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Ancient knowledge for today's times

October 18 – Daily Feast

October 18 – Daily Feast

The plain and simple doorstep has tremendous value. At any time of day or night it offers the finest view, the tranquil quiet of the autumn woods and the flickering pattern of dancing leaves. Sit here for a few moments and leaves drift down, a monarch butterfly feeds on a pot of petunias and wispy clouds show through holes in the trees’ canopy. A few industrious ants are still at work around the doorstep and watching them slows the heart beat and paces the spirit. If it were not for this doorstep, much would slip by without notice. Peace would escape us, and time would be used in ways that took all and gave nothing.

~ I have learned a lot from the trees; sometimes about the weather, sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit. ~

TATANGA MANI – STONEY

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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The Goddess Companion

The Goddess Companion   

 

The body of the Goddess shines
as blue and gold as the earth.
The clothing of the Goddess shines
as white as a half-moon.
When we look at her body
we see a table, full of food.
When we look at her body,
love flashes through our minds.
O Goddess of fiery cascades,
holding your anklet of flame,
dance with us today.
Honor us with your presence.
~Sri Lankan Hymn To The Goddess Pattini 
  
Goddesses – or Goddess-like beings – have appeared in every culture, in every era, on every continent. Most books on the Goddess, however, introduce only a few figures, usually those from the Greco-Roman pantheon. Aphrodite, Artemis, Hera, and the rest are indeed vibrant and complex images of femininity. But there are many Goddesses of equally compelling
power who are less often discussed in contemporary works on the subject.
 
Patinni is one of them. The Great Goddess of Sri Lanka, she is honored in the greatest literary epic of that culture, the Lay of the Silver Anklet. Rich ceremonies honor her, and magnificent  songs are composed in her honor. She is only one of the hundreds of important Goddesses who deserve the attention of those interested in feminine images of the Divine.

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By Patricia Monaghan

 

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Crone’s Corner – Gratitude Spell

Crone’s Corner – Gratitude Spell

 
The Shinto religion celebrates a tasting ceremony today, whereby they honor their gods and offer them gifts of food from their recent harvest. Today you might consider what you have harvested in the past year. For this spell adorn your altar with harvest colors of orange and gold. Place upon the altar items that represent the work you have accomplished this year. This can take the form of annual reports, poems you’ve written, report cards, reviews, items that you’ve made, and so on. Light a new orange candle, and give thanks to the Goddess for all you’ve done. Be proud of your accomplishments, and grateful for the health, the time, and all the other conditions that enabled you to complete your work.
~Lily Gardner-Butts
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Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Sore Throat

Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Sore Throat


At the first sign of a sore throat try this. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in warm water
and add 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, stir well. Gargle, repeat several times.
Do not swallow.

 

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Pagan Studies – Sacred Boar Lore

Pagan Studies – Sacred Boar Lore

 
In Celtic spiritual tradition, the boar was one of the most sacred animals of the Samhain season. It was especially associated with the Sacred Hunt that took place in the weeks leading up to the Celtic New Year on November 1. The boar represented strength, courage, and determination. Magical boars appeared in the forest to lead people into magical adventures. In Welsh legend, King Arthur and his warriors pursue the supernatural boar Twrch Trwyth. The Gaulish goddess Arduinna, who presided over the Ardennes forest, was portrayed riding a wild boar. Recite this prayer to invoke personal power and the wisdom of nature, especially that spiritual power which comes from 0therworld encounters:
 
I will wash my face in the nine rays of the Sun.
I will travel in the name of the gods.
In likeness of deer,
In likeness of horse,
In likeness of serpent,
In likeness of boar.
 
By: Sharynne NicMhacha

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Today’s Goddess: Perimbo

Today’s Goddess:   Perimbo

Festival of Lights (Brazil)
 
Themes:  Forgiveness; Religious Devotion; Banishing; Justice; Karma
Symbols:  Light; Lunar Emblems
 
About Perimbo:  This Brazilian Goddess is the creatrix of all things.  From her home in the moon, Perimbo gently guides human life in benevolent ways.  Balancing this kindness, she is also a Goddess of Justice, meting out karmic punishment to teach important lessons when necessary.
 
To Do Today:  During mid-October, the city of Belem in Brazil holds a parade in which people go barefoot, carrying weights and lights to banish evil, sin, and negativity from their lives.  To adapt this in a simple way and draw Perimbo’s benevolence into your living space, take a flashlight, candle, or long-stemmed match clockwise around your house, saying, “Perimbo, shine the light of fairness and devotion throughout my home.”
 
Try to make sure the light reaches as many nooks and crannies as possible, symbolically banishing the shadows that hide there.
For a portable Perimbo charm to inspire equity in all your dealings, find a glow-in-the-dark image of the moon.  Charge it up for several hours using sunlight or the flashlight from the previous spell, saying instead, “Perimbo, shine the light of fairness and devotion throughout my life.”
 
Carry this in your pocket to radiate the Goddess’s power no matter where you may be!

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By Patricia Telesco

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Light A Candle Today!

Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention. 

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Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)

 
October 18—St. Luke’s Little Summer
St. Luke’s Little Summer (not Indian Summer!) is a period of summerlike days that occurs around October 18, named to honor the saint’s feast day.
Read more.

October 18—Alaska Day
Alaska Day marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Alaska Territory from Russia and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka in 1867.    

Kent, England: CHARLETON HORN FAIR, Merrymakers wear horns on heads &, among other delights, men dress as women whipping genuine women with bunches of furze. By 1872, “the fair had degenerated into an all-out orgy & was suppressed”.

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PANDROSOS – The Greek Goddess Pandrosos was known as the all-bedewing or all-refreshing one. She was the deified first priestess of Minerva. Today is the final chance in the year for really good weather, the St. Luke’s summer of English tradition.
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In England, the Great Horned Fair takes place annually on this day to celebrate the wondrous powers of nature and fertility. Many Pagans and Wiccans (especially of the Garderian tradition) perform a special ceremony on this day in honor of Cernunnos, the Horned God of Hunting,fertility, and wild animals. He is also the consort of the Goddess, and a symbol of the male principle. At this time, many priest of Wiccan covens perform a sacred ritual called Drawing Down the Sun.
 

Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)    

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Today Is: Moon Day

Today Is:  Moon Day 

Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaelach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day:   Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign:  Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha 

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WACKY WORDS OF WISDOM

WORDS OF WISDOM
Author Unknown

I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

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