The Spoon and Cauldron: September 24, 2017

/ Sunday, September 24, 2017

Here is your Pagan Sunday Paper for September 24, 2017. Grab your cup of java or tea, and enjoy!


In the News



Disclaimer: These are meant to educate our community on what's being said about Paganism and Witchcraft in the news, and are simply a sampling of what can be found on the internet.

Women in east India continue to struggle against witch-hunting - Arab News

This new collection of essays about "ritual and resistance" will fire you up and make you feel powerful - Hello Giggles

Wiccan woman who helped her boyfriend kill her husband sues prison for subjecting her and other inmates to 'Christian propaganda' - Daily Mail UK


Emmerdale star admits she's a witch and cast a spell to find her husband - The Daily Star



Excavations resume in Lagina, center of Paganism - Daily Sabah


We Hung out with Metal Pagans at a Viking Cemetery - Vice News


Coming out of The Broom Closet into a safe place - The Daily Beacon


Electronics company forced Norfolk woman into pagan ritual to exorcise demons from office, lawsuit says - The Virginian-Pilot

For modern witches, the occult provides something the church can't - ABC News Australia



Astrology 




Please visit My Stars! Horoscopes. You'll love this site.

Planets currently in Retrograde: 
Pluto (until September 28)
Neptune (until November 22)
Uranus (until January 2, 2018)


Weekly Totem: Heron




Key Words and Phrases: Self-Reflection, Dignity, Gracefulness, Proper Timing, Knowing one's self

In Greek mythology, the heron has been indicated as being a messenger from the gods, including deities like Athene and Aphrodite. White herons are often indicated as representing the sun, particularly in Eastern and Egyptian mythologies.


Herons in Nature

Size & Shape
Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, dagger-like bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail.

Color Pattern

Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the fore-wing and darker on the flight feathers. A pure white subspecies occurs in coastal southern Florida.

Behavior
Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wing-beats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight.

Habitat
Look for Great Blue Herons in saltwater and freshwater habitats, from open coasts, marshes, sloughs, riverbanks, and lakes to backyard goldfish ponds. They also forage in grasslands and agricultural fields. Breeding birds gather in colonies or “heronries” to build stick nests high off the ground.

Cool Facts
Thanks to specially shaped neck vertebrae, Great Blue Herons can curl their neck into an S shape for a more aerodynamic flight profile and to quickly strike prey at a distance.

Great Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their middle toes, using the down like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers as they preen. Applying the powder to their underparts protects their feathers against the slime and oils of swamps.

Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision.

Despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds share.

Great Blue Herons in the northeastern U.S. and southern Canada have benefited from the recovery of beaver populations, which have created a patchwork of swamps and meadows well-suited to foraging and nesting.

Along the Pacific coast, it’s not unusual to see a Great Blue Heron poised atop a floating bed of kelp waiting for a meal to swim by.

The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. Where the dark and white forms overlap in Florida, intermediate birds known as "Wurdemann's herons" can be found. They have the body of a Great Blue Heron, but the white head and neck of the great white heron.

The oldest Great Blue Heron, based on banding recovery, was 24 years old.

Great Blue Herons congregate at fish hatcheries, creating potential problems for the fish farmers. A study found that herons ate mostly diseased fish that would have died shortly anyway. Sick fish spent more time near the surface of the water where they were more vulnerable to the herons. ~ All About Birds (used with permission)

Samhain's Sirens Countdown: 1 week and 1 day left!




Samhain’s Sirens is a gift of Halloween love to you from us. During the Samhain season (October 1- October 31) we’ll be treating you to blogs, giveaways, craft ideas, recipes and music to help you celebrate this holy and happy time in honoring the thinning of the veil and our ancestors.


Be sure to visit the following social media pages to keep up with all that we're doing throughout the season:
Facebook page


Sláinte! (To your good health!)

Kallan







Here is your Pagan Sunday Paper for September 24, 2017. Grab your cup of java or tea, and enjoy!


In the News



Disclaimer: These are meant to educate our community on what's being said about Paganism and Witchcraft in the news, and are simply a sampling of what can be found on the internet.

Women in east India continue to struggle against witch-hunting - Arab News

This new collection of essays about "ritual and resistance" will fire you up and make you feel powerful - Hello Giggles

Wiccan woman who helped her boyfriend kill her husband sues prison for subjecting her and other inmates to 'Christian propaganda' - Daily Mail UK


Emmerdale star admits she's a witch and cast a spell to find her husband - The Daily Star



Excavations resume in Lagina, center of Paganism - Daily Sabah


We Hung out with Metal Pagans at a Viking Cemetery - Vice News


Coming out of The Broom Closet into a safe place - The Daily Beacon


Electronics company forced Norfolk woman into pagan ritual to exorcise demons from office, lawsuit says - The Virginian-Pilot

For modern witches, the occult provides something the church can't - ABC News Australia



Astrology 




Please visit My Stars! Horoscopes. You'll love this site.

Planets currently in Retrograde: 
Pluto (until September 28)
Neptune (until November 22)
Uranus (until January 2, 2018)


Weekly Totem: Heron




Key Words and Phrases: Self-Reflection, Dignity, Gracefulness, Proper Timing, Knowing one's self

In Greek mythology, the heron has been indicated as being a messenger from the gods, including deities like Athene and Aphrodite. White herons are often indicated as representing the sun, particularly in Eastern and Egyptian mythologies.


Herons in Nature

Size & Shape
Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, dagger-like bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail.

Color Pattern

Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the fore-wing and darker on the flight feathers. A pure white subspecies occurs in coastal southern Florida.

Behavior
Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wing-beats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight.

Habitat
Look for Great Blue Herons in saltwater and freshwater habitats, from open coasts, marshes, sloughs, riverbanks, and lakes to backyard goldfish ponds. They also forage in grasslands and agricultural fields. Breeding birds gather in colonies or “heronries” to build stick nests high off the ground.

Cool Facts
Thanks to specially shaped neck vertebrae, Great Blue Herons can curl their neck into an S shape for a more aerodynamic flight profile and to quickly strike prey at a distance.

Great Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their middle toes, using the down like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers as they preen. Applying the powder to their underparts protects their feathers against the slime and oils of swamps.

Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision.

Despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds share.

Great Blue Herons in the northeastern U.S. and southern Canada have benefited from the recovery of beaver populations, which have created a patchwork of swamps and meadows well-suited to foraging and nesting.

Along the Pacific coast, it’s not unusual to see a Great Blue Heron poised atop a floating bed of kelp waiting for a meal to swim by.

The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. Where the dark and white forms overlap in Florida, intermediate birds known as "Wurdemann's herons" can be found. They have the body of a Great Blue Heron, but the white head and neck of the great white heron.

The oldest Great Blue Heron, based on banding recovery, was 24 years old.

Great Blue Herons congregate at fish hatcheries, creating potential problems for the fish farmers. A study found that herons ate mostly diseased fish that would have died shortly anyway. Sick fish spent more time near the surface of the water where they were more vulnerable to the herons. ~ All About Birds (used with permission)

Samhain's Sirens Countdown: 1 week and 1 day left!




Samhain’s Sirens is a gift of Halloween love to you from us. During the Samhain season (October 1- October 31) we’ll be treating you to blogs, giveaways, craft ideas, recipes and music to help you celebrate this holy and happy time in honoring the thinning of the veil and our ancestors.


Be sure to visit the following social media pages to keep up with all that we're doing throughout the season:
Facebook page


Sláinte! (To your good health!)

Kallan






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The Autumnal Equinox begins at 4:02pm on Friday, September 22, 2017. Scientifically speaking, the Sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward in the northern hemisphere. At that time, the earth's axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the earth and sun. Many people believe the earth experiences 12 hours of day and night. It's not exactly true, but it's close.

For those who are Wiccan, it's time for Mabon. It is also known as The Witches' Thanksgiving, and there have been schools of thought who tie this tradition to the origins of the pilgrim's Thanksgiving celebration in November.

According to Jewish tradition, it is the time when Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac. When he was stopped by the angel, blood appeared on his knife.

In ancient Greek tradition, this is the time when Persephone returns to the Underworld to spend 6 months with her husband Hades.

In Japan, it is the time of Higan or Higan-e; a week of Buddhist services which celebrate the dead reaching the shore of Nirvana (Higan means other shore) after crossing the river of existence.
The Japanese honor the spirits of their ancestors at this time. For the more secular Japanese, it is called Autumnal Equinox Day.
http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/calendar/september/shubun.html


In China, it is the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival, and dates back over 3000 years. It stems from the tradition of honoring the Sun at the Spring Equinox and the Moon at the Fall Equinox. Moon cakes and other treats are made, families travel long distances to be with one another during this week, and fire dragon dances are a major part of this tradition.
http://www.chinatravel.com/focus/mid-autumn-festival/


Here are some links with ideas to add to your celebration:

Recipes


Raw Food Recipes for the Autumn Equinox

Vegan/Paleo Recipes for the Equinox

Traditional Mabon Recipes

Mabon Recipes from Autumn Earthsong (Recipe Queen of Samhain's Sirens)


Crafts


For the Kids- Pooka Pages Crafts

Mabon Decorating Ideas-Thoughtco

Make a Gratitude Tree for Mabon or Thanksgiving 

Nature Inspired Crafts



However you choose to celebrate this time of year, may you and yours have the harvest you need to get you through the winter; and may love, peace, and harmony be with you.

Sláinte!!

How to make a Witch's Ladder:



The Witches’ Ladder is a technique for working a spell, and quite simple to do. 

What you will need:  

1 length of cord Silk cord is nice, but anything will do ie. a piece of string, a shoelace, scarf  or tie, etc...  see variations as well.

Before you make your Witches’ Ladder you must first be clear on what it is you wish to accomplish. The Witches’ Ladder can be used for any purpose, but it is best used to bring about something which is accomplished through an on-going process -such as increasing prosperity, learning a particular skill, losing weight, etc- rather than something which is accomplished in a single event. Start out with reasonable goals -skill is built through practice. 


Here is an example. Feel free to modify and make it your own. First, consecrate your items. If you've never done this, here's a simple rite to follow. You should do this in a quiet place by yourself.

Begin by placing yourself in a comfortable position, then take three deep breaths and release each one very slowly.      
Now imagine a ball of golden light in the area of your heart. 

Say to yourself “I am One with the powers of the Universe,” and imagine that ball of light growing larger and brighter, radiating out in all directions like a sun inside you.  Let the ball of light grow to fill your chest, growing stronger and stronger as it does so. 

Now, take your cord (and any other items you may be using, if you are doing either of the variations given for this spell) and place it before you. Make three Tuathail, or counter-clockwise, circles above the cord with your hand. 

Say something to the effect of “ I cleanse and purify you, sending out for you any impurities which may lie within.” Imagine the cord surrounded by a golden light. Imagine it shining brightly, then let the image fade.  

Make three Deosil, or clockwise, circles above the cord and say something like: “I bless and consecrate you to this purpose!” Imagine the cord surrounded by a blue-white light, shining brightly.  Again hold the image for a moment, then let it fade. 

Once consecrated, take the cord in your two hands, or hold your hands to either side of it (palms facing it). 

Imagine a ball of white light between your hands, surrounding the cord. Concentrate on the goal you wish to bring about through this spell -focus as hard as you can on the goal for several minutes. 

Imagine the goal inside the ball of light, or some image that represents the goal.  See the goal as you want it to be when it is already accomplished and complete -if your goal is to gain a skill for example, imagine yourself already proficient in it.  

As you imagine this, know that this goal is already accomplished and only needs to be drawn into physical manifestation. Now let the image of the goal and the ball of light fade, and take up your cord.  Continue to focus on your goal, seeing it already accomplished. Still concentrating on the goal, take the cord and tie a knot near one end of it.

Say: “By Knot of One, the spell’s begun.” 

Imagine yourself one step closer to having your goal.  

Now, tie a second knot a short distance from the first, and say: 
“By knot of Two, no power undo.” 

Focus even more strongly on the goal, knowing that each knot draws it closer. 

Tie a third knot, and say: 
“By knot of Three, so mote it be.” 

With each knot know that your goal comes closer to you, imagine it more strongly and know that it is truly yours.         

Tie the fourth knot, saying: 
 “By knot of four, open the door.” 

Then, the fifth:       
“By knot of Five, it comes alive.” 

The sixth: 
“By knot of Six, the spell is fixed.”        

The seventh:  
“By knot of Seven, the boon is given.” 

The eighth:
 “By knot of Eight, decreed by Fate.”  

And lastly, tie the ninth knot: 
“By knot of Nine, now it is mine!”        

Once again, imagine white light all around the knotted cord, and place your hands above or beside the cord with palms facing it.  Keep the image of your goal very firmly ensconced in your mind.  

Then, release all of your focused energy and concentration directly into the cord - imagine the energy flowing out of you in the form of light or water. 

When all of the energy has flowed from you into the knotted cord, take it and seal it in a safe place. It is best to bury it in the Earth, and especially good if you can bury it at the foot of a tree.  This symbolizes the physical manifestation of the goal.  

In some cases you may wish to keep the Witches’ Ladder in your house, rather than burying it out of doors.  You can do this by placing it in an Earth pot-a pot filled with soil and kept on the altar or a special place. Or you could make a special box or bottle for it.  

VARIATIONS ON THE WITCHES’ LADDER

The simple technique used to make the Witches’ Ladder has many variations.  These can add to the efficacy of the spell by deepening your connection to it.  This deepening is accomplished by appealing to the Higher Self through symbolic means or “Keys.”  Keys are aesthetic or symbolic elements which help you to make the Shift in Consciousness and access your Higher Self, thus facilitating magical work. Anything which appeals to you creativity or your sub-conscious, and puts you in a more “magical” mood can be a Key.

VARIATION I
Make your Witches’ Ladder using not one but several cords of differing color.  For example to do a prosperity spell you might combine a green cord, for fertility and abundance, with a yellow cord, for success.  Or for psychic development you might select a dark blue cord, for psychic ability, a pale blue cord, for communication and learning, and a violet cord, for spiritual guidance.

VARIATION 2
 Instead of simply tying a knot, tie something into the knot.  You might use beads, or twigs, or feathers -to give just a few examples.  Then tie one into each knot as you work the spell.

Photo credit: SacredWicca.com


*notes: the  first photo is from an old ebay ad which is no longer running.  Content comes from one of my very old books of shadows. 

Here is your Pagan/Witchy Sunday Paper! Only the good stuff, here. News, astrology, totem, and announcements of the week. Tune in here again for Witchy Wednesday :)


Paganism and Witchcraft in the News


Disclaimer: These are meant to educate our community on what's being said about Paganism and Witchcraft in the news, and are simply a sampling of what can be found on the internet.

Suspect pleads guilty to stage-managing witchcraft incident

MURDERS: MPs dismiss govt’s witchcraft, illuminati explanation

Tens of thousands of witches around the world join forces every month to cast a ‘binding’ spell on Donald Trump and ‘protect’ us from his actions

Michigan ParaCon spooks supernatural enthusiasts

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic In London Opening November 2

Common Ground Retreat- Practices of Witchcraft: Power of our Ancestors in Modern Times

The New Pagans

From tarot cards to macabre hoodies: why witchcraft is all the rage

10 Visually Bewitching Movies About Witchcraft



Astrology











Please visit My Stars! Horoscopes. You'll love this site.


Planets currently in Retrograde: 
Pluto (until September 28)
Neptune (until November 22)
Uranus (until January 2, 2018)




This Week's Totem: Lynx

Key words: Secrets, Hidden Knowledge, Intuition

The name Lynx is derived from the Indo-European root "leuk-", meaning "light, brightness", in reference to the luminescence of the cat's reflective eyes. Those who have Lynx as a totem are gifted with the ability to see into other dimensions and into the souls of other people, without a word being spoken.

The lynx is known for the black tufts of fur on the tips of its ears, which function as hearing aids. Lynx people are known to be clairaudient. They can hear the thoughts of others, and many times, have difficulty in distinguishing between what has been spoken outloud and what is only thought, since they both are heard in the same manner.

Lynx have a short tail and characteristic tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears; large, padded paws for walking on snow; and long whiskers on the face. Under their neck, they have a ruff which has black bars, is not very visible, and resembles a bow tie. Those with Lynx as a totem are more comfortable in cooler temperatures and tend to be more comfortable operating in the dark... whether that is late night or pre-dawn time.

Lynx is also associated with the Norse Goddess, Freyja. Lynx cats lead her chariots and will fight battles in her honor, bringing her the gift of foresight and vision.

In the Native nations of America, there are many stories of the Lynx being the keeper of secrets and the gate-keeper to the otherworld.

Lynx people are the knowers of secrets, but they do not share those secrets with others, easily. They would rather be off doing their own thing than to be discussing what they know about you that you may not even have recognized about yourself.

Lynx medicine in the Native American traditions is one that requires give and take. Those who carry that medicine need a trade of some kind for their knowledge. Many times, a blanket, tobacco, or other form of gift was a requirement (it would be considered extremely rude to come empty-handed to a lynx medicine woman) before a reading or session.

If you carry Lynx medicine, be very cautious about what you say and to whom. If you know the secret, you are to keep it. It is not for sharing, except under the right conditions (as stated above) and only with the person whose secret you are keeping.

Lynx's message for this week is to follow your intuition- it is strong this week. You may have strange dreams about friends and acquaintances in which you will "know" things about them that they haven't told you. You may be awakening to new gifts and medicines such as clairsentience, clairaudience and intuition, or your skills may be taken up a notch. Lynx can help you grow and have fun while you learn.




21 Days to the Big Celebration!





Samhain’s Sirens is a gift of Halloween love to you from us. During the Samhain season (October 1- October 31) we’ll be treating you to blogs, giveaways, craft ideas, recipes and music to help you celebrate this holy and happy time in honoring the thinning of the veil and our ancestors.


Be sure to visit the following social media pages to keep up with all that we're doing throughout the season:
Facebook page

I'm getting ready to send you off to another site. I fell in love with these "Witch Hat Luminaries" the minute I saw them. This one's just too good not to share. With thanks to Melissa at polkadotchair.com for this fantastic idea! Click on the photo to go to the site:

http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/09/floating-witch-hat-luminaries.html/2

I previously posted this on another blog iteration. I find it's still appropriate today.



The Eagle and the Jackdaw
Aesop's Fables (Translated by George Fyler Townsend)



An Eagle, flying down from his perch on a lofty rock, seized upon a lamb and carried him aloft in his talons. A Jackdaw, who witnessed the capture of the lamb, was stirred with envy and determined to emulate the strength and flight of the Eagle. He flew around with a great whir of his wings and settled upon a large ram, with the intention of carrying him off, but his claws became entangled in the ram's fleece and he was not able to release himself, although he fluttered with his feathers as much as he could. The shepherd, seeing what had happened, ran up and caught him. He at once clipped the Jackdaw's wings, and taking him home at night, gave him to his children. On their saying, "Father, what kind of bird is it?' he replied, "To my certain knowledge he is a Daw; but he would like you to think an Eagle."


Eagles and Jackdaws both have a purpose in the world, but they have very little in common, other than both being birds. Eagles are large birds of prey that are considered to be apex predators in the world. Jackdaws are small members of the corvid family that feed mostly on invertebrates.

In Aesop's story, the eagle was serving his purpose and intention. The jackdaw, however, found himself in all kinds of trouble by not fulfilling his own.

First, the jackdaw paid too much attention to the eagle. By wasting his own precious time and energy focused on the eagle's activities, he became jealous and wanted to compete with the eagle. He wanted to take that eagle down a notch- prove that this eagle wasn't "all that."

With this kind of intention, the jackdaw immediately set himself on a course of self-destruction. He quickly discovered that he could not beat the eagle by trying to "BE" the eagle. He ended up entangled in a mess, and, to add insult to injury, the eagle wasn't even paying attention to him. The eagle was already long gone.

In the end, the jackdaw lost his freedom both to fly and to live as intended; and he suffered the humiliation of having his true intentions exposed and ridiculed by those around him. How much would you be willing to bet that he blames the eagle for his misfortune, as well?

Had the jackdaw simply focused on his own purpose; had he been content with his unique gifts and talents, how much happier would he have been?

If you are an eagle being hounded by a jackdaw, I highly encourage you to ignore those antics. Focus on your goals, and continue to fulfill your purpose. Soar above it all, and keep being you.


If you've found yourself relating to the jackdaw, take heed of his cautionary tale. Don't  look at someone else's life and envy it. You have no idea what their own challenges entail. One thing is for certain- they are naturally equipped to deal with those. They also don't have the natural ability to handle your challenges like you do. The eagle's beak is hooked. It cannot pick up sticks and use them as tools, but a jackdaw can. The eagle misses its prey more often than a jackdaw misses his.

In petty attempts to "take down" someone else by trying to be better at being them than they are, one only thwarts him/herself. Eventually, that kind of thinking and behavior will take its toll, and it only ends badly for  the jackdaw. Most likely, this person wasn't even paying attention to you.

Rather than waste time, energy and self-esteem on futile attempts to be someone you are not, focus instead on the wonderful gifts that you can share with the world. Take to the skies in your unique flight pattern and fulfill the purpose that only you can. As the adage says, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Our diversity is what makes life special. The eagle is only better in the eyes of the jealous jackdaw.















Happy First Sunday of September!

I've found some excellent news articles for you this week, so please take time to check them out. I believe you'll find them all quite interesting. Samhains' Sirens has kicked off our "Meet the Sirens Month," and we have only 28 days until the October celebration begins. Be sure you like/get notifications from the Facebook page, and book mark the web page as well. We will have 2 grand prizes this year, and you will love the offerings we have for you. Grab your favorite cup of java, and  enjoy!

Paganism and Witchcraft in the News

Disclaimer: These are meant to educate our community on what's being said about Paganism and Witchcraft in the news, and are simply a sampling of what can be found on the internet.



Paganism is the second most popular faith in southwest England

Pagans demand return of church buildings 'stolen' 1,300 years ago

Pagan handfasting on Northam burrows see witches travel from far and wide

Time Magazine Sorts the States into Harry Potter Houses

Magic school in Brazil offers classes in potions, witchcraft to wannabe wizards

Female Witchsy founders use fictional male to beat sexism






Horoscopes









Please go to My Stars Horoscopes for a really fun experience in reading your horoscope. She is delightful.


Planets currently in Retrograde: 
Pluto (until September 28)
Neptune (until November 22)
Uranus (until January 2, 2018)


This Week's Totem: Owl
















Key words and phrases: Wisdom, Mystery, Transition, Messages, Intelligence, Mysticism, Protection, Secrets

The owl is symbolic in many different cultures:
Greece: Owl was the totem of Athena, the Greek goddess of learning and wisdom.
Celtic societies, Egypt, Hindu culture: Owl is the guardian of the Otherworld or Underworld, and protector of the dead.
Native American nations: Owl is the symbol of wisdom, foresight, and the keeper of sacred knowledge.
Medieval Europe: Owls were said to be the form witches and wizards took as a disguise.
West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed the owl as a messenger of secrets, kin to sorcerers, as well as companions to seers, mystics and medicine people.

Owl sees and knows the truth. It's ability to navigate through the darkest night and bring back nourishment for itself and others is the foundation of this essence.

When you have lost your way, owl essence will guide you back to your proper path and wisdom. Owl medicine can help a person to extract secrets, to see that which is hidden in the darkness and is very powerful for soul retrievals for this reason.

Many shamans, psychic healers and mediums have owl medicine either as a primary totem or can call upon one as needed. They can see clear through to the core reason for any type of imbalance and then they can spot the proper medicine needed to heal the imbalance.

Owl people tend to be very wise, often beyond their years because they see far more deeply than many others do. They tend to be mystical, rather magical people and often are highly interested in magic and ritual at which they are extremely gifted. They can find secrets and things being hidden (deceptions) quite easily.

Owl's message is to look more deeply into yourself and others before making a decision this week. Your  intuition is telling you something- heed what it has to say.


28 days to the Siren Celebration!


Samhain’s Sirens is a gift of Halloween love to you from us. During the Samhain season (October 1- October 31) we’ll be treating you to blogs, giveaways, craft ideas, recipes and music to help you celebrate this holy and happy time in honoring the thinning of the veil and our ancestors.

Be sure to visit the following social media pages to keep up with all that we're doing throughout the season:
Facebook page





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