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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
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Onion Soup with Bacon, Winter Herbs & Gruyere

 

6 oz. (185 g.) applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch (6-mm.) pieces

3 large yellow onions, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1/3 cup (3 fl. oz./80 ml.) dry white wine

8 cups (2 l.) beef broth

1 bay leaf

1 large sprig rosemary, plus 1/2 tsp. minced

1 large sprig fresh sage, plus 1/2 tsp. minced

1 large sprig fresh thyme, plus 1/2 tsp. minced

18 thin slices baguette, toasted

3/4 cup (3 oz./90 g.) shredded Gruyere cheese

 

In a large, heavy pot over medium heat, fry the bacon until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small bowl.

 

Add the onions to the drippings in the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 30 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown and very soft, about 20 minutes longer. Pour in the wine and cook until the wine evaporates and the onions are brown and jamlike, about 12 minutes. Add the broth, bay leaf and rosemary, sage and thyme sprigs and simmer the soup very gently to melt the flavors, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the herb sprigs. (The soup can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat to serving temperature before continuing.)

 

Preheat the broiler. Arrange the toasts on a small rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Broil the toasts just until the cheese melts. Remove from the broiler, sprinkle with the bacon and minced herbs, and return to the broiler. Broil until the toasts are heated through.

 

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls. Top with the toasts, dividing them evenly, and serve. Serves 6.

 

Moon Mansions

Moon Mansions: The 28 Mansions of the Moon

"And in these twenty eight Mansions do lie hid many secrets of the wisdom of the antients, by the which they wrought wonders on all things which are under the circle of the Moon; and they attributed to every Mansion his resemblances, images, and seals, and his president intelligences, and worked by the virtue of them after different manners." ("The MAGUS or CELESTIAL INTELLIGENCER" by Francis Barrett)

The ancient astrologers knew and used in their work aside from the 12 zodiacal signs of the Sun, also 28 mansions of the Moon or lunar mansions.

They represent an ancient wisdom, now very little spread among the astrologers, yet they are of great use both in natal and electional astrology as well as in magical purposes.

These mansions are subdivisions of the zodiac, equal in size, which start at 0º Aries and last 12º51´26´´ each.

The monthly transit of the Moon through each of these mansions generates a different influence as follows:

Influence of the Moon Mansions

Texts from "The MAGUS or CELESTIAL INTELLIGENCER" by Francis Barrett, London, 1801

The Moon in the 1st mansion - it causes discords, and journies; (0 Aries to 12 Aries 51)
The Moon in the 2nd mansion - it conduces to the finding of treasures, and to the retaining [of] captives; (12 Aries 51 to 25 Aries 42)
The Moon in the 3rd mansion - it is profitable to sailors, huntsmen, and alchymists; (25 Aries 42 to 8 Taurus 34)
The Moon in the 4th mansion - it causes the destruction and hindrances of buildings, fountains, wells, gold mines, the flight of creeping things, and begets discord. (8 Taurus 34 to 21 Taurus 25)
The Moon in the 5th mansion - it confirms edifices, it gives health and good-will; (21 Taurus 25 to 4 Gemini 17)
The Moon in the 6th mansion - it conduces to hunting, and besieging of towns, and revenge of princes, it destroys harvests and fruits and hinders the operation of the physician; (4 Gemini 17 to 17 Gemini 8)
The Moon in the 7th mansion - it confers gain and friendship, its profitable to lovers, it scares flies, destroys magistracies; (17 Gemini 8 to 0 Cancer)
The Moon in the 8th mansion - it causes love, friendship, and society of fellow travellers, it drives away mice ands afflicts captives, confirming their imprisonment; (0 Cancer to 12 Cancer 51)
The Moon in the 9th mansion - it hinders harvests and travelers, and puts discord between men; (12 Cancer 51 to 25 Cancer 42)
The Moon in the 10th mansion - it strengthens buildings, yields love, benevolence and help against enemies; (25 Cancer 42 to 8 Leo 34)
The Moon in the 11th mansion - it is good for voyages, and gain by merchandise, and for redemption of captives; (8 Leo 34 to 21 Leo 25)
The Moon in the 12th mansion - it gives prosperity to harvests, and plantations, but hinders seamen, and is good for the bettering of servants, captives and companions; (21 Leo 25 to 4 Virgo 17)
The Moon in the 13th mansion - it is prevalent for benevolence, gain, voyages, harvests, and freedom of captives; (17 to 17 Virgo 8)
The Moon in the 14th mansion - it causes the love of married folks, it cures the sick, is profitable to sailors, but hinders journies by land; and in these the second quarter of Heaven is completed; (17 Virgo 8 to 0 Libra)
The Moon in the 15th mansion - its profitable for the extracting of treasures, for digging of pits, it assists divorce, discord, and the destruction of houses and enemies, and hinders travelers; (0 Libra to 12 Libra 5)
The Moon in the 16th mansion - it hinders journies and wedlock, harvests and merchandise, it prevails for redemption of captives; (12 Libra 51 to 25 Libra 42)
The Moon in the 17th mansion - it betters a bad fortune, makes love durable, strengthens buildings, and helps seamen; (25 Libra 42 to 8 Scorpio 34)
The Moon in the 18th mansion - it causes discord, sedition, conspiracy against princes and mighty ones, and revenge from enemies, but it frees captives and helps edifices; (8 Scorpio 34 to 21 Scorpio 25)
The Moon in the 19th mansion - it helps in the besieging of cities and taking of towns, and in the driving of men from their places, and for the destruction of seamen, and perdition of captives; (21 Scorpio 25 to 4 Sagittarius 17)
The Moon in the 20th mansion - it helps for the taming of wild beasts, for the strengthening of prisons, it destroys the wealth of societies, it compels a man to come to a certain place; (4 Sagittarius 17 to 17 Sagittarius 8)
The Moon in the 21st mansion - it is good for harvests, gain, buildings and travellers, and causes divorce; and in this is the third quarter of Heaven is completed; (17 Sagittarius 8 to 0 Capricorn)
The Moon in the 22nd mansion - it promotes the flight of servants and captives, that they may escape, and helps the curing of diseases; (0 Capricorn to 12 Capricorn 51)
The Moon in the 23rd mansion - it is for divorce, liberty of captives and the health of the sick; (12 Capricorn 51 to 25 Capricorn 42)
The Moon in the 24th mansion - it is prevalent for the benevolence of married people, for the victory of soldiers, it hurts the execution of government, and prevents it being exercised; (25 Capricorn 42 to 8 Aquarius 34)
The Moon in the 25th mansion - it favors besieging and revenge, it destroys enemies, causes divorce, confirms prisons and buildings, hastens messengers, it conduces to spells against copulation, and so binds every member of man, that it cannot perform its duty; (8 Aquarius 34 to 21 Aquarius 25)
The Moon in the 26th mansion - it causes union, health of captives, destroys buildings and prisons; (21 Aquarius 25 to 4 Pisces 17)
The Moon in the 27th mansion - it increases harvests, revenues, gain, and heals infirmities, but hinders buildings, prolongs prisons, causes danger to seamen, and helps to infer mischiefs on whom you shall please; (4 Pisces 17 to 17 Pisces 8)
The Moon in the 28th mansion - it increases harvests and merchandise, it secures travellers through dangerous places; it makes for the joy of married couples, but it strengths prisons, and causes loss of treasures; (17 Pisces 8 to 0 Aries)

The angels and the Moon mansions

There are twenty-eight angels, who rule in the twenty-eight mansions of the moon, whose names are these; Geniel, Enediel, Anixiel, Azariel, Gabriel, Dirachiel, Scheliel, Amnediel, Barbiel, Ardefiel, Neciel, Abdizuel, Jazeriel, Ergediel, Atliel, Azeruel, Adriel, Egibiel, Amutiel, Kyriel, Bethnael, Geliel, Requiel, Abrinael, Agiel, Tagriel, Atheniel, Amnixiel.

Symbolic images for the Moon's influence in each mansion

In the first, for the destruction of some one, they made, in an iron ring, the image of a black man, in a garment of hair, and girdled round, casting a small lance with his right hand: they sealed this in black wax, and perfumed it with liquid storax, and wished some evil to come.
In the second, against the wrath of the prince, and for reconciliation with him, they sealed, in white wax and mastich, the image of a king crowned, and perfumed it with lignum aloes.
In the third, they made an image in a silver ring, whose table was square; the figure of which was a woman, well clothed, sitting in a chair, her right hand being lifted up on her head; they sealed it, and perfumed it with musk, camphire, and calamus aromaticus. They affirmed that this gives happy fortune, and every good thing.
In the fourth, for revenge, separation, enmity, and ill-will, they sealed, in red wax, the image of a soldier sitting on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand: they perfumed it with red myrrh and storax.
In the fifth, for the favour of kings and officers, and good entertainment, they sealed, in silver, the head of a man, and perfumed it with red sanders.
In the sixth, to procure love between two, they sealed, in white wax, two images, embracing one another, and perfumed them with lignum aloes and amber.
In the seventh, to obtain every good thing, they scaled, in silver, the image of a man, well clothed, holding up his hands to Heaven, as it were, praying and supplicating, and perfumed it with good odours.
In the eighth, for victory in war, they made a seal in tin, being an image of an eagle, having the face of a man, and perfumed it with brimstone.
In the ninth, to cause infirmities, they made a seal of lead, being the image of a man wanting his privy parts, covering his eyes with his hands; and they perfumed it with rosin of the pine.
In the tenth, to facilitate child bearing, and to cure the sick, they made a seal of gold, being the head of a lion, and perfumed it with amber.
In the eleventh, for fear, reverence, and worship, they made a seal of a plate of gold, being the image of a man riding on a lion, holding the ear thereof in his left hand, and in his right holding forth a bracelet of gold; and they perfumed it with good odours and saffron.
In the twelfth, for the separation of lovers, they made a seal of black lead, being the image of a dragon fighting with a man; and they perfumed it with the hairs of a lion, and assafœtida.
In the thirteenth, for the agreement of married people, and for dissolving of all the charms against copulation, they made a seal of the images of both (of the man in red wax, and the woman in white), and caused them to embrace one another; perfuming it with lignum aloes and amber.
In the fourteenth, for divorce and separation of the man from the woman, they made a seal of red copper, being the image of a dog. biting his tail; and they perfumed it with the hair of a black dog and a black cat.
In the fifteenth, to obtain friendship and good will, they made the image of a man sitting, and inditing letters, and perfumed it with frankincense and nutmegs.
In the sixteenth, for gaining much merchandising, they made a seal of silver, being the image of a man, sitting on a chair, holding a balance in his hand; and they perfumed it with well smelling spices.
In the seventeenth, against thieves and robbers, they sealed with an iron seal the image of an ape, and perfumed it with the air of an ape.
In the eighteenth, against fevers and pains of the belly, they made a seal of copper, being the image of a snake with his tail above his head; and they perfumed it with hartshorn; and said this same seal put to flight serpents, and all venomous creatures, from the place where it is buried.
In the nineteenth, for facilitating birth, and provoking the menstrues, they made a seal of copper, being the image of a woman holding her hands upon her face; and they perfumed it with liquid storax.
In the twentieth, for hunting, they made a seal of tin, being the image of Sagittary, half a man and half a horse; and they perfumed it with the head of a wolf.
In the twenty-first, for the destruction of some body, they made the image of a man, with a double countenance before and behind; and they perfumed it with brimstone and jet, and put it in a box of brass, and with it brimstone and jet, and the hair of him whom they would hurt.
In the twenty-second, for the security of runaways, they made a seal of iron, being the image of a man, with wings on his feet, bearing a helmet on his head; and they perfumed it with argent vive.
In the twenty-third, for destruction and wasting, they made a seal of iron, being the image of a cat, having a dog's head; and they perfumed it with dog's hair taken from the head, and buried it in the place where they intended the hurt.
In the twenty-fourth, for multiplying herds of cattle, they took the horn of a ram, bull, or goat, or of that sort of cattle they would increase, and sealed in it, burning, with an iron seal, the image of a woman giving suck to her son; and they hanged it on the neck of that cattle who was the leader of the flock, or they sealed it in his horn.
In the twenty-fifth, for the preservation of trees and harvest, they sealed, in the wood of a fig tree, the image of a man planting and they perfumed it with the flowers of the fig tree, and hung it on the tree.
In the twenty-sixth, for love and favour, they sealed, in white wax and mastich, the figure of a woman washing and combing her hair; and they perfumed it with good odours.
In the twenty-seventh, to destroy fountains, pits, medicinal waters, and baths, they made, of red earth, the image of a man winged, holding in his hand an empty vessel, and perforated; and the image being burnt, they put in the vessel assafœtida and liquid storax, and they buried it in the pond or fountain which they would destroy.
In the twenty-eighth, for getting fish together, they made a seal of copper, being the image of a fish; and they perfumed it with the skin of a sea fish, and cast it into the water where they would have the fish gathered.

~*~ Daily Correspondences~*~ Saturday, January 16, 2016

 

The Moon today is in a First Quarter phase. This phase occurs roughly 7 days after the New Moon when the earth is one quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. Exactly half the moon will be illuminated and half dark. On the day of the First Quarter phase the moon is high overhead at sunset and is visible until mid-night when it sets in the west. The First Quarter phase is a one day event and in the following days enters a Waxing Gibbous phase becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon.

Phase: First Quarter
Illumination: 45% 
Moon Age: 6.88 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,329.18 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,161,538.20 km

Saturday~
Saturn=longevity, endings, homes.
Brown, gray, blue, indigo, and black.

Retrogrades~Mercury
01/05/16-01/25/16 direct 
Cold Moon 01/23/2016

Saturday 16th January 2016
Moon 15° Aries squares Pluto 15° Capricorn
Moon 16° Aries conjunct Uranus 16° Aries
Moon 21° Aries squares Mercury [retrograde] 21° Capricorn
Moon 21° Aries trines Venus 21° Sagittarius

Saturday 16th /Sunday 17th January 2016
Moon 26° Aries squares Sun 26° Capricorn

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January 2016 - Moon in Aries
The happiest days you've had in a long time ....

Aries rules the head - hence the Moon in Aries will talk to you via positive emotions. Aries is a positive star sign and doesn't see the negative - even if something is a negative problem in your life - Moon in Aries will either solve the problem, eliminate the problem or make you realize - it's not a real problem.

This is the 1st time - "Moon conjunct Uranus" - Moon 16° Aries conjunct Uranus 16° Aries - since Uranus went direct on 25th December 2015 - that's why I know it's going to be unexpectedly surprising, even shocking and will actually force open lots of changes for everyone. Aries always creates something from nothing - by giving you a positive mood - Moon conjunct Uranus in Aries - will be the surprise result from your positive mood - that's why you'll be so happy.

You see some changes should already have happened - but got delayed or blocked - but Sun in Capricorn is DESTINY and as explained on the Capricorn New Moon - the star sign of Capricorn is 100% reliable to do whatever "it" is that DESTINY needs it to do. It will get the job done.

Now some people who are resisting changes - won't like it - whilst everyone else - will love everything that happens. The biggest surprise will be what "it" is and the way you feel about "it" - after "it" happens. Because prior to "it" - you won't realize how you really feel - as Moon conjunct Uranus unlocks the feelings it wants you to feel.

Moon in Aries might seem too STRONG for some people - and will actually show you WHY you love life and WHY you want to live - it will also show you WHAT you want in your life. As destiny will make you - even entice and force you to want whatever "it" wants you to want. It will do so - by OPENING UP the energies of LOVE. So it will make everyone love life - love things in your life and love the people in your life - even more than normal.

The only problem comes for people who are living a double-life - for example - someone married to one person whilst loving another. The battle of destiny - lit up by Sun in Capricorn - and - the true emotions of Moon in Aries - will mean destiny is the TRUTH. And that's why many of you will be surprised.

Friday 15th January 2016 - "sharp and strong"
Moon enters Aries 3am UK - 4am Europe - 8:30am India
2pm Sydney Australia [ Thursday 10pm USA EST ]
Moon at midheaven at approx 3pm in your local time zone
Moon 12° Aries trines Saturn 12° Sagittarius

Saturday 16th January 2016
Moon 15° Aries squares Pluto 15° Capricorn
Moon 16° Aries conjunct Uranus 16° Aries
Moon 21° Aries squares Mercury [retrograde] 21° Capricorn
Moon 21° Aries trines Venus 21° Sagittarius
Moon 26° Aries squares Sun 26° Capricorn

Sunday 17th January 2016
Moon enters Taurus 6am UK - 7am Europe - 11:30am India
5pm Sydney Australia - 00:00am USA EST
Free Horoscopes by Astrodienst


Many times whenever I'm unsure about anything - I always need to sleep-on-it overnight - OR - for BIG decisions - I will wait until Moon is in Aries and that's because I can trust the feelings I receive during Aries. You too - during Moon in Aries you're going to get lots of STRONG feelings - feelings that won't go away because life is making you feel the way it wants you to feel.

Let us be honest - when you think-back to all the BEST decisions you've ever made - you made the decisions - because one day - "it" came to you - and you did it. The BEST decisions are always because of positive reasons - because of something you want and love in your life - OR - because of someone you want and love - [and who loves you too].

That's how you and everyone in the world will be feeling - as everyone wakes up on Friday morning with Moon in Aries - you'll know exactly what "it" is that life wants you to do. If you've any doubt - then by Friday evening you'll know. Whatever "it" is will come with a gift of determination that you will feel you're going to get "it". And as I explained above - even if someone messes with your head - to tell you - you'll never get "it" - that too is good because they will make you more determined to get "it".

The radiant energies with which you will feel during Moon in Aries will make you feel unusually optimistic - that you won't hesitate - you'll simply go ahead and do "it". Likewise - be aware - that everyone in the world will be feeling like this too - so they too - will be buzzing with energies too. That's why the world will be HAPPY - because of collective energies of humanity buzzing with excitement of Moon in Aries.

I just want to add - that as Aries rules the head - then whatever is in your "head" - will get MAGNIFIED by the Moon in Aries - hence people who have worries - and people who let themselves worry about things - then for them - it will be MAGNIFIED too.

Moon in Aries always creates something from nothing - defined by whatever you're thinking about and whatever is in your aura - you make it manifest and your thought magnify it into your reality. Teaching some people the karmic lesson - to be careful what they think about.

I suggested to all readers - keep saying words like - "THANK YOU - and - I LOVE YOU" into your aura and into your own mind - when that's magnified and you will feel it on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday - that's why Moon in Aries will be the happiest few days you've know in a long time.


Your Rune For Today
Isa

The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days

Additional information about Today’s Rune, Isa. . .


isa : ice
Phonetic equivalent: i (ee as in ‘eel’)

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
inactivity, blockage, stagnation, potential, patience, reflection, withdrawl, rest


MAGICAL USES:
to stop a process; to represent primal form


ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Auðumla, Nifelheim


ANALYSIS:
In modern symbology, fire is generally masculine and ice (or earth) is feminine, but it is unknown whether the Norse shared this association. Certainly, ice was a constant factor in their day to day lives. It threatened their crops and their ships almost throughout the year, but it also served as a symbol of creation, from which all life will eventually spring. It says something about the Norse mind that they could recognize the need to have such a seemingly destructive joining of elements in order to create and maintain life. Fire may be warm and pleasant, but it must be balanced by the freezing of winter just as birth must be balanced by death. Even the little death of sleep has been proven to be vital for our mental and physical well-being.


Isa encompasses all of these ideas, but primarily represents a period of rest before activity, and itself forms the material from which life can be created. It is matter, inert by itself, but transformed into the stuff of stars when wedded with energy. It is the immovable form acted upon the irresistible force. In many ways, the Norse predicted Einstein with their version of the creation of the universe, recognizing that everything in their world contained both fire and ice (energy and matter), and that the relationship between the two defined the processes of life itself.

Witches Rune-The Moon - Keywords: Change.

Meanings: The "x" marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women's issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive.

Witches Oracle~Art & Creativity

Being creative is to be the innocence in the eyes of the gods. It doesn't really matter where and how you are being creative, but the essence of creativity is the answer to many more of the questions you might have than you realize.
Creativity does not require you be careered in that department but to just embrace the art of it is therapeutic in itself is worth the effort for its own sake. All creatures engage in all forms of art & play with out a deeper meaning as humans do. It just feels good!
The meaning here is you need to be more artful or creative in your practice or life in general.
The answer to your questions will come to you effortlessly while engaging in or pursuing a creative activity, so relax, let go, and be creative!

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Seagull, from the Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Card deck, by Stephen D Farmer

Seagull: “No is the time for deep emotional healing.”

“The emotional sea that is hovering just below your consciousness is a well of feelings that needs to be acknowledged and expressed. Expressing emotions does not mean indulging in them compulsively or creating drama around them. If there are tears, let them simply be tears and allow them to flow. Cry or laugh as much as you need to. Explore these feelings by sharing them with someone you trust, or write about them in a journal, paying particular attention to the sensations in your body. These sensations are clues to the layers of emotion that are just below the surface of your awareness. By either talking or writing them down, you bring them into yoru awareness, find relief, and create an opportunity to release them.

Do not let this be a theatrical exercise, one where you act or try to force yourself to feel something you are not. Make sure that you include a good dose of humor from time to time, particularly if you are dealing with darker and scarier emotions. It is not necessary to cleanse the emotional and psychic scars that remain from earlier experiences too frequently, but now is the time to do so. Should you find yourself starting to get lost in the whirlpool of traumatic memory, change the scenery by physically moving or intentionally distracting yourself in some way. It si not necessary to cure yourself of the feelings associated with these memories all in one setting; instead, simply relieve some of the pressure that lurks below the surface.

Associations For This Card: Observant; Swift; Opportunistic; Carefree; Versatile; Resourceful; Intelligence; Scavenging; Communication; Sociable: Protective; Messenger; Emotional; Respect; Fairness.”*

– Stephen D Farmer

All in all, I think seagulls get a bad rap. They are seen in many places as filthy, noisy scavengers, shooed away from boats for their habit of leaving a mess, and unappreciated in general. However, the sound of a seagull reminds me of my childhood; growing up on a commercial fishing vessel on the West Coast of British Columbia. Waking up to the unique sound of seagulls was exciting as a kid. I felt like they were talking directly to me when they swooped around calling to each other. And now, here I am, full circle and seeing that they really are talking to us, and like any other bird or creature, we should pay attention!

Seagull is here today asking us to process our emotions without getting caught up in them. What does that mean exactly? It means that we aren’t having a feel sorry for ourselves fest; we are simply allowing sadness to wash over us. We are not holding grudges, we are letting anger come through and experiencing it before we cut it loose. It means that we can allow the fear, but not get wrapped up in it; observing it and moving forward regardless.

We repress our emotions for fear of being over taken by them, yet we don’t realize that by doing so, we are creating a stagnant pool within us. Allowing the emotions to flow through, rather than stuffing them allows these feelings to direct us to our highest good. Blessing and releasing them will create much needed space in our hearts. Releasing let’s us experience the new and the now without being blocked by past pains.

So go ahead, take a few deep breaths, settle in and let what comes up for you come through. Acknowledge it, truly feel it, observe it and release it with gratitude for the experience. Forgive yourself for uncomfortable feelings and release all judgment. Keep going until you feel clear and repeat when necessary. Know that your emotions are there to teach you and that the lesson is valuable. Listen carefully so that they don’t have to give you more dramatic signs.

Ask your angels for guidance in releasing if it seems too difficult or painful for you to accomplish on your own. That is what they are there for.

All you have to do is ask.

Totem animal~Moth

Pay attention to the signs you are now receiving! It may be that you need to adjust your course.
-Moth
If Moth has flown across your path;
Moth is the master of disguise and is reminding you to be aware that you could be hiding from yourself. Are you using your emotions to keep yourself hidden from others? Is it time that you transform your emotional energy away from drama and into something closer to your heart? Have faith in your journey and trust that although things seem to be complicated right now – you will eventually see the light. Use your heart to guide you.

If Moth is your Animal Totem;
You are the most optimistic of souls! You can find the silver lining in every crisis, the light in any darkness and the love in any frustration. Your ability to seek out the positive in any situation makes you a good listener for your peers, a great peer counselor and advice giver, as well as highly sought after as a friend. You are popular, generous with your attention and understand the subtleties of the way the universe works around you. You have a gift for attracting what you need in life and have very little difficulty moving through life changes and transformations. You find joy in rituals and dance. You also know how to use your intuition and have a great deal of psychic awareness.

If Moth has come into your Dream;
If Moth has flown into your dream it is generally a notice for you to pay attention to the minor details and take care not to overlook things. It may also be suggesting that some unseen irritation may not surface until it is too late. Alternatively the Moth could symbolize your weaknesses, character flaws and the fragile state you are currently in. It is putting you on notice that you need to step back and take time to heal before moving forward.

Additional Associations for Moth…
Finding the Light
The power of the whirlwind
Vulnerability
Power of Suggestion
Inner Knowing
Dreams
Determination
Ease of movement in darkness/shadow
Concealment
Shadows
Allure
Attraction
Transformation
Subtlety
Other Worldliness
Intuition
Ability to confuse enemies
Faith
Secret Knowledge
Ability to find light in darkness
Psychic Awareness

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, January 16th

Aries Horoscope

Aries
There can be an inner conflict experienced today, dear Aries, with the Sun and Moon in challenging aspect involving your sign and your reputation and career sector. Your desire to tend to your own personal needs and emotions is strong, but the need to put on your professional hat and/or to tend to your responsibilities is ever-present. Other influences active now can compound this problem with conflicting needs. You might be lacking the patience to really get something solid going. Stay active, but hold off on making important plans until you are clearer about what you truly want. Try to compartmentalize and avoid bringing your personal life to inappropriate places. Even though energy is stop and go today, it’s in fact a fine time for looking ahead and mapping out long-term goals.

Taurus

Taurus
Timing may be a little off in your relationships, dear Taurus, and part of the problem may be that you and others are not one hundred percent certain what you truly want – and perhaps not even half sure! This can play out as one person wanting to be active and the other in a passive mood, or one is worked up about a particular idea and the other wants to let it go. For some of you, the conflict is more internal – you want something badly and then change your mind, for example. A Sun-Moon conflict can also present a challenge between a desire for new experiences, but also some reticence to go far with this. These scenarios are not too serious, but can be annoying. Look for ways to entertain yourself so that you don’t feel dependent on others’ cooperation.

Gemini

Gemini
Inner conflicts and some disagreeableness around you can be issues today, dear Gemini. Others may not be sharing your passions and interests now, and might even seem quite passive and indifferent in comparison to you. This is a good day for drawing upon energy and motivation to get things done, but social matters or a partner can be a distraction. There can be a disconnect between your own needs for detachment and for intimacy, and people around you may be wrapped up in their own issues. Try not to worry too much about others’ ambivalence, but do try to tone down impatience or impulsiveness, especially in your work, but also with friends and partners just for good measure.

Cancer

Cancer
You could feel pulled in different directions today, dear Cancer, but the emotions and the actions don’t always seem to match, which can be frustrating. General ambivalence is likely, and it can be difficult to find agreement or gain others’ cooperation as a result. You can also be feeling a strong need to please on the job or in your duties, but an equal desire to go your own way. Energy is up and down. Avoid pushing too hard to balance things out or to try to change a person’s mood or feelings. Be as impartial and light as possible when trying to understand others’ moods and different needs and opinions and let the small things go – you’ll be kinder to yourself in the process. Seek out ways to make yourself happy or to better understand your needs.

Leo

Leo
Romantic feelings and matters can be very strong today, dear Leo, but perhaps also agitated, as fulfilment of desires seems a little out of reach or timing is off. You could feel some conflict between playing it safe and taking a little risk, which may leave you on the fence. Your head may be in work mode but your heart is somewhere else. Emphasis should be on diplomacy today, as it’s too easy to offend others, although you might not feel smooth enough to pull that off perfectly! This is because your emotions and passions run high right now. Impatience gets you nowhere, but tapping into excess energy for creative purposes can be fruitful now.

Virgo
You may want to express what’s in your heart today, dear Virgo, but you might also be quite emotionally charged about it, and misunderstandings could result. Defensiveness and/or impulsiveness can interfere with things now, and you may be feeling a little resentful if others are not intuiting that your needs or reaching out to you. Consider that you might be giving off mixed messages without realizing it. You can be hungry for intimacy but giving off the impression that you’re lighthearted. Enjoy the passion of the moment, explore your feelings, but watch for too-quick reactions and focus on understanding your own conflicting needs.

Libra
You could be experiencing a stronger desire to be with a special friend or partner today, dear Libra, but part of you would prefer to stay quiet and pensive or to keep to yourself. This might lead to sending off mixed messages. It can be too easy to get worked up over delay, as people around you may not seem to be moving at the same pace you are. News may be a little premature. Conversations can be especially enthusiastic and passionate right now, and while exciting, you may be reticent and self-protective, and this leaves you on the fence about what you want to pursue. You don’t need to have a master plan or to know exactly where you are headed to be active, busy, and happy today. Try to channel excess energy into journaling or a learning endeavor and sort out your true needs.

Scorpio
You could feel strongly motivated to express yourself today, dear Scorpio, perhaps about matters that you previously felt you’d rather keep to yourself. Impulsiveness should be watched for, however, as there is a bit of a discontented quality to the day’s energies, and you might end up buying something beyond your means, or saying something you end up wishing you hadn’t. Feelings can run hot and cold, and there can be a problem with overscheduling activities. Attention to all you want/need to do with personal interests and duties can be difficult with only so many hours in a day! Aim to tone things down and channel excess energy into something productive or physical.

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Sagittarius
While you’re generally in good shape these days when it comes to personal manner and appeal, dear Sagittarius, today you could have a hard time going after what you wan. You could be feeling a little stuck deciding whether to wait for something to come to you or to go your own way. There can be an impatient or impulsive streak with us today. It may not be the best of days to reach an agreement or a compromise, and timing in relationships can be a bit off. However, you can also use the tension that you may be feeling now to light a fire under you. Channel energy into something productive or releasing/cathartic rather than waste time waiting and wondering.

Capricorn
There is an inclination to reawaken a topic that may very well belong in the past, dear Capricorn, and social interactions can be a little off in timing. It can also be difficult coming to agreements, even on the smallest things. Part of you wants to go your own way and assert your independence, and another equally insistent part of you would prefer to stick with familiar situations and people. It’s probably best that you think twice before jumping to conclusions, and before you bring up a topic that you are not quite ready to discuss. Before venturing off, you may very well need some time to regain your center, so do your best to honor your need for quiet time in order to better understand your needs.

Aquarius

Aquarius
You may be wrestling with a desire to communicate and connect today, dear Aquarius, and an equal need to keep things to yourself. With this inner conflict, you may be giving off some mixed signals to others. Consider ways to combine both, such as getting things off your chest with someone you trust or who is impartial, or simply writing things out and waiting to decide whether you need to share it. Even so, generally speaking, we can be a little off in our timing today, and in your case, this can play out with friends, schedules, and work. Intentions may be quite good, but impatience or impulsiveness makes it a less than ideal time to really make progress. Vow to move forward in spirit, but don’t push a situation that needs more time to unfold gently and on its own.

Pisces

Pisces
While life can be quite animated in many ways today, dear Pisces, we may be experiencing some off-timing and disconnects. Inner conflicts and dilemmas may be at the root of misunderstandings. Stay active, think about what you want to accomplish down the road, and avoid pushing something too fast right now, as it may be premature. Control impulses and aim to get in touch with what you truly need and want. This can be a good time to slow down and smell the roses, appreciating all of the good in your life, and reminding yourself that you have time to sort out any problems or needs that currently feel unmet. It’s also strong for focusing on the long term and what you’re heading towards.

Be Blessed,
~Elder Airwolf~

Aquarius & Retrogrades

The Full Moon on January 23/24 2016 is at 3º of Leo Decan 1
Aspect: Quincunx Venus. Fixed Star: Talitha in Ursa Major. Dignity: None

The Full Moon January 2016 features a black hole of a T-square and occurs duringMercury conjunction Pluto (lasting Jan 22 to Jan 30.) where words are life-or-death. Mercury conjunct Pluto can be associated with being hushed up or threatened if you dare speak out. Blackmail is possible with this aspect too. There is a great obsession with solving mysteries and uncovering the truth no mater how deeply buried it is. The subject will risk their life in order to solve a crime. This is the aspect of murder mysteries and who-dunnits.

Mercury conjunct Pluto forms the apex of the black hole T-Square to Lilith opposite Uranus. This is almost the same T-square featured in the Mercury retrograde chart where instead of Mercury, the Sun was conjunct Pluto. At the time I said “there is no way I can sugar-coat this one! Forbidden fruit, obsession, psychopaths, heroin, psychological warfare, abuse, paedophilia, child abductions, mental cruelty, possession, slavery”. The Mercury Rx T-square occurred on January 5, when the press finally revealed that mass sexual abuses of German women by Arab/North African men, which took place in many German cities during New Years Eve celebrations. The police held back from revealing what had happened for three days until the story finally bled into social media! What is this fear of reporting the truth when it comes to abuse aimed towards white/western women from black/eastern men? (See Rotherham UK) Lilith of course can signify taboo subject matter and discussing race seems to be the biggest taboo these days.

Blood Ties & Ancestral Healing

[Full Moon January 2016] I think this Full Moon will bring to a head many of the themes of Mercury retrograde where this time the pen is mightier than the sword. The imagination from the Moon, due to the influence of stars Vega and Altair, inspires art related to clans, family rivalry, dynasties, gangsters or tribal warfare. I’m thinking of ‘The Borgias’ or ‘Game Of Thrones’… sex and violence basically.  What usually makes the blood boil, is a threat to ones own tribe. Native/indigenous cultures seem to have a much stronger loyalty to their race. (Or they are allowed to have..)

Having a common religion is also another bind that insures loyal towards its members. It is worth asking at this time, what do European natives have to hold them together as a tribe, now that we are largely secular?  ‘Game Of Thrones’ is so popular probably because it connects us to a lost world of heroes, honour and tribal loyalty.

The Full Moon makes one aspect. Moon quincunx Venus which wants everyone to be happy, loving and congenial, so this Full Moon will be obsessive in its pursuit of fairness and perfection. Because of this perfectionist quirk, during this Full Moon we won’t take criticism well, and become upset far too easily. This will draw us into very un-Venusian fights. This aspect can veer towards the kinky in relationships due to the mother figure being the chief disciplinary parent in childhood. Women at this time can be held in awe; worshiped and hated at the same time.

Full Moon January  ~ Horoscope

[Full Moon January 2016] The theme of Vega was very strong with the last New Moon in Capricorn decan 2. This brought the ancestral clan theme to our attention. With this Full Moon now, these blood ties come to a head. Full Moons do actually make us bleed more profusely, which is why its not a good idea to have an operation at a full moon. It is interesting that the Full Moon in Leo decan 1 has similar themes of ancestral connections. The Moon doesn’t have any special power in this decan, but it does well in acquiring material wealth here. This may be through material inheritance or through an inherited character trait or talent.

Whatever the case, family loyalty and values are very strong at this time, as is the importance of passing something of value down to ones descendants. One problem at this Full Moon may be identifying too strongly with the family clan. The subject may lock in rather too strongly to the ‘hive mind’ amongst family members which makes it hard for us to break out of infantile behaviour patterns.

On the positive side a Full Moon in Leo decan 1 has an almost religious reverence towards ancestors. This ancestral connection make bring our spirit guides very near. It’s comforting to feel someone has your back and can one great confidence. The fixed star of this Moon has a subtle effect. Talitha is found in the front paw of Ursa Major, the great bear. Talitha means ‘daughter of the assembly’. It is associated with a bible story where Jesus is called to revive a dying girl. Jesus says ‘Talitha arise’ and indeed she does. So this star can bring healing and compassion along with Ursa Minor’s other protective, nurturing traits. Hopefully this star can soften the other harsh aspects that are active. The negative side of this Full Moon could dredge out all the nasty family skeletons and ignite some bitter family feuds. On the positive side, this could be an amazing time to find and reconnect with long-lost and missed members of your family clan.

Full Moon ~ General Meaning

[Full Moon January 2016] Full Moons tend to make us purge and release things from our lives, so we need to make sure that we are in control of this and no one is forcing our hand! Sometimes we can let go of things that we regret later, due to heightened emotions and the Full Moons perchance for saying ‘F*** You!’

The bright light of the sun throws a spotlight on our subconscious and our shadow. This can feel uncomfortable as the Sun literally blasts out the demons who have nowhere to hide. Often the full moon is a time when we reap what we sowed at the New Moon,.. for good or for ill. Some Moon worshippers are going to get quite upset at this, but I would advise not to conduct any Full Moon ceremonies at this time. If you really must, then make sure you have the assistance of an experienced shaman/witch to guide and protect you.

Think of it as like taking something like Ayahuasca, yes Full moon energy is that strong! Definitely avoid mind-altering substances or too much alcohol at this time. The veils between the worlds are thinnest around a full Moon, so be very careful what you invite in. If you feel you have to do anything, I would purge things out, and banish entities/bad habits back to the underworld from whence they came, then make sure you close the door firmly afterwards.
This is a good time for exorcism, but you need to make sure you are completely grounded and fully in control of the process. If in doubt, lie low and protect yourself.

Mercury is Retrograde January 5 until 26 2016. Mercury will station retrograde and direct on two important fixed stars I have written articles about; Vega and Altair. These stars are part of constellations that contain two iconic birds of prey, the Eagle and the Vulture. Interestingly, the last Mercury Retrograde was conjunct Algorab which can rule terrorism, and god knows this theme has been on our minds since the Paris Attack in November 2015. So I must admit to being quite worried about this Mercury Retrograde. This is because the chart for the Retrograde itself has Sun square Lilith activating Uranus square Pluto. Also if you include the shadow phases,Mercury will conjunct Pluto to ignite this extremist square three times.

Words Of Prey

Mercury is our minds of course, but also rules the mass media. The theme of mind-control and magic seems very strong, with Mercury/Pluto being the signature of this retrograde. Both Vega and Altair I associate with great empires like Rome who’s success can be attributed in part to the power of art and culture to shape the thoughts of the masses. The Eagle is famously a symbol for the USA, but was also used by the Nazi party. All empires know the power of symbol, with the use of art, design and glamour to seduce a nation. Hollywood works it’s magic for the US while the Nazi’s military styling (designed by Hitler himself ) worked potent sorcery on their enemy and on the moral of their troops.

Mercury Retrograde Journey

Mercury square Mars is the first aspect of the retrograde period and is a call to action. It’s a pretty harsh chart and I am thankful that this did not occur through the sensitive period Christmas. It’s all squares, with just a timid Moon sextile Jupiter for relief.Lilith square Sun/Pluto square Uranus T-Square spell….Black magic? Witchcraft? Heretics? Venus square Neptune adds love delusion and a touch of the dark cupid. Moon square Ceres can be abduction and mourning. I really don’t like [Mercury Retrograde January 2016] making negative assumptions, but there is no way I can sugar-coat this one! Forbidden fruit, obsession, psychopaths, heroin, psychological warfare, abuse, paedophilia, child abductions, mental cruelty, possession, slavery, female suicide bombers are all words that come to me when I looked at that chart.

Saying all that, there is no cause for alarm either. Yes I know this sounds like a contradiction, but these cosmic blueprints do not have to manifest as actual events. Instead these are themes that will obsess those natives that this Mercury retrograde touches. Just so you know, this one will conjunct both my Sun and 8th house Mercury and I’m not worried ok? Instead I am relishing the thought of writing and researching some of these taboo topics. However, since the media is so good at scaring the pants off us, they may well indeed create some false flags which play into these themes. So expect to see quite a few missing children stories or the arrest of a child killer complete with gruesome accounts of what the evil killer supposedly did.. My feeling is that any cruel and manipulative media campaign will backfire horribly, causing fury in many.

Mercury Retrograde January 2016

[Mercury Retrograde] Mercury retrograde begins with Mercury square Mars from Jan 5 – 10. Mars strong in Scorpio and very militant can override whatever Mercury represents. Example; protesters at press conferences, forest fires blocking roads or overheated engines. Actually, any travel early this retrograde could well be typically problematic, especially while Mercury is still on Altair with‘Disappointment on long journeys’ around Jan 5/6. Just give yourself plenty of time. Maybe there is traffic due to those pesky protesters. Impatience and road rage could be rife at this time.

After Jan 11 however, Mercury will trine Jupiter and the North Node which I think will be a beautifully creative time even if Mercury is technically combust due to its proximity to the Sun. Mercury will be on the inspirational Peacock star, so it will be a great time for artists and writers to showcase their work. Ideally I would pick Jan 14, the day of the cazimi since now Sun conjunct Mercury is fortunate in the throne of the king. (A conjunction under 17′.) An added bonus is Mercury also trines benefic Jupiter (conjunct the North Node.) I think this is very auspicious since Jupiter is on Alkes in the Holy Grail. This bring hope and blessings from the ancestors, so make sure you tap into their inspirational well from Jan 11 – 16. This can also feel extremely healing. Any water therapy is great at this time. Swim in the ocean if you can or go to a spa. This trine happens in the pre and post shadow too so check dates at the end of this post.

Mercury Retrograde ~ General Meaning

When Mercury goes retrograde the traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain.

During the retrograde period it feels like Mercury has gone down into the underworld. In this realm, closer to spirit, we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened. We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before. This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. It’s true you might have to redo things, because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but what this transit won’t let you do is to go into autopilot.

[Mercury Retrograde January 2016] There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at its wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread anothers communications. But once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business knowing we are in another realm. The same goes for when Mercury is stationing direct, just make sure you give your brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking. The house in your natal chart that Mercury retrogrades in, will be your Underworld zone. There you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts, because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”. Before the retrograde, is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down into your cave at its retrograde point. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.

Mercury Retrograde January 2016 Dates

Dec 19  Mercury enters the shadow zone at 14º Capricorn. Mercury conjunct Pluto
Dec 21 Mercury square Uranus
Dec 26 Mercury trine Jupiter
Dec 28 Mercury trine North Node
Dec 29 Mercury square Mars
Jan 5 Mercury Station Retrograde at 1º Aquarius. 1.05pm UT, 8.05am EST, 5.05am PST
Jan 13 Mercury trine North Node
Jan 14 Mercury trine Jupiter
Jan 14 Mercury conjunct Sun. (Cazimi 2.05pm UT, 9.05am EST, 6.05am PST)
Jan 20 Mercury square Uranus, Mercury square Black Moon Lilith.
Jan 22 Mercury conjunct Pluto.
Jan 26  Mercury Station Direct at 14º Capricorn 9.50pm UT, 4.50 pm EST, 1.50pm PST
Jan 30 Mercury conjunct Pluto
Feb 1 Mercury square Uranus, Mercury square Black Moon Lilith
Feb 6 Mercury trine Jupiter
Feb 8 Mercury trine North Node
Feb 15 Mercury out of the shadow zone at 1º Aquarius

Mercury Direct January 2016


The last few days of Mercury retrograde things get fierce again as Mercury stations direct on Pluto and the T-square with Lilith is even tighter then it was at the station retrograde. At least though Mercury is no longer square Mars. Instead Mars is trine Neptune and the Sun is on Altair which is much more fortunate than Mercury being there. Sun on Altair “Public honor, notoriety, favors from superiors, many friends and some envious ones who cause trouble through writings..” This might be when the back-firing I mentioned earlier happens. The envy mentioned here could signify trolling, spiteful comments, or press smears not having the desired effect.

[Mercury Retrograde] This is one of those retrogrades when the pen is mightier than the sword. Mercury Retrogrades are always a good time to do in-depth research and get very right-brain. This one, due to the influence of stars Vega and Altair could be very inspiring for art related to clans, family rivalry, dynasties, gangsters or tribal warfare. I’m thinking of the Borgias or ‘Game Of Thrones’… sex and violence basically. Yes very crude I know, but these subject matters seem to be endlessly appealing to masses and exploited for that reason. It maybe that at this retrograde we might have to come to terms with our cruder desires, that as sophisticated as we think we are, our lower chakras cannot be ignored. We all have Mars in our charts and those touched by this retrograde in particular will be pushed to find creative ways to channel this warrior energy, so that it doesn’t become self destructive.

Mercury Retrograde ~ Fixed Stars

[Mercury Retrograde] Vega in Lyra at 14º Capricorn ~ Dec 20/Rx Jan 25/Jan 26
“Suspicious, reserved, bitter, thwarted ambitions, double dealing, secret enemies in influential positions, trouble with the mother, loss in business.”
Sheliak in Lyra (Vulture’s claws) at 18º Capricorn ~ Dec 22/Rx Jan 18/Feb 2
Dheneb in Aquila (Eagle’s tail) at 19º Capricorn ~ Dec 23/Rx Jan 17/Feb 4
Sulaphat in Lyra (Vulture’s claws) at 22º Capricorn ~ Dec 25/Rx Jan 16/Feb 7
Alpha Peacock In Pava at 23º Capricorn ~ Dec 26/Rx Jan 14/Feb 8
Sham in Sagitta the arrow at 0º Aquarius ~ Jan 3/Rx Jan 8/Feb 13
Albireo in Cygnus the swan at 1º Aquarius ~ Jan 4/Rx Jan 6/Feb 14
Altair in Aquila (Eagle’s heart) at 2º Aquarius ~ Jan 5/Rx Jan 5/Feb 15
“Many difficulties, misfortunes, and strange experiences. Disappointment on long journeys, bad for partnership, loss of a relative under strange circumstances.”

 

Today's Herb~Iris in the Snow.

 

Warning: Fresh iris roots may be toxic.

Ethnobotanic: Iris makes some of the finest cordage. The fibers are particularly strong, flexible, and fine like silk. Only two fibers can be taken from each iris leaf margin. Huge bunches of leaves were harvested in the fall and stored until needed. Iris cordage was used for fishing nets, string, rope, snares, hairnets, and regalia.

The men knotted the fishing nets from iris fibers. Animals were captured with iris rope. A deer rope is nearly 20 feet long with a lasso at one end, and about half an inch in diameter. A loop was set over a deer trail to catch the head or antlers. Within the loop positioned over a trail a delicate network of the same material was spread to draw in the loop. One Indian stated that "it takes nearly six weeks to make a rope twelve feet long."

In spite of the tremendous labor of preparing this material, the iris fiber was one of the most generally employed in northwestern California. The threads and cords of this fiber were used to make fishing nets, camping bags and snares for catching game. Since iris is fine and can be bent at sharp angles, it makes an excellent starting knot in coiled baskets. The Pomo Indians placed acorn meal in a shallow pit and covered the meal with 
iris leaves before pouring water over the meal to leach out tannic acid. The Monache and the Southern Yokuts in California make flour from iris seed.

A poultice of the raw rhizome is especially effective against staph sores. Used externally, iris is successfully used for infected wounds, ulcers, fistulas, and to take away freckles. Only the dry root should be used internally. Iris is active as a cathartic; has a stimulating effect on the production of both pancreatic enzymes and bile; is a strong diuretic; and will stimulate both saliva and sweat. This is a useful drug plant, but in general, should be used with care and preferably in combinations where less energetic plants form the bulk of a medicinal formula.

Landscaping & Wildlife: The blossoms lend themselves to landscaping, where they require minimal maintenance. Native irises are free flowering, most are long lived, require very little attention, and provide an abundance of seeds. Iris flowers attract insects and birds. Irises provide both nectar and insects to hummingbirds.

Status: Please consult the PLANTS Web site and your State Department of Natural Resources for this plant's current status, such as, state noxious status and wetland indicator values.

Description General: Iris Family (Iridaceae). Purdy's iris has leaves that are shiny green on top, gray-green and glaucous underneath. Stems and leaves are stained a brilliant mahogany red or cerise pink. There are two flowers on the tall (12") stem. It has pale cream-yellow flowers with prominent, brownish purple veins or whitish with lavender tinges. Flowers bloom in May and June. The rhizomes are 4-6 mm in diameter.

Distribution: For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site. Purdy's iris is common is open to shady places, in redwood, north coastal coniferous and mixed evergreen forest communities, and grows at elevations below 1200m. It occurs in the north coast of California in the Klamath Ranges and outer North Coast Ranges, from Sonoma to Humboldt and Trinity Counties.

Establishment: This iris does not form clumps, must be grown from seed, and is a sparse grower. The native irises are excellent in shade situations, even dense shade of walls and fences (Schmidt 1980). They will tolerate sun for most of the day in mild areas, and should have afternoon shade and ample water in the interior regions. These plants are intolerant of frequent summer water; they should not be planted near lawns or other moisture-loving plants. These plants require excellent drainage; therefore, compacted or other water-holding soils may need to be modified. Fertilization increases biomass and seed production.

Irises start growing with the first cool weather and rains in fall, reaching the height of their growth in spring and early summer. Propagation by Plant Division: Purdy's iris is not densely rhizomatous, and it is recommended that the plants be started from seed. However, this iris is still clonal, radiating in growth outward from the center of the plant. This iris can be propagated from plant division, in fall or winter after the first new roots are established but before the flowers form.

Native irises in the wild tend to produce only a small, dry rhizome with stringy roots which is difficult to dig. Vigorous garden or greenhouse plants produce firm, white, growing roots especially in winter and spring growing seasons, and clumps are easily divided at those time. Remove a new fan with fleshy roots set in a prepared site, water it, and provide shade for a few days if the plant is placed in full sun. Frequent division appears to keep the plants vigorous, as well as being the best method of increasing the supply of superior forms.

~Elder Airwolf~

Herbal Medicines Inhibit Influenza

 

New research from Japan and China have confirmed that certain medicinal herbs and their constituents have the ability to directly inhibit influenza as well as stimulate the body’s own immune system in order to counteract the flu virus.

The most recent finding is from China’s Northwest A&F University. Here researchers determined that two medicinal herbs known for clinical success in influenza treatment, and at least fifty phytochemicals contained in them, can inhibit the growth of the flu virus.

The researchers tested two different herbs that are known in Chinese Medicine to inhibit viruses: Fructus forsythiae (also called Forsythia or Lian Qiao) and Lonicera japonica (also called Suikazura, Jinyinhua and Japanese Honeysuckle). The researchers exposed these herbs and their constituents to influenza viruses and human cells within a laboratory setting.

The researchers found that these two herbs, and fifty of their constituents – phytochemicals that were isolated from them – significantly inhibited the replication of the viruses.

This study follows other research concluding similar findings with other herbs.

The researchers’ findings have unveiled a new dimension among the phytochemicals that nature produces within certain medicinal herbs. This has to do with a two-pronged effect:

1) The ability of these herbs and their phytochemicals to stimulate the body’s own immunity, allowing the body to be able to more effectively fight off the infection;
2) The ability of the independent constituents within the herbal medicine to shut off a virus’ ability to replicate, even in a sterile environment outside the body.

The researchers concluded that “the overall data suggest that the medicinal herbs function by indirectly suppressing the virus proliferation via regulating the immune systems in hosts, and also, by directly inhibiting virus proliferation through targeting viral proteins essential for the viral life cycle.”

Clinical research has supported this finding. In a clinical study from Japan’s Ohmura Hospital in Chiba, 150 patients with influenza A completed a study whereby the Japanese medicinal combination called Maoto was found to significantly reduce symptoms and influenza duration as compared to those taking Oseltamivir or Zanamivir or patients not receiving any treatment. The research found that those patients given the Maoto had an average duration of 33 hours, versus 70 hours in the patients given no treatment, and versus 61 hours among those patients treated only with Oseltamivir. The marginally shortest flu duration was among those patients given both the Maoto and Oseltamivir, at 31 hours.

The Japanese Maoto combination is composed of Ma Huang (Ephedra), Apricot Kernel, Cinnamon Bark and Licorice – also called Glycyrrhiza Root. Each of these herbs have been clinically utilized in different combinations by Traditional Chinese Medical doctors for stimulating immunity and inhibiting viruses.

Another recent study, from Shandong University’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has determined similar results with another plant, Polygonum nepalense (also called Napal smartweed). Polygonum nepalense is also known for effectively treating influenza.

The researchers found that six polyphenols within the herbs – kaempferol, glucopyranoside, quercetin, pyrogallol, gallic acid and epipinoresinol – all effectively reduced infective inflammation.

These herbs studied present only the tip of the iceberg among herbs that have been used among various traditional medicines around the world. There are a variety of herbs that are known to stimulate immunity, giving the immune system a stronger ability to fight off various infections.

The role of herbs in this and any other epidemic is to stimulate the immune system to respond to these ineffective viruses.

We add to this the Native American legend of Lomatium dissectum. According to the legend, Ernst Krebs, M.D. of Carson City observed that the Washoe Indians of Nevada seemed to recover quickly and avoid the plague of the 1918 influenza by taking an herbal medicine called “Toh-sa.” Dr. Krebs named it Balsamea, as it smelled like balsa. It was later named Leptotaenia dissecta and then Lomatium dissectum by botanists.

Consistent with this legend, in 1995, the root of Lomatium dissectum was tested for antiviral activity at Canada’s University of British Columbia. The Lomatium was found to inhibit the “cytopathic effects” of rotavirus.

Herb latin name: Polygonum nepalense
Synonyms: Persicaria nepalense
Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Medicinal use of Polygonum nepalense: A juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers. A paste of the root is used as a poultice on fresh wounds.

Description of the plant:

Plant:
Annual

Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)
Flovering:
June to
September
Habitat of the herb: Usually common in damp shaded situations, 1700 - 2000 metres in Srinagar. Damp woods in mountains all over Japan. Exposed rocky slopes, 1200 - 4000 metres in Nepal.

Edible parts of Polygonum nepalense: Tender young leaves and shots - raw or cooked as a vegetable. Seed - raw or cooked. It is rather small and fiddly to utilize.

Other uses of the herb: The squeezed plant is used for washing clothes.

Propagation of Polygonum nepalense: Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination is usually free and easy. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have reached sufficient size. If not, overwinter them in a cold frame and plant them out the following spring after the last expected frosts.

Cultivation of the herb: Usually common in damp shaded situations, 1700 - 2000 metres in Srinagar. Damp woods in mountains all over Japan. Exposed rocky slopes, 1200 - 4000 metres in Nepal.

Known hazards of Polygonum nepalense: Although no specific mention has been made for this species, there have been reports that some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people. Many species also contain oxalic acid (the distinctive lemony flavour of sorrel) - whilst not toxic this substance can bind up other minerals making them unavailable to the body and leading to mineral deficiency. Having said that, a number of common foods such as sorrel and rhubarb contain oxalic acid and the leaves of most members of this genus are nutritious and beneficial to eat in moderate quantities. Cooking the leaves will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition.

~Elder Airwolf~

Daily New Moon Greetings Pagans!


New Moon Rituals
The time of the new moon is a time of new beginnings. This period also represents the youthful aspect of the Goddess. In the form of the Maiden, she represents youth, change and a fresh start. Children can also be Named and Dedications can be made. New Moons are great times to move, start new projects or cast new spells. It is also a good time to shed your past ills and to refresh yourself for coming trials.
The New Moon can be thought of as a time of learning. Don't be hesitant to try new spells at this time. You might also like to set in motion house protections or wards. Some Wiccans celebrate the exact night of Dark Moon by honoring the Crone aspect of the Goddess (such as Hecate), focusing on lessons they have learned in the past cycle and banishing negativity from their lives.
Rebirth Through Darkness: Dark Moon Ritual of Hecate
Purpose
To release yourself to the darkness that has descended upon your life and call upon Hecate to lead you forward and gift you with wisdom and rebirth.
Supplies
• representation of the four elements
• a scrying mirror, bowl of black water, or a cauldron filled with water
• a purple candle to represent spiritual wisdom and the Goddess Hecate
• myrrh resin, mugwort, and dragon’s blood incense combination
• patchouli oil
• a large cloth or blanket that will be used to cover yourself- it may be black to correspond to the dark moon
• Other supplies may be added according to preference.
Timing
To be performed During the dark moon; further timing correspondences could include the dark moon in Scorpio, performing the ritual at midnight, performing the ritual on a Monday or a Saturday, utilizing the planetary hours of the moon and Saturn, and performing the ritual on or around Samhain, or simply when the sun is in Scorpio.
Preparation
• Smudge yourself, the area, and the altar with sage and cedar, and take a purifying bath or shower if desired.
• Anoint yourself with the patchouli oil after the purification on your pulse points.
Ritual
Create sacred space and cast circle using the Sibylline Circle Casting and Consecration of the Elements.
Add a little incense to keep the censor smoking.
Conjure the mirror, bowl of water, or cauldron to be a window between the Worlds using your favorite method or by simply intending that it will be the function of this tool and passing it through the incense smoke.
Cleanse, bless, and consecrate the purple candle to Hecate and spiritual wisdom.
Light the candle and hold it aloft and invoke Hecate:
Invocation to Hecate: 
Dark Goddess of the Crossroads, Hecate, TriVia, She who illuminates the Underworld paths with Her burning torch of inner wisdom. I, your Witch and child, do invoke thee to guide me through the mysteries of life, and the Darkness that weighs upon my heart and soul. On this night of the dark moon, when the black orb sails between the Worlds, liberate me from bondage as I meet the Darkness face to face!
Once you feel the presence of the Dark Goddess, set the candle on the altar behind the scrying tool and sit cross legged on the floor.
Cover yourself from head to toe in the cloth or blanket, ensuring that as little light as possible can come through. Allow yourself to descend into your painful emotions, situations, thoughts, and anything else that has been draining, depleting, and limiting you.
Resist and question nothing. Feel the Goddess guiding you into this Darkness, succumbing to your experiences now. Cry, shake, moan, and take yourself to those places within that you most fear. Hecate is with you, and will protect you, but the experience will still be intense. When you feel as though you have completely descended into the Darkness and all of your pain and fear have surfaced, say:
I sit within the depths of Darkness, in the presence of my fear, pain, and rage. I claim them as my allies, the Teachers that move me to wisdom. I face now the Goddess of Death who consumes all and spares none. Yet She is Also the Goddess of Rebirth who liberates by destroying that which binds, and tears away all that hinders. As I ascend through rebirth, by the grace of the Dark Goddess, I ask for a message from between the Worlds that shall guide me on my path, and a symbol of power that shall be an ally in conquering that which I must.
Slowly remove the blanket or cloth, come onto your knees, and gaze within the scrying tool; the dark mirror of the moon. Allow images, feelings, words, and symbols to arise from the depths of the tool, and remain open to the guidance of Hecate.
When you feel as though you have received the guidance you need and the symbol of power, come to standing and again hold the candle aloft.
Thanking Hecate:
Hecate! Dark Goddess of Death and Rebirth, You have guided me through the Darkness and shattered the illusions that rendered me impotent. I have allied with that which lies in my Shadow, and have been given the power to overcome. Through the womb of the Underworld, I have been liberated and reborn. I honor and thank thee.
Place the candle back on the altar and extinguish it. Thank the Quarters and open the circle. If you used a mirror as your scrying tool, wrap it in black silk and put it away from curious eyes or the light of the sun. If you used a bowl of water or a cauldron, empty the contents onto the ground outside and either keep the bowl or cauldron for future scrying, or purify it later so it may be used for something else. Eat hardy bread, drink lots of water, and write in your Book of Shadows about the ritual and what was experienced. Be sure to record your guidance from Hecate, and the symbol of power. Give yourself time to recover, and readjust.
Hail Hecate!
So Mote it Be!
~Elder Airwolf~
New Moon Rituals
The time of the new moon is a time of new beginnings. This period also represents the youthful aspect of the Goddess. In the form of the Maiden, she represents youth, change and a fresh start. Children can also be Named and Dedications can be made. New Moons are great times to move, start new projects or cast new spells. It is also a good time to shed your past ills and to refresh yourself for coming trials.
The New Moon can be thought of as a time of learning. Don't be hesitant to try new spells at this time. You might also like to set in motion house protections or wards. Some Wiccans celebrate the exact night of Dark Moon by honoring the Crone aspect of the Goddess (such as Hecate), focusing on lessons they have learned in the past cycle and banishing negativity from their lives.
Rebirth Through Darkness: Dark Moon Ritual of Hecate
Purpose
To release yourself to the darkness that has descended upon your life and call upon Hecate to lead you forward and gift you with wisdom and rebirth.
Supplies
• representation of the four elements
• a scrying mirror, bowl of black water, or a cauldron filled with water
• a purple candle to represent spiritual wisdom and the Goddess Hecate
• myrrh resin, mugwort, and dragon’s blood incense combination
• patchouli oil
• a large cloth or blanket that will be used to cover yourself- it may be black to correspond to the dark moon
• Other supplies may be added according to preference.
Timing
To be performed During the dark moon; further timing correspondences could include the dark moon in Scorpio, performing the ritual at midnight, performing the ritual on a Monday or a Saturday, utilizing the planetary hours of the moon and Saturn, and performing the ritual on or around Samhain, or simply when the sun is in Scorpio.
Preparation
• Smudge yourself, the area, and the altar with sage and cedar, and take a purifying bath or shower if desired.
• Anoint yourself with the patchouli oil after the purification on your pulse points.
Ritual
Create sacred space and cast circle using the Sibylline Circle Casting and Consecration of the Elements.
Add a little incense to keep the censor smoking.
Conjure the mirror, bowl of water, or cauldron to be a window between the Worlds using your favorite method or by simply intending that it will be the function of this tool and passing it through the incense smoke.
Cleanse, bless, and consecrate the purple candle to Hecate and spiritual wisdom.
Light the candle and hold it aloft and invoke Hecate:
Invocation to Hecate: 
Dark Goddess of the Crossroads, Hecate, TriVia, She who illuminates the Underworld paths with Her burning torch of inner wisdom. I, your Witch and child, do invoke thee to guide me through the mysteries of life, and the Darkness that weighs upon my heart and soul. On this night of the dark moon, when the black orb sails between the Worlds, liberate me from bondage as I meet the Darkness face to face!
Once you feel the presence of the Dark Goddess, set the candle on the altar behind the scrying tool and sit cross legged on the floor.
Cover yourself from head to toe in the cloth or blanket, ensuring that as little light as possible can come through. Allow yourself to descend into your painful emotions, situations, thoughts, and anything else that has been draining, depleting, and limiting you.
Resist and question nothing. Feel the Goddess guiding you into this Darkness, succumbing to your experiences now. Cry, shake, moan, and take yourself to those places within that you most fear. Hecate is with you, and will protect you, but the experience will still be intense. When you feel as though you have completely descended into the Darkness and all of your pain and fear have surfaced, say:
I sit within the depths of Darkness, in the presence of my fear, pain, and rage. I claim them as my allies, the Teachers that move me to wisdom. I face now the Goddess of Death who consumes all and spares none. Yet She is Also the Goddess of Rebirth who liberates by destroying that which binds, and tears away all that hinders. As I ascend through rebirth, by the grace of the Dark Goddess, I ask for a message from between the Worlds that shall guide me on my path, and a symbol of power that shall be an ally in conquering that which I must.
Slowly remove the blanket or cloth, come onto your knees, and gaze within the scrying tool; the dark mirror of the moon. Allow images, feelings, words, and symbols to arise from the depths of the tool, and remain open to the guidance of Hecate.
When you feel as though you have received the guidance you need and the symbol of power, come to standing and again hold the candle aloft.
Thanking Hecate:
Hecate! Dark Goddess of Death and Rebirth, You have guided me through the Darkness and shattered the illusions that rendered me impotent. I have allied with that which lies in my Shadow, and have been given the power to overcome. Through the womb of the Underworld, I have been liberated and reborn. I honor and thank thee.
Place the candle back on the altar and extinguish it. Thank the Quarters and open the circle. If you used a mirror as your scrying tool, wrap it in black silk and put it away from curious eyes or the light of the sun. If you used a bowl of water or a cauldron, empty the contents onto the ground outside and either keep the bowl or cauldron for future scrying, or purify it later so it may be used for something else. Eat hardy bread, drink lots of water, and write in your Book of Shadows about the ritual and what was experienced. Be sure to record your guidance from Hecate, and the symbol of power. Give yourself time to recover, and readjust.
Hail Hecate!
So Mote it Be!
~Elder Airwolf~
 

SKINNY WITCH ~ CHIPOTLE TWICE BAKED SWEET POTATOES


Ready In: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients 

4 medium-size sweet potatoes 
1 lime, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder  
1 whole chipotle in adobo , minced
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Instructions 

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Scrub your sweet potatoes clean and lay them on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven until soft, somewhere in the range of 1 hour. Actual baking time will depend on thickness and size of your potatoes. Start checking them after 40 minutes if they are on the small side.

2. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and carefully slice them in half. Scoop out the flesh and put it in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Leave a little flesh on the potato to create a wall. Set the skins aside.

3. Once the flesh has been removed, mash it all up in the mixing bowl. Add in the lime juice, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, and minced chipotle and mix until combined. Stir in the spinach. The potatoes should still be hot enough to wilt them as they are mixed in.

4. Line the skins up on the baking sheet. Stuff them with the chipotle sweet potato mixture and top with cheese and cilantro. Put them back in the oven for about 20 minutes until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.

Ingredients9Count
Nutrition170Calories
Total Time85Minutes

 

Nutrition Facts

SERVINGS )
Amount Per Serving

Calories 170 Calories from Fat 30

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 3.5g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Potassium 600mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g

Protein 7g

Vitamin A 410%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 15%
Iron 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
 

 

Lemon Scones


Lemon Scones are delicious with a warm cup of tea!
They have a sugary coated exterior and a moist inside that is perfect with some butter and jam.
And, scones are surprisingly easy to make.  Check it out...
Adapted from Biscuits and Scones by Elizabeth Alston
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut up
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp sugar
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt into a large mixing bowl.  Add pieces of butter and use mixer to blend until mixture looks like fine granules.  You can use a pastry blender and do by hand, but I was able to use a self standing mixer on the low setting using the bread attachment.  Add the sugar and continue to mix on low.  Add the milk and mix just until a soft ball of dough begins to form.  Remove from bowl and knead 10-12 times until dough is smooth.  Form dough into a 6-8 inch circle.  Cut pie shaped pieces (about 6-8).  Place wedges on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Mix 2 tsp lemon juice and 2 Tbsp sugar.  Top each scone with about 1/4 tsp of the lemon mixture.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Remove from oven, cool slightly and serve.

Herb of the Day~Feverfew!

Feverfew

(Tanacetum parthenium)              

Perennial

Family: Compositae

Common Names: Featherfoil, Featherfew, Midsummer Daisy, Bachelor's Buttons, Flirtwort               

Range: Indigenous to Europe, North America, Australia

 

History:  Many herbalists believe that feverfew gets its common name from a corruption of febrifuge, a term indicating the presence of fever-reducing properties.  Feverfew has enjoyed a wide variety of medicinal uses, including being valued as a tonic, blood purifier, digestive and stimulant.  It has also been used as a wash for wounds, as a tranquilizer, an antiseptic, to cleanse after a tooth extraction, and to check intestinal parasites and gynecological disorders.  Today, the most common medicinal uses of feverfew are limited to treating migraine, arthritis, rheumatism, fever and allergies.

Feverfew is also used as an insecticide.  Bees, in particular, object to feverfew and commercial applications of insecticides may include Pyrethrum.

 

The efficacy of feverfew in treating migraine is fairly well documented.  In one double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized study involving 72 subjects, the effect of one daily feverfew capsule after four months evidenced a significant reduction in severity and frequency of migraine.

 

Feverfew extract has also shown an ability to inhibit blood aggregation and serotonin (5-HT) secretion by platelets. It also inhibits mast cell release making it useful in treating certain allergies.

 

Constituents:  Volatile oil (0.75%), including L-camphor, transchrysanthyl acetate, camphene, p-cymene, gamma-terpinene, linalool, borneol, terpinenes-4-ol.  Also contains sesquiterpene lactones (particularly parthenolide), flavonoids, polyynes (in fresh material).

 

Cautions:  It is possible that feverfew preparations can interact with thrombolytics, anticoagulants and platelet aggregation.  There is a high degree of sensitization with skin contact.  Sometimes, gastrointestinal discomfort is experienced with internal dosages.  High levels in skin tissue can result in toxic and irreversible inhibition of smooth muscle contractility.

Big Surprised for Aquarians!


Weekly Astrology for Aquarius
For everyone with Sun in Aquari
Week from Sunday 3rd January 2016 => Sunday 10th January 2016
To be read in conjunction with "This Weeks Astrology"
* Sun 12° => 19° Capricorn
* New Moon in Capricorn on Sunday 10th January 2016
* Mercury 0° => 1° Aquarius - then retrograde on Wednesday => 29° Capricorn
* Venus 4° => 13° Sagittarius
* Mars 0° => 3° Scorpio
* Jupiter 23°12' => stationary retrograde on Friday => 23°14' Virgo
* Saturn 11°22' => 12°06' Sagittarius
* Uranus 16°35' => 16°39' Aries
* Neptune 7°36' => 7°47' Pisces
* Pluto 15°07' => 15°22' Capricorn
This week's important astrological aspects are :-
Sun in Capricorn | Mercury in Aquarius | Venus in Sagittarius | Mars in Scorpio
Jupiter in Virgo | Saturn in Sagittarius | Uranus in Aries | Neptune in Pisces | Pluto in Capricorn
Sun in Capricorn 22nd December 2015 => 20th January 2016 - during the past month - you've had a lot of activity in your life - you came alive in many more ways than you realize - because your aura has now been OPENED up to LIGHT and to LIFE - realizing the truth of all relationships - not just your closest friends and lovers - but to the way you interact with other people and the way you are you - "yourself".
Now that you've been OPENED - life is now - on-the-move for you - and even though Sun in Capricorn is usually a bit boring for you - this year Sun in Capricorn has specific dates-with-destiny planned for you - to ensure you tidy up the "past" and finish it off - prior to your birthday.
Although technically the next few weeks is the month when you'll have to make BIG decisions - because of the clarity you will get this week - there's no doubt in your mind - you will know from within yourself what you honestly want and then with determination achieve it.
This week for every Aquarian - specifically with - Mercury in Aquarius - Venus in Sagittarius - Saturn in Sagittarius - Uranus in Aries - each of which is being lit up by the Sun in Capricorn - will ensure the destined "coincidences" happen in your life. Surprisingly and even if you did nothing - a destined surprise is coming for you at the Capricorn New Moon on 10th January 2016 - in order to help you move your life forward.
Aquarians are truthful to yourselves - [even if you like to be secretive and deceptive to others] - because when you get the energy you need - you do something with it - but when you have no energy, no desire and when you're simply not interested - you do nothing. This week - as you have seen in the past few weeks and which will grow even more this month and next month too - you're coming alive by something you WANT in your life. The more you WANT it - the more energy you will get to accomplish it.
The mystery is that you don't know where it is leading you to - but you have that inexplicable excitement and OPTIMISIM about the future - and that's why you've come alive. Your Aquarian aura is being unlocked and from within you you've now got the energy and determination.
I must say that even though Mars in Scorpio will square your Aquarian nature - this merely means you have to adapt and change the way you've been doing things in order to be successful. Repeating "past" methods won't work hence Mars in Scorpio will ensure you find a NEW way that will create a breakthrough of SUCCESS in your life.
All I can predict is KEEP MOVING forward - KEEP letting yourself come alive with enthusiastic optimism - because that will be the reason why coincidences will happen this week - because the destined changes will indeed happen by "coincidence" and be OPENING your life up to become vibrant, expansive and bigger than it has been.
As an Aquarius - you've either had nothing happening or everything - this week and at least for the next 3-4 months - it is "everything" - all with the purpose to rearrange your life - to ensure you have the destined stability you need for "2016, 2017 & 2018" - which inevitably means finally letting go of "2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015!" and more importantly letting-go of the "old" outdated version of yourself.
Uranus going direct in Aries on 26th December - Uranus is your ruler of Aquarius - means your ambition and desire to live life to the fullest is back - and between now and your birthday - you're going to want to do something BIG and meaningful with your life. You will WANT to live again - with a zest for life - with a clarity and determination to want something in your life.
The remarkable thing which you will realize in the next few weeks - is that when you're DETERMINED to do something - you can do "it" and you will do "it" - and this week - you will suddenly become DETERMINED - if you haven't already. As explained - Uranus going direct in Aries - will affect you more - depending on your AGE and DOB - everyone born from 1948 onwards - there's something that Uranus in Aries defines - so check "the dates and influence of Uranus" or have a reading !
"Arriving Home" - being the real "You"
This Year 2016 for Aquarius
Today - Wednesday 6th January 2016
I will be writing a summary for 2016 - what 2016 has planned for you ..
2016 is a complex year full of variety and unexpected changes for everyone
"Arriving Home" - being the real "You"
Jupiter in Virgo from 11th August 2015 => 9th September 2016
Saturn in Sagittarius from 17th September 2015 => 20th December 2017
Both these outer planets are ensuring that you find yourself and become the best version of yourself - the most natural and honest version of yourself - in order that you then receive the life you're destined to live in the place and with the people destiny wants you to be connected to. When "you" are "yourself" that's when you become LUCKY.
Why not have "a reading" with me and I will explain the transformative and destined effects that Jupiter in Virgo & Saturn in Sagittarius will be doing for you - because in order to get your destiny - the 1st stage means discarding anyone or anything in your life that isn't the "real" version of your life pathway and not truly relevant to your destiny.
The Outer Planets of Generational Changes
Jupiter in Virgo | Saturn in Sagittarius | Uranus in Aries | Neptune in Pisces | Pluto in Capricorn
Jupiter in Virgo - from 11th August 2015 => 9th September 2016 - Jupiter entering Virgo - means a time of generational maturity Are you ready to grow-up? This means letting-go of the "old" you and becoming a "new" you. During August and September 2015 - you're going to become stable, confident and happy with life - because Jupiter in Virgo will talk directly and honestly to you - with clarity and knowing what's yours and what isn't yours - automatically you'll stop being distracted by anything or anyone that's got nothing to do with your destiny.
Jupiter in Virgo - will oppose - Neptune in Pisces - numerous times in the next 12 months - to ensure success and clarity by shattering illusions - because truths which will be revealed. Jupiter in Virgo will ensure no-more confusion - and you'll know what's right and wrong for you. It's up to you - whether you grow-up and listen to the truth or not.
Saturn in Sagittarius - from 17th September 2015 => 20th December 2017 - a new vibrant phase of life begins - Saturn understands that everything GOOD and DESTINED happens slowly - from now onwards you'll see the reasons for everything you've been through in the past 3 years - especially as you'll sense Saturn making everything become "light", good and showing you that everything is going to be alright.
Uranus in Aries - from 11th March 2011 and until 15th May 2018
Neptune in Pisces - from February 2012 and until 2025
Pluto in Capricorn - from November 2008 and until 2024
Uranus - Neptune - Pluto - each define a stage of growing-up - collectively and generationally for everyone in the whole world - each planet defines a border that you can't go-back to the "old" you - you can't go back in time - and you either move-forward with everyone else, adapt and change or you'll find yourself being left-behind. Depending on your age - each of these planets - create generational changes for everyone between the ages of 30 and 55 - which I explain in private readings.
As a Aquarius - you're not good at commitment and taking life seriously - but since 2008 Pluto in Capricorn - has been forcing you to grow-up and take life seriously - which isn't easy for you. During the past 12 months with Jupiter in Leo - you did what you do best - and detached yourself - liberated yourself from the stress - and found yourself.
Now Jupiter in Virgo - with Saturn in Sagittarius from September 2015 - will begin a commitment phase - when you give-up and let-go of the "past" - and then firmly ACCEPT the new future. The truth is even though you don't like to admit it - you do get stressed - the secret to life is to find the source of the stress and DELETE it - change your way of thinking - and then the stress goes away. From September 2015 - you will DELETE all the negativity - and begin an enjoyable phase of stability.
Remember - it's nonsense from the "past" that's stressing you out in your head. Life is showing you a TRUTH clearly, grow-up and stop being fooled by deceptions. Then you can create NEW stability in your life - as you eliminate all the nonsense and grow-up.
Believe it or not - Pluto in Capricorn is your best karmic friend - as it guarantees that you get your destiny - all you have to make sure is that you're not thinking of, distracted, not wanting nor desiring anything that's not yours - and you concentrate your efforts of getting what is yours - and letting go of everything that's not yours to have.
Jupiter in Virgo from 11th August 2015 until September 2016 will ensure you concentrate to get it - all you have to do is learn from the past and don't make any stupid mistakes. Stay within what you know is RIGHT for you - and you'll have the best 12 months you've had in a long time.
Mercury Retrograde:
Mercury stations Retrograde on January 5, 2016 @ 8:05 AM EST in Aquarius (@ 1 Aquarius 02)
Mercury stations Direct on January 25, 2016 @ 4:50 PM EST in Capricorn (@ 14 Capricorn 54)
The Retrograde Shadow begins when Mercury reaches 14 Capricorn 54 on December 19, 2015.
The Mercury Retrograde midpoint is on January 14, 2016 @ the Sun - Mercury (inferior) conjunction @ 23 Capricorn 49.
Mercury leaves the Retrograde Shadow when it reaches 1 Aquarius 02 again on February 14, 2016.
Read about Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn> on artcharts.com

Read more about Retrograde planets in the Learn Astrology section of artcharts.
**** Next Mercury Retrograde in Taurus -- April 28 - May 22, 2016

Mercury Retrograde
BEFORE Mercury stations Retrograde is the ideal time to finish projects that involve communication and close big deals. Ordering and purchasing, especially for business, can be continually problematic if purchases are initiated during Mercury Retrograde. Letters can get lost in the mail, machinery can break down, computers can go haywire; connections don't always work. Mercury Retrograde is not an aspect you'll want in the chart of a new venture unless you thrive on ongoing stress or if you're starting a repair business or anything that is recurring. Take care of external communications -- that's what can get dysfunctional and problematic. Problems that come up are not usually not enough stop you from making progress. It's just that there can be annoying little unexpected and unplanned-for buggy things with the potential to delay progress and otherwise try to trip your switches.
Mercury the trickster, however, has a dual nature. During retrograde periods, while there are problems with external communications, the inner communications part works better. Use this time profitably to get in touch with yourself. Analyze the information you've already collected, re-think and evaluate plans before jumping to action, meet with old friends. The extent to which this retrograde affects you personally depends on how significant Mercury is in your birthchart and on its current transits to planets and points in your chart.
~Elder Airwolf~
 

Military Pagans

 

We have recently discussed the use of a Practitioner’s powers during warfare. The manipulation of energy can be a very effective weapon when necessary. It helped the British Navy defeat the celebrated Spanish Armada in 1588 A.D. by generating powerful winds and by influencing the Spanish captains’ decisions for the worse about which route they should take and their retreat plans. It also prevented an attack from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807 A.D. by instilling fear within the French Soldiers that they would end up in Davy Jones’ Locker if they followed their General’s orders. There are certainly other accounts of Magickal happenings at times of combat, likely a result of some Practitioner’s handiwork.

But does this not contradict the staple of one’s Neopagan Faith? The Wiccan Rede simply says, “An ye harm none, do what you will.” This does not seem to be too much to ask. An individual may pursue their Path to Spirituality as they so choose as long as they treat others with respect along the way and impose no intentional harm upon them.

To defend the Practitioners in the above noted cases, they took great precautions to ensure that they caused no direct harm. They could have Cast Spells with the intent of placing an individual in great physical pain, or even death. Or they could have abandoned Magick all together and picked up a gun like the other soldiers and shot another individual. However, they kept true to their Faith the best that they could and tried to preserve their own safety and the security of their country merely by influencing the weather or placing a belief in another’s mind that it would be best if they did not attempt to make a dangerous crossing. Though these Castings caused eventual harm, I think that following these battles, the Practitioners could view the results with a clear conscience.

To this extent, there are exigent circumstances in which the Rede may be overlooked. For example, if a dangerous creature, human or otherwise, threatens the imminent safety of you or a loved one, neither Wicca nor any other Faith asks that person to sit unresponsively and perish. Above all comes the right to survive. But what about an individual who willfully violates the Rede when not in imminent danger, even for a seemingly good cause? Can this person consider themselves to be a Wiccan?

In most places, the armed forces are well received. Within the anarchy of the international system, most countries provide themselves with an army, navy, and other units in order to protect their borders from invasions, and sometimes keep the peace within their own country or between others. This is no doubt an important function for the humanitarian goals of international mediation. However, it cannot be denied that by enlisting in the armed forces an individual has made the conscious choice to put themselves in a position in which they might be asked to harm another as part of their duty.

About four years ago a chaplain (noncombatant minister) had informed the United States that he intended to leave his Christian roots and follow the Wiccan Path to Spirituality. Before he could become the first Wiccan in the army, he was asked to resign from his position. This decision was somewhat sensible as a chaplain is no use preaching to those who do not follow his Faith. Since this time, a few Wiccans have joined the U.S. forces, but have been discriminated against as we have seen time and time again. But some believe that Wiccans should be able to serve. Proponents have emphasized that the individual must come to terms with the fact that they will need to violate the Wiccan Rede in order to serve in the army. Upon this recognition they will be accepted.

This is not so clear cut as it would seem. Wiccans joining the army is a very controversial issue amongst Wiccans and other Faiths who not only preach peace but demonstrate this stance through their actions. Who is to say what is right and what is wrong, but do you believe that once an individual accepts a duty in which he may harm another he ceases to be a Wiccan? How might a Wiccan in the army justify their decision to serve their country?