The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 29th

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The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 29th

Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.

Leap Day

Waning Moon
The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation, and little magical work (except magic designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Scorpio
Scorpio: Increases awareness of psychic power. Precipitates psychic crises and ends connections thoroughly. People tend to brood and become secretive. Moon sign. Favors expansion and growth.
Moon enters Sagittarius 6: 56 pm

Moon enters Sagittarius 6: 56 pm
Sagittarius: Encourages flights of imagination and confidence. This is an adventurous, philosophical, and athletic

Incense: Hyssop

Color: White

WOTC Extra(a) – Your Self-Image As A Witch

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Your Self-Image As A Witch

 

Ironically, your self-image probably isn’t something you created yourself. It’s a patchwork affair made up of bits and pieces you’ve collected from lots of other people: family members, teachers, religious leaders, friends, your culture, and the media. Like donning clothing that’s in style, rather than in your style, the self-image you wear might be uncomfortable or inappropriate. Maybe you even fashioned your self-image without questioning whether or not the “garment” was right for you.

Tailoring your self-image according to someone else’s ideas usually results in unhappiness or frustration. If you see yourself in this picture, perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at the person you think you are, the person you’d like to be, and where the ideas you hold about yourself originated.

From what you know about magick, your thoughts about yourself and what you deserve will produce conditions that fit with your ideas. Your life is your mirror. What you see is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. If you aren’t happy with your situation, you can change it by changing your perceptions of yourself.

Remember, nobody else gets to decide whether you’re worthy. Only you do. Nor can anyone else limit your personal power without your consent — and that’s pretty sweet.

 

 

The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells

Skye Alexander

 

Your Daily I Ching Hexagram for Sept. 1 is 33:Retiring

Your Daily I Ching Hexagram

September 1, 2015
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33:Retiring

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Summary:
Take personal time alone to assess your progress and goals. Evaluate your friends and cut off any deadwood that may exist.

Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Abandon unsatisfying relationships.

Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Move down your path without looking back.

Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not let other’s need for counsel exhaust you.

Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Pull back from failing relationships. Act decisively. Doubt is your enemy.

Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not associate with persons with whom you dislike. This will bring you peace.

Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Leave bad relationships. Your courage to move on will be rewarded.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Thursday, July 16th

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump on Tomorrow……

Your Horoscopes for Thursday, July 15th

 

Aries 

Aries Horoscope
Aries

Due to last night’s New Moon, home and family matters are in high focus, and new energy is with you to make improvements to these areas of your life, dear Aries. You might immerse yourself in family projects or home improvement activities. Family is more inclusive or you are more interested in setting things right. Later today, you could have a vague feeling that something is not right. Your perceptions may not be as reliable as they usually are, and reading too much into a situation may even get you into trouble. Avoid, as much as possible, spiraling thoughts and wrestling with regrets or recent decisions. You can feel out of touch. Even so, the Moon begins supporting your sign later morning, and this helps you to feel more alert, capable, and confident.

Taurus

Taurus

There are likely to be busy days ahead of you with a New Moon in your solar third house, dear Taurus. New energy is with you for connecting, communicating, and learning. Ideas can fill your head, but so can too much information. Some of your ideas will take and others may not, but don’t worry about the difference between the two just yet. There’s no rush. Plan to make warm and interesting new connections with people, be open to the idea that you need more intellectual stimulation in your life, and look for ways you can improve your approachability. However, watch for taking on so many things that you feel overwhelmed. Later today, a mildly difficult aspect between the Sun and Neptune can point to a feeling that others are draining you of energy or confidence, which can be the result of their negativity or simply your expectations of them.

Gemini

Gemini

A New Moon in your second house occurred last night, dear Gemini, and you are receiving wonderful energy for improving your finances and tending to your personal possessions. The impulse to buy something can be sudden and should probably be tamed just for now, until you get a plan in place. Ideas, and especially money-making ones, come to you with force and passion. Receive and enjoy them, and sort them out patiently as you go along. This can be the start of something special. Even so, later today, you may need to get over a temporary hump in the form of lack of confidence, a mental disconnect, or illusions related to money and work. Enjoy your imagination, but go slowly.

Cancer

Cancer

The yearly New Moon in your sign has just occurred, dear Cancer, pointing to a time for personal new beginnings. What you’d like to change, improve, or initiate is in your hands. You’re suddenly more noticeable and “out there”, and it’s a good time to ride this energy. It’s also a time for personal re-invention. You are always in charge of your destiny, but times like now, you really feel it. Confidence comes across well; excessive preoccupation with yourself doesn’t! People believe in you, and this only serves to motivate you further to present the best version of yourself. However, later today, watch for some self-deception, as you may not be seeing yourself and others very clearly. You mean different things to different people and this can confuse true understanding of yourself, or you may be giving off mixed signals. Treat any hesitance you might feel now as a chance to slow down and make adjustments.

Leo

Leo

Last night’s New Moon occurred in your soul sector, dear Leo, launching a cycle in which you are strongly inclined to take charge of personal and private matters that need your attention, or give more time to a person in need or an important cause. Buried or neglected issues can demand your attention, but for some of you, you may need to take on a supportive role in which you sacrifice some of your personal plans and goals, at least temporarily, in order to take care of or help out other people. You might take the lead on such a matter, or if you are the one who needs extra rest, then you’ll push for that. If you’ve been neglecting your psychic, spiritual, and emotional needs, then this is a time that forces you to acknowledge and tend to them. Later today, a minor difficult aspect involving the Sun (your ruler) in this same sector can leave you yearning for more and especially sensitive psychically. Try not to over-think things. Stick to the simple now.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

Pay special attention to who you meet and ideas that come to you around now, dear Virgo. The New Moon that occurred last night energized your sector of friendships, networking, community involvement, new ideas, technology, and aspirations. What’s happening around the time of this lunation helps pave the way for personal changes and new beginnings. There can be new friends or associations with groups and people who share some similar interests or a common goal, or new beginnings with existing connections. A New Moon is about taking the lead and taking charge. Open yourself to the need for people in your life who offer you new perspectives, a change of pace, and some exciting variety to your daily life. Tonight, however, there can be some tendency to nurse an idealized image of someone or a plan. There can be a strong desire to believe in someone, but at the same time, fear that you’ll discover reasons not to. Try to avoid over-thinking.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Last night, a New Moon occurred in your profession and reputation sector, dear Libra. Even if you’re happy in your position as it stands, there are always some tweaks that can be made to improve your professional and public life. New projects and goals, and possibly even a new area of focus on the job, may emerge in the coming days and weeks. Enter these with healthy confidence, not over-confidence. Take the time to plan, and act rather than react. You have more impact on others than usual, so use this time in the spotlight well. Later today, however, when it comes to practical matters, you just aren’t seeing things realistically. In fact, you can swing from pie in the sky to negative thinking, making it a less than ideal time for making big purchases and business decisions. Daydream rather than make solid plans just for now.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Your spirit to explore beyond the ordinary experiences in your life is powerful now and in the coming weeks, dear Scorpio. A New Moon occurred in your expansion sector last night, and this gives you extra energy and resolve to seek out new experiences on mental, physical, and spiritual planes. This can be a period for beginning new activities or projects that feed your thirst for mind-expanding experiences. This is a time of increased bravery and spontaneity. Later today, you may be dealing with mixed messages and minor irritations or delays. The tendency to act in conditioned rather than mindful ways is strong right now, and you would do well to identify these patterns so that you can step around them. Otherwise, it’s a decent day for daydreaming and fantasizing. Take things easy, and slowly right now.

Sagittarius 

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

Last night’s New Moon energized your sector of intimacy and sharing – a sector of your chart that’s making a lot of headlines these days! Now and in the coming weeks, dear Sagittarius, there can be a feeling of revitalization on a deep, inner level. This can be experienced in your relationship with yourself and/or in a partnership. Inhibitions can drop and there is more acceptance of the deeper side of your personality. Alternatively, you might have had enough of a bad habit, addiction, or superstition, and you are suddenly motivated to end it. It’s a time for getting rid of burdens, or sharing their weight with trusted others. You might decide to rid yourself of clutter or debt. You may be saying goodbye to a bad attitude or habit, or getting closer to someone who makes you feel better about yourself. Later today, there is a tendency for people to be indirect, which can be especially annoying to Sagittarians! It’s not the best time for healthy relating patterns, but consider that you might need some personal space.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

Last night’s New Moon brings you good energy for starting a new partnership or committing to a new way of enhancing a current relationship, dear Capricorn. Someone in your life could need more support or attention and you may need to put your own plans on hold. It’s time to strengthen your relationships, negotiate, compromise, and strike up deals. It can be a strong period for communications in one-on-one setups. Take in now, and take action when it feels right. If you need to take charge of a relationship issue, you’ll feel the energy to do so. Later today, situations and people may leave you feeling drained or confused. There is a vacillating energy tonight that is best handled by imagining or enjoying entertainment and art than for serious thinking.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You can be tempted and motivated to totally rework your daily routines now with the New Moon having just occurred in your solar sixth house last night, dear Aquarius. A new health program or fitness routine could be implemented now, or you could be doing a top to bottom reorganization of your workspace or home. Whatever gets you more organized and feeling in charge of your daily life is favored. A new project, work task, or even line of work can be on the table. This is an important time for clearing clutter, both physical and mental. Take advantage, but take it easy. Tonight, dreamy or creative activities can be nice detours from pressures.

Pisces

Pisces

You’re receiving a nice boost of energy that jumpstarts a cycle in which taking charge of your life is appropriate, dear Pisces, particularly when it comes to romance, children, creativity, and entertainment. This is a time for making improvements to your life that help restore balance. You are in need of quality leisure time and channels for expressing yourself creatively. Ideas for enjoying life’s more playful moments can come to you in a rush, or opportunities can suddenly appear, ready to grab. Even if your life seems crammed with things to do, you need to learn to make the most of the time you do have for enjoying yourself. Later today, you may be giving off mixed signals, but who can really blame you? It’s hard to project confidence and clarity if you’re not feeling these things inside. If you feel out of the loop, which is quite possible tonight and early tomorrow, hold off. Be easy on yourself.

Your Horoscopes for Sunday, May 11th

Personal relationship dynamics are the primary source of tension today. Attempts to resolve conflict might only add fuel to the fire as the strategic Libra Moon joins up with warrior Mars. Unexpressed emotions are easily projected onto someone we love as vulnerable Venus opposes Mars. Nevertheless, we must be extra careful to stick to the facts because mischievous Mercury’s square to imaginative Neptune can have us chasing unrealistic dreams.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may convince yourself that you’re on the right track, but you won’t get others to believe you now unless you actually are. However, sharing your current plans with your friends and associates is a smart move because they can see through any faulty reasoning. However, keep in mind that your cleverness could backfire if you’re too smooth in your delivery. Remember, it’s better to know the shortcomings of your new strategy sooner than later or you will end up wasting a lot of time. Initiating an honest dialogue leads to a more realistic approach.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You’re caught between your natural need to be straightforward and your current tendency to embellish the facts. You’re not purposefully trying to mislead anyone now; it’s just that you might get mixed up between what you want and what is real. There’s nothing wrong with sharing your dreams or taking a trip to Fantasyland as long as you tell everyone the truth. Your imagination is a garden where your best ideas can take root.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You are so persuasive now that others may rally to your support only to discover that your plans are not as practical as they sound. Your key planet Mercury awkwardly aligns with passionate Pluto and dreamy Neptune today, increasing the intensity of your words while decreasing your connection to the real world. Instead of having to untangle your story to get to the truth, it’s wiser now to just work with the facts. Save your song and dance for a rainy day.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Solving a problem today won’t bring you satisfaction if your solution is less than enchanting. The British poet Keats concurs and wrote, “Beauty is truth; truth beauty.” However, you could mislead yourself into thinking you know where you want to go when you are actually heading in the wrong direction. It’s time to put on a very practical pair of glasses. Ultimately, the best answers come to you now when you see things exactly as they are.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You might not realize how forceful your actions are today as you attempt to get what you want. Even if you mean well, your friends could easily misinterpret your aggressive behavior, setting the stage for a war of words. However, an argument is just a waste of energy now because you’re probably in closer agreement than you realize. Consciously softening your approach goes a long way toward making everyone happier in spite of the confusion. Listen more than you talk for the quickest resolution.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your energy may be stretched very thin now because a recent burst of enthusiasm prompted you to say yes to one too many projects. Don’t wait until you are mentally exhausted to make a change. Instead, exercise sensible restraint today because it’s more important to follow through on what you already started, even if you are tempted to run off in search of the next great thing. Part of your charm is your dependability, so honor your commitments before you do anything else.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are engaged in a strange dance now between the old and the new. Your friends and coworkers may urge you to leave a worn-out habit behind, but you might not be ready to release your attachment to the past. Paradoxically, the more you analyze your current affairs, the more confused you become. Stop thinking long enough to act on what you are feeling instead of what others are telling you. The answer is simple: follow your heart and see where it leads.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If you are lucky enough to have special people in your life that you can lean on, it may be disconcerting if they are not readily available today. You might feel as if you are being abandoned, but rest assured that isn’t what’s happening. In fact, your friends probably don’t even realize the intensity of your current process. By simply changing your attitude you could turn this moment into an opportunity to explore your dreams without any interference from others.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Clinging to a desired outcome probably won’t bring you much happiness today. You may come close to recapturing your lost sense of emotional security, but it slips away as you approach the magic moment of fulfillment. Instead of building your hopes up only to have them dashed, keep bringing your focus back to the moment at hand. It’s perfectly fine to allow cosmic opposites to exist simultaneously without taking sides now. Let things hang in the balance until your clarity returns.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s as if you are at the movies, watching your fantasies unfold on the miniature silver screen inside of your head. Although each separate scenario represents a possible turn of events, you would rather be dealing with the hard cold facts and not dreamy illusions. Nevertheless, you can’t just stop your thoughts by decree. Instead of trying to force change, recognize that today’s fanciful excursions are an effective way to explore the potential of the present moment.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re being asked to forgo your rational approach now and adopt a more poetic style. Don’t worry about being productive today because you have more pressing work to do reconnecting with your soul. Even if you can’t explain your current spiritual yearnings to anyone else, rest assured that the right words will come later. But the magic won’t happen on its own; you must take the time to cultivate your dreams and exercise your creativity.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The good news is that you can still connect with your spiritual nature even if you are too busy to commune with others. It’s not about how much time you can take from your hectic schedule now; it’s more to do with how you use what’s available. Just setting aside a few minutes for meditation or relaxation might be enough to get you back in the groove. Finding your center empowers you to reach for the stars.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for May 11th

Personal relationship dynamics are the primary source of tension today. Attempts to resolve conflict might only add fuel to the fire as the strategic Libra Moon joins up with warrior Mars. Unexpressed emotions are easily projected onto someone we love as vulnerable Venus opposes Mars. Nevertheless, we must be extra careful to stick to the facts because mischievous Mercury’s square to imaginative Neptune can have us chasing unrealistic dreams.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may convince yourself that you’re on the right track, but you won’t get others to believe you now unless you actually are. However, sharing your current plans with your friends and associates is a smart move because they can see through any faulty reasoning. However, keep in mind that your cleverness could backfire if you’re too smooth in your delivery. Remember, it’s better to know the shortcomings of your new strategy sooner than later or you will end up wasting a lot of time. Initiating an honest dialogue leads to a more realistic approach.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You’re caught between your natural need to be straightforward and your current tendency to embellish the facts. You’re not purposefully trying to mislead anyone now; it’s just that you might get mixed up between what you want and what is real. There’s nothing wrong with sharing your dreams or taking a trip to Fantasyland as long as you tell everyone the truth. Your imagination is a garden where your best ideas can take root.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You are so persuasive now that others may rally to your support only to discover that your plans are not as practical as they sound. Your key planet Mercury awkwardly aligns with passionate Pluto and dreamy Neptune today, increasing the intensity of your words while decreasing your connection to the real world. Instead of having to untangle your story to get to the truth, it’s wiser now to just work with the facts. Save your song and dance for a rainy day.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Solving a problem today won’t bring you satisfaction if your solution is less than enchanting. The British poet Keats concurs and wrote, “Beauty is truth; truth beauty.” However, you could mislead yourself into thinking you know where you want to go when you are actually heading in the wrong direction. It’s time to put on a very practical pair of glasses. Ultimately, the best answers come to you now when you see things exactly as they are.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You might not realize how forceful your actions are today as you attempt to get what you want. Even if you mean well, your friends could easily misinterpret your aggressive behavior, setting the stage for a war of words. However, an argument is just a waste of energy now because you’re probably in closer agreement than you realize. Consciously softening your approach goes a long way toward making everyone happier in spite of the confusion. Listen more than you talk for the quickest resolution.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your energy may be stretched very thin now because a recent burst of enthusiasm prompted you to say yes to one too many projects. Don’t wait until you are mentally exhausted to make a change. Instead, exercise sensible restraint today because it’s more important to follow through on what you already started, even if you are tempted to run off in search of the next great thing. Part of your charm is your dependability, so honor your commitments before you do anything else.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are engaged in a strange dance now between the old and the new. Your friends and coworkers may urge you to leave a worn-out habit behind, but you might not be ready to release your attachment to the past. Paradoxically, the more you analyze your current affairs, the more confused you become. Stop thinking long enough to act on what you are feeling instead of what others are telling you. The answer is simple: follow your heart and see where it leads.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If you are lucky enough to have special people in your life that you can lean on, it may be disconcerting if they are not readily available today. You might feel as if you are being abandoned, but rest assured that isn’t what’s happening. In fact, your friends probably don’t even realize the intensity of your current process. By simply changing your attitude you could turn this moment into an opportunity to explore your dreams without any interference from others.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Clinging to a desired outcome probably won’t bring you much happiness today. You may come close to recapturing your lost sense of emotional security, but it slips away as you approach the magic moment of fulfillment. Instead of building your hopes up only to have them dashed, keep bringing your focus back to the moment at hand. It’s perfectly fine to allow cosmic opposites to exist simultaneously without taking sides now. Let things hang in the balance until your clarity returns.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s as if you are at the movies, watching your fantasies unfold on the miniature silver screen inside of your head. Although each separate scenario represents a possible turn of events, you would rather be dealing with the hard cold facts and not dreamy illusions. Nevertheless, you can’t just stop your thoughts by decree. Instead of trying to force change, recognize that today’s fanciful excursions are an effective way to explore the potential of the present moment.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re being asked to forgo your rational approach now and adopt a more poetic style. Don’t worry about being productive today because you have more pressing work to do reconnecting with your soul. Even if you can’t explain your current spiritual yearnings to anyone else, rest assured that the right words will come later. But the magic won’t happen on its own; you must take the time to cultivate your dreams and exercise your creativity.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The good news is that you can still connect with your spiritual nature even if you are too busy to commune with others. It’s not about how much time you can take from your hectic schedule now; it’s more to do with how you use what’s available. Just setting aside a few minutes for meditation or relaxation might be enough to get you back in the groove. Finding your center empowers you to reach for the stars.

Good Wednesday Morning, my dear family & friends!

Friendship Comments & Graphics
Pray for the injured students that attend Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. Remember their parents as they go through this traumatic times and also their friends and classmates.  

Crone Mother, wise woman, you have
give us all sort of herbs, barks, flowers,
and roots that can heal us. Please grant
the doctors attending the injured the
knowledge and wisdom to best use your
energies in healing these students.

 

Dear Father, healing physician, please
send forth your healing energies and put
and end to these students’ suffering and
pain. Heal them as only you can, Divine
Father.

 

Thank you for your endless compassion
that you show to all your children.
So Mote It Be.
 
 
 
 
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Prayer for the Parents

 

O dearest Goddess, Mother of the Great
Earth, blue waters and the silver Moon,
please be with the parents of those injured
students this morning. Stress and confusion
have taken over their lives and they feel
lost and alone. Wondering about their
children’s fate. Ease this heavy burden as
I know only you can. Reassure them, their
children’s health is in your hands and You
with all Your Mighty Power will heal their
children. Returning each child to his or her
parents healthy and strong.

 

O dearest God, Father of the dark forests
and shimmering mountains, grant those
parents your spiritual strength so that they
can come through this time of crisis and
get back to normal life once again.

 

Dear Father & Mother, watch over
all concerned this morning. Whether
they be victim, family, or friends show
them your love, compassion and comfort
in this their hour of need.
So Mote It Be.

Daily Overview of Your Chinese Horoscopes for April 2nd

Daily Overview of Your Chinese Horoscopes

April 2, 2014

 

You can have good times with friends today. Give people you like genuine compliments and see how happy it makes them. People need to hear positive things about themselves. True things said by others can be healing. Try this out on more than one person. A frustrating situation can reveal new possibilities.

 

Source:
Horoscope*com

Let’s Glance at Today’s Totem/Power Animal – The Crow/Raven

Crow/Raven

This large, stately black bird assumes an almost universal role as a symbol of death or destiny.

Among the Celtic people, the bird was associated with various war goddesses, who could assume the form of a raven at will. The Vikings held similiar beliefs about the valkyries, and it was decreed that understanding the speech of birds could help one gain entry to the world of valkyries and ravens, where the results of future battles were ordained. Valkyries, in their coats of lustrous black feathers, were also known as Kraken, or crows. Warriors who fell in battle and whose bodies could not be reclaimed by friends or family were known as hrafengrennir, “raven feeders.”

The great Danish hero Sigurd was the some of King Ragnar Lodbrok and the valkyrie Krake, a shape-shifter who could choose to be a beautiful maiden or a crow.

0In numerous fairy tales of the northern Europeans, the raven is the spirit helper who guides the hero through the dangerous turns and traps of his quest. The raven is also a reliable consultant on the vagaries of the Other World.

In the Germanic tradition, the great hero Emperor Fredrick is guarded by ravens as he sleeps in his underground sanctuary until the day of his return to earth.

During the dark and troubled Middle Ages in Europe, the crow also came to be associated with Satan because of its black color and raucous cry. Moralistic animal fables were told of the crow’s shame of its blackness, even to the point of scattering mud on elegant swans in an attempt to make them look like him. They, of course, could wash off the dirt, but the jealous crow could never change his color. St. Antony, however, was not disturbed by such negative reports against the crow, for he chose it as his animal symbol.

Among many Native American tribes, especially among the plains and southwestern groups, the crow is a trickster figure, similiar in many ways to the coyote.

The Dakota envision the crow as an assistant to the plover, the Spirit of the South, who presided over warm weather. When the Spirit of the North arrived with his winter wolves, a battle ensued between them and the crow and the plover. According to tradition, if the two birds with their war clubs are able to beat back the wolves, warm weather would prevail for a little while longer before the harsh cold set in over the plains.

The Pueblo groups usually associate owls and crows with Dark Side witchcraft, and it was generally accepted that witches could change themselves into crows at will and fly at night to work their evil deeds.

In the Native American zodiac, those born from September 23 to October 22 are Crow/Raven people. The Medicine Wheel describes them as social, energetic, and full of nervous energy and fluctuating moods. But they are generally very flexible and adapt well to new enviroments and circumstances.

If you have selected the crow as your totem animal-or if the crow has selected you-you may consider yourself to be something of a shape-shifter, gifted at wearing many faces. Be cautious of becoming too manipulative of others and impinging upon the free will of those who may be a bit gullible and easily led.

Your crow is a keen-eyed student of the enviroment from a perspective seldom achieved by ordinary observers. As one who watches shrewdly over the lay of the land on both spiritual and physical levels, your totem animal expresses a point of view that touches several dimensions. As you learn better how to listen, you will find that he is a messenger without peer.

As a spirit helper, the crow will be able to get you in touch with many ancient mysteries, but you must regularly enter the Silence to be certain that you do not yield to the temptation of exploiting the powers of these ancient wisdoms for the glory of the Dark Side. If you are able to maintain your spiritual balance, the crow will guide you to become a gifted practitioner of True Magick and Medicine.

Dreams

Your animal totem is warning you that should you continue a present course of action, you will be in for a great disappointment.

Totems

The Transformative Power Of Your Personal Animal Totem

Brad Steiger

ISBN 0-06-251425-3

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The Crow

Crows are very vocal birds. They are sly and often deceptive in their actions. Crows have been known to build false nests high in treetops to confuse predators. The height of their nests give them the opportunity to watch everything that is going on around them. Many cultures think of crow as the keeper of knowledge for nothing escapes their keen sight.

Crows travel in groups and make mischief in teams. As one crow explores something new, others will watch closely to see what happens and then learn from it. In this way they seem to always be in council with each other. They often raise a ruckus when hunters are around, warning deer and other birds. Crows recognize possible danger and always post lookouts when feeding—thier most vulnerable time.

Their language is complex and they have a remarkable voice range. Each caw has its own meaning. Sometimes crow warns of impending danger. Other times it signals a time to join in council and make decisions. Listening to crow can teach those with this medicine how to hear the truth of what is being said.

The striking black color of crow represents the color of creation. It is the womb out of which the new is born. Black the color of night gives birth to the light of a new day. Crow is a daytime bird reminding us that magic and creation are present in both. Their ability to shift between the known and unknown world indicates new journeys.

Because crow is adaptable to all environments and will eat almost anything they can survive in almost any situation. Crow is associated with magic, unseen forces and spiritual strength. If crow flies into your life, get out of your familiar nest, look beyond your present range of vision, listen to its caw and act accordingly.

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Good Morning To The WOTC! Wishing You A Very Blessed & Happy Tuesday!

Good Morning, Dear Family & Friends!

I hope everyone has a very blessed Tuesday.

Be careful & stay safe,

Goddess Bless You & Yours,

Lady A & The WOTC

Be thankful I changed my mind, I was going to get into a very deep discussion. Changed my mind and decided to keep it short and sweet.

Love Ya! Off to work I go…..

Daily OM for November 29th – Reconnecting with Friends

Reconnecting with Friends
Special Messengers

by Madisyn Taylor

When fate brings old friends back into our lives, there is always a reason.

Every person that passes through our lives makes a contribution to our life stories. There are those who play large roles and make deep impressions, but sometimes a brief special appearance before life takes them in another direction creates a meaningful connection. It is a rare gift when they suddenly reappear in our lives after a long absence.

Though the world may seem full of more people than we could ever know, we are often drawn to people with similar energy, which brings us together time and time again. On first meeting, the characters in our life stories may seem familiar. We may know each other from past lives or perhaps we merely recognize the energy of a kindred spirit. But when fate brings old friends back into our lives, there is always a reason. They may act as messengers, reminding us of a part of ourselves we have forgotten to nurture. They might appear to give us a chance to react in a new way to an old situation. They may even bring up unresolved issues so that we may complete them, giving us the chance to move forward on our life path. Whether old friends, previous romances, or once and future partners, their reappearance is more than mere chance. They may never know what they bring into our lives, but the renewed contact is a gift.

If this hasn’t happened to you, maybe you are meant to initiate contact by seeking out old friends. If old friends come to mind or into your dreams, use their appearance as an excuse to get in touch. If an old song or movie reminds you of them, reach out to share the gift of renewed contact. Wherever you fall in the circle of connection and reconnection, be sure to look beyond the surprise of the moment to enjoy the deeper gift that this revelation brings.

The Daily OM

Divorce with Grace

Divorce with Grace
A Life-Altering Decision

by Madisyn Taylor

If you are divorcing, look to your inner heart for guidance and surround yourself with loving friends.

Like the act of marriage that binds two people together, divorce is the result of a life-altering decision. It is the dissolving of a relationship that we believed would last our whole lives. We may not even be able to articulate how we got to this place, yet we may also feel we have no choice but to sever this tie. Whatever we feel, we need the support of the friends and family who will stand by us no matter what we decide. At some point, we may need to be challenged to look deeper inside ourselves as we make this very important decision, but what we need most of all is unconditional love and loyalty.

Divorce is a process that, once in motion, becomes difficult to stop, and this can be painful if we find ourselves having second thoughts. We may feel that we should do more to save the marriage, or we may wonder if there is something about ourselves that we could fix or change instead of going through with this painful separation. On the other hand, we may be seeing in hindsight that our marriage was truly only meant to last for a short time so that we could learn something we needed to know. Whatever the case, we need friends who will allow us to linger in confusion when we don’t have the answers and who will support us whether we find ways to reconcile and stay married or whether we walk away.

Of course, the most essential ally we have lives inside our hearts and speaks to us from within. We can trust this inner guide to help us choose people who will support us in kind and loving ways as we navigate the rough terrain of confusion and loss. Sometimes all we can do is look to the horizon, remembering that we will get through this time, and no matter what happens we will once again feel whole.

The Daily OM

Embraced by the Goddess

Embraced by the Goddess

Author:   Elwin Shadowstrider   

Originally I was planning to place this in my Book of Mirrors, as you see; I changed my mind for many reasons. Some were to let others know of a beautiful life-changing event that forever changed me. I felt that to some it may help, for others maybe just to remind them of when they first set their own two feet on their Path.

Without a short background some of this will not make any sense at all, I will not go into gory detail. Some things are very tragic, some of those things I draw a great deal of strength from. However, my childhood was beyond horrible, abuse was prevalent, both physical and mental abuse. A great deal seems to come from Stephen King’s worst nightmares.

I have been asked many times by those who know me well how I did not become badly damaged goods…I attribute that to strength of will. I refuse to give up, especially when I know there are greater things out there than what I have to experience at that moment in time then. In time, I proved myself right, as you will see.

I was forced as a child to attend church; I really had no interest in going. They never could answer my questions to my satisfaction. The usual Cain slew Abel, then where did his wife come from if there were only four people on this planet at that time? Many explained that it was more than likely his sister, which I went up in flames then. Letting them know that only last week we were told that was forbidden to lie with your sister or brother. Or was it just holier then than it is now? You get the picture; I was seven when this took place.

My parents were begged not to bring me back to Sunday school. They said that I asked questions that no normal seven year old should ask, and that I should take more on “faith” and to be still and be quiet when the teacher was talking. I felt they were legitimate questions and still do, no pastor or otherwise could ever answer what I asked.

Many referred me to so and so apologetic pastor or seminary college since I was so questioning within the “faith”. Faith, no, I wanted clear concise answers as to WHY these things I was to take on “faith” had to not be asked. Too many holes within their stories and parables, I wanted straight facts that they were not equipped to give.

My teen years were pretty much the same; I was honestly kept as a house slave or servant, I was allowed no bed of my own, any furniture, and the least expensive clothes they could find and was told that it was “good” for my soul.

That got really old really quick, I grew up in Miami, Florida, and I had no air conditioning in my room either. The rest of the household had everything; this is just to give you an idea. By now, I had finally begged and cried to this “god” for deliverance, anything, just I wanted out of this household.

I begged for many years, all I got in return was silence…no answers.

I thought at first maybe I was “imperfect”, a “sinner” and god wanted nothing to do with me; just like everyone else in my life then. My despair began to grow to stellar heights, just what was I supposed to do? I left my Dad’s house when I was sixteen; I refused to put up with it any longer.

As the years passed as years will, I occasionally begged “god” for help, by now, I have been begging for years, still, no answer. I sought “help” from pastors; I got the usual praying over, and one even suggested performing an exorcism on me to cast out any “evil spirits” that might have taken up residence within.

Being that my family is from central Ireland we were brought up to trust and believe the clergy. Mostly Catholics, a few Protestants, was what ran in my family. I never could understand just how they could take so much on faith and let it go at that.

I was the one who always read everything, but my favorites still to this day is the “Sword and Sorcery” type epics that I learned so much from. I was the cast off, the one who believed that the Elves still existed and Dragons were around the next corner; during what free time I could steal away I walked the woods, searching for something, just what I never knew then.

What I didn’t know was that our beloved Green Man was whispering to me all that time. There were days I could almost hear what He was saying, almost; but not quite getting it.

Often, I just shrugged my shoulders and continued on, learning what so many just didn’t see. To learn of beauty, to know some small peace in my life. To see animals as more of my friends than Man, to know trees, to breathe in what I needed. In these times I didn’t feel lost at all, I felt at home then.

Here I will leave the past behind, these memories are very painful in ways, but I learned how to be what many never do, Human. To know the fullness of sorrow, anger, and hatred is something I do not recommend to anyone. Better to not know the fullness of what those emotions can do to a person, the hardness in can put in place of what should be someone’s heart.

This is when I looked back on my life, and wanted to know why, just why, “god” never answered me. Why my life was, so far, was so cold inside, why can’t I be happy like so many others here in this world?

Despair grew yet again, yet despair this time was very deep. It lasted for many months instead of just a few days.

I once again went to begging “god” for answers, help, anything; just one answer is all I required, just one. It never came, that answer. Finally, I broke down, after thirty-six years of fighting I broke down.

I gave up, entirely. I had nothing else to believe in.

Yes, I do have a wife and son; I do have family of my own. I love them both very dearly. I wanted faith. I wanted faith to believe in myself, to believe that when this path here on earth is over there is something other than nothing. As I said, I broke down, I wanted nothing anymore, and I gave up.

With that, I began the soul wrenching crying that signified total defeat; “god” wasn’t there. I was truly lost, and that’s what broke my heart more than anything. I was lost.

During this time of defeat, a PRESCENSE is the only way I could begin to describe it. Something unbelievably beyond me, something that radiated Love, I really gave in then. I felt as if I should know who this was, but for some reason I didn’t.

Then in a voice that was VERY female, soft, full of understanding and infinite Love spoke to me, ” Why do you weep? Why is your heart so heavy within your breast? Where is the laughter that I love to hear from you? Where are your smiles?”

I was dumbfounded, I could only answer, “I am lost, god doesn’t answer me, I am alone here, and I want faith in the universe around me.”

She laughed, not a mocking laughter, one full of understanding, and Love. “I have known your ancestors, the Celts, I know you. Why is it you don’t know me?”

I answered, ” My lady, I don’t know you I wish I did, I am tired of not knowing anything.”

She answered, ” So you shall, you are my child, none other’s, you are my son. Love shall be yours.”

At that moment, all the years of hatred, anger, sorrow, animosity, and narrow-minded beliefs fell away, replaced by Love. I fell to crying out of sheer joy and happiness.

At that, she laughed again, full of mirth, and joy that I did remember who She was at last. As I lay there my Goddess embraced me, not in the spiritual sense, it was very physical, yet I couldn’t see Her.

Her embrace was like nothing I have ever known in my life, for just one moment here on this plane of existence, I knew what it was like to Love all, to realize that Love was all my Goddess wanted from me; that and my laughter, my happiness.

Since that day, the Wiccan Rede is indelible upon me. I will harm NONE. I became a vegetarian; I refuse to harm anything, even so much as a bug outside.

My son (Goddess Bless him) came to me not two weeks ago and asked what was making me so happy, why I laughed at nearly everything now. I want to tell him, he’s only eleven, and I won’t alter his Path in life. When he gets a little older and he asks again, then I will tell him.

Just three days later, flying in the face of tradition, I gave myself to my Goddess. It’s been only five weeks from that wonderful day. I oath bound myself to Her, and laughed with Her when she accepted me as her child.

After the turn of events in the beginning of my life I had indeed proven myself right, that there are greater things out there. You just have to look in the right place sometimes.

There may be a few others out there who may have experienced something like this. I do not know, I do not claim to know. I know what gift was given to me, and that gift will be cherished until I see my Goddess yet again.

Please understand I have no hatred for the Christian religion. I have left hatred behind, and that is no longer who I am. I have many friends who are Christians; they know that I am a Witch, a Wiccan. They also know that I will never turn away from my Goddess; they know I will lovingly tell them that I have found my Path if they begin to preach at me.

I have also lost a great deal of friends who were too judgmental and walked away from me. Some of those were indeed painful, many were very good friends. Their children played with my son quite often, now I have yet to see them again.

I am at Peace with their choice; they too have a Path they must follow. As any Pagan, I just send them my Love from time to time. Many of my relatives also have nothing to do with me now, that too I have taken in Peace.

It is somewhat difficult to convey what exactly has happened to me. My life was filled with so much negative energies that I never believed that something such as this could really happen. Life has truly begun for me, to feel Love as never before, to Love all that I see. To feel the sense of the Spirit’s whisperings in all that is around me, to know and see indescribable beauty in all that my eyes behold.

The most fun part is to finally hear the Green Man’s laughter, to hear His dancing steps, to know His Love for all things that grow. I know who He is as well, no longer just whispers that I can’t quite catch, to hear His voice is truly wonderful. To also hear God’s voice in laughter with the Goddess’ laughter as I take my first tentative steps in Life, my heart is full.

There are days I wonder if I can really Love more than the day before, the answer is yes. Goddess, YES! Tears of true joy fall these days; the Goddess has embraced me. I have just scratched the surface of what I will know before I must return to Summerland.

I also no longer fear to die, I actually look forward to the day when I can return to all that knows me, to see those whom I know. To find so many there waiting for my return. I will also state I don’t think I will return to Mother Earth, I will stay in Summerland.

I know that I may return if I wish, however; I will stay. There is work to do there as well.

In closing, yes, I am indeed VERY new to Wicca; I have learned what Wiccan Pride is truly all about. I have learned what Love really is, what Peace, true Peace really is.

I have also learned what Magick is all about. Magick in one word, WOW! I had no real idea of what can be done; it’s real, and its mind blowing of what we can do with it.

I will leave you Sisters and Brothers here, know that one more Wiccan has joined your ranks. Thanks for taking the time to read of my experience with the Goddess. Know that She Loves us all; no matter what Path we take.

Merry Meet, Merry Partings until we Merry Meet again.

Abundant and Brightest Blessings to all,

Elwin Shadowstrider ) O (

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

1. THE GIFT OF LISTENING…
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2. THE GIFT OF AFFECTION…
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let
these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3. THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to
laugh with you.”

4. THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE…
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief,
handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT…
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That
was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6. THE GIFT OF A FAVOR…
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7. THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE…
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive
to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8. THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION…
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s
not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to
succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to
open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Author:   Lacran 

A lot of us have been here somewhere: the first time we picked up a book on it, the first time we had a Pagan/Wiccan friend tell us it wasn’t all about casting curses or eating babies, our first Google search on the subject. Maybe some of us even started out on the Witches’ Voice. Some of us maybe even found our way here after a lot of searching and an eventual suggestion from a friend or a family member out there somewhere. Some of the lucky ones were raised pagan and came here solely to post their own knowledge. Many of us are always still searching for more information as and when it comes up and always love having the opportunity to learn as much as we can. Some get really comfortable in one tradition and others, like myself, like to remain eclectic with their practice.

It’s due to this fluidity that a lot of my friends have become interested in my practice. One of my friends and I now has a partnership and she really wants it to turn into a coven. As of this writing (December 2010) , my friend has only been in her practice for a few months. As she lives a few hundred miles away in another city, we share our book of shadows through my Google docs (thanks to my much loved Gmail account) . It’s something that she really enjoys since it gives her an opportunity to learn about something that she wouldn’t have easy access to in any other way. More so, when she lives too far from a library to check out any of the books I suggest.

We’ve known each other for about three years; I’ve been a practicing Pagan since before I met her. Before that I was a practicing Christian and, for the most part, was miserable to the core. I learned through tedious numbers of Google searches and books checked out from the library on the subject. It took me a long time to read these books (and sometimes money in fines just so I could keep them longer due to a hold on the same title) and to find out whatever I could. I looked into everything that held my interest and anything that I could possibly get my hands on.

Having someone new under my belt like this, I could steer her mostly clear of the things I discovered were fake and turn her to places that I knew were more secure, places that I was sure would give her accurate information. Some of the books I’ve mentioned I was reading about it when I met her even made the point that Pagans and Wiccans didn’t eat babies within the first few pages of the book. Some of them even go after a lot of the other common myths that a lot of Americans have learned from their movies.

I know I’ve had friends asking me questions on my religion based on everything from the Disney movies a lot of us watched as children (and will probably show a lot of our own children one day if grandma doesn’t show these movies to them) to the horror movies that we see coming out every day. Even newer movies like The Princess and the Frog show images that are negative or incorrect images of what some of us believe.

It’s finding these kinds of things out that can make or shatter many peoples’ views of Pagans and Wiccans. Many of these people may even fear us because of what the media has to say about us. I’ve been one of the lucky ones; most of my friends have had no problems with my religion. Many of them aren’t afraid of any of the magick I do or anything that I currently practice.

There were a few who freaked out about it but others who didn’t. It’s the ones who stay that have learned the most from me, the ones who have seen through a lot of the myths that they’ve had the chance to ask me about. One friend has even embraced a new religion because I have been able to help her learn and this despite the fact that she lives so far away from me for most of the year.

These opportunities to learn are something that I always hope to be able to offer. I know I got lost on my own way to where I am now and would like to be a hand reaching out to guide others who ask it of me. I’ve chosen my own path and help others who have asked me for it without trying to convert anyone like so many of my friends have or that some of my peers have tried to do. Being a bisexual person, it’s one of the few places that I could consider a church and not have a priest tell me I wasn’t allowed or welcomed there. This Pagan religion is something that draws me and so many others and that will continue to attract more people as information on it continues to rise (both legitimate and illegitimate) .

Though the idea of a coven is new to me and isn’t something I thought I’d ever plan on doing anywhere other than online, the idea is also a bit exciting. The idea of being a High Priestess in a coven that I myself created and started is absolutely intimidating. It’s another way to get started in my practice that I never dreamed that I would be doing, no matter how long I had been practicing and how much I believed I knew.

Even now, with my entire book of shadows available to a friend, the idea that I could have more people working under me and looking for guidance has both its pros and cons. I am excited about having more people to share things with and to share what they were learning from various areas of the craft with me and yet I also am anxious about having people learning a lot from me that they may have never learned before. Even with one person, it’s been an experience and I love having the opportunity. It’s a version of ‘getting started’ that I’m excited to begin anew.