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

The Witches Digest No.11

Friday, July 28th, 2017

(Plus Lammas Primer No. 2)

 

Lughnasadh

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

—-Rev. Raven Spirit, Author
Published On Witchery

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

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

 

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

 

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

Source

timeanddate.com

Astronomy for Friday, July 28th

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

Moon in Libra

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

 

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

The Sky This Week for July 28 to 30

 

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

Friday, July 28

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

Saturday, July 29

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

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

Sunday, July 30

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

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

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

Today is Friday, July 28th

 

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

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

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

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

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

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

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Book of Days for Friday, July 28th

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

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Goddess Book of Days for July 28th

 

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

Reference

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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

Sandcastle Days (California)

OLD WOMAN OF THE SEA

 

Themes: Water; Recreation; Rest; Art

Symbols: Sand; Saltwater; Sea Creatures

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

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

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

Reference

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

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

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

Friday’s Magick

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

Planet: Venus

Colors: Pink, Aqua, Seafoam

Crystals: Coral, Emerald, Rose Quartz

The Magickal Day of Friday

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Author

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

The Witches Guide to Friday

Ruler: Freya, Venus

Colors: Emerald green or pink

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

Key Words: Love, money, health

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

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

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

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

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

 

Source

Gypsy Magic

Friday’s Witchery

 

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

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

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 28th

Independence Day (Peruvian)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Libra

Incense: Orchid

Color: Pink

FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

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

 

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

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

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Protection Magic for Lammas

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Brew Up Some Vervain Water for Lammas

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

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

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

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

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

Source

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo

Warrior Meditation for Lughnasadh

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As you focus on the burning flames, say:

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

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

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

by Melanie Fire Salamander

 

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

 

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

Preparation the week before

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

2 parts frankincense

2 parts sandalwood

1 part pine resin

1/2 part bay

1/2 part cinnamon

1/2 part coriander

1/2 part meadowsweet

1/2 part oregano

1/2 part rosemary

A few drops rose oil

Slightly less oak moss oil

Very little patchouli oil (start with one drop)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

· Straw, enough for all participants to make dolls from

· Multiple colors of yarn and embroidery thread

· Scissors

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The ritual itself

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

 

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

Creating and burning dolls for sacrifice

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Deep in the Mother, die and be reborn

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sometimes simple chants are best.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

July 27th and 28th

Hopi Kachina Danc

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

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

 

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

– Scott Cunningham, Lammas Ritual

The Current Moon Phase for Friday, July 28th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 29%

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

Phase Details for – Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Love Secrets in Your DNA Akashic Records

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

Why Love Often Doesn’t Make Sense

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

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

Personal Love-Life History in DNA

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

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

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

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

Secrets to Love Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Relationship Challenges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*

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

 

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

Your Daily Horoscopes for Frday, July 28

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

Gemini

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

Cancer

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra 

Libra

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

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

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

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

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

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

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

Aquarius

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Pisces

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

 

If You Were Born Today, July 28

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

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

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, July 29

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

Gemini

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

Cancer

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra 

Libra

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

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

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

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

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

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

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

Aquarius

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Pisces

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

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

Gemini

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

Cancer

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra 

Libra

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

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

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

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

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

Capricorn

Capricorn Horoscope

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

Aquarius

Aquarius

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

Pisces

Pisces

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

 

Tarot Card of the Day

 

 

 

 

Judgment

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

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

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

 

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Daily Love Tarot

 

 

 

The Judgement

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

Erotic Tarot for the Weekend of July 28th

The Star

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

Your Weekend Influences for July 28th

 

Tarot Influence

Ace of Cups Reversed

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Gemini Reversed

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Karmic Number for July 28th

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

The Wisdom of Buddha

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

–   Patti Wigington, Hold a Lammas Harvest Festival

 

 

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