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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 have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Blessing for a Witches Gathering

Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and God
To dedicate themselves to each other
And to the old ways that led them here.
Bless this gathering of Witches
That we may work together in harmony
Learning and growing together
As we follow the wheel of the year
And bask in the light of the full moon
May the earth grant us strength
May the air grant us wisdom
May the fire grant us passion
May the water grant us flexibility
So we might work together for the good of all
Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and the God
To dedicate ourselves to each other and
The Ways of Old.

So Mote It Be

Realms~Thresholds of Power


The door has long captured the imagination of poets, mystics and magicians. It is symbolic, often appearing in dreams and nightmares. What lies behind the door? What strange creatures, fabulous wonderlands, hidden dangers?

While more pedestrian, windows have their magical properties and lore as well. If they are the eyes of a home, the door is its mouth. Both possess special powers, and both are generally blessed to prevent the entrance of unfriendly energies into the home.

A door isn’t much-a flat piece of wood, two knobs, three hinges, some hardware. But doors are entrances into other dimensions. In form, they echo the trilithons of Stonehenge and other European megalithic structures: two upright stones with a third resting on top, creating a threshold of power.

Doors are entrances to buildings as well as exits from them; therefore, they are often seen as gateways to other worlds. They also serve as protective devices that bar the dangerous from entering. Because of this, the door and all its parts (lintel, posts, threshold, keys) have assumed magical, almost sacral qualities.

Many of the rites associated with doors are protective in nature. Hanging a gourd on both sides of the outside of a door will ward off unwanted negativity, as will a piece of bamboo or a wreath of leaves and thorns placed over it. A circle chalked on the door bars ghosts from entering; garlic or dill suspended over the front door repels those who are ill-disposed or envious of you from gaining entrance; and a bag of salt or bells hung from the knob will set demons to flight.

Other spells favored to guard the home from the entrance of evil include: placing two crossed needles

under the doormat; painting the door blue, a sacred color; sprinkling mustard seeds or ground dragon’s blood on the doorsill; and hammering three nails in the shape of a triangle (one point up) on the outside of the front door.

Specific herbs are grown on the porch to further protect the home. Ferns, lilies, marigolds and juniper are grown there in pots. An old sock filled with salt, sage, mullein, tansy and any other protective herbs can be buried beneath the front porch to keep ghosts from the home. A box of holed stones or a knife beneath the porch are similarly potent magical protectants.

The door also functions as an ideal place for inviting certain energies or attributes into your home. Five shiny pennies placed beneath the porch will bring the household money and love, for instance, and a bit of food buried there ensures that you won’t know hunger.

If you wish to see a ghost, the doorway is an ideal place to practice, according to ancient tradition. At dusk or midnight, stand at any door in the dark, looking into another room. With the door half-opened, lay your cheek against it and peer just past its edge. If you persevere, you may see spirits and strange shapes. Why? Because the door is an entrance to other worlds.

If you wish to be rid of ghosts, they can be exorcised simply by slamming a door several times in succession. The ghosts get caught between the door and the frame and will soon have enough of the torture and leave. If you enjoy ghosts, however, don’t slam doors!

Daily Fortune for Nov 21st, 2014

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You could be needlessly concerned about a nagging issue today that ultimately isn't very important at all. Consider the consequences of your words before your anger provokes you to say something that is hurtful. Fortunately, your actions speak louder than words with your key planet Mars marching through your 10th House of Status. You might find it challenging to keep your rapid reactions under control, but it is surely worth the effort. Worrying about the wrong things is a waste of your precious time.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might not be able to establish a sustainable work pace at first, but your persistence should pay off today. You may resist an associate’s advice because you want to quickly fulfill your obligations, only to realize that you must do something again if it isn’t exactly right. Don’t be obstinate if you discover you’re wrong. Relationships will improve if you are flexible enough to listen to reason instead of fearfully holding onto a perspective that doesn’t stand up to the truth. A change will do you good.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Your nerves are on edge today as your key planet Mercury aligns with combative Mars and ruthless Pluto. Your legendary wit may be too sarcastic now, turning clever words into verbal punches. However, your coworkers won’t likely stand for any misplaced aggression. Even a casual conversation might quickly escalate into open conflict unless you restrain your own reactions. If the subject of a disagreement isn’t urgent, keep the peace by backing down as gracefully as possible. Choose your battles carefully; knowing when to walk away can save the day.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
It’s nearly impossible to dramatically alter your routines now, even if you understand how much it could help to make some basic improvements in your lifestyle. Unfortunately, knowing the truth isn’t always enough because your behavior doesn’t automatically conform to your thinking. Nevertheless, you’re still ultimately responsible for whatever you do, so don’t just take the path of least resistance. Intention is your not-so-secret weapon; use it wisely.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You could convince yourself that you are on such an important mission today that nothing can possibly get in your way. Ironically, your own self-doubt might be a roadblock to your success. It’s prudent to dig deeper in search of the truth, but questioning your abilities is a serious waste of time and energy now. Although you may not be able to make your fears disappear overnight, you don’t have to sit idly by and let them control your destiny. Channel your inner Lion and roar.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
No matter how much you want to follow your prearranged schedule, unseen forces prevent you from executing your plan. You could let stress get the best of you today if you are too inflexible. You might even lose your temper and say something to a loved one without stopping to comprehend the negative impact of your words until it’s too late. If tension is mounting, remind yourself to take a deep breath and remain adaptable. Whether you like it or not, going along with the flow is smarter now than fighting it.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your infamous indecision is not a problem today; in fact, you may be making up for lost time as you swiftly respond to current circumstances with definitive answers. You could be quite stubborn if someone suggests you are being uncooperative now, since you don’t believe for a moment that you’re the one who is stirring up trouble. Luckily, your day takes an unexpected turn for the better when you relax the reins of control just enough to give others some ownership in the unfolding situation.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your thoughts are so loud today that you might believe everyone can actually hear what you’re thinking. Red-hot Mars fires up cerebral Mercury in passionate Scorpio, coercing you to speak your mind before considering the consequences. Your honesty is admirable but not if you hit below the belt. Luckily, you have the power to transmute fear into love, enabling you to choose the most creative path in each of your interactions. Think with your heart for the best results.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your current action plan could be flawed with irrational logic or incorrect assumptions, even if you believe that you’re traveling on the path to success. Thankfully, you can overcome poor reasoning by trusting your intuition now. Don’t fret about the details; just play it by ear as you move through the day. Save further analysis for a later date; explore your imagination to find the truth without trying to justify what you learn.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You’re a tough opponent in a public debate today, but stop to evaluate the price you may need to pay for your victory. Ruthless intentions could be unleashed now if you take a position contrary to your friends or associates. Ultimately, you’re the only person who can decide whether or not it’s worth it. There are no right or wrong choices as long as you think about the ramifications in advance, and not after creating needless antagonism. Listening to your heart might reveal a compromise based on kindness and not on conflict.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You may feel insecure today about your success at work, but you should be able to transcend your fears through spiritual practice. For some, prayer is the best method for handling the current stress, but your personal journey might also include dance, meditation, or an artistic pursuit. As long as you can step outside of your mundane concerns now, it doesn't really matter which tools you use to awaken your cosmic connection.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
It certainly seems like everything is requiring more time than it should as far as you are concerned. It’s as if your efforts to move into the next exciting phase of your life are blocked by unknown forces. Oddly enough, the more you think about overcoming the obstacles, the larger they become. You need to relax and reclaim your objectivity before forging ahead. Reexamining your priorities and readjusting your plans sets you up for success.

Tarot~The Emperor

In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.

Witch Rune~The Crossed Spears

Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.

 Viking Rune~Laguz

Laguz is the feminine Rune. It denotes a deep sexuality and fertility. Laguz also represents that which is ever changing and renewal. You may be in a tremendous spiritual growth period.
laguz : water
Phonetic equivalent: l

emotions, fears, unconscious mind, things hidden, revelation, intuition, counselling
enhancing psychic abilities, confronting fears, stabilizing mental or emotional disorders, uncovering hidden things
Njord, Midgard Serpent
When most people think of water, they generally think of its more pleasant associations – peacefulness, love, compassion, intuition, and the emotions in general. However, we must remember that, to the Norse, water most often meant the sea, and the sea was a terrifying, unpredictable place, home of the Midgard serpent and the grave of many sailors. Laguz, then, should be thought of in terms of the lighter and the darker sides of the element of water. It speaks to our primal fears of the dark, the cold, and all those terrifying things hidden deep within our subconscious minds.Like eihwaz, which forced the journeyer to confront his or her mortality, laguz makes us examine the underlying roots of our personality and behavior, and allows us to modify those aspects which are hindering our spiritual development. The understanding and wisdom gained through eihwaz and the runes which followed have prepared the journeyer to face this darker side (represented by laguz) and accept it as an integral part of their selves. Laguz also prepares the person to take on the task of helping others through this self-examination process, allowing them to empathize more strongly and share their own experiences, making it (among other things) the rune of the spiritual counselor.

Daily Forecast for November 2st, 2014

Blyssful Freya's Day Stargazers~

Current Moon Phase for November 21 – Waning Crescent
Crescent Moon
(waning /4% of illumination)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

Moon 19° Scorpio conjunct Mercury 19° Scorpio
Moon 19° Scorpio sextiles Mars 19° Capricorn
Moon 22° Scorpio squares Jupiter 22° Leo
Moon 25° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 25° Scorpio


Moon in Scorpio
Moon in Scorpio
Nov 19, 2014 to Nov 22, 2014
Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio
Oct 22, 2014 to Nov 22, 2014
Mercury in Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio
Nov 8, 2014 to Nov 27, 2014
Venus in Sagittarius
Venus in Sagittarius
Nov 16, 2014 to Dec 10, 2014
Mars in Capricorn
Mars in Capricorn
Oct 25, 2014 to Dec 4, 2014
Jupiter in Leo
Jupiter in Leo
Jul 15, 2014 to Aug 11, 2015
Saturn in Scorpio
Saturn in Scorpio
Oct 5, 2012 to Dec 23, 2014
Uranus in Aries
Uranus in Aries
Mar 11, 2011 to May 15, 2018
Neptune in Pisces
Neptune in Pisces
Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 30, 2025
Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto in Capricorn
Nov 26, 2008 to Mar 23, 2023

New Moon in Sagittarius Horoscopes
Hopes are high during November's New Moon

A New Moon to Remember!
New Moons are full of promise, especially when they occur in optimistic fire signs like Leo. The next one occurs on Friday, August 17, to inspire fresh waves of personal expression and creativity. Leo is the sign of self-consciousness, and the conjunction of the emotional Moon and willful Sun there inspires confidence. Transforming these admirable instincts into productive activity, though, is another story.

Every New Moon has a quality of naiveté that starts its cycle with innocence and hope. This wide-eyed image of the future is particularly strong in Leo, where the idea of being the creator of one's reality holds sway. Sure, there's a potential for arrogance when we imagine ourselves to be the hub of the universe. This behavior, though, is not an expression of confidence, because bullies and egocentric individuals usually suffer a secret sense of inferiority. Those who are truly noble and strong express the generous side of this sign.

Still, the highest creative aspirations associated with a Leo New Moon can fade when it's time to put in the effort needed to turn them into reality. Whether it's insecurity masked as laziness or simply an immature ability to patiently work toward achieving a goal, the way from promise to productivity isn't always easy to find. The August 17 New Moon, however, is gifted with other planetary resources that are likely to lead to desirable results.

The source of this support first appears with the conjunction of Mars and Saturn on August 15. This union of the planets of action and order occurs in cooperative Libra, where alliances tend to grow stronger. Assertive Mars is normally hot with impatience and can be frustrated by slow-moving and restrictive Saturn. Yet the warrior planet is cooled with reason in airy Libra, a sign in which Saturn's needs for control are tempered with a sense of fair play. When the muscle of Mars and the administrative savvy of Saturn are operating well together positive results are bound to follow.

One of the primary ways to assess the nature of any New or Full Moon is to note the aspects (significant angles) of other planets to the Sun and Moon at the time of the event. On August 17, Mars and Saturn form supportive 60-degree sextiles to the New Moon. These favorable alignments mean that the energy and discipline of the Mars-Saturn conjunction is readily applied to the creative forces of this New Moon.

The Lion is not lazy with feisty Mars on its side, nor careless or arrogant with strict Saturn on the scene. Any chance for imperiousness is chilled with this no nonsense pair enforcing cooperation in equitable Libra. This New Moon is a special event, an uncommon occasion when the best of individual creativity, courage and even love is joined with the patience and patience and passion to make it last.

In the Stars~Nov 21st, 2014

Sky Bear comes to Earth on November evenings

Tonight … a constellation you might or might not see, depending on your latitude. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Big Dipper is probably the sky’s best known asterism. In other words, it’s a recognizable pattern of stars – not an official constellation. The Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ursa Major, otherwise known as the Great Bear.

Every year, the Big Dipper (Great Bear) descends to its lowest point in the sky on November evenings. In fact, people in the southern part of the United States can’t see the Big Dipper in the evening right now, because it swings beneath their northern horizon. And, of course, it can’t be seen in the evening from Southern Hemisphere latitudes now either.

Even in the northern states, the Big Bear is hard to spot. The Big Dipper skims along the northern horizon in the evening, ducking behind any obstructions – such as trees and mountains.

To the Micmac Indians living in southeast Canada, a Celestial Bear – our same familiar Big Dipper pattern – coming down to Earth signaled the start of hibernation season. This is when earthly bears return to their dens, and when the sap of trees returns to the warm womb of the underworld. Weary creation tucks in, waiting for winter’s deep slumber.

The Micmacs saw the Big Dipper handle stars as hunters forever chasing Celestial Bear. In their sky lore, hunters catch Celestial Bear each year in the fall, and it’s the dripping blood from the Bear that colors the autumn landscape.

The painting above is another portrayal of the Big Dipper in November. It’s Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, painted in September 1888 at Arles. Click here to see an expanded image of the painting. Had you noticed the Big Dipper in this painting? Can you see it tonight?

Bottom line: The Big Dipper is difficult, or impossible, to see on November evenings. If you’re in the southern U.S. or a similar latitude around the world, the Dipper is below your northern horizon in the evening now. If you’re in the northern U.S. or a similar latitude, the Big Dipper may be above your horizon in the evening, but it will be low in the northern sky. To the Micmac Indians living in southeast Canada, a Celestial Bear – our same familiar Big Dipper pattern – coming down to Earth signaled the start of hibernation season.


Blyssful Thor's Day my Legionnaires~

As the winter solstice approaches, I’d like to spend some time writing about one intimately connected to this season, The Horned God, by whatever name you choose to call him (Cernunnos, Herne, etc) as viewed by a contemporary Pagan (i.e. me) . As part of my effort to spend more time focusing on my Druidry, I’ve been trying to better know this enigmatic figure in my own personal practice. For me it has not been easy, but I feel the rewards are worth the effort. I feel that there are two ways to get to know a deity, through their historical body of lore and through the UPG and experiences of their current worshipers. Unfortunately both seem to be lacking where Cernunnos is concerned. Originally either Tracian or Gaulish, almost all historical lore on him has been lost beyond the name, and try as I might I can find almost no one sharing their experiences with him on the net. For the longest time I just considered him to be the “generic horned god ” and I could not relate to such an impersonal figure. That is one of the main reasons I am a polytheist (as opposed to a monotheist or a duotheist). I seek a personal connection to the Divine that I just cannot begin to touch with either of those other systems of belief. For the longest time I came to the conclusion that he just wasn’t real enough or relevant to my spiritual practice. It turns out I just had to dig a little deeper to learn of his mysteries. I will split this post into two parts, Lore and my experiences:

Lore of the Horned God

As I mentioned above his lore is sparse. The deity that modern pagans call Cernunnos is most likely a collection of antlered and horned Gods based around local cult centers across Europe that all seem to have gotten collected under one umbrella. The only reason we know of the name is because it is because of inscriptions found in France and Germany. The name literally means Horned God. This name was then attributed to many carvings of an antlered god found on relics all across Europe. One of the most famous of these is the Gunderstrup Cauldron. These depictions all share similar elements, namely an antlered, sometimes ithyphallic man sitting cross legged. He holds two items, a torc and a ram-horned serpent, and is surrounded by various animals such as wolves, stags, bulls, dogs, rats, etc. Sometimes he is holding a bag of money. His worship seems to stretch back into the Iron Age and he is also often associated with a famous cave painting found in France termed The Sorcerer showing just how far back his worship goes.

From these clues we can interpret that he is a God of Wild things. The animals seem to surround him as if being called to his presence. They almost seem to be basking in his proximity, regenerated by him. The Torc and bag of money would also seem to suggest that he is a god of prosperity as well. The horned serpent is a bit more of a mystery but seems to suggest he is also a god of the underworld and change. These are all associations that have followed him into the modern era, among others.

In moderns times Cernunnos has also been associated with Herne the Hunter. Herne is a myth that seems to be confined to the local region around Windsor Forrest, where he serves as a guardian spirit and leader of the Wild Hunt. The legend of of Herne is a sorrowful tale that I shall not recount here (check the link above for a really great article on him). Originally thought of as two separate entities, sometime in the last century Cernunnos and Herne have become somewhat synonymous. This is where the modern Cernunnos seems to have gained his association with the Wild Hunt and taken his place as the leader of it at Yule time.

Cernunnos also has often times been associated with The Greenman. This is an architectural element found throughout cathedrals and buildings, a face of a man made up of twigs and leaves. Thus in addition to being associated as a wild God of animals, through this association he also has gained dominion over the plant realms as well.

This really only begins to touch the surface. I have not even touched upon his associations with Gwynn Ap Nudd, Pashupti, and the recent creation of Hu Gadarn. Some people consider these all separate deities (myself included), others believe they are all guises of Cernunnos. That goes beyond the scope of this article. I’ll leave the reader to follow these paths on their own if they so choose.

So in my interpretation the deity that we call either Cernunnos or Herne, is a very old divinity that dates back to the pre-dawn of human consciousness. Throughout the years he has evolved (as many deities do), been merged with other gods, gained attributes, and seems to be composed of wholly synchretic elements to emerge as the primal figure we associate with the modern vision of the Horned God today.

The journey to him and how I view him

*UPG Alert* Everything from here on is my own experience, Conjecture, and UPG. Take it for what it’s worth, that being simply my own opinion.

My own journey with Cernunnos has been one of many starts and stops. I’ve been hearing his call to the hunt for a long while now. Even though I identify as a Druid I have always had problems relating to Celtic deities. In some ways I feel as if I’ve been putting my fingers in my ears and saying “Lalala I don’t do Celtic Gods, I don’t hear you, Lalala”. When I have tried to connect with him I’ve had mixed results.

For one, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He seemed to large and impersonal, composed of too many elements for me to get a good grasp on. I could find no one else talking about him beyond being the male principle and consort to the Goddess in duotheisitic worldviews. It almost seemed like he was defined solely on being “That other one who is not the Goddess”. Since I consider myself a hard polytheist and not a duotheist, that did me no good. Who exactly is is Cernunnos/Herne? I wanted to get to know the real God, not the archetype.

To learn more of him I had to go to the Source. This past summer I spent a lot of my time in the woodlands trying to commune with him. Interestingly enough I could only feel him slightly here, a faint pulse letting me know he was there but no big fireworks or theatrics came. One would think that since this was his domain, I would find him in every leaf and glimpse of deer, yet I felt nothing. I went deep into the woods, to the very heart of them and prayed to him, cried out his name… and felt still nothing.
I also spent time at my altar trying to connect with him. I found the best way to do this was to put on some drumming music, light some incense (I found that real Sandalwood or Dragonsblood resin worked best. Not the fake stuff), pray, and meditate on his presence. I could feel him then presence dark and looming. I could feel the offering of sacred smoke being received but still it was as if there was a barrier between us like smoked glass. Thus I repeatedly gave up, thinking there is nothing to learn here time to move. Then the quiet call would begin again and I would find him poking at me. Try again, try again. Why do you give up so quickly impatient one? Am I not worth it? Sure enough, I found that with repeated practice this barrier became less and less.

The real breakthrough came as the seasons changed. Once the leaves began to fall and snow was on the ground he was with me in full force. This leads me to believe he is a seasonal deity and the Dark Time of the year is his time. His association with the underworld would certainly seem to support this. Or it could just be that he is so multi-faceted that he appears to each person in a different way depending on what aspect of him they are most sensitive too. Perhaps another person would feel him most fully in that summer glade I tried in vain to find him in, and not at all in the winter. Now that I have a better connection to him perhaps I will too this coming summer. It will be interesting to see.

There is an old cemetery on the road nearby that is overgrown with trees. Driving past that early in the winter morning when the morning fog still swirls, I can feel him most profoundly. I can almost feel his presence haunting that cemetery in his role as guardian of the underworld. How do I feel him? How does he appear to me?

To me, his presence is very primal and ancient. He is totally unconcerned with social niceties. Political correctness would be totally lost on him. He is of few words yet gets his point across with a sharp directness. He is ultimately concerned with survival and death. Wherever he is the scent of blood follows. He is aware that life is hard and unfair. He makes you face this fact without sympathy. To him there is only survival or death. Paradoxically, I have also found him strangely compassionate. He is not totally void of feeling. Indeed I would say that he loves fiercely even. He’s not going to coddle you or show grand outbursts of emotion but it is there rippling beneath the surface. It is clear that he does care about humanity, strongly even. However, to him man is an animal just like any other and he helps us realize and revel in that animal nature. He is guardian and guide to those who seek and are open to this primal experience.

He is also in my experience, pure masculinity, virility, strength, and sexuality. The deer in rut, the musk of sex, the heat of passion. All these are his, and he radiates life force. This includes the pain of love as well as it’s sweetness. All aspects of sexuality both the positive and negative are within his domain. He is a god of prosperity. The lush forests and fertile Earth are his home and he bestows their riches upon us, but they must be earned and are not given freely. He IS nature, and there is no free lunch in his domain. He is also renewing. I go to him wounded and broken and like the animals that seem to surround him and regenerate, I am made whole again. He is fierce yet there is something entirely comforting and reassuring in his presence.

The Horned One in my Own Spiritual Practice

The fact that it has taken time to get to know him has only sweetened the experience. At this point I feel that it’s safe to say that he has a permanent place at my shrine. In all my work with him I have not yet been given a Name for him. Sometimes I call him Cernunnos, othertimes Herne. He answers to both of these yet I still feel that they are only titles he accepts by us moderns, and they do not fully encompass his true nature. As a Druid I feel that he is there to guide me in that area of my spirituality, as if he is my link and guide to the tradition that I have chosen.

His presence in my life is almost a quiet one. He is full of power and majesty, yet there have been no grand revealings, no epiphanies or ecstatic experiences with him. Any link that I have to him has come through hard work, and I am positive that if I were to neglect maintaining that link he would slip away just as quickly and quietly.

One interesting thing I have noticed (and I know this will be heresy of the highest order to some) is that the closer I get to Hekate, the closer she seems to drive me to Cernunnos. I’ve noticed this on many occasions. For some reason they seem to work very well together! I guess this makes sense when you think about it considering that they share many aspects and overlap in areas of influence. Both are Chthonic deities, guardians and guides in the underworld. Both concerned with nature (you could take this even further by including Hekates almost synonymous associations with Artemis the Huntress in the PMG and other sources. That hurts my brain too much to think about though.)

Also interesting is that while primarily adopted by two different cultures (Greek and Celtic respectively) both are rumored to have ancient origins in Thrace. Perhaps there is some link there that is lost to history. That is only my speculation however. I do know that since Hekate has come into my life, my bond with Cernunnos has only strengthened. I could go even further with my heresy and speculate on Cernunnos’s links to Dionysos and Zagreaus, but I’ll stop here (horned serpent anyone?).

Do you have stories of the Horned God you wish to share?

Submit it to the Cernunnos Devotional Anthology. The deadline is October 31st, 2010. I am looking for submission from individuals on all paths.


I leave you with some resources that I found useful in my own search for The Horned One.

Visions of Vanaheim: While primarily about the Vanir, this book does have an excellent chapter on Herne including some well written essays by those who include him in their worship of the Vanir Gods. It also contains some heartbreakingly beautiful prayers to him that I’ve taken to using in my own worship. Really why don’t you own this already? Highly recommended!

Horns of Power: This book by Sortia d’Este has a wealth of knowledge about various horned deities. While not devoted entirely to Cernunnos it does have a hearty amount of both historical lore and personal UPG from worshippers that is hard to find elsewhere.

The Horned God: an unofficial biography: I finally leave you with this prose by Damh the Bard. I personally found it moving in the extreme and it very well illustrates the evolution that I spoke of earlier. He reads it aloud in one of the OBOD podcasts. It does not get much better than this.

Cernunnos: Looking a Different Way: A great scholarly article by Ceisiwr Serith. Lots of great resources and ideas here. A must read.

World Press

Gods of the Celts


Wondering about some of the major deities of the ancient Celtic world? Although the Celts consisted of societies all over the British Isles and parts of Europe, some of their gods and goddesses have become a part of modern Pagan practice. Here are some of the deities honored by the ancient Celtic peoples

•Brighid, Hearth Goddess of Ireland

A daughter of the Dagda, Brighid is one of the classic triple goddesses of the Celtic pantheon. Many Pagans honor her today as a goddess of the hearth and home, and of divination and prophecy.

•Cailleach, Ruler of Winter

Cailleach is known in parts of the Celtic world as the hag, the bringer of storms, the Dark Mother of the winter months. However, she features prominently in mythology and is also a creator goddess.

•Cernunnos, Wild God of the Forest

Cernunnos is the horned god found in many traditions of modern Paganism and Wicca. He is an archetype found predominantly in Celtic regions, and symbolizes fertility and masculine energy.

•Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron

Cerridwen is known in Welsh mythology as the keeper of the Cauldron of the Underworld in which knowledge and inspiration are brewed. She is considered a goddess of prophetic powers, and because her symbol is the Cauldron, she is an honored goddess in many Wiccan and Pagan traditions.

•The Dagda, Father God of Ireland

The Dagda was a father god of the Celtic pantheon, and plays an important role in the stories of the Irish invasions. Learn about the Dagda, and how he ended up making himself lose his own power.

•Herne, God of the Wild Hunt

In British lore, Herne the Hunter is a god of vegetation, vine, and the wild hunt. Similar in many aspects to Cernunnos, Herne is celebrated in the autumn months, when the deer go into rut. He is seen as a god of the common folk, and is typically recognized only around the Windsor Forest area of Berkshire, England.

•Lugh, Master of Skills

Lugh is the Celtic god honored for his skills and gifts as a craftsman. He is the god of blacksmiths, metal-workers and artisans. In his aspect as a harvest god, he is honored on August 1, on the festival known as Lughnasadh or Lammas.

•The Morrighan, Goddess of War and Sovereignty

The Morrighan is known as a Celtic war goddess, but there’s a lot more to her than that. Learn about this ancient patron of Celtic warriors, and why some Pagans still pay her tribute today.

•Rhiannon, Horse Goddess of Wales

In the Welsh mythological cycle, the Mabinogion, Rhiannon is known as a goddess of the horse. However, she also plays a crucial role in the kingship of Wales.

•Taliesin, Chief of the Bards

Although Taliesin is a documented historical figure in Welsh history, he has managed to become elevated to the status of a minor god. Learn why this patron of bards and poets is so important in Welsh myth cycles.


Although not an official goddess in Celtic myth and legend, this mysterious carving is found in many forms all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, and some scholars suspect a connection to fertility rituals. Who is the Sheela?

Deities of Ancient Egypt


The gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt were a complex group of beings and ideas. As the culture evolved, so did many of the deities and what they represented. Here are some of the best-known gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.

•Anubis, God of Funerals and Embalming

Anubis is known as being a jackal-headed god of the dead, but he plays a significant role in the tale of Isis and Osiris. Find out why Anubis was important to the ancient Egyptians.

•Bast, the Cat Goddess

In ancient Egypt, cats were often worshipped as deities, Bast was one of the most highly honored feline gods. Also called Bastet, she was a goddess of sex and fertility. Originally, she was portrayed as a lioness, but was sometimes portrayed with kittens beside her, as an homage to her role as a goddess of fertility.

•Geb, God of Earth

In the ancient Egyptian religion, Geb is known as the god of the earth and is the first king of Egypt. He is often portrayed lying beneath the sky goddess, Nut. In his role as a god of earth, he is a fertility deity. Plants grow within his body, the dead are imprisoned inside him, and earthquakes are his laughter. He is more than a god of the surface of the earth – in fact, he is a god of everything contained within the earth.

•Hathor, Patron of Women

In Egyptian religion, Hathor was a predynastic goddess who embodied femininity, love and the joy of motherhood. In addition to being a symbol of fertility, she was known as a goddess of the underworld, in that she welcomed the newly departed to the West

•Isis, Mother Goddess

Originally a funerary goddess, Isis was the lover of Osiris. After his death, she used her magic to resurrect him. Isis is honored for her role as the mother of Horus, one of Egypt’s most powerful gods. She was also the divine mother of every pharoah of Egypt, and ultimately of Egypt itself.

•Ma’at, Goddess of Truth and Balance

Maat is the Egyptian goddess of truth and justice. She is married to Thoth, and is the daughter of Ra, the sun god. In addition to truth, she embodies harmony, balance and divine order. In Egyptian legends, it is Maat who steps in after the universe is created, and brings harmony amidst the chaos and disorder.

•Osiris, King of Egyptian Gods

Osiris was the son of earth and sky, and beloved of Isis. He is known as the god who taught mankind the secrets of civilization. Today, he is honored by some Pagans as a god of the underworld and of the harvest.

•Ra, the Sun God

Ra was the ruler of the heavens. He was the god of the sun, the bringer of light, and patron to the pharaohs. According to legend, the sun travels the skies as Ra drives his chariot through the heavens. Although he originally was associated only with the midday sun, as time went by, Ra became connected to the sun’s presence all day long.

•Taweret, Guardian of Fertility

Taweret was an Egyptian goddess of childbirth and fertility – but for a while, she was considered a demon. Associated with the hippopotomus, Taweret is a goddess who watches over and protects women in labor and their new babies.

•Thoth, God of Magic and Wisdom

Thoth was an Egyptian god who spoke as the tongue of Ra. Find out what’s special about this ibis-headed deity of ancient Egypt, and how he factors in to the story of Isis and Osiris.

Gods of Ancient Greeks

The ancient Greeks honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshiped today by Hellenic Pagans. For the Greeks, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part of daily life, not merely something to be chatted with in times of need. Here are some of the best-known gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon.

•Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Aphrodite was a goddess of love and romance. She was honored by the ancient Greeks, and is still celebrated by many modern Pagans. According to legend, she was born fully formed from the white sea form that arose when the god Uranus was castrated. She came ashore on the island of Cyprus, and later was married off by Zeus to Hephaistos, the deformed craftsman of Olympus. A festival was held regularly to honor Aphrodite, appropriately called the Aphrodisiac. At her temple in Corinth, revelers often paid tribute to Aphrodite by having rambunctious sex with her priestesses.

•Ares, God of War

Ares was a Greek god of war, and son of Zeus by his wife Hera. He was known not only for his own exploits in battle, but also for getting involved in disputes between others. Furthermore, he often served as an agent of justice.

•Artemis, the Huntress

Artemis was a Greek goddess of the hunt, and like her twin brother Apollo possessed a wide variety of attributes. Some Pagans still honor her today because of her connection to times of female transition. Artemis was the Greek goddess of both hunting and childbirth. She protected women in labor, but also brought them death and sickness. Numerous cults dedicated to Artemis sprouted up around the Greek world, most of which were connected to women’s mysteries, such as childbirth, puberty, and motherhood.

•Athena, the Warrior Goddess

As a goddess of war, Athena often shows up in Greek legend to assist various heroes — Heracles, Odysseus and Jason all got a helping hand from Athena. In classical myth, Athena never took any lovers, and was often revered as Athena the Virgin, or Athena Parthenos. Although technically, Athena is a warrior goddess, she is not the same sort of war god that Ares is. While Ares goes to war with frenzy and chaos, Athena is the goddess who helps warriors make wise choices that will eventually lead to victory.

•Demeter, Dark Mother of the Harvest

Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld.By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld.

•Eros, God of Passion and Lust

Ever wonder where the word “erotic” comes from? Well, it has a lot to do with Eros, the Greek god of and lust. Often described as a son of Aphrodite by her lover Ares, the god of war, Eros was a Greek god of lust and primal sexual desire. In fact, the word erotic comes from his name. He is personified in all kinds of love and lust — heterosexual and homosexual — and was worshipped at the center of a fertility cult that honored both Eros and Aphrodite together.

•Gaia, the Earth Mother

Gaia was known as the life force from which all other beings sprang, including the earth, the sea and the mountains. A prominent figure in Greek mythology, Gaia is also honored by many Wiccans and Pagans today. Gaia herself caused life to spring forth from the earth, and is also the name given to the magical energy that makes certain locations sacred.

•Hades, Ruler of the Underworld

Hades was the Greek god of the underworld. Because he’s unable to get out much, and doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with those who are still living, Hades focuses on increasing the underworld’s population levels whenever he can. Let’s look at some of his legends and mythology, and see why this ancient god is still important today.

•Hecate, Goddess of Magic and Sorcery

Hecate has a long history as a goddess, from her days in pre-Olympian times to the present. As a goddess of childbirth, she was often invoked for rites of puberty, and in some cases watched over maidens who were beginning to menstruate. Eventually, Hecate evolved to become a goddess of magic and sorcery. She was venerated as a mother goddess, and during the Ptolemaic period in Alexandria was elevated to her position as goddess of ghosts and the spirit world.

•Hera, Goddess of Marriage

Hera is known as the first of Greek goddesses. As wife of Zeus, she’s the leading lady of all the Olympians. Despite her husband’s philandering ways — or perhaps because of them — she is the guardian of marriage and the sanctity of the home. She was known to fly into jealous tirades, and wasn’t above using her husband’s illegitimate offspring as weapons against their own mothers. Hera also played a crucial role in the story of the Trojan War.

•Hestia, Guardian of Hearth and Home

Many cultures have a goddess of hearth and domesticity, and the Greeks were no exception. Hestia was the deity who watched over the home fires, and offered sanctuary and protection to strangers. She was honored with the first offering at any sacrifice made in the home. On a public level, Hestia’s flame was never allowed to burn out. The local town hall served as a shrine for her — and any time a new settlement was formed, settlers would take a flame from their old village to the new one.

•Nemesis, Goddess of Retribution

Nemesis was a Greek goddess of revenge and retribution. In particular, she was invoked against those whose hubris and arrogance got the better of them, and served as a force of divine reckoning. Originally, she was a deity who simply doled out what people had coming to them, whether good or bad.

•Pan, the Goat-Legged Fertility God

In Greek legend and mythology, Pan is known as a rustic and wild god of the forest. He is associated with the animals that live in the woods, as well as with the sheep and goats in the fields.

•Priapus, God of Lust and Fertility

Priapus is best known for his huge and constantly erect phallus, but he was also considered a god of protection. According to legend, before his birth, Hera cursed Priapus with impotence as payback for Aphrodite’s involvement in the whole Helen of Troy fiasco. Doomed to spend his life ugly and unloved, Priapus was tossed down to earth when the other gods refused to let him live on Mount Olympus. He was seen as a protector deity in rural areas. In fact, statues of Priapus were often adorned with warnings, threatening trespassers, male and female alike, with acts of sexual violence as punishment.

•Zeus, Ruler of Olympus

Zeus is the ruler of all the gods in the Greek pantheon, as well as the distributor of justice and law. He was honored every four years with a great celebration at Mt. Olympus. Although he is married to Here, Zeus is well known for his philandering ways. Today, many Hellenic Pagans still honor him as ruler of Olympus.

Daily Forecast for November 20th, 2014

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
In your current quest for independence you could inadvertently set yourself up for consequences that you don’t understand. Circumstances seem so surreal that it is possible to create goals based upon your fantasies now, rather than what is actually attainable. This confusion can catch you off guard and lead to disillusionment when you realize that you missed your chance because you misinterpreted the events. The more you stick to the facts, the less you’ll have to apologize for later.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Your lack of attention to details may land you in trouble today, especially if you thought that you could somehow be in two places at once. But, of course, you can’t and you need to limit your options even if it’s difficult to make the choice. Don’t put too much energy into second guessing your decision once you’ve made up your mind; doubt will only send you into a tailspin. Rely on your natural pragmatism now rather than on your imagination.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Coworkers might be the primary source of your current headache today if they present you with an idea that appears attractive at first glance. Unfortunately, you’re seeing things as you wish them to be now rather than how they truly are. It’s fine to give others the benefit of the doubt as long as you don’t assume everything will be perfect. Instead of pursuing someone else’s idealistic dreams, follow your own agenda. A solid foundation is your ticket to success.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your current goals could be based on your fantasies, making them nearly impossible to reach in the real world. You might even convince yourself that it’s a straight shot to your destination without realizing how far you must actually travel. Thankfully, you don’t have to give up on your dreams if you put them in a healthy perspective. Pursue any opportunity that moves you closer to your heart’s desire, but don’t become too attached to the outcome. Find joy along the way instead of at the journey’s end.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Although you’re quite confident about your ability to persuade others to join your cause, things may not turn out as planned today. There are emotional surprises lurking behind the most enticing situations, muddling your intentions and confusing your direction. This foggy cosmic landscape lingers for a couple of days, but you can find undiscovered treasures buried in your imagination if you’re open to exploring the unknown. Move cautiously and enjoy the magic of the mists while the uncertainty lasts.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Your current inclination is to put a positive spin on everything. You could be wrapped up in daydreams of romantic love only to be confronted by mundane events that must be decisively handled today. Nevertheless, you don’t have to hide your flights of fancy from everyone. You can enjoy sharing your fantasies with your closest friends as long as you keep it separate from managing your responsibilities. Consciously placing one foot in each realm allows you to dance between the real world and your imagination.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Expressing your feelings to a close friend is a good start, but it’s just not enough. You must sugar coat your words today for your message to have the impact you desire. However, it may be so easy to lay on the sweetness that you can irritate others if you overdo it. Relying on your charm makes sense as long as you don’t lose your original intention by completely sidestepping the issue. Treating others kindly also means telling the truth.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Demonstrate your creativity today by seeking ways to manifest beauty in your interactions with others. It’s as if the Muse has come to visit and won’t leave until you recognize the magic that’s in your heart. But don’t waste this day drifting around aimlessly in your dreams. Bring the metaphysical treasures you discover back into the real world. Combine the ethereal with the mundane for maximum effect.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your romantic expectations may be so high today that your actual experience cannot be fully satisfying. Unfortunately, you could set a relationship up for failure as surreal Neptune squares sweetheart Venus in your visionary sign, prompting you to choose fantasy over reality. However, your fascination with a dream can also be quite inspiring as long as you understand the laws of the universe. Losing yourself in a poetic vision can be life-changing if you remember to return to earth when you’re done.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A sudden vision of your future could be the source of personal inspiration now, but it’s also the origin of a problem. You can be so enamored with your plans that you take every chance you get to share them with whomever will listen. Your exuberance is endearing, but others might not understand your excitement. Talking a little less and smiling a little more gives you time to seamlessly integrate your dreams into your life. Maintaining an air of mystery today keeps everyone on their toes.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Emotional detachment typically helps you decide your course of action, especially when it pertains to mundane matters like making money. But your goals are fuzzy now and it’s tricky to sort out your priorities. Intuitively, you know you are looking at your financial situation through rose-colored glasses, but you can’t seem to remove them today. Instead of struggling to uncover the facts, acknowledge the role your dreams can play in molding your future and save the hard choices until your clarity returns.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
It’s tough to know who your true friends are today because the incoming signals are complicated by your own illusions. You could become so confused that it’s hard to find your way back to the truth. However, once you accept the notion that your reality filter isn’t fully functioning now, it’s easier to navigate your way through the outer world. Steer clear of hypothetical meanderings unless you’re playing music or writing poetry. Otherwise, take everything at face value without adding your dreams to the mix.

Today's Tarot~The Empress
Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.
In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.

This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”

Today's Witches Rune~The Ring

The two interlocked rings depicts love; when ‘leading’ it also denotes an affirmation but not as straightforward as ‘YES’. It can denote engagement , marriage, an affair, a new relationship, or the rekindling of an old one.

Also it can be a timely reminder to refresh a relationship, or find a new approach to an existing partnership. The circles are symbolic of ‘meaningful and lasting’ because a circle has no break, no join, no point of weakness, no beginning or ends.

Today's Viking Rune~Fehu

Fehu is the Rune of prosperity, good luck and unbridled creative energies. Being associated with Frey, this Rune is also a powerful omen of fertility. Fehu is one of the three Mother Stones and should never be taken lightly.

fehu : cattle
Phonetic equivalent: f

prosperity, money, wealth, concern with physical and financial needs, goals, promotion, self-esteem, centredness, karma
for money, business, promotion, finding a job, achieving a goal, starting new enterprises
Freyr, Brisingamen, Gullveig, Dwarfs, Sigurd & the Otter’s Gold
Fehu is both the day-to-day reality of our lives and the catalyst that awakens us to what lies beyond. It is whatever we think we are seeking, which frequently bbears no resemblance to what we will eventually find. It is also our home, for after all our wanderings we will still need to attend to our physical needs and ground ourselves in the simple pleasures of home, family, and good work. Oz might be a fun place to visit, but after a while all you really want to do is go back to Kansas.Fehu reminds us that we must be secure in our physical situation before embarking upon any spiritual journey. We all must begin with the mundane reality of our lives, although many people never get beyond this. In many ways, we have become as domesticated as the cattle, living our day to day existence without wanting or even being aware of anything more being possible. The first step in breaking away from this situation is to catch a glimpse of what is possible, without dwelling on what security we may lose to attain it.

In the Stars~Nov 20th, 2014

Blyssful Thor's Day Stargazers!

Current Moon Phase for Nov. 20th – Waning Crescent
Crescent Moon
(waning /17% of illumination)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

Moon in 12th House of Karma in Mysterious Scorpio
Moon enters Scorpio 6am UK - 7am Europe - 1am USA EST
12:30pm India - 5pm Sydney, Australia
Moon 4° Scorpio trines Neptune 4° Pisces
Moon 11° Scorpio sextiles Pluto 11° Capricorn

Moon enters 12th House of Karma in Mysterious Scorpio
When the Moon arrives in the star sign where it was a New Moon - it's the 12th House of Karma - the cycle of life - defines back to the place where you started - with the exception that the past 30 days have changed your life - irreversible and forever. The triple conjunction New Moon at cusp in Scorpio on 23rd Oct' has changed everyone's lives.
But due to the fact that Scorpio energies work hidden, secretively and deeply WITHIN everyone and are totally invisible - the lunar 12th House of Karma with Moon in Scorpio is going to compound the mysterious, magical and invisible karmic energies - to make many unusual things just "happen".
Everyone believes in "coincidences" - that's inbuilt in human nature - but when BIG coincidences happen everyone gets shocked and believes in something more than just "coincidences" - people then begin to believe in the invisible and magical energies that orchestrate things to happen. BIG coincidences makes EVERYONE surprised - and makes EVERYONE wake-up.
Next year, ALL of you - that life is going to be changing for EVERYONE. Predominantly defined by the transcending energies of the star sign of Sagittarius in particular "Saturn in Sagittarius" - which means even the grumpiest and loneliest person in the world - will be opening-up to become happier - having good relationships and enjoying life - much more than you have been since October 2012 during Saturn in Scorpio - because Sagittarian energies have a way to get through to EVERYONE.
Saturn in Sagittarius is going to be positive, open and friendly - and it's already in the process of beginning - thanks to Venus in Sagittarius and the almost triple conjunction New Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday 22nd November 2014 - and because it's so soon - and so close - you will actually get the strong intuitive feelings of what's about to happen during Moon in it's 12th House Karmic Scorpio. which will be making you inexplicably excited - as you sense and see the "future".

 Throughout the whole transit of Moon in Scorpio - it's going to make you feel quite inexplicably strong - because KARMA means - YOU GET what YOUR KARMA needs - and therefore if you're a person that is naturally pessimistic and worries for nothing - then you will become worried for nothing - you meet your own karma that you created in the world.
Conversely, if you're optimistic, bright, friendly and kind - and you truly appreciate the gift of life and trust in Divine GOD that created this brilliant infinite Universe - then your karmic mind and soul - will be opened with brilliance and karmic light to brighten your mind - and show you your future. The vision you get is for you. Keep it secret until it happens - as it's your karmic gift - given to you.
But one thing is for 100% certain - that's EVERYONE will sense something good coming - instinctively Moon in Scorpio will speak to everyone - and let you know that Sagittarian energies are coming. Venus is already in Sagittarius - and on Saturday 22nd November Sun and New Moon will be in Sagittarius - thereafter on Friday 28th November Mercury will be in Sagittarius and even slow-moving Saturn is on it's way into Sagittarius - on 23rd December 2014 - Saturn will be in Sagittarius. Life is changing and will be changing for EVERYONE - even you.
So as you use Moon in 12th House karma Scorpio - reflect and say goodbye to the ""past" - because - you will get the inexplicably strong feeling that the "past" is really being left-behind - that's it - it's now over. Everything that's been painful, stagnant, quiet and dead - even things that you've attempted to hold-onto is now ending - preparing you for your NEW future - and as you sense it - you should feel a huge sense of relief. Although I should say there will be people - who can't let-go of the "past" - and therefore the karmic pain will hurt them - but as it's an inner pain and it's their problem and not yours.
During the past few weeks - the deep profound Scorpio energies have made many feel "dead" inside - and therefore I need to say something for readers who aren't FEELING anything - you're not dead - you're just being in SYNC with the astrological energies. And in the same way you've felt "dead" inside - soon - very soon you're going to feel ALIVE again at Saturday's Sagittarian New Moon.
~Elder Airwolf~

Styles of Magick

Types of Magick


Air Magic~ Air is associated with understanding, knowledge, wisdom, eloquence, communication, academia, inspiration, new beginnings, travel, legal matters, justice, recovering items, visualization, concentration, investigation, the superconscious/Higher Self, freedom, the brain, the respiratory system, perception, memory, optimism, persuasion, friendship, the arts, etc.  It can be incorporated into your work through writing, speech, scent, using tools ruled by air (i.e. scented oils/candles, fans, wand, feathers, smudge, rattle, bells, chimes), or using colors associated with air (yellow, white, etc.).

Affirmations~An affirmation is a statement that we use to imprint an idea on ourselves.  

Paper Magic~In paper magic, a written affirmation is used to bring about the result.

Symbol Magic~Incorporating a drawn or physical symbol that is associated with your work. Images, glyphics, numbers, letters and so on.


Fire Magic~ Fire is associated with sexuality, passion, physical energy, psychic energy, influence, autonomy, courage, decision-making, attraction, healing, politics, the will, purification, destruction, transformation, the heart, the immune system, assertion, enthusiasm, etc.  It can be incorporated into your work through working with a flame, burning items, performing sex magic, performing martial arts, using tools ruled by fire (i.e. the athame, candles, the cauldron, censer, scourge, forged items, etc.), or using colors associated with fire (yellow, red, orange, blue, etc.).

Candle Magic~like all magic using an open flame, is associated with the element of fire.  It is one of the most popular forms of magic because it is easy to use, candles are easy to come by, candles dispose of themselves meaning there is one less decision to be made by the practitioner and that there is a sense of completion at the end of the spell, and it is easily adapted to suit each person’sneeds and practice.

Fire Magic~Fire magic is another popular method of spellwork.  As I said above under paper magic, a common form of releasing the energy of the paper is by burning it; this can also be done with any flammable symbol.  Because fire isn’t like the other elements, it is often thought to be more spiritual.  The other elements are always present around us in obvious ways (precipitation and natural sources of water, the earth and plants around us, and the air we breathe) while fire isn’t seen as much as it is felt from the heat of sun, the warmth of the earth and our bodies, etc.  

Incense Magic~Incense magic is just a form of fire magic as discussed in the section above.  In it, one simply uses incense as their anchor and burns it for the same reasons above after putting their energy for the spell into it.  It effectively combines fire and air magic in this manner, though it might be considered earth magic depending on what is included in the incense itself.

Sex Magic~Sex magic is a topic that is often misunderstood.  It encompasses any use of a sexual act to focus energy toward a goal.  Through the physical act of sex considerable energy is raised within the body and released, often without focus, during climax.  Sex magic harnesses this energy and directs it toward a goal, but that is easier said than done.  Many of us have been conditioned to simply enjoy the act of sex and can think of nothing else.  It is often difficult to detach from the pleasure to focus solely on the energy being raised and maintain visualization of the goal at hand during the act itself.  This is, therefore, one of the more difficult forms of magic, particularly for couples.  When sex magic is performed by a solitary, there is more freedom because they are not relying on their partner’s focus.  However, when another person is introduced into the equation, they must also focus on the goal at hand to direct the energy appropriately.  Unless both partners are on the same page, the results can be unpredictable.  


Water Magic~Water is associated with dreams, serenity, healing, parenthood, gestation, silence, purification, divination, love, friendship, spirituality, imagination, intuition, psychic power, adaptability, lactation, blood, the lymph system, past-lives, secrecy, emotions, fertility, the subconscious/Younger Self, compassion, forgiveness, modesty, receptivity, creativity, sensitivity, influence, tenderness, etc.  It can be incorporated into your work through working with water or oils, painting, drinking, using any type of liquid, performing divination, working with the moon, using tools ruled by water (i.e. sand, shells, the cauldron, the chalice, mirrors, oils, etc.), or using colors associated with water (blue, green, white, etc.).

Water Magic~Magic dealing specifically with water (bathing, soaking, rinsing, sprinkling, etc.) isn’t horribly common for actual spellwork.  We’ve discussed how water might be used in these manners for purification, and that is the most common use in spellwork. 

Potions~Potions, as discussed above, can be a magical brew that is ingested, be used in anointing, or as a talisman.  If they are ingested, use all precautions and make sure they are safe for consumption.  They can include a liquid base (water, essential or fragrance oils, gemstone elixirs, herbal infusions, or other liquids) and any other concoctions of herbs, stones, and anything else that strikes the witch.


Earth Magic~Earth is associated with fertility, stability, wealth, growth, the physical body (skin, bones, hair, nails, teeth, etc.), marriage, the home, fruition, planet Earth, gestation, nature, animals, thankfulness, strength, endurance, commitment, responsibility, practicality, wisdom, patience, perseverance, etc.  It can be incorporated into your work through burying items, planting, using tools ruled by earth (i.e. food, the besom, the pentacle, salt, soil, stones, etc.), or using colors associated with earth (green, brown, etc.).

Kitchen magic~kitchen magic, I am not referring to kitchen witchcraft which is a path in and of itself.  Kitchen magic in this article refers to working magic only in the kitchen with food while kitchen witchcraft may involve a simpler way of practicing by incorporating the mundane into the mystical without the trappings of ceremonial magic.  Kitchen magic as discussed here might also be referred to simply as food magic.  It centers around the idea that food is a central part of our lives, providing us sustenance and strength and serving as a pleasurable act.  In this way, it is generally associated with earth because our food comes from the earth and it maintains our bodies which are thought to be associated with earth themselves.

Earth Magic~Earth magic is also done through burial.  To understand why we might bury things in magic, we must look at what burial signifies.  We bury many things, all of which are (re)born.  Seeds are born into plants, corpses are reborn in the afterlife, etc.  Our buried items might also be given back to the earth to decompose.  Corpses and refuse rot and act as compost to the earth, giving back their energy to the earth, from which they came.  The earth also acts as a purifying agent by recycling energy and matter and making it Her own; through all of these, despite their differences, we see the transformative powers of earth.

Herbal Magic~As you have already seen, herbs can be used in all types of spells (candle magic, earth magic, potions, etc.), but they can also be used primarily in herbal magic.  This style includes sachets, powders, and various other herbal concoctions that don’t necessarily fall under the other styles.  

Poppet Magic~Poppet magic has been a prominent form of magic since it was popularized by the media in the form of Voodoo dolls.  This form of magic works heavily with the idea of a symbol serving as the actual subject of a spell. 

Cord Magic~Cord magic is unique in that it is often thought of as the easiest form of magic to undo.  It is simply magic with knots. Cord magic is traditionally done with nine knots and a very specific incantation.

Talisman Magic~A talisman may by made of anything including gemstones, ribbon, clay, paper, metal, plastic, wax, or any other material or it may be a charged natural object like an animal or plant part.  It may be decorated with herbs, paint, carvings, or anything else of meaning to the witch all of which may add their properties to the working.  The creation may be magical or mundane; you may wish to make a ceremony of the painting, carving, cleaning, etc. of the talisman or you may create it outside of your spellwork and use the finished product to work your spell.

When completed and charged, the talisman may be worn or carried on the subject to tie the spell to them or to draw its effects to them, kept in a prominent place to serve as a reminder of the working, or kept hidden away to tie the spell’s effects to the physical realm.  Upon completion of the spell, it may be purified for future use or physically destroyed.





Spirit Magic~Spirit is within and encompassing all.  It is harmony, unity. 
Spirit interpenetrates and encompasses the other four elements. 
Spirit interpenetrates and encompasses all the subtle and not so subtle bodies. 
Spirit interpenetrates and encompasses all the planes. 

The Ruler of Spirit is the All or Great Spirit, 
and it controls to a great degree the unity of the other elements 
so that all may co-exist in harmony. 
Spirit is found everywhere. 

Spirit interpenetrates and encompasses both the Masculine and Feminine. 
Spirits direction is center, above and below. 
Spirit can be found in all symbols. 
Spirit encompasses all colors. 
Spirit encompasses all seasons and times. 

Spirit Magick can be used to Unify anything. 
Enlightenment.  Spiritual Growth. 
Bless any endeavor.

Intrinsic Magic~Magic without an anchor might be called intrinsic magic or energy magic.  I tend to lean toward the term “intrinsic” myself because of two reasons:  1) intrinsic means “contained wholly within that which it acts upon” which sums up this style perfectly and 2) energy magic doesn’t mean anything.  There is not a single act of magic without energy, and to call this style “energy magic” seems to imply that it alone uses energy which is obviously false. This magic involves the raising and directing of power without putting it into anything.  It is sent directly into the universe as we discussed above.  It may use any method of raising energy and can be done for any purpose.  Because it doesn’t have an anchor, visualization aides may be useful for those just starting out.

Thoughtforms~Thoughtforms may be an act of intrinsic magic or they may have a sort of talisman tying them to the physical realm so they can affect change therein and acting as a trigger for you to remember your thoughtform and promote its work.  A thoughtform is an energetic creation made from thought and given shape by the will of the practitioner(s) to fulfill its given purpose.


Daily Forecast for November 19th, 2014

Blyssful  Woden's Day Stargazers!

Your Daily Horoscopes for:Wednesday 19th November 2014

Moon 18° Libra squares Mars 18° Capricorn
Moon 22° Libra sextiles Jupiter 22° Leo
Balsamic (waning /45-0 degrees)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the "big picture." A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

New Moon in Sagittarius Horoscopes
Hopes are high during November's New Moon

The New Moon on November 22, 2014, falls in the optimistic sign of Sagittarius, on the same day the Sun moves into Sagittarius. With the Sun and Moon also conjunct Venus there, will be an extraordinary opportunity to renew your faith and think big. Over the next two weeks consider launching a new educational, international or spiritual quest. One word of caution: This lunation will be square Neptune, and as a result you might be heavy on idealism. High hopes are wonderful, but know the difference between belief and foolish naiveté.

Read your zodiac sign's horoscope to learn more about what this New Moon in Sagittarius means for you!

Aries Horoscope (March 21 - April 19)

You're ready to expand your horizons! With a New Moon falling in your 9th House of Higher Mind, Travel and Spiritual Expansion, you'll crave that "magic carpet ride." As you embark on this new adventure however, try to keep at least one foot on the ground. A little planning and practicality will go a long way. Still, this will be an ideal time to take a trip abroad, go on a spiritual journey or advance your education.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 - May 20)

Under the influence of a New Moon in your 8th House of Shared Resources and Intimacy, you'll have an opportunity to create new investment strategies that have extraordinary potential. You might also decide to blend your assets with a partner if you're looking to become more committed. Meshing your finances might leave you feeling vulnerable, but with this lunation you'll also feel optimistic about your decision. For once, you're open to change. That's a positive.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 - June 20)

This month's New Moon falls in your 7th House of Partnership, offering you an opportunity to join forces in a dreamy new business or personal alliance. If this relates to your career, you might want to temper your optimism with a dose of realism. It's possible that you'll choose to only see the best in your new business partner or client. While this is not necessarily a negative, the Moon square Neptune in your career sector suggests you might feel let down or disappointed if you have unrealistic expectations.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 - July 22)

With a New Moon in your 6th House of Wellness and Work, you'll have an excellent opportunity to begin a new health routine or habit that will improve your overall health. This could be anything like joining the gym, hiring a personal trainer, or starting on a vitamin regime. If you're looking to change your job, this will be a great time to put out your resume and interview. A lateral move should be easy to achieve.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 - Aug. 22)

An exciting New Moon in your 5th House of Romance, Pleasure and Creative Self-expression sets the tone for a month of joy-filled potential. If single, now will be the perfect time to be out and about socializing. You'll have dazzling prospects to meet someone who captures your heart. What will attract others to you more than anything else is your unshakeable faith in the impossible. If you're thinking about having a baby or starting a new artistic project, go for it. The universe will support you!

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

You might get your entire clan together for an incredible experience at this New Moon! Perhaps you'll decide to take a family vacation. If so, this will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with your roots while also implementing new traditions with your clan. This New Moon in your 4th House of Home, Family and Heritage will highlight everything that makes you feel secure. This month, your security lies in your capacity to expand your horizons with those you love most.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

This optimistic New Moon in Sagittarius will fall in your 3rd House of Communication, allowing you to see the big picture in everything. Use your emotional buoyancy to initiate vital conversations and make decisions that will lead you to new, exciting paths of personal growth. When it comes to signing contracts, you'll be in a strong position. Regarding a work project, you may feel so optimistic that you overlook a wrinkle that truly needs attention. Address accordingly.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

This bright New Moon in Sagittarius will occur in your 2nd House of Income and Self-worth, alongside the money planet Venus, currently in the same part of your chart. With this lineup of planetary magic, you'll have little trouble cultivating your talents or monetizing them in order to enhance your earning power. In many ways, you might feel like a money magnet with the universe ready to sprinkle abundance all over you. Excellent!

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

This New Moon falls in your sign, and this is your annual "fresh start" lunation. Invite changes into your life, whether they have to do with your identity and physical appearance or in relationships. Whatever you start over the next two weeks will have an extraordinary potential to expand your horizons and succeed. So go ahead -- the sky is the limit!

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

If there's something bothering you -- something difficult to talk about or a matter you're trying to forget -- then this New Moon in your 12th House of Privacy might be a blessing in disguise. You'll have an opportunity to confront anxieties and personal pain in a whole new way. Consider starting a course of therapy or doing something for yourself that nurtures your soul. You won't regret it.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

Expect fun, high spirited networks to enter your life thanks to this bright New Moon falling in your 11th House of Groups and Friends. Since this lunation is in Sagittarius, you might be attracted to pals with a background different than yourself. You might seek out spiritually-oriented acquaintances or someone who can teach you about a brand new outlook on life. Also, if there's a dream you've always had but never pursued, now will be a great time to go for it. The universe will conspire to help you succeed.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb.19 - Mar. 20)

Nothing will stop you from pursuing your professional dreams now, and rightly so -- this is your time! This New Moon in your 10th House of Career sets the tone for going after what you want career-wise. Now is the time to launch a new business or reach for a promotion. You might come across as overly optimistic since this lunation will square Neptune in your sign, but that's OK -- this New Moon is your green light to set your sights high.
Today's Tarot Card~The High Priestess

Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall.

For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.

In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries.

 Today's Viking Rune~Sowilo

The Sun Rune, denotes power and strength. That which you want may be attained. Sowilo also denotes mental clarity and added warmth to your relationships.

sowulo : sun
Phonetic equivalent: s

success, positive energy, increase, power, activity, fertility, health
energy, strength, success, healing, fertility
The sun is held sacred by almost every religion in the world. Its light and warmth symbolize life and growth and all that is good. Norse cosmology describes the sun being driven around the heavens in a chariot and chased by a great wolf, which will devour it at Ragnarok. Throughout Indo-European Paganism, the sun has frequently been associated with the horse, often described as being carted around the sky by a horse. Both are symbolic of life and fertility, and are usually considered ‘masculine’ in polarity, although in Norse myth the chariot is driven by a girl. The swastika or sun wheel is a constant motif in rock carvings dating back to Neolithic times, and occurs throughout Europe and Asia. The sun rune itself is a variation on this symbol, and represents motion and energy.Sowulo marks the end of the second aett, and like wunjo represents success and glory. However, unlike the rest and relaxation of Valhalla, the sun is very much an active symbol. We have reached the end of the aett successfully, and the conclusion is a positive one, but in this case we are fully aware of the changing and transient nature of the universe. We can see the wolf at our heels, and we know that we must move on. Here, though, the journeyer may pause briefly in the warmth and light of the sun, absorbing and applying its energy to the work ahead. This time we won’t need to be blasted out of our safe position, but will rather choose to leave it in order to continue on the journey.

Today's Witches Rune~The Sun


This is the rune of success, it denotes a positive outcome, denotes personal progress, and personal enrichment of one’s life. If you are just wanting an uncomplicated ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ answer to your question then it is a clear ‘YES’ when it appears as the ‘leading rune’, nearest to you . If its position is furthest from you then the affirmation still stands but it is delayed or influenced by other aspects.

 Be Blessed Today )O(
~Elder Airwolf~

~Herbal Cold and Flu Care~

As the weather turns cold tis the season for home remedies.

~Herbal Cold and Flu Care~ 


This herbal information is intended as an introduction to how medicinal herb plants can be used as remedies for cold, flu & similar ailments. It is intended for educational purposes only. I am not a medical professional and I cannot prescribe what herbs are right for you. I cannot answer medical questions, so please do not ask me (or any other complete stranger for that matter) to prescribe herbal remedies, cures, treatments or to guess what is wrong with you. If you use herbs, do so responsibly. Consult your doctor about your health conditions and use of herbal remedies. Herbs may be harmful if taken for the wrong conditions, used in excessive amounts, combined with prescription drugs or alcohol, or used by persons who don't know what they are doing. Just because an herbal remedy is natural, does not mean it is safe! There are herbs that are poisonous such as Poison Hemlock, Jimson weed, and many more.

Colds and Flus can strike at any time throughout the year, regardless of when, they always stink! 
Here are some recipes for herbal "concoctions" to help you get thru,  whether you are the one feeling down or a family member. Whip some up  and make a basket for a friend or co-worker that hasn't been feeling  well. No matter how you choose to use them I hope they bring some relief! If you find yourself at a loss trying to reconcile the herbs listed to something you can find in today’s world, you can go to Joelle’s Sacred Grove and reference her wonderful herbal cross-reference information. 

Cherry Horehound Syrup

2 ounces honey
2 ounces water
1 ounce vodka
1 oz wild cherry bark
1/2 oz horehound syrup
1/2 oz rhubarb syrup
1/2 oz wild ginger syrup
Boil and the honey & water, skim. Add vodka,syrup of wild cherry bark, horehound syrup, rhubarb syrup, and wild ginger syrup. Shake well before each use. Take one teaspoon as needed or every hour. 


Aleister Crowley and His Power Pyramid

Crowley's Pyramid of Power
The Pyramid of Power was first coined by a magician from the turn of the 20th century named Aleister Crowley. Much of Crowley's work has been studied by various magicians and witches since, not the least of which has been Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca. These four principles described below illustrate the proper way magick should be approached to advance to higher levels or proficiency and consciousness.

To Know
Knowledge is power. Learning on all levels including physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual should continue indefinitely as one can never learn everything there is to know, though the journey makes us more than we ever dreamed we could be. Be open and respectful to new traditions, ideas and craft practices even if you are very sure you will never use them. Experience might surprise you and the first step to gaining power is to keep an open mind.

To Dare
A foundation of knowledge is where the journey begins, not where it ends. As Einstein was wont to say imagination is more important that knowledge. No one should allow fear to immobilize them from doing what they were born to do. Sometimes you have to let experience be your best teacher. Dare to work your craft even if you don't know everything about it. Confidence is magick in and of itself. Dare to trust yourself, and you will find the way.

To Will
The word "Try" implies the possibility of failure. To someone new to the craft, the possibility of a spell or ritual failing is far greater than the possibility of it working. However, as we grow and experience, the balance shifts as we slowly grow more and more confident of our abilities. If you aspire to achieve the mental state of the adept who sees his or her desires manifesting into reality long before they actually do so, you will find your fears will fade away.

In fact magick never fails just as water that rushes downstream never fails to eventually make its way back to its source in the ocean. It may take awhile, and it may not take the route you expect, but it always completes the cycle nature sets in motion for it. The same is true for all workings of magick. When you set in motion a working of magick by mailing your intentions into the void through a ritual working, they always manifest into reality...somewhere. As you learn more and more about your craft, the predicted results will be easier to see and identify. The trick to magick is understanding what other natural forces (in addition to yourself as you are a part of nature as well) that surround you and your workings. Allow your confidence to benefit from the power of your will. Don't try to do something. Will it into being and nothing can stop you.

Knowledge is the beginning. Daring to trust yourself and try follows, and willing your efforts into being through confidence and determination completes the chain, though the circle does not end here.

To Keep Silent
If you share your knowledge too freely on any subject, you lose that knowledge. Beyond that, you open yourself to the attacks of people who have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Granted, you shouldn't let the ignorance or criticisms of other people stop you, but it does work out that way sometimes doesn't it. In a society where the power of witchcraft is uncommon and therefore unpopular, we each of us need to be especially careful how we share our endeavors and belief systems. Furthermore, even among ourselves we need to recognize that there are things that we cannot share with any and every practitioner of magick that we run into. Remember, others have power the same as you do, and while you might never dream of interfering with their workings just to prove you can does not mean others are not capable of doing it to you.

That does not mean we have to hide ourselves from everyone, but rather we should choose carefully the people we discuss matters of such grave importance with. Craft teachers, students, people who are unlikely to abuse what you share with them and people unlikely to betray your confidence. Of course there is always that magickal part of your soul, the very essence of yourself that need never be discussed. And once that part of you is shared, it can never be unshared.