Your Charm for October 13th is Leo – The Lion

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:    

This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is generous, warm-hearted, creative, enthusiastic, broad-minded, expansive, faithful and loving. This person is most likely a relative.

General Description:      

Fifth sign of the Zodiac, July 23rd to Aug. 23rd. Ruled by the Sun; correct metal, Gold. Those born under the influence of Leo were believed to be enthusiastic, high spirited, affable, generous, strong, quick tempered, artistic, inventive, generally successful and proverbially lucky. The Leo stones are the Peridot and Onyx, also Amber. The Peridot was in former times valued more than the Diamond. In Rome it was worn as a charm to drive away evil spirits, despondency and illusions. Peridot amulets enjoyed a great reputation in the Middle Ages for inspiring wisdom and eloquence. Many medicinal properties were attributed to Amber, and its supposed virtues are still relied on in the East.

Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Week – July 26 – Festival of Sleipnir

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July 26th

Festival of Sleipnir

For members of Norse traditions, July 26 honors Sleipnir, the mythical horse of Odin that represents time and permits him to ride between the worlds. In Asatru, the eight-legged steed take Odin between the three worlds: from the upper one of the Gods (Asgard), through our own middle kingdom of Midgard, down into the underworld of shades (Utgard). As the Norse God of War and Poetry and Conductor of the Dead, Odin’s ability to transcent the planes of consciousness is what allows him the ability to oversee the fate of humans and Sleipnir serves as his magickal transportation.

July 16 – Daily Feast

July 16 – Daily Feast

If time were a dollar – how careful we would be with how we spent it. We wouldn’t spend it on worry, for we know fretting is not profitable. Anything limited makes us conscious of what we do with it, whether it is time or money or the people in our lives. How we value what we have decides what we keep. The Cherokee doesn’t want many things, but they know the wise are, I yv da, careful or mindful of what is important. Such caution teaches us to think before we talk, to slow our pace and find peace of mind. It eventually gives us more resources, and more time to enjoy them.

~ If we could have spared more, we would have given more…. ~

CANASSATEGO

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daily Feng Shui News for July 16th – 'The Ruby'

It’s long been believed that those born in July who wear their ruby birthstone close to their skin will never suffer from lover’s doubts or any other romantic anxieties. This could be because so many cultures and traditions associate the color red with passion, sensual sexuality and true, everlasting love. So, if someone you know is celebrating a birthday this month, give them the gift that literally keeps on giving — a little red stone with a lot of loving and fire energy attached. Not only is this gift hot, but now they will be too.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Horoscope Animal Allies

Your Horoscope Animal Allies

by Annie B. Bond

 

Most of us know our birthstone (although I have never liked mine, preferring the one for January, go figure), but how many of us know the animals that are traditionally associated with our astrological sun sign?

Your horoscope’s power animals may surprise you! Find out what they are, right here:

You may want to honor your sun sign’s animals by bringing small pictures or figurines of them into your life, and thinking about their qualities.

Aries, March 21-April 19: Ram, tiger, leopard, stallion, vulture, magpie, robin.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Bull, cow, dove, sparrow, swan.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Dog, squirrel, serpent, parrot, linnet, eagle, finch.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Crab, otter, seal, stag, heifer, unicorn, seagull, owl, white peacock.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Lion, wolf, griffin, peacock, rooster, eagle.

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Rooster, squirrel, magpie, parrot.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Hart, hare, dove, swan, sparrow.

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Scorpion, wolf, panther, dog, wild boar, eagle, vulture, dragon, griffin, phoenix.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Mare, lion, unicorn, eagle, peacock, bird of paradise.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Dog, elephant, goat, bear, owl, falcon.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Dog, otter, cuckoo, albatross, phoenix.

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Sheep, ox, seal, swan, stork, sandpiper.

Gemstone of the Day for August 7: Ruby

Ruby

Red Corundum

 

Ruby gemology

Species: Corundum Color: Varying red
Chemical composition: Al2O3 aluminum oxide
Crystal system: (Trigonal) hexagonal prisms or tables, rhombohedrons
Hardness: 9 (Mohs scale)
Specific gravity: 3.97 – 4.05
Refractive index: 1.762 -1.778
Birefringence: -0.008
Color of streak: White,
Absorption spectrum: 694, 693, 668, 659, 610-500, 476, 475, 468
Fluorescence: Strong carmine red

 

The Ruby zodiac, myth & legend

For a long time India was considered as the classical source of rubies. In the Sanskrit language ruby is called “ratnaraj”, which translates as “King of Gemstones”.

In ancient times one of the chief attractions of ruby has been its protection from misfortune and bad health.

Ruby is the birthstone for those who are born in July. On the Zodiac chart, ruby is the stone for Capricorn.

Ruby is also used to celebrate a couple’s 15th and 40th anniversary.

In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages people believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. The ruby is assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto. The esoteric movement revived the ancient belief and the gem industry made it another marketing tool to promote certain gems.

The healing powers of gems remain a controversial issue, but are mentioned for centuries by healers, shamans and medicine men. Whether it’s a fact or a placebo effect doesn’t matter, if it helps. The safest approach is to wear the gemstone in skin contact to the troubled part of the body. Ruby is said to be a general health protection and a help for backache and toenail problems.

Things To Do This Lammas……

Throughout today’s posts you will find hints on things to do this Lammas. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful.

Collect corn husks, dry and store  in shade.  “Corn” was a generic term for  cereal crops (i.e., wheat,  barley, oats), and New World corn was added after 1520.  Our non-irrigated winter wheat is harvested in June  and July where I live.  We can collect wild wheat stalks and seeds, tie, and hang in shade.   Make a corn dolly and keep  until the Yule Celebration.  We can pick fruit  (apricots, berries, figs and plums) and dry them.  Many kinds for fruit are ripe  in late July, so place some of these on your home altar.  Many garden herbs  are at their peak and ready for harvesting to make herbal remedies, air  fresheners, use in herbal magic, and for decoration.  There are hundreds of  good books and websites on the magical, sacramental, and health uses of herbs. 

July 25 – Daily Feast

July 25 – Daily Feast

The haying season is in full swing and trucks loaded with bales of green-gold leave the meadows stirred into action. Killdeer circle overhead, and quail call for a covey scattered by the noise of machines. To all appearances, this is the quiet season – but appearances are deceiving. The end is never the end but another beginning. The grasses drying in the sun have dropped seeds that will sprout again. Tall graceful sunflowers shade the wild petunias that wait for another rain. We finish one thing and begin another – always with a fresh eye for how we can do better. It reminds us that what we want to reap, we must first plant and cultivate and water with love.

~ The Great Spirit has smiled upon us and made us glad. ~

KEOKUK, 1848

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Magickal Correspondence for Thursday, July 26

Your Magickal Correspondence for July 26th

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Incense: Cinnamon, Must, Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter

Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces

Angel: Sachiel

Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo

Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak

Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire

Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

 

Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.

The Wicca Book of Days for July 21 – Adoring Aten

The Wicca Book of Days for July 21

Adoring Aten

 

In ancient Egyptian belief, July 21 marked the birthday of Aten, the divine disk of the sun, and was also considered the date on which the universe came into being, for it was told that after the Sun God – who was worshiped in various places and periods as Re, or Ra, Atum, Amun, and Amun-Re – had manifested himself, he went on to create the other Gods. Aten was once regarded as an aspect of Re (specifically, as the Sun God’s body), but gained temporary absolute primacy when he was elevated by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV (1372 – 54 BC.) to the unique position of sole divinity.

 

A Golden Egg

To celebrate the Sun, look out for a translation of the ancient Egyptian text called The Hymn to Aten, which Pharaoh Amenhotep is reputed to have composed. Alternatively, boil an egg and savor the sight of its golden yolk, a solar symbol.

When Maiden Becomes Mother

When Maiden Becomes Mother

Lammas Traditions from Nebraska to Wales

by Brighid

Once again, we approach the fall rituals of harvest and riches of the Earth Goddess, thankful for Her bounty She bestows on us. Lammas, August 1 (its celebration typically held the night before, July 31), is the time of the first grain harvest, with objects made of grains (wheat, barley, corn and so on – for example, a bundle of corn stalks) being considered very magickal, for they represent the generosity of the Mother.

Lammas is directly contrasted in the wheel of the year to Imbolc. The two holidays represent opposite aspects of the Goddess. At Imbolc She is the Corn Maiden, fresh and new after her winter rest, and at Lammas She is the Corn Mother, the crone with all development and fruitfulness coming to an end. Lammas also involves the Sun King becoming the Dark Lord, giving of his energy to the crops to ensure life. It is the time of the death of summer and the start of fall, with the days growing shorter and the foliage ending its growth and fruit-bearing cycles. It is the time to share the fruits of the earth, of your own accomplishments with others.

Almost every culture has a celebration in thankfulness for the reaping of the crops in this time of year.

The Celts knew this holiday as Lughnasadn (pronounced loo-na-sa), celebrating the harvest of the grains, marking the last days of the sun god, Lugh. However, races and games that were held in Lugh’s name were more the funeral games for Lugh’s mother, the goddess Tailtiu, in her time of being crone. The Celts believed that the grain held the spirit of the harvest; as each sheaf was cut, the next would absorb the spirit energy of the cut sheaf. Thus, when reapers came to the last sheaf, it contained the whole spirit of the field. A corn doll was made of it in the image and honor of the Mother. In some groups, the person gathering the last grain, often in some special feat of sickle-wielding, was honored by receiving the magick of the grain. Lammas was also a time for Tailltean marriages, informal marriages that lasted a year and a day, similar to handfastings.

In the Bronze Age, there was a Lughnasadn tradition that a High King or God King was chosen then to serve a year and a day, after which his reign ended and so did his life in honor of the Goddess. He was a symbol of the grain, which has to die before its seeds are sown. As by request of Lugh himself, this ritual was put to an end and a great feast was instituted in its place.

The English (Saxons) called this holiday Lammas, “loaf mass,” the mass after the loaves are made from the new grain. At Lammas, couples would run hand-in-hand over bonfires to purify their relationships, a tradition perhaps connected to the Celtic Tailltean marriages.

The Welsh also had a Lammas holiday, and using the muscles gained from the summer work, they held games to test their strength. These games are still held today, alternating between North and South Wales.

The Italian streghe (witches) associated this holiday with the symbol of the cornucopia overflowing with fruit and the harvest grains.

When I was a young girl, we in Nebraska had our own ritual when the big combines would roll into our small farming town. My girlfriends and I would spread out on lawn chairs in my front yard – my house was closest to the road – and watch the hired Texan and Oklahoman farmhands steer those massive machines into our area. Watching the men work, their young muscles bronze and sweaty, over the corn harvest, we would place bets – betting our tip money (very vital since it also was our party money) on which boy we could charm with our wiles and snatch a few intimate moments with. Ah, the harvest we had!

Whatever your celebration ritual may be, let us all remember this is a time for appreciating all that She has given us and for sharing that bounty with others. Enjoy your Lammas!

July 16 – Daily Feast

July 16 – Daily Feast

If time were a dollar – how careful we would be with how we spent it. We wouldn’t spend it on worry, for we know fretting is not profitable. Anything limited makes us conscious of what we do with it, whether it is time or money or the people in our lives. How we value what we have decides what we keep. The Cherokee doesn’t want many things, but they know the wise are, I yv da, careful or mindful of what is important. Such caution teaches us to think before we talk, to slow our pace and find peace of mind. It eventually gives us more resources, and more time to enjoy them.

~ If we could have spared more, we would have given more…. ~

CANASSATEGO

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

July 15 – Daily Feast

July 15 – Daily Feast

A shallow river that is not deep enough to hold all the water that runs into it during the rainy season is always in danger of pushing out of its banks. When it overflows, everything is in danger. Those who live near such a river know the must be prepared. They have seen havoc wreaked on everything in its way. But they have the same feeling about people who are so like the river. Such people have no control and no depths, and tend to push into the lives of others persons. Many of the walls we build are to protect us from intrusion. The Cherokees remember that need for a li s de lv to di, safety or protection, and will not again be caught in the floodtide.

~ No man of my race has ever stood there before. The flood rises, looking upward I see a steep, stony path. I lead the way up…. ~

STANDING BEAR

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Starcodes horoscopes for July 13 – 19, 2012

Starcodes horoscopes for July 13 – 19, 2012

by Heather Roan Robbins

“It’s going to be a bumpy ride -Shrunken Head, Prisoner of Azkaban

Fasten your seat belts, we are energize and challenged, in some places, may be challenged to our core this week by communications problems and technical snafus all under some irritable, authority resistant aspects.  It’s time to prioritize peaceful solutions and safe explorations as communicative Mercury and electrical Uranus retrograde, while motivational Mars challenges the great revolutionary trigger planets, Pluto and Uranus.

These conditions are classic astrological patterns for accidents and storms, of both the weather and human temper variety. But they are also for great adventure and meeting a challenge that has haunted us before, meeting and overcoming that challenge and so growing our sense of identity.

It really helps that emotion-provoking Venus is in communicative, forgiving Gemini and activating Mars is in the friendly sign of Libra, so generally we can keep things friendly and mellow, and be truly be helpful to one another in the process. Tempers will spike of the craziest things this week, and can be easily set off by misunderstandings or by hidden information that now comes to light. If we can keep talking, we can process this through quickly. But this Mars is willing to fight to the finish if a situation feels unfair and ordinary channels of communication are not working.

This line-up creates a paradoxical tone: nice days sprinkled with a few strange tantrums and manic episodes, lazy summer moments with technical and electrical snafus, ordinary quiet spells with peppered with challenges that demand our presence and ask us to be brave and real.

The weekend starts out on Friday the 13th a day of luck, good or bad. Strange technical glitches and scattered nerves can test us as Uranus retrogrades as the weekend begins, but we need to stay focused and nail down loose ends before Mercury turns retrograde on Sunday. The retrograde follies have already begun as Mercury appeared to slow down over this last week. We may have noticed technical problems, like phone lines that drop signal or machinery that does not work as planned. Or people problems, as, old complaints work to the surface and people rethink decisions they made before.

As Mercury turns retrograde it sends us back inside to get the back story and do some personal work. We may have to go back to a place we’ve lived, people we’ve known, or projects we’ve left behind. It is time to initiate work retrograde procedures, so for the next three weeks don’t take any communication for granted. Let’s make sure they heard what was intended, understood what we meant, and got the e-mail. Check schedules, confirm appointments. Keep a good book near at all times for unexpected delays. Schedule in extra time and keep track of important items, like cell phones, keys, or papers. Measure twice before cutting, check twice the address before sending the email.

This coming week could be an unusually brave and adventurous, arousing and accident prone because Mars, arbiter of our temper and our energy level, our right to say both no and yes, is cranking in some heavy aspects. Put safety on the front burner, don’t hide out but do move with attention and awareness. If we hide out or ground our kids, impatience usually builds until we do something rash, which makes this a self-fulfilling prophesy. So let’s whole-heartedly engage the world, but make it a dance.

Over the weekend we can feel a peaceful, introspective energy, but as Mars, our energy pack, opposes chaotic and electrical Uranus, trines expansive Jupiter, and squares powerful Pluto midweek, we have to watch out for trouble. Impulse control is low. Smell the whiff of revolution in response to anything that would tick off a Libra, anything unbalanced, unkind, or ugly. Expect politics to get ugly. Don’t play with fire or fuel. Use this energy to tackle real problems; put it to good use and keep it out of trouble.

Venus and Mars trine in friendly air signs do add a pleasant romantic milieu. Relationships will need lots of communication and little judgmental attitude; we can puddle along together and encourage one another gently most days, but when a problem comes up, and it can so easily with Mercury retrograde misunderstandings, tempers can spike easily. Confirm all data before responding, and be as gentle as possible with one another.

Friday, July 13: Keep it mellow, stay cool under potential glitches this morning as Uranus retrogrades. We may feel a little spacy and disoriented, so make an effort get grounded and present. Noon time is sociable and sensuous as the Taurus sextiles the Sun. Afternoon grows more distant, tired, we could all use a nap, but stay alert enough to bring the point home and enough to batten the hatches and make sure loose ends are cleaned up now. Enjoy a quirky, hungry evening and share luck stories.

Saturday, July 14: A nervy morning can leave us discouraged or concerned this afternoon. Unwind and let details scatter as the Gemini Moon squares Chiron this morning. Cartoons may be in order. If we can, let’s take a day off and putter mindlessly or socialize easily as Mercury sextiles Venus, but responsibilities may press us back into action as the Sun squares Saturn later on. Some real or imagined deadline may pressure us, but will take extra effort to complete as Mercury retrogrades. Make necessary adjustments, keep plans loose, humor nearby, and initiate retrograde Mercury skills. Relax sociably tonight; babble is good, we need to talk but may not need to make sense.

Sunday, July 15: Hurry and efforts all snarl up; go with the flow and prioritize centering, and this can be a beautiful day as the Moon sextiles Mercury and conjuncts Venus. Non-sequential conversation furthers. Gather with like minds and share without an agenda. Listen and be surprised.

Monday, July 16: If some personal quirky issue gets tapped this morning as the Sun challenges Chiron, take it as a signal to heal the issue rather than repeat the problem. The day is moody and itchy, full of paradox; many aspects crank up our restlessness and call us out and about, while a Cancer Moon whispers of existential homesickness. Expect mixed signals and conflicting feelings. Hold hands and don’t try to make sense of it all; just ride the waves.

Tuesday, July 17: Feel the protective bravery and proceed carefully as Mars trines Jupiter and the Moon opposes Pluto. A problem may require a surgical decision. Confidence and energy can help us successfully tackle a challenge, but without a challenge we can chew on ourselves or the ones we love. Moods are touchy, tender, with defensive brilliance. Later, walk the line between loneliness and useful solitude and gently confront some lurking fear as Mars squares Pluto.

Wednesday, July 18: This tricky day roils with technical difficulties, primal emotions, and an opportunity to transform ourselves as Mars opposes Uranus and Jupiter quincunx Pluto. Notice a ruggedly individualist mood and don’t hassle the cowboys. We may be challenged to let go of old modes of operation and pushed out of our comfort zone, but can rise to the challenge and find capacities we didn’t know we had. Even through strong emotional winds blow through, we need to think and act strategically. A New Moon in Cancer tonight offers a chance to start over and take better care of ourselves and others in the new cycle ahead.

Thursday, July 19: Keep it safe and keep it moving. Let’s tell our story. It feels really important to be appreciated and understood, to have our efforts noticed as the Moon goes in Leo. Though we may want to dramatize our situation to express how it feels to us the situation may be dramatic enough on its own. Show love, show appreciation, listen to one another’s stories, and don’t push anyone more than necessary, because we don’t know what drama already lurks in their life. Sympathy heals.

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The Wicca Book of Days for July 15 – The Moon’s Moon

The Wicca Book of Days for July 15

The Moon’s Moon

 

If July’s full moon rises on a Cancerian date, both the event and the Esbat that celebrates it are truly special, for the zodiacal Crab, and the days that it encompasses, are governed by the moon itself. This lunar coincidence may inspire you when it comes to naming your Esbat, but it may be that you prefer to emphasize a different aspect of this time of year. Some Wiccans refer to the “mead moon,” highlighting the home brewed, honey-based drink that was enjoyed in earlier eras, while others talk of the “hay moon,” referring to the harvesting that traditionally takes place around now.

 

Saint Swithin’s

According to English lore, how the weather is on July 15 is how it will remain for forty days. Swithin, Bishop of Winchester had his requested church-yard burial in 862, but when it was decided to move his remains inside on July 15, 891, forty days of rain followed.