Free Stuff: January 2010 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

Wishing everyone who follows The Pagan & the Pen a Happy New Year. And just to show our appreciation, I created a 2010 Desktop Wallpaper with Calendar that hopefully you will enjoy.

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The Calendar is kept simple with only moon dates. Add your own dates but when sharing, please share the original. Thank you.

 

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C.H. Scarlett

Pagan Holidays for December 31, 2009

Guess what folks…today is the last day of 2009. It’s time to bring on the new year and say good-bye to the old one.

 

That also means that Pagan-wise we have a busy night in all types of Cultures. For instance, we all know it’s New Years Eve our time. But it’s also Hogmanay—a Scottish holiday. At the last hour of the old year, you should open up your door to drive out all of the old spirits of the past year. As much noise as you can make should be made to drive them out and away.

 

Now while the Scots are doing that, the Welsh are preparing for Cwn Annwn —which means the dogs of the Underworld will be prowling the night skies supposedly looking for victims. But don;t worry if you are trudging it up in Welsh land this night…all you have to do is scream, shout, blow some horns, or beat on shields or pots to scare them away.

 

If you do get spooked and run in the direction of Egypt, then be prepared for a celebration in honor of Sekhmet this night. This is her lucky day!

 

And let’s not forget about Hecate or Hekate. I mean, we can’t have black dogs running amuck without her, right? The Greeks will be honoring her this day and night for how would we start a New Year without her?

 

Remember  —

 

Thursday belongs to the deity Thunor, also known as Thor, who is the God of Agriculture and Thunder.

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Thursday are Great for Dealing with Matters or Magical Spells & Rituals Concerning:

Passions & Desires—what do you want in your life?

Political Power—you can influence this for yourself or for what you desire on this day.

Speculating & Gambling—someone have a problem? Do you need help or luck?

Legal Matters, Treaties, Oaths—today is a great day to deal with these.

Harvests—perhaps you buy your food and this doesn’t;t matter to you but today you could make sure someone else has a good harvest. Maybe you could see to it that they have a meal for Thanksgiving?

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Thursday represents The Planet Jupiter and The Element of Fire

 

The moon phase:

FULL MOON—now how awesome is that?

Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.

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Have a great New Years Eve everyone and make sure to have a sober driver!!!!!!!

See you all in 2010!

C.H. Scarlett

Pagan Holiday for December 30th, 2009

We are getting down to the last of the month, having to let our talented Tom Brown go (cries) so that we can prepare for your next artist of the month. So please make sure to check out his links when you can and admire his talent as we do. And you can bet your bottom pentagram that you haven’t seen the last of Tom on P&P –(this one fan will make certain of it!)

December: Pagan Artist of the Month : Tom Brown

Other Links for Tom Brown are:

It’s A Circle

Copper Age on Deviant Art

Pagan Days for Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Wednesday is the day of Woden.

Woden is the God of knowledge, enlightenment, wisdom, & war.

Some believe Woden is also Odin—God of the Norse.

Matters & Magical Workings For Wednesday

Today is a good day to deal with matters or rituals and spells concerning anything business. Or perhaps some sort of communication. Maybe debt—something we all have these days, or what about  fear and or possibly loss? Matters or magic concerning money, or work, some type of travel. And then there’s education.

Planets and Elements

Mercury and the element Air

* Waxing Moon Magic *

From seven to fourteen days after the new moon.The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health.

 

Today the Egyptians will celebrate their Goddess Isis—one of my favorite Goddesses. And she deserves an observance too, don’t you think? After all, she is the Goddess of love, of fertility of the land, it’s beasts and it’s people and of peace. Now while most Pagans won;t have time to do a grand ritual for Isis today, remember what made her awesome was the fact that all could easily relate to her. So simply give a minute of thought…and I’m sure she will walk with you like no other.

 

Today also belongs to the Sumerian Goddess Inanna.

Her story is unique as well, for she walks through the seven gates of the underworld losing bits of her jewelry and clothing through each of them until at last she reaches the seventh completely naked.

There, she was destroyed by the Queen of the Dead ,but her uncle Enki brought her back to life under the condition that she choose someone else to take her place in the Underworld. She chose her ex-lover Dumizi who usurped her throne in her absence. Strangely though, she came to miss him and because of that, she convinced each of her sisters to spend half of each year in the Underworld, taking his place so that she may have him back at times. The dark months of winter mark the time that Inanna and Dumizi are separated.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Pagan holiday…

See you tomorrow for another!!!!!

C.H. SCARLETT

Lullaby for a Slunbering God

The first murmurings of life,

Come fluttering out of emptiness,

To settle in the warm embrace,

Of the waiting, sleeping womb.

Precious flicker of existence,

Whispering secrets of springtime,

To root and bulb and waiting seed,

Hinting at what will be.

She holds you deep within her,

Nurturing with stories,

Drawn from the memory,

Of summer passed and winter gone.

Dreaming the long sleep,

Visions ghosted and fleeting,

The waking world lies distant,

Faint as mist at dawn.

She cradles you in darkness,

Safe in pregnant soil,

Stirring softly as you quicken,

Finding shape and form.

As the chill days lengthen,

The light will kiss your eyes,

Rousing the earth mother,

For the birthing of new life.

Pagan Holidays for December 29th, 2009

Pagan Days for Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

 

Tuesday belongs to Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (named after), Tuisco & Tyr

As Tuesday belongs not only to the God Mars, but also to the Planet of Mars, we can toss the Element of Fire into the mix ,and have the makings of a very heated and passionate day!

So if you don’t have anyone to vent those wild emotions out on, don’t fret because you can point them into the direction of matters or magical rituals and spells concerning: anything having to do with marriage, money or wealth, loyalty, enemies, protection, confidence for yourself or another, and of course, courage!

The moon phase for today is:

Waxing Gibbous

94% Full

* Waxing Moon Magic *

From seven to fourteen days after the new moon.The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health.

Today is the Greek Observance called The Day of Nymphs.

It’s to honor Andromeda, Ariadne, and Artemis.

Today is also Ra’s Birthday in Egypt.

The Moth Festival

Hi all, just a quick plug – featured artist Tom Brown has a new blog. It’s early days yet BUT there’s a very neat subscribe feature, so if you want to keep track of Tom’s latest art, this is a good way of doing so.

As for why it’s the Moth Festival – this would be entirely due to skype. I have no idea what I actually said, but it was something else. Tom miss-heard it was Moth Festival and the whole thing went from there. The blog also features a thing I scribbled, a contemplation of what a Moth Festival might be.

www.mothfestival.wordpress.com Please do drop by!

Dear Spirit, December 25, 2009-All About the Critters

Merry Christmas, folks in the broadest and truest sense of the word! I was making a little merry, hence the lateness of the post, but as they say, better late than never, right :-D! This week’s posts are about furry members of two reader’s families. The first was with regard to the health of a beloved dog, the other an interesting question regarding the actual spirit of a feline familiar. Let’s see what the cards have to say.

“My older dog has been “off his feed” lately and not acting his usual self. Is he winding down or is this an indicator of something more serious? He’s eleven years old. His first initial begins with the letter ‘C’.” CB, Los Angeles, CA

CB, this is going to read strange, but spirit is prompting me to say age is not an indicator of a dog’s desire to remain with its human companion, the life lessons they learn together are the motivation. With that stated the cards pulled as follows, the 9 card–The Moon, upright; the first initial–Page of Cauldrons, upright, the second initial (in this instance I used another 9 card)–Seven of Rods, upright; and the final initial (again, a 9 card)–Four of Pentacles, upright.

The Moon tells me immediately things are unseen and reasons are not clear as to what is happening with your furry family member. In a reading however, this card tends to symbolize the law of cycles and phases. Eleven years old is old for most dogs (based on the standard 7 years in a dog’s life for every 1 in a human’s, but that is not appropos for all breeds or sizes of dogs either, let alone large or small mixed breeds, if indeed your dog is mixed). With that stated, I feel he’s winding down and deciding what his next move is, companion to you, or move on. You do not elaborate on his symptoms, but the phrase “off his feed” tells me it’s time for a trip to the vet to make sure his health is in order first and foremost. If he comes out with a clean bill of health, it is time to accept the fact that puppy and adult phases are over and he’s moved into his own version of the Crone stage. I’m sensing he feels the need to rest more and just enjoy life from an observer’s standpoint as opposed to a participant. I say respect that and make him comfortable. He can love you as much from your lap as walking by your side. The Page of Cauldrons tells me that if you take him to the vet you will receive good news with regard to his overall health as this card is also indicative of healing taking place. So I stress for sure take your friend to a vet to tend to his needs right away. The Seven of Rods further reinforces this message as the vibration of the number 7 always indicates victory after a struggle. Your animal companion is definitely under the weather in my opinion and it’s time to get him the help he needs. He still has fight left in him, but needs the appropriate tools to do so. In general also, the wands relate to the body’s temperature i.e., as in fever, perhaps some sort of bacteria has invaded his system. It also represents digestion and the burning of caloric energy. My educated guess/intuition is telling me because he’s older he’s dietary needs have changed. No more people food, no more treats, especially if he’s not as active as he used to be. I’m also feeling he may have eaten a human food (i.e., onions, grapes, chocolate, etc.) that dogs cannot digest properly or was contaminated and is now paying for it big time. The Four of Pentacles further reinforces that he IS definitely dealing with intestinal issues as the Four of Pentacles reflects waste disposal, intestines, how the body breaks down and metabolizes food. You feel like a loving pet owner who spoils his buddy rotten and that includes indulging his appetites for human food. NO MORE. He can’t take it any longer and is being deprived of the nutrients he needs to function as a dog and as an older dog. So, it’s time to shower him with affection instead of hot dogs. Get to a vet, one that you can trust. I sincerely feel he will be all right once you get him on the proper nutritional path. Take care! Erin Sinclair

Now for a cat owner who believes her new kitten sees the spirit of her recent feline companion who crossed over.

“Dear Spirit, This is going to sound so crazy, but I have a new kitten whom I adore. My new familiar has been acting very strange. What I mean by that is she is doing all the “things” my fourteen year old cat use to do, including sleeping in the same spot. She plays as if she is playing with another cat, expressing the same kind of body language cats use with each other, meowing at corners and at my closet door, where my old cat use to sleep in her bed and where she passed away. I know I’m missing my old cat who had been with me since I was 9 years old, but I feel her behavior is so odd and so uncannily like my old cat, I wanted to see what you thought. Her name is Tabitha.” Thank you, Catgirl, NY, NY

Catgirl, I’m sorry about your loss. I know how I would feel, were I in your shoes. My animals are as important to me as my children, I’m sure the pain is palpable at times. Know that your pet is in a good place, no longer in pain. I feel there was an issue with its blood, hence its passing. You did the right thing in letting your former cat go. She was holding on because of your sorrow at losing her. Once you gave her permission to leave however, she was so thankful she could move on, the cross over was an eventless situation for her, although I’m sure not for you.

With that stated the cards pulled as follows. The 9 card, The Sun, upright. The first intial–Six of Swords, upright; the second intial (a 9 card)–King of Swords, upright and the third intial–Seven of Pentacles, upright.

The Sun tells me after darkness there is light. I’m not sure how you came to be the new mama of your kitty friend, but the receiving of her was as if the Sun came out from behind dark clouds. Your sorrow at the loss of your other cat was truly deep. I feel you put much into your feline companion because you didn’t have human friendships cultivated (I’m referencing the Seven of Pentacles, more on that in a moment). I know that sounds odd and not a direct response to your query, but Spirit is indicating to me you tend to be overwhelmed by human relationships and much prefer solitude and the companionship of animals. While most of us can relate to that on some level, your self-isolation is far more harmful than it is good to you and it’s time for a change. With that stated the Six of Swords upright tells me you are moving from a bad situation to a good one, from more difficult to more peaceful times. This little kitten has received a lot of unconditional love and attention from you, but it is now time for you to see things as they truly are and not as you would want them to be. I have no doubt your kitten is smelling your former pet all around your home. I also have no doubt that spirit animals exist. Whether or not your kitten is truly sensing or seeing your older cat I can’t honestly say, although The Moon imagery does often remind me of spirit energy, so your old kitty may very well be stopping by to check in on you. I do believe your kitten is exhibiting behaviors common to all cats and perhaps in your mourning you are labeling standard behavior of cats from your kitten as those of your former cat. I think it is time to truly say goodbye to your old cat, for the Six of Swords does represent healing from mental stress therefore in saying your final goodbyes, you will be able to appreciate your new companion and give it the individuality it deserves. The King of Swords is represented by the Air sign of Libra. In all things, balance. Find your peace and center in the passing of your loved one. Nature hates a vaccum, as such it replaced your void with a new kitten and it is time to appreciate it for the companion it can be for you. Do not compare it to your old friend as they are individuals of the same species, not the other way around and it is just causing you unnecessary pain, I believe.  The third intial, Seven of Pentacles is an interesting card for you with regard to your question. It represents a period of waiting, of not knowing how a matter will manifest itself. I feel you are entirely too caught up in your relationship with your animal companion and you are neglecting your other needs on the physical plane. It is time to start paying attention to other aspects of your life and enjoy your animal as one aspect of it, not the be all and end all of it. Once you broaden your horizons, your ache of loss will lessen with time and you can truly enjoy your new “familiar” the way she is meant to be enjoyed…a wonderful NEW addition to your household.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for a question regarding a potential new career option and a question regarding whether a reader should or shouldn’t get married.

Erin Sinclair