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July Buck Moon

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The full moon falls on the July 9, 2017, known as the Buck Moon. This is when the male deer have full sets of antlers for the upcoming mating season in the autumn. This is also called Thunder Moon, for the season rain and storms.

Some fun activities include gathering storm water for rituals. I often do this with leaving glass jars out in the rain, then labeling them to be used later. The water can be used in ritual, for washing altar tools, or use for scrying.

Water scrying. (video tutorial) This technique lets you use visualization for divination similar to crystal ball gazing.

Ice Spell- Use the storm water to use in an ice spell. Take some parchment or paper, write down what you wish to remove from your life. Ideally, think of a bad habit or something that blocks you from moving forward in your life. Meditate and infuse the paper with this thing you wish to remove. Set it in the water and freeze this overnight PDRM0244until it is solid. Use enough to cover the paper. The thicker the ice, the longer it will take to melt. You can use rocks to hold down another bowl on top to form a ‘bowl’ of ice too.

Once frozen, remove from the container and set a candle at the center. Place in the moon outside, on a warm night and say “Ancient Moon, empower me to grow, let the ice melt away that which blocks me. Let it water my intentions to grow and thrive”.

You can meditate as it melts, but don’t leave any candle unintended. If you wish, don’t use the candle, just leave the ice outside. Once melted, pour to the ground and bury the paper left over. Give thanks.

Some pagans might want antlers for their home, and the other day someone asked me why were they so difficult to find? For starters, many animals will chew and eat antlers as they are great for teeth grinding (squirrels, rabbits, porcupine, beaver) not to mention a good source of calcium for anything that likes to gnaw such as Bobcat or wolves. Even if you were to find them in the woods, you often find gnaw marks on them.

You can check local hunting supply stores to see if they have antlers. Hunters use them to lure in bucks by rattle them together, simulating bucks fighting. You can search online but read descriptions. Some listings are made of resin and not bone at all.

Another source, try pet stores. You’re not likely to find a full rack but they carry antlers for dog chews of various sizes.

sun goddesses

In Wicca, you have the harvest god, sun god. But in many cultures, there are also moon gods as there are sun goddesses.

Check out Sun Goddesses to learn more.


Celebrating Summer:

Sangria recipes

Thai Peanut Skewers (grilling)

Very easy Strawberry frozen yogurt.

10 Best Summer Salads

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The Road Not Taken…

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While homeschooling my son on poetry, we covered Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. It lends to this idea about choices in life. Many people consider it speaks to us about taking a path not taken, perhaps regret about doing so, but this isn’t the case at all.

The Road Not Taken is  coming to a path diverged, a person might muddle through trying to decide which path is. The poem is about choices, and regretting choices, not the result of them.

Poem Guide shares the poem’s history and meaning, and speaks the fate of Frost’s good friend, Edward Thomas.

Daniel Todd Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard, researches happiness. He did a wonderful TedTalk on the topic of Why We Make Bad Decisions, and provides some interesting insight on our making decisions.

 

We live with consequences of our decisions. But don’t just live with them, learn from them. Don’t wallow in regret, be empowered by what you can learn from experiences.  Some lessons we learn from bad decisions can be invaluable to developing who we are as people.

Some techniques to help work through decisions:

Free writing. I’ve used this for plotting stories, but also use the free writing technique to work through making decisions.  It is simple to do- Write non-stop on the topic for 10-15 minutes. Don’t stop. Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. I find that using this method lets your brain work through consequences and you find the answer reveals itself through the writing.

Tarot Reading. You can create your own card spread to find answers, but generally you want to tarot-spreads-decision-making-tarot-card-spreadexplore the symbolism and possible meaning through the tarot. The decision making spread can prove useful. Click image to go to the page to explain how to use.

Pendulum Method. This technique works with your subconscious through yes or no answers. I prefer free writing for my choice-helping-method, but you might find this method helps you too.

Find an item you can use for a pendulum, and start asking questions about the choice you need to make. The pendulum swings back or forth, or in circles, and you might be surprised on the answer.

Pendulum Basics– How to make and use a pendulum.

Runes. This method uses stone or wood pieces inscribed with runes or symbols to help guide you. You often find Viking runes, but you can also make your own with symbols that mean something to you.

Runes and Simple Decision Making.

What do you think? Have you let go of a past regret? Do you find a lesson to be learned from a bad decision? Post in comments.

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Goddess Tarot: iPhone App or Traditional

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To me, the divination tools such as Tarot or Runes are just that; tools. So when I found a Goddess Tarot app for the iPhone, I’m of the school of thought that using an electronic version is just as valid as using a paper based one.

What I like about the app is that it has a built in booklet to explain the cards. It includes the Celtic Cross spread, and the Three Card spread. You can pick just one card, and you can browse through the cards to memorize and read up on each card’s meaning.

The artwork is by Kris Waldherr, who illustrated books and does lovely art with goddess themes.

Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of Doomed Queens, The Lover’s Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For those who prefer to feel the cards in your hands, you can also get The Goddess Tarot Deck through Amazon.

I also love the symbolism of the cards. Unlike the Waite-Rider deck which is a bit too dismal for my tastes, the Goddess tarot offers more in the way of lessons and powerful outcomes rather than focusing on the negative.