This is best used at the end of a spoken or written spell.
This adds a certain boost to the releasing of energy.
It also works best if you are wearing a Pentagram you have attuned to yourself.
Speak these word with all the fibers of your body while releasing the spell’s energy:
By the Pentagram I wear,
Water, Fire, Earth, and Air,
Ruled by Spirit as All should be
As I speak So Mote It Be!
Eclipse, new moon and dark mirrors
A new moon, which is a very good time for scrying- particularly using a dark mirror.
If you don't have a purpose-made dark scrying mirror, don't worry. You can use pretty much any black or very dark reflective surface. In the past I havescryed using a black crash helmet and the plastic lid of my Asus Eeenetbook .
The way to scry with a black or dark mirror is to dim the room lights, or have the room lit only by a single candle, and then gaze into the reflective surface.
Relax your gaze so that the scrying mirror is slightly out of focus. It can help to half close your eyelids. Then wait until you begin to see patterns and shapes in the blackness.
At this stage, just note what you see and don't try to interpret the images. When you feel you have scryed for long enough, turn up the lights and jot down what you saw. It is a good idea to have a notebook and pen close by for that purpose.
Then, take a little time to consider what the images might mean for you. If you are really stuck, it can help to consult books of fortune telling symbols. However, symbols mean different things to different people so it is better to try to interpret them using your own intuition.
After scrying - or doing any other magickal work - it is important to ground yourself, which means bring yourself back to your normal state of awareness. I think the best way to do this is to have a cup of tea and a biscuit.
(excerpts from Christopher Penczak's Inner Temple of Witchcraft)
Witches do magick, plain and simple. But defining what magick is can be much more difficult. One of the reasons why wordswitch and witchcraft have such a stigma attached to them is because people's inability to understand magick. Even practitioners disagree on the definition of magick because it is such a personal art. Some outside of the tradition think magick and spells are a way of claiming power over someone else, of controlling and harming. This misunderstanding leads to defining witchcraft as some form of evil. Although magick has been used with such intents, this is not the true purpose of magick. If anything, magick is learning to flow with the soul of nature.
One of the best definitions of magick I've learned is from the work of Aleister Crowley. Crowley defined magick as 'the science and art of causing change in conformity with will.' Witches define magick as both an art and a science. Magick has basic rules and structure, like science. They are not moral codes, but conditions that allow magick to occur. As an art, magick also has a creative, individual component. As long as it conforms in some way to the 'scientific' laws of magick, you can vary it to your own individual tastes. "Causing change" are important words here. Magick is not speculation; it is actually making something occur. Lastly, "in comformity with will" means the change you are creating matches your intention. Makgick is learning to work with change, with the forces that create change, and to shape the outcome to match your intention. One definition of Wicca that you've probably already heard before is "to bend and shape." You are bending and shaping natural occurrences to fit your will.
A spell is a specific act of magick to cause a specific change. You can have one magickal ceremony and in it do several spells for different results. I think a good way to look at a spell is think of a spell like being prayer. In many mainstream traditions one prays to God for help, support, healing, or manifestation; in essence, to create change. A spell is a similar petition to the powers of the universe, but uses a different method to send the petition out into the Universe. ... To further the analogy between prayer and spells - in a Catholic tradition many people pray to various saints to fulfill an intention. Each saint has a different province or specialty. In witchcraft, different goddesses and gods are petitioned, each having a different realm of rulership in life. The choice of patron and the symbolism used in the ceremony make up the 'art' of spell casting. ... Once something as arcane and secretive as a spell is defined as 'my tradition's way of saying a prayer,' much of the unknown is dispelled and we can build a dialogue with those who have difficulty accepting nature-based paths as valid religions.
Though you don't have to do magick to follow this spiritual path, such as training is part and parcel of becoming a witch. You do not have to actively cast spells to make the concepts behind their working a pary of your everyday life. One part of magick that is not focused on in many books and classes is that magick is any change caused by your will, including internal change. We tend to focus on external changes, manifestation in the physical world, as 'proof' that magick really works. We all need to see the results of our actions, but some of the most important, profound and healing magick comes through an internal change, a shift in perspective or consciousness. In that sense, if you choose this path of the witch, you may not necessarily be doing spells and rituals all the time, but you will undeniably be doing magick. Magick is a part of each breath we take and every action we make.
April, the Fourth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014
April is the fourth month of the year of the Gregorian calendar, and the first month of the astrological calendar. Its astrological sign is Aries, the Ram (March 8 – April 20), Mars. The name of the month comes from the Latin aprilis, which derives from aper, or boar, as April was thought to be the month of the boar. April delights the senses: the damp earth after an April rain and the sweet fragrance of flowering crab apple trees. Some of the most dramatic changes in nature occur in April. Buds, swell and growth begins. Flowering trees such as dogwood, redbud, cherry, and apple are at the height of their beauty. Azaleas burst into bloom, bringing color to shady places. And weather permitting, gardens and fields are tilled ready to remove early crops of lettuce, spinach, and onion. Birds add to the beauty of April–not only are they busy building nests but their songs now greet us on misty spring mornings. Holidays of the month are April Fool’s Day, when we celebrate the trickster and Earth Day on the 22nd, which makes us aware of environmental issues. The beautiful flowering trees of the month gave April’s Full Moon its charming old-fashioned name–the Pink Moon. Early herbalists and folk magicians used this period to enhance spells concerning health and general well-being..
Correspondences For April
NATURE SPIRITS: plant faeries
HERBS: basil, chives, dragons blood, geranium, thistle
COLORS: Red and gold
FLOWERS: daisy and sweet pea
SCENTS: pine, bay, bergamot and my personal favorite patchouli
STONES: ruby, garnet, sard
TREE’S: pine, bay and hazel
ANIMALS: Bear and Wolf
BIRDS: hawk and magpie
DEITIES: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast
POWERS/ADVICE: energy in creating and producing, balance is returned to the nerves change, self-confidence, self-reliance, take advantage of opportunities, Time to work on emotional turmoil and get your temper into prospective.
Symbols for the Month of April
The birthstone for April is the diamond. Usually diamonds bring thoughts of engagement rings and colorless, sparkling stones, but diamonds come in several colors too. Yellow, red, pink, blue and green diamonds are rare and usually more expensive than colorless diamonds.
The flower for the month of April is the daisy which symbolizes innocence. Daisies come in dozens of colors and are one of the favorite flowers to put in a bouquet. The Gerbera daisy is a very popular flower. It comes in many vibrant colors and is a beautiful reminder of springtime and warm weather.
Aries and Taurus are the astrological signs for April. Birthdays from April 1st through the 19th fall under the sign of Aries. April 20th through the 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Taurus.
Monthly Observations for April
Autism Awareness Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Writing Month
Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month
Confederate History Month – April 26
Animal Cruelty Prevention Month
Car Care Month (Spring) .
Child Abuse Prevention Month (National)
Financial Literacy Month
Frog Month (National)
Garden Month (National)
Guitar Month (International)
Home Inspection Month
Humor Month (National)
Keep America Beautiful Month
Kite Flying Month (National)
Mathematics Education Month (National) Poetry Month (National)
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Welding Month (National)
“Make Every Day Earth Day”
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, a result of the efforts of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), a passionate advocate of protecting the environment and increasing awareness of environmental issues. While social activism was at peak levels in the late 1960s and early ’70s, legislation on environmental issues was nearly nonexistent. Nelson struggled since he was elected to the Senate in 1962 to persuade Congress to establish an environmental agenda. Frustrated by the obstacles and resistance he faced, he appealed to the mood of the public and designated April 22 as a “national day for the environment.” He hoped to impress upon fellow politicians that humans have an enormous impact on the environment. Nelson certainly achieved his goal. More than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day celebration, prompting voter-hungry politicians to take notice. The overwhelming response helped generate a new political focus on the environment. As that focus has become increasingly global, more people than ever are celebrating Earth Day around the world.
Eleven Facts About Earth Day
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.
On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.
Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
Earth Day Anthem
Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
Today go forth into the woods or just share with your indoor plants this song of love and encouragement:
"I sing to you beautiful and beloved one
Little mighty green one
Sleeping beneath the soil
I sing my heart to you, and my love
Sing to your awakening, like a mother singing to a child in her womb
Patient and excited for your coming
I sing to you guiding one, strong spirit
plant spirit, powerful teacher
I sing honor and respect to you
I sing my bond with you, two powerful beings on this earth
Be my friend and I will be yours
And will care for your child with you, and tell others how beautiful she is, and how strong
I sing to you beautiful and beloved one
Little mighty green one
Sleeping beneath the soil
I sing my heart to you, and my love
Sing to your awakening, like a mother singing to a child in her womb
Patient and excited for your coming"
Really let yourself feel the aliveness of the root as you sing, and let yourself feel happy.
Horns have always been an important symbol throughout history and throughout every culture but now this symbolism is appearing more and more in mainstream pop culture. It makes you wonder "why now?" and what's going on. We see horns in the constellations, horns in mythology, and on the heads of Gods. The horn symbol is associated with secret societies, with evil, with the occult arts, witchcraft, and of course with satanic rituals and black magic. So what makes the horns special? To really understand we have to go back through time and look at what's behind all the symbolism. We have to try to sort through all the propaganda and distinguish between literal meanings and metaphors.
First thing to do is make a distinction between horns and antlers because there is a difference. Antlers are the bony branched structures found on animals of the Cervidal family, such as deer and moose. With the exception of the reindeer, antlers are grown only by the male of the species and they are shed and regrown every year. It is this cycle of shedding and regrowing of antlers that connect them to fertility and rebirth. Archaeological evidence for the mystical connection humans have with antlers has been found as far back as the Paleolithic period. The Mal'ta people of Siberia used reindeer antlers to make the roofs of their houses. This very ancient culture left many drawings and artifacts behind that show they were a very shamanic culture and the horns were probably used to magnify this. In Babylonian star lore and astrology, which is one of the most ancient astrology systems known, the stag is thought to be one of the oldest constellations still visible in our modern skies. To the Babylonians, the celestial stag is associated with the sun and fire. His antlers represent rays of sunlight and the annual regrowth symbolize the rebirth of the sun after the winter solstice. In Norse cosmology, a stag sits near the top of the world tree and sacred mead drips from his antlers to feed the tree. Also, the Greeks refer to the constellation of Hercules as the stag.
When we see antler horned gods they usually are associated with fertility, nature, sexual\creative energy, and earth magic. Like the mysterious Celtic nature god, Cernunnos who has become associated with Wicca. The Norse\Germanic god Freyr with his stag horns and huge erect phallus is god of war, fertility, and pure masculine creative energy. For this reason as you can imagine Christianity was horrified by these things and demonized them. The Roman goddess Diana and Greek Artemis didn't have horns themselves but were associated with the deer. They are goddesses of the hunt, the moon, and birthing... all things wild. Yet another thing the current powerful religions absolutely hate is strong, powerful wild women. All and all antlers represent the power of the earth, birth, rebirth, and earth magic..ooo so scary and evil. So now on to true horns which are a bit more complicated, and I think more interesting.
Horns are found on all animal species of Bovidae (cows, sheep, goats, etc.) both male and female have them but the males horns are usually bigger. Horns are permanent; they don't shed and regrow. They are attached to the animals scull by a bony core wrapped in keratin that grows with the animal throughout its' entire life. Past the core, they are hollow and they come in all different shapes from curly to poled and pointed. Because they are hollow, they made for excellent blowing instruments and drinking horns. The bigger, older and more fierce the animal was, the bigger its' horns would have been. Hence these horns were prized as trophies to the people of the hunting cultures as one might imagine. These trophies were passed down from generation to generation to generation and they usually marked the family as the leader of the tribe or clan because obviously only the strongest, most cunning and wisest warriors could become the tribe leader which eventually lead to the lines of kings. I guess size has really always mattered guys. The horns were also worn as headdresses or crowns and sometimes drinking horns were covered with gold and encrusted with jewels and inscribed with runes or symbols. There are three types of horns that are seen the most repeatedly throughout history and in most cultures; the cow and bull, the ram, and the goat.
Many cultures use the cosmic cow goddess in their creation myths, possibly even the Genesis myth in its' original form, and of course there is the constellation of Taurus the Bull. According to DNA studies, all cows, bulls, and oxen (oxen are a domesticated, castrated bull descendant) originated from the now extinct, wild aurochs. The aurochs was a enormous and fearsome animal that roamed all of Europe and Asia for thousands of years. The Norse\Germanic legends still carry folktales of the rite of passage initiation of the wild aurochs hunt, very similar to the Native American buffalo lore. The Aurochs cow (female) and bull (male) were so connected with the creation of the universe that the first two runes in the Elder Futhark are dedicated to them. The word rune means "secret" and the 24 runestaves of the Elder Futhark is said to be, when understood, the secret to the entire sequence of the universe. The Egyptian Goddesses Isis and Hathor both are depicted with cow horns connecting them with creation, the moon, and motherly energy. One of the most notorious ancient gods Moloch, was a bull horned god worshiped by the ancient Canaanites, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and most of the Eastern Mediterranean. His name has a root that in the Semitic languages means "king". In other languages his name literally means "milk". The shape of the bull horns are similar to the crescent moon so he is considered to be both a solar and lunar god. According to the enemies of the bull god, sacrifices to him were made by roasting people inside a brass bull figure. Although, this was only told about by the people who destroyed the people who worshiped him and very little real evidence has been found to prove this. It is well known that The Brazen Bull was a favorite torture device that seemed to copy these supposed sacrifices. This horrible torture was used up into the middle ages in Europe. The bull represented fire and heat of the sun, thunder, and the fertile sky. Later in history he became symbolic for lust, stubbornness, tyranny, and (believe it or not) the "Devil". The god Enlil was also considered the bull of heaven and his son, Sin, the moon god, rode on a winged bull. You can see how all this symbolism gets distorted over the course of history. The difference between good and bad really depended on who's team you were on.
Now, the goat and ram horns are seen as interchangeable in most mythologies and the animals are closely related. The big differences between them are that the goat is more curious and intelligent than the sheep (a ram being an adult male sheep). Goats don't flock like sheep; they climb trees and have incredible balance. If an intruder comes into their space they will turn and face it head on, where as rams would rather avoid conflict. Both animals are considered "clean" to the Jews and they used the horns to make their ancient ritual horn, the shofar. The actual word RAM in Hebrew means, "Exalted" and there are many other examples that show us that the word and sound itself was very important. For instance, in Eastern tradition there is the Mantra Ram (Rahh-mm). Mantra in itself meaning "sacred sound".
There are many, many stories of gods with these types of horns. The first one that we have a written record of is Enki, the master shaper of the world, god of wisdom, and all magic. He is usually seen with the horned crown of divinity and his symbol is the goatfish constellation (which could be associated with the modern day Zodiac sign of Pisces, which also relates to water).
Other important gods who had these horns were the Egyptian, Ra Ammon (notice the combination of his name also sounds like the word ram); in Carthage and North Africa, Ba'al Hamon or Ba'al Qurnaim, Osiris, Utu, sometimes Zeus, Mercury, Jupiter, Odin and the Persian bad guy, Ahriman. After Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BC, he made a visit to the Oracle of Ammon in the Libyan Desert, and supposedly, the oracle told him he was the son of Zeus, and afterwards he became known as the "two horned one". Coins minted after this time show him wearing the "Horn of Ammon" crown. According to written records, it seems that Alexander really believed that the oracle was right and that he was a god, as we know that he founded a dynasty on this claim. This is why Cleopatra of Egypt, later claimed to be the goddess Isis because she was a descendant of Alexander and therefore of the royal line of the gods. We can clearly see that horns in the ancient world were considered a sign of kingship, divinity, and wisdom. Even as the "Emperor Card" in the tarot shows the emperor seated with horned rams' heads on the four corners of his thrown signifying his divine power brought into the physical realm.
It really begins to get interesting when we see that one of the most famous masterpieces of Michelangelo, sculpted in the year 1515 and housed in the church of San Pietro in Rome, very clearly depicts Moses with horns. He wasn't the only renaissance artist to depict Moses this way either. During this time it seems to have been normal and accepted to see the great Jewish holy man, Moses, displaying horns coming out of his head, as this beautiful statue of Michelangelo's immediately became a favorite holy site for the Jewish people. It is very strange because the Roman Catholic Church had been depicting "Satan" or the "Devil" with horns in their religious illustrations since at least the 13th century. The modern excuse for this is that Michelangelo and the other great artists of the time, made a "mistake" because of a misinterpretation of the Book of Exodus and Pope Julius II, who commissioned this statue for his tomb, was ok with this "devil horned" Moses.
To make things even more interesting, in 1587, a Venetian anatomist named Julius Caesar Aranzi, identified a body part in the brain of humans. He named this body part the Hippocampus or the "Ammon's Horn". He named it this because it looked to him like the depictions of the "horse headed", "fish tailed" horses that pulled Poseidon's chariot. Poseidon himself in early depictions had horns (and as we know, he was the "God of the Sea" which keep in mind, throws a connection with water in the mix). It also just so happens that humans have two hippocampi, one on each side of the brain just behind the ears, anatomically resembling horns. It seems then that every human has what appear to be horns inside our brains. Although it wasn't until recently that the function of this body part was known.
What we now know is that our horns or Hippocampos is the main control center for our "emotional brain" which means it controls involuntary emotional behavior such as fear, anger, and affection. It is also involved in the processes of learning and memory and it is now known that long term stress and fear causes damage to the Hippocampus which is the cause of the disease now known as Alzheimer's. A severe injury to both Hippocampi would cause severe permanent amnesia. You will have to decide for yourself if you think all of this is a coincidence, but my opinion is that the Religious establishment was well aware of this knowledge and so was the ancient world, but around the time following the Renaissance information was changed, hidden, and lost to the vaults of the Vatican. They created a fear campaign using the Inquisition and the association of the divine horns with their mythical creature, the Devil. Here is an example of one reference to horns used in the bible, in Psalm 75:10.... " I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.” This doesn't sound like they thought of horns as an evil thing that belonged only to Satan and evil pagan idols. Jesus himself is called, "the lamb of god", and doesn't that make him, basically, the son of a Ram and when he grows up he will have the horns of a ram also?
Then there is Baphomet. Who is he and how does he tie into the horn theme?......That's a good question. The actual name Baphomet first shows up in 1098 in a chronicle of the first crusade where it was mistaken for the Mosques Bafumarias and a battle cry that the Knights Templars used when they were attacking the gates. Of course, this was used against them when the Templars fell out of favor and said to be an idol or deity that the Templars worshiped. From there on it was incorporated into occult and mystical traditions. There is little to no evidence that there ever existed a deity name Baphomet. The Baphomet symbol became well known in the 1850's when Eliphas Levi wrote his book Transcendental Magic (actually a combination of 2 books). Eliphas' drawing of "the Sabbatic Goat" has ever since become associated with Baphomet. Later on, the church of Satan picked it up and it forever became connected with Satanism. This symbol of horns, and Baphomet is being thrown around a lot these days mostly to create an unconscious fear\stress response so that our own Hippocampus\Ammon's horn become damaged and we won't be able to use them to remember the truth about who and what we are and how powerful we are. That truth is that as human's we are all descendants of gods and most of what we were taught to believe are lies specifically engineered to make us forget who we really are. The purpose of demonizing the culture of our ancestors, and instilling in us the beliefs that we are superior to them, is all part of the plan to make sure that we never wake up. Our ancestors have left us with all the pieces of the puzzle, and now all we have to do is figure out how to put them together.
Pomba Gira: the name has a deep mystique. Pronounced “Pohm-ba Shira”, this Brazilian female entity has a huge body of lore of her amongst the followers of Umbanda, Kimbanda, and Candomblé. She is also revered by many lay people both in Brasil and elsewhere. Her cult is undoubtedly growing in this modern time of connected communication. She is considered a “hot” and powerful spirit and can be dangerous to work with. Her lore is complex.
In order to understand Her, it is important to understand what she is not first. She is not an Orixa, a Loa, a succubus, or an angel. Although certain correspondences of energy do exist in different bodies of lore (the most common being her associated with the Klepoth) the Lady is entirely her own entity. She is not some weak new-agey entity with vaguely good intentions, nor is she entirely the devil some make her out to be.
In many ways, she is the female counterpart to Exu as given by her title Exua. She is a Lordly (or Queenly) spirit of great power, force, and puissance. She is the Great Witch, the representation of the power hidden within all women. She is a mistress of transformation, witchcraft, love, healing, and divination among many, many others. She is a warrioress that loves to spill the blood of her enemies. Her nature is born of fire and earth. One of her Pontos (sung invocations) describes Her as “Having seven husbands.” In essence, no one owns Her.
She can also be associated with “marginal” female behavior such as prostitution, drinking, sexual freedom, rejection of male control, and lewd behavior. Her nature can vary from kind to stern. She is difficult to pin down to any rigid definition by her very nature. She can be totally enchanting and quite terrifying at the same time. She is the best of allies, and also the worst of enemies. She represents the “lower soul” and the quintessential Free Woman. She represents freedom from oppression and slavery in Her own way.
To work with Her is to invite Her attention, and you can be sure she will ardently test those who enter Her domain to ascertain their worth of Her time. Those who approach Her with disrespect are often punished severely. For example, there are documented reports of Her mediums who have displeased her being left in their working clothes in public places after the end of a possession, or of them having cuts or injuries on their bodies after Pomba Gira departs. It is said She likes to mark her mediums physically (as does Exu).
Pomba Gira likes things such as cigars, gin, cachaçha, champagne, anisette, cigarettes, well-opened red roses with thorns removed, perfumes, apples, and the colors red and black in general. She is associated with dangerous places, liminal spots that are the margins of different areas such as graveyards, forests, riverbanks, crossroads, and the ocean. She is often approached at T-shaped crossroads as far as works with Her go.
There are many different Pomba Giras. Although they have some similarities and shared portfolios they are different spirits. Most of them are the souls of dead witches, sorceresses, gypsies, and women of great power. These entities are not to be trifled with lightly. They have their own minds and are living entities, not the dry interpretations the occultist often reads in books of esoteric lore.
There are different thoughts as to Her origins. Pomba Gira’s name may also derive from the Bantu spirit “Bombogira” according to some lines of thought. Monique Augras in her works describes this by referencing the two Portuguese words that make up her name. Pomba is the name of a dove. Gira refers to the Portuguese word gira/girar (to turn) derived from Bantu “njira, njila” which is direction or way. Mediums that incorporate her often turn or spin during their trances. In Brasilian Portugeuse her name literally means “dove turning”.
There have been comparisons between Her and the African spirit Iyami Oxorongá made as well. The Iyami are powerful witches known for their love of black magic and violent tendencies. The differences between the Iyami and Pomba Gira illustrate they are different entities. However, in some Candomble houses in Brasil Pomba Giras are “made” with their mediums in a strongly similar Africanized manner.
Some Pomba Giras have undoubtedly European origins. Rosa Caveria, Maria Padilla, and a host of others were historical figures who became revered in European witchcraft and black magic. Later European emigrants to Brasil were sometimes forcibly deported persons who had practiced witchcraft, black magic, or anything outside the official Church paradigm. Some of those people brought along the spirits they had worked with, and Maria Padilla was one of them.
Maria Padilla was a historical figure mentioned during the reign of Pedro I of Castile in the thirteen hundreds. Maria was reputedly a powerful witch and influenced Pedro (known as the Cruel) to many acts of torture and murder. Her name continues to pop up long after this. Slightly less than a century later her name was mentioned in a Brazilian black magic ritual. Her name is mentioned many times in the annals of the Inquisition in Lisbon. Prosper Merimee mentions her in his novel “Carmen” in 1843. She is one of the most loved of the Pomba Giras now, and one of the most powerful.
One of her songs (pontos cantados) goes thusly:
“She is Maria Padilla
Who wears the little wooden sandals
She works for good
But she also works for evil.”
There are different theories on why these spirits return to this world to work with people. One of the most common is that by doing so, they “gain light” and continue to evolve spiritually. Another of Pomba Gira’s pontos says, “… I have come to work.” In essence the work they do helps them grow and transform spiritually. It is in their best interest after all to do work form those who call upon them.
Lady Pomba Gira is a complex and powerful entity. She accomplishes works of great spiritual force and can be both blessing and bane depending on which side of her you are on, figuratively speaking. Her cultus continues to evolve and grow as do Her mighty legions.
Sarava, Pomba Gira!
By Papa Curtis
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This is Celtic Willow Tree Month:
Willows which by water stand
Ease us to the Summerland.
Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries
Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar,
April 15th - May 12th
Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Saille
Symbolism: Resonance and Harmony
Birds: Hawk, Snowy Owl
Deity: Persephone, Hecate, Cerridwen,
Artemis, Selene, Luna, Diana, Brigit
"I am a willow of the wilderness,
Loving the wind that bent me."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Folk names: Osier, Pussy Willow, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, White Willow,
Witches Aspirin, Withe, Withy
Willow bark contains salicin, or Salicylic acid, used to make aspirin.
Infusions from the bark have long been used as a remedy for cholls, rheumatism, and fevers.
Willow sap applied to the skin can remedy acne, and a strong decoction of boiling
the bark and leaves in water can be rubbed into the scalp for dandruff.
New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing.
Also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to
re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground.
A wand made from Willow wood has many uses:
sleep with it and have more vivid dreams, use it to draw down the moon,
protection for underworld journeying
Magickal Brooms, witch's brooms are traditionally bound with a willow's branch.
There once was a Willow, and he was very old,
And all his leaves fell off from him, and left him in the cold;
But ere the rude winter could buffet him with snow,
There grew upon his hoary head a crop of mistletoe.
All wrinkled and furrowed was this old Willow's skin,
His taper finger trembled, and his arms were very thin;
Two round eyes and hollow, that stared but did not see;
And sprawling feet that never walked, had this most ancient tree.
~Julianna Horatia Ewing, "The Willow Man"
[The Faces of WomanSpirit, a Celtic Oracle of Avalon]
The Faces of WomanSpirit
A Celtic Oracle of Avalon
by Katherine Torres, Ph.D.
Trust All is here and now.
Connect with the Hand of Goddess.
Let Divine Mother Transform you.
Be an Example in the World.
Willow asks you to bend with her into the path of retrieval.
Follow the labyrinth trail, connect with the power of wisdom and the rhythm of your soul, and return to your ordinary world strengthened. You will find that your awareness of your purpose is stronger and your intent cannot be broken by the spell of someone else's desire.
Alone with myself
The trees bend
to caress me
The shade hugs
- Candy Polgar
Spell for Love:
Take three long supple branches of willow, braid them together and then fasten it into a circle with pink, red or white ribbon. Place a picture or the name of the person you love in the center and then put it next to your bed.
Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes
[The Celtic Tree Oracle by Liz and Colin Murray]
THE CELTIC TREE ORACLE
by Liz and Colin Murray
The Willow in the tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun's daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were many colleges of Druidesses - learned women and teachers - respected especially for their gifts of seer-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Heitaro loved the willow tree that grew close to his hut. As the world judged riches he had none,
but the tree was treasure and temple and company enough for him, and each new season of the year seemed more beautiful than the last. When the wind blew through its branches, no music was finer.
One day the villagers came with their choppers, claiming they needed the wood to build a bridge. Heitaro offered to find them some other wood, if they promised not to touch the Willow. He scoured the land and returned with some wood, and the villagers left, leaving the Willow unharmed.
That night as the moonlight shimmered on its leaves he stood beneath the willow branches and gave his thanks to the gods that the tree had been spared. As he prayed, he saw something move in the shadows. He turned for a closer look and saw a beautiful young woman standing there. He bowed and apologized for disturbing her, backing away,
believing she was there waiting for her lover.
Each night after she was there, waiting for her lover, and Heitaro at last realized that is was he himself she came to be with. They were married, and a child soon followed. Every night they prayed together by the willow tree.
One day, the emperor To-Ba ordered that a temple to Kwannon, the goddess of mercy, be built for the villagers.
They wanted the wood of the willow tree, and this time they would not be convinced otherwise. This made Heitaro very sad, however he realized how blessed he was with his wife and daughter, that he believed he could endure the loss of his willow tree. The villagers began to cut down the willow tree.
The willow wife cried out "Husband, the room is growing dark!" She fell to the ground and covered her face with her hands. Heitaro saw her limbs twisting and turning as though to avoid blows. He found he could do nothing to help her. He and his daughter watched as the willow wife lay dying. When the last blow on the tree was struck, he was alone with his daughter.
Adapted from "Myths of the Sacred Tree" by Moyra Caldecott.
Based on a Japanese folktale, retold by Iyanaga Mitsuyo,
and quoted in Meinrad Craighead, The Sign of the Tree: Meditations in Images and Words.
[Tree Magick by Gillian Kemp]
by Gillian Kemp
Your fertile inner strength, like that of the Willow, is your inexhaustible flexibility to bend around obstacles. Your desires can be woven into shape, as the Willow's pliable shoots are used to make baskets. Magic wands are made from Willow, so what you have in mind has all the magical ingredients for success. You can tell your secret to a Willow and make wishes. The male and female catkins, which grow on separate trees, signify a lovers' meeting for you. The bright-green leaves of Spring forecast celebrations, fresh opportunities, and speedy growth. The honey-bearing catkins symbolize the wisdom of spiritual self-improvement, and sweet things for you.
[Willow Fairy by Cicily Mary Barker]
Cicely Mary Barker
The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey
The willow fairy can be grumpy and tricky. The Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings were lulled to sleep and almost killed by Old Man Willow, and while fairies are rarely so ill- intentioned, the willow fairy is not always kindly.
The willow fairy may leave the tree at night and follow travelers, muttering and mumbling, which can be rather frightening to those who do not understand.
Willow has profound wisdom to offer, which humans rarely appreciate. It is deeply mystical and in tune with the music of the waters, all around the globe. Salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin, comes from the willow, and the willow elves are associated with knowledge of medicinal herbs and healing.
Approached with respect, willow is a wonderful teacher and will whisper to us if we listen. It is important to be still, and to understand that human perceptions are shallow. Imagine the questing roots of willow, seeking the underground streams that flow to and from the earth-girdling oceans. Nighttime is best to commune with this spirit in meaningful dreams.
The Leaf on the Water
by Ouan Tsi (1007-1072)
The wind tears a leaf from the willow tree;
it falls lightly upon the water,
and the waves carry it away.
Time has gradually effaced a memory from my heart,
and I watch the willow leaf drifting away on the waves.
Since I have forgotten her whom I loved,
I dream the day through in sadness,
lying at the water's edge.
But the willow leaf floated back
under the tree,
and it seemed to me
that the memory could never be effaced
from my heart.
[Green Man Tree Oracle]
Willow Knot Spell
from Herb Magic for Beginners by Ellen Dugan
To have your spell wish granted, you are to stand under the graceful branches of the willow on the night of a full moon. Blow a kiss to the moon and state your wish out loud, as you gently tie a loose knot in one of the supple branches. Then, while gazing up at the rising moon, repeat this verse:
Under the Lady's moon, shining so bright,
Willow tree, hear my request on this night.
In this willow tree, I now leave a marker,
Grant me love and happiness, and bring much laughter.
Close the spell with these standard Craft lines:
By all the power of three times three,
And as I will it, so mote it be.
The Great Goddess
Flora is a Roman Goddess of Flowers, Love, youthful pleasure, and Spring.
Her name means "plant life" because of her connection to the plants,
especially blossoming flowers in Spring,
which are also symbolic of the human spirit that respects and appreciates beauty itself.
The Floralia, or Florales Ludi was a six-day festival in her honor.
Fair Flora! Now attend thy sportful feast,
Of which some days I with design have past;
A part in April and a part in May
Thou claim’st, and both command my tuneful lay;
And as the confines of two months are thine
To sing of both the double task be mine.
Latin poet Ovid, Fasti, v, 185, for Flora (Floralia) Apr 28 - May 3
Beltane (April 30 - May 1) is the ancient Celtic festival of fire, fertility and love.
At the height of spring, when all of nature bursts into blossom, we celebrate our bodies,
the pleasure we can evoke in one another, and the love that we can kindle.
"All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals," says The Charge of the Goddess.
The Goddess blesses all forms of love, all the different modes of attraction and deep connection - sexual love of all persuasions, friendship, the love of parent and child, love of trees and flowers
and flowing water, love of truth, beauty and justice.
At Beltane, we dance the Maypole.
The twining ribbons of many colors remind us of the many aspects of love.
We light a fire, and jump the flames with lovers, friends, circle-mates, to bless and cleanse our relationships. We wear wreaths of flowers, to celebrate the flourishing life around us.
Starhawk and We'Moon '08
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
Sing all a green willow.
Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,
Sing willow, willow, willow.
~William Shakespeare, Othello
LESSON OF THE WILLOW
from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
The watery willow encourages the expression of deeply buried feelings, easing sadness through tears and grieving, and teaching the consequences of love and loss in matters of the heart. The willow reminds us of
the need to let go sometimes, to surrender completely
to the watery world of the emotions and the subconscious, so that we may be carried toward a deeper understanding of our inner-most feelings,
toward a better appreciation of our hidden motives and secret fears and desires. Any suppressed and unacknowledged emotions can be a major cause of stress and illness. Through emotional expression,
and through the sharing of feelings of ecstasy and pain, our ancestors believed they could help heal the human spirit. The willow enables us to realize that within every loss lies the potential for something new.
Celtic Moon sign - Willow Moon
The willow seeks out water, and is often found near streams or above natural underground wells. Like no other, this tree is associated with the Moon, in all her phases - and so symbolizes the change of our feelings and "moods" as time passes.
Born under the sign of the willow, you are an instinctive creature - in fact, you often react primarily from your "gut response" rather than on intellectual information. Watch the rhythm of your moods carefully and pay attention to your dreams. Their symbolism will help you navigate throughout life.
Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2000
Weeping Willow, The Melancholy
Beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, 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.
[Ogham The Celtic Oracle Willow] OGHAM The Celtic Oracle
by Peter Pracownik and Andy Baggott
Willow teaches us the lesson of life in death. Endings are just beginnings and with new growth comes change. Willow helps us to integrate change into our lives and reminds us to allow inspiration to enter our lives at such times. Inspiration can come from the smallest or most unlikely sources so keep an open mind at all times. Willow is strongly linked with the moon and you would do well to co-ordinate your spiritual practice with the phases of the moon. Start new projects on the new moon, seek inspiration by the light of the full moon and bring matters to a close at the dark moon. Go with the flow and all will be well.
The willow tree favors damp or watery places and is prolific in its growth. A cut branch, if planted into the ground, will easily root and grow into a new tree. For this reason, the willow is strongly linked to new growth, regeneration and inspiration. Willow was used in the annual purification ritual of "beating the bounds" (defining the parish boundary) and the birch twigs of a witch's broom were traditionally bound with willow thongs. It is also sacred to the moon with willow wands being favored for lunar magic and ritual. It is also thought that placing willow under one's pillow, especially around the full moon, helps promote night visions. The willow is sacred to poets and bards as a tree of inspiration. A tea or incense of willow barck can be used to help connect with td divine feminine energy within each of us as willow is a strongly feminine tree.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Lady of Shalott
I release that which no longer serves me. I am at one with my environment.
I honor the energy of willow for the lunar rhythms within me as a woman.
I will recognize and heed my own body's cycles.
So mote it be.
Funny how National Stress Awareness Day is the day after taxes....so if your stressing remember what your symptoms are and how it can affect you.
1. Turn off your cell.
2. Turn off your computer.
3. Take a walk and enjoy nature.
4. Meditate to soothing music.
5. Stay away from sugar and alcohol.
6. Don't make any important decisions while under duress.
7. Avoid angry stupid annoying assholes today at all cost....tomorrow will be a better day so smile.
The History of the Origin of the Sigil of Baphomet and its Use in the Church of Satan
By Donna Morgan on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:19pm
(Note) This group does not promote or practice this tradition but studies it similarities.
The History of the Origin of the Sigil of Baphomet and its Use in the Church of Satan
There have been many rumors and claims regarding this symbol, and here we recount the Church of Satan’s discovery and use of this powerful image.
Prior to the worldwide press given the Church of Satan—and later the publication of The Satanic Bible — the now familiar goat / pentagram / “Leviathan” graphic had not been used as the prime symbol for Satanism. Our younger readers may find this hard to believe, but it is a fact.
Examine the literature and imagery predating the founding of the Church of Satan in 1966: Satanism is usually denoted by inverted crosses or crucifixes and blasphemous parodies of Christian art. There are also images of goats and devils, and demons—along with their sigils from grimoires—all used to represent the “satanic.” However, the complete graphic which we now call the “Sigil of Baphomet” only became associated as the foremost symbol of Satanism in the public and media consciousness after the founding of the Church of Satan and Dr. LaVey’s use of it. From its inception, the Church of Satan has been constantly spotlighted in print, film, and television media all over the globe, so this was to be expected. The word “Baphomet” dates back to records of Templar trials, and there are ongoing discussions concerning its derivation and meaning. However, there is no clear evidence that the symbol which we in the Church of Satan call “Baphomet” is similarly derived; the evidence, if any, has not yet been released in any public forum.
…the “Sigil of Baphomet” became associated as the foremost symbol of Satanism [after] the Church of Satan and Dr. LaVey’s use of it.”
THE UNHOLY GENESIS OF THE SIGIL OF BAPHOMET
A discussion concerning the symbolism of pentagrams is contained in Eliphas Lévi’sDogme et Rituel de la haute magie (1855-56 & 61, translated into English by A. E. Waite under the title Transcendental Magic). There are no accompanying illustrations. Here is the English translation of the quote:
CHAPTER 5—THE BLAZING PENTAGRAM
The Pentagram, which in Gnostic schools is called the Blazing Star, is the sign of intellectual omnipotence and autocracy. It is the Star of the Magi; it is the sign of the Word made flesh; and, according to the direction of its points, this absolute magical symbol represents order or confusion, the Divine Lamb of Ormuz and St. John, or the accursed goat of Mendes. It is initiation or profanation; it is Lucifer or Vesper, the star of morning or evening. It is Mary or Lilith, victory or death, day or night. The Pentagram with two points in the ascendant represents Satan as the goat of the Sabbath; when one point is in the ascendant, it is the sign of the Saviour. By placing it in such a manner that two of its points are in the ascendant and one is below, we may see the horns, ears and beard of the hierarchic Goat of Mendes, when it becomes the sign of infernal evocations.
The pentagram or pentalpha is a symbol which has long been affiliated with demonic activity. From at least the early Middle Ages an entire genre of ritual magic handbooks and manuals has claimed to originate from King Solomon based, no doubt, on his legendary reputation for conjuring and employing demons in the construction of his temple. Among the oldest of these grimoires is the Testament of Solomon dating from perhaps as early as the First Century BC. This text includes a diagram of the pentalpha and relates that Solomon had a ring inscribed with that symbol which gave to him the ability to call forth demons and to have them work his will. The image in the manuscript shows the star point up. Inscribed on a ring however, the direction of the point might be immaterial as it could be perceived either way.
What was the source for this symbolism presented by Lévi in this work? Scholars researching the sources for his writings might be able to trace this.
As far as we now know, the first printed artwork for an image of a goat face in a five-pointed star appeared in an engraving on page 387 of the 1897 book La Clef de la Magie Noire, by French nobleman and occultist Stanislas de Guaita. The book was part of his multi-volume Essais de Sciences Maudites which not only put forth some of his own occult ideas underlying his establishment of a group of Rosicrucians but also served as a platform for his share of the accusations of Satanism that he and his enemies—such as La Bas author J.K. Huysmans and friends—were publicly throwing at each other at the time. De Guaita wrote that he considered Eliphas Lévi to be one of the greatest geniuses of the 19th century so it is not surprising that he would take one of Lévi’s concepts and embellish it further.
Lévi mentions the demon Lilith in the above passage and the de Guaita image incorporates her name into the graphic along with that of Samael. In different places Lévi calls Samael both a white-light genie of Mars as well as the Hebrew name for a demonic force. Lévi makes no mention of Leviathan but the de Guaita image is encirlced by this name in Hebrew script.
In describing the graphic, de Guaita only slightly expands on Lévi and says nothing about Samael, Lilith, or Leviathan. After describing the point-up pentagram as a white-light symbol of man “voluntarily rejoined in the providential plan,” de Guaita notes:
“But oriented in the opposite direction, the pentagrammatic Star is nothing more than a symbol of iniquity, perdition, blasphemy: its two points in the air become the horns of the foul Goat threatening Heaven, and whose head is framed with the stellar pentacle, with its low ears in the side branches, and its beard in disorder in the single lower point. [Page 386]”
This engraving may have been taken from elsewhere or it may have been created by de Guaita’s secretary and assistant Oswald Wirth as noted below.
Lévi’s description can also be seen as a clear influence in Paul Jagot’s Science Occulte et Magie Pratique (Paris: Editions Drouin, 1924, page #172). As can be seen below, it is figure number 24 and is labeled “the pentagram espressive of subversion.” How the author came by this image is unknown to us. Note as well that the star itself is “open,” rather than composed of five “alphas.”
Next we find on page 47 of the Handbook of Magic & Witchcraft by Charles W. Olliver (Rider & Co., London, 1928) an appropriation from La Clef de la Magie Noire, shown below left. Olliver’s book is highly derivative of prior works and it is clear that he simply lifted the images from de Guaita, subtracting the surrounding circles and Hebrew characters.
It is referred to in the text as the “Inverted Pentagram of Black Magic,” and is coupled with the “Pentagram of Appolonius,” shown above right.
The continued evolution of this goat-graphic can be found in a 1931 book concerning Freemasonry by Oswald Wirth (Oswald Wirth, La Franc-Maçonnerie Rendue Intelligible à ces Adeptes, Deuxième Partie: “Le Compagnon,” Paris: Derry-Livres, 1931, page #60).
In addition to creating illustrations for de Guaita, Wirth also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books on occult topics including the tarot and Freemasonry. His tarot deck is still sold commercially today. In La Franc-Maçonnerie Rendue Intelligible à ces Adeptes, Deuxième Partie: “Le Compagnon,” Wirth presented his own original rendering of the goat head and pentagram image and identified it as his own by discretely including his “OW” initials just above the goat’s head.
The unadulterated de Guaita images re-appeared in a book by Maurice Bessy: A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural (English first edition 1964, French first edition: Histoire en 1000 Images de la Magie, Editions du Pont Royal, 1961).
The graphic image in the Bessy book (English edition, page 198 under the heading “Satanic Sciences”) has a caption which reads:
“624-625. Pentagrams are the result of obscure numerological speculations. The five-pointed star, for example, seems to be characteristic of the Christian era, while the cross is the symbol (amongst others) of the figure five: four arms and the centre. By a strange coincidence, the Holy Spirit, the United States, and the U.S.S.R. and Islam use the fivepointed star as their emblem. (The opposition of good and evil is indicated through the inverted triangles).”
The above illustration is to the right of this caption. As in all prior appearances of this and similar renderings, nowhere in this book is #625 referred to as “The Sigil of Baphomet.”
For the actual cover of this hard-bound book, an artist rendered symbol #625, minus the words “Lilith” and “Samael,” and it was printed in white on the black cloth cover. It is very striking.
During his years of research into the “Black Arts,” Anton LaVey had come across this book and added it to his collection. So when he chose to metamorphose his magic circle, “The Order of the Trapezoid,” into the Church of Satan, he decided that this particular symbol was the one which most fully embodied the principles which were the bedrock of the first aboveground Satanic church.
The pentagram (pentalpha) comes from the Pythagorean tradition. The goat’s or ram’s head within it refers to the Goat of Mendes, a symbol of the Egyptian Neter Amon, who was called “the hidden one, he who abides in all things, the soul of all phenomena” and is thus the closest Neter to the Dark Force which is seen to permeate and motivate all nature. The two concentric circles which contain the word “Leviathan” written in Hebrew (starting at the lowermost point and moving counterclockwise) stem from the traditions of the Ophite (serpent) Jews, and this is the essence of the Dragon of the Abyss, descended from Tiamat, sometimes symbolized as an ouroboros (serpent biting its own tail forming a circle). Thus, in one sigil, we find a confluence of several cultures’ approach to embodying what we call Satan.
It is this cover art which was enlarged and placed above the altar in the main ritual chamber (as well as above a lower-level altar) in the infamous Black House.
That the original source for this symbol was the Maurice Bessy book was well-known among the members who attended rituals at the Black House during our formative years. The book was constantly being perused by them, and was often used as a prop in photo shoots (minus the dust jacket which did not include this symbol). Anton LaVey never claimed to have designed the Bessy version of this symbol (as falsely stated by some of our detractors).
In its early days, the Church of Satan used the version seen on the cover of the Bessy book on its membership cards and stationery as well as on the medallions which were created both by hand and by professional manufacturers. Indeed, there were many variations, based on the skill of the renderers as well as on the resolution for detail of the means used to create the final product.
While The Satanic Bible was being written, it was decided that a unique version of this symbol must be rendered to be identified exclusively with the Church of Satan. The pentagram was made geometrically precise, the two circles perfect, the Hebrew characters were distorted to make them look more sharply serpentine and “corrupted with time,” while the goat face was redrawn with particular attention paid toward the eyes. The original highly-detailed artwork was first used to create altar plaques which were available only to local Church of Satan members (later, in February of 1970, they were made available to the general membership). This new version was then used on the cover of the groundbreaking LP, The Satanic Mass (©1968), produced by the Church of Satan. In addition to a recorded Satanic Mass, this LP included the “Prologue” and “Books of Satan: Verses I through V” from the then-unreleased book, The Satanic Bible. The album’s cover design was credited to “Hugo Zorilla,” a pseudonym used by Anton LaVey for some of his artwork. The liner notes, attributed to Franklin Kincaid, say that “the Satanic symbol, Baphomet,” was adopted from the Knights Templar. This symbol was finally widely-released to the general public in December of 1969 with the publication of The Satanic Bible, where it adorned the cover and appeared on the interior page introducing the section detailing the Satanic Ritual. And, significantly, here in this book was the very first time that this sigil was referred to as the “symbol of Baphomet” in any publication available to a mass audience. It was this version which the Church of Satan then had made into cloisonné medallions (which were only available to members) and it became the standard logo for all Church of Satan materials. We began calling it more precisely the “Sigil of Baphomet” and so it was named in print in The Satanic Rituals (released in December of 1972). It should be noted that this version is a copyrighted graphic which belongs to the Church of Satan alone. We have the legal right to place the © symbol next to this rendering, should we care to do so.
The Church of Satan did file for (1981) and then received (1983) a trademark which protects the use of the Sigil of Baphomet with the words “Church of Satan.” The Church of Satan therefore has the legal right to place the ® symbol meaning “registered trademark” next to this combination of symbol and words. This trademark also prohibits anyone from using something similar in combination of name and symbol, which could constitute an illegal dilution or blurring of the trademark.
Current trademark laws are now in flux regarding this issue of trademark blurring—the use of marks similar to existing trademarks—but they are moving in the direction of favoring the forbidding of marks that could be considered misleading in any way, shape, or form.
Anton LaVey authorized Hell’s Kitchen Productions, Inc. to produce a Sigil of Baphomet medallion, and so a minor variation of the Church’s official Sigil of Baphomet was created in which the Hebrew characters between the circles were no longer outlines, but filled-in (a minor change). This authorized variation is also used exclusively on the official website and can be seen at the top of this page and throughout this site. This rendering is also protected by copyright laws.
The copyright for the artwork that appears on the cover of the Bessy book belonged to the publisher of that book. Since that book is out of print, the copyright has lapsed, and thus the rights for the text reverted to the author, and the rights for the graphics contained therein would need to be determined—usually they revert to the artist or other source of origin. After passage of enough time, if the estates of the authors/creators do not renew the copyrights, the items in question then enter public domain. Thus, the Bessy cover rendition is most probably now in the public domain.
If anyone wants to legally use our version of the “Sigil of Baphomet,” they may ask for permission, and we have generally been quite liberal in licensing people to use this for various projects and goods—though we usually only allow its use on websites when (and where) they are mentioning the Church of Satan. Otherwise, those wishing to use a public domain version of a goat / pentagram / “Leviathan” symbol must go back to the historically published sources, or they may take the challenge to draw a fresh one.
It is interesting to note that, prior to its slight enhancement and adoption by the Church of Satan, this sinister symbol appears never to have been used by any who would actually honor and revere it. Rather it was conceived, nutured and even continually passed along by Levi, de Guaita, Wirth and others—men who professed to oppose that which they imagined it to represent. These were ceremonial magicians, condemned by the Christian church yet still largely captive to the common mass morality of their day. In their quest to counter their critics, they dreamed up an imaginary cabal of selfish, unconstrained, unconventional black magicians in comparison to whom they hoped to seem quite acceptable to polite society. Was this a simple fiction to deflect public persecution or a more fully formed thoughtform fueled and fed by the nightmares and perhaps even secret, supressed desires in the unconscious minds of these magicians? There is no way to know for certain. The history is clear, however, that the image of the inverse pentagram invoking the head of the sabbatic goat was conjured up from their imaginations, imbued with geat resonance by the forbidden things it was believed to represent, and then passed from one seeker to the next for more than a century until Anton LaVey embraced it, and made what it had always symbolized manifestly real.
So marking the original appearance of this potent concept to Lévi’s description of 1855 C.E., we Satanists now celebrate the 150th anniversary of the coming forth of what we call the Sigil of Baphomet. We know that it shall continue its dark reign in minds and hearts for years to come as the preeminent visual distillation of the iconoclastic philosophy of Satanism.
by Magus Peter H. Gilmore
Monday 14th April 2014 - Moon in Libra
The Beginning of Deleting All Karmic Garbage & All Negativity
The World is going to be "tidied-up" and "cleansed" at the Full Moon
The most important karmic lessons of each and every lifetime you live is to teach that relationships with other PEOPLE are the MOST important reason for living life - even more important than MONEY - although it is very clear from people with BAD karma in the world that "they" still value MONEY more important than PEOPLE. As soon as you've realized that PEOPLE are the most important part of your life - is when you realize the karmic truth. The purpose of your life is to have GOOD relationships with all the people you know in your life - and thereby making "you" wholesome.
People who are grumpy and sad - complaining and critical of others are ALWAYS the people who have the BIGGEST problems with themselves - conversely when you're happy and wholesome with life - you ALWAYS see the good in people and ALWAYS attract good people into your life. The "others" don't even bother you.
Each year - you grow - and in growing-up - means you're becoming more wholesome - hence you're taking yourself to new levels of understanding, awareness and even new relationships - but in order to grow - there are things and people that your aura needs to let-go of. They" are no longer necessary in the meaning of your life.
Some will LET GO easily - others will FIGHT it - others will ENJOY being cleansed - whilst others will cry their eyes out - others will ACCEPT - whilst others will attempt to hold-onto to relationship negativity and emotional garbage. The good news is by the Full Moon on 15th April 2014 - DESTINY defines the NEW you - even if the next few days are bumpy in getting there - you will learn WHO are and WHAT is truly important to you.
Is it your nature to hoard and hold-onto to EVERYTHING? Or are you the type that lets-go and enjoy's clearing the garbage out? Or are you the type that's had a bad relationship - and never been able to love again - because your aura is full of negativity towards relationships? Or are you an ACCEPTING person - that realizes all your relationships were good for you - but destiny has a time to move-on with life?
The Full Moon in Libra is karmic - WHY you feel the way you do is karmic too. Today is time to ACCEPT the changes you feel - and instead of getting angry with anyone - become WISE, ACCEPTING and LOVE all - for when you LOVE all - you fill your own aura with LOVE - and this will define your life - a life full of happiness and love for all. There will be strong karmic moments - when you will remember people from the "past" - but instead of getting angry at them - you'll detach and forgive them too - this will be the recipe for karmic healing. Hence, you're going to learn the method that karmic garbage is cleared out of your aura is - by FORGIVING all and when you FORGIVE - you FORGET the negativity and will find yourself feeling GOOD - and LOVING all.
Unfortunately, there are people with very BAD karma - very hateful people - embedded hatred over many lifetimes - that can't find the ability to LOVE ALL - their BAD attitude, their arrogance and their karma will now affect them. It is human nature to FORGIVE - and yet many can't FORGIVE - so they make themselves a magnet for more BAD karma - every hateful thought they create - creates more BAD karma - and that ONLY affects them - until one day "they" die in a state of hatred and unforgiveness. Conversely with GOOD karma - every forgiving thought - every loving thought - creates GOOD karma - and will enable you to embrace the future and move-on forwards.
Each of these aspects will create numerous non-stop oscillations and changes - during the day - things which you've accepted until now - will finally "snap" - "break" - "end" - because the emotional pain will be TOO MUCH to hold-on. Conversely, it will positively energize your emotions to WANT something / someone so much - because you know it's so good for you - and it's your destiny - there's no more doubting - as the Full Moon will eliminate all doubts.
Moon 12° Libra squares Jupiter 12° Cancer life creates days that act as signposts - to guide us towards people who are GOOD for you - and be avoiding someone who is BAD for you - automatically you will become attracted to someone GOOD for you.
Moon 12° Libra opposes Mercury 12° Aries the magnetic attraction of opposites - shows you with clarity - what you need in your life - and today you'll see it with clarity - communicating what you want - if it is in alignment with karma - you'll get it - if it isn't you'll need to accept it too. But the Moon will make you say what you know you need to say.
Moon 13° Libra opposes Uranus 13° Aries unexpected surprises - unexpected shifts and changes in relationships - for when you FORGIVE and LOVE ALL - then everything gets fixed - [and conversely for the people with bad karma - when they hate all - they break everything]. It will happen in a second - and yet change everything.
Moon 13° Libra squares Pluto 13° Capricorn someone makes you feel very uncomfortable inside - the only way is to DETACH from them - and forgive them - recognize the truth that "they" have BAD karma - and don't let them influence your life with their negativity.
Moon 16° Libra conjunct Mars [in retrograde] 16° Libra unexpectedly and surprisingly - people from the "past" reconnect with you - if you've learnt the karmic lessons - you won't be affected by their anger or negativity - but if you've still got "relationship" issues to learn - then you will become angry with them.
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15th April - Karmic Libra Full Moon of Justice
Full Moon & "New" Moon - rolled into one
Full Moon at 7:46am GMT - 9:46am Europe - 1:16pm India - 6:46pm Sydney Australia - 3:46am USA EST
Monday night and into Tuesday morning - will be STRONG - not because of it's intensity of being a Full Moon - but because by Monday night - you will be feeling HAPPY, EXCITED and FRESH - like a newborn baby - full of life. You will be feeling cleansed from all negativity - especially after the headaches you've had on Monday. Hence, your whole aura will be ALIVE and positive. It might need you to discuss and talk to some people - but that will come easily.
However - and this is the BIG BUT - people who are so proud, so stubborn, so fixed and so arrogant - will find it impossible to make contact - they can't communicate - because by communicating - the TRUTH will be revealed of how BAD they are - and what LIES they've told in the past. It might be someone from past few months, few years - even someone from 20 years ago - but this karmic blood Full Moon - will be teaching "them" a very bitter lesson. As you can see from the astrological chart - it has the power of strong attraction - if stubborn people BLOCK the attraction through their arrogant negativity - "they" will be given a difficult challenge - and ironically it will only affect "them".
Moon 25° Libra opposes Sun 25° Aries Full Moon 25° Libra - "Blood" Full Moon - "the 1st of 4". The reason why MOON Astrology is so important is that it is the MOON's energy that reacts with each of us - that affects our emotions - and then makes us do things. Even things that are totally illogical - happen under the influence of the Moon's energies - and this Full Moon will prove that point is more ways than one.
In USA and North & South America - you will see the Moon - and then it will completely go a BLOOD RED color at the time of the Full Moon - it will feel strange - it will make you feel that something BIG is going to happen - and then after the Moon regains it's full brilliant white color - and nothing magical has happend - you will feel an anticlimax. It will feel like a FUSS for NOTHING.
That's not so - because something has happened INSIDE you - IN YOUR AURA - and during Tuesday - you will feel cleansed and calm - with a "knowledge" that something has changed and as you receive the clarity - you will feel DETACHED from things that have annoyed you - and feel CALM about everything in your life. The karmic Blood full Moon defines ACCEPTANCE. In the rest of the world - Asia & Europe - where we don't see the Blood Full Moon - we will still feel a positive auric shift - and we too - will learn the lesson of ACCEPTANCE. However, I must add - there are TWO forms of ACCEPTANCE - you can ACCEPT things reluctantly or you can ACCEPT with happiness - be the latter!
Indeed, I will be honest - I've read some of the "garbage" on the internet about the results of the karmic blood Full Moon [on the monthly Astrology page I explain the prophetic meaning of Blood Full Moons when the "Mysterious becomes the norm and the norm becomes mysterious"] - and some things will SURPRISE many.
But nonsensical predictions that it's going to wipe the USA off the map of the world - with earthquakes, tsunamis etc etc - that's all 100% nonsense - and even if it did flood Miami - there's nothing anyone can do about it - it is karmic and destined. ACCEPTANCE is required - so instead of being in state of panic and fear - the good aspects of the karmic Full Moon will help you embrace EVERYTHING with Happiness - and there will be a lot of things to be VERY HAPPY about - you'll see !
The Results of the Karmic Full Moon
The Moon in Libra and the end-result of the karmic Full Moon will define your future - well certainly the next 3 months - because the accuracy and intensity you will experience - will define that ENDINGS must END - detachments must be made - and the NEW "you" is defined with ALL your 7 planetary relationships in your life - for it is ONLY when you have ALL 7 planets active and vibrant in your life - that's when you're truly wholesome.
"Some" people in your life - will prove that they are IMPOSSIBLE to relate to or to communicate with - "their" bad connection to you isn't doing either of you any good - so the Full Moon will "snap" and "break" the connection - whereas with other people - you will find a way of redefining boundaries and working WITH them - whilst others you will realize that you NEED in your life so much - that you will work around any obstacles that currently exist - make "the relationship" work.
Because the emotional intensity of the Full Moon will define an inexplicable magnetic attraction to people and places whom are very important in your life - whilst it will "break" all the connections to all who are meaningless and useless in your life too.
There is an important reason why I've explained this karmic blood Full Moon at length and will be referring back to this in the next 6 months - as this is 1st of 4 blood Full Moon's - which means that today's karmic blood Full Moon will redefine your life between now and the next blood Full Moon of 8th October 2014.
Karmic things - good karma and bad karma - you NEVER expected to happen will happen - all things in your life that have become stagnant and blocked will unexpectedly change - "Mysterious becomes the norm and the norm becomes mysterious" - it will all happen - NON-STOP - from today. Then from 8th October 2014 it shifts UP a gear - when even more mysterious and unexpected things happen.
* Hands of Time
Today my hands are aged from years and time,
Yet as I look upon them, they’re not just mine.
For what I see is not mine alone,
I see a past in their age now shown.
I see my grandmothers loving care,
Her tender teaching in a face so fair.
Hands that were callused by life’s endless miles,
Scarred through the years and each personal trial.
Hands filled with power to heal those in need,
Bring life into the world and set spirits free.
Her hands were so tender with a magickal touch,
Gentle hands of love that taught me to feel so much.
Yet what I see that stirs my memories soul,
Are the mystical stories of the past yet untold.
As she held her hands up in the night,
Giving blessings unto the Goddess of light.
Copyright © 04132014
The Red Blood Moon of April - Seed Moon Plan a ritual to physically plant your seeds of desire in Mother Earth.
It is the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 and is the first of a tetrad, meaning four total lunar eclipses in series.
While some fundamentalist Christians are saying that this series of four lunar eclipses – also known as “blood moons” because the celestial body takes on a red hue – heralds the End of Days, I think that’s just as unlikely as any other end of the world prediction we’ve so far survived.
However, if you are into scrying and other types of divination, lunar eclipses are a good time to have a go. The energy of the blood moon can also be used for magical rituals and spells for personal transformation.
“Eclipses offer us unique and sometimes rare opportunities for doing special magical or psychic work that can be lifechanging.”
If you want to make a big change in your life, now is a good time to make a start. Today, think about what transformation you really want, whether that is a new job, a change in a relationship, a house move or embarking on a new spiritual path. Then, at the time of the eclipse, write down your intention on a slip of paper as a promise to yourself. Fold the paper up and put it into your wallet or purse to keep with you at all times until the change manifests itself.
According to NASA and "folklore, October's full moon is called the "Hunter's Moon" or sometimes the "Blood Moon." It gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead. You can picture them: silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood."
There are many different correspondence tables for Moon Names. But most do agree on the alias "Blood Moon" during the three months of fall when hunting and harvesting take place.
Today the Blood Moon is typically associated with the first full moon nearest the Autumn Equinox, for us in the Northern Hemisphere that occurs in October. But it can occur as early as September (The Fruit Moon), and as late as November (The Beaver Moon) as the Earth tilts back away from the sun. Consequently these same affects can be seen in the Southern Hemisphere on the opposite side of the year, corresponding to the full moons of March, April and May.
Observances During The Blood Moon:
During the autumn months, The Blood Moon represents abundance, hunting, gathering and preparing for the cold winter months. It's a time to honor the Harvest and Hunting Gods/Goddesses. Many festivals take place during this time to give thanks and appreciation for the bounty and stockpiles of plenty gathered by a clan or tribe. The Feast of the Hunter's Moon is a long standing practice in Indiana where a living Native American history re-enactment takes place. But similar events can be found around the world and with varying names.
From a magikal point of view, the same concepts can be enacted today for these full moons rituals. They can be used to bring abundance into your life in the form of finances, harvest, health, friendship and love. And to give thanks and honoring the blessings of the Harvest.
A Blood Moon Eclipse:
Occasionally, we can find a rare Blood Moon lunar eclipse. This can occur anytime of the year. But how does it happen? Well the Earth casts a long shadow that extends out into space. When the moon passes behind the Earth, opposite of the Sun, (in other words Earth is in the middle), we cast a long shadow that hides the moon. That's what a lunar eclipse is.
Now let's say you had a space ship and traveled out between the Earth and the Moon during an eclipse. Look out the window back at Earth and you'll be looking at the dark side. The Earth will be in silhouette and what you're seeing is every sunrise and sunset on Earth--all at once. This ring of light shines into Earth's shadow, breaking the utter darkness you might expect to find there. Turn off the cockpit lights and look at the Moon and there's a lovely red glow.
What's in the Earths atmosphere will also affect the color or shade of red reflected on the Moon. According to NASA, following a volcanic eruption, for instance, dust and ash can turn global sunsets vivid red. The moon would glow vivid red, too. Lots of clouds, on the other hand, extinguish sunsets, leading to darker, dimmer eclipses. The Moon can shine as Pumpkin Orange to Deep Blood Red all depending on the Earth's weather or natural events.
Observances During The Blood Moon Eclipse:
Since an eclipse is an extra special event, it has a special energy and observance. Especially when it's a rare Blood Moon eclipse. These special occasions are used for honoring and celebrating life, or the blood flow of life. This energy of the moon can be used to energize fertility, abundance, or communicate with spirit.
RED BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE RITUAL:
Well, last month we experienced a rare Black Moon/New Moon. Next week April 15th, we will experienced a rare Red Blood Moon on a lunar eclipse.
Generally, the Blood Moon is associated with October’s full moon or the Hunter’s moon. During this time of collecting ones harvest, sharing of love with friends, family and the community, and sharing abundance or so it used to be.
But the rare Red Blood Moon April 15th is unique in that these lunar eclipses which are special events in and of itself. A lunar eclipse is a time to work on ones magic and psychic abilities and to remove blocks of any kind because the full moon is a time of letting go and embracing ones power and strength.
Energy of a lunar eclipse is very powerful and has a potency strength lasting at least 6 month for any magic spell casting, and coupled with the rare Red Blood Moon this could be a time to manifest powerful abundance and self improvement of ones psychic gifts and talents.
The rare Red Blood Moons are a special occasions used for honoring and celebrating life, or the blood flow of life. This energy of the moon can be used to energize fertility, abundance, or communicate with spirit.
So light your red candles (you can use a green candle) but during this energy a red candle will suffice. The following prayer is one of many to use to draw down the energy above:
“By the gods and the goddess above
bring money into my life
through this spell I shall have money
and I shall harm no one in receiving
and it shall not come back to me
so I bind the powers of three
as I will it so mote it be”.
My Goddess Hecate,
protect me if I be a lost wanderer,
by Your tripled power from any devourer,
for You are the Goddess of crossroads,
and I call unto You to fill me with your grace.
You are mighty and have the power,
as I call unto You on earth or in are in another tower or realm.
By the power of Her knife ,
may She banish every evil from my life,
by the power of Her key,
may She turn my wishes to be,
by the power of Her cauldron,
may She stir the wheels of my good fortune of health and happiness.
By the power of Her light,
may She makes all things right,
and by the power of Her graceful love for me,
may She heal and keep me in her heart!
So mote it be!