The Origin of the Names of the Days of the Week.

Odin!

English is a mongrel language because bits of it come from all over the world. But a lot of the days of the week are actually taken from the Viking gods.

Monday is short for Moon-day; this is from a time when people worshipped the sun and the moon.

Tuesday is from the Viking God of Justice, Tyr; and means Tyr’s day.

Wednesday is from Woden or Odin and means Woden’s day.

Thursday is from Thor and means Thor’s day.

Friday is named after Odin’s wife, Freeya, and means Freeya’s day.

Saturday is named after the planet Saturn and means Saturn’s day.

And finally, rather obviously, Sunday means the day of the Sun.

Now as a practising pagan, we all have our favourite Gods and Goddesses but my personal favourite is Odin. Sometimes I feel guilty and think because I am a woman I should honour a female Goddess more but Odin’s hold on me is too strong and I always come back to him. He is the God of my three favourite things; wisdom, poetry and magic. Odin has a reputation for being deceitful and cunning but I think he’s just smart. Who would want to worship a stupid God, after all?

2013; Here I Come!

Ultimate Blog Challenge

To start off 2013 I have signed up for the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  The idea is to blog everyday for the month of January and it kick starts your blog into a new year.

Goals:  to try and stop fretting and worrying less and live more in the present.  This is an ongoing project.  I think I made a bit of progress last year but definitely not enough.

To read more, or at least to read some of the books I’ve been madly buying up and not getting around to reading yet.

I’m planning, rather ambitiously, to write four books this year!  Sounds horrendous I know, but they’re only going to be short books, of a maximum of about forty pages each.  I’m doing one on numerology now (that’s the occult power of numbers), and I have two short books about astrology planned as well.

Then the fourth book is going to be a collaberation with my lovely husband, who loathes all forms of publicity so I won’t mention his name.  He used to be a film journalist for a German film magazine and he interviewed amongst others, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Terence Fisher.  He self published a book himself years ago called The Films of Peter Cushing and I’ve been nagging him for ages to self publish it on Amazon.

He says its too short but then he told me he still had other interviews tucked away with various other Hammer Horror people, so I said that I could type up the interviews and collate it all for him and then I could publish it on Amazon for him under both our names and eventually he has agreed.  All he has to do is remember where he put all these interviews.  You know what it’s like when you put things somewhere safe!

I’m also doing background work on another novel; I’m not sure if I will actually start writing it this year, I might leave it until November and use it for NaNoWriMo, I haven’t decided yet.  I’m doing character sheets and fine tuning the plot at the moment.

Well I think that’s enough for now.  Let me know what you lot are up to because I’m nosy like that!

I won an award!

Ooh exciting!  For the second time I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m not sure if my swelled head will fit through the doorway now!

So thank you Shah Wharton for nominating me!

Now for this you’re supposed to nominate fifteen other bloggers to receive the award but I’m going to cheat and nominate everyone who’s a member of the ROW80 writing group (excluding myself).  So if you’re a fellow ROWer, then congratulations you’ve won the Versatile Blogger Award!

Now I have to say seven things about me.  Hmmm.

1.  I’m a witch/shaman/practising occultist/astrologer/into all things mystical and magical.

2.  I did my degree in history and my dissertation was on George Armstrong Custer and The Little Bighorn.

3. I’m planning (some day) to write a book about Sitting Bull.

4. I have the loveliest husband in the world and his name is Gary.

5. My lovely hubby and I are the staff of our diabetic cat and her name is Widget.

6. My favourite band is Led Zeppelin.

7. The first book I read that I really loved was A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuinn.

Magic Monday – Two Prosperity Spells

I know that everyone (except possibly Bill Gates!) is feeling the pinch at the moment so I thought it might be handy if I gave out a couple of prosperity spells.  They’re both very simple.  The first one is, between the period of the new moon and the full moon (known as the waxing moon) when you have a bath put three silver coins in the bath with you.  You don’t have to do anything with them, just leave them there.  After you’ve got out and drained the bath you can just take them out to use again.

The second one is just as simple; it’s best done lying down but you could do it seated.  You have to relax, close your eyes and visualise in your mind’s eye lots of money, either as gold coins or notes, showering down on you from above.  If you do this visualisation on a regular basis it’s supposed to be very effective.  I have to say I haven’t won millions on the lottery yet but I did win £20 today on a lottery instant so I must be doing something right!

Magic Monday Again!

I have that Bangle’s song “Just another manic Monday” running through my head only I’m singing it as Magic Monday.  Today I seemed to notice that lots of people are moving house, have moved or are just about to so I thought I’d tell you about the onion spell.

You know sometimes when you move into a place and it doesn’t feel right; almost like the house itself is out of sorts, well this is a cure for that.  It’s very simple and easy and you don’t require a huge amount of expensive occult paraphenalia; just an onion, a knife and a chopping board.  Take the onion and cut it in half and then in half again so that you have four pieces of roughly the same size then put the pieces either in the four corners of the room you want to clear or the four corners of your house.  The idea is that the onion will absorb all the past negativity of your house/room.  After five days to a week you can either bury the now shrivelled onion bits in your garden or just throw them out with the rest of your rubbish and your living space will be cleansed and more positive!  How easy was that?!

Magic Monday – Days of the Week

Most of you probably know a bit about where the names of the days of the week come from but in case you don’t I can fill you in now.  Monday is rather obviously from Moon Day, Tuesday is one of the Saxon/Norse one named after the Viking God of Justice, Tyr.  Wednesday is another Viking one; named after Odin or Woden as the Saxon’s named him.  Thursday is those pesky Vikings again with Thor’s Day and Friday is the last Viking entry as Odin’s wife was Freeya, she is the Viking Goddess of home, marriage and childbirth amongst other things.  The Viking equivalent of the Greek Goddess Hera.  Saturday is short for Saturn’s Day, after the planet and Sunday has to be the most obvious of the lot!

In magical and occult workings different days of the week are ruled by different planets and have different energies.  Monday is ruled by the Moon and is good for anything to do with pregnancy (the Moon rules the womb), Tuesday is ruled by the planet Mars so it’s a good day to compete in sporting events, Wednesday is ruled by the planet Mercury so it’s the best day to communicate.  Thursday is ruled by the planet Jupiter so it’s the luckiest day of the week and Friday is ruled by Venus so it’s the best day for that romantic candle dinner.  Saturday is ruled by Saturn so it’s a good day to see something through to completion and Sunday is a great day to sun bathe!

Magic Monday!

I thought it might be a bit of fun to instigate something I’m calling Magic Monday where every Monday I discuss/talk about/demonstrate something magical or to do with the occult.  If you find any of this offensive, then stop reading now!

I thought I’d start with a very simple magic spell.  All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a box of matches or a lighter.  We all have things about ourselves that we’re not fond of; such as a lack of self esteem or difficulty keeping to diets.  What you do is you write on the piece of paper what you think your most negative trait is for example I might put ‘not believing in myself’.  Then you go out in your garden and you set light to the piece of paper and release it.  It is very important as you release the paper to visualise all this negativity rising out of the top of your head and floating away from you.  Without the visualisation, the spell doesn’t work.

The best time to do this is between 11.30 and 12.30 at night (this is called the witching hour) and it is the most magical time of day.  After you have finished, you must thank whatever God or Goddess you believe in.  It is a very simple spell and doesn’t require a lot of different tools or anything like that.  If you try it; let me know how you get on!

ROW80 Check-In 19/02/2012

Not a particularly good week.  I think there’s always a time in the middle of a novel where you just get fed up with it and I’ve reached that with Emily Swann.  It was probably a mistake to take a long break from it but I worked on it on Friday, actually did two and a half pages.  But did nothing on Thursday or Saturday.  I couldn’t even be bothered to open the document up!  I just didn’t feel like it.  I wonder if William Shakespeare ever doubted himself and wondered if what he was writing was crap?

I did finish all my exercises for my life coach Cathy Dean and outlined a new idea for another novel so I wasn’t all bad.  Did the two poems, diary and blog everyday stuff and I finally did part two of my Wiccan course.  Started this course last year and flew through the first lesson (no pun intended!) but thought ‘I’ll just take a short break over Christmas’ and it’s taken me until now to complete lesson two!  There are no deadlines for this course and no-one tells you off for late work; some people have been signed up for years and haven’t even done the first lesson!  But I would feel bad if I didn’t finish.

Talking of finishing, my goal is still to finish second draft of Emily Swann by St Patrick’s Day and finish the whole thing by 2nd of June (my birthday!)  Did finish reading A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin; was good but bloody depressing towards the end.  Almost all the best characters die or get terribly injured or suffer some sort of disaster.  It was so depressing I almost didn’t finish it; I had to force myself to read the end.

On the film front, Gary and I are planning to see “The Best Marigold Hotel” or whatever it’s called on Friday so I’ll review that afterwards and count it as one of my 50/50 challenges.  That’s all folks!

My Past Life Regression

Went to a psychic fair in Glastonbury today and did a past life regression.  I have never done anything like that before so I was a little bit scared but it was one of the easiest and most natural things I’ve ever done.  Enjoyed it tremendously too and definitely want to do it again.

I discovered that in a past life I was a man who was a farmer in Norfolk!  I was quite fat and very hairy!  My childhood was a bit miserable because my mother had a lot of children and she didn’t really have any time for me which is possibly why I hate being ignored!  But I had a really happy marriage but after my wife died at least one of my family, my son, turned against me.  What is strange is that my son in that life is now my best friend in this life!  I died of something to do with my lungs, possibly pneumonia.

It was all very interesting and not at all difficult.  The woman who does the sessions is really nice and approachable.  Her surname is Diamond and her first name is either Elizabeth or Anne; I’m so rubbish at remembering people’s names!

Yes, I’m a Witch! And…?

As you probably guessed from the title of this post, I’m a witch.  Telling everyone about your Wiccan beliefs is called coming out of the broom closet!  Witchcraft or Wiccan is an ancient religion where believers worship the triple faced Goddess (amongst either deities).  She is maiden, mother and crone; maiden in the spring, mother in the summer and up to the harvest and then in the winter she becomes the crone to be renewed again as the Maiden the following spring.  This religion is about the Earth and the Environment and the natural order of death and rebirth and how all things run in cycles.

What it is not is anything to do with the Devil (the Devil is a Christain concept) or Satanism or any of that rubbish.  I’m not going to turn anyone into a frog although I wish I could ride around on a broomstick because it could save hours waiting at check-in!  (I hate airports!)  Paganism is the fatest growing religion in the UK and what I like about it is that there is no-one telling me how to pray or where.  I decide how to worship and when and where.  There is freedom in my religion for everyone to worship in a way that suits them.

I know that there are people out there who would think that because of my beliefs I must be evil but I am just going to ignore them.  I certainly am not going to be intimidated by them; I mean no-one any ill will.  In Wiccan we have something called the threefold law which means that whatever you do to other comes back on you three times; so if you do anything harmful it will come back and bite you in the a**e!  But if you are kind and generous to others then that is what you’ll get back.  So if I hurt others I would eventually hurt myself.  So just to reassure you, I’m not the Wicked Witch of the West, I’m just a relatively normal forty-six year old woman who happens to be a witch!