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    We are headed to the MS Clinic in the morning my kindreds. Please send love, insight, movement, and a way to move forward so we can get an official diagnosis. SO MOTE IT BE! Thank you ♥ Maia The Crabby Witch
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    Norse
    A folder for Norse, Asatru, and Odinist humor. ALERT! None of the photos posted are mine (unless otherwise stated). I claim no ownership of any of the photos posted. If you know the owner of any of these pictures please tell me so that I may apply credit :). Blessed be )O(
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    Creating Altar Space:

    The following article is an example of setting up an general spiritual altar. Many Wiccan traditions have specific rules pertaining what is allowed to be on an altar and where it is placed. For some Witches altar spaces are created based on personal preference, practicalities and deities that are worked with, while Voodoo practitioners might include spirit representations as well as food and drink, such as coffee.

    Steps for Making the Altar – by Gurudevi

    1. Clearing Space

    It is important to clear and consecrate the dedicated area of your home for the altar. The space may be a room, a corner, a table, or the shelf of a bookcase which will be only used for this spiritual purpose. The space for the altar is then dedicated to the energy of spirit. This altar will provide inspiration for creating the time within life, for meditation and prayer. Prepare the space by cleaning it and chanting Om throughout the space. Burning sage or incense helps to clear and change the energy of the area. An altar cloth is a very nice accent which should be placed with reverence. Create the location for your altar with a feeling of ceremony.

    2. Theme

    There are different reasons that altars are created. The altar can be multi-purpose such as creating an altar for a healing focus with the color of green; placing crystals, gems, rocks, flowers, and plants from nature. Images may be placed on the altar such as saints and yogi masters. Symbols may be placed on the altar such as Om. Altars can be decorated according to the season, and dedicated to symbols of spring or winter; using the elements from that time of year. The altar may reflect one or more spiritual traditions which represent devotion of the heart and soul. The altar may reflect a particular religion such as Hindu, with a statue of Ganesh and some marigolds. If Kundalini Yoga is the path of life; then placing a symbol of the Serpent (Naga) in the center of the altar may be desired. It is good to include things on the altar which represent spiritual understanding and teaching.

    3. Selecting Items

    Great care and consideration is part of choosing items for the altar. Items which have been found in life will connect the memory to that particular time. Items from nature which are found on a walk with a family member or with your beloved are especially nice to place on the personal altar. A statue of a beautiful goddess such as Lakshmi or Saraswati, images of masters, photos which inspire, candles, and flowers are examples of what might go on the altar. The personal altar is unique.

    4. Arrangement

    Arranging items on the altar need to be placed in such a way that they can be cleaned or dusted. The wall above the altar is a perfect place to hang a spiritual painting or several framed pictures of masters and angels. Choosing to place pictures of the chakras is a great focus. These could be placed in a line on the wall corresponding to the chakras. You may want to just have a picture of one chakra in the center of the altar for the purpose of focusing on that chakra for healing. Items on the altar may be placed in any way, in a line, circular, or wherever the items look the best to you. When placing things on the altar, place them with good intention, and you might want to say a prayer as you do this to anchor the energy for love or healing. Each item arranged on the altar represents the spiritual realm and the Great Spirit. The altar is arranged so that you feel pleased with it and feel the power of the sacred space.

    5. Maintenance

    The altar will need to be kept clean. The lighting is usually softer in the altar space, so it is important to check the area and clean it when needed. During and after cleaning the sacred space, reverence should be felt. The altar cloth, framed images or photos, feathers, and crystals all need to be cleaned or dusted. The altar space needs to be kept free of clutter. It is important that items that don’t belong on the altar don’t end up there such as cups, keys, mail, or notes. The energy in this sacred space can be kept clean by burning sage or incense and chanting Om. Dedicating the altar space to the spirit of God/Goddess is a powerful way to maintain the spiritual energy there and inside of you.

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    The Hamsa Hand

    Children's HamsaThe Hamsa Hand, which is an artistic rendering of an outstretched hand, is likely the most prevalent symbol throughout the Middle East today. This ever popular talisman, typically featured in jewelry and wall hangings, is thought to give protection from the “Evil Eye” (curses brought on by the envy of others) and to bring good fortune. Found in both Muslim and Jewish homes, businesses, and adorning the necks of thousands from Morocco to Iran, the Hamsa has become something of a universal symbol, representing the shared histories and beliefs of the peoples of this vast region.

    Hamsa & Pearls BraceletWhat is the History of the Hamsa?
    Although the Hamsa has been associated with the Jewish and Muslim religions for centuries, the symbol has pre-Monotheistic roots. According to historians and archeologists, the Hamsa was created by the Phoenicians to honor their powerful moon goddess, Tanit.

    The Phoenicians, who dwelt in the Western Levant (modern day Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, Palestine and Israel) from 1550 BCE to 300 BCE, were maritime merchants whose vast trade routes inevitably led to the swift dissemination of the symbol throughout the entirety of the Mediterranean. The Hamsa Hand was brought even farther east as the Phoenicians were commissioned to build ships for the burgeoning Persian Empire.

    But the Hamsa’s Pagan history did not prevent it from becoming seamlessly embedded into the Jewish and Muslim cultures. On the contrary, the features of the Hamsa Hand fit perfectly within the symbolic threads of each religion.

    Hamsa Rope BraceletReligious Associations
    While the religious associations given to the Hamsa Hand are mainly folkloric, the incorporation of the Hamsa into the fold of religious imagery demonstrates the depth of the connection these communities feel toward the symbol. In Judaism and Islam alike, the Hamsa Hand is commonly referred to as “The Hand of God.” The extended hand is considered a reminder of the creator’s protection, with His hand unfurled to assist his creations in every moment.

    In keeping with the Phoenician idea that the Hamsa represents a powerful woman, both Islam and Judaism identify the Hamsa with influential women from their traditions. For Jews, the Hamsa is called “The Hand of Miriam” for the sister of Moses and Aaron, who were Israel’s first prophet and priest respectively. For Muslims, it is known as the “Hand of Fatima” for the Prophet Mohammad’s daughter, who was notably married to Ali, one of the first followers of Islam.

    HamsaThe Number Five
    Hamsa is Arabic for the number five, which is a significant number in Judaism and Islam. In each religion, the number five stirs up connotations of law. There are five books of Moses as there are five Pillars of Islam. The sight of the Hamsa is a reminder to Jew and Muslim alike to keep these important doctrines in the forefront of their minds.

    In Jewish numerology, the number five is represented by the letter He (ה), which is one of the names of God. In Kabbalistic numerology, five refers to the five worlds that characterize the structure of the universe and is also the number said to symbolize life, representing the sum of male and female energies.

    The Hamsa in Contemporary Times
    Today, many young Israeli Jews and Muslims wear the Hamsa as a symbol of solidarity and shared culture, one which reaches back to a time before they were separated by religious differences. Individuals young and old still wear them in the hopes of taking advantage of their protective powers and luck giving capabilities. To be sure, the Hamsa offers such a wide range of uses and meanings that no matter where you find one, you are likely to find a story.

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    Good morning everyone well in a mad rush this morning have a charity event this morning after a late night partying with friends not the smartest idea but that life so to have a wonderful day may the god hold and keep you when I get back I will add posts so stay tuned Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
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    4th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Tree of Knowledge.
    Characteristics: Day of double meaning, good and bad at the same time. Day when we have to make a choice between good and evil. Symbolically may mean a Biblical tree of knowledge that carries a fruit of good and evil.

    Recommendations: Today it is important to think many times before making an important decision. Day best spent taking care of home and family. It is necessary to spend some time alone today, and think of ancestors that passed away. Day when our throat Chakra, is activated and singing holy hymns, prayers and mantras is recommended.

    Precautions: Actions that are not well thought of should be avoided, and are dangerous. Cutting of trees and flowers, as well as harming any living beings should be avoided. Group work is not recommended.

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    Moon Day 4
    This is a contradictory day. In the Vedic and Avesta traditions, it is inauspicious and only good for conflict and getting rid of anything outmoded. Nothing should be started, especially if it is connected to any kind of material gain. In the European tradition this is a good day for beginnings, especially if you are searching for something lost. It is also lucky for any kind of business that deals with water.
  • Thursday — Thor's day
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    Old English thursdæg
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    Thursday — Thor's day
    Middle English thur(e)sday
    Old English thursdæg
    Old Norse thorsdagr "Thor's day"
    Old English thunresdæg "thunder's day"
    Latin dies Jovis "day of Jupiter"
    Ancient Greek hemera Dios "day of Zeus".
    Thor is the Norse god of thunder. He is represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Miölnir. He is the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.

    Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman god and patron of the Roman state. He is noted for creating thunder and lightning.

    Zeus is Greek god of the heavens and the supreme Greek god.

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    Sunrise: 5:05 AM BST
    Sunset: 9:22 PM BST
    Length of Day: 16h 16m
    Tomorrow will be 1m 56s shorter.
    Moon Rise: 8:38 AM BST
    Moon Set: 10:23 PM BST
    Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent 8% Illuminated
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    Norse Deities-
    ~By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

    The Norse culture honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshipped today by Asatruar and Heathens. For the Norse and Germanic societies, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part of daily life, not merely something to be chatted with in times of need. Here are some of the best-known gods and goddesses of the Norse pantheon.

    1. Baldur, God of Light
    Because of his association with resurrection, Baldur is often connected to the cycle of death and rebirth. Baldur was beautiful and radiant, and was beloved by all the gods. Read on to learn about Baldur, and why he's so important in Norse mythology.

    2. Freyja, Goddess of Abundance and Fertility
    Freyja is a Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance. Freyja could be called upon for assistance in childbirth and conception, to aid with marital problems, or to bestow fruitfulness upon the land and sea. She was known to wear a magnificent necklace called Brisingamen, which represents the fire of the sun, and was said to weep tears of gold. In the Norse Eddas, Freyja is not only a goddess of fertility and wealth, but also of war and battle. She also has connections to magic and divination.

    3. Frigga, Goddess of Marriage and Prophecy
    Frigga was the wife of Odin, and had a powerful gift of prophecy.In some stories she is portrayed as weaving the future of men and gods, although she did not have the power to change their destiny. She is credited in some of the Eddas with the development of runes, and she is known in some Norse tales as the Queen of Heaven.

    4. Heimdall, Protector of Asgard
    Heimdall is a god of light, and is the keeper of the Bifrost Bridge, which serves as the path between Asgard and Midgard in Norse mythology. He is the guardian of the gods, and when the world ends at Ragnarok, Heimdall will sound a magical horn to alert everyone. Heimdall is ever-vigilant, and is destined to be the last to fall at Ragnarok.

    5. Hel, Goddess of the Underworld
    Hel features in Norse legend as the goddess of the underworld. She was sent by Odin to Helheim/Niflheim to preside over the spirits of the dead, except for those who were killed in battle and went to Valhalla. It was her job to determine the fate of the souls who entered her realm.

    6. Loki, the Trickster
    Loki is known as a trickster. He is described in the Prose Edda as a "contriver of fraud". Although he doesn’t appear often in the Eddas, he is generally described as a member of the family of Odin. Despite his divine or demi-god status, there's little evidence to show that Loki had a following of worshippers of his own; in other words, his job was mostly to make trouble for other gods, men, and the rest of the world. A shapeshifter who could appear as any animal, or as a person of either sex, Loki was constantly meddling in the affairs of others, mostly for his own amusement.

    7. Njord, God of the Sea
    Njord was a mighty sea god, and was married to Skadi, the goddess of the mountains. He was sent to the Aesir as a hostage by the Vanir, and became a high priest of their mysteries.

    8. Odin, Ruler of the Gods
    Odin was a shapeshifter, and frequently roamed the world in disguise. One of his favorite manifestations was that of a one-eyed old man; in the Norse Eddas, the one-eyed man appears regularly as a bringer of wisdom and knowledge to heroes. He pops up in everything from the saga of the Volsungs to Neil Gaiman's American Gods. He was typically accompanied by a pack of wolves and ravens, and rode on a magic horse named Sleipnir.

    9. Thor, the God of Thunder
    Thor and his powerful lightning bolt have been around for a long time. Some Pagans still continue to honor him today. He is typically portrayed as red-headed and bearded, and carrying Mjolnir, a magical hammer. As keeper of thunder and lightning, he was also considered integral to the agricultural cycle. If there was a drought, it wouldn’t hurt to offer a libation to Thor in hopes that the rains would come.

    10. Tyr, the Warrior God
    Tyr (also Tiw) is the god of one-on-one combat. He is a warrior, and a god of heroic victory and triumph. Interestingly, he is portrayed as having only one hand, because he was the only one of the Aesir brave enough to place his hand in the mouth of Fenrir, the wolf.

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