Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal For Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”

― Neil Gaiman

Custom Planetary Positions
April 03, 2019

Sun: 13 Aries 32
Moon: 23 Pisces 32
Mercury: 17 Pisces 41
Venus: 09 Pisces 21
Mars: 02 Gemini 12
Jupiter: 24 Sagittarius 16
Saturn: 19 Capricorn 57
Uranus: 01 Taurus 26
Neptune: 17 Pisces 11
Pluto: 23 Capricorn 03

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Planetary aspects for the Month of April

05 Apr, 04:50 am – New Moon 15 ♈ 17
07 Apr, 05:17 am – Mercury sextile Saturn
10 Apr, 02:12 am – Venus conjunct Neptune 17 ♓ 44
10 Apr, 04:46 am – Sun square Saturn
10 Apr, 01:00 pm – Jupiter Retrograde 24 ♐ 21
10 Apr, 05:45 pm – Mercury sextile Pluto
12 Apr, 00:17 am – Mercury square Jupiter
12 Apr, 11:07 am – Venus sextile Saturn
12 Apr, 03:05 pm – 1st Quarter Moon 22 ♋ 35
13 Apr, 04:06 am – Sun square Pluto
14 Apr, 09:40 am – Sun trine Jupiter
14 Apr, 07:51 pm – Venus sextile Pluto
15 Apr, 07:14 pm – Venus square Jupiter
19 Apr, 07:12 am – Full Moon 29 ♎ 06
22 Apr, 07:06 pm – Sun conjunct Uranus 02 ♉ 31
24 Apr, 02:47 pm – Pluto Retrograde 23 ♑ 09
26 Apr, 06:18 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 06 ♒ 23
27 Apr, 09:03 am – Mars square Neptune
29 Apr, 08:54 pm – Saturn Retrograde 20 ♑ 31

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A Look At The Stars for April 5th thru April 7th

Friday April 5
04:50 am – New Moon at 15 ♈ 17 offers wealth, happiness and success because of the star Alpheratz. But the square to Saturn means you have try hard and really want it. There can be no short cuts to success with this new moon. This new moon will help you identify any sadness, fears or inhibitions that stand in your way professional success or companionship.

Saturday April 6
09:06 am – Moon enters Taurus

Sunday April 7
05:17 am – Mercury sextile Saturn is excellent for anything requiring clear thinking, good judgement and organisation skills. Catching up on paperwork, studying and research will also benefit from increased concentration and a good memory. Business dealings are favored especially long-term investments and real estate.

–Astrology King

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In the Sky This Month

The constellation Taurus is especially prominent this month thanks to the Moon and the planet Mars. The bull is dropping toward the western horizon at nightfall, and soon will disappear from view. But orange Mars passes by its shoulder, the Pleiades star cluster, early in the month, and the crescent Moon passes between Mars and the bull’s orange eye, the star Aldebaran, a few days later.

April 3: Bright Stars
A myriad colorful stars adorn the late-evening sky. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, twinkles fiercely in the southwest. Regulus, the heart of the lion, stands high overhead. And Arcturus, in Bootes, the herdsman, is climbing in the east.

April 4: Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula stands high in the west as night falls. It’s far above Aldebaran, the bright orange star that marks the eye of Taurus, the bull. The nebula is the debris from an exploded star and the brightest source of X-rays in the night sky.

April 5: New Moon
The Moon is “new” today as it crosses the imaginary line between Earth and Sun. It is lost from view in the Sun’s glare. It should return to view as the barest of crescents not long after sunset tomorrow.

April 6: Puppis
The constellation Puppis rows low across the south on early spring evenings. It represents the stern of the Argo, the boat that carried Jason and the Argonauts through many adventures. Most of its stars are faint, though.

April 7: Zeta Puppis
The brightest star of the constellation Puppis, the stern of the ship Argo, is a member of the hottest and heaviest class of stars, class O. There are no more than a few tens of thousands of these stars in the entire galaxy.

April 8: Moon, Mars, Aldebaran
The crescent Moon has two blushing companions the next couple of nights, the planet Mars and the star Aldebaran, the “eye” of the bull. The orange orbs are above the Moon this evening, with Aldebaran on the left and fainter Mars on the right.

–StarDate

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The Solar Almanac for Wednesday, April 3

Sun Direction: 108.96° ESE↑
Sun Altitude: 31.43°
Sun Distance: 92.940 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 21, 2019 10:54 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 6:37 am↑ 83° East
Sunset Today: 7:18 pm↑ 278° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 41 minutes

–timeanddate.com

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Solar Myth & Lore from Starlore of Native America,

assembled by Brad Snowder

“Once the sky had no day. When the sky was clear
there was some light from the stars but when it was cloudy it was very dark. Raven had
put fish in the rivers and fruit trees in the land but he was saddened by the darkness. The
Sun at that time was kept in a box by a chief in the sky. The Raven came to a hole in the
sky and went through. He came to a spring where the chief’s daughter would fetch water.
He changed himself into a cedar seed and floated on the water. When the girl drank from
spring she swallowed the seed without noticing and became pregnant. A boy child was
born which was really Raven. As a toddler he begged to play with the yellow ball that
grandfather kept in a box. He was allowed to play with the Sun and when the chief
looked away he turned back into Raven and flew back through the hole in the sky.,
bringing the Sun to our world.”

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The Lunar Almanac for Wednesday, April 3

Moon Direction: 134.68° SE↑
Moon Altitude: 34.30°
Moon Distance: 250148 mi
Next New Moon: Apr 5, 20193:50 am
Next Full Moon: Apr 19, 20196:12 am
Next Moonset: Today5:50 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Illumination: 3.1%

–timeanddate.com

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The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, April 3

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 3%

Tomorow the Moon will be 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, APRIL 3, 2019
Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 3%
Moon Age: 27.81 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 403,208.73 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,594,103.42 km

MoonGiant.com

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Moon Phase Calendar
Wednesday – 3rd April 2019

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon is currently in Pisces

Moon in Pisces has the greatest sensitivity and perceptiveness of surroundings. You can experience feelings of insecurity, be passive and only wait and see what happens in your life. If you engage in creative or spiritual search, you will benefit from great imagination of Pisces.

Organs influenced by PiscesPisces Moon Sign:
Organs: Feet, toes, hypophysis, pineal gland, endorphin, melatonin.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

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Moon Phases, Their Meanings, and How They Impact You

The Moon represents powerful feminine energy. It signifies wisdom, intuition, birth, death, reincarnation, and a spiritual connection. The cycle of the Moon is similar to the cycle of a seed: the seed grows into a flower, then blooms, and then dies.

Once we are attuned to the Moon, we can activate her innate powers

The moon also represents our deepest personal needs. We can use the knowledge and energy of the Moon’s cycle to better connect to ourselves.

Once we are attuned to the Moon, we can activate her innate powers

Each phase of the Moon’s cycle has a unique visual characteristic and spiritual meaning. Her cyclical course also signifies the rhythm of life within us.

Below is a quick guide to the different phases of the Moon and their meanings:

New Moon
The Moon is positioned between the Earth and Sun so it cannot be seen from Earth. This phase signifies new beginnings.

Waxing Crescent Moon
‘Waxing’ means the Moon’s illumination is growing and ‘Crescent’ means less than half of the Moon is illuminated. This phase signifies intention.

First Quarter Moon
Exactly half of the Moon is illuminated and the other half is shadowed. This phase signifies decision making.

Waxing Gibbous Moon
‘Waxing’ means the Moon’s illumination is growing and ‘Gibbous’ means more than half of the Moon is illuminated. This phase signifies refinement.

Full Moon
The Sun illuminates the entire moon. This phase signifies release and sealing of intention.

Waning Gibbous
‘Waning’ refers to the decreasing of the Moon’s illumination and ‘Gibbous’ means more than half of Moon illuminated. This phase signifies gratitude.

Third Quarter
Exactly half of the Moon is illuminated and the other half is shadowed. We will see the opposite side than the First Quarter Moon. This phase signifies forgiveness.

Waning Crescent
‘Waning’ refers to the shrinking of the Moon’s illumination and ‘Crescent’ means less than half of the Moon is illuminated. This phase signifies surrender.

New Moon
The Moon is positioned between the Earth and Sun so it cannot be seen from Earth. This phase signifies new beginnings, and the cycle begins again.

Attune To Her Glow
As the closest astronomical body to us, the Moon has a powerful influence on us as spiritual bodies. The Full Moon offers the most profound energies that we can absorb, while the New Moon is the next most powerful energy.

One way to connect to this energy and influence is to use the Moon’s energy to help set our intentions and clear negativity.

The Moon’s cycle is 29.5 days and it represents a full life-cycle. Each phase of the Moon has a different meaning and rhythm to the body.

Moon phases show us how the Moon affects the ebb and flow of our entire existence. Once we are attuned to the Moon, we can activate her innate powers.

Jillian Grabarczyk, Author
Jillian is a yogi and recipe developer living in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a Finance graduate from Ohio University and divides her time between teaching yoga and working a part-time office job to support her essential oil habit

YogiApproved.com

About the Month of April–The Month of Venus

This month of April has only thirty days, which is the number said to have been given to it by Romulus. The king who came after him gave it only twenty-nine, but Caesar, when he altered the calendar, gave it thirty again.

The name April comes from the Latin word aperire, which means “to open”, and the month was no doubt so named because it is during April that the earth, which has been bound by the sharp frosts of winter, once again opens beneath the warm rays of the sun; the withered sheaths fall away from the ripened buds, which, opening out, disclose to our eyes their long hidden treasures of beautiful colour.

We find that the month was sacred to Venus, the Roman Goddess of Beauty, and some people think for this reason that the name April comes not from aperire, but from Aphrilis, which in turn comes from Aphrodite, the name given to the Goddess of Beauty by the Greeks.

Venus is said to have sprung from the foam of the sea, and to have made her way to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods, where, because of her wonderful beauty and grace, she was welcomed as the Goddess of Love and Beauty. All the gods fell in love with her, but she scorned them all, and Jupiter, to punish her for her pride, ordered her to marry Vulcan, the God of Fire, who was deformed and very rough in his manner. He had been thrown from the top of Mount Olympus by Jupiter in a fit of anger. Had he not been a god, he would, of course, have been killed by the fall, but he escaped with a broken leg which made him lame for the rest of his life. He now lived on the earth, and spent his time at the forge making many wonderful and useful things from the metals which he found buried in the mountains. He built gorgeous palaces of gold for the gods, which he decorated with precious stones, forged the terrible thunderbolts used by Jupiter, and also made the arrows used by Venus’s son, Cupid. Vulcan was naturally worshiped by all blacksmiths and workers in metal, and a great festival called the Vulcanalia was held in his honour.

Cupid, whom we have just mentioned, was the God of Love; he never grew up, but remained a little chubby boy, with beautiful wings. He always carried a bow, and with his arrows pierced the hearts of young men and maidens in order to make them fall in love with one another.

Another son of Venus was Aeneas, the great hero who was supposed to have been the founder of the Roman race. He escaped from Troy, when at the end of ten years’ siege it fell into the hands of the Greeks, and after many adventures reached a part of Italy, called Latium, where in later times his descendants, Romulus and Remus, founded the city of Rome.

The story of Aeneas has been wonderfully told by the Roman poet Virgil in his great work called the Aeneid. In this book Virgil wishes to show that Augustus, the emperor of his time, being a descendant of Aeneas, was also descended from the gods, since Aeneas was said to be the son of Venus.

Part of the story of Troy, or Ilium, is told in the Iliad of Homer, the great Greek poet. We read there of the fierce struggles which took place before the walls of the city, of deeds of strength and valour, and particularly of the final combat between the great heroes Hector the Trojan and Achilles the Greek, in which the Trojan was killed. In spite of many successes in the field, the Greeks were unable to gain an entry into the city, nor were the Trojans able to drive the Greeks from the shore, and it seemed as if neither side would ever secure the victory.

At last Ulysses, a Greek prince who was renowned for his cunning, formed a plan for entering the city and thus finally bringing to an end the war that had lasted for ten years. The Greeks built a wooden horse of such size that a number of men could be hidden within its hollow sides. This horse, filled with fighting men led by Ulysses, was left on the shore, while the army embarked in their ships and sailed away as if tired of the endless struggle. The Greeks also left behind a cunning slave, named Sinon, who was to play an important part in the plot. The Trojans, overjoyed at the departure of the Greeks, flocked down to the shore and crowded round the enormous wooden horse, full of wonderment at its strangeness. Many wished to drag it into the city at once, while some were filled with suspicion and urged their companions to distrust anything made by their enemies. Sinon, when questioned by the Trojans, pretended that he had been ill-treated by the Greeks, and spoke with hatred and anger against them. He explained that the horse was an offering to the sea god, Neptune, whose help the Greeks would need on their journey home, and he advised the Trojans to seize it and take it into the city. In spite even of those who suggested that armed men might be hidden in the horse, the Trojans dragged it into the city with great triumph, pulling down part of the wall to admit it, since it was too large to go through the gates.

Then followed a night of feast and revelry; the Trojans in their excitement laid aside their armour and their weapons, and gave themselves up to wild merrymaking. The smoky flare of the torches lit up a scene of mad delight. Suddenly shouts of alarm arose on every side, followed by the clash of weapons. Armed men poured in on the astonished Trojans, and in a short time Troy was in the hands of the Greeks. Under cover of the darkness and the noise Ulysses and his companions had crept from their hiding-place, had overpowered the careless sentries, and opened the gates for the Greek army, whose ships had returned in the night. Thus, through the help of the clever Ulysses, the Greeks overcame the army that had so often beaten them in the field, and by a trick brought to a victorious end the great Trojan war, for which the Goddess Venus had been responsible, as we shall read in a later chapter.

The Old English name for the month of April was Oster-monath or Easter-monath, because it was the month sacred to Eastre, or Ostara, the Goddess of Spring; the same name is still kept by the Germans, who call it Ostermonath. The time of year known as Easter is named after this goddess, and though Easter is now a Christian festival, it was in the first place a feast held by the Saxons in honour of their goddess Eastre. It was the custom for the people to give one another presents of coloured eggs, because the egg is supposed to represent the beginning of life, and the feast was held in the spring-time, when Nature awakes to a new life from the death of winter. The custom, which we still have, of sending Easter eggs to our friends, is therefore a very, very old one indeed.

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Wednesday’s Associations

Color: Purple

Planet: Mercury

Metal: Mercury (Quicksilver)

Deities: Odin, Hermes, Lugh

Gemstones: Mercury, Athena

Crystals: Adventurine, Agate

Herbs: Aspen trees, lilies, Lavender, Ferns

Associations: Business, Communication, Loss and Debt, Travel.

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Today is Wednesday, April 3

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)

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Fearn(Alder)(March 18 – April 14)

Runic Half Month of Ehwaz(horse) (March 30 – April 13)

Goddess of the Month of Columbina (March 20 – April 17)

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for April 3

Rome, the day of the Cerealia, seed time, the return of Persephone from the underworld, the blooming of the Earth once more. She is Flora, Kore, Primavera, Proserpina, Mary, Diana, the Maiden, the Daughter returning to her mother Demeter or Ceres. Some sources date the Cerealia at April 12–19.

Goddesses Associated with Wednesday

For Woden: Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 4-6 Ruled by Artemis/Diana, the independent one of the wilderness, the impetus behind the newly planted seed
Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood
Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration
Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these
Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess
Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family
Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin
Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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The Wicca Book of Days for Wednesday, April 3

In Iran, on the thirteenth day of their New Year, special bowls containing sprouted seeds are traditionally cast into the rivers as offerings in the belief that the bad luck of the previous year will be carried away.

The goddess Persephone’s annual return from the Underworld, allowing the Earth to bloom again, was celebrated every year on this date by the ancient Romans.

–The Wicca Book of Days
Gerina Dunwich

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The Witches Guide for Wednesdays

Ruler: Wodin, Mercury

Colors: Orange, light blue, and gray

Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following

Keywords: Success, creativity, communication

The word Wednesday is reminiscent of the Norse wind god Wodin, which is referenced in the popular rhyme verse “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” This does not mean that those born on this day are full of sorrow or trouble. To be full of Wo (Wodin) means to be full of wind, to be spirited. Woden was such a powerful pagan god that the German church fathers changed the name of his day to Mittwoch, meaning midweek, in an attempt to exorcise his influence.

In the Spanish word for Wednesday, miercoles, we clearly see its connection to Mercury. Under the guidance of Mercury; Wednesday is a day of swift activity, communication, correspondence, and phone calls. This is a good day for journalists, writers, poets, bargaining, hiring employees, and visiting friends.

On Wednesdays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mercury, making these times of the day doubly blessed. These are the strongest four hours for ritual work. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine when sunrise occurs.

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Wednesday’s Witchery

Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.

Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?

Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.

Source

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

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The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, April 3

Feast of St. Mary of Egypt

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Pisces

Moon enters Aries 10:56 pm

Incense: Lilac

Color: Yellow

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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Correspondences for Wednesday, April 3

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, perception, science, wisdom, writing

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The Witches Magick for Wednesday, April 3

MONEY RITUAL FOR PROSPERITY IN LIFE

This isn’t some “get-rich-quick” spell.

You will need:
Green candle

Bay Leaves

Plain white piece of paper

I usually have some other candles around and sometimes will also use some of the essential oils that I know draw in money. Think of the amount of money that is needed, not what is wanted. Asking for a million dollars is absolutely ridiculous to say the least. Write down the amount that you know you need to help you achieve your goals (paying bills, paying for college, camp fees, whatever) on the plain, white piece of paper. Fold the paper in half three times.

After getting a connection with your goddess, light your green candle. Use your own incantation to ask the Goddess for her help and guidance to find the money that you need. Place the paper under the candle. Now close your eyes and see money coming to you. Don’t think of how it comes, just see it come. See it appear in your hand or maybe imagine it flying around you like in those money booth games and see yourself snatching it out of the air. While doing this, I burn a bay leaf in the candles flame. Inhale the fragrance emitted by the bay leaf. If you have money-drawing oils, then a few drops on the sides of the candle can be placed as you give thanks to the Goddess for listening to you.

Close as you feel appropriate. Leave it all set up when you finish if you are able and repeat. Start it on the new moon and repeat several times until the full moon. At this point, burn the paper and spread it’s ashes to the wind.

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Witch Tip #23 for April 3

If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to burn herbs or candles, use essential oils as a substitute.

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for April 3

This is to dispel negative attitudes and provide protection from dark influences. Repeat it as needed throughout the day, or if you feel you are coming under attack from a particular person or circumstance.

A white light surrounds me, and all that I see.

I ask for protection and security.

All that is negative I now erase, I have serenity and peace in it’s place.

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days .

Garden Summerland

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CRAFT MANNERS

Say “Blessed Be” when greeting other Wiccans. (The alternative “Bright Blessings” is sometimes used, as is the written abbreviation “B.B.”).

Greet Pagans of the opposite sex with a kiss on the lips, and those of your own sex with a warm handshake

Never handle the ritual equipment (tools) of another without their permission.

Never give out another Pagan’s name, address, or telephone number; or discuss their beliefs in front of another; without their permission

When answering advertisements that say “write”, don’ t just turn up on the doorstep

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“Blessed Are The Witches”

 

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Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Wednesday, February 27


Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Wednesday, February 27

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Bright Blessings

Earth Mother
Giver of life
Strengthen me during my life-long strife.
Teach me Your ways of perfect love,
peace, and wisdom true.
Spawn from my purest heart
These words to You
May this prayer help me to better
myself in word and deed,
To a higher plane I shall succeed.
Beautiful Light of Goodness Fair
Lore of old we both do share
A Witch’s brew, I drink to You
My love for You, by day, by night
In thought and in sight
Will my soul learn
the meaning of this life again.

Author Unknown
Originally Published On Pagan Library

Current Planetary Positions
February 27, 2019

Sun: 08 Pisces 29
Moon: 19 Sagittarius 03
Mercury: 26 Pisces 33
Venus: 27 Capricorn 16
Mars: 08 Taurus 43
Jupiter: 21 Sagittarius 41
Saturn: 17 Capricorn 36
Uranus: 29 Aries 42
Neptune: 15 Pisces 52
Pluto: 22 Capricorn 24

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Planetary aspects for the Month of February

27 Feb 09:32 pm – Sun sextile Mars

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Planetary aspects for the Month of March

01 Mar, 07:31 am – Venus square Uranus
05 Mar, 01:18 pm – Mercury Retrograde 29 ♓ 38
06 Mar, 11:03 am – New Moon 15 ♓ 47
06 Mar, 07:59 pm – Sun conjunct Neptune 16 ♓ 09
09 Mar, 02:10 am – Sun sextile Saturn
10 Mar, 12:19 pm – Mars sextile Neptune
13 Mar, 10:29 am – Sun sextile Pluto
13 Mar, 09:29 pm – Sun square Jupiter
14 Mar, 06:02 am – Mars trine Saturn
14 Mar, 06:26 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 ♊ 33
14 Mar, 09:47 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 24 ♓ 11
15 Mar, 07:16 pm – Mercury square Jupiter
16 Mar, 09:08 am – Mercury sextile Pluto
17 Mar, 11:23 pm – Mercury sextile Mars
20 Mar, 07:41 am – Mars trine Pluto
20 Mar, 10:26 am – Mercury sextile Saturn
20 Mar, 09:42 pm – Full Moon 00 ♎ 09
21 Mar, 04:07 am – Venus square Mars
21 Mar, 10:16 am – Venus sextile Jupiter
24 Mar, 01:27 pm – Mercury conjunct Neptune 16 ♓ 49
27 Mar, 12:45 pm – Venus sextile Uranus
28 Mar, 00:09 am – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 ♑ 11
28 Mar, 09:58 am – Mercury Direct 16 ♓ 05

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Mercury Retrograde 5 March 2019 – Hurtful Words

Mercury retrograde March 2019 begins on March 5 at 29° Pisces and ends on March 28 at 16° Pisces. Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. Mercury retrograde is associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items.

You may reminisce about the past or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. Business negotiations are often in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde, with some important details not yet be available.

Mercury Retrograde March 2019
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone (16° to 29° Pisces). The two direct phases are known as shadow periods. The three phases of Mercury retrograde March 2019:

February 19 to March 5 –The first shadow phase from Mercury entering the retrograde zone until Mercury stationary retrograde (16° to 29° Pisces).
March 5 to 28 – The Retrograde phase lasts from Mercury stationary retrograde until the Mercury direction station (29° to 16° Pisces)
March 28 to April 16 – The second shadow phase lasts from Mercury stationary direct until Mercury leaving the retrograde zone (16° to 29° Pisces).

Mercury Enters Retrograde Zone
During the first shadow period you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase (see chart).

Mercury enters the retrograde zone at 16°05′ Pisces on Tuesday February 19, the same day as the exciting, adventurous and sexy February 2019 full moon. It brought opportunities for change, romance and success.

Mercury conjunct Neptune on its own can bring confusion, fear, deception and scandal. But sextile Venus Saturn it brings sensitivity, romance, sensuality, karmic attraction and creative imagination.

Together with the full moon and other planets, the first Mercury direct phase brought compassion, healing, selflessness, clairvoyance and spirituality. This is a time for dreaming, psychic awareness and learning occult subjects like astrology and Tarot.

Mercury Stationary Retrograde
Mercury retrograde on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at 29°38′ Pisces is conjunct the minor planet Chiron and a fixed star in Pegasus Constellation called Scheat. This difficult star is a strong influence in March 2019. Mercury is conjunct Scheat from February 28 to March 10. Chiron stays within the 2° orb of Scheat until March 18. Finally, the Sun in the March 20 full moon is conjunct Scheat.

Fixed star Scheat at 29°37′ Pisces causes extreme misfortune, murder, suicide, and drowning. According to Robson [1], with Mercury it causes many accidents and narrow escapes especially by water, many enemies, trouble through writings, and is bad for health and domestic affairs. However, Ebertin [2] said:
it is possible for a positive influence to emanate from Scheat, but only for some people and having an effect on their mental creativity if these people are ready to receive such inflow.

Mercury conjunct Chiron suggests communications will be a source of pain. Hurtful words may include teasing, name calling and other forms of verbal abuse. Online bullying and it’s influence on teenage suicide is likely to make the news.

Opinions about people with mental illness and physical disabilities will also come into focus. Issues may involve abuse, discrimination and the perception some people have that disabled people are less intelligent than they are.

A more positive side to Mercury conjunct Chiron is the ability to really listen to people’s problems and understand their pain. Your words may have hurt people in the past but they can heal people now. Mercury with Chiron also gives healing hand.

This bi-wheel chart shows the close relationship between Mercury retrograde March 5, 2019 at 29 ♓ 38, and Mercury retrograde March 4, 1973 at 28 ♓ 35. Thank you to Jen Rose for finding this connection.

IRA bombings and EU votes and opinion polls about Northern Ireland occurred in early March 1973. Mars setting in the Brexit horoscope will keep causing hostility right up to 11 p.m. on 29 March 2019.

Mercury Stationary Direct
Mercury direct on March 28, 2019 at 16°05′ Pisces is conjunct Neptune and a star in Constellation Eridanus the River called Achernar. Both Neptune and Achernar have a spiritually enlightening and psychic influence on Mercury retrograde from March 24 to 28, and on Mercury direct from March 28 to April 4.

Mercury conjunct Neptune lasts from March 21 to April 6, and is exact on March 24 (retrograde) and April 2 (direct). Mercury stations direct half a degree ahead of Achernar but stays within orb of this star from March 21 to April 4.

Just as other factors highlighted the Mercury retrograde degree, the Mercury direct degree is also activated by other astrology. The March 6 new moon, one day after Mercury stations retrograde, is at 15°47′ Pisces conjunct Neptune and Achernar. Thankfully, this star has a more positive influence than Scheat.

Fixed star Achernar at 15°34′ Pisces gives success in public office, beneficence, and religion. [1] Well placed, it promises happiness and success by giving good morals, faithful adherence to one’s religious beliefs, or a philosophical inclination. [2]

The following channeled material about Mercury conjunct Achernar comes from a book called The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance [3]:

These individuals accomplish many things. This creates an expansion of the psychic through the subconscious. They are always in communication with the spiritual realm. When asking a question of their spirit guides, the answer comes to them immediately. There is no waiting even though it may be a question from their own ego subconscious, or a question asked by another. The answers are given immediately. They can be psychics for the public or it can be used for their own benefit. There can be difficulty with earthbound and mundane matters so that they need someone who can take care of these functions for them. They generally seek out a partner who wants to be needed and who can take care of those earthly necessities for them. It is difficult for them to take care of their own physical needs and they require a partner who is more on the mundane level.

Mercury conjunct Neptune enhances your imagination, creativity and empathy. It will focus your thinking and communications on spiritual topics, mysteries, the occult and secrets.

Valuable insights can be gained through meditation, dreaming, and practicing occult fields like astrology and Tarot. You may become involved in some intrigue or secret affair, where it is important to maintain the highest of moral standards to avoid scandal and slander.

Mercury conjunct Neptune can impact your thinking and communications in a negative way through misconception, irrationality, confusion, fear and paranoia. This is more likely during Mercury retrograde up to March 28, and maybe for a few more days until Mercury speed up. You should beware of deceit, treachery, lies, poison and all manner of underhand tactics.

However, Mercury direct is on a positive fixed star and makes harmonious aspects to the Moon and Saturn. So Mercury direct conjunct Neptune is more likely give reliable psychic perception, with unbiased processing of this spiritual information. Ultimately, you can express these insights through compassionate, supportive and selfless words, thought projection and healing hands.

Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 29°38′ Pisces (see chart).

Mercury Retrograde 2019 Dates
March 5 to 28, 2019 – 16° to 29° Pisces
July 7 to 31, 2019 – 23° Cancer to 4° Leo
October 31 to November 20, 2019 – 11° to 27° Scorpio

References
Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.206, 116.
Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.80, 77.
The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.164.

The Solar Almanac for Wednesday, February 27

The Sun

Sun Direction: 73.92° ENE↑
Sun Altitude: -33.24°
Sun Distance: 92.053 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:28 am↑ 100° East
Sunset Today: 5:46 pm↑ 260° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 18 minutes

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The Lunar Almanac for Wednesday, February 27

The Moon

Moon Direction: 137.74° SE↑
Moon Altitude: 19.78°
Moon Distance: 245236 mi
Next New Moon: Mar 6, 201910:03 am
Next Full Moon: Mar 20, 20198:42 pm
Next Moonset: Today11:51 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 40.8%

Both Solar & Lunar Almanac from timeanddate.com

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Sun & Moon Folklore

Many years ago, the sun and water were great friends, and they both lived on the earth togther. The sun very often used to visit the water, but the water never returned the visits.

At last the sun asked the water why he never visited. The water replied that the sun’s house was not big enough, and that if he came with all his people, he would drive the sun out of his home.

The water then said, “If you want me to visit you, you will have to build a very large house. But I warn you that it will have to be very large, as my people are numerous and take up a lot of room”.

The sun promised to build a very large house, and soon afterwards, he returned home to his wife, the moon, who greeted him with a broad smile.

The sun told the moon what he had promised the water, and the next day, they began building a large house to entertain the water and all his people.

When it was completed, the sun asked the water to come and visit him.

When the water arrived, one of his people called out to the sun, and asked him whether it would be safe for the water to enter, and the sun answered, “Yes, tell my friend to come in.”

The water began to flow in, followed by the fish and all the other water animals.

Very soon, the water was knee-deep in the house, so he asked the sun if it was still safe, and the sun again said, “Yes,” so more of them came in.

When the water was at the level of a man’s head, the water said to the sun, “Do you want more of my people to come?”

Not knowing any better, the sun and the moon both said, “Yes,”. More and more of the water’s people came in, until the sun and the moon had to sit on top of the roof.

The water once again asked the sun if it was still okay to keep coming in. The sun and moon answered yes, so more and more of the water’s people came in.

The water soon overflowed the top of the roof, and the sun and the moon were forced to go up into the sky.

…and they have been there ever since.

March Calendar of Events

The month of March was named for the Roman god of war, Mars. Traditionally, this was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter.

March 5: Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) or Shrove Tuesday.
March 8: International Women’s Day.
March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. Don’t forget to “spring forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour!
March 15: The Ides of March. Legend surrounds this ill-fated day. Beware the Ides of March!
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.
March 20: The vernal equinox, also called the Spring Equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date marks the autumnal equinox.
The Borrowing Days: According to lore, the last three days of March have a reputation for being stormy.
Easter Sunday: This year, Easter Sunday will occur on April 21, culminating the Holy Week for Christian churches and commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Wacky things to celebrate in March

March 3: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
March 9: International Fanny Pack Day
March 13: National Ear Muff Day
March 16: National Panda Day
March 21: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
March 23: World Meteorological Day
March 31: World Backup Day

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Weekly Astronomy for February 27 – March 2

Wednesday February 27
9:32 pm – Sun sextile Mars from February 21 to March 5 gives a boost to your self-confidence, physical strength, vitality and courage. This is an excellent time for physical activities like exercise, manual labor, fighting and sporting activities, especially of a competitive nature. This is the time to tackle difficult projects which you have put off in the past. You can confidently go on the advance and this is a particularly good time to start new projects.

Thursday February 28
1:47 am – Moon enters Capricorn

Friday March 1
7:31 am – Venus square Uranus from Wednesday to Sunday can challenge the stability of love relationships through unexpected urges or events. An increased need for freedom and excitement can test your patience with a love one or lead to wandering eyes. If you have been feeling smothered, confined or bored, then you may lash out in anger or through some other destructive behavior. Singles may be attracted to exciting or eccentric people.
11:45 am – Venus enters Aquarius

Saturday March 2
2:06 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 22 – March 2

By: Alan MacRobert

Wednesday, February 27

• After dark at this time of year, five carnivore constellations come out of hibernation in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointing up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast (with the Big Dipper its brightest part), Leo the Lion in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.

Thursday, February 28

• As February turns to March, Sirius shines highest in the south in early evening. Its faint white-dwarf companion star, the first super-dense object ever discovered, is a notoriously difficult telescopic sighting for amateurs. But for nearly a decade to come, Sirius B appears about as far from Sirius A as it ever does. And the time to try is when Sirius is highest! For tips on detecting it (11 arcseconds east-northeast of Sirius A), see Bob King’s Sirius B — a New Pup in My Life.

And for more about this and other telescopic targets in Canis Major, turn to Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column in the February Sky & Telescope, page 54.

• The crescent Moon in Friday’s early dawn offers you Saturn a few degrees to its left, as shown above (for North America).

Friday, March 1

• This is the time of year when Orion stands straight upright due south as the stars come out. Later in the evening, and later in the month, he begins his long tilt down toward the west.

• Algol is at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for about two hours centered on 7:19 p.m. EST. Whenever you glance up at Algol at a random time, you have only a 1 in 30 chance of catching it at least a magnitude fainter than normal.

• Now in Saturday’s dawn, the low crescent Moon introduces Venus to its left, the “star” of the morning show.

Saturday, March 2

• Look east after dusk this week for the constellation Leo already climbing well up the sky. Its brightest star is Regulus, and the Sickle of Leo extends upper left from there.

—Sky and Telescope

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Moon Phase Calendar

Wednesday – 27th February 2019

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon in Sagittarius

Sagittarius:
The greatest need is to always search for something. In order to feel safe you might find that you need to have a goal, mission or philosophy that gives your life meaning. With Moon in Sagittarius you have an optimistic approach to life and you believe that things will get better even if you get into trouble.

Organs influenced by SagittariusSagittarius Moon Sign:
Organs: Liver, sacrum, thigh bone, tail bone, hip muscles, hip joint, lumbar vertebra, lumbar muscle.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

Today is Wednesday, February 27

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 Tyr (February 27 – March 13)

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

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Wednesday, February 27

Time of the Old Woman (Morocco); February 25– March 4 is a period of dangerous weather. The Goddesses are the Morrigan (Ana, Badb, Macha), the Fates (Lachesis, Clotho, Atropos),
the Erinyes or Eumenides, also Fortuna, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Spider Woman, Befana, Copper Woman, Iatiku, and Changing Woman—Grand- mother Goddesses of Destiny, Fortune and Change.

Goddesses Associated with Wednesday

For Woden: Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth

The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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The Wicca Book of Days for Wednesday, February 27th

On this day in the year 1861, famous psychic and spiritual philosopher Rudolf Steiner was born in Kraljevic (which was part of Hungary at that time). He possessed clairvoyant powers and communicated often with nonphysical entities. In 1902, he was appointed general secretary of the German Section of the Theosophical Society, and in 1913, he established his own school for esoteric research. He died on March 30, 1925.

The Wicca Book of Days
Gerina Dunwich

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On Wednesday, February 27, We Celebrate…

Cherry Blossom Festival (Hawaii)
LAKA

Themes: Tradition; Heritage; Weather; Arts

Symbols: Lei Flowers; Dance; Yellow

About Laka: Laka is the Hawaiian goddess of Hula, through which the myths, legends, and histories of the Hawaiian people are kept intact. Today she charges us with the sacred duty of collecting the treasures of our personal legacies and recording them for sharing with future generations.

In stories, Laka is the sister of Pele (the volcano goddess) and a nature goddess who can be invoked for rain. Artistic renditions show her wearing yellow garments, bedecked with flowers, and always dancing.

To Do Today: The cherry blossoms of this festival in Hawaii are spiritual, not real, symbolizing the power of tradition among the predominantly Japanese community. On this day people gather together and honor their heritage by participating in martial arts, Japanese dances, weaving, and arts competitions. So, if there’s any art or craft you learned from an elder in your family, take the time to display that craft or work on it today to commemorate Laka’s attributes.

If possible, get together with members of your family and begin creating a family journal that will record all the important events in your lives. Cover the journal with yellow paper dabbed with fragrant oil to invoke Laka’s tending care on the sacred documents.

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

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The Magick of Wednesday

Magickal Intentions:
Communication
Divination
Luck
Safety
Health
Wisdom
Commerce
Business

Planet: Mercury

Color: Purple

Crystals: Aventurine, Agate

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Ritual Work Associated With Wednesday, The Day of Mercury

Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves

Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil

Color: Yellow or Grey

Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence

Reference:

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

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Wednesday: On the way to the afterlife

The fourth day of the week is named after Odin (Wodan or Woden). In Anglo-Saxon world, Woden is not necessarily the mirror of the Norse Odin. Up to the seventh century, he was worshipped as the main deity. He was the psychopomp which is a word for someone who helps deliver human souls to the afterlife.

In Romance languages, the name of the day comes from Latin Dies Mercurii (miércoles in Spanish, mercoledi in Italian, mercredi in French), associated with Mercury, the Roman god of trade, profit and commerce.

In German, the word for Wednesday is simply Mittwoch, meaning the middle of the week

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The Witches Guide for Wednesdays

Ruler: Wodin, Mercury

Colors: Orange, light blue, and gray

Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following

Keywords: Success, creativity, communication

The word Wednesday is reminiscent of the Norse wind god Wodin, which is referenced in the popular rhyme verse “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” This does not mean that those born on this day are full of sorrow or trouble. To be full of Wo (Wodin) means to be full of wind, to be spirited. Woden was such a powerful pagan god that the German church fathers changed the name of his day to Mittwoch, meaning midweek, in an attempt to exorcise his influence.

In the Spanish word for Wednesday, miercoles, we clearly see its connection to Mercury. Under the guidance of Mercury; Wednesday is a day of swift activity, communication, correspondence, and phone calls. This is a good day for journalists, writers, poets, bargaining, hiring employees, and visiting friends.

On Wednesdays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mercury, making these times of the day doubly blessed. These are the strongest four hours for ritual work. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine when sunrise occurs.

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Wednesday’s Witchery

Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.

Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?

Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.

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 27th

Independence Day (Dominican)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Sagittarius

Incense: Honeysuckle

Color: Brown

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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The Witches Correspondences for Wednesday, February 27

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, perception, science, wisdom, writing

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The Witches Magick for Wednesday, February 27 – Protection from Psychic Attack

Witches tend to be extra sensitive by nature, and are therefore able to detect negative energies that may be hanging around, whether or not we have any clue as to the source. If you’ve been feeling negatively affected by some kind of outside influence, try wearing or carrying this charm, which combines the protective energies of bay leaf and the number six.

If you can, take a purifying ritual bath to remove any unwanted energies around yourself before working this spell.

You will need:
6 bay leaves
1 black candle
Small drawstring bag

Instructions: Light the black candle and visualize all negativity being sucked up by the flame of the candle and disappearing.

When you sense that your magical space is free of negativity, take a bay leaf in your hand and hold it up.

While drawing a circle around yourself with the leaf, say the following (or similar) words: “From the divine powers of the Earth and Sun,
this leaf is my shield and my protection.”

Place the bay leaf inside the drawstring bag.

Repeat this with each of the remaining leaves.

When all six leaves are in the bag, hold it above your head and visualize the leaves casting a white sphere around you as protection from any harmful energy.

Each day, pin the charm to the inside of your clothing or carry it in your pocket until you feel that protection is no longer needed.

–Wicca Book of Herbal Spells: A Book of Shadows for Wiccans, Witches, and Other Practitioners of Herbal Magic (Wiccan Spell Books 2)
Lisa Chamberlain

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Spirit Message of the Day – Go Play!

BEING CAREFREE
“Whatever our age, there are times when we feel carefree and young. And then, probably all too often, there are times when we don’t. Being carefree and young feels good. Feeling this way fills us with an enthusiasm for life. Responsibilities, obligations, real-life, all these can dull or even squash that feeling. No wonder, since being weighted down with the cares of daily life is the opposite of being carefree. While it is neither wise nor practical to throw away all our cares and responsibilities, it is also unwise (and no fun at all) to let cares and worries erase enthusiasm and simple joy from our lives.”

THE GYPSY ROSE FAIRY
“With the Gypsy Rose card, we see a lovely fairy looking back at us a bit sadly. She is about to cross a threshold to a brighter, more colorful realm. She would like us to follow, but she’s getting the feeling that we won’t. Clothed in white, she expresses a pure desire for all the good things the universe has to offer. Orange roses represent enthusiasm and desire. The orange jewel of her headpiece is attached with many cords, showing that she intentionally weaves enthusiasm and joy through her life. Her colorful wings take her on glorious flights of fancy. The world she is about to enter glows with light even though a crescent moon is high in the sky. Is she looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? Perhaps. Or, perhaps, the rose-colored glasses aren’t meant to change the way the world looks, but to shade out cares and worries so we can see the world at its vibrant best.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Maybe you’ve been working too hard or worrying too much. Now is the time to take a break. Do something that makes your heart leap with excitement. It doesn’t have to be a big leap. Rediscover a lost pleasure, revisit a favorite place, or make plans with a friend. Put away your troubles just for a little while (you can attend to them when you get back), and enjoy life. You may even find that your outlook changes, and things really aren’t as bleak or hard as you thought. In the meantime, indulge and enjoy! There is no time for enchantments, oils, candles, or journaling – just go play!”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle. Art by Jessica Galbreth and text by Barbara Moore.
Published on SpiritBlogger’s Blog

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for Wednesday, February 27

An enchantment for your toothpaste and toothbrush to keep a bright smile on your face and ensure good luck throughout the day.

Brush my pearly whites, make them shine
To smile through troubles, to be just fine.
Show off their brilliance, each moment of the day
For I know for certain, things will go my way.

This can be used daily alongside any other incantations or enchantments.

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days
Garden Summerland

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Witchy Tip #201 for Wednesday, February 27

Instead of using smoke cleansing, keep a spray bottle with salt water in it and spray the corners of your room when you feel you need a protection/good energy boost.

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

 

The Daily Journal Brought to You By…..

Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Wednesday, February 6

Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Wednesday, February 6

“To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges.”

― Paulo Coelho

Current Planetary Positions

February 06, 2019

Sun:   17 Aquarius 31
Moon:   06 Pisces 22
Mercury:   23 Aquarius 06
Venus:   03 Capricorn 04
Mars:    24 Aries 42
Jupiter:    18 Sagittarius 43
Saturn:   15 Capricorn 34
Uranus:   29 Aries 00
Neptune:   15 Pisces 07
Pluto:   21 Capricorn 48

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Planetary aspects for the Month of February

07 Feb 07:32 pm – Sun sextile Jupiter
07 Feb 08:24 pm – Mercury sextile Mars
09 Feb 05:53 pm – Mercury sextile Uranus
12 Feb 05:26 pm – 1st Quarter Moon at 23 54
13 Feb 01:20 am – Mars conjunct Uranus
17 Feb 03:43 am – Venus sextile Neptune
18 Feb 02:54 am – Sun sextile Uranus
18 Feb 05:51 am – Venus conjunct Saturn
19 Feb 01:36 am – Mercury conjunct Neptune
19 Feb 10:53 am – Full Moon at 00 42
19 Feb 09:39 pm – Mercury sextile Saturn
22 Feb 03:39 pm – Mercury square Jupiter
22 Feb 10:52 pm – Venus conjunct Pluto
23 Feb 12:17 pm – Mercury sextile Pluto
26 Feb 06:27 am – 3rd Quarter Moon at 07 34
27 Feb 09:32 pm – Sun sextile Mars

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A Look At The Stars for February 6 thru February 10

Thursday February 7
7:32 pm – Sun sextile Jupiter from Monday to Sunday brings optimism, good luck and happiness for your weekly horoscope. Depending on whether you believe in fate or free will, you either get lucky or your positive thinking attracts good fortune. Either way, this is one of the most fortunate of all transits in astrology. This is an ideal time to reach your goals as there should be little or no resistance.

8:24 pm – Mercury sextile Mars from Wednesday to Friday speeds up your mind and reflexes. You will feel driven to succeed at something with your strong sense of purpose and initiative. You can achieve a lot of work in a short amount of time, with the courage and fighting spirit to take on just about anything. You can be as direct and honest as you like in achieving you desires and enlisting the support of others.

Friday February 8
9:33 am – Moon enters Aries

Saturday February 9
5:53 pm – Mercury sextile Uranus from Friday to Sunday brings exciting news and stimulating conversations. Your daily routines may take a detour in new and unexpected directions. Along the way you will learn new things and meet new people. This is end to your weekly horoscope for making friends from different backgrounds than your own. Socializing is favored because of your thought-provoking ideas and kinky sense of humor. New discoveries may also come from dreams or flashes of insight.

Sunday February 10
5:50 am – Mercury enters Pisces until April 17
8:28 pm – Moon enters Taurus

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Sun Sextile Jupiter 7 February 2019

Sun sextile Jupiter natal makes you a very fortunate person. You often seem to be in the right place at the right time. Good timing and good luck allows brings many opportunities your way. But it is your enthusiasm and self belief that turns opportunity into success. Your confidence and strong faith makes it relatively easy for you to gain support from others Also, your liberal and generous nature makes you well-liked and popular. Your warmth and positivism is contagious, you can lift the spirits of those around you and make them happy.

This aspect does not prevent hardship and disappointment, but it does help you overcome setbacks. You see challenges as opportunities and they motivate you to succeed. Some struggles in life are important in making you appreciate the good fortune do you experience. If things were to always come easy you could become seduced by luxury, glamour and too much good living.

Natal Sun sextile Jupiter makes you a philosophical person with wide knowledge and interest in politics, religion or spirituality, travel and education. You work well in groups and would find satisfaction becoming involved in your community through social welfare or championing some moral or ethical issue.

Sun Sextile Jupiter Transit
Sun sextile Jupiter transit brings optimism, good luck and happiness. Depending on whether you believe in fate or free will, you either get lucky or your positive thinking attracts good fortune. Either way, this is one of the most fortunate of all transits in astrology.

This is an ideal time to reach your goals as there should be little or no resistance. Starting new projects will benefit from the growth and expansion of Jupiter. Others will be generous and hospitable toward you, especially Jupiter type people like judges and other authority figures.

The growth you experience can be material and spiritual, with opportunities coming your way to increase your wealth. Other means to expand your horizons may include further education and long distance travel. Such things started now should turn out to be successful. This transit also favors group activities. Your jovial nature would make you a valued addition to social groups but also other more organized groups like committees or councils.

This interpretation for Sun sextile Jupiter transit can also be read for a Solar Eclipse and New Moon sextile Jupiter.

Sun Sextile Jupiter Dates

11 August 2017
8 January 2018
11 September 2018
8 February 201914 October 2019
11 March 2020
15 November 2020
16 April 202120 December 2021
23 May 2022
25 January 2023
1 July 2023

–Astrology King]

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The Solar Almanac for Wednesday, February 6

Sun Direction: 133.05° SE↑
Sun Altitude: 22.82°
Sun Distance: 91.666 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:52 am↑ 109° East
Sunset Today: 5:24 pm↑ 251° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 31 minutes

—timeanddate.com

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The Lunar Almanac for Wednesday, February 6

Moon Direction: 116.42° ESE↑
Moon Altitude: 12.03°
Moon Distance: 252307 mi
Next Full Moon: Feb 19, 20199:53 am
Next New Moon: Mar 6, 201910:03 am
Next Moonset: Today7:10 pm
Current Moon Phase:Waxing Crescent
Illumination:2.7%

—timeanddate.com

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Lunar Almanac

Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Feb 12, 2019 at 4:26 pm
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Feb 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm
(Previous Phase)

—timeanddate.com

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The Sky This Week from February 6 to 10

February evenings feature many of the sky’s brightest stars and clusters, while February mornings host brilliant Jupiter and Venus, the latter of which passes near several deep-sky wonders in the Milky Way.
By Richard Talcott

Wednesday, February 6
Although the Moon reached its New phase just two days ago, its rapid orbital motion carries it into view after the Sun goes down this evening. Look low in the west-southwest about an hour after sunset and you’ll see its 4-percent-lit crescent hanging in the twilight like the smile of the Cheshire Cat.

Thursday, February 7
Jupiter continues to grow more prominent in the southeastern sky before dawn. The giant planet rises nearly four hours before our star and climbs 20° high by the first hint of twilight. Jupiter gleams at magnitude –1.9, though it still pales in comparison to Venus, which rises an hour after the giant world. A telescope reveals Jupiter’s 34″-diameter disk and at least two conspicuous cloud belts.

Friday, February 8
For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, today marks the peak of the annual Alpha Centaurid meteor shower. And with the Moon out of the sky, viewing conditions should be near perfect from late evening until morning twilight begins. The shower’s radiant — the point from which the meteors appear to originate — lies among the background stars of Centaurus (although, oddly enough, closer to 1st-magnitude Beta [β] Centauri than to its brighter neighbor, Alpha [α] Centauri). The shower typically produces about 6 meteors per hour at its peak, although observers have reported between 20 and 30 per hour in a couple of years. The meteors tend to be bright and often leave persistent trains.

Saturday, February 9
The brightest star in the night sky puts on a nice show on February evenings. Gleaming at magnitude –1.5, Sirius shines nearly four times brighter than the next brightest star visible from mid-northern latitudes: Arcturus in the constellation Boötes. Sirius appears in the southeastern sky around 7 p.m. local time and climbs highest in the south around 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 10
Mars continues to shine brightly on February evenings. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the southwestern sky as darkness falls. The world glows at magnitude 1.0 against the much dimmer stars of Pisces the Fish. Tonight, Mars sits 6° to the right of the waxing crescent Moon. A telescope reveals the planet’s 6″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface details.

Brilliant Venus continues its eastward march across the star-studded backdrop of Sagittarius. Both this morning and tomorrow morning, open star cluster M25 lies 2° north of the inner world and globular cluster M22 resides 3° south of the planet. All three objects fit nicely in the field of 7×50 binoculars.

–Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar for February 6

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent

Moon currently in the sign of Pisces

Moon in Pisces:

Moon in Pisces has the greatest sensitivity and perceptiveness of surroundings. You can experience feelings of insecurity, be passive and only wait and see what happens in your life. If you engage in creative or spiritual search, you will benefit from great imagination of Pisces.

Organs influenced by Pisces Moon Sign:
Organs: Feet, toes, hypophysis, pineal gland, endorphin, melatonin.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are not recommended during the Waxing Moon.

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Meditations for February’s Lunar Cycles

New Moon
Alone with a candle in an otherwise dark room, mindfully sit still and silent. Experience Deity with all your senses: all that you see, smell, hear, taste, and touch; recognize the oneness of all. Meditation: personal transformation.

Waxing Moon
Alone with a candle in an otherwise dark room, chant names or attributes of Deity (or play gentle wordless music), while moving gently to the music. Meditation: peace and healing for all.

Full Moon
Alone with a candle in an otherwise dark room, sing sacred songs of love and praise (or play fast wordless music), while dancing exuberantly. Meditation: respect and compassion for all.

Waning Moon
Alone with a candle in an otherwise dark room, pray in thanksgiving to Deity. Meditation: sustenance and justice for all.

Today is Wednesday, January 2

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 Luis (Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)

The Runic Half Month of Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)

Goddess of the Month Bridhe (January – February 19)

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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Pagan Events for February 6 thru February 10

* 2/5 to 2/6: Feast of Old Romano-Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Healer–recalls Set (God of Challenges and Chaos) poisoning child God Horus, and Isis intervening, defeating Set, and healing Horus. [Roman calendar]

* 2/5 eve to 2/6 eve: Anthesterion Noumenia–Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played; prayers were said; offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth; and libations of water and wine were made. [Anthesterion 1]

* 2/8 eve to 2/9 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros–Day to honor love and passion. [Anthesterion 4]

* 2/10 eve to 2/11 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa) – as creatrix, midwife of birthing creatures, protector of the young, and punisher of child abusers. [Anthesterion 6]

* 2/13 to 2/15: Lupercalia/St. Valentine’s Day–Old Roman festival of God-Goddess Faunus- Fauna; merged with the Christian feast of St. Valentine – celebrating love of all kinds.

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The Goddess Book of Days for February 6

Festival of Aphrodite in Greece, who is also Venus, Erzulie, Freya, Oshun, Anahit, Astoreth, Astarte, Aida Wedo, and Xochiquetzal The sixth day of the Moon/month belongs to Artemis in Greece, Saoka in ancient Persia. Diana, Oya, Nut/ Neith, Callista, Hina, and Erzulie are other of her name.

Goddesses Associated with Wednesday

For Woden: Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein.

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood
Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration
Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these
Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess
Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family
Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin
Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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The Wicca Book of Days

Throughout northern Japan, a centuries-old winter snow festival takes place each year around this time of the month. The ancient and beneficial spirits that bring life-sustaining water are honored at special shrines erected in huts resembling Eskimo igloos.

A festival in honor of the love goddess Aphrodite was held each year on this date in ancient Greece.

–The Wicca Book of Days
Gerina Dunwich

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On Wednedsay, February 6, We Celebrate…..

Mardi Gras (New Orleans)
AYIZAN

Themes: Pleasure; Playfulness; Divination

Symbol: Palm Leaf

About Ayizan: Ayizan is the first priestess of voodoo tradition, governing the public places where people gather to celebrate the goddess. As such, she oversees the Mardi Gras exuberant revelry, offering psychic insight and protective energy to keep us out of trouble.

According to tradition, Ayizan is the moral governess of humankind, helping us to balance our desire for pleasure with culpability.

To Do Today: Combine Ayizan’s psychic side with a traditional Mardi Gras activity: fortune-telling! And, since it’s unlikely that you have a palm leaf handy, use your own palm for divination instead. Get a palmistry guidebook (these are often handy at the supermarket checkout) and see what future your hand predicts.

Mardi Gras is traditionally a time of unbridled fun before the serious lenten season begins—so much so that the festivities are overseen by a lady and lord of misrule, who make sure folks really let loose. One activity in particular inspires Ayizan’s energies—that of dancing and tossing grain so that pleasure rains down on all participants. This also banishes evil. Try this yourself, tossing rice or any grain-based cereal around the outside of your home. Then the birds can carry your wishes directly to Ayizan in their beaks!

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

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Wednesday’s Conjuring

Wednesday – is associated with Mercury

Candle colors – Purple

Magickal Conjuring for the Day: Mastery, Domination Work, Wisdom, Healing, Dealing with Legal problems.

—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

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The Witches Guide to Wednesdays

Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.

Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?

Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.

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

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The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, February 6

Bob Marley’s birthday (Jamaican)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Pisces

Incense: Bay laurel

Color: Topaz

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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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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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.

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

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The Witches Magick for Wednesday, February 6 – Revenge Curse Jar

Intent: To bring bad luck into the life of one who has wronged you.
Timing: Waning moon
Supplies:

Clay poppet
Toothpicks, pins, or nails
Yarn or thread
Lemon juice
Glass jar
1 fresh egg
Black candle stub
Shovel

Go to a patch of earth at a crossroads that is not likely to be disturbed. Carve the target’s name into the poppet and say aloud:

Poppet, I name you [Name]. Your limbs are their limbs, your flesh is their flesh. As you suffer, so shall they suffer.

Stick toothpicks/pins/nails into the poppet. Accompany each one with a particular malady you would like the target to suffer. Bind the poppet’s limbs, eyes, and mouth to prevent escape and drop it into the jar. Add more pins or nails if desired.

Add lemon juice while saying,

As the juice destroys the flesh, so let your fortunes sour
Let the sweet be gone from your life forth from this very hour

Add the egg, while saying,

As the egg disintegrates, your luck begins to rot
Relief you will seek from my curse, but find it you will not

 

Light the black candle and drip the wax into the jar, while saying,

This candle flame doth represent my hurt, my rage, my ire
May all your fortune vanish, as kindling in a fire
(If desired, light a piece of paper with a list of wrongs. Add the ashes to the jar.)
May hardship come to find you with the waning of the moon
[Name], my curse upon you from now till crack of doom

Alternatively (if you just want to teach someone a lesson):

For all that you have angered me, my rage may yet relent
[Name], my curse upon you until you do repent

Drop the candle stub into the jar and shake well. Bury the jar and walk away without looking back. Once at home, bathe thoroughly with the intention of washing away any residual energy still clinging to you. Wash your clothes and tools as well.

–Bree NicGarran

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Curseturner Powder

Intent: To remove the effects of harmful magic and turn it back upon the person who cast it.

Ingredients:

Basil
Hyssop
Bloodroot
Witch Hazel
Angelica Root
Cascara Segrada
White Willow Bark
Rosemary

Materials:
Mortar & Pestle (or spice grinder)
Funnel
Mesh Strainer
Collection Dish
Container

Note: Powdered versions of most herbs are available online. See Online Resources for recommended vendors. Also, if you can get your hands on a good spice grinder, you can make your own powder from dried herb products.

Grind each ingredient separately to produce fine powder. Sieve the material through the mesh strainer into the collection dish; this removes the larger unground pieces and gives you cleaner powdered herb. (Pro-Tip: Putting a funnel under the mesh strainer reduces lost material and makes collection much easier.)

Combine the component powders in the collection dish, mix well, and bottle immediately. For volume, go heavier on the less expensive or more easily available materials according to your own stores and finances. Otherwise, combine in more or less even amounts.

Use in any spellwork for removing and returning a curse. The powder will work on any person, object, or location you wish, whether the person who cast the curse initially is known or unknown.

–Bree NicGarran

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Magical Mud-Slinging: How to Protect Yourself from Backlash

A question that I get asked very often (by which I mean about once a week) is some variation of “How do I protect myself from the backlash of casting baneful magic / perform cursing without consequences?”
Well, the truth is that there is no way of performing baneful magic without incurring consequences. As I’ve so often said, “You can’t sling mud without getting your hands dirty.” But just like with mud, there are things you can do to mitigate the mess.

Step 1: “Wear Gloves.”
Protect yourself with a personal ward before you begin. Try to limit the number of tools you use to put the curse together. Cast a protective circle, if you feel the need. Prepare materials to refresh your household wards, if you have them, because they’ll need boosting after you’re done.

Step 2: “Wash Your Hands.”
Once you’ve finished whatever it is you set out to do, cleanse EVERYTHING. Yourself, your tools, your home…everything, top to bottom. Take a shower with a bit of Simple Jinx Remover to keep the magical “sludge” from sticking to you. Refresh your household wards. If you don’t have them, a simple sprinkling of salt across doorways and windowsills will do the trick.

Step 3: “Pay the Price.”
It’s important to know that there is a cost to everything. “All Magic Has A Price.” With baneful spells, the effect is more severe because of the intent of the magic involved. It can range from just having a couple of bad days to a full-on backlash where the curse you threw boomerangs around and bites you square in the ass. Whatever you do, no matter how well you prepare, there will be a cost to cursing. You need to realize and accept this, and if it’s not something you’re prepared to deal with, I’d suggest finding another way to get things done.

–Bree NicGarran

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Spirit Message of the Day – Keys To Authenticity

Living the Authentic Life

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. –Lao-Tse

“You are meant to live an intimate and authentic life, a life that honors the depth of who you are, a life that nourishes your heart and expands your mind, a life that is unencumbered with what others think, a life that empowers you to be who you really are.

And yet, with the pressure we feel from others and life in general, the question may remain, “How can I live such a life?” “What steps can I take toward being just ‘me?’” In my own life, I have found the following practices to be invaluable and successful components in experiencing an authentic life:

Taking Care of Yourself

Nurturing your body, mind and spirit must be a priority in your life. Accept that you can only give to others to the extent you are giving to yourself. Putting yourself first is not “selfish,” but “Self-full.”

Dare to Be Yourself

Strip away the mask and let yourself just “be.” Take time to have fun and allow yourself to find humor in being human. Know that your purpose for being born wasn’t to live life according to what society deems correct. Your purpose is to discover your true self and live from that awareness. If you resonate to the color violet, then be violet, not brown. I once read a quote from Rabindranath Tagore who wisely asked, “That which oppresses me, is it my soul trying to come out in the open, or the soul of the world knocking at my heart for its entrance?”

Give Only From the Heart
Doing anything out of obligation dishonors both you and the other person, and will only leave you feeling resentful. Do an “inner check” before you say “yes” to anyone. If resistance surfaces, do another inner check. If heaviness or resistance occurs again, trust what you feel and do not commit to something that is not in alignment with your heart.

Look Inward for Your Fulfillment, Not Outward

Within you resides a wellspring of creativity and love. Turn within to become aware of what is driving your needs. Is it because you are feeling unloved, scared or lonely? Practice giving what you want to receive. Extending love, from the heart, is the fastest way to fill any emptiness you may feel.

Appreciate Yourself

Take time to appreciate how far you have come on your journey. Notice what you have worked through and your commitment to growth and healing. Doing so builds both an inner and outer abundance over time. It will help you to see the glass, or your life, half full rather than half empty.

Let Go of Guilt

No one is harder on us than we are on ourselves. And many of us feel guilty for taking care of ourselves, setting healthy boundaries and saying, “No.” Having been programmed to feel responsible for others, we often find it hard to recognize our own needs. Practice dropping any guilt you feel for honoring yourself. Guilt is limiting and crippling and does not serve you. Living an authentic life means being free from what others think. It requires giving yourself permission to live life according to what your heart and soul desires.

Become Aware of Your Intentions

If your intention is to be real and congruent, then everything that is not authentically you will reveal itself so you can choose to release it. Spirit will illuminate anything in need of releasing when you set your intention to grow. Yet if your intention is split: pleasing others, wanting one of the Three P’s: Power/Prestige/Prosperity, etc., then you will experience the effects of your split-mind thinking and your life will never, ever, be completely fulfilling. Practice purifying your intention.

Ask, Listen and Follow
Be willing, right now, to ask for guidance in developing an authentic relationship with yourself. Ask for guidance in releasing beliefs, thoughts and behaviors that do not honor your true essence. Start with, “Who am I, really? For so long I’ve based my perception of myself on what others think that I’ve forgotten who I am. So, who am I, truly?” and, “What steps can I take to live an authentic life?” Finally, be willing to hear the gentle yet firm Voice, and trust what it says.

Such is the Life of the Authentic Soul

We need only ask and we will find that our relationships, finances, work, and relationship with our self begin to transform. How many times per day do you ask for help from Spirit? And, how often do you listen to it? And then, what about following what you hear? The amount of inner peace and happiness you experience in your life is directly proportionate to the amount of energy you expend on asking, listening and following the Voice within.”

Today’s guidance is by author Laura Grace.
Published on SpiritBlogger’s Blog

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Witch Tip #140 for February 6

If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to burn herbs or candles, use essential oils as a substitute.

–Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for February 6

This is to dispel negative attitudes and provide protection from dark influences. Repeat it as needed throughout the day, or if you feel you are coming under attack from a particular person or circumstance.

A white light surrounds me, and all that I see.
I ask for protection and security.
All that is negative I now erase, I have serenity and peace in it’s place.

 

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days . Garden Summerland

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Witches of the Craft’s Journal for Friday, February 1

Imbolc/Candlemas Comments

My Lady Brighid, Goddess of fire,
Bless my intentions and grant my desire.
From Summer’s sunshine through Winter’s snow,
You kindle the spark and make hearts glow.
O Gracious Goddess I now ask of thee,
To grant to me power, love and purity.
So Mote It Be.

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Brigid, Celtic Goddess of Imbolc

Brigit is the central Irish Goddess. She is known as Brigantia in England and Bride in Scotland. She rules metal work and smithy, fire, poetry, midwifery and martial arts–but is primarily known as a major Mother Goddess. Brigit is a face of the Triple Goddess, and able to see all–often represented by an ever watchful eye. The three heart-shaped leaves of the shamrock recall the magical Celtic number of three, as well as the number of Brigit’s faces. From nine to Nineteen priestesses once tended an undying fire in her name at Kildare. Brigid is so central to Ireland that the newly converted people would not give her up, so her name metamorphosed into St. Bridgid, who in Irish Christian myth acts as tender and supportive friend of Mary and as the midwife at Christ’s birth. Barbara G. Walker writes that to the Irish people, however, she continued to be a Queen of Heaven and the mother of all the deities of the new religion. As the Saint, she also matched wits with St. Patrick, who is as mythical as she. At times they seem to be consorts, at others, adversaries. It cannot have helped their relationship that Patrick is known for ridding Ireland of snakes, and since Bridgid the saint descended from a pagan goddess and priestess persona, whose sacred healing totem is the snake. So when St. Patrick says he is ridding the isle of snakes, what he means is he is ridding it of pagans. Nevertheless, Patricius and Bridgid were often considered the primal Mother and Father, and were supposedly buried together at Derry Down.

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Imbolc

February 1 – 2

Imbolc (pronounced “IM-bulk”, “IM mol’g” or “EM-bowl/k”) is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on February 2nd. In the Celtic tradition it is celebrated on February 1st or the first Full Moon in Aquarius. Other names Imbolc are known by include Imbolg, Imbolic (Celtic), Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonii Tradition, or the Druids), Candlelaria (Mexican Craft), Disting (Teutonic Tradition – celebrated on February 14th) Candlemas (some Pagan Traditions and/or individuals prefer this name), the Feast of Candlemas and St. Bridget’s Day (Christian), Oimelc, Brigid’s Day, Lupercus (Strega), the Feast of Lights, the Feast of the Virgin, the Snowdrop Festival, or the Festival of Lights. The name “Imbolc” or “Oimelc”, which is derived from Gaelic, means “ewe’s milk” after the lactating sheep that are feeding their first born lambs of the new season at this time of year.

Current Planetary Positions

February 01, 2019

Sun: 12 Aquarius 22
Moon: 06 Capricorn 11
Mercury: 14 Aquarius 06
Venus: 27 Sagittarius 17
Mars: 21 Aries 16
Jupiter: 17 Sagittarius 52
Saturn: 15 Capricorn 01
Uranus: 28 Aries 53
Neptune: 14 Pisces 57
Pluto: 21 Capricorn 39

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Planetary aspects for the Month of February

The planetary aspects listed below are for New York time.

01 Feb 10:19 pm – Mars square Pluto
02 Feb 06:41 pm – Venus trine Uranus
03 Feb 04:54 pm – Mercury sextile Jupiter
04 Feb 04:03 pm – New Moon at 15 45
07 Feb 07:32 pm – Sun sextile Jupiter
07 Feb 08:24 pm – Mercury sextile Mars
09 Feb 05:53 pm – Mercury sextile Uranus
12 Feb 05:26 pm – 1st Quarter Moon at 23 54
13 Feb 01:20 am – Mars conjunct Uranus
17 Feb 03:43 am – Venus sextile Neptune
18 Feb 02:54 am – Sun sextile Uranus
18 Feb 05:51 am – Venus conjunct Saturn
19 Feb 01:36 am – Mercury conjunct Neptune
19 Feb 10:53 am – Full Moon at 00 42
19 Feb 09:39 pm – Mercury sextile Saturn
22 Feb 03:39 pm – Mercury square Jupiter
22 Feb 10:52 pm – Venus conjunct Pluto
23 Feb 12:17 pm – Mercury sextile Pluto
26 Feb 06:27 am – 3rd Quarter Moon at 07 34
27 Feb 09:32 pm – Sun sextile Mars

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A Look At The Stars for February 1 thru February 3

Friday February 1
10:19 pm – Mars square Pluto from Monday to next Tuesday means power struggles and confrontations. This is because of your intense desire to gain control over others, or of situations. You may also notice a need to climb the ladder and achieve a more powerful position in your profession. Even if you chose to play it safe this weekly horoscope, you may have to deal with other people trying to dominate you or challenge your ego or position at work.

Saturday February 2
6:41 pm – Venus trine Uranus from Friday to next Monday gives an urge to try something new that can apply to all areas of life, from hobbies to romance. Your affections will be stimulated and new love is quite possible under this influence. It may be difficult to apply yourself to boring routine as you are easily distracted by anything new or shiny. If you already have a partner then you will be seeking a different kind of pleasure.

Sunday February 3
8:02 am – Moon enters Aquarius
4:54 pm – Mercury sextile Jupiter from Saturday to Monday favors thinking about and planning your future. A broad outlook and excellent decision-making skills allows you to clearly visualize the preferred path ahead. The positive thinking associated this part of your weekly horoscope is another reason why looking ahead is ideal at the moment. Good communication skills and open self-expression make socializing rich and fulfilling.

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New Moon 4 February 2019 – Hope and Goodwill

The New Moon on Monday February 4, 2019 at 15° Aquarius is very fortunate. The New February 2019 astrology is the best of any moon phase for over a year. Sun, Moon and Mercury sextile Jupiter bring good luck, good news, optimism, generosity and happiness.

The February 2019 new moon also sits at the midpoint of Saturn sextile Neptune to bring spiritual wisdom and help make your dreams come. This is a generous, charitable and philosophical new moon of hope and goodwill.

New Moon Meaning
A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. So this is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf, or starting a new project. You can also question old habits, behaviors and beliefs as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.

The effects of the February 4 new moon will last four weeks up to the March 6 New Moon. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle. This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from February 4 to the February 19 Full Moon.

New Moon February 2019 Astrology
The February 4 new moon at 15°45′ Aquarius has a positive influence because it is conjunct Mercury and trine Jupiter. So it brings optimism, generosity and a philosophical outlook. The new moon at the midpoint of Saturn sextile Neptune increases spiritual awareness and understanding.

15 13 – Saturn/Neptune Midpoint
15 30 – Kappa Delphini
15 45 – New Moon February 2019
16 00 – Zeta Delphini
16 20 – Amphitrite (Asteroid 29)

There are no major fixed stars conjunct this new moon. But I will discuss the minor stars in Delphinus Constellation after describing the most important planetary aspects.

Mercury Sextile Jupiter
The new moon conjunct Mercury brings a focus on thinking and communication. The new moon sextile Jupiter adds hope, goodwill, generosity and happiness. Opportunities for material and spiritual growth can increase your wealth and bring success and contentment. The orbs for these two aspects are not particularly strong but they combine as Mercury sextile Jupiter, which is strong at only 1°32′.

Mercury sextile Jupiter gives positive thinking, a broad outlook and good decision-making skills. You can clearly visualize the preferred path ahead to plan your future. Good communication skills and open self-expression improve relationships. This is a good new moon for socializing and making new friends and business contacts. Diplomacy and tact are helpful for business negotiations and legal matters.

The easy uptake of ideas and good concentration mean you can study or sit exams with less stress than usual. You could also increase your general knowledge and expand your horizons through travel and adventure.

Good news and good luck can increase your level of happiness and satisfaction. This new moon should foster cordial political and religious discussion. Social and humanitarian causes should gain positive media attention.

Saturn Sextile Neptune
Saturn sextile Neptune brings material gain from spiritual pursuits. You can make your dreams come true with hard work and a sensible, realistic approach. You will understand your own limitations but be optimistic at the same time.

Spiritual wisdom brings the patience and self-discipline to sacrifice short-term gratification for long-term success. You can also help make other people’s dream come true through practical help and spiritual support.

New moon February 2018 is ideal for self-reflection, dreaming and meditation. You could make prayer and ritual part of your daily routine. Devotion and service to others will bring satisfaction and contentment at the spiritual level.

–Astrology King

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The Solar Almanac for Friday, February 1

Sun Direction: 115.50° ESE↑
Sun Altitude: 4.78°
Sun Distance: 91.594 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:57 am↑ 111° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:19 pm↑ 249° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 21 minutes

–timeanddate.com

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Solar Lore

In ancient Norse legend, the sun goddess Sol travels through the sky chased by the wolf Sköll, who intends to devour her. (Sköll’s brother Hati does the same to the moon at night.) Eclipses were said to be a sign that Sköll was dangerously close to catching Sol.

In fact, the Norse believed that one day, the sun would finally be devoured. Mythology foretold a huge battle called Ragnarök, in which major gods would die and the Earth would be engulfed in a massive flood. This apocalypse would wipe the Earth, clean to be repopulated by a pair of human survivors

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The Lunar Almanac for Friday, February 1

Moon Direction: 149.57° SSE↑
Moon Altitude: 24.42°
Moon Distance: 249703 mi
Next New Moon: Feb 4, 20193:03 pm
Next Full Moon: Feb 19, 20199:53 am
Next Moonset: Today2:40 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 9.6%

–timeanddate.com

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Lunar Calendar

Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent

New Moon: Feb 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm
(Next Phase)

Third Quarter: Jan 27, 2019 at 3:10 pm
(Previous Phase)

–timeanddate.com

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The Sky This Week for February 1 thru February 3

The waning crescent Moon stars in a series of conjunctions it this week’s predawn sky as it passes Jupiter, then Venus, and finally Saturn.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, February 1
A pair of fine binocular objects are on display during evenings this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.

Saturday, February 2
Although Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth exactly one month ago, it already appears low in the southeast during morning twilight. From mid-northern latitudes, the ringed planet rises about 90 minutes before the Sun and climbs 10° above the horizon a half-hour before sunup. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.6 and should be fairly easy to pick out of the twilight. The waning crescent Moon makes the task even easier this morning. Its 5-percent-lit crescent appears 3° to the ringed planet’s lower left. Simply center the Moon through binoculars and look for the bright point of light near the field’s upper right edge.

For those who believe in folklore, the fate of winter rests on the shoulders of the groundhog. If the furry rodent sticks his head out of his burrow this morning and sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. But if the weather is cloudy, it means spring is right around the corner. What does this have to do with astronomy? Groundhog Day celebrates one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which mark the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. February 2 falls approximately midway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

Sunday, February 3
The variable star Algol in Perseus appears faintest at 11:55 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start watching it immediately after darkness falls, you can see it dim from its peak brightness (magnitude 2.1) to minimum and then start brightening again. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days, but the drop from peak brightness and subsequent rise lasts only about 10 hours. Algol appears nearly overhead soon after darkness falls and descends toward the northwestern horizon well after midnight.

–Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar for February 1

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon Currently in Capricorn

Moon in Capricorn:
You might have a strong need for being useful to the society and you look for justification in the outside world. You may underestimate what you want from yourself and for yourself. Shyness may be accompanied by resentment of the fact that others ignore you. Do not seek approval from the outside, it will not help you get rid of your doubt and it is harmful to you. You have to trust your inner values.

Organs influenced by Capricorn Moon Sign:
Organs: Knees, joints, backbone, spinal muscles, patella, bones, tendons and ligaments, skin, hair, spleen, the organ of balance.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

Welcome to the Month of February

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Month

February–The Month of Purification
This month did not always hold its present position, but was originally the last month in the year. The name is taken from a Latin word, februare, meaning “to make pure”.

In the Palatine Hill, another of the seven hills of Rome, was a cave dug in the rock, and in it stood an image of the god Lupercus covered with a goat’s skin. Lupercus was the God of Fertility or springing into life, and on the 15th of February a great festival was held in his honour. Sacrifices of goats and dogs were made; then the priests cut up the skins of the goats, twisted the pieces into thongs, and ran through the city striking all who came in their way. As in the very earliest times it was the shepherds who held this festival, it is thought that this running about with thongs meant the purifying of the land. The idea of the whole festival seems to have been one of purifying, of a new life, so the name chosen for the month in which it was held was one formed from a word meaning “to make pure”.

There are some who think that Lupercus was the same as Pan, the God of the Shepherds. Pan was said to have been a son of Mercury, but he was not like the other gods; his body was covered with goat’s hair, and his feet and ears were also like those of a goat. He was very fond of music and dancing, and spent most of his time in the forests playing with the wood nymphs–beautiful girls who lived among the trees. One day he saw a wood nymph, named Syrinx, with whom he fell in love, but she was frightened and ran away from him, and when Pan pursued her she prayed to the gods for help. She was at once changed into a clump of reeds, and Pan, in his disappointment, broke off seven pieces of the reed, bound them together, and so made an instrument of music, which was called the Syrinx after the beautiful wood nymph.

The invention of the Syrinx by Pan has been wonderfully described by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in a poem which begins:

“What was he doing, the great god Pan,
Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and scattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat
And breaking the golden lilies afloat
With the dragon-fly on the river.”

This story of Pan and Syrinx reminds us that the Greeks and the Romans imagined the mountains, the valleys, the woods, and the rivers to be peopled with lesser gods and goddesses, whose task of caring for the trees, the flowers, and the grass was appointed them by Jupiter. The woodland gods were known as Satyrs, and like their leader, Pan, were half man and half goat. Another famous satyr was Silenus, who was put in charge of Bacchus, one of Jupiter’s sons, and the God of Wine. Silenus taught Bacchus, and accompanied him on his travels on the earth. The God of Wine rode in a chariot drawn by wild beasts, Silenus following him on an ass, and with them a merry company of nymphs and satyrs crowned with ivy leaves, who danced and sang and made music in praise of Bacchus.

“And as I sat, over the light blue hills
There came a noise of revellers; the rills
Into the wide stream came of purple hue–
‘T was Bacchus and his crew!
The earnest trumpet spake, and silver thrills
From kissing cymbals made a merry din–
‘T was Bacchus and his kin!
Within his car, aloft, young Bacchus stood
Trifling his ivy-dart, in dancing mood,
With sidelong laughing.”
KEATS–Endymion.

Many stories are told of the wood nymphs, as the Goddesses of the Woods were called. One of the most famous is that of the nymph Echo, who fell deeply in love with the beautiful Narcissus, whom she met hunting in the forest. Narcissus, however, took but little notice of her, and Echo’s love soon turned to hatred and anger. She prayed to Venus, the Goddess of Love, that Narcissus might be punished for his hard-heartedness, and then sorrowfully hiding herself among the mountains, pined away until only her voice remained, and in lonely places the voice of Echo still answers those who call.

Meanwhile Venus sought an opportunity for punishing Narcissus by making him suffer in the same way as Echo had done. One day Narcissus, hot and thirsty with hunting, came to a shaded pool, and, as he stooped to drink, saw in the clear water the face, as he thought, of a water nymph. So beautiful was she that Narcissus was filled with love for her, and eagerly stretched out his arms; but no sooner did his hands touch the water than she vanished. He drew back in surprise and waited anxiously till the ruffled water became smooth, when again he saw the beautiful nymph. He spoke to her, and her lips answered him, though he heard no sound; he slowly put out his hands towards her, and her hands came to meet his. Sure now of her love, he tried a second time to clasp her in his arms, but, as before, she vanished. Again and again he strove to seize the nymph, but, each time she escaped his grasp. Amazed, Narcissus sank down by the pool and gazed upon that lovely face, which seemed to mock him, and yet held him there. Apollo and his chariot sank into the Western sea, but the Goddess of the Moon shone on the water and showed the nymph still answering his words and holding out her arms to him. The days passed, and Narcissus, unable to tear himself away, grew pale and weak, watching the face, which also grew pale with despairing love. Thus was Echo avenged, for Narcissus slowly starved himself to death through love for his own image! The gods, however, took pity on him and changed his body into a cluster of flowers, which have ever since borne his name.

We have associated Pan, the God of the Shepherds, with this month, and his name is found in a very familiar word in our language. He took a great delight in frightening travellers by creeping up behind them in the dark, and the fear with which he filled them was called “Panic”.

It is interesting to note that just as the Romans held a ceremony of purification during the month of February, so the Christian Church holds the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary on the second day of the month. The feast is called by Roman Catholics, Candlemas, because it is the custom to have a procession in which candles are carried, and it is on this occasion that the candles to be used in the church during the year are consecrated.

The weather at Candlemas is said to show what the weather will be like during the year, and an old proverb says:

“If Candlemas is fair and clear,
There’ll be twa winters in the year”.

The Old English name for February was Sprout-Kale, since the cabbage begins to sprout at this time of the year. It was later changed to Solmonath–sun month–because it is the time when the sun rises higher in the sky and begins to drive away the chill of winter with its glowing rays.

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Meet February’s Moon

The Full Moon for February 2019 rises on the 19th. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Snow Moon. Read why—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.

MOON PHASES FOR FEBRUARY 2019
(All dates and times are ET.)

New Moon: February 4, 4:03 P.M.
First Quarter: February 12, 5:26 P.M.
Full Moon: February 19, 10:53 A.M.
Last Quarter: February 26, 6:27 A.M.

FULL MOON NAMES FOR FEBRUARY
Traditionally, the Moon we see in February is called the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall of February.

The Full Moon Names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American tribes, Colonial Americans, or other traditional North American names passed down through generations.

The Moons were a way of tracking the seasons. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.

Other Full Moon names include: the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (from the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni, of the Southwest), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee, of the Southeast). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

BEST DAYS IN FEBRUARY 2019
Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in February.

For Planting:

Aboveground crops: 15, 16
Belowground crops: 23–25

For Setting Eggs:

13, 14, 22, 23

For Fishing:

4–19

MOON FACTS AND FOLKLORE
On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon.

Did you know that the Moon’s diameter is 2,160 miles? This is less than the width of the United States (approximately 3,000 miles), and 0.27 of Earth’s diameter (7,926 miles).

Wolves have howled at the Moon for centuries, yet it is still there.

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the Moon.

—Edward Lear, English poet (1812-88)

–The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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“I arise this morning with the strength of starlit heavens, light of sun, radiance of moon, swiftness of wind, splendor of fire, depth of sea, stability of earth, fullness of rock.

I arise today through the strength of the Goddess, Her eye to look before me, Her ear to hear me, Her voice to speak for me, Her hand to guard me, Her way to lie before me, Her shield to protect me.

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Goddess, through love of her many forms, through understanding of Her many names, through knowledge of the oneness of the creator and creation.”
–Daily Spiritual Program cassette by Evaleon Hill.

–Celtic Wheel of the Year
Christine Irving

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Today is Friday, February 1

Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:

Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

Celtic Tree Month of Luis (Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)

The Runic Half Month of Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)

Goddess of the Month of Bridhe (January 23 – February 19)

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Friday, February 1

Wiccan Sabbat, Imbolc, Candlemas or Brigid, the return of light, rebirth of spring. Dedicated to Goddesses of light, birth, new candles, purification, inspiration, poetry, magick and healing: Brigid, Bride, Brude, Juno Februata, Vesta, Hestia, Oya, Lucia, Lucina, Freya, Perchta, Bertha, Befana, and Isis. The Purification of Mary in the Church calendar.

Goddesses Associated with Friday

Friday For Freya: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wooo, Eve, Venus, Diana, Isis, the Witch of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 1-3 Dedicated to Persephone, the initiator

Days 4-6 Ruled by Artemis/Diana, the independent one of the wilderness, the impetus behind the newly planted seed

Days 7-9 Kore rules these lunar days, and she is seen as the Maiden of Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood

Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration

Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these

Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess

Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family

Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin

Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth

The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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The Wicca Book of Days for Friday, February 1

CANDLEMAS EVE

Brigit, the Celtic Earth-Mother and goddess of fire, wisdom, poetry, and sacred wells, is honored on this day. In Ireland, offerings of yellow flowers are made to the goddess at sacred wells dedicated to her.

In ancient Greece, the three-day Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries began each year on this day in honor of the goddesses Ceres, Demeter, Persephone, and Proserpine.

The Wicca Book of Days
Gerina Dunwich

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On Friday, February 1, We Celebrate….

Imbolc (Ireland)
BRIGIT

Themes: Health and Inspiration

Symbol: A Cauldron

About Brigit: Brigit is an Irish goddess known throughout Europe as “the bright one” because of her inspiring beauty and fiery qualities. Today is Brigit’s festival in Ireland because it’s the traditional first day of spring here, when lingering winter shadows are banished by the sun’s radiance. Anyone desiring fertility, health, or creativity should invoke Brigit’s blessings today, as the ancients did.

To Do Today: During the winter months it’s easy to get a case of the blahs or sniffles. Brigit comes to our aid by offering us the spiritual elixir in her cauldron. Make yourself a nourishing broth today (like chicken bouillon) and serve it in a cauldron (a three-legged bowl). If you don’t have one, any cup or mug would do. Bless the broth by holding your hand over the top, visualizing golden light filling the liquid, and saying,

Brigit, hear my prayer and bless the cauldron [or cup] of inventiveness.
Renew my body, inspire my heart.
Throughout my life, your wholeness impart.
So be it.

Drink the broth to internalize inspiration.

For health, take any candle (a green one is ideal for healing) and carve nineteen crosses into it. The number nineteen and the symbol of a cross are both sacred to Brigit. Light this candle for a few minutes every day for the next nineteen days. Or, you can let the candle burn for nineteen minutes instead.

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

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Friday’s Magick & Conjuring for February 1

Friday’s Conjuring

Friday – is associated with Venus

Candle colors – Green, Red, Blue, White, Purple

Spellcrafting Associations: Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships.

–Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

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Friday’s Magick

Magickal Intent:
Lust
Romance
Happiness
Travel
Friends
Beauty
Sexuality
Harmony
Growth

Planet: Venus

Colors: Pink, Aqua, Seafoam

Crystals: Coral, Emerald, Rose Quartz

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Yule to Imbolc

Witches celebrate the winter solstice with the lesser sabbat of Yule (or Midwinter). This may be the year’s shortest day, but it heralds ever-lengthening hours of daylight as the sun grows in strength. For thee Horned God has been reborn as the Sun Child, or Child of Promise, so that while we may still be light-deprived and shivering in the depths of winter, there is now real hope of being bathed in sunshine and warmth once again.

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The Witches Guide to Imbolc

Spring is Coming!

Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.
The Romans Celebrate

To the Romans, this time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox was the season of the Lupercalia. For them, it was a purification ritual held on February 15, in which a goat was sacrificed and a scourge made of its hide. Thong-clad men ran through the city, whacking people with bits of goat hide. Those who were struck considered themselves fortunate indeed. This is one of the few Roman celebrations that is not associated with a particular temple or deity. Instead, it focuses on the founding of the city of Rome, by twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf — in a cave known as the “Lupercale”.

The Feast of Nut

The ancient Egyptians celebrated this time of year as the Feast of Nut, whose birthday falls on February 2 (Gregorian calendar). According to the Book of the Dead, Nut was seen as a mother-figure to the sun god Ra, who at sunrise was known as Khepera and took the form of a scarab beetle.
Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration

When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was hard to convince people to get rid of their old gods, so the church allowed them to worship the goddess Brighid as a saint — thus the creation of St. Brigid’s Day. Today, there are many churches around the world which bear her name.
Purification and Light

For many Christians, February 2nd continues to be celebrated as Candelmas, the feast of purification of the Virgin. By Jewish law, it took forty days after a birth for a woman to be cleansed following the birth of a son. Forty days after Christmas – the birth of Jesus – is February 2nd. Candles were blessed, there was much feasting to be had, and the drab days of February suddenly seemed a little brighter. In Catholic churches, the focus of this celebration is St. Brighid.

Love & Courtship

February is known as a month when love begins anew, in part to to the widespread celebration of Valentine’s Day. In some parts of Europe, there was a belief that February 14th was the day that birds and animals began their annual hunt for a mate. Valentine’s Day is named for the Christian priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict banning young soldiers from marrying. In secret, Valentine “tied the knot” for many young couples. Eventually, he was captured and executed on Feb. 14, 269 C.E. Before his death, he smuggled a message to a girl he had befriended while imprisoned — the first Valentine’s Day card.
Serpents in the Spring

Although Imbolc isn’t even mentioned in non-Gaelic Celtic traditions, it’s still a time rich in folklore and history. According to the Carmina Gadelica, the Celts celebrated an early version of Groundhog Day on Imbolc too – only with a serpent, singing this poem:

Thig an nathair as an toll
(The serpent will come from the hole)
la donn Bride
(on the brown day of Bride (Brighid)
Ged robh tri traighean dh’an
(though there may be three feet of snow)
Air leachd an lair
(On the surface of the ground.)

Among agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term “ewe’s milk” as “Oimelc”). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.

The Goddess Brighid

Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.

Brighid is known as one of the Celtic “triune” goddesses — meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant “bright one.” In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed in her aspect as crone as Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. Brighid was also a warlike figure, Brigantia, in the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. The Christian St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptized by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare, Ireland.

In modern Paganism, Brighid is viewed as part of the maiden/mother/crone cycle. She walks the earth on the eve of her day, and before going to bed each member of the household should leave a piece of clothing outside for Brighid to bless. Smoor your fire as the last thing you do that night, and rake the ashes smooth. When you get up in the morning, look for a mark on the ashes, a sign that Brighid has passed that way in the night or morning. The clothes are brought inside, and now have powers of healing and protection thanks to Brighid.

–Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Orginally published & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, February 1

St. Brigid’s Day (Irish)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Capricorn

Moon enters Virgo 2:13 pm

Incense: Yarrow

Color: Pink

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Imbolc, Plus More…

Oimelc – Imbolc in the Saxon – marks the first stirring of life in the earth.The Yule season originally ended at Oimelc. But with increasing organization and industrialization, increasing demands for labor and production, the holiday kept shrinking, first to the two weeks ending at Twelfth Night, then to a single week
ending at New Year’s, then to a single day.

Oimelc begins a season of purification similar to that preceding Yule. It ends at Ostara. No marriages, initiations or puberty rites should be celebrated between Oimelc and Ostara.

The candles and torches at Oimelc signify the divine life-force awakening dormant life to new growth.

THEMES

Growth of roots begin again. Bare branches begin to swell with leaf buds, and growth appears at the tips of evergreen branches. The tools of agriculture are being make ready for Spring.

Xian feasts of St. Brigid, and Celtic feast of Brigit, the maiden aspect of the triple goddess and mother of Dagda. Her symbol is the white swan. A Roman feast of Bacchus and Ceres. The Lupercalia, a feast of Pan. The Nephelim or Titans, those offspring of human-divine unions said to have ruled Atlantis.

Grannus, a mysterious Celtic god whom the Romans identified with Apollo.

PURPOSE OF THE RITES

To awaken life in the Earth. Fire tires to strengthen the young Sun, to bring the fertilizing, purifying, protective and vitalizing influence of fire to the fields, orchards, domestic animals, and people. To drive away winter. To charm candles for household use throughout the year.

FOLK CUSTOMS

The three functions of Oimelc – end of Yule, feast of candles or torches, and beginning of a purificatory season – are divided by the Xian calendar among Twelfth Night, Candlemas and Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Carnival). The customs of all three feasts are derived from Oimelc, with at most a thin Xian gloss.

Parades of giant figures (Titans?) in rural towns in France and at Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations. A figure representing the Spirit of Winter or Death, sometime made of straw, sometimes resembling a snowman, is drowned, burnt or in once case, stuffed with fireworks and exploded. They symbol of Montreal’s Winter Carnival is the giant figure of Bonhomme di Neige (snowman)Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year and St. Valentine’s Day customs.

The French provinces are so rich in Oimelc customs they cannot be listed here. Refer to “The Golden Bough”.

Wassailing the trees: at midnight, carolers carry a bucket of ale, cider or lamb’s wool in a torchlight procession through the orchards. The leader dips a piece of toast in the drink and sedges it in the fork of each tree, with the traditional cheer (variations exist) of: “Hats full, holes full, barrels full, and the little heap under the stairs!”.

Who finds the bean in the Twelfth Night cake becomes king of the feast; who finds the pea becomes queen – never mind the gender of the finders. Rag-bag finery and gilt-paper crowns identify the king and queen. The rulers give ridiculous orders to the guests, who must obey their every command. They are waited on obsequiously, and everything they do is remarked and announced admiringly and importantly: “The King drinks!”, “The Queen sneezes!” and everyone politely imitates the ruler’s example.

SYMBOLIC DECORATIONS

Snowdrops are picked for vases, but otherwise no special decorative effects are indicated. Go carnival, balloons and confetti.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Parades, with showers of confetti, gala balls, masks, street dancing, mumming, winter sports, ice and snow sculpture.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Lighting Fires at Imbolc

If you have been living in the Northwest for long, you must be used to frigid aluminum-gray skies glistening with cold soggy drizzle. Barren tree branches scratch the side of the house as if the chill will come in, past the walls, past your skin into your very bones — and it shouldn’t scare you anymore. Clouds obscure the pale, faint sun till you can’t remember the feeling of it fiery hot on your shoulders. Darkness falls for so many months on end that every so often you must turn every light in the house on just to have some brightness in your world. Wild windstorms knock out the power for hours and days at a time, so you have to use candles for light and heat with the fireplace.

It is the time of year that, for me, best reminds me of how things were, way back when. It is the time of year that I can best appreciate the contrast between cold darkness and warm light. I am ready for change! I am ready for the return of the light to my world!

Seattle winters are dreary, and by the time we get to Imbolc, we are all more than ready for a little lightheartedness and to leave the darkness behind, at least for a few hours. We are ready for purification from the heaviness of the long winter months, and we are ready to celebrate, if not the warming of the land, at least the hope that the heat will soon return and we will yet again bask in the sunshine.

There are many traditional ways to celebrate Imbolc or Bride. These include decorating natural springs and sacred wells, leaving wishes tied on the branches of trees and making corn dollies in honor of the Celtic goddess Brigid (another name for Bride). Making Celtic crosses or Bride’s crosses from wheat straw and braided cornhusks and making and charging (or blessing) candles are other traditional tasks for this time of year. The holiday is also known as Candlemas, this name taken when the Christian church adapted the pagan holiday and made it a candle blessing and the feast of Saint Brigid.

In this culture, most of us were raised to go outside on this day and look for our shadow. If we saw it, there would be six more weeks of winter, as this is a weather marker day — also known as Groundhog’s Day. One of my sisters had the audacity to be born on Imbolc, and she’s seemingly been running from her shadow every since!

You can find more about Imbolc traditions in a multitude of published books. Following, I will tell you about some of my favorite ways to celebrate, purify and get in touch with the energy of fire, water and the earth and that of the Goddess at this time of year.

Creating Beeswax Candles

One of the things we almost always do in our coven is make candles. We save the glass containers from seven-day candles and at Imbolc wash and reuse them to make our own magickal candles. On this day, I also like to create rolled beeswax candles with herbs, oils and stones and infuse them with a specific purpose, for my own personal use all year long.

Making candles is easier than you might think. We ran an article on making your own seven-day candles last year. This year, I’ll talk a bit about the beeswax type, since you can make one, a few or a bunch with little muss and fuss.

First, you’ll want to visit some place that sells candle-making supplies, I personally like Pourette, located in Ballard, that bastion of pagan life. Pourette has been in business for a long time, and the employees there can tell you most anything you want to know about how to make candles and what you will need for a particular kind of effect. Not the magickal effects, unfortunately, but then that’s your department, right?

First, decide what magickal intentions you want to make the candles for — you can have more than one, just concentrate on one at a time. Choose colors accordingly and get a few sheets of the colors of beeswax that you want to work with. For example, if you want to work for money and prosperity, you might choose green. For healing, you might want blue. Psychic work and divination would be white or purple; for love and sex, you might choose red or pink. Look up color correspondences in the back of some of your books; Scott Cunningham has some good correspondence tables for herbs, flowers, stones and oils as well as colors and astrological influences. Don’t forget that your own associations are also important. If gold means money to you, then use that. You’ll want some kind of cotton wicking as well.

You can also include in your candles runes, little bits of paper or parchment with the purpose written on them rolled up in the candle, symbolic charms or figures representing what you want and bits of paper money (corners work well) or stones. The more thought and effort you put into creating your candles, the better results you will have.

Gather all of your ingredients together, planning to make one type of candle at a time. You’ll want a clean, soft surface to work on so as not to crush the beeswax pattern; for this, you can put down an old towel or T-shirt as padding. Also, you should decide at this point how large a candle you want to end up with. I usually cut the sheet of wax into two pieces, so I have two sheets about 4 inches high each. Otherwise, you end up with a fairly tall candle. With herbs, oils and magick inside, they tend to burn very hot. An 8-inch candle can burn up rather quickly.

When you begin, you will want the room to be reasonably warm, so that the wax stays pliable and does not crack when you roll it. I commonly put down the beeswax, then cut a piece of wick the desired length, about an inch or so longer than the wax is tall. Then I get out a bit of everything I want to put into the candle. I use eyedroppers for essential oils and rub a small quantity of oil on what will be the inside of the candle after the wax is rolled around the wick (the part of the wax that’s facing up).

Next, I sprinkle a small amount of each flower or herb I am using onto the wax, so they are evenly distributed from top to bottom. I generally try to keep things simple and only use one or two kinds of herbs in any given candle. Then I include the other things: stones, symbols, paper, and so on that have meaning for me. Next, I slowly and carefully roll the candle tightly around the wick. It helps to fold the wax over the wick a little bit prior to adding the ingredients. Being careful to keep the wax level so I don’t disturb the ingredients’ distribution, I keep rolling until the whole candle is rolled around itself. During this process, I think about the desired results of my magickal candle, as if they have already manifest. I keep the purpose in mind during the whole process and put as much positive energy into it as possible.

When you finish rolling, you’ll want to gently heat the edge of the wax (a hairdryer works well for this) so that you can press the wax into itself and seal the candle, being careful not to crush it in the practice. This process gets easier the more you do it. Don’t be discouraged if your first efforts are a tad messy. You’ll get the hang of it!

When you have finished all of the candles you wish to create at this time, you’ll want to bless and charge them with energy. To do so, cast your circle and do a ritual imbuing them with your purpose. Then you can burn them in your spell work for the rest of the year. Make sure when you burn these candles that you attend them closely, keeping in mind that they should be on a nonflammable surface and being cautious that there is nothing in the vicinity that can catch on fire. When candles have flower petals, herbs, oils and paper inside them and are magickally charged, they tend to burn like an inferno. Your candle may be burning nicely and then all of a sudden flare up and be consumed in a matter of seconds. So guard them closely!

Making Bride’s Water

Another thing I like to do at Imbolc or Bride is to make Bride’s water, water holy to Brigid. We usually do this during a ritual where we invoke Brigid and raise energy for the many things that she represents to us. She is the patron goddess of wells, fire, the forge, music, storytelling, poetry, arts and crafts and much more. She is central to my artistic inspiration, and so I honor her at this time of year by purifying myself with her holy water and with fire (more on that later).

To makes Brigid’s water, we place a huge cauldron in the center of the altar, filled with alcohol and Epsom salts; when lit, it emits a beautiful blue flame. We have ready purified and blessed water in a large container, several pieces of charcoal, some long barbecue tongs and enough small containers with corks that we can each take some Brigid’s water home.

Once we cast the circle and invoke the goddess, we raise energy for Her by chanting, dancing or whatever we have determined. During the energy raising, the charcoal (self-lighting incense charcoal, not barbecue charcoal!) is lit from the fire in the cauldron, and it is allowed to burn for a few minutes until it is glowing red. At the apex of the energy raising, we chant, “Bride, Bride, Bride, purify me… Bride transform me!” Then when we all stop, the charcoal is thrust into the water with a great amount of sizzling, smoke and steam. We then file past the fire and water and are anointed and blessed with the Brigid’s water for purification and inspiration. Each covener takes some home to use much as one would any holy water, to bless and purify house, tools, self family, and so on.

Purifying with Fire

My very favorite form of purification is that of fire. It is odd to think that I — a Pisces with Cancer rising, very watery signs — would enjoy fire so much, but I do have a lot of Aries in my chart, as well as Moon in Leo. A veteran firewalker since 1984, I have a good and close personal relationship with the powerful fire elementals. They are a means to profound transformation, bringing change wherever they occur, whether we like it or not!

I have been working with fire for so long that it takes me by surprise when people are irrationally afraid of it. Don’t get me wrong, I have a healthy fear and respect for what fire can do if I am not careful! I have seen people badly burned, and when I lead my coven in firewalking rituals, I admonish them to be very, very afraid. But I add that if you allow fear to stop you in life, you’ll never do anything worthwhile. Don’t be careless with fire, though, or it will most definitely teach you the hard way!

With this in mind, I offer my version of purification by fire. You can do this as the first part of the former ritual or all on its own; it is very powerful all by itself! If you want to do a combination, do the water ritual second, as a blessing after purification by fire.

For the fire purification, you’ll need a cauldron full of 90 percent rubbing alcohol and Epsom salts, which you will light. You can also use 151-proof rum for the alcohol content. Use alcohol and salts about 50/50 by volume; the alcohol should just cover the salts.

Be sure to take safety precautions, such as having a number of wet towels and a fire extinguisher available within reach. Move all furniture out of the way and pull back the drapes, or just do the ritual outside, away from anything flammable if you can. Take off any loose clothing that could catch and tie up your hair if it’s long. It helps if the participants are skyclad, or at least topless, as it is easy to accidentally catch clothing and extremely difficult to put it out! Then get ready for an intense encounter with fire.

Depending on whether you want to in fact light people on fire (very temporarily, and safely) or just allow them to experience the energy of fire, you’ll need one or two torches — one torch if you’re not lighting people, two if you are. If you are not lighting people, you can pass the lit torch slowly over various parts of the body so that the fire just touches the skin. It is instinct to pull away, and it sometimes takes a few moments for people to allow the fire to interact with them. That’s okay. Take time and go slowly, and you will have better results.

If you do want to actually light people on fire, you’ll need a couple small torches. You can make these by wrapping cotton batting around a wooden rod that’s about 10 to 12 inches long and small enough around to be comfortable in your hand (see drawing below). Wrap the cotton around the rod five or six times, then follow that with a complete wrapping of plain gauze. Wrap the gauze around the cotton six to ten times until you have covered it all, and you have a good torch. Finish the torch by tying it with cotton thread wound around the handle at the top and bottom and around the middle several times, so the thread goes from the bottom up, around and ends up back at the bottom. The thread winding ensures the torch stays together.

To light people on fire, you’ll need 70 percent rubbing alcohol. Do not use a higher concentrate than this, or you’ll really burn people! Put the alcohol in a small spray bottle with a mist capability. Before working with a whole coven, it’s not a bad idea for you and a friend or two to try this out yourselves first, just to get familiar with how it works, timing, the feeling it has on different body parts and so on.

During the ritual, you’ll want to have a person or two who do nothing but “spot” people and be ready to put them out if necessary. You put the fire on skin out by using a petting action from the top down, smoothing out the fire. Don’t allow any body part to burn for more than about 5 to 10 seconds, or it may scorch the skin, and you’ll end up with a sunburnlike burn. Be sure and go over the safety procedures before anything is lit! If anything gets out of hand, use the wet towels on people, the fire extinguisher on objects.

When you are ready, the cauldron is lit and the chanting or music begins. Whoever does the lighting holds two torches, one to spray with alcohol and apply to people’s skin, one to remain lit.

To light the ongoing torch, spray it generously with alcohol, being very careful not to drip or get any alcohol on anything else. Then, light the torch from the fire in the cauldron. Next, spray the second torch with two or three mists of alcohol. You’ll then use this torch to apply alcohol to the body part to light.

The safest body part to light is the hands. Have participants hold these out, palms up very flat and together. When you apply alcohol, make sure not get ritualists’ hands too wet or to let alcohol pool on their hands.

After you have applied alcohol, light it with the lit torch, saying something like: “Be transformed!” Let the flame burn for a moment or two and then have the ritualists clap or rub their hands together to put it out. Don’t let them shake their hands in the air while lit; that just makes the fire burn hotter.

The fire will go out of its own accord fairly quickly as the alcohol burns away, but it is more empowering for people to feel able to control it and put it out on their own. The first inclination will be for them to want to put it out right away, as soon as it’s lit. Let them try it a few times, and as they learn that it won’t hurt them, they will be more inclined to allow it to flicker for a few seconds. Suggest that they put their hands on a body part that they want purified by the fire energy, such as over their heart, but only after the fire on their hands is completely out!

We have done this ritual many times with only minor incidents. One year, when we were doing symbols on people’s backs, one man who had said he only wanted to light his hands changed his mind and wanted us to light a symbol on his back. He had longish hair that wasn’t tied up, and though we had him bend over, he stood up before the fire was out and his hair caught slightly and was singed a bit. It wasn’t a disaster, but it was scary enough that I want to reiterate the precautions. If you intend to light anything, including hands, be very careful and do a practice session out of ritual space first.

We use this very powerful energy to transform ourselves, our projects and our lives — coming out from darkness and lighting up our purposes. This ritual has a tendency to be very intense, so keep in mind that people can get carried away by the energy and forget the safety precautions! Make sure to be responsible with the fire and always err on the side of caution.

Afterward, breathe and ground well and share your experiences of the fire energy with one another. It’s amazing the different perceptions people will have.

Whether you choose to enjoy one or more of these suggestions or something else entirely, have a great Imbolc and a wonderful year!

–Sylvana SilverWitch, Author

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The Witches Magick for Friday, February 1 – Solitaire Imbolc Ritual

On your altar should be placed a circle of 13 stones and, within the circle of stones, a circle of 13 candles. Within the circle of candles should be spread some maize – i.e. corn meal – and in that a waxen female candle to symbolize the Goddess on your altar. On the eastern side of the altar should be placed a small sheaf of grain with a candle inserted inside it.

You should dress in your usual ceremonial garb for Magickal rites or skyclad, as you prefer.

Retire to bathe in salt-water (use sea salt) before the ritual. As you do so picture the water cleansing the soul and spirit, just as it cleanses the body. When you have dressed, anoint yourself with a holy oil. When you have prepared yourself, sit in a dim quiet place and light a candle – ONE THAT IS NOT BEING USED IN THE RITES – and meditate on how at this time of year the Goddess in her fiery aspect AS LIGHT was welcomed back into the Temples and the Homes of the land.

Take this candle and walk slowly to your altar. Place it in the circle of the 13 candles. Then light the two altar candles, which are separate from the circle of lights also, and the incense. (Incense should be stick or powdered incense on charcoal in a swinging burner.) Then light all the quarter candles in the 4 directions, starting in the east and going clockwise.

Cast your circle in the usual manner, but Invoke the Goddess with the following:

“Sacred womb, giver of the secrets of Life, Mother of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy. SO MOTE IT BE”

And Invoke the God in the following manner:

“Fire of the sky, guardian of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy. SO MOTE IT BE”

(Continue with the circle casting if it is not already finished)

Light the 13 candles and then the Goddess candle in the center and say:

“Warm and quickening Light awaken and bring forth beauty for thou art my pleasure and my bounty LORD and LADY OSiRIS AND ISIS” (or you may substitute whatever names your circle uses for the God and the Goddess – or those you personally prefer)

Reflect a moment on the coming of the light and offer up the incense.

Say

“O ancient Ones Timeless Goddess and Sacred King who art the heralds of springtime and it’s bounties be with me now in celebration

Hail to Osiris and Isis

Harvest giver and blessed Lady

Let this be a time and a place sacred to your power and your beauty

SO MOTE IT BE”

Light the candle in the sheaf of grain and hold it up with the loaf of bread in the other hand and say (or the cakes – whatever you or your tradition uses for the cakes and wine/juice ceremony)

“My Lord and Lady, as the seed becomes the grain, so the grain becomes the bread, Mark the everlasting value of our seasons and their changes. ”

Break a piece of the bread or cakes off and burn it as an offering in the central candle.

Then say:

“In the deepest Icy Winter the seed of the Earth lies deep within the womb of the Great Mother. The Spring brings the heat of the Father and with their joining comes new life. The completion of the cycle brings food to the children of the world. As I taste the food I shall know the wisdom of the cycles and be blessed with the food of wisdom throughout my life”

Consecrate cakes and wine/juice in the usual manner and partake of them, but first raise your chalice or drinking horn and say:

“Hail to thee ISIS

Hail to thee Osiris

For thou art blessed”

After this commune in meditation with the Lord and lady for a while, then close the circle in your usual manner.

GOOD IMBOLC

Michael Hall, Author
Distributed by PAN – the Psychic Awareness Network – 1-703-362-1139
Note – by Matrika, co-sysop – this ritual was written by someone I knew from the Boston MA. area a couple of years back. It is based on a combination of the lore of the Wicca and some of the afro-Caribbean Diaspora traditions of Paganism and Magick.

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Imbolc Meditation

Submitted By: Cogar niMhorrighan

Here is an original meditation for the Imbolc festival (can be used at any time):

It is a lovely spring day. The air is fresh with the fragrance of green plants preparing to bloom. The sun’s radiance bathes you in comfort,perhaps the first warmth you have felt in many months. You sense that
you are in Ireland, because it is green and everything feels clean and alive. The landscape is timeless and magical. In the distance, you hear birds singing as they welcome the unexpected warmth of the day.Inside you, happiness begins to bubble and dance, very quietly at first. It feels almost like anticipation, but it puts a smile on your lips as well.

You are walking up a slight hill, not steep enough to tire you but just enough to sense that something wonderful can be seen from the top. As you walk, the grass is already tall enough to brush against your lower
legs. You know you are in a wild place where Nature flourishes.

Towards the top of the hill, you see a dolmen – two standing stones and a large stone across the tops of them, like an arch. You wonder why you didn’t see this dolmen sooner. It is as if it appeared when you were just twenty feet from it. Does it mean something? Is it real? You do not pause to wonder, but keep walking towards it.

As you walk between the stones, you notice carvings and symbols on the sides of the dolmen. Some of them are lines and hash-marks, which you suspect are an Ogham message. Others are just symbols, which you will
return to look at, another day.

As you pass through the dolmen, you feel an invisible curtain brush over you gently. In the space of a blink, it is a clear, crisp night. The stars are above you, brilliant and twinkling. You know the moon is behind you, but you do not notice its light because there is a sparkling fire just ahead. There is no breeze, but the evening is chilly as you would expect when Winter is still in the air.

You pull your clothing more closely around you, as you continue up the hill. You are eager to reach the warmth of the fire, which is bigger than you thought at first. In fact, it is a bonfire and you realize you have arrived at Imbolc.

You run the last few steps to stand next to the fire pushing your hands towards it, to capture the heat from a safe distance. Tall yellow and white flames seem to warm you inside and out. You pause to look at the sky again, and savor the moment.

Looking across the flames, you suddenly realize that you are not alone. You can see the top of someone’s head, and you aren’t certain if you have intruded on a private ceremony. Slowly, you walk around the fire, and your companion stands up from the rock she was sitting upon. She is a tall, strong woman, with long hair so light you cannot tell if it is blonde or white. She looks like the Queen of Pentacles in a way, with an ageless sense of knowing and accomplishment. She wears a long gown and an embroidered cape, yet you can see her bare feet peeking out from under her skirt. You know she is someone noble yet without artifice.

Without a word, she stretches out her hands to take yours in welcome.You know, as if you’ve known her all your life, that this is Brighid. This is a special and sacred moment.

She welcomes you to her fire, which will burn tonight and every night,for Imbolc is her festival and her fire is never extinguished.

You sit down next to her, on large flat rocks that are warm from the fire, and very comfortable. She begins to explain to you the meaning of Imbolc, and its promise of a fresh beginning–not just to the plants and
animals, but also to everyone on Earth who chooses to permit Imbolc into their lives.

She helps you to remember your past dreams, especially the ones fromyour childhood which began, “When I grow
up…” And as you recall these fantasies and goals, you realize how many of them were left behind with your childhood, yet how many are still alive in what you do each day, today. This is not a sad realization as much as it is a recognition that you can start afresh now. Every one of those dreams is still with you.

Brighid reaches to her side and picks up a fallen twig from a nearby yewntree. It looks like any other twig, in the firelight. However, when Brighid places it into the fire, the bark on it sparks and flames like a
sparkler, giving enough heat energy to set the twig burning brightly. Without saying anything, Brighid is showing you how even a small spark will set alight your oldest and most neglected dreams.

The lesson was simple, but vital. Now it is time to return to your own world. As you stand, Brighid offers you a cup of clear water, which you sip. The sensation in your mouth is unique. There is a kind of life-giving energy, that is Spring itself. You take a large swallow of the water, and feel your entire body respond to that water with a vitality that–like your forgotten dreams–you had almost forgotten from childhood.

After returning the cup to Brighid, and then a quick embrace, you stride purposefully around the fire and back to the dolmen. Passing under it, you emerge back into the daylight and the warm air and clear sunshine of an early spring day. You know you have not merely learned the meaning of Imbolc, but actually experienced it in your soul. From now on, every time you sip fresh water, or see twigs and branches burning in a bonfire, you will feel Brighid’s presence, and be reminded of the fire–and dreams–that burn within you, too, and will never be extinguished.

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Imbolc Oil
5 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Vanilla extract
6 drops Jasmine
2 drops Balsam
Mix with 2 Tbsp. Grape Seed Oil

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Imbolc Incense

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Dragon’s Blood
1/2 part Red Sandalwood
1 part Cinnamon
a few drops Red Wine

To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dry it first) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc (Feb. 1st). Burn during Wiccan ceremonies on Imbolc, or simply to attune with the symbolic rebirth of the Sun – the fading of Winter and the promise of spring.

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Candlemas Ritual Potpourri

by Gerina Dunwich

A small cauldron filled with homemade potpourri can be used as a fragrant altar decoration, burned (outdoors) as an offering to the old gods during or after a Sabbat celebration, or wrapped in decorative paper and ribbons and given to a Wiccan sister or brother as a Sabbat gift.

45 drops Myrrh Oil
1 cup Oak Moss
2 cups Dried Heather Flowers
2 cups Dried Wisteria
1 cup Dried Yellow Tulip Petals
1/2 cup Dried Basil
1/2 cup Dried and Chopped Bay Leaves

Mix the myrrh oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and then store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

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Imbolc Soap
1 cup grated unscented soap
¼ cup hot water
1 Tbsp. Apricot oil
1 Tbsp. Angelica
½ Tbsp. crushed Bay
½ Tbsp. crushed Basil
6 drops Myrrh oil

Place grated soap in a heat-proof non-metallic container and add the hot water and apricot oil. Leave until it is cool enough to handle, and then mix together with your hands. If the soap is floating on the water, add more soap. Leave to sit for 10 minutes, mixing occasionally, until the soap is soft and mushy. Once the soap, water, and oil are blended completely, add the dry ingredients. Once the mixture is cool, then add the essential oils (essential oils evaporate quickly in heat). Enough essential oils should be added to overcome the original scent of the soap. Blend thoroughly and then divide the soap mixture into four to six pieces. Squeeze the soaps, removing as much excess water as possible into the shape you desire, and tie in a cheesecloth. Hang in a warm, dry place until the soap is completely hard and dry.

Recipe adapted from Kate West’s The Real Witch’s Kitchen Sabbat Soap recipe.

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13 Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

by Heather Evenstar Osterman

Regardless of what religion we grew up with, most of us have favorite memories of things we did every year for specific holidays. These traditions were what made our celebrations special. So what do you do when the holidays you celebrate now aren’t the same ones you grew up with? How do you share the joys of Imbolc with your family?

Imbolc (or Candlemas/Brigid/whatever you choose to call this celebration) falls on February 2nd and is a time to honor the quickening of the earth and the first manifestations of spring emerging from winter. This Sabbat is sacred to the goddess Brigid in particular, and is a wonderful time to acknowledge your own creativity, expand your knowledge, and practice the healing arts. Here are my suggestions to get you started developing your own family traditions!

Help your kids go through all their clothes, toys, and books to find the unwanted and outgrown items. Donate everything to a charity that will give the items to children who need them.

Collect canned goods from family and friends to give to a food bank. Yule isn’t the only time people are in need.

Go for a walk! Search for signs of spring. Take off your shoes and socks and squish your toes in the mud.

Open all the doors and windows and turn on every light in the house for a few minutes. Let the kids sweep all the old energies out the doors.

Lead the family on a parade around the outside of your home, banging on pots and pans or playing musical instruments to awaken the spirits of the land.

Make corn dollies and a cradle for them to sleep in.

Create a sun wheel out of stalks of grain and hang it on your front door.

Meditate as a family. Have everyone explore what it would feel like to be a seed deep in the earth, feeling the first stirrings of life. Lie on the floor and put out tendrils. Stretch and bloom.

Have your children hold some herb seeds in their hands. Talk to the seeds. Bless them with growth and happiness. Fill them with love. Plant an in-door herb garden.

Decorate candles with stickers, metallic markers, paint and anything else you can think of! Light your candles and give thanks to Brigid for her inspiration.

Help your kids make a special feast! Spicy foods and dairy dishes are traditional. Try Mexican or Indian cuisine. Top it off with poppy seed cake. Drink milk or spiced cider.

Set a fabulous dinner table with your candles, evergreen boughs spring flowers, dragons, sun symbols, or whatever says Imbolc to you. Use the good china.

Let your children make their beds in a special way to represent Brigid’s bed. Go camp style with sleeping bags or build a makeshift canopy! Have sweet dreams…

Heather Osterman is the Family Services Coordinator for the Aquarian Tabernacle Church.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Heart, Hearth, and Home

CELTIC GODDESS BRIGHID
In many traditions of Paganism, the Celtic goddess Brighid is celebrated at Imbolc. A protector of hearth and home, Brighid is a fire goddess who is typically associated with poetry, smithcraft, and inspiration. She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination. A sacred flame was maintained by a group of priestesses, and her sanctuary at Kildare became the home of a saint.

Origins of Brighid
In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid (or Brighit), whose name is derived from the Celtic brig or “exalted one”, is the daughter of the Dagda, and therefore one of the Tuatha de Dannan. Her two sisters were also called Brighid, and were associated with healing and crafts. The three Brighids were typically treated as three aspects of a single deity, making her a classic Celtic triple goddess.

Patron and Protector
Brighid was the patron of poets and bards, as well as healers and magicians. She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination. She was honored with a sacred flame maintained by a group of priestesses, and her sanctuary at Kildare, Ireland, later became the home of the Christian variant of Brighid, St. Brigid of Kildare. Kildare is also the location of one of several sacred wells in the Celtic regions, many of which are connected to Brighid. Even today, it’s not uncommon to see ribbons and other offerings tied to trees near a well as a petition to this healing goddess.

Celebrating Brighid
There are a variety of ways to celebrate the many aspects of Brighid at Imbolc. If you’re part of a group practice or a coven, why not try Honoring Brighid With a Group Ceremony? You can also incorporate prayers to Brighid into your rites and rituals for the season. Having trouble figuring out what direction you’re headed? Ask Brighid for assistance and guidance with a Brighid’s Crossroads Divination Ritual.

Brighid’s Many Forms
In Britain, Brighid’s counterpart was Brigantia, a warlike figure of the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. She is similar to the Greek goddess Athena and the Roman Minerva. Later, as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands, St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptised by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare. In addition to her position as a goddess of magic, Brighid was known to watch over women in childbirth, and thus evolved into a goddess of hearth and home. Today, many Pagans and Wiccans honor her on February 2, which has become known as Imbolc or Candlemas.

Crafts to Honor Brighid
In many Pagan traditions today, Brighid is celebrated with crafts that honor her role as the protector of the hearth. You can make a Brighid corn doll, as well as a Bride’s Bed for her to sleep in. Perhaps the best known decoration is the Brighid’s Cross, whose arms represent the place where a crossroads comes together, the space between light and dark.

Brighid and Imbolc
Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid. In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed as a sister of Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. In modern Wicca and Paganism, Brighid is sometimes viewed as the maiden aspect of the maiden/mother/crone cycle, although it might be more accurate for her to be the mother, given her connection with home and childbirth.

THE LEGEND OF BRIGHID’S MANTLE
Brighid is the Celtic goddess who is the keeper of the hearth, the deity who watches over nursing mothers and pregnant women, and who is the overseer of all things domestic. She is also connected to healing and wisdom. One commonly found symbol of Brighid is her green mantle, or cloak. In Gaelic, the mantle is known as the “brat Bhride.”Although her origins are that of a Pagan goddess, at one point she became associated with Christianity and St. Brighid of Kildare. The legend has it that Brighid was the daughter of a Pictish chieftain who went to Ireland to learn from St. Patrick. In one story, the girl who later became St. Brighid went to the King of Leinster, and petitioned him for land so she could build an abbey. The King, who still held to the old Pagan practices of Ireland, told her he’d be happy to give her as much land as she could cover with her cloak. Naturally, her cloak grew and grew until it covered as much property as Brighid needed, and she got her abbey. Thanks to her roles as both a Pagan goddess and a Christian saint, Brighid is often seen as being of both worlds; a bridge between the old ways and the new.

In Celtic Pagan stories, Brighid’s mantle carries with it blessings and powers of healing. Many people believe that if you place a piece of cloth out upon your hearth at Imbolc, Brighid will bless it in the night. Use the same cloth as your mantle each year, and it will gain strength and power each time Brighid passes by. The mantle can be used to comfort and heal a sick person, and to provide protection for women in labor. A newborn baby can be wrapped in the mantle to help them sleep through the night without fussing.

To make a Brighid’s mantle of your own, find a piece of green cloth long enough to comfortably wrap around your shoulders. Leave it on your doorstep on the night of Imbolc, and Brighid will bless it for you. In the morning, wrap yourself in her healing energy.

Published on SpiritBlogger’s Blog

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for February 1

To ensure a day full of happy.

Sadness be GONE!
All smiles, no sorrow
Troubles not to borrow.
Feeling happy, never sad
Misery ceased, all pain is released!

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days . Garden Summerland

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Witch Tip #125 for February 1

If you don’t feel comfortable using or don’t want to use blood in your ritual use orange, beet, or cherry juice instead.

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft

A. Rayne

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Invocation to Brid, Celtic Triple Goddess

Brid, I call you.
Oh, Bright One! I call you.
Goddess of Fire, Healing, and Inspiration, Hear my cry.
Help me stand strong like the Rowan, that I may become your Brigand and rise up against the darkness.
Oh, Bright Arrow! Guide my judgment, protect me in my wanderings.
I will remember always — Brigantia.

by Dettie Em Freefoot

 

Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Tuesday, January 29th


Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Tuesday, January 29th

This is the season of Brighid,
She who protects our hearth and home.
We honor her and thank her,
for keeping us warm as we eat this meal.
Great Lady, bless us and this food,
and protect us in your name.

–Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo.com

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Brighid and Imbolc

Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid. In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed as a sister of Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. In modern Wicca and Paganism, Brighid is sometimes viewed as the maiden aspect of the maiden/mother/crone cycle, although it might be more accurate for her to be the mother, given her connection with home and childbirth.

–Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo.com

Custom Planetary Positions

January 29, 2019

Sun:   09 Aquarius 24
Moon:   00 Sagittarius 11
Mercury:   09 Aquarius 03
Venus:   23 Sagittarius 59
Mars:   19 Aries 17
Jupiter:   17 Sagittarius 21
Saturn:   14 Capricorn 42
Uranus:   28 Aries 49
Neptune:   14 Pisces 51
Pluto:    21 Capricorn 33

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Planetary aspects for the Month of January

29 January 09:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 09 54
31 January 09:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune

Wednesday January 30, 2019 02:51 GMT Sun Conjuncts Mercury You may feel like expressing yourself today through your thoughts and words. You feel a need to be heard, that you have something of importance to say. Say what is on your mind, but give equal time to others and listen to them. You might learn something new. Your thinking today should be sharp and focused.

Thursday January 31, 2019 14:15 GMT Saturn Sextiles Neptune You may find that your fantasy life is seeing some external support, making this a good time to go gently out and try to make some dreams come true. Just sort of slip them into reality, don’t push, and you may find they grow with a life of their own. Be willing to trim them to fit reality a bit and they’ll blossom.

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A Look At The Stars for January 20 thru February 3

Tuesday January 29

9:32 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
9:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury at 09 ♒ 54 from Sunday to Thursday puts the focus on your thinking and communications, making this a very busy start to your weekly horoscope. Your mind will be on the ball which favors lots of interactions, clearing paperwork and bills, receiving and sending letters and emails, and short trips around town.

Thursday January 31

9:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune from January 8 to February 28 brings material gain from spiritual pursuits. You can make your dreams come true with hard work and a sensible, realistic approach. And you will understand your own limitations but will be optimistic at the same time. You will also gain a deeper understanding of your spiritual goals and how they fit into the bigger picture.
7:46 pm – Moon enters Capricorn

Friday February 1

10:19 pm – Mars square Pluto from Monday to next Tuesday means power struggles and confrontations. This is because of your intense desire to gain control over others, or of situations. You may also notice a need to climb the ladder and achieve a more powerful position in your profession. Even if you chose to play it safe this weekly horoscope, you may have to deal with other people trying to dominate you or challenge your ego or position at work.

Saturday February 2

6:41 pm – Venus trine Uranus from Friday to next Monday gives an urge to try something new that can apply to all areas of life, from hobbies to romance. Your affections will be stimulated and new love is quite possible under this influence. It may be difficult to apply yourself to boring routine as you are easily distracted by anything new or shiny. If you already have a partner then you will be seeking a different kind of pleasure.

Sunday February 3

8:02 am – Moon enters Aquarius
4:54 pm – Mercury sextile Jupiter from Saturday to Monday favors thinking about and planning your future. A broad outlook and excellent decision-making skills allows you to clearly visualize the preferred path ahead. The positive thinking associated this part of your weekly horoscope is another reason why looking ahead is ideal at the moment. Good communication skills and open self-expression make socializing rich and fulfilling.

–Astrology King

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Up-coming Events for the First Week of February

New Moon 4 February 2019 – Hope and Goodwill

The New Moon on Monday February 4, 2019 at 15° Aquarius is very fortunate. The New February 2019 astrology is the best of any moon phase for over a year. Sun, Moon and Mercury sextile Jupiter bring good luck, good news, optimism, generosity and happiness.

The February 2019 new moon also sits at the midpoint of Saturn sextile Neptune to bring spiritual wisdom and help make your dreams come. This is a generous, charitable and philosophical new moon of hope and goodwill.

New Moon Meaning

A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. So this is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf, or starting a new project. You can also question old habits, behaviors and beliefs as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.

The effects of the February 4 new moon will last four weeks up to the March 6 New Moon. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle. This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from February 4 to the February 19 Full Moon.

New Moon February 2019 Astrology

The February 4 new moon at 15°45′ Aquarius has a positive influence because it is conjunct Mercury and trine Jupiter. So it brings optimism, generosity and a philosophical outlook. The new moon at the midpoint of Saturn sextile Neptune increases spiritual awareness and understanding.

15 ♒ 13 – Saturn/Neptune Midpoint
15 ♒ 30 – Kappa Delphini
15 ♒ 45 – New Moon February 2019
16 ♒ 00 – Zeta Delphini
16 ♒ 20 – Amphitrite (Asteroid 29)

There are no major fixed stars conjunct this new moon. But I will discuss the minor stars in Delphinus Constellation after describing the most important planetary aspects.

Mercury Sextile Jupiter

The new moon conjunct Mercury brings a focus on thinking and communication. The new moon sextile Jupiter adds hope, goodwill, generosity and happiness. Opportunities for material and spiritual growth can increase your wealth and bring success and contentment. The orbs for these two aspects are not particularly strong but they combine as Mercury sextile Jupiter, which is strong at only 1°32′.

Mercury sextile Jupiter gives positive thinking, a broad outlook and good decision-making skills. You can clearly visualize the preferred path ahead to plan your future. Good communication skills and open self-expression improve relationships. This is a good new moon for socializing and making new friends and business contacts. Diplomacy and tact are helpful for business negotiations and legal matters.

The easy uptake of ideas and good concentration mean you can study or sit exams with less stress than usual. You could also increase your general knowledge and expand your horizons through travel and adventure.

Good news and good luck can increase your level of happiness and satisfaction. This new moon should foster cordial political and religious discussion. Social and humanitarian causes should gain positive media attention.
Saturn Sextile Neptune

Saturn sextile Neptune brings material gain from spiritual pursuits. You can make your dreams come true with hard work and a sensible, realistic approach. You will understand your own limitations but be optimistic at the same time.

Spiritual wisdom brings the patience and self-discipline to sacrifice short-term gratification for long-term success. You can also help make other people’s dream come true through practical help and spiritual support.

New moon February 2018 is ideal for self-reflection, dreaming and meditation. You could make prayer and ritual part of your daily routine. Devotion and service to others will bring satisfaction and contentment at the spiritual level.

New Moon Stars

When our Zodiac was invented over 2000 years ago, the Signs roughly aligned with the Constellations from which they were named. But the precession of the equinoxes has moved the Signs backward relative to the Stars by over 27°, or nearly one whole Sign.

New Moon February 2019 is conjunct two stars in the minor constellation of Delphinus the Dolphin.

Delphinus gives cheerfulness, pleasure, travel, and love of hunting and sport in general. But also little happiness, dissembling and duplicity, and danger of suffering from ingratitude. [1]

The Dolphin is the sky emblem of philanthropy. It denotes an individual devoted to his children and of a very religious nature. The constellation presages good fortune in regards the sea. [2]
Asteroid Amphitrite

New Moon February 2019 conjunct asteroid 29 Amphitrite may not add so much to the astrology but it sure is interesting given the close association between the Dolphin and Amphitrite in Greek mythology.

Amphitrite was a sea goddess and the queen of the sea. Once upon a time Poseidon saw her dancing in the waves and was so turned on he proposed to her. But she was shy and fled far away to preserve her virginity. So Poseidon sent his messenger the Dolphin to find her and persuade her to marry him, which he did, and they all lived happily ever after.

New Moon February 2019 Times and Dates

Los Angeles, February 4 at 10:03 am
New York, February 4 at 1:03 pm
London, February 4 at 9:03 pm
Delhi, February 5 at 2:33 am
Sydney, February 5 at 8:03 am

References

Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.43.
Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.28

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The Solar Almanac for Tuesday, January 29th

Sun Direction: 136.58° SE↑
Sun Altitude: 22.33°
Sun Distance: 91.557 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:59 am↑ 112° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:15 pm↑ 248° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 16 minutes

–timeanddate.com

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The Lunar Almanac for Tuesday, January 29th

Moon Direction: 215.13° SW↑
Moon Altitude: 28.48°
Moon Distance: 243145 mi
Next New Moon: Feb 4, 20193:03 pm
Next Full Moon: Feb 19, 20199:53 am
Next Moonset: Today12:31 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 32.2%

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Lunar Calendar for Tuesday, January 29th

Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent

New Moon: Feb 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm
(Next Phase)

Third Quarter: Jan 27, 2019 at 3:10 pm
(Previous Phase)

–timeanddate.com

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Lunar Superstitions

The first time you see a crescent moon for the month, take all your spare coins out of your pocket, and put them in the other pocket. This will ensure good luck for the next month.

Some people believe that the fifth day after a full moon is the perfect time to try to conceive a child.

Many cultures throughout history have honored lunar deities, including Artemis, Selene, and Thoth.

In some Chinese religions, offerings are made to the ancestors on the night of a full moon.

In some Native American legends, the moon is held captive by a hostile tribe. A pair of antelope hope to rescue the moon and take it the village of a good tribe, but Coyote, the trickster, interferes. The antelope chase Coyote, who tosses the moon into a river each night, just out of reach of the antelope.

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The Sky This Week from January 29 to February 3

The waning crescent Moon stars in a series of conjunctions it this week’s predawn sky as it passes Jupiter, then Venus, and finally Saturn.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, January 29
Near-Earth asteroid 433 Eros continues its close encounter with Earth this week. It glows at 9th magnitude, bright enough to see through small telescopes. The asteroid resides in eastern Taurus, and tonight it passes 5° southwest of 2nd-magnitude Beta (β) Tauri. This region lies high in the east after darkness falls and passes nearly overhead around 9 p.m. local time. Be sure to catch Eros this month — it won’t be as close or as bright again until 2056.

Mercury reaches superior conjunction at 10 p.m. EST. This means the innermost planet lies on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and remains hidden in our star’s glare. It will return to view in the evening sky in mid-February.

Wednesday, January 30
With each passing day, the waning crescent Moon rises about an hour later and appears lower in the southeastern sky before dawn. That’s a good thing for fans of conjunctions, because it sets up a string of pretty encounters with the bright morning planets. Today, the 24-percent-lit Moon hangs 6° to Jupiter’s upper right, and the two will barely squeeze into a single field of view through binoculars. Of course, magnitude –1.9 Jupiter is a treat all week. It currently rises shortly before 4 a.m. local time and climbs 20° high an hour before the Sun comes up. If you point a telescope at the giant world, you’ll see a 34″-diameter disk that features at least two conspicuous cloud belts.

Thursday, January 31
The waning crescent Moon stands 2° to the right of brilliant Venus this morning. The Sun now illuminates just 16 percent of our satellite’s disk, so it appears a bit dimmer than it did yesterday. And Venus shines at magnitude –4.3, some 10 times brighter than Jupiter. The Moon and Venus make a dazzling pair with the naked eye or through binoculars from the time they rise until twilight is well underway. If you aim a telescope at Venus this morning, you’ll see a 19″-diameter disk that appears 62 percent lit.

Friday, February 1
A pair of fine binocular objects are on display during evenings this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.

Saturday, February 2
Although Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth exactly one month ago, it already appears low in the southeast during morning twilight. From mid-northern latitudes, the ringed planet rises about 90 minutes before the Sun and climbs 10° above the horizon a half-hour before sunup. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.6 and should be fairly easy to pick out of the twilight. The waning crescent Moon makes the task even easier this morning. Its 5-percent-lit crescent appears 3° to the ringed planet’s lower left. Simply center the Moon through binoculars and look for the bright point of light near the field’s upper right edge.

For those who believe in folklore, the fate of winter rests on the shoulders of the groundhog. If the furry rodent sticks his head out of his burrow this morning and sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. But if the weather is cloudy, it means spring is right around the corner. What does this have to do with astronomy? Groundhog Day celebrates one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which mark the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. February 2 falls approximately midway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

Sunday, February 3
The variable star Algol in Perseus appears faintest at 11:55 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start watching it immediately after darkness falls, you can see it dim from its peak brightness (magnitude 2.1) to minimum and then start brightening again. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days, but the drop from peak brightness and subsequent rise lasts only about 10 hours. Algol appears nearly overhead soon after darkness falls and descends toward the northwestern horizon well after midnight.

–The Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar

Tuesday – 20th January 2019

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Moon is Currently in the Sign of Sagittarius

Moon in Sagittarius:
The greatest need is to always search for something. In order to feel safe you might find that you need to have a goal, mission or philosophy that gives your life meaning. With Moon in Sagittarius you have an optimistic approach to life and you believe that things will get better even if you get into trouble.

Organs influenced by Sagittarius Moon Sign:
Organs: Liver, sacrum, thigh bone, tail bone, hip muscles, hip joint, lumbar vertebra, lumbar muscle

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

Today is Tuesday, January 29th

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 Luis (Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)

The Runic Half Month of Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)

Goddess of the Month of Freya

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for January 29th

The Concordia, Peace Festival (Rome), birthday of the Goddesses Pax and Irene. The twenty-ninth day of the Moon/month is a day of Hecate, the Crone. Also Tet or Ten Nhat, Vietnamese New Year and parade of the unicorns, the Goddess life force.

Goddesses Associated With Tuesday

Soorejnaree, Pinga1la, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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The Wicca Book of Days for January 29th

On this day in the year 1688, famous mystic, scientist, and spiritualist-medium Emanuel Swedenborg was born in Sweden. His works had a major influence upon the secret societies of the eighteenth century, and a religion based on his mystical theological philosophy was founded in his name by his followers.

In the country of Vietnam, a mystical and centuries-old Parade of the Unicorns takes place each year on this date (approximately).

According to mythology, the ancient Pagan goddesses Irene and Pax were born on this day.

–The Wicca Book of Days
Gerina Dunwich

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On Tuesday, January 29, We celebrate…

Hikuli Dance (Mexico)
SPIDER WOMAN

Themes: Magical Charms; Growth

Symbols: Spiders; Woven items

About Spider Woman: Spider Woman appears in the myths of the southwestern Native Americans as a resourceful helper who spins magical charms and each person’s fate. No matter what problems or obstacles you face, Spider Woman creates the right network of energy to put you on the road toward accomplishment.

To Do Today: In metaphysical traditions, all life is seen as a network within which each individual is one strand. Spider Woman reveals the power and purpose of each strand psychically and keeps you aware of those important connections in your life. To augment this, get a Native American dream catcher, which looks like a web, and hang it over your bed so Spider Woman can reveal her lessons while you sleep. Or, carry a woven item with you today. It will strengthen your relationship with this ancient helpmate and extend positive energy for success in all you do.

In Mexico, the Native Americans perform the Hikuli dance today, searching out peyote for their religious rites. As part of this ceremony, worshipers dance to reach altered states of awareness, honor the ancestors, and help crops to grow. So, if your schedule allows, put on some music and boogie! Visualize a web as you move, and empower your future path with the sacred energies of Spider Woman’s dance

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

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Tuesday’s Magick

Tuesday – Is associated with Mars

Colours of – Red, Pink and Orange.

Tuesday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Passion, Partnerships, Courage, Swift Movement, Action, Energy, Strife, Aggression, Sex, Physical Energy, Sports, Muscular Activity, Guns, Tools, Metals, Cutting, Surgery, Police, Soldiers, Combat, Confrontation, Business, Buying and Selling Animals, Mechanical Things, Repairs, Gardening, Woodworking, Hunting and New Beginnings.

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Ritual Crafting for Tuesday

Ruling Planet: Mars

Perfume: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli

Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Color: Red

Influences: Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength

–-A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater

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Tuesday’s Witchery

Tuesday is the day to work any magick that falls in the category of increasing strength, courage, bravery, and passion. All of these intense emotions are linked to this day’s energies, and spells designed around these themes will have extra punch when performed on this magickal day

So, let’s add a little passion and conviction into your life! Break out the daring red pieces of your wardrobe, and put a little pizzazz into your day. Work with Lilith, and see what she has to teach you about personal power and sexuality. Meditate onTiw/Tyr and Mars, and see what those ancient warrior gods will show you about new tactics, strategies, and claiming personal victories in your life. Practice conjuring up that astral weapon from the meditation and use it wisely for protection and for courage.

Create a philter for courage and protection or handcraft your own Witch’s jar to remove negativity from your home. See what other Witch crafts you can conjure up with Tuesday’s magick. Create some kitchen magick on this Tuesday by whipping up a spicy stew-add in a few Mars-associated ingredients such as carrots, peppers, and garlic. Empower the stew for success, and then treat yourself and your family to a good, hearty meal. Try working with a little aromatherapy and burn some spicy or coffee-scented candles to increase your energy level.

Check the sky at night, and see if you can find the reddish planet Mars up in the heavens. Not sure where to look? Check an astronomy magazine or search the Web for more information. Become a magickal warrior and move forward in your life with strength, courage, and compassion.

Embrace the side of yourself that loves a good challenge and that is passionate and daring! Banish fear, and face your future with strength and conviction. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, work hard, and you will win every time.

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

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, January 29

Up Helly Aa (Scottish)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Scorpio

Moon enters Sagittarius 9:33 am

Incense: Ginger

Color: Gray

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element : Water

Planet : Mars

Zodiac Sign : Aries / Scorpio

Angel : Samuel

Metal : Iron, Steel

Incense / Perfumes : Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli

Oil : Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Color : Red, Orange

Stones : Bloodstone, Garnet, Carnelian,

Plants/Herbs : Allspice, Blessed Thistle, Cayenne, Daisy, Garlic, Ginger, Pepper, Pine, Red Rose, Thyme, Tobacco, Wormwood

Magick to work: self-assertion, energy, and courage, victory, endurance, passion, masculine goals in general, sex, aggression, protection, controlled power, ambition, arguments, competition, conflict, destruction, lust, male sexuality, sports, strife, struggle, surgery, medical issues, upheaval, war

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Tuesday is Ruled by Mars

Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you.
Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success

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The Energy of Mars

Weekday ruled by Mars: Tuesday

Stones:
Bloodstone
Garnet
Carnelian
Pink Tourmaline

Herbs and Plants:
Red Rose
Cock’s comb
Mugwort
Mullien
Nettle
Thistle
Wormwood

Magickal Intention: Courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, breaking negative cycles, war, vitality, Assertiveness

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The Witches Magick for Tuesday, January 29th – Cast the Fires Spell

Cast the Fires

This is a way to utilize the fire element with your cauldron spells. It’s a general purpose blessing to bring some new energy into your home and your life.

Your cauldron
A few shredded bits of white paper
A dried sprig of rosemary
A small bit of dried fruit
1 drop of sandalwood oil
A match to light it (not a lighter!)
Combine everything in your cauldron (it is fire-proof, right?), adding the drop of oil last. Repeat the words,

By this cauldron, I do cast
Rising flames that will last
Power bring and power rise
Make magick in my eyes.

Light the paper and repeat the words again while it burns. Have an open window handy nearby as it will definitely give off some smoke. If you’re worried about smoke inside, you can do this outdoors as long as you’re still close to home.

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Daily Enchantments & Incantations for January 29th

This is to dispel negative attitudes and provide protection from dark influences.

Repeat it as needed throughout the day, or if you feel you are coming under attack from a particular person or circumstance.

A white light surrounds me,
and all that I see.
I ask for protection and security.
All that is negative I now erase,
I have serenity and peace in it’s place.

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days
Garden Summerland

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Witchy Tip #114 for January 29th

If you need an energy cleansing real quick this is a simple spell to do the trick:

Light a black candle, wait until the flame is at its peak. Then take a white candle and light it with the black candle until the white candle’s flame is larger than the black candle’s. Then, verbalized or think of the negative energy leaving you and blow the black candle out.

You should notice a difference in the energy by the next morning!

–Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

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Spirit Message of the Day – Live As Your Authentic Self

IT’S YOUR TURN TO
“Live, laugh, love, and have fun! Just a moment more and your turn will be done!”

RIGHT HERE AND NOW
“Heavy but true. Right here and now, it’s your turn. What greater motivation could exist than knowing it won’t always be your turn? What error could you make or how badly could you fail that its occurrence could compare to the loss of Not trying and never knowing?”

“Of course, you are eternal, and it’s quite possible that the gift you’ve set out to experience will lie in your silence and calm. But if it’s fear that’s holding you back from bring your true self, then maybe it’s time to counter it with the understanding that for now you Can do something about it.”

“Life here, in time and space, is where we learn our lessons, experiment, and grow. These are the reasons we are here -to find out who and what we really are. You’re not here to be Superman, Superwoman, or superhuman. You’re here to be You. And by being you, you’ll learn your lessons, make your mark, and be happily on your way to the next great adventure.”

“Mistakes, failure, and fear are par for the course. They help make it a course. They’re part of the adventure, and they’re OK. Work with them, deal with them, face them, and before long, you’ll laugh at them. And you’ll be glad for the lessons they taught.”

Today’s message is from the Choose Them Wisely – Thoughts Become Things! book by Mike Dooley.

Originally published on SpiritBlogger’s Blog

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“Blessed Are The Witches”

Witches of the Craft’s Daily Divination Digest for January 25th

Witches of the Craft’s Daily Divination Digest for January 25th

Your Daily Tarot Card for January 25

The Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: imagination, dreams, emotion, competition (the dogs), illusion!

Astrological Correspondence: Pisces

The Moon in all its phases represents the world of dreams, illusions, and the subconscious. Traditionally the symbol of the feminine, the card’s meaning encompasses the maternal, the Great Mother, womanhood, and cycles. The Moon is an ambivalent card, and its imagery signifies the difficulty to see things clearly: simultaneously inspiring and lacking courage, enchanting and bewildering, deceptive and receptive – all sides of the same coin. Signaling fluctuating moods and uncertainty we must pay attention to our dreams, confront our subconscious and deal with the issues that come to the surface in order to progress to a higher level of awareness. Being able to put our imagination and creative talents to good use is an added bonus. Negative qualities such as ambiguity, confusion, hidden fears, and deception can be causes for failure.

 

 

Your Daily Love Tarot Card for January 25

The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.

 

 

Your Erotic Tarot Card for January 25

The High Priestess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The High Priestess card is a sign that you’ve recently made a big decision in your life, and you finally feel like you’ve reached some level ground. Now that you can finally breathe a sigh of relief, your sex life will feel revitalized. Everything isn’t perfect, but the positive factors far outweigh the negative ones, and you’re feeling sexually free to explore new and exciting options. Sexual balance is high on your priority list, so go out there and find the erotic yin to your yang.

Your Weekend Influences for January 25

Tarot Influence:
Ten of Cups Reversed

Betrayal and failure. The loss of freindship and love

 

Astrological Influence

Virgo

Virgo denotes intelligence and a drive for perfection taking command–the dealing with all aspects of life honorably.

Element Influence

Water Reversed

Water reversed denotes secrets to which you are not privy. Approach all ventures with caution.

 

 

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Dove



Throughout history the Dove has symbolized peace and innocence in nearly all cultures. Dove’s soft cooing and gentle nature bring a calmness to any situation. The Dove appears where peace has been attained or there is a need to bring events to a peaceful ending. It denotes a time to let lose of grievances and settle conflicts in a way that benefits all parties equally.

As a daily card, Dove suggests the need to put an end to conflict in your present life. The conflict may be yours or may be that of people close to you. Regardless of the parties involved, you have been called upon to bring the discord to an impartial end.

Psychic Tip of the Day

January 25, 2019

NEW FRIENDS

What you lack in intimacy you make up for in the feeling that the world might be conspiring in your favor, finally. Are you looking forward to new friends?

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Your Daily Rune for January 25

Jera

Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.

Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time

Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort

Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest

Divinations: Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.

Governs:
Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life

Your Animal Spirit for Today

January 25, 2019

Eagle

Eagle soars high enough to see the grand panorama of life, and yet has vision keen enough to spot a fish a mile away. How’s your vision? Are you seeing the big picture or are you only concentrating on the fish? Eagle is asking you to take a step back so you can once again see the whole. You’ve gotten so lost in the trees you’ve forgotten the forest.

 

Crack the Cookie

The Wisdom of Buddha

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

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Witches of the Craft’s Daily Journal for Friday, January 25th

Witches Of The Craft’s Northern Journal For Friday, January 25

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NEVER AGAIN THE BURNING

It is always the morning of my execution……

….I know they will come for me today.
Last night the jailer, pulling up his trousers,
Sneered, “Perhaps you’ll fancy the poll
They give you in the morning more then mine,
Stubborn bitch.” I think
He liked it better when I had strength
And spirit enough to fight him.
He is too stupid to lie just to torment me.
I will welcome death, though the dying scares me…
I was a healer…. how long ago? Oh Gods,
I cannot think straight anymore! And I know
That their gross insults to my body will never mend.
And the pain is constant, and they have sworn me
That I will go to the fire conscious and aware.
My Goddess, I am sick to my very soul with shame;
At the last I gave them screaming what they wanted,
Mouthed any obscenity they asked, told them
What they told me to say. My sanity remains
Only because Your names to with me to the pyre,
And the grave beyond, and only there.
Oh, Beloved, if I could only see you
One last time, that your clean spirit’s fire
Could rid me of this filth and fear….
The crowd gathers now.
I hear them outside, laughing, festive….
Gods grant I will be entertaining enough….
I wonder if those pious souls who in the past
Have asked my help will mourn me?
Well, I shall be glad to quit this stinking cell…
The rats grow bolder as I decline…
Oh, Mother, give me strength!
I hear the guards outside.
“What,” I taunt, “three of you
All for one small half-starved wench?
Indeed, terrible I must be!”
They have the grace to look ashamed,
The youngest one grown pale and horrified
At the light of me; I delivered his wife
Of a fine strong one not many weeks ago.
But now I dare not ask how the child fares.
“Nay, you must carry me or drag me,
My fine bravos….these ruined feet will never
Bear my weight again. I fear I danced too long
With your good priest and his fine Spanish boots.”
They haul me to my feel and the pain….
I will not scream again for their amusement!
I must go naked, then, to my death before these fools?
I would not have them see me so, who danced
Naked for the Goddess, graceful and free,
On winged feet without a trace of shame.
Their avaricious eyes defile me; as their
Twisted priests defiled my body’s temple….
There are many strangers here in the square,
Churchmen and villagers from all the country round….
I am to be a marvelous, far-felt lesson, I see.
They bind me to their stake, too tight, more agony…
The splintering pole claws my raw back,
My shoulders wrenched and cramping, the rough rope
Burning my wrists. My legs will not support me,
And I sag in my bonds, and I fill with terror,
As a pitcher with muddy water. A priest approaches….
Oh, Goddess, must I suffer them even now?
The crowd protests the cup in his hands.
He exhorts them gently; his sect bears mercy towards all,
Malice towards none, and might not even such as I
Be saved at the bitter end?
I don’t know this one. I fight to raise my head,
To spit in his face, for one last shred of defiance….
Mother of All, no! Not you…. here!
How have you come, Beloved,
To trade your green robes for their black,
Your antlered crown for their cross?
Surely I dream, I dream…..
But now I smell your clean scent,
And your dear presence cloaks me in peace.
Rage fires in your eyes, but your pure love
Sustains me, strengthens me and warms me.
You brush the hair back form my face….
The cup you hold gently to my bruised lips I gave you
At our handfasting…. softly you whisper,
“Drink deep of salvation, my dear love,”
And your voice, harsh with unshed tears,
Rips at my soul and my own tears begin, and fully
Do I drink of your deep eyes and the chalice,
And the taste of the flying herbs bursts upon my tongue,
Belladonna, aconite, dark sweet dreams….
They are coming now with the fire.
Almost you linger too long, haunted eyes on mine,
But as sleep steals over me, I see you melt
Safely into the throng.
I am drifting now; I hear my mother singing, far away….
The pain is gone. I am a little girl again…I am safe,
My mother is calling me and I run gladly into her arms….
But in the room I have left behind, someone has been careless
With the supper, Mother, they must turn the spit faster,
For I can smell the roasting meat burning,
And the dinner guests are shouting….

I wake in cold sweat, and cannot drink
From the glass you bring me. Oh, sisters, hear:
Our daughters must not dream these dreams!
We must defend ourselves, stand with out brothers,
And make the arsonists let us be.
Oh, sisters, hear: Never again,
Never again the burning….

–Gale Perrigo (1985)

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Timeline of the witch craze in Europe

Let’s look at a brief timeline of the witch craze in Europe:

906 C.E. The Canon Episcopi is written by a young abbot named Regino of Treves. Regino’s treatise reinforces the Church’s existing stance on witchcraft, which is that it doesn’t exist.

Around 975 C.E. The Church decides that the penalty for witchcraft – which apparently does in fact exist, despite the Canon Episcopi’s assertions to the contrary – is fairly mild. A woman convicted of the use of “witchcraft and enchantment and … magical philters” shall be sentenced to a year-long diet of bread and water.

1227 C.E. Pope Gregory IX announces that it’s time to form an Inquisitorial Court to weed out heretics, who are summarily executed.

1252 C.E. Pope Innocent III carries on the Inquisitions. However, he discovers that a much higher rate of confession is obtained if torture is permitted.

1326 C.E. The Church authorizes the Inquisition to go beyond the investigations of heresy. Now they are encouraged to ferret out people practicing Witchcraft. The theory of demonology is created, establishing a link between witches and the Christian Satan.

1340’s C.E. Europe is pummeled by the Black Plague, and a significant amount of people die. Witches, Jews and lepers are accused of spreading disease intentionally.

1450 C.E. The Catholic Church announces that witches eat babies and sell their souls to the Devil. Witch hunts begin in earnest throughout Europe.

1487 C.E. Publication of Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches’ Hammer). This book describes all sorts of vile activities allegedly practiced by Witches, and also details some creative methods of getting confessions out of the accused.

1517 C.E. Martin Luther leads the way to the Protestant Reformation, which in turn causes a decrease in the number of witchcraft convictions in England — because the Protestants won’t allow torture.

1550 – 1650 C.E. Trials and executions reach their peak. Many of the people accused of witchcraft are actually being targeted in battles between Catholics and Protestants, and others are landowners whose property has been seized by the Church.

1716 C.E. The last accused witches — Mary Hicks and her daughter Elizabeth — are executed in England. Other countries eventually follow suit and stop executing people for witchcraft.

–Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com

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Before trial surveys were made available to scholars, the only way to guess how many witches were killed during the Burning Times was to… well, guess. Estimates were just that — estimates. Since most of the literature available was written by the witch hunters of the Inquisition, the numbers all seemed high. In fact, at one point scholars said that as many as nine million people could have died — which is simply a Really Big Guess.

When trial information was at last made available, historians first looked at all the trials in an area. Then they made allowances for missing records, inaccuracies, and lost court information. Finally, they examined literature from the Inquisitorial records, to see if any major witch-hunt cases took place at the time in that particular area. What they eventually ended up with was a collection of numbers far lower that originally suspected. In fact, modern scholars place the actual Burning Times death toll at between 40,000 and 200,000.

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com

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Custom Planetary Positions

January 25, 2019
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun: 05 Aquarius 18
Moon: 06 Libra 05
Mercury: 02 Aquarius 15
Venus: 19 Sagittarius 28
Mars: 16 Aries 33
Jupiter: 16 Sagittarius 38
Saturn: 14 Capricorn 15
Uranus: 28 Aries 45
Neptune: 14 Pisces 43
Pluto: 21 Capricorn 25

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Planetary aspects for the Month of January

25 January 12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter
27 January 04:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38
29 January 09:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 09 54
31 January 09:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune

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Mars Trine Jupiter 25 January 2019

Mars trine Jupiter natal is an indicator of success in life. Some may call you lucky but you actually make your own luck through a strong self belief and good, honest intentions. No one can doubt your strong work ethic and productivity.

You are bold, confident and never shy to try your hand something new or difficult. This aspect is particularly noted for its physicality with a sexy appearance, strength and athleticism. Victory in sports and war can also apply these days to the business world and politics where you leadership talents bring loyal colleagues and fans.

You would make a good warrior but your integrity and generous nature brings more compromise and win-win situation than hostilities. You are the one who will take the first bold step to make things happen for the benefit of all involved. It may be your instinct or judgement but decisive action is definitely your strong point.

Getting people to work together on common goals may also come down to your tremendous creative talents. This is an aspect of birthing, applying your ample energy and initiative to making something big, useful and successful.

There is also a primal creative energy behind your sexuality. Yet the proud manner in which you express your sexuality can be far removed from survival of the species. The sexual magnetism you ooze wins you many admirers but can also open many doors in life.

Mars Trine Jupiter Transit
Mars trine Jupiter transit increases your desire to compete to win. Almost any action you start now will turn out to be successful. This transit is one of the best indicator of successful action. Successes in war, sport, sexual conquest and business.

The good fortune you enjoy comes from your own strong self belief and good intentions. Applying such bountiful and positive energy toward any righteous cause is bound to bring the benefits you desire. This is one of those rare times when risk taking is advised.

Even with selfish intentions you should get what you want, so long as no one is hurt along the way. Use your initiative and act on your instincts. This is the right time for decisive actions, making important decisions, taking the lead and increasing your wealth.

You can count on good judgement to take advantage of any opportunities for personal, material or spiritual growth that come your way. This is a particularly good time for dating and improving existing relationships. Other people will be strongly drawn to your sexual aura and confidence presence.

Mars Trine Jupiter Celebrities
Roseanne Barr 0°02′, Julian Clary 0°02′, Hank Locklin 0°07′, Mia Farrow 0°13′, Stephen King 0°22′, Ferruccio Lamborghini 0°22′, Steve Winwood 0°27′, Chrissie Hynde 0°34′, James Madison 0°34′, Mike Barson 0°34′, Upton Sinclair 0°35′, Achmed Sukarno 0°45′, Gamal Abdel Nasser 0°51′, Brian Eno 0°54′, Yehudi Menuhin 0°54′, Gregory Peck 0°54′, Robert Hand 1°07′, Heinrich Himmler 1°28′, Leonardo DiCaprio 1°30′, Heath Ledger 1°33′, Rihanna 2°05′.

–Astrology King

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A Look At The Stars for January 25 thru January 27

Friday January 25
12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter increases your desire to compete to win. Almost any action you start this weekly horoscope will turn out to be successful. This transit is one of the best indicator of successful action. Successes in war, sport, sexual conquest and business. The good fortune you enjoy comes from your own strong self belief and good intentions. Applying such bountiful and positive energy toward any righteous cause is bound to bring the benefits you desire.

Sunday January 27
2:30 am – Moon enters Scorpio
4:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38 conjunct fixed star Khambalia at 07 12 causes swift violence, unreliability, changeability, and an argumentative nature. Khambalia is very much a star of the penetration of secrets. It denotes those good at applying intellect to deep research of any kind, to police-type investigation, to espionage, and also to such pursuits as alchemy and the esoteric in general.

–Astrology King

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The Solar Almanac for Friday, January 25th

Sun Direction: 129.57° SE↑

Sun Altitude: 15.88°

Sun Distance: 91.510 million mi

Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)

Sunrise Today: 7:02 am↑ 113° Southeast

Sunset Today: 5:11 pm↑ 247° West

Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 0 minutes

—-timeanddate.com

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The Lunar Almanac for Friday, January 25th

Moon Direction: 258.54° WSW↑

Moon Altitude: 17.09°

Moon Distance: 229454 mi

Next New Moon: Feb 4, 20193:03 pm

Next Full Moon: Feb 19, 20199:53 am

Next Moonset: Today10:14 am

Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous

Illumination: 74.2%

—-timeanddate.com

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Observe the moon over a few nights and you’ll soon notice a couple of things about it. It doesn’t rise and set at the same time of day (as does the Sun) and the bright portion of its disk changes slightly from night to night; sometimes the bright fraction decreases and sometimes it increases.

Other observations you might make are that the moon looks bigger on the horizon that when overhead; you can see large dark and bright areas on its surface and smaller features as well; you can sometimes see it during the day and occasionally, it turns a coppery brown color.

There’s more to the moon than meets the eye!

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The Sky This Week from January 25 – January 27

A total eclipse of the Moon Sunday night highlights a week that also boasts a stunning predawn conjunction between Venus and Jupiter.

Friday, January 25
With the waning gibbous Moon now rising late in the evening, it’s a good time to look for Sirius. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears prominent in the southeast as darkness falls and lies due south and at its highest elevation around 10 p.m. local time. From mid-northern latitudes, it then stands about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) If you point binoculars at Sirius, look for the pretty star cluster M41 in the same field of view, just 4° south of the star.

Saturday, January 26
Mars continues to put on a nice show in January. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the southwestern sky as darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude 0.8 against the much dimmer stars of southern Pisces. (Tonight, Mars slides 0.9° south of the 4th-magnitude star Epsilon () Piscium. A telescope reveals the planet’s 6″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface features unless you have exceptionally good seeing.

Sunday, January 27
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 4:10 p.m. EST. The Moon doesn’t rise until nearly 1 a.m. local time tomorrow morning, however, by which time it will appear slightly less than half-lit. The Moon spends the morning hours set against the background stars of northern Libra.

By Richard Talcott
Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar for January 25

Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous

Moon Currently in Libra

Moon in Libra:
You might have a strong need for balance and harmony now. You probably desire to keep things “nice” rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. You must learn to share your good and bad feelings. Do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you.

Organs influenced by Libra Moon Sign:
Organs: Kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, veins, skin as an organ of touch, pancreas, insulin, glucagon.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

Today is Friday, January 11

 

Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:

Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

 

Celtic Tree Month of Luis (Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)

The Runic Half Month of Peorth (January 13 – January 27)

Goddess of the Month of Freya

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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About The Rowan Moon: January 21 – February 17

Rowan

Rowan Moon – Represents insight and intuition, protection and blessings.

The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic goddess of hearth and home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearthfires. This is a good time of year to perform initiations (or, if you’re not part of a group, do a self-dedication). Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.

Rowan – The Thinker

Celtic tree astrology recognizes Rowan signs as the philosophical minds within the zodiac. If you were born under the Rowan energy, you are likely a keen-minded visionary, with high ideals. Your thoughts are original and creative, so much so, that other’s often misunderstand from where you are coming. This sometimes makes you aloof when interacting with others as you feel they wouldn’t understand where you are coming from anyway. Although you may appear to have a cool exterior, you are burning within from your passionate ideals. This inner passion provides inner motivation for you as you make your way through life. You have a natural ability to transform situations and people around you by your mere presence. You are highly influential in a quiet way and others look to you for your unique perspectives. Rowan pairs well with Ivy and Hawthorn signs.

Patti Wigington, Author
Published on ThoughtCo.com

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The Goddess Book of Days for January 25

Tu Bi-Shevat, Hebrew holiday showing respect for trees and growing things, a day of Hebrew- derived Goddesses Matronit, Ashtoreth, Lilith, the Shekinah, Sarah, Esther, and Goddesses of Plants and Crops, Flora, Mayauel, Daphne, Ceres, Demeter, the Com Mothers, Bunzi, Ukemochi, Gaia, Ge, and Tellus.

Goddesses Associated with Friday

Friday For Freya: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wooo, Eve, Venus, Diana, Isis, the Witch of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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The Wicca Book of Days for Friday, January 25

Good-luck rituals are traditionally performed during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival (Tet), which takes place annually on or around this date. Offerings are made to ancient deities and ancestors, traditional feasts are prepared, and evil spirits are driven away with whistles, bells, and horns.

The Wicca Book of Days
Gerina Dunwich

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On Friday, January 25th, We Celebrate….

Chinese New Year (China)

JUN TI

Themes: Long Life; Luck; Fertility; Wisdom; Tradition

Symbols: Dragons; Sun and Moon Symbols; the Numbers Three and Eighteen

About Jun It: This Chinese Buddhist goddess oversees all matters of life generously. In works of art she is depicted as living on Polaris, the star around which all things revolve, including each individual’s fate. She has three eyes for wise discernment, eighteen arms holding weapons with which to protect her people, and a dragon’s head that symbolizes her power and wisdom.

To Do Today: Jun Ti can help you live a more fulfilled life this year by overseeing your fortune and well-being. To encourage her assistance, think silver and gold (or white and yellow)—the colors of the moon and the sun. Wear items in these hues, or perhaps have a glass of milk followed by pineapple juice in the morning to drink fully of her attributes!

On or around this day, the Chinese take to the streets with new year festivities that last two weeks. Eating various rice-based dishes today encourages fertility, respect, and long life, while wearing new shoes brings Jun Ti’s luck. It is also customary to be on one’s best behavior and honor the ancestors throughout the day for good fortune. The climax of festivities is a dragon parade, the beast, Jun Ti’s sacred animal, being associated with ancient knowledge and tradition. So, find a way to commemorate your personal or family customs today to draw Jun Ti’s attention and blessing.

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

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Friday’s Conjuring

Friday – is associated with Venus

Candle colors – Green, Red, Blue, White, Purple

Spellcrafting Associations: Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships.

–Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

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The Magickal Day of Friday

Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.

Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings

*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.
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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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The Witches Guide to Friday

Ruler: Freya, Venus

Colors: Emerald green or pink

Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following.

Key Words: Love, money, health

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. In the word Friday, we see the roots of the name of the Norse goddess Freya, a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses thus the verse “Friday’s child is loving and giving.”

In Spanish this day of the week is called Viernes and is derived from the goddess Venus. Matters of love, human interaction, the fluidity of communication, sewing and the creation of artistic garments, household improvement, shopping, and party planning all fall under the aspects of Friday and its ruling planet, Venus.

Friday’s angels are Ariel/Uriel, Rachiel, and Sachiel. Rachiel also concerns himself with human sexuality and is a presiding spirit of the planet Venus.

On Fridays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Venus, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual.

Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, January 25

Burns Night (Scottish)

Waning Moon

Moon phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Libra

Incense: Orchid

Color: Purple

Charlie Rainbow Wolf
Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac (p. 119). Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.

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What is Burns night and who was Robert Burns?

It’s a night that features whisky, haggis and poetry in honour of ‘Rabbie’ Burns – but why and how is it celebrated?

Burns Night, held in honour of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year.

The night is a way to celebrate the life of the 18th century bard and it falls on his birthday – Monday, January 25.

The tradition started a few years after the poet’s death in 1796, when his friends commemorated his career on the date of his death (July 21) each year.

So began the Burns Supper, and more than two centuries later it is has become a nationwide event with recitals of the poet’s works and a haggis dinner.

Who was Robert Burns?

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.

Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.

Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.

After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.

Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV, narrowly beating William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace.

Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne
His poem (and song) “Auld Lang Syne” is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and “Scots Wha Hae” served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country.

Burns collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them, as well as making original compositions.

Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include “A Red, Red Rose”; “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”; “To a Louse”; “To a Mouse”; “The Battle of Sherramuir”; “Tam o’ Shanter”; and “Ae Fond Kiss”.

How do you celebrate Burns Night?
By wearing a kilt? Whether or not Burns would have worn kilts is still disputed, with some arguing that as a Lowlander he would not have worn them, although he was a champion of the right to wear traditional dress.

The full ritual of the night involves whisky, haggis and poetry readings. Those who partake are piped in and then The Selkirk Grace – the prayer of thanks attributed to Burns – is said before dinner.

By Rozina Sabur
The Telegraph

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FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

 

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas

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Let’s Talk Witch – Faeries and Love

BY CASSANDRA EASON

The lore of the faery realm has, like the world of humans, traditionally focused on love—both tales of faery lovers and of fey beings who have fallen in love with mortals and sometimes tried to keep them forever in their faery kingdoms. These stories, whether perceived as pure lore or used as a way of explaining past mortal occurrences, tell the tales of true love, of faery temptresses, of lover’s quarrels, and more.

Perhaps the most tragic fey love story is that of the Celtic Cliodna of the Golden Hair. The daughter of Manannan mac Lir, who ruled over the sea, Cliodna was reputed to be the most beautiful woman in the world in mortal form. She loved the young mortal Ciabhan so much she left faeryland to live with him. However, while Ciabhan was hunting, Cliodna’s father sent a faery minstrel to enchant her; she was carried back to fairyland in a magical sleep. She is still seen on seashores, either as a huge wave or a seabird, seeking her lost love; she is said to help parted mortal lovers to be reunited.

Below are two methods of invoking Cliodna if you are longing to be reunited with a parted love.

Name your lost love as you hold matching shells, found on the shore or by a lake, tied together with seaweed or dried grasses. Cast your shells on the ninth wave as it moves into shore. Call your lost love’s name nine times.
If you are landlocked, improvise with matching aquamarine crystals cast into any body of flowing water. Count nine before throwing the crystals into the water together. Call your lost love’s name nine times.
Faery Marriages
Some tales of faery brides who married mortals seem to have earthly verification.

The Gwragedd Annwn are beautiful, Welsh, fair-haired faery women, the same size as humans, living in underwater palaces in lakes close to the Black Mountains. These lake maidens have, on occasion—according to folk lore of the area—taken human husbands, though they rarely stayed with them. Some local families still claim fey heritage.

One Lady of the Lake in Llyn y Fan Fach is, however, said to actually be the fairy ancestor of an unbroken line of Welsh healers and physicians. Even more unusual, this faery legend can be dated. Around 1230, records tell that a young farmer saw three beautiful women dancing on the shore. The most beautiful agreed to be his wife and her father, the king of the lake faeries, came from under the lake to bestow a dowry of fairy cattle. However, the faery king imposed a number of conditions on his daughter staying with her mortal husband. One condition was that she should never be touched with iron, another that she should not be made to go to church, and a third that if her husband struck her three times she and her dowry would return to the lake.

The couple had three sons, but the farmer broke his bargain by striking his faery wife three times (though according to less enlightened male folk tellers, the poor husband only tapped the faery lightly and for good reason). A faery bargain being a faery bargain, off went the cattle and faery maiden, though she did return to teach her sons knowledge of herbs and healing. They became the Physicians of Myddfai, healers to the Welsh kings. When they died, they left a medical treatise, copies of which exist today. I believe there is one in Cardiff Castle Museum.

Brides in Faeryland
Mortal women who married to or were abducted by faeries seem to have had an even less than happy fate.

A woman on her wedding day or night was, according to Celtic myth, considered a great prize by the faeries as she was still a virgin but at peak fertility. For this reason, until medieval times, a woman would be accompanied to the church by identically dressed bridesmaids, so that watching faeries could not identify the true bride.

Some of these faery abductions may have had a less ethereal explanation. In parts of Europe during the Middle Ages, the local lord of the manor was unofficially allowed the use of his serfs’ brides on their wedding night. Rape by wealthy landowners and their sons was a real threat for country women even in Victorian times, especially among servants in big houses. It could be that the story of a traditional return of the abducted bride from the faeries after a year and a day bearing a babe several months old was an acceptable way for a peasant husband not to appear cuckolded by the squire, if the unfortunate bride became pregnant during this abduction. A despoiled bride might have been placed in a distant workhouse during the pregnancy, with the collusion of the husband or a father in the case of an unmarried girl.

A typical bride abduction story made into a ballad was of Colin, a Scot, whose wife was taken by the faeries. His wife, it was said, returned invisibly each day to milk to cows and do the chores; only her singing could be heard. In other versions she returns after a year and a day with a baby. Was Colin keeping his bride locked away because he discovered on the wedding night she was pregnant by someone else, albeit by rape? Or was she truly a bride of the faeries?

Some faery abductions had more serious consequences. A wife who consistently produced sickly boys who did not survive or female offspring for a man who desperately needed an heir, might suddenly disappear; the official and often unquestioned explanation of her disappearance was that she was spirited away forever by the faeries. There are still parts of the world where the value of a woman except as a bearer of sons is low; this is a reminder that it has not that long been otherwise in Westernized society also.

Bridget Cleary
Records from centuries past are obviously sparse, and faery abduction as an excuse for wife murder or beating may sound to be pure speculation. That said, we do know that in Tipperary in Ireland as recently as 1895 Bridget Cleary was tortured and burned to death by her husband Michael. He claimed that his wife had been stolen by the faeries and a changeling substituted. Michael insisted that by destroying the enchanted form of his wife, the true Bridget herself would return on a white horse at midnight. Seven of her neighbors and relatives, including Bridget’s father and aunt, were involved and later convicted of the crime. A hundred years later, Angela Bourke, a professor at University College, Dublin and author of The Burning of Bridget Cleary, stated that the case demonstrated the clash between two different world views, two ways of dealing with troublesome people, two ways of accounting for the irrational, at a time of profound social, economic, and cultural change.

Bridget Cleary’s crime was that she was economically and socially independent by her own efforts, rather than by birth. Presumably, had the case gone unpunished, her death would have been very profitable for her husband and family, who would have inherited her money.

Fairy Queen Temptresses
As the goddesses were downgraded into faeries, some acquired the role of temptresses and abductors of innocent males. In Scotland, myths tell of the Bean chaol a chot uaine’s na gruaige buidhe, “The slender woman with green kirtle and yellow hair”—a fairy queen who had the ability to turn water into red wine and spin the threads of the spiders into tartan. The fairy temptress would, by playing her magical reed pipe, lure young men into her faery hill. Unless they left a piece of iron over the lintel of the entrance, they would be forced to dance and serve the pleasure of the faery queen until she tired of them and sent them home. It is said these young men would find that though it only seemed one night had passed in faeryland, decades might have gone by in the mortal world and the fresh-faced milkmaid sweetheart to whom he had sworn his eternal fidelity was now an aging grandmother.

The most famous young male abductee who seems to have actually gained from his visit to faeryland was Thomas the Rhymer, whose ballad is still performed in folk clubs with Celtic connections. The true Thomas was Thomas of Earlston (Erceldoune), a thirteenth century poet who claimed to have met the Queen of Elfland under a magical elder tree. In return for a kiss he tells how he was forced to go to faeryland with her, though other versions suggest Thomas was more than willing to be seduced. In a few accounts the Queen becomes an ugly hag and the ritual mating of youth with the ancient crone goddess occurred to maintain the cycle of the seasons and ensure the fertility of the land. Thomas remained in faeryland for seven years, though they were only three days in fairy time. He was rewarded with the gifts of poetry, prophecy, and a magical harp.

It has been argued in recent years that Thomas was in fact initiated into a local witch cult and that his visions of faeryland were shamanic.

An Escape from the Faeries
Not all captives were as willing as Thomas, nor the faery queen as willing to part with her mortal lover. One of the most famous tales, recorded by the Scottish poet Robert Burns as well as several other poets, is that of Tam Lin, a Scottish knight who fell from his horse and was captured by the Queen of the Faeries. She bound him with magic and posted him to guard one of the entrances to the world of humans at the well of Carteraugh, close to the borders of Scotland.

Young maidens were warned not to drink at the well, for every time they did and picked one of the roses that overhung it, Tam Lin would appear and demand that either the girl gave him a green mantle or offered up her virginity.

One bold young woman, Janet, decided to see whether the myth was true, and plucked a rose from the well. She and Tam Lin fell in love, and he wanted to escape from the Faery Kingdom to wed Janet.

The next night was Halloween, and Tam Lin explained that there was an opportunity that only occurred every seven years for him to escape. The Faery Ride would take place, when then the faeries moved to their winter quarters (in some versions seen as hell). The faery troop had to ride on horseback along the road. Tam Lin told Janet to wait for him at the crossroads at midnight and to hold on to him, whatever form he took.

As Tam Lin rode by in the faery procession, Janet pulled him from his horse and held tight. Just as he had warned Janet, the Faery Queen turned Tam Lin first into a newt, then a snake, a tiger, a bear, and finally into red hot metal. Janet held fast, and as he became molten metal, she plunged him into the magical well.

The spell was broken. Tam Lin emerged from the water in human form, and he and Janet were soon married.

Faery Marital Quarrels
Faery marriages were frequently as turbulent as earthly ones.

Titania is most famous in literature as the wife of Oberon, King of the faeries, in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this play she is depicted as petulant, willing to let the seasons go to rack and ruin while she pursues her vendetta against Oberon, who retaliated by making her fall in love with a peasant with a donkey’s head.

Titania was, before she was Christianized and downgraded (like many Pagan goddesses) to faery status, known as Themis the Ancient Greek Titan Goddess of Justice and Order, and the mother of the Fates and the Seasons.

Finvarra or Fin Bheara, who ruled the faeries of the west Of Ireland, was the apparently devoted husband of Queen Oonagh. Oonagh has been described in true Victorian style by Lady Wilde, who collected accounts of faery folk lore in Ireland, as having golden hair sweeping to the ground, clad in silver gossamer glittering as if with diamonds, which were actually dew drops.

In spite of his wife’s ethereal beauty, Finvarra was obsessed with mortal women who, overpowered by the music of faeryland, were spirited away to live there with him forever. He was also said to have a second Queen, Nuala. Oonagh was unsurprisingly not welcoming to mortal maidens to the fairy court.

Other maidens seduced by Finvarra’s music danced all night with him and in the morning, found themselves on a faery hill, possessing knowledge of love potions and of magic—and sometimes a faery pregnancy.

A Fairy Love Wishes Spell
Find a faery tree: a hawthorn, elder, ash, willow, or oak, or in the southern hemisphere, a eucalyptus, tea tree, golden wattle, or the bushy manuka.

Sit beneath or close to its branches on a bright moonlit night during the week of the full moon.

Best of all is the night of the full moon. Look upwards at the moon and feel the positive energies of the cosmos and the moon mother, associated with faithful love and fertility, flowing into you.

Watch the moonlight filter through the leaves and make patterns, and you may be aware of living, moving energies within the branches and leaves.

Touch the trunk of the tree with your hands, and let the life force of the tree spirit flow into you, so that you can feel the pulsating energies of its essence like mild electricity.

Standing and still touching the tree, press your feet down towards the roots, allowing the Earth mother to offer you her fertility and the power so you will find or live with the right mate forever.

Now extend your arms upwards, and draw inwards strength and healing from the moon-dappled leaves.

Move away from the tree and, keeping the moon in view, spiral the tree nine times clockwise (widdershins) in ever decreasing circles, letting your feet guide you. The nine circles of power are an ancient magical device, and if you now stand within the innermost ring, reaching out with just your fingertips to the trunk, you may momentarily make contact with the spirit of the tree.

Ask the essence within the tree, the earth, and the moon mother to bless your love or to bring to you the person who will make you happy. You can also ask for fertility if you are trying to conceive a child.

Spend a little longer watching the moonlight filter through the leaves and amplifying the tree energies.

Bury a silver earring or nine silver-colored coins, the metal of the moon mother, beneath the roots as a token of thanks; whisper your love’s name or call out on the air the one who will make you happy to find you.

Published On Llewellyn

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The Witches Magick for Friday, January 25

Ask a Fairy Wish Spell

I don’t recommend asking the fairy folk for favors or wishes all the time, but this is a nice alternative to the usual wish spell. Only use this fairy magick spell when you have a sincere need in your life, or the fairies won’t bother with you.

A handful of small natural stones
A flat green oak leaf
Rose petals (any color)
Do this spell outdoors on a sunny day. You’ll have to return later so choose a place you have easy access to.

First you have to ask for your wish. Go to a private outdoor place on a bright day, and make a circle of stones. Use regular stones, not crystals, and it should be at least 6 inches across. Write your wish on the oak leaf, and set it in the center of the circle and cover that with a few rose petals. Say the following out loud:

Fairy, fairy, hear my call,
I have a need and that is all,
I’ve made a circle, please come in,
Grant my wish, we’ll both win.

After the spell is spoken, explain what you need and that you’ll leave a gift if your wish is granted. Leave the area and hopefully one of the local fairies will take pity on you.

If your request is granted, you have to go back to the same place and leave them a gift (something sweet or pretty is a good idea). If your original circle of stones is still there, just add your offering to the middle. Otherwise, make a new circle and leave it in the center.

Do not skip the gift step. If you promise the fairies something and don’t follow through, you will regret it. Fairy magick spells can be tricky this way because you are dealing with other beings rather than just your own personal energies.

Free Witchcraft Spells Online

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Witchy Tip # 139 for Thursday, January 4

Many witches believe that turning or stirring things clockwise (Deasil) will bring positivity, luck, and success. Using the counterclockwise (Widdershins) motion, however, can bring chaos and misfortune. These two are often reversed when practicing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

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Spirit Message of the Day – Ahh…The Possibilities

OH YEAH

“A life is not measured by the games that are won, but that you lived in the moment and learned how to have fun.”

“Remember that feeling of being invincible, optimistic, wide-eyed, and carefree? Remember that excited sense of anticipation you have felt for most of your life? Remember plotting your course around ‘the fun’ and saying ‘Let’s Go!’ and ‘Let’s Get Together!’ often? When almost every day was an adventure?”

“First of all, back then, you never even knew you felt like that. It’s only with the clarity of hindsight that you can now see the magic that really did hold you in the palm of its hand. And today, you are still carried, ever so lovingly, by that very same magic. Choose to feel it again, now. It never left you. It’s still there. Don’t let another year or ten or more go by before you recognize today’s magic. Because right here and now, even more so than back then, you are poised to have more fun than you have ever had before! Oh Yeah!”

“Having fun is why you’re here. It’s not frivolous, it’s not just for kids, it’s important! And the art of having fun lies in the appreciating wherever you are, whenever you are. Its potential hides at work, it hides in your routines; it even lurks in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It begins by realizing that every moment that ticks by brings you closer to manifesting your heart’s desires, understanding life’s mysteries, and comprehending that you are bathed in love always. It is a wonderful life and it offers endless opportunities for fun to those who seek even when they wouldn’t think of seeking! Here’s hoping you find plenty of fun this week!”

Today’s message is from author Mike Dooley’s new book entitled Choose Them Wisely Thoughts Become Things!

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for January 25

A blessing for your shoes, to take you on a positive path every day. Single shoe, pair of shoes, heels or flats,

Choose the path of happiness wherever I’m at.
Walk me through difficulties, never lead me astray,
All things negative will be kept at bay.

Bless your shoes as you put them on, repeating once for each shoe. And for extra measure once again after you have both of them on.

The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30
Days .
Garden Summerland

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Witch Tip #109 for January 25th

Tie a strand of your hair to a cherry blossom tree as it blooms. This will help to attract love into your life.

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft . Kindle Edition.

A. Rayne

Pagans In Action

Don’t forget we are still collecting funds for local food pantries and senior citizens that need help meeting their rent

 

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Witches of the Craft’s Southern Hemisphere Journal for Friday, January 11

Witches of the Craft’s Southern Hemisphere Journal for Friday, January 11

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“Witches listen to the secrets of the Earth, work in harmony with the powers of the moon and understand the longings of the human soul.” 

― Dacha Avelin

Current Planetary Positions

January 11, 2019
Zodiac: Tropical

Sun:  21 Capricorn 01
Moon:  20 Pisces 32
Mercury:  09 Capricorn 44
Venus:  04 Sagittarius 15
Mars:  07 Aries 03
Jupiter:  13 Sagittarius 56
Saturn:  12 Capricorn 37
Uranus:  28 Aries 37
Neptune:  14 Pisces 19
Pluto:  20 Capricorn 57

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Planetary aspects for the Month of January

11 January 06:38 am – Sun conjunct Pluto 20 56
13 January 08:30 am – Mercury conjunct Saturn 12 51
13 January 01:58 pm – Jupiter square Neptune
14 January 01:45 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 47
14 January 08:13 am – Mercury sextile Neptune
18 January 11:49 am – Venus trine Mars
18 January 03:03 pm – Mercury conjunct Pluto 21 11
18 January 08:30 pm – Sun square Uranus
20 January 11:41 pm – Venus square Neptune
21 January 00:15 am – Lunar Eclipse at 00 51
21 January 06:47 am – Mars square Saturn
22 January 07:25 am – Venus conjunct Jupiter 16 03
23 January 06:13 am – Mercury square Uranus
25 January 12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter
27 January 04:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38
29 January 09:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 09 54
31 January 09:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune

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A Look At The Stars for January 11 thru January 13

Friday January 11
6:38 am – Sun conjunct Pluto at 20 56 from Wednesday to Sunday greatly increases your personal power and ability to influence the outcomes in your life. However, your increased intensity and probing nature can lead power struggles. You may have to deal with underhand tactics such as controlling and manipulative behavior. Paranoia is possible under this influence but it is also possible that your enemies may be plotting against you. While such behavior on your part may lead to your undoing, you have the ability to uncover secrets and get to the bottom of any mysteries.

Saturday January 12
3:17 am – Moon enters Aries

Sunday January 13
8:30 am – Mercury conjunct Saturn at 12 51 from Friday to Sunday brings critical thinking which needs to be applied to serious or challenging mental work. Without a productive outlook for your intellect, your mind may dwell on negatives and you would find it difficult to get out of such a rut. Such negative thinking can lead to depression and difficulties communication this weekly horoscope. Harsh or critical words can then lead to relationships problems such as coldness, isolation or rejection.
1:57 pm – Jupiter square Neptune brings a test of your faith due to an embarrassing loss of face or some disappointment. You may have been too trusting or over idealized a romantic interest. It is important to cut your losses as soon as the reality of the situation shatters your illusion. This is a really bad time for being overly optimistic. You may feel trusting and generous but the risk of delusion and deception is too great to risk your resources.

–Astrology King

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A Look At Up-Coming Astrological Events for Australia

The Australian state of Queensland (QLD) has been hit by record flooding since Christmas, when tropical cyclone Tasha hit the coast on December 24 2010 near Cairns. The rain has continued, and flooding has affected a massive are of this large state. The situation escalated rapidly with flash flooding in Toowoomba on January 10 2011, and the Brisbane river is now spilling over in the state capital, home to over 2 million people. At least 10 lives have been lost with 80 still missing. This is the worst flooding in Australian history.

The obvious place to look for some astrological explanation is the December 2011 Lunar Eclipse because it came just 3 days before the flooding started. I believed this eclipse would be significant for Australia, because it was conjunct a very sensitive point in the Federation horoscope for Australia. The tightest aspect in this Australia horoscope is Mercury opposite Neptune (24′). Neptune is conjunct the fixed star Betelgeuse, the same star triggered by the December 2010 lunar eclipse.

Australia Astrology Chart
I was not sure what this aspect would mean for Australia, Mercury and Chiron opposite Neptune, but with hindsight, associating flooding waters with Neptune in this challenging aspect seems reasonable. Even transiting Neptune is aspecting this setup, trine to the Australian Neptune now. The rapid escalation of the crisis can be seen with transiting Uranus square the Australian Neptune, not exact till February 23. Jupiter is also square this Neptune, exact on January 17.

As I wrote in the January Forecast, I wasn’t expecting the Jupiter Uranus conjunction to cause the devastating flooding associated with the previous conjunctions, which we saw in China, Pakistan and elsewhere. This was because this January conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus was not on the star Scheat, like the other ones were. Well now Jupiter and Uranus are again closing in on Scheat, the star of catastrophic flooding. Jupiter is now within orb, and hits exact on January 20, square the Neptune in the Australian horoscope. This is the worst flooding in Australian history, and Australia is the “land of flooding rains“. I’m thinking that this sensitive Neptune, opposite Mercury and Chiron is to blame, especially now realizing that this Neptune is activated by the December eclipse, and square Scheat, which is being activated by Jupiter and soon Uranus.

Fellow Aussie astrologer Alice Portman has researched these floods, and also points the finger at the December lunar eclipse, though for different reasons than I have found. Alice used the horoscope for QLD and noticed that the December lunar eclipse was conjunct Mars and Jupiter in the QLD chart. Wow! That singles out QLD for special attention, it has both Mars and Jupiter on the fixed star Betelgeuse in the Orion Constellation, on the Australian Neptune. What I found particularly interesting in her article, Queensland Floods, was the horoscope for the 1974 Brisbane flood, the previous record flooding event. Saturn in that chart is conjunct the fixed star Betelgeuse, on the Australian Neptune, the QLD Mars Jupiter.

The one thing I see repeated here is Betelgeuse, the sensitive point in the Australia horoscope because of Neptune, opposite Mercury and Chiron. Saturn was there in the 1974 flood, QLD has Mars and Jupiter there, and this was triggered by the December 2010 lunar eclipse, three days before the flooding started. These connections are only obvious when we make the fixed stars the reference, not the degrees of the tropical zodiac. You especially notice this when comparing current events to much older charts, like the Australian horoscope for Federation. Precession correction means that Neptune in that chart (27°30′ Gemini), is now 29°02 Gemini, just 19′ from the December 2010 lunar eclipse.

Australian Astrology Chart Data
“On January 1st 1901 the Australian Federations investiture was in acted with the Swearing In of the First Governor General Lord Hopetoun. This took place in Centennial Park and was investigated and Timed by the Late Gwen Stony. The time Gwen and her assistant Tex Cox produced through their vigorous investigation was 13:35:42 AEST, Sydney.” Astrological Forecast Australia 2013

–Astrology King

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The Solar Almanac for Friday, January 11

Sun Direction: 182.15° S↑
Sun Altitude: -34.17°
Sun Distance: 91.413 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 21, 2019 8:58 am (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:55 am↑ 117° Southeast
Sunset Today: 8:09 pm↑ 243° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 14 minutes

–timeanddate.com

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Solar Lore

Australian Aborigine Creation Myth

There was a time when everything was still. All the spirits of the earth were asleep – or almost all. The great Father of All Spirits was the only one awake. Gently he awoke the Sun Mother. As she opened her eyes a warm ray of light spread out towards the sleeping earth. The Father of All Spirits said to the Sun Mother,

“Mother, I have work for you. Go down to the Earth and awake the sleeping spirits. Give them forms.”

The Sun Mother glided down to Earth, which was bare at the time and began to walk in all directions and everywhere she walked plants grew. After returning to the field where she had begun her work the Mother rested, well pleased with herself. The Father of All Spirits came and saw her work, but instructed her to go into the caves and wake the spirits.

This time she ventured into the dark caves on the mountainsides. The bright light that radiated from her awoke the spirits and after she left insects of all kinds flew out of the caves. The Sun Mother sat down and watched the glorious sight of her insects mingling with her flowers. However once again the Father urged her on.

The Mother ventured into a very deep cave, spreading her light around her. Her heat melted the ice and the rivers and streams of the world were created. Then she created fish and small snakes, lizards and frogs. Next she awoke the spirits of the birds and animals and they burst into the sunshine in a glorious array of colors. Seeing this the Father of All Spirits was pleased with the Sun Mother’s work.

She called all her creatures to her and instructed them to enjoy the wealth of the earth and to live peacefully with one another. Then she rose into the sky and became the sun.

The living creatures watched the Sun in awe as she crept across the sky, towards the west. However when she finally sunk beneath the horizon they were panic-stricken, thinking she had deserted them. All night they stood frozen in their places, thinking that the end of time had come. After what seemed to them like a lifetime the Sun Mother peeked her head above the horizon in the East. The earth’s children learned to expect her coming and going and were no longer afraid.

At first the children lived together peacefully, but eventually envy crept into their hearts. They began to argue. The Sun Mother was forced to come down from her home in the sky to mediate their bickering. She gave each creature the power to change their form to whatever they chose. However she was not pleased with the end result. The rats she had made had changed into bats; there were giant lizards and fish with blue tongues and feet. However the oddest of the new animals was an animal with a bill like a duck, teeth for chewing, a tail like a beavers and the ability to lay egg. It was called the platypus.

The Sun Mother looked down upon the Earth and thought to herself that she must create new creatures less the Father of All Spirits be angered by what she now saw. She gave birth to two children. The god was the Morning Star and the goddess was the moon. Two children were born to them and these she sent to Earth. They became our ancestors. She made them superior to the animals because they had part of her mind and would never want to change their shape.

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The Lunar Almanac for Friday, January 11

Moon Direction: 237.22° WSW↑
Moon Altitude: -29.52°
Moon Distance: 251789 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 21, 20193:16 pm
Next New Moon: Feb 5, 20197:03 am
Next Moonrise: Today9:11 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 17.3%

–timeanddate.com

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The Sky This Week for January 11 to 13

By Michael E. Bakich

Friday, January 11

Have you ever seen the constellation Leo Minor the Lion Cub? If you answered, “No,” tonight could be your night. You can look for it around midnight local time. Don’t try before that because the Moon will still be in the sky. Unfortunately, Leo Minor is so faint that you’ll have to find two other celestial signposts — the Big Dipper and Leo the Lion — and work from them. The Big Dipper will lie high in the northeast and Leo low in the east. Draw a 45°-long line from Merak (Beta [β] Ursae Majoris), which is the Dipper’s Pointer star at the bottom of the cup, to Regulus (Alpha [α] Leonis), Leo’s brightest star. Leo Minor lies at the exact midpoint of that line. When you do locate its position, you might question the imaginations of early stargazers who drew a lion cub out of these faint stars. The constellation’s brightest star is 46 Leonis Minoris, which shines at magnitude 3.8. (The constellation doesn’t have a star labeled Alpha.) Beta Leonis Minoris is a bit fainter at magnitude 4.2.

Saturday, January 12

The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness this morning at 2:11 a.m. EDT. If you start watching the star a few hours after the sky darkens Friday evening, you can see Algol dim by 70 percent over the course of about 5 hours. (Astronomers would say its brightness drops from magnitude 2.1 to 3.4.) This eclipsing binary runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol stands one-third of the way up in the northwest and sets about an hour after it reaches minimum brightness.

Sunday, January 13

The Winter Triangle shines in the southeast as darkness falls. This triplet of stars is an example of an asterism — a recognizable star pattern that’s not one of the official constellations. The most famous asterism is the Big Dipper, seven bright stars within the constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear. But asterisms also can incorporate stars from different constellations. The Winter Triangle, for example, uses the brightest stars from three of this season’s heavenly figures. The brightest of the three luminaries — and, indeed, the brightest of all the nighttime stars — is Sirius, which marks the head (or perhaps a jewel on the collar) of Canis Major the Great Dog. To Sirius’ upper left is Procyon, the sky’s eighth-brightest star and number one in Canis Minor the Small Dog. And at the westernmost tip of the Winter Triangle lies copper-hued Betelgeuse, the sky’s 10th-brightest star and the one marking the right shoulder of Orion the Hunter.

–The Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar

Friday – 11th January 2019

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent

The Moon is Currently in the Sign of Pisces

Moon in Pisces:
Moon in Pisces has the greatest sensitivity and perceptiveness of surroundings. You can experience feelings of insecurity, be passive and only wait and see what happens in your life.

If you engage in creative or spiritual search, you will benefit from great imagination of Pisces.

Organs influenced by Pisces Moon Sign:
Organs: Feet, toes, hypophysis, pineal gland, endorphin, melatonin.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are not recommended during the Waxing Moon.

Today is Friday, January 11

Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:

Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.

Deity: Frigg

Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra

Planet: Venus

Tree: Apple

Herb: Vervain

Stone: Sapphire/Chrsolite

Animal: Bull/Serpent

Element: Earth

Color: Yellow/Violet

Number: 7

Rune: Peorth(P)

Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)

The Runic Half Month of Eoh (December 28 – January 12)

Goddess of the Month of Freya

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Friday, January 11

Roman first Festival of Carmentalia, for Carmenta, Goddess of Childbirth. Other Childbirth Goddesses are Artemis, Diana, Eiletheia, Astarte, Chatchiuhtlique/ Coatlique, Mylitta, Cardea, Changing Woman, Spider Woman, Isis, Yemaya, Ix Chel, and Toci.

Goddesses Associated with Friday

Friday For Freya: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wooo, Eve, Venus, Diana, Isis, the Witch of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

—The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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Wicca Book of Days for January 11

In years gone by, an old ritual to ward off Witches was performed annually on this date in many fishing villages along the coast of Scotland. At sunset, a barrel of tar would be placed on top of a pole, set on fire, and allowed to burn throughout the night. Afterwards, charred pieces of it would\ then be used by the villagers and fishermen as protective charms.

In ancient Rome, a festival called the Carmentalia was celebrated annually, beginning on this date and lasting until the fifteenth of January. The festival honored the Roman goddess Carmenta, a deity presiding over childbirth, whose priestesses cast the fortunes of children at the moment of their birth.

Juturna, the ancient Italian goddess of pools and still waters, is honored each year on this day.

–The Wicca Book of Days 
Gerina Dunwich

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Friday: The day of beauty

Frigg was the Norse goddess of beauty, love, household, fertility and motherhood. She was Odin’s wife. She wonderfully balances out the dreadfulness of all the masculine gods sitting around our week table.

Derived from Latin Dies Veneris, Friday is viernes in Spanish, vendredi in French and venerdi in Italian. The day belongs to Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, love and fertility.

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Friday’s Conjuring

Friday – is associated with Venus

Candle colors – Green, Red, Blue, White, Purple

Spellcrafting Associations: Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships.

–Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

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The Magickal Day of Friday

Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.

Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings

*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by ThoughtCo.com

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The Witches Guide to Friday

Ruler: Freya, Venus

Colors: Emerald green or pink

Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following.

Key Words: Love, money, health

It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. In the word Friday, we see the roots of the name of the Norse goddess Freya, a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses thus the verse “Friday’s child is loving and giving.”

In Spanish this day of the week is called Viernes and is derived from the goddess Venus. Matters of love, human interaction, the fluidity of communication, sewing and the creation of artistic garments, household improvement, shopping, and party planning all fall under the aspects of Friday and its ruling planet, Venus.

Friday’s angels are Ariel/Uriel, Rachiel, and Sachiel. Rachiel also concerns himself with human sexuality and is a presiding spirit of the planet Venus.

On Fridays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Venus, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual.

Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, January 11

Carmentalia (Roman)

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Pisces

Incense: Cypress

Color: Pink

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas

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The Witches Magick for Friday, January 11 – Banish Black Candle Spell

Banish Black Candle Spell

Items you will need:
1 black candle
1 ceramic or glass plate
1 sheet of aluminum foil
1 sheet of paper
1 pen or pencil
1 lighter or match

On a table, lay out a sheet of aluminum foil and place a plate on-top of it. Then write the name of the person or thing you want to banish. Remember not to wish any person harm. Fold the paper in half twice and place it under the plate. Next, put the candle on top of the plate and light it.

Now, say this chant three times:

“Banish __________ away from me.
I do not wish ____________ to remain in my presence.
Of ___________ I want to be freed.
Harm none. Mote it be”

After a few minutes, blow out the candle and throw away the candle, paper and aluminum foil. Your wish should be granted soon.

A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

“Blessed Are The Witches”

Witches of the Craft’s Northern Hemisphere Journal for Thursday, January 10

Witches of the Craft’s Northern Hemisphere Journal for Thursday, January 10

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“A Witch is a person who has honestly explored their light and has evolved to celebrate their darkness.” 

― Dacha Avelin

Current Planetary Positions

January 10, 2019
Tropical Zodiac

Sun:  20 Capricorn 00
Moon: 08 Pisces 40
Mercury:  08 Capricorn 12
Venus:  03 Sagittarius 12
Mars:  06 Aries 23
Jupiter: 13 Sagittarius 44
Saturn: 12 Capricorn 30
Uranus: 28 Aries 36
Neptune: 14 Pisces 18
Pluto: 20 Capricorn 55

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Planetary aspects for the Month of January

11 January 06:38 am – Sun conjunct Pluto 20 56
13 January 08:30 am – Mercury conjunct Saturn 12 51
13 January 01:58 pm – Jupiter square Neptune
14 January 01:45 am – 1st Quarter Moon 23 47
14 January 08:13 am – Mercury sextile Neptune
18 January 11:49 am – Venus trine Mars
18 January 03:03 pm – Mercury conjunct Pluto 21 11
18 January 08:30 pm – Sun square Uranus
20 January 11:41 pm – Venus square Neptune
21 January 00:15 am – Lunar Eclipse at 00 51
21 January 06:47 am – Mars square Saturn
22 January 07:25 am – Venus conjunct Jupiter 16 03
23 January 06:13 am – Mercury square Uranus
25 January 12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter
27 January 04:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38
29 January 09:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 09 54
31 January 09:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune

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A Look At The Stars for January 10 thru January 13

Friday January 11
6:38 am – Sun conjunct Pluto at 20 56 from Wednesday to Sunday greatly increases your personal power and ability to influence the outcomes in your life. However, your increased intensity and probing nature can lead power struggles. You may have to deal with underhand tactics such as controlling and manipulative behavior. Paranoia is possible under this influence but it is also possible that your enemies may be plotting against you. While such behavior on your part may lead to your undoing, you have the ability to uncover secrets and get to the bottom of any mysteries.

Saturday January 12
3:17 am – Moon enters Aries

Sunday January 13
8:30 am – Mercury conjunct Saturn at 12 51 from Friday to Sunday brings critical thinking which needs to be applied to serious or challenging mental work. Without a productive outlook for your intellect, your mind may dwell on negatives and you would find it difficult to get out of such a rut. Such negative thinking can lead to depression and difficulties communication this weekly horoscope. Harsh or critical words can then lead to relationships problems such as coldness, isolation or rejection.
1:57 pm – Jupiter square Neptune brings a test of your faith due to an embarrassing loss of face or some disappointment. You may have been too trusting or over idealized a romantic interest. It is important to cut your losses as soon as the reality of the situation shatters your illusion. This is a really bad time for being overly optimistic. You may feel trusting and generous but the risk of delusion and deception is too great to risk your resources.

–Astrology King

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Up-Coming Astrology Events for the States

Which USA Horoscope to use has often been a hotly debated topic on astrology forums, and seen a few guys banned around the place. There are many dates and times to choose from but there is one US horoscope which is gets the most attention.

The Sibly chart is the most commonly used by professional astrologers and for good reason. Ebenezer Sibly was an English astrologer and Freemason who had inside information about the Declaration on Independence, which occurred on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He used the time of 5:10 pm for the USA horoscope. In The Book of World Horoscopes, Nicholas Campion mentions the Sibly chart on page 365:

“it is therefore THE horoscope which signifies independence”

Proving the USA Horoscope
The very best way I have found to see if a national horoscope is accurate, is to test it against the country’s first atomic test. As always, I use precession correction for transits to get the best results. The Trinity Test occurred on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, at 5:29:21 am. Below are the transits to the Sibly USA horoscope for that explosion. They prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the most accurate USA astrology chart is the Sibly chart.

North Node conjunct Jupiter 0°46′
Pluto conjunct North Node 0°24′
Neptune conjunct MC 0°30′
Uranus conjunct DC 0°52′
Saturn conjunct Sun 0°04′
Jupiter conjunct Lilith 0°57′
Part of Fortune conjunct Chiron 0°22′

The Battle of Antietam
The Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 near Sharpsburg, Maryland was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. The following are transits (conjunctions only) from the battle horoscope to the USA Horoscope (Sibly):

Solar Eclipse conjunct Venus 0°00′
Quarter Moon conjunct Mars 0°27′
Neptune conjunct IC 0°26′
Uranus conjunct Mars 1°55′
Mercury conjunct Saturn 0°34′
Sun conjunct Neptune 0°38′
Moon conjunct Jupiter 0°51′
Ascendant conjunct Lilith 0°11′

The rising star in the USA Horoscope is Ras Algethi in constellation Hercules. Ebertin says: “Ras Algethi corresponds to boldness and a drive to gain power.” Robson says: “When rising it can mean a wise and clever man, but can also indicate an individual trained in various tricks, a liar who deceives with different kinds of plots.”

–Astrology King

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The Solar Almanac for Thursday, January 10

Sun Direction: 123.02° ESE↑
Sun Altitude: 5.76°
Sun Distance: 91.413 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:08 am↑ 117° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:56 pm↑ 243° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 47 minutes

–timeanddate.com

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The Lunar Almanac for Thursday, January 10

Moon Direction: 84.96° E↑
Moon Altitude: -26.67°
Moon Distance: 251797 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 20, 201911:16 pm
Next New Moon: Feb 4, 20193:03 pm
Next Moonrise: Today10:01 am

–timeanddate.com

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Moon Lore

You Have Heard About the Man in the Moon, Ever Heard About the Woman in the Moon?

A touching tradition is handed down by Berthold that the moon is Mary Magdalene, and the spots her tears of repentance. 63 Fontenelle, the French poet and philosopher, saw a woman in the moon’s changes. “Everything,” he says, “is in perpetual motion; even including a certain young lady in the moon, who was seen with a telescope about forty years ago, everything has considerably aged. She had a pretty good face, but her cheeks are now sunken, her nose is lengthened, her forehead and chin are now prominent to such an extent, that all her charms have vanished, and I fear for her days.” “What are you relating to me now?” interrupted the marchioness. “This is no jest,” replied Fontenelle. “Astronomers perceived in the moon a particular figure which had the aspect of a woman’s head, which came forth from between the rocks, and then occurred some changes in this region. Some pieces of mountain fell, and disclosed three points which could only serve to compose a forehead, a nose, and an old woman’s chin.” 64 Doubtless the face and the disfigurements were fictions of the author’s lively imagination, and his words savour less of science than of satire; but Fontenelle was neither the first nor the last of those to whom “the inconstant moon that monthly changes” has been an impersonation of the fickle and the feminine.

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The Sky This Week for January 10 to 13

By Michael E. Bakich

Thursday, January 10

Mars lies in the constellation Pisces the Fish near that constellation’s border with another watery figure, Cetus the Whale. The Red Planet has faded since last year’s brilliance, but still glows with a magnitude of 0.6, much brighter than any of the stars that surround it. Unfortunately, this is the best Mars will look this year. It will continue to fade in brightness and won’t be this bright again until April 2020.

Friday, January 11

Have you ever seen the constellation Leo Minor the Lion Cub? If you answered, “No,” tonight could be your night. You can look for it around midnight local time. Don’t try before that because the Moon will still be in the sky. Unfortunately, Leo Minor is so faint that you’ll have to find two other celestial signposts — the Big Dipper and Leo the Lion — and work from them. The Big Dipper will lie high in the northeast and Leo low in the east. Draw a 45°-long line from Merak (Beta [β] Ursae Majoris), which is the Dipper’s Pointer star at the bottom of the cup, to Regulus (Alpha [α] Leonis), Leo’s brightest star. Leo Minor lies at the exact midpoint of that line. When you do locate its position, you might question the imaginations of early stargazers who drew a lion cub out of these faint stars. The constellation’s brightest star is 46 Leonis Minoris, which shines at magnitude 3.8. (The constellation doesn’t have a star labeled Alpha.) Beta Leonis Minoris is a bit fainter at magnitude 4.2.

Saturday, January 12

The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness this morning at 2:11 a.m. EDT. If you start watching the star a few hours after the sky darkens Friday evening, you can see Algol dim by 70 percent over the course of about 5 hours. (Astronomers would say its brightness drops from magnitude 2.1 to 3.4.) This eclipsing binary runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol stands one-third of the way up in the northwest and sets about an hour after it reaches minimum brightness.

Sunday, January 13

The Winter Triangle shines in the southeast as darkness falls. This triplet of stars is an example of an asterism — a recognizable star pattern that’s not one of the official constellations. The most famous asterism is the Big Dipper, seven bright stars within the constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear. But asterisms also can incorporate stars from different constellations. The Winter Triangle, for example, uses the brightest stars from three of this season’s heavenly figures. The brightest of the three luminaries — and, indeed, the brightest of all the nighttime stars — is Sirius, which marks the head (or perhaps a jewel on the collar) of Canis Major the Great Dog. To Sirius’ upper left is Procyon, the sky’s eighth-brightest star and number one in Canis Minor the Small Dog. And at the westernmost tip of the Winter Triangle lies copper-hued Betelgeuse, the sky’s 10th-brightest star and the one marking the right shoulder of Orion the Hunter.

–The Astronomy Magazine

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Moon Phase Calendar

Thursday – 10th January 2019

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent

The Moon is Currently in the Sign of Pisces

Moon in Pisces:
Moon in Pisces has the greatest sensitivity and perceptiveness of surroundings. You can experience feelings of insecurity, be passive and only wait and see what happens in your life.

If you engage in creative or spiritual search, you will benefit from great imagination of Pisces.

Organs influenced by Pisces Moon Sign:
Organs: Feet, toes, hypophysis, pineal gland, endorphin, melatonin.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:
Surgical operations are not recommended during the Waxing Moon.

Today is Thursday, January 10

Thursday is the day of the planet Jupiter, dedicated to Thunor(Thor), God of thunder and agricultural work. His parallels in various European traditions are Zeus, Taranis, Perun, Perkunas and St. Olaf. The faith of the Northern Tradition holds Thursday sacred, just as Islam reveres Friday, Judaism the Sabbath(calculated from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday), and Christianity, Sunday. This is why almost all adages about Thursday are positive, such as “Thursday’s child has far to go,” “Sneeze on Thursday, something better,” or “Cut nails on Thursday for wealth.” Thursday rules controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being and material success.

Deity: Thor

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn/Pisces/Sagittarius

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Oak

Herb: Henbane

Stone: Turquoise/Bloodstone/Topaz

Animal: Fish/Goat/Aurochs

Element: Fire

Color: Brown/White/Orange

Number: 3

Rune: Thorn

Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) (December 24 – January 20)

The Runic Half Month of Eoh (December 28 – January 12)

Goddess of the Month of Freya

—The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

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The Goddess Book of Days for Thursday, January 10

Originally a day of Freya, Norse Mother Goddess. (Freya is also Hathor, Cybele, Hera, Juno, Erzulie, Rhiannon, Rhea, Inanna, Eartha,Mawu, Gaia, Aida Wedo, Spider Woman, Ops).

Goddesses Associated With Thursday, The Day of Thor

Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mbaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar

–The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

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~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~

Days 10-12 Ruled by Hera, Queen of Heaven and creatrix, representing the power of inspiration
Days 13-15 Demeter, the nurturer, rules these
Days 16-18 Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess
Days 19-21 Hestia, Goddess of Waning Moon, is the matriarchal grandmother, ruling and protecting her family
Days 22-24 Ruled by Medusa, the crone of death and spiritual release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin
Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.

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On Thursday, January 10, We Celebrate….

League of Nations Day (United States)
IRENE

Themes: Peace; Cooperation, Reconciliation

Symbols: A Peace Sign; White; Gates and Entryways

About Jrene: Look to this Greek goddess of peace to get the year off harmoniously with your neighbor and with all those you meet. Irene is Zeus’s daughter and one of three Horae who together preside over matters of peace, order, and justice. They guarded the gates of Mount Olympus to ensure that all who passed had good-intentioned hearts. Offerings to Irene were always bloodless, in honor of her amicable energy.

To Do Today: In 1920, the League of Nations was founded on this date to encourage harmony between nations. To commemorate this and honor Irene, extend the hand of truce to someone with whom you’ve been bickering. Let the energy of this day pour through you to begin healing that situation.

Peace is something that really begins in our own backyards. To generate harmony at home and in your heart, make this simple Irene charm. On a piece of white paper draw a peace sign. Fold this three times, saying,

Order—never cease, justice—release, let there be peace.

Put this somewhere safe in your home so Irene’s gentle warmth can fill your words and actions all year. Better still, make two charms and carry one with you to keep the peace in all your interactions! Wear a white piece of clothing today as a reminder to approach life with peaceful intentions, words, and actions.

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

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The Magick of Thursday

Planet Ruled: Jupiter

Colors: Blue, purple, green

Crystals: Turquoise, Amethyst, Lapis

Deities: Jupiter, Juno

Magickal Intent: Abundance, protection, prosperity, strength, wealth, healing, male fertility, ambition, expansion

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Thursday’s Witchery

Today is the day for prosperity work of all kinds. It can also be used for healing work, whether that is a physical healing of an illness or an emotional healing. Also remember that you have to follow up your healing work and prosperity magick and physical action.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have met new witches who complain to me that their prosperity spell or “I need a better job” spell did not work as they expected. They’ll ramble on and on about how much time and money they spent working their magick….but, alas, they had no glorious manifestion of wealth or fabulous job that suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed in their laps.

Then, when I gently ask them, “Did you enchant your resume or application when you filled it out? Did you do a little confidence-boosting spellwork when you went to apply for the job or went to the interview?” typically they give me a blank, confused stare.

Nine times out of ten, their response is, “You mean I have to go out and actually look for the job too?” Um, yes, my dear, you certainly do. Magick follows the path of least resistance, which means it’s going to manifest along the simplest, quickest route. Get out there and hit the pavement. See what you can find. Times are tough and competition for good jobs is fierce, so you need whatever edge you can get. For folks like us, we’re going to get the edge by using our magick and our spellcraft.

Thursdays have such a rich source of magick for us to draw upon that, honestly, the sky is the limit. This is the day associated with the gods of the sky and heavens, after all. Get to know these deities and add their wisdom and magick into your days

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

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The Witches Almanac for Thursday, January 10

Feast of St. Leonie Aviat

Waxing Moon

Moon phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Pisces

Incense: Carnation

Color: Purple

–Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac
Charlie Rainbow Wolf

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MoonTip: Charging Tools with Lunar Energy

Of the many methods for infusing your ritual tools and spell ingredients with magical energy, charging them under the light of the Moon is one of the simplest and most effective.

Moonlight is known to have both cleansing and charging properties, so you don’t have to worry about clearing the old energy from your items as a separate step.

For best results, leave your tools out overnight under the Full Moon, or at least in a windowsill where they will receive direct moonlight.

Lunar energy is particularly suited to charging crystals and other mineral stones—particularly those associated with intuitive and psychic abilities. You can really see and feel the effect of the Moon on your crystals the next day—they’ll be shiny and new and feel great in your hand!

–Wicca Moon Magic: A Wiccan’s Guide and Grimoire for Working Magic with Lunar Energies
Lisa Chamberlain

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The Witches Correspondences for Thursday

Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. his parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.

Element : Water / Fire

Planet: Jupiter

Zodiac Sign : Sagittarrius / Pisces

Angel : Sachiel

Metal : Tin

Incense / Perfumes : Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg and Sage

Oils : Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Color : Blue, Purple, Green

Stones : Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Turquoise, Sapphire

Plants/Herbs : Agrimony, Anise, Beech, Buttercup, Cedar, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Coltsfoot, Dandelion, Honeysuckle, Hyssop, Linden, Mint, Nutmeg, Oak, Sage

Magick to Work: prosperity, business, buying, selling, abundance, business, fame, gambling, greed, growth, expansion, honor, leadership, money, parties, politics, power, responsibility, royalty, success, visions, wealth, political power, influencing people in high places, law, courts

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The Witches Magick for Thursday, January 10 – Juno’s Prosperity Elemental Ritual

This spell calls for some natural magick supplies. Try working with affordable tumbled malachite stones. As for the wheat stalks, look at the dried flowers and fillers in the arts and crafts shops. Ditto for the feather, or peruse a fly-tying store; you can usually pick up a package of feathers for a few bucks. As to the green seven-day candle, if you look around, you can find green jar candles. I actually found some at the grocery store for a dollar apiece. They were in the ethnic food aisle and were called novena candles. I simply peeled the saint sticker off of it, and abracadabra! An instant seven-day candle for my witchery.

As mentioned before, all of these magickal supplies listed below correspond with the goddess Juno in two of her prosperity-drawing aspects, Juno Augusta (the harvest mother) and Juno Moneta (patron of the Roman mint).

1 malachite stone (to represent the earth element)

A few peacock feathers (to represent the element of air)

3 small stalks dried wheat

1 green seven-day jar candle for prosperity

3 drops honeysuckle, peppermint, or clove oil (all of these oils encourage prosperity)

A clean dropper (to add the oil to the candle)

A long, thin screwdriver (to put holes in the candle)

A dollar bill or coin

Matches or a lighter

A safe, flat surface on which to set up the spell

Carefully and slowly push the screwdriver straight down into the wax. Now pull it straight back up. Add two more holes for the essential oil. Now set the screwdriver aside; using the dropper, squirt a few drops of honeysuckle oil down into those channel that you just created.

Next, hold the green jar candle in your hands and transfer a little of your personal power and desire for prosperity into the candle. Then place the candle on your work area on top of the currency. Arrange the stone, wheat stalks, and feathers to your liking. Make your work area pretty, and enjoy the process. While you are doing so, you may chant the following (the chanting will help you raise some energy too):

By the power of three times three
Bring prosperity now to me!

When you feel that you are ready, light the candle and repeat the following verse three times:

Juno Moneta, Roman goddess of prosperity
Lend your power to this elemental spell that I weave
Juno Augusta, mother of the harvest, hear my plea
These three golden stalks of wheat are a gift to you from me
A peacock feather for air, and a malachite for earth
Lady, bless me with success, abundance, and rebirth
For the good of all, with harm to none
In Juno’s name, this spell has begun!

Allow the candle to burn until it goes out on its own. It will probably take five to seven days for the jar candle to burn out. When I burn seven-day candles, I tuck them inside of my large cast-iron cauldron, then I place the spell components around the outside of the jar. That way, the candle can continue to safely burn, and even if it gets knocked over, everything stays contained inside of the fireproof cauldron.

Once the jar candle is finished, pocket the malachite stone and the bill or coin. Keep the money with you, tucked in your wallet or in your pocket. Tie up the feathers somewhere where prominent where you will see them every day, like the rearview mirror of your car, your dresser mirror, or a chest of drawers’ handle. Every time you see the feather, tell Juno thank you. Take the dried wheat and crumble the pieces apart. Sprinkle the seeds outside as an offering for Juno. Abundance and prosperity will find their way to you soon.

Please note: If you cannot leave the ritual candle safely burning then snuff it out when you leave and relight it as soon as you are home. It may take a few days longer, but the magick will still turn out, especially since you are taking the time and energy to tend the ritual candle so carefully. As you relight the candle, say:

As this ritual candle relights, so does my magick one more ignite.

Enjoy your ritual work, and may prosperity come to you in the best possible way!

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

Spirit Message of the Day – Divine Jubilation & Remembrance

A SYSTEM THAT WORKS

“Imagine it. Move towards it. Has to happen. It always works.”

“And then, all of a sudden…you’re on top of the world, an overnight sensation, the cause of intergalactic jubilation. What seemed like unending preparation has now culminated in your delivery. You can do no wrong; your vision is clear; your mission divinely inspired. Smiles, laughter, and accolades surround you. Friends, family, and loved ones salute you. The time is right, the place chosen, and the ultimate test is about to begin. You’re ready.”

“As if struck by lightning, the scene instantly changes. The next thing you know you’re a wee little babe and all the festivities become a distant blur. The images and vibrations of ‘the party to end all parties’ rapidly fade away, while the songs and laughter still ringing in your ears are replaced with harsh voices and loud speakers. Strangers surround you, and what you had felt as an indescribable lightness of being has been replaced with gravity.”

“Nothing, absolutely No Thing, could be worth this. There has to be a mistake. Something must have gone wrong. In total shock and broken-hearted, alone and frightened, you hear a calm voice rising above the ruckus. Warm hands are now drawing you through the air, holding you safely. As the motion gently stops, you hear words that cause every cell of your body to ring with vitality, recalling the preparations that made this all possible; confirming the clarity of your earlier convictions; reminding you of countless agreements, treaties, and rendezvous plans; and instilling within your heart a vision of the perfection, love, and purpose you were born of.”

“‘My dearest, welcome to the world. We’ve been waiting for this day such a long, lo-o-ong time’. Then without logic or rationale you think your reply, in words as alien to you as the artificial light in your room, ‘Me too’. And while this experience passes swiftly and you quickly forget all the calm voice evoked, it imparted a confidence that will never again leave you and a remembrance that all is well, that everything is going to be forever OK, and that you are here because it’s where you most wanted to be, in a world that most wanted to have you.”

Today’s message is from Mike Dooley’s Choose Them Wisely – Thoughts Become Things! book.
Published on SpiritBlogger’s Blog

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for Thursday, January 10th

A blessing for your shoes, to take you on a positive path every day.

Single shoe, pair of shoes, heels or flats,
Choose the path of happiness wherever I’m at.
Walk me through difficulties, never lead me astray,
All things negative will be kept at bay.

Bless your shoes as you put them on, repeating once for each shoe. And for extra measure once again after you have both of them on.

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days
Garden Summerland

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Witch Tip #113 For January 10

If you’re a Witch who enjoys wearing makeup, consider charging your foundations, liners, and powders. Not only can makeup be used as a sort of confidence-boosting armor, but you can also carry around positive energy right on your face!

–Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

 

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