Tarot Card of the Day: Two of Swords (Time To Make a Decision)

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From my personal diary:

In this card we see a woman standing in a green robe with her hood over her head so that we son’t see much of her face. She holds two swords crossed in front of her. The two swords are identical showing that she has  a balanced mind. She faces a white swan who sits high above her in a very twisty tree. Directly in front of the swan, hanging from the tree branch, is a red heart hanging from a piece of red thread. It seems as though either the swan is offering her heart to the woman or that that is the woman’s heart hanging from the tree and she must get past the swan to retrieve it.

There is another white swan close behind the woman. It is standing on the ground with its face upturned to her and seems to be offering her a flower, but because her back is turned, she doesn’t see this offering. It could be a willful turning away or simply something she does not notice because her attention is focused on what is in front of her.

This woman has a decision to make, but she is currently at an impasse, She either doesn’t want to make the decision, in which case she would be in denial. On the other hand, it could be because she can’t see what is behind her, she may not have all the information she needs to make her decision. The swords represent that her decision must be made using her logic and intellect rather than her intuition and emotion.

At the top of the card, there is a waxing moon (not waning) showing that whatever decision she makes will form a new beginning for her. There is a need for a truce here so that a decision can be made logically and intellectually. This woman needs to realize that she cannot avoid a situation by not making a decision one way or the other. She may be in denial of her emotions about this situation and although this calls for logic and her intellectual gifts,s he would be wise to unblock her emotions and thereby come out of her denial. The Goddess is all around her represented by the two swans, the twisted tree which is flowering and the new moon above, but she cannot see all of this because all of her attention is focused on the stalemate at hand.

The stalemate or impasse may also be her attempt to protect her self from some unknown factor. She needs more information in order to dig deeper so that she can make her decision to find out the truth of the situation. However, this will require a temporary lowering of her swords to do that.

Full Moon in Gemini 12-6-14

Readings by Yerevan

The Full Moon is 14 degrees of Gemini on December 6th of 2014, just days before the sixth of a series of seven exact and revolutionary squares between Uranus and Pluto (December 14th) that began in 2012 and will finalize in 2015. With this luminous culmination a major chapter of our human history is coming to an end. Contrary to our not-so-distant past when our daily civilized affairs were blatantly controlled, we now have so many critical choices to make about what comes next that it’s overwhelming. Gemini’s planetary ruler Mercury is conjoined the Sun in Sagittarius, indicating that many people may be feeling at odds with themselves in some way, for instance their familiar minds could be saying one thing while their intuition is saying another. Who to trust, what to believe, and what to do about it are pressing matters, as the limited scopes of our understanding in…

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The Majic of the Moon

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Although we all talk about the Moon, think about the Moon, look up at the Moon, the Moon still remains a mystery to us, it has been this way for aeons, and will be for aeons to come. Because of the mystery, the Moon holds a fascination for everyone, and who can help being riveted by the beauty of a full Moon and what the Moon can reveal. The light of the Moon seems to contain a magic all its own, yet something that we all wish to share in, the allure of the Moon has a place in our hearts, as it did in the hearts of our ancestors.

The Moon has connotations for many religions, and the word Moon comes from the Greek word meaning “measure”, there are many Christian celebrations with a connection to the Moon on specific dates. The ancient Egyptians discovered that although the Moon shape shifted with precision regularity, it did not provide an accurate measure of the seasons, and there was a miscalculation by several days.  The regularity of the Moon’s ability to shape shift was a way for ancient civilizations to be able to keep time, and the cycles of the Moon were the basis of the earliest calendars. Farmers needed to know when to plant and to harvest, merchants needed to know when to expect to have crops for sale. It was also necessary to have an accurate gauge of the season to be prepared for the annual flooding of the River Nile, none of which could take place without an accurate measure of time. The next calendar designed by the Egyptians was based on solar cycles, which gave them a more accurate measure of time.

There was an early awareness of the Moon’s connection to the oceans of the world and the cycles of nature, the Moon affects the creatures of the sea, many of which mate and spawn during particular cycles of the tides. Some fish are easier to catch during the full Moon, birds and animals are all affected during the phase of the full Moon, animals are more active at this time. Ancient civilizations used the Moon to predict weather patterns, and it was likely that was thought to be magic. It is known today that tornadoes and hurricanes tend to occur during the phases of the New and the full Moon, more than any other time, and there is a tendency for more rainfall during the first quarter of the Waning Moon. The human pregnancy gestation period is calculated by lunar cycles.

Moon Folklore

There is the legend of the Moon Maiden who collects the wishes and dreams of all living creatures on earth, they are then dropped into a goblet and swirled together before they are sprinkled back on Earth and become dew. The German goddess Frigg is said to live on the Moon spinning the lives of mankind, while the Chinese goddess Ch’ang O stole the potion of immortality from her husband. She drank every drop and flew to the Moon to escape, she now lives there contentedly after being given refuge by the hare who resides on the Moon.

When building a wooden fence you want to last, lay the foundation and set the posts while the Moon is waning, then wait until the Moon’s horns point skyward, you may then lay the lower rail. When the Moon’s horns point to Earth the fence can be completed, when building a fence in this way it will be sturdy and last. When the Moon is waxing hooks for fishing can be set, when the Moon wanes fish by the light of day. If you bow to the new Moon good luck will be yours. To assure an auspicious marriage, marry twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the full Moon, and the Scottish believe that a wedding should take place when the Moon is full, thus ensuring a long and happy marriage.

The Moon lunation takes around twenty-nine and a half days, starting from a full Moon and it continues until the next full Moon. For centuries civilizations bowed to the power of the Moon, crops were planted according to the Moon’s phases, there were many rituals celebrating the power of the Moon. The Moon is still recognized today as having particular powers that affects planting and growing, people’s emotions, and the ocean tides’s of the world. There is still intrigue regarding the Moon and it holds a certain fascination for most people.

The Moon plays a very profound role when it comes to spell casting, as you make magic be aware that the subconscious mind is ruled by the Moon. Those interested in magic and spell casting, can enhance the power of their spells by becoming acquainted with all the phases of the Moon, and how to apply them, by tapping into the energy of the Moon you will be guided in your magic practice. Your life could be transformed by working with the different energies of the Moon. Before performing spells it is a good idea to meditate and help yourself to reach an altered state of consciousness. If you believe in higher powers and higher energies, you will naturally respond to the waxing and waning of the Moon’s energies. When casting spells you are working with the subconscious mind, the elements, and with energy, the Moon is accessed and its transformational powers utilized. Spells require you to ignite the magic that you will be invoking, and then working with the universal life force, you become as one with energy flow of the unseen. If you are patient, waiting for the correct phase of the Moon to make your magic, will enhance the ultimate results of your spell casting.

 

The Phases of the Moon

New Moon

This is the crescent Moon when see the first peak of light, this is a time of newness, the beginning of relationships, the beginning of a new venture, the energy of this phase promotes new beginnings on any level. This is the time for change and for being open to, and looking for new opportunities, tilling the soil and planting seeds actually, and the seeds of ideas.

Waxing Moon

The Moon is beginning to gain strength as it grows in size, and goes from a new to a full Moon, this is a perfect time for growth and increasing things, growth within a relationship, financial growth, a time for learning and gaining knowledge. If someone is thinking about pregnancy, this is a time of fertility, and it is an exceptional time for communication, in a business matter, or within a relationship. This is also an auspicious time for any legal matters, especially those where finances are concerned, if a healing spell, or healing of any type is needed, this is the time.

Waxing Gibbous

During the phase of the Gibbous Waxing Moon anything to do with increase is compatible; this is a good time for minor magic as the lunar energy is waning.

Full Moon

The full Moon is the most powerful phase, this is when the Moon is seen in its glorious fullness, this is a time of enlightenment and heightened psychic awareness. It is a time when everything comes together, it is a time of ideas, also a time of commitment, to a person, idea or project. It is also a time of family, and, or friends coming together, any spell is well aspected during this phase of the Moon.

Waning Gibbous

The Waning Gibbous Moon  is suitable for rituals associated with letting go, and banishing,  if it is time to clear out the old and prepare for the new, this is the Moon phase to spell craft with.

Waning Moon

As the Moon decreases in size, it goes from full to dark, and this is a time of letting go, it is also a time of completion. If you have been wanting to change something in your life, this is the perfect time. It is also a time of ending anything that doesn’t work in your life, this may be a habit, a relationship, or paying attention to matters associated with legal matters, this is a time to pay attention to anything that you have been procrastinating about.

Dark Moon

This is a time when the Moon is not visible in the sky, this phase lasts for approximately two or three days, and if there is something in your life that is unnecessary, this is the time to release it. It is also a time of recognizing what you have accomplished in your life, and a time to plan for what you want to attain in the future. If you have been in a quandary and unsure how to progress, this is the time for you to go within and be honest with yourself about what is right for you at this point in your life. If you enjoy meditation this is a perfect time for that, if you have never meditated, there is no better time to begin.

There is folklore which deems the ten day period following the appearance of the full Moon holds a special magic, and those who take notice of the daily attributes and use them, will become very powerful.

First Day Full Moon

An auspicious time to begin anything new, also a lucky day for babies to be born, it is said they will lead long and charmed lives, and they will have all that they need. Although if someone becomes ill in this time period, it will take a considerable amount of time for them to recover.

Second Day Full Moon

This is a particularly special day, with a vibration towards thriving on all levels, it is particularly auspicious for finances, it is a good time to sell anything and an exceptional time to plant anything that grows.

Third Day Full Moon

This is a strange day as it seems that much theft takes places at this time, but by the same token the thieves acting on this day are usually caught very quickly.

Fourth Day Full Moon

Anything to do with building, construction, remodeling and decorating will be successful on this day, and strangely enough children born on this day may be drawn to a career in politics. If not politics at the very least they will have an enduring understanding of right and wrong and will apply this throughout their life.

Fifth Day Full Moon

Apparently this is thought to be the best day of the year to conceive a child, and the weather on this day is a mark of what the weather will be like for the rest of the month. It is also a day ripe with promise for new projects and ideas.

Sixth Day Full Moon

This is a perfect day for meditation and soul searching, a day to pamper and a day to tune yourself inwardly. This is also an exceptional day to begin a voyage or vacation, it is also a wonderful day for growth and adventure.

Seventh Day

If you are single and looking for a partner this is a particularly auspicious day to find your mate, this is a day of opportunity. This is also a very lucky day and if you need some luck in your life, this day it just may come to you.

Eighth Day

This is often a day of low energy and you are open this day to catching a cold or virus, if you fall sick on this day stop and pay attention to your body and give yourself time to recuperate. This is a day where you will feel especially sensitive.

Ninth Day

It is said that it is better not to look at the Moon on the ninth day because the energy can be unsettling and it is thought it is not good for your skin if you look at the Moon on this day.

Tenth Day

This is a day you may feel a little on edge, it is a day to be patient and not rush into anything, or do anything in a hurry. Children may be erratic on this day, it is possible children will flout authority on this day.

 

Moon Energy of the Year

For each month of the year, there is a full Moon, if two full Moons occur in one month, it is referred to as a blue Moon, each year there is one blue Moon, for each month the Moon is given a different name.

January

The name given for the January Moon is, Wolf Moon, this is when shedding and cleansing takes place, the old year is released and the energy of the New Year is beginning. This is a time for releasing yourself from the past and starting anew.

February

The name for the February Moon is, Ice Moon, this is a time for soul searching, for taking an inner journey.

March

This Moon is referred to as Worm Moon, a time of new beginnings, and exploring new territory.

April

The name of this Moon is, Growing Moon, this is a time of gathering and growth, it is a time of starting things.

May

The name for this Moon is, Hare Moon, this is the time of nourishment, mentally, physically, emotionally, a time to pay attention to your needs and the needs of those you love.

June

The Moon name for this month is, Mead Moon, this is the integration of the yin and yang within us all, it is a time of attunement and understanding.

July

The Moon of July is called, Hay Moon, a time to look at your life and to think carefully and make plans for the future, and to look at what you need to pay attention to.

August

This Moon is called, Corn Moon, this is a time to lay to rest old hurts, and emotional pain that you have been holding onto that is excess baggage weighing you down. It is a time to release and move on, a time to be open and flexible.

September

This Moon is called, Harvest Moon, whatever you have started this is the time for completion, tie up loose ends, trim stray edges, pay attention to that which you have left undone. Look to the future with a clear conscience and a clean slate.

October

The name for this Moon is, Blood Moon, this is a compelling time to build, to begin, to create, to start something and flow into a new way of being, also a time to shed old useless habits.

November

This Moon is called, Snow Moon, this is a time to look at what makes you tic, and to reassess what it is that truly works in your life, and what doesn’t work. It is a time of honesty and reappraisal of everything you do and how you do it.

December

The Moon for the month of December is called, Cold Moon, this is a time to cut away all that is unnecessary or extraneous in your life, just as dead branches are cut from a tree, or plants are pruned to help them grow new shoots. You cannot progress with excess baggage in the way of outmoded thoughts and ideas, be open to explore possibilities.

When spell casting, holding rituals, or for any magical practices it is helpful to know the meaning of each day of the work, this way you are able to combine complementary energies to enhance power.

Monday

This is the day containing the energy of inspiration, psychic awakening, or psychic endeavors, implementing or creating new ideas, using your creative ability, working with divine energies, healing, channeling and any type of psychic work, and is ruled by the Moon.

Tuesday

This day holds the energy of protection, amorous interludes, confidence, poise, strength of mind, body and spirit, and is ruled by Mars.

Wednesday

A perfect day to go for a job interview, or to tackle any matters associated with work or career prospects, it is a day of researching  and for intellectual delving, if you are making travel plans this is a good day to purchase or book your ticket, and it contains the energy for planning. This day is ruled by the planet Mercury.

Thursday

The energies of this day are conducive to all matters spiritual, the occult, psychic work, and connection with matters legal, and for paying attention to finances or organizing your finances. This day is ruled by the planet Jupiter.

Friday

If you have felt any inclination to make over yourself, or your home, this is the day to do it, it is also the perfect day for romance and being noticed by that special person. This day is ruled by Venus the planet of love.

Saturday

Any planning of future projects and matters to do with the home, personal relationships, or personal goals can work with the contained energy of Saturday, it is also a day of kicking useless or bad habits, and bringing to an end anything that isn’t working in your life. This day is ruled by the planet Saturn.

Sunday

This day is imbued with the energy of healing, mind, body, soul, it is also a day of astute decision making, it is a day where you will feel unusually insightful and be able to find the answer to problems that may have eluded you. It is a day to call upon divine guidance, and to expect serendipitous events to take place, it is also a day of closeness and friendship. This day is ruled by the Sun.

The Moon has a magical quality and an otherworldly allure, and anyone who has worked with the Moon’s energies when spell casting can’t dismiss the effect it has. The Moon almost seems to be a wise and powerful magic creature, who has an effect on our emotional being, and the Moon will always be there to add power and intensity to your occult practices. Each person would be wise to learn as much as they can about the Moon’s power and to use the Moon’s energy with respect and appreciation. Before invoking the Moon for magic, have an intention, be certain about how you are going to use the Moon’s energy, this enables us to direct the power we are applying. Human emotions reach their peak during the phase of the full Moon, this accounts for the change in people’s behavior at this time, as the tides are affected so too are out moods. Because the Moon affects the emotions in a way that is not logical or rational, more people tend to fall in love when the Moon is full. The Moon is part of our everyday life yet it will always be surrounded by a certain mystery, the Moon has the ability to shape shift constantly. The Moon has a magnetic quality, and because of its link to emotions it is the starting point for successful magic, the Moon works beyond the boundaries of logic. Conducting your magic by taking into consideration the phases of the Moon, you will without doubt add power to any spell you cast, the Moon provides the spark to ignite your spells. In order for you to spell cast with a certain control, you must understand when and how you are affected by the Moon, this way you will cast your spells with awareness and are able to channel and project the energy to manifest what you wish. With the assistance of the wonderous Moon magic you are more likely to manifest successful spells. Because un-channeled energy can create chaos, conduct your Moon magic spells with care and consideration and only invoke in the spirit of doing good. Before beginning any magic practice begin first by deciding what it is that you want to invoke, once your thought goes out to the universe, and you call on the assistance of the Moon and the magic begins.

For those interested in working with the energy of the Moon, keep a diary of the phases of the Moon and note how your emotions are affected, and the ebb and flow of your energy. Take note of your moods, your behavior, and document if there are changes associated with your psychic awareness. You can create an altar in your home dedicated to the Moon, use a small table and cover it with a piece of silver fabric, and as the Moon’s metal is silver, you can decorate your table with silver objects. Candles can be placed on the altar, use white for a full Moon, black for a dark Moon, blue for the waning Moon, silver for the new Moon, place figurines of mythical gods and goddesses. Use incense, burn lavender for a dark Moon, jasmine for a full Moon, although anything that feels right for you can be placed, lit, or burned. The three phases of womanhood are represented by the phases of the Moon, the waxing Moon is the maiden, the full Moon is the mother, the waning Moon is the crone.

It is very healing to meditate by the light of the Moon, imbue the mystical and magical properties of the Moon, think of yourself bathing in Moonlight. Many goddesses are linked to one specific lunar phase, call on the goddess Persephone who became the Queen of the underworld after being abducted by the king of the underworld Hades. Since ancient times people have celebrated the Moon and the magic of it, the Moon is always thought to have feminine characteristics. There is the Chinese feminine, yin, to the Mayans the Moon represented Ix Chel, the old goddess, to the Greeks the Moon was Artemis, and when we need courage and strength, she is the one to call upon, also known as the maiden. The Moon was represented by Diana to the Romans. Inanna was a very unusual goddess and the deity of the morning and evening star, Inanna’s energies are associated with transformation and rebirth, and she is especially effective if you want to release yourself and move forward, Inanna is one of the oldest deities. Freya is the daughter of the sea god Njord and twin sister of Frey, she is the goddess of love, she was also the leader of the warrior maidens, the Valkyries, she had the ability to shape shift. She is an especially powerful goddess to use with your Moon magic, as she was particularly adept at sorcery and nocturnal magic, she is the mother of Balder the sun god, and has associations with sexuality and fertility.  If you are familiar with tarot cards, the Moon is represented by the powerful and intuitive Priestess, her feet are placed on the lunar crescent curves. In Japan Tsuki-Yoma was the Moon god, and his sister Amerterasu was seen as the solar goddess and loved by all feminist witches. Even though the Moon is recognized as having feminine characteristics, the Moon is in fact a god, to the Sumerians the Moon god is Sin, the son of the sky father Enlil, and the earth mother Ninlil. Depending on the goddess you call upon when spell casting using the phases of the Moon, you are actually invoking the energies of that particular goddess. The energies of the Moon’s particular used for your magic will help to form the intention of your spell and bring it into reality via the earth plane. Call upon the particular goddess who is associated with a point in the lunar cycle, when the Moon is full call upon Isis or Dementer and during the dark time of the Moon, call upon Artemis or Hecate. Aphrodite, Isis, Inanna, Ishtar, Freya and Astarte, are all guardians of the animals. Use your intuition deciding on which god or goddess to call upon when working with Moon magic, choose the one who is most suitable for your needs.

An eclipse occurs as the Sun, Moon and Earth line up and form a pattern, a lunar and Solar eclipse happen within two weeks of each other, a Solar eclipse happens during the time of the new Moon, the Moon comes between the Earth and Sun casting a shadow on the earth. The shadow of the Moon has two parts, it comprises the inner umbral shadow and the faint outer penumbral shadow. The places on Earth touched by the umbra will see a total eclipse, places under the penumbra see a partial eclipse, the entire time of the eclipse takes only a few minutes. The time of a lunar eclipse is when the earth is lines up directly between the Moon and Sun, it casts its shadow on the Moon, a lunar eclipse takes longer than a Solar eclipse, it can take several hours for the whole eclipse. A lunar eclipse takes place on average every six months. When civilizations hundreds of years ago witnessed an eclipse it induced fear as they did not know what was happening to the light and didn’t know whether it would return, and many thought it was the precursor of a disaster to come. Many cultures saw the eclipse as a creature, a serpent or dragon thought to be devouring the Sun or Moon. The firing of arrows into the air, shouting and drumming was done by the ancient Chinese people to scare away the monster. The Romans also behaved in a similar manner to scare away the creature that was attacking the Sun and Moon. The attitude these days towards an eclipse is that of a spiritual event, opening people to higher level of understanding, and recognized as a time of spiritual evolution. Many feel a sense of peace during an eclipse this is because the Sun’s force is calmed and we are able to go inwards giving us a greater understanding of our inner being, it is a time when god and goddess are as one.

The nodes are the two northern and southern points where the Moon’s orbit around the earth crosses the ecliptic, the nodes are a pair of linked opposites, and in Western astrology, the north node represents the future, and our search for happiness and success. The south node is that we have come from and left behind, the south node is linked with to inward Saturn, and the north node to the expansive Jupiter. In Vedic or Indian astrology the nodes are seen as shadow planets and are mathematically defined points in space, it is also thought they are associated with karma.

The lunar rays offer a doorway between the earthy and magical worlds, and there are many goddesses who possess attributes that link them with the Moon, the attributes of your goddess of choice will influence your sacred magic spell casting. Some creatures are linked with the Moon throughout history, the hare known as a symbol of witchcraft and the lunar tides, is recognized by the Chinese and Indian people as a creature who called the Moon its home.  Also according to ancient Chinese proverbs, the toad is recognized as a witch’s creature, and lives in the Moon. The bull is another Moon animal and is linked with a male Moon deity, the bull is also seen as sacred to the goddess.

Each night we see one of the many faces of the Moon, and the Moon evokes a sense of mystery and magic in all of us, it is like a familiar friend who is there every night, it stirs different emotions within all of us. However you view the Moon and whatever you believe, you are affected by its changing energy, learn to understand the Moon and work with it, allow it to enhance your life.

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The Second Blood Moon Coincides With The Draconid Meteor Shower

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Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.

 (This is the second Blood Moon this year. There will be four this year: The Tetrad of Blood Moons)

If you live in the western half of the United States, you’ll have a front-row seat on a lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange for about an hour Wednesday October 8th, creating the second blood moon in relatively short succession.

The full eclipse will start at 6:25 a.m. ET, NASA says, and last until 7:24 a.m. ET.

Because it happens right after the perigee, the closest point to Earth in the moon’s orbit, this blood moon will be nearly the size of a super moon — appearing 5.3% larger than the previous blood moon on April 15.

It will be the second in a sequence of four — called a tetrad– that are occurring in roughly six-month intervals. The next one will appear on April 4, 2015, and the last one on September 28, 2015.

Tetrad a rare treat

With that frequency, one might be misled into thinking that blood moons are commonplace.

There are about two lunar eclipses per year, NASA says. Some of them — penumbral eclipses — are so subtle, they are vaguely visible and go greatly unnoticed.

Other eclipses just cast a partial shadow on the moon but lend it none of that blood moon color that only total eclipses do. And they come around, on average, less than once a year.

The brilliant hue comes from the edges of the sun peeking out around the periphery of the Earth through its atmosphere in a global sunset shining on the moon, which has to be in just the right position to catch those rays.

Lunar eclipses — penumbral, partial or total — occur in random order, NASA says. Getting four total eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind.

“The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the U.S.A.,” said NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak.

People in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for example, will not be able to see Wednesday’s blood moon.

In the 21st century, there will be many such tetrads, but look back a few centuries, and you’ll find the opposite phenomenon, NASA says.

Before the dawn of the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were none, Espenak says. Zero.

That would mean that neither Sir Isaac Newton, Mozart, Queen Anne, George Washington, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln nor their contemporaries ever had a chance to see such a sequence.

2014 Draconid meteor shower

The 2014 Draconid meteor shower will peak on October 8 and 9. The best time to view the shower for those in the Northern Hemisphere is right after nightfall. Unfortunately, a full Moon will make it hard to view the meteors.

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Draconids are also known as Giacobinids
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The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in October.

The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in October. The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner. The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun.

Although the Draconids have been responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history, most recently in 2011, most astronomers and sky gazers consider these to be one of the least interesting meteor showers in during the year.

The Orionids are the second meteor shower in October. It usually peaks around October 21.

Where to view the Draconids

Viewers in Northern America, Europe and Asia are the best situated to enjoy the Draconids. Those closer to the Equator in the Southern Hemisphere can also sometimes see few of meteors from the Draconids.

While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower – just lay down on the ground and look directly above and you are bound to see some meteors – astronomers suggest locating the constellations two brightest stars, Eltanin and Rastaban. The meteor shower seems to emerge from the dragon’s head.

When to view the Draconids

Unlike its counterparts, the best time to view the Draconids is just after the Sun sets and right before nightfall. This is because, the Draconids’ radiant point – the point in the sky where the meteor shower seems to come from – is highest in the sky during dusk. The shower peaks around October 7 and 8 every year.

This is a very powerful time, guys. If you need to do some forgiving and manifesting in your life, this would be an optimal time to do it. I’m so excited about that night! I will be lighting candles for myself and my daughter starting and dusk and working on connecting to my higher self and my guide so that I, too, can forgive, heal and manifest those things in our lives that are for our highest good!

Prayer to St. Micheal, Aligning Chakras, Breaking Soul Ties, and a Protection and Binding Spell

Yesterday was a big day for me. I spent most of it fasting and in prayer and casting protection spells. I hadn’t gotten any sleep due to being totally stressed out about all the possibilities running through my head that could happen should my stalker find me and my daughter.

The first thing I did was pray the Warfare Prayer. Then, I prayed the Armor of God prayer. After that, I made some coffee and rested for a bit. Yesterday was a day when I felt spiritually attacked pretty much all day. The negative thoughts about the person who is threatening me just would not go away. I would take one captive, push it away, ask the Holy Spirit to fill that space with positive, God-type thoughts and then another one would come. It was a rapid-fire brain assault. I broke down crying while I was making coffee feeling despair overwhelm me. The main thought that kept coming to my head was that I should give up because there was no way I would ever be able to win against him. After I dried my tears, I realized that that thought was nothing but him flinging his negativity at me and his evil spirits deviling me. Understand, I am not a devil-behind-every-door person. He has threatened to take my daughter from me and has threatened me personally, so, in this case, I believe that my assessment was spot on.

After I got myself together, I brought out my book of spells and found the prayer to St. Micheal the Archangel. It is basically a prayer of protection. You have to pray it in each of the four corners in each of the rooms in your house/apartment. Then you put salt on all the windowsills, doorways and under your bed.

Here is the prayer:

St. Micheal the Archangel, defend us (me) in battle.

Be our (my) protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him we (I) humbly pray.

And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

After, I finished this, I then realigned my chakras. The meditation I did you can find here.

The negative thoughts continued for most of the day unabated. I battled and battled with them. A friend of mine I talked to yesterday reminded me to break the soul-tie between him and myself. She reminded me that that might be one of the reasons why I was feeling his negativity so strongly. I have broken soul-ties before, so I knew already knew how to do it. For those who are not familiar with a soul-tie, I will explain: A soul-tie is formed when two people become connected spiritually, emotionally, or physically. I always thought of it like this: When you connect with a person, a part of your soul stays with them and a part of their soul stays with you. That’s why it is so important to watch who you get close to. All people are not good and don’t have your best interests at heart. Everyone is at a different place in their lives and some people, quite frankly, are most interested in themselves, what they can attain and what they can get from you or what they can do to you. Suffice it to say, I was foolish for getting close to this person, but I have learned an important lesson and one that I’m not likely to forget.

This is how you break a soul-tie:

Think about that person and everything that you two have experienced together. Think about all your feelings toward that person and their feelings toward you. Basically EVERYTHING having to do with your relationship with that person. Focus on it and try not to get distracted. You are trying to repair your spirit and this is important business. Then pray:

In Jesus’ name, I break the soul-tie between myself and (name of person). Heavenly Father, I pray that you would heal my spirit and make me whole again. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that you would fill that space and heal my broken spirit. Jesus, please intercede for me with the Father so that I may be healed. I forgive (person’s name) for everything they have done to me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The prayer doesn’t have to go exactly like this. It doesn’t have to be word-for-word, but you have to do it in Jesus’ name. It’s Jesus’ power that breaks the bond, not yours. If you have had multiple partners and have never done this before, you may want to take a day or so and write down the names of who you have been with that you want to separate from. I had to do this in my twenties. It took several days and praying for God to help me remember the names. I also had someone with me who was more mature in Christ than myself. This person stayed with me and prayed with me to break the soul-ties. This is very advisable, for the Scripture says:

James_5:16  Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

and:

Mat 18:18 “I tell you with certainty, whatever you prohibit on earth will have been prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.
Mat 18:19 Furthermore, I tell you with certainty that if two of you agree on earth about anything you request, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven,
Mat 18:20 because where two or three have come together in  my name, I am there among them.”

After I completed this, the attacks on my mind stopped. It was getting so bad that I couldn’t concentrate on anything.

Later that night, before midnight, I did a Protection and Binding spell to further protect myself from this person and to bind him from doing any harm to me or to anyone I love.

I got this spell from a Druidic High Priestess who has been practicing Druidism for twenty plus years.

Protection and Binding Spell

Ingredients:

1. Black Candle or dark candle (There were no black candles at the store I was in so I got a black cherry one. It was the darkest one I could find. It doesn’t have to be expensive. A 99 cent candle will do just fine. Also, be sure to carve the name of the person you want to bind into the candle.)

2. Black or dark stone (I didn’t have a black stone on hand, but I had a brown one with red undertones, which I was told would work just fine.)

3. Sea Salt

4. White thread, yarn or embroidery yarn

5. Patchouli incense or white sage (I couldn’t find Patchouli incense or white sage, so I bought some that was sort of earthy smelling. It was similar to Patchouli.)

6. A picture of the person you wish to bind. (You need a picture or something of theirs. Something they owned.)

Twelve hours before you do the spell, put the stone and the salt in the freezer. The cold will cleanse them. Be sure to leave them there for at least twelve hours.

I did the ritual on the last night of the dark of the moon. The Priestess told me that this was a very powerful time and that it would not happen again for a couple of years. Also, that I needed to do the spell before midnight.

After the twelve hour mark and before midnight, get all of the ingredients together and place on a table. Use the salt and put down a salt barrier around yourself and the table. DO NOT BREAK THE CIRCLE ONCE YOU HAVE LAID IT. if you leave the circle or someone enters the circle you will have to start over.

Light your candle and light the incense. DO NOT BLOW EITHER OUT. They both must burn all the way down. If you are carving the person’s name in your candle, do it BEFORE you light it.

Once they are both lit, focus on a white light of protection around you so bright that it takes up the whole circle. So bright that when you open your eyes you have to squint. (What I did was imagine the light coming up from the salt forming a protective “bubble” around me. Then, I visualized my own light coming out of me and focused on making it really strong and bright.)

Then focus on the picture of the person you want to bind. Focus on their face and body and imagine jail or prison bars around them or something similar. (I took my finger *remember you can use your finger as a wand* and felt energy coming out of it and drew bars with my finger over his face and body. I drew so many that he was completely obscured.) You want to build a wall or a fortress around that person.

Then, call the corners (quarters). This is a really simple way to do it:

I call upon East, the direction of Air.

I call upon North, the direction of Earth.

I call upon West, the direction of my ancestors and Water.

I call upon South, the direction of Fire.

I ask that you aid me in these protection workings.

Then, call upon Kali (KAH-li) (If and only if you are binding a man. Kahli is the goddess and protector of women and hates men.) Ask her to aid you. This is where you have to improvise. I told Kahli that I was in fear for my life was being threatened and that I feared for my daughter as well. You must be especially gracious to her. She will hear you! Just tell her what is going on and why you are asking for and need her protection. This is my first encounter with her, but I got the feeling that we shouldn’t be asking her for frivolous things. If my life and my daughter were not being threatened, I don’t think I would have petitioned her. I could be wrong, but this was my impression of her.

Once that is done, take the picture and thread and wrap the thread around the picture until you can’t see any part of the picture. While you are doing this, say:

(Name), with the protection of Kali, you will not harm me or anyone I love.

MEAN IT WHEN YOU SAY IT!! Repeat this over and over until the picture is covered. (I wound up having to fold the picture several times because, as I wrapped it more and more with the thread, the picture would warp and was hard to handle. I figured it would be better just to keep folding it smaller, rather than creating frustration and losing my focus. Also, if I ever do this spell again, I’m getting white yarn. I had white sewing thread which was very hard to deal with and took a long time to cover the picture. The time wouldn’t have been an issue if my daughter hadn’t been awake, but she was and there is only so much time a two year old, even a well behaved two year old, can be still.)

Once that’s done, hold the bound picture in your hands for about five or ten minutes since you will likely be upset and nervous. (I wasn’t nervous, but I was angry. I was livid, so I had to take a few moments to regain my composure and to let the anger dissipate.) While you are holding the picture in your hands, focus on your child/children/home/yourself. Do the white light protection again.

Once that’s done, close the corners (quarters):

East, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

North, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

West, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

South, thank you for aiding me tonight. Go if you must. Stay if you will. Hail to you and farewell.

It is most important to say a gracious thanks to Kali. Bid her sincerest thanks and fare thee well. Tell her to go or stay, but that you would prefer she watch over you as long as she deems necessary.

Once, all that is done, you can break the salt barrier. Put the binding somewhere in a box and seal it. Put it high up where it CANNOT BE TOUCHED.

After the binding is secured, then you need to put the stone somewhere that you can keep it on you at all times. Then, take at least a fifteen minute sea salt bath to cleanse your body of any negativity. After that, you will sleep like a ROCK.

If you have a sachet, put the stone in it and keep it under your pillow at night. During the day, keep it on you at all times. Put it in your pocket; on a chain; put it into a ring. Just keep it on you.

DO NOT BLOW THE CANDLE OUT. LET IT BURN ALL THE WAY DOWN.

I had to start and stop this spell about four times because my daughter kept walking into the circle. I would thank the spirits profusely, apologize profusely and tell them that I would have to come back to them later. I got my daughter calmed down, since she was crying pretty hard (It’s hard to explain things like this to a two year old. She just knew she wanted to sit in my lap and didn’t understand why she couldn’t. So I let her sit in my chair, turned on cartoons, gave her some soda, <which she never gets>, her teddy bear and some snacks and she was set.) and eventually, by telling her that she could help me do the spell, I was able to get back to it.

After the spell was finished, I cleaned everything up and took the bath. About thirty to forty five minutes after that, the tiredness hit me. It wasn’t just a tired like I had been at work all day and needed to crash. It was a bone tiredness. I felt tired like I did after my dad died and after I had given birth and spent two weeks in the NICU with my daughter. I was tired physically, but moreso, I was tired spiritually. I put my daughter to bed and fell into bed. I didn’t even dream.

Today, I woke up feeling weak and shaky. I tried to bolster myself with coffee, because I was scheduled to go on a job interview this afternoon, but it didn’t work. I had to reschedule. I’m pretty stubborn, so I had already fixed my hair and makeup, dressed myself and my daughter before I gave in and realized I would never be able to pass the skills tests they had scheduled for me. I was frustrated and disappointed, but I figure if the universe wants me there, I will be. If not, then not. I’m done trying to swim upstream and trying to force the square peg into the round hole.

Merry Part and Blessings Be!