The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19th (Part 4, Tarot & More)

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19th

(Part 4, Tarot & More)

Tarot Card of the Day

Three of Wands


This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.

A Three in this suit symbolizes an inner balance that allows you to feel more optimistic about new endeavors you are committed to, or want to commit to. In the illustrated Tarots, the human character is standing on his balcony, watching ships leave the harbor, loaded with his goods for far-off ports, dreaming of the fortune he will reap if all goes well. Summon the optimism within you.

This energy must be patient and trusting, because he or she will have to wait some time to find out how the ships have fared. Meanwhile, a lot of resources are tied up until they return with the bounty. Only those truly confident in their ideas and abilities would undertake such a risk. This card represents the energy a person needs to take on great adventures and accomplish noble (and remunerative) deeds.

A detail that sometimes appears in the more esoteric Tarots is a winged wand with two snakes twining around it, called the Caduceus, which is Mercury’s wand. This is an ancient symbol of the healer or shaman, one who can travel between the worlds to rescue souls from death or possession. Perhaps the feeling of empowerment this card represents points to the internal mechanisms of self-healing. Perhaps it refers to the courage it takes to be an entrepreneur or an inventor, which is in itself a magical process — bringing not only opportunity for success, but also an awakening to higher potentials.

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Love Tarot Card of the Day

The Wheel of Fortune


Today, the truth is told and clears up a situation that has hung on and on. Take direct action now to clear up something that should have been handled long ago. The Wheel of Fortune selected you because you need to know that some parts of the conditions were out of your control. Some events are not the result of something you did. You do have control over how you deal with matters now.

Erotic Tarot Card of the Day

The Chariot


The Chariot shows that you’re rolling toward a major sexual goal today, willing to forego just about anything and everything else to have that one big O! The thing is, who are you willing to trample over to get there? This card can be a sign to slow down just a bit, because while sex is fun, it shouldn’t be your number one focus right now. You don’t have to come to a complete stop, but pulling back on the reins just a bit will give you the clarity you need to make sure you’re making wise sexual decisions.

Your Influences for the Weekend of

Element Influence

Earth Reversed

Earth reversed denotes a lack of positive connection with the life spirit–a lost soul. If you are not careful you may miss much of what life has to offer you
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Pisces Reversed

Pisces reversed signifies a lack of positive thinking and creativity at this time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Earth Reversed

Earth reversed denotes a lack of positive connection with the life spirit–a lost soul. If you are not careful you may miss much of what life has to offer you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psychic Tip of the Day

TAKE IT AS REAL

Saying and doing are often two different things, but today they are welded together. A lover’s confirmation of something is a real as it gets. Do you really want to know?

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Your Daily Rune for

Nauthiz

“Not-this” – Literally: “Need-fire” or “Necessity” – Esoteric: Constraint, Friction

Key Concepts: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain

Psi: resistance, need, effort

Energy: necessity, coming forth into being, urgency

Mundane: doing what must be done, chores, hard work

Divinations: Resistance (leading to strength), recognition of örlög (ultimate law, primal truth), innovation, need-fire (self-reliance), personal development and life lessons, achievement through effort; or constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity, warnings, worry, guilt, moral cowardice, unfulfilled or unrecognized needs.

Your Animal Spirit for Today

 

 

Crack the Cookie

The Wisdom of Buddha

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

Sirius, future South Pole Star

Tonight, as darkness falls, use Orion’s Belt to star-hop to Sirius, a future South Pole Star. Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. It’s sometimes called the Dog Star. It’s easy to see, since it’s the brightest star in the night sky. You’ll always know you’ve found Sirius if you notice that the three stars in Orion’s Belt point to it.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re lucky to have a moderately bright star, Polaris, to pinpoint our north celestial pole. If you know Polaris, and get lost, this star can help you be found again.

Unlike the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere doesn’t have a bright pole star. There just doesn’t happen to be a bright star, not even a moderately bright star like Polaris, to mark the south celestial pole, the point in the sky directly over the Earth’s South Pole.

But the stars are not truly fixed. Because stars actually change positions relative to one another over the long course of time, brilliant Sirius will take its turn as the South Pole Star in the year 66270. In fact, Sirius will come to within 1.6o of the south celestial pole in 66270. One precessional cycle later, in the year 93830, Sirius will miss aligning with the south celestial pole by only 2.3o.

The star Polaris comes closer to the north celestial pole, by the way. It’ll be within 0.5o of the north celestial pole in the year 2100.

What’s more, before Sirius becomes a pole star, another star – a moderately bright star, not very different in brightness from Polaris – will take its place more or less over the south celestial pole. That’ll happen about 7,000 years from now. Because of precession, the star Delta Velorum in the constellation Vela the Sail will come to within 0.2o of the south celestial pole in the year 9250. That’s closer than Polaris or Sirius!

By the way, for reference, the moon’s diameter spans 0.5o of sky.

 

 

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The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19th, 2019 (Part 2 Horoscopes)

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19th, 2019

(Part 2 Horoscopes & Divination)

2018 – Rise Of The Earthkeepers

Last year ended with a powerful Super Full Moon highlighting the last vestiges of turmoil, confusion and emotion, which characterized the past year.  In 2017 we experienced the breakdown and simultaneous release of the foundational energies of our world.  The resulting purification and timeline shifts made it very difficult to see the way forward.  Nonetheless, despite all the disarray a profound healing occurred, which expanded the new consciousness on the planet.

The old world is rupturing and in 2018 we see the continuation of this process.  The governments, wars and abuse of woman and children is the old world dying off.  It is may seem that these external disasters and challenges are building, but they are being emphasised pushing us to change.  The old, dominate, ego-driven world is collapsing and a new soul-guided reality is emerging. With the rise of this new reality a very necessary transformation is taking place in our basic human ethos.  A new awareness is awakening and will realign humanity with Universal principles and values, which take into consideration the Earth and nature. An adjustment in the balance of all things on this planet will ensue.

Everything in our Universe is comprised of five elements, which work in balance, to create physical form.  These five elemental forces of water, earth, air, fire and ether are the building blocks of all life.  They come together in an alchemical process to create life.  At the center of our world is the Earth, the planet we live on. Moving around and over the Earth is Water in the form of oceans, rivers and lakes.  Water nourishes and impregnates the Earth to give life.  Over the realm of Earth and Water is Air, the atmosphere in which we live.  All living things need air to breathe.  Then we have Fire, which lights up our sun, moon and stars and generates the life force energy needed to sustain life.  And finally, Ether, which connects all things.  Balance is the force that unifies them.

All of nature receives, stores and transforms energy.  The patterns in nature are complex systems, which facilitate the flow and transformation of energy on and in the planet.  Everything is connected by these energy flows and any disruption to the energy carriers (nature) can cause major environmental changes, which affects all of life on Earth.  Because of the interrelatedness of all life on Earth, all living things upon her share an evolutionary process.  Being intimately connected to the planet we require a balance of nature’s element to grow, evolve and survive.  Our energetic bodies are intimately connected, via the elements, to the energy flows in nature.  Our emotional body is connected to the Water; our physical body to the Earth; our mental body to the air; our spiritual body to the sun; and our Soul to Ether.  As a result of this deep energetic connection, we experience a sympathetic response to any damage in nature.

In this modern world, it has become easy to forget our connection to and dependence on nature.  With this disconnection from nature humanity has forgotten that the Earth is a living, sacred being.  We have drifted away from the sacred essence of the Earth and focused our awareness and energy mostly on the development of the physical and mental aspects of our being.  The emotional and spiritual have been largely neglected.  Thus, we have lost track of who we are and why we are here.

The damage done to nature is more awful than the world’s worst nuclear accident.  Chernobyl caused a lot of human damage and yet, the ecosystem as a whole has thrived without humans.  The idea that humans are superior to nature is only an assumption that lies within the shadow of the collective mind.  Our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects are out of balance, which is reflected in the natural world with the damage to the Earth, the pollution of the waters, the poisoning of the air and the explosive nature of our sun.  As a result, humanity is living in its shadow and we have become fractured and fragmented.

The great harm that has been done to nature needs to be corrected.  With the rising of the new Earth the energetic patterns, which create and sustain life, are evolving.  These patterns exist at all levels and permeate the Universe reflecting the unifying order of all creation.  The evolutionary process is occurring in response to nature’s need to heal.  Humanity will therefore be required to evolve and heal emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually to ensure it’s survival upon the planet.  For that reason, it is essential that you reconnect with and develop a deeper, more conscious connection with nature and the Earth.

Nature is receptive and relishes being an active participant in your healing and growth.  Spending time in nature attunes your energy and enables you to assimilate and integrate the changing energies emanating from nature.  This adjusts your biorhythms to meet those of the planet, bringing balance and a profound shift in your relationship to the natural world.  As a result, your entire energetic structure will alter to rebalance the elemental forces within you.  A process which will assist you in anchoring your soul within the new Earth reality.

This year, more than ever, it becomes import to reconnect with nature’s cycles of birth, life, death; spring, summer, autumn and winter.  This connection will expand your consciousness and highlight your role as an Earthkeeper.  As you realise this role you will begin to realise that you have the capacity to communicate with the Earth because you come from the Earth.  Nature will transmit subtle messages and guide you to uncover what is in need of healing in both yourself and the natural world.

As an incarnation of divinity, you hold the power to create, neutralise and transform energy for the planet.  Embrace your role as an Earthkeeper and humbly learn to walk a path of harmony and balance.  Learn to focus your energy and become the living link between Heaven and Earth.  Remember that you hold the power to bring change and transformation to humanity.

Root yourself in the Earth and surrender your need to control and dominate.  Connect with nature’s evolutionary process and allow yourself to feel its abundant energy. Hear the Earth’s cry and journey to the oceans, the mountains, the forests and the lakes.  Learn to dance with the elements, to shift energy and awaken the every-flowing well of creativity that resides deep within you.  Engage the full power of your heart and seek to live your life in reverence for all of life.

This Weekend’s Love Horoscope: Share the Love

Your love horoscope for the weekend of January 19-21

This past week Venus entered the humanitarian sign of Aquarius, reminding us of the importance of tending to our friendships and community relationships — not just our intimate ones. This weekend, you’ll want the freedom to mix and mingle and to express your individuality. If you are coupled up, allow your lover to express their unique self and encourage them to spend time with their friends; it would be advisable that you do the same for yourself! If you’re single, this is a good time to find some organizations, clubs, or causes you are passionate about. You’re open to sharing your love freely and unselfishly with the world now — who knows, you could meet a potential partner this way!

On Friday the brilliant Sun also enters Aquarius, so these themes of freedom, originality, and universal love are especially strong this weekend. Mercury makes contact with Neptune, also on Friday, and your mind will feel stimulated in the most positive ways; you will have more sensitivity and awareness of those you surround yourself, and fantasizing about the future is likely. Sharing these hopes and dreams with loved ones is a surefire way to strengthen your bond now.

 

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Your Weekly Love Horoscopes Beginning January 18th

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

The Astrology Room

 

With Venus now moving on into laid-back Aquarius, we should all be welcoming new romance if single, and just feeling the joys of love if attached.

However, with Jupiter’s cautious influence in Scorpio, it will come as no surprise that any suggestions of future commitment will be met with hesitation. Just make sure you stay light-hearted and ready for positive change in the weeks to come.

 

ARIES

If single, it feels like there is a chapter closing, or maybe a new one beginning? If attached, maybe just a realisation that it’s time to welcome change, or evolve together rather than apart. This week, relationship wounds are dumped, but more importantly, you can free yourself from your attachment to those very injuries.

 

TAURUS

It’s a time when, if you don’t accept you need to rethink about the way you love, you will simply end up sabotaging your feelings. Similarly, you might deny your desire for someone, saying ‘no, of course I don’t feel that, who me?’ That ‘feeling’ is something you’ve got to now acknowledge and express.

 

GEMINI

Thanks to Venus moving into Aquarius, you have the charm factor, diplomatic skills and relationships are light-hearted and creative. This week your face in the mirror is more self-aware. If single, you draw intelligent characters into your life. In fact, you are natural, seductive, authoritative and balanced again.

 

CANCER

If you can be less worried about staying in control of a romantic situation, and more open to what may be, you will discover better communication with someone too. On offer is sexual honesty, tolerance, space and acceptance of your differences. Try it all out and see how vitalising it can be.

 

LEO

Now no-one likes to be emotionally blackmailed. But there does seem to be someone who’s intent on profiting from your generous heart right now. This week, you really have no choice but to break free from the chains of those who are taking advantage, and show that you have the courage to be a little selfish too.

 

VIRGO

It’s time to stop telling yourself you’re not good enough to be loved. Also, give up on that distorted thinking where you pick out something negative about your admirer and dwell on it to the exclusion of anything else. Welcome the positive, and you welcome true love into your world.

 

LIBRA

You’re either falling in love with someone new or tangled up in a love knot. Of course, you might simply obey the ‘rules’ of the love game and play safe. But can you honestly say that you will ‘obey’ anyone apart from yourself? Do whatever it is you have to do your own way, but at least honour your independence.

 

SCORPIO

It’s time to listen, appreciate and open your heart to what you truly want. If you are loving your partner because of their talents, then please remember that you have those gifts too. The planets simply confirm to you that it’s never too late to be as ambitious in love as you are for your future.

 

SAGITTARIUS

This week, you have every opportunity to achieve great personal happiness in any new venture.  But remember, there will be times when you feel like you’re having to battle a lover or partner to be heard. So enjoy a little light-hearted banter and some intriguing fun.

 

CAPRICORN

There’s really no choice but to open up about your true values. Consider whether you feel under some obligation from others, from your partner if attached, or if single, just from your own sense of self-doubt?  Knock them all, metaphorically, on the head, and get on and live.

 

AQUARIUS

A sudden realisation is that you’re about to embark on a course of romantic bliss. This week, you discover exactly the truth about your own feelings and someone else’s. So let love work its magic for you – it’s now or never to make a commitment to your happiness.

 

PISCES

Admirers or partners are probably more worried about their own self-development than about any spiritual affinity with you right now. But behind any hard-edged ego is also another lonely child who has a soul like your own. This week you can start to make romantic tracks again towards the merger of true soul-mates.

David’s Daring Dating For The week Beginning January 19th (for the singles among us)

David Wells, Astrologer

The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Some people aren’t what you’d call enthusiastic and no amount of attention is going to change that Aries. It seems a shift of emphasis would be in order and you don’t have to look too far. A friend of a friend’s friend may be far enough! Get networking.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

The combination of Jupiter and Mars has brought about some intense relationship vibes but are they the sort that bring you love or bring you more questions and even some choppy waters ahead? Question, keep questioning until the right answer comes along, or the right ‘one’.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

If it’s all too much for you, why don’t you sit down, take a deep breath and get out the telephone, tablet or computer. Distract yourself. That’s way better than actually dealing with someone making those eyes. Not ready for romance? Seems it’s ready for you.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

If you’re seeking some sort of in depth conversation, some traditional flirting perhaps, or maybe an introduction from their parents? You may be disappointed Cancer; new love appears to be less conventional than ever. And way more fun.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

What you’re getting out of the chase is important, not so much this week but for next. You’ve got yourself centred, you can see who’s in the frame and confidence is high; that’s just what you need. But don’t go for it just yet. Next week could bring a change of heart. Pause.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

An exchange between your relationship sky and your how you doin’ sky may not be encouraging what you’d call anything long-term. That would be an illusion. Someone you might think of as Mr or Ms Right Now, could reveal themselves as the rightiest of rights ever.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

With so much going on in your new love, true love sky you could be forgiven for getting your flirt on and sometimes getting over enthusiastic with the expected outcome. Dial it back a bit Libra, all in good time; no need to rush this one.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

If Peter Piper could pick a peck of pickled pepper, what’s the time in Beijing? Hilarious! I would totally get that Scorps, I would laugh and reply with an equally stupid joke but then, I get you, really do. No response from some quarters though. Give it a week.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

Mars, Lord of passion and enthusiastic responses is in your sign from Friday. Friday? Don’t worry, his magic starts early I am sure but it may rely on whether or not you’ve truly cut a chord from your past? By past I do mean an ex Sagittarius. Just Saying.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

If losing Venus from your sign wasn’t bad enough the Sun is out from the top of this week, so no sunshiny new relationship for you? Not true. Saturn helps with a karmic show and tell, revealing someone with true potential. Do your slowly, slowly thing.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

If you’re considering pointing Venus in the right direction you could start by getting clear on what you’re looking for? Truth is it works slightly differently Aquarius, by getting clear Venus activates her true love vibes and love comes to you. Start by knowing what you’re truly looking for.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Sending some extra vibes is your new love planet, the Moon. She’s with you until Monday and as she’s hooking up with Neptune this could be a very romantic start to your week. All you need now is someone to have it with. Get out. Please.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, January 19th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Be nice to all you meet today as power lies in the very faces you think can’t help you move forward. Someone you stopped talking to wants to make peace. Aspects suggest they may be too late. Are they Aries?

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
If you can express your soul, then the rest ceases to matter Taurus. Knowing how much is too much to ask of others is the key to you keeping friends in both your personal and professional life.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb Gemini. That’s where the fruit is! Things you had promised to do for close ones must be honoured if you are to avoid damaging the relationship you had built up.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Don’t be angry at close ones who have only tried their best in what has been a very tense time in both your lives. Showing support and understanding can tell you much about their back story you did not know.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Don’t do things which you know are going to aggravate a close one just to get a rise out of them. You and I know you’re better than that don’t we Leo! Maybe if you tried telling them what decision you want reversed, you’d both be happy.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Travel brings luck into your life and can prove that you were right to make the changes you did at the beginning of this year. Let’s be honest Virgo, you could not have stayed as things were anyway.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Take your time when doing any jobs today, as rushing will be your undoing my friend. I know you’re angry that something didn’t work out earlier in the month, but trust me, it will be to your advantage.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Work hard today Scorpio as those with the power and know-how will be watching you. Finding time to check in with family can put you at ease over something you were beginning to feel guilty about.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Try not to judge new faces too soon or you could miss out on forming an important new friendship and influence in your life. This rash mood is due to a phone call you have not received. So why don’t you make it?

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Don’t be upset if others are upset by your work and your efforts today. Many of the signs are nit-picking and feeling irritable thanks to the pressure Mars has placed on our day to day lives.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Paying attention to detail today can save you money and improve your reputation. You begin to see what good can come from taking your time when others comment on how impressed they are.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Many of the signs are feeling more fractious than usual. If someone tries to push you to do something you don’t want, stand up and say no. You don’t have to shout to be heard but you do have to find your voice to keep your self-respect.

If You Were Born Today, January 19th

 

You have a fabulous sense of humor, your own unique sense of style, and powerful emotions. Success-oriented, when you are able to focus on specific goals it would be hard to steer you from the path towards them. You are personally powerful and have a strong presence or aura, and others tend to follow your lead. You can be very stubborn at times! You are also very hard-working, caring, and kind to those you love. Although you don’t easily let down your guard, once you do trust, you are very protective.  Famous people born today: Edgar Allen Poe, Paul Cezanne, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Robert Palmer.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

Your birthday this year occurs shortly after a New Moon, suggesting a time of new beginnings and fresh energy. You are instinctively starting a new phase in your life. It’s time to give your life a makeover and to branch out into the untried.

This can be a year in which you experience important turning points, or you could begin new projects or goals that have a long-term impact on your life.

You crave and seek more freedom again this year, and how you deal with this issue makes all the difference as to the overriding themes of this period of your life. If you recognize your need for changes in key areas of your life and adapt accordingly, this can be an exciting year of discovery. However, if you resist change and insist on keeping things status quo, you are bound to feel very restless, tense, and rebellious. Either way, making healthy changes should be the focus instead of change just for the sake of change. Spontaneity, not impulsiveness, is the key to success this year. Fortunately, you have a lot of cosmic support for this.

Personal magnetism is tremendous this year. You are playfully competitive and might win a major competition, if applicable. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal.

You have enterprising spirit this year, attracting strong opportunities on both professional and personal levels. You are able to see the “big picture”, which helps you 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.

Your ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced this year with Mercury conjunct Saturn in the Solar Return chart. This sometimes suggests a need for solitude when you work or a year in which you often retreat to work on specific tasks on your own. You might be required to travel for business purposes. It can also indicate that young people in your life are more mature or serious in their approach to life. Thinking in realistic and practical terms is your best bet, and the need for tangible results for your efforts is strong.

You have a stronger than usual desire to improve and learn this year, with opportunities emerging to match. Optimism and confidence are with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Your social life will likely increase and bring you in contact with helpful people. Travel opportunities are likely. Pinnacle successes can occur during this period – for example, publishing an important project, graduating, marrying, having a child, getting a promotion, and so forth. Matters related to universities, higher education, organized religion, publishing, legal affairs, and foreign interests proceed smoothly. It’s a good time to seek out advanced training or to further your education. You are likely to enjoy good humor, optimism, and a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains.

Some disruptions in your friendships and attachments are possible with Venus in hard aspect to Uranus in your Solar Return. Unusual attractions (to people and things) can have you acting on a whim. You may deal with freedom versus closeness issues in your relationships. This Uranian energy may play out on other levels related to socializing, spending, and pleasure. For example, vacation plans may go awry or agreements could be broken. Impulsive spending is something to watch for.

This can be a year in which you are bolder, more assertive, and energetic. You are especially interested in setting goals and challenges for yourself this year, and taking the necessary action to meet them. You may meet or interact with others who encourage or inspire you in some way to have more confidence in yourself.

You can feel as if you’re beginning a new chapter of your life this year as you start fresh on some significant level. Your passions and enthusiasm run high in the period ahead, and you find it natural to channel this extra energy constructively. This is an excellent year for enterprising endeavors and new interests, even if there is also a strong focus on the past. You’re drawn instinctively to certain projects that have long-term value. It can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports.

2018 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 pay special attention to 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. Positive new relationships are often not formed in a Four personal year. However, it can be a wonderful year for building, development, and laying a solid foundation for future successes. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.

2019 will be a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of discovery and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise, promote, and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken for the better. 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, diversify, mingle.

Courtesy of Astrology Cafe

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, January 20th

Claire Petulengrom Astrologer

The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
The first two rules of personal growth are: 1/ it will be difficult, 2/ it will be worthwhile. Keep this in mind when facing opposition today. It’s how you will keep going when those around you fall.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Don’t be too quick to turn down doing something which is out of the norm or which tests your limitations. You have been living life by others’ rules for far too long now and it’s time to recognise your own needs.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Others will be calling on you to do favours for them. Know what you will and won’t do before you start Gemini, or you could end up getting pressured into things you will regret. Ring now to hear how overseas is calling for you.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Don’t be surprised if you find it hard to get hold of those you want to talk to. Saturn is not feeling at his most friendly, so you may end up having to do what was promised yourself.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Think before you speak today, or you could end up revealing secrets which will destroy the lives of others. Why not try putting this excess energy into working through those mixed up feelings?

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
A new flirtation leaves you feeling confused and bewildered. A sign such as you was never going to only have one person interested in them. Just remember you are the one who has control so don’t feel pressured.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
The need to see someone you miss could see you telling a white lie in order to find the time you need. Don’t over explain as your honest nature could be giving away more than you realise.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
New ideas get you excited and that ‘lull’ you were in begins to feel like a thing of the past. You now have eyes firmly forward on the future (and not a moment too soon!) Someone close is ready to make amends too.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Showing tenderness to loved ones today will help them move on from the difficult air which stilted the weekends progress. Events you are invited to at this time are an indication of someone’s acceptance towards you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
You will feel like cancelling plans but don’t! Sticking to what you’d planned is the key to you feeling like the old you again. I know recent events shocked and unnerved you. But they won’t from today.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
A word to the wise Aquarius. Don’t go discussing other people’s lives if you don’t want your own on display for all to see. There is a jealous air in your chart which needs dispelling before this weekend is over.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Try to have patience with those who have done wrong. There are many signs in the zodiac who are displaying extreme tendencies at the moment and you would be wise to offer them more time to acclimatise to what’s acceptable.

 

Your 2018 Horoscope: On the Edge of Greatness

Your 2018 horoscope reveals what’s waiting for you in the new year

 By Maria DeSimone


Without a doubt, 2018 will be a year to get down to business. A series of planetary switch-ups allows for notable support in practical matters. You’ll build foundations in your life by trusting your instincts. You’ll also seek out an innovative approach to your finances — all with great potential for success.

Back on October 10 of 2017, Jupiter, the planet of possibilities, began swimming in the emotional depths of Scorpio, and remains in this sign until November 8, 2018. With Jupiter moving swiftly through Scorpio as the year begins, you’re already feeling quite comfortable with profound, intimate, emotional exchanges in your relationships. You’ll continue to feel blessed when you explore hidden terrain, since you’ll likely find buried treasure that will help you grow spiritually, psychologically, and physically.

Your personal powers are strong

2018 will be a year of heightened intuition, so if you’ve wanted to cultivate your psychic gift, the universe is offering to be your mentor. Pay close attention to May 25 and August 19 when Jupiter will be at a perfect trine to Neptune. Faith, intuition, and luck are your perfect trifecta around these dates.

Jupiter and Pluto will also work together well this year — a stark contrast to the power struggle they engaged in during 2017. On January 15, April 14, and September 12, these planets will help you remember that you had the power within you all along. More importantly, this planetary connection will encourage you to use it in a way that strengthens you and those in your circle. Business and financial ventures will be favored.

On November 8 Jupiter enters Sagittarius, the sign Jupiter naturally rules. This will be an auspicious time when you notice greater success and support in any endeavor that opens your mind. It’ll be time to explore new horizons!

Building foundations for the future

While Jupiter encourages us to grow through expansive opportunities, Saturn, his counterpart, demands that we grow through patience, discipline, and hard work. On December 19, 2017, Saturn moved into Capricorn, the sign he naturally rules. Until 2020 we’ll have dominating lessons about building solid foundations that will serve and protect us through any storm. As the New Year begins, we’re still getting used to the subtle but profound difference Saturn makes when he moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn.

Consequently, in 2018 you’ll know that it’s time to approach your life and responsibilities with a plan. Fortunately, you probably feel ready, willing, and able to do so. As long as you come to the cosmic workplace on time each morning ready to do the work necessary, Saturn in Capricorn will help you build a structure in a certain area of your life that you’ll be able to rely on for the long haul.

Revolutions and revelations

Later this year, expect a material revolution to begin. From May 15 to November 6, Uranus, the planet of innovation and sudden change, will give us a hint of what he can do when in the practical, financially-oriented sign of Taurus. Expect a shift in the financial market — especially anything that has to do with technology and science. On a personal level, how you maintain physical and material security is likely to change. You can choose to reinvent yourself in these areas or you can resist. If you fight it, though, you’ll only feel more rattled and ultimately left behind when the rest of the world moves into more progressive terrain. Lastly, Mars and Venus will both retrograde in 2018, making certain times tricky to successfully negotiate new business ventures and romantic endeavors. Avoid launching anything new from both June 26 – August 27 while Mars is retrograde, and October 5 – November 16 when Venus retrograde.

Remember, success in life is most supported when we swim with — and not against — the tides. Why create unnecessary strain? Don’t work in contradiction with planetary cycles. Instead, let them work for you.

 

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2018 Year of the Dog Horoscopes

See what the Year of the Brown Earth Dog has waiting for you


Loyal, rule-abiding, and cautious, the Year of the Brown Earth Dog is one that rewards pragmatism and discourages selfishness. During this Year of the Dog (starting February 16, 2018, and ending February 4, 2019), it’s time to create secure foundations, even if this requires scrimping and saving. Working collectively will pay off handsomely in 2018. Dogs are pack animals and feel more comfortable when operating as part of a team. “All for one, and one for all” is the motto of Dog years. It will be much easier to attain objectives when acting as a group now, rather than operating as an individual.

Businesses that involve serving others will fare well during the Brown Earth Dog Year. Unions are strongly advised to lobby for raises, increased benefits, and more vacation time in 2018. Police officers, firefighters, teachers, hospital attendants, utility workers, and civic workers can benefit from collective bargaining this year.

Because Dogs are anxious creatures, it’s important to guard against being overwhelmed during 2018. World events can feel oppressive and burdensome. Having a physical outlet for frustration is critical this year; daily exercise is an essential component to the Dog’s health. Hitting the gym regularly should make it easy to avoid infectious illnesses like colds, coughs, and flus. As far as mental health is concerned, Dogs are social creatures who require convivial companionship to stay in top form. Connect with friends as often as possible.

The Year of the Dog emphasizes morality and idealism. Cynical attitudes can create setbacks in 2018. It’s best to strive for the greatest good for the largest amount of people during a Dog year. The need for increased security is another theme this year. This is a great time to upgrade your alarm system, passwords, and firewalls. Take extra care reviewing financial statements for fraud. Above all, keep precious possessions under lock and key. By channeling the protective power of the watchful Dog, you can avoid stressful losses.

Because it is a Brown Earth Year, 2018 will be a time of stability, organization, and persistence. Over-the-top fashions will be replaced by utilitarian looks. Wash-and-wear fabrics, looks that easily flow from day to night, and versatile staples will dominate fashion runways. Extravagant displays of wealth will give way to frugality. Eateries that specialize in home cooking will perform better than gourmet restaurants. In terms of culture, stories about common folk will fare better than ones about superheroes. The Year of the Brown Earth Dog urges us to stay grounded, contented, and connected.

Keep reading to see what the energy of this Year of the Dog has waiting for YOUR Chinese sign…

Rat Horoscope

Diligent Rats will fare well during the Year of the Brown Earth Dog. Your ability to consistently churn out quality work will be rewarded in 2018. This is a wonderful time to ask for a raise. To make the most of your money luck this year, resourceful Rats should enlist the aid of a trusted financial advisor. Anxiety can be a problem for you this year. To combat stomach pains and indigestion, you’d would be wise to practice relaxation techniques.

Ox Horoscope

Regarding business, the cautious Ox will fare well during this Dog year. Thanks to your ability to weigh options carefully, Oxen could experience financial gains through carefully researched investments. In addition, your strategic sign can benefit from expanding your products and services, as well as hiring additional staff. 2018 is an excellent time for Oxen to start their own business. However, your sign can be especially accident prone during Dog years, so it’s imperative that you wear safety equipment when operating heavy machinery and using sharp tools.

Tiger Horoscope

When it comes to making money in the Year of the Brown Dog, you warm-hearted Tigers would be wise to form business alliances. Working as part of a team can greatly enhance your moneymaking abilities. Sharing wealth is strongly advised for this humanitarian sign, since Dog years reward selfless gestures. Tigers that regularly donate to charitable causes could see their personal fortunes rise. Regarding health, you Tigers have a rare opportunity to heal and recover from ongoing illnesses this year. Following a sensible diet can pay off handsomely.

Rabbit Horoscope

Sensitive Rabbits could experience tremendous financial growth during the Year of the Dog. Your ability to anticipate people’s needs could result in a lucrative job offer, handsome raise, or impressive business opportunity. 2018 is also a great time for you creative Rabbits to develop products and services for underserved markets. However, emotional upheavals can cause health problems for this highly dramatic sign. Learning to detach from worldly concerns and relationship dramas can promote robust health for you throughout the Year of the Brown Dog. A relaxing bedtime routine is strongly advised.

Dragon Horoscope

Principled Dragons won’t experience any dramatic changes on the financial front in 2018. The Year of the Brown Dog should be a time of stability for your sign, allowing you Dragons to coast as far as your careers are concerned. If more money comes in, it will probably be through your partner. Consequently, it would be wise for you charismatic Dragons to yield the spotlight to your mates this year. As far as health is concerned, this normally robust sign can benefit from an improved diet.

Snake Horoscope

The well-connected Snake can experience tremendous financial luck during the Year of the Brown Earth Dog. Customers and clients will flock to you for your personalized attention. Word-of-mouth will bring you more business, which means increased profits. Unemployed Snakes should spread the word of their job search throughout their social network. Dog years bring benefits through interpersonal connections. Habits that you sensuous Snakes enjoyed in the past could create health problems in 2018. You’d be wise to move away from activities that make you tired, irritable, and groggy this year.

Horse Horoscope

The Year of the Brown Earth Dog could be a time of both feast and famine for the industrious Horse. When work comes in, it will keep you busy around the clock. Long periods of productivity will be followed by extended cycles of free time. Instead of searching for more work, use these slow interludes to travel, relax, and spend time with loved ones. Spiritual practices can cultivate radiate good health for Horses in 2018; a meditation or yoga routine is strongly advised.

Sheep Horoscope

Carefree Sheep need to take extra financial precautions during the Year of the Brown Earth Dog. 2018 will punish those who can’t stick to a budget. Being more mindful about money will benefit your moody sign, which often tries to fill emotional voids with material goods. Sheep who don’t want to struggle would be wise to draw on existing resources this year, rather than engaging in retail therapy. Susceptible Sheep should practice preventative healthcare during the Year of the Dog. Nutritious food and vitamin supplements can stave off infection.

Monkey Horoscope

2018 invites you competitive Monkeys to increase your savings. The Year of the Brown Earth Dog will reward you for your ability to plan. Instead of looking for easy money, strategic Monkeys will fare better by cultivating long-term business alliances. Dog years emphasize the importance of honesty, inviting you Monkeys to dispense with diplomacy and adopt a more straightforward approach toward financial negotiations. As far as health is concerned, lively Monkeys are welcome to experiment with different sports and workouts. Keeping fit will prove fun for your lively sign.

Rooster Horoscope

The Year of the Brown Earth Dog should cultivate financial growth for you confident Roosters. Although your impatient sign will be eager to spend your increased earnings, you should wait until next year to make major purchases. While weighing your options throughout 2018, your money will continue to accumulate, allowing you to strike some remarkable deals next year. One area you should spend money in, however, is in the health arena — Dog years invite mental Roosters to pay more attention to their physical needs.

Dog Horoscope

Principled and respected, 2018 will prove a banner year for Dogs. The Year of the Brown Earth Dog invites your sign to pave the way for long-term financial security. Getting out of debt, accumulating savings, and increasing income are all goals worth pursuing in 2018. If this means landing a more lucrative job, so be it. Loyal Dogs could get impressive job offers from previous employers who want to welcome them back into the fold. Worry is the greatest threat to this anxious sign’s health. Therapy can cultivate wellness.

Pig Horoscope

The honest Pig will reap significant economic rewards during the Year of the Brown Earth Dog. It’s important for your diligent sign to set financial goals throughout 2018. Having a sense of purpose will attract several good moneymaking opportunities. Pigs seeking a career change are in luck, as your ability to transition into another industry is strong during Dog years. Health challenges could occur for you this year, so it’s especially important for lusty Pigs to cut down on the sugar intake — you’ll get more mileage from lean proteins.

 

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The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19, 2018 (The Witches Guide to Fridays)

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19, 2018

(The Witches Guide to Fridays)

The Affirmation of Acknowledgment

 

I acknowledge the presence of other faiths on my planet, indeed, right here in my city/town/village.

I acknowledge that the followers of these faiths feel as strongly, maybe more so, than I do about mine.

I forgive the other faiths and wipe clean the slate between us.

I cannot hold a person responsible for the acts of their faith,

I cannot hold a faith at fault for individual practitioners.

It is not my place to convert, or otherwise alter a person’s religion.

I invite discussion of beliefs without judgment of those holding them.

I acknowledge that I may be wrong, and I have found comfort in the fact that

I may be right.

 

Today Is Friday, January 19th

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

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

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

 

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

Runic Half Month of Peorth (womb, dice cup) ( January 13 – January 27)

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

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Friday, January 19th, We Honor The 12 Olympians Gods & Goddesses

The 12 Olympians – Mount Olympus

The 12 Olympians achieved their supremacy over the older primeval gods when they were victorious in the Battle of the Titans. According to mythology and the legend in the Greek Creation Myth the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece consisted of three major groups and generations:

The Olympians

During the Battle of the Titans the older gods were believed to have been based on Mount Othrys and the rebellious new gods were based on Mount Olympus – hence their title of the Olympians. Mount Othrys and Mount Olympus are two actual mountains that exist in Greece. The people of ancient times believed the story that the gods lived above the mountains that were protected by golden clouds. The Ancient Greeks could easily believe that their gods and goddesses lived in golden palaces, far out of the reach of men, and hidden from their sight by the protection of the clouds in the secluded domain of Mount Olympus.

 

The Names of the 12 Olympians

There were twelve major gods and goddesses who resided in the magnificent palaces on Mount Olympus, referred to as the 12 Olympian gods or simply the 12 Olympians.

 

Gods on Mount Olympus

According to Greek mythology the 12 Olympians used to meet together in their grand council hall which was presided over by Zeus, who was the king of the gods and his wife, Hera, who was the queen of the gods. The ancient Greeks believed that the Olympians were a family, and just like mortal families, there jealousies, quarrels and arguments between the gods and goddesses. The names of the principle Olympians were:

Zeus
Hera
Athena
Aphrodite
Apollo
Ares
Poseidon
Demeter
Artemis
Hephaestus
Hermes
Hestia or Dionysus

There is some confusion in this list as the god Dionysus is sometimes replaced by the goddess Hestia. Hades, also known as Pluto, was not usually included among the 12 Olympians because his realm was the underworld.

 

The 12 Olympians and their symbols and attributes

The following image depicts an ancient bas-relief of the 12 Olympians accompanied by various symbols and the attributes associated with each of the major Greek gods and goddesses. In ancient Greek art the sculptures, vases, mosaics and paintings of the 12 Olympians were often depicted with images representing their symbols. The symbols of the 12 Olympians enabled the ancient Greeks to easily recognise and identify the names of their gods and goddesses.

 

Twelve Olympians

Hestia, the goddess of the hearth who is depicted with the symbol of the scepter associated with rulers

Hermes, the messenger of the gods, is depicted with the symbol of the cap and the caduceus (a staff that was entwined by snakes)

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, is illustrated with the symbol of the veil that represented femininity

Ares, the god of war, is depicted with his symbols of the helmet and spear

Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, is shown with the symbol of the scepter and wheat sheaf

Hephaestus, the god of fire and metal-working, is depicted with the scepter

Hera, the queen of the gods holds a scepter

Poseidon, the god of the sea, is depicted with the symbol of the trident

Athena, the goddess of wisdom is shown with the symbols of the owl and helmet

Zeus, the king of the gods, is illustrated with the symbols of the thunderbolt and scepter

Artemis, the goddess of the hunt is shown holding the bow and quiver

Apollo the god of the sun and music, is depicted with the lyre

 

Names of Greek Gods and Goddesses

Mythical Facts about the 12 Olympians

Discover interesting information and fun facts about the 12 Olympian gods and goddesses. The fun facts about the 12 Olympians for kids provides a list detailing fascinating information to increase your knowledge about the 12 Olympians and their roles in Greek Mythology.

Mythical Facts about the 12 Olympians

12 Olympians Fact 1: Zeus was the king of the gods and responsible for justice, law and order. Zeus had the power to hurl his thunderbolts which had the power to shatter mountains. He was a notorious womaniser.

12 Olympians Fact 2: Poseidon the god of the sea had power over the sea, tempests, storms and earthquakes. In mythology he was described as greedy, bad-tempered, moody and vengeful

12 Olympians Fact 3: Hera, the wife of the unfaithful Zeus, was suspicious, cruel, jealous and vengeful

12 Olympians Fact 4: Ares was described as fierce, merciless, moody and argumentative. Ares was unpopular with the Olympians

12 Olympians Fact 5: Apollo was young, handsome with golden hair. He had the power to bring the sun and well-being to humans and rode his golden chariot pulling the sun across the sky.

12 Olympians Fact 6: Artemis remained unmarried. She was independent, loved sports and hunting

12 Olympians Fact 7: Hephaestus was the master craftsman of the gods and created the weapons and palaces of the 12 Olympians. He had the power to make amazing mechanical robots, such as the giant Talos.

12 Olympians Fact 8: Demeter, the goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature and the seasons. She is depicted with a torch that represents the pair of flaming torches she carried in her search for her daughter, Persephone

12 Olympians Fact 9: Hermes was the messenger of the 12 Olympians and the god of travel, commerce, luck, gambling and thieves.

12 Olympians Fact 10: Dionysus was the god of wine, celebrations and merry-making. His thyrsos was a magic staff that could turn a rock into water and the water into wine

12 Olympians Fact 11: Aphrodite was described as passionate, weak, all smiles but little substance. She possessed a magic girdle, called a Cestus, that had the power of inspiring love.

12 Olympians Fact 12: Athena the goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare was depicted as tall, slim, wearing armor and carrying weapons

12 Olympians Fact 13: Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and the home. Every town of Greece had a fire sacred to Hestia (Vesta) that was always kept burning.

Source

Greek Mythology
By Linda Alchin

Some Interesting Facts About the Ancient Gods

Their powers were legendary and seemingly limitless. But how did the ancient Greeks perceive the Ancient Gods? What were the Ancient Gods like?

The Ancient Gods lived forever – they were vulnerable, they could be wounded but they could not be killed
They lived in beautiful golden palaces, golden chariots drawn by fabulous creatures.
They had mechanical servants similar to robots but who could talk and think
They had fabulous weapons such as the thunderbolts hurled by Zeus
They could control the weather
They had the magical power of transformation – the gods and goddesses could transform themselves into animals or inanimate objects. They also had the power to transform others in terrible monsters or objects such as trees
Their blood was a bright unearthly fluid called Ichor that had the power of producing new life
The Immortal gods were perceived as resembling mortals, but they were superior in every way
They were more beautiful
They were taller
They were stronger
They had superior mental capabilities
The Immortal gods married and had families
The Immortal gods needed food, drink and sleep to nourish their bodies
The Immortal gods wore the same styles of clothes to mortals but were made of finer materials
The Immortal gods used similar styles of weapons as humans
The Immortal gods had the same emotions as mortals and displayed feelings of love, gratitude, jealousy, hate and revenge
In Ancient Greek mythology the Immortal gods and deities visited humans. fell in love and their children were called ‘demigods’ or ‘Heroes’ who were famous for their courage and great strength.

Source

Greek Mythology
By Linda Alchin

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, Starr Casas

 

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.

A Little Witchery for Your Friday

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

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

Source

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

 

The Witches Guide to Friday

Ruler: Freya, Venus

Colors: Emerald green or pink

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

Key Words: Love, money, health

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

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

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

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

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

Source

Gypsy Magic

The Witches Almanac for Friday, January 19th

Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday

Waxing Moon

 

Moon phase: First Quarter

 

Moon Sign: Aquarius

 

Moon enters Pisces 3: 26 pm

 

Sun enters Aquarius 10: 09 pm

 

Color: Rose

 

Incense: Rose

Witches Correspondences for Friday, January 19th

The day of Venus, Friday takes its name from Frigga, the Goddess of Love and Transformation. She rules the spiritual aspects of people as they manifest on the physical. because of this, Friday is sometimes thought of as unpredictable.

Element : Water / Earth

Planet: Venus

Zodiac Sign : Taurus / Libra

Angel : Ariel

Metal : Tin

Incense / Perfumes : Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla

Oils : Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow

Color : Green, Aqua, Rose

Stones : Emerald, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Jade

Plants/Herbs : Apple, Balm of Gilead, Bergamot, Birch, Catnip, Clematis, Damiana, Dragons Blood, Geranium, Heather, Hibiscus, Ivy, Magnolia, Mugwort, Plumeria, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sage, Strawberry, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet, Water Lilly

Magick to Work: love, friendship, beauty, sensuality, arts, attraction, healing, peace, harmony, artistic ability, creativity generally, reconciliation, beauty, female sexuality, luxury, music, pleasure, scent, sensuality, social affairs

Magickal Applications for Friday

Friday is named after the Norse goddesses of love, Freya and Frigga. There seems to be some debate as to whom the day is actually named after, so I thought I would share a little information so you can decide for yourself.

In Latin, this day is known as Dies Veneris, “Venus’s day.” In Greek, it’s Hermera Aphrodites, which translates to the “day of Aphrodite.” In Old English, this day is called Frige- daeg, or “Freya’s day.” This day has the Germanic title of Frije-dagaz, which, once again, could be Freya’s day or Frigga’s day.

Both Freya and Frigga were Norse goddesses of love and were the Teutonic equivalent of the Greco-Roman Venus/Aphrodite. However, Freya was one of the Vanir—the gods of fertility who supervised the land and sea—and she was the leader of the Valkyries. Frigga, Odin’s wife, was the goddess of the heavens and of married love. She was one of the Aesir—the gods associated with battle, magick and the sky. Freya and Frigga could be looked upon as different aspects of the same goddess. They both were called on to assist in childbirth and then in naming of the new baby. Frigga represented the faithful wife and loving mother, while Freya, who really captured the hearts and imagination of the Norse people, was the passionate mistress and lover.

Fridays classically are days for love, fertility, romance, and beauty magick, as well as working for happiness, harmony in the home, and friendship. So let’s take a look at some of the mythology involved with this loving, voluptuous, passionate, and luxurious day of the week, and see where it leads us.

 

Source

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

 

Friday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell

For many, Friday is the last work day of the week. It’s considered the fifth day of the work week and, also, the “cut loose” day. By Friday night, people are out having a party. That makes Friday the perfect day for lust, banish, fast-grant, and find spells. This day is so powerful (energy wise). That’s why whatever you do on this day will, usually, have a strong effect. If you want things out of your life, the darkness and power, associated with this day, bring the energy you need for that. If you need strong, immediate results, this is your day, as well.

 

Money Grant Quick Spell

Items needed for this spell:
1 quarter
1 sheet of paper
1 pen or pencil

Close your eyes and think about how much money you need and how fast you need it. When you are ready, open your eyes. On the left side of the paper, trace around a quarter. Then, trace a quarter on the right side. Draw a line from one quarter to the other. Say these words:

“Point A,
To point B
Money come fast.
Money come quickly”

Fold up the paper and put it in a coat pocket. Very soon, you should receive some money.

Source

A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

Let’s Talk Witch: The Opening of the Elements

For fulfillment of your wish or change of a situation in your favor, use that element of nature which most suitable for achievement of a specific goal. Here is the general list of the elements and situations in which their power can be useful for you.

 

The Water — happiness, confidence, peace, reconciliation, patience, spirituality, peace of mind, rest, satisfaction, fidelity, prediction, intuition and flexibility of thinking, skill to make a compromises, charm, emotionality, marriage, strengthening of love unions and friendly relations, harmony in a house, partnership, reflection of mental attacks, healing, cleaning from negative powers, elimination of bad spells and pernicious habits.

 

The Earth — money, success, prosperity, growth, benefit, surplus, fertility, employment, action, behavior, any business, medical practice, healing and restoration, carnal love, sexual power, reliability, stability, architecture, fashion, history and agriculture, protection against brute power influences, keeping secrecies.

 

The Fire — physical strength, strong emotions, sex, passion, hatred, anger, fearlessness, courage, defense and attack, ability to influence on people, ambition, sports, competition, rivalry, career, professional success, conflicts, disagreements, enmity, struggle and victory, elimination of gossip and lie, recovery of health, physical protection.

 

The Air — intellect, idea, eloquence, intuitive thinking, wisdom, memory, training, learning, dexterity, cunning, analytical skills, creativity, hobbies, various sciences and all kinds of art, confidence, communications, contacts, travels, independence, generosity, liberation, prediction and clairvoyance.

 

For example, if you want to have the more passion and sex with your lover you must choose energy of the fire element. If you need reconciliation, choose the water element.

Difficulties for money — use power of the Earth. When creative forces are necessary for you, derive them from contact with the air element.

 

First, make ritual of perception of the element energy. Imagine that your body and mind are amalgamating with the necessary element of nature. Concentrate all your power in the palms. Hold the hands in front of you, palm to palm, and imagine that power issues from them, that a luminous sphere forms between your palms. Color of the sphere is corresponding to power of the element with  which you work: the Earth — green, the Air — yellow, the Fire — red, the Water — dark blue.

When the sphere has amounted to the necessary capacity and the size, direct this bunch of power in the imaginary direction of your goal. If fulfillment of your wish depends on only your personal skills and abilities, direct the sphere inside yourself. Repeat this ritual each day until then the goal will be achieved.

Household Magick for Friday, January 19th

Use Friday to cast for love, luxury, pleasure, and entertainment.

Planetary Influence: Venus

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

Colors: Pink and aqua green

Kitchen Spices: Thyme and sugar

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for January 19th

The Tarbh-Feis

The Tarbh-Feis or Bull Prophecy, was performed by the ancient Druids to seek the help of the spirits. A bull was slaughtered, and its hide was removed. One of the Druids would the wrap himself in the bloody side of the hide and lay down upon a bed of rowan-wattle During his sleep or trance, the visions or dreams he had were taken as prophecy. The knowledge he gained from the dream was used for the betterment of the king and community.

Fridays Things To Do for The Witch in All of Us

 

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

Witches Affirmation

 

A witch is…

One who has power over her/his own life
One who makes his/her own rules, but can abide by the rules of Nature
One who refuses to submit to self-denial
One who recognizes no authority with greater esteem than her/his own, who is loyal to self
One who is untamed and tamed
One who transforms energy for the good of all
One who can be passionate about her/his ideals and values as they are changing
One who is explosive, whose intensity is like volcanoes, floods, winds, and fire
One who is disorderly and orderly
One who is ecstatic
One who alters reality
One who says, “I am a witch” aloud three times

“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”

Source

Wicca Chat

For All Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities….

 

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Your Horoscopes & Other Divinations

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19th, 2018 (Part 1 Astronomy)

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, January 19th, 2018

(Part 1 Astronomy)

The Cauldron Chant

We form the Circle,
The Circle most round.
We form the Chalice,
The Chalice now found.

 

We call the Goddess,
to meet the great need.
We call the God,
To plant His fertile seed.

 

We call the quarters,
which we call four.
We summon the powers,
that contain the force.

 

We stir the Cauldron,
from which we were born.
We call the Gods,
from whom we were torn.

 

We say the words,
which lead us round.
We pass the kiss,
with our lovers found.

 

We face our dreams,
in nights psychic flight.
We face our hopes,
in bright moon of the night.

 

We face our fears,
on the Dark Lords Horn.
We face our failure,
in the Mothers new planted corn.

 

We live our lives,
drumming and dancing on the meadow.
We confront our Death,
in the dancing moon light shadow.

 

Our paths run quickly,
on fleet foot and wing.
Our Circle is joyous,
with our Queens and our Kings.

 

Let our little Circle be happy,
with Bell, Bowl or Bow.
And form now this Circle,
with gracious Love, Joy and Hope.

 

Blessed Be

—Ammond ShadowCraft, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

 

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, January 19th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 117.96° ESE
Sun Altitude: 2.82°
Sun Distance: 91.467 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:05 am↑ 115° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:05 pm↑ 245° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 96.83° E
Moon Altitude: -14.75°
Moon Distance: 248692 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today8:39 am

 

The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jan 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Jan 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Friday, January 19th

Mars-Uranus early today is progressive. A Last Quarter Moon occurs shortly before midday, and asks us to consider our spiritual needs.
The Moon is in Pisces all day (until Wednesday, June 10th, at 7:13 AM).
The Moon is void from 2:08 PM forward (until tomorrow at 7:13 AM).
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 11:41 AM/ Third Quarter phase from 11:41 AM forward.
The Third Quarter Moon occurs at 11:41 AM in Pisces.
Mercury is retrograde. (Mercury is retrograde from May 18 to June 11 in the sign of Gemini).

Moon in Aquarius

The Moon is traveling through Aquarius today. Go against the grain. Fight for a cause. Stand up for the underdog.
Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.
The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.

An Overview of the Sky, Stars & Planets for January 19th

Mercury forms a sextile to Neptune today, and there can be notable compassion or gentleness in our communications. Our imaginations are easily stirred, and we tune into all sorts of layers and levels of any given situation as we have an increased appreciation for subtleties. We are inspired, and we can encourage others with our words. There can be psychic openness in our interactions. We’re likely to experience a sense of knowing and understanding with minimal explanation or instruction. Intuition is highlighted or awakened. Nevertheless, we can be quite particular with our tastes and money today.

 

Tonight, the Sun enters Aquarius, where it will transit until February 18th. During this month-long cycle, we are motivated by our hunger for knowledge, experience, and originality. Innovation is more important to us than convention. We become more aware of what is outdated in our lives and strive to find new perspectives and new ways to do things. The class distinctions, structure, and order that Capricorn finds appealing now seem rigid, although we also appreciate they’ve been laid out for us. We strive to free ourselves from some of the restrictions, inhibitions, and limitations that now feel constraining rather than safe.

 

The Moon continues its transit of Aquarius until 3:28 PM EST, after which the Moon is in Pisces.

 

The Moon is void from 6:53 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Mars), until the Moon enters Pisces at 3:28 PM EST.

In the Sky This Month

The year’s first month ends with perhaps the best skywatching show of the year, as the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse. The nights leading up to the eclipse provide plenty of beautiful sights, though. Mars and Jupiter are climbing higher into the morning sky, and snuggle close together for several days. Orion climbs high across the south during the evening hours, with its belt pointing toward Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

January 18: Bright Stars
Winter nights abound with some of the brightest stars in the sky: Rigel and Betelgeuse in Orion, Aldebaran in Taurus, Sirius in Canis Major (the big dog), and Procyon in Canis Minor (the little dog), to name but a few.

January 19: Crescent Moon
The Moon was new on Tuesday as it passed between Earth and the Sun. Today the Moon has moved away from the Sun, but it still lines up in the Sun’s general direction. At that angle, the Moon form a thin crescent, which is low in the southwest at sunset.

Source

StarDate

The Sky this week for January 19 to 21

A Mercury-Saturn conjunction, two striking star clusters, and a blazing Jupiter all take stage in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, January 19

Uranus reached opposition and peak visibility three months ago today, but it remains a tempting target. The outer planet appears nearly two-thirds of the way to the zenith in the southern sky as darkness falls. The magnitude 5.8 world lies in southeastern Pisces, 3.5° west of the 4th-magnitude star Omicron (ο) Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.5″.

Saturday, January 20

Two of the finest deep-sky objects shine prominently on January evenings. The Pleiades and Hyades star clusters appear highest in the south in early evening but remain conspicuous until well past midnight. The Pleiades, also known at the Seven Sisters and M45, looks like a small dipper to the naked eye. The larger Hyades forms the V-shaped head of Taurus the Bull. Although both look nice without optical aid, binoculars show them best.

Sunday, January 21

Head outside before dawn and you’ll find Jupiter blazing in the southeast some 7° to the upper right of Mars. The giant planet climbs 30° high by the time twilight commences. Jupiter shines at magnitude –1.9, which makes it the brightest point of light in the night sky, and resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. A telescope reveals the planet’s 35″-diameter disk.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Friday, January 19th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 5%

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

 

PHASE DETAILS FOR – FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 5%
Moon Age: 2.17 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 398,111.82 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,200,683.60 km

Source

MoonGiant.com

What is a Blue Moon?

In average, there’s a Blue Moon about every 33 months. Blue Moons are rare because the Moon is full every 29 and a half days, so the timing has to be just right to squeeze two full Moons into a calendar month. The timing has to be really precise to fit two Blue Moons into a single year. It can only happen on either side of February, whose 28-day span is short enough time span to have NO full Moons during the month.

 

The term “blue Moon” has not always been used this way, however. While the exact origin of the phrase remains unclear, it does in fact refer to a rare blue coloring of the Moon caused by high-altitude dust particles. Most sources credit this unusual event, occurring only “once in a blue moon,” as the true progenitor of the colorful phrase.

 

Did You Know: A Rare Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse That Hasn’t Been Seen in 35 Years Is Coming Soon. Here’s What You Need to Know

By MELISSA CHAN January 10, 2018

The moon will appear larger, brighter and reddish-orange for some skygazers later this month when a total lunar eclipse occurs during a blue moon and a so-called supermoon, in what scientists say is a rare occurrence.

 

Much of America could witness the Jan. 31 celestial spectacle, which is a “collision of multiple lunar events,” according to Dr. Noah Petro, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Many have begun calling the combination a “super blue blood moon eclipse.”

 

On that night, there will be a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth passes between the sun and moon, blocking sunlight from reaching the moon. The lunar eclipse will occur at the same time as a blue moon, a term given to the second full moon of a given calendar month. And it will be considered by some a “supermoon,” or a full moon that’s closer to Earth than usual and can appear slightly brighter and larger than normal.

 

“A lot of things are happening at once,” Petro said. “It’s a cool event.”

 

The last time this cosmic coincidence occurred was 35 years ago, according to Ernest Wright, a programmer in the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. While some reports say such a sky show hasn’t happened for more than 150 years, Wright and Fred Espenak, a famed eclipse expert and retired NASA astrophysicist, said the last total lunar eclipse during a super blue moon was on Dec. 30, 1982.

 

Here’s what else to know about the upcoming total lunar eclipse, supermoon and blue moon.

What will we see during the total lunar eclipse?

Don’t be confused by the term “blue moon,” which has nothing to do with the color of the moon, scientists say. In fact, the full moon will appear red or a burnt-orange hue, which is where it gets its “blood moon” moniker. NASA says this happens because the indirect sunlight that reaches the moon, during a total lunar eclipse, first makes its way through the Earth’s atmosphere, where most of the scattered blue-colored light is filtered out. The moon could also appear blood red, dark brown or gray.

 

The exact shade will depend on global atmospheric conditions, like the amount of dust in Earth’s atmosphere, at the time of the total lunar eclipse. Petro says there’s a very small chance the total lunar eclipse during a blue moon could even appear to have a blue hue to it, but that would depend on a massive volcanic eruption happening beforehand. Particles in plumes of ash-clouds from such an eruption could scatter away red light, according to NASA.

 

Whether you’ll see the show also depends on local weather conditions, since cloud cover could partially or completely block the spectacle in some areas.

 

During a supermoon — like the one that took place Jan. 1 of this year, when the moon was closer to Earth than it will be for all of 2018 — the moon appears about 15% larger than usual and 30% brighter, Petro said. Some scientists only use the term supermoon to describe the single closest full moon in a 14-month cycle, but NASA uses the term more broadly to describe a full moon that occurs within 90% of the moon’s closest approach to Earth, according to Petro. (Because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, its distance from Earth is not fixed. Instead, it fluctuates between 225,600 miles and 252,100 miles, on average, according to Wright.)

 

When will we see the total lunar eclipse?

Sky watchers on the West Coast and in the middle of the U.S. will have the best chance at catching the total lunar eclipse if they are early risers. Residents in Australia and Asia will get a “really good view” as well, Petro said. But people on the East Coast will have a less impressive view, since the lunar eclipse’s totality will occur as the sun is rising and moon is setting, Petro said.

Overall, totality will last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes. Petro said it starts on the West Coast at about 4:51 a.m. PT and lasts until about 6:07 a.m. PT on Jan. 31. On the East Coast, the moon will be completely eclipsed starting at 7:51 a.m. ET. People willing to get up early, Petro said, will likely be rewarded for their efforts. “I hope the people who have the chance to see this eclipse really take it,” he said. “Go out and look at the night sky.”

 

When is the next total lunar eclipse?

The next total lunar eclipse can be seen on July 27, 2018 on several continents, including South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The event will be visible again in America on Jan. 21, 2019.

 

Source

Time

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Your Witches Guide to Fridays

Before We Get Started This Beautiful Friday Morning, A Message To A Dear Friend of Mine, NOT!

good morning

Good morning, my dear sweet family, my precious brothers & sisters of the Craft! What a glorious day it is, I got up this morning, lol! I hope everyone has a very wonderful & blessed Friday. Get through today and the weekend is finally here again. You know it seems that the days have been flying by for me but….one would think they would be slowly creeping by but they haven’t been. I guess they sped by because I was wanting the day I could return to my precious family to hurry up and come. Oh, by the way, I love you! Told you, you would hear it every day from me and I do keep my promises.

 

Before we get started, I do have one topic I would like to discuss or address to a certain sect of individuals who have been visiting our site. It is a subject I want to tread lightly on because we have other faiths and religions here with us. I have always been known as one who does not bash other religions and I am very religion tolerant. Here recently every time one of the ladies goes to our P. O. Box, we have literature and brochures from a certain church in our mail. Yes, you heard right, we are being mailed brochures about converting to their religion. This man and I have had run ins in the past and yet he persists. I think the reason he has started up again is because he just found us a few months ago and he decided he would give it another try.

 

So here I go treading lightly on this subject, I know he visits this site and I know at one time he was a member till I found him and blocked him. I believe that is why the mailings started. So this is addressed to my dear preacher friend…..

 

We do not want your brochures or your flyers sent to our P. O. Box. We have all chosen our Path, Tradition, and Religion here. We are a peaceful group, we have Pagans, Witches, Wiccans, Baptists, Catholics and various other groups here, that is why I must tread lightly out of respect for the mainstream religions that are with us. I have respect for their religion and they have respect for ours. They have enough respect that they write me and ask me if it is alright for them to join our group. Why? Because they want to know why so many people are turning to our religion and leaving the mainstream ones. They want to know the truth about us and oh yes, dear brother the truth is getting out. They are finding out, we are not evil, we are not devil worshipers, all we want to do is live in peace and to co-exist. We want to be free to choose our own Path and walk it proudly. They are here because they know the more we learn about each other, we can make co-existing possible. They not only learn from us but we do learn from them also. It is a two way street that is becoming one very quickly.

 

As for you, my dear brother and yes I do call you brother. I have no hatred for you. In fact, I pity you. I pity you because you are so very closed minded. You have haunted us and taunted us for years, now it is time to stop. We are steadfast in our beliefs. Perhaps if you would take a moment to read some of the material here, you might learn a thing or two. Then again, you are very closed minded and your way is the only way. As I have always said with so many religions in this world, how can there be only one right religion? Answer me that. Or better yet are you sure you are following the right religion? There are enough priests and preachers here so if what I am getting ready to say is wrong or incorrect, please feel free to correct me. Now back to my dear brother, doesn’t it say in Revelations that when your judgment day comes that only 144,000 will be collected and taken to your heaven. Those 144,000 spoken of all come from the 14 tribes of Israel, I believe it does say that. Do you tell your members this on Sunday mornings? Do you believe you come from one of those 14 tribes and will be among the 144,000 gathered up when your judgment day comes? Oh, my goodness, a witch who knows the Bible. You should know better than anyone I grew up in a half and half house. Perhaps that is why I am so religious tolerant. And just maybe that is why my curiosity has always been peaked to learn about other religions and not to be closed minded. No, I seriously doubt that you tell your members what I have just said or ever will.

 

I bring that up for two reasons, first to prove I am familiar with your Religion and many other Religions as well. I know about all these different religions and yet when given the opportunity to choose which Path/Religion I would follow, I decided to follow Witchcraft. I come from a long line of witches and I am very proud to call myself a witch. I am proud to call myself a witch because of what my Religion offers and holds for me and those who decide to follow Witchcraft. Here comes the second reason…..we don’t recruit people to witchcraft. You will never find us hounding or harassing someone to come to our Religion. Witchcraft and the Goddess is inside everyone of us. All you have to do is hear Her calling and look within yourself and you will find Her. She is there, I guarantee you that. She is a very mighty Divine Being. You can see Her works and beauty every day. You can feel Her presence with you constantly. I have seen Her perform what you might call miracles. I never once saw any miracles or felt anything from the other side of the fence. I have seen the Goddess, I have seen my Deities. I have asked for their help and they answer. The Goddess has guided me and others for centuries. She has never asked us to kill in Her Divine Name nor will She ever. She will never tell us that only 144,000 individuals will be allowed in the Summerlands either. Because we do not die, we reincarnate. I am living proof of that. I am a very old soul. I know, my dear brother, you have no idea what an old soul is, so I will tell you. It is a soul that has lived many lives and seen much. A soul that can testify to what our Religion states is true. We do not die, we are reborn. Unlike your religion, we return to this plane again and again. I have seen the glories and the wonders our Religion holds. There is no converting me or the others here. We have all made our decision many years ago, so save your stamps.

 

One more thing I have always wondered, perhaps you can drop me a pamphlet in the mail and explain it to me, hmm. Why is your religion always looking forward and praying for this world to end? I have never grasped that (really don’t want to either, but…). I am just curious as to why. Does the future look the bleak for you in your Religion, that you have to pray for the world to end? If that is the case, I feel very, very sorry for you. Living in world that you are suppose to be grateful for but instead you pray for it to end. Doesn’t make any sense to me at all. Our future, on the other hand, is very bright and beautiful. We do not pray for the world to end. One of our main staples is that we are to help mankind and the Earth become a better place. To assist in any way we can, not to pray for it to end. We reincarnate and reincarnate so the lessons we have learned from our past life, we can bring forth with us to make this place we call home a better home. We don’t do it just for us, we do it for all mankind, including you. We do not judge, we do not persecute, we do not harass anyone in the name of our Religion nor do we send out pamphlets trying to convert people. The people who come to us come to us out of their own free will. Their minds are open and they want to return to the oldest Religion on this planet.

 

I hope I have given you food for thought, dear brother. Funny, I call you brother and you wouldn’t call me sister if your life depended on it. That is the difference in my religion and yours. You are taught to suffer no witch to live. We are taught all life is sacred and should be cherished. You want to drive us into extinction. Many have tried and yet we are still here and growing by the day. We will be here long after you are gone. You keep telling us to make the right decision, my dear sir, are you sure you have made the right decision?.

 

Save your stamps, your pamphlets and go door to door peddling your religion. But never, ever send us anything else again. Your threats of hell, fire, brimstone and Satan do not scare us. If you knew anything at all, you would know those words do not even exist in our Religion. If someone is on the outside looking in and comparing the two Religions, I believe in my heart I know which one they would choose.

 

Now leave us alone or the next time, you will find that you have harassed the wrong witch.

Your Sister in The Craft,

Lady of the Abyss