Samhain (Samain) – The Celtic roots of Halloween

As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain (Samain) festival. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.

The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. People wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as harmful spirits and thus avoid harm. Bonfires and food played a large part in the festivities. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into a communal fire, household fires were extinguished and started again from the bonfire. Food was prepared for the living and the dead, food for the ancestors who were in no position it eat it, was ritually shared with the less well off.

Christianity incorporated the honouring of the dead into the Christian calendar with All Saints (All Hallows) on November 1st, followed by All Souls on November 2nd. The wearing of costumes and masks to ward off harmful spirits survived as Halloween customs. The Irish emigrated to America in great numbers during the 19th century especially around the time of famine in Ireland during the 1840’s. The Irish carried their Halloween traditions to America, where today it is one of the major holidays of the year. Through time other traditions have blended into Halloween, for example the American harvest time tradition of carving pumpkins.

Two hills in the Boyne Valley were associated with Samhain in Celtic Ireland, Tlachtga and Tara. Tlachtga was the location of the Great Fire Festival which begun on the eve of Samhain (Halloween). Tara was also associated with Samhain, however it was secondary to Tlachtga in this respect.

The entrance passage to the Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara is aligned with the rising sun around Samhain. The Mound of the Hostages is…

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A Thought for Today

Until we meet again blessed be dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests.

April 25, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

After 6:30 AM EDT today (3:30 AM PDT) there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions. The Moon is in Pisces.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a good day to begin your week! You have money and earnings on your mind. Meanwhile, something going on behind the scenes might support your situation. Certainly, you’re full of moneymaking ideas. (Nevertheless, if you think something fishy is going on – it is.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a strong day for you, and a great way to begin your week! The Sun and Mercury are in your sign promoting conversations with friends and groups. You might feel competitive. You will definitely enjoy artistic, creative friends.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You make a great impression on others now. In fact, today in particular, people are aware of personal details about your private life. Fear not, you look good! Having said that, you will be happy to work alone or behind the scenes today. Good day for research.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is a popular week for you! In particular, you will enjoy the company of younger people. Today travel plans or opportunities to explore new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine and the law exist. Do whatever you can to expand your world.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This will be a strong week for you because the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. This means bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs (including the police) admire you, even if you don’t do anything special. (It’s smoke and mirrors.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You might discuss travel plans with a partner or close friend today. You have an urge to get out of town, or do something that will give you a feeling of adventure. Listen to what someone has to say today because cooperation and teamwork are theme of your day.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a good day to tidy up loose ends about taxes, debt and the wealth and resources of others. You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and work hard today and this week. Fortunately, others will help you. You might see ways to improve your job or get a better job.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Remember to get more sleep because you need more rest this week. Meanwhile, this is an excellent day to explore social outings, the arts and anything to do with sports. Playful activities with children will delight. You might find yourself in a competition of some sort?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’ll find it easy to work hard this week because you want to be productive, efficient and effective in all your actions. Motivation is everything. If this is your motivation, then you will accomplish a lot. A discussion with a female family member will go well today.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This will be a playful week for you! It can be a productive week for those of you in the arts or any kind of creative activity. This is a good time to work with children. In fact, discussions with relatives, neighbours and daily contacts will be positive today.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Home and family will continue to be a major focus for you this week, including home repairs. Family discussions are likely. Today, you might address financial matters and discuss specific purchases or major expenditures. It’s all good.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This will be a fast-paced, busy week for you, so eat supportive, nutritious food. (Hey, your body needs fuel to run on!) You’re pumped with energy now with fiery Mars in your sign. On top of that, today the Moon is in your sign improving your luck just a little. Yay!

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Hank Azaria (1964) shares your birthday today. You are often misunderstood because you hide your deepest thoughts. You are sensitive, emotional and highly intuitive. When you were, you are a perfectionist. This year you will prosper. You might get a promotion, an award. You will be acknowledged for your excellent efforts. Pursue your dreams by taking some risks!

April 26, 2022 Birthday Horoscope Digest

May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

IF YOU ARE BORN ON APRIL 26, you have an inquisitive nature and impeccable decision-making skills. You have the ability to make a situation doable that was otherwise impossible and to make an immediate judgment call. You have a serious side that can be shrewd but at the same time, manage to remain sensible.

If today is your birthday, you are likely to have a few skeletons in your closet. Although you may have grown to possess good judgment now, there were times, Taurus, you did not always. As an adult, you have probably developed a serious side that is covered up by your cheerful exterior.

The April 26th birthday personality is not so in a hurry to be coupled up. You are more laid back than other Taurus birthday individuals. You do not feel the need to have a partner to make you feel complete.

You may have many friends who are married but you do not like being dependent on anyone. However, your sex drive is set on high. One partner would be preferable but you are selective about who is giving or getting the key to the bedroom.

The 26th birthday astrology analysis shows that you will have a spiritual relationship with someone you are merely acquainted with. You develop feelings that can run deep and these people become devoted friends.

The only drawback is that this Taurean will withdraw from people who depend on them too much. They want an emotionally secure and balanced relationship and not one that is domineering. Usually, those born on this day have lasting friendships and partnerships.

The birthday horoscope for April 26 shows that you were given responsibility at a young age, therefore, the merge into adulthood was simplified. As a parent who is a Taurus, you likely will raise your children in the same manner.

This could pose some conflict but it is only typical of growing up. When you recall how you behaved as a young adult, you will be sympathetic to your child but still be very stern.

Along with having responsibilities as a youngster, the 26th April birthday personality had preconceived ideals relating to career. You may have realized that money pays the bills but it also affords the luxuries in life. You are no stranger to hard work or long hours of dedication.

The sacrifices made today will be of great significance later in life. However, today, you are likely to display your accomplishments in your home décor or in the car you drive. To someone born on April 26, this is validation of your doggedness.

The April 26th birthday meanings show that you are likely to complain about your neck or back being stiff or tight. This is called tension. This tension is brought on by possibly too many late night meetings or last-minute deadlines.

Sometimes, some things are beyond your control so learn to relax and find a masseuse to come to your office. It will break the monotony of the office routine and perhaps, get you back on track, headache free.

If we were, to sum up the individual who was born on this zodiac birthday April 26, it could be said that this Taurus is a mysterious one. You have good decision-making skills that people rely on. You are meticulous when it comes to selecting a partner to romance. You seem to make an instant connection to those you meet.

Sometimes, you take on your problems and are likely to have side affects because of it. This tension is easily removed by simple relaxation techniques. Your career choice was predetermined at an early age as you gained knowledge of many life’s lessons. Being born on this birthday April 26 implies that you live a comfortable life because you have plotted and carried out those plans.

 

Famous People And Celebrities Born On April 26

Avant, Carol Burnett, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin James, Jet Li, Jessica Lynch, IM Pei, Ma Rainey, Hack Wilson

See: Famous Celebrities Born On April 26

This Day That Year – April 26 In History

1721 – First smallpox vaccination.
1887 – Huntsville gets its first electric company.
1906 – Hawaii shows first movie.
1942 – Explosion at coalmine kills over 1500 people at Honkeiko Manchuria.

April 26  Vrishabha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
April 26 Chinese Zodiac SNAKE

April 26 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venus. It symbolizes how we perceive relationships, money, insecurity, pleasures, and desires.

April 26 Birthday Symbol

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Zodiac Sign

April 26 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birth Day Tarot Card is Strength. This card shows that a focused mind can help you get what you want from life. The Minor Arcana cards are Five of Pentacles and Knight of Pentacles

April 26 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Virgo: This relationship will be built on a stable foundation.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aquarius: A relationship that will need a lot of grounding in order to work.

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April 26 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number stands for love, joy, creativity, tact, and communication.
Number 8 – This number symbolizes your Karma and its effect on the materialistic aspects of your life.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For April 26 Birthday

Brown: This is a color that symbolizes grounding, stability, protection, and responsibility.
Burgundy: This color stands for opulence, control, and desires.

Lucky Days For April 26 Birthday

Friday – This weekday is ruled by Venus. It symbolizes love, creativity, desires and pleasures that money can buy.
Saturday – This day is ruled by Saturn. It stands for a day that helps you get in touch with your reality.

April 26 Birthstone Emerald

Emerald is an astral gemstone that symbolizes vitality, patience, wisdom, and friendship.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On The 26th Of April:

A bottle of red wine for the Taurus man and a pair of mittens for the woman.

April 25, 2022 Birthday Horoscope Digest

May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS APRIL 25, you are not like the other Taureans or the Bulls. You are likely to think before you speak. Some would say this is a sign of a liar but you argue it is a sign of tact because you usually cannot say what is exactly on your mind. You can be misread but you are well-respected.

If only they knew that your cool exterior is just a cover-up for your anxiety and temperament, they would be more understanding. The 25th April birthday personality is more responsive than others of the same zodiac sign.

The April 25th birthday horoscope predicts that you have an imaginative and optimistic view towards life and enjoy meeting life’s challenges. Taureans have a tendency to learn from life’s disappointments and upsets.

So they welcome the rainy weather as well. Your creative ability helps you grow around those puddles. Occasionally, boredom or the after-effects of the rain will make you moody.

The 25 April Taurus birthday person can be a bit introverted and shy but when you go out, you are noticed. All heads turn to see you because you are undeniable sexy. Most people are attracted to you and are eager to be your friend.

However, you do not need to be around a lot of people to complete your circle. You may feel that being alone does not make you lonely. In silence, you are more likely to be in touch with your needs so you can achieve the things you want out of life.

If today is your birthday, you will panic when love comes knocking at the door. Relax. You will be fine with someone who is understanding of your birthday characteristics, personality traits, moods and your drive for a comfortable if not lavish lifestyle.

The April 25th birthday astrology predicts that you are a person who will stick to one profession their entire lives if the position offered satisfies your career needs. At work, you love a challenge and a good rumba, too. You have musical talents and could open your own dance studio. Who says you have to be limited to a 9-5?

The April 25 birthday personality have great business sense but would need to hire a professional to handle financial matters. You can be superficial and absent-minded of what‘s really important. You sometimes realize you did not pay the electric bill when the lights do not come on. This is only a minor but fixable flaw that a Taurus may have.

The April 25 zodiac birthday person is generally a health conscience. You make regular trips to your favorite nutritionist so you stay up-to-date on the latest developments. The only drawback is that airborne diseases are easy for you to catch. To avoid this, drink plenty of fluids. Take the maximum allowance of supplements to build your immune system.

Other areas of concern would be your inability to sleep because you are stressing out. Your merciless attitude needs to change due to which your health suffers. Some weaknesses prone to Taureans born on this day can be indifference and laziness.

The April 25 birthday meaning shows that these Taurus individuals are generally slow to react to most situations. This could be misleading to someone who is unaware of the thoughts actually going on inside your head. It would consequently benefit you if you did say what was on your mind instead of holding it in.

Stress has a strange way of showing up as illnesses. You are otherwise healthy with expectations of a long and enjoyable retirement. Those born on this 25 April birthday are shy individuals with a lot of sex appeal but you prefer more one on one relationship. You are after all  Taurus the Bull.

 

Famous People And Celebrities Born On April 25

Ella Fitzgerald, Jason Lee, Meadowlark Lemon, Guglielmo Marconi, Al Pacino, Sara Paxton, Deangelo Williams, Renee Zellweger

See: Famous Celebrities Born On April 25

This Day That Year – April 25 In History

1867 – Foreign trade established in Tokyo.
1901 – One dollar tax imposed on auto license plates for residents of NY.
1928 – First guide dog to belong to a US citizen. Buddy was given to Morris Frank.
1953 – DNA acknowledged by scientists.

April 25  Vrishabha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
April 25  Chinese Zodiac SNAKE

April 25 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venus that symbolizes how we deal with relationships, security and the desire to achieve something in life.

April 25 Birthday Symbol

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Zodiac Sign

April 25 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birth Day Tarot Card is The Chariot. This card symbolizes directed, focused energy that will help you reach your goal. The Minor Arcana cards are Five of Pentacles and Knight of Pentacles

April 25 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Pisces: This is a stable and peaceful match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign LibraThe love compatibility in this relationship is not so great and you will really need to work hard to make this relationship stable.

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April 25 Lucky Numbers

Number 2 – This number stands for friendliness, spirituality, balance, and poise.
Number 7 – This is a number that is symbolic of spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For April 25 Birthday

Green: This is a color of growth, finance, jealousy, and ability.
Blue: This is a color that stands for conservativeness, stability, loyalty, and trust.

Lucky Days For April 25 Birthday

Monday – This day ruled by Moon shows how you react to different situations.
Friday – This day ruled by the Venus is symbolic of your actions in relationships and financial dealings.

April 25 Birthstone Emerald

Emerald is a gemstone that symbolizes freshness, inspiration, commitment and happiness in relationships.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On The 25th Of April:

A basket of imported cheese for the man and a pretty scarf for the woman.

April 25, 2022 Current Moon Phase

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious, you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else was born.

From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this part of the Moon cycle, 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.

Visit the April 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Crescent Phase

The Waning Crescent on April 25 has an illumination of 28%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On April 25 the Moon is 24.25 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 28%
Moon Age: 24.25 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 372,864.42 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,526,661.84 km

Useful Moon Resources

April 25, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

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Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

April 25, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:05 Taurus 33
Moon:04 Pisces 57
Mercury:25 Taurus 29
Venus:22 Pisces 12
Mars:08 Pisces 04
Jupiter:26 Pisces 53
Saturn:23 Aquarius 58
Uranus:14 Taurus 15
Neptune:24 Pisces 24
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 37 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 27 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 12

Chiron:13 Aries 43
Ceres:22 Gemini 15
Pallas:28 Aries 01
Juno:01 Pisces 48
Vesta:20 Aquarius 17

Eris:24 Aries 28

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7

  

Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

April 24, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:04 Taurus 35
Moon:21 Aquarius 19
Mercury:24 Taurus 11
Venus:21 Pisces 04
Mars:07 Pisces 18
Jupiter:26 Pisces 40
Saturn:23 Aquarius 54
Uranus:14 Taurus 11
Neptune:24 Pisces 23
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 39 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 30 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 06

Chiron:13 Aries 40
Ceres:21 Gemini 52
Pallas:27 Aries 35
Juno:01 Pisces 28
Vesta:19 Aquarius 53

Eris:24 Aries 27

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:4
Water:6
Cardinal:5
Fixed:8
Mutable:6

Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

25 April 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:05 Taurus 11
Moon:29 Aquarius 52
Mercury:25 Taurus 00
Venus:21 Pisces 47
Mars:07 Pisces 47
Jupiter:26 Pisces 48
Saturn:23 Aquarius 57
Uranus:14 Taurus 14
Neptune:24 Pisces 24
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 38 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 28 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 10

Chiron:13 Aries 42
Ceres:22 Gemini 07
Pallas:27 Aries 51
Juno:01 Pisces 41
Vesta:20 Aquarius 08

Eris:24 Aries 27

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:4
Water:6
Cardinal:5
Fixed:8
Mutable:6

April 25 Daily Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal

Tarot Card

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8 of Pentacles – Minor Arcana

Eight of Pentacles Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
skill, talent, craftsmanship, quality, high standards, expertise, mastery, commitment, dedication, accomplishment lack of quality, rushed job, bad reputation, lack of motivation, mediocrity, laziness, low skill, dead-end job
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Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Description

The Eight of Pentacles card depicts a young man who is etching a pentacle shape into the eight golden coins. The card symbolizes someone who is completely focused and absorbed in what they are doing. The town that is far in the background means that he successfully isolated himself from the distractions so that he can fully concentrate on his task. The Eight of Pentacles refers to that moments in your life when you are dedicated to completing a certain task. You are fully-immersed, and you are committed in delivering the best version of your work.

Upright Eight of Pentacles Meaning

This card indicates a time that you have to work hard and focus entirely on your tasks. This is not necessarily a negative situation, but …

Rune

From TheRuneSite.com – Northumbrian Runes

Stan

Sound: “st”
Stands for: Stone
Casting meaning: Stan represents an obstruction in our path, like a boulder at the entrance to a cave. It also represents the stone playing pieces used in board games. Symbolically it represents a link between heavenly bodies and earthly beings. This rune can be used to obstruct and turn back any opposition in our lives.

Witch’s Rune

From thecarnutiannemeton.com – Witch’s Rune

Crossroad Rune

A Rune of Direction

Time for a new path and new way to be and moving forward in that direction. Change is always happening.

Keywords
decisions, changes, afraid of moving forward, being stuck, the unknown.

Ogham

Click here to learn more about the Quiert Ogham symbol from druidogham.wordpress.com

Quiert

Delight, respite, celebration

Tree: Apple (Malus spp.)

Letter: Q

The apple is an ancient symbol of bounty, harmony, and completion. True to symbolism, Quiert indicates a time of well-deserved rest, or at least that you deserve rest even if you are unable to have enough of it. Constant activity goes against the flow of nature. Our society, which seeks to progress at an ever-faster pace until the human race metastasizes across the universe, has got it all wrong. Slowing down is the appropriate action in many cases, for instance after a period of activity or at the culmination of a big project.

There is great delight in the smallest periods of rest, whether that means taking the time to thank the person at the restaurant for making your sandwich (just because you paid for it with money does not mean verbal gratitude goes unappreciated) or to give a firm, polite “no” when someone deliberately or unwittingly threatens your peace of mind by asking too much of you. Quiert speaks of the sweetness of small human gestures and petite graces. Without them, civilization wouldn’t be quite so civilized, nor would it be as worthy of holding together.

Quiert might also indicate a longer resting/healing time for you or for someone else, or that rest is needed. Quiert says, “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Observe. Live in the moment instead of always planning for the perfect future or reliving the past.” It is a marker of gratitude in general, and the slowness required to fully sense the world around us.

Questions when you draw Quiert: …

April 25 Daily I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Animal Spirit Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

Click here to read more about Hexagram 35 from iching.online

Hexagram Thirty – Five/35

Chin / Aspiration

The Sun shines down upon the Earth:
Constantly honing and refining his brilliance, the Superior Person is a Godsend to his people.
They repay his benevolence with a herd of horses, and he is granted audience three times in a single day.

Promotion.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

This is a time of reward for good works.
Those you have helped want to show their gratitude.
Benefits come both from on high and from the humble you uplifted.
Accept all gifts graciously, though the reward may not be what you truly need or hoped for.
Some may bestow more than they can afford to give, but you must realize that they need to feel that they have repaid you.

Numerology

From worldnumerology.com

Thirty – Five

It is creative in business, an inventor, gadget-designer, or business adviser. It is social but does not work well with others; too independent, better off as a freelancer.

Angel Number

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Thirty – Five

Do you often see the number 35 recently?

The birthday of the person I met recently is March 5, and the clock looks at 3:05.

Don’t look at the number 35 somehow recently?

Numbers have been treated since ancient times not only as numbers, but also as meaningful.

The numbers you see often aren’t just accidents, they’re called angel numbers, and are said to be messages from an angel watching you.

Each angel number has a meaning, and knowing the meaning can help you avoid risks and unlock opportunities.

What exactly is Angel Number 35 trying to teach you?

What is Angel Number 35?

What does angel number 35 mean? Knowing the meaning will help your life change in a better way. Let’s catch the message of angel number 35 firmly. Angel number 35 can read the message not only from the meaning of 35 but also from the numbers 3 and 5 that compose it. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of angel number 35 from various angles.

The meaning of angel number 35

Angel number 35 is a message that says, “The Ascended Master is trying to maximize your spiritual abilities.” The ascended master is the heavenly power of Our Lady and …

Animal Spirit Guide or Animal Spirit Helper

Click here to learn more about the spiritual meaning for the Dove from UniGuide.com

Dove

Dove meanings and symbolism include peace, love, devotion, navigation, messages, grace, gentleness, purity, the Holy Spirit, the human soul, and hope. Doves belong to the Columbidae family of birds, which also includes pigeons, and there are over 300 species.1 In fact, doves and pigeons live on every continent except Antarctica. So, they appear in the mythologies and folklore of many cultures around the world. In this post, you’ll learn about dove symbols and meanings and dove mythology. Plus, you’ll learn about the dove spirit animal and more.

Table of Contents

What does a dove symbolize?

Detailed Dove Symbols and Meanings

White Dove Meaning

Dove Spirit Animal

Dove Power Animal

Dove Totem

Dove in Mythology and Folklore

Mesopotamia

Dove Symbolism in the Bible

Dove Symbolism in Christianity

Native American Dove Meanings

Dove Symbolism in Aztec Mythology

The Dove in Greek Mythology

The Dove in Celtic Mythology

Dove Meaning in Islam

Dove Symbolism in Japan

Dove Meanings in China

Dove in Hindu Mythology

Dove Dream Meaning

Dove Tattoo Meanings

Organizations that Protect Doves

Some Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest for Monday

From amagickalpath.co.uk

Planet – Moon

Spells/Magic – home, pets, family, dreams, feminine issues, psychic development, astral travel, divination, peace, healing, caring, fertility.

Magical aspects: peace, sleep , healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.

Oils – jasmine , sandalwood, lemon, coconut,peppermint,

Trees and plants and herbs – aloe,gardenia,grape,jasmine, lemon,mallow,moonflower,poppy,pumpkin,sandalwood,pine,willow tree,

Magical stones : moonstone , pearl, clear quartz

Colours – white, silver, grey, pearl, lavender, ivory

Metal – Silver

Energy Type – Female

Dieties: personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artimis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.

Monday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Psychic Pursuits, Psychology, Dreams, Astral Travel, Imagination, Women’s Mysteries, Reincarnation, Short Trips, Women, Children, Public, Domestic Concerns, Emotions, Fluids, Magick, Spirituality, Nursing, Full moon magic, Purity, Protection, Truth, Meditation, Peace, Sincerity, Justice, Warding off Doubts and Fears, Anything to do with Water and Bodies of Water, Antiques, Trip Planning, Household Activities, Initiation, Astrology, New-Age Pursuits, Archetypes, Totem Animals, Shape-shifting and Religious Experiences.

From FlyingTheHedge.com

This day of the week is dedicated to the moon, in which it gets its name. This is a great day to work with moon energy, especially if it is a full moon. Divination and prophetic dreaming are best performed today. It is also a good time to work magic focusing on mothers, nurturing, fertility, woman issues, and growth.
Color: Silver, white, light blue
Planet: Moon
Deities: Thoth, Selene, Diana, Artemis, Luna
Crystals: Pearl, opal, moonstone
Herbs: Wintergreen, catnip, comfrey, sage, chamomile, mint
Associations: Illusion, glamour, sleep, dreams, fertility, insight, peace, beauty, women’s mysteries

From AncientPathway.com

Magickal Intentions:
Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense:
African Violet
Honeysuckle
Myrtle
Willow
Wormwood
Planet:
Moon
Sign:
Cancer
Angel:
Gabriel
Colors:
Silver
White
Gray
Herbs/Plants:
Night Flowers
Willow Root
Orris Root
Birch
Motherwort
Vervain
White Rose
White Iris
Stones:
Carnelian
Moonstone
Aquamarine
Pearl
Quartz Crystal
Flourite
Geodes

From whats-your-sign.com

The angel Gabriel gets busy on this day.  In Hebrew, his name means ‘God is my strength’.  Mondays are aligned with the Moon in astrology.  The angel Gabriel, the Moon and Mondays are entangled in some pretty intense symbolism. First, the Moon is symbolic of creativity, intuition and birth. When I say birth, it isn’t exclusive to childbirth (but is certainly applies).  The process of birth can also apply to the launch of a new project, the birth of a new idea, the conception of a new creative endeavor, etc.  Interestingly, Mondays are commonly considered the birth of a new workweek.  So where does Gabriel fit in with all the birthing symbolism? Gabriel was considered the top liaison between heaven and humans.  He was often called upon to deliver (birth) new insights to humanity.  In fact, Gabriel delivered the big news to Mary that she was indeed pregnant with the Christ child.

Spell for Today – Honey Jar and Candle Spell

This magic spell can be worked on anyone’s name you want to sweeten. Depending on what relationship the person has to you, what special items you put into the name-packet, the colour of candle you choose, and the oil you dress it with, this trick will cause the person you name to like you more, to love you more, to favour your petition, to want to help you, to be sympathetic to your cause, or to forgive any wrongs you have committed. It can be used to influence and sweeten a judge in a court case, a loan officer at the bank, a boss from whom you want a raise, a teacher in your school from whom you want a good grade, a lover with whom you want a reconciliation, an in-law who has been back-biting you, or friend who has cut you off because of a foolish quarrel.

 

The following ingredients are needed
a jar of sweetener (see below)
a piece of paper
a pen
optional herbs, curios, and/or bodily concerns (see below)
a candle (choose the appropriate colour at the candle magic page)
a candle-dressing oil such as Special Oil No. 20 or Love Me oil

 

Get a small jar of sweetener. This can be honey, Karo Syrup, Crystal Syrup, home-made brown sugar syrup, Log Cabin Syrup, Vermont maple syrup, Bre’r Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses or whatever you desire — as long as it is in a container with a metal lid. You can buy the goods in a pint-size glass Mason jar or pour the sweetening of your choice into a jar of your own at home. All that matters is that it should be a short, squat jar with a metal lid, filled up to the shoulder of the jar.

 

In the old days, when skin colour was a lot more important to people than it is now, it was recommended that the colour of the sweetener match the skin of the person you wanted to sweeten. Thus, for a white judge, you might use Crystal Syrup, and for a Latino loan officer you might use light brown sugar syrup, and for a dark-skinned lover you might use Bre’r Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses. Frankly, these days specifying a person’s skin colour is not as meaningful as it once was (for which we can all be thankful), and today many folks prefer to use honey for the spell, no matter what the target’s skin colour is, because it is a natural sweetener and not man-made. I believe that if you just follow your own intuition and decide which sweetener you like the best, you can be confident that you have made the right choice.

 

Next, prepare your paper. Again, in the old days, we would be told to use white paper for a white person, tan paper for a high-brown, and rough old grocery-bag paper for a person of dark colour, but these days the type of paper you use can simply be a matter of personal style. I use the smooth, tan-coloured light-weight shopping bag paper because that is my choice, based on the way i was taught, which was that such paper is “pure paper” and better than parchment from the art-supply store. I prepare my paper by tearing it neatly on all four sides so there is no machine-cut edge. Of course some folks prefer parchment paper more, and they trim it square with scissors — and the spell still works for them. So go ahead and prepare your paper just as you wish and that will suffice.

 

Once you have got your paper together, write the person’s name three times on it, one name under the other like so

 

Jane or John Doe

Jane or John Doe

Jane or John Doe

 

Then you rotate the paper 90 degrees and write your own name across the person’s name, also three times:

 

Your Name

Your Name

Your Name

 

The result will be that the two names are crossed over each other, like a cross or a tic-tac-toe grid, and the other person’s name will be under yours. This is called crossing and covering their name. If the sweetening is being done for love, you can use a red ink pen. Otherwise, the colour of the ink does not matter. Now all around the crossed names, write your specific wish in a circle. If you need a guideline, lightly sketch the circle-shape with a pencil and then follow around it when writing with your ink pen. You must write your wish in one continuous run of script letters, with no spaces — AND WITHOUT LIFTING YOUR PEN FROM THE PAPER. Do not cross your t’s or dot your i’s. Just write the words in one run and be sure to join up the end of the last word with the beginning of the first word so the circle is complete. Then you can go back and cross your t’s and dot your i’s. To make it easy to connect the word together at the end, i have found it best to make my petition in the form of short commands, such as “help me favour me help me favour me” or “love me love me love me” or “forgive me come back forgive me come back.”

 

If you make a mistake — for instance, if you lift your pen in the middle of writing your petition-circle — throw away the paper and start it all over again. You want it to be perfect.

 

Other ingredients can be added to the name-paper if you wish — a piece of court case root for a court case spell, two rose petals for a love spell, a lump of sugar for a family member, two clove buds for friendship, bayberry root or sassafras root for a money spell, a pair of Adam-and-Eve roots for love, two small Lodestones for sexuality, a pinch of deer’s tongue leaves for a proposal of marriage, a square of camphor for cleaning out bad things of the past, and so forth.

 

If you are sweetening someone for love, then in addition to the name-paper and whatever optional herbs, roots, or minerals you choose, you must also get one of the person’s hairs and one of your hairs. If the hairs are long enough, tie them together. Otherwise, just lay them crosswise to each other. In either case, place them on the name-paper. Don’t ask me what to do if you can’t get their hairs ’cause I can’t help with that. Either work the spell without the hairs and expect a much lower rate of success or get the hairs! Don’t load the paper up with lots of other stuff thinking that if you can’t get the hairs that six different love-herbs and two lodestones will be as strong as two hairs. They won’t be.

 

Fold the paper toward you to bring what you want your way and speak aloud your wish as you do so. Turn the paper and fold it again, and again, always folding toward you, to bring what you want your way. Speak aloud your wish each time you fold the paper toward you. Fold it until it will not fold any more.

 

Open the jar of honey or syrup. To make room for the folded paper packet, you will need to eat some of the contents. Take out a spoon’s worth, and as you eat it, say, “As this honey [or syrup] is sweet to me, so will i become sweet to John Russell Brown [or the name of the person you are working this on].” You can do this three times — taking out three small spoonsful of sweetener and speaking your wish aloud each time. Push the folded paper packet down into the jar and close up the lid.

 

Dress an offertory candle (a 50 cent, 6″ long candle or a 25 cent 4″ long one, nothing fancy) with an appropriate anointing oil, or use Special Oil No. 20, which is specifically indicated in this type of spell. Use a white candle for general blessing and healing, a red one for sexual love, a pink one for reconciliation, a brown one for a court case, and so forth. (For a longer list of colour symbolism, see the page on candle magic.)

 

Stand the candle on the lid of the closed-up jar and light it. You can melt the candle to the lid with hot wax if need be.

 

Let the candle burn all the way out. Do this every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for as long as it takes. Add teach new candle on top of the remains of the last one. I have seen people’s syrup-jar spells like this done for court cases that were continued for so long and required so many candles that you could not see the jar under all the dripped-on wax!

April 25 Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2022 April 25

The Great Nebula in Carina

Image Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Javier Diaz Bobillo

Explanation: In one of the brightest parts of Milky Way lies a nebula where some of the oddest things occur. NGC 3372, known as the Great Nebula in Carina, is home to massive stars and changing nebulas. The Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3324), the bright structure just below the image center, houses several of these massive stars. The entire Carina Nebulacaptured here, spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the constellation of CarinaEta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically. While Eta Carinae itself maybe on the verge of a supernova explosion, X-ray images indicate that much of the Great Nebula in Carina has been a veritable supernova factory.

April 25 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1660 English Convention Parliament meets and votes to restore Charles II

1792 Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier

1846 Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican–American War

1945 “Elbe Day” – US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany in WWII

1953 Francis Crick and James Watson‘s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in “Nature” magazine

1954 Bell labs announces the 1st Solar Battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.

1990 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery

Today’s Historical Events

1185 Sea battle at Dan-no-ura: Minamoto Yoritomo beats Taira-family

1362 Muhammad VI ruler of Granada killed with a lance personally by Peter I of Castile, along with 36 followers and his head sent to Muhammad V (or 27 April)

1449 Anti-pope Felix V resigns

1507 German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller is the first to use the name America on his world map “Universalis Cosmographia”

1541 -26) Liege flooded after heavy down pour

1604 Count Maurits’ army lands at Cadzand

1607 Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish Portuguese fleet

1607 Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1947 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

1954 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting

1956 Noël Coward‘s musical “South Sea Bubble” premieres in London

1957 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1964 “New Phil Silvers Show” last airs on CBS-TV

1964 11th National Film Awards (India): “Shehar Aur Sapna” wins the Golden Lotus

1978 ABC premiere of crime drama “Vega$”

1983 “Nightline” expands from ½ hour to a full hour

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1792 “La Marseillaise”, later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg

1896 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado

1896 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical “The Geisha” premieres at Daly’s Theatre, London; runs for 760 performances

1926 Giacomo Puccini‘s opera “Turandot” premieres in Milan

1961 “Young Abe Lincoln” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 27 performances

1968 “Half a Sixpence” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances

1970 “Park” closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

1985 Roger Miller‘s musical “Big River” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1876 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)

1901 Erve Beck hits American League’s 1st home run

1901 In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)

1905 Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)

1920 Magda Julin of Sweden beats teammate Svea Norén for the gold medal in women’s singles figure skating at the Antwerp Olympics

1933 Philadelphia Phillies’ Dick Bartell is 1st MLB player to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 innings

1933 NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0

1947 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

A Laugh for Today

Wishing you a magickal Monday.

A to Z – A Wiccan Glossary (Flashback from Lady Abyss)

A to Z – A Wiccan Glossary

AKASHA: the spiritual ether (or Aether); the omnipresent fifth occult element which embraces the other four-earth, air, fire, and water; and from which they stem. This is the realm of “pattern” or causality, from which the realm the normally thought of “five senses manifests. Some define it is the “other” of the “two worlds” that the witch or magician walks between.

 

ARADIA: Daughter of the Goddess Diana, and a name for the Goddess used by Italian Witches or Strega, commonly used in many Wiccan traditions today.

ASPECTING: Any advanced magickal activity in which a practitioner manifests a particular aspect of the Goddess or God, in thought, feelings, behavior, appearance, etc.; Often as a direct result of a “Drawing Down”. Often a minor variation of this phenomena occurs with the selection of a “Magical Name”, of Craft Name.

ASPECTS: Forms, facets, or personas of Deity: for example, Brighid, Iseult,Eos, and Kore are all aspects of the Maiden, and the Maiden is an aspect of the Goddess

 

ATHAME: black handled, double edged dagger. Principally used to cast and dissolve the circle, for which purposes it is interchangeable with the magic sword. A tool of the “Element” of Fire in the Georgian Tradition and some others.

 

BELTANE: May Eve festival. One of the Ancient Celtic “Fire Festivals.” on this night, the cattle were driven between two bonfires to protect them from disease. Couples wishing for fertility would ” jump the fires” on Beltane night. Also the traditional Sabbath where the rule of the “Wheel of the Year” is returned to the Goddess. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Maiden to Mother.

 

BOOK OF SHADOWS: Traditionally hand copied book of rituals, recipes, training techniques, guidelines, and other materials deemed important to a Witch or a coven. Each tradition has it’s own standard version of the Book and each Witch’s book will be different as he or she adds to it with time from many different sources. Only another Witch can see your book of shadows. Also, traditionally, it may never leave your hands or possession until death, when it should be destroyed, or (in some traditions) returned to the coven to be disposed of.

 

BURNING TIMES: a term used by some Witches for the period of persecution in the Middle Ages and later. It is in fact a misnomer in some places, as Witches were only burned in Scotland, and on the continent of Europe. In England and the U.S., they were hanged.

 

CANDLEMAS: Festival held on Feb. 1. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name). This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year.This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.

 

CARDINAL POINTS: North, South, East, and West, marked in the Georgian Tradition by candles of green, red, yellow, and blue, respectively. The Circle is drawn to connect these four points.

CHALICE: one of the tools of the Witch. Placed on the altar to represent the element of Water.

 

CHARGE OF THE GODDESS: The Traditional words of the Goddess to her followers, or “hidden children”. Normally declaimed by the HPS at every coven Circle.

 

CIRCLE: the area in which the magickal worship and spells takes place. Can also be used to designate a particular group of Witches or Pagans such as “Silver Acorn Circle”.

 

CONE OF POWER: power raised in the circle by the Witches assembled, and sent out into the world to work magick, is usually visualized as being retained and built in the form of a “cone” prior to release.

 

COVEN: an organized group of Witches, led by a High priestess and/or a High Priest who meet regularly for worship and fellowship. The traditional membership is 13, but in fact most covens number considerably less. 3 is the minimum in the Georgian Tradition. In Middle English, “Covin” a group of confederates; In Old French “Covine” a band or group with a single purpose; Latin “Com”-together, “Venire”-to come or move.

 

COVENSTEAD: regular meeting place for a coven. Usually the home of the High Priestess or High Priest.

 

COWAN: a non-Witch. Formerly used in a very derogatory manner. Still used in Masonic Ritual to indicate the non initiate and/or pretender to “real craft”. Not often used today among most Witches.

 

COYOTE ENERGY: trickster energies. Named for the American Indian Trickster, Coyote, who tricks man into learning what he needs to learn. Applies to one who constantly jokes and clowns. Also applies to the concept of “Holy Fool” in many traditions.

 

CROSS QUARTER DAYS: The modern name for the Celtic Fire Festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lammas.

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Abracadabra- A word from the Jewish mystical tradition of Qabala. Its root is the name of the Gnostic deity Abraxas, meaning “hurt me not”. It is said to possess magickal powers, especially of protection from illness.

 

Adept- An individual who through serious study and accomplishments is highly prficient in a praticluar magickal way.

 

Aeromancy- Divination by the stars.

 

Aisling– Ireland: Dream or Vision. In the many Irish tales having this title, the person who dreams sees a speir-bhean or vision-woman from the Otherworlds, pronounced “ash-leen”.

 

Aka- The cord between the astral body and the physical body, most likely this concept is derived from the biblical reference to a “silver cord” connected the body and the soul

Akashic Records- Edward Cayce’s concept which states that somewhere there is a universal hall of data about past lives, magic, healing, and spirituality. It does not exist on the physical plane but rather on a more psychic level. Some believe it can be accessed on the astral plane, others feel it can only be accessed through a visualization journey in the mind.

 

Alba– The Isle of Skye; Scotland

 

Alchemist- One who practices alchemy.

Alchemy- A form of high magick which stems from the middle ages noted by the attempts of alchemists to make lead turn into gold.

 

Alexandrian Tradition– A form of Garderian Wiccan practice developed by Alex and Maxine Sanders in Britain in the 1960s.

 

Alignment- Synchronization of mental and spiritual vibrations with a god, goddess, or astronomical body. Often the complete balance and centering of the chakras is called an alignment.

 

Altar- A small working area and shrine many pagans maintain, where they perform most of their ritual and spell work.

Amulet- An object charged with personal energies through ritual or meditation often used to ward off a certain force or person.

Aradia-
The Italian goddess Diana’s daughter, said to be the origin of all witches. The book “Aradia, Gospel of the Witches” was written by Leland about Aradia and the practice of witchcraft

Arcana
– The two halves of the tarot deck.The major arcana consists of 22 cards showing dominant occurrences in our lives.The minor arcana consists of 56 suit cards (commonly called the lesser arcana) that assists the major arcana cards,or shows smaller influences in our lives.

Archetype- Symbolic imagery seen in visions, dreams, meditation, and mind quests. Used to interpret the meaning of the vision thereby betting understanding and communicating with the subconscious.

Arthurian Tradition- A Welsh tradition of paganism based on the lore of King Arthur (the “Once and Future King”), Merlin the Magician, and Guinevere.

Asatru- Modern worship of the old Norse gods.

Aspecting- An advanced magical practice which is seen most commonly in a coven as opposed to solitary. The practitioner attempts to manifest an aspect of the Goddess or the God. This is seen in the pagan ritual of Drawing Down the Moon as well as in other pagan religions such as Vodou, where the priest often allows the deity to speak through his or her body.

Asperger- A bundle of fresh herbs either carrying dew or dowsed with spring water, used to sprinkle the water during ritual purification.

Astral– Another dimension of reality.

 

Astral Plane- A plane parallel to the physical world, traveled through by the astral body during projection.

Astral Projection/Travel
– The proccess of separating your astral body from your physical body to accomplish travel in the astral. 

Astrology- The practice of revealing the future by interpreting the arrangement of stars and planets in relation to astrological theory and the zodiac.

 

Athame– A Wiccan ritual knife. Generally double edged with a black handle, but not always. This knife is seldom used for physical cutting, if at all, and need not be sharp. It is *never* used to draw blood and Wicca do not draw blood or use blood in ritual. Its primary use is as an energy directing device, much like the wand, though with different common uses. compare: Boline, Wand

Attune- To bring different psyches into harmony.

 

Augury- Divination based on “signs” or omens.
Aura- An energy field which surrounds living beings. An aura is most often visible only to those born with the skill to see it, or those who developed this ability. A visible aura contains various colors and tells about the spiritual and emotional persona of the plant, human, or creature surrounded by it. However, an aura can also be felt, heard, or sensed through other means.

DEOSIL: clockwise, or sunwise. Traditional direction for working “building” magick.

DRAWING DOWN THE MOON: Ritual invocation of the spirit of the Goddess into the body of the High Priestess by the High Priest.

DIVINATION: magical method of exploration or inquiry into a situation via such methods as Tarot cards, runestones, I-Ching, etc.

ELEMENTS: Earth, air, fire, and water, plus spirit, which includes them all. These are regarded as realms or categories of nature (both material and non-material) and are not to be confused with the physicists table of elements, which the modern witch, of course, accepts.

ESBAT: weekly or biweekly meeting of a coven. Traditionally held either on the full moon or the new moon.

FAMILIARS: Either a Witch’s pet animal which has been trained to be a magickal helper, or an artificially created “elemental” which performs the same functions as the animal friend.

FIVEFOLD KISS, FIVEFOLD SALUTE: The Witches’ ritual salute, with kisses; (1) on each foot, (2) on each knee, (3) above the pubic hair, (4) on each breast, and (5) on the lips-really 8 kisses in all. It is only used within the Circle, but the words that go with it are the origin of “Blessed Be.”

GARDNERIANS: Tradition of Witchcraft descended from the teachings of Gerald Gardner

GNOMES: an “entity” or “elemental” that dwells in the plane of Earth or is associated with the EARTH Element.

GREAT RITE: The rite which is the main feature of the third degree initiation, and which is also laid down for certain festivals. It is sexual in nature, but may be `actual’ (and private to the couples concerned) or symbolic, as the participants wish.

HALLOWS: name used by some traditions for Samhain, or Halloween

HANDFASTING: Wiccan equivalent of a wedding. It can be made legal if the Priestess and/or Priest are registered as clergy with the local authorities, or it may only be considered binding within the coven.

HIGH PRIEST/ESS: Technically speaking, a Witch who has received the 3rd. degree initiation. More usually, the male and female leaders of a coven.
IMBOLC: Celtic name for Candlemas.
INVOCATION: The ritual “calling-in” of an entity (or energies) higher than human, either for communication with the caller through a medium or by visible manifestation or else to enter into a human body as in the Drawing Down the Moon. In some traditions, a Prayer

LAMMAS: August 1st. Witch Festival. The Old Celtic name for this festival is Lughnassadh. It is the Festival of the First Fruits, and is the first of the 3 harvests. This festival also marks the change of the Threefold Goddess energies from that of Mother to Crone.

PENTACLE: a disc shaped talisman; in particular, the metal disc which represents the earth element among the witch’s working tools.

PENTAGRAM: The five-pointed star. With a single point uppermost, it represents the human being. Inverted, with two points uppermost, it can have Satanist associations; but not necessarily. Some traditions of Wicca use the inverted pentagram to signify an initiate of the second degree.

QUARTERS: The North, East, South, and West parts of a magickal circle or other ritual area. (See also “Watchtowers”)

REDE: rule or law

SABBAT: one of the Eight festivals or high holy days of Wicca.

SALAMANDER: an entity that dwells in the realm of Fire.

SAMHAIN: The festival of remembrance for the dead, held on the eve of Nov. 1st. It is the last of the three harvests. This festival also marks the transition of rulership of the “Wheel of the Year from that of the Goddess to that of the God.

SCRYING: divination, usually using such methods as crystal gazing, or divination via incense smoke, or water as opposed to tarot or other manipulative means.

SPELL: a prayer, or verbal direction of magickal energies toward the accomplishment of some goal.
SUMMONER: The male officer of the coven who corresponds to the Maiden. He is the assistant High Priest

SYLPH: an “entity” or “elemental” that dwells in the plane of Air or is associated with the AIR Element.

TRADITIONS: any of the various “sects” of Wicca such as Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Georgian, Seax, etc.

UNDINE: an “entity” or “elemental” that dwells in the plane of Water or is associated with the WATER Element.

 

WAND: A rod or staff that is prepared so that it may be used for magickal or psychic purposes, usually to project some form of power

WARLOCK: a term coined in the Burning Times . It was used to denote a traitor to the Craft, or one who had betrayed the followers of the Old Religion. It’s origin is Scottish. Because of the negative connotations, it is not used by most Wiccans today.

WATCH TOWERS: Originally from the Enochian branch of Ceremonial Magick, now incorporated into many “Traditions” of Wicca, these are the four elemental “directions” or “quarters” (corresponding to the appropriate points on the compass) called to protect the Circle during its establishment. Each of them have a correspondence between the compass point, an element, and (varying amongst different traditions) color associated with them.

WICCA: the name most modern day Witches use for the Craft. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Wicce, meaning to bend or to shape. This is the root word from which we get wicker.

WIDDERSHINS: counter clock wise. Used for “tearing down” OR BANISHING magick.

WHITE HANDLED KNIFE: the working knife of a Witch. It is used to carve candles, and for fashioning the other tools. Traditionally, it can only be used in a circle.