Voodoo/Hoodoo – Making Magickal Oils

Voodoo/Hoodoo – Making Magickal Oils

As a general rule, you can use the following method for creating magickal anointing oils. In a mortar and pestle, pour two ounces of your base oil (olive, almond, grapeseed, etc.) and then add the herbs and other ingredients. Gently crush the ingredients and transfer the mixture to an airtight container and store in a dark place. After four days, check the oil to see if the fragrance is to the desired strength. If it is, then you can either strain the oil with cheesecloth into your final container, or simply leave everything together. Store in a dark place. If you do not have the right aromatic strength, then strain the oil in cheesecloth back into your mortar, add enough of your base oil to bring it back to 2 ounces, and repeat the process of adding your ingredients, crushing them into the oil, and storing away for three days at a time. Repeat this as many times as necessary to achieve the desired strength.

 

Some herbs and resins are more readily absorbed than others. If you have an essential oil of an herb used in a recipe, you can add some to the recipe to enhance the aroma, as well. Be sure to add a few drops of tincture of Benzoin to your oils or they will go rancid (unless you are using jojoba oil as a base).

 

Precautions
Please note that it is always possible to have an allergic reaction to any oil or oil blend. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using any essential oil that will have contact with the skin. This is to determine if you may be allergic or have a sensitization reaction to the oil.

1)Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and pets.

 

2)Pregnant women and persons with health problems must consult doctor.

 

3)Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin.

 

4)Essential oils should not be taken internally.

 
5)Products made with natural ingredients may still cause allergic reactions with some individuals. When using oils on skin, be aware of any reactions that seem to be happening, and take first aid measures immediately. Flush the area with a lot of clean water and seek medical attention. Take the same steps (flush with clean water, seek medical help) if you spill undiluted essentials on yourself, or get them in your eyes, nose, mouth or an open wound.

 
Working with essential oils requires knowing the properties of the oils and being aware of the safety issues about the oils you use. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of essential oils based on information is from Julia Lawless book The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism(Illustrated Encyclopedia). You are encouraged to purchase the book and study it to gain the in depth knowledge required to master the art of apothecary.

 

Hazardous Oils:
Bitter Almond, Arnica, Boldo, Broom, Buchu, Calamus, Camphor, Cassia, Chervil, Cinnamon (bark), Costus, Elecampane, Fennel (bitter), Horseradish, Mugwort, Mustard, Oregano, Pennyroyal, Pine (dwarf), Rue, Sage (common), Santolina, Sassafras, Savine, Savory, Tansy, Thuja, Thyme (red), Tonka, Wintergreen, Wormseed and Wormwood.

 

Toxicity:
Essential oils which should be used in moderation (only in dilution and for a maximum of two weeks at a time) because of toxicity levels are:
Ajowan, Anise Star, Basil (exotic), Bay Laurel, Bay (West Indian), Camphor (white), Cassie, Cedarwood (Virginian), Cinnamon (leaf), Clove (bud), Coriander, Eucalyptus, Fennel (sweet), Hops, Hyssop, Juniper, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pepper (black), Sage (Spanish), Tagests, Tarragon, Thyme (white), Tuberose, Turmeric, Valerian.

 

Dermal/Skin Irritation:
Oils which may irritate the skin, especially if used in a high concentration: Ajowan, Allspice, Aniseed, Basil (sweet), Black Pepper, Boreol, Cajeput, Caraway, Cedarwood (Virginian), Cinnamon (leaf), Clove (bud), Cornmint, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon, Parsley, Peppermint, Thyme (white) and Turm

 

Sensitization:
Some oils may cause skin irritation only in those people with very sensitive skins or can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Always do a patch test before using a new oil to check for individual sensitization. Oils which may cause sensitization include:

Basil (French), Bay Laurel, Benzoin, Cade, Canagaa, Cedarwood (Virginian), Chamomile (Roman and German), Citronella, Garlic, Geranium, Ginger, Hops, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm (melissa), Litsea Cubeba, Lovage, Mastic, Mint, Orange, Peru Balsam, Pine (Scotch and long-leaf), Styrax, Tea Tree, Thyme (white), Tolu Balsam, Turmeric, Turpentine, Valerian, Vanilla, Verbena, Violet, Yarrow and Ylang Ylang.

 

Phototoxicity:
Some oils are phototoxic, meaning they can cause skin pigmentation if exposed to direct sunlight. Do not use the following oils either neat or in dilution on the skin, if the area will be exposed to the sun:
Angelica Root, Bergamot (except bergapten-free type), Cumin, Ginger, Lemon (expressed), Lime (expressed), Lovage, Mandarin, Orange and Verbena.

 

High Blood Pressure:
Avoid the following oils in cases of high-hypertension: Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage (Spanish and common) and Thyme.

 

Epilepsy:
Fennel (sweet).

 

Diabetes:
Hyssop, Rosemary, Angelica, and Sage (all types).

 

Homeopathy:
Homeopathic treatment is not compatible with the following: Black Pepper, Camphor, Eucalyptus and Peppermint.

 

Storage
Essential oils should be stored in dark glass bottles or vials. However, essential oils can be packaged in clear glass bottles or vials if they are stored in a box or dark carrying case.

All essential oils should be kept at a moderate to cool temperature and away from children and pets.

 

Tomorrow, Recipes to follow

Voodoo/Hoodoo Oils & Potions

Oils and Potions

 

Voodoo Hoodoo not only utilizes roots & herbs for its spells, but also candles, oils, incense, floor washes, sprays, powders – pretty  much anything goes. Many spells are candle oriented for added power. The color of the candle is always in sync with the nature of the spell. By dressing (anointing) the candles with oils and rolled in powdered herbs, you’re in effect adding an enhancement to your candle of power thereby making it that much more precise in your working.
This spills the beans on some of the commonly used oils and potions in Voodoo hoodoo. You will need to know how to make these or you will need to buy them for many of the spells. Most traditional root workers make their own, although modernization of the practice along with internet access makes it easier for some folks to purchase what they need. Do whatever you want; there is no law that says you have to make your own. The advantage of making your own is that you know exactly what is in it and you can charge it yourself.
Many traditions of magic work with plant materials, and most assign some symbolic meanings or ascriptions to these ingredients. Many hoodoo and Voodoo spells require certain blends of oils and powders to accomplish a particular work or to enhance a spell. Always use a natural carrier oil to blend your magickal oils as unblended oils can burn the skin. You should only use a drop or two at a time on the skin. I use Grape Seed oil and almond oil for blending magickal oils, and Olive oil for blending holy oils. Jojoba oil is a good alternative because it won’t go rancid, although it is more expensive than the others. Mineral oil is good for negative works. You should always add tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E oil to keep to any oils listed to keep them from going rancid.
CARRIER OILS
Below you will find a list of carrier oils and their shelf life that can be used to make magickal anointing oils. This is important information when considering how often you will use the particular oil you make.
Grapeseed Oil
– Shelf life is approximately 3-6 months. Solvent extracted grapeseed oil has a shelf life of 9 months. Keep refrigerated.
Jojoba Oil
– Indefinite shelf life.
Mustard Seed
– Abyssinian Seed Oil
– Shelf life is approximately 18-24 months.
Olive Oil
– Shelf life is approximately 12 months to 18 months if stored properly in a cool dark place.
Sweet Almond Oil
– Shelf life is approximately 3-6 months is not refrigerated. If refrigerated, the shelf life can be increased to 12 months.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 14th

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 14th

 

Aries

Aries
Aries

This is an active time for bringing a sense of harmony and peace to a friendship, or for being a mediator with others, dear Aries. You are taking more pride than usual in your ability to relate well to people and to bring others together. Emotional matters can be on the tricky side, though. Money or relationship worries can surface later today. Your mind tends to move towards the darker elements of your life, and this can stimulate mental circling and spiraling, which is destructive rather than creative. Confront your fears rather than allow them to take over. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus aspect helps you reason things out and move on. A helpful conversation, invitation, or piece of news may be part of the picture now with these planets forming a pleasant alliance. Friends and networks can be the source of inspiration, or you might inspire others. Tomorrow is a Solar Eclipse, and today is good for winding down.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

Tomorrow is a Solar Eclipse, dear Taurus, making today an important time for winding down. However, this doesn’t mean the day has to be boring. It’s, in fact, a healthy day for relationships with bosses, parents, or work superiors, and for bringing harmony to your place of work. These things can be keys to success now and in coming weeks. You may be receiving special attention for your efforts, work, or accomplishments, and could be in the position to guide others in the weeks and even months ahead. Now is a good time to think about what you want to strive towards. You are giving off a protective, supportive vibe that draws others to you. Even so, later today there can be brooding energy, but it may be best to lift yourself above petty disagreements. A Mercury-Uranus influence coming into play now can help tremendously on this front as it allows for some detachment. It’s an excellent time to become better informed, and for seeking out new or unique approaches to career, public relations, or life path matters.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

You can be in the position to help and support others through your ideas or personal philosophies today, dear Gemini. This is a robust time for connecting with people through the mind, communications, learning, and ideas, as well as for empowering yourself through your studies. Relationships can improve today by giving others their space or encouraging their independence. Later today, however, there can be a tendency to nurse resentments. Do your best to rise above game playing. If you need to clear the air, do so, and keep in mind that we can be somewhat sensitive and reactive right now. Fortunately, we’re moving towards a Mercury-Uranus aspect that helps you see many possibilities. It also aids others to detach just enough to gain some perspective. This is a good time for entertaining new ideas, but not for starting something new since a Solar Eclipse will occur tomorrow and is likely to redirect your energies or focus. Networking can lead to useful and pleasant discoveries.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

You’re taking pride in being fair and non-judgmental with money, sharing power, and in close relationships right now, dear Cancer, and others appreciate you for these qualities. Later today, however, there can be difficulties coming to a place of agreement or understanding. Arguments can stem from people expecting one another to read their minds or to intuit what it is they need and want. This can be a time of asking yourself what you or another fear, and taking it from there, as a Venus-Pluto aspect today suggests that tense or controlling behavior comes from fears of loss or of being out of the loop. Fortunately, we’re tapping into good energy for solving problems and talking things through with objectivity. In fact, you can be very rational about tricky or sensitive topics right now. Business and career matters might improve with new methods or approaches. A surprise advance or development with a relationship or financial issue can be pleasant now.

Leo

Leo
Leo

As the Sun and Juno come together in your partnership sector today, you can be taking particular pride in your close relationships or your ability to treat others fairly, dear Leo. You may also be feeling more empowered through a close relationship. There is a satisfying sense that the effort you put into creating balance and harmony in your life now will reward you for some time to come. You are also a little more sensitive than usual to any feeling of inequality in your relationships, and efforts to bring things back into balance may involve the very kind of conflict you set out to avoid! Even so, the process can be rewarding. Buried resentments can emerge later today, possibly in a disruptive way, but you have all the tools to talk things through and learn from the experience. This is an excellent time for consulting others, increasing your understanding of a special person in your life, and coming up with bold new ideas. Interactions with people close to you can be energizing now and in weeks to come as the energies today are imprinted on tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse, which will affect you for months into the future. Conversations are refreshingly open, honest, and revealing. When tension emerges, use the power of candid communications to rise above it all or figure out what it all means.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

Bringing balance and harmony to your daily routines and your work environment is important to you, dear Virgo, especially at this time of year. You’re in an excellent position for doing so now, and you can feel empowered through your efforts. Cooperation and support are in sharp focus now. While social elements can affect productivity now, your efforts are nevertheless meaningful and contributing to long-term happiness. As the day advances, on the one hand, there is some possible tension related to sensitive feelings. We may be a little possessive or jealous if we’re afraid of rejection or betrayal, and people in your life may seem to need more reassurance than usual. On the other hand, a Mercury-Uranus aspect sets the perfect environment for talking through problems. You may even reach an intellectual or communication breakthrough. With Mercury in your work and health sector, new insights or discoveries tend to center around health, employment, habits, and routine matters. You might discover new methods for improving your health or making your daily affairs easier or more efficient. There can be test results that you were waiting for coming in or new light shed on an old problem.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

You’re in a unique position for reaching an agreement with a lover, friend, or child today, dear Libra, as the Sun and Juno come together in your solar fifth house. You are big on fair play, in general, and you can be a particularly useful mediator or facilitator today. Creative efforts can also thrive as you’re feeling pleasantly competitive and motivated. As the day advances, a Venus-Pluto tense aspect comes into play, however, there is a strong tendency to feel more vulnerable and to make attempts to protect your feelings. In fact, these efforts may take you further from the problem than is healthy. Try not to allow this to control your mood or interfere with your relationships. Fortunately, a Mercury-Uranus connection in your relationship sectors puts you in a beautiful position for coming to a mutual understanding or for enjoying stimulating conversations with someone you care about. With this added layer of objectivity and a sincere desire to grow and improve, you can talk through most any problems.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

With the Sun and Juno’s alignment in your home and family sector today, dear Scorpio, you can be determined to make peace with family or bring a feeling of harmony and balance in your home environment now. You are a little more sensitive to imbalances, but fortunately want to take action to correct problem areas. As the day advances, however, it may be all too easy to push an issue too far as Venus connects with Pluto in a minor but irritating way. If you’ve been holding on to resentment, it might surface now, perhaps unexpectedly. A Mercury-Uranus aspect, however, helps you to detach, let go, and talk through your issues. This is a time for reasoning things out. Your thinking is forward-looking and growth-focused, and you can approach domestic work, health, and routine matters in new ways. Through honest conversations and thoughts, you can get to a place of far greater understanding of your feelings about core issues.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

With the Sun and Juno joining forces in your solar third house today, dear Sagittarius, you are a powerful force when it comes to speaking, sharing, connecting, learning, and teaching. You are a natural at networking and might find yourself in the position of mediator or guide today. Even so, a Venus-Pluto aspect can heighten worries about security or finances, which may very well lead to some tensions in your relationships. A Mercury-Uranus harmony keeps your mind open to possibilities and ideas and helps you focus on what can be done to let go and move on. People are attracted to your unique perspective and convictions today and tomorrow. Worry, concern, or frustration can lead to inventive solutions.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

You’re in a great position today for balancing and organizing your work or finances, dear Capricorn. Cooperating, negotiating, and solving problems are in focus and positive. You can enjoy taking special care of others or offering some guidance. Staying on top of your money, things, and business can feel empowering now. As the day advances, a Venus-Pluto minor challenge can stir up resentments or fears related to missing out or interpersonal problems. Frustrations emerging now tend to have a deeper root than what appears the case on the surface of things. Fortunately, we’re also closing in on a sextile between Mercury and Uranus, and conversations can be wonderfully useful for gaining perspective. Thinking and musing can lead to creative places. Progressive ideas about how to make yourself feel more secure and comfortable can emerge today and this week.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

Your ability to mediate, negotiate, and treat others reasonably is in marked focus today, dear Aquarius, and is appreciated by the people around you. This is due to a Sun-Juno conjunction in your sign. Your personality is shining for your ability to create harmony, and you can be especially charming and appealing today. You feel proud and stronger for expressing yourself. As the day advances, a Venus-Pluto minor challenge points to possible worries about money or resources, and may even stir up issues of self-worth. While this may be a recurring issue that’s emerging and it deserves some attention, you may decide to focus on moving forward as your ruler, Uranus, forms a sextile to Mercury in your sign, leaving you in a particularly strong position to get your message across effectively. Using the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests works supremely well for you. The chance to enjoy conversations with the things that genuinely interest you can emerge. Even so, take things easy, as tomorrow brings a Solar Eclipse in your sign, as well as the chance for new beginnings.

Pisces

Pisces
Pisces

There is a strong focus on the past or your private life these days, dear Pisces, and today is no exception. You can be very busy sorting through past experiences seeking a point of resolution or closure as the Sun and Juno come together in your privacy sector. You are especially sensitive to imbalances, and you want to set things right. However, later today there can be vague concerns and worries that tend to hang heavily in the air, and some of you could be concerned about a relationship or friendship. Try not to overthink things, as is the tendency now. A Mercury-Uranus influence is also in place, and while it doesn’t cancel out the tension, it helps us talk through or reason out problems. Your mind tunes into progressive ideas and possible areas for improvement. Open-mindedness brings wonderful rewards.

 

 

If You Were Born Today, February 13

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If You Were Born Today, February 13

You work very hard for the things that are important to you. You instinctively appreciate what you have and consider that it might not be there tomorrow. While this could translate to nervousness or perhaps pessimism, especially when it comes to money, many of you are simply determined, proactive, hard-working, and realistic. You are highly intelligent and intuitive. Others can rely on you. Famous people born today: Peter Gabriel, Kim Novak, Stockard Channing, Jerry Springer, Mena Suvari.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

The period ahead is a particularly busy one. At times, you may feel like the pace of your life is running ahead of you. You can be especially productive, however, in all types of communications–writing, speaking, learning, teaching, and so forth. You are willing to put in the effort for a mental interest or project, and you can feel pleasantly dedicated to your work or ideas in the year ahead. You are more able to focus on what you’re doing and communicating, and you’re more inclined to notice and consider details.

With Venus sextile Saturn in your Solar Return chart, certain elements of your social life and financial life are stabilized, secured, and more reliable this year. You may solidify a romantic relationship under this influence, or become involved with a mature partner. Circumstances may be such that you need to handle money more carefully this year, or this may simply come naturally to you now. Support from older people or authority figures may come by way of solid advice or more tangible help. Renewed ties to old friends are possible, or a new sense of responsibility in existing friendships, are also highly likely.

This is a time when you feel confident and supported enough to pursue your desires. It’s a good period for making yourself feel more secure and safe, as well as for family or domestic activities. This is also a period when you more readily support or defend others.

You are seeking out equal, fair, and balanced relationships. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing, creating harmony, and sharing power now. You may gain an advantage in business or finances or by promoting harmony and beauty.

Your feelings are more intense which can increase your creativity or animate your social or romantic life this year.

You may be actively involved in teamwork and collaboration with others this year. Your passions are stirred and you’re likely to make positive connections with others. There can be the beginning of a significant new relationship or the intensification of an existing bond.

This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year.

You have a stronger ability to direct your energies into meaningful activities. In some ways, you can be quite self-contained as you pursue passion projects. However, you may need to watch for hooking onto impractical ventures. As well, your energy level can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages. At times you may feel a little lacking in direction, but give yourself some time to find it.

This can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports. It’s bound to be a busy time for you, sometimes lacking in clear direction, but also good for optimism and many new ideas and interests.

2018 is a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.

2019 will be a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 13th

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 13th

 

Aries

Aries
Aries

Uranus in Aries connects harmoniously with the Sun today, dear Aries, putting you in fabulous form for enjoying new interests, a friendship, making connections, or dreaming up new ways to enjoy your life. You can be particularly inspired by new ideas and potential ventures now. You might also break through a barrier or problem, and this comes as a pleasant relief. You’re in particularly good shape for sharing your talents or expertise with others, socializing, and coming up with creative and exciting ideas for future projects. You love to innovate and break ground, and with the Solar Eclipse on Thursday and the aspects forming now, you’re in an unusual position to do so in the weeks ahead. A Mercury-Jupiter square, also active today, warns against going overboard with money, relationships, projects, and promises, in general, but it also challenges you to think in bigger terms than usual. Dream but don’t invest your heart, money, or energy into something brand new just yet.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

A Sun-Uranus connection today is gently exciting, dear Taurus, as circumstances are such that you’re reminded of areas of your life that are doing well, improving, or showing great promise. It’s important to keep in mind the tendency to gloss over practical details today, though, unless you’re merely daydreaming and not signing on the dotted line! The temptation may be to jump to a conclusion, but information is likely to be incomplete now. As well, Mercury is at the top of your chart and you’re likely to attract more attention than usual for what you communicate! For some of you, there can be a disconnect with someone about your long-term plans, and while this should be addressed at some point, try not to put too much weight into it at the moment. It may very well be coming off as more difficult than it truly is (a Mercury-Jupiter influence active today has an exaggeration effect). However, do look for opportunities to advance your professional interests and consider ways to free yourself from attitudes that have been limiting your progress or success.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

Today, Jupiter forms a square to Mercury, your planetary ruler and the ruler of communications, in general, dear Gemini. This can lead to misjudgments as we speak, judge, or conclude too quickly. Even so, their conflict can stir up some incredible enthusiasm and good ideas, even if these may need some refinement at a later date. You can be defending your beliefs today, which is energizing but might also lead to moodiness if others are listening only to themselves, which is very likely with this transit. Also today, a Sun-Uranus connection forms that inspires you. You are more in tune with your desire for new experience, learning, and excitement these days, and friends and acquaintances can be part of this today. Travel, courses, networking, teamwork, and publishing opportunities can be areas of improvement or inspiration. Friends and alliances formed through your studies or extracurricular activities can be in focus and successful in the coming weeks. For some, a long-distance friendship is a central focus in your life now.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

For the most part, the day is likely to find you very positive and enthusiastic, dear Cancer. Even so, moodiness is possible with a Mercury-Jupiter square that tempts you to jump to conclusions. You may want to make big promises to make someone happy, but it’s best to avoid this kind of behavior now. Instead, open your mind to possibilities and reserve judgment for later. Creative activities fare beautifully. You’ve been attracting rather intense energy or experiences into your life recently with the Sun and Mercury in your intimacy sector, and today, you’re looking for ways to improve and change for the better. You’re in good shape for recognition from people at work, in your field, or in a position of authority, especially for your unique insight or methods. A relationship might play a significant role in your motivation to reach a goal or ambition, or a common purpose with a significant other can form now. You’re encouraged to think outside of the box for solutions to problems now and in the coming weeks.

Leo

Leo
Leo

A Sun-Uranus connection today is excellent for you, dear Leo. Not only does it involve your ruler, the Sun, but it also occurs with Uranus in harmony to your sign. People in your life are contributing much to your life now, and it can feel enjoyable and fulfilling. There can be some restlessness stirred now, and this can lead you to interesting places, but toning things down can be useful if you find yourself becoming hyped up over a belief or idea that didn’t mean much to you before today. Attention to a partnership may seem to interfere with efforts to settle in or pay extra attention to family. With Mercury in your partnership sector, you might often want to share decisions with someone else these days, but today, others may want to be included. Fortunately, you’re in a great position to slip into another’s shoes, and you can come to agreements quite readily. Aligning yourself with others who are progressive, adventurous, and forward-looking can be very beneficial now.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

While there is some tendency to misjudge a situation today, dear Virgo, mental restlessness may also lead to exciting discoveries. Your mind can be doing some interesting exercises now, and while some of it may lead to nothing, at the very least, you’re entertaining ideas you may not think up on another day and having some fun with it. Do watch for having too many balls in the air now, or for taking on more than you can handle. When it comes to news or others’ overtures to you, it’s best to double-check facts. A little research goes a long way today with Mercury in your work and health sector making nice with Uranus in your solar eighth house. You may be uncovering hidden answers or information that helps push you forward into new territory. Alternative methods work best right now; there is no need to cling to the traditional. Try not to overdo things but enjoy the positive vibes that may very well lead to small breakthroughs in your work or intimate life.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

Mercury connects with Jupiter and the Sun to Uranus today, dear Libra, and while there is some tendency to go overboard or to exaggerate, it’s an excellent time to dream up new ideas and turn on to new interests. You’re open to others and they to you. Keeping in mind that you and others are prone to jump to conclusions today, you can enjoy the positivity and have some fun with conversations and thoughts. As the Mercury-Jupiter square involves your second and fifth houses, a situation with a child or lover can have much more to it than meets the eye. Or, judgment about money may be off just for now (likely towards excess). Creatively speaking, your ideas are quite brilliant, but you may not have all the resources, particularly time, to implement them for now. Be patient about putting exciting new plans into action. This is a time of the year when creative impulses are stronger than usual, and fresh approaches to relating are in order. A little frivolity goes a long way, and expressing yourself more freely and playfully can help open doors to you.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

While thinking may have been a little cautious yesterday, today you’re latching on to exciting new ideas and feeling quite enthusiastic about them, dear Scorpio. It’s important not to invest too much of yourself or your resources into a new venture just for now, but ideas can be in the hatching stage and entirely worth your attention. A good practice in times like these is to remind yourself of your usual limits. Significant commitments should be avoided until further notice! You are more sharply focused on family affairs and your personal life these days, and today is particularly strong for enjoying the freedoms that acceptance and support afford you. Work, health, and family life benefit from a creative, non-traditional approach, and this is set to continue since the aspects in the days surrounding a Solar Eclipse (which will occur on the 15th) are imprinted into the eclipse and have more staying power. Follow your instincts when it comes to decorating, reorganizing, nesting, cooking, and working, as you could create a small masterpiece now. Your mind is open and others give you the space to do your own thing.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

If you can avoid putting too much energy or hope into a particular line of thought or plan today, dear Sagittarius, and enjoy the idea process instead, you’re in great shape. Mental restlessness is a given with Jupiter, your ruler, in tense aspect with Mercury, but it also encourages you to stretch your mind. Your trust that others understand you may be too optimistic and can lead to miscommunications, or jumping to conclusions can lead to same, under this influence. It’s not the time to divulge sensitive information. However, this is a beautiful time for discovery, particularly along mental or intellectual lines. The information you uncover today is exciting and possibly even profitable. Your sense of humor is in full bloom, and your mind is open to new ways of connecting. The weeks ahead can be a time of advances, however big or small, that motivate you and lift your spirits as the aspects active today tie into Thursday’s eclipse and stick around for some time.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

A Mercury-Jupiter square happening today points to some tendency for us to jump to conclusions or to make hasty (perhaps even haughty) decisions, dear Capricorn. Keeping this in mind, you can nevertheless enjoy an exercise of the mind now. Optimism can lead you to take on more than you can reasonably handle, but if you defer promises or commitments, you can come up with some bright ideas. Tune into optimistic energy now. A Sun-Uranus aspect, also active today, helps. It feels good when you meet with open minds and open your own mind to possibilities. Interactions are likely to be fresh and invigorating or inspiring. You might enjoy unique insight into a practical matter, especially financial, that surprises you or seems to come out of the blue. This is a time for approaching your family life, money, and domestic affairs in refreshing new ways and making small improvements that help you feel more in charge and more secure. The energies of today are tied into the eclipse that will occur on Thursday, as well as any new beginnings related to money and talents that can come of it.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

A Mercury-Jupiter square aspect today can lead to saying something too soon or without enough thought today, dear Aquarius, particularly as Mercury is currently in your sign. It’s best not to take on too many projects or commitments on both personal and professional levels now, not only because judgment may be a little off today, but also because a Solar Eclipse will occur in just two days, setting you along a new path. Positively, it’s a good time to think in bigger terms than usual, and later you can reshape and refine what you come up with now. The Sun in your sign connects well with Uranus today, and this boosts your appeal, particularly through your communications and ideas. People appreciate you more than usual. You might find yourself on the same page as a significant other, or agreements come organically now. This can be a time for shaking up the usual routine a little, or for reaching out to someone you’ve been meaning to connect with.

Pisces

Pisces
Pisces

With Mercury forming a square to Jupiter today, ideas can catch hold quickly, and enthusiasm can take off, dear Pisces. However, disagreements can get very big, very fast, as well. Try not to invest too much into information coming in or promises made today, and you’ll be in better shape. As long as you keep things fun and light without excessive expectations, then this is an excellent day to daydream and consider new possibilities. Also active today is a Sun-Uranus transit that gently nudges you towards positive improvements and changes. You’re working under the radar or behind the scenes these days, but you can also be branching out and coming up with novel ways of expressing yourself. When it comes to money, personal possessions, and valuables, you’re doing things just a little differently. A change of pace can feel right.

15th February 2018: Solar eclipse in 28th degree of Aquarius

15th February 2018: Solar eclipse in 28th degree of Aquarius

A solar eclipse occurs at a new moon and sees the light of the sun obscured by the moon. Astrologically, the sun reflects our core will and essence. It reveals the qualities that we manifest as we mature (giving it a future-oriented quality) and the path we must walk to step into an independent, unique expression of our being. As such it is the organising force of the psyche through which is filtered all experience, both internal and external. The sun relates to consciousness and in growing increasingly conscious of ourselves and our motivation we step more deeply into its life-giving energy.

The moon, on the other hand, is our instinctive and feeling self. A part of us so deep within and close to our very core that we barely know it consciously, instead expressing it as readily but unconsciously as we draw breath. Reflecting both subconscious and unconscious forces in the psyche, the moon reveals our emotional habits and our default orientation towards life. Where the sun is conscious and radiant, the moon is unconscious and deceptively influential. Born of our innate subjectivity and yet all-encompassing, it both constrains us within our individual worldview and connects us with the collective consciousness from which we all draw breath.

Because the light of the Sun (the life-force expressed as will) is blocked by the physicality of the Moon (the life force expressed as instinct) the shape of our life at a solar eclipse often reveals the consequences of past actions and reactions. How we manage our emotions and feelings, how we respond to those of others, the stories we tell ourselves about the ‘who, what, where and how’ of our existence, all have consequences which a solar eclipse can bring into sharp relief. If we find ourselves challenged by unexpected disruption now, honest and open reflection may reveal our part in current events no matter how randomly beyond our control they at first appear. Identifying the present consequences of past actions and omissions, denials and assertions, will assist us greatly in moving forward with deeper wisdom that supports a more awakened responsiveness in future. Such a process allows for humility, not despair, to arise in the face of challenge. It asserts authority over victimhood and reminds us that everything we do has consequences, many of which are out of our grasp as soon as we’ve acted. Whilst life does indeed deal unexpected cards and everyone is blindsided sometimes, being able to trace our own footsteps and fingerprints among what may at first look like a pile of rubble enables us to take stock, ‘cowboy up’ and get back in the saddle!

Nonetheless, we may be tempted into victim mentality at this time, convinced we are being punished or scapegoated, unfairly treated or powerless to effect change in our lives. But we are only victims if we allow something or someone to dictate our state of mind and heart, instead of rising up, sovereign even in the face of our greatest challenge. To do the latter we must understand how our mind and heart work: what triggers our own personal spiral into despair or hopelessness, anger or confusion. There’s simply no time to wait for feelings to change of their own accord now. We must be masters of our destiny and agents of necessary change. Within the darkness of a solar eclipse, we need to hold our centre and stand firm, allowing whatever occurs to penetrate us to our deepest core and speak its wisdom. We may not want to hear this particular piece of wisdom right away, of course, but the least we can do is write it down and return to it later because we can rest assured it will be central to our lives and how we live them before too long.

Like the obscured light of the sun, our capacity to take effective action may seem blocked at a solar eclipse, but not for want of trying! These eclipses tend to have a mind of their own, shaping events and emotions according to their own often difficult to comprehend priorities. They disrupt our malaise and act to insert new experience into our personal timeline. Events associated with solar eclipses can be shocking by nature and wholly unexpected. Just when we thought life was taking us in one direction we are turned to face a different one and must forge a new path ahead. Aspects of our life which we assumed were unassailable can be thrown into disarray and we must pick up the pieces, like it or not. Alternatively, a solar eclipse may bring an unexpected and often inexplicable stroke of good luck which changes our life for the better in ways we couldn’t possibly have imagined. But adjustment will still be necessary and we may at first discover we’re a lot more scared of positive change and progress than we previously anticipated!

An interesting paradox exists within every solar eclipse, for whilst they augur a time of high energy and often radical experiences, they occur at a new moon which is a time of retreat, low energy, introspection and inner illumination. So a solar eclipse is akin to driving a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake! We must decide which foot to move in response to the road ahead. Do we release the break and progress at increasing speed, or do we release the accelerator and rest for a while? Either choice is fine, as long as it’s the right one! If we need to slow down and rest we won’t miss the boat. It’ll wait because our resting is all part of the process towards the next step. But if we need to keep going on a wave of high energy, that’s all good too. We can rest another time. So choose wisely when the sun is eclipsed. Don’t push yourself if you know it’s time to step back, because stepping back at the right moment is equally important as stepping forward, and both contribute to the potential of an eclipse well-lived.

Despite the intense nature of a solar eclipse its fruits may take the following six months to ripen, fertilised by our energy during the two or three days either side of the actual event. It is therefore especially important to attend to the quality of our thoughts, emotions and behaviour at this time. A solar eclipse reminds us we are both sovereign over our lives and subject to forces beyond our control. Playing our part as well as possible, with integrity, awareness and grace, ensures our power is used to the fullest and greatest effect. The rest we must leave to chance and embrace when it arrives!

So we could say a solar eclipse is a brush with destiny, but not in the ‘pre-ordained there’s no avoiding it’ kind of way. We are our own destiny, a fact which may become startlingly apparent at this time. The events of our lives, their twists and turns, challenges and triumphs, reflect our deepest essence and unique presence in this world. We are force-fields of energy and intent, interacting with the unified field of being woven through all things. The causative factors of events in our lives are many and varied, but we are the common denominator and it is through self-knowledge and self-acceptance that we can more fully live, whatever life (and a solar eclipse!) throws our way.

If you want to understand how a particular solar eclipse impacts you more personally, look to the house where it falls in your birth chart. Here you will experience its direct impact as the affairs and issues of that house are subject to disruptive or unexpected forces which may feel beyond your control. Previous activity or achievement in the eclipse house may be undermined and new plans or efforts required. You may have to think on your feet for a while if you want to make up lost ground. Alternatively, it may make more sense to let go of previous goals and reconsider the shape of things to come in this area of your life.

Any aspects the eclipse makes to natal planets, or conjunctions to the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven or Imum Coeli, will also influence how its energies are experienced. Look especially to the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and sometimes Jupiter) and to conjunctions, squares and oppositions, which will be most acutely felt.

Look also to the position and condition (aspects and strength etc.) of your natal sun, whose impact upon your life will be emphasised during a solar eclipse. You may find that the issues your natal sun reflects in your chart are particularly brought to bear in the house where the eclipse occurs. For example, if your natal sun is in your 10th house of career and public life and the eclipse is in your 4th house of home and family, you may find that work issues and demands from the outside world greatly impact your home life, and your work/personal life balance requires some skilful attention.

It’s also worth considering the house ruled by the sun in your natal chart: that is the house with Leo on its cusp. Here you will also feel the impact from a solar eclipse, but often more in the long-term than at the actual time of the eclipse. Once the eclipse season has passed and things begin to settle you may see a gradual change in this area over the following few months, as events and changes associated with the eclipse ‘bed in’ to your life. Your decision-making abilities and sense of sovereignty in this area of your life will mature as a result of the eclipse and you will gain a broader and wiser perspective upon the affairs of this house and how best to take them forward.

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The Witches Current Moon Phase for February 13

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 5%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

PHASE DETAILS FOR – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018
Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 5%
Moon Age: 27.36 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 404,384.37 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,725,901.69 km
Source
MoonGiant.com

 

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year for Feb. 13th

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year for Feb. 13th

Parentalia

The ancient Roman festival of Parentalia began with the senior Vestal Virgin performing rites in honor of the dead. For the following eight days of the festival, each family in Rome would pay tribute to its ancestors by leaving offerings and gifts at their graves. During this time, temples were closed, marriages were forbidden, and magistrates did not wear official insignia.

On the last day of Parentalia a public ceremony was held, culminating in a sacrifice to Faunus, also known as Pan, a pastoral and oracular God who revealed the future through dreams.

 

Tuesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

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Tuesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

Hot Stuff Candle Spell

Want to drive your lover crazy? This candle spell is meant to entice and tempt. The whole point of it is to add a little spark back into your relationship and to make you irresistible. In this spell, you will be calling on Lilith, so prepare yourself for a good time. Please remember to be conscientious of this spell and only work this upon yourself, self, so you and your partner can have a little fun.

Gather a red candle, a black candle, and two candle holders. Sprinkle a dash of pepper per and a pinch of allspice on the unlit candles. Arrange three snapdragons or three red roses in a vase. Repeat the following charm three times:

As I light red and black candles for a hot and sexy spell
I now call on Lilith for passion, and all will be well
Peppers and spice and snapdragons/red roses three
These will make me very enticing, so now must it be.

Close the spell with:

For the good of all, with harm to none
May my love and I have a little fun!

Now go and find your lover, give him or her a bewitching smile, and see what kind of reaction you get.

 

Source

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

 

 

Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

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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