Astrology

Mandrake

Mandrake: European Mandrake Image

Ruled by: Mercury, Uranus, Pluto

Invocatory: Diana, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Circe and Saturn

Element: Water/Earth

Gender: Feminine

Gemstone: Quartz

Tarot: The World

Common Names: Gallows, Devil’s Apples, mayapples, mandragona, manikin, herb of Circe.

The American Mandrake is a completely different species from the European Mandrake.
Mandrake is used in rituals to aid in protection, love, money and health. It is used in the form of incenses or sachets and you may also use the root to hang above mantels in your house for protection. When using Mandrake Root in spell work it requires a 3 day soaking period to wake up the root, this is done in rain water or spring water.

It is used as an aphrodisiac, but poisonous if taken internally and could be terminal.

The Cherokee use mandrake for a very different purposes and in all the elements for various forms of healing and magick. In the direction of north it is referred to as Spleenwort [Aspenium playneuron]. It is an evergreen fern and was used with other plants in a formula as eyewash. Another plant called mandrake [Mandragora officinarum] was used for treating skin conditions and warts. In the East, South and West direction they use one of the other forms of mandrake, called the Mayapple [Podophyllum peltatum]. It is called Indian apple or mandrake, and is used in “special Medicine”. Like sunflower and evening primrose, Cherokee myths hold mayapple as sacred. Mayapple is a member of the Bayberry family, along with twinleaf in the West Medicine and blue cohosh in the East. Mountain folks used it to treat cancer and as a liver tonic. In the South Mayapple is used for the treatment of warts and mixed with dandelion to apply to warts as well. The mountain folks were also aware that the mayapple root was poisonous, except for the ripe fruit.

Mayapple grows abundantly in damp wooded areas in the Appalachian and Smokey Mountains. The plant has distinctive umbrella-shaped leaves with a single white flower that blooms in May and a yellow berry that is ripe in July and August. The rhizomes were used as a laxative. The Penobscot of Main used it for certain cancers, along with periwinkle. Today mayapple is used to treat planter warts and as a treatment for cancer and tumors.

In the west direction it is known by the Cherokee name of oo ne ski u ke and has a large leaf and a single white flower. An elder said do not touch the leaves with your bare hands because they are poisonous, but the fruit is good. To dig them out you learn to use a wood spatulalike piece made of laurel to dig with, then you dry and crush it to make Medicine. In the old days it was used to purge the body of ails. The women prefer to use it for themselves and their children, roasted, and even use it on difficult sores to heal.

Warning: Mayapple contains agents that are irritating to the skin. Do not use mayapple without the guidance of a person trained in its handling and use. This member of the Barberry family should not be used during pregnancy.
In Rome by a senatorial decree it is considered Illegal and is so titled Illegal Aphrodisiacs and Abortifacients. It is the magickal substance “venemo” that is forbidden by Roman law, According to Pliny, Natural History XXV.95, XXVII.2, XXIX.23, cf. Quintlilian, Declamations 7.4; 8.5.

It is associated to the Goddesses of Aphrodite/Venus and Hecate/Trivia, as you can see it is associated to both the light and dark aspects of the Goddess. However, do note that it is also associated to the Love Goddess in Egypt, which is Hathor.
It was the sacred plant of Aphrodite and was the golden apple that was the centre of her garden. It was identified with or equal to henbane, because of Aphrodite’s characteristics and effects.

Mandrake is important herb to witchcraft and gynaecological medicine. It served midwives since antiquity to increase sexual desire, to promote fertility, and pregnancy, to ease birth, to numb caesarean section, to kill the fruits of life in abortion, and to expel a stillborn.

The mandrake is also known by the names of “circeon, Mandragora Circaea, antimelon [in place of the golden apple], others called it kirkaia, dirkaia [plant of Circe/Kirke].

Mandrake is also interpreted as Moly. There are two kinds of mandrake the white which is associated to the male aspect and the black which is associated to the feminine aspect. Pliny states that when the seed is white the plant is called by some arsen, by other morion, and by others hippophlomos. [Pliny, Natural History XXV.147].
According to Apollodorus [second century B.C.E], the most important scholar of this time, it was the klrkata rixa, the plant of Circe, that was an amulet against the black magick of Pasiphae, a daughter of the Sun God Helios [Circe too was his daughter].

It was one of the key ingredients in the salves or flying ointments that Witches in the Middle Ages used. Here is a thought, what if we today made this blend and used it but under the watch of someone who monitored us. We could travel to many places and learn many things from our ancestors.

During Christian times the root of this herb was called Hexenkraut [witches’ wort], Unhold Wurzel [monster root], or Satan’s apple. In German it was called Alraune. It was treasured as a panacea that it was called Artz-wurxel [doctor root], “this is a term used by Williram von Ebersber in his exegesis to the Song of Solomon in 1060”. In the 16th century a wise woman or a witch was called an Alraundelberin [mandrake bearer]. Those who kept it in the home were said to have connections of the present and future.

Mandrake wine was used to treat insomniacs in the Middle Ages and early modern era. Many women were persecuted and exiled from villages and towns due to the use of mandrake.

Bibliography:
Herb Craft, by Anna Franklin
Witchcraft Medicine Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants, by Claudia MÜller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Strol
The Cherokee Herbal, by J.T. Garret

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The Place Between the Worlds

THE PLACE BETWEEN THE WORLDS
PART ONE
©By Anna Franklin
Visit Anna Franklin’s Site
Used w/Permission

“I conjure thee, O circle of power, that thou mayest be a meeting place of love and joy and truth….”
So begins the invocation off the magic circle. It is well known that magicians and witches work within ‘magic circles’, but very few people realise why – including many who use circles on a regular basis.

When the magician casts a circle, he or she creates a space apart from ordinary life: an interface between the mundane plane of waking consciousness and the realm of the gods and spirits, which we might call the Otherworld. When he or she enters the circle he leaves the ordinary world behind and enters a domain apart: a realm of sacred space and time. Indeed, time often flows differently in the circle, and when the magician leaves it after what may seem a few minutes, many hours may have passed in reality. This recalls stories of sojourns in fairyland – another word for the Otherworld.

When the magic circle is properly built, cast and invoked, it becomes the universe in microcosm i.e. it creates in miniature the entire cosmos. The complete circle represents its oneness, while the divisions of the circle stand for the passing of time and the seasons, the space in which the universe exists, and the substances and energies of which it is made. Every item used within the circle has a symbolic and magical resonance that reinforces these ideas and connections.

Whatever the magician performs within this magical microcosm will be reflected in the macrocosm, or in other words, each ritual act will be made manifest in the macrocosm, whether it is the re-enactment of a seasonal myth or an act of sympathetic magic. Since the circle is also the externalisation of the inner world of the magician and intimately connected with him, any act performed within the circle causes deep changes in the consciousness of the magician him or herself.

THE PERFECT CIRCLE
The circle is always a place of power, from the wheel of the chakra to the sacred ring of a stone circle. It is a universal symbol of wholeness and completion. When Christian missionaries reached the Native Americans, they asked the people how they saw God and, in answer, they drew the circle of the feathered sun, red feathers pointing both inwards and outwards, showing energy moving both in to the centre and outwards to the circumference, containing everything. In Buddhism the circle developed into the mandala, used for contemplation and visualisation. It represents everything and is a maze through which the meditator travels. The centre of the circle is the sky-door which is a means of reaching heaven or Nirvana.

The whole circle symbolises continuity, eternity, completion and spacelessness: the absence of time and space. As it symbolises what is complete and unbroken, it also symbolises the Deity.

But the circle can be divided: halved, quartered, or separated into degrees and so on. However, far from symbolising dissolution and imperfection, when these fractions are contained within the circle they represent the balance and harmony of such divisions. Think of the famous yin yang symbol, which represents the reconciliation of opposites within the whole. Within the circle, opposites [such as day and night, summer and winter] are united. Within the circle their division is not absolute, but each gives rise to the other, reconciled in the circle of unity.

The Celtic cross [a circle with an equal-armed cross within it] is a pre-Christian symbol representing the circle quartered through the compass points of north, east, south and west. It is an ancient symbol of the sun, which appears to us as a circular disc, passing through each house of the zodiac during the year, strengthening and weakening as it goes, spinning through time and each of the seasons in turn. Thus, the quartered circle represents movement, time, and the passing of the four seasons. It is equal-armed and characterises the balance and harmony of these within the unity of the circle.

THE CARDINAL POINTS
The four main compass points of the circle are called the cardinal points. When the magic circle is drawn, it is aligned to the cardinal points of the compass- north, south, east and west. This is not merely symbolic, and the east of the circle should be aligned with the real east and so on. The flow of earth power is north to south. The North Star stands still at the north of the circle and for the Celts it was Caer Arianrhod, the Castle of the Silver Wheel, the entrance to the Otherworld and the place of death and rebirth. The circle must be oriented with the energies of the cosmos.

When the circle is cast by the magician, each direction is invoked in turn and the circle is thus spatially orientated. This operation is often called the summoning or invocation of the Watchtowers.

Each position around the perimeter of the circle represents a position in the station of the sun throughout the year, a stage in the cycle of life:

North
The north is the point of the circle associated with the winter solstice [Yule], cold, darkness, midnight, starlight, old age and death. However, it is also the point of regeneration, rebirth and life through death, as it is at the winter solstice that the sun is reborn. It then gains strength and grows stronger up until the summer solstice. The north is associated with the element of earth.

East
The east is the point of the circle associated with the spring equinox. The east is associated with sunrise, dawn and gestation, the beginning of growth; a time of green youth. It is connected with the element of air. In a stone circle oriented to the vernal equinox, the sun will rise directly in the east, over the east stone at the equinox.

South
The south is the point of the circle associated with the summer solstice, with the zenith of the sun’s strength, midday, with things beginning to ripen, with maturity and the prime of life. It is connected with the element of fire.

West
The west is the point of the circle associated with the autumn equinox and the completion of the harvest, with twilight, sunset, completion and decline. It is associated with the element of water.

THE CROSS QUARTERS
Though there are possible correspondences for every degree of the circle, witches generally concern themselves with four more, the cross quarters:
North east marks the point of Imbolc
South east marks the point of Beltane
South West marks the point of Lughnasa
North West marks the point of Samhain

THE DIRECTIONS OF ABOVE AND BELOW
It should be obvious that there are more than two dimensions possible within the circle. The celestial realms of above, and the underworld realm of below stand above and below the circle, and their powers are called upon, drawn through the axis mundi of the circle as the first step of its casting. Thus the invoked circle is not a two dimensional object, but a sphere, extending below ground and above, in which the magician operates.

THE CENTRE OF THE CIRCLE
The central point represents the place where all powers meet, where all times and places are one. For the Celts it was the spiral or glass castle, a place of regeneration and rebirth. The axis through the centre links all the realms and times. The cardinal points are often called the quarters, which are further associated with the four elements. These are invoked when the circle is cast, so that the ring becomes a place of balanced energies.

The four roads [the four Royal Roads of Power] coming from the cardinal points meet at the centre of the circle. This point becomes the axis mundi, the centre of all things where all times and places are one, from which all things are accessible. It may be symbolised by the pillar, the shaman’s ladder, the world tree or cauldron of renewal. The centre is the place of initiation and rebirth. The spiral or maze dance within the circle moves to the centre, representing death, to the centre to the point of renewal, and outwards again in rebirth.
CASTING THE CIRCLE
[This is only one method of casting a circle, and there are many others, but the principle of establishing a boundary between the mundane world and a sacred space where ritual acts are carried out remains the same.]

Set up the altar in the northern quarter of the circle. A low table or chest can be employed as an altar. This should be placed in the north [you might need a compass to fine the cardinal points]. Cover it with a white cloth. Place three candles in holders on the altar. A dish of salt and a dish of water are placed near the front. You will also need a knife which you keep for ritual purposes, which some people call an athame. You can also decorate the altar with seasonal flowers. Place a dish of incense on it.

A candle is placed in each of the quarters, the colours chosen help to resonate with the vibration of that quarter- green for the north [earth], yellow for the west [air], red for the south [fire] and blue for the west [water]. If you can’t get these you can use white candles, but the more you can re-enforce the imagery the more it helps your visualisation. Some people also like to place something that represents the elements in the quarters- a dish of earth in the north, the incense in the east, a flame or candle in the south, a dish of water in the west.

Check that you have everything you need within the circle [remember the matches!] before you start, as once the circle is cast, you will not be able to leave to get it.

CASTING THE CIRCLE:
Light the incense. The first act that must be performed is to establish the boundaries of the circle. Take the knife and beginning in the north draw the circle round the room. Remember where the point of the knife draws will be the edge of the circle. Include in the circle all the things and people you wish to be within the circle.

I conjure the O circle of power that thou mayest be a meeting place of love and joy and truth a boundary between the world of me and the realms of the Otherworld, containing the power that we shall raise within thee, but a shield and protection against our enemies, both visible and invisible.

Take the knife and place the tip in the bowl of salt saying:
Be this salt dedicated to the Lord and Lady [or whatever deities you call upon] to keep us from evil and protect us in this time.

Take the knife again and place the tip in the bowl of water:
Be this water dedicated to the Lord and Lady [or whatever deities you call upon] to keep us from peril and to purify this place.
Tip the water into the salt and mix them together. Sprinkle clockwise [deosil] around the circle saying:

May we cast from us all evil and darkness, viciousness and malice. May we become that which we must be before the Lord and Lady [or whatever deities you call upon], seeking ill to no one. May we be clean within and without so that we are acceptable before them.

Finish by sprinkling each person in turn.

Next connect the circle to all three realms. Take the knife and stand in the centre of the circle. Point it above and say:
Powers of the worlds above, I do summon, stir and call you up to guard our circle and to witness our rites.
Bring the knife down in a straight line and point it downwards. Say:

Powers of the worlds below, I do summon, stir and call you up to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

The watchtowers are then invoked. Take the knife and begin in the north. The casting of the circle is always begun in the north as this is the place of power that flows from north to south, so the power gateway is opened. Many people do not begin the invocations until reaching the east, as this is the direction of vocalisation. Draw a pentacle in the east and say:
Oh mighty powers of the east, I do summon, stir and call you up to guard our circle and to witness our rites.
Repeat this in the south, west, and north.

Return to the altar and consecrate the altar candles with the words:
I consecrate these candles that they shall represent light and knowledge within this circle.
Light the candles and take one round to light all the quarter candles. If you wish you can carry the dish of incense around the circle.

The work of the ritual is now performed.

DISSOLVING THE CIRCLE
When all is finished the circle is dissolved. Take the knife and cut through the boundary of the circle near the east and say:
Mighty powers of the east, thank you for guarding our circle and for witnessing our rites. I bless you in the name of the Lord and the Lady [ or whatever deities you call upon].
Repeat in all the other directions. Cut through the centre and thank the powers of above and below.
Put out the candles and dismantle the temple.

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Black Moon

Black Moon
By Ariana Silver
© 2003 May
Updated 2009 July
To reprint this article contact author for written permission at csolarwolf1@aol.com

What is the Black Moon, is it another term for Dark Moon? No. Black Moon is when two Dark cycles occur in one given month. It is believed that the time of a Black Moon is a time of great power within the spiritual realms and any magic worked/cast on this night is especially powerful. Black Moons occur once every six to eight years and vary at the time of the year when they appear. The last Black Moon occurred in 2003 May 1st and 30th are the days of the two dark cycles. Previous years are December 1986, June 1992, and October 1997.

This year the Black Moon occurs under the sun sign of Taurus, as well as the Moon rising of Taurus. What does this mean? Well, that magic performed on this night needs to focus on characteristics of Taurus magic. Earth Element, The Bull, Venus, the colour green and Gaia, Isis and Osiris, Cerridwen, Bull of Minos, and Hecate who is ruler of the darker aspects of magic. Hecate is also the ruler of the Underworld who commands death and reincarnation and is the primeval dark mother.
Magic performed in a Black Moon is much of the same as the Dark Moon, only you are performing with a higher level of spiritual energy. So what magic can be performed under a Taurus Black Moon? Well, spells for prosperity, security, love, music and the arts all work good in this moon. Taurus also rules bindings, strength, endurance, and patience. Planting and Farming are good as well as consecrating ones pentacle. Now, magic worked under a Taurus Moon is best performed on a Full Moon, but in the case of the Black Moon you would perform this magic in the opposite of gaining, but releasing anything that is hindering you in these areas of your life. All things associated with our earthly nature are ruled under Taurus. So, if you are having issues with your sex life, this would be a good time to banish or bind the negative energies that surround your life in this area. Work spells that call upon dealing with intimate sexual issues, and physical connection, physical possessions, greed and wealth. Focus on removing what is hindering you in these areas, be it that you are in need of bettering your circumstances or removing circumstances that are in your way and not benefiting you at this time.

The next Black Moon shall occur in the year 2011 during the month of July, the first of the Black Moon’s shall be on the 1st day of July ruled by a Gemini Moon and the second New Moon making it a Black Moon shall be on the 30th day of July, ruled by the Moon in Cancer. Typically, the New Moons are ruled by the same as the ruling Sun in this case the New Moon on the 1st of July should actually be in Cancer not in Gemini as this is during the time of the Sun Sign of Cancer and the second New Moon {Black Moon} is ruled by Cancer Moon when it is during the Sun Sign of Leo, suffice to say that the New Moon of the 1st should be ruling Moon Cancer and the Black Moon of the 30th should be ruling Moon Leo, yet when we look at the Ephemeris both days are ruled by a Cancer Moon.

Yet, one must be wise and careful when working magic during this time, as too in Astrological terms the Black Moon is associated with L—-h, in which we do not speak or spell her name, so during this time it is best as with the Cancer energy in Sun and Moon to be watchful of your health, your children, pregnant women to be protected and to protect from fascination and temptations. Astrologically, depending with which planet she sits within shall determine her nature and what you need to watch out for as far as omens and portends.

Within the 2011 July Black Moon, she will sit in Pisces Retrograded, Pisces being ruled by Jupiter traditionally, in which normally would rule the energy of religion and the higher mind, however, the Black Moon is retrograded, which means that the energies shall be darker and more harmful with the energy being of darker, black magic being cast out into the universe. Sitting first on the 1st day of July in the fifth house, this house represents the children born, aunts, uncles, mothers, however, L—-h’s promise is to harm the children of the Adam and with it being in the child house denotes it is important to protect your children and keep them close by and away from strangers. Here too, she sits in the fixed star Mater, which is translated to mean Hollow Section, meaning no soul, this being where all evil resides.

On the 30th of July, she will sit in the fourth house which represents, the Father, families and those things associated to the those things that occur in the family structure. Here she sits in the fixed star Azelfafage also known as Pi (π) Cygnus, Azelfafage, is a star in the tail of the Swan. As we know this was one of Zeus shape shifted forms in order to lie with Leta and from this she bore twins, one child being the seed of Zeus and the other the seed of her husband, creating Pollux and Helen of Troy and the Constellation Gemini and Castor.

With this specific placement it portends to watch for those things in which are false in appearance that what you are seeing may not be what it really is false words and hidden agendas. Here Jupiter/Zeus is seen as the Dark Warrior where all the residence of dark and darkness resides. Be wise during this time. Protect your children and do not allow strangers into your life or home and watch closely those who try to drive a wedge between relationships, as throughout the entirety of the month she will move throughout all the houses created chaos and havoc.
Specific Lunar Magic

Magic in which can be performed when the New Moon is in Gemini cusp of Cancer is healing to lungs, work on anxiousness, nerves and shoulders. Also, here too is a Cazimi with the Sun and Moon, with Mercury in the same house there shall be throughout the month a change in humanity and their views about Religion. When the Black Moon is in Cancer focus on healing and balancing of moods, breasts, stomach and weight issues, here work on releasing unwanted feelings and emotions. The Moon being in the ninth house on the 1st of July here focuses on psychic workings, dreams and there will understand of the planets through mind communications as well as visions and dreams of beautiful places and positions of prestige. The Moon again on the 30th shall be in the ninth house in Leo and again with Mercury, the Sun and Venus, in which the Sun, and Venus are Cazimi which denotes a time of Prophecy and divination to occur and with Mercury and the Moon too here, shows where humanity shall be affected by Religion to some degree.

Born Old

There is a term “Born Old”, this means that one who is born old is born having learned all lessons that one is to learn in his/her lifetimes. This of course is accomplished through many lifetimes and not just one. Born old persons are born on a spiritual veil, so there powers will be easier obtained through out one’s life. One might consider that, being born old could be a time of the Black Moon, as well as either Samhain or the Winter Solstice, these are times when the veil is the thinnest and spiritual powers and energies are at the strongest.
And one will notice that these are the darker times of the station wheel, so Hecate would rule over one that was Born Old.

Herbal Associations to Hecate:

Garlic, Mandrake, Willow, Aconite, Almond, Lavender, Myrrh, Cypress, Opium Poppy, Mugwort, Hazel, Cardamon, Belladonna, Hemlock, Mint, Dandelion, Lesser Celandine, Hellebore, and Yew.

Familiar Associations to Hecate:

Bull, with the allies of the crane and the bee. Oak, mistletoe and yew. Earth and Fire, South and North, Caomhain and Yule. Bull’s Blood [black bulls wreathed in yew were sacrificed to Hecate], Dog, with the allies of the vine, earth, North East, and Samhain, also associated with lunar goddess. Frog, also called Puddock and associated allies of horsetail, stonechat, horse, and water serpent, water, West and East, Herfest and Ostara. Hare, with associated allies of broom and gorse, cat and stag, earth and fire, East to South East, Ostara and Beltaine. Owl known for wisdom, with the allies of ivy, air, Northwest, and Samhain. Toad, with the allies of sow thistle, horse, earth and North. The toad is associated with abundance and fertility. Ii is both connected lunar and Underworld. Wolf, with allies of hop, blackthorn, rowan, earth, North West to North East, Samhain to Imbolc. Hecate was also know to shapeshift into a wolf.

Now being that this year the Black Moon falls in May and is associated with Beltaine, and new beginnings, growth of seeds planted both in the earth and within ourselves. We can work magick for renewal, procreation, and fertility. This is time for those of us to begin a new journey within this station on the wheel.

In all things when working with the Other Worlds it is best if you do not know what you are doing to leave well enough alone, and when natures and energies are like this it is best to work the opposite to defeat the negative and evil with the power of the Light and Sun.

Bibliography
Knowledge gained from my Personal Studies
&
Familiars; Animal Powers of Britain, and Herb Craft; A Guide to the Shamanic and Ritual Use of Herbs, by Anna Franklin
Witches Date Book 2002, Published by Llewellyn
Secrets of Western Sex Magick, by U.D. Frater
Phases of the Moon, U.S. Naval Observatory
The Asteroid Ephemeris 1900-2050 Including Chiron and the Black Moon L—h, by Neil F. Michaelsen, Revised by Rique Pottenger
*Featured in Silver Wheel Magazine in 2003

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Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition

Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition

I would like to talk about grimoires. Not a specific grimoire, like the Key of Solomon, or Heptameron, or Lemegeton. This isn’t even about their contents, or their history. No, what I want to talk about are the actual physical grimoires—those dangerous things made of paper and cardboard, with arcane scribbles of ink on their pages. Books that at various time and places (including to this very day) could get you arrested and worse.

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20th August 2017 — Solar Eclipse Energies

Solar Eclipse Chart

 

This Eclipse is above the earth in the Mid-heaven and this means that following in the next five to eight months the effects shall start to be seen and shall be in affect from anywhere from six to fourteen months.

This Eclipse is located in the tenth house and the ten house represents the following;

The Tenth House:

We have here the house that rules higher levels of the government, and that of the ruling class of all countries nation’s prestige, its “aristocracy,” and the opinion other countries hold of the nation. This is where the national identity becomes wholly conscious and strives to achieve the most ample portions of the collective dream.

Being a Solar Eclipse and in Leo of the third face/decan of the sign, this eclipse portends an increase in building fires, the breaking down of government as we also have Mars in conjunction with the Sun and this will show an increase in wars, conflicts it will also have an impact on imprisonment of corruption with high level figures, military interference in towns and cities as well as an increase in violent death as well as more younger men in death.  With the fire energy we shall see more in the ways of gun shot deaths across the globe.  Diseases of the blood are also common and as Leo rules the heart a rise in heart diseases.  It also presages and increase in looting as well as the destruction of holy places with Mercury being in the nature of this placement of the eclipse with Leo there is also to be presages an increase in rains, thunder and lightening storms and I have been feeling for some time we may even see martial law occur in some areas.

With this being a fire sign Eclipse I would recommend for protection upon your home and body, on the night of this Eclipse to light a Red Candle and place it in your East Window where the Sun will originally come through as well as lighting and invoking the energy of Michael the Archangel to protect your home and body from harm of any kind and to be wise.

Many people are fascinated by the sight of Eclipses, but dating back as far as they have occurred they have always been that of bad omens.  It is the blocking of the light in which creates this energy.  The ancients knew this as did all other cultures that worked with the heavens and stars daily as their guide to the seasons and when it was best to plant, move, marry and more.

 

 

 

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Astrology in the News!

This was a post in another group and I asked the author for his permission to post this to share.  It is an interesting look at a few topics in astrology and the occult in general.

Ariana

 

Always interesting to see how astrology pops up in the news. First
mention is today in the Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/local/mercury-is-in-retrograde-heres-what-that-means/2016/04/29/b709f78a-0e3a-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_video.html

Note that the heliocentric perspective is presented as objective truth
while the geocentric perspective is simply an illusion. In fact, if
you watch Mercury in the sky from Earth it will indeed appear to move
backwards. Of course the video itself is an illusion, being a series
of still pictures that change so quickly that they appear to move.
Clearly everything we see via video is therefore also false!

I, along with Plotinus, agree with astronomers that the planets and
stars are not actually causing effects on Earth. Instead the
underlying spiritual cycles control both the cycles of the Heavens and
cycles on Earth. Either that or the planetary archangels!

Finally it is very cute of the Washington Post to have it both ways,
they report Mercury retrograde, explain what it is, give useful
information on when Mercury is retrograde, all definitely aimed at an
audience who are receptive and interested in astrology, then in the
end denounce astrology. Same old media strategy, as Billy Bragg says,
“Where they offer you a feature On stockings and suspenders Next to a
call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders”

Next example is the New York Times continuing expose of the evils of
fortunetellers
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/nyregion/with-psychic-in-jail-her-mother-in-law-kept-the-family-business-open-the-police-say.html?_r=0

And yes this appears to be pretty heinous fraud. But this story links
back to an earlier one on fortunetellers who are not simply using this
as a con, but believe in what they are doing
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/nyregion/in-new-york-fortunes-told-and-too-often-taken.html

The NYT’s attitude is the traditional one, all fortunetelling is
fraud, no matter what the fortuneteller themselves believe. Under New
York Penal Law §165.35, entitled, “Fortune telling”

“A person is guilty of fortune telling when, for a fee or compensation
which he directly or indirectly solicits or receives, he claims or
pretends to tell fortunes, or holds himself out as being able, by
claimed or pretended use of occult powers, to answer questions or give
advice on personal matters or to exorcise, influence or affect evil
spirits or curses;  except that this section does not apply to a
person who engages in the aforedescribed conduct as part of a show or
exhibition solely for the purpose of entertainment or amusement.

Fortune telling is a class B misdemeanor.”

So as long as you admit it is fake, you are ok. If, like me, you
believe that you can predict the future and do so, you are a criminal
in New York.

Christopher Warnock

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Feb Snow Full Moon/ 2/22/2016

On the 2nd of February we will be having our Full Moon, which traditionally is called the Snow Moon. This is because it is the time of year when the snow is heaviest on the earth, it is on the 2nd month the 22nd day of 2016. We have a lot of two’s in this full moon. In numerology it adds up to the number 6 which is sacred to Venus, Diana, Janus and the Heart, the heart being the soul the Ka in which all truths are revealed from within. It is the number of the Human Soul the Ka force, it also unites Fire and Water and is the number of musicians, writers and the arts, so this full moon would be a great time to go into your own soul, your ka and seek what you want to manifest into this world to make a difference.

The Moon is in Virgo which is hazy for the energy of the Moon as Virgo is both a moveable and fixed sign ruled by Mercury on the night side. Traditionally Virgo ruled the 12th house before it was moved to the seventh house in the chart. It is the sign of magic and medicine and much healing is done at this time through the art of magic.

This is a rear occasion as there are many 2 twos surrounding this moon and it brings about our dual sides of our nature the dark and light. The ka within us for many we do not understand or accept that we have both the light and dark and that our energy is androgynous when we accept that we are dark and light and of both energies masculine and feminine we can begin to learn how to find that balance of Virgo’s Scales in our lives and then there lies the true healing we all seek or have found.

Many Blessings to all on the Full Moon this Feb.moon

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Winter Solstice Cards

2014-12-21 14.10.29_resizedWishing you all a most blessed Winter Solstice, today I did a different style of reading for the Solstice using the Oracles of John Dee.

We look at the centre where we have the Gold Geographer — here it speaks to life’s events and reactions according to our own nature.  Always be willing to look behind the true meaning and not the outward appearance and seek to navigate around the doubt that can happen when we least expect.

Then we go to the Red Historian in the North which focus on Work Influences telling us not to get bogged down with the minutiae of living as this is a distraction to greater events in your life that stand out.  Reflect on your life if you feel stuck seek to make changes.

Here Urial asks?  What change do you think you might need?   Be honest with yourself!

Then we move to the east and the Green Historian which represents your Health and Happiness.  Everywhere in your life connections exist.  Search for pattens as you follow the road before you.  In your heath you will find mirrors that are cause and effect.  Look to your dreams for the hidden clues.  Here Raphael asks?  What are your dreams telling you?

Now to the South the place of Intentions and Direction.  We have the Green Geographer telling us it is easy to loose your way through the countless paths in life be willing to look at the long road ahead and when things feel complicated look to the simple things in life and with this mark the most important journeys in your life.  Here Michael asks?  What guidance do you look for on your journey?

Then last we come to the West and that of the Red Astronomer which represents Love and Inspiration.   Love should never been seen as a negotiation but as a shared experience, take care not to become the leading partner in your relationship and instead seek the harmonious understandings that make friendship and essential part of every love story.  Gabriel asks?  What remains when the tide is withdrawn?

 

May all be blessed in the season of the Light as Apollo the Sun once again prepares to rise above the heavens and the light of day once again becomes longer.

Rev. HPs Ariana Afsanay de Ly

 

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Book your Blessed Samhain, New Year Reading w/Ariana today!!!

Ariana1This is the time of year when the spirits are out and are walking amongst the living, it is again when the veil is thinnest and the gateways open for our ancestors to cross over into our realm and return home to visit and have their favourite meal.

It is also the time when all forms of divination, spell casting, messages from the spirits come through for loved ones, a time of removal of those things we need to harvest and cut away from our lives.

There are so many questions we all have and Ariana is here to bring you some clarity, enlightenment, understanding and to find the answers you have been seeking. Ariana was born an old soul and is a natural psychic, she communicates through the stars, the spirits, the angels and brings you answers to your questions. Ariana is compassionate and will be there to help you find your way, your empowerment and who you are and what you need to make you life better.

Call her today and book your Samhain, New Year reading at 978-210-2423, she is available for face to face in the Greater Portland, Gresham metro area as well as for phone readings. She brings a bright light to all, call her today for your psychic reading, she is there for you.

This is what in the Old Ways we know as Samhain (so wín), it is our New Year when we communicate on your behalf to bring messages over from the other side. This is when we offer our blessings to our Ancestors in remembering them for what role they have played in our lives and our paths we walk upon today. It is the time when we ask for blessings for the year ahead for those whom we love, but most of all it when we open up ourselves to messages that will bring wisdome and understanding into our lives.

There are so many questions we all have and Ariana is here to bring you some clarity, enlightenment, understanding and to find the answers you have been seeking. Ariana was born an old soul and is a natural psychic, she communicates through the stars, the spirits, the angels and brings you answers to your questions. Ariana is compassionate and will be there to help you find your way, your empowerment and who you are and what you need to make you life better.

Call her today and book your Samhain, New Year reading at 978-210-2423, she is available for face to face in the Greater Portland, Gresham metro area as well as for phone readings. She brings a bright light to all, call her today for your psychic reading, she is there for you.

Have an amazing week and many blessings and may you all be blessed with health, wealth and prosperity for in truly giving back you shall always be blessed. Be the beacon of light that shines so bright it destroys all the negative in this world.

Many Blessings
Ariana Afsanay de Ly
978-210-2423

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Planets and our Fate

I have been seeing a lot of this in clients charts at birth, many wonder why they have so many afflictions throughout life. The eighth house is the house where many issues arise and it said that when you have a good planet in this house you will receive damage from good men, but if those same planets are well they will bring good things into your life.

Many do not believe that the planets, the fixed stars, the motion in which they travel or for that matter the heavens have any say in our lives. Yes, the planets are there, their nature, effects , energies and more have existed from billions of years and it is the technique in which was used by the Sumerians, and all those cultures prior to modern inventions. The Sumerians were the first inventors of all knowledge we have today, they were the first to define how the stars related to below the heavens events. When it is a good time for building they used the planets, for the planting of the crops they used the planets, for marriages they used the planets, for reading the signs of war they used the planets, for harvesting they used the planets.

We are all created from the same force in this great big universe, we have different personalities, likes, dislikes, beliefs, interests and more, this is what defines us. Yet, we are all born of a certain path of fate and in all these things it is those planets that rule us when we are born that predicts all of these things within us. Yes, we are taught but in the of our fate, we are our Destiny.

Need answers to why things are happening, Ariana is available for private consultations for Traditional Astrology as well as Tarot or Psychic Readings. Ariana gives her clients one on one attention and works with them to give them the answers they seek from the other side. If you are uncertain as to why certain things are happening in your life and would like to find some answers, enlightenment and understanding, contact Ariana today.

She also includes in her consultations magical workings to aid her clients when they leave and can take home with them to help in cleansing their personal space and more.

Contact Ariana today, she is available for phone and in person consultations just contact her today at 561-336-5617 to book your appointment with her today. She is taking appointments for 30 minute and 1 hour sittings.

Many Blessings in the Dark and Light
Ariana

 

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