your way

Incorporating honeysuckle blossoms and cinquefoil foliage into prosperity charms

Calling on Thor for abundance, or on the Roman god Jupiter for the ability to peacefully referee a fight

Adding a few oak leaves—which are sacred to these Thursday gods—to your charms to see how much better your spell works out

Casting a charm with wheat stalks for prosperity, and calling on Juno Moneta to bring wealth into your life

Baking up some whole wheat bread and blessing it for abundance. Be sure to thank the gods for your family and your good health.

Lammas

Northern Hemisphere: August 1 or 2
Southern Hemisphere: February 1 or 2

Pronounced: LAH-mahs

Themes: first fruits, harvest, gratitude, benevolent sacrifice, utilizing skills and talents

Also known as: Lughnasa, August Eve, Feast of Bread, Harvest Home, Gŵyl Awst, First Harvest

Situated on the opposite side of the Wheel from Imbolc, which heralds the end of the winter season, Lammas marks the beginning of the end of summer. It is the cross-quarter day between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.

Although the days are still hot, sunshine is still abundant and the fields and forests are still teeming with life, we can begin to feel the telltale signs of the approaching autumn. The Sun sets earlier with each passing day, and many plants begin to wither, dropping their seeds to the ground so that new life can return at the start of the next growing season.

Berries, apples, and other fruits begin to ripen on trees and vines, and the grain in the fields has reached its full height, ready to be cut down and stored for the winter. This is a bittersweet time, as we are surrounded by the abundance of the summer’s bounty, yet becoming more aware by the day that we are heading back into dark time of year.

Lammas is the time of the “first fruits”and is known in Wiccan and other Pagan traditions as the first of the three harvest festivals. Grain crops are now or soon will be ready for harvesting, along with corn and many other late-summer vegetables and early-autumn fruits. Of course, plenty of produce has already been available for harvesting, and plenty more will be ready later on in the season. But Lammas marks the point in time when harvesting, rather than planting or tending, becomes the main focus.

This is a time to consciously recognize the fruits of our labors—whether literally or metaphorically—and to give thanks for all that has manifested. We recognize the inherent sacrifice of the plants that give their lives so that we may eat, and we are humbled by the greater life-and-death cycles that govern all of creation.

Just six weeks after the Summer Solstice, the God at Lammas is now visibly on the wane. He is approaching his old age, rising later each morning and retiring sooner every night.

The Goddess in her Mother aspect is still waxing, as the Earth continues to bear the fruit of the seeds planted at the start of the growing season. She is still pregnant with the new God, who will be born at Yule, after the old God completes his journey to the Underworld at Samhain. This is one of the most poignant moments on the Wheel of the Year, as the Goddess demonstrates that life goes on even though we all experience loss and the fading of the light.

In ancient agricultural civilizations, grain was often associated with the death and rebirth cycle, and many Wiccan mythological traditions draw on this archetype at Lammas. In one version, the Sun God transfers his power to the living grain in the fields, and so is sacrificed when the grain is cut down. The God willingly sacrifices himself so that his people may live.

And yet the God is later reborn, ensuring that the crops will grow once again to feed the people for another year. The harvest practice of saving seed grain for planting next year’s crop is both a practical necessity and a way of participating in the metaphor—saving the seeds is a way of ensuring the God’s rebirth.

Source

Wicca Wheel of the Year Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to the Sabbats, with History, Symbolism, Celebration Ideas, and Dedicated Sabbat Spells
Lisa Chamberlain

Witches Lammas Day

Lammas Day comes from a term circulated in the Dark Ages of Europe meaning “Loaf Mass”. It was a feast celebrating the final processes of the harvest year. Gathered wheat was made into delicious breads and even early forms of pastries, like berry and apple pies (all of the much- boasted-about recipes of the wealthy and powerful came from, yes, the “peasantry”).

The Gaelic Celts lists this as one of the four seasonal festivals of the pagan calendar and called it “Lughnasadh” (Loo-nass-sahh) meaning, “victory of Lugh” the three-faced god of Irish folklore. The day was commemorated with matchmaking, games, bilberry tea and climbing the hills to dance. What the good ole’ days must have been like!

Source

The Enchanter’s Almanac: 2016 to 2017 (First Edition)
Murray T. Paschal

Celebrating Lammas

The year is 1100. The date is August 1. The monks in the abbey at Gloucester are celebrating the holy-day of St. Peter in Chains. One of the monks wakes from a strange dream in which God promises to strike down the wicked King who has abused the Holy Church. His superior, Abbot Serlo, on hearing of the dreams sends a warning to the King, William the Red, who has oppressed all of England with taxes and disgusted many with his licentiousness and blasphemy. Red, as he is called, receives the message the following day while preparing to indulge in one of his favorite sports, hunting, in the New Forest. Although there are no longer any people dwelling in the New Forest — they were all cleared out by Red’s father, William the Conqueror — there are rumors that it’s a hotbed of pagan activity. And August 2 is an important pagan holy-day. The Saxons call it Lammas, the Loaf-Mass. William the Red laughs at the warning from the monks and goes out hunting. A short time later, he is dead, struck in the chest by a stray arrow, and his brother, Henry, who was in the hunting party is riding hot-foot for Winchester and the crown.

 

Now some people say that William the Red was a Lammas sacrifice, that having made a wasteland of his kingdom, he was killed by the people (or the Gods) as a sacrifice to bring new life to the land. And some people say his brother Henry has him assassinated. And some people say that both versions are true.

 

This story comes to my mind when I think of Lammas because I spent ten years researching a medieval novel set in the time of William the Red and Henry. But this tale of sacrifice and hunting, a dying King and a wasted land, embodies many of the dominant themes of Lammas, one of the four seasonal quarter-days, and perhaps the least well-known.

 

The Celts celebrate this festival from sunset August 1 until sunset August 2 and call it Lughnasad after the God Lugh. It is the wake of Lugh, the Sun-King, whose light begins to dwindle after the summer solstice. The Saxon holiday of Lammas celebrates the harvesting of the grain. The first sheaf of wheat is ceremonially reaped, threshed, milled and baked into a loaf. The grain dies so that the people might live. Eating this bread, the bread of the Gods, gives us life. If all this sounds vaguely Christian, it is. In the sacrament of Communion, bread is blessed, becomes the body of God and is eaten to nourish the faithful. This Christian Mystery echoes the pagan Mystery of the Grain God.

 

Grain has always been associated with Gods who are killed and dismembered and then resurrected from the Underworld by the Goddess-Gods like Tammuz, Osiris and Adonis. The story of Demeter and Persephone is a story about the cycle of death and rebirth associated with grain. Demeter, the fertility Goddess, will not allow anything to grow until she finds her daughter who has been carried off to the Underworld. The Eleusinian Mysteries, celebrated around the Autumn Equinox, culminated in the revelation of a single ear of corn, a symbol to the initiate of the cyclical nature of life, for the corn is both seed and fruit, promise and fulfillment.

 

You can adapt the themes of Lughnasad and Lammas to create your own ceremony for honoring the passing of the light and the reaping of the grain.

 

Source

School of the Seasons

Lammas Ritual

Items needed: Dress your altar with an orange altar cloth and decorate with straw, wheat, corn stalks, and flowers (red, orange and yellow) You will also need a bowl of cornmeal. Most appropriate cakes and ale is bread and red wine.

Set up: Green Candle Cakes and Ale Yellow Candle Silver candle Bowl of fresh bread Gold candle dough

Blue Candle Athame Red Candle

Pre-ritual instructions: Prepare your favorite recipe of bread dough ahead of time and let it rise so that it’s ready for your ritual.

Walk around your circle, sprinkling cornmeal.

This circle is now cast. Only love and light are present here. All negativity is banished!

Light the yellow candle.

Spirits of Air, of the warm summer winds Welcome to my circle.

Light the blue candle.

Spirits of Water, of the steady summer rains Welcome to my circle.

Light the red candle.

Spirits of Fire, of the hot summer sun Welcome to my circle.

Light the green candle.

Spirits of Earth, of the rich summer soils Welcome to my circle.

Light the silver candle.

Demeter, Ceres, keeper of the grain All Mother Goddesses Welcome here to my circle. Bestow your bounties here.

Light the gold candle.

Apollo, Ra, rulers of the sun, All Father Gods Welcome to my circle. Bestow your bounties here.

The fields are ripe, the first harvest is here. Nature has been bountiful under the blessings of the Lord and Lady. Our survival depends on the abundance of the earth, And our spirits depend on the love from above. The Sun God begins to grow weaker

As our bodies grow stronger from this harvest. Lord of the Grain, help me to understand your sacrifice. As you prepare to journey to the underworld, So prepare me for my own spiritual journey. Lady of the Moon, help me to understand the Great Cycle of life. As you prepare to give up your mate,
So prepare me to be reborn.

 

Take your athame and draw the shape of a sun on top of your bread dough. Meditate on the turning of the Wheel and the sacrifice of the God.
Raise your bread and goblet of wine to the sky.

Snuff the silver candle.

Lady of the Moon,
Corn Goddess,
Mother of All
I thank you for your blessings And the fertility you bestow on this earth.

Snuff the yellow candle.

Spirits of Air, of the warm summer winds Though your breezes die down Your presence is always felt. Hail and farewell

Snuff the blue candle.

Spirits of Water, of the steady summer rains Though your drenching nourishment tapers

Snuff the gold candle.

Lord of the Sun,
God of the Grain
Father of All,
I thank you for your blessings And the warmth you bestow on this earth.

Snuff the red candle.

Spirits of Fire, of the hot summer sun Though your rays grow weaker Your presence is always felt. Hail and farewell

Snuff the green candle.

Spirits of Earth, of the rich summer soils
Your presence is always felt. Hail and farewell.
Though your sands grow drier Your presence is always felt. Hail and farewell.

Sweep up and collect the cornmeal.

This circle is now open Yet still unbroken. Blessed be!

 

Post-ritual instructions: bury the cornmeal in the earth and ask for harvest blessings. Bake the bread dough with the sun on it, and share with your friends or family, giving thanks for the harvest.

Source

The Magical Circle School Newsletter: Lammas 2009
Colleen Criswell

Lammas Prayer to the Gods of the Harvest

Lammas is the season of the early harvest. It’s the time of year when the grain fields are abundant, and if you live in a rural area, it’s not uncommon to see threshers working their way across acres of wheat, corn, barley, and more. In less developed places, people still harvest their grain by hand, much as our ancient ancestors did. It’s also a time when many of us are enjoying the fruits of our labors, collecting greens, squashes, tomatoes, beans, and all kinds of other goodies that we planted in the spring.

This simple prayer is one you can use during your Lammas rituals, or even while you’re harvesting the bounty of your own gardens, honoring the many deities of the early harvest season. Feel free to add in the gods or goddesses of your own tradition as well.

Prayer to the Harvest Deities

The fields are full, the orchards blooming,
and the harvest has arrived.
Hail to the gods who watch over the land!
Hail to Ceres, goddess of the wheat!
Hail Mercury, fleet of foot!
Hail Pomona, and fruitful apples!
Hail Attis, who dies and is reborn!
Hail Demeter, bringing the dark of the year!
Hail Bacchus, who fills the goblets with wine!
We honor you all, in this time of harvest,
and set our tables with your bounty.

 

Author

Patti Wigington

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 27th – 28th

July 27th and 28th

Hopi Kachina Dance

 

Celebrated annually, the Hopi Kachina Dances commemorate the Kachina-supernatural beings that help insure the survival of the tribe. The Kachina are believed to be ancient spirits that guide and protect the Hopi people. It is believed that the dances and accompanying religious ceremonies are what bring the rain that will heal the entire community. The ceremonies usually begin at sunrise and end at sunset, when it is believed the Kachina return to the realm of the spirit.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for July 27th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 20%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

 

Phase Details for – Thursday, July 27, 2017

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 20%
Moon Age: 4.40 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 386,752.47 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,910,724.50 km’
Source

A “Filthy Rich” Horoscope

Your Astrology birth chart holds clues to wealth


It fascinates me to know that each time I study my Astrology birth chart I am looking at the horoscope of someone with indications of significant wealth. Yep, I’ve got the birth chart of a rich person.

Of course, as someone with the natal Sun in Taurus I’m here to learn plenty of lessons about developing my talents, monetizing them and accumulating a physical legacy. That in itself is not a surefire indicator of wealth. In fact, ask any Taurus and you’ll hear a common story about going through significant fluctuations when it comes to money.

Astrology houses related to money

But when you combine my Taurus Sun with some of the other, classic indicators of wealth potential … well, it’s something any astrologer would take notice of. Take my Venus-Pluto opposition, which is the tightest aspect in my chart. Venus rules my natal 2nd House of Earned Income, while Pluto rules my natal 8th House of Joint Resources, which rules money that you get from sources besides your income. Things like royalties, investments, inheritance or your spouse’s income. Pluto intensifies whatever planet it touches, and when you’ve got a Venus-Pluto link that ties into your chart in a particular way, it can promise significant money.

If your Venus-Pluto link ties into Jupiter — the planet of expansion and abundance — then it’s a no-brainer that you’ll hit the jackpot in finances. In my case, Venus-Pluto ties into my Moon-Neptune conjunction in my 8th House of Joint Resources. Here we have a solid indicator that I will always marry someone with money. Not that I’m looking for it. Still, it’s a strong indication in my chart. Venus rules my 2nd House of Earned Income, but it also rules my 7th House of Partnerships. Interestingly enough, my first marriage was to a man of means. I truly loved him, but I will say that marrying him elevated my financial status in an incredible way.

Divorcing him, on the other hand, did not. Indeed, if you’ve got Neptune in the 8th House of Joint Resources there is a chance that you’ll amass great wealth, but that you might be defrauded into losing it at some point. Of course, with that Venus-Pluto opposition there are lessons of power struggles attached to money. Yeah, that divorce was not pretty — I paid a hefty price. And I’m not just talking about the $150,000 in legal fees.

What my divorce DID teach me, however, is that I am fully capable of creating my own wealth. And while it’s in my chart to marry well, it’s also in my chart to make that money myself. Thank God for that! Ironically, this will only happen as long as I am doing something spiritual and serving.

More money-making indicators

Another one of my “money-making indicators” is that I’ve got a gorgeous trine between Mars and Jupiter. When these two planets link up in a positive way in your chat, it’s a surefire gauge that you’ll always make money faster than you can spend it. I have found this to be true. Even when I’ve struggled financially, I always managed to stay ahead.

Jupiter happens to be in my 12th House of Spirituality, along with Venus. These two benefic planets are money planets, and some might think that because they’re tucked away in the hidden 12th house that I’ll never materialize these money dreams. Quite the opposite, actually.

The planet Neptune and its corresponding 12th House of Spirituality are notoriously active in the charts of the wealthy. There’s something to be said about having total faith in your ability to acquire wealth. If you’ve got a strong 12th house and/or Neptune, you’ve got that faith in spades.

Both of my 12th house planets aspect Neptune in the 8th house in my chart. Venus forms a trine and Jupiter a square. A Jupiter-Neptune aspect is known as the “millionaire’s aspect,” by the way. It doesn’t matter what type of contact these planets make in your chart. As long as there’s contact, there’s potential. If you’ve got a contact between Jupiter and Pluto in your chart, as Bill Gates does, then congratulations — you’ve got the “billionaire’s aspect.” I’m happy with the millionaire indicators — I don’t want to get greedy, now!

Free will still plays a role

Yes, it’s fun to contemplate how it appears I have the horoscope of someone destined for wealth. But the reality is that your natal promise needs your free will to fire it up and maximize all the potential you’ve got. And, of course, you need the right transits/progressions to trigger any promise in your horoscope, whether it’s for marriage, divorce, a move or wealth.

I grew up in the most humble of circumstances — a working-class family, the daughter of an immigrant from Italy. We lived paycheck to paycheck and I vividly remember significant hard times when my mother was forced to choose between paying a utility bill and buying us food. It was normal for us to eat rice and beans or pasta all week long during the really difficult times.

Growing up in an environment with so little physical security does lend itself to being a seeker of that security later in life. I’m pretty sure that’s why my soul chose to be a Taurus this time around. To learn the lesson that true security does not come from anything material. It does, in fact, come from within. Kudos to my Scorpio friends for already knowing that everything material is temporary. I know I can’t take it with me when I die, but while I’m here I would really like the security of not worrying how to provide for myself or my family.

I do not apologize for wanting financial security — or wealth for that matter. However, my soul does know with alarming clarity that for the universe to deliver this promise I must remain serving, benevolent and humble. I’ll continue to do my best to keep up my end of the promise to the universe as I patiently wait for him to deliver his end of the bargain.

In the meantime, what’s your wealth quotient? Maybe it’s time you scheduled a personal consultation with your friendly neighborhood astrologer to find out

 

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, July 27th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Until midday, you’re in a work-oriented mood, dear Aries, whether this is about your job or getting your life sorted in small ways, such as by running errands, cleaning out a closet, working out, or applying yourself to a project that requires extra attention. You’re not always plugged into details as much as you are now, so take advantage! As the day advances, you’ll want to change your focus to something more interactive and fun. This change is due to the Moon’s move into your partnership sector and its harmony with the Sun and Mars in your house of recreation and romance. It’s a fine time to enjoy good company, a crush or attraction, or an exciting game. Others have a positive influence on you, gently egging you on and encouraging you to take action or do something fun and interesting that you may not have felt motivated to do otherwise.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThe morning is mostly smooth and has a natural flow to it, dear Taurus, as the Moon moves through and completes its transit of your sector of romance, fun, and leisure. Your emotions are similarly geared – you are looking for a good time! As the day advances, your interest in recent new projects and ideas returns, and as the Moon moves into your work and health sector midday, you begin to seek out more productive or practical activities. Motivation to improve family or home life propels you forward, and today, it may be about getting organized. This is also a fine time for taking care of your health and fitness. You’re striving towards a healthier, more engaged, and happier lifestyle.

Gemini

Gemini

The first half of the day is good for attention to detail, dear Gemini, particularly related to home and family matters. While you could find yourself rather serious or retiring this morning, you’re coming out of your shell as the day advances. You become more and more impassioned, motivated, and positive, particularly if you’ve had some rest and centered yourself emotionally. There may be extra sizzle in a love relationship now, especially on a mental level. Communications can be spicy, exciting, and motivating. Passionate interest in what you’re doing is attractive to others. Your emotional doors are open, and good energy is with you for artistic expression, recreation, art appreciation, and hobbies. With your emotions and desire nature cooperating beautifully tonight, you are both appealing to others and highly resourceful.

Cancer

Cancer

The first half of the day is good for intellectual and technical matters, dear Cancer, but as the day advances, you crave more downtime. The Moon moves into your home and family sector, and tonight, it cooperates wonderfully with the Sun and Mars in your resources sector, pointing to a greater need for security and familiarity, as well as willingness to put effort into pursuing these things. You’re motivated to make your life more comfortable and to enjoy family or domestic life more thoroughly. It’s a potentially excellent time for tapping into deeper needs, desires, and wants, although you could find yourself more desirous than usual! Your senses are powerful and working overtime. Your need for action is stirred, and with motivation, you can move mountains.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYou’re in an action-oriented frame of mind these days, dear Leo, no doubt about it, but until midday, you’re focusing on building and developing rather than initiating. In fact, it’s an excellent time for attention to detail. As the day advances, however, your motivation to start something new or to create and share builds. While you are certainly more aggressive these days with the Sun and Mars in your sign, the other side of this is enthusiasm, and something you learn or come across can excite your curiosity now. You’re feeling independent, but you’re playing well with others today! Today is good for getting the word out, making connections, and exploring a new interest or idea.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe first half of the day is excellent for seeking out a stronger connection to the world around you, dear Virgo. You’re unusually engaged and reactive now with the Moon in your sign. The second half of the day is more emotionally settled but just as action-oriented. You are highly motivated to get something useful done! While you have greater needs than usual for steadiness and comfort, you’re ready to pursue these things determinedly. You may be acting on a sudden or unusual whim, attraction, or desire, and this is most likely related to a relationship, joy, or creature comfort. You are extraordinarily resourceful today. You’re ready to make the most of what you have, but you also desire just a little more. You could feel a stronger motivation to make or spend money now!

Libra 

Libra

Until midday, you’re inclined to keep to yourself, dear Libra, or to avoid mentally and emotionally stressful or demanding situations. This mood is due to the Moon’s transit of your privacy sector. You need a break from the usual pace of your life. You also tend to sort through recent and past experiences and see them from a different perspective. Your observation skills are excellent. The second half of the day is considerably livelier. Not only does the Moon move into your sign, stimulating high attention to unmet needs, but it also cooperates with the Sun and Mars in your friendship sector. You’re getting back in the game! You are particularly resourceful, suave, and dynamic now. While self-directed activities fare the best today, you’re gaining others’ cooperation easily.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The first half of the day is friendly but low-key, dear Scorpio, which can be welcome after some busy days. You’re gearing up as the day advances, but it’s also time to hit the emotional reset button as the Moon enters your sector of rest, reflection, and privacy. This is the time of the lunar month, lasting over two days, for taking a break, looking to the past, and reorienting yourself as you prepare for a new beginning. Even so, you’re unlikely to be inactive as the Moon connects to fireball Mars and the proud Sun. The desire to break from the past or to reconnect to it is high, and even though you’re going under the radar, you’re also quite focused on certain goals and ambitions. Aim for self-improvement today.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You’ll be all geared up to take care of business this morning, dear Sagittarius, and while your sign doesn’t always play well with details, rules, and plans, you’re in an unusual mood for trying now. You can derive quite a bit of satisfaction out of crafting goals and making lists right now, so take advantage. As the day advances, you’re likely to want to kick back and enjoy yourself, but you won’t be kicking back too far. In fact, it can be a busy, engaged evening. Your sense of humor is in full force, and others truly enjoy your ideas and good company. The day should be spirited and hold some space for exploration and discovery, even if this only happens on a mental plane. You’re highly motivated to learn and share.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

Until midday, you’re in great shape for learning and sharing, dear Capricorn. You’re interested in expanding or growing on a personal level, and learning is one way of expanding your horizons. You’ve been craving a little more adventure than usual, but as the day advances, you’re perfectly content to put aside your explorer’s hat and get down to business. In fact, you’re anxious to get going on new projects and ideas, and you’ll find that others are cooperative and supportive, even if this just means they’re stepping out of the way for you to pursue your goals. You’re active today, but you’re also pacing yourself well. You tend to draw upon the strength of your feelings to be productive and take the initiative.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Until midday, you’re in a focused, exclusive, and emotionally intense mood, dear Aquarius, as the Moon continues its transit of your intimacy sector and you seek out deeper satisfaction from your interactions, projects, and experiences. It’s a great time for doing a little research, investigation, or analysis. You’re bound to see all the details you’ve overlooked on other days, although you may not see the whole story quite yet. Bits and pieces need sorting, and further thought will get you there eventually. The second half of the day is more outgoing, sociable, and outwardly active. It can be a perfect time for a one-on-one activity or for learning something new. You can show a keen interest in a new topic of interest, and you may feel more courageous about taking a trip or mini adventure of sorts that pushes your usual boundaries.

Pisces

Pisces

The first half of the day is rather light and sociable, dear Pisces. As long as you avoid dissecting a relationship or focusing on flaws rather than the bigger picture, you’re in a good position to enjoy yourself — and perhaps a relationship as well. As the day advances, your interest in doing something new, different, or bold returns full-on. However, you’re inclined to want to work independently, and you’re taking in more than you’re releasing energy. A project or work that needs doing can be in intense focus and can benefit from your enthusiasm. Your willingness to plumb the depths of a matter can work to your advantage, particularly if you apply this passion to something you love or a project that you’ve put off for later.

 

If You Were Born Today, July 27th

You are intensely curious and have a great hunger for knowledge. Your intellect is strong, and you can be a pioneer or natural leader. You possess organizational savvy and could do well in various media careers. Idealistic in love, it can take some time for you to find what or who you want. You are drawn to people who are strong, dynamic, and also responsible. While you can be self-sufficient and independent for the most part, you are also quite emotional and moody, and you have a great love of, and interest in, people and how they “work”. You are intimidating to some but admired by most.

 

Famous people born today: Norman Lear, Peggy Fleming, Maya Rudolph, Taylor Schilling, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julian McMahon.

Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Friday, July 28th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Problem-solving is favored much of the day as you can truly get to the heart of a matter right now, dear Aries. However, there is a tendency to take something too far, and this can interfere with productivity. There’s value to dedication, but compulsion doesn’t do you any good, so draw the line. There can be a real tug of war happening between your desire to create, entertain, and have fun and your desire (or need) to excel at your work and responsibilities. There can be snappiness and irritability as a result, and a sense that the ball is not exactly in your court. You may need to enlist a helper or perhaps simply someone who you can vent with or lean on.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThere can be some misunderstandings today, dear Taurus, as you’re not particularly trusting of what’s on the surface of things. Reading too much into a situation can get the best of your mood today. However, it’s a good time for probing a matter further, investigation, research, and intensive study. Even so, these things may take up a lot of time, steering you away from your priorities! Avoid anything that seems ripe for turning into a power or control game in your interactions, as there are no winners now. The need for familiarity and comfort can be at odds with your desire to get away from it all today, but it may be better to choose one or the other than to stay in a state of limbo.

Gemini

Gemini

Suspicion is something you are likely to battle within yourself today, dear Gemini. Avoid major decision making until your mind clears. Research and analysis are favored, however, as long as you don’t become so absorbed in it that you forget what you should be doing. As well, you can be attracted to all the wrong situations now, so watch for this tendency. On some level, you can be torn between a desire to keep things light or easy and a compulsion to know all. You can be productive with a home or family matter or project, however, and as long as you don’t fret too much over problem areas, you’ll do just fine now.

Cancer

Cancer

You can’t help but see all the flaws today, dear Cancer, and your mind may go to negative places too quickly now. You could also feel that others are pressuring or pushing you, and these vibes don’t mesh well with your rather insular mood today. Vie for mutual trust in your relationships and refuse to accept anything less! Avoid absorbing the the thick tension around you and sidestep power games or manipulation. You need some peace of mind with the Moon transiting your home sector all day, so aim to take care of these needs rather than focus on something that may only serve to drag you down.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeWatch for taking your sense of duty to extremes today, dear Leo, as you may be accumulating too much stress by taking on too many things or going too hard on a particular pursuit or project. Pushing yourself can take its toll on your health and general outlook. Perhaps ironically, many Leos are pushing their desire to get healthier too hard these days! For others, it’s about staying on top of work. Ambition is great, but if worry about your daily routines interferes with the rest of your life, then you need to make a change! Today, also watch for regular conversations that turn into power plays. Money-making or business projects can fare well now with extra dedication, but interactions can very easily become tricky.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeYour mental radar is working hard today, dear Virgo, and perhaps too furiously at times! Watch for stirring up controversy. You might enter a conversation thinking you have everything under control, but if it doesn’t go a certain way, things can get out of hand. Interactions may be intense as a result. Worries and fears tend to dominate your thinking and may drive your communications if you’re not careful. You might have a memory that puts a new and possibly negative spin on an old matter, but consider that your perceptions may be skewed the wrong way. You aren’t likely to come across at your best right now, so if you can, save important conversations and presentations for a more confident, positive time. Pour extra energy into researching information you truly need, or that furthers your cause and helps you to see the positive.

Libra 

Libra

There is a tendency for worries, fears, and concerns to hang around today, dear Libra, affecting your thoughts and communications. Conversations and interactions can be on the tricky side as a result, particularly if you are feeling guilty or insecure about something. Try to avoid setting yourself up for answers that you don’t need to hear right now. People can be resistant to learning or may want to direct the conversations, which can be annoying. While part of you wants to oversee what’s going on around the home or with loved ones, another part would prefer to escape with friends or enjoy something lighter and more positive or forward-looking. Do your best to avoid dwelling on matters that you can’t change, and focus instead on possibilities for the future.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The Moon spends the day in your privacy sector, dear Scorpio, and you need to take a break. Even so, it’s a strong day for work and problem solving that doesn’t require high levels of emotions. Social exchanges and interactions can quickly become tricky, however. Conversations may go in a direction you hadn’t anticipated. You may be reading a situation or person negatively, which is more about fear or insecurity than reality. Compulsive thinking can get you down, so refuse to be a part of it! In fact, it can steer you far away from your priorities, and you can end up feeling behind. Overthinking or over-analyzing doesn’t serve you well right now. Be kind to yourself and seek out ways to find extra replenishment and rest instead.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Pressure to speak up about a matter may figure strongly now, dear Sagittarius, but this is unlikely to be a good time to do so. If you must do so, gauge your audience as much as possible and try to focus on the positive because with today’s energies, there is a tendency to see the worst of a situation. As well, with Mercury at the top of your chart until August 31st, your words aren’t easily forgotten! It’s certainly not the best time to divulge sensitive information. People can be defensive now. Seek out ways to relax, detox, and loosen up. Getting yourself all wound up about possibilities won’t do you much good. However, the day is strong for doing research and investigating a topic more deeply, as long as emotions aren’t involved!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

Differences of opinion may seem to mean more to you than what’s on the surface today, dear Capricorn, as you may be reading a lot into them or you could be taking something very personally. If you’re worried about someone’s feelings for you or whether you have the same power over a person as you once did, this may affect your behavior today. Consider, however, that oversensitivity can lead you on the wrong path and that perceptions may be skewed to the negative due to fears of losing relevance. Today can be excellent for delving into topics that don’t trigger deep emotions, however. The technical side of life can be far easier to take now. This is not to say that you should ignore the emotional side of life — in fact, it’s a great time to learn more about yourself — but it may be appropriate to back off from a heated situation to gain a better perspective.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Conversations can be on the delicate side today, dear Aquarius, so do your best to be objective and avoid getting pulled into mind games. If you’re not feeling up to par on an emotional or social level, keeping some distance makes sense, but it would be wise to do so without alienating people you care about. This isn’t a time to push others away, but rather to pull yourself back a little so that you can collect yourself. Watch also for a tendency to fall back into old habits and patterns with a partner or special friend. This may happen so naturally that it’s hard even to see, but consider that your past may be interfering with the present.

Pisces

Pisces

Your mental radar is working at full speed today, dear Pisces, but you may be reading far too much into a situation than is necessary–or healthy. Probing a topic further can be useful, but if it sucks up too much of your time or drains you emotionally, then it’s a compulsion, and it’s not any good for you. Make concessions and compromises for the people you love, but watch for a tendency to go too far with this — so far that you’re no longer happy. Alternatively, a friend or partner may be suspicious or jealous, and this can lead to mind games or standoffs. Don’t avoid topics that need addressing altogether, but some things may be best deferring to a warmer, more accepting atmosphere.

 

Daily Tarot Card

The Empress

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Keywords: ideas, creative impulses, intellect!

Astrological Correspondence: Venus

The Empress signifies the queen of life, the ideal woman, the archetypal mother. She represents the matriarchal goddess, being part of nature, fertility, sexuality, and the generative forces. As the life-giving mother she is connected to the Earth and the natural rhythms, the appreciation of the senses. As a card of good fortune she signifies that if we are gentle and caring, as well as patient, we can bring anything to fruition; we have to be able to wait until the time is right for action so that we can reap the rewards; as a result, hard work pays off and relationships become satisfying. The Empress can, in negative situations, also depict vanity, undeveloped creativity, stagnation, and apathy.

Daily Love Tarot

The Star

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July 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Star represents the end of a previous journey and the beginning of delight. When the Star chooses you it tells of a more balanced course that is something more agreeable than the rollercoaster ride you have been on. Just be careful what you wish for, because the Star is the promise of wishes fulfilled. It is the card of second chances. Or if you didn’t or do not take them, third chances.

Daily Rune for Thursday, July 27th

Hagalaz

 

“Hag-all-az” – Literally: “Hail” or “Hailstone” – Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change

Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable

Psi: disruption, change, personal past

Energy:
power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos

Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter

Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony; or catastrophe, crisis, stagnation, loss of power, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.

Governs:
Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage’

Daily Crowley Thoth Tarot Card

Fortune

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

Daily Animal Spirit

The Lizard

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July 27th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you dreaming a dream that’s big enough? If Lizard has appeared before you today, the gauntlet has been thrown down, the challenge made. Stop hiding your light beneath a rock—be willing to be bigger than life, to dream bigger than your imagination, to throw caution to the wind, and aim for the target you’ve spent a lifetime avoiding.

The Wisdom of Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Earth Sky News for Thursday, July 27:  Go someplace dark and watch meteors!

Tonight – July 27, 2017 – and in the coming nights, treat yourself to one of nature’s spectacles. Every year, people look forward to the August Perseid meteor shower. And it’s wonderful, with regular rates of about 60 meteors per hour at its peak. The Perseids are gearing up even now, so if you go outside between midnight and dawn tonight or this weekend, you might see some. But there’s another meteor shower happening now, too. It’s the Delta Aquarid meteor shower.

The Delta Aquarids don’t have as definite a peak as the Perseids. Instead, the shower produces a steady supply of meteors for some weeks in late July and early August. Tonight – or this weekend – are good times to watch because the moon is in a waxing crescent phase. That means the moon now sets in early evening. In other words, we have deliciously dark skies for watching the Delta Aquarids, which are at their best in dark hours before dawn.

Here’s a custom sunrise/set calendar (check the moonrise/set box).

These meteors are beautiful! See the photo above? Kelly Dreller in Lake Havasu City, Arizona caught this meteor in late July of 2016.

Tonight, or this weekend – under a dark sky, between midnight and dawn – you might see as many as 10 to 15 meteors per hour. Most will be somewhat faint, so be sure to find a dark sky!

The Perseid shower is expected to produce the greatest number of meteors on the night of August 11-12 or 12-13, 2017. However, the waning gibbous moon will be bright in the hours after midnight.

You can try watching the Perseids in moonlight. You’ll definitely see a few of the brighter ones, if you do. But late July/early August might be a better time to watch meteors in 2017, before moonlight becomes too overpowering. The Perseids are known to rise to a peak gradually, so they’ll be increasing in numbers every night over the coming weeks – although, at the same time, the moon will be increasing in brilliance and edging into the post-midnight sky.

Meanwhile, the Delta Aquarids will be raining down steadily, night after night.

Yes, you can watch from the South Hemisphere, too! The Delta Aquarids, especially, are a good shower for you. The Delta Aquarids fall more abundantly in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring perhaps 15 Delta Aquarid meteors per hour in an inky dark sky. All around the world, the radiant of the shower climbs highest up for the night around 2 to 3 a.m. local time (3 to 4 a.m. local Daylight Time), but the radiant soars way higher in the Southern Hemisphere than at comparable latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Bottom line: Given dark skies, you won’t see as many meteors in late July and early August as you will at the Perseid meteor shower’s peak dates on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. But this year, in 2017, you won’t have much moon-free time for viewing the Perseids.

Article Published on EarthSky.org

A Little Thought from Me to You….

It Is Ok

To live a Life

Others Do Nor Understand

 

A Quick Reminder….

Don’t forget about the Buy One, Get One Free Deal on the Candles Till August 1

 

New Shipment Of Candles, Means A Great Deal for You……

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A little more about these magickal candles…..

 

 

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Our deal to you…..

 

This is not really a monthly promo, it is Mystie (my assistant) feel in love with these spell candles and we now have spell candles everywhere you look. So we are offering you a fantastic deal on this top of the line candles. I don’t know if you are familiar with the Lailokens Awen Spell Candles are not but they are the best on the market. They are hard to find, have been concentrated and blessed for any purpose you might need them for. As a valued customer of Magickal Necessities, we are offering a special deal just for you….buy one at the regular price and get the second free. Yes, you heard right, the second candle is free. We learned from our incense give-away and due to that fact, there are three candles that you can chose from for your free one….

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Again, this is our way of saying “thank you for being a valued customer and we look forward to meeting all your magickal needs. 

 

 

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Celebrating Lammas

The year is 1100. The date is August 1. The monks in the abbey at Gloucester are celebrating the holy-day of St. Peter in Chains. One of the monks wakes from a strange dream in which God promises to strike down the wicked King who has abused the Holy Church. His superior, Abbot Serlo, on hearing of the dreams sends a warning to the King, William the Red, who has oppressed all of England with taxes and disgusted many with his licentiousness and blasphemy. Red, as he is called, receives the message the following day while preparing to indulge in one of his favorite sports, hunting, in the New Forest. Although there are no longer any people dwelling in the New Forest — they were all cleared out by Red’s father, William the Conqueror — there are rumors that it’s a hotbed of pagan activity. And August 2 is an important pagan holy-day. The Saxons call it Lammas, the Loaf-Mass. William the Red laughs at the warning from the monks and goes out hunting. A short time later, he is dead, struck in the chest by a stray arrow, and his brother, Henry, who was in the hunting party is riding hot-foot for Winchester and the crown.

Now some people say that William the Red was a Lammas sacrifice, …

Please continue reading by clicking this link: Celebrating Lammas

The Witches Digest No. 9 for Tuesday, July 25th

The Witches Digest No. 9

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

 

A Witch’s Tale

What is it like
To cast a spell?
To chant a charm?
To ring a bell?
To cast a circle?
To praise the moon?
To love the Earth?
To read the rune?
To love the Goddess?
To live her way?
To ebb and flow
Every day?
The trees, the grass,
The clouds and hills;
All these things
Witchcraft fills.
Every laugh,
Every cry,
Need you ask
The reason why?
The power can be found
From deep witin,
When you find it
You’re ready to begin.

—By The Light Of The Crystal Moon: A Book of Pagan Poetry and Short Stories
Elizabeth Gardiepy

Your Daily Solar & Lunar Info for Tueday, July 25th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 91.04° E
Sun Altitude: 35.04°
Sun Distance: 94.417 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:54 am↑ 65° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:07 pm↑ 295° Northwest

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 81.34° E
Moon Altitude: 6.67°
Moon Distance: 231504 mi
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Moonset: Today9:52 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 6.4%

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Tuesday, July 25th

The Moon is in Leo until 6:32 AM, after which the Moon is in Virgo.
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred on the 23rd in the sign of Leo and the First Quarter Moon will occur on July 30th.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will be retrograde from August 12-September 5).
Mercury enters Virgo today (Mercury transits Virgo July 25-August 31 and then September 9-29).

Daily Astronomy Overview for Tuesday, July 25

 

The Moon continues its transit of Leo until 6:34 AM EDT when it enters Virgo. The Virgo Moon is practical and helpful. While we can find many things to do and we’re busier than usual, it’s easy to get into a comfortable routine. We want to be useful and productive, and focusing on details seems the best route to making headway. We are analytical, critical, and technical under the influence of a Virgo Moon. The details of daily existence capture our attention more than usual now, and in the coming weeks as well with Mercury’s move into the sign today. Mercury will transit Virgo until August 31st and then again from September 9-29 — a longer stay than usual due to Mercury’s upcoming retrograde from August 12th to September 5th. Mercury feels right at home in Virgo, one of the signs that it rules (the other is Gemini). We aim for more precision in our speech, thoughts, and methods during this cycle. We need to be careful that we don’t lose perspective if we find ourselves lost in details. We should also be aware of the possibility of expressing ourselves in a too factual manner, so much so that we come across as dry, critical, or unimaginative. Otherwise, this is a useful transit, particularly for skill-building, organization, and analysis.

A void of course Moon occurs from 5:23 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Mercury), until the Moon enters Virgo at 6:34 AM EDT.

The Sky This Week for July 25 to 30

Constellations, a crescent Moon, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, July 25

The waxing crescent Moon stands some 8° to the upper left of the Mercury-Regulus pair this evening. Nine percent of Luna’s face appears lit tonight, and the greater illumination combined with the higher altitude make it much easier to see than it was yesterday.

Wednesday, July 26

By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, brilliant Venus already dominates the scene. The planet rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and stands 10° high at the start of twilight an hour later. It’s hard to mistake Venus for anything else — at magnitude –4.0, it shines far brighter than any other object in the morning sky. Although the view with the naked eye or through binoculars is dazzling, you also should point a telescope in the planet’s direction. Not only does Venus show an 15″-diameter disk that appears nearly three-quarters illuminated, but this morning also offers a bonus: The planet lies less than 1° south of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant (M1).

Mars reaches solar conjunction at 9 p.m. EDT, when it lies on the far side of the Sun from our perspective. The Red Planet will remain hidden in our star’s glare until it emerges into morning twilight in September.

Thursday, July 27

As an inner planet, Venus moves quickly relative to the background stars. After passing south of M1 yesterday, this morning the planet appears 0.4° north of the 3rd-magnitude star Zeta (z) Tauri, the southern horn of the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Friday, July 28

The waxing crescent Moon appears about one-third illuminated this evening, when it lies just 3° above brilliant Jupiter. The two lie about 25° high in the southwest an hour after sundown and look spectacular from then until they set after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Although the naked eye and binoculars show this conjunction best, a telescope delivers great views of magnitude –1.9 Jupiter all week. The giant planet’s disk spans 35″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.

Saturday, July 29

Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. The innermost planet lies 27° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition (the configuration officially occurs at 1 a.m. EDT on the 30th). Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies some 8° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.3. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with naked eyes.) Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight, but meteor rates remain essentially the same from July 27 to August 1. And with the nearly First Quarter Moon setting around midnight local daylight time, early morning viewing conditions should be ideal. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, which rises in late evening and appears highest in the hours before dawn. At its best, the shower produces 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a dark sky, though the highest rates occur at tropical locations and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 30

First Quarter Moon arrives at 11:23 a.m. EDT. Our satellite won’t rise until around 1:30 p.m. local daylight time, however, so observers in the Americas won’t see it precisely half-lit. As darkness falls this evening, the Moon appears about 55 percent illuminated and resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales.

Venus’ rapid eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Taurus the Bull into Orion the Hunter this morning. The planet will reside in this non-zodiacal constellation for only two days, however, and will cross into Gemini the Twins on August 1.

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The Astronomy Magazine

25 things to bring to the eclipse

You know to bring eclipse glasses and a camera, but here are some things you will also want to bring along.
By Michael E. Bakich


I drew up this list for people who will be traveling to see the eclipse but won’t be part of an organized travel group. You might be planning to observe the eclipse alone, with friends or family, or at a public event. I wanted to provide a checklist of both common and unusual items that I’ll be bringing along and that I think you should bring to the eclipse as well. Such an inventory could get out of hand quickly, so I limited it to 25 entries. They’re not ordered in any special way except for items #1 and #2, which I consider the most important of all.

1. Sunscreen

When someone says, “solar safety,” this is what I think of. So should you. And here’s something to note: If your bottle of sunscreen is more than two years old, replace it. That’s the standard shelf life for this product. If you see someone who has forgotten sunscreen, please be a peach and share. You also might want to bring an umbrella for some welcome shade.

2. Water

August 21 will be warm everywhere in the United States and hot in many places. Even large events may run out of this vital fluid. Don’t leave home without it. If you’re driving, bring at least a case of bottled water with you. For just a couple of bucks, you’ll be guaranteed not to dehydrate.

3. Approved solar filter

Whether you use eclipse glasses, a homemade filter using solar Mylar, or a #14 welder’s glass, you will need this to view the partial phases. Also, if you plan to view the partial phases through any equipment (binoculars, telescope, etc.), you will need approved solar filters — not eclipse glasses — for each of them.

4. Camera

You’ll want to document the day and the activities surrounding the event. My advice remains firm, though: Do not photograph the eclipse! For those of you ignoring this sage wisdom, also pack a tripod.

 

5. Transistor radio

Some events (like the one in St. Joseph, Missouri) will be broadcasting as the eclipse happens. Others will be reporting eclipse-related news, including important items like traffic and weather. The nice thing about a radio is that the broadcast will come in no matter how many people are listening. That won’t be true if you’re relying on Wi-Fi or cell service. Make sure your radio’s batteries are fresh.

 

6. Binoculars

This is a great way to get close-up views of the corona during the total phase of the eclipse. And during the half-hour or so prior to totality, you can scan the sky away from the Sun to try to locate Venus (and Jupiter from locations east of Idaho).

 

7. An eclipse guide

Several are available as books or e-books. You might, for example, check the selections at Astronomy’s online store, http://www.myscienceshop.com.

 

8. Food or snacks

Certainly this isn’t as critical as water; I mean, you’re not going to starve. You probably will get hungry waiting for the eclipse to start, however. Don’t assume your location will have food. We expect millions of people to flock to events along the center line. It’s quite possible that even well-stocked stores and supply stands will sell out even before you arrive. Consider having some healthy snacks or premade sandwiches. Such items can help you avoid fast food and give you options in more culinary-challenged communities.

9. Medicine

Be sure you have any prescriptions you need to take with you. And some pain medication also is a good idea. Sometimes too much Sun gives certain people headaches, and too much standing for older folks can be painful. Which leads to . . .

10. Chairs

Bring at least one chair (fold-up varieties pack best) for each person in your party. Even if you attend an organized event, don’t assume anyone will provide seats. Do assume that if there are seats, they will already have been taken. You’re not going to want to stand for (a minimum of) three hours, and if you’re like me, you don’t do well lying on the ground. The best chairs you can bring let you sit upright or recline. Actually, if I weren’t hosting an event, I’d bring the nice air mattress we keep for those occasions when several guests visit.

11. Toilet paper

Let’s see, millions of people on the road, rest stops few and far between . . . you fill in the details.

12. Hand sanitizer

13. Extra eyeglasses

You won’t forget the ones on your face, but something may happen to that pair.

14. Kids’ stuff

I have no children, so I can’t specify items. I can, however, advise you to bring whatever you will need to keep your offspring happy, comfortable, and occupied. Be aware that, in many locations, cellphone and Wi-Fi access may be limited or nonexistent. Bring along something that doesn’t rely on wireless access to entertain your kids. You may discover, much to your chagrin, that your young children do not share your appreciation or awe for the eclipse. Obviously, you’re a terrible parent. But don’t worry; they’ll be seven years older when the 2024 eclipse rolls around.

15. Broad-brimmed hat

This will keep the Sun off your head and face, and also your neck if the hat’s brim is wide enough. You’ll probably sweat, but that’s a reasonable trade-off. Keep drinking water.

16. Power inverter

You can’t plug most laptops or video players directly into a car. A small DC-to-AC power inverter will let your passengers play games or movies for the whole length of the trip without having to worry about draining the batteries in their devices. Another similar device is a car-lighter-plug-to-USB socket. Such adapters can operate or charge items that don’t require much power, like cellphones.

17. Pillow

Actually, bring a pillow for every reclining chair you take along. Your passengers also might like to use these in the car if the ride is long.

18. Sunglasses

Remember, despite their name, sunglasses are not for viewing the Sun through. They are for providing eye comfort when you look at everything else.

19. Cash

If you meet me at the event I’m hosting in St. Joseph, Missouri, you can thank me with this. Seriously, some vendors at eclipse events may not take credit or debit cards, and, even for those who do, with the huge numbers of people in transit, paying with cash may save you some serious time.

20. Insect repellent

The farther along the shadow’s path toward the southeastern United States you set up, the more important this item will become.

21. Phone

I list this mainly for completeness. Does anyone ever forget to bring a phone anymore? Certainly nobody under 35. Now, permit me one further note about this item. It’s probable that at large events (especially in smaller towns), the number of people accessing their cellphones will overwhelm nearby cell towers. Be sure to tell anyone tracking your movements that you may be out of touch for a significant amount of time. If you need definite access to communication, consider renting a satellite phone for the weekend. I hope you don’t need it, but a small investment will yield peace of mind.

22. Telescope

But reduce the hassle by bringing along only the minimum number of items to go with it. I won’t detail them here because everyone’s scope “kit” is different. Before you pack it, set up your scope either outside in the daytime or indoors, and verify that you have a complete system.

23. Astrophoto gear

If you’re going to photograph the eclipse, you’ll need more than a camera. Make sure you have whatever essentials you need. Keep these items together, preferably in the same bag or container as your camera. Check them twice, then have someone else check them while you watch.

24. Odd parts and tools

If you have a telescope, you’ll understand what I mean. As an example, some of the things my kit contains are extra knurled knobs, an Allen wrench set, half a dozen small ziplock plastic bags, at least two each of three types of small clamps, a micro-screwdriver set (also useful for fixing eyeglasses), lens-cleaning paper, at least a dozen each of two sizes of plastic zip ties, extra hardware for any tripod-mounted setups I may attempt, extra solar filters, and, you guessed it, duct tape.

25. Personal items

You won’t be hiking the Himalayas or venturing into the deep ocean aboard a submarine to experience this event. You’ll have room for a few extras, especially if you’re driving. If there’s something that’s especially meaningful to you and you want to bring it along, no harm done.

This list is originally from Astronomy Magazine’s August 2017 special eclipse issue.

The Magick of Tuesday

Magickal Intent:
Courage
Binding
Protection
Achievement
Power
Initiation
Protection
Passion

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red, Orange

Crystal: Garnet, Ruby

Incense: Myrrh, Ginger, Cardamom

Plant: Cardamom

Today is Tuesday, July 25th

 

Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

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The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Tuesday, July 25th, We Honor The Goddess Spider Woman

MANY CULTURES AROUND THE world believe that all of the world’s creatures are connected by a strong, but delicately woven, web. The Pueblo Indians credit the spinning of this web of life to a creation goddess so potent that her true name is never spoken aloud. Some call this goddess Spider Woman. She is also honored as Thought Woman, because everything was created from her thoughts.

 

Spider Woman existed before the world existed. By spinning and chanting, she was able to create the four directions of the universe—north, south, east, and west. Within this sacred space, she produced her daughters, Ut Set and Nau Ut Set. Following their mother’s directions carefully, Ut Set and Nau Ut Set made the sun, moon, and stars to banish darkness from the universe; they created these heavenly bodies from shells, turquoise, red rock, yellow stone, and clear crystal.

 

As she spun her web and thought, Spider Woman made all of life, including the mountains, lakes, oceans, and deserts. She also created the different races of people from differently colored clays. Finally, using a last thread of her web, Spider Woman connected each human being to her always.

 

Other Native American traditions acknowledge Spider Woman. She is a creatress to the Pima and Zia Indians. The Navajo believe she taught them how to weave. Among the Hopi Indians, who settled in what is now known as Arizona, she was one of the deities who created Poquanghoya and Palongawhoya; these powerful twins created the earth, with its bountiful fields, seas, and mountains.

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The Book of Goddesses: Expanded Anniversary Edition
Kris Waldherr

The Magickal Day of Tuesday

 

Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.

 

The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!

 

One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims

 

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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo.

The Witches Guide To Tuesdays

 

A god, goddess, or planet governs each day of the week. It is usually easy to spot the ruler of the day by its name. The word Tuesday, however, is not so easy, but if we look at the word in Spanish, Martes, we clearly see its connections to Mars.

Because Tuesday revolves around the energy of Mars, Tuesdays are good for business, mechanical things, buying and selling animals, hunting, beginning studies, gardening, sexual activities, and confrontation. This is a day for sex magick, energy, stamina, and health. As in the old saying, Tuesdays child is full of grace, is also good for success magick and defense against enemies.

Angels of Tuesday are Camael, Samael, Satael, Amabiel, Friagne, and Hyniel. When invoked, Camael takes the form of a leopard. In Druid mythology he is a god of war, which is why we see him associated with Mars. Camael is said to be a member of the “Magnificent Seven” in some circles. Camael is another “terminator” angel.

Samael walks both worlds as a magician and sorcerer. some see him as the angel of death, others as “the bright and poisonous one.” Many consider him more of a demon, and accuse him of being Satan. However, there is reference to the satans (plural) as enforcers of the law, a sort of angelic police, if you will. Supposedly, when Samael is around, dogs howl in the night. On one hand, he is the ruler of the fifth heaven and in charge of two million angels; on the other, he is the one who changed into a serpent and convinced Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit of knowledge.

Satael is an angel of air invoked in magic rites and is the presiding spirit of the planet Mars. Amabiel is another spirit of the planet Mars; however he spends his energy on issues of human sexuality. Friagne, also an angel of this day, is invoked from the east. He is a member of the fifth heaven. Hyniel also belongs to this day and is subject to the east wind.

On Tuesdays the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mars, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest ones to do ritual in. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

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Gypsy Magic

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, July 25th

Illapa Festival (Incan)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Leo

Moon enters Virgo 6: 32 am

Incense: Geranium

Color: Gray

Moon in Virgo

 

We instinctively gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In order to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.

The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.

Correspondences for Tuesday, July 25th

 

Tuesday (Tiw’s-day)

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Autumn Shades

Crystals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Flint, Rhodonite, Iron and Steel

Aroma: Basil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Mars Oil, Dragon’s blood and patchouli

Herb: Basil

The day of Mars. This day could only ever symbolize the sheer power of the god of war! The ideal spells to be cast on this day are that of force, power war and protection.

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Magical aspects: controlled power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, the breaking of negative spells, dynamic energy, matrimony, war, enemies, prison, hunting, politics, contests, protection, victory, and athletics.

Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

 

Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you. Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads.

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success

The Energy of Mars

Weekday ruled by Mars: Tuesday

Stones:
Bloodstone
Garnet
Carnelian
Pink Tourmaline

Herbs and Plants:
Red Rose
Cock’ comb
Mugwort
Mullien
Nettle
Thistle
Wormwood

Magickal Intention: Courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, breaking negative cycles, war, viltality, Assertiveness.

The Witches Magick for Tuesday, June 25th – Amaterasu Sun Goddess Ritual

You will need:

1 red candle to represent the goddess

1 candle to represent yourself in your preferred color

1 black candle to represent the shadow self

1 white candle

Round mirror or mirrors (makeup compact mirrors are okay)

Crystals, if desired

Cinnamon incense

Oils, such as Jasmine and/or Dragon’s Blood

Cast your Circle; call in the Elements, 4 Directions, and the Higher Powers. Also your ancestors and guides, if you wish.

‘Dress’ or oil your candles. If you are going to carve anything on them though, do that first. On the red candle, carve an image of the sun. On the black candle, carve ‘facing the shadow self’ and ‘releasing negativity’. You can use two black candles if you wish, up to you. You can carve your name on yours, and since the white one will represent Spirit or Enlightenment, you can carve that on it or just leave it blank. (The intent is always the main thing!) Put mirrors around to represent the sun goddess, and crystals such as white quartz or citrine, yellow topaz.

Light your candles. Put the white candle next to the black candle to represent illumination. Put your candle next to the goddess candle. Put mirrors and crystals around the candles.

Center yourself; then say this invocation three times.

INVOCATION TO AMATERASU

Amaterasu, bright Goddess of the Sun!

Shine upon us who call upon you!

Light the path before us,

Keep us safe in your warm comfort.

You who abhor violence and strife,

Please defend us from any evil ones

With your heavenly arrows.

Help us laugh like you did with Uzume,

As she did her funny dance for you!

Shed light on our shadow selves

So we can work through darkness within,

And find the love and joy we need.

…….
When you are through with the invocation, visualize bravely facing the shadows within yourself. Visualize light being shed upon any darkness within, and then coming out of a cave and into the light. You are greeted by your ancestors, guides and guardians, and surrounded with love. Amaterasu gives you a kiss on your forehead and gives you her blessing.

When you are through, go to the door and open it. Visualize yourself as guided, protected, and full of joy, and this going out into the Universe to manifest. Then say, “So Mote it Be!” Clap your hands and visualize any extra energy going into Mother Earth.

© Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

A Little Humor for Your Day – Signs That You Need More Room For Ritual

 

Your goals for ritual include finishing without knocking over the fire element.
You need to time your rituals to last no more than 1 hour, in order to not be suffocated by the one incense stick in the east.
Your familiar entering the circle pushes you out of it.
And your familiar is a dragon fly.
Your cauldron is a coffee cup and your altar is a dinner plate.
You must dance while sitting, so you don’t trip over Freya.
You think your carpet has turned white, but then you realize it’s the salt you used to mark the circle.
The last time you invoked the Horned One, you had to patch the ceiling.
The water element sunlight’s a fishbowl, a drinking glass, and a sink, simultaneously.
Your coven is only three people, and you still have to leave your shoes in the hallway to make room.
You have to offer money to the Gods, because a steak or loaf of bread would take up too much space in the circle.
You have to fold the bed against the wall to fit the air element in.
Your rituals are all skyclad, after that nasty incident of an overanxious candle torching all the coven’s robes at once last Lammas.
You’re a Taurus, and you still think this situation must change.
You’re a Scorpio, but you’re developing a fear of candle fire.
You’re a Gemini, but you have no indecision about the need for more room.
You’re a Leo, and you’re growing shy because it’s your bedroom we’ve been practicing in.
You’re an Aries, but you’re now adept at dancing around numerous candles on the floor without burning yourself, for reasons of survival.
You’re a Cancer, but you don’t need to ask your mother if this is enough space. You know it’s not.
You’re a Virgo, and you can’t manage to engineer the space in order to fit everyone.
You’re a Libra, and you’re firmly with Gemini on this one.
You’re a Sagittarius, but the remains of the sea glass from the West at last Esbat which will still not leave your feet are starting to depress you.
You’re a Capricorn and you are starting to dream of grand forests with acres of space, and a mansion to practice in on rainy days.
You’re an Aquarius and the burning hair problem is starting to make you emotional.
You’re a Pisces but you know that something’s wrong.
You’re a Discordian, but when asked if the problem needs to be fixed, you reply, “Yes, immediately! How about my place?”
You’re a New Ager, but not even you believe another crystal will help.
You’re an Old Wiccan, but have started using the chalice and wand for the Great Rite anyway.
You’re a Neo Wiccan, but you’ve had to remove some of the rainbows and “Goddess loves us!” banners in order to make room for your name.
You’re Asatru, but you’re starting to consider putting some of your battle axes into storage.
Last time to walked to the West you flooded the place.
Casting a circle involves moving things out of the way.
Jumping over your bed is part of the spiral dance.
If the whole coven ever drew their athames to call the quarters, you would wind up with CSI: Between The Worlds.
You are openly Pagan but still can say you’re in the closet.

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Turok’s Cabana

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, July 25th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 6%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details for – Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 6%
Moon Age: 2.32 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 376,973.35 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,941,683.83 km
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Weekly Forecast: July 23 – 29, 2017

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 into 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:  July 23 – 29, 2017

7/24 ~ Venus (relationships & resources) ~oppose~ Saturn (physical limits & reality):

Where Sun opposite Saturn has you focused squarely on you, Venus opposite Saturn often illuminates the relationships you’ve magnetized (or repelled) in your life. It is here that I also like to remind folks how valuable midpoints can be as they give you a direct look back at your starting point, which offers unbelievable clarity about what you may be dealing with in the present moment. There is push-pull between your true values and the current reality of your relationships & your resources. You may find yourself questioning what (and who) is or is no longer of value or important to you. Or you may find yourself facing some hard and unavoidable personal truths. Do not feel sorry for yourself and do not take it out on others. It is time to take responsibility for making new choices here & now today, looking back will only trip you up. Challenges may center around commitments you’ve made out of obligation and/or a sense of duty, rather than because you actually wanted to contribute. You can use this energy & activation to align your reality with the values of your heart. Do not allow the anxiety associated with change to keep you from making some important decisions at this time. If you give in to your fears, you could get caught up in martyrdom and victim consciousness. Deciding what you want, committing to the work it will take to manifest your vision and getting to work! Saturn rewards deepened dedication & focus with tangible results. You won’t regret it.

7/24 ~ Mercury (voice) ~trine~ Uranus (individuality):

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!

7/26 ~ Sun (essential Self) ~conjunct~ Mars (desire):

This is the most potent combination of ‘who you are’ and ‘what you want’ joining forces and increasing the power. The blessing of this energy is that if you are clear on those two points, you will have immense energy to pursue your goals & aspirations, both personally & professionally. Do not waste the opportunity to tap in to this energy which can, and most likely will, propel you to the next level. This energy can/will only make you irritable and argumentative if your ego is engaged and your insecurities become overwhelming. It would be much more productive to take some time alone to assess how you could improve things for yourself and begin that process, fully supported by this potent, creative, fiery energy.

Mercury in Virgo

Minds and words are sharp as Mercury transits critical Virgo


Put on your thinking cap and make sure it’s adjusted perfectly — communication planet Mercury moves into critical Virgo on July 25, 2017! Mercury in Virgo signals a time when our minds are sharp, our speech becomes precise, and we’re able to communicate with others more efficiently.

Until Mercury turns retrograde on August 30, we’ll be thinking in much more practical terms. Whereas Mercury in Leo was more playful and chatty, Mercury in Virgo has no time for idle chit-chat. This transit is about analyzing ideas until they’re perfected and speaking seriously about most matters.

Virgo is Mercury’s home sign (along with Gemini), so the communication planet feels comfortable here and is ready and willing to think clearly, get organized and manage complex projects. It’s not necessarily the most imaginative or fun transit Mercury makes, but it’s definitely productive!

Top dos and don’ts for Mercury in Virgo:

Do solve problems — Break out the Sudoku! Analytical Virgo is great at taking an existing problem and working it over and over until … POOF! The problem is solved!

Don’t be narrow-minded — Mercury in Virgo enhances focus and critical thinking, but be careful you don’t become overly critical and way too picky about everything during this transit.

Do perform an act of service — Virgo is the sign of service, and with communication planet Mercury transiting this sign it’s the perfect time to speak out or write a letter on behalf of a person or organization you’re passionate about.

Don’t bite someone’s head off — Mercury is crisp and efficient in Virgo, with no time for unnecessary pleasantries. Remember to be polite, even if you are in a hurry to get to the point.

Do learn something new — Mercury in Virgo is a made for learning! Take a class, enhance your knowledge or practice skill-building now, while your mind can best absorb new knowledge.

Don’t neglect your imagination — Mercury is so practical in Virgo that it’s likely your creativity and imagination could become blocked. Do what you can now to give yourself an extra boost in creativity through books or movies or anything that gets you out of your head for a while.

 

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, July 25th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

While you’ve been very focused on injecting more fun or romance into your life recently, dear Aries, the Moon moves into your work and health sector this morning, and you are geared up to get some sorting and organizing done. Mercury enters this same sector today, but while the Moon stays here for just over two days, Mercury stays until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. This gives you plenty of time to take care of business. It’s an excellent period for attention to details, running errands, and organizing your work and routines. If you need to brush up on skills or gain specialized knowledge, this is an excellent period for doing so. The technical side of a topic can be appealing now. You may do some information gathering related to diet and health. Crafts, writing, specialized disciplines, and services can thrive now. Watch for a tendency to over-analyze, criticize, or worry about health.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your creative sector this morning, dear Taurus, and you can be in the mood for some fun and games. The next couple of days are excellent for letting the child within come out to play. Mercury also enters this sector of your solar chart today, but while the Moon stays here for just over two days, Mercury will be here for over a month. In the weeks ahead, you take a greater interest in games, creative expression, the technical side of creative projects or art, and craftsmanship or hobbies. Intellectual creativity can be in strong focus in the coming weeks. Romance with someone younger can be in focus for some of you now. Relationships can be very verbal, and others are likely to find your ideas particularly appealing.

Gemini

Gemini

The Moon moves into your home and family sector this morning, dear Gemini, awakening a need for extra rest, time at home or with loved ones, and familiar places and faces. Mercury moves into this same sector, and while the Moon stays here for just over two days, Mercury will influence this area of your solar chart for over a month. This can mean you’re talking and thinking about (and with) family far more than usual in the coming weeks, or there can be more activity (primarily mental) in your home environment. You tend to look at problems from their root or origin, and this means you may take a little more time to come to decisions, but when they do come, they’re likely to be well-considered ones. You can be doing more reflecting on emotional issues from the past and your relationship with parents and siblings. This is more than mere reminisce — you’re inclined to want to sort things out and make sense of everything.

Cancer

Cancer

The Moon moves into your sector of communication this morning, dear Cancer, and for the next couple of days, you’re particularly interested in talking and thinking about your feelings and attachments. Mercury moves into this same sector but for a longer stay — until August 31st and then returning from September 9-29. During these cycles, you’re in particularly good shape for learning new things and brushing up on skills, connecting with the information you need or want, and making contacts. Your analytic ability and interest increase many times over during this transit. You may very well discover a new interest or passion, and with Mercury’s upcoming retrograde beginning on August 12th, this can be about rediscovering a past interest and reviving it. This can be a time when you’re particularly curious, and you seek out variety. Gossip and news can be in stronger focus. For some, this can be a time of extra media contact.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThe Moon enters your solar second house this morning, dear Leo, and while in many ways you are feeling spirited and independent, this two-day transit is good for catching wind and grounding yourself emotionally. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today but will spend much longer here — until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. This is a fabulous time for sorting out your financial affairs and business matters. The second house reflects your talents and potential sources of income, and Mercury here finds ways to put these resources to good use. You may be able to make money through communicating, teaching, publishing, and connecting. This is a time for clarifying your financial position and, on another level, your self-worth or fundamental values. It’s a time for working smartly and for great resourcefulness.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your sign this morning, dear Virgo, adding more color to your emotional life and motivating you to connect with others and express yourself. Mercury also moves into your sign today, but while the Moon stays here for only two days, Mercury will be in Virgo far longer: until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. This transit gives you a stronger voice and a bigger reason to want to express your ideas. You’ll be making more executive decisions, and you’re likely to find decision-making far more clear-cut in the weeks ahead, although Mercury’s upcoming retrograde period (starting August 12th in your sign) suggests some hesitancy or looking back is in order. This is an inventive time when others notice you for your intelligence, wit, versatility, adaptability, and good humor. News and things you read or learn now affect you more powerfully than usual.

Libra 

Libra

The Moon moves into your sector of privacy, retreat, and reflection this morning, dear Libra, and this is a time for catching your breath, looking back, and doing some important thinking. Mercury’s move into this same sector today elevates and extends these themes for many weeks ahead. In fact, Mercury’s transit of this sector of your solar chart lasts until August 31st, and it returns from September 9-29. Your imagination is keen during this cycle, and you’re seeing ordinary things a little differently at this time of the year — from an emotional or intuitive perspective. You might benefit from extra time spent alone or in private for mental tasks such as writing, reading, or contemplating. Talking with people anonymously or about private matters may figure strongly now. For some of you, it can be a time for wrapping up a significant project.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The Moon enters your social sector this morning, dear Scorpio, and as much as you’re focused on achievement and accomplishment, you can benefit from a brief change of focus. This is a good time for spending time with friends or in situations where you don’t feel any pressure to perform, as this can refresh you. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today, and while the Moon spends just over two days here, Mercury will stay longer — over a month. Your thinking is progressive and inventive during this cycle. It can be an excellent time for objective thinking and decision-making. Communications with friends, associates, or groups increase. There can be a stronger mental focus on long-term happiness goals, your social life, and your contributions. Others are especially interested in your ideas and input.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The Moon moves to the top of your solar chart this morning, dear Sagittarius, and you can be particularly invested in your work, reputation, or long-term goals today and tomorrow. This is a time for assessing your performance and looking for ways to improve it, if necessary. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today and will stay there much longer than the Moon — until August 31st and then from September 9-29. This is a time for smart planning or for making full use of your ideas and intelligence to get ahead in your career. It can also be a time for more activity with the public. You may be doing more communicating, commuting, and information gathering in your career, or you may gain recognition for your ideas and advice. Networking can thrive, but it’s also important to note that your words have more impact at this time, so choose them carefully!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The Moon moves into your solar ninth house this morning, dear Capricorn, and this serves to pull you out of an introspective phase. You’re inclined to want a change of scenery or a change of pace — or both! You’re looking for a little more excitement than usual. Growing something, whether it’s a business, project, a perspective, or your mind, is especially attractive right now. This Moon transit lasts just over two days, but Mercury moves into this same sector today and will influence you for far longer — until August 31st and then again from September 9-29. It’s a beautiful time for teaching, disseminating knowledge, sharing ideas, broadcasting, publishing, and otherwise spreading the word. You have a stronger sense of future trends during this cycle. You’re inclined to look for new interests or to broaden your knowledge now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Moon moves into your solar eighth house this morning, dear Aquarius, and while you’ve been more active and open with others these days, this brief, two-day transit suggests a need for more depth in your relationships and projects or the desire for more introspection. Mercury also moves into this sector of your chart today and will stay far longer — until August 31st. During this upcoming cycle, you’re in a great position to think and talk through matters of sharing, finances, psychology, and intimacy. It’s a wonderful time for researching a matter further or delving into a pet project and thoroughly enjoying the process and your discoveries! At times, you may be a little too focused on or even a bit obsessed with certain topics and ideas, but in moderation, this can be a powerful time for moving a project along or learning important things about yourself and your relationships.

Pisces

Pisces

This morning, the Moon moves into your partnership sector, dear Pisces, at the opposite side of your solar chart, challenging you to see your life from a different perspective. A partner or good friend can be in stronger focus, and your desire for companionship or simply good company increases. Mercury also moves into this sector of your solar chart today, but while the Moon stays here for only two days, Mercury hangs out for far longer — until August 31st and then from September 9-29. This is a time for seeking out intellectual companions. Communications with others assume far greater importance in your life. It’s a good time for counseling and advising, whichever side you happen to be on. You’ll find that conversations with others tend to jumpstart your thinking processes.

If You Were Born Today, July 25

 

You have a wonderful sense of fun and a way with words. Playful, unique, and respectable all at once, you can be well-liked, and more so as you mature, probably because you retain a youthful playfulness throughout life. Even so, there is an element of mystery surrounding you, and others might sense that there is more to you than meets the eye. You do have a developed spiritual side that is not always obvious. Certainly, you are an idealist and prefer to see the best in people, which of course can also lead to some ups and downs or disappointments in your social or love life. Even so, you are not one to become bitter.

Famous people born today: Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Iman, Brad Renfro, James Lafferty, Jack Gilford.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow……

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 26

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You can feel rather excited or restless now, dear Aries, as the Sun and Mars join in your solar fifth house. Fifth house matters are potential areas for stimulation, impatience, or thrills, and they include romance, relationships with children, recreation, sports, creativity, and self-expression. The desire to have more fun is strong these days, but is insistent today! It can be a highly-charged and animated time. Ideally, you can rise above the impulsiveness or rashness of this combination and instead tap into its bravery and confidence. Inner stores of courage are readily accessible now. It’s a fantastic time to follow your passions, but do so mindfully, and be sure you know what they are. Don’t let unrest blur your real desires. You are very attractive to others now, particularly when you’re taking the lead.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeThere is extra energy with you today, dear Taurus, and this can reach a level of combust or, if you find the right channels to express it, a more courageous and bold approach to your life that opens up doors. The Sun-Mars conjunction responsible for this increase in energy happens in your home and family sector and in a sign that conflicts with yours, pointing to possible frustration. Watch out for ego-driven conflicts and impatience to push something forward prematurely. Be direct but also sensitive to others’ feelings, as difficult as this may be today. You may be coming across as brusque, but you are more sensitive than usual, and you may not be prepared for others’ reactions! You may be moved to defend a loved one today. Aim to do a household project or invigorating activity with family now for best results. Being active and productive is the most satisfying use of today’s energies.

Gemini

Gemini

The Sun and Mars come together in your communications sector today, dear Gemini, and your enthusiasm to get things done, succeed, and excel is through the roof, particularly when it comes to learning, sharing, and connecting. Do watch out for impatient or pushy words and aggressive moves now, as these can be cause for regret. Something that’s communicated can get you all riled up! Slow drivers or walkers, or simply people and things in your way, can be hard to take at the moment. You tend to speak before thinking, as well as to come across as a tad impetuous or even antagonistic. Try not to voice your unsatisfied desires if they’ve come on suddenly — give them time. Throw excess energy into pet projects, courageous moves, making contact, or following through on a missed connection.

Cancer

Cancer

The Sun and Mars align in your resources sector today, dear Cancer. This energy has been teased for a few days now, and it’s finally coming together. You can accomplish a lot as long as you tap into the bravery, courage, initiative, and enthusiasm of this combination, particularly related to your income, business matters, and talents or other resources and assets. Be self-aware and try, as much as possible, to avoid the egocentric, impatient, and rash side of this combo. Impulsive spending is a potential problem for some of you now. You may very well need to take a risk, but the more aware of your needs that you are, the better judge you are of your next move. Very much like driving, you need to scan what’s behind, beside, and ahead of you to make the right decisions when the need to do so comes on suddenly. For some of you, business or money matters move forward or require action. You feel strongly about what you’re worth. Defend yourself if necessary, but don’t lash out unnecessarily.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYour ruler, the Sun, aligns with fiery, action-oriented Mars today, dear Leo. This combustible energy has been teased for a few days now, and can point to increased courage and energy, or, if you’re not careful, you could blow it by acting childishly or impatiently. While it can be an excellent day for pushing forward with personal plans, it’s important to be as self-aware as possible. Get a good look at what’s happening around you and what you feel so that if you need to make quick decisions, you’ll be in the right headspace. Taking charge, taking the lead, and being direct and straightforward are all favored now, but it wouldn’t hurt to tone things down if you’re feeling hot and bothered. Confidence is attractive; impatience leads to poor choices. Doing your own thing can be rewarding now that you have more confidence and energy. This is a particularly strong time for solo efforts.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe Sun and Mars just recently entered your privacy sector, and today they’re joining forces, dear Virgo. This alignment happens in the sector of your solar chart that rules secrets, privacy, service, charity, self-undoing or self-sabotage, anonymity, and endings. Feelings about the past or a private matter have been complicated recently, but with this alignment, you can have a sudden surge of desire to put a problem behind you, rid yourself of a burden, or bring an end to a situation that’s been dragging you down. Of course, this can be a great thing. You’re courageous, in charge, and taking care of yourself and your needs. Watch, however, for acting too quickly on a matter or for chasing a desire that is not an accurate reflection of your wants. Anger that you’ve buried or hidden can now emerge, and you feel strongly about doing something about it, once and for all!

Libra 

Libra

The Sun and Mars have been moving through your social sector, firing you up, dear Libra, and today they come together, prompting you to take action. Of course, you’ll want to be as self-aware as possible for this, because this energy can come on quickly and demand a fast answer. Your social life is likely to be very animated. Excitement can be stirred but so can competitiveness or aggression, so be mindful of your choices. If a change is needed in a friendship, this can be a time when the issue is forced. On the other hand, it can also be a time for getting the courage to reach out to someone. You might assume a leadership role in a group or take a courageous step in your social life. This combo demands activity and movement as well as a say about how to achieve your goals. It can also be a time for partnering up with someone special.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The Sun and Mars recently reached the top of your solar chart, dear Scorpio, and this can be one of the most ambitious times of the year. You’re in an excellent position to take charge of your life. You want to stay on top of matters and reach for something better for yourself now. The Sun and Mars align today — something that’s been teased for several days now — and you can feel a real surge of desire to take action. However, be careful that you don’t push something or someone too hard (or too early). Draw upon the courage and initiative of the combination, and avoid the rash, impatient, and egocentric side of it as much as you can. Your performance is in the spotlight, and you’re making a huge impact. Activity increases involving career, reputation, or relationships with parents and authority figures. You have a desire to do things your way, and that’s great, but watch for a runaway ego. You’re showing a more confident, braver, and bolder image to others now.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

With the Sun and Mars in alignment today in your sector of learning, expansion, and beliefs, dear Sagittarius, you may feel a strong desire to stand up for your ideas or to state your case. You may be craving more activity and life experience, as well as a change of pace. You might get the courage to pursue a goal that you’ve wanted for some time. Travel, publishing, promotion, announcements, education, and learning can be part of this story. The desire to pick up and leave or for an adventure can take hold now. Certainly, the routine is looking mighty dull right now! Competitive activities can thrive, and these include those of the physical and mental variety. Watch for the seeking of instant gratification which can distract you from genuine desires and needs. Also, watch for attempting to win at all costs! This can, however, be an excellent time for personal appeal and charisma, particularly with people or in situations that are unfamiliar or exotic in some way.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The Sun and Mars come together in your intimacy sector today, dear Capricorn, and this stirs up all sorts of desires from deep within. When these two bodies join forces, they stimulate courage and impulse but sometimes rashness as well, so aim to be mindful of what you’re pursuing and what you genuinely want. This alignment happens in the area of your solar chart that rules intimacy, sharing, money or assets shared with others or received through others, attachments, and self-empowerment. You may suddenly get a push or impulse to pursue these things, or there can be an argument stimulated now revolving around power dynamics. Mars rules your home sector, so the impulses you experience now may be family or home-related. Your hunger for emotional and physical stimulation runs high now, and it makes sense to listen to your desires but choose wisely when it comes to putting them into action. A new business, money, or intimate relationship may emerge now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The planet of action, Mars, aligns with the influential leader, the Sun, in your relationship sector today, dear Aquarius, and high energy is brought to a partnership. This influence may be about you getting the courage to pursue a companion, or it may be about a strong need to take action in a relationship. Others are bringing out strong feelings and desires in you, and conflicts entered into now may serve as a useful reflection of your own desires for action and reaction. Or, someone may be trying to take the lead in your life. Conflicts are possible, particularly if you don’t know where to direct excess energy now. Pairing up to get something done can come naturally and can be very stimulating. However this combination plays out, it’s  likely to be an animated day in which impulses rule over the head. Follow your instincts to a certain point, but avoid throwing all caution to the wind. This is a potentially excellent day for going after what (or who!) you want.

Pisces

Pisces

A dynamic combination of the Sun and Mars brings high energy and excitement to the sector of your chart that rules health, routines, and work, dear Pisces. You might experience this as a strong desire to start or step up a fitness or health program, ambition and enthusiasm about your job or services, or a strong desire to get organized and in better shape. Do what you can to avoid the downside of Sun-Mars where impatience, haughtiness, and ego get in the way of its clear benefits, which are courage, initiative, drive, and vigor. Being active or taking on an active role today is best. Otherwise, excess energy can lead to impatience or brusqueness with others and unnecessary stress, particularly with work and the people you spend time with as you pursue your daily goals. You’ll want to take the lead now, and this may be at the root of frustration. Channel all of this dynamic energy into beneficial pursuits.

Tarot Card of the Day

Seven of Coins


July 25th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.

Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!

Daily Love Tarot

The Sun

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July 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.

Your Erotic Tarot

The Judgement

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July 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Judgement card represents a sexual awakening, and now that you aren’t afraid to move in a new direction, a whole new world awaits you. What sex positions do you want to try, and which fantasies have you been dying to act out? Being honest with yourself and potential partner(s) about the details of what you desire will help you get what you want faster, and the end result will be much more satisfying. And above all, enjoy your sexual liberation!

Your Daily Rune for Tuesday, July 25

Mannaz

“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.

Governs:

Self-Actualization
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

Your Animal Spirit Guide for Tuesday, July 25th

The Falcon

The Wisdom of the Budda

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

 

A Little Thought from Me to You…….

I pledge allegiance
to the Earth
Of our Beloved Solar System
and to all
of Her creatures
for here they dwell
One planet
united in harmony
with universal love
and compassion for all.

—2016 livingsky.org

 

For all Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities….

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The Witches Digest No. 7 for Sunday, July 23

The Witches Digest No. 7

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

 

The Cauldron Chant

We form the Circle,
The Circle most round.
We form the Chalice,
The Chalice now found.

 

We call the Goddess,
to meet the great need.
We call the God,
To plant His fertile seed.

 

We call the quarters,
which we call four.
We summon the powers,
that contain the force.

 

We stir the Cauldron,
from which we were born.
We call the Gods,
from whom we were torn.

 

We say the words,
which lead us round.
We pass the kiss,
with our lovers found.

 

We face our dreams,
in nights psychic flight.
We face our hopes,
in bright moon of the night.

 

We face our fears,
on the Dark Lords Horn.
We face our failure,
in the Mothers new planted corn.

 

We live our lives,
drumming and dancing on the meadow.
We confront our Death,
in the dancing moon light shadow.

 

Our paths run quickly,
on fleet foot and wing.
Our Circle is joyous,
with our Queens and our Kings.

 

Let our little Circle be happy,
with Bell, Bowl or Bow.
And form now this Circle,
with gracious Love, Joy and Hope.

Blessed Be

 

—Ammond ShadowCraft, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

Your Sun & Moon Data for Sunday, July 23

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 81.39° E
Sun Altitude: 22.57°
Sun Distance: 94.435 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:52 am↑ 64° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:08 pm↑ 296° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 16 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 82.87° E
Moon Altitude: 19.56°
Moon Distance: 226127 mi
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Moonset: Today8:26 pm
Current Moon Phase: Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)
Illumination: 0.1%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

What Is a Total Solar Eclipse?

 

Total solar eclipses occur when the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth. A full solar eclipse, known as totality, is almost as dark as night.

 

During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun. In partial and annular solar eclipses, the Moon blocks only part of the Sun.

 

Complete Solar Eclipse Has 5 Phases

There are 5 stages in a total solar eclipse:

 

Partial eclipse begins (1st contact): The Moon starts becoming visible over the Sun’s disk. The Sun looks as if a bite has been taken from it.
Total eclipse begins (2nd contact): The entire disk of the Sun is covered by the Moon. Observers in the path of the Moon’s umbra may be able to see Baily’s beads and the diamond ring effect, just before totality.
Totality and maximum eclipse: The Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun. Only the Sun’s corona is visible. This is the most dramatic stage of a total solar eclipse. At this time, the sky goes dark, temperatures can fall, and birds and animals often go quiet. The midpoint of time of totality is known as the maximum point of the eclipse. Observers in the path of the Moon’s umbra may be able to see Baily’s beads and the diamond ring effect, just after totality ends.
Total eclipse ends (3rd contact): The Moon starts moving away, and the Sun reappears.
Partial eclipse ends (4th contact): The Moon stops overlapping the Sun’s disk. The eclipse ends at this stage in this location.

 

Protect Your Eyes!

Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without proper protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in your eyes, and cause permanent damage or even blindness.

 

To watch a solar eclipse safely, wear protective eclipse glasses or project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.

Only Safe during Full Eclipse

It is safe to view a fully eclipsed Sun, totality, with the naked eye. It is also safe to observe totality through cameras, telescopes or binoculars without any special filters. However, naked eye observations MUST NOT begin until Baily’s beads have completely disappeared (see below). Also, naked eye observations MUST finish before Baily’s beads reappear at the end of totality. Make sure you know how long totality will last at your location.

Unique Sights around Totality

Certain phenomena can only be seen during a total solar eclipse:

 

Shadow bands: About 1 minute before totality, moving wavy lines of alternating light and dark can be seen on the ground and along walls. These shadow bands are the result of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere refracting the last rays of sunlight.
Diamond ring: Seen about 10 to 15 seconds before and after totality, the solar corona (the outer atmosphere of the sun) becomes visible; seen together with a single jewel of light from the sun, this creates a diamond ring effect.
The Sun’s corona: As the diamond ring fades, the Sun’s corona becomes more prominent and is visible as a faint ring of rays surrounding the silhouetted Moon. The corona is the outermost layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, and it is around 200–300 times hotter than the Sun’s surface. The corona’s temperature can reach over 1 million °C (1.8 million °F).
Baily’s beads: About 5 seconds before totality, Baily’s beads appear. They are little bead-like blobs of light at the edge of the Moon. They are created because gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon’s surface allow sunlight to pass through in some places but not others.
The Sun’s chromosphere: A lower layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the chromosphere, gives out a reddish glow which can only be seen for a few seconds after totality sets in.

 

The phenomena then repeat in reverse order:

Baily’s beads: The beads grow and merge into a crescent as the Moon continues to move away.
Diamond ring and corona: As the diamond ring grows brighter, the corona fades.
Shadow bands: The moving wavy lines reappear on the ground shortly before the crescent Sun becomes visible again and nature recovers.

 

The Science of Total Solar Eclipses

Only those located in the path of the Moon’s full shadow, its umbra, can see a total solar eclipse. The Moon’s umbra travels eastward at about 1,700 km/h (1,056 mph).

 

A total solar eclipse can last for several hours. Totality can range from a few seconds to 7.5 minutes. The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century took place on July 22, 2009 when the totality lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

 

The Moon’s orbital path around Earth is inclined at an angle of approximately 5° to Earth’s orbital plane (ecliptic) around the Sun. The points where the 2 orbital planes meet are called lunar nodes. Solar eclipses occur only when a New Moon takes place near a lunar node, 2—5 times a year.

 

Moon Phases

The Moon’s path around Earth is elliptical, with one side of the orbit closer to Earth than the other. The side closest to Earth is called the perigee and the side farthest from Earth is known as the apogee.

 

Earth’s orbit around the Sun is also elliptical, with the Sun closer to one end, the perihelion of the orbit than the other aphelion.

 

Earth’s and the Moon’s elliptical orbits mean that Earth’s distance from the Sun and the Moon’s distance from Earth varies throughout the year. It also means that from Earth, the Sun’s and Moon’s apparent sizes change during the year.

 

When the Moon is about 400 times closer to Earth than the Sun, the Moon’s and the Sun’s apparent sizes roughly match. Because of this, total eclipses of the Sun can only occur when the Moon is near perigee – it is the only time when the disk of the Moon looks big enough to cover the entire disk of the Sun.

Source

timeanddate.com

How Not to Watch Solar Eclipses

According to NASA, the following materials should never be used to view a solar eclipse:

 

sunglasses of any kind
color film
medical X-ray film
smoked glass
floppy disks

 

The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. This can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds.

 

Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

The only way to safely view the Sun – eclipsed or not – is to either project or filter the Sun’s rays.

Projectors

Projection works well. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars. However, don’t look through the telescope’s eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun’s image onto a screen.

 

Eclipse Glasses

If you are not the DIY type, check online or with your local natural history museum, space museum, or astronomy club for where to get proper eclipse glasses.

 

Use protective gear.

NASA recommends welder’s glasses rated 14 or higher. These can be found at your local welding supply store. Keep in mind that welder glass grading may be different in different countries.

Solar Filters

You can use special solar filters to watch the Sun during a solar eclipse, but use the proper type of solar filter that is designed for eclipses. Check that filters do not crack under the Sun’s magnified and focused intensity. Solar filters must be treated with care, or they can quickly become damaged and unsafe to use.

Source

timeanddate.com

Protect Your Eye Sight: How to Safely View a Solar Eclipse

The Sun’s UV radiation can permanently damage your eyes. Never look directly into the Sun, not even for a few seconds! To safely view a solar eclipse, you can either project or filter the Sun’s rays. Read more here….

Your Astronomy for Sunday, July 23rd

The Moon is in Cancer until 4:33 AM, after which the Moon is in Leo.
The Moon is void from 2:04 AM to 4:33 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent/Balsamic phase until 5:45 AM, after which the Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurs today in the sign of Leo.
The Sun spends its first full day in Leo (the Sun is in Leo from July 22-August 22).

Moon in Leo

The Moon is traveling through Leo today. Shine and be proud! You rule right now!

 

The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.

 

The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.

The Sky This Week for July 23 to 30

Constellations, a crescent Moon, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Sunday, July 23

New Moon occurs at 5:46 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. But that won’t be the case the next time our satellite completes an orbit of Earth. On August 21, the New Moon will pass directly in front of our star, bringing a total solar eclipse to millions of observers across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, though viewers should try their best to get into the path of totality.

Pluto reached the peak of its 2017 appearance earlier this month, and it remains a tempting target for those with an 8-inch or larger telescope. The 14th-magnitude world is visible all night among the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.5° east-southeast of 3rd-magnitude Pi (p) Sagittarii. See “In pursuit of Pluto” in the July Astronomy for complete details on finding this world.

Monday, July 24

Grab your binoculars and scan just above the western horizon after sunset. There you’ll find three bright objects that fit in a single field of view. Mercury will be the easiest to see. It shines at magnitude 0.2 and stands about 8° high a half-hour after the Sun goes down. The 1st-magnitude star Regulus in Leo the Lion lies 1° to the planet’s upper left. And a slender crescent Moon just 4 percent lit hangs about 5° to the lower right of the close pair.

Tuesday, July 25

The waxing crescent Moon stands some 8° to the upper left of the Mercury-Regulus pair this evening. Nine percent of Luna’s face appears lit tonight, and the greater illumination combined with the higher altitude make it much easier to see than it was yesterday.

Wednesday, July 26

By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, brilliant Venus already dominates the scene. The planet rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and stands 10° high at the start of twilight an hour later. It’s hard to mistake Venus for anything else — at magnitude –4.0, it shines far brighter than any other object in the morning sky. Although the view with the naked eye or through binoculars is dazzling, you also should point a telescope in the planet’s direction. Not only does Venus show an 15″-diameter disk that appears nearly three-quarters illuminated, but this morning also offers a bonus: The planet lies less than 1° south of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant (M1).

Mars reaches solar conjunction at 9 p.m. EDT, when it lies on the far side of the Sun from our perspective. The Red Planet will remain hidden in our star’s glare until it emerges into morning twilight in September.

Thursday, July 27

As an inner planet, Venus moves quickly relative to the background stars. After passing south of M1 yesterday, this morning the planet appears 0.4° north of the 3rd-magnitude star Zeta (z) Tauri, the southern horn of the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Friday, July 28

The waxing crescent Moon appears about one-third illuminated this evening, when it lies just 3° above brilliant Jupiter. The two lie about 25° high in the southwest an hour after sundown and look spectacular from then until they set after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Although the naked eye and binoculars show this conjunction best, a telescope delivers great views of magnitude –1.9 Jupiter all week. The giant planet’s disk spans 35″ and shows a wealth of detail in its massive atmosphere.

Saturday, July 29

Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. The innermost planet lies 27° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition (the configuration officially occurs at 1 a.m. EDT on the 30th). Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies some 8° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.3. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with naked eyes.) Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight, but meteor rates remain essentially the same from July 27 to August 1. And with the nearly First Quarter Moon setting around midnight local daylight time, early morning viewing conditions should be ideal. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, which rises in late evening and appears highest in the hours before dawn. At its best, the shower produces 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a dark sky, though the highest rates occur at tropical locations and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 30

First Quarter Moon arrives at 11:23 a.m. EDT. Our satellite won’t rise until around 1:30 p.m. local daylight time, however, so observers in the Americas won’t see it precisely half-lit. As darkness falls this evening, the Moon appears about 55 percent illuminated and resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales.

Venus’ rapid eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Taurus the Bull into Orion the Hunter this morning. The planet will reside in this non-zodiacal constellation for only two days, however, and will cross into Gemini the Twins on August 1.

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The Astronomy Magazine

Sunday, July 23rd

 

Traditionally, Sunday is the first day of the week. It is also known as the Lord’s Day from it original association with the Lord, that is, the Sun God, personified as Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithras, and St. Elia. But in the Northern Tradition, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as the goddess known as Phoebe in East Anglia and Saule in eastern Europe. The sun rules the conscious element of the human being, the ego, the real self, and Sunday is the day on which this conscious power is at its most effective.

Deity: Sol

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Planet: Sun

Tree: Birch

Herb: Snakeroot

Stone: Ruby

Animal: Lion

Element: Fire

Color: Gold

Rune: Sigel

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

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The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Sunday, July 23rd, We honor the God Helios

Do you feel that you need the extra drive, ambition, and power of the god of the sun, who sees all and watches over us as he blazes through the sky? Try picturing a buff, chariot-driving, golden-haired centurion-that would be Helios, the Greek god of the sun.

Helios was thought of as the physical representation of sun. He was portrayed as sometimes wearing a golden helmet or having a golden halo. He was often characterized ized in art as a handsome man draped in a white, sparkling tunic and cloak. Helios drove his blazing sun-chariot across the sky from east to west, every day. The golden chariot was pulled by his four white horses, named Pyrois, Eos, Aethon, and Phiegon. Symbols for this sun god include the chariot, the rooster, the globe, and his four white horses.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Spellcrafting for Sunday

 

 Health
 Abundance
 Leadership
 Strength
 Ambition
 Individuality
 Authority
 Hope
 Joy
 Happiness
 Creativity

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A Spell Crafter’s Compendium
Terri Paajanen

Your Magickal Guide to Sunday

Ruler: Sun

Colors: Gold or yellow

Power Hours: Sunrise and sunset.

Key Words: Love, happiness, health, wealth

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. Sunday is the day of the sun. Community work, volunteer services, exercise, outdoor sports, buying, selling, speculating, meeting people, anything involving groups, running fairs and raffles, growing crops and taking care of all health matters fall under the influence of the Sun. With all this activity and the brightness of the sun, it’s easy to see why the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Michael is the primary angel of Sunday but each hour of this day also has it’s secondary angel. These angels are Michael (first hour), Anael (second hour), Raphael (third hour), Gabril (fourth hour), Cassiel (fifth hour), Sachiel (sixth hour), Samael (seventh hour), Michael (eighth hour), Anael (ninth hour), Raphael (tenth hour), Gabriel (eleventh hour), and Cassiel twelfth hour). Notice some of the angels do double duty this day.

On Sundays, (unless you are invoking a specific angelic energy) the hour of sunrise will be the most powerful time to work, especially if you want to infuse energy into your work. Sunset is the second best time and is favored when you need to calm down a situation. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

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Gypsy Magic

A Little Witchery For Your Day

 

Those ambitious, successful spells and charms will be heightened by working on the day of the week that has the planetary influence of the sun. So light those sunny candles, wear some luminous colors, and break out the gold jewelry! Bake up some cinnamon rolls or low-fat cinnamon muffins for an enchanting family breakfast. Take an orange with you to eat at lunch today. Try using a little magickal aromatherapy and burn some cinnamon-scented incense to encourage success and wealth today. Make the talisman to keep your solar magick with you. Sprinkle some dried marigold petals around your house-or across the threshold-to pull triumph and protection toward you and your family.

 

Get outside and tip up your face to the sun. Take a walk outside, and soak up some sunshine! Acknowledge the power of Sunna or Helios as they blaze across the sky and bring courage and motivation into your life. Sit outside at sunrise on a Sunday morning and bask in its warm, rosy-golden glow Acknowledge Brigid as the inner, creative spark of imagination and inspiration. She can help these gifts burn brightly within your own soul. Use your imagination and create your own brand of witchery and magick. Here comes the sun, and it’s your turn to shine!

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Flowers Associated with Sunday – The Marigold

The common garden marigold (Tagetes) is a powerful little magickal flower. While its scent is strong and maybe unpleasant to some folks, don’t turn up your nose at it! This flower’s astrological correspondence is the sun. According to folklore, it was thought that if you gathered marigolds at noon, it would double their solar energy. The marigold is used to encourage wealth and riches. It also helps keep wandering spirits away By the way, the pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) is edible, and its flower petals may be added to salads or used as garnish.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Herbs Associated With Sundays – St. John’s Wort

The herb St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a perennial herb, blooming typically cally once a year right around midsummer. St. John’s wort is a classic summer solstice herb and is often incorporated into sabbat rituals. This flowering herb is also associated with the sun, and its magickal properties include health, happiness, and protection from faerie magick or trickery. Try gathering the blossoms for a good luck charm, or work with the green foliage and tuck it into a vase with other magickal flowers for its protective qualities.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

For All You Gardeners, A Gardening Witch Tip

HERE is A practical tip for working with fresh flowers. If you’d like your flowers to stay fresher in the vase for a longer period of time, then give the bottom of the stems a fresh diagonal cut with a knife or scissors just before you plunk them into a water-filled filled vase. Also, strip off any lower leaves from the stems that may be below the water line. (The only thing you want in the water is the stems.) Change your water every other day so the flowers will stay fresher longer. Adding a bit of white soda, such as 7-Up, to the water is rumored to keep flowers fresher longer, too.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Crystals/Gemstones Associated with Sunday – The Diamond

Beyond eing a girl’s best friend, the diamond promotes spirituality and self-confidence. The diamond has the elemental correspondence of fire, and it has a projective energy. Due to the way that the stone flashes and reflects when direct light hits it, it is also considered a defensive stone. If you own any diamond jewelry, no matter what the size, it falls under the category of an associated stone of the sun. Diamonds are the birthstone for April. A diamond is also rumored to promote fertility and to keep your sexuality on track, as it is thought to cleanse and remove any blocks to the root chakra.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Almanac for Sunday, July 23rd

Mysteries of St. Cristina (Italian)

Waning Moon

New Moon 5: 46 am

Moon Sign: Cancer

Moon enters Leo 4: 34 am

Incense: Juniper

Color: Amber

Today’s Correspondences for the Witch

 

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

Sign: Leo

Angel: Michael

Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White

Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak

Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate

Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success. Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.

Sunday is Ruled by the Sun

 

Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of magical potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth, or being acknowledged for a job well done. All of these goals fall under the golden influence of the sun. Some suggestions for Sunday enchantments would include:

Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration

Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life

Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition

Gathering up the common marigold flower and scattering it’s petals about to encourage prosperity

Baking up a batch of cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success

Snacking on a solar fruit, the orange, and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life

Magickal Applications for Sundays

 

The Latin term for Sunday, our first day of the week, is Dies Solis (“sun’s day”). In ancient Greek, it was called Hemera Heliou. In the Old English language, it was known as Sunnandaeg; in Middle English, Sonenday. All of these titles mean the same thing: the day of the sun.

What do you think of when you feel the sun shine down on you? What sorts of enchantments and energies do you think would be complementary to a day named after our closest star? Sunday brings those bright solar energies into your life and has the magickal correspondences of success, promotion, leadership, pride, light, generosity, warmth, fitness, and personal growth. Astrologically, the sun symbolizes the conscious self and rules the zodiac sign of Leo.

The charms and spells that would complement this magickal day of the sun are ones for personal achievements of any kind-such as if you are seeking fame and wealth, working for that much-deserved promotion at work, or being acknowledged for a job well done. Health issues, increasing personal power, or simply sticking to your diet and being proud of what you have accomplished all fall under the sun’s golden influence.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Sunday and The Perfect Corresponding Spell

 

Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day, but I’m sure many Pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory. Not only is it a good day to worship, it seems good to do more relaxed spells, such as, sleep, dream and rebirth.

Sleep Spells – Nap Lavender Spell

 

Items you will need for this spell:
1 small sachet or bag
1 pinch of lavender
1 handful of roses
1 pinch of allspice
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 white candle
1 lighter or match

 

Fill a small sachet or bag with the above ingredients. After the bag is filled, tie off the end and shake all the ingredients around. Then, lay the bag on a table next to the white candle. Light the candle and think about having a nice, peaceful rest. Think about how long you want to sleep and how wonderful it feels just to be able to sleep. Take about five, deep breaths and relax. Pick up the candle and pour some wax over the end of the sachet or bag. After that, blow out the candle and put the sachet or bag under your pillow. At night, before you go to bed, get the sachet or bag from under your pillow and smell it. Breathe in the scents and allow your body to relax. Hold it in your hands for as long as you need to. Before you know it, you will be falling asleep.

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A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

Home & Hearth Magick for Sunday, July 23

 

On Sunday, work for success, healing and blessings.

Planetary Influence: The Sun

Household Symbols: A rooster, a sun, gold jewelry

Colors: Yellow and gold

Kitchen Spices: Cinnamon and orange peels

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Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Author: Ellen Dugan

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 23 – Neptunalia

July 23
Neptunalia

The Neptunalia venerates the divine God of the sea, Neptune. Originally a freshwater God, Neptune acquired his maritime status when he was identified with the Greek Poseidon. At Rome, there was a temple dedicated to Neptune in the circus Flaminius within the Campus Martius where his festivals were held on July 23 and December 1.

 

Neptune was one of only three Gods to whom a bull might be sacrificed (the others were Mars and Apollo). According to legend, he has a wife whose name was Salacia, Goddess of the salty sea and inland guardian of springs. It is believed that the Goddess Sulis, who is still worshiped at the sacred hot springs at Bath, may have been an aspect of Salacia.

 

“Mighty Neptune, may it please,

Thee, the Rector of the Seas.

Through thy watrie-region;

And a Tunnie-fish shall be,

Offer’d up with thanks to thee.

 

Robert Herrick, “To Neptune, Hesperides”

(1648)

The Current Moon Phase for Sunday, July 22

New Moon
Illumination: 0%

The Moon today is in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.

Phase Details for – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phase: New Moon
Illumination: 0%
Moon Age: 0.10 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,700.41 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,969,948.79 km

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MoonGiant.com

Light-speed Density Detoxes
  • July and August will bring with it some unique Higher Frequencies and healing energies. These allow for particularly fast changes in your inner and outer lives. They will allow fast clearings of old density too – a density detox to shed the old and level up into the next platform of being in yourself and for the planet.
  • These High-Frequency energies will mean many of you will feel better than ever and any Density Detoxes you experience will happen more easily (especially as you are more skilled at letting them move through you now). Take time to regularly be quiet and still for this high upgrade period to be able to work on you.
  • Intuition is growing stronger in the collective and so will kick in strongly for you now, IF you create space and time for it to appear and be listened to. Listen to what your intuition wants you to do/try/begin, and if it feels right to trust it, try out doing things in a new way wherever you feel supported to do so. Act on the intuition, yes, but then REFLECT on how it went (when you try out new intuitive things) and then the intuitive muscle can increase and grow. Keeping journals helps with this ‘monitoring’ process while you are deepening with intuition.
  • Know that there is a DENSITY DETOX occurring faster than before. It’s intense at times and shows us our Ego relationship with deep honesty. BE OK WITH THIS, and it will pass through you at lightning speed. Be upset at it or yourself, and it will stick around until you SURRENDER. The current energy wants you to surrender, so that you flow with it, detox it and return to your centre sooner. LOVE yourself (and any ego reactions you notice) through these more difficult moments, just as you would a friend who is having a hard time.
  • Healer Burnout is going around for many healers right now. If that is your story, it means time to rest, recharge and dial back your social and/or work schedule for a few weeks.

THE HIGHS WILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE:

  • You feeling very alive, and charged with inspired ideas, sense of purpose and new levels of maintained higher awareness.
  • Divine Action/Creation (and Activism) will be strong for those in this group, and if these are your inner frequencies, you will be well supported in the outer world too.
  • You feeling (and sharing) an Influx of Joy, Positivity and Happiness (you may even seem odd to your friends who are not feeling this, as a result).

THE LOWS WILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE:

  • Mental Confusion – feeling unclear and generally murky about your direction (and that of the world right now).
  • If you are in the lows, trust that you will ride out this period of density detox and do whatever you can to support your wellbeing.
  • Remind your mind – “This too shall pass”. It can help in the intense moments where your mind wants to go into victim or panic mode.
  • If FEAR and OVER-STIMULATION from outside information or influences draw you away from your balance, notice it, then take action to reset and clear your energy field (“I release any energies and emotions that are not mine”) and then you can return to your day reset. Be mindful of where you give your focus and how it affects your ability to be open to life.

Moon Diary: New Moon in Leo, 23rd July, 2017

by Jane Lyle

The Astrology Rooom

 

Let’s Dance

Here’s a most passionate fire Moon, opening Leo’s summer season with a bright, dancing burst of sunny energy.

 

Our golden new Moon rises at 0 degrees of Leo. Beginnings flourish. This vibrant, creative Leo story unfolds all the way through to the Leo total solar eclipse at the end of the sign on 21st August. There’s plenty of drama – so, ‘lights, camera, action!’

The radiant energy of this new Moon is simply unstoppable. Both Sun and Moon align with Leo Mars, creating a cosmic engine of desire, imagination, playfulness and determination. Block or deny this energy and tempers will fray – it needs plenty of room, a big stage, and plenty of outlets during the month ahead. If you want to begin a creative project, love affair, or just get physical, why not decide to set your intentions and focus on positive outcomes? Just sit there, however, and very soon you’ll want to pick a fight with someone. Right now, there’s not much in between.

We could wrestle with this warrior princess of a Moon, for Uranus in hot, impulsive Aries is challenging the Sun, Moon and Mars. By the time of the August Leo eclipse, Uranus will be helping us work more imaginatively with what’s new and strange. For now, things could be bumpy, surprising, and most certainly unconventional.

Yet this Moon says ‘feel the love’, and amidst the confusion and turbulence of current world events, that’s a beautiful, precious thing.

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”

– Edith Sodergran, Poet

This Week’s Astrology: Ironing Out the Wrinkles

Your weekly Astrology highlights for July 24-30, 2017


The road to romance might feel a bit rocky at the beginning of the week. Will things even out by Sunday? Here’s what you can expect…

Monday, July 24: Venus opposite Saturn; Mercury trine Uranus

Matters of the heart are weighty this Monday thanks to Venus opposing Saturn. This is the time to remember that the things worth having don’t come easily. Also on this day, Mercury will trine Uranus, compelling you to share your ingenious ideas with anyone who will listen.

Tuesday, July 25: Mercury enters Virgo

Mercury will enter Virgo on Tuesday, helping you to focus on the details behind all of your brilliant plans.

Wednesday, July 26: Sun conjunct Mars

On Wednesday, the Sun will conjunct Mars, giving you the most vibrant energy for pleasure. Your mind wants to work, but your body wants to have fun.

Sunday, July 31: Venus sextile Uranus

With Venus at a sextile to Uranus by Sunday, it looks like fun and pleasure will prevail.

 

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Joy Is Radiating at the New Moon in Leo

Read your sign’s New Moon in Leo Horoscope now


We all have dreams that are waiting to be realized, and the New Moon in expressive Leo on July 23, 2017, is a cosmic invitation to the dance of manifestation. We are being asked to think about those things that bring us joy, and initiate direct action to transform our fantasies into reality. Leo symbolizes the light and love that emanates from our heart center; it is the brilliance of the mid-summer Sun that encourages the bud to fully bloom under its warming rays. We are each being asked to take steps that ultimately reveal our internal beauty.

Since all New Moons are optimum times to plant the seeds of intention, there is no justification to hold back once we receive the wake-up call. The dramatic Leo New Moon’s conjunction with irrepressible Mars is just one more reason to start immediately. Mars the Warrior informs us that we need to fight to express our message of truth and defend it at any cost.

Innovative thinking also accompanies this lunation as an inventive Mercury-Uranus trine opens an intellectual channel to the future. However, powerful changes take time, and the stabilizing Venus-Saturn opposition reminds us that there are no shortcuts to happiness.

 

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

You’re riding high on waves of spontaneity that create the potential for all kinds of self-expression. The affectionate Leo New Moon rattles your 5th House of Romance, reinvigorating a current relationship or introducing a new partner into your life. Luckily, you find it easier to show up in social situations with a cheerful attitude and an open heart. However, there still may be fears brewing beneath the surface, preventing you from enjoying the wonderful possibilities all around you. Nevertheless, focus on the positive; the grass is always greener where you water it.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

It’s time to throw a party at home or head out on the town with a few close friends. The bold Leo New Moon fires up your 4th House of Domestic Conditions, but the current focus is not necessarily on your chores or obligations. Instead, the cosmos is offering you the chance to experience pleasure in the company of those you love the most. Although the fun and games are not limited to the present moment, start planning immediately so you can fully enjoy yourself during the days ahead. A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)

It seems like magic when you can talk people into seeing things from your perspective. Fortunately, the demonstrative Leo New Moon activates your 3rd House of Communication, amplifying your gift of gab. You are optimistic that you can get your message across efficiently, but your lack of follow-through may confuse others. Nevertheless, you needn’t be too concerned about anyone’s reactions to your behavior. Although you are acutely aware of your priorities, you might not be ready to bring your plan to fruition. Timing is everything. Ultimately, the only person you need to prove anything to is yourself.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

Sometimes people don’t stop to notice your competence because you’re so adept at supporting others. However, the energy is shifting and you can proudly strut your stuff without being too self-conscious. It actually might feel amazing to appear in the spotlight while the proud Leo New Moon shakes up your 2nd House of Self-Worth. There’s no reason to shy away from the recognition you rightly deserve. Bask in the warm appreciation you receive for the special gifts you bring to the party.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

A convergence of cosmic currents catches you in this magical moment, motivating you to start a personal project. Although you might feel a great sense of urgency, building momentum requires an investment of time and energy. This assertive New Moon joins macho Mars in your proud sign, inspiring you to announce your plans and take the first steps on your journey. But don’t pretend all the pieces are in place when there are still so many details to be ironed out. You must maintain your enthusiasm if you are to succeed, so explore ways to sustain your determination without cooling down the heat of your passion. Live loud, love hard.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Although many people schedule their vacations over the summer, this may be a very hectic time of year for you busy worker bees. The lively Leo New Moon attempts to hide in your 12th House of Privacy, suggesting a lot is going on in your world that’s invisible to others — enough angst to make you a bit anxious. Avoid deepening a conflict with anyone for petty reasons. You really can’t afford to waste any energy if you want to complete everything you start. Choose your battles carefully and save your wrath for those things that truly matter.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Managing your social calendar is often one of your top priorities. Juggling a complicated schedule seems more critical than ever while the outgoing Leo New Moon heats up your 11th House of Friends and Wishes. However, you might feel overwhelmed if you commit to more than you can handle. It’s challenging to tell if your intentions are grounded in reality or if they are products of an overactive imagination. Nevertheless, it’s not wise to isolate yourself. Make a plan that allows you to say yes to the most tempting opportunities, even if you are unsure of your motives. Find joy in the ordinary.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Although you might wish you had more privacy, your responsibilities to family, profession or community draw the bright spotlight toward you. The action-packed Leo New Moon highlights your 10th House of Public Life, impacting your place in the outer world. You may be tempted to overreact, but there’s no need to make any immediate changes as long as you spend time reassessing your long-term goals. Initiate action only when you feel fully inspired. Joseph Campbell wrote, “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

You are riding a new set of wild waves that are carrying you into your future. Although the theatrical Leo New Moon’s presence in your 9th House of Big Ideas infuses you with optimism, you may also be hiding secrets that you don’t want anyone to know. A tiny seed of self-doubt could be enough to sour your plans, especially if others catch wind of it and water it with their fears. Discretion is your friend. Actor Josh Radnor said, “Talk about what you love and keep quiet about what you don’t.”

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You strive to be in complete control of your life and the sole director of your destiny, but other people may hold some of the keys to your success. The Leo New Moon points to your 8th House of Shared Resources, indicating that working with someone else is a strategic move. However, the current situation becomes tricky if another person needlessly flaunts their power. Don’t waste time fighting an obvious display of emotional insecurity. Instead, concentrate on negotiating solid agreements with your partners to ensure mutual success down the road.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

A friend or relative may be acting exceptionally nice, but you can’t help but wonder if there is more going on than meets your eye. You might be feeling extra pressure to perform in a certain way while the melodramatic Leo New Moon agitates your 7th House of Companions. However, it’s highly unlikely people are scheming against you. It’s more likely that you’re afraid to fully trust the positive vibes floating in the atmosphere. Fortunately, there’s no rush; respond only when your heart is ready.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

You might feel as if you’re talking to a wall, especially if others seem disinterested in your story. Keep in mind the dramatic Leo New Moon occupies your 6th House of Details, making it nearly impossible to envision the entire picture. Unconsciously pushing ahead with your plans by turning them into a performance can raise the ire of your peers. Taking smaller steps allows you to make steady progress without hogging the spotlight. Ultimately, a new strategy based on toning down your vision and focusing on one project at a time is the most reliable path to your success.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, July 23rd

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

The New Moon occurring this morning brings further strength to make changes and start fresh, dear Aries. It opens doors for you on romantic and creative fronts in the coming weeks. This is a time for starting new hobbies, finding new avenues for entertainment and creative expression, and, for some of you, romantic relationships. It’s also time to inject more fun into your life. With the Sun and the Moon applying to your ruler, Mars, in fellow Fire sign, Leo, you are pumped up and super-motivated to enjoy yourself and to express yourself creatively. This is a time for following your heart rather than the crowd. If you’ve been working way too hard, and many of you have, this is a time for finding ways to lighten the load. You’re braver and more courageous than usual about pursuing who and what you want. Be careful not to become over-confident when it comes to taking risks with your money, however.

Taurus HoroscopeIn the weeks ahead, you’ll be bringing healing and wholeness, as well as some refinement and organization, to your home life and family relationships, dear Taurus. The New Moon occurring today connects with brave, action-oriented Mars, and you’ll have a lot of energy to pour into your personal life in the weeks ahead. Even so, you’ll be looking to cast anchor on a psychological level. It’s a time for boosting your comfort levels and increasing self-knowledge. You might also work on plans that make you feel more secure in the long-term, or you may be laying down the foundation for a long-term venture. Reorganizing or renovating in the home are favored. Some of you may move, and others will work on improving current living conditions and arrangements. You’ll need to get over a hump before pushing ahead, however, with Venus and Saturn moving towards an opposition, but dealing with financial problems head-on makes sense now.

Gemini

Gemini

A New Moon occurring this morning brings new-beginning energy to your world, dear Gemini, particularly when it comes to meeting new people, learning new things, and finding interesting ways to connect, get around, and communicate. It’s likely to stimulate all-new interests now and in the coming weeks, as well as new avenues for expressing yourself. You can feel a rush of desire to take a course or begin a new project now. You’re connecting with people and information that help round out your life. The coming weeks are active for new writing projects, friendships, courses, transportation opportunities, and relationships with siblings and neighbors. For some of you, there could be a breakdown in transportation or communications that bring about the need to do things differently. For others, you could get the courage to begin something you’ve often dreamed of doing, or you might speak up about a matter that needs addressing.

Cancer

Cancer

The New Moon that occurs this morning brings a blast of energy that may very well inspire you to take charge of your finances, dear Cancer. Unexpected events surrounding your finances can occur in the coming weeks, and you may want to tame impulses to spend that come on suddenly, but overall, circumstances are pushing you into new and improved directions. You can feel quite energized, enthusiastic, and driven, in fact, to take charge of matters related to security. Some of you could be looking to make more money, but this cycle is more about getting into a position of control for most. Opportunities to better your business or to get yourself back on a more productive schedule should be taken now and in the coming weeks, although you may need to get over a hump in the form of facing reality on a practical matter before moving forward with new plans.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThe New Moon occurring this morning is in your sign, dear Leo, and this brings a sense of a personal new beginning. This can be a time to reinvent yourself in some significant way or to come out of your shell and express yourself more creatively and spontaneously. You can be at your most impulsive now and in the next few days, and while you possess tremendous energy, it would be wise to weigh all sides of a situation before pushing forward. Pace yourself! However, do consider new projects and initiatives now. You have more impact and personal presence in the weeks ahead. You are receiving a blast of energy that you can harness to bring about needed changes in your life, and especially in your personality, manner, appearance, and image. Something may need to go for you to move forward with less baggage and more confidence.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThe New Moon this morning brings heightened awareness of the need for more privacy and time for reflection in your life, dear Virgo. As this New Moon connects to Mars, you’re likely to be facing buried anger or desires, which can burst forth quite suddenly now. The weeks ahead are strong for review of the past year and for clearing out the cobwebs before you begin your new birthday year. You may be discovering sides of yourself that you’ve recently overlooked, and this can be illuminating. Powerful feelings surface, and your intuition can demand attention as you become aware of issues that you ignored or simply didn’t see or notice before now. You also have take-charge energy with you for dealing with unresolved matters of the past. This can be a wonderful time for recognizing a need to approach your life in new and improved ways, and you’re focused on changes from the inside out.

Libra 

Libra

The New Moon occurring this morning brings a blast of energy to the sector of your solar chart that rules your friendships and group associations, as well as your hopes and wishes for the future, dear Libra. This area of your chart is getting a lot of attention this week and will continue to be active in the coming weeks. A feeling of belonging assumes more prominence in your life and drives much of what you do. You might choose to become more actively involved in your community, or to network and share more of yourself with associates. Surprising events surrounding a social matter can occur now. You can experience romantic or creative energy — or increased emotional satisfaction — with or through friends and group associations. With your ruler, Venus, approaching an opposition to Saturn, however, you may need to get over a hump before you feel free to push forward, and this reality check can help you pace yourself.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

The New Moon this morning brings a charge of energy to your professional life, dear Scorpio. The coming weeks are about taking action and shooting for the stars! Your ambitions are high now — perhaps at their peak — and you’re ready to pursue your goals and make needed changes in your life. There are likely to be some hurdles to get over, but these may help you pace yourself. Discern between being impulsive and honoring your impulses. You want to take the lead and initiative, and this can be a time for launching something pivotal. In the coming days, you’ll be clearer about putting something behind you to move forward. It’s a time for pushing your normal boundaries a little as Mars connects with the New Moon and gives you extra muscle and courage. A new project, image, or a new lease on your career can be in the works in the weeks ahead.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The New Moon this morning brings a charge of energy to your adventure sector, dear Sagittarius. If you’re itching to do something entirely new and adventurous, then the weeks ahead are ideal for doing so. You’re taking on a braver, more courageous approach to your life, and you’re excited about what you might learn and discover. Those of you looking to expand your horizons or education can be highly motivated now. A new beginning of sorts is in the offing. You’ll be anxious to set plans in motion for new experiences, adventures, and a stronger understanding of your life’s purpose. You’ll still do well to follow some routines, but in a general sense, stepping outside of them for a spell or from time to time can energize and inspire you. Be bold but avoid rash moves. As well, be sure to check in with current commitments, even if they don’t seem quite as compelling.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The New Moon this morning brings power to your private world, dear Capricorn, as it occurs in your solar eighth house –  a sector of your chart that’s receiving a lot of attention this week and will continue to be active for weeks ahead. This is a time for getting a stronger sense of who you are and what you want. It’s also an excellent period for handling debts to others or for gaining support you need, whether these are of the material or emotional variety. Because the New Moon connects to Mars, you can experience insistent desires that you may have buried or left unacknowledged in the past. You might deal with tricky or sticky matters bravely, rallying for your needs or your fair share. Some of you could begin a new intimate relationship or elevate a current one to new heights. Sharing of resources can be in focus. Drawing upon others’ resources to get something done is possible now. The weeks ahead are good for taking charge of your finances, and if you need some support, you’re likely to find that people are more willing to offer it.

Aquarius

Aquarius

A New Moon occurs this morning, dear Aquarius, opposite your sign. A door opens for change in a close relationship now and in the coming weeks. A fresh start in a partnership, or with someone new, can figure strongly. This is a great time for improving your ability to negotiate with, or simply relate to, others on a one-to-one basis. Relationship needs awaken, and unusual impulses can overcome you that push you into a new beginning of sorts. Expect the unexpected when it comes to others in the weeks ahead of you. Attractions and pairings are in focus now. Even so, you may need to get over a hump tonight and tomorrow before you feel free to pursue your desires.

Pisces

Pisces

The New Moon occurring this morning can jumpstart a new direction, dear Pisces, and motivate you to take charge of work or health matters. This is a time for new beginnings and fresh energy in your daily affairs. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be taking better care of yourself as well as organizing and primping your daily routines. Improved methods help you in many areas of life — the more organized and on top of the details of your life you feel, the more confident you approach many other life departments. There can be job offers in the coming weeks, or you could have new priorities and tasks to manage. Unexpected changes can nudge you towards creating better conditions. Draw on the courage to make changes but watch for impulsiveness and impatience – don’t push yourself too hard.

If You Were Born Today, July 23rd….

You are very intelligent in a quiet way. You have a great love of security and consistency that you avoid making major changes if you can. Your worst enemy is self-doubt and procrastination. You may attract, or be attracted to, a certain level of drama in your love life. You work best in life when you have a passion. Family and work are two great loves for you, and you need to strike a balance between the two.

Famous people born today: Amy Vanderbilt, Willem Dafoe, David Spade, Selena Gomez, Rufus Wainwright, Rhys Ifans, Keegan Allen, Colin Ferguson.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, July 24th

Aries

Aries Horoscope

An opposition between Venus and Saturn this morning points to the need to “get real” about a project’s limitations, dear Aries, or you may be facing some delays or criticism for an issue or project that’s close to your heart. Try not to fret over this — this aspect tends to produce the climate for some negative feedback! However, you might ultimately find it useful if you aim to deal with things maturely and positively. You might need to revisit and change the structure of a project, and this can be time-consuming, but you’re ultimately making something stronger. Prioritize and listen to others but then tune into your heart and make changes that suit you. While something you say may lead to resentment from someone, you also have a Mercury-Uranus influence working for you now, and this is creative as heck! You are likely to come up with a breakthrough idea now, and a project or plan can move forward suddenly and happily. Although you have some difficulty choosing between a safe choice and a slightly riskier one, you can also enjoy some open, forward-looking conversations or news that inspires you. Learning a new method for your art or learning something about someone you love (or like a lot) can figure strongly now.

Taurus HoroscopeThis morning, there can be a responsibility or a realization that slows things down, dear Taurus, or that dampens your spirits just for now. A partner’s income or a loan matter can be an issue, disturbing your equilibrium or making you worry about whether you have enough. Or, there may be a limitation to what you’re allowed to do that curtails indulgence or a purchase. You may feel opposed or blocked, or a person’s jealousy may interfere with your life now. Slow down a little for best results. Fortunately, your thinking is innovative, and while your pursuit of independence can cause a few waves with loved ones, you can enjoy excellent conversations that open up a whole new world of possibilities. A home or private matter warms your spirits and pulls you out of a funk. Domestic plans can push forward. There may be a clearing of the air, or you could be seeing opportunities to put the negative elements of the past behind you. Conversations can be freeing and eye-opening.

Gemini

Gemini

Venus in your sign opposes Saturn today, dear Gemini, and you could similarly feel blocked or opposed now. Duty and pleasure are at odds, or a responsibility puts a damper on your plans. You might need to attend to someone else’s needs or address important issues in a relationship now. Draw on maturity and try to reach a compromise. If someone in your life seems overly critical, strict, unyielding, or cool, deal with the situation as you may, but consider that it may be best to meet someone you care about halfway and that you might, in fact, need some structure in your life. As frustrating as someone may be, partners have something to teach you about yourself now. Consider taking this “lesson” even if isn’t in a pretty package. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus aspect active today helps you think positively and innovatively. New interests are exciting. Friends can inspire you to think creatively or might encourage you to try something new. Throwing yourself into a project or surrounding yourself with friends can be liberating.

Cancer

Cancer

An opposition between Venus and Saturn this morning can seem to pit responsibilities against pleasure, dear Cancer, and can be a reminder of your duties calling, as much as you feel you need a break from them! You may come to a realization that pops your bubble in some way, but that ultimately gets you back on track. The desire to escape pressure and stress or to hide away is high these days, but right now, you may need to handle practical matters before you can justify a break. There can be some opposition or negative feedback to deal with now, but it’s best to sort out what part is constructive and what can be safely ignored. A Mercury-Uranus transit helps you think positively. A new idea or method frees up your time or excites you. You may be entertaining ideas on practical, financial, or business levels that are breakthrough or otherwise pivotal. You can be valued for your ideas and intelligence now. Keep your mind open to new information. While not all ideas considered now will lead to something concrete, one of them might click into place.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeThis morning, you may find it hard to juggle your responsibilities and desires, dear Leo. If you pursue one, you feel pulled in the other direction. See-sawing can leave you feeling unsatisfied, but might ultimately lead to a fair compromise. Whether to do something yourself or call upon others for help, or whether to pay particular attention to a lover or a friend can be dilemmas now. Try not to focus too much on whether someone is slowing you down — or letting you down — and focus instead on what you can do to remedy the situation. It may be that you need to pour more attention to filling a responsibility before you can heartily enjoy a pleasure without distraction or guilt. Restructuring a project or dealing with limitations or criticisms can be annoying but ultimately strengthening. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus transit suggests talking or thinking things through leads to a greater feeling of freedom. You’re communicating with more enthusiasm and courage. Look for new ideas and perspectives that excite and motivate you. You may be on the top of discoveries with something you’re working on or studying.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeThis morning, duties or delays can interrupt or slow you down from pursuing your plans or professional pursuits, dear Virgo. You may be enjoying your work more than usual these days with Venus at the top of your chart, but home life or personal matters can pull you away from these things. As much as you’d love to throw yourself into something special, you’re likely to feel better once you take care of your priorities, after which you can come back to what truly makes you happy with less worry and better concentration to boot. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus influence turns your attention to positive news and ideas. In fact, you’re particularly open to new ideas now, and this attitude can lead to fun and perhaps useful discoveries. Seeing something from the past in a more detached way can help you big time now! There can be a real feeling of purging or release involved with bringing something hidden to light.

Libra 

Libra

A hurdle comes in the form of a Venus-Saturn opposition across your communications sector this morning, dear Libra. This could mean you’re dealing with time constraints or negative feedback that lead to some restructuring. Ultimately, you are in the position to strengthen something, whether this is an opinion, studies, a project, or a plan. Responsibilities to your daily affairs, errands, and other duties and tasks can suddenly increase or make themselves known, throwing a wrench in your plans. Your best bet may be to put in the extra work to get your duties out of the way, but consider that you’ll be in a much better place to enjoy yourself once you do. A Mercury-Uranus influence today is excellent for collaborating, sharing ideas, and relating to others in liberating and peaceful ways. A bit of detachment can put things into perspective, particularly a relationship. People and networks can inspire new methods and ideas today.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

A Venus-Saturn opposition can point to the need to deal with critical or insensitive people, dear Scorpio, although a bit of negative feedback may ultimately help you if you listen only to constructive criticism and discard the rest! Consider also that you’re particularly sensitive now, seeking out security or reassurance at a time when others are focused on something else entirely. A financial constraint or disagreement may emerge now. The extra work that goes towards fixing mistakes can be truly worthwhile in the long term, however, so focus on adapting to any reality you need to face. A Mercury-Uranus influence, also active today, is good for exploring new ideas and possibilities related to money and business or work and health. The discovery of a new method can free your mind or possibly free up some time. Your ideas or intelligence might receive particular attention now. You’re getting over a hump or a problem area. With this positive energy, you’d rather think about the future than dwell on the past.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

You have a stronger need for companionship or approval and support from others in your life these days, dear Sagittarius, but today, your insecurities or fears, and possibly your plans, can interfere. With Saturn in your sign, you often handle problems on your own and/or in your own way, and this runs at odds with your urge to merge. If others seem irresponsible today, you could feel frustrated that you’re left to deal with the practical side of things. Attempting to restrict others is not the way to go, so do what you can to meet them halfway, perhaps by loosening up a little and hoping they take you a bit more seriously. A Mercury-Uranus transit, also active now, can help lift you above small concerns, and leads to the exploring of creative or unique topics to think or converse about. Travel, romantic, or creative opportunities can be opening up to you now, and it helps to allow yourself time to do some musing and free-form thinking.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

A Venus-Saturn opposition occurs across your health and wellness sectors today, dear Capricorn. You’re taking pleasure in your work and routines, but delays, setbacks, time limitations, or responsibilities to others can pull you away from the fun. Past mistakes or unfinished business can surface now, and the effort needed to correct or complete these things can be significant, or at least seem that way. Recognize the need to let something go or to make changes in existing projects to go forward in improved ways. A Mercury-Uranus transit, also active today, helps you detach yourself just enough to pull you out of a funk. You might release yourself from a burden or a secret, clear the air, or talk through a problem and feel relieved or even liberated for doing so. When it comes to family and intimate relationships, focusing on the future makes more sense to you now than bringing up the past, and this is the major key to success now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Venus in your pleasure sector these days can ignite your passion for a hobby, pastime, person, or project, dear Aquarius, but Saturn’s opposition to Venus this morning may serve to remind you of areas you’ve ignored in the process, particularly if you’ve been going overboard. Some of you could feel a bit put off by a friend now, or there can be worries if a friend seems to be ghosting you or doesn’t seem as into you as you’d like. You may simply need to give in and deal with facts and figures or practical matters before returning your attention to the things you actually want to accomplish. If there are criticisms to face, take what’s constructive from it and use it to firm up your life in fundamental ways — ignore the rest (and the delivery). Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus trine helps you rise above things, and also stimulates your curiosity. You can bring a new light or perspective to a problem. It’s, in fact, an excellent time for coming up with a solution to a nagging problem with a partner, or for learning something new and helpful about someone significant in your life.

Pisces

Pisces

This morning, you may get a sharp reminder of a responsibility that keeps you from the rest, comfort, and peace you’ve been craving, dear Pisces. A Venus-Saturn opposition wants to bring back some balance to your life, and if you’ve been overdoing pleasures and comforts, now is a time for a bit of a “calling out.” This ultimately serves you well, even if it’s irritating or limiting right now. Saturn’s lessons are usually about putting in an effort so that you take better care of yourself and things you love in the long term. Responsibilities or problems that have been neglected or overlooked in the past have a way of surfacing now for your immediate attention. Authority figures, teachers, parents, or bosses may have feedback you don’t want to hear now. A Mercury-Uranus trine also active today can point to excellent conversations that open your mind and free you from certain burdens and frustrations, however. It serves to enliven relationships, and it also leads to successful new methods and ideas related to work and health. Unusual and exciting elements on the job or in your daily routine can be in focus.

Tarot Card of the Day

Knight of Cups


July 23rd, 2017

This card is traditionally entitled the Knight, but in some modern decks appears as the Prince. Traditionally, this card in this suit has pictured a homecoming — portraying a return to his true heart’s home after a long journey. Like the prodigal son, he may be returning after long estrangement from all he holds dear.

His taste for adventure is exhausted — there is no more romanticizing of battles or travel in strange lands. Now he wants to go where he will be recognized, wanted and welcome — where he doesn’t have to fight at every turn. He has the attitude of one who has become older and wiser, the prodigal son.

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The Emperor

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July 23rd, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A hidden aspect of the past is revealed and is something that lets you tear down a wall that keeps you boxed in. What old memory fogs the mind and your emotions today? Let it go because it is to do easy now. The freedom turns into courageously liberated, wise, and realistic energy. If single, it eases a focus on desired outcomes. That allows someone to feel free to express warmth without pressure, and they will.

 

Your Rune for Sunday, July 23

Isa

“Iss-ah” – Literally: “Ice” – Esoteric: Stasis, Stillness

Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.

Psi:
mental faculties, focus, ego, self-image/self-identity

Energy:
stillness, contraction, stasis

Mundane: cold, self-preservation, harsh reality

Divinations: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being; or egomania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy.

Governs:

Development of concentration, will and focus
Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defense (ard against demonic influences)
Basic ego integration within a balanced multiversal system
Power of control and constraint over other wights (entities), emotional outbursts
Focus of the will into single-minded action

A Little Thought from Me to You….

 

Why should we hide in the Shadows?
We don’t sacrifice living creatures
We do not worship Satan
Our religion is based on nature…..
peace and love to all mankind.

The Zodiac

The word zodiac is derived from the Greek zoidiakos, or “figures of animals.” It resembles a circle that has been divided into 12 sections of 30 degrees each and is traversed by the sun, moon, and planets each year. Its 12 signs are named after the adjacent constellations that form a great belt around the earth. Each sign governs a month, represented by a symbolic figure that is related to one of the four Elements and human condition.

 

As the sun enters a sign, all persons born during that period inherit or express the qualities and traits it represents. The real significance of the zodiac concerns the process by which primordial energy passes from the potential to the virtual or from sprit to matter. When the sun, moon, and planets pass through a sign they unify the energy of that sign to complement the monthly period and complete a segment of yearly cycle.

THE TWELVE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

Aries

 

March 21 through April 19. Symbol: ram; Element: Fire; Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: Mars; Metal: iron; Gem: ruby or red jasper; Color: scarlet; Plant: geranium or sage. Like the Ram, Aries has a reputation for egotism, action, self-assertion, and the desire to be first. Aries is a masculine sign that is looking for identity. Aries can be fearless on the outside and timid on the inside. The ram spontaneously falls in love, but usually has a difficult time verbalizing his or her feelings. Headstrong and aggressive, the Aries has tremendous power and energy. Aries are leaders, entrepreneurs, and adventurers, usually pushing the envelope in their direction.

 

Taurus

 

April 20 through May 19. Symbol: bull; Element: Earth; Quality: fixed; Ruling planet: Venus, Metal: copper; Gem: topaz or emerald; Color: red and orange; Plant: clover and mallow. Taurus is stable, conservative, and practical, and values the comfortable, unchanging way of life. Taurus is down -to-Earth and one of the most productive signs, always searching for the true value and meaning of life. Like a bull, the Taurus usually remains passive and content, but when angered will attack. Fidelity and consistency are the sign’s virtues; obstinacy and refusal to change are its weaknesses.

 

Gemini

 

May 20 through June 20. Symbol: twins; Element: Air; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Mercury; Metal: quicksilver; Gem: alexandrite; Color: orange; Plant: orchid and gladiolus. The search for variety is the trademark of the Gemini, who is always thinking and looking. Maddeningly inconsistent; Geminis can argue one point of view one day, and the completely opposite view the next. The symbol that represents this sign embodies the essential split in its nature of always  trying to view both sides of the coin at the same time. Geminis are the true Jacks of all trades, but unfortunately if their talents are spread too thin, they may not realize their dreams.

 

Cancer

 

June 21 through July 22. Symbol: crab; Element: Water; Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: moon; Metal: silver; Gem: emerald or turquoise; Color: amber; Plant: lotus or comfrey. The crab, with its soft and fleshy body covered by a hard and protective shell, depicts the nature of this sign. Cancer is the embodiment of compassion, caring, and maternal instincts, but it often hides these emotions behind a mask of indifference. When upset, Cancers withdraw into their shells but still have sharp pincers to attack with. Cancers are renowned homemakers and require domestic stability for happiness. As long as Cancers have a strong base from which to operate and to which they can retreat, they will succeed and reach their goals.

 

Leo

 

July 23 through August 21. Symbol: lion; Element: Fire; Quality: fixed; Ruling planet: sun; Metal: gold; Gem: opal or zircon; Color: yellowish green; Plant: sunflower or cyclamen. Just like the king of the jungle, Leo is proud, ostentatious, and the most egotistical of all the signs. It takes effort for Leos not to cross the line and become excessively vain, arrogant, and selfish. Leos live to make an impression and need to have an audience. Leos can be difficult to love and to work with, as they have very little sense of anyone but themselves. If Leos can learn to accept responsibility, personal change, and the fact that others have feelings too, they make energetic and fun companions. To thrive, the Leo needs space and a spotlight.

 

Virgo

 

August 22 through September 22. Symbol: virgin; Element: Earth; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Mercury; Metal: quicksilver; Gem: diamond or chrysolite; Color: light green; Plant: snowdrop, lily, and narcissus. The Virgo is practical, productive, and prepared to sacrifice its own interests in order to complete its assigned tasks. Virgos are always searching for something meaningful to do, which is an open door for those who would take advantage of their good nature and willingness to help. This sign is the embodiment of service. However, they are often fussy and obsessed with cleanliness and order to the point that they lose their ability to be spontaneous. Virgos need to balance out their perfectionism.

 

Libra

 

September 23 through October 22. Symbol: scales; Element: Air; Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: Venus; Metal: copper; Gem: jade; Color: emerald green; Plant: aloe. The scales are the key to understanding Libra, who is constantly weighing the possibilities, and the choice at hand. Often crippled by indecision, in desperation the Libra will resort to making a choice, any choice, even though it may not be the best option. Ideally Libra’s function is to resolve opposing possibilities by seeking a third way. Ruled by Venus, the Libra likes things that are aesthetically pleasing, charming, and artistic. Libras tend to hide personal flaws they imagine might offend.. They are diplomats and like peaceful, harmonious surroundings.

 

Scorpio

 

October 23 through November 21. Symbol: scorpion; Element: Water; Quality: fixed; Ruling planet: Mars (with Pluto as a co-ruler); Metal: iron; Gem: carnelian; Color: greenish blue; Plant: cactus, hound’s tongue. The search for transformation is what motivates Scorpios. The intense emotions of this sign are toughened by the influence of Mars, which gives it an obsessive, sometimes abusive, quality. Those born under this sign have a keen sense for what is right and wrong. Scorpios are usually fascinated with the dark, hidden side of things. They make great Witches and magicians. The sign’s greatest strength is commitment, the ability to see things through to the end. Its greatest weakness is a reluctance to change or forgive.

 

Sagittarius

 

November 22 through December 21. Symbol: archer; Element: Fire; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Jupiter; Metal: tin; Gem: sapphire; Color: blue; Plant: rush and pimpernel.   Sagittarius is a deep, complicated sign, a mixture of instinct and reason always searching for wisdom. The combination of mutability and fire makes this sign unstable; its plans are often dropped before completion. Often possessed by wanderlust, idealism, and the search for truth, Sagittarius needs freedom. The sign’s greatest strength is optimism and enthusiasm, and its weakness is impracticality. However, when their faith is strong, Sagittarians get along well with little material success.

 

Capricorn

 

December 22 through January 20. Symbol: goat; Element: Earth;, Quality: cardinal; Ruling planet: Saturn; Metal: lead; Gem: black opal or tourmaline; Color: indigo; Plant: thistle. The Capricorn is the ideal industrialist or merchant, letting no humanitarian concerns interfere with important business or money-making opportunities. Capricorns harbor powerful emotions that as Earth signs they find difficult to express. This sign can be very unimaginative, serious, and cautious when drawn into the world of materialism. Capricorns’ greatest traits are their ability to heal and to have great visions. Their greatest downfall is being manipulative and deceitful.

 

Aquarius

 

January 21 through February 19. Symbol: water bearer; Element: Air; Quality: fixed; Ruling Planet: Saturn (with Uranus as co-ruler); Metal: lead; Gem: lapis lazuli or aquamarine; Color: violet; Plant: absinthe, fennel, and buttercup. The search for the Holy Grail defines the essence of Aquarius. This enigmatic sign is ruled by two planets with totally incompatible natures, one desiring order, the other tearing it down. The contradictions in this sign’s character are what makes it interesting. Aquarians are concerned, sometimes to the point of obsession, with being new, radical, and different. They are often eccentric, frequently awkward, and always demanding freedom. The Aquarian is best at developing new ideas but needs others to help carry them out.

 

Pisces

 

February 20 through March 20. Symbol: two fishes; Element: Water; Quality: mutable; Ruling planet: Jupiter (with Neptune as co-ruler); Metal: tin; Gem: pearl or amethyst; Color: crimson; Plant: opium and birthwort. Pisces is the most unworldly of all the signs. It leans toward religion and mysticism and often withdraws from the world. Emotional and sensitive, Pisceans tend to wear many disguises to mask their vulnerability. Imaginative, artistic, and self-sacrificing, Pisces will succeed on the stage or in the church. Pisces’ strength lies in its ability to rise above materialism; its weakness lies in handling the real world.

THE ZODIAC AND MAGICK

 

Knowledge is power, we all desire power over our own lives. No one gets into magick to save the whales or the suffering masses. You can join the peace corps to do that. You get into magick to reclaim your personal power and hopefully gain some control over your life and future.

 

We all wear masks to hide our imagined flaws and imperfections. So, if you know the birth signs of people you’re dealing with, you have a better idea of discerning who they really are, as opposed to the images they portray. By knowing something about the individual, you avoid doing things that will offend him or her and thus create an uncomfortable situation. This type of knowledge can be of great magickal value when beginning a long-term relationship, starting partnerships, getting your business proposal on the table, as well as when you are just trying to appease your mother-in-law.

 

For example, to attract a Cancer (who basks in the light of domesticity), you will need to avoid any type of sudden movement that might infringe upon the home life. If you are an Aries contemplating a long-term business partnership, avoid the Leo—a space big enough for the two of you does not exist. That Geminis looking for love should steer clear of Libras, because by the time they get through analyzing the situation, they will be too old to do anything about it. And if your mother-in-law is a Scorpio, just agree with her.

 

Since we are all born under a specific Zodiacal sign, the energies of that sign can be incorporated into magickal rites and spells. If you are planning to do a love attraction spell, consider incorporating the Zodiac symbols of the one you desire into your rite. Use a Zodiac candle to represent your boss in that promotional spell you are planning. And, just before that big proposal, burn a Zodiac candle for each person involved, as you visualize success.

 

Remember for all your magickal needs, it’s Magickal Necessities

 

 

The Witches Digest No. 6 for Friday, July 21st

The Witches Digest No. 6

July 21st, 2017

 

A Witch’s garden

a Witch’s garden
grows with the sun, flows with the rain
a flowering of air and earth

 

ancient is the knowledge of herbs
their properties and powers
a thing for Grandmothers, Midwives, Witches

 

flowers speak their own language
all but a few phrases forgotten
but Witches know more than roses mean love

 

how now? the drought comes
but the Witch’s garden still grows green
though elsewhere even the weeds are wilting

 

through magic and the hard work of her hands
a Witch brings the rich earth to bloom
making the world a more beautiful place

 

the only secret is this
many a woman talks to her plants
but a Witch also listens

 

—Elizabeth Barrette, Author
Published on Greenhaven: A Pagan Tradition

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, July 21

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 92.88° E
Sun Altitude: 38.96°
Sun Distance: 94.449 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:50 am↑ 63° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:10 pm↑ 296° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 19 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 117.66° ESE
Moon Altitude: 58.96°
Moon Distance: 224469 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today6:36 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 4.9%

 

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Jul 23, 2017 at 4:45 am
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Jul 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeandddate.com

Your Astronomy for Friday, july 21

The Moon is in Gemini until 4:09 AM, after which the Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is void from 1:40 AM to 4:09 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 16th, and the New Moon will occur in Leo on the 23rd.
Mars spends its first full day in Leo (Mars is in Leo from July 20-September 5).

Moon in Cancer

 

The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

The Sky This Week for July 21 to 23

An asteroid in a constellation, a meteor shower, and other amazing things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, July 21

Perhaps no month better epitomizes summer in the Northern Hemisphere than July. And this month finds the season’s namesake asterism, the Summer Triangle, on prominent display. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead shortly before midnight. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies more than halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:12 p.m. EDT. It then lies 224,462 miles (361,236 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Saturday, July 22

Pluto reached the peak of its 2017 appearance last week, and it remains a tempting target for those with an 8-inch or larger telescope. The 14th-magnitude world is visible all night among the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius, some 1.8° east-southeast of 3rd-magnitude Pi (p) Sagittarii. See “In pursuit of Pluto” in the July Astronomy for complete details on finding this world.

Sunday, July 23

New Moon occurs at 5:46 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. But that won’t be the case the next time our satellite completes an orbit of Earth. On August 21, the New Moon will pass directly in front of our star, bringing a total solar eclipse to millions of observers across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, though viewers should try their best to get into the path of totality

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Today Is Friday, July 21

Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:

Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne(Holly) – July 8 – August 4

Runic Half-Month of Ur (primal strength) – July 14 – July 28

Goddess of the Month of Kerea – July 11 – August 8

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Friday, July 21

The seeress Damo, venerated today, was the daughter of the Greek sage, Pythagoras. All of the secrets of his philosophy were entrusted to her at his death.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Friday, July 21st, We Honor The Goddess Chalchiuhtlicue

Chalchiuhtlicue

Aztec Goddess of Lakes, Streams, and Oceans

 

Chalchiuhtlicue (Chal-CHEE-ooh-tlee-quay), whose name means “She of the Jade Skirt”, was the Aztec goddess of water as it collects on the earth, such as rivers and oceans, and so was considered by the Aztecs the patroness of navigation. She was one of the most important deities, as protector of childbirth and newborns.

 

Chalchiuhtlicue was linked to the rain god Tlaloc, in some sources as his wife and feminine counterpart.

 

In others, she is Tlaloc’s sister and some scholars suggest she was Tlaloc himself in a separate guise. She was also associated with the “Tlaloques”, Tlaloc’s brothers or perhaps their children. In some sources, she is described as the wife of the Aztec god of fire god Huehueteotl-Xiuhtecuhtli.

 

She is also associated with different mountains in different Aztec communities. All rivers come from the mountains in the Aztec universe, and the mountains are like jars (ollas) filled with water, that spring from the womb of the mountain and wash down to water and protect the people.

A Watery Rule

According to the Spanish conquistador and priest Fray Diego Duran, Chalchiuhtlicue was universally revered by the Aztecs. She governed the waters of the oceans, springs, and lakes, and as such she appeared in both positive and negative guises. She was seen as a positive source who brought full irrigation canals for growing maize when she was associated with the corn goddess Xilonen.

 

When displeased, she brought empty canals and drought and was paired with the dangerous snake goddess Chicomecoatl. She was also known for creating whirlpools and big storms making water navigation tricky.

 

She was also the goddess who ruled over and destroyed the previous world, known in the Aztec mythology as the Fourth Sun, the Mexica version of the Deluge Myth.

The Aztec universe was based on the Legend of the Five Suns, which said that before the current world (the Fifth Sun), the various gods and goddesses made four attempts to create versions of the world and then destroyed them in order. The fourth sun (called Nahui Atl Tonatiuh or 4 Water) was ruled by Chalchiutlicue as a world of water, where fish species were marvelous and abundant. After 676 years, Chalchiutlicue destroyed the world in a cataclysmic flood, transforming all the humans into fish.

Chalchiuhtlicue’s Festivals

As the partner of Tlaloc, Chalchiuhtlicue pertained to the Aztec group of gods supervising water and fertility. To these deities was dedicated a series of ceremonies called Atlcahualo, which lasted the entire month of February. During these ceremonies, the Aztecs performed many rituals, usually on the mountain tops, where they sacrificed children. For the Aztec religion, the tears of children were considered good omens for abundant rain.

 

The festival month of February dedicated to Chalchiuhtlicue was the sixth month of the Aztec year called Etzalcualiztli. It took place during the rainy season when the fields were beginning to ripen. The festival was conducted in and around the lagoons, with some objects ritually deposited within the lagoons.

 

The festival involved fasting, feasting, and auto-sacrifice on the part of the priests, and the human sacrifice of war captives, women, and children some of which were dressed in the costume of Chalchiuhtlicue and Tlaloc. Offerings included maize, the blood of quail birds and resins made of copal and latex.

 

Children were also sacrificed to Chalchiuhtlicue at the height of the dry season just before the rains were due; during the festivals dedicated to Chalchiuhtlicue and Tlaloc, a young boy would be sacrificed to Tlaloc on a mountaintop outside of Tenochtitlan, and a young girl would be drowned in Lake Texcoco at Pantitlan, where whirlpools were known to occur.

Chalchiuhtlicue’s Images

The goddess Chalchiuhtlicue is often illustrated in the pre-Columbian and colonial period books called codices as wearing a blue-green skirt, as her name illustrates, from which flows a long and abundant stream of water.

 

Sometimes new-born children are portrayed floating in this water flow. She has black lines on her face and usually wears a jade nose-plug. In Aztec sculpture and portraits, her statues and images are often carved out of jade or other green stones.

 

She is occasionally shown wearing Tlaloc’s mask. The allied Nahuatl word “chalchihuitl” means “drop of water” and sometimes refers to jade. The word is also used in connection with Tlaloc’s goggles, which may themselves be a symbol of water. In the Codex Borgia, Chalchiuhtlicue is wearing a serpent headdress and dress ornaments with the same markings as Tlaloc, and her half-moon nose ornament is the serpent itself, marked with stripes and dots.

Sources

Original author, by Nicoletta Maestri
Edited and updated by K. Kris Hirst.

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Ritual Influences for Friday, July 21

Friday Venus

Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Incense: Saffron, Verbena

Wood: Myrtle

Color: Light Blue, Pale Green

Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection, Partnerships, Money, Sex

Reference

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

The Magickal Day of Friday

 

Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.

 

Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings

 

*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo

Friday’s Witchery

 

On Friday’s Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing ing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell. Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 21st

National Day (Belgian)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Gemini

Moon enters Cancer 4: 09 am

Incense: Alder

Color: Rose

FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

 

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas

 

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

Friday Is Ruled by Venus

Archangel: Anael

Candle colour: Green or pink

Incenses: Rose or geranium

Crystals: Jade or rose quartz

Use Fridays for spells for love, fidelity, healing, for anything to do with beauty, the arts and crafts and for all spells concerning the environment.

Where possible, work in any enclosed beautiful place outdoors, for example a botanical garden, a field, park or your own garden – even in a circle of plants indoors.

Aspects of Venus

Venus is associated with love, lust, romance, relationships, friendships, family and other emotional attachments. It is also associated with Women’s Mysteries and Feminine Magic. Crystals that draw upon Venus energy are Rose Quartz and Amethyst. Herbs and flowers of Venus are Rose, Lavender and Elder. It’s day for magic is Friday and The Lovers card from the Tarot can be used. Venus colors are shades of Red, Pink and Blue. The metal of Venus is Copper, and it‘s Chakra is the Heart. (I sometimes simmer herbs in a copper cauldron when using Venus energies).

Magickal Applications for Friday

 

Friday is named after the Norse goddesses of love, Freya and Frigga. There seems to be some debate as to whom the day is actually named after, so I thought I would share a little information so you can decide for yourself.

 

In Latin, this day is known as Dies Veneris, “Venus’s day.” In Greek, it’s Hermera Aphrodites, which translates to the “day of Aphrodite.” In Old English, this day is called Frige- daeg, or “Freya’s day.” This day has the Germanic title of Frije-dagaz, which, once again, could be Freya’s day or Frigga’s day.

 

Both Freya and Frigga were Norse goddesses of love and were the Teutonic equivalent of the Greco-Roman Venus/Aphrodite. However, Freya was one of the Vanir—the gods of fertility who supervised the land and sea—and she was the leader of the Valkyries. Frigga, Odin’s wife, was the goddess of the heavens and of married love. She was one of the Aesir—the gods associated with battle, magick and the sky. Freya and Frigga could be looked upon as different aspects of the same goddess. They both were called on to assist in childbirth and then in naming of the new baby. Frigga represented the faithful wife and loving mother, while Freya, who really captured the hearts and imagination of the Norse people, was the passionate mistress and lover.

 

Fridays classically are days for love, fertility, romance, and beauty magick, as well as working for happiness, harmony in the home, and friendship. So let’s take a look at some of the mythology involved with this loving, voluptuous, passionate, and luxurious day of the week, and see where it leads us.

 

Source

Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Magick for Friday, July 21 – Attract the Perfect Lover Spell

 

Attract the Perfect Lover Spell

 

Timing: Perform on a Friday during the waxing moon.

Supplies:

6 rose petals
1 teaspoon of lavender
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
a rose quartz
6-inch square of pink cloth
green ribbon (floss or yarn will do)
an inch of red ribbon
needle and thread
a penny

Place the petals, rose quartz, lavender, cinnamon, red ribbon, and penny in the center of the cloth square. Gather the edges of the fabric together and hold the pouch close to your heart. Then say:

“Venus, Queen of love, divine
Bring the love to me that’s mine.
Perfect, he (she) and perfect, me
Together we are meant to be.
Venus, Queen of love, so warm
Bring my love to me, without harm.
Let nothing keep us now apart,
Bring perfect love to fill my heart.”

Still holding the pouch against your heart, fill it with loving energy. Secure the pouch with the green ribbon to seal the spell. Carry it on your person and sleep with it under your pillow. When the lover comes to you, bury the pouch under a tree.

THE BESOM

The Witches Broom

 

Hardly anything symbolizes Witchcraft more than the besom (pronounced BEH-sum). The idea of Witches flying on brooms is as old as the Craft itself. We may never find out just where or when this phenomenon began, but it lends certain magick to the tales of old.

 

The significance of the besom (broom) rests with its ability to sweep, and therefore clean an area of unwanted dirt. European folklore is full of stories about using brooms along with certain incantations while sweeping out the house, the purpose being to sweep out the evil influences along with the dirt. The broom has also been used to form common law marriages. Both parties jump over the broomstick to signify they are joined in a union. Today, many Wiccans and Pagans still jump over the broom at the end of the marriage ceremonies to seal their union.

 

An authentic besom or Witches broom has seven distinct parts

 

. 1. The Staff Butt: Usually solid, but may also be hollow and plugged with a wood cork.

 

2. The Staff: The long shaft of the broom, sometimes referred to as the wand, will vary in length, thickness, and texture. Its carvings and decorations also vary.

 

3. The Choke Ring: This binds the upper part of bristles to the staff and is usually made of metal, silver being the best as it represents the moon and goddess. Sometimes there may be several of these used. When more than one is used the first is silver, the second is gold, and the third is copper.

 

4. The Stalks (bristles): These are grouped evenly around the opposite end of the staff. The stalks should be about half the finished length of the broom.

 

5. The Stalk Tips: The thick ends are held by the choke ring, with the thin ends extending. All of the stalks should be bending in the same direction.

 

6. The Splay Ring: There is only one of these and it keeps the stalks evenly placed about the stalk. This ring is usually made of a very strong pliable cording, as it takes up the strain and pressure of the use that is exerted when sweeping.

 

7. The Stalk Butts: These are the thick ends of the bristles and are bound by the choke ring.

 

BESOM (BROOM) MAGICK

Besom Blessing

Items needed: a small bowl of salt and one of water, a white candle, a small bunch of fresh rosemary, a censer, a small block of church charcoal, and your besom.

 

Perform this simple ceremony to bless and consecrate your broom. This will remove all of the negative thoughts and vibrations that may be attached to the broom making it ready for magickal works.

 

Place the candle, the bowl of salt, and the one of water, along with the censer and rosemary on a small table. Light the charcoal, and the white candle. Sprinkle some salt over the broom and then some water as you say:

 

Water and Earth
Wash thee clean,
Of all that was
And is unclean.

 

Place some of the rosemary on the hot coal in the censer. Pick up the broom and pass it through the smoke of the burning herb, and then through the candle flame as you say:

 

Essence of Air
Flame of Fire,
Cleanse thee of all
But what I desire.

 

The broom is now ready to use for both mundane and magickal works. Use your broom to purge your house of negative thoughts and vibrations as well as unwanted guests.

 

Get Rid of Unwanted Guests

Item needed: Besom.

 

This simple spell works better than anything I have ever found to get folks to leave. We have all had that moment when people have overstayed their welcome and don’t have the good sense to get up and leave. Here is a surefire way to get them up and out the door post-haste.

 

Take a broom into a room that is either facing your unwanted guests or is directly behind them. Close the door. Lay the broom on the floor with the stalk butts facing the direction of the guests. Stand behind the broom, and chant the following:

 

Get ye out beyond my door
For I’m weary to the core!

 

Take a few relaxing breaths, and visualize your guests leaving. Put the broom away. Within 10 or 15 minutes they will take their leave, unaware of your magickal nudging.

The Current Moon Phase for Friday, July 21st

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 – Friday, July 21, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 5%
Moon Age: 27.33 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,950.17 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 151,995,488.98 km
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How to Get the Best Out of a Black Moon!

How to Get the Best Out of a Black Moon!

The next black moon cycle begins on 23rd July 2017 with the actual black moon occurring on 21st / 22nd August 2017, which is also a solar eclipse. 

Most people have heard of a blue moon but black moons tend to get less attention, despite their equal significance. Just as a blue moon is the second full moon in a solar month, a black moon is the second new moon in a solar month. This means that during the sun’s passage through one zodiac sign the moon is new twice, with the second of those moons designated a black moon. Because a new moon occurs when the moon is in the same zodiac degree as the sun, both of these new moons occur in the same sign as each other. Black moons occur roughly every two and a half to three years and are always preceded a month earlier by a new moon in the first one or two degrees of the same zodiac sign.

Is a black moon connected to Black Moon Lilith? No, a black moon has nothing to do with Black Moon Lilith, the latter being the point on the moon’s orbit furthest from the earth (known as lunar apogee).

So What’s The Significance of a Black Moon?

Ordinarily, and in general terms, a new moon is a time of fresh starts: the silence from which new beginnings are born. In the darkness of a new moon we can instinctively sense the stirring of new life and prepare to facilitate its arrival. If we’re anticipating a new start or a process of change in some area of our life, contemplating its development at a new moon can be most productive. Action is not called for at this time, but instead a quiet turning within to contemplate and nurture the roots of our burgeoning creations. These roots may take many forms from material resources to significant relationships; from a well thought-through plan to faith in a process whose outcome remains unclear. Indeed, we may need all of these and more to prepare for our next step.

The seductive darkness of a new moon invites us inward to draw from our own wisdom. Our energy levels may be relatively low and it is often best to avoid commitments that require great investments of physical energy. The natural tendency in darkness is to retreat, hibernate and rest, ready for the gradual return of the light as the moon waxes towards full. The beginnings heralded by a new moon may have gestated over days, weeks, months or years. Every new moon bears personal significance for each individual, alongside its collective influence and meaning.

A black moon is a particularly powerful new moon which augurs a significant new phase. We can use its energy to prepare for shifts in our inner and outer worlds so powerful they may change the very course of our life. Each black moon signals the beginning of a new cycle which lasts until the next black moon, two and a half to three years later, so these are powerful moments in time which can markedly influence the coming years. It is therefore wise to use their energy well!

How Do We Use The Energy of a Black Moon Well?

We begin with the first of the two new moons – a month prior to the black moon – which helps us discern how to best use the black moon energy. This first moon is a time of intense quiet, to be spent as still as possible. A time to listen, not speak; to reflect, not act; to go within, not be drawn without. This moon invites us deep within to discover there the entire universe and know our self as a microcosm of the macrocosm – a thread woven through time and space by the unfolding of life in, through and around us. This moon prepares us to ignite, at the black moon, the sparks of creativity, wisdom, patience, fortitude and commitment which fuel the engine of a life fulfilled.

New opportunities occurring just prior to or at this first moon may falter before they’ve begun. A much-anticipated new start may fast lose its shine leaving us discouraged and disoriented. This is a common experience at the beginning of a black moon cycle, so there’s no need for panic! The first of the two new moons is simply paving the way for the real fresh start at the black moon itself, highlighting where final adjustments may be needed and plans require a final review. We then have a month to instigate any necessary alterations before the black moon arrives and a new phase is born. Whether we sense the coming change as a gentle breeze or a mighty storm, this initial new moon encourages us to embrace the approaching unknown, allowing it to trickle or flood through our life as it must and will. We are on the brink of profound change and commitments made now will be potentised a month later by the black moon.

It can be especially difficult to open our heart to unwanted change: the end of a relationship, the loss of a job or a much-loved home, illness, death… So many things impose themselves against our will. If this is our lot at the beginning of a black moon cycle we can best use the energy of the first moon to invite faith, courage and hope into our lives, even as they feel so far from us. Remembering that we don’t have to feel courageous to be it can be very helpful now! Simply dragging ourselves out of bed to face another lonely day may be the most courageous act in our lives. Likewise, boundless faith is not required to be faithful: merely trusting that the next breath will come, the next heartbeat, can be an act of faith when all hope is lost. And hope is not about Pollyanna happiness and positive thinking but a recognition that life moves in cycles, fluctuating within them as it goes. Everything changes, no matter how stuck and intransigent things may feel. At such times, hope simply whispers a quiet reassurance that nothing remains the same. Even the darkest, longest night eventually turns to day.

Once the black moon arrives, a shift in the fabric of the universe is underway, often manifesting as a new life theme that develops and matures across the coming two to three years. Our attention may shift to new interests and/or occupations. We may meet new people or drift from old ones. What once seemed so important to our well-being loses its appeal and we find deep inner shifts reflected in changes we once could never have contemplated. This is no ordinary new moon but the birth of a whole new phase in our life, which will unfold in ways that can be hard to predict at first, but which, in retrospect, makes perfect sense when reviewed from a vantage point of garnered wisdom in a year or so’s time. Then we can see where we were, where we are and where we’re heading in relation to the themes of the defining black moon.

So How Do We Identify and Work With The Themes of a Black Moon?

Each black moon occurs in the same zodiac sign as the new moon that precedes it and its themes are largely dictated by the qualities of that sign. The next black moon occurs on 21st / 22nd August 2017, with the first new moon occurring on 23rd July. This black moon is also a total solar eclipse, giving it even greater power. This is a VERY important and influential moon! Its cycle continues until the next black moon cycle in Cancer, beginning in June/July 2020.

The 2017 black moon and solar eclipse occur in the sign of Leo, highlighting the following issues for our reflection:

  • How deeply do I dare to love myself?
  • How readily do I express love and appreciation and to whom?
  • How intensely am I prepared to engage with others?
  • How honest am I (with myself & others) about my strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges?
  • How well do I make room for others in my life?
  • How much attention do I demand from others and do I offer the same level of attention to them?
  • How well do I recognise my contributions to the lives of others and their contributions to my life?
  • Do I recognise the benefits I receive from raising others up or do I demand the limelight for myself alone?
  • Who am I when I’m alone? Who am I when I’m in company?
  • When I seek to lead is it because I know the terrain and can guide others with wisdom and grace, or because I need to be in a position of control?
  • How do I open my heart to life and how can I open it wider?
  • How do I use my divine authority? How do I respond to the divine authority of others?
  • In what ways can I inspire others to be their authentic self?
  • How deeply do I respect myself even when things are not going to plan?
  • Does my life glorify ego or illuminate the divine?
  • How well do I comfort myself in times of rejection?

If you’re familiar with your birth chart you can work with a black moon more specifically by observing where both new moons fall within it. The affairs of the house or houses in question will be of great importance during the month framed by these moons. And the house of the black moon specifically shows where in your life its themes will develop in the following two to three years. As a backdrop to this, the house in your chart ruled by the moon (that is the house with Cancer on its cusp or contained entirely within it), reveals another key area of burgeoning growth.

Furthermore, the expression of any planets within the zodiac sign in question will be both tested and amplified during the month between the two moons, revealing some of their most potent issues which will then be worked out more deeply in the ensuing two to three years. Likewise, planets aspected by the moon as it journeys from its first point of newness to its second will be triggered and potentised by the energy of a black moon cycle. This may result in some challenging moments for sure, but within those challenges profound insights await revelation, leading to the potential for significant change.

 To Sum Up

Black moons are relatively rare but precious, events which augur the birth of a significant new life cycle. Considerably more potent than your ‘average’ new moon, this cycle is a defining one in terms of our future direction and the change it augurs in our lives. A black moon comes in two parts: the first new moon which provides an opportunity to contemplate coming changes and make any necessary adjustments in current plans, and the actual black moon a month later, which signifies the birth of new beginnings and an important fresh start. If we are thirsty for change in our life, eager to discard old and tired ways to make room for new life, a black moon is our unfailing ally, providing the impetus and focus to embrace and bring about effective and long-lasting change. If on the other hand, we fear unavoidable change, this moon holds our hand and places iron in our soul, assuring us we have what it takes to navigate difficult terrain ahead and find, in due course, more solid and fertile ground. Either way, a black moon is to be honoured, respected and embraced for the bountiful gifts and opportunities it brings.

This Weekend’s Love Horoscope: Major Passion Potential

Your love horoscope for the weekend of July 21-23


This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*

* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, July 21

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

Since Mars is your ruler, its transits are especially significant for you, dear Aries. With Mars now in your romance and creativity sector until September 5th, and the Sun soon to follow, you may feel as if the summer has truly begun! It’s an excellent transit for smooth-flowing energy, self-expression, and entertainment. Your magnetism levels increase. Some of you are pouring a lot of energy into dating or romantic pursuits. For others, this is about stepping up your hobbies, pastimes, leisure time, creative works, or activities with kids. You’ve certainly been thinking about having more fun or pursuing your heart’s desire in the past two weeks, and now you’re coming to a point where you’re ready to act on your thoughts and plans. This morning, your perceptions may not be super reliable, as you see things through the lens of wishful thinking. As the day advances, however, you become considerably more confident, alert, and directed. Your words are particularly creative, and there is a unique charm to your presentation.

Taurus

Taurus HoroscopeUntil September 5th, Mars transits your home and family sector, dear Taurus, and this means you’re pouring more energy into your personal life. While this is not the easiest position for smooth flow of energy, and in fact, you can experience variable energy and motivation levels now, it’s an excellent time for taking care of household and family matters. Activities with or on behalf of family figure strongly now. Projects around the home can be satisfying now. Watch for bottling up anger or taking your frustrations with the outside world out on people you live with! This morning, a minor challenging aspect between the Sun and Neptune can pull up a feeling that others are draining you of energy or confidence, which can be the result of their negativity or your expectations of them. However, creative energy is good if you can direct it, and as the day advances, it becomes easier to do so. You are particularly creative with money and business. You are magnetic, and you may be taking the lead in charming and fruitful ways.

Gemini

Gemini

Mars is transiting your communications sector now and until September 5th, dear Gemini, and this can serve to enliven your daily affairs as well as motivate you to learn more, pursue personal interests, get out and about, and connect with others. Mercury has been in this sector for the last two weeks, stirring up mental energy and encouraging you to make plans, but now with Mars here, you want to put plans or ideas into motion. The Sun will follow tomorrow, and the New Moon on the 23rd can get you going as well. You’re moving into a far busier, more engaging period of your summer, and you’re likely to have a great time with it! While you should watch for aggressive or impulsive words and transit during this cycle, it’s a great time for taking the lead and the initiative with learning and sharing your ideas or reaching out to others. This morning, there can be a mental disconnect or illusions related to money and work to deal with, but as the day advances, you’re increasingly more directed and motivated.

Cancer

Cancer

Until September 5th, Mars moves through your resources sector, dear Cancer. Now that you’re no longer hosting active, aggressive Mars in your sign, you’re likely to find life becomes quieter. Even so, you’re more motivated to build and develop something important to you, such as a business, pet project, bank account, or relationship. With less focus on personality development, you’re moving into a great period for enjoying what you have and building upon your resources at a comfortable pace. While your drive to make money or to make your life more secure increases, you can sometimes be quite impulsive with your purchases. This morning, watch for self-deception, as you may not be seeing yourself and others very clearly. You mean different things to different people and this can confuse true understanding of yourself. As the day advances, clarity returns, and your creative juices flow. A private longing can take hold.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeMercury entered your sign on the 5th, dear Leo, and you’ve been thinking a lot about personal plans. Now that Mars entered Leo, you’re taking on more of Mars’ fiery, assertive, and courageous traits until September 5th. Tomorrow, the Sun will arrive in your sign, and then the following day, a New Moon occurs in Leo, so you’re moving into a busier, more noticeable and personally influential period this week! This is a time of increased independence and initiative. You might be presenting yourself more boldly or taking on new projects now. Your energy levels increase, and your best bet is to pace yourself and take action on matters that need doing most. This morning, a minor challenging aspect increases your psychic sensitivity and you may feel a little disoriented temporarily. As the day advances, you can feel particularly invigorated by people around you.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeUntil September 5th, Mars spends time in your privacy and soul sector, dear Virgo, and you’re in particular need of extra rest as well as activities that aid healing and energy replenishment. This is also a time for working on motivation levels as you may be putting a particular venture to rest or wrapping up a project, and you now need to reorient yourself. Mercury has been in this sector for the past couple of weeks, and tomorrow, the Sun will move in here, too. On the 23rd, a New Moon occurs in the same area of your solar chart and next month, an eclipse happens here as well. All in all, you’re in a strong position to do some soul-searching, vacationing, and resting as you consider new directions for the future. There can be considerable attention to the past now. You’re also more inclined to feel out situations and pay special attention to what your intuition has to say, and it can be important stuff! In fact, over the coming weeks, you’re likely to receive powerful messages from your inner guide. This morning, a person or a connection can be difficult to see clearly, but as the day advances, you’ll feel more motivated and on track. It’s a good time for making nice with bosses, customers, or associates.

Libra 

Libra

Until September 5th, Mars is lending extra energy, courage, assertiveness, and fire to your sector of groups, friendships, and aspirations, dear Libra. A more active and lively social life is likely now, or there can be a particular focus on group or teamwork. You can play a stronger role in others’ lives now. Generally speaking, competitive energy with friends now is the motivating kind – something inspires you through your friends or networks to take better charge of your life or to work towards a special goal or dream. This morning, however, when it comes to practical matters, you may not be thinking realistically. You may be tempted to gloss over problems. As the day advances, a parallel aspect between your lovely ruler, Venus, and Mars can motivate you and fill you with enthusiasm and confidence. It also improves your powers of attraction, although you’re not content to wait for something or someone to find you — you’re ready to go and get what or who you want! You manage to be both gracious and assertive.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

Until September 5th, Mars transits your career and reputation sector, dear Scorpio, bringing high energy and ambition, as well as motivation and competitive feelings, to your world. Life path goals, your public life, responsibilities, performance, business affairs, and career are the subjects of this sector of your solar chart, and these matters can awaken, enliven, and animate, assuming far more importance in your life than usual. Mercury has been in this sector of your chart for the last couple of weeks, and your thinking has become more goal-oriented. You now want to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak, and put ideas and plans into motion. It would be wise to do so after the Sun enters this same sector tomorrow, and after the New Moon occurs here the following day. In fact, a second attempt to get where you want to go can come after an eclipse takes place in this sector next month. Motivation to excel, improve, and advance increases in the coming weeks. You may experience some clashes with people who’d prefer to take the lead during this cycle, however. This morning, you may feel some temporary loss of direction, but the daydreaming and envisioning you do now can be helpful. Coming to a good balance between work and down time is a cinch as the day advances.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Until September 5th, Mars moves in harmony with your sign, dear Sagittarius, and motivates you to actively learn and participate, as well as boost your spirits and zest for life. This is an enthusiastic and energetic cycle in which you feel more confident about making changes or trying new things. You’re attracted to new physical or mental challenges and your desire to learn about the world and share your ideas and opinions increases. Debates can become very lively and passionate at this time. You may take up a new interest, self-publish, or pursue a course of study. You’re seeking out truth and justice as well as greater understanding of the world around you and your place in it. Routines can bore you more than usual, however, and you’ll be wise to keep one foot on the ground. While today can begin a little groggily, as the day advances, you’re in a fabulous position to connect with others. This can be an exciting time for learning.

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

Now and until September 5th, Mars is heating up your intimacy sector, dear Capricorn, encouraging you to seek out deeper connections, whether this is with a project or a person! You’re more strategic about going after what and who you want during this cycle. You’re also more willing and courageous than usual to dig deep and acknowledge your innermost desires. If you’ve been having issues with power dynamics and sharing in a relationship, now is the time to pull them out of hiding. It can also be a time for pursuing a loan or support if needed. Your intimate life can heat up in the coming weeks. While the morning’s energies are a little murky and undirected, the remainder of the day finds you particularly creative and resourceful. Impulsiveness in relationships and with your work is possible now, but this can also be a time for pursuing an exciting direction. You may want to act upon your desires today.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Mars is now transiting your opposite sign, dear Aquarius, and will animate your relationships until September 5th. This transit can play out in different ways. Some of you are attracting more energetic, assertive, and active people into your life. For others, this is a time for actively seeking out a relationship or for becoming more active with a partner. You’re likely to find others energizing, or irritating! There can be a competitive feel to relationships. It’s a great time for clearing the air or taking charge of problem areas if you don’t mind some liveliness. This morning, dreamy or creative activities can be satisfying detours from pressures. As the day advances, creative energy builds but now with more purpose. You crave harmony, and you’re ready and willing to take real steps to get to a position of mutual benefit, making negotiations very successful now.

Pisces

Pisces

Mars is now animating your work and health sector, dear Pisces, and will continue to motivate you to get on top of your daily routines until September 5th, so take advantage! You may be pouring a lot more energy into organizing your space, pursuing fitness or other health methods, and providing services or doing your work during this cycle. You’ve had Mercury in this sector since the 5th, and where you’ve been thinking and talking about your plans to step up these things, you’re now getting ready to act on your ideas or put plans into motion. Watch for pushing yourself too hard in these areas, and wait until after the New Moon on the 23rd to begin brand-new initiatives along these lines, but enjoy the rush of enthusiasm to take better care of yourself and your daily habits and routines. This morning, however, it can be difficult to get going on anything solid, but as the day advances, you begin to see something coming together. There can be uniquely creative, dynamic ideas about handling your home or personal life as well.

If You Were Born Today, July 21st….

You are sociable, charming, and wise, and you love to share your thoughts and time with others. People receive you well, finding you entertaining and interesting. Your intelligence and unique perspective on life can sometimes lead to negative thinking, anxiety, and manipulative behavior. Your emotions are up and down. Extremely clever, you need to apply your mental ability to something constructive. You are unique and want to be recognized as such.

 

Famous people born today: Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Josh Hartnett, Cat Stevens, Juno Temple, Don Knotts.

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow,,,,,,

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, July 22

Aries

Aries Horoscope

A month-long cycle that places further emphasis on entertainment, self-expression, creativity, and romance begins today, dear Aries, with the Sun’s move into the sign of Leo and your solar fifth house. You bring more energy and inspiration to creative efforts and the seeking out of fun projects or an avocation. Save brand new projects after tomorrow’s New Moon, but enjoy the rush of enthusiasm you feel now. Mars is already in this sector, bringing added courage and muscle to your projects and relationships, and Mercury is in this sector encouraging a smart approach. Love, fun, and games are lively now, and you can be in the perfect mood for a vacation of sorts, even if it’s only in spirit. Today’s Moon is Balsamic with a New Moon occurring tomorrow morning, so aim to wind down and take things easy.

Taurus HoroscopeThe Sun begins its month-long transit of your home and family sector today, dear Taurus, and you’re all set to settle in! This is a cycle for appreciating the comforts of familiarity. You may be investing more time and energy, as well as pride, in your home and family life in the weeks ahead. This transit encourages a more focused approach to your life after a rather busy-bee period. Security and stability are prioritized goals right now, and with Mars and Mercury already in this sector of your chart, you have the energy, motivation, courage, and smarts to make some fabulous improvements in your personal life. Today, however, aim to wind down before the New Moon tomorrow. This is a day for reflection and tying up loose ends.

Gemini

Gemini

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your solar third house today, dear Gemini. Mercury moved into this sector of your chart first, two weeks ago, turning at least some of your attention to communicating and connecting. Mars arrived here two days ago, and you’ve been feeling the itch to put your ideas into action. Now that the Sun is here, you’re even more interested in learning, pursuing personal interests, connecting, and sharing. You’ll get a further boost after tomorrow’s New Moon. You’ll be bringing more oomph to your communications and projects now that not only your mind is engaged, but also your pride. In the coming weeks, you’ll be running more errands than usual and communicating with people more frequently. Transportation and communication systems are stronger themes in your life now. Watch, however, for brusqueness in your speech or writing. As well, today’s Moon is Balsamic, and this means you should wind down instead of wind yourself up.

Cancer

Cancer

The Sun ends its yearly transit of your sign today, dear Cancer, and moves into your resources sector, where it will spend the coming month. You’ve received more attention, or you’ve focused on personality development more than usual in recent weeks, and now you’re shifting gears and moving into a more settled and deliberate period. You’re ready to flesh out ideas and projects and work on building something important to you. Matters of comfort, security, money, and stability are of higher importance to you in the coming weeks. Sensual enjoyment and activities that remind you of the simple pleasures in life are in focus. You’re also bound to get in better touch with how you feel about your talents and value, and the impact this has on your earning power. Putting more energy and effort into your work can have its payoffs with assertive Mars and smart Mercury already in this sector. A New Moon is about to occur here as well — speaking of which, it’s a good idea to rest up and reflect today in preparation for this new cycle.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol HoroscopeYour personality shines this week, dear Leo. Mars just recently entered your sign, and you’ve been hosting Mercury for a couple of weeks now. Today, the Sun ends its introspective transit of your privacy sector and emerges in your solar chart, where it will stay until August 22nd. And the list goes on: tomorrow’s New Moon is also in your sign, and a Solar Eclipse will occur in Leo next month. It’s a true power period for you! You’re making a real impact in the weeks ahead. The extra rest and deeper thought of recent weeks can begin to pay off. All eyes are on you, and you’re sure to want to turn over a new leaf. You can pull this off best after the New Moon tomorrow, but you can do some serious thinking about what you’d like to change and improve today. A personal update is on the horizon, and today, you’re best off resting and reflecting in preparation.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol HoroscopeMercury and Mars are transiting your privacy sector, and the Sun moves into this same part of your solar chart today, dear Virgo, for its month-long stay. You have an increased need for rest, calm, peace, and quiet. If you can manage to release yourself from some of the more demanding or competitive energies of your life, that would be ideal for you now. You may choose to seek out more alone time and periods devoted to reflection on the activities and developments of the last year. You are wrapping things up now! Your mind has certainly been toying with ideas about what you need to change in your life to improve it, and now you can feel as if you’re ready to take the necessary action to clear the path. This is a period of rest and physical and emotional replenishment — not the best time to push yourself or your plans. Look for closure on matters that have run their natural course. On this day before a New Moon, wind down and let go rather than wind yourself up.

Libra 

Libra

You’re shifting gears this week, dear Libra, as the Sun and Mars move into your social sector and a New Moon is about to occur here as well, pointing to new beginnings and activities related to friendships, networking, community, and causes. The coming weeks are lively for group activities, experimenting with new ideas and methods, dreaming up plans for your future, and rallying for a matter that’s close to your heart. You take more pride in your social life in the coming month, and friends tend to look to you for direction. In fact, you may be taking the lead in a group setting or sharing your ideas with others and making a difference. There can be an increased focus on humanitarian activities and personal happiness goals in your life now. Today, however, it’s best to chill out, relax, and reflect rather than begin something brand new since a New Moon will occur tomorrow and start a new cycle, possibly leading you in a new direction.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

There can be a real rush of activity and attention to your career, social status, ambition, public standing, responsibilities, or reputation this week, dear Scorpio. You’ve been thinking more and more about where you’re headed for the last two weeks, and now you’re gearing up to take action. With the New Moon occurring tomorrow morning, it’s better to rest and reflect and let things unfold naturally today. However, you can certainly enjoy the enthusiasm and ambition building now. The weeks ahead are for taking more pride in your work and goals and taking charge of your life path. You may feel compelled to do something to prove yourself, or you may simply want to beat a personal best. You’re noticed for what you do, and your competence is something that others see more readily, perhaps because you have the opportunity to show it!  Be bold but don’t push yourself too hard now.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your solar ninth house today, dear Sagittarius, and you’re quickly shifting gears, focusing more and more on enjoying new life experiences. Places of higher learning and around the world begin to hold larger appeal and can be areas for exciting developments in your life. You’re no longer content to stay within your comfort zone. In fact, you’re looking for a challenge. Competitive activities, making bold moves, and standing up for what you believe in can figure strongly in the weeks ahead. You’re moving into a more outgoing, spontaneous, and exploratory period. The New Moon tomorrow morning will help redirect you and will boost your spirits further, but today, it’s better to unwind than work yourself up. Rest, reflect, and dream about what you want to do and where you want to go!

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

The Sun begins its month-long cycle that encourages you to explore a deeper level of intimacy and sharing or depth, whether this is with yourself, a special someone, or a special project! You’re not content to know half-truths or to skim the surface of things in the coming weeks, as you want to dig deep and get to the bottom of matters. The Sun is now shining its light on some of the things that are typically hidden from view, and you stand to learn a lot about your inner workings. Your private world assumes more importance now, and you take strong notice of the hidden elements of circumstances and people around you. You may need to take charge of financial matters and resources that are shared with a partner or non-income sources of money and support. You can be hungry for emotional stimulation, making this an excellent opportunity to pour energy into a passion project or self-improvement program. Especially after the New Moon tomorrow, resolutions to quit a bad habit can be powerful. Today, however, take things easy and draw upon your intuition.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your partnership sector today, dear Aquarius, and while energy levels are not at their peak, it’s a great time for gaining perspective and appreciating and improving relationships. With Mercury and Mars already in this part of your solar chart, you’re in a strong position for pairing up and negotiating. You’re expressing yourself more fully through your relationships, and you may very well gain motivation as well as perspective from a significant someone in your life at this time. With active and assertive Mars, the proud Sun, and intellectual Mercury in this house of one-to-one relationships, you can be very active with others but should watch for a business-like or hard approach now. While you have lively exchanges in the weeks ahead of you, today is appropriate for letting go and winding down before the New Moon tomorrow redirects you.

Pisces

Pisces

The Sun begins its month-long transit of your work and health sector today, dear Pisces, launching a powerful time for getting your daily life in order. You take more pride in your work and health, and especially after the New Moon in this sector tomorrow, you’re in a great position to take charge of your life and body and put bad habits behind you. You have Mars in the same sector giving you extra courage and initiative, and Mercury here as well, helping you to see things clearly and to work smartly. The weeks ahead are excellent for self-development and laying the groundwork for future success. Today, however, you need to wind down before winding back up. The Balsamic Moon wants you to reflect and ponder rather than begin something brand new

 

Your Tarot Card for the Day

July 21, 2017

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Seven of Pentacles

The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.

Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!

     Your Daily Love Tarot Card

July 21st, 2017

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The Devil

Step back if you sense a toxic union. It comes in the form of a smothering relationship. Perhaps someone misuses and manipulates you. Or, they are afraid to get too close. You have control that includes the ability to have power over the amount of love you give out. You stop giving it the moment you feel something is wrong. You do not doubt your decision before you even verbalize it.

Your Erotic Tarot Card for the Weekend of July 21

July 21, 2017

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The Lovers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lovers card means your capability to fully surrender to pleasure is at its peak. Letting go in this way used to be hard for you because of your need to feel in control of your actions and/or emotions. What you ultimately desire from a sexual connection right now can only happen if you completely let go of hesitation, inhibition, and any fear of communicating your deepest desires. The Lovers tell you that the door to true intimacy is opening because you and another will allow your hearts to reach true ecstasy!

Your Rune for Friday, July 21st

TIWAZ

Tiwaz – “Tea-waz” – Literally: “The god, Tyr” – Esoteric: Justice, Sacrifice

Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).

Psi: spiritual warrior, honour, righteousness

Energy: sovereign order, sacrifice, right decision making

Mundane: the rule of law, fairness, peace keeping

Divinations: faith, loyalty, justice, rationality, self-sacrifice, analysis, victory, honesty, even-handedness; or mental paralysis, over analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance, defeat, tyranny.

Governs:
Obtaining just victory and success in battle, litigation or legal matters
Building spiritual will and development of sound judgement
Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice
Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion

Your Influences for the Weekend of July 21st

Tarot Influence

Three of Cups Reversed

Over indulgence leads to pain and failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Scorpio Reversed

Scorpio reveresed represents the lack of will and confidence to move ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air reversed

Air reversed denotes a lack of freedom to move through life as you want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought of the Day

Be like the moon,
darling,
and shine when they
least expect it.
–Harbinger

 

 

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