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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A to Z Blogging Challenge words of the day - Seasonal Tides & Seven

There were so many good topics to chose from that started with an “S”, I had to just paly any many. When I pointed to a word on my list, my finger landed between two words. I’d written them down in a random order so the words aphetically close, but meaning wise, are a bit off balance of each other. Guess it make for an interesting post.

The word right above my finger was: Seasonal Tides.

The word is pretty self explanatory if you know the tiniest thing about witchcraft. Most magical teaching relate some aspect to the season, and these seasons are sometimes referred to as tides, as well as given specific names related to the time of the year.

Spring Time (March 21 – June 20) is referred to as Tide of Sowing
Summer (June 21 – Sept. 22) is called Tide of Reaping
Autumn (Sept. 23 - Dec. 20) goes by Tide of Planning
Winter (Dec. 23 – March 20) is titled Tide of Destruction

Just a side note the Aurum Solis system of magic is identical, just translated into Latin:
Tempus Sementis (Spring)
Tempus Messis (Summer)
Tempus Consilii (Autumn)
Tempus Eversionis (Winter)

Pattern is pretty discernable. Yet, this system is often confused with the tattvic tides, which are elemental patterns of energy, which cycle through Earth’s etheric body every couple of hours.

The other word my finger landed near was Seven. At the time I thought it was an odd word to be listed in the Encyclopedia of the Occult, but after reading the meaning of it, not so much. It actually taught me something that I’d forgotten about the bible. The number seven really plays a huge part in the bible. No wonder it does it another religion.

Seven in the Cabala is Netzach, the seventh Sephirah and the number of the letter Zayin. The number seven, the Sepher Yetzirah comments that “God has loved and blessed the number seven more than any anything beneath heaven.” Here are four examples given for this:, seven angels who stand in the presence of God, seven heavens, seven earths and seven hells.

I can see why it was thought to be blessed. Even if you refer to the Christina bible there are several references of the number seven as well. For example: seven seals, seven spirits of God, and seven angles with seven trumpets.

There are many more examples in the Christian Bible as well as the Cabal religion. Cabal wasn’t the only religion viewed seven as sacred. In Renaissance magical symbolism it is sacred to the Holy Spirit. Even called the vehicle of human life.

Sorry for the long post today, but I hope all will come back tomorrow and find out what word I chose to start the final seven post for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, that begins with the letter “T”.

Remember all the information for this post was found in:
The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by John Michael Greer.
These particular words were found on pages 426-427, and 431

Have a great day and remember:
 Let Imagination Soar
Write and Read With Creativity
Julia Matthews


  1. I wasn't aware that the cycles were called tides, you've taught me yet another new thing, thank you :). I do love how certain numbers are magical.
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  2. Cycles = Tides - makes sense since they come and they go, just like the water tide. And the Bible is very fond of magic numbers, Seven, three, five, twelve and more - numbers are great symbolism :) Great post.
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