July 4 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain

1785 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

1838 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 ‘Mines and Collieries Act’ bans women and children working underground

1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb

2017 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

Today’s Historical Events

836 Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples

993 Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.

1054 Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers

1120 Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death

1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon

1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg

1359 Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.

1415 Angelo Correr renounces his claim to the Papacy as Pope Gregory XII

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins

1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark

1962 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast

1970 Casey Kasem‘s “American Top 40” debuts on LA radio

1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

1991 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel

1996 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

2014 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1831 “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” is 1st sung in Boston

1964 Beachboys’ “I Get Around” reaches #1

1966 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin

1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie

1986 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1890 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lena Rice becomes the only Irish female to win at Wimbledon beating May Jacks 6-4, 6-1

1891 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley wins first of 3 Wimbledon singles championships; beats Joshua Pim 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

1892 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

1904 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)

1905 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A’s) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2

1906 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his 5th straight Wimbledon singles title

1907 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

1907 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes becomes the first non-Englishman and left-hander to win Wimbledon beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Ceremonial Magick

From moonlitpriestess.com

Typically less religious and more philosophical and intellectual in nature; often focused on Western Mystery traditions; characterized by emphasis on prescribed sets of rituals, formulaic words, tools, symbols, etc. May be referred to as “high magick” which was a classist term used to differentiate the ceremonial magick of the elite classes from the folk magick of peasants.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Warding

From moonlitpriestess.com

Creating barriers and protective measures on a magickal or spiritual level. Methods differ between traditions and magickal practitioners.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Ankh

From moonlitpriestess.com

An ancient Egyptian symbol resembling a cross with a loop at the top. It symbolizes life and cosmic knowledge. Most Egyptian Gods and Goddess are shown carrying one. Also known as the crux ansata, the Ankh is used in modern craft for fertility and health.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Angels

From moonlitpriestess.com

Divine beings known throughout many religions and cultures spanning to as far back as known recorded history. Generally known for their roles as messengers, protectors, and spiritual guides.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Godspouse

From moonlitpriestess.com

Term generally found in Heathen communities; individuals possessing strong, deep, and intimate relationship with the deities they work with. Unlike similar concepts, such as Christian nuns, godspouses aren’t necessarily romantically or sexually celibate. The subject of godspouses is controversial and sometimes rejected even in the Heathen communities in which the practice is found.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Covenstead

From moonlitpriestess.com

An area of power or energy where a coven meets.

From Spells8.com

A meeting space for witches to gather as a Coven.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Coven

From moonlitpriestess.com

A group of Witches; can be all male, all female, or a mix of both. The traditional number of coven members is 13, however, the exact number of members and the purposes of the coven typically differ between traditions. Differentiated from other Witch group types in that covens function as a sort of family unit for the purpose of magickal practice and/or worship with structured set of rules, traditions, training, and hierarchy. Within Wicca, coven entry is by initiation only and following required training (usually up to a year and a day in length) into the particular coven’s tradition.

From Spells8.com

A group of witches is called a Coven. A witch’s magickal family may be considered their coven if they have formed a group to perform magick alongside each other.

If you are interested in joining an online coven, please write to High Priestess Lady Beltane at ladybeltane@aol.com for more information. Please put COVEN in the subject line.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Charm

From moonlitpriestess.com

Another term for a protective object (see also Amulet, Talisman, and Charm Bag); also refers to a set of rhyming words as part of a spell.

From Spells8.com

From the Latin carmen meaning “song, incantation,” but came to be a generic term referring to any type of magick. As a noun, it commonly refers to a small object that protects its wearer from evil. As a verb, it commonly refers to refers to the act of using magick to exert control over a person.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Faeries

From moonlitpriestess.com

Some refer to them as The Wee Folk; the word “fairy” is a synonym for “brownie.” Many Earth elementals are called faeries or the fey. A deeper study is required for better understanding.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Words are

Cense

and

Censer

From Spells8.com

To perfume something ritually with the odor of burning incense, such as a room, person, or object.

From moonlitpriestess.com

An incense burner: tool in Wicca and other witchcraft traditions associated with the Element of Air.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Blot

From moonlitpriestess.com

In Heathenry, a formal ritual slaughter of livestock usually performed outdoors in honor of the Gods during very special occasions. The blood spilled may then be used in anointing and blessing of spaces and objects.

From Spells8.com

A communal event where animal sacrifice is used as an offering to a deity or god. Members of the ritual feast on the sacrifice in celebration. In today’s age, sacrificing a live animal is less common, there will be lots of good food and wine in its place.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Boline

From moonlitpriestess.com

A white-handled knife (sometimes curved, somewhat like a hand-held scythe) used for inscribing, harvesting herbs, etc. In some traditions, the boline is separate from the white-handled knife and used exclusively in the garden.

From Spells8.com

A small sacred knife used to cut items during a ritual. In contrast to the “Athame”, a “Boline” usually has a white handle.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Asperge

From moonlitpriestess.com

A bundle of fresh herbs or other object used to sprinkle consecrated water around the circle to purify the space; also, the person using the herb bundle.

From Spells8.com

To cleanse and purify a space. This is usually done by spraying water around a room or using an herbal bundle to cleanse the space.

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

Today’s Word is

Sabbat

From moonlitpriestess.com

Term for Wiccan holidays adopted by other Pagan and Witchcraft paths. In Wiccan tradition, Sabbats are solar festivals that usually honor the God and the changing of the seasons or Wheel of the Year. Eight sabbats are celebrated in a Wiccan year.

From Spells8.com

Each of the eight Wiccan holidays celebrated in a calendar year. The first sabbat is Yule and then comes Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon, and Samhain. These festivals are considered sacred days and it’s tradition to celebrate them in good company.