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New Moons are always a time to wash away what has passed and begin anew. It is a time of absolute potential: the previous cycle is complete, and something new is beginning. Thankfully, Mercury has now gone direct, so all of those pesky communication issues we faced in the month of August will not be affecting us as we move into this New Moon.

The New Moon in Virgo brings us a greater attention to health, diet, personal hygiene, and other details that are necessary in order to live in a physical body. Virgo is known for being conservative and introspective. As the New Moon waxes across the next 2 weeks and you begin your new Virgo projects, remember to take some time to meditate upon your new ventures to seek balance.

Virgos have a reputation for being perfectionists (trust me, I know! I’m married to one!) Be careful of the New Moon in Virgo bringing out the uber-perfectionist in you. Attaining a goal is commendable, but be aware of possible heightened sensitivity which can bring about anxiety.

Blessings to you on this New Moon!

The full moon in July is known as the Buck Moon as this is when deer antlers begin to show their growth. This month’s full moon appears in earthy Capricorn and brings a time of radiance and blossoming. It is a time to search for the deeper meaning in what you are creating in your life. Question every moment, discerning what is in the best interest for everyone in your life.

The energy from the full moon in Capricorn could instigate the seeds of ambition. Always be aware of this full moon energy and seek balance and wisdom in your ambition. It is time for conscientiously apply yourself to tasks while living solely in the present. The Earthy Capricorn Moon helps us reach to the sky to achieve our highest goals.

Knowing that we need to balance this full moon drive toward ambitiousness, it is helpful to recite a mantra that brings the peace needed to accomplish goals, and create an environment of success and appreciation. It is recommended that calling to the Creator through sound allows for vibration of a new perspective.

A good mantra for achieving peace & balance is simply: Om Shanti Om.

You may also find it helpful to burn a blue candle and recite Psalm 91. I have translated Psalm 91 from the Hebrew so that a deeper understanding of the female/male goddess/god may be seen. Italics are my additions.

She who dwells in the shelter of Elyon (god) will rest in the shadow of Shaddai (goddess). I will say of YHWH, “They are my refuge and my fortress, my Elohim (plural-goddess & god), in whom I trust.” Surely they will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. They will cover me with their feathers, and under their garment of wings I will find refuge; their faithfulness will be my shield and rampart. I will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me. I will only observe with my eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If I make Elyon my dwelling, even YHWH who is my refuge, then no harm will befall me, no disaster will come near my tent. They will command their angels concerning me to guard me in all of my ways. They will lift me up in their hands, so that I will not strike my foot against a stone. I will tread upon the lion and the cobra; I will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because she loves us, we will rescue her; we will protect her, for she acknowledges haShem (the Name). She will call upon us, and we will answer her; we will be with her in trouble, we will deliver her and honor her. With long life will we satisfy her and show her our Yeshua (salvation-the Name of Jesus).”

It may surprise many of you to learn that Easter has already passed!

Easter is the name of a fertility goddess known throughout the Anglo, Celtic, Teutonic, Germanic & Saxon lands.  She is also known as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Ashtar, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Austron and Ausos.  From her we get the word “estrogen”, which is a primarily a female hormone.

Bunnies and eggs are symbols of springtime fertility.  Fertile land, fertile livestock and fertile women were all extremely important to peoples living in these ancient cultures.  To celebrate Easter, people would decorate eggs with magickal symbols to celebrate her fertility.  And rabbits are known for their ability to mate!  These are powerful symbols to promote fertility and restore virility, to bring good weather, to encourage the growth of crops and protect both flocks and children against misfortune.

The word “Easter” is not in the Bible.  In Acts 12:4, the translators of the King James Version blatantly took the Greek word “Pascha” out of this verse, which means “Passover”, and inserted the fertility goddess “Easter”.  Strange, but in the 26 other places where the Greek word “Pascha” appears in the King James Version, the translators decided to keep truth of the word “Passover”.  Those who blatantly and intentionally mistranslate Scripture will be held accountable for their actions.

So when is Easter?  Easter is the Spring Equinox, which already happened this year on March 20th.  Sorry you missed it, but it will be back around!

So what should we call this holiday?  Today is Resurrection Day, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus!

Be praised through all your creatures, especially through Brother Sun, who brings the day. You give light through him, and he is beautiful and radiant in his entire splendor!

I love you, Brother Sun. I am sorry that I have crucified you by polluting your sky. Please forgive me. Thank you for continually shining your love down upon me.

Be praised through Sister Moon and the stars. In the heavens you have made them precious and beautiful.

I love you, Sister Moon. I am sorry that I have crucified you by littering your multiverse. Please forgive me. Thank you for your silvery radiance and beautiful energy.

Be praised through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance.

I love you Brothers Wind and Air. I am sorry that I have crucified you by sending toxins into your life-breath. Please forgive me. Thank you for carrying seeds across the Earth and my prayers to the Spirit.

Be praised through Sister Water. You are useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

I love you Sister Water. I am sorry that I have crucified you by poisoning you. Please forgive me. Thank you for sustaining my life and washing my sins from Earth.

Be praised through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. You are beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

I love you Brother Fire. I am sorry that I have crucified you by being greedy for your energy. Please forgive me. Thank you for your warmth and strength.

Be praised through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

I love you Mother Earth. I am sorry that I have crucified you by contaminating your beauty. Please forgive me. Thank you for your love and the food you supply to all creatures.

Everyday we go about our daily lives into all kind of territory.  Some go to work, school, travel, errands, or even those who stay at home, working, retired, home schooling kids, or just being. There are forces out there that want to take over our mind, will, and emotions, in essence our soul.  The spirit is always Gods, your breath, essence of who you are belongs to the Creator, the Great Spirit.  One must protect on a daily basis their body and soul, the earthy parts.  In doing this it is good to SHIELD oneself. Pray and meditate asking the Divine to cover you with protection and also your angels to be with you where ever you go.  For those who are raised or know the Christian faith there is the Armour of God in Ephesians 6:10-18. Gods gifts are given to ALLl who believe.  So use them.  I have to remember to put on my Armour everyday myself.

Here are 3 different translations, of the verse they all have the same great meaning.

Ask for Gods protection daily.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (New Century Version)

Wear the Full Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.

12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.

13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.

14 So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.

15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.

16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.

17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God’s people.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (New International Version, ©2011)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (King James Version)

 

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Why do people go through life dealing with things that just don’t matter?  There have been countless books out about not sweating the small stuff, knowing your worth, and not giving your power over to others.  There is countless knowledge on Spirituality, The power of Positive Thinking and how to tap into your hidden positive gifts.  Why do people, even believers keep the negative going?  We all learn about the Law of Sowing and Reaping, Karma, Eye for an eye.  Most religions, cultures, and societies natural and spiritual have a laws with consequences.  We adults know by mere life experience that this is true.  But daily some open their mouths and negative continues to come out.  Daily even on the pages of Facebook, online blogs,  social networking pages, etc, it continues to be seen.

I am so glad that my fellow ministers and pastors on the social networks that I am friends with are mostly loving and positive.  There are those few family,friends and coworkers who need a little guidance to help them to positive right road.  Know that you have what you say.   There is so much power in what we say, think, write and speak.  Some of us would do good if we could not communicate for a while.  The only thing needed is to educate yourself on this God given power of communication, Sowing and Reaping, Karma, or whatever you call it on your path.  You can change your fateful outcomes by what you think and speak.  We are given choices by the Almighty, Merciful One God for our lives, we aren’t just puppets.  The catch is if it is for The Greater Good for ourselves and those around us;  if also it is to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth.  The thing is getting self out of the way, and helping others.  How can one be of help to others or self when negative thoughts, actions, words, etc are continually coming from ones being.  Stop the madness.  Take control, get your God given power back, so you can be of use to the Divine and your fellow human.  Here are some best selling books that may help.  They only will help if you put the principles, whats in them to use.

 

 

The Bible – www.biblegateway.com

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale –  http://normanvincentpeale.wwwhubs.com/

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren – www.rickwarren.com

The Secret  by Rhonda Byrne –  www.thesecret.tv

Excuses Be Gone by Dr. Wayne Dyer – http://www.drwaynedyer.com/

The Complete Mind Body guide by Deepak Chopra www.chopra.com

New Earth and Awakening your life Purpose  by Eckhart Tolle

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Kristen and Richard Carlson  www.dontsweat.com

According to http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

 

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailer’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

The boys then sliced the goat’s hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D. The Roman “lottery” system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine’s Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”