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~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~

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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

Announcing what's new with the Legion of Pagans

Everyone I would like to officially welcome our new admin staff and educators.

T'sesha Naneki Evenfall.

LOP Admin/Instructor. Eclectic Priestess and Witch. Master Gardener. Animal Reiki Practitioner.

Legion of Pagans-  Administrator/Educator LOP.com  (Lead Admin-Face Book Groups)

 

Tina Parsons (Amethyst Reign) 

Admim/Educator LOP.com & Face Book Admin

Completing my High Priestess Training with 'The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids'. Looking into being ordained as a grey witch. 

Private instructor in pagan/witchcraft in Utah. Currently have 7 students.

T'sesha Naneki Evenfall will be teaching our herbology 101 class in the spring 2015.

Amethyst Reign will be teaching our basic witch class in the spring 2015

Hopefully by then our educator Falling Star is healed and ready to return to us and teach some of our mini classes also in the spring 2015.

Yes Legionnaires we are growing and becoming stronger!

Blessed Be and see you in our classes.

~Elder Airwolf~

 

LEGION OF PAGANS STAFF~Revised 01/07/2015

LEGION OF PAGANS SPIRITUAL MINISTRY STAFF

~*~For the House of Legion~*~

Donna Morgan Wolf- Elder Airwolf:

Elder Founder/CEO Developer Director & Master Educator of Legion of Pagans Educational Institution of Magick LLC,Ordained Dr. of Divinity, Clinical Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist, Druid/N.A. Shaman Sage, Voodoo Priestess.

 

NM Farrar (T'Sesha Naneki Evenfall)

LOP Admin/Instructor. Eclectic Priestess and Witch. Master Gardener. Animal Reiki Practitioner.

Legion of Pagans- Administrator/Educator LOP.com (Lead Admin-Face Book Groups)

 

Tina Parsons (Amethyst Reign)

Admim/Educator LOP.com & Face Book Admin

Completing my High Priestess Training with 'The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids'. Looking into being ordained as a grey witch.

Private instructor in pagan/witchcraft in Utah. Currently have 7 students.


 

Catherine Logan-Major (Ravencat)

Admin/Educator LOP.com & Face Book Admin

Ordained Priestess with the Fellowship of Isis & solitary eclectic Witch

Ordained Minister with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry

Reiki Master & Deep Trance Channeller

 

 

Apple Elf Jules-

LOP.com Moderator, (Face Book Groups Administrator)

 

Whitney Kostelnik-

LOP.com Moderator, Facebook Admin in training.

 

Gary Wolf-

Administrator LOP.com & for Face Book Groups


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Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage and Sweet Red Pepper

Makes: 4 servings Serving Size: 1 stuffed artichoke Yields: 4 stuffed artichokes Prep: 30 mins Slow Cook: 6 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)

Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage and Sweet Red Pepper

Ingredients
4 ounces bulk hot Italian sausage
1 1/2 cups finely chopped red sweet peppers (2 medium)
1 cup finely chopped red onion (1 large)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
1/2 cup snipped fresh parsley
1/4 cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
4 medium artichokes (about 3 pounds)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
  Snipped fresh parsley
  Lemon wedges
Directions

For filling, in a large skillet cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Add sweet peppers and onion. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in panko, 1/2 cup parsley, and cheese; cool.
Meanwhile, trim stems from artichokes so they sit flat and remove loose outer leaves. Cut about 1 inch off the top of each artichoke; snip off the sharp leaf tips. Brush cut edges with some of the lemon juice. Spread leaves apart, creating space for the filling. Using a spoon, scoop out the chokes; discard. Stuff filling between each leaf. Place any remaining filling on top of artichokes.
In a 6-quart oval slow cooker combine the water and the remaining lemon juice. Place artichokes, filling sides up, in cooker. Drizzle with oil.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or until a leaf pulls out easily. Before serving, sprinkle with additional parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.
Nutrition Facts (Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage and Sweet Red Pepper)
Per serving: 287 kcal cal., 14 g fat (4 g sat. fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 7 g monounsatured fat), 26 mg chol., 448 mg sodium, 31 g carb., 10 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 12 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Personal Power Mojo Bag

 

Personal Power Bag for Women:

 

For this mojo bag we’re going to draw on the energy of the High Priestess. Within her lays the power of the Feminine Divine. She will represent the inner core of all women, where magic resides, where the witch exists—“There’s a little witch in every woman.”, so goes the saying. All of these archetypes—the priestess, the goddess, the witch—represents and emphasizes personal power.

 

Correspondences:

Moon Phase: full moon

Day: Monday

Planet: Moon

Colors: blue, silver, white

Herbs: moonwort, lotus, myrrh, gardenia, cardamom, belladonna, thyme, lilac, apple blossoms, violet, wormwood

Stones: moonstone, blue lace agate, clear quartz crystal

Tarot Card: The High Priestess

Personal Power Bag for Men:

For the man we’re going to draw on the energy of The Magician. Within him lays the power of the masculine, the Priest—the Elder, the Shaman, the Sorcerer, the Wizard. The Magician holds the mysticism of the four elements within his hands and the will needed to create magic. These archetypes represent personal power.

Correspondences:

Moon Phase: full moon

Day: Sunday

Planet: Sun

Colors: yellow, orange, white

Herbs: carnation, juniper, rowan, sunflower, St. John’s Wort, mistletoe

Stones: amber, carnelian, tiger’s eye

Tarot Card: The Magician

 

To this bag, add at least three of the herbs and one of the stones listed. You could also add an image of the God/Goddess, such as a pendent or small statuary. I’ve seen some very tiny and beautiful ones in new-age shops. If you have a patron god/goddess, you could also add images, herbs, stones, objects, etc., that are special and unique to His/Her energy.  

Add to this bag images or objects that represent power to you—an object from your work place, if you feel this is where your power lays; a photo of your children; tokens of past success; slips of paper filled with personal affirmations; images of men or women who represent success and power to you, such as your mother/father, grandmother/grandfather, or a public figure.  

To Regain Balance in Your Life

 

For this spell we’re going to use the energy of the two of pentacles. This card has often showed up in readings when my querent was not well grounded, when aspects of his/her life were unstable, when a renewed sense of equilibrium was needed.

 

The pentacles of the tarot are tied to the element of Earth, and with the energy of Earth we will rediscover how to ground ourselves. By doing so, we will bring back to our lives solidity and stability on all levels, often in surprising and unexpected ways.

 

Correspondences:

Moon Phase: waxing to full moon
Day: Choose a day desirable for you, when you will be uninterrupted and able to spend some quiet time alone.
Planet: Earth
Colors: green or brown
Herbs: sage
Stones: mossy agate
Oils: uncrossing oil
Incense: patchouli
Tarot Card: two of pentacles

 

What to do:

1. Cast a circle.

2. Light the incense.

3. Have assembled on your altar all the items you will need—your candle, herbs, oil, etc., and with this include two sheets of paper and a pen, as well as the two of pentacles tarot card.

4. Seat yourself in the center of the circle and get comfortable. You’ll be here for a while. Perhaps bring a soft cushion or two with you.

5. As you sit within your circle, light your spell candle. Take three cleansing breaths, clear your mind and center yourself. After a few minutes of quiet time, take both sheets of paper and write upon one of them those thing in your life that feel balanced and ‘right’. On the second sheet of paper, list those things in your life that feel unbalanced or ‘wrong’ in some way, where the energy is ‘off’, but maybe you can’t quite put your finger on why. List even those small things you may not think are important. Take both sheets of paper and burn them in the spell candle.

6. Now we’re going to begin grounding ourselves by deliberately relaxing each part of our body. Before we begin, get comfortable with your cushions…

 

Start with your toes, your feet, your ankles, concentrate and consciously relax the muscles in each area. Next, move up to your calves, your knees, and then your thighs. As you do, feel the sense of relief and release as the muscles loose their tension. Notice the pleasant sensation that envelops your body as you climb higher.

 

Next, relax your pelvis, release the tension, loosen your grip, feel the muscles relax and the pleasant spreading sensations this brings. Keep climbing…your tummy, your solar plexus region, your back—your spine. Allow these muscles to go limp, to sigh with relief, to relax.

 

We are to your shoulders now, your neck—concentrate here, deliberately loosen the tensed muscles, feel the wave of relaxation enter this area of your body.

 

Go back to your shoulders, let that tightness go, release it, allow the warmth and the pleasant sensation of relaxation to slowly spread down your arms to your elbows, to your forearms, to your wrists, and finally, feel it flow down to the ends of your fingertips.

 

Come back to your head now. Relax your brow. Feel the sensation of relaxation in your neck spread up to your jaws, your mouth, your eyes—up to your brow, until you feel it flow up to your scalp through your hair, and puddle out around your crown chakra.

 

7. When you have rested as long as you feel comfortable doing so, slowly sit up. You might feel a bit light-headed, or even physically light and ‘floaty’. Take some time to adjust.

 

Then…

 

8. Open the circle and eat something.

9. Later, gather together the remnants of the spell, especially the ashes from those sheets of paper. Take these items to a favorite outdoor spot and scatter them to the wind.

Astrology Basics - Houses & Cusps

The Signs are constellations of stars, and Planets are (of course) planets. In other words, they are constellations (Signs) or points of light (Planets) in the whole sky.  

In the previous two articles, I have referred several times to “where,” “what area,” or “what part” of a chart a particular Sign or Planet is in. Houses are what define “area” in a chart. 

Each House is approximately one-twelfth of the sky, and a House’s Cusp is the border between it and the House before it. 

The vast majority of astrological systems divide the sky into twelve Houses (though the Houses are not always equal in size), and as far as I know all of them define Cusps the same way (a Cusp is the beginning of a particular House). 

Looking at the chart below, the middle wheel of the chart is divided into twelve fairly equal divisions. 

Each of these divisions is a House, and each House—each “area” of the chart—speaks about a particular “area” of the native’s life (more on that later in this article). 

You may notice that in the chart four particular Cusps—four of the lines that divide one House from another—are darker than their companions. 

These four Cusps have special names, and most astrologers give them special significance. 

The Houses are numbered 1 through 12; since the software I used to generate the chart above does not print the “number” of each House, let me tell you that the First House is the division on the left of the chart that is directly below the darker horizontal line, and that the Houses proceed numerically counterclockwise from there. [I've added labels for the first and second houses - Ken]

The Second House is the House below and to the right of the First House, the Third House is the one to the right of the Second, etc. all the way to the Twelfth House, which ends at the Cusp of the First House.

We will begin with a brief description of what part of a person’s life each House refers to, followed by a short description of Cusps, including the names and significance of the special Cusps mentioned above.

First House   The First House represents the face a person shows to the rest of the world. It talks about the person’s physical appearance, and what kind of impact the person makes when face-to-face with others.

Second House   This House talks about money and possessions; how, and if, the native (The person the chart is made for) earns money, saves money, spends money, and how, or whether, material possessions make a big impact on the native’s life. 

Please note that this House talks about the native’s own money and possessions, not the money and possessions of others that he or she may have access to. Therefore taxes, borrowed (or lent) money of any kind, inheritances, and money used jointly with a spouse or business partner are the province of a different House (the Eighth).

Third House   The Third House describes the native’s day-to-day life. It describes what approach the native takes to interacting with people on a daily basis, how he or she communicates, how he or she gets around, and what kind of activities he or she engages in regularly.

Fourth House   This is the House describing home, and what the native keeps secret from the rest of the world. This House can give a glimpse of what the native’s early home-life was like, and what the native needs in order to make a home.

Fifth House   This House can show where the native’s creativity lies; sex, children, artistic endeavors, theatric ability and the life of the imagination are all covered under this House.

Sixth House   The Sixth House talks about work, health and service. It describes the kind of job or employment the native will be drawn to do day-to-day, how the native stays physically healthy (or unhealthy), and what kind of service to others the native finds most fulfilling.

Seventh House   The House of partnerships, this House describes how the native works with a partner, and what kind of impact a partner or partners will have on the native’s life; these can include marriage partners, business partners, or anyone else (individuals, not groups) the native works with closely over a period of time to accomplish something.

Eighth House   This House can describe experiences the native may have that he or she can’t fully control or doesn’t fully understand. Transpersonal property (money that is borrowed or lent, taxes, inheritances, property shared with a partner of any kind), supernatural experiences, the exploration of mysteries, and sometimes even the circumstances around the native’s death can be discerned by studying this House.

Ninth House   This is the House that talks about how the wide world impacts the native’s life. Religious experiences, higher education, long-distance travel, and direct interactions with foreigners and other cultures are all described by this House.

Tenth House   In the Tenth House, the native’s social standing and long-term vocational goals are described. This House will often show how important a native may become in his or her community, what kind of a reputation he or she will tend to acquire, and what overall “role” the native may gain for him or herself in society.

Eleventh House   Often, the eleventh House will describe how the native interacts with large organizations, such as political or professional organizations. It can also describe what kind of long-term goals or dreams the native may have, and how important these are in the native’s life.

Twelfth House   In this House, the chart shows the things that the native hides from him or herself. This placement will often show unconscious behaviors, beliefs, or feelings. It can also show how the native views institutions (hospitals, jails, monasteries, etc.), and what kind of a role they will play in the native’s life.

Cusps are the lines that mark the borders of each House; the Cusp that is important to a particular House is the one that begins the House, and is generally called the “House’s Cusp”. 

The Sign on the Cusp of a particular House will often show how the native approaches that part of life. As mentioned earlier, there are four Cusps astrologers consider particularly important: The Cusp of The First House (called the “Ascendant” or “Rising Sign), the Fourth House (Nadir or IC), Seventh House (Descendant), and Tenth House (Midheaven or MC). A brief description of each follows:

Ascendant   Also called the Rising Sign, this is the Cusp of the First House (the dark horizontal line at the left of the chart), and represents the Sign on the eastern horizon. This position has the strongest effect on a person’s appearance and demeanor of any part of the First House. Due to how much it affects the native’s relationships with others, it is usually considered the third most important part of a person’s chart (after the Sun and the Moon).

Nadir   Also called the IC (Imum Coeli, or “lowest part of the heavens”) this is the Cusp of the Fourth House (The dark vertical line at the bottom), and represents what was in the sky over the opposite side of earth from where the native was born. The Sign on the Nadir often speaks of what lessons the native learned from his or her early experiences, and what (often unconsciously) motivates the native.

Descendant   The Cusp of the Seventh House , the Descendant is the Sign that was on the western horizon, the western horizon being represented by the dark horizontal line on the right of the chart. The Descendant is usually about what the native needs from partnerships.

Midheaven   Also called the MC (Medium Coeli, or “middle of the heavens”) it represents what was directly overhead at time of the native’s birth. The Cusp of the Tenth House (The dark vertical line at the top), it will often show what kind of reputation the native will gain for him or herself over the course of their life.    

With all of the information discussed in these articles so far—Signs,Planets, Houses and Cusps—a person can begin to make sense of what a chart is telling him or her. 

This is done by taking a look at the synthesis of each chart elements' position. For example, in the chart above Venus is in Capricorn in the Third House. 

Venus talks about the native’s romantic nature and what he or she values (since the chart above brlongs to a man, Venus will also talk about what impact women will have in his life). 

Capricorn is all about being responsible, staying the course and building to last. The Third House is about day-to-day life. From all of this, we can conclude that the native is probably not a terribly romantic individual; he probably often knows the women he dates in his daily life (Third House) before he dates them, and probably doesn’t like wasting time when he does date (Venus in Capricorn, valuing responsibility and “value”—what one person can do for the other--over fun).

However, looking at each individual element will only give a partial picture of the native; it will show each individual element, but not how or whether different parts of the native’s life interact with other parts to create the “story” of the native’s life. 

For example, in the chart above, the Sun is in the Third House. So, he probably defines himself (the Sun) by what he does day-to-day (Third House), which probably has to do with fitting all his activities into a Big Picture (Aquarius). 

This is very informative, but there is much more an astrologer can learn from a chart. For example, does this self-image match what others perceive (whether by reputation or by direct interaction)? When the native is “being himself” (expressing his Sun), what kind of reactions can he expect to get from lovers, or employers, or his family? 

Although he has a sense of the Big Picture (at least for himself), how does that match up with his long-term goals or dreams (if he has them)? Does he share his Big Picture with anyone, or does he keep it to himself? To answer these questions and many others, astrologers look to the last class of chart ingredients that will be covered in this series of articles: Aspects.

 

Daily Forecast for October 26th, 2014

Blyssful Sun's Day Stargazers~

New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees)
October 26, 2014 — The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Sunday 
Moon enters Sagittarius 4:30am UK - 5:30am Europe - 10am India
3:30pm Sydney, Australia [Saturday 11:30pm USA EST]
Moon 4° Sagittarius squares Neptune [in retrograde] 4° Pisces

Moon enters Sagittarius
Back to normal - Communicative and Straight-to-the-Point
For any of you - that have just about survived all the activity of the past month Sun in Libra - then Sun in Scorpio - defined immediately by the triple conjunction Scorpio New Moon on Thursday 23rd October 2014 - now means you're feeling SAVED and RESCUED - by Sun, Venus & Saturn in Scorpio - which will all collectively work together to bring stability and clarity to everyone's lives - as all the doubts and karmic "garbage" vanishes.
The reason you know it - is because you feel it's stability DEEP within you. It's not something you read or something someone tells you - it's a TRUTH - deep inside you that you feel. Indeed, it makes my life - explaining astrology much easier - because you won't need to ask any questions or be puzzled by anything - as you'll know everything yourself - as you sense and feel the truthful reality from WITHIN.

Moon in Sagittarius in it's essence is socially friendly and communicative - it's all about your FRIENDSHIPS - because as humans we often make mistakes in being friendly to the wrong people - however, due to Sun, Venus and Saturn in Scorpio - and defined by the Scorpio New Moon you won't make any mistakes - as you'll sense and know - who you can trust - and whom are your good friends - by the DEEP feelings you feel inside and who you can't trust.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Domestic chores don’t feel so tedious today because they shift your attention away from the complexities of relationships. You might not find a quick fix to messy emotional dynamics that have developed recently. However, a solution is more likely once you take a few steps back and give everyone involved a bit of breathing room. Thankfully, doing mundane projects at home is more than just a distraction; they can be a wonderful way to keep busy and feel good about your accomplishments.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Your resources might be spread too thin today, making this a perfect time to regroup as you consider what to do next. Thankfully, your common sense leads you in the right direction as you consciously direct your energy back to center. But don’t avoid hard work as whatever you put off now will require even more effort if you have to do it later. Scaling back your long-term plans empowers you to achieve your more immediate goals one small step at a time.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
A serious encounter with someone who means business could pull you out of the clouds and bring you crashing back down to earth. You might not be very happy when you are reminded of your unfinished chores, but there’s no one to blame but yourself. The real power of now is most evident when you focus on what is, rather than the possibility of what could be. Instead of risking happiness on the unknown future, place your bet on what you can manifest in the present moment.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your current commitments might have you so stressed out that you can’t find time to pursue more relaxing activities today. But don’t let resentment ruin an otherwise productive day because negative emotions are just a waste of precious energy. Instead of seeking to fulfill your immediate desires, a more mature and reserved approach to life now will give way to a deeper satisfaction later on. You will feel a lot better about your future once you can see some progress in the present.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your optimistic attitude fades into a more realistic outlook today when you realize that your goals will take longer to achieve than you originally thought. However, there’s no room for discouragement because it only further impedes your progress. It’s more important to stay on course than it is to cross a few more unrelated tasks off your list. Don’t rush through your work; slow down and make every little action count. Quality, not quantity, matters more than ever

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
The intensity of your feelings begins to cool today, but this isn’t a license to shift into a more analytical mode. Instead, use this time to assimilate recent experiences and prepare for another round of engagement by sorting out your priorities. Although gathering useful data can be comforting, you already have gathered enough facts. Instead, get out of your head by practicing spontaneous acts of joyful self-expression. Letting your imagination run wild adds magic to your life and a smile to your face.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Although you might have been swept up in a recent flurry of social activities, it’s time to return to your responsibilities. Others may lean on you today because they see the stability you are creating and they hope your practicality will rub off on them. However, it makes more sense to stay focused on your own issues for now; you won’t be able to help anyone else until you help yourself. Leading by example is more inspirational than you think.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Managing your complex calendar efficiently now is crucial to juggling all your obligations. Thankfully, you can probably figure out how to fit everything in, but you must consider all aspects of your schedule for the weeks ahead. You will be able to deliver on all your promises as long as you fully assess the timeline for each and every job. Putting everything in its proper place is the first step to success.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may not be ready to declare the party over yet, even if you understand the consequences of ignoring pressing responsibilities. Nevertheless, the good times cannot last unless you also tend to more serious business. Instead of pushing your luck by chasing after another opportunity for fun and frivolity, be wise and shift your attention toward stabilizing your finances, replenishing your body and getting back to basics.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You have a real chance to shine now and it would be a big mistake to procrastinate any longer. It’s time to establish a pace of work that you can sustain and settle in for the long haul. Although momentum may be pulling you toward your goals, it’s in your best interest to encourage the process by applying yourself diligently and staying singularly focused on your destination. The ladder of success is climbed one rung at a time.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Keep your eyes wide open because important lessons are heading your way and you won’t want to miss this chance for personal growth. Although you are often more preoccupied with the future than the present moment, your imagination and dreams are now stuck on practical issues of immediate concern. Don’t forget that the work you do today will impact your life for many tomorrows.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Escapist behaviors only court trouble today, so it’s best to look at your life through the most pragmatic lens you can find. Although you are often easily distracted by your fantasies, you are now able to see beyond the enticing dreams and ephemeral visions. Keep bringing your thoughts back to the hard cold facts. The most practical approach to life is currently the most successful. Put your rose-colored glasses away for another day when the stakes are not so high.

Tarot Card for Today~Judgement

What has traditionally been known as the Judgement card, sometimes entitled Resurrection, represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken Home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the World is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over.

From a modern point of view, this great reunion -- which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with -- reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday.

In personal terms, the Judgment cards points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others.

Rune for today~Dagaz

Dagaz - “Day-gahz” – Literally: “Day” or Dawn – Esoteric: Awakening

Rune of the hyper-consciousness. The process of concept becoming realized.

Psi: paradoxical truth, incommunicable experience, conceptual realization, Enlightenment, satori

Energy: twilight/dawn polarity, non-dual reality, unity, synthesis, transmutation

Mundane: another day, daylight, the inevitability of dawn

Divinations: Awakening, awareness, hope-happiness, the ideal, paradigm shift; or lack of vision, sleep, blindness, hopelessness, cataclysmic change.

Governs:

Attaining the mystical moment through penetration of the secret of paradox or non-duality
Reception of mystical inspiration – the gift of Odin.
Disappearance and the act of becoming the invisible
Invisibility as an organizing principle of Higher Consciousness
Synthesis of right-left brain dynamics.
Transformation of one thing into its opposite
Integration of female and male into complete being

[Blyssful Sun's Day Stargazers~ New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees) October 26, 2014 — The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you. Sunday Moon enters Sagittarius 4:30am UK - 5:30am Europe - 10am India 3:30pm Sydney, Australia [Saturday 11:30pm USA EST] Moon 4° Sagittarius squares Neptune [in retrograde] 4° Pisces Moon enters Sagittarius Back to normal - Communicative and Straight-to-the-Point For any of you - that have just about survived all the activity of the past month Sun in Libra - then Sun in Scorpio - defined immediately by the triple conjunction Scorpio New Moon on Thursday 23rd October 2014 - now means you're feeling SAVED and RESCUED - by Sun, Venus & Saturn in Scorpio - which will all collectively work together to bring stability and clarity to everyone's lives - as all the doubts and karmic "garbage" vanishes. The reason you know it - is because you feel it's stability DEEP within you. It's not something you read or something someone tells you - it's a TRUTH - deep inside you that you feel. Indeed, it makes my life - explaining astrology much easier - because you won't need to ask any questions or be puzzled by anything - as you'll know everything yourself - as you sense and feel the truthful reality from WITHIN. Moon in Sagittarius in it's essence is socially friendly and communicative - it's all about your FRIENDSHIPS - because as humans we often make mistakes in being friendly to the wrong people - however, due to Sun, Venus and Saturn in Scorpio - and defined by the Scorpio New Moon you won't make any mistakes - as you'll sense and know - who you can trust - and whom are your good friends - by the DEEP feelings you feel inside and who you can't trust. Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Domestic chores don’t feel so tedious today because they shift your attention away from the complexities of relationships. You might not find a quick fix to messy emotional dynamics that have developed recently. However, a solution is more likely once you take a few steps back and give everyone involved a bit of breathing room. Thankfully, doing mundane projects at home is more than just a distraction; they can be a wonderful way to keep busy and feel good about your accomplishments. Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20) Your resources might be spread too thin today, making this a perfect time to regroup as you consider what to do next. Thankfully, your common sense leads you in the right direction as you consciously direct your energy back to center. But don’t avoid hard work as whatever you put off now will require even more effort if you have to do it later. Scaling back your long-term plans empowers you to achieve your more immediate goals one small step at a time. Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20) A serious encounter with someone who means business could pull you out of the clouds and bring you crashing back down to earth. You might not be very happy when you are reminded of your unfinished chores, but there’s no one to blame but yourself. The real power of now is most evident when you focus on what is, rather than the possibility of what could be. Instead of risking happiness on the unknown future, place your bet on what you can manifest in the present moment. Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Your current commitments might have you so stressed out that you can’t find time to pursue more relaxing activities today. But don’t let resentment ruin an otherwise productive day because negative emotions are just a waste of precious energy. Instead of seeking to fulfill your immediate desires, a more mature and reserved approach to life now will give way to a deeper satisfaction later on. You will feel a lot better about your future once you can see some progress in the present. Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22) Your optimistic attitude fades into a more realistic outlook today when you realize that your goals will take longer to achieve than you originally thought. However, there’s no room for discouragement because it only further impedes your progress. It’s more important to stay on course than it is to cross a few more unrelated tasks off your list. Don’t rush through your work; slow down and make every little action count. Quality, not quantity, matters more than ever Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22) The intensity of your feelings begins to cool today, but this isn’t a license to shift into a more analytical mode. Instead, use this time to assimilate recent experiences and prepare for another round of engagement by sorting out your priorities. Although gathering useful data can be comforting, you already have gathered enough facts. Instead, get out of your head by practicing spontaneous acts of joyful self-expression. Letting your imagination run wild adds magic to your life and a smile to your face. Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Although you might have been swept up in a recent flurry of social activities, it’s time to return to your responsibilities. Others may lean on you today because they see the stability you are creating and they hope your practicality will rub off on them. However, it makes more sense to stay focused on your own issues for now; you won’t be able to help anyone else until you help yourself. Leading by example is more inspirational than you think. Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Managing your complex calendar efficiently now is crucial to juggling all your obligations. Thankfully, you can probably figure out how to fit everything in, but you must consider all aspects of your schedule for the weeks ahead. You will be able to deliver on all your promises as long as you fully assess the timeline for each and every job. Putting everything in its proper place is the first step to success. Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21) You may not be ready to declare the party over yet, even if you understand the consequences of ignoring pressing responsibilities. Nevertheless, the good times cannot last unless you also tend to more serious business. Instead of pushing your luck by chasing after another opportunity for fun and frivolity, be wise and shift your attention toward stabilizing your finances, replenishing your body and getting back to basics. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19) You have a real chance to shine now and it would be a big mistake to procrastinate any longer. It’s time to establish a pace of work that you can sustain and settle in for the long haul. Although momentum may be pulling you toward your goals, it’s in your best interest to encourage the process by applying yourself diligently and staying singularly focused on your destination. The ladder of success is climbed one rung at a time. Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Keep your eyes wide open because important lessons are heading your way and you won’t want to miss this chance for personal growth. Although you are often more preoccupied with the future than the present moment, your imagination and dreams are now stuck on practical issues of immediate concern. Don’t forget that the work you do today will impact your life for many tomorrows. Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Escapist behaviors only court trouble today, so it’s best to look at your life through the most pragmatic lens you can find. Although you are often easily distracted by your fantasies, you are now able to see beyond the enticing dreams and ephemeral visions. Keep bringing your thoughts back to the hard cold facts. The most practical approach to life is currently the most successful. Put your rose-colored glasses away for another day when the stakes are not so high. Tarot Card for Today~Judgement What has traditionally been known as the Judgement card, sometimes entitled Resurrection, represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken Home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the World is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over. From a modern point of view, this great reunion -- which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with -- reunites to consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday. In personal terms, the Judgment cards points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others. Rune for today~Dagaz Dagaz - “Day-gahz” – Literally: “Day” or Dawn – Esoteric: Awakening Rune of the hyper-consciousness. The process of concept becoming realized. Psi: paradoxical truth, incommunicable experience, conceptual realization, Enlightenment, satori Energy: twilight/dawn polarity, non-dual reality, unity, synthesis, transmutation Mundane: another day, daylight, the inevitability of dawn Divinations: Awakening, awareness, hope-happiness, the ideal, paradigm shift; or lack of vision, sleep, blindness, hopelessness, cataclysmic change. Governs: Attaining the mystical moment through penetration of the secret of paradox or non-duality Reception of mystical inspiration – the gift of Odin. Disappearance and the act of becoming the invisible Invisibility as an organizing principle of Higher Consciousness Synthesis of right-left brain dynamics. Transformation of one thing into its opposite Integration of female and male into complete being]

BLYSSFUL SUN'S DAY PAGANS!

The Lore of the Door

Author: Wren 
Posted: October 5th. 1998 
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"If the doors of perception were cleansed,
everything would appear as it is-infinite." - (Wm Blake)

Doors have been a key figure in many myths, legends and local folklore. How many of us have heard "The Lady and The Tiger" tale? Here the hero must choose between opening a door to life and happiness (presumably with the Lady) and a door to sudden death (Tigers are known to eat humans for snack food). Doors, as in this tale, often symbolize choices or decisions.

Even now I hear cat owners all over the world saying "C'mon.... either you're in or you're out...I can't stand here all day...Make up your mind already!"

I began thinking about doors in a magickal sense when I ran across a reference while reading a book. The author stated that the word "threshold" came from the same root word as "tree" and, more obviously, to "thresh". Since this also brought to mind the link between the word "dur" (door) being the common term for "wood" and hence to "druid" as "people of the oak", my Capricorn need to make sense out of seemingly random references was unleashed. I opened the "door" to speculation.

The story of a Mrs. Hand in 1920 opened that door a little further...

"While yet a young girl, Mrs. Hand was visiting her grandmother's family . Having been "playing in the garden she ran inside and found that the building had changed. It was suddenly darker, as if there was less window space, and all the furniture was different, and older in design. A door to the kitchen was no longer there. Naturally assuming that she had entered the wrong house by mistake, the girl left. As she exited the lighting changed. So she went back into the house and it returned to the strange, old world formation she had just witnessed. She left to go outside a second time and then, ten minutes later, when she returned for a third peek indoors everything was as back to its normal appearance. The light levels were as expected and an aunt was cooking in the kitchen as anticipated.

In effect, Mrs. Hand seems to have seen the building in two time zones side by side.. But the act of entering the door had worked like a portal or gate through the centuries."-(story excerpt from "Time Travel" by Jenny Randles, Blandford, 1994)

A doorway is that "place that is not a place" indeed. You are not exactly "in" nor are you precisely "out". You are in the act of coming or going...entering or exiting... leaving here and entering there. What could be more magickal than that?

The Open Door at Samhain

"Between the heavens and the earth
The way now opens to bring forth
The Hosts of those who went on before-
Hail! We see them now come through the Open Door."

Some consider the time between Samhain and Yule as a time which does not even exist on the Earthly plane. The "time which is no time" was considered in the "old days" to be both very magickal and very dangerous. So even today, we celebrate this Holiday with a mixture of joyous celebration and 'spine tingling" reverence.

The Samhain Holiday begins at sundown on October 31st. The nightide was always a time to be wary of walking alone in the countryside. So much more on this Night when the veil between the worlds of humans and spirits was at its thinnest. Traditional lore speaks of the dead returning to visit their kin and the doors to the Lands of the Sidhe (pronounced "shee") or Faery Realm being opened.

This Samhain should prove to be one of the most powerful in recent years. Many are already experiencing vivid dreams and recollecting past life experiences. Part of the reason for this is the fact that Saturn is retrograde and will remain so through December 29, 1998.

I also have a strong inkling that the Pagan/Witch community has been working quite vigorously on reclaiming the historical background of the Craft. Who better to answer this call for the Old Knowledge than our own Ancestors! Did you think that They would not hear you?

The Threshold of Time Ritual

Introduction and Admonishments:

I believe in magickal responsibility. Responsibility works in two ways. I have a responsibility as a teacher to offer sensible guidelines to seekers who are about to embark on a magickal exercise. The seeker has the responsibility to consider these guidelines carefully and to undertake only that which he/she can do in safety and to the degree that their present state of magickal training will allow.

If you have previous training in divination, astral travel, conjuration or shamanistic journeying, you should encounter no difficulties in the performance of this ritual. You will be in familiar territory; only the technique itself will be presented to you in different way.

. If you do not have extensive training in these areas-or if you feel uncomfortable while performing the preliminary exercises-please do not continue. No real harm will come to you (There is a natural safeguard built into this technique.), but you will derive no real benefit from it either.

The Time Threshold Ritual can be used by either the solitary practitioner or in a group/coven setting. It is especially powerful at Samhain and at Beltaine.

Preliminary Exercises:

 

Exercise Number 1

You will need a doorway. For this exercise, choose the doorway to your own bedroom. This is your most private and personal space where you feel the safest.

Do this exercise during the daylight hours. You should be alone, or if you have an understanding household, ask them not to disturb you.

Stand or sit in the doorway with your back facing into your room. Place one hand on each side of the doorway lightly enough to just brace yourself and with your hands placed at a height level that is comfortable for you. Close your eyes.

One of the most deep-seated fears of humankind is being surprised by something that comes from behind you. Our eyes are placed facing directly forward with just a little depth perception to the sides. Our backs are literally our blind spots. Most people do not like to sit with their backs facing toward a door or open space in a restaurant. There is a sense of vulnerability that makes us uneasy. Warriors of old often pledged to protect each other's backs. We are uncomfortable with what we cannot see approaching.

Remain in this position for ten minutes if you are experienced in achieving altered states of consciousness; five minutes more than that (to achieve that level) if you are not.

Visualize the room behind you turning foggy or filled with swirling mist and then becoming simply an open space of nothingness. You continue this until you have the feeling that if you took a step backwards, there would be nothing there for your foot to contact.

When you have been able to clearly both visualize and feel the effect of the nothingness, press your hands firmly against the sides of the doorway to ground yourself and open your eyes. Take a few seconds to make sure that your balance has returned and walk forward out of the doorway. Don't be surprise if you feel that you have to sit down for a moment. Don't be embarrassed if you sneak a quick peek into your room to see if it's still there!

The most common sensation reported at the beginning of this exercise is a slight sense of disorientation followed by a feeling of pressure against the spinal column. The impulse to turn around and look into the room (or ease a foot back to check if the floor is still there!) can be as slight as a thought or as overpowering as a sense of panic. This is that safeguard that I told you about. If you became extremely uncomfortable or fearful, do not continue with any further exercises, although you may want to try this one again from time to time. It does offer good experience on handling the fear of the unknown.

Exercise Number 2

Repeat the above exercise at night. Again you should be alone or undisturbed. You may place one small candle in the room facing you-so you won't trip over anything-but the rest of the area should be as dark as possible.

This exercise usually raises the intensity level about ten-fold. What child has not glanced in fear at his/her closet door at night? After all, the fear of 'things that go bump in the night" is the premise behind horror films, alien abduction reports and ghost stories.

The feelings reported after this exercise are often quite startling. There is intense pressure upon the back as if something in the room behind you is expanding outward. A few folks report the opposite-a feeling of being sucked into the room. Remember, you can always press your hands firmly against the door frame and this will help you to maintain your composure and your balance.

Once again-Are you listening to me, seekers?-do NOT attempt any further progressions if you experience a sense of deep fear or physical affects such as trembling or headaches. If I find out that you went against my advice, I will sneak up behind you and smack you right upside the head...(grin)
 

Orientation:

Many old shamanic Pagan traditions held the North-or the North Star-to be the hub from which their energies came. Because of this association of the North with Pagan practices, many old Christian churches eventually walled up openings on this side of the building to prevent the "devil' from entering.

An old folk story about this practice is related by Doreen Valiente in "An ABC Of Witchcraft."

"In the old days, when attendance in the Church was more or less compulsory, people who secretly adhered to the Old Religion, in other words those who were Witches, made a point of coming into the church by the north door, and taking their seats close to it."

Archaeologists can effectively date a pre-Christian burial in the British Isles because of the north-south alignment of the remains. Christians were buried in an east-west position.

To those who follow a very traditional Old Path-or want to connect with very traditional Old Ancestors-a doorway in the North would be most appropriate. Many modern Celtic Traditions may prefer to use of the westerly direction attributed to Summerland or Avalon for their orientation. It's up to you.

For those Pagans who live in a chilly climate, you can do this ritual within any interior doorway. For those who prefer outdoor circles, you can easily construct a "doorway" by using three pieces of trellis board. Simply stake out the two uprights and place the remaining board over the top. This type of material -with all its openings between the slats- is easily decorated with ribbons and garlands and is light weight and collapsible for easy transport. If one of your group has a truck, you can even make a "doorway" for each of the directions and decorate them accordingly.

The Ritual

As outlined in the preliminary exercises, the threshold is a place where two worlds meet. Divination is usually an important part of Samhain/Beltaine seasonal rites.

As a solitary, you can personally contact your personal Ancestors or scry a vision of the past or future while within the doorway of Time. In a group setting, the coven Priestess, Guardian or Seer may be the designated oracle for the group working.

How you use the Doorway will depend on your personal or group beliefs. Those who find this an effective means of divination can adapt it for use at any time during the year. In fact, after you have experienced the Threshold, you may never enter a doorway again without being aware of its magickal implications.

You should conduct your ritual as usual, properly preparing yourself and the area. The preliminary exercises merely demonstrate how to focus on the Threshold, not how to adapt them for your particular beliefs. Pagan practices vary so widely, that I would not even attempt to make this a 'one size fits all" ritual. YOU are the magickal practitioner and it is you who must discover what the crossing of the Threshold means to you.

I am surprised that the magickal connection of doorways to Otherworld journeying is not being more widely taught today. I seek merely to introduce you to its possibilities. You may claim this as a recovered part of the Old Religion or go on to modernize it as you wish.

The secrets of the Old Religions are hidden within metaphor and myth. They are often only fully realized when one dares to take that intuitive leap into the unknown. Standing on the Threshold of Time requires courage and trust. This is an important concept in occult thought and a necessary element in some of the oldest initiation rites from around the world.

This is Mystery standing in the Threshold of Time.

"Now the veils of worlds are thin; To move out you must move in.
Let the Balefires now be made, Mine the spark within them laid.

Move beyond the fiery screen, Between the seen and the unseen;
Shed your anger and your fear, Live anew in a new year!"

(Above passages from FIRESTAR BELTAINE 1986)


Notes and Lookups:

Webster Definition for "door": door 'do-(*)r, 'do.(*)r n [ME dure, dor, fr. OE duru door & dor gate; akin to OHG] turi door, L fores 1: a usu. swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened; also : a similar part of a piece of furniture 2: DOORWAY 3: a means of access.

Webster'Definition for "thresh": Thrash Thrash, Thresh Thresh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thrashed; p. pr. & vb. n. Thrashing.] [OE. [thorn]reschen, [thorn]reshen, to beat, AS. [thorn]erscan, [thorn]rescan; akin to D. dorschen, OD. derschen, G. dreschen, OHG. dreskan, Icel. [thorn]reskja, Sw. tr["o]ska, Dan. t[ae]rske, Goth. [thorn]riskan, Lith. traszketi to rattle, Russ. treskate to burst, crackle, tresk' a crash, OSlav. troska a stroke of lighting. Cf. {Thresh}.] 1. To beat out grain from, as straw or husks; to beat the straw or husk of (grain) with a flail; to beat off, as the kernels of grain; as, to thrash wheat, rye, or oats; to thrash over the old straw.

Webster Definition for "threshold": thresh.old 'thresh-.(h)o-ld n [ME thresshold, fr. OE threscwald; akin to ON threskjo:ldr t]hreshold, OE threscan "to thresh"- 1: the plank, stone, or piece of timber that lies under a door : SILL 2a: GATE, DOOR 2b1: END, BOUNDARY; specif : the end of a runway 2b2: the place or point of entering or beginning : OUTSET 3: the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced.

Webster Definition for "tree":
 

1. tree 'tre- -l*s n [ME, fr. OE tre-ow; akin to ON tre- tree, Gk drys, Skt] often attrib da-ru wood 1a: a woody perennial plant having a single usu. elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part 1b: a shrub or herb of arborescent form {rose ~s} {a banana ~} 2a1: a piece of wood (as a post or pole) usu. adapted to a particular use or forming part of a sturcture or implement (archaic).

2. tree vt or treed; or tree.ing 1a: to drive to or up a tree {treed by a bull} {dogs ~ing game} 1b: to bring to bay : CORNER 2: to furnish or fit with a tree.
 

Webster Definition for "wood":
 

1. wood 'wu:d, 'wo-d, 'wu.d aj [ME, fr. OE wo-d insane; akin to OHG wuot madness - more at MVATIC archaic : MAD, VIOLENT

2. wood 'wu.d n [ME wode, fr. OE widu, wudu; akin to OHG witu wood, OIr] fid tree 1: a dense growth of trees usu. greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest, 2a: the hard fibrous substance basically xylem that makes up the greater part of the stems and branches of trees or shrubs beneath the bark and is found to a limited extent in herbaceous plants 2b: this material suitable or prepared for some use (as burning); 3: something made of wood; esp : a golf club having a wooden head : escaped from peril or difficulty - out of the woods.

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Foods of Samhain~Halloween

Soul Cakes were also part of All Saints' Eve superstitions. It was believed that the spirits of the departed would return to their homes on this night. As a result candles were lit to guide their way and food and drink (including soul cakes) were put out for them.

 

Soul Cakes

Ingredients


150g butter
150g caster sugar
560g plain flour, sifted
3 egg yolks
generous pinch of saffron
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp allspice
3 tbsp currants
2 tsp milk

Method:
Crush the saffron in a pestle and mortar, add the milk and grind to combine. Sift together the flour and remaining spices into a bowl.

 In the meantime, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks and add to the creamed mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sifted flour and spice mix and stir in the currants. Add the milk and saffron mixture and enough additional milk to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and shape into flat cakes about 5 or 6cm in diameter. Transfer to a well-buttered baking tray and place in an oven pre-heated to 180°C and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  Apple Pancakes
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tbs. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1tsp. salt
2 well beaten egg yolks
2 cups milk
2 tbs. butter/margarine, melted
1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored
2 stiffly beaten egg whites.
In a large non-metal bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and egg yolks. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in the butter/margarine and apple. Fold in the egg whites. Let the batter set up for a few minutes. Cook on a hot griddle or in a large frying pan, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Use a spatula or spoon to spread batter evenly. Remove from heat, dot with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and roll up into log. Top with slightly heated applesauce and a dash of cinnamon.
Makes 12 pancakes.
Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cranberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and add to mixture. Mix until until well blended.
Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture. Add orange peel and nuts.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies
Samhain Cider
Ingredients:
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup apricot brandy
Instructions:
In a large pot, combine the apple cider, confectioner’s sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Simmer slowly on low heat for about 15 minutes. Take care that the cider does not boil. Add the apricot brandy and then serve the cider while it is still warm. Refrigerate any leftover cider.
Note: I have used apricot nectar instead of brandy and it wasn’t too bad.
Yield: 8 servings
Source: Dunwich, The Pagan Book of Halloween
Pumpkin Muffins
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
Instructions:
In small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale. Beat in eggs and buttermilk until well-blended. Add flour mixture to form a batter. Preheat oven to 375ºF. In medium bowl, mix pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves until well-blended. Stir into the batter. Ladle batter into 12 2 1/2-inch greased muffin cups and bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then cool on rack.
Yield: 1 dozen
Source: Dunwich, The Pagan Book of Halloween
Elder Flower Fritters
Ingredients:
1 egg
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons brandy
1 cup self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups elder flowers, freshly picked and cleaned
Instructions:
Mix egg, rose water, honey, and brandy in a bowl, then stir in flour and cinnamon. Should be thick like pancake batter. (Add flour if it’s too thin, and add more brandy if it’s too thick.) Fold in the flowers. Fry like pancakes, OR drop by the teaspoonful into a deep-fat fryer until golden brown. Serve with orange water sprinkle and fresh lemon, or dip in sweet cream
Source: Patricia Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Garlic Pork with Chestnuts
Wrap a dollar bill around a chestnut and place it in your purse to attract money
Ingredients:
1 pound chestnuts
11/2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into cubes
1/2 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon sage
Pinch of Thyme
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup sherry
3/4 cup hot water
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish
Instructions
Skin chestnuts by making a cut along the flat side of each one and dropping them into a pan of boiling salted water . Boil for about 5 minutes. Chestnuts must be peeled while hot, so only tkeout a couple at at time. Remove both the outer shell and inner skins. In a fresh pan of water simmer the peeled chestnuts for about 15 minutes until they are tender. Gently brown the pork loin in the butter. Transfer to a casserole dish and add the chestnuts, along with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hours at 300 degrees, stirring ocasionally. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Serves 2
Source Joanne Asala Celtic Folklore Cooking
 

Samhain Scrying Brew !

 

The ancient Celts knew that spirits were abroad on Samhain,that magick was

thick as sweet - smelling smoke,perfuming the air with possibilities.

The Celtic New Year's Eve is the perfect night for divination.The loving ancestors

who surround you like a warm clock to keep away the winter chill will look into

the future with you to see what gifts and lessons lie in store,what choices

you can make to ease the way.

Samhain is the prime time for deep seeing,divination,magickal workings and

rituals of all kinds.

 

Scrying Brew

 

1 cup water

3 tablespoons or more dried mugwort (not only good for helping us to contact

our inner wisdom,but also very relaxing)

1/4 cup dried oatstraw (good for the nerves)

1 cinnamon stick,2-3 inches long

Maple syrup,honey or brown sugar

 

Boil the water,then add to a teapot into which the mugwort,oatstraw and cinnamon

stick have been placed.

Steep for at least 15 minutes.Strain and pour into a dark-colored mug,

sweeten with maple syrup,honey or brown sugar.

 

Now sit comfortably in your sacred space with your mug,sniff your Scrying Brew,

feeling the steam,warm as breath,on your face.Take a sip and savor the earthy

taste.As you sip,become aware of your breathing.As you drink ,be with your breath,

without attempting to change it.When the tea is nearly gone,gradually turn your

attention to the surface of the liquid remaining in in your mug.

Gaze at it without effort,simply letting yourself be with the mug and tea.

As you look,pay some dreamy attention to the thoughts that flash through your

mind.

 

Blessed Samhain !!!

 
 

Daily Forecast for October 25th, 2014

Blyssful Saturn's Day Stargazers~

New Moon
(waxing/12% of Illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Saturday 25th October 2014
Moon 19° Scorpio squares Jupiter 19° Leo
Moon 23° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 23° Scorpio

Your Tarot Card for October 25th is The Moon
October 25th, 2014

What has traditionally been known as the Moon card refers to a deep state of sensitivity and imaginative impressionability, developed within a womb of deep relaxation. Here we dream and go into trance, have visions and receive insights, wash in and out with the psychic tides, and experience deep mystical and/or terrifying realities beyond our ordinary senses. The full moon and/or eclipse cycle charted by the Magi (as in some of the earliest Moon card images) exemplify this as a mechanism that Nature uses to expand consciousness.
The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters the Ocean of Being. What transpires next is between a soul and its Maker.

The Witches Rune for Today

The Wave

Keywords: Friends, family, travel.

Meanings: This rune is to do with the your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the Moon stone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You say whatever is on the tip of your tongue today; however, you could step into deep water so quickly that you don’t have time to get your bearings. Unfortunately, you may be even more impulsive than ever with your words now that mischievous Mercury moves forward in your 7th House of Relationships. Although you might be tempted to stir up some drama, you’re still better off approaching a conversation about your feelings with thoughtful deliberation. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You feel like royalty now as you luxuriate in the splendor of your own domain. But just because jolly Jupiter is camping out in your 4th House of Home doesn’t mean you will get everything you want now. Stay optimistic, even if you face a minor setback. It’s crucial to project a positive attitude now that the Sun is traveling through your 7th House of Partnerships. Setting the bar high encourages your friends and family to step up to the plate and give it their best shots.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Playing to your audience is tricky business if you aren’t on stage today. It’s tough to be a teacher if you don’t have a class. Above all, you need a stable platform from which to express your creative ideas. Nevertheless, you could still make real progress on a project now by thinking outside of the box. Solidifying routines may still require additional time, yet creating structure reliably leads to greater opportunities down the road.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your feelings are so tangible that they could overwhelm your plans today. However, avoiding serious emotional commitments now allows you to encourage your imagination to meander without restraint. Keep in mind that even the most impractical thoughts can have practical consequences. Exploration of your inner worlds leads to outer rewards.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Everyone might be relying on you to be the nurturing one of the group with four planets residing in your 4th House of Emotional Security. Additionally, others expect you to entertain and amuse them now. However, you’re simply not in the mood to put on a performance and you want to avoid the spotlight completely. Tracing your feelings back to their underlying causes can make a real difference, enabling you to make positive changes that last.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You would be quite content these days if people left you alone for a while. You long for seclusion and may greatly benefit by carving out some quiet time for self-reflection. Still, there might be one or two close friends you really want to share your thoughts with now; just don’t let your socializing grow out of hand. Your self-esteem depends on your ability to establish healthy boundaries while still being vulnerable with those you love.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Sometimes making the simplest changes in a relationship can take longer than you expect. Thankfully, the Sun’s alignment with your key planet Venus refreshes your dreams and widens your vision of the future. Paradoxically, your confidence is on the rise, even as you sink deeper into your feelings. Nevertheless, carefully building on a solid emotional foundation makes more sense than rushing ahead just because you like what you see on the horizon.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Charming Venus cozies up to the Sun in your 1st House of Personality, you won’t likely be short on charisma — even if others criticize or attack your plan. This is your moment to shine; you’re at the top of your game, so eagerly invite in every opportunity that knocks at your door.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You are a natural-born traveler yet responsibilities are stacking up today, prohibiting your free movement. If you do end up taking a trip now, it will likely be for business, not pleasure. Nevertheless, you still may want to go somewhere special, so expand your intellectual sphere by researching a new and different destination. Don’t wait for fate to decide your future; stand up and be counted as someone who makes their own opportunities.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might have to work with a very stubborn person today, someone who seems bent on turning a simple exercise into a totally frustrating experience. Pride is not a strength at this time, but a sure sign of weakness. Thankfully, real cooperation is possible when humility is present and there is respect for all parties involved. Remember that bossing others around won’t get you what you want now, but practicing compassion could just do the trick.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You want to step back and take in the whole picture today, so you are quite willing to walk away from the details and leave them to someone else. You’re not interested in superficial matters; you’re too serious to get sidetracked, especially if you’re seeking power and integrity now. However, be ready to drop whatever you are doing if someone with convincing sincerity shows up. The right person can act as a catalyst that changes everything for the better.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You can transform the most boring drudgery into an exciting adventure today by simply putting all of your heart into your work. The same old chores that usually annoy you to no end suddenly invite you to explore your imagination and cultivate your creativity. The good news is that you can be productive and playful at the same time as long as you are willing to work hard without taking yourself too seriously.

BLYSSFUL SATURN'S DAY PAGANS!

As the veil things so the stranger of our friendlies and not so's enter my vivid dreamtime, Molly has them too for she has been as restless as I. This is the time spirits contact me in the dreamtime to bargain for a place to be drawn forth and honored on All Hallows Eve. As you can see I am in contact with elders and past family members so there is no need for me to make contact on that night, so the time is open for the spirits beyond to be in line for a crossover communication with me...I do get the weirdest request but so be it.

These simple exercises are to be done just before you go to sleep. There is no effort necessary, simply a sincere desire to receive the benefits that can come to you through the dream state. The techniques are so simple, you may doubt their effects, but truth is always simple. Try them. This is the way to test them.

TO REMEMBER DREAMS
Fill your mind with thoughts of someone that you love. Pick someone uncomplicated that you have few issues with. Now is not the time to practice unconditional love on someone! It can even be a pet, if you like. Anyone or anything that you love.

Doing this will fill you heart with love. After you feel this love, softly sing or chant to yourself the word "HU" (pronounced like the name Hugh), placing your attention on the forehead or third eye area. HU is an ancient name for God. and is considered by some religions to be the highest vibration it is possible to chant on this plane.

Do this for about four to five minutes. Then try one of the following exercises. This is a good way to begin to open to spiritual dreaming, or any kind of dream work. It also alters your brain chemistry.

A CHANTING METHOD TO REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS
Do the preceding exercise and then take a deep breath. Then, start spelling out the word DREAM. Take each letter and softly sing them to yourself three times: D-R-E-A-M, D-R-E-A-M, D-R-E-A-M. Draw out each letter, like this: Deeee, Rrrrr, Eeeee, Aaaaa, Mmmm. Next, chant the word DREAM for a few minutes. Then just go to sleep.

OTHER WORDS TO USE WITH THE PRECEDING EXERCISE: L-O-V-E, W-I-S-D-O-M, T-R-U-T-H, F-R-E-E-D-O-M, L-E-T G-O, R-E-M-E-M-B-E-R, P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E, G-R-A-C-E, T-R-U-S-T, ETC.

ANOTHER WAY TO REMEMBER DREAMS
First, pick a night that you will have no problem getting up the next morning. Like a weekend night. Set an alarm to wake you about two hours before you would normally get up. When you are awakened by the alarm you will probably have been in the middle of a dream. Write it down then, without the distractions of having to shower, get breakfast, make deadlines, etc. This is about developing habits for remembering dreams.

WATER GLASS TECHNIQUE
Pour water in a glass. As your pour it say out loud: "As I pour this water, it represents the dreams that I will have tonight and all of the memories of these dreams." Place it by your bedside. Take a few sips before retiring, and as you do, say to yourself "As I drink this water, it fills me with the ability remember my dreams with great clarity". Then just go to sleep. When you awaken, take a few more sips, saying "As I drink this water, it enables me to remember my dreams easier and easier everyday".

Write down anything that comes to you. This is a simple, ancient technique, used by aboriginal tribes.

THE "HAND" TECHNIQUE
After you can remember your dreams and are somewhat aware you are dreaming... Try to notice your hand, in your dream, as you are dreaming. If you do this, you can focus on the hand and use it to anchor your consciousness in the dream, helping you to become more aware of yourself as the dreamer, in your dreaming. As you become more aware, you can leave the "pre-set" dream and start flying, visiting people, places etc.!

OBJECTS THAT "BRIDGE THE GAP"
As you drift off, place your attention on something in your room. A dresser, the closet door, chair, etc. Bring your awareness of this object with you into the dream state. This can help you begin to become aware of leaving your body as you are going to sleep. It can act as a kind of bridge to the other side.

While you are focused give yourself the command to awaken in your dream, aware of the dreaming. Failing to maintain concentration will not harm you in any way. You'll just go to sleep naturally.

WATCH THE WATCH...
Get yourself an inexpensive wrist watch what beeps every hour on the hour. When it beeps, pay close attention, and say to yourself each time, "I easily remember my dreams." When you go to sleep, wear the watch. When it beeps in the night, while you are dreaming, the sound of the alarm can help you realize you are dreaming. Take the sound of the watch into your dreams and let it help you become lucid and aware. After you are aware you are dreaming, you can change the dream to anything that you wish.

ABC TECHNIQUE
Say to yourself three times "A, A, A" breathing in and then out slowing with each letter. Then go to "B, B, B" and repeat; then "C, C, C". Then see yourself going down a hallway with a door at the end. Open the door slowly and know that the Dream Master or your Guide is on the other side of the door. Invite them to take you to the places that you have earned.

ASK FOR HELP
Before you go to sleep at night, when just beginning to drift off, ask for an Angel, Guide or Master to come to you in the dream to help you with a problem, instruct you, take you to another plane, help you with a problem, to fill you with love -- ask for whatever you want!

LIGHT ON THE THIRD EYE
Gently place your attention on the forehead area, the so called third eye or spiritual eye. Imagine that a bright white light is shining down onto the area and into your head.

Softly chant a word such as God, Love, HU, etc. as you keep your attention on this area. Feel the light expand and let your awareness expand with it. Invite the "Dream Master" into your awareness now and invite them in your dream. Set no limits or expectations, simply go with him or her.

PAST LIFE DREAM RECALL TECHNIQUE
Imagine orange light beaming into either the right side of your jaw, (the joint area), or the right eye. As you breath, imagine that you are breathing into this point. (Either one). As you breath out, softly chant or sing the word Hoo-Kee. (Pronounced like Who-Key). This will activate spiritual points for remembering the past lives.

"Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-E-E-E-E"
Place your attention on a point about an inch above the ridge at the back of the head. Feel it, there is often and indentation here. Imagine white light beaming into the spot, as you breath in and out with your attention placed here. As you breath out, softly sing or chant the letter "Z-zzzzz", pronounced "Z-e-e-e-e". Do this for about ten minutes. Then invite the Dream Master or your Guardian Angel to take you in your dreams to the places you have earned.

GETTING ANSWERS IN DREAMS
Just before you go to sleep, relax and decide that you will get your answer to a question while in your dreams. Say to yourself: The answer to what I want to know is ion my dreams. I am shown the answer in my dream.

When you awaken it will be the first thought in your mind. Be sure that you write it down right away.

Our minds know the answers to almost anything. What holds us back is our attitudes about situations and things. When we relax and let it work out in your dream state, we can access the higher wisdom more easily.

WHAT IF NOTHING WORKS?
If you cannot remember anything, even though you have tried every technique for a while, give yourself the command "I will not remember my dreams tonight".

Sometimes this will work when nothing else will. It is sometimes called reverse psychology or the Law of reverse effort.

FINALLY...

Relax and have fun with this. Give it time, have patience. You have the rest of your life to practice and enjoy the benefits of lucid dreaming, spiritual awareness and your association with your Guides and the Dream Master.

SWEET DREAMS!

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ---Lao - Tzu

Copyright © 2001 Sherry Whitfield Merrell
All rights reserved

Spell to Conjure Spirits

Two tall purple candles

Two tall green candles

A purple Amethyst Green Jade or Agate - in center of altar

Sandalwood & Lavender Incense

Sandalwood & Willow Bark Incense

Spirit Candle

Witches' Bowl - a bowl or tray 13" or more in diameter, marked for divination.

Three casting stones

Cast a triple circle. Conjuring of Spirits is always done in hours of darkness, not necessary to be midnight, but preferred. After you have performed your primary ritual, cast the incense into your burner, Place the Spirit Candle into the center of the altar and say:

(turn slowly deosil as you speak)
"Spirit of good will, I bid thee enter
The Outer Circle.
The Second Circle.
The Inner Circle.
I am protected by this Pentacle upon my breast.
Which bears the name of (your Spirit Guide)
I bid thee, Spirit, Reveal thy Earthly name!

Repeat this conjuration three times.
Perform a nine card Tarot Divination for the Spirit's name, unless the Spirit replies in some other manner.
Ask: Have you a message for me?
Perform a Tarot Divination or use the Witches' Bowl to ask questions.
Spirit, is it true that....?
Deal gently with the friendly Spirits and they will lead you to the Greater Mysteries.
During your questioning, observe the Spirit Candle.
If it wavers or rises and falls, or flickers unevenly, use the Tarot to see if the Spirit has a message.
You may ask 3 questions, after that you must ask:
May I seek further guidance?
Ask only 3 more questions.
Bid the Spirit depart, saying:
(Name), Good Spirit.

So pagans play safe and be blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

Yule Gifts~Toffee Blondies In A Jar

Wondering what to give that special witch this Yule season? Why not put one together and gift it so they can make it, and it will be fresh too!

Toffee Blondies In A Jar
Layer the dry ingredients for these sweet bars in a jar then give to friends and family as a holiday gift.

Yields: 1 jar (enough for 16 bars) Start to Finish: 15 mins

Toffee Blondies In A Jar

Ingredients
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup toffee pieces or butterscotch-flavored pieces
Directions

In a quart glass jar, layer brown sugar, chocolate pieces, flour, baking powder, salt, nuts, and toffee pieces. Fasten lid; attach directions for making bars to jar (below).
Baking directions:

Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. In a large bowl combine 1/4 c. butter, 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir in jar contents. Spread into prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until set and golden brown and edges just begin to pull away from pan. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts (Toffee Blondies In A Jar)
Per serving: 202 kcal cal., 10 g fat (3 g sat. fat, 36 mg chol., 108 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 1 g fiber, 3 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

 

160 users rated this recipe an average rating of 4.0
Makes: 36 servings Prep: 30 mins Bake: 1 hr 325°F

Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

Ingredients
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, cut up
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil; set pan aside.
In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and the 1 tablespoon butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in 1 egg, the pumpkin, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the cinnamon, and ginger until combined. Stir in the 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside.
In a small bowl stir together the 1-1/4 cups flour, the baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a large saucepan combine the chocolate and 3/4 cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Gradually add the 2-1/4 cups sugar, beating with an electric mixer on low speed just until combined. Add the 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and the 2 teaspoons vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined.
Spread chocolate mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture in several mounds on top of the chocolate batter. Using a narrow metal spatula, gently swirl the cream cheese mixture into the chocolate batter. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake about 60 minutes or until center is just set when pan is gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan. Cut into brownies.
From the Test Kitchen

Layer brownies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts (Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies)
Per serving: 159 kcal cal., 8 g fat (5 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 43 mg chol., 92 mg sodium, 21 g carb., 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 2 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

The Hopi Prophecy & Orions Belt

Thomas Banyacya was one of four Hopi spiritual leaders selected by traditional Elders in 1948 to carry Hopi prophecies to the world. A half-century later, as the sole remaining Hopi messenger, Banyacya joined nine other indigenous people to speak before the United Nations General Assembly to warn them that their prophecies indicated that civilization was about to be subjected to abrupt and extreme changes from nature and the planet. It is worth recalling his message.

"Hopi in our language means a peaceful, kind, gentle, and truthful people. We made a sacred covenant which includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for (Masawa, the Great Spirit's) purpose. Our goal is to pray and promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a natural way."

The Hopi leader said the prophecies indicate the world is in its "final days." He demanded that an investigation be made to stop the destruction of native peoples' lives and homelands. He warned against ruining nature and desecrating sacred sites. Banyacya emphasized that the Hopi center, in the Four Corners area of the Southwest US, is a Sacred site which has a special purpose for humankind's future survival. It should be left in its natural state, he stated."It should be the mission of your nations and this Assembly to use your power and rules to examine and cure the damage people have done to this earth and to each other,"Banyacya exhorted the Assembly. "It is up to all of us as children of Mother Earth to clean up this mess before it's too late."

In his address, Banyacya invoked the Hopi prophecies about the consequences of living out of balance with nature and spirit. Floods, earthquakes, extinction of animals and birds, climate changes, hail storms, and many damaging hurricanes, he said, are the loud voices of his ancestors' warnings. Most public adjusters would even probably tell you that a mixture of those things at once would probably be a cause for concern. The evening of the native speakers' appearance at the UN, heavy rain, strong winds, and the worst floods in New York's memory assailed the New York City area. Major highways were closed, and the UN building's lower subfloors flooded, forcing a shutdown of its heating and air conditioning.

Native people attending the General Assembly considered these events more than coincidental. Thomas Banyacya called on all the participants, including UN officials, to form a great circle in a symbolic act of prayer. One participant claimed she had never felt herself to be in such a safe place. Others noted that no further storm damage occurred in Manhattan after the circle gathered.

The Hopi Tablets - as revealed in Thomas O. Mills book, The Truth

It is clear that the new millennium seems to coincide with the prophetic times of many of Earth's oldest religions. The Mayan calendar marks the end of time in just a few more years. Many Native Americans describe this not as an end but as the moving from one era to another era. In our Alaskan story this was explained as moving from the fourth to the fifth hoop. In the Hopi tradition, the movement will be from the fourth to the fifth "world."

An interesting exploration of the Hopi prophecies is provided by Thomas O. Mills. Mills grew up on the Hopi Reservation in Second Mesa, Arizona. As a boy, he helped his Mom run the newly built Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, which today is the main stopping point for outsiders.

In his book, The Truth, Mills reveals that he has written the book because he wants to let more people know about the Hopi prophecies. His message implies that there is something of the Divine Spirit in these prophecies that will "click" if we just will take the time to hear him out. And he is right.

Mills explains the Hopi stories of Creation. Humanity has had three previous eras of development, a rise and fall marking each one. We are now at the end of the "fourth world," poised to enter the "fifth world.". Each previous world has been felled by some catastrophe, such as the ice age, or the inability to speak and use language. According the Hopi prophesy, we are about to enter into the fifth world, which naturally implies an impending fourht world catastrophe.

What will our downfall be this time? Can we avoid it? The Hopi have had the answers embedded in their traditions and religion like the DNA of a latent virus. When the time is ripe, the symbolism and pagantry will be revealed as a stable metaphor of complex issues regarding nature, creation and human survival. Some of these issues are frankly addressed in The Book of the Hopi. But few non-Hopi have ever been exposed to these teachings.

Mills provides numerous translations from The Book of Hopi and he does a good job of explaining these in his own words. It's a rare individual who can understand such complexities and yet have the ability to speak so plainly. Perhaps most interesting of all is that Mills describes a collection of tablets that were left by Masawa, the Caretaker of Earth (more specifically, the southwest American desert), to the Hopi upon their entrance to the fourth world. Mills explains how the Hopi were instructed to care for the planet. He shows many interesting similarities between concepts and representations of Hopi deities and those of ancient Egypt. He has a brilliant and well-illustrated theory that envisions the Egyptian pyramids and surrounding temples as forming large symbolic messages which reinforces the underscores the impending transition to the fifth world.

Mills proposes that the giant stone pyramids functioned to balance an unstable planet. Like the weights used to balance a tire, the careful positioning of these structures can influence the axis of the planet. Although the pyramids are minute in relation to the Earth, the mechanism is the result of almost super-human knowledge of nature. His illustrations of Egyptian murals from over four millennia seem to reinforce his theories. Your mind is allowed to contemplate the significance of these revelations. At a time when we focus more on our differences and less on our common ancestry, The Truth seems rightly named and comes just about in time.

Below are Mills' illustrations of the Hopi tablets that were given to the ancient ones by Musawa. The story is told as follows:

The Hopis also have in their possession the stone tablets that Masaw gave to them. These are not ordinary stones that could have been made in America, but ivory stones with hieroglyphs cut into them with strange figures... like those carved in Egypt on the temples.

Figures of headless men, swastikas, and snakes. One corner of the Fire Clan Tablet has a corner missing. It was broken off when Masawa gave the stone to the Hopi, and this piece was given to the White Brother as proof that he could return and join in the Ceremonies, finally completing the Cycle making this a paradise on Earth, complete with joyful songs to the Creator from the rooftops. Old Oribia will be rejuvenated and rain will come for all the crops for all four brothers on Mother Earth.

One of the tablets Masaw gave to the Fire Clan was very small, about four inches square, made of dark colored stone, and with a piece broken off from one corner. On one side were marked several symbols, and on the other the figure of a man without a head. Masaw was the deity of the Fire Clan; and he gave them this tablet just before he turned his face from them, becoming invisible, so that they would have a record of his words.

This is what he said, as marked on the tablet: After the Fire Clan had migrated to their permanent home, the time would come when they would be overcome by a strange people. They would be forced to develop their land and lives according to the dictates of a new ruler, or else they would be treated as criminals and punished. But they were not to resist. They were to wait for the person who would deliver them. This person was their lost white brother, Pahana, who would return to them with the missing corner piece of the tablet, deliver them from their prosecutors, and work out with them a new and universal brotherhood of man. But, warned Masawa, if their leader accepted any other religion, he must assent to having his head cut off. This would dispel the evil and save his people.

-The Book of Hopi~

 

What is a blue Moon?

 

Blue moon is a term used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons. It is also commonly used to refer to the second full moon in a calendar month.

Such a blue Moon (second full Moon in single calendar month) will next occur on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:43 am UTC.

Contrary to popular belief, a blue moon is not actually blue in color.Blue moon is a term that is used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons.

A year has four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall (Autumn), and Winter - with three months and three full moons each. When one of the seasons in a year has four full moons, instead of the usual three, the third full moon is called a blue moon.

These days, the second full moon in a calendar month is also often referred to as a blue moon. This particular use was popularized due to a misinterpretation in a 1946 article in Sky and Telescopemagazine. Such blue moons occur rather frequently - at least once every two or three years. The next such blue moon will occur on July 31, 2015.

Are blue Moons rare?

Blue colored moons do rarely occur when dust or smoke particles in the air are of a specific size. Such particles help create a blue colored moon by scattering blue light.

Red moons, which can be caused by other sizes of dust particles or lunar eclipses, are much more common than blue moons.

The phrase, once in a blue moon, is colloquially used to suggest that something is very rare.

Why the third Moon?

There are different accounts of why the third full moon of a season of four full moons is called a blue moon.

For instance, the Ecclestical calendar, which indicates the dates of the Christian fasts and festivals, uses the phases of the moon to determine the exact dates for holidays like Lent and Easter. The month of Lent contains the Lenten Moon. The first full moon of Spring – also known as Easter Moon or Paschal Moon – falls a week before Easter. In order to ensure that Lent and Easter coincides with the phases of the moon, the calendar has termed the third moon of the season as the blue moon.

Other accounts suggest that since each full moon of a normal year had a corresponding name, for instance Harvest Moon, the 13th moon in a year was called a blue moon. This way the calendar was aligned to make sure celebrations and holidays would still fall during their "proper" times.

Did you know?

About once every 19 years, the month of February does not have a full moon. The years when this happens, also have two full moons in two different months. This phenomenon will occur next in 2018.

~Elder Airwolf~