Monthly Archives: October 2012

Day of the Dead

In many cultures throughout time, a festival marking the return or remembrance of the dead has been celebrated. Our Halloween originated from the Celtic festival Sahain at the end of October. It was considered the boundary between the end of summer (the old year) and the beginning of winter (the new year), a time when the veil between the natural and the supernatural worlds was thin, and the dead could return as spirits. When Christianity took root, the Catholic Church established All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd to provide religious alternatives.

But no festival is so lavish or fanciful as the Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico and Central America, which actually covers more than one day. Not only a remembrance of loved ones who have died, but also a celebration of life, with death considered as a part of the life cycle and not to be feared. While the festival is held on the Catholic feast days of November 1st and 2nd, its roots go back to
pre-historic times, to the Aztec, Mayan, and other native cultures.

The ancient harvest festivals featured skulls, originally kept as trophies, which symbolized death and rebirth. They were meant to honor the dead, who it was believed came back to visit at that time. Fires, incense, images of the dead, and offerings of ceramics, flowers, foods and drink, were parts of many of these festivals. These traditions mingled with the Catholicism brought by the Spaniards, and the result was El Dia de Los Muertos.

While there are variations according to ethnic roots in different regions, the main features of the celebration involve cleaning up and decorating gravesites with candles and elaborate arrangements and wreaths of flowers, usually marigolds. The candles and the scent of the flowers are meant to guide the dead home, with water and some salt set out for the journey. A vigil is kept in the cemetery, with families bringing picnic baskets of the deceased’s favorite foods, as stories are told about them, and often accompanied by music. On November 1st, infants and children who have died are remembered, and on November 2nd, it’s the adults who have died who are remembered.

A special spot in the home is cleared to set up a table covered with linens for an altar dedicated to relatives who have died. It is decorated with their photographs, colorful tissue paper cut outs and streamers, incense, candles, flowers, humorous skeleton figurines, candy skulls with the names of the departed on them, and their favorite food and drink.

A special sweet bread called pan de muertos is made for this occasion, often decorated with bone shapes on top. For departed children, toys and sweets are set up as well. A basin of water and a towel are provided so that the visiting souls can clean themselves after their journey.

What sets the Day of the Dead apart from other cultures’ memorial festivals is the sense of reflection and joy, rather than sadness and fear. Life is viewed as one long continuum, with death being merely a transition state. The love and connection with the deceased is renewed and celebrated at this precious time known as the Day of the Dead.

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Rune Stones

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet used for writing, divination, and magic. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, The British Isles, and Iceland from 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. Runic inscriptions that are very old have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus.

An early record of the Runes being used for divination purposes states that a branch was cut from a fruit-bearing tree and divided into small pieces which were marked with the various Runes, and scattered at random on a white cloth. Then the priest of the community (if the lots were consulted publicly), or the father of the family (if it was done privately), after invoking the gods with eyes raised to heaven, picked up three pieces, one at a time, and interpreted them according to the Runes that had been marked on them.

The casting of Rune Stones for divination purposes continues to this day. Traditionally, Rune Stones are made of wood, but today you can find Rune Stones made of almost any material imaginable such as tumbled semi-precious stones, polymer clay, decorative glass drops, or other types of clay.

Runes work best if you look at your current circumstances and then ask a specific question. Runic divination or “Rune Casting” is not “fortune telling” in the sense that you actually see the future. Instead, Runes give you a means of analyzing the path that you are on and a likely outcome. The future is not fixed. It changes with everything you do. If you don’t like the prediction, you can always change paths.

The word “Rune” actually means mystery, secret or whisper. Each Rune has esoteric meanings and properties associated with it, beyond its mundane meaning and phonetic value. Each translates into a word or a phrase signifying concepts important to the early people who used them, representing the forces of nature and mind. Each Rune has a story attached to it.

Ideally, Runes are cast on an East-West axis facing the sun. A white cloth is laid down and after casting the stones onto the cloth, the ones which have fallen right-side up are read and interpreted to address the specific question asked. Whether the Rune is reversed or not also has bearing on its meaning. One Rune Stone can be picked randomly for a single question, or for broader questions a 3 Rune Spread can be drawn.

FEHU – F; Wealth

Any form of wealth is represented by this Rune.
Reversed: Indicates a loss in fortune or failing in business.

URUZ – U; Strength

Represents the strength and power of a wild animal.
Reversed: Indicates a weakness or lack of power.

THURISAZ – TH; Giant

A force or tower of strength standing up to challenges.
Reversed: Not willing to heed information given.

ANSUZ – A; Holy Being

The Rune of communication, revelation and prophecies.
Reversed: Represents the God of mischief and warns of tricks and subterfuge.

RAIDHO – R; Journey

Refers to the journey of life and how your decisions can change your path.
Reversed: Indicates stagnation or a lack or change.

KENAZ –K; Beacon or Torch

Represents a mind opening itself to new ideas.
Reversed: Signifies a loss of awakened knowledge.

GEBO – G; Gift or Love

Represents a gift, an act of generosity, or a skill.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

WUNJO – W; Joy

Indicates happiness and well-being or enjoying good health and wealth.
Reversed: Symbolizes difficulties and obstacles in the path to finding happiness.

HAGALAZ – H; Destructive forces

This refers to the destructive forces of nature, and things that are out of our control.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

NAUTHIZ – N; Need or Necessity

This Rune urges you to realize what you truly need to survive.
Reversed: Improper course of action, don’t make hasty judgment.

ISA – I; Ice

Frozen in time, calm, non-action, everything on hold.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

JERA – J or Y;

The cycle of One Year Indicates the fruit of labor or reward for effort.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

EIHWAZ – EI; Yew Tree

A Rune of protection and defense, even in the face of an ambush.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

PERTHRO – P; Dice Cup or Chance

This is the Rune of mystery and chance.
Reversed: It symbolizes hidden agendas or hidden failure and loss.

ALGIZ – Z; Elk or Spirit Guides

Represents protection and defense against elements of harm.
Reversed: Indicates unsafe defenses or being open to attack.

SOWILO – S; The Sun

A symbol of power and strength — represents revitalizing your life force.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

TEIWAZ – T; Warrior

Symbolizes triumph and victory in any competition.
Reversed: Symbolizes defeat and time to retreat wisely.

BERKANA – B; Birch Tree or Goddess

Symbolizes the chance of a new bright beginning.
Reversed: Decline or decrease in growth could take place.

EHWAZ – E; The Sacred Horse

Symbolizes being on the right track to prosperity.
Reversed: Indicates slowness and taking steps backward.

MANNAZ – M; Mankind

Represents the spirit of all humanity.
Reversed: Symbolizes solitude and isolation.

LAGUZ – L; Water or Emotions

Symbolizes the flow of emotions into the collective unconscious.
Reversed: Indicates drowning or submerging yourself.

INGWAZ – NG; The Hero-God Ing

Symbolizes peace and unity.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

DAGAZ – Daylight or Dawn

Represents the coming of a new day, hope and a new start.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

OTHALA; Inheritance

Represents gains being passed down from one generation to another.
Reversed: Indicates an empty inheritance.

BLANK RUNE – Odin’s Rune

Anything is possible and can happen. If you get this Rune and you believe in yourself, you can manifest anything.

What Does Your Pet Think About?

If you have a pet, you may have found yourself wondering things like, “Why does my dog become extremely anxious whenever I take out my suitcase to pack for a trip?” Or “Why does my cat start rubbing up against my leg in an excited manner when I am thinking of feeding her?” Both of these instances can have logical explanations. Your dog might have heard you pull the suitcase out of the closet. Your cat could have seen you pick up its food dish.

Pet Psychics, also known as Animal Communicators, would explain these two circumstances a bit differently. According to Pet Psychics, we communicate with our pets telepathically all the time without even knowing it. Your dog gets anxious and your cat gets excited, not because of your actions, but because of the signals you send with your mind. Pet Psychics take this one step further. They intentionally use their minds to talk to animals. Some Animal Communicators talk to wild animals, but most focus on domesticated pets.

At this point, you’re probably wondering how do Pet Psychics work? Usually the first step with most Pet Psychics is to talk to the pet’s owner, whom they often refer to as human companions. This can be done either in person or via the telephone. They then relay telepathic messages to and from pets. The pets don’t even necessarily have to be present. In many cases, Pet Psychics use photographs or descriptions to make contact.

Why Call a Pet Psychic?

Because humans are so very involved emotionally with their beloved pets, sometimes they just want to ‘check in’ with them. But many people seek the help of Pet Psychics for a very specific reason, such as:

  • Their pet is lost and they want to figure out where it is and how to best encourage it to return home.
  • Their pet is misbehaving and they want to find out the reason why and get their pet to alter its behavior, making it appropriate.
  • Their pet is very sick or badly injured and they are trying to decide what the best course of action is that they should be taking to help their beloved pet.
  • Their pet has died and they want to contact the pet’s spirit.

This type of animal communication is considered a paranormal phenomenon. It’s a combination of telepathy and clairvoyance, which are forms of extrasensory perception, also known as ESP. Most Pet Psychics explain this in terms of ‘Energy.’ According to Pet Psychics, electromagnetic energy surrounds and penetrates everything in the universe. They can use this energy to contact animals, no matter how far away the animals are or whether they are still even living.

Many Pet Psychics describe animal communication as a gift they discovered at an early age. Other psychics began exploring it as adults. While some psychics describe an intuitive understanding of how to talk to animals, others say they learned from books or workshops.

Communicating with Animals

Regardless of differences in when and how Pet Psychics developed their skills, they seem to unanimously describe the same basic steps for talking to animals. Here’s what typically happens:

  • The Pet Psychic relaxes and calms their mind.
  • The Pet Psychic uses their mind to make contact with the animal’s energy.
  • The Pet Psychic visualizes the animal and telepathically says its name to get its attention.
  • The Pet Psychic asks the animal a question, often by transmitting a picture. The psychic may use pictures in addition to or instead of words.
  • The Pet Psychic imagines the animal responding and waits for a response. Many describe the responses as pictures or combinations of pictures and words. A few say that animals respond using childlike voices.
  • The Pet Psychic accepts whatever response they get and acknowledge that they have received it.
  • The Pet Psychic passes the animal’s response on to its owner and asks more questions if needed. The Pet Psychic may also transmit messages to the pet from its owner. If the owner hopes to correct a pet’s inappropriate behavior, the Pet Psychic will visualize the solution rather than the problem.
  • Some Pet Psychics will also scan the pet’s body to diagnose health problems. If the Pet Psychic detects illnesses or injury, they will transmit healing energy to the pet.

In her book, “What the Animals Tell Me,” Pet Psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick describes numerous psychic experiences with animals. She describes animals as surprisingly intelligent and emotionally complex. During her sessions, animals remember events from long past. They experience and vocalize emotions and reflect on their feelings. Other psychics tell similar stories. According to Pet Psychics, animals are conscious, self-aware and able to think and experience emotions the way humans do.

One Pet Psychic Session

In order to better help you understand exactly how a Pet Psychic works, here is one example of an actual Pet Psychic session. These are the actual words of a Pet Psychic, relaying their experience of communicating with a pet:

“I communicated with a 175-pound pot-bellied pig. He spoke right up about how annoying his pen mate was. He told me that she ‘gets in his space’ and it is very irritating. He was perfectly fine as the human’s only companion and kept attacking her (the human) to try to get across how unhappy he was now, being a ‘duo.’ He longed for the old days, when he was a baby and lived in the house. He missed snuggling with the human.

We worked out an agreement that he would be allowed out of the pen each day to spend time alone on the patio with his human. He was so happy. He promptly lay down next to her and fell asleep.

Later, the human had not fully latched the pen gate and the other pig came wandering out. In one of the sweetest moments of my career, he ambled over from across the yard, nudged me with his snout and ever so shyly and softly said, “Excuse me, but you promised me that I could be out here alone.” We promptly locked up the other pig, until it was her time out of the pen.”

Hopefully, this little personal experience of a Pet Psychic has helped you to better understand the whole phenomenon. And you yourself can probably become a Pet Psychic if you would just study your pet’s stance, tail, ears, and eyes in a given situation and can tell if they are happy, scared, curious, in hunting mode, or angry. Give it a try, you might just be stunned by the responses you get from your beloved pet!

If you’re interested in getting in touch with a Pet Psychic, look for one of the professional psychics on ESPchat.com who specializes in pet communications. They would be more than happy to work with your and your pet. And you might learn something from your pet in the process.

 

3 Distinctive Magical Creatures

The Magical Unicorn

The Unicorn is a legendary creature. Strong, wild and fierce, it was impossible to tame by man. This mythical creature from European folklore resembles a white horse with a large pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead.

First mentioned by the Ancient Greeks, the Unicorn became the most important imaginary creature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.

The legend goes that the Unicorn, filled with intemperance and an inability to control itself, forgets its ferocity and wildness for the love it bears to fair maidens. Laying aside all fear, it will go up to a seated damsel and go to sleep in her lap, thus allowing the hunters to take it.

In Medieval lore, the spiraled horn of the Unicorn was called the alicorn, and was thought to neutralize poisons. In popular mythology, Unicorns were hunted for their horns, which were said to protect one against diseases, or if made into a cup, would offer protection from any poison that might have been added to one’s drink. During this time, people sold what they claimed to be Unicorn horns, but were actually selling the horn-like tusks of narwalls, a type of whale.

A widespread legend is that when Noah gathered two of every kind of animal, he neglected to gather the Unicorns, which is why they don’t exist today.

The Magical Griffin

The Griffin or Gryphon is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered to be the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the Griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.

While Griffins are most common in the art and lore of Ancient Greece, there is also evidence of representations of Griffins in Ancient Egyptian art as far back as 3,300BC. Most statues have bird-like talons, although in some older illustrations Griffins have a lion’s forelimbs. They generally have a lion’s hindquarters. Its eagle’s head is conventionally given prominent ears.

Griffins not only mated for life according to legend, but also, if either partner died, the other would continue throughout the rest of its life alone, never to search for a new mate. The Griffin was thus made an emblem of the church’s views on remarriage.

A Griffin’s claws were believed to have medicinal properties and one of its feathers could restore sight to the blind. Goblets supposedly fashioned from Griffin claws were actually made from antelope horns. And griffin eggs (actually ostrich eggs) were highly prized in Medieval European courts.

Griffins were thought to be the pets of the Gods. It’s been said that the Gods wanted a true, pure creature that would defend to the death, but not cause problems otherwise. The Griffin can control both land and the air in its form.

Throughout time and cultures the Griffin appeared on many coats of arms because of it’s being the symbol of great strength and power, not to mention its ties with royalty, being the King of all creatures. Even today, the Griffin is the symbol of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the logo of United Paper Mills, Vauxhall Motors, and of Scania and its former group partners, SAAB-aircraft and Saab Automobile. It’s also on the crest of Trinity College, Oxford, the official seal of Purdue University as well as the mascot of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

The Magical Pegasus

Pegasus is one of the best-known mythological creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine horse, usually depicted as white in color. He was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa.

He ascended to heaven after his birth and was obedient to Zeus, king of the gods. It was Zeus who instructed Pegasus to bring lightening and thunder from Olympus. It was also Zeus who transformed him into the constellation Pegasus and placed him in the sky.

According to legend, everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to earth, an inspiring spring burst forth. Friend of the Muses, Pegasus is the creator of Hippocrene, the fountain on Mt. Helicon, the Muses’ mount. He was captured by the Greek hero, Bellerophon, with the help of Athena and Poseidon. Pegasus allows the hero to ride him to defeat a monster, the Chimera, before realizing many other exploits.

The symbolism of Pegasus varies with time. Symbol of wisdom and especially fame from the Middle Ages until the Renaissance, he became one symbol of the poetry and the creator of sources in which the poets come to draw inspiration, particularly in the 19th century.

His iconic form figures prominently in ancient Greek pottery and paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance. In the 20th and 21st century Pegasus appears in movies, in fantasy, in video games and in role play.