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Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recure every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Snake Year actually begins.
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February 10, 2013 signals the dawn of the Chinese New Year, and 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake! With all the attendant luck its Water element brings, the Snake is projected to bring exciting and challenging events this year!
Water Snake energy in 2013 will allow you to strengthen your relationships and make progress toward your goals! Some barriers break down, opening you up for great new things. Ride the wave of opportunity!
Through out the world, the snake has long been reguarded with awe and respect - and quite justifiably, too.
Walls and doors present no barrier to them, while to make an emeny of one could well turn out to be fatal. Not surprisingly, this powerful and mysterious creature became an object of worship among many ancient cultures, and even today snake temples still exist in India and Malaysia Westwen mythology, meanwhile, has a long associated the snake with the Underworld - which perhaps accounts for our instinctive fascination and dread at the sight of one in the hands of a snake charmer.
In Chinese astrology the Snake is the complement to the Dragon, both signs forming the House of Mystery. But while the Dragon represents the extrovert magician, brash and guady, the subtle Snake symbolizes the hidden aspect of mystery and occult knowledge. Like the Dragon, the Snake is a sign of good fortune for the Chinese, who believe it to be the guardian of burial treasure. Some are relucant to kill snakes which enter the house, no matter how dangerous, since there is a chance they might bring wealth with them.
Since snakes are closly in tune with the earth, and usually make their home there, the Chinese believe them to be particulary sensitive to the onset of earthquakes. As a consequence, the Snake year is said to be one in which earthquakes are more than usually severe - witness the disastrous events in China and Armenia which proceded the San Francisco earthquake in the Snake year 1989.
Such catastrophes are likely to be matched by policital up heavals. Coups, conspiracies and the ballot box are the means by which governments are overthrown, for it is a rime of internal revolution rather than war Similarly, in business, the dangers are not from takeover bids by outside companies, but through intrigue and insider dealing.
Yet the snake year is also a period when the needs of the environment are hightened. There is greater awareness of the value of the earth's resources, and 'green' issues come to fore.
Generally speaking, it is not such a favourable time to embark on any new ventures or risky projects. The year is best taken up with intitial planning, research and feasibility studie; caution is the key to survial.
How will you fare in the Snake year:
The Rat- this is not a good year for the Rat. But whatever th setbacks, ood will result - often in a surprising way.
The Ox- an excellent year for the Ox prsonality. Routine givs way to welcome change and brings exciting prospects
The Tiger- this year all kinds of unexpected hindrances, such as bureaucratic or legal tangles, impede the Tiger's progress.
The Hare- a year of extremely satisfying progress for the Hare. Both business anromance have a satisfactory outcome.
The Dragon- matters begun last year come to a satisfactory conclusion. Finaces may be reduced slightly, but will be more secur.
The Snake- an ideal time for the Snake to strike. Both in career and relationships, there should be positive results.
The Horse- moderate success might be found this year. It is neither good nor bad; the usual benefits, the usual problems.
The Sheep- Those sheep who favour the quiet life and are realistic in their ambitions will find this a happy and successful year.
The Monkey- a time when the Monkey's schemes and plots may come to grief. It is advisable to play matters very carefully.
The Rooster- a satisfactory time. Many problems from the past will be smoothed out, making the way ahead much clearer.
The Dog- problems will rear their heads, and it is best to be prepared for unxpected delays. Do not push ahead to vigorously.
The Pig- a disappointing year, especially where family is concerned. It is advisable not to consider ambitions plans.
Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.
A talisman is a woman/manmade magical object designed to pomote health, wealth, love, protection or similar objectives. The purpose of Talisman is to be carry out certain task - to protect against evil in general and bring success. We're used to say that Talisman would attract, on the one who is wearing it, luck, money, and love as honey attracts bees or magnet attracts iron, and that it would take away, negative waves of bad luck and failure.
Talisman has always been, as far as I can remember, part of the most precious things that a family owned. My mother give it to me, herself got it from her mother who herself got it from hers…
A talisman: a coin-size disk, square or triangle with certain symbols enraved on it. The talisman has been specially prepared and is worn for protection or to bring health, wealth or love. Objects would be blessed and become powerful talismans and magickal charms.
A love talisman must be made on a Friday, on or just before the Full Moon. It should be made of gold but can be created on copper. A really old coin that has been worn fairly smooth is a good choice. A flat stone on you diligently search for is another choice.
The witches' tool an Awl, or engraver is a small tool, about the size of a pen or pencil and is used in similar fashion to a pen, but it scratches, or engraves the characters into the coin. But a sharp nail alone will do.
One way to make an awl is find a piece of wood (can be the same as the wood for the wand) and carve it into a shape. You can carve the awl with symbols that are relevant to you. Take a small nail 9 -D would do) You can grind the nail into a point by working it against a rough rock. Tap the nail firmly into the end of the wood, be careful not to split the wood.
In magick you are not trying to do things the quick and easy way, you are working at putting your energies into your work. As you engrave, you must concentrate on your intent.
On the night of the Full Moon itself, wash the talisman in pure spring water and then hold it in the palm of your left hand. Breathe on it seven times, then hold it up high towards the Moon so that the light of the Moon shines on it. Then kiss the talisman and then keep it on your person.
Love symbols should be engraved on the natural object (coin, stone) during the waxing moon. As you engrave, concentrate on putting you intent into what you are trying to accomplish. On the reverse side, engrave names, astrological birth signs or dates to make more personal (your love one and yourself).
Witches have a vast store of knowledge regarding symbols and their uses. They have passed out the knowledge of where to find them, how to prepare them, or how to use them. Ancient Grimories have been past down from hand to hand across the length of Europe. Most of this information can be found in reading magickal texts.
There are tremendous range of symbols. Perhaps the most popular is that of the Sun. Almost as popular is the Moon. The heart symbol was actually to 'give heart' to to the person who wore it. But hearts can be equally good at producing love.
Probably the most famous of all "magical" rings was worn by King Solomon who ruled over israel in the thenth century B.C., and whose name is a symbol of great wisdom. He supposed to have worked miracles with the ring, which was of pure gold set with a precious stone, called in the ancient manuscripts a shamir, and engraved the five-pointed star or pentacle, known as the "shield of Solomon" and the initials of four Hebrew words meaning, "Thou art mighty forever Adonai." Adonai is the ineffable name of God, that is, so sacred as never to be spoken.
In ancient Rome, rings engraved with a five-point-srar were among the most popular means of aquiring good luck.
So it is that rings as a symbol of love, friendship, and good luck have come down to us in modern times.
Hebrews used talismans for all sorts of benefits - success in business, favor both God and people, love by enemies. They were composed of multitude of magic symbols, letter, and words written on skin or parchment. They often contained the six pointed star made by placing one triangle on another. This was known as the "shield of Solomon." Other used the five-pointed pentacle.
The Pentacle has the amazing power to capture ALL the positive cosmic energy circulating in our Universe, no matter how faint. The five-pointed-star, which the ancient believed had the power to trp the forces of evil, rendering them powerless.
"I am not a believer in ghosts, nor am I disbeliever. I am not a spiritualist, nor am I sceptic. I simply don't know. But I'm curious. And I want to know because it seems important. I feel it is something we should at least try to understand."
Ralph D. Blumenfeld, London Daily Mail, May 1901
Most people want to live a simple and happy life, and not have to struggle against adversity day after day.
On the 12th day, 12th month, 12th year in the 12th hour purify your environment, and get rid of all harmful influences. ( merge clearing out with beginnings) Then it will open wide the door that leads to great happiness in your life.
It is believed starting on 12/12/2012, a Wave of Luck is going to pass through transforming the course of our Destiny in a very strange way. That is excellent news! It means some problems are on the verge of disappearing, as a new season of light and happiness illuminates your life!
There are no set definitions for the meaning of specific digits. Common examples include:
1. Individual. Aggressor. Self. Leadership Yang.
2. Balance. Union. Receptive. Partnership Yin.
5. Action. Restlessness. Life experience
6. Home/family. Responsibility.
7. Thought/consciousness. Spirit
9. Highest level of changes.
12 is not like any other number. It possesses some very ancient magic, and is, in fact, the symbol of renewal. After 11, which marks the end of a cycle, 12 indicates a new beginning, and the opportunity to resolve anything about your life that isn’t working.
Since the dawn of time, 12 has represented the concept of “rebirth.” Success follows failure, victory follows defeat. It has the power to capture beneficial forces from around the Universe, and channel them into your life.
Now consider for a moment, all the extraordinary positive power contained in the date 12/12/2012. The entire year, the entire month, and that specific day, will all be blessed by
the beneficial Magic of the number 12!
- Twelve is the number of what is completed, which forms a whole, a perfect and harmonious unit. In the ancient civilizations, like Oriental and Judaic, it corresponds to the plenitude, the completion and the integrality of a thing. R. Allendy tells that it expresses the idea that the Universe forms a whole, associated with the idea of differentiation - 10 + 2.
- Represent the manifestation of the Trinity to the four corners of the horizon - 3 X 4.
- Symbolize the command and the good, and governs the space and the time, that is to say the operation of the Cosmos, from where its designation of cosmic number.
- Symbol of material and spiritual food, because of the 12 breads which Jesus Christ broke to the Last Supper, Himself being the Bread of Life.
- Number attributed to the government of the world or the cosmos.
- It is the creative capacity, and in some religions, it expresses also the Divine Mother.
The Ancient Mayan calendar speaks of 12-12-2012 as the end of times as we know it, and the beginning of a new cycle of evolution for planet earth, humanity and the cosmos. Mayan elders say that the Ancients were informing the modern world to be ready for a giant transformation for the human race. Interestingly, traditions across the world including Buddhism, Tao, Hopi and Vedic knowledge predict a ‘Golden Age’ or ‘Satyug’ in their calendars around the same period.
December 2012 is being looked upon as a significant spiritual event and a momentous shift in the collective consciousness of the planet. 12-12-12 is a beautiful opportunity for transformation and healing on a personal and global level.
Actually, a more significant date is December 21
, 2012, as this is the end of the Mayan calendar. This will mark the end of the Piscean Age of secular materialism, and the true beginning of the Age of Aquarius, which will last for one thousand years. It is also prophesied in Revelation chapter 20 verses 1-3.
- December 21, 2012 is 6 years, 6 months, 15 days from June 6, 2006, or
6/6/6 (or 2390 days)
- December 21, 2012 is 7 years from December 21, 2005 (or 2557 days). Are
we now in the Seven Year Tribulation Period?
- December 21, 2012 is 11 years, 3 months, 10 days from September 11, 2001
(or 4119 days)
Body language is a form of mental and physical ability of human non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously.
Body language may provide clues as to the attitude or state of mind of a person. People who show their body language to you can reveal their feelings. The technique of "reading" body language to know if someone loves me or loves me not the position of the feet is used frequently.
Loves me or Loves me not can be indicated through the position of the person's feet. If the toes are pointed directly toward you that person is planted in your life. If one foot is positioned to the left or right, that person wants to leave your personal space.
FRIDAY 13th: - The superstition might be rooted in mythology. Friday is named after Frigga, who is the goddess of love and fertility. When Christianity took over Northern Europe, this female deity was labelled a witch and banished to a mountaintop. It was believed that every Friday, to get revenge, the goddess got together with eleven other witches and the devil to plan wicked things for humans. In fact, for centuries, Friday was nicknamed The Witch’s Sabbath by Scandinavians. In fact, the root of the world Friday comes from Freya – the name of the good goddess turned evil. There is a rare phenomenon of Lucky Energy that lies hidden behind FRIDAY THE 13th, and it is going to last for an entire 52 days.
Most people agree that FRIDAY THE 13th emits a particular kind of magnetism which can trigger “miraculous” events, especially as far as wins at games and finding true love are concerned.
This is a very special time, when you can see hundreds of people who are in very difficult straits (emotional problems, family conflicts, financial difficulties and others) experience a surprising and rapid change in their lives, often in less than 30 days.
Superstition - Friday, subjected to Venus, is widely held to be unlucky and a day when evil influences are at work - especially if it happens to be the thirteen day of the month. A day when anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
The day that Eve offered the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, Friday is favoured for the holding of witches' covens and was formerly the customary day for hangings.
Accidents are more frequent on Fridays (though visits to the doctors are not advised), and clothes made on this day will not fit. Projects or trips begun on Friday will not prosper and any person who laughs on that day, says one proverb, will cry on Sunday. Many people add that Friday is also inauspicious day for moving house or for weddings, and formerly in some parts if the British Isles those who courted their lovers on a Friday were hounded by friends and neighbours banging noisily on pans and kettles. According to one old Shropshire superstition, news received on a Friday makes a physical impression upon the hearer in the form of a new wrinkle for every tiding.
Children born on Friday will prove unlucky, but will enjoy the gift of second sight and healing powers ( I was born on a Friday) Many claim that the weather on Friday will be repeated on the following Sunday. New undertakings of many other events of a personal nature, will also be postponed.
13 - Of all numbers, thirteen is the most starred. Witches' covens traditionally have thirteen members. In the tarot decks the number thirteen is reserved for Death.
Others assure us that the contrary is true, doubtless because the card XIII signifies rebirth
Most unlucky of all is the discovery that one has sat down to dinner at a table where thirteen people are present, a reference to the fact that there were thirteen people present at the Last Supper, where Judas Iscariot was the thirteenth. In reality, the prejudice against the number thirteen is of obscure origins, as evidence exists of it in Roman civilization long before Christ and the Last Supper, which is none the less usually cited as the source of superstition.
Perhaps significantly, the number thirteen was to the ancient Egyptians the last step of the ladder via which the soul reached eternity, though other authorities have suggested Hindu origins.
*The Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions Author David Pickering Friday page 80, #13 page 258
The small wren and the red-breasted robin are considered very magical birds. A sight of these two birds is a sign that the birth of a new season has begun.
The wren is known as cave dwellers, that live in the dense thickets. In myth, it is believed that the wren flew too close to the sun, which turned the ends of their feathers bright red.
The birds have been described as being born and reborn of fire.
The robin and the wren arrive side by side, bringing the sun's warmth and light. It is said the robin, in anticipation of their union, flew to the heavens to greet the wren and flew too close to the sun, scorching his breast. The robin is a symbol of fertility and rejuvenation. There is so much magic surrounding the two. The gods will surely seek compensation from anyone who harms them.
FEEL THE POWER OF THE SUN,
THE SMELL OF SPRING.
HIGH IN THE TREES,
BENEATH THE GROUND,
SEEDS STRETCHING, TO THE SKY,
SHOW ALL THE BEAUTY,
HELD DEEP WITHIN.
Imbloc, February 2nd, we welcome the first stirrings of spring, and to say farewell to the cold and welcome the warmth. The day's focus is to open our mind, soul, heart, and body to the changing season, to connect with the waxing solar year. Daylight hours gradually lengthen. Animals slowly come alive from the growing heat of the sun. An animal will come out of hibernation on February 2nd to determine the arrival of Spring.
To say farewell to the short days and long nights of the cold, icy winter, Imbloc, is the time for the annual weather forecasting ritual.
People in France look to the bear to see if winter is over. Germany kept their eye on the badger. Canada and the United States of America same tradition apply the groundhog.
The weather forcasting ritual gives a glimmer of hope for an early spring. If a hibernating groundhog casts a shadow at Imbloc, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen then spring will be delayed. Over many generations the animal forcast have been accurate.
According to ancient British weather lore it is the hedgehog that emerges at Imbloc, to fortell if winter will soon be over. When a hedgehog wakes from a deep sleep, and emerges from its burrow in mid-winter and sees its shadow, because the sun is shining, it will forcast that winter will only continue for another six weeks. If the weather will be bad, the hedgehog will remain inside its burrow.
An eighteenth century American rhyme advises: "Observe which way the hedgehog builds her nest, to front the north or south or east or west, for if 'tis true what common people say, the wind will blow quite contrary way."
Quote taken from-Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions Author-David Pickering