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The Witches Digest for Monday, October 16th (Part 1, Astronomy)

 

The Witches Digest for Monday, October 16th

(Part 1, Astronomy)

 

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, October 16th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 104.62° ESE
Sun Altitude: 4.30°
Sun Distance: 92.658 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:03 am↑ 101° East
Sunset Today: 6:15 pm↑ 259° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 12 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 116.91° ESE
Moon Altitude: 41.63°
Moon Distance: 237607 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 19, 20172:12 pm
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next Moonset: Today4:54 pm
Moon Illumination: 11.4%
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Oct 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astronomy for Monday, October 16th

The Moon is in Virgo.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 12th, and the New Moon will occur on the 19th.

Moon in Virgo

We instinctively gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In order to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.

The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.

The Sky This Week for October 16 to 22

A meteor shower, a well-known fall constellation, and more will appear in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, October 16

The night sky’s most conspicuous harbinger of winter now rises in the east before midnight local daylight time. The constellation Orion the Hunter appears on its side as it rises, with ruddy Betelgeuse to the left of the three-star belt and blue-white Rigel to the belt’s right. As Orion climbs higher before dawn, the figure rotates so that Betelgeuse lies at the upper left and Rigel at the lower right of the constellation pattern.

Tuesday, October 17

The predawn sky sparkles with activity this morning as a waning crescent Moon joins brilliant Venus and ruddy Mars. The Moon appears 5 percent lit and lies just 2° to Mars’ left. Venus appears 6° below the other two. The best views come 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise, when the trio stands out against the morning twilight. Most binoculars will capture all three in a single field of view.

Wednesday, October 18

Venus appears 0.2° north of the 4th-magnitude star Eta (η) Virginis this morning. At magnitude –3.9, the planet shines more than a thousand times brighter than the star.

Mars passes 0.5° north of the 4th-magnitude star Beta (β) Virginis this morning. At magnitude 1.8, the Red Planet appears about five times brighter than the star.

Thursday, October 19

Uranus reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight. Opposition officially arrives at 2 p.m. EDT, when the outer planet lies opposite the Sun in our sky. This means it rises at sunset, climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time, and sets at sunrise. (From 40° north latitude, Uranus peaks at an altitude of 60°, the highest it has appeared at opposition since February 1963.) The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in southeastern Pisces, 1.8° west-northwest of magnitude 4.3 Omicron (ο) Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, use binoculars to locate it initially. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.

New Moon occurs at 3:12 p.m. EDT. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Friday, October 20

With the Moon now gone from the predawn sky, the rest of this week offers an excellent opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, early autumn is the best time of year to observe this elusive glow before sunrise. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for the cone-shaped glow, which points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon, shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5:45 a.m. local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until November 3, when its bright light will return and overwhelm the much fainter zodiacal light.

Saturday, October 21

If you’re out enjoying the predawn darkness, you’ll likely see a number of bright streaks peppering the sky. These are Orionid meteors, which belong to an annual shower that peaks before dawn. Observers under a dark sky could see up to 20 meteors per hour shortly before twilight begins, when the constellation Orion the Hunter climbs highest in the south. (The meteors appear to radiate from a point in northern Orion.) With the Moon absent from the morning sky, viewing conditions could hardly be better this year.

Sunday, October 22

Look high in the east after darkness falls this week, and you should see autumn’s most conspicuous star group. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year, though it appears balanced on one corner and looks more diamond-shaped. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that form the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.

Venus appears 1.3° southwest of the 3rd-magnitude star Gamma (γ) Virginis this morning.

Source

Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Moon Phase for Monday, October 16th

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 11%

The 26 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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

Phase Details for – Monday, October 16, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 11%
Moon Age: 26.28 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 378,695.14 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,092,714.11 km

Source

MoonGiant.com

Moon Diary

Something Old, Something New.

Jane Lyle, Author
From The Astrology Room

The New Moon in Virgo, 27 degrees, 20th September 2017

Restless, inventive, and mad as a spoon, September’s new Moon in Virgo offers fresh – sometimes startling – insights into current situations.

A new Moon is always a time for fresh starts. In Virgo, those might be about well-being, organisation, routines, or even how we take care of our beloved pets. This new Moon encourages us to think about how all our little everyday rituals add up to influence our experience of daily life.

Disruptive Uranus, planet of change, connects with the Moon, bringing unusual ideas and unexpected feelings to the surface. The Moon with Uranus represents unconventional families, challenges our assumptions about emotional relationships, and favours innovative swerves and intuitive light-bulb moments.

None of these gifts come easily – we’ll need to experiment to find ways to balance things. Throwing out everything old and traditional isn’t necessarily a wise thing to do right now, but stubbornly refusing to try something new isn’t very helpful either. It’s an ongoing conversation with plenty of Virgo details and analysis during the month ahead.

Whatever family means to us is emphasised by dwarf planet Ceres in the watery and caring sign of Cancer, making a dynamic aspect with the new Moon.

Ceres in the Moon’s own sign makes a powerful statement about nourishment of mind, body, and spirit. Eating well is a big theme here, and maybe Ceres points towards the love and pleasure of food while challenging more rigid ideas about whether food is ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’. It’s time for a fresh look at food rituals and routines.

Chiron in Pisces chips in here too, opposing the Sun and Moon and calling attention to that Virgo-Pisces service and sacrifice theme. The victims of unthinking conventions or outdated ideas can benefit from considering radical new solutions and embracing some imaginative problem solving.

If we can work with this new Moon, some exciting changes to daily life can be seeded during September. Stunning insights are there for us, we just have ask ‘why not?’ and see where that might take us.

 

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Good Saturday Morning, dear brothers & sisters of the Craft!  In case you are wondering, we are working on the store today. Adding some new merchandise, taking down what has sold out. Oh, I should mention, we have a whole new line of robes in. What’s special about these robes? They are custom made to your size. You heard right. It takes a little longer to get them but you will have a robe that fits you perfectly. I know what you are thinking, custom-made to fit, must cost an arm and a leg, right? WRONG! These robes are extremely affordable and are on the site right now. So check them out! Oh, and if you decide to order one, please include your size in the comment section of PayPal. After that we will be drumming up some business on Pinterest.

After all that, our day should be finished and we will see you tomorrow…..

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Magickal Necessities

The Witches Digest for Friday, October 13th, Part 3 – Horoscopes & Divination

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, October 13th

Part 3 – Horoscopes & Divination

 

This Weekend’s Love Horoscope: Love Is Grand

Your love horoscope for the weekend of October 13-15, 2017


You’re wearing your heart on your sleeve this weekend! The Moon moves into brave and passionate Leo on Friday, leaving you feeling extra lovey-dovey and eager to share your feelings with your partner or crush. But don’t let attention-seeking Leo, with its flare for drama, get the best of you if those feelings aren’t immediately reciprocated.

The big news, though, happens Saturday when Venus moves into Libra, the sign of partnership. Venus rules Libra, so she feels happy, easy, and right at home here. Venus in Libra makes it easy to cooperate and helps keep things light and loving. Thanks to Libra’s great appreciation for beauty and the arts, Saturday is a great day to go on a date to the movies, a concert, or an art gallery … with a partner, of course!

The only speed bump happens Sunday when Mercury bumps heads with Uranus, causing your thoughts to race and making it all too easy to jump to conclusions. You might have radical new ideas about where you want your relationship to go, or maybe you’ll notice something about your partner or crush that irritates you. Refrain from blurting out hurtful, judgmental, or assumptive comments. It’s been such a lovely weekend! Don’t end it with an argument.

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Intimacy Issues of Each Zodiac Sign

Astrology can help you overcome intimacy issues in love


Intimacy can be challenging. It’s not easy feeling exposed and vulnerable to those you love and trust — much less to someone you’re newly dating.

Relationships bring up our deepest anxieties, which we express in different ways. Some signs, such as Sagittarius and Aquarius, fear they’ll lose their independence, so they hold people at arm’s length. Others, like Cancer and Scorpio, crave commitment and may come off as too needy.

Learning how to create true intimacy is what life’s all about. What issues might stand in your way? Find out with a Love Celtic Cross Tarot reading and look up the intimacy horoscope for your sign below.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You’re determined to do things your own way, Aries. That spark of sovereignty within you is strong, and you fear losing it in relationships. Because you can take care of things so well on your own, you may shy away from letting others know how much you need them. Practicing the art of give-and-take is the key to maintaining your independence and also letting others in deeply. Also, take care you don’t demand too much, too soon.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You know once you make a commitment, Taurus, it’s for good. That’s why you take your time choosing the right person. Once locked in, however, you want things to stay the same forever and stubbornly resist change. Fear of leaving your comfortable rut is your single greatest barrier to intimacy — a condition that thrives on constant growth. You need to trust that change is good, and embrace it with open arms before love can flourish.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You tend to flit around a lot, Gemini, never staying put long enough to establish deeply-rooted ties. The fear of becoming bored or being hemmed in tends to keep you on the surface of things, never investing enough of yourself to feel committed. And, there’s that secret fear that your partner might discover the “dark twin” you try so hard to hide. Yet letting someone in shines the light of love into the darkness — leading to true intimacy.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You fear exposing your soft underbelly, Cancer. Since your emotions are so close to the surface, it happens more often than you’d like. Once exposed, you’re at your loved one’s mercy. Because you’re more comfortable nurturing others than receiving loving care, being willing to fall apart, cry or be vulnerable is actually good for you. And, your willingness to reveal yourself makes intimacy with others much more rewarding.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

You have a hard time relinquishing control, Leo. And, your desire to be the one in charge can keep others at a distance. Because you seem so capable, they may be content to let you run the show. Don’t fall prey to this trap, though — sharing power in a relationship is the key to intimacy. As you reveal areas in which you’re not as competent, you let others know the true you. Your quick temper can also ward people off, so practice patience.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

A feeling of unworthiness is at the root of your intimacy issues, Virgo. You fear that if you reveal your imperfections, others will run away. Yet no one holds you to the impossibly high standards you set for yourself. In fact, they’d rather you come out and play instead of always worrying and care-taking them. Don’t let your sharp mind and analytical abilities dominate your feelings, where the magic of intimacy lies.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

You work hard at making things beautiful and harmonious, Libra. Therefore, you may tend to sweep relationship issues under the rug where they fester and create distance between you. Intimacy is about being real, not pretending things are ideal when they’re not. Also, your agile mind is skilled at figuring out feelings without ever feeling them. Getting into the messy realm of emotions scares you, but it’s the key to intimacy.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

People sometimes feel threatened by you, Scorpio, which can be an obstacle to closeness. It’s not that you avoid intimacy; you thrive on delving deeply into feelings and confronting issues. It’s just that your intensity and blunt honesty can be too much for others. And, they may feel you want too much. On the other hand, you may hide your deepest feelings, afraid that if you open up you’ll be betrayed. You need to learn to trust more.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Yours is the sign of the eternal bachelor, Sagittarius. Footloose and fancy-free, you fiercely guard your freedom and often turn tail and run when people get too close. Your biggest obstacle to intimacy is considering commitment a trap, associated with the boring and humdrum. The solution is to find a partner who’ll give you a long leash — but in return, you’ll have to promise to stick around for the tedious parts.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You want to be seen as the strong one, Capricorn. Capable, sure, even stoic, you shy away from the realm of emotions and are loathe to let your vulnerabilities show. Others end up leaning on you, but what happens when you need help? You need to learn how to let others past your defenses and love you. Once you shatter the illusion that you’re invulnerable, then caring becomes a two-way-street and true intimacy is yours.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Like Mr. Spock from Star Trek, your sign prefers logic to feelings. You’re seen as self-contained, even chilly, and have trouble expressing what’s in your heart. Because you possess a brighter, quicker mind than most, you think it ought to serve all your needs. You fear losing your freedom if you let others in. Yet to avoid the fate of loneliness, you need to open up and explore the territory of the heart.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Your biggest obstacle to intimacy, Pisces, is a lack of self-knowledge. You’re such a chameleon, skilled at being all things to all people, that you may not know what you really want. As you spend some time alone, apart from others’ needs and feelings, you’ll create better boundaries and lose the need to rescue those you love or let them take advantage of you. You’ll also find that place of strength that fosters true intimacy.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, October 13th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You and I both know you’ve said some things you regret. We also know you can’t change the past. What you can do from today though, is prove to those concerned that you’ve learnt from all that occurred.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
It’s time to decide how you want your day to day life to be and who should be your priority. Too many eyes were on you, but today gives you the privacy to explore your true feelings.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
If you love life then life will love you back. Forcing an issue which has not felt right from the outset can only lead you to heartache and disappointment. An old ambition is given the chance to re surface.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You find fresh inspiration and motivation from new faces who enter your life and show you a better way to do things. Your element of water brings out your need to make peace with someone from your past.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Family have not been easy to understand, or make sense of lately. Why not back off and let them have time to work through the issues they are going through? Doing so will ensure you are not placed with any blame.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Careful you don’t end up losing respect for those who have been taking but not giving anything to you lately. It would be far better for you to grant those around you independence so they have the chance to learn to fly.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
If you play games in love, then you are going to get your fingers burnt. Stop trying to push for answers which close ones are not yet ready to give. Filling in paperwork early can make and save you money.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
You are such a good judge of people, but lately you have found it hard to trust your own opinion. In fact, you’ve chosen to rely on others instead. Taking chances on your own instincts today can see miracles occur.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Be open to new opinions today. It can make all the difference as to whether you live life or simply exist in the days and weeks ahead. The need to make peace with a family member could see you eating humble pie.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Don’t push away those you love just to get a reaction. They may not be as easy to get back on side as you think. Study and research you do this week can and will give you the edge on the competition.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
You’ve had so much to juggle lately, but you should be proud of what a good job you’ve been doing. Now is the time to let yourself relax a little and to enjoy the benefits of your hard work, starting with some ‘me’ time.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
You don’t really know if you have funds to spare, or if you need to be saving and working to a budget. If you don’t know, then find out Pisces. It’s the key to you looking and feeling in control of your life.

 

If You Were Born Today, October 13th

You have a sharp mind and a great love of debate, justice, and the law. Always seeking answers and balance, you are inquisitive and not afraid to express contrary opinions, yet you do so in a rather tactful manner. You are both practical and responsible. Not afraid of hard work, you can be quite successful in your career, although you need a strong sense that you are moving forward in order to feel motivated. If you are expressing a tendency to scatter your energies, it’s a sure sign that you are lacking this kind of motivation. With your quiet demeanor, it might surprise people who don’t know you well that you possess strong convictions.

Famous people born today: Chris Carter, Paul Simon, Margaret Thatcher, Sammy Hagar, Marie Osmond, Jerry Rice, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lenny Bruce.

Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, October 14th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You may think that your close ones are not supporting you, but in actual fact they are working behind the scenes. Try not to make accusations you have no proof of.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
You still seem to be reeling from some news you recently heard. You’re trying to work out what needs to be done to make you feel more in control. Continuing with your own dreams is the first step.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Do you need these changes you’re asking for? Or are you simply trying to show close ones that you have control. Try to work on keeping a happy medium for all over the coming days. Teamwork promises loyalty.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
The opinions of others have been holding you back from admitting what and who really makes you happy. Remember that you are the one who has to live with the decisions you make.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Don’t listen to advice or gossip from those who you know only have half the story. Good luck awaits you financially, especially if you’re willing to sign up for a long term and not just a short term commitment.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Promises could well be broken, as many of the signs are not capable of giving the commitments they offer. This is not their fault, it’s the stars bringing out the nostalgic and dramatic side of our natures.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
A situation which you have been growing tired of for some time simply vanishes from your life and you start to realise with relief that it only ever was a temporary thing rather than a permanent way of life.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
There is so much you need to think about at the moment that your head must be spinning Scorpio. Knowing who you don’t want in your life is a good place to begin. Ring now to hear why it’s worth meeting up socially with old work contacts.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone and as you’re a fire sign, that’s going to be a very dramatic starting point. Exams and tests upcoming can prove really successful, if you organise your time and don’t allow others to do it for you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
You thought life was falling apart, but actually it was just falling into place. Buying and selling go well at this time. It would be worth your while holding out for the real deal.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
A better day to day life is slowly but surely evolving and this has much to do with the fact that you have finally found your voice. Friends could become something more for some of your sign, much to the surprise of all around.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
I know you lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the month, but now at last I see it’s coming back. I also see that you’ve learnt who not to listen to. Look your best tonight. You’ll be seeing someone you’ll want to impress.

 

 

Daily Tarot Card for the Day

The Lovers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: choice, decision, love, communication, inspiration (ideas from above)!

Astrological Correspondence: Gemini

The Lovers card is representative not only of crucial life choices, but also of lovers, couples, and other partnerships, like business partners, siblings, and friends. The angel between a woman and a man, depicted on this card, symbolizes the struggle of deciding to follow one’s heart versus one’s temptation or obligation. The Lovers card symbolizes the choices that must be made to progress toward higher self-awareness; choices also reflect emotional values, indecisiveness, hesitation, and our fears about making wrong choices. This applies not only to love relationships – it is applicable to any relationship in which people are drawn together, even a casual one. It’s the card of uncertainty!

 

Daily Love Tarot for the Day

The Emperor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Emperor card has selected you to let you know that you sow seeds of better things and more fulfilling times ahead. Give yourself permission to reach out for more, especially if you are dissatisfied. You create a solid foundation, built on a sense of higher purpose. If your current relationship suffers from stress, today let tender actions reveal what you may be unable to put into words. Rebuild, from the ground up.

 

Your Daily Erotic Tarot

The Judgement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Judgement card indicates that you’ve had some sexual hang-ups in the past, but you’re working toward getting over them. This is a period of transition, and although you’re doing the work, you may not be getting the exact results you desire. Forgive yourself for past missteps in order to take a sexual step forward today. Being afraid to express your true erotic self can even effect other areas of your life, so getting beyond your sexual inhibitions translates into a happier overall existence.

 

Your Daily Rune for Today

Hagalaz

“Hag-all-az” – Literally: “Hail” or “Hailstone” – Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change

Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable

Psi: disruption, change, personal past

Energy:
power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos

Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter

Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony; or catastrophe, crisis, stagnation, loss of power, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.

Governs:
Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage’

 

Your Influences for the Weekend of October 13th

 

Tarot Influence

Six of Coins

Material gain, charity and justice are at the forefront. That which is earned will be given.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Gemini Reversed

Gemini reversed denotes vacillation. Decisions are not made, because all side of the issue pull with the same strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air

Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Animal Spirit for Today
September 11, 2017

Frog

Frog Rivet! Something in your life needs cleansing, and frog is here to help. Frog is traditionally associated with rain—that powerful force of Nature that can flood, nurture, heal, or drown. If Frog appears in your reading, you’re being asked to examine what is stagnating in your life—then ask Frog to help you let it go. Need to cry? Jump in the shower and let Frog Medicine do its work.

 

 

 

The Words of Confucius

 

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

 

A Little Humor for Your Day

The Plan


Does any of this sound familiar around here ???

  • In the beginning there was the Plan.
  • The plan was based on a set of Assumptions.
  • And the Assumptions were without substance.
  • And thus the Plan could not be sustained.
  • And therefore darkness was upon the face of the Workers who are charged with carrying out the plan.
  • And they spoke among themselves, saying, “This plan: It is a crock of sh*t, and it stinks of same.”
  • And the Workers went unto their Supervisors and said, “It is a pail of dung, and we cannot live with the smell.”
  • And the Supervisors went unto their Managers, saying, “It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it.”
  • And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying, “It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none are able to abide its strength.”
  • And the Directors spoke among themselves, saying to one another, “It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong.”
  • And the Directors went to the Vice Presidents, saying unto them, “It promotes growth, and it is very powerful.”
  • And the Vice Presidents went to the President, saying unto him, “This new plan will actively promote the growth and vigor of the company with very powerful effects.”
  • And the President looked upon the Plan and saw that it was good. And the Plan became Policy.

And this is how sh*t comes to happen.

–Author Unknown

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 Ethics of The Craft
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“An it harm none, do what ye will” is considered the main tenant of Wicca. It is similar to the Golden Rule, in that it mandates that you can do whatever you want, but only if you do not harm anything, anyone or yourself in the process. This belief constantly reminds us that there are many consequences to our actions and we must consider all possible outcomes before acting. The Wiccan Rede thereby binds Wiccans to do the right thing, for if we don’t, then the Law of Three applies: “Whatever you do will return to you threefold”.

The Belief in Light & Dark

Most Witches acknowledge that there is “light” and “dark” to the universe. This polarity (light vs. dark) is part of the natural order of things and is not necessarily “evil” or “bad”. What is considered to be “light” are those events or processes which are beneficial, such as the birth of a healthy baby. Whereas, things that are “dark” are events that might be harmful. As an example, death is “dark” but it is part of the natural process of life and is not feared by Witches, but natural and accepted.

Evil

Evil is different from “dark” when it is used to describe human actions. When a person commits a certain action for personal gain, or to serve a personal end, it is considered “evil”. If a volcano erupts and destroys a village, this process would be thought of as “dark” but there was no evil or malicious intent on the part of the volcano. However, when an individual commits murder, for instance, this individual set out to harm another person, therefore, their action can be described as “evil”. It is not only the act, but the malicious intent that differentiates “evil” from “dark”

Balance

Witches believe in a joyful balance of all human functions. This outlook is perfectly expressed in the Charge of the Goddess, which is an integral part of most of the rituals of all Witches, “Let My worship be within the heart that rejoices; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals, and therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.”

The Witch is always conscious that compassion must be partnered with power, humility with honor, and reverence with mirth. Love of life in all its forms, is the basic ethic of the Nature Religions. We are bound to honor and respect all living things and to serve the Life Force.

We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon, and the seasonal Quarters, and Cross Quarters.

We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment of life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called “supernatural,” but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, Inner Planes, etc. – and we see in the inter-action of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena, and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft.

Calling oneself “witch” does not make a witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that makes life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with nature.

We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

Till tomorrow, my sweets…..

 

 

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The Witches Digest for Friday, October 13th, Part 2 – The Witches Guide to Fridays

 

The Witches Digest for Friday, October 13th

Part 2, The Witches Guide for Fridays

Today Is Friday, October 13th

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 Gort(Ivy) – September 30 – October 27

Runic Half-Month of Wyn(joy) – October 13 – October 27

Goddess of the Month of Hathor – October 3 – October 30

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

Pagan Calendar for Friday, October 13th

Fontinalia was a Roman festival, that is, holy wells and springs, were venerated. Wyn litterally means joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The mystery of harmony within a disharmonious world is now manifest. Wyn stands for the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick


On Friday, October 13th, We Celebrate the God Anubis

Anubis

God of Embalming and Funerals

Anubis was the jackal-headed Egyptian god of death and embalming, and is said to be the son of Osiris by Nepthys, although in some legends his father is Set. It is the job of Anubis to weigh the souls of the dead, and determine whether they were worthy of admittance to the underworld. As part of his duties, he is the patron of lost souls and orphans.

History and Mythology

After Osiris was killed by Set, it was Anubis’ job to embalm the body and wrap it in bandages — thus making Osiris the first of the mummies.

Later, when Set attempted to attack and defile Osiris’ corpse, Anubis defended the body and helped Isis restore Osiris to life. In later periods, Osiris became the god of the underworld, and Anubis guides the deceased into his presence. In the pyramid texts, a passage reads, “Get thee onwards, Anubis, into Amenti, onwards, onwards to Osiris.”

Prayers to Anubis are found in many ancient sites in Egypt. Later on, along with Thoth, he was absorbed into the Greek Hermes, and was represented for a while as Hermanubis. As a protector of cemeteries, Egyptians believed Anubis watched over tombs from a high mountain. From this strategic vantage point, he could see anyone who might attempt to desecrate the graves of the deceased. He is often invoked as protection against those who would rob a tomb or commit evil acts in the necropolis.

According to our Ancient History Expery, NS Gill, “The cult of Anubis is very ancient, probably pre-dating that of Osiris.

In parts of Egypt, Anubis may have been more important than Osiris… As well as being ancient, the cult of Anubis lasted a long time, continuing into the second century A.D., and is a feature in the Golden Ass, written by the Roman author Apuleius.”

Author Geraldine Pinch says in Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of of Ancient Egypt, “The jackals and wild dogs who lived on the edge of the desert were carrion eaters who might dig up shallowly buried corpses.

To avert this horrible end for their dead, the early Egyptians tried to placate Anubis, “the dog who swallows millions.” Most of the epithets of Anubis link him with death and burial. He was “the one who is in the place of embalming,” “the Lord of the Sacred Land” [the desert cemeteries], and “the Foremost of the Westerners,” that is, the leader of the dead.”

Appearance of Anubis

Anubis is typically portrayed as half human, and half jackal or dog. The jackal has connections to funerals in Egypt – bodies which were not buried properly might be dug up and eaten by hungry, scavenging jackals. Anubis’ skin is almost always black in images, because of its association with the colors of rot and decay. Embalmed bodies tend to turn black as well, so the color is very appropriate for a funeral god.
Prayer to Anubis

Use this simple prayer to call upon Anubis during a ritual to honor your dead.

O, Anubis! Mighty Anubis!
[Name] has entered the gates to your realm,
And we ask that you deem him worthy.
His spirit is a brave one,
And his soul is an honorable one.
O, Anubis! Mighty Anubis!
As you take his measure,
And weigh his heart as he stands before you,
Know that he was loved by many,
And will be remembered by all.
Anubis, welcome [Name] and deem him worthy of entrance,
That he may walk through your realm,
And be under your protection for all eternity.
O, Anubis! Mighty Anubis!
Watch over [Name] as he bows before you.

Author

Patti Wigington
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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

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

 

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.

Source

Gypsy Magic

Friday’s Witchery

Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell.

Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes, while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.

Source

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

The Witches Almanac for Friday, October 13th

Fontinalia (Roman)

Waning Moon

Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign” Cancer

Moon enters Leo 2:41 am

Incense: Cypress

Color: Pink

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

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

 

Your Magickal Applications for Friday

Friday is named after the Norse goddesses of love, Freya and Frigga. There seems to be some debate as to whom the day is actually named after, so I thought I would share a little information so you can decide for yourself.

In Latin, this day is known as Dies Veneris, “Venus’s day.” In Greek, it’s Hermera Aphrodites, which translates to the “day of Aphrodite.” In Old English, this day is called Frige- daeg, or “Freya’s day.” This day has the Germanic title of Frije-dagaz, which, once again, could be Freya’s day or Frigga’s day.

Both Freya and Frigga were Norse goddesses of love and were the Teutonic equivalent of the Greco-Roman Venus/Aphrodite. However, Freya was one of the Vanir—the gods of fertility who supervised the land and sea—and she was the leader of the Valkyries. Frigga, Odin’s wife, was the goddess of the heavens and of married love. She was one of the Aesir—the gods associated with battle, magick and the sky. Freya and Frigga could be looked upon as different aspects of the same goddess. They both were called on to assist in childbirth and then in naming of the new baby. Frigga represented the faithful wife and loving mother, while Freya, who really captured the hearts and imagination of the Norse people, was the passionate mistress and lover.

Fridays classically are days for love, fertility, romance, and beauty magick, as well as working for happiness, harmony in the home, and friendship. So let’s take a look at some of the mythology involved with this loving, voluptuous, passionate, and luxurious day of the week, and see where it leads us.

Source

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

 

Friday the 13th and the Perfect Corresponding Spell

Prosperity Pouch

You will need the following items for this spell:
-5” by 5” cloth square ( do not use dark colors for the cloth it could have a negative affect)
– bowl to mix the herbs in
– string or yarn to tie the pouch with
– sage leaves
– bayberries
– pine needles
– almond oil ( optional because its not always available)

Making this pouch is pretty easy.

Step 1: put the bayberries and sage into the bowl. Don’t put the pine needles in because the needles need to be crushed into smaller bits so that they can fit in the pouch.

Step 2: crush the pine needles. You can use your hands or a mortal and pestle for this if you want. Once you are done crushing them, put them in the bowl with the other herbs.

Step 3: mix the berries, sage, and needles together in the same bowl.

Step 4: lay out the cloth on a flat surface. Put two tablespoons of the mixture onto the center of the cloth.

Step 5: put three drops of almond oil on top of the mixture on the cloth. If you don’t have almond oil then you can skip this step.

Step 6: Bring all the sides of the cloth together and twist it once. Tie the sting around the twist tight enough so that it won’t come apart.

Step 7: Now, put the pouch somewhere. You can put it in different places for different things. For example, if you want your garden to prosper, put the pouch in a gardening shed or hang it on the garden fence. I usually put mine on the mantle piece or above the door or next to my bed. You can also carry it with you if you want.These make great gifts too.

Now your done!

Source

Spell by flamewing
From the site, Spells of Magic

 

Samhain Folklore – Halloween Superstitions and Legends

While we Pagans are celebrating Samhain on October 31 (or at the beginning of May, if you’re one of our southern hemisphere readers), for many of our friends and neighbors, this is the Halloween season. No matter what you choose to call it, or how you’re celebrating, this time of year has been a source of superstitions and folklore for a very long time. Many people, including a lot of non-Pagans, believe that there is something ethereal and magical about this night.

The Spirit World
There is no other night in the Neopagan calendar that is so richly associated with the spirit world. Some people refer to it as a night when the “veil” between our world and the spirit realm is thin.

People were often cautioned that if they heard footsteps behind them on the night of Samhain, they shouldn’t turn back because it may be a spirit following them.

If you host a dumb supper and no one speaks, the spirits are far more likely to show up.It was believed that ringing a bell on Samhain kept away evil spirits.

Burying animal bones in front of your house on the night of Samhain will keep evil away, according to some legends of eastern Europe.

Samhain is a good time of year to work on communicating with the spirit world. Reach out to your ancestors, and see what they need you to know.

 

Birds and Animals

Birds, cats, and other animals are often associated with misfortune if you happen to see them during the Samhain season.

Although many people don’t truly believe in these superstitions any more – and often dismiss them as “old wives’ tales,” there’s still a bit of a cultural aspect to them. You may not really think black cats are bad luck, but when one crosses your path, it may give you a reason to pause, just for a moment, and wonder.

Black cats were once seen as bad luck. Remy Melina at LiveScience says, “The black cat’s bad reputation dates back to the Dark Ages, when witch hunts were commonplace. Elderly, solitary women were often accused of witchcraft, and their pet cats were said to be their “familiars,” or demonic animals that had been given to them by the devil. Another medieval myth told that Satan turned himself into a cat when socializing with witches.”
One old folktale from Appalachia says that owls flew down on Samhain night to eat the souls of the dead. According to mountain legends, an owl hooting at midnight signifies death is coming. Likewise, if you see an owl circling during the day, it means bad news for someone nearby.
If the bats come out early on Samhain night, and fly around, it means good weather is coming. During the Middle Ages, the bat was associated with witches, dark magic, sorcery, and even talking to the dead. People in rural Scotland and northern England suspected bats of being messengers between witches and the devil.

Some people believe that if you see a spider on Samhain, it harbors the spirit of a dead ancestor, watching you… so don’t squash it! Some parts of the world see the spider as a negative and malevolent being. In Taranto, Italy, during the seventeenth century, a number of people fell victim to a strange malady which became known as Tarantism, and it was attributed to being bitten by a spider. Those afflicted were seen to dance frenetically for days at a time.

 

Divination

For many of us, this is a perfect night to do some divination. If you’ve ever thought about giving scrying a shot, take advantage of Samhain’s mystery and magic to see what sorts of things are in store for you. Scrying is one of the best known forms of divination, and can be done in a number of ways, but essentially, it’s the practice of looking into some sort of reflective surface to see what sort of metaphysical messages appear. You can make a scrying mirror to keep handy for divination any time of the year, or use fire, or even a bowl of water under a moonlit night.

Even though Samhain isn’t traditionally associated with love, it still features in a number of prominent divination practices related to matters of the heart.

Keep a sprig of rosemary and a sixpence under your pillow on Samhain night, and you’ll dream of your future spouse.

Ever go bobbing for apples at a Halloween party? In England, everyone knows that the first girl to successfully retrieve an apple will be the first to marry!
In parts of England, it was believed that if a maiden carried a lantern to a well on Samhain night and held the light above the water, she would see the reflection of future husband.

If your divination needs are a bit more complex, and you need answers to specific questions rather than vague, general ones, legend has it that Samhain is a good time to brush up on your Tarot reading, pendulum work, or other divination skills. Give it a try and see what messages unfold!

Author

Patti Wigington
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Ritual to Honor the Ancestors at Samhain

For many modern Pagans, there has been a resurgence of interest in our family histories. We want to know where we came from and whose blood runs through our veins. Although ancestor worship has traditionally been found more in Africa and Asia, many Pagans with European heritage are beginning to feel the call of their ancestry. This rite can be performed either by itself, or on the third night of Samhain, following the End of Harvest celebration and the Honoring of the Animals.

First, decorate your altar table — you may have already gotten it set up during the End of Harvest rite or for the Ritual for Animals. Decorate your altar with family photos and heirlooms. If you have a family tree chart, place that on there as well. Add postcards, flags, and other symbols of the country your ancestors came from. If you’re lucky enough to live near where your family members are buried, make a grave rubbing and add that as well. In this case, a cluttered altar is perfectly acceptable — after all, each of us is a blend of many different people and cultures.

Have a meal standing by to eat with the ritual. Include lots of dark bread, apples, fall vegetables, and a jug of cider or wine. Set your dinner table, with a place for each family member, and one extra plate for the ancestors. You may want to bake some Soul Cakes.

If your family has household guardians, include statues or masks of them on your altar.

Finally, if a relative has died this year, place a candle for them on the altar. Light candles for other relatives, and as you do so, say the person’s name aloud. It’s a good idea to use tealights for this, particularly if you have a lot of relatives to honor.

Once all the candles have been lit, the entire family should circle the altar.

The oldest adult present leads the ritual. Say:

This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before us.
Tonight we honor our ancestors.
Spirits of our ancestors, we call to you,
and we welcome you to join us for this night.
We know you watch over us always,
protecting us and guiding us,
and tonight we thank you.
We invite you to join us and share our meal.

The oldest family member then serves everyone else a helping of whatever dishes have been prepared, except for the wine or cider. A serving of each food goes on the ancestors’ plate before the other family members recieve it. During the meal, share stories of ancestors who are no longer among the living — this is the time to remember Grandpa’s war stories he told you as a child, tell about when Aunt Millie used salt instead of sugar in the cake, or reminisce about summers spent at the family homestead in the mountains.

When everyone has finished eating, clear away all the dishes, except for the ancestors’ plate. Pour the cider or wine in a cup, and pass it around the circle (it should end at the ancestor’s place). As each person receives the cup, they recite their genealogy, like so:

I am Susan, daughter of Joyce, the daughter of Malcolm, son of Jonathan…

and so forth. Feel free to add in place names if you like, but be sure to include at least one generation that is deceased. For younger family members, you may wish to have them only recite back to their grandparents, just because otherwise they can get confused.

Go back as many generations as you can, or (in the case of people who have done a lot of genealogy research) as many as you can remember. You may be able to trace your family back to William the Conqueror, but that doesn’t mean you have it memorized. After each person recites their ancestry, they drink from the cider cup and pass it to the next person.

A quick note here — many people are adopted. If you are one them, you are fortunate enough to be able to choose whether you wish to honor your adoptive family, your biological family, or a combination of the two.

If you don’t know the names of your birth parents or their ancestry, there’s nothing wrong with saying, “Daughter of a family unknown.” It’s entirely up to you. The spirits of your ancestors know who you are, even if you don’t know them yet.

After the cup has made its way around the table, place it in front of the ancestors’ plate. This time, a younger person in the family takes over, saying:

This is the cup of remembrance.
We remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within us.

Tips:

If you didn’t do a separate ritual for animals, you can add photos and candles for deceased pets to your family altar.
If you like, you may wish to follow this ritual with a Seance.
If your children are younger, and you’d like to include them in a short ritual, consider holding an Ancestor Ritual for Families With Children instead.

Author

Patti Wigington
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Set Up an Ancestor Shrine – Ancestor Altar

In many Pagan traditions, the ancestors are honored, especially at Samhain. This Sabbat, after all, is the night when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its most fragile. By setting up an ancestor shrine or altar, you can honor the people of your bloodline — your kinfolk and clansmen who have helped to shape the person you are. This altar or shrine can be set up just for the Samhain season, or you can leave it up all year long for meditation and rituals.

If you’ve got the room, it’s nice to use an entire table for this shrine, but if space is an issue, you can create it in a corner of your dresser top, on a shelf, or on the mantle over your fireplace. Regardless, put it in a place where it can be left undisturbed, so that the spirits of your ancestors may gather there, and you can take time to meditate and honor them without having to move stuff around every time someone needs to use the table.

Also, bear in mind that you can honor anyone you like in this shrine. If you have a deceased pet or friend, go ahead and include them. Someone doesn’t have to be a blood relative to be part of our spiritual ancestry. Be sure to read our article on Honoring the Ancestors When You’re Adopted.

Make the Space Special

First, do a physical cleaning of the space. After all, you wouldn’t invite Aunt Gertrude to sit in a dirty chair, would you? Dust the table top or shelf and clear it of any items that are not related to your shrine. If you like, you can consecrate the space as sacred, by saying something like:

I dedicate this space to those
whose blood runs through me.
My fathers and mothers,
my guides and guardians,
and those whose spirits
helped to shape me.

As you do this, smudge the area with sage or sweetgrass, or asperge with consecrated water. If your tradition requires it, you may wish to consecrate the space with all four elements.

Finally, add an altar cloth of some sort to help welcome the ancestors. In some Eastern religions, a red cloth is always used. In some Celtic-based paths, it is believed that a fringe on the altar cloth helps tie your spirit to those of your ancestors. If you have time before Samhain, you might want to make an Ancestor Altar Cloth.

Welcome Your Kin and Clan

There are different types of ancestors, and which ones you choose to include are up to you. There are our blood ancestors, who are the people from whom we directly descend — parents, grandparents, etc. There are also archetypical ancestors, who represent the place that our clan and family came from. Some people also choose to honor the ancestors of the land — the spirits of the place you are now — as a way of thanking them. Finally, there are our spiritual ancestors — those who we may not be tied to by blood or marriage, but who we claim as family nonetheless.

Start by selecting photos of your ancestors. Choose pictures that have meaning for you — and if the photos happen to have the living in them as well as the dead, that’s okay. Arrange the photos on your altar so that you can see all of them at once.

If you don’t have a photo to represent an ancestor, you can use an item that belonged to him or her. If you’re placing someone on your altar who lived prior to the mid-1800s, chances are good there’s no photograph existing. Instead, use an item that may have been the person’s — a piece of jewelry, a dish that’s part of your family heirloom set, a family Bible, etc.

You can also use symbols of your ancestors. If your family is from Scotland, you can use a kilt pin or a length of plaid to represent your clan. If you come from a family of craftsmen, use an item designed or created to symbolize your family’s artisanship.

Finally, you can add a genealogy sheet or family tree to the shrine. If you have in your possession the ashes of a departed loved one, add those as well.

Once you have everything in your shrine that represents your ancestors, consider adding a few other items. Some people like to add votive candles, so they can light them while meditating. You may wish to add a cauldron or cup to symbolize the womb of the Earth Mother. You can also add a symbol of your spirituality — a pentagram, ankh, or some other representation of your beliefs.

Some people leave food offerings on their altars as well, so that their ancestors can partake of a meal with the family.

Use the altar when you perform a Samhain ancestor meditation or a ritual to honor the ancestors.

Author

Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo

Ancestor Prayer for Samhain

Many people choose to use Samhain as a time of honoring their bloodline. Use this prayer to celebrate your ancestry at Samhain. You can incorporate it into a meditation or ritual, or simply offer it up as thanks to those who came before you.

Samhain Ancestor Prayer

This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.

[If you wish, you may want to recite your genealogy here. This can include both your blood family, and your spiritual one.]

With the gift of remembrance.
I remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within me,
and within those who are yet to come.

Author

Patti Wigington
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