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    Amulets and Talismans: Carry a tulip bulb as a natural Amulet to bring love into your life. Wear a tulip bulb on a string around your neck or sleep with one under your pillow at night to attract a new lover, increase sex appeal or induce romantic dreams.
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    Morning everyone only 3 days till Litha icon smile Our Facebook RSS all preparations underway I know a lot of u are coming down to Glasto so be lovely to see u all bb xx
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    Good morning everyone, today be thankful for all you have, and for all the unsung heroes that put their life on the line such as police, fire-fighters, paramedics and the armed forces so you can live in freedom
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    Have a blessed night everyone.
    Lady Abigail
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    Skyclad. Is a term used in wicca to mean naked, A lot of wiccans choose to have no synthetic or man made possessions when doing ritual or altar workings, sometimes a whole coven will do their rituals naked. This is not for everyone. It is totally down to an individuals preference.
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    Black Dog – Depression

    Winston Churchill had a black dog
    his name was written on it
    It followed him around from town to town
    It’d bring him down
    took him for a good long ride
    took him for a good look around
    ~Reg Mombassa: Black dog

    We all have interractions with spirit guides and animals from time to time. For me, Raven, hound and horse are always around and in my dreams.

    It was brought to my attention through dream work lately through the wonderful Silver (www.facebook.com/earthlyrites) that if you are visted often by a black dog, it pays to be cautious of the visitor, as it may not be an animal guide, but depression trying to visit and get your attention. The black dog has appeared to those who suffer from depression for hundreds of years. The following are excerpts that highlight a little of the history of the phrase and how it came about, and the documentation of the visits through poetry and writings dating back before Christ:

    ‘Black dog’ is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation. The combination of ‘blackness’ with the negative connotations of ‘dog’, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever-present companion, lurking in the shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. Further, the ‘dark hound’ is an archetypal object of fear, with a long tradition in folklore and myth. Black dogs in dreams are interpreted negatively, often representing death and depression; from all over the world come tales of nightmares caused by oppressive black dogs crushing the sleeper’s chest.

    Dog lovers might find it surprising that ‘black dog’ is used to refer to depression, yet part of its meaning comes from our close companionship with dogs. As the oldest domesticated animal, the dog seems civilised, almost human. A dog is also always there – always by your side, never leaving. While sufferers often express such familiarity with their illness, at the same time they fear the savagery of depression, and see the ‘black dog’ as able to attack or oppress them from outside. This is the other side of the dog, an animal with a particularly contradictory symbology. A long-standing association with death is a legacy of its flesh-eating, scavenging habits and oft-noted sense of the uncanny.

    In a strange quirk of history, the phrase ‘black dog’ is first used to describe depression in a work by the Roman poet and satirist Horace (65–8 BC), thereafter seeming to be used in a more general way until half a millennium later, when its various meanings gather and cohere into the expression we know today.

    The idea that melancholia is not easily shaken off is given life by the image of the faithful, though menacing, dog. This image accords with the divided attitude towards dogs in ancient Greece and Rome, where they were ‘considered both loyal and treacherous, intelligent and stupid, vigilant and negligent’. As philosopher Lucius Apuleius (c. 124–180 AD) put it: ‘the dog… his face alternately black and golden, denotes the messenger going hence and thence between the Higher and Infernal powers’.

    Winston Churchill famously referred to his gloomy periods as his ‘black dog’, and many assume that it was another original contribution to English by the 1953 literature Nobel Prize laureate, succinctly characterizing his relationship with depression. But he was, in fact, citing none other than his beloved childhood nanny, as related by his private secretary, John Colville:

    Of course we all have moments of depression, especially after breakfast. It was then that [Lord] Moran [Churchill’s docor] would sometimes call to take his patient’s pulse and hope to make a note of wha was happening in the wide world. Churchill, not especially pleased to see any visitor at such an hour, might excuse a certain earlymorning surliness by saying, “I have got a black dog on my back today.” That was an expression much used by old-fashioned English nannies. Mine used to say to me if I was grumpy, “You have got out of bed the wrong side” or else “You have got a black dog on your back.” Doubtless, Nanny Everest was accustomed to say the same to young Winston Churchill. But, I don’t think Lord Moran ever had a nanny and he wrote pages to explain that Churchill sufered from periodic bouts of acute depression which, with the Churchillian gift for apt expression, he called “black dog.” Lady Churchill told me she thought the doctor’s theory total rubbish…
    Whatever the truth about his state of mind, the young Churchill evidently inherited ‘black dog (on your back)’ from Mrs Everest (born in the 1830s), albeit as a designation for ill humor in general, rather than depression.

    If you feel you may be experiencing depression, here are some resources where you can find help:

    www.beyondblue.org.au (AUSTRALIA)
    www.adaa.org/finding-help (USA)
    www.depressionalliance.org (UK)

    Excerpts from:
    (http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/docs/Foley.pdf) and
    (www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/docs/Michael.pdf)

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    The Way of the Womb, of the Feminine, is Life-supporting, Life-affirming, Life-cherishing. Even through our deepest pain, we can choose Life, choose Love. We can can be thankful for our lives, thankful to the Mothers who birth us, and for the blessing of the children born to us. We can pray to heal any of our own trauma, which stops the Life-force of Love flowing through our very Being in every moment.

    Please share and circulate this prayer.

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    Thyme
    Psychic powers and spiritual growth, love, stops nightmares and bad dreams. Divination, courage, purification, restful sleep, healing, inner calm and balance.

    Thyme was called thymos by the Greeks, which meant "fumigate" or "smoke". They associated thyme with valor in battle, and the restoration of physical power. Roman soldiers were known to bathe in a decoction of thyme before going into combat, to boost strength and courage. The Sumerians used it as an antiseptic, and in Egypt, thyme was one of the herbs which was used in the mummification process. Herbalist Nicolas Culpepper recommends using thyme as a treatment for whooping cough.

    In The Good Herb, Judith Benn Hurley says that the oil found in thyme, called thymol, has "antiseptic and antibacterial properties." She also points out that thyme is popular with aromatherapists because of its ability to heal respiratory ailments and coughs.

    Thyme can be used in healing rituals, or to bring about restful sleep. Women who wear thyme on their person are irresistible to men, and carrying sprigs in your pocket aids in developing your psychic abilities. You can create a magical broom using thyme, to banish negativity, or burn some in a bowl to help boost your courage before confrontations.

    In some cultures, thyme is associated with the land of the fae — supposedly the wee folk like to hide in the plant's leafy branches.

    Other Names: Common thyme, garden thyme
    Gender: Feminine
    Element: Water
    Planetary Connection: Venus

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    10th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Fountain.
    Characteristics: Day of recreation, relaxation, rest, and family time, connection with source, tradition, family roots. The flow of energy is increasing, like a fountain, which also means connection with it's source.

    Recommendations: Meditation on individual and family karma, contemplation on a family tree and one's roots, establishment and perpetuation of family traditions is recommended. Day is good for creation of a new family, a wedding. Day is also good for new contacts, finding new sources of energy, as well as for beginning of new, important plans, actions, business, building of a house, etc.

    Precautions: Avoid acting unconsciously and being involved is a conflict today.

  • Tuesday — Tiu's day
    Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
    Old English tiwesdæg "T…

    Tuesday — Tiu's day
    Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
    Old English tiwesdƦg "Tiw's (Tiu's) day"
    Latin dies Martis "day of Mars"
    Ancient Greek hemera Areos "day of Ares"

    Tiu (Twia) is the English/Germanic god of war and the sky. He is identified with the Norse god Tyr.

    Mars is the Roman god of war.

    Ares is the Greek god of war.

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    Length of Day: 16h 36m
    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 4:52 AM BST
    Sunset: 9:28 PM BST
    Length of Day: 16h 36m
    Tomorrow will be 0m 14s longer.
    Moon Rise: 3:26 PM BST
    Moon Set: 1:26 AM BST
    Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous 65% Illuminated
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    Share and Print Spells: Hekate / Hecate

    Some of these shares are old. Some of just cool, some are fun and some of these have very old spell words and ideas. They are not always going to sound "Wiccan friendly." Remember not all Witches are Wiccan and some of these spells, poems and shares can be older than Wicca.

    Blessings,
    Lady Abigail

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