The Witches Magickal Journal for Friday, April 27th
“The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us…”
– Big Thunder (Bedagi) (Wabanaki Algonquin Tribe)
Friday, April 27th
Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:
Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra
The Celtic Tree Month Saille (Willow) (April 14 – May 12)
Runic Half Month of Man(human being) (April 14 – April 28)
Goddess of the Month of Maia (April 18 – May 15th)
The Pagan Book of Days
The Goddess Book of Days for Friday, April 27
Feast of St. George in the Western Church calendar; he is the God Ogun, Ogan or Ogu in African Santeria and Voodoun. (Hephaestus, Eros, Vulcan, Quetzalcoatl, Mars.) The saint was originally derived from Apollo, twin of Diana and a Sun God.
The Goddess Book of Days
Goddesses Associated with Friday
For Freya: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wooo, Eve, Venus, Diana, Isis, the Witch of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
The Goddess Book of Days
Friday: The day of beauty
Frigg was the Norse goddess of beauty, love, household, fertility and motherhood. She was Odin’s wife. She wonderfully balances out the dreadfulness of all the masculine gods sitting around our week table.
Derived from Latin Dies Veneris, Friday is viernes in Spanish, vendredi in French and venerdi in Italian. The day belongs to Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, love and fertility.
Friday: Is associated with Venus and the colors of – Green, Pink and White
Friday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Affection, Alliances, Architects, Artistic Ability, Artists, Balance, Beauticians, Beauty, Change, Chiropractors, Cosmetics, Courage, Courtship, Dancers, Dating, Decorating, Designers, Engineers, Entertainers, Fashion, Fertility, Friendship, Gardening, Gifts, Grace, Harmony, Herbal Magick, Household Improvements, Income, Luck, Luxury, Marriage, Material Things, Music, Painting, Partners, Peace, Physical Healing, Planning Parties, Poetry, Prosperity, Relationships, Romantic Love, Shopping, Social Activity, Soul-mates, Success
Practical Magick for the Penny Pinching Witch
Ritual Influences for Friday, April 27th
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Color: Light Blue, Pale Green
Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection, Partnerships, Money, Sex
A Book of Pagan Rituals
Magickal Days of the Week: Friday
Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.
Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings
*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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On Friday, April 27th, We Celebrate…
Smell the Breeze Day (Egypt)
Themes: Air, Health
Symbols: A Pot; Turquoise; Musk; a Star; Wind; Cow Images
About Nut: This great Egyptian sky goddess bears a star-spangled belly that stretches over the earth like a protective atmosphere. Today she breaths on us with a late-March zephyr bearing health and well-being.
Legend tells us that when Ra went to escape the earth, Nut offered her aid by becoming a huge cow who lifted him into heaven. Wen Nut found herself dizzy from the effort, four gods rushed to her aid. They later became the four pillars of creation—the four winds.
To Do Today: If the weather permits, I highly recommend a brish, refreshing walk. Breathe deeply of the air, which has rejuvenating, healthy energies today. As you exhale, repeat the goddess’s name, Nut, and listen as she responds in the breeze.
Any type of wind magick honors Nut, and it is certainly fitting today. If the wind blows from the west, sprinkle water into it for emotional healing. If it blows from the east, toss a feather out so it can return to you with healthy outlooks. If it blows from the north, sift a little soil into the wind to give fruitful foundations to a generating idea, and if it blows from the south, burn musk incense to manifest vital energy and a little passion.
365 Goddess, A Daily Guide to the Magick and Inspiration of the Goddess
Friday–The Day of Freya
In the stories of the gods and goddesses of the Angles and Saxons we find two goddesses, Frigga, the wife of Odin and queen of the gods, and Freya, the Goddess of Love. Some people think that Friday was named after Frigga, and others that it was Freya’s day. Since very similar stories are told of each of them, it is quite probable that they were really the same person. The Roman name for the day was Dies Veneris, the day of Venus, who, it will be remembered, was the Goddess of Love, and so corresponded to Freya. The modern French name is taken from the Latin and is vendredi.
Frigga was the Goddess of the Clouds, and, when she was not with her husband Odin, spent her time in spinning clouds. Her spinning-wheel was studded with jewels, and at night could be seen in the sky as the constellation to which the Romans gave the name of Orion’s Belt, as we have seen in the story of Orion.
Frigga was also the Goddess of Spring, and as such was known as Eastre, whom we have already mentioned as giving us the word Easter.
Freya, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, like the Venus of the Romans, received a great welcome when she came to the home of the gods, and was given a special kingdom called Folk Meadow, where was a vast hall known as the Hall of Many Seats. Here she received half of those slain in battle, the other half being entertained by Odin, as we have seen.
Freya is depicted as having blue eyes and golden hair, and often as wearing a robe of feathers, which enabled her to fly through the air like a bird.
The goddess is said to have married Odur, who was probably Odin under another name. Odur once had occasion to leave Freya and travel over the world, and the goddess was broken-hearted at his departure. Her tears fell among the rocks and were changed to gold, while some which fell into the sea were transformed into amber. All nature mourned with her: the trees shed their leaves, the grass withered, and the flowers drooped their heads. At last Freya in her distress set out to find her husband, and, passing through many lands, where her golden tears were afterwards found, came to the sunny south, and there overtook the wandering Odur. As the lovers returned, the fields and the flowers rejoiced with them. The frost and snow fled before them, and the earth became green again as they passed.
“And Freya next came nigh, with golden tears;
The loveliest Goddess she in Heaven, by all
Most honour’d after Frea, Odin’s wife.
Her long ago the wandering Odur took
To mate, but left her to roam distant lands;
Since then she seeks him, and weeps tears of gold.”
MATTHEW ARNOLD–Balder Dead.
This story, of course, reminds us of Ceres and Persephone, and is only another fanciful explanation of summer and winter.
Freya was the proud possessor of a dazzling necklace of gold, which had been made by the dwarfs, and which she wore night and day. On one occasion only did she lend the necklace, when Thor, disguised as Freya, went to the land of the giants to recover his hammer, which had been stolen by the Giant Thrym. Loki, by borrowing Freya’s robe of feathers and flying over the country of the giants, had discovered the thief, but had also found that Thrym would only return the hammer on condition that Freya would become his wife. When Freya heard of the giant’s presumption, she became greatly enraged, and vowed that she would never leave her beloved Odur and go to live in that dreary and desolate land of cold. Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge Bifrost, then suggested that Thor should go to Thrym disguised as Freya, in company with Loki disguised as Freya’s attendant. The gods at last allowed themselves to be persuaded, and Thor, having borrowed Freya’s clothes and necklace and wearing a thick veil, set out with Loki, who was dressed as a handmaiden. On reaching the giant’s palace, they were welcomed by Thrym, who was delighted at the success of his plan, and who led them to the banqueting hall, where a great feast was held. At the end of the feast, Thrym ordered the famous hammer to be brought in, and he himself laid it in his bride’s lap as a marriage gift. Thor’s hand immediately closed over the hammer, and in a few moments Thrym and all the guests invited to the wedding feast lay dead.
Freya was greatly relieved to have her necklace returned in safety, but the evil Loki, attracted by its wonderful beauty, determined to steal it. One night the god, by changing himself into a fly, succeeded in entering Freya’s palace. He then resumed his own shape, and, creeping stealthily to Freya’s bed, gently removed the necklace from the goddess’s neck. The watchful Heimdall, however, had heard Loki’s footsteps, and, looking in the direction of the Folk Meadow, became a witness of the theft. He at once set off in pursuit of Loki, and, overtaking him, drew his sword and was about to kill the thief, when Loki changed himself into a flame. Heimdall immediately changed himself into a cloud, and sent down a shower of rain to put out the fire. Loki then took the form of a bear, and opened his mouth to catch the water. Heimdall also took the form of a bear and attacked Loki, who, finding that he was being overpowered, changed himself yet again, into a seal. Heimdall followed suit, and fought again with Loki, and at length compelled him to give up the necklace, which was returned to Freya.
On another occasion Freya was sought by one of the giants, and it was only by the cunning of Loki and by an act of bad faith on the part of the gods that she was saved. The gods, ever anxious lest the giants should invade Asgard, decided to build a stronghold which would prove impregnable. They received an offer from a stranger, who was willing to undertake the work in return for the sun, the moon, and the goddess Freya. By Loki’s advice they accepted the offer on condition that he should complete the work in one winter, aided only by his horse. To the surprise of the gods the stranger agreed to these conditions, and with the help of his horse, which could haul the heaviest stone, set to work. The gods, who at first felt sure that their conditions had made the task impossible, were alarmed to find as time went on that the stranger was working so quickly that it seemed certain that he would be able to keep his promise. The gods on their side had no intention whatever of keeping their promise, since they could not possibly part with the sun and the moon and the Goddess of Love, and they angrily pointed out to Loki that since it was he who had got them into this difficulty, he must find some way out of it. Loki replied that the gods need have no fear, for with his usual cunning he had thought of a plan whereby the stranger might be made to forfeit his reward. On the last day, when only one stone remained to be dragged into position, Loki changed himself into a horse, and, trotting out from the forest, neighed loudly to attract the attention of the stranger’s horse. Tired of his continual labour and longing for freedom and rest, the horse broke free from its load and galloped after Loki. The stranger, after pursuing it vainly through the forest, at last made his way to Asgard, and, full of anger at the trick which had been played upon him, took on his real shape, for he was a frost-giant, and was about to attack the gods when Thor hurled his hammer at him and killed him.
Frey, the god mentioned in the story of Loki and Sif’s golden hair, was Freya’s brother. He was the God of the Fields, and sacrifices were made to him for the crops. In the early spring his wooden image was driven in a chariot through the countryside, in order that he might bless the fields and bring a fruitful harvest: Frey, as we have seen, became the possessor of a ship which could travel over land and sea, and though large enough to contain all the gods, yet could be folded up like a cloth, and he also possessed a boar with golden bristles. The god often rode on this boar, which was swifter than a horse, and was no doubt a symbol of the sun, which ripened the crops. We find the same idea of sunshine in Frey’s flashing sword, which fought of its own accord as soon as it was drawn from its sheath.
The month of the Angles and Saxons which begins just before our Christmas was sacred to both Frey and Thor, and it was customary at that time, as we have already mentioned, to bind a huge wooden wheel with straw, and, setting fire to it, to roll it down a hill. The wheel was a symbol of the sun, which at that time began to chase away the winter. At this time, too, was held a great feast to all the gods, and the chief meat eaten was a boar’s head, in honour of Frey. The missionaries who first brought Christianity to the Northmen, finding this feast was of great importance and was celebrated by all the people, did not try to do away with it. Instead, they changed it from a heathen to a Christian festival by putting Christ in the place of the Norse gods, and calling it the Feast or Mass of Christ. A similar change was made, it will be remembered, in the case of the Easter festival, held in honour of Eastre or Frigga, the wife of Odin.
Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell.
Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes, while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.
Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Friday, April 27th
Moon phase: Second Quarter
Moon Sign: Libra
About the Waxing Moon Phase
The period when the Moon is waxing occurs between a New Moon and a Full Moon, which is characterized by many changes in appearance. The first is known as a Waxing crescent, where 1-49% of the Moon is illuminated. Which side appears illuminated will depend on the observer’s location. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the right side will appear illuminated; whereas for those in the southern hemisphere, the reverse is the case.
Next up is the First Quarter, where 50% of the Moon’s face is illuminated – again, the right side for those in the northern hemisphere and the left for those in the south. This is followed by a Waxing Gibbous Moon, where 51 – 99% of the Moon’s surface is illuminated – right side in the northern hemisphere, left side in the southern. The waxing phase concludes with a Full Moon.
The Witches Correspondences for Friday, April 27
The day of Venus, Friday takes its name from Frigga, the Goddess of Love and Transformation. She rules the spiritual aspects of people as they manifest on the physical. because of this, Friday is sometimes thought of as unpredictable.
Element : Water / Earth
Zodiac Sign : Taurus / Libra
Angel : Ariel
Metal : Tin
Incense / Perfumes : Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Oils : Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow
Color : Green, Aqua, Rose
Stones : Emerald, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Jade
Plants/Herbs : Apple, Balm of Gilead, Bergamot, Birch, Catnip, Clematis, Damiana, Dragons Blood, Geranium, Heather, Hibiscus, Ivy, Magnolia, Mugwort, Plumeria, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sage, Strawberry, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet, Water Lilly
Magick to Work: love, friendship, beauty, sensuality, arts, attraction, healing, peace, harmony, artistic ability, creativity generally, reconciliation, beauty, female sexuality, luxury, music, pleasure, scent, sensuality, social affairs
Friday Is Ruled by Venus
Candle colour: Green or pink
Incenses: Rose or geranium
Crystals: Jade or rose quartz
Use Fridays for spells for love, fidelity, healing, for anything to do with beauty, the arts and crafts and for all spells concerning the environment.
Where possible, work in any enclosed beautiful place outdoors, for example a botanical garden, a field, park or your own garden – even in a circle of plants indoors.
The Energy of Venus
Weekday ruled by Venus: Friday
Herbs and Plants:
Magickal intentions: Love, romance, marriage, sexual matters, physical beauty, friendship and partnerships, strangers and heart matters.
Friday’s Magickal Applications
Fridays are days of loving enchantments and passionate emotions.
See how many ways you could add a little loving enchantment into your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you wish to explore the topic of love and romance witchery even further, then check out my book How to Enchant a Man: Spells to Bewitch, Bedazzle &Beguile. If cat magick has tickled your fancy, then for further study read my book The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells &Magick.
In the meantime, try sharing red berries with your partner some enchanted evening. Work that meditation, and see what other mysteries Freya has to teach you. Wear a Venus planetary color and call on the Goddess for a little inner sparkle. Burn some floral incense, light up some rosy candles, and set a romantic mood. Try wearing a little copper jewelry, and see how it affects you and your Friday magick. Get those potpourri and philter recipes going, and see what you can conjure up.
Advancing your magickal skills takes drive, ambition, and passion. Work with Eros to discover just how much enthusiasm, inspiration, and drive he can bring into your days, for the imagination is a place where dreams flourish and ideas come to fruition.
Call on these fertile and romantic powers, and create your own unique spells and charms. Just think of all the magickal information that you can now add to your repertoire of witchery. Lastly, remember this: when you combine imagination and a loving heart with magick, you’ll succeed every time.
Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
The Witches Magick for Friday, April 27th
Spell To Put A Little Adventure Into A Life That Has Turned Sort of Dull
Goal: To bring a spark of adventure into a life that has gotten a little dull
Optional extras: Cut out or draw pictures of a specific kind of activity if you have one in mind (travel, a new hobby or craft, etc.), and place them on the altar if you are using one; red or orange candle; cinnamon oil or a small bowl of powdered cinnamon
Note: Be sure to fix your mind and intent on positive adventures. After all, a hurricane might be an adventure, but it probably isn’t one you want to experience! This spell should be done in a spirit of fun and is a good one to do with a group if so desired.
(ANOINT CANDLE WITH OIL OR SPRINKLE A BIT OF CINNAMON ON IT, THEN LIGHT IT IN A FIRE-SAFE BOWL)
Life is good
And all is well
But now and then
I find it dull
I wish for fire
To add a spark
A flash of light
Inside the dark
Let adventure come
In a positive way
So I might laugh
Have fun and play.
Let doors swing wide
And open my heart
As on life’s journey
So Mote It Be.
Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook: Wonderfully Witchy Blessings, Charms & Spells
Let’s Talk Witch: Supernatural Entities
Some of your magical workings may involve the help or guidance of supernatural entities. These entities could be Gods or Goddesses. They may be Angels, ancestors or the Fae. There is a belief that witchcraft requires the use of at least one of these beings, however many witches don’t use any of them but that’s entirely up to you.
It is useful and important to know the difference between the various types of supernatural entities. Some have their own rules and etiquettes that it pays to know before engaging in any kind of contact with them. Some may make specific demands on you so it’s best to discover what is required for each and then decide for yourself whether or not it’s a good idea to get them involved. There is always a price and if you expect their help it is advisable to find out what that price is before you start.
When it comes to using any entity in spell working, it means that you are asking them to provide you with what you are trying to achieve; perhaps that they’ll go on an information gathering mission for you, or that they’ll harass an enemy for you. A lot of this depends on your desired outcome. If you are trying to clear or heal a piece of land, getting in touch with the genius loci first and asking what they need is always smart. I personally can’t think of much that I would bother the Fae for, but that’s me and I know that others enlist their help for various workings.
In Vodou and other African Tribal Religions, spirits are used for nearly every piece of magic. It’s the spirits that go and make your purpose become reality and those spirits require offerings and food.
It is my belief that the various entities have different areas of expertise and usefulness. Deities can be included in almost everything but as for the others, I’d recommend learning more before asking for help or guidance from them. Just like you would for mundane matters. If you need to borrow money you have various options; banks, pawn shops or loan sharks etc. You wouldn’t sensibly enter into any kind of relationship without first discovering the ins and outs and any possible risks associated with each. Why would you be any less vigilant in magic?
The Common Sense Spell Book
WOTC Extra: Deities
The first thought with regards to Deities is usually prayer. There are often great discussions about the difference between spell casting and prayer. Many describe spell casting as ‘prayer with props’ and indeed, I have done this in the past. But personally, I have come to the conclusion that there is a difference aside from the addition of tools. Prayer is sometimes pure worship, not the request of favours. Prayer can also include asking the Divine (in whatever form you experience It) to watch over or intercede for you. Casting a spell is taking matters into your own hands and doing what you can to make something happen. I saw it described recently as:
Prayer— Asking Dad for $ 20
Spell— Mowing the neighbour’s lawn to earn $ 20.
In the context of prayer vs spells, this is correct, but in the context of asking Deity to help in your spell, it would be more like asking Dad to help fix the lawn mower so you can mow the neighbour’s lawn for $ 20
If and when you choose to ask for Divine help and intervention in your spell workings, there are a few things that must be considered.
Is this a God or Goddess that you are familiar with? By familiar with I mean one that you have prayed to, researched and come to know well. Or are you going to expect a Deity to perform a task for a complete stranger and have Them leave again afterwards with no thought to payment, return or reward? Frankly, I think that is quite rude and would recommend some serious thought into what happens when you disrespect Gods.
Do you understand any required forms of address? Some Gods are fickle or proud and expect their honorifics when you call on Them. Some have come to us with different names and slightly different functions. Isis is the Greek name for Aset, for example, but over several thousand years, Isis and Aset are no longer the same Goddess. Differences exist between the two. The same can be said for several of the other Egyptian Netjer who have become more commonly known by Greek names. There is also the duplication of Greek Deities with Roman ones. A belief exists, that still holds to this day among some people, that though each Deity is named differently, the functions and analogues can be found in across pantheons. While this is true between the Roman and Greek pantheons, it is not necessarily accurate with relations to other pantheons.
Do you know and understand the dynamics between pantheons and the individual Deities within pantheons? I have a friend who wanted to call on Hecate and Hela in the same ritual. I understand that she was thinking of dark Goddesses, but she hadn’t thought the whole thing through. Scandinavia was never conquered by the Greeks or the Romans which is still a source of pride for modern Asatru or followers of the Norse Gods. Understandably calling on Deities from these pantheons could cause friction between the two which may rebound on the caller.
Within pantheons there are also frictions and problems. Hera cursed many within Her husband’s family tree. Set murdered Osiris. Loki caused problems for most of the Aesir. Yemaya and Oya don’t get on well together. It’s especially important to do some research before mixing and matching
Is your purpose for casting a spell within the understanding and realm of your chosen Deity? While I don’t believe that the Gods are stuck in a vacuum, existing unchanged eternally and unable to evolve, there are still things that need to be considered. A Goddess of the sea is unlikely to be able to help you to find a job as a secretary and a God of war is not likely to be able or willing to help bring your true love into your life, at least not in a healthy or desirable way.
Are you addressing a specific Deity or an archetype? Archetypal energies refer to certain constants. Many Goddesses may come under the heading of ‘Mother Goddess’ but there is no actual ‘Mother Goddess’. When you call on Her as such, you are calling upon those energies in an archetypal form. I cringe when I see or hear people talking about ‘The Goddess’. Which one specifically? Or are they monolatrous— believing that all are reflections or facets of the same being? In my experience, it’s never a good idea to be that general. There are many trickster entities just waiting for such an opening.
If you do happen to think that way, then why not clarify which aspect of Goddess you are calling on? ‘Great Goddess in the form of Persephone’ or ‘The Goddess who is also known as Brighid’. This keeps it specific to which type of energy or Deity you are calling on, without the risk of having something else turn up.
When you have worked with a Deity for a period of time, there is a relationship that only familiarity grows. I’ve found that I don’t need to worship my Gods, that’s not what they need from me. They need me to work in their name, do the work they set me (which isn’t always obvious) and in return they look out for me. I have left a few things in Their hands, when I’m not certain if this person has crossed me with intent or just carelessness and thoughtlessness. These days I rarely do actual spellworking, I discuss it with my Gods and stuff happens. I have called upon the Patron Goddess of another person who was busily breaking oaths they’d made to Her and to others publicly. I asked if She wanted me to deal with it or did She want to take care of it Herself. She took care of it and did a much better job than I would have. Importantly though, I have taken part in a number of rituals in Her honour, so we did have a passing acquaintance.
Communication with Deity is experiential. It comes under the heading of Unverifiable Personal Gnosis. Your experience is very personal and cannot be verified by anyone else. This means that someone else who has an experience that differs from yours is not wrong or lying about your chosen Deity. Neither are they necessarily being disrespectful, they may have merely had a different experience. Perhaps that Deity chose to show them another side for reasons of their own— they are all quite capricious.
Another point worthy of noting with regards to Deity is that They don’t require your belief. They are there, believing in Them is, to quote Terry Pratchett, like believing in a table. They will answer questions so do not be shy about asking them. You may not get the answer you want to hear, but you will get an answer.
If you are going to do some research into Deities, don’t stick purely to the pagan or Wiccan books. Read mythology from the time period, there are plenty of translations available nowadays. Read history books, read poetry and speculative fiction. The pagan books are often filled with wishful thinking and fantasy. Some authors make the Gods out to be purely noble and nice and that’s just not true. Any mention of anything dark or that they required sacrifice is skipped over or justified as “having been demonised by the Patriarchy”. There will be a bias, there always is whenever thought is turned into words, however, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s wrong. Read more than one translation if possible. There are several famous works being re-translated in recent years with completely different meanings and depictions of events. Whether any of them are actually correct, I don’t know, I can’t read the original languages and don’t have access to the manuscripts either but it’s important to get more than one person’s interpretation of the material.
When you’ve finished with the serious stuff, I recommend Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. You may wonder why a book of spell crafting would suggest reading comic fantasy. Woven within the comic fantasy world is a very clever social commentary that is rather accurate, especially when it comes to his witches.
The Common Sense Spell Book
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for April 26 & 27
April 26 & 27
African Fertility Festival
In many African republics, this New Year’s Day celebrates the ancient seed-sowing ceremony performed in honor of the Goddess of fertility, Mawu. Associated with the moon, Mawu is considered to be cool and gentle. She is the creatrix who made people from clay and brings abundance to the land. In some areas, Mawu (moon) is combined with Lisa (sun) to create a dynamic union between the two controlling factors of universe for the protection of crops and people.
The Witches Astronomy Journal for Friday, April 27th
A woman stands, Alone in the woods, Awaiting her fate once more, Returning to her place in the cycle of life.
What is that? A rustling in the forest, Closer and closer the noise creeps, Is this the one to seal her destiny?
Now he stands before her, Clad in nothing but the sky, Grown to full manhood, and awaiting, Her.
Their eyes met, Locked in a familiar gaze, Have they been here before, Shall they dance this dance again?
No words were spoken as they met, Quietly they drew close together, And trembling with anticipation, They were united again once more.
He touched her face carefully, She seemed so familiar to him, As if he had always been a part of her, As if they completed a whole.
Beneath the hallowing moonlights glow, They danced the dance of ages, They met, and loved, and joined as one, Completing the holy union.
As they lay their after, A new cycle had already begun, She lay now holding his child, And he lay foreseeing his death.
They would come apart again, And meet together once more. For it is the cycle of everything, As goes the Beltane Lore…..
Lady Amhranai (2002)
“Is beachd a buitseach. Neoini annsa, Neoini lugha”
Published on Pagan Library
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, April 27th
Sun Direction: ↑ 79.39° E
Sun Altitude: 9.19°
Sun Distance: 93.562 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 21, 2018 5:07 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 6:04 am↑ 72° East
Sunset Today: 7:40 pm↑ 288° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 35 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 289.62° WNW
Moon Altitude: -22.74°
Moon Distance: 236575 mi
Next Full Moon: Apr 29, 20187:58 pm
Next New Moon: May 15, 20186:47 am
Next Moonrise: Today5:24 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Astrology of Today – Friday, April 27, 2018
The Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 22nd, and the Full Moon will occur on April 29th.
Mercury is in its post-retrograde shadow until May 3.
Moon in Libra
Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
A Look At Your Planets And Stars for Friday, April 27th
The Moon spends the day in Libra, The more sober side of Libra might dominate midday as the Moon forms an inhibitive Moon-Saturn square and opposes Mercury. We may not express ourselves very warmly or clearly now. However, the Libra Moon inclines us to make an extra effort to be inclusive, compromising, and polite. We’re seeking to find balance in our lives today, and relationships can be in high focus. We tend to weigh all perspectives and to consider all possibilities while the Moon is in Libra.
The Sky This Week for April 27 to 29
The return of the Lyrid meteor shower, a slew of bright planets, and a full night of the Full Moon, all in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Friday, April 27
It’s about time to grab your final evening views of Orion the Hunter. This bright constellation now hangs low in the west as darkness falls and starts to set around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The three 2nd-magnitude stars that form the Hunter’s Belt now appear parallel to the horizon. A line through these stars and extended to the left points directly to the sky’s brightest star, Sirius.
Saturday, April 28
Dwarf planet 1 Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It currently shines at magnitude 8.4 and is an easy object to spot through binoculars or a telescope. Ceres resides in the northern part of the constellation Cancer the Crab, which appears high in the west-southwest after twilight fades to darkness. This evening, Ceres lies 0.7° north of 67 and 70 Cancri, a pair of stars that shine between 6th and 7th magnitude.
Sunday, April 29
Full Moon occurs at 8:58 p.m. EDT, but our satellite will look completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east as the Sun sets and peaking in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon lies among the background stars of Libra, less than 10° from brilliant Jupiter.
Mercury reaches greatest elongation today, when it lies 27° west of the Sun and appears some 4° above the eastern horizon 30 minutes before sunrise. Unfortunately, this is one of the planet’s worst apparitions of the year for Northern Hemisphere observers. Mercury shines at magnitude 0.4 and appears as an inconspicuous dot even through binoculars.
In the Sky This Month
The constellations of spring begin to dominate the evening sky this month. Leo, the celestial lion, stands in good view at nightfall and leaps high across the south later on. Virgo follows the lion across the sky, with their brightest stars, Regulus and Spica, respectively, separated by more than 50 degrees — more than five times the width of your fist held at arm’s length.
April 27: Moon and Spica
Two big stars with different futures stand below the Moon at nightfall. Their light blurs together into one point: Spica, the brightest star of Virgo. One of the stars will explode as a supernova, while the other faces a fate similar to the Sun’s.
April 28: Venus and Aldebaran
Two bright lights are passing close to each other in the western evening sky. The brighter light is Venus, the brilliant “evening star.” The other one, to the left or upper left of Venus tonight, is Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the bull.
April 29: Moon and Jupiter
The mighty planet Jupiter looks like a brilliant star. And tonight, it has a close companion: the full Moon. Jupiter is to the lower left of the Moon at nightfall, and follows the Moon across the sky later on.
April 30: Good Night, Orion
Orion, one of the most beautiful constellations, is putting in its final evening appearance of the season over the next few nights. It soon will disappear in the Sun’s glare. The next time we see it, it will be in the morning sky shortly before sunrise.
May 1: May Day
In Britain, today is known as May Day. In ancient times, it marked the beginning of summer, not the middle of spring. It is one of the year’s four cross-quarter days, which come roughly half way between a solstice and an equinox.
May 2: Centaurus
Centaurus, the centaur, hugs the southern horizon this month, and stands due south in late evening. The brightest star of Centaurus that is visible from the United States is Theta Centauri.
May 3: Moon and Planets
The Moon will stand almost due south at first light tomorrow. The bright planet Saturn will be close to its lower left, with the brighter planet Mars a good bit farther along the same line.
Your Daily Cosmic Calendar
APRIL 27, 2018
If the recent Mercury, Saturn and Pluto stations, the annual convergence of the sun with eccentric Uranus on April 18, all amplified by yesterday’s double-dose of difficulty, have created a chain reaction composed of nebulous feelings and mental anxiety, then do something pro-active to rid yourself of any tendency to experience excessive worry and self-doubt.
The moon in affable Libra is a monthly reminder to improve the quality of key relationships. Challenges are still likely to ensue since Venus forms a dicey contra-parallel with Pluto (12:51am), the moon squares off with Saturn (10:22am) and then opposes Mercury (1:18pm).
Nevertheless, with peace-loving Juno about to enter fiery Aries early tomorrow and therefore joining up with healer-in-chief Chiron on Sunday when a potent full moon occurs, there is an abundance of good vibrations that every thoughtful, kind-hearted individual can tune into with confidence.
[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
Published on Astrology.com
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Friday, April 27th
Tommorow the Moon will be in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 12.22 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 378,752.53 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,604,272.81 km
About The Waxing Gibbous Moon
This intermediate Moon phase starts after the First Quarter Moon and lasts until the Full Moon.
50.1% to 99.9% Illuminated
Just after the First Quarter Moon, when we can see exactly half of the face of the Moon illuminated, the intermediate phase called Waxing Gibbous Moon starts.
Waxing means that it is getting bigger. Gibbous refers to the shape, which is less than the full circle of a Full Moon, but larger than the semicircle shape of the Moon at Third Quarter.
With some exceptions, the Waxing Gibbous Moon rises during the day, after noon. It is usually visible in the evening and sets after midnight.
During this period, the lit up portion of the Moon increases from 50.1% to 99.9%.
Technically, this phase lasts until the moment of Full Moon. However, it can be difficult to differentiate the last stage of a Waxing Gibbous Moon from a Full Moon when as much as 98% to 99% of the Moon’s surface is illuminated.
Sun Lights Up the Moon
The Moon does not radiate its own light, but the Moon’s surface reflects the Sun’s rays. Half of the Moon’s surface is always illuminated by direct sunlight, except during lunar eclipses when Earth casts its shadow on the Moon. Just how much of that light we can see from Earth varies every day, and we refer to this as a Moon phase.
Primary and Intermediate Moon Phases
In Western culture, we divide the lunar month into 4 primary and 4 intermediate Moon phases.
The Moon phases start with the invisible New Moon. The first visible Moon phase is the thin sliver of a Waxing Crescent Moon. Around a week later, half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated at First Quarter Moon.
The illuminated part continues to grow into a Waxing Gibbous Moon, until 14 to 15 days into the cycle, we see the entire face of the Moon lit up at Full Moon.
The illuminated part then gradually shrinks into a Waning Gibbous Moon, and when it reaches Third Quarter, the opposite half from the First Quarter is illuminated. From there, it fades into a Waning Crescent Moon. Finally, the Moon disappears completely from view into another New Moon phase, only to reemerge and repeat this cycle over and over.
Same Phase Looks Different
Moon phases are the same all over the world. The same percentage and area of the Moon are illuminated no matter where on Earth you are. However, the Moon is rotated in different ways depending on the time, the date, your location, and the Moon’s position in the sky. Therefore, the illuminated part of a Waxing Gibbous Moon can appear on the left, the right, the top, or the bottom.
The line–or curve–dividing the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon is called the terminator. The terminator of a Waxing Gibbous Moon can be on the right side, the left, the top, or the bottom.
AGGRESSION IS IN THE STARS TODAY. HERE’S HOW TO HANDLE IT.
Warrior energy is running high today, thanks to the residual effects of yesterday’s powerful conjunction between Mars and Pluto. When these two planets find themselves in close proximity, sexuality and aggression are amplified, so be mindful of the urge to mow over everyone in your path.
Did you know that Pluto is currently retrograde in Capricorn?
This is a time ripe for charismatic moves, but there’s a risk of coming on too strong with frightening acts of ego and malefic power plays. You may want to continue to avoid the dark and dangerous side today, since this transit is notoriously problematic and destructive. The plus side? The Mars-Pluto conjunction can give a boost to physical performance. So, channel your “fight or flight” energy into pushing yourself to meet that fitness goal.
We’re also at the doorway of a powerful full moon in Scorpio on April 29, amplifying shadow work and further turning up the sensual heat this week. This is an especially transformative moon, signaling deeply emotional endings and beginnings. Clean and recycle within your internal and external world to make room for all the juicy change this full moon may bring.
Christine Aprile, Author
Published on Astrology.com
SEX! DEATH! TRANSFORMATION! WHAT POWER WILL THIS FULL MOON IN SCORPIO GIVE YOU?
FULL MOON IN SCORPIO
The energy has been building, and the seeds we planted at the new moon have been steadily growing. Now, as they come to fruition, we can express gratitude for the new things manifesting in our lives—and just as importantly, identify the old stuff that’s taking up too much space.
What will we need to let go of to make room for new growth?
That’s the question on all of our minds during the full moon in Scorpio—the sign that’s all about natural cycles of life, death, and rebirth.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Every month, the moon and sun face off from opposite ends of the zodiac, reflecting the opposing forces that need to be balanced or integrated in our own lives. With this full moon lighting up the Scorpio/Taurus axis, we’re asked to balance our desire for transformation (Scorpio) with our need for stability and security (Taurus).
With the sun in Taurus, we’re not so interested in being “transformed.” (We’re perfectly comfortable as we are, thank you very much!) But deep down, we know all too well that nothing in life is permanent—and the full moon in Scorpio is a powerful reminder.
This awareness can stir up a lot of deep, intense emotions that disrupt the laid-back Taurus vibe. But still waters run deep, and there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface than we realize. This full moon brings attention to the subtle undercurrents and energies playing out in all our interactions.
We may even find ourselves in situations where people in our lives confront us with our own “shadow” side. But no reason to fear—look at it as an opportunity to know yourself better and transform your less-desirable qualities into more positive expressions.
Here, how this full moon transit will affect you, based on your sun sign.
FULL MOON IN SCORPIO BY SIGN
Nothing escapes your watchful eye—but like it or not, you’re the one under the microscope at this full moon. Relationships are mirrors, and the way you see (and treat) the people in your life says much more about you than it does about them. Positive or negative, desirable or undesirable, the qualities you’re picking up on in a significant other are almost certainly part of you, too.
For all the pride you take in a job well done, you can’t shake the feeling that there’s so much more to you than your current work allows you to express. And yet, you may have no idea how to translate your hidden talents or spiritual gifts into anything “useful” or “productive.” That doesn’t mean you should ignore them—they’re coming up right now for a reason. But it may take some time for the ultimate purpose to reveal itself, so for now be patient and stay the course.
Ever the pragmatist, you enjoy socializing most when there’s an objective purpose behind it. But ultimately you (and everyone involved) will gain more from the association if you actually enjoy each other’s company. This full moon inspires you to take a closer look at who’s in your social network, and why. If it’s purely a marriage of convenience, you may want to cut ties and start looking for a new tribe.
About 99% of the time, you’re content just to do your thing and be yourself, whether anyone else notices or not—caring what other people think is beneath you anyway! But this full moon is that other 1% of the time, when you could really use a little validation. The question is, how to earn that seal of approval without compromising your principles?
With an imagination like yours, you don’t have to leave your neighborhood (or even your house) to go on an adventure. Still, as much as you love the familiar faces and places of home, this full moon could hit you with a serious case of wanderlust. It doesn’t matter whether the journey is to a foreign land, or the outer reaches of your mind—as long as it takes you somewhere new and exciting.
When things get rough, you like to think you’re someone who can pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But let’s be honest, we all need a little help sometimes—and this full moon could bring you to the point where you finally swallow your pride and ask. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it means you’ve matured.
This is your season in the sun, and no one’s denying your right to enjoy it. But if all the attention you’re paying yourself has left loved ones out in the cold, this full moon brings their feelings into the open. Just like a garden, relationships need tending in order to thrive—and right now, you’re being asked to weed out any old, selfish habits of yours that are crowding your partner’s space and keeping them small.
A little indulgence now and then can be good for you, but lately you’re wondering if your favorite vice is compromising your health. Don’t brush these feelings aside—pay attention to what your body and your subconscious are trying to tell you at this full moon. Chances are, they’re sending some not-so-subtle hints about what you should cut out to keep living your best life.
“Living in the moment” is easier said than done when there’s so much to look forward to and so many plans to make. But this full moon reminds you that the present moment is the only thing you really have. The future is never guaranteed, and even your best-laid plans may not turn out exactly how you envisioned. Might as well learn to ride the wave and see where it takes you!
All the world’s a stage, and you’ve been cast in the role of a lifetime. So why do you feel so unsatisfied? Maybe it’s because the part you’re playing bears very little resemblance to the person you know yourself to be. This full moon turns up the volume on that little voice insisting on authenticity. How can you bring your public and private selves into a truer alignment?
It’s easy to appreciate people and places you only get to see on special occasions—it’s much harder to see the beauty in your own backyard and the people you interact with every day. But if you approach it with an open mind, this full moon could transform the way you view your little corner of the world.
There’s no doubt about it, you’ve got good people in your life who will always have your back. But this full moon can raise some doubts and insecurities about your ability to stand on your own two feet, should the need arise. Dig deep, take stock of your own resources (material and otherwise), and connect with your own inner strength.
Rachel Celeste Hansen, Author
Published on Astrology.com
If You Were Born Today, April 25
You are a sensual, intuitive, and emotional person who is sometimes misunderstood, generally because you don’t easily let others in on your deepest thoughts and feelings! However, you are very much respected. You tend to think before you speak or write. A calm exterior can hide some nervousness and worry, as well as an intensely emotional nature. In your work, you are a perfectionist. Famous people born today: Ella Fitzgerald, Renee Zellweger, Al Pacino, Jason Lee.
Your Birthday Year Forecast
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
Until November, you continue to have a strong, protective, and stabilizing influence with you. It helps you stay on track and meet your responsibilities. Your popularity tends to be strong, and your leadership skills are valued. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some manner for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you”, people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work. This is a year in which you put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future this year is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, this year will benefit you for years to come.
Something big is in the works regarding your love or social life. You’ll have a chance to heal old wounds with regards to love this year. You’re also bound to find new ways of making money.
Your ambition is stimulated now, and you are determined to meet or exceed your goals. You can bring great discipline and meaning to your life this year. You might totally revise an important project or area of your life, or you could be bent on getting rid of something in your life so that you can move forward. The tendency to be too willful this year should probably be avoided. You should also watch for overdoing to the point of exhaustion. This can be a compulsive time when power struggles are more likely. On the other hand, it can be a time when you enjoy a strong sense of purposefulness, focus, and determination.
The year ahead can be an ambitious time and a supportive period for reaching your goals. You might solve a long-standing problem, or capitalize upon a resource that was previously hidden.
You might experience some difficulties and delays in communications in the period ahead. It’s a strong year for recognizing flaws and errors. As long as you don’t forget the “big picture”, you could find you are motivated to channel your mental energy into tasks that require structured and organized thought, tackling projects that you may have found too mundane or downright boring in other years. It’s a strong year for polishing your skills and formal learning.
You are determined and focused in the year ahead, and you can move mountains in important areas of your life. As well, this can be a wonderful year for meeting new people or more thoroughly enjoying your current friendships. It’s a powerful year for relationships and excellent for making lifestyle changes.
2018 is a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. It’s a time to pay special attention to practical matters, and it’s not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely. Positive new relationships are often not formed in a Four personal year. However, it can be a wonderful year for building, development, and laying a solid foundation for future successes. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.
2019 will be a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of discovery and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise, promote, and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken for the better. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed; or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, diversify, mingle.
Courtesy of Cafe Astrology
Classic Zodiac Chat-up Lines
From The Astrology Room
Ever wondered how to spot a star sign from what they say? Here’s your rough guide to the zodiac chat-up lines based on daily horoscopes .
Here are the chat-up lines each star-sign is most likely to use on you based on their daily horoscopes
Shall we go on?
I think you’re great. Let’s go eat.
Why don’t we dump these losers and you and me take off?
Let’s go somewhere private.
I’d love to take you out, do you have anything smart to wear?
Or: Do you want to do your makeup before we leave?
I think I could really improve your life.
I love you for your mind as well as your body.
Let’s change the world!
Fancy a bonk?
I think we’d work well together. I have a window on Thursday if you’d like to go for dinner.
Talk to me.
Tell me everything about yourself.