Wheel of the Year plaque
Cat and Pentagram Wall
The Witches Digest #2 Saturday, July 15th, 2017
Maiden, Maiden, robed in light
Rejoice with us, this Sabbat night
Beauty Thy shield, and love Thy sword
Hath vanquished even death’s dark Lord.
We bow before Thy gentle might.
Thy youthful joy doth never fade
Be welcome, oh Crone, sweet Mother, and Maid!
Mother Goddess, clad in green
Our circle Thy court, oh gracious Queen
All that lives comes forth from Thee
And dying returns – as the drop to the sea.
Rule Heaven, rule Hell, and the wide worlds between.
Thy lunar crown will light our scene,
Come and bless us Old Crone, sweet Maiden, and Queen.
Ancient Crone, in tatters old
Thy lore is bitter, Thy rede is cold
In wisdom fabled beyond our ken
Thou holdest wake over Gods and men
Then layest them down, to rest, in the mould.
With Thy wisdom be with us – Maid, Mother, and Crone!
by Seleneicthon, from “Spokes of the Wheel”, © 1979
Sun Direction: ↑ 36.50° NE
Sun Altitude: -22.20°
Sun Distance: 94.483 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:46 am↑ 62° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:13 pm↑ 298° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 27 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 132.98° SE
Moon Altitude: 39.84°
Moon Distance: 237281 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today12:00 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Third Quarter: Jul 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm
Full Moon: Jul 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm
The Moon is in Aries.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 9th in the sign of Capricorn, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur tomorrow.
We’re motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.
Pluto’s peak appearance, asteroid 6 Hebe, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Saturday, July 15
Although Saturn reached its peak a month ago today, when it appeared opposite the Sun in the sky, our view of the ringed planet remains spectacular. It resides against the backdrop of southern Ophiuchus, a region that climbs highest in the south around 11 p.m. local daylight time. Saturn glows at magnitude 0.2 and easily outshines the background stars. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s globe measures 18″ across and the dramatic ring system spans 41″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Sunday, July 16
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:26 p.m. EDT. Look for it either before dawn this morning (when it looks slightly more than half-lit) or after it rises around 1 a.m. local daylight time tomorrow (when it appears as a fat crescent). Earth’s only natural satellite straddles the border between the relatively inconspicuous constellations Pisces the Fish and Cetus the Whale.
The Astronomy Magazine
Saturday is dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon God Saetere or Seater, July 15equivalent to the God Saturn. It is a day also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of Three Fates, and the trickster God Loki. It is connected generally with apprehension, austerity, caution, and excessive self-limitation.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Color: Dark Blue
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
The Pagan Book of Days
The rowan tree goddess, Rowana or Rauni, is patronesss of the secret knowledge of the runes. The rowan is the tree of protection and its wood, used in making defensive amulets, is especilaly effective if cut on ths day, St. Swithin’s Day is a weather marker. if it rains this day, it is said, then it will rain for the next forty days.
The Pagan Book of Days
Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin, Ashera, Anath, the Shekinah, the Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua, Demeter
The Goddess Book of Days
Mother Earth, Mother Nature
The first Greek god was actually a goddess. She is Gaia, or Mother Earth, who created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang, and unto Mother Earth all living things must return after their allotted span of life is over.
Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. Mother Nature is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet, and ultimately all life and health depend on Her. In time, Nature heals all ills.
The way of Mother Gaia is the passive, feminine, Yin way of healing. All we need to do to regain our health is to return to the bosom of Mother Nature and live in accordance with Her laws. The Gaia archetype underlies all notions of the Nature Cure. Mother Nature is a healing goddess.
In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated the Gaia hypothesis. It states that all life, and all living things on this planet, are part of a single, all-encompassing global entity or consciousness which he named Gaia. It is this global consciousness, Mother Gaia, that makes our planet capable of supporting life, while our near neighbors in the solar system are barren and lifeless.
Through the global consciousness of Mother Gaia, all living things on this planet, from their most primordial instincts, are constantly interacting with their environment to ensure the harmony, balance and continuity of Life. Live in abalance with Mother Nature and health and healing are yours; violate Her laws and get out of balance, and you pay the price in suffering and disease. In this sense, all medicine and healing can be seen as a system of ecology.
Cassell’s Dictionary of Classical Mythology by Jenny March
Copyright 1998 by Cassell and Co. in the UK
Entry on Gaia – pg. 324
Mount Fuji Climbing (Japan)
Themes: Inspiration; Courage; Safety (protection); Fire (ancient); Skill (sports); Relationships
Symbols: Mountains; Fire
This goddess gave her name to the sacred volcano Fujiyama. As a fire goddess, she rules natural energy (heat) sources, and also those generated in our hearths, homes, and hearts. This energy, along with summer’s sun, joins together in our life today, generating strength, endurance, keen vision, and relationships filled with genuine warmth.
To Do Today: July and August mark the climbing season at Mount Fuji. For most people, attempting this is a pilgrimage of sorts dedicated to “climbing the mountain because it’s there.” On a deeper level, however, the mountain houses the deities of Shinto tradition, challenging all who dare visit to stretch their limits and do their very best. While most of us can’t go to Japan to visit the goddess in her abode, we can climb stairs to help us reconnect with Fuchi’s uplifting powers. Today, instead of using elevators, climb stairs whenever and wherever possible. As you do, visualize the area(s) in your life that could use a boost from Fuchi’s energy, those areas that really challenge you somehow, or those where emotional warmth seems lacking. When you reach the top, claim your reward with some type of affirmation (such as I am strong, I am loving), and then act on this change with conviction!
365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Incense: Peperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh
Influences: Duties, Respondibilities, Finding Families, Works of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines.
A Book of Pagan Rituals
It’s the end of the week for many of us, so Saturday – named for the god Saturn – is a good time to wrap things up. Associated with the colors black and dark purple, and the metal lead, this day is also connected to the goddess Hecate. Gemstones like Apache tear, obsidian, and hematite are all connected to Saturday’s magic, as are plants such as thyme, mullein, and the cypress tree.
When it comes to magical workings, focus on agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity.
Put up a barrier to keep the unwelcome out, eliminate the things that make you miserable, and wash your hands of anything other than your hopes, dreams and goals.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com
The planetary correspondence for Saturday is Saturn. Matters dealing with the public, farming, family ties, legal matters (such as wills and estates), taking care of debts, dealing with lawyers, financing, joint money matters, real estate, older people, banishing or binding negativity, and getting rid of bad habits all fall under the charge of Saturn. It’s easy to see why “Saturday’s child works hard for his living.”
Saturday’s angels are Cassiel, Machatan, Uriel, and Orifiel. Cassiel is the angel of solitudes and tears. He is one of the rulers of the planet Saturn and occasionally appears as the angel of patience. Cassiel links himself to dragon energy. Regarding Machatan, the only information we get is that he works well with Cassiel and is also a power of Saturn. Orifiel is an angel of the wilderness, a ruler of the second hour of the day, and also associated with Saturn.
On Saturday, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Saturn, 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.
Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.
Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.
While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.
Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
St. Swithin’s Day
Moon phase: Third Quarter
Moon Sign: Aries
On the Lunar Calendar: 7 to 10 ½ days after the Full Moon
Degree: 270-315 degrees ahead of the Sun
Inner Directive: to reassess how things are done
In his book, The Astrological Moon, Haydn Paul writes of this phase, “This personality type often feels a secret destiny, for which they endeavor to serve as pioneers by anchoring future strands into the present.” It’s a friction between the old (being released) and the new.
You were born at the last quarter, before the descent into the Dark Moon. This gives you a sense that it’s time to disengage from certain outdated ways of living/thinking. You sense the need to prepare for the descent, by shedding old skins.
It can make you appear detached from what’s going on around you. You may feel alienated from the same-ole’ social rhythm that others seem in synch with.
You can come across as discontented and feel misunderstood.
It’s important to have life’s work that makes use of your discernment and sense of inner struggle.
You straddle two worlds but feel equally the pressures of both. You master this energy when you understand it as an important point in the transformation process. To work with the inner tension, rather than deny it exists. To find the right personal vehicles for your particular sturm and drang.
Clearing for the New
At the waning half Moon, the showdown is between the way things have been and the new vision.
If you ignore this inner turmoil and go along business as usual, you will likely suffer in quiet desperation. You honor your life purpose when you find ways to live this tension through hobbies, competition, a demanding career, etc.
You also play an important role, often seeing what needs to go before others do. You may be ahead of the curve, and face resistance to your ideas. There may be many times when you doubt yourself because you seem so at odds with the mainstream. But you grow stronger when you learn to trust your unique way of knowing, and use it to alter your course.
Sun in a Square Aspect to the Moon
With the Sun-Moon square, you are the creator of new realities, and these emerge from the friction of letting go of the old. Sometimes you have to let go of habitual emotional reactions, to act on your purpose.
You show others and society at large how to churn and compost what’s dead and make space for the new.
Molly Hall, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com
What is the meaning of the moon sign?
There are many people who connect with their astrological sun sign, but, to be fair, your moon or lunar sign can be equally as important. For example, there are some people who do not connect with their sun sign and the main reason may be that their lunar sign has more influence over their personality.
The position of the moon in the zodiac at the time of your birth is your moon sign. This sign is especially important for women as the moon is considered the patroness of women and has female qualities.
Moon Sign in a Birth Chart
The moon is in a new constellation every couple of days. If you have a birth chart created, you can find your lunar sign by looking for the symbol of the lunar crescent to find your moon sign and house position.
Importance of the Moon Sign
The moon’s position when you were born can shed light on your inner self. The moon’s sign, house and phase can tell you a lot about your emotional instincts and habits. The moon can help define your emotional development or express the unconscious side of your personality. It can explain why you do what you do.
The moon’s position in your a birth chart can explain why two people with the same sun sign can be so different.
What If Your Sun and Moon Sign Are the Same?
If you were born with both your sun and moon in the same sign, that would make you a “double” of that sign, which creates both a harmony and an amplification of the sign’s traits.
For example, someone born with sun and moon in Scorpio is a “double Scorpio” and these two planets act in harmony with Scorpio traits.
Meaning of the Moon in Astrology
While the sun can be considered the core self through which you find expression in the world, the moon is like the inner life that only close companions get to experience.
It is the private you that reveals itself behind closed doors. It is also the unguarded you that has to act on instinct, the one that comes out in a crisis.
In astrology, the moon is the instinctual self, and because of that, some might not feel comfortable with its full expression. In times of great stress, these qualities could be exposed and make the person feel strangely out of control. If you have ever completely lost it, you know what it is like when the sun is eclipsed by the moon. You might feel like a full-fledged “lunatic.”
In your daily life, the moon is what you fall back on to restore your sense of emotional security. For some this means reaching out socially, but for others, this could mean retreating to a solitary corner of the mind. It also speaks volumes about how you handle your intimate life.
A key relationship in astrology is that between the sun and the moon. If someone has an ongoing tug-of-war between the will to act and your emotions, it often the two signs dueling. When you understand the essence of the moon and its influence on you, you are no longer “in the dark.” Your moon sign is valuable information for understanding the interior life of family members, friends and potential romantic partners.
Molly Hall, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com
Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death
Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius
Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects.
It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.
Protection, removing negativity, justice and balance have been the theme today. As we have just seen you can indeed a perform a binding and not cross the ethical line. Bindings are a more ethical route than cursing someone. But are there other options? Why, of course. I know of some Witches who, when they see a criminal’s face on television or read about them in the paper, mentally pain a white X over a criminal’s face while they say the phrase “I neutralize that person” with intention. This neutralizes the power and harm that the stranger causes.
If there is someone that you personally know who is causing you or your family harm, it is possible to use a photograph of the destructive person. Simply wrap white ribbon around their photo to symbolize you binding them up as you say, “I neutralize any physical or emotional harm that you are causing.”
But if you feel magickal bindings are the way to go, then perhaps your best course of action is to remove all emotion from yourself and the spell when you perform the binding. Just as I stated before, justice—like magick—is a neutral force. For lack of a better term, be businesslike. Wild swings of emotion only make for an uncontrollable magickal energy. Therefore, your best bet is to be neutral. If there was ever a time to be calm and in control, this is it. If you are not sure that you can pull off being neutral, then I suggest that you leave magick alone. It is essential to be in control. How much karma drama are you willing to pull into your life?
Book of Witchery Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Staying on the path to better health takes effort and resolve. The rewards are well worth it so use all your resources to remain focused.
For this charm, use a white candle and a white stone you find in nature
At 10:00 p.m., light the candle. Clean the stone thoroughly, and put it on your altar. Say this prayer when you need some divine help to stay on your path:
Dear Goddess and God, I pray you
Help me stay on the path
To healing and better health
Strengthen my will and spirit
So that I make healthier choices
Every night and every day
Thank you divine Lady and Lord!
In ancient Rome, this was the parade of the cavalry in front of the temple of Castor and Pollux, the great Twin Horsemen, men, to thank them for their part in the victory of Lake Regillus in 496 B.c. The parade consisted of 5,000 riders wearing purple togas with red stripes and decorated with olive garlands.
This day is sacred to the Goddess of the rowan tree, Rowana-patroness of the secret knowledge of runes. The wood of the rowan tree is used for making protection amulets, and the wood is especially efficacious when cut on this day.
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 20.81 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 376,250.46 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,055,501.29 km
A disagreement with a friend or acquaintance may annoy you today, dear Aries, but it’s minor and likely has its roots in feeling drained or dismissed. It’s a day of relative haste, so do take extra care. You don’t want to trip over yourself in your desire to do as many things as you can! There can be some challenges getting the answers you need from family, or there can be frustrating decisions to make. A bit of chaos or a disagreement aside, the day is good for feeling you’re in the driver’s seat. The Moon is in your sign all day, and life seems more colorful as a result. You seek to feel alive and crave more emotional interaction. With the Moon opposing Jupiter tonight, your emotions are magnified whether you’re feeling down or up.
With the Moon in your privacy sector all day, dear Taurus, you’ll benefit from reserving chunks of time for yourself. You need rest from the hectic pace of daily life now. Disagreeing on core issues can prompt a heated discussion today, and so can anything that seems to attack your ego and your pride, as you may be feeling on the defensive with Venus, your ruler, in minor challenging aspect to Mars. It can be easy to feel slighted, but if you take a deep breath and think about it, it’s probably not worth the added stress! There may be annoying things to deal with related to communications or an unforeseen expense, but once over this hump, you’re in good shape for enjoying some peace.
You are raring to go, and all fired up today, dear Gemini, but you may not know where to direct all of this extra energy, which can lead to impatience or impulsiveness. You may get attention of the unwanted variety now! You are certainly attracting attention your way these days, and most of it is very positive, but right now, there can be a rather provocative aura around you. The Moon in Aries, however, is excellent for boosting friendships and for pushing you to pursue causes you believe in. There may be some resistance related to your love life today, but right now, you need to be around people who don’t have expectations or demands.
You are one part hesitant and one part raring to go today, dear Cancer, with Mars in your sign pumping you up connecting with Venus encouraging you to relax! You may set yourself up for difficulties if you speak before you get all the facts, especially if what you are talking about was meant to be private. Emotionally, however, you are feeling fresh and energetic as well as particularly equipped to take the lead. You might feel torn between dedication to your personal plans or development and service or commitments to others. Ideally, you can divide your energy or combine these pursuits creatively.
With the Moon in the sector of spirit and learning in your solar chart all day, dear Leo, you can be excited about new ideas or experiences. The tendency to go overboard is strong tonight, but if this is kept in check, you can simply enjoy increased enthusiasm and a positive outlook. You can be feeling a little competitive, and while this can lead to improvements, energies are a little cantankerous right now, and others may not be very forthcoming or cooperative. In fact, people may be taking things very personally. Negotiations of any sort can be tough today, as there are likely to be egos on the line. Debates can quickly become personal.
Lots of activity in both your social and professional lives can leave you feeling divided at times today, dear Virgo. There can also be negative attention or competitiveness stimulated now that annoys you. Others are noticing what you’re doing more than usual, so avoid impulsiveness as much as you can. You are learning how to use challenges and obstacles to your advantage, and it can be a bumpy ride along that road today. Part of you can be intent on stirring things up and testing your feelings, and another part prefers to enjoy what you already have and revels in comfortable situations. Do your best to find a middle ground, or consider dividing your time by working hard and then relaxing hard!
You can feel as if you’re raring to go with a goal or career matter right now, dear Libra, but you may not be seeing eye to eye with key people now, which puts a damper on your plans. Personal interactions can be on the tense, or possibly intense, side. Watch for a tendency to push a matter when a sensitive, intelligent approach would get the best results. The Moon is in your partnership sector all day, and this serves to enliven relationships. There can be some seesawing between wanting to assert your independence or going your own way and seeking out the comfort of company. This can leave you on a fence for awhile, but if you think carefully, you may very well find a way to satisfy both needs without too much ado.
You can be filled with a strong desire to take care of problems and sort out your life in fundamental ways, dear Scorpio, with the Moon in your solar sixth house all day. However, you’re likely to find that others are not very cooperative or that interactions easily become tense as you feel out of tune. Impatience and restlessness with the status quo can be the reason for minor conflicts and discord. As well, a Moon-Jupiter opposition pits the desire for escape against the putting of problem areas behind you, and both sides can be very equally appealing. Debates can too quickly get personal today, and it may be about ego. Your own desires and wants seem conflicting. However, as the day advances, you feel more and more comfortable with someone who sees you in a wonderful light.
The temptation to push a relationship matter is probably not very wise today, dear Sagittarius. A Venus-Mars influence can make a relationship matter seem urgent when a slower, gentler pace makes the most sense right now. Your desire to investigate, detect, uncover, or expose anything that is hidden runs very high now, so aim to use it for good, such as for research and analysis, rather than for stirring up problems. Seek to solve rather than create problems! You might also feel torn between personal interests and a commitment to someone later today. Watch for a tendency to do all or overindulge. Toning things down is a good idea.
It’s a strong day for getting a whole lot of small tasks done at great speed, dear Capricorn, as you are more able to multi-task than usual now. However, there can be impatience to your approach, or you may be tempted to skip steps, and either of these things can result in slip ups. You might also end up worrying needlessly over the tiniest of things, making you feel very irritable and restless. Minor health complaints may crop up if you don’t keep busy. Distractions are plenty and restlessness can set in today, and you may feel torn between the desire for alone time and your commitment to others. However, if you find a middle ground, you’re likely to enjoy a productive, satisfying day.
Interactions can be touchy, and people can be cranky when they don’t get their way today, dear Aquarius, with Venus and Mars in minor challenging aspect to one another. The line between wants and needs blurs. Distractions are plenty today, and as much as you’d enjoy keeping a pleasantly busy momentum going, it can be difficult to choose any one thing to focus on. Be more careful with details than usual today. As well, relationships can feel competitive, or tempers can flare quickly. Once past the feeling of being scattered, this can be a great day for learning new things and for self-studies.
You can feel rather torn between sticking with what’s comfortable and taking a risk today, dear Pisces. The extra energy you’re experiencing may frustrate you if you’re not channeling it into something productive. You might decide to take action on a home matter, but the temptation to rush through things should be watched. As well, timing in relationships can be off. Tastes can seem starkly different, even if these discrepancies existed before and didn’t bother you quite as much. You may not even be sure if you want to go your own way or lean on someone today. It may be best to avoid fretting too much and aim to look for the positive in what’s in front of you.
You are a very capable person with intense personal magnetism and a great love of home and family. You are detail-oriented and have a hard time letting something rest until you’re satisfied it’s complete and accurate. Others may not always know it, but you are very sensitive and often think about your childhood and how it affects you in the present. Learning to let go of things is something that will contribute greatly to your happiness and success in life.
Famous people born today: Diane Kruger, Brian Austin Green, Iris Murdoch, Linda Rondstadt, Brigitte Nielsen, Forest Whitaker, Rembrandt.
The day finds you busier, more connected, and involved than usual, dear Aries, but also perhaps a little high-strung. Others’ unreliability may impact you today, or someone could be vying for your attention in a disruptive manner. People can grate on your nerves, and your impatience — or the sheer number of things to do — doesn’t help. There is a tendency to stir up some trouble or to act on a whim, but choose not to let inner restlessness set you back. It’s best to aim for self-understanding so that you can get to the root of problems rather than use a band-aid fix. Worries about impending changes related to your career or reputation, or concerns about not being on top of things, can be part of this. Or, a fear of becoming less relevant in a business endeavor or of falling behind can be at the root of tensions. You can’t resolve this all at once, but you can make a plan to strengthen areas where you feel the most vulnerable one step at a time.
While you have a strong desire to stick close to home or stick with familiar situations today, dear Taurus, another part of you is inclined to feel that you’re missing out as you do, and this combination can lead to a restless, discontented frame of mind. Watch for a tendency for fickleness now, as you could be putting a lot of energy into getting what you want but not really appreciating it once you have it! This can be a sign that you need a change of pace. It may be difficult to trust what you hear today, or you could find it hard to make a choice and stick with it without wondering if another choice would have been better. Work on making adjustments today rather than making bold moves. You may find it useful to work out some tension through gentle exercise.
Today is not ideal for straightforward moves, dear Gemini, but maneuvering things to get your way could backfire as well. As such, it may be best to observe and wait things out. Even so, try not to worry or overthink things to the point that you don’t enjoy the moment. Instead, take a little extra time before sharing news or your opinion. Feeling guilty, after all, is usually a waste of psychic energy. Doing something about problems, on the other hand, even through small adjustments, is how you win. In fact, feeling a little uncomfortable or vulnerable can motivate you to strengthen areas of your life, and this leads to increased confidence.
There can be some feelings of discontent or discomfort that push you to make much-needed adjustments and changes today, dear Cancer. You may not see obvious forward movement now, but the workarounds you make today can improve your life significantly going forward. There may be some challenges relating smoothly with a partner or someone close to you today, as conversations seem to be loaded or we’re taking things the wrong way. Alternatively, you could be super-motivated to get going on a practical or business matter, but worries about a relationship can weigh you down or distract you. It can be hard to be objective now but watch for drawing hard and fast conclusions based on today’s perceptions. What seems wrong today may be disproved tomorrow.
You may want to be hyper-aware of what you say or how you say it today, dear Leo, as Mercury in your sign forms an awkward angle with Pluto. There is a contrary theme to the day, and since Mercury is in your sign, or others can completely misconstrue your communications. There is also a tendency to second-guess your choices or to stir up the kind of controversy you don’t need right now! Pressures to get things done can interfere with personal enjoyment. Physical activity or other body-focused activities that help reduce stress may be particularly appropriate today. Keep in mind that it’s better to adapt or adjust than make big moves just for the time being. Changes you make now can very well redirect you along a healthier path.
You may suspect a hidden agenda in communications today, dear Virgo. In fact, you may have one as well! This is due to a Mercury-Pluto aspect that can have us second-guessing our perceptions or initial impressions. Try not to allow this to interfere too much with the enjoyment of the moment. Watch for a tendency to want to control results or situations, as this drains you of more energy than if you were to let things unfold as they may! You may be feeling unsettled about a relationship or work issue, or you are distracted from your work as you worry about a relationship. Try to focus on something both enjoyable and productive to take your mind off the negative thought patterns.
Libras are known to have a hard time making decisions, and today, dear Libra, it’s particularly difficult to choose between alternatives. Whether it’s a choice between two things that are equally appealing or unappealing, it can be difficult to see a middle ground. In fact, it may be better to reserve decision making and observe things a little longer. As well, it can be hard to balance your thoughts and interactions related to your friends and social life with issues related to home and family. Watch for the tendency to want to maneuver things to go your way — you may be making things more complicated than they need to be. With a Mercury-Pluto quincunx today, we may be making too much of something that will be of little importance later. Fickleness in others can be another issue you’re facing today. Try to focus on the positive and avoid dwelling on things that make you tense.
Watch for coming across as too probing in your personal life, dear Scorpio. Certainly, the day’s energies have you questioning motives and suspecting a hidden agenda, but it’s quite likely that what worries you today will be a moot point later. Others might need to tiptoe around you right now, simply because you seem a little on edge! Avoid taking on too many — or too demanding — activities so that you don’t feel like you’re running behind. A good rule of thumb today is to strive to be gentle with others and yourself as much as possible, which means be careful with what you reveal or expose. People may not be as reliable as you’d like, but this can be about scattered energies and not something to take personally.
There can be some seriously mixed signals today, dear Sagittarius, that ultimately are not too serious! Communications are tricky. For one thing, you may be second-guessing your first impression or past choices. For another, restlessness can lead to unusual whims or desires, but your heart may not be fully into it. You might simply only need a change of pace. All in all, it’s unlikely to be anything drastic or permanent, but could lead to a few misunderstandings or minor tensions. Keep the status quo if possible now. Watch for an attraction to a big purchase or commitment that can interfere with your freedom, eventually.
A couple of influences active today can stir up some minor trouble, dear Capricorn, but nothing you can’t handle. You could find it hard to satisfy an itch today, largely because you’re not sure where it’s coming from! Consider that you need a change of pace, and try to shake things up a little. Even a small change in your routine can be pleasant. Look for things to update. Another influence points to troubles communicating without kicking yourself later, or difficulties trusting your perceptions. Minor problems can seem larger than life, as you may be giving too much power to a matter that is not significant in the long run. Watch for a tendency to micromanage or to act upon fears of losing your clout.
You’d be best off letting things unfold naturally rather than make drastic or bold moves today, dear Aquarius. Initial perceptions need a second look, as all is not what it seems to be on the surface. In fact, perceptions are distorted by fear or guilt. You may be expecting the worst with someone, but consider that it’s your fear that may be leading you to negative conclusions. Past problems can emerge or moments of insecurity tend to drive negative patterns of behavior. Try to focus on simple or uncomplicated activities and tame the tendency to make more of something than it deserves. Saying the wrong things can lead to this, so think twice before speaking out today. Be gentle with yourself and wait out major decisions. You can be particularly clever with the technical side of things today.
Your desire to solve problems and get work done or tackle your projects is strong, dear Pisces, but the social side of things can distract you. In fact, you may be feeling quite unsettled about a matter related to a friend or associate, and this can interfere with productivity. Breaks in the routine are also likely now and can be quite distracting. A partner or friend may be contrary, or a relationship is complicated. Certainly, people are giving off very mixed signals now, but overthinking things only leads to trouble. Try not to allow doubts hold you back. You may be better off putting the big decisions on hold until you see things clearly. As much as possible, disengage from negative thoughts by replacing them with positive affirmations.
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
An Ace of this suit in this position symbolizes a pivotal act, or fateful step, that will set loose a chain of events leading toward your desired goal. It refers to a birth or new beginning, the inauguration of an endeavor, and the building of the necessary commitment to see a project or plan through. It personifies an aroused Will that is totally focused, aiming at the bulls-eye.
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Your Rune For Today
Naudhiz may foretell needs unmet and friction in relationships. You may be in a time where you should be very careful in whatever endeavor you take on. Also it may be that you are about to learn some of life’s hard lessons and come out the other side of this period a stronger being.
Working with crystals is a direct experience with energy as it moves from moment to moment. There is no way to develop standard techniques that can be learned and applied to everyone. People are unique and different, and so are their energy outputs. When working with crystals or stones, the energy output of the individual handling the crystal produces the final outcome.
Learning to work with crystals is easy. Begin by experimenting with a single quartz crystal. Choose one small enough to carry, but large enough to work with. In addition to size, clarity and perfection of the crystal should be considered—make sure your crystal is reasonably clear and free of chips and scratches.
Once you have selected a crystal to work with, you will need to cleanse and charge it. Cleansing the crystal will remove any previous thoughts and vibrations that may be on it. Charging the crystal will program it with your thoughts and vibrations.
Items needed: Sea salt, an empty bowl, incense burner or smudge pot, charcoal, matches, smudging stick or loose smudge incense, and a protective pouch for carrying the crystal.
Place your crystal in the empty bowl and cover it with salt. Place the bowl where it will receive full sunlight and moonlight for three days. On the fourth day, remove the crystal from the salt and rinse in cool water. Light the smudge stick or smudge incense. Hold the crystal in the smoke emanating from the incense as you chant the following:
All negative thoughts are banished
All unwanted vibrations are gone
Only the forces and powers I wish
Shall be with me from this moment on!
Repeat this process for about a minute or until you are sure the crystal is clean and free of negative vibrations.
After a crystal has been properly cleansed it should be programmed for personal use. This is a simple process which imbeds personal feelings and desires deep within the heart of the crystal. Once programmed, a crystal becomes a unique magickal tool attuned to its owner’s individual vibratory frequency.
Programming a crystal for personal use is easily done. Crystals attract and hold energy vibrations, which makes them useful tools for focusing and directing energy. Think of your crystal as a mini-computer, and what you program into it designates what it will be able to do. The thoughtforms used to energize the crystal will determine the power and frequency level at which it will vibrate. If you program the crystal with love, it will radiate love. Conversely, if you program the crystal with determination, aggressiveness, and force, these will be the vibrations it will emit.
Once a crystal has been cleaned, it is ready to be programmed for personal use. Of the many ways to program a crystal, the following two methods are the most common.
Hold the crystal in your hand and create a thoughtform (mental picture) of what you want to happen. For example, if you want to program the crystal for good health, visualize yourself energetic and in glowing health. You will then need to force this vision or thought-form into the crystal. To intensify the visualization, chant or speak your desire directly into the crystal.
The other way to program a crystal involves holding the crystal over your heart. Create a thought-form of your desire and allow this picture to flow directly from your heart into the crystal. To empower the mental picture, reaffirm it audibly through prayer or chant.
At the stroke of midnight, just before the moon begins to wax, is the best time to look into the future. You will need a crystal, a clear glass bowl filled with spring water, and a white taper candle. Place your crystal in the bowl and cover it with the spring water. Place the candle just behind the bowl and light it. With your right index finger, slowly stir the water around the crystal as you chant: Blessed spirits of the night Bless me now with second sight. With your intense focus, the water will begin to cloud over, and a mist of psychic awareness will fill the bowl as you stir the water. When the mist begins to flow out of the bowl, stop stirring the water and look directly into the bowl. Focus your attention on the crystal and repeat the following:
Fire and water, crystal clear
Let the visions now appear.
Visions of the future will appear. When the visions begin to fade, make a mental note of what you saw. Snuff out the candle and place your crystal under your pillow. The crystal will provide you with more information during your dream time. Later, write your visions down in your book of shadows.