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The Witches Digest for Friday, December 29, 2017 (Part 2)

Happy Holidays
The Witches Digest for Friday, December 29, 2017

(Part 2)

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Preview of January Energies

Foresight for Success

As the year is winding down, it’s helpful to have a look ahead at January, a pivotal jumping off point for 2018. In chaotic times like these, having foresight about societal and energy cycles can be both comforting and an essential tool for spiritual transformation. Continue reading for highlights of energies unfolding and what they mean.

Background

This has been one of the most unusual years in our recent history. In fact, our collective psyche continues to process the relentless cascade of changes, surprises, and uncertainty. There is much to integrate and heal.

Given this background, it’s essential to regularly connect with a higher view of happenstance. That includes outer-world events and your personal life situation.

Many things are not as they appear. Consider that some of the challenges and craziness may be divinely orchestrated to catalyze mega shifts and awakening. Factor in the potential of blessings in even the direst circumstances.

When you connect with the higher view, it’s easier to discover peace within. This leads to more stability, more hopefulness, and more creativity to manifest your best life.

Here’s another thing – more peace within helps you to see the world in a heart-centered way. This amplifies your ability to make a beneficial impact as a divine changemaker. The world needs your love and inspiration, put into practice daily.

January Planetary Opportunities

January’s planetary energies provide a number of opportunities to create beneficial personal life shifts and see yourself more clearly. Examples are noted below.

Supermoons Jan 1 and 31

January begins the year in a powerful way with two supermoons. These include a Cancer Full Moon on New Years, then another Full Moon with total Lunar Eclipse the last day of the month. Both of these times are energy gateways with illumination that can help you to get resourced in new ways. Relationships and other issues will have a helpful spotlight, which can translate into resolutions and other breakthroughs.

New Moon Jan 16/17

The first New Moon of 2018 can be an opportunity to clarify feelings about key goals. The energies will support getting grounded and tapping a deep knowing within regarding what stirs your passion. Use this time to self-reflect about what your goals will feel like in manifested form. Your heart needs to be involved for success. Doing this assessment before specific intention setting can make a significant difference in outcomes.

Your Personal Preparations

Now is a good time to reflect on goals you previously set to see what needs updating before the new year. These are fast-changing times and you are changing fast too. Factor in your growth and make adjustments so you can soar in 2018!

You have more options than you realize as you’re preparing for next year. Knowing that, make your intentions and plans with a quantum mindset that factors in the unexpected and wonderful you cannot yet see.

Apply the same quantum mindset as you focus on your outer world. This mindset, since it is spiritual and big picture, will help you to stay hopeful and resourced in the coming year.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, December 29th

Aries

Aries
Aries

Today’s energies are primarily peaceful, dear Aries, and you’re in a good position to slow down and enjoy the moment. Mind you, this morning you could be battling a bit of restlessness or indecision, as part of you might feel you should be more involved than you are. Priorities may be hard to decide upon, but if you examine things carefully, you’ll get to the right decision. Excess spending or borrowing can be an issue now. Take steps to wind down, which gets easier and, in fact, quite natural as the day advances.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

This is a great day for taking some extra “me time” and pampering yourself, dear Taurus. While this morning’s energies tend to find you a little restless, it’s best to avoid the temptation to overdo or overindulge. Others’ demands on you may feel a little excessive. Or, you may be attempting to please someone and at the same time striving for independence. However, you’d do yourself the biggest favor by pacing yourself. Excess has a price even if the payment is deferred. You’re better off keeping things even and smooth now so that you don’t start off at a disadvantage tomorrow.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The day is best used to unwind, take things easy, and release tension, dear Gemini. The Moon continues to spend time in the sign just behind yours, pointing to a need for reflection and a bit of anonymity before busier days ahead. This morning, a dichotomy or difficult choice can lead you to consider imbalances in your life. Something has to give in order to balance your life better, particularly when it comes to working and resting, or tending to physical needs and tending to emotional/mental needs. Today also holds the potential for better understanding a complex relationship or your own complicated feelings, once you get past the early morning restlessness.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

The Moon spends the day in your sector of dreams, hopes, happiness, and friendship, dear Cancer, and is void most of the regular waking hours, pointing to a real need — or excuse — to unwind and treat yourself to light activities. It’s not an ambitious time today, and it’s best to treat the day as a time for catching your breath. A Full Moon will occur in your sign in just three days, and in fact, will happen on the first day of the new year, and personal epiphanies are likely to be significant. For now, give yourself a break! Relationships also deserve a light touch.

Leo

Leo
Leo

The day’s energies encourage and reward simplicity, dear Leo. Even so, early today can find your undecided or restless. While the Moon at the top of your chart usually keeps you on your toes, the Moon is void for most of the day’s regular waking hours, and taking it easy makes the most sense now. You can nevertheless muse about your goals and keep your responsibilities in mind, but avoid pushing yourself or projects that could have a rough time of it if you went ahead with them. You’ll be in the best shape if you take time to relax and center yourself now and pursue your ambitions later.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

The Moon spends the day in your sector of spirit and in harmony with your sign, dear Virgo. It’s also void for much of the day, giving you the license to enjoy yourself without pressure or guilt. The trick will be allowing yourself to take this time! As well, this morning could find you a little tense or in a situation of “too much information.” Too many choices can be overwhelming. You have a bigger than usual appetite for taking on new interests or developing existing ones, but the temptation may be to go overboard with this. Try to focus on releasing tension now. Give yourself a break today.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

It can be a little too easy to overdo spending or other indulgences now, dear Libra, but as the day moves forward, you’re in a great position to simplify. In truth, if you want to treat yourself, streamlining is the route to take – it comes with less guilt and consequences. As well, focusing on your inner goals and values will do much more for your happiness than too much focus on external signs of success. The Moon spends another day in your intimacy sector, and you’re inclined to embrace your deeper feelings rather than push them to the side. It’s an excellent time to enjoy family or home life, or domestic activities, as well.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

Mars and Jupiter are both in your sign, dear Scorpio, and they’re heading towards an alignment that will be exact on January 6th. Even though it’s more than a week away, these planets are very close to one another now, and there can be a building sense of excitement and enterprise as you end the year and begin a new one. You can feel increasingly motivated to do something special, and you have all the courage and resourcefulness to make your mark. Pay particular attention to your urges and hunches as you can be heading towards great things. Today, the Moon is in your opposing sign, however, and is void most of the day, suggesting it’s best not to push yourself, anyone, or anything. Let your imagination go.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

Today’s energies are easygoing as long as you keep things simple, dear Sagittarius. If you try to push things, however, you can feel the resistance! Early today, you may be doing battle with yourself. There’s the part of you that just wants to tuck yourself away and the other part that is super motivated to shine in your routines, work, or daily affairs. Seek out a balance for best results now. Today doesn’t support ambitious or bold moves, so aim to take it easy and go with the flow. Conserve your energy for opportunity periods.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

The Moon spends the day in harmony with your sign, dear Capricorn, and this tends to make things easy for you. Even so, there is a stubborn quality to the day’s energies, and if you’re feeling raring to go and ready for action, you may very well meet some resistance. It may be best to enjoy some release of ambitions, tension, or pressure, and take things easy now. The trick is to allow yourself the luxury! Brand new endeavors are more likely to face obstacles, anyhow, and you’re likely to benefit from a slower, reasonable pace.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon spends another day at the bottom of your solar chart, dear Aquarius, encouraging you to take it easy. This morning, the Moon does brief battle with Jupiter at the top of your chart, and Jupiter is motivating you to grow, improve, and perform. As big as a draw this may be, you’re unlikely to get very far today with the Moon’s void that spans most of the regular waking hours. The energies of the day reward the easygoing, and it’s a good idea to honor your need to wind down and play it safe just for now.

Pisces

PIsces
Pisces

You have both Mars and Jupiter in your solar eleventh house motivating and exciting you about new projects, initiatives, causes, and social events or friendships these days, dear Pisces. As they move closer to alignment this week and next, your enterprising side is alive and well. You may be on the verge of a brand new and innovative endeavor. Today, however, is better for rest and comforting, emotionally centering activities, even if you need to enforce this frame of mind. You could benefit from a break to get your bearings, and you’ll be happy you took it!

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If You Were Born Today, December 29th

Highly intelligent, you are able to work both sides of the brain well, with intuition as well as logic strong. You are a very likable person with good people skills, not only for the sake of charming them, but because you truly are interested in what makes people tick. You are partnership-oriented, drawn to close relationships more than most. Even so, your partnerships are not always traditional, and not always easy, either! You accept a lot from the people you love. Famous people born today: Mary Tyler Moore, Jude Law, Marianne Faithfull, Ted Danson, Jon Voight, Paula Poundstone, Pablo Casals, Alison Brie.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

Saturn transits your Sun this year from March 2018 forward, and this is stabilizing, although at times demanding. You are practical in your choices (for the most part), keeping your feet on the ground and honoring tradition as well as tried-and-true methods. You have the power of practicality, realism, and caution on your side. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some way for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you,” people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work.

This is a year in which you put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future this year is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, will benefit you for years to come. One of the keys to success this year is adopting a realistic, practical, disciplined, and orderly approach to your life.

The need to “get serious” about areas of your life where you’ve been slacking is likely now as Saturn passes over your Sun this year. New responsibilities are likely to present themselves this year, or you are likely to take them more seriously. Gone are the “rose-colored glasses.” You are required to put in the effort to clean up areas of your life that need some order. With your ability to accurately assess your life, you can make real headway. The kind of progress you make now may not seem significant for the time being, but you will look back on this period of your life as one in which you truly made REAL progress towards your goals.

This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well.

Relationships may be stabilized and steady this year, or there can be a new sense of realism in existing partnerships. A sense of duty may lead you to sacrifice a personal pleasure for a cause or for a loved one; thus there could be times when you have to abstain from personal gratification for the time being. Financial discipline, realism, and maturity are possible during this period of your life. You are more conservative when it comes to spending, whether this is because circumstances are such that you need to penny pinch, or you are simply more realistic about your finances.

Renewed ties to old friends are possible, or you could enjoy a new sense of responsibility in existing friendships.

Err on the side of caution if offers arrive that seem too good to be true. Some confusion or possibly deception could arise in communications this year, and you may be skipping important details without even realizing it.

You are imaginative, creative, and communicate warmly and considerately. This is a good time for both teaching and learning, and for expressing feelings. Researching cooking, health, and nutrition can be fruitful now. It’s also a strong time for marketing.

You have great enterprising spirit this year, attracting strong opportunities on both professional and personal levels. You are able to see the “big picture”, which helps you to plan effectively. You have significantly more courage and gumption, making the year ahead a standout one in which you are ready to try new things and take on challenges.

You’re also quite driven to make improvements and effect positive change in the year ahead. This positively impacts many areas of your life beyond the personal, including relationships and work.

This is a powerful year for getting your life in order in significant ways. It’s also strong for enterprising endeavors. You’re in good shape for staying on track and meeting your responsibilities, but also for balancing your time between work and play. This is a standout period for a more mature approach to finances or relationships. You’ll find others more cooperative than usual, and you’re pouring more energy into making things work.

2017 is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It’s a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are especially able to attract others–and material things as well–this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.

2018 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study, observe, research, and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow

Your Horoscopes for Saturday, December 30, 2017

Aries

Aries
Aries

This can be a mentally active day, and at times, a restless one, dear Aries. It’s perhaps busier than you’d like, but also a great time for creative ideas and warm, hopeful conversations. There may be part of you that’s protesting your tendency to jump ahead with a new project or idea, as there are plenty of current things to do first before you take on more. Jupiter in your solar eighth house this year is helping you focus, in general, but today you can find it hard to make a choice. This is a potent period for conversations with children or friends and lovers, as you’re communicating your affection naturally, honestly, and with excellent results.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

The Moon moves out of your sign and onward, dear Taurus, and you’re likely to feel less pressure to push forward and more inclination to settle in, get comfortable, and enjoy yourself as the year draws to a close. The Moon is in your solar second house, and the experience of this house is very relatable (it’s the natural house of Taurus). The second house rules money, personal possessions, and those things you consider valuable, including your feelings about yourself, your talents, and what you have to offer. It’s a good time to do an “inventory” of what you have going for you as it helps to check in this way from time to time and remind yourself of all that you already have. You may feel a little divided between spending time with others or throwing yourself into a solo endeavor, but as the day advances, you’re in excellent shape for stimulating, warm, and open conversation.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The Moon enters your sign today, dear Gemini, and this influence can feel as if you’re coming out of hiding or that your feelings are blossoming. You may also awaken to the need to connect with others or to feel more emotionally connected to the world around you. It’s a period for getting noticed, and you’ll be saying goodbye to 2017 (and hello to 2018) with the Moon in Gemini. Today brings hopeful and positive energy to your outlook, particularly through conversation with a special person or significant other in your life. This morning, you may be feeling a little divided between wanting to pour your energy or attention into a solo endeavor and sharing time with someone special, but as the day advances, you’re likely to grow increasingly more focused on connecting, communicating, and enjoying the natural flow of conversation. It’s a great time to reach out, support, and accept help, as well.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

The Moon enters your privacy sector today, dear Cancer, and will transit this rather hidden area of your solar chart until early on the first of January. The first day of 2018 features a Full Moon in your sign and big personal epiphanies, but for now, you’re inclined to lay low and keep to yourself or simply keep a low profile — and it’s precisely what you need in this stage of the lunar cycle! Use this time for getting to know your feelings and needs more intimately. Healing and replenishing activities are most appropriate now, and you tend to find them quite easily, although this morning, you may struggle a little with feeling content whatever you choose. Perhaps you feel if you do one thing, you’re missing out on something better. However, as the day advances, you grow more focused and comfortable. This can be a fertile time for money, business, work, or health ideas and methods.

Leo

Leo
Leo

The Moon moves into your sector of friends, groups, dreams, community, and hopes, dear Leo, and you’re seeking out a connection to something bigger than yourself today. This brief transit continues until the New Year begins, and you’re ending the year in a rather sociable frame of mind. It’s a good time to let go of worries and concerns and instead focus on making connections as well as plans for achieving your happiness goals. While you can feel a little torn between sticking with what you know and going out on a limb this morning, as the day advances, you’re ready to express your feelings, affections, and creativity. This is, in fact, a fabulous time for showing love and receiving it in kind.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

You’re ending the year with more clarity, dear Virgo, and while you can feel a little restless or divided this morning, you’re in great shape for catching up with someone, the news, or a special interest today. Conversations can be heartwarming. The Moon climbs to the top of your solar chart and will stay here through to the end of 2017. It’s a powerful time for thinking up long-term goals or reconsidering ways to achieve current ones. It’s also a good time for willingly making adjustments on a mental level rather than stubbornly sticking with outdated methods or ideas.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

The Moon moves into harmony with your sign today, dear Libra, and you’re likely to feel more spirited and liberated. This transit is brief, but takes you to the end of 2017! You’re in a good frame of mind and feeling quite hopeful about what’s ahead of you. The Moon will reach the top of your solar chart just after you begin the New Year, making it quite ideal to survey your longer-term goals and form some resolutions. For now, you’re in particularly good shape for communicating, connecting, and friendship, and you’ll enjoy some time spent freer of worries about your responsibilities.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

The Moon moves into your intimacy sector early today, dear Scorpio, and this brief transit takes you to the end of the year. The Moon will move into harmony with your sign on New Year’s Day, and you’ll feel a little freer and ready for action then. For now, you’re in a great position to get into deeper touch with your desires, needs, and wants, and some year-end introspection can do you a world of good. Today is also suitable for giving particular thought to money, work, health, and habits, and for making plans to better take care of these areas of your life. Your mind is fertile and resourceful now.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

The Moon moves into opposition with your sign early today, dear Sagittarius, and while this might sound like a contrary position, it has some distinct benefits. For one, it puts you in the position to enjoy a new perspective on your life, whether this happens naturally or through the eyes of someone close to you. For another, it’s a good time to release some pressure or focus on personal plans and redirect more of your energy into your relationships. Energy levels may not be excellent at this time. This morning, you can be filled with ideas but not sure what to do with them. As the day moves forward, though, you find natural outlets for communicating your ideas and expressing yourself. It’s an excellent time to pursue a personal interest.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

The Moon moves into your work and health sector today, dear Capricorn, and this transit will remain until the end of the year. The New Year is fast approaching and will begin with a Full Moon and a heavy emphasis on relationships, particularly of the one-on-one variety, for you. However, today and tomorrow are good for clearing up various chores and tasks as you’re inclined to want to straighten things out and take care of details now. Even with this practical focus, as the day advances, you’re in particularly good shape for work behind the scenes, research, or conversations about private matters that feel especially natural and lead to healing.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon moves into harmony with your sign today, dear Aquarius, and this transit will take you to the end of 2017. You’re in a playful, lighthearted, expressive mood, and plenty of opportunities are likely to emerge for entertainment, leisure time, and play. A Mercury-Ceres aspect helps communications even further as you’re getting your message across warmly and personably. There can be some tendency to take on a little too much this morning, but as the day pushes forward, it’s easy to go with the flow and enjoy yourself as you do. The New Year is likely to begin with a call to action, but for now, you’re ready to unwind.

Pisces

PIsces
Pisces

The Moon moves to the bottom of your solar chart early today, dear Pisces, and it will stay there through to the end of 2017. It’s a very comfortable place to be, as long as you’re in the mood to lay low, relax, and enjoy familiar faces and places. You’ll begin the New Year with the Moon entering your house of play, romance, and entertainment and a Full Moon celebration vibe to boot. However, until then, you have excellent support for winding down and getting in touch with your needs, wants, and feelings.

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Cat Astrology: Traits by Zodiac Sign

Find your cat’s sign and learn more about their personality…


Do you have a pretty kitty or a downright fat cat? Trust us, the cosmos affect your kitties’ personalities and moods just as much as they affects ours.

Look to your cat’s zodiac sign for clues to why your little beastie might be a lover … or a biter.

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Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

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Daily Tarot Card for the Day

The Lovers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: choice, decision, love, communication, inspiration (ideas from above)!

Astrological Correspondence: Gemini

The Lovers card is representative not only of crucial life choices, but also of lovers, couples, and other partnerships, like business partners, siblings, and friends. The angel between a woman and a man, depicted on this card, symbolizes the struggle of deciding to follow one’s heart versus one’s temptation or obligation. The Lovers card symbolizes the choices that must be made to progress toward higher self-awareness; choices also reflect emotional values, indecisiveness, hesitation, and our fears about making wrong choices. This applies not only to love relationships – it is applicable to any relationship in which people are drawn together, even a casual one. It’s the card of uncertainty!

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Daily Love Tarot for the Day

The Emperor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Emperor card has selected you to let you know that you sow seeds of better things and more fulfilling times ahead. Give yourself permission to reach out for more, especially if you are dissatisfied. You create a solid foundation, built on a sense of higher purpose. If your current relationship suffers from stress, today let tender actions reveal what you may be unable to put into words. Rebuild, from the ground up.

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Your Daily Erotic Tarot

The Judgement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Judgement card indicates that you’ve had some sexual hang-ups in the past, but you’re working toward getting over them. This is a period of transition, and although you’re doing the work, you may not be getting the exact results you desire. Forgive yourself for past missteps in order to take a sexual step forward today. Being afraid to express your true erotic self can even effect other areas of your life, so getting beyond your sexual inhibitions translates into a happier overall existence.

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Your Daily Rune for Today

Hagalaz

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

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

Psi: disruption, change, personal past

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

Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter

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

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

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Your Influences for the Weekend of December 29th

 

Tarot Influence

Six of Coins

Material gain, charity and justice are at the forefront. That which is earned will be given.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Animal Spirit for Today
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The Words of Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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A Little Humor for Your Day

The Plan


Does any of this sound familiar around here ???

  • In the beginning there was the Plan.
  • The plan was based on a set of Assumptions.
  • And the Assumptions were without substance.
  • And thus the Plan could not be sustained.
  • And therefore darkness was upon the face of the Workers who are charged with carrying out the plan.
  • And they spoke among themselves, saying, “This plan: It is a crock of sh*t, and it stinks of same.”
  • And the Workers went unto their Supervisors and said, “It is a pail of dung, and we cannot live with the smell.”
  • And the Supervisors went unto their Managers, saying, “It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it.”
  • And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying, “It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none are able to abide its strength.”
  • And the Directors spoke among themselves, saying to one another, “It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong.”
  • And the Directors went to the Vice Presidents, saying unto them, “It promotes growth, and it is very powerful.”
  • And the Vice Presidents went to the President, saying unto him, “This new plan will actively promote the growth and vigor of the company with very powerful effects.”
  • And the President looked upon the Plan and saw that it was good. And the Plan became Policy.

And this is how sh*t comes to happen.

–Author Unknown

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The Witches Digest for Friday, December 29, 2017 (Part 1)

Happy Holidays
The Witches Digest for Friday, December 29, 2017

(Part 1)

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Today is Friday, December 29th

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/Chrysolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)

Runic Half Month of Eoh (Yew tree) (December 28 – January 12))

Goddess of the Month of Hestia (December 26th – January 22nd))

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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On Friday, December 29th, We Honor the Greek Goddess Eirene

Eirene

The Greek Peace Goddess

Areas of Influence: Eirene was the Greek peace Goddess. She is also the patroness of wealth and prosperity. This is because in times of peace people have the opportunity to plough the fields and make and sell, goods and services. War only breeds famine and destruction.

 

Her name can also be spelled Irene and Irini. Hesiod uses the epithet Hora Thallo which means “green shoot” to describe her. This links her to the springtime, when military campaigns were often planned and her calming nature was most needed.

 

She was one of the three Horae who are the maintainers of law and order that a stable society depends upon. They were also the Goddesses of the seasons and the natural divisions of time. In the lliad the Horae are also described as the guardians of the gates to Olympus. For this reason she is also considered a Goddess of entrance ways.

 

Origins and Genealogy The Greek Goddess of peace was the daughter of Zeus and Themis. She had two sisters Eunomia (order) and Dike (Justice) who were other two members of the Horae.

 

Strengths: A peacemaker and an excellent balance to the other Greek Gods and Goddesses whose infidelities and jealousy often caused war and disagreements.

 

Weaknesses: As a personification of peace and wealth she has no other distinctive personality traits.

 

Symbolism: Often shown as a young woman holding an olive branch or Hermes’s staff. She wore ears of corn that represented wealth and prosperity. In one statue by Kephisodotos she is shown holding the infant Ploutus (Wealth).

 

Sacred Animal/Bird/Plant: Corn and the olive tree.

 

Roman Equivalent: Pax.

 

Eirene’s Archetype

 

The Diplomat/Peacemaker

The Diplomat Archetype is able to mediate between different groups, as they are able to quickly assess the situation, understanding both sides point of view. Helping them to find a middle ground upon which they can both agree.

The Shadow Diplomat manipulates both sides to achieve their own personal agenda.

This is the most fitting Archetype for the Greek Peace Goddess as it is through successful diplomacy that conflicts can be resolved and wars averted.

 

How To Work With This Archetype

The Diplomat/Peacemaker

To have the Diplomat as one of you main archetypes you do not have to be a diplomat by profession. However you must have a life-long commitment to resolving disputes and bringing people together. This can often occur within families where one member of the family is constantly trying to keep the peace and the family together.

Check you are not stepping into this Archetype’s shadow by asking yourself if it is you who will benefit most from the outcome you are steering the different sides towards?

Source

Goddess-Guide.com

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Friday–The Day of Freya

 

In the stories of the gods and goddesses of the Angles and Saxons we find two goddesses, Frigga, the wife of Odin and queen of the gods, and Freya, the Goddess of Love. Some people think that Friday was named after Frigga, and others that it was Freya’s day. Since very similar stories are told of each of them, it is quite probable that they were really the same person. The Roman name for the day was Dies Veneris, the day of Venus, who, it will be remembered, was the Goddess of Love, and so corresponded to Freya. The modern French name is taken from the Latin and is vendredi.

 

Frigga was the Goddess of the Clouds, and, when she was not with her husband Odin, spent her time in spinning clouds. Her spinning-wheel was studded with jewels, and at night could be seen in the sky as the constellation to which the Romans gave the name of Orion’s Belt, as we have seen in the story of Orion.

 

Frigga was also the Goddess of Spring, and as such was known as Eastre, whom we have already mentioned as giving us the word Easter.

 

Freya, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, like the Venus of the Romans, received a great welcome when she came to the home of the gods, and was given a special kingdom called Folk Meadow, where was a vast hall known as the Hall of Many Seats. Here she received half of those slain in battle, the other half being entertained by Odin, as we have seen.

 

Freya is depicted as having blue eyes and golden hair, and often as wearing a robe of feathers, which enabled her to fly through the air like a bird.

 

The goddess is said to have married Odur, who was probably Odin under another name. Odur once had occasion to leave Freya and travel over the world, and the goddess was broken-hearted at his departure. Her tears fell among the rocks and were changed to gold, while some which fell into the sea were transformed into amber. All nature mourned with her: the trees shed their leaves, the grass withered, and the flowers drooped their heads. At last Freya in her distress set out to find her husband, and, passing through many lands, where her golden tears were afterwards found, came to the sunny south, and there overtook the wandering Odur. As the lovers returned, the fields and the flowers rejoiced with them. The frost and snow fled before them, and the earth became green again as they passed.

 

“And Freya next came nigh, with golden tears;
The loveliest Goddess she in Heaven, by all
Most honour’d after Frea, Odin’s wife.
Her long ago the wandering Odur took
To mate, but left her to roam distant lands;
Since then she seeks him, and weeps tears of gold.”
MATTHEW ARNOLD–Balder Dead.

 

This story, of course, reminds us of Ceres and Persephone, and is only another fanciful explanation of summer and winter.

 

Freya was the proud possessor of a dazzling necklace of gold, which had been made by the dwarfs, and which she wore night and day. On one occasion only did she lend the necklace, when Thor, disguised as Freya, went to the land of the giants to recover his hammer, which had been stolen by the Giant Thrym. Loki, by borrowing Freya’s robe of feathers and flying over the country of the giants, had discovered the thief, but had also found that Thrym would only return the hammer on condition that Freya would become his wife. When Freya heard of the giant’s presumption, she became greatly enraged, and vowed that she would never leave her beloved Odur and go to live in that dreary and desolate land of cold. Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge Bifrost, then suggested that Thor should go to Thrym disguised as Freya, in company with Loki disguised as Freya’s attendant. The gods at last allowed themselves to be persuaded, and Thor, having borrowed Freya’s clothes and necklace and wearing a thick veil, set out with Loki, who was dressed as a handmaiden. On reaching the giant’s palace, they were welcomed by Thrym, who was delighted at the success of his plan, and who led them to the banqueting hall, where a great feast was held. At the end of the feast, Thrym ordered the famous hammer to be brought in, and he himself laid it in his bride’s lap as a marriage gift. Thor’s hand immediately closed over the hammer, and in a few moments Thrym and all the guests invited to the wedding feast lay dead.

 

Freya was greatly relieved to have her necklace returned in safety, but the evil Loki, attracted by its wonderful beauty, determined to steal it. One night the god, by changing himself into a fly, succeeded in entering Freya’s palace. He then resumed his own shape, and, creeping stealthily to Freya’s bed, gently removed the necklace from the goddess’s neck. The watchful Heimdall, however, had heard Loki’s footsteps, and, looking in the direction of the Folk Meadow, became a witness of the theft. He at once set off in pursuit of Loki, and, overtaking him, drew his sword and was about to kill the thief, when Loki changed himself into a flame. Heimdall immediately changed himself into a cloud, and sent down a shower of rain to put out the fire. Loki then took the form of a bear, and opened his mouth to catch the water. Heimdall also took the form of a bear and attacked Loki, who, finding that he was being overpowered, changed himself yet again, into a seal. Heimdall followed suit, and fought again with Loki, and at length compelled him to give up the necklace, which was returned to Freya.

 

On another occasion Freya was sought by one of the giants, and it was only by the cunning of Loki and by an act of bad faith on the part of the gods that she was saved. The gods, ever anxious lest the giants should invade Asgard, decided to build a stronghold which would prove impregnable. They received an offer from a stranger, who was willing to undertake the work in return for the sun, the moon, and the goddess Freya. By Loki’s advice they accepted the offer on condition that he should complete the work in one winter, aided only by his horse. To the surprise of the gods the stranger agreed to these conditions, and with the help of his horse, which could haul the heaviest stone, set to work. The gods, who at first felt sure that their conditions had made the task impossible, were alarmed to find as time went on that the stranger was working so quickly that it seemed certain that he would be able to keep his promise. The gods on their side had no intention whatever of keeping their promise, since they could not possibly part with the sun and the moon and the Goddess of Love, and they angrily pointed out to Loki that since it was he who had got them into this difficulty, he must find some way out of it. Loki replied that the gods need have no fear, for with his usual cunning he had thought of a plan whereby the stranger might be made to forfeit his reward. On the last day, when only one stone remained to be dragged into position, Loki changed himself into a horse, and, trotting out from the forest, neighed loudly to attract the attention of the stranger’s horse. Tired of his continual labour and longing for freedom and rest, the horse broke free from its load and galloped after Loki. The stranger, after pursuing it vainly through the forest, at last made his way to Asgard, and, full of anger at the trick which had been played upon him, took on his real shape, for he was a frost-giant, and was about to attack the gods when Thor hurled his hammer at him and killed him.

 

Frey, the god mentioned in the story of Loki and Sif’s golden hair, was Freya’s brother. He was the God of the Fields, and sacrifices were made to him for the crops. In the early spring his wooden image was driven in a chariot through the countryside, in order that he might bless the fields and bring a fruitful harvest: Frey, as we have seen, became the possessor of a ship which could travel over land and sea, and though large enough to contain all the gods, yet could be folded up like a cloth, and he also possessed a boar with golden bristles. The god often rode on this boar, which was swifter than a horse, and was no doubt a symbol of the sun, which ripened the crops. We find the same idea of sunshine in Frey’s flashing sword, which fought of its own accord as soon as it was drawn from its sheath.

 

The month of the Angles and Saxons which begins just before our Christmas was sacred to both Frey and Thor, and it was customary at that time, as we have already mentioned, to bind a huge wooden wheel with straw, and, setting fire to it, to roll it down a hill. The wheel was a symbol of the sun, which at that time began to chase away the winter. At this time, too, was held a great feast to all the gods, and the chief meat eaten was a boar’s head, in honour of Frey. The missionaries who first brought Christianity to the Northmen, finding this feast was of great importance and was celebrated by all the people, did not try to do away with it. Instead, they changed it from a heathen to a Christian festival by putting Christ in the place of the Norse gods, and calling it the Feast or Mass of Christ. A similar change was made, it will be remembered, in the case of the Easter festival, held in honour of Eastre or Frigga, the wife of Odin.

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Friday’s Conjuring

 

Friday – is associated with Venus

 

Candle colors – Green, Red, Blue, White, Purple

 

Spellwork for the Day: Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships, Power and Success

Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies

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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.

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

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The Witches Guide to Fridays

 

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

 

us 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.

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Gypsy Magic

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Friday’s Witchery

 

Fridays are days of loving enchantments and passionate emotions.

 

See how many ways you could add a little loving enchantment into your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you wish to explore the topic of love and romance witchery even further, then check out my book How to Enchant a Man: Spells to Bewitch, Bedazzle &Beguile. If cat magick has tickled your fancy, then for further study read my book The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells & Magick.

 

In the meantime, try sharing red berries with your partner some enchanted evening. Work that meditation, and see what other mysteries Freya has to teach you. Wear a Venus planetary color and call on the Goddess for a little inner sparkle. Burn some floral incense, light up some rosy candles, and set a romantic mood. Try wearing a little copper jewelry, and see how it affects you and your Friday magick. Get those potpourri and philter recipes going, and see what you can conjure up.

 

Advancing your magickal skills takes drive, ambition, and passion. Work with Eros to discover just how much enthusiasm, inspiration, and drive he can bring into your days, for the imagination is a place where dreams flourish and ideas come to fruition.

 

Call on these fertile and romantic powers, and create your own unique spells and charms. Just think of all the magickal information that you can now add to your repertoire of witchery. Lastly, remember this: when you combine imagination and a loving heart with magick, you’ll succeed every time.

Source

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

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, December 29th

Feast of St. Thomas a Becket

Waxing Moon

 
Moon Phase: Second Quarter

 
Moon Sign: Taurus

 
Incense: Yarrow

 
Color: Purple

 

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Moon in Taurus

 

The Moon is traveling through comfy Taurus today. Eat something you love. Have a second serving.

 

We are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and “stop to smell the roses”. Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.

 

The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.

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FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

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

 

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

 

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

 

Number: 5, 6

 

Metal: copper

 

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

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Friday Is Ruled By Venus

 

Friday belongs to Venus, both the planet and its namesake Roman goddess of love. This day is sacred to many other gods and goddesses of love such as Eros, Venus, Aphrodite, and the Norse goddess that gave the day its name, Freya. This day of the week is for magical topics such as love, birth, fertility, and romance. Colors for today include pink and aqua. Some suggestions for Friday enchantments would include:

 

Carrying a rose quartz with you today to send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby co-workers

 

Working a loving Tarot spell to charm a friend’s pregnancy with good health and safety

 

Working a little flower magic to enchant a single pink rose for friendship and inner beauty, and setting it on your desk. Or try empowering a red rose for passion and placing it in your bedroom.

 

Burning rose-scented candles to encourage the same effect. Call on Eros to “bring a passion for life” to your days.

 

Sharing a romantic snack with your partner. Feed each other ripe, red strawberries. Those strawberries are love-inducing food, and are sacred to many love goddesses, including today’s patroness, Freya.

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The Energy of Venus

Weekday ruled by Venus: Friday

Stones:

Rose quartz
Moonstone
Pink tourmaline
Peridot
Emerald
Jade

Herbs and Plants:

Pink rose
Ivy
Birch
Heather
Clematis
Sage
Violet
Waterlily

Magickal intentions: Love, romance, marriage, sexual matters, physical beauty, friendship and partnerships, strangers and heart matters.

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The Witches Magick for Friday, December 29th – Rule da’ Man Spell

(From Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston)

This spell is to gain control over the man you love. You will need:

•Sock from your man
•One silver dime
•Some of his hair
•Piece of paper
Lay the sock out on a table, bottom up. Write his name three times and put it
on the sock. Place the dime on the name and the hair on the dime. Put a piece
of male Lodestone on top of the hair an
d sprinkle it with steel dust. As you
do this, say,
‘Feed the he, feed the she’
That is what you call feeding the Lodestone. Then fold the sock heel on the toe and roll it all up together, tight. Pin the bundle by crossing two needles. Then wet it with whiskey and set it control.

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Home & Hearth Magick for Friday, December 29th

 

On Fridays cast for love, luxury, pleasure and entertainment

Planetary Influence: Venus

Household Symbols: A sea shell, a fountain, fresh flowers, your wedding ring or wedding photo, red or pink paper hearts, apples and cherries.

Color: Pink and aqua green

Kitchen Spices: Thyme and sugar

Source

Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Ellen Dugan

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I just love my Magickal Necessities. I buy all my magickal needs there and get a doggy bone to boot, can’t beat that!

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Jacob has gotten in a new line of cool men’s jewelry. Rings, Celtic honor rings, Manly man pendants and lots more. Why I even got a new pendant for my collar. Stop by check it out.

 

Lynette Has Up-Date Lady A’s Go Fund Me Page

Up-Date On Lady A

Magickal Necessities Is Still Open

Up Date December 28,2018

Kit is due to get out of the hospital within the next few days. She doesn’t even own a coat or a pair of shoes to keep her warm. We cannot imagine what it is like to lose everything you have but she can, she watched the nightmare unfold right in front of her. I just wanted to make her life a little easier when she did get out. I have this image in my mind of her leaning up against a tree, in extreme pain because the bone is stuck through her skin, in complete horror, all by herself watching everything she owned go up in the fire. Hoping and praying it was a horrible nightmare only to get out of the hospital and find out it was really, very real. She worked hard for everything she had. She never asked for hand outs. But she has to start over and she needs our help desperately. In the middle of winter and not even a coat to wear, I can’t imagine that.

 

The doctors also informed us that her left leg is in such a mess from the automobile wreck now jumping out the window to keep from burning to death, that she might be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She can stand and put some weight on it but to walk a distance is another story. Perhaps as time goes on she can use it or as medicine advances but right now it doesn’t look that good. The man who started the fire not only destroyed everything she owned but also took away her quality of life. Such a beautiful lady for this to happen too, it is a horrible tragedy.

 

If you can donate a little, please do so. If not, pass this on. Thank you.

 remain of Kit's Cabin
 This is the remains of Lady A’s home. The fire was deliberately set by a man who had been stalking her for months.

 

The Go Fund Me Page’s Link is

https://www.gofundme.com/the-kit-steels-campaign

 

Please pass this one to as many people as possible

 

Magickal Necessities is still open and all proceeds from sales are going directly to this fund.

 

Thank you for your help and assistance.

kadeLady A’s beautiful little familiar. She calls him Kade. We call him flying Fido. She is seriously depressed and we are trying our best to cheer her up and get her mind off of things. But she tells us, when she is alone in the hospital all that is all she can think about. She can’t seem to get her mind off of it.

The Witches Digest for Thursday, December 28th (Part 2)

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The Witches Digest for Thursday, December 28th

(Part 2)

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The Current Moon Phase for Thursday, December 28th

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 72% 

The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

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The Astrology for Thursday, December 28th

  • The Moon is in Aries until 1:23 AM, after which the Moon is in Taurus.
  • The Moon is void until 1:23 AM (since yesterday at 3:57 PM).
  • The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
  • The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 26th and the Full Moon will occur on January 1, 2018.
  • Mercury is in its post-retrograde shadow until January 10, 2018.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, December 28th

Aries

Aries
Aries

Venus newly at the top of your solar chart receives support from the Moon today, dear Aries. You’re looking good now, and you’re inclined to make smart moves with business and money, as well. You’re less focused on emotional whims and more interested in getting comfortable and settling in today. Your money situation, valuables, and comfort needs assume more importance now. While the inclination with this brief transit is to stick with safe, familiar, and comfortable settings and tasks, try to keep the lines of communication open with others today, as there can be valuable things to learn. There can be an exciting connection made with information or a person that illuminates your way on a creative or romantic pursuit.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

There is a fresh feeling to the morning, dear Taurus, as the Moon moves into your sign and pulls you out of your shell. This transit can bring a pleasant rush of energy to your life and a desire to begin anew or to enjoy a new experience. Emotions are more transparent than they have been in recent days. You incline to go your own way with this transit, but today is excellent for sharing ideas with others, so be sure to let others in. There can be connections made that help further home and family-related goals today, and links can be with people or information that point you in the right direction. The Moon reaches out to the Sun, Saturn, and Venus in your adventure sector, further stimulating a desire to look forward and move on. In fact, you recognize the practical benefits of focusing on the future.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The Moon moves into your solar twelfth house early today, dear Gemini, arousing a desire to tuck yourself away. You now begin a short (two-day) cycle that demands some form of withdrawal, retreat, or extra time carved out for rest and reflection. It’s not the best time to “go hard” in your life, so aim to take things easy, contemplate matters, and process recent feelings and events. Nevertheless, the energies of the day put you in a prime position to learn something exciting or valuable about a friendship or cherished project today, so be sure to open up some lines of communication with others. You may very well feel far more in sync than usual with a partner or special friend now.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

Very early today, the Moon moves into your social sector, dear Cancer, and you begin to more deeply connect with the need for undemanding situations and people around you. You’re seeking light, happy company now, or you’re in a particularly forward-looking mood, and you’re inclined to focus on plans and goals related to personal fulfillment. This positive emotional orientation helps you stay alert to possible opportunities to advance your interests that may arise with Mercury and the North Node in harmony. This can be a time for connecting with the right people or information that support your income, financial state, or current business interests. It’s also a time when helpful clarifications related to work or health are more likely to arrive.

Leo

Leo
Leo

The Moon moves to the top of your solar chart very early today, dear Leo, and this can put you in a rather earnest, serious, or responsible frame of mind. Career matters, life-path plans, responsibilities, and long-term goals come into stronger focus at this time of the lunar month. You’re also getting noticed, and it’s what you do or what you’ve done that gets the most attention now. As a result, you’re doing some checking in with the rules or your own goals, which in turn can motivate you to push a little more, up your game, and do your best. Today is solid for clarifying a relationship or creative matter. Connections may be made to people or information that help you push your personal plans forward.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

Very early today, the Moon moves into harmony with your sign and into your house of spirit, dear Virgo. The past couple of days have been valuable for much-needed introspection, but now you’re very interested in what’s to come. You may be seeking some form of escape from the regular. There is more spontaneity in your approach to the day. Even so, you’re in a practical frame of mind. This is one of the clearer times that you’ve had for some time, and family projects or discussions can begin to really move forward – at least, you start to feel that you’re making a whole lot of progress. Conversations may very well lead to important discoveries about yourself and the people you love today.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

The Moon leaves your partnership sector and enters your intimacy sector very early today, dear Libra. You’re looking at the world a little differently now, taking on an observer’s role. You may find yourself in the position to play detective, and this can be quite welcome and pleasant! It can be a time of valuable — or at the very least, enjoyable –investigating, researching, and analyzing. You gravitate towards projects, relationships, and situations that pull you in and demand your full attention. It’s a good time for making connections, however, so be sure to tear yourself away from your explorations from time to time today. Or, keep your ear to the ground as there can be the inspiration for new ideas, dreams, and goals incoming through news you hear or people you meet today and tomorrow.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

The Moon moves out of your routine sector and into your partnership sector very early today, dear Scorpio, kicking off a more social phase. This is a good time of the lunar month for giving close relationships special attention. It’s also a time when you seek out others for company, feedback, and companionship more than usual. While you’re leaving a work-focused phase behind, don’t entirely ignore business or career-related news and ideas, as this can be a day for discovering valuable information that can further your professional goals. In fact, you may gain refreshing clarity along these lines now.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

The Moon settles into your health and work sector very early today, dear Sagittarius. While it’s only for two days, it’s a fine time of the lunar month to get cracking on duties, chores, work, or health routines. This can be particularly refreshing if you’ve been putting these things off. You want to be useful or productive now, and you can make a serious dent in your “to do” list. You’ll find it easy, much of the day, to tuck away your emotions enough to take care of business, although this can change tonight when you’re quick to react. Also today, there can be news or incoming information about courses and opportunities that are likely to benefit you, so tune in to the rest of the world here and there!

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

Very early today, the Moon pulls you out of your shell, dear Capricorn, as it moves into your colorful, playful solar fifth house after spending a couple of days in your sector of home, family, nurture, and sustenance. You drop some of your inhibitions and fears at this point in the lunar cycle, and you’re ready to share some of your unique self with others. As playful as you may be feeling, certain conversations and connections deserve your undivided attention today. A matter that was recently up in the air may clear up now, helping you clear the path for new beginnings. A conversation about private issues, a secret, or a matter of the past can be significant and perhaps even quite liberating.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon leaves your communications zone very early today, dear Aquarius, and enters your home and family sector for a couple of days. This is a time for a hiatus of sorts, whether it’s merely about unplugging for a bit or getting extra time to sleep in. Honor your needs for familiarity, comfort, and rest away from the demands and concerns of the outside world when possible now, but do allow some of it in with a Mercury-North Node connection today that points to clarity and a sense of forward movement on a matter. It may take the form of a renewed or second-chance conversation, stumbling upon information, or a chance meeting with an old friend that gives you more clarity in the relationship department.

Pisces

PIsces
Pisces

Very early today, the Moon moves into your communications sector, dear Pisces, and you’re likely to experience an increased need for stimulation, especially of the mental variety. This cycle is a brief one, only lasting for just over two days, but it’s useful for putting your feelers out, information gathering, making contact, and getting out and about. A Mercury-North Node influence today helps connect you with people or information that further your career or health goals, so your inclination to include others and network helps you even more than first meets the eye. This can be a time for gaining increased clarity about a life-path goal, project, or job that feels like growth and improvement.

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If You Were Born Today, Thursday, December 28th

Others find your way of expressing yourself especially intriguing and charming. You are forever curious about people and their relationships, and you have an intuitive understanding of relationship dynamics. You are an idealistic person, even if you come across as savvy or possibly sarcastic. It never fails to surprise you when people fail to act with good intentions, even if you can predict it will happen in advance! Somewhat of a worrier, you are often over-thinking matters. Although you are a bit on the dominant side, you can also be very considerate and peace-loving at heart.Famous people born today: Denzel Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Johnny Otis, Peter Finch, Noomi Rapace, Joe Manganiello, Maggie Smith.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

The Moon is in its Balsamic phase in your Solar Return chart, marking this year the end of an important cycle, or stage of growth, in your life. You take more down time than usual, and this is natural, even good for you. This is a year when you are likely closing important projects or “chapters” in your life. This is an important year for reorienting yourself – discovering what you want, and identifying what you need to do in order to move forward more positively.

This can be a year in which you are building faith and confidence in your personality, skills, and talents. You can experience a stronger desire to seek out meaning, wisdom, and mental stimulation in your life during this period. Others might frequently turn to you for guidance.

You are more sensitive artistically, your imagination is stirred, and you have an increased appreciation for subtleties. You are inspired and could even inspire others with your words. Some of your hunches could be prophetic. You are thinking more creatively, and express yourself with more sensitivity, compassion, and warmth.

You are likely to establish connections and/or relationships with people that help forward your own personal growth. Teamwork and camaraderie, as well as meaningful connections, are themes. You feel your life has a definite purpose this year. Through your contacts with others, you are encouraged to grow.

Pleasing circumstances surrounding your love life, finances, and creative pursuits are in store this year. You are more generous, and others return the favor. You might receive financial backing or special gifts in the period ahead. You seek a little more from your love life and you are likely to receive it. Some of you could fall in love this year, or existing relationships are enhanced. Adventure-seeking is a theme.

You listen more carefully to others and you’re more thoughtful than usual, which helps to enhance your relationships. Your social life enlivens but also stabilizes, as you’re finding a wonderful balance between the old and the new. Circumstances may be such that you need to handle money more carefully this year, or this may simply come naturally to you now. Support from older people or authority figures may come by way of solid advice or more tangible help. Renewed ties to old friends are possible, or a new sense of responsibility in existing friendships, are also highly likely.

This is a powerful year for design and balance in your creative life. You can feel energized and inspired creatively at this time, ready to fight for something you believe in. You find it easier to assert yourself and your desires.

You have a freer attitude towards expressing your affection this year. Your open heart is likely to attract easygoing friendships or love opportunities into your life. Relationships are mutually beneficial and naturally equal, fair, and balanced. Power dynamics are improved. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing.

You are enterprising and able to visualize larger goals, but you are also ready to work hard to achieve them. You are dynamic and energetic, but also very realistic.

This year is a period of constructive accomplishment. You are practical and realistic, and your judgment is especially sound. You also derive much satisfaction from practical achievement. It would behoove you to identify and focus on finding pleasure in the simple things that make you happy.

This is a potentially excellent period for your social and romantic life. The period ahead is one of greater consideration for others, self-understanding, enterprise, and engaging projects. You easily find extra energy to pour into your pursuits. Your ability to pace yourself leads to greater happiness and health. Business and ideas are both practical and innovative.

2016 is a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. It’s a time to deal with practical matters, and it’s not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.

2017 will be a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of exploration and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed; or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, mingle.

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, December 29th

Aries

Aries
Aries

Today’s energies are primarily peaceful, dear Aries, and you’re in a good position to slow down and enjoy the moment. Mind you, this morning you could be battling a bit of restlessness or indecision, as part of you might feel you should be more involved than you are. Priorities may be hard to decide upon, but if you examine things carefully, you’ll get to the right decision. Excess spending or borrowing can be an issue now. Take steps to wind down, which gets easier and, in fact, quite natural as the day advances.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

This is a great day for taking some extra “me time” and pampering yourself, dear Taurus. While this morning’s energies tend to find you a little restless, it’s best to avoid the temptation to overdo or overindulge. Others’ demands on you may feel a little excessive. Or, you may be attempting to please someone and at the same time striving for independence. However, you’d do yourself the biggest favor by pacing yourself. Excess has a price even if the payment is deferred. You’re better off keeping things even and smooth now so that you don’t start off at a disadvantage tomorrow.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The day is best used to unwind, take things easy, and release tension, dear Gemini. The Moon continues to spend time in the sign just behind yours, pointing to a need for reflection and a bit of anonymity before busier days ahead. This morning, a dichotomy or difficult choice can lead you to consider imbalances in your life. Something has to give in order to balance your life better, particularly when it comes to working and resting, or tending to physical needs and tending to emotional/mental needs. Today also holds the potential for better understanding a complex relationship or your own complicated feelings, once you get past the early morning restlessness.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

The Moon spends the day in your sector of dreams, hopes, happiness, and friendship, dear Cancer, and is void most of the regular waking hours, pointing to a real need — or excuse — to unwind and treat yourself to light activities. It’s not an ambitious time today, and it’s best to treat the day as a time for catching your breath. A Full Moon will occur in your sign in just three days, and in fact, will happen on the first day of the new year, and personal epiphanies are likely to be significant. For now, give yourself a break! Relationships also deserve a light touch.

Leo

Leo
Leo

The day’s energies encourage and reward simplicity, dear Leo. Even so, early today can find your undecided or restless. While the Moon at the top of your chart usually keeps you on your toes, the Moon is void for most of the day’s regular waking hours, and taking it easy makes the most sense now. You can nevertheless muse about your goals and keep your responsibilities in mind, but avoid pushing yourself or projects that could have a rough time of it if you went ahead with them. You’ll be in the best shape if you take time to relax and center yourself now and pursue your ambitions later.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

The Moon spends the day in your sector of spirit and in harmony with your sign, dear Virgo. It’s also void for much of the day, giving you the license to enjoy yourself without pressure or guilt. The trick will be allowing yourself to take this time! As well, this morning could find you a little tense or in a situation of “too much information.” Too many choices can be overwhelming. You have a bigger than usual appetite for taking on new interests or developing existing ones, but the temptation may be to go overboard with this. Try to focus on releasing tension now. Give yourself a break today.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

It can be a little too easy to overdo spending or other indulgences now, dear Libra, but as the day moves forward, you’re in a great position to simplify. In truth, if you want to treat yourself, streamlining is the route to take – it comes with less guilt and consequences. As well, focusing on your inner goals and values will do much more for your happiness than too much focus on external signs of success. The Moon spends another day in your intimacy sector, and you’re inclined to embrace your deeper feelings rather than push them to the side. It’s an excellent time to enjoy family or home life, or domestic activities, as well.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

Mars and Jupiter are both in your sign, dear Scorpio, and they’re heading towards an alignment that will be exact on January 6th. Even though it’s more than a week away, these planets are very close to one another now, and there can be a building sense of excitement and enterprise as you end the year and begin a new one. You can feel increasingly motivated to do something special, and you have all the courage and resourcefulness to make your mark. Pay particular attention to your urges and hunches as you can be heading towards great things. Today, the Moon is in your opposing sign, however, and is void most of the day, suggesting it’s best not to push yourself, anyone, or anything. Let your imagination go.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

Today’s energies are easygoing as long as you keep things simple, dear Sagittarius. If you try to push things, however, you can feel the resistance! Early today, you may be doing battle with yourself. There’s the part of you that just wants to tuck yourself away and the other part that is super motivated to shine in your routines, work, or daily affairs. Seek out a balance for best results now. Today doesn’t support ambitious or bold moves, so aim to take it easy and go with the flow. Conserve your energy for opportunity periods.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

The Moon spends the day in harmony with your sign, dear Capricorn, and this tends to make things easy for you. Even so, there is a stubborn quality to the day’s energies, and if you’re feeling raring to go and ready for action, you may very well meet some resistance. It may be best to enjoy some release of ambitions, tension, or pressure, and take things easy now. The trick is to allow yourself the luxury! Brand new endeavors are more likely to face obstacles, anyhow, and you’re likely to benefit from a slower, reasonable pace.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon spends another day at the bottom of your solar chart, dear Aquarius, encouraging you to take it easy. This morning, the Moon does brief battle with Jupiter at the top of your chart, and Jupiter is motivating you to grow, improve, and perform. As big as a draw this may be, you’re unlikely to get very far today with the Moon’s void that spans most of the regular waking hours. The energies of the day reward the easygoing, and it’s a good idea to honor your need to wind down and play it safe just for now.

Pisces

PIsces
Pisces

You have both Mars and Jupiter in your solar eleventh house motivating and exciting you about new projects, initiatives, causes, and social events or friendships these days, dear Pisces. As they move closer to alignment this week and next, your enterprising side is alive and well. You may be on the verge of a brand new and innovative endeavor. Today, however, is better for rest and comforting, emotionally centering activities, even if you need to enforce this frame of mind. You could benefit from a break to get your bearings, and you’ll be happy you took it!

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Tarot Card of the Day

The Star


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The Star Tarot card is about reconnecting one’s soul with the divine — the transcending of personality, family, community, and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s self. The soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a higher union.

This card could also be called The Celestial Mandate — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of divine will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible helping hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger cosmos.

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How to Do a Year-Ahead Tarot Reading

A Tarot spread for a year … and for any long-term goals!


This 7-card Tarot spread is a powerful tool to see where you’ve been and where you’re going on your personal journey. Here’s the layout and the positions for your very own yearly Tarot reading. This Year Ahead Tarot spread is actually extremely versatile — you can use it to get a deeper look at the new year, or anytime you want to look at long-term goals! Use the power of this Year Ahead Tarot reading to gain insight, get clarity, find resolution, and make a transformation! It’s time to reveal your year ahead!

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Position 1: Your Sunset Card

Lessons from the previous year

This first card in the spread looks at what you’ve accomplished (or not) in the past year. For this card, focus on the past — but with an eye toward using that energy for the future. There is always something to be learned from the past, and it shapes who you are, so let this card take you back for a moment before we move forward.

Position 2: Your Horizon Card

What you can expect in the next year

What do you want to achieve in the next year? What are your biggest hopes and aspirations? Choose your second card, and focus your mind on what you’d like to see happen in your life — whether that’s finding a new relationship, tackling a new career goal, or even just spending more time relaxing. Search inside yourself to determine your highest purpose for the year.

Position 3: Your Obstacle Card

A challenge you’ll face this year

Let’s face it — everything worth having comes with challenges. The important thing is to face them with thoughtfulness and poise. This third Tarot card will give you a glimpse at the type of challenge you may encounter as you strive to achieve the objective you set with the Horizon card.

Position 4: Your Strength Card

How to harness your inner power

Now that you’ve seen your challenges, how are you going to resolve any issues that arise? Let the Tarot cards reveal that in this fourth position. What inner talents and strengths do you possess that can help you? What untapped energies exist that you can use this year? Let this Tarot card guide you and free you from doubt as you find the confidence to succeed.

Position 5: Your Advice Card

Lessons you learned last year

Now that you’ve looked back and determined where you want to go in the future, take a second to examine what you have learned so far. This lesson, whatever it is, will inform your next steps. What is this Tarot card telling you to do now? What happened last year that you want to avoid this year or what happened that you want to repeat? Ask yourself these types of questions as you look at the Tarot card to help yourself understand the lesson it’s trying to impart.

Position 6: Your Navigation Card

Guidance for the year ahead

This is the card you have been waiting for. Look at the Tarot card and ask, “What do I feel right now is the very best action for me to take?” The card’s character should help you focus your mind and your energy. You might want to write down your thoughts, or compile a list of the next steps you want to take on your journey. It’s hard sometimes to see how to reach large milestones, but life is full of small moments that we can use to our best advantage — if we take the time to plan and prepare ourselves now.

Position 7: Your Clarity Card

Your personal theme for the year

Even though you have examined the lessons of the past, chosen your aim, and even looked at how to reach it, you may still need to find clarity. In this case, maybe focus on the big picture — how does all of this fit into your overall life plan? What type of person are you hoping to become? What does this mean for your higher purpose? Use that energy to set your intention for the year to come, and tell yourself exactly what that is, say it out loud and imprint it in your heart and mind.

There you have it! A quick 7-card Tarot spread that will allow you to determine your heart’s desire and achieve your highest goals for the upcoming year.

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

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Psychic Tip of the Day

PUSHING HARD
Now is the time to push hard for a romance to become a more permanent relationship. Do you have him or her right where you want them?

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Tarot Love Card of the Day

The Emperor


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Emperor card has selected you to let you know that you sow seeds of better things and more fulfilling times ahead. Give yourself permission to reach out for more, especially if you are dissatisfied. You create a solid foundation, built on a sense of higher purpose. If your current relationship suffers from stress, today let tender actions reveal what you may be unable to put into words. Rebuild, from the ground up.

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Erotic Tarot Card of the Day

The Pope


The Pope represents pure masculine energy, and even if you’re female you’re going to be identifying more with your male counterparts today. The Pope shows you that coming to terms with past mistakes and taking responsibility for them in the present eases sexual tension, so let go of the past to free yourself from your inhibitions. You actually have quite the skill set when it comes to making sexual moves, but waiting until the time is right before taking the plunge can be a real turn-on. Let the anticipation build until you can’t take it anymore!

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Your Daily Rune For

Isa

“Iss-ah” – Literally: “Ice” – Esoteric: Stasis, Stillness

Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.

Psi:
mental faculties, focus, ego, self-image/self-identity

Energy:
stillness, contraction, stasis

Mundane: cold, self-preservation, harsh reality

Divinations: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being; or egomania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy.

Governs:

Development of concentration, will and focus
Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defense (ard against demonic influences)
Basic ego integration within a balanced multiversal system
Power of control and constraint over other wights (entities), emotional outbursts
Focus of the will into single-minded action

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Magus



The Magus is the physical embodiment of decisive action based upon knowledge and aimed squarely at specific goals. Thoroughly Yang by nature and firmly set in the material world, he none-the-less has a powerful spiritual connection as well. His knowledge, wisdom and skill are all encompassing. He is complete. His power as a creator is unmatched on our earthly plane. He is self-aware and unafraid to act. His enormous strength gives him the freedom to act as he chooses. However, responsibility comes with that freedom. Because he is not bound to the restraints of others he must choose how to act. The question that always lies before him is should he act morally, or forsake ethics for personal gain.

As a daily card, The Magus suggest you currently possess a tremendous power and freedom to move your life in any direction you choose. In short, you can make things happen. Your true challenge at the moment is to move forward without trampling the dreams of others. Fortunately your moral fiber is strong as well, and will guide you down the right path.

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Your Animal Spirit Guide for Thursday, December 28, 2017

 

 

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Your Karmic Number for Thursday, December 28, 2017

You are a natural leader today. People will look to you to clear a path for them to follow. You may be asked to take the reins of a project or situation because of your ability to listen and provide clear communication. Don’t be shy or doubt your abilities – you have unique talent that only your own self-doubt can hide. Abundance flows to you when you step into the role of leading others. If you aren’t offered an opportunity, look for one as a volunteer or even start writing a blog.

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Crack the Cookie

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The Wisdom of Buddha

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

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Your Earth Sky News for Nov. 25th: Bellatrix, in Orion, means Female Warrior

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Tonight, look for Bellatrix, the third-brightest star in Orion. Although often overlooked in contrast to Orion’s two brightest stars – Betelgeuse and Rigel – Bellatrix is a wonderful star. You can see it tonight, despite the evening moonlight.

The classic book on star names is Richard Hinckley Allen’s Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning. The book suggests the Latin name Bellatrix means Female Warrior, and that some find that name odd since the original Arabic title translates as Conqueror. But women understand. Bellatrix represents Orion’s left shoulder. Although it appears only as the 22nd brightest star in our sky, in reality it’s a hot, blue giant some 240 light-years away.

Also look for the the star Saiph. The four stars BetelgeuseRigel, Bellatrix and Saiph form the familiar rectangle of Orion. The name Saiph comes from the Arabic name meaning the Sword of the Giant. Saiph is a blazing hot supergiant star 720 light-years away.

The constellation Orion takes center stage this month and rightly so. With so many bright stars, it’s one of the most prominent constellations in the sky. You’ll find Orion climbing over the eastern horizon around 7 to 8 p.m. local time.

Bottom line: Rigel and Betelgeuse are Orion’s brightest stars. We briefly describe 2 more bright stars in Orion, Bellatrix and Saiph.

EarthSky lunar calendars are cool! They make great gifts. Order now. Supplies limited.

Explore Richard Hinckley Allen’s book Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning

 

 

 

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A Little Humor for Your Day

Last Request


A man is struck by a bus on a busy street in New York City. He lies dying on the sidewalk as a crowd of spectators gathers around.

“A priest. Somebody get me a priest!” the man gasps. A policeman checks the crowd – no priest, no minister, no man of God of any kind.

“A PRIEST, PLEASE!” the dying man says again.

Then out of the crowd steps a little old Jewish man of at least eighty years of age.

“Mr. Policeman,” says the man, “I’m not a priest. I’m not even a Catholic. But for fifty years now I’m living behind St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church on First Avenue, and every night I’m listening to the Catholic litany. So maybe I can be of some comfort to this poor dying man.”

The policeman agreed and brought the octogenarian over to where the dying man lay. He kneels down, leans over the injured and says in a solemn voice,

“B-4. I-19. N-38. G-54. O-72. . .”

—–Author Unknown

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Snowed in or just bored, stop by the store. We have some new jewelry in toe, rings, anklets,  Voodoo charms and a lot more just added new items.

 

Remember for all your magickal needs, think Magickal Necessities!

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The Witches Digest for Thursday, December 28th (Part 1)

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The Witches Digest for Thursday, December 28th

(Part 1)

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Today is Thursday, December 28th

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 positive, 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.

Deity: Thor

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn/Pisces/Sagittarius

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Oak

Herb: Henbane

Stone: Turquoise/Bloodstone/Topaz

Animal: Fish/Goat/Aurochs

Element: Fire

Color: Brown/White/Orange

Number: 3

Rune: Thorn

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)

Runic Half Month of Eoh (Yew tree) (December 28 – January 12))

Goddess of the Month of Hestia (December 26th – January 22nd))

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Pagan Book of Days for Thursday, December 28th

Bairns’ Day/Holy Innocents’s Day/Runic half-month of Eoh commences/Egyptian Day
Holy Innocents’ Day or Bairns’ Day, commemorates Herod’s slaughter of infant boys under the age of two. Folk tradition considers Bairns’ Day by far the unluckiest day of the year, when no work should be started. This is the month of rune Eoh, representing the dead, and the year tree, sacred to winter shamanism.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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Today, December 28th, We Celebrate the Goddess of the Month, Hestia

Hestia

Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Domestic Life

Hestia was the goddess of the hearth, home, architecture, domesticity, family, and the state. She was one of only three virgin goddesses, next to ATHENA and ARTEMIS. Although both POSEIDON and APOLLO wanted to marry her, Hestia made an oath to ZEUS that she would remain forever pure and undefiled, never entering into a union with a man.

 

She is a goddess of the Olympian generation, daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister to Zeus, Poseidon, HADES, DEMETER and HERA. When Cronus swallowed his children for fear one would dethrone him, Hestia was the eldest and thus swallowed first.

 

After Zeus forced his father to disgorge his children, Hestia was the last to be yielded up, making her both the oldest and the youngest daughter.

 

As the goddess of the hearth she personified the fire burning in the hearth of every home in Greece. Hestia receiving the first offering at every sacrifice in the household with families pouring sweet wine in her name and dedicating the richest portion of food to her.

 

The hearth fire in the household was not allowed to go out by any family unless it was ritually distinguished. Though Hestia did not have a public cult, she was worshipped at any temple, regardless of the god the temple was dedicated to. Hestia is described as a kind, forgiving and discreet goddess with a passive, non-confrontational nature.

 

Hestia was the eldest daughter of Cronos and Rhea.
As with the rest of his children, Cronos ate her but eventually regurgitated her.
She was a sibling to Demeter, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, and Zeus.
She was primarily known the Goddess of the Hearth.
Of all the gods and goddesses, she was considered the gentlest and mildest. Others, critically, have called her colorless because there is little information provided in regard to her character.
Although Hestia appeared in a few stories, she was not overly significant in Greek mythology.
Hestia is completely omitted from the works of Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Poets such as Apollodorous, Hesiod, and Ovid allude to her in their works.

 

Each city had a public hearth that was sacred to Hestia; the fire kindled there was never allowed to go out.
New colonies took fire from the hearth in the prytaneion (also known as the town hall) and kept the fires going in those new locations.
Every meal began and ended with an offering to Hestia.
Like Athena and Artemis, Hestia was referred to as a virgin goddess.
Although Apollo and Poseidon proposed marriage to Hestia, she requested of Zeus to remain a maiden forever.
Domestic life was her dominion in spite of her desire to remain a virgin.
She was one of only twelve Olympian deities.
Her name literally means “hearth”; appropriately, her priorities were family and community.
Children were accepted into the family by being presented at Hestia’s hearth. This observed first step ensured the goddess’s blessing on the new addition.
Vesta was the Roman equivalent to Hestia.
Public and private worship of Hestia was widespread.
She represented communal security and personal happiness.
Because Hestia remained a virgin, it follows that she had no children.

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HESTIA: HTTPS://GREEKGODSANDGODDESSES.NET – Greek Gods & Goddesses, September 19, 2014

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The Magick of Thursday

 

Planet Ruled: Jupiter

Colors: Blue, purple, green

Deities: Jupiter, Juno

Magickal Intent: Abundance, protection, prosperity, strength, wealth, healing.

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Magical Days Of the Week – 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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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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Thursday–The Day of Thor

 

Thor, the Thunderer, is perhaps the most famous of the gods of the Northmen, and was considered by some to be greater even than Odin. He was the God of the Peasants–the poor people, while Odin was thought more of by the rich people and the great fighters. Thor usually rode in a chariot of brass, drawn by two goats, Tooth-cracker and Tooth-gnasher, and it was this chariot which was supposed to make the thunder; hence Thor’s name. Thor, alone of all the gods, was never allowed to cross the bridge joining Asgard and the earth, lest this chariot should break it down.

 

As the Thunderer, Thor corresponded to Jupiter, who, as we have read, hurled thunderbolts when enraged, and for this reason Thor’s name was given to the Roman Dies Jovis, the day of Jupiter, the modern French jeudi.

 

Thor was of very great strength, like Hercules among the Greeks and Romans, and possessed a wonderful hammer called Miolnir, the Crusher, which always returned to his hand when he had thrown it at an enemy. He also wore a magic belt which increased his strength the more he pulled it in. The way in which Miolnir came to be made is told in a story of Thor’s wife Sif, who was very proud of her golden hair, which reached down to her feet. One morning Thor woke to find that Sif’s hair had been cruelly cut off during the night. Filled with anger, he set out to find the culprit, whom he rightly guessed to be Loki, the God of Fire. Loki was the spirit of evil and mischief, and was always playing cruel tricks on the gods, who frequently punished him. Thor soon caught Loki, and would have strangled him had he not promised to bring Sif a new head of hair as beautiful as the first. Thor then released Loki, who quickly went to the home of the dwarfs, who lived underground. There he found a dwarf who agreed to make the hair for Loki, and also presents for Odin and Frey, the God of the Fields, whom Loki was afraid would be angry with him. The dwarf made a head of hair of the finest gold thread, which he said would grow on Sif’s head as soon as it touched it. Then he made the spear Gungnir which, as we have seen, Odin always carried with him; while for Frey he made a ship which could sail through the air as well as on the water, and could be folded up like a cloth. Loki was of course delighted with the skill of this clever little smith, and declared that no other dwarf could be as clever. This led to a challenge from another dwarf, who claimed that he could make three still more wonderful things. This dwarf in his turn made a wild boar with golden bristles, which travelled through the air, and gave out a bright light as it passed; a magic ring, out of which came eight more rings exactly like it every ninth night; and lastly an iron hammer, Miolnir, which no one could resist. Loki and the dwarf then gave their presents to the gods: the spear and the ring to Odin, the ship and the golden boar to Frey, and the hair and the hammer to Thor. The gods decided that the contest had been won by the second dwarf, because Miolnir would be of such great use against the frost-giants, with whom the gods were continually fighting.

 

Thor often journeyed to the land of the giants, and on one occasion, having set out with Loki, he reached the desolate giant-country at nightfall. A thick mist covered the ground, and, after struggling on with some difficulty, the gods came to what seemed to be a house with an open doorway which took up all one side of the building. The gods entered the house, which was cold and dark, and, tired with their journey, lay down to sleep. Their rest, however, was soon disturbed by a loud noise and the trembling of the ground, and, fearing the roof of the house might fall on them, Thor and his companion moved into a smaller room which led out of the main building, and there slept till dawn. On going out into the open the next morning, Thor saw lying near an enormous giant, whose snores shook the ground, and was thus able to account for the noise and the trembling of the earth which had disturbed his sleep. But imagine the astonishment of the gods when the giant woke and picked up the house they had slept in–they had passed the night in the thumb of his glove! Thor and his companion then continued their journey, accompanied now by the giant, whose name was Skrymir. When evening came, they rested beneath a tree, and the giant, before going to sleep, offered them the food which he carried in his wallet. Thor, however, was unable to undo the straps of the huge wallet, so the gods had to go hungry. Angry at this, Thor dealt the giant, who was now asleep, three terrible blows on the head with his hammer Miolnir. But the only effect this had on the giant was to cause him to wake up and complain that three times a leaf or a twig had fallen on his head. The next morning Skrymir showed the gods the way to the castle of Utgard-loki, the giant king, and then left them. Arriving at the palace, the gods entered and presented themselves to the king, who recognized them and asked them to show him their powers of which he had heard so much. Loki, who was very hungry, offered to eat more than anyone, and the king’s cook was matched against him. They each stood at the end of a wooden trough full of meat, and though Loki soon reached the middle of the trough, leaving nothing but bones behind, he found that the giant had eaten the bones and the trough as well. Loki’s defeat made Thor even more anxious to show his powers, and he offered to empty the largest drinking-horn in the palace. A huge drinking-horn was at once brought in, and Thor drank so deep and so long that it seemed as if he would never stop, only to find, however, when he could drink no more, that the horn was still almost full. Nothing daunted by his failure, Thor now offered to show his strength, but when he tried to lift Utgard-loki’s cat, he only succeeded in raising one paw from the ground. Thor tried yet again to show his skill, this time in wrestling, but he was easily beaten by Utgard-loki’s old nurse. The gods were then entertained by the giants till the following day, when they returned. Before they left, however, Utgard-loki explained that he was the giant Skrymir, and that he had used magic against the gods in all their contests. By magic he had placed a mountain between his head and Thor’s hammer and thus saved his life, for the blows had made three huge clefts in the mountain. The cook who had beaten Loki was really Wild Fire; the end of the drinking-horn which Thor had failed to empty had been placed in the sea, which had sunk lower after Thor’s enormous draughts; the cat was really the huge snake Iormungandr, which encircled the earth, and which Thor had nearly lifted out of the sea; the nurse was really Old Age, whom, of course, no one could possibly overcome.

 

Thor seldom lost an opportunity of making war on the giants, and on a famous occasion challenged to single combat the giant Hrungnir, whose head and heart were of stone. Hrungnir one day matched his horse Golden Mane against Odin’s steed, Sleipnir, and, in the excitement of the race, followed Odin right to the gates of Valhalla. Though, of course, the presence of a giant in Asgard could not be allowed, the gods had no wish to take advantage of Hrungnir’s mistake, and offered him meat and drink in their banqueting hall. Hrungnir, however, drank too freely of the mead of the gods, and began to speak proud words and boast one day that he would overthrow Asgard and kill all the gods. This so enraged Thor that he raised his hammer to kill Hrungnir, but the gods would not allow him to shed blood within their home. He then challenged the giant to a duel, which was arranged to take place three days later on the boundary of Hrungnir’s kingdom. At the appointed time the giant was on the chosen spot awaiting his enemy, and, feeling the earth shaking beneath him, he stood on his shield of stone, lest Thor should come up from the ground. But no sooner had he done this than Thor suddenly came in sight and hurled his hammer straight at the giant’s head. Hrungnir, having no shield, tried to ward off the hammer with his stone club, which was shattered to pieces, thus scattering flint stones over the whole earth, where they may still be found. One piece entered Thor’s forehead, and he dropped fainting to the ground, but as lie fell his hammer struck Hrungnir on the head and killed him. Thor was pinned to the ground by one of the giant’s legs, and, after each of the gods had tried in vain to free him, he was at last rescued by Magni, his little son of three, who easily raised the giant’s leg and released his father, receiving as a reward Hrungnir’s horse, Golden Mane. Magni was one of the few gods destined to survive the terrible Ragnarok, the day of destruction, when, as we shall see, Thor, the Thunderer, fell in mortal combat with the sea-monster Iormungandr.

 

The Challenge of Thor

I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I for ever!
Here amid ice-bergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miolner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations.
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the thunder,
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!
Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth,
Still is it Thor’s-day!
LONGFELLOW–The Saga of King Olaf.

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The Witches Guide to Thursday

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 manifestion of wealth or fabulous job that suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed in their laps.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Source

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

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A Little Witchery for Your Thursdays

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Source

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

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The Witches Almanac for Thursday, December 28th

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Waxing Moon
Moon Phase: Second Quarter
Moon Sign: Aries
Moon enters Taurus 1:23 am
Incense: Nutmeg
Color: Green

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Correspondences for Thursday, December 28th

Thursday (Thor’s day)

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Deep Blue

Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Tin

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

Herb: Cinquefoil

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday is Ruled By Jupiter

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

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

Carrying a turquoise tumbled stone in your pocket to draw a little protective and healing energy your way Incorporating honeysuckle blossoms and cinquefoil foliage into prosperity charms

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

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

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

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

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The Energy of Jupiter

Weekday ruled by Jupiter: Thursday

Stones:
Sugilite
Amethyst
Turquoise
Lapis Lazuli
Sapphire

Herbs and Plants:
Cinnamon
Beech
Buttercup
Coltsfoot
Oak

Magickal Intentions: Happiness, luck, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure and wealth, honor, riches, leadership, public activity, power and success.

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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.

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

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The Witches Magick for December 28th – Spell fo Get Rid of Bad Habits for the Coming New Year

 
Take a black candle which has been ritually cleansed and some anointing oil which has also been ritually blessed. Do not use anything for this which has not been cleansed or blessed already. Depending on the desired result, you should choose an oil which corresponds to this end. At the time of the new moon, or when it first begins to wane, cast a circle or use your 9′ cord to create a sacred space.
Place the black candle (preferable a taper) on the altar with the oil.
Have no unblessed/uncleansed tools in this ritual. Cast the circle. Call the Goddess and her consort.
Use a burin to engrave the candle with the spell you wish to cast. Now, anoint the candle using the oil. While you anoint the candle with the oil, speak these words out loud or silently

Tonight no moon, tomorrow the first one.
Let this be eroded till my will be done.
Candle burn down to remove all ill.
Let this spell be cast by the power of my will.

And once you have anointed the candle, place it in a safe place to it can burn down completely.

 

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Home & Hearth Magick for Thursday, December 28th

Thursday increase prosperity on this day, work toward expansion and moving up in the world.

Planetary Influences: Jupiter

Household Symbols: A dollar bill, coins, a paycheck stub, a picture of your home.

Color: Green and royal blue

Kitchen Spices: Sage and nutmeg

Source

Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Author Ellen Dugan

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Celebrating Legends. Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for Thursday, December 28th – 29th

Holy Innocents’ Day, Feast of Fools

 

Holy Innocents’ Day is the third day of Christmas and considered to be the unluckiest day of year. It is held that on this day all children under 2 years of age were slaughtered by Herod in an atttempt to eliminate the Infant Jesus—the predicted king of the Jews. The star is associated with this day, and the Innocents are the patrons of all children and foundlings.

A popular holiday during the Middle Ages, the “Feast of Fools” captured the light-hearted spirit of Saturnalia. On this day, roles were reversed, masters waited on their servants, and the often=puritanical reverence of the Christmas season was replaced with vriolity and pleasure.

 

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