Surprise, Surprise, Surprise……

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Since I took up the most of the morning talking, I thought we should make it up to you somehow. So we are stopping at the Horoscopes for the day and going to add some Imbolc information on the site. I figure Imbolc will lift anyone’s spirits or at least I hope it will. It is just amazing to me how fast this month has gone by. I looked at the calendar the other day and couldn’t believe it, only 5 (at the time) more days to Imbolc? Where or where has January gone! I felt bad we generally start putting information about the upcoming Sabbat on a few day in advance. So we are starting that today. I hope it is information you can use and as always we are going to do our best to try to find pages you can print out for your BOS.


It just seems like when Imbolc gets here, it is the most magickal time of the year. I am not a huge fan of Winter and when Imbolc arrives a spark ignites in my heart and soul. The reawakening of Mother Earth what a glorious time of the year. It means Spring is not that far off, we have survived another winter (even though they are calling for snow this weekend, YIKES!).  You can feel the Earth reawakening under your feet. The grass starts to grow little by little, the yellow lilies start to emerge and you know the Earth is coming back to life when you see your first red bird or cardinal. It is time to open the doors and raise the windows to get rid of some of old Man Winter who might be lingering around your house. It is time to renew not only your home but also yourself. You feel alive again, full of hope. I love Imbolc it is my favorite time of the year.


Now if you don’t mind, we are going to provide you with some Imbolc information. Hopefully you will find it useful for your celebrations. If you have any special rituals or activities you do on Imbolc, let us know. We would love to hear what you do and share your celebrations with others.


As you already know, I am off for now….. 

Love ya,

Lady A

The Witches Digest for Tuesday, January 30th (Part 2, Horoscopes)

The Witches Digest for Tuesday, January 30th

(Part 2, Horoscopes)

Prepare for Full Moon Eclipse

Relationships and life goals will be front-and-center issues this next week ahead of the supermoon with lunar eclipse January 31. For sensitives, this can be a week of both intensity and abundant opportunities to energize a new path forward. Continue reading for some tips on how to prepare for these energies.


With the spotlight now on relationships, this is a good time to assess your own relationships. If heart healing is needed in a key relationship, the eclipse gateway energies can provide the needed catalyst and support.

A significant breakthrough can occur, in fact, when you focus on a key relationship over the coming days – inviting insights about what’s out of balance and what needs to shift for more heart-centered relating. The heart is key. Consider what your heart needs from the other person. Likewise, invite a knowing of what the other person’s heart needs from you.

The heart is the essence of all love bonds. It must be the driving force in your relationships, guiding you and teaching you about how to be increasingly more loving and kind.

The solar eclipse of August 21 also had a focus on love and heart healing. This current eclipse gateway will illuminate your progress and help you discover current obstacles to love.

Life Goals

Life goals can receive a substantial energizing at this eclipse too. Knowing that, take time over the coming week to hone in on specific goals you want to energize. Invite a knowing of brand-new ways to approach your life and your path forward. Consider that what you envisioned last year may need to be updated to reflect your current energy and potentials.

As a divine changemaker, you are in a continual process of change and growth. There is an accelerating pace involved with this process during these pivotal years. In 2018, in particular, you will be experiencing an amplified level of insights about your path and sometimes sudden changes in what you consider important.

Trust your inner wisdom. Allow it to lead you into a brighter and more abundant future.

Lunar Eclipse in Leo Horoscopes: Less Drama, More Love

See what February’s Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo means for your sign


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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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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, January 30th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Things which had you worried now, bring you calm as you realise change is in fact a part of life. You now have your eyes firmly on the future not the past and you’re a better person from all you’ve learned.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
You grow stronger by the day and you no longer feel that you have to rely on those around you. Instead you want and insist on being able to do things yourself. Shock news surprises everyone but you.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Attention to detail is more important than usual. Don’t be afraid to spend more time on things you usually glide over. This is what was required but not done last month so can only be to your advantage.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You are like the phoenix rising from the flames. You see what others could not: those who did you wrong will finally be exposed as you predicted. Choices made for you in your personal life are a blessing in disguise.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Do something new today and every day. You’re a sign who likes to explore and just like your sign of the lion, you’re not afraid to take on things the rest of the zodiac shy away from.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Take on today’s challenges with an honest heart and a sense of adventure and you’ll come out on top. You spent far too much of last year doing what looked right instead of what felt right and you paid the price.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
A little bit of what you fancy does you good, so they say. Just know how far is too far to go, as someone’s past is still on their heels and you need to be respectful of others feelings.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
A lack of energy in your chart could see you cancelling plans you were looking forward to. Don’t! Sticking to plans is exactly what you need to put the fun back into your life.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Don’t listen to rumours today or they will be your undoing. Instead try to put your time and attention into who you’re with and what’s happening in the moment.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to avoid falling you must keep moving. Events made you freeze last week, but now you’ve had time to digest what they meant, you realise they can help you shape a better future.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Your home life comes under the spotlight. You start to realise what needs to be done to make your personal life a happier place to be. You’ve learnt so much in the last twelve months and you’re a better person for it.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
The effort you make to understand your close ones can help bring you all closer together. You play the role of leader in such actions today so use your position well.

Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, January 31

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You’re spending so much time trying to not think about what happened, that you actually can’t stop thinking about it, can you Aries. I know you miss someone. Only you can open up that avenue to yourself again.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Help is on hand just when you were about to give up on certain issues in your life. Don’t rule out giving things one last shot. You know you want to even if you can’t admit it out loud. Neptune brings you messages in your dreams.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Try not to fall out with friends or lovers just because you’re finding it difficult to find any common ground at the moment. Try to be the one who makes room to find some common ground today.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You have a lot on your mind at the moment I know. The good news Cancer, is that all of the answers are in your heart and on your lips and not on anyone else’s. Speak up and be proud.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
You think you can’t make it to the end of a certain project, but you are wrong. If you don’t run your own life, then someone else will. Keep going forward and then take the lead. This is your destiny you’re shaping.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Work you do at this time may feel like it’s not getting you anywhere but what you are doing my friend is building the base for what will be lasting success. Fellow Virgos hold the key to you relaxing and feeling like yourself again.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Remember Libra, you can never please everyone. What you can do is speak and act from the heart which can help you be true to yourself and honest with those around you.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. Events and gatherings you are invited to in the coming days, see you meeting with really compatible friends and in some cases lovers.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Education comes to the fore and if you were thinking of learning some new skills then now is the time to make your game plan. Make sure you communicate better with those you are involved in financial dealings with.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
You think you don’t stand a chance with a dream you have, but I can see that the opposite is true Capricorn. Happy times mean you meeting someone half way on a professional matter.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Never regret Aquarius. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. It its bad it’s experience. No day is a wasted day, even though I know you think certain days and events were. From here on in you’re wiser.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Don’t let jealousy ruin all of the good work you have done in your professional life so far this year. You have made the impossible possible my friend. Showing a hand of friendship today can speed your journey even more!

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The Witches Digest for Tuesday, January 30th (The Witches Guide to Tuesday)

The Witches Digest for Tuesday, January 30th

(The Witches Guide to Tuesday)

Today Is Tuesday, January 30th


Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)


The Celtic Tree Month of Luis(Rowan) January 21 – February 17)

Runic Half Month of Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)

Goddess of the Month of Bridhe (January 23 – February 19)



The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Tuesday, January 30th, We Celebrate the Goddess Morrigan

Areas of Influence: The Goddess Morrigan represented the circle of life, she was associated with both birth and death.

Her name means great queen or phantom queen. It is spelt in several different ways including Morrigu, Morgane, Morrighan and Morgan le Fay in the Arthurian legends.

She is one of the triple Goddesses, her different aspects are represented by Anu (the fertility maiden), Badh (the boiling mother cauldron) and either Macha (the death crone) or Nemain.

Morrigan is also a water Goddess, ruling over rivers and lakes. In one myth she appears as an old washer woman at the ford and offering her love to Cu Chulainne. He failed to recognize Morrigan on this occasion and on several others. Enraged she threated to hinder him in battle, when he is killed as a result of this she appears on his shoulder as a crow.

This Goddess also grants monarchs the power of sovereignty.

Origins and Genealogy: I can find no mention of her parentage but in some myths she was said to be the consort of Dadga

Morrigan was also one of the Tuatha de Danann (The tribe of the Goddess Danu). She protected her people by blowing a fog over the land, the lack of visibility discouraged invading armies.

Strengths: Fearsome and strong.

Weaknesses: She is vindictive, killing the person she loves when he fails to recognize her.

Goddess Morrigan’s Symbolism
As a symbol of death the Goddess Morrigan is linked with the festival of Samhain.

Sacred Bird: Crows and ravens.

Sacred Plants: Mugwort, yew and willow.

Morrigan’s Archetypes

The Celtic Goddess Morrigan has several powerful archetypes.


The Shape Shifter has the ability to change her physical appearance. They are also able to adapt easily to different environments by altering there behavior.

Shadow Shape shifter is fickle, lacking conviction and constantly reinventing themselves, like politicians trying to appeal to more people.

Morrigan is a bird Goddess who shape-shifts into the form of a hooded crow and a washer woman at the ford.

The Crone:

The Crone represents the wise old woman whose child bearing days are behind her. Other associations with this Archetype include: compassion, transformation, healing and bawdiness death and endings. She is the respected older woman or grand-parent at the heart of family who enjoys life and sharing her experience.

Unfortunately the word Crone or Hag often has negative connotations as many wise woman and midwives were persecuted as witches in the middle ages.

Shadow Crone is the bitter, old woman who has failed to learn from her life. She blames all her failings and unhappiness on a society that no longer respects the elders. As a result she becomes increasingly isolated and fearful.

The Warrior:

Warrior represents physical strength, and the ability to protect and fight for your rights and those of of others.

Whilst the shadow side of the Warrior reflects the need to win at all costs, abandoning ethical principals to prove your supremacy.

As the battle Goddess she appeared on the battlefield in the form of a crow and returned later to feed on the dead.

How to Work With This Archetype

The Shape-Shifter: A useful Goddess Archetype to have if you need to be flexible or perform lots of different roles.

The shadow side asks whether your chameleon like tendencies reflect a deep insecurity and inability to commit to any particular path.

The Crone: This maybe one of your Archetypes if you have gained wisdom, learning from your mistakes and showing a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances.

You are experiencing the Crone’s shadow if you have become rigid in your beliefs and have become stuck in a rut having lost all ability to let those areas of your life go that no longer serve you.

The Warrior:

If you are drawn to work with this Goddess you may require her Warrior spirit to help you to stand up for your rights and set firm personnal boundaries. This Goddess can be a great stereotype to work with if you want to take control in your life, and wish to no longer play the role of the victim.

You may also wish to call upon this Goddess to champion the cause of others.

Conversely this Goddess may appeal to you if you have a very strong sense of self and are proud of the victories you have achieved. The shadow side of this Goddess may be asking you to reflect honestly on the cost of these victories. Have they been at the expense of others or your principles?


Spell Work for Tuesday, the Day of Mars

 Strength
 Anger
 Independence
 Motivation
 Conquest
 Action
 Education
 Force
 Handling conflict


A Spell Crafter’s Compendium
Terri Paajanen

Magical Days Of the Week – Tuesday


Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.

The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!

One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims.


Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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On Tuesday: Shake the only hand of Tyr


Tyr (referred to as Tiw, Tiu or Tew in Old English) was the god of combat. He had just one hand and the story behind it is as follows.

The prophecy of the sybil that three siblings would bring troubles to gods alarmed the pantheon and Odin (see also the section for Wednesday) decided to get rid of them. One of them was Fenrir, a huge mythological wolf. They tried to bound him, but he was too strong and tore any chain they used.

Finally they asked dwarves to make a special, untearable binding called Gleipnir. It consisted of six wondrous ingredients which do not exist any longer because the gods took them from the world for good. These were the sound of a cat’s footfall, the beard of a woman, the breath of a fish, the roots of a mountain, the sinews of a bear (meaning rather sensibilities in this case) and the spittle of a bird.

Fenrir did not believe them that they would set him free again after having tried the binding on him. Tyr had to put his arm in his mouth as the guarantee. That is why one of his arms is missing. And again, when Ragnarok begins, the wolf will free himself from Gleipnir and avenge this deception by devouring Odin.

In Romance languages, this day belongs to Mars, the Roman god of war (martes in Spanish, mardi in French).

Tuesday–The Day of Tiu


Tuesday is the first day of the week which is named after a god of the Angles and Saxons–Tiu, the God of War. The Angles and Saxons, like the Greeks and Romans, worshiped many gods, and though these gods were in a great number of ways similar to those of the Greeks and Romans, we also find very great differences. These differences are due to the fact that the Angles and Saxons lived in a very different kind of country, led a very different kind of life, and consequently had different ideas. Their chief enemies were frost and cold, and they imagined the freezing winds to be caused by frost-giants who lived in a land of ice and waged continual warfare with the gods who befriended man and protected him as far as they could against the frost-giants and all the suffering which they caused. The chief of these gods was Woden or Odin, the All-father, of whom we read in the following chapter, and next to him in importance came Thor, the God of Thunder, the bitterest enemy of the giants. The god after whom Tuesday is named was known as Tiu among the Angles and Saxons, and as Tyr among the Norsemen. He was the God of War, and corresponds to Mars among the Romans, whose name for this day was Dies Martis, the day of Mars. The French have kept the Roman name in the form mardi.

Tiu was a great fighter and knew no fear, and was naturally always called upon in time of battle. He was usually represented as having no right hand, owing to a misfortune which befell him in the following way. From his lofty throne Odin, the chief of the gods, one day saw in the land of the giants three terrible monsters, which grew so rapidly that he was filled with fear lest they should invade the home of the gods. Accordingly he determined to get rid of them before they became any stronger. One Hel, an enormous giantess, he flung into the Underworld, where, as the Goddess of Death, she ruled over the kingdom of the dead. Another, Iormungandr, a serpent, he cast into the sea, where it grew so huge that it encircled the whole earth. The third was Fenrir, a wolf, whom Odin brought to Asgard, the home of the gods, hoping that he might eventually tame him. Fenrir, however, grew stronger and fiercer each day, until the gods, of whom Tiu alone was brave enough to go near him, decided at last to bind him in such a way that he could do no harm. A very strong chain was obtained, and the gods suggested to Fenrir, who often boasted of his great strength, that he should allow himself to be bound with it in order to prove whether he was really as strong as he claimed to be. Fenrir agreed, and then by merely stretching himself easily brohe his bonds. Again the gods put him to the test with a still stronger chain, but as before he succeeded in breaking it. Seeing that no ordinary chain would be strong enough to bind Fenrir, the gods sent one of their servants to the home of the dwarfs, a race of little people who lived underground, and who were very clever workers in metal. They also possessed great powers of magic, as we shall see in a later story. At the bidding of the gods, the dwarfs made a silken rope out of the voice of fishes, a woman’s beard, the roots of a mountain, and the footsteps of a cat, which was so strong that no power could break it! A third time the gods challenged Fenrir to show his strength by allowing himself to be bound with this new cord, but Fenrir became suspicious, and at last consented only on condition that one of the gods should put his hand in his mouth, and hold it there as a pledge that the gods were not deceiving him. This condition greatly alarmed the gods, who began to fear that their trick was not going to succeed, but the bold war-god Tiu stepped forward and, without any hesitation, placed his right hand in the wolf’s mouth. The gods at once bound Fenrir with the magic cord made by the dwarfs, and, in spite of all his struggles, the wolf was unable to free himself. Great was the delight of the gods at their success, a delight shared by all but Tiu, who had little cause to be pleased with the result of the trick, for Fenrir, finding he was trapped, immediately bit off the hand of the god. Thus Tiu was deprived of his sword hand, but so clever was he that he wielded his sword equally well with his left hand, and still remained invincible in battle.

On one occasion Tiu and Thor, the God of Thunder, set out for the land of the giants to obtain an enormous kettle, which the gods required for a feast. They came at last to the home of a giant, Hymir, who possessed a kettle a mile deep and a mile wide, and were hospitably received by the giant’s wife. When she learned the errand on which they had come, she warned them that her husband was very fierce and hot-tempered, and advised them to hide themselves when Hymir returned, lest he should kill them with a glance. No sooner had the gods taken refuge behind some kettles, which were kept on a beam at the end of the hall, than Hymir came in. When he heard that visitors had called, he flashed his eyes round the hall so fiercely that, as his glance lighted on the gods’ hiding-place, the beam split in two, the kettles came crashing to the ground, and Tiu and Thor were discovered. Hymir, however, was persuaded by his wife to receive the gods kindly; he prepared a meal of three oxen in their honour, but was astonished and dismayed to see Thor eat two of them himself. The next day the gods gave the giant many proofs of their great strength and skill, and Hymir consented to give them the kettle they were seeking. Tiu at once tried to lift it but failed; then Thor, after a mighty struggle, raised it from the ground, and, as he gave the final pull, his feet broke through the floor of the giant’s house. As soon as the gods had departed, Thor carrying the kettle on his head, Hymir called his brothers together, and pursued after them. Thor, however, attacked them with his famous hammer, and killed them one by one. Tiu and Thor then continued their journey, and brought the huge kettle safely to their own land.

There are few stories told of Tiu, yet he held a high place among the gods, as the name Tuesday shows. He is most famous for his share in the binding of Fenrir, whereby was put off the dreaded Ragnarok, the day of the final battle between the gods and the giants.


Tuesday’s Witchery


Tuesday is the day to work any magick that falls in the category of increasing strength, courage, bravery, and passion. All of these intense emotions are linked to this day’s energies, and spells designed around these themes will have extra punch when performed on this magickal day.

So, let’s add a little passion and conviction into your life! Break out the daring red pieces of your wardrobe, and put a little pizzazz into your day. Work with Lilith, and see what she has to teach you about personal power and sexuality. Meditate on Tiw/Tyr and Mars, and see what those ancient warrior gods will show you about new tactics, strategies, and claiming personal victories in your life. Practice conjuring up that astral weapon from the meditation and use it wisely for protection and for courage.

Create a philter for courage and protection or handcraft your own Witch’s jar to remove negativity from your home. See what other Witch crafts you can conjure up with Tuesday’s magick. Create some kitchen magick on this Tuesday by whipping up a spicy stew-add in a few Mars-associated ingredients such as carrots, peppers, and garlic. Empower the stew for success, and then treat yourself and your family to a good, hearty meal. Try working with a little aromatherapy and burn some spicy or coffee-scented candles to increase your energy level.

Check the sky at night, and see if you can find the reddish planet Mars up in the heavens. Not sure where to look? Check an astronomy magazine or search the Web for more information. Become a magickal warrior and move forward in your life with strength, courage, and compassion. Embrace the side of yourself that loves a good challenge and that is passionate and daring! Banish fear, and face your future with strength and conviction. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, work hard, and you will win every time.


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

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, January 30th

Up Helly Aa (Scottish)


Waxing Moon

Moon phase: Second Quarter

Moon Sign: Cancer

Moon enters Leo 1: 53 pm

Incense: Cinnamon

Color: Scarlet

Moon in Cancer




The Moon is traveling through Cancer


Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.


Moon Folklore for Your Tuesday

To make things flourish and grow, do a spell during the waxing moon — from the first day of the new moon to the first day of the Full Moon. At this time work for an increase of anything, or to diminish something.

To decrease anything do a spell during the waning period of the moon. This is a good time to get rid of any bad situation, including illness.

To put a stop to anything irksome, choose the second day of the Full Moon. Use silver and white to establish a link with the Moon.


A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater


The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, January 30th

Tuesday (Tiw’s-day)

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Autumn Shades

Crystals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Flint, Rhodonite, Iron and Steel

Aroma: Basil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Mars Oil, Dragon’s blood and patchouli

Herb: Basil

The day of Mars. This day could only ever symbolize the sheer power of the god of war! The ideal spells to be cast on this day are that of force, power war and protection.

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Magical aspects: controlled power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, the breaking of negative spells, dynamic energy, matrimony, war, enemies, prison, hunting, politics, contests, protection, victory, and athletics.

Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars
Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you. Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads.

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success


The Energy of Mars

Weekday ruled by Mars: Tuesday
Pink Tourmaline

Herbs and Plants:
Red Rose
Cock’ comb

Magickal Intention: Courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, breaking negative cycles, war, viltality, Assertiveness.

Tuesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spells

By Tuesday, most people are over Monday’s slump and are ready to charge. They feel more alert and energized on this day. Tuesday are considered good days for communication, tenderness, taking care of business and exercise spells.


Communication Spells – Candle Communication Spell

1 blue candle
1 bottle of anointing oil (optional)
Take a blue candle and, if you have some oil, go ahead and anoint it. If you choose not to use oil, simply, hold the candle in your hands, and allow your energy to flow into it. After doing this, place the candle on a fire-safe surface and light it. Now, say this chant one time:

“Oh, Great Spirit,
Over land and sea,
Make me a magnet.
Make me as the bees.
Words buzzing to and fro.
As all the rivers run,
Let my channels grow.
Connections opening.
Drawing them close.
Happy smiles
And wonderful host.
I speak into this flame.
The smoke carries into trees.
As I blow it out,
So mote it be.”

Now, blow out the candle. The smoke is supposed to drift your spell out into the world and open up new lines of communication for you.



Taking Care of Business Spells – TCB Penny Spell

Items needed for this spell:
2 pennies
Your hands
Take two pennies in your hands and shake them, fairly hard. While doing this, say this chant three times:

“Penny, Penny, Penny.
I’m shaking these pennies.
And all is fun.
In a snap,
I need this done.
Sending this out in a run.
I will slap
These, two pennies, down, into one.”

After this chant, throw the pennies on-top of each other, on the ground. The hardness of the throw and the clanking of the pennies will send out the serious urgency of your spell.


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



Full Moon Glory

Full Moon

The Moon has risen and the glow comes into our circle.
My Sisters join hands and bow their heads
As the Goddess is called to us.

I call on the Wind to present her self
I call on the Fire to rise high from our caldrons.
I call on the Rain to fall gently upon us.
I call on the Earth, who is mother to us all.

I turn to the East and summon the Witches
I turn to the South and summon my Words
I turn to the West and summon the Energy
I turn to the North and summon the Light

I make my circle of protection and bow as
I request the love and light of the Goddess.
I make my circle of protection and invite
my Sisters to join the light.
I make my circle of protection and place
my family there with me.
I make my circle of protection and
place my animals with us.

I raise my arms to the Moon
and draw down her energy.
I raise my arms to the Moon
and drawn down her light.
I raise my arms to the Moon
and drawn down her love
I raise my arms to the Moon
and drawn down her protection .

She is our Mother and I ask for her prayers

I pray for the families of my Sisters
I pray for the fulfillment of my destiny
I pray for the joy of life to fill my life
I pray for the protection of my Sisters and myself

Blessings to the birds in our skies
Blessings to animals that roam our lands
Blessings to creatures of the seas
Blessings to our pets, which love is constant

Joy to us and all of ours
Laughter that fills our lives
May we see the beauty around us
Find a passion that will live forever

I give my love and energy to my Sisters
I open my circle and release the joy
And peace from this gathering
I open my circle and release the Love
And Energy from this gathering
I open my circle and release
Our devotion to the Goddess

I thank the Goddess for her presence
I thank the Witches for their presence
I thank the Elements for their presence
I thank my Sisters for their presence

To All with my Love and Blessings

All is done…


—A Witch’s Prayerbook
JoAnne Spiese

A Very Blessed & Beautiful Tuesday Morning To All My Dear Sweet Family! May The Goddess Shine Brightly on You & Your Today!

Good Morning, My Sisters & Brothers! I hope everyone is doing fine this beautiful Tuesday morning. I apologize for us running late. It is totally my fault. I have been talking to Eleanor this morning and I believe she is about the only one who truly understands me. She tells me she can look at my face and tell what I am feeling. Look into my eyes and know exactly what I am thinking. I don’t know if that is a good think or not to have someone who can read you like a book. She is the only one around here that can and thank goodness for that.


She came in the office this morning to drop off some orders. The minute she looked at me, she immediately asked, “what was wrong?” I started to tell her nothing but why lie, she would know. I told her I really didn’t know. My entire body feels strange, it is like my inner being has been ripped out of my body. I just feel numb to the world. She told me, that reality was finally sitting in. I had done more than I should emotionally wise and now it has hit home. Boy has it ever! I told her that it started this morning when we passed the burned out cabin that I use to call home. It just got worse after that I could feel a part of me slip away as I looked at the cabin. The full details of that night came back. Truthfully I was hoping they never did but…. I also have this reminder on my leg for a bit that won’t let me forget.


Then the dear friend whose niece had been shot in the High School shootings who asked me to take away her pain. Help her cope. Eleanor warned me but I didn’t listen. She told me I had enough crap floating around in my own head, how did I expect to take someone’s else’s pain away? Good question, but I had to try and I did. It drained me both emotionally and physically. I think most of all I got sick of hearing other religious leaders say that something glorious would come out of what had happened. Really? Glorious? The aunt and I talked and are still talking about what happened. The leader that made the glorious comment made her very angry. She asked me how could she stand up there and say such a thing? I told her it was her religion that saw something glorious coming out of what had happened. Personally, I told her I saw no good out of those two young people’s deaths. That lady went on and on and by the time it was over I wanted to strangle her. I have been to funerals before but nothing like this. When it was over, the aunt had nothing but questions. The only thing that came to me was to tell her about the image of my Goddess I had seen once. I told her how my Goddess was nothing but pure love, you could sense it and see it illuminating from Her. She welcomed all and she (the aunt) could rest assured that her niece was in the Goddess’ loving care and comfort. There was no more pain, no more confusion in the cosmos, the Goddess had grabbed her sweet soul and took her home to be with her. I told her aunt that we had the guarantee that we would all meet one day again. We would meet in a field of softly blowing grass, our finger tips touching the tops as we ran to meet our loved ones. We had the promise they would be there waiting for us. We also knew that as long as they were in our hearts, they would never be forgotten. They would always be with us. There would be times of sadness and times of joy thinking back on the time you had with your niece on this plane. I told her to hold those memories tight and never, ever let them go.


After I was emotionally drained out, it came to me, the aunt’s question. I had an answer for it. How could something glorious come out of their deaths?  I told her to live her life in honor of her niece. Honor her memory each and every day. Let her life and the life of the other family members be a beckon among people. Let their light shine so brightly that no evil can ever touch them again. Let their light and lives be a symbol for no matter what evil occurs it will not destroy them. For as long as they stand as a family together, they will be the goodness that comes out of their lose. Let their children’s light shine through them and let that light shine brightly and be a symbol for those who have lost so much as they have.


Evil can never win. I know we aren’t suppose to believe in evil but it is out there and we must face it. We have to face it head on. We can never let it win out over us no matter how bad the circumstances. We must pull from our own faith and from our Divine Mother for the strength and courage to face any and all obstacles put in our way.


I am sorry I didn’t mean to “preach,” I guess it was something I just had to get off my chest. I know I do feel some what better now. I appreciate you listening and most of all I appreciate you loving me. If nothing else we learn for incidents like this, there is one thing. Hug your children, your spouse, your significant other every day and most of all tell them you love them, not only tell them show them. In these days and times, you never know any more and that is a very sad thing to say about the world in which we live.


Now something I want to share with you. You have heard it before but it does give me strength in times like these…..


Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the Earth
that bore a witch like me!
I once was burned, now I survive,
was hung and now I sing.


T’was grace that drew down the moon
and grace that raised the seas.
The magic in the people’s will
will set our Mother free.


We face the East and breathe the winds
that move across this earth.
From gentle breeze to hurricane
our breath will bring forth the change.


Turn towards the South and feel the fire
that burns in you and me.
The spirit’s flame will rise again
and burn eternally.


We greet the West, our souls awash
in tides of primal birth.
Our tears and blood, our pain and love
will cleanse and heal the earth.


Reach into the North and know your roots
down deep ancestral caves.
We find the wisdom of the Crone,
Of circles we are made


Amazing earth, enduring life,
from death into rebirth.
T’is earth I am and earth I love
and earth I’ll always be.


Amazing grace, how sweet the Earth
that bore witches like we.
We once were burned, now we survive,
were hung and now we sing.


Goddess bless, so mote it be,
Our magic spirals on.
Merry meet and merry part
and merry meet again.

—Verna Knapp


Thank you, Almighty Goddess for Your Grace & For Your Love!