The Witches Digest for Thursday, August 17th
I Am A Witch
When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a “Witch”.
When I stand up for those I love, they call me a Witch.
When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts, or do things my own way, they call me a Witch.
Being a witch entails raising my children to be strong people
Who have a solid sense of personal and social responsibility
Who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in
Who love and respect themselves for the beautiful beings they are.
Being a witch means that I am free to be the wonderful creature I am,
With all my own intricacies, contradictions, quirks and beauty.
Being a witch means I won’t compromise what’s in my heart.
It means I live my life MY way. It means I won’t allow anyone to step on me.
When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak up against it, I am defined as a witch.
The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone else’s maid or when I act a little selfish.
I am proud to be a witch! It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won’t become anyone else’s idea of what they think I “should” be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined.
By Goddess, I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!
So, try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won’t succeed.
And if that makes me a witch, so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it. I love this, I can call myself a witch now and not feel bad about it!
SO MOTE IT BE!
— Sandi Thomas, Author
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for August 17th
Sun Direction: ↑ 102.45° ESE
Sun Altitude: 37.34°
Sun Distance: 94.104 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:12 am↑ 73° East
Sunset Today: 7:43 pm↑ 287° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 30 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 197.15° SSW
Moon Altitude: 70.99°
Moon Distance: 227787 mi
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Full Moon: Sep 6, 20172:02 am
Next Moonset: Today4:22 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Aug 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Third Quarter: Aug 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Oh Yes, More Info About the Upcoming Eclipse: 9 Facts About the US Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 will be visible from a narrow path spanning the US from the West Coast to the East Coast. Here are all the facts you need to know about this once-in-a-lifetime event.
1. 1st Total Solar Eclipse in 38 Years…
…for those in contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). The last time anyone in mainland US saw a total eclipse of the Sun was on February 26, 1979. If you live in the US and miss this event, you’ll have to wait 7 more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse from a location in the contiguous United States.
2. Most North Americans Will Be Able To See Totality…
…if they are willing to drive that is. The total eclipse will only be visible along the Moon’s central shadow, which at its widest will be about 115 kilometers (71.5 miles), according to some sources. Its path will span from the country’s West Coast to the East Coast. The rest of North America, as well as Central America and northern parts of South America, will experience a partial solar eclipse. NASA has estimated that a majority of the American population lives less than a 2-day drive away from the path of totality.
3. A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event
While total solar eclipses are not rare—they occur twice every 3 years on average and can be seen from some part of the Earth—a total eclipse of the Sun that can be seen from the American West Coast to the American East Coast occurs less frequently. In fact, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918!
What makes this eclipse extra special is that it is the first time since the total solar eclipse of January 11, 1880 that a total solar eclipse will occur exclusively over the continental United States—no other country will see totality, though many countries will see a partial eclipse of the Sun.
Because of these reasons, the eclipse is also being called the Great American Eclipse.
4. Parts of 14 American States Will Go Dark…
…for the 2 minutes of totality. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon will be the first location on continental US soil to see totality. The partial phase of the eclipse will begin here at 9:04 am local time. Lincoln City, Oregon will also be one of the first locations in the country to experience totality.
Oregonians will also be the first to see totality as the Moon’s shadow moves east at an average speed of about 3600 km/h (2237 mph). After Oregon, the eclipse will move through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Montana and Iowa are the only states where the path of totality will pass through unpopulated areas. People in Charleston, South Carolina will be some of the last people in the US to see totality.
Nashville, Tennessee is one of the few large cities in the United States to fall completely within the eclipse’s path of totality. Interestingly, only some parts of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri will be able to see a total solar eclipse.
5. Totality Will Be Spectacular
If you are lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you are in for an astronomical treat, weather permitting, of course. When the eclipse begins, at 1st contact, it will appear as if the Moon is taking a bite out of the Sun. As the eclipse progresses, the sky will get darker, the temperature will drop, and if you pay attention, animals and birds will become quieter.
At 2nd contact, which is when totality begins, Baily’s Beads become visible. As the Moon completely covers the Sun’s surface, the diamond ring can be seen. You might also see pink spots called prominences near the diamond. These spots are caused by gases on the Sun’s surface.
Totality is the only time when one can see the corona, the Sun’s atmosphere. At 3rd contact, Baily’s Beads will once again become visible and a second diamond ring may appear.
6. Stars During the Daytime
As the sky turns dark, planets and stars hidden in the sky by the Sun’s bright light will reappear. Look for Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus during totality.
7. You Will Need Eye Protection
Do not look directly at the Sun, before, during or after the eclipse without any protective eyewear.
Looking at the Sun with your naked eyes is highly dangerous and can even cause blindness. The safest way to see a solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or use a pinhole projector you can easily make yourself.
8. Part of Saros Series 145
Solar eclipses occur in cycles. The Saros cycle, one of the most studied eclipse cycles, occurs every 18 years. Two solar eclipses separated by a Saros cycle have similar features—they occur at the same lunar node, with the Moon roughly at the same distance from the Earth. The eclipses also take place at about the same time of the year and around the same time of day. Eclipses that are separated by a Saros cycle are part of a Saros series.
The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse belongs to Saros series 145. It is the 22nd eclipse in a series of 77 eclipses. The series began with a partial solar eclipse visible from the Northern Hemisphere on January 4, 1639 and will end with a partial solar eclipse visible from the Southern Hemisphere on April 17, 3009.
The next eclipse in the series—a total solar eclipse—will take place on September 2, 2035.
9. Two Weeks Before: Partial Lunar Eclipse
A solar eclipse always takes place about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
Two weeks before the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, on August 7/ 8, 2017, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of South and East Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
The Sky This Week for August 17 to 20
Comet PANSTARRS, the Perseid meteor shower, and other beautiful things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Thursday, August 17
Jupiter appears low in the west-southwest an hour after sunset this week. The brilliant planet shines at magnitude –1.8 and dominates the evening sky. It appears against the backdrop of Virgo, some 6° to the right of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter’s disk spans 33″ and shows a wealth of atmospheric detail.
Friday, August 18
Look overhead around 10 p.m. anytime this week and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the prominent Summer Triangle asterism. The Triangle’s second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 9:18 a.m. EDT. It then lies 227,497 miles (366,121 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Saturday, August 19
By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, your eyes will be drawn to the eastern sky for a meeting of the night sky’s two brightest objects. Brilliant Venus rises first, clearing the horizon shortly before 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Less than a half-hour later, the waning crescent Moon joins the planet. The two make a stunning pair as they climb higher in the twilight sky. Venus, which shines at magnitude –3.9, appears 20° above the horizon an hour before sunrise.
Sunday, August 20
Distant Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility in just two weeks, but the view now is essentially the same. The ice giant planet rises during evening twilight and climbs nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky by 2 a.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 7.8 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.5° east of 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.4″.
Your Astrology for Thursday, August 17th
The Moon is in Gemini until 12:12 PM, after which the Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is void of course from 9:37 AM to 12:12 PM.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 14th, and the New Moon (Solar Eclipse) will occur on August 21st.
Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from August 12-September 5).
Moon in Gemini
The Moon is traveling through witty Gemini today. Call, text, send email, write letters. Visit someone you’ve missed. Watch a movie and talk about it at a coffee shop. Get out and about. Don’t sleep in.
Our instincts are to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.
The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.
Today is Thursday, August 17th
Thursday is the day of the planet Jupiter, dedicated to Thunor(Thor), God of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European traditions are Zeus, Taranis, Perun, Perkunas and St. Olaf. The faith of the Northern Tradition holds Thursday sacred, just as Islam reveres Friday, Judaism the Sabbath(calculated from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday), and Christianity, Sunday. This is why almost all adages about Thursday are positve, such as “Thursday’s child has far to go,” “Sneeze on Thursday, something better,” or “Cut nails on Thursday for wealth.” Thursday rules controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being and material success.
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn/Pisces/Sagittarius
Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) – August 5 – September 1
Runic Half-Month of As (gods) – August 13 – August 28
Goddess of the Month of Hesperia – August 9 – September 5
The Pagan Book of Days
On Thursday, August 17th, We Honor The God Thor
Thor – Norse Thunder God
Thor is one of the most popular and powerful gods of the major mythologies. He is also part of modern daily life, since the fifth day of the week, Thursday (Thor’s day), is named for him.
Odin is usually given as the father of Thor, a thunder god in Norse mythology. Less controversially, Thor’s mother was a female giant named Jord, according to Motz (see references below).
Thor mated with a giant named Jarnsaxa with whom he had two sons, named Magni and Modi, but his wife is Sif (whose luscious golden hair the trickster god Loki cuts).
Thor’s Herculean Appetite
Thor’s appetites are gigantic. He once drank from a horn that was emptying the water from the ocean. He is described as huge, red-bearded, with burning eyes who could defeat giant or troll in a test of strength. Yet, he was so much smaller than a giant that once he slept in a giant’s glove. Epithets for Thor indicate his giant-defeating prowess. He is similar to the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules) in his feats of strength and giant-killing.
Thor had a famous weapon, his hammer, named Mjolnir, and a belt of strength, named Megingjardir. He had a goat-driven chariot that created the noise of the thunder, according to Davidson, when rolling across the sky. The lightning bolts were caused by the hurling of Mjolnir. Thunderbolts are called Thorsviggar, according to Montelius.
Thor’s home was called Bilskinir, located in Thrudheim or Thrudvangar.
Thor was worshiped especially in Uppsala and Thrandheim.
Thor’s Visit to Jotunheim – The Giant’s Country
“Giants in Folklore and Mythology: A New Approach,” by Lotte Motz; Folklore Vol. 93, No. 1 (1982), pp. 70-84.
“Thor’s Hammer,” by H. R. Ellis Davidson; Folklore Vol. 76, No. 1 (Spring, 1965), pp. 1-15.
“The Sun-God’s Axe and Thor’s Hammer,” by Oscar Montelius;Folklore Vol.
21, No. 1 (Mar., 1910), pp. 60-78.
Thor: Myth to Marvel, by Martin Arnold
Also Known As: Thor was also known as Atli.
N.S. Gill, Author
Published on ThoughtCo
Thursday – is associated with Jupiter
Candle colors – Green, Purple, Orange, or Blue
Business, Gambling, Power, Material Wealth, Luck, Road Opening
—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
The Magickal Day of Thursday
Thursday is a day of royal blues and greens, associated with the planet Jupiter and metals like tin. When it comes to deities, look at leader type gods like Thor, Zeus, and Jupiter. Gemstone correspondences for Thursday include turquoise, amethyst and lapis lazuli, and plant associations can be found in honeysuckle, cinquefoil, and even oak trees.
This is a day for honor, fealty and family loyalty, as well as harvesting, success, and prosperity.
Take advantage of Thursday’s different aspects and do spellwork that brings abundance to you, declares your allegiance, and embraces prosperity.
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The Witches Guide to Thursday
Jupiter’s (Thor’s) day
⦁ Middle English – thursday or thuresday
⦁ Old Norse– thorsdagr – Thor’s day
⦁ Old English– thunresdæg – Thunder’s day
⦁ Latin – dies Jovis – “Day of Jupiter”
⦁ Ancient Greek – hemera Dios – “day of Zeus”
The name is derived from Old English and Middle English Thuresday (with loss of -n-, first in northern dialects, from influence of Old Norse Þorsdagr) meaning “Thor’s Day”. Thunor, Donar (German, Donnerstag) and Thor are derived from the name of the Germanic god of thunder, Thunraz, equivalent to Jupiter in the interpretation romance.
In most Romance languages, the day is named after the Roman god Jupiter, who was the god of sky and thunder. In Latin, the day was known as Iovis Dies, “Jupiter’s Day”. In Latin, the genitive or possessive case of Jupiter was Iovis/Jovis and thus in most Romance languages it became the word for Thursday: Italian giovedì, Spanish jueves, French jeudi, Sardinian jòvia, Catalan dijous, and Romanian joi.
This is also reflected in the p-Celtic Welsh dydd Iau.
The astrological and astronomical sign of the planet Jupiter is sometimes used to represent Thursday.
Since the Roman god Jupiter was identified with Thunor (Norse Thor in northern Europe), most Germanic languages name the day after this god: Torsdag in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, Hósdagur/Tórsdagur in Faroese, Donnerstag in German or Donderdag in Dutch. Finnish and Northern Sami, both non-Germanic (Uralic) languages, uses the borrowing “Torstai” and “Duorastat”. In the extinct Polabian Slavic language, it was perundan, Perun being the Slavic equivalent of Thor.
There are a number of modern names imitating the naming of Thursday after an equivalent of “Jupiter” in local tradition. In most of the languages of India, the word for Thursday is Guruvar- var meaning day and guru being the style for Bṛhaspati, guru to the gods and regent of the planet Jupiter. In Thai, the word is Wan Pharuehatsabodi—referring to the Hindu deity Bṛhaspati, also associated with Jupiter. En was an old Illyrian deity and in his honor in the Albanian language Thursday is called “Enjte”. In the Nahuatl language, Thursday is Tezcatlipotōnal meaning “day of Tezcatlipoca”.
Today is the day for prosperity work of all kinds. It can also be used for healing work, whether that is a physical healing of an illness or an emotional healing. Also remember that you have to follow up your healing work and prosperity magick and physical action.
I can’t tell you the number of times I have met new witches who complain to me that their prosperity spell or “I need a better job” spell did not work as they expected. They’ll ramble on and on about how much time and money they spent working their magick….but, alas, they had no glorious manifestation of wealth or fabulous job that suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed in their laps.
Then, when I gently ask them, “Did you enchant your resume or application when you filled it out? Did you do a little confidence-boosting spellwork when you went to apply for the job or went to the interview?” typically they give me a blank, confused stare.
Nine times out of ten, their response is, “You mean I have to go out and actually look for the job too?” Um, yes, my dear, you certainly do. Magick follows the path of least resistance, which means it’s going to manifest along the simplest, quickest route. Get out there and hit the pavement. See what you can find. Times are tough and competition for good jobs is fierce, so you need whatever edge you can get. For folks like us, we’re going to get the edge by using our magick and our spellcraft.
Thursdays have such a rich source of magick for us to draw upon that, honestly, the sky is the limit. This is the day associated with the gods of the sky and heavens, after all. Get to know these deities and add their wisdom and magick into your days
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Your Honey-Do List for Thursdays
Try wearing some honeysuckle-scented perfume to encourage prosperity. Bewitch someone by wearing deep royal blue or brighten up a dreary day by wearing lucky, prosperity-drawing green. Brew up a pot of mint tea to help increase your cash flow. Try adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to an unscented candle to encourage some fast cash. Bake up a loaf of wheat bread for the family, and celebrate abundance and be thankful for all that you have.
Conjure up a witchy craft and create a philter or two for your magickal needs. Work with the deities and the magickal plants corresponding with Thursday.
How did the energies of the plants of Jupiter enhance your magick? What did you learn by working with Juno, Jove, or Zeus? The truth is that by adding these new techniques and information into your spellcasting repertoire, you will indeed advance your skills, thereby moving up in the ranks to become a more adept magickal practitioner
Just by believing in yourself and working toward creating abundance, health, and prosperity, you have already begun to transform your outlook on life. Put your game face on; think positively. Work with Thor for perseverance and courage, and apply those qualities to your own prosperity spells and healing witchery. Break out the tarot cards; How could you incorporate that symbolism into other spells of your own design?
Use your imagination, check Thursday’s correspondence list, and see what other bewitching things you can conjure up for prosperity magick all by yourself. Call on the gods and goddess of Thursday and bring some positive change, abundance, health, and prosperity into your life!
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Thursday, August 17th
Black Cat Appreciation Day
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Gemini
Moon enters Cancer 12:13 pm
The Witches Correspondences for Thursday, August 17th
Thursday (Thor’s day)
Colors: Purple, Deep Blue
Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin
Aroma: Melissa, Clove, Oakmoss, Jupiter Oil, Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage
Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.
Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.
Thursday is the day of Jupiter, the largest of the planets and said to be the most powerful. Spellcasters would be wise to use this day for attempting wealth, success and prosperity spells.
Thursday is also associated (in Greek mythology) to Thor – Thor’s day – and some even say that Jupiter and Thor are one in the same. Both are strong and powerful, yet wise and just. Try a small prayer to Jupiter before commencing any ritual on Thursday as a sign of respect.
This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving luck, happiness, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure, wealth, honour, riches, clothing, money, desires, business, group pursuits, joy, laughter, and expansion
Custom Made Magick for Thursday
Well, let’s see … abundance, prosperity, and good health has been our focus for this day. Now how about a little more information and ideas for working practical magick with one of our fascinating featured deities of the day?
Juno was the Queen of Heaven. As the matriarch of the gods, she guarded over women in every aspect of their lives. Juno was thought to have renewed her virginity every year. Similar to other goddess stories, Juno was a triple goddess-a virgin who belonged to no one; a mother and woman in the prime of her life, sexual and mature; and also a crone, powerful, wise, and sometimes vengeful (as she made her husband’s many mistresses’ lives either fairly unhappy or short).
There are references to an early all-female triad of goddesses known as the Capitoline Triad. This triad consisted of Juventas, Juno, and Minerva. To the Greeks, they would have been known as Hebe, Hera, and Hecate. Ultimately the triad became Juno, Minerva, and the male Jupiter. Jupiter, another of Thursday’s gods, was Juno’s consort.
As mentioned earlier, Juno, in her aspect as Juno Moneta, was the patron and protector of the Roman mint. The coins produced at her temples were blessed by Juno and imbued with her powers of abundance and prosperity. In another of her aspects as Juno Augusta, Juno was the goddess of an abundant harvest.
In addition, another of Juno’s magickal correspondences is the semiprecious stone malachite. Malachite is a beautiful green-banded stone that was also called the “peacock stone” in Italy. The peacock was a sacred animal of Juno’s, and the magickal energies of malachite encourage health and prosperity.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Perfect Corresponding Spell for Thursday – Earthy Prosperity Tarot Spell
Earthy Prosperity Tarot Spell
If possible, work this prosperity spell outdoors. You will be calling on the element of earth and all of its fertile and abundant energies. If weather prohibits you from being outside, then set this up so your work area faces north, because the northern direction is associated with the element of earth.
• A green votive candle
• A votive-cup candle holder
• 1/2 cup garden soil (you can use potting soil)
• A saucer or small plate to hold the soil
• The following tarot cards: Ace of Pentacles, Nine of Pentacles, and Ten of Pentacles (please note: the suits of Coins and Pentacles are the same thing)
• A lighter or matches
• A safe, flat surface on which to set up the spell
Place the green votive candle inside the cup. Snuggle the votive cup securely down into the soil. Arrange the cards next to the dish that holds the soil and candle. Take a few moments to center yourself. When you feel ready, light the candle, and speak the following spell three times:
Element of earth I call, ground and strengthen me tonight
May the gods now bless this green spell candle that burns so bright
The suit of Pentacles and Coins calls for prosperity
They will help to bring health and abundance quickly to me
Now together may all of these elements combine
And create opportunity for wealth at this time.
Close the spell by saying:
For the good of all, bringing harm to none
By the element of earth, this spell is done!
Allow the candle to burn until it goes out on its own. If necessary, move the candle to a safe location so it can finish burning, such as a shower stall, inside an unlit fireplace, or in the emply kitchen sink. Never leave a burning candle unattended, especially outdoors.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
What Are The Best Known Pagan Paths?
Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and not all Pagan paths are the same. From Asatru to Druidry to Celtic Reconstructionism, there are plenty of Pagan groups out there to choose from. Read on and learn about the differences and the similarities. Keep in mind that this list is not meant to be all-encompassing, and we don’t claim that it covers every single Pagan path that’s out there. Plenty more exist, and if you do a bit of digging you’ll find them – but these are some of the best known belief systems in the modern Pagan community.
The Asatru tradition is a reconstructionist path that focuses on pre-Christian Norse spirituality. The movement began in the 1970s as part of a revival of Germanic paganism, and numerous Asatru groups exist in the United States and other countries. Many Asatruar prefer the word “heathen” to “neopagan,” and rightfully so. As a reconstructionist path, many Asatruar say their religion is very similar in its modern form to the religion that existed hundreds of years ago before the Christianization of the Norse cultures.
When most people hear the word Druid, they think of old men with long beards, wearing robes and frolicking around Stonehenge. However, the modern Druid movement is a bit different from that. Although there has been a significant revival in interest in things Celtic within the Pagan community, it’s important to remember that Druidism is not Wicca.
Egyptian Paganism/Kemetic Reconstructionism
There are some traditions of modern Paganism that follow the structure of the ancient Egyptian religion. Typically these traditions, sometimes referred to as Kemetic Paganism or Kemetic reconstruction, follow basic principles of Egyptian spirituality such as honoring the Neteru, or deities, and finding a balance between man’s needs and the natural world. For most Kemetic groups, information is gained by studying scholarly sources of information on ancient Egypt.
Rooted in the traditions and philosophies of the ancient Greeks, one neopagan path that has begun a resurgence is Hellenic Polytheism. Following the Greek pantheon, and often adopting the religious practices of their ancestors, Hellenes are part of the reconstructive neopagan movement.
The phrase “kitchen witchery” is becoming more and more popular among Pagans and Wiccans. Find out what exactly kitchen witchery, or kitchen witchcraft, means and learn how you can incorporate kitchen witch practices into your daily life.
Pagan Reconstructionist Groups
Most people in the Pagan and Wiccan community have heard the term “recon” or “reconstructionism.” A reconstructionist, or recon, tradition is one based upon actual historical writings and attempts to literally reconstruct the practice of a specific ancient group. Let’s look at some different recon groups out there in the community.
Religio Romana is a modern Pagan reconstructionist religion based upon the ancient faith of pre-Christian Rome. It’s definitely not a Wiccan path, and because of the structure within the spirituality, it’s not even something where you can swap out gods of other pantheons and insert the Roman deities. It is, in fact, unique among Pagan paths. Learn about this unique spiritual path than honors the old gods in they ways they were honored thousands of years ago.
Stregheria is a branch of modern Paganism that celebrates early Italian witchcraft. Its adherents say that their tradition has pre-Christian roots, and refer to it as La Vecchia Religione, the Old Religion. There are a number of different traditions of Stregheria, each with its own history and set of guidelines. Much of it is based upon the writings of Charles Leland, who published Aradia: Gospel of the Witches. Although there’s some question about the validity of Leland’s scholarship, the work purports to be a scripture of an ancient pre-Christian witch cult.
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for Aug. 17 – 24
August 17 – 24
Odin’s Ordeal Begins
According to legend, Odin hung on the World Tree Yggdrasil for nine days, during which time he discovered the runes. In modern Asatru, this discovery is celebrated with a nine-day festival starting on August 17. To those who follow the Norse traditions, Odin is the chief deity and appears in many aspects, among them leader of the wild hunt, God of magick, chooser of the slain in battle, and the dispenser of gifts. As king of Aesir, he was the God of fertility and the last sheaf of wheat was left in offering to his horse. His magickal number was 9 (the days he endured initiation on the World Tree), his color is blue (as is his cloak), and the raven of the Valkyries who attend him are sacred.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Thursday, August 17th
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Moon Age: 24.81 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,455.05 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,433,078.31 km
Avalon Returns Through the Solar Eclipse
Avalon has always held a mystical, magical, spiritual place in my heart and I believe in the hearts of many others. A great deal has been written over the years and the overriding consensus is that it was a feminine based society. When you read about Avalon, most often it is associated with King Arthur and Camelot. This was but a portion of Avalon’s experience. So much of what is written is based on lore and old manuscripts of ancient England. There is much that people will just discount as fantasy. But through my channeling, I’ve received information that this magical place is returning to Earth. It is bringing the Divine Feminine back with a modern alignment to an ancient tradition.
In the summer of 2016 I was doing a private channel for a friend of mine, Leanne Temple. As we looked at various past lifetimes, Avalon suddenly became very important to her. We both realized she was the High Priestess of Avalon when it disappeared. I’ve known Leanne for a long time, so that didn’t surprise me, but what did was that a council of twelve working with star beings and dragons actually removed Avalon from the earth plane! I could see it happening. Now, this was not the entire land, but a significant portion that contained the records of time.
Leanne and I both felt that the reason it needed to be removed was because people were trying to find these deeply held secrets so as to destroy them which in turn would allow the others to control these people – or so they thought! Our sense is that this was during Atlantis as the energies were very masculine and controlling.
Channeled message from Avalon (click here for the video):
Greetings my Brothers and Sisters!
I am so very pleased to speak with you at this time about the return of Avalon. There are a group of us who have been working with people all around your earth in other dimensions to assist with the movement.
I wish to speak of what I have communicated to this individual speaking. All that she has written above is correct, but it is also but a drop in the bucket!! I wish to speak to you of what Avalon IS to me and to this group.
Avalon has been one of the oldest cultures upon the earth. We have been a part of the earth and indeed the Druids arose from our truth. We are originally from off the earth. We originate in a star system far from your own. We chose to live upon earth because of the beauty and the water; plus the energies of peace.
Warfare exists in all parts of the universe and this Earth, but it does not make it a vibration we wish to live within. That being said, we have always done whatever was needed to keep our peace in any of the stations that we inhabited around the universe.
As I speak of Avalon it is with great respect and love. In some cases we created them, in other cases they were here already; but the people of Avalon are very much aligned with the Fae, the Dragons, the Elementals and all animals of your environment. We worked the earth for our food. We revered all peoples and all beliefs because no one was better or worse than another.
During our times upon the earth, we had countless experiences of becoming one with the earth. We worked with the elements to assist with our crops. We shifted into an animal if it was needed to create something. We worked with metals transforming them to assist us in life.
When the time came that we could no longer be disguised and we could no longer live our lives we had many discussions. One was that we could all ascend off the earth into a new location; in fact, many did just that. Another was that people could go inside of the earth because there were portals and pathways to do so. What was finally decided was that we would remove the heart of Avalon and keep it safe in another dimension so that it could return when the time was right. Now is that time!
Imagine if you will the discussions that took place! Oh, I smile even now because they were fierce and immense. But we of Avalon are very strong, we know our strengths, we know that of which we are capable!
We did not have your linear time frame, so to try and acclimate we would say this was when Atlantis was well established and pushing the boarders. There were many of what you call the ET’s who were working with them and we knew these species of what they are capable; this too is behind our decisions.
It truly did not take long, the actual removal. There were many priestesses including the high priestess who worked with the land creating a separation. They worked deep into the ground with the assistance of the Fae and Elementals creating deep ravines. We spoke with every person. We spoke with the animals and all species who occupied our space. It was well known by all what was to come. Some attempted to share this information with those who wanted to capture us; but they never found our location.
As Avalon was lifted, there were laser type beams that were directed at the earth from ships in the sky. We were assisted by those you speak of as the Great White Brotherhood, the Arcturians and of course our home planet. These lasers very precisely created the complete separation in the earth. From there using many, many dragons, the levitating energies of the Druids, the energy of all our brothers and sisters in the ships; we lifted off from the earth.
We have been encapsulated in a dimension which has protected us from all. We have watched the actions of the earth and we have participated through our people’s including the times of Camelot. By then we were gone and only created a space where we could live and breathe which is why it was always in a mist. We did this because we thought that was the time of a shift that would create the balance and peace on earth which would allow us to return, but it was not the right time.
We have deemed that now is the time to return to Earth. We have had a hologram of Avalon located in the space of England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Greenland and Iceland. We are actually much larger than that, but that is our focus. We will place our island in the north Atlantic between Iceland, Greenland and Ireland.
We believe that the grounding of the energy back into the earth will shift the energies into a greater balance. We intend that this return with the total eclipse will cut through the hatred, the anger, the fear, the rage, the warfare that is so prevalent. To those of you upon the earth; this may seem to be dominant. To us, we SEE that there are sooooo many, many, many of we the Avalonians present upon the earth. We are all around with our energy of peace, love, acceptance and balance.
For this day of the eclipse, Monday, August 21, 2017, as you date your time upon the earth we will be seated again. We will come in, in an invisible mode. We bring our dragons to assist with the seating of the island. Right now there is water, but the Island will appear. You, my beloved family, can find it anytime you seek to blend with us. We will be primarily in the 7th dimension but over time will create alignments to the 5th. We will not go below that level; in fact, it will only be the high 5th dimension.
We value the assistance of all. If you will in your meditation, go into your heart and find through the central sun your alignment to us. For many it is easily found since you are here already!! Please see us as returning, as balancing, as bringing forth the love, the joy, the magic, the truth of all that we are; for we are Avalon!
I thank you for joining with this exciting occasion realizing that all are of the earth and live as the earth; from here the balanced energy will emerge.
I thank you for spending this time with me~~~
Merlin/ Morgan/ Brigid We are One
Whew!! The emotion I felt during that channel was huge! As it separated, I felt tears and this is something I’ve tapped into half a dozen times already. As it returns, I felt very protective. But I realized as I was observing the earth and the return that this has been planned for a long time and there has been a hologram where this is going so I felt much more confident and secure.
Now is the time to bring this to consciousness. I’m sure many people have been a part of this on an unconscious level.
Therefore on this day Monday, August 21, 2017 no matter where you live in the world I invite you to tap into the energies the eclipse. Allow it to truly clear out your old energy and patterns. Then as we anchor Avalon, we also anchor balance, love, magical potentials and more.
I also have a YouTube video that is talks more about the eclipse that you can also watch if you are interested.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, August 17th
Certainly, with Mercury still retrograde, there can be more than the usual misunderstandings these days, dear Aries, but it’s a good cycle in which to revisit old conversations from a different perspective. The Moon moves through your communications sector until midday, stimulating your desire to do some of this rehashing, as long as it’s on the light side, as you are far too busy right now to focus too intently on any one topic! Your desires to communicate, connect, and collect information are notable now. You enjoy a pleasing level of busy-ness. With the Moon in your home and family sector in the second half of the day, you’ll do well for yourself if you seek out activities that help build your confidence from the inside out and treat yourself to comforting endeavors. It’s a good time to back away from problems related to work or the outside world (of which there have been more than the usual recently) so that you can recoup some energy.
With the Moon in your resources sector for the first half of the day, your intuition is sound when it comes to practical affairs, dear Taurus. Mercury’s retrograde, active until September 5th, does sometimes pull your attention away from particular facts and details, but this opens your mind to things you overlooked in the past and allows you to reconsider how you’ve been handling money. As well, you can gain new ideas and instincts with money and business as you reassess things. Even if they need refinement later, coming up with these ideas gets you started. While you may stick with familiar tasks and activities this morning, the second half of the day has a way of stimulating your curiosity. In fact, the routine may feel too staid and boring, so it’s time to liven things up a little by branching out and connecting with people and information.
The first half of the day is favorable for connecting, sharing ideas, and going your own way, dear Gemini, with the Moon in your sign. It’s true that Mercury’s retrograde can lead to more misunderstandings or delays than usual these days, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some great conversations. In fact, it’s an interesting time for revisiting old discussions and ideas. This is an important time of the lunar month for getting in touch with your emotional needs (and wants), even if they are often exaggerated under this influence. It’s a good time for healthy self-focus, but also quite enjoyable for reaching out. The Moon moves out of your sign midday, reminding you of the beautiful things already present in your life. Since there have been more than the usual complications in your life recently, you’ll welcome this Moon position’s moderate and reasonable perspective.
You tend to play things close to the vest this morning, dear Cancer, with the Moon in your private solar twelfth house. Withdrawing even in small ways from mainstream activities, particularly if they’re demanding or competitive, makes sense now as it gives you the chance to regroup. You may want to settle an issue or tie up some loose ends now. Extra rest and/or time to yourself makes sense now, if you can manage it. The Moon emerges in your solar chart midday, moving into your sign and activating your desire to reach out, connect, and start anew on an emotional level. People take notice of you. You experience a feeling of urgency when it comes to filling your needs. This is your monthly reminder of your need to connect emotionally to the world around you as well as to embrace your feelings, allowing them to motivate and invigorate you.
You can enjoy a pleasant sense of camaraderie with others in the first half of the day, dear Leo. You might have some inspiring and stimulating conversations in your social network or interesting follow-up news. Networking or group activities can be satisfying and engaging, especially the exchange of ideas. It’s one of the better days for casually communicating in this retrograde Mercury cycle, and good for revisiting old ideas or discussions. You might turn back to an old interest that you didn’t get the chance to follow up on, and now resolve to pursue it further. Midday forward, the Moon moves through your solar twelfth house for a couple of days, turning your attention to the need for further reflection, which can be especially useful after some busy days.
The Moon continues its transit of your solar tenth house until midday, dear Virgo, and you have your priorities all sorted. Mind you, there can be some overemphasis on performance to the point that you are a little on edge, making the Moon’s move into your sector of dreams, visions, and happiness goals around noon very welcome. It makes sense to tackle your responsibilities as soon as possible to get them out of the way. Work and duties can be on the chaotic side, as you seem to have a lot going on. In the second half of the day, you seek out cooperative rather than competitive activities and situations. The less that’s expected of you, the more naturally you contribute, share, and connect with others. Especially since there has been heavier energy with you in recent days, friendships or casual connections might help you to release some of the tension you’ve been feeling in constructive ways.
Jupiter in your sign is in challenging aspect to Venus today, dear Libra, and it’s an energy that is best used for having a little fun. However, there is a tendency to want–or pursue–too much under this influence, to go over the top or to feel discontent with what you get, or to live beyond your means. You may be tempted to act totally out of character today, which could negatively but temporarily impact your reputation. Self-restraint and patience can save the day and can help you save face, too. Trying too hard may come across poorly when all you need to sell yourself is you! The Moon in your spirit and adventure sector all day helps you to rise above most problems, although its opposition to Saturn suggests you need to keep at least one foot on the ground.
You are inclined to throw much of yourself into whatever you’re doing in the first half of the day with the Moon in your dark solar eighth house, dear Scorpio. The themes of the eighth house are very much connected to your sign, so you understand its intensity. Whether it’s through a conversation with someone or with yourself, you’re inclined to pull important matter out from deep inside of you now, and it’s likely to do with getting a new take on a past issue. Thinking, writing, journaling or ruminating can get you in better touch with your inner needs, wants, and motivations. However, from midday forward, you turn your attention outward. This is a time of less thinking and more doing. The Moon’s move into the sign of Cancer each month usually inspires you to find natural outlets for expressing pent-up emotions, and today is no exception. You need it after some rather complex and possibly heavy days!
The Moon continues to transit your partnership sector until midday, dear Sagittarius, inclining you to make connections and seek out one-on-one exchanges. A partnership, love relationship, or friendship deserves some special attention now. You’re inclined to keep things light and playful, which is your best approach, at least until afternoon. You’re finding ways to combine togetherness and individuality quite seamlessly. Mercury’s current retrograde does sometimes mess with understanding in a relationship, but it can also be a time for a useful revisit of a past problem. The trick is to come at it with a new approach. The Moon’s transit of your solar eighth house in the second half of the day (and until Saturday) has you noticing and possibly dwelling on the hidden layers of a situation or relationship. People are complicated, and you may very well enjoy figuring them out now! Be sure to use this time to understand your deeper longings, too.
Aim to think before responding rather than react today, dear Capricorn, and you’ll be in great shape. The first half of the day is good for sorting things out — focusing on getting the small problems fixed so that you can feel more organized and freer to handle the big stuff. Heavy Pluto in Capricorn energy in recent days can have you feeling a little tense, but the Moon’s move into your partnership sector midday suggests that sharing some of the load with someone can be an emotional tonic. With this transit (good until Saturday), you prefer to share your ideas or activities with someone special, and/or you seek out the middle road, aiming for moderation — something you definitely need for at least a couple of days!
When the Moon is in Gemini each month, you tend to seek out a bit of extra attention or feel compelled to shake things up and enjoy yourself more thoroughly, dear Aquarius. The Moon spends the first half of the day in the sign of the Twins, and you’re ready to get creative. You approach others with more playfulness, confidence, and optimism than usual, and they tend to respond quite happily, ready to return the favor. People are drawn to your interesting perspective and ideas, as well as your good humor today. Conversations may frequently turn to the past. From midday forward, you’re gearing up to take care of business, or life’s circumstances seem to conspire to nudge you in that direction! You’ll find that you’re particularly sensitive to what’s out of balance or inconsistent in your life now and in the next few days. This frame of mind has its potential downfalls but can be very useful as you turn your attention to small problems that need fixing, effectively taking the pressure off over-thinking the bigger issues.
With the Moon’s continued transit of your home and family sector until midday, dear Pisces, you are in a self-protective or cautious, introspective mood. Your feelings are warm, and you tend to appreciate all that’s familiar, including close loved ones and creature comforts! Especially since there has been rather heavy and complicated Pluto energy recently, a focus on the simple things in your life can be very helpful now. You’re inclined to stick within your usual bounds, and this is good for you now, but the second half of the day tends to pull you out of your shell. You’ll experience a stronger need to express and share yourself with others. Recent tensions might be released through creative, entertaining activities. Pulling yourself away from a complex problem can sometimes give you a better perspective. Retrograde Mercury helps in this respect, as it encourages you to look at things in new ways.
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If You Were Born Today, August 17
You are a bit of a maverick. Although sensitive, you are not afraid to do your own thing! Personal magnetism and appeal are strong, although you can be quite pushy and manipulative at times when you want your way. You have good people skills when you need them, however, and you are adept at combining business and pleasure. It’s just that you are very charming and might get used to having things go your way as a result. Your main challenge in life is to put the past behind you and to avoid letting worries and fear rule your life. You are highly intuitive and imaginative. Very amorous, you live for the excitement of romance. You are very giving in love, and need to make sure you are met halfway or you could become resentful. Loyalty in a mate is an especially important quality for you.
Famous people born today: Davy Crockett, Robert De Niro, Mae West, Sean Penn, Taissa Farmiga.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, August 18th
You have a strong desire to cocoon and enjoy familiar faces and places today, dear Aries, but outside concerns tend to weigh on your mind, and this plays with your ability to relax. Alternatively, part of you could be itching for a change, and another, equally compelling part would prefer to stick with the tried and true. Attempt to find a nice balance between responsibility and leisure. There can be a feeling that you have to throw yourself into one thing or another, when in fact a healthy balance will work out for the best. Also keep in mind that you may be taken the wrong way right now, simply because insecurities are more likely to emerge and people are putting up their protective shields, pretending they don’t care when they do.
It can be rather tricky to reach a compromise today, dear Taurus, or to connect with someone and feel confident about it fully. As well, you might be excited about something, but you’re met with cool or aloof responses. Try not to take things personally.Love and social relationships can seem complicated right now when, in fact, there is some unfortunate timing or insecurities at work that lead to missed connections. You can be a little moody, but if you remember that you’re in charge of your emotions, then you give yourself the power to alter the way you react to stressors in your environment. Work on building your own happiness, and the best you can do is hope others join you. Improvisation may not be easy today as you can be feeling out of sync, so it may be a good idea to plan ahead of yourself.
It can be difficult to get what you want today, dear Gemini, but save your energy for the important things. Be an informed listener and soft sell your ideas or desires today for best results, but keep in mind that people can be a little aloof, or at least appear that way with a Venus-Saturn influence that can be behind social clumsiness. While this is a generally good time for enjoying comfort and some level of indulgence, there can be worries about limited resources or someone may be disapproving today. Two strong forces compete with one another now. On the one hand, you want to enjoy comfortable, sensual, and leisurely living, but you are also very concerned with your responsibilities, or a partner reminds you of them! Strike up a compromise with yourself. With others, it may not be quite as easy. It can be hard to know whether you want to get close and comfortable or if you prefer to settle in and do your own thing.
With Venus in Cancer these days, you may be focusing on your personal image and ways to improve it, dear Cancer. However, with an awkward aspect occurring between Venus and Saturn today, you can be a bit touchy. Restlessness with your routine can be an issue, or you may be bothered by elements of your daily life that are overwhelming. A good part of you wants to languish, indulge, and pamper yourself, but another equally strong part wants to put things in order and set things straight, as you can’t seem to turn a blind eye to flaws and responsibilities, as much as you’d like to! Try not to stay on the fence. Instead of turning this into an either-or situation, try to manage to do both in small ways.
With Venus in an awkward angle with Saturn influencing the first half of today, dear Leo, you may be dealing with insecurities or feel limited by the restrictions put upon you in your love life or with children. Some feeling of discontent with your social life or a sense of being “stuck” creatively is temporary. You will need to review how well you are balancing work and play in your life, and what areas you may be neglecting — an imbalance with these can lead to unhappiness in both areas. Insecurities can seem to emerge out of nowhere, or you could be experiencing a delayed reaction to something you didn’t realize hurt you when it happened! If you’re faced with pressures or sudden attention when you’d rather spend some time alone, gracefully bow out and build up emotional strength. Something could be holding you back from expressing yourself, or there may be some off timing to deal with. Even so, with some space, you’ll feel that you’re in a better position of self-understanding by later today.
Planetary energies are a little awkward until afternoon today, dear Virgo, as pleasure-seeking Venus forms an awkward angle with serious Saturn. Your desire to enjoy yourself with friends may be curtailed either by family responsibilities or your own insecurity about venturing out. There can be some uncertainty about how to deal with a friend or other social matter, or you may be feeling torn between the desire for togetherness and affection and the need for some emotional space. Mixed signals are certainly possible now! Objectivity is difficult if you’re distracted so that if an important decision has to be made, you might need some silence or solitude to come to a fair conclusion. Treat doubts as red flags only if they persist for some time, as they may simply have to do with insecurities. Once you get in better touch with your responsibilities and which ones truly need doing (Virgos often feel over-obligated), you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more.
You’re likely to wrestle with whether you should express yourself straightforwardly or say what others want to hear today, dear Libra. A Venus-Saturn awkward angle can act to undercut your confidence temporarily and your communications may be a little guarded. You might end up deliberating over a response for far longer than is healthy. Avoid straining yourself. Aim to be polite and don’t worry excessively about how your message will be received. However, do take extra care if you are making a statement in a more formal setting. If you’re worried about your performance today, try to work on fixing weaknesses in a reasonable, moderate, well-paced manner but don’t try too hard to please others. You’re the best judge of what needs improving. Once you have your priorities straight, you’ll feel far better about your day.
Venus in your solar ninth house and in a Water sign these days softens your demeanor and improves your overall popularity, dear Scorpio. The Moon is in the same sector today, encouraging you to embrace new experiences, but Saturn acts as a nag as it forms a quincunx with both today. You may wish to branch out and try something new, but there can be hesitation due to lack of funds or, on an emotional level, some inertia or concerns holding you back. You may be feeling a financial pinch. There could be some wavering about going forward with a relationship or financial matter, and this may very well be a sign to wait something out. With confidence temporarily shaky, it may not be the time to buck authority or throw caution to the wind. However, a compromise may be possible — you may very well find ways to satisfy both your adventurous and practical side today.
If you’re feeling critical of others or disappointment with the people around you, dear Sagittarius, it may be that on some level you’re feeling excluded. Try not to wait around for others to sense your needs. Ask for what you want, or at least put yourself in the position to receive it, but keep in mind that the social atmosphere today (until evening) is on the cool or awkward side. A Venus-Saturn aspect inclines us to emotional defensiveness, but even if you feel that people are expecting (or demanding) too much from you these days, you’re better off being gentle and firm rather than taking offense. Emotional attachments can be hard to understand today, but this is temporary. Save important decisions and sensitive discussions for clearer times.
Excesses, errors, and discrepancies from the past may be in serious play today, dear Capricorn, and guilt may surface. Learn to recognize guilt even if it is cleverly disguised! Try not to take social blunders personally, as people may be a little awkward or distant. Someone in your life may be unsure how to approach you or how to behave. Today, you are inclined to pull yourself out of stressful situations rather than meet challenges head-on. It may very well be the right thing to do at the moment, as energy levels can be low if your emotions are fragile. However, don’t allow past mistakes and wrongs hold you back from enjoying the present, particularly your relationships. If timing is off with someone, try not to take it to heart.
You could get a sense that someone is hiding something from you today, dear Aquarius, but putting pressure on is unlikely to lead to a happy outcome. It’s probably best to adopt a “wait and see” approach right now. There may be some confusing social or work situations that require waiting things out before clarity comes. Disagreements or disconnects, as well as indecision, are temporary but possibly instructive as well — waiting something out can help you figure out what you actually want. While you have a pleasant relationship with your work and routines these days, your mind may be somewhere else altogether, or concerns that you’re missing something important or worries about friendships can limit this enjoyment if you’re not careful.
There can be a conflict between your indulgent side and your responsible side today, dear Pisces, with neither coming out a clear winner! Your need for affection is stronger than usual with Venus in your solar fifth house of pleasure these days, and this can be at the root of your desire to pamper yourself or to do something different. However, demands of the outside world are high. Strive for balance rather than throwing yourself into one and neglecting the other. Some form of indecision is likely to weigh on you today, but it may be better to weight things out anyhow. There can be some off-timing in relationships and business, but nothing you can’t handle! As soon as you reconcile how much you can work and how much you can play today, you’re in a much better position.
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Tarot Card of the Day
The Devil Tarot card expresses the realm of the taboo — the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, The Devil evoked the church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces.
The Devil image which emerged in the mid-1700s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul.
Daily Love Tarot
August 17th, 2017
If single, intellectual rapport in the light of friendship is the way to start a union now. Think of it as hugs on a mental level that are freely (and mutually) given. The Hermit, soul of patience, says it takes time for feelings to grow. Don’t fast-forward and hurry the exchange of ‘I love you’s.’ If in a long-term relationship, say the latter three words. Someone feels like they are on romantic life support without them.
Past Lives Tarot
August 17th, 2017
When a famous author incarnates inside you, ideas that you couldn’t express in written words before suddenly come out more clearly. With your experience of this past life comes insight that you didn’t have before. If you take on the style of the famous author you once were, you can actually channel that part of your spirit of the past to affect your creativity in the present. Take advantage of this extremely creative moment, because past life incarnations can vanish as quickly as they arrive.
Psychic Tip of the Day
There is chaos in the passion department — and six weeks of disruption to desires. Can you handle the return of an old lover for a little while?
Your Daily Rune for August 17th is Sowilo
“The guide leads you to the doorway, then waits for your return.”
Sowilo – “So-iölo” – Literally: “Sun” (Sol) – Esoteric: wholeness, success
Rune of guidance, goal setting and success.
Psi: central nervous system, seat of the soul, revelation, wholeness
Energy: sun-wheel, strengthening the hvel/charka, cosmic energies, motivation, life-giving force, action
Mundane: sunlight, fire, meeting of goals, confidence, taking action
Divinations: Guidance, hope, success, goals, honor, life purpose, faith in outcomes; or false goals, bad advice, false success, gullibility, loss of goals.
Transmutation of thought into energy for action
Activating highest values
Strengthening of psychic centers (hvel aka Chakras)
Increase in spiritual will and optimal health
Guidance through the pathways, “enlightenment”
Victory and success through individual will
Your Karmic Number for Today
Your hands may be tingling and feeling hot because you are a natural healer right now, says 7. A course in energy healing, massage, or reflexology may help your personal growth or even lead you toward a new career. Even just researching these online can be greatly beneficial and fun. Go into this as an adventure in self-exploration and kindness toward others. You will find new people who will be supportive of you regardless of how you decide to move forward with this gift. They could become friends for life – maybe even more!
Crack the Cookie
The Wisdom of Buddha
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
Your EarthSky News for August 17: Moon on its way to the eclipse
The moon has three-and-a-half days to go until its new phase – the moment, this time, when it will stamp on the sun. The strides of the moon toward its appointment with the sun are shown in the detail above, from the sky-scene illustration in The Under-Standing of Eclipses.
Each morning from now on, you could see it take one stride (of a bit less than an outstretched handspan) nearer to the sun. So you could each morning be up one hour later to see its dwindling crescent.
Bottom line: Sky photos from EarthSky friends, plus insights and charts from astronomer Guy Ottewell, related to the moon’s movement on our sky’s dome toward the August 21, 2017 eclipse.
Astronomer, artist and poet Guy Ottewell’s beloved Astronomical Calendar ended its yearly print run in 2016, its 43rd year. Visit Guy’s website UniversalWorkshop.com or his blog at UniversalWorkshop.com/Guysblog. You can also find 2017 Astronomical Calendar info and charts there at UniversalWorkshop.com/Guysblog/astronomical-calendar-2017. His stories and art are used here with permission. Thank you, Guy!
A Little Humor for Your Day
Thou hast just received the Amish Virus.
As we haveth no technology nor programming experience, this virus worketh on the honour system.
Please delete all the files from thy hard drive and manually forward this virus to all on thy mailing list.
We thank thee for thy cooperation.
— The Amish Computer Engineering Dept.
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