To me the represents the Sun God from Ancient Egypt RA ( also know as From Wikipedia List of Solar Deities) and the Moon Goddess Luna (also known as  From Wikipedia List of Lunar Deities)

Fall has definitely started here in Illinois. I checked the temperature to know how to dress to take our 3 fur kids out. The Weather Channel app on my cellphone says it’s 51⁰F but feels like 46⁰F. I’m going to need more the my thin hoodie this morning which is fine with me. I like the cooler temperatures, watching the last flowers of the year bloom, farmers gathering their crops, leaves changing and falling as Gaia/Mother Earth gets ready for her winter slumber. There’s nothing in nature that I like more than a good snowstorm preferably when all my loves ones are home safe and sound. To me one of the best things in my life is to curl up on our enclosed front porch in my warm winter fleece shirt and pants and wrapped in a comforter with my cup of 1/2 coffee, 1/2 hot chocolate and just let my mind go wherever it wants too. In the summer I like to sit outside on the front stoop with either a cold soda or water or iced coffee early in the morning as light eats away at the darkness or as the darkness eats away at the light. This year because of moving to farm country I got to enjoy a still small fawn come with its mother watching over it to nibble on the grass or the older bucks and does coming to graze along the tree line on the hill. Listening to the sounds of frogs and other wildlife that enjoy living in a swampy environment. Seeing a Fox looking for food. Again I let my mind go wherever it wants too. I did not realize for a long time that when I sit outside at dusk and dawn when it is warmer or inside all toasty warm when it is cooler that this is a form of meditation. For some people that cannot quite their thinking to do what most people refer to as meditation this is a good alternative. I have found this type of random letting my mind ramble that I am able to communicate with and get answers to questions I have asked my Spirit Guides sometimes months ago. It is also a time for me to reflect on how I might change things about myself or decide what I want to accomplish during the day. Another reason I like winter is most of the things that bother my allergies go dormant for a few months. The biggest negative for me with the change of the seasons is the temperature fluctuation bring about bad fibromyalgia flares and my joints hurt more but this is all part of my body dealing with getting older and helping me to remember I am it is not a child anymore. Although I love letting my inner child come out for a while every day through coloring, our writing a silly story, or doing arts and crafts, while watching cartoons and still getting a good laugh out of most of them. SHHHH… don’t tell on me but this winter I plan on getting my fiancée, Big Dawg (he got the name when he did canine law enforcement training in his younger years…shoulder shrug) into a snowball fight as this man really needs to find his inner child. He is a warm, loving, and consider man but really needs to lighten up a bit. Remember this info is just between us. He doesn’t even like to give out anything to child for trick or treating…yes this year that is changing and I am giving out cute Halloween themed pencils. No candy as there are a few people every year that have to many negative nasties around them and/or to much negative energy inside of them and the aura that try to hurt children by putting needles, pins, pieces of not edible things into candy or whatever kind of edible they are passing out to unsuspecting children. Ok here I’m going to gray magic but I would love to have just one of the people to forget that they have poisoned the candy they are handing out and eat one themselves. This is the one Shabbat that I do a Justice spell, I wrote a few years ago, not aimed at one specific person but at humanity as a whole through out the USA. What the intention of the spell is that the person get equal negative energy or negative whatever they have put out towards another person or persons. That they mean or bad person gets no more but no less than they put out or did to someone else. That spell will be going up today on witchesofthecraft.com What is your favorite season and why? Do you remember to embrace your inner child? If you do not please try it, it make living life as an adult so much more fun. If you allow your inner child out, how do you do it? I am really looking for more ways to let mine out. I am anxiously awaiting the first wet snow to fall to make a snowman and snow angels. A tidbit about my sister Lady Silver Sage likes the season of Fall or Autumn the best out of the four.

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The Origins of Halloween by Silver RavenWolf

Harvest Moon, velvet sky, pumpkins glowing, children laughing, costumes, candy, scary stories—just where did this autumn gaiety begin? Let’s look through those cobwebby corridors of time to unearth the exciting genealogy of the American Celebration we call Halloween!

Nothing is ever as simple as it seems—especially when dealing with history. Too often events and circumstances of our past were written or re-written by people who, for whatever reason, operated under an agenda, or simply wanted history to reflect how it should have been, rather than how it was. How, then, do we determine what is fact and what is fiction? In some cases, we can’t. In other situations, we dig.

The Celts

Many historians feel that the greatest strength in the Celtic people lies in their collective mythos. Wading through the romanticism to find unmodified information can prove a tricky endeavor. The earliest archaeological evidence we have of the Celts rest in France and Western Germany.  The Celtic people moved into Spain, Britain, and Switzerland between the fifth and first century BCE. They even ransacked Rome in 390 BCE.

The Celtic peoples celebrated four festivals called fire festivals–commonly know today as Samhain, Oimelc (Imbolc), Beltane, and Lughnasadh. Samhain (pronounced sow-in, sow rhymes with now) was the first and foremost a harvest festival relating to animal husbandry and preparations for the winter months. Fire is an element of cleaning, a vehicle of eradication, so it is not unlikely that fire would work itself into any type of religious celebration. Fire among the ancient peoples often represented an aspect of the divine.

What does the word Samhain mean? Well, we know what it doesn’t mean. There is no archeological or literary evidence of a Celtic god by the name of Samhain. This little slip of fact appears to have begum in the 1700s and continues in some misinformed publications today. The word Samhain actually means “summers end”.

So, where did this Lord of the Dead thing come in? Over time, Samhain took on a religious significance through ministrations of the Druids (the clergy of the Celt’s). Legends indicate that on Samhain all the hearth fires in Ireland were doused and then lit again from a central fire maintained by the Druids at Tlachtga. To the Celts, Samhain was a turning point from light into darkness, and it was thought that this break or fissure created easier access to their land of the dead, Tir nan Og.

The Druids

We need to know a little bit about the Druids to continue with our history of Halloween. The Druids were versed in all learning and were considered to have the gift of prophecy. They functioned as judge, ambassadors, healers, and religious leaders. The Druids first named the holiday Samhain.

 Feast of the Dead

As the Celtic religious system solidified so did the beliefs of the Celts concerning the dead—as has occurred in all religions, before and after the Celts. Since the turning points of the year were considered fissures in time and space, the Celts believe that the dead they loved so dearly could travel through time and space and return from Tir nan Og to visit them. The custom of leaving food at the table (the birth part of the treat part of trick-or-treat) was a gesture of welcome to the departed. From these visits came the belief that those who had gone beyond the land of the living could provide information on past or future events. This is how divination became associated with Samhain.

The Celts did not believe in devils or demons, but they did believe in the Fairy Folk, whom they thought inhabited the land of the dead (the land in-between). Fairies were thought to be resentful of humankind for taking over their land. Because time and space could be conquered on Samhain, fairies were said to roam countryside creating mischief and kidnapping a human or two now and then—just for fun, you understand.—except the humans never came back. Here then is the root of the scary stuff associated with Halloween. The mischief, of course, was caused by living humans, and accepted by the Celts as a psychological release before the onset of winter gloom—though I doubt they would explain it in those terms.

Is it odd, gross, or unusual that a group of people should set aside a day for the dead? Nope. Different cultures and religions have followed such a practice for centuries. Let’s get on our broom again and check out Rome and its contributions to Halloween.

 As the Celtic religious system solidified so did the beliefs of the Celts concerning the dead—as has occurred in all religions, before and after the Celts. Since the turning points of the year were considered fissures in time and space, the Celts believe that the dead they loved so dearly could travel through time and space and return from Tir nan Og to visit them. The custom of leaving food at the table (the birth part of the treat part of trick-or-treat) was a gesture of welcome to the departed. From these visits came the belief that those who had gone beyond the land of the living could provide information on past or future events. This is how divination became associated with Samhain.

The Celts did not believe in devils or demons, but they did believe in the Fairy Folk, whom they thought inhabited the land of the dead (the land in-between). Fairies were thought to be resentful of humankind for taking over their land. Because time and space could be conquered on Samhain, fairies were said to roam countryside creating mischief and kidnapping a human or two now and then—just for fun, you understand.—except the humans never came back. Here then is the root of the scary stuff associated with Halloween. The mischief, of course, was caused by living humans, and accepted by the Celts as a psychological release before the onset of winter gloom—though I doubt they would explain it in those terms.

Is it odd, gross, or unusual that a group of people should set aside a day for the dead? Nope. Different cultures and religions have followed such a practice for centuries. Let’s get on our broom again and check out Rome and its contributions to Halloween.

A Fly-BY of Ancient Rome

Rome had the habit of changing rulers as many times as you empty the lint trap in your dryer. Between 14 and 37 CE, Christianity had begun its rise in Rome. By 41 CE, Claudius had distinguished himself with the conquest of Britain. The Romans also had a harvest festival, so the Celts didn’t have much trouble blending the two holidays together after they came into contact with the Romans. It was around 314 CE when Constantine the Great declared the Roman Empire to be Christian, and the fate of Samhain and Druids was sealed.

 The Advent of Christianity

By the fourth and fifth centuries , Celtic Christianity had oozed into Ireland. St. Patrick has his hands full, and here is where the kettle starts to boil. At, first, the Pagans openly welcomed Christianity, but as Christianity filtered into the Celtic system, church officials had a few problems—mainly the Celtics didn’t want up their holidays or folk practices. The people were not willing to throw out traditions that were ingrained into their social structure. If you can’t get someone to completely change, what do you do? Compromise. And that’s exactly what happened. Samhain was changed to All Hollow’s Eve. To make the Pagan peoples adhere more closely to this new religion of Christianity, the clergy of the day taught the peasants that fairies were really demons and devils (remember, a concept totally unknown to Celtic belief or history) and their beloved dead were horrid ghosts and ghouls. The early Christian erroneously associated the Celtic land of the dead with the Christian concept of Hell.

To help the belief in Christianity along, Druids priestess were systematically murdered. Early Christians also taught the area peasants that their Lord of the Underworld was in fact Satan, which is ridiculous, as the two mythos don’t have anything in common. It appears that Christians misunderstood what the word Samhain meant: because the peasants use this celebration to honor the dead, Christians assumed that Samhain was the incorrect pronunciation of a Pagan deity in the Bible, recorded as Samuel, from the Semitic Sammael, meaning God of the under world.

The Witches

So far, we’ve talked about the land of the dead, how the early Christians managed to superimpose Satan onto Samhain, and how fairies got zapped into demons, but there has been no mention of Witches, commonly associated in our time with Halloween. Where did Witches come from?

During the Dark Ages, the Church sought to eradicate the Pagans and wise women from the countryside so that the church could amass both power and property. First, they had to devalue women because women kept the holy days, trained the children, and provided the cohesive socialization of the culture, thus women held the power to shape society. The church taught, among other things, that women had no souls. Once this teaching had occurred, it was only a small step to make them inhuman, and the Church was able to incite the superstitious populace.

The Celtic women were the strong hold of the family environment, and although the Celts accepted Christianity at first, they did not want to give up their family traditions or their lifestyle. The Church was not into free thinking—therefore anything that did not follow the church dictates was evil. Hence, the Witches (really the women) became evil. Since Samhain was a primary festival of the Celts and the Church had already determined that Samhain was evil, the association between Witches and Halloween was born.

All Saints’ Day / All Hallow’s EVE / Halloween

All Saints’ Day and All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) were first introduced in the seventh century CE. All Saints’ Day was originally celebrated in the spring. The date was changed to November 1 to supplant Pagan beliefs because those pesky Pagans just refused to cough up their original Samhain. The day was to honor God and all his saints, known and unknown. All Saints’ Day later became Hallowmass, a mass to honor the dead. The Eve of All Hallow’s Day, October 31, became All Hallow’s Eve, which evolved into the word Hallowe’en. Although the church wished this time to be one of somber prayer and quite custom, the Celtics continued their customary bonfires and fortune telling.

All Souls’ Day is a bit different. This festival falls on November 2, a day to offer prayers and alms to assist the souls of those departed that manage to get stuck in purgatory, an in-between place that is neither heaven nor hell. Over the succeeding centuries, Halloween, like Christmas, picked up various customs and discarded others, depending on the complex socialization of the times and religious dictates.

Halloween Comes to America

Our first inkling of Halloween coming to America revolves not around a specific set of people (many indicate the Irish) but with William Penn’s motley collection of refugees from Europe. In 1663, Penn wrote a promotional tract about the Americans. As a result, fifty ships dropped the anchors in the Delaware River. They discharged persecuted souls from England, Ireland, Wales, and the Rhineland (now Germany). Collectively, the Germans and Irish shared Celtic heritage. Therefore many of the folk customs resonated together—including Halloween.

From 1684 through 1930, Halloween was more a time for tricking rather than for treating. Many of the tricks the German and Irish communities became universal, such as overturning outhouses, dismantling a wagon and putting it back together on top of a house or barn, and tying cows to church bells. The tricks often served as social function, such as mildly chastising a neighbor who exhibited antisocial behavior.

By 1910, several American manufactures were making or importing party products just for the American holiday Halloween. From noisemakers to costumes, a new holiday meant new business and an opportunity to make money.

The drawback to the new holiday came in the form of the “declared” Mischief Night, Goblin Night, or Devil’s night on October 30. Minor offenses, such as trying several garbage cans together and hanging them from a light pole, soaping windows with lard, and later, bars of hand soap, abounded. As the pranks grew to vandalism shopkeepers would bribe youngsters to ward off destruction of their property.

In an effort to stop the criminal behavior, the Boy Scouts, in conjunction with local town councils, cities, boroughs, instituted the custom of Trick-or-Treat night to help keep youngsters from naughty practices. By the 1930s the custom of trick-or-treating was well entrenched in our American culture. Halloween, like Christmas, became a holiday for children, and parents strove to make the holiday as much fun as possible for the enjoyment of their youngsters.

During he 1950s. ’60s, and ’70s our American Halloween stayed primarily the same, but in the ’70s and ’80s, with a recession coupled by a candy scare, groups and organizations once again sought to find appropriate avenues to make Halloween safe for America’s children. Halloween practices extended through the entire month of October. Haunted houses, parties, hay rides, plays, story hours, and numerous other events were held throughout the month.

In the mid-to-late 1990s certain sects of the Protestant Christian church declared war on Halloween. using the same erroneous propaganda cultivated hundreds of years ago. Other groups size Halloween for their own political agendas—hosting haunted houses showing aborted babies, drug addicts, and other modern day violent situations. This did not go over well, as the holiday had become an event primarily for children, not adult political issues. Radical Christian groups said that the holiday was Satanic—which, as we’ve seen from our research, is a bizarre and fantastic claim, based on misinformation, politicking, personal agendas and fear. With America’s policy of separation of church and state the battle for destroying Halloween in the United States is an uphill battle.

The original Samhain marked the the close of the agriculture season and functional third harvest festival. In America, Halloween has become the first holiday in our end-of-year rush for partied gaiety. Our Halloween functions as the opening of the three-month-long celebratory fest that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, and Chanukkah, and ends with the popular American New Year.

As our children crave pumpkins with delightful chatter, adults find solace in a night when they can be whatever they want to be. We have little doubt about the joy this holiday bring to the American people. I am sure we will forever love the haunted house, the harvest Moon, the thrills and chills of a well-wrought tale—and, of course, the deliciously scary things that go EEEEK! in the night.

 Harvest Moon, velvet sky, pumpkins glowing, children laughing, costumes, candy, scary stories—just where did this autumn gaiety begin? Let’s look through those cobwebby corridors of time to unearth the exciting genealogy of the American Celebration we call Halloween!

Nothing is ever as simple as it seems—especially when dealing with history. Too often events and circumstances of our past were written or re-written by people who, for whatever reason, operated under an agenda, or simply wanted history to reflect how it should have been, rather than how it was. How, then, do we determine what is fact and what is fiction? In some cases, we can’t. In other situations, we dig.

Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook1999 Pages 24 to 29

Happy September!

Autumn is quickly approaching…..YAAAAY! No more mosquitos! 🙂

I’m feelin pretty dog gone witchy…..smiles! Aren’t you??

Witchy photo by Lady Silver Sage

18 August Daily Correspondence Digest



Daily Horoscope

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Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Capricorn.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You have lots of mental energy today, which is why you will attack any job that you do with intensity and purpose. In particular, you will roll up your sleeves and dig in, in a hands-on way. Conversations with work colleagues will be lively!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This can be a creative day because your thoughts are spinning and full of clever, creative ideas. Meanwhile, parents might come on a bit too strong with their kids today because there is so much mental energy. Think before you speak. Don’t get your belly in a rash.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today you have the energy to tackle home repairs. Family discussions will be intense and lively. Actually, there is so much intellectual energy at play, an argument could break out because everyone has their own idea about what’s best. It was ever thus.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is a busy day! Errands, short trips, appointments and discussions with siblings, relatives and neighbours will keep you hopping! You will also have strong opinions about practically everything and expect others to agree with you. (This ain’t gonna happen.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

When it comes to financial issues, earnings or possibly buying something today, you have strong opinions! You are not open to hearing input from others because your mind is made up. In fact, you want others to listen to what you have to say and to your way of doing things. Oh yeah.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today fiery Mars is lined up with your ruler Mercury, which makes your mental process excited and energetic. Your mind will be fast thinking and very active! However, it will also be all too easy to identify with your ego today and only see things your way. (Oops.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today you have lots of energy to do research and dig deep for answers or solutions to old problems. You’ll be like a dog with a bone and you won’t stop until you find what you’re looking for. In this way, this can be a very efficient day for you. Keep looking.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You might find yourself at odds with a friend or a member of a group (especially someone younger) because you have such strong opinions today! Your mind is going a mile a minute, which means it’s difficult to take a moment to see someone else’s point of view. (Not so good.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Tread carefully when talking to parents, bosses, VIPs and the police today because people are extremely opinionated! Many people are so wound up with their ideas and opinions that they’re not open to listening to others. Instead, they want everyone to listen to them! (Hmmm.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You can use this intense mental energy today to study and learn something because you will be extremely focused. Not only that, you will be extremely curious and eager to discover new vistas and new answers. Travel plans might be ambitious.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’ll get a lot done if you have to wade through red-tape papers regarding inheritances, shared property, taxes, debt and such because you have lots of mental energy today! You will also have no trouble defending your own best interests if any disputes arise with someone else.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You might attract someone to you today who is opinionated and has very definite ideas. Quite likely, they will be vocal and you’ll feel the hair blowing back over your ears. (Sheesh!) Go gently to avoid arguments.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Andy Samberg (1978) shares your birthday today. You are creative, idealistic and impulsive. You are also determined and sometimes bossy. You are a leader who is broad-minded and courageous. Nothing will hold you back once you decide to achieve something. You love to learn and expand your world through knowledge. This year you are working to build firmer structures in your life physically and in an abstract sense.


Birthday Horoscope Zodiac Sign Is Leo

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AUGUST 18 birthday horoscope predicts that you are a Leo who can withstand the storm. You have broad shoulders to lean on and a face that is easy on the eyes. You have a natural ability to make people feel special. And you also have the guts to stand against people who are wrong.

The August 18th Leo birthday person will live life on the edge. It is typical of you to challenge someone to a drag race or to climb the highest mountain. Sometimes, your adventures can be dangerous. Some people get a kick out of this kind of thing. Leo is one of them. It is a part of your attraction that some people have toward you.
If today August 18 is your birthday, your friends and family may think you are nuts. However, you are inspiring. You are usually someone to look up too. You have very little tolerance for superficial people and like to keep your friends close and few.
The August 18 birthday personality is an honest character. You take responsibility for what you say and do around your friends and family. Furthermore, you have the respect of those younger and would make an excellent mentor or guidance counselor for the youth. People generally tend to bond with you very easily.
According to the August 18th horoscope, these Leo born individuals are likely the leaders in professions and love. You are strong but can be vulnerable too. You live life in a dream world.
Realistically, you are super supportive. More so, you like to be pampered. Sometimes, when it comes to love, you are disappointed by the outcome. It is suggested that you discuss the rules before jumping in. “Only fools rush in.”
It is not easy for someone to come to you as you may think. A person looking to commit with a Lion born on this day should mimic your intellectual ability. Being rational and trustworthy, you are often accompanied by an expanding rapport with those in charge.
It is August 18th – your birthday, and you want to be wined and dined. Simple pleasures excite the lion, and this can be seen in the bedroom. It is tastefully decorated with vibrant colors. This also helps to change the bad Karma that may be surrounding you.
You put so much of your personality, hopes and dreams into rearranging your furniture. Typically, the  August 18th astrology predicts that you are overly sensitive. You tend to take things too seriously.
If you are in a relationship with a Leo born on this zodiac birthday, then you are likely to keep looking keen this lion is expected to enjoy being free as committing is hard to do.
You will make someone a dependable and loving friend but making a lasting relationship is usually last on the list of things to do. However, when the lion does decide to settle down, it will be with someone who has become your best friend.
The August 18 zodiac also shows that you will seek employment in leadership positions. You have great potential to be successful especially in areas concerning banking or financial matters, but you don‘t know how to say no. You tend to be creative as well and could easily be employed in this industry.
Characteristically, you have great attention to detail. Your hobby could turn into something profitable as well. You could publish that book you have been writing. There are many opportunities for you even if it meant going back to school for further training.
As per the August 18th birthday meanings, you will typically be overweight. This is mainly due to the fact you do not stick to a diet plan. You indulge in foods that are fatty and have very little nutritional value.
This could be a problem as your workouts could be in vain. You will need a little more than doing chores to have the body you want. It will take work and determination to maintain a healthy body, soul, and mind.
Those with an August 18 birthday personality are willful and emotional people. You can be super sensitive and easily upset. You tend to be knowledgeable and love to learn from life, love, and relationships.
This Leo is not typically found at the gym but has what it takes to have a healthier body. You would rather date than to commit but once you decide to commit, you are loyal and loving.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On August 18

Steve Chen, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Christian Slater, Patrick Swayze, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Shelley Winters
See: Famous Celebrities Born On August 18

This Day That Year –August 18 In History

1926 – The first time a weather map is used
1940 – In England, 71 German planes gunned down
1958 – On the Cuban circuit radio, Fidel Castro was heard making a speech
1973 – Hank Aaron beats Stan Musial’s record for extra base hits with a score of 1,378
August 18 Simha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
August 18 Chinese Zodiac MONKEY

August 18 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Sun that symbolizes our core inner self and gives us the energy to be successful.

August 18 Birthday Symbols

The Lion Is The Symbol For The Leo Sun Sign

August 18 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Moon. This card symbolizes your imagination, fears, and illusions. The Minor Arcana cards are Seven of Wands and King of Pentacles

August 18 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aquarius: This can be a happy and entertaining match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Virgo: This relationship will be one with divided opinions.
See Also:

Leo Zodiac Compatibility

Leo And Aquarius

Leo And Virgo

August 18 Lucky Numbers

Number 9 – This number represents universal love, wisdom, communication, and intuition.
Number 8 – This number signifies your materialistic personality and how you perceive Karma.
Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For August 18th Birthday

Red: This color stands for positive energy, vitality, love, and strength of character.
Gold: This is a color that represents success, knowledge, abundance, and prestige.

Lucky Days For August 18 Birthday

Sunday – This is the day of Sun that signifies how you inspire and plan your future.
Tuesday – The day of planet Mars that stands for your strong ability to overcome obstacles and move ahead.

August 18 Birthstone Ruby

Your lucky gemstone is Ruby which symbolizes intensity, stimulation, focus, integrity and wealth.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On August 18th

A pretty silk tie with prints for the man and an engraved travel kit bag for the woman. The August 18 birthday zodiac predicts that you love things that are delicate and elegant.


Moon Goddess’ Current Phase 

From Moongiant.com –  You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born. 

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts about 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon rises in the east in mid-afternoon and is high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible through most of the night sky setting a few hours before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
Visit the August 2021 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Gibbous Phase

The Waxing Gibbous on August 18 has an illumination of 81%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On August 18 the Moon is 10.49 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.



Custom Planetary Positions

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link Currentplanetarypositions.com  To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link For Your Local Time and Date

Northern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America 
August 18, 2021
08:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:26 Leo 05
Moon:08 Capricorn 18
Mercury:12 Virgo 17
Venus:03 Libra 08
Mars:12 Virgo 36
Jupiter:27 Aquarius 23 Rx
Saturn:08 Aquarius 59 Rx
Uranus:14 Taurus 48
Neptune:22 Pisces 29 Rx
Pluto:24 Capricorn 50 Rx
True Lunar Node:07 Gemini 32 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Gemini 41 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):03 Gemini 29
Chiron:12 Aries 27 Rx
Ceres:05 Gemini 03
Pallas:24 Pisces 08 Rx
Juno:09 Sagittarius 01
Vesta:13 Libra 47
Eris:24 Aries 43 Rx

Fire:4
Earth:5
Air:8
Water:2

Cardinal:6
Fixed:4
Mutable:9

Southern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
19 August 2021
05:00 am GMT 3:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:26 Leo 27
Moon:13 Capricorn 38
Mercury:12 Virgo 55
Venus:03 Libra 34
Mars:12 Virgo 51
Jupiter:27 Aquarius 20 Rx
Saturn:08 Aquarius 57 Rx
Uranus:14 Taurus 48
Neptune:22 Pisces 29 Rx
Pluto:24 Capricorn 50 Rx
True Lunar Node:07 Gemini 30 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Gemini 40 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):03 Gemini 32
Chiron:12 Aries 26 Rx
Ceres:05 Gemini 09
Pallas:24 Pisces 04 Rx
Juno:09 Sagittarius 03

Vesta:13 Libra 57
Eris:24 Aries 43 Rx

Fire:4
Earth:5
Air:8
Water:2

Cardinal:6
Fixed:4
Mutable:9

 



Witchcraft/Magickal- Wednesday

From Spells 8 for more Wednesday correspondences

Magick Candle

Light a purple candle to promote spiritual development and an enhanced consciousness. Meditating with a purple candle stimulates instrospection, change and manifestations.

 

Ruling Deities 🙏

   Athena, Hermes, Mercury and Minerva are rulers of Wednesdays.

Crystals

Agate, Amber, Aventurine, Clear Quartz, Emerald, Moldavite.
Carrying these gemstones today can bring success and fulfillment of your goals. Wear them as a talisman or simply keep them close to you to harness their energy.

 

A Potion

Drink a cup of Lavender Tea today and harness the calming effects of its soothing aroma. This herbal potion can bring total relaxation of the mind and body, neutralizing any bad moods. Lavender helps reduce stress levels and sleep disorders, granting an undisturbed night of sleep and a refreshed feeling in the morning¹.

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