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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

Daily Correspondences for October 27th, 2015

Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 27th

 A General Horoscope

Our emotions should begin to stabilize when the evocative Moon plods into steady Taurus at 2:07 am EDT. But the Taurus Full Moon occurs at 8:05 am, confronting our need for simple pleasures with the complexity of interpersonal dynamics. However, shocking Uranus is agitating lovely Venus, awakening unconventional desires. Thankfully, we are given an opportunity to address the more complicated aspects of our feelings as we seek fulfillment in love.

Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
You are acutely aware of what is missing from a significant relationship today. Nevertheless, you may still feel pretty calm and confident as the steadfast Taurus Full Moon sheds her light in your 2nd House of Self-Esteem. However, you could also feel the thrilling spark of inspiration by discovering a simple solution to a complex problem. But don’t assume you can make your dreams come true just because you are committed to taking a practical approach now. You must express what’s in your heart if you want others to join in the dance.

Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
It’s healthy to ask difficult questions as you search for the hidden meaning of life. Nevertheless, the Taurus Full Moon brightens your 1st House of Personality, revealing more about your emotional uncertainty than you prefer. Responding to people’s assumptions about your inner process is a challenging task today. Thankfully, you will have plenty of opportunities over the next couple of weeks to process all the knowledge you learn about your most valuable relationships. Never underestimate the power of a beginner’s mind when it comes to matters of the heart.

Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
Your self-protective mechanism swings into operation today, camouflaging your true feelings and keeping your heart safe. The Taurus Full Moon lands in your 12th House of Secrets, reminding you of how much your fantasies impact your daily life. Luckily, you won’t have to work so hard to suppress your dreams once you acknowledge the difference between illusion and reality. Although it isn’t easy to pin down your emotions now, it helps to stick to the basics. No matter how tempting it is to space out, your common sense will ultimately see you through the confusion.

Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
You are typically comfortable with your changing moods but you might go out of your way to avoid them today. The fixed Taurus Full Moon illuminates your 11th House of Social Networking, encouraging you to seek stability in the midst of a crowd. Happily, your friends and associates provide you with a reliable emotional anchor that can moderate the vagaries of your passions. Leaning on others is fine as long as you don’t let them talk you out of your feelings. Even if your desires take you places that make you temporarily nervous, it’s important to stay in touch with your heart.

Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
You’re riding waves of irrepressible feelings that could test the mettle of your professional relationships now. You may be questioning how much of your emotional life to bring into the workplace while the Taurus Full Moon highlights your 10th House of Career. You would like others to know more about you, but you don’t want to overwhelm them with drama that could detract from your performance on the job. Being transparent with those you trust makes sense, but otherwise err on the side of caution when it comes to personal disclosure.

Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
If you already have a plan in motion for reaching the stars, then it’s crucial to stick to it as closely as possible now. However, if you’re flying by the seat of your pants, the earthy Taurus Full Moon offers you a chance to create a sensible strategy as it reinforces your 9th House of Big Ideas. You can achieve your dreams, but don’t get carried away with your enthusiasm. Focusing on the simplest tasks enables you to end up at the most distant destination by taking one small step at a time.

Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
Your life may be so loud now that you are tempted to escape into your dreams to ponder the mysteries of the cosmos. Although the steady Taurus Full Moon offers you a solid place to stand while exploring your 8th House of Metamorphosis, the shifting sands of reality are not as stable as they seem. It’s impossible to see around the corner today because a major transformation is in process. Don’t try to hold onto old assumptions. The more willing you are to let go of the past, the brighter the future will be.

Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
You might believe that your interpersonal communication skills aren’t as effective as you wish. However, your prime directive is changing as your thoughts turn inward to reconnect you with your spiritual core. Today’s Taurus Full Moon shines in your 7th House of Partners, reflecting your feelings back to you through another person’s perspective. Forget about the complicated issues that plague your life and the little details that fill your day. For now, keep everything as simple as possible while sharing your heart in the present moment with someone you love.

Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
You are reconsidering the promises you made at work and are willing to renegotiate your commitments, if necessary. The down-to-earth Taurus Full Moon grounds your 6th House of Daily Routine, advising you that a pragmatic approach to your job is wiser now than harboring unrealistic ambitions. Be satisfied with your current position today, instead of plotting and scheming to get further ahead. Patiently listening to what others want enables you to bargain more effectively for what you need in the long run.

Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
You’re eager to indulge in pleasure today, but you’re still not willing to slack off and let your commitments fall to the wayside. Luckily, you’re the happy recipient of positive cosmic vibes while the sensual Taurus Full Moon dances in your 5th House of Play. Put your artistic talents to work. Focus on your dreams, even if they momentarily seem unattainable, and they will play a growing role in the coming weeks. Let your creative brilliance be a guiding light not only for yourself, but for the rest of the world, too.

Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
You may be trying so hard to inspire others at work that it creates static at home. Family issues must be addressed while the Taurus Full Moon settles into your 4th House of Domestic Conditions. Luckily, your current dilemma won’t be dramatic enough to throw you off track, since you have your priorities in order and can manage the temporary stress. Nevertheless, don’t pretend that everything is fine if it is not; others will quickly see through any attempts to embellish the truth. For the sake of simplicity, be honest right from the start.

Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
Share your current plans with your closest friends as soon as you can, for it will only become more complicated the longer you wait. Oddly enough, people may seem overly irritated today if you aren’t willing to express your point of view. However, the Taurus Full Moon activates your 3rd House of Communication, reminding you that honesty is the best policy. Nevertheless, once you start explaining your opinions, it might be hard to stop before you end up saying too much. A little objective self-regulation tilts the scales in your favor.

Today’s Witches Rune

Woman

Meaning: The first meaning of this rune is quite obvious: it represents women. Any woman that is important in the question, whether you know her or not, will be represented by this rune. Mother, sister, aunt, grandma, a female boss, friend, lover or even enemy… all can be symbolized by the appearance of this rune.

In a more general sense, this rune is related to traditional female abilities and characteristics, such as giving birth, nurturing, comforting and healing. When this rune appears, you can count on the sympathy of others towards you or your situation. In its most negative aspects, the Woman rune can show over-protectiveness, a patronizing attitude or co-dependency. It often strives to maintain the status quo, refusing to change even if the situation is bad.

The Woman rune is connected to nurturing – nurturing a relationship, a person or a project. Like the Moon rune, it can be related to finding a safe place to rest and heal, but while the Moon implies a solitary retreat, the Woman often shows that you need to go back to the people you trust, the people you feel safe with.

Healing is another strong aspect of this symbol, as well as teaching. You can be both the patient/student or the healer/teacher when this rune appears. This rune is also connected to creativity, but in a way that is different from the Romance rune. While the latter is about the conception of a project – the initial stages of creation – the Woman is about the birth of this project. When your creation is brought out into the world, fully manifested.

In relationship readings, this rune isn’t bad, but rather weak. While it can indicate subtle ties between people, these are usually so, so subtle that the partners can easily drift away from each other. It can show that one of the partners sees the other as someone who needs to be protected and healed, rather than an equal. Usually, the romance is a bit stagnated when this rune appears, or very close to becoming a friendship.

 
Your Rune For Today
Raidho

Raidho may mark the coming of a physical or spiritual journey. Whichever the case, changes in your life are soon to come. Spiritual or material goals may be attained.

Additional Information About Today’s Rune, Raidho

 

raiðo: journey
 

Phonetic equivalent: r
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: journey, pilgrimage, change, destiny, quest, progress, life lessons

MAGICAL USES: protection for travellers, to ease or bring about change, to reconnect

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: the Norns, Sigurd’s journey

ANALYSIS: Raiðo represents the path of a person’s life and how it intersects and interacts with other paths. In Norse mythology, these paths are seen as threads of fate, and are regulated by the Norns. The Norns are three sisters who live near the first root of Yggdrasil, which they tend with the water from the well of Wyrd. They also spin the fates of Gods and men, which is important when understanding the mechanism of runic divination and magic.

The complex network of relationships formed by these threads of fate can be thought of as a web.
Every chance encounter forms another connection in the web, and by tugging on one thread you affect everything else in the system. Most people do this completely unconsciously, but by becoming aware of the pattern of the threads surrounding you, it becomes possible to recognize and follow up on the kind of catalytic events that seemed to happen to us randomly back at fehu.

In this way, we can find our way more easily along the path of our own journey, thus deriving the greatest benefit from its lessons. Otherwise we tend to get distracted and end up on detours and dead ends. Raiðo reminds us that, although it may seem that we have accomplished our goals at ansuz, life and change continue and we must always go on. We will eventually end up where we began, but on a higher level and with a better perspective. The journey never really ends.
 
Daily Witches Rune

The Wave

Meaning: This rune symbolizes your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the moonstone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.
 
Witches' Oracle

Prosperity
We can all use a bit of that in our practice. Though money cannot buy you everything, it certainly help move you faster in the direction you want to go. Although we are not encouraging an insurmountable abundance of monetary riches, but the focus here is to be comfortable.
Meaning hear is to use your craft to attract the means to make you happy, secure, and comfortable. Be on the lookout for an opportunity whether be natural or paranormal.
Casting this focus for any money or financial gain spell.

Faery Oracle

The Littlest Faery

The Littlest Faery: “Appreciate the beauty and value of the exquisite and small.”
Little things matter. Seeds, sub-atomic particles, faery rings and precious things are often very, very small. And they often are overlooked, go unnoticed or are judge “ordinary” due to their lack of size. But such small things have power, magic and significance far beyond their size. They are gifts from the world of the faeries, and as such, the more you express your gratitude and appreciation for them, the more faery blessings and magic can enter your life.

And those little things are often “invisible”. So when you draw this card in a reading, be sure to take a look around, both with your physical eyes and with your spirit eye. Have a delicate feel with your faery fingers, find what has been given to you and then give thanks for the little things in your life. The tiny things. Make an offering today for the faeries – a thimbleful of milk and honey, and create a faery bower. Clear a small section of the garden and let it be wild and free, for in that small area, they feel at home, more so than amidst the order. This faery here is protecting her sacred toadstool, a section of the faery ring that is as important as any other. So today, be on the alert for small signs coming to you from the faery. Perhaps a faery ring has sprung up near your home or in your garden. Protect it, and leave an offering near it.

Faeries are oftentimes tiny, but they are very strong. They stop roadworks destroying sacred rings. They whisper in the ears of earth guardians and wildlife warriors, asking them to protect trees and animals. they, being tiny and often invisible to others, are underestimated and often misunderstood. They are powerful beings, and though some are tiny and appear as little more than a flicker of light from the corner of your eye, or a sense that something just flew behind you, they are strong, wild and assisting us greatly.

So today, notice what is overlooked. Do something “small” and know that though your life itself may seem small at times, it is a powerful and magical one, and you too can bring many blessings to both the planet and the soul of nature.

The butterfly lives for a short time span – a day. Perfect poems can be small. There are perfect minutes of music, just as there are day-long operas. Sometimes there is something exquisite in scaling down what we do and creating something precious and shining, in getting closer. See what can be “reduced” in your life and know that it will shine the brighter for this seeming reduction.

Divinatory Meanings: “Modesty. A deliciously small sense of scale. Miniatures. Natural beauties that may only last a few minutes. Dew on the grass. A rainbow in a crystal. A brief and gentle breeze on a warm summer’s day. A reflection on water. A delicious strawberry and a flower in bloom. A light moving on the periphery of your vision, signifying faery contact. All these things are precious. Today, make an offering and give thanks for a small treasure within your life. Be generous in your appreciation. Keep things small and beautiful. Something needs to be “in miniature” to be at the right size. Do not criticize something, a gentle tendril of new plant pushing though the soil, for not being large in size yet. Break down a task into its smaller components and take baby steps. Give thanks for each small step along the way. Know that over the magic of time, small things grow. Know that some things are better for being small. They are not meant to become “big”. They are tiny and they are treasures. Being pushed to make something “bigger,” louder and more noticeable. Small is the way to go for now. Look closer and at the detail. Understand the power of gratitude in terms of growth. Know your life is in some ways small and very precious because of this.”*

Sometimes, once we have committed to the pursuit of our dreams and taken the necessary leap of faith; we realize that things are starting out much smaller than we would have liked. We want things to start with a bang! We want our name in lights right out of the starting gate…. yet this doesn’t always happen. Commitment is necessary to get us where we want to be, and gratitude for every step of the way will keep you right on track. Build your dream life, one brick at a time and soon you will get momentum. Know that things will take on a life of their own as the Universe meets your efforts with Miracles.

Appreciate the small things, the details that work themselves out more perfectly than you could have imagined. The silver linings, the surprises and the small successes must all be acknowledged, for all of these are an integral part of the whole. It takes millions of cells to make up a human, tiny building blocks of perfection all adding up to something unique and amazing.

See your dreams start from the seeds, bless them and nurture them into harvest with love. Know that wherever they are right now, is exactly where you are supposed to be.

Totem Animal

Turkey

If Turkey has come across your path;
It is usually a good omen indicating that great gifts are imminently forth coming. Know that Turkey is always a symbol of sacrifice for renewal and that generosity will open the doors to growth and rebirth. Turkey also reminds you that nothing is an endless resource if it is not honored and nurtured. Be sure that you cultivate and care for those renewable resources that benefit your life. Regardless of your circumstances it is time to listen to your higher vision to achieve your goals, whether they are spiritual, physical, mental or emotional.

If Turkey is your Animal Totem;
You have a tendency to be the “abundance generator” for your friends, family and community. You have a gift for attracting all the bounty of the universe available to you and you are willing to share. You will often meet the needs of others in a give away self sacrifice form simply because all life is sacred to you. You easily translate your life experience into growth and understanding. You recognize that what you do for others you also do for yourself

If Turkey has come into your Dream;
Seeing turkeys in a dream may signify an abundant gain in business, and favorable crops to the farmer. It could also mean that you are being foolish and not thinking clearly. To see them dressed for the market, denotes improvement in your financial affairs.

Alternatively to dream that you eat turkey, foretells some joyful occasion approaching and may represent a holiday feast. To see them flying, denotes a rapid transit from obscurity to prominence.

To dream that you are hunting or shooting a ticket, means that you are acquiring your riches through dishonest means.

Additional Associations for Turkey…
Sacrifice of self for a higher purpose
Understanding the gift of giveaway
Honoring the Earth Mother
Harvest bounties
Pride
Abundance
Generosity
Awareness
Virility
Fertility

Be Blessed Today Pagans!

~Elder Airwolf~

Samhain Haunting Houses

As history is often defined by the political actions of nations, we are able to trace the impact of legislation on witchcraft in various locations throughout time. These decrees were sometimes oppressive, though others were constructive for the progress of the Craft. As we will discuss today, the implication of even others has yet to be known. For example, the Inquisition, or the Roman Catholic Church’s official policy on heretics, commenced an epoch of persecution for witches and other non-Christians alike, while the United States’ Bill of Rights permitted religious freedom for all citizens. In Great Britain, the Witchcraft Acts of the 16th century made the pursuit of this spiritual path penalized by death, while the Repeal of the Witchcraft Act of 1735 made way for underground neopagan groups to surface. There are many more historical regulations of this nature, though today we pay tribute to the decision of the New York case Stambovsky vs. Ackley.

Haunted Houses are significantly tied to fraudulency. This was because though there were several genuine mediums capable of holding a true séance, many imposters took advantage of these mediums’ success as well as the widespread beliefs of the day. However, in 1887 an investigating party, the Seybert Commission, exposed these frauds which lead to a drastic decline in the faith of the ability of mediums as a whole, and correspondingly a decline in the conviction that an average individual could communicate with the spirits. Many individuals wondered, ‘If the spirits can only transmit a message through a mysterious and secretive medium, how can I know that the medium is truly working in my best interest?’

In 1991, a new chapter was written. Helen Ackley and her family had lived at their residence in Nyack, New York for decades, despite the fact that they considered it to be haunted. Mysterious whispers were heard, items went missing, and some of the family members even claimed to have seen ghosts. The Ackley family reported these incidents to numerous sources, including international magazines. However, in the late 1980’s the family had had enough, and decided to move. In conjunction with a realtor, Helen Ackley avoided the mention of any haunting at all costs when trying to sell the house. A man named Jeffrey Stambovsky purchased the house, unaware of any folklore at the time. It did not take him long to hear about it.

Stambovsky took the matter to the courts, stating that Ackley had misrepresented the property, and had intentionally mislead Stambovsky by claiming that there existed no particular rumors about the house. At first, the courts rejected the matter, deeming that with the separation of church and state, the issue of spirits and ghosts pertained to religion. However, after rumors about the house that the Ackley’s had previously published became well-known, the court could not avoid a ruling. After long deliberation, the New York Supreme Court decided that all sellers must openly state any notions held about the property to the buyer, for better or worse.

Many castles throughout Europe and Asia are said to be haunted, and have since been abandoned. In the United States and elsewhere, many individuals have claimed to witness the paranormal in their house. Though it was determined in many of these cases that an excess of Carbon Monoxide led to many of the mysterious happenings, haunted dwellings are the most believed paranormal happening of all according to a recent poll. While it was thought that these dwellings with permanent ghost residents were a trend of Hollywood and in literature, this recent case helped to prove otherwise.

Many questions have been posed. Is it true, unlike the beliefs at the time of the Seybert Commission that individuals who are not mediums can contact or be contacted by the spirits? The Ackleys certainly did not claim to have any extraordinary abilities. What circumstances lead to a spirit not being able to leave a residence? Is it due to the manner of passing from this world? The consequences of the 1991 case are still in the works, though it has certainly increased intrigue in haunted dwellings since the decision had been made.

[Witchcraft] As the great band Stone Angel put it, "There's a house on a hill over yonder. No one goes there and no one ever will. Evil voices scream out in pain and torture. No one knows exactly what it is. No one knows exactly. Legend has it of children who have wondered. Far from where they should have gone. And far from where they should have been. Wake the dead from a rest of peaceful slumber. No one knows exactly what they did. No one knows exactly."

Quills & Ink!

What is Magickal Ink?

Magickal Ink is an ancient tool used in writing Spells and in Spellwork. Using the resin Dragon's Blood is the most powerful mediums to make your magickal ink, and it is ground to a fine powder for this use.  Added with alcohol, arabic gum and essential oils, you have a perfect writing medium. This ancient ink can be used in your Book of Shadows, to make Runes, Talismans and Seals or any special writing that you desire

Dragon's Blood

[Dragon Blood]

Dragon's Blood is not a traditional garden option, but it is a very important addition to your Magickal pantry. Dragon's Blood is a hard resin that is obtained from the Dragon's Blood Tree, or Dracaena Cinnabari. This resin is a deep red color and is used in whole form or ground and has so much history with the past of Witchcraft. The uses are innumerable, but Dragons Blood is a great choice for Protection, Healing and Banishing Spells. Overall, it has many uses and can be added to bags, burned or anointed.  While you cannot grow it, you can find it in many spiritual shops as well as online if you choose to include this in your work.

Skinny Witch Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients16Count
Nutrition170Calories
Total Time70Minutes
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Ingredients

US METRIC

4 tbsps butter
1/2 cup diced onions (Finely)
1/2 cup carrots (Finely Diced)
1/2 cup diced celery (Finely)
3 cups cooked chicken (Shredded, Or Turkey)
1/4 cup flour
3 cups low sodium chicken broth (Plus More If Needed)
white wine (Splash Of, optional)
1/4 tsp tumeric
salt
pepper
chopped fresh thyme (To Taste)
1/4 cup cream (Half-and-half Or)
1 whole unbaked pie crusts
1 whole eggs
2 tbsps water

Pot Pie

Prep: 15 Minutes Level: Easy
Cook: 45 Minutes Serves: 12

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Finely Diced Onion
1/2 cup Finely Diced Carrot
1/2 cup Finely Diced Celery
3 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken Or Turkey
1/4 cup Flour
3 cups Low-sodium Chicken Broth, Plus More If Needed
 Splash Of White Wine (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
 Salt And Pepper, to taste
 Chopped Fresh Thyme To Taste
1/4 cup Half-and-half Or Cream
1 whole Unbaked Pie Crust
1 whole Egg
2 Tablespoons Water

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add the onion, carrots, and celery. Stir them around until the onions start to turn translucent, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the chicken or turkey and then sprinkle the flour over the top and stir it until it’s all combined with the turkey and vegetables. Cook for 1 minute, then pour in the chicken broth (and wine if using) and stir it around and let it cook and thicken.

Once it starts to thicken add the turmeric, salt, pepper, and thyme.

Add the half-and-half or cream, then stir the mixture and let it bubble up and thicken, about 3 minutes. If it seems overly thick, splash in a little more broth. Turn off the heat.

Pour the filling into a 2-quart baking dish. Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface and lay it over the top of the dish. Press the dough so that the edges stick to the outside of the pan. Use a knife to cut little vents here and there in the surface of the dough.

Mix together the egg with 2 tablespoons water and brush it all over the surface of the crust. (You will have some egg wash left over.)

Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the crust is deep golden brown and the filling is bubbly. To prevent the crust from getting too brown, you might want to cover it lightly with foil for the first 15 minutes of baking time.

Serve up servings by the (big ol’) spoonful!

The Celtic Roots of Samhain~All Souls Night

Samhain (Samain) - The Celtic roots of Halloween


As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain (Samain) festival. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through. 


The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. People wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as harmful spirits and thus avoid harm. Bonfires and food played a large part in the festivities. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into a communal fire, household fires were extinguished and started again from the bonfire. Food was prepared for the living and the dead, food for the ancestors who were in no position it eat it, was ritually shared with the less well off. 

Christianity incorporated the honouring of the dead into the Christian calendar with All Saints (All Hallows) on November 1st, followed by All Souls on November 2nd. The wearing of costumes and masks to ward off harmful spirits survived as Halloween customs. The Irish emigrated to America in great numbers during the 19th century especially around the time of famine in Ireland during the 1840's. The Irish carried their Halloween traditions to America, where today it is one of the major holidays of the year. Through time other traditions have blended into Halloween, for example the American harvest time tradition of carving pumpkins.

Two hills in the Boyne Valley were associated with Samhain in Celtic Ireland, Tlachtga and Tara. Tlachtga was the location of the Great Fire Festival which begun on the eve of Samhain (Halloween). Tara was also associated with Samhain, however it was secondary to Tlachtga in this respect.

The entrance passage to the Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara is aligned with the rising sun around Samhain. The Mound of the Hostages is 4,500 to 5000 years old, suggesting that Samhain was celebrated long before the first Celts arrived in Ireland about 2,500 years ago.

Celtic Earth Works on the Hill of Tara

The Diwali Festival

The Hindu Diwali (Divali, Deepavali) Festival known as the Festival of Lights occurs about the same time as Samhain. Diwali marks the Hindu New Year just as Samhain marks the Celtic New Year, could it be that Diwali and Samhain have a common root in antiquity? 
 

Samhain / Halloween

An excerpt from Tlachtga: Celtic Fire Festival by John Gilroy.

The Festival of Samhain marked the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of the new one and as such can be seen to the equivalent of New Year's Eve. We have seen how the Celts believed that night preceded day and so the festivities took place on the Eve of Samhain. There is no doubt that that this festival was the most important of the four Celtic Festivals. Samhain was a crucial time of year, loaded with symbolic significance for the pre-Christian Irish. The celebrations at Tlachtga may have had their origins in a fertility rite on the hill but it gathered to itself a corpus of other beliefs which crystallised at the great Fire Festival.

The perceptible, and apparent, decline in the strength of the sun at this time of year was a source of anxiety for early man and the lighting of the Winter Fires here symbolised mans attempt to assist the sun on its journey across the skies. Fire is the earthly counterpart of the sun and is a powerful and appropriate symbol to express mans helplessness in the face of the overwhelming sense of the decay of nature as the winter sets in.

Now the sun has descended into the realm of the underworld, the forces of the underworld were in the ascendency. The lord of the underworld, unfettered from the control of the sun, now walked the earth and with him travelled all those other creatures from the abode of the dead. Ghosts, fairies and a host of other non-descript creatures went with him. The Lord of the Dead in Celtic mythology can be identified as Donn.

Mythology tells us that when the invaders of Ireland known as the Miliseans landed at the Boyne, they made their way to Tara. Once there, they were advised by the Druids that they should return to their ships and sail off the shore to the length of nine waves. When they were on the sea a great storm arose which scattered their fleet. The commander of one of the ships was Donn. His ship was broken to pieces in the storm and he himself drowned along with twenty four of his comrades. He was buried on the Skellig Islands off the coast of Kerry.

He is the first of the new wave of invaders to meet his death in Ireland and, as such, he became elevated to the status of god of the dead. The place of his burial became known as Tech Donn - The house of Donn, and soon became identified with with the otherworld. The Celts were fascinated with tracing their ancestry back as far as they could and often they identified their earliest ancestors with the gods of their peoples. Hence, a belief arose that when they died they went to the house of their ancestor, the god of the otherworld.

It is interesting to note that the abode of Donn, on the Skellig Islands, is just a few miles from the traditional home of Mog Ruith at Valentia Island. As well as being geographical neighbours, both are closely associated with Samhain, when it can be said that Mog Ruith as sungod sojourns at the realm of the underworld, the abode of Donn.

Donn is seen as a retiring god who prefers the isolation of the bleak Skelligs and remains aloof from the other gods. His name means "brown" and he is associated with the shadowy realm of the dead. O'hOgain tells us that a ninth century text attributes a highly significant quotation to him "To me, to my house, you shall come after your death"

Many other sources say that the dead assemble at his house and describe deceased people travelling to and from here. Fishermen in the area were wont to hear strange boats passing to the island at night and the names of those who disembarked were called out. Later Christian writers claimed that the souls of the damned lingered at his house before departing for hell. Not surprisingly, aspects of his personage have been adapted by Christian writers in their portrayal of the devil.

Samhain being the feast of the dead can now be clearly seen as incorporating the cult of Donn into its celebrations but how they did so remains uncertain. The Fires were in all likelihood lit in honour of the sungod - here manifesting as Mog Ruith, but certain other of the trappings are clearly associated with the Lord of the Dead. The idea that Samhain is a juncture between the two halves of the year saw it acquiring the unique status of being suspended in time - it did not belong to the old year not the new. It could be said that time stood still on this night and the implications of this were immense. During this night the natural order of life was thrown into chaos and the earthly world of the living became hopelessly entangled with the world of the dead. But the world of the dead was itself a complicated place, peopled not only by the spirits of the departed, but also with a host of gods, fairies and other creatures of uncertain nature.

The unwary traveller, caught away from home on this night, could expect to encounter any one or many of these creatures and it was always advisable to stay indoors. Ghosts were everywhere and may or may not have been harmful to the living. It is interesting to note that the manuscripts tells us that all fires in the country must be extinguished on this night and could only be relit from the great flames from Tlachtga. This, of course, is not to taken literally but symbolised the brief and temporary ascendency of the powers of darkness at this time of year.

During this period all the world was in darkness and the dead were abroad. When the fire at Tlachtga was lit, it gave the signal that all was well and all other fires could now be relit. The fires at Talchtga were the public celebration of the victory of light, while the relighting of the household fire marked the domestic celebration of the feast. Now the spirits of dead ancestors could be welcomed back into the home with safety and posed no threat to the household. This theme is repeated constantly in Irish literature. MacCollugh tells us that the cult of the dead culminated at the family health. Very often the spirits of ancestors sought warmth around the fireside on this night. Fires were left lighting in the grate to warm the spirits and food was left out for them. Even though the ancestral ghosts were benign, it was still a good idea to avoid them by going to bed early.

However, the ghosts may not have been entirely benign. They needed some sort of appeasement in the form of ritual offerings on this night. So long as the offering was forthcoming the ghosts were happy and benevolent, but if the offering was withheld another side of the ghosts features were presented. Bad luck would descend on the household and all would not be well the coming year. Some vestiges of this tradition may survived in the modern Halloween custom of "trick or treat". Children, dressed as ghosts and witches, invite the household to make a donation or face the consequences. The 'treat' may represent the ritual offering while the 'trick', nowadays a harmless prank, may have in antiquity, represented the malevolent consequences of inadequately appeasing the ancestral ghost on this night.

But it was not just time that was dislocated at Samhain. Just as the festival stands on the boundary between Summer and Winter, all other boundaries were in danger at this time. The boundaries between a mans land and his neighbours were a dangerous place to be on this night. Ghosts were to be found along these points and a style between adjacent land was a place of particular dread and best avoided. Bridges and crossroads were also likely places to encounter ghosts. Naturally enough, burial places were avoided on all nights but particularly on this night. Every sort of a ghost was to be seen here and the dead mingled freely with the living.

The practice of divination - telling the future, was an important part of everyday life for the Celts and it is certain that this art formed a central part of the festivities occurred at Tlachtga at Samhain. Vestiges of this can be seen today at Halloween are familiar with the practice of going to the church at midnight on Halloween and standing in the porch. The courageous observer will see the spirits of those who will die in the coming year if he watches closely, but runs the risk of meeting himself. Similarity, girls watching in a mirror on this night will see the image of the man they will marry but also run the risk of seeing the devil.

Those brave enough to go to a grave yard at midnight and walk three times around the graves will be offered a glimpse the future but again run the risk of meeting the devil. This latter example is interesting as it preserves the three time sunwise turn so important to the Celts in the ritual. The possibility of meeting the devil may represent the well known Christian attempt to associate the pagan god of the dead with the devil of Christian belief. This being the case, Donn the Lord of the Dead, left his island home on this night and travelled freely throughout the country. Whether he carried off souls is unclear, but it is likely that he did. The ritual offerings on the Winter Fires may have been an attempt to appease him until, such time in history, he was replaced on the arrival of Christianity by the devil.

The early Irish manuscripts are littered with references to the magical significance of Samhain. It marked the end of the fighting and hunting season for the warrior troop known as the Fianna. At Samhain they retreated into winter camp, quartering themselves on the general population until the return of Summer at Beltainne. Fionn MacCumhail chose Samhain as the time to present himself before the court at Tara for the first time, while it was also at Samhain that the god Lugh made his dramatic entrance to the same court. The Connaught queen, Meave, waited until Samhain before setting out on the great Cattle Raid of Cooley.

Fionn MacCumhail, Lugh and Cuchulainn - Meave's opponent, are the three great figures of Irish mythology and it is interesting to note how Samhain is the time chosen by the writers to introduce their arrival on the scene. The Battle of Mag Tuired (supposedly in County Mayo) was fought at Samhain. It seems that when the early writers wish to impart a magical quality to the events they are depicting, they choose the Festival of Samhain for the occasion. There remains little doubt that Samhain held a central place in the imagination of the Celts, where the festivities associated with several local gods became entangled, over the course of perhaps a thousand years, with the feast of the god of the dead. Remnants of these celebrations have come down to us in our own celebrations of Halloween.

An excerpt from Tlachtga: Celtic Fire Festival by John Gilroy.


Ancient cultures such as the Neolithic (Stone Age) people who build Newgrange in Ireland aligned their monuments to the major solar events, the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. The solar year was further divided to mark the half way points between the major solar events giving the cross quarter days of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh andSamhain.

Trick-or-treating as we know it actually had its beginning hundreds of years ago in Medieval England and Ireland. People would make small, round soul cakes for All Saints Day. Children would go door to door as they do now, but instead of collecting piles of candy and “trick-or-treating,” they would sing songs and say prayers for the dead and would receive a soul cake for their efforts. For each cake eaten, a soul would be freed from Purgatory. This tradition continued even into the last century in some areas.

As I have been reading about the beginnings of Halloween, I decided that I needed to make a batch of traditional soul cakes for Halloween. So that’s just what I did! They aren’t cakes at all. They are more like spiced shortbread cookies. I found a great recipe that I was able to adapt a bit and convert to American measurements. The soul cakes are lightly sweet and spicy. Not what you might think of as a typical Halloween treat, but I think soul cakes are going to become a new Halloween tradition in our house!

Traditional Soul Cake Recipe
Recipe adapted from: recipewise
Makes about 24 large, 3 1/2-inch ‘cakes’

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups (340 grams) all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup (170 grams) granulated sugar
3/4 cup (170 grams) butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
raisins (optional)

Instructions:
1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bow. Work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the egg and white wine vinegar Thoroughly mix all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl sifted flour, spices, and sugar. Rub in the diced butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add in the beaten egg and vinegar and mix with a wooden spoon until it comes together into a ball. The dough will be firm. Use your hands to press the dough together into a ball, if necessary. Cover the bowl and chill for 20 minutes.

3.Lightly flour a clean, flat surface and roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into large rounds using a cookie cutter. Use the end of a wooden spoon to press a cross shape into the cakes. Place the cakes onto the baking sheets and press raisins into the top of the cakes, if desired. Gather the scraps together and roll again until all the dough has been cut into cakes.

Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12-15 minutes, or until the cake tops are lightly golden. Can be eaten warm or at room temperature.

Store in an airtight container for about a week.

Note: The dough can also be made in a food processor. Pulse the dry ingredients, add the butter and pulse until it resembles cornmeal. With the motor running, pour the beaten egg and vinegar through the feed hole. Pulse until well combined. Turn out into a bowl and press together into a ball. Chill and proceed with rolling, cutting, and baking the cookies as directed above.

 

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Death

Death: From a Pagan Perspective


 

Viewing Death as Part of a Cycle



Death is such a fundamental process in nature that, without it, life could not exist. From the moment of our birth, the cells in our body are endlessly dying and being replaced. The body that dies is not the body that was born. In orer to grow, we experience many deaths. Over and over again we shed our appearance, our attitudes and our behavior as we change from one stage of our life to the next. The person that dies is only one of the people we became as we lived. As we grow toward a better unerstanding of death and life, the destinctions between the two are slowly eroding. If we are to go beyond the conventional view of death, we need to ask ourselves if our own fear of death is rooted in an outdated model of life. And we need to seek other ways in which we view both life and death. There are a few different ways to see life and death as a cyclical pattern involving necessary change.

1. The Wheel of Life: Our existance is a constant pattern of cyclical change. Life constantly changes into death and each moment of death is a moment of rebirth. We perceive beginnings and endings, but the flow of existance is never-ending.
2. The Wavicle:Quantum physics shows that at the sub-atomic level there is no distinction between matter and energy. Both have the qualities of particles and waves, giving rise to the concept of the wavicle. We are perpetual patterns of the energy of the cosmos. What we perceive to be the death of sinite individuals is simply the unending movement of the universe.
3. The Ascent of Life: Life forms have different levels of consciousness, but all of them have the potential for evolution. Human beings can manifest this potential to a very high degree. We can become aware of dimensions that transcend our limited understanding of our bodies and minds, and enter into a different experience of life and death.

Most Pagans view death as a passage rather than an ending, something to be celebrated , and not be feared or despised. Those left behind grieve for their loss but without the desperate edge often seen in the mainstream. This attitude tends to upset or frighten many people, since Modern American culture puts a great deal of energy into hiding death or not talking about it.

The dying Pagan faces the task of saying goodbye to this world and hello to the next. Ritual can serve an important role in this process, as can study or contemplation on the possibilities. If we have no curiosity about what might exist after death, we blind ourselves to what many people believe to be the next stage of our journey. Exploring death directly tends to produce a calmer more positive experience than greating death as an unfamiliar and terrifying prospect.

For friends and family, the dying process is also a journey. Their task is to support the dying person in whatever ways they can, according to the wishes of the dying person. They need to become sensitive to the needs of the ying person, and try to leave their own agendas at the door. Taking care of a dying person is a special committment with special rewards. Participating in the dying process can be awe-inspiring. There are a wide range of services for Pagans to draw on when caring for a ding person. One can be reading from a sacred text, such asThe Tibetn Book of the Dead or the Book of Going Forth by Day, reading suitable poetry, or playing soothing music. Incense may also be soothing, and create a calm atmosphere. Often the dying wishes for company in thir last hours. Such a deathwatch can be solemn or festive, depending in the wishes of the ying individual. For Pagans, this sacred duty often takes on a special meaning , especially for those who serve a god or goddess associated with death. Few people in contemporary culture understand this, so try to be sensitive to their feelings without letting them ruin the occasion. As death becomes imminent, members of the deathwatch may notice signs such as changes in the dying person's behavior, a sudden wish for the ying person to reconcile and reach closure in all matters, the abrupt absense of pain, and family members become more agitated and wanting to be closer or be away from the dying person. A dying Pagan is quite likely to know when death is approaching, or to see thir messengers or guides. The best experience of death is a combination of joy and sorrow.

When we take care of the dying we may forget to take care of ourselves. But we must remember by taking showers deaily, keeping our auras clean, sleeping and eating when we are tired or hungry. Take vitamins and immune system boosters, move your body, get a massage, a haircut, a manicure or shave. Adore your body that holds itself. This is how you heal. Healing should start before the death of your loved one. Find ways to process your feelings both during and after the dying process. Talk to someone, write about your feelings, put them into artwork. If you keep things to yourself, you explode.

Making advance arrangements for your death and burial not only gives you a better chance of seeing your wishes followed, it also saves a great deal of time, money and energy. If possible, make your plans before you face a life-threatening situation. Pagans find it generally more challenging to go through this process due to the relative scarcity of experienced help and the reluctance of mainstream service providers to accomodate our needs and preferences. However, a variety of organizations offer support for the persisitent Pagan, so your quest is by no means hopeless.

Making your arrangements should include the follwing steps:

1. Consider your won needs and wishes. What motifs make you feel comfortable? Do you want to carry on a family tradition? Do you want a Priest(ess) of your own religion to stand deathwatch and/or speak at your funeral? Which songs would you like to have played/sung? Would you prefer a wake or some alternative to the funeral custom? What do you want done with your body after you have left it? How do you want your possessions distributed?
2. Consider the needs and wishes of those closest to you. What members of your birth family would feel comfortable at a Pagan funeral? Would your covenmates feel comfortable at a Christian or mixed-religious funeral? Would people feel left out if you chose not to have a public ceremony? How can you satisfy their needs for closure and remembrance?
3. Identify and memorize as much common ground as necessary. Would you like company in your last hours? Do you want flowers at your funeral or grave and if so what kinds? Are there arrangements for people to extend their condolences to your survivors, to leave offerings for the deceased, to remember you fondly to each other?
4. Research the legal and practical aspects of your plans. Fin out if what you want is possible. And id so, under what conditions and in what locations.
5. Research Pagan an contemporary sources for further ideas. Take notes when you find something you like. From your various lists of ideas, compile a plan that will meet the needs and wishes of yourself and those close to you, and which will be both legal and practical to implement.
6. Draw up and formalize the final plan. If you have not already hired a lawyer to help you with your project, doing so now might be a good idea. A lawyer can help with the necessary wording and explain what documents you need to write, fill out or file.
7. Store your original document(s) in a secure place, such as a safe-deposit box or with your lawyer. Make copies and include a set with your important household documents, such as lease/mortgage papers, insurance records. Make sure important people--the executor of your will, your Durable Power of Attorney, etc.--have copies of your papers.

You may have more options than you expect if you are willing to take the time to do some digging. You may turn up information that surprises you, provides you flexibility, and that you can use to your advantange if some people are hesitant to help you with your wishes. In securing your rights, be polite but firm. Be creative too. A green Pagan should also think twice about cremation, as burnt caskets pollute the air with many hazardous toxins. Remember that you do not have to use toxic materials. You can make or order your own coffin or shroud or decorate it as you wish, including in ritual. You can have a family member or Priest(ess) of your own tradition handle all the official details. In short, you can take control of most elements surrounding your death and the disposition of your mortal remains. If you need some help with the planning stages, you can turn to various organizations for support. Natural Death Care Project is one such organization, as is Pagan Hospice and Funeral Trust. Although some mainstream service providers may prove intractable, most will bend over backwards to help you get what you want.

Unfortunately, options for Pagan burial sites are somewhat limited. In most areas, you can arrange a burial on private property or have your ashes scattered where you wish, but most of the actual Pagan cemetery sites are still processing their paperwork. However, the Pagan Hospice and Funeral Trust includes creating a Pagan burial ground as one of their long-term goals. Mother Rest Sacred Grove, a Nest of the Church of All Worlds, intends to do this as well. As members of the Pagan community, we need to weave a safety net so that members of Earth-based religions can be assured of spiritual support, health care and sympathetic professionals, legal assistance from Pagan friendly lawyers, and appealing sacred sites in which to leave their mortal remains. When you find an organization that does this, do your part and send donations and other resource that help these organizations flourish.

Most Pagans would regard concepts such as salvation or justification as meaningless to their spiritual path. With no transcendent deity who acts as judge and no concept of sin, logically no need for salvation or atonement exists. Incentives to live a good life do not involve pleasing a god or goddess who is exterior to one's self; rather, virtue and honor are their own rewards and one engages in such behavior out of a sense of love and personal pride.

Some Pagans accept a simple concept of karma as a way of affirming that a person's behavior, whether good or ill, will ultimately shape his or her future destiny, whether in this life or a future life. However, karma is not seen as a system of reward and punishment (since there is no one at the helm to do the rewarding and the punishing), but rather simply as a law of the way things function in nature - equivalent to the laws of gravity or inertia.

Closely aligned to belief in karma is belief in reincarnation, or the recycling of souls. Since the body is "recycled" by decay and decomposition after death, so the soul can be recycled by taking birth in a new form. As a metaphysical belief, not all Pagans accept reincarnation, but many do; those who do, point to ancient Pagan beliefs (for example, Julius Caesar wrote about how the ancient Celtic Druids believed in the transmigration of souls), to the widespread belief in reincarnation within occult and eastern spirituality, and finally to the anecdotal evidence of many individuals who claim to have past-life memories.

Unlike other religions that regard reincarnation as a sort of prison from which one must eventually be liberated, Paganism generally does not promote such a pessimistic view of rebirth. Rather, reincarnation is seen as a tool for growth and learning - and perhaps even joy. Although each incarnation will carry its measure of suffering and sorrow, it will also bring the joy of new relationships, new experiences, and new wisdom and insight. Each incarnation is followed by a period of rest and reflection before the soul gets on the merry-go-round again. This perspective affirms the cycle of rebirth as a positive process.

In addition to (or instead of) reincarnation, adherents of various Pagan traditions have mythical understandings of the afterlife in which they place belief. Typically, these otherworldly destinations of the soul after death are regarded as paradise, although some have a darker or drearier feel. Here are a few of the mythical otherworlds, as seen by various Pagan traditions, as destinations for the souls of the dead:

The Summerland - the Wiccan concept of paradise, where one experiences happiness and sensual pleasure. The Summerland can function as a destination between reincarnations (a place of rest and renewal) or as the ultimate destination, when a soul eventually stops reincarnating.
Tir na n'Og - Literally, the "Land of Youth." In Irish mythology, Tir na n'Og is a blessed realm across the water where souls journey after death. It is a land of continual feasting and joy, without old age, sickness, or death. Perhaps reflecting the sensibilities of the Iron Age culture that gave birth to Celtic myth, it is also a land where the souls of heroic warriors engage in valorous battle.
Valhalla (Literally, the "Hall of the Slain") and Fólkvangr (literally, "Field of the Host") - Two destinations for the spirits of noble warriors, as recounted in Norse myth. The great warriors who journey to Valhalla and Fólkvangr upon their death will assist the gods in the apocalyptic battle prophesied to occur during Ragnarök, the apocalyptic war that will occur at the end of the age.
Hades - the underworld in Greek myth, ruled over by a god of the same name. The underworld is the final destination of the souls of the dead; while some descriptions suggest it is a misty and gloomy place, others suggest it is a place of peace, and at least one realm within the underworld, Elysium, is a blessed place destined for the souls of the heroic and the virtuous.

These and other such depictions of otherworldly realms offer insight into the variety of beliefs that various Pagans might hold. Different traditions have teachings that are promoted within their specific community, but no single belief about the afterlife is normative for all.

Because of the freedom with which individuals can form their own opinions after the afterlife, some Pagans choose either to remain agnostic about questions of what happens after death, or even reject all such ideas as mere metaphysical speculation. Since many forms of Paganism are more oriented toward the material world rather than an abstract spiritual world, such a perspective maintains that it is more important to live well in the present than to waste time worrying about what will occur in a future that cannot be controlled anyway.

Healing Spells

 

POPPET HEALING SPELL

Take a poppet and sprinkle it liberally with blessing oil. Rub a perfume oil all over your hands and hold them over the dolls head, palms open and say: “You are very ill-be healed. You will recover-be healed. Heal! Heal! Heal!” Now blend equal amounts of Rosemary perfume oil, Violet perfume oil, Voodoo oil and Damnation powder. Mix thoroughly until you have a paste. Completely coat the doll from top to bottom with this mixture and repeat the words given above. After several times, carefully wrap the coated doll in a piece of red cloth and hide it away, it must not be seen for several days. Then take the doll and burn it and scatter the ashes to the wind.

 

 

 

WITCH’S HEALING CANDLE SPELL

To help speed a recovery from illness, write the sick person’s name upon a white human-shaped candle of the appropriate gender. As you anoint it with three drops of myrrh or mint oil, visualize healing energy in the form of white light flowing from your hands into the candle and say:

In the divine name of the Goddess
Who breathes life into us all
I consecrate and charge this candle
As a magical tool for healing.

Place the candle on top of a photograph of the sick person and then light the wick.As the candle burns down, concentrate upon the person in the photograph, willing him or her to be well again, and chant the following incantation:

Magick mend and candle burn,
Sickness end; good health return.

 

 

 

HEALING FIRE CANDLE SPELL

 

You will need:
Three Purple Candles
Three Blue Candles
Photograph of yourself

Place the candles in a circle around the photograph. Charge each candle individually:

“I charge you by the powers of fire East, South, West, and North;
I charge you by the powers of The Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
I charge you by the powers of The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars:
To heal me of this disease (or ailment) Its causes and its manifestations.
So mote it be!”

Now, after you light each candle, say:
“Burn the sickness in your flame Burn the sickness that would maim.
Burn the illness by your might Burn the illness in your light.
Heal me of illness and pain Heal me of all that is bane.
Heal me and set me free With my will so must it be!”
Do this spell as many nights in a row that you need to.

 

 

 

 

Healing Water Spell

You Will Need:
Small Bowl
Blue Water (use blue food coloring)
Mint
Blue Cloth or Towel

Casting the Spell:
Cast this spell during the waxing moon for best results.

Pour some water into the bowl, adding a few drops of blue food coloring. Tear up the mint leaves into the water. Let the leaves stand for 7 minutes. Take the blue cloth and apply some of the blue water/mint mixture to whatever is hurting you (or someone else), chanting:

“With the power of the good and the light,
May this ailment be healed within 7 nights.”

Keep the mint and water mixture in a safe place. Repeat this process the same time
as before each night for a total 7 nights, only instead of saying “within 7 nights” in the
chant, say the night that you are currently on, ending with “by the end of the night.”

 

 

 

 

Witch’s Healing Spell

To help speed recovery from an illness, write the sick person’s name on a white human
shaped candle of the correct gender. As you anoint it with 3 drops of myrrh or mint oil,
visualize healing energy in the form of white light flowing from your hands and into the candle.
Recite:

“In the name of the Goddess who breathes life into us all
I consecrate and charge this candle as a tool for healing”

Place the candle on top of a photograph of the sick person and then light the wick. As the candle burns down, focus on the person in the photography, willing him/her to be well again. Then recite:

“Magick mend and candle burn
Sickness end, good health return”

Continue to focus and recite until the candle burns out on it’s own.

 

 

 

The Flower of Light Healing Spell

 

You will need:
Large circle of cloth
St. John’s wort oil
2 yellow candles
yellow flowers

Spread cloth on floor and sprinkle few drops on blood-red St. John’s wort oil. Anoint candles with more oil and divide flowers into two bunches. Sit in the middle of the cloth and place flowers at the edge of cloth on each side.

Light candles and place them in front and behind you. Pick 2 perfect blooms and hold one upright palm on your hand. Focus your mind and chant:

“Oh healing light, surround me now,
relieve my spirit’s darkest hour”

Imagine the light being drawn from the candles into the flowers on your palms, and from there feel it permeating the whole of your body. Try to keep concentration for 20 minutes.

To complete, take the two flowers in your hands and give them back to Mother Earth.

 

 

 

 

Spell To Heal Physical Pain

YOU NEED: piece of amethyst (as clear as possible), or a piece of Fluorite.

Sit in a quiet place and clear your mind of everything you can. Take the amethyst (or fluorite)and hold it in the hand that is closest to the hurt. If the pain is in the center of the body hold it in your writing hand. Imagine a soothing light collecting at your feet and draw it up slowly towards your head filling every part of the body. Whilst doing this say silently:

“Bright light, shining light heal my hurts with all thy might.”

Repeat this as you move the light up through the body.

When you reach the top of your head expand to fill outside the head with light for about a foot. Then return to where the pain is most concentrated, push all your healing energy into this area. If this doesn’t work the first time then repeat. You should feel better soon. To end the spell repeat the verse again but finish with “so mote it be”

 

 

 

Healing Box

 

This spell is to heal someone, such as yourself, who has been wounded by the stray arrows of cupid.

You will need a covered box large enough to fit the photograph of the person to be healed and a mixture of faery dust. In this case, faery dust consists of a pinch of dried rosemary, thyme, and sage.

After dark, put the picture of the person to be healed in the box. As you sprinkle the faery dust into the box on top of the photograph, say:

Good people of the night,

Blessed faeries and elves

Please share your magic with me.

Put the cover on the box and begin shaking it. Imagine the person in the box being healed. Merge and send positive, loving energy to the person in the photograph in the box. As you do so, call out:

Blessed and good people of the night

Please share your ancient healing

light

Stop the heartache and the pain

Let [state person’s name] be whole

again.

By the blessed fae, so shall it be!

Leave the picture in the healing box until the next full moon, at which time, say a healing prayer to reinforce the healing. Return the faery dust to the earth. As you do say:

Thank you blessed and good people of the night.

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*** )o(*** BY SPECIAL REQUEST I HAVE OPENED UP MINI CLASSES FOR THE FALL SESSION ***)o(***
I will be offering two mini classes, the Candle Magick Mini and the Faery Magick Mini. Each class runs 4-5 weeks to grad.
Here you will find the divination class to meet all your magickal needs. All classes will appear here under their heading as they are presented and available just click on the available classes and check to see if it is still taking applicants or is closed and in progress. I will edit the heading of the class as closed in progress please respect the class and do not enter unless you have paid for the class.
All classes are scheduled anywhere from 4-5 weeks to completion. The class does have a sub-category in the main link so the class description will be the class room and closed when in progress. All attending classroom students are required to be on time and prepared, there are no refunds or late assignments. All classroom posts will be logged weekly and archived by the instructor for monitoring, so if you missed a day in class and have not gathered the information you will have to appeal to your instructor.
Remember these classes are geared to go fast so please keep up.
*If you have purchased a class and choose to withdraw please do so before the start date for a refund. This is the only time it will be offered*
FALL CLASSES OPEN REGISTRATION BEGINS:
October 9th through November 8th, 2015
Classes begin on November 9th, 2015
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Welcome to the Realm of the Fae!
My name is Elder Airwolf and I will be your guide through this course. I am a solitary earth witch and have had some lovely encounters with the faeries, some of which I will share with you throughout the course. We will be joined by my wonderful Sister in the Craft, Rogue Storm who will be assisting me in guiding you on this journey smile emoticon
It is very important to remember that in any and all dealings with the Fae to treat them with the utmost dignity and respect. They are very magickal beings and exist with different rules and guidelines than we as humans do. They have much to teach us when we are open to them and the lessons they provide. Their realm is truly unique and magickal. By pursuing this journey you are expressing your genuine interest in gaining knowledge of the Realm of the Fae and all that it includes. Once you have entered this Realm with an open heart and an open mind, you will forever change your view on life as you know it now.
For registered students, please click and scroll down on the Faery Magick Mini Classroom - to find the course outline and assignments. The protocol for this course is under the Mini Classes location on your menu. You will also find my welcome.
You will be expected to check into this class at least once daily, Monday through Friday. Your participation is mandatory!
All assignments must be submitted to the email address provided and written in proper English which means sentences and the original question included. Please use your Spell Check as well before submitting. Assignments will be posted DAILY and you will have until the following morning to complete and submit it to me. Working with the Fae can be very mesmerizing so please make sure you are grounded after any meditations. There is also additional information on the Faerie the DOCUMENT LIBRARY section of this website.
MATERIALS NEEDED: (No Kindle versions. Books available onamazon.com orABE.com)
BOOK: The Ancient Art of Faery Magick (Author DJ Conway)
BOOK: Wiccapedia by Shawn Robbins
General Interest Reading (this is not part of course): The Lightbearer's Daughter & The Book of Dreams (Author: O.R. Melling)
Course Cost: $60.00 USD (No refund once class begins)
Length of Course: 4-5 Weeks
It is possible we might have to repeat a class an extra week, depending on each students progress, we want to make sure every student fully understands each weekly reading assignment, before we move on to the next chapter in class.
CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS ON: October 9th through November 8th, 2015
***Classes begin on Monday November 9th, 2015***
** All students are required to check into classes on the first day of class **
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Visit the Neighborhood Needs & Ministry Funds tab located in the menu toolbar & make a donation to the Legion of Pagans specifying your course.
Send a copy of your receipt to legionofpagans12@gmail.com, and specify your course to complete your class registration enrollment.
You must be a member of the Legion of Pagans to take a course. For more information on how to apply and registers for one of our classes, please inquire to: legionofpagans12@gmail.com
Please don't hesitate to ask questions and welcome to the faery realm!
Welcome to Candle Magick!
My name is Elder Airwolf and I am a solitary earth witch. Through the calling of my Goddess I am here to humbly serve as your guide through this course. We will be joined by my wonderful Sister in the Craft, Rogue Storm who will be assisting me in guiding you on this journey smile emoticon
Through this course we will explore the history and use of candles in numerous aspects of the craft including, but not limited to their use in spellwork, meditation, and healing. By combining the use of various forms of wax, herbs and oils, symbols, sigils, gestures and words you will learn to harness and direct your magickal energies to manifest your goals.
Class Open Registration begins: October 9th through November 8th, 2015
Candle magick is not just about the color, but the elements and magickal messages it holds within its flame, wax, and smoke. We will be discovering all the different types of magick, what we use it for, accompanying aspects of herbs, oils, and symbols to enhance the power, and some spellwork.
There will be an assignment posted every day by 11:00AM PDT and you have until that evening or the next morning (PDT-Pacific Day Time) to complete and submit to me at the email address provided below. There will be Class Discussions based on what we are learning so you are to check into the class at least once per day, Monday through Friday. You must participate.
All assignments are to be submitted to: legionofpagans12@gmail.com ATTN: Elder Airwolf
FALL CLASSES OPEN REGISTRATION BEGINS:
October 9th through November 8th, 2015
Class Cost is $60.00
~REMINDER IF YOU ARE A FIRST TIME STUDENT HERE, GET YOUR PRE-TESTING DONE EARLY~
This class is a certificate course and upon successful completion you will receive your certificate via email.
Materials Needed:
Book: Exploring Candle Magick by Patricia Telesco
Candles: A variety of colors, chime candles will do
Herbs and Oils: Frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, clove, others to be determined as we go.
***Classes begin on Monday November 9th, 2015***
Please don't hesitate to ask questions!
Bright Blessings )O( Elder Airwolf
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