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.
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Lady 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 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.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 9.55 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 373,372.66 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,109,170.66 km
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.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, December 28th
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..
Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, December 29th
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tarot Card of the Day
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.
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!
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.
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.
Erotic Tarot Card of the Day
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!
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.
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
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
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.
Your Animal Spirit Guide for Thursday, December 28, 2017
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.
Crack the Cookie
The Wisdom of Buddha
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
Your Earth Sky News for Nov. 25th: Bellatrix, in Orion, means Female Warrior
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 Betelgeuse, Rigel, 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.
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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,
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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.
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn/Pisces/Sagittarius
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))
The Pagan Book of Days
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.
The Pagan Book of Days
Today, December 28th, We Celebrate the Goddess of the Month, 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.
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.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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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.
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
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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!
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Thursday, December 28th
Feast of the Holy Innocents
Moon Phase: Second Quarter
Moon Sign: Aries
Moon enters Taurus 1:23 am
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
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.
Herbs and Plants:
Magickal Intentions: Happiness, luck, health, legal matters, male fertility, treasure and wealth, honor, riches, leadership, public activity, power and success.
Custom Made Magick for Thursday
Well, let’s see … abundance, prosperity, and good health has been our focus for this day. Now how about a little more information and ideas for working practical magick with one of our fascinating featured deities of the day?
Juno was the Queen of Heaven. As the matriarch of the gods, she guarded over women in every aspect of their lives. Juno was thought to have renewed her virginity every year. Similar to other goddess stories, Juno was a triple goddess-a virgin who belonged to no one; a mother and woman in the prime of her life, sexual and mature; and also a crone, powerful, wise, and sometimes vengeful (as she made her husband’s many mistresses’ lives either fairly unhappy or short).
There are references to an early all-female triad of goddesses known as the Capitoline Triad. This triad consisted of Juventas, Juno, and Minerva. To the Greeks, they would have been known as Hebe, Hera, and Hecate. Ultimately the triad became Juno, Minerva, and the male Jupiter. Jupiter, another of Thursday’s gods, was Juno’s consort.
As mentioned earlier, Juno, in her aspect as Juno Moneta, was the patron and protector of the Roman mint. The coins produced at her temples were blessed by Juno and imbued with her powers of abundance and prosperity. In another of her aspects as Juno Augusta, Juno was the goddess of an abundant harvest.
In addition, another of Juno’s magickal correspondences is the semiprecious stone malachite. Malachite is a beautiful green-banded stone that was also called the “peacock stone” in Italy. The peacock was a sacred animal of Juno’s, and the magickal energies of malachite encourage health and prosperity.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The 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.
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
Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Author Ellen Dugan
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.