22 May 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

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

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

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

Sun:01 Gemini 30
Moon:29 Aquarius 32
Mercury:00 Gemini 15 Rx
Venus:23 Aries 00
Mars:28 Pisces 15
Jupiter:02 Aries 10
Saturn:25 Aquarius 06
Uranus:15 Taurus 47
Neptune:25 Pisces 05
Pluto:28 Capricorn 29 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 02 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):04 Cancer 12

Chiron:15 Aries 04
Ceres:03 Cancer 01
Pallas:09 Taurus 52
Juno:10 Pisces 31
Vesta:29 Aquarius 29

Eris:24 Aries 44

Fire:4
Earth:5
Air:5
Water:5
Cardinal:7
Fixed:7
Mutable:5

Southern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:01 Gemini 18
Moon:26 Aquarius 39
Mercury:00 Gemini 22 Rx
Venus:22 Aries 46
Mars:28 Pisces 06
Jupiter:02 Aries 08
Saturn:25 Aquarius 06
Uranus:15 Taurus 46
Neptune:25 Pisces 05
Pluto:28 Capricorn 29 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 03 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):04 Cancer 10

Chiron:15 Aries 03
Ceres:02 Cancer 56
Pallas:09 Taurus 46
Juno:10 Pisces 27
Vesta:29 Aquarius 26

Eris:24 Aries 44

Fire:4
Earth:5
Air:5
Water:5
Cardinal:7
Fixed:7
Mutable:5

Southwestern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:00 Gemini 59
Moon:22 Aquarius 01
Mercury:00 Gemini 33 Rx
Venus:22 Aries 22
Mars:27 Pisces 51
Jupiter:02 Aries 04
Saturn:25 Aquarius 06
Uranus:15 Taurus 45
Neptune:25 Pisces 04
Pluto:28 Capricorn 29 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 04 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):04 Cancer 08

Chiron:15 Aries 03
Ceres:02 Cancer 48
Pallas:09 Taurus 37
Juno:10 Pisces 21
Vesta:29 Aquarius 20

Eris:24 Aries 44

Fire:4
Earth:5
Air:5
Water:5
Cardinal:7
Fixed:7
Mutable:5

GUIDELINES FOR ALL GATHERINGS AND OPEN CHATS 

All gatherings and open cats are held in American English.

No matter what spiritual path you follow or the type of witchcraft you practice, except dark practitioners, you are welcome to join us for our open chats and Esbat and Sabbat gatherings. The Sabbat gatherings celebrate both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres’ Sabbat. Look at the banner on the right side of the page for information on upcoming Magickal Hearts Coven’s events. They are all held via Skype. You can join us by audio or video call or just by listening and typing in your message or response.

The main guideline for when we are gathered on Skype or anywhere else for any reason is the Wicce Rede: “An’ ye harm none, do what ye will.”

No one will be allowed to use foul, rude, racist, hurtful, hateful, or gender-bashing language at any time during any type of gathering. Anyone not following this guideline will be kicked out of the gatherings immediately and blocked forever.

This is not a dating site! If you attempt to hook up with someone or use sexually suggestive language towards anyone else at the gathering, you will be kicked out and blocked forever.

During Esbat and Sabbat gatherings, all conversations will cease 1 minute before the sacred circle is cast until the sacred circle has been closed.

During Esbat and Sabbat gatherings, no one may leave the circle without permission from the person leading it. If you leave the sacred circle for any reason, except if the electronic device you are using to attend disconnects you, we ask that you do not re-enter the sacred circle.

When attending a Sabbat gathering, we ask that you stay for both hemispheres’ rituals. *

* SABBAT GATHERINGS

Once the circle starts, all socializing and/or comments about the rituals must stop unless you see the word “EVERYONE” in the ritual.  You will get one warning if you break this guideline. If you break it a second time, you will be asked to and expected to leave the gathering immediately. There will be no exceptions to this guideline as it is rude to the person or persons leading the ritual (s). If you do not leave you will be taken out of the gathering by Lady Beltane. If this happens again at another gathering, you will be permanently banned from attending any Heart’s Spirit Online Coven gatherings. There are no exceptions to this.

No one should enter or leave the chat room from the time the sacred circle is cast until the sacred circle is closed. To enter or leave the chat room (the computer knocking you out of the chat room during this time is the only exception for re-entering the circle) during this time breaks the circle, and whoever is leading the circle needs to take their time and energy to close it up again.

All electronics in the room you are in during the gathering should be shut off except for the device you are using to access the gathering as the energy raised during the circle can possibly do minor or major damage to other devices.

Everyone attending an Esbat and/or Sabbat gathering is welcome to stay after the circle is done to visit with the others and/or offer other ideas for the ritual performed at that gathering.

These are simple guidelines and show courtesy to all people attending the gatherings and those leading them. Not obeying all the guidelines could get you banned from all Magickal Hearts Coven gatherings and open chats for life.

Any questions about the guidelines and/or anything to do with Magickal Hearts Coven, the open chats, WOTC’s School of Witchcraft, and Esbat and/or Sabbat gatherings can be emailed to Lady Beltane at ladybeltane@aol.com. All emails will be answered as soon as possible after receiving it.

If you are applying to be a student or coven member, include this phrase “In perfect love and perfect trust.” in the application email so we know you have read the entire handbook.

All lessons and spells are copyright 1980-2025© by Lady Beltane. They cannot be reprinted or reposted without author’s expressed written permission.

We do not write spells or do spells, hexes, curses, rituals, or any other type of magick for anyone, so please do not email us asking us to do any of these. If you do, your email will wind up in spam and then deleted.

A Thought for Today

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

May 20, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions from 8 AM to 9 AM EDT today (5 AM to 6 AM PDT)). After that, the Moon moves from Capricorn into Aquarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Get ready because the pace of your days will accelerate for the next four weeks. Fear not because it will be a fun busy. Expect a jampacked schedule of short trips, appointments, and increased reading, writing and studying. Busy you!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You will have an increasing desire to gain better control of your life through the things that you own. In the next four weeks, you will look at your possessions and ask do you own them or do they own you?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Once a year the Sun is in your sign for four weeks and that day has arrived. This means you will restore and replenish yourself. Furthermore, you will attract favourable situations and important people to you. Obviously, this is a blessing.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

For the next four weeks, you will be happier taking a backseat or working alone. Your need for privacy and solitude will be stronger. You want this private time to get to know yourself better. Time for dark chocolate.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your involvement with others will increase in the next four weeks because you want to see people. You want to get in touch with friends; in addition to which many of you will be more involved in groups and organizations. It’s just what’s happening. Enjoy this increased popularity!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The Sun will be travelling across the top of your chart for the next four weeks. This symbolizes that you will be thrust in a flattering spotlight! This means that people will admire you even if you don’t do anything different or anything special. Obviously, this is the time to make your pitch and go after what you want!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You will have a stronger than usual desire to travel and expand your world by any means in the next four weeks. Therefore, give yourself a chance to explore! Take a course. Travel if possible. Go someplace you’ve never been before. Learn new things and meet unusual people.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You want to tidy up loose ends in the next four weeks, especially with paperwork and issues related to wills, inheritances, taxes, debt and shared property. Sometimes we try to ignore these things. However, you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and dig in. Bravo!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The Sun will be sitting across from your sign for the next four weeks, which will draw your attention to your closest friends and partners. Not only will this be a strong focus for you, this polarized position of the Sun will give you greater objectivity to see how you relate to others. A valuable learning curve!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You will accomplish a lot in the next four weeks because you will be motivated to work efficiently and effectively so that you get the best results for your efforts. These high standards might translate as well into your health, which means you might be on a health kick as well!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Lucky you! The next four weeks will be playful, lighthearted and fun-loving. Take a vacation if you can. Enjoy fun activities with children. Explore the theatre and the arts. Embrace sports activities, as well as romantic tete-a-tetes. (Be still my beating heart.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Home and family will be your strong focus in the next four weeks. Some of you will be involved with a parent more than usual. This is a good time to do some self-scrutiny and perhaps benefit from counselling.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Timothy Olyiphant (1968) shares your birthday today. You are a warm, loving person who shows strength and solidity. People turn to you for support. Sometimes you are dramatic and in an eccentric way. (This makes you interesting.) This year you will focus on work, building and construction. You might do this externally or introduce internal structure within.

May 20, 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 20 birthday horoscope shows that you are a Gemini who critical with a whole lot of loving kindness. Typically, you possess charm, versatility, and communicative skills. This Gemini the Twin has many characters that can be responsive to a warm and sensuous spirit.

Also, the May 20 birthday personality are intuitive, so you stay grounded. However, you are likely to be dramatic. You may find it difficult to let go of a grudge, but you remain the naturally friendly person that you are.

The May 20th horoscope predicts that you are observant, analytic thinkers and good listeners. These birthday characteristics make Gemini an excellent person to give advice. Nonetheless, some of you can be critical as your restlessness makes you search for change and improvement.

The May 20 zodiac meaning shows that you are a quick and steady learner. This gives the Gemini complete dexterity. Things that are predictable bore the Twin born today. Sometimes this birthday trait leaves projects unfinished and people hanging. This is perhaps this Gemini’s imperfection.

As the May 20 birthday sign is Gemini, for you the perfect love connection is one that typically your partner stimulates both physically and mentally. You are attractive, gracious and loyal. You make good lovers as well as life-partners.

Those born on this zodiac birthday May 20 will not compromise their freedom although they want a committed relationship. Finding a balance has been a challenge for the Gemini. Sometimes your expectations can be extreme for people who are not of your standard.

If one is lucky enough to have captured the interest of this Gemini, you should be attentive, reliable and imaginative. This will keep the Twin on his or toes. The May 20th Gemini birthday person likes to discover little hints of seduction in the most surprising places.

Your lover will never be dissatisfied in or out of the bedroom. However, the Twin can be stubborn and sensitive to criticism. If today is your birthday, you have an abundance of energy and ambitions. When your loved ones seek advice, you tend to set a few goals for them as well.

The May 20 birthday astrology predictions show that prospective career choices may be a mix of hobbies, values, and abilities. Making a choice can be difficult. This Gemini is versatile but like privacy. You believe your work should be kept separate from your personal life, as they are different.

Typically, you would turn down an invitation to the office party or engage in office “he says/she says.” The Gemini born today would do well in a profession that caters to the needs of those less fortunate. You are also pretty good at handling your finances.

The May 20th birthday personality is a health-conscious Twin. As a result of this, you radiate a picture of good health. You love the way your clothes look on your toned body. Everyone is surprised by your age. This inspires you to keep going. The feedback lets you know you are doing something right.

This May 20 Gemini birthday person sticks to traditional methods such as organic foods and the use of rainwater. You stay away from sodas or sugary products and use fruit when appropriate to accent your drinks with flavor and color. Typically, you do not have many health issues. Good job!

The May 20 birthday characteristics show that you have your charisma, versatility, and are talkative. Although people come to you for advice, you can be critical. Your restless nature has mounds of energy so you seek changes that could help other people, but you tend to leave a project unfinished. This is this Gemini’s flaw. But you are usually very healthy people.

 

Famous People And Celebrities Born On May 20

CherJoe Cocker, Tony Goldwyn, Dolly Madison, Naturi Naughton, Bronson Pinchot, Busta Rhymes, James Stewart

See: Famous Celebrities Born On May 20

This Day That Year – May 20 In History

1310 – First pair of shoes were made today.
1784 – Peace of Paris treaty signed between England and Netherlands.
1873 – First pair of copper riveted jeans made by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.
1916 – A Norman Rockwell painting appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

May 20 Mithun Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

May 20 Chinese Zodiac HORSE

May 20 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planets are planet Venus and planet Mercury
Venus: symbolizes your artistic temperament, feelings, pleasures, finance, income and materialistic gains.
Mercury: symbolizes how you communicate and interact with people.

May 20 Birthday Symbols

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Sun Sign
The Twins
 Are The Symbol Of The Gemini Sun Sign

May 20 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is Judgement. This card shows it is time to wake up and make some important decisions in your life. The Minor Arcana cards are Seven of Pentacles and King of Swords.

May 20 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign GeminiThis relationship will be lively and adventurous.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Taurus: This relationship will not be successful.

See Also:

May 20 Lucky Numbers

Number 2 – This number stands for gentleness, compassion, harmony, and consideration.
Number 7 – This is a number that stands for an analytical, discerning and spiritual perfectionist.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For May 20 Birthday

Silver: This is a sleek color that symbolizes intuition, industriousness, innocence, and prosperity.
Lavender: This is a mystic color that symbolizes spiritual enlightenment, intelligence, ambitions, and magic.

Lucky Days For May 20 Birthday

Monday – This is the day of the Moon that helps you analyze your feelings and reactions in different circumstances.
Friday – This day ruled by Venus is symbolic of new relationships, happiness, joy, laughter, and appreciation of things.

May 20 Birthstone Emerald

Emerald gemstone promotes spiritual awakening, intellect, communication, and unity.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On May 20th

A dashboard coffee-cup holder for the man and a beautiful carry-on bag for the woman. The May 20 birthday horoscope predicts that you tend to search for beauty in everything.

May 20, 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 Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

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

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on May 20 has an illumination of 75%. 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 20 the Moon is 19.7 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 Gibbous
Illumination: 75%
Moon Age: 19.70 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 365,011.94 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,403,592.35 km

Useful Moon Resources

May 20, 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 20, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:29 Taurus 45
Moon:03 Aquarius 41
Mercury:01 Gemini 18 Rx
Venus:20 Aries 52
Mars:26 Pisces 53
Jupiter:01 Aries 50
Saturn:25 Aquarius 04
Uranus:15 Taurus 41
Neptune:25 Pisces 03
Pluto:28 Capricorn 30 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 08 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Cancer 59

Chiron:14 Aries 59
Ceres:02 Cancer 15
Pallas:09 Taurus 02
Juno:09 Pisces 58
Vesta:28 Aquarius 57

Eris:24 Aries 43

Fire:4
Earth:6
Air:4
Water:5
Cardinal:7
Fixed:8
Mutable:4

Northern Hemisphere

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

May 20, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:29 Taurus 40
Moon:02 Aquarius 29
Mercury:01 Gemini 21 Rx
Venus:20 Aries 46
Mars:26 Pisces 49
Jupiter:01 Aries 49
Saturn:25 Aquarius 04
Uranus:15 Taurus 41
Neptune:25 Pisces 03
Pluto:28 Capricorn 30 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 08 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Cancer 59

Chiron:14 Aries 59
Ceres:02 Cancer 13
Pallas:09 Taurus 00
Juno:09 Pisces 56
Vesta:28 Aquarius 55

Eris:24 Aries 43

Fire:4
Earth:6
Air:4
Water:5
Cardinal:7
Fixed:8
Mutable:4

Northeastern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:29 Taurus 23
Moon:28 Capricorn 16
Mercury:01 Gemini 31 Rx
Venus:20 Aries 26
Mars:26 Pisces 36
Jupiter:01 Aries 46
Saturn:25 Aquarius 03
Uranus:15 Taurus 40
Neptune:25 Pisces 02
Pluto:28 Capricorn 30 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 09 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Cancer 57

Chiron:14 Aries 58
Ceres:02 Cancer 06
Pallas:08 Taurus 52
Juno:09 Pisces 51
Vesta:28 Aquarius 50

Eris:24 Aries 43

Fire:4
Earth:7
Air:3
Water:5
Cardinal:8
Fixed:7
Mutable:4

May 20 Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal

Tarot Card

From Tarotx.net -Osho Zen Tarot Deck

Breakthrough – Number 11 in the Major Arcana

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Rune

From white-magic-help.net

GEBO

a Partnership, a Gift

If this rune is pulled, that is a sign that unity, union or partnership is near.  But you are requested, not to throw yourself into this connection.  A true partnership can only consist of two independent, healthy beings, that preserve there own independence also in this union. This advice is important at all levels: in romantic relationships, in commercial things, simply in partnerships of every type.

Witch’s Rune

From Grove and Grotto

The Moon (Midwinter)

Inner thoughts, intuition, contemplation, solitude, change.

Ogham

Luis

Luis corresponds to the letter L in the alphabet, and is associated with the Rowan tree. This symbol represents insight, protection and blessings.

The Rowan tree has often been associated with protection against enchantment and magic. Rowan sticks were often used to carve protective charms on, and hung over a door to prevent evil spirits from entering. The berries, when split in half, reveal a small pentagram inside. The Rowan indicates protection, as well as knowledge and insight about what is taking place in your surroundings.

Luis Correspondences

Mundane Aspects: Keep your awareness high, and go with your intuition when it comes to the people and events in your life. Trust your judgment, and don’t allow yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security.

Magical Aspects: Keep yourself true to your spirituality, staying grounded even in times of doubt. This will help protect you from that which might bring you emotional, physical or spiritual harm.

May 20 I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

From IChingOnline.net – For more information about Hexagram 2

Image result for i ching hexagram 2

K’un / Receptive Force

Earth above and Earth below:
The Earth contains and sustains.
In this situation, the Superior Person should not take the initiative; he should follow the initiative of another.
He should seek receptive allies in the southwest; he should break ties with immovable allies in the northeast.

Responsive devotion.
Receptive influence.
Sublime Success if you keep to your course.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

This is a time for dealing with reality as it is, not as you would have it be.
If you realize that in this situation you are the receptor, not the transmitter of the stimulus, you will find yourself reaching goals that seemed unattainable under your own steam.
If you persist in futile efforts to be the Shaper rather than the Shaped, you will completely miss this unique opportunity.

Numerology

From Numerology Double Digit Numbers – 30

Image result for number 30

Thirty 30

It is communication and creativity. It is a high octave 3. It has a great sense of humor, is jovial and warm, but also a bit superficial. Easily distracted, lacks staying power.

Angel Number

From Angel Numbers – Number 3

See the source image

Three

Higher powers are listening to your wishes, prayers and affirmations. They are close to you and want to help. Keep your faith, manifestation of your thoughts will come when the time is right.

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

 

From UniGuide.com – For more information about the Owl

Owl Symbolism, Meaning, and the Owl Spirit Animal

Owl

Owl symbolism and meaning include wisdom, intuition, supernatural power, independent thinking, and observant listening. This mysterious bird has been a subject in the myths and folklore of cultures around the world for centuries. After all, owl species exist on every continent except Antarctica. In addition, the owl spirit animal is an important totem in the beliefs of many cultures. In this post, you’ll learn about owl symbols, the owl in cultural mythology, owl spiritual meanings, and more.

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest for Friday

From moonlitpriestess.com

Celestial influence – Venus

Color correspondences – aqua, green, pink

Herb correspondences – lime, saffron, sandalwood, thyme

Misc. influences – love, friendship, social activities, strangers, pleasure, art, music, incense, and other scents (i.e. perfumes)

Spell for Today – Contact Your Spirit Guide

Items needed:

Altar Candle

Day candle (whichever color for the day you be will doing your spell)
(Monday-white Tuesday-red Wednesday-purple Thursday-blue Friday-green Saturday-black Sunday-yellow)

Offertory Candles – 3 Violet candles, 3 White candles

Tools: Athame, Exacto Knife, or needle to inscribe candles

Props: Crystal ball or clear glass of water

Incense: anise, cardamon, and coriander

Oil: jasmine, lemon, rose, and sandalwood

Bathing Herbs

Cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood

Timing:

Best done during the Mercury hour of the day, although any hour should work. Any moon phase is appropriate.

Preparation:

Breathe deeply and build a ball of protective light around you. While soaking in your ritual bath, meditate on the whole ritual: the steps you will take and what you wish to say to your spirit guide when you make contact.

Ritual:

Enter the circle in the Hour of Mercury. Light the incense. With the oil, dress the Altar Candle and the Day Candle while concentrating on the purpose of the ritual. Light your Altar candle and your Day candle and state your intent:

“I am here to make contact with my Spirit Guide, and to acknowledge him or her”

With your Athame, inscribe Violet Candle #1 with the word “Spirit”. Dress it with oil.
Light the Violet candle #1, direct your energies into it, and say:

“Here do I light the first Lamp of Spirit. May its light reach out across the barriers from this world to the next. May it make contact with that World of Spirit into which we will eventually enter”

Take your censer or incense wand and swing in around censing the whole area around the altar, while rhythmically repeating the word “Merge” and building up energy to focus.

Replace the censer and pick up Violet candle #2. Inscribe it with the word “Spirit” and dress it with the oil. Put it back on the altar, light it, direct your energy into it, and say:

“Here do I light the second Lamp of Spirit. May it’s light also reach out across the barriers from this world to the next. May it make contact with that World of Spirit and help spread the light, illuminating the passageway between our worlds.”

Again, take the censer or incense wand and cense the entire area around the altar while chanting the word “Merge” Build up your energy to focus. Take violet candle #3, inscribe with the word “Spirit”, dress with oil, charge with your energy, light it and say:

“Here do I light the third Lamp of Spirit.
May its light also reach out across the barriers from this world to the next. May the light from these three lamps blend and grow, dispelling all darkness and lighting the way that my Spirit Guide may come to me and speak with me here today.”

Inscribe the 3 white candles with the word “Truth” and anoint each candle with oil. Light the 3 white candles in order of 1, 2, 3, and say:

“Here do I build Truth. As these candles burn throughout this ritual, their power generates nothing but truth in all that transpires between this world and the next. Through these candles there is truth in all communications that come to me”.

Again, cense the entire altar area while chanting the word “Merge”.

Replace the censer and continue chanting. Sit comfortably while chanting, and gaze into the crystal ball, or the clear glass of water. Continue chanting until you feel it is right to let the chant taper off. Continue to quietly look into the crystal ball or glass, not trying to picture anything. Keep your mind blank, so whatever comes will appear will come in it’s own free will. Gaze into the center of the crystal, there is no need to try not to blink. Look into the crystal and blink naturally. Try not to notice anything in your peripheral vision, just the center of the crystal. Eventually a face or figure will appear. This may take a long time, or it may appear almost immediately. If it doesn’t come at all within approximately 20 minutes, abandon this attempt, extinguish the candles in the order in which they were lit, leave the altar set up, and try this ritual again in three days. You should have results within a month at most.

When a figure does appear, ask if he/she is your Spirit Guide. You will hear an answer. You may not hear it out loud, or even see the figures lips move, but you will be aware of the answer. This is how most of your conversation will proceed. You will ask your questions mentally (or out loud) and the answers will be clear inside your mind.

Ask if you have more than one spirit guide. If yes, ask them to appear also. You may ask anything you wish to know, but it is suggested to establish a connection first where your Spirit Guide may appear to you at any time, or at specific times, so that you can converse with other spirits through him/her. When you have finished speaking with your Guide, thank him/her, then sit for a moment with your eyes closed, meditating on all that you have learned. Extinguish the candles in reverse order to clear the circle.

May 20 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 20

A View from Earth’s Shadow

Image Credit & Copyright: Maxime Oudoux

Explanation: This serene sand and skyscape finds the Dune of Pilat on the coast of France still in Earth’s shadow during the early morning hours of May 16. Extending into space, the planet’s dark umbral shadow covered the Moon on that date. From that location the total phase of a lunar eclipse had begun before moonset. Still in sunlight though, the International Space Station crossed from the western horizon and Earth’s largest artificial moon traced the bright flat arc through the sky over 400 km above. Simply constructed, the well-planned panoramic scene was captured over a 5 minutes in a series of consecutive images.

May 20 Today in History and the Word of the Day

Today’s Important Historical Events

1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea

1609 Shakespeare‘s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by publisher Thomas Thorpe

1862 US President Abraham Lincoln signs into law the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for the settlement of the American West (80 million acres by 1900)

1864 Spotsylvania campaign in US Civil War ends after 10,920 killed or injured

1927 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis in the 1st solo nonstop transatlantic flight

1927 Treaty of Jeddah is signed between the United Kingdom and Ibn Saud recognizing the independence of the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd

1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space

Today’s Historical Events

325 First Council of Nicaea – 1st ecumenical council of Christian bishops at Nicaea, Asia Minor

685 Battle of Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts led by Brude MacBeli beat Northumbrians led by their king Ecgfrith in Scotland

1217 Second Battle of Lincoln fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

1293 Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed

1293 King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá

1303 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella

1310 Shoes were made for both right & left feet

1347 Rienzo calls Rome for people’s tribunal

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1891 1st public display of Thomas Edison‘s prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women’s Club

1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

1960 13th Cannes Film Festival: “The Sweet Life” directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d’Or

1966 19th Cannes Film Festival: “A Man and a Woman” directed by Claude Lelouch and “The Birds, the Bees and the Italians” directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

1967 BBC bans the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” because of drug references

1970 Beatles’ “Let it Be” movie premieres in UK

1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others

1961 Henzes opera “Elegy for Young Lovers,” premieres in Schwetzingen

1972 “Different Times” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances

1972 “Hard Job Being God” closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances

1973 “2 Gentlemen of Verona” closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

1979 “I Love My Wife” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances

1979 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR

1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1734 1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina

1879 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37

1897 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid

1900 Second modern Summer Olympics (Games of the II Olympiad) opens in Paris and continues for 5 months

1913 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4

1920 Policemen raid the Cubs’ bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling

1922 Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel, previously suspended by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup and go hitless

1930 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention & cure of athlete’s foot

Today’s Word is

Hygge

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Hygge / noun/ hyoo·guh

Danish speakers use the word “hygge” to represent a relaxed, laid-back, and comfortable vibe created by enjoying the simpler things in life. We use hygge to represent the feeling invoked by engaging in simple activities that relieve stress and provide opportunities for having pleasing conversations and making genuine connections with others. Hygge relates to comfort, well-being, coziness, and contentment, with a warm atmosphere filled with pleasant people.

In a Sentence

The woman felt an incredible sense of hygge upon entering the sacred temple.

Denmark is famous for spreading the love and hygge for visitors and countrymen.

Doing yoga within a group gives some people a pleasurable sense of hygge.

Etymology

Although we most recognize “hygge” in the Danish language, the word actually entered the language as Norwegian. “Hygge” entered the language carrying the same meaning as ‘well-being.’ Danish adopted the word into their language system around the end of the 18th century. They’ve been using “hygge” to represent contentment, well-being, and the best of Denmark for residents and tourists since the late 1800s.

Synonyms

Comfortable, Comfy

Antonyms

Rude, Hard

Some Tips and Safety Ideas for Candle Usage in Spells and Rituals

Some of us make our own candles and some of us buy readymade candles either way candles usually have a prominent place in spells or rituals. Remember to never let any size or type of candle burn without proper supervision especially in a home with children, pets, or elderly people. I believe that a candle holds the power and spell you infuse it with and can be relit over and over again to help bring the spell to fruition or I use a smaller candle if I want it to burn all the way down while I am awake.

I have found freezing any candle not only makes it drip less but it has a longer burning time. Also, living for many years without air conditioning in hot weather my candles did not melt together. Make sure to take the candle out of the freezer so it has time to come to room temperature before lighting it. I have had candles explode in and out of glass containers. Thankfully no one was ever seriously hurt when this happened, but it was still a lesson that was well learned.

I will sometimes make a candle if I want to infuse the entire thing with my intention for a spell. At other times I use a birthday cake size or four-inch chime color in an appropriate color for the element or topic the spell is for. Other times I will buy the candles encased already in a glass holder. Depending on the size I want I will either but the different color plain “saint” candles at a dollar store or the shorter, wider ones from Walmart or another discount store. I am always on the lookout when in a thrift store for unused candles also.

When using a candle that is already in a glass holder, I write the sigils or runes or symbols on the glass with different color permanent markers. If needed I will dig a small hole in the top of the candle to place herbs or essentials oils or flower petals or whatever it, is I want to include for the spell I am doing. I than place it on a heat proof dish or trivet. I usually use these tall candles for a long-term spell where I need to light it for seven days in a row. I let the candle burn for one hour on each day with allowing it to burn down completely on the seventh day. I strongly suggest, if at all possible, to have the seventh day fall on a day that you will be home and awake for at least three to four hours. An example of this is my healing candle – I use a four-inch, melon scented green candle that comes in a glass holder with a lid that I can but at Walmart for around $6.00 to 7.00 USD. I bless it by repeating a healing spell I wrote many years ago nine times to give the spell extra strength. Then when I light it either for myself or someone else, I say, “Candle burning bright, release your power to ______ with all its might.” I have had excellent results doing this. I let the candle burn for around thirty minutes each time I relight it and it usually lasts me months.

Birthday cake size candles are great for a spell that you want to have the candle burn down completely in a very short amount of time. But it is almost impossible to crave or write anything on this size candle. When I use this size candle, I have a burn proof container about 2 inches deep and about 6 inches in diameter that has about 1-inch of sand in it. The good part about using these is the burn out in under 10 minutes and multiple candles can be burned at the same time with all the drippings falling onto the sand. When done I just pick the candle wax off the top of the sand and bury it. I do this for my ancestor altar on Samhain with my ancestor who I have called in knowing they are to leave when their candle has burned out.

For chime and taper candles which are about 4 inches or 10 to 12 inches tall respectfully I have various holders. I place the holders on a heat proof plate or trivet. I use these when I am doing a whole ritual not just spell work. These and taper candles are the easiest to be tipped over accidently and therefore should only be lit when you are close by and can keep an eye on them. I save taper candles to use for my personal candle and also when I host a family dinner to help everyone get along. Taper candles are easy to engrave deeply or barely a cut on their surface.

For a personal candle I suggest finding a candlestick (actual name of candle holders) that really calls to you. Then carve your pagan or given name or both into it with your atheme or ceremonial knife. On mine I also carve a personal sigil, the names of my totem animals, and used my favorite, all-purpose essential oil Sandalwood to bless it with. Your personal candle is the one you can use for every spell or ritual to light your incense, other candles, anything you may need to burn. This is a candle that gets put out after each time you use it so it will last a while. After I take it out of the freezer the first time, I bless it I do not refreeze it. When lit this candle is the only one, I set right on the surface I am using for my spell work or ritual. Why? No idea that is just what feels right to me.

I hope this article has given you some ideas on where to buy candles from, how they can be used, and how to use them safely.

Lady Beltane 2022

A Laugh for Today

Wishing you a fastening Friday!