The Witches Divination Digest for Wednesday, May 16

 

The Witches Digest for Wednesday, May 16

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, May 16

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Through no fault of your own, other than a busy schedule, you seem to be out the loop professionally. It may be worth you paying for your own travel or even studying to catch up on all that you have missed out on.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Learn to relax and wait for the answers. You have been trying to push things before they are ready to move and all it has led to is a feeling of frustration for all concerned.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Obstacles are what we all too often see when we take our eyes off our goals. Know how far is too far to go when pushing others for favours today. This is a day to earn respect, not lose it.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You will get from your life what you put into it. I know others have claimed you are lazy, but you have just been tired with the amount of mental pressure which has been on you of late.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
A jealous streak is evident in your chart, which could see you accusing close ones of things they haven’t done. Try to make a mental note of how far is too far to go, or you will only end up with apologies to make tomorrow.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Don’t allow others to dictate your dreams, instead try to focus on what you feel and want in your heart. Travel is well starred and is forecast to make your future more exciting than you had dreamed.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Be the centre of calm in the flow of life. You may not realise this, but you really are the gel that holds those around you together. Things you ask for today will be granted to you. Use this to your full advantage.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
We know you like to jump in at the deep end and we also know that you like to see how far you can push people. This month the stars show me you may have just met your match. Play fair. You’ll have to answer questions later.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
The dramas which have unfolded recently have made it hard for you to know who was in the right and who was in the wrong. Don’t make any decisions just yet. Time is on your side and will reveal all you need to know.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
There’s a hard compromise you face at the moment, between trying to please loved ones and trying to do what feels right in your heart. You may have to offend certain faces in order to do the right thing.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Don’t ask more of your close ones than they may be able to give. If you do push them, you may end up pushing them away. Fun flirtations make this a memorable and possibly life changing time for many of you.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
A slow pace in love ensures that you are able to build the secure base a sign such as yourself needs. Try to use the power of Mercury to convince the person concerned of the importance of this.

If You Were Born Today, Wednesday, May 16

You have a mysterious aura about you, although others sense that you are determined, opinionated, and strong nevertheless, which you are. You have a strong interest in politics or religion, but you don’t necessarily adhere to tradition. Your views are progressive and you think outside of the box. A conformist, you definitely are not! There is a dreamy side to you. You are a visionary who is especially sensitive to injustices. On a personal level, you often feel misunderstood. However, on some level, you enjoy being somewhat elusive or puzzling. Famous people born today: Billy Graham, Joni Mitchell, Albert Camus, Marie Curie, Jason London.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

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

Jupiter transits conjunct your Sun this year, expanding your opportunities and boosting your confidence. This transit brings more awareness of moral issues and long-term goals, as well as a stronger than usual desire to improve and learn. This is a feel-good transit that boosts your popularity. Optimism is with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve this year. You are more sociable and might meet especially helpful people during this period. Travel opportunities are more likely. Your broader perspective on matters this year keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains.

As well, transiting Neptune harmonizes with your Sun this year. A higher purpose to your life is what you seek, and you rely more heavily upon your intuition in order to achieve it. You could find that your intuition is subtly enhanced and that you’re often in the right place at the right time, probably because your hunches are more likely to be correct. This aspect softens your disposition somewhat, as you tune into your imaginative and artistic side. This is a good year for self-improvement programs or efforts. The need to “get away from it all” can be strong. A more sensitive—even mysterious—persona is projected this year, and this can attract pleasantly unusual circumstances (and people) into your life. You will want to reserve time alone away from the hectic pace of life for reflection and meditation.

You can be feeling good about your work, obligations, and commitments, which are seen not as burdens, but rather as purposeful activities. Independent work is favored this year. You are more disciplined and efficient.

This is also an excellent period for opening up communications with others, as you are more sensitive than usual and more willing to listen. Getting your point across is easier, as it’s not only about what specific words you choose to communicate, you intuitively express the meaning and intention behind the words. You can effectively use words to soothe, heal, and teach this year. You are also more open to new ways of looking at problems, thus it’s considerably easier to find solutions.

There can be helpful interactions with superiors or with older or more experienced people during this period, and benefits can come as a result. There can be a choice to structure, limit, or simplify your life in a significant way that leads to major improvements in your life.

Pleasing circumstances surrounding your love life, finances, and creative pursuits are in store this year. You are more generous, and others return the favor. You might receive financial backing or special gifts in the period ahead. You seek a little more from your love life and you are likely to receive it. Some of you could fall in love this year, or existing relationships are enhanced. Adventure-seeking is a theme

On business and financial levels, you’re best off if you develop and improve existing businesses than breaking entirely new ground. In fact, you’re in excellent shape for editing, refining, and overhauling your work and projects. Long-term alliances can be made this year. This is a potentially excellent year for making prosperous connections.

This is an excellent period for enjoying new opportunities, experiences, and perspectives. Your faith increases and you seek out more meaning from your life. You’re in good shape for staying on track and meeting your responsibilities as well, but you need to make extra time for downtime. Useful contacts can be made during this period.

 

2018 is a Number One year for you. Ruled by the Sun. This is a year of action. The seeds you plant now, you will reap later. Others might find you less sociable, as you are busier than ever and you focus on your activities and your needs. Still, you are outgoing and your initiative is stronger than ever. Advice – Stand alone, take action, start fresh, express independence.

2019 will be a Number Two year for you. Ruled by the Moon. This is a year of potential companionship. It is a quiet, gentle, and mostly harmonious year that is less active than other years. Instead, you are more responsive to the needs of others. If you are patient and open yourself up in a gentle manner, you will attract both things and people. This is an excellent year in which to build and develop for the future. Advice – be patient, be receptive, enjoy the peace, collect.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, May 17

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You’re finding it difficult to make sense of what did or didn’t happen over the last few days in your personal life. What you will know, is who you want to see more of and who you want to distance yourself from.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
It’s time you paid more attention to what is going on in your life, rather than the dramas that are affecting those around you. A forced change in your career turns out to be a blessing in disguise.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Don’t give in to what others want, but stand your ground. For a sign who is usually so well known for their independence, it would be far better for you to say what you want, than be pushed into what others tell you that you should be.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Close ones may not understand the decisions you make, but they will have to respect them if you stick to them. Your ruling planet the Moon, brings out your jealous streak. Don’t make accusations you have no proof of.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Lies you tell in business will come back on you. Sticking to truths is the key to you feeling good about your life and the decisions you make. The chance to go somewhere different should be accepted. A change of scenery works wonders.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
There’s been an awful lot for you to get through, but you’ve done an admirable job and you will continue to do so. The Sun brings out your need to contact someone from your past. Think why they’re in your past before you dial.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
There’s a feeling of relief in your stars. You work out what needs to be done to make your day to day life a happier place to be. Animals link to some interesting introductions and your options for fun increase tenfold.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Your feelings and wishes are written all over your face. You have had enough of sending mixed messages and now you want everyone to know that you will not accept anything but the best. This could see the departure of someone familiar.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You have been given responsibilities you do not want and in the process you have been left feeling used and taken advantage of. Luckily Mars gives you back your voice and your about to reject what you know you don’t want.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Resist the temptation to speak for the sake of it. You are so much more aware of what and who works for you in life. It’s also time to cut loose from that face you know has been using you.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
A falling out with someone you care for left you with a sour taste in your mouth. You’re no longer willing to be accused of things you did not do. Rather than arguing, you break free and move on from negativity.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Home affairs are highlighted and you begin to realise that it’s not all about what other people want, you are important too. Wear what you know you feel good in today. You’ll soon see why.

Tarot Card of the Day

The Fool


Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of The Fool in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of The Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.

In some earlier instances, The Fool is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of The Fool arise — that of an innocent soul before its fall into matter, untainted by contact with society and all its ills.

Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, and the potential misplaced step that will send The Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, though, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage toward self-knowledge and, eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.

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Love Tarot Card of the Day

The Tower


Hoping and wishing won’t make it so. Quick and decisive action does. The Tower represents permission to get things moving in high gear, in the right direction. Invest yourself wholeheartedly in your long-term relationship. Start with straight talk with your partner. The Tower is a wake-up call to signs previously ignored. It heralds the idea that the truth sets you free and eases tension. It puts life back into the union.

Your Erotic Tarot Card of the Day

Strength


Your sex life gains some serious momentum today with the appearance of the Strength card. You have tremendous inner strength when it comes to getting what you want, and that includes sexual conquests. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to try out some new moves, the Strength card urges you to act now! There may be some obstacles in your way, but you welcome any and all challenges. Anyone playing hard to get right now is like putty in your hands.

Psychic Tip of the Day

LEAP OF LOVE

This is a day to dream big and seize the moment. Love is headed your way if you move in with a plan for seduction. Are you ready to leap?

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Your Daily Rune for Wednesday, 

Inguz

“Ing-guz” – Literally: “Seed” or “The god, Ing” – Esoteric: Process, space

Rune of isolation or separation in order to create a space or place where the process of transformation into higher states of being can occur. Rune of gestation and internal growth.

Psi: internal growth, personal development, the power of suggestion, the inner-child, wholeness

Energy: earth-god, stored energy, gestation process, male mysteries, subtlety, planned bursts

Mundane: male sexuality, agriculture

Divinations: Resting, gestation, internal growth, expectation, time for oneself; or impotence, scattering, movement without change, frivolity, immaturity.

Governs:

  • Storage and transformation of power for ritual use.
  • Stored Energy
  • Passive meditation and centering of energy and thought
  • Sudden release of energy
  • All forms of subtle, creative action

Your Animal Spirit Guide for

Your Daily Karmic Number for Wednesday,

You are beginning a new cycle of doing the same thing over again. The hamster wheel will wear out soon. Will you buy a new one and continue on the same path to nowhere, or finally bust out of the cage? If you stay put the scenery will not change. Neither will the food, your sleeping pattern, or sense of style, much less bigger and more obvious things. You still need to learn lessons from the previous cycle, so reflect on the past so that you can release negative karma and move into a brand new, positive cycle.

Crack the Cookie

 

The Wisdom of Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

A Little Humor for Your Day

 

blessed are the witches

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The Study of Pagan Gods & Goddesses: Brahma, The Hindu Creator God

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Brahma

The Hindu Creator God

 

Brahma is the Hindu Creator god. He is also known as the Grandfather and as a later equivalent of Prajapati, the primeval first god. In early Hindu sources such as the Mahabharata, Brahma is supreme in the triad of great Hindu gods which includes Shiva and Vishnu.
Brahma, due to his elevated status, is less involved in picturesque myths where gods take on human form and character, but is rather a generally abstract or metaphysical ideal of a great god. In later Puranas (Hindu epics) Brahma is no longer worshipped and other gods are assigned his myths, even if he always maintains his status as the Creator god. Brahma’s epithet is ekahamsa, the One Swan. His vahanam (‘vehicle’) is a peacock, swan or goose. He is still honoured today with an annual ceremony at the pilgrimage site of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India and he remains a popular figure in South-east Asia, especially in Thailand and Bali.

 

BRAHMA THE CREATOR
In the beginning, Brahma sprang from the cosmic golden egg and he then created good & evil and light & dark from his own person. He also created the four types: gods, demons, ancestors, and men (the first being Manu). Brahma then made all living creatures upon the earth (although in some myths Brahma’s son Daksa is responsible for this). In the process of creating, perhaps in a moment of distraction, the demons were born from Brahma’s thigh and so he abandoned his own body which then became Night. After Brahma created good gods he abandoned his body once again, which then became Day, hence demons gain the ascendancy at night and gods, the forces of goodness, rule the day. Brahma then created ancestors and men, each time again abandoning his body so that they became Dusk and Dawn respectively. This process of creation repeats itself in every aeon. Brahma then appointed Shiva to rule over humanity although in later myths Brahma becomes a servant of Shiva.
Brahma had several wives, the most important being his daughter Sarasvati who, after the Creation, bore Brahma the four Vedas (Holy books of Hinduism), all branches of knowledge, the 36 Raginis and 6 Ragas of music, ideas such as Memory and Victory, yogas, religious acts, speech, Sanskrit, and the various units of measurement and time. Besides Daksa, Brahma had other notable sons including the Seven Sages (of whom Daksa was one), and the four famous Prajapatis (deities): Kardama, Pancasikha, Vodhu, and Narada, the latter being the messenger between gods and men.

 

BRAHMA CREATES WOMEN & DEATH
In the myths told in the Mahabharata, Brahma created women, the source of evil amongst men:
A wanton woman is a blazing fire…she is the sharp edge of the razor; she is poison, a serpent, and death all in one.
The gods feared that men could become so powerful that they might challenge their reign, therefore, they asked Brahma how best to prevent this. His response was to create wanton women who ‘lusting for sensual pleasures, began to stir men up. Then the lord of gods, the lord, created anger as the assistant of desire, and all creatures, falling into the power of desire and anger, began to be attached to women.’ (Mahabharata in Hindu Myths, 36).

 

In another myth Brahma’s first female is also Death, the evil force which brings balance to the universe and which ensures there is no over-crowding of it. The figure of Death is picturesquely described in the Mahabharata as ‘a dark woman, wearing red garments, with red eyes and red palms and soles, adorned with divine ear-rings and ornaments’ and she is given the job of ‘destroying all creatures, imbeciles and scholars’ without exception (Mahabharata in Hindu Myths, 40). Death wept and begged Brahma to be released from this terrible task but Brahma remained unmoved and sent her on her way to perform her duty. At first Death continued her protests by performing various extraordinary acts of asceticism such as standing in water in complete silence for 8,000 years and standing on one toe on the top of the Himalaya mountains for 8,000 million years but Brahma would not be swayed. So Death, still sobbing, performed her duties bringing endless night to all things when their time came and her tears fell to the earth and became diseases. Thus, through Death’s work, the distinction between mortals and gods was preserved forever.

 

BRAHMA IN ART
Brahma is often represented in red with four heads, symbolic of his creation of the four Vedas. Thus he is often called Caturanana/Caturmukha or ‘four-faced’ and Astakarna or ‘eight-eared’. Originally Brahma had five heads but when he lusted after his daughter Sandhya an outraged Shiva cut off the head which had ogled the goddess (or burned it with his central eye). Brahma is also represented with four arms. One right hand holds the brahma-tandram, an oval disk with a beaded rim which is perhaps a sacrificial ladle and used to mark men’s foreheads with their destiny. The other right hand holds a rosary made from rudraksham seeds. One left hand holds a cleansing vase and he sometimes holds his bow Parivita or the Vedas. Brahma may also be depicted sitting on the sacred lotus flower which sprang from Vishnu’s navel, a scene especially common in Cham art.

 

In Cambodian art, Brahma -known as Prah Prohm- is again represented with four heads and often riding a sacred goose, the hamsa (a popular form of depiction in Javanese art, too), and so the god may in this guise be referred to as Hansavahana. In Tibet, where Brahma is known as Tshangs-pa or White Brahma (Tshangs-pa dkar-po), he often rides a horse and carries a white bull and a sword.

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Brahma

The first god in the Hindu trimurti. He is regarded as the senior god and his job was creation.
Who is Brahma?
Brahma is the first god in the Hindu triumvirate, or trimurti. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Vishnu and Shiva.

 

Vishnu is the preserver of the universe, while Shiva’s role is to destroy it in order to re-create.

 

Brahma’s job was creation of the world and all creatures. His name should not be confused with Brahman, who is the supreme God force present within all things.

 

Brahma is the least worshipped god in Hinduism today. There are only two temples in the whole of India devoted to him, compared with the many thousands devoted to the other two.

 

What does Brahma look like?
Brahma has four heads and it is believed that from these heads came the four Vedas (the most ancient religious texts for Hindus). Some also believe that the caste system, or four varnas, came from different part of Brahma’s body.

 

He has four arms and is usually depicted with a beard.

 

Brahma’s consort is Saraswati, goddess of knowledge.

 

Why is Brahma not worshipped so much?
There are a number of stories in the Hindu mythology which point to why he is rarely worshipped. These are two of them.

 

The first view is that Brahma created a woman in order to aid him with his job of creation. She was called Shatarupa.

 

She was so beautiful that Brahma became infatuated with her, and gazed at her wherever she went. This caused her extreme embarrassment and Shatarupa tried to turn from his gaze.

 

But in every direction she moved, Brahma sprouted a head until he had developed four. Finally, Shatarupa grew so frustrated that she jumped to try to avoid his gaze. Brahma, in his obsession, sprouted a fifth head on top of all.

 

It is also said in some sources that Shatarupa kept changing her form. She became every creature on earth to avoid Brahma. He however, changed his form to the male version of whatever she was and thus every animal community in the world was created.

 

Lord Shiva admonished Brahma for demonstrating behaviour of an incestuous nature and chopped off his fifth head for ‘unholy’ behaviour. Since Brahma had distracted his mind from the soul and towards the cravings of the flesh, Shiva’s curse was that people should not worship Brahma.

 

As a form of repentance, it is said that Brahma has been continually reciting the four Vedas since this time, one from each of his four heads.

 

A second view of why Brahma is not worshipped, and a more sympathetic one, is that Brahma’s role as the creator is over. It is left to Vishnu to preserve the world and Shiva to continue its path of cosmic reincarnation.

 

Reference
Mark Cartwright, Author
Ancient History Encyclopedia

BBC

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Fire in the Night

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By day i am walking throu’ the sands of time.
Breathing in the sun,warming my soul,
Lighting the sand as if of gold.
I look up towards the sky.
The suns rays reflect down to my naked body,
Shows me the way.
I’m walking,walking towards the castle of life.
I’m walking,forever walking,
Finding my way in this desert.
Finding my way to that castle of life.
That castle,the one which holds the secrets,
The mysteries,the answers to life.

By night i am dancing on the water,
The moon she lights up the darkness,
Shimmers in the water,dances with me.
The misty air surrounds my naked body,
As i breathe it in,
It befriends me,keeps me company.
As i find the chalice by the water,
I lift it towards the moon.
Take a sip of life.
The life force which powers me throu the coming day.
Alone i am in these sands of time.
Yet alone i never am,for she is with me.
She is forever with me and i am One with her.

—Heather Clarke, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

About Yesterday & Today….

After a note about yesterday, we will get on with today and today’s posts.

Yesterday, Lady A was cut short in our daily posts because the electricity went out. We got the air conditioning fixed as I believe she told you. We had no longer enjoyed it for about four hours and the electricity went out. A major power outage because of the ancient power grid we are on. Lady A waited longer than she should for the power to come back on. I believe she didn’t want to go back to the house and Lynette. Lady A got sick and is at home today, taking a break from the heat.

The reason we are running late is because we had to fight with Lady A to get her to stay home. She got to hot yesterday and she did not need to be out in the heat today, at all! Telling her that is another story. We finally won after we threatened to call the doctor. The spot she has on her arm that has rose up after she was out in the heat has started to grow in length. She goes back to the doctor tomorrow. We will find out what it is then. I have never seen anything like it. It started out below the crease in her elbow and now it is up into the upper part of her arm. It worries me but Lady A tells me it is sun poisoning. I have never seen sun poisoning like that before and I have seen many a case.

Before I make us any later, I will say good day.

Eleanor

About the Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

About the Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

The energy of the Earth element, and the traits of Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

While each of the four elements is integral to life and survival, Earth is most connected to the physicality of life. Earth isn’t aggressive, it’s receptive. And that’s is key to understanding its potency. There is a quality of strength and endurance Earth possesses that is an indomitable force. At the same time, however, there is a certain amount of peacefulness connected to the Earth element. Sure, Earth can be passive … but by no means is Earth weak!

Without Earth, we would have nothing to hold us up. No foundation. No support. Earth is attuned to form and matter. These assets help to explain why the Earth signs are the most and durable of the zodiac.

 

What also helps Earth succeed wildly in our corporeal environment is the fact that the element of Earth is intricately connected with the physical senses. This allows Earth an intuitive grasp as to how the material world works — an almost natural understanding. Earth has the ability to use this instinct to ensure physical security is maintained, while also achieving a thorough enjoyment and appreciation of everything the physical world has to offer.

Solid traits

Because of these propensities, Earth is the element of patience, stability, commitment, discipline, permanence and strength. Nothing can grow without these qualities and the end result with Earth is typically prosperity. Earth may be slow and methodical, but it is also ultimately successful.

Earth’s tendencies towards being so practical can have its drawbacks. Imagination may be lacking in Earth since the focus is mostly on what can be proven to exist by virtue of what one sees, tastes, touches, feels or hears. An inability to deal with what cannot be explained in our physical universe can limit Earth’s potency and lead to a rigid, narrow minded, materialistic view of life and our world.

Still, if Earth can open itself up to that which it cannot sink its teeth into then, its potential to achieve prosperity will enhance tenfold.

Broken down by sign…

While all of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) will share these qualities of the Earth element, each will express them in a unique manner.

Taurus will convey a deep connection to and appreciation of the physical senses and will often successfully take command of preserving physical security.

Virgo will masterfully volunteer to be of service to others, displaying a humble, flexible demeanor while expertly executing any task they commit to.

Capricorn will climb the most unbearable mountain with perseverance and ambitious determination in order to achieve any goal they set for themselves.

 

Reference

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