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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.

BLYSSFUL SATURN'S DAY PAGANS!

All Souls Day~Shamanism In Seidr And The Völvur

The other day I wrote about Shamanism in the Northern Traditional Paganism and I left you all with the glimpse of the idea that women were the only ones to work with magic, rune Reading, shamanism etc. in the old Norse comunities, and in this post I will go further on that and explain why women were so importante in these fields of expertise.

We know of many Norse deities that are connected with the runes and magic, with shaman practices who are both male and female, the Aesir, Vanir, Jotnar, Alfar, Duergar and such others from the Norse cosmology work with such magics and are linked to them, but the powers of Seiðr are in fact an exclusive spiritual path that belong to the Vanir tribe of gods, and from them, all others gained the knowledge to work with such powers, as such, the Vanir gods aren't just connected with Nature, Agriculture, Fertility and Love, they are also connected to Magic, to shamanism, to Seiðr. Afther many gained this knowledge, including Odin, taught by the Vanir deities, it was also passed down to us mortals, and such works were only practiced by women in the Norse communities, this doesn't mean that men couldn't do it, but to the eyes of the Norse society of that time, it wasn't seen as the right thing for a man to do, nor was it dignify. So women were the workers and practitioners of  Seiðr, and were so called Vǫlva ( or Völva in Icelandic ), plural vǫlur in Old Norse and völvur in Icelandic. 
Freyja is the divine archetype of the völva, a professional practitioner of the Norse/Germanic magical tradition known as Seiðr. This was a form of magic concerned with discerning and altering the course of destiny by re-weaving one part of the destiny’s web. To do such things, one would enter in trance, such as a shaman does, and go throughout the Nine worlds in the spirit form and accomplishing her intended tasks.
Freyja as a female deity closely linked to sexuality, fertility, love, magic, household, sensuality, is the perfect patroness of women in the old Norse community and the one closely connected with women that did spiritual work.

During these ages, the völva wandered from town to town and farm to farm prophesying and performing other acts of magic in exchange for room, board, and often other forms of compensation as well. it was their job and all jobs must receive any kind of payment according to the importance of the job. The most detailed account that we might have access to of such a woman and her doings comes from The Saga of Erik the Red,  but numerous sagas as well as some of the mythic poems (most notably the Völuspá, “The Insight of the Völva“) contain sparse accounts of seidr-workers and their practices.
As we know well that any other northern Eurasian shamans was set apart from their communities, the völva was no exception to the rule, these women were set apart from their society as well in both a positive and a negative sense, a Völva was simultaneously exalted, sought-after, feared, and, in some instances, reviled. However, the Völva is very reminiscent of the veleda, a seeress or prophetess who held a more clearly-defined and highly respected position amongst the Norse/Germanic tribes for many centuries both after and before the common era. The women practitioners of these arts held a more or less dignified role among their people.
Speaking of a dignified role among society, such wasn't usually the case for male practitioners of these arts, of Seiðr. According to traditional Norse/Germanic gender constructs, it was extremely shameful and dishonorable for a man to adopt a female social or sexual role. A man who practiced Seiðr could expect to be labeled ergi (Old Norse for “unmanly”) one of the gravest insults that could be hurled at a Norse/Germanic man in those times.  Still, this didn’t stop numerous men from engaging in seidr, sometimes even as a profession. the female position in society and their professions was very important in the role politics and economy, while men took care of the defence of a community, or other warfare acts, hard work in the fields in agriculture, fishing and so on, women were left behind most of the time to do all the hard work in the farms as well, while men were gone at war or died, and also taking care of the house, the great halls, the children, and anything that might have been done in a community of those times. Think of it as time of the Great World War II, most men were dead or crippled, and society was forced to take the women in and scattered them in many fields of expertise, in order to save the economy and keep the countries running, but in Norse/Germanic societies, this was completly normal and accepted with no problem.

Hela The Goddess Of The Underworld


Hela is the goddess of the Underworld in the Norse cosmology, that is what everybody knows and hears about her, but she is also the goddess of death and one of the most powerful Jotnar. She is the eldest child of Angrboda and Loki.

Hela usually appears to people ihalf rotten or half skeletal form, at one side and a completly normal figure on the other side. Her hair is usually pale and long on the normal fleshy side, although sometimes it is black, no one is really certain about it, it is possible that she changes are appearance according with some situations, it is also possible to see her sometimes with her living  appearance above the waits andtimes as a pale white woman who merely smells of rotten below it. One thing is certain, she choses to appear in such forms to remind people about death, to show them its true forms and to force people in accepting it the way it is, as a natural part of life, as another part of nature itself, so people might respect this natural process of all things.

Hela is a tall figure, usually wearing a robe with the colours of black or grey. She is very calm, actually the atmosphere around her is quite calm and cold, as if the very air was frozen and still. Her only forms aren't just the rotte or skeletal ones, because she also appears as a beautiful woman, perfectly normal when it comes to welcome people into her Halls or the villages for the dead, so we can't be sure what her true form might be, but the "death mask" she wears is certainly to be used when she needs to deal with death or anything linked to that ( which is quite often ).

It seems that before Hela, the daughter of Loki and Angrboda, there used to be another Hel, she was the goddess of death or at least the keeper of the dead, in a time where human folk didn't exist yet, so she was the keeper of all the dead souls of the Jotnar kin. But when this old Hel died or retired, the dead walked on every place of the Nine Worlds, so there always must exist a keeper of the dead, and so Hela, the daughter of Loki and Angrboda took such a task. We don't know if her name comes after the first goddess of the underworld in homage, or if Hel/Hela is a title that the one who replaces the previous deity of death takes, but one thing is certain, this new Hela reshaped the entire place, Helheim, giving it a better look, wonderful, cosy, eternal Autumn like landscape, and she definitely loves all those who come o live with her and she takes good care of them.

Publicada por Arith Härge

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Samhain Feast of the Dead

Feast of the Dead.

Prepare a table for the Feast of the Dead.
It should be covered with a black table cloth.

Oils of Frankincense and Sandalwood
Herbs of Thyme and rosemary
Sprigs of Holly and Oak 

Tarot Symbology 
13 DEATH/REBiRTH 
also
10 The WHEEL of CHANGE

For Symbolic purposes & indoor Rite
Use Orange, Purple, Gold, Silver, Black & White candles.
Other Colours may be incorporated to suit the personalised needs of your Ritual

Place a chair at the head of the table, draped in a black cloth to represent the spirits of those gone before, absent friends, relatives and familiar spirits... 
The spirit's place is marked by a White votive candle

Set places for each of the living awaiting the feast of...
Hot potatoes, apples and cooked meats, bread, fruits, vegetables, nuts and juice, water, ale & wine... 
Do likewise with the Spirits Plate. Offer the Same Food as the Living Guests. After the Celebration place the Food Outside your door.

Light the candles and dim the lights 

Sing the Witches Rune

DARKSOME NIGHT AND SHINING MOON 
EAST THEN SOUTH THEN WEST THEN NORTH 
HARKEN TO THE WITCHES RUNE 
HERE I COME TO CALL YE FORTH 
EARTH AND WATER AIR AND FIRE 
WAND AND PENTACLE, FEATHER AND SWORD 
WORK YE UNTO MY DESIRE 
HARKEN YE UNTO MY WORDS 
CORDS AND CENSER, SCOURGE AND KNIFE 
POWER OF THE WITCHES BLADE 
WAKEN ALL YE INTO LIFE 
COME YE AS THE CHARM IS MADE 
QUEEN OF ASGARD, VANAHEiM & ALFHEiM
HORNED HUNTER OF THE NIGHT 
LEND YOUR POWER UNTO MY SPELL 
AND WORK MY WILL MY MAGIC RITE 
BY ALL THE POWER OF LAND AND SEA 
BY ALL THE MIGHT OF MOON AND SUN 
AS I DO WILL....SO MOTE IT BE 
CHANT THE SPELL AND BE IT ...DONE... 

Call the quarters 
Cast a circle 
Ask the Guardians of the Watchtowers to witness and protect your circle

Invite your Deities 
Invite your favourite God/desses. It is especially important to invite them on Samhain, as you will want to thank them for their help during the past year, and of course, ask that they continue to help in the coming year.

Light the candle on the plate of the spirit. 

Raise your Chalice to the empty chair...

Salute the Spirits

Acknowledge their help in providing the feast before you , and the life we live to enjoy...

Give thanks to the Deities you have invited by offering them food.
Put the offerings on and around the plate of the Spirit

The feast should have a period of silence so that you can contemplate your departed friends and relatives on a personal level. Think of their passing and your hopes for their well being and ultimately a joyous reunion. If someone is recently departed, try to put aside your sadness and think of that soul as well and happy in the presence of the God/dess.
Feel the presence of those who have joined you and rejoice in their presence. Allow them to speak to you of whatever they want to communicate listening and speaking to them in silence.


RiTUAL EXTRA
For those Celebrating this Hallowed Seasonal Event, the Witches of Ely invite the use of this Earth Healing Chant...

Mother 
Help control my Greed
Many are in basic need
Let me make the Sacrifice
To show by example 
The Path to sustainable LiFE
That we may with Dedicated Will
Preserve the Hallowed Circle
Of LiFE ETERNAL
And Suffering may end
for us and for our
children's children's children

Blessed Be

Ghost lights: Believe if you dare

 

In folklore, ghost lights were strange lights seen over swamps or bogs. But we’re more sophisticated today. Aren’t we?

Will-o-the-wisp lighting a bog or mire. Artist unknown. The source is Flammarion’s L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888, p.749). Image via inamidst.com.

Ghost lights and will-o-the-wisps are associated with our modern-day jack-o-lanterns. Here’s a traditional Cornish jack-o-lantern, made from a turnip. Image via Wikimeida.

The red dot indicates the location of Marfa, Texas, famous for its ghost lights.

McDonald Observatory Otto Struve Telescope, completed in 1938. I saw my first Marfa lights from the catwalk of this telescope dome, which, by the way, is a pretty creepy place to be alone at 3 a.m., especially in the old library.
Ghost lights used to be called will-o-the-wisps. They were a weird glow over swamps or bogs. Nowadays, people report strange lights in the sky in all sorts of places. Some are more famous than others. The ghost lights closest to me are in the desert-like Davis Mountains near Marfa, Texas, but you can also see them in the Brown Mountains of North Carolina, and other places in North America. There are modern, very ordinary explanations for these lights. Yet people still love to try to spot them. Follow the links below to some samples of North American ghost lights.

Ghost lights in history. In English folklore, a will-o’-the-wisp was thought to be a distantly viewed lantern or torch carried by a fairy or other mischievous spirit. These ghostly lights were said to recede if travelers approached them, so that the bone-tired wayfarers were drawn farther and farther into the bog.

Our modern-day pumpkin carving at Halloween is associated with this old story and tradition. Will-o-the-wisp and jack-o-lantern meant the same thing in old England. Turnip lanterns, sometimes with faces carved into them, were made on the festival of Samhain, which took place around the same time as our Halloween, a time when fairies and spirits were said to inhabit the night. Remember, Halloween comes at a time of year when the nights are growing longer. We in the electric light era don’t fully appreciate the primal fear to be had from this daily increasing darkness. It’s said that turnip lanterns were used to light one’s way outdoors on a Samhain night. The lantern might have represented the spirits and otherworldly beings, as in I’m with you guys.

Of course, we’re so much more sophisticated than that today. Aren’t we?

The Marfa lights. Well, we are, plus we have cars. So nowadays people travel long distances to seek out ghostly lights in the sky. A famous example in my area is the Marfa Lights. They’ve been observed in the sky near the tiny and remote West Texas town of Marfa for many years. I saw them on my first visit to the University of Texas McDonald Observatory in the late 1970s, while standing outside at night, on a catwalk of one of the large telescope domes. An astronomer pointed them out: two unmoving lights, a brighter one and a fainter one above the horizon, in a place where no stars should be.

Reports from some other eye-witnesses are much more elaborate than my sighting. Supposedly the lights are “brightly glowing” – “basketball-sized spheres” – “shining in many different colors” – “hovering at about shoulder height.” Or sometimes, people say, they shoot around rapidly in any direction. Or they appear in pairs or groups. Or they may divide into pairs or merge, disappear, reappear, and sometimes move in patterns that seem regular. The town of Marfa loves them, and has placed highway markers (see photo top of post) indicating where on-lookers can pull over to watch for the lights.

After several driving delays and a huge gas shortage scare we finally arrived in Marfa past dinner time at night … From our kids’ perspective, Marfa’s big draw, of course, are the Mystery Lights, a Texas version of Alaska’s aurora borealis. To make things interesting I brought a professional digital camera and a tripod and took time-lapse images of the Marfa Lights from the observation deck where everyone normally sees them. If you look at my un-doctored photos [see below], you will notice a red light surrounded by other brighter lights. All appear to be around the same size but what’s interesting is that the white lights surrounding the red one clearly have some movement. For the record, I don’t believe there’s anything magical or alien-related to the lights but I do find them interesting, especially knowing that many experts and some documentaries have studied them and no one knows what to say they are.

Where to go to try to see the Marfa Lights. They’re said to be seen, typically, south of U.S. Route 90 and east of U.S. Route 67, five to 15 miles southeast of Marfa. Best thing to do is go to Marfa, Texas and ask … well, anyone. Marfa is only about an 8-hour drive from the city of Austin, if you don’t stop for lunch. And if you do stop for lunch, I recommend La Familia in Junction, Texas. Have fun!

Skeptic’s explanation for Marfa lights. The most credible explanation is that they are simply car headlights, seen from a great distance and distorted by temperature gradients. Critics of this explanation quickly point out that people have been reporting sightings of the Marfa Lights for over 100 years, since before there were cars. Meanwhile, Brian Dunning of the podcast Skeptoid disagrees, saying:

Well, apparently, the Marfa Lights have not been around all that long, after all. The earliest accounts come from a rancher named Robert Ellison in 1883. However, upon closer inspection, it appears that there is no actual record that Robert Ellison ever saw such a thing. There are reports from his descendants that Ellison said he saw lights, but there is no written record, not even when he wrote his memoirs about his life in the region in 1937. Curious that he would leave that out. Apparently, all evidence that the lights existed prior to the arrival of automobile highways in the region is purely anecdotal.

The Brown Mountain Lights have their own road sign, too. Photo via spookyplaces.us.
Brown Mountain Lights. From the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brown Mountain in North Carolina, people sometimes say they see mysterious, red, circular lights. An early account of them dates back a report by a fisherman in the September 24, 1913 Charlotte Daily Observer. He said he saw:

… mysterious lights seen just above the horizon every night.

Skeptic’s explanation for Brown Mountain Lights. A USGS employee, D.B. Stewart, later studied the area and said the fisherman had seen train lights. Brian Dunning of the podcast Skeptoid agrees.

Where to go to try to see the Brown Mountain Lights. Wikipedia says:

Try the overlooks at mile posts 310 (Brown Mountain Light overlook) and 301 (Green Mountain overlook) and from the Brown Mountain Overlook on North Carolina Highway 181 between Morganton, North Carolina and Linville, North Carolina. Additionally, good sightings of the [Brown Mountain] Lights have been reported from the top of Table Rock, outside of Morganton, North Carolina. One of the best vantage points, Wisemans View, is about 4 miles from Linville Falls, North Carolina. The best time of year to see them is reportedly September through early November.

Phil Campagna has a good description of his experience seeing the St. Louis Light, in his blog.
Phil Campagna has a good description of his experience seeing the St. Louis Light, in his blog.
The St. Louis Light. Apparently, there used to be train tracks near the small town of St. Louis, in Saskatchewan, Canada. Legends has it that they were taken out after a passenger train derailed. Now it’s said that a ghostly railway man, holding a lantern, haunts the tracks, looking for a baby that died in the accident. Its said the light appears in the distance along the track bed but has no easily identifiable source.

Skeptic’s explanation for St. Louis Light. Alysha and Shannon were in the 12th grade, living in northern Saskatchewan, when they won science fair gold medals for investigating and eventually duplicating the St. Louis Light phenomenon. Their project suggested that the light is caused by the diffraction of distant vehicle lights. Read about their science project here. By the way, before beginning this project, Shannon told Virtual Saskatchewan that she believes in the paranormal, while Alysha is the skeptical type. The project apparently got started when Shannon told Alysha how she and a group of friends “freaked out” when they spotted the ghost train during a road trip to St. Louis, and Alysha scoffed.

Where to go to see the St. Louis Light. St. Louis is south of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The light sightings near the old railroad tracks happen about five miles north of St. Louis. By all accounts, the gravel road that leads to the place is unmarked and hard to find. Best bet: Go to St. Louis, and ask someone.

So there you have it, on this Halloween 2014. Ghost lights! Believe in them … if you dare.

Algol is the Demon Star

 

On (or around) Halloween, look for Algol – a star named for a demon!
What’s the scariest star in all the heavens?

If you were one of the early stargazers, you might have chosen Algol in the constellation Perseus. Early astronomers nicknamed Algol the Demon Star. Bwahaha!

Perseus and Medusa
Of course, like all stars, Algol isn’t the least bit scary. But it’s associated in skylore with a mythical scary monster – the Gorgon Medusa – who had snakes instead of hair. It’s said that she was so horrifying in appearance that the sight of her would turn an onlooker to stone.

The star Algol takes its name from an Arabic word meaning “the Demon’s Head.” This star is said to depict the terrifying snake-y head of the Medusa monster.

In the mythology of the skies, Perseus – a great hero often depicted mounted on Pegasus the Flying Horse – used Medusa’s head to his own advantage – to turn Cetus the Sea-monster into stone. Perhaps the ancients associated this star’s variable brightness with the evil, winking eye of the Medusa.

The Gorgon Medusa had snakes in place of hair. Eek! Via Wikimedia and Caravaggio
Winking? Yes. Algol is a known variable star, which waxes and wanes in brightness.

There are many variable stars known throughout the heavens, but Algol might well be the most famous variable star of them all. This star brightens and dims with clockwork regularity, completing one cycle in 2 days 20 hours and 49 minutes. Plus its entire cycle is visible to the eye alone.

The early stargazers surely knew about its changing brightness and must have smiled as they named variable Algol – a strangely behaving star in a sky full of steadily shining stars – for a mythological demon.

How can you see Algol? It’s easy to find. Our sky chart shows the northeastern sky for autumn evenings, especially around Halloween.

The conspicuous W or M-shaped constellation Cassiopeia enables you to star-hop to Perseus. Draw an imaginary line from the star Gamma Cassiopeia through the star Ruchbah to locate Perseus and then Algol. At mid-northern latitudes, this star can be seen for at least part of the night all year round. But it’s best seen in the evening sky from autumn to spring. It’s visible in the northeast sky in autumn, shines high overhead in winter, and swings to the northwest sky by spring.

Animation of eclipsing binary star from Wikimedia Commons
Algol brightens and dims with clockwork regularity, completing one cycle in 2 days, 20 hours, and 49 minutes. Moreover, this variable star is easy to observe with just the unaided eye. At its brightest, Algol shines about three times more brightly than at its faintest. At maximum brilliance, Algol matches the brightness of the nearby second-magnitude star Almach. At minimum, Algol’s light output fades to that of the star Epsilon Persei.

Almach: Andromeda’s colorful double star

Modern-day astronomy has unlocked the secret of Algol’s mood swings. It’s an eclipsing binary star. This kind of binary is composed of two stars, with each star revolving around the other. From Earth, we see the orbital plane of this binary star almost exactly edge-on. Therefore, when the dimmer of the two stars swings in front of the brighter star, we see Algol at minimum brightness.

Daily Forecast for October 31st, 2014

Blyssful Samhain Stargazers~

Halloween derived from ancient Celtic cross-quarter day

Halloween – short for All Hallows’ Eve – is an astronomical holiday. Sure, it’s the modern-day descendant from Samhain, a sacred festival of the ancient Celts and Druids in the British Isles. But it’s also a cross-quarter day, which is probably why Samhain occurred when it did. Early people were keen observers of the sky. A cross-quarter day is a day more or less midway between an equinox (when the sun sets due west) and a solstice (when the sun sets at its most northern or southern point on the horizon). Halloween – October 31 – is approximately midway point between the autumn equinox and winter solstice, for us in the Northern Hemisphere.

In other words, in traditional astronomy, there are eight major seasonal subdivisions of every year. They include the March and September equinoxes, the June and December solstices, and the intervening four cross-quarter days.

In modern times, the four cross-quarter days are often called Groundhog Day (February 2), May Day (May 1), Lammas (August 1) and Halloween (October 31).

Equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days are all hallmarks of Earth's orbit around the sun. Halloween is the fourth cross-quarter day of the year. Illustration via NASA
Equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days are all hallmarks of Earth’s orbit around the sun. Halloween is the fourth cross-quarter day of the year. Illustration via NASA
Halloween is the spookiest of the cross quarter days, possibly because it comes at a time of year when the days are growing shorter. On Halloween, it’s said that the spirits of the dead wander from sunset until midnight. After midnight – on November 1, which we now call All Saints’ Day – the ghosts are said to go back to rest.

The October 31 date for Halloween has been fixed by tradition. The true cross-quarter day falls on November 7, representing a discrepancy of about one week. According to the ancient Celts, a cross-quarter day marks the beginning – not the middle – of a season.

The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, marks the radiant for the North Taurid meteor shower. This cluster is part of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Photo by Dave Dehetre on Flickr.
The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. This tiny, misty dipper is easy to pick out in the night sky. Photo by Flickr user Dave Dehetre.
The Pleiades connection. It’s thought that the early forbearer of Halloween – Samhain – happened on the night that the Pleiades star cluster culminated at midnight.

In other words, the Pleiades climbed to its highest point in the sky at midnight on or near the same date as this cross-quarter day. In our day, Halloween is fixed on October 31, though the midnight culmination of the Pleiades cluster now occurs on November 21.

Presuming the supposed connection between Samhain and the midnight culmination of the Pleiades, the two events took place on or near the same date in the 11th century (1001-1100) and 12th century (1101-1200). This was several centuries before the introduction of the Gregorian calendar.

At that time, when the Julian calendar was in use, the cross-quarter day and the midnight culmination of the Pleiades fell – amazingly enough – on or near October 31. But, then, the Julian calendar was about one week out of step with the seasons. Had the Gregorian calendar been in use back then, the date of the cross-quarter day celebration would have been November 7.

Calendar converter

But Halloween is now fixed on October 31. Meanwhile, the true cross-quarter day now falls on or near November 7 and the midnight culmination of the Pleiades cluster on or near November 21.

Bottom line: The present date for Halloween – October 31 – marks the approximate midway point between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Halloween is one of the year’s four cross-quarter days. It is the modern-day descendant from Samhain, a festival of the ancient Celts and Druids. The Pleiades star cluster also plays a role in this story, because Samhain was said to happen on the night that the Pleiades star cluster culminated – or reached its highest point in the sky – at midnight.

Arcturus is a Halloween ghost of the summer sun

Pleiades: Famous Seven Sisters

Witchy Samhain Sabbat Foods

MULLED CIDER WITH SPICES

4-5 cups apple cider 
3-4 cloves
2 sticks cinnamon

In a large saucepan, heat cider, but do not boil. Serve in a large cauldron.

PUMPKIN BREAD

2 cups pumpkin, canned or cooked
1 cup melted butter or margarine, lightly salted
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
3 2/3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Blend pumpkin, butter, water, and eggs until mixed. Add flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking soda. Then add raisins and nuts. Form loaf in greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until top is golden brown.

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ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

Seeds of one pumpkin, washed
1 1/2 Tbl. vegetable oil
Salt, to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread clean, dry pumpkin seeds on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Drizzle with vegetable oil and add salt to taste. Bake 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.

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SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE

3 ounces semi-sweet dark chocolate, grated
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp each cinnamon and cloves
Dash vanilla extract

Slowly heat chocolate and milk in saucepan until chocolate has melted and blended in. Add cinnamon and cloves and stir. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and serve. Makes two servings.

Remembrance Cookies

 

These cookies can be made on Samhain Eve. They can be shaped like people (use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to achieve this easily) and the herb rosemary is added to the dough as a symbol of remembrance. Some of the cookies are eaten while telling stories or attributes of special ancestors, reminding us that we still have access to their strengths--or perhaps a predisposition to their weaknesses. The rest of the cookies are left outside by a bonfire or by window next to a black candle as an offering. This can be a solemn ritual, but it need not be.

Ingredients for the cookies:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 egg
2 t. vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1 1/2 T. chopped fresh rosemary (substitute dry)

Please note: Small - t - = TEASPOON, big -T- = TABLESPOON

Heat oven 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract, and rosemary until creamy. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture. Beat until dough forms and refrigerate for three hours. Divide dough into halves. Roll out one portion to 3/16 of an inch on a floured surface. Cut out with gingerbread women or men cutters and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Repeat rolling and cutting with second portion of dough. Bake for 5-7 minutes. You can also punch a hole in top of each cookie with a wooden skewer (BEFORE baking) and thread black ribbon through, these can be hung for decorations, or top gifts.

~ Barbara Morris

The Pumpkin-of-Passion Love Spell

 

 

To bring two people together in a romantic fashion, perform this amatory enchantment during the Venus hour on Halloween. Ancient occult tradition holds that the hours ruled by the planet Venus and under the influence of the Roman love Goddess after whom this planet is named are the ideal hours for casting love spells. They are also believed to be the appropriate times for brewing love potions (known as “philters” in ancient times), performing love divinations, and basically engaging in any form of magick relating to matters of the heart. The best time to perform these is during the planetary hours of Venus.

According to the ancient grimoire (textbook of magick) known as The Key of Solomon, the planetary hours of Venus for each day of the week are as follows:

SUNDAY: 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd hour from sunrise.

MONDAY: 6th, 13th, and 20th hour from sunrise.

TUESDAY: 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th hour from sunrise.

WEDNESDAY: 7th, 14th, and 21st hour from sunrise.

THURSDAY: 4th, 11th, and 18th hour from sunrise.

FRIDAY: 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd hour from sunrise.

SATURDAY: 5th, 12th, and 19th hour from sunrise.

Using a consecrated athalme, cut a lid in the top of a small pumpkin. Remove the lid and clean out the pumpkin. Then place inside of the pumpkin the following magickal ingredients: a heart-shaped piece of red wax upon which the names (written in runes—characters of ancient alphabets, particularly Teutonic, Scandinavian, and Anglo-Saxon) and astrological symbols of the two intended lovers have been inscribed, a lock of hair from each person at whom this spell is directed, a handful of red or pink rose petals (a plant associated with love magick), a seashell (a symbol sacred to the love Goddess Aphrodite), and a pinch of powdered orris root (a powerful ingredient of love spells).

Replace the lid on the top of the pumpkin, and enchant it by thrice reciting the following incantation over it:

 

EARTH BELOW AND MOON ABOVE,
BRING TO LIFE THIS CHARM OF LOVE.
WITH THY SECRET POWERS TRUE
LET THE PANGS OF LOVE ENSUE.
MOON ABOVE AND EARTH BELOW,
I PRAY THEE YEARNING TO BESTOW
UPON THE TWO WHO SHARE ONE HEART:
LET NOW THE ENCHANTMENT START.
SO MOTE IT BE!
 

Wrap the pumpkin in a piece of red satin and secretly bury it in the ground at night when the moon is shining bright. The pumpkin-of-passion love spell is now complete.

To reverse this spell, carefully dig up the heart-shaped piece of red wax and destroy it by casting it into a fire or into a pot of boiling water as you recite the original incantation backwards. Be sure to do this on a night when the moon is in a waning phase, for this is the appropriate time to reverse love spells and perform magick that brings things to an end.

If done correctly, the magickally inspired feelings of love between the two people whose names were inscribed upon the wax will immediately begin to subside.

 

Runes for Samhain

 

Before you carve you Samhain pumpkin, remember the runes. You can add more magick and meaning into your lantern by carving certain runes. The most important rune to add is eihwaz, because the lantern's purpose is to call/invite the spirits (perhaps your friends or family and ancestors that are on the other side) but we must remember to defend against ones that may not be so friendly. Once the pumpkin has been completed, carve eihwaz into the base under your candle. Remember to evoke its name, not just its image. Other possible runes to incorporate would be wunjo (perhaps as the eyes) |> |> and kano to brighten the way (sideways kanos can be the silly \/\/\/\/\/ mouth). Use your imagination and your intuition to guide the spirits this year. Just remember to evoke the runes by speaking their names slowly and concentrating on their meaning as you carve. So mote it be! Blessings to you all Samhain Eve!

~Elder Airwolf~

Ritual for Samhain by Scott Cunningham (beginners)

Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, spuashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the legs aren't long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel symbol should also be there. (On a flat plate or dish, paint a large circle. Put a dot in the centre of this circle and paint eight spokes radiating out from the dot to the larger circle. - A symbol of the Sabbats, a symbol of timelessness.)

Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away. Do not despair. Know that they have gone on to greater things. Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn't the absolute reality, and that souls never die.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast your circle.

Recite The Blessing Chant:

May the powers of The One,
the source of all creation;
all-pervasive, omnipotent, eternal;
may the Goddess,
the Lady of the Moon;
and the God,
Horned Hunter of the Sun;
rulers of the elemental realms;
may the powers of the stars above and the Earth below,
bless this place, and this time, and I who am with You.

Invoke the Goddess and God. (in your own way)
Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly-washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit. Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel-marked dish.

Raise your wand, face the altar and say:

On this night of Samhain I mark your passing,
O Sun King, through the sunset into the Land of the Young.
I mark also the passing of all who have gone before,
and all who will go after. O Gracious Goddess,
Eternal Mother, You who gives birth to the fallen,
teach me to know that in the time of the greatest
darkness there is the greatest light.

Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savour their sharp, bittersweet flavour. Look down at the eight-spoked symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.

Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine). Sit before it, holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say:

Wise One of the Waning Moon,
Goddess of the starry night,
I create this fire within Your cauldron
to transform that which is plaguing me.
May the energies be reversed:
From darkness, light!
From bane, good!
From death, birth!

Light the paper in the cauldron's flames and drop it inside. As it burns, know that your ill diminishes, lessens and finally leaves you as it is consumed within the universal fires.

If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future. Try to recall past lives too, if you will. But leave the dead in peace. Honour them with your memories but do not call them to you. (Many Wiccans do attempt to communicate with their deceased ancestors and friends at this time... if you must do this... make sure you know how to handle the energies and only do this if you are VERY experienced.) Release any pain and sense of loss you may feel into the cauldron's flames.

Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the Simple Feast.
The circle is released.

[Samhain - All Hallows Eve] Magickal Workings: 
Samhain is one of the most potent nights of the year for magick.

As a cross-quarter day it is a supernatural time, a time outside of time, the night that is not a night, a powerful time of flux and change. This is a good night for: candle magick - astral projection - past life work - dark moon mysteries - mirror spells (reflection) - casting protection - inner work - propitiation - clearing obstacles - uncrossing - inspiration - workings of transition or culmination - manifesting transformation - creative visualization.

Ritual Fire: 
Bonfires to protect the family, coven or land through the winter darkness - bale fire, to erase mistakes and negativity - torches to honor the dead - extinguish all fires then kindle new fire for a fresh start with the new year - burn incense to get the site - set the torc tenned ablaze, a pyramid of timber called the Fire Boar; save the ashes to use as a base for next Samhain's torc tenned - put a candle in the window to help the spirit of a loved one find its way home - light a candle on the ancestral altar - lanterns, jack o'lanterns or candles outdoors to guide the way for spirits and fairies who are abroad this night - light a fire in the cauldron for protection or transformation.

Divination: 
Samhain is a power night for divination: read the tarot cards; use the Wheel of the Year spread to forecast the year ahead - cast runes or the I Ching - scry in crystal balls, dark mirrors, bowls of black ink or pools of water - swing a pendulum, asking yes or no questions - eat an apple in front of a mirror at midnight, by candlelight, to scry your future mate.

Meditation: 
This is a good night for deep reflection and inner work. Meditation themes include: changes, transition, endings and beginnings, passage, return, mortality and reincarnation, chaos leading to reorder.

Spirit work: 
(by invitation, not summons) This is the night when the veil is thinnest, the gates between the worlds are open. Souls of the dead are said to visit their homes at midnight. Possible workings include: a dumb supper for the beloved dead - ouija - séances - trance possession - automatic writing - bury apples as food for hungry spirits - leave spirit plates of food outside your home - set a place for a missed love one at the banquet or dinner table.

New Year workings: 
Release the old: bad habits and toxic relationships, illness, failure and poverty; everything you do not want to carry into the new year - sweep negativity and out of your home - end quarrels - settle debts, make amends or restitution if needed - spells for prosperity and security for your family.

Faery Magick: 
This is a great night for visiting the faery realm but you must return by dawn or remain forever enchanted, unable to return.

Sex Magick: 
Like Beltane opposite it on the wheel of the year, Samhain is a night when the Goddess descends into women. This is an excellent night for sex magick of all kinds, and the Great Rite.

Correspondences

SYMBOL: Black cat, jack o 'lantern, bat, ghost, scarecrow, waning moon. 
GODDESSES: Crone, all crone goddesses, Cerridwen, Hecate, Hel, Oya, the Morrigan, Lilith, Kali, Ishtar, Arianrhod, Rhiannon, Tlazoteotl, Nephthys, Persephone, Beansidhe (Banshee), Inanna, Baba Yaga, Isis, Pomona and Cailleach Beara (Brigid's crone aspect), who is reborn this night. 
GODS: Osiris, the Horned God, Herne the Hunter, Cernunnos, Anubis, Odin, Bran, death gods, dying and rising gods. 
INCENSE: Copal, sandalwood, mastic resin, benzoin, sweetgrass, wormwood: to get the sight, to see the spirits of the returning dead. 
CANDLES: New candles for the new year: black, orange, autumn colors, or black candles for the Lord and the old year, white candles for the Lady and the new year. 
TOOLS: Besom, to sweep out the old year and any negativity it had. 
Cauldron, for transformation. 
Divination tools: Tarot cards, scrying bowl, rune stones, pendulum, mirror, etc. 
PLANT: Pumpkin, apple, grain, pomegranate, mugwort, wormwood, Dittany of Crete, acorn, oak leaf, gourds, root vegetables, rosemary (for remembrance). 
STONE: Obsidian, carnelian, onyx, smoky quartz, jet, bloodstone. 
ANIMAL: Bat, black cat, owl. 
ALTAR DECORATIONS: Autumn leaves, fall flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins, ears of corn, sprays of grain, corn dollies, gourds, nuts, seeds, acorns, chestnuts and images of ancestors are all appropriate. Use whatever is in season where you live, whatever feels right and looks good to you. 
FOOD: Gingerbread, freshly roasted nuts, nut breads, anything made with apples or pumpkin, meat (especially bacon), doughnuts, popcorn, cakes with lucky tokens in them, and red foods because the ancients held them sacred to the dead. DRINK: Mead, apple cider, mulled cider, mulled wine. 
CELEBRATE: Masks, costumes - trick-or-treating - feasting and partying to defy the coming darkness (bob for apples, roast nuts, pop popcorn) - harvest feasts - rituals to honour the dead - Witches' Ball.

Daily Forecast for October 29th, 2014

Blyssful Woden's Day Stargazers~

Crescent Moon
(waxing/40% of illumination)
During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.

 
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn
Moon 13° Capricorn squares Uranus [in retrograde] 13° Aries
 
Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may still be surfing slightly ahead of the cosmic wave, but the tidal backwash finally catches up with you today. You must set a sustainable pace at work or you might find yourself in over your head for the next few weeks. Even though this sounds counter-intuitive, your best strategy now is to slow down. Establish your priorities, map out your activities and then execute your plan with confidence

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You’re humming a happy little tune now that you’re feeling more laid-back. Although you have concrete goals in mind, you’re not as concerned with reaching them today. Of course, certain details sometimes fall through the cracks, but the surprises are at a minimum. It’s as if you worked through the growing pains of a new project and you can finally settle into a manageable routine. But don’t get too comfortable or complacent. It’s one thing to appreciate the simplicity of life; it’s quite another to quit reaching for the stars.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You tend to thrive on being really busy, but it’s not wise to wait for a reality check that tells you to slow down. But you are known to move quickly when you dance the dance of communication. Whether you like it or not, you need to adopt a snail’s pace now and commit to following through on those matters which are most important. Nothing is gained by frantically running around in circles. You will end up accomplishing more if you take on less.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You’re surrounded by people everywhere you go today, leaving you little time to pursue your personal agenda. Perhaps connecting with your peers takes on an even more prominent role in your life if you decide not to strike out on your own now. You might even feel pressured by someone to join them in a project, task or even a fun adventure. Surprisingly, exploring your relationship to others can broaden your horizons on many fronts.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
It’s not that everything needs to come to a complete standstill today, but there are warning signals you should take seriously. Analyze all the possibilities before blindly barreling ahead with your ambitious plans. You can’t just rush through your day without personally impacting others — especially those you love and those who love you. Stick to the tried and true methods to keep everyone happy now and save your creative brilliance for another time.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Sometimes you want to wait for everything to be perfect before allowing yourself to kick up your heels and have fun. In fact, your current circumstances may seem solid and stable enough for you to add some spontaneity and creativity into your life. But don’t try to change so much all at once that you jeopardize your new high hopes before they even get off the ground. Believe it or not, you can mix things up without turning your life upside down.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You prefer being the type of friend who always gives a kind word of encouragement, but sometimes tough love is the best thing you can offer. If there’s something you’ve been waiting to tell someone, this is an opportune time to tackle a difficult subject. Just because you have a stern message doesn’t mean you can’t be compassionate in your delivery. Don’t second guess your inner voice when it comes to relationships; speaking from your heart demonstrates how much you care.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You have a plethora of communication tools at your disposal now, enabling you to integrate your feelings into your daily life. Perhaps things really are settling down and you will have some time to think about the chaos you recently experienced. But don’t be too hard on yourself while you are weighing and judging your behavior. Being the best you can be is plenty enough for any human — including you.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
It’s time to pull back on the reins of expansion and use your enthusiasm to accomplish as much as possible. Instead of planning for the future, plow the field that you are walking upon now. Take care of the business that is on your desk today, not the business plans for next year’s growth. Be fully present in the moment, whether you’re dealing with home and family issues or professional matters. You won’t go wrong as long as you have the courage to show up and be your authentic self.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You may feel as if your emotions are settling down, but social dynamics could still be extremely confusing. There’s nothing wrong with exhibiting caution, but your feelings may rise so unexpectedly that they could catch you off guard. If you feel like you’re losing your center of gravity, stop and take your bearings. Once you are certain about your current position, you should be able to swing back into motion with no trouble at all.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Unconscious fears and desires may be the source of very real feelings now. Even if you’re in denial about what’s bubbling up into your awareness, you have time to acclimate to the new emotional landscape. Don’t waste your energy trying to figure out why you’re encountering so much melodrama. Instead, try to integrate the new information into your point of view. Keeping an open mind gives your imagination a chance to reveal new opportunities.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Something isn’t quite right today, but you can’t put your finger on it. It might be one of those unknowable and elusive things that you may as well forget about trying to figure out. In the meantime, take a look at how your friends and associates are pushing your buttons. Although you can’t shift the dynamics, you can become more aware of the emotional undercurrents. There’s no need to make any sudden moves now; there will be plenty of opportunities for change later on.

Today's Tarot~The Magician

Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans and the like. A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself.
At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with the Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand, and charging the world with magical will was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.

Waite’s image of the Magus as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols and postures — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what the Magus was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.

Today's Witche's 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.

Today's Viking Rune~Your Rune For Today
Ansuz

Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.

ansuz: Odin
Phonetic equivalent: a (as in ‘fall’)

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
authority figure, leader, mind & body balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant
MAGICAL USES:
for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Odin
ANALYSIS:
This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of þurisaz. These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war. Odin is also a shaman, travelling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.Ansuz is a balanced rune. As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey. It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive. Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning. He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually. There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune. Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself. He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader.

Folk Magick, Conjuring, Summoning, Dispelling & Exorcism of Spirits

 

To Conjure Spirits
{Folk Magic}

Ingredients:
Lavender & Sandalwood Incenses

To encourage your chances of summoning spirits, also called necromancy, you should burn Lavender and Sandalwood together, while performing a séance, using a ouija/ spirit board, or performing any other act of contacting the dead.

Spirit Summoning

{Folk Magic}

Ingredients:

Mint Sprigs

Another technique used to enhance your positive results during a spirit summoning session, is to leave twigs or pieces of fresh mint as an offering during your attempted contacts. If you are attempting the contact inside a magical circle, the mint should be placed on your altar, in an offering plate.

 

To Dispel Spirits
{Folk Magic}

Ingredients:

Garlic

Eat Garlic and sprinkle it around your property if you are eager to rid you home of spirits, and ghosts. This is said to keep ghosts from pestering you and your family.

Exorcism
{Folk Magic}

Ingredients:
Frankincense Incense

Burning Frankincense is another method adapted by Christianity from Pagans to assist in the removal of evil entities. Frankincense, while being burned, is believed to rid an area of spirits, and cleanse the area of all negativity ; however other religions have been known to use frankincense during the summoning of spirits.

All Folk Magick Spells From:
The Book of Dark and Light Shadows
Dawn Flowers

BLYSSFUL WODEN'S DAY LEGIONNAIRES & PAGANS

Honoring the Ancestors:

For some of us, Samhain is when we honor our ancestors who came before us. If you’ve ever done genealogy research, or if you’ve had a loved one die in the past year, this is the perfect night to celebrate their memory. If we’re fortunate, they will return to communicate with us from beyond the veil, and offer advice, protection and guidance for the upcoming year.

Honoring dead Ancestors Ritual

First, decorate your altar table — you may have already gotten it set up during the End of Harvest rite or for the Ritual for Animals. Decorate your altar with family photos and heirlooms. If you have a family tree chart, place that on there as well. Add postcards, flags, and other symbols of the country your ancestors came from. If you’re lucky enough to live near where your family members are buried, make a grave rubbing and add that as well. In this case, a cluttered altar is perfectly acceptable — after all, each of us is a blend of many different people and cultures.

Have a meal standing by to eat with the ritual. Include lots of dark bread, apples, fall vegetables, and a jug of cider or wine. Set your dinner table, with a place for each family member, and one extra plate for the ancestors. You may want to bake some Cakes.If your family has household guardians, include statues or masks of them on your altar. Finally, if a relative has died this year, place a candle for them on the altar. Light candles for other relatives, and as you do so, say the person’s name aloud. It’s a good idea to use tealights for this, particularly if you have a lot of relatives to honor.

Once all the candles have been lit, the entire family should circle the altar. The oldest adult present leads the ritual. Say:This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before us.
Tonight we honor our ancestors.
Spirits of our ancestors, we call to you,
and we welcome you to join us for this night.
We know you watch over us always,
protecting us and guiding us,
and tonight we thank you.
We invite you to join us and share our meal.

The oldest family member then serves everyone else a helping of whatever dishes have been prepared, except for the wine or cider. A serving of each food goes on the ancestors’ plate before the other family members recieve it. During the meal, share stories of ancestors who are no longer among the living — this is the time to remember Grandpa’s war stories he told you as a child, tell about when Aunt Millie used salt instead of sugar in the cake, or reminisce about summers spent at the family homestead in the mountains.

When everyone has finished eating, clear away all the dishes, except for the ancestors’ plate. Pour the cider or wine in a cup, and pass it around the circle (it should end at the ancestor’s place). As each person recieves the cup, they recite their genealogy, like so:I am Susan, daughter of Joyce, the daughter of Malcolm, son of Jonathan…and so forth. Feel free to add in place names if you like, but be sure to include at least one generation that is deceased. For younger family members, you may wish to have them only recite back to their grandparents, just because otherwise they can get confused.

Go back as many generations as you can, or (in the case of people who have done a lot of genealogy research) as many as you can remember. You may be able to trace your family back to William the Conqueror, but that doesn’t mean you have it memorized. After each person recites their ancestry, they drink from the cider cup and pass it to the next person.

A quick note here — many people are adopted. If you are one them, you are fortunate enough to be able to choose whether you wish to honor your adoptive family, your biological family, or a combination of the two. If you don’t know the names of your birth parents or their ancestry, there’s nothing wrong with saying, “Daughter of a family unknown.” It’s entirely up to you. The spirits of your ancestors know who you are, even if you don’t know them yet.

After the cup has made its way around the table, place it in front of the ancestors’ plate. This time, a younger person in the family takes over, saying:This is the cup of remembrance.
We remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within us.Take some time to meditate on the value of family, how fortunate we are to be able to know the connections of kin and clan, and the value of heritage. If your family has a tradition of music or folktales, share those as a way to wrap up the ritual. Otherwise, allow the candles to burn out on their own. Leave the plate and cup on the altar overnight.

Tips:

If you didn’t do a separate ritual for animals, you can add photos and candles for deceased pets to your family altar.

If you like, you may wish to follow this ritual with a Seance.

What You Need

Items to represent your family members

A meal to eat

A cup of cider or wine to drink

Candles

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Hold a Seance on Samhain Ritual:

A séance is an event that can either be fantastic, or a real mess. Which one it is will depend on how much preparation goes into it. With a little bit of planning and thought ahead of time, you can pave the way for your séance to go smoothly. Certainly, it’s a good idea to expect the unexpected — after all, the dead are hardly predictable — but by setting yourself a few guidelines in advance, you can make sure that everyone has the best experience possible.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Varied

Here’s How:

Plan your guest list: Figure out how many people you’re going to have — and make sure the space you’re using will allow them all. If your living room only seats eight people comfortably, don’t invite fifteen! Also, be sure that everyone attending is open-minded to the spirit world. People who are adamantly “non-believers” bring a certain amount of negative energy, and this can be disruptive. You may also find that it adversely effects your communication with the spirits during your séance.

Create a Spirit-Friendly Atmosphere: Most people like to conduct a séance at a round or oval table, but if neither is available, don’t worry. Drape the table with fabric or sheets — some people prefer light colors to attract “friendly” spirits, but it’s a matter or personal preference. If you use incense, be sure that no one in your group is allergic to it. Place incense somewhere away from the table, rather than on the table itself.Candles are a nice addition as well — not only do they provide some visibility, but there’s a school of thought that believes spirits are attracted to heat and light sources.

Common Sense: Help everyone get comfortable by offering refreshments before you begin. Make sure that guests will be respectful of the spirits, and of other guests. Turn off all cell phones. If anyone needs to go to the bathroom or have a smoke, do so before you begin. Set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature — remember that spirit activity can cause some fluctuation in levels of cold or heat. Once everyone is seated, you can help everyone relax by doing a short guided mediation, offering a prayer, or casting a protective circle, if your tradition requires you to do so.

During the Seance: Although many people like to do this, you don’t have to hold hands to raise energy. In fact, if a séance goes on too long, it can get downright uncomfortable. Whoever is acting as the leader of the séance — the medium — should ask the spirits to join the group. If there is a specific spirit you are trying to contact, ask for them by name. For example, now would be the time to say, “Dear Auntie Gertrude, we respectfully ask that you honor us with your presence this evening.” In some séances, spirits are summoned by chanting — this will be up to your medium to decide on.

As long as the spirits seem willing to reply, you can carry on a question and answer session with them. Bear in mind that spirits respond in many different ways. Sometimes there will be a tangible reaction — a tap, a thump, a soft breeze. Other times — particularly if you have a room full of very psychically gifted people — the spirit may choose to respond through another person. This may be the medium, or any other guest. The individual may simply “get a message” to pass along, which they would then share, such as, “Your Auntie Gertrude wants you to know she isn’t in pain any more.”

Party Time: Sometimes, particularly if you have a group of psychically gifted individuals as guests, you may get several spirits arriving all at once, chattering away. This is not cause for alarm, but it does take some managing, because they’ve all got something to say. Treat it like you would any other conversation with a large group of people — let each spirit get their turn to deliver the message they came with, and then move on to the next one. Also, bear in mind that not all spirits are from departed humans — deceased pets may also have a message to pass along.

Unwanted Entities: Just like at any other party, sometimes a séance will bring an uninvited guest. In this case, when you have a spirit that seems malevolent or mischievous, someone needs to let them know they’re unwelcome. Typically, this will be the medium who is leading the séance, who will usually say something like, “You are not wanted here, but we thank you for your presence. Now it is time for you to move on.”If an entity arrives that seems angry or hostile and will not leave, no matter what you do, end the séance. Chances are good that it’s been attracted to someone in your group who is dysfunctional.

Closing the Door: When you’re done with the séance, it’s important that guests thank the spirits for coming to visit. After all, you would do so if you had living guests drop in!If one of your attendees seems to have slipped into a trance or a sleep-like state during the séance, allow them to return gradually, on their own. Do NOT shake them awake. Chances are they’ll have a message for someone once they’re back among the group.

Close the séance by telling the spirits farewell, thanking them, and asking them to move along. You may want to offer a small blessing or prayer as a way of ending the formal séance, but bear in mind that some spirits like to hang around after the séance has officially finished. If they do, it’s okay. They’re probably just curious, and they may return to visit you later in the evening during a dream sequence.

Tips:

Before you begin your seance, smudge the area with sage or sweetgrass for ritual cleansing.

Make sure you’ve eliminated potential distractions, such as children or ringing telephones. Interestingly, many pets seem to come and go through spirit activity without causing any disruption. Cats in particular tend to be very curious about what’s going on.

Your guests may wish to bring an object that belonged to a deceased person, as a way of strengthening the connection. Photographs are also good links to the dead.

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Samhain Scrying Brew !

 

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

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

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

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

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

you can make to ease the way.

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

rituals of all kinds.

 

Scrying Brew

 

1 cup water

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

our inner wisdom,but also very relaxing)

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

1 cinnamon stick,2-3 inches long

Maple syrup,honey or brown sugar

 

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

stick have been placed.

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

sweeten with maple syrup,honey or brown sugar.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mind.

 

Blessed Samhain !!!

Sole Cakes

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

 

Soul Cakes

Ingredients


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

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

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

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


Blessed Samhain & New Year!

~Elder Airwolf~
 

Daily Forecast for October 28th, 2014

Blyssful Tiu's Day Stargazers~

Crescent Moon
(waxing/36% of illumination)
During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.


Tuesday 28th October 2014
Moon enters Capricorn 10:30am UK - 11:30am Europe - 4pm India
10pm Sydney, Australia - 5:30am USA EST
Moon 1° Capricorn conjunct Mars 1° Capricorn
Moon 4° Capricorn sextiles Neptune [in retrograde] 4° Pisces
Moon 5° Capricorn sextiles Sun 5° Scorpio
Moon 6° Capricorn sextiles Venus 6° Scorpio

Moon enters Capricorn
Signs of inexplicable Karmic Divine intervention ...

Depending on your time zone - when you wake-up on Tuesday - Moon in Sagittarius will continue to ensure everything flows smoothly - in fact remarkably smoothly and everything you want to do will just happen - even things you intended to do in the past few weeks - but couldn't do - will now happen - because both Mercury is going direct again and Mars is in Capricorn - and Moon in Sagittarius helps you do it with ease - the shift happens when Moon enters Capricorn 10:30am UK - 11:30am Europe - 4pm India 10pm Sydney, Australia - 5:30am USA EST - and doing things will have a new meaning - as you'll suddenly need to and suddenly want to do something very important.

Sun in Scorpio is defining TRUTH - a destined truth that resonates deep within you - and during the next few days - which will be the 1st opportunity to see the New Moon in reality - the slim slither of Moon's crescent will assure you that everything is going to be alright.
It's appearance at Sunset - will be seen and will be sending important messages to you - which during Moon in Capricorn - due to the "almost" triple conjunction of Moon, Mars & Pluto in Capricorn - will be creating certain destined events to happen in REAL life that will show you that "life" has not forgotten you - and is going to ensure that you get your destiny - because it's yours.

Due to the freshness of the lunar phase - there will be facets of the Scorpio New Moon that will emerge in REAL life on Tuesday - so if you had the strong feeling about something happening then you can expect it to happen on Tuesday / Wednesday. The best facet of Moon in Capricorn will be the fact that NOTHING or NO-ONE distracts you from what you should be doing in your life.

Especially on Wednesday it will feel like you see and hear what's happening around you - even see things that would usually annoy you - but today - you feel completely DETACHED from anything that's not got any meaning in your life - that's because the deep-thinking Scorpio energies will ensure you're completely protected from the outside world.
The problem you will find on Wednesday is that even people who are close to you - suddenly you feel DETACHED from them - which will both fascinate you, puzzle you, make you wonder - why you feel NOTHING towards them. It might be a passing phase OR it might be a message that the energy of the relationship has died and you no longer have a future.
Destiny is in the process of disconnecting you from some things in your life and connecting you to other things - so let things happen - and notice what changes you feel DEEP inside you - because as explained on Months Astrology - Sun in Scorpio - now is when lots of real truths will emerged - defined by what you truly believe, think and sense from DEEP within you.

Where you go, what you do, who you connect with - will all be defined by the strong sense of attachment you feel deep inside you - and the energy that makes you want to be connected with them. If you feel NOTHING - then you can't force yourself to feel SOMETHING. Feelings are inexplicable invisible karmic energies that are present WITHIN everyone to ensure everyone experiences the destined life experiences and does what you're supposed to be doing. It is based on TRUTH - where that TRUTH is truly "Divine"!

So when you unexpectedly feel that BIG shift within you - during Moon in Capricorn - especially as it comes with positive energy or clarity - you will realize that life is changing - and will be changing for the better. For some of you - the strong inner feeling will make you feel like you're experiencing "Divine" intervention in your life - whilst for others it will feel like you've had your inner mind cleansed from all the negativity, worry and meaningless garbage - that you stop worrying and stop thinking negatively.

If you've had any doubts recently - then during Moon in Capricorn - due to the "almost" triple conjunction of Moon, Mars & Pluto in Capricorn - will clear all your doubts - as you feel the TRUTH with an inexplicable clarity to knowing what's RIGHT for you. You won't be able to explain it to anyone and don't need to say anything - because TRUTH - especially destined TRUTHS - never need words to express them. Truth is always felt by everyone.
Even so, I should warn you that during Moon in Aquarius on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - everyone who can't ACCEPT the TRUTH will be picking-a-fight - in a useless attempt to hold-onto the LIES - and to hold-onto something that's already dead and finished. Although, the lively positive emotions will surprise you , when you realize the TRUTH that somethings you thought were dead are actually alive.

For those of you who skywatch - then you'll have to wait until after sunset in your local time zone - to see Mars in Capricorn - shining brightly next to the Moon - and even though you can't see it - Pluto in Capricorn is very nearby too - transcending it's inexplicable karmic magic - ensuring something important and destined happens in your life.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may still be surfing slightly ahead of the cosmic wave, but the tidal backwash finally catches up with you today. You must set a sustainable pace at work or you might find yourself in over your head for the next few weeks. Even though this sounds counter-intuitive, your best strategy now is to slow down. Establish your priorities, map out your activities and then execute your plan with confidence

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You’re humming a happy little tune now that you’re feeling more laid-back. Although you have concrete goals in mind, you’re not as concerned with reaching them today. Of course, certain details sometimes fall through the cracks, but the surprises are at a minimum. It’s as if you worked through the growing pains of a new project and you can finally settle into a manageable routine. But don’t get too comfortable or complacent. It’s one thing to appreciate the simplicity of life; it’s quite another to quit reaching for the stars.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You tend to thrive on being really busy, but it’s not wise to wait for a reality check that tells you to slow down. But you are known to move quickly when you dance the dance of communication. Whether you like it or not, you need to adopt a snail’s pace now and commit to following through on those matters which are most important. Nothing is gained by frantically running around in circles. You will end up accomplishing more if you take on less.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You’re surrounded by people everywhere you go today, leaving you little time to pursue your personal agenda. Perhaps connecting with your peers takes on an even more prominent role in your life if you decide not to strike out on your own now. You might even feel pressured by someone to join them in a project, task or even a fun adventure. Surprisingly, exploring your relationship to others can broaden your horizons on many fronts.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
It’s not that everything needs to come to a complete standstill today, but there are warning signals you should take seriously. Analyze all the possibilities before blindly barreling ahead with your ambitious plans. You can’t just rush through your day without personally impacting others — especially those you love and those who love you. Stick to the tried and true methods to keep everyone happy now and save your creative brilliance for another time.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Sometimes you want to wait for everything to be perfect before allowing yourself to kick up your heels and have fun. In fact, your current circumstances may seem solid and stable enough for you to add some spontaneity and creativity into your life. But don’t try to change so much all at once that you jeopardize your new high hopes before they even get off the ground. Believe it or not, you can mix things up without turning your life upside down.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You prefer being the type of friend who always gives a kind word of encouragement, but sometimes tough love is the best thing you can offer. If there’s something you’ve been waiting to tell someone, this is an opportune time to tackle a difficult subject. Just because you have a stern message doesn’t mean you can’t be compassionate in your delivery. Don’t second guess your inner voice when it comes to relationships; speaking from your heart demonstrates how much you care.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You have a plethora of communication tools at your disposal now, enabling you to integrate your feelings into your daily life. Perhaps things really are settling down and you will have some time to think about the chaos you recently experienced. But don’t be too hard on yourself while you are weighing and judging your behavior. Being the best you can be is plenty enough for any human — including you.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
It’s time to pull back on the reins of expansion and use your enthusiasm to accomplish as much as possible. Instead of planning for the future, plow the field that you are walking upon now. Take care of the business that is on your desk today, not the business plans for next year’s growth. Be fully present in the moment, whether you’re dealing with home and family issues or professional matters. You won’t go wrong as long as you have the courage to show up and be your authentic self.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You may feel as if your emotions are settling down, but social dynamics could still be extremely confusing. There’s nothing wrong with exhibiting caution, but your feelings may rise so unexpectedly that they could catch you off guard. If you feel like you’re losing your center of gravity, stop and take your bearings. Once you are certain about your current position, you should be able to swing back into motion with no trouble at all.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Unconscious fears and desires may be the source of very real feelings now. Even if you’re in denial about what’s bubbling up into your awareness, you have time to acclimate to the new emotional landscape. Don’t waste your energy trying to figure out why you’re encountering so much melodrama. Instead, try to integrate the new information into your point of view. Keeping an open mind gives your imagination a chance to reveal new opportunities.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Something isn’t quite right today, but you can’t put your finger on it. It might be one of those unknowable and elusive things that you may as well forget about trying to figure out. In the meantime, take a look at how your friends and associates are pushing your buttons. Although you can’t shift the dynamics, you can become more aware of the emotional undercurrents. There’s no need to make any sudden moves now; there will be plenty of opportunities for change later on.

Today's Tarot~The Fool

Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of an “innocent Fool” archetype (Rider-Waite deck) is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of the Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.
In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills.

Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.

Today's Rune~Dagaz

Dagaz represents the fresh light of a new day. You are close to making a breakthrough. You have the will to change whatever you deem necessary. You may see the world with absolute clarity at this time.
ðagaz : day
Phonetic equivalent: d (pronounced as ‘th’, as in ‘this’)

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
happiness, success, activity, a fulfilling lifestyle, satisfaction
MAGICAL USES:
to bring a positive outcome
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Sunna, Baldr, Nerthus, Yggdrasil
ANALYSIS:
This rune effectively marks the end of the third aett, leaving only oþila to complete the cycle. As in the previous two aetts, ðagaz concludes the third with light and hope. However, while wunjo represented earthly glories and the sun, heavenly power, the day brings these two realms together, bringing the more abstract light and power of sowulo ‘down to earth’ and applying it to our everyday lives.The shape of the rune itself denotes this kind of interconnection. It is reminiscent of gebo, with its balance of masculine, feminine and the four elements, but ðagaz makes further connections to the celestial and the realm of nature. Like inguz, it symbolizes harmony with one’s environment. but again takes it a step further, implying a harmonious relationship with the spiritual environment as well. It is a bringing together of all six cardinal points – the four compass directions, the celestial realm above us where the Gods are thought to dwell; and that which is below – all the spirits of the earth and of nature. All of these things are balanced and integrated through ðagaz and brought into our daily lives.

Today's Witches Rune~Sun

Keywords: Success, progress.

Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as “yes”. It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot.

The Sun

The Sun is well-known symbol of good omen and protection. It is the life giver, the light that chases away the darkness and brings the new day. It’s masculine and dynamic. In the Witches Runes, it represents the beginning of something new, or a significant change in a situation that was bleak. As a source of light, the Sun can symbolize the disclosure of secrets and the clarification of hazy situations.

Just like the Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun, this rune indicates that you’ll soon be a source of attention for some reason, or that something (or someone) will grab your attention irremediably. It often symbolizes the bestowing of an honor or award, or the acknowledgement of a good work. This rune can literally put you under the spotlight and expose you to public scrutiny. Be prepared to deal with a crowd.

Traditionally, the Sun’s metal is the gold, and this also reflects in this rune – it’s a rune of material wealth and can represent very rich people.

In relationship readings, this rune can indicate that one of the partners has a very strong presence, and may sometimes dominate the relationship. There’s a strong Ego whenever the Sun appears, and this can be good or bad depending the nature of the relationship. In negative readings this rune can show that one of the partners is not allowing the the other to grow and shine on their own. But this is not very common – usually the Sun represents a vital and healthy relationship, even if it’s not necessarily a peaceful one.

[Blyssful Tiu's Day Stargazers~ Crescent Moon (waxing/36% of illumination) During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans. Tuesday 28th October 2014 Moon enters Capricorn 10:30am UK - 11:30am Europe - 4pm India 10pm Sydney, Australia - 5:30am USA EST Moon 1° Capricorn conjunct Mars 1° Capricorn Moon 4° Capricorn sextiles Neptune [in retrograde] 4° Pisces Moon 5° Capricorn sextiles Sun 5° Scorpio Moon 6° Capricorn sextiles Venus 6° Scorpio Moon enters Capricorn Signs of inexplicable Karmic Divine intervention ... Depending on your time zone - when you wake-up on Tuesday - Moon in Sagittarius will continue to ensure everything flows smoothly - in fact remarkably smoothly and everything you want to do will just happen - even things you intended to do in the past few weeks - but couldn't do - will now happen - because both Mercury is going direct again and Mars is in Capricorn - and Moon in Sagittarius helps you do it with ease - the shift happens when Moon enters Capricorn 10:30am UK - 11:30am Europe - 4pm India 10pm Sydney, Australia - 5:30am USA EST - and doing things will have a new meaning - as you'll suddenly need to and suddenly want to do something very important. Sun in Scorpio is defining TRUTH - a destined truth that resonates deep within you - and during the next few days - which will be the 1st opportunity to see the New Moon in reality - the slim slither of Moon's crescent will assure you that everything is going to be alright. It's appearance at Sunset - will be seen and will be sending important messages to you - which during Moon in Capricorn - due to the "almost" triple conjunction of Moon, Mars & Pluto in Capricorn - will be creating certain destined events to happen in REAL life that will show you that "life" has not forgotten you - and is going to ensure that you get your destiny - because it's yours. Due to the freshness of the lunar phase - there will be facets of the Scorpio New Moon that will emerge in REAL life on Tuesday - so if you had the strong feeling about something happening then you can expect it to happen on Tuesday / Wednesday. The best facet of Moon in Capricorn will be the fact that NOTHING or NO-ONE distracts you from what you should be doing in your life. Especially on Wednesday it will feel like you see and hear what's happening around you - even see things that would usually annoy you - but today - you feel completely DETACHED from anything that's not got any meaning in your life - that's because the deep-thinking Scorpio energies will ensure you're completely protected from the outside world. The problem you will find on Wednesday is that even people who are close to you - suddenly you feel DETACHED from them - which will both fascinate you, puzzle you, make you wonder - why you feel NOTHING towards them. It might be a passing phase OR it might be a message that the energy of the relationship has died and you no longer have a future. Destiny is in the process of disconnecting you from some things in your life and connecting you to other things - so let things happen - and notice what changes you feel DEEP inside you - because as explained on Months Astrology - Sun in Scorpio - now is when lots of real truths will emerged - defined by what you truly believe, think and sense from DEEP within you. Where you go, what you do, who you connect with - will all be defined by the strong sense of attachment you feel deep inside you - and the energy that makes you want to be connected with them. If you feel NOTHING - then you can't force yourself to feel SOMETHING. Feelings are inexplicable invisible karmic energies that are present WITHIN everyone to ensure everyone experiences the destined life experiences and does what you're supposed to be doing. It is based on TRUTH - where that TRUTH is truly "Divine"! So when you unexpectedly feel that BIG shift within you - during Moon in Capricorn - especially as it comes with positive energy or clarity - you will realize that life is changing - and will be changing for the better. For some of you - the strong inner feeling will make you feel like you're experiencing "Divine" intervention in your life - whilst for others it will feel like you've had your inner mind cleansed from all the negativity, worry and meaningless garbage - that you stop worrying and stop thinking negatively. If you've had any doubts recently - then during Moon in Capricorn - due to the "almost" triple conjunction of Moon, Mars & Pluto in Capricorn - will clear all your doubts - as you feel the TRUTH with an inexplicable clarity to knowing what's RIGHT for you. You won't be able to explain it to anyone and don't need to say anything - because TRUTH - especially destined TRUTHS - never need words to express them. Truth is always felt by everyone. Even so, I should warn you that during Moon in Aquarius on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - everyone who can't ACCEPT the TRUTH will be picking-a-fight - in a useless attempt to hold-onto the LIES - and to hold-onto something that's already dead and finished. Although, the lively positive emotions will surprise you , when you realize the TRUTH that somethings you thought were dead are actually alive. For those of you who skywatch - then you'll have to wait until after sunset in your local time zone - to see Mars in Capricorn - shining brightly next to the Moon - and even though you can't see it - Pluto in Capricorn is very nearby too - transcending it's inexplicable karmic magic - ensuring something important and destined happens in your life. Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19) You may still be surfing slightly ahead of the cosmic wave, but the tidal backwash finally catches up with you today. You must set a sustainable pace at work or you might find yourself in over your head for the next few weeks. Even though this sounds counter-intuitive, your best strategy now is to slow down. Establish your priorities, map out your activities and then execute your plan with confidence Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20) You’re humming a happy little tune now that you’re feeling more laid-back. Although you have concrete goals in mind, you’re not as concerned with reaching them today. Of course, certain details sometimes fall through the cracks, but the surprises are at a minimum. It’s as if you worked through the growing pains of a new project and you can finally settle into a manageable routine. But don’t get too comfortable or complacent. It’s one thing to appreciate the simplicity of life; it’s quite another to quit reaching for the stars. Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20) You tend to thrive on being really busy, but it’s not wise to wait for a reality check that tells you to slow down. But you are known to move quickly when you dance the dance of communication. Whether you like it or not, you need to adopt a snail’s pace now and commit to following through on those matters which are most important. Nothing is gained by frantically running around in circles. You will end up accomplishing more if you take on less. Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22) You’re surrounded by people everywhere you go today, leaving you little time to pursue your personal agenda. Perhaps connecting with your peers takes on an even more prominent role in your life if you decide not to strike out on your own now. You might even feel pressured by someone to join them in a project, task or even a fun adventure. Surprisingly, exploring your relationship to others can broaden your horizons on many fronts. Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22) It’s not that everything needs to come to a complete standstill today, but there are warning signals you should take seriously. Analyze all the possibilities before blindly barreling ahead with your ambitious plans. You can’t just rush through your day without personally impacting others — especially those you love and those who love you. Stick to the tried and true methods to keep everyone happy now and save your creative brilliance for another time. Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Sometimes you want to wait for everything to be perfect before allowing yourself to kick up your heels and have fun. In fact, your current circumstances may seem solid and stable enough for you to add some spontaneity and creativity into your life. But don’t try to change so much all at once that you jeopardize your new high hopes before they even get off the ground. Believe it or not, you can mix things up without turning your life upside down. Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22) You prefer being the type of friend who always gives a kind word of encouragement, but sometimes tough love is the best thing you can offer. If there’s something you’ve been waiting to tell someone, this is an opportune time to tackle a difficult subject. Just because you have a stern message doesn’t mean you can’t be compassionate in your delivery. Don’t second guess your inner voice when it comes to relationships; speaking from your heart demonstrates how much you care. Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21) You have a plethora of communication tools at your disposal now, enabling you to integrate your feelings into your daily life. Perhaps things really are settling down and you will have some time to think about the chaos you recently experienced. But don’t be too hard on yourself while you are weighing and judging your behavior. Being the best you can be is plenty enough for any human — including you. Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21) It’s time to pull back on the reins of expansion and use your enthusiasm to accomplish as much as possible. Instead of planning for the future, plow the field that you are walking upon now. Take care of the business that is on your desk today, not the business plans for next year’s growth. Be fully present in the moment, whether you’re dealing with home and family issues or professional matters. You won’t go wrong as long as you have the courage to show up and be your authentic self. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19) You may feel as if your emotions are settling down, but social dynamics could still be extremely confusing. There’s nothing wrong with exhibiting caution, but your feelings may rise so unexpectedly that they could catch you off guard. If you feel like you’re losing your center of gravity, stop and take your bearings. Once you are certain about your current position, you should be able to swing back into motion with no trouble at all. Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Unconscious fears and desires may be the source of very real feelings now. Even if you’re in denial about what’s bubbling up into your awareness, you have time to acclimate to the new emotional landscape. Don’t waste your energy trying to figure out why you’re encountering so much melodrama. Instead, try to integrate the new information into your point of view. Keeping an open mind gives your imagination a chance to reveal new opportunities. Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Something isn’t quite right today, but you can’t put your finger on it. It might be one of those unknowable and elusive things that you may as well forget about trying to figure out. In the meantime, take a look at how your friends and associates are pushing your buttons. Although you can’t shift the dynamics, you can become more aware of the emotional undercurrents. There’s no need to make any sudden moves now; there will be plenty of opportunities for change later on. Today's Tarot~The Fool Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of an “innocent Fool” archetype (Rider-Waite deck) is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of the Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation. In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills. Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization. Today's Rune~Dagaz Dagaz represents the fresh light of a new day. You are close to making a breakthrough. You have the will to change whatever you deem necessary. You may see the world with absolute clarity at this time. ðagaz : day Phonetic equivalent: d (pronounced as ‘th’, as in ‘this’) DIVINATORY MEANINGS: happiness, success, activity, a fulfilling lifestyle, satisfaction MAGICAL USES: to bring a positive outcome ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Sunna, Baldr, Nerthus, Yggdrasil ANALYSIS: This rune effectively marks the end of the third aett, leaving only oþila to complete the cycle. As in the previous two aetts, ðagaz concludes the third with light and hope. However, while wunjo represented earthly glories and the sun, heavenly power, the day brings these two realms together, bringing the more abstract light and power of sowulo ‘down to earth’ and applying it to our everyday lives.The shape of the rune itself denotes this kind of interconnection. It is reminiscent of gebo, with its balance of masculine, feminine and the four elements, but ðagaz makes further connections to the celestial and the realm of nature. Like inguz, it symbolizes harmony with one’s environment. but again takes it a step further, implying a harmonious relationship with the spiritual environment as well. It is a bringing together of all six cardinal points – the four compass directions, the celestial realm above us where the Gods are thought to dwell; and that which is below – all the spirits of the earth and of nature. All of these things are balanced and integrated through ðagaz and brought into our daily lives. Today's Witches Rune~Sun Keywords: Success, progress. Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as “yes”. It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot. The Sun The Sun is well-known symbol of good omen and protection. It is the life giver, the light that chases away the darkness and brings the new day. It’s masculine and dynamic. In the Witches Runes, it represents the beginning of something new, or a significant change in a situation that was bleak. As a source of light, the Sun can symbolize the disclosure of secrets and the clarification of hazy situations. Just like the Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun, this rune indicates that you’ll soon be a source of attention for some reason, or that something (or someone) will grab your attention irremediably. It often symbolizes the bestowing of an honor or award, or the acknowledgement of a good work. This rune can literally put you under the spotlight and expose you to public scrutiny. Be prepared to deal with a crowd. Traditionally, the Sun’s metal is the gold, and this also reflects in this rune – it’s a rune of material wealth and can represent very rich people. In relationship readings, this rune can indicate that one of the partners has a very strong presence, and may sometimes dominate the relationship. There’s a strong Ego whenever the Sun appears, and this can be good or bad depending the nature of the relationship. In negative readings this rune can show that one of the partners is not allowing the the other to grow and shine on their own. But this is not very common – usually the Sun represents a vital and healthy relationship, even if it’s not necessarily a peaceful one.

Be Blessed Today )O(

~Elder Airwolf~

Daily Forecast for October 27th, 2014

Blyssful Moon's Day Stargazers~

Crescent Moon
(waxing/26% of illumination)
During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your revolutionary scheme might be just what the boss ordered today, but you still must take a chance and communicate it to others. Your plan can’t resolve the situation if your thoughts stay trapped inside your head. However, you may be fooling yourself if you think the magic will happen on its own. Unfortunately, you won’t know what you can do unless you try. Luckily, your positive attitude and persistent determination are sensible antidotes to the current stagnation.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
The boundaries between your fantasies and reality are muddled today, making it tricky to know which is which. Nevertheless, you might believe that you’re fully in touch with the truth and eagerly share your perspective with someone who will listen. Unfortunately, you’re not doing anyone a favor by raising expectations to an unrealistic level. However, your message could have a great deal of impact on others, so choose your words carefully to give someone a much-needed boost of confidence.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Capturing your brilliant ideas is an act of futility today because they come and go so quickly. You may try to get serious and put your innovative thoughts into action, but even your most ingenious plans might not be very practical now. If you decide to take a chance, don’t rush the process. A slow and deliberate approach will take you further than trying to make everything happen all at once. Collaborating with others adds an important layer of reality to your work.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You can spin fantastic stories of romance and intrigue today that actually sound like the gospel truth. Your tales can even weave a sticky web that entangles others in your dreams. Your creative streak is a pleasant distraction to you and utterly fascinating to a not-so-secret admirer. Nevertheless, you can influence reality in a positive manner if you just remember to use caution when dancing on the fine line between fact and fancy.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your obsession with solving a mystery intensifies today when it becomes obvious that someone isn’t being forthcoming. The more that’s kept hidden from you, the deeper you dig. You might even become overly possessive with someone and could have difficulty letting go of your jealousy. Putting on a dramatic display won’t necessarily produce the results that you want. Express what’s in your heart without letting your fears run away with your love.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Openly sharing your feelings today has a direct impact on your future. But don’t jump to any conclusions before you lay the groundwork. Making too many assumptions only creates trouble down the road. Your current effectiveness in communication stems from the fact that you genuinely care about others, and this sincerity comes across in your words and actions. Even if you’re only sharing facts, you can do it so pleasantly now that people stop to listen to every word you’re saying

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You have a real opportunity to experience profound emotional healing today with a member of your family. If there are things that need to be said, express your feelings kindly now without blaming anyone else for your predicament. Adopting a sensitive approach allows you to state a truth that might be hurtful at any other time. Fortunately, it’s unlikely that someone will take offense if your intentions are clear from the start. If you reveal your vulnerability first, others are likely to do the same in return.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You may feel waves of contentment sweep over you now that sweet Venus is sitting pretty in your sign. But confusing Neptune is also in the picture, making it nearly impossible to tell if your comfort level is based on unattainable hopes or actual circumstances. Luckily, you’re able to quickly banish any unexpressed fears so negativity doesn’t come creeping into your day. Let your imagination wander and give your inner child permission to come out to play.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You might have to put on your listening cap today if someone close to you really needs to talk. Thankfully, starting a conversation is easy since others want to tell you positive things rather than what is actually bothering them. Nevertheless, asking direct questions cuts right to the core issue. Cultivating clear communication channels gives others an opportunity to discuss a subject that truly matters.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You’re often the one who saves the day, but you won’t become a hero by trying to maintain the status quo now. You must push through your fears and take a risk by sharing your truth. You might think it’s safer to stick with the facts today, but it may be more productive to let your emotions become transparent. Although you think this personal admission shows weakness, coming clean can actually work in your favor. Speak directly from your heart if you really want to experience breakthroughs in your relationships.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You can skillfully project your most brilliant and lovable side today. You are quite personable now without much effort. However, the danger is your temptation to turn on the charm as part of your agenda to avoid the real issue at hand. If you are looking to gain power or trying to manipulate a situation, your cleverness may backfire and you might wish you didn’t say anything at all. Take the high road and channel your good fortune in a positive direction for everyone involved.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Say what you think must be said today, even if you’re afraid of how others may react. You are experiencing the intensity of the moment now that the passionate Scorpio Sun is trining surreal Neptune in your sensitive sign. Happily, you’re optimistic about the future, even with such powerful emotions swirling around in the atmosphere. Your connection to your heart inspires others to delve deeper to match your honesty and integrity.

Today's Tarot~The World

What has traditionally been known as the World card points to the presiding intelligence, called “Sophia,” or Wisdom, which upholds life on this and all worlds. A more precise title for this card might be “the Soul of the World,” also applicable as a symbol of personal empowerment and freedom. In most Tarot decks it is a female figure that has become our standard World image. She originates in Hebrew, Gnostic and Alchemical lore, and stands between heaven and earth as the Cosmic Mother of Souls, the Wife of God and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance.
Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship — once we come to realize our soul’s potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul’s Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying.

This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is “Know Thyself”, this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization.

Today's Rune~The Birds

Keywords: Unexpected news, change.

Meanings: The Birds Rune means some unexpected news that may alter your life completely. Especially if this is the leading rune. Generally the news will lead to a positive change but pay close attention to the nearest runes to determine its nature. It can also mean news of friends or family that you haven’t had contact with in quite a while. Letters and documents should be watched for as they may well bring happiness.