Happy New Year! Bonne Anne!
I am looking forward to a most wonderful and blessed 2016. How about you? And did your holidays go? Mine was pretty good. Let’s set the intention, right here…right now…that 2016 will be the best year ever! Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
The themes for this week speak of finding your joy, being your own authority and acknowledging your inner most feelings.
This message comes to you courtesy of The Angel Wings Oracle
Totem Tuesday~Pig/ Hog
The Boar (or Pig) is a very powerful totem.
It is a totem of prosperity and spiritual strength
and a strong protector totem.
Boar is deeply connected to Mother Earth
and the mysteries of Nature.
Very different than how culture portrays them,
Boars and Pigs are very organized, clean creatures who is the master of his domain.
A Boar totem can teach you this same self-reliance to you.
You will know that you can face life-problems and emerge the conqueror.
Associated with Cerridwen, the Celtic goddess of new life and fertility.
A Boar totem can guide you fearlessly through the
trials and tribulations inherent on everyone’s life path.
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett:
Another example of the good news, bad news contrast in meaning the type of dream omen signifying vexation in family affairs but satisfaction in business or professional matters. However, the omen is modified by the condition of the animals, intensified if the pigs were fat and diminished if they were lean.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
Domestication of the pig was reportedly first done by the Chinese. For the Buddhists, the pig is a symbol of indolence; for the Europeans, the pig is a symbol of license; for most of us, it represents gluttony and obstinacy.
For the ancient Egyptians, pigs represented Osiris at sowing time and Seth at the time of harvest.Generally held as unclean, swine herdsmen attending pigs were not allowed temple entrance nor permitted marriage outside their own class. Egyptians ate pig meat only at the Midwinter Festival, and the animal could only be sacrificed at the time of the full moon. A remnant of this ancient belief it the tradition that pigs should be slaughtered only when the moon is waxing, or the meat will shrink in the pot!
Neither Jews nor Arabs eat pork; nor is it consumed in Scotland and in parts of Northern Ireland.
Philip II of Spain, a staunch Catholic consumed large quantities of pork during the time he had lived in England. Hence, in 16th C Spain, anyone with a distaste for the meat was thought to be a secret follower of Judaism and, therefore, placed themselves in danger of arrest by the Inquisition.
For the Celts and other Teutonic peoples, pork suggested hospitality and other world feasts. The Anglo-Saxons and the conquering Normans enjoyed pork. No doubt this led to the common English custom of serving it at Christmastime. A boar’s head with an orange in its mouth was traditionally brought to the table at Queen’s Cottage, Oxford, during the Christmas season. In Scandinavia at Yule, a loaf baked in the shape of a boar is made from the last wheat of the harvest.
For devout Christians, pigs are symbolic of both good and evil. The patron saint of swine herds, Saint Anthony, was said to look after even the smallest pig of a litter, which came to be called a “pantony pig.”
In the folklore of New England and Ireland, the black boar was long held one of the possible expressions of the Devil himself.
In 1457, a sow and her young pigs were condemned to death, and only a last minute pardon, “due to their extreme youth,” saved the piglets.
At one time, among the English agricultural class, pig racing was held an acceptable pastime. Involved youths chased after a pig whose tail had been coated with soap.
A Scottish tradition says it is unlucky for a pig to cross one’s path. In Ireland, pigs running around the farm with straws in their mouths indicate a storm approaching. A pig is also held to give a peculiar whining sound when its master is approaching death. In Ireland, too, it is lucky to drive a pig into one’s house on May Day morning. Should a pig enter at any other time, however, great poverty is likely.
An unusual Irish tradition is that pigs have the ability to “see” the wind and are, therefore, a very useful weather prophet. in some parts of the United States, people believe hogs can actually predict a coming tornado.
According to a Welsh tradition, pigs bathed in the same water that scalded previous pigs to death will grow better.
A general country belief is that a woman touching a pig during the curing process will cause the bacon to turn bad.
Pigs should be killed during the increase of the moon, or the bacon will shrink and waste away in the pot, say many rural traditions. When one is preparing for a fishing trip, it is unlucky to mention the word pig.
Should a pig be struck with an elder branch, legend holds it will die immediately, and one is said sure of coming success should he find himself in front of a sow and her litter.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
Pigs and Hogs are a sign of selfishness and overindulgence. Do you feel that you are not getting your share or not giving your share? “He is hogging the toy.” This can be a sign of being unclean or impure. In nature, hogs are intelligent and powerful, yet humans have given hogs a negative connotation. Is there something in your life that is positive and valuable that other people have labeled as undesirable?
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Noncommittal, freedom-loving, magical
Magical Influences: Channeling the Goddess, helps those who make promises to keep their word.
Personality: Pigs are freedom-loving creatures. They don’t want to feel obligated to others and will therefore avoid getting caught in long-term relationships and commitments. As a result, they tend to have plenty of free time to work on themselves. They enjoy digging in the past and are attracted to anthropology and archeology. They can be easily made to feel guilty, and once they start on that cycle it takes a long time before they are finished wallowing in self-pity. The Sow is the animal of the Crone.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Hog cautions against a tendency to take on too much at once.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
Figuratively, someone who is always “hamming it up.” Among the Celts, an emblem of success and overcoming the odds. Pig was the favored food for Celtic victory feasts. Norse: Rebirth, honor, and new beginnings. In Valhalla, Valkyries feast on a reborn sow.
This message comes to you courtesy of The Chakra Wisdom Oracle
Guardian Angel Prayer
Friday/Weekend~ The Emperor
This message comes to you courtesy of the Crystal Tarot
“Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness.”
– Oprah Winfrey
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