Friday, August 27, 2010

Become Aware of Your Inner Beauty

We don't have to look like fashion models to be beautiful. Society today places way too much emphasis on physical beauty. What makes a person truly beautiful is when they glow with an inner light, when their spirit shines through the physical. This spell will help you to release your own true beauty.

You will need: one pink taper candle, two white taper candles, jasmine or lavender oil, myrrh or rose incense, and your favorite scented body lotion.

Cast a circle around the whole bathroom, if possible. (You may need to tell other family members that you do not want to be disturbed for awhile.) Draw a warm bath, pouring a few drops of oil into the water. Anoint the candles with the oil, from the base, up to the top. Light the candles and incense. Disrobe, and look at yourself in the mirror. DO NOT be critical of yourself. DO NOT point out your "flaws"! Instead just look. Notice things about yourself without judging. Notice that you have two arms, two legs, a torso, breasts, a neck, etc. Look at your face, into your eyes, look at your hair. Again, do not pass judgement upon yourself for anything about your body. Just Look. Observe.

Step into the tub, sinking into the soft, warm water. Splash the water gently over yourself, inhaling the sweet scent. Lie back and close your eyes, and visualize the person you just saw in the mirror. See her standing before you, naked and defenseless. Start focusing on surrounding her with pink, loving light. See this loving light as it grows, gently surrounding her, filling the empty places in her, filling her with love. See this light hugging her, comforting her, warming her. Know that this person before you IS you, and you are being filled with divine love and acceptance. Know that you are important, you are special, you are truly beautiful. And you are completely surrounded with love. Feel this love, this pink light, as it soaks into you, calming you, relaxing you. Know that you are loved, just as you are. Know that you are beautiful, just as you are.

Stay in the tub for as long as you wish, breathing deeply, filling yourself with the pink light of love. Then step out of the tub, pat yourself dry with a soft, fluffy towel, and lather yourself with your favorite scented body lotion. Put on your comfiest outfit, and relax! Do something that you really enjoy, something relaxing. Read a good book, take a nap, take a slow, leisurely walk.

Doing this on a regular basis will help you to accept yourself, to appreciate yourself, and will let your inner beauty out.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Witches Rede of Chivalry

Read about this in the book, 'The Goddess is in the Details' by Deborah Blake where she makes mention of it and four of the sayings. So I just had to look and see if I could find it, and here it is. These are some really cool maxims for life. Hope you all enjoy them.


(Adapted from Rites From The Crystal Well)

Insofar as The Craft Of The Wise is the most ancient and most honourable creed of humankind, it behoves all who would be witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods and Goddesses, to their brothers and sisters of The Craft, and to themselves

Chivalry is a high code of honour, which is of most ancient Pagan origin and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.

Know well that thoughts and intent put forth will wax strong on many planes of existence and return, bringing into creation that which has been sent forth. For this reason the adept must exercise discipline over his or her thoughts. Remember, " as you sow, so shall you harvest"

It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we may one day unite with the Godhead.

"This above all ... to thine own self be true..."

A witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed document. It is only by developing such mental discipline that great power may be controlled and directed

It is well to refrain from speaking ill of others for not all truths of the matter may be known

Pass not unverified words about another. For the most part hearsay is a thing of falsehoods

Be honest with others. Have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them

The fury of the moment plays havoc with the truth. Strive always to keep your head

Harm not another. Think always of the consequences of your actions

Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humour are much to be admired

As a witch you wield much power. Therefore exercise much discretion in its use

Courage and honour endure forever.

Offer friendship only to those worthy of it. To associate with younger souls will only pull you down

Those who follow the mysteries must be above reproach in the eyes of the world

Keep pride in thyself. Seek perfection in body and in mind

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Moon Spell for Guidance

Here is a simple but beautiful spell for asking the moon for guidance. Gaze at the moon see its beauty, feel its power call upon it three times with these words:

Mother Moon,
I call on thee.
Hear my voice tonight.
The stars shine around you like jewels very bright.
My path has grown misty
and it's hard to see my way.
Help me, Mother,
to find my path,
So I see what will be.
Shine upon me
with the light that I extol.
Light my path,
and show the way
to my goal.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Self Confidence Spell 3

This seemed like such a cool and wonderful spell I had to include it. Love the Dragons, the runes the chant. Again just seemed wonderful and powerful.

Its purpose is to instill the confidence of a Dragon within the heart and mind of the Caster. It should be performed for the first time near or during the time of the full moon, and later whenever you feel the need for a little extra "boost."

Needed Items: 1) Iron Shavings (or a small iron/steel nail) for strength 2) One each of the following: Citrine (self-determination), Rose Quartz (self-esteem) and Amethyst (courage)... choose small stones 3) A small amount of each of the following: Cinnamon-stick or powder- (personal power), Bay leaf (success) and Catnip (happiness) 4) A 4"x4" black cloth square (black repels negativity) 5) Three feet each of Red, Purple and Orange thread 6) A Gold paint pen or ink pen (recommended for quick drying), or Gold paint and a brush 7) Dragon's Blood oil or Cinnamon essential oil - genuine or "synthetic" (if you use genuine cinnamon oil be careful as it burns if gotten onto sensitive body parts, so be sure to wash your hands afterwards) 8) One Red, Purple and Orange candle 9) Something to carve the candles with 10) Normal altar equipment Perform Clan Circle Casting and Quarter Calls Invite your Dragon friends

The Casting:

Step1: Inscribe the candles with the following words: Red--Strength, Purple--Self-assurance, Orange--Success Anoint each candle with the oil and chant 3 times for each candle:

Dragons of Power, Dragons of Light, Dragons of Wisdom, Dragons of Might! Lend me your magic; Lend me your aid Lend me your guidance as this spell is made! Place the candles in their holders and light.

Step 2: Using the gold paint, draw the following Runes on the black cloth square: Sigel: for strength and self-confidence Lagaz: for increased vitality and life-force Isa: for development of self-will Remember to concentrate fully on the qualities of each Rune. Say those qualities out loud if you want. Set the cloth aside, painted side up, so it can dry.

Step 3: Charge the iron, herbs and crystals according to the indicated qualities by concentrating on each item in turn while chanting:

Dragons of Power, Dragons of Light, Dragons of Wisdom, Dragons of Might! Lend me your magic; Lend me your aid, Lend me your guidance as this spell is made!

Continue chanting until each item "feels" as if it can hold no more energy, then turn the (hopefully dry) cloth square painted side down and place each charged item into the center of the square. Gather the four corners of the cloth together and tie into a bag using the red orange and purple thread.

Step 4: Pass the bag carefully *over* each candle in turn and say:

(Red) Strength (Orange) Success (Purple) Self-assurance

At each utterance visualize Dragon Fire of the corresponding color streaming from those Dragons who have answered your request for assistance and enveloping both the bag and you. "Feel" yourself filling with the strength and confidence of a Dragon.

Repeat the Empowerment Chant until you feel and internal signal to stop, or you "see" the stream of Dragon Fire slowly ease up until it has stopped. Commune with your Dragon friends for a while if you want, then end the ritual. Allow the candles to burn themselves out or down to the socket and hang your talisman bag where it will be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night.

Remember to thank all the Dragons for their assistance and bid them safe journey as they return from whence they came. I then recommend "pushing" the Circle energy out to meld with the energies of your house protections... Why waste any remaining confidence-filled energy?

By Kerowyn J'Karrah SilverDrake, 1998

Self Confidence Spell 2

This seemed like another really nice self confidence spell not as simple as the first one but seems like it would be really enjoyable to do.

Sometimes people around us - perhaps a critical relative, a spiteful ex-lover or a thoughtless colleague- can damage our self-esteem. We look at media ideals of loveliness and feel we are far from the image of perfection created by a society that worships youth. But if we can only believe in ourselves and love ourselves, hey presto, we radiate our own unique beauty and others are drawn to us, because
of this powerful but indefinable personal magnetism. This spell is designed to boost that self-belief.

* Around your bathroom, light purple candles, placed safely so that they cast pools of light on the water when you fill the bath.

* Let the water run and then turn off the taps and add five drops of rose essential oil and five of ylangylang, dropping them into the pools of light.

* Place a rose quartz or amethyst crystal in the water to strengthen self-love and approval.

* Lie in the water and swirl the light pools in turn, making an affirmation for each one, for example: I exist, I am unique, lam of worth, I have many gifts [name them], I value myself, Love myself, I am complete in myself, I treasure what I have and what I am, as I am right now.

* Continue to swirl the light, visualising it flowing within you, making you a body of light and loveliness.

* Finally, make a wish for yourself in each light pool.

* When you are ready, wrap yourself in a soft towel or robe and take out the plug, saying: Doubts and sorrow, flow from me, what I wish, I can be.

* Look at yourself in the mirror framed by light and you will see how your inner radiance creates true beauty that cannot fade.

* Carry the candles into your bedroom or living room and spend the rest of the evening reading a special book, listening to music or just dreaming of golden tomorrows as you gaze into the light.

By: Love Spellcaster

Simple Spell for Self Confindence

Okay it is late at night and suddenly it hit me to look for a spell for self confidence. Not entirely sure why but it felt right. This spell is about as simple as you can get but I like it. Gonna give it a whirl and try it out.

Things You'll Need:
Piece of turquoise
Hematite stone
Quartz crystal
Small piece of white cloth

•On a piece of white cloth, write the following:" Confidence, come unto me Nervousness now quickly flee Bring me strength and bring me ease As I will, so mote it be."

Once you've written the words, take the piece of turquoise, the hematite stone and the quartz crystal and place them on top of the cloth.

Wrap the cloth around all the stones. Tie up like a little hobo's bundle to secure the contents.

Carry the tied-up stones with you wherever you go, either in your purse, a book bag or anything you else you tote regularly.

The Self Confidence Spell is now complete.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Moon Lore

So I was looking for more moon spell, rituals and general info and came across some interesting tidbits of moon lore that I thought I would post and share. A lot of them are just kinda common sense if you keep in mind the waxing and waning of the moon and what waxing is for bringing in or increasing and waning is to lose, get rid of or decrease. So have some fun reading these.

Auto repair....New Moon to Waxing Moon

Baking...Dough rises higher and bread is lighter during New Moon to Waxing Moon

Clip Nails during full or waning moon to increase growth

Brewing{ beer } full moon to waning moon

Excavate, lay foundations, pour cement ...full moon

canning and preserves ....full moon to waning moon

Dental care....
pull teethe only during new moon to waxing moon avoid full moon
Fillings .... full moon to waning moon

Start diet to loose weight.... full moon to waning moon

Eyes tested or getting moon to waxing moon

fence post & poles....full moon to waning moon date to end....full moon to waning moon

Hair care....
cutting hair.... encourage growth Full moon/ discourage New moon
Perms & hair color.... new moon

Buy a new moon

look for lost moon

Cutting grass/ hay.... new moon to waxing moon to increase growth
full moon to waning moon to discourage growth

painting buildings/ homes..... full moon to waning moon

Shingling roofs.... full moon to waning moon

advertising.... new moon to waxing moon

Buying a business.... waning moon

buying clothing.... new moon to waxing moon

start a law moon to waxing moon, if seeking a court date to avoid payment, full moon to waning moon

new moon to waxing favors the lender
full moon to waning moon favors the borrower

signing contracts.... waxing moon

hire.... new moon to waxing moon
fire....waning moon avoid full moon

easiest to handle during new moon or waxing moon avoid full moon
buy....during new moon to waxing moon
bring home new pets.... new moon
slaughter for food....full moon til 3 days after
eggs should be set, and animals breed so that young hatch or are moon to waxing moon

composting.... start during waning moon

cultivating.... waning moon

cutting timber.... full moon to waning moon

drying crops.... waning moon

organic { always prefer } Full moon to waning moon
chemical { please use with caution ;-( } new moon to waxing moon

grafting plants.... new moon to waxing moon

root crops.... full moon to waning moon
Grains.... just after full moon
Fruits.... full moon to waning moon
Mushrooms.... full moon

to retard growth.... full moon to waning moon
to encourage growth.... new moon to waxing moon

Spraying for pests.... waning moon

transplanting .... new moon to waning moon

planting crops.... to make this easy try and remember....
above ground... new moon to waxing moon
underground.... full moon to waning moon

Monday, August 9, 2010

Setting New Moon Intentions

Rituals are a way to mark turning points in your life. They can be used to symbolically welcome changes in your life. They can be simple rituals or elaborate ones. The most important thing is your full presence in the moment.

The new Moon is a magical time of beginnings, when you can recharge goals, or set new ones.

Rituals bring meaning to our lives by "charging" an intention with power. We're always setting intentions, and this is a way to do it in a more conscious way. There is power in coming up with visions for your life, and keeping them in your sights as they come into being. But even as you fully commit to those visions, stay flexible, since new doors may open that you didn't expect. At the new Moon, goals and wishes take root, as you reach out for spiritual wisdom, draw on unseen allies and open the door to magical change. You might get what you ask for, or something even better that you can't imagine yet.

It's important to come up with a ritual that has meaning for you, instead of trying to follow any set guidelines (unless you're part of an established ritual group). You're the one that knows your personal story best, and what to lift out of that narrative, what will infuse your ritual with power. Here are some general guidelines to shape your rituals using the unique symbols and totems from your life.

Gathering your Sacred Supplies Your altar is where you collect your sacred objects -- pictures, found objects and the like. Using herbs with healing or symbolic properties adds to your ritual. Stones and crystals are another powerful ally. Candles are magical, and in its form contains all four of the elements. A small journal on hand allows you to keep a record of your intentions.

Preparing for the Ritual This is the most important part of ritual, since your commitment is the key. Take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies. Sage is an herb used by the Native Americans to clear a space, and make it sacred for ritual. It's available in most health food stores these days, and easiest to use in its wand form. Light the end and blow on it until there is a smoldering glow. Use it around your own body, and in the space of your ritual. Clear your mind with meditation, using music or just quieting down in your cleared, sacred area.

Grounding This is something that's important anytime, for staying connected to earth energy. Signs that you're not grounded are mania, nervousness, racing thoughts and the like. Too often we forget to feel the earth under our feet. I've mentioned Starhawk a few times on the site, and her tree grounding excercise is one of my own daily rituals. In a nutshell, it's visualizing the roots going down into the Earth, through the layers, into the core, and then drawing that energy back up through your feet again. It moves through each chakra, coming out the top and down around you. Try this or another variation of grounding before you set new Moon intentions.

Your New Moon Wishes After you've cleared a sacred space and settled your energy, you're ready to set your intentions. Make a list of what you'd like to draw into your life, and Dream Big! The new Moon is a moment to conjure what seems out of reach, and creating the vision is the first step to making it a reality. But these are not just words on paper. As you write them down as intentions, you are committing to doing your part to make them real. Some call it co-creating, since you're opening to universal energies to set dreams in motion.

Dreams of the Soul Your intentions come from the longings that keep coming up. In the days leading up to the new Moon, give some thought to those longings, and see what images, dreams and streams of thought come up. Use symbolic associations to go along with your intentions. Weave in the element for the new Moon, and think about the houses and planets that are affected by it. For an earth new Moon, for example, you might plant seeds that represent your intention. Rituals are a way to work with universal energies, and draw attention to the particular life lessons, or arena (house, planet, etc) that it illuminates for you.

Symbolic Acts Here's where you get to be creative. If your intentions are to write a book, or broadcast your ideas out to the world, tie them to a helium balloon and send them off. Write them on a stick and offer it to the fire. To open to love, put lavender and a rose quartz in a small pouch, along with the qualities you're seeking. If you're inspired, add a symbolic act to your intention-setting ritual.

Keep them Alive A big part of success with new Moon intentions is what comes after. Find ways to keep them in the front of your awareness. Put them in a visible spot, or keep them in your wallet. Make notes in your journal about your progress. At the full Moon , find ways to take action on those intentions, and celebrate any signs of change.

A New Moon Celebration

The following rite is one which welcomes the moon back at the beginning of her cycle. If you're raising children in a Pagan or Wiccan tradition, this can be a lot of fun. It's also a simple ritual that can be performed by a solitary practitioner.

1.If you're doing this rite as a family, the eldest female present should light the moon candle.

2.Decorate your altar with silvers and whites to celebrate the return of the moon.

What You Need:
•A moon candle
•A mirror
•Blessing Oil

Here's How:
1.First, if your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so at this time. If you don't normally cast a circle, take the time to ritually purify the area by smudging or asperging. This will establish the space as sacred.

Perform this ceremony outside if at all possible -- it's the best way to get a good look at the sliver of new moon. You'll need a moon candle, wrapped in a black cloth, to place on your altar. This is traditionally a white unscented pillar-style candle. You'll also need a hand-held mirror. Tie some silver and white ribbons on it if you wish. Finally, have a small bowl of Blessing Oil handy.

2.Hold this ceremony at sunset if you can. Turn to the west, and watch as the sun goes down (without looking directly at it). Once the sun has dropped below the horizon, you'll be able to see where the new moon is rising. If the sun sets before you began, you'll need to look a bit higher in the sky, but you should still be able to find it as long as the night is a clear one.

If you're doing this rite with children, have them each try to be the first one to spot the new moon.

3.Once you see the moon in the sky, unwrap the candle. Hold it up high and say:

Welcome back, Moon!
We're glad to see you again.
Another cycle has passed
another month gone by
and our lives have moved forward.

Place the candle on the altar and light it, still facing the moon. Say:

Today is a new day,
and a new month begins.
As the tides flow, and the moon rises above,
we are thankful that She has returned.
She watches over us, ever constant,
yet always changing,
and we are thankful for her light.4.If you have children present, have them wave to the moon and thank her for returning -- you'd be amazed how silly and fun this simple task can become!

Next, turn to face east, where the sun will rise in the morning. Pick up the mirror and hold it so you can see the new moon behind you. Say:

Bring us your wisdom, your guidance,
your protection, in the coming month.
You are behind me at every step,
watching and guiding me,
and I am thankful.

5.Place the mirror back on the altar, beside the moon candle. Take a moment to reflect on your goals. After all, this is a time of new beginnings, and a good time for new commitments and vows.

Warm the Blessing Oil over the candle for just a moment, and then anoint each others' foreheads. As you do so, say:

May the blessings of the moon be with you.

If you are working alone, anoint your own forehead, and grant yourself the blessings of the moon.

6.When you are ready, close the circle and end the ritual. If you choose, you can move into healing rites or magical workings, or a Cakes & Ale ceremony.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Simple Spell for Pet Healing

My little precious, who looks a lot like this picture, is not feeling well. So I found this spell and I liked the feel of it. So may the Goddess bless this spell for healing. So Mote It Be.

This is pretty basic:
Mix some healing oil, using:

6 drops Lavender oil
6 drops Camphor oil
6 drops Rosemary oil
1/2 ounce base oil (apricot kernel, jojoba, grapeseed, even olive oil)

Annoint a black candle, a red candle and a brown candle with this healing oil. The black is for absorption of the negativity (the illness), the red is for strength and health, and the brown is an "astral" or "significator" candle for the animal. Place the brown candle between the black and red candles, and make a ring of stones around the set-up, using stones or crystals that you associate with healing (amethyst, quartz, choose whichever type or combination of types). Place some of the oil in your hands, and begin to rub them together, generating heat and energy. When you feel that you've built a small "bundle" of healing energy, place your hands on your pet, stroking it and giving it the healing energy you've built, making sure to concentrate on any areas where you feel or sense the illness. Focus on the candles, continuing to maintain contact with your pet, and visualize the strength from the red candle pouring into the brown candle, and pushing all the sickness into the black candle. Attune with the Goddess, and when you've got a good grip on the visualizations above (and the animal!), say:

"Goddess, with your healing touch
Bless this animal we love so much.
God, with beasts as your domain,
Remove the sickness, heal the pain.
So mote it be!"

Continue the stroking and energy flow until you feel that the spell is done, then allow the animal plenty of time to rest and heal. Obviously, if you wish to perform this spell in a cast circle, that's your choice. If you wish to continue the spell for a number of days (I'd suggest at least 3 days), and your pet has a special place where it rests or "lives" (such as a cage, etc.), ring this area, if possible, with the stones, place a red candle on one side of the area and a black candle on the other (annointed with the healing oil); focus on the red candle and project its energy into area with your pet, visualizing the illness being pushed out the other side, since there's no room for it, and into the black candle. Rub the oil onto your hands and stroke it into/onto the animal's body as often as you feel necessary.

Blessed Be!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thoughts on Lammas

From a Pagan Book of Prayer:
The door is starting to swing from hot to cold. Although it is still summer, occasionally a cool day comes. The pokeberries are purple, the sasafras is starting to turn, and the gardens are heavy with tomatoes. It is time to stop and pay attention: the spirits of the land are very busy. I pray to them at this liminal time to open my eyes. Don't let me wake one day and ask where summer has gone. May I be aware of its going, and be as thrilled with it as I was with the arrival of spring.

I am spending this Lammas with family, friends, and loved ones in person and in spirit. We will be feasting, crafting and doing some rituals to celebrate this blessed day. Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again. So Mote It Be.