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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.

Skinny Meals~Turkey & Black Bean Chimichangas

Fat: 2 g (0 g saturated fat)
Say ole! to a healthier take on a Mexican staple. The fake-fried tortilla tastes great stuffed with heart-healthy (and low-fat) black beans, diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, salsa, and turkey breast.

Makes: 6 servings 
Serving Size: 1 chimichanga made with 1/2 cup filling 
Yields: 6 chimichangas (made with 1/2 cup filling each) 
Prep: 20 mins 
Bake: 15 mins to 17 mins 425°F

Ingredients
  Nonstick cooking spray
6 10 inches whole wheat, low-carb, flour tortillas
8 ounces uncooked ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 15 ounce can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained or 1-3/4 cup cooked black beans
1 14 1/2 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup bottled salsa
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  Light dairy sour cream and/or fresh cilantro sprigs
Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Wrap the tortillas in foil. Heat in the oven for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook turkey and onion until turkey is no longer pink and onion is softened. Add black beans. Using a fork or potato masher, mash beans slightly. Stir in tomato, salsa, 1/4 cup cilantro, lime juice, and cumin. Heat through.
To assemble, spoon about 1/2 cup of the filling onto each tortilla, spooning filling just below the center. Fold bottom edge of each tortilla up and over filling. Fold opposite sides in and over filling. Roll up from the bottom. If necessary, secure rolled tortillas with wooden toothpicks. Place filled tortillas on prepared baking sheet, seam sides down. Lightly coat top and sides of the filled tortillas with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until tortillas are golden brown. Sprinkle chimichangas with cheese and, if desired, sour cream and/or cilantro sprigs.
Nutrition Facts (Turkey and Black Bean Chimichangas)
Per serving: 206 kcal cal., 4 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 1 g monounsatured fat), 25 mg chol., 424 mg sodium, 33 g carb., 18 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 23 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Skinny Meals~Turkey Kabobs with Orange-Mustard Glaze

Fat: 1 g (0 g saturated fat)
One gram of fat -- you read that right. Low-fat turkey and fresh, healthful fruits and veggies highlight this zippy kabob dinner.

Makes: 6 servings 
Serving Size: 3 kabobs each 
Prep: 45 mins 
Marinate: 4 hrs to 6 hrs 
Grill: 12 mins

Ingredients
2/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
12 shallots
1 1/2 pounds turkey breast tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium yellow summer squash, cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
18 cherry tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  Grilled oranges and/or fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional)
Directions

For marinade, in a small bowl, stir together orange juice, mustard, and thyme. Peel and trim shallots, leaving stem ends intact. Cut shallots lengthwise in half; quarter any large shallots. In a large, resealable plastic bag, combine shallots, turkey, squash and tomatoes. Pour marinade over turkey and vegetables; seal bag and turn to coat. Place in a shallow bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, turning bag occasionally.
Drain turkey mixture, reserving marinade. On 18, 10- to 12-inch metal or bamboo* skewers, alternately thread turkey, shallots, and squash pieces, leaving 1/4-inch space between each piece and leaving 2 inches at the pointed end of each skewer. Sprinkle kabobs with salt and pepper. Set tomatoes aside.
For a charcoal grill, grill kabobs on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 5 minutes, turning once. Brush with reserved marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Grill 7 to 11 minutes more or until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender, turning once and adding a tomato to the end of each skewer for the last 2 minutes of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place skewers on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
Transfer kabobs to a serving platter; sprinkle with parsley. If desired, serve with grilled oranges and/or additional fresh parsley.
From the Test Kitchen

*Test Kitchen Tip:
If using bamboo skewers, soak in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling.
Nutrition Facts (Turkey Kabobs with Orange-Mustard Glaze)
Per serving: 192 kcal cal., 1 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 70 mg chol., 343 mg sodium, 13 g carb., 2 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 30 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Skinny Meals~Mushroom, Asparagus & Tofu Quiches


Fat: 6 g (1 g saturated fat)
This fresh-from-the-oven casserole will delight houseguests as a vegetarian finish to a long day. Inside each individual ramekin is a mixture made from tofu, egg, soy cheese, mushroom, and asparagus. Dig in!

Makes: 6 servings 
Prep: 20 mins 
Bake: 20 mins 350°F 
Cook: 5 mins

Ingredients
1 12 1/4 ounce package light firm silken-style tofu (fresh bean curd)
1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs
3 ounces cheddar-flavored soy cheese, finely shredded (3/4 cup)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh assorted mushrooms (such as cremini, stemmed shiitake, morel, and/or button)
12 ounces fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch-long pieces
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a blender or food processor, combine tofu and eggs. Cover and blend or process just until combined. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in soy cheese, 1 tablespoon of the basil, the pepper, and salt. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, asparagus, and shallots. Cook and stir for 5 to 8 minutes or just until tender; cool slightly. Stir vegetable mixture into tofu mixture, stirring until well mixed.
Divide mixture among six 6-ounce ramekins or au gratin dishes. Place filled ramekins in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
Bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until set and edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts (Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches)
Per serving: 108 kcal cal., 6 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 1 g monounsatured fat), 319 mg sodium, 5 g carb., 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 10 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Skinny Meals~Turkey Chili

 

There are all kinds of ways to make chili: with meat; without meat; and if you use meat, different kinds of meat. This particular low fat chili uses ground turkey, which is nice and lean, especially if you opt for the 99 percent fat-free variety. It's a good alternative to ground beef. This turkey chili makes an ideal family supper and is one of my fall and winter favorites. It's hearty, healthy and easy to prepare. Serve with a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt, which is a healthier alternative to sour cream, yet still manages to be thick and tangy, just like sour cream.

INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 stick of celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound 99 percent fat-free ground turkey
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 14 1/2-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
4 tbsp fat-free sour cream or yogurt
4 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add onion, celery, chopped pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Crumble the turkey into the pan, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in chili powder, cumin, coriander, and oregano. Add in tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, mix well and cook on low heat for a further 5-10 minutes.

Ladle into bowls. Add a dollop of fat-free plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream, plus some fresh chopped cilantro if you have it.

Serves 4.

Per Serving: Calories 298, Calories from Fat 51, Total Fat 5.7g (sat 0.6g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 440mg, Carbohydrate 32.9g, Fiber 10.2g, Protein 28.8g

Notes and Tips:

You can substitute lean ground chicken or extra-lean ground beef for the turkey. Lean ground turkey rather than 99 percent fat-free turkey is less lean (about the equivalent of extra-lean ground beef), but more flavorful.

If you want to add a little more heat, add a finely chopped chipotle chile with a little (i.e., a teaspoon) adobo sauce.

Canned fire-roasted tomatoes are delicious. I often use these instead of plain canned tomatoes.

Feel free to use pinto beans or kidney beans instead of black beans, or use a variety. Indeed, you can flesh out the chili by adding an extra can of beans.

I sometimes add a can of drained sweet corn, which makes a nice addition.

[Skinny Meals~Turkey Chili here are all kinds of ways to make chili: with meat; without meat; and if you use meat, different kinds of meat. This particular low fat chili uses ground turkey, which is nice and lean, especially if you opt for the 99 percent fat-free variety. It's a good alternative to ground beef. This turkey chili makes an ideal family supper and is one of my fall and winter favorites. It's hearty, healthy and easy to prepare. Serve with a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt, which is a healthier alternative to sour cream, yet still manages to be thick and tangy, just like sour cream. INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1/2 stick of celery, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 pound 99 percent fat-free ground turkey 2 tbsp chili powder 2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1 14 1/2-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 4 tbsp fat-free sour cream or yogurt 4 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (optional) Prep Time: 0 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes PREPARATION Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add onion, celery, chopped pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Crumble the turkey into the pan, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in chili powder, cumin, coriander, and oregano. Add in tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, mix well and cook on low heat for a further 5-10 minutes. Ladle into bowls. Add a dollop of fat-free plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream, plus some fresh chopped cilantro if you have it. Serves 4. Per Serving: Calories 298, Calories from Fat 51, Total Fat 5.7g (sat 0.6g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 440mg, Carbohydrate 32.9g, Fiber 10.2g, Protein 28.8g Notes and Tips: You can substitute lean ground chicken or extra-lean ground beef for the turkey. Lean ground turkey rather than 99 percent fat-free turkey is less lean (about the equivalent of extra-lean ground beef), but more flavorful. If you want to add a little more heat, add a finely chopped chipotle chile with a little (i.e., a teaspoon) adobo sauce. Canned fire-roasted tomatoes are delicious. I often use these instead of plain canned tomatoes. Feel free to use pinto beans or kidney beans instead of black beans, or use a variety. Indeed, you can flesh out the chili by adding an extra can of beans. I sometimes add a can of drained sweet corn, which makes a nice addition.

2015 Horoscopes~View for the Year

This year, it’s all about Saturn.

On December 23, 2014, Saturn moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. Saturn will backpedal into Scorpio again from June 14 until September 17 in 2015, but after that he’ll remain in Sagittarius until December 19, 2017. What does all of this mean?

The school of hard knocks
In a nutshell: karmic shift. Saturn is the planet of discipline and responsibility, and without him nothing would ever really happen in our world. Still, he is a harsh taskmaster with an often unrelenting protocol of teaching us about maturity through the school of hard knocks. While Saturn is moving through Sagittarius, we’ll experience a major reality check concerning religion, faith and broad thinking. High hopes will be tempered with a heavy dose of realism. While the goal is to create structure around our ideals to materialize them, in some cases we may struggle with an “all hope is lost” attitude.

On November 26, 2015, we’ll experience the first of three exact squares (a harsh angle between two planets) between Saturn and Neptune, the ultimate planet of spirituality. Neptune wants to dissolve boundaries while Saturn demands their creation. As you can imagine, these two planets together in square are like oil and water — they don’t mix well. By late 2015 you might endure a crisis of faith in a certain area of your life, and if so, it will likely continue into 2016. The good news is that, despite the tension, if you work diligently with this pattern you can create a solid foundation to back up your dreams.

Silver linings
Thankfully, expansive Jupiter will give us instant jolts of happiness this year. 2015 begins with Jupiter in Leo, and on March 3 and again on June 22, Jupiter will be at a gorgeous trine to Uranus in Aries. This will offer an opportunity to push your luck in a certain area of your life and know that you’ll succeed. As long as you’re willing to take a risk, there is certain to be a reward.

On August 11 Jupiter will move into discerning Virgo for the rest of the year, and we’ll have an opportunity to get hyper-focused on the details — especially as they relate to work and health matters.


Aries 2015 Horoscope
The only constant is change
You’ll have reason to smile as you start off 2015 with great potential for a whirlwind romance. Jupiter will continue to tour your 5th House of Love, Children, and Pleasure until August 11, and during this time, if single, you might meet the love of your life. Another possibility is that you’ll decide to have a child or will launch a creative project that you’re quite excited about. Look to March 3 and June 22 for extra special developments in any of these areas. That’s when Jupiter will be at a perfect trine to Uranus, now in your sign. Sudden, unexpected luck will pay off in a big way. But remember; if you’re not willing to take a risk there isn’t likely to be much reward. That goes for your heart as well as anything else.

After August 11 and for the rest of the year, Jupiter will enter your 6th House of Work and Health, adding plenty of opportunity for you to enhance your well-being and take advantage of exciting assignments. If you’re looking to make a lateral move workwise, you’ll have excellent prospects.

Sudden shifts
One final Uranus-Pluto square will occur on March 16, creating a rumble in your career. A change in how you deal with clients or in a business partnership is possible. This will be punctuated by the testy Lunar Eclipse on April 4 in your 7th House of Relationships. A sudden shift is guaranteed, and if you’re fed up with a situation, an ending is possible. Same goes for your personal life, however if the relationship is good, you may suddenly become engaged or deepen your commitment. Another Lunar Eclipse in your sign on September 27 will emphasize the changes to your personal life.

Testing the waters
As you begin 2015, Saturn will have already stepped into your 9th House of Mind Expansion, prompting you to become more serious about pursuing advanced education or about any international business or legal matter you might have involvement with. Saturn Retrograde will dip back into your 8th House of Shared Resources from June 14 until September 17, 2015, asking you to take responsibility for a tax, credit or insurance matter. You have learned how to rely on your own resources, and these months will be a final test encouraging you to implement what you’ve learned. After September 17, Saturn moves full throttle into your 9th house where he’ll remain until the end of 2017. You’ll create a foundation for your beliefs that is rock solid. But first, you’ll need to define what they really are.

 

Taurus 2015 Horoscope
Hard work leads to big rewards
No matter what might be happening in your home and family life, in 2015, expect to receive help from behind the scenes to smooth out even the most troubling situation. Lucky for you, it doesn’t appear that you’ll have anything that dire to worry about. In fact, until August 11 Jupiter will continue to tour your 4th House of Home and Family, assuring that growth and blessings are likely in this area. You might upsize if you’re moving, or make a change to your existing living space that promotes greater peace and harmony. Or, you may discover that a new addition to your family is on the way. On March 3 and again on June 22, 2015, Jupiter will be at a perfect angle to Uranus, now in your 12th House of Privacy. This is when you can anticipate that behind-the-scenes blessing that will feel like you’ve hit the jackpot in terms of your family dynamics.

Kick up your heels
After August 11, Jupiter will move into a new area of your chart — the 5th House of Fun, Romance and Self-Expression — and will remain there until September of 2016. Any or all of these areas are up for expansion now. If single, you might meet and fall in love with someone who sweeps you off your feet. You might also have a child or notice that any children you already have are experiencing happier times. A creative project will also flourish.

It takes two
Relationships are truly supported for you this year. Saturn, the planet of lessons and restriction, has been touring your 7th House of Partnership since late 2012. If you’re in a partnership, you’ve likely experienced several tests to the strength of your union. Some relationships endured, and if yours was one of them, you can count on its longevity. If you have been mostly single throughout Saturn’s tour of your 7th house, you might have felt as if you’d never find that perfect mate. Saturn will dip into this area of your chart for a few months in 2015 — from June 14 until September 17 — and then he’ll be gone for good. Interestingly enough, Jupiter will move into your romance sector right in between this time, and the good news is that if you’ve done the work Saturn asked over the last couple of years, an even sweeter romantic reward is likely now.

Saturn’s main focus for you in 2015 has more to do with joint finances. From late December 2014 until mid-June of 2015, and again after September 17 (until 2017) Saturn will tour your 8th House Sharing. You’ll have a lesson now about learning how to rely on your own resources rather than depend on another person financially. You might also find that investments are not panning out the way you hoped, so you’d be prudent to take little risk in the stock market now. Keep your money secure and work on long-term financial planning strategies.

 

Gemini 2015 Horoscope
Talk of the town
You’ll continue to make great strides in the communications arena during the first half of 2015. This trend started for you in July 2014, thanks to Jupiter moving into your 3rd House of Messages at that time. Until August 11, 2015, you’ll have Jupiter in this part of your chart, and it will help you in all matters of thinking, writing, learning and speaking. It will even help boost your relationship with any siblings or improve your sales ability. If there is a communications-related project you’ve always wanted to initiate, now is truly your time to act. Jupiter wants to lend you support and blessings in this area … Jupiter wants to help you grow.

On March 3, and again on June 22, 2015, Jupiter will make a brilliant trine to Uranus, the planet of sudden developments, now in your 11th House of Community. This suggests you’ll have a lucky break if you’re hoping to launch a website, social media campaign, or if you’d like to host a workshop or other event where you speak or teach in front of a crowd. You’ll shine!

On the homefront
After August 11, and until September 9, 2016, Jupiter will move into your 4th House of Home and Family, offering you amazing opportunities to expand domestically. If you’re looking to move, you’ll find the perfect place. You might even take in a new roommate or family member to live with you. If you’re hoping to purchase a home or refinance, there is promising news relating to a mortgage or line of credit near October 11. One way or another, with Jupiter here you’ll enjoy family life in a way that you haven’t in quite some time!

Relationship realities
When it comes to relationship matters, things are about to get serious. Saturn, the great taskmaster of the zodiac, enters your 7th House of Partnership on December 23, 2014. He’ll remain here until June 14, 2015, then dip back into your 6th House of Work and Routine for a bit, and after September 17 will come back into your 7th house and remain there until December 2017! During this time a relationship will likely become committed (possible marriage), or you’ll decide that you and someone close are not meant to last forever after all. A test is likely in this area of your life, and if you’re already partnered up, any weak links connecting you and your mate are likely to be exposed. Of course, you’ll have the choice about whether or not you’d like to work on them, and you certainly can if you choose to.

From June 14 to September 17, 2015, Saturn will pay one last visit to your 6th House of Work and Wellness. You’ll have an opportunity now to manage a healthcare situation once and for all. You may also find that your hard work since late 2012 — connected to mastering your craft and the details behind your job — are now about to pay off. Ah, finally!

 

Cancer 2015 Horoscope
Down to business
You’re in a good place financially as 2015 begins, and lucky for you, this trend will continue for quite some time. Jupiter, the planet of gifts and blessings, has been touring your 2nd House of Income since July of 2014. Jupiter will remain in this part of your chart until August 11, 2015, offering you wonderful opportunities to continue improving your earning capacity and to maximize your talents. Money from career is exceptionally positive on March 3 and again on June 22 when Jupiter creates a perfect trine to Uranus, now in your 10th House of Profession. Use these dates to ask for a raise or showcase your most innovative talents to your boss in order to get ahead. You won’t regret it!

Although things are looking up career and money-wise for you this year, there will be one final jolt in your career path on March 16, thanks to the seventh and last Uranus-Pluto square that will rock your chart. Uranus in your 10th house will square off with Pluto in your 7th House of Relationships, and this might create trouble in your marriage if your spouse is not supporting your professional ambitions. Or, a business relationship might shift dramatically during this time. The good news is that you’ll be in a good position to make the changes you know are best for both areas of your life now. You’re no longer afraid; you’re empowered.

Mastering your craft
Saturn changes signs on December 23 of 2014, edging into your 6th House of Work and Health Matters. He’ll give you a sneak peek of what’s to come lesson-wise until June 14th, then will dip back into your 5th House of Love and Play until September 17. After that Saturn will move full force into your 6th house and will remain there until December 19, 2017. What does this mean? Well Cancer, you’re about to master your craft. If you’ve started on a new career path over the last couple of years, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do whatever work is required to become the expert. Obtaining this level of proficiency might not be easy, since it’s likely that you’ll have little help during this time. You’ll be expected to take on more work for less validation, but if you keep yourself disciplined and focused, you can be certain that you’ll learn everything there is to know about your industry during this two and a half year cycle.

In terms of health, if there is anything to take care of relating to your well-being, be diligent. Ignoring health care concerns now will only lead to problems down the road. If, however, you take your health seriously now and make positive changes, you’ll be able to strengthen your body and immune system for the long term.

Practical magic
Romance might not have been easy for you over the last couple of years, with Saturn touring your 5th house since October 2012. You have certainly defined what you require most in matters of the heart — even if getting to this point has been a challenge. But from June 14 until September 17, 2015, you’ll have an opportunity to test your resolve in this area. Long-lasting love is possible but remember: We accept the love we think we deserve. What do you deserve?

 

Leo 2015 Horoscope
Everything is possible
2015 certainly starts off on a high note for you! Jupiter, the planet of abundance, will be in your sign (and has been since July 2014), offering you an incredible once-in-twelve-years opportunity to expand in any and all areas with incredible support. Any new relationships you form between now and August 11 will likely be especially positive. In addition, your confidence and enthusiasm are likely off the charts now — and with good reason. Anything is possible for you when the planet of blessings is in your sign. Enjoy the crown while you’re wearing it!

Adding to the goodness will be two key dates that Jupiter makes a perfect trine to Uranus, the planet of surprises, now in your 9th House of Expansion. On March 3, and again on June 22, 2015, you’ll have amazing prospects for reward if you’re willing to take a risk. Go for it!

Cashing in
After August 11 Jupiter will still bless you, but in a different way. As he moves into your 2nd House of Earned Income, you’ll find that your cash flow is enhanced. Perhaps you’ll feel ready to monetize one of your special talents. Whatever the specific details, you’ll be in a great place to earn more money for the rest of 2015 and into the first half of 2016.

Real relationships
While Jupiter is busy helping you blow up in all areas of your life, the planet Saturn wants you to focus on doing so responsibly when it comes to matters of the heart. From December 23, 2014, until June 14, 2015, and then again from September 17, 2015 all the way through December 2017, Saturn will tour your 5th House of Love, Children and Creativity. You’ll have an opportunity to solidify a creative project you’ve always wanted to initiate. You may also go through a phase of getting serious about love. You are not interested in casual affairs, Leo! No, you want a romance you can count on and the good news is that Saturn can help you achieve this. If you have children, this will also be a time when you’re taking your parenting responsibilities more seriously. You’ll certainly earn your children’s respect.

Family matters might need one final revision from June 14 – September 17, when Saturn dips back into your 4th House of Home and Family. You’ve spent two and a half years creating a solid emotional and domestic foundation, and now there might be an opportunity to show your clan how much they can really count on you. You’ll be up for the task.

 

Virgo 2015 Horoscope
Blessings are bestowed
Spiritual protection will continue to favor you for the first half of 2015. Jupiter has been touring your 12th House of Secrets since July 2014. As we enter the New Year, you’ll benefit from knowing that no matter how difficult any situation is that you might encounter, you’ll be rescued from it. In addition to this, you might receive significant spiritual or psychological breakthroughs near March 3, 2015, and again on June 22.

There’s nothing better
After August 11 you’ll truly begin to shine. This is when Jupiter enters your sign for the first time in 12 years! Until September 9, 2016, you’ll enjoy cosmic blessings like no other sign. A bright and optimistic outlook will help you feel more confident, and in terms of relationships, anyone you meet over this next year will turn out to be a favorable alliance. This goes for business and personal relationships! If single, romantic prospects are on fire in October thanks to gorgeous links from Jupiter to Pluto in your 5th House of True Love.

Firming your foundations
What you’ll need to work on this year is your domestic life. On December 23, 2014, Saturn moves into your 4th House of Home Life, ushering in new karmic lessons having to do with your roots and family matters. Until December 2017, you’ll have an opportunity to build a solid and lasting foundation for yourself and your loved ones, but it won’t be easy. It’ll require discipline and responsibility on your part. Another possibility is that a relative will ask you to carry the weight of a family obligation, such as caring for an elderly relative. If you do this with love, humility, and commitment, then you’ll be well on your way to passing Saturn’s test.

From June 14 – September 17, 2015, Saturn will temporarily dip back into your 3rd House of Messages, helping you tie up lessons you have learned connected to communication. If you’ve tackled any insecurity connected to speaking your mind, then a reward is in store.

 

Libra 2015 Horoscope
Brace for change
Your marriage or committed partnership might have to endure one final jolt in 2015, Libra. Since 2012, you’ve experienced the rumbling square between Uranus and Pluto across your 7th House of Relationships and your 4th House of Home and Family. Over the last few years, this tumultuous combination has likely brought radical and sometimes difficult changes to these areas of your world. On March 16, 2015, we’ll have the absolute last hit of this aspect, and after this time things will calm down for you considerably. Before you breathe that huge sigh of relief however, you’ll have to go through one more possible change at home and with your significant other. A Lunar Eclipse in your sign on April 4, 2015, highlights the emotional importance of this time. Still, you’ve got this.

Strength in numbers
Jupiter, the planet of gifts and blessings, will start off the year in your 11th House of Groups and Social Networking. This area of your chart also rules your greatest hopes and dreams. You’ll have an opportunity to forge new connections with people who have the power to help you achieve one of your greatest aspirations. If you need help with anything, now is the time to enlist your friends — they will truly benefit you! Also, if you’re interested in pursuing any type of humanitarian endeavor, know that it will succeed beyond your wildest expectations now. You might even have luck turning something viral online during this time — if so make it matter! This trend lasts until August 11, 2015.

Your guardian angel
On August 11, Jupiter will move into the most hidden area of your chart, the 12th House of Privacy, where he’ll remain until September 2016. Does this mean your cosmic luck is about to disappear? Not a chance. Jupiter here is divine protection, and in many ways you’ll be the luckiest of all. Hidden angels (on this plane and elsewhere) are guiding and protecting you so that no matter what troubles you might experience, you’ll feel rescued from them in the end. This cycle of Jupiter will also expand your compassion more, and it will be a wonderful time to access your charitable side.

Lessons in communication will become significant in 2015. Saturn, the great taskmaster of the zodiac, moves into your 3rd House of Thoughts and Communication on December 23, 2014, and will remain there until December 2017. During this time you’ll have an opportunity to confront any insecurity or fear you may have about learning, communicating and expressing your ideas. Your mind will be extra studious and capable of deep thought.

From June 14 until September 17, Saturn will temporarily revisit your 2nd House of Income, where he was situated since October 2012. This stretch of time will allow you to wrap up all of the lessons he taught you about being responsible with finances. A reward is likely.

 

Scorpio 2015 Horoscope
Downhill strides and uphill battles
Anticipate great career strides during the first half of 2015, Scorpio. Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance, has been situated in your professional 10th House of Career since July 2014. Until August 11 of 2015, he’ll continue to move through this area of your chart, allowing you to maximize opportunities to reach your career goals.

A major work opportunity or assignment will lead to recognition and honor near March 3, 2015, and again near June 22 thanks to Jupiter making a perfect trine to Uranus in your 6th House of Work. You might receive a much touted assignment and feel as if you’ve hit the jackpot because of the additional opportunities it will lead to. If you’ve wanted to launch your own business, be sure to act during this stretch of time.

With a little help from my friends
After August 11, Jupiter will move into your 11th House of Friends and Groups, giving you more social blessings than you’ll know what to do with! You’ll enjoy spending time with pals who can expand your horizons and teach you something new. You’ll also find that it’s easier to make vital social connections that will help you advance a personal dream.

Pinching pennies
If there’s one area you’ll need to work on this year, it’s money. On December 23, 2014 Saturn, the planet of lessons and discipline, enters your 2nd House of Income. You might begin the New Year feeling a definite pinch in the money department. While this might seem contradictory — considering you’ll have some of your best career aspects in nearly 12 years thanks to your Jupiter cycle — it actually makes sense when you consider the deeper meaning of Saturn in the 2nd house.

Now, you’re learning about financial responsibility. You’re learning how to manage your money and stretch it to cover what you need while also learning what you don’t need to waste money on any longer. Frugal will become your middle name.

Again, this doesn’t negate your amazing career opportunities. Perhaps, for example, you’re launching a new business. Saturn here might speak to the enormous expense of starting a new company. You will likely have at least one major big ticket item while Saturn tours your 2nd house, but it will be something that you want — something you choose to help you achieve a new level of maturity. If this isn’t a new business, it might be that you’re saving your pennies for a down payment on a new home or to pay for a wedding or child’s college education. Saturn might not lead to a restriction in income at all (although this is possible), but rather speak to the redirection of funds and financial priorities. Less is more.

From June 14 until September 17, 2015, Saturn will backpedal into your sign again to help you remember how responsible you are and how capable you are of handling obligations. You’ve created a solid sense of personal identity. Now you’ll have an opportunity to come across as the wise soul to others, deserving of their respect.

 

Sagittarius 2015 Horoscope
Reaching new horizons
In 2015 you’ll be all about expanding your personal horizons — while keeping both feet on the ground. This might not be an easy feat, but you’ll certainly be up for the challenge. On the one hand, Jupiter moving through your 9th House of Mind Expansion until August 11 will help you make leaps and bounds when it comes to exploring new cultures, spirituality, or educational pursuits. Indeed, this will be your best time in 12 years to go ahead and enroll in an advanced degree program or take that trip around the world you’ve always dreamed of. Thinking about converting your religion? This is the time to explore other philosophies in order to determine what feels right to you on a soul level.

A sense of self
What makes this even more fascinating of a journey for you will be that Saturn, the planet of limits and discipline, will be in your sign for the first time in 29 years. Wow! This is the planet of karma, and when he moves through your sign you can anticipate significant personal developments. On December 23, 2014, he enters Sagittarius and will remain there until June 14, 2015. At that point he’ll dip back into your 12th House of Secrets until September 17, allowing you to free yourself of any fear you might carry connected to personal failure or success. Then, he’ll re-enter Sagittarius and won’t leave your sign until December 2017.

During the time Saturn treks through Sagittarius, you can expect to take on new roles and commitments that help you define a solid sense of who you really are and how you want to convey yourself to the rest of the world. Maturity will be a theme and so will reality. Accepting that you’re an adult and that there are certain things required from you will lessen any potential frustration this transit might bring. Shining your light is possible, but only if you do so responsibly. As such, any decision you make relating to advancing yourself can only succeed if it’s carefully planned out.

Primed for success
Career wise you’ll be on fire during the second half of 2015. Jupiter will move into your 10th House of Professional Advancement on August 11, and will remain in this part of your chart until September of 2016. You’ll have an incredible opportunity to reach new heights in your industry, gain honors and promotion, and feel as if you’ve finally “arrived.”

 

Capricorn 2015 Horoscope
Faith, fears and finance
As 2015 starts off, you’ll continue to benefit from money that comes to you through sources beside your own income. Jupiter, the planet of abundance, has been in your 8th House of Joint Finances since mid-July 2014. Until August 11, 2015, he’ll continue to move through this part of your chart, giving you plenty of opportunity to maximize what other people’s resources can do for you. As one example, this will be an ideal time to make new investments or to apply for a mortgage or loan. You might also receive venture capital to fund a new business, or you may even hear news that you’ll receive an inheritance or settlement.

Take the step
After August 11, Jupiter moves into your 9th House of Mind Expansion, where he’ll remain until September 2016. At this point it’s time to think big, and reach for a change you know you want but have managed to put off up until this point. If you’re thinking about pursuing an advanced degree this would be an ideal time to apply to a university to enroll in a certification program. You might also travel more extensively abroad or receive a lucky break from any international connections. Your spirituality will be enhanced during this time and as a result, your faith in what is possible will strengthen. Use it well.

On March 16, 2015, you’ll experience the last of seven squares between Uranus and Pluto, a series of seven aspects that started back in 2012. These squares caused significant tremors to your domestic life, but after this spring you’ll finally begin to restore a sense of calm in this area.

Facing fears
In other news, Saturn, your ruling planet, will move into a new part of your chart this year. Actually, he moves into your 12th House of Seclusion on December 23, 2014, and will spend time here until June 14, 2015. Then, he’ll return for good on September 17, remaining in this part of your chart until December 2017! What does this mean for you? Capricorn, you’re about to enter a phase of life where it’s time to confront any fear of success or failure you may have grappled with. Also, if you hold any anxieties or insecurities that hold you back from creating the life you truly want, now will be a time to face them head-on. Your goals will be reassessed during this time, and some of them might fall away, suddenly becoming unimportant. If this happens, let them go.

 

Aquarius 2015 Horoscope
The company you keep
Relationship matters continue to be a strong point for you during the first half of 2015, Aquarius. Back in July of 2014, Jupiter entered your 7th House of Committed Partnerships, blowing up this area of your life — hopefully in a positive way. If you were in a good relationship, then most likely it has been a phase of absolute bliss for you. If, however, your relationship has been rocky, Jupiter might have magnified the stormy situation between you and your mate. You see, the function of Jupiter is merely to expand whatever he touches. If things are good, then they become extra good. If not, then the tension might be expounded until you to address it.

Between you and me
The good news is that Jupiter will make two incredibly supportive links to Uranus, now in your 3rd House of Communication, during 2015. On March 3 and again on June 22, you’ll have an opportunity to resolve even the most troublesome situations with a conversation that helps you and your partner realize what changes need to occur in your relationship. If things are going well, then this would be a perfect time to sign a contract or make a solid decision with a partner — either in your business or personal life.

After August 11, Jupiter will move into your 8th House of Shared Resources, where he’ll remain until September 2016. Now, you’ll have a boost in financial matters that involve money you receive from sources beside your own direct income. Sound investments with the potential for significant return are possible. Bonus checks, increases in royalties, or better insurance benefits are also likely outcomes.

Clarifying connections
When it comes to your most vital lessons during 2015, one look at the planet Saturn in your chart tells the story. From December 23, 2014, until June 14, 2015, and then again from September 17, 2015 to December 2017, Saturn will be in your 11th House of Friendship and Social Circles, which also rules your greatest hopes and visions. This is also the area of your chart that connects to receiving love. While Saturn is in your 11th house, you might have a few lessons concerning any or all of these matters. You might pare down your friends list, making the decision that your social time is too valuable to waste with frivolous connections. You might also buckle down and finally create a solid plan to help you realize a long-term dream. Another possibility is that you’ll struggle with feeling less than deserving of love, but you’ll have no other choice than to work through this insecurity. Opening your heart will yield great rewards. Be selective in the company you keep, but in 2015 remember not to shut people out altogether.

 

Pisces 2015 Horoscope
At your peak
2015 shapes up to be a year of significant potential for you in matters of work and career. You’re already enjoying the trend of Jupiter moving through your 6th House of Work. Since July of 2014 Jupiter has been in this area of your chart, helping you get the pick of the litter in assignments that have the potential to help you grow professionally. Until August 11, 2015, you’ll enjoy this boost — and might be so busy workwise that you have to turn down certain projects! Another benefit of Jupiter here is that you will genuinely enjoy working with others now, so team spirit at the office is likely to be high.

Your lucky break
On March 3, 2015, and again on June 22, Jupiter will make a gorgeous connection to Uranus, the planet of sudden change, now in your 2nd House of Income. Since this is a “lucky break” aspect, it’s likely that the work you’re doing around this time will lead to extra income and validation for your talents. You’ll be elated!

In addition to this, the planet Saturn has an important announcement to make in 2015 concerning your career and status in life. On December 23, 2014, he moves into your 10th House of Profession, and will remain in this part of your chart through December 2017 (except for a short backpedal into your 9th House of Expansion from June 14 – September 17, 2015). This is a major transit — one that only occurs once every 29 years or so. Whenever Saturn moves over an angle in the horoscope, it’s a time of enhanced responsibility and maturity.

This year, that focus will be on career matters. If you’re being true to your calling in life, this will be a year you can achieve significant status and reward. You might be seen as the ultimate authority in your field. If, however, you’re not happy with your current position, this will be a great year to make a change. You have the support of Jupiter until August 11 to find new work, which makes this less likely to be a tumultuous transition. Use Jupiter to your advantage!

Incredible potential
Jupiter will move into your 7th House of Partnership on August 11, 2015, and will remain there until September 9, 2016. This — along with supportive Solar Eclipses in your 1st and 7th houses on March 20 and September 13 — will set the stage for a year of incredible relationship potential in business and personal affairs.

From June 14 until September 17, 2015, Saturn will re-enter your 9th house to finish up any lessons related to your spiritual quest that have been going on since October 2012. If you’ve defined your morals and spiritual beliefs, then this will be a time you experience absolute clarity and purpose. Use it well.


Be Blessed this 2015!

~Cold Moon Ritual of the Wolf

~Cold Moon Ritual of the Wolf

Preparations:

 Wear shades of burgundy or rose as symbol of family love and togetherness. Decorate the altar with photos of family and friends, mementos of special occasions, and apples. Use rose-colored or burgundy candles and burn Full Moon incense. Alternatively, burn pine incense.

Personal Preparations

Start by taking a hot bath. Not just a quick one, but a lengthy soak or shower. As you scrub away the physical dirt, visualize emotional and spiritual grime washing away, too. Ground and center to clear your head and keep your energy from scattering. Spend ten or fifteen minutes in meditation. This is important because it opens and cleanses your spiritual channels and keeps your energy flowing at an even pace. 

The Ritual Bath

Add some pine oil to a bowl of warm water. Then set it just outside the area where you intend to cast Circle.

Begin by taking a few deep breaths and relaxing your body. Next, stand in front of the bath with your palms facing upward and

say: 

Bless me, Mother, for I am Thy child. 

Dip your finger in the bath and close your eyes. Anoint your eyelids by drawing a small pentagram on each with your finger. 

 

 

Say: 

Blessed Be my eyes, that I may see Thy path. 

Dip your finger into the bath again, anointing your nose in the same fashion.

Say: 

Blessed be my nose, that I may breathe Thy essence. 

Dip your finger into the bath again, anointing your lips in the same manner.

Say: 

Blessed Be my lips, that I may speak of Thee. 

Anoint your breast, saying:  

Blessed Be my breast, that I may be faithful in my works.  

Anoint your womb/loins, saying:  

Blessed Be my womb/loins, which bring forth the life of humanity as Thou hast brought forth all creation. 

Anoint both knees, saying:  

Blessed Be my knees, that I may kneel at Thy altar. 

Finally, anoint the tops or ankles of both feet, saying: 

Blessed Be my feet, that I may walk in Thy ways.

Attunement

Sit down where you are and breathe deeply. There is no need to rush; now is a time of softness, of quiet knowing. See yourself in your mind's eye as you sit. Above you is a smiling moon, in full glory.

As you look upon the lunar sphere, you see that the light is alive. It dances, and sings a special song. It jumps from the surface like a fire and travels downward to embrace you. The touch is cool, yet warm.

It reaches beyond your skin and saturates every pore, every cell - you are the moonlight; you are the shadow of a star. There is no body now to hold you back. Let your spirit fly with the moon wherever it needs to go. Make notes about this experience afterward in your journal.

Asperging

Asperge the Circle with a pine branch to symbolize eternal life and growth 

Casting the Circle

Once you have your altar in place, gather any materials you need for Circle. These include - but depending on specific ritual requirements may not be limited too - altar cloth and candles, small containers of salt and water, incense and incense burner, cakes and wine, and your ritual tools. Arrange the altar, then light the candles and incense. Hold your hands over the area and bless it, saying:

I bless You now that You may aid
The energy flow as magick is made
I cast out negative energy
Leaving only the positive to live and breathe
Within You as we start this rite
Blessed be in joy, and love, and light.

Then pick up the wand and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar. Replace the wand and say:

Blessed be, O Creatures of Light
Tools now of magick with power and might.

Cleansing the Area

Now that the materials are blessed and purified, use them to cleanse the ritual area. Starting at the East with the incense, walk the entire Circle perimeter clockwise while visualizing a yellow vapor rising from the ground. As you walk, say:

By Her fragrant breath - the Air - 
By winds blown cold and breezes fair
Be cleansed of negativity
As I will, so mote it be.

Leave the incense to burn at the Eastern Quarter, then proceed to the South. Light the candle there and hold it in your hand. Beginning at the South, walk the Circle perimeter again, this time visualizing a red vapor. Say:

By Her burning soul's desire
Of dancing flame and burning Fire
Be cleansed of negativity
As I will, so mote it be.

Return the candle to the Southern Quarter, then proceed to the altar and pick up the dish of water. Starting from the Western Quarter, walk the Circle perimeter again while sprinkling the water and visualizing a blue vapor. Say:

By Water that flows through Her veins
The force of storms and gentle rains
Be cleansed of negativity
As I will, so mote it be.

Leave the water dish at the Western Quarter, then proceed to the altar and pick up the dish of salt. Starting at the Northern Quarter and sprinkling the salt, walk the Circle perimeter again while visualizing a green vapor. Say:

By Earth that is Her body round
By mountain, valley, hill, and mound
Be cleansed of negativity
As I will, so mote it be.

Leave the dish at the Northern Quarter. Then, holding your hands palms upward, stand in the center of the Circle area and visualize a purple or white vapor rising from the ground. Say:

I purify this Circle round
By Elements of sky and ground
By Air, Fire, Water, and solid Earth
It's cleansed in love and light and mirth.

Casting the Circle

To cast the Circle, stand at the Eastern Quarter with the wand. Point the small end away from your body toward the ground. Walk clockwise around the Circle perimeter three full times while visualizing a white or neon blue fire streaming from the wand end, burning the Circle boundary into the ground. As you walk, say:

I cast you now, O Circle of Power
I conjure your magick to grow and tower
Dividing the world of mandanity from
The world of the ancients and mighty ones
The space where all magick lives and breathes
Where time and place and mundanity cease.
Between the worlds, the Circle is cast - 
Meeting as one with Present, Future and Past.
The Old Ones and Young Ones join the night and the day,
And all that's mundane is now swept away.
All Merry Meet, suspended in Time.
The Circle is bound by the words of this rhyme!

The third pass brings you back to the Eastern Quarter.

Calling the Quarters

To call the Quarters, begin at the East with your wand in hand. Point the tip of the wand up in the air at due East. Say: 

Celestial Winds, come dance and sing; with you, airs of inspiration bring. Full and rich, to my heart, all your wisdom pray impart! 

Draw an invoking pentagram in the air with the wand, and visualize the Circle filling with yellow light. Then kiss the wand and proceed to the South. 

Cosmic Fires, come dance and sing; with you, sparks of cleansing bring. Full and rich, to my heart, all your strength pray impart! 

Draw an invoking pentagram in the air with the wand, and visualize the Circle filling with red light. Then kiss the wand and proceed to the West. 

Astral Waters, come dance and sing; with you, waves of insight bring. Full and rich, to my heart, all your creativity pray impart!  

Draw an invoking pentagram in the air with the wand, and visualize the Circle filling with blue light. Then kiss the wand and proceed to the North. 

Stellar Earth, come dance and sing; with you, soils of flowering bring. Full and rich, to my heart, all your rooting pray impart! 

Draw an invoking pentagram in the air with the wand, and visualize the Circle filling with green light. Then kiss the wand and return to the altar. 

Inviting the God

O Lord of Places Wild and Free
Who sows the seed that we might be
Who fertilizes all on Earth
And brings us pleasure, joy and mirth
Who is the Sun that shines above
Who warms us with His light and love
Who brings good health, prosperity,
And changes all as it should be
Please descend now from above
And touch this Circle with Your love
And join us in this sacred rite
O Lord, please lend Your love and light.

Inviting the Goddess

O Goddess of both Moon and Star
Who rules all planets near and far
Who rules the Earth and all within
Who sets the time our lives begin
Who brings us happiness and mirth
Who gives us value and self-worth
With every loving touch She gives
Unto this plane on which we live
Please descend now from above
And touch this Circle with Your love
And join us in this sacred rite
O Goddess, bring Your love and light.

Charge of the Goddess

Listen to the words of the Great Mother; She who of old was also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athena, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Hecate, Isis and by many other names:

"Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall you assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me, who am Queen of all Witches.

There shall you assemble, you who are keen to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these I will teach things that are yet unknown.

And you shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that you shall be really free, you shall be naked in your rites; and you shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in My praise. For Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and Mine also is joy on earth; for My law is love unto all things.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let nothing stop you or turn you aside. For Mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth, and Mine is the cup of the Wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality. I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.

Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and My love is poured out upon the Earth."

Hear you the words of the Star Goddess; She in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, and whose body encircles the Universe:

"I who am the beauty of the green Earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of man, call unto your soul.

Arise, and come unto Me. For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the Universe. From Me all things proceed, and unto Me all things must return; and before My face, beloved of Gods and of men, let your innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.

Let My worship be within the heart that rejoices; for behold all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who thinks to seek for Me, know your seeking and yearning shall avail you not, unless you know the mystery; that if that which you seek you find not within you, then you shall never find it without you. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire."

Stating the Purpose

This Moon is named for the wolf for two reasons: For one thing, it occurs during the time of year when predator food supplies are scarce, and this brings the wolves into the villages in search of something to eat. The other thing has to do with family and togetherness. Wolves live in packs, and like humans, they keep the same families for life. They not only depend on their families for love, wisdom and moral support, they depend on their families for their lives. Without them, many wolves simply pine away and cease to exist.

As the Wolf Moon, rises in the sky, heed the lesson from the predator of the same name. Spend quality time with both blood-relatives and extended family. Remember that you are who you are because of what they've given. Thank them and show your appreciation. Lend your support. And don't forget that the Gods are family, too. A few words of thanks in Their direction will go far in the coming ye

Magickal Work

Spend some time in Circle working on family issues. To mend a rift with a family member or friend, for example, visualize a pink heart. Remove the lower right hand quarter in your mind's eye. Holding the image, superimpose the heart on a visualization of the person in question. Then chant something like: 

Remove all doubt - remove this rift
Open this heart that's been adrift
Open now and let me in
And let us never part again.   

This is a good time to secure an already good family relationship. But how? Try making a family apple wreath. Start by blessing the apples on your altar (you'll need about six) saying something like: 

Apples of love, plucked from the tree

Secure our family harmony
Bind it fast and make it true
Do it now what I ask of you.

Then slice the apples crosswise to reveal the core and seed the pentagrams. Place the slices on a cookie sheet, sprinkle them generously with cinnamon, and place in a preheated 150° oven for 2 hours. While they're baking, cut the hook from a wire coat hanger and fashion a circle from it. When the slices are cool, string them onto the wire and secure the ends by twisting them together. Add a bow if you like. Hang the finished wreath in a prominent place in your home. 

Cakes and Wine

Serve sugar cookies and apple juice for libation.

To perform this ceremony, hold the plate of cakes out in front of you, and say:

I conjure You, O meal of grain
Who sprouted in both Sun and Rain
Whose ancient seed fulfills us all
And gains new life where e'er it falls
I bless You in this Circle round
That Your abundance may abound
And feed our world continuously
As I will, so mote it be!

Place the cakes on the altar, then fill your cup with wine. Hold the cup out in front of you and say:

I conjure You, O fruit of vine
Who grew with Wind and Rain and time
From nothing but the light of Sun
And light of Moon when day was done
I bless You in this Circle round
That Your abundance may abound
And feed our world continuously
As I will, so mote it be!

Farewell to the Goddess

O Goddess of both Moon and Star
Who rules all planets near and far
Who rules the Earth and all within
Who sets the time our lives begin
Who brings us happiness and mirth
Who gives us value and self-worth
With every loving touch She gives
Unto this plane on which we live
We thank You for Your presence here
And hold You in our hearts so dear
And with our love now, You may go
Or stay, if You should deem it so.

Farewell to the God

O Lord of Places Wild and Free
Who sows the seed that we might be
Who fertilizes all on Earth
And brings us pleasure, joy and mirth
Who is the Sun that shines above
Who warms us with His light and love
Who brings good health, prosperity,
And changes all as it should be
We thank You for Your presence here
And hold You in our hearts so dear
And with our love now, You may go
Or stay, if You should deem it so.

Dismissing the Quarters

To release the Quarters, stand at the North with your wand in hand. Address the Northern Guardians by saying: 

Stellar Earth, your blossoms close, but in my heart their fragrance grows. 

Draw a banishing pentagram in the air with the wand, then kiss it and proceed to the West. 

Astral Waters, your waves subside into my heart, there to reside.  Draw a banishing pentagram in the air with the wand, then kiss it and proceed to the South.   Cosmic Fires, your sparks wane, but in my heart they live again.   

Draw a banishing pentagram in the air with the wand, then kiss it and proceed to the East. 

Celestial Winds, your airs fade, but carry the magic, as I bade. 

Draw a banishing pentagram in the air with the wand, then kiss it. Stay at the East and prepare to release the Circle.

Opening the Circle

To release the Circle, stand at the North with the wand tip pointed at the ground. Visualize the white or blue flame with which you cast the Circle being sucked back up into the wand. Slowly walk the full Circle perimeter while saying something like:

The Circle, though open, remains unbroken
It remains to protect from all that's unspoken
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust
We leave now to do the things that we must
Merry we meet, and now merry we part
Until we meet again with joy in our hearts.

When you reach the North again, stop for a moment. Then go to the center of the Circle area and say:

The rite has ended, and I go in love -
With thanks to the Lord and Lady above
With thanks to the Elements and all Others, too -
Merry part and farewell and bright blessings to You!

Libation for the Lord and Lady

Gather the cakes and wine you put aside earlier and take them outdoors. Place the cakes on the ground and pour the wine on top as an offering to the Lord and Lady. As you pour the wine, say something like:

By Moon and Sun and Sky above
I offer these in perfect love
By Fire and Earth and Rain and Gust
I offer these in perfect trust
Please take these gifts I offer You
In perfect thanks for all You do
For all the gifts You've given me
O Lord and Lady, blessed be.

Feasting and Social Hour

If working in a Group setting, this is appropriate.  If Solitary, just eat something to make sure that you are properly grounded after the ritual.

May the full moon shine blessings upon you!

~Elder Airwolf~

BLYSSFUL SATURN'S DAY PAGANS!

The Moon, Stars & Sun

Earth closest to sun for 2015 on January 4 (Full Moon). Be sure to check your moon time at your location, link in the pinned post.

Tonight – that is, before dawn tomorrow from our North American longitudes – our planet Earth will reach perihelion, its closest point to the sun for the year. This annual event will take place on January 4, 2015 at 6:36 UTC (01:36 a.m. EST). The word perihelion is from Greek roots peri meaning near, and helios meaning sun.

Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it’s winter for the Northern Hemisphere. We’re farthest away from the sun in early July, during our Northern Hemisphere summer.

Earth is about 5 million kilometers – or 3 million miles – closer to the sun in early January than it will be in early July. That’s not a huge change in distance. It’s not enough of a change to cause the seasons on Earth.

Despite what many may think, Earth’s distance from the sun isn’t what causes the seasons. On Earth, because our orbit is so close to being circular, it’s mostly the tilt of our world’s axis that creates winter and summer. In winter, your part of Earth is tilted away from the sun. In summer, your part of Earth is tilted toward the sun. The day of maximum tilt toward or away from the sun is the December or June solstice.

Though not responsible for the seasons, Earth’s closest and farthest points to the sun do affect seasonal lengths. When the Earth comes closest to the sun for the year, as around now, our world is moving fastest in orbit around the sun. Earth is rushing along now at 30.3 kilometers per second (almost 19 miles per second) – moving about a kilometer per second faster than when Earth is farthest from the sun in early July. Thus the Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer) is the shortest season as Earth rushes from the solstice in December to the equinox in March.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer season (June solstice to September equinox) lasts nearly 5 days longer than our winter season. And, of course, the corresponding seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite. Southern Hemisphere winter is nearly 5 days longer than Southern Hemisphere summer.

It’s all due to the shape of Earth’s orbit. The shape is an ellipse, like a circle someone sat down on and squashed. The elliptical shape of Earth’s orbit causes the variation in the length of the seasons – and brings us closest to the sun in January.

Are the December solstice and January perihelion related?

Earth comes closest to the sun tomorrow – January 4, 2015 at 6:36 UTC (01:36 EST). This event is called Earth’s perihelion. Meanwhile, the December solstice took place on December 21. At perihelion in January, Earth is about 147 million kilometers from the sun, in contrast to about 152 million kilometers in July. At the solstice, Earth’s Southern Hemisphere is tilted most toward the sun; it’s the height of summer in that hemisphere. Are the December solstice and January perihelion related? No. It’s just a coincidence that they come so close together.

The date of Earth’s perihelion drifts as the centuries pass. These two astronomical events are separated by about two weeks for us. But they were closer a few centuries ago – and in fact happened at the same time in 1246 AD.

As the centuries continue to pass, these events will drift even farther apart. On the average, one revolution of the Earth relative to perihelion is about 25 minutes longer than one revolution relative to the December solstice. Perihelion advances one full calendar date every 60 or so years.

Earth’s perihelion – or closest point to the sun – will happen at the same time as the March equinox in about 6000 AD.

Bottom line: December solstice 2014 is December 21. Earth is closest to the sun in 2015 on January 4. Despite their nearness in time, these two events are not related.

[Blyssful Saturn's Day Stargazers! Earth closest to sun for 2015 on January 4 (Full Moon). Be sure to check your moon time at your location, link in the pinned post. Tonight – that is, before dawn tomorrow from our North American longitudes – our planet Earth will reach perihelion, its closest point to the sun for the year. This annual event will take place on January 4, 2015 at 6:36 UTC (01:36 a.m. EST). The word perihelion is from Greek roots peri meaning near, and helios meaning sun. Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it’s winter for the Northern Hemisphere. We’re farthest away from the sun in early July, during our Northern Hemisphere summer. Earth is about 5 million kilometers – or 3 million miles – closer to the sun in early January than it will be in early July. That’s not a huge change in distance. It’s not enough of a change to cause the seasons on Earth. Despite what many may think, Earth’s distance from the sun isn’t what causes the seasons. On Earth, because our orbit is so close to being circular, it’s mostly the tilt of our world’s axis that creates winter and summer. In winter, your part of Earth is tilted away from the sun. In summer, your part of Earth is tilted toward the sun. The day of maximum tilt toward or away from the sun is the December or June solstice. Though not responsible for the seasons, Earth’s closest and farthest points to the sun do affect seasonal lengths. When the Earth comes closest to the sun for the year, as around now, our world is moving fastest in orbit around the sun. Earth is rushing along now at 30.3 kilometers per second (almost 19 miles per second) – moving about a kilometer per second faster than when Earth is farthest from the sun in early July. Thus the Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer) is the shortest season as Earth rushes from the solstice in December to the equinox in March. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer season (June solstice to September equinox) lasts nearly 5 days longer than our winter season. And, of course, the corresponding seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite. Southern Hemisphere winter is nearly 5 days longer than Southern Hemisphere summer. It’s all due to the shape of Earth’s orbit. The shape is an ellipse, like a circle someone sat down on and squashed. The elliptical shape of Earth’s orbit causes the variation in the length of the seasons – and brings us closest to the sun in January. Are the December solstice and January perihelion related? Earth comes closest to the sun tomorrow – January 4, 2015 at 6:36 UTC (01:36 EST). This event is called Earth’s perihelion. Meanwhile, the December solstice took place on December 21. At perihelion in January, Earth is about 147 million kilometers from the sun, in contrast to about 152 million kilometers in July. At the solstice, Earth’s Southern Hemisphere is tilted most toward the sun; it’s the height of summer in that hemisphere. Are the December solstice and January perihelion related? No. It’s just a coincidence that they come so close together. The date of Earth’s perihelion drifts as the centuries pass. These two astronomical events are separated by about two weeks for us. But they were closer a few centuries ago – and in fact happened at the same time in 1246 AD. As the centuries continue to pass, these events will drift even farther apart. On the average, one revolution of the Earth relative to perihelion is about 25 minutes longer than one revolution relative to the December solstice. Perihelion advances one full calendar date every 60 or so years. Earth’s perihelion – or closest point to the sun – will happen at the same time as the March equinox in about 6000 AD. Bottom line: December solstice 2014 is December 21. Earth is closest to the sun in 2015 on January 4. Despite their nearness in time, these two events are not related.

 

In the Stars for Saturn's Day January 3rd, 2015~

Full Moon (waning/180-135 degrees)
January 3, 2015 — A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you "see" what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the "same ol', same ol'" -- rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it's time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams.

Saturday 3rd January 2015
Venus enters Aquarius
The Annual Sun-Pluto Conjunction in Pluto
Moon rises at 2:30pm in your local time zone
Moon 21° Gemini sextiles Jupiter [in retrograde] 21° Leo
Moon 23° Gemini trines Mars 23° Aquarius

Sunday 4th January 2015 - Moon enters Cancer
The most illogical things are often the most "right" things to do ...
Once a year the Moon is a Full Moon in it's natural home star sign of Cancer - this will define destiny and make the illogical become logical - make things happen because it becomes so clear that it's right to happen. During Moon in Cancer - forget logic - forget attempting to understand life - forget planning what you expect to happen - if it feels so right and is so clear to you then it must be right - and if things change - accept that things are changing in order to put you in the right mood to make destined decisions.
 
Once a month - the Moon transits it's natural home star sign of Cancer - and once a year - the Full Moon is in it's natural home of Cancer - it is a time of great energy. Everytime there's a Full Moon - the Moon is always talking to you - and has a strong message.
Unfortunately, during the past 5 years - the Cancerian Full Moon has been squared and blocked - so that it just created frustrations to inexplicable blockages - but due to Saturn in Sagittarius creating trine to Uranus in Aries and trine to Jupiter in Leo - together with Saturn in Sagittarius sextile Mercury in Aquarius - AND - Saturn in Sagittarius sextile Venus in Aquarius defines that NOTHING will be blocked. This Cancerian Full Moon is destiny's Full Moon that will define your future. BIG and POSITIVE destined changes will be happening in everyone's lives - especially as everyone is made to feel and see something with 100% clarity.
 
You might be reading this prior to the Full Moon - and therefore - you might sense lots of positive changes coming - even though you can't see the NEW things coming and you can't see what is going to happen in January 2015 to significantly change your life - and even I can write this - but until the Full Moon happens - even I have no idea of the power of karmic destiny will be creating in the whole world.
 
The power of Pluto in Capricorn - especially the fact that it's out of its shadow [prior to the April 2014 retrograde] at Pluto 13° Capricorn and is moving towards 14° => 15° => 16 ° Capricorn means that EVERYONE will be experiencing something totally unexpected and yet 100% destined in the karmic journey of your lives. Karma defines all the right connections with all your karmic relationships - no-one is born to be alone - so if your life is blocked - it means your relationships are blocked - and now is the time for all karmic relationships to be connected - especially as Saturn in Sagittarius is supporting the karmic destiny of relationship defined by Pluto in Capricorn.
 
During the next 3 months and by 17th March 2015 - everyone has a date with karmic destiny - and the destiny of Pluto will ensure get you to that destination. This Cancerian Full Moon will be creating that BIG jolt, with a BIG push and a BIG positive surge of good luck energy - to ensure you wake-up and get to your destination.
 
Sunday 4th January 2015
Moon enters Cancer 1am UK - 2am Europe - 6:30am India
12noon Sydney, Australia - [Saturday 8pm USA EST]
Moon 1° Cancer quincunx Saturn 1° Sagittarius [150°]
Moon 5° Cancer trines Neptune 5° Pisces
Moon 12° Cancer squares Uranus 12° Aries
Moon 13° Cancer opposes Pluto 13° Capricorn
 
Monday 5th January 2015
Moon 14° Cancer opposes Sun 14° Capricorn - Full Moon
Full Moon 5am UK - 6am Europe - 00:00 midnight USA EST
10:30am India - 4pm Sydney, Australia
100% Moon in Cancer - no aspects after the Full Moon
 
Tuesday 6th January 2015
100% Moon in Cancer - no aspects after the Full Moon
Moon enters Leo - vibrant and busy

Full Moon in Cancer defined by Sun in Capricorn means STABILITY and SECURITY ONLY for what is destined to be yours - will be defined as "yours" at the karmic Full Moon. If anything or anyone is NOT truly destined to be YOURS - then both Moon 12° Cancer squares Uranus 12° Aries and Moon 13° Cancer opposes Pluto 13° Capricorn will ensure you feel it strongly - exactly what is right and wrong for you.
It will work on you - to show what's WRONG - and thereby create arguments or endings - to whatever needs to end. Additionally, throughout Moon in Cancer - you will realize what is so RIGHT for you - because you will feel an inexplicable LOVE and WARMTH towards it - like a magnetic power ensuring you see it so bright and clearly.
 
As you see these facets so clearly - you will become STRONG and confident from within you - as you realize these facets are "yours" - you'll also be shown - other things that you should have - but don't yet have - that need to come into your life - to make you more wholesome than you are. Whatever "it" is that you're missing in your life - will be shown to you. Don't let it pain you - instead be happy that you're being shown this goal - because between now and 17th March 2015 - you're going to get "it". Although the truth is many of you will actually get "It" by 26th January 2015. Hence that's why it's being shown to you at this Full Moon. You will get "it" - because with all the emotions - will come a determination to get "it".
 
The biggest surprises and shocks will come when you wake-up on Monday morning and realize what "It" is - and what destiny is showing you - is your new goal. For all of you - who since Pluto entered Capricorn in January 2008 or since Uranus entered Aries in March 2011 have tasted or experienced places or events that happened - but never become permanent fixtures of your life - then when you're given these memories of the events or places at the Full Moon - don't be surprised - it is simply DESTINY showing you the goal of where you're going back to and what you're going to be doing in the future. This deja-vu applies to everything, anything and anyone that you've experienced in real life since 2008 - now destiny is preparing you - to make it permanent in your life.
 
After the Full Moon - it will be extremely lively - especially when Moon transits Leo on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - when you'll be unexpectedly surprised as people from the past 7 years - reconnect with you - to ensure you connect with your karmic destiny - "they" are being sent by destiny to get the job done - for they too instinctively are listening to the Full Moon's messages - and feeling that they want the life they know they should have - and that means YOU in it !

Be Blessed and get your moon ritual on!
Check your timezone for 100% illumination at:
http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/moonphases.html
Always posted in the pinned post at the beginning of this group wall.

~Elder Airwolf~

Your Daily Fortunes for Friday January 2nd, 2015

Tarot~Justice
Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings. 

Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It's a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here -- what goes around comes around.

Horoscopes~
Settling down is out of the question today, even if the holidays are now behind us. We’re caught between the exuberance of yesterday’s Mars-Jupiter opposition and the recklessness of tomorrow’s Sun-Uranus square. Maintaining focus can be difficult because we grow bored quickly while the restless Gemini Moon encourages us to gather new information. We barely have time to regroup and to prepare for the next wave of change that’s already on the way.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You might be incredibly busy today, even if you don’t get very much accomplished. You’re more interested in pursuing a sparkly new person or a fresh idea than you are in finishing your work. Unfortunately, this kind of irresponsible attitude can stir up the ire of a coworker who wants you to hold up your end of the deal. Avoid causing unnecessary trouble now by fulfilling your promises before doing anything else. Exercising self-discipline early in the day gives you the chance to embark on an intellectual exploration later on.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You are torn between opposing forces today, yet due to a lack of resources you’re limited in how you can respond. Accepting an intriguing invitation sounds tempting today, but previous obligations might not give you enough time. You would love to jump at a chance to make more money, but it may not materialize right away. Don’t let discouragement bring you down; express your creativity knowing that your efforts will be acknowledged in the future. Keep plugging away for now; your opportunity to shine will come soon enough

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Having too many choices can be a bit overwhelming today, especially if you’re trying to follow through on unfinished tasks that are left over from before the holidays. Nevertheless, the Moon’s current visit to your inquisitive sign is exciting because you can’t help but see wonderful opportunities everywhere you look. There’s no reason to be too hard on yourself if you aren’t able to concentrate on your work. Just make certain that you come back to it later so you don’t let anyone down while you chase your dreams.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Taking defensive action by retreating behind a wall of secrecy won’t necessarily make you feel any more secure today. The Moon is hiding out in your 12th House of Privacy, reinforcing your tendency to emotionally withdraw if circumstances become too confusing or intense. However, your smartest strategy is to talk about your concerns. Bringing your feelings out into the open now saves you from having to fall into your fantasies in order to feel safe. Surprisingly, reality could be better than your dreams.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Although there may be pressure on you to follow through on your professional commitments, you prefer to be socializing with your friends or associates today. Unfortunately, you could easily forget to return to your chores if you choose to play in the middle of the day. Instead of avoiding responsibilities by jumping from one distraction to another, focus solely on one thing at a time. The company of others will seem more pleasurable when you can truly relax and enjoy it with a clear conscience.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You’re at a fork in the road and have choices to make now that could significantly impact the trajectory of your career. You can see the pros and cons of both paths; nevertheless, you must choose based on what you know today, rather than what might happen in the future. Your dreams are inspirational, but it’s wise to be practical and pay attention to the facts. Nevertheless, don’t hesitate for long; trust your instincts to steer you in the right direction.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your current perspective is not limited by social convention now, yet stepping out of the box may lead you onto an unfamiliar path. Unfortunately, placing too much importance on your impractical ideas can be disorienting if you don’t ground your radical plans with reality. However, it’s better to give your mind permission to wander rather than attempting to stop your natural creative flow. Just remember that you don’t have to act on every whim or share every thought. Exploring your imagination enables you to visit other worlds as you please.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You may already have your schedule set in stone but you might have to adapt it to an unexpected change of circumstances, anyway. You won’t likely change your mind easily, but your unwillingness to be flexible isn’t helpful now. Having to relinquish your plans may seem like a setback, but it could be a true blessing in disguise. This is not about your failure to reach your goals; rather, it’s a temporary break in your progress that allows you to recharge your batteries so your energy is there when you need it most.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Relationship dynamics are in the spotlight today and others might be the source of excitement or irritation, depending on the circumstances. More likely, someone is both pleasant and bothersome at the same time. Although you want to enjoy the company, it’s difficult to stick to your agenda when other people keep pulling you off track. There isn’t a simple solution to this dilemma, but being adaptable enables you to maintain a positive attitude. Your willingness to meet the opposition halfway opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You’re uncertain about what’s expected of you at work today. Even if you are assigned a specific task, there may be a variety of ways for you to tackle it. The dualistic Gemini Moon’s visit to your 6th House of Details can weigh you down with minutiae or tie you up in red tape unless you keep your eyes on your goal. Ultimately, it’s more effective to jump in and get busy than to endlessly analyze all the angles. The sooner you begin, the quicker you finish.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You may be fighting a losing battle in your current war against change. It’s ironic that you appear to be such a progressive person yet you cling to the status quo like a non-swimmer sticks to the shore. Thankfully, you have recently processed some pretty big lessons about the intuitive power of your strong imagination. Tuning into your dreams can play a significant role in your current drama of transformation.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You may believe that you can give up an old habit now by simply reaffirming your resolution to do so. Although stating your intention is a crucial part of the process, words alone won’t do the trick. You must actually alter your behavior to set the new pattern in motion. You’re on the threshold of a significant transition, and you might foolishly attempt to make it happen all at once. But even if you experience a sudden breakthrough today, the most enduring changes unfold gradually. Perhaps you feel a sense of urgency, but there’s really no hurry at all.

Norse Rune~Jera  
Rune Meaning

“Patience up to a point. Know your time, but work your wyrd always.”

Jera – “Yehr-ah” – Literally: “Year” – Esoteric: Harvest

Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.

Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time

Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort

Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest

Divinations: Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.

Governs:
Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life

My Notes:

The summer harvest was winter food, the seeds from the harvest became next summer’s crop. So while attentiveness to cultivation of the present moment is paramount, within the present moment lay the wisdom for future planning.

The cycle of the seasons is not so much associated with time, but the inflow and outflow of the land’s breath. The rhythms of sleep, dusk and dawn, the heartbeat, the breath, all these are keys into unlocking Jera’s subtle nature. Like Isa, Jera is has an unstoppable energy, gradual but unrelenting, unhurried but persistent, indifferent to human influence. Nature has a way of persistently marching on. Jera’s changes are not sudden or explosive, and cannot be forced. The key is making small, gradual changes every day, for the better. Taken alone these events may seem trivial, but they are cumulative and proceed forward with all the inevitability of earth’s journey around the sun.

Jera is a rune of patience and movement with the harmony with natural tides of life. Moving with such life rhythms brings abundance and plenty. The cyclical recurrences in the biosphere and of the astronomical procession spirals through time, and contains many more profound secrets than does our common involvement with linear time, calendar dates and the clock.

Jera has to do with right timing. Jera is in the maxim “This too shall pass”, the proverb, “As you sow, so shall you reap”, and in the modern adage, “time heals all wounds.” Using this rune is the key to understanding the mysteries of time and the psychological importance of dividing and managing time.  Deadlines bring out the best in us and motivate us to grow to levels beyond our present ability. It also moves us to strategically taking action when the time is right. Take advantage of the ups and coast through the downs.

Jera can magically speed things up or slow things down, and manipulation of subjective time in this manner is governed by this rune. In this rune we see the most stark western counter-point to the maxim ‘time is an illusion’. If a person sows no seeds, does no work, plants no goals and desire in his or her thoughts, Jera will bring about situations which reflect that lack. The ultimate consequences of past human action unfold into the future.

“Time and I Against Any Two.”

Witches Rune~The Black Rune - Keywords: Difficulty, pain.

Meanings: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life's path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.

Be Blessed Today Pagans!
~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars for January 2nd, 2015

Blessed Freya's Day Stargazers!


Friday 2nd January 2015
Moon 12° Gemini sextiles Uranus 12° Aries
 
Current Gibbous Moon
(waxing/88% of Full)
Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.

Skinny Meals~Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

Fat: 5 g (1 g saturated fat)

These turkey wraps are a healthy alternative to your sandwich staple. Lean turkey, shredded broccoli, and a sesame-ginger sauce offer big flavor without the added calories.


Yields: 12 wraps 
Prep: 20 mins 
Slow Cook: 6 hrs to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high) 
Stand: 5 mins
Ingredients
 
Nonstick cooking spray
3
skinless turkey thighs (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
1
cup bottled sesame-ginger stir-fry sauce
1/4
cup water
1
16 ounce package shredded broccoli (broccoli slaw mix)
12
8 inches flour tortillas, warmed*
3/4
cup sliced green onions (6)

Directions

Lightly coat a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place turkey in prepared cooker. In a small bowl stir together stir-fry sauce and the water. Pour over turkey.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Transfer turkey to a cutting board; cool slightly. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones. Using two forks pull turkey apart into shreds. Return to mixture in cooker. Stir broccoli into mixture in cooker. Cover; let stand for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove turkey mixture from cooker.
To serve, place some of the turkey mixture on each tortilla. Top with green onions. If desired, spoon some of the cooking juices from cooker on top of green onions. Roll up and serve immediately.

From the Test Kitchen

*

To warm tortillas, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stack tortillas and wrap tightly in foil. Heat about 10 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

 (Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps)

Per serving: 
207 kcal cal., 
5 g fat
 
(1 g sat. fat, 
67 mg chol., 
422 mg sodium, 
20 g carb., 
2 g fiber, 
20 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

 

Skinny Meals~Greek-Seasoned Pork with Lemon Couscous

Greek-Seasoned Pork with Lemon Couscous

Fat: 8 g (2 g saturated fat)

Fresh lemon peel mingles with spinach and couscous, perfectly complementing the Greek seasoning on our pork chops. Create this low-fat feast for four in just 20 minutes.

Makes:
 
4 servings
Yields:
 
1 pork chop and about 3/4 cup couscous mixture each
Start to Finish:
 
20 mins


Ingredients
4
teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2
cups coarsely chopped, unpeeled eggplant
1/2
cup chopped red onion (1 medium)
4
1/2 inch thick boneless pork loin chops
1
teaspoon Greek seasoning
1 1/4
cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4
cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
3/4
cup whole wheat couscous
1
teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon bottled minced roasted garlic
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach

Directions

In a large saucepan heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium heat. Add eggplant and red onion; cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, trim fat from chops. Sprinkle chops with Greek seasoning. In a large skillet heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add chops; reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until just pink in center (145 degrees F), turning once. Remove from heat; let stand for 3 minutes.
Add broth and dried tomatoes to eggplant mixture. Bring to boiling. Stir in couscous, lemon peel, lemon juice, roasted garlic, and salt; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in spinach. Divide couscous mixture among serving plates. Top with chops.

Nutrition Facts

 (Greek Seasoned Pork with Lemon Couscous)

Per serving: 
299 kcal cal., 
8 g fat
 
(2 g sat. fat, 
1 g polyunsaturated fat, 
5g monounsatured fat), 
40 mg chol., 
562 mg sodium, 
34 g carb., 
7 g fiber,
3 g sugar, 
26 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Skinny Meals~Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage

OK the holiday indulgence is over and time to get back to Skinny Meals that are yummy, filling, and easy on the waistline.

Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage
Fat: 7 g (2 g saturated fat)
One reader called this veggie-packed lentil soup the “perfect dinner on a chilly night.” We love that it's packed with fiber-rich barley, nutrient-loaded spinach, and the subtle heat of fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, and cumin.

11 users rated this recipe an average rating of 4.5
Makes: 6 servings 
Yields: 1 1/3 cups each 
Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 55 mins 

Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup regular barley
1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
3/4 cup chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1 14 1/2 ounce can no-salt-added diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
6 ounces cooked chicken-apple sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced
4 cups fresh baby spinach
Directions

In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add barley; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until barley is golden. Add onion, carrots, and garlic; cook about 10 minutes or just until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cumin; cook and stir for 30 seconds more.
Add broth, the water, lentils, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 55 minutes or until barley and lentils are tender. Stir in tomatoes and sausage; heat through. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Add spinach, stirring until spinach begins to wilt. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts (Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage)
Per serving: 245 kcal cal., 7 g fat (2 g sat. fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 32 mg chol., 645 mg sodium, 33 g carb., 10 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 14 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Familiars

Familiars have always been recognised as a witch’s companion, an animal bird or creature that helps the witch with magic, it is not necessary to be a witch to have a familiar. Many people have pets that they feel intuitively linked to, non-witches are also able to have an astral-bodied creature that is unable to make contact in the physical realm. When people collect pictures, or statues of a particular creature, they are actually subconsciously communicating with that creature and it is their familiar. A familiar is not owned by its companion, it uses freewill and intuition when its decision is made. Documented In ancient texts there was hysteria associated with familiars and some extreme and strange ideas, people thought that the familiar fed from the witch’s blood. Those who feared witches and witchcraft perpetuated these rumors. A cat or dog familiar will be very protective and if someone enters the home of the witch that they feel shouldn’t be there, they will stare at the person until they are so uncomfortable, they leave.

Over the centuries familiars have taken many forms, no matter what their form their task is to assist the witch, the familiar helps with different types of magic, and helps direct manipulations of natural energies contained in stones, herbs, astrological aspects and in the four elements. There is the magic of spirits, and the summoning of the energies of noncorporeal beings, there is magic that needs the assistance of beings, and the magic that doesn’t.

The familiar, whether astral or physical, can help to enhance the witch’s power, they are healers and guardians who can warn the witch of danger, or in the extreme defend the witch. Witches understand their spirituality to a greater degree by connecting with their familiar, the familiar brings strength, love, kindness, understanding and beauty into the witch’s life and is an utterly loyal companion

Familiars are given psychic protection by their witches, they are sensitive to psychic vibrations and power, and they also visibly react in the presence of any evil or negative energy. Sorcerers around the world have familiars in the form of spirits, they set tasks for the familiars and send them to do their bidding. In New Guinea sorcerers use snakes and crocodiles as familiars, in Malaya the familiar is often a badger or owl, and familiars are passed down from generation to generation. The creatures of the jungle are the familiars used by the witches in Africa, the monkey, lizard, jackal, bat, leopard, snake and toad. For their familiars, the Zulu’s did up corpses and re-animate them with magic, these familiars are sent out at night to scare travellers. In Shamanism the initiates find their familiar by manifesting an animal, bird or reptile shape, if the familiars are sent into battle and they die, the shaman dies also. The shaman’s familiar stays with them until their death, they then disappear. Among the Eskimos the familiar is embodied in an artificial seal.

A witch chooses an animal as a familiar because animals are more in touch with nature, unlike many humans, witches respect and revere the earth and nature and are as one with their environment. When a witch chooses a familiar they have an intuitive rapport, and the animal helps the witch to be more in tune with nature, the psychic senses of animals is stronger than that of humans, thus enhancing the witch’s abilities. The familiar benefits being connected to the witch by gaining an enlightened view of reality, enhancing its energies, and abilities. The familiar is a mediator between the ordinary world and the magical world, and together with the witch they form a power, allowing them to perform magic in the material realm and the otherworld. The witch and the familiar are committed allies, and as the familiar is part of a group animal consciousness, the spirit energy of the entire species is contained within one form. The familiar helps the witch connect to a higher power, or consciousness, and the important qualities in a familiar are, patience, protectiveness, kindness, and to be loving.

A familiar can be drawn by subconsciously or consciously, if an animal, bird, or creature comes to the witch subconsciously it arrives without any planning either on the physical or the astral plane, if consciously the witch then chooses an animal specifically. Astral familiars choose their companion very carefully, they come and go as they please, although they are no less protective. Some witches acquire several familiars, while others have one or two

The familiar aids the witch in creating inclement weather and in spell casting, it has also been said that the small creatures that became witch’s familiars were faries, elves, dwarves and pixies. The familiars transported witches to the Sabbat, humans have been transported into the fairy realm with the assistance of familiars. Witches were able to remain undetected by holding their Sabbats in the astral realm, they were aided by their familiars and the use of flying ointment smeared on their skin. Familiars assisted the witch inducing a trance and aiding them to reach an altered state of consciousness. Frogs were often used by witches to aid them in going to and from the spirit realm, there was a magical connection between them.

An altered state of consciousness, or trance state, allows the witch to astral project as the witch’s consciousness leaves the physical body and is able to travel where and as they choose. As fairies live in a spirit realm, a witch often used a fairy as a familiar, this allowed the witch a doorway into the otherworld, witches and fairies were often connected and worked well together. Familiars are powerful healers and are messengers between one world and the other, they are wonderful and loyal companions for a witch. The three types of familiars are, the physical, the spirit and the artificial. The physical familiar is a pet, animal or creature, the spirit is a conscious entity that exists within the otherworld, beyond the land of the living, magic is used for the creation of an artificial familiar.

When the witch is astral travelling the familiar is able to protect the witch on many levels, the familiar can also protect the home and personal property, and project energy to be used for healing and spell casting. Witches and familiars are mutually, and naturally, drawn to each other, each emitting an energy that draws the other. A witch communicates with their familiar as friends communicate with each other, and the witch sees the familiar as an equal as they believe all life forms are. Many witches have a physical pet and form a strong psychic bond with them, they both gain a great deal from the relationship.

Once the witch and the familiar have found each other it is time for the bonding to take place, the nature and the form the witch’s familiar takes holds a key to power for the witch, and has a transforming influence on the witch’s life. Once a connection has been established the merging of the witch and the familiar can take place, the witch can communicate with the familiar and direct the spirit consciousness of it. The relationship of familiar and witch is mutually beneficial, each absorbing the imprint of the other’s nature, the familiar is imbued with human understanding, this allows the familiar to reach a higher level of consciousness. Once the bonding has taken place the familiar reveals its name to the witch through telepathy.

The familiar assists the witch in a variety of ways, when a distance needs to be covered by the familiar the witch will use the Seal of Carrying Spell, this will transport the familiar wherever the witch needs it to go. Where healing is necessary the familiar is mentally directed in the work needed to be done, the area being healed will glow with healing energy and will reveal a specific colour. The familiar works for approximately twenty minutes, the witch also projects healing energy, once the healing is completed the familiar is called to return by summoning with the Seal of Calling Spell. After the familiar has finished its task and returned, the witch then sends it energy from a crystal by visualizing the crystals energy entering the familiar. On behalf of the witch the familiar carries the energy of a spell to a person, or a place, it obtains information from the inner planes physical or astral, or its takes on the role of guardian. The familiar is visualized in a variety of ways, and when working with the witch accepts the form the witch visualizes, which is often a creature with wings. When the familiar is sent off to perform a task, the witch mentally sees it enter the Astral Gateway and soaring in the direction of the point where it is needed. The witch mentally travels with the familiar seeing the entire journey, until the finish point is reached. The witch mentally travelling with the familiar takes place for exactly one year, after this time the familiar is then advanced enough in the procedure it is then able to travel alone.

While dreaming the witch and the familiar communicate and pass on information to each other. Over time the witch learns the capabilities of its familiar, the familiar takes on the role of guardian when the witch astral projects, is in deep meditation or during dream work. While the witch is involved in the realm of magic practicing witchcraft, spirits are often attracted from the otherworld and sometimes attach themselves to the witch’s home and sacred are, then do not want to leave. Others stay for a certain amount of time and then leave at their leisure. This is not an acceptable situation and a witch needs to be alert to it, at times another witch can send something that you do not need or want. When practicing witchcraft there are witches who play by the rules and those who don’t.

The familiar has a heightened sense of intuition and uses this ability to heighten the senses of the witch, due to their attunement with the other realm they have an acute sense of hearing. The familiar aids the witch by acting as a warning bell in its role as guardian, the familiar is thought of as the guardian of the home. Witches often work with spirit, astral or artificial familiars as guardians, to remain in the material dimension they require a physical form, the witch has a statue for the familiar to use.

To protect the home and allow it to be a place of safety, comfort and tranquility, a place where the witch can recharge, statues representing the familiar are placed on the windowsill in each room in the house. The witch will charge the statues on the night of the full Moon, they first anoint the statues with fragrant oils, they then invoke magical energies to charge the statues. It a witch wants their familiar to travel with them, they charge an amulet that has an image of their familiar on it and carry it in their purse or pocket. If the witch should need their familiar while they are travelling they are able to readily call on it. If the witch’s familiar thinks the witch is using an inappropriate magical procedure, they will telepathically let the witch know and will become quite restless if the witch doesn’t immediately respond to them. Once the witch responds to their familiar, they work together on making an adjustment to the witchcraft. The witch can also learn from their familiar, and by studying their creature they are able to learn and adopt some traits which will be beneficial to them.

Astral or physical familiars are companions to the witch during astral travels and during meditation, they help to guide and protect the witch in otherworld realms. The familiar is able to lead the witch to new and unexpected knowledge and spiritual understanding. Whether creatures of the earth or the astral plane a familiar is a necessary companion for all witches, for many reasons. By having a familiar a witch is even more aware of the intrinsic connectedness between humans and all other creatures, and the deep and abiding core of spiritual energy.

The familiar serves as a guardian while the witch is asleep and dreaming, as this is time that the witch is most receptive to mental images that may be projected by others. Witches know that everything has a consciousness which attracts or repels, this is a magical energy within all things. For centuries witches have been aware, and used the power of herbs and plants, aware of their healing and magical properties. Plants can be used by a witch as a familiar, and by growing it from a seedling it will contain the most power, the mandrake was the most popular plant used by witches. Plant familiars need special care, and talking to the plant during the bonding process is most important, the plant familiar responds particularly well to Moonlight. By placing the plant under the rays of the Moon activates the chemical properties of the plant more powerful, making it more magical. The lunar energy activates the plant familiar, allowing it to awaken within the astral subconscious spheres. To use the plant familiar for healing purposes, the witch visualizes and projects the familiar into the body of the person requiring the healing. The necessary healing colour will glow from the person, and will concentrate upon a specific area of healing, if needed. The familiar is seen removing the illness, as though plucking it from the person’s body, and when the work has been completed the familiar is summoned to return to the plant.

Talismans and amulets can have power added to them by a plant familiar, the familiar is summoned and projected into the magical object. The talisman or amulet can be carried by the witch for seven days, after this time it must be returned to the plant. The witch is able to affect the thoughts, emotions, inspiration or creativity with the assistance of their familiar, the best time for this is while the person is sleeping. The witch summons their familiar and projects it into the mind of a specific person. The witch sees the familiar enter the person via the crown chakra, it then stays in the person’s mind while they are sleeping, the familiar is then recalled by the witch and returns to the plant. The witch telepathically instructs and directs the familiar as to what the objective is regarding the person they are working with. Witches over the centuries have acquired knowledge of how to successfully use poisonous plants for healing and magic, they have an extensive understanding of the magical qualities of plants used for witchcraft. The relationship between witch and familiar is a committed and serious one and the bonds are ones of mind, body and spirit, and the relationship is not taken for granted by familiar, or witch.

When a witch’s familiar dies it is particularly painful for the witch, as is the end of a relationship with an astral spirit, as the connection between witch and familiar affects the spirit and aura. When the parting takes place of witch and familiar, any images or statues of the familiar must be buried and the ground treated as sacred. As the witch and the familiar deal with occult energies, their strengths surface enhancing their magical practices. The witch keeps a record in their Book of Shadows, of all the magical and healing work they have done together.

Familiars help witches with divination, the witch and the familiar would work together and each would enhance the abilities of the other, the method of divination used depended on the type of familiar used. Sometimes familiars came to witches in the form of a gift from a relative who had been guided to offer the familiar to the witch, and some familiars were inherited. The feeding of a familiar was very important and the witch made sure the familiar was well fed and well maintained.

Spiders are used by witches as familiars because of their ability to spin and weave and this assists the witch in the casting of spells. The snake also used as a familiar is able to connect with the underworld, the realm beneath the earth, snakes help the witch to concoct potent magic and are associated with the ancient gods and goddesses. The snake was often used in transforming spells, because of its transformation when it shed its skin. The raven familiar was used by witches as it aided the witch when the witch needed to fly from destination to destination. The raven often gathered information for the witch, the raven is a messenger and a teacher-spirit, because of the raven’s feathers being black it has always been associated with the Underworld and night. The raven was a familiar who carried magic across great distances at night, and because of its colour blended with the night and was able to travel undetected. The imps, elves, pixies, goblins and fairies are classed as supernatural beings and as a familiar assisted the witch on many levels. The cat is a particular favorite for the witch because of its resourcefulness and independence, and when the right witch and cat meet each other, they know instantly. Cats see very well in the dark, and as their eyes reflect light they are able to see things exceptionally clearly, and in the dark the cat can alert the witch to the presence of another animal, human or spirit entity. The goddess Artemis often travelled with a dog familiar at her side, knowing that she had a loving and protective guardian. The bat as a familiar is very useful because of its acute hearing abilities, its night vision and its ability to work in darkness and in the dead of night. The bear as a familiar is extremely strong and doesn’t tire readily, it will fight to the death for the witch who chooses it for their familiar. The dog familiar has a particularly acute sense of smell, and can tell instantly if human or non-human beings are in close proximity, it is a wonderful guardian and protector for the witch. The falcon as a familiar has the gift of perception and acute vision, the ferret has lightening reflexes and can search and find anything. The owl as a familiar has piercing night vision, and is imbued with a wealth of knowledge, it is particularly adept in assisting the witch with spell casting. The salamander as a familiar sees and hears everything and is an extremely resilient creature. The toad as a familiar is particularly adept in assisting the witch with their healing practices. Some of the familiars created from dead materials, are, bone which is associated with fire, crystal is associated with light and very resilient, metal has the quality of strength and there is the shadow familiar which aids the witch with invisibility.

Many of the mythological deities had a familiar connected to them, and the word anima which means, possessing life and spirit, was used by the ancients to describe non-human creatures, and humans, it is the connection that links all creatures. The ancient cultures believed absolutely in the connection between human, deities and animals. This was often revealed by statues and pictures of gods and goddesses with an animal, with an animal head or mask, or the god and goddess taking animal form. By the deities being depicted in these dual forms they were expressing their particular power, and in presenting themselves in this manner the mere mortals were able to relate to the deities. Although as time went by the people began to believe that the deity was actually contained in a particular creature, Egyptians worshipped and kept cats, crocodiles and bulls. Clans the world over revered specific animals and they were so sacred they could not be hunted or eaten, over time Emperors kept animals and birds to depict their connectedness with a deity.

The goddess Aphrodite had a swan familiar, the swan is associated with enlightenment, the white swan which Aphrodite had is akin to the Moon and is the symbol of romance, the black swan represents the Dark Side of the Moon. The swan acted as Aphrodite’s familiar and she was often seen riding on it. The Gorgon Medusa had a black swan as her familiar, her swan familiar was committed to her. Swans have been connected to the gods as well as the goddesses, Zeus turned himself into a swan and presented himself to Leda who became the mother of Helen of Troy. Apollo also had a swan familiar, and it is well known that swans have the ability to shape shift, they can also take human form. The Druids thought the swan represented the soul, and the swan as a familiar could assist its companion in travelling to the Otherworld. The swan is a wonderful familiar for witches, and because of its shape shifting capabilities and ability to fly higher than any other bird, it often aided the witch to transport over great distances. The Roman Sertorius had a white fawn that was given to him as a gift by the goddess Diana, the fawn was a messenger. Cornelius Agrippa had a familiar in the form of a dog.

There were masks to represent a sacred animal, the masks which represented the sacred animal came to be connected with witches. It was believed that those who wore a mask could be possessed by the spirit the mask represented. The mask was called grim or helm (helmet) by the Scandinavians, and it was thought that certain helmets gave the wearer entrance into the underworld, temporarily. When anyone wears a mask for any reason it is prudent to know what powers they are calling on by wearing it. Bird and animal masks have been used for centuries to form a connection between humans and animals. Mesopotamian healers dressed in the skin of a fish, and skull and pelts of animals were worn during healing and religious rituals. Ancient priests, priestesses and shamans, used masks, animal skins, skulls and pelts of animals to create a link with, and call on the powers of particular animals. When practicing magic witches often donned a mask of an animal to on some of the creature’s traits, and use them temporarily, a special psychic bond is formed with the creature. By the wearing of a mask it was easier for the witch to shape shift, ancient priests learned this skill from Otherworld deities they encountered during astral travelling.

When the witch adopts the consciousness of an animal, they are able to project themselves beyond human perceptions and awareness, and are able to view events with a new perspective and have a clearer and more precise vision.  A wise witch will only adopt the traits of an animal for a short period of time, so not to have the animal’s traits lingering. Witches practice to become successful shape shifters, they work with many different creatures and learn how to successfully adopt their traits. Many witches work with a variety of familiars and they acquire a broad understanding of the traits of the animals. The witch is infused with the energy of the animal they are using, while they are spell casing as the spell reaches its peak the energy and power of the witch and familiar are released into the spell. When the spell is complete the energy of the animal flows from the witch back into the familiar, the witch and their familiar remain very still after the exchange has taken place, allowing them both to replenish their energies.

The names of familiars were recorded during the witch trials, as was the punishment their witch owners were given, some medieval familiar’s owners were witches and adept in the art of magical practices. Neighbors of the familiar owner would tell the witch-hunters that they saw the witch stroke their animal, and at the same time chant a curse against someone who then had a run of bad luck, they did this to avoid torture themselves. During this time anything that a witch did was thought to be the work of the devil therefore the witch was cited as evil. Often those who accused the witch of wrong doing were the ones who consulted with the witch for healing, and for potions and charms for love and other matters. It was their way of seeking revenge if they were unhappy with the actions of the witch, or they did not get the expected results from the witch’s magic. People were often ready to point the finger at someone and accuse them because anyone could be imprisoned by witch-hunters and tortured, merely for associating with a witch. Once the witch was targeted the witch-hunters were able to torture and eventually kill the witch and often their familiars.

Witches these days use their familiars for healing and for benign magic, and they use their powers with care and cautions. Modern day witches are reconnecting with their animal familiars, and are developing a deep and meaningful relationship with them, in the physical and spiritual realms. There is a profound connection between creatures and humans, and through an understanding of each other they are able to work together with a spiritual synchronicity.

Many witches consider the familiar on the astral plane is easier to work with than the physical familiar, it is because they have no restrictions physically, and they work with pure spiritual energy. All magic is first formed in the astral plane before it is manifested in the physical realm, the astral familiars have a more direct influence in the specific directing of the magical energies. Witches sense the presence of their astral familiars, sometimes the energy of more than one familiar connects at the same time, and it is not unusual for a witch to conjure with the assistance of more than one familiar. The astral or physical familiar helps increase the intensity of the witch’s rituals, and gives the witch more clarity when making decisions. All witches take great care of their familiars, whether physical, or astral and it would be most unusual for any witch to not have a familiar as their companion.

Witcheslore © 2010

English Maliscious Faeries

BRITISH (ENGLISH) FAERIES

The British Isles has a rich history of folklore that can be attributed to a mix of cultural identity from region to region. Great Britain may have been a small island nation, but it had many separate diverse peoples who came to the isle from other parts of Europe. Britain has had a turbulent history. Invaders and settlers brought with them their own beliefs and lore. During the ensuing years, the handed down fables from bygone eras began to blend together with the older traditions and the result is a diverse potpourri of beliefs, perhaps more varied than any other area in the world. 

Some stories seem to be widespread, such as the tradition of sleeping warriors under hollow hills and the wild hunt, often incorporating local heroes, while other stories are limited to a small geographic area.

The Faerie in England is a blending of the Germanic dwarf-elf people and the Celtic people of the hills. The translation of the French romance of Huon of Bordeaux. From this translation came idea of an organized Faerie world. The Faeries of Spencer and Shakespeare evolved from this translation.

Great Britain encompasses the countries of England, Wales and Scotland. Across the Irish Sea, the small island nation of Ireland also has a diverse list of fairies to add to the mis. The fairies discussed on this page are the English variety.


Fairy

Here is the partial list of British (English) faeries:

Ankou - Grim Reaper
     ANKOU (GRIM REAPER): Can be found in Brittany, Cornwall, Wales and Ireland. He is also known as Father Time. He drives a black cart or coach, and brings death. He is always dressed in a hooded cape. No one has ever seen his face.

British - Anthropophagi
     ANTHROPOPHAGI: A headless cannibal whose eyes rest on his shoulders and whose mouth is in the middle of his chest. Folklorists believe this legend migrated from northern Africa to Britain in the early Dark Ages.
Asrai Fairy    ASRAI: The Asrai live only in deep waters. Once every century, an Asrai rises to the surface to gaze at the full-moon. It is the moonlight that gives the Asrai shape, and the slightest touch of sunlight will kill an Asrai immediately. Asrai are from two to four feet high and are said to be very beautiful. Asrai are found in England and can live for several centuries. small, delicate female faeries who melt into a pool of water when captured or exposed to sunlight


    BLACK ANGUS: English faerie dogs that can be seen crossing the moors and wastelands at night. They are known in Scotland as cu sith, in Wales as cwn annwn (white dogs) and in Germany as Gabriel's Hounds.

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(64 x 64 x 32) (3161 bytes)    BOGEYMAN: A malevolent creature from British folklore. Some of them are merely troublesome and rather harmless, but others are truly evil.
     BOGGANS: Peat or bog faeries. They have bulbous, mud-covered bodies and long spindly legs and arms. They are known as boggles to the Cornish, and in Ireland are called ballybogs. 

British Boggart
     BOGGART: Mischievous spirits responsible for mishaps and poltergeist activity within the home and in the countryside.
     COTTINGLEY FAERIES: Perhaps the most famous English Faerie tale was the Cottingley Faeries. Elsie Wright and Frances Griffins of England in 1917 took pictures of Faeries, which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle included in The Coming of the Fairies. http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/Hoaxipedia/Cottingley_Fairies/
 
Duergar - Gray Dwarf
     DUERGARS (GRAY DWARVES): A malicious form of Dwarf from Northern England. They revel in tricking people into dying.
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(35 x 50 x 64) (1588 bytes)    ELVES (ADDLER): British Elves are not really a separate race, but humans with an 'Elvish' culture.
     FEEORIN: A type of diminutive fairy in the folklore of England. It is also the collective word for fairies who are usually friendly towards mankind, or at least neutral. They are depicted as small creatures with a green skin and wearing red hats. They enjoy singing and dancing.

     HABONDE: Fairy in English folklore who was said to be the consort of Hobany. Described as a beautiful young woman with dark plaited hair, wearing on her head a golden circlet on which there is a star. This signifies that she is queen of the fairies, possibly the French fairies.

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     HAG: A fairy from the British Isles. She is said to be the traces of the most ancient goddesses. 
Jenny Greentooth - British Water Woman
     JENNY GREENTOOTH: Water Woman; known in Germany as the weisse frau and in Ireland as bean-fionn.

     PIXIES (PIXY): Mischievous characters who often take the form of hedgehogs. A Devonshire fairy, same as puck.  Pixies have been described as "small beings without wings. They hop!  They have spiny feet and long legs.

     POLTERSPRITE: It has become the fashion to blame knocking and rapping sounds on Poltergeists, but this can also mean that a Poltersprite has moved in. Poltersprites can be very helpful around the house and are harmless unless offended. Poltersprites just plain love to make noise. They will toss rocks on top of roofs, open and close doors with creaky hinges, and rattle dishes and silverware. Poltersprites are known by many names. Some of them are: Knocky Bah, Poppele, and Bubak.

     PUCK: A merry little fairy spirit, full of fun and harmless mischief. A malicious fairy or demon. In Elizabethan lore he was a mischievous, brownielike fairy also called Robin Goodfellow, or hobgoblin. As one of the leading characters in William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck boasts of his pranks of changing shapes, misleading travelers at night, spoiling milk, frightening young girls, and tripping venerable old dames. The Irish pooka, or púca, and the Welsh pwcca are similar household spirits.

     URGAN: Born and christened a mortal, but stolen by the king of the fairies and brought up in elf-land in English folklore.
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxslips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and the eglantine. 
There sleeps Titania sometimes of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight...

William Shakespeare, Faerie Flowers