The Spoon and Cauldron: 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


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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.

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.

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)

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