The Witches Digest No. 3
Sunday, July 16th
Amazing grace, how sweet the Earth
that bore a witch like me!
I once was burned, now I survive,
was hung and now I sing.
T’was grace that drew down the moon
and grace that raised the seas.
The magic in the people’s will
will set our Mother free.
We face the East and breathe the winds
that move across this earth.
From gentle breeze to hurricane
our breath will bring forth the change.
Turn towards the South and feel the fire
that burns in you and me.
The spirit’s flame will rise again
and burn eternally.
We greet the West, our souls awash
in tides of primal birth.
Our tears and blood, our pain and love
will cleanse and heal the earth.
Reach into the North and know your roots
down deep ancestral caves.
We find the wisdom of the Crone,
Of circles we are made.
Amazing earth, enduring life,
from death into rebirth.
T’is earth I am and earth I love
and earth I’ll always be.
Amazing grace, how sweet the Earth
that bore witches like we.
We once were burned, now we survive,
were hung and now we sing.
Goddess bless, so mote it be,
Our magic spirals on.
Merry meet and merry part
and merry meet again.
—-Verna Knapp, Author
The Sun & Moon for Sunday, July 16th
Sun Direction: ↑ 94.64° E
Sun Altitude: 42.85°
Sun Distance: 94.478 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:47 am↑ 62° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:13 pm↑ 298° Northwest
Length of Sunlight: 14 hours, 26 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 241.18° WSW
Moon Altitude: 37.91°
Moon Distance: 233802 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 23, 20174:45 am
Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 20171:10 pm
Next Moonset: Today1:04 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Your Astronomy for Sunday, July 16th
The Moon is in Aries.
The Moon is void from 10:19 PM forward (until 1:04 AM tomorrow).
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 3:25 PM, after which the Moon is in its Third Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs today at 3:25 PM.
Daily Overview for Sunday, July 16th
The Moon is in direct, pioneering Aries all day, and we’re emotionally geared up to take action or begin something new. A Mercury-Pluto quincunx can point to some tensions related to what (or how) we communicate, which can trigger hostility, negative feedback, or perhaps power struggles. It can be difficult to make objective decisions now, or we may be revisiting past decisions and adjusting our plans. We may second-guess others or our own choices now. A Venus-Uranus semi-square suggests some issues that pit freedom against closeness. It can also stimulate unusual attractions to things, people, and situations! Restlessness interferes with our comfort today. However, the detours we take now may be stimulating.
The Moon is void from 10:20 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Uranus), until the Moon enters Taurus the next day, Monday, July 17th, at 1:05 AM EDT.
In The Sky Tonight for Sunday, July 16th
By Richard Talcott
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.
Sunday, July 16
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.
Zodiac Sign: Leo
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
Today We Honor the Goddess Sunna
The Norse Goddess of the sun is called Sunna or Sol, she rides across the skies in her chariot pulled by two golden horses, Allsvinn and Arvaker.
Sunna is the very symbol of the sun and its power, so as you might guess, her gifts to us is exactly the same emotions and feelings the sun gives, energy, enthusiasm, motivation, happiness, warmth, joy etc. of course there are people who don’t like the sun or its light, but i’m referring to those emotions and feelings the sun brings to the land it self, so as you might also guess, disrespecting the land, the air, the natural environments and the world itself, is something this goddess will disapprove. For her power is also linked to the power of growth of all natural things expecially plants. She belongs to the group of Northern gods of the Sky, and nowadays our daily actions that might bring harm to the Ozone layer ( which unfortunately is a problem very present ) is a great disrespect towards Sunna and the other sky gods.
Sunna is the very light that warms the hearts of those in need, the hearts of those that lie in the shadows and in the cold emotional depression, so she can be called by those who are in these melancholic conditions and in sadness. Imagine her importance to our ancestors, to those who worked in the fields, harvesting their crops, the sunny days bringing life to animals and plants which gave mankind sustenance. I know that some people don’t like the heat of the sun, or its light, but imagine the people in the Northern countries, where winter is too long and too hard, so when the sun came, it brought vitality to the people and thus, it would empower the people, making them a better and healthier community.
Today, Sunday 16th, We Celebrate….
Tirgul de fete de pe Muntele Gaina (Romania)
Themes: Arts; Humor; Relationships; Love; Fertility; Wealth; Health; Beauty
About Amari De: In Romania, Amari De is a Gypsy goddess who is the great mother of all things and the personification of nature. According to lore, she bestows wealth, health, beauty, love, fertility, and insight to those who seek her. Descriptions say that she was so holy that a divine light always shone from her face.
To Do Today: A Transylvanian folk festival, this fete was originally a marriage fair where young people came looking for partners. Over time the custom faded, and now it is simply a crafts, costume, and musical exhibition with lighthearted satire and nightlong bonfires that glow with Amari De’s light. In keeping with this tradition, if you’re planning a wedding or engagement, today would be a wonderful date to consider for either, as it draws Amari De’s positive energy to that relationship.
This is also a good time for single folks to get out and mingle, carrying an Amari De love charm along for a little extra help. Find a little piece of luminescent cloth (like a fine silk that shines) and wrap it around a pack of matches. Bless the token, saying,
Amari de, bring love my way!
Ignite one of the matches before going into a social situation so Amari de can light your way!
365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Ritual Influences for Sunday, July 16th
~A day best suited for power magick, health, vitality, money, career, lightwork, especially work that combines the effects of gold and chrisolite. Wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans..
Heads Up For Tomorrow: Wear White and/or Gray.
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.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo
The Witches Guide to Sunday
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.
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
The Witches Almanac for Sunday, July 16th
Fiesta de la Tirana (Chilean)
Fourth Quarter 3: 26 pm
Moon Sign: Aries
The Witches Correspondences for Sunday, July 16
Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money
Incense: Lemon, Frankincense
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
The Perfect Magickal Spells for Your Sunday
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 a 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.
A Spell for While you Sleep
You will need the following items for this spell:
Four lengths of appropriately coloured ribbon
which can be easily tied
Knot magic has a particular effect in ‘binding’ or fixing a spell in place and with the addition of colour it is possible to use ribbons to bring about a desired outcome. By using your own bed as a focus, your magical work can be done while you sleep. This is a very personal way of working and one which can bring particularly positive results.
If your bed has bedposts, simply knot a length of the correct colour ribbon for your purpose around each post.
Each time you do this, say:
With this knot of coloured ribbon
Bring to me the power hidden. Grant me that right Throughout this night.
If your bed has no posts then carefully pin the knotted ribbon to each corner using the same words.
Each night for two further nights touch each ribbon knot in turn and repeat the words above.
Leave the ribbons in place until you no longer feel the need for them. You can expect to have some fairly vivid dreams over the following three nights, which may help you to develop the qualities you seek. This spell allows your unconscious self to work in a protected space without the chatter of day to day matters.
A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for July 16
Pilgrimage to Saut d’ Eau Waterfall
On July 16th, the Catholic holy day dedicated to the Virgin gin Mary (the Haitian Erzulie Freda), pilgrims from all over Haiti arrive at the Waterfalls of Saut d’ Eau near Ville Bonheur to bathe in the blessed waters. Along the way, they tie pink ribbons to the trees closest to the falls in honor of the Goddess. dess. Offerings of food are left in hopes that Erzulie will bring good luck and charm to each participant.
Erzulie, or Ezile Freda, is the Goddess of love and is connected nected with all aspects of beauty. She adores flowers, jewelry, rich clothing, and fine perfumes. She is envisioned as a light-skinned skinned mulatto and considered to be the epitome of charm. Colors for Erzulie are pink, yellow, and pale blue. Her symbols include a checkered heart and a white lamp. Her tree is the laurel, and her favorite foods include sweet cakes, pink champagne, and rice.
Magickal Activity for the 16th Day of July, The Day of The Pilgrimage to Saut d’ Eau Waterfall
Items needed: Yellow paint; olive oil; a magnet; cane syrup; honey; jasmine flowers; a floating wick; a bowl made from one-half of a coconut shell, cleaned and sanded smooth.
Turn the coconut bowl over and paint the Ve-Ve (heart sigil; pictured) around the bottom of the bowl. Allow to dry. When the paint is dry, fill the bowl with %3 each of the liquid ingredients, beginning with the cane syrup, then the honey, and then the olive oil. Make your wish and drop the magnet into the bowl. Thread the loose wick through its metal holder, and float it on top of the oil along with the jasmine flowers. Speak your desire over the bowl, and light the wick. When the wick has completely burned out, take the still-filled bowl to the nearest lake or river along with seven pennies. Make your wish one more time, toss the bowl and pennies into the water then turn and walk away. Do not look back.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Sunday, July 16th
The Moon today is in a Third Quarter phase. Sometimes called a Last Quarter Moon, this phase occurs roughly 3 weeks after the New Moon when the earth is three quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. If you live in the northern hemisphere the Moons left side will be illuminated and the right side dark. For thoughts of you in the southern hemisphere it will be the opposite with the right side illuminated. On the day of the Third Quarter phase the Moon will rise around midnight on the eastern horizon and set in the west around noon the next day. In the days following the Third Quarter Phase the Moon’s illumination will decrees each day until the New Moon.
Phase Details for – Sunday, July 16, 2017
Moon Age: 21.83 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 371,987.78 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,047,245.74 km
Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, July 16
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.
If You Were Born Today, July 16
Others tend to be quite fascinated with you. You have a royal bearing and warm approach, yet you keep a certain distance and air of mystery. You are enthusiastic and highly intuitive. Your advice is always welcome as you are exceptionally fair-minded. You most enjoy love relationships that keep you moving, learning, and experiencing life. You are quick to size up a person or situation, and you are typically very accurate in your assessments!
Famous people born today: Will Ferrell, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Corey Feldman, Jayma Mays.
Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..
Your Horoscopes for Monday, July 17th
While the Moon’s move into your solar second house encourages you to pay more attention to your practical affairs, dear Aries, a Venus-Neptune influence suggests blurred or distorted perceptions of value. You might become infatuated with ideas, things, or people but you are unlikely to be seeing these things clearly! Wishful thinking is at play, and while it’s pleasurable in the moment, disappointment can follow when you would have been better off appreciating the good, real things in your life. Transportation or communications may be unreliable for now. Later today, your more impulsive or reckless traits are stimulated. Something on the domestic front might get you irritated or could simply displace you. Energy is up and down, but when up, can be harnessed to do something creative or productive. You need a change of pace! Aim to be the one in charge of these changes instead of resisting and allowing change to happen to you. New living arrangements, even in the smallest of ways, may be in order.
The Moon moves into your sign today, dear Taurus, and you’re beginning a new emotional cycle. Emotional needs are front and center. With Venus square Neptune this morning, you can be a little evasive or face evasiveness in others. If you are not feeling equipped to make decisions and commitments, it makes the most sense to wait, or else you could regret things. Friends and money don’t mix well today. Do what you can to avoid misunderstandings or loss of valuables. Later today, a Mars-Uranus square can tempt you to take shortcuts, but this costs you instead of saves you time in the long run. Unresolved matters may be at the heart of stressed or impatient behavior today. Part of you is striving to break free from the “old you” or an old identity, and this may be behind any rebellious or “acting out” happening now. Speaking prematurely on a matter or blurting out something can be an example.
With Venus in your sign, you are more personable than usual these days, dear Gemini, but Venus forms a square to Neptune today, and it’s far too easy to misread a situation or see things through the lens of wishful thinking this morning. You are more vulnerable to influence than usual right now. Watch that you don’t go too far to avoid a tricky situation. As well, consider that confusion about your general direction, career, or a situation with a superior can play with your mind and confuse your personal choices. As well, if you’ve been chasing a dream that’s leaving you exhausted, remind yourself that a dream is supposed to make you happy! Adjust expectations accordingly. Later today, a Mars-Uranus square can shake things up. Watch for impatience with money and a tendency to fly off the handle if you don’t feel respected. Holding on tightly to your things and ideas may be about your fear of changes taking place in your social life.
Venus in your privacy sector forms a square to Neptune today, dear Cancer, and you may be feeling misunderstood or vulnerable. If your emotions and reactions are inappropriate for the situation, it’s time to look within. Don’t let whims, infatuations, or wishful thinking blur your judgment. Later today, you may feel the tension rising. The need to make a change is evident, but you may not know exactly where to start. You are asserting your independence more often these days, but today you could be pushing the wrong buttons, particularly with a parent or boss. The desire to liberate yourself from a past way of life, an old job, a typecast role, a public image, or a particular reputation can be powerful now, but you may be going about this in the wrong way. Your independence could get you some negative attention today. Reacting blindly to a feeling of being overruled will not improve your life, of course, so it’s best to be as self-aware as possible now.
Do your best not to over-commit today, dear Leo. Where you stand (exactly) with someone can be a point of confusion, or friends and lovers may be crossing a line, leaving you wondering. If financial or support issues are up in the air, you can feel the uncertainty now more than usual, and it affects your ability to enjoy yourself. While it’s not the best time to make final plans, you may be able to remake your image now if you need to do so. Later today, a Mars-Uranus square can force an issue where you may have been resisting change. Or, the need to free yourself from the confines of an ideology, a particular belief or way of thinking, or even a project or neighborhood can figure strongly. Watch for premature or impulsive actions now. You may be trying to break free from a buried issue or attachment, but outlets for expressing your frustration can be limited. Aim for self-understanding. Your need for change is real, but you’d be wise to make changes mindfully!
There is a tendency for disappointments to occur today, dear Virgo, if you have not been viewing someone — or a relationship — clearly. Although looking the other way can soothe yourself in the present, you can’t honestly fool yourself over time. Aim to work on putting illusions about people behind you as much as possible. After all, it’s better to love a person, not a dream of a person! Today, it’s important to avoid letting confusion in your personal life affect your professional dealings. A Mars-Uranus square shakes things up later today. Interactions with friends can stir something inside you. You may be trying to break free from a particular attachment, and today, while schedules may be overturned or there can be abruptness to the energy of the day, you may very well need to put something behind you. A friend or acquaintance may awaken a new feeling or insight inside you. For some of you, there can be a conflict involving a friend or associate revolving around matters of give-and-take.
A Venus-Neptune square this morning suggests that you may second-guess your desire to reach out to someone or do something entirely different and courageous. This may have to do with uncertainty surrounding your work or schedule, or a commitment to take care of someone. You are more compassionate but also rather vulnerable now due to your high emotional investment in believing what you want to believe. Be sure to take care of yourself while you take care of everyone else! Avoid over-committing due to guilt. Give yourself a break! Later today, another complicated aspect comes into play: Mars square Uranus. This can be a provocative influence, as we can be intolerant of personal restrictions, and reinforces a theme of people in your life draining you of energy. You may be hitting a nerve with someone, or they with you. Your ambitions are strong right now, but unreliability or relationship problems can distract you from going after what you want today.
This is not a reliable day for making commitments, dear Scorpio, with two complicated influences in play that can throw us off our current path. Our tendency is to misread a situation today, and even you, with your perceptiveness, can do so if you’re emotionally involved and invested. This is about wishful thinking influencing your vision, so aim to wait things out. You’re moving towards a freer, more authentic working or daily life these days, and events of today may seem to force the issue. A break in the routine or a schedule change can feel uncomfortable at first, but it can also positively redirect you, so aim to keep calm and make the most of the changes happening now. Better yet, seek to identify what needs to change and proactively get on it! Watch for impatience that leads to “shortcuts” that are costly in the long run.
You may question a person’s feelings for you today, dear Sagittarius, or insecurities can interfere with your perception of a relationship. Smoothing out your close personal relationships has been more important to you recently, but you could be missing the mark, either by giving too much or too little! You may not be seeing people, yourself, or a relationship objectively. There can be an intense yearning for something more from your connections. However, your best bet is to channel energies into a creative pursuit and be in charge of your own happiness. This way, you avoid putting pressure on a relationship to be perfect or something it’s not. Also today, Mars may be pushing you to dig deep and seek out hidden truths or a stronger connection to someone or something these days, but its square to Uranus can stir up all sorts of frustrations. In fact, a craving for more emotional space or freedom in your life can be at odds with all of this! For some, others may be giving you space, and this throws you for a loop. Emotional restlessness can tempt you to take unnecessary risks, with money or with people. Keep in mind that clarity is not likely now, so wait things out before drawing conclusions.
A couple of tense aspects in play today require some strategy, dear Capricorn. Most importantly, keep in mind that wishful thinking or a fear of being restricted or stuck can interfere with clear thinking, mainly related to personal projects, work, health, and the concept of time. Expectations of others may be off, and unreliability or uncertainty can disappoint you. However, if you avoid over-committing yourself and making statements and taking actions prematurely, you can make the best of any breaks in the routine occurring today. Most importantly, don’t undersell yourself. Question what you read and what you hear. Take time coming to conclusions. In fact, time can be one of the best tools for testing a theory or perception, as with time, reason tends to set in. Keep in mind that crankiness today — yours or others’ — is likely to do with a need to break out of current labels. You need to grow and change, and recognizing this puts you in an advantageous position. Once past these humps, you are in a great position to improve your connections.
Venus in your fifth house brings out your more amorous feelings these days, dear Aquarius, and it also helps to boost your appeal with others. Today is strong for creative pursuits but tricky for situations requiring objectivity. In fact, you can find it difficult to see others and yourself clearly. Taking a risk or turning a blind eye to a problem can have unfavorable results. Aim to invest your emotions in something you already have rather than pin your hopes on something attainable. This is not to say you shouldn’t dream — you should — but mirages are likely with the energies of the day. Don’t sell yourself short, particularly in your relationships, but also in business. Also active today is a somewhat rebellious and disruptive Mars-Uranus square. Be wary of shortcuts and watch for inpatient speech and actions. Work, paperwork, transportation, and communications are areas most affected today. Underneath it all, you may simply be trying to break free from a label or restrictive situation. Aim to do so mindfully.
The temptation today may be to take an emotional or perhaps a financial risk, dear Pisces, but our perceptions are not clear. Your desire for security, comfort, and peace in your love life and your domestic life is strong these days with Venus in your home and family sector, but its square to Neptune today suggests you may feel a little unfulfilled or yearning for more. You’re also particularly sensitive to imbalances in your personal life. Consider that some of your dreams and longings may not be about actual needs, and aim to get in better touch with yourself. A Mars-Uranus square today can aggravate any uncertainties or frustrations you may be having with income, business, or a money situation. The need to break out of a rut may become evident through the events of the day, but it’s better for you if you do this mindfully. Explore your feelings and decide what needs changing, and then put these into action on a less emotionally chaotic day.
Tarot Card of the Day
The Strength Tarot card represents nature, which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer self — our feminine side, our inner self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness, so that all levels of creation may come into harmony.
The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.
Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017
Learn the Tarot 101
The Hanged Man
You have reached a crossroads, making it possible to clear the slate and start over.
The Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. The energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.
This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and to form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience, and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.
In the Advice Position
Accept the consequences of your decisions. Go through it, get it over with, and free yourself up for new pursuits.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Hanged Man advises you to surrender illusions of control. Accept that you have been overcome and deceived by your own devices. Having made your bed, you now need to lie in it. This is not a negative judgment. It’s just that sometimes there are consequences for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad things can happen to good people. These consequences are not fatal, even if they are inconvenient — or perhaps even embarrassing.
Stop resisting your circumstances and let some time go by. Eventually, you will be released a little wiser and not much the worse for wear. You will come to realize in time how you collaborated with the problem. However, the issues you were stuck on when you were first hung up have subsided and no longer concern you. You are free to take up new endeavors. You will ultimately feel refreshed and grateful that you were derailed from your former track.
Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017
Youe Daily Love Tarot
July 16, 2017
Promises? Promises? Are promises past due and payable? People make them to get what they want, you know. People say, “I’m sorry for what I did. I promise not to do it again.” Now is the time to take an objective look. You find insight into motivations. Promises are sacred. If single and dating, even the simplest of them reneged upon is a heads-up warning you can’t ignore today.
Your Elder Futhark Rune for Sunday July 16th
“The journey is the destination.”
Raidho – “Ride-ho” – Literally: “Ride” or “Wagon” – Esoteric: Journey
Key Concepts: the journey of Life, stories, heroism, means of transportation, right action, movement, motion, taking charge, being in control, initiative, adventure, decision-making, direction, counsel, the right path, the inner compass, leadership, kingship, nobility held by merit, moral responsibility, integrity, respect for the rights of others, innate knowledge of right and wrong, celestial procession, rituals
Psi: the story ‘form’ in the psyche, freedom from imprisonment, self-mastery
Energy: cosmic cyclical law, rhythm, presence (active)
Mundane: street-smarts, common sense, travel, movement, taking action
Divinations: Rationality, sound advice, action, justice, ordered growth, journey; or crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality, control freak, hypocrisy, wrongful imprisonment, restlessness.
Living in the present
Access to “inner advice” and our inner compass, following the heart
Movement within one’s natural limits
Blending with personal and world rhythms, consciousness of right and natural processes
Mastery of circumstance and control of situations, taking the lead
Establishment of creative rhythm in activities
Protection while traveling
Decision-making followed by immediate action
Earth Sky News for July 16th: Last quarter moon is July 16
Last quarter moon comes on July 16, 2017 at 19:26 UTC. On Sunday morning, the moon appeared nearly last quarter; that is, the terminator line, or line between light and dark on the moon, appeared only slightly convex. Watch for the last quarter moon again late at night on Sunday, or around dawn Monday, July 17. A last quarter moon always rises in the middle of the night, appears at its highest in the sky around dawn, and sets around midday.
On the night of a last quarter moon, the moon appears half illuminated in our sky, and this half-a-pie-shaped last quarter moon can be used as a guidepost to Earth’s direction of motion in orbit around the sun.
In other words, when you look toward a last quarter moon high in the predawn sky, for example, you’re gazing out approximately along the path of Earth’s orbit, in a forward direction. The moon is moving in orbit around the sun with the Earth and never holds still. But, if we could somehow anchor the moon in space . . . tie it down, keep it still . . . Earth’s orbital speed of 18 miles per second would carry us across the space between us and the moon in only a few hours.
As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Follow these links to understand the various phases of the moon
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.
Article Published on EarthSky.org
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Faeries & Something You Probably Didn’t
Fairies are magickal creatures endowed with the powers of shapeshifting and invisibility. They dwell in an invisible kingdom known as middle or lower earth. Often depicted as small humanoid beings with diaphanous wings, they look like tiny angels. However, they are not angels, they are unpredictable, and they can be as puckish as they are benevolent.
Sometimes referred to as “little people,” fairies are an important part of most cultures, religious traditions, and folk beliefs throughout the world. In European culture, they are believed to be nature spirits who dwell in the trees, plants, and waterways. Christianity seems to think they are Lucifer’s fallen angels and therefore evil. Other folk beliefs, especially those of African origin, view them as souls of the dead or ancestors.
Celtic culture has probably done the most to promote the idea of fairies, who are believed to be the descendants of the small, dark, Neolithic people who invaded early Europe. Being small and dark and living close to the land allowed them to quickly hide from their enemies. This ability, along with their elusive mannerisms, led people to believe they were capable of magick, shapeshifting, and invisibility.
When the old Pagan religions died out, the fairies were relegated to the realm of myth and fantasy. We find the Great Goddess transformed into the Good Fairy Godmother or Queen of Fairies. The Horned God became the Fairy King, Puck, and the trickster. Those with less appealing traits were relegated to the realms of devils and demons
THE FAIRY REALM
The mountain spirit of Peru who inhabits the high Andes, called upon by the brujos (shamans) to heal the sick. The brujos will call the auki by whistling. The auki will descend, and channel its power through the brujos.
A frightening goblin of English folklore. The bogie is described as little, black, and hairy. It is considered dangerous, mischievous, sly, and is renowned for its intelligence. Parents would use the threat of the bogie to frighten young children into good behavior.
A household spirit popular in northern English and Scottish folklore, the brownie is a very small, brown, shaggy human and usually dresses in ragged brown clothes. Brownies are considered to be most industrious when it comes to such household chores as grinding grain, churning butter, and plowing. They love to help humans with their work, especially with tedious tasks. Brownies are thanked with a bowl of fresh cream and freshly baked bread. If criticized, they will undo what they have already done and destroy a good deal more.
In New Age philosophy, devas are the guardians of nature and are responsible for building up forms on the inner planes as well as on the physical plane. The devas hold the keys of fate for all forms around us. They appear in every shape and size, from the earthly gnome to the highest archangel.
Found in British, Scandinavian, and Teutonic folklore, elves are tiny, human-shaped supernatural beings who resemble little old men. However, elf maidens are considered to be young and very beautiful. They live in communities or kingdoms, hidden in the hollows of trees, long burrows, or in mounds. They are ruled over by an elf king and queen. Elves exert their powers over humans whenever they can, usually with mischievous intent. When offended by humans they will take revenge by stealing babies, cattle, milk, and jewels, and they have been know to enchant the offender and hold them for years. Elves emerge after sunset to dance in the moonlight, swim in shallow pools, and frolic in the woods.
Considered to be a nature spirit or elemental, gnomes resemble dwarfs with small stocky bodies, and usually appear as little old men dressed in monks’ habits. Gnomes live in the earth, the element they represent, and are the guardians of mother nature’s treasures. Goblin A grotesque, diminutive, malicious earth spirit. Popular in European folklore, goblins are said to be knee high, with heavy gray hair and beards. They inhabit the homes of humans, where they indulge in poltergeist activities. They are not fond of adults but do seem to like children, as they have been known to protect them and bring them gifts.
A mischievous minor fiend often described as being a childlike offspring of the Devil. Imps manifest in many different forms. The most popular form is that of an evil-looking infant with tiny horns protruding from its head and tiny wings from its shoulders. Imps were the star attractions at Witch trials, as they were considered to be the familiars of the accused.
The folklore of Ireland is filled with famous tales of this fairy shoemaker. The Leprechaun is depicted as having a wizened face, gray beard, and twinkling eyes. He wears a red jacket with silver buttons, brown breeches, black, silver-buckled shoes, and a high crowned green hat. In pictures, he usually appears in an apron, holding a hammer and mending shoes. This wee creature is tricky, and likes to make mischief with humans. He also has a reputation for having a huge stash of gold hidden in a secret place.
Nymphs are female water spirits that appear in classical Greek and Roman mythology. They are portrayed as beautiful your maidens dressed in gossamer gowns, with long flowing hair. The nymphs would attend to gods and entertain them with dancing and music. Like most spirit creatures, nymphs were both benevolent and malevolent toward humans.
These small creatures are said to have red hair, small, turned up noses, pointed ears, and pale, youthful faces. They especially attracted to gardens in bloom, and take up residence under toadstools. Pixies have mixed emotions when it comes to humans. However, if they take a liking to someone the
will help him or her out with household chores and gardening. They also like to work with gold, silver, and bronze. Some believe that the residue from their metal work is the main ingredient in Pixie dust, a magickal powder use to make wishes come true.
Because fairies are connected to nature, their spells are usually performed outdoors. A small brook, a secret lily pond, the base of your favorite tree, or a field of wild flowers all make excellent settings for fairy magick. Even large, lush window boxes, overflowing with fragrant herbs and delicate blossoms, can serve as a haven for the wee folk.
Fairy Wishing Spell
For this spell you will need a small white birthday candle, a silver coin, seven moon cookies (sugar cookies cut into crescent moons), and a secluded wooded area where you can be alone.
As you walk through the woods, keep a close eye out for Fairy circles, small circular areas surrounded by inedible red fungi with white spots. It is believed that fairies meet within these rings to celebrate their magickal rites. When you find a fairy circle, carefully place your coin in the center of it. Set the candle on top of the coin, light it, and make your wish. When the candle has completely burned out, place the moon cookies around the coin, state your wish aloud, and then walk away. If you return to the spot and your coin and candle are gone, you will know that your wish has been granted. Fairy Enchantments If there is one thing that a fairy takes great pride in, it is the ability to charm and enchant an unsuspecting human.
Using herbs, flowers, and mystical incantations, the skillful fairy makes a magickal dust that can be used to inspire love, protect loved ones, and bring forth great riches when sprinkled on the ground or over an unsuspecting human.
Items needed: A blender or coffee grinder, silver glitter, dark blue jar, three silver coins, silver paint or a silver marker, and the following dried herbs ground into a fine powder:
1 tbsp. woodruff
1 tbsp. clover
1 tbsp. rose petals
1 tbsp. jasmine
1 Tbsp. meadowsweet
Place the powder into the dark blue jar. On the outside of the jar, inscribe the following symbol with the silver paint or marker:
On May eve as the sun begins to set, place your jar of Fairy dust in the center of a Fairy circle. Kneel next to the circle, uncap the jar, and chant the following nine times: Nature spirits and fairy friends Bless this dust to serve my ends. I place my trust and faith in thee To bring me love, wealth, and prosperity.
Rise and leave the area for one hour, giving the fairies time to bless your powder. When you return, thank the fairies for their help, retrieve the jar, and leave the three silver coins in its place. Sprinkle the powder over a sleeping loved one to increase passion, sprinkle on the threshold of a business to attract new customers, or sprinkle around the perimeter of your home to invite happiness and good will.
Fairy Garden Money Spell
Gardens, especially ones designed with a purpose, will attract good fairies, gnomes, and all manner of beneficial creatures. Cultivate a nine foot circular patch of earth. Around the perimeter, place small stones and crystals.
In the center of the circle place a stone garden gnome. Around the gnome, plant a mixture of marigolds and clover. Each day, spend some time with the gnome. Make friends with him and beseech him to make your wealth grow as the garden does. To ensure he follows your wishes, chant the following each time you water the garden.
Nature spirits everywhere
My love and energy I now share.
With cool water this charge I give
Plants now grow, blossom, and live,
Your gift of wealth I seek to share
In return I give you loving care.
As the garden grows, so will your wealth and prosperity.
A Little Thought from Me to You
“You can’t tame the Spirit
of Someone who has Witchcraft in their veins.”