As We Go Today, I would like to remind you one more time….

Shoot The Bull Chat

When: Saturday, August 4th

Time: 10 a.m. to 1:00 p..m. central time

Where: The WOTC Chatroom


Want to chat, got questions, got concerns, whatever it might be, come on over and give us a holler

and chat for a bit.

Never know what you might miss!

See you tomorrow!


Astronomy Picture of the Day – Central Lunar Eclipse 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2018 August 3

Central Lunar Eclipse 
Image Credit & Copyright: Anthony Ayiomamitis (TWAN)


Explanation: Reddened by scattered sunlight, the Moon in the center is passing through the center of Earth’s dark umbral shadow in this July 27 lunar eclipse sequence. Left to right the three images are from the start, maximum, and end to 103 minutes of totality from the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The longest path the Moon can follow through Earth’s shadow does cross the shadow’s center, that’s what makes such central lunar eclipses long ones. But July 27 was also the date of lunar apogee, and at the most distant part of its elliptical orbit the Moon moves slowest. For the previous lunar eclipse, last January 31, the Moon was near its orbital perigee. Passing just south of the Earth shadow central axis, totality lasted only 76 minutes. Coming up on January 21, 2019, a third consecutive total lunar eclipse will also be off center and find the Moon near perigee. Then totality will be a mere 62 minutes long.

Earth Sky News for August 3: August guide to the bright planets

August guide to the bright planets

In August 2018, 4 planets arc across the evening sky. From west to east as night falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Late August features Mercury before sunrise

Click the name of a planet to learn more about its visibility in July 2018: VenusJupiterSaturnMars and Mercury

Venus is the brightest planet, and – as seen from around the world – it’s dazzling this month in the west after sunset, impossible to miss as the evening “star.”

At mid-northern latitudes, Venus sets roughly 2 hours after the sun in early August. By the month’s end, that’ll taper to about 1 1/2 hours after sunset. What’s interesting is that – as seen from mid-northern latitudes – Venus reached its highest altitude after sunset in June, 2018. And yet Venus’ greatest elongation (greatest apparent distance from the setting sun) happens this month, on August 17. Why? It’s because of the angle of the ecliptic, which marks the path of the sun, moon and planets across our sky. From our northerly latitudes, the ecliptic is beginning to slant downward after sunset now, keeping Venus low in the sky.

The Southern Hemisphere has the advantage in seeing Venus right now. From there, the ecliptic is beginning to slant upward, placing Venus above the sunset (rather than to one side of it as for us northerners). Venus does indeed climb highest up in the evening sky in August as viewed from the Southern Hemisphere, just as you would expect during a greatest elongation. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere (South Africa, southern Australia), Venus sets about 3 1/2 hours after sunset throughout the month.

Circle August 14, 15 and 16 on your calendar. That’s when the young moon will be sweeping past Venus (and Jupiter) in the evening sky. The western twilight will make the pairing all the more picturesque. See chart above.

Look for Venus to adorn the western evening sky until October 2018.

Jupiter remains bright and beautiful throughout August 2018. Its opposition took place on May 8-9, 2018, so the planet is now slowly shifting westward at each night’s sunset. In the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll find Jupiter highest up for the night around dusk or nightfall, appearing a bit west (right) of due south. In the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll see Jupiter nearly overhead at dusk.

Jupiter is brighter than any star, but it’s not brighter than Venus, which beams mightily in the west after sunset. And it’s not brighter than Mars.

Jupiter shines in front of the constellation Libra the Scales until November 2018. Look for Libra’s brightest stars near Jupiter, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (both star names are pronounced with the same rhythm as Obi-Wan Kenobi of “Star Wars”).

If you aim binoculars at Zubenelgenubi, you’ll see this star as two stars. Zubeneschamali, meanwhile, is said to appear green in color, although, astronomers say, stars can’t look green.

Saturn and Mars adorn the eastern half of the sky at dusk and nightfall. During the first few weeks of August, Saturn transits – reaches its high point for the night – at about the same time that Venus sets (roughly 9 p.m. local time or 10 p.m. local daylight saving time). Then Mars transits some two hours after Saturn does.

Near the month’s end, Saturn will transit at roughly 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. local daylight saving time), and throughout the month, Mars will transit about two hours after Saturn does.

Click here for a recommended sky almanac providing you with the transit times for the planets.

Middle to late evening offers a better view of Saturn and Mars, as these worlds are seen higher up in the sky than they are at nightfall.

You can tell Mars from Saturn because Mars has a reddish color and Saturn looks golden. Binoculars show their colors better than the eye alone.

Watch for the moon to pair up with Saturn on or near August 20 and with Mars on or near August 23.

At present, both Saturn and Mars shine more brilliantly than a 1st-magnitude star. However, Mars is brighter than Saturn. Saturn’s brilliance peaked at its June 27 opposition, and Mars’ brilliance came to a head at its July 27 opposition.

It’s not often that Mars outshines Jupiter, normally the fourth-brightest celestial object to light up the sky, after the sun, moon and Venus. But, for a couple of months in 2018, Mars will outshine Jupiter from about July 7 to September 7, 2018.

Both Mars and Saturn are slowly dimming throughout the month. Because Mars is dimming at a faster rate than Saturn is, Mars will be about 15 times brighter than Saturn at the beginning of the month, and some 10 times brighter by the month’s end.

Remember Mars’ historically close opposition of August 28, 2003? That year, it was closer and brighter than it had been in some 60,000 years. The July opposition was the best since 2003, and what’s more, Mars will remain bright and beautiful all through August 2018!

Mercury, the innermost planet of the solar system, moves out of the evening sky and into the morning sky on August 9, 2018. Mercury probably won’t first become visible in the morning sky until August 20th or so. The last week of August and the first several days of September will provide a good view of Mercury for the Northern Hemisphere and the southern tropics. Mercury will be harder to spot from temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere.

During the last week of August at mid-northern latitudes, Mercury will rise about 1 1/2 hours before sunrise. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, Mercury only rises an hour or less before the sun. Click here for a recommended almanac telling you when the sun and Mercury rise into your sky.

Mercury will reach its greatest elongation from the sun on August 26, 2018, and its reign as the morning “star” will extend until September 21, 2018 (same date that Venus reaches its greatest illuminated extent in the evening sky).

What do we mean by bright planet? By bright planet, we mean any solar system planet that is easily visible without an optical aid and that has been watched by our ancestors since time immemorial. In their outward order from the sun, the five bright planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These planets actually do appear bright in our sky. They are typically as bright as – or brighter than – the brightest stars. Plus, these relatively nearby worlds tend to shine with a steadier light than the distant, twinkling stars. You can spot them, and come to know them as faithful friends, if you try.

Bottom line: In August 2018, four planets arc across the sky at dusk and nightfall. Venus lights up the western sky, with Jupiter shining above Venus, whereas Mars lords over the southeast sky, with Saturn shining above Mars. Mercury becomes a morning “star” by the last week of August. Click here for recommended almanacs; they can help you know when the planets rise, transit and set in your sky.


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Do You Know Your Totem Animal in Shamanic Astrology

Your totem in shamanic astrology


Shamanic or Native American astrology uses symbols drawn from the mother earth, it is made up of 12 totem animals. The totem is calculated by the month of birth, the year does not matter.
The animal totem also depends on the wind that brings breath, movement and energy. The wind gives an orientation.
The east wind is connected to Wolf, Falcon and Beaver.
The south wind is linked to Deer, Greenpine and Salmon.
The westerly wind is related to the Brown Bear, the Crow and the Snake.
The north wind accompanies the Owl, Snow Goose and Otter.

As in Western astrology, shamanic astrology uses the four elements: fire, earth, air and water. The signs of the same element are grouped in “clans” with evocative names:

The butterfly clan, linked to the air element, includes the Deer, the Crow and the Otter.
Air symbolizes the force of ideas, intelligence, movement and exchange.
The hawk clan, linked to the fire element, includes Falcon, Salmon and Owl.
Fire evokes spontaneity, creativity, strength of character.
The frog clan, related to the water element, includes the Green Woodpecker, the Snake and the Wolf.
Water symbolizes emotion, love, confidence, hospitality and fertility.
The turtle clan, linked to the earth element, includes Beaver, Brown Bear, and Snow Goose.
The Earth is a symbol of order, stability and support.

The 12 signs of Amerindian astrology

The Falcon (from March 21st to April 19th)

The Falcon is full of energy, they are moving forward without fear. Their mind is lively and their optimism can take them far, into the higher realms. Dynamic, sociable, spontaneous, they naturally attract sympathy but they can be selfish and privilege their career at the expense of their family. They are a scorched person, they only do what they want but they are a good leader, able to make firm decisions. The Falcon does not like limits being imposed, for it is they who leads the dance.
The Falcon stone is opal, its color is yellow or green.

The Beaver (April 20th to May 20th)

The Beaver is a volunteer, they are a worker who enjoys a stable, smooth life. Their generous nature makes them a trusted person, appreciated by all. But they can be jealous or possessive, they cling to what they have, they are afraid of losing assets. Their lack of openness and tolerance may make them unfriendly to some, especially those who do not fit into the mold. The Beaver is a conservative homebody: out of their habits and their daily life they can feel a little lost.
The Beaver stone is jasper, its color is yellow.

The Deer (May 21st to June 20th) 

The Deer seeks to communicate with those around them. They are able to seduce anyone with beautiful speeches, they are a charmer. Their intelligence, vivacity and eloquence help them climb the ladder. They adapt easily to life in society. They are a seducer who can be superficial, lazy or nervous. But we can count on them, the Deer appreciates everyone, without a priori. They are a communicative being and loving by nature.
The stag’s stone is agate, its color is orange.

The Green Woodpecker (June 21st to July 21st)

The green woodpecker is emotional, their imagination takes them to hitherto unexplored regions. They are a poet, a tender and generous artist who is involved in romantic relationships. This great dreamer is a troubadour who is waiting for their beauty, they fly from town to town until they can build a welcoming home. But if they are betrayed, the green woodpecker never forgets, they are resentful and their extreme sensitivity makes them suffer. They tend to focus too much on people and events. Letting go is difficult for them.
The green woodpecker’s stone is pink quartz, its color is fuchsia.

The Salmon (July 22nd to August 22nd)

Salmon is a born optimist. They are an enthusiastic sign that faces life with ardour and enthusiasm. Nothing stops them, they know what they want and they go for it. Ready to face the contrary currents, they are never lost. Their loving heart makes them likeable but they can be authoritarian or hypocritical, they are able to pretend to succeed. Salmon knows that appearances are numerous, that we must adapt. They do not hesitate to use their talents to succeed but they transmit their energy to others.
Salmon’s stone is carnelian, its color is red.

The Brown Bear (August 23 to September 22)

The Brown Bear is hardworking, serious and orderly. They take on their responsibilities and perform their missions to the best of their ability. They have an excellent sense of organization, they are never late and they are effective without wasting time. However, they prefer to work alone, they are not made for team work, unless they are the leader of the project. They are a lonely, sometimes unsociable being, and their perfectionism can exasperate many. But with them, the work will always be well done because they hate disorder.
The brown bear’s stone is amethyst, its color is purple.

The Crow (September 23 to October 22)

The crow expresses their intuition, they have no limit. They are a sensitive being who favors emotions rather than intellect. This sign is fascinated by pacifist characters like Gandhi or Martin Luther King. Idealist, they aspire to a better world. They are able to appreciate the simple things of existence and they need nothing to make them happy. Their smile and joie de vivre are a source of well-being for those around them. They wear their heart on their sleeve, they make for nice company, everyone appreciates it.
The Crow’s stone is azurite, its color is blue.

The Serpent (October 23rd to November 21st)

The Serpent is full of imagination, it is a passionate sign, endowed with a powerful magnetism, they charm easily. The Serpent is mischievous, they easily identify the personality of others. This psychology helps them to evolve without being abused. In friendship as in love, however, they may be jealous and their rancorous nature makes them a formidable enemy if they have been disrespected. The Serpent loves righteousness and is uncompromising with people who disrespect them. They adapt easily to change because they consider each experience as a way to progress.
The Serpent’s stone is malachite, its color is copper.

The Owl (November 22nd to December 21st)

The Owl is fair. Their wisdom and philosophy make them a calm and relaxed person. This sign appreciates books, tranquility and nature. they find happiness in the simple things of life and they are respectful of the environment. Their relatives are happy to ask them advice because they always find relevant answers. They are optimistic but they hate feeling like a prisoner, they need space to feel free. In search of the truth, they often move towards a career as a researcher or teacher.
The owl’s stone is obsidian, its color is gold.

Snow Geese (December 22nd to January 19th) 

The snow goose is of a cautious nature, they do not go head down. They are a thoughtful sign that acts only after weighing the pros and cons. Full of common sense, they inspire confidence because they do not take any risk. One can give them children because they will always be safe with this sign. The goose is sincere and respectful but can be pessimistic or arrogant. Their tendency to fatalism is not always very well accepted by their entourage because they have a depressing side.
The snow goose’s stone is quartz, its color is white.

The Otter (January 20th to February 18th)

The Otter is a creative sign that seeks to embellish things. They love to build with natural materials: with a sheet and a pencil, they make beautiful drawings. They are an idealistic, honest and independent sign detached from everyday problems. Their rebellious side, can be eccentric when we do not know them but they always listen to others and know how to enjoy life with a passion. Light and deep at the same time, the Otter has an artist’s soul that creates its own reality.
The Otter’s stone is turquoise, its color is silver.

The Wolf (February 19th to March 20th) 

The Wolf is a generous sign, loyal and altruistic. They are a good team leader, able to govern while remaining fair. The Wolf loves their companions and is always there to help them when needed. It is also a dreamer’s sign, gifted in creative crafts. They are a talker and a seducer who can hardly be denied anything. But they tend to escape into their dreams because reality weighs them down. The Wolf needs friends to forget their constraints and relax.
The Wolf Stone is jade, its color is blue or green.



Written by Mary

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Your Ogham Reading for Friday, August 3rd

Your Ogham Reading for Today



The third letter of the Ogham alphabet is Fearn it means alder-tree. Alder-bark has been used by many cultures to treat various health problems and disorders, everything from insect bites to tuberculosis. Alder is a very water resistant hardwood and is often used in foundations where water is present. The key points to remember with alder are confidence, shielding, guidance, and standing up to ones enemies. Just as water stands no chance against alder, your enemies are at a loss when you have the protection of the alder.

Fortune – Drawing this Ogham is a sign to remain true to yourself and resist all temptation!




The willow tree is often found growing along rivers and in areas of high water concentration. In nature it can protect riverbanks, but in human populated areas it can be a destructive force to drainage systems and walkways. This is why the letter Saille, the willow, is often associated with emotions, dreams, and the subconscious. It is a tree that longs to break up our outer protective world to get into the deep recesses to find more water and nourishment. Drawing this letter is a cause for serious soul searching.

Fortune – When you see this Ogham it is time to take a long look into your subconscious and innermost thoughts! Your soul knows the answer you seek!




The Celts believed that hazelnuts gave inspiration and wisdom, even in many other cultures the hazel tree and it’s branches and nuts are used for protection. In Celtic mythology one of the greatest leaders named Fionn Mac Cumhail magically gained wisdom after eating salmon that sustained themselves upon hazelnuts. The ogham letter coll denotes wisdom, divination, and inspiration. Drawing this letter will give you a deeper look into you questions and concerns.

Fortune – Look inward to your own wisdom to gain the answer you seek. Be creative, be perceptive, this Ogham shows you already have the answer!

Today’s Witches Rune for August 3 is The Eye


Today’s Witches Rune

The Eye

Meaning: The eye has always been a powerful symbol for different cultures. Some believe that the soul resides in them, while others think it’s possible to curse a person merely by looking at them. Through our eyes we connect and express emotions and thoughts. Thus, this is one of the most powerful runes in the set, emphasizing the importance of any rune close to it. The Eye symbol is also related to “vision” is all senses, including the physical. This rune can represent our eyes and optic nerves. It can also represent activities such as research, analysis, photography and creative visualization. When it appears, there’s an urge to observe, to explore, to understand deeply what is before you. This rune is usually related to sudden realizations. Not necessarily a ‘shock’ (unless some violent rune is close it, like the Scythe and the Man), but more related to the lifting of veils. Your eyes are suddenly open, and you see things that were unknown to you before. A change of perception and focus in life is to be expected when this rune appears… whatever the situation is, the way you see it will be transformed.

The Eye rune also says that now it’s time for you to go after what you want. Your focus is powerful right now, and everything you concentrate on can become successful.This rune often represents a lonely journey towards a goal… it suggests a calling and a connection to something bigger, a sense of purpose. Your path is clear to you now; you know which way to go, even if you don’t know where exactly it’ll take you. In a spiritual level, This rune can represent a development of one’s psychic skills, or an advancement in one’s spiritual path. As you connect yourself to a deeper source, and learn to trust, you gain wisdom and your eyes see far. A higher power seems to be guiding you in times when the Eye appears. Like the Sun rune, this rune can mean that right now all eyes are on you. But unlike the former symbol, when the Eye appears there’s some discomfort related to such attention. It may be excessive and even unwelcome. In fact, this is one of this rune’s most negative facets: it may show an invasion of privacy, when someone (or even you) pry into another’s life and scrutinize their every move. Beware of flatterers and stalkers. The Eye cautions against obsession and the tendency to spy on other people’s affairs. In a relationship reading, the Eye can symbolize a predestined bond to another person.

Note that this does not promise a happy ending, but simply says that this connection is powerful and will be very important in your life. In fact, because the Eye rune is a solitary one, it is possible that the people in the relationship cannot be together due to difficult circumstances. Still, your bond that person will transform you. In a negative way, this rune can cautions against invading your partner’s personal space or stalking them.



Additional information about Today’s Witches Rune courtesy of Your Spiritual Journey Australia