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What Do Your Dreams Mean?

Posted by J. Roslyn Antle on 3/29/2015 to Occult Weekly
For those seeking to gain a better understanding of their own life, you need only to turn to your dreams. Dreams, essentially, can serve as a window to your psyche, and dream interpretation can reveal many things about not just your past and present, but quite possibly your future as well.

Dreams are an untapped resource of information, but to truly understand your dreams, you must turn to someone who possesses a solid foundation of dream interpretation. Of course, there are many books available that promise to accurately help you interpret and understand your dreams, as well as numerous Internet resources designed to help you gain a better insight into your dreams as well.  Without the guidance of someone skilled in dream interpretation, it is too easy to incorrectly determine the meaning of your dreams.

Horoscopes in Depth - Aries

Posted by Eugenie LaCroix on 3/22/2015 to Occult Weekly
Aries (March 21 - April 19)

This is one of the most easily recognizable of star signs. The Ram that symbolizes the Aries sign is an apt choice – as many people born under this sign are forward-thinking and energetic. They’re not afraid to put their point across, and they are possessed of a natural vitality.

This is a Fire sign. It makes sense that that Arians can be some of the most passionate people out there. They are often determined, and when they set their minds on something, they burn with a desire to complete it. Whatever their goals are, they will intensely follow them.

The constellation of Aries is located in the Northern Hemisphere. It has long been used as part of navigation, as sailors would use the steady location of the three bright stars within it to confirm their position and direction. This sign has long been associated with the Golden Fleece legend, and its character is partially informed by that great and heroic tale of Jason and the Argonauts. That seems more than fitting for a sign that suggests bravery and boldness among those born under it.

Are you ready for Friday the 13th?

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 3/8/2015 to Occult Weekly
Of all days, this particular combination of "day of the week", and "date" is widely regarded as an unlucky day. Over time, the idea has grown so much so it has even spawned many horror movies to help spread around the fear that so many of us feel.

Yet, for some, it is so much more than an unlucky day. "Friggatriskaidekaphobia" is a legitimate phobia, supported by many horrid historical facts occurring on that day. There's something more than simply being a coincidence of an unlucky day and an unlucky number.

Friday is widely regarded as a day of ill will, due to such things as Crucifixions typically taking place on Fridays. Ultimately, executions in general in many Western Cultures also moved executions to Friday, thus making it something of a "day of death".

Thirteen has often been associated with unlucky things as well. Utilizing the root of "Friggatriskaidekaphobia", we can look to a story from the Norse, wherein Loki, Trickster God, was the 13th guest to arrive at a feast. Upon arrival, he put a heinous plan into motion, ending the feast by getting Höðr, the blind God of winter, to accidentally kill Baldr, the benevolent God of summer, with a mistletoe tipped spear. With the period of mourning that followed, 13 became an unlucky number.

Japanese Springtime Festivals

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 3/1/2015 to Occult Weekly
While the lines of gender have become increasingly fused in this epoch of egalitarian virtue in the free world, there remain some traditions that designate roles based upon one’s gender. Two of these festivals take place in Japanese culture during the Spring Season. These festivals are not necessarily representative of how the collective perceive that each gender should embrace their roles, but rather to illustrate the importance of the differences between the two. 

Every March 5th, the Festival of Hina Matsuri is held. This translates to “Girls’ Festival,” and is intended to encourage feminine qualities in young Japanese girls that the family deem positive. Prior to the festival, families with young girls often work together (or each member may work alone) to create a doll, possibly of a significant figure in Japanese history such as an empress, or they may create a new character. Then, on March 5th, these dolls are arranged in a special alcove created for this day in the family’s living room. The young female(s) of the family, dressed in their fanciest Kimono, will then offer these dolls fruits and vegetables on miniature dishes. This is essentially a practice run through for how a female should act elegant in the company of others.