February, the Second Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2017

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When ice melts on the hilly slopes,
The rivers will swell, and begin to grope,
Their winding journey to the sea,
Past open fields where winter’s been.

Past tall trees now bearing leaves,
Past soft grass of vivid green,
Over rocks where snow has been,
The watery convoy heads downstream.

Animals wake from winter sleep,
And from their beds they stiffly creep,
Into the golden springtime sun,
Once more to walk, once more to run.

The sky above, no longer grey,
The sun God sends his golden rays,
As winter retreats and disappears,
And in the woods, the Green Man cheers.

All that live upon this land,

Rejoice to see that winter’s hand,
Has been returned into the past,
For spring is here, again, at last.

—Pagan Ways
Alan Faraway

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FEBRUARY – SNOW MOON

February is the second month of the Gregorian calendar, and the year’s shortest month. Named after the Latin word “februum,” it means “purification.” This corresponds with the purification ritual of Februa on the Full Moon, originally the 15th in the ancient Roman calendar. February’s astrological sign is Aquarius, the water-bearer (January 20 – February 18), a fixed air sign ruled by Uranus. In February, Mother Earth begins to stir’ daylight lasts a little longer, and the first crocuses begin to peek through the snow. The major holiday of the month, Imbolc or Candlemas, celebrates the strengthening Sun. During this time do some late-winter or early-spring cleaning. Candles are lit and Yuletide greenery is burned in a ritual fire to illuminate the waning darkness of winter. Corn dollies, called Corn Maidens, are dressed in scraps of white lace and ribbons. The maiden is placed in a basket, called the Bride’s Bed, with a small ribbon-entwined wand representing the God. Romance is celebrated on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Magickal activities include love divination of all types, and, of course, treating your romantic partner to chocolates is a common custom. Long ago, February’s Full Moon was called the Snow Moon, and the month is still know for powerful snow storms. Native American names for February’s Full Moon include, the Wolf Moon, the Quickening Moon and the Wind Moon. Still nature begins to sense the turning of the year. House finches begin looking for nesting sites and in the still frozen woodland foxes begin searching for a mate.

February honors Aradia, Brigid and Juno Februa. It also features the Maiden Goddess and the consort as Your or Rogue.

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February Full Moon – Snow Moon/Quickening Moon

In February, the nights are cold and we begin to feel a bit of cabin fever. This month’s full moon is called the Quickening Moon – in some places, it’s referred to as the Ice Moon, for obvious reasons. In other places, it’s known as the Hunger Moon. It’s the time of year when our ancestors began to feel the bite of winter in their bellies, sitting by a dwindling fire in the long dark night, wondering if they had stockpiled enough bread or meat or grain to get them through until spring.

By now, most of us are tired of being cooped up in the house, and there’s a part of us that’s just longing for a bit of warmth. This is the season of Imbolc, the days when we know that if we can just hold on for a few more weeks, we might get lucky and see little green shoots peeking out through the snow and slush.

Correspondences for The Snow Moon/Quickening Moon

Colors: Purple and blue
Gemstones: Rose quartz, amethyst, jasper
Trees: Rowan, Myrtle
Gods: Brighid, Aphrodite, Juno, Mars
Herbs: Hyssop, sage, myrrh
Element: Fire

Quickening/Snow Moon Magic

This is a month when new life is beginning, but still lies dormant. Pregnant animals, due in the spring, begin to feel the quickening of their unborn young. The earth itself is quickening, as seeds and bulbs far beneath the soil begin their journey towards the light. We know these things are coming — and we know also that this is a good month to make plans for the future. We can dream and hope, and set goals for ourselves. Accept responsibility for mistakes you’ve made in the past, and move on. Magical workings this month should focus on personal achievements and advancement.

Try one or more of these for a bit of Quickening Moon magic this month:

Plant some seeds in a pot of warm soil, to represent not just the new life that is beginning in the earth, but also the things you hope to achieve this year. If you’re planning a magical herb or flower garden, select your seeds based on the needs of the coming seasons.

Perform a meditation to do a bit of self-evaluation. Do you need to rethink the baggage you’re carrying around? Maybe this is the year you make big changes? A bit of reflective meditation is a good way to gain focus not only on what you hope to achieve, but the path you’ll need to take to make things happen.

Do a winter full moon ritual, to to reflect on darkness of the season, and know that without it, there can be no light. Think about what brings darkness to your own life, and recognize that if you never faced the dark, you’d have far less appreciation for the light.

This is a season of hearth and home. If you’re someone who’s crafty, get hands-on with your magic. Develop your skills and hone your talents, and channel that creativity into magical purposes – knit a warm hat or scarf to wear for outdoor rituals, sew a new altar cloth, craft some jewelry that reflects your beliefs, or write a song or poem honoring the gods and goddesses of your tradition.

Thanks to its proximity to Imbolc, the Quickening Moon season is a time of magical energy related to the feminine aspect of the goddess, of new beginnings, and of fire. It’s a great time to focus on divination and increasing your own magical gifts and abilities. Take advantage of these concepts, and plan your workings accordingly.

—Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Calendar published on & owned by About.com

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The Pagan Book of Days for the Month of February

The name of this month comes from the Roman goddess Ferua, mother of Mars. Known also as Juno Februa and St. Febonia (from Febris, the fever of love), she is the patroness of the passion of love In the Northern Tradition, she is the Norse goddess Sjofn. Her orgiastic rites are celebrated on February 14th–stilll observed as St. Valentine’s Day–when, in Roman times, young men would draw billets naming their femal parters. The Irish name for February is Feabhra, and the Anglo-Saxon name for this month was Solmonath, “sun month,” noting the gradual return of the light after the darkness of midwinter. In the ancient Frankish and the modern Asatru calendars, February is Horning, from Horn, the turnof the year. In the American backwoods tradition, the full moon in February is called the SNow moon. February is the shortest month, according to lengend having had a day looted by the month of August. Originally it appears that the months were arranged alternately with thirty-two and thirty days. But at some point, this was altered and February was truncated, becoming two day shorter than the others, except in the bissextile or leap year.

The Celtic tree-calendar month of Luis, the towan, runs until 17 February. It is superseded on the 18th by Nuin, the ash tree. The ash is the linking axis between the worlds and its color is clear, like glass. It is sacred to Gwydion, who, as god wisdom parallels the Teutonic divinity Woden, otherwise called Odin. This is a time of clear vision into other worlds, expressed by festival of purification. On February 1 the celebration of the cross-quarter day or fire festival, Imbolc or Brigantia, a purificatory festival. It is followed on the wind by its Christian counterpart Candlemas, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Later in the month February 19 and February 21 are, respectively the Roman Parentalia and Feralia, likewise festivals of purification. The goddess-calendar month of Bridhe fill most of February, ending on the 19th. February 20 sees the beginning of the month of Moura. The birthstone of February is the amethyst:

If the February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If she the Amethyst will wear.

Country weather lore calls the month february fill-dyke, indicating a good deal of snow or rain to be expected:

February, fill the dyke,
Either with the black or white.
If it’s white, the better to like.
It is thought that a snowy month means that the spring will be fine.
When February give much snow,
A fine summer dost fore show.
A mild and sunny February is thought to be a bad omen, presaging a wet and stormy summer:
Of all the months in the year
Curse a fair Ferueer.

 

–The Pagan Book of Days, A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year
Nigel Pennick

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February’s Correspondences

NATURE SPIRITS: house faeries, both of home and plants in the home

HERBS: Balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard.

COLORS: light blue and violet

FLOWER: Primrose

SCENTS: wisteria, heliotrope

STONES: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal

TREES: rowan, laurel, cedar

ANIMALS: Otter and the Unicorn

BIRDS: Eagle and the chickadee

DEITIES: Brigit, Juno, Kuan Yin, Diana, Demeter,
Persephone, Aphrodite.

POWER/ADVICE: Energy is working towards the surface, purification,healing and growth. Accept and forgive yourself for past errors, time to learn to love yourself and to make future plans.

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Symbols for the Month of February

February’s Sign of the Zodiac
Aquarius (January 20 – February 21)
Pisces (February 21 – March 20)

February’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Luis – Rowan (January 21 – February 17)
Beth – Birch (December 24 – January 20)

February’s Runic Half Months
Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)
Sigel (February 12 – February 26)
Tyr (February 27 – March 13)

February’s Birthstones
Amethyst

February’s Birth Flower
Violet, Primrose

Ruling Planet
Uranus

 

February’s Folklore

 

“When the cat lies in the sun in February, she will creep behind the stove in March.”

“Of all the months of the year, curse a fair February.”

“If it thunders in February, it will frost in April.”

“If February gives much snow, a fine summer it doth foreshow!”

 

Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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Pagan Calendar of Events for February

2: Imbolc
2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere)
12: Death of Gerald Gardner in 1964
13 – 21: Roman Festival of Parentalia
14: Valentine’s Day
15: Lupercalia
17: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan ends
18: Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
21: Birthday of author Patricia Telesco
22: Full moon — Quickening Moon at 1:20 pm
22: Birthday of author Sybil Leek

—Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Calendar published on & owned by About.com

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Witchy Ways to Celebrate February

Decorate your home and altar with candles to welcome the return of the sun. Place a pot of bulbs in your home as your magical focus.

Make Brighid dolls from stems of straw; light a fire to welcome in the new.

Get out and about to search for signs of spring (wrap up warm, though).

This is a good time to find a wand, so hunt for the one that’s meant for you and spend time focusing on it and making it individual to you.

Organize your Book of Shadows to get ready for the start of the spring.

Cook with milk to celebrate the ewe’s milk of the season.

Use candle magic to spell for the stirrings of spring and any tiny flickers of ideas that grow.

–Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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Happiness Is A Cuppa

A cup of tea or coffee— so familiar to us all! Certainly people barely get a foot through my door without the kettle going on. So this seems the perfect place to start! How many times do you make a cup of tea or coffee during the day? It is such a basic, ingrained ritual in all our households that we see it only as part of daily life and pay it little or no heed at all. But is it actually a ritual? I really believe it is. It’s something that we do so often and probably something we do in the same way each time. How many conversations have taken place in your home, or someone else’s, over a steaming mug? How many problems have been bashed out and emotions soothed by a hot cuppa?

Since this is a ritual that we perform all the time, doesn’t it make sense to use it for some magical good? This is how to make a cuppa magically, with intent. And I have included a spell for happiness, as a cuppa rarely fails to bring a smile to my face. But you can make a brew for any purpose at all. Just change the happiness wording and the ingredients you use to something that is appropriate to you and your task.

Cuppa Spell for Happiness

So you make tea and coffee all the time, right? Of course! But this time, you will really focus on the ceremony of making it, and really use the brew for your magical benefit.

First, fuss a little. Start with a completely empty kettle. Fill it with clean, pure, cold water. As you do this, listen to the sound of the water filling the kettle. Hear the drops and splashes; feel the weight of the kettle increase. Put the kettle on to boil, and give thanks that you have the means by which to heat the water.

Select your very favorite mug or cup. Think about why it’s your favorite. You may want to have a special mug or cup that you only use for magical purposes. Warm the teapot, if you are using one, or the cup if you are not. Feel and see the warm water move around the surface.

There is a huge variety of teas, coffees, and brews available today. Some are bought; some are foraged. But they all have their own magical uses and benefits. Chamomile for calm and peace, raspberry leaf for pregnancy, lemon and mint for refreshing and cleansing— the list is virtually endless.

However, as this is a spell for happiness, you should use what makes you happy. If that’s the finest loose tea, great! Herbal tea? Excellent! Tea bags or instant coffee? Use them! No one is going to be happy drinking something wonderfully natural and herbal if they don’t like it and think it tastes like grass!

Now that your cup or mug and your beverage have been selected, it’s time to make your happiness brew. Make your tea, coffee, or infusion with intent. Focus on all the elements that go into it. See the boiling water and feel the heat of the steam. Smell the aroma drifting up to you on that cloud of steam. (Not too close mind; don’t burn yourself. That is not magical!) As you add any milk or sugar, imagine these elements combining with your drink, magically changing it into something you love and something that has been made to bring you happiness.

When you have made your drink, sit down! Try not to drift off to another task; bring your full focus to the cup in your hands. I can’t tell you how many half-drunk cups of cold tea I find around the house. I love tea. But I so often get distracted and rarely get the time to finish a cup. What makes this moment so magical is the time you take to enjoy the experience.

Now imagine a feeling of happiness and comfort. Imagine that your cup is filling up with that feeling— fuller and fuller, until it overflows with all the happiness that should be within you! When you have found that feeling and your cup is overflowing with happiness, say:

Flow through me now
I ask of thee.
Replace all sadness,
So mote it be!

Sip your drink. Connect with its taste and warmth. Visualize it flowing from the cup into your body. Let the warmth of the drink spread joy, comfort, and happiness through your whole body, connecting every pore. Drink all of your brew; be focused and thankful for the happiness it is giving to you. Enjoy and savor the most run-of-the-mill thing most of us do so many times a day without thinking. Know also that the brew you have made with such focus and care will imbue every fibre of you with joy and happiness— down to the last drop! It really does work. Magic!
Enjoy your cuppa.

—Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

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We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
–Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake
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At 3:45 a.m., Mystie’s home burnt to the ground. I got the phone call around 4:00 a.m., and went straight over to her home. There was nothing left. They got out of the house with the clothes on their backs and that’s it. The fire marshall is investigating the fire to determine what started it. Don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t expect arson, it is just standard procedure. In the mean time, Mystie and her son will be staying with me

 

I don’t know how well you know Mystie or not, she was beginning to take over this part of the WOTC. Then when that happened you would have come to realize what a wonderful person she really is. I grew up with her, she has been my sister for as long as I can remember. Her life hasn’t been easy. She was living in Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit shore. She lost everything then. To make matters worse, she was going back to Mississippi to see what was left of her home and she was hit head on by a semi-truck. She had her two sons with her at the time. One of her son’s only suffered minor injuries while the other one along with Mystie was flown to Vanderbilt. I did leave her side and I prayed every night for both of them to return to us. She did recover and like me she does have scars from that wreck she will carry with her the rest of her life.

 

As much as she has been through, she always manages to have a smile on her face. I thought it was only right to let you know what had happened. If you feel the need to donate something, it would be greatly appreciated. Right now she is wearing my clothes and my son has brought over some of his clothes for her son. Like I said they have nothing. Rebuilding, starting from scratch is nothing I have ever had to do, I don’t know if I would have the fortitude that Mystie has shown or not to keep doing it and doing it.

 

Please keep them in your prayers,

Lady A

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Today We Celebrate

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Rhiannon

Rhiannon is a major figure in the Mabinogi, the medieval Welsh story collection. She appears mainly in the First Branch of the Mabinogi, and again in the Third Branch. She is a strong minded Otherworld woman, who chooses Pwyll, prince of Dyfed (west Wales), as her consort, in preference to another man to whom she has already been betrothed. She is intelligent, politically strategic, and famed for her wealth and generosity. With Pwyll she has a son, the hero Pryderi, who later inherits the lordship of Dyfed. She endures tragedy when her newborn child is abducted, and she is accused of infanticide. As a widow she marries Manawydan of the British royal family, and has further adventures involving enchantments.

Like some other figures of British/ Welsh literary tradition, Rhiannon may be a reflex of an earlier Celtic deity. Her name appears to derive from the reconstructed Brittonic form *Rīgantōna, a derivative of *rīgan- “queen”. In the First Branch Rhiannon is strongly associated with horses, and so is her son Pryderi. She is often considered to be related to the Gaulish horse goddess Epona. The resemblance is her horse affinity, and her son’s, as mare and foal; also a paradoxical way of sitting on her horse in a calm, static way, like a key image of Epona. While this is generally accepted connection among scholars of the Mabinogi and Celtic studies, Ronald Hutton as a general historian, is skeptical

When Rhiannon first appears she is clearly a magical figure arriving as part of the Otherworld tradition of Gorsedd Arberth. Her paradoxical style of riding slowly, yet unreachably, is strange and magical, though the paradox also occurs in mediaeval love poetry as an erotic metaphor. Rhiannon produces her “small bag” which is also a magical paradox for it cannot be filled by any ordinary means. When undergoing her penance, Rhiannon demonstrates the powers of a giantess, or the strength of a horse, by carrying travellers on her back.

Rhiannon is also connected to three mystical birds. The Birds of Rhiannon (Adar Rhiannon) appear in the Second Branch, in the Triads of Britain, and in Culhwch ac Olwen. In the latter, the giant Ysbaddaden demands them as part of the bride price of his daughter. They are described as “they that wake the dead and lull the living to sleep.” All this suggests Rhiannon as an earlier goddess of Celtic polytheism.

W.J. Gruffydd’s book Rhiannon (1953) was an attempt to reconstruct the original story. It is mainly focused on the relationship between the males in the story, and rearranges the story elements too liberally for other scholars’ preference, though his research is otherwise detailed and helpful. Patrick Ford suggests that the Third Branch “preserves the detritus of a myth wherein the Sea God mated with the Horse Goddess.” He suggests “the mythic significance may well have been understood in a general way by an eleventh century audience.” Similar euhemerisms of pre-Christian deities can be found in other medieval Celtic literature, when Christian scribes and redactors reworked older deities as more acceptable giants, heroes or saints. In the Táin Bó Cúailnge, Macha and The Morrígan similarly appear as larger-than-life figures, yet never described as goddesses.

Proinsias Mac Cana’s position is that “[Rhiannon] reincarnates the goddess of sovereignty who, in taking to her a spouse, thereby ordained him legitimate king of the territory which she personified.  Miranda Jane Green draws in the international folklore motif of the calumniated wife, saying “Rhiannon conforms to two archetypes of myth … a gracious, bountiful queen-goddess; and … the ‘wronged wife’, falsely accused of killing her son.

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Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, February 22nd

The Sun

Sun Direction: 127.38° SE

Sun Altitude: 25.85°

Sun Distance: 91.966 million mi

Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2017 5:28 am (Vernal)

Sunrise Today: 6:34 am 102° East

Sunset Today: 5:41 pm 258° West

Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 7 minutes

 

The Moon

Moon Direction: 183.36° S

Moon Altitude: 33.51°

Moon Distance: 246025 mi

Next New Moon: Feb 26, 20178:58 am

Next Full Moon: Mar 12, 20179:53 am

Next Moonset: Today2:03 pm

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Illumiination: 16.6%

Reference

timeanddate.com

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The Sky This Week for February 22 to 26

A comet, visible star clusters, and other marvelous things to see in the sky this week.

 

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

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Today is Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.

Deity: Woden

Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Ash

Herb: Cinquefoil

Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx

Animal: Raven & Cat

Element: Air

Color: Red & Blue

Number: 6

Rune: Odal(O)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Nuin (Ash) – (February 18 – March 17)

The Runic Half Month of Sigel (February 12 – February 26)

Goddess of the Month of Moura – (February 20 – March 19)

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

 

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The Pagan Book of Days for Wednesday, February 22nd

Roman festival of the goddess Concordia, the feast of favor or goodwill, known as Charistia. It is the time for the living to reconcile their differences, the counterpart of Feralia on the previous day. It is also time for a meal with family and friends, at which all disputes are settled.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Wednesday, February 22nd

Church Holiday of St. Lucia, Goddess of Light (Italy). She is Lucy, Lucina, Vesta, Brigid, Bertha, Perchta, Bride, Hestia, Oya. In Rome, the Carista, day of family peace and household accord, the Goddess Carista or Concordia.

Source

The Goddess Book of Days

Diane Stein

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On Wednesday, February 22, We Celebrate….

Brotherhood Day (United States)

BINAH

Themes: Peace; Cooperation; Communication; Unity; Spirituality

Symbols: Bees; Lilies; Lead About Binah: In Cabalistic tradition, Binah embodies spiritual discernment, love, stability, and awareness. As the third sephirah of the Tree of Life, Binah becomes a divine mother, guiding her children toward attainment and comprehension. Her name literally translates as “the understanding” which gives form and function to all other aspects of life. Bees are sacred to her (as divine messengers), as are lilies (white in purity), and lead (which gives us a foothold in reality).

To Do Today: Binah’s energy was present in 1934 when Brotherhood Day began to bring people of diverse faiths together in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect. The thrust of the day is universal brotherhood, accenting our likenesses instead of our differences. So, take time today to learn more about other faiths and foster an open exchange of ideas. Perhaps visit a church or temple and observe quietly, seeing that the Goddess is there, too.

To promote strong spiritual roots in your own life, as well as the understanding to nurture those roots, try this spell: Take a piece of lead (maybe from a pencil) and hold it in your dominant hand, saying,

Binah, walk with me; understanding impart.

Every day be part of my heart.

Write this down and put the incantation in your shoe so that Binah will walk with you wherever you may go.

Source

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess

Patricia Telesco

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The Magick of Wednesdays

Magickal Intentions toward: Communication DIvination, Luck, Safety, Health, Wisdom, Commerce, Business
Planet: Mercury
Color: Purple
Crystals: Aventurine, Agate

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Magical Day of Wednesdays

Wednesday is named for Woden himself, although the Romans called it dies Mercurii. This is a day associated with the color purple, the planet Mercury, and the metal quicksilver – which is also called mercury. See a pattern here?

 

When it comes to deities… yes, Mercury! However, there are a few other gods associated with Wednesday, including Odin and Hermes, Athena, and Lugh. Gemstones like adventurine and agate come in handy as well, as do plants such as aspen trees, lilies, lavender and even ferns.

 

Business and job-related issues, communication, loss and debt, traveling, and journeys are all tied in to Wednesday. This is a good day to do a working to open up lines of communication – especially if your own actions are preventing you from being an effective speaker or listener. Go someplace new or return to an old favorite stomping ground, step up your game, and settle up your accounts.

 
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article Orginally Published and Owned by About.com

 

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The Witches Wednesday

Wednesday is the fourth day of the week, in the Judeo-Christian calendar between Tuesday and Thursday. The name comes from the Middle English Wednes dei, which is from Old English WÄ“dnes dæg, meaning the day of the Germanic god Woden (Wodan) who was a god of the Anglo-Saxons in England until about the 7th century. WÄ“dnes dæg is like the Old Norse Oðinsdagr (“Odin’s day”), which is an early translation of the Latin dies Mercurii (“Mercury’s day”). Although Mercury (the messenger of the gods) and Woden (the king of the Germanic gods) are not equivalent in most regards, both gods guided the souls of the dead to the underworld.

When Sunday is taken as the first of the week, the day in the middle of each week is Wednesday. Arising from this, the German name for Wednesday has been Mittwoch (literally: “mid-week”) since the 10th Century, having displaced the former name: Wodanstag (“Wodan’s day”). The Finnish name is similarly practical: Keskiviikko (literally: “middle of the week”) as is the Icelandic name: Miðvikudagur (“Mid-week day”).

According to the Hebrew Bible, Wednesday is the day when the Sun and Moon were created.
Wednesday is also in the middle of the common Western 5-day working week that starts on Monday and finishes on Friday.

In Romance languages it is derived from the name of the Roman god Mercury: mercredi (French), mercoledì (Italian), miércoles (Spanish), miercuri (Romanian), dimecres (Catalan), dies Mercurii (Latin). Similarly, the Hindi name for Wednesday, Budhvar is derived from the Vedic name for Mercury, Budh. Russian does not use pagan names but instead uses sredá, meaning “middle,” similar to the German Mittwoch. Likewise, Portuguese uses the word quarta-feira, meaning “fourth day.”

An English language idiom for Wednesday is “hump day”, a reference to making it through to the middle of the work week as getting “over the hump”. It is also informally referred to as “the peak of the week”.
Quakers traditionally refer to Wednesday as “Fourth Day”, eschewing the pagan origin of the name “Wednesday”. Most eastern languages also use a name with this meaning, for much the same reason.

Extremely faithful Orthodox Christians observe a vegetarian / fish-only fast on Wednesdays (and Fridays) in some countries such as Greece.

According to the Thai solar calendar, the color associated with Wednesday is green.

Wednesday in Popular Culture
* The nursery rhyme states, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”. This line was the inspiration for the ‘Wednesday’ character, the daughter, in The Addams Family comic and TV Show.

* In the 19th century children’s rhyme Solomon Grundy, Solomon was ‘Married on Wednesday.’

* A song titled “Wednesday’s Song” is on the 2004 album Shadows Collide with People by John Frusciante

* Mr. Wednesday is a main character in Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods. He is the employer of the protagonist Shadow, and is a variation on the god Odin.

Astrological Sign
The astrological sign of the planet Mercury represents Wednesday — Dies Mercurii to the Romans, with similar names in Latin-derived languages, such as the French Mercredi and the Spanish Miércoles. In English, this became “Woden’s Day”, since the Roman god Mercury was identified with Woden in northern Europe.

Reference

Pagan Calendar

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Magickal Applications for Wednesday

To the Romans, this day was called Dies Mercurii, or “Mercury’s day” Mercury was a popular character in the Roman pantheon. A messenger of the gods, he presided over commerce, trade, and anything that required skill or dexterity. The Celts also worshiped Mercury and eventually equated him with the Norse god Odin (some spelling variations on this name include Wotan, Wodin, and Wodan). In Norse mythologies, Odin, like Mercury, is associated with poetry and music. Interestingly enough, both Odin and Mercury were regarded as psychopomps, or the leaders of souls, in their individual mythologies.

Odin, one of the main gods in Norse mythology, was constantly seeking wisdom. He traveled the world in disguise as a one-eyed man with a long gray beard, wearing an old, beat-up hat and carrying a staff or a spear (which brings to my mind images of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings). In the Old English language, this day of Mercury evolved into Wodnes daeg, “Woden’s day,” or Wednesday.

Wednesday carries all of the planetary and magickal energies and associations of the witty and nimble god Mercury himself. Some of these mercurial traits included good communication skills, cleverness, intelligence, creativity, business sense, writing, artistic talent, trickiness, and thievery. And don’t forget all of those wise and enigmatic qualities associated with the Norse god Odin/Wodin, not to mention the goddess Athena’s contributions of music, the arts, handmade crafts, and writing. Wednesdays afford excellent opportunities for seeking wisdom, changing your circumstances, and improving your skills, be they in trade and commerce, music and art, or in communication and writing.

 

Source

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

 

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The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, February 22

Caristia (Roman)

Waning Moon

 

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

 

Moon Sign: Capricorn

 

Incense: Lilac

 

Color: White

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The Witches Correspondences for Wednesday, February 22nd

Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the “All-Father” god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes.

Element : Air

Planet: Mercury

Zodiac Sign : Virgo / Gemini

Angel : Raphael

Metal : Mercury

Incense / Perfumes : Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea

Oil: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Color : Red, Orange, Light Blue

Stones : Bloodstone,Garnet, Aventurine, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite

Plants/Herbs : Almond, Anise, Cherry, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Fern, Hazel, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain

Magick to Work: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, consulting oracles, wisdom, communication ,cleverness, contracts, creativity, information, intellect, memory, erception, science, wisdom, writing

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Wednesday Is Ruled By Mercury

Wednesdays are wild and wacky days. They are for communication, change, cunning, and the arts. This is a Mercury day, and just its patron god this day is full of contradictions, change, and excitement. Some suggestions for Wednesday enchantments would include:

Pulling a little Wednesday color magic into your life by wearing purples or orange

Carrying a multipurpose agate with you and tapping into its various charms

Working with magical plants such as the fern for protection. This plant will also boost the power of any other magical plants with which it is arranged.

Incorporating lavender into charms and spells for transformation

Using the charming scent of lily of the valley to improve your memory, or working with the aspen tree for communication

Calling on Athena, patron of arts and crafts, for inspiration for a new project

Fanning out a Tarot spell to increase you creativity

Calling on Hermes on a Wednesday night to bring movement and good luck into your life

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Wednesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

Stretch Alert Spell

Items you will need:

1 small piece of red string

Your body

That morning, just after waking up, give your whole body six good stretches. Get out as many yawns as possible. Push all that current sleepiness out of your body. When you are ready, tie a small, red string around one of your fingers. Do not tie it tight. Make the knot into a bow. Now, say this chant three times:

“Wakey, wakey. Stay alert with a ring.

Should I tempt to slumber,

I’ll pull my string.

Causing my eyes to open,

And my heart to spring.”

The string around your finger will serve as a reminder for you to stay awake during the day. If you feel yourself getting sleepy, think of the chant and pull the string. If you feel you need to, re-tie the string and use it when you feel sleepy during the day.

A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities

Helga C. Loueen

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for February 22

Caristia or Cara Cognatio

This was not an official Roman holiday but was nevertheless less celebrated on an annual basis. This was a cheerful time that followed the somber activities of the Feralia. Caristia was set aside to renew family ties and settle disputes. There would be a family meal and offerings would be made to the household Lares. The holiday was converted into the feast of St. Peter and continued to be celebrated well into the 12th century.

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Eight Famous Witches In History

The Witch of Endor
The Christian Bible has an injunction against practicing witchcraft and divination, and that can probably be blamed on the Witch of Endor. In the first Book of Samuel, King Saul of Israel got in some hot water when he hooked up with Endor’s hottest medium, asking her to predict the future. Saul and his sons were about to march into battle against their enemies, the Philistines, and Saul decided it was time to get a bit of supernatural insight as to what was going to happen the next day.

Saul started off by asking God what was up, but God stayed mum on the whole thing… and so Saul took it upon himself to seek the answers elsewhere.

According to the Bible, Saul summoned the witch of Endor, who was a well-known medium in the area. Disguising himself so she wouldn’t know she was in the presence of the King, Saul asked the witch, “Hey, how about you bring back Samuel the prophet from the dead for me, because I’d really like to know what’s happening at the big showdown tomorrow?”

The witch called upon Samuel, who – probably to everyone’s surprise – showed up and told Saul that he’d pretty much be a goner the next day. After all, just by working with the witch of Endor, Saul was directly disobeying God, and that never goes over well. Sure enough, Saul, his sons, and Israel were defeated at Gilboa.

Who was the witch of Endor? Well, like many other biblical figures, no one really knows. She did caution Saul that she wasn’t really supposed to be doing the whole mediumship/necromancy thing, but he offered to protect her.

Regardless of the fact that her identity is lost to myth and legend, she has managed to appear in more contemporary literature. Geoffrey Chaucer makes reference to her in The Canterbury Tales, in the tale spun by the friar to entertain his fellow pilgrims. The Friar tells his listeners:

“Yet tell me,” said the summoner, “if true:
Do you make your new bodies always so
Out of the elements?” The fiend said, “No,
Sometimes it’s only some form of disguise;
Dead bodies we may enter that arise
To speak with all the reason and as well
As to the Endor witch spoke Samuel.”

 

Circe
One of the best-known mythological mistresses of mayhem is Circe, who appears in The Odyssey. According to the story, Odysseus and his Achaeans found themselves fleeing the land of the Laestrygonians. After a bunch of Odysseus’ scouts were captured and eaten by the Laestrygonian king, and nearly all of his ships sunk by large boulders, the Achaeans ended up on the shore of Aeaea, home to the witch-goddess Circe.

Circe was well known for her magical mojo, and had quite the reputation for her knowledge of plants and potions. According to some accounts, she may have been the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and one of the Oceanids, but she is sometimes referred to as a daughter of Hecate, the goddess of magic.

Circe turned Odysseus’ men into pigs, of all things, and so he set off to rescue them. Before he got there, he was visited by the messenger god, Hermes, who told him how to defeat the seductive Circe. Odysseus followed Hermes’ helpful hints, and overpowered Circe, who turned the men back into men… and she then became Odysseus’ lover. After a year or so of luxuriating in Circe’s bed, Odysseus finally figured out he should head back home to Ithaca, and his wife, Penelope. The lovely Circe, who may or may not have borne Odysseus a couple of sons, gave him directions that sent him all over the place, including a side quest to the Underworld.

After Odysseus’ eventual death at the hands of his son, Telegonus, Circe used her magic potions to bring her late lover back to life.

 

The Bell Witch
We typically think of folklore and mythology as originating in ancient, far-off places, but some of it is recent enough that it’s considered urban legend. The story of the Bell Witch, for instance, takes place as recently as the nineteenth century in Tennessee.

According to author Pat Fitzhugh of the Bell Witch website, there was “a sinister entity that tormented a pioneer family on Tennessee’s early frontier between 1817 and 1821.” Fitzhugh explains that settler John Bell and his family relocated to Tennessee from North Carolina in the early 1800s, and purchased a large homestead.

It wasn’t long before some really weird stuff began to happen, including sightings of a strange animal with “the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit” out in the cornfields, the three Bell children saying that someone or something had yanked their bedcovers off in the night, and bizarre whispering sounds in the house.

To make matters even worse, young Betsy Bell started to experience physical encounters with the spooky specter, claiming it had slapped her and pulled her hair. Although he originally told the family to keep things hush-hush, Bell finally confided in a neighbor, who brought in a party led by none other than local general Andrew Jackson. Another member of the group claimed to be a “witch tamer,” and was armed with a pistol and a silver bullet. Unfortunately, the entity wasn’t impressed with the silver bullet – or, apparently, the witch tamer – because the man was forcefully ejected from the house. Jackson’s men begged to leave the homestead and, although Jackson insisted on staying to investigate further, the next morning the entire group was spotted heading away from the farm.

Troy Taylor of PrairieGhosts says, “The spirit identified itself as the “witch” of Kate Batts, a neighbor of the Bells’, with whom John had experienced bad business dealings over some purchased slaves. “Kate” as the local people began calling the spirit, made daily appearances in the Bell home, wreaking havoc on everyone there.” Once John Bell died, though, Kate stuck around and haunted Betsy well into adulthood.

 

Morgan Le Fay
If you’ve ever read any of the Arthurian legends, the name Morgan le Fay should ring a bell with you. Her first appearance in literature is in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The Life of Merlin, written in the first half of the twelfth century. Morgan has become known as a classic seductress, who lures men in with her witchy wiles, and then causes all kinds of supernatural shenanigans to take place.

Chrétien de Troyes’ The Vulgate Cycle describes her role as one of Queen Guinevere’s ladies in waiting.

According to this collection of Arthurian tales, Morgan fell in love with Arthur’s nephew, Giomar. Unfortunately, Guinevere found out and put an end to the affair, so Morgan exacted her revenge by busting Guinevere, who was fooling around with Sir Lancelot.

Morgan le Fay, whose name means “Morgan of the fairies” in French, appears again in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, in which “she was unhappily married to King Urien. At the same time, she became a sexually aggressive woman who had many lovers, including the famous Merlin. However, her love of Lancelot was unrequited. Morgan appeared also as an indirect cause of Arthur’s death.”

Malory tells us that Morgan was Arthur’s half-sister, but that didn’t mean they got along well at all. In fact, depending on which legend you read, Morgan has been portrayed as seducing Arthur and giving bi

rth to his child, trying to steal Excalibur from him, and basically using all kinds of nefarious sorcery to bring down her brother’s rule as King.

 

Medea
As we see in the story of Odysseus and Circe, Greek mythology is chock-full of witches. When Jason and his Argonauts went on a quest for the Golden Fleece, they decided to steal it from King Aeëtes of Colchis. What Aeëtes didn’t know was that his daughter Medea had developed a bit of a thing for Jason, and after seducing and eventually marrying him, this enchantress helped her fella steal the Golden Fleece from her father.

Medea was said to be of divine descent, and was the niece of the aforementioned Circe. Born with the gift of prophecy, Medea was able to warn Jason about the dangers that lay before him in his quest. After he obtained the Fleece, she took off with him on the Argo, and they lived happily ever after… for about ten years.

Then, as often happens in Greek myth, Jason found himself another woman, and cast Medea aside for Glauce, the daughter of the Corinthian king, Creon. Not one to take rejection well, Medea sent Glauce a lovely golden gown covered in poison, which led to the death of both the princess and her father, the king. In revenge, the Corinthians killed two of Jason and Medea’s children. Just to show Jason she was good and angry, Medea killed two of the others herself, leaving only a son, Thessalus, to survive. Medea then fled Corinth on a golden chariot, sent by her grandfather, Helios, the sun god.

Medea spent many years just a few steps ahead of the enraged Jason, fleeing first to Thebes and then to Athens.

Eventually, she returned to Colchis, where she found that her father had been deposed by her uncle, Perses. Medea killed Perses and restored Aeëtes to the throne.

 

Baba Yaga
Who is Baba Yaga? In Russian folktales, she’s an old witch who can be either fearsome and scary, or be the heroine of the tale – and sometimes she manages to do both!

Described as having teeth of iron and a frightfully long nose, Baba Yaga lives in a hut on the edge of the forest, which can move around on its own and is depicted as having legs like a chicken (the hut, not Baba Yaga). She does not, unlike many traditional folkloric witches, fly about on a broomstick.

Instead, she rides around in a giant mortar, which she pushes along with an equally large pestle, rowing it almost like a boat. She sweeps the tracks away from behind her with a broom made of silver birch.

 

The Tale of Baba Yaga

According to Folk Tales from the Russian, published in 1903 by Verra Xenophontovna and Kalamatiano de Blumenthal, there is a story in Russian folklore that illustrates the many facets of Baba Yaga all at once.

It seems, so the tale goes, that once there was a woodcutter who lived near the forest, and he and his wife had twins, a boy and a girl.

When they were still small, the woodcutter’s wife died, and although he was very lonely and missed her, he knew his children needed a mother, so he married again.

The stepmother was envious of the woodcutter’s love for his children, and so she treated them badly. If he was away from home, she would lock them outdoors for hours. She refused to feed them, and didn’t care if their clothes fit or if they were cold. Finally she decided to get rid of them altogether, so she could have the woodcutter all to herself.

She told them to go see an old woman who lived deep in the woods, in a house that had magical chicken-like feet, and the old woman would give them treats.

The children, however, knew that something was amiss. Their stepmother had never offered them a kindness before. So instead, they went to the home of their dead mother’s mother, and she warned them not to go to the house on chicken feet because it belonged to an old witch named Baba Yaga. She fed them well, and told them to be good to anyone they met, and sent them on their way. But on their way home, they got lost and found themselves at the witch’s house anyway.

The children had a number of adventures, many of which have similarities to other well-known European fairy tales, that you can read about here. By the time they returned home, the woodcutter realized his new wife had no love in her heart, and sent her away so he and his children could live happily and in peace.

 

The Beautiful Vassilissa

Another tale relates the story of the young Vassilissa, whose father is a merchant and whose mother dies early (not an uncommon theme in folktales, to be sure!), leaving only a tiny doll for Vassilissa to remember her by. As Vassilissa grows up and her father takes a new wife, the story expands to include two evil stepsisters, and a series of tasks assigned to the young girls. Naturally, those who are wicked end up getting what is coming to them, at the hands of Baba Yaga.

Other Aspects of Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is sometimes portrayed as having assistants such as three mysterious riders who help her out. These strange horsemen represent sunrise, noon, and night. In some takes, she is aided by her daughter, Marinka.

In general, no one ever knows whether Baba Yaga will help or hinder those who seek her out. Often, bad people get their just desserts through her actions, but it is not so much that she wishes to rescue the good as it is that evil brings its own consequences, and Baba Yaga is simply there to see these results meted out.

She is often representative of a watcher or guardian of the forest and all it contains, although this may in part be due to her similarities to other Eastern European and Slavic folkloric figures, many of whom are identified by names that translate into “Forest Mother.” Such characters appear in Bulgarian, Serbian and Slovenian mythology and legend.

Some Slavic tales feature Baba Yaga as a trio of supernatural sisters—all with the same name —who threatens to eat unwary travelers and small children, although they always seem to manage a timely escape.

In modern Neopaganism, there seems to be some speculation that Baba Yaga was a goddess who was worshiped by ancient Slavic Pagans. However, despite some of her similarities to other European goddesses, such as her appearance in triplicate, there is little academic evidence that Baba Yaga was deified. A more likely scenario is that she was, as originally noted, a folkloric character who has taken on a life of her own in the minds and hearts of modern Pagans.

 

La Befana
In Italy, the legend of La Befana is popularly told around the time of the Epiphany. What does a Catholic holiday have to do with modern Paganism? Well, La Befana happens to be a witch.

According to folklore, on the night before the feast of the Epiphany in early January, Befana flies around on her broom, delivering gifts. Much like Santa Claus, she leaves candy, fruit, or small gifts in the stockings of children who are well-behaved throughout the year.

On the other hand, if a child is naughty, he or she can expect to find a lump of coal left behind by La Befana.

La Befana’s broom is for more than just practical transportation – she also will tidy up a messy house, and sweep the floors before she departs for her next stop. This is probably a good thing, since Befana gets a bit sooty from coming down chimneys, and it’s only polite to clean up after oneself. She may wrap up her visit by indulging in the glass of wine or plate of food left by parents as thanks.

Tessa Derksen of Our Little Italy says, “In the time when our grandparents were children, Befana was tremendously popular and was awaited with a mixture of joy and anxiety. Children hung hand-knitted stockings on the fireplace and wrote long letters to her expressing their wishes. Often they were disappointed as their families had little money to spend on gifts; however, sometimes they found little hand-sewn dolls and puppets in their stocking. If they had been bad, their stockings were filled with onions, garlic, and coal.

Although there were no traditional dishes to celebrate this day, people would gather together and eat chestnuts, nuts and fruit pancakes.”

So, where did La Befana come from? How did a kindly old witch become associated with the celebration of the Epiphany? Many of the stories behind La Befana involve a woman who is searching but unable to find the newborn infant Jesus.

In some Christian legends, it is said that Befana had been visited by the three Magi, or wise men, on their way to visit the baby Jesus. It’s said that they asked her for directions, but Befana wasn’t sure how to find the newborn infant. However, being a good housekeeper, she invited them to spend the night in her tidy little home. When the Magi left the next morning, they invited Befana to join them in their quest. Befana declined, saying she had too much housework to do, but she later changed her mind. She tried to find the wise men and the new baby, but was unable to; now, she flies around on her broom delivering gifts to children. Perhaps she is still searching for the infant Jesus.

In other tales, La Befana is a woman whose children have died in a great plague, and she follows the wise men to Bethlehem. Before leaving her house, she packs up some simple gifts – a doll that belonged to one of her children, and a robe sewn from her own wedding dress. These plain gifts are all she has to give to the infant Jesus, but she is unable to locate him. Today, she flies around delivering gifts to other children in hopes of finding him.

Betsy Woodruff at Slate describes yet another version of the story, in which King Herod’s soldiers kill her son: “Delusional with grief, she leaves her home to search for him. Instead, she finds baby Jesus and gives him all her son’s belongings. He blesses her, and now she travels the world blessing good children and punishing bad ones.”

Some scholars believe that the story of La Befana actually has pre-Christian origins. The tradition of leaving or exchanging gifts may relate to an early Roman custom that takes place in midwinter, around the time of Saturnalia. Befana may also represent the passing of the old year, with the image of an old woman, to be replaced by a new year.

Today many Italians, including those who follow the practice of Stregheria, celebrate a festival in La Befana’s honor.

 

Grimhildr
In Norse mythology, Grimhildr (or Grimhilde) was a smokin’ sorceress who was married to King Gyuki, one of the Burgundian kings, and her story appears in the Volsunga Saga, where she is described as a “fierce-hearted woman.” Grimhildr was easily bored, and often amused herself by enchanting various people – including the hero Sigurðr, who she wanted to see marry her daughter Gudrun. The spell worked, and Sigurðr left his wife Brynhild.

As if that wasn’t enough mischief-making, Grimhildr decided her son Gunnar should marry the spurned Brynhild, but Brynhild was having none of it. She stubbornly announced, “Nope, because I’ll only marry a guy who’s willing to cross this ring of fire I’m setting up around myself. Good luck, boys!”

Sigurðr, who could cross the flames safely, knew that he’d be off the hot seat if he could see his ex happily remarried, so he offered to switch bodies with Gunnarr and get across. And who had enough magic to make the old body-swapping work out? Why, Grimhildr, of course! Brynhild was fooled into marrying Gunnarr, but it didn’t end well; she finally figured out she’d been catfished, and ended up killing Sigurðr and herself. Really, the only one who came out of the whole debacle relatively unscathed was Gudrun, whose malicious mother ended up marrying her off to Brynhild’s brother.
By Patti Wigington,Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

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The Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, February 22

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 18%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Phase Details for – Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 18%
Moon Age: 25.46 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 399,091.90 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,015,590.14 km
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Prepare for New Moon

Themes involving beginnings and endings are center stage now as we prepare for the Feb 26 new moon with solar eclipse in Pisces. Most likely, you already have had your share of beginnings and endings in these initial weeks of 2017. You are about to get an opportunity to reconsider how you view and orchestrate beginnings and endings. This can have profound impact on your current situation and future prospects.

The Opportunity

Leading up to the new moon is an opening of energy that can catalyze ideas of new seeds you want to plant and new ways to be with yourself and others. In this article I’ll describe simple steps to take advantage of this energy opening.

Background

Energies over the next several days are likely to bring to the surface things outside your awareness and off your radar in day-to-day life. The nature of this energy window is that old issues and unfinished business may come to light.

This may include old friends you hadn’t thought about for a long time, and old completed relationships that you thought were healed. Very likely, too, because of the planetary aspects, dysfunctional patterns of self-sabotage may get the spotlight and therefore your attention.

Not all surfacing will be an issue. Some may simply be like a flash of intuition you didn’t have before – perhaps about an important past life or other element that is key to your soul’s journey. Some insights may be so significant that when you apply them, the trajectory of your life shifts in a major way!

New Moon Tips

FIRST, since the focus of this new moon is your spiritual self evolving over time, factor this into beginnings and endings. Example: if a former romantic partner reappears (tangibly or within your own mind) and reminds you of unprocessed hostility, see this is a sign to dig deeper and heal the old wounds. That unfinished business is a block to your current and future relationships. Whatever is showing up needs to be laid to rest before you can succeed in a new relationship.

SECOND, with this new moon catalyzing hidden elements within the subconscious, intentionally welcome new insights that help you understand and heal deeply rooted problems. There is often an unconscious tendency to block new information that forces confrontation with shadow elements. Knowing this, consciously invite a deeper knowing and be open to how and where the insights might be revealed.

Example: after asking for a breakthrough and you are speaking with someone you trust, the information you need may come up in conversation in a way that you can process.

THIRD, prepare a list of intentions for energizing at the new moon. Avoid simply reusing intentions you made previously. Make them brand new for this cycle. Breathe life into your intentions by writing them down and reading them out loud. Your voice is a powerful force to magnetize outcomes!

In the days leading up to the new moon eclipse, factor in the additional intensity and erratic events. Highly-charged emotions and sensitivity are common. When the world is already tense and erratic, the eclipse energy amplifies this. Huge life shifts can happen during eclipse cycles – a momentum building over a number of days and then a breakthrough or a series of breakthroughs happening.

Choose now how you want to move through this energy opening. Invite the breakthrough that you most need to take your next big leaps. Trust that spirit is always right there by your side.

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Astrology of Today – Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • The Moon is in Capricorn all day (until Thursday, February 23rd, at 12:17 PM).
  • The Moon is void from 10:23 PM forward (until tomorrow at 12:17 PM).
  • The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase until 4:09 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Crescent phase.
  • The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 18th, and a New Moon (Solar Eclipse) will occur on the 26th.
  • Venus is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Venus will be retrograde from March 4-April 15).

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 22nd

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope

With the Waning Crescent Moon, this is a time for winding down rather than revving up, dear Aries. However, there can be continued tensions to deal with today, making it a real challenge to relax. Work or duty demands your attention, but there can be many different distractions as you struggle with where to devote your energies. Your responsibilities and reputation are prominent in your mind today and continue to be sensitive topics. While you should concern yourself with what others expect of you to some degree now with the Moon at the top of your chart, there is no need to overdo this beyond what you can do at the moment. Try to turn competition or criticism around by using it to fuel your motivation to improve.

Taurus

Taurus Horoscope

Today, you’re thinking in bigger terms than usual and larger issues that concern you come into play, dear Taurus. You are prompted to think about your long-range goals and plans. Looking at the bigger picture often soothes and comforts you, but today, you may feel a little tense about what might lie ahead of you. Uncertainty can prevail, and it’s a good idea to resist the inclination to attempt to control situations to compensate. Focus on what you have to do and save important conversations for a better day. Others may be promising more than they can deliver today, so keep that in mind before you count too much on something. A wait-and-see attitude is best.

Gemini

Gemini

You can be a little secretive or protective of your plans and feelings today, dear Gemini. You are not feeling very trusting right now, and this may be a sign that you are not secure about your own decisions. Even so, there is certainly a fair amount of subterfuge going on now so you may have good reason to keep some things to yourself. Think more carefully before going forward with important projects. The Moon moves into its waning Crescent phase, and this points to the need to wind down in the days before the Solar Eclipse on the 26th. Superficial interactions are likely to feel especially awkward and unappealing now, as you are craving more intimacy and depth to your experiences. Work on emotional self-control today, but do listen to what your feelings are telling you. Try not to waste your time worrying about those things you can’t control.

Cancer

Cancer

Be more on guard than usual about gossip or misrepresentation today, dear Cancer. Confront your fears about past matters so that you’ll be better equipped to handle them if they do reappear in your life. Your larger focus today is to help foster a sense of balance and peace with others and in your personal environment. However, it can take a lot of frustrating trial and error getting to this point – it’s a tall order right now, so don’t get down on yourself if you can’t quite achieve it. It takes two, as they say! Maintain a strong sense of identity while you tend to the needs of others to avoid resentment. If you feel too dependent on others’ schedules, plans, and needs, take steps to change this, but keep in mind that it will take time, so don’t put all the pressure on to do so immediately.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol Horoscope

Make sure you get all the facts before making commitments right now, dear Leo, or hold off on the big issues for a while longer. There is a tremendous amount of tension in your communications sectors these days which can play with your reasoning powers. You have a stronger than usual desire today to be useful and helpful, but if you are not appreciated for all that you do, you might feel resentful. The trick now is to do it for yourself first. Even if the task is about helping others, do it because you feel good about helping. While there can be a tendency to scatter your energies, you might end up getting a lot done, largely because you can be quite worked up about things that aren’t going well for you and motivated to set things right again. Today requires some form of clean-up.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol Horoscope

This is not the most open or trusting of days, dear Virgo. The Moon in your solar fifth house of heartfelt pursuits clashes with a number of planets, stimulating doubts, fears, and a sense that you’ll encounter blocks if you go after what or who you want. Signals can get crossed in love matters, and emotions are up and down. Be mindful of what you’re taking on, particularly new projects or commitments, as there may be a reason to regret them later on. There can be intensity in your personal life today, and possibly some moodiness. It can be difficult making a definitive decision, but it may be wise to wait, particularly as we approach a Solar Eclipse which will bring new energy into our lives.

Libra

Libra

Buried resentments continue to pop up today, dear Libra, and you’ll be in the best shape if you can nip those in the bud as soon as possible. People around you are dealing with their own issues and are less likely than usual to intuit your needs, so you may need to find ways to take care of yourself. This is not the most outgoing of days in the lunar cycle, and while you are more emotionally invested in your personal life, it’s an area where there is likely to be more intensity than usual. If excess energy is used positively, feeling frustrated with your domestic situation can light a fire under you to get things sorted out. Look for ways to unburden and simplify your environment and think in terms of lightening your load.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You have a tendency to read so much into situations today that you put yourself into a funk, dear Scorpio. It can be difficult to pull your mind out of a spiraling loop today, but it’s important to try to do so. Obsessing over things that have already happened can only serve to bring you down. However, if you need to sort something out, take the time to do so. Keep in mind that this is not the best time to speak your mind – wait until you are in a clearer headspace. Gentle physical exercise may be just the ticket for soothing an exhausted nervous system. Streamlining your work is important now, and it’s likely to become abundantly clear that you need to tune out distractions.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Emotions do settle a little with the Moon in your solar second house, dear Sagittarius, but the day is not without conflict. There can be some crankiness to deal with today, as well as concerns about your income or money situation. In all likelihood, your fears are blown out of proportion, and the sooner you get perspective, the better. Your appetite for material comforts increases today, but so does your desire to bring in more money. As long as you can find a healthy balance between these two drives, you will come out ahead. You’re fine with going your own way, but things are much easier when others are cooperating, so you may want to wait it out.

Capricorn

Capricorn HoroscopeAim to be as flexible as possible today, as difficult as that may be, dear Capricorn, to avoid letting small things get to you. The Moon in your sign brings unacknowledged feelings to light, which can be illuminating, but with the Moon’s challenging aspects today, watch for overreaction. Pushing or working too hard could be an issue now, and taking on far too many lofty goals at once can wear on your patience. Relations can be a little tense with or among family, and the matter may be about power and control rather than the surface topic. You are especially sensitive right now, and your emotions can swing dramatically. Aim to take undue pressure off yourself now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Try not to rush matters to a quick conclusion due to impatience today, dear Aquarius. With the Moon in your private twelfth house all day, you instinctively withdraw from challenging or demanding situations. You may be seeking some alone time or extra rest. However, truly relaxing today can be difficult, and demanding people or circumstances may very well find you! Learning, communications, and partnering are areas of big opportunities these days, but you may be jumping ahead of yourself, and in the process, creating unnecessary tension.

Pisces

PiscesYou can feel particularly impatient if left waiting for others today, dear Pisces. At the same time, you shouldn’t be entirely excluding people, as this is the time in your lunar cycle to recognize the value of the team. Instead of waiting for people to sense what you want or need, express yourself and take action. While today can certainly be difficult with cranky energy around you, frustrations experienced now can be lead to new strategies that truly work for you. Try not to jump ahead on new projects if you haven’t yet completed the ones already in place. Give thought to your finances and how you can make important changes that free you from worry and limiting attitudes.

 

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A “Filthy Rich” Horoscope

Your Astrology birth chart holds clues to wealth

It fascinates me to know that each time I study my Astrology birth chart I am looking at the horoscope of someone with indications of significant wealth. Yep, I’ve got the birth chart of a rich person.

OK, fine. I admit to having my fill of illusions (I do, after all, have a natal Moon-Neptune conjunction in my 8th House of Joint Resources). But seriously, when it comes to my money potential — I’ve got perspective.

Of course, as someone with the natal Sun in Taurus I’m here to learn plenty of lessons about developing my talents, monetizing them and accumulating a physical legacy. That in itself is not a surefire indicator of wealth. In fact, ask any Taurus and you’ll hear a common story about going through significant fluctuations when it comes to money.

Astrology houses related to money

But when you combine my Taurus Sun with some of the other, classic indicators of wealth potential … well, it’s something any astrologer would take notice of. Take my Venus-Pluto opposition, which is the tightest aspect in my chart. Venus rules my natal 2nd House of Earned Income, while Pluto rules my natal 8th House of Joint Resources, which rules money that you get from sources besides your income. Things like royalties, investments, inheritance or your spouse’s income. Pluto intensifies whatever planet it touches, and when you’ve got a Venus-Pluto link that ties into your chart in a particular way, it can promise significant money.

If your Venus-Pluto link ties into Jupiter — the planet of expansion and abundance — then it’s a no-brainer that you’ll hit the jackpot in finances. In my case, Venus-Pluto ties into my Moon-Neptune conjunction in my 8th House of Joint Resources. Here we have a solid indicator that I will always marry someone with money. Not that I’m looking for it. Still, it’s a strong indication in my chart. Venus rules my 2nd House of Earned Income, but it also rules my 7th House of Partnerships. Interestingly enough, my first marriage was to a man of means. I truly loved him, but I will say that marrying him elevated my financial status in an incredible way.

Divorcing him, on the other hand, did not. Indeed, if you’ve got Neptune in the 8th House of Joint Resources there is a chance that you’ll amass great wealth, but that you might be defrauded into losing it at some point. Of course, with that Venus-Pluto opposition there are lessons of power struggles attached to money. Yeah, that divorce was not pretty — I paid a hefty price. And I’m not just talking about the $150,000 in legal fees.

What my divorce DID teach me, however, is that I am fully capable of creating my own wealth. And while it’s in my chart to marry well, it’s also in my chart to make that money myself. Thank God for that! Ironically, this will only happen as long as I am doing something spiritual and serving.

More money-making indicators

Another one of my “money-making indicators” is that I’ve got a gorgeous trine between Mars and Jupiter. When these two planets link up in a positive way in your chat, it’s a surefire gauge that you’ll always make money faster than you can spend it. I have found this to be true. Even when I’ve struggled financially, I always managed to stay ahead.

Jupiter happens to be in my 12th House of Spirituality, along with Venus. These two benefic planets are money planets, and some might think that because they’re tucked away in the hidden 12th house that I’ll never materialize these money dreams. Quite the opposite, actually.

The planet Neptune and its corresponding 12th House of Spirituality are notoriously active in the charts of the wealthy. There’s something to be said about having total faith in your ability to acquire wealth. If you’ve got a strong 12th house and/or Neptune, you’ve got that faith in spades.

Both of my 12th house planets aspect Neptune in the 8th house in my chart. Venus forms a trine and Jupiter a square. A Jupiter-Neptune aspect is known as the “millionaire’s aspect,” by the way. It doesn’t matter what type of contact these planets make in your chart. As long as there’s contact, there’s potential. If you’ve got a contact between Jupiter and Pluto in your chart, as Bill Gates does, then congratulations — you’ve got the “billionaire’s aspect.” I’m happy with the millionaire indicators — I don’t want to get greedy, now!

Free will still plays a role

Yes, it’s fun to contemplate how it appears I have the horoscope of someone destined for wealth. But the reality is that your natal promise needs your free will to fire it up and maximize all the potential you’ve got. And, of course, you need the right transits/progressions to trigger any promise in your horoscope, whether it’s for marriage, divorce, a move or wealth.

I grew up in the most humble of circumstances — a working-class family, the daughter of an immigrant from Italy. We lived paycheck to paycheck and I vividly remember significant hard times when my mother was forced to choose between paying a utility bill and buying us food. It was normal for us to eat rice and beans or pasta all week long during the really difficult times.

Growing up in an environment with so little physical security does lend itself to being a seeker of that security later in life. I’m pretty sure that’s why my soul chose to be a Taurus this time around. To learn the lesson that true security does not come from anything material. It does, in fact, come from within. Kudos to my Scorpio friends for already knowing that everything material is temporary. I know I can’t take it with me when I die, but while I’m here I would really like the security of not worrying how to provide for myself or my family.

I do not apologize for wanting financial security — or wealth for that matter. However, my soul does know with alarming clarity that for the universe to deliver this promise I must remain serving, benevolent and humble. I’ll continue to do my best to keep up my end of the promise to the universe as I patiently wait for him to deliver his end of the bargain.

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 22

Aries

Aries Horoscope

With the Waning Crescent Moon, this is a time for winding down rather than revving up, dear Aries. However, there can be continued tensions to deal with today, making it a real challenge to relax. Work or duty demands your attention, but there can be many different distractions as you struggle with where to devote your energies. Your responsibilities and reputation are prominent in your mind today and continue to be sensitive topics. While you should concern yourself with what others expect of you to some degree now with the Moon at the top of your chart, there is no need to overdo this beyond what you can do at the moment. Try to turn competition or criticism around by using it to fuel your motivation to improve.

Taurus

Taurus Horoscope

Today, you’re thinking in bigger terms than usual and larger issues that concern you come into play, dear Taurus. You are prompted to think about your long-range goals and plans. Looking at the bigger picture often soothes and comforts you, but today, you may feel a little tense about what might lie ahead of you. Uncertainty can prevail, and it’s a good idea to resist the inclination to attempt to control situations to compensate. Focus on what you have to do and save important conversations for a better day. Others may be promising more than they can deliver today, so keep that in mind before you count too much on something. A wait-and-see attitude is best.

Gemini

Gemini

You can be a little secretive or protective of your plans and feelings today, dear Gemini. You are not feeling very trusting right now, and this may be a sign that you are not secure about your own decisions. Even so, there is certainly a fair amount of subterfuge going on now so you may have good reason to keep some things to yourself. Think more carefully before going forward with important projects. The Moon moves into its waning Crescent phase, and this points to the need to wind down in the days before the Solar Eclipse on the 26th. Superficial interactions are likely to feel especially awkward and unappealing now, as you are craving more intimacy and depth to your experiences. Work on emotional self-control today, but do listen to what your feelings are telling you. Try not to waste your time worrying about those things you can’t control.

Cancer

Cancer

Be more on guard than usual about gossip or misrepresentation today, dear Cancer. Confront your fears about past matters so that you’ll be better equipped to handle them if they do reappear in your life. Your larger focus today is to help foster a sense of balance and peace with others and in your personal environment. However, it can take a lot of frustrating trial and error getting to this point – it’s a tall order right now, so don’t get down on yourself if you can’t quite achieve it. It takes two, as they say! Maintain a strong sense of identity while you tend to the needs of others to avoid resentment. If you feel too dependent on others’ schedules, plans, and needs, take steps to change this, but keep in mind that it will take time, so don’t put all the pressure on to do so immediately.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol Horoscope

Make sure you get all the facts before making commitments right now, dear Leo, or hold off on the big issues for a while longer. There is a tremendous amount of tension in your communications sectors these days which can play with your reasoning powers. You have a stronger than usual desire today to be useful and helpful, but if you are not appreciated for all that you do, you might feel resentful. The trick now is to do it for yourself first. Even if the task is about helping others, do it because you feel good about helping. While there can be a tendency to scatter your energies, you might end up getting a lot done, largely because you can be quite worked up about things that aren’t going well for you and motivated to set things right again. Today requires some form of clean-up.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol Horoscope

This is not the most open or trusting of days, dear Virgo. The Moon in your solar fifth house of heartfelt pursuits clashes with a number of planets, stimulating doubts, fears, and a sense that you’ll encounter blocks if you go after what or who you want. Signals can get crossed in love matters, and emotions are up and down. Be mindful of what you’re taking on, particularly new projects or commitments, as there may be a reason to regret them later on. There can be intensity in your personal life today, and possibly some moodiness. It can be difficult making a definitive decision, but it may be wise to wait, particularly as we approach a Solar Eclipse which will bring new energy into our lives.

Libra

Libra

Buried resentments continue to pop up today, dear Libra, and you’ll be in the best shape if you can nip those in the bud as soon as possible. People around you are dealing with their own issues and are less likely than usual to intuit your needs, so you may need to find ways to take care of yourself. This is not the most outgoing of days in the lunar cycle, and while you are more emotionally invested in your personal life, it’s an area where there is likely to be more intensity than usual. If excess energy is used positively, feeling frustrated with your domestic situation can light a fire under you to get things sorted out. Look for ways to unburden and simplify your environment and think in terms of lightening your load.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You have a tendency to read so much into situations today that you put yourself into a funk, dear Scorpio. It can be difficult to pull your mind out of a spiraling loop today, but it’s important to try to do so. Obsessing over things that have already happened can only serve to bring you down. However, if you need to sort something out, take the time to do so. Keep in mind that this is not the best time to speak your mind – wait until you are in a clearer headspace. Gentle physical exercise may be just the ticket for soothing an exhausted nervous system. Streamlining your work is important now, and it’s likely to become abundantly clear that you need to tune out distractions.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

Emotions do settle a little with the Moon in your solar second house, dear Sagittarius, but the day is not without conflict. There can be some crankiness to deal with today, as well as concerns about your income or money situation. In all likelihood, your fears are blown out of proportion, and the sooner you get perspective, the better. Your appetite for material comforts increases today, but so does your desire to bring in more money. As long as you can find a healthy balance between these two drives, you will come out ahead. You’re fine with going your own way, but things are much easier when others are cooperating, so you may want to wait it out.

Capricorn

Capricorn HoroscopeAim to be as flexible as possible today, as difficult as that may be, dear Capricorn, to avoid letting small things get to you. The Moon in your sign brings unacknowledged feelings to light, which can be illuminating, but with the Moon’s challenging aspects today, watch for overreaction. Pushing or working too hard could be an issue now, and taking on far too many lofty goals at once can wear on your patience. Relations can be a little tense with or among family, and the matter may be about power and control rather than the surface topic. You are especially sensitive right now, and your emotions can swing dramatically. Aim to take undue pressure off yourself now.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Try not to rush matters to a quick conclusion due to impatience today, dear Aquarius. With the Moon in your private twelfth house all day, you instinctively withdraw from challenging or demanding situations. You may be seeking some alone time or extra rest. However, truly relaxing today can be difficult, and demanding people or circumstances may very well find you! Learning, communications, and partnering are areas of big opportunities these days, but you may be jumping ahead of yourself, and in the process, creating unnecessary tension.

Pisces

PiscesYou can feel particularly impatient if left waiting for others today, dear Pisces. At the same time, you shouldn’t be entirely excluding people, as this is the time in your lunar cycle to recognize the value of the team. Instead of waiting for people to sense what you want or need, express yourself and take action. While today can certainly be difficult with cranky energy around you, frustrations experienced now can be lead to new strategies that truly work for you. Try not to jump ahead on new projects if you haven’t yet completed the ones already in place. Give thought to your finances and how you can make important changes that free you from worry and limiting attitudes.

 

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Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

The World

Like The Sun, The World brings good blessings. The World appears where all is in balance. It allows you to act effectively not only as an individual but as a member of a group too. The World promises contentment, fulfillment and completeness to those under its influence. It doesn’t guarantee there will not be moments of strife or discord in your life, but it does indicate that your trials and tribulations will be overcome; that ultimately you will know inner-peace and contentment. The World suggests you have found or will find your place in our Universe—that place where all is as it should be.

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The Magician

Be creative and stay open — your possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Meaning

Traditionally, The Magician is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans, and the like. A modern Magician is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth; one who seeks to bring forth the divine gold within her or himself.

At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with The Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand and charging the world with magical will, was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.

Waite’s image of The Magician as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what The Magician was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.

In the Advice Position

Trust your inspiration. You are smarter than you think.

The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.

Have faith in your innate creativity. The Magician advises you give your questioning nature and free-associating mind plenty of room to explore the subject at hand. Behave just as if you were an open-minded and curious scientist. Through this process, you may bring freshness and clarity into the situation that is both stimulating and catalytic.

You do not have to understand it all intellectually. Besides, intuition is your ace in the hole. Respond in a spontaneous manner to what is right in front of you. There is no reason to hold yourself back. Your natural urges are exactly what is needed, and, your ingenuous timing and elegant style will help smooth over any awkwardness.

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glitter2Your Lucky Tarot Card for the Week of February 20th

This card represents elements that favor you.

This card represents the dreamer in you, the idealist, the mystic. The Fool desires to do great things, but is often unaware of just how difficult great things are to do. He must always be very careful of the choices he makes, and remember knowledge is his ally. The Fool often symbolizes a new beginning, unrestrained optimism, and curiosity that hasn’t been dulled by time. While The Fool may well indicate a lack of experience or grasp of the pitfalls along the path he is taking, it is equally true that his lack of experience leads him to believe all things are possible, which brings even impossible goals within his grasp.

When The Hanged Man or The Star are among your personal cards, the influence of The Fool may be increased. Having The Devil in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Fool.

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Shuffling The Cards, Your Influences for the Week of February 20th

 

Tarot Influence

The Devil

This card represents the dark forces in the world, misuse of power, depression and addiction to the material world. Beware of The Devil in you and do not allow him to gain control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Libra Reversed

Libra reversed denotes a lack of fairness, imbalance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Fire Reversed

Fire reversed denotes calamity that may be on a catastrophic level. Prepare to deal with changes you do not want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Animal Spirit for Today
February 21, 2017

Magpie

Ancient culture associate Magpies with excellent fortune—so it looks like you’ve got something really terrific coming into your life today. However, you may need to search a little to understand the true gift that’s being presented. Pay attention to omens, messages, the clouds, feathers, bird song—your fortune is hidden in those subtle messages. Opportunity is knocking at your door—will you answer?

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Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
A few prayers to your deity of choice would serve you well when dealing with this aspect. Your questions or requests stand a better chance of being answered in the next few days if you do so.

General Description:
This elaborately ornamental charm, worn by Egyptian women, was supposed to bestow upon them all the blessings of their powerful Hathor, goddess of the sunrise, whose worship was universal in Egypt. Health, strength, happiness – all these were the gifts of this their goddess of love. She was regarded as a loving, protecting mother, both of the living and of the dead; was the deity who filled both heaven and earth with her beneficence, and the dispenser of all the blessings of life.

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Crack the Cookie

 

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The Wisdom of Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

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Sun in Pisces

It’s time to reconnect with your spiritual side

It’s time to wrap up another astrological year! When the Sun moves into Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, from February 18 to March 20, it signals the ending of one cycle before the next begins at the Spring Equinox.

And what do you do when something ends, before you begin again? Rest! That’s why the Sun in Pisces is considered a time to dream and heal and regain strength before starting the new cycle.

Pisces is symbolized by two Fish, which we like to call “the fishes with wishes.” The fish are swimming in opposite directions, which is representative of the Pisces paradox. This sign is at once caught between feeling the harshness of reality and the desire for dreamy escapism.

It’s normal to feel more spiritual while the Sun is in Pisces. It’s easier to tap into your intuition and we’re more inclined to follow our instincts and surrender to something greater than the individual self. But it can also be a lazy, daydream-filled period, so we must keep our escapist tendencies in check.

Those born from about February 15-21 were born on the Aquarius-Pisces cusp, and those born from about March 18-22 were born on the Pisces-Aries cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the transition time between two zodiac signs, so you retain some qualities from each sign.

If we can embrace empathy for others without letting their pain make us feel victimized while the Sun is in Pisces, this promises to be a very healing time.

Here’s how to make the most of life with the Sun in Pisces:

What to do: Take care of someone! Pisces is the most compassionate and caring zodiac sign, so they are at their best when doing something kind for others. Adopt this admirable Pisces quality now and use it to ease someone’s pain.

What to say: Something poetic. The dreamy fishes are artsy and creative, so now’s the time to channel your inner Pisces poet and write or speak something beautiful to someone you love.

Where to go: Bed! Pisces can sometimes be called “lazy,” but really they just need a safe place to lie down, close their eyes and dream the day away. If you find your mind meandering while the Sun is in Pisces, give yourself permission to take a sweet little nap.

What to wear: Who cares?! Seriously. Life is not about what we wear, it’s about who we are. That’s the typical Pisces mindset, of course, so if you’re tired of dressing for success, this is a good time to slack into some sweats and forget about fashion while you follow more spiritual pursuits.

What to buy: Anything that will help you feel more connected to your spiritual side. It’s easier to tap into your intuition while the Sun is in Pisces, so shop for New Age healing crystals, incense, candles, Tarot cards and all of Pisces’ favorite spiritual supplies.

What to watch out for: Highly sensitive, compassionate and imaginative, Pisces is at risk of wanting to escape when they feel too much or get caught up in daydreams. Alcohol and drug abuse are common to this sign, so be aware of escapism and try to keep yourself grounded (at least a little bit) while the Sun is in Pisces.

What to look forward to: Healing! By the time the Sun moves out of Pisces, you’ll be rested, renewed, reconnected with your spiritual self and ready to begin a new astrological year!

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Earth Sky News for February 21:  Find blue-white Rigel at Orion’s foot

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It Is Tuesday Morning, Feb. 21, May The Goddess Bless All Our Brothers & Sisters of the Craft!

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Today, we honor the Irish Goddess,

Danu

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Danu is one of the oldest deities in Celtic Mythology. She is the Mother of the Gods and of the Tuatha de Dannan, the first tribe that lived in Ireland, she is also their Protectors.

This Goddess is also know as Ana, Anu, Anann, linked to the Goddess Dan, in Wales. She is the Goddess of Fertility and abundance, associated with Agriculture and Cultivation. She is consider to be an Earth Goddess, Wisdom and Wind, also wields the magic of Divine Flow.

In some Celtic Myths, the Goddess is featured as Mother and Daughter of Dagda, in other myths, Bhe was her consort. Another sources say that Dagda and Danu were the parents of Ogma, while other think that Dian Cecht was their son.

The symbols of the Goddess Mother were air, amber, crowns, earth, fish, gold, holy stones, horses, moon, rivers, sea, seagulls and wind.

When the Roman Invasion started, and the conversion to Christianity became a reality, she was demonized as a witch that captured children to eat them.

Reference

read-legends-and-myths.com

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Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, February 21

The Sun

Sun Direction: 131.10° SE

Sun Altitude: 28.07°

Sun Distance: 91.945 million mi

Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2017 5:28 am (Vernal)

Sunrise Today: 6:35 am 102° East

Sunset Today: 5:40 pm 258° West

Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 5 minutes

 

The Moon

Moon Direction: 200.98° SSW

Moon Altitude: 30.57°

Moon Distance: 248301 mi

Next New Moon: Feb 26, 20178:58 am

Next Full Moon: Mar 12, 20179:53 am

Next Moonset: Today1:12 pm

Current Moon Phase:Waning Crescent

Illumination:24.5%

Reference

timeanddate.com

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The Sky This Week for February 21 to 26

A comet, visible star clusters, and other marvelous things to see in the sky this week.

 

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

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Today is Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Nuin (Ash) – (February 18 – March 17)

The Runic Half Month of Sigel (February 12 – February 26)

Goddess of the Month of Moura – (February 20 – March 19)

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Pagan Book of Days for Tuesday, February 21

During the Roman Feralia, the spirits of the dead were believed to be abroad in the world, hovering above their graves. Provisions were left at graves for them. This was the last day of the Roman year for placating ghosts on February 22 the living were appeased.

Reference

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Tuesday, February 21

Lantern Festival in China and Taiwan, the return of light. This is the last day of the Chinese New Year and a celebration of Kwan Yin. Also, the Feralia in Rome, last day of the Parentalia, the Roman All Souls Day. Day of purification and white candles cognate Candlemas.

The Goddess Book of Days

Diane Stein

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On Tuesday, February 21, We Celebrate….

Feralia (Rome)

LIBITINA

Themes: Death; Freedom

Symbol: Fire

Aboul Libitina: Libitina is the kindly natured Roman goddess of funerals and pyres. In poetic writings, her name metaphorically equates with figurative or literal demise. Turn to her this month to “die” to outmoded ideas or be freed from bad habits. Or call on her to invoke peace for the spirits in Summerland.

To Do Today: In Rome, Feralia was part of a weeklong festival honoring, appeasing, and communicating with the spirits of dead ancestors. If there’s something you want to say to a departed loved one or a token you want to give them, today is an excellent time to try this Libitina mini-ritual. Following Roman custom, toss a message or gift into a fire source, focusing on the individual for whom it’s intended. Libitina bears the energy of the gift or note safely to the desired spirit. Emotionally, this type of ritual liberates you from lingering guilt and generates a sense of closure.

Use the same ritual to rid yourself of old ideas or characteristics that fetter spiritual growth. Take any flammable object that represents this characteristic. Hold it in your hands and channel that obsolete energy into it. Toss it into a fire, saying,

Libitina, liberate me; as this bums, my spirit is freed.

Turn your back to the fire and don’t look back until the symbol is completely destroyed.

Reference

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess

PatriciaTelesco,

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Conjuring for Tuesday

Tuesday – is associated with Mars

Candle colors – Red or Orange

Magickal Work for Tuesday – Taking Action, Crossing, Uncrossing work, Aggression, Cut & Clear work, Law Stay Away, All Battles

Reference

Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies

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The Magick of Tuesdays

Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.

The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!

One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims.

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The Witches Guide to Tuesdays

A god, goddess, or planet governs each day of the week. It is usually easy to spot the ruler of the day by its name. The word Tuesday, however, is not so easy, but if we look at the word in Spanish, Martes, we clearly see its connections to Mars.

Because Tuesday revolves around the energy of Mars, Tuesdays are good for business, mechanical things, buying and selling animals, hunting, beginning studies, gardening, sexual activities, and confrontation. This is a day for sex magick, energy, stamina, and health. As in the old saying, Tuesdays child is full of grace, is also good for success magick and defense against enemies.

Angels of Tuesday are Camael, Samael, Satael, Amabiel, Friagne, and Hyniel. When invoked, Camael takes the form of a leopard. In Druid mythology he is a god of war, which is why we see him associated with Mars. Camael is said to be a member of the “Magnificent Seven” in some circles. Camael is another “terminator” angel.

Samael walks both worlds as a magician and sorcerer. some see him as the angel of death, others as “the bright and poisonous one.” Many consider him more of a demon, and accuse him of being Satan. However, there is reference to the satans (plural) as enforcers of the law, a sort of angelic police, if you will. Supposedly, when Samael is around, dogs howl in the night. On one hand, he is the ruler of the fifth heaven and in charge of two million angels; on the other, he is the one who changed into a serpent and convinced Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit of knowledge.

Satael is an angel of air invoked in magic rites and is the presiding spirit of the planet Mars. Amabiel is another spirit of the planet Mars; however he spends his energy on issues of human sexuality. Friagne, also an angel of this day, is invoked from the east. He is a member of the fifth heaven. Hyniel also belongs to this day and is subject to the east wind.

On Tuesdays the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mars, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest ones to do ritual in. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

Source:

Gypsy Magic

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Magickal Applications for Tuesday

Tuesday is the day associated with the planet Mars. In mythology, Mars was the Roman god of war. If you’re wondering how this day came to be named, it’s because to the Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic people, this day was Tiw’s day (Tuesday). Tuesday actually got its name from the Norse deity Tyr, Tiw, or Tiu, who was also a god of battles and courage. This deity was very similar to the Roman Mars, and the names of the days of the week became switched and substituted as the Germanic peoples replaced the older deities with their own gods. So the name was changed from the Latin Dies Martis (“Mars’ day”) to the old English Tiwesdaeg.

The Norse god Tiw, or Tyr, was known for his sense of justice, discipline, and integrity. This day’s planetary influence brings with it the aggression, bravery, and honor of soldiers, as well as the passion and strength of those of us who must fight for what we believe in.

Reference

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

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 21

Feralia (Roman)

Waning Moon

 

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Sagittarius
Moon enters Capricorn 2: 08 am
Incense: Basil

Color: Maroon

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Correspondences for Tuesday, January 3rd

Tuesday (Tiw’s-day)

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Autumn Shades

Crystals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Flint, Rhodonite, Iron and Steel

Aroma: Basil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Mars Oil, Dragon’s blood and patchouli

Herb: Basil

The day of Mars. This day could only ever symbolize the sheer power of the god of war! The ideal spells to be cast on this day are that of force, power war and protection.

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Magical aspects: controlled power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, the breaking of negative spells, dynamic energy, matrimony, war, enemies, prison, hunting, politics, contests, protection, victory, and athletics.

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Tuesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell

By Tuesday, most people are over Monday’s slump and are ready to charge. They feel more alert and energized on this day. Tuesdays are considered good days for communication, tenderness, taking care of business, and exercise spells.

A Taking Care of Business Spell – TCB Bag Spell

Items needed for this spell:

1 small

brown paper bag

Take the paper bag and whisper what it is you need to do, that needs to get done, as soon as possible. Then, blow into the bag. Feel the hot air from your mouth flow into the bag, as it takes that energy into it. After blowing the bag up, pop the bag. This should make a loud noise and send your strong energy into the atmosphere, indicating the seriousness of your desire.

Refernce

 A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities

Helga C. Loueen

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for February 21

Feralia

Feralia is the last day of Parantalia, the public festival of the dead. At this time, offerings of food were carried to tombs by each household for use by the dead. This was the equivalent lent to All Souls’ Day.

It was the custom for an ugly old woman, seated amongst girls, to perform magick rituals to appease the Silent Goddess, Tacita. Some rites included placing incense in the mouse holes; casting spells over thread that was then tied to pieces of lead; and placing fish heads sealed with pitch and pierced with pins, into the ground. The latter was done to stop the wagging of the tongue so they could not utter curses.

Magickal Activity for February 21 for the Day of Feralia

Protection Against Gossip

Items needed: One black candle; a lock of your own hair; an envelope; red sealing wax; a seal with your initial on it; a red marking pen.

Place all the items on a small table or altar. Draw a circle on the outside of the envelope. In the center of the circle, draw a pair of closed lips. Drip some of the sealing wax on the lips and draw an X through them. Place the hair inside the envelope. lope. Light the candle and set it on top of the envelope. Visualize alize the person who is gossiping about you stopping immediately. As you do this, chant the following:

Sealed within I shall be,

That no harm will come to me.

Your cruel words bounce off me,

And are now returned back to thee.

For this I now will, So mote it be.

Allow candle to burn out. Bury the envelope.

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The Witches Moon Phase for February 21

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 26%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Phase Details for – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 26%
Moon Age: 24.54 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 402,065.50 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,982,160.99 km
Reference
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Your Weekly Karmic Forecast: February 19 – 25, 2017

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTE*  There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.  

Weekly Forecast: February 19 – 25, 2017

2/20 ~ Mercury (acumen) ~sextile~ Uranus (the Awakener):

This energy says, it’s time to go with the flow – “new and different” being the flow. It wants to shake it up a bit – in a good way. However, if you feel like new and different is more like chaos and disruption, then you need to reflect and see if you aren’t being too rigid. Unwillingness to go with the (new) flow will make this energy harder to handle. This is also a good time to try to resolve any old issues or challenges – they are not going away without resolution and conscious release. Perhaps you’ve been trying the same thing over and over and it’s time to try something NEW – now is the time new ideas can/will come to you. Pay attention! Try to be open and receptive to unusual things, events or ideas and allow room for spontaneity. You may think you are doing one thing and look up and being doing something completely different – be open to exploring the new path!

2/21 ~ Mercury (learning & mind) ~trine~ Jupiter (education & consciousness):

This energy is great for expanding your mind, learning something new or taking a class. It’s time to plan for the future and start getting organized. However, you may feel less disciplined and more creative, which is fine in the beginning, but eventually focus & discipline will have to be engaged to ground your new ideas, thoughts or concepts. You have to ask your Self, ‘How bad do you want it?’ If you are self-aware, awake & alert, you will be able to see (and seize) the opportunities as they present themselves. It may ‘appear’ to be luck, but it’s really more that you were in alignment with the Cosmos, present & positive, and ultimately, able to trust & follow your instincts. Practice, there is no perfection. Being optimistic & looking for opportunity in every experience will magnetize the positive and naturally repel the negative, leading right where you want to be! Take advantage of this good energy to connect to whatever it is you are trying to create in your life at this time.

2/22 ~ Mars (lower will) ~square~ Pluto (Higher will):

This is a test of what you are made of, on the deepest core level, and will require surrender as well as focus. This energy challenges you to evolve and will make you want to push through all obstacles but you must be careful not to be so aggressive that you are stepping on anyone to get where you’re going. This is a potent energy that can facilitate major transformation in your life if you know who you are, what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice to get there – that includes parts of your Self that may need to shift to be more effective. This energy can bring power struggles, within or without, so be mindful because this energy is affecting everyone at this time. This is the time to tie up any loose ends if you are close to beginning anew. If you do not finish what you already have in the works, it may get in the way of things you want to do in the future. It is time to align your true inner power with balanced outer actions & choices.

2/23 ~ Mercury (communication) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility):

This energy is really good for being able to objectively see what needs to be changed, fixed or stabilized in your life or environment. One expression of this energy is a tendency toward depression or apathy, but a better expression would be facing what needs to be done and following through on what you have begun. You may feel the need to organize things at home or work, or perhaps take a class or workshop of some sort that will help you attain your current goals. Either way, be focused but not too serious – balance in all things. It’s when you focus on the lack and limitation that you feel overwhelmed and sometimes helpless. That’s not the point of this energy. It’s just time to do some serious thinking, tend to the details, take stock and make changes accordingly.

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Your Weekly Astrology: February 20-26, 2017

Rise above it

This week starts off on a promising note, but a dose of disagreeable energy midweek could throw a wrench into the mix. Take the higher road, and you’ll be just fine. Continue reading for details about this week…

Monday, February 20: Mercury sextile Uranus;
Tuesday, February 21: Mercury trine Jupiter

Mercury is quite busy this week. He’ll be sextile Uranus on Monday, trine Jupiter on Tuesday, and sextile Saturn on Thursday. As a result, this will be a 5-star week to sign a contract, make an important decision, or move forward with any communications related project. Just act before Saturday…

Wednesday, February 22: Mars square Pluto

On Wednesday, Mars will square off with Pluto, adding a dose of cranky energy to the mix. In fact, it may turn into a major temper tantrum if you feel that your personal goals or identity is being thwarted in some way by an authority figure, or even life’s obligations.

Saturday, February 25: Mercury enters Pisces

Mercury enters Pisces on Saturday, and your mind will focus more on creative endeavors and spiritual fulfillment.

Sunday, February 26: Solar Eclipse in Pisces; Mars conjunct Uranus

At the Solar Eclipse in Pisces on Sunday, the stakes are high and you are painfully aware that whatever your choices this week, there is a spiritual connection to their consequences. The best course of action? Seek enlightenment.

Mars also conjuncts Uranus on Sunday, and that tantrum from midweek may become quite reckless. This is unpredictable, jolting energy that you can use for innovation or destruction. Choose wisely.

Reference

Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

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Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of February 20th

by Marie Simmone

 

General

    • General Horoscope

      There might be a tantrum or two happening in the love department midweek. On Wednesday, Mars will square off with Pluto shortening everyone’s temper and causing obsessive, jealous fits of rage in certain instances. Mars conjunct Uranus on Sunday will only aggravate the possibility of reckless behavior. None of this has to be your scenario as long as you are determined to take the high road. Fortunately, Mercury will make positive links all week helping everyone talk through any outburst. Then, on Sunday, a Solar Eclipse in Pisces may nurture the beginning of an enchanting dream for some. Are you ready for a new romantic fairytale?


    • Aries

      Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19

      You might be carrying around a symbolic wrecking ball that can lead to damage in several areas if you’re not careful. You appear more than ready for a change both professionally and possibly in the relationship department as well. Still, it doesn’t give you license to bully or intimidate others, especially someone you love. If you are extremely angry about career matters, it’s possible that you’ll inadvertently take out your frustration on your lover. Don’t make that mistake; you’ll only end up drowning in a sea of regret.


    • Taurus

      Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20

      There might be plenty of chaos happening all around you, but fortunately for you, it won’t penetrate your relationship. You and your sweetheart will manage to maintain open lines of communication with one another despite any fall out in other areas of your lives. In fact, talking to your mate will be your saving grace in many ways. Just when you think you are going to lose your mind over the ridiculousness of other people’s choices and actions, you’ll find salvage in the calm, rational presence of your lover.


    • Gemini

      Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20

      You may elect to change career paths in some way after Sunday’s Solar Eclipse that will fall at the top of your chart. If you’re going in this direction, it’s likely that you’ll need to obtain a different type of degree or license. While you may see it as a daunting task, your partner will remind you that this has been your dream for quite some time. You have his or her support, and once you remember this you’ll remember that because of this, nothing is out of reach.


    • Cancer

      Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22

      You may feel as if the greatest obstacle to your career success is your spouse or partner. If this is the case, you might end up in a major argument by Wednesday. Have you been holding in resentment about various problems in your relationship? If so, now it will be critical to address it. If you find yourself blaming your partner because of your inability to handle professional changes, ask yourself what’s really going on. Blame and resentment will only continue to erode your relationship, and your life.


    • Leo

      Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22

      Communication with your partner will be remarkable this week. Mercury remains in your relationship sector until Saturday, and will link up favorably to several planets between Monday and Thursday. It appears that you and your mate will be quite busy making a vital decision together, signing a contract, or even studying an innovative new subject that intrigues you both. You’ll be able to rely on each other whether it’s as a sounding board, or for advice. Wonderful!


    • Virgo

      Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22

      If you recently met someone, it’s possible that you’ll push a little too far when trying to get your new paramour to reveal intimate details that he or she is not yet comfortable sharing. Respect your lover’s wishes, and be patient if you sense he or she is not ready to share anything and everything with you. You’d want to the same consideration in return. If you’re married, you and your mate will have a fresh start in your lives after Sunday. Dream big!


    • Libra

      Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22

      Instability and aggravation might be a major part of your love life this week. Mars, the planet of assertive drive, is currently moving through your relationship sector and stirring things up between you and your mate. Mars will be at odds with both Pluto and Uranus this week, leading to the possibility of an angry outburst and actions that you later regret. If you notice you’re feeling inflamed, do your best to step away from a heated situation with your partner before it gets out of hand. Deep breaths.


    • Scorpio

      Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21

      If you’re single and have been hoping to meet a true soul mate, you’re in luck. This Sunday, a Solar Eclipse will fall in your true love sector. This is a phenomenal event that might lead to you meeting someone who becomes the love of your life. This person will likely be spiritual or artistic in some way. He or she might also be quite charitable and very much want to heal the suffering of others. You’ll be instantly smitten!


    • Sagittarius

      Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21

      While it’s true that your love life will have its fair share of action this week, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the kind of attention you want. Unfortunately, it appears that instability and surprise will be more likely. You might even feel so frustrated with your current romantic situation that you do something out of character or reckless. It might feel exhilarating at the time, but remember that your behavior always has a consequence. Make sure you’re willing to accept the result of your actions.


    • Capricorn

      Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19

      After Sunday, you and your spouse or partner might have a significant development in a communications matter. If you are thinking about signing a vital contract together such as s prenuptial agreement or even a postnuptial agreement, it’s possible that you’ll begin this process now. More than likely, you and your mate will begin to formulate a plan that allows you to pursue a shared dream. Your only limitation will be the depth of your faith in each other. Fortunately, that depth seems endless.


  • Aquarius

    Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18

    Make the most of your extraordinary communication skills while you still have them at this five-star level. Mercury will remain in your sign until Saturday, and from Monday through Thursday, will link up favorably to several other planets. As a result, you’ll come across as brilliant and even more intellectually stimulating than usual. If single, use this to your advantage and schedule a couple of first dates. Speed dating will be successful and fun.

     


  • Pisces

    Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20

    You have much to look forward to this week both personally and in relationship matters. Mercury will enter Pisces on Saturday, and remains in your sign until March 13. As a result, you’ll have a stunning edge, allowing you to express yourself with clarity to your partner and anyone else. Then, on Sunday, a Solar Eclipse will fall in your sign. It signals a powerful fresh start where you can initiate whatever endeavor you want most to succeed. This includes one in matters of the heart.

     

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 21

Aries

Aries Horoscope

You have all sorts of exciting ideas and plans these days, dear Aries, but putting too much energy into new efforts can get you behind on those projects already in place and your responsibilities as well. It can be difficult to manage all that you have going on. For those of you who have been coming on strong and irritating those in authority or competitors, this can be a day when a standoff occurs. Some of you may feel unsupported and concerned about your position in your career or with your reputation. Tensions on these fronts can reach a boiling point today. Watch how you react, as this can make all the difference. The key to getting past anxiety, frustration, and perhaps a bit of paranoia is talking things through with a trusted friend. Ideas generated with or about relationships are winners today.

Taurus

Taurus Horoscope

The Sun, Mars, and Pluto are in tense relationships today, dear Taurus, and you can feel under pressure. Jealousies or resentments can be an issue, and you might find yourself fixating on an unresolved, frustrating matter from the past, particularly with angry Mars in the sector of your solar chart that rules your subconscious mind. You might fantasize about saying your piece, but frustrations you’ve buried may emerge in disruptive ways if you’re not in touch with yourself. Allowing for differences of opinion today without feeling personally threatened or insulted, and truly listening to other viewpoints, can help you grow and move beyond your fears. A Mercury-Jupiter influence also helps pull you out of a frustrated mindset. If you throw your energy into something that truly pleases you now, you will feel stronger and happier for it. Work and career matters can thrive with your positive attitude.

Gemini

Gemini

Power plays among friends and lovers or with associates might figure strongly today, dear Gemini. You want to take the lead, and this is fine, but if you encounter resistance, you might need to adjust your expectations, and perhaps even your manner! However, if others are pushing their agenda on you, then you may need to put your foot down. Avoid allowing anxiety and fear undermine you in your relationships, and for some of you, with your finances. Instead, take firm steps towards improving your current financial position, with an eye on the future, and for understanding a relationship. While tensions run high, there is also excellent energy with you for problem-solving and getting into a more positive frame of mind. Regarding love and partnership, you may be coming together and seeing eye to eye. There is a stronger ability to take daily affairs in stride, particularly after a conversation and a solid session of thinking things through.

Cancer

Cancer

People close to you can seem quite demanding or even pushy today, dear Cancer. You may feel caught in the middle of a power struggle or a difficult decision. There is also a good chance that your expectations of relationships are very high. Ego energies are intense, and clashes are quite likely as a result. Interactions with others tend to put you in touch with your fears of change, unpredictability, and loss of control in your relationships. Your first reaction may be to scramble to find ways to regain or maintain control, but attempts to do so can bring about unsettling results. Aim to rise above insecurities. While competition can motivate you to improve your game, try not to be defensive to maximize your position. A Mercury-Jupiter alliance also active today helps you reason things out, in fact. It’s a good time for some form of emotional renewal.

Leo

Leo Glyph Symbol Horoscope

Tension can result from overattachment to a particular method, idea, belief, or point of view today, dear Leo. Know when to let go – for your own sake. If it’s only about scoring intellectual points, then you have all the more reason to conserve your strength. You tend to shoulder work responsibilities automatically, and while this can work in your favor a lot of the time, you can occasionally feel far too much pressure, and this can be one of those times. Think about ways to share the load, even while continuing to give it your best, by sharing some concerns with a trusted partner or friend. A Mercury-Jupiter influence helps pull you above some of the obsessive potentials of the day. Don’t let the pressure you put on yourself build to the point of boiling over. Conversations can lead to creative solutions and new ideas.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol Horoscope

It can be all too easy to succumb to pressures and frustrations today, dear Virgo, and to obsess over things that won’t mean much in the long run. Try not to push others to prove their attachment to you. Use intense emotions and compulsions constructively if possible. When it comes to your love relationships and relationships with your own children, if applicable, your strong sense of pride can often lead you to keep your fears to yourself. Consider ways to release some of the pressure by sharing some of your concerns with someone you trust or with someone anonymous. If you keep everything to yourself, the resulting tension can interfere in disruptive ways. There is good energy for seeking out creative solutions to practical problems today, however, and for some of you, for communicating positively and successfully with colleagues, health care workers, and associates, making it a good time for improving health and work methods.

Libra

Libra

Frustrations with others’ behavior could run high today, dear Libra, and resentful feelings can emerge, particularly if you’ve been feeling that others seem to be putting their agendas over yours. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself, but do so without defensiveness, if possible, for best results. Displaying self-respect increases your chances of receiving respect. If you don’t feel secure today, your fears and frustrations can reach a boiling point. Confronting your fears makes more sense than reacting too quickly to smaller problems. Aim for more self-understanding now. Fortunately, with Jupiter in your sign harmonizing with Mercury also active today, you are in a good position to talk through problems and get to a positive frame of mind. People are drawn to your warm and healing aura, even if you’re still sorting things out on the inside.

Scorpio

Scorpio Horoscope

You can feel quite frustrated with others who seem to be getting in the way or slowing you down when it comes to pursuing your work and personal interests today, dear Scorpio. If things are not going as planned or if they feel out of your control, you can reach a boiling point now. Avoid focusing on what others are, or aren’t, doing. Try not to let ego issues run amok today, especially where it comes to an opinion or viewpoint — it’s unlikely to be worth it! Look for the source of problems, which can reduce to fear of not being in control or not having clout. Fortunately, a Mercury-Jupiter influence active today helps pull you out of an obsessive mindset. Helping someone out today can be not only distracting but rewarding. It may be a good idea to avoid those who are too pushy or demanding right now and to find your way to people who accept you exactly as you are, or who don’t expect things from you as part of your friendship. Watch for overdoing in all areas of life today.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Horoscope

There may be some looming tension as you battle obstacles to pursuing a romance, goal, or risky venture, dear Sagittarius. For some of you, a disagreement might occur over core values, money, or questions of ownership. Alternatively, you may be feeling conflicted on an inner level about your feelings towards someone. You have a rather cautious and conservative streak when it comes to your money and possessions, and more concerns about them recently, but you don’t always share this with others. Today, tensions can come to the point of boiling over. Insecurities and fears tend to magnify in your mind. At the end of it all, you could learn a great deal from differences. As well, you have strong energy with you for communicating what you feel as well as for being on the same page with a partner. Sharing ideas feels good and can lead to new understanding and a feeling of camaraderie and support.

Capricorn

Capricorn HoroscopeThe Moon moves into your sign early today, and emotional needs color many of your decisions today, dear Capricorn. Your tendency may be to resist others’ wishes or to go off on a tangent with a Mars-Pluto aspect in play, and this can certainly make some waves today. You’re provocative now, perhaps without even knowing it. Your strong sense of pride and privacy may trip you up, as you tend to shoulder many responsibilities and often avoid sharing the load. Frustrations related to wanting to do more than you can currently do can mount, but don’t push yourself. You might consider taking a light schedule until you’ve worked out what’s bothering you. A Mercury-Jupiter influence also active today can help take some of the pressure off. It’s a good time to present your ideas and showcase your talents. Ideas for boosting business, your reputation, or your income can come to you now. Despite the intense undercurrents, positive thinking works best for you today.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The tendency to fixate on a certain topic or idea now can be positive if you are working on a project that needs extra attention, dear Aquarius. However, you may be pushing things too hard, and you could display impatience with others whose ideas frustrate you or who slow you down. Watch for a tendency to react too quickly and angrily to frustrations, and avoid starting or furthering power games. Consider that guardedness of your privacy and unwillingness to explore deeper issues may be at the root of tensions now, and whether something you’ve swept under the carpet is better dealt with than avoided. The Moon moving through your privacy sector today can make you feel a little less effective than usual, but you deserve some time to take things easy. Focusing on friendships and positive communications can be your saving grace now. There can be inspiring ideas coming in, or you could take part in a healthy debate that gets you thinking. Moderation is the key to success now, although it can be difficult to achieve.

Pisces

PiscesThere can be a buildup of pressure in a friendship or with a project today, dear Pisces, and if you’ve kept too much to yourself, the stress can get to you now. Differences in values with others, while they may be overlooked on other days, can get under your skin today. Don’t allow others to bring you down. Financial matters might cause a mini panic of sorts, but sensible solutions tend to emerge once you begin calming down and looking at the bigger picture. Consider ways to release some of the pressure without compromising your values so that you go forward in your birthday month freer and more confident. You might learn something helpful that was previously hidden or private today, and researching or investigating a matter further can be rewarding.

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If You Were Born Today, February 21:

You are generally very well-liked and inspiring to others. Others might not know just how sensitive you are, as your outward personality is easygoing. A tad moody, you frequently experience restlessness on an emotional level. Many of you possess literary talents and a fine sense of humor. You have a pragmatic and organized side to your personality that is distinct but not always immediately apparent. Famous people born today: Anais Nin, Erma Bombeck, Chuck Palahniuk, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nina Simone.

Your Birthday Year Forecast

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

You are likely to be popular with others when it comes to your ideas and communications, especially as you are communicating with optimism and cheerfulness, and this can bring rewarding experiences and opportunities into your life.

This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year. Mental pursuits, new learning, and all forms of intellectual activity are especially favored in the year ahead. There can be animated discussions, debates, lectures, and travel in high focus. You are quick to take the initiative and to put your thoughts into action. You may enjoy increased activity with younger people or friends. Once you get going on an area of study or project, you bring great energy to your endeavor.

This is a year in which you put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future this year is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, this year will benefit you for years to come.

You have strong predilections for assertive and fiery actions this year. Bursts of creativity and energy help you to further your goals. Energy and motivation levels are variable, so take advantage of the periods when you feel inspired. People can’t easily push you into doing much of anything right now, as you seem to need to feel inspired from within. You are breaking free from habits that have previously held you back from going after what you want in life. This can be a year when bursts of restlessness, rebellion, and impatience figure prominently. You assert your will and individuality powerfully, and you are quick to fight for freedom. You may resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold you back. Ideally, confrontations engaged in this year clear the air and help you to move forward.

The Sun conjuncts the South Node in your Solar Return chart, indicating that you are likely to be dealing with karma in your personal relationships. You may be feeling hesitant about pursuing your goals or “taking” what you want from life. Relationships always mirror our own inner conflicts, but this year, you are bound to find particular meaning in your relationship dynamics in terms of your own life path.

You seek out nourishment from others, and you naturally nurture and support them in return. Needs and cravings seem to be in harmony, or at least not in conflict, with those of your loved ones. You feel more purposeful through your efforts to help and support.

You are taking particular pride in your relationships. It’s a good time to strengthen and support others and to build trust. You instinctively know how to behave in ways that boost others’ confidence, while maintaining your own. This can be a pleasantly ambitious period.

This is a powerful year for learning, sharing ideas, and connecting with others. You enjoy making long-term plans and learning about a variety of subjects. Studies, publishing, and travel are favored. Always receptive to new ideas, you are absorbing a lot of information. You are able to innovate, but you could have some trouble with follow-through. When you are motivated, you can accomplish great things, bringing new life to old goals. Watch for impatience and nursing resentment. Find healthy channels for releasing pent-up energy.

 

2017 is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.

2018 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.

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A moment of your time, please

I wouldn’t be running off so early but I promised my little fuzzy butt a trip outside to play. Before we do go, I have a concern or two and I want your opinion about the matter. So that no one would know who anybody was, I put it in poll form. It is also easier to hit a button and run, especially if your in a hurry. Please take a moment and let me know your honest thoughts, we would deeply appreciate it.

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day – Polar Ring Galaxy

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.

2017 February 17

Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660
Image Credit & Copyright: CHART32 Team, Processing – Johannes Schedler

 

Explanation: NGC 660 is featured in this cosmic snapshot. Over 40 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660’s peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings strongly tilted from the plane of the galactic disk. The bizarre-looking configuration could have been caused by the chance capture of material from a passing galaxy by a disk galaxy, with the captured debris eventually strung out in a rotating ring. The violent gravitational interaction would account for the myriad pinkish star forming regions scattered along NGC 660’s ring. The polar ring component can also be used to explore the shape of the galaxy’s otherwise unseen dark matter halo by calculating the dark matter’s gravitational influence on the rotation of the ring and disk. Broader than the disk, NGC 660’s ring spans over 50,000 light-years.

Earth Sky News for February 17th: Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Bottom line: Use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star.