5 Drops Cypress
2 drops Cinnamon
A small piece of dried
Add the true essential oils
the orris root to an olive oil base.
Anoint your body
to bring a
love into your life
The Witchcraft Edict
Bide the Witches Oath of three, In perfect love and perfect trust they be. Known of walking the days and nights, Circle in and circle out our right.Cast thusly Circle held, For bonded spirit will it weld.To bend or bind the will of place,And demon spoken to its face. Marking set in book or tome, For all is given when thee roam.Backwards set the moon of dark, In knowing dreams will it spark. To face the morning sun or moon, Gather up the gypsies rune. The witches of fashioned new, Triangle of three will you do. If the memory is what thou seeks, Candlelit light will finds its peak. Heed the Goddess and her note, Or the self you find remote. From the four you know so well, Walls break free, secrets tell. Sent from North the truth of being, East and West are but seeing. From the South you find the sand, That is from where you began. In the woods you find your place, With wand in hand will you now face. Mysteries touch by Day or Night, Power in you, fear no flight. Revealed your truth will be, As a Witches memory. For in all things you learn is great,As set by Oath and will this date.Free your mind to begin,From what is coming isn't sin.By virture of the witches heart,You know now of your part.With the blade you now hold,The secret tools of your cove.Granted is the will of three,What is sent now shall be.With the marking you will know,Ancient touching will you show. Magic arrives a truthful deed, Use it for it's only need. Dirt, fire, water, salt, Of all the basic are you taught. Greeting come and greeting go, To that which is of manners show.Stones, lines, gems, arches,Find in rhythm and their marches. Beware the eye of knowing, For those of lust and pain is showing. In all of Magick there is a price, You have the gifts you role the dice.From all things find you the good or bad,But a life of Witchcraft is never sad...
~ Unknown ~
COOKING WITH LAVENDER
My lavender is just starting to form buds right now,
so I'm sure many of you in warm climates already have blossoms.
Though they are beautiful to look at, don't forget to use them in at least a few recipes this year.
Here are some culinary recipes for lavender
There is a link for growing tips at the end
of the recipes today.
I personally like to grind the lavender after
it has dried before using it recipes,
but many people use the buds as is.
2 sticks butter or margarine, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. dried lavender buds
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Cream the butter, sugar, and salt until light.
Add the beaten eggs and vanilla.
Add in the flour using low speed
just until the dough is starting to form.
Sprinkle in the lavender fold in gently.
Divide the dough into two rounded sections.
Wrap well in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Placed one of the chilled dough sections on a
Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin,
taking care not to overwork it.
Cut the dough into desired shapes
and place them 1/2 inch apart on a ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 6-8 minutes until just golden brown.
Cool on rack.
Lavender Tea Cake
1 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain fat-free or lowfat yogurt
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender leaves
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla at medium speed until well-blended.
Add egg and egg white, one at a time,
beat well after each addition.
Sift flour and carefully measure.
Combine the flour with the baking powder,
baking soda, and salt, stir well.
(I often sift again)
Add flour the mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Stir in lavender.
Pour the batter into an 8-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the
center comes out clean.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered
sugar and remaining ingredients.
Spread on the warm cake.
Cool in pan 20 minutes on a wire rack before removing from
To serve slice thinly and present on a pretty platter.
Lavender and Honey Dressing
6 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp. hearty mustard
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. dried lavender buds
Whisk together all ingredients.
Allow to stand
for 30 minutes.
Mix again before serving.
Lavender Herb Bread
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp. butter or stick margarine
1 tsp. dried lavender buds
1 tsp. fresh lemon thyme, minced
1/2 tbsp. fresh basil, minced
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water.
In a larger bowl, mix
together the cottage cheese, honey, butter, herbs, baking soda and eggs.
Stir in the yeast mixture.
Gradually add flour to form a stiff dough, beating
well after each addition.
Cover and let rise about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Stir the dough down with a large wooden spoon.
Place in a well greased 1 1/2 or 2 qt. casserole.
Allow to rise 30 to 40 minutes, or until
doubled in bulk.
Bake at 350 F. for one hour.
When finished, remove and turn onto a cooling rack,.
Brush top with butter while warm.
~~ Author Unknown ~~
Will you be of Witching tonight?
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Then come with me to the Circle of Light.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Take up these herbs and brew up a tea.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
And drink it all down; the gods you shall see.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Take up the glass, and look at your face.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Go into yourself and find a new place.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Go to the Woods, and find an Oak tree.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
And cling to it tight, and strong you shall be.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Go to the Mountains and call to the Wind.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
And fly through the Air with the Thoughts that you send.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Fly to the Sun, and touch its bright Flame.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Open your Mind; now choose a new Name.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Go to the Sea, and call to the Moon.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Raise up your arms, then sing out Her tune.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
Now join your hands with Those who surround.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Now share the Power that we send around.
Bend the Will; the Wish you shall find.
We shall part, but meet again soon.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
To dance, and sing, and Call Down the Moon.
Bend the Will, the Wish you shall find.
First I would like to say to all on east coast and mid west stay safe & warm from the Legion. We are set in the dates of our spring classes ans will announce on Monday the 6th 2014 open registration and placement testing. We are in the Chinese year of the horse so for all those under the sign it will be exciting. Today we celebrate the Goddess Anat from the Canaanite tradition, a renounded archer.
Anat or Anath is the Canaanite warrior Goddess, the maiden who loves battle, the virgin Goddess of sacrifice, a warrior and archer. She is famous for having a violent temperament and for taking joy in slaughter. In the 14th century BCE Ugartic text The Epic of Ba'al, She defends Her brother the storm-God Ba'al, called by His title Ayelin, "Mightiest," against Mot or Mavet, the force of sterility and death who represents the intense heat of the dry season which causes the crops to wither. But Mot triumphs against Ba'al and sends Him to the land of the dead; Anat, with help from the sun Goddess Shapash, Who has access to the Underworld, brings Him back to life. Anat then takes revenge on Mot, cutting Him up into tiny pieces, winnowing Him like grain, grinding Him up, and then sowing Him in the fields. Ba'al and Mot are symbolic of the alternating seasons of rain and drought, of life and death, and by grinding Mot up and scattering Him like grain, Anat allows for the season of plenty to come again and the wheat to be reborn another year.
Before Anat goes into battle She prepares Herself by anointing Herself with henna and ambergris, and dressing in saffron (gold) and murex (purple) dyed clothing, both of which are famously expensive, and royal, colors. She then proceeds to slaughter the enemies of Ba'al, across west and east, hanging severed heads from Her back, and affixing hands to Her belt. Laughing and rejoicing, She wades to Her knees in the blood of soldiers, "to Her thighs in the gore of quick warriors." When the slaughter is finished (and it takes a while), She then washes Herself in the rain-water of Her brother Ba'al, and again adorns Herself with ambergris.
Though often called "virgin," Anat also has a strong sexual aspect, much like the war and sex Goddess of the Irish theMorrigan, and, though She is not usually considered the consort of Ba'al, was said to have had seventy-seven children by Him, after They had copulated in the forms of cow and bull. Given this, calling Anat a "virgin" probably should to be taken to mean "independent young woman."
Though She is the daughter of El, the patriarch of the Gods, She does not hesitate to threaten Him when She feels Ba'al is being treated unfairly. If El does not grant Ba'al a splendid palace like all the other Gods have, "I shall surely drag him [El] like a lamb to the ground, I shall make his grey hairs run with blood, the grey hairs of his beard [thick] with gore."
Not surprisingly, people sought to placate Anat, and She was invoked to grant peace: "Remove from the earth war, Set in the dust love; Pour peace amidst the earth, Tranquility amidst the fields" (also from the Epic of Ba'al).
Her worship was also known in Egypt, where She was considered the consort of the chaos God Seth, and Her sexual aspects led Her to be associated with Min, who, if you've ever seen a picture of Him, is very obviously a God of male fertility. She was especially popular in the New Kingdom, and She was one of Ramesses II's patron Deities, Who watched over Him in battle. He even named one of his (zillion) daughters Bint-Anat, or "Daughter of Anat" in Her honor.
Anat represents necessary endings, sacrifices to be made to serve a greater purpose, or old habits that may no longer work and need to be let go. In this way the field of growth grows green again.
Alternate names: 'Anat, Anath, Anaitis, Anait, Anat-bethel. She is called Rahmay or Rahmaya, "the Merciful"; this is also the title of one of the two wives of El, with Athirat-of-the-Sea, Who are the mothers of the Gods of dawn and dusk, Shachar and Shalem. As Anatha-Baetyl, likely of Syrian origin, She is sometimes called the wife of Jehovah. In Egypt She could be called Antit.
Epithets: She is called "Adolescent Anat", Batalat 'Anat, "the Maiden," "Sister of the Mighty One," i.e. Ba'al.
So pagans remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday!
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR ANIMAL SPIRIT GUIDE
by Pagan Dawn
Animals are here to teach humans. They have many powerful lessons to give. They remind us that we are only a small part of creation; that each part of creation has a place; that each creature has its own skill and wisdom. Take this to another level by finding and working with an animal spirit guide of your own...
Animal spirit guides (sometimes called animal totems) are powerful guardians of the land and spirit realm. They communicate with the pre-conscious ancient human mind. Forming a relationship with an animal guide could make you a better person: If you successfully contact and work with your animal spirit guide, you could end up healthier physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You will, hopefully, see the world and all things in it with more clarity and understanding.
Many cultures hold animals sacred. Various types of animals, especially snakes and birds, have been held in great esteem by early peoples around the world and many cultures created rituals and built temples to worship them. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Buddhists, Aztecs and other cultures venerated and worshiped various animals, birds and reptiles.
Meditate to find your own animal spirit guide
The most important part to this meditation is to keep an open mind. Don't go into this with preconceived ideas, hopes of what your animal totem will be, or perceptions.
Arrange a time to meditate. Make sure that your setting is comfortable and that you will not be disturbed.
Light candles, burn incense or diffuse oils. Play soothing music if it will help. It is important that the area is personalised to your needs and is clean from any dirt or psychic debris. You may want to smudge the room beforehand (light a Native American sage 'smudge' stick and walk around your room, letting the scent and smoke of the smudge stick fill the main area and also corners), and/or take a ritual cleansing bath. Wear comfortable clothes for the meditation and make sure that you are warm.
Sit in a comfortable position, one that you can sustain for about 30-45 minutes.
Close your eyes and take in a deep cleansing breath to the count of 3. Hold for a further count of 3 and exhale for a count of 4.
Repeat this until the breathing pattern becomes 'normal'. As you inhale, imagine a pure white light entering your body permeating all your cells. As you breathe out, release any stress and negativity through an image of black smoke leaving your body.
Concentrate on a warm energy washing over your feet, relaxing them... allow this feeling to move gently upwards to your calves, knees, thights, spine, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, neck, jaw, cheekbones, forehead and scalp. Once you have done this, scan your body again to see if any areas need further relaxation.
Now, try to clear your mind. If you find it difficult to do this then imagine an empty room or a blank book. If mundane thoughts or sounds from outside start entering your mind, acknowledge them and let them slip away. They can be dealt with at another time.
When you are feeling fully peaceful and relaxed, state your intention clearly and ask the Divine forces in your life to aid you on your journey.
You may choose to state your intention like this:
"It is my wish to find and speak with my animal spirit guide, and I ask the Divine forces to aid my in my journey."
You can, of course, phrase it however you wish - but say it so that it feels honest and true to you.
Now imagine that you are walking along a tunnel. You can see lamps on the walls, soft candlelight illumiates the path, and you can feel the texture of the floor beneath your feet. Just ahead you see the opening to the tunnel and as you reach the exit you find 10 steps leading to the surface. Count each one as you ascend... 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10. The tunnel exits onto a ledge high above a beautiful kingdom.
Imagine the landscape around you, the mountains, rivers, forests and deserts. Choose a location that you feel drawn to and travel to it, make a mental note of any sounds and noises on the way. At your destination you find a place to sit. Call to your animal guide and ask them to come and make themselves known to you. You hear a noise - you are not afraid, your animal guide appears before you.
Feel free to ask their name, what lessons you have to learn from them - and anything else you wish to know. Ask them what strengths and/or weaknesses they bring to you. Ask them how they can help you combat these weaknesses. Ask them how you can call on their strengths to help you during stressful or diffiuclt situations.
When you have concluded your visit, make sure you thank them for their gift of service and protection. Return to the tunnel mouth and descend the steps... 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2- 1. As you return along the tunnel you start to become more and more aware of your body and your surroundings. When you are ready, open your eyes, take a deep breath and have a good stretch.
How to work with your spirit animal now you've found them
Now that you have identified your spirit animal, you may wish to add their totems to your altar, or wear clothing/jewellery to symbolise them. Read as much as you can on the characteristics of the animal, and meditate upon its role and how that can benefit you. Visit your animal's natural habitat if you can, and you may also want to get involved in protecting it - contribute your time and resources.
Work with your spirit guide. Ask them for help, advice, or support. If it is for the best they will almost always help.
To contact your guide, visualise the area where you met, and call to them. They will come if they choose. If they do not, try again later or try to work out the problem on your own.
Get to know your guide as you would get to know any close friend. Spend time with it. You will learn how to work with it as you get to know each other, as you learn to become a team and understand each other's needs. Just remember to always, always, treat your guide with respect and gratitude for the help it gives - it will be the best friend you could ever have.
Some animal symbolism to get you started
Animals have their own myths, folklore and symbolism. Some of the correspondences are listed here:
Creation/destruction, birth/death, beginning of a new period and the death of the old, knowledge transformed by a new level of growth. Hidden wisdom awaits. Aggression, survival, adaptability. The ancient Egyptians viewed the crocodile as a theophany of the god Sobek, one of the beings who emerged from the watery chaos at the moment the world began. Sobek was equated in some places with the god Set.
Heightened psychic ability, may need to insulate yourself or come out of hiding, adaptability, strong sense of smell, new opportunities can be seen.
Patience, humility, wisdom to know when to use it, outer recognition of inner potentials. Symbolized in the Old Testament by Balaam's talking ass, who typifies all of the above. The ass moves with the flow and enjoys the road to the goal. Also a totem animal of the Egyptian god Set.
Keeper of stories, write things down, sees beneath the surface of all things and people, including herbs and roots, chances to develop self-expression and reliance, new chapter in your life.
Initiation, rebirth, changes, blessings, trust, instincts, perspective. Guardian of the night, cleaner.
Introspection, power, prophecy, intuition, sovereignty, instinct, transformation, strength, courage, stamina, harmony, healing, visions, leadership. Bears hibernate in the winter, which may explain their association with "dreaming the Great Spirit" or retrospection. The symbolism of Bear's cave is returning to the womb of Mother Earth. It also suggests a strong feminine aspect, one of nurturing and protection.
A builder of dreams who teaches lessons of breath for health. Symbolizes emotions, teamwork, time of action to build upon those long-awaited dreams; may mean to go forth with plans.
The bison or buffalo is considered by many tribes as a symbol of abundance: Its meat fed the people, skins were used for clothing and covering, bones and sinew were crafted as survival tools, hooves were converted into glue. According to Lakota tradition, White Buffalo Calf Woman gave them the Sacred Pipe, promising abundance as long as they prayed to the Great Spirit and honoured All Their Relations, that is, all other creations of nature. The buffalo provides all good things for living, and bestows great curing powers.
Enchantment, The Gateway, The Inner Call.
Happiness, confidence, fulfillment. Look for chances to touch joy in your life.
Wealth, potency, beneficence, fertility, strength, power, courage, stamina, sexuality. The bull is connected with the astrological sign Taurus, and bull sacrifice was an important part of many ancient religions, including Judaism. The hero slaying the bull or the Minotaur (half-man, half-bull) symbolizes the human spirit's conquest of its baser nature.
Major transformations - outcome is different than expected. Butterflies are symbols of joy, color, lightness and change in life. The butterfly awakens us to dance on the winds of life. If Butterfly is your Power Animal or if you feel in any way attracted to it, this means you are ready to undergo some kind of transformation. Examine which stage calls your attention the most: the egg is the beginning, the birth of some project or idea. The larva is de decision to manifest something in the physical world. The cocoon has to do with "going inside", either through insight or the development of the project or idea. The breaking of the cocoon deals with sharing the splendor of your creation with the whole world. Once you understand the stage you are on, you can discover which is the next step.
Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery, magic, independence, protection, teaching, confidence, gentleness, caution, alertness, spirit detection. In Egypt, cats were associated with the goddess Bast or Bastet. They were given special privileges and were treated like royalty. In Scandinavia the cat stood for fertility, and in India it is a symbol of childbirth. In ancient times it was believed that witches took the form of their cats at night. Cats are fiercely independent. If Cat is your Power Animal, then you have magic and mystery in your life. You are independent and a free thinker. You probably feel energized at night. You will stay with a person or situation until it bores you, and then you're gone. You have a great talent for organizing things.
Sensitivity, emotions, loyalty. Associated with the astrological sign cancer.
Growth, strength, power, opportunities, balance. leadership, courage, elusiveness, swiftness.
Wisdom, tasks, adaptations, teaching, demonstrating, communicating, resourceful, cunning, discernment, prankster, insight, playful. The coyote symbolizes duality and the ability to present both sides of an issue. Clowning and humor, perhaps sarcastic.
Life, death, rebirth, transition magic, watchfulness, look for opportunities coming up, communication skills, wariness, intelligence and magical knowledge.
Gentleness, love, alertness, camouflage, attention, intuition, dreams, communication, serenity, acceptance. gentleness, kindness, gracefulness and sensitivity, physical pacing, body awareness. The deer carries the message of purity of purpose and of walking in the light. Deer blend very well with their environment but are very sensitive to every sound or movement.The white-tailed deer are moderately gregarious, and family members forage food together along with other family groups, giving the appearance of a large herd. People with an affinity for the deer are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often appearing to have well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening.
Guidance, protection, loyalty, faithfulness, playfulness. Dogs are often pictured as guardians or gatekeepers, perhaps to the other world. The dog-headed god Anubis was the guardian of the realm of the dead in Egyptian lore.
Dimensions, curiosity, playfulness, balance, compassion, understanding, love, calmness, eloquence, freedom, emotion, kindness, play. Dolphins are a bridge from man to ocean. They symbolize psychic abilities and are initiators. Breath control and the awareness of tone is also Dolphin power.
Peace, prophecy, maternity, awaken to promise of future with clarity. The dove's role as a bringer of peace and promise are symbolized by its role in the myth of Noah. It was also seen as a symbol of some fertility goddesses. The dove's mournful cry was seen as symbolizing both the ecstasy of sexual union and the pain of childbirth.
Passion, depth, connection, power, potential, riches, inspiration, insight, vitality, transmutation.
Emotional comfort and protection, teaches how to move with grace and comfort in life
Understanding, completion, initiation, power, intelligence, renewal, courage, healing, creation. Divine spirit, high ideals, spiritual philosophy. The eagle is the chief of all the creatures in the air, the primary servant of the sun. Powerful in battle, the eagle protects the people from evil. Eagle medicine attributes include clear vision and soaring spirit. The eagle is associated with success, prosperity and wealth. In the Zuni Tradition, the Eagle symbolizes the direction Up.
Power, strength, warrior, memory.
Cunning, diplomacy, wildness, camouflage, shapeshifting, invisibility, survival, intuition, adaptability, observation. The fox is a provider, known for its intelligence, elusiveness, agility and cleverness. When Jesus referred to one of his enemies, Herod Antipas, he paid him tribute by calling him "that fox." The fox represents twilight and feminine magic.
Cleansing, clairvoyance, medicine, sensitivity. connection with water element.
Climbing, stability, confidence, achievements, loyalty, ambition.
Questing call, travels, imagination, communication/
Subtle lessons in behavior and communication. The gull teaches to read people more effectively
Nobility, recollection, cleansing. Visionary power, guardianship, swiftness, leadership, The hawk sees more in life, is observant and serves as the strength messenger of the sky. The hawk is symbolizes perception, focus and protection.
Determination, balance. The heron follows his or her own path, helping us look deeper into aspects of life. It symbolizes innate wisdom, intuition, organization.
Travel, power, freedom. stamina, mobility, stability, courage, strength. The horse was introduced to the plains tribes by the Spanish. Shamans are often pictured flying on mythical horses. Horses can symbolize coping under difficult circumstances. The horse is love and devotion, loyalty.
Ferocity, strength, agility. shamanic wisdom, focused power.
Silent and inconspicuous, the leopard symbolizes intuition, instincts, perseverance, dignity, aggression, confidence, swiftness, cunning, strength, boldness, visions, vitality, perception, achievements, knowledge.
Leadership, organization, wisdom, enthusiasm, assertion, strength, courage, energy, creativity, intuition, Imagination.
Conservation, agility. Lizard promotes dreaming.
Cheerful journey into the self, teaches journey is a quest not the destination.
Soul purpose, recognizing innate abilities, communicating; flushes negativity, follow your path.
Scrutiny, organization, trust, observation, cleaning, hyperactivity. innocence, faith, trust.
Joy, play, helpfulness, sharing, faithfulness, medicine, creativity. Laughter, curiosity, mischievousness. The otter is a feminine power, and the symbol of grace and empathy.
Detachment, wisdom, change, omens. Mystery of silent wisdom, vision, hearing; ability to pinpoint subtleties of motives, actions and people. Truth, patience, symbolic wisdom, shadow work . The Mescalero believe that Owl carries the souls of the recently deceased, a death messenger. The owl is the totem of clairvoyants and mystics. It has great awareness of all that is around it at all times. It has predator vision, which means it sees clearly what it looks at. It has great intuition: it is the totem of psychics and clairvoyants. It has the courage to follow its instincts. Owl's medicine includes seeing behind masks, silent and swift movement, keen sight, messenger of secrets and omens, shape-shifting, link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light, comfort with shadow self, moon power, freedom.
Ferocity, visions, valor, discipline, control, wisdom, sensitivity.
Reflection/insight, buoyancy in life; teaches to rest in spite of life's heavy weight
Home, love, security, fertility, family
Good-natured, curious, cautious, boldness in actions and words.
Nourishment of the soul, family; teaches how to elude problems, spot danger, safety.
Rebirth, intuition, balance, fertility, new life, dietary, spirit detection, transformation, defense. alertness, nurturing, faith. Rabbit's medicine includes moving through fear, living by one's own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit also represents humility, because he is quiet and soft and not self-asserting.Rabbit people are so afraid of tragedy, illness, and disaster, that they call those very fears to them to teach them lessons. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, it may be telling you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. It always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.
Seeking new beginnings. Power, strength, agility, great mental activity; curious and imaginative. The ram offers energy to act upon the mental faculties. It reminds you to trust your abiility to land safely as new endeavors are made, balance as you climb. The ram in ancient Egypt was a symbol of the god Amon, patron god of the pharaohs of Thebes whose cult was merged with the sun god Ra. It was also associated with the potter god Khnum.
Wisdom, past life connections. The rhinoceros brings energy in for one's own solitude, spiritual idealism, high sensitivity to feelings and smell.
Healing, initiation, protection, magic, shapeshifting, creation. rebirth, omens, playful aspects, The raven stirs life without fear, brings in the light. It is a trickster, teacher, hoarder - symbolic of inner journeys, dreams. To Pacific Northwest Coast tribes, the raven represented the shaman's powers and a belief in transformation between human and animal spirits. The raven symbolizes change in conciousness and is the mark of a shape shifter. The Celts associated the raven with Morrigan, the battlefield goddess of death, who likewise symbolized transition.
New growth in many areas of life; encouragement to sing your own song; independence.
Instinct, persistence, determination.
Power, intuition, sensuality, leadership, dreams.
Love, longing, dilemna, movement, playfulness.
Hunter; survival, adaptability.
Respect, playfulness. The skunk takes its own time, is steady with efforts. Fragrances can elicit responses with those who associate with skunk medicine (aromatherapy); an ability to attract people will start to develop.
Rebirth, resurrection, initiation, wisdom, transformation, healing, sleep, calm. Shrewdness, transformation. Life, death and rebirth are represented by the shedding of skin. Among the Pueblo Indians, snakes and lightning are equated with rain and fertility. Snake creatures were said in many cultures to encircle the world. The serpent in Eden was known as the craftiest of all creatures. This reputation for wisdom followed the serpent, which was also associated with medicine - the twin serpents entwined in the caduceus of Hermes.
Self-worth, dignity; shows how to survive, triumph in spite of circumstances.
Maintains a balance from past to present, spiritual and physical balance. Awakens sensibilities and weaves influences in development in your own world, stay focused on the center of things Creative, pattern of life. Spider connects the past with the future, creating possibilities. Spider-woman is a major Pueblo goddess.
Activity, preparedness, awareness, sociability, playfulness, balance.
Soul, love, true beauty of self, power of grace, inner beauty of others reflected in you, balance, innocence.
Power, devotion, tact, skill, adventure, passion, courage, sensitivity, devotion, endurance, energy, nobility, strength, creativity, healing, sensuality.
Longevity, endurance, survival skills, patience. The turtle stimulates hearing on both the physical and spiritual levels. It is a self-contained, creative source. Turtle represents Mother Earth. Informed decisions, planning and adaptability are attributes of Turtle. Turtle is at home anywhere because it carries its home on its back. It does not become attached to places, for it is free to search for new opportunities wherever they may be found. When they sense danger, or are in uncomfortable and insecure settings, they withdraw into their shell, and are protected. If you have Turtle medicine, you value both the power of the earth, the waters of the earth, and the magic of the heavens, for Turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy, and the magic of the mystical.
Purification, death, rebirth of the soul; changes internally, physically; conscious of transformation.
Awakening, creation, movement, imagination, inspiration.
Intuition, learning, shadow, guardianship, ritual, loyalty, spirit, magick, dreams, meditation, wisdom. Pathfinder, teacher. Friendship, trust, loyalty, success, perseverance, earth wisdom, protection, stability and thought. Wolves are also regarded as pathfinders and teachers. The wolf is represented by the constellation Sirius, the Dog. In the Zuni tradition, the Wolf symbolizes the direction East. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, and have a strong sense of family while maintaining individualism.Wolves are probably the most misunderstood of wild animals. Tales of cold-bloodedness abound, in spite of their friendly, social and intelligent traits. They are truly free spirits, even though their packs are highly organized. They seem to go out of their way to avoid a fight. One is rarely necessary when a shift in posture, a growl, or a glance gets the point across quite readily. Traditionally, someone with Wolf Medicine has a strong sense of self, and communicates well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements. They often find new solutions to problems while providing stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure.
Rhythm, fertility, earth's heartbeat, increase of mental/physical activities, beat of life.
Symbolism of the Color Black
Black is the absence of color, the negative of white.  For this reason, black is the color of primordial void, that which existed before the light.  Black possesses a mysterious sense of extinction, and it is considered the color of the night, where the unknown is manifest,  but black also represents the germinal state, the beginning sure to grow. 
The claim that black is universally associated with death, evil, and sickness seems at first,  but another look reveals that black has many other associations, such as fertility  and newly fertilized lands. 
In some parts of the Arab world, black is considered unlucky,  but black is also a symbol of power and authority, an emblem of the Caliphate, the first system of government established in Islam. 
As a color that seems indifferent, black encapsulates the mark of humility and respectability. 
In Ancient Egypt, black is the color of resurrection and eternal life,  associated with the mother goddess and fertility, especially in conjunction with red, or blood. 
In China, black represents the passive element Yin. Its opposite element, Yang, is bright yellow. Though black is considered a color for young boys,  it remains a color of darkness and isn't usually worn as a primary color.  In the four primary directions, black is the color of the Dark Warrior,  depicted as a tortoise with an intertwined serpent.  The Dark Warrior symbolized the north direction, which, unlike the other directions, was never honored or worshipped. People feared it for being the home of the destructive ocean god.  The Dark Warrior's element is water, and in Wu Xing, the Five Elements of China, black is associated with the element water. 
To the Apache of North America, black symbolizes the West, where the sun sets.  Throughout parts of Western Europe, black symbolizes periods of mourning, funerals, and Halloween. 
In Feng Shui, black is associated with the element water and the passive yin. Black represents money or income, career, emotional protection, power, stability, and bruises. 
In Jungian psychology, black represents the shadow aspect of the unconscious psyche,  and in other schools of psychology, black has been linked with self-confidence, strength, and power.
Summary of Symbolism of the Color Black
Black is associated with the darkness, the unknown, the invisible. The fear inspired by these connections may be the reason that black became a symbolic color of power and authority. Black is associated with the night and the setting sun. Black is connected with both death and rebirth. Fertility and the mother goddess, also connected with death and rebirth, intertwine with the color black.
Wearing a black garment might be an indication of position or authority, or it may be a sign of mourning, loss, or even illness.
Because black symbolizes the primordial void before creation, it appears in each person as the shadow personality in Jungian psychology. While the word 'shadow' might indicate negativity, the shadow is not necessarily a negative aspect of the psyche. Much like the physical body's shadow, the shadow of the psyche is present in each conscious person, apparent only in contrast to the conscious mind. The germinal state of creation, too, exists within each person as part of the shadow aspect, from which new synthesis and new creations often arise spontaneously.
The variety of symbolism for the color black is layered. This explains why black is also perceived to be a chaotic color; it represents the shadow, the unknown, and the unpredictable as well as the cyclical processes of life, death, and rebirth, including fertility. Since fertility of the land, and fertility of human being, remains elusive, the chaotic and unpredictable nature of it coordinates with the other associations of black.
Symbolism of the Color Blue
Blue has a wide spectrum, ranging from light, or powder, blue to dark, or navy, blue. Both the sea and the sky are symbolic of vastness, infinity, and the experience beyond the grasp of the human condition, both the ultimate and the eternal.  Since blue is tied in with oceanic and celestial symbolism, blue also symbolizes wide, open space and primordial emptiness. 
Symbolism of Light Blue
Shades of light blue are associated with the daytime sky and the calm sea.  Light blues represent the masculine principle and spatial distance. 
Symbolism of Dark Blue
The darker shades of blue represent the sky at night or the overcast, stormy skies  and the still, deep waters.  Darker blues are associated with the feminine principle and peace. 
Symbolism of Blue Overall
[Blue Dragon] In modern psychology, blue is linked with decreased blood pressure and respiration rate; it produces a calming effect. Jung identified blue as representative of the clear sky during the day, and the color symbolized thinking. 
Catholicism and other Christian traditions use blue as a symbol for the Virgin Mary. [2,4]
In parts of the East and parts of the Arab world, blue protects against the 'evil eye.' [2,4]
In some Asian countries, blue is associated with the occult, and blue eyes are a sign of magical powers.  In China, blue symbolizes immortality. 
In Feng Shui, blue is a color of the element water with the passive Yin aspect. It is used for healing, relaxation, peace, trust, and exploration. 
Introspection and dreamlike states are connected with the color blue,  which is one of the reason for Jung's connection of blue to thinking.  Blue can represent the unattainable or inaccessible.  In Iran, blue is the color of heaven, spirituality, and mourning. 
In Western Europe, blue represents sadness or depression, and light blue is the color of baby boys.  In modern Western culture, blue represents the corporate work lifestyle. 
[Blue Eastern Dragon] Blue is a common color for sea serpents. Light blue dragons represent the vastness of the sky and flight, while dark blue dragons represent still, deep waters. Blue dragons are highly protective creatures and magical.
Blue Chinese dragons are of the purest azure colors. They are a symbol of the East and are pacifying.
Symbolism of the Color Bronze
From 3500 B.C. to 1200 B.C., humans lived in the Bronze Age, till it ended with the start of the Iron Age in 1200 B.C.  Bronze is created by smelting copper and tin, and this process, discovered around the third millennium BC, forges a metal that is harder and more durable than the components. 
The strength and durability of bronze made it an intricate part of weapons, chariots, and other important tools for society. Golden-brown tones are generally classified along with bronze, along with some copper tones.
[Bronze Dragon] Bronze dragons are powerful, solid dragons that possess especially hard scales. Since bronze was used in many weapons, bronze dragons are warriors.
Symbolism of the Color Brown
[Brown Dragon] Brown symbolizes the soil, the earth.  Paradoxically, brown is the color of autumn and symbolizes the death of vegetation, marking the transition into the season of winter. 
For the Cherokee of North America, brown symbolizes good and life. To the Ancient Roman Catholic Church, brown is a symbol of humility and poverty. 
For the Australian Aboriginal people, brown symbolizes the color of the land.  In Western Europe, brown is a dependable, steadfast color that represents potential fertility. 
In Feng Shui, brown is the color of the element Earth and has the active Yang principle. Brown represents industry and grounded stability. 
Few reptiles are brown, but some dinosaurs are believed to have brown pigmentation. Brown could be a common dragon color.
Brown dragons would like associate with the mother goddess or a god of fertility. In some instances, a brown dragon may represent the autumn harvest, the reaping.
Symbolism of the Color Gray / Grey
[Gray Dragon] Gray is traditionally associated with old age and by correlation, wisdom.  Gray is a combination of opposites, black and white, with more white or more black changing the shade and value of gray. Regardless of the shade, gray symbolizes balance or neutrality. 
In the East, gray symbolizes helpers and travel, and in Feng Shui gray represents the element metal and is of the passive Yin aspect.  Feng Shui emphasizes gray's indefinite and dull nature.  In the West, gray symbolizes boredom and plainness. 
In Greco-Roman mythology, gray is the color of Saturn, or Cronos, who was the lord of time, with wisdom among his major attributes.  On the Kabbalistic tree of life, gray symbolizes wisdom. 
In Western Europe, gray symbolizes mourning, lamentation, and death because of its correlation to ashes.  The Bible sports gray as a symbol of repentance, fasting, selflessness, and worship.  Holy practitioners in Europe chose gray as a color for garments to symbolize simplicity and repentance. 
Modern associations with gray include seniority, neutrality, tradition, and pollution. 
[Grey Dragon with green undertones]
Gray / Grey Dragons
[Grey Dragon with blue undertones] Gray dragons possess great wisdom. An older dragon may be gray with age. Gray, as a symbol of travelers and helpers, makes the gray dragon likely to help a polite passerby.
Since a gray dragon combines black and white characteristics, attributes associated with those colors apply to gray dragons.
Symbolism of the Color Green
[Green Dragon] The color green lies halfway between the classification of 'warm' and 'cool' colors.  In many cultures, green is considered a mystic color because it is a combination of yellow (the earth) and blue (the heavens), so green can be seen as the fruit of their union.
Green symbolizes life and death because it is found in the newness of life in the Spring and in putrefaction after death. [1,5] In Medieval Europe, green became the color of criminals  and Satan.  It was also considered unlucky to wear green. 
In many traditions, green has had important implications with fertility and rebirth.  For its connection with plant life, green has strong associations with growth, awakenings,  and abundance. Prominent in the springtime, green symbolizes hope in immortality, of things beyond the cyclical seasons.  Green envelops the negative aspects of newness, such as naivety, immaturity, and inexperience, even unripe foods. 
Ancient Egyptians feared cats with green eyes because of the color's relationship with superhuman power. 
In the Islamic tradition, green is the most important color. Mohammed's green cloak symbolized paradise and spiritual refreshment,  and green symbolizes perfect faith.  That is why, in India, the color green is associated with Islam specifically. 
For the Irish, green has been associated with the nation; it can be specific to Catholic Irish traditions. 
In Japan, green is a symbol of life  and the spring.  In China, green represents the spring. One of the Chinese Animals of the Four Directions is the Green Dragon, representing the power of the East,  whose element is wood.  In other parts of the East, green symbolizes health, peace, and eternity.  In Western Europe, green represents the spring and money. 
Feng Shui utilizes green for its nurturing, balancing, healing, and growing energies. Green is associated with the element wood and is a part of the passive Yin aspect. 
Modern psychology utilizes green for mental and physical relaxation.  Green is proven to help with anxiety and depression.  In Jungian psychology, green symbolizes the sensation of immediate, tangible objects. 
[Green Dragon] Across the world, green is associated with the earth and its vegetation. Many reptiles and amphibians have green pigmentation (notably the crocodiles, komodo dragons, and alligators). As a natural color, many dragons across the world are green.
The association with green with nature draws a symbolic link between a green dragon and the mother goddess, a symbol of life, death, and rebirth.
The Green Dragon of the East, one of the Animals of the Four Directions in China, symbolizes the East and the spring. His element is wood, and the Green Dragon brings regenerating rains. The Green Dragon embodied the active Yang principle, a positive force of weather. 
Symbolism of the Color Gold
[Gold Dragon] Gold symbolizes the sun and is associated with the masculine principle. East and West, gold is a symbol of wealth and strength.  In Feng Shui, gold connects to the metal element and the active Yang principle.
Gold is attributed to sun and corn deities.  Gold represents the colors of the heavens  and divine power.  Gold is an attribute of the Greek god Apollo, with whom it symbolizes intuition, illumination, and reason. 
Golden dragons correlate to powerful sun deities or deities of the harvest. Much like bronze dragons, they have sturdy, strong exteriors. Illumination and revelation lie at the heart of a gold dragon.
Gold dragons symbolize prosperity and wealth.
Symbolism of the Color Purple / Violet
Purple and violet are combinations of blue and red. Violet is equal parts blue and red. It symbolizes passion (red) balanced by reason (blue) and the temporal (red) balanced by the external (blue). 
Purple is a blend of red and blue in any ratio. Some purples are 'warmer' (more red) while others are 'cooler' (more blue).
Violet and purple are both associated with religious devotion and grief.  Buddhists regard purple as a sacred color.  In Thailand, purple is worn by mourning widows.  In Toaism, violet is the color that marks the transition from Yang (active) to Yin (passive). 
In Feng Shui, purple is the passive Yin force; it symbolizes spiritual awareness and healing. 
Historically, purple dye proved expensive to produce throughout Western and Central Europe because the ingredients were rare and costly.  Only the rich could afford purple garments, which is why purple is associated with royalty and wealth.  Members of the Catholic priesthood use garments of purple during parts of the Liturgy, especially during Lent,  which is why purple is a symbol of ecclesiastical power. 
The Byzantine and Roman emperors preferred purple for their garments.  In China, purple is the color of the North Star, a symbol of the center of heaven.  In modern psychology, violet has been shown to suppress the appetite and create a peaceful environment. 
Purple / Violet Dragons
Purple dragons symbolize wealth and royalty. On the other hand, a purple dragons symbolize mourning and grief. Since Taoism sees violet as the marker of the transition between active (Yang) and passive (Yin) aspects, a violet dragon symbolizes a transitional or liminal creature.
In modern artwork and cartooning, many cute or whimsical dragons are purple.
Symbolism of the Rainbow
Across the world, the rainbow is a spiritual symbol  of hope and the power of the gods.
In the Book of Genesis, after the great flood, God said, 'I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.' 
The rainbow is a sign of hope; it is a promise to never destroy the world by a great flood again. This is true in other traditions, including the Lakota people of North America.  Modern symbolism of the rainbow has expanded from the theme of hope to also encompass inclusiveness and diversity. 
A rainbow-colored dragon is quite uncommon. The exception is the Rainbow Serpent, or Rainbow Snake, found in traditions across the world. The Rainbow Serpent devours people and vomits them back up, symbolizing death and rebirth.
Some dragons are associated with the rainbow in other ways. For example, the Aztecs said that the dragon god Quetzalcoatl could be seen flying across the sky in the form of a rainbow.
Rainbow dragons are inherently connected to the weather, specifically the rain, since the natural manifestation of the rainbow is after a rainstorm.
Dragons of Fame: Quetzalcoatl, Aido Hwedo / Dan Ayido Hwedo, The Rainbow Serpent
Symbolism of the Color Red
Red has a rich, visual spectrum, so it has a complex and intricate symbolic meaning.  Red symbolizes everything from passion, love, and sex to blood, wounds, death, and fertility. It can even represent anger, aggression, danger, warning, and protection.
Red is the color of blood and one of the primary colors of fire.  Jung believed that this is why red is linked to surging, tearing emotions like anger and love.  Other associations include the sun, masculinity, passion, energy, and war.  The connection with life and warmth derive from red's blood and fire,  while its association with war and death come from red's connection to spilled blood, menstruation, and the blood of the placenta after giving birth. [4,7]
In Paleolithic times, red ochre was mined and ground into powder. Anthropologists believe that people imbued this powder with life-giving powers. 
To the Celtics, red symbolized death and the afterlife.  The ancient Anglo-Saxons saw red as a protective color that could be used to ward off evil.  Warriors covered their weapons with red paint to endow them with magical powers, and red paint and markings afford trees and animals protection. 
Some Aboriginal groups in Australia utilized red as a protective color.  For other Australian Aboriginal peoples, red symbolizes the land and earth. 
In China, red is regarded as an auspicious color  because red symbolizes love and fertility. Traditional wedding gowns and veils in China are red.  Red eggs are offered to a couple when a child is born.  Red is often used in festivals because it represents good luck and celebration. [5,6] Among the five elements, red is associated with the element of Fire and the direction of South.  The poetical expression of 'the mark of the vermillion pencil' refers to documents written with red ink by the Emperor. 
Other societies associate red with love and fertility. A practice that still remains in Greece, Albania, and Armenia is that of the flammeum, a veil that brides wrap around themselves as a symbol of fertility and protection.  This practice can be traced back to the times of Ancient Rome, although some sources report that the flammeum actually was colored an orange-yellow, the color of a candle flame. 
In Ancient Egypt, red symbolized the destructive god Set.  The Ancient Egyptians used an expression roughly translated as 'making red' to mean murdering someone, and an evil act or plot would be called 'red affairs.'  Scribes would use a special red ink when writing words of warning or ill-omen.  Similarly, in the Hebrew tradition, red symbolized both the sin and the sacrifice for the sin. 
In Western Europe, red indicates or highlights danger.  Red also relates anger and aggression, from its association with Mars, the Roman god of War.  Modern western usage of red also includes high energy, high speed,  low-levels of fuel, and high levels of danger ('red alert').
For the Apache red symbolized victory and success, and it was also the color of the East. 
In India, red symbolizes purity,  but also sexual passion.  In South Africa, red is the color of mourning. 
In Feng Shui, red is a color of the element Fire, and it is of the active Yang aspect. It promotes money and good luck and symbolizes respect and vitality. 
Modern psychology has found that red stimulates brain wave activity and the heart rate. In some cases, it can even increase blood pressure.  Modern politics associates red with Communism.
Summary of Symbolism of the Color Red
Red has a strong symbolic nature owing to its natural manifestation in blood and fire. Depending on the culture and time period, red may represent anger, aggression, high speed, danger, love, purity, joy, celebration, fertility, warmth, rebirth, death, wounds, or protection.
[Red Dragon] Red dragons are notoriously passionate with a short fuse, tending towards ill-tempered. A red dragon is imbued with considerable prowess in battle. As a guardian, the red dragon is formidable.
Red Eastern dragons symbolized autumn and the west. They cause storms when they battle in the sky.
Dragons of Fame: Smaug, Stollenwurm, the Red Dragon of Wales
Symbolism of the Color Silver
Silver symbolizes security and intelligence,  and represents modern technology.  Because it is a precious metal, it has been used for currency around the world. Silver symbolizes the moon, and the color is thus associated with the mother goddess. [5,6] In certain traditions, silver is a sign of clairvoyance. 
In Western Europe, silver is stylish, representing financial wealth,  but it also represents a stalemate.  In heraldry, silver is a symbol of purity.  Silver is associated with the month of March. 
In Feng Shui, silver is connected to the element metal and possesses the passive Yin quality. It represents romance and trust. 
In the Hindu Chakra, of the hidden power of humans, silver is of the air element and is good during a time of reflection and changing directions.  Like the moon that controls the tides of the earth, silver has a soothing, calming effect.  Silver opens a person to dignity, wisdom, and insight. 
[Silver Dragon] Silver dragons possess powerful healing abilities. They have a strong connection to the moon and live by the lunar cycle. A silver dragon can be connected to the mother goddess or a female warrior.
In modern and contemporary art, metallic dragons can have cyborg-themed styles, such as bionic eyes, mechanical limbs and wings, etc. These are often represented in silver
Symbolism of the Color White
White is associated with light, the sun, air, holiness, perfection, and innocence  and in some cases, virginity.  Throughout the world, it is the dominant holy color.  There are two opposing aspects of its symbolism.
Symbolism of Lunar-White, Pale White, White Pigment
White, when perceived as a color, such as the color of paleness or the moon, is tied in with death.  Ghosts, phantoms, and white women (or white ladies) are all are described as white or semitransparent white. 
Symbolism of Solar-White, Bright White, White as the Combined Spectrum of Colors
Meanwhile, white that is seen as the blend of the color spectrum, the white of light and of the sun, symbolizes the sun and deities.  This is a solar, as opposed to lunar, color, and the solar color joins with the symbolism of white as purity and innocence. 
Symbolism for White in General
In some parts of the Arab world, white is considered lucky.  In parts of the West, white symbolizes purity and innocence, which is why it is the color traditionally worn for baptismal robes and wedding gowns.  Blinding whiteness is attributed as the color of the angels,  and many people who work in health (nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, etc.) wear white coats as a sign of their work. 
To the Apache of North America, white symbolizes the north for its source of snow.  To the Cherokee, white symbolizes the south as well as peace. 
In Feng Shui, white is associated with the element Metal in the Chinese Elemental system, Wu Xing. White is connected to Yang, the active principle, as well as with mourning, spirits/ghosts, poise, and confidence. 
In the East, white symbolizes death and mourning,  and Chinese funeral garments are often coarse white.  In India, white is a symbol for unhappiness, and in Japan certain white flowers symbolize death.  In Ancient Rome and Greece, people associated white with death and life. In this case, white represents rebirth.  In China, white is associated with the direction west. 
In contemporary times, when used to make a flag, white denotes surrender, truce, and goodwill.
Summary of Symbolism of the Color White
White symbolizes the purity of an unblemished light as well as powerful supernatural spirits beyond the grave, like ghosts. The association with the sun makes the symbolism of solar-white a powerful sign of holiness, purity, and wisdom, and the association with the moon makes the symbolism of lunar-white a tremendous sign of spiritual energy, danger, and death.
White dragons can be split into two symbolic groups: lunar-white and solar-white.
Solar-white dragons are imbued with the power the sun, a symbol of holiness and purity. A solar-white dragon is associated with a sun god or a powerful god of creation.
A lunar-white dragon symbolizes death and rebirth. It embodies a dangerous and ferocious supernatural power, likely associated with a moon god or a mother goddess.
In China, a white dragon is an omen of death, a warning. White dragons are associated with the direction south.
Dragons of Fame: Pai Lung, O Goncho
Symbolism of the Color Yellow
Yellow shares some of its symbolic nature with gold.
Yellow symbolizes the sun, so it symbolizes the sun's life-giving, generative powers.  The sun rises and sets from and to the darkness of the unknown; therefore, it symbolizes intuition in Jungian psychology.  Yellow symbolizes illumination and dissemination,  and it is the color of fear.  Much like the color white, yellow has two symbolic forms: golden-yellow and pale-yellow. Golden-yellow is associated with the sun and wealth, while pale-yellow is linked to illness, disease, or cowardice. 
In many Eastern traditions, people use yellow to protect against evil and for the dead.  Yellow symbolizes courage to the Japanese.  In India, yellow is commonly associated with merchants. 
In China, yellow is considered the national color. Historically, there was a time when only the emperor and his sons were allowed to wear the color yellow,  because yellow was a sacred color to the emperor.  Yellow symbolizes the center of the universe, and one popular creation myth tells that the goddess Nu Wa created humans from yellow clay. 
In the Wu Xing, the Five Elements of China, yellow represents the element Earth, the time of transition between seasons, and the center direction. [5,6]
In Feng Shui, yellow is of the element Earth and possesses the Yang principle. Yellow represents warmth and motion; it is generally considered and auspicious color. 
For the West, yellow represents cowardice,  weakness, and hazards.  It is also a symbol of hope, found in the coming of light.  In Egypt yellow was a symbol of mourning.  Medieval Europe and Egypt both saw yellow as the color of envy and used it to signify disgrace.  This is why in many places in the West, yellow is still associated with cowardice. 
In Mexican cosmology of the indigenous peoples of middle America, the earth's new skin was golden yellow until rain fell and made it green.  Thus, yellow is a symbol of beginning and renewal, even anticipation. In Aztec mythology, Huitzilopochtli (also spelled Uitzilopochtli), the god of war and the god of the sun, is depicted in yellow and blue. 
For the Apache of North America, yellow represents the East, where the sun rises.  For the Cherokee, yellow is a symbol of trouble or danger.  For the Aboriginal people of Australia, yellow created from ochre symbolized death. 
Islam ascribes symbolism to the shade of yellow. Golden-yellow is a symbol of wisdom, while pale-yellow represents treachery and malice. 
In modern psychology, yellow has been found to energize and relieve depression as well as to improve memory. Yellow is also believed to stimulate the appetite. 
Summary of Symbolism of the Color Yellow
Yellow has two opposing symbolic forms: pale-yellow and golden-yellow. The symbolism of golden-yellow includes happiness, the sun, the energizing power of creation, and the newness of a beginning earth. Pale-yellow is associated with illness, weakness, cowardice, and envy.
Yellow has an importation relationship in Jungian psychology as the color of intuition and curiosity. Because the sun rises and sets over the horizon into unknown territory, the color yellow associates with the liminal state of being between consciousness and unconsciousness.
[Yellow Dragon] Pale-yellow dragons symbolize envy and cowardice. They are an omen of coming illness or the turn of the seasons.
Golden-yellow dragons symbolize the sun, wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. They have strong associations with the earth or a solar deity.
In China, the Yellow Dragon is associated with the Fifth Direction, the direction of the center, or the center of the world.  The Yellow Dragon is the symbol of this Fifth and heavenly direction.  This is why yellow dragons are revered in China. Yellow dragons are connected with the earth's regenerative powers, and they represent the power of the emperor.
THE MOON AND YOUR PETS
There are two planets we "love with," astrologically speaking--the
Moon and Venus. Both are known as feminine energies, and so both are magnetic rather than pursuant--that is, we use them to draw who and what we love to
us, rather than dashing out to chase it down (a task better left to our
Sun and our Mars). Both the Moon and Venus, then, produce "bonds" of a
sort--emotional ties--but the motivation behind these bonds is very
different. Our Venus bonds are created with personal gratification
in mind. We attract who or what we do because it pleases us to have it or them around us--they make us feel good, and we derive satisfaction from them.
The bonds the Moon produces, however, are of an unconditional nature, based on
urges that are very pure. We love, nurture, and tend to the needs of the
other with our Moons simply because we care, without asking anything in
return for ourselves. We let down our guard and express our emotions for
another because we trust. We protect those we love with our Moons because we feel an innate responsibility for their well-being.
THE MOON AND HER ROLE IN BONDING
Now, the person we first shared this type of Moon-love with was Mom.
No bond we'll ever make throughout our lives will replace it--or even come
close. How could it? After all, this is the human whose body we actually
lived inside. That's quite a connection. It's natural, then, that we
learn all about love, trust, and protection from our mothers. We bond
similarly with our own children because they, too, came from our bodies, and with our other family members because they're blood--another way of saying the same thing. Outside of those ties, however, there's only one type of nurturing,
emotional bond most of us make throughout our lives that also reflects the
urges of our moons--to love, nurture, and protect--and that's the bond that we share with our pets.
The bond between humans and animals is legendary, as well it should
be. Our pets love us, and allow us to love them, with the unconditional Moon-
love of a family member. No matter what our mood--a great Moon word--they
love us, accept us, and offer us affection at the end of a long day.
Moreover, they allow us to use our Moons on them, to mother them by feeding and taking care of them--something childless folks would never have an opportunity to do, and parents of grown children often miss. In all, our pets provide us with the love and affection that make our Moons secure and happy.
WHO BONDS WITH WHAT
All this said, it stands to reason that the types of pets we choose
have an awful lot to do with our Moons, both by sign and by house. Now, the
house where our Moon "lives" shows where or under what circumstances we'll
feel most comfortable expressing our urge to nurture and care for
another. The sign she "wears" describes specifically what we look for to pour our nurturing urges over. Let's talk about the Moon by house first,
specifically about the houses that pertain to our pets.
The Sixth House Moon
Traditionally, pets have always been assigned to the sixth house.
Small pets, that is--domestic pets that we tend to, that become part of our
daily sixth-house duties. The theory is that these beasts are in our lives
to serve, to kill the mice in the barn, keep the sheep in line, and
protect us from intruders. Rather like hired help, you might say--which also
relates back to the ancient concept of seeing the sixth house as the house of
slavery. Now, personally, I find this concept hysterical. Not the
idea of slavery and pets, you understand. That makes perfect sense--for a
number of reasons. First off, because they sure do have us trained well.
Whenever Benji or Fluffy get that look on their fuzzy little faces, we
immediately drop whatever we're doing and head for the door. Not to mention the fact that we certainly do not only go out and work our paws to the bone to
bring home the magic cans, but since we also (handily) have opposable
thumbs to open the above-mentioned cans, we also open them on a regular basis. Now, all of these qualities are, I'm sure, among the reasons they keep
us. So, again, although I can definitely see the connection between slavery
and pets, it's not because they're the slaves--at least not around here.
At any rate, if you have the Moon in the sixth house, you probably
do "tend" to critters on a daily basis. You may just have a pack of resident
critters, or you may actually work with animals--since the sixth house also
relates to what we do for work on a daily basis. You may find yourself involved
in veterinary care, then, if the Moon is here. You may also work at a
kennel, shelter, or groomers--but on some level, you'll find yourself serving
the residents of the animal kingdom.
The Fifth House Moon
Now, some folks also put pets in the fifth house, since this is the
house where we deal with the issue of lovers, playmates, and children.
This makes sense, too--we kiss, cuddle, spoil, and pamper our pets as if they
were our lovers. They even sleep with us. We also treat them, at times, like
children, promising them a cheeseburger after a trip to the doctor,
explaining things to them as if they really understand our words--and
I'm of the belief that they just might--and worrying about their feelings.
They're definitely our playmates--who else would tirelessly chase down a
Frisbee, just to keep us amused? If your Moon is in the fifth house, then,
you probably have this type of loving relationship with your pets.
MOON SIGNS & PETS
Of course, the sign the Moon wears is like a costume that tells us
how she'll go about the business of nurturing. It's also an indication of the
types of people and things we'll love. Let's look at the Moon through the
signs, and talk about which type of pet will appeal to you.
Well, it's no secret that the Moon in this sign isn't shy. She's one
of the most brazen ladies out there, matter of fact, so you won't ever have
to wonder what she's feeling. She'll stomp her feet and holler when
she's angry, and purr like a kitten when she's pleased. She likes people
and things that are tough--ram-tough, you might say--and so, failing a
ram, this Moon-sign will feel most secure and comfy in the company of tough
critters: dogs that are known as fighters, for example like pitbulls and
dobermans. Since she also learned early on to raise herself, this Moon sign will
also have a special place in her heart for animals that are largely
self-sufficient, and animals that, while they may love their owner,
don't need them as much as others--like some cats, for example.
Here's the Moon in her earthy best, fully appreciating the wonders of
the physical world. This Moon sign will appreciate creatures that
reflect her sturdy, rugged nature, so she'll be drawn to sturdy beasts, those
that are literally worth their weight. In the dog department, any huge,
rugged beast will do--although bulldogs and bull mastiffs do come to mind for
obvious reasons. Taurus Moons may also be drawn to farm animals, like bulls
or cows, or to other animals that are hard workers.
Gemini's love of variety knows no bounds--so if your Moon is here,
she's built for mental stimulation, light examinations of everything, and
at least two of whatever she loves. This is an air sign, remember, and the
air signs are intellectual creatures. The Moon in this sign, then, will be
drawn to birds, most likely, and to birds that talk, especially--like magpies,
parrots, and cockatiels. Since this sign also rules the neighborhood, and
the smaller world, she'll also enjoy miniature pets, like miniature
horses, dogs, etc., and those that have the incredible lightness of being
that Gemini is famous for. Other Gemini Moon pets might include mice, gerbils,
or hamsters. Ferrets are among the creatures that Gemini Moons might
like, since their characteristics read like a string of Gemini keywords:
quick, lively, fun, playful, and in constant motion.
Your Cancer Moon wants to nurture what she loves as if it were her
child, so when it comes to choosing a pet, she'll always prefer to take home a
baby, rather than a full-grown animal. Smaller critters she can coddle
happily on her lap--like tiny dogs, as per Gemini Moon will also appeal to her,
and she'll always love to be around litters of animals--because babies
and Moms always were her specialty. In general, however, a Cancer Moon will
love and care for any living creature, so any pet will adapt to her style, and
she to theirs.
Leo Moons belong to folks who have the hearts and souls of
performers. Needless to say, then, their pets necessarily ought to be eyecatchers--with striking, dramatic characteristics. Now, a lion, of course, would make an ideal companion for a Leo Moon, but since that's out of the question, cats--the closest living relative--will do, and the more lion-like
the cat, the better. Dogs make great pets for Leo Moons, too, because of the emotion they lavish on us. Leo Moons like that, you know.
Okay, everyone knows that Virgo has a long-term association with the
plant kingdom, but plants aren't pets--are they? Well, sure they are--ask
any Virgo Moon, as they buzz happily about their apartment, watering
their plants. Now, with Virgo's well-known fondness for neatness, cats are
also good pets for this Moon sign. Siamese, of course, are the best--they
don't shed at all, and they're as particular about their owners as Virgo
Moons are about their pets.
Libra Moons love balanced situations, and they love to be with an
other--so animals that pair up are their absolute favorites, like love birds
for example, and other beasts that mate for life. Since Libra is a Venus-
ruled sign that's known for its love of beauty--in all forms--your Libra
Moon will also be attracted to strikingly beautiful animals: pedigrees,
purebreds, and so forth. Libra also loves color, and pastels in particular, so
she'll be fond of birds of multiple colors, especially those with soft-hued
feathers, like exotic or tropical birds.
Scorpio Moons just love to be scared--it's how they know that they're
alive. In fact, if it's an animal that frightens others, a Scorpio Moon will
just love it. This Moon sign, then, is the one that will be drawn to
strange pets, to scary pets--like snakes, tarantulas, and black cats--and
this is also the Moon sign that may enjoy keeping a bat-house out in the
yard. Of course, Scorpio likes anything that's black--so no matter what type
of pet they choose, they'll want it to have a shiny blue-black coat.
As outdoorsy as Sag Moons tend to be, they have a natural affinity
with horses and dogs--of any kind. (Dogs, in fact, are ruled by
Sagittarius). Big ol' dawgs will always be a Sag Moon's favorite kind of canine, a critter big enough to wrap your arms around and hug. Mutts, too, are among Sag's choice of beast, since they're mixtures of nationalities--and Sag always was fond of foreigners.
Well, Capricorn is the sign of the goat, so it won't be a surprise to
find this Moon sign as the proud owner of a goat of their very own. This
Moon sign also has a fondness for functional beasts, however -- for those that
serve a purpose or have a job to do: protective creatures like German
shepherds, for example, or other animals that are specially trained to sniff out
drugs and explosives, track down missing persons, and stand guard over their
owners or their owner's business.
Aquarian Moons are here to break tradition, to prove to all of us--
especially to their families--that they're completely different from we are.
This Moon sign, then, will tend toward strange, unusual, or unique beasts--dogs
with three legs or one eye, for example, and others that are totally
unlike any pet anyone else has. Because, like Pisces, Aquarius also has a
fondness for the underdog. Aquarian Moons will also be quite fond of animals from the pound, and those who didn't have long to live whose causes they took
Well, you can hardly mention Pisces without mentioning fish, so, of
course, the ideal pet for Pisces Moons would have to be fish--if for o other
reason than that they provide the ideal reason for Pisces Moons to have
running water around--their favorite sound. Now, Pisces Moons also have an
innate affinity with strays of any kind, so any homeless animal--especially
one that shows up looking like it's lost, hungry, or frightened--will find its
way into the soft heart of a Pisces Moon.
by Kim Rogers-Gallagher
Current Moon Phase for January 2nd
(waxing/12% of Full)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.
Thursday 2nd January 2014 - Moon in Capricorn
Now You're Awake - What are You Going to do ?
Here's the dilemma - now you've been woken up to see a truthful reality by the Capricorn New Moon of 1st January 2014 - it might have SHOCKED you as it woke you up - even annoyed you - or if you're like me - then it made you LAUGH a lot - because astrology is so predictable - and you too will be LAUGHING because the New Moon really has SHIFTED something INSIDE and you can FEEL it - WOW - what a refreshing feeling - isn't it ?
It might feel like you've been turned upside-down and shaken - but now you're standing on your feet and ready for LIFE - you're ready and with an inner strength you feel you CAN do "it" - and what's more truthful is you KNOW you're going to do "it". You've got that headstrong determination to do "it" - and today you'll know "destiny" is guiding you to the pathway of karmic success.
Moon 20° Capricorn sextiles Saturn 20° Scorpio creates a calming peaceful aura - even amidst all the intensity of mayhem going on - you will be able to "Tune-in" spiritually and realize what DESTINY is guiding you to do. And the GREATEST thing you can do is FORGIVE people. It doesn't matter what "they" have done to you - it is TIME to FORGIVE and let them GO.
For holding onto hate - only keeps you in a negative cyclical energy. Even "ex's" - FORGIVE them and LOVE them - indeed I can admit it's thanks to all my ex's that I'm here today - each has taught me important karmic lessons - each I've loved and now love them differently - but the past is part of the colorful tapestry of "life" - now is a time for spiritual maturity and FORGIVE all. Yes - I know it's not easy - but do it - and become a better person. Forgiving "them" doesn't mean reconnecting with them or having a relationship with them - but FORGIVING them - means your mind is cleansed of any negativity from the past - FORGIVENESS liberates YOU - and that's what you need today!
Moon 26° Capricorn conjunct Venus [in retrograde] 26° Capricorn creates a karmic reconnection with "love" relationships that need karmic HEALING - whoever it is that "comes" into your mind - you need to know - the thoughts of them have come back - because karmic work needs to be done - and it's time to FORGIVE and LET GO.
Life is funny - because when you've moved onto new relationships - you automatically forget and forgive all the "old" relationships - as LOVE creates more LOVE in your AURA - as you hold no hatred, anger or bad karma when you're "in love".
But some people can't move on - they have ONE relationship that they can't forgive - and that HOLDS their whole life back from moving on. Everyone who is being HELD BACK because karmically they have not forgiven the karma - will find themselves having inexplicable bad karma - because the New Moon in Capricorn is determined to HEAL the bad karma and makes everyone wholesome by the Full Moon on 16th January 2014 - you can do it willingly OR be forced to do it. Today is an opportunuity to FORGIVE and LOVE all - willingly.
Moon enters Aquarius 5pm GMT - 6pm Europe - 10:30pm India - 12noon USA - 3am Sydney Australia the mood of the day is going to shift a gear - and it's going to be getting VERY LIVELY - especially with lots of communication, calls and emails - all of which have the purpose to liberate you from the bad karma and any bad situation you're in - but equally enable you to show your GOOD "loving side" of yourself to other - to create good karma and define your future.
The Capricorn New Moon of 1st January 2014 defines karmic "destiny" - and now it has a mission to accomplish it by the Full Moon on 16th January 2014. As all who know "Capricorn's" when they have a mission - nothing distracts them - nothing gets in the way - and they take it very seriously UNTIL it is completed - they also find a way to use everything that comes their way.
Hence, destiny will be using Moon in Aquarius to get everyone to communicate - to SAY what they need to say - and to communicate what they're being PUSHED by "destiny" to say to the specific people "destiny" wants to be connected. You might "think" you're never going to hear from some people - but by Saturday - you'll realize that DESTINY has pushed and forced real-life situations to happen - which has FORCED them to communicate with you - the reason is because DESTINY has defined the need for specific connections with specific people in order to get things done - and to get your life moving forward.
For the TRUTH is that all the meaningless "stuff" in life is just the excuse for people to have connections and relationships with other people. Even so, when you go to the supermarket, coffee shop, or any store - the meaningless "stuff" is what makes you - create connections with other people.
For example, one who loves playing music and has a natural talent for music - has been given the karmic musician's gifts in order to connect with like-minded people and with specific people. You too - will realize that it is because of an intrinsic facet of "you" that you're connected to the people destiny wants you to be connected with - and during Moon in Aquarius - the necessary connections are made and will be made.
Your Daily Horoscopes
We may be annoyed that the holidays are over, but heading back to work today is not a valid reason to be angry. Nevertheless, the responsible Capricorn Sun forms a harsh square with warrior Mars today, increasing the potential for petty ego skirmishes. Our adrenaline based fight-or-flight response might get the best of us, even if we know what to do. Meanwhile, we grow more hopeful once the Moon shifts into futuristic Aquarius at 12:02 pm EST.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Obtaining what you want today may be elusive if your frustration escapes its container and spills over into your world. Unfortunately, it’s too late to enroll in a stress management class. If you are feeling isolated, don’t blame others. Striking out only pushes them further away. Go running or hit the gym, but whatever you do, make sure to sweat it out. If you discuss your feelings with someone you trust, be sure to approach the topic gently and treat your confidant with the utmost respect.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might want to take off the padded gloves today and express your dissatisfaction. But remember that if you lash out (even if it’s only with words) you will have to deal with the consequences sooner than later. Don’t create conflict unless you are sure that you want to fully engage with the rest of the process. It may be much more beneficial to wage peace in your personal life rather than war.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Although you might feel emotional tension all around you today, you can be quite productive if you simply adapt to the changing dynamics. But if your need to share what’s on your mind prompts you to fight the wrong battles, you could end up exhausted and not any closer to your goals. However, engaging in physical activity or doing any type of hard work reduces the stress and increases your chances for success.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
This is no time to be harboring resentments because unexpressed emotions have a way of cycling back around and catching you off guard. You may like the idea of withdrawing socially for a while, though you still might engage in an intense interaction if you feel threatened. If stress triggers a confrontation today, be sensible and do whatever you can to keep the conversation civil. You don’t need to take the bait if someone is egging you on and looking for trouble. Hot tempers won’t lead to a cool solution.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
If you think your positive intentions are being blocked by someone today, remind yourself that the obstacles in your path aren’t necessarily only on the outside. Naturally, you can’t just snap your fingers and change the external circumstances. Nevertheless, you are fully capable of altering how you react to the situation. Instead of confronting anyone, take a few deep breaths and just get on with your own work. The less you push back now, the better.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Free-floating anxiety can be quite bothersome today, especially if you’re trying to overcome feelings of isolation. At first, it might seem as if the solution to your dilemma is to share your thoughts with another person. But he or she may not be as accessible as you wish. Consider participating in a team sport or putting in extra hours on a group project. Either way, don’t withdraw now; keeping your energy moving is the best way to lift your spirits.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
A business or romantic partner may act too impulsively today, but your feelings don’t diminish in intensity even if you disengage from the situation. In some ways, you’re more frustrated since a lasting solution seems a long way off. There’s no reason to worry about fixing what has already happened. Just don’t make things worse now by losing your temper. Remember, you can still let your emotions flow without drawing others into your drama.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You might try to hold back a flood of fiery passions today, but your feelings are likely to spill out into the open anyhow. Be aware that others may be overwhelmed by your emotional heat wave if you suddenly release your stored-up tensions. It’s time for you to do what Scorpios do best: transform the negative into positive energy. No matter what the question is now, the answer is love.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You have an overabundance of physical energy, but you might believe that there’s no easy way to express it today. However, keeping your feelings locked up inside doesn’t work, either. You may mistakenly assume that if others knew what you are really thinking that they wouldn’t like you as much. Unfortunately, the truth is that by keeping secrets now, you’re inadvertently building walls where you don’t really need them. Be courageous; dismantle borders instead of fortifying them.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Hopefully, no one will push you too hard today since you are likely to respond in a way that is quite disruptive. Your internal sense of your own power is growing. Like a capacitor in an electrical circuit, you might hold back now until enough of a charge is built that your release has the desired impact. Just be careful not to act too soon or your recent hard work will be for naught. Patience is your best weapon of self-defense.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You are learning powerful lessons these days about what not to say. If you just express everything, the end result may be opposite of what you actually want. But withholding your feelings isn’t in your best interest, either. Whatever you share now can affect others, so it’s best to speak only after you reconsider your motives. Remember, it’s not just about you today; act for the greatest good for all involved.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Although you may feel residual anger from a recent situation, you are entering a new phase when you experience a wider range of emotions. This means that, assuming you pay attention to what’s in your heart, you can be more proactive in a positive manner rather than feeling like you are just at the mercy of the changing currents. Although you might not have control over your initial reaction to the current circumstances, you can choose how to respond. Demonstrate your good intentions by taking the high road whenever possible.
Today's Tarot:The Magician
Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans and the like. A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself.
At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with the Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand, and charging the world with magical will was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.
Waite’s image of the Magus as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols and postures — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what the Magus was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.
Your Rune For Today
Hagalaz is the hail Rune. It denotes chaos, destruction and disruption on a primal level. You may experience delays in moving toward your goals.
Today's I Ching Hexagram:
45: Coming Together
The power of gathering together is represented by a rally, where each individual's strength is magnified by the power of their community. History has shown that mass movements can bring about stable, ordered and durable conditions for the better. This hexagram may be pointing to an auspicious time for large undertakings. But the guiding force of your shared vision is essential to hold the forces of unity together, and keep them advancing toward a common goals and values.
Another image for this situation is that of a lake filling with water. Just as the fullness of the lake can bring good fortune to all in its sphere, it can also overflow, leading to calamity. Thus in a time of gathering together it is essential that precautions against excesses be considered along with efforts to advance along a clearly-charted course. Much of human misfortune comes from unexpected events for which we are ill prepared; when gathered together with others, we are both more powerful and, in some ways, also more vulnerable.
Today's Faery Oracle:
The Fee Lion
Oh dear, just look at that scowl!
This is the card of tidying up loose ends...all those things we "should" have sorted out by now, but haven't, all those promises we "should" have kept, but didn't...when the Fee Lion shows up, expect a huge guilt-trip!
Of course, this can be useful - it's always good to have closure on unfinished business, and there's no doubt that once we've done this, we release a lot of energy that we can use for more positive things - dragging old stuff around like this only wears us out and causes mental (and sometimes physical) clutter which is never a helpful thing.
But, you owe it to yourself to question exactly where these feelings of obligation came from? Are you being too hard on yourself? Have you taken on board too much and left yourself feeling frazzled and resentful? How much of this is down to other people's unrealistic or unfair demands of you that you felt you couldn't say no to?
Today's Spirit Animal Oracle:
That Which is Behind You
Mockingbirds are master imitators, and can mimic the calls of many other birds. They’re also fearless protectors of their nest, and will attack any bird (no matter how large) to protect their young. Mockingbird’s lesson for you today is twofold: to listen to how you might be mimicking others—instead of listening to your own true voice; and to examine the value of what you defend. Hmmm?
Your Current Place
When Horse came back to the Americas, he brought with him the ability to move rapidly from place to place—and it's this rapid movement that he brings to you today. Get up, get out of the rut you've created. Grab Horse's mane, pull yourself onto his back and let him carry you across the plains of your life. The time for being stuck is over.
That Which is before You
Frog Rivet! Something in your life needs cleansing, and frog is here to help. Frog is traditionally associated with rain—that powerful force of Nature that can flood, nurture, heal, or drown. If Frog appears in your reading, you're being asked to examine what is stagnating in your life—then ask Frog to help you let it go. Need to cry? Jump in the shower and let Frog Medicine do its work.
Solitary New Moon Ritual
cedar or sage smudging wand
Cast the circle
Use the smudging wand to purify the space as you move around the circle.
Invocation to the Goddess
(ring bell with arms in Goddess position, arms in a V above your head)
Queen of the Underworld
Protectress of all Wicca
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
and bring about change
I invite you to my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.
Invocation to the God
(hold athame with your hands in the God position, crossed over your chest)
God of Protection
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
to bring about change
I invite you to my circle
to assist me and protect me in my rite.
Statement of intent
Dark is the night as I reach this turning point
Here is a time of death, yet a time of rebirth.
Endings and beginnings
Ebbings and flowings
A journey done and a journey yet to start.
As the wheel turns, I see birth, death and rebirth
and I know that every end is a beginning.
Remember a time in your life when you were miserable, depressed and felt like you couldn't go on.
Let the painful memories overtake you, feeling yourself weaken and become frightened. Put yourself back in that pain-filled time in your life.
As you meditate on that time, sink down the floor and curl up in an embryonic position.
You are completely obsessed by pain and depression. The shadows around you lengthen and darkness spreads.
Light your white candle and hold it high overhead.
In darkness, there is light!
I feel energy and life returning to me!
I feel my heartbeat strong
I feel the power of the universe and the power of the Goddess and God within me.
Pass the candle over your body, tuning in completely with the light, feeling its power heal and protect you.
Allow its rays to completely penetrate your being, healing and cleansing you.
As you are doing this, chant
Let the light cast out all darkness
Cakes and wine
Thank the God and Goddess for their presence
Close the circle
Last day of this calender year as we move into the year of the horse.
2014 year of the Horse
The 2014 Chinese Year is the 31 number in the sixty-year cycle called Chia Wu and described in Chinese tradition like "Horse in the Clouds". 2014 is the year of Green Wooden Horse.
The upcoming compassionate 2014 year of the Horse is going to be attentive to all our troubles and quick to react in protection of those who cannot fight for themselves. The optimistic nature of the 2014 allows us to cope with financial hardships in the belief that good fortune will soon be on the way, while kind-hearted nature of the 2014 year provides us with supportive friends, ready to help us in difficulties just as we have helped them.
The horse personality is often willing to give as well as expecting a lot of liberty. These people are extremely independent and confident. The horse person is very quick-witted and is right in there with you before you have had a chance to finish what you are saying: he's on to the thought in your mind even before you've expressed it. In general, these people are gifted. But in truth they are often more cunning than intelligent - and they surely know that. They adore being in the center of everyone's attention, but more they like to be recognized for their skills and are easily flattered. On the other hand these people have an honesty and genuine warmth which attracts lots of people and helps them make new friends. People as a rule confide in horse person because he/she is sincerely interested in their thoughts and feelings and is able to help with both a wise words and an action, but there is a small problem about it - the horse person is so excited by new discoveries that it is difficult for them to keep a secret. This is not something that arises out of malice or revenge - sometimes they just cannot help themselves.
It is easy to inspire such person by new ideas and he/she tends to act on them without delay, carried away by the excitement of the moment. But it is also important to remember that there is a danger for horse person to be too impulsive and it may cause some problems in the future. And if they do not see the result of their efforts, it is rather natural for them to turn their attention to a new project and head off once again, brimming with new ideas. The horse person is always ready to offer good advice and can be very persuasive, but his/her confident and carefree approach hides inner doubts. Those who know such person well recognize this, and offer the support and reassurance he/she needs.
Generally, people who were born the year of the horse have many contradictions in their character. Horse type people are proud yet sweet-natured, arrogant yet oddly modest in their approach to love, envious but tolerant, conceited yet humble. They want to belong, yet they are burdened by their need for independence. They need love and crave intimacy yet often feel cornered, pressured. But the truth is the horse person is an individual, who depends only on his/her wits and his/her labor to get what he/she wants.
Horse Love Affairs
A person born in the year of horse is usually an emotional adventurer, and spends much of his/her time falling in and out of love. This charmer is never short of people who will succumb to his physical appeal, but since he/she likes the easy conquest, he loses interest quickly if his interest is not returned immediately. (So famous is the fickleness of this sign that the Chinese, for example believe that women born in the Year of the Horse will not make good wives.)
If your beloved was born in the year of horse, your relationships are not likely to be boring - there will be impetuous moments but there will also be exhilarating and intimate times. Sometimes it is hard for horse person to quieten down and focus on one partner, but in case he/she manages to overcome his/her initial hesitancy it is possible for him/her to take commitments seriously. It is not too difficult to charm horse people by tenderness and affection.
Consequently, the horse type must learn to step carefully where matters of the heart are concerned and will no doubt be much better at relationships once he/she had a chance to mature and gain experience. There is also a lot depends on the partner, who theoretically mustn't object to him/her spending time grooming him/herself, making sure that hair and clothes are just right for the occasion. On the other hand, the horse type person is often disorderly creature when it comes to domestic affairs, but usually this side of his/her nature becomes insignificant because he/she is a loving and spirited partner.
Usually people born in this year make unconventional and very active business partners. Should they identify a goal, they channel all their energies and use their productive imagination to achieve it. But they should keep in mind that not everyone agrees with their methods. In case a horse person decides to master a new skill in order to further his/her career, it is a usual thing for him/her to persevere in learning until he/she has perfected it. Horse person will usually try to resolve any problems rather than simply avoid them.
People born in the year of the horse are comfortable taking calculated risks but can often make promises recklessly. So a good partner must show him/her the advantage of being more reserved, hedging bets and giving special care to details, contracts and business commitments. Many people born in the year of the horse have a healthy constitution and are suited to mentally or physically demanding work. The horse person certainly has a necessary potential to be an inspiring leader but he/she should learn to hold back when situations are uncontrollable, since a hasty word could land him/her in trouble.
Ideal Job for the Horse Include
Athlete, Technician, Administrator, Chauffer, Inventor, Lorry driver, Sales person, Teacher, Reporter, Painter, Advertising executive, Poet, Hairdresser, Publican, Tour guide.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4, 8, 13, 14, 41, 43
Equivalent Western Sign: Gemini
Compatible with : Tiger, Dog, Ram
Less Compatible with : Pig, Monkey, Rabbit, Snake, Horse, Ox, Rooster, Dragon
Least Compatible with : Rat
Positive and Negative Capability
Positive: The Horse can be productive, enthusiastic, amusing, warm-hearted, talented, agreeable, industrious, generous, sociable, autonomous, strong minded, sexy, curious, persuasive and logical.
Negative: The Horse can also be defiant, condescending, unscrupulous, anxious, moody, excessively pragmatic, opportunistic, hard-nosed, self-serving and so obtuse as to seem to have gone both blind and deaf at once.
Tuesday 31st December 2013
Moon enters Capricorn 6pm GMT - 7pm Europe - 11:30pm India - 1pm USA EST
Moon 3° Capricorn sextiles Neptune 3° Pisces
(waning /1% of Full)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.
Your Daily Horoscopes
New Year’s resolutions take on more intense layers of meaning this year because communicator Mercury hooks up with passionate Pluto. Commitments are not made lightly today and any deviation from the truth could be met with immediate hostility as Mercury squares warrior Mars. However, even the Moon’s shift into serious Capricorn at 1:01 pm EST isn’t enough to keep us grounded as Mercury also forms otherworldly alignments with Saturn and Neptune.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Listening to the voice of reason isn’t easy today as trickster Mercury squares your key planet Mars. Your words are more combative than you realize, especially if you open your mouth before considering anyone else’s point of view. Fortunately, you can minimize the negative impact of your rash reaction by simply remembering to be respectful of other people’s feelings. Acting for the good of all creates more harmony than just looking out for yourself.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You Bulls tend to dig in your heels (or hoofs), especially on a day like today when you could be provoked to fight back to maintain ownership of what you assume is rightfully yours. However, your opinions can magically turn into facts now. Unfortunately, you begin to believe them so intensely that you can’t hear someone’s contrasting point of view. Remaining open to new information improves your connections with those around you.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Since you’re often the one to change your mind, others might be surprised if you stick with a specific course of action now, even when easier choices become available. You are currently attracted to complex entanglements; you need to experience the deep emotions that often slip through your fingers. Luckily, excitement accompanies you on this profound journey today, stimulating your innate curiosity so you can learn more about yourself and those you love.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You might have to stand up to someone today who refuses to give you what you want. You could even feel attacked by a person who accuses you of using your vulnerability to get your way. It’s challenging to let down your guard and share your true feelings; you may think it’s safer to keep your desires hidden. However, you can earn respect and admiration now if you reveal your softer sign without surrendering your integrity.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You’re so eager to work hard today that your peers will either follow your lead or just step out of your way. Even if others try to talk you into taking an easier path, you already know where you’re going and how you’re getting there. Luckily, you can accomplish more than you realize now if you remain methodical in your approach. Nevertheless, being obsessed with the details is counterproductive. Making a concrete plan is helpful as long as it has built-in flexibility, enabling you to respond to the changing circumstances
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You might try anything to keep your social plans from falling apart today, yet the planetary line-up in your 5th House of Enjoyment could have you preoccupied with wanting to have fun. Remember, issuing heavy-handed commands as if you were a drill sergeant isn’t the most effective management style. Instead, lead by example while also indulging in some personal playtime. Relaxing your control makes this a more pleasant and productive day for everyone involved. Leave some room for the element of surprise.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You may feel emotionally volatile today as powerful desires build until the pressure becomes unbearable. Although something dramatic could happen, it doesn’t have to become an eruption or a meltdown if you stay aware of your feelings throughout the day. Positive change is possible if you are willing to leave your familiar routines behind and jump into unknown territory with an open heart.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your two key planets, Mars and Pluto, are both feeling the stress as their forces motivate you into action now. It’s not wise to be passive today, letting circumstances develop until you’ve lost control. Express what you want without issuing any ultimatums or placing expectations on others. Say what you mean and then let the situation unfold on its own without being overly attached to the final outcome. Fortunately, you can claim your power while still being kind in the process.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Everything in your life seems up for grabs today. You may not feel as if you’re in control and can’t yet put your finger on where the current changes are taking you. Simultaneously, it might appear that your options are narrowing. But even if you are still committed to making something happen now, don’t act out of desperation. Thankfully, your current sense of urgency will fade, giving you more time to make your dreams come true
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You could be running a bit short of patience today and you may want to handle your frustration by taking direct action. You’re growing tired of waiting for everyone else to get going as chatty Mercury joins powerful Pluto in your 1st House of Personality. If necessary, be prepared to forge ahead on your own while also remembering the wisdom of judicious self-restraint. There are no black-or-white solutions, so consider all your options now before resuming your drive to success.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Bringing an unfinished project to a conclusion makes room for new and exciting opportunities now that a potent multi-planet conjunction focuses energy into your 12th House of Endings. But beginning your next phase will be more difficult if you are still carrying the weight of old baggage. Don’t waste time worrying about what’s around the next corner. Lightening your load today prepares you for the challenges of the future.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
A complex emotional issue that’s been brewing within your family or a group of friends must be brought out into the open today. The expression of hidden emotions is a good first step in a necessary process, even if the revealed information isn’t pretty. But rather than fearfully withdrawing in denial, be open to the rainbow of possibilities that might be out there beyond your current trials and tribulations.
Today’s Taro is The Emperor
In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.
Your Rune For Today
Laguz is the feminine Rune. It denotes a deep sexuality and fertility. Laguz also represents that which is ever changing and renewal. You may be in a tremendous spiritual growth period.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram is:
18 Repairing What is Spoiled
Something is starting to rot and it is time to repair the damage. In the world of human affairs, indulgence and corruption grow like weeds in an untended garden; they must be faced squarely, and rooted out through bold action. Eliminating corruption — and the sloppiness that leads to it — is one of the most ennobling of all human enterprises. Correction of flaws in the system clears the way for fresh, new beginnings.
The time has come to become lean and efficient. The weeds must be rooted out now, before the garden is overwhelmed. Fighting decay, sloppiness and corrupt agendas is not a simple matter; all steps must be evaluated carefully. Planning must precede action. Resist the temptation to strike out prematurely. Gather strength behind you, and summon your inner resources, because arresting decay is no simple task. When you do act, make your strike as precise and clean as the path of the surgeon’s knife.
Today's Faery Oracle is:
The Oak Men
The Oak Men is all about the strength and wisdom of age.
If you are facing a decision, or dealing with an issue, you are being advised to look deeply into the heart of the matter and see past the superficialities of the surface.
Consult with others who have more experience than you, and learn from the wisdom of the elders - both those available to you to talk to face to face, or those you encounter in books or on the internet etc.
It would also be beneficial to spend some time in nature. Spend some time peacefully sitting with your back against a majestic old tree and see what thoughts and ideas come through from the wisdom of the tree itself. And don't forget to thank it - perhaps give it a hug!!
Most importantly, make sure you take action only after thorough deliberation. The Oak Men are telling you that haste would be your worst enemy right now.
Today's Spirit Animal Oracle:
That Which is Behind You
Green Man peers out of the foliage to remind you that not all of life's mysteries have logical solutions. Be open to magical opportunities, spirit allies, and unconventional paths. Get out into the wilderness, ground yourself in meditation, and listen for Green Man's wisdom. You may just catch sight of him eyeing you in his leafy camouflage.
Your Current Place
Fox medicine represents the ability to blend in. She can change colors to blend with the seasons—becoming almost invisible against a backdrop of snow or foliage. Fox also has an amazing sense of smell that enables her to sniff out dangerous situations. Be like a Fox—street smart and safety savvy—don't call attention to yourself as today is a day of watch and wait.
That Which is before You
Is your life in a state of balance? If not, long-legged Heron has flown in today to help you. Because Heron is a water bird, he is most often associated with emotions. He stands motionless, almost in a trance, his body mirrored in the water below. Take a few moments today to be like Heron—be quiet, go within, and discover the answer to your questions.
This is the Chinese year of the horse.The horse spirit animal symbolizes personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom. Among all the spirit animals, it is one that shows a strong motivation that carries one through life. The meaning of the horse varies depending on whether this animal spirit guide is represented as wild, tamed, moving freely or constrained.
January 1, 5:14 am - New Moon, New Year's Day
With Pluto joining this new Moon, our cosmic instructions tell us to give the great god Pluto the starring role. We often give Pluto (or the Greek Hades) a bad rap, making him the heavy who causes all of our troubles. Oh no, I've got a Pluto transit to my Sun! That's why things are so bad. We assign him all the dark, evil and twisted aspects of our own inner psyches, as well as, all of the trouble the world dishes out to us. But that's not who Pluto is.
It's hard being the Lord of the Underworld! At some point, every soul passes through his realm, carrying all those twisted desires. His is the force that contains and incubates them into new life. Without him, we'd be stuck on the surface of life, never experiencing the highs that are the other side of our lows. In our binary world, we need both experiences to be whole.
Things aren't bad because of Pluto. Pluto energizes evolution. It's our attitude which makes experiences bad or good. After all, Pluto is one of the Gods of change, more specifically the archetypal energy of death, initiation, rebirth and transformation. It's our cultural and personal beliefs about change being bad that makes Pluto the villain. Pluto is one of the Gods who helps us leave behind our patriarchal conditioning so we can become conscious agents of change. This is the initiation Planet Earth is going through right now; can human beings become conscious agents of evolution or will we self-destruct rather than change?
With all of this going on in the sphere of Capricorn's influence, the outcome of the initiation is that it's time for the human race to grow up, to grow in maturity and responsibility and stop acting like adolescents. In our patriarchal version of adolescence, our being (the feminine) is swept away by our emotions (and therefore not to be trusted) and our doing (the masculine) is all about aggression and competition to be on top of the heap.
The initiation we face personally and collectively is that we must become adults and learn to discipline our minds, understand and channel our feelings and dedicate ourselves to our spiritual purpose. We have to claim our spiritual inheritance and become co-creators of life. We've set it up so that if we fail this initiation, the Earth herself just might kill us all.
While women are still treated like second-class citizens, even in America, the Feminine Spirit is alive and calling to us in this initiatory time. This is good news, because all of us need a new feminine consciousness to create a new story about our world and our place in it. Women especially are discovering the power of our inner freedom and learning the language of Lady Wisdom. We are catalyzing a new way of being and therefore our doing is changing too. Now, men have to initiate a new relationship with their own inner feminine side, leaving behind the old patriarchal rules about men and feelings and mystery, so that their actions spring from the truth of their being.
Initiation, death, rebirth, transformation, these are the treasures that Pluto bestows upon those who enter his realm.
January 15, 10:52 pm - Full Moon
The Cold Moon lights our way into the unknown. In many areas, the January nights are cold--almost brittle--and snow softens the barren landscape. Tonight, the Cold Moon serves as a beacon and we are drawn to her to lead us on our journey into the New Year.
If you can see her, gaze upon her as if looking at her for the first time. See the moonlight as it shines upon the snow and turns the frost on the windowpanes to glitter. Let the moonlight become your path into the future. Honor her by lighting a white or silver candle and place it near a window. As an offering, crumble white sage near your door to purify your threshold. Welcome her by opening your front door. Step outside and see yourself walking down a new path, but you are unafraid. Speak to her:
As I speak these words on this winter night,
Guide me Cold Moon with your light.
Allow my path to remain clear,
As I travel through another year.
January 30, 3:39 pm - New Moon
The second new moon in a month is often called a Black Moon. Magick performed during this moon is thought to be especially powerful. As with any new moon, there are many ways to utilize this Dark Moon energy. Most Witches know that the waning phase of the Moon occurs between the Full and New Moon phases, and it's during this time that we do magick to remove harmful or unwanted influences. By tapping into the Moon’s decreasing energy, we release and banish those things which do not serve our highest good. It is a time to magickally remove obstacles and anything that may be blocking us from achieving our goals. On a much deeper level, the Dark Moon represents those things about ourselves that we keep hidden in shadow. It is a time to focus on inner workings and personal transformation. Harmful thought patterns, personality traits, addictions, fears, anger issues and bad habits are all things that we can look within to analyze and seek to remove during t! he Dark Moon. It is usually recommended to cast these kinds of spells as close to the Dark/New Moon as possible, or during the Waning Moon phase.
Ritual to Overcome Addiction
paper and pen
Write addiction on the piece of paper and mark through it with a heavy thick line. Inscribe the candle with your name and light it. Say:
"Healing Ancients, I ask of thee
Take this pain away from me.
Remove any trace of this addiction
And heal me of all related afflictions."
Hold hematite to your forehead and say:
"Grant courage now and healing power
Strengthen my will hour by hour."
Place the hematite on the right side of the candle. Hold the chrysoprase to your forehead and say:
"Stone of joy and happiness
Put my urges now to rest."
Place it on the left side of the candle. Hold the calcite to your forehead and say:
"Amplifier of energies
Magnify their powers please."
Place calcite in front of the candle. Say:
"Powers of the Earth unite
Bind the powers of this addiction tight
So it will have no hold on me
As I will so mote it be!"
Hold the paper and say:
"Chains that bind me now break free
I am power, strength, and resiliency.
I have the courage to overcome
Be gone from me! Do not return!
Your power over me I burn!"
Burn the paper. Watch it burn completely and meditate, visualize your addiction weakening, fading, and dying. Say:
"By flame of fire, I'm purified
Of your illusionary lies.
I'm free of you and all the strife
That you once cast upon my life.
I am healed now, I am free
As I will, so mote it be!"
January 30, 3:39 pm - Chinese New Year
Year of the Horse
The new Moon on January 30 begins the year of the Wood Horse. Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after the Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. This new Moon also starts the month of the Fire Tiger making energy very strong and lively as this Horse year begins, a clear departure from the slower energy of the previous Water Snake year 2013.
The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path, the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory and you have to act quickly in a Horse year. If you are not 100% sure about a decision, don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.
In Chinese astrology, a Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! A white celestial cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings. Horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to the power and strength of the Horse.
Horse’s cycle is the seventh earthly branch in Chinese medicine and symbolizes June, the fifth lunar month. June is the time of Gemini, Horse’s western counterpart. In the summer month of June there is powerful yang chi, and yin chi starts to settle. The sun is brightest and the plants are strong, having reached maturity. In Chinese medicine, Horse’s earthly branch is the element Fire. Each of the 12 Chinese astrology signs have 2 hours; Horse hours are 11 am – 1 pm including the heat of high noon.
February 2 - Imbolc
Animals/Mythical Creatures - firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation
Gemstones - amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise
Incense/Oil - jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, and wisteria, apricot, carnation
Colors/Candles - brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver
Tools/Symbols/Decorations - white flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid's cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red candle in a cauldron full of earth, doll, Bride's Bed; the Bride, broom, milk, birchwood, snowflakes, snow in a crystal container, evergreens, homemade besom of dried broom, orange candle anointed in oil (see above)can be used to symbolize the renewing energy of the Sun's rebirth.
Goddesses - Virgin Goddess, Venus, Diana, Februa, Maiden, Child Goddess, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Vesta, Gaia, Brigid, Selene (Greek), Branwen (Manx-Welsh)
Gods - young Sun Gods, Pan, Cupid/Eros(Greco-Roman), Dumuzi (Sumerian)
Essence - conception, initiation, insight, inspiration, creativity, mirth, renewal, dedication, breath of life, life-path, wise counsel, plan, prepare
Dynamics/Meaning - first stirring of Mother Earth, lambing, growth of the Sun God, the middle of winter
Purpose - honoring the Virgin Goddess, festival of the Maiden/Light
Rituals/Magick - cleansing; purification, renewal, creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings, welcoming Brigid, feast of milk & bread
Customs - lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, storytelling, cleaning house, bonfires, indoor planting, stone collecting, candle kept burning dusk till dawn; hearth re-lighting
Foods - dairy, spicy foods, raisins, pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds, poppyseed bread/cake, honey cake, pancakes, waffles, herbal tea
Herbs - angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, clover, heather, myrrh, all yellow flowers, willow
Element/Gender - earth/female
Threshold - midnight
Herb of the Month
Yarrow - Water/Venus, Gender - Feminine, Parts Used - Flowery Tops, Magickal Properties - Love, Clairvoyance and Banishment, Uses - Carried as a sachet or amulet it repels or rids negative influences; said to keep a newly married couple together; keeps any upsetting influences out of the relationship and keeps love alive. Yarrow aids in increasing courage and in any divinatory workings.
Stone of the Month
Rhodonite - Rhodonite is associated with the element of fire and is also associated to the zodiac sign Taurus. It's said if you dream of this stone that it symbolizes stress in your life. Wearing Rhodonite can help calm you and help aid with any confusion you may be feeling, even doubt. This stone can create a psychic barrier of sorts to help you calm down to rest eventually and keep you from having unwanted visitors.
Rhodonite helps us to express confidence and love on an everyday basis. It's actually considered to be balance gemstone, providing one with the balance his/her body or life needs in order to feel more at ease.
Where Chakras are concerned, this stone is effective on the second chakra also known as the Naval Chakra and the fourth chakra also known as the heart chakra.
In antiquity, rhodonite was given to travelers as a protective stone. It was said to warn them of imminent danger by causing the heartbeat to accelerate suddenly. It assists with using your skills to help others; helps with self-love & acceptance and self-healing.
Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and nurtures love. It stimulates, clears and activates the heart. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one's highest potential. It heals emotional shock and panic. Rhodonite aids in cases of emotional self-destruction, codependency and abuse. It encourages unselfish self-love and forgiveness. It promotes remaining calm in dangerous or upsetting situations, builds confidence and alleviates confusion.
Rune of the Month
u Uruz (U: Auroch, a wild ox.) - Physical strength and speed, untamed potential; A time of great energy and health; Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom; Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better); Sexual desire, masculine potency; The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self. Uruz Reversed or Merkstave: Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. sickness, inconsistency, ignorance, lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence.
Tarot Card of the Month
The High Priestess - The High Priestess is the guardian of hidden secrets. She keeps the divine knowledge secretly tucked away for the right time to reveal. Positively associated with intuitiveness, understanding, wisdom, mystery, psychic ability, and the divine feminine. Negatively associated with lack of motherliness, emotional insecurity, secretiveness, and hidden obstacles or opponents.
Correspondence of the Month
Sun – power magick, health, prosperity, exorcism
Moon – intuition, dreams, psychic ability, female fertility
Mars – courage, energy, breaking negativity, physical strength
Mercury – divination, communications, knowledge, wisdom
Jupiter – happiness, luck, wealth, healing, male fertility, legal matters
Venus – love, sexual matters, marriage, friendship
Saturn – psychic ability, meditation, defense, communicating with spirits
Spell of the Month
Burn a white candle, or if outside, make a circle of white candles around the bath. Burn incense such as lavender or myrrh and chant the following:
By the power of my ancestors,
By the power of my descendants,
I let go of old troubles,
I let go of old life.
I am purified from fear,
I am purified from sorrow,
I am purified from my own mistakes.
I am purified like snow.
I thank my firends at the superwitch center for their information.
So pagans remember to make it true, make it real, nad always make it magickal everyday!
Humbly serving my Goddess )O(