Cat’s Bits for August 20-26: Egyptian Mythology Or Spiritual Reality 

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Cat’s Bits for August 20-26: Egyptian Mythology Or Spiritual Reality

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August Events:

 

August: 12: Mercury goes Retrograde until Sept. 1

August 21: New Moon at 2:30 pm EST and Solar Eclipse at 2:25 pm EST

August 22: Sun enters Virgo 6:20 pm EST

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Garden Song

  1. Inch by inch, row by row
    Gonna make this garden grow
    All it takes is a rake and a hoe
    And a piece of fertile ground

    Inch by inch, row by row
    Someone bless these seeds I sow
    Someone warm them from below
    Till the rain comes tumbling down

    Pulling weeds and picking stones
    Man is made of dreams and bones
    Feel the need to grow my own
    Cause the time is close at hand

    Painful rain, sun and rain
    Find my way in nature’s chain
    Tune my body and my brain
    To the music from the land

    Plant your rows straight and long
    Temper them with prayer and song
    Mother Earth will make you strong
    If you give her love and care

    Old crow watching hungrily
    From his perch in yonder tree
    In my garden I’m as free
    As that feathered thief up there

    Songwriters: DAVID MALLETT
    © Reservoir One Music, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    For non-commercial use only.

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Egyptian Mythology Or Spiritual Reality – Did Egyptians See Them As The Same Thing?
ByLeon Steyn

One of the most interesting fields of study is the study of Egyptology.Without doubt this remarkable history and the dry desert worked together to give the world the most amazing evidence of ancient history, myth and spiritual reality. But where did the one stop and the other begin?

Mythology and Religion

There is enough evidence from the engravings on temple walls, statues and scrolls for us to reach the conclusion that for the ancient Egyptians the main pantheon was Osiris. This deity was not just a deity but was immortalised by putting him in the sky from where he now follows the sun. It was also believed that all Pharaohs that died became gods themselves and joined Osiris in the sky. From here they would protect their followers.

For the Egyptians it was easy to look up and see Osiris watching over them. This fact was enhanced as they could see him standing in the early morning eastern sky. From his prominent position in heaven he brought the flooding of the Nile, the life and death of all Egyptians who lived next to the Nile. Osiris was not a mythological character to them; he was a tangible spiritual deity you could see and worship.

Orion the Hunter

As the Greek mythological figure Orion the Hunter, this group of stars could be the most prominent constellation in the sky as it is so easy to spot. For the Greeks this Hunter was part of the Zodiac and much more than mythology. Now for those who do not know this yet, the constellation Orion is also the god Osiris we just talked about. And for those with no idea where or who either is, the brightest star in the sky Sirius is always near Orion. The belt of three stars makes Orion easy to spot because there is only one place where the stars form such a line in the sky. Rigel the white star on his knee and Betelgeuse the orange star on his shoulder plus a few other stars form the outline of this prominent starry pattern. Nearby you can also find Aldebaran, the orange star and the Pleiades or Seven sisters, a group of stars, all part of Taurus the Bull.

Today we look up at the sky and we appreciate the names and forms the early civilizations had given to the constellations of stars. However we do not see Orion as anything but a recognizable pattern of stars. Still for the Egyptians and even for the pre – Christian Greeks, they were something much more. They were gods. We have moved away from looking at the stars and see them as gods but when we see the procession of Druids at Stonehenge during an eclipse or around the solstice we wonder how far we have moved from the earlier beliefs.

Leon Steyn is an online writer and marketer. If you found this article interesting get a Free copy of his brand new fiction e-book Ozymandeus by emailing him at [mailto:monkcove@yahoo.com]monkcove@yahoo.com. Leon uses Astronomy and Spirituality in a combination in this book.

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Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

 

(Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 5 cats.)

 

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Please feel free to check out my websites!

Cat’s Treasure Trove: An Eclectic Collection of Jewelry and Gifts!  http://catstreasuretrove.weebly.com

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Sacred Spirals on Facebook: The Place Where All Paths Meet  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredSpirals/

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It’s About Perspective: Cat’s Angel Message for August 19, 2017 

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It’s About Perspective: Cat’s Angel Message for August 19, 2017  

August Theme: Prosperity- Abundance- Creative Problem Solving 

I wept because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.  ~ Persian Proverb

819: The Universe provides us with everything that we need to make our lives happy and successful. We have access to higher assistance as well as our own inner guidance system. By doing our best to keep things in a positive perspective and by living in gratitude we can both manifest and create a better life for ourselves and our loved ones. Today the angels are reminding us to stay focused on our goals because it will broaden our outlook and propel us forward into the life we want. Remember, we are all worthy of good things and by working together with the Universe we create a win-win situation!

Archangel Sandalphon delivers our prayers and requests to Spirit as well as the angels and ascended masters who are best suited to help us. His energy is gentle and very subtle and he speaks to us most often through music. Since we are working toward the New Moon on Monday call on the Greek goddess/ascended master Artemis to help you feel more comfortable accessing and listening to your inner guidance system. Our stone for today is Blue Quartz which promotes happiness and well being as it enhances our self reliance.

Blessings for a magickal day!

Cat

I invite you to share my work as long as no changes are made and to check out my websites:

 
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Daily readings are written by Cat. Angel graphic is created and (C)LBolotin 2016-17.

Cat’s Bits for August 13 – 19 A Magical Thing

 

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Cat’s Bits for August 13 – 19 A Magical Thing

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August Events:

 

August: 12: Mercury goes Retrograde until Sept. 1

August 21: New Moon at 2:30 pm EST

August 22: Sun enters Virgo 6:20 pm EST

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A Magical Thing
By Andrea Caroline

Once upon a time, in a land far away, in a place time has forgotten and the sea has since covered, there lived a king who had a beautiful little girl. So beautiful was she that people came from everywhere to see her golden locks of hair and her mesmerizing smile.

Being the only child and as beautiful as the red velvet rose, the little girl became quite a spoiled princess. Sometimes in her desire to play in the forest and meadows, she foolishly disregarded her parents instructions. In this mystical meadow the birds and bees could actually talk. The animals would frolic fearlessly rolling in the warm green grass. All of nature could speak, tease and bewitch for they have no fear at all. The big black bears and the big mountain cats were as friendly as could be never thinking once about hurting anyone. Too busy with the joys of the day and talking with butterflies, the beautiful princess lost something of great value.

And so it happened, as it often does, that on this one particular day the princess lost her magical smile. She searched high and low for her beloved smile but she could not find it. The smile that brightened everyone’s life was gone and she had no idea where it had gone. Her cheeks forgot how to do anything but frown. Her lips once filled with laughter pooched out in sadness and upon her little forehead wrinkles began to appear. Her beautiful blue eyes lost their sparkle and her heart grew heavy with sadness. Even her tummy felt sick for she had no desire to frolic anymore.

“How could I be so absent-minded?” she asked with a sigh? “I don’t know!” exclaimed the long-eared rabbit who had been her playmate for a very long time. We can’t just give up. We will call for a meeting in the meadow and everyone will search until we find your royal smile.

Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months. Nowhere was her smile to be found. She quickly became aware of the great value of a smile. The butterflies smiled at the birds and the bees. The rabbit’s laughter sounded throughout the meadow but no laughter came from the little princess. So it was that this land once filled with joy now longed for the smile of the little girl. So the search continued day and night for her lost treasure.

One afternoon as she was wandering through the forest she came upon a large tree that had fallen down. Its trunk and roots were exposed making a nice seat for anyone passing by. Feeling tired, she climbed upon the huge trunk to rest her weary feet. She sat there wandering what would become of her now. She had carelessly lost that which cannot be found. Just then, as if from nowhere, there came a strange little voice. “I’m sorry to bother you. You look so sad. Is there something I can do to help you?” The voice above her head asked. It seemed to be kind and caring but so absorbed in her grief; she did not even bother to look to see who was talking to her. “You can’t help me! No one can help me!” She snapped angrily. “I want my smile back because I am so ugly without it. Just look at me!” She groaned as her hands searched her small solemn face.

“Oh my goodness! You do have a problem!” answered the chipmunk. “I’ve never ever heard of anyone losing their smile. I certainly would be sad if I lost something that valuable!”

“I know! I know!” She screamed out. “I don’t need another lecture. I just need to find my smile and I need to find it before I turn into an ugly old woman!” She cried in desperation. Now the chipmunk was a very busy worker and so were all those in his family. It was the time of year when all animals worked really hard preparing for the coming months when there would be nothing at all to eat. “I think I might know where to might find it” he said very seriously. He looked as if he was in deep thought.

“Where is it?” She asked anxiously, hopping off the tree trunk and standing straight up, her hands propping themselves on her small hips.

“I’m not real sure but there is only one place it could be and you will have to go with me to find it. It is through the forest, across a big lake and up one side of a mountain. It will take all day to get there so we will need to start early in the morning.” He continued. “If you have searched the forest and the meadows already then this is the only place left. If it is not there, then you may never find it.” He said looking down at the ground. Just a tiny bit of hope was all it took for the princess to become excited beyond measure. At last there was a remote possibility her smile might be found.

Sleep came quickly as did the dreams of the princess and all the creatures in the meadows. Asking permission to play in the forest the princess began dressing early the next morning. Instead of the frills on a dress, she wore blue jeans. Instead of her shiny slippers, she wore her leather boots. Brushing her long golden locks of hair and brushing her teeth, she was finally ready for the day’s long journey. Perhaps this will be my last day with this ugly face, she thought as she took one last look at herself in the mirror.

The sun became hot and legs became tired. All the creatures accompanied the princess through the thick forest, across the rippling lake and onto the rocky side of the mountain.

Her face was dirty from wiping the sweat. As they rounded the side of the mountain, the air was suddenly filled with unfamiliar sounds. All ears perked up and all eyes opened wide as could be. Where was this place? Who lived here? Everyone stood still taking in the wonder that lay before them. No one said a word.

Mushrooms that used to grow in the forest had changed into round white marshmallows all powdery and sweet. The branches on the tall trees hung heavily with striped candy canes. Thorn bushes were covered in pink blossoms and next to the blossoms grew an assortment of gum drops ready to eat. Row upon row in the fields grew tall stalks of candy corn, jelly bean bushes, chocolate peanuts and lots and lots of lollipops nodding their colorful heads. Even the apple trees were showing off their shiny sugar-coated delicious apples. Truly this was a land of magic.

“Oh my goodness!” gasped the princess. “What an amazing place this is! Just look at all the delicious things growing everywhere. “Her fingers anxiously picked candies and stuffed into her mouth. She could barely speak she had packed so much inside. No one had eaten all day and everyone was terribly hungry. Butterflies and bees licked up the sweet juices from the apples. The rabbits and birds filled their tummies with all the variety of candies they could eat. The frogs sat upon the marshmallows resting their weary webbed feet all the while nibbling on milk chocolate peanuts. It was a world unknown to mankind and a very few animals of the forest.

Suddenly a voice startled everyone and they all stopped chewing at the same time to see where this voice came from. There before them stood a wizard all dress up in his red satin pants and a purple robe that went almost to the ground. His neck tie matched his pants and his shoes were yellow polka dotted with orange shoe strings. Upon his head sat a pointed hat with stars and half moons of all sizes. In his hand was a long magic wand emanating a blue mist all around.

“Well bless my yellow boots! Who do we have here?” He asked his face covered totally with a smile as big as the sky.

“Oh! It’s just me! I’m sorry if I have eaten without asking first. I do have better manners” she stammered. “We came here hoping to find my smile. You see I misplaced it and we have looked day and night for a very long time.” Her voice was a bit shaken from the unexpected sight of the wizard. She swallowed the remainder in her mouth and continued to reveal her sad story. She was now lost somewhere between astonishment and wonder. It was very evident!

“Is that all?” the wizard asked.

“Is that ALL?” snapped the princess. “Can’t you see I have no smile? My face is becoming more and more like that of an old witch wrinkles and all.

“Well my darling child, what may seem terrible to you is quite simple to me. You see, smiles are everywhere here. They spread from one person to another quickly. It’s the smiles and laughter that keeps our land magical. Why without smiles, our trees would never have fruit and our candies would run away. It’s the smiles and laughter that makes them want to stay!” He continued wiggling his long pointed nose.

As he spoke her eyes moved slowly absorbing all that lay before her. Her ears perked up listening to the kind and caring words of the wizard. Laying his wand aside, he removed his tall colorful hat. He motioned for her to approach him.

The rocks made a crunching sound beneath her shoes as she moved nervously towards him.

“Come and look inside my hat. I think you will be surprised at all the things I’ve put in there.” He grinned teasingly. His gold teeth glistened in the sun as his smile spread ever bigger over his face. Looking into the magic hat, the princess could not believe her eyes. The long eared white rabbit that had long been her playmate sat there eating on a big orange carrot. “Your ears!” She asked. “You had two floppy ears and now you have only one in the middle of your head. What have you done?” she asked. Her hands quickly reached into the hat to retrieve her friend and to see what in the world had happened to his ears.

“Oh those!” He said with a blush on his face. “Well you see I decided to give myself a new look so I wound some red shoe strings around my ears to keep them from dragging on the ground. In doing so, the strings became tangled and now I can’t seem to get them lose.” He stammered, quiet embarrassed at the thought of this site he had created.

“My Goodness! I can help you untie your floppy ears. Here let me take a look”. As soon as the princess fingers touched the rabbit something strange began to happen to her. Her ribs began to tickle her and her cheeks began to stretch over her face exposing her dimples. Deep inside of her burst forth a roll of laughter. It was so funny she had to hold her sides.

“You found it!” The animals all yelled at once. “You have found your smile. It was hiding in the wizard’s hat all this time. It was then the princess realized her heart had become so filled with love; it had spread all over her body creating a huge smile accompanied with rounds of laughter. The frowns were gone. Once again her eyes sparkled in the sunlight and her red lips framed a huge happy smile.

“Well my dear lady! It seems that you have found something inside my hat that belongs to you. I hope you will not be so careless ever again. Smiles are what makes magical things happen and they spread near and far. One can give them away everyday but they multiply by leaps and bounds. Now unwind the ears of your dear friend and let the party begin for a smile is a very precious thing. The world would be just like it is here if everyone would just share it.

“Way to go!” The chipmunk yelled toasting a big glass of pink lemonade. “Way to go my dear sweet princess! Way to go!”

So the princess returned home accompanied by all her forest friends. Her feet were tired, her tummy stuffed from all the delicious candy but most of all a big smile spread across her beautiful face.

To this day the smiles have never again been misplaced and all the creatures everywhere continue to give bunches of them away.

This is just one fairy tale for children written by Andrea Caroline Wingate. Andrea is from Wingate, N. C. and has been awarded many awards for her poetry and her children’s stories. Please take time to visit her poetry websites, enjoy family poetry and read your children her wonderful children’s stories. http://www.Petalsofpoetry.com and [http://rosepetalspoetry.tripod.com 

Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?A-Magical-Thing&id=5881396] A Magical Thing

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

 

Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 5 cats.

 

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Please feel free to check out my websites!

Cat’s Treasure Trove: An Eclectic Collection of Jewelry and Gifts!  http://catstreasuretrove.weebly.com

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Sacred Spirals on Facebook: The Place Where All Paths Meet  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredSpirals/

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Thought for the Day: August 9, 2017 ” Inner Strength”

Happy Wednesday or as Grumpy Cat says…  “Grumpy Hump Day!

Change is an inevitable part of life, it’s good, bad, exciting or scary and sometimes all at once. When dealing with change two of our most valuable resources are 1) How we perceive it and 2) Inner strength. If we see change as scary then it tends to be that way and we struggle with it. However,  a little wary is okay if we see change as an adventure. This helps us to find our inner strength, because that’s part of the adventure. Just ask Frodo and Sam. Our inner strength can help us move mountains (or save the world) sometimes we just have to dig deep to find it!

Daily Thought

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August 7, 2017 Full Corn Moon at 2:11 pm EST

August 7, 2017 Full Moon at 2:11 pm EST

The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls this moon the Sturgeon Moon because the Native people of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain knew this was the best time to catch these big fish.  I have also seen it called the Barley Moon or Corn Moon as this moon is also associated with the beginning of the grain harvest and the rebirth we celebrated at Lughbasadh.
Other names for this moon are Dog’s Day Moon (Colonial American), Harvest Moon (China), Fruit Moon (Cherokee), Women’s Moon (Choctaw), Moon When All Things Ripen (Dakotah), Dispute Moon (Celtic), Lightning Moon (Pagan).
Carry the harvest theme over into your magickal workings for the day. What can you sacrifice (harvest) today that will help you in the future. Spiritual and physical health are also good areas to work on at this time.
Sacred Stones: Carnelian garnet, red agate, red jasper amd tigers eye both gold and red.
Sacred Herbs: Chamomile, basil, rosemary, rue
Deities: Hecate, Mars, Hathor, Thoth
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Here are a couple of Full Moon Spells I came across:

Magic of the Moon Spell No. 1 (Magic Moon Water)

Leave a jug of spring water out in the light of the Full Moon. This water is excellent for washing your face to impart beauty and purity and can also be used to energetically cleanse crystals and imbue them with the magic of the Full Moon.

Magic of the Moon Spell No. 2 (Prosperity Spell)

What you need:
Silver coin
Cauldron or pot

Half fill the pot with water and drop a silver coin into it. Position the pot or cauldron so the light of the Full Moon shines onto the water. Gently sweep your hands above the surface, symbolically gathering up the Moon’s silver.

While you are gathering the Moon’s silver, say:

La Luna, beautiful Lady of the Moon, bring to me your wealth right soon. Fill my hands with silver and gold. All you give, my hands can hold.

Repeat this chant three times. When you are finished, pour the water upon the Earth. This is most effective done during the Full Moon.

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Cat’s Bits for August 6-12: The Celtic Tree Month of Hazel:  August 5th – September 1st.

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Cat’s Bits for August 6-12: The Celtic Tree Month of Hazel:  August 5th – September 1st.

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August Events:

August 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins

August 7: Full Corn Moon at  2:11 pm EST

August: 12: Mercury goes Retrograde until Sept. 1

August 21: New Moon at 2:30 pm EST

August 22: Sun enters Virgo 6:20 pm EST

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John Barleycorn

There was three kings into the east,
three kings both great and high,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn must die.

They took a plough and plough’d him down,
put clods upon his head,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.

But the cheerful Spring came kindly on’
and show’rs began to fall.
John Barleycorn got up again,
and sore surprised them all.

The sultry suns of Summer came,
and he grew thick and strong;
his head well arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
that no one should him wrong.

The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
when he grew wan and pale;
his bendin’ joints and drooping head
show’d he began to fail.

and he faded into age;
and then his enemies began
to show their deadly rage.

They took a weapon, long and sharp,
and cut him by the knee;
they ty’d him fast upon a cart,
like a rogue for forgerie.

They laid him down upon his back,
and cudgell’d him full sore.
they hung him up before the storm,
and turn’d him o’er and o’er.

They filled up a darksome pit
with water to the brim,
they heav’d in John Barleycorn.
There, let him sink or swim!

They laid him upon the floor,
to work him farther woe;
and still, as signs of life appear’d,
they toss’d him to and fro.

They wasted o’er a scorching flame
the marrow of his bones;
but a miller us’d him worst of all,
for he crush’d him between two stones.

And they hae taen his very hero blood
and drank it round and round;
and still the more and more they drank,
their joy did more abound.

John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
of noble enterprise;
for if you do but taste his blood,
’twill make your courage rise.

‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
’twill heighten all his joy;
’twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
tho the tear were in her eye.

Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
each man a glass in hand;
and may his great posterity
ne’er fail in old Scotland!

Robert Burns (1872)

 

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The Celtic Tree Month of Hazel:  August 5th – September 1st.
The Tree of Knowledge

HAZEL LORE

Long ago, hazel trees were prized by the Romans who used the limber twigs to hold up grape vines. These vines were sacred to the god Bacchus. Goats are also fond of these vines and the ones  who were found feeding on them were sacrificed to Bacchus and roasted on hazel spits. When the Romans invaded Scotland they discovered that hazel trees were plentiful and  gave it the  latin name of Caledonia,Cal-Dun or Hill of Hazel. Since the medieval times hazel has been held sacred, particularly in Ireland where it is part of a celtic triad – Apple for beauty; Hazel for wisdom; Oak for strength. These trees were in fact so sacred that cutting one unnecessarily carried the penalty of death. Hazel was often used in funeral pyres and it was also found in the coffins of people of note like chiefs and rulers.

In Irish legend, 9 hazel trees grew around the sacred well of Connla. The trees produce flowers and fruit (nuts0, the nuts fell into the well and were eaten by the salmon, the legend says that the salmon will have the exact number of spots as the number of nuts it has eaten and thus the salmon became the carrier of all knowledge.

PLANT INFORMATION

This tree is found all over the world ( Europe, North Africa, Asia, Britain and the US). It can be found growing in damp places, hedgerows, and oak woods. It resembles a large shrub more than a tree although it grows to heights of 12-20 feet. Hazel trees have heart shaped leaves and produce yellowish catkins (male) along with reddish flowers (female) which can be seen between April and May. There are approximately 15 species of Hazel and they all produce nuts, called hazelnuts, filberts or cobnuts depending on where you live. The nuts are ripe by September and can be eaten right off the tree, The uneaten nuts fall off the tree and will actually germinate if left alone. The wood from this tree is tough and limber. It is used to make walking sticks, fishing poles, baskets and hampers. It’s an excellent firewood and the charcoal is used for making gunpowder and crayons.

HAZEL IN MAGICK

Hazel is used for divination and dowsing rods are often made from it. This was actually documented by Roman author, and philosopher, Pliny the Elder. The art of dowsing is called rhabdomancy and traditionally a divining rod was cut at night and from the eastern side of the tree. Before the 17th century these dowsing rods were used not only to find water but treasure, thieves and murders. An interesting fact is that this form of dowsing is still practiced in the celtic nation of Cornwall. Cornish legend says that the dowsing rod is guided to water or ore loads by piskies who guard the hazel trees. The nuts can also be used for divination. It is said that if you eat hazel nuts prior to divinatory workings you will gain increased knowledge. You can also use thie wood, leaves, and nuts in dark moon rituals.

The nuts were talismans carried for various reasons. People carried them to prevent toothaches. And they were said to help cure snakebites. Along this line St. Patrick used a hazel rod to drive all the snakes from Ireland. In Scandanavia this tree was sacred to the Thunder God, Thor and were used to protect a person again being struck by lightning.

In Scotland, on Halloween, 2 hazel nuts are given the names of lovers and put into the embers of the fire. If they burn quietly and stay together, the lovers will remain together. But if they crack and move apart they are ill matched. Hazel nuts are also considered good luck, and said to increase fertility. New brides were often given strings of hazel nut as gifts.

Ancient sailors also wore crowns of woven hazel twigs called wishing caps. These caps offered protection against bad storms at sea. The ancient druids believed that that if you wore such a crown you could become invisible.

This wood is also good for crafting wands and record of them can be found in ancient Egyptian and Chaldean records. According to Greek myth Apollo gave a hazel wand to Mercury. With it Mercury was able to instill good virtues into mankind.

HAZEL PEOPLE
If you are a hazel person you should pay attention to your own natural rhythem. It is easy for you to be impatient and you should sit back and let thing s happen naturally. You will be much happier. Hazel people are also understanding, moody, honest and tolerant partners and have excellent ideas of right and wrong.

Choosing Hazel or Hazelnut as a magickal name represents someone who is wise and experienced.

HAZEL CORRESPONDENCES

Folk Names: Coll, Poets Tree and Dripping Hazel

Deity Associations: Mercury/ Hermes, Thor, Artemis, Arianrhod, Mannen Mac Lir, Ogma and Diana.

Ruled by: Mercury and the Sun

Star Signs: Virgo, Libra, Gemini

Sacred Stones: Lapis, Amethyst, Sapphire

Colors: Brown, Dark Blue

Animals: Salmon, Crane

Key Word: Intuition

Written by CatSister/LBolotin 2010 from the following resources:
The New Book of Magickal names by Phoenix McFarland
Flower and Tree Magic by Richard Webster
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
Contraversical.com

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 5 cats.

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Please feel free to check out my websites!

Cat’s Treasure Trove: An Eclectic Collection of Jewelry and Gifts!  http://catstreasuretrove.weebly.com

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Cat’s Bits for July 30 – August 6:  5 Ways to Celebrate Lammas and What is Lughnasadh?

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Cat’s Bits for July 30 – August 6:  5 Ways to Celebrate Lammas and What is Lughnasadh

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August Events:

August 1: Lughnasadh / Lammas

August 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins

August 7: Full Corn Moon at  2:11 pm EST

August: 12: Mercury goes Retrograde until Sept. 1

August 21: New Moon at 2:30 pm EST

August 22: Sun enters Virgo 6:20 pm EST

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The Web That Binds

Spider, spider spin your web among the leaves and flowers fair; bind it firmly to each stem for my true love I’ll not share.

With rowan leaves and elderflowers bound with my own hair; I place my charm upon your web to ease away my cares.

Spider, spider spin your web and bind my token fast; I’ll not lose my one true love to a woman from his past.

(C) Cat/L Bolotin 2006

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5 Ways To Celebrate Lammas
BySue Kendrick

The Celtic cross-quarter day of Lammas falls on the 1st August and celebrates the beginning of the harvest season. To our agrarian ancestors it was a hugely important occasion celebrated by making bread from the first grains of the harvest and having a jolly good time!

In an effort to stop the majority of the population missing out on an excuse for an evening of drinking and debauchery here are five ways of celebrating the occasion!

1. Take some new wheat and have a shot at making moonshine whiskey. This is illegal and you will be flogged, put in the stocks and pelted with rotten eggs and dog dung if you get caught so don’t… get caught!

2. Join the local morris side for a round of hopping, skipping and knuckle bashing. Do this before sampling the moonshine otherwise you may end up under a hedge, bruised and bloody for spoiling their game.

3. Make a corn dolly. You need to collect at least 12 stalks of corn under the cover of darkness when the moon is in the 5th phase. (They call it a dark moon). This is not an ancient ritual to empower your dolly with the supernatural, but the best way of avoiding the farmer who will accuse you of destroying his crops.

4. Make a loaf. Do not look at the beautifully crafted pictures of plaits, pots and sculptures made by bakers with a million year lineage in baking as yours will only resemble your mother-in-law on one of her good days.

5. Assuming you got away with the moonshine, invite all your pals around for a big party. Tell them to bring a set of sharp pins so you can take it in turns to give the corn dolly the name of their worst enemy and prick it repeatedly in all its important little places!

6. Cremate your mother-in-law loaf over an open spit and feed to the dog!

Just a minute that’s SIX ways of celebrating Lammas? So it is! You expect me to count after that moonshine?

(If you want a more serious take on Lammas, read [http://www.folkonthefarm.co.uk]First Fruits Of Lammas.)

Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?5-Ways-To-Celebrate-Lammas&id=4739476] 5 Ways To Celebrate Lammas

 

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What is Lughnasadh?
By Paul Fitzpatrick

Lughnasadh is celebrated during the years First Harvest (1st August) and is one of the greater Sabbats. This is the period to start reaping what we has been sown at the beginning of the year, to collect the first bloom of the harvest.

Pagan rituals are performed in celebration of this welcome harvest, and to pay homage to the deities for the abundance of life and bloom during the season. Lughnasadh, was named after the god Lugh as taken from Celtic mythology, but is also translatable as the words “light” or “shining” in the old Irish Gaelic language.

Lugh held funeral games at this time of year in remembrance of his foster mother Taillte. Taillte died after performing the arduous task of clearing the forest of the plains of Ireland in readiness for the coming cultivation.

Lughnasadh also known as Lammas is the first of the triple Pagan harvest celebrations and is a period to collect grain, fruit (raspberries,gooseberries,blackcurrants etc) and seed before the days shorten and the lands welcome the pending autumn. Lughnasadh’s contemporary Irish name is Lunasa (meaning August), though consequently it was adopted into Christian belief systems as Lammas, which roughly translated means “loaf mass” which related to bread baked from the first grain of the harvest.

During gatherings of Lughnasadh, villagers would place offerings of blackberries, acorns and apples etc into the lap of a young girl wearing a virginal white dress, who would sit on the top of a hill, and a dance and procession would be held in celebration of the harvest. Traditionally, fairs are held (especially horse fairs), and numerous traders setup stalls to sell their goods and wares; men would indulge in games of strength and skill to impress the ladies, whilst the ladies in question would happily gossip about anything and everything.

More to follow.

Paul Fitzpatrick

 

Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?What-is-Lughnasadh?&id=4250114] What is Lughnasadh?

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

(this weeks articles are courtesy of ezinearticles.)

Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 5 cats.

 

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