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November 6 2018 Pagan Style

Tonight is the Dark Moon, the night when no light at all can be seen on the face of the moon, and the day before the New Moon. There are some who say that it is ill-advised to work magic at this time. This is a potent time for your most powerful destructive magic. Destructive does not necessarily mean 'harmful'. You don't have to destroy a person, although if you were seeking to cast a curse, this would be the most opportune time for it. Magical workings conducive to the dark moon include destroying or banishing very powerful things, such as unwanted entities, a stalker, a drug addiction, cancer, etc. -- things that pose a serious threat. The Dark Moon is also a good time to go within for soul-searching and to perform divination. (Source:

Tonight is Depina Hekates or Night of the Crossroads. For modern Wiccans and Neo-Pagans, Nov 16 is designated as Hekate Night, or the Night of the Crossroads, the day of the festival of Hekate Trivia, which is a day that honours Hekate as a goddess of crossroads. Hecate/Hekate had many names and titles: Hekate Trevia, “of the three ways”; Hekate Phosphoros, “the light bringer”; Hekate Nykterian “of the night”; and Hekate Basileia, “Hekate Queen.” On this night of the waning Moon we have a perfect opportunity to work with this goddess and ask for her blessing to illuminate our darkest times, and grant us her protection. Her feast day begins at sunset, and most often consists of a feast referred to as Hekate Supper, A meal to which Hekate is invited, and given her own plate of food, which is then left at a crossroads. Foods associated with her were prepared. The entree was usually fish, especially red mullet. Devotees feasted and celebrated. Offerings and leftovers were placed outside the door or at a crossroads for Hekate and her hounds. Traditionally whatever is given to Hecate cannot be reclaimed. Thus, do not break out your priceless set of china; lay the meal on the ground or use a serving dish that will be incorporated into the offering. Once the offering is laid down, depart without looking back. Hekate determines who picks up the offering. It may be that these offerings were made to appease ghosts and keep them at the crossroads, avoiding trouble from them whilst traveling etc. Alternatively these offerings were described as being made to placate the goddess and ensure that she would look favourably upon those who made regular offerings.

Tori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide (Japan) on set days (rooster days) in November to wish for good luck and prosperity in business. This year the rooster days are November 6, 18 and 30th. The festival has been held in the Asakusa area since the Edo period at Ootori Shrine and Chokokuji Temple. The festivity continues until midnight with ‘kumade’ rakes decorated with gold and silver sold by lively vendors in the shrine and temple compound. People who go buy a new kumade, pray for business success in the New Year, and leave last year's kumade at the temple.

Ancient Egyptians and modern Kemetics celebrate the Raising of the Djed Pillar.

In Hinduism, today is Diwali, the biggest day of the Diwali festival. Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance". During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. Most Hindu families decorate their homes and offices with marigold flowers and Ashoka, mango and banana leaves on the day of Lakshmi Puja. It is considered auspicious to keep Mangalik Kalash (a brass, copper, silver or gold pot with a large base and small mouth, large enough to hold a coconut) covered with unpeeled coconut at both sides of the main entrance of the home. People get up early in the morning and pay tribute to their ancestors and worship family gods. Being Amavasya day, people also perform Shradh for their ancestors. Traditionally, most Puja are performed after keeping a day long fast. The fast is broken after Lakshmi Puja in the evening. A red cloth is kept at the right hand side of the altar on a raised platform. Idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on the red cloth after adorning them with silk clothes and jewellery. A white cloth is kept at the left hand side on a raised platform and the Navgraha gods’ images are placed here. Nine slots of Akshata (unbroken rice) is offered to Navgraha on the white cloth and sixteen slots of wheat or wheat flour for Lakshmi and Ganesha is placed on the red cloth.
Most of India observes Deepavali when Amavasya Tithi prevails during Pradosh i.e. just after sunset. However, in Tamil Nadu, Deepavali is observed when Chaturdashi Tithi prevails during Brahma Muhurat i.e. just before sunrise. People get up early on Deepavali day, take a bath before sunrise, wear new clothes, perform Puja, light earthen lamps and play crackers. Apart from the Tamil Nadu, in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, people also follow the same rituals as that of the Tamil Nadu on Chaturdashi Tithi. It is interesting to note that unlike North India, which celebrates Deepavali as the arrival of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Deepavali is celebrated as the killing of the demon Narakasura by Goddess Satyabhama and Lord Krishna.
Today is also Kedar Gauri Vrat, mainly observed in Southern Indian states especially in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kedara Vratham. It is observed on the day of Deepavali Amavasya and coincides with Lakshmi Puja day during Diwali. In some families, Kedara Gauri Vrat is observed for 21 days. The twenty-one days long fasting ends on the day of Deepavali Amavasya. However, most people observe a single day fasting on Kedar Gauri Vrat day. It is an important fasting day for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The legend goes: Bhringi Rishi was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. However, the great sage had such trust in Lord Shiva he used to ignore His Shakti. This annoyed Shakti, Devi of Lord Shiva, and She removed the energy from the body of sage Bhringi. The removed energy was nothing but the Goddess Gauri herself. The removed energy wanted to be part of Lord Shiva's body. She observed the Kedara Vrat to please Lord Shiva. The austerities of removed Shakti, and pleased Lord Shiva so much that He gave the left part of His body to the removed Shakti. The resulting form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti was known as Ardhanarishvara. Because the Goddess Gauri Herself observed this fasting to please Lord Shiva, the Vrat is known as Kedara Gauri Vrat.
In the business community, today is considered the most auspicious time to do Diwali Chopda Puja. They seek the blessing of Bhagawati Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and Maa Sharda to make the coming year prosperous and profitable. New account books are sanctified during Diwali Chopda Puja.
Deepavali Puja is also known as Sharda Puja and Chopda Puja in Gujarat. Sharda Puja is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. Sharda is one of the names of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning.
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is the prime deity who is worshipped during Diwali Puja. However, the Goddess Sharda and Lord Ganesha are given equal importance during Diwali Puja. Traditionally, all three deities are worshipped during Diwali Puja. Most wall posters, calendars and clay statues available in the market for Diwali Puja put the trio together.
In Hinduism, it is strongly believed that wealth without wisdom and knowledge is not sustainable. People can become prosperous and wealthy with the gratitude and blessing of Goddess Lakshmi. However, if Lord Ganesha and Goddess Sharda, who bestow wisdom and knowledge respectively, are not pleased, then wealth and prosperity cannot be sustained and grown.
The day of Sharda Puja is significant for students to seek blessings of Goddess Sharda. Hence students offer special prayers for success in their studies.
Kali Puja is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddess Kali. Kali Puja is celebrated on new moon day during Diwali. While most people in India worship Lakshmi on Amavasya Tithi during Diwali, folks in West Bengal, Orissa and Assam worship Goddess Kali on new moon day, the most important day of Diwali.
Also today, Hindus observe Dasha Mahavidhya, a day to honour Hinduism's 10 wisdom goddesses. Each mahavidya is a form of the Divine Mother. In Hindu mythology, the dasha mahavidyas were created after a disagreement between Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati (a form of Shakti). Parvati manifested herself in ten forms to keep Shiva from leaving. These forms are Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala. The Shaktism branch of Hinduism worships the female aspect of the divine, Shakti, as the personification of the universe's primordial energy, and therefore, the source of all creation. Mahavidya worship is known as Sadhana. Worshippers concentrate on a single Goddess to please and to seek Her blessings. In Hinduism, specific Yantra and Mantra are assigned to each deity and those are used as a medium to reach the deity to fulfill the goal. Each Goddess along with her Yantra is worshipped through fixed procedures, steps and rituals.
Today is also Darsha Amavasya, or New Moon Day. Darsha Amavasya is the most auspicious day to perform rituals for deceased ancestors. Shradh ceremonies performed on Darsha Amavasya are considered highly beneficial and is said to yield multiple benefits to the observers.
Hindus celebrate Narak Chaturdashi/ Kali Chaudus/ Chhoti Deewali today and pray to Kali asking for strength.

Today, Jains celebrate Mahavir Nirvana. Jains commemorate the illumination of the Tirthankara Mahavira (his death). In entering into the state of nirvana at the time of his death, he attained perfect freedom, illumined by the clear light of the soul. This is the “wealth” that Jains honour on the festival of Diwali. While Paryushan is more somberly spiritual, Diwali is a truly festive Jain holiday. Jains will gather at night to light the lamps, chant mantras, and sing together.

Today is the Birthday of the Mesopotamian Goddess Tiamat, Primordial Goddess of the sea. She later created the Earth and Sky from Her body.

On this day in 1662, Dorthe Lauritzdotter was burned at the stake for witchcraft in Finnmark, northern Norway. In 1996, the family of Eduardo Quihua Maquixtle from Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, including his four children, were stabbed to death by three men who accused them of witchcraft. The killers claimed the victims were responsible for the deaths of one of the killers’ wife and two daughters.

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    The holidays for November 6th, 2018 are:

    Basketball Day
    Election Day
    International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
    Marooned Without a Compass Day
    National Nachos Day
    National Saxophone Day


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    by Hans Decoz

    Today's Numbers are 6, 15, 8, 2
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018: Domestic matters such as decorating, gardening, or home-repair could attract your attention today. The 8 and 6 combination focuses on practical matters, particularly those concerning home and family. Legal and moral issues could also surface.

    When even numbers dominate it usually bodes well for career, business, and other project-related endeavors. In combination, today's numbers tend to be lucky in finance as well. On the downside, you may be a little insensitive and easily distracted, so be mindful when communicating with others.

    A 6 night is perfect for spending time with family and friends.
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