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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.

So Ya Wanna be a Witch?

There are some real issues that should be discussed right at the beginning of this section. The first thing that the seeker should know is that much of the “knowledge” that we possess today about Witchcraft and its origins is a combination of archaeological data, the myths and legends that have been passed down and some historical documents that have been translated. The rest is conjecture and the “best guesses” of scholars who are working on “bringing it all together.” In other words, no one can say for certain what the Ancestors really did or why.

That does not mean that we have NO knowledge-we certainly DO!- just that we do not have THE historical knowledge of the origins of the Modern Craft. Different interpretations will continue to abound both in written materials and in any teachings that you may encounter. There will never be only one Way of practising Witchcraft. Get used to it. No one has the “one true answer”…and any teacher worth his or her salt will tell you this up front.

The above is your first introduction to what is involved in following the path of Witchcraft. You are expected to do a LOT of research on your own. This is actually a very healthy way to approach the beginning study of any Path you are considering. Read many, many books on the subject-both scholarly and those that some would consider in the “fluff’ category. Why? Because this is your first foray into unknown waters. You should approach it with an open mind-ready to question and probe and ponder. I cannot overestimate how useful this first step will be. It can help you to formulate your own ideas about what this Path may mean to you.

Do not try to incorporate all that you read into one cohesive whole at the beginning. Look at whatever material that you are reading as a “theory” or “hypothesis” of Witchcraft. Some things will appeal to you right away. Others will seem “off the wall” or too fantastic to be of use. Accept or reject nothing at this stage; just keep on gathering information. You are doing “research”. The more you read, the more a “coming together” of certain aspects will begin to form within yourself. Then you will have a foundation from which you can take the next step.

Part One-The INTEREST PHASE:

You saw a movie (which shall remain nameless!), you read a few books, you stumbled onto a website, you talked to someone who said that he/she was a Witch-and now you want to know more! You have an “interest” in the Craft.

Many seekers at this point rush into the nearest message board area and cry out, “Teach me everything you know!” The reaction of others to this plea may range from the semi-helpful, “Do more research” to the out and out rude, “Those Wannbees!”

Either one of these responses will probably will leave you feeling unsatisfied (If not hurt!) and discouraged. Why can’t you get the help that you are asking for? Well, perhaps you did not phrase your request in a way that would elicit the sort of assistance that you were really looking for.

Witchcraft is a Path with depth. It can not be summed up in “25 words or less”. You need to learn how to ask SPECIFIC questions. This is where your previous research comes in. An intelligent and thoughtful question about a specific topic will generate an intelligent and thoughtful answer or opinion in return. Cite your sources. “This author writes that this is the way to cast a circle, yet this other author states it this way. Can anyone give me their opinion or experience on this? Does it matter?”

Interest Phase Do’s and Don’ts…

DO… Read as many books on the subject as you can-on History, Myths, Poetry, Psychology and Science as well as books on Witchcraft or Magick.

DO… Make yourself a research library. Take notes or highlight passages that particularly interest you. If you have a question on what is written, place a question mark next to that passage. You should enjoy what you read at this stage-the enjoyment will actually help you to retain what you read better than struggling through dusty tomes on alchemy (unless you happen to love alchemy, that is!).

DO... start a journal. You can even call it a “Book of Shadows” if you want to. (It can just be a loose leaf notebook, These are handy for creating different sections.) Write down both the things that you have found to be of interest and the things that you would like to know more about.

DO… Look at Nature. Witchcraft and most other Pagan paths are called “earth or nature based” religions. What is Nature saying to you? Bring home rocks, sticks, leaves or other things you find that attract your attention. Now ask yourself-WHY did you bring that home? Write it down.

DO… get organized. Concentration is an important skill in Magic. Disciplining yourself to make regular entries into a journal and writing things down will help you to develop concentration.

DO… learn to ask SPECIFIC questions of other Witches or Pagans when you need help. And ask yourself some questions, too. “What do I think Witchcraft is? What do I find here that has meaning for me?”

DO… tell the truth. Can seasoned Witches tell if someone is “full of it”? Yes, they can and rather quickly, too! Be honest about what you know and what you don’t.

DO… spend time alone to think carefully about how you feel and what you want for yourself. Some people think at the onset that Witchcraft will allow them to change other people or circumstances. But YOU will be the one who changes as you explore this Path. Do you really WANT to change?

DON’T… take it too fast. You have not made any commitments yet. You are doing research into a subject that interests you on a personal level. Jumping into a group situation at this point may hinder your development more than help it. You need to find out where YOU are going before you hit the trail with someone else.

DON’T… get discouraged. Sometimes it is very difficult to “go it alone.” But the Craft is made up of individuals who bring something of value to the Path-as well as receive benefits from it. Many “old timers” have the “Grampa attitude”. You know, the “When I was your age, I had to walk three miles to school every day…in the snow…with no boots…carrying my little sister…and a load of firewood…” Well, in a way that is true. It WAS much harder to be a Witch only a few decades ago. So be forgiving if they are not ready to hand you all their hand gathered “firewood” on a silver platter….you may have to walk a mile or two by yourself….in the snow…with no boots…..

DON’T…ask about joining a terraspace coven just yet. A coven is a close knit group working together. It is a difficult process to create an effective magickal unit. Most covens are not actively looking for new members, as each time a new person is added to the group, it takes time for the unit to re-adjust. There are some cyberspace “covens” that readily accept new members. If you look on it as a “training exercise”, you could learn a few things. Ask around the Internet.

DON’T… be afraid because you are not part of a group. Many, many Witches find out after much trial and error that they actually PREFER to work alone. Traditionally the Witch WAS a loner…and many still are by choice. Often solitary Witches get together to talk and exchange information and then happily go back to their solitary practice. You CAN do a little bit of both.

Still “Interested”? Then you will probably want to go further into…

Part Two-The “EXPLORATORY PHASE”:

You have read quite a few books, taken tons of notes and written faithfully in your Book of Shadows or journal. You have found some resources on the Internet and may have even asked a Pagan a few of those pesky questions that have been bothering you lately. Now what?

This is where you begin to exercise your discretion a bit. As you start weeding out the things that you have decided are not for you and embracing what DOES feel right, you are also making decisions about what sort of group you may eventually be comfortable with. (And many seekers still feel at this point that they DO want to find a group.)

Does the whole circle casting with sword, smoking incense and flickering candles appeal to you? Or would you rather simply sit quietly and let your heart speak?

Are you more introverted than extroverted? All grand dreams of leading a large public ritual aside, do you feel comfortable right NOW speaking to large groups of people? Or do you prefer the company of a few close and intimate friends?

Do you like to mull things over before making a decision? Or are you spontaneous and always dashing off to go rock climbing or roller blading?

Asking yourself these and similar questions will help you to make decisions. What are the reasons that you would want to be part of a coven or group-and what sort of group may that be?

You may also begin visualization techniques at this time. You begin to see yourself in the tales of mythic heroes and heroines. You may visualize actually doing the rituals and circles that you have read about. You imagine what it may be like to be a member of a coven-laughing as you all run through the woods on your way to the bonfire. How do these images and scenarios make you feel? Be honest. No one is looking over your shoulder at this point.

Most importantly, how comfortable are YOU with this Path that you are researching? Does it fit who you are? Not who you would like to be…not who you would like others to think that you are…but you as you are right now. Think about this a lot. It will save you much disillusionment in the future.

You may begin to collect a tool or two or think about setting up an altar area. You start buying lots and lots of candles and incense. You browse the herb shops and look through catalogs for magickal items. You may even buy some things. You are beginning to actually make some outward decisions about what you feel inside. You are “exploring” new possibilities.

Explorer Phase Do’s and Don’ts…

DO… Continue to read, study and record notes in your journal or Book. Why did you choose this athame over that wand? Why do you prefer sandalwood to jasmine? Should you hide your altar when Granny comes to visit?

DO… Begin to think about which Way appeals to you…Celtic? Egyptian? Druid? Can’t decide? Maybe you are the Eclectic type?

DO… Understand that you will be challenged as you begin to speak and interact with other Pagans. It’s our hobby. And it makes you think about what you say you believe in. It will tell you a lot about your commitment to the Path that you have chosen for yourself.

DO… Keep a sense of humor. It puts things into perspective. You will be laughing at yourself for a lifetime as you look back on your early days. We all do. We were just learning when we began and we weren’t always very good in our first attempts. (I’m laughing right now just thinking about the first time I cast a circle by myself!) But we did learn and you will, too. And since we all are continuing to learn each day, you will never run out of things to laugh about!

DO… “Talk little and listen much”. Lurk around the chat rooms. Peek in on a cybercircle. Check out your local area for open circles or workshops. Keep your eyes and ears open…opportunities for learning are everywhere.

DO… Continue to ask SPECIFIC questions. It is easier now that you have some real information under your belt, isn’t it? Instead of a broad-based “I dunno anything about this!”, you can ask “Well, what about THIS?” At last those answers are beginning to make some sense!

DO… begin thinking about Deities and ritual structure. Who of the Old Ones speaks to you? What sort of relationship would you have with the Deity of your choice-or the One who has chosen YOU?! What are the symbols associated with these Deities? Learn Their stories.

DON’T… Get ahead of yourself. All worthwhile lessons take time to become integrated into your spirit. The mind is usually the last to know! That is because your subconscious is learning through dreams and visions and symbols while your conscious mind is still struggling with the words. Continue to spend time alone to allow all your new feelings and thoughts to become clear. Take a walk and enjoy your life!

DON’T… Put all your spiritual eggs into one basket. Even though you may have a favorite author, continue to read other viewpoints. Even though you may respect a Witch or Pagan, continue to listen to other voices. Read about the latest “conspiracy theory”. It may be ridiculous, but it does train the mind to be on the look out for alternatives. (However do know that if you are abducted by aliens, they didn’t hear about you from us!)

DON’T... Tell all that you know and don’t pretend to know about something that you don’t. Complete honesty may be difficult with other people, but it is essential to be honest with yourself. Lies waste energy.

DON’T… get frustrated because you STILL haven’t found out how to contact a coven. That will come later…if it is still what you want to do.

If you have been working through the “Interest Phase” and the “Exploratory Phase”, you will probably now be familiar with the following concepts and have some rudimentary knowledge in…

The basic history of Witchcraft and its cultural origins.
Some of the different Traditions and Ways that Witchcraft is practiced today.
The basic ethical guidelines, such as the Rede or Law of Three.
A basic overview of karma and reincarnation (or transmigration).
An understanding on how Magick works.
Deity Names and Aspects.
The Elements and correspondences.
Basic Tools of the Craft and their use in ritual work.
Some divination, visualization and meditation techniques.
Folklore and Mythology.

Great! This is the foundation from which your continuing studies will build and grow. Along the Way, you will stop often to ponder about new materials and visions. Remember to go slowly and to reflect much on what these concepts personally may mean to you. Again, it is very important to allow these new ideas to become integrated into your spirit. This is the only way that they can become “real’ to you. They become a part of who you are and how you think and feel. One of the ways to help this process along is through “practice.”

THE BEGINNING PRACTICE PHASE:

Chances are pretty good that you have already “dabbled’ a bit with some of the techniques of ritual work. Even if you have only begun this in your mind, you are beginning to feel the stirrings of a desire to actually DO the workings that up until this point you have only been reading or hearing about. Where do you “begin”? Do you dig through your books and find a ritual that appeals to you? Do you have a specific need in your life right now? What have you put into your Journal or Book of Shadows that you have underlined as important or particularly relevant? What do YOU feel?

You will notice a lot of emphasis on “feelings” throughout these articles. What do “feelings” have to do with all of this? Well, Carl Jung said it much better than I ever could:

“Feeling informs you through its feeling-tones of the values of things. Feeling tells you for instance whether a thing is acceptable or agreeable or not. It tells you what a thing is WORTH to you….It is, like thinking, a rational function.”

BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING:

Look for SYMBOLISM-The subconscious mind works through pictures and symbols. This is why the “inner” work that you do is the starting point of all Magick. Look over your magickal tools and objects. Choose one or two at random. Touch them. Hold them in your hands. Close your eyes. What are they “saying” to your inner self? What images do they bring up and what memories do they unlock?

You are using your IMAGINATION-You are not “making things up” when you are using your imagination. At least not in the sense that most of us have been lead to believe. If you have ever been reprimanded for “day dreaming” in class or at the dinner table, you may have to re-learn and “give yourself permission” to unlock this powerful tool again. Allow yourself some “flights of fancy” time each day.

Imagination is the ability to use your mind creatively. The word “creative” is linked with “creation”. In a very real sense you are creating what you imagine. Just as a sculptor has an image of a work in his or her mind and then seeks to unlock the image from the physical materials at hand, so you create magick from the images that surface as a result of your meditations and desires. Have you used your imagination today?

Now put the symbolism and the imagination together. What symbols came into your mind and what did your imagination do with these images? Ask a question and see if the images change around or become more clear. Don’t be surprised where you may end up. Your subconscious mind is a very rich and fertile place. It is the ‘playground’ of your spirit where anything is possible. And if you “wake up” with a start and realize that you have just spent 20 minutes in reverie, you are really getting the hang of it!

The next exercise will be your first step from the mental/spiritual into the physical/spiritual realm. This is where you begin to actually DO THE WORK. You will start slowly and build on each previous step. Do not rush this process. This is very important. Let me explain a bit.

Do you remember as a child a favorite story that you never grew tired of hearing? You knew the entire book by heart. Part of its “magic” for you WAS knowing the entire story by heart. And remember how you would correct the reader of the story if they tried to skip a part or changed the words? The story for you was a ritual. The retelling of it the same way over and over was important to you. Because there were no surprises or changes, you could relax and really get”into” the entire tale in your…gasp!…imagination. (Don’t tell Grandma, but she was actually your first “Witchy” teacher!)

The gestures, tools and workings of your beginning ritual practice should be exactly the same each time that you do them during your Beginning Practice Phase. This repetition trains your subconscious mind to remember what is coming next. The subconscious is like the child who wants to hear that story the same way over and over. The “ritual”-repeated over and over- provides a safe and comforting setting for both your imagination and the symbolic elements to expand and grow. You’ll have plenty of time to “get fancy” later on.

The Practice Phase Do’s and Don’ts…

DO The BASIC RITUAL OUTLINE something like this:

Cleansing the Area.
Preparing the Altar.(nothing too elaborate, just a few of your favorite tools). Lighting the candles.
Casting the circle.
Welcoming the elements.
Welcoming the Deities.
Stating the Purpose of the ritual.
Magickal workings or devotions.
Raising the Energy. Releasing the Energy.
Grounding.
Thanking the Deities.
Thanking the elements.
Closing(or sometimes called opening) the circle.
Eating snacks!

There are many simpler or more elaborate ways to do a ritual. Many Traditions have their own formats as well. But if you know how to do this basic ritual, you will pretty much be comfortable in any open Circle that you may attend.

DO BEGIN! Start at the beginning of the above list. Make notes on each step in your journal as you begin to plan your ritual. How will you cleanse your working area? Salt and water? Besom (broom)? Incense? What will you place on your altar? (Making a list first insures that you will not forget something….”Matches, anyone?”, is the most classical “oops”!).

DO… Take time to sit quietly and center yourself before you begin. Be honest about your feelings. Are you excited…scared….nervous? That is normal. This is important stuff and not to be entered into lightly. O.K.? Now you can begin, but…

DO… Tell the Old Ones that you are “practicing’. Although They already know this (and They are ready to help you), it will be reassuring to YOU to state this in case you end up feeling that you may have “done something wrong”. You haven’t. You are “practicing” and practice involves a certain amount of trial and error. No one ‘upstairs’ is laughing at you.

DO… Perform each step slowly and carefully. Let the symbols speak to your inner self. Take time between each step to feel how the ritual has affected you and changed your surroundings. As you ground, listen for answers…listen for advice…listen to yourself…listen to the phone ringing because you forgot to take it off the hook….

DO… Listen. We ask for things and then we often do not take the time to listen for the answers. Write everything down. Doodle impressions in the margins. These symbols may be important later.

DO… this same basic ritual over and over and over again. Rather than becoming boring, you will probably find that it becomes MORE meaningful each time that you do it. And your inner child’s subconscious mind will be loving it! (Thanks, Grandma!)

DO… Continue to repeat the first Phases again. We are all constantly learning and going “back to basics” is always a good idea.

DON’T… worry about what you will say. Say what is in your heart. Use simple language-remember that “child” thing?-and DO remember to take deep breaths in between sentences. You want to ‘alter your consciousness”, not lose it!

DON’T… take any oaths or make lifelong dedications to the Old Ones. You have not made that decision yet. You are still trying to discover if Witchcraft is the right Path for you. This is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make in your life. Give it the respect and consideration that it deserves.

DON’T… be afraid. All those Hollywood movies may have made you a tad nervous about beginning actual ritual practice. Nothing like that will happen to you. You have done each step slowly and with much forethought. It is only when someone tries to go into places for which they are unprepared that the situation can get unpleasant. That is why teachers emphasize the NEED to go slowly. You HAVE taken the time to prepare yourself and done all the steps in order, haven’t you?

DON’T… do the ritual either too often or too little. Formulate a regular schedule-say once a week- and stick to that for a while. If you really desire to do something on a daily basis, a simple candle lighting ritual in the morning or evening will do just fine. Begin to think about Moon phases, Holidays and other times to do ritual Work. Witchcraft is based on the “rhythms’ of Nature and that will be the next step…

The first two lessons should have taken you about six months of study and practice to complete(if you worked at it diligently). You should now also be fairly comfortable doing the basic ritual from the  previous lesson. Remember that you actually have to DO the ritual – not just read it, dream about it or visualize it. Get up on your feet, get your tools together, light those candles AND DO IT!

“Effort requires that you either answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”

Teachers can always tell if someone who comes to them has done the work. The first time that a student will do a ritual or take part in one with others will clearly show his/her experience or lack of it.

If you have done the work, this does not mean that you will not be nervous your “first time out.” You will! But you will also be amazed at how quickly this nervousness will pass as the ritual progresses. Your spirit and inner child. (Him/her, again?) WILL remember all those practice sessions and soon you’ll be enjoying the whole thing immensely!

Along the way, DO Remember these four little things:

Life is always changing. Nothing stays the same.

To Know you have To Do. Experience requires action.

The quality of each experience – as you draw it forth and do it and live it – becomes the substance of your wisdom.

Yes, there will be a test on this. There is ALWAYS a test on this!

Rhythms of Nature, Rhythms of Life:

The Neo – Pagan Paths that we are discussing – including Wicca and Witchcraft – are called “Earth – based” religions. The rituals and practices follow the seasonal changes of the Earth. Some Paths use the eight holidays of the Wiccan Wheel of Life; some adhere to the more traditional Four Fire Festivals calendar. Some groups have come up with their own cycles according to their belief systems. What calendar will you use?

When you have decided which Holiday calendar that you want to incorporate into your life – lesson, read all that you can about it. Take one Holiday at a time. Look for resources, descriptions and Myths about each Holiday. Think upon each one as both a special event and as a “marker” for the year.

During the Rhythmic Stage, you will explore the year through the cycles of Nature. And yes, this phase DOES last an entire year. There is no other way. You may begin to reach out a bit more during this time – exploring new contacts, taking some classes, attending public events – but the personal exploration of the Rhythmic Cycle of The Holidays should be your primary focus.

Why? It is in this cycle that you will learn much more about yourself and your place in the Universe. Everything that is exists as vibrational energy. Some things have a higher frequency, some a lower one. You will learn to “feel” the vibrational changes around you as the seasons come and go.( An essential skill to have in Magick! )

Do you get a little “spring fever” around April or May? Look at the earth. She is excited about this time of year, too! Buds are swelling on the trees and flower plants are poking their first leaves out of the ground as if to ask, “Is it safe to come out yet”?

Do you feel particularly invigorated in the Fall crisp air? Watch the squirrels run around and dig into the ground to hide their nuts. Hear the bees as they bob from plant to plant racing down the coming frost. “Hurry, hurry, hurry,” seems to rustle the drying leaves from the trees. (I’m sure you get the idea.)

There Are Patterns

Most Pagans have a belief in reincarnation or transmigration of the soul. All things in Nature are born (germination), grow, mature, reproduce, and then decline and die. The cycle begins again. This is why reincarnation makes sense to most Pagans. By observing the Rhythmic Cycle, we reflect on this process and we may come to think that it just “seems right”. Not too surprising really. It’s “natural,” isn’t it?

You have a place in this cycle.You probably were not brought up to think in this way. Most aspiring Neo – Pagans weren’t. This year of study will show you not only where you fit into the cycle of Nature, but how your active involvement in these cycles can change your life. When you come to understand and work with the natural rhythms in the world around you, you will understand what it means to be Pagan.

Here are some reasons why “rhythmic learning” – and possibly reincarnation – works:

Effective experiential learning will affect the learner’s cognitive structures (action theories), attitudes and values, perceptions and behavioral patterns.

People will believe more in knowledge they have discovered themselves than in knowledge presented by others.

Learning is more effective when it is an active rather than a passive process.

Acceptance of new action theories, attitudes, and behavioral patterns cannot be brought about by a piecemeal approach.

It takes more than information to change action theories, attitudes, and behavioral patterns.

It takes more than firsthand experience to generate valid knowledge. Besides experience, there needs to be a theoretical system that the experiencer tests out and a personal reflection on the meaning of the experience.

(The above principles come from the work of Kurt Lewin, one of the important founding fathers of social psychology who influenced the development of the Group Dynamics movement in the early 1940’s.)

I’d add a seventh point – Make It Fun!

Hunt down seasonal objects for your altar. Think about colors for cloths and robes. Make a headpiece for each Holiday. Pick a mythic story and follow it throughout the year. Act it out! Dress the part! Dance! Sing! Write a poem! Cook up a recipe! Adopt a “totem” animal for each season. Make a special storage box for each Holiday’s special decorations. (Every Holiday will feel like Yule as you open your Holiday boxes next year. Add more goodies!)

WHY Are You Doing All This?

Transformation!

Transformation begins from within. Many people turn to a religion – or to magic! – in an attempt to change the things that they perceive to stand in the way of their ‘true happiness.” Many a love spell has been cast more to ease one person’s own inner loneliness than as a real desire for an equal relationship with the object of their current “affections.”

Inner transformational work is difficult, messy and anything but instantaneous. This explains the current nervous searching out of “just the right spell” by many a new seeker to the Craft. Hoping to somehow by – pass the true work involved in developing a magickal way of life, they hope for something in the order of a Hollywood special effect. “Just say the magic words…” and your insecurity problems, heartaches and financial worries are over! Uh – uh…it just doesn’t work like that. Sorry, Mr. Spielberg….

As you work through the year of The Wheel, you will learn a lot about yourself.

Such as:

Respect – Both for the interconnection of all Life and for yourself.

Thought – How you can change your life by changing your thoughts.

Examination – Looking within yourself for answers and solutions.

Release – Letting go of old habits and emotions that no longer work.

Synthesis – How an individual can also be part of a whole.

Creativity – Trusting your intuition to help you make viable choices.

Action – Learning how to act rather than re – act.

Love – Being able to give and receive healthy love.

Strength – Inner courage to overcome circumstances without harm.

Transformation! – The realization that only you can change what is not working in your life. Only you can make your life what you want it to be. And only you – through difficult, messy and lengthy work – can make your magickal Life one of Love, Light and Power!

You have probably noticed -astute students that you are!- that I have made little mention of the Gods and Goddesses in this series. In fact, early on I cautioned you to NOT make a commitment to the Old Ones just yet. There is a real reason for this and it is now time to discuss it.

There has been a small but insistent clamor lately from those who wonder why no one is teaching the “deeper” things of the Craft. The first reason is that these are difficult issues to write about. The second reason is that they are even more difficult to actually work through. And the third reason? (I’m Celtic-I think in threes!) These are the issues that will determine if Witchcraft is really the religion for you.

You may think that you are sure already. “Of course, Witchcraft is for me! Why would I have been studying this for a year and a day if I didn’t think this was my Path?”, you may exclaim. Well, hold off on that impassioned vow. A few more moments will not make a difference…or will it?

What you have been DOING so far is studying and practicing. What you have been LEARNING is what all this study and practice means to YOU. You have been forming your own sense of…

INTEGRITY:

What is “Integrity”? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “integrity” means “The condition of having no part or element taken away or wanting; undivided or unbroken state; material wholeness; completeness; entirety.” Or better still, “The condition of not being marred or violated; unimpaired or uncorrupted; a condition of soundness.”

That is what you have been learning to do in the previous lessons. You have been doing exercises that have helped you to form your own ‘faculty of judgment’, your own ‘condition of soundness’. You have been working on building your personal integrity. You have to know what it is that you believe before you can make a decision on what is right or wrong for you.

Many problems that now exist in the Pagan community would probably never have come about if more people had taken the time and made the honest effort to find out if Witchcraft really was for them BEFORE they made a commitment to it. Instead they find themselves in situations where they are forced to either, 1. admit that they made a wrong choice, or 2. try to change the religion to fit them. Instead of Witchcraft transforming them, some attempt to transform Witchcraft to suit their particular needs and desires. They are ‘continually re-inventing’ Witchcraft and Wicca to suit themselves!

“A PROMISE IS A PROMISE”…

If you have decided that Wicca is your religion of choice, you have committed yourself to following its basic principles. One of these principles is, of course, the Rede. If you are promising to abide by the precepts of “And It Harm None..”, have you worked out what you would do if someone attacked you? Attacked your child? Does “harm none” mean you should become a vegetarian? Do you think that it is even possible to “harm none?” Well, that is what you are promising to do, isn’t it?

Traditional Witchcraft may not have a “Rede” of its own, but Witches were known as the “Wise Ones” for a good reason. They were respected. They were fair. They were healers. They helped the community. They changed things. They made good decisions. They didn’t promise what they could not deliver and they delivered what they promised. It is still the same today.

Too often folks make a promise in haste and then spend countless hours justifying why they had to break that promise “just this once” because of “conditions beyond their control.” They have their reasons-lots and lots of reasons. Truth is, they just didn’t give enough thought to their commitment BEFORE they made it. If you haven’t given serious thought and reflection to both the results and obligations contained within a promise, do not make one! And most certainly not to the Gods…

“If someone turned your body over to just any person who happened to meet you, you would be angry. But are you not ashamed that you turn over your own FACULTY OF JUDGMENT to whoever happens along…’-Epictetus

INTEGRITY REQUIRES THREE THINGS:

1. The ability to discern what is right and what is wrong.

This requires reflection, time and effort. It is a difficult process but one which cannot be avoided by anyone who truly wants to be a spiritual person. How much easier it is to find someone else to tell us what to do, what to read, what to think and how to act! But then, who would actually be living your life? Who would be in control? Who is pulling the strings? If you don’t think that you would enjoy being a puppet, then you simply must find out where your limits are, what you believe to be correct behavior and what you yourself are willing-and unwilling- to do.

Whether there is an “absolute” right or wrong is something that theologians and philosophers have been wrangling with for centuries. In fact the very thought that they could be wrong keeps many people from being willing to take a stand on anything at all!

The possibility that you may be wrong is lessened by careful study, investigation and thought. Of course, you may be honest about a belief. Later you may find out that you were honestly wrong! However, approaching each subject with an open mind; examining all the possibilities, answering all the ‘what ifs” will help you sort this out. Make no mistake about it, this is the most difficult process that you will ever undertake.

Most people and societies do agree that some things are just “more” right than others. (See “Teachers and Magickal Ethics” You need to find out the measure of your own “rightness quotient”. You need to do the work of creating your personal code of behavior and ethics. Then you can hold that as a standard for decisions on what religion, what group or what Path is correct for you. And you thought that just finding a coven was hard! Finding the right coven, the right place, the right religion can change your life for the better. The wrong choice can be devastating.

If you have not done this work, then you are basically leaving yourself open to follow anything or anyone -and to do anything that they tell you. Witchcraft and Wicca are religions of personal power and responsibility. If you are not willing to do the work of discernment and introspection-to formulate a set of integrated values for yourself-then Witchcraft and Wicca are probably not for you.

INTEGRITY MEANS DOING THE RIGHT THING:

2. Acting on what you have discerned even at personal cost.

Suppose the teacher that you have been studying with begins to introduce issues or behaviors that you just don’t feel are “right’. Suppose that you now find that having sexual relations are a part of this group’s workings? What if suddenly this loving coven wants you to do a death spell against someone who has given another covenmate a hard time? What about that “harm none’ thing? What if you do not want to participate in this activity? But what if, by refusing to participate, you can no longer be part of this group? What will you do?

You may have put a lot of time and effort into a group. You may have even been initiated or attained a degree. These people are your friends-maybe you even think of them as your ‘family.” Now you face losing all this and starting over. The group may say bad things about you if you leave. You may lose your friends and their support. You have to decide- do you stay and compromise your own code of right and wrong? Do you leave? Where is your soundness, your faculty of judgment, your integrity now?

The truth is that most of us cannot say whether we really possess integrity until we are tested on it. Doing what we believe to be right-determined by the hard work of reflective discernment-even when it becomes personally painful tells us if we indeed have it or not. Didn’t I tell you that there is ALWAYS a test? This is one. There will be others. Get used to it. Witchcraft and Wicca are religions that require that we as Witches and Wiccans are equal to the challenges that life brings our way. If you can easily compromise your ethical principles or can turn your back to what you know to be right action, then Witchcraft and Wicca are not for you.

INTEGRITY MEANS KEEPING YOUR COMMITMENTS:

3. You openly declare where you stand.

Now we finally get to the Gods and the Goddesses! Do you still think that you are prepared to stand before Them and pledge your life, your heart and your hands to Their service? For that is what the religion of Witchcraft and Wicca are all about-SERVICE.

It is not about gaining power-although that will certainly be a part of your magickal life! It is about enabling others to learn ways to empower themselves.

It is not about “getting more” for you-although you will benefit in untold ways. It is about “giving more” to others in Their Name.

It is not about changing others to suit or cater to you-although others will find you nice to be around! It is about changing yourself, so that you are better equipped to do the work of the Old Ones on this Earth.

It is not about fame-although others will seek you out. It is about being available to help those in need.

It is not about pulling others down-although what is not working will fall before you. It is about building others up and creating new and healthy systems.

It is not about financial wealth-although you will always feel “rich!” It is about sharing what you have with the rest of the community.

It is about keeping promises, going the extra mile, doing what is correct and for the good of all. It is about uprightness, honor, truth, healing, giving and service.

It is above all holding high the Names of the Old Ones, keeping to their Ways, honoring all Their children, caring for the Earth and being committed to carrying out whatever tasks that They have set upon you to do. It is about Integrity-Theirs, yours, ours.

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Daily Affirmation & Blessings~Friday November 28th, 2014

Today is the Pagan/Wiccan holiday of Yule in the Northern Hemisphere and Litha in the Southern Hemisphere. Today also begins the Hopi & Zuni Soyala New Year Festival.

Say your truth—kindly, but fully and completely.
Live your truth, gently, but totally and consistently.
Change your truth easily and quickly
when your experience brings you new clarity.

 

UNIVERSAL INCENSE

3 Parts Frankincense
2 Parts Benzoin
1 Part Myrrh
1 Part Sandalwood
1 Part Rosemary

Burn for all positive magickal purposes. If used for negative magickal goals, it will cancel out the spell or ritual.

Daily Fortune for Nov 28th, 2014

Your Daily Fortunes for Friday November 28th, 2014

Today's Tarot Card~Justice
Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.
Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.

Today's Witches Rune~The Ear of Corn

This means harvest, success, abundance, and happiness. It is lucky and gives a positive answer to a question, whether finance, business, partnership, spirituality etc. Adjacent to the Rings it means prosperous marriage, with the Sun it denotes fast progress or success in ones chosen career, beside the Waves it signifies success that is destined to lead in a career overseas.

 Today's Viking Rune~Uruz

Uruz is the Rune of harmony, order and inner strength. Often it marks endings and beginnings of periods in our lives. Uruz also symbolizes your ability to tackle new challenges by confronting them with the powers that lie within you. Opportunities probably abound for you right now.
uruz : aurochs
Phonetic equivalent: u

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
energy, passion, vitality, instinct, wildness, sexuality, fertility, the unconscious, primitive mind, irrationality, shamanic experience, rite of passage
MAGICAL USES:
to strengthen the will, increase sexual potency and energy; for hunting
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Ullr, Loki, Odin (as shaman)
ANALYSIS:
The aurochs was a species of wild ox, similar to a longhorn bull, that was once found all over Europe, but which became extinct sometime in the 17th. century. They were said to be slightly smaller than elephants, and had horns as long as six feet, which were highly prized by the Germanii as drinking horns. This may or may not have been an exaggeration. Paintings of aurochs have been found in Neolithic caves, and it is believed that the aurochs hunt had some significance as a rite of passage for a boy entering manhood. The aurochs is the epitome of the wild animal, as opposed to the domesticated cattle represented by fehu.Uruz is the rune of the God of the sacred hunt and his shaman/priest. Following the kind of mundane, day to day survival represented by fehu, it is the first recognition by mankind of the divine in nature, and his first attempt to control it through the use of sympathetic magic. It also represents an awareness of death and our own mortality, which may well be the only thing which truly distinguishes us from other animals. The energy of this rune is raw, powerful, and distinctly masculine, in the sense that it is pure, elemental fire. The boy who has killed the aurochs has just entered manhood, and has therefore been initiated into the first level of the mysteries – the awareness that the source of life is death.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You’re willing to join in the celebration as long as your future is looking bright; just make sure your imagination isn’t playing tricks on you now. It’s not necessarily a good strategy to focus all your energy on the possibilities ahead while there is still plenty of work to be done in the present moment. The most intelligent course of action is to take care of your current obligations without getting distracted by gambling on things to come. Tomorrow doesn’t come with a guarantee, so make the most of today.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
A radically new approach looks good on paper because you realize that the same old plan won’t help you reach your goals. However, you’re still tempted to play it safe since your fear of failure encourages maintaining the status quo. Nevertheless, you accomplish more if you overcome self-doubt and take a calculated risk. Don’t let an important opportunity slip through your fingers; seize the moment and run.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You may be feeling quite clever as you tap dance around a decision in order to get out of making a commitment. Like it or not, concentrating on a singular goal could be your best possible move today. Normally, you excel at keeping multiple options open so you can wait until the very last moment before picking one. However, the sooner you choose now, the better your chances of success.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You’re so captivated by your fantasies today that your actual experiences may fall short of your expectations. But living in your dreamworld could create emotional distance between you and those you love. You really don’t want to isolate yourself; you just need more breathing room now. Temporarily retreating is easier than confronting reality if you are unhappy with a current situation. However, you can learn a significant truth about your heart by leaning into your fears instead of avoiding them.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You may plan on sailing through calm waters today, but there’s still an intense storm brewing on the horizon. Fortunately, you can prepare yourself so you won’t be caught off guard when the winds whip up and the seas grow rough. Actually, you’re almost eager for an opportunity to show off your high level of competency. Ultimately, if you don’t become complacent, this unexpected challenge can raise your profile and boost your self-confidence.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Normally, organizing details is the fuel to your fire, helping you achieve your goals in an efficient manner. However, you may be weary of always having to be the practical one and you long for your imagination to lift you out of your current rut. However, it could be quite challenging to bring your grandiose visions down to earth today. Luckily, you can make magic now if you give yourself permission to be creative without worrying about the results.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You’re itching to find new avenues of self-expression now with the non-conformist Aquarius Moon hanging out in your 5th House of Creativity. But it’s possible to be so driven to tell your story that you appear uncharacteristically inattentive to the needs of others. The stressful Moon-Mercury square makes it difficult for you to say the right thing and your message might be misinterpreted. Sharing your truth is an admirable ambition as long as you balance the give and take. Listen as much as you talk.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your opinions are highly intuitive today but you can’t necessarily back them up with tangible facts. You must be careful how you express your feelings because it’s easy to put so much intensity into every word that others mistake your passion for anger. Nevertheless, focusing on the bigger picture frees you from any perceived negativity. Allowing for a variety of personal preferences now connects you with a more spiritual vision that inspires those around you.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You sound so wise to others today that you can amaze them with your philosophical thoughts. But turning your powerful visions into something solid is impossible, especially if you’re dashing off to explore the next great idea the moment after you share the previous one. Trying to prove your intelligence could backfire now if you don’t take sufficient time to apply some common sense to your thinking. Actions speak louder than words.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You may seem to have a laissez-faire attitude about your obligations today, but you’re not nearly as disengaged as you appear. It’s just that you are trying to balance your worldly ambitions with more spiritual pursuits. The problem is that you need some quiet time for contemplation; self-reflection inspires you to be more sympathetic to other people’s needs. This compassionate spirit magnifies the good feelings between you and your associates, enabling you to accomplish even more in the long run.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You’re highly motivated to be productive today, yet you also want to take time and enjoy the camaraderie between you and others. However, traversing this territory can be tricky, since it’s harder to maintain a healthy perspective on your goals if you lose your objectivity. It’s nearly impossible now to know exactly where to draw the line between work and play. Ask someone you trust for advice, but make sure you heed the feedback you receive to save yourself from regret.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your vivid imagination often guides you better than the facts, but you need to be very careful about blindly following your intuition today. Take time to corroborate your hunches with someone in authority or you might discover that you missed an important piece of information. Your inner world is still a significant source of inspiration; just remember to perform a reality check before jumping to any erroneous conclusions. Backing up your instincts with irrefutable logic is a winning formula.

~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars~Nov 28th, 2014

What's in the Stars Today~November 28th, 2014

Friday~
Mercury entered Sagittarius
Moon 22° Aquarius opposes Jupiter 22° Leo
Moon 27° Aquarius squares Saturn 27° Scorpio
Moon enters Pisces 10pm UK - 11pm Europe - 5pm USA EST
[Saturday 3:30am India - 9am Sydney, Australia]
Moon 1° Pisces squares Mercury 1° Sagittarius

Crescent Moon
(waxing/46% of illumination)
During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.

Friday morning - Have you woken-up and felt a change ?
As explained above - the 26th/27th November: Sun 4° Sagittarius squares Neptune 4° Pisces - has passed - but you will be feeling the most significant shift due to the fact that Mercury entered Sagittarius - very early Friday morning. "Darkness" is becoming "Light" - worries and fears are vanishing - and soon - if you haven't already begun to see signs - you'll see significant changes to your lives that will put a smile on your face and make you happy to be alive - instead of just "existing" and "surviving. I will explain more about this for Moon in Aries on Monday 1st December 2014.
 
Friday 28th November 2014 - Moon enters Pisces
"Pisces Spiritual, Quiet & Peaceful" - Haha - I don't think so !
When reading the astrological chart - especially Moon Astrology - it is important to understand WHAT and WHERE is the source of the Moon's energy - this is defined both by the time when it became a New Moon and where it's going to be a Full Moon - but most importantly is which star sign the Sun is in - the Sun which creates the energy that is reflected by the Moon.
 
This weekend and from the moment Moon enters Pisces 10pm UK - 11pm Europe - 5pm USA EST [Saturday 3:30am India - 9am Sydney, Australia] - it's NOT going to be the "normal" Moon in Pisces spiritual peaceful transit you'd expect from Moon in Pisces. That's because Sun in Sagittarius - is creating the light and energy which is reflected by Moon in Pisces.
 
Do you remember the times when you wanted peace and quiet - and the more you wanted it - the busier life became - well that's what this weekend will become - Moon in Pisces - actually truthfully wants peace and quiet - but because Sun is in Sagittarius - the Sun's Sagittarian energies wins - especially that Mercury & Venus are also in Sagittarius - getting a peaceful weekend will be IMPOSSIBLE !
 
I've said it many times that astrology proves that NONE of us - knows the plan - but we do know that when it is destiny for things to change - things can change - in a heart-beat - because the emotions - especially emotions created by the Moon's energies - can get each of us to change - in order for us to learn lessons and in order for each of you to be put on the right pathway for your destiny.
This weekend's Moon in Pisces is sensitive - and wants each of us to feel the energies - but due to the Sagittarian squares - it won't be peaceful or quiet - in fact UNTIL we listen to the Moon - we won't find "peace".

Is it true that Jupiter protects Earth?

Jupiter’s gravity slings long-period comets out of harm’s way, while nudging some asteroids closer to Earth. And, in 1770, Jupiter took aim on Earth – but missed.

Is it true that Jupiter could be considered our friendliest planet because – without Jupiter – comets would be more likely to hit us?

The answer is yes … and no. Some astronomers believe that one reason Earth is habitable is that the gravity of Jupiter does help protect us from some comets. Long-period comets, in particular, enter the solar system from its outer reaches. Jupiter’s gravity is thought to sling most of these fast-moving ice balls out of the solar system before they can get close to Earth. So long-period comets are thought to strike Earth only on very long timescales of millions or tens of millions of years. Without Jupiter nearby, long-period comets would collide with our planet much more frequently.

In addition, in recent decades, astronomers have been able to see signs of comets that have crashed into Jupiter. There was Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994. And, in 2009, astronomers observed a dark gash in one side of the giant planet, likely caused by a comet.

But Jupiter creates both good and bad conditions for earthly life. Consider that its powerful gravity prevented space rocks orbiting near it from coalescing into a planet, and that’s why our solar system today has an asteroid belt, consisting of hundreds of thousands of small flying chunks of debris.

Today, Jupiter’s gravity continues to affect the asteroids – only now it nudges some asteroids toward the sun, where they have the possibility of colliding with Earth.

Another interesting story comes from several centuries ago. The late Brian G. Marsden, former director of the the International Astronomical Union’s Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, related it to Dennis Overbye of the New York Times in 2009, shortly after the dark gash appeared on Jupiter. It’s rare for a comet to come within 1 astronomical unit of Earth (that is, one Earth-sun distance, 92 million miles, or about 150 million kilometers). But, in the year 1770, a Comet Lexell streaked past Earth at a distance of only a million miles. Dr. Marsden told Overbye that:

… the comet had come streaking in from the outer solar system three years earlier and passed close to Jupiter, which diverted it into a new orbit and straight toward Earth.

The comet made two passes around the sun and in 1779 again passed very close to Jupiter, which then threw it back out of the solar system.

‘It was as if Jupiter aimed at us and missed,’ said Dr. Marsden.

So is Jupiter Earth’s protector? The answer is … sometimes!

~Elder Airwolf~
 

Blessed Thanksgiving Legionnaires~

Blessed Thanksgivings Pagans!

Busy cooking and real please my son has taken over the cooking for his dad's side of the family. Goddess the 23 years I was married to his dad, I was the slave to the stove for this huge Portuguese family that had not a clue how to cook. 
So although my son is 6 hours away in WA state, I am so very proud he spent the time growing up in my kitchen paying attention....

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough” ~Oprah Winfrey

With it being Thanksgiving and seeing so many postings regarding Thanksgiving, I must reflect on the one thing about it that should be every day throughout the whole year and not just one day or one month out of the year.
Being Thankful. Regardless of your beliefs, your spirituality or what you celebrate.
Always be thankful to Mother Earth and the Universe every day, every moment…every second of the day. 
Be thankful to those that love you and to those you love back, be thankful for the roof over your head, the food on your table, the clothing on your back, because so many do not have this.
Be thankful for a baby’s smile, a dog’s cold nose, a kitten’s purr, a hug, a kiss, a kind gesture…. Be thankful
Be thankful for friends, for true family, for the generosity of others. Be thankful...
And be Thankful today and every day for the warriors that guard our rights and give their lives for our Freedoms. 
Be Thankful not just on Thanksgiving but every day.
I wake up each morning and say “thank you” to the Goddess. Because I am.

Blessed be and be Thankful! 
There is ALWAYS ALWAYS something to be Thankful for!

~Elder Airwolf~

Magickal of Thanksgiving Potpourri

To add a little magickal energy to your Thanksgiving this is a great sweet smelling mix. It is also wonderful for those unable to share their magickal beliefs with others. It can be given as a gift when you go to someone’s home for Thanksgiving dinner, placed around your home for blessings and shared with those you love. Once the holiday is over, simple burn it or bury it with blessing of Thanksgiving. 

Ingredients; ¼ cup all dried herbs.

Dried marigold heads
Sunflower petals
Small mixed nuts; acorns, hazelnuts, etc.
Autumn colored leaves. (not to large)
Dried Indian corn. (off cob)
Small pine cones
Broken cinnamon sticks

Essential oils;

Cinnamon 
Pumpkin 
Allspice

Mix all your dried herbs together in a large bowl. 
Add 9 drops of each of the essential oils and mix well throughout. While you are mixing it say;

Goddess Mother of truth and light,
Bring your blessing upon this night.
In thankfulness we bid the see,
Blessing of harvest, so mote it be.

Place in bowl in any area of your home, everyone who enjoys its aroma will receive the blessings of Autumn. Save in air tight container. 

By Lady Abigail
High Priestess Ravensgrove Coven
Copyright © 11232004

Daily Fortune for Nov 25th, 2014

Daily Fortunes for November 25th, 2014

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Although you may decide to suppress your desires now, it’s only because you realize that sharing them could create more problems. You have a good sense of what is real and you are moved to talk your walk today. You might not be sure how to proceed, but this isn’t a valid reason for inaction. You must speak the truth that previously existed only within your imagination. People will be more likely to engage you honestly if you can push past your fears and express what’s in your heart.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You wish that all your relationship dreams could come true, but this may not be possible now. Fortunately, you can still be happy with your current lot in life since you prefer knowing the unvarnished truth than wandering around lost in a fantasy. But awareness works in both directions and it’s your responsibility to communicate honestly, even if your message is a difficult one. Although you might feel as if you’re engaged in an uphill battle, the climb is well worth the effort. A heart-to-heart talk with a close friend or lover sets the stage for future happiness.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You are preoccupied with your thoughts today, but it may be difficult to keep your mind on the sunny side of the street. Your key planet Mercury joins karmic Saturn, making you an intellectual force with which to be reckoned. Instead of falling back on your clever wit, use your considerable communication skills to dig into the mysteries hidden in the shadows. Although you might want to make light of a heavy situation, Saturn expects you to be serious when it comes to maintaining your integrity.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
If you find yourself stuck in an emotional funk today, you might believe there’s no easy way out. Your current situation could be bothering you enough now that it is apparent to everyone around you. There’s no need to pretend when it comes to your inner process. Those who love you don’t want you to hide; they want to know the real you. Taking a risk and sharing what’s in your heart may seem like a scary thing to do but it’s the only way to deepen a meaningful relationship.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
An intense wave of self-awareness washes over you today, but the results are uncharacteristically sobering. It’s not that you have lost your legendary confidence; it’s just that you’re not feeling very lighthearted now. Your natural tendency is to downplay negativity, but that could just make things worse. A more radical approach is in order. Invite someone special inside for a peek into your private world. Revealing your vulnerability is not the easiest path, but it could lead to the biggest transformation.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You might not know whether to stand on your soapbox and shout your truth or grit your teeth, swallow hard and keep quiet. Either way, you may wish you took a different route as your key planet Mercury bumps into Saturn’s finality. There is no magical solution but you have to decide whether you can run with your ideas now or should acquiesce to someone in control. The answer to this dilemma is not as straightforward as it seems. The wisest strategy is to simply live with this paradox for a while longer. In the meantime, count your blessings; try not to take life so seriously.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You’re not willing to bury your feelings today just to keep the peace. You Libras are known for your innate diplomatic skills and your natural propensity for putting the needs of others in front of your own. However, a close friend or family member might push you too far, prompting you to do some serious thinking as you reshuffle your priorities. You are at a tipping point; channel your emotional intensity into clarifying your position and then take a stand. Speak your truth and let the chips fall as they may.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
It’s all too easy to work yourself into a corner today as heavy Saturn leans on mental Mercury in your sign. Thankfully, you intuitively realize that you have the power to manifest the changes that are needed no matter how much effort it requires. Your self-criticism and self-judgment aren’t productive now — nor are they necessary. You are only restrained by the limitations of your own thoughts rather than by external circumstances. Give yourself new options by simply opening your mind.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may be secretly struggling against the lessons that taskmaster Saturn is teaching you now. The good news is the hardest work is probably already completed. The time for scheming is over; whatever you do today establishes the direction for your next journey. Although you might erroneously believe that you must show progress toward your goals, forward movement isn’t necessarily part of your current curriculum. Instead, accept the temporary restrictions being placed on your plans while sticking to your convictions.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might be resigned to tear down any walls that are currently standing between you and your goals. You know that you’re capable of reaching your destination, but you’re tired of being the one who bears the final responsibility. For once, you wish you could just let it all fall apart. Rest assured that common sense will come to your rescue while mental Mercury works in tandem with your key planet Saturn today. Proceed with determination instead of aggression for the best results.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your out-of-the box strategy for success may not be as effective as you think today. Instead of drawing attention to what makes you different, surprise everyone by demonstrating your ability to collaborate in a conventional manner. Although you might not get away with being eccentric now, you can break the mold of someone’s expectations by cheerfully adapting to the current situation. But don’t restrain your creativity any more than is necessary or you could lose your edge of brilliance.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If you are shouldering an emotional burden, you have a rare chance to finally release whatever is bothering you now. It’s just not worth holding on to all your imagined worries that are based upon painful failures or old hurts. Being unnecessarily fearful is not helpful and only prevents you from feeling the love that is waiting for you just on the other side of a wall. All you have to do is open the door and let it in. Don’t limit your future by clinging to your past.

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.

Witches Rune~The Sun
Meaning: 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.

Viking Rune~Tiwaz
Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.

teiwaz : Tyr
Phonetic equivalent: t

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
duty, discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice, conflict, strength, a wound, physicality, the warrior path
MAGICAL USES:
protection, victory, strength, strengthening the will, healing a wound
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Tyr and the Fenris Wolf, Odin’s ordeals
ANALYSIS:
Just as the second aett began with the cleansing destruction of hagalaz, so too does the third aett begin with a loss. However, hail is imposed by the Gods to force the sacrifice of those things which aren’t really vital to our development. Teiwaz, on the other hand, represents a voluntary sacrifice, made by someone who understands exactly what they are giving up and why.Tyr’s sacrifice of his hand to allow the binding of the Fenris Wolf was a noble one, and notable in a pantheon of deities not known for their sense of duty and ethical responsibility. He is believed to be one of the oldest of the Norse Gods – a Bronze-age rock carving was found in Scandinavia depicting a one-handed warrior – and his position may well have originally superseded that of Odin. Tyr’s rune is also one of the oldest in the fuþark, having survived virtually unchanged from the earliest Bronze-age carvings. It represents all those qualities associated with the God: strength, heroism, duty and responsibility. But it also represents a deeper mystery – that of the wounded God. Like þurisaz, the pain of teiwaz focuses the attention and forces discipline. However, in this case the effect is more conscious and the wound carries a greater significance. Uruz has been confronted and bound, and the lessons of teiwaz and hagalaz have been learned. This is the path of the warrior.

Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars~Nov 25th, 2014

Blyssful Tiu's Day Stargazers~

Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, November 25th
New Moon
(waxing/24% of illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Tuesday 25th November 2014
Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn
Moon 12° Capricorn squares Uranus [in retrograde] 12° Aries

Tuesday's Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn and by Wednesday's Moon 23° Capricorn conjunct Mars 23° Capricorn which will be backed-up by the Mercury 26° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 26° Scorpio on Wednesday 26th November - a confirmed date with destiny for everyone.
When you realize these specific TWO facets of your life - with a new found clarity - you might not believe what you're feeling - because it will be unusually STRONG and very CLEAR. But as I've explained at the New Moon - you've been woken-up - hence you're now seeing life differently and much more clearly. Most importantly is that you're no longer blinded by "darkness" - the Sagittarian New Moon has defined NO MORE darkness - darkness must now go-away.

You might actually laugh at yourself - that you never realized the TRUTH until now - but now you do - accept it - work with it - destiny is giving you this clarity for a reason - in order for you to move your life forward by changing your attitudes. Until now - the timing wasn't right - Sun in Sagittarius & Moon in Capricorn - means time is now right.

Blyssful Tiu's Day Pagans

Greetings Pagans!

Well were a few days away from turkey day and everyone is busy including me, so here's a cap on what the Legion is up to.

*Today we celebrate Celtic Tree of the Month the Elder*

Sambucus canadensis

The Elder Mother; The Queen of Herbs

13th month of Celtic Tree calendar, November 25 - December 21

13th consonant  of the Ogham alphabet - Ruis

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Symbolism: Judgment, Transformation, Death & Regeneration, Fate, The Inevitable

Sacred numbers: 

Five: each elderflower has 5 petals, 5 yellow stamens, and 5 sepals which form a tiny green star.  

Thirteen: Elder is associated with all superstition surrounding the number 13. 

Stone: Olivine, Jet (Black Amber)

Flower: Dandelion

Birds: Pheasant, Raven, Rook

Color: Black, Dark Green, Blood Red

Deity: Hel, Hela, Holda, Venus, Hilde, The White Lady

Folk Names: Alhuren, Battree, Boure Tree, Eldrum, Elhorn, Hylder,  Lady Ellhorn, Old Gal, Old, Lady, Pipe Tree, Rob Elder, Sweet Elder, Tree of Doom

Medicinal properties: 

Traditionally all parts of Elder are useful medicinally. The berries and the leaves are both rich in vitamin C. The leaves can be made into ear drops to treat pain and inflammation. The flowers make a tea that is good for treating coughs and irritable throats, as well as being made into a skin cleanser and lotion. The bark of the new small twigs can be made into a laxative. The bark, roots, berries and leaves can all be used as a dye.  And the berries are good for making jam, wine, vinegar, and syrups.

 Magickal properties: 

Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing

The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits.

*OGHAM The Celtic Oracle*
The Elder is a veritable medicine chest with its bark, leaves, flowers and berries all being used in herbal medicine to treat many ailments including bruises, wounds, colds, hayfever, respiratory illness and fevers. Its berries are particularly potent and the Druids regarded any that remained on the tree in December as a gift from the Earth Goddess. These were gathered and made into a sacred wine which was drunk to aid clairvoyance. Its wood is said to protect against enchantment, negativity and lightining and whistles or flutes made from elder have a reputation for aiding fairy contact. In Ireland the witches' broom had a shaft made of elder as opposed to the more traditional ash.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar Elder marks the darkest time of year and so is associated with death and the Crone aspect of the triple Goddess. Indeed, funerary flints have been found in megalithic long barrows in the shape of elder leaves and in others an elder leaf shaped portal has been carved out between two slabs of stone showing that its association with death goes back beyond the Celts into pre-history. 

People's perceptions of you in this life will reflect how you are perceived in the Underworld or Afterlife...therefore "Don't speak ill of the dead" is still today a strong belief and practice. Elder reminded ancient peoples of the need for honor and dignity in life as well as death.  

 Elder meditation focuses on the review of your life. The "bad" points of your life seem to be most prominent now, only because it is time to overcome them and forgive yourself for what has already been done. You cannot go back and change the past, but you can learn from your mistakes and not repeat the errors, moving forward. Acknowledge, admit, and amend if necessary. This challenge is most rewarding for each of us. Now you can recognize the "good" things you have done.

The Elder Mother was believed to dwell in the elder tree. She worked a strong earth magick and punished those who used her tree selfishly. 

 Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. 

Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don't burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. "Elder is the Lady's Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be"

*Tree Magick*

Your life becomes charmed because 

the Elder tree, superstitiously nicknamed 

"Elder Queen" and "Good Mother" 

protects trees, fairies, and you from harm. 

You may draw strength from advice rooted 

in bonds with your mother or grandmother. 

Just as the pith when dipped in oil and burned can be lit and put to float in a glass of water, new light will be shed on a matter you are reflecting upon. As the Elder flowers of Spring depart as ripe, purple berries in the Gall, the significance of what you put in reveals what you might expect. A dream may bring a prediction, should you fall asleep under and Elder tree.

LESSON OF THE ELDER

 "The lesson of the elder is a difficult one. Not only are you asked to accept the inevitability of your own death, but you are also asked the far more personal and potentially embarrassing question - how might you be fated to be remembered, both for good and ill, were you to die today? In the dark days of winter, elder presents us with a mirror in which we must see ourselves truly reflected if we are to die with dignity and without regrets.

Folklore holds that it is unlucky to use Elder wood for a child's cradle, which should always be made our to Birch for a new start and inception. In the Ogham calendar, the Elder rules the thirteenth month. The Elder, with its distinctive, easily hollowed, pithy stems, is a tree of regeneration. It re-grows damaged branches readily and it will root and grow rapidly from any part.

 This Ogham card is linked to the eternal turnings of life and death, birth and rebirth. It represents the end in the beginning and the beginning in the end; life in death and death in life; the casting out of the devils of the old year and the renewal and creativity of the new; the timelessness of the cycle by which the fading of old age is always balanced by the new start of birth.

*The Celtic Tree Oracle*

 The circle will always turn afresh, change and creativity arising from the old and brining about the new. All is continuously linked as phases of life and experience repeat themselves in subtly different forms, leading always to renewal.

I honor the energy of Elder, which sees the end from the beginning.

Throughout many lifetimes I have been here.

I have the knowledge that I have changed myself again and again.

I will start from where I am now, and continue to persist in my path.

I will succeed.

So mote it be.

We are rapidly rolling into December' Winter Solstice and Yule Tidings with plenty of family, friends and blessings as we  celebrate this sabbat. We also are happy to offer some fun and exciting mini classes starting on December 1st to keep you active, educated, and connected during the Winter Solstice Season. Look for daily ads on the classes and how to sign up.

Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

 

~Your Daily Fortunes for November 24th~

~Your Daily Fortunes~

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Although you may decide to suppress your desires now, it’s only because you realize that sharing them could create more problems. You have a good sense of what is real and you are moved to talk your walk today. You might not be sure how to proceed, but this isn’t a valid reason for inaction. You must speak the truth that previously existed only within your imagination. People will be more likely to engage you honestly if you can push past your fears and express what’s in your heart.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You wish that all your relationship dreams could come true, but this may not be possible now. Fortunately, you can still be happy with your current lot in life since you prefer knowing the unvarnished truth than wandering around lost in a fantasy. But awareness works in both directions and it’s your responsibility to communicate honestly, even if your message is a difficult one. Although you might feel as if you’re engaged in an uphill battle, the climb is well worth the effort. A heart-to-heart talk with a close friend or lover sets the stage for future happiness.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You are preoccupied with your thoughts today, but it may be difficult to keep your mind on the sunny side of the street. Your key planet Mercury joins karmic Saturn, making you an intellectual force with which to be reckoned. Instead of falling back on your clever wit, use your considerable communication skills to dig into the mysteries hidden in the shadows. Although you might want to make light of a heavy situation, Saturn expects you to be serious when it comes to maintaining your integrity.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
If you find yourself stuck in an emotional funk today, you might believe there’s no easy way out. Your current situation could be bothering you enough now that it is apparent to everyone around you. There’s no need to pretend when it comes to your inner process. Those who love you don’t want you to hide; they want to know the real you. Taking a risk and sharing what’s in your heart may seem like a scary thing to do but it’s the only way to deepen a meaningful relationship.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
An intense wave of self-awareness washes over you today, but the results are uncharacteristically sobering. It’s not that you have lost your legendary confidence; it’s just that you’re not feeling very lighthearted now. Your natural tendency is to downplay negativity, but that could just make things worse. A more radical approach is in order. Invite someone special inside for a peek into your private world. Revealing your vulnerability is not the easiest path, but it could lead to the biggest transformation.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You might not know whether to stand on your soapbox and shout your truth or grit your teeth, swallow hard and keep quiet. Either way, you may wish you took a different route as your key planet Mercury bumps into Saturn’s finality. There is no magical solution but you have to decide whether you can run with your ideas now or should acquiesce to someone in control. The answer to this dilemma is not as straightforward as it seems. The wisest strategy is to simply live with this paradox for a while longer. In the meantime, count your blessings; try not to take life so seriously.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You’re not willing to bury your feelings today just to keep the peace. You Libras are known for your innate diplomatic skills and your natural propensity for putting the needs of others in front of your own. However, a close friend or family member might push you too far, prompting you to do some serious thinking as you reshuffle your priorities. You are at a tipping point; channel your emotional intensity into clarifying your position and then take a stand. Speak your truth and let the chips fall as they may.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
It’s all too easy to work yourself into a corner today as heavy Saturn leans on mental Mercury in your sign. Thankfully, you intuitively realize that you have the power to manifest the changes that are needed no matter how much effort it requires. Your self-criticism and self-judgment aren’t productive now — nor are they necessary. You are only restrained by the limitations of your own thoughts rather than by external circumstances. Give yourself new options by simply opening your mind.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may be secretly struggling against the lessons that taskmaster Saturn is teaching you now. The good news is the hardest work is probably already completed. The time for scheming is over; whatever you do today establishes the direction for your next journey. Although you might erroneously believe that you must show progress toward your goals, forward movement isn’t necessarily part of your current curriculum. Instead, accept the temporary restrictions being placed on your plans while sticking to your convictions.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might be resigned to tear down any walls that are currently standing between you and your goals. You know that you’re capable of reaching your destination, but you’re tired of being the one who bears the final responsibility. For once, you wish you could just let it all fall apart. Rest assured that common sense will come to your rescue while mental Mercury works in tandem with your key planet Saturn today. Proceed with determination instead of aggression for the best results.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your out-of-the box strategy for success may not be as effective as you think today. Instead of drawing attention to what makes you different, surprise everyone by demonstrating your ability to collaborate in a conventional manner. Although you might not get away with being eccentric now, you can break the mold of someone’s expectations by cheerfully adapting to the current situation. But don’t restrain your creativity any more than is necessary or you could lose your edge of brilliance.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If you are shouldering an emotional burden, you have a rare chance to finally release whatever is bothering you now. It’s just not worth holding on to all your imagined worries that are based upon painful failures or old hurts. Being unnecessarily fearful is not helpful and only prevents you from feeling the love that is waiting for you just on the other side of a wall. All you have to do is open the door and let it in. Don’t limit your future by clinging to your past.

Today's Tarot~The Chariot
Traditionally, the card usually entitled the Chariot points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.
Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s willpower can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to anyone ambitious enough to seize the Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.

Witches Rune~The Blank Rune

Meaning:  This sigil is supposed to pictorially represent ‘dark’; it is the rune of difficulties. It tells of negative influences ruling for a while; things are lost and experienced, but they will ultimately lead to positivity. For all are learning stages, and unless one door closes how will another one open. Look at the nearest runes to shed further light regarding the brevity of the problem and how soon it will happen.

Viking Rune~Wunjo

Wunjo denotes joy and shared bliss. It may also represent a job well done and the satisfaction one feels from completing such a task. Wunjo brings good fortune and harmony.

wunjo : glory
Phonetic equivalent: w

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
success, recognition of achievements, reward, joy, bliss, achievement of goals, contentment
MAGICAL USES:
for success in any endeavor, to motivate, to complete a task.
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Baldr, Asgard
ANALYSIS:
Wunjo is the last rune of the first aett, and thus represents both the end of one cycle and preparation for the next. It is a very positive, stable rune, and is another place where people tend to get stalled along their journey. Christian poets related it to heaven, but in fact it more closely resembles the Pagan Valhalla, since this particular paradise is not a permanent one.Like the wealth of fehu, the glory of wunjo is only an illusion. We have achieved success on one level only, and there are many more lessons to be learned. It is, however, a welcome respite which allows us to rest, re-charge our batteries and prepare ourselves for the rest of the journey. It also gives us some perspective, allowing us to look back and reflect on the road thus far. Wunjo gives us a glimpse of what is possible, but if we try too soon to reach out and grab it, like the Grail it will disappear between our fingers.

Be Blessed )O(

~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars~Nov 24th, 2014

Blyssful Moon's Day Stargazers~

Monday 24th November 2014
Moon 22° Sagittarius trines Jupiter 22° Leo
Moon enters Capricorn 4:40pm UK - 5:40pm Europe - 10:10pm India
11:40am USA EST - [Tuesday 3:40am Sydney, Australia]
Moon 4° Capricorn sextiles Neptune 4° Pisces
 
New Moon
(waxing/16% of illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.


Journey from "Scorpio - Death" to "Sagittarian - Life"
You can't compare the energies of Scorpio with Sagittarius - the contrast is so great - that the mystery of why these two star signs are next to each other will become a puzzle - and yet the answer is simple - the contrast of positive to negative - from dark to light - from night to day - from sadness to happiness - from yin and to yang - is necessary in the cycle of life on Earth.
From the New Moon 22nd November and by the Gemini Full Moon of 6th December 2014 - you will experience the biggest shifts of negative to positive - from yin to yang - that you've had in a long time. Everything you gave-up on - everything you said "no" or "never" - everything you believed impossible will now become a possibility - because the optimistic strength of star sign of Sagittarius will ensure everything that's been "dark" becomes "light" - and your life will become full of the words "Yes - Please" - fantastic - unbelievable - "THANK YOU GOD" - and "thank you Sagittarius".
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 yet - 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 after Saturday's Sagittarian New Moon.
 
During Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - you've been fired-up - and depending on your star sign - it could be a positive trigger or a positive trigger hidden in something negative - but it's just the trigger - so once it's awakened you - let-it-go if it's negative and disruptive. All you need to do is ACCEPT the "sign" - as a specific need to change something in your life - and thereafter allow yourself to be awakened and changed.
 
The best aspect will come as a BIG surprise to each and everyone of you - of WHAT and WHO - positively excites you - and yes - like I've said on Monthly Astrology - Sagittarius is superficial - so it might be anything - absolutely anything.
The journey of this Sagittarian New Moon to the Gemini Full Moon - will reach the powerful phase - between 1st => 6th December 2014 - when inexplicably - each and everyone will be powerfully energized by something you want and need so much. It will be something / someone that creates so much positive energy for you - that you realize you must have it - and provided it is achievable and not a delusional fantasy - you will be pushed to get it - all you have to do is WANT it. The specific WANT is because you sense the emotional truth within you because it gives you so much energy - it's the an inexplicable karmic energy that makes you want to live life - because you'll know it's so right for you.
 
Monday 24th November 2014 - Moon enters Capricorn
You Might Think You "know" what will happen .....
Saturday's New Moon in Sagittarius has defined a whole new freshness to "life" - full of aliveness - created by energy from WITHIN you - which is the ironic truth of life - that we all have everything we need WITHIN each of us - but we just don't use what we have - because it's rarely "unlocked" to be used.
Thankfully, the huge transcending astrological energies located in the star sign of Sagittarius - will ensure EVERYONE - unlocks all the locked energies - and maximizes their potential. The time for sleeping is over - now is the time to wake-up and do what you're destined to do.
 
If you attempt to "think" back to the depressing and negative way you have been thinking during the past month Sun in Scorpio - then you might think - your destiny is to do nothing and go to sleep - but Sun in Sagittarius - has different plans for EVERYONE and has a specific plan for every star sign - as the truth is each and everyone has potential.
It's just that is locked within you - and within your attitude to life in your mind - which controls your opinion of what you "think" you should be doing with your life - which recently has let some of you falsely believe that nothing good will ever happen for you. Yes - that was a necessary deception during Sun in Scorpio - to teach you important karmic lessons. But now - Sagittarius is OPENING and is UNLOCKING the real you - and the real plan for you is now about to emerge.
 
Destiny has a plan for living life to your true potential for you - and during Moon in Capricorn - you're going to sense TWO things - TWO specific facets of your life - that will become very strong and clear to you - that you will know - that's "it". These will be defined by Tuesday's Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn and by Wednesday's Moon 23° Capricorn conjunct Mars 23° Capricorn which will be backed-up by the Mercury 26° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 26° Scorpio on Wednesday 26th November - a confirmed date with destiny for everyone.
When you realize these specific TWO facets of your life - with a new found clarity - you might not believe what you're feeling - because it will be unusually STRONG and very CLEAR. But as I've explained at the New Moon - you've been woken-up - hence you're now seeing life differently and much more clearly. Most importantly is that you're no longer blinded by "darkness" - the Sagittarian New Moon has defined NO MORE darkness - darkness must now go-away.
 
You might actually laugh at yourself - that you never realized the TRUTH until now - but now you do - accept it - work with it - destiny is giving you this clarity for a reason - in order for you to move your life forward by changing your attitudes. Until now - the timing wasn't right - Sun in Sagittarius & Moon in Capricorn - means time is now right.
  

Herbal Tea for Colds

Yes tis the season for colds & flu! 

Warm and tasty - Coughs, colds and congestion. Use a tablespoon of honey to accent the flavor, and add to the antibacterial power of these ancient herbs.

Ingredients:
Elder * Anise * Angelica *
Additions: Raw honey, lemon, dash cinnamon
Recipe Instructions: 
Decoction : Bring to a boil over low heat and simmer at least 20 min.

Unlike infusions, decoctions are boiled. Woody roots, non-aromatic seeds and barks are suited to this method. If you simply infuse roots and barks in hot water, as you do leaves and flowers, you will not extract the full medicinal properties of the herb.

Tools: You will need a non-reactive, heavy saucepan. I use a Corningware 1 quart pan with a see through glass lid. It is the perfect size for me, as I normally make decoctions 3 cups/750 ml at a time.

Ratio: Amounts can vary, depending upon your taste and the potency of the herbs, however 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb mixture to each cup of water is a good starting point. Roots and barks are more concentrated than the lighter leaves and flowers used in infusions, so less is needed.

Heating: Start with cold water over a low heat and slowly bring herb mixture to a simmering boil. Keep the pot covered and simmer for ten to 20 minutes. Take off heat and leave covered while you brew cools to drinking temperature.
Straining: I often let the mixture set all day or overnight without straining, the heavy roots and barks settle to the bottom, and you can pour off the top.
Overnight Method: Use this method when the material you want to extract is a bitter, or mineral salt. The whole herb, roots or seeds, or the bark of a woody plant are soaked in cold water for several hours, then brought to a boil and simmered for 30 minutes.

Healthy Substitutes


Looking to save on fat, calories, or sodium in your favorite recipes? Use this list of popular healthy ingredient substitutes.

Bacon: turkey bacon, reduced-sodium and reduced-fat bacon, Canadian-style bacon
Reduced-sodium bacon reduces sodium by 40 percent, calories by half, and fat by about 60 percent.
Canadian bacon reduces calories by 60 percent, fat by about 80 percent, sodium by about 30 percent, and omits nearly all saturated fat.
Baking powder: See our substitute for baking powder.
Beef ribeye steak: See our substitute for ribeye steak.
Bread: whole wheat or whole grain instead of white; spinach, Swiss chard, napa cabbage instead of wraps; low-carb spinach or tomato tortillas
Whole wheat bread has about 40 percent more protein, less carbohydrates, and almost twice the amount of fiber than white bread.
Using spinach, Swiss chard, or napa cabbage omits added carbohydrates, lowers calories, and omits fat.
Bread crumbs, dry: See our substitute for bread crumbs.
Brown sugar: See our substitute for brown sugar.
Butter: See our substitute for butter.
Canned beans: dried beans, cooked; no-salt-added canned beans
The above options omit any added salt from processing. Salt-free products have less than 5 mg sodium per serving, very-low-sodium products have less than 35 mg sodium per serving, and low-sodium products have less than 140 mg sodium per serving.
Canned vegetables: no-salt-added, salt-free, or low-sodium canned vegetables; frozen or fresh vegetables
Using no-salt-added, salt-free, or low-sodium canned vegetables reduces or omits added salt during the canning process.
Cheese: See our substitute for cheese.
Chicken thighs: See our substitute for chicken thighs.
Chocolate: See our substitute for chocolate.
Cream cheese: See our substitute for cream cheese.
Eggs: See our substitute for eggs.
Flour: See our substitute for flour.
Flour tortillas: corn tortillas
When compared to a 6-inch flour tortilla, 6-inch corn tortillas have about half the calories, 75 percent less carbohydrates and fat, and 95 percent less sodium.
French-fried onions: whole wheat panko bread crumbs in casseroles
Whole wheat panko has double the carbs but almost 98 percent less fat and about 80 percent less sodium than french-fried onions. Per cup, whole wheat panko also has 12 grams protein and 8 grams fiber, whereas french-fried onions have none. 
Frosting: See our substitute for frosting.
Fruit canned in heavy syrup: fruit canned in its own juice or in water; fresh fruit
The above options reduce calories, carbohydrates, and added sugar.
Ground beef: See our substitute for ground beef.
Ground turkey: See our substitute for ground turkey.
Hamburger patty: See our substitute for hamburger patties.
Heavy cream: See our substitute for heavy cream.
Jam/jelly: mashed berries instead of jam in baked goods and on sandwiches
Using mashed berries reduces calories and carbohydrates, and omits added processed sugar and salt.
Lettuce, iceberg: arugula, chicory, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, watercress
The above options increase vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Dark leafy greens tend to be higher in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and folate.
Margarine: See our substitute for margarine.
Marinades, oil-based: wine, balsamic vinegar, fruit juice, fat-free broth
The above options reduce calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium. Wine adds alcohol, which may or may not be present in some marinades.
Mayonnaise: hummus, pesto, mashed avocado, mustard on sandwiches; plain Greek yogurt in dressings, casseroles, and salads
Hummus has about one-third the calories, six times the protein, and less fat and saturated fat than mayo. It also has about 10 grams fiber per cup.
Mashed avocado has less calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium than mayo. It has double the protein and 15 grams fiber per cup.
Yellow mustard has less calories and fat than mayo but has nearly double the amount of sodium. It has five times as much protein as mayo.
Plain Greek yogurt has less calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium than mayo. It also has 10 times the amount of protein.
Milk, whole: skim milk
Skim milk has less calories, cholesterol, fat, and saturated fat. However, using skim milk instead of whole milk can change the richness of sauces and dressings.
Oil: See our substitute for oil.
Oil-packed foods: water-packed foods like tuna and sun-dried tomatoes
Using water-packed foods will omit any added fat and reduce calories by about half.
Pasta: See our substitute for pasta. 
Rice, white: See our substitute for rice.
Salad dressing: fat-free or reduced-calorie dressing; flavored vinegars
Fat-free or reduced-calorie dressings reduce calories, fat, and saturated fat but tend to increase sodium and added sugars.
Flavored vinegars typically do not have any calories, fat, or sodium.
Salt, table: See our substitute for salt.
Seasoning salt: See our substitute for seasoning salt.
Soups, 10-3/4-ounce can condensed cream-based: See our substitute for cream-based soup.
Sour cream: See our substitute for sour cream.
Soy sauce: sweet-and-sour sauce, hot mustard sauce, low-sodium soy sauce
Sweet-and-sour sauce has 66 percent less calories and 95 percent less sodium than soy sauce. However, it has three times the amount of carbohydrates and double the added sugar.
Hot mustard sauce has 80 percent less calories and 90 percent less sodium than soy sauce. However, it has four times the amount of carbohydrates and added sugar.
Low-sodium soy sauce has about 40 percent less calories and half the sodium of regular soy sauce.
Spice blends: See our substitute for spice blends.
Sugar: See our substitute for sugar.
Yogurt, fruit-flavor: plain low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit slices

Allspice: See our substitute for allspice.
Anise seed: See our subsitute for anise seed.
Apple pie spice: See our substitute for apple pie spice.
Baking powder: See our substitute for baking powder.
Basil: See our subsitute for basil.
Bay leaf: See our substitute for bay leaf.
Bread crumbs, fine dry: See our substitute for bread crumbs.
Broth, beef or chicken: See our substitute for broth.
Brown sugar: See our substitute for brown sugar.
Butter: See our substitute for butter.
Buttermilk: See our substitute for buttermilk.
Canola oil: See our substitute for canola oil.
Cardamom: See our substitute for cardamom.
Chervil: See our substitute for chervil.
Chili powder: See our substitute for chili powder.
Chives: See our substitute for chives.
Chocolate, semisweet: See our substitute for semisweet chocolate.
Chocolate, sweet baking, such as German's sweet chocolate: See our substitute for sweet baking chocolate.
Chocolate, unsweetened: See our substitute for unsweetened chocolate.
Cilantro: See our substitute for cilantro.
Cinnamon: See our substitute for cinnamon.
Cloves: See our substitute for cloves.
Cornstarch, for thickening: For 1 tablespoon cornstarch, substitute 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
Corn syrup: For 1 cup corn syrup, substitute 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water.
Cream cheese: See our substitute for cream cheese.
Cream-based soups: See our substitute for cream-based soups.
Cumin: See our substitute for cumin.
Curry powder: See our substitute for curry powder.
Dill, weed or seed: See our substitute for dill.
Egg: See our substitute for egg.
Espresso powder: For 1 teaspoon espresso powder, substitute 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder or granules, or replace a small portion of the liquid in the recipe with strong cold coffee.
Evaporated milk: For 1 cup evaporated milk, substitute 2-1/4 cups whole milk, simmered until reduced to 1 cup, or 1 cup whole milk.
Fennel: See our substitute for fennel.
Flour, cake: See our substitute for cake flour.
Flour, self-rising: See our stubstitute for self-rising flour.
Fruit liqueur: For 1 tablespoon fruit liqueur, substitute 1 tablespoon fruit juice.
Frosting: See our stubstitute for frosting.
Garlic: See our substitute for garlic.
Ginger: See our substitute for ginger.
Ground beef: See our substitute for ground beef.
Half-and-half or light cream: See our substitutes for half-and-half and light cream.
Heavy cream, whipped: See our substitute for whipped heavy cream.
Honey: For 1 cup, substitute 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water.
Italian seasoning: See our substitute for Italian seasoning.
Leeks: For 1 cup, substitute 1 cup chopped green onions, 1 cup chopped shallots, or 1 cup chopped sweet onions.
Lemon peel or zest: See our substitute for lemon peel or zest.
Lime peel or zest: See our substitute for lime peel or zest.
Mace: See our substitute for mace.
Margarine: See our substitute for maragarine.
Marjoram: See our substitute for marjoram.
Mascarpone cheese: See our substitute for mascarpone cheese.
Milk: See our substitute for milk.
Mint: See our substitute for mint.
Molasses: For 1 cup molasses, substitute 1 cup honey.
Nutmeg: See our substitute for nutmeg.
Onion, chopped: See our substitute for chopped onion.
Oregano: See our substitute for oregano.
Parsley: See our substitute for parsley.
Pasta: See our substitute for pasta.
Pepper, black: See our substitute for black pepper.
Pepper, white: See our substitute for white pepper.
Poblano pepper: For stuffed peppers, use Anaheim or sweet peppers. For heat, use canned fire-roasted chile peppers or serrano peppers.
Poultry seasoning: See our substitute for poultry seasoning.
Pumpkin: See our substitute for pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie spice: See our substitute for pumpkin pie spice.
Red pepper, crushed: See our substitute for crushed red pepper.
Rice: See our substitute for rice.
Rosemary: See our substitute for rosemary.
Saffron: See our substitute for saffron.
Sage: See our substitute for sage.
Salt: See our substitute for salt.
Savory: See our substitute for savory.
Sour cream: See our substitute for sour cream.
Soy sauce: For 1/2 cup soy sauce, substitute 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon water.
Sugar, granulated: See our substitute for granulated sugar.
Sun-dried tomato: For 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, substitute 1/4 cup raw tomato, chopped.
Tarragon: See our substitute for tarragon.
Thai seasoning: See our substitute for Thai seasoning.
Thyme: See our substitute for thyme.
Tomato juice: For 1 cup tomato juice, substitute 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water.
Tomato sauce: For 2 cups tomato sauce, substitute 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water.
Vanilla: See our substitute for vanilla.
Vanilla beans: See our substitute for vanilla beans.
Vegetable oil: See our substitute for vegetable oil.
Vinegar, balsamic: See our substitute for balsamic vinegar.
Vinegar, white: See our substitute for white vinegar.
Wine, red: See our substitute for red wine.
Wine, white: See our substitute for white wine.
Whipping cream: See our substitute for whipping cream.
Yeast: For 1.06-ounce compressed cake, substitute 1/4-ounce envelope active dry yeast.
Yogurt, fruit-flavor: For 1 cup fruit-flavor yogurt, substitute 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit.
 
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~Ghost Wolf~

~GHOST WOLF~

by

Elder Airwolf

 

 

 

I have always seen the ghost wolf and my native shaman grams said it was present at my birth. My mother wanted to abort but my grams saw a prophesy of my past, present, and future taking on the assurance I was born to carry on her and our peoples tradition of the shaman. I was born breach technically still birth with cord wrapped seven times around my neck strangling me in the womb. When I arrived, the witnesses of this blessed yet sad event was the midwife, my grams, ghost wolf, and Oh yeah my mother.

Through out my life the ghost wolf, in native known as Issa, was always near sharing knowledge and wisdom of things that have no come to pass. In native lore the ghost wolf represented many things as I will share a brief history.

Legendary Native American Figures: Esa (Issa, Ysa, Pia'isa)

Name: Esa
Also spelled: Isa, Issa, Ysa, Esha, Eesha, Isha
Tribal affiliation: Shoshone, Bannock, Northern Paiute
Pronunciation: ees-sah
Also known as: Pia'isa, Piaisan
Type: Creator, culture hero, transformer, wolf god
Related figures in other tribes: Silver-Fox (Northern California)

Esa, the Wolf, is the creator god and culture hero of the Shoshone, Bannock, and Northern Paiute tribes. Like other figures from the mythic age, Esa is usually represented as a man in Native American stories, but sometimes takes on the literal form of a wolf. Esa is sometimes helped in his work by his irresponsible brother, Coyote, who he often must rescue from his foolishness.

Wolf Tricks the Trickster

Wouldn't it be great if everybody could live forever? There would be no disease, no accidents. Life would just be sunny days and fun all the time. Native American mythology has lots of stories about a time when there was no death in the world. One community, the Shoshoni people, believe that this happy time was all because of one animal: the Wolf.

The Shoshoni people saw the Wolf as a creator god and they respected him greatly. Long ago, Wolf, and many other animals, walked and talked like man.. Coyote could talk, too, but the Shoshoni people kept far away from him because he was a Trickster, somebody who is always up to no good and out to double-cross you.

Coyote resented Wolf because he was respected by the Shoshoni. Being a devious Trickster, Coyote decided it was time to teach Wolf a lesson. He would make the Shoshoni people dislike Wolf, and he had the perfect plan. Or so he thought.

One day, Wolf and Coyote were discussing the people of the land. Wolf claimed that if somebody were to die, he could bring them back to life by shooting an arrow under them. Coyote had heard this boast before and decided to put his plan into action.

Wearing his most innocent smile he told Wolf that if he brought everyone back to life, there would soon be no room left on Earth. Once people die, said Coyote, they should remain dead. If Wolf takes my advice, thought Coyote, then the Shoshoni people would hate Wolf, once and for all.

Wolf was getting tired of Coyote constantly questioning his wisdom and knew he was up to no good, but he didn't say anything. He just nodded wisely and decided it was time to teach Coyote a lesson.

A few days after their conversation, Coyote came running to Wolf. Coyote's fur was ruffled and his eyes were wide with panic. Wolf already knew what was wrong: Coyote's son had been bitten by Rattlesnake and no animal can survive the snake's powerful venom. Coyote pleaded with Wolf to bring his son back to life by shooting an arrow under him, as he claimed he could do.

Wolf reminded Coyote of his own remark that people should remain dead. He was no longer going to bring people back to life, as Coyote had suggested. The Shoshoni people say that was the day Death came to the land and that, as a punishment for his mischievous ways, Coyote's son was the first to die.

No one else was ever raised from the dead by Wolf again, and the people came to know sadness when someone dies. Despite Coyote's efforts, however, the Shoshoni didn't hate Wolf. Instead, they admired his strength, wisdom and power, and they still do today.

Wolves figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, Wolf is considered a medicine being associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting. Like bears, wolves are considered closely related to humans by many North American tribes, and the origin stories of some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Quileute and the Kwakiutl, tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men. In Shoshone mythology, Wolf plays the role of the noble Creator god, while in Anishinabe mythology a wolf character is the brother and true best friend of the culture hero. Among the Pueblo tribes, wolves are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated with the east and the color white. The Zunis carve stone wolf fetishes for protection, ascribing to them both healing and hunting powers. 

Wolves are also one of the most common clan animals in Native American cultures. Tribes with Wolf Clans include the Creek (whose Wolf Clan is named Yahalgi or Yvhvlke), the Cherokee (whose Wolf Clan name is Aniwahya or Aniwaya,) the Chippewa (whose Wolf Clan and its totem are called Ma'iingan,) Algonquian tribes like the Lenape, Shawnee and Menominee, the Huron and Iroquois tribes, Plains tribes like the Caddo and Osage, Southern tribes like the Chickasaw, the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, and Northwest Coast tribes like the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Kwakiutl. Wolf was an important clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles. The wolf is also the special tribal symbol of several tribes and bands, such as the Munsee Delaware, the Mohegans, and the Skidi Pawnee. Some eastern tribes, like the Lenape and Shawnee, have a Wolf Dance among their tribal dance traditions.

Names of Native American Wolf Gods and Spirits

Chibiabos (Potawatomi)
Kweo Kachina (Hopi)
Malsum (Wabanaki)
Moqwaio (Menominee)
Pia'isa (Shoshone)
Rou-garou (Metis)
Tivaci (Chemehuevi)

Shamanistic Tradition

"Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you - you will remember." - Robert Ghost Wolf 

 

The wolf mysteries throughout Europe are very old. Their central theme would revolve around the symbolic death of the initiate and a subsequent rebirth. This re-birth took place after a shamanic journey to the Underworld to commune with its Master and Mistress.

The shamanic journey or 'wolf trance' involved molding and releasing the shaman's energy field or hamingia . This would allow for the etheric shield to form into a wolf. This would then carry the shaman's consciousness to the Underworld. In the Underworld a shaman would commune with the animal soul that lies hidden, deep within the levels of the subconscious.

Here again we have the association of wolf with death. But this is once more symbolic of a cleansing and transition in order to undergo a spiritual re-birth. Through this transformation knowledge and understanding comes.

At the heart of Celtic Shamanism, the main goal was to take on the shape of a particular animal in order to gain knowledge or instructions for a particular need, such as healing. Many animals were invoked and among them was of course the wolf. The wolf would often be called upon for guidance in another plain and also for protection as well as knowledge.

So with this being said, the ghost wolf has been visiting me several times a day as I catch her form in glancing, but for my dog Molly she has quite a different experience. Ever since Samhain when the ghost wolf first appeared here at our new house Molly has been skittish and for the last two or three weeks ghost wolf has been present appearing several time a day. It is know that the wolf and dog fear each other, but that is another story, Molly saw the ghost wolf in the pergo floor appearing as a “Fata Morgana.” She is so freaked out she will no walk on it unless I walk with her. It has stifled her to the point of a psychological psychosis in the realm of OCD and when she gets on the floor she does a complete “Bambi”. I really feel for her but ghost wolf is a bringer of messages from the underworld realm. I find my self drumming in signal trance often awaiting the messages.

 

"We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be.. the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer.. which is, in reality no more than a reflexed image of ourself." Farely Mowat

 

The wolf is regarded as one of the Celtic animal allies. Which basically means it is one of the common spirit guides. The wolf was regarded as cunning, intelligent and with the power to out-wit hunters. As such it can teach us how to avoid dangers that would harm us. The wolf is a great teacher and guide and shows us the mysteries of nature as well as the mystery of death and re-birth.

Within Pagan traditions and beliefs the wolf is a common power animal or guide. The colours black, white and red, associated with wolves, connect them to the Moon Goddess whose colours these are.

As a power animal the wolf teaches:

To learn from your own inner self.

How to develop your intuition, instincts and psychic abilities.

With proper development of the above, the wolf will guide you to - knowledge and understanding.

In order to gain this knowledge and understanding we have to journey to our own personal underworld. Here we learn our weaknesses and our inner darkness. From then we journey with our wolf as guide, guardian and companion into the light of knowledge and understanding. With this comes the development of our spirit.

In these days of great change, it seems very appropriate that a power animal such as the wolf should be the inner plane guide for many who seek a deeper meaning from life and who search for greater understanding. The wolf is after all:

The teacher,

The guide for life and spirit journeys

The transformer

The opener of the ways.

This beautiful animal has a vital position on both the physical and spiritual planes. As they are the guides and caretakers of our spirit on the astral planes, then it is our duty to care for them on the physical plane. Many people are now moving towards a much better understanding of this extraordinary animal and the more we learn the more we appreciate its abilities.

The wolf stimulates all levels of consciousness. Stirs our spirit to begin the quest and awakens within us the call of the unknown - the call of the wild.

There can be few animals that evoke such intense emotions as that of the wolf. Much of the hate and fear comes from not only a misunderstanding of this beautiful, intelligent and shy animal, but a continuing belief in scare mongering stories. Such though was the belief in these wolf 'fairytales' that the animal - even into present times - is still feared. In the UK the wolf, along with other animals such as the bear, was hunted to extinction. Today the wolf is slowly being re-introduced into the UK through the use of wild life sanctuaries.

In a few belief systems and mythologies the wolf was seen as an omen of destruction, war and death and so was feared and perceived as evil. However, there were many other cultures such as the Celts, who, although retaining the associations of war, destruction and death, did not view these as evil forces. In particular, death was viewed as positive and necessary for change and rebirth to take place. In addition the wolf was also revered as a companion to the gods and goddesses.

The wolf also has other functions. Both in the shamanistic traditions and other pagan belief systems. The wolf is viewed as a powerful guide and teacher.

If you have found yourself lately since samhain uneasy and a general sense of something about to happened, I do advise to be on your guard, there is many folklore and prophesies from one spectrum to the other of a coming, a war, a need for balance, and those of us that are gifted such as witches have that heightened sense of this. Relax and just know your in a good place and never fear the darkness, doom or death for they are just another phase on the spiritual wheel of life...


 


 

~Elder Airwolf~

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Special thanks to

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-wolf.htm

for providing some resources for this article

Daily Fortune for Nov 22nd, 2014

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
No matter what you imagine now, the week ahead will likely unfold differently than you expect. The Sagittarius New Moon accentuates your 9th House of Future Vision, opening your mind to all the opportunities, but it’s not wise to choose any one path yet. Just be thankful for any progress you make considering all the exciting distractions, even if it seems as if you aren’t gaining on your goals. Ironically, you may look back happily on these days when you realize how much you actually accomplished.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You could make a simple error in judgment if you’re moving too fast today, so take your time when dealing with issues of substance. The philosophical Sagittarius New Moon energizes your 8th House of Deep Sharing, inspiring you to be radically honest in your relationships. However, you may become so fascinated with the big picture that you could leave out a critical detail. Taking a methodical approach when it comes to matters of the heart enables you to cover all your bases now just in case.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Your positive attitude has an immediate impact on your most intimate relationships today. But even a partnership that appears stable can be stressed by the independent Sagittarius New Moon emphasizing your 7th House of Others. Perspectives are shifting and your proactive attention helps to revitalize the interpersonal dynamics as long as you don’t try to control the situation. Rather than worrying about what might go wrong now, focus on the potential for success.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You may have ambitious expectations about finishing several projects today, but your high hopes might be dashed while the Sagittarius New Moon magnifies your 6th House of Work. Paring back your goals makes sense, since you could exhaust your resources if you take on too much. Breaking up a major project into bite-sized tasks allows you to rise above your current temptation to commit to more than you can deliver. Concentrate on quality not quantity for the best results.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your most innovative ideas carry you far beyond your normal limitations while the inspirational Sagittarius New Moon activates your 5th House of Play. Don’t be afraid to express your bold creativity now, since there’s no logical reason to keep it hidden. Whether you find satisfaction or not, accepting the consequences of your current actions empowers you to move on to the next big thing without restraint. When the world is your playground, anything can happen.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
It’s a brand new day and you can make a fresh start handling family issues while the Sagittarius New Moon rouses your 4th House of Foundations. However, your current direction must be consistent with your long-term goals or you won’t get very far. Honor your heart’s desires, even if they seem totally irrational to others. Trust your gut instincts because the answers you seek arise from your subconscious now and not from logical analysis. Sometimes the most important things cannot be seen.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your schedule may be spinning out of control today because your good intentions led you to make too many promises. The Sagittarius New Moon excites your 3rd House of Distractions, ensuring a hectic schedule even if you cancel an appointment or decline a social invitation. Nevertheless, this can also be an exhilarating time now. There’s no need to worry; the intensity will settle down soon enough. In the meantime, ride the energetic wave and make the most of the momentum while it lasts.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your core beliefs may be called into question as today’s Sagittarius New Moon falls in your 2nd House of Values. Although external events could raise a red flag that triggers your concern, there’s a good chance that others might actually be following your lead now. Remember, no one else can make you feel better about who you are; your self-worth must come from within. Don’t let anyone dim your light; shine, baby, shine.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your life path is continuing to change, and today’s empowering New Moon in your sign is your ticket to the next stage of your continuing personal growth. Opportunities that are presented to you now are really messages that originate in the heart of the cosmos. It may take time to understand the full significance of current events; in the meantime, gratefully receive the gifts that arrive on your doorstep with an open mind and a trusting heart.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A strange turn of events might throw you for a loop today, but you could miss the greater meaning of your experience if you stick to the basic facts. The profound Sagittarius New Moon gives prominence to your 12th House of Fantasy, indicating that your dreams also have something special to teach you now. Life could grow more confusing if you suppress whatever you can’t understand. However, once you accept that there are no straightforward solutions, you will grow in ways that make you wiser and stronger.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your inspiring thoughts are guiding you on an unexpected vision quest today. Thankfully, you possess great potential to see a variety of possibilities that were previously hidden, but a sincere commitment is necessary to make your dreams come true. The forward-thinking Sagittarius New Moon occurs in your 11th House of Long-Term Goals, leading you into the future by shining the light of awareness on your brightest hopes. Focus your attention on the road ahead rather than looking in the rear view mirror and reminiscing about the past.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your career objectives are evolving now as the Sagittarius New Moon stimulates your 10th House of Status, giving you a fresh opportunity to set a new professional path. Even if you’re eagerly anticipating the upcoming changes, don’t overreact to current events. Taking things slowly and steadily works to your advantage as you navigate this tricky bend in the road. Don’t become too attached to your present path, since you may need to modify your course as you go.

Tarot~The Hierophant
Traditionally known as the Hierophant, this card refers to a Master and the learning of practical lessons from the study of Natural Law. This energy of this card points to some agent or resource that can reveal the secrets of life, the cycles of the moon and tides, the links between human beings and the heavens. 

Because monasteries were the only places a person could learn to read and write in the middle ages, a Hierophant was one to whom a student would petition for entry. He was the one to set the curriculum for the neophyte's course of study. 

Often pictured with the right hand raised in blessing, the Hierophant is linked with the ancient lineage of Melchezidek, initiator of the Hebrew priestly tradition, the one who passes on the teachings. All shamans of any tradition draw upon this archetype.

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.

Viking Rune~Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the hail Rune. It denotes chaos, destruction and disruption on a primal level. You may experience delays in moving toward your goals.

 hagalaz : hail
Phonetic equivalent: h

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
sudden loss, ordeal, destruction, disaster, clearance, testing, karmic lesson, drastic change.
MAGICAL USES:
removing unwanted influences, breaking destructive patterns
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Ragnarok, Loki, Frost Giants
ANALYSIS:
The idea of the destruction of the old being necessary to the growth of the new, as contained in the Norse myth of Ragnarok, is essential to our understanding of this rune. Interestingly enough, hagalaz lies between kenaz (fire) and isa (ice), reminding us of the Norse creation myth and the creative potential that lies between these two opposites, even though their meeting may seem at first to be destructive. Like the Tower in the Tarot, hagalaz is only a negative rune if we choose to view it in that way, and refuse to learn its lessons. Appearing as it does at the beginning of the second aett, it marks both a beginning and an end, and knocks us out of the safety and complacency of wunjo. It represents what a friend of mine used to refer to as the ‘flying ladle syndrome’ – that whenever things appear to be going too well, you can expect a good, healthy whack in the head from the Fates, just to make sure you’re paying attention.These sorts of ‘wake-up calls’ from the Gods will happen frequently throughout a person’s life, but are often misinterpreted as divine punishment for some imagined wrong when in fact they are merely a way of drawing your attention to a recurrent pattern in your life. Unfortunately, these types of events have a tendency to repeat themselves with greater and greater severity until the lesson is learned and the pattern is broken. For example, someone who needs to break their dependency on a certain type of person will find themselves in relationships with such people over and over again with more and more disastrous results until they recognize the pattern as emanating from themselves and break it willingly.

Be Blessed,
~Elder Airwolf~