Brew an Chéad Lá- The Wild Week Ahead: February 24, 2019

Brew an Chéad Lá- First Day Brew. Time to gear up for the week ahead!

This week, we say, "Farewell to February" and "Welcome March!" 

This Week's Totem: Porcupine

Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that defend them from predators. They are indigenous to the Americas, Southern Asia, Europe, and Africa. Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver. The common porcupine is a herbivore. It eats leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants like clover and in the winter it may eat bark. The North American porcupine often climbs trees to find food.

Porcupines' quills, or spines, take on various forms, depending on the species, but all are modified hairs coated with thick plates of keratin, and they are embedded in the skin musculature. Old World porcupines (Hystricidae) have quills embedded in clusters, whereas in New World porcupines (Erethizontidae), single quills are interspersed with bristles, underfur and hair.

Quills are released by contact with them, or they may drop out when the porcupine shakes its body. New quills grow to replace lost ones. From ancient times, it was believed that porcupines could throw their quills at an enemy, but this has long been refuted.  Porcupines are generally nocturnal but are occasionally active during daylight. They tend to crave salt, and those with this totem may also have a tendency to overindulge in salt.

Porcupines are generally good-natured, and so are those who carry this medicine. They tend to thoroughly enjoy anything they are doing.  They have a strong sense of curiosity, and they seemed to be continually amazed and filled with most things they encounter. Although they have poor eyesight, they remain more curious than cautious.

As stated above, they do not shoot their quills at a predator. Instead, they will hide their head to protect their faces and shake their bodies (mostly the tails) in the direction of their enemy. While the quills do not have poison, they are barbed and quite painful. This is true of those with this medicine as well. If they get hurt or feel they are under attack, they will generally use passive-aggressive behaviors to send painful barbs to those who they perceive to be a threat.. and it will hurt their opponent for a very long time.

Porcupine's main message is that of retaining your childlike sense of wonder and innocence. Ask yourself: Are you allowing other people's opinions to prevent you from exploring activities you would otherwise find fun and enjoyable? Do you have recreational time in your life? Are you overly sensitive to the barbs of others? Porcupine can teach you how to enjoy life and maintain a sense of wonder no matter what conditions or circumstances you find yourself in.  Don't forget to nourish the child within.

Weekly Planner

For those of you who like to plan ahead, we have the Last Quarter moon on Tuesday. After that, the moon is in her waning crescent phase for the rest of this week. She will move through the signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius this week. The Daily Magic Guides are posted every morning at 5am EST on the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page. However, many of you do like to see what's going on ahead of time. These are for you:

To my wildlings who read this far, we'll be having another giveaway next weekend. Be on the lookout on Friday afternoon (Eastern time) for something special!

Mo sheacht mbeannacht ort!
(My seven blessings upon you!


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