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    HADES AND PERSEPHONE

    One day while Persephone was gathering wild flowers she was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld where the dead live.
    Distraught when she cold not find her daughter, Demeter wandered over the face of the earth trying to find out what had happened to her. She came to Eleusis disguised as an old woman, and was taken in by the king and queen to be the nurse for their son. Each night, while the palace slept, she placed the baby prince in the fire. One night the queen peeked and saw what the goddess was doing. Not unnaturally she snatched the baby out of the fire, and had hysterics. The goddess revealed who she really was and informed the queen that if she had not interfered, the baby would have been made immortal, all the mortal parts of him having been burned away.

    Demeter met Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, who told her that she had heard Persephone calling out one day, and suggested she ask Helios, the Sun, if he had seen what had happened in his daily course across the sky. Helios told Demeter who had abducted her daughter, and Demeter went off to complain to Zeus, who was not only Persephone's father but Demeter and Hades' brother. Zeus refused to intervene, so Demeter withdrew from her role as goddess. Without her no crops could grow, and the resulting famine threatened the extinction of the human race.

    Eventually Zeus said that Hades would have to let Persephone go. When Persephone was reunited with her mother, Demeter asked if she had eaten anything while she was in the underworld. Persephone admitted she had eaten a pomegranate seed. Because of this, she now spends one-third of each year in the underworld as the wife of Hades, and two-thirds of the year with her mother. While Persephone is in the underworld, her mother mourns and refuses to allow crops to grow until she gets her daughter back again.

    This myth obviously explains the yearly cycle of growth, harvest, and winter. The version of the myth found in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter also gives an explanation for some of the details of the mystery religion of Demeter. Another more literary version of the myth can be found in Ovid's Metamorphoses Book 5, lines 341-572 where the characters have Latin names rather than Greek (Demeter = Ceres, Zeus = Jupiter, Persephone = Proserpina, Hades = Pluto).

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    Flight of Dragons

    Flight of dragons
    Soar in the purple light
    In the sky, or in my mind?
    Flight of dragons
    Sail past reality,
    Leave illusion behind.

    Is it the past I see
    When I look up to the heavens,
    Believing in the magic that I know could never be?
    I want to go where they are going
    Into the world they've been -
    Can I open up my mind enough to see?

    Flight of dragons
    Heavenly argosies
    Catch the wind, rise out of sight.
    Flight of dragons
    Pilots of fantasy
    In the sky, or in my mind …

    performed by Don McLean

    [Title song from The Flight of Dragons, 1982, Warner Bros. Animation]

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    Words of Wisdom: Prayers to the Divine

    "As far as you have the power, do sacrifice to the immortals, innocently and cleanly; burn them the shining thighbones; at other times, propitiate them with libations and burnings, when you go to bed, and when the holy light goes up in the sky; so They may have a complacent feeling and thought about you;"

    – Hesiod, Works and Days

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    [Pictured: A sacrifice scene on an Attic red-figure krater, circa 430 BCE–420 BCE. Located at the Louvre Museum Athens, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Sully, first floor, room 39, case 8]

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    Spells

    Spells are spoken or written formula, which, in the act of magic or divination, are intended to create or change a particular course of events.

    The belief in spells and their use dates back to antiquity. Spells have become an integral part of various religious and magical practices.

    Spells are a means of petitioning a deity or deities for a particular desired outcome, and require the visualization of the goal and statement of desire for the goal.

    Spells employ the powers of your mind, such as creative visualization, positive thing and positive imaging. Such methods help you to emphasize your mental images so as to better identify with these images and form a clear goal. You repeat your intention to achieve the particular goal and combine it with your projection of will and the invocation of the aid of the spirits, deities or Divine Force.

    There are various types of spells. Some are beneficial while others are harmful. Some claim they may be worked on “man and beast alike.”

    The purposes of spells are limitless including healing, love, success, money, fertility, longevity, protection against disaster, guard against illness, shield against misfortune, safeguard from evil, exorcism of ghosts and spirits, victory in war, triumph over an enemy, truth in divination, weather control and accomplishment of supernatural feats.

    When cast against enemies, spells may be used to bring about illness, destruction, loss of love, impotence, loss of property, failure and even death. The Smart Witch advocates against any spell that will harm another or interfere with their free will.

    A positive spell is called a blessing. A negative spell usually known as a hex or curse. Archaic terms for spells include bewitchment and enchantment. A binding spell is one that is cast with the intention of preventing harm or disaster, or to stop someone from performing a particular act such as a murder or rape, or even from spreading gossip.

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    Good morning everyone sorry for the lateness but PC was playing up and only just got on line well its Friday and time to start relaxing and as it going to be a long bank holiday weekend so may the gods grant you a peaceful weekend filled with love light and laughter Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
  • 17th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Vine, Bell Ring
    Characteristics: Day of inner free…

    17th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Vine, Bell Ring
    Characteristics: Day of inner freedom, joy of being, experience of eternity and ecstasy. Day of celebration, transformation of feminine energy Shakti, fertility, growth and accumulation.

    Recommendations: Day is good for cultivating inner freedom, joy, laughing, celebrations, wine drinking (in moderation), dancing, singing. Beneficial for couples relationships, sexual contacts and exchange of energy, and is wonderful for a marriage. Love is the brightest aspect of the day, but may bring unexpected surprises to everyone not careful with this energy. Recommended – power physical exercises, sports, yoga.

    Precautions: Avoid creating restrictions and difficulties today, arguments, anger, fighting. Avoid falling into binge and rowdiness. Don't take offers, and don't give promises, so not to create debt and diminish freedom. Unreleased, stuck, and unsublimated sexual energy can cause health and behavioral problems.

  • Moon Day 17
    A good day for marriage, the birth of children, family holidays and…

    Moon Day 17
    A good day for marriage, the birth of children, family holidays and household chores. It favours all occupations connected to homes, households and land. The use of alcohol, medicines or drugs on this day should be strictly limited. Only Albert the Great describes this day as particularly negative.
  • Friday — Freya's day
    Middle English fridai
    Old English frigedæg "Freya's day"
    c…

    Friday — Freya's day
    Middle English fridai
    Old English frigedæg "Freya's day"
    composed of Frige (genetive singular of Freo) + dæg "day" (most likely)
    or composed of Frig "Frigg" + dæg "day" (least likely)
    Germanic frije-dagaz "Freya's (or Frigg's) day"
    Latin dies Veneris "Venus's day"
    Ancient Greek hemera Aphrodites "day of Aphrodite"

    Freo is identical with freo, meaning free. It is from the Germanic frijaz meaning "beloved, belonging to the loved ones, not in bondage, free".

    Freya (Fria) is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and fecundity (prolific procreation). She is identified with the Norse god Freya. She is leader of the Valkyries and one of the Vanir. She is confused in Germany with Frigg.

    Frigg (Frigga) is the Teutonic goddess of clouds, the sky, and conjugal (married) love. She is identified with Frigg, the Norse goddess of love and the heavens and the wife of Odin. She is one of the Aesir. She is confused in Germany with Freya.

    Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

  • Sunrise: 6:07 AM BST
    Sunset: 8:14 PM BST
    Length of Day: 14h 06m
    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 6:07 AM BST
    Sunset: 8:14 PM BST
    Length of Day: 14h 06m
    Tomorrow will be 3m 42s shorter.
    Moon Rise: 8:55 PM BST
    Moon Set: 9:12 AM BST
    Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous 93% Illuminated

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