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

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

~*~ In the Stars for Saturday January 31st, 2015~*~

Gibbous (waxing/135-180 degrees)
Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.

Moon enters Cancer 7:30am UK - 8:30am Europe - 2:30am USA EST
6:30pm Sydney, Australia - 1pm India
Moon rises at approx 3pm in your local time zone
Moon 3° Cancer quincunx Saturn 3° Sagittarius
Moon 5° Cancer trines Venus 5° Pisces
Moon 6° Cancer trines Neptune 6° Pisces

Moon enters Cancer
People who complain and say "NOTHING is happening in my life"
Are emitting energies saying "TRY HARDER to force changes on me"
When Moon enters Cancer - it creates a paradox of simultaneous peace and tranquility for many people - whilst for others it will create a battle - especially people who say that NOTHING has happened in their lives since the Aquarian New Moon - as the lunar energies now arriving at maximum strength will find a way to breakthrough the blockages, create and force things to happen.
 
Once a month there's a New Moon, once a month there's a Full Moon and once a month the Moon returns to it's natural home of Cancer - the fixed cardinal star sign that creates answers and stability from the strength of emotions you feel inside you. Moon in Cancer is like having your aura filled full of energy that makes you feel "your life is right" and "you'll be alright".
 
The problem is that Moon in Cancer is receiving it's light from the Sun which is in Aquarius - and Aquarian energies are anything but stable - everyday of Sun in Aquarius is different to every other day - because things are constantly being changed and "changing". This weekend - Moon in Cancer is going to do different things for different people. Hence I've categorized as [1] , [2] and [3] - even so - each aspect will overlap your nature as we're all interlinked .....
 
[1] For some of you - especially EARTH signs of Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn - and for WATER signs of Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces - [and anyone who has strong planets in Earth or Water star signs] the constant non-stop fluid fluctuations - either gave you a headache in the past 7 days or has left you exhausted and drained - lucky for you - Moon in Cancer will do it's magic and restore the inner peace you so desperately need.
If I've described "you" in that during the past 5-7 days you've become exhausted because of the constant changes that have stretched you too much - then Moon in Cancer - will be creating an aura of stability - suddenly as soon as Moon enters Cancer - it will feel like you've been healed, protected and strengthened. Moon in Cancer will restore the real you - like having a RESET button of SYSTEM RESTORE on your computer.
This weekend each of these 3 aspects will work to ensure you're not influenced nor affected by anything that you shouldn't be affected by as Moon 5° Cancer trines Venus 5° Pisces ; Moon 6° Cancer trines Neptune 6° Pisces & Moon 15° Cancer trines Mars 15° Pisces all of which - due to the Pisces energies will bring healing to your aura and calmness into your emotions. It's going to be a good weekend for you. All you need to do is don't get involved with "other" people who you have nothing to do with - especially people who create instability in your life.
 
 
[2] Yin people - people who are naturally introvert and don't like mixing with other people - don't like interacting with others - and sometimes appear to be stubborn and selfish - which from the kindness - as you've donated to gain access - it's not you - but it's necessary to explain here - because you might know selfish people - and you need to know what to expect and need to know why Moon in Cancer is going to bring out the worst in them.
Each monthly lunar cycle has purpose - unfortunately during a very changeable aura of Sun in Aquarius - there are people who resist change - these types are fixed and often YIN people. They don't like to positively influence the world - they don't like to give anything to the world - their karmic purpose is to be fixed and to take from the world.
That's life - there's YIN and YANG - types in the world - it's no-one's fault - they can't be any different. And whilst you think they have a sweet life - taking from the world and giving nothing in return - there are destined moments when "they" get what they deserve - especially if they're been bad, overstepped boundaries and blocked the pathway of other people.
 
I always say - don't interact with these people - don't do anything - don't get involved - because eventually "destined" events sort them out - and when the fixed destined time comes - they drop dead and their negative influences can't block your life anymore. Fixed energies are part of destiny in order to create blockages to prevent things from happening - and yet when the time is right these fixed blockages are removed by the same destiny that created them.
 
 
[3] Everyone has blockages - it's human and normal - that we all do things we know aren't good for us - and from time to time - destiny intercedes to put us on the right pathway - by creating a strong emotional energy to make us DETACH from things that aren't good for us.
We are all influenced by other people - especially YANG - open people - like typical Air signs - Aquarius, Gemini & Libra - and Fire signs - Aries, Leo & Sagittarius - and your existence is always a battle between your ability to interact with others.
 
When you interact well - you have success - but when you're blocked from expressing yourself or you can't get on with people - then you have inexplicable blockages. As a YANG person - to unblock these blockages - all you need is a change in your mind - your attitude and to see something clearly that will show you what you're thinking or the way you're thinking needs changing. Yang people have powerful minds - as it is your mind that defines your life.
 
When you falsely believe you deserve BAD luck - especially if you believe in all the man-made religious nonsense of "heaven and hell" - then it is your own mind that is BLOCKING your own good fortune. Conversely, when you read that Sun in Aquarius is going to liberate you - and you begin to see and feel shifts within you - it is YOUR MIND that is reprogramming your own aura.
The truth is blockages are negativity and darkness - whereas all astrological energies are positive energies of light - and when you use these positive energies you can CHANGE the way you think - and thereby set yourself FREE.
 
During the weekend - and due to Moon 13° Cancer squares Uranus 13° Aries and Moon 14° Cancer opposes Pluto 14° Capricorn unexpected events will happen to eliminate any destined fixed blockages you have had. Any bad habits, any bad people, in fact anything negative and dark - that is no longer part of the new "you" or the real "you".
 
This will happen because Sun in Aquarius is a YANG energy that is shining light on the Moon in Cancer - and it is the Sun which will shine it's light on Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius and all the planets too - it will define a destined weekend when at least TWO blockages will be removed from your life - because you'll see something clearly. Something that exists in your life - in your aura - in your mind - that needs shifting and cleansing. Thankfully - due to Moon 3° Cancer quincunx Saturn 3° Sagittarius it will happen with ease. The only thing is - when you realize what "it" is - you'll burst out laughing - because you'll realize that you should have seen it sooner - as "it" is so obvious!

~Elder Airwolf~

Healthy Herb for Today Saturday January 31st, 2015~Allspice

Allspice Pimenta officinalis

Common Names
Allspice , Pimento, Jamaica Pepper
Botanical Name
Pimenta officinalis
Family
MYRTACEAE

Medicinal Uses For Common Culinary Spices
ALLSPICE - Active ingredient is eugenol, same as cloves. Topical pain relief, tea and mouthwash.

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Allspice

[remedy] How to Use| Side Effects | Plant & Garden| Aromatherapy Oil |

Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy * Christmas * Culinary/Kitchen * South_American * Thanksgiving Harvest 
Properties: * Analgesic * Antioxidant * Aromatic * Muscle Relaxant * Warm
Parts Used: Dried fruits
Constituents: essential oil: eugenol, eugenol methyl ether, myrcene, 1,8-cineol, and alpha-phellandrene

How to Use: Allspice

Allspice, Pimenta officinalis , is an aromatic, digestive stimulant, whose taste, aroma and properties resemble a combination of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon, andpepper. The essential oil extracted from allspice contains a good deal of eugenol, the same oil extracted from cloves. Adding allspice to herbal teas as well as foods aids in digestion.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Adding allspice to foods aids in digestion

Allspice : Essential Oil Profile

Allspice essential oil is steam distilled from the berries of the tree. It has a warm, spicy-sweet comforting aroma that is reminiscent of cloves and cinnamon, lifting the spirit and inspiring confidence.

Plant Description

[Pimenta officinalis]  
Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887

Allspice is the dried fruit of the Pimenta, an evergreen tree indigenous to southern Mexico through Central America and the Caribbean. Jamaican allspice has been considered superior because of its higher oil content, better appearance and clove-like aroma and flavor.

Regional Traditions :Central and South America *

 

History and Traditions & Folklore

For centuries, the Mayan Indians used Allspice to embalm the bodies of important leaders. It is one of the spices Christopher Columbus discovered on the Caribbean Islands

This popular spice is used in many of our favorite Christmas recipes, and can aid in digestion of heavy holiday meals. The familiar, clove-like aroma is comforting, lifting the spirit and inspiring confidence.

Warning: Never use natural herbs for medical without consulting a physician.


~Elder Airwolf~

A Native Imbolc

Imbolc Ritual 
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky 
A Native Imbolc Ritual of Plenty

Altar will be prepared to represent Imbolc


Tonight we gather together and celebrate Imbolc. 

History of Imbolc
 Tonight's Imbolc ritual is based not on the tradition Wicca celebration but on that of the Mid Winter Ceremony of the Iroquois nation. In our coven it is tradition to work with a specific Goddess for each Full Moon and Sabbat. So tonight we are going to work with the Iroquois Goddess, Sky Woman. Before we begin our ritual, let us hear her story and learn more about her.

The Woman Who fell From the Sky

During the Mid Winter Ceremony, there are several small ceremonies and rituals performed. The Dream Ceremony is but on part. To the various tribes in the Iroquois Nation, dreams were seen as important parts of daily life for that is how messages were given. It was also believed that if a person lost their dreams they lost their soul. During the Dream Ceremony, dreams were brought before the elders and interpretations were given. Tonight we are going to interpret the dream within Sky Woman's story. 
As Imbolc is the time of year where the Crone gives way to the awakening of the Maiden, we too shall work from Crone to Maiden in our workings tonight. So, to begin our journey through Sky Woman's dream, we turn to the deep insightful wisdom of the Crone.

Grandchildren listen to me as I tell you of the dream I see. 
Upon the tree flowers bloom brightly white 
Bringing to the dreamer spiritual sight. 
The flower your dreams and aspirations 
Which cannot come clear with out illumination. 
But demons of hurt, self doubt and fear, 
Wilt the flower when they fly near. 
When given acknowledgement, the darkness grows 
Until the dream is lost and hope your foe.

The flower in the dream symbolizes our hopes and dreams. A positive attitude, faith and connection with Goddess can illuminate how to achieve what it is we desire. If we lived in a magical place void of chaos, distractions, responsibility and disagreement, our dreams would be easy to pursue and achieve. But our reality in this world is the fact we have families we must provide for, people who would rather cause trouble than offer answers, fear manipulated and built upon in the media and the mundane tasks of life that often take us away first from our connection with Goddess. Then, the dreams we once had begin to wilt and fade. We hear voices in our heads that tell us we aren't good enough, we don't have enough, we're not smart enough, and we're not pretty enough. As the voices become louder and louder the hope we had is drowned out and the dream we were so determined to see through, is lost and overshadowed by the dark chaos that swirl around us. 
Sky Woman knew her dream was prophetic of losing the light and connection with Goddess and she wanted to protect it like a Mother would protect her children. Let us now listen to the wisdom of the Mother.

Children listen to me and to the dream I see. 
Darkness looms if nothing is done 
To protect your dreams from potential harm. 
Yet be careful the ear you let hear your fears 
For sometimes misunderstanding can appear. 
Then support your sought from those your trust 
Crash down below and that trust is lost. 
Loneliness and isolation is what you feel, 
Unless you trust yourself and see what is real.

After Sky Woman goes to the Elders for help and asks them to destroy the tree, things go terribly wrong. She asks them to pull the tree up, which is symbolic of bringing the light into the Great Blue or into our lives. Instead the elders dig the roots and the tree falls down through the clouds taking the light with it and leaving darkness. Sky Woman is then blamed for the darkness and looked down upon for her gift of visions and dreams. 
How often in our own daily lives, are we looked at differently for our ideas, our vision and our outlook on life? We are surrounded by many fair weather friends and if we are lucky a few steady, true friends. We forget to trust ourselves in what we know needs to be done and depend on others to tell us we are doing the right thing. When we lose our intuition and our self-trust, the foundation of our dreams fail and they fall further into the darkness of our forgetfulness. 
But I do not feel we actually lose our dreams, they are available to renew if we simply trust ourselves and begin to live despite the things that would normally break us down. Let us learn how to renew our dreams through the wisdom of the Maiden.

Sisters and Brothers listen to me and to the dream I see. 
My dream fell down into a hole 
And after it I tell you I must go. 
Upon the wings of birds I fly 
Following my dream through the sky. 
My dream falls quickly, down to the water 
But you know I will just catch up with it later. 
For it will be there waiting for me, 
And the grandness of it, I cannot wait to see.

Sky Woman leapt into the darkness after the tree that fell. She did not know what would happen to her, but she knew that it had to be better to leave the Great Blue, than to stay where things were dark. Intuitively she knew she would be okay as she fell, for her destiny now laid below her. 
Sometimes in our own lives it is fear that holds us back from pursuing what it is we want. We learn fear as we grow older, and it is through the trusting faith of the Maiden child in us that we must sometime throw logic aside and trust what our inner voice is telling us. We must also realize that sometimes life does throw us detours, but that does not mean we should give up on our dreams, only be more appreciative of them when they happen. 
A recent example that comes to mind is that of Oprah Winfrey. It was released a few weeks ago that she now has purchased her own TV network. In an interview she said that 15 years ago she wrote in her journal that one day she would own her own TV station. However she did not just sit and wait for this to happen she worked and built her career, which enabled her to obtain her dream. Which is an important point to remember, we have to put out to the universe that we trust our dreams to come to pass and when we do that what we put out will return to us. 
Now you have sat through the readings and my teaching so to speak, and now it is time for each of us to do something. 
I am going to pass a basket of flowers around; I want each of you to take one if you so chose. As you pick the flower up, I want you to think of that one dream that you know still sits in the back of your mind, but you have thought there was no way for you to obtain it. As the basket is being passed around I want you to hold the flower and think positively of the realization and happening of this dream. Your dreams can be simple or complex. If you cannot think of a dream per say, then think of a goal or resolution that has not come to pass yet. 
Now we are going to plant the seeds to in ourselves to begin the growing process of our dream. For just like a flower that needs weeding, tending and nurturing so do we. We are children of Goddess, whatever your idea of Goddess may be. And it is from her we gain our inner strength. The Oneida tribe realized the power of positive group thought, and in the tradition of one of their prayers, Sisters from our Coven are going shout out positive affirmation to help each of us to begin to trust and believe in ourselves. 

(please repeat after me) Tonight, I renew my hope in all that was lost. My dreams are important to me. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds.

(please repeat after me)I am the reflection of Goddess. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds.

(please repeat after me)I trust the wisdom of the Crone, my inner voice of knowledge. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds. 

(please repeat after me)I trust the protective Mother, my inner warrior. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds. 

(please repeat after me)I trust like the childish Maiden, my intuitive self. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds. 

(please repeat after me)I am the conqueror of my own self-delusion. Lets put in our minds together. So be it in our minds.

(please repeat after me) I have the ability to fulfill my hopes and dreams. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds.

(please repeat after me)I am the creator of my own destiny. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds.

(please repeat after me) I claim the positive outcome of the work I put forth. Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds.

Now I want each of you to hold up the flower in your hands, visualize your dreams and let us agree together on more time so that the positive energy that flows through us will flow outward. SO that when it returns to us we will see our dreams fulfilled. 
Let's put our minds together. So be it in our minds!!! 
Tonight marks the new beginnings of the year. The first lambs, the first milk, hope for one more year of sustenance and renewal. It is time for each of us to remember that our dreams are just as important to our happiness and those around us, as all of the mundane tasks we do ensure that happiness and security. 
In closing ritual we will now bless the cakes and wine. This is our tradition of sharing the bounty and love of Goddess. If you will, please stand and follow me back to the table and we will share this sacred blessing.

Celebration of Circle

Wine & Cake 
Blessed Be this Cake and Wine,
the Body and the Blood of the Mother
May You never hunger (passes bread) Blessed Be.
May You never thirst (passes wine) Blessed Be.


Gracious Goddess as we close our circle we ask that our path always be in your light. 

All give personal thanks to the Goddess 
Dismiss Watchtowers 

The circle is open but unbroken. Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet again.


May you Imbolc of Plenty Ritual be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

Healthy Game Day Snacks~Potato Skin Curls with Fresh Herbs

These crisp shards of potato skin are cooked in oil infused with the season’s freshest herbs. The longer you leave the oil to infuse, the more intense the flavors. You’ll need only the potato skins for this recipe; save the flesh for Salt Cod and Crab Fritters, potato salad, or mashed potatoes (cover leftover peeled potatoes with water and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

3 cups canola oil
1-3/4 cups coarsely chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as rosemary, parsley, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, and summer savory
5 lb. medium Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and dried well
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a 4-quart saucepan, combine the oil and 3/4 cup of the herbs. Warm over low heat until the herbs begin to sizzle, 3 to 5 minutes. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes more, then remove the pan from the heat and let the oil cool completely.

Heat the oven to 200°F.

Using a paring knife, peel the potato skins about 1/4 inch thick and 3 inches long. (If working ahead, submerge the skins in water for up to 2 hours.)

Strain the herb oil through a fine sieve and discard the herbs. Return the oil to the pan, put a deep fat/candy thermometer in the oil, and set the pan over medium heat until it reaches 365°F. If the potato skins were soaked in water, drain and blot them dry. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, fry the peels until golden and puffed, 5 to 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the peels to a wire rack set on a large rimmed baking sheet; keep the curls warm in the oven. Repeat with the rest of the curls.

Carefully add the remaining 1 cup of herbs to the oil (the oil will splatter). Fry until crisp, 20 to 30 seconds. Drain the herbs, using either a wire mesh skimmer or a fine sieve set over a heatproof bowl and then transfer to the rack with the curls. (Discard the oil once cool.) Toss the herbs and potato curls and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

nutrition information (per serving): 
Calories (kcal): 150; 
Fat (g): fat g 2.5; 
Fat Calories (kcal): 20; 
Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; 
Protein (g): protein g 3; 
Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; 
Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 30; 
Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; 
Sodium (mg): sodium mg 15; {I use Mrs Dash for sodium free}
Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

 

Blessed Freya's Day Pagans

Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, St. Brigits Day, Brides Day, or

Groundhogs Day. The word Imboc means "in the belly". It is the celebration

of the return of the maiden of spring. During this time we see the first

stirrings of life and spring. The Celtic Goddess Brigit/Brigid, pronounced

"Breed", is honored on this day. She is the triple muse Goddess who brings

fertility of the upcoming spring. She is also a fire Goddess who rules over

healing, inspiration, poetry and smithcraft. One tradition is to make Brigit

a bed. This entails making a corn dolly to represent the Goddess in her

maiden form and making a phallic wand and placing them side by side in a

basket. The corn dolly is called a biddy. Another tradition is that a

Priestess should wear a crown of 13 candles. Some do this to represent the

young maiden bringing forth the light of spring and some traditions use this

to represent the Mother, because it is the Mother Earth who is quickened at

Imbolc.

Lore: It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, tolight

every lamp in the house, even if only for a few moments. Or you can light

candles in each room. This is to honor the Sun's rebirth. If snow lies on

the ground outside, walk in it for a moment and recall the warmth of summer.

With your projective hand, trace an image of the sun on the snow.

Colors: White, Yellow & Pink

Symbols: Candles, The Bride, Burrowing Animals, Grain Dolly & Sun Wheels.

Deities: God and Goddess as children, All Virgin Goddess'

Stones: Turquoise & Amethyst

Ritual Oils: Jasmine, Apricot, Carnation, Sweet Pea, Neroli & Olive

Food: Foods appropriate to eat on this day include those from the dairy,

since Imbolc marks the festival of calving. Spicy and full bodied foods in

honor of the sun are equally attuned. Also peppers, onions, leeks, shallots,

garlic and chives are appropriate. Spiced wines and dishs containing

raisins, any food symbolic of the sun are traditional.

SOLITARY IMBOLC RITUAL

First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind

the themes of Imbolc. You'll also want to have on hand the following:

Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)

Something to light your candles with

A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles

Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron

Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking,

meditate on the concept of purification. Once you're done, dress in your

ritual attire, and begin the rite.

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.

Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron.

Place the seven candles into the sand so they won't slide around.

Light the first candle. As you do so, say:

Although it is now dark, I come seeking light.

In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.

Light the second candle, saying:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.

I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.

I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the third candle. Say:

This light is a boundary, between positive and negative.

That which is outside, shall stay without.

That which is inside, shall stay within.

Light the fourth candle. Say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.

I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.

I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the fifth candle, saying:

Like fire, light and love will always grow.

Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.

Light the sixth candle, and say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.

I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.

I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven

flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing

in a purifying glow.

Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun, cover me in your shining light. I am

awash in your glow, and tonight I am made pure.

Take a few momemnts and meditate on the light of your candles.

Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification.

Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling

stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that

feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy

that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of

creativity, and purifying that which is damanged.

When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing

magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.

What You Need:

Seven candles, white and red, and something to light them with

A bowl or cauldron with sand in the bottom

Imbolc Solitary Ritual from

 

Theme: Welcoming the increasing light

Altar Needs

White altar cloth

Five, white candles

Cauldron

Pen and Paper

Chalice

To prepare for the ritual have a ritual bath with some bath salts. Play some

relaxing music. Set up your altar with the five unlit candles - one for each

element and one in the center to represent the Goddess.

Call the Elements and the Goddess:

Hail to the Spirit of the East, Element of Air. The winter winds blow cool

breezes all around me. Please join me tonight. Light the candle in the East.

Hail to the Spirit of the South, Element of Fire. The warmth of fire makes

me aware of the coming new season. Please join me tonight. Light the candle

in the South.

Hail to the Spirit of the West, Element of Water. The melting snow flows

into the rivers and provide much needed water the earth. Please join me

tonight. Light the candle in the West.

Hail to the Spirit of the North, Element of Earth. The fruits from the last

harvest are providing nourishment during these winter months. Please join me

tonight. Light the candle in the North.

Great Brigit, Guardian of poetry and smith crafts. I am honored to have you

here and to bask in the light of your eternal flame. Please join me tonight.

Light the candle in the center of the altar.

Tonight I celebrate the return of the sun and the rebirth of light.

Work and Meditation

Sit in front of your altar and think about what you would like to manifest

in your life. When you are finished, write your thoughts on your piece of

paper. Place the paper in the cauldron and light it to release your thought

to the Elements and the Goddess. While the paper is burning say the

following:

May the Great Lady Brigit, radiant flame,

Protect all your daughters

No fire, no sun, no moon will burn me

No lake, no water, no sea shall drown me

No arrow of faerie nor dart of fey shall wound me

May Brigit's water heal me

May Brigit's winds inspire me

May Brigit's fire warm me

Under Her protection, I go in peace. *

Drink from your chalice and offer blessings.

If you would like to make a corn dolly, now is the time to do that. As you

are braiding continue your thoughts you want to manifest. When finished,

open the circle.

Release the Goddess and the Elements

Great Brigit, Your welcoming light is increasing all around me. Thank you

for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the

center.

Spirit of the North, the earth begins to show new life. Thank you for

joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the North.

Spirit of the West, the rivers are filling and the waters are warming. Thank

you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the

West.

Spirit of the South, the days continue to grow longer and are beginning to

warm. Thank you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the

candle in the South.

Spirit of the East, there is a hint of March winds swirling around. Thank

you for joining me tonight. Hail and Farewell. Extinguish the candle in the

East.

The Circle is open but remains unbroken.

Blessed Be!

 

~Elder Airwolf~

~* Your Daily Fortunes for Friday January 30th, 2015*~

Tarot~Hermit
The challenge of what has traditionally been known as the Hermit card is to be able to recognize a teacher in a humble disguise. This font of mysterious knowledge will not make it easy for the student to acquire his wisdom, as it takes time and long contemplation to fathom what he knows. He often speaks wordlessly, or in ancient and barbaric tongues, communicating with the elements, animals and Nature herself. 

While the hourglass was an identifying feature on the earliest Hermit cards, more modern ones have shifted the metaphor, showing more or less light released from his lantern. In either case, the Hermit card reminds us of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with Nature.

Norse Rune~Jera

Pronunciation
"Yare-Awe"

Phonetic Value
" j "

Translation
Year. Harvest

Meaning
Harvest. The agricultural year. Fertility, fruition

Associated Gods
Frey, Freyja

Astrological Correspondence
The Sun

Magickal Uses
To bring change; for fertility and growth

Jera represents the 12 months of the year. It implies fruitfulness, profit or achievement of a goal, Just rewards for past efforts. Inventiveness, talent or skill. Great reward to those who work with their hands or on the land. It also means the cycle of seasons implying movement, change, natural development.

Jera follows Isa just as spring follows winter. The frozen stagnancy of ice is broken by the turning of the wheel, and things are once again moving along as they should. In fact, we have now broken out of the entire set 'negative' runes with which we began this aett. This has been accomplished not by fighting to escape the ice or railing against the unfairness of fate, but by learning from those experiences and simply waiting for the inevitable thaw. Jera is the communion wine - the product of the joining of opposites bringing life. Storms may come and go, but the sun is always there and life is generally pretty good. Enjoy it while you can.

This is a time of reaping rewards from seeds sown in the past. It is a time of plenty, of joy and celebration. But it is also a time to work with no time for complacency. The harvest is followed by winter so you should make sure you have stored enough wisdom to face your next challenge. This is another turning point in life, not a goal. There are greater harvests ahead, but like the farmer, you must prepare the land, sow the seed, tend the seedlings and feed the fruit.

Reverse Meaning
Jera has no reverse.

Witches Rune~The Rings - Keywords: Love, relationships.

Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and again, when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.

Totem Animal~Hawk

Hawk flies into your reading today to bring you an important message. It may come in the mail, e-mail, a casual remark at the grocery store, a randomly selected page in a book, or even a phrase heard on the radio. Be alert, as hawk messages can sometimes be delivered in a subtle fashion.

Horoscopes~

Aries
March 21 – April 19
Sometimes, nothing gets our backs up quite like the feeling we’re being interrogated or our actions or decisions are being unfairly questioned. Often, the person asking the questions believes themselves to be ‘in the right’ and has a valid reason for asking them and, just as often, our response can be a defensive one. Before an exchange between you and someone else becomes confrontational, try to accept they have a valid reason for questioning you in the way they are. Then, tell them what they want to know. Be open and honest and will be fine.

Taurus
April 20 – May 20
We spoke yesterday about strangers being friends we hadn’t met yet. It’s interesting how often and easily we and others draw conclusions about those we don’t know. We take at face value what we see. We even allow ourselves to be influenced by opinions and attitudes of others. In what way or ways might you be doing something similar where a particular person is concerned? Might you be drawing an incorrect conclusion or even seeing someone as a potential threat when, in actual fact, they can play a very helpful role in your world? Food for thought now…

Gemini
May 21 – June 21
Slow and steady will win a particular race – or, rather, a situation you believe to be time sensitive and therefore needs to be done within a particular timescale. Therefore, the word ‘race’ might be inappropriate but that doesn’t alter the fact that it needs careful and steady attention. You could be faced with a sensitive situation shortly that will require you to be careful about what you do, say or how you react. The situation or person involved is volatile and needs careful handling but you’re clever enough to recognize that and know precisely what you need to do.

Cancer
June 22 – July 22
Much of what others tell us is on a ‘need to know basis’. When we are on the receiving end of such information, we can all too often believe some information is being withheld and not being disclosed. Then, what happens? We become suspicious. We focus intently on piecing together a proverbial puzzle with information we haven’t been given and that’s precisely how inaccurate and unfair conclusions get drawn. You don’t need to question someone else’s motives or actions in ways you feel necessary now. More is ‘above board’ than you think. So relax.

Leo
July 23 – August 22
If an undesirable situation keeps repeating itself, then there is bound to be a reason why this keeps happening. This likely involves you or someone else opting to put heads in sand rather than face the issue or have a long-overdue and slightly difficult conversation. A way forward needs to be agreed; you can’t keep supporting someone or a situation in ways you are. Complacency seems to have set in and it will be up to you to take action in some way to bring about a fair change. This can be done much more easily than you think!

Virgo
August 23 – September 22
Some TV soap operas tick along at tedious speeds. Storylines seem to take forever to get going and we find ourselves wondering why we choose to keep watching. ‘Perhaps’, we think, ‘if I stop watching for a week or two and tune in then, something might have actually moved forward and I’ll soon be able to catch up with whatever I’ve missed’. In the same way a watched pot gives the impression of refusing to come to a boil, you can afford to take your eye off a situation that you believe needs constant, dedicated attention from you. Give it some distance and relax.

Libra
September 23 – October 22
There’s a lot to be said for ‘playing it safe’ in an area of your world. It’s easy to refer to the past and see what occurred previously as a helpful guideline for the future and doing this is what is likely causing you to feel hesitant or reluctant in some way. Your instincts, however, should be telling you that something you’re so keen to refer to the past about has changed and it’s no longer appropriate to do so. That’s why you need to abandon a belief that you must ‘play it safe’ in a certain area and be willing to take a very small, calculated risk. It’s time to release yourself.

Scorpio
October 23 – November 21
When we stick our head in the sand in true ostrich-style, we become oblivious to opportunities presenting themselves. We can’t see them. We might not even react positively if they tapped us on the shoulder. That’s something to bear in mind now where your determination to block from view and all other senses a situation you’d prefer not to face. Through rejecting it, you’re inadvertently blocking something tangible and heartwarming trying to make its way to you. Look up, even briefly, to see what is trying hard to get your attention now.

Sagittarius
November 22 – December 21
Some legendary voiceover people have started film trailers with phrases like ‘Imagine a world where…’ or ‘Picture a world where…’. In what way or ways might you be getting a glimpse into a world that can be yours now? In the same way film trailers might cause us to feel both uncertain and excited, the sky suggests you could be feeling similarly toward changes you know are coming – and how some of these could bring serious alteration to areas of your life you’ve grown very used to. Replace any uncertainty with excitement. What’s happening deserves to be seen as exciting.

Capricorn
December 22 – January 19
We often gravitate toward situations we know we ought to distance ourselves from. We focus intently on and give too much thinking time to scenarios we know we ought to be giving much less or none toward. It’s interesting how we draw comfort sometimes from what makes us uncomfortable! We do so in the belief that we are somehow bettering Devils we know or are focusing on what is at least familiar, even if it is less than desirable. It’s time to release yourself from such thinking in some way. You owe it to yourself to start focusing on what excites and inspires you.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
Is a problem shared a problem halved or a problem doubled? Is it not fair to say that, when we absorb someone else’s problem it then becomes our problem too? Many people believe this to be the case but if we all thought in such a way, then we’d never offer essential and helpful levels of support to those who need it. You could be inclined to believe you’re making a rod for your own back through involving yourself with someone else’s issue but gratitude you look set to receive from doing so might just make your efforts worthwhile.

Pisces
February 19 – March 20
A ‘part truth’ is precisely that. It’s isn’t the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We tell ‘part truths’ as a way of placating others in the hope that they’ll leave us alone if we satisfy them with a basic level of information. This doesn’t always work. We underestimate others’ abilities to pursue the matter when we thought they might just go away, even for a brief period. The sky isn’t suggesting deceit on your part but it is implying a need for you to be less economical with truth in some way. What you get out into the open now will save you considerable time and stress later.

Be Blessed today Pagans!

~Elder Airwolf~

~*~In the Stars for Friday January 30th, 2015~*~

Gibbous (waxing/135-180 degrees)
January 30, 2015 — Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.

Moon 12° Gemini trines Mercury [in retrograde] 12° Aquarius
Moon 13° Gemini squares Mars 13° Pisces
Moon 13° Gemini sextiles Uranus 13° Aries
Moon 18° Gemini sextiles Jupiter [in retrograde] 18° Leo

Moon in Gemini
Solving problems, winning and doing the business ....
Inherent in the liberating nature of communicative star sign of Aquarius - is a belief that there's an answer to everything - there's a solution to every problem and thanks to the global internet - there's always someone somewhere who will buy what you're selling and want to know you. The combination of all the planets during Sun in Aquarius & Moon in Gemini - no-one is alone and nothing is a dead end - there's a solution and answer for everything.
 
Friday has a unique quality and that's Sun 10° Aquarius conjunct Mercury [in retrograde] 10° Aquarius - this is going to create many unexpected surprises as your present life meets your past - most specifically things and people you've lost in the past - will unexpectedly reconnect with you. Reconnections have purpose - especially when it comes from inexplicable strange coincidences - it is your destiny to decide what "life" is telling you.
 
The overall energies are POSITIVE - therefore anything negative will be clearly seen as unwanted and easily discarded. It's easier to get rid of negative things from your life when you're overwhelmingly in a positively good mood - and likewise it's easier to be OPEN and communicate with everyone in the world when you're in a POSITIVE mood - and it's so much easier to negotiate all your difficulties when you've got a positive attitude too.
That's what Moon in Gemini is all about - putting you in a POSITIVE mood - to be OPEN and YANG - so that you deal with everything life wants you to deal with. On Friday - all the aspects indicate - through compromise and negotiations - you can accomplish almost anything - all you need to do is TALK.
 
But remember Gemini has ONE flaw and that's it is often a ONE-WAY communicator - it never LISTENS - it only wants to talk and communicate what it wants. However Sun in Aquarius - wants TWO-WAY negotiated deals done - and TWO-WAY relationships. Therefore - have your wits about you - as the Gemini will get people talking - but beware of those selfish ONE-WAY relationships that wants things from you and give you nothing - then notice all the positively good TWO-WAY relationships you have in your life. As amongst all the people that talk to you - you're going to be surprised that there is someone special and lucky for you - that you've not noticed and not realized how thoughtful they are of you.

Weekly Astrology for Aquarius
For everyone with Sun in Aquarius
 
Your Own Astrological Chart
For the past few months I've updated this page - but realized the truth that it's not 100% right. As your own astrological chart will truthfully define what happens for you. Therefore - if you've any questions about understanding your own astrological chart use the "reading" service.
However, there are patterns that will define what happens to you - the inner planets of Sun, Mercury and Venus - have their own cycle and pattern - and something you should recognize by now - just like you know which Moon star signs are good for you and which are bad for you.
Whilst the energy of outer planets of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will define your life as fixed transcending energies - as collectively everyone gets the same energy - but depending on your own astrological chart and age - will define how you receive, aceept or fight against the transcending energies from the outer planets.
 
This week's important astrological aspects are :-
[1] Sun in Aquarius [2] Mercury in Aquarius [3] Venus in Aquarius | Venus in Pisces [4] Mars in Pisces
[5] Jupiter in Leo [6] Saturn in Sagittarius [7] Uranus in Aries [8] Neptune in Pisces [9] Pluto in Capricorn
 
[1] Sun in Aquarius 20th January => 19th February 2015 - it's going to be an unusual month for you - and it doesn't stop once Sun enters Pisces either - the ongoing non-stop changes will continue at least until end April 2015 - then you'll be able to relax and take it easy again. The truth is you've been asking for things to change for the past few years - and now that they do change - ironically - you're wishing it could go back to stagnation again. That's because as an Aquarian - your life constantly has periods of stagnation and then erratic periods of NON-STOP change. This year it's NON-STOP.
 
The good news is that this month it begins - and will continue until Mid-June 2015 - a period of vibrant positive and destined changes. It's about SUCCESS in your life - but to have success you need to look at the way you deal with people. Being isolated or aloof or alone won't be an option - it's now a destined time for WORKING WITH others - and working with them means WITH them, making sure that everyone is happy - which is something you like doing - even though sometimes you might be tempted to BATTLE against others. Don't.
 
Then you'll see that when you're good in all your relationships with other people - when you become HAPPY and LOVING to everyone - is when you'll have prosperity, money, success and happiness manifest in ALL areas of your life too. Thanks to Saturn & Uranus - you have destiny on your side - especially if you're born between 20th January => 8th February of any year.
 
Saturn moves 2° => 3° => 4° Sagittarius [Fire Sign] | sextiles your Aquarian identity
Uranus moves 12° => 13° => 14° => 15° => 16° Aries [Fire Sign] | sextiles your Aquarian identity
 
Even so - I should warn you that there will be moments when you feel like you're being squeezed and forced to change - the good news is that when you stop being uptight, anxious and relax more - then you'll see that DESTINY is actually helping you - attain the NEW LIFE - a NEW LIFE which will bring you stability and happiness for the next 12-20 years of your life - all you need to do is LET the changes happen.
 
As an Air sign of Aquarius - you should enjoy the journey of change - and this year you will. Just remember - don't annoy other people - don't say things you'll regret - because when BIG dramas happen in other people's lives - especially around the Leo Full Moon of 3rd February - you might be tempted to get involved - it's their karmic problem not yours - and however tempting it is to get involved - don't. Because if you get involved in other people's drama - it will distract you from your own life - and that's when you will make mistakes. If you keep focus on your own destiny during Sun in Aquarius - then nothing will bother you - and everything will go smoothly.
 
 
 
[2] Mercury in Aquarius 5th January => 13th March 2015 - [which includes a Mercury retrograde from 22nd January => 12th February 2015] - with both Mercury & Venus in Aquarius - the energy of change is going to be busy and vibrant for everyone.
However, as an Aquarian - you either complain it's too busy or you complain it's too quiet - there's never a middle way - but the TRUTH is you LOVE it when it's busy - and the next few weeks - at least until 27th January 2015 - it's going to be very very busy. During this time you're going to be coming so alive - that you'll LOVE life so much - it will make you feel inlove with everyone. Just say YES to everyone and you'll see how lucky life can become.
 
A word of advice - is react quickly and lively - otherwise - being "slow" and unresponsive will annoy others - they might take it as a sign that you're not interested or you're being stubborn and want to block their progress. You might miss great opprtunities if you're too slow.
Another facet of both Mercury & Venus in Aquarius - is harmony from WITHIN - you're mind and thoughts will be thinking clearly and you'll find SUCCESS - if you do something as soon as you get the brilliant idea to do it.
The Mercury retrograde in house of money in liberating "Aquarius" between 22nd January => 12th February 2015 - should you the answers you need to sort out your finances - and give you the freedom you need.
 
 
[3] Venus in Aquarius 3rd January => 27th January 2015 - with both Mercury & Venus in Aquarius - you're going find yourself inexplicably busy in ONE specific area of your life - a facet that you've neglected for the past 2 years. Now is YOUR destined time to get it sorted and make progress.
Don't listen to others and don't copy others - BE YOU - and go with what YOU feel is right for YOU. Your individuality will prove to be the recipe for success during Venus in Aquarius. It might feel unusually liberating for you - but you'll see how good it is to change your mind and do "life" differently.
 
[3] Venus in Pisces 27th January => 20th February 2015 - this week Venus in Pisces - begins to work with Mars in Pisces on that area of your life that's been dormant for the past 2 years - and it luckily now gets sorted. Venus defines what excites you inside - what you love in life - so much that you can't live without - LOVE, MONEY & SUCCESS - and yet for the past 2 years many have just survived and not had any of these at all.
Due to the fact that it is the Sun's light that is shining on Venus and Mars in Pisces [and all the planets in our solar system] - it is therefore the power of Sun in Aquarius that is generating the all the unexpected surprises, all the busy lively activity, all the solutions and hence all the success - it's essence is both in unusual brilliant ideas and through power of freedom of speech and communication - you get the success you need.
For you - as an Aquarian - it is perfect - because - the moment you think the idea - "life" will ensure you get on and do it immediately - and see an immediate positive result. Just remember - to convey your strong message - packaged in laughter, smiles and warmth - and then it will be received correctly. If you send your message in a serious NEGATIVE manner - it will be received as NEGATIVE and get blocked - so be careful HOW you say things. During Venus in Pisces by 20th February - your life will be much happier - as you'll see that neglected facet of LOVE, MONEY and SUCCESS being sorted out - won't that be a huge relief !
 
 
[4] Mars in Pisces 12th January => 19th February 2015 - Mars is the power to get life moving - and as you've seen from the past few weeks - things are moving. During Mars in Pisces - even the things that are so used to be left-along in peace and quiet - will be moving too - that's because Mars in Pisces will not allow anything or anyone to rest. The real reason is that Mars in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius - ensuring anything that DESTINY wants moving and wants changing - will now be changed.
As Air sign of Aquarius - you like change - so you're going to find everyone cooperating with you. Even the most stubborn blockages you've had in the past 4-6 years will now be unblocked. Others might be shocked by the changes - but you won't be - use your adaptability to the best of your strengths - and if someone needs a PUSH - give them the PUSH. You shouldn't hesitate doing what you know is right for your long-term stability and success.
 
 
[5] Jupiter in Leo - from 16th July 2014 => 11th August 2015 - the GOOD news is that Jupiter in Leo will quickly work in July, August and September 2014 to fix your life for you - even quicker than you can imagine - the Aquarian - it will allow you to live again - for the past 12 months - you were restricted and came under pressure to change - with so many external things affecting your life - that you didn't have peace to be "you". Those changes were good for you - because they showed you what defines STABILITY in your life - don't forget the past 12 months and the experiences and those facets of your life.
From now onwards and for the next 12 months - you will be able to be YOU again - but you must be honest with yourself - what's the real version of YOU and what have you been doing just to please others and what have you been doing to AVOID dealing with MAJOR issues in your life. Life is about having the right people in your life - people who bring out the BEST in you - people you LOVE the most and even you - are going to realize that you can't live and work alone - life is most wholesome and most successful when you're sharing with others and having loving relationships.
Jupiter in Leo is going to be one of the happiest years you've had in your life as you've felt nothing like it since "2002" - it will EXPAND the real version of you - to become the best version of yourself - and the most loving version.
 
Currently Jupiter is in retrograde and until Jupiter goes direct on 9th April 2015 the next few weeks will be focused on sorting out the "past" - solving the problems of the "past" - will ensure you will have a much happier future. Business and Success is often defined by looking at the "Past" to see where you went wrong - and then correcting the specific mistakes - so use the time until 9th April 2015 - and put the "past" right - even if it means either forgiving the "past" or deleting it completely !
 
 
[6] Saturn entered Sagittarius 23rd December 2014 - to be explained at length after completing "Next Year 2015" pages - meanwhile read the introduction on Months Astrology and to that I must add that as an Aquarian - you're going to ENJOY everything that Saturn in Sagittarius will be creating - and it starts immediately on Tuesday evening 23rd December when Saturn enters Sagittarius.
 
There's something we all used to have within each of us prior to 2008 - and that was a FIRE - created from WITHIN and yet it influenced our outer aura - that enabled us to THINK of, FOCUS on and got excited about something and then made it happen. It happened - because your destiny wanted you to want it to happen - so your aura became fired-up and excited towards achieving it. This made you LOVE LIFE - because it made you feel so alive. It also gave you confidence because you knew - that if you got the "energy" - you were going to succeed to get what you were being fired-up to get.
 
Saturn in Sagittarius [working with Uranus in Aries] - will ensure that EVERYTHING you should have in your life - you're going to get fired-up to achieve and get. The best of which will be loving relationships - in fact - all kinds of relationships - because EVERYONE in the world emits an energy - you either feel the warmth or coldness. Saturn in Sagittarius will be creating the inexplicable WARMTH to make you connected to all your destined to be connected to - and it will do it for every facet of your life - excite you with WARMTH towards your destiny - and likewise - it will radiate a WARMTH from you - towards everyone who is destined to be part of your life. All you need to do is be YOU - emit the warmth - and the world will sense it.
 
 
[7] Uranus in Aries - before attempting to explain the unpredictable and inexplicable and how it pertains to you - the Aquarian - I must explain a little about the goals and objective of Uranus in Aries - "destiny" needs to create a "future" for humanity and in order to create the "future" it needs EVERYONE to think differently today.
The period of history until March 2011 - was the "past" - and the methods of the past - although useful - aren't sustainable nor right for the future which began in March 2011. Hence dramatically Uranus creates unexpected situations that need brilliant ideas to solve the problems. Aries rules the head and ideas - and unfortunately many people forget they've got a head - and certainly have forgotten how to use it.
People who are STUCK in the PAST - trying to sustain past methods will find themselves getting very frustrated, stressed out and will find that "destiny" has different plans for humanity. Uranus in Aries - wants humanity to GROW and CHANGE to a NEW LEVEL - and now between December 2014 and July 2015 is the karmic time that we will all collectively be taken to that NEW LEVEL as Uranus goes direct on 22nd December 2014 - and once again - goals of the "future" will be awakened.
 
From 23rd December 2014 - you have probably realized something has changed - and as an Aquarian - you don't like changes that you sense but can't see what they are and what's going to happen - but you KNOW that something has changed - and you can sense that it means the status quo you've accepted in the past 2-3 years - is about to change. This is making you inexplicably excited and there are going to be moments when you become IMPATIENT - because you want "it" - even though you don't know what "it" is yet.
 
Uranus going direct in Aries - is going to give you the POSITIVE enthusiastic energy - which will make you energized to DO something with your life - you'll unexpectedly change lots of things in your life between now and July 2015 - the most important of which will be around February - March 2015.
The journey from now until 21st March 2015 is about reinventing yourself - shedding the "old" you - and becoming the "new" you - and when you're ready - you'll reveal it to the world - and the world will love you even more than it has done. The "new" version will then ensure you have "new" stability from February - March 2015 - the STABILITY that you're looking for - when you stop worrying - like you have been. Between now and then - there's going to be many changes - all of which are truthfully very good for you - so enjoy the journey instead of being worried about the destination. The "destination" is going to be a good one - exactly what you need and what you want - a place full of warmth and good relationships.
 
 
[8] Neptune in Pisces - it has very important significance to you as an Aquarian - although this is a difficult aspect to explain for "everyone" because depending on which generation you belong to - will related to where Neptune sits in your chart - if you happen to be born with Neptune in Scorpio between 1956 => 1970 - you're the luckiest - as Neptune in Pisces - means making BIG progress in your life. Specifically something NEW that was defined in your life when Neptune entered Pisces in April 2011 will now begin to become successful in your life.
The nature of Neptune's movement that constantly you have to go back in order to go forward - and just when you though you were making progress - the Neptune retrograde takes you backwards - which since June 2014 you went backwards - from 16th November 2014 you went forwards again - and from 7th March 2015 - Neptune will be out of it's shadow - and NEW facets of your life will get a boost and move forward again.
As an Aquarian you might want things to go back to the way they were prior to April 2011 - but you're now realizing that's never going to happen - and you're actually getting used to the "new" life with it's "new" version of life - as you're seeing that "life" has more meaning to it than the superficial life you were used to prior to April 2011.
 
 
[9] Pluto in Capricorn - as explained on this week's astrology - Pluto is BIGGER than people think - as it deals with all the karmic destined events that you MUST experience in order for your complete identity and your life to become WHOLESOME.
Since November 2008 - you've wished that life could go-back to how it used to be - the sooner you DELETE that wish from your head - the better - because LIFE has changed since Pluto entered Capricorn - it is the DESTINED time when your identity has to become WHOLESOME. This means you have to stop being stubborn and fixed on what you want to happen - and let DESTINY show you what you need to learn.
During the next few months with Pluto direct until 17th April 2015 - your karmic destiny is going to be putting you on a pathway that you never imagined possible - and instead of being forced and pushed into making changes and decisions - you will remarkably be quite happy to let go of the past because you'll be seeing a much better future unfolding for you - in real life - this will be become especially clear by 17th March 2015 after the final Pluto Square Uranus you GIVE UP living in the "past" and accept the "new" life as it is being defined for you.
 

Just for Today Correspondence~Friday January 30th, 2015

FRIDAY

Planet – Venus

Spells/Magic – love, friendship, socialising, affection, harmony, relationships, reconciliation, beauty, romance.

Magical aspects: love, friendship, reconciliation, beauty

Oils – African Violet, Cherry, Lilac, Rose ,Opium Poppy, Patchouly,

Plants and Trees – adler tree,daisy,apple tree,aster,birch tree,blackberry,catnip,cherry tree,crocus,elderberry,feverfew,foxglove,geranium,goldenrod,hollyhock,lady`s mantel,lilac,mugwort,plumtree,rose,spiderwort,strawberry,tansy,thyme,vanilla,violet, yarrow, pansy.

Stones – Emerald, jade, malachite, rose quartz, torquoise

Colours – green, pink, white, rose, coral.

Metal - Coper

Energy Type - Female

Dieties - Friday takes its name from Frigga, the Goddess of Love and Transformation. She rules the spiritual aspects of people as they manifest on the physical. because of this, Friday is sometimes thought of as unpredictable.

Friday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Romantic Love, Friendship, Beauty, Soul-mates, Artistic Ability, Affection, Partners, Alliances, Grace, Luxury, Social Activity, Marriage, Decorating, Cosmetics, Gifts, Income, Gardening, Architects, Artists, Beauticians, Chiropractors, Dancers, Designers, Engineers, Entertainers, Fashion, Music, Painting, Poetry, Courtship, Dating, Household Improvements, Planning Parties, Shopping, Herbal Magick, Luck, Fertility, Physical Healing, Balance, Prosperity, Courage, Change, Material Things, Peace, Harmony, Relationships and Success.

Friday: Venus. . .ahhh, sweet love. This is a day for love spells and also a good day to offer your love to the gods/goddesses of choice. As the Cure say, "Friday, I'm in Love!"
 

THE MOON AS A SYMBOL 
The moon is a powerful symbol of the Triple Goddess, who represents the spiritual growth of wisdom and the evolution of a woman from an innocent maiden to the loving mother and hence to the wise crone. These stages are also a reflection of the four lunar phases- the dark moon (just before the new moon) the waxing moon, the full moon, and the waning, which are also mirrored by the female menstrual cycles. Just as the moon is the mother of the universe, representing the feminine powers of the cosmos, so the sun is opposite and represents the masculine forces that surround us and infuse us with the power of the Gods. Purely in it's own right, the power of the moon and the timing of its phases can either enhance or disrupt our bodily rhythms and our lives. Consulting the moon and an astrological chart is a vital part of spell-casting. Some days and months are more beneficial for casting certain spells than other.

Waxing Moon 
The waxing moon is the period between the New moon and Full moon. This is a special time for expansion and growth, and accumulating strength. It is also an appropriate time for preparing your magical spells for the most promising time, which is the three days before the moon is full. The waxing moon aids the accomplishment of any undertakings, whether of a practical or spiritual nature. For witches it is a time for quests for empowerment and a period in which to enhance our magical powers and our perception of the other world. In fact, the closer we come to the Full moon, the stronger and more aspiring are our intuitive powers, which in turn, leads to a new level of awareness.

Spell for the Day~balance

This spell is also great to include in your Imbolc Ritual

Spell for Harmony and Balance in a Space

[Harmony and Balance Spell] This spell is used to provide balance and harmony in a room, a house, or an outside location (provided it isn’t too big).

You will need:

Flowers in a plant pot
Rosemary
Thyme
Cinnamon

For this blessing, we will enchant the flowers.  If your space is indoors, you may keep them in your plant pot.  IF it is outside, you may wish to plant them into the soil after the spell (but you can also keep them in the plant pot if you wish).

Cast your circle with the flowers inside it.

Sprinkle some rosemary, thyme and cinnamon on the soil, and recite the following blessing:

Balance and harmony,

Peacefulness and ease,

By the Power of Three

All turbulence cease.

Visualise peace, harmony and balance flowing into the flowers.

Now close your circle, and place the flowerpot in the centre of the spot where you wish to bring peace and balance.

The effects of this spell will last as long as the flowers are alive and blooming.  When they wilt, you may need to repeat the spell.

Note: For the spell to work, there must be at least one person on the premises that truly desires peace and harmony!  If all the occupants are hostile and malicious and do not want harmony, the spell will not work.

Be Blessed )O(

~Elder Airwolf~

~* Your Daily Fortunes for Thursday January 29th, 2015*~

Tarot~Strength
What has traditionally been known as the Strength card represents Nature which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer (feminine, interior) self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness -- so that all levels of Creation, inner and outer, may come into harmony. 

The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.

Norse Rune~Wunjo
Pronunciation
"Woon-yoh"

Phonetic Value
" w ", " v "

Translation
Joy

Meaning
Happiness. Light. Emotional satisfaction

Associated Gods
Odin, Frigg

Astrological Correspondence
Mars

Magickal Uses
for success in any endeavor, to motivate, to complete a task

Wunjo represents a state of harmony in a chaotic world and provides a balance between all things. It's a midpoint between opposites where alienation and anxiety disappear. This is also a rune of fellowship, shared aims and a general well being. When it appears in a reading it can also mean that good news will come from afar.

Wunjo is linked to a reward, a feeling of goodness and satisfaction, peaceful winning, and ultimate achievement. It contains the idea of everything going well because you are in total harmony with life. Wunjo also implies close co-operation and companionship with other people, because joy is not usually a solitary emotion. When so much of life can be negative, it is important to allow Wunjos joy to reach into every part of your life.

Happiness is yours if you are willing to work for it. You must strive for balance and harmony in your life. Always look for solutions rather than dwell on problems. For happiness to last, it must be founded on truth and honesty. Hide from the truth and you hide from true happiness. Seek only what is good and right, and good fortune cannot fail to follow

Reverse Meaning
There is blockage. Things are slow coming to fruition. A crisis or difficult time is at hand. Consideration and deliberation are called for at this time. Tread slowly and carefully, proceed with caution. It is time to re-evaluate your current position, to reflect and meditate.

Witches Rune~The Moon - Keywords: Change.

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

Totem Animal~Heron

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.

Your Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon Reading~

The Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon reading presents a balanced path for the querent to take to reach a successful outcome to a specific question. The animal spirit that appears in the Grandfather Sun position represents the active energy that's called for at this time; the animal spirit in the Grandmother Moon position represents the passive or receptive energy necessary. The Outcome Animal Spirit represents the results you can expect if you manage to maintain a balanced path.

Grandfather Sun

     Dove 
Are you going through life carrying old grief, pain or hate? If so, Dove (sometimes known as Mourning Dove) encourages you to let go of your emotional baggage so that true healing can take place. It’s time to forgive, release, and move forward. And, know that healing Dove is flying right beside you.
 
 

Outcome

     Porcupine 
Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??
 
 

Grandmother Moon

     The Crow 
Crow is always on the alert for trouble—and their loud caws! warn each other of impending danger, Very little escapes Crow’s keen vision—which is why many cultures associate Crow with the keeper of knowledge. Crow has flapped his way into your life today to bring a message of watchfulness—have you built your nest high enough to really understand what’s going on around you?

Horoscopes~

Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Although you're quite aware of your feelings today, you don't necessarily want to make them available for public consumption. Others probably realize that you're keeping your concerns to yourself, but they might not be able to figure out how to react to your silence. Thankfully, you don't have to worry about what others think now; you only have to decide for yourself how much you want to share. Keep in mind that revealing your secrets not only increases your vulnerability, but also sets the tone to strengthen a significant relationship.

Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
You may be swept up in a complex dilemma that pushes you up against the edges of your own comfort zone. But it's really not as dramatic as you make it out to be, even if you're anxious hanging out in the emotional realms. Don't waste energy trying to control your feelings since that strategy never works as well as you wish. Instead, carefully observe what makes you uncomfortable today as your key planet Venus tenses up under stern Saturn's pressure. If you're willing to go there, self-awareness is the most effective catalyst for change all by itself.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
You might be required to make a choice today, and responsibility typically wins out over fun while sensible Saturn forms a stressful square with pleasurable Venus. It appears as if fateful circumstances are controlling your life now rather than your own desires -- and it grates on your nerves because you prefer to be in charge of your own destiny. Pushing through your own resistance is your key to gaining knowledge about higher truths. Delaying gratification seems like a sacrifice, but it could lead to a deeper sense of contentment in the long run.

Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Although you have to manage your normal routine today, it's important to also take time to reflect on your emotional needs. Even if your current self-absorption seems a bit out of character, you stand to make real gains if you can isolate what you want for your own happiness. You might try to apply logic to an illogical situation, but it won't help you untangle your feelings now. Take a risk and leave the rational world behind while you explore the realms of your imagination and heart.

Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You are quite capable of creating a bubble of happiness around you if you can graciously accept the present limitations now. Unfortunately, it seems as if there isn't room enough in the bubble for anyone else, so you may experience a temporary sense of isolation. Nevertheless, the constraints are imaginary; there are no barriers between you and those you love, except the ones you build yourself.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You think you can sidestep relationship obligations because you have more important things to do today. However, you won't be able to escape from doing your part without adversely affecting the dynamics between you and loved ones. You might not be pleased with those who make demands on you, but you don't need to isolate yourself to prove your point. Instead of erecting unnecessary boundaries around your heart, try meeting others halfway. Finding a healthy balance between dependence and freedom is your best route to a happier personal life.

Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Someone at work may get on your case today about an issue you consider trivial. You might not intend any harm, but what you say now can inadvertently hurt a person you care about. Try to maintain a high level of compassion in all your interactions. If you open your heart, a friendship will have a chance to blossom, even if it doesn't happen overnight. Plant the seeds of good will and watch them grow.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You may have to confront issues of low self-esteem today, making you doubt your every move. However, relationship problems seem to grow if you withdraw to address your concerns on your own. Your detachment could make the other person uncomfortable with the emotional distance. Don't take yourself or anyone else too seriously now since the energy will warm up again in a few days. In the meantime, keep the communication channels as clear as possible to foster a harmonious atmosphere.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You might not even try to bridge the widening gap between your emotions and the circumstances of your life now that austere Saturn is at odds with sweetheart Venus. Be courageous and face the current issues, even if it doesn't seem like it's worth your effort. You may not feel fully satisfied with your accomplishments today, but the rewards will follow if you simply show up and do the work.

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Your need for close companionship cools today, possibly leading you to spend time on your own in self-reflection. However, your friends and coworkers might misinterpret your behavior and think you're being negative in spite of how you explain your true intentions. Let your actions speak for you by doing something constructive, no matter how inconsequential it seems. Methodical and careful movement enables you to progress toward your goals while still keeping your emotions to yourself. Nevertheless, don't stay in your reverie too long or you might miss the support that's within reach.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You have social commitments that you prefer to avoid as friendly Venus struggles with cranky Saturn in your 11th House of Community. Unfortunately, you still must deliver on previous promises, even if you want to just lay low and fly under the radar. It may be easier to rationalize attending a function if you consider it to be business-related. Push through your own resistance and join the human race; you might end up having more fun than you anticipated. Fake it until you make it.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
An emotional dynamic could work in one of two ways today. On one hand, you might pull back from the intensity of interactions with others to establish clear boundaries for yourself. On the other hand, you can apply your talents in more practical ways now. But even if you don't feel as creative as usual, your artistic or technical skills could still be put to good use. Overcome any lingering discouragement or self-doubt and swim steadily toward your goals.


Mother Goddess Oil
4 drops myrrh
3 drops cypress
2 drops rose
1 drop ylang ylang

Be Blessed!
~Elder Airwolf~

~*~In the Stars for Thursday January 29th, 2015*~*

First Quarter (waxing/90-135 degrees)
January 29, 2015 — Emotions begin to stir coupled with recognizing that the new beginnings you are making must also increase personal security to be worthwhile over the long haul. This is a time when it's appropriate to get in touch with your gut instincts and begin to guide your life more deliberately, with an awareness of using your "sixth sense" as well as your enthusiasm. Obstacles may emerge that require you to reevaluate how to better integrate yourself into your immediate environment.

Moon enters Gemini - 9:30am Sydney, Australia - 3am India
Wednesday 10:30pm UK - 11:30pm Europe - 5:30pm USA EST
Moon 1° Gemini squares Venus 1° Pisces
Moon 3° Gemini opposes Saturn 3° Sagittarius
Moon 6° Gemini squares Neptune 6° Pisces
Moon 9° Gemini trines Sun 9° Aquarius

Moon enters Gemini
Are you ready to be extremely busy? Even more squares !
Solving problems, arguing, winning and making deals ...
When Moon enters Gemini - there's going to be sudden dramatic oscillation to become VERY LIVELY - as Gemini is a communicative AIR sign that will unlock the power of communication defined by people's emotions - so you can expect to hear a lot of news - and with the "news" will be emotions of how people feel. In fact put another way - because people feel a certain way - that's why they will communicate "news" to you.
All you need to remember is that some people communicate to attract your attention because they want something from you - not necessarily because they want you. So don't take anything personal - it's just business. Indeed, as I've said Aquarians make good business people - as they're detached from getting offended or upset - they're able to do business without it affecting their health or persona. You too - during Moon in Gemini - and thanks to Sun in Aquarius - should be able to solve your problems - because you're looking at them in a more honest and detached manner.
 
One of the reasons many business people FAIL is because they can't be HONEST with themselves - and instead of adapting, changing and being flexible - their pride and fixed stubborness causes their own downfall. During Moon in Gemini - if you're humble - down-to-earth, pragmatic and honest - you will see that things done out of bad habits really do need changing - and when you make the change you'll see immediate success - it will make you feel happier and healthier too.
Because your aura attracts negativity into it to create your own stagnation - but when destiny is liberating you from the cycle of negativity - your aura needs to and will attract POSITIVE things in order to break the stagnation and get your life moving.
 
Although Moon enters Gemini in Wednesday night - due to time zones - only readers in USA will sense it on Wednesday. Everyone else will get the positive vibrancy of Moon in Gemini on Thursday morning when you wake up. The secret of success - is if there's a problem - talk and communicate - if there's a blockage - talk and communicate - and if there's something you want and need - talk and communicate. If you don't talk - then how on earth do you expect problems to be solved?

Be Blessed Pagans!

~Elder Airwolf~

Just for Today Correspondence~Thursday January 29th, 2015

THURSDAY

Planet – Jupiter

Spells/Magic - money, prosperity, holiday, travel, business, luck, growth, self improvement, generosity, health, wealth

Magical aspects: controlled optimism, energetic growth, physical well-being, material success, expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.

Oils – lime, magnolia, strawberry, vanilla

plants and trees – sage, nutmeg,oak tree,meadowsweet, hyssop,borage,butterfly weed,clove,dandelion chestnut,maple tree, anise .

Stones – Amethyst, laptis lazuli, sapphire

Colours – blue, metallic colours, green, turquoise, white, purple.

Metal – Tin

Energy Type - Male

Dieties – dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and agricultural work. his parallels in various European Traditions include Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.

Thursday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Business, Gambling, Logic, Social Matters, Political Power, Material Wealth, Publishing, Collage Education, Long Distance Travel, Foreign Interests, Religion, Philosophy, Forecasting, Broadcasting, Publicity, Expansion, Luck, Growth, Sports, Horses, The Law, Doctors, Guardians, Merchants, Psychologists, Charity, Correspondence Courses, Self-improvement, Researching, Reading and Studying.

Thursday: Jupiter; probably the best day for spell work as Jupiter is so benevolent and loves to give. All prosperity spells or luck and success spells should be done on this day (be sure to keep it with the waxing moon).

HE MOON AS A SYMBOL 
The moon is a powerful symbol of the Triple Goddess, who represents the spiritual growth of wisdom and the evolution of a woman from an innocent maiden to the loving mother and hence to the wise crone. These stages are also a reflection of the four lunar phases- the dark moon (just before the new moon) the waxing moon, the full moon, and the waning, which are also mirrored by the female menstrual cycles. Just as the moon is the mother of the universe, representing the feminine powers of the cosmos, so the sun is opposite and represents the masculine forces that surround us and infuse us with the power of the Gods. Purely in it's own right, the power of the moon and the timing of its phases can either enhance or disrupt our bodily rhythms and our lives. Consulting the moon and an astrological chart is a vital part of spell-casting. Some days and months are more beneficial for casting certain spells than other times.

Waxing Moon 
The waxing moon is the period between the New moon and Full moon. This is a special time for expansion and growth, and accumulating strength. It is also an appropriate time for preparing your magical spells for the most promising time, which is the three days before the moon is full. The waxing moon aids the accomplishment of any undertakings, whether of a practical or spiritual nature. For witches it is a time for quests for empowerment and a period in which to enhance our magical powers and our perception of the other world. In fact, the closer we come to the Full moon, the stronger and more aspiring are our intuitive powers, which in turn, leads to a new level of awareness.

 

Spell for Today~Good Luck Spell

GOOD LUCK SPELL - FULL MOON

An spell to bring about all you wish for, with it's roots in ancient Romany wisdom.
For best results you should aim to carried out the on a THURSDAY when the moon isFULL.

Calculate the best Planetary Hour
If you have a Tarot deck, the spell could be enhanced by laying down in front of you, the SUN Card from the Major Arcana and the SIX OF SWORDS card from the Minor Arcana, during the casting.

If you have a Rune set, holding the Rune <img alt=" border=" 0"="" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.pagandreams.co.uk/Runes/Images/PERDHRO.gif" src="http://www.pagandreams.co.uk/Runes/Images/PERDHRO.gif" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-size: 11px; border: 0px;"> (PERDHRO) during casting, could also be beneficial.

Gold Candle + Holder
Piece of paper
Pencil/Pen

Spend a few quiet minutes considering what it is you are seeking.
Write them down on the piece of paper
Light the gold candle and watch the flame for a few minutes
Close your eyes and relax the mind by breathing in and out slowly, several times.
When you are relaxed, open your eyes and read through your 'wish list' once again
Face the gold candle and recite:


' I pray to the moon when she is round
Luck with me will soon abound
What I seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground'

Allow the candle to burn out completely in a safe place.  Carry your wish list with you in a pocket or pouch

 

Be Blessed Today Pagans!

~Elder Airwolf~

Blessed Tiu's Day Pagans~

All About Imbolc

 

It's Imbolc, and that's the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to honor the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects. However, other than having a giant statue of Brighid on your altar, there are a number of ways you can set up for the season. Depending on how much space you have, you can try some or even all of these ideas -- obviously, someone using a bookshelf as an altar will have less flexibility than someone using a table, but use what calls to you most.

Colors

Traditionally, the colors of red and white are associated with Brighid. The white is the color of the blanket of snow, and the red symbolizes the rising sun. In some traditions, the red is connected with the blood of life. Brighid is also tied to the color green, both for the green mantle she wears and for the life growing beneath the earth. Decorate your altar with a white cloth, and drape a swath of red across it. Add green candles in candleholders.


 

The Beginnings of New Life

Altar decor should reflect the theme of the Sabbat. Because Imbolc is a harbinger of spring, any plants that symbolize the new growth are appropriate. Add potted bulbs -- don't worry if they're blooming yet -- andspring flowers such as forsythia, crocus, daffodils, and snowdrops. If you don't have much luck planting bulbs, think about making a Brighid's crown as a centerpiece -- it combines flowers and candles together.

Celtic Designs

Brighid is, after all, a goddess of the Celtic peoples, so it's always appropriate to add some sort of Celtic design to your altar. Consider adding a Brighid's cross or any other item incorporating Celtic knotwork. If you happen to have a Celtic cross, don't worry about the fact that it's also a Christian symbol -- if it feels right on your altar, go ahead and add it.

Other Symbols of Brighid

Cauldrons or chalices -- she's often connected to sacred wells and springs

A small anvil or hammer -- Brighid is the goddess of smithcraft

A Brighid corn doll and Priapic wand

Sacred animals such as cows, sheep or swans

A goddess statue

A book of poetry, or a poem you've written -- Brighid is the patroness of poets

Faeries -- in some traditions, Brighid is the sister of the Fae

Healing herbs -- she's often connected to healing rites

Lots of candles, or a cauldron with a small fire in it

Be sure to place your altar in a spot where you'll be able to see it and work with it - even if it's just a quick acknowledgement - during the Sabbat season.

 Imbolc Oil

This oil blend combines Ginger, Clove and Rosemary, representing the elements of fire, with Cypress, associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius. To make Imbolc Oil, use 1/8 Cup base oil of your choice. Add the following:

3 drops Ginger

2 drops Clove

1 drop Rosemary (you can, alternatively, use a sprig of fresh rosemary instead)

1 drop Cypress

As you blend the oils, visualize your intent, and take in the aroma. Know that this oil is sacred and magical. Label, date, and store in a cool, dark place.

Re-Dedication Ritual

One plain candle for each of the deities you wish to honor

An offering of some sort, depending on your gods


 

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so at this time.

Begin by grounding yourself. This is a way of focusing yourself and reconnecting. Shut out all the things from your mundane life that are distracting to you – focus on the Self, and your relationship with your gods and goddesses.

Your god/goddess candles should be on your altar or workspace. A brief note here about selecting candles to represent the gods: many Pagans, including Wiccans, honor a god and a goddess, and so would use two candles. If your tradition or belief system honors multiple gods, feel free to use as many candles as necessary. Likewise, if you honor a single divine being, use a single candle. If you wish, you can use colored candles – for many people, the goddess Brighid, is represented by the color green, so you may wish to incorporate a green candle into a rite honoring her. If you honor Mars, the Roman god of war, you may choose to use a red candle. Use whatever color is appropriate; if you’re not sure which color to select, use basic white.

One at a time, light the candles representing your gods. As you light each candle, say:

I call upon you, [deity’s name], as one who walks your path.
I am [your name], and once more I pledge myself to you this night.
I will walk by your side, honoring you as I may, and ask only
That you watch over me as one who pays you tribute.
I thank you, [deity’s name], and again I promise you service.

Tailor your rededication pledges as needed.

Next, present your offering to the gods of your tradition. This will vary, depending on which gods your tradition honors, and what they demand in tribute. As you present your offering, place it in front of the candle(s) representing the gods.

Say something along the lines of:

Hear me, O great gods! I call upon you, [names of deities],
And offer you this gift.
I present to you my tribute of [offering], as a token of my dedication.
Know that I will honor you and ask nothing in return,
Beyond your watching over me.
Hear me, great gods, O [names of deities], and know that
I, [your name], am your servant/ your priestess/ your child/[other appropriate description].
Please, accept my offering.

Take some time to meditate. Feel the afterglow of the ritual, and feel the energy of the gods around you. You have brought yourself to the attention of the Divine, so they will be keeping an eye on you. Be sure you can uphold any pledges you have made to them during this ceremony.

Imbolc Foods

Braided bread is found in many forms, in many cultures. This one is a simple one, and is perfect for serving at your Imbolc feast. The braid symbolizes Brighid in her aspect as the bride, representative of her fertility and position as a hearth goddess. Serve this tasty braided bread with warm butter for dipping.

INGREDIENTS

1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed (this is in the frozen foods section at the grocery store), or a batch of your favorite homemade dough

1 egg

Water

Sesame seeds

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf braided bread

PREPARATION

If you're using frozen dough, allow it to defrost at room temperature. If you're using your own homemade recipe, start working with it after you've kneaded it out into a ball.

Before it begins to rise, cut your dough into thirds with a large pizza cutter or a knife. Roll each piece out until it's about 18" long, and about an inch thick. You'll end up with three of these long strips.

Take the strips, and braid them together, trying not to stretch them out too much. When you've reached the end of the braid, tuck the ends underneath themselves. If you want to make a really big braided loaf, use two batches of dough, which will yield six strips - then simply continue the braiding until it's the size you want.

Place the braid either on a baking stone, or on a pan that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.

Beat the egg in a small bowl, and add 2 Tbsp. water. Lightly brush the egg and water mixture over the braid, and then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let it rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until a light golden brown color. Remove from baking sheet, and allow to cool for 15 minutes or more before serving.

** Note: if you want to really jazz this up, use different types of bread, such as white and wheat. The end result is visually very appealing, with the different colors braided together.

Giving Thanks to Brighid - Meal Blessing

This is the season of Brighid,
She who protects our hearth and home.
We honor her and thank her,
for keeping us warm as we eat this meal.
Great Lady, bless us and this food,
and protect us in your name.The winter is coming to an end
The stores of food are dwindling,
And yet we eat, and stay warm
In the chilled winter months.
We are grateful for our good fortune,
And for the food before us.


 

Imbolc Craft 

BrighidS Crown

Brighid is the goddess who reminds us that spring is around the corner. She watches over hearth and home, and this craft project combines her position as firekeeper with that of fertility goddess. Make this crown as an altar decoration, or leave off the candles and hang it on your door for Imbolc.

You'll need the following supplies:

A circular wreath frame, either of straw or grapevine

Winter evergreens, such as pine, fir or holly

Spring flowers, such as forsythia, dandelions, crocus, snowbulbs

Red, silver and white ribbons

Optional: Candles at least 4" long -- tapers are perfect for this - or battery operated lights

A hot glue gun

Place the wreath form on a flat surface. Using the hot glue gun, attach the candles around the circle.

Next, attach a mixture of winter greenery and spring flowers to the wreath. Blend them together to represent the transition between winter and spring. Make it as thick and lush as you can, weaving in and around the candles.

Wrap the ribbons around the wreath, weaving between the candles. Leave some excess ribbons hanging off, if you plan to hang this on your door or a wall, and then braid it or tie in a bow. If you're using it on an altar, light the candles during rituals to honor Brighid.

Safety Tip: If you're going to wear this on your head, don't use candles - pick up a set of battery operated tea lights instead, or use a string of battery powered twinkle lights.



Brighid's Cross

To make your Brighid's Cross, you'll need straw, reeds, or construction paper -- if you're using plant material like straw or reeds, you'll want to soak it overnight so it's pliable when you go to make your Cross. Your end result will be about the length of one piece of your material -- in other words, a bundle of 12" reeds will yield a Brighid's Cross just slightly longer than 12".

** Note: for a super-easy, kid-friendly edition of this project, use pipe cleaners.

To begin, you'll form a base for your Cross by bending two pieces of straw in their middles to create a pair of loops -- in fact, you'll do this with each piece as you make your Cross. Link the two pieces together at their centers.

Next, turn these two pieces so they lie flat, and at a right angle to one another. This basic two-piece unit is the base for the rest of the Cross, and it's the only time you'll have two pieces hooked together in the middles like this.


 

Next, bend a third piece of straw in half, and loop it over one of your two base pieces. Both legs of the loop in the new piece will pass over both legs of the base piece. Pull this third piece tight to hold it in place.

Take a fourth piece, and bend it in half as you've done with the others. Loop this one over the legs of the piece you added in Step 3. You should now have four pieces, each pointing in a different direction

Finally, you'll continue looping pieces over one another as you did in the last step, until your cross reaches the size you want. Each piece loops over the previous one. When you're all done, use a piece of string, ribbon, or even another bit of straw to secure the four ends. Trim off excess pieces.

In Ireland, homes traditionally had a hearth in the center of the house. This was where much of the household activity took place -- cooking, washing, socializing -- because it was a source of both light and warmth. A Brighid's Cross was hung over the hearth as a way of honoring Brighid at Imbolc. Most people today have multiple sources of heat and light, but because Brighid is a domestic sort of goddess, you may want to hang your Brighid's Cross over the stove in your kitchen.

A Brighid's Cross hung over a hearth traditionally protected a home from disasters such as lightning, storms, or floods, as well as keeping family members safe from illness.


Be Blessed this Imbolc!

~Elder Airwolf~

The Ghillie Dhu

The Ghillie Dhu ~ A fairy (perhaps originally considered a deity) guardian of the trees in Scottish mythology. The Ghillie is kind to children, but generally wild and shy. Said to be dark haired, he is particularly fond of birch trees and is most active at night. Ghillies wear clothing made from sewn together leaves and knitted grass and mosses.

Information about Ghillie Dhu

Alternate name: dark-haired lad, Gille Dubh (Irish)

Origins: Scottish mythology

Alignment: Chaotic Neutral, Chaotic Good, Neutral Good

Element: Darkness/Shadow, Earth, Plant Time

Species: Humanoid (fay)

Appearance: dark-haired male, clad in moss and foliage

~ from warriorsofmyth.wika.com

Folklore and legends

Every country has its myths, folklore and legends to tell the stories of the people who first inhabited their country. How else to explain their religions, culture, and the unexplainable? Most countries have legends of great men who define their country and people. The English have Beowulf; the Spanish have El Cid, both epic poems of great men that define a peoples and nations

Then there are the faeries, sprites, nymphs and brownies that also define peoples and their nations. English lore has had many races of 'wee people' who magically live in forests and mostly come out at night. Even Shakespeare has written of them in his plays, most notably "A Midsummer Night's Dream." They confound humans by their involvement and interference in the lives of humans. But, they are loved and treasured by children and there have been many tales about them read to children.

Even the U.S., a relatively young nation in the world of nations has its 'Tinkerbell.' Walt Disney knew of the love of faeries and sprites and their tales in the older nations of the world, and so he created for Americans their own little faerie nymph from Barrie's Peter Pan.

One of the older nations of the world, Scotland, too has its own legends and faerie lore, and many stories have been written about them. Faeries feature greatly in Scottish lore.

The Scots believe that all faeries can be contacted in the Other World and some are found in this world too. But, the Scots remind us, always approach a faerie with caution.

Faeries are very sensitive beings and have their feelings hurt easily. The Scottish faeries live in burghs as do Irish faeries. One can hear the Scottish faeries' music come out of the hillhocks at night when one is outside.

In Scotland, the world for faerie is"sith," pronounced "shee." Other Scottish names for these nymphs areStill Folk, People of Peace, The Silent Moving Folk, Pixies, The Wee Folk, and Prowlies.

And, in Scotland, there is no other faerie so famous and beloved asGhillie Dhu, a solitary Scottish faerie or elf who lives in the forest, particularly in birch trees. He is clothed in woven leaves and moss and he is the guardian spirit of the trees.

He is wild but shy and generally kind to children. But, not so kind to adults who lose their way in the dark Scottish forests at night. He is most active at night and his name translates from the Scottish Gaelic as "dark haired lad." He is similar to the Green Man in England and Wales.

He is a 'wee folk' only three feet tall and he is black haired with hazel nut dark brown eyes. His skin color changes from green to brown to green again with the seasons. He doesn't eat meat and prefers to eat berries and nuts from his beloved trees. His name means 'dark servant' to match his dark hair and eyes and sometimes a dark temperament.

Are you afraid to walk in the forest alone at night?

Well, beware of Ghillie Dhu if you are an adult. If you venture into the forest at night and offend Ghillie Dhu, he will reach out with thin, long leafy arms and crush you in his angry embrace leaving the adult human to rot into earthly compost or he might kidnap you and drag you into faerie land to be enslaved forever.

Such is the lore about Ghillie Dhu. In the book, Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend, the author Donald Alexander Mackenzie tells the tale of young Jessie Macrae, who upon being lost in the forest, is kindly directed home by Ghillie Dhu.

Ghillie Dhu is also concerned with the health of teeth of Scottish children and so is believed to be the 'tooth faerie' in Scotland.

It is also believed that Ghillie Dhu may have emigrated to forests in north America after following the Scottish fur trappers to French Canada in the late 1700's.

Ghillie Dhu was also a term used in 'code songs' and was used to symbolize the Stuart heir royal line. When future Charles II, son of the executed Charles I, was in exile following the English Civil War, Charles was given the code name Ghille Dhu because of his dark black hair.

The term was later used to mean his younger brother James VII and II after he was exiled following the rebellion that put his daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange on the throne.

Ghillie Dhu in poetry

Though Solitary they would like to stay

They may help those who lose their way

But don't misjudge these dark-haired fae

Or you'll be the one that they betray!

 

Hiding their green skin and hazel eyes

Moss and leaves are their disguise

Entering their forest would be unwise

Offend them and get a big surprise

The Gift of the Ghillie Dhu

Wrought from star-dolven iron

Quenched in sap of the Beithe

Was Tiodhlac: Gift of the Ghillie Dhu

 

Young Duncan took care of the old birch wood,

Kept poachers and oxmen at bay,

Gaining the love of the beithe-bound Ghillie Dhu

 

When Young Duncan, his-love sworn abducted,

For the jealousy of wicked Black Donald,

Sorrow and pity was the old Ghillie Dhu.

 

For Poor Young Duncan, No sword to his name

And the might of Black Donald, No earthly man dare

Had need of the dwimmer - crafty, the clever Ghillie Dhu

 

Ancient Hammer bows thundering in the hoar

Echoing in leafy halls,

Came forth the fae - deadly blade of Ghillie Dhu

 

Cold black Iron, Heaven-born

Shimmering veins star - silver bright,

Bold was the hilt;

Sources:

Tiodhlac: Gift of the Ghillie Dhu
Morrigan Aoife
Suzette Walker
 

Today's Healthy Herb~Almond Oil

Almond Prunus dulcis

Common Names
Almond Oil
Botanical Name
Prunus dulcis
Family
ROSACEAE

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Almond Oil

[remedy] How to Use| Side Effects | Plant & Garden|

Medicinal Uses: * Massage Oils * Massage Oils * Skin Care 
Properties: * Astringent * Emollient
Parts Used: Almond kernal, expressed oil
Constituents: essential fatty acids :oleic- 67.3%, palmitic- 5.0%,linoleic- 24%,linolenic- 0.2%,stearic- 2.3%

How to Use: Almond

Sweet almond oil is a favorite in aromatherapy as a carrier oil and is valued innatural skin care for it's ability to soften and condition the skin. Pale yellow in color, almond oil is expeller pressed from raw almond kernels. The oil contains glucosides, minerals and vitamins and is rich in protein. Almond oil is good for all skin types and helps to relieve dryness, itching and inflammation.

Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, and mono unsaturated fat, one of the two "good" fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol. Almond nuts are a healthy treat as is, or can be made into almond butter, a spread similar to peanut butter. The sweet almond contains practically no carbohydrates and can be made into flour for those on a low carbohydrate diet, suffering from diabetes, or by those who are looking for a gluten free flour.

Finely ground almonds also serve as an organic exfoliating ingredient in facial skin scrubs. The gentle abrasive action of the almonds helps to remove dead skin cells, and are the perfect natural replacement for facial soap.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Almond oil is used as a skin care and aromatherapy carrier oil. Raw almonds are used in facial scrubs, and to make almond flour and almond butter.

Almond Remedies

Almond oil is used as a skin care and aromatherapy carrier oil. Raw almonds are used in facial scrubs, and to make almond flour and almond butter.

 

Almond Side Effects: Exposure to extreme heat will lessen the shelf life of almond oil

There are two forms of the plant, one (often with white flowers) producing sweet almonds, and the other (often with pink flowers) producing bitter almonds. The almond belongs to the same family of plants as the rose, plum, cherry and peach. Sicily and Southern Italy are the chief Almond-producing countries.

Regional Traditions :Middle East *

 

History and Traditions & Folklore

Almonds, as well as the oil pressed from them, were well known in Greece and Italy long before the Christian era. 

~*Your Daily Fortunes for Tuesday January 27th, 2015*~

Tarot~The Lovers
Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries. 

Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures. 

Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice -- the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship -- instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.

Norse Rune~Gebo
Pronunciation
"Ghay-boe"

Phonetic Value
" g "

Translation
Gift

Meaning
Forgiveness. Gift. Talent, skill or ability. Partnership

Associated Gods
Odin, Gefn

Astrological Correspondence
Pisces

Magickal Uses
To find or strengthen a relationship, for fertility, to mark a gift or offering, to bring luck

Gebo symbolizes the connection between the gods and people. It is the gift that brings connections between people through exchange. But it also represents the unity and honor that is created between those people when a gift exchange takes place. This rune represents those places where our path intersects with others, and allows us to begin to form conscious relationships. Such relationships are strengthened and sanctified by the exchange of gifts.

Gebo - rune number 7 - is the origin of our "lucky seven" superstition. It represents a gift, whether it is a present, an attribute, a certain skill or ability. To the ancients, a gift always called for another in return. so accepting a gift places you under an obligation to the giver - the gods, destiny, another person. Gebo can also mean a partnership or union, in business or in love. Or it can mean forgiveness - perhaps the greatest gift of all - to give or to receive. Gebo is commonly used as the sign of a kiss - the symbol of affection.

A gift presents you with the choice of acceptance or rejection. If you accept you must be prepared to give in return. Everything has its price, but with spiritual gifts the cost is always worth it in the end. You must find the balance between giving and receiving and learn to give responsibly. This means deciding when to give and who to give to as it is not appropriate to give to everyone indiscrim-inately.

Reverse Meaning
Gebo has no reverse. It signifies the ultimate Gift - Freedom

Witches Rune~The Birds - Keywords: Unexpected news, change.

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

Totem Animal~Dove

Are you going through life carrying old grief, pain or hate? If so, Dove (sometimes known as Mourning Dove) encourages you to let go of your emotional baggage so that true healing can take place. It’s time to forgive, release, and move forward. And, know that healing Dove is flying right beside you.

Horoscopes~
Aries
March 21 – April 19
In a world where answers are easily obtained through use of technology, we need to be a bit more discerning than we are at times. Just because we’re given an answer doesn’t mean it’s automatically correct. We can’t simply assume that, just because we ‘saw it online’ or through one of numerous other electronic means, the answer is verified and accurate. There are times when we ought to rely less on someone else providing an answer, anyway. Now is such a time for you. Don’t be too quick to believe you’re incapable of reaching a conclusion unaided.

Taurus
April 20 – May 20
There’s little we can’t adapt to in time. Regardless of how big, daunting or far-reaching a particular change might appear, we soon discover what it’s made of, how it works or ways in which we can actually work with it. All that’s needed on our part is willingness to adapt and learn. The only snag with that plan surrounds insecurity we experience when in the throes of change. We wonder if we’ve done ‘the right thing’ or if a previous scenario was preferable. Soon, you will adjust wonderfully to change you’re experiencing now. Get to know it a bit better.

Gemini
May 21 – June 21
To what extent is a frustrating distraction playing a part in creating an obstacle where you could really do without experiencing one? It seems something is causing you to take your eye off of the proverbial ball and give time and attention to something or someone that you don’t believe is necessary or justified. The really good news is, the distraction and what you would prefer to be focusing on are connected in some way, even if this isn’t obvious presently. That’s why you need to keep focused on the obligation that irks you.

Cancer
June 22 – July 22
We become frustrated when we want to Y but discover we must do X first. We become even more frustrated when we discover X is more important than we thought it was or is something we thought we resolved ages ago that is rearing its annoying head needing attention once again. There is an issue or arrangement in your world that remains unresolved and this is impeding progress you yearn to make in another way. You can’t move forward while you’re carrying baggage from the past. That’s why you’re being encouraged now to finally release it.

Leo
July 23 – August 22
When situations present obstacles, we need to apply a different strategy to overcoming them than we do with people. When people represent obstacles to our progress, we can at least attempt to have a rational discussion with them with a view to reaching some sort of agreement. In your world now, you are encountering an unhelpful obstacle in the form of a person and they are curiously linked to a situation you’d like to see removed. If you’re willing to reach an agreement with the former, then you can expect to see the latter removed.

Virgo
August 23 – September 22
What is the difference between a ‘wish’ and a ‘goal’? The only difference between them is how seriously we take one over the other. Goals usually start as wishes. Wishes start as something we would dearly like to see happen but, for whatever reason(s) we create, convince ourselves that it will never happen or we’re being unrealistic. It’s time for you to move a wish up a notch to become a goal. This means you’re going to have to invest some effort in it becoming so but what you aspire to now has fantastic potential to become reality if it means enough to you.

Libra
September 23 – October 22
We know we’re ‘known by company we keep’. It must therefore be true that others’ reputations are affected through association with us. One way to effectively expand a network or circle of friends is to be seen as a definite and interesting option in the eyes of those who know who we know! I recognize though that, in telling someone born under your sign, I risk preaching to the converted. However, you are attracting very much the right kind of attention to yourself in some way now, even if it is in invisible.

Scorpio
October 23 – November 21
Fear often plays the biggest part in our reluctance to seize certain opportunities. There can be a long list of reasons why we might be fearful of taking a risk or stepping over a clearly defined line into unknown territory. It’s interesting how, even when we are aware of how fearful we might be in some way, we still feel a sense of inner excitement about what scares us. It is this sense of excitement that you ought to be focusing on now. Do what you fear and your fear will disappear and a sense of anticipation will replace it in a wonderful way.

Sagittarius
November 22 – December 21
In many areas of life, hierarchies exist. These are sometimes known as ‘pecking orders’ or an understood arrangement surrounding ‘who is more important than who’. Sometimes, we resent these, other times, we recognize why they must exist and have no problem with them. Yet, in an area of your world now, you are being expected to ‘know your place’. Someone is acting as an unignorable authority figure whom you’re expected to take notice of. It’s likely they enjoy their position through being aware of how you fear them in some way. Do you really fear them?

Capricorn
December 22 – January 19
A floating feather is sometimes all it takes to bring a huge stack of bricks crumbling to the ground. And we know what the straw did to the camel’s back, don’t we? Sometimes, all it takes is one seemingly insignificant development to bring a huge change to a solid or immovable situation. A situation in your world has been shrouded in uncertainty for a long time. You’ve wanted to see progress made but have likely envisaged this to involve something dramatic or a grand gesture. Soon, you’ll see how a very small twist in the tale brings a very big and welcome change.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
There are times when we believe we know precisely how a certain person will react or respond. This often has much to do with our understanding of them as people or how we know how and why they reacted or responded in a certain way in the past. Sometimes, it involves both. Yet, people have an amazing ability to surprise us sometimes. We prepare ourselves for one reaction and discover we receive one we weren’t expecting. When this happens, life can become noticeably easier. Someone’s surprise reaction is about to make your life easier soon

Pisces
February 19 – March 20
We sometimes forget how daunting or scary the world is to a baby. There they were, in very comfortable and protected surroundings and then find themselves in a very new environment much colder than the one they were used to. In a short space of time, they adjust and learn how their new world is, in many ways, preferable to the one left behind. Is the above analogy pointing to an obvious interpretation? A new era is commencing for you. It might seem daunting at first and cause you to miss the one you’re leaving but you can be certain you’ll thrive within it soon.

Be Blessed!
~Elder Airwolf~