In Her Cycle of Transformations day 315, November 11 is dedicated to:
EV Eve, Mother-of-All-Living.
Creatrix of all manifested forms; Mother Womb; life-giving Goddess;
Instructress of humanity.
Today honors all the members of the United States Armed Forces who have proudly served their country. Our vets have protected and served us by fighting to keep our country safe and by preserving our rights and way of life. Since today is ‘Veteran’s Day’ I thought I’d post three ways you can thank a veteran. The first is the most obvious: Just say ‘thanks.’ Just that simple act gets good vibes going every time. If you’re more motivated you might volunteer to serve the veterans in your community in some way, or even drop an anonymous ‘Thank You’ note at the local VA. The last thing you can do is to visit the Wounded Warriors Foundation website. Giving back with kindness, gratitude and love is what today is all about.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
What has traditionally been known as the Star card is about reconnecting one’s Soul with the Divine — the transcending of personality, family, community and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s Self. The Soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a Higher Union.
This card could also be called the “Celestial Mandate” — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of Divine Will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible Helping Hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger Cosmos.
This is a good point in this calendar to remind you that solar, planetary alignments and celestial events that happen on one day don’t necessarily disappear the following day. Therefore, last night’s Neptune station and powerhouse at 1 degree of Pisces is still making waves throughout humanity. This Neptunian wave can equate with many of yesterday’s archetypes and themes still being played with great magnification. Of course, today’s actual alignments are a top priority and this includes an early inspirational rapport coming from the Moon in Libra trine to Jupiter in Gemini (1:14AM PST) and a wonderful, enriching Moon-Venus union (6:14AM PST) that may be associated with a rise in loving sensitivity between dear ones. This glowing sense that anything is possible and that favorable vibes are in control may be an illusion because the Moon parallels Saturn (11:54AM PST), Mercury makes an abrasive, 45-degree link to Venus (12:13PM PST), the Sun forms a feisty, 135-degree contact with revolutionary Uranus (4:22PM PST) while the Moon parallels Neptune (5:27PM PST). This quartet of sky patterns can certainly rattle your nerves — especially the Sun-Uranus interaction. A Moon-Mars supportive, 60-degree liaison (9:14PM PST) attempts to remedy the situation and create an aura of vitality and strength, but this aspect also begins a six-hour, lunar void zone that lasts until 3:11AM PST tomorrow morning when the Moon enters the intense waters of Scorpio. Keep overnight decision-making to the bare minimum to avoid compounding mistakes
Feast of the Fallen Warriors
Altar: On a red cloth place a helmet over a skull. Set out four red candles and two crossed swords.
Offerings: Candles. Written names of fallen warriors of the past, especially in one’s family.
Daily Meal: Simple, plain food.
Invocation to the Fallen Warriors
Your blood lies spilled
Across all the lands of the world.
You stood and faced the enemy,
Whoever they were,
And perhaps you saw yourself
In his face,
And perhaps you did not.
Perhaps you fought
To save your kin and clan,
Perhaps for greed,
Perhaps for money,
Perhaps out of loyalty
To those you followed.
Whatever the reason,
You acquitted yourselves bravely
And did what you had to do
When it seemed right.
May your spirits rest peacefully,
And know we do not forget your glory.
(Chant in wordless harmonies as the swords are unsheathed, crossed in an arch over the altar, and resheathed again. All bow to the altar and extinguish the candles.)
SELF EMPOWERMENT SPELL
This is a fairly simple spell, and of course you should change it according to your tastes.
–1 white candle (probably the bigger the better)
The candle should be cleansed before you begin, and could be infused with white energy, the energy of love and strength. Meditate upon your intentions before you begin. why do you need to empower yourself? Is it because you wish to realize the beauty within yourself, or you wish others to see the beauty or strength you know that lies within you.
This spell also works best if you do a cleansing of yourself, whether it is bath or shower or just visualize all of the negativity that you are carrying with you washing away.
The candle should be placed in front of the mirror, and the mirror should face you. Light the candle. Feel the positive energy emanating from the candle.
If you worship a deity, call upon them to help you.
Chant or say a prayer. This is an example:
I walk in beauty with the Goddess.
I am strength. I am beauty. I am will. I am love.
She is within me. All who see me, know Her.
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The Witches Correspondence for Sunday, November 11
Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money
Incense: Lemon, Frankincense
Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White
Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak
Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate
Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary
The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success. Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.
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*Sunday (Sun): Healing, spirituality, success, strength, and protection.
Moon Sign: *Libra
*Libra: Favors cooperation, social activities, beautification of surroundings, balance, and partnership.
*The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New): is a time for study, meditation, and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter
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Veteran’s Day 2012. Today is a very special day, a day we take time to thank all of the Veterans, Servicemen & women who have and are serving in our Armed Forces. We owe them so much. And some of them have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
The ultimate price, I know all to well. I lost an uncle in World War II, I never got to know. He was only eighteen and eager to go. He became a combat pilot and was shot down and killed. When I was younger, I didn’t understand. All I knew was I had heard of Uncle Ernest but I had never met him. Why? When I got older and was able to understand what a thing called “war” was. They told me what had happened to my uncle. They told me he died serving our country and he was a hero. Still young, I was selfish. I wanted to know my uncle. I thought it was unfair he was taken so young. But now as I have grown older, it is still hard to think of him dying so young. His whole life ahead of him, perhaps a wife, children, growing old on a front porch in a rocking chair. I now realize Uncle Ernest did what he thought was right. He knew what was at stake if he didn’t go to war. I still cry for the uncle I never knew. I know he loves me and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for me. Not only did my uncle give his life for me and his country but so many others did.
Today is their day. For all the Uncle Ernest in this country. For all the Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Mothers that stood so bravely in the line of fire. For those that sacrificed so much for those they did not know, let us stop and say a prayer for them. For all the Servicemen and women of today, that stand at the ready, may the Goddess bless them and watch over them. May they all come home to their loved ones, safe and sound.
This country can never say “Thank You” enough for all who has sacrificed for this great nation of ours.
May the Goddess bless all the souls of our dearly departed,
May She welcome them into the Summerlands, keep them
in Her love and comfort till we meet again!
So Mote It Be!
Uncle Ernest, I love you!
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