May 9, 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

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Currentplanetarypositions.com

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link

 For Your Local Time and Date

Southeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

9 May 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:18 Taurus 59
Moon:25 Leo 54
Mercury:04 Gemini 50
Venus:07 Aries 57
Mars:18 Pisces 30
Jupiter:29 Pisces 44
Saturn:24 Aquarius 41
Uranus:15 Taurus 03
Neptune:24 Pisces 48
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 32 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 43 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 45

Chiron:14 Aries 27
Ceres:27 Gemini 42
Pallas:04 Taurus 04
Juno:06 Pisces 28
Vesta:25 Aquarius 21

Eris:24 Aries 36

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

Southern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Cape Town, South Africa

9 May 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:18 Taurus 46
Moon:23 Leo 20
Mercury:04 Gemini 49
Venus:07 Aries 43
Mars:18 Pisces 21
Jupiter:29 Pisces 42
Saturn:24 Aquarius 41
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:24 Pisces 47
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 32 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 44 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 43

Chiron:14 Aries 26
Ceres:27 Gemini 37
Pallas:03 Taurus 58
Juno:06 Pisces 24
Vesta:25 Aquarius 17

Eris:24 Aries 36

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

Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

9 May 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:18 Taurus 27
Moon:19 Leo 14
Mercury:04 Gemini 46
Venus:07 Aries 20
Mars:18 Pisces 06
Jupiter:29 Pisces 38
Saturn:24 Aquarius 40
Uranus:15 Taurus 01
Neptune:24 Pisces 47
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 32 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 45 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 41

Chiron:14 Aries 25
Ceres:27 Gemini 29
Pallas:03 Taurus 49
Juno:06 Pisces 18
Vesta:25 Aquarius 10

Eris:24 Aries 36

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

A Thought for Today

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

May 7, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions from 6 AM to 8 AM EDT today (3 AM to 5 AM PDT). After that, the Moon moves from Cancer into Leo.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is an excellent day for financial negotiations. You might ask for a raise or figure out how to make more money. You might propose moneymaking ideas to someone. You will be equally vigourous if shopping for something important.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a powerful day for you because the Sun is in your sign dancing with fiery Mars, which will help you accomplish all kinds of work. Your energy is high and you believe in what you can do. Even though you’re confident and assertive, you will work well with others. It’s a win-win!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You can get a lot done working alone or behind the scenes today. Nevertheless, with Mercury in your sign, you’re keen to talk to others and share your ideas and opinions. Whatever you do will advance your agenda in the eyes of someone in authority.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is the perfect day to rally your forces and set them marching! You will be enthusiastic and invigorating dealing with friends and groups today. You will work well with others and derive great personal satisfaction interacting with clubs and organizations.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You look fabulous in the eyes of bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs today because they see that you have the energy to get things done. You will inspire and enthuse others to follow your lead. You will be self-assertive and effective in everything you do!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is fantastic day to explore opportunities in publishing, the media or anything related to the law and medicine. People will definitely listen to you! You might influence a partner or close friend to go along with your ideas. You also have the energy to study today.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You’ll have no trouble taking care of your own best interests regarding shared property, taxes, debt and financial matters today, especially dealing with banks, because you are confident and assertive. Not only will you protect your own interests, you will protect the interests of others, as well.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Conversations with those who are close to you will be lively and vigourous today. (In fact, you might attract someone who has high energy to you.) When talking to others, you won’t back down; however, you’ll have the skilful means to find a working compromise.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will be amazingly productive today! For starters, you are motivated to work hard and be effective in everything you do. Because the Sun is energized by fiery Mars today, you will have lots of energy for all kinds of physical activity. (Incidentally, this is a good idea because this energy has to go somewhere!)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Enjoy times with children today. This is also a great day for a wonderful social outing, especially activities that require lots of energy. Physical sports will be a perfect choice. If you’re on a vacation, get active! This is also a great day for creative projects and work in the entertainment world.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You will accomplish a lot at home or dealing with family members today because you have the energy to do this. In particular, discussions with a parent will go well. You will stand your ground, yet bring everyone together.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Study and learning will appeal to you today. This is also a fantastic day for those of you in sales, marketing, teaching, writing or acting because you will express yourself with vigour and enthusiasm.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Youtuber, philanthropist MrBeast (1998) shares your birthday today. You are charming and personable. You appreciate the arts in all forms. You are generous to others because you want to make the world a better place. This is the last year of a nine-year cycle for you, which means you will be wrapping things up and clearing the way for new beginnings next year.

May 7, 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

May 7 birthday horoscope shows that this Taurus is more realistic and approachable than other bulls. This finicky Bull has a creative mind that is also refined. Your imagination is unique and out of this world.

You are likely to be caring, decisive and intuitive. You own a disposition that is dedicated to excellence. You approach the needs of others with a compassionate quality that many others seek.

Usually, those born today on May 7, can be moody bulls although usually motivated, enthusiastic and curious spirits. The May 7 birthday personality are adventurous and diverse people. Life lessons have given you the qualities of patience and the potential to become rather lucrative.

The May 7 horoscope predicts that you are easily altered when facing negative situations. You do not always respond to confrontations reasonably. Usually, you are people of little talk.

Despite their apparent mild mannerisms, do not push this Taurus birthday person to the limit unless you can deal with the consequences.

When it comes to family ties, bulls born on May 7 usually are surrounded by conflict. Perhaps, you have issues when dealing with authority. This rebellious attitude makes it hard to have a clear relationship between parent and child. This attitude could be passed on to your children if you are not careful and issues are not dealt with accordingly.

The May 7th birthday astrology analysis shows that you give yourselves and your affections unconditionally. No matter what, you are the happiest when accompanied by your soul mates. This could be a friend or lover. If today May 7 is your birthday, you look for friendship in a lover.

The May 7 horoscope predicts that when this Taurus is in love, it is a special occasion every day. A long-term relationship gives the bull a sense of security and belonging. Your lover probably possesses an amazing understanding of your inner workings.

The May 7 birthday meaning predicts that these individuals born today are more outspoken and forthright than the other bulls. But you can be secretive when it comes to sharing fantasies. You value your independence. But you will share your feelings and goals with the right person. You will only open up to a few loved ones.

With the right partner, you are typically a sensuous and responsive bull. There is no need to remind this May 7 birthday zodiac Taurus of anniversaries or any significant dates as they will be the first to surprise you with extraordinary gifts.

The May 7 birthday personality expect gratification from their careers. Typically, this Taurean wants more than just a job. You take a responsible part in this society and realize that money is not everything.

You make first-rate parents or professors. Individuals born on this zodiac birthday May 7 will take time to choose a particular course of action that shows off your talents, and your worth is rewarded.

What your birthday says about you is that you have a flair for managing money and are in generally sensible spenders. The May 7 astrology analysis predicts that those born today should save some of their earnings as a back up to those little but costly emergencies.

Those born today on May 7 should pay attention to their body’s physical condition. You are quick to go without something if it meant that someone else could benefit. This is all well and fine, but your first duty is to self. Typically, people think your kindness is a sign of weakness.

Signs of stress tend to show up when life throws this birthday natives too many bones. You could counter mood swings by exercise. Most parks are equipped with sections just for walkers that can be adventurous. This could be fun for this May 7 Taurus trying to stay fit.

The May 7 zodiac characteristics show that you are particular bulls. You get involved in a relationship that is intellectually equal and sexually passionate although you do not talk very much. A secure relationship gives the bull a sense of belonging.

Normally, the May 7 birthday Taurus has problems adjusting to authority, but you will make successful parents or teachers. Good health is typically a positive trait for those born today.

 

Famous People And Celebrities Born On May 7

Robert Browning, Gary Cooper, Gabby Hayes, Matt Helders, Traci Lords, Eva Peron, Tim Russert, Earl Thomas

See: Famous Celebrities Born On May 7

This Day That Year – May 7th In History

1840 – A deadly tornado kills 317 in Natchez MS.
1861 – Riots occur in Knoxville, TN.
1914 – Mother’s Day is made official.
1966 – The song “Monday Monday” by the Mamas and Papas goes #1.

May 7 Vrishabha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

May 7 Chinese Zodiac SNAKE

May 7 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venus that symbolizes business partnerships, beauty, money, charm, resources, and sex appeal.

May 7 Birthday Symbols

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Zodiac Sign

May 7 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Chariot. This card symbolizes success, prosperity, hard work and excellent decision-making skills. The Minor Arcana cards are Six of Pentacles and Knight of Pentacles.

May 7 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Gemini: This is a creative and intense match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign ScorpioThis love relationship can get heated and bullish.

See Also:

May 7 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number signifies childishness, imagination, communication, optimism, and idealism.
Number 7 – This number signifies intelligence, introspection, philosophy and an analytical mind.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For May 7 Birthday

Green: This is the color of balance between your emotions and mind.
Blue: This is a color that symbolizes inner confidence, security, trust and excellent interactive skills.

Lucky Days For May 7 Birthday

Monday: This day ruled by the Moon symbolizes how your moods control your actions and relations with others.
Friday: This day ruled by Venus is a day of socializing and making significant investments.

May 7 Birthstone Emerald

Your gemstone is Emerald that helps improve fertility and is symbolic of stability, growth, renewal, and rebirth.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On May 7th

A book on how to make money for the Taurus man and a gold necklace with a locket for the woman. The May 7 birthday zodiac predicts that your gifts need to have some materialistic value.

May 7, 2022 Current Moon Phase Digest

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

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

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on May 7 has an illumination of 36%. 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 May 7 the Moon is 6.02 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: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 36%
Moon Age: 6.02 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 402,997.90 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,979,668.32 km

Useful Moon Resources

May 7, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

If you want to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link

Currentplanetarypositions.com

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) for your local time use this link

For Your Local Time and Date

Northwestern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:17 Taurus 12
Moon:03 Leo 35
Mercury:04 Gemini 33
Venus:05 Aries 51
Mars:17 Pisces 07
Jupiter:29 Pisces 22
Saturn:24 Aquarius 37
Uranus:14 Taurus 56
Neptune:24 Pisces 45
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 32
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 49 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 33

Chiron:14 Aries 21
Ceres:26 Gemini 58
Pallas:03 Taurus 15
Juno:05 Pisces 52
Vesta:24 Aquarius 43

Eris:24 Aries 35

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

Northern Hemisphere

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

May 07, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Taurus 07
Moon:02 Leo 35
Mercury:04 Gemini 32
Venus:05 Aries 45
Mars:17 Pisces 03
Jupiter:29 Pisces 21
Saturn:24 Aquarius 36
Uranus:14 Taurus 56
Neptune:24 Pisces 45
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 32
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 49 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 32

Chiron:14 Aries 21
Ceres:26 Gemini 56
Pallas:03 Taurus 13
Juno:05 Pisces 51
Vesta:24 Aquarius 41

Eris:24 Aries 35

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

Northeastern Hemisphere For 1200 CEST GMT 1000

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

7 May 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:16 Taurus 50
Moon:29 Cancer 06
Mercury:04 Gemini 27
Venus:05 Aries 25
Mars:16 Pisces 50
Jupiter:29 Pisces 18
Saturn:24 Aquarius 36
Uranus:14 Taurus 55
Neptune:24 Pisces 44
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 32
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 50 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 30

Chiron:14 Aries 20
Ceres:26 Gemini 49
Pallas:03 Taurus 05
Juno:05 Pisces 45
Vesta:24 Aquarius 35

Eris:24 Aries 35

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:4
Water:6
Cardinal:6
Fixed:7
Mutable:6

May 7 Daily Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal

Tarot Card

Click on the hyperlinks for information about the High Priest card from the Witches Tarot card deck on tarotx.net

The High Priest – Major Arcana

Menu of Contents

I. Keywords and corresponding associations to the High Priest Witches Tarot

II. Meaning of the High Priest Witches Tarot

Message of the High Priest Witches Tarot

The High Priest Witches in a Tarot spread


Rune

From white-magic-help.net – Runes

URUZ

Power, Manhood, Femaleness, A Wild Bull

The rune of the termination and new beginning.  If it is pulled, it means that the life you used to live has grown out of its frame and needs to be left behind now, so that the life-energy can liberate itself, like a rebirth, into a new one. Be prepared for the chance, that hides itself behind the costume of loss.  At the same time modesty is demanded, because in order to rule, you must serve first.

Witch’s Rune

From psychic-revelation.com – Witch’s Runes

The Black Rune

Keywords: Difficulty, pain.

Meanings: This is a rune of difficultyand negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.

Ogham

From symbolsage.com – Ogham Symbols

Iphin/Ifin

Also known as Io, Iphin is symbolic of gooseberry, which is traditionally used for childbirth. It’s believed to be sacred to the Celtic goddess Brigit and other goddesses like her who oversee matters of women’s cycle and childbirth. Gooseberry is also used in all sorts of healing charms and spells to ward off illness.

May 7 I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

From psychic-revelation.com – I Ching

Hexagram Seven/7

Name: Shih.

Keyphrase: Integrity and resolution.

Formed By The Trigrams: Earth over Water.

 

General: Trust is the key to true leadership.

Love: Conflicted can be avoided by using your integrity.

Business: Staying honest and fair will help gain the respect of those that work for you.

Personal: Discipline and honesty should be incorporated into your approach to life.

 

Overview: Shih relates to discipline and integrity within all that we do. The I Ching likens Shih to an army. A country without an army is vulnerable. A country with an army is still vulnerable if it is undisciplined and poorly led. Mutual rather than personal benefit should be the rule.

 

Numerology

Angel Number

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest for Saturday

Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.

Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.

While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.

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

Saturday and Binding Spells: A Commonsense Guideline

If you don’t like the idea of using poppets and have decided to work a binding, and you have a handle on your emotions, then here are some commonsense guidelines that I suggest you follow:

* Bindings are best performed on a Saturday.

* Work the binding at sunset and you pull into the spell the closing energies of not only the day, but of the entire week.

* Work with black candles; they coordinate with Saturn’s energies and they are the classic magickal color for this type of witchery.

Finally, to be crystal clear, a binding is the act of psychically restraining a harmful person or criminal so that their actions cannot harm anyone else. The goddess to call on is Hecate, and she is a mighty magickal force. Consider your words and actions carefully when you call on her. How you choose to work a binding is up to you. At this point, I suggest that you take a moment and draft out your binding spell on paper. Go carefully, and remember to harm none.

You may experience some dramatic special effects when working with Hecate. Don’t be taken aback if the wind picks up….if you candles flicker and snap…..or if you begin to notice barking or howling dogs. The animals sense when Hecate is near. Yes, we have gotten very serious all of a sudden. That’s because a binding is a serious matter. Surprised? Don’t be. Just because I tend to look at things from a humorous perspective doesn’t mean I am not serious when the situation calls for it.

This invocation includes some of the correspondences for Hecate. If you choose, you can add these to your spellwork. (This would also be a fine addition to the opening of poppet magick). A general invocation for Hecate follows.

Source

Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week

Ellen Dugan

May 7 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 May 7

Firefall by Moonlight

Image Credit & Copyright: Tara Mostofi

Explanation: On certain dates in February, an elusive firefall can be spotted at sunset in Yosemite National Park, when water flows, the weather cooperates and the direction to the setting Sun is just right. Often photographed from vantage points below, at the right moment the park’s seasonal Horsetail Fall is isolated in the shadows of the steep walls of El Capitan. Then, still illuminated with rays of reddened sunlight the waterfall briefly takes on a dramatic, fiery appearance. But a Horsetail firefall can be photographed by moonlight too. Even more elusive by moonlight, the firefall effect can also be seen when a bright Moon sets at the right direction along the western horizon. And skies were clear enough for this well-planned imaging of an ephemeral Horsetail firefall, lit by a bright gibbous Moon setting in the early morning hours of April 15.

May 7 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1867 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel Patents Dynamite in England, the first of three patents he would receive for the explosive material

1912 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer

1915 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost

1939 Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis

1945 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims

1952 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by G

eoffrey Dummer

2017 Emmanuel Macron wins France’s presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen

Today’s Historical Events

558 In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt.

1274 2nd Council of Lyons (14th ecumenical council) opens, convened by Pope Gregory X

1355 1,200 Jews of Toledo, Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara

1416 Monk Nicolaas Serrurier arrested because of heresy at Tournay

1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1579 Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands

1624 Admiral Hermites conquering fleet reaches Callao the Lima, Peru

1638 Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1947 “Kraft Television Theater” premieres on NBC

1965 WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

1987 Diane Chambers’ (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy “Cheers”

1996 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

1997 Science fiction film “The Fifth Element” written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich is released. Then the most expensive European film ever made.

2006 52nd British Academy Television Awards: “Help” Best Comedy, “Doctor Who” Best Drama

2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premieres in – opening weekend makes $350.6m

2017 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories – Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1824 Ludwig van Beethoven‘s 9th (Choral) Symphony, often regarded as his greatest work, premieres in Vienna

1888 Édouard Lalo’s opera “Le roi d’Ys” premieres in Paris

1941 Glenn Miller records “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA, it becomes 1st record to be designated “gold”

1953 Cole Porter‘s musical “Can-Can” opens at the Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 892 performances

1960 Webster and Fain’s musical “Christine”, based on Hilda Wernher’s novel “My Indian Family”, closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 12 performances

1960 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Flower Drum Song” closes at St James Theater. NYC, after 602 performances and 1 Tony Award

1960 Musical review “From A to Z” closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 21 performances

1961 “Young Abe Lincoln” closes at Eugene O’Neill NYC after 27 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1910 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6

1917 In a testament to his pitching ability, future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth leads Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory against Washington Senators legend Walter Johnson

1921 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2

1922 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2

1922 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0

1925 Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row

1925 MBA Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play

1932 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2

Making Room for all Genders in Paganism

Making Room for all Genders in Paganism

Author: Maggi Setti

In this age of women’s liberation, we still find a deep wound surrounding gender differences in our culture. How is gender expressed differently in the pagan community? Is there still a use for gender specific ritual spaces? Many of these questions are ongoing with many answers, but it is high time that we see these issues with new eyes as we approach a second generation of Pagan feminists, both male, female, and spectrum of gender identification in between.

At a public class I taught a couple weeks ago on developing energetic and psychic skills, I was surprised that that there was an equal number of male and female attendants. For Wicca, this is a rarity, as you will find the vast majority of Wiccans are women. The easy explanation for this is that women are more hurt by the patriarchal approach of mainstream religions and need the feminine divine more acutely than men.

In a personal conversation, a male Wiccan offered the idea that there are more women than men interested and involved in spirituality and religion in general. He used the example that most church functions, other than the priesthood itself, are run by women and often women are dragging their husbands to church rather than the men being self-motivated in attending. I think that if this premise is true, that women as a group are more spiritually focused than men in mainstream religions as well as Pagan denominations. We can infer that this phenomenon comes from at least two influences as follows.

1. Men are discouraged from being in touch with their soft emotions. It’s hard to be in touch with the greater picture and how one fits in to that greater whole, and at the same time, this suppresses much of one’s internal reality as well.
2. Much of adherence to the Christian religion, as it is currently expressed, depends on guilt and fear. There is more room for men to assert themselves, their ideas, opinions and what they want on other people in their lives. While this may be lopsided, it also allows for a greater development on one’s power and ego especially for men as a group more so than women. Women are more likely to struggle with fear and guilt, and feeling powerless, are therefore more susceptible to the disempowerment and subversion of the religions tenants.

Both of my points above would support that it is not the nature of women or men that make women more spiritually focused, but another example of how our culture is unhealthy and imbalanced. Unfortunately how the pagan community during the past 40 years has approached this is by creating overblown false egos for women and small-scale fiefdoms that breed infighting, confusion, and mistrust. I saw this in Sunday school as a kid, in the choir in high school, and still see it.

Women’s empowerment and healing the gap between the genders is not about the segregation of the sexes anymore though. It’s about building healthy egos, empowerment, self-esteem and ending the war of the sexes. Women’s only spaces were intended to be safe havens in which women felt supported rather than competing with other women. These spaces were meant as healing spaces to use ritual as a forum to connect with the feminine divine within each woman there, as well as the feminine divine of the group, the culture, and the Great Goddess Herself. Therefore these spaces are not about reliving the pain and hurt of what has been wrong with the system, but to encourage alchemical change within individuals so that they can build new paradigms of how they approach and express gender, but power, sexuality, self-expression, and self-worth.

All of this is about self-love and acceptance. Not acceptance that makes excuses for maladaptive behavior that is permissive our faults, but rather an acceptance to be gentle with ourselves so that we can motivate change, growth, and healing. “I love my body as uniquely my own. I am not flawed. I am as I should be.” Affirmations such as these help to let go of the cultural myth of the perfect feminine, youthful woman that does not exist.

Please note that I am referencing cultural expectations. Our culture oversimplifies definitions of qualities into white and black categories. If you can’t label someone, force him or her to go into a category until you are comfortable that you have him or her pegged. Much of the path of the witch embraces the grays of twilight and dawn and the myriad of shades of gray within continuum of many things. Where we fall on the continuum for many things including how we express gender, sexuality, our relationships, our connection to the Gods, will be different for all of us.

As Pagans we embrace our differences and still are able to work together, to manifest a new humanity. We need to be very cognizant of embracing each individual’s true expression of himself or herself: whether it be the gender labels they use for themselves in this case, or other expressions of self.

We can’t just look at women though. Women are not the only ones that have suffered from the imbalance of this “war of the sexes.” At Fall Frolic in Milford PA, I’ll be teaching a women’s empowerment class and leading a women’s only ritual. I’ve suggested to the organizers of Fall Frolic that we also run a men’s ritual at the same time. In fact, these rituals can do real magick upon the higher planes to interact in a spiritually fertilizing and polarizing way in order to heal the gender schism of the group mind of humanity. In my opinion, this magickal healing is the next step for building bridges for healthy intragender relationships.

How do we interest men in a way that retains their sense of strength, self-worth, respect, and power? How do we incorporate men into a religion that includes sparkly purple fairy glitter and witch Barbie? (Not my personal taste, but still an active stereotype) . How do we rebuild the archetype of the warrior for both men and women, working, fighting for a cause, and protecting their tribe?

I hope that there are Pagan men interested and willing to forge the way for answering these questions. We need all genders working together and creating new ways of relating to one another so that we can create a balanced future for our religion, our children, and our culture.

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