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Vedic Astrology


Vedic Astrology refvedic-astrologyers to Indian or Hindu astrology, a system that originated in ancient India, and was documented by sages in the Vedic scriptures. Also known as “Jyotish”-the science of light, Vedic astrology deals with astral light patterns that are thought to determine our destiny.

What is Astrology?

Astrology is the science of the effects of planetary movements on our lives. Astrology is based on astronomy, and astrologers need to know the correct positions of the planets at any given time, as well as the correct positions of the zodiacal fixed star signs in relation to any place on earth at any given time. Once the correct positions of the signs and planets are known, astrologers can construct charts representing these positions. And using his knowledge, the astrologer can study the charts and can make a wide range of conclusions about the moment the chart was cast for. Primarily, astrology is used to understand one’s self, and our karma for this life.

Basic Principle of Vedic Astrology

The basic premise of this astrology is that all things are linked. Your karma or fortune is determined by a predestined cosmic design. You are a soul incarnating in a body at a very specific time and place, and your life is a reflection of the greater whole into which you are born just as flowers bloom at certain times, say during spring time, when all conditions are perfectly congenial. So is the case with our births on this planet


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Ritual for Samhain


Although not by me, I feel it best to pass on a beautiful ritual that was come up by a well known Pagan author.

Ritual for Samhain by Scott Cunningham

Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, spuashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the legs aren’t long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel symbol should also be there. (On a flat plate or dish, paint a large circle. Put a dot in the centre of this circle and paint eight spokes radiating out from the dot to the larger circle. – A symbol of the Sabbats, a symbol of timelessness.)

Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away. Do not despair. Know that they have gone on to greater things. Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn’t the absolute reality, and that souls never die.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast your circle.

Recite The Blessing Chant:

May the powers of The One,
the source of all creation;
all-pervasive, omnipotent, eternal;
may the Goddess,
the Lady of the Moon;
and the God,
Horned Hunter of the Sun;
rulers of the elemental realms;
may the powers of the stars above and the Earth below,
bless this place, and this time, and I who am with You.

Invoke the Goddess and God. (in your own way)
Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly-washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit. Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel-marked dish.

Raise your wand, face the altar and say:

On this night of Samhain I mark your passing,
O Sun King, through the sunset into the Land of the Young.
I mark also the passing of all who have gone before,
and all who will go after. O Gracious Goddess,
Eternal Mother, You who gives birth to the fallen,
teach me to know that in the time of the greatest
darkness there is the greatest light.

Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savour their sharp, bittersweet flavour. Look down at the eight-spoked symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.

Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine). Sit before it, holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say:

Wise One of the Waning Moon,
Goddess of the starry night,
I create this fire within Your cauldron
to transform that which is plaguing me.
May the energies be reversed:
From darkness, light!
From bane, good!
From death, birth!

Light the paper in the cauldron’s flames and drop it inside. As it burns, know that your ill diminishes, lessens and finally leaves you as it is consumed within the universal fires.

If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future. Try to recall past lives too, if you will. But leave the dead in peace. Honour them with your memories but do not call them to you. (Many Wiccans do attempt to communicate with their deceased ancestors and friends at this time… if you must do this… make sure you know how to handle the energies and only do this if you are VERY experienced.) Release any pain and sense of loss you may feel into the cauldron’s flames.

Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the Simple Feast.
The circle is released.


Cut and draw ritual

A cut and draw ritual is primarily used when you wish to get rid of bad habits, a past relationship that hurt you, old trauma, or anything else in your life that is causing problems. The idea of it is that for every thing that you get rid of, you must replace with something good. All things need balance. They are best started the day before the new moon. Being a three day ritual, you would finish the day after the new moon. This utilizes the energy of the waning phase, new moon and beginning of the waxing phase.

For the ritual you will need:

One black candle

One white or gold candle

Two candle holders

A burn proof container

A list of the things you wish to get rid of

A second list with an equal amount of positive things to draw in.

You can also use oil to prepare your candles, but it is not necessary.

Salt and lemon for a cleansing bath after, for three consecutive days.

Write your lists. Cleanse your area you are working in. Hold your black candle while visualizing each thing you wish to rid yourself of. Visualize them leaving your life. At this time, you can rub your candle with oil, from the center out if you wish. Place candle in holder and light. Use the flames to burn your “cut” list, while saying “I remove _ from my mind, my body and my spirit”. Place burning paper in fireproof container.

Pick up your white/gold candle. Visualize each thing that you wish to bring into your life, to replace what was removed. Make sure that your visualization of each thing coming into your life is strong. At this time you may rub your candle with oils, from the tips in to the center.  Place in holder and light, using the flame to burn your “draw” list. While doing this, say “I bring _ into my life”.

Finish by taking a cleansing bath with lemon and salt. Make sure to wash from your head down your body. Let candles burn till gone. Bury the candles as an offering. On day two take another cleansing bath washing from your head down if you still feel the need to release the old. If not you may wash from your feet up to draw more of the good. On day three you are to wash from your feet up.


Not every ritual works for every person. Feel free to improvise or make it your own. Add chanting, different herbs or oils to the cleansing bath. Do whatever you wish.  The only thing that is important to keep the same is the need to have one thing to draw in for everything that you remove. This is meant to prevent a feeling of being empty from removing something from your life. Without adding something new you could easily slip back into the bad habits you are working hard to get rid of. Love, light and blessings on your journey!


Offering For Wandering Spirits

ac649fdbb9f70f51d1d95fc1a2272329 Discarnate spirits and the fallow earth are within the realms of Hecate, the crone goddess of wisdom from the Greek pantheon. Honor her at this time as well. You will need these things:

Two mixing bowls, one large and one small
Three knives, two dull and one sharp
A cookie sheet
A pastry brush, or a new and clean paintbrush suitable for using with food.
1⁄3 cup butter
1 3⁄4 cups whole-wheat flour
3 tablespoons honey
2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 ⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1⁄2 cup pomegranate seeds
4–6 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon water

1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a small mixing bowl,
combine the cinnamon, clove, and salt. Stir in a clockwise
motion with the index finger of your left hand, saying:
“Lady of the crossroads three
With spices I come to honor thee
Cinnamon for the psychic eye
Clove to please you most
And salt to purify.”

2. In the large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
Add the spice mixture and the honey.

3. Using the two dull knives, cut in the butter using crossing
motions until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in
one beaten egg and the pomegranate seeds.

4. Sprinkle the mixture with a tablespoon of water, saying
“By water, be thou blessed.”

5. Add the cream very gradually, a tablespoonful at a time
until the dough begins to leave the sides of the bowl.

6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and
knead about 10 times. Pat the dough into a rectangular shape
about ½ inch thick, and using the sharp knife, cut the dough
into small diamond shapes (about 15).

7. Place the cakes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Beat
the other egg and, using the brush, paint the tops of the cakes
with egg. Bake the cakes for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are
golden brown.

8. Place the cakes along with a chalice or glass of dry red
wine, or alternately, cranberry or pomegranate juice, on your
doorstep next to your jack-o-lantern. Speak the following words
aloud as you do so:

“Blessed spirits of my ancestors
And all my beloveds who have gone from this life,
Ye who dwell in the summerlands
Who hath crossed the long river of night
To realms beyond the veil
And sailed in the Makhent boat of Ra
In darkness to arrive on a distant shore
Far beyond my reach
Partake of this repast
I have set out for ye
And know that love yet flows in my blood
And the blood of the Mother flows in me.”

If, in the morning, the cakes and wine are gone, you can
take this to mean that spirits visited you in the night. If the
cakes and wine remain at the light of day, pour the wine or juice
as a libation into the earth and crumble and scatter the cakes to
feed the birds.

From The Wiccan Year


Baobhan Sidhe-The Vampire Woman Of Scotland

0cc8c45a63d16009236d5a0003c18f7eBaobhan Sith, also known as Baobhan Sidhe, Bavanshee, Baavan Shee or The White Woman of the Scottish Highlands, is a fairy Vampire who appears to men taking a the form of a beautiful woman in order to seduce them and drink their blood.

Scottish version of female Vampires and Succubi (as they lure men through sexual attraction), Baobhan Sith are very dangerous and evil and they act preying on human being, mostly hunters but unwary travellers passing by the Highlands as well.

According to legend, Baobhan Sith are mostly attracted to hunters (as their clothes might smell of blood) and to young men out after dark. The words baobhan sith (pronounced baa’-van shee) stand for fairy woman in Scottish Gaelic.

Baobhan Sith are even more withdrawn from society than are their common counterparts. They don’t care about power, they just want to feed and prey upon their victims, youth staying out until after dark. The fairies approach their victims by inviting them to dance with them, until they are exhausted because while dancing the sidhe, feed upon them, sucking their blood until death….  Continue reading


Ancient Rituals To Realign Your Body’s Rhythm This Season


By Kaylie Hopper

The transition into a new season is an opportunity for us to realign with our body’s natural rhythm.

In both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, humans are seen as a microcosm of the macrocosm. That’s to say that the human body is a projection of the world around us. When we fall out of sync with our environment, we fall out of sync with our natural state of health, and essentially we drift out of balance. Each season is linked with a different element, organ pair, and emotion. Fall is associated with the metal element, the lungs and large intestine, and grief.

Transitioning from summer to fall can be a particularly stark transition. We’ve spent months in a state of high energy, enduring long days, high temperatures, and less sleep, and now we are beginning to move inward.

In order to get to that place where we can rebuild our energy and find introspection, we must look at the things, patterns, situations, and feelings we’ve acquired over the past year or longer that may no longer be serving us and let them go. Think of the trees that line the streets in the fall. The leaves change color, dry out, and eventually drop off. If they didn’t, the tree would not be able to continue growing. It’s a cycle that shows the impermanence of things, and it’s one that we as humans must go through as well.


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Wendigo Story for Halloween

wendigo1Windigo : A Northwest Territories Ghost Story- from Ojibwa First Nation

retold by S. E. Schlosser

The storm lasted so long that they thought they would starve. Finally, when the wind and swirling snow had died away to just a memory, the father, who was a brave warrior, ventured outside. The next storm was already on the horizon, but if food was not found soon, the family would starve.

Keeping his knife and spear close, he ventured out upon the most-frequently used game trail, watching intently for some sign, in the newly-fallen snow, of animal footprints or movement of any kind. The forest lay deep and oddly silent under its gleaming coating of ice and snow. Every creature of sense lay deep within its burrow and slept. Still, the warrior hunted, knowing how desperate his family had become.

As he moved through the eerie stillness, broken only by the soft caress of the wind, he heard a strange hissing noise. It came from everywhere and nowhere at once. The warrior stopped, his heart pounding. That was when he saw the blood-soaked footprints appearing on the path in front of him. He gripped his knife tightly, knowing that somewhere, watching him, was a Windigo.

He had learned about the Windigo at his father’s knee. It was a large creature, as tall as a tree, with a lipless mouth and jagged teeth. Its breath was a strange hiss, its footprints full of blood, and it ate any man, woman or child who ventured into its territory. And those were the lucky ones. Sometimes, the Windigo chose to possess a person instead, and then the luckless individual became a Windigo himself, hunting down those he had once loved and feasting upon their flesh.

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Feng Huang


There are many fascinating mythical creatures in Chinese lore and in the lore of many cultures across the world. A great many of these are bird like creatures. One of which is the Chinese, Feng Huang, which is often thought of as the Chinese phoenix. It, along with the Dragon, white tiger and the turtle, is one of the four celestial emblems of China, also known as the Red Bird. The Phoenix and the Feng Huang are often confused. While they have some similarities, the Phoenix is from Ancient Egyptian mythology. While some mythological creatures may have variations from culture to culture, while actually being the same crea

The Feng Hunag is thought to have been first despicted during the Shang Dynasty, where is is found inscribed in oracle-bones and have been seen in Chinese artwork for over 7000 year. The most common being pottery, and engraved on bronze objects.

In appearance , the Feng Huang is a rather unusual but majestic beautiful looking bird like creature. In lore it is said to have the body of a mandarin duck and the mouth of a parrot, with the head of a pheasant. Its legs are not unlike that of a crane, long and thin, yet strong enough to hold its body up. The Feng Huang is also said to have a beautiful colourful tail, like a peacock and wings of a swallow. Its feathers can be several different colours, including black, yellow, red, white and blue. In some art work, it is shown to have three legs, but most often it will have only two legs, as with any bird.

The Feng Huang is very positive and happy symbolically, and is associated with grace, peace, fidelity, justice and virtue. Fire and the sun are also symbolised by the bird, making it of the element of fire. It is balanced in male and female energy in harmony, representing both yin and yang. This is also indicated in its name, Feng Huang. Feng symbolises the male energy while Huang symbolises the female energy. In earlier times, Feng were the male of the species and Huang were the females. However, in modern times the creature is a balanced being, being both male and female. Although the bird is seen as balanced in gender, it is known as a feminine creature so that it can be presented as the female counterpart of the masculine dragon.

The body of the Feng Huang itself has its own symbolism and meaning. It’s body represents the six celestial bodies. Its head symbolises the sky, its eyes represent the sun while his back orspine represents the moon. The Feng Huangs wings symbolise the wind while, naturally, his feet represent the earth. It’s tail symbolises the planets. They appeared as good luck totems in the form of jade figurines in the time of the Shang Dynasty mentioned before, and may have been associated with ancient Chinese tribes.

To the people of China, the appearance of the Feng Huang was a fore telling of Harmony to come, and as such, was a very good and much welcomed omen. It was a very happy sight to see the Feng Huangs appearance at the ascension of the throne by a new emperor for this foretold a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous era during the new emperors time on the throne. It is said is to have appeared before the ascension of the throne of the Zhou Dynasty after the death of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di. . The Zhou Dynasty rule was harmonious and prosperous in a political sense during the 27th Century BC and this is how the Feng Huang gained its association with the foretelling of a harmonious rule on the throne.

In the Chinese Zodiac, it is sometimes associated with the sign of the Rooster.

People who wanted to show that honesty and loyalty were important to them, and were attributes possessed by members of the household, decorated their homes with images or other representations of the Feng Huang.


Scottish Witchcraft an Intro

24049148032_f08ff89e20_mThe Highlands of what is now Scotland were earlier inhabited by people known as the Picts, or Pechts. In fact, this area was then known as “Pictland” and did not become “Scotland” until as late as the eleventh century. A second century Roman geographer, Ptolemy, drew the earliest map of the region. On it he showed four tribes: the Venicones, Tazali, Vacomagi and Caledoni.

By the third century these four had become two tribes, the Caledoni and the Maeatae, and by the end of the third century merged as one nation, the Picts.The Scots, incidentally, were immigrants from Ireland who, having come first as raiders, by the fifth century had settled in the under-populated areas of the west. By the seventh century they were virtually masters of the lowlands.

Witchcraft has been practised in Scotland from earliest times. During the reign of Natholocus, in the second century, there was a famous Witch living on the island of Iona (a tiny island off the coast ) Such was her renown that the king sent a trusted messenger to her to find out what was going to be the result of a rebellion then building in him kingdom.

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What is a Hunter’s Moon?

hunters_moon-580x499If you live in the northern hemisphere, than stargazing during the early autumn months can a bit tricky. During certain times in these seasons, the stars, planets and Milky Way will be obscured by the presence of some very beautiful full moons. But if you’re a fan of moongazing, then you’re in luck.

Because it is also around this time (the month of October) that people looking to the night sky will have the chance to see what is known as a Hunter’s Moon. A slight variation on a full moon, the Hunter’s Moon has long been regarded as a significant event in traditional folklore, and a subject of interest for astronomers. Read Full Article

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