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Card of the Day – A♣ – Ace of Clubs (Wands)

Ace of Wands5/31 – an A♣ Day.

Keywords:
CREATIVE FORCE
ENTHUSIASM
CONFIDENCE
COURAGE

Ace of Clubs is a card of enthusiasm, vigor, a creative force building and available to us. It has a sense of energy, confidence and courage being handed to us. The image that comes up for Ace of Wands is that of a runner holding a baton, charging out ahead and running the race – going for it, being ready to tackle the world, having belief in one’s self and proceeding with enthusiasm. It is also the image of the parade leader, raising and twirling the baton – marching out front and leading all that follows. If there is an idea or way of living that you have been thinking about beginning, today is a good day to start.

Ace of Clubs
Ace of Clubs

Birthday Today? Your Birth Card is the Ace of Clubs.
Click on the card to the left to learn more about your birth card.

Learn more about this card here:
Learn Tarot – Ace of Wands

Ace of Clubs Birthdays:
Jodie Foster
Clint Eastwood
Calvin Klein
Meg Ryan
Larry King

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Card of the Day – 4♠ – Four of Spades (Swords)

Four of Swords3/6 – a 4♠ day:

Keywords:
REST
CONTEMPLATION
QUIET PREPARATION

In this card, we see a soldier lying on a casket in deep rest & contemplation. There is peace, stillness, and a meditative quality to the card. Though he is dressed for battle, he is taking time out to reflect. This card reminds us that even in the midst of action, it is valuable to take time out to be quiet and reflect. There is sometimes important information or a message that we cannot hear unless we become quiet and still. We also return to activity with more energy and renewal when we pause and take time out. Although the 3 swords on the wall are available for action, the one below on the casket is only accessed through reflection and non-action.

Four of Spades
Four of Spades

Learn more about this card here:

Learn Tarot – Four of Swords 

Four of Spades birthdays:
Maya Angelou
Ashton Kutcher
John Grisham

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Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?

Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?

imageBeing wary of Friday the 13th is much more than a quaint superstition observed by a few uneducated people in distant, unreachable towns and hamlets. In the United States alone, it is estimated that between 17 and 21 million people dread that date to the extent that it can be officially classified as a phobia.

So why is Friday the 13th considered such an “evil” day?

The origins aren’t perfectly clear, but we do know that both Friday and, separately, the number 13 have long been considered unlucky and it was around the late 19th century that the first documented instances started popping up of people putting the two together to form the unluckiest day of all.

To start with, the most popular theory as to why Friday is considered unlucky or an evil day is thought to spring from Christianity. By tradition, Friday is considered the day that Eve gave Adam the “apple” and they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden- of course, “Friday” wouldn’t have been around yet. (Note: The notion that it was an apple is a second century invention and contrary to what is stated in Genesis.)

Also by tradition, Adam and Eve were purported to have died on the then nonexistent “Friday”. The Temple of Solomon was said to have been destroyed on Friday. And Jesus was traditionally considered to have been crucified on a Friday, the day we refer to now as Good Friday. That said, there are several references in somewhat recent history of Good Friday being considered the one exception to Fridays being bad luck. Such as this reference from 1857:

Notwithstanding the prejudice against sailing on a Friday… most of the pleasure-boats… make their first voyage for the season on Good Friday.

Others theorize that Friday being unlucky predated Christianity. The name “Friday” was chosen in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg, also known as Freyja, who was the multitalented goddess of love, beauty, wisdom, war, death, and magic. Teutonic people are thought to have considered the day extremely unlucky, especially for weddings, due in part to the lovely goddess the day was named for. Later, the Christian church attempted to demonize the goddess, so that may or may not be a contributing factor as well.

Whatever the case, despite these quite old origin theories, well documented instances of the notion that Friday was popularly considered unlucky among the masses don’t seem to have popped up until around the mid-17th century. Within the next two centuries after that, the idea continued to spread and by the 19th century was nearly ubiquitous in certain cultures.

As for the unluckiness of the number 13, as with Friday, there are numerous possibilities for the origin, the most popular of which also stems from Christianity. It is considered incredibly bad luck to have 13 people sitting at a table for dinner, which supposedly is due to the fact that Judas Iscariot was by tradition the 13th person to be seated to dine at the Last Supper.

However, the Hindus also believed that it was bad luck for 13 people to gather together for any purpose at the same time.

Far away in northern Europe, the Vikings of ancient times told a very similar story. According to the old Norse myth, 12 gods were feasting at the banquet hall at Valhalla, when Loki, the god of Mischief, showed up uninvited. This, of course, brought the count of gods up to the dreaded number of 13. Loki then encouraged Hod, the blind god of winter and darkness, to murder Balder the Good with a spear of mistletoe, throwing all of Valhalla into mourning, and once again providing another example of a story in history that congregating with 13 for dinner is a bad idea.

So why all these separate religions having such a similar tradition of demonizing the number 13? There are those that theorize the number 13 may have been purposely denigrated by the founders of the patriarchal religions to eradicate the influence of the Mother Goddess. In goddess worshipping cultures, the number 13 was often revered, as it represented the number of lunar and menstrual cycles that occur annually. It is believed by those who adhere to this theory that as the 12-month solar calendar came into use over the 13-month lunar calendar, the number 13 itself became suspect.

It should be noted, though, that not all cultures in the ancient world recoiled at the number 13. The Ancient Egyptians believed life was a spiritual journey that unfolded in stages. They believed that 12 of those stages occurred in this life, but last, the 13th, was a joyous transformative ascension to an eternal afterlife. So the number 13 represented death to the Egyptians, but not death as in decay and fear, but as acknowledgement of a glorious eternal life. Of course, it’s always possible the association with death from Egyptian tradition later morphed into death in an unlucky sense later by cultures influenced by Egypt.

As with the notion of Friday being unlucky, “13” being popularly considered unlucky really seemed to gain steam around the 17th-18th centuries, and by the 19th century in the Western world was likewise extremely widespread in several different cultures.

So when did Friday and the number 13 join forces like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of bad luck to terrorize the masses? You’ll often read that it’s when the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307. However, that origin story is a modern notion with no basis in any documented history.

Others point to the last day of King Harold II’s reign on Friday, October 13, 1066. William of Normandy gave him the opportunity to relinquish his crown, which he refused. The next day William took it by force at the Battle of Hastings, causing Harold’s demise. Again, it is a modern idea that this is where the first “Friday the 13th is the ultimate unlucky day” notion came about.

It perhaps isn’t surprising, given that both Friday and “13” as unlucky didn’t reach their zenith in popularity until the 19th century, that it wasn’t until around the mid to late 19th century that the two were put together as the ultimate unlucky day.

One of the earliest references of this comes from a club formed by William Fowler. Fowler set out to prove that these sorts of superstitions are baseless. He thus formed a club known as “The Thirteen Club” in which club members would meet in groups of 13 to dine, with their first ever get together occurring, of course, on the unluckiest day of the week- Friday the 13th in January of 1881.

To thumb their noses even further at the fates, they had club members walk under a ladder before sitting down to a table in room 13 of the building they were in. They also made sure there was plenty of spilled salt on the table before they dined.

A slightly earlier documented reference comes from 1869, in the biography of Gioachino Rossini where the author, Henry Sutherland Edwards notes:

He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that one Friday 13th of November he died.

(Interestingly, traditionally in Italy, Friday the 13th was not considered unlucky, with 13 being often considered a lucky number there until extremely recently when Western European and American influence started to change that. For Italians, classically, 17 was the unlucky number and thus Friday the 17th became the Italian version of Friday the 13th. Nevertheless, Henry Sutherland Edwards was British so, though he was writing about an Italian composer, applied his own superstition to Gioachino Rossini.)

The notion of Friday the 13th being the unluckiest of the unlucky picked up steam from around this point and once we get into the early 20th century, there are numerous documented instances of people referencing it in this way, such as the 1907 novel by stockbroker Thomas W. Lawson called Friday the Thirteenth, which told of a stockbroker’s efforts to destroy the market on that ominous date.

So, aside from the popular “Friday the 13th” film franchise, what makes the Friday the 13th superstition stick so stubbornly in our collective consciousness? Psychologists point to the fact that if anything negative happens on that specific date, people make a permanent association between the event and the date in their minds, conveniently forgetting all those times Friday the 13th has passed uneventfully. In short, it is a classic example of confirmation bias.

Read more here: www.todayifoundout.com

Reblogged from: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/09/the-origin-of-friday-the-13th-as-an-unlucky-day/

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Card of the Day – 10♥ – Ten of Hearts (Cups)

Ten of Cups12/21 – a 10♥ Day.

Keywords:
JOY
PEACE
FAMILY

This is a card of joy, peace and harmony. Another name for it is ‘success with the group’. In the card, a family is celebrating emotional fulfillment of the ten cups above them. It represents inner harmony in alignment with external harmony. It reflects the joy that results when our inner world is congruent with our outer world. It is a time of forgiveness and of close familial attachment. Who do you consider family? Who do you experience peace with? Who brings you joy? Enjoy the contentment that this card portrays.

Ten of Hearts
Ten of Hearts

Learn more about this card here:
Learn Tarot – Ten of Cups 

Birthday today? Ten of Hearts is your Birth Card.
Other Ten of Hearts birthdays:
Michael Jackson
JK Rowling
Pablo Picasso
Jane Fonda
Wesley Snipes
Snooki

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All Hallow’s Day

Happy All Hallow’s Day! 

Did you know that Halloween is a derivative of Hallow’s Eve? It relates to the fact that it is the night before All Hallows Day, also known as Hallowmas, or All Saint’s Day, or Day of the Dead, which is today, November 1st.

It was widely believed in Europe and other countries that the veil between the spiritual world and the mundane or earthly world became thinner during these few days. Many cultures also celebrate this time of year, as in Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Phillipines call it ‘Todos Los Santos’ or ‘All Saints’.

In Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, France, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, and American cities such as New Orleans, people take flowers to the graves of dead relatives. In Portugal people also light candles in the graves.

In Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Catholic parts of Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, the tradition is to light candles and visit the graves of deceased relatives.

To learn more about the tradition and history of today and its relation to Halloween, visit these links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints%27_Day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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New Moon in Libra

MYSTICMAMMAart-NEWMOONLIBRANEW MOON in Libra is here continuing to bring the energy of balance and attuning us to the nuances that mirror where change needs to occur.

Our medicine for these times is self-love, forgiveness, and an active awareness in rewiring our unconscious responses into more conscious expressions of our truest Self.

Opportunities abound so let’s summon patience and kindness for all.

Here are the MYSTIC MAMMA Astral Insights from our beloved interpreters of the planetary shifts…

Read more here: www.mysticmamma.com/new-moon-in-libra-october-12th-2015

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New Moon in Virgo – Partial Solar Eclipse

New-Moon

 
Tonight the New Moon in Virgo is at 20 degrees Virgo and also presents a Partial Solar Eclipse.

The Sabian symbol for 20 degrees Virgo is: “a caravan of cars headed for the promised land”

Eclipses come in 6-month seasons, and new moons represent new beginnings, sowing seeds & setting intentions. Where do you want to set intentions for the next 6 months? View my video on youtube about the new moon to see which house this potent new moon falls in for you, and set intentions for that area:

Learn more about Sabian symbols here:
http://www.cornerstone-astrology.com/sabian_symbols.php

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Acknowledging Your Growth

Reblogged from DailyOM:

September 3, 2015
Acknowledging Your Growth
Foundations of Evolution
by Madisyn Taylor

Evolution of your soul is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated.

Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet it is important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and reward ourselves for the many wonderful feats of self-improvement we have accomplished. When we intentionally contemplate our progress, we need never feel that we are languishing between past achievements and the realization of future goals. If we look closely at our lives, we may see that much of what brings us pleasure in the present is representative of the ambitions of our past that we worked so hard to attain. At one time, the abundance we enjoy currently likely seemed like a far-off dream. Now it is simply a reality we created through our diligence, passion, and unflagging determination. Whether our progress is fast or slow, we deserve to congratulate ourselves for our successes.

To remind yourself of the insights you have gained with time, temporarily adopt an outsider‚s perspective and carefully consider how your life in the present differs from the range of experiences you lived through in the past. Creating a written list, in a journal or otherwise, of those strengths, aptitudes, and inner qualities you now attribute to yourself can help you accept that you are not the same person you were one year ago, five years ago, or 10 years ago. Your attitudes, opinions, and values were likely markedly different, and these differences can be ascribed to your willingness to accept that you still have much to learn. If you have difficulty giving yourself credit for these changes, think about the goals you realized, the lives you touched, the wisdom you acquired, and the level of enlightenment you attained over the past years.

Recognizing growth is neither boastful nor immodest. Evolution is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated. Knowing that you are brighter, stronger, and more grounded than you once were, you can look forward to the changes to come. In acknowledging your growth, you build a sturdy foundation upon which you can continue to blossom well into the future.