Beltane – Bealtaine Traditions in Irish Folklore

Beltane is the anglicised version of our Irish word Bealtaine – still in use and meaning ‘the month of May’ in our own language. Bealtaine is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature, and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology.

Irish folklore still holds the legacy of the traditions and customs associated with this ancient festival. Bealtaine and Samhain are the original two turning points for the ‘wheel of the year’ in Ireland. That’s May Eve and Hallowe’en, in case you’re not familiar.

These major Irish Pagan Festivals were pivotal – literally – times of upheaval of change for our ancestors over 8,000 years ago when the Hunter Gatherer societies moved from their Summer to Winter camping grounds at these seasonal turning points, and they still resonate through the landscape and the Irish communities to this day.

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Beltane: (Bealtaine, Valpurgis)

Incense: Lilac, Frankincense
Decorations: Maypole, Flowers, Ribbons
Colours: Green

The Fire Festival of Beltane

This festival is also known as Beltane, the Celtic May Day. It officially begins at moonrise on May Day Eve, and marks the beginning of the third quarter or second half of the ancient Celtic year. It is celebrated as an early pastoral festival accompanying the first turning of the herds out to wild pasture. The rituals were held to promote fertility. The cattle were driven between the Belfires to protect them from ills. Contact with the fire was interpreted as symbolic contact with the sun. In early Celtic times, the druids kindled the Beltane fires with specific incantations. Later the Christian church took over the Beltane observances, a service was held in the church, followed by a procession to the fields or hills, where the priest kindled the fire. The rowan branch is hung over the house fire on May Day to preserve the fire itself from bewitchment (the house fire being symbolic of the luck of the house).

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Beltane by The Goddess & The Green Man

Sunset to Sunset.

Beltane honours Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak King, as Jack-In-The-Green, as the Green Man, falls in love with her and wins her hand. The union is consummated and the May Queen becomes pregnant. Together the May Queen and the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage (or Heiros Gamos), the union of Earth and Sky, and this union has merrily been re-enacted by humans throughout the centuries. For this is the night of the Greenwood Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action. And have some fun…..

Traditions of Beltane…

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Superstitions

Around this time of year superstitions seems to come at us from all over the place. With this in mind I pulled out my book Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions by David Pickering Copyright 1995.

I will be posting a few today and tomorrow in among the articles, spells, potions, etc for Samhain and Beltane. If there is a superstition that has been passed down in your family or that you believe in and would like some more information about them please write a description of the superstition in the comment area.

Many times during my youth my mother, who is now in the Summerlands, told me they story of her grandmother picking up and throwing the first pair of shoes she ever bought for herself across the room a breaking the heel off one of them. The reason being her grandmother believed that putting shoes on the table was bad luck. My family has many other superstitions that I will share as we get closer to our holidays.

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WHAT IS BELTANE?

One of the four quarter day festivals, Beltane saw members of communities come together to celebrate the return of the summer. The observance of this hugely important time in the turning of the wheel of the year was characterised by a celebration of the return of the fertility of the land, and would have been a time when livestock would have been put out to pasture.

The word ‘Beltane’ roughly translates as ‘bright fire’ and, as such, one of the most important rituals, which survives today in our modern festival, concerns the lighting of the Beltane bonfire. Fire was seen as a purifier and healer and would have been walked around and danced/jumped over by the members of the community. Farmers would also have driven their cattle between bonfires to cleanse and protect them before being put out into the fields.

In ancient communities, all hearth fires would have been extinguished and a new neid fire lit which would have then been used to relight people’s hearths in their own homes. In this way the community was connected to each other by the sacred fire which was central to all. The festival would also have been a time of courtship rituals and a celebration of our own fertility!

The important point to note when thinking about our own festival is the joy and the revelry that is fostered in the ritual. It is about casting off the darkness and celebrating the light. It is a time for celebrating fertility, both in the context of our biological functions as well as our own creative energies, the fertility of our creative community.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND…

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Samhain (Samain) – The Celtic roots of Halloween

As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain (Samain) festival. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.

The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. People wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as harmful spirits and thus avoid harm. Bonfires and food played a large part in the festivities. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into a communal fire, household fires were extinguished and started again from the bonfire. Food was prepared for the living and the dead, food for the ancestors who were in no position it eat it, was ritually shared with the less well off.

Christianity incorporated the honouring of the dead into the Christian calendar with All Saints (All Hallows) on November 1st, followed by All Souls on November 2nd. The wearing of costumes and masks to ward off harmful spirits survived as Halloween customs. The Irish emigrated to America in great numbers during the 19th century especially around the time of famine in Ireland during the 1840’s. The Irish carried their Halloween traditions to America, where today it is one of the major holidays of the year. Through time other traditions have blended into Halloween, for example the American harvest time tradition of carving pumpkins.

Two hills in the Boyne Valley were associated with Samhain in Celtic Ireland, Tlachtga and Tara. Tlachtga was the location of the Great Fire Festival which begun on the eve of Samhain (Halloween). Tara was also associated with Samhain, however it was secondary to Tlachtga in this respect.

The entrance passage to the Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara is aligned with the rising sun around Samhain. The Mound of the Hostages is…

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6 Famous Curses and Their Origins

Dig into the superstitions that surround King Tut’s tomb, the Hope Diamond and more.

Throughout history, people have promoted stories of curses for a variety of reasons. To sports fans, curses can help explain their favorite team’s loss. When a cause of death is misunderstood, curses can provide an explanation. For an imperial nation, curses can betray anxiety about being punished for colonizing and taking artifacts. And sometimes, curses come about because someone just wanted to make up a story.

Here are some prominent curses in history.

1. King Tut’s Curse (and Other ‘Mummy’s Curses’)

King Tut's Curse

The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

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In February 1923, a British archaeological team opened the tomb of Tutankhamun, or “King Tut,” an Egyptian pharaoh during the 14th century B.C. Two months later, when the team’s sponsor died from a bacterial infection, British newspapers claimed without evidence that he’d died because of “King Tut’s curse.” Whenever subsequent members of the team died, the media dredged up the alleged curse again.

King Tut’s curse and other famous “mummy’s curses” were invented by Europeans and Americans while their countries removed priceless artifacts from Egypt. After the Titanic sank in 1912, some newspapers even promoted a conspiracy theory that the ship had sunk because of a “mummy’s curse.”

READ MORE: The Craziest Titanic Conspiracy Theories, Explained

Though it’s not clear how many people actually took these “curses” seriously, these stories became extremely popular subjects for horror movies like The Mummy (1932) and its many iterations, as well as comedies like Mummy’s Boys (1936) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955).

2. The Curse of the Polish King’s Tomb

Casimir IV Jagiellon, King of Poland

Casimir IV Jagiellon.

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In 1973, a group of archaeologists opened the tomb of the 15th-century Polish king Casimir IV Jagiellon in Kraków, Poland. As with the opening of King Tut’s tomb 50 years before, European media hyped up the event, and the researchers involved allegedly joked that they were risking a curse on the tomb by opening it.

When some of the team members began to die shortly after, some media outlets speculated it was due to a curse. Later, experts discovered traces of deadly fungi inside the tomb that can cause lung illnesses when breathed in. This was the cause of their deaths.

3. The Hope Diamond Curse

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The Hope Diamond, Evelyn Walsh McLean

Evelyn Walsh McLean, one of the owners of the famous Hope diamond, c. 1915.

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In the 1660s, the French gem dealer Jean-Baptiste Tavernier purchased a large diamond of unknown origin during a trip to India. Yet by the 20th century, a myth had sprung up in the United States and Europe that Tavernier had stolen the diamond from the statue of a Hindu goddess. The newspapers and jewelers who spread this story claimed the diamond was cursed and brought bad luck to those who owned it.

By 1839, the diamond supposedly ended up with Henry Philip Hope, a Dutch collector based in London and the source of the stone’s modern name—the Hope Diamond. Sometime after this, European and American newspapers began claiming that the Hope Diamond carried a curse.

The French jeweler Pierre Cartier reportedly used these stories to enhance the diamond’s value when he sold it to American heiress Evelyn Walsh McLean in the early 1910s. After she died, it went to a U.S. jewelry company, which exhibited it before donating it in 1958 to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains today.

READ MORE: 8 of Halloween’s Most Hair-Raising Folk Legends 

5. The Curse of Tippecanoe (or Tecumseh’s Curse)

he Curse of Tippecanoe, Tecumseh’s Curse

The Battle of Tippecanoe, where General Harrison fought Tecumshe on Nov 7, 1811.

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In the mid-20th century, U.S. media began to note a pattern in presidential deaths. Starting with William Henry Harrison and ending with John F. Kennedy, every 20 years the country elected a president who would die in office.

Harrison, the first president to die in office, was elected in 1840. The other presidents who died in office include Abraham Lincoln, elected 1860 (and 1864); James A. Garfield, elected 1880; William McKinley, elected 1900; Warren G. Harding, elected 1920; Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected 1940 (as well as 1932, 1936 and 1944); and JFK, elected 1960. The only president between Harrison and JFK to fall outside of this pattern is Zachary Taylor, who was elected in 1848 and died in 1850.

In the 1930s, Ripley’s Believe It or Not claimed the “pattern” was due to a curse Shawnee Chief Tecumseh placed on Harrison and future presidents after Harrison’s troops defeated Tecumseh’s at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. (Tecumseh died two years later in another battle against Harrison’s troops.) This story likely originated with non-Native Americans and bears a similarity to other “curses” in U.S. books and movies about disturbing Native burial grounds.

WATCH: Halloween Documentaries on HISTORY Vault

6. The Curse of Macbeth

There are lots of superstitions in the world of theatre. It’s bad luck to wish actors good luck, hence the reason people instead tell them to “break a leg.” And it’s also bad luck to say the word “Macbeth” in the theatre except during a performance of the Shakespeare play. Supposedly, this is because tragedy has historically befallen productions of the play. In reality, these stories are a mix of fabrication and selective evidence-picking.

The legend about the play seems to have started with Max Beerbohm, a British cartoonist and critic born in the 1870s, nearly three centuries after Macbeth’s first performance. Beerbohm—possibly annoyed that Macbeth was such a popular playmade up a story that the first actor cast to play Lady Macbeth died right before the play’s opening night.

Since then, this story has become part of a myth that the play is cursed and has brought bad luck to those involved with it. Though there have been real accidents during runs of Macbeth over its more than 400-year history, these accidents gain more attention than accidents during other plays because of the supposed “curse.”

READ MORE: Did Shakespeare Really Write His Own Plays?

7. The Billy Goat Curse on the Chicago Cubs

History of the Billy Goat Curse

 A fan pushes a goat in a cart outside of Wrigley Field before the start of the 2017 home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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As with theatre, there are also a lot of superstitions in the world of sports. One of the most famous is the supposed “billy goat curse” on the Chicago Cubs.

In 1945, a tavern owner named William “Billy Goat” Sianis was reportedly prevented from bringing his pet goat, Murphy, into Chicago’s Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Supposedly, Sianis put a curse on the Cubs, saying they wouldn’t win this or any other World Series ever again.

Before this, the Cubs had only won the World Series twice before, in 1907 and 1908. When they lost the World Series in 1945, the curse gained credence. In 2016, when the Cubs won the world series for the first time in over a century, U.S. media promoted the idea that the curse was broken.

The billy goat curse is similar to the curse of the Bambino, which supposedly began when the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth in 1919 and ended when the team won the World Series in 2004. There’s also rapper Lil B’s curse on Kevin Durant, which Lil B issued in a 2011 tweet and lifted in 2017 in another tweet. When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals that year with Durant earning MVP, sports media jokingly (or not?) proclaimed that Lil B had helped by lifting the curse.

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Weekly Horoscope Sunday, October 25 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

All Signs

Halloween can be full of surprises, “Trick-or-treat!” However, this year Halloween will “really” be full of surprises because on that day, the Sun will be opposite Uranus, the planet of wild and crazy unpredictability; plus, the Moon will line up with Uranus as well. A double whammy! Please note: This is an accident-prone day. Parents must be aware of this, especially with young children out after dark. Everything is unpredictable this day, which means you must be mindful and pay attention to everything you say and do. One other unusual aspect about this year is that even if you don’t care about Halloween, you’ll be wearing a mask!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This has been such a challenging year for you! Frankly hellish. All the heavy-duty stuff with Saturn and Pluto taking place in Capricorn was completely at 90 degrees odds with your sign. Furthermore, from Sept. to Nov. when Mars is retrograde in your sign, you will question everything and feel at loose ends. In just three weeks, Mars will no longer be retrograde and your life will improve – definitely. It will improve even again in Dec. and then again in Jan.! (That’s how bad it’s been.) In the meantime, your closest relationships are pleasantly activated because both Mercury and Venus just moved opposite your sign this week. Expect smooth exchanges plus lots of fun conversation. Yada, yada, yada.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Something unexpected to do with partners and close friends will occur this week, more likely towards the end of the week. Count on this. Someone might suggest something you least expect? Perhaps more freedom in the relationship? Possibly, you are the person who wants more independence? Mars retrograde is taking place in a hidden part of your chart, which can stir up feelings from your childhood, which will probably make you feel insecure. Fortunately, relations with coworkers are excellent, even though Mercury retrograde is triggering delays, goofy mistakes and mixed-up communications related to your job or actually, anything that you do. Be alert around Halloween.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You are keen to get better organized this week, which is why you are working hard. You will also welcome opportunities to socialize and enjoy sports events and fun times with kids. Some of you might hear from an old flame? Meanwhile, as we near Halloween, something unexpected could impact your health, your job or something to do with a pet. Whatever happens will be surprising and will demand your attention. Caution against snap judgments at that time, especially if you feel rattled. (Which you probably will.) Something might make you question your involvement with a group or a particular friend. Maybe this needs rethinking?

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is a fun-loving, playful week for you. Enjoy social outings (if you can swing this) as well as fun activities with kids. The arts and the entertainment world will be entertaining choices along with sports activities. This week, many of you will tackle home repairs or redecorating projects. Romance might be uppermost in your mind (for many of you). If so, be aware that romance is very unpredictable, especially during the Halloween weekend. Anything can happen. Couples might split up; new love might happen. Meanwhile, parents should note that this is an accident-prone time for their kids, especially next weekend when Halloween occurs. Therefore, be vigilant and conscientious to avoid regrets. Be extra vigilant.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’re keen to communicate to others this week and for the next few weeks. In fact, you will feel a need to share your ideas because you have something to say. You will also enjoy learning something new when talking to others. Home and family will continue to be your primary focus but do be aware that this week, especially Halloween weekend, will be upsetting on the home scene. Something unexpected could impact a parent or a family member or something to do with your home. Give this some thought and try to deflect whatever it might be. (You might have a hunch about what could happen. If so – listen to that little voice on your shoulder.) Life is easier when things flow smoothly at home. (No animal was harmed in the writing of this column.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Please be careful and be aware of everything you say and do right now because this is an accident-prone week, especially at the end of the week near Halloween. Factoid. This means you will have to pay attention to everything you say and do. Be mindful and aware. Fortunately, you will be on top of money issues because you have moneymaking ideas. Many of you will want to shop for beautiful things, for yourself and loved ones. Disputes about shared property, taxes and debt might arise. Issues might make you rebellious and even short tempered this week (oops), which means you will have to cultivate patience. Patience is waiting – without being irritated. So what?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This week is full of many unpredictable events for different people and these surprises and unexpected situations are going to be different for each sign. For Libra, surprises related to money might occur. Something unexpected might impact your earnings or the wealth and assets of your partner might change? In fact, near Halloween weekend, it will be wise to guard your property and items that you own because something unexpected could affect them – including theft and damage. Stay in touch with bank accounts and information related to taxes and debt to avoid unwanted surprises. This is a talkative week for you, and a very charming one because Venus and Mercury have both entered your sign. Everyone will love to be in your company.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This is a tricky week. The Sun is in your sign but by the end of the week, during Halloween weekend, it will be directly opposite wild, wacky Uranus. This means all kinds of unexpected situations might occur with close friends, partners and members of the general public. People might rebel against your suggestions. They might suddenly accuse you of something. They might want more freedom in the relationship? It could be anything. (“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”) Frustrations at work will greatly diminish next month so be patient until that happens. Until then, something going on behind the scenes will actually please you! For some, it’s a secret love affair.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This week both Mercury and fair Venus move into your House of Friendships, which will promote good times with others, especially creative, artistic types as well as younger people. This means you will enjoy schmoozing with others as well as being enthused about your involvement with clubs and associations. However, surprises related to pets, your health and your job might occur this week, especially toward the end of the week around Halloween. Something will definitely catch you off guard then, so stay flexible. Try not to have a tight schedule. Give yourself time for wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Vacation plans or something related to sports might be temporarily stalled but fear not, in Nov., all this will change for the better. In the meantime, no matter what happens this week – don’t quit your day job.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Parents must be extra vigilant this week, especially on the Halloween weekend because this is an accident-prone time for your kids. In fact, on the day of Halloween, it is extremely accident-prone. Therefore, be vigilant and remove all possible hazards that might create problems. Social plans might suddenly change or be cancelled. Sports accidents are also likely. It’s a crapshoot! Fortunately, relations with parents, bosses and VIPs are excellent. In fact, a cozy relationship with a boss could result in a flirtation or a new romance. (Be still my beating heart.) By Nov., situations at home that have been haphazard will start to flow more smoothly. At last!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This week something unexpected will impact home and family. Small appliances might break down or minor breakages could occur. Perhaps something unexpected could occur within your family dynamic? You certainly face an accident-prone Halloween weekend. Because this is an accident-prone time, so slow down and take it easy and pay attention to everything you say and do. Be mindful and encourage family members to be likewise. The weekend of Halloween will be the most dangerous time for you. Meanwhile, travel for pleasure and chances to learn something new will delight you. Some of you might strike up a new romance with someone who is “different”. (Interesting.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Do be careful because this is an accident-prone week for your sign, most especially at the end of the week during the weekend of Halloween. Any kind of accident might occur, driving, cycling, walking, jogging as well as verbal accidents where you might blurt something out that you later regret. (“Did I just say that?”) On the upside, this unpredictable influence can affect your mind and push it “outside of the box,” which will encourage genius-like ideas and original thinking. Admittedly, some of these genius-like ideas could be bizarre and unrealistic. Meanwhile, both Mercury and Venus are now in one of your Money Houses, which will encourage you to stay on top of issues with shared wealth, inheritances, taxes and debt. You can also expect gifts and goodies to come your way! (We like!)

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Flashback Beltane 2000

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Beltane

When the Sun travels through Taurus, Spring has reached its fertile peak. Trees are lush and green, flowers bloom, and birds wrestle meals for their youngsters from the moist ground. The air smells fresh, clean, and “green.” This is the time of year for us all to take a moment to appreciate the gifts of the Earth-Mother, both for the richness of her bounty and the home she provides. As the most pleasure-loving sign of all. Taurus is expert at enjoying all those wonderful experiences that makes life inside the human body so delightful. The signs loves to indulge in good food, listen to music, sit in awed silence as yet another sunset slowly fills the sky with color. The ancients danced their fertility rites on this day, taking pleasure in the sensual, fruitful touch of each other’s bodies, another delight in the union of the Goddess and the God provides. Whether you dance around a Maypole or simply partake of a divine feast with friends at this magical time, be sure to revel in your body, the divine instrument that allows you to sample the wonders of our planet.

Copyright Kim Rogers-Gallagher Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000 Page 69

Weekly Horoscope Sunday, October 11 to Saturday, October 17, 2020

All Signs

This is not an ordinary year. The last time Saturn and Pluto lined up in Capricorn was 500 years ago in 1518. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution. The last time Mars was retrograde in Aries was 32 years ago in 1988. Currently, retrograde Mars is sowing seeds of havoc, worry and doubt from Sept. to mid Nov. However, when Mars stops being retrograde in Nov., things will improve. When Saturn leaves Capricorn in Dec., things will improve. When Mars is past its “shadow” in early January, things will improve. This is what we need to know! Until then, remember the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Four signs have the worst of it this year (everyone has the worst of it!) You are one of them. Initially, when your ruler Mars entered your sign, this was great! (Mars is in your sign every two years for six weeks.) But this year, Mars is here for six months! In one way, this gives you energy, drive and confidence! And now for the small print. When Mars is retrograde, the very opposite occurs. You have doubt, worry and question things. Your energy will be hard to control. You might lash out at others in anger and then feel lacklustre and depressed. Relations with partners and authority figures will be testing. Tune in next week to find out — will John leave Marsha? And is Marsha’s baby his?

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

All this energy in Capricorn is tough for many signs but for you, it’s weirdly supportive because it’s happening in your fellow Earth Sign. Primarily, you feel the fallout from everything else happening to everyone around you. However, Mars is “hiding” in your chart for this six-month window, which is a tad uncomfortable. This creates frustration and self-denial. It definitely makes it hard for you to get credit for what you do. It also makes you give the wrong impression at times, which you find mortifying. Your best bet is to work alone as much as possible. Fortunately, issues related to home and family are supportive; plus, partners are on board. Be the voice of reason in the confusion around you.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This continues to be a playful time! Whether it’s sports, social occasions, fun with your kids or just good times – you are making things work for you! Bravo! Of course, nothing is perfect, which is why you might be at odds with a friend or a group this week. Very likely, these arguments will relate to disputes about shared property or shared responsibilities. Whenever you try to solve this problem – you meet with obstacles from someone. Yikes! Fortunately, Venus is in your House of Communications right now and this will sweeten your words and make you charming and reasonable with others. Which, of course you are!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are the four signs that are having extra challenges this year. You have been determined to achieve your goals, which is why you are focused and ambitious. (Although lately, that ambition has been wavering.) The biggest hurdle you face is dealing with partners and close friends. At times, it’s wonderful; at times, it’s horrible. Things are blowing hot and cold. This is because while Saturn and Pluto oppose you, lucky Jupiter is there as well, softening everything and at times, breaking through with laughter and delight. Avoid power struggles with parents and family members this week. You don’t need this. (Nobody does.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The demands on you every day are substantial because you are busy with errands, appointments, increased reading, writing and studying, plus conversations with siblings and relatives – and more! Plus, you have to meet the demands of your everyday world. Family discussions and home repairs are likely. Despite disputes that might be health-related or related to your job, you will be charming because Venus is in your sign. (A blessing.) Actually, this is a good time to buy wardrobe items for yourself. Fortunately, Venus softens your words and takes the edge off your irritation with others. (Even in bad times, good things can happen.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You have money on your mind as well as assets and possessions. Because this is your focus, this will be where you have difficulties dealing with others. Whether it’s shared responsibilities or shared ownership, there will be glitches and challenges. This week, expect disputes about who is responsible for what or who owes somebody or who owns something. It might involve your kids – their care and education? It might also involve sports or a vacation or a social occasion? The placement of Mercury will keep you fast talking and fast-moving. Don’t let arguments with others ruin your life (and theirs). Find that olive branch. (Check under your bed.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Four signs have it extra tough this year, and you are one of them. It’s true. For six months, Mars is opposite Libra, while all this heavy-duty stuff takes place in Capricorn, which is a 90 degrees relationship to Sun. Not good! (Well, not easy.) I’m not going to say the good thing about banging your head against the wall is it feels so much better when you stop. (Oops I just did.) What you have to keep in mind this week is that any challenges that you have with others are probably power struggles. Is it that important to have the last word? (Of course, it is.) Is it that important to be in charge? (It feels good.) As I’ve said before, you can be right – or you can be in the relationship.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This week you are best served working alone or behind the scenes. It’s also a very good time for you to define goals about what you want for your new year ahead. When you have goals, it makes future decision-making much easier! (“No, I’m not going to Fiji. In fact, I’m never going to Fiji.”) See how easy that is? Be patient with people you meet because this is where you will encounter some snags, which are really a battle of egos. You must remember that you are powerful, strong-willed and scary when you’re upset. (You don’t think you are – but others do.) Be nice! And remember the password for when things are tough: “Dark chocolate, now!”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This week, relations with friends and groups are challenging. It might come down to, “Who’s in charge?” “Who’s on first?” You might also have challenges with kids or a romantic partner. What are you fighting about? Or is it a power struggle that is subtle but it makes you grind your teeth at night? Remember that optimism and a positive frame of mind are food for your soul. More than any other sign, you thrive on optimistic hopes for your future. Ben Franklin said, “Trouble knocked at the door but hearing laughter – hurried away.” It’s also important to get physical activity outside every day. What you want overhead is sky!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This year has been life-changing because all the big stuff has been taking place in Capricorn. Pluto has been in your sign since 2008. (First time in your life.) Saturn has been in your sign since 2009, (first or second time in your life). Jupiter has been in your sign all year. Well, in Dec. 2020, both Jupiter and Saturn will leave Capricorn. Lucky Jupiter will then enter your House of Earnings! (Yay!) Pluto will stay in your sign until 2024, then leave, never return again in your life. Them’s the facts! Meanwhile, Mars, which is normally in Aries for six weeks, is in Aries for six months! This is challenging, especially from Sept. to Nov. Robert Schuller said, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” It’s hard to see the picture when you’re inside the frame.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You need to get away from all this! Unfortunately, it’s not easy to travel. Nevertheless, what you want is adventure and an exciting distraction! Perhaps you can create this? It simply requires an inventive mind, something you have in abundance. (Hey, nowadays, a person can have an adventure just stepping outside their front door!) However, your challenge will be to avoid arguments about politics, religion and racial issues because these are passionate, important matters, which you care about because you want to make the world a better place. Instead of focusing on differences, look at what you have in common and start from there. Everyone wants to be happy.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Money squabbles and worries might take place this week. You might be at odds with someone in discussions about shared property, inheritances or insurance issues. You might also be at odds with a group or a member of a group who disagrees with how a certain amount of money or funding should be allocated. Step back and try to see the bigger picture. Perhaps you can heed the advice of Billy Connolly? “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!” There is nothing wrong with a little levity when things get tense. Fortunately, issues related to your job and your health look positive.

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Zodiac Sign Is Libra Birthday Horoscope Of People Born On October 5

OCTOBER 5 birthday horoscope predicts that you may not be so willing to compromise. The zodiac sign for this October 5th birthday is Libra – The Scales. You are spiritual beings and are wise. You are responsible but like having fun. You do not like to get into unwanted fights or arguments.

The October 5th birthday personality is also a proud person who stands on his or her political beliefs. Moreover, you are a thoughtful individual who is always going out of your way to help people. You seem to have the courage of a saint.

Your friends and family are always talking about how you are there for them providing the needed support. They come to you because you are strong and seem not to be surprised at anything you tell them.

This Libra birthday person normally won’t judge people on their mistakes or shortcomings but rather encourage people and lift them up. Often, you put your family and some of your friend’s needs before your own. Although they are appreciative, you need to think of yourself more.

The October 5 horoscope predicts that you love nature and its beauty. It’s like having serenity in a bottle. You need to explore and to be free. Those birthday characteristics are what makes you a knowledgeable person in ways that most humans cannot comprehend. You are likely to be successful because of it.

Being determined and mindful of what they want out of life, this October 5 birthday personality will stay focused on their goals. Your attitude is that you don’t need anyone’s help. You can handle any situation that comes your way. About your feelings, you can sometimes be insecure, and you don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable to others.

The October 5 astrology suggests that there are chances that you like to talk and you are good at stirring up fascinating conversations. Additionally, you have a good ear. When you have the company of someone who shares the same interests, you can talk for days.

However, you are open to those with different views and opinions. As a Libra born on this zodiac birthday, you don’t make your relationship the number one priority. This could be disappointing to your partner.

On the other hand, you can be a great parent. You take with you the values that your parents treasured as you had fond memories of your childhood. The way you were raised has a great deal to do with the person you are today, and frankly, you love yourself.

As far as your health goes, people born on an October 5 birthday, are not worried about it. You have never been overweight, and chances are, you will never be. You are just too active to gain any weight to speak of.

The October 5 zodiac predicts that it doesn’t seem to matter what you eat, but you maintain a semi-healthy menu. The only problem that could be perceived is that you can’t seem to relax. You feel that if you are idle, then something is left undone. Stress is a killer. Please be advised to get regular check-ups.

You have a good instinct when it comes to choosing the right nest eggs. More so, you don’t feel it necessary to spend your money just because you have it. You know what you need to eat and what you don’t.

The October 5 astrology also suggests that your business sense could possibly lead you into careers such as public relations, or even advertising and marketing.

Due to your social contacts, this goal could be straightforward to achieve. Then again, you find social work worthwhile and motivating. Whatever you want to do, you can do it, make sure it is something you enjoy doing.

The October 5 zodiac suggests that you are especially dedicated to helping others and making a change. As you are humble, you don’t need any awards for doing so. Although you take life seriously, you like to have fun.

Typically, this Libran lives and let lives without throwing stones. However, you stay focused as you are governed by your instincts and don’t let your love life interfere with your goals. Whatever you decide to do will have a positive impact on someone’s life. But you should not make things stress you out to the point where you cannot sleep at night.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On October 5

Neil Degrasse, Grant Hill, Allen Ludden, Bernie Mac, Jesse Palmer, Parminder Nagra, Cody Zeller

See: Famous Celebrities Born On October 5

This Day That Year – October 5 In History

1875 – San Francisco’s Market Street Palace Hotel open and ready for business.
1916 – Hitler injured.
1945 – Live on the radio presents “Meet the Press.”
1954 – The eastern half of the United States is hit by Hurricane Hazel.

October 5 Tula Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
October 5 Chinese Zodiac DOG

October 5 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venusthat symbolizes the pleasures that money can buy us.

October 5 Birthday Symbols

The Scales Are The Symbol For The Libra Zodiac Sign

October 5 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Hierophant. This card symbolizes conformity to the rules and regulations laid down by society. The Minor Arcana cards are Three of Swords and Queen of Swords

October 5 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aries: This is a true case of opposites attract.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign CapricornThis relationship is not a winner and will break up in the long run.

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October 5 Lucky Number

Number 4 – This number stands for order, self-control, determination, and justice.
Number 5 – This is a number associated with non-attachment, opportunity, sympathy, and intelligence.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For October Birthday

Yellow: This is a color of communication, inquisitiveness, visibility, and self-worth.
Blue: This is a color that stands for sincerity, public speaking, reliability, and spirituality.

Lucky Days For October 5 Birthday

Sunday – This day ruled by Sun is a good day to take a look at your intentions and see where your true commitments lie in.
Wednesday – This day ruled by Mercury is symbolic of taking a look at the fine print and thinking with a rational mind.

October 5 Birthstone Opal

Opal is a gemstone that symbolizes good dreams, romance, psychic ability, and self-esteem.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On October 5th

An expensive bottle of cologne for the man and biography of her favorite hero for the woman.

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Delving Into Divination – Tea Leaf Reading

Divination Through Tea Leaves

Predicting by using tealeaves was in the 19th century in Europe quite popular, but nowadays it is hardly practiced. Not, because the techniques were that extremely difficult, but much more because almost everyone uses teabags in stead of just unpacked tealeaves. That causes, that no leaves are left in the cup after drinking.

So if you feel invited to this prediction method, the first thing to do is drinking tea at that ‘old-fashioned’ way. You need for each cup one teaspoon with tea and one extra for the teapot. You’ll notice it tastes nice, but if you plan to use it too for prediction, I suggest the use of white cups, because it gives a better background for the dark leaves. Each person in your ‘tea session’ who wants to hear something about their personal future, should leave a little liquid behind in their cup. This is stirred to let the leaves floating in stead lying quiet on the bottom of the cup. Immediately after that is done, the liquid part is carefully poured out. By doing this, the tealeaves stick behind on the inside and the bottom of the cup.

Than comes the moment for you to fix a strong and deep concentration on those tealeaves. Close your eyes halfway and give your powers of imagination ‘free way’. Try to discover in these tealeaves a known picture, i.e. a book, an axe, trees, a hat, etc…etc… The following step is the interpretation of that discovered picture. You can use for that the next explanations:

Anchor:
A journey, at the end of that trip happiness.

Arrow:
Luck in love affair(s).

Axe:
(A pickax or a saw is also possible)
Be warned to deal carefully with your money and your emotions.

Balloon:
(Also a non-army airplane):
An unexpected promotion, going for the better or inheritance.

Bird:
See: flag.

Book:
Ask advice before going further going on in things your are (or are going to be) involved.

Bottle:
Your social activities will increase.

Bow:
There will come a meeting or a date that is important for your further life.

Butterfly:
Your partner/spouse/life mate takes your affair not as serious as is essential/ necessary in your view.

Chain:
In a certain activities in your professions you should give more and better efforts.

Clock or watch:
An important meeting will happen.

Crown:
Promotion.

Cross:
Big tough luck. If you can see a second picture in the leaves, than that can give more details on the area that is involved.

Dice:
Avoid risks.

Doorbell:
You may expect good news.

Envelope:
Good news is coming.

Fish:
You will get unbelievable news from far away.

Flag:
Your level of prosperity will increase.

Foot:
Expected good news will not come.

Gate or door:
An unexpected change in your personal circumstances.

Hammer:
You should make more efforts to give your best.

Harp or harpsichord:
Prosperity and luck will become yours.

Hat:
You have to go through some touch luck.

Heart:
You will get emotional excitement.

Key:
You will get a better understanding about certain things that are unclear to you now.

Knife:
You’ll get a quarrel or even a row.

Ladder (Household):
Improvement.

Moon (Waxing):
A little profit will become yours.

Ring:
A lot of non-material luck/happiness.

Rocks:
In short time you will get some problems. (Not very big).

Roof:
At home with you something will change.

Scales:
You should improve your dealing with weighting advantages and disadvantages. Things have more than one side.

Ship:
A journey will bring luck and happiness.

Street:
(Two tealeaves straight between each other):
Business in which you are involved will go well.
(Two tealeaves not straight between each other):
Business in which you are involved will not turn out well.

Trees:
Everything will bloom.

Such a picture that is close to the edge of the teacup points to a time period from three till six weeks on the things that are predicted. If the picture is on the bottom it means a time period of at least two years before that prediction will happen. In the middle of the inside means about a year.

By training and experience you will become able to interpret more pictures as are described here.

Don’t forget: as with every prediction method, it will only work as it’s fully implemented in yourself. The fewest doubt will make that your efforts to predict will fail. (The ‘client’ need not believe that).

What’s Your Secret Tarot Superpower?

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Today the cards will reveal your secret tarot superpower. An inner strength deep within your core that you can draw on whenever you need to. This inner quality can only be represented by a Major Arcana card. Research the card, mull over it, and always remember it. When you feel at your limit of endurance, when you feel as though the whole world is against you, reach for your TSK or Tarot Superpower Keyword. Hold the image of the card as if it were engraved on your heart. It’s yours.

All cards are shuffled and drawn at random.

The Secret Tarot Superpower Cards

Aries March 21 – April 19: The Hanged Man 12

The 12th Major Arcana shows that you have the capacity to view any situation from a different perspective if you simply pause and feel what your inner guidance is telling you. You might, initially want to rush into battle or act impulsively, but if you give it a little time, you may find the answer to any problem is right in front of you. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Stop.

Taurus April 20 – May 20: The Empress 3

Very fitting for you, Taurus. The Empress reflects your idea that to flourish is to live well, and to live well is to flourish. When times are tough, remember the Empress within. She reassures you it is not the outer accoutrements of life that make you who you are, but the abundance in your heart that counts. Give freely of your time and love. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Generous.

Gemini May 21 – June 20: The Tower 16

Often a scary card for many. Yet for you Gemini, throwing things up in the air to see how they land is part of who you are. And don’t let anyone stop you. Sometimes, you have to live for you, despite pressure from others to do what they think you should. Shake it up. But, remember, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B lined up in case things go wrong. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Disruption.

Cancer June 21 – July 22: Judgment 20

Always follow your heart. Messages from above, from within, from wherever, are all filtered through your sensitive psyche. Loud and clear. It’s when you go against the inner message that things begin to go awry. You always know what to do if you pay attention to the calling. And, know that forgiveness is balm for your own soul. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Listen

Leo July 23 – August 22: The Emperor 4

Perfect for you Leo. Take that charisma and turn it into a force to be reckoned with. Like the Emperor, you are a natural leader. You are able to create structure and order from chaos. Call on this essential ability whenever things seem to be on the verge of imploding. Take charge and lead by example. Build your future with determination. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Order.

Virgo August 23 – September 22: Strength 8

When times get a little edgy, a little uncertain, place faith in your own inner strength. Tell yourself, in no uncertain terms, you’ve got through situations before and you will do so again. Know that tough times are always temporary obstacles. You can overcome them, defeat them, or avoid them by using your animal instinct. Just know it. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Conviction.

Libra September 23 – October 22: Temperance 14

How cool is the tarot? Temperance merely underlines what you already know to be true. That life is better when all things work together. When your inner self is in balance, harmony, and alignment with your external actions. You are a master alchemist when it comes to living true to yourself. You can show the world how to embrace peace. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Unify.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21: The Star 17

Reach inside your heart for the love that resides there, Scorpio. The energy of the Star is your reward. Full of hope and faith it reminds you not to let others affect your vibration and energy. You are your own person. Trust in your innate wisdom. And, while it is in your nature to sacrifice your time for others, you do not have to give up on yourself. Rise above the mundane irritations. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Transcend.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21: The Sun 18

The fire within burns ever bright. The Sun is a metaphor for your indomitable spirit. Knock you down and you get right back up, none the worse. This ability is yours forever and never forget it. Doesn’t matter who hurts you, or what pain you suffer, your inner sunshine is always present within. And people will bask in the glow of your light. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Intrepid.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19: The Wheel of Fortune 10

Somewhere within your stoical, practical self, there is a part of you who is a gambler, Capricorn. Who, with a little self-persuasion, is willing to take a risk. To get outside of that comfort zone you have spent so much effort constructing for yourself. Spin the wheel now and then. Embrace the unknown with grace and optimism. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Chance.

 

Aquarius January 20 – February 18: The World 21

Every time you question or doubt yourself, know that at any moment in time, you are exactly in the right place. Sometimes you’ll be making progress and sometimes you will feel frustrated at being held back. It doesn’t matter; you are fine. Just go with your instinct and take those opportunities. You are traveling the cycle of life with dexterity and aplomb. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Acceptance.

 

Pisces February 19 – March 20: The Magician 1

You always manage to overcome your limitations, Pisces. It might be under your own steam, it might be with the help of others, or it might be that the problem miraculously dissolves of its own accord. You don’t know it, but you have the power of the magician at your elbow to help you create the life of your dreams. Tarot Superpower Keyword: Belief.

 

We hope you enjoyed our tarot superpower tarotscope, and that you keep your special card close to your heart.

The cards used for illustration are from the Mystical Tarot, published by Lo Scarabeo.

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The Witches Correspondences for Wednesday

WEDNESDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Mercury/Neptune/Air/North/West/Southwest/Female/Male/Gemini/Virgo

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel, Money Matters

Color: black, light blue, brown, gray, green, magenta, orange, peach, purple, red, silver, turquoise, violet, white, yellow; orange is the primary color

Number: 3, 5

Metal: mercury

Charm: distaff, rod, runes, staff, iridescent garments

Stone: moss agate, amethyst, bloodstone, emerald, hematite, lapis lazuli, lodestone, pearl, ruby, sapphire, sodalite, all blue stones

Animal: bear, dog, fox, magpie, swan, weasel

Plant: almond, bayberry, chamomile, cherry, cinnamon, cinquefoil, clove, coltsfoot, ginger, hazel, hazelnut, jasmine, lavender, millet, oak, peppermint, periwinkle, rosemary, sage, St. John’s wort, sweet pea, tamarind, lemon verbena, violet

Incense: cassia, cedar, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, mastic, mint, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, storax, dried and powdered citrus peel, and all incense made from aromatic bark, wood, and seeds

Goddess: Carmenta, Hecate (Queen of Crossroads), Hel, Ishtar, Ma’at, the Morrigan, Nike

God: Anubis, Bragi, Elath-Iahu. Enki, Garuda, Hermes, Maximon (Black Magician), Mercury, Nebo (Wise God of Wednesday), Odin, Shango, Ullr, Vishnu, Wayland, Woden

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Michael, Miel, Raphael, Seraphiel, Tiriel

Source

Moonlight Musings