Witches and Wiccans: A New Take on the Great Debate

Author Taryn Anu

Wicca and Witchcraft are by nature surrounded by myths and misconceptions, and though we often try to clear up such misconceptions, there are some issues upon which even we in the pagan community cannot agree. “The Great Debate, ” as those like myself jokingly call it, is one such matter that is at a stand still. In The Wicca Handbook by Eileen Holland, published in 2000, she states, “All Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccan.” This statement is based on the assumption that all Wiccans must practice witchcraft in their worship, but that witchcraft can be practiced without the moral code or spiritual purpose of Wicca.

However, in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft Third Edition, published in 2006, writers Denise Zimmermann and Katherine A. Gleason, along with reviser Miria Liguana, state that “Not all Wiccans are witches, and not all witches are Wiccans, but a lot of them are.”

Instantly there is a giant rift formed between subscribers to either idea. At first glance, one could easily say that it must be a matter of opinion. I would say that is untrue, though to prove my point entails a little bit of research.

First, we will begin by addressing the simplest issues. What is Wicca? What is a witch? According to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, a witch is someone who uses magic in everyday life, and Wicca is an earth based religion that honors both the God and the Goddess. Of course, these definitions can be expanded upon, but to do so would mean going further down the path of exploration, which makes identifying their differences more difficult as paths diverge and converge. So, we’re just going to stick with the barest forms of each. In other words, what makes you either a witch or not, a Wiccan or not.

Next, let’s take a look at what practicing Wicca entails. Some say that by engaging in Wiccan ritual you are practicing magic and therefore by default must also be a witch. However, ceremony is not witchcraft. Most, if not all, religions hold firmly to some type of ceremony. This does not translate to witchcraft or spell craft. So what separates ritual from witchcraft? In order to better understand exactly what Wiccans use in everyday practice, we must delve further in its basic examination.

Let’s examine what ritual is in its most basic form. Wiccans rely heavily on the use of rituals in their daily lives and worship. “Ritual”, by definition from The American Heritage Dictionary is: 1. The prescribed form of a ceremony, 2. A system of ceremonies or rites, 3. A ceremonial act or a series of such acts, 4. A customary or regular procedure. Nowhere in this definition of there mention of witchcraft or spell craft. In fact, there is not mention of anything remotely linked to witches at all.

Now, the definition from the same dictionary for witchcraft is magic and sorcery, and we have established from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft that a witch is someone who uses magic in everyday life. So, in their more basic definitions we have already found that witchcraft and ritual are different.

Let us take a look at Wicca. The great debate revolves around Wiccans by default practicing witchcraft. So, in order for us to get a clear view of the issue, we must look at the cornerstone of all Wicca, the Rede. Of course, varying traditions and paths of Wicca have evolved to be more extensive than the Rede. However, it remains the indisputable separator of Wicca from other pagan paths, and in order to follow Wicca in any of its eclectic forms, one must subscribe to the Rede’s laws. Looking closely at the Rede, we find beautiful poetry mixed with wise words as in verse two, “Live an’ let live / fairly take an’ fairly give, ” that not only give us advice but also offer simple instruction on practicing as a Wiccan. Never take without giving back, and take only what you need. Live and let all other life live.

There also seems to be other more extensive verses on how to practice Wicca, examples being verse six through thirteen. In verse twenty-three the Threefold Law is spoken of, akin to Karma, and in verse three one is instructed to cast a circle three times to keep evil out. The only verse that could even remotely be labeled as magic is three, but as we’ve established, that does not necessarily mean magic is involved. Casting a circle is simply a ritual in which magic can be included. The Rede also states that to bind a spell one must speak it in rhyme, but I believe this is to advise Wiccans on spell casting should they choose to use this type of magick in their work.

Finally, I’ve demonstrated that nowhere in the practice of Wicca is there a mandate that magic must be used, but before we can completely solve this debate, we must examine what is magic. Again, let us look at the definition of the word. Using The American Heritage Dictionary we learn that magic is the art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural through the use of charms, spells, or rituals. Immediately, one could claim that said invocations using ritual constitutes magic, but as I stated before, many religions use ritual in their practice. That fact combined with the definition of ritual boiling down to a ceremony or series of ceremonies shows conclusively that just because magic is used in ritual doesn’t mean that a ritual must be exclusively magic.

At last, we can apply our gathered logic to our original issue. I have proven that (using the law that to be Wiccan in its simplest form means one must follow the Wiccan Rede) Wiccans must perform some type of ritual in their worship. I have also proven that witchcraft is the active practice of magic, which can be explained spiritually as the manipulation of energy or by definition as the purported control on forces through charms, spells, or ritual. However, going back to the basic definition of a ritual demonstrates how ritual does not have to include the practice of magic. In fact, most consider ritual to be more of a celebration of your spiritual path rather than manipulating energies. (Stay with me!) Applying the same logic to Wicca shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that to be Wiccan means engaging in some sort of ritual but not necessarily magic.

There are those who will claim that the origins and meanings of the words “Wicca” and “witch” change everything I have just presented. At this point, though, I don’t think the words’ origins matter. We are not talking about the practicing differences or similarities of our predecessor witches and Wiccans. The meanings of words change over time, so it is the modern context with which we should be concerned. I know much of following any pagan path is remembering and holding true to its roots, but I firmly believe in the evolution of religion. Not to mention that Wicca is not even an ancient religion at all, no matter where its roots come from (but that is another article for another time) .

The Goddess has had many names and faces over the centuries, after all. Too often do we cling to the past because we are afraid of the future. So what if Wicca and witchcraft were once one and the same? So what if they have evolved into two different practices? So what if Wicca is a modern, fairly young religion with really no ancient roots and often categorized as New Age?

So what?

We need to accept that our religions, our words, and their meanings are constantly changing. Why fight to stubbornly stay constant when all one has to do is experience the Wheel of the Year or look back at the history of nature to see that the world and everything in it is far from unchanging? Wicca is about spirituality and a journey along the path. Whether you perform magick in the sense of witchcraft or simply religious rituals to celebrate your spirituality, the journey is yours all the same. We should embrace all the things that make what we each do unique, rather than fighting to lump them all together.

So celebrate yourself if you are a Witch and a Wiccan, and celebrate yourself if you’re simply a Witch, and celebrate yourself if you sorely practice Wicca! Celebrate just because you’re on that journey, and revel in all the similarities and differences we share!

A Laugh for Today

 

23 January 2023 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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

23 January 2023
06:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:03 Aquarius 27
Moon:00 Pisces 15
Mercury:09 Capricorn 47
Venus:25 Aquarius 49
Mars:08 Gemini 51
Jupiter:04 Aries 34
Saturn:24 Aquarius 53
Uranus:14 Taurus 56
Neptune:23 Pisces 22
Pluto:28 Capricorn 24

True Lunar Node:09 Taurus 10 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:09 Taurus 00 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Leo 42

Chiron:12 Aries 23
Ceres:06 Libra 32
Pallas:13 Cancer 36 Rx
Juno:04 Aries 59
Vesta:23 Pisces 20

Eris:23 Aries 56

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

Southern Hemisphere

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

23 January 2023
01:00 pm GMT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:03 Aquarius 15
Moon:27 Aquarius 07
Mercury:09 Capricorn 40
Venus:25 Aquarius 34
Mars:08 Gemini 50
Jupiter:04 Aries 32
Saturn:24 Aquarius 52
Uranus:14 Taurus 56
Neptune:23 Pisces 21
Pluto:28 Capricorn 23

True Lunar Node:09 Taurus 12 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:09 Taurus 01 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Leo 41

Chiron:12 Aries 22
Ceres:06 Libra 31
Pallas:13 Cancer 39 Rx
Juno:04 Aries 53
Vesta:23 Pisces 14

Eris:23 Aries 56

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

Southwestern Hemisphere

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

23 January 2023
04:00 am GMT 3:00 PM CET
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:02 Aquarius 52
Moon:21 Aquarius 25
Mercury:09 Capricorn 27
Venus:25 Aquarius 05
Mars:08 Gemini 47
Jupiter:04 Aries 28
Saturn:24 Aquarius 49
Uranus:14 Taurus 56
Neptune:23 Pisces 21
Pluto:28 Capricorn 23

True Lunar Node:09 Taurus 16 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:09 Taurus 02 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Leo 38

Chiron:12 Aries 22
Ceres:06 Libra 30
Pallas:13 Cancer 45 Rx
Juno:04 Aries 42
Vesta:23 Pisces 05

Eris:23 Aries 56

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

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Monday

Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood

Herb: Moonwart

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent. Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.

Magickal Applications for Mondays

Monday is named after the moon. The Latin term for Monday is Dies Lunae (“moon’s day”); in the Old English language, this day was Monandaeg; in Greek, it was Hermera Selenes. All of these different names and languages translate to the same thing: the “day of the moon.”

Working with the different phases of the moon is an important skill that takes a bit of time for Witches to learn. So why not cut to the chase and experiment with the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon in all of its magickal energies and aspects?

Magickally, Monday encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, women’s mysteries, and fertility.

Source

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

 

A Thought for Today

Dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may the Great Mother and Great Father, Lord and Lady, bless you and your family with all things positive!

Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2023 – The Year of the Water Rabbit

How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

(This includes the Chinese characters if you want to write it somewhere. You can copy and paste the characters from here. I have alternated the colors so each character stands out.)

新 Xīn 年 nián 快 kuài 乐 lè!

Click here for more information about the Chinese YEAR OF THE RABBIT from chinesenewyear.net

(I came across this website with a lot of information about the Chinese New Year please click on the link above if you want to read more about this than the couple of paragraphs I have copied and pasted.)

It covers the topics of:

FOOD

DRINKS

DESSERTS

SNACKS

CLOTHES

DECORATIONS

MYTHS

GALA

RED POCKETS

LANTERN FESTIVAL

Chinese New Year 2023 Dates

(I would have gotten this information up sooner if I had realized that celebrations begin 8 days before the actual New Year’s date.)

8 DAYS JAN 14TH–21ST

Little Year

Preparations for the new year begin on January 14th, 2023, and last until New Years Eve.

11 DAYS JANUARY 22ND–FEB 1ST 

Spring Festival

Chinese New Year officially begins on January 22nd, 2023, and ends on February 1st.

4 DAYS FEB 2ND–5TH

Lantern Festival

Preparations begin the 2nd, and the Lantern Festival is held on February 5th.

Mixing Traditions: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Author: ShadowNight

Have you ever noticed how humanity loves to label and categorise things? From bugs to the way we dress, all things have a label and a category they fit nice and neatly into, or so we would like to believe (wouldn’t it make life so much simpler?) . What is unfortunate and fortunate all at the same time is that nothing ever really fits perfectly into one given category. This makes things a little messier when you are trying to catalogue all the different types of fashion there are in the world, but also gives the world an endless and beautiful variety. The same happens with Paganism.

So we have this big ‘umbrella’ term ‘PAGANISM’ but can anyone truly describe in one sentence what Paganism really is? I bet you’re all saying no at the screen right now. This is because Paganism isn’t so much one big religious/spiritual belief as it is a culmination of many several different beliefs from all walks of life with a few general basics in common.

For example many, but not all, Pagan paths include the following: Witchcraft, working with the seasons, celebrating the Sabbats, viewing the divine as a God and Goddess Who also grow and change with the seasons, and having respect for nature; this is just to name a few. Without these fundamental bonds, there would be no such thing as Paganism. There would be a myriad of different religions, all different from the next.

I’m sure many of you who haven’t had a particular calling from the beginning of your journey, or followed a family tradition, have been troubled with the question of “Which Path do I choose to follow?” This happens all the time.

We have Joe Bloggs to the left of us going “I’m This Path and it’s awesome. I can read runes and we go into the woods to camp, drinking mead and swapping stories all night! Join us!” Then on your right is Sally Smith saying “I’m That Path; we’re all about empowering women and communing with the Goddess. Join us!” And now you’re stuck in the middle thinking, “Argh, but I like the sound of both of those!!” Well don’t despair, because in Paganism you can have your cake and eat it too!

The problem with the term ‘Path’ is that we imagine when we hear or read the word, one straight road that is rather monotone all the way, bushes to the left, bushes to the right and a dirt track in the centre. This is how I used to see it anyway. This is not the way it is supposed to be viewed at all! Your Pagan Path should be how YOU want it… with a rainbow to the left, Munchkins to the right and a yellow brick road to walk on if that’s how you really want it. Your Pagan Path should be a reflection of you and of what you hold dear and true to your heart. Your heart has no limits, so why should your Path?

It is healthy and, in my Coven encouraged, to not follow just one set of beliefs (unless of course this is what you find comfortable and works for you) . It can be so hard, even with how many different belief systems there are out there, to find one single system that completely works for you. I always find that you can fulfill your potential more if you branch out and find your own way of working that fits you.

I, myself, started with Heathenism. I put a lot of energy and time into learning all the Heathen ways, but I couldn’t follow it to the letter and traditionalist Heathens would have hated to work with me. After a while I thought I was ‘going off’ Heathenism as I became fascinated with the Celtic, particularly Merlin and the Morrigan.

However, it wasn’t that my Heathenism was just a phase; it was that there were areas that I needed fulfillment in that Heathenism alone couldn’t give me. So I mixed the two together.
Now, depending on your views you might be thinking “you can’t just mishmash things together how can all the Gods and Goddesses be real. You either must believe in one set of Gods and Goddesses or another.”

While as in some people’s views this may be true, in mine, it is not. I believe in what I like to call ‘The Diamond Theory’, in the way the books by Christopher Penczak describe it. If you think of one divine being or energy (conscious, primordial, unconscious, universal however you view it) in the shape of a giant diamond, the top half of the diamond is the masculine traits, the bottom half is the feminine traits and then each facet is an aspect of the masculine or feminine trait depending on which half of the diamond it is on.

Okay, so to break it down, let us use the Greek Pantheon as an example. Start with one divine in the shape of a diamond. Now the top half is all of the Gods and the bottom half is all of the Goddesses. In the top half, you will have facets to represent the war-like aspect (Aries) , the ruler aspect (Zeus) , the party-fun-loving aspect (Dionysus) and so on. In the bottom half, you will have facets representing the queen-like aspect (Hera) , the wise aspect (Athena) , the crone aspect (Hecate) and so on. Using this Diamond Theory, you can follow whichever gods call your fancy, whether they are in different pantheons or not.

This theory also opens the doorway to even broader thinking about the energy systems of the universe. For example, can there be a ‘Heaven’ and ‘’Reincarnation? Well why not? I believe that our souls/spirits are born into physicality, die, then after a while, come back again. Then again and again we return until we have learnt all we can from the physical realms, after which, we ascend into what we could call Heaven. I believe that the universe was created by divine will, yet I also believe in the Big Bang theory. This approach works for me because I see the divine as energy, flowing through all things and not as a bearded man on his lofty perch.

You will often find that many symbols, creation myths, systems, Gods and Goddesses from various Pagan religions are all extremely similar, if not the same, with different visual descriptions. As I said at the beginning, all the basics are generally the same in the various paths, which brings in this beautiful opportunity to mix and match without causing much conflict.

So before you start worrying “What path should I take?” I already have the answer for you. Your own! Tweak it. Mold it. Shape it as you see fit. It is no one else’s but your own! Always remember, nothing fits perfectly into any label or category.

[P.S. I would like to state that the examples of ‘This Path’ and ‘That Path’ I used above were purely stereotypical and I do not see these values to be solid truths in any religions.]

January 22, 2023 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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 

Northwestern Hemisphere

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

January 22, 2023
11:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM PST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:02 Aquarius 39
Moon:18 Aquarius 15
Mercury:09 Capricorn 21
Venus:24 Aquarius 50
Mars:08 Gemini 45
Jupiter:04 Aries 26
Saturn:24 Aquarius 48
Uranus:14 Taurus 56
Neptune:23 Pisces 21
Pluto:28 Capricorn 22

True Lunar Node:09 Taurus 19 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:09 Taurus 02 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Leo 37

Chiron:12 Aries 22
Ceres:06 Libra 29
Pallas:13 Cancer 48 Rx
Juno:04 Aries 36
Vesta:23 Pisces 00

Eris:23 Aries 56

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

Northern Hemisphere

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

January 22, 2023
09:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM CST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:02 Aquarius 34
Moon:16 Aquarius 58
Mercury:09 Capricorn 18
Venus:24 Aquarius 44
Mars:08 Gemini 45
Jupiter:04 Aries 25
Saturn:24 Aquarius 47
Uranus:14 Taurus 56 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 20
Pluto:28 Capricorn 22

True Lunar Node:09 Taurus 20 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:09 Taurus 03 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Leo 36

Chiron:12 Aries 21
Ceres:06 Libra 28
Pallas:13 Cancer 50 Rx
Juno:04 Aries 33
Vesta:22 Pisces 58

Eris:23 Aries 56

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

Northeastern Hemisphere

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

22 January 2023
05:00 pm GMT 6:00 PM CET
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:02 Aquarius 24
Moon:14 Aquarius 25
Mercury:09 Capricorn 13
Venus:24 Aquarius 31
Mars:08 Gemini 44
Jupiter:04 Aries 23
Saturn:24 Aquarius 46
Uranus:14 Taurus 56 Rx
Neptune:23 Pisces 20
Pluto:28 Capricorn 22

True Lunar Node:09 Taurus 21 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:09 Taurus 03 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Leo 35

Chiron:12 Aries 21
Ceres:06 Libra 27
Pallas:13 Cancer 52 Rx
Juno:04 Aries 29
Vesta:22 Pisces 53

Eris:23 Aries 56

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

January 22, 2023 Moon Goddess Current Phase

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

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Crescent Phase. Best seen in the west after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. This is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. 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 January 2023 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on January 22 has an illumination of 1%. 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 January 22 the Moon is 0.74 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.

Phase Details

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 1%
Moon Age: 0.74 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,541.36 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,238,179.62 km

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.

Useful Moon Resources

January 22 Divination Journal

Tarot Card

Today’s Tarot card reading comes from The Green Witch Tarot Deck and The Green Witch Tarot Companion by Ann Moura. With the art done by Kiri Ostergaard Leonard. Copyright 2015

 

Three of Pentacles – Minor Arcana

Meaning: Celebrity from skills, apprenticeship pays off, contacts, skills, artistic talent, powerful support, rewards, renown, business opportunity, possible pregnancy.

Prompt Words: Celebrity, work rewarded.

Elder Futhark Rune

From The Rune Site.

Inguz

Sound: “ng” as in “long”
Stands for: Fertility
Color: Brown (Black)
Casting meaning: This rune allows us to spread our energy out far and wide. It is a protective rune mainly for the protection of our homes. To use Inguz effectively we must learn to build up our powers over time and then release the power all at once.

Witches’ Rune

From summergoddess.wordpress.com

Harvest

The most positive stone of all, the Harvest Rune indicates the spirit of protection and good fortune.

This is a time when doorways open and obstacles are lifted. Expect an increase in all areas of your life.

Look for an opening which sets you on the right path, as well as all manner of fortunate events.

Now is the time when many of your cherished dreams will finally be realized.

The Harvest Rune promises gains and fulfillment

Look for guidance from the wise and learned

Ogham

From learnreligions.com 

Duir/Dair

D is for Duir, the Celtic tree of Oak. Like the mighty tree it represents, Duir is associated with strength, resilience and self-confidence. The Oak is strong and powerful, often dominating over its shorter neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. Some scholars say the word Duir translates to “door,” the root word of “Druid”. The Oak is connected with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune.

In many pre-Christian societies, the Oak was often associated with the leaders of the gods–Zeus, Thor, Jupiter, and so forth. The strength and masculinity of the Oak was honored through the worship of these gods.

During the Tudor and Elizabethan eras, Oak was valued for its strength and durability, and was commonly used in construction of homes. The bark became valuable in the tanning industry, and many areas of Scotland were deforested in the rush to harvest Oak.

I Ching

Numerology

 Thirty-Six

It is very creative, sometimes a genius. It is also self-conscious, inhibited, and aloof. In spite of the 3 as its first digit, it has difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings; makes up for it with visual art or math (statistics, engineering).

Angel Number

From AngelNumbers.com

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 Uni Guide

Fox

Fox symbolism and meaning include cleverness, independence, playfulness and mischievousness, beauty, protection, and good luck. Foxes inhabit every continent on Earth except Antarctica, so they appear in the mythologies and folklore of many cultures. In addition, the fox spirit animal is a special guides for those who feel a kinship with these beautiful creatures. In this post, you’ll learn about fox symbols and meanings, the fox spirit animal, fox mythology, and more.

Spell for Today – Sunday Pagan Worship

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Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day but I’m sure many pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and a lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory.

Sunday Pagan Worship

What you will need:
Your voice
Your body
1 bell (optional)

Find a quiet, private area, without distraction. Sit down in a comfortable position. Take a few, slow, deep breaths. Allow your body to become very relaxed. When you have done this, if you brought a bell, ring it seven times. Allow the last ring to resonate throughout your body. If you have something you want to say, to God or The Goddess, now would be a good time to do this. When you are finished, say this prayer or chant:

“I know there is a higher
being than me.
I am not alone.
You are with me,
Day and night.
You’ve rode the lows
And watched the heights.
If angels are real,
I’m sure to have a guardian.
I am so thankful
And so grateful for your hand.
You’ve blessed me.
You’ve fed me
You’ve quenched my thirst
And even dressed me.
A ‘man,
A ‘man,
And Blessed Be.”

When you are finished, ring the bell seven more times, to end the ceremony

 

–The Modern Day Spellbook: A Collection of Spells for the Modern Day Witch
R. Marten

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondences for Sunday

From apaganmess.com

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Colors: Amber, gold, yellow, orange
Keywords: Success, Energy, Creativity, Prosperity.

Being ruled by the Sun makes Sunday a particularly powerful and energetic day.

Perhaps the best type of spellwork to do on Sundays are those that are actually supporting and/or boosting the power of another working.

January 22, 2023 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be more positive than the past year! 

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JANUARY 22 birthday horoscope predicts that you are more serious than others. As you have a January 22 Aquarius birthday, you adapt to the situation at hand. As long as it is interesting, you are attentive. It is one your better qualities. You love to socialize and be able to share your experiences with others. You love being with people.

The charming January 22 birthday personality brings people to the table, and their originality keeps them there. They soon discover how smart you are but that you have a nonconformist attitude. You value your freedom and ideals.

To my surprise, Aquarians can be relentless and near-sighted in their reasoning. Your convictions can be intense, but you seem to develop a broad following for your forum. January 22 birthday personality make friends who will admire them, but typically, they are not interested in retaining most friendships.

The Aquarius love compatibility with other zodiac signs can become quite chaotic. You attract the glamorous type. You like people who are like you. Any attempt to alter your qualities will not end well. You have been known to show your dark side whether it is an outburst of anger or just plain old pouting when people mess with you.

Stop being so sensitive, Aquarius…please. Alas, Aquarians have a serious side to them that can without explanation turn into depression. It happens quite suddenly and almost without warning. January 22 horoscope warns you from getting upset without reason. Getting emotional is not acceptable at all.

You see, Aquarians with birthday January 22, take on many personality changes. With a huff and a puff, you can change your mind about something. Others are not as quick as you are and that makes you a little impatient with them.

Believing your way of thinking is ahead of time, you are often misunderstood. You tend to see the world in an objective light to find balance and understanding in it. It is how you approach all phases of your life.

As the Aquarius birthday claims, at first, the January 22 born will come across as a refined or a laid-back individual. Born under the Aquarius sun sign, you are unpredictable. You tire easily of the day-to-day routines.

Ranging from the way you dress to your professional career goals and personal life, you have to approach it differently. It is so easy for you to get bored with a situation. Your zodiac sign is impulsive as you hold many interests. You probably have a tough time trying to find a career that keeps its appeal.

When you come into your home, it is like taking refuge to what is neat, organized and beautiful. The Aquarian home environment is impressive and is as charming as you are.

If you can tell anything about a person from their homes, you would make a fantastic impression. When they visit, people find your home and family life to be as different as day and night compared to your workplace. The future of person who born on January 22 will be full of fun and happiness.

According to your January 22 horoscope, your natural talents are plentiful and so are the opportunities for successful careers. You love to travel. Maybe a career in tourism is better suited to you. You love nature. Perhaps a tour guide or flight attendant would give you temporary pleasure.

It is possible that a creative outlet will bring you the most fulfillment. Aquarians with January 22 zodiac are amazing. You aspire to be top in your field.

Summarizing, January 22 birthday horoscope shows that you are talented and usually enjoy the attention you get. You can find joy or beauty in everything. Your artistic nature develops your ability to see this.

Some people dislike the rain while you can see the beauty in the liquid sunshine. You set standards that are above the rest. With your stick-to-it-ness, you can complete the many goals you set for yourself usually resulting in good fortunes.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On January 22

Francis BaconBill BixbySam CookeGuy Fieri, Jazzy Jeff, Diane LaneSteve PerryU Thant

See: Famous Celebrities Born On January 22

This Day That Year – January 22 In History

1837 – Syria earthquake kills thousands.
1931 – The first Governor-General of Australia (Sir Isaac) is sworn in.
1945 – Burma highway reopens.
1956 – A train crash in Los Angeles and kills 30 people.

January 22 Kumbha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

January 22 Chinese Zodiac TIGER

January 22 Birthday Planet

Uranus is your ruling planet. It brings about innovation and changes on a large scale.

January 22 Birthday Symbols

The Water Bearer Is The Symbol Of The Aquarius Zodiac Sign

January 22 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Fool. This card symbolizes new beginnings, ventures, adventures, and journey.The Minor Arcana cards areFive of Swords and Knight of Swords.

January 22 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Aquarius: This is a very friendly and positive match.

You are not compatible with people born under ScorpioThis is a relationship between two people with entirely different thinking.

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January 22 Lucky Numbers

Number 4 – This number is known for its practicality, responsibility and organization skills.
Number 5 – This is a very innovative, original and resourceful number.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For January 22 Birthday

Silver: This color represents wealth, prestige, innocence, compassion and love.
Turquoise: This is a refreshing color that stands for calmness, peace, creativity, love, and spirituality.

Lucky Days For January 22 Birthdays

Saturday – Planet Saturn‘s day and symbolizes foundation for future projects.
Sunday – Planet Sun‘s day that symbolizes an inspiration for future creations.

January 22 Birthstone

Amethyst is said to be the gemstone of spirituality and transformation.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gift For People Born On January 22

An excellent GPS for the man and an evening gown for the lady. This January 22 birthday personality is very technology friendly.

January 22, 2023 Daily Horoscopes

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Moon Alert

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

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You might deepen a bond with someone older or even someone in a position of authority in a group to which you belong. Or perhaps this older, more experienced person will give you advice today? Someone will say or so something you don’t expect.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today you choose to present an attractive but conservative image to the world. You want respect. You want to look right. You certainly don’t want to be flamboyant. Because you have always valued quality, you will know how to strike the right balance. (A boss might surprise.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You might enjoy the study of history today or take a serious interest in the news. You will also enjoy serious discussions with people who are older or more experienced because you do want to understand more of the world and put things in context.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Someone might give you a practical gift today or do a favour for you that is helpful and meaningful. If you’re dealing with a bank or a financial institution, people will respect your request, as long as it is reasonable. Nevertheless, financial matters might surprise you. Stay tuned.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today it’s not easy to express your affection for others; nevertheless, the affection is still there. Saturn is lined up with Venus, which will temper your impulses to express yourself. Some of you might have to say goodbye to someone at this time. Today is definitely a time of sober reflection and quiet feelings.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today you will work with diligence, especially because you want to earn the favour of someone in authority. Coworkers might think you are a bit distant, but the truth is you don’t feel like indulging in your feelings in a public way. Your work routine will be interrupted.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Romantic relationships will be serious today. Nevertheless, affection will be there. Some of you might have to say goodbye to a loved one. Others might feel a bit lonesome or cut off from someone. A relationship that begins now will be long-lived and loyal. Parents: please watch your kids.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

A discussion with an older family member will be practical and sober today. Nevertheless, you might cover important ground and be happy with the results. You might also discuss issues that need to be addressed about home expenses or repairs.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

When relating to others today, you might be a bit reserved. Someone might think you are cool or standoffish. Actually, you do feel a bit removed, which makes you reluctant to express your feelings. Guard against accidents.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Financial decisions today will be conservative but reliable. You won’t take a chance because you want a sure thing. If shopping, you will look for ways to save money and will probably prefer buying practical, long-lasting items. Protect your money and possessions today. Be alert.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today fair Venus is lined up with Saturn in your sign, which makes you emotionally conservative and reserved. You will be restrained in expressing affection for others, even though you still feel this affection. You might also have to say goodbye to a loved one. Don’t do anything you regret later.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

It’s possible today that you feel a bit lonesome or cut off from others. There seems to be a gap you find difficult to bridge. Fortunately, this is a short-lived influence so don’t worry about it. Respect the advice of anyone older or more experienced than you because it will probably be practical and wise.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Diane Lane (1965) shares your birthday today. You are loving, caring and kind. You stand up for your beliefs. You like to participate in charitable activities. This is a fun-loving, playful year! Loosen up! Enjoy socializing with others because this year you have a great zest for life! Old friends may reappear once again.

January 16 through January 22 Astronomy Picture of the Day

These are the Astronomy Picture of the Day for the proceeding week. Just click on the hyperlink next to the date for the pictures you want to see.

2023 January 22: In Green Company: Aurora over Norway
2023 January 21: Naked-eye Comet ZTF
2023 January 20: Galaxy Wars: M81 and M82
2023 January 19: The Seagull Nebula
2023 January 18: MACS0647: Gravitational Lensing of the Early Universe by Webb
2023 January 17: Unexpected Clouds Toward the Andromeda Galaxy
2023 January 16: Moon Enhanced