Have you ever had a dream that you can't really explain or interpret? You're not alone and you should know that dreams are very powerful. They all mean something very important to us. Take a look at how you can start analyzing your dreams today! What you find out may surprise you...
Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied about future events in the form of poems.
Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime - the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!
Janet Ursula Southiel (Southill), more popularly known as Mother Ursula Shipton, lived in Yorkshire England from 1488-1561. She became quite well known the accuracy of her visions with some pertaining to modern times including descriptions of the radio, television, airplanes, and World Wars, and even possibly World War III.
I Prophesy: Mother Shipton's Visions
The most famous claimed edition of Mother Shipton's prophecies foretells many modern events and phenomena. Widely quoted today as if it were the original, it contains over a hundred prophetic rhymed couplets in notably non-16th-century language and includes the now-famous lines:
The world to an end shall come
In eighteen hundred and eighty one.
However, this version did not appear in print until 1862, and its true author, one Charles Hindley, subsequently admitted in print that he had invented it. This invented prophecy has appeared over the years with different dates and in (or about) several countries (for example in the late 1970s many news articles about Mother Shipton appeared setting the date at 1981). The 1920s (subsequently much reprinted) booklet The Life and Prophecies of Ursula Sontheil better known as Mother Shipton stated the date as 1991.
Among other well-known lines from Hindley's fake version (often quoted as if they were original) are:
A Carriage without a horse shall go;
Disaster fill the world with woe...
In water iron then shall float,
As easy as a wooden boat.
In many modern Pagan traditions, animal symbolism -- and even actual animals -- are incorporated into magical belief and practice. Let's look at some of the ways people have welcomed animals into their magical practice throughout the ages, as well as specific animals and their folklore and legends.
1. Power Animals, Totem Animals and Spirit Animals
The use of a totem animal is not part of traditional Wiccan practice. However, as Wicca and other modern Pagan practices evolve and blend together, many people who follow non-mainstream spiritual paths find themselves working with a mix of many different belief systems. A power animal is a spiritual guardian that some people connect with. However, much like other spiritual entities, there's no rule or guideline that says you must have one.
2. Animal Familiars
In some traditions of modern Wicca and Paganism, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection, but in truth, the concept is a bit more complex than this.
The crystal ball glimmered with an iridescence of days of future past. The nearby flickering candles threw shadows of things yet to be upon the orbs crystalline matrix. The prophet, withered and aged, breathed deeply of the smokey air and continued to gaze deeply into the heart of the crystal. Deep within his brain, universal connections that bind us all in a web of wholeness are stimulated by the hypnotic shapes that danced faintly in the ball.
Time and space are one and all information contained within reality are available to those who can master their intellect and allow the stream of information to be downloaded directly into the brain -- bypassing the rational mind that would block anything received through such unconventional methods. The prophet sighs in contentment.
A crystal ball is a crystal or glass ball believed by some people to aid in the performance of clairvoyance. It is sometimes known as ashew stone (or show stone— "shew" is an archaic spelling of "show").
A body of water, either in a container or on the ground, used for this purpose, is called a scrying pool.
The Magical Crystal Ball
Use the magic of the crystal ball to predict your future.
Art of scrying
Main articles: Scrying and Crystal gazing
The art or process of "seeing" is known as "scrying", whereby images are claimed to be seen in crystals, or other media such as water, and are interpreted as meaningful information. The "information" gleaned then is used to make important decisions in one's life (i.e. love, marriage, finances, travel, business, etc.).
By contrast, some professed seers say that they do not actually see images in the crystal itself, but rather that the featureless interior of the stone facilitates them in clearing their mind of distractions so that future truths or events will become known to them.
When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, or any transparent body, it is known as crystallomancy or crystal gazing.
July's full moon is known as the Blessing Moon, although it's also called the Meadow Moon. July was originally called Quintilus, but was later renamed in honor of Julius Caesar.
Also Known As: Meadow Moon
To celebrate the Blessing Moon, Willow's coven did a ritual invoking Venus.
Making a Living, Making a Life
Here we go again -- it's a crescendo of the ongoing cosmic big squeeze, and with very active, cardinal forces. The Full Moon is at 20 degrees Capricorn on July 12th at 7:25 am EDT.
There's raw, instigating Aries and Mars energy, but the tones belted out in this opera of change come from deep soulful repositories and concern the big questions. A peak of theCapricorn instinct, with the Full Moon, spins around themes of life's work and/or calling.
Full Moon in Capricorn Motif: Deep embodiment, celebrating the sensual, the power of the rooted, investing in what's worthy, demonstrating mastery, dignity, enduring and worldly. Light shines on areas of life's work, mentoring, authority, legacy, lineage, natural law, maturation, traditions. This is serious moonlight for epiphanies about the most longed-for aspirations, which are often ones that take time and effort over many years.
The angles to the luminaries (Sun and Moon) foretell a mortal struggle to persevere through the crisis of growth. All four elements are in full force. A grand cross is when the four (chart) corners are activated in a powerful tension.
There's agitating pressure from all sides. And huge rewards and leaps if you dig down deep, and find hidden reserves of strength . Your character is fortified by creatively adapting to the demands of the times. Full Moons are revelatory -- what will be revealed?
By being alert and active in the current ordeals of your life, there's light at the end of the Full Moon tunnel. The Capricorn Moon is imbued with Pluto's near-supernatural knowing, for potential clear seeing into the shadowy terrain. What's standing out here, is that it's one to lift out buried treasures within. And to unlock hidden pockets of pure creativity and vitality.
The overall forecast is for firming up resolve, and growing in your personal authenticity. In a time of flabby integrity, the one that is determined to live their values, knows true personal power.
Capricorn's ruler Saturn looms large in the Capricorn Full Moon chart with a trine to the Sun (Cancer). And there's a close-enough bouncing off to Jupiter, also in Cancer. All this hints at a cosmic conspiracy, to firm up your emotional authenticity factor, as a way of moving forward.
There's a whole lot going on here at the Full Moon. But one stand-out, is the support for those that put in sincere effort, and push through inner and outer resistance. And using your various intelligences, especially emotional and practical knowing of what's being experienced "on the ground."
Authority, Authorize, "To Grow"
Capricorn is a cardinal sign, making it all about inventiveness, high impact doings, and the drive to initiate. Capricorn is an earth sign, with an emphasis on the tangible, stable, secure; it inspires resourcefulness, ambition, conservation and patience.
Which house does Capricorn fall in your birth chart? Read your Capricorn Full Moon forecast by house (life sphere).
(Capricorn) is the sign of climbing mountains, and being dedicated to what matters deeply. At the Full Moon, we're drawn into the karma-heavy, rich, musty, earthy caves of the planetary past -- and can find the wisdom of the ages there.
The Cancer-Capricorn opposition blends two signs that draw in what they need, and fiercely resist what they don't want. Both can appear to brood and go deep within, only to end up surrounding themselves with emotional and material structures that are built to last.This Full Moon can root you in the home of the Self and surrounds, where you take stock of what you've got, and what you need. Capricorn is tough love personified, where no means no. And yes is deep commitment.
The Full Moon in this wise old sign takes us to the depths and the peaks. It's a particular kind of sight, one where you might get the thousand yard stare. You're watching with a knowing that includes the intellect, but is so much more.
What's Illuminated?: Earth moving; setting corner stones; plans to flourish; strategy for sustenance into the future; taking control; personal authority; honoring commitments; dedication to what's most valued.
With the Moon in a wide orb merging to Pluto in pre-historic Capricorn, there is a call of the ancients. The instincts of the indigenous soul beat strongly. Tune into something timeless -- deeper and more powerful than the overlay or virtual anxieties of our age. The Capricorn message is to find power in the rich archives of the human story.
A Light On
Mead Moon, Blessing Moon, Full Hay Moon, Lightning Moon, Full Thunder Moon (big storms). Also known as the Full Buck Moon, since it's when new antlers grow out on young bucks, with a coating of velvety fur.
When the Moon is full in Capricorn, the Sun is in the opposite sign of Cancer.
More on the Capricorn Full Moon http://astrology.about.com/od/themoon/a/FullMoonCap.htm
I am so pleased to announce I have completed the first draft of my manuscript A Seeker's Quest - a guide to working witchy magick and preparing the submission letter to send to the Acquisition Editor for publication.
A Seeker's Quest is possibly the closest a reader will come to viewing my personal 'Book of Shadows'. A Book of Shadows or grimoire, is a handwritten collection of Witch's rites and practices that have been collected.
I like to sit under an oak tree that is at least 50 years old to take a moment and remember every step it took me to bring the book to reality.
I walk across the hay fields toward the oak tree in a remote part of the family farm to request the most benevolent outcome for my book 'A Seeker's Quest' - a guide to working witchy magick.
This is a request I say to my Spirit Guide for a desired outcome, and then I thank my Guide for their support. I have asked for benevolent outcomes for each of the three books with signed contracts, so I know it works.
Start requesting benevolent outcomes and experience situations going better than you can expect.
"May I have the most benevolent outcome for__________________, thank you."
But that's entirely up to you!
Smiles & Sunshine:)
MIDSUMMER, LITHA near June 21 – the Sun, stops its climb, is stationary, and then changes direction. This marks the point of year when the Sun is symbolically at the height of its powers. Summer Solstice earth experiences the longest day of the year.
YOU ARE AT YOUR FULLEST.
FLOWER, BUD, LEAF,
YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR PEAK.
OAK TREE – The oak tree is sacred to the Celts. They celebrated the eight pagan festivals among the knowing trees. They are said to have conducted their practices in the sacred groves, the most important being summer solstice.
SUMMONING THE GREEN MAN,
EMBRACING THE GREEN MAN,
KNOCK THREE TIMES, UPON THE TREE,
SPEAK, LOOK, LISTEN
FOR THE WOOD SPIRIT TO APPEAR.
THE APPLE – The fruit represents Apple Land, or Avalon, a place where women can learn from the Divine to be true to what’s important in life. The skin of the apple represents earth’s circle. Inside is a five-pointed star – a witch dancing in the cosmic force.
The apple is ruled by the love planet Venus, and can be used to predict matters of the heart.
Turn the stem of an apple requesting knowledge. With each turn recite the letters of the alphabet to know the initial of an intended suitor. Peel the skin off saying the abc, allowing the peel drop to reinforce the answer given.
Hold apple seeds in your left hand and recite the name of a suitor for each seed, and then toss them into the flames. The seed that pops the loudest is the suitor whose heart burned the most for them.
The answer given should either reinforce your choice or give you the knowledge that someone better suited would be coming in to your life.
PROPHETIC DREAMS – to foretell or foresee future events while sleeping
Dreams are a way the Divine Powers use to tell you what path to follow.
Perhaps the greatest gift a dream can give is to reveal where you need to heal so you can attain a healthier lifestyle, and certainly a healthier relationship. If you resolve and release the emotional issue, you’ll lessen the chances of having to deal with it again in a future relationship.
I recommend writing down what you dream when you wake up first thing in the morning.
Gather mistletoe on Midsummer and sleep under your pillow to gain divine inspiration.
As long as mistletoe continues to grow at the foot of the mighty oak the tree will never die. The mistletoe is harvested at the exact moment of Summer Solstice, when the power of protection is at its fullest.
Lay two acorns out in the Sun’s first light to be blessed. Around noon drop the acorns together into a bowl filled with fresh rain water. If the two acorns float together your mate is true to you. If the acorns drift apart there is someone more suited for you.
DAY BEFORE MIDSUMMER, LITHA –around JUNE 20th
Blue Jay - spiritual healing, adaptability and resourcefulness
Crocus – first to arrive
BOLLINE – in magic is a white-handle knife, used for practical purpose such as cutting or piercing.
Midsummer is believed to be one of the best times to gather herbs. Herbs should be gathered from the east, where the sun’s energy is considered greatest. Spread a white cloth under the plant. Holding the stem, and leaf in her left hand, a witches’ energy mingles with the herb’s energy.
CREATIONS OF EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER,
I REQUEST THEE TO GIVE OF YOUR ENERGY,
PLEASE, AID ME IN MY CRAFT.
I TAKE ONLY WHAT IS NEEDED,
I PRAY YOU GROW SRONGER,
EACH AND EVERY DAY,
CREATIONS OF EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER,
SO MOTE IT BE.
Be sure to leave an offering of birdseed or bread crumbs as a thank you for what you take.
Witches have great healing powers. Women are natural healers. We are born with divine gift. The energy in our hands, hold the healing touch. Witches have the belief they can connect their light energy to plant or herb to aid other people or animal’s ailments. This connection is not made by commanding or demanding these influences, but by requesting and leaving an offering of acknowledgement for their power.
JOIN THE TWO,
GREAT HEALING POWER.
A list of healing colors –
RED energy of life, balance, strength, treating cancer,
ORANGE stimulating, balance, strength treating arthritis, asthma,
YELLOW uplifting, warm glowing treating cramps,
GREEN fertility, cool sensation treating boils, headaches
AQUA soothing, harmony, balance hypersensitivity,
BLUE tranquility, soothing, relaxing treating high- blood
pressure, menstrual pain,
VIOLET vibrating, spiritual treating asthma, baldness
clots, colds, stress disorder
ROSE peaceful, friendly, restful treating ailments of the
WHITE cleansing, protection treating broken bones,
minor pain, toothache
Illness can be detected in the aura the light energy radiating around plants, animals and humans. Illness can appear as weak cloudy or discoloured spots or detected by cold spots in the aura. Living well is the ability to keep energies balanced within the body.
Direct color rays physically to a patient, which can be done up close or at a distance.
For Self -
Lay with your spine against the ground or floor, legs straight. Rub your hands together to build up energies. Place your power hand (the one you write with) over the area that needs healing and imagine the healing color flowing where needed to be healed.
With Someone –
Have the person sit in a chair, straighten their back and feet flat on the floor while hands rest on the knees. Close your eyes and place both hands above their head. Slowly, with your palms facing down, begin to move them around your sitter’s body. Feel for any changes in the body’s temperature. Place hands slightly above the illness. Send a ray of the healing color needed to ease pain or discomfort.
Charging Herbs –
Take a pinch of herb/leaf/stem/bud in your left hand between the thumb and first finger standing by an open window or outside and raise the herb high to the sun’s rays and request that the herb be charged to aid you in your desire.
“MAY THIS HERB_______________ GIVE_______________ the strength and power to -
Whole healing herbs –
Angelica purifies the home, removes negativity
Basil wards off negativity
Comfrey (root and leaf) to stay healthy
Hops promotes good health, to help aid sleep
Sage protection, health
Fine powder herbs can be sprinkled upon the candle flame while requesting aid.
Herbs of fine powder –
Thyme burn for purification, wards off negativity
Rosemary burn for purification, wards off negativity, promotes good
health, requesting a blessing from the elves
Allspice burn for protection, wards off negativity
Cinnamon burn to request the healing spirit for assistance in bringing
protection, success in healing spells
Frankincense burn for protection from the healing spirits
To add extra power to your rituals-
Add a cup of chamomile tea to help bring rest, calmness and a peaceful sleep.
A warm bath with a sprinkle of salt should be drawn to cleanse the spirit and body.
Add to bath water cheesecloth filled with Irish moss, trying not to allow any of the moss to float free in the water to lift the spirit. As you lay request be cleansed for all ailment and return to good health.
Bury an apple outdoors and request a blessing from unseen guides and to attract good health. The apple is a gift of acknowledgement.
Excerpt is taken from my manuscript "A Seeker's Quest The Magic."
In England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland a succession of Witchcraft Acts have governed witchcraft and provided penalties for its practice, or (in later years) for pretending to practice it.
June 1st - Witchcraft Act of 1563 takes effect in England.
Until the year of 1951, English laws were strictly prohibiting witchcraft and other similar practices like acts of magic, or consulting with the spirit world. The most important act in the history of England’s witchcraft laws and penalty is without a doubt, the one that came into action on the 1st of June 1563. So, on this day all Wicca and Paganism followers mark the beginning of a long history of accusations and penalties for all of those found guilty of witchcraft and spiritualism in the UK.
There has never been a single law in the U.S prohibiting acts of witchcraft. In 1692, when the Salem witch trials took place, the United States were still a part of the British colonies.
Witchcraft Act 1542
Religious tensions in England during the 16th and 17th centuries resulted in the introduction of serious penalties for witchcraft. Henry VIII's Act of 1542 (33 Hen. VIII c. 8) was the first to define witchcraft as a felony, a crime punishable by death and the forfeiture of the convicted felon's goods and chattels. It was forbidden to:
... use devise practise or exercise, or cause to be devysed [sic] practised or exercised, any Invovacons or cojuracons [sic] of Sprites witchecraftes enchauntementes or sorceries to thentent [sic?] to fynde [sic] money or treasure or to waste consume or destroy any persone [sic] in his bodie membres, or to pvoke [provoke] any persone to unlawfull love, or for any other unlawfull intente or purpose ... or for dispite of Cryste, or for lucre of money, dygge up or pull downe any Crosse or Crosses or by such Invovacons or cojuracons of Sprites witchecraftes enchauntementes [sic] or sorceries or any of them take upon them to tell or declare where goodes stollen [sic?] or lost shall become ...
The Act also removed a right known as benefit of clergy from those convicted of witchcraft, a legal device that spared anyone from hanging who was able to read a passage from the Bible. This statute was repealed by Henry's son, Edward VI, in 1547.
An Act agaynst Conjuracons Inchantments and Witchecraftes
Scottish Witchcraft Act 1563
Under the Scottish Witchcraft Act 1563 both the practice of witchcraft and consulting with witches were capital offences. This Act stayed on Scottish statute books until repealed as a result of a House of Lords amendment to the bill for the post-union Witchcraft Act 1735.
Witchcraft Act 1563
An Act agaynst Conjuracons Inchantments and Witchecraftes.
Witchcraft Acts Wikipedia
This is an Anglia Television film, broadcast in 1985, investigating the activities of the witch finders Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne in East Anglia, England, in 1645.
Web credit http://www.alanmacfarlane.com
Wednesday night is the full moon for May, rising in the sky around 3 p.m. Eastern time. In the tradition of Native American naming, it’s commonly known as the flower moon, to reflect the spring blooms seen this month. Other names for the May full moon include the hare moon, the corn-planting moon and the milk moon.
According to the Old Farmer’s Alamanc, the full flower moon means increasing fertility, as temperatures become warm enough for animals to bear young. For this reason, it’s sometimes called Mother’s moon. It also signals the near end of late frosts.
May’s full moon coincides with another special astronomical event, when the moon will block Saturnfrom view for an hour. This is known as the occultation of Saturn. Late Tuesday night on the east coast, viewers looking up at the sky will see Saturn disappear behind the nearly full moon.
The name flower moon is sometimes used to describe the full moon of June, but a more popular name for June’s moon is the strawberry moon. This year, the full strawberry moon occurs on June 13.
Full Moon Facts & Folklore
Hope you enjoyed the full moon on May 14 2014 love peace and happiness.
Flower Moon -
May Full Moon
Once April's rains and winds have subsided, the sun begins to warm up the earth and we're able to get the gardens planted. Typically, May is the month we begin to sow our crops. Get out in the garden under a Flower Moon and put your hands into the soil. Spring is a time of fertility, and May is a fiery month indeed -- full of lust and passion!
It's sometimes called the month of the Hare Moon -- and we all know what hares are busy doing in the spring. Celebrate once the sun goes down with a big bonfire ceremony.
Celebrate May's full moon with fires and ritual.
Also Known As: Hare Moon
Pictures taken during my Flower Moon Rite - Sit and breath deeply with eyes focused on the flame. Concentrate on your intentions as the wick burns down.
A candle symbolizes the ancient element, fire and is a sacred tool. The candle is annimage of humanity. The wax corresponds to the physical body; the wick, the human mind, and the flame corresponds to the human soul.
Candle burning is based on sympathetic magic. The candle represents something
real. Whatever is projected onto the candle will cause the same thing to happen to who or what the candle represents. The procedure is to identify a candle with a particular person then project intention toward the candle for a desired outcome.
No matter how simple or complex the charm, spell or incantation is, your personal will and energy is applied. The most effective magic generally combines both words and actions.
ATHENS GREECE 10pm ,GMT+2, May full moon
The full Moon in May is called the Full Flower Moon
May's Full Flower Moon, also called Mother's Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon, marks a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.