GrannyMoon*s Morning Feast
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon - Rules emotions, protection, healing, and women's mysteries - Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women's mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today's Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft
Today's Goddesses Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
Monday - Day of Emotions ( Day of the Moon )
Monday Magick Power Hours:
Moonrise. Key Words: Magick, dreams, health, love, home and family In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked.
Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like psychism, dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.
Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.
Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the "ruler" of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.
Monday is the Best Day For: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence. Planetary Association: Moon Norse Deity Associated With the Day: Frigga Origin of Name: "Monday" is short for "Moon Day" in honor of the day's alignment with that planetary body.
Deities: Thoth, Selene: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret [Hathor]Monday is the day of moon goddesses Selene, Luna and Mani. Meaning "day of the moon" the name reflects the ancient observance of feast days dedicated to the Moon Goddess or to the planet. Focus on lunar energies, psychic development, dream or astral work, intuition, family, or spirituality.
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil Aromas: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Plants: Wintergreen and other mints, catnip, comfrey, sage, chamomile
Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression, artists, poets, and writers.
Marriage, emotional love, family, childbirth, prophecy.
Spells involving emotions, the subconscious,domestic issues and feminine issues. Also, a good day for psychic pursuits and dream work.Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Metal: Silver Gemstones: Pearl, opal, moonstone Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Best Colors for today are Silver, white, light blue, Pearls, Creams, Grays, Pale Pinks, Pale Violets, and Pale Blues.
Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.
On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.
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Lunabar Moon Almanack for Monday, 27 July, 2015
Waxing, Gibbous Moon Age: 12 days.
Ascending Node is at 3° Libra.
Moon in 21st degree of the Sign Sagittarius, the Bowman;
also in 14th deg. of the Constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent-Holder.
Moonset: 2:26 morn. Moonrise: 4:49 eve. Souths: 10:06 eve.
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Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For "Constructive" Magick (Love, Wealth,
Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)
Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.
Spells and rituals involving the fire element should be performed when the Moon is in a fire sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
Aspects of Sagittarius ~ Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Fiery, Mutable, Barren, Horary Eastern, Autumnal, Austral, Obeying, Double, Double-Bodied, Dual, Bicorporeal, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Vocal (first half only), Bitter, Hot..
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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Midsummer-Moon Madness: Madness is supposed to be
affected by the moon, and to be aggravated by summer heat;
so it naturally follows that the Full moon at midsummer is
the time when madness is most outrageous.
~Brewer's "Dictionary of Phrase and Fable."
Silver was, by the ancient alchemists,
called “Diana” or the Moon.
- Brewer, "Dictionary of Phrase & Fable".
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Lunabar Sun Almanack for Monday, 27 July, 2015
Sunrise 6:04 morn. Sunset: 8:24 eve.
Length of Day: 14h. 20m.
Dawn: 5:33 morn. Dusk: 8:54 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 30m.
Sun in 4th degree of the Sign Leo, the Lion;
also in 7th degree of the Constellation Crabba, the Crab;
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Sun set in a clear,
Easterly wind’s near;
Sun set in a bank,
Westerly will not lack.
~ St. Andrews, Scotland.
Aspects of Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Fiery, Fixed, Barren, Horary Eastern, Summery, Boreal, Commanding, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Bitter, Hot
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Our Weekly Affirmation
If you repeat an affirmation three times a day three times each time you do it for 28 days it will
become a part of your being and whenever you feel like life is going out of control you will be able
to just find that safe place.
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Witches Affirmation Of The Week!
A Witch is...
One who is disorderly and orderly.
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Readings by GrannyMoon ~ Magician
This week emotions may be flowing strongly. Embrace it, going with the flow is the better option
Today make a stand for your beliefs. Whatever it is that you feel strongly about, speak up.
Being creative in your approach will reach reward.
This week’s guest reader is: Luna Blaidd Llwyd
In-Depth In-Depth 7 –10 page Reading - ($25.00) Mini Readings or Goddess Readings ($10.00) ~ http://goddessschool.com/tarot.html
Personal Birthday Reading for 2015
From birthday to birthday! A guide to help you understand the opportunities and issues you may face in the coming year!
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Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays
And Some Not So Ancient!
Today Is . . .
Day of Hatshepsut. On this day each year, the eighteenth dynasty Healer Queen of ancient Egypt is honored. Healing rituals are performed by many Pagans.
The Procession of Witches: In Belgium, a centuries-old event known as The Procession of Witches takes place every year on this day.
Greater Panatheneae - This Athenian festival, the most important of the year, was celebrated every fifth year on the last day of the first month of the year, in the brilliant heat and light of summer. It was a time for excess and the display of the new peplos or veil, woven for Athena out of white wool and gold threads, which was so large it was used as a sail on one of the boats in her procession.
St. Pantaleon - I had to include this holiday out of affection for the daimon, Panteleon, in the wonderful trilogy by Phillip Pullman, which begins with The Golden Compass. St Panteleon (whose name means all-compassionate) was supposedly the personal physician of the emperor Maximiam. He is a patron of doctors and midwives. Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Seven Sleepers - According to myth, seven Christian youths of Ephesus hid in a cave to avoid the Decian persecution (250), were walled up by the emperor, fell asleep and woke up nearly 200 years later whereupon they testified to the resurrection of the dead and fell back asleep. Whenever they turn over, bad luck follows. I’ve never seen any details about how to celebrate this holiday but the title is suggestive. Sleep all day? Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Black Crom’s Sunday - In Ireland, on the Sunday before Lammas, pilgrims climb mountains and high places, particularly Croah-patrick in County Mayo, where Patrick allegedly fasted for 40 days and battled demons. Until then the mountain was sacred to a pagan deity, Crom Cruach (Crom of the Reek). Pilgrims often climb the mountain barefoot.
Bilberry Sunday - The Sundays before and after Lammas were the usual times for celebrating a feast that was essentially communnal. People climbed to the top of high mountains, picking bilberries as they went, thus giving rise to the popular name of Bilberry Sunday. Bilberries (also known as whortle-berries and blaeberries) are the small, dark-blue berries of the vaccinium myrtillus a hardy shrub that grow on heaths and sunny moors in Great Britain and Northern Europe. They are one of the first berries to ripen (in Seattle, I go out picking blackberries on this day). In some places, boys thread the berries on grass stalks and make bracelets of them for the girls of their choice. In Cashel Plantin' in County Armagh, these strung berries were brought home as presents and kept around the house for luck.
Often people left offerings of flowers and grains at the top of the mountains. Many scholars believe this was because Lugh was a sun-god. But some of the Irish folks surveyed by MacNeill said the offerings were left for the fairies, who would be extraordinarily active on quarter days. MacNeill believes the practice of standing on a peak overlooking the landscape, keep alive a passion for the land and its history.
MacNeill, Maire, The Festival of Lughnasa, Oxford University Press 1962
Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
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GoddessMonth of Kerea begins 7/11 - 8/8
Celtic Tree Calendar: Tinne (Holly) - July 8 to August 4
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July Moon Phases
First Quarter falls on Friday, 24 July, 2015 at 12:05 AM
Full “Blue” Moon falls on Friday, 31 July, 2015 at 6:45 AM
August Moon Phases
Last Quarter falls on Thursday, 06 August, 2015 at 10:05 PM
New Moon falls on Friday, 14 August, 2015 at 10:54 AM
First Quarter falls on Saturday, 22 August, 2015 at 3:32 PM
Full “Sturgeon” Moon falls on Saturday, 29 August, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
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Tasha's Day by Day Planner for July 2015
Mon. 7/27 Philosophical Sagittarius Moon helps us cope.
Tue. 7/28 Cheerful Sagittarius Moon starts us off; schedule business meetings after 3 PM with the focused Capricorn Moon.
Wed.7/29 Ambitious Capricorn Moon urges us onward.
Thu. 7/30 Wheel and deal with political Capricorn Moon until 5:40 PM then relax and have fun with inventive Aquarius Moon.
Fri. 7/31 Friendly Aquarius Full Moon suggests gatherings. Venus backs into Leo for romantic choices.
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Today's Goddess: Nuvak'chin'Mana
Hopi Kachina Dances
(Southwestern United States)
Themes: Ghosts (Spirits); Blessings; Weather; Winter
Symbols: Cold Items; White; Moisture
About Nuvak'chin'Mana: This Goddess's name means Snow Maiden. In the Niman festival, Nuvak'chin'Mana is a Kachina who appears to pray for the return of cold weather so the moisture in the earth gets replenished. In our lives, she comes to replenish the well of our spirits and cool any overheated tempers that erupt with summer's heat.
To Do Today: In Hopi tradition, Kachinas are spirits that help the tribe in all matters of life. Each year the Kachinas emerge around February to remind people of their blessings and to teach the sacred rituals that bring rain. Around this time of year, the Kachinas return to their rest, escorted out of the human realms by the Niman ritual.
To bring Nuvak'chin'Mana's coolheadedness and refreshing energy to your entire day, drink a glass of milk on the rocks at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or anytime in between). It's very refreshing, and the appearance of the beverage honors the Goddess. If your region has been suffering from a dry spell, pour out a little of the milk and ice on the ground as an offering to Nuvak'chin'Mana so she might carry your need for rain to the nature spirits.
Last, take a moment at some point during the day to thank the Powers for all your blessings. A grateful heart is one ready to give and receive more of the Goddess!
By Patricia Telesco ~ From "365 Goddess" and GrannyMoon's Morning Feast
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies - Candle Rituals
1)At sunrise light a light-blue candle, do every morning for 7 days, this protects against evil
influences, promotes harmony in a love relationship and is an antidote to quarrelling.
2)For good luck and to restore good fortune, burn 1 yellow and 1 brown candle.
3)To attract great financial luck, burn 3 candles, 1 brown 1 yellow, 1 orange.
4)For luck in love, burn a red candle.
5)To start a favorable week, burn 1 orange and 1 blue candle, the combination is a powerful one.
6)To avoid scandal and malicious gossip, burn a silver candle.
7)To break up a love affair, burn 1 green and 1 black candle, this negative combination is powerful.
8)For good fortune to come to you, burn 1 orange and 1 blue candle on a Monday.
9)To attract success, fame, honor and power, burn an orange candle each morning on waking.
10)During the night, burn a turquoise candle if a decision concerning the future is about
to be made. This will ensure peace and optimism.
11)To keep financial problems from your door, burn 3 pale orange candles, every day for 3 days,
missing one day, will invite a bad day.
12)To prevent rape/violence, burn one yellow and one violet candle before sleep.
13)To prevent robbery and assault, burn a green candle at sunset every day.
14)Maximum protection against violent crime, burn a lime green candle at sunset every night.
15)To help prevent financial loss and disaster, burn a green and red/gold candle, it also
helps prevent disloyalty in a love relationship.
16)To restore harmony and stability if domestic turmoil erupts, burn one green and one purple candle.
17)To deprive an enemy of strength, burn one orange and one black candle.
18)Financial disaster to your rivals, burn one orange and one green candle.
Courtesy of Lyz
From GrannyMoon's Feast Archives
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies - Dandelion Spell
If it's not your birthday, and you don't have candles to wish on, you can choose to wish on a dandelion on this day. To do this, pick a dandelion that has turned white and is ready to be blown away. Make a wish, and try to blow away all the seeds with one breath, like you would birthday candles. If you can blow all the seeds away in one breath, you will get your wish! Another version of this spell goes: If you can blow all the seeds away in one breath, your wish will come true immediately. If seeds remain, count them; the number of seeds is equal to the number of days until you will get your wish.
By Magenta Griffith
From GrannyMoon's Feast Archives
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Heartwings Love Notes 682 The Wish I Coulds
Heartwings says, What you can't accomplish no matter how hard you try, can either be a regret or lead to something else.
I was fine riding a tricycle. Then came a two wheeled bike. Over and over again I fell off. It didn't help that my bicycle seat was loose and kept wobbling, nor that the sidewalks where I had to ride were bumpy. Once when I fell off and hurt my knee on the way to visit a friend, a kind person stopped his car and brought me home. My parents thanked him, then after he left they scolded me for accepting a ride from a stranger. Perhaps they were right to do so, however I thought the man seemed nice, and I was all scraped up and bleeding.
Even as an adult I had problems riding a bike. I've never known why it was so difficult for me when most people seem to have no problem doing that. I finally twisted my front wheel, making my bike inoperable. I was secretly relieved. Skating too was difficult. I wanted to be able to glide over the ice, yet I had to be content with a few simple turns around the rink before my ankles were to painful to continue. My life has brought much that I wished I could.
Drawing presents another obstacle. I can draw what I might be looking at, and I enjoy sketching, but drawing from my imagination presents a problem. No matter how hard I try I can't seem to reproduce what I see in my head on paper. If I want to draw something from my imagination I find it difficult to come up with what I see in my mind. And even when I can, I cannot reproduce what I have drawn a second time so that it looks the same as the first.
Do I sound like I am complaining? Perhaps I am. However, there has been compensation for what I have lacked. Reading avidly I developed a large vocabulary. My vivid imagination helped me to write stories and poems and still does. I learned to love nature and nature comforted me. Perhaps most important of all I developed compassion for those who are limited or unable to do as they wish. There are still things I wish I could do, however I recognize that they are not as important as the things I can do, and for these I am grateful.
May you find much that you can do regardless what you cannot.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
Do let me know how you liked this Love Note. I love to hear from my readers. You can find me on FaceBook and on WordPress too, where I often publish poetry as well as other writings. If you have comments or suggestions please let me know. My first book, Heartwings Love Notes for a Joyous Life is available on Amazon or from the publisher, Galde Press. It has poems and simple, helpful exercises to help you feel better about yourself and life in general. Or write me for a signed copy, enclosing $15 for the book plus postage and handling.
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The passing of Herbert Braverman coincided within days of the publication of his fifth collection of short stories, Promises to Keep. His beloved wife, Sylvia, ever the practical one stared at the many cartons of the recently arrived first edition. To her regret they represented not only a sizable financial expenditure but also posed the question as to where to store them.
"We could give copies to everyone who attends the funeral," her equally sensible daughter, Rosalie said. "That would be a fitting tribute to dad plus it gets them off the rug in the foyer."
"I never understood dad's stories," Rosalie's brother Saul said.
"I know," Saul's wife Josie agreed. "You'd think after all these years he'd finally have written stories we could understand."
"They always seemed so vague." Sylvia said.
"But I guess they caught on," Saul said. "I read a review once but it didn't make much sense either."
Several days later a thick vellum envelope from Copenhagen arrived in the mail. Sylvia held it up and frowned. "What on earth is the Kierkegaard Society?"
"Looks pretty fancy to me," Rosalie said.
Sylvia opened the envelope. She pulled out a piece of parchment with fancy lettering and gasped. "Herb's been awarded their prize for literature." She handed the letter to Rosalie.
"Two million dollars," Rosalie read. "If he weren't already dead, when he heard that he'd have a stroke."
"Now we can afford new cars and condos," Saul said. He hugged Josie.
After the announcement appeared reporters began gathering on their doorstep clamoring to know more about the unknown recipient of such a coveted prize.
Sylvia, Rosalie, Saul and Josie looked at each other in confusion.
"What's there to say?" Sylvia said. "He liked a bagel for breakfast and would sit for hours looking out the window."
"Sometimes he'd take walks." Saul said.
"None of that sounds very exciting," Rosalie said. "If that's all we can say about dad they'll think we're holding something back. We've got to make him seem more real and believable."
"Maybe we could make up some stuff," Josie said. "You know give him a romantic Hemingway spin."
"But he never did anything romantic," Sylvia said. "He didn't watch television or go to the movies. Once he retired from selling furniture he spent his time writing those confusing stories."
"There must be something," Saul said. "Dad must have had a passion."
"Believe me," Sylvia said. "If there was passion I'd have seen it." She stopped and thought a minute. "Oh yes, he loved eating pickled herring."
"Mother," Josie said. "You know what the media's like. We'd better come up with something or they'll think we're protecting dad from they're discovering something far worse."
The phone rang. Sylvia answered. "Next week? So soon? Oh all right at the Airport Hilton. We'll be there." She turned to her family. "They want us for a press conference at two next Thursday."
"I'll need to get my hair done," Rosalie said.
"We'll make something up." Josie said. "It doesn't matter what. He's dead. So what difference could it make?"
"We'll be on television." Sylvia said. "I'll need a new dress."
Sylvia, Rosalie, Saul and Josie arrived at the Hilton and were ushered into the main ballroom by a contingent of dignitaries from the Kierkegaard Society. An army of reporters and TV crews applauded politely.
"What was his literary philosophy?" The man from Time asked.
"My husband loved to write," Sylvia said. "Writing made him happy."
"Do you agree that his stories reflect their own unique brand of existentialism?" The op ed woman from the Washington Post asked.
"Sure," Rosalie said. "My dad was way ahead of his time."
Then the man from Fox News eyeballed Rosalie. "Your dad ever step out, perhaps even have a secret affair?"
The crowd murmured amongst themselves.
Rosalie looked at Sylvia and took her mother's hand. "From what we understand he did correspond with a woman in Argentina. But we know nothing about her."
The reporters came to life and started making notes and taking pictures. Rosalie was glad she'd been to the hairdresser.
The Fox News guy swung for the seats. He peered at Sylvia. "You implying your husband had a mistress?"
"I never met her," Sylvia's voice was dry.
"And you?" He looked at Saul.
"As far as I know my dad never went to Argentina."
"But this woman? You confirm her presence?"
Saul pulled at his collar and looked frightfully guilty.
The following morning news of Herbert's mystery liaison appeared across the globe. Twenty women from Buenos Aires came forward outside the American Embassy tearfully admitting Herbert Braverman was not only their secret lover but the absentee father of their children.
The District Attorney immediately called for DNA testing. Petitions to exhume Herbert cluttered legal dockets. The press was having a field day.
Sales of Promises to Keep soared, over two million copies were now in print. Herb's four other collections were reprinted and picked up by several book clubs. It was rumored that film treatments were underway.
Surprisingly Sylvia found herself on the cover of People. The reading public saw her as a wife scorned by a man too passionate for his own pickled herring.
One day Sylvia received another envelope from the Prize Committee in Copenhagen. She opened it and read aloud. "We wish to inform you, that after careful deliberation we are withdrawing the literary prize on moral grounds...."
She looked at Rosalie, Saul and Josie and shrugged. "Probably just as well. The way his books are selling that extra money would kick us into a higher tax bracket. Probably saves us a lot in the long run."
Sylvia looked over at Herb's photograph on the mantle. He seemed to be smiling.
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"The Goddess Companion"
My friend, don't even ask. Don't ask the fortuneteller
or the harupice to tell you how long you have to live.
Don't ask about me, either. Better not to know.
Better just to take each day as it is given to us,
it makes no difference if there are many more to follow,
or if this is the last year we will see the ocean
throw itself against the nearby cliffs. Be sensible:
drink a little wine; do not look too far ahead.
Even as we talk, time is running past.
Reap the harvest of today, and let it be enough.
The great pagan poet Horace is known for his attitude of carpe diem, or "seize the day," of which the ode above is a fine representative. His words are as fresh today as they were almost two thousand years ago. Tarot readers and psychics today still face clients who want their fate spelled out. But what good does it do to know the exact time you will die? There is still today, to be lived as fully as possible. There is still the sun, rising in rainbow splendor or setting in a blaze of glory. There is the world and our loved ones; there is our work and our pleasures. Knowing when it will end does not change the fact of today's gifts to us. As the poet recommends, let us live today as fully as we can, and even if it is the last we see, we will have truly lived.
By Patricia Monaghan
From "The Goddess Companion" and GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives