The Spoon and Cauldron: October 15, 2017

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.

Rajasthan government moves to curb witchcraft in districts

9 Documentaries about Witchcraft

Young girl tied upside down, tortured on witchcraft allegation

You can now visit a witch museum in Cleveland

A historical Halloween: Colonial witchcraft talk offered at Darien Historical Society

The feminist roots of modern witchcraft [excerpt]

Witches face centuries-old stigma

Witches are Welcome

Weekly Horoscopes from Astrostyle:

Come a little closer, why don't ya? Cuffing Season gets a serious boost from the stars this week as planets pump up everyone's urge to merge. On Tuesday, October 17 messenger Mercury casts a seductive spell when he slinks into Scorpio until November 5. Lest we forget, words are not the only way to get a point across. For the next few weeks, it's the pregnant pause, the flashing gaze, or the heat of body language that will speak volumes. More

This Week's Totem: Horse

Keynote: Power, Elegance, Victory, Endurance, Telepathy

The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC.

Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years.

Horse represents both physical and spiritual power. In shamanic/medicine people practices around the world, it is the vehicle by which they can travel between the planes of existence. Horse is one of the wild animals who befriended humans to help them evolve and teach them about themselves.

We continue to measure car engines in "horsepower". Those who carry a horse totem are powerhouses in many aspects of their lives. They are usually given to leadership positions due to their ability to carry many burdens and get the job done quickly. According to many legends across the globe, horses were given the power of clairvoyance, and those with this totem are highly psychic. They are also "skittish" around strangers and must be approached with confidence and caution. The same is true for those with this medicine. Horses and those with this totem are built for the journey, whatever that journey may be.

Horse teaches us how to balance our lives between the material and the unearthly. True power comes from within and found in remembering our total journey. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, sharing gifts/talents and abilities are the gateways to accessing our personal empowerment. Horse also shows up when a journey is afoot. Be on the lookout for an opportunity to travel, either in the mundane or in the spiritual worlds.

This Week's Tarot: The Three of Swords

Tarot of the Sweet Twilight

Fresh beginning · Loss · Pain · Separation · Suffering

This reflects the overall energy of the week. In general, this card can point to very deep emotional issues that must be addressed before we can move on. Denying pain does not make it go away, any more than denying a broken leg makes it heal. Allow yourself to experience this cleansing, then, at the new moon, release it, and begin again. This is happening for your growth and long-term benefit.

Pain, sorrow and grief are often a necessity in the journey of life. Without pain, there would be no challenge and no lessons learned. Pain can be a great motivator because it encourages you to surmount obstacles, and ultimately learn from your mistakes. Each challenge you encounter creates that initial pain, which is inevitably turned into an opportunity to grow stronger and to change the direction of your life as a result of the lessons learned.

For more details on this week, see the Daily Tarot reading on the Wildly Witch Facebook page; posted each morning at 5:30am eastern time.

Samhain's Sirens Celebration!

Samhain’s Sirens is a gift of Halloween love to you from us. During the Samhain season (October 2-October 31) we are 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.

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Enjoy your week!

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