The Spoon and Cauldron: Sunday Stirrings with Kallan Kennedy

Oh blog, how I've missed you! I have been neglectful of my writing for far too long. So many times I've wanted to run here and type up a rant or a musing, and have talked myself out of it. My words tend to invoke or incite things in other people. and I've tried for awhile now to avoid too much of the backlash that takes place when I do. But, I'm over that now, and I'm just not going to entertain those that don't want to have intelligent dialogue. So, today, in the old fashioned "Sunday Stew" way of things, I'm going to write, and share news, perhaps the astrology, tarot, and totem stuff.. whatever I feel like throwing together for Sunday consumption. Enjoy, or don't. Your call.

In the News

Assam:Five families alleged of practicing witchcraft tortured by villagers

"...On Wednesday, at Porchali village of Sepon, near Sepon Tea Estate under Charaidew district, about five labour class families were reportedly tortured by local villagers for a long time as the villagers suspected these families to practice witchcraft and black magic and accused them of being responsible for the frequent fever and other diseases suffered by the villagers." Read more here

Want to Transcribe Rare Magical Manuscripts on Your Lunch Break?

"Chicago's Newberry Library would love your help.  JOSEPH PETERSON IS A SOFTWARE engineer by day and rare manuscript enthusiast by night.

Peterson is the founder of Esoteric Archives, a website he built 20 years ago that publishes transcripts, translations and other information about rare historical texts. He’s also one of the virtual volunteers helping Chicago’s Newberry Library transcribe and translate a series of rare religious manuscripts written between the 15th and 19th centuries." Read more here.

3 of Dalit family thrashed over alleged ‘witchcraft’

"GURUGRAM: A spat between members of two communities turned ugly over suspicions of witchcraft in a village in Pataudi, where neighbours entered another house and allegedly thrashed the occupants." Read more here.

Russian pagans revive ancient solstice celebration

"A young girl with a garland of flowers in her hair sings to the setting sun before a group of women join in nearby.

“We give our thanks to you, oh sun,” they chant.

In the tiny village of Glubokovo, some 80 kilometres east of Moscow, several hundred people gathered to mark an ancient pagan ceremony to celebrate the summer solstice." Read more here.

Horoscopes from Astrostyle

Your Weekly Overview:
"Say it again...with feeling! All week long, mouthy Mercury will get a nudge from assertive Mars as the two planets row together through Cancer's sensitive waters. The current will be strong on the emotion ocean, for better or for worse. On the one hand, we may have heartwarming realizations about how much we adore certain people. When the warm-fuzzies strike, go ahead and gush. "Words of affirmation" can be a hella strong love language under these skies. (A nod to Gary Chapman's The Five Love Languages here...) True friendships could emerge under the pressure of intense circumstances—and it will feel great to know who has our backs. We may feel motivated to get in touch with old friends or get a plan on the books with family who we haven't seen in a while. Mars loves when we take initiative, and variety is the spice of frenetic Mercury's life. But both planets can get a little impatient with mapping out the finer points and details. Careful not to double book or make a promise to visit that you'll have to cancel. If you're going to organize any hangouts, keep them simple. A potluck pool party or day at the beach could be the jam! Just set a time and meeting spot and let everyone take it from there." Read more here.

This week's Tarot: The Ace of Wands

Short read: Energy, action, creativity, passion, inspiration

Detail: The suit of wands represents the element of fire, and aces are about new beginnings. You will find that your energy levels are high, and you have a sense of freedom and exploration this week. You are ready to tackle any obstacles that stand in your way to reaching your goals. There is a great sense of optimism and passion with the energies of the Ace of Wands.  This card is a signal to "go for it", and you may find that you have a breakthrough moment this week, where you find inspiration and creativity at an all-time high. Since the picture represents a seed, this means that you are at the beginning of this new journey. You're being offered a great opportunity, and it's up to you to make the most of it.

This Week's Totem: Butterfly

Butterfly is one of the most beautiful creatures on earth, and is also a wonderful spirit-ally.

For all its delicacy, the butterfly is one of the most powerful totems in nature. For Early Christians, it represented the soul itself. In China it symbolized conjugal bliss and joy. Indigenous American Tribes called upon the butterfly for guidance in change.

The butterfly has taste sensors on the front legs, enabling them to experience life through motion. Most adult butterflies live just one or two weeks except for the monarch and angel wing which can live for six months or more. This is very symbolic. It suggests that a person with this medicine will experience tremendous soul growth in their earlier years. A difficult childhood is common. Life lessons are revealed to the consciousness while in the womb of the mother - the cocoon stage - and are completed when the caterpillar emerges into the butterfly and takes flight. Butterflies are symbols of freedom and creativity. They hold the gift of transformation and soul evolution.

Butterflies have a pair of large compound oval eyes made up of thousands of individual lenses. They can see a single image clearly and are able to perceive ultraviolet wavelengths of light. This suggests clairvoyant abilities for those that hold this totem.

The antennae of the butterfly have small knobs on each end which is said to play a role in orientation. When one antenna is missing the butterfly will fly in circles unable to find its way. Those with this medicine need to stay consciously connected to spirit at all times in order to arrive at their desired destination.
Whenever an ecosystem is damaged, butterfly is usually the first to leave. They are especially sensitive to the harmony of earth.

Butterfly represents the cycle of life, of projects, of business, of rebirth.
Butterfly goes through four stages, which can be seen as the four stages of life or a project. Butterfly can give you clarity to your mental processes, help you organize the project your undertaking, and assist you in finding the next step for your personal life or career.

Ask yourself:
1. Is this the egg stage: Is it just a thought or idea?
2. Is this the larva stage: Do I need to make a decision?
3. Is this the cocoon/chrysalis stage: Am I developing and doing something to make my idea a reality?
4. Is this the birth/adult stage: Am I sharing my completed idea?

Butterfly can help you understand what you need to do next to continue the cycle of self-transformation.  For example: Butterfly is an air symbol, so it is through the use of your mind that you will be moving through these cycles. If you have been feeling exhausted and need to know how to heal your fatigue, take notice of the colors you've been drawn to lately.  Does your body feel better in green? Could this mean you need to eat more green vegetables? Maybe you need to connect with the green grass or forests again. This is the type of thinking that Butterfly brings you.

Paleo Recipe

Since I am one of millions of people with hypothyroidism, I'm sticking to great recipes for those of us who need to avoid gluten.Here's one I found just in time for the Fourth of July, and it's also good for my vegan friends, too!

Raw Berry Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream

Get the recipe from

Witchy Crafting 

Independence Day Spell

Since the 4th of July is about celebrating freedom and independence, here are some ideas for drafting your own declaration of independence spell. I am not big on giving you a spell of my creation. Spells are extremely personal, and should be created by the caster. However, here are some tips to help you come up with one of your own. Perhaps you're looking to connect more with your wild, free self. Maybe you'd like to gain independence financially or physically in some way. Whatever it is, I wish you the very best in your quest and celebration.

Colors: Red (passion, courage, strength), White (freedom, transformation, enlightenment), Blue (truth, loyalty, political power, elevation)

Tuesday: Ruled by Mars/Ares. Intention: courage, victory, success, strength, conviction, rebellion, defense, wards, protection

Tarot card: Strength

Herbs: angelica, basil, comfrey, fennel, goldenseal, pennyroyal, thyme, yarrow

Gemstones: Tiger's eye, cat's eye, jasper

Suggestion: Try writing your own declaration of independence in the style of the American forefathers. Change the wording to fit your own personal intent. List your grievances or reasons for this declaration. Write it on parchment paper, tie it with a red, white, and blue ribbon (or one of those three colors). Need inspiration? Here is the full text of the US Declaration of Independence

Sunday Speculation

Last week was pretty rough for a lot of people I know, including those in my immediate family. It's always difficult to celebrate my country's independence when so many indigenous people have suffered and died because of the domination that took place back then, and continues to this day. It's also hard to watch the President of the United States behave in ways that are not normal and not displaying characteristics of a sane person, much less a leader of the free world. It's easy to get caught up in these stressful situations and forget to take care of ourselves. There is only so much that a person can take of sad or inflammatory news, and it can be devastating to one's immune system. This week, I highly encourage you to spend a few minutes (if that's all you can spare, but at least find a few) just relaxing. Turn off the electronics, sit outside, and just be. Or, if it's too hot where you are, take a relaxing bath or shower, then just lie down and close your eyes in silence and if you can't shut off your mind, count those people and things for which you are grateful. Five minutes will do you a world of good.

And with that, I'm finished stirring this pot. I bid you all "Sláinte", which means "good health (hello, goodbye, bugger off, etc...)".

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this - all of it. I love reading your words. Always so clear, concise, and well considered.


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