A Thought for Today

Until we meet again dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may your life be filled with all things positive!

July 7, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions after 9 PM EDT today (from 6 PM to 10:30 PM PDT). After 10:30 PM PDT, the Moon moves from Libra into Scorpio.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Thankfully, today is a lovely day for important discussions with partners and close friends. It’s an excellent day to sign contracts or to agree to something important because you are wearing your sensible hat. Nevertheless, be open to advice from someone older or more experienced than you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a practical day at work; and you will be pleased because you will find it easy to accomplish a lot. Make a To Do list in the morning and get going! One of the reasons you will be productive is that you have a sober, realistic view of things today, plus you are patient.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is an excellent day to teach children or young minds because people are willing to put up with a bit of adversity to get what they want today. An older teacher or professor or someone more experienced might have good advice for you today.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Family discussions will go well today. It’s easy to respect parents and older relatives and welcome their advice. After all, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, do you? Why not stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before you?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Discussions with others will go well today, especially concerning important papers, contracts and negotiations. Because you’re in a sensible frame of mind, you will realistically see what you’re getting into because you will be aware of the parameters. It’s a solid day.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is an excellent day for business and commerce because whatever you do, you will do carefully and thoroughly. You will also have the discipline and strength to face some challenges if they occur. Someone older has advice for you – listen.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a winning day for you! Ask for what you want and in fact, have the courage to ask for a little bit more than you expect because you very likely will get it. Today you have great skills negotiating issues about children, the entertainment world, the arts, sports and social outings.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Quiet research done alone or behind the scenes will pay off today. This could benefit your home or some kind of domestic situation or possibly a parent. In turn, a parent or an older family member might have practical advice or assistance to offer you. Be open to this.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A discussion with an older female will definitely benefit you today. In fact, whatever takes place might ultimately affect how you think about some future goals. You might change your mind about something. You might take a new approach that is more practical.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

People will respect you today. You are a bit high viz. more than usual; nevertheless, people see that you have a sober and realistic view of things, which is why they want to know your thoughts and opinions. Basically, you understand the principle of “No pain, no gain.” (You always have.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is an excellent day for study of any kind. It’s a good day for legal negotiations, signing contracts and making serious plans about future travel. Discussions with foreign interests and older people will go well. Listen to what others have to say before you jump in.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a fine day to deal with financial matters related to shared property, banking, taxes, debt, insurance issues and inheritances. All that red-tape stuff. Fear not, you have the patience and you’ll be realistic.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Musician, singer, songwriter Ringo Starr (1940) shares your birthday today. You are very sensitive. You have a strong, intellectual drive and constantly seek ways to improve yourself and become a better person. You are independent, self-sufficient and loyal to family. This year you are focused on relationships because it’s important to find relationships that benefit you.

July 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 First Quarter phase. This phase occurs roughly 7 days after the New Moon when the moon is one quarter of the way through its orbit around the earth. Exactly half the moon will be illuminated and half dark. On the day of the First Quarter phase the moon is high overhead at sunset and is visible until mid-night when it sets in the west. The First Quarter phase is a one-day event and in the following days enters a Waxing Gibbous phase becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon.

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

Today’s First Quarter Phase

The First Quarter on July 7 has an illumination of 54%. 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 July 7 the Moon is 7.79 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: First Quarter
Illumination: 54%
Moon Age: 7.79 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 379,217.65 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,096,500.65 km

Useful Moon Resources

7 July 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

7 July 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Cancer 29
Moon:22 Libra 01
Mercury:04 Cancer 43
Venus:17 Gemini 27
Mars:01 Taurus 39
Jupiter:07 Aries 59
Saturn:24 Aquarius 25 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 00
Neptune:25 Pisces 25 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 39 Rx

True Lunar Node:20 Taurus 56
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 36 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):09 Cancer 19

Chiron:16 Aries 22
Ceres:22 Cancer 51
Pallas:01 Gemini 11
Juno:20 Pisces 29
Vesta:06 Pisces 54

Eris:25 Aries 00

Fire:3
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:7
Cardinal:9
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

Southern Hemisphere

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

7 July 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Cancer 18
Moon:19 Libra 15
Mercury:04 Cancer 18
Venus:17 Gemini 12
Mars:01 Taurus 31
Jupiter:07 Aries 59
Saturn:24 Aquarius 26 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 00
Neptune:25 Pisces 25 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 39 Rx

True Lunar Node:20 Taurus 56
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 36 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):09 Cancer 18

Chiron:16 Aries 22
Ceres:22 Cancer 45
Pallas:01 Gemini 05
Juno:20 Pisces 28
Vesta:06 Pisces 54

Eris:25 Aries 00

Fire:3
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:7
Cardinal:9
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

Southwestern Hemisphere

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

7 July 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:14 Cancer 59
Moon:14 Libra 51
Mercury:03 Cancer 37
Venus:16 Gemini 48
Mars:01 Taurus 17
Jupiter:07 Aries 57
Saturn:24 Aquarius 27 Rx
Uranus:17 Taurus 59
Neptune:25 Pisces 25 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 40 Rx

True Lunar Node:20 Taurus 56 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 37 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):09 Cancer 16

Chiron:16 Aries 22
Ceres:22 Cancer 36
Pallas:00 Gemini 55
Juno:20 Pisces 26
Vesta:06 Pisces 54

Eris:25 Aries 00

Fire:3
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:7
Cardinal:9
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

July 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

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

Sun:15 Cancer 39
Moon:24 Libra 15
Mercury:05 Cancer 03
Venus:17 Gemini 39
Mars:01 Taurus 46
Jupiter:08 Aries 00
Saturn:24 Aquarius 24 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 00
Neptune:25 Pisces 25 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 39 Rx

True Lunar Node:20 Taurus 56
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 35 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):09 Cancer 20

Chiron:16 Aries 22
Ceres:22 Cancer 55
Pallas:01 Gemini 16
Juno:20 Pisces 30
Vesta:06 Pisces 54

Eris:25 Aries 00

Fire:3
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:7
Cardinal:9
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

Northern Hemisphere

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

 July 07, 2022
06:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Cancer 37
Moon:23 Libra 41
Mercury:04 Cancer 58
Venus:17 Gemini 36
Mars:01 Taurus 45
Jupiter:08 Aries 00
Saturn:24 Aquarius 25 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 00
Neptune:25 Pisces 25 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 39 Rx

True Lunar Node:20 Taurus 56
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 35 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):09 Cancer 20

Chiron:16 Aries 22
Ceres:22 Cancer 54
Pallas:01 Gemini 14
Juno:20 Pisces 30
Vesta:06 Pisces 54

Eris:25 Aries 00

Fire:3
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:7
Cardinal:9
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

Northeastern Hemisphere

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

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

Sun:15 Cancer 18
Moon:19 Libra 15
Mercury:04 Cancer 18
Venus:17 Gemini 12
Mars:01 Taurus 31
Jupiter:07 Aries 59
Saturn:24 Aquarius 26 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 00
Neptune:25 Pisces 25 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 39 Rx

True Lunar Node:20 Taurus 56
Mean Lunar Node:19 Taurus 36 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):09 Cancer 18

Chiron:16 Aries 22
Ceres:22 Cancer 45
Pallas:01 Gemini 05
Juno:20 Pisces 28
Vesta:06 Pisces 54

Eris:25 Aries 00

Fire:3
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:7
Cardinal:9
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

July 7 Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham, Divination Journal

Tarot

From The Tarot Lady

The Hermit

Keywords: inner wisdom, solitude, withdrawal, quiet, teacher or guru, research, seeker

Attributes: Virgo (Earth)

General meaning:  In order to get the answers you seek, it may be time to turn inward.  Shut out your distractions so that you may discover the wisdom within.  Answers are rarely found in another – everything you need is within yourself.  This card can also indicate a need to withdraw from circumstances in order to get a better perspective.  Sometimes a player needs a break from the grind.

Reversed:  Repeating your past mistakes.  Not learning.  This can indicate a lack of wisdom. Doing things without thinking of the consequences.  It can also indicate the extremes of solitude – like being some sort of creepy recluse.  Don’t lock yourself away.  It gets mighty lonely on that mountain top.

Affirmation: “Everything I need is within me.  I don’t need to look outside myself for answers.”

Theme song: 

Rune

Is

Sound: “i”, “e”, “j” as in the “y” in “year”
Stands for: Ice
Casting meaning: Ice is unchanging and restricting and like ice this rune embodies the resistant power that tries to prevent change.

Witch’s Rune

Witch’s Runes: A Simple Introduction to Rune Reading

Rings

Think: Unbreakable bonds are between these rings.
Remember: Positive. You can’t do it alone, so form the right and lasting alliances. There may be a business partnership, a marriage, or other team formation. Seek out a partnership if none exists in the matter at hand.

Ogham

From thepeculiarbrunette.com

Duir or Dair

Pronunciation – Doo-r

Tree Association – oak

Meaning – Strength, security, resilience, endurance, wisdom, sacred spaces, leadership, and kindness. All your hard work and education have paid off. Like the oak, you stand tall and mighty. You are in a beneficial situation (family, work, financially, creative, relationship, etc.), and this circumstance will stay that way for quite a while. Trust yourself! Also, oak represents the intense energy and power of storms and wind. Symbolic of the endurance and stamina you possess that allows you to flourish and thrive.

If reversed – cowardly, uncertain, or frail. You have not been acting kindly or fairly in your leadership role. It’s ok to lack knowledge and facts, but do not make it a common practice.

Inscription and Magical Uses – Inscribe this ogham on an acorn for good luck in job interviews, courage, or pursuing justice. Duir is an excellent ogham inscription to keep at work. Helpful when working when storms, lightning, or the element air. It can also be used in healing or for those who need reminders of their resilience, profound strength, and tenacity.

Folklore – Oak trees are considered sacred guardians. They are an excellent place to meditate beneath or seek strength and assurance. If you catch an oak leaf before it touches the ground, you will have excellent health throughout the cold winter months. Representative of the Oak King, who marks the beginning and climax of the Summer Solstice.

 

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

I Ching

Click here for more detailed information about Hexagram 60 from iching.online

Hexagram Six/6

Sung / Conflict

The high Heavens over a yawning Deep chasm:
An expansive void where nothing can dwell.
Even though he sincerely knows he is right, the Superior Person anticipates opposition and carefully prepares for any incident.

Good fortune if your conflict results in compromise.
Misfortune if your conflict escalates to confrontation.
Seek advice.
Postpone your crossing to the far shore.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

Conflict is a necessary part of life.
Tension upon the strings of a violin can make majestic music.
The critical mass of two hydrogen atoms trying to occupy the same space fuel the sun that nourishes our solar system.
Most conflicts you face in life are the result of your Path converging with another’s.
Your Path is not his, and one Path is not necessarily more right than the other.
Can you work together to remove the blockage?

Numerology

Click here for more information about the numerology meaning of the number 6 from www.numerology.com

Six

Positive qualities

The main virtue of the Six is true humanism and truly cordial attitude towards people. You can be a liquidator working for the government, or even a tax inspector, but, at the same time, stick to your ideas that human life is sacred, and the right of freedom of expression is undeniable.

Seriously, you are a really kind and sympathetic person capable of giving away your last possession to those who need it most. Your loved ones know that you are the person they can count on, always and everywhere.

Negative qualities

Weaknesses of the Six are, in most cases, their virtues that got out of control. Defending a friend, you can be cruel and merciless to an enemy. Your willingness to sacrifice your own interests for the sake of others may give rise to the desire for martyrdom, which is pride. The same is true about your confidence in the aptness of everything you are doing.

The latter can cause serious conflicts with the nearest and dearest. Ignoring all reasonable arguments, you can drive others crazy proving to them that you are interfering in their life and destroy their plans with the best of motives.

Name Numerology

Six in the name numerology – Minor Expression Number, Heart’s Desire Number and …

Angel Number

Click here for more information about Angel Number 6 from informationseries.com

Six

What is the meaning of angel number “6”?

Pay attention to the numbers that make up the angel number!

Angel numbers are often composed of various numbers. For example, if it is “222”, it can be said that it is composed of the number “2”, and it can be divided into “22” and “2”. It is also possible to add all the numbers of “222” and read from the number of “6” like “2 + 2 + 2 = 6”.

However, since the number “6” is composed of one number, it is not possible to divide it and read the meaning of those numbers, or to read the number calculated by adding them. Therefore, in the case of angel number 6, it is necessary to read from one number “6”.

“6” means “stability in life”

The angel number “6” is a number that stands for stability, harmony, and peace. Therefore, there will be various events in life, but these also mean the power to solve problems by making well-balanced decisions. That’s why the angels tell you that you can always live a stable life.

If you often see the number “6” and …

Animal Spirit Guide or Animal Spirit Helper

Spell for Today – Strengthen Your Psychic Shield

 

The night before the Full Moon, find a place where your altar will not be disturbed for 24 hours. Put the cauldron in the center with a red candle on the right side, black candle of the left side, and white candle in the back; but do not light them yet.

Sprinkle a mixture of equal parts of elder blossoms, marjoram, mint and rue in an unbroken circle around the cauldron. Into a tiny vial, measure equal drops of clove, frankincense, jasmine, and lavender. Set the sealed bottle in the cauldron and leave until the night of the Full Moon.

On Full Moon night, take a cleansing bathe and robe yourself in white. Carry a good protective or purification incense through every room in the house. Make certain that the smoke drifts into closets.

Return to the altar and light the candles. Take up the dagger or sword. Face the East and raise the sword in salute. To salute in this manner, simply hold the sword point upward in front of you. Say:

By the power of the rising sun, all evil in my life is done.
Turn to the South, salute, say:
By the power of darkening night, my shield is strong, my armor tight.
Turn to the North, salute, say:
By Full Moon in blackening sky, I am not alone. My help is nigh.
The Goddess’s hands around me stay, To keep me safe by night and day.
Begone, foul spirits, unbidden here. I send you back, I do not fear.
For I have won. I am set free. You have no further power over me.

Face the altar and take up the vial of oil. Put a drop of oil on your finger and anoint your forehead, heart, solar plexus, wrists and ankles. As you do this, visualize a shining blue suit of armor slowly descending over your body until you are entirely protected. Cap the bottle and store in a safe place.

 

Thank the Powers for their help and extinguish the candles.
Apply the oil and repeat the chants whenever you feel the armor is slipping.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Words are

Astral Plane

and

Astral Projection

From moonlitpriestess.com

Realm believed to be beyond space and time; considered by some as an alternative dimension running alongside the physical realm we currently inhabit where beings (including ourselves) can travel and interact in spirit or astrally; sometimes visited to perform magick that can affect change on the physical plane.

AND

Also called astral traveling; the art of “leaving one’s body” while in a trance state to visit other locations or realms astrally, or “in spirit.” Traveling into the astral plane, generally understood as a parallel world unseen in our world of form. Studies have shown an individual successfully astral projecting can be seen and heard by a non-projecting individual on this plane, giving credit to this ability.

July 7 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1520 Battle of Otumba, Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

1937 Japanese and Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War

1947 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident

2005 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700

2005 Influenced by global Live 8 concerts, G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010

Today’s Historical Events

1124 Tyrus surrenders to Crusaders

1438 King Charles VII issues the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges stating that a General Church Council with superior power to the Pope must be held every 10 years

1456 A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death

1495 King Ferdinand II returns to Naples

1498 Emperor Maximilian I establishes choir of Imperial Chapel

1520 Battle of Otumba, Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

1534 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick

1543 French troops invade Luxembourg

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1936 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)

1939 “The Rules of the Game”, French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris

1949 “Dragnet” premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967

1956 “Hancock’s Half Hour” premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

1975 TV soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” premieres

1977 “The Spy Who Loved Me”, 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

1980 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe

1980 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1949 “Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)” opens at Broadway NYC for 76 performances

1956 Douglas Moore/John Latouche’ opera “Ballad of Baby Doe,” premieres

1965 Otis Redding records “Respect”

1967 Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” is released

1967 Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1

1968 Rock group “Yardbirds” disband

1986 It is reported that Boy George is being treated for heroin addiction

1988 Hungarian state funeral for composer Béla Bartók in Budapest, 42 years after his death with his remains relocated from New York

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1868 Surrey wicket-keeper Ted Pooley completes a then-1st class cricket record 12 dismissals (8 caught, 4 stumped) in a County match against Sussex at The Oval

1887 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 3-time runner-up Herbert Lawford wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ernest Renshaw 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

1890 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Irishman Willoughby Hamilton wins his only Wimbledon title beating 7-time champion William Renshaw 6-8, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

1892 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard for a 4th time in a Wimbledon final 6-1, 6-1

1900 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans

1911 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers becomes first player not to concede a game in a final beating Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

1914 Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers future baseball legend Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A’s); refuses pleading lack of finance

Hexing the Enemies of Women and Peace

Some women shirk from fighting back. Too many years have passed since the heroic age of the seventies, when everything new started. We used to have self-defense classes, repair our own cars classes, women’s studies about who we are as women and what have women done in Herstory that we are not aware of. Gathering our treasures and our tears.

Still we live in male centered societies. Males often rule by violence and rape, and the everlasting wars. Not by law. Too many rapists have gone free, too many murderers as well. White-collar thieves live long and hardly ever fall into the hands of justice.

But something has happened here in the San Francisco Bay Area that tripped the “that’s enough!” wires for me as a witch. A lesbian was viciously gang raped by four men. Then they kidnapped her, and continued their assault for another 45 minutes. She was brutally beaten to within an inch of her life for being a woman, for being a lesbian. Then, they stole her car and left her naked in the chilled winter winds and pounding rains, daring her to survive.

She did.

I have not hexed anybody since the Trailside Killer (still in jail) in the 80’s, but something turned inside me when the crime came this close to my life. I’m much older now at 68 and somewhat incapacitated with artificial hips. I gathered enough courage to call to arms all those women who considered holding a hexing circle in defense of our lives a worthwhile effort.

13 women answered the call. It was a magical number. I went ahead.

As always we document all hexes, so there could be NO doubt we are not calling on the devil.

I contemplated the situation and carefully chose the Lady of Guadalupe as our Queen of all Americas to be the center. I asked a friend to get me some large banners of the Lady. She sent us two large banners, glorious in her appearance, the Lady in her full queenly glory. Thank you, Karen!

Next I gathered the all-important occult supplies. Yes you can cast successful spells without anything, just praying but when you are up against a rape culture, violence of this hate crime magnitude, it’s good to have some mandrake root with you, and other secret baneful herbs to burn in your cauldron.

I represented the lives of the rapists with red thread, and over the smoking cauldron, praying to the Queen, I cut their luck into many small pieces. The only man who came to our hex, Lez, helped to put them all into the burning cauldron of change. This was important. Men must stop rape. Men must come over to the women’s side and fight for us.

Rarely ever happens.

To the Queen who we invoked as grandmother (her old name used to be Tonatzin) , we asked her to help us and to bring these men, and ALL rapists down with Unluck. We cut their luck into tiny little pieces, their luck now gone.

Next I hexed them so nobody would hide them. Hexed them that their own family would give them up. Hexed them that they would turn on each other. Hexed them that the youngest one would talk.

Video of parts of this hexing ritual are on my DU website: http://wicca.zbudapest.com and on my blog: http://blog.zbudapest.com

Then we went home. I lie down on my couch and let the new year arrive. Thought it would be a little while that this spins out its necessary wheels.

By Wednesday, the news was on the front pages of the SF Chronicle. Three of the men were arrested. The younger one’s family gave him up! And then he talked as the hex had requested. They arrested two more and by Thursday the fourth criminal turned himself in. Blessed be Tonantzin!

Sisters of the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number One participated with us globally in this incredible fast Justice. In Orange County in Southern California, and elsewhere, the women gathered to support this hex. All could see the success of their labors. Enough is enough!

On the same day the arrests began here, a serial rapist was caught in Columbus, Ohio … No luck for rapists! Justicia rules! So now I have allowed myself a little victory toe-dance. Yeahh!

What I hoped would result from this experience is a nation wide hex on ALL rapists and similar gender initiated violence. This would take place annually, on the dark moon at the end of every year.

But the real change can only come from a change of consciousness. A mind change that would see women differently. Not as meat, not as holes, or whores, but as sisters and mothers and citizens with rights.

Male gods’ religion didn’t help at all. Thousands of years and the societies are still not civilized. The male gods remain the Lords. They have holy books full of violence and trashing of women. Switching back to Goddess culture and appreciation of life is what would help see women in the loving light.

After all we are the doors of life. We birthed everybody.

Where is the gratitude? Why the rage against us?

I hope that women ‘grow a pair’ and learn not to be fear driven, to stand up for themselves and each other. Learn SISTERHOOD again!

Maybe it’s time that the ‘Take Back the Night Marches’ that I started back in the 70’s, becomes an annual hexing ritual done by sisters and brothers alike. A hex on all enemies of women and peace. Maybe that will make the difference! It has to begin somewhere!

From zbudapest.com

Popping Pills and Magical Practice

Popping Pills and Magical Practice

Author: Deborah
Since writing my latest article for WitchVox on Magically Cleansing Your Home, I’ve been getting the same question over and over:

Do you think that taking medication affects your magical practice?

My short answer would be: No.

For those of you interested in a discussion, I will share my thoughts with you here. Firstly, I’d like to say that I really dislike it when people are made to feel like they need to engage in secrecy and shame. If that happens, something has really gone wrong in my opinion. The fact that apparently a lot of Pagans/Magical Practitioners feel that they can’t talk about taking prescription medication — and need to hide the reality that they do take medications from the community — makes me really sad. Taking care of your health and taking advantage of modern medicine shouldn’t be something you have to feel shame about in spiritual circles.

So let’s start kicking down some walls and lay it all out there. I have depression, anxiety, anemia and fibromyalgia. I currently take the following medications to make it so that I am a productive member of society: Prozac, Xanax, Remeron, Savella, Celebrex, Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin and Birth Control. In the past, I have: gone to therapy and tried Kava and St. John’s Wort to help.

The therapy helped immensely, the Kava and St. John’s Wort significantly less so. In addition to my medication I use yoga, stress management techniques, japa/self guided meditation, massage, journaling and talking to loved ones to manage my conditions. I see my doctor regularly. She is very tight fisted with all the “fun” meds and I don’t think I could get a Vicodin out of her if it meant she could retire on an island of her own. But at the same time, she treats my conditions very aggressively.

Even with good coping mechanisms, good medication and a good support structure, I still have days where I’m anxious and can’t sleep and I occasionally have days when I am depressed for no reason. Sometimes my fibromyalgia causes me so much fatigue and pain still that I can’t get out of bed.

Even with taking medication, I still feel the normal human range of emotions and generally only feel sad or stressed when I’m “supposed to”. I’ve worked since I was fourteen. I pay my taxes. I write; I ran a convention. I go out and have fun doing all the things early thirty-somethings like to do. I have loving relationships and I own a car and a condo. My medication makes it so that instead of being too depressed to be motivated, or paralyzed with inexplicable fear and anxiousness, or too bedridden with pain and fatigue, I can lead a fairly “normal” life.

Which is the reason I get confused about why shame needs to be implemented if people choose to take advantage of first world medical care in order to lead functional lives. Are there people who abuse prescriptions? Um, yeah. They’re addicts like the people who are alcoholics and drug abusers. Is that the majority of people who take meds? No.

There’s this idea that really bugs me that there are all these people who take medication they don’t really need and this medication magically takes away all of their problems so they don’t need to deal with them. Last I knew, you needed to take like a fistful of Xanax or are shooting H to get that effect. Which . . .see: addict.

Medication (and therapy) helps get you to the point where you’re not in a full-blown chemical freak-out so you can effectively solve your problems and live your life. If you can do that for yourself without meds, awesome! You have an incredible immune system and brain chemistry. If you can do that solely with homeopathic methods, great! There’s nothing wrong with homeopathy if it works for you.

If you feel taking meds makes you a lesser person somehow then that’s your business and you certainly have a right to your feelings. But I start to get really touchy when someone who thinks that taking meds makes him/her a lesser person insists that I should think that too. I get even more touchy when you start to try to tell me what to do with my body because I have a real problem with that. Agency over my body goes way beyond whether or not I decide to have an abortion; it’s also about having the right to make the decisions I make regarding my health care.

And this junk that some people in our community put on others — about how taking prescription medication is selling out, supporting corporate evil and bringing our community down and how you don’t “believe” in the pharmaceutical industry so neither should anyone else, along with the hype that positive energy/crystals/herbs/alternative therapies would work for everyone regardless of their brain chemistry and body systems and personal desires — is just that: junk.

Because honestly? Unless you’re completely off the grid (and then would not be reading this on the internet) , we all have to make compromises every day with big business. Do I like that? No. Am I willing to compromise my issues with big business in order to be a reasonably functioning human? Yes. Am I saying you have to make that compromise? No. Am I saying you need to leave me alone and make my own big girl decisions about that compromise and why I don’t use crystals for healing? Yes.

With all that out of the way, let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the question asked. While I haven’t been completely unmedicated in roughly ten years, there are occasions when I have a little time in between prescriptions due to various reasons (mostly due to the length of time it takes for my prescriptions to arrive to me via mail) . It is during these times when I am in a quasi-unmedicated state — and/or if my fibro-flare is that impressive that it punches past my meds — that I feel able to give my own take on whether or not my medications have affected my magical practice.

When I was unmedicated/quasi-unmedicated, it was significantly easier for me to be in touch intuitively. What that means to me is that Tarot reading was easier to “pull”, getting random psychic impulses and having an easier time seeing what’s going on with what I call The Tapestry. The Tapestry refers to everything that’s happened in the past, everything that’s happening right now, everything that will happen and everything that never happened. To me it looks like a huge tapestry constantly weaving and unweaving itself in bits and pieces. Typically I could see about like one billionth of the whole tapestry, and it was mostly my little corner of the world.

However. And this is a big however, my magic has significantly improved since medicating. My spells are much more effectively, I now have the focus to have a personal practice (which I didn’t previously) and my rituals are more effective and meaningful.

So while yes, my general fuzzy random psychic ability was better unmedicated, having the ability to cast better and have a better personal practice to me far outweighed my unmedicated abilities. My unmedicated abilities were more “traditional” psychic aspects.

The ability to get the perfect condo through my targeted magic work far outweighed the benefit of being able to say, “Gordon! I think something is going to happen to you on Wedne- Thursd- No, definitely Wednesday. No idea what though. Cheers!” So for me, being more functional in my daily life and being more effective in my targeted magical practice far outweighed being unmedicated.

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A Thought for Today

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July 6, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Libra.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Do what you can to keep the peace at home today because harmony where you live is important for your own happiness. Anger serves no purpose other than to make everyone miserable. (But you know this.) Be accommodating to others because today the Moon is opposite your sign.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Be patient talking to siblings, relatives and daily contacts today because this is the kind of day where tempers will flare because people are ready to clash. Naturally, this doesn’t have to happen. Remember that patience is the antidote to anger. (And definitely more classy.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Money squabbles might occur today. They could be about anything. The cost of a social event, money spent on kids, a romantic gift (or the lack of it), a dispute about earnings or something that you own. A wide variety of things will test your patience today. As the wordsmith of the zodiac, you can cleverly avoid these.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Tread carefully because arguments with parents, bosses and the police might take place today. Tension at home, especially with a female relative, is likely. This means someone is unhappy. Unhappy people tend to look for reasons to vent.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your day will be happier today if you are patient with relatives, siblings and daily contacts. Don’t take the bait if someone tries to convince everyone about their ideas or beliefs. Let them go their way. You can go yours. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Money squabbles are possible today. Or you might have a dispute about shared responsibilities or who owns what. Quarrels about shared property or how to use designated funding might also arise. Yes, this is a prickly day so don’t get your belly in a rash.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

With the Moon in your sign today, you might be a bit more emotional than usual. Therefore, do what you can to keep the peace with partners, parents and bosses because people are almost itching for an argument today. You don’t need this.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Be smart and steer clear of controversial subjects like politics, religion and racial issues, to name a few, because arguments will quickly arise. People will be quick to exaggerate or take opposition to whatever you say. Let’s face it, you can’t win.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Whether you are involved in a social outing, a fun lunch or a sports event, be smart and zip your lip if tempers begin to flare. Why get involved? Remember the objective of any get-together is to have a good time. And that’s what you like because you work hard and party hard!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today the Moon is at the top of your chart and the Sun is directly opposite you, which means they are at odds with each other. This can also mean you’ll find yourself at odds with bosses, parents and the police as well as partners and close friends. Run for cover!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You are a sign who wants to make the world a better place. This is why many of you are involved in recycling, unions and movements that fight for the underdog. Avoid tension dealing with issues with other people today, especially issues that are work-related. You won’t win.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Financial matters might come to a head today, especially if they relate to vacations, the entertainment world, children or sports because people have strong ideas today and very likely, they won’t agree. Just watch from the sidelines. Stay out of the fray.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Nobel Prize laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1935) shares your birthday today. You are strong and passionate, which is why you fervently stand by your beliefs. You are self-disciplined, tenacious, persevering and confident. This year is the beginning of the fresh, nine-year cycle for you. Be courageous and ready to explore new directions and open new doors!