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PAGAN CREATIONS: ASTROLOGY ASPIRATIONS TENTH SIGN OF THE ZODIAC-CAPRICORN

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Dates: December 22 - January 20

Tenth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Goat

Birthstone of Capricorn: Garnet

Alternate Birthstones of Capricorn: Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise, Blue Topaz and Lapis Lazuli

微笑棋牌现金版下载Ruling Planet of Capricorn: Saturn

Ruling Element of Capricorn: Earth

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Zodiac sign of Capricorn represents the placement in the sky where the sun was during the time of birth and, in the case of Capricorn, influences people who were born between the dates of December 22 - January 20. The Zodiac sign of Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, one of the planets in the Solar system. The planet Saturn rules over the gemstone, or birthstone Garnet. The Garnet has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities. The Garnet gemstone, or birthstone assigned to Capricorn is believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics of those born under the astrological sign of Capricorn.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Capricorn (the sign of the Goat) is the tenth sign of the Zodiac, influencing people born between December 22 - January 20. The Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are associated with sensation, stability and practicality. Combined with other elements, earth feels that air will dry it, fire will parch it, but water will refresh and nourish it.

Positive Characteristics and Personality Traits:

  • Stable
  • Trustworthy
  • Persistent
  • Ambitious
  • Patient

Negative Traits:

  • Rigid
  • Materialistic
  • Dull
  • Conservative
  • Cold

The birthstone for Capricorn is the blue sapphire. The Zodiac sign of Capricorn also responds to Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise, Blue Topaz and Lapis Lazuli. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Garnet is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Saturn with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The properties with which the Garnet, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, is associated are as follows:

  • purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship
  • awareness, commitment, regeneration, insight and removing negativity

The healing properties of the Capricorn birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

  • Blood, heart, lungs and infection
  • The garnet is also used to enhance sensuality and sexuality.

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Pagan Creations: Goddess Symbols: Circle

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微笑棋牌现金版下载The Circle is the quintessential Goddess symbol.

The Moon, the Earth, a lactating breast, a pregnant belly are all Circles. Life is a circle. Eggs and many seeds are, roughly, circular. The stars and the seasons and the Sun all travel in circles around the Earth - at least visibly. Chakras are also circular.

The Circle represents protected space, and sacred space. They also represent equal power-sharing … People who gather in Circles meet as equals, with no single person set apart or above the others.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Anything that contains a Circle reflects unmistakably an aspect of the Goddess.

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PAGAN CREATIONS: GODDESS SYMBOLS-SERPENT

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The Serpent is one of the first Goddess symbols. Serpents are mysterious creatures. They dwell in the dark inner Earth and sunlit outer Earth equally - crossing the borders between the worlds. They move with the fluidity of water. In ancient times, it was believed that snakes never died of age, but shed their old skins and were reborn.

Serpents are ancient Goddess symbols, for all these reasons, and many more … They have been identified from time immemorial as the Consciousness and Will of the Divine, which creates all life and guides humanity to the realization of its spiritual potential.

The serpent represents the Feminine Spiritual Energy. This is the Kundalini - the Goddess Within. This life energy lies essentially dormant in most people. It seems to awaken spontaneously, to some degree, in women during menopause and childbirth.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Serpent has a long and fascinating history of worship and supernatural struggle between the Gods and Goddesses.

Even in Gnostic Judaism and Gnostic Christianity, the Serpent was revered as Divine.

微笑棋牌现金版下载There is also a connection between the serpent and the mysterious and magical DNA molecules. This Rainbow Serpent is worshiped in many forms, all over the world, by shamanic cultures.

The Goddess has been celebrated in the serpentine motions of belly dance, for millennia, despite efforts to stamp it out and defame the women who practiced it. This is a practice that is gaining great popularity again, as the Goddess becomes honored once more.

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PAGAN CREATIONS

NATIVE AMERICAN CEREMONIES

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Green Corn Festivals

Also called the Green Corn Ceremonies微笑棋牌现金版下载, this is both a celebration and religious ceremony primarily practiced by the peoples of the Eastern Woodlands and the Southeastern tribes, including the Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Yuchi, Iroquois, and others. The ceremony typically coincides in the late summer and is tied to the ripening of the corn crops.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Marked with dancing, feasting, fasting and religious observations, the ceremony usually lasts for three days. Activities varied from tribe to tribe, but the common thread is that the corn was not to be eaten until the Great Spirit has been given his proper thanks. During the event, tribal members give thanks for the corn, rain, sun, and a good harvest. Some tribes even believe that they were made from corn by the Great Spirits.

The Green Corn Festiva微笑棋牌现金版下载l is also a religious renewal, with various religious ceremonies.  During this time, some tribes hold council meetings where many of the previous year’s minor problems or crimes are forgiven. Others also signify the event as the time of year when youth come of age and babies are given their names. Several tribes incorporate ball games and tournaments in the event.

Cleansing and purifying activities often occur, including cleaning out homes, burning waste, and drinking emetics to purify the body. At the end of each day of the festival, feasts are held to celebrate the good harvest. Green Corn Festivals are still practiced today by many different native peoples of the Southeastern Woodland Culture.

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PAGAN CREATIONS

NATIVE AMERICAN CEREMONIES

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DEATH CEREMONY

Native Americans celebrated death, knowing that it was an end to life on Earth, but, believing it to be the start of life in the Spirit World. Most tribes also believed, that the journey might be long, so after life rituals were performed to ensure that the spirits would not continued to roam the earth. Various tribes honored the dead微笑棋牌现金版下载 in several ways, by giving them food, herbs, and gifts to ensure a safe journey to the after life. 

The Hopi Indians believe that the soul moves along a Sky path westwards and that those who have lived a righteous life will travel with ease. However, those who haven’t will encounter suffering on their journey.

To ensure a safe journey, they wash their dead with natural yucca suds and dress them in traditional clothes.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Prayer feathers are often tied around the forehead of the deceased, and they are buried with favorite possessions and feathered prayer sticks. Traditional foods and special herbs are served and placed at the grave side.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Navajo perceived that living to an old age was a sign of a life well lived, thus ensuring that the soul would be born again. Alternatively, they felt that if a tribe member died of sudden illness, suicide or violence, a “Chindi, or destructive ghost could cause trouble for the family of the deceased. After life rituals could last for several days with careful thought given to foods and herbs chosen for the celebration, a reflection on how the deceased lived their life. Common herbs used by the Navajo included Broom Snake Weed, Soap Weed, and Utah Juniper.

Many tribes who had been converted to Catholicism, also celebrated All Souls’ Day, each November 1st, which celebrates the dead. Many believe, that on that day, the spirits return to visit family and friends. In preparation various would prepare food and decorate their homes with ears of corn as blessings for the dead

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PAGAN CREATIONS

ANIMAL BIRTH TOTEMS

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November 23 – December 21

Long Nights Time

微笑棋牌现金版下载Those represented by the Owl totem animal are born during the “Long Nights Time,” between November 23 and December 21. This is a time for stillness and deep contemplation, as the joyous distractions that come with sunlight and warmth have faded with the season. What better animal to represent this introspective time than the owl - silently observing the darkened world as it sleeps.

The Owl Birth Totem Animal

微笑棋牌现金版下载As Owls are believed to be the “Guardians of the Underworld,” they are good at embracing their personal darknesses, spotting deception, and keeping secrets. Intuitive and perceptive, Owls love the acquisition of knowledge and bringing mysteries out of the dark. They place a high value on integrity and ingenuity.

微笑棋牌现金版下载While generally easy-going and friendly, those born under the Owl Birth Totem can also be bold and reckless due to their proclivity towards adventurous undertakings. It is important for Owls to remember the art of tact whilst dealing with others, lest they be accused of lacking compassion. Just because one speaks the truth, does not mean that it will be received positively.

Characterized by a constant need of freedom, whether real or perceived, Owls have trouble with the sensation of feeling tied down. They are very adaptable and thrive on change, and while this is advantageous in many ways, it can lend itself to trouble where solid commitments are required.

Owl Totem Attributes

• Element: Fire
• Color: Gold
• Stone: Obsidian

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PAGAN CREATIONS

ANIMAL BIRTH TOTEMS

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October 23 - November 22
Frost Time

Lengthening nights and winter’s first frosted breaths signify what some Native American tribes refer to as “Frost Time.” This is generally a period for solemn change as the golden fall fades into gray and people make their final preparations for the long winter ahead. Those born during this time are represented by the Snake Birth Totem. Often misunderstood, Snakes 微笑棋牌现金版下载are marvelous creatures with a rich history of legend and lore.

The Snake Birth Totem

With so many legends surrounding them, it can be hard to imagine the type of person represented by this Native American birth totem. True to form, those of the Snake Totem are inquisitive and determined, albeit a little intense. The Snake’s tendency towards secrecy and their charismatic personality will keep others coming back for more. Snakes微笑棋牌现金版下载 are ambitious creatures who regard obstacles as a way to fuel their drive for personal enhancement.

Just as the snake periodically sheds its skin, people represented by the Snake Totem Animal will periodically undergo major life transformations. Sometimes these transformations are rather extreme, affecting friends, family and general onlookers with the wake that such changes can evoke. While the feeling of new situations and experiences enthralls Snakes, it is important they do not completely alienate their old companions in the process, or they will find themselves unable to maintain long-lasting relationships.

Snake Totem Attributes

Element: Water
Color: Violet
Stone: Amethyst

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PAGAN CREATIONS

ANIMAL BIRTH TOTEMS
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September 22nd-October 22nd
Falling Leaves Time

September 22 kicks off what certain Native Americans refer to as the “falling leaves time,” represented by the Raven Birth Totem. When someone first learns that his or her birth totem is the raven, there is oftentimes a look of disappointment. Everyone wants to be a wolf or a bear, or some other powerful predatory animal, not a bird whose beady eyes light up at the sight of a squashed raccoon. We get it, but every creature has its seemingly bizarre tendencies, and we’re here to show you the beautiful side of ravens.

The Raven Birth Totem

Those born between September 22 and October 22 are represented by the Raven Native American Totem Animal. Ravens are friendly and sociable and greatly enjoy being a part of a group. Despite their talkativeness, Ravens are very discreet and are therefore able to keep secrets well. The ability to maintain an objective mindset allows the Raven to see all sides of an issue, making them great mediators. It is this ability, however, that can cause hesitancy in decision making, as Ravens strive to be fair at all times. While those of the Raven Totem are generally cheerful and upbeat sorts, an atmosphere of disorder or confusion may send the Raven spiraling into moodiness. So long as you are clear in expressing your point, you will find the Raven an exciting friend and partner. As you can see, the Raven is not to be scoffed at. They are magical, smart and loving, they have been with us since the beginning, and they may just know a thing or two that we don’t.  

Raven Totem Attributes

Element: Air
Color: Blue
Stone: Azurite

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August22 - September 21
Harvesting Time

The dates of August 22 to September 21 bring an end to summer and begin to usher in the beginnings of autumn, a season that the Native Americans call “Harvesting Time”. Those born during this period fall under the Bear Birth Totem, a symbol of independence, practicality and good workmanship.

The Bear Birth Totem

Though independent, Bears微笑棋牌现金版下载 work best with routines and oftentimes resist change. Practical, with an eye for detail, those born under this sign make great workers, though they are humble almost to a fault. Their hard work and good ideas may go unnoticed if they do not learn to praise themselves occasionally.

Bears’ fondness for familiarity makes them loyal partners and friends, though they may come across as cold and aloof to some. This is only because their independence makes Bears 微笑棋牌现金版下载slow to show their emotions, not because of a lack of feelings.

Bear Totem Attributes

Element: Earth
Color: Brown
Stone: Topaz

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ANIMAL BIRTH TOTEMS

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July 22 - August 21
Ripening Time

With the height of summer reached, the Native American’s call this time between the dates of July 22 and August 21 “Ripening Time” - it is when the Sun is at its hottest and all of Nature basks in the abundance of the season. Those born in this time fall under the Salmon Birth Totem, who exudes the same warmth and enthusiasm as the season does. 

The Salmon Birth Totem

Salmon are warm people, exhibiting enthusiasm and energy that is contagious. Just as Salmon do, people of this sign swim “against the current,” confident that their way is the correct way. In most cases, it is. It’s this determination that makes Salmon great leaders, easily getting others to hop on their bandwagon.
Salmon are emotional people, choosing to invest a lot into their relationships. They are easily hurt if not showed adequate approval and affection. While appearing confident or even arrogant on the outside, they require the positive attention of those around them to thrive.

Salmon Totem Attributes
Element: Fire
Color: Red
Stone: Carnelian

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