Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Astral Plane


Astral Projection


Realm believed to be beyond space and time; considered by some as an alternative dimension running alongside the physical realm we currently inhabit where beings (including ourselves) can travel and interact in spirit or astrally; sometimes visited to perform magick that can affect change on the physical plane.


Also called astral traveling; the art of “leaving one’s body” while in a trance state to visit other locations or realms astrally, or “in spirit.” Traveling into the astral plane, generally understood as a parallel world unseen in our world of form. Studies have shown an individual successfully astral projecting can be seen and heard by a non-projecting individual on this plane, giving credit to this ability.

July 7 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1520 Battle of Otumba, Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

1937 Japanese and Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War

1947 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident

2005 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700

2005 Influenced by global Live 8 concerts, G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010

Today’s Historical Events

1124 Tyrus surrenders to Crusaders

1438 King Charles VII issues the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges stating that a General Church Council with superior power to the Pope must be held every 10 years

1456 A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death

1495 King Ferdinand II returns to Naples

1498 Emperor Maximilian I establishes choir of Imperial Chapel

1520 Battle of Otumba, Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

1534 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick

1543 French troops invade Luxembourg

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1936 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)

1939 “The Rules of the Game”, French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris

1949 “Dragnet” premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967

1956 “Hancock’s Half Hour” premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

1975 TV soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” premieres

1977 “The Spy Who Loved Me”, 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

1980 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe

1980 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1949 “Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)” opens at Broadway NYC for 76 performances

1956 Douglas Moore/John Latouche’ opera “Ballad of Baby Doe,” premieres

1965 Otis Redding records “Respect”

1967 Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” is released

1967 Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1

1968 Rock group “Yardbirds” disband

1986 It is reported that Boy George is being treated for heroin addiction

1988 Hungarian state funeral for composer Béla Bartók in Budapest, 42 years after his death with his remains relocated from New York

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1868 Surrey wicket-keeper Ted Pooley completes a then-1st class cricket record 12 dismissals (8 caught, 4 stumped) in a County match against Sussex at The Oval

1887 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 3-time runner-up Herbert Lawford wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ernest Renshaw 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

1890 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Irishman Willoughby Hamilton wins his only Wimbledon title beating 7-time champion William Renshaw 6-8, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

1892 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard for a 4th time in a Wimbledon final 6-1, 6-1

1900 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans

1911 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers becomes first player not to concede a game in a final beating Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

1914 Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers future baseball legend Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A’s); refuses pleading lack of finance

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Form of alternative healing using essential oils, believed to contain the power of plants and that the medicinal properties of those plants can work through the olfactory system (sense of smell) as smell is shown to affect the conscious mind; may be used in a multitude of ways, such as candles, and incorporated into other modalities such as massage.

July 6 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1348 Papal bull of Pope Clement VI issued during the Black Death stating Jews not to blame and urging their protection

1785 US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage

1885 Louis Pasteur successfully give an anti-rabies vaccine to 9-year-old Joseph Meister, saving his life

1923 The Central Executive Committee accepts the Treaty of Union, signed in Moscow in December 1922, and the Russian Empire becomes the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1967 Nigerian Civil War erupts as Nigerian forces invade the secessionist state of Biafra

1970 California passes 1st “no fault” divorce law

Today’s Historical Events

1016 Battle of Pontlevoy: one of largest battles of early Medieval France won by Fulk the Black and Hebert I of Maine again Odo II of Blois in the Loire Valley

1044 The Battle of Ménfő takes place in Hungary, won by a German force led by Peter Orseolo over Hungarians

1189 Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England, upon the death of King Henry II

1253 Mindaugas is crowned King of Lithuania

1348 Papal bull of Pope Clement VI issued during the Black Death stating Jews not to blame and urging their protection

1415 Bohemian religious reformer Jan Hus is burned at the stake in Constance, Germany

1483 Richard III is crowned King of England after deposing Edward V

1484 Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1933 “Nertsery Rhymes” short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges

1945 Abbott and Costello‘s film “The Naughty Nineties” released; features longest version of their “Who’s on First?” routine

1954 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting

1959 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

1969 Filming begins on “Ned Kelly” starring Mick Jagger

1990 “Jetsons the Movie” by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres

1994 “Forrest Gump”, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom HanksRobin Wright, and Gary Sinise, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1995)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1946 “St Louis Woman” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances

1957 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon’s rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter’s, Woolton’s Parish Church in Liverpool

1964 The Beatles’ film “Hard Day’s Night” premieres in London

1965 Rock group “Jefferson Airplane” forms

1975 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147

1997 “Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical” closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances

2005 Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland; performers include Wet Wet Wet, Annie Lennox, James Brown, the Corrs, and The Proclaimers

2010 Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, “The Wild Trapeze”

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1887 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod becomes youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); defending champion beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0

1889 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Lena Rice 4-6, 8-6, 6-4

1907 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his ‘cradle’ cannon method is soon banned

1912 V Summer (Modern) Olympic Games officially open Stockholm, Sweden; events conducted prior to the ceremony dating back to 5 May

1920 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators

1923 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Kitty McKane 6-2, 6-2 for her 5th straight Wimbledon singles title

1928 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

1929 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Henri Cochet beats fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Universal pattern, symbol, or figure believed to be of primordial origins; typically used as a form of language between the conscious and subconscious minds. The most famous theories and discussions of the role and importance of archetypes were first proposed by psychologist Carl Jung.

July 5, Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1687 Isaac Newton‘s great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation

1811 Venezuelan Declaration of Independence: 7 provinces declare themselves independent of Spain

1852 Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his ‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’ speech to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, condemns the celebration as hypocritical sham

1865 US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department

1994 founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos

2004 First Indonesian presidential election by the people – first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)

Today’s Historical Events

649 St Martin I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

767 Duke of Nepi names his brother (leek) Pope Constantine II

1166 Austrian town of Bad Kleinkirchheim is first mentioned, in an ecclesiastical document

1294 Pietro del Murrone elected as Pope Coelestinus V

1295 Scotland and France form an alliance, the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England

1436 German emperor Sigismund signs peace with Hussieten

1450 Pope Nicolas V names Walraven van Meurs bishop of Munster

1596 English fleet under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, captures Cadiz

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1953 WANC TV channel 21 in Asheville, NC (IND) begins broadcasting

1954 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin

1961 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

1970 20th Berlin International Film Festival cancelled due to controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven’s anti-war film “o.k.”

1989 “Seinfield” (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles” screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1942 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Chôros 6/9/11

1947 “Barefoot Boy with Cheek” closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances

1954 Singer Elvis Presley‘s 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s song “That’s All Right”. [1]

1963 1st Beatles’ tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon’s cover of “From Me to You” at no. 87

1965 Greek-American soprano Maria Callas makes her final opera stage appearance in the title role of Giacomo Puccini‘s “Tosca” at Convent Garden, London, England

1968 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce

1969 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London’s Hyde Park

1975 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album “Wish You Were Here” with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1898 Lizzie Arlington becomes first woman to play professional men’s baseball when she pitches 9th inning for the Reading Coal Heavers against the Allentown Peanuts; allows 2 hits and walks a batter but preserves 5-0 win

1902 All-rounder Monty Noble takes 6 for 52 as Australia wins the one and only cricket Test played at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane, England

1904 NY Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 innings at Huntington Park

1906 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats May Sutton 6-3, 9-7 for her 3rd of 7 Wimbledon singles titles

1907 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American May Sutton avenges previous year’s defeat, beating Dorothea Chambers 6-1, 6-4

1912 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: English badminton champion Ethel Larcombe wins her first and only major tennis title beating Charlotte Cooper 6-3, 6-1

1914 MLB Boston Braves (26-40) are 15 games back in NL, go on to win World Series 4-0 vs Philadelphia A’s

1919 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Dorothea Chambers 10-8, 4-6, 9-7 for the first of 6 Wimbledon singles titles

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Anointing Oil

Annoint: to rub, smear, or dab an oil, ointment, or potion onto an object or person as part of a religious or magickal practice as a means of imbuing with intended energies, status, or other specified purpose.

Anointing Oil: a skin-safe, scented oil, that is dabbed on the body (common locations are the pulse points and forehead) in order to purify an individual mentally and physically.


July 4 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain

1785 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

1838 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 ‘Mines and Collieries Act’ bans women and children working underground

1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb

2017 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

Today’s Historical Events

836 Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples

993 Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.

1054 Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers

1120 Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death

1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon

1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg

1359 Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.

1415 Angelo Correr renounces his claim to the Papacy as Pope Gregory XII

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins

1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark

1962 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast

1970 Casey Kasem‘s “American Top 40” debuts on LA radio

1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

1991 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel

1996 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

2014 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1831 “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” is 1st sung in Boston

1964 Beachboys’ “I Get Around” reaches #1

1966 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin

1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie

1986 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1890 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lena Rice becomes the only Irish female to win at Wimbledon beating May Jacks 6-4, 6-1

1891 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley wins first of 3 Wimbledon singles championships; beats Joshua Pim 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

1892 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

1904 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)

1905 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A’s) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2

1906 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his 5th straight Wimbledon singles title

1907 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

1907 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes becomes the first non-Englishman and left-hander to win Wimbledon beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Ceremonial Magick


Typically less religious and more philosophical and intellectual in nature; often focused on Western Mystery traditions; characterized by emphasis on prescribed sets of rituals, formulaic words, tools, symbols, etc. May be referred to as “high magick” which was a classist term used to differentiate the ceremonial magick of the elite classes from the folk magick of peasants.

July 3 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

324 Battle of Adrianople: Roman Emperor Constantine I defeats his co-emperor Licinius, who flees to Byzantium

1187 Battle of Horns of Hattin: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem’s crusader army

1863 Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union during the US Civil War

1884 Dow Jones publishes its 1st stock index, the Dow Jones Transportation Average

1996 UK House of Commons announces that the Stone of Scone, aka the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish (and subsequently English and British monarchs), will be returned to Scotland after 700 years in Westminster Abbey

Today’s Historical Events

324 Battle of Adrianople: Roman Emperor Constantine I defeats his co-emperor Licinius, who flees to Byzantium

987 Hugh Capet (Hugh the Great) crowned King of the Franks

987 Hugh Capet, elected by the nobility and crowned as King of France

1090 Battle at Hagenoorde: German emperor beats earl Egbert II

1187 Battle of Horns of Hattin: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem’s crusader army

1250 Louis IX of France is captured by Baibars’ Mamluk army at the Battle of Fariskur while he is in Egypt conducting the Seventh Crusade; he later has to ransom himself

1428 Treaty of Delft between Jacoba of Bavaria & Philip the Good of Burgundy

1608 Samuel de Champlain founds city of Quebec

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1928 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London

1937 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O’Brien as a club officer, opens for racing

1944 “Double Indemnity” film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

1958 “Andy Williams Show” premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

1985 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner‘s takeover

1985 Tinker Bell’s first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

1985 “Back to the Future” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released

1989 Movie “Batman” set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1954 Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s musical “Wonderful Town”, starring Rosalind Russell, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 559 performances, and 5 Tony Award wins

1969 Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island opens, 78, 000 attend over 4 days; performers include: George Benson; Blood, Swet, and Tears; Jeff Beck; James Brown; Bill Evans; Sun Ra; Mothers of Invention; Dave Brubeck; Miles Davis; Stephane Grapelli; and Sly & The Family Stone

1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival opens, 200,000 attend over 3 days; performers include Allman Brothers; Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix Experience; Richie Havens; Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys; B.B. King; Mott the Hoople; and John Sebastian

1976 Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after his 12 year stage absence, at Anaheim Stadium in California

1982 Riot at building site of Stopera concert hall in Amsterdam causes Ÿ1 million in damages

2006 British singer-songwriter Lily Allen releases her debut single “Smile”

2007 “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” single released by James Otto (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)

2018 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1900 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats rival and fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

1900 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Sydney Smith 6-8, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title

1901 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper Sterry beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-2 6-2, her 4th of 5 Wimbledon singles titles

1905 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for the vacant world heavyweight title

1909 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Gore beats Josiah Ritchie 6-8, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 for back-to-back titles

1912 NY Giants pitcher Rube Marquard ties Tim Keefe‘s 1888 MLB record 19 game win-streak with 2-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; has 21 with 2 end-of-season in 1911

1913 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: New Zealander Anthony Wilding wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating American Maurice McLoughlin 8-6, 6-3, 10-8

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Creating barriers and protective measures on a magickal or spiritual level. Methods differ between traditions and magickal practitioners.

July 2 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

626 Incident at Xuanwu Gate: in fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng

1776 Continental Congress resolves “these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States”

1823 Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia

1964 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law

1990 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Today’s Historical Events

311 St Miltiades begins his reign as Catholic Pope

626 Incident at Xuanwu Gate: in fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng

706 Remains of Chinese Emperor Gaozong, his wife Empress Wu Zetian and family members interred in Qianling Mausoleum by Emperor Zhongzong, outside Chang’an on Mount Liangshan

963 The imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea

1140 Hartbert becomes bishop of Utrecht

1214 Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers), part of King John of England’s attempt to reclaim Normandy from France

1266 Treaty of Perth: Norway recognises Scottish sovereignty over the Hebrides and the Isle of Man

1298 Battle on Hasenbuhl (Gollheim) between German kings Adolf and Albrecht I

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1928 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

1941 Noël Coward‘s “Blithe Spirit” premieres in London

1949 “Red Barber’s Clubhouse” sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV

1951 “Bob & Ray show” premieres on NBC radio

1955 “Lawrence Welk Show” premieres on ABC

1958 Musical drama Film “King Creole” starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

1972 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon

1980 Comedy film “Airplane!” written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1900 Jean Sibelius‘ “Finlandia” premieres in Helsinki

1949 “High Button Shoes” closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances

1955 “7th Heaven” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances

1955 “Almost Crazy” closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances

1956 Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel”

1960 “Once Upon a Mattress” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

1964 Cilla Black records Lennon/McCartney song “It’s For You”, Paul McCartney plays piano

1969 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1902 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Muriel Robb wins her only major title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper

1903 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed intoxicated from a train by force; found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later

1903 Pitcher Jack Doscher, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92

1906 Yanks win by forfeit for the 1st time

1907 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Evelyn Sears beats fellow American Carrie Neely 6-3, 6-2 for her lone major singles title

1909 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dora Boothby earns her only Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 4-6, 8-6 win over Agnes Morton

1911 Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game in 14-6 rout of Cleveland. Streak ends next game

1921 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bill Tilden beats South African Brian Norton 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 for the third of 10 Grand Slam singles titles

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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An ancient Egyptian symbol resembling a cross with a loop at the top. It symbolizes life and cosmic knowledge. Most Egyptian Gods and Goddess are shown carrying one. Also known as the crux ansata, the Ankh is used in modern craft for fertility and health.

July 1 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1689 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu, Japan

1858 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace‘s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society

1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Lee’s northward advance halted

1867 The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister

1916 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

1921 The Communist Party of China is founded and Chen Duxiu elected its leader

1941 Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

1997 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People’s Republic of China

Today’s Historical Events

69 Batavian nobleman Gaius Julius Civilis proclaimed emperor of Syria

69 Roman General Vespasian is first proclaimed Emperor by troops in Egypt, during year of the four emperors

70 Roman General Titus and his forces set up battering rams to assault the walls of Jerusalem

251 The Battle of Abrittus in the Balkans won by the Goths against the Romans. Roman Emperors Decius and Herennius Etruscus are killed

649 Pope Martinus I elected to succeed Theodore I

1097 1st Crusaders defeat Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea

1200 In China, sunglasses are invented

1233 Earl Otto II van Gelre grants Arnhem state justice

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1941 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting

1941 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting

1949 WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

1949 WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting

1950 WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting

1952 English architect Michael Ventris says he has solved one of the 20th century’s greatest linguistic riddles, by deciphering Linear B in BBC interview. Is an ancient form of Greek on clay tablets from Minoan palace of Knossos. [1]

1953 KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1933 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal’s opera “Arabella,” premieres at the Semperoper Opera House in Dresden, Germany

1950 Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars”, based on Alan Paton‘s novel “Cry the Beloved Country”, closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 281 performances

1960 Benjamin Britten‘s cantate “Carmen Baseliense” premieres in Basel

1963 The Beatles record “She Loves You” and “I’ll Get You”

1967 “Funny Girl” closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 1348 performances

1967 The Beatles’ album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” goes #1 in the United States, where it would stay for 15 weeks

1968 John Lennon‘s 1st full art exhibition (You Are Here) opens at Robert Fraser Gallery in London

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after he crashes his car near Durness in the Scottish Highlands

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1859 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

1893 San Francisco Bay City Club opens 1st US bicycle race track, made of wood

1901 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Gore beats defending 4-time champion R.F. Doherty 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 for his 1st of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

1903 Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris

1904 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in St Louis, the first held in the United States

1904 Willie Anderson becomes the first 2-time Western Open golf champion, beating fellow Scot Alex Smith by 4 strokes at Michigan’s Kent CC

1910 Chicago’s White Sox Park (later Comiskey Park) opens – St Louis Browns beat White Sox, 2-0

1916 Pittsburgh shortstop Honus Wagner, at 42 and 4 months, connects at Cincinnati to become the oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR; Pirates beat Reds, 2-1

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Divine beings known throughout many religions and cultures spanning to as far back as known recorded history. Generally known for their roles as messengers, protectors, and spiritual guides.