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PYRITE

Metaphysical Information for Abalone Shell

Traditionally, Pyrite is known as a stone of luck, abundance and good fortune because of its resemblance to the precious metal Gold.  Pyrite is an excellent shield of all negative energy, protecting us from absorbing negative energy, but also healing our own negative habits, thoughts and inhibiting patterns.  It enhances our willpower during challenging times and supports our wellbeing and growth.   It wants us to be successful in pursuit of our dreams and will assist by keeping us on the right path.  It encourages good physical health and emotional well being.  It will help increase our vitality when we are feeling overworked.  Meditating with Pyrite will help ground our higher frequencies into our physical world.

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Nauthiz

Also known as: Naud, Naudirz, Not, Nautiz, Nied
Pronunciation: now-theez
Letter sound: N
Translation: need, necessity
Keywords: need, necessity, scarcity, absence, restriction, have patience
Magical Uses: Protection, maintaining equanimity in difficult circumstances, activates magical workings focused on attraction or increase

Primary Themes
Nauthiz signifies hardship in the form of one’s needs not being met, whether this indicates poverty, hunger, unemployment, lack of good health, or lack of emotional support. The rune stave represents the “need-fire,” a ritual fire lit from two large beams of wood that ancient Northern Europeans would light in times of extreme hardship or disaster, such as a famine or outbreak of fatal disease. You may be experiencing hardship that limits your ability to move forward or live comfortably, or a strong desire that appears impossible to fulfill. The possibilities are restricted due to your lack of resources, and you are likely chafing at the constraints and/or disheartened by your circumstances. The Anglo-Saxon rune poem describes Nauthiz as “a tight band across the chest,” which is often how need and restriction feel. The advice of this rune is to treat this situation as a period of learning and an opportunity to strengthen your resilience. No one enjoys hardship while it’s happening, but when we look back on the experiences that made us who we are, generally at least a few of them were unpleasant. Don’t allow bitterness, worry, or despair to get the best of you, but rather use your gifts and talents to find ways to get your needs met. Remember that needs and limitations are necessary for growth, as we would never learn or accomplish anything significant if we always had everything we needed or wanted at all times. There are conflicting viewpoints among rune readers as to whether Nauthiz has a reverse position. Many traditions hold that it does not, but the rune stave is not at all symmetrical and the difference between its upright and upside down positions can be fairly clearly distinguished. Either way, those who recognize “Nauthiz reversed” do not interpret it as the opposite of its “upright” meaning, but rather assign some aspects of its overall meaning to the reversed position. These are found below in “additional meanings.” If your intuition suggests that a reverse meaning for Nauthiz reversed should be distinctly recognized, these interpretations can serve for this rune in this position. If not, then the context provided by the other runes and the question guiding the reading can shed light on what Nauthiz is telling you at this time.

Additional Meanings
Nauthiz may be warning you to avoid greed or unhealthy desire, which can lead to destructive behaviors and negative consequences. If you have been focusing too heavily on the material world, this is a sign to go within and tend to your spiritual development. This rune may also be a warning against making hasty decisions or committing to something at this time, as unexpected needs or limitations may result. You are advised to conserve your energy, focusing only on the essentials for now. You are likely simply not at the right place or time for moving forward. Patience is the best strategy. Nauthiz has no reversed meaning.

SCORPIO

Zodiac Sign Scorpio Cheat Sheet and Infographic - The Zodiac Sign Scorpio Symbol - Personality, Strengths, Weaknesses

The sign of Scorpio is represented naturally, as a scorpion, whose venomous and sometimes lethal sting can reflect Scorpio’s aggression when provoked.

  • Dates: October 23 – November 22
  • Symbol: The Scorpion
  • Duality: Receptive
  • Element: Water
  • Quality: Fixed
  • Ruling Planet:  Pluto
  • Tarot Card: Death

Scorpio Zodiac Sign Personality

Scorpios love to enjoy their own company, so much so that they can become irritated if they are not given their personal alone time. They are one of the most independent signs of the zodiac and work very well by themselves. Most of them will have an air of mysterious darkness around them, they are great at keeping secrets and feel emotions very intensely. Because of their independence, they tend to mature very quickly as children, and become fiercely determined (sometimes even forceful) adults.

It also means that they can be fearless when it comes to trying new things and challenging themselves with the unknown. They have a strong reputation of being bold,  and because of this, other signs admire and look up to them for inspiration. Their bravery and courage, alongside their protectiveness towards others who cannot stand for themselves, often means that they are placed in leadership positions.

Scorpios are deeply interested in uncovering truth; the inner workings of others and the the human mind. Scorpios can come across as one of the more controlling and conniving zodiac signs by others that don’t understand them. They seem to go and back and forth between extremes – their personalities showing paradoxical qualities. You may meet a Scorpio that is both aloof and passionate, one that is independent but also strangely clingy.

Positives of Scorpio Zodiac Sign

Strengths: Passionate, Driven, Perceptive, Emotional, Sacrificing, Determined

One of the most misunderstood signs in the zodiac, Scorpios may appear cold and unapproachable, and indeed many have an intimidating air. Bubbling just beneath the surface is turbulent waters, intense passions and feelings that are hidden at first glance. They often have great self-control, more so than most others. In fact, they crave control – it gives them a feeling of safety and security.

Despite being rather private about themselves, they love getting to the truth of things – and their intuitions about others are typically very strong and correct, meaning that their ability to decipher the essence behind things are fast and efficient.

Many Scorpios are protective of both themselves and others and will rarely allow themselves to get hurt. This means that they are usually quite secretive and rarely show their feelings. They will protect their friends quite fiercely and most tend to give great advice, given that they love knowing how our minds work. Because they can keep secrets, they tend to be valued deeply by their friends and are very trustworthy.

Because their emotions often drive all their actions, they tend to have a great intensity, sometimes misinterpreted as anger. This makes them focused and dedicated to anything that they decide to put their energy into. They usually tend to be competitive, though they try and hide it.

Negatives of Scorpio Zodiac Sign

Weaknesses: Vindictive, Paranoid, Destructive, Possessive, Jealous, Clingy

A Scorpio’s need for control can oftentimes mean that they seem intolerant, jealous and manipulative. Their possessive nature is oftentimes unwarranted. Given their love of analyzing people and their intentions, they can often see bad things on the horizon that aren’t always there and can come across as very suspicious without any just cause. When in this state, their imagination can sometimes whip them into a jealous frenzy, and that can sometimes mean they dream up situations that simply aren’t true. They can start  assuming the worst about everything and everyone, making them lash out everywhere, sometimes even leading to self-destructive behavior. Scorpios can seem, to some signs, to be untrustworthy because of their tendencies to be quiet and their ability to keep secrets.

Another trait that is much feared by other zodiac signs is their sense of vengeance. They never forget a betrayal or insult, meaning that they can choose to retaliate even for the slightest of injuries. Scorpios can hold grudges for a long time and it is not a good idea to cross them. They can react aggressively when they feel threatened or jealous, living up to their animal namesake.

Friends and Family for Scorpio Zodiac Sign

A person who falls under the sign of Scorpio makes a loyal member of the family, as well as a faithful friend. They tend to see from a very early age where the family dynamics lie and who to avoid and who to push further. They will stand up for anyone in their family who is being bullied, even against other family members. When they are given their own space, they will be happy to spend time with their family as long as it is not too draining for them. When planning out their lives they do include their family in their plans, but will be quick to remove any family members that cross them in any way.

Career for Scorpio Zodiac Sign

In terms of jobs and careers, Scorpios are more suited to jobs where they can be independent and do things by themselves. Given their propensity to love the inner workings of the mind, Scorpios can be very well suited to psychology fields, and anything that lets them work with people, without having to work in a team necessarily. Scorpios would prefer not to be put in leadership positions, but will take the reins if they feel that their leader is incompetent or treating those underneath them unfairly. Scorpios can be very hard workers, though a lot of this work is done internally rather than externally which can make them seem like they aren’t working when they are.

Celebrating Samhain

For Wiccans and other Pagans, Samhain is very much rooted in the ancient Celtic traditions. It is often described as the night when “the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest,” and many choose to honor their ancestors and other departed loved ones at this time. Food and drink are left out for any wandering spirits, and many Witches seek communication with the Other Side.

We do not fear mischief or retribution from the dead, as we know our ancestors don’t mean us harm, but we do honor and respect their presence. The Wiccan belief in reincarnation is also meditated upon at Samhain, as we recognize that the life/death/rebirth cycle applies to all living beings. We know that we do not return to the Other Side permanently, but rest and enjoy ourselves there until we’re ready to be reborn into the physical world.

Samhain is a key occasion for divination of all kinds, including scrying, Tarot, runes and I-Ching, as well as various uses of apples. For those who work with the faeries, this is definitely an important night to leave offerings for them!

In many traditions, Samhain is also considered the start of the new year, as it is believed that the Celtic year began on the evening of October 31st. Scholars disagree about whether there is sufficient evidence for this, but Samhain is listed in Irish medieval literature as the first of the four cross-quarter day festivals, so the association has stuck.

Whether your tradition considers the year to begin now or at Yule, however, Samhain is an excellent time to reflect on your life and any changes you wish to make during the year ahead. This is the time in between death and new life, as the Crone/Mother Goddess waits for the God to be reborn.

What in your personal world do you wish to allow to die, and what new developments would you like to give birth to? What has ended that you need to fully let go of in order to make room for the new?

Coven rituals at Samhain are often held outdoors, at night, around a sacred bonfire. The coven members may focus on letting go of bad habits and other unwanted energies, symbolically releasing them into the fire to be transformed. Other ritual themes may include bidding farewell to the Old God, tapping into the wisdom of the Crone, and formally honoring the dead.

And of course, any Wiccans who practice spellwork are certain to do so on this night, the most potent time of the entire year for magic! Any type of work is bound to be effective, but in keeping with the themes of this Sabbat, goals related to banishing, releasing, and strengthening your psychic abilities are especially appropriate.

On your Samhain altar, include photographs or mementos from deceased loved ones and light a votive candle specifically for them. Since this is the Sabbat most associated with Witchcraft, include symbols like cauldrons, besoms (ritual brooms), and pentacles, even if you don’t necessarily work with these tools regularly. As always, seasonal decorations of all kinds are key, but try to include a pumpkin if you can—carved and illuminated if possible!

Finally, be sure to give your sacred space a very thorough sweeping before beginning any ritual or spellwork. As you clean, visualize all unwanted energies and influences from the past year being swept away and out of your life.