Voldemort Wasn't So Smart After ALL

Monday, January 30, 2012

HAHA... I laughed until tears rolled down my face. 

Baby Picture Time!

Saturday, January 28, 2012
I came across this picture today and it was so cute I had to share it.  The caption underneath it read:

"Professor McGonagall's baby picture."



SO CUTE!!!

Downsizing...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Post in Atreya's Corner!

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Check out part 2 of my "Misunderstood Disney Witches" series, where we dive into the world of...

...Ursula!

 I got issues ya'll

Happy Chinese New Year!


Mars: Calm Down Bro

 I was making my list of ingredients for a Creativity Oil I'll be making soon and decided to look up the moon phase and what sign it's in. I came across a great reference site called ZodiacArts.com, which had a wonderful calendar that had moon phases, astrological signs, moon VOC, etc. As I looked for the next new moon (it's this Monday the 23rd just in case you wanted to know), there was an alert that read:

"MARS RETROGRADE: JAN 23rd - APR 13th"

Fabulous.

Now like many people, I'm more familiar with MERCURY retrograde, and all the craziness THAT  bad boy creates (check out my post on Mercury Retrograde here). And I know ALL the planets go retrograde at some point, but I wasn't too familiar with Mars Ret.


"Here I am bitches. And what? Say somethin."



 Here's a refresher:

"A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. It's a bit like traveling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play."

Okay class, now what does Mars rule??....

"In general, Mars, the god of warriors, rules physical energy and efforts. His placement in your chart expresses the strength and direction of the physical force that drives your ego, your will to achieve. Mars fires your emotions and energizes your passions, but also powers your mental endeavors and communicative skills." 

"Mars describes male relationships and associations, risk-taking inclinations, and the physical challenges you are likely to encounter. Well-placed, Mars endows powerful energy and an indomitable will to succeed, but when poorly placed can mean accidents, injuries, fits of anger, rage, warfare or other forms of violence, according to the inclinations of the sign and house concerned."


"Mars loves to rush forward. The grass is always greener on the other side of that hill, so Mars does not react well to being held back, or... (gasp!) going backwards!" 
  
"Mars turns retrograde only once every two years and two months, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens."

And that sign happens to be...

VIRGO!

"These descriptions aren't in alphabetical order..."


Mars retrograde in Virgo. What does this all boil down to, you ask? Here's just a few things:
  
  • Worry and brooding over more or less trivial concerns will be prevalent
  • Expect co-workers and supervisors to be critical toward others and easily dissatisfied with their work during the retro phase
  • Mars retro in Virgo generates a pervasively hypercritical, perfectionist mood, inclining those most affected toward obsession with minor points, minutiae and overblown trivialities, particularly with regard to healthcare, nutrition and the military. 

HAHA! You're all screwed

"When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection. While Mars in direct motion is direct, straightforward, assertive, and aggressive, with Mars in retrograde motion, Mars energy is essentially turned inward--it's internalized, intensified, personalized, and perhaps pressurized. We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. The way we react to situations under normal conditions doesn't necessarily work for us now, or we don't exactly trust it."

"When anger is internalized, there can be some rather negative byproducts, such as tension, resentment, depression, apathy, and even some paranoia. On the other hand, it can also be personalized and made more intimate."

"Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will be particularly effected."

Basically, every Mutable sign. Wonderful.
 
Geez, when do I get to the good part (if any) about Mars Retrograde?
  
I posted this as a heads up. I think if you're prepared for them and find the positive aspects, every retrograde can be a blessing in a crabby disguise. The point of a Mars retrograde period is not to just sit on our asses impulses or to extinguish our enthusiasm and ambition. It's so we can better understand why we want what we want so bad! It's a period of REVIEW. To better understand WHY we're so angry. WHY we're so passionate about certain situations or people. But most importantly, it's a time to take some time out and just chill so we can figure out better and more logical and positive ways to go about getting what we want from life; starting by looking on the inside. The Universe is asking us, just for the time being, to look before we leap....instead of just bungee jumping off the bridge before checking that the carabiner is secured.


 
So I was thinking, why not use the Virgo energy in your favor?
  
Virgos love to organize! Take some time out and go somewhere you're not gonna be bothered (i.e. home, park, library, etc.), take a piece of paper and a pen with you, and begin to make a list of EVERYTHING you've been worrying about lately. As you write, visualize any negativity being drawn from you into the pen and onto the paper. Each time you write down a worry, feel yourself becoming lighter and lighter, as the weight, pressure, and anxiety is released from your being.
  
When you have written down everything you can think of, take a moment to look at everything and be VERY HONEST with yourself.
  
What worries are really petty? What do YOU need to work on before you put the blame on others?


Are you making mountains out of mole hills??



Meditate on these answers. Once you are done, burn the paper and throw the ashes out the window or from the roof where the wind will carry them away (or flush them down the toilet and let the water carry them away.)
  
If you get a chance, a nice bath with some lavender in it would be great. If you're short on time, perhaps some chamomile tea to relax you.
 
"Obsessing over who's wrong and who's right may be a problem. It's humility that we should be striving towards, as humility is the only way towards honesty with ourselves and with others"
  
Halleluyer.


"You need to work on yourself first boo boo. Go ahead. I'll wait."



Keep calm, and carry on
  
~*Atreya*~


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2,200 Year Old Astrology Board Discovered In Croatia

Friday, January 20, 2012
Now this is pretty awesome.  A 2,200 year old astrologer's board was discovered in a cave in Croatia!  The board is made out of ivory and was slowly pieced together over the last decade.  The images of Pisces, Cancer and Gemini can be seen on the board. I wonder if they'll ever find the remaining pieces and put the entire thing back together.



"A research team has discovered what may be the oldest astrologer's board, engraved with zodiac signs and used to determine a person's horoscope.
Dating back more than 2,000 years, the board was discovered in Croatia, in a cave overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The surviving portion of the board consists of 30 ivory fragments engraved with signs of the zodiac. Researchers spent years digging them up and putting them back together. Inscribed in a Greco-Roman style, they include images of Cancer, Gemini and Pisces."

Library Blocks Wiccan/Pagan/Native American Sites

"Earlier this month in Missouri, Anaka Hunter and the ACLU filed a lawsuit against a local library for censoring websites about Wicca and Native American religion. News coverage poked fun at the witchy names of the town (Salem) and its librarian (Glenda). Impassioned comments even popped up on the library’s Google maps site. But in focusing on a narrative of a backwoods town with a prejudiced librarian, it is easy to ignore a much more alarming source of censorship: a software company called Netsweeper."




For the full article follow the link:  http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/guest_bloggers/5566/missing_the_forest_for_the_witches/

Demeter would approve...

Thursday, January 19, 2012
"God made dirt. And dirt don't hurt."

This looks awesome.

Check out the trailer for "Dirt! The Movie"


Benefits of Higher Vibrations

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
"There has been a lot of talk of doom and gloom around specific dates, lately 11/11/11 through 12/21/12. Most of it is fear-driven by the media. However, people have been saying for thousands of years that the world is going to end and yet we are still here. So, I was interested to look deeper into the significance of 11/11/11 and moving into this New Year, from both a spiritual and scientific perspective. I interviewed a few experts and was pleased to learn it is a time that can be used for positive change personally and universally."


Follow the link to the rest of the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacey-nemour/1111-into-2012-benefiting_b_1175781.html?ref=prayer

A Little Girl And Her First Pentacle Necklace

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"A St. Paul Public School substitute teacher was disciplined after asking a Pagan elementary student to tuck her pentacle necklace into her shirt, a request not made to other students wearing religious necklaces.

.....

Tasha-Rose Mirick’s daughter, Grace, is a 4th grader at Galtier Magnet School in St. Paul. Ms. Mirick says Grace proudly wears a pentacle necklace every day as a sign of her inner held beliefs, much like a Christian wears a cross or crucifix. Grace says the necklace has a special meaning to her in addition to it being an outward sign of her faith, “I told my friends a story about a Goddess and my mom heard me thought I was ready for the necklace. I was old enough to wear a sign of my faith. I was so excited that I was jumping around. It means a lot to me.”






Follow the link to the full article: http://pncminnesota.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/quick-response-by-local-school-over-pagan-necklace/

Loreena McKennitt To The Rescue!!

I've been running on empty for the last couple of weeks. I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm still exhausted from the holiday shuffle or maybe I should put my tarot cards and books away and get to bed earlier. Whatever the cause, I've been exhausted and dragging myself to and from work everyday for a couple of weeks. I don't drink coffee so I need other pick-me-ups to get through the day. Loreena McKennitt to the rescue!! Whenever the exhaustion is too much I blast this song and I'm instantly wide awake and in a better mood. Thank the Gods I work in a room basically alone and can play music as loud as I wish. Although, it does make things a little awkward when I'm having my own dance party and someone comes in without me knowing....  Oh well, it's worth it.  Next time you need an energy boost try the song below. 

ENJOY!!




Bright Blessings!!
~Amethyst~

All or Nothing

Monday, January 16, 2012
"Religious freedom is hugely popular in America — until, of course, it’s applied to unpopular groups.Consider North Windy Ridge Intermediate School in Buncombe County, N.C. In December, school officials arranged for students to come by the office during break to pick up Bibles donated by the Gideons. In the view of many people in the community (especially those of the majority faith), outside groups like the Gideons should have a religious-liberty right to distribute Bibles in public schools.
But then Ginger Strivelli, a parent with a child in the school, brought pagan spell books for the school to make available in the same way — and, poof, the distribution policy disappeared."

Follow the link to the full article: http://www.albertleatribune.com/2012/01/16/pagans-atheists-christians-do-battle/

Tomb of Egyptian Singer Discovered in Valley of the Kings

"In a rare find, Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a roughly 1,100 year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings, an antiquities official said Sunday.  It is the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient Egyptian royal families ever found in the Valley of the Kings, said Mansour Boraiq, the top government official for the Antiquities' Ministry in the city of Luxor."
.....

"The singer's name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was believed to be protected by the feline deity Bastet."

Follow this link to the full article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/15/rare-tomb-of-woman-found-in-egypts-valley-of-kings_n_1207930.html

Say NO to Paraskevidekatriaphobia!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gesundheit.

Actually, Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.

It's also called "Friggatriskaidekaphobia", which is named after, you guessed it - the beloved Norse Goddess, Frigga.


                                                                         What the Frigg?

And I was going to go through all the "don't split a pole and then go under a ladder after jumping on a crack, whilst a black cat crosses your path" type shtuff.

But then I came across a wonderful article on one of my FAVE websites, http://www.crystalinks.org/

And while it does list many of the superstitions and supposed origins of Friday the 13th, it was this gem of an intro that reeled me in:

"Does anybody believe that Friday the 13th is necessarily a bad luck day anymore? Get over it. Superstitions make great copy and distill fear, the key element in our reality upon which most storylines are based. They control those who would allow themselves to be controlled, or more to the point, are programmed to that end and need to awaken and move beyond conditioning. In the 21st century, for most adults ... it's just another day in the life."

They had me at "Get over it."


                                                                                  Gangsta

Check out the rest of the post below. SOOO much info!! :

Friday the 13th


No matter what you believe, have a GREAT day everyone.

Blessed be!

~*Atreya*~

I Knew I Liked Her For A Reason....

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Cybill Shepherd

I've always had an affinity for people that take no prisoners, draw a firm line in the sand and speak their mind no matter what.  I especially love people in 'the spotlight' that are who they are, live as choose and are honest about themselves and the world around them.  Maybe it's because I'm a Taurus...  One of the people in 'the spotlight' that I've always loved is Cybill Shepherd.  I'm not sure why. I just get the sense that she isn't going to tolerate anyones' shenanigans. (or I could be making this all up in my head, who knows...) She's also a very outspoken activist for gay rights and womens' rights which makes her even more awesome. I can remember watching MoonLighting when I was a kid and enjoying her immensely on the show.  Then when she was on Showtimes' The L Word for a couple seasons I was thrilled.   So you can imagine my excitement when I randomly came across this video on youtube. 

The video is her Golden Globes acceptance speech from 1996.  She won best actress in a tv series for her work on 'Cybill'. Go to the last minute and a half and watch her acceptance speech.





"Later when she was interviewed she was asked what she was going to do after she got home, and she said "have a drink, get l*** and cast a spell or two."



I knew I liked this lady for a reason!!

~Amethyst

What....??

"The media regulator has set down rules on psychic TV services that ban the casting of spells and other "occult-related practices" including satanism, and offer guidance on the correct use of chicken bones and crystal balls.

....


The media regulator said personalised astrology, horoscopes and tarot card readings were only acceptable if they were clearly labelled as "entertainment" and must never predict specific events, such as births, deaths, marriages – or new jobs.

Advertisements for personalised and live services that rely on belief in astrology, horoscopes, tarot and derivative practices are acceptable only on channels that are licensed for the purpose of the promotion of such services and are appropriately labelled … for entertainment purposes only."

To read the entire article follow this link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/dec/20/media-regulator-occult-related-practices?fb=optOut

~Amethyst




Transformation and Expanding Consciousness.... Do You Feel It?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"There is a great transformation happening on the planet. Each of us is experiencing it in our own particular way. It is deeply personal, and yet because we are all experiencing it, it is also universal. It is beneficial for us to understand what is happening and be able to see, with an eagle-like vision, our relative experience in the context of the whole, because it affords us not only clarity, but also a sense of belonging."

For the entire article (it's a good read) follow the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mijanou-montealegre/consciousness-expanding_b_1086451.html?ref=healthy-living-spirit




If Prayer In School Looked Liked This....

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I would have gladly participated.


Witches! Get out your telescopes!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


"As the year 2011 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2012? What celestial events might we look forward to seeing?

I've selected what I consider to be the top 12 "skylights" for this coming year, and list them here in chronological order. Not all these events will be visible from any one locality … for the eclipses, for instance, you'll probably have to do some traveling … but many can be observed from the comfort of your backyard..."


Read the rest of the artcle here:

Herb Of The Month - January 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Herb of the Month for January 2012 - Holly

Happy New Year!!!  My apologies for posting herb of the month a few days late. I'm still getting back on track after the holidays.  Let's begin the new year discussing an herb that is everywhere this time of year, Holly.  Hulver Bush, Tinne, Holm Chaste, Bat's Wings and Christ's Thorn are a few of Hollys' folk names.  Its planet is Mars and the ruling element is fire.  Holly is considered a masculine herb and its feminine counterpart is Ivy.






Holly is a powerful protection plant. It also wards off lightning, increases luck and is used for dream magic.  It is planted around the home to guard against lightning, prevent evil spirits from entering and keeps mischievous sorcerers at bay.  Wreaths made from Holly, most popular around Yule, are hung to bring luck, bless and protect the home and all those that dwell within.  For personal protection carry its berries with you. Holly is especially lucky and protective for men (Ivy is the female counterpart). A man can carry Holly leaves and/or berries for luck, protection and increased masculinity.  Holly will also ward off wild animals.  When thrown at wild animals, Holly makes them lie down and leave you alone (even if you don't hit them with it directly).

Interesting tidbit: There's a Christian myth that says the blood of Christ formed the red berries of the Holly.  Along with the prickly leaves, this myth is probably where the folk name Christ's Thorn comes from.

Will Holly kill me??  Hmm... Good question.
There are over 300 different species of Holly worldwide and in many species the different parts of the plant can be extremely toxic.  Some species have leaves that are very high in caffeine and have been used to make borderline narcotic drinks for ritual purposes.  The leaves of some species of Holly are used for medicinal purposes.  The leaves are dried and used in tea to alleviate fevers and the juice from a fresh leaf helps with jaundice. The berries of most species are toxic to humans and will cause vomiting.  In some cultures Holly water is made and sprinkled on newborn babies for protection (lightly sprinkled on them and not ingested).  Personally I'm going to avoid ingesting Holly, avoid prolonged contact with the skin (at least where the berries are concerned), continue to wash my hands after touching the berrie and recommend that others do the same.  If you plan on using Holly for medicinal purposes or any other reason that require ingesting it or applying it to the skin DO YOUR RESEARCH first. Know what species your working with and be careful.***

Dream work with Holly: Use this Holly charm to enhance your dreams and make them come true.  On a Friday after midnight gather 9 Holly leaves (preferably from a plant that has smooth leaves).   Wrap the leaves in a clean white cloth and tie it together making 9 knots. Place this under your pillow or bed and go to sleep.  Your dreams will be clearer, easier to remember and hopefully come true. 

Holly.  A powerful protection plant that brings luck, enhances dreams and wards off cranky sorcerers.  Plant it around your home to protect the property from all things including lightning. Holly makes beautiful decorations. A Yule wreath made from Holly is a great addition to your holiday decor but keep it away from children, pets and familiars.  Put a few berries in your pocket for good luck (separate from your afternoon snack) and 9 leaves under your pillow to make dreams come true.
Until next month...

Bright Blessings

~Amethyst~










***I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. Do your research before you consume any herbs via potions etc.










Source: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by: Scott Cunningham


The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients by: Lexa Rosean




Stone Of The Month - January 2012

Stone of the Month for January 2012 - Yellow Tiger's Eye

Happy New Year and Blessings to you all as we begin a new year!!  Please forgive me for being a few days late with the Stone of the Month.  I'm doing my best to recover from the holidays. Let's start the new year with Yellow Tiger's Eye.  Tiger's eye is a powerful stone and is often worn for protection.  It's also not bad to look at and is used in jewelry because of it's unusual and captivating beauty.  Tiger's Eye is found in a few different colors but yellow/brown is most common. 





Believe it or not Tiger's Eye is silicon dioxide or quartz.  Quartz becomes Tiger's Eye when the fibers of crocidolite (a mineral) are laid down in parallel bands within the quartz. A shimmer effect is created when the stone is turned to the light and this gives the stone its cat like appearance.  The stone is hard but can be carved and polished.  Yellow Tiger's Eye is the most common but this stone can also be found in blue, blue-green and red.  

Tiger's Eye has been a poplar stone for thousands of years.  Tombs dating back to 2500 BCE were discovered in what was once the city of Ur in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).  Among the treasures discovered inside the tombs were gold set with various stones including Tiger's Eye.  During the reign of Alexander the Great, Tiger's Eye was one of the more popular stones among goldsmiths.  It was set in gold jewelry including rings, bracelets and necklaces.   


Interesting tidbit:  Roman soldiers wore Tiger's Eye during battle for protection. The stone was also thought to provide instant clarity and deep insights into the current situation.  This instant clarity and insight allowed the soldiers to clearly see the truth and remain free from deception while on the battlefield.


For healing purposes, Tiger's Eye brings calm and restoring energy to the mind and body.  Prevent depletion of physical energy and support your metabolism by wearing a Tiger's Eye. Wear it to shield your aura from negativity and to clear mental blocks and tension from the solar plexus chakra. (Think Gilly from Practical Magic.  She saw blood on the moon and instantly went for her Tiger's Eye for protection.)  Tiger's Eye encourages focus on current issue/the task at hand.  Stressed out and have a deadline to meet?  Spend a few minutes meditating on the project while holding a Tiger's Eye. Or keep the stone in your pocket while you work on the project.  Studying for a final? Keep a Tiger's Eye close by to help maintain your focus and concentration.  Since it also helps shield from negativity, Tiger's Eye is helpful when negative thoughts begin to creep in (i.e.  I'll never get this done in time. I can't possibly pass this test. etc).


 Tiger's Eye has a gentle vibration that promotes peace and calm, even in the times of change and upheaval. It is especially suited for meditation because it increases courage, determination, alertness, patience, brings positive energy and relives depression. When used during meditation Tiger's Eye can help you reach insights that are both spiritual and mundane in nature. 

A great and different way to experience the properties of crystals is with water, specifically using energized water or a crystal remedy.  For this stone let's make some energized water. 

  • Place a cleansed stone into a clear glass bottle that is filled with clean, drinkable water.  (You can use a tall drinking glass and cover it with a coaster. If you want to make more than just one glass you can use a glass jug.)
  • After combining the crystal and the water leave them in direct sunlight for at least one hour.
  • Once the hour has passed REMOVE THE CRYSTAL and drink the water.  This will internalize the properties of the crystal. 

Tiger's Eye will help you focus on the task at hand and provide clarity regarding the current situation. This stone also helps maintain peace and calm even during upheavals.  So if things seem to be falling apart reach for a Tiger's Eye.  Use it to increase determination, draw positive energy to you and get a little insight into what the heck is going on.  Acquiring a few pieces of Tiger's Eye is a win-win situation because it's pretty to look at and incredibly helpful. So, when all else fails make yourself a Tiger's Eye necklace.

Bright Blessings, 
Amethyst

Source: Crystals by: Jennie Harding