Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Healing Properties of Colour



Red
Healing properties: Brings warmth, energy and stimulation, therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, chilly and passive people. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Energizes all organs and the senses hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch. Increases sexual desire and activity. Stimulates ovulation and menstruation. Never treat cancer with red, because this color will stimulate cell growth!

Red links with and stimulates the root chakra, at the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes hemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body temperature. It is excellent for anemia and blood-related conditions. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or constricted.

Esoteric/magickal: Deities of love, passion, sexuality and war (to stimulate a healthy portion of assertiveness). Great energy, courage, will-power, determination, speed, assertiveness, aggression, masculinity, independence, physical strength, sports, competition, conflicts, health, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.

Preference for red: Red is associated with passionate love, sex, great energy, impulse, action and stimulation, assertiveness and aggression, courage, strength and power, adventure, danger, warnings, revolt and revolution. Temperamental and ambitious people with a need for personal freedom.

Aversion to red: A person who has an aversion to red may be over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive and egocentric, or have difficulties with people with such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden fears and rejection of his own assertiveness.

Orange
Healing properties: Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Orange shows new possibilities and other options in life. Stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas.It is also helpful in dealing with excess sexual expression.

Orange stimulates the lungs, the respiration and the digestion. Increases the activity of the thyroid. Reliefs muscle cramps and spasms. Increases the amount of mother milk.

Finally, orange links very strongly with the sacral chakra.

Esoteric/magickal: Deities of good luck and fortune. Attraction, charm, kindness, encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity, feast and celebration, energy, achieving business-goals, investments, success in legal matters.

Preference for orange: Orange represents the warmth of the fire. It brings even more energy than yellow, celebration and great abundance, comfort, enjoyment of the senses. Warm, sociable, dynamic and independent people who dedicate themselves to whatever they do.

Aversion to orange: A person who has an aversion to orange may have suppressed sexual feelings or other difficulties with sensual enjoyment of life. The attitude can also be over-sensual, indulgent, or too materialistic.

Yellow
Healing properties: Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments. It also energizes the muscles. Dark yellow soothes pains in the nerves (shooting pains)

Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. Speeds up the digestion and assimilation, and the stool.

It helps the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself.

Yellow links with and stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic center. It can be used for psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments. Activates and cheers up depressed and melancholic people. Gives lust for life.

Esoteric/magical: Elemental air. Deities for trade, travel, knowledge and magick. Life-force, vitality, change, progress, contact, communication, trade, commerce, to persuade with confidence, joy, cheerfulness, learning, knowledge, mental clarity, concentration, memorizing, tests, speaking and writing, traveling, affirmation, visualization.

Preference for yellow: The color of the sun, life-force, vividity, vitality and energy. The color of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation, flexibility, progress, amusement, contact through traveling and communication, learning and practical knowledge. A feeling for writing and speaking.

Aversion to yellow: A person who has aversion to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter.May have tendency to rationalize feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial relationships and/or constant changing activities.

Green
Healing properties: Green is the color of Nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact. Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing.

Green rings psychological and emotional harmony and balance.

Green links with and stimulates the heart chakra.Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect.

It cures hormonal imbalances. Stimulates growth hormone and rejuvenation. Cleans and purifies from germs, bacteria and rotting material. Harmonizes the digestion, stomach, liver, gall. Has a healing effect on kidneys. Increases immunity. Builds up muscles, bones and tissues. Stimulates inner peace. Strengthens the nervous system.

Esoteric/magickal: Elemental earth (dark green) and elemental water (blue-green). Nature, fertility, growth, rejuvenation, recovering, healing, harvest and abundance, prosperity, harmony, balance, peace, hope, mother earth, home, herbal magick, plants and animals, counteract greed and jealousy.

Preference for green: Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing, calmness and harmony. Interest in nature, plants, fellowmen, children and animals, health and healing, natural and plain life. Longing for a safe home and family-life. A dislike of conflicts.

Aversion to green: A person who has an aversion to green may be more interested in independence and self-development than in a warm family-life. May prefer to keep a certain distance in (sexual) relationships.

Blue
Healing properties: Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. Dr. Edwin Babbitt, in his classic, "The Principles of Light and Color," states that "The Blue Ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world."

Cools down inflammations (don't forget rheumatic inflammations), fever, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, reliefs the bursting headaches, calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria. Brings tranquility. Anti-itching. Anti-irritation (for instance redness of the skin), anti-stress. Soothes suffering.

Blue can be used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat. Excellent forlaryngitis or inflammation of the larynx.

Blue links with and stimulates the throat chakra. The throat chakra is often referenced as the "power center" and "the greatest center in the body" because it is the primary center of expression and communication, through speech.

Esoteric/magickal: Elemental water and elemental air. Deities of the sea, truth and wisdom. Peace and tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, counsel, guidance, understanding, patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity, prophetic dreams, protection during sleep, astral projection.

Preference for blue: Cool and soothing, dreamy and magical. Peace and rest. For people who keep a certain distance, but give calm and practical help; they are faithful and loyal, have a sense for order, logic and rational thinking. Flying in day-dreaming, ideals or nostalgia when felt mis-understood. Dark blue is more severe and can be melancholic. Blue is also the color of truth.

Aversion to blue: A person who has an aversion to blue, may be very disciplined, strong career worker, with an aversion of commentary or restriction. He may have charted out a clear direction for his life and wants to follow that lacelike .

Indigo
Healing properties: Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent.

Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent.

Indigo links with and stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It governs both physical and spiritual perception. It can be of great assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears.

Violet / Purple
Healing properties: These are colors of transformation. They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification.

Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you can increase the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating under the gentle rays of Violet, as found in Church windows.

Esoteric/magickal: Elemental spirit. Divination and prophecy. Angels. Psychic abilities, divination, counter-acting negativity/black magick, reversing curses, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, astral projection, third eye, compassion, counter-acting depression.

Preference for violet/purple: Colors for meditation, contemplation, mysticism, spirituality and religion power. A longing to ascend and dissolve polarities (purple consists of the active red and passive blue), to improve the world. Reservation, mystery and dignity. Soft, sensitive people with often paranormal abilities.

Aversion to violet / purple: A person who has an aversion for violet / purple may have very serious attitude towards life; and may find it difficult to give dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories a place in it. May have tendency to rejection everything he regards as unnatural or unrealistic.

White
Healing properties: White is the perfect color; for it is all colors, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the color of the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Cosmic Consciousness,the Divine Light.

Just about everyone has heard of surrounding people with the "White Light of Healing and Protection." White light raises the vibration of one's consciousness and the body, bringing harmony in all aspects of one's life. Directing white into to a part of the body that needs healing is one of the fastest ways to bring about healing.

Esoteric/magickal: Purification and cleaning on all levels, contact with higher self and spiritual helpers, (inner) peace, aura-healing, truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity by raising your vibration, breaking curses, exorcism, meditation, divination, inspiration, clairvoyance, invoking spirits White can be a replacement for any other color your magick requires.


Preference for white: White points at innocence, purity, virginity, cleanliness, freshness, simplicity, nothingness, oneness and completion, truth. In certain cultures white is the color of death and mourning.

Aversion to white: A person who has an aversion to white color isforemost or solely interested in 'realistic' and tangible things, not in illusions or things that are beyond seeing or understanding. Knows and accepts the own imperfection and does not wish to achieve perfection.

Magenta
Healing properties: Strengthens contact with your life purpose. Stimulates adrenalineand heart activity.

Esoteric/magickal: Scorpio-energy. Magnetism, to attract or speed up things, extra power, when immediate action and great spiritual power are needed, life purpose, life path.

Preference for magenta: Much energy and activity focused on achieving power and self-realization. Strong but controlled passions and emotions. Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for a goal. Can drive things too far and have fixed ideas.

Aversion to magenta: A person who has an aversion to magenta may feel overwhelmed by people with strong convictions or heavy emotions like jealousy; also may have difficulties with exposing deep emotions.

Pink
Healing properties: Heals grief and sadness. Restores youthfulness. Brings you in contact with your feelings.

Esoteric/magickal: Softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, for children, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing.

Preference for pink: Regarded as a feminine color. Pink symbolizes softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft and kind people.

Aversion to pink: A person who has an aversion to pink may have a challenge with expressingsoft, tender, female side.

Turquoise
Healing properties: Increases intuition and sensitivity. Works disinfecting and antiseptic. Tones the general system. Builds the skin. Relaxes sensations of stress.

Esoteric/magickal: Alterations, intellectual and intuitive insights, technique, inventions, originality, renewal, brotherhood, humanism.

Preference for turquoise: Just like the wide turquoise sea you don't want to feel restricted and you don't immediately bring to the surface what goes on in you; emotions can remain hidden. A color for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions, progressive technics, alternative ways of living together, humanity.

Aversion to turquoise: A person who has an aversion to turquoise may be looking for solidity and security in society, especially in marriage. Also, may be reluctant to think originally or to walk new paths.

Brown
Esoteric/magickal: Elemental earth. The planet-spirit Saturn. Stability, grounding, conservation, protection of household, family and pets, healing animals, finding lost objects, material constructions (buildings etc.), material increase, to make relationships solid, to increase decisiveness and concentration, attracting help in financial crisis.

Preference for brown: An earthly color for practical people with a preference for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and simplicity. Brown can be warm and cosy but also depressing. Family-life persons, stable people, loyal friends.

Aversion to brown: A person who has an aversion to brown may feel an aversion against normal, boring, trivial life; may not feel connected with his roots (home-land, family, etc); may experience instability in health and attitude.

Grey
Esoteric/magickal: Neutralizing negative influences, erasing or cancelling situations, causing stalemates

Preference for grey: Very neutral and indifferent, non-expressive. It can be deliberate, but also lifeless, fixed, depressed and apathic. Reserved, cool people; unwilling to expose themselves or to have obligations. Grey can be refined and tactful.

Aversion to grey: A personwho has an aversion to grey may prefers to be straight to the point, no time for political and tactical attitudes. Demands clarity, a knowing where one stands.

Black
Esoteric/magickal: Elemental earth. Deities of the underworld. Repel/banish evil and negativity, protection, banishing, binding, breaking free from bad habits/addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels.

Preference for black: Symbolizes seriousness, darkness, depression, death, mourning, mystery, secrecy, occultism, a standing apart from or revolting against triviality, provocation, underground, underworld, things that have to remain hidden, nothingness as the great source of all creation, the need to keep your energy with you. Black is a color for extremes, everything and nothing. People who foremost trust themselves.

Aversion to black: A person who has an aversion to black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power. Desires to become free from all kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances; to throw off shackles.

Gold
Esoteric/magickal: Absolute authority, (self)confidence, creativity, perfection, solar energies, male energy, financial riches, investments, luxury, winning, worldly power, magickal power, overcoming bad habits/addictions.

Silver
Esoteric/magickal: Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, remove or neutralize negativity, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings.

Copper/Bronze
Esoteric/magickal: Love and passion, for positive relationships in love, friendship and business, career promotions, negotiations.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Celtic Tree Astrology 2



The Celitc Zodiac is based on the cycle of the moon with the year divided into 13 lunar months, each associated with a tree sacred to the Druids. The Druids believed the human race originally desended from the trees. Each tree had particular magical qualities. They encoded these mysteries in a secret shamanic alphabet, known as the Ogham, the origin of which is ascribed to Ogma, the Celtic God of Poetry. The 13 tree - months each correspond to a tree, a letter of the Ogham alphabet, a Guardian Animal and a
Celtic God.

The Birch Tree.. 24 December - 20 January
To the druids, the Birch represented renewel and rebirth as it was the first tree in leaf after winter.Birch people are determined, resilient and ambitious. Good organisers,
leaders and strategists, they are not deterred by setbacks, believing hard work, patience and persistance will triumph. They are loyal but reserved in showing affection
The Ruling Diety - The Celtic Warrior God Lugh, inventor of all arts and crafts, rules this sign.
The Druic Animal - The white stag symbolises high ideals and aspirations - Birch people need a goal in life or they become depressed and pessimistic.
Planetary Ruler - Sun
Ogham Word - Beithe

The Rowan Tree.. 21 January - 17 February
Rowans were planted near doors and gates to ward off evil and were thought to guard the gateway to the spirit world. Rowan people are idealistic, progressive thinkers with strong humanitarian and spiritual principles. They thrive on change, becoming impatient with convention or
restriction, artistic and original, they can appear
detached and aloof.
The Ruling Deity - Brigid, the Goddess of fertility and poetry, rules this sign.
The Druic Animal - The Dragon symbolises inspiration and imagination - Rowans need an outlet for their powerful imagination or they can become restless and quarrelsome.
Planetary Ruler - Uranus
Ogham Word - Luis

The Ash Tree.. 18 February - 17 March
The Ash was a sacred chieftain tree, said to "court the flash" as it was prone to lightning strike. Its wood was thought to be enchanted and was used for Druidic wands and spears. Ash people are quick witted, spontaneous and
gregarious. They have a lively curiosity and are
intellgent, persuasive speakers, enthusiastic, inquisitve and communicative. They love discussing new ideas and projects.
The Ruling Deity - The Magician, storyteller and trickster. Gwydion rules the sign.
The Druic Animal - The Adder symbolises wisdom and
spiritual energy - Ash people need to focus their mental abilities or they can become nervous and irritable.
Planetary Ruler - Neptune
Ogham Word - Nion

The Alder Tree.. 18 March - 14 April
Alder resist rot in water and was used to make bridges, boats, clogs and milk jugs. It was a crime to fell an alder, as the angry tree spirit would burn down houses. Alder people are courageous, energetic, impetuous and determinded to make their own way in the world.
Self-reliant and adventurous, they love taking risks and are tenacious workers. Affectionate and charming, they inspire great loyalty in others.
The Ruling Deity - The God of the spirit world, Bran the Blesses, rules this sign.
The Druic Animal - The Fox symbolises skill in diplomacy- Alders must learn the art of diplomacy or they waste energy in fruitless disputes.
Planetary Ruler - Mars
Ogham Word - Fern

The Willow Tree.. 15 April - 12 May
The Willow was sacred to the Moon and in Celtic myth the universe was hatched from two eggs hidden among the boughs of the Willow. Willow people have good memories and are articulate, strong willed and resourceful, emotional and enigmatic. They have quick responses and are prone to sudden mood changes.
The Ruling Deity - The Celtic Moon Goddess Ceridwen rules this sign.
The Druic Animal - The Hare symbolises adaptation and intuition. Willows must trust their inner voice ot they can become moody and chronically indecisive.
Planetary Ruler - Moon
Ogham Word - Sail

The Hawthorn Tree.. 13 May - 9 June
Hawthorn, or May, was a symbol of psychic protection due to its sharp thorns. Faery spirits were thought to live in Hawthorn hedges, which were planted as protective shields around fields, houses and churchyards. Hawthorn people are mercurial, innovative, creative and confident. Easily bored, they crave mental stimulation and challenge. They are eloquent and gifted performers, exuding natural charm. The Ruling Deity - The summer flower maiden Olwen rules this sign.
The Druic Animal - The Owl symbolises wisdom and patience - Hawthorns must develop patience or hasty action can
sabotage their best efforts.
Planetary Ruler - Vulcan
Ogham Word - Uath

The Oak Tree.. 10 June - 7 July
The Oak was the sacred tree of the Druids, symbolising truth and steadfast knowledge. Doors made of Oak were
thought to keep out evil. Oak people are determined,
self-motivated, enthusiastic and responsible. Natural
leaders, they remain calm in a crisis and are not easily swayed by opposition. Although serious minded, they are cheerful and optimistic and do not give up easily.
The Ruling Deity - The Father of all Gods, The Dagda rules this sign.
The Druic Animal - The Wren, the Celtic king of the birds, symbolises wit and sublety - Oaks must temper pride with humor or they become pompus and overbearing.
Planetary Ruler - Jupiter
Ogham Word - Duir

The Holly Tree.. 8 July - 4 August
When Celtic Chieftains chose a successor, he was crowned with a Holly wreath. The ever-green Holly was thought to repel enemies, and warriors carried Holy wood cudgels.
Holly people are practical, capable and steadfast in
adversity, cautious, logical and efficient. They have good business sense but prefer to assist rather than lead. In relationships they are suportive, protective and
possessive.
The Ruling Deity - The Smith God Govannon rules this sign
The Druic Animal - The Unicorn symbolises purity and strength - Holies must be less perfectionistic or they may suffer loss of confidence and direction.
Planetary Ruler - Earth
Ogham Word - Tinne

The Hazel tree.. 5 august - 1 september
punishable by death to fell one. It was thought magical skills and knowledge could be gained from eating Hazel nuts. Hazel people are artistic. They have lively,
analytical minds and make inspiring teachers. Imaginative, they are radical and idealistic thinkers.
The Ruling Deity - The Sea God Manannan Mac Lir, a master of disguise, rules this sign
The Druic Animal - To the Celts, the Salmon is the oldest and wisest animal, symbolising inspiration - Hazels need to express their creativity or they can become morbid and introspective
Planetary Ruler - Mercury
Ogham Word - Coll

The Vine Tree.. 2 September - 29 September
The Grapevine requires care to bear fruit in the cool Celtic climate and became a symbol of sacred knowledge and spiritual initiation. Vine people are discriminating, authoritative and set high personal standards. They appear cool and detached but are secret romantics and can be sensitive, vulnerable and self critical. Keenly perceptive, they have an eye for detail and refined aesthetic taste. The Ruling Deity - The Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Light rule this sign
The Druic Animal - The Swan symbolises grace and beauty - Vines must overcome a tendency to procrastinate or they can become lost in worry and negativity
Planetary Ruler - Venus
Ogham Word - Muin

The Ive Tree.. 30 September - 27 October
The power of the Ivy to cling and bind made it a potent symbol of determination and strength. Ivy can strange trees and was a portent of death and spiritual growth. Ivy people are restless, socialble and good natured. Cheerful,
expnasive and magnetic, they win friends easily and dislike offending others. Although often indecisive, they are not weak willed and tackle difficult tasks with infectious optimism.
The Ruling Deity - The faery bride Guinevere rules this sigh
The Druic Animal - The Butterfly symbolises faery faith - Ivy people must not get too caught up in others problems or they can suffer disappointment and betrayal
Planetary Ruler - Persephone
Ogham Word - Gort

The Reed Tree.. 28 October - 24 November
The Druids believed the Reed was a tree because of its dense root system. Cut Reeds were used as pens and
symbolised wisdon and scholarship. Reed people are complex, tenacious and fearless. Proud and independent, they have great strength of character and rarely compromise. They thirve on challenge and have an innate belief in their own destiny
The Ruling Deity - The Celtic God the Underworld, Pwyll rules this sign
The Druic Animal - Hound or Dog was a title of honour for Celtic Chieftains as the Dog symbolised enduring loyalty - Reeds must unite a sense of purpose with their strong will or they can become self destructive
Planetary Ruler - Pluto
Ogham Word - Ngetal

The Elder Tree.. 25 November - 23 December
The Elder tree was sacred to the faeries and branches were hung above stables to protect horses from evil spirits. It was unlucky to burn Elder and an omen of death to bring it indoors. Elder people are self sufficient, lively,
impetuous and outspoken. They dislike routine and refuse to be pressured by others. Restless and highly energetic, they thrive on change and need constant mental and physical challenge
The Ruling Deity - The crown Goddess and celtic tribal
mother Cailleach Beara rules this sign
The Druic Animal - The Raven symbolises healing and
protection - Elders must learn to use change as a positive force in their lives or they can become reckless and
confused
Planetary Ruler - Saturn
Ogham Word - Ruis

Monday, May 16, 2011

Suggestions for an Honorable LIfe



Found this on a website while 'surfing the net', not even sure of the name of the site or who the author is. I think the author goes by the name of 'Poet'. Anyways I found these 'rules' there and they seemed like a good thing so I am passing them along. I don't know any of the people mentioned in the opening statement. Hope you find them as interesting and thought provoking as I did.

The Magickal World of Wicca
As presented to the Wiccan Community at Witchstock Inter-Tradition meeting in 1998. The Inter-Tradition guidelines were written and presented by Lady Rhiannon of Serpentstone, Lady Cassandra of the Temple of Hecate Triskele, Lady Grey Cat of Northwind, Lady Silver Ravenwolf of the Black Forest and Grandfather Michael Ragan. This is an extraction from a complete document entitled Inter-Tradition Guidelines. This document contains Minimums for Initiation, Requirements for Eldership, The Law (including universal and coven) and the Code of Honor.

1. Chivalry must be followed by all (Honesty, bravery, generosity and kindness).


2. One's oath is one's sacred pledge. Pledge sparingly, for it must be of iron.


3. Speak no ill of another for all truth may not be known.


4. Pass not hearsay.


5. Be honest with all - and demand the same.


6. The fury of a moment plays folly with truth. Keeping one's head is a virtue.


7. Wisdom brings power. Apply discretion in its use.


8. Pledge friendship to those who warrant. To strengthen your brother or sister brings strength to you. Pledging friendship to the dishonorable brings dishonor to you.


9. Reveal not the secrets of others, lest your own secrets be lost.


10. Have pride in self. Seek perfection in body and mind, for you cannot honor another unless you honor self.


11. In all things, moderation.


12. Revere the God(s) and Goddess(es) of your tradition.


13. Respect the religion of others.


14. Accept the Laws of return (Karma).


15. Accept personal responsibility.


16. Respect the Laws of the Gods, humankind and nature.


17. Be loyal to your Coven, your High Priest and High Priestess, the Elders and your Craft brothers and Sisters.


18. Revere the natural world.


19. Respect the inner self.


20. Honor your succession of teachers.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Good Luck Oil



Take a small amount of your favorite carrier oil, such as Olive, add Lucky Hand root to the oil. Shake well. Due to the sympathetic nature of Lucky Hand root it is not necessary for the oil to sit to work.

Ritual for a Birthday 2



Materials:

Altar cauldron
white candle black candle
pen 2 pieces of paper
good luck oil banishing oil
incense petitioner candle

Construct magick circle. Call Quarters. Construct Altar. Invoke Goddess and God. Light incense.

Anoint black candle with banishing oil, imagining all obstacles, ill habits etc. falling away from you. Light candle and say,"

"I empower this candle to absorb all negative forces acting upon me.
As this candle burns, so let its powers engulf all negative energies, leaving my path clear for success."

Anoint white candle with good luck oil, imagining all good thoughts, successes and positive forces flocking unto you. Light candle and say,

"I empower this candle to attract all powers wondrous an good. As this candle burns, so might it purify me as I prepare for this next journey."

Light petitioner candle and say,

"As this candle represents myself, the humbles priest/ess, let it be a beacon for positive energies, love, light and prosperity. As this candle burns bright,so may the light of my journey burn bright with happiness and gifts from the Lord and the Lady in this coming year."

Place this candle between the white and black.

Take a moment to reflect on your past year. Especially reflect on regrets, flaws you have, mistakes you have made. Write these down on the paper. Then burn the paper over the black candle and say,

"As the snake sheds its skin,
so do I shed these bad habits."

Drop this paper in the cauldron.

Reflect on all things you wish to accomplish in your coming year, all traits you wish to acquire, experiences you hope to gain. Write these down on the paper. Burn this paper over the white candle and say,

"As the Lady watches over me, so shall I gain all these good things."

Drop this in the cauldron.

Raise your arms and say, "On this day of my birth, may my magick be replenished and empowered. May my body be flushed with the light of the Lord and the Lady."

Thank the god and Goddess
Cakes and wine
Close the circle. Your rite is done.

source: lady of the earth

The Zodiac and Colour



So I was and still am looking for information on colour correspondences and astrological sun signs. I have found that very few sites agree on what colours correspond to which sun sign. One simple 'rule' I found, which made sense to me, was that to consider the earth, air, fire, and water correspondences of the signs and use colours that are associated with those elements. I also found this site and I really like the attributes it gave to the colours.

http://www.astrology-source.com/color.html

Here is a site with a VERY detailed colour correspondence chart, showing exact shades:

http://www.astrologyweekly.com/astrology-articles/colors-zodiac.php

Simple Banishing Oil



Here is a simple 'banishing' oil. Pour a small amount of your favorite oil into a small jar/bottle. Crush 9 peppercorns in your mortar to add to the oil. You can also add some sage for protection and sea salt for purity of intent. Add crushed mixture to oil and shake well.

Ritual for a Birthday



Here is a ritual to be done on your birthday.


Needed:
Black candle
White candle
Candle in the color of your astrological sign
Banishing oil
Good luck oil
Piece of paper
Cauldron
water that has been blessed

Cast the circle. Anoint the black candle with banishing oil, visualizing all obstacles, bad habits, etc. falling away from you. Light the candle and say:

"This candle shall absorb
All negative forces acting around me and through me.
As this candle burns,
It engulfs all negative energies,
Clearing this next year for success."

Anoint the white candle with good luck oil, visualizing all good thoughts, success, and positive forces flocking to you. Light the candle and say:

"This candle shall attract
All positive forces to act around me and through me.
As this candle burns,
It purifies my mind, soul, heart, and body,
As I prepare for this next year."

Light the astrological candle, and say:

"As this candle represents myself,
It is a beacon for positive energies,
Love, light, and prosperity.
As this candle burns bright,
The light of my journey will burn bright
With happiness and gifts
From the Lord and Lady in this coming year."

Place 'your' candle between the white and black ones. Reflect on your past year's regrets, flaws you have, and mistakes you have made. Write these down on a piece of paper.

Burn the paper over the black candle, and say:

"As the snake sheds its skin,
So do I shed these ill things."

Drop the paper in the cauldron. Reflect on the things you wish to accomplish in your coming year, all traits you wish to acquire, and experiences you hope to gain. Write these down on a piece of paper.

Burn it over the white candle, and say:

"As the Lord and Lady watch over me, so shall I gain all these good things."

Drop the paper in the cauldron.

Anoint your feet with blessed water, saying:

"Blessed be my feet, that I may ever walk in Your ways."

Anoint your chest, saying:

"Blessed be my breast, that I may feel Your love for me."

Anoint your lips, saying:

"Blessed be my lips, that I may speak and honor the truth."

Anoint your eyes, saying:

"Blessed be my eyes, that I may clearly see the path before me."

Anoint your hands, saying:

"Blessed be my hands, that I may do Your work with strength and skill.

Close the circle.

source: Asiya

Friday, May 13, 2011

Healing Spell



(NOT to be used in place of professional medical care.)

Items Used:
A photograph of the person to be healed.
A green candle
A jade ring (or other green healing stone)
some red cotton thread
A drawing of the afflicted area of the body
tea tree oil
a pinch of dried lavender
a small green cloth pouch
a glass of water

Special note: If the illness has to do with cancer or another type of tumor then this will be a type of banishing and you might want to substitute black for green in this spell. Additionally you might want to use jet or onyx instead of jade.

This is best performed during a waxing moon (or waning, if it is for banishing).

Ground and center. Breathe deep and feel your power. If you work with any Gods or Goddesses that you are particularly attuned to, especially if healing is among their attributes, feel their presence now. Hold the glass of water in both hands and feel your power, and that of the Gods, flowing into and through you. Feel it flow into the water and “see” it begin to glow with the power of healing. Say something like:

“Healing flows into this water,
flowing from Her sacred well.”

Know that the water will hold this charge until it is used. Place the cup aside for now.

Hold the candle and focus on the concept of health. You may wish to etch something on it like “ is now healed.” Rub some of the tea tree oil onto it. Put it in a holder and set it aside. Do the same with the ring, placing it over the end of the candle so that it rests on it, suspended. Sprinkle some of the water around the candleholder in a clockwise circle (counter-clockwise if you are banishing).

Hold the drawing of the afflicted area. Use your feeling-sense to delve into the area of the person’s body and feel the quality of energy there. If you imagine that it is too hot, for example, you may wish to imagine it cooling; if it is too active, you may try calming it down. Take the tea tree oil and draw a pentagram over the afflicted area with your fingers. Light the candle and say:

“I call forth light,
in the dark of night,
to heal the blight,
with strength and with might.”

Burn the drawing from the candle flame and put the ashes in the green pouch along with a pinch of lavender. Burn some of the lavender and allow the smoke to waft over the photograph as you focus on it. See the person as surrounded by a green aura of healing (or perhaps purple, or cobalt blue for a banishing). “Feel” that they are healthy, happy, and strong. If they had a broken leg, “see” them as running on perfectly strong legs; if a problem with their lungs, see them breathing effortlessly, etc. Allow your sense of their health and newfound strength to permeate the photograph. You may wish to chant something like:

you are healed.
you are strong.”

You might wish to repeat this chant until you have achieved a sense of deep trance.

When you are in a deep state of trance and have felt that the healing power has been transferred to the person, then roll up the photograph and tie it with the thread

Say:

“Surrounded by a ring of jade,
encircled by the healing waters,
bound together by cord of blood,
strength restored and life renewed.”

Burn the photograph, releasing the power into the universe. Mix the resulting ashes with the ashes from the drawing and place inside the green pouch. Drink the water feeling it refresh and renew you, bringing you healing energy, keeping you cleansed. Allow the candle to burn completely out. Retrieve the ring and place inside the pouch along with the ashes. Keep this hidden until the full moon (or dark moon for a banishing) at which time it should be given to the subject of this healing. If this is not possible then it should be worn by a friend or loved one as a reminder of the healing energy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Soul Mate Spell



This spell is intended to draw a partner who is best suited to you at this time in your life, or one who is "meant" for you. It is supposedly "fail-safe", but remember, you must take responsibility for any results and consequences.

Components Needed:

A clear mind and focused goal

Special paper, such as hemp, cotton, real parchment, whatever you deem special

A ritual writing instrument (the pen is mightier than the Athame) such as quill, fountain pen, favorite ball-point, etc. In whatever color ink desired.

Moon Incense

Charcoal or a small ritual fire

Timing: any time, preferably after dark during the waxing moon. The timing is more flexible with this working for many reasons; the nature of the work, and the full moon energy contained in the moon incense which is an incense of Increase or drawing.

Reinforce your personal circle/aura and prepare for workings in your usual manner. Using the ritual pen and special paper, write words of power that will call the most perfect partner to you at this time. Do not include specific names, and avoid thinking of a specific person. If you can't find quite the right words, use the following:

If there be a perfect match,
this work tonight will surely catch.
the perfect one who is meant to be,
shall find His/Her way home to me.
In perfect love and perfect trust,
I send this out, but not from lust,
This spell will guide us to unite,
free will remains with us tonight.

When you are finished, read over what you wrote and confirm that everything you want to say is included. When you are certain it is as you wish, spend some time meditating on your goal while you light your ritual fire or the charcoal. When you get "that feeling" (the one when you know everything is right, your will is focused, you know it is certain, you know the feeling...) prepare to begin the physical aspect of the ritual. When the fire has become coals, or the charcoal is glowing happily, read aloud your writing, repeating it 3 times. As you read, or as you come to the end of each repetition, sprinkle a small handful (about a tablespoon) of the Moon Incense on the fire. You will want to be practiced at this for the best effect as well as safety, so make up a full recipe of it and accustom yourself to its nature prior to the rite.

Fold the paper and keep it near you for three days. Keep it under your pillow, mattress, or pinned to your night clothes (if you aren't sky/star clad) while you sleep. After three days, light another ritual fire, repeat the Circle of Power/Protection, reading and incense procedure and this time, burn the paper when you are done. OR you can keep the paper in a special spell box if you use this method. Many witches have special containers to keep finished workings in. These are usually decorative and personalized with engravings or painting on them that echo their contents. For example, a heart shaped heartwood box with runes and magickal symbols of love on it for this spell. Usually only similar spells are kept together, or each spell is kept in its own box.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Magick and Honey



Was inspired by Mrs. B. over at Confessions of A Pagan Soccer Mom, to look a little more into the magickal uses of honey. Was surprised at how little I was
actually able to find. One spell that I found repeatedly was a 'honey jar' spell. The best explanation and way(s) of doing it I found at Lucky MoJo.

http://www.luckymojo.com/honeyjar.html

Here are some magickal uses and correspondences:

Western element: water

Magickal uses: attracting happiness, fertility, purification, romance

deities associated with honey:
Artemis (Greek Goddess)
Ea (Babylonian God)
Kama (Hindu God)
Min (Kemetic/ancient Egyptian God)

When using honey as an offering it is traditional to taste the honey first to show it is not poisoned.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Aroma of Abundance



Here's a prosperity mixture that really works:

Take a tablespoon of cinnamon
Add a two tablespoons of cloves
One tablespoon of nutmeg
Some ground ginger (NOT powder)
freshly ground coffee beans (1 tablespoon)
6 drops lavender oil
6 drops ylang ylang oil
6 tablespoons of honey

Mix everything together and put it in a babyfood jar.

Open the jar and smell the mixture once a day for 30 days. Try and prepare this when the moon is full.

When opening the jar to smell it say the following:

"Goddess Mother hear me here.
Send me what I need so dear.
Help me become the best I can be.
Send me money, so mote it be."

The contents of the jar are now sacred because you have offered them to the Goddess. After a month, let it dry out and you can burn it on your altar.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Super Simple Chant for A Heart's Desire



Candle of plenty, candle of fire, Bring to me my heart’s desire

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Past LIfe Tarot Spread



From the Wizards Tarot, here’s a past-life spread based on the Transfiguration card:

Most of us are constantly in the process of remaking ourselves. We want to shed unhealthy habits and unproductive beliefs, and replace them with wholesome thoughts and behaviors.

The process of transformation and release, however, always comes with a price. Sometimes it seems unbearably high: in order to change, we have to relinquish the comfort and control of our old selves, and venture into new, unknown territory.

For deep insight into your personal transformation, you can use the cards to explore a past life. This spread can refer to the life you lived as a child or young adult, or it can describe another incarnation completely.

Lay the cards in a figure-8 shaped lemniscate, which is a symbol of infinity.

1.Past life physical description: What did you look like during your past life?
2.Past life location: Where did you live?
3.Past life personality: What kind of person were you?
4.Past-life/present-life relationship: Which relationship have you carried over from a past life to your present? (If you’d like to see more than one relationship, add another card.)
5.Past life purpose: What was your soul’s purpose in a past life?
6.Past life passion: What did you love about your old life?
7.Past life death: How did your old life pass away?
8.Life lesson: What did you learn from your old life?
9.An unresolved issue from your past life: What fear, worry, or concern did you carry from your old life into your present?
10.Present life purpose: What do you need to accomplish in your current life?
11.Advice: What message does your past self have for your present self?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Confidence Spell



You will need:
A piece of cedar wood about 18 inches long
Rose geranium oil

Chip a little of the wood off and put it to one side. Place 7 drops of rose
geranium onto the cedar wand and holding it in your right hand, trace a circle around yourself (or have someone do it for you) and visualize a glowing sphere of light encasing you as you say:

"The protective shield of the god/dess
keeps me from harm
allows my power to grow within me
to share for the good of all."

Place a drop of rose geranium oil on the small piece of cedar and carry it with you. Do this ritual every morning.

Tip: Black tea drunk with lemon is good for courage.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Celtic Invocation for Guidance



Math, guide me with thy wisdom,
Pwyll, guide me with thy strength,
Lleu, guide me with thy inspiration,
Manawyddan, guide me with thy justice.

Rhiannon, fill me with thy fullness,
Govannon, shield me with thy shade,
Gwydion, fill me with thy grace,
For the sake of the Three Worlds and their kings.

For the One who was stolen on Beltane's Eve,
For the One who hides himself in the woods,
For the One who stood on the rim of the Cauldron,
For the sake of the Three that are One,
And that One who is lover to the Three.
So mote it be!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Invocation to the Mooon for Guidance



To reach a goal when the path is hard to find, use this potent spell
to draw upon the mother moon's guidance. The Moon can often be the way
to clarity through reflection and ritual. To start, look at the Moon
and focus on her energy. After you are in touch with the Moon, focus
on your goal, and speak these words three times:

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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Simple Wish Spell



-Needed Supplies-
*1 sheet of quality paper/parchment
*a pen/pencil used in magickal works
*candles (usually white, can change depending on your wish)

Do a relaxation ritual before this and clear your mind well. Concentrate on
the spell not the joy afterwards.

Take the paper/parchment and draw a pentagram in the middle of it. Then draw a ying-yang symbol in the middle of it. Now write down your wish on the top of the sheet. Write your wish such as ''make me get rich, make my
mother/friend etc. get healed, make me get 'the thing you want''...
Then fold the sheet 3 times and seal it with your candle. Then burn it with
the fire of candle you sealed it. While it turns into ashes, repeat your wish inside yourself or out loud. When it's all ash,sprinkle the ashes from a window or such.

As always be clear in what you wish for.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ritual for Guidance



This spell requires two blue candles and one candle to portray yourself, and sandalwood oil. Anoint candles with the oil and visualize yourself being in a trance like state. Place blue candles on either side of the chosen candle, light the blue candles and say unto thyself:

-Spirit guides/ higher self hear my plea
-Come now and converse with me
-Walk me and guide me through this veil trance, I ask of you

Now sit in a comfortable position and become aware of your breathing patterns. Inhale deeply, exhale deeply, listen to the rhythm of your body and breathing motions. As you become relaxed close your eyes. Focus on your third eye and visualize the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue, blue, indigo, purple, and white in order. Hold each colour for a count of five. Watch as it fades into each colour, still focusing on third eye. Watch your breath and see your chest rise and fall with the air (eyes still closed) and watch your breath as it changes into waves. Now visualize a door on water. Visualize yourself going through the door and visiting with your spirit guide. Ask your questions. Trust the answers you receive. Walk out the door, watch the waves turn back into breathing patterns. Now open your eyes and say to yourself:

-I return to earth again
-Thank you spirit self and friends

Then blow out the candles in reverse order, first your chosen candle and then the blue candles.

This spell is very good to do before trying other in-depth spells.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Simple Spell for Wish Fulfillment.



To get what you want ..... Take a horse shoe and put it around a red candle . put the candle in a darkened room in the middle of a table . Write what it is you want on a piece of paper with a quill pen dipped in black ink . Chant the following as you write . "What I want I write here . Please take my dream and bring it near . What I want Is What I should get . Let all my dreams Now be met." Now take the paper and fold it in a square of four creases . hold it over the candle with a pair of tweezers and let it burn . Picture yourself with your wish fulfilled as you burn the paper. Send waves of love at
the image you conjure of your self ..... ONLY ONE CATCH TO THIS SPELL.....
WATCH WHAT YOU ASK FOR !

author unknown

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Beltane: The Witch's May Day



A Brief History of Beltane

Beltane (AKA May Day) is one of the most important of the witch's sabbats, second only to Samhain (Halloween!) in both status and merriment. It is still celebrated as a spring festival in many places around the world but its ancient roots are Celtic, hailing from Co. Meath in Ireland. It is traditionally a fire festival due to the act of burning 9 different types of wood and then bringing the cattle out from the barns to pasture for the first time of the year, passing them through the pyres as they went. This ritual was to cleanse, heal and protect them which, it was believed, would improve their milk yield for that year. Beltane's meaning is actually fires of Bel (who was the Celtic deity worshipped.)

From these origins, the customs and rituals extended and widened, shifting the emphasis more to fertility. One of these traditions is probably the most iconic symbols of the day worldwide - the may pole. Ribbons of red and white are tied to a pole in the ground and weaved in and out to make particular patterns, usually by the young women of the community. This is a celebration of love and pleasure, helping (and hoping!) to increase fertility along the way.

The Wicca/Witch Sabbat of Beltane

To Wiccans and witches, this has become a very important time to honour the gifts we receive from the natural world around us. It is the beginning of the light half of the year and astronomically a cross quarter day between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. The spark and energy around us at this time of year, one which tends to dampen during the bleak, colder months, comes back to us. It is perfect for being harnessed for spell work and giving them new vigour .

How to Celebrate Beltane

One the first things you must do on Beltane morn is to wake up early and wash your face in the early dew. This was originally thought to give you beauty all year round. But it is an opportunity to really get close to nature and experience the simple joy and calm of being at one with it. Feel the coolness of the gentle breeze or absorb the warmth with the morning sun as it rises. Really experience the earth beneath your feet and breath in the vital air. Engross yourself in the moment!

To mark this fire festival, you can build a bonfire or have a fire of some kind going throughout the day. Many Wiccans, covens or worshippers carry out a fire vigil, starting on Beltane eve but if this is not possible you can always burn a candle to honour the day. In particular, silver candles represent fertility. However, some dedicated followers have even been know to build a small fire in their cauldron! Please, of course, don't leave it unattended if you do this and don't overdo the burning materials inside it. But nevertheless it is a heart warming sight.

But as well as a festival of fire, Beltane is seen as a festival of flowers. Baskets of flowers were made, either for decoration or even as part of a ritual or ceremony. Hawthorn is the flower of the day and legend has it that this is the only time of year that it is ok to bring it indoors without risking bringing bad luck upon yourself. It was usually worn by the May Queen, a young girl chosen to represent the day.

You can also use incense and herbs, either as part of your ritual or in your home (incense for if the bonfire is not practical). Associated with Beltane are - angelica, frankincense, hawthorn, lilac and rose.

However, your chief priority should not necessarily be how you celebrate but instead the feelings, awareness and connectivity with your surroundings that you experience. The meaning of this time of year may be less relevant to our daily lives than when the festival first began but the sense of harmony and even excitement can be cherished all the same.

by: Francesca Ashcroft

Beltane: A Brief History



The Fires of Tara:
Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human sacrifice. Cattle were driven through the smoke of the balefires, and blessed with health and fertility for the coming year. In Ireland, the fires of Tara were the first ones lit every year at Beltane, and all other fires were lit with a flame from Tara.

Roman Influences:
The Romans, always known for celebrating holidays in a big way, spent the first day of May paying tribute to their Lares, the gods of their household. They also celebrated the Floralia, or festival of flowers, which consisted of three days of unbridled sexual activity. Participants wore flowers in their hair (much like May Day celebrants later on), and there were plays, songs, and dances. At the end of the festivities, animals were set loose inside the Circus Maximus, and beans were scattered around to ensure fertility. The fire festival of Bona Dea was also celebrated on May 2nd.

A Pagan Martyr:
May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness.

The Greeks and Plynteria:
Also in May, the Greeks celebrated the Plynteria in honor of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and battle, and the patroness of the city of Athens (which was named after her). The Plynteria includes the ritual cleansing of Athena’s statue, along with feasting and prayers in the Parthenon. On the 24th, homage is paid to the Greek moon-goddess Artemis (goddess of the hunt and of wild animals). Artemis is a lunar goddess, equivalent to the Roman moon-goddess Diana – she is also identified with Luna, and Hecate.

The Green Man Emerges:
A number of pre-Christian figures are associated with the month of May, and subsequently Beltane. The entity known as the Green Man, strongly related to Cernunnos, is often found in the legends and lore of the British Isles, and is a masculine face covered in leaves and shrubbery. In some parts of England, a Green Man is carried through town in a wicker cage as the townsfolk welcome the beginning of summer. Impressions of the Green Man’s face can be found in the ornamentation of many of Europe’s older cathedrals, despite edicts from local bishops forbidding stonemasons from including such pagan imagery.

Jack-in-the-Green:
A related character is Jack-in-the-Green, a spirit of the greenwood. References to Jack appear in British literature back as far as the late sixteenth century. Sir James Frazer associates the figure with mummers and the celebration of the life force of trees. Jack-in-the-Green was seen even in the Victorian era, when he was associated with soot-faced chimney sweeps. At this time, Jack was framed in a structure of wicker and covered with leaves, and surrounded by Morris dancers. Some scholars suggest that Jack may have been a ancestor to the legend of Robin Hood.

Ancient Symbols, Modern Rites:
Today's Pagans and Wiccans celebrate Beltane much like their ancestors did. A Beltane ritual usually involves lots of fertility symbols, including the obviously-phallic Maypole dance. The Maypole is a tall pole decorated with flowers and hanging ribbons, which are woven into intricate pattern by a group of dancers. Weaving in and out, the ribbons are eventually knotted together by the time the dancers reach the end.

In some Wiccan traditions, Beltane is a day in which the May Queen and the Queen of Winter battle one another for supremacy. In this rite, borrowed from practices on the Isle of Man, each queen has a band of supporters. On the morning of May 1, the two companies battle it out, ultimately trying to win victory for their queen. If the May Queen is captured by her enemies, she must be ransomed before her followers can get her back.

There are some who believe Beltane is a time for the faeries -- the appearance of flowers around this time of year heralds the beginning of summer and shows us that the fae are hard at work. In early folklore, to enter the realm of faeries is a dangerous step -- and yet the more helpful deeds of the fae should always be acknowledged and appreciated. If you believe in faeries, Beltane is a good time to leave out food and other treats for them in your garden or yard.

For many contemporary Pagans, Beltane is a time for planting and sowing of seeds -- again, the fertility theme appears. The buds and flowers of early May bring to mind the endless cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth that we see in the earth. Certain trees are associated with May Day, such as the Ash, Oak and Hawthorn. In Norse legend, the god Odin hung from an Ash tree for nine days, and it later became known as the World Tree, Yggdrasil.

If you've been wanting to bring abundance and fertility of any sort into your life -- whether you're looking to concieve a child, enjoy fruitfulness in your career or creative endeavors, or just see your garden bloom -- Beltane is the perfect time for magical workings related to any type of prosperity.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Beltane Project: Make a Faerie Chair



Found this really cool project for Beltane and thought I would pass it along. I plan on doing this myself. I am going to face it East so I can do my morning meditations from it. Blessings.

Some people believe that Faeries inhabit their flower gardens. If you think you've got friendly Fae out there, this craft project is a great way to get kids into gardening at the beginning of spring. You'll need the following items:

•An old wooden chair
•Some primer paint
•Exterior paint in your favorite Faerie color(s)
•Polyeurethane or sealant
•Seeds for a climbing flower, such as morning glory or clematis
•A sunny spot in your garden
To make this cute outdoor project, start by applying a coat of primer paint to the chair. It's really easiest if this is in white or another light color. Next, apply a coat of your favorite Fae-attracting color -- pastels look very pretty, such as lavenders or sunny yellows. Decorate the chair with designs in acrylic paints if you like. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat or two of polyeurethane to protect the chair from the elements.

Find a sunny spot in your garden, and loosen the soil a bit. Place the chair where you want it, but be sure that it's the right spot, because it's going to become a permanent fixture. Once the chair is in place, plant seeds around the base of the chair, just a few inches away from the legs.

Water the soil each day, and as your climbing plants appear, twine the vines up through the legs of the chair and around it. Pretty soon, you'll have a chair covered with leafy greens and bright flowers. It's the perfect place for your kids to spot a Faerie!

by: Patti Wigington

A Maypole Ritual



Beltane is a yearly event that is celebrated by Wiccans to symbolize union and balance in the world. It is usually held in May and is a celebration of fertility and new life for the coming year. The word itself means "shining fire". This is one of the festivals that are held during day time.

For thousands of years, people have celebrated this ritual all over northern Europe and probably in lands where pagans gathered. Spring flowers are collected, and people walk through the village streets decorating houses with flowers. Most of the people in the homes would leave food outside for the "trick or treat" version of Beltane.

This celebration is all about sowing seeds and creating new life.One of the most important traditions on this holiday is that of the Maypole. Young men would choose a fir tree and fashion a pole for this occasion. This pole would be placed in the center of the village and closely guarded until the day of the celebration.

1. Choose an area for the gathering and cleanse it with a besom

2. Cast the circle in order to create a "safe space" where unwanted, unwelcome spirits cannot enter.

3. Invoke the East, South, West and North with proper ritual chanting so that they help us with their powers and energies.

4. Invite the Goddess to join us, witness our ritual and bless us. The Goddess represents the feminine aspect of fertility, the vagina (Earth)

5. Invite the God (or Gods) to bless and consecrate the pole which is the male aspect of fertility, representing the phallus which produces the seed.
6. A hole is prepared and consecrate with some oil and wine. Chant: Earth Mother, may this offering prepare you to receive this symbol of your consort, our Lord"

7. The men walk, chanting, holding the Maypole, going two steps forward and one backward, making grunting noise. The ladies present come forward and rub oil on the pole while making a wish for themselves and their future. They may also tie ribbons on the pole. The color of the ribbons also may signify their dreams for the future.

8. With a lot of flourish, chanting and effort, the heavy pole is thrust into the earth to encourage new life and the blossoming of our dreams.

9. Now that the seed has been spilled, people start dancing and the Beltane fire is lit. People dance around the fire or jump over the fire to purify them.

10. After the ritual, the deities are thanked and dismissed. Now the guardians or watchtowers are thanked for their guidance and sent off to their realms.

11. The circle is opened and people return home dreaming of abundance and prosperity for the coming year.

One of the main activities of the festival is the lighting of the bonfire. Sometimes after the community Beltane bonfire is lit, individuals re-light their own home hearth fires from the Beltane Bonfire. These bonfires are used to purify the cattle by driving them through (or between two) bonfires. Juniper boughs are thrown into the bonfire to add to the smoke and purification of people and cattle.



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Thursday, April 28, 2011



Roses are associated with the sun sign of Taurus. Here are a few common rose colours and the meanings assoicated with them.

Red: Love, Respect, Courage

Yellow: Joy, Gladness, Freedom

Pink/Peach: Gratitude, Appreciation, Admiration or Sympathy

White: Reverence, Purity, Secrecy

Two Roses Joined Together: Engagement

Red and White Roses Together: Unity

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Trimming Away the Things We Don't Need Anymore.



So about a week ago I cut my hair and when I got done I thought I could do something with these hair clippings but what.....? So a day or so later it came to me that the hair clippings represented things in my life I no longer had a use for or needed. So I came up with this plan for after the full moon.

I took my favorite incense, clove. A white candle and a black candle. And the hair clippings. I light the incense and the candles. Called the quarters and asked for Hecate's help and guidance in this spell. I then focused all my intentions and thoughts on the hair clippings, putting all my negative thoughts and feelings into those hair clippings. All of my worries, my fears and frustrations. After what felt like an appropriate time and my mind felt at ease. I took the clippings down to the river and released them. Letting them float away.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Chant to Add Strength to a Spell 2



Witches power burning bright, tarot, rune and blade,
Charge the spell, enfilled with might, here and now the magic's made.
Wave and tree, hedge and flame, strength of the elements gather here,
to bless this work and charge it well, to complete this spell now, whether near or far.
Mystic Moon and Brilliant Sun, send your power this way come,
Gracious Lady, Mighty Lord, bless this charge of thee I ask.
Powers that are, powers that be, gather round this spell three times three, send it forth to see it last! So Shall it Be!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Simple Spell to Draw in Elemental Energy



Items you will need

a fire safe bowl

a candle: colour corresponding to the element you which to draw in.

a sheet of paper

a pen or pencil

Casting Instructions:

On your piece of paper write down which element you wish to draw into your life. IE: Water, Fire, Earth, or Air. I think it would be helpful to also write down which aspect of the element you wish to use/draw in. Light candle and set paper on fire. Burn in fire safe bowl/cauldron. If windy take outside and allow ashes to blow away. If near a river or stream place in the water and let them be carried away. If neither is possible rinse down the drain. I don't like the symbolism of using the lavatory to flush them so I would just put them down the drain. Another way would be to bury them. Blessings

Another Post on the Elements in Magick



The "Elements" within magickal symbolism are the basic components of all that exists. These four Elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - are at the same time visible and invisible, physical and spiritu

It is unwise to view the four Elements in purely physical terms. Earth, for example, refers not only to the planet on which we exist, but also to the phenomenon of Earthiness, of foundation and stability. Similarly, Fire is much more than flame.

Since this is the magick of nature, using natural powers, tools and symbols, it is important to understand these powers. One of the ways this can be achieved is through the study of the Elements.

The Elemental system was devised and refined in the Renaissance, but its roots stretch farther back into history. It can be viewed as nothing more than a convenient system of orginization for the various types of magick. Then again, it may be viewed as a very real system of powers which can be called upon to aid spells and rituals. How you view them is up to you.

The following discussions deal with the symbolism of and types of magick related to the Elements. All of the magick contained within this book falls under the rulership of one (or more) of the Elements. This is true, too, of all that exists. An understanding of them will aid your magickal work immensely.

Though the Elements are described as "masculine" or "feminine", this should no be viewed in a sexist way. This, like all magickal systems, is symbolic - it describes the basic attributes of the Elements in terms easily understandable. It doesn't mean that it is more masculine to perform Fire magick, or more appropriate for women to use Water magick. It's simply a system of symbols.

EARTH
This is the Element we are closest to home with, sinse it is our home. Earth doesn't necessarily represent the physical Earth, but that part of it which is stable, solid, dependable.

Earth is the foundation of the Elements, the base. It is in this realm that most of us live a good part of our lives. When we walk, sit, stand, crawl, eat, sleep, work our jobs, tend our plants, balance our checkbooks or taste salt we are working within the Element of Earth.

Earth is the realm of abundance, prosperity, and wealth. While it is the most physical of the Elements this is not negative, for it is upon Earth that the other three rest. Without Earth, life as we know it could not exist.

In magickal workings Earth "rules" all spells and rituals involving business, money, employment, prosperity in all its forms, stability, fertility and so on.

A ritual of this Element could be as simple as burying an object representative of your need in a plot of virgin ground, walking over miles of countryside visualizing your need, or drawing images in dirt.

Earth is a feminine Element. It is nurturing, moist, fruitful, and it is these qualities which make it feminine. Such attributes have impelled countless civilizations to envision the Earth as a great Mother Goddess, the all-fertile Creatress of nature.

Earth rules the Northern point of the compass, because that is the place of greatest darkness and of winter. Its colour is the green of the fields and plants.

It governs stone, image, tree and knot magick.

AIR
Air is the Element of the intellect, it is the realm of thought, which is the first step toward creation.

Magickally speaking, Air is the clear, uncluttered, pure visualization which is a powerful tool for change. It is also movement, the impetus that sends the visualization out toward manifestation.

It rules spells and rituals involving travel, instruction, freedom, obtaining knowledge, discovering lost items, uncovering lies, and so on.

It can also be used to develope the psychic faculties.

Spells involving Air usually include the act of placing an object in the Air or dropping something off the side of a mountain or other high place so that the object actually connects physically with the Element.

Air is a masculine Element, being dry, expansive, and active. It is the Element that excells in places of learning, and which is at work while we theorize, think, and ponder.

Air rules the East because this is the direction of the greatest light, and the light of wisdom and consciousness. Its colour is yellow, the yellow of the Sun and of the sky at dawn, and its season is spring.

Air governs the magick of the four winds, most divinations, concentration and visualization magick.

FIRE
Fire is the Element of change, will and passion. In a sense it contains within it all forms of magick, sinse magick is a process of change.

Fire magick can be frightening. The results manifest quickly and spectacularly. It is not an Element for the faint-hearted. However, it is most primal and for this reason is much used.

This is the realm of sexuality and passion. It is not only the "Sacred Fire" of sex, it is also the spark of divinity which shines within us and in all living things. It is at once the most physical and spiritual of the Elements.

Its magickal rituals usually involve energy, authority, sex, healing, destruction (of negative habits, disease), purification, evolution, and so on.
A ritual of Fire usually involves the fuming, burning or smouldering of an image, herb, or other flammable object, or the use of candles or small blazes.

Its magick is usually practiced near the hearth, or beside fires lit in wilderness clearings, or beside the flame of a single candle.

Fire is masculine. It rules the South, the place of greatest heat, the colour red, and the season of summer.

All candle magick comes under Fire's powers.

WATER
Water is the Element of purification, the subconscious mind, love and the emotions.

Just as Water is fluid, constantly changing, flowing from one level to another, so too are our emotions in a constant state of flux.

Water is the Element of absorption and germination. The subconscious is symbolized by this Element because it is rolling, always moving, like the sea which rests neither night or day.

Water magick involves pleasure, friendship, marriage, fertility, happiness, healing, sleep, dreaming, psychic acts, purification, and so on.

A ritual of Water usually ends with an object being tossed or placed in or on a body of Water.

This is a feminine Element, and its colour is the blue of deep, deep Water. It rules the West and autumn months of the year, when rain showers wash the Earth.

The magick of Water is wrought with mirrors, the sea, fog and rain.

P.S. I do not know who wrote this but I give them Thanks and Blessings

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spell to Absorb Magickal Energy from Objects



Place the palm of your non-writting hand against the object whilst keeping the other hand clenched in a fist. Simply visualise the energy of the object flowing into you and into your clenched fist. Once the object is drained completely clench both fists and push the magick into your heart where it can be stored for a short period of time. This should make your heart feel warmer just after casting and probably make you feel light headed so be careful.

by: Yakov

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thirteen Powers of the Witch Blessing



Never heard of this before. Not sure who wrote it but one site gave credit to Silver RavenWolf. I found it interesting both as a blessing and a listing of powers/abilities of a witch. I think it is one of those things that the more you read it the more you get out of it. Blessings

Thirteen powers do the Witches claim
their right of lineage by Goddess's*(insert name of Goddess you work with here) name.
Tie a knot and say the words
or hand on head - the blessing conferred.
A Witch can give success in love
curse or bless through God/dess above.
Speak to beasts and spirits alike
command the weather, cast out a blight.
Read the heavens and stars of the night
divine the future and give good advice.
Conjure treasure and bring fortune to bear
heal the sick and kill despair

This is my birthright to have and to share
blessings you, (the person's name),
may the spirits be fair.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chants to Increase Magickal Power



''Hear now the words of the witches
The secrets we hid in the night
The oldest of gods are invoked here
The great work of magic is sought
In the night and in this hour
I call upon the ancient power
Bring your powers to we sisters/sons three
We want the power
Give us the power''

or:

give me power
give me might
let magickal power
be mine tonight!

or:

'by the power in me, I summon thee'

or:

Hecate, Hecate, Hecate,
be with me,
By the powers that be
and the rule of 3 times 3,
be with me.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Xylomancy: Tree Divination



Okay have searched the internet from here to oh, some where over there, and could not find a source for how to actually do xylomancy. It would appear to be a very free flowing, free association thing. As is most divination techniques. What I got from my research is this, if you are walking along and some branches on a tree or on the ground remind you of a rune....go with it. If the branches in a tree make a pattern that speaks to you, use it. If a certain type of tree calls out to you look up what it means. Maybe all of these sources will come through on the same walk, use them. I know that sometimes when I have been near a tree or trees I could literally hear them speaking to me, whispering on the wind. Another hint, sometimes you just know there are fairies living in a particular tree, leave them a gift. Something shinny preferably. If I feel particularly drawn to a tree I will usually leave a few pennies by it. I always have pennies in my pocket when I go for a walk in the woods for just this purpose. Hope this is helpful, Blessings.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Celtic Tree Names and Meanings


OGHAM NAME - BEITHE, TREE NAME - BIRCH, SYMBOLIC MEANING - beginning, renewal, youth

OGHAM NAME - LUIS, TREE NAME - ROWAN, SYMBOLIC MEANING - protection, expression, connection.

OGHAM NAME - FERN, TREE NAME - ALDER, SYMBOLIC MEANING - endurance, strength, passion.

OGHAM NAME - SAIL, TREE NAME - WILLOW, SYMBOLIC MEANING - imagination, intuition, vision.

OGHAM NAME - NION, TREE NAME - ASH, SYMBOLIC MEANING - connection, wisdom, surrender.

OGHAM NAME - HUATH, TREE NAME - HAWTHORN, SYMBOLIC MEANING - contradiction, consequence, relationships.

OGHAM NAME - DUIR, TREE NAME - OAK, SYMBOLIC MEANING - strength, stability, nobility.

OGHAM NAME - TINNE, TREE NAME - HOLLY, SYMBOLIC MEANING - action,assertion, objectivity.

OGHAM NAME - COLL, TREE NAME -HAZEL, SYMBOLIC MEANING - creativity, purity, honesty.

OGHAM NAME - QUERT, TREE NAME - APPLE, SYMBOLIC MEANING - beauty, love, generosity.

OGHAM NAME - MUIN, TREE NAME - VINE, SYMBOLIC MEANING - introspection, relaxation, depth.

OGHAM NAME - GORT, TREE NAME - IVY, SYMBOLIC MEANING - determination, change, patience.

OGHAM NAME - NGETAL, TREE NAME - REED, SYMBOLIC MEANING - harmony, health, growth.

OGHAM NAME - STRAIF, TREE NAME - Blackthorn, SYMBOLIC MEANING - discipline, control, perspective

OGHAM NAME - RUIS, TREE NAME - ELDER, SYMBOLIC MEANING - transition, evolution, continuation.


OGHAM NAME - AILM, TREE NAME - FIR, SYMBOLIC MEANING - clarity, achievement, energy.

OGHAM NAME - ONN, TREE NAME - gorse, SYMBOLIC MEANING - transmutation, resourcefullness, exposure.

OGHAM NAME - UR, TREE NAME - HEATHER, SYMBOLIC MEANING - dreams, romance,and feelings.

OGHAM NAME-EDAD. TREE NAME - POPLAR/ASPEN, SYMBOLIC MEANING - victory, transformation, vision.

OGHAM NAME- IDAD, TREE NAME - YEW, SYMBOLIC MEANING - transferance, passage, illusion.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tree Astrology



Okay, stumbled across this while looking for more info on tree divination. A subject I heard about on Gypsy Magic. I have never heard of this and found it pretty interesting. Mine was not a perfect match but pretty darn close. I noticed that a few trees have only one day. Wonder what the signficance of this is? Hope you find it as interesting as I did.

This personality profile matches your birth date to a variety of tree.

Find your birthday and then find your tree...

Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
Mar 21 - Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
Jun 24 - Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
Sep 23 - Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
Dec 22 - Beech Tree
Dec 23 to Dec 31 - Apple Tree

APPLE TREE (the Love) - of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and beloved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (the Ambition) - uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (the Creative) - has good taste, concerned about its
looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (the Inspiration) - vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) - of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, Likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) - of unusual beauty ,does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) - strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and
acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) - pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, Modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) - very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its Family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) - extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, discontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) - of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgement in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE (the Doubt) - accepts what life did way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) - no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) - robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) - loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE ( the Particular) - loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (the Passion) - unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.