~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~

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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
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 have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Candle Magick Syllabus & Class Protocol

Are you ready to begin this journey?

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 inhanse the power, and some spellwork. There will be an assignment posted every Moon's Day and you have until the next Sun's Day to complete and submit to me at the email address provided below. You are to check into the class at least 1xper day Monday through Friday. You must participate.

*** Materials Needed ***

Book: Explorying Candle Magick by Patricia Telesco

Candles: A veriety of colors~chime will do

Herbs and Oils: Frankinsense, myrrh, cinnamon, clove, others to be determined as we go.


WEEK #1:

Preface & Introduction

Chapter 1: Candlecraft 101

Chapter 2: Salamander  Scrying

WEEK #2:

Chapter 3: Candlelight Spells & Charms

Chapter 4: Prayers & Meditation

WEEK #3 :

Chapter 5: Rituals

Chapter 6: Feng Shui and Candles

WEEK #4:

Chapter 7: Astrological Candles

Chapter 8: Holidays, Festivales, Gods, and Goddesses

We will be working through tips in the appendix throughout the class. There will be a Yule project to be prepared, documented, and a pic submitted to my email at :

Most importantly is to have fun! 

This class is a certificate course and upon successful completion you will receive your via email.


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Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Institution of Magick

Elder Airwolf~Founder/Owner






Legion of Pagans Winter Solstice Mini Class Registration

Welcome to the Legion of Pagans Winter Solstice Mini Classes Registration!

The Legion will be offering two mini classes starting December 1st for four weeks.

There is a Candle Magic Class~(Instructor~Elder Airwolf)

And a Faery Magick Class~(Instructor~Falling Star)

Discriptions for each class follows below, so hurry and get in on the warm Yule Season fun with a mini class from the Legion of Pagans!


Mini Candle Magick Class

)O(~~~LoP Mini Candle Magic Class Description~~~)O(

Candlelight is magickal and brings warmth

and sets the mood.
Candles have been associated with myth,
lore, superstition, spells and been long used
for divination's and rituals, to intensify the 
energies while performing magickal work.
Each color of the candles represents a 
specific intent and combined with a spell,
will bring forth strength within our magick.
By using the proper candle color,
engraving a small symbol onto a candle or
by adding herbs and essential oils, 
we create candle magick and when we 
are using our special prepared candles 
with our spells and rituals, we are adding 
extra strength and energy to our magickal 
In this Class you will learn to incorporate 
candle magick into your every day magick.   

~~~All mini classes cost $40.00 and there are no refunds once the class starts~~~

This is a 4 week course



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BOOK: Exploring Candle Magick by Patricia Telesco

A small quiz is given each week to determine the progress in class.
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. 

Course Outline was created by the
Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Copyright © Elder Airwolf

)O( Faery Magick )O(

We will be explloring "The Ancient Art of Faery Magick by D. J. Conway."

In this four week class we will be discovering the magick withing the faery realms of the Fae looking as all the different types of faeries and their worlds. We will see how they help us in ours and learn how to make friends with your faery friends. We will also be doing a faery project. 

Class completions receive certificates of completion from the:

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Institution of Magick

Elder Airwolf~Founder/Owner

Daily Forecast for November 9th, 2014

Blyssful Sun's Day Stargazers~

Sunday 9th November 2014
Moon 13° Gemini sextiles Uranus [in retrograde] 13° Aries
Moon 21° Gemini sextiles Jupiter 21° Leo
Sunday, Nov 9: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Eucalyptus, Color - Yellow 
Monday, Nov 10: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Lily, Color - Silver 
Tuesday, Nov 11: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Cinnamon, Color - Scarlet 
Wednesday, Nov 12: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Bay laurel, Color - White
Other Celestial Events: N. Taurids Meteor Shower 
Thursday, Nov 13:  
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Clove, Color - Turquoise 
Friday, Nov 14: 
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense - Alder, Color - Rose 
Saturday, Nov 15: 
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense - Ivy, Color - Indigo
Other Celestial Events: Comet Väisälä 
 On Sunday and Monday - you'll be in such a good mood that you'll become LUCKY - and when you're in LUCKY mood - you can turn-around even the most problematic situation you have to become good for you. Because I'm a believer that NOTHING happens by accident nor coincidence - and if you've been put into an inexplicably difficult situation - you've been put there for a reason - and the reason is to muster-up the strength, the courage, the magical energy to SAVE yourself - by finding the solution to your problems.
Everyone who has learnt this - will tell you - that the pivotal moment of doing something good and BIG in your life - comes after you rise to the challenge that life is presenting you - and find the solution to your problem. That destined moment is when you get huge burst of POSITIVE energy through clarity of mind - when your mind show you the answers, intuition and ideas - you need. That's exactly when the Moon in Gemini will be doing - especially that it's exceedingly strong at the moment. And the news, the connection, the message and the phone call will come suddenly and surprisingly with a huge burst energy - when you hear what's happened or who it is - a sign - that the news is needed for your soul.
When you 100% feel good about something or someone - you always get a burst of thrilling and exciting energy - like the moment when you get a new job - move into new home - make a decision to buy a new home - make a decision to buy a car - make a decision to buy a plane ticket - or make a decision to call someone from your "past" - the burst of positive energy is invisible and yet real - it gives you a "sign" that it must be RIGHT for you.
Moon in Gemini - will be giving your positive energy to make good decisions - defined by the way you feel. Even though - the truth is the feelings have been created in the past few weeks - even months - it's only now by the way you THINK and feel ready - that's when you feel the HUGE burst of energy to want to do something - and as you do - you'll feel it's so right.

Blyssful Sun's Day Stargazers~

Sunday 9th November 2014
Moon 13° Gemini sextiles Uranus [in retrograde] 13° Aries
Moon 21° Gemini sextiles Jupiter 21° Leo
Sunday, Nov 9: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Eucalyptus, Color - Yellow 
Monday, Nov 10: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Lily, Color - Silver 
Tuesday, Nov 11: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Cinnamon, Color - Scarlet 
Wednesday, Nov 12: 
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Bay laurel, Color - White
Other Celestial Events: N. Taurids Meteor Shower 
Thursday, Nov 13:  
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Clove, Color - Turquoise 
Friday, Nov 14: 
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense - Alder, Color - Rose 
Saturday, Nov 15: 
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense - Ivy, Color - Indigo
Other Celestial Events: Comet Väisälä 
 On Sunday and Monday - you'll be in such a good mood that you'll become LUCKY - and when you're in LUCKY mood - you can turn-around even the most problematic situation you have to become good for you. Because I'm a believer that NOTHING happens by accident nor coincidence - and if you've been put into an inexplicably difficult situation - you've been put there for a reason - and the reason is to muster-up the strength, the courage, the magical energy to SAVE yourself - by finding the solution to your problems.
Everyone who has learnt this - will tell you - that the pivotal moment of doing something good and BIG in your life - comes after you rise to the challenge that life is presenting you - and find the solution to your problem. That destined moment is when you get huge burst of POSITIVE energy through clarity of mind - when your mind show you the answers, intuition and ideas - you need. That's exactly when the Moon in Gemini will be doing - especially that it's exceedingly strong at the moment. And the news, the connection, the message and the phone call will come suddenly and surprisingly with a huge burst energy - when you hear what's happened or who it is - a sign - that the news is needed for your soul.
When you 100% feel good about something or someone - you always get a burst of thrilling and exciting energy - like the moment when you get a new job - move into new home - make a decision to buy a new home - make a decision to buy a car - make a decision to buy a plane ticket - or make a decision to call someone from your "past" - the burst of positive energy is invisible and yet real - it gives you a "sign" that it must be RIGHT for you.
Moon in Gemini - will be giving your positive energy to make good decisions - defined by the way you feel. Even though - the truth is the feelings have been created in the past few weeks - even months - it's only now by the way you THINK and feel ready - that's when you feel the HUGE burst of energy to want to do something - and as you do - you'll feel it's so right.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Today is your day to cultivate a potential romance or strengthen your current one as your feelings are illuminated by your words. Your fantasy life is rich now, which in turn can fuel the fires of romance. However, it all comes back to one critical realization: how you feel about yourself directly influences how you relate to others. This is not about bravado; it’s about your sense of mental and emotional reality. Don’t hold back; although you may take pride in your independence, life is often better when shared.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)

There are two voices talking to you today. One is encouraging you to dance, to step out beyond your established boundaries and connect with others. Meanwhile, the contrasting voice is telling you not to make any sudden moves and to retreat into your own internal fantasy world where it is safe, even if it’s lonely. Don’t pull back out of fear; seize the moment and reach out to someone special. You won’t know what will happen unless you try.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be buzzing around on the analytical planes of existence, but the real work now is found in the deeper emotional realms. Opinionated Jupiter is filling your head with all kinds of outrageous ideas. Meanwhile, Venus is nudging you to respond to sensitive issues surfacing due to romantic attractions. Unfortunately, clever words are just a distraction today; you might need to stop talking in order to say what you really mean. Operate from your heart, not your head, for the most satisfying results.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

This might be quite a fruitful time if you are in the envious position of developing your creative skills. But just because you have a valid excuse for daydreaming doesn’t mean you are able to avoid your responsibilities without any repercussions. Take care of the most pressing concerns before you wander too far off track. Try to capture the magic rather than letting it capture you.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are consciously seeking more meaning from your relationships now. You could be drawn into emotional confusion in response to someone close to you who is sending mixed signals. However, the incoming data may not be as jumbled as you think. Perhaps it is the receiver that needs calibration and not the transmitter. Scaling back your unrealistic expectations helps you cut through the static. Keeping things simple works best for everyone involved

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

What you say is less important today than how you say it. There’s a world of difference in the various shadings of gray, and now it may be the most subtle nuances that have the greatest impact. Don’t be afraid to invest the time needed to be sure that you’re delivering the exact message you want to reach others. Avoid exaggeration and misrepresentation at all costs. Sticking with the facts is the easiest way to convey your honorable intentions.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You may expect so much from your friends today that you’re disappointed with their lackluster performance. However, upon closer analysis, it could be your unrealistic hopes that are the real problem. Although your assumptions might get you into trouble, you can avoid discouragement if you don’t set people up on pedestals. Respecting others for who they truly are rather than what you want them to be is the only way to maintain integrity in relationships.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your optimism is contagious today, inspiring you to see unrealized potential everywhere you look. However, you could take this Pollyanna attitude so far that it creates an awkward situation if you act on every attraction. Thankfully, it’s possible to explore all the amazing scenarios within the privacy of your own imagination. You can always share your feelings in a few days if your enthusiasm persists. The perspective you gain will work to your advantage in the long run.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Steer clear of people who may be deceptive and avoid any substances that alter the fabric of reality. Even just a single drink of your favorite libation can have more influence today than usual because your subconscious world is spilling over into awareness and blurring your objectivity. On the other hand, it’s not wise to shut the door on your imagination, for it is the best way to communicate with your higher self. Take advantage of your current psychic sensitivity and listen carefully for messages from within.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your attempts to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground may be to no avail due to the sometimes magical and oftentimes confusing events of the day. But if you’re too serious and close down your heart, you can miss the magic. However, if you forget that you are an earthly Capricorn, you just might go drifting off into space. You must find that sweet spot between pragmatism and idealism to make the most of this cosmically mystical day.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Boundary issues require your undivided attention today, especially if you find yourself in the middle of a drama that doesn’t really belong to you. But you are attracted to opportunities that can be found in the emotional storm, making it more likely to let down your guard. Vulnerability is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can lead to confusion now unless you have the objectivity to distinguish other people’s dilemmas from yours. Your love for logic comes in handy now more than ever.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Sometimes the waters appear so clear that you Fish can see forever. However, the truth is that even the most pristine waters still distort whatever you gaze upon. Normally, you take this magnification into consideration without even thinking about it. But it’s too easy to forget that nothing is exactly as it seems now. If your vision is larger than life, step back to get a fresh perspective. A reality check and a healthy sense of humor might just save the day.

Today's Tarot Card~

Six of Swords

The Six of Swords card reversed suggests that you might be afraid to take a chance on love after rejection, loss or defeat, but sticking close to home or making excuses may only be alienating you from someone who could serve as a guide or friend. You may not be ready to take the next step, but this could be a warning that you’re ruining your own chances at happiness by being unwilling to compromise or afraid to try new opportunities. Leave behind old baggage that helped to form your comfort zone. If it isn’t working for you anymore, don’t keep going back for more. If you feel you are up the creek without a paddle, get out and swim for the shore.

Today's Witches Rune~Woman

To select the Woman Rune foretells a period of healing and rejuvenation. It suggest finding a place where you can be yourself, where all things can flourish and grow.

When this rune is drawn, you can expect gentle action rather than shattering changes.

When picking this rune you can expect something of value in a sentimental nature.

The Woman Rune symbolizes your life’s path in accordance with the powers of nature.

It implies embracing the new and untried with a nurturing center of support to fall back on.

Today's Viking Rune~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.

raiðo : journey

Phonetic equivalent: r

journey, pilgrimage, change, destiny, quest, progress, life lessons
protection for travellers, to ease or bring about change, to reconnect
the Norns, Sigurd’s journey
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.

Make it magickal today & everyday ***

~Elder Airwolf~





Prayers by Abby Willowroot

Bless this Day
May this day be blessed with gifts
Lessons, understanding and friends
May my energy be a gift to all I meet
Let me be centered, healing and open
May I face the day with courage
kindness, insight and compassion
May my spirit and body, honor this day

A Morning Prayer
Oh Great Goddess
Bless this day
Keep me safe and whole
Oh Great Goddess
Bless my path
Help me to act on thy wisdom
Oh Great Goddess
Bless my family
All life on this Earth

Thank You For This Day
Thank You for this day on Earth
Ancient Mother who gave me birth
Healing Mother who keeps me strong
Crone Mother who brings each new dawn
Thank You for the gift of being
For blessing me with the wonders of seeing
For the sounds and feeling of laughter
and the wisdom learned through pain
Spirit Mother bless me, tomorrow with a day again

Thank You For This Day

Thank You for this day on Earth
Ancient Mother who gave me birth
Healing Mother who keeps me strong
Crone Mother who brings each new dawn
Thank You for the gift of being
For blessing me with the wonders of seeing
For the sounds and feeling of laughter
and the wisdom learned through pain
Spirit Mother bless me, tomorrow with a day again.

Night Prayer
Thank You Great Goddess for this day
for the blessings and lessons that came my way
May my sleep be peaceful in dreams and rest
and tomorrow may I do my best
~ Abby Willowroot © 1999

Thank you Abby for your prayers are always moving and inspiring )O(

~Elder Airwolf~

Iris & Auras

Does the natural born witch have a mutated fourh cone in their iris giving them super human abilities to see more and more auras?

The Humans With Super Human Vision An unknown number of women may perceive millions of colors invisible to the rest of us. One British scientist is trying to track them down and understand their extraordinary power of sight.

By Veronique Greenwood|Monday, June 18, 2012

An average human, utterly unremarkable in every way, can perceive a million different colors. Vermilion, puce, cerulean, periwinkle, chartreuse—we have thousands of words for them, but mere language can never capture our extraordinary range of hues. Our powers of color vision derive from cells in our eyes called cones, three types in all, each triggered by different wavelengths of light. Every moment our eyes are open, those three flavors of cone fire off messages to the brain. The brain then combines the signals to produce the sensation we call color.

Vision is complex, but the calculus of color is strangely simple: Each cone confers the ability to distinguish around a hundred shades, so the total number of combinations is at least 1003, or a million. Take one cone away—go from being what scientists call a trichromat to a dichromat—and the number of possible combinations drops a factor of 100, to 10,000. Almost all other mammals, including dogs and New World monkeys, are dichromats. The richness of the world we see is rivaled only by that of birds and some insects, which also perceive the ultraviolet part of the spectrum.

Researchers suspect, though, that some people see even more. Living among us are people with four cones, who might experience a range of colors invisible to the rest. It’s possible these so-called tetrachromats see a hundred million colors, with each familiar hue fracturing into a hundred more subtle shades for which there are no names, no paint swatches. And because perceiving color is a personal experience, they would have no way of knowing they see far beyond what we consider the limits of human vision.

Over the course of two decades, Newcastle University neuroscientist Gabriele Jordan and her colleagues have been searching for people endowed with this super-vision. Two years ago, Jordan finally found one. A doctor living in northern England, referred to only as cDa29 in the literature, is the first tetrachromat known to science. She is almost surely not the last.

The first hint that tetrachromats might exist came in a 1948 paper on color blindness. Dutch scientist HL de Vries was studying the eyes of color-blind men, who, along with two normal cones, possess a mutant cone that is less sensitive to either green or red, making it difficult for them to distinguish the two colors. He tested their vision by having them perform a basic matching task. Twiddling the dials on a lab instrument back and forth, the men had to mix red and green light so that the result, to their eyes, matched a standard shade of yellow. To compensate for their difficulty in discerning hues, color-blind men need to add more green or red than normal trichromats to make a match.

Out of curiosity, De Vries tested the daughters of one subject and observed that even though they were not color-blind—they seemed to distinguish red and green as well as anyone—they needed more red in their test light than normal people to make the match precise. If the women weren’t color-blind, what was going on?

Pondering the situation, De Vries thought he saw an explanation. Color blindness ran in families, affecting men but not women. While color-blind men had two normal cones and one mutant cone, De Vries knew that the mothers and daughters of color-blind men had the mutant cone and three normal cones—a total of four separate cones in their eyes. He suspected the extra cone could be why the women perceived color differently—not because they saw less than most people but because they saw more. He speculated that such women might be using the fourth cone to distinguish more colors than a trichromat, but he buried this insight on the last page of the paper. De Vries never wrote about four-coned women again.

In the 1980s neuroscientist John Mollon of Cambridge University, then Jordan’s adviser there, was studying color vision in monkeys and became interested in De Vries’s note on tetrachromacy. Mollon and Jordan realized that since color blindness is common, four-coned women must be as well. Jordan estimates they make up as many as 12 percent of women. To find if tetrachromats were hidden in this group, the researchers sought out the mothers of color-blind sons and had them take matching tests similar to the one used by De Vries, but with a twist. If they were true tetrachromats, they would never be able to make a satisfactory match, because they would be able to sense color gradations beyond those available on the test.

No luck: Mollon and Jordan found that women with four cones could consistently make a match on the tests. Jordan began to have doubts. Perhaps the fourth cone was not active. Perhaps super-vision was not real. In 2007 Jordan, now at Newcastle, returned to testing using a new method. Sitting in a dark room, peering into a lab device, women saw three colored circles flash before their eyes. To a trichromat, they all looked the same. To a tetrachromat, though, one would stand out. That circle was not a pure color but a subtle mixture of red and green light randomly generated by a computer. Only a tetrachromat would be able to perceive the difference, thanks to the extra shades made visible by her fourth cone.

Jordan gave the test to 25 women who all had a fourth cone. One woman, code named cDa29, got every single question correct. “I was jumping up and down,” Jordan says. She had finally found her tetrachromat.

What would it be like to see through cDa29’s eyes? Unfortunately, she cannot describe how her color vision compares with ours, any more than we can describe to a dichromatic person what red looks like. “This private perception is what everybody is curious about,” Jordan says. “I would love to see that.” Jordan’s next challenge is discovering why cDa29 is different from the other women she tested. “We now know tetrachromacy exists,” Jordan says. “But we don’t know what allows someone to become functionally tetrachromatic, when most four-coned women aren’t.” Jay Neitz, a vision researcher at the University of Washington, thinks that potential tetrachromats may need practice to awaken their abilities. “Most of the things that we see as colored are manufactured by people who are trying to make colors that work for trichromats,” he says. “It could be that our whole world is tuned to the world of the trichromat.” He also suspects the natural world may not have enough variation in color for the brain to learn to use a fourth cone. Tetrachromats might never need to draw on their full capacity. They may be trapped in a world tailored to creatures with lesser powers. Perhaps if these women regularly visited a lab where they had to learn—really learn—to tell extremely subtle shades apart, they would awaken in themselves the latent abilities of their fourth cone. Then they could begin to see things they had never tried to see before, a kaleidoscope of colors beyond our imagining.


Given the potential for a woman to have a 4th cone that is receptive to color and changes, it seems that it would potentially enable this individual to see auras - also as it is more prominent in women I wonder if there would be a correlation between how the natural born witch is 5 out of every 100 women and the preponderance of this genetic anomaly being what I perceive to be a positive trait, could be present in a percentage of natural born witches? Well it could be a factor in some of the gifts some natural born witches have, but as your know there are many gifts that not all witches share, but there is always the factor that indeed we seen more than the average person and if it be a fourth cone, well that is something us witches keep to ourselves.

Think about it!

Broom Magick


To Bless a New Broom
Before using your new broom for normal household sweeping, carve or write on its handle (the words running from the tip to the bristles on one side): "I sweep in money and luck." On the other side (with the words running away from the bristles) carve or write: "I sweep out evil and poverty." Visualize as you clean the floors, and you'll do just that.

Consecrating Your New Broom
Whether you make your besom in the traditional way, or purchase one that appeals to you, it is traditional to name your broom as you would a horse. Then when you have chosen a name, anoint it with oil as you would a candle and consecrate it with the following words:
Besom of birch and willow tied or a besom of straw with cord tied
Be my companion and my guide.
On ashen shaft by moonlight pale
My spirit rides the windy gale
To magickal realms beyond both space and time.
To magickal lands my soul will sail.
In the company of the crone I'll ride
This besom of birch with willow tied
or besom of straw with cord tied.
So do I consecrate this magickal tree.
As I will it, so mote it be!

For Protection While Sleeping
Lay a broom beneath the bed. Anoint the headboard or bedposts with a protective essential oil, such as sandalwood, rose geranium, rosemary, or frankincense. Then sprinkle a circle of salt around the bed (while you are inside the circle's perimeter), and you shall be guarded against all ill until morning. Sweep up the salt with the broom when you rise.

To Safeguard Your Bed
If you must be away from home for some time and want to return home to a safe, clean bed, tuck your magickal broom into it, laying the bristles on the pillow. Nothing will disturb a bed so guarded.

To End Tiresome Visits
If you have someone that stays too long and interferes with your life, try one of the following spells. None of them will harm visitors; they merely impel them to leave. Place a broom upside down behind the door. If the guests still refuse to leave, stick a fork into the bristles of the inverted broom. Failing this, go into a room adjoining that which the guests are in, place the broom so that its handle points toward the offending visitors and intone the following:
Get thee hence beyond my door For I am weary to the core. Of course, you could just try the surest spell of all--ask them directly to leave!

To Purify Your Home
Before dawn, take a branch from any tree. Thank the tree for its gift and leave a coin or semiprecious stone at its base in payment. Tobacco is another traditional offering among Native Americans. Next, obtain several brightly coloured flowers on long stalks. Tie these flowers to the branch to fashion a sort of broom, then sweep the floor in every room of the house, visualizing the flowers of the broom absorbing negativity as you work. Then, still before sunrise, leave the broom at a crossroads. Traditionally in the southwest United States and Mexico, this ritual is repeated at the first of
each month.

Sources For Above Info:
Pauline Campanelli, Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions
Pauline Campanelli, Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life
Scott Cunningham and David Harrington, The Magickal

Broom Folklore:

If a broom falls from your hands while you sweep, make a wish before retrieving it.

To bring rain, stand outside and swing a broom over your head in the air.

To safeguard your home against lightening strikes, cross a broom and a spade outside the main entrance to the house.

Placing a broom across any doorway allows your departed friends and family to speak to you if they so choose. As long as the broom remains in place, they can communicate freely.

To protect babies and children while they sleep, place a small broom underneath their pillows.

If nightmares are a problem, let a broom sweep them away. Hang one on the bedroom door to help you sleep peacefully.

Two brooms crossed and hung on a wall or nailed to a door guard the house, as does a broom placed on the ground before the door. The brooms are believed to disperse negative energies before they can bother you. You can also protect your home by taking two needles, making and equal-armed cross with them, and placing the cross inside broom. Then stand the broom behind a door.

Never move a broom from one house to another; it will bring the bad luck and dirt of your last residence into your new home. (This doesn't pertain to decorative brooms or those reserved solely for magickal use, only those actually used to sweep floors.) If, for some reason, you must move an ordinary broom, put it into the new house through an open window and the ill luck will be deterred.

The above info from:

Pauline Campanelli, Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions
Pauline Campanelli, Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life

Broomstick Wedding:

In Welsh Tradition among the Gypsies, there was an old custom of the broomstick wedding. The couple solemnized their rites before witnesses by jumping over a broom placed in a doorway, without dislodging it. To dissolve the marriage, they had to reverse the process, jumping backwards out of the house, over the broom, before the same witnesses.

An old Yorkshire belief:
should a young girl inadvertently step over a broom handle she will become, a mother before she becomes a wife.

In Sicily, on Midsummer's Eve, a broom is placed outside the home to ward off any wickedness that might come knocking.

Never sweep after the sunset, or fear chasing away happiness or hurting a wandering soul.

Brooms laid across the doorways are believed to keep evil out.

Never use a broom when there is a dead person in the house.

Never bring old brooms into new houses as a broom becomes attached to houses so leave the old one behind.

Never walk on a broom.

Never use a broom to sweep outside the house,unless the inside of the house is cleaned first.

If you sweep under someone's feet tell them that you will dance at their wedding. Otherwise they will have bad luck.

A new broom should sweep dirt out of a house only after it has swept something in.

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Daily Forecast for November 7th, 2014

Blyssful Freya's Day Stargazers~

Friday 7th November 2014
Moon 17° Taurus opposes Venus 17° Scorpio
Moon 21° Taurus squares Jupiter 21° Leo
Moon 24° Taurus opposes Saturn 24° Scorpio
Full Moon
(waning/94% of illumination)
A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you “see” what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the “same ole, same ole” — rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it’s time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams.

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You can spin all the wheels you want, but it still may not be enough if someone isn’t willing to accept what you have to offer. In fact, you might even be the one who is harshly judging your own shortcomings. Fortunately, this cloud of negativity should pass quickly if you don’t waste time trying to measure up to unrealistic expectations. A more sensible strategy is to focus on doing the best you can today without concern for anything else.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Although you mean no harm, it’s easy to inadvertently encourage conflict by pushing someone’s buttons today. You might not notice how moody you are with the Moon lingering in your sign but before you know it, you could be in the middle of an emotional tussle with anyone who stands in your way. Simply staying aware of your propensity toward rigidity may be enough to change the dynamics, allowing you to sidestep an unnecessary confrontation before it even occurs. Taking a proactive approach saves the day.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You love to flit from conversation to conversation, but your eagerness to communicate doesn’t mean you are emotionally accessible. Bringing your feelings out into the open is an uphill battle today, but your dogged persistence makes a big difference. Unfortunately, your positive intentions are not enough now; the information you share could still be problematic for someone else. Express yourself as clearly as you can and then don’t back down from the truth. Maintain your integrity at all costs.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
A thought continues to gnaw at your attention until you finally acknowledge it and speak your piece. Although your feelings continue to grow stronger throughout the day, along with your need to express them, you’re likely to reach a point where the window of opportunity closes. Be as open and forthright as you can right from the start. Your friends and associates will appreciate your honesty more than you know. Sharing your heart inspires others to do the same.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your emotional dependability plays a crucial role as you continue along your professional path today. Fortunately, you derive power from the strength of your convictions, enabling you to provide a steady shoulder to support those who might need one. Everyone appears to be making demands as you try to cover as much ground as you can. But don’t give out all your energy without receiving something in return. Generosity of spirit is best when shared all the way around.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Your fantasies can seem so real today that you actually believe them, even if choose to leave them unfulfilled. It’s not that it’s impossible to manifest your dreams; it’s just that you could be scared to take a risk that puts so much on the line. Nevertheless, don’t hold back now when making plans; aim high for you will never know what’s possible unless you try.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Look right past any uncertainty today if self-doubt creeps into your emotional mix. Focus on your long-term goals, especially if you receive mixed signals from the Moon once she flies into fickle Gemini. You know that your ideas are sound and your enthusiasm is irrepressible. However, you may underestimate how much work you have in front of you. You will be more successful if you remember to consistently moderate the extremes. Ultimately, finding a workable balance is your key to success.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
A minor disagreement could turn into a major confrontation today due to someone’s unwillingness to compromise. Ironically, you can’t help but respect a person who takes a stand for his or her beliefs. Don’t waste your energy trying to change anyone else’s mind because you could exhaust yourself in the process. It’s possible for opposing perspectives to be valid; just honor the current differences of opinion and politely agree to disagree.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
There is a definite shift in relationship dynamics today, even if you believe the energy has grown stagnant. At first you might think that everything is up for grabs, but when you make your move you quickly discover that your efforts were for naught. Nevertheless, your persistence will be rewarded. Be ready to take advantage of an opportunity if it appears now, but don’t push too hard. Haste makes waste; applying gentle pressure over a longer period of time should do the trick.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You normally have a no-nonsense approach to relationships and prefer to make your choices based on practical considerations. You don’t appreciate someone’s heavy-handed manner of asking for help today. You’re tempted to lash out and set the record straight. But instead of tackling this potential conflict head-on now, it will be much easier to handle later in the day once you have a more grounded perspective. Ultimately, your moral compass is a guide for everyone involved.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You prefer to keep your feelings private today, but you may eventually be persuaded into making them known. Expressing your pent-up frustrations adds to your problems at first. However, your honest disclosure deepens your relationships in the long run. Pushing through your fears of being judged takes extra effort on your part, but staying true to yourself is your only sensible choice. Do whatever you must to get the ball rolling; starting the conversation is the hardest part.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You’re tempted to stick with your old goals, even if you are beginning to doubt that they still serve you any longer. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to pinpoint the source of your current dissatisfaction, yet uncertainty about your future continues to grow. Instead of trying to follow your preconceived agenda, set aside your previous strategy and just see where the present dynamics take you. Consciously avoiding struggle today allows you to set a new course tomorrow.

Today's Tarot General~Wheel of Fortune

The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

Tarot Cards of the Zodiac
Each zodiac sign is linked to a Tarot card

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Your Tarot card is The Emperor, the guy who will always be there when you need him. This card represents your sign’s loyalty and ability to stick by your friends through thick and thin. Like the royal figure on your card, you use your authority and analytical powers to help others and to achieve your goals.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Your card, The Hierophant, represents learning from knowledgeable teachers who can help you search for higher truths by exploring tried and true traditions. Sifting through the superficial, these learned souls can lead you to the heart of matters where profound insights reveal important life lessons.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Every Gemini is blessed with a dual nature represented by your Tarot card, The Lovers. Turning points for you often involve making a moral choice between taking the high or low road. This card encourages you to weigh your options carefully and follow the path dictated by your personal integrity.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You stand proud and strong as you guide The Chariot on your card, steering a steady course and rising above life’s conflicts. Even though Cancers seek security, you also love the freedom of the open road where you can use your highly-developed intuition to win the race.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)
The Strength card represents your physical strength — like that of the mighty Lion on your card — as well as your emotional, mental and spiritual prowess. Like the Lion, you are blessed with plenty of courage, which helps you overcome problems and obstacles.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Like The Hermit, you often need to slow down and go within to focus on your purpose in life. The image on this card — an old man — represents a person who is weary of the outer world. When he retreats to explore the mysteries of his inner life, he becomes open and innocent like a child.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Justice holds the scales, asking you to weigh your desires against your needs. In order to reach a fair outcome, you must put your feelings and emotions aside. When you reach the light at the end of the tunnel of indecision, you will be able to serve the greater good.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Like your Tarot card, Death, you welcome transformation. You often shed your skin like a snake, seeking to release your spirit and be reborn. Because you are able to detach yourself from the ties that bind others, it’s easy for you to change your identity, making you the mysterious person everyone wants to figure out.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Like your card, Temperance, you are a gifted mediator, able to find common ground by balancing out judgments with genuine understanding and awareness. Like a steadily-meandering stream, you work your way through whatever difficulties get in the way.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
The Devil card encourages you to face your shadow-self in order to gather the knowledge necessary for spiritual transformation. It advises you to reflect on any negativity that has made you doubt yourself, swap it for confidence and hold fast to your highest vision of who you are.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Your card, The Star, focuses on your optimism. When you wish on the stars, you really believe you can achieve your heart’s desires. Your job in this world is to convince others they can too, thereby helping to lead them home in a spiritual sense.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Like your Tarot card, The Moon, you are a creature of ever-changing moods. You do best when you attune to nature’s cycles and use them to refresh your intuitive powers. The Moon rules emotions, which are your strong suit, especially when you use your compassionate nature to help others.

Witches Rune of today~The Scythe

Sudden changes and endings. Making a final decision. Completing something. Walking away from something or someone. Danger.


The Scythe

This symbol is very familiar to most of people, often associated with harvest and death. In the runes, it is no different. The Scythe is related to endings, sudden separations, final decisions, important changes and danger.

The appearance of this symbol show that there’s something in you life you need to bring to end now, before it snowballs into something worse. Usually, the decision that the Scythe forces you to make is one you’d rather escape from… it’s a painful and difficult choice. Even though you know (or feel) it’s for the best, you’ll mourn the fact that it has to happen.

Also, the Scythe is connected to sudden, swift changes that force you to alter completely your plans, strategies and sometimes the very way you see the world. The situation is no longer what it was, your modus operandi no longer works here. Your ideas no longer correspond to the reality. The information you have is no longer accurate, or useful. You need to strain those adaptation muscles and find a way to keep standing while the rug is pulled from under your feet.

Although this rune can represent physical danger, such as accidents or surgeries, many time it refers to sense of foreboding. Something just isn’t right… the fear of loss looms large. Trust these feeling and proceed with caution. This rune can also relate to actual death and all related to it: burials, graveyards, inheritances, heirlooms, legacies and things connected to your ancestry.

In relationship readings, the Scythe suggest caution too. It can represent sudden and irresistible attractions, the kind that inspire people to do crazy things. . Obviously, this rune also represent separations, divorce and conflicts, always leaving a sour aftertaste. The strong passion can quickly transform into strong resentment. In its most positive note, this rune can symbolize relationship that completely transform the people involved.

Today's Viking Rune~


Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.

ansuz : Odin

Phonetic equivalent: a (as in ‘fall’)

authority figure, leader, mind & body balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant
for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic
This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of þurisaz. These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war. Odin is also a shaman, travelling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.Ansuz is a balanced rune. As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey. It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive. Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning. He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually. There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune. Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself. He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader.

Ladybug Wisdom

Ladybugs in my house!

Why do ladybugs come into my house in the winter time? A. Ladybugs are attracted to the light colored houses. Especially, homes that have a clear southwestern sun exposure. Older homes tend to experience more problem with aggregations due to lack of adequate insulation. The ladybugs come in through small cracks around windows, door ways and under clap boards. They want to hibernate in a warm, comfortable spot over the cold months of winter. Ladybugs gather in groups when they hibernate, so if you see one, you can be sure more will follow. The best way to keep them out is to repair damaged clap boards, window and door trim and to caulk small cracks. Once the ladybugs are in my house, will they eat anything? A. No. Ladybugs don't eat fabric, plants, paper or any other household items. They like to eat APHIDS. Aphids are very small, but very destructive pest that feed on plants. (If you have rose bushes, you have probably seen aphids.) Ladybugs, while trying to hibernate in your house, live off of their own body fats. They, also, prefer a little humidity. But our homes are usually not very humid during the winter. In fact, they are rather dry causing most of your ladybug guests to die from dehydration. Occasionally, you might witness a ladybug in your bathroom getting a drink of water. Now, that's a smart lady!  And that's one way to look at it, but I don't even remove spiders unless it is necessary, but that's just me!

The Wisdom of Ladybug

Ladybug once gave me a vision. In the vision I was standing in front of a mountain and
morphing between myself as a child, and adult and an elder. Ladybug appeared to me and spoke of
our growth and processes as humans and that Ladybug mirrors this growth in a very profound way.
The transformation that a lady nymph goes through as it becomes a ladybug is quite amazing.
It looks like a completely different being! Ladybug continued to say that we do ourselves a
great disservice by not honoring the changes in our lives. Ladybug urges us to be in the flow of our
changes and transformations and to continually strive to improve upon ourselves. To let go of old
thought patterns that may be holding us back from change and from rich experiences. To honor the
seasons of our lives with grace. Change is the only constant and ladybug reminds us of this.
Ladybug spoke to me of expansion. Expansion of our consciousness, of our horizons, of the things
that we can imagine for ourselves and create for ourselves in this lifetime. We always have a choice
to be beautiful versions of ourselves.

The vision continued and I noticed a silver thread connected to Ladybug reaching into areas
I could not see. Ladybug urged me to climb the thread. I agreed. I found myself moving
through water, then onto land and then up the face of a mountain. As I reached the top, I began to
move into the sky; the cord becoming a staircase into the upper worlds. It seemed like I was
climbing for the longest time, moving through space and stars. We reached what appeared
to be a giant galaxy. I heard Ladybug say that we were at the center of the universe.
I moved into the center and began to move down. There was a great flash of light and I saw the image
of a man and a woman coming together as one being. I heard Ladybug say that in the center we
experience unity, the oneness, and that we can access this place within ourselves. She told me that
this is the place that she traveled to as she transformed from nymph to Ladybug.
The cord which we traveled upon was her memory of coming to this place. Ladybug asked
that I remember this place and this journey. She showed me that I too now have a silver chord
connecting me to this place and that the chord is connected to the center of the Earth.
Ladybug also gave the symbol to me to remind me of this journey.

It was time to return. We climbed back down the silver chord, through space, down the mountain
and back to the spot where Ladybug first greeted me. I thanked her for the vision and the symbol
and told her I would pass along what she has shared with me this day.

f Ladybug has flown into your life;

The appearance of a Ladybug heralds a time of luck  in which our wishes begin to be fulfilled.  Higher goals and new heights are now possible. Worries begin to dissipate. New happiness comes about. Ladybug also cautions not to try to hard or go to fast to fulfill our dreams. Let things flow at their natural pace. In the due course of time, our wishes will all come true. Alternatively she could be signalling that you can leave your worries behind and that new happiness is on its way. Ladybug signals you to to not be scared to live your own truth. Protect your truth and know that it is yours to honor.

If Ladybug is your Animal Totem;

When Ladybug is your personal animal totem you are most likely a very lively and interesting companion. You are constantly delving into the mysteries of the Universe and the unknown. You are also naturally highly spiritual and inquisitive by nature, and certainly not satisfied with mundane explanations or boring companions. For the most part you are open minded and enjoy having your consciousness expanded. You have a tendency to bring joy to those around you. People enjoy being around you.You are trusting, happy and easy going.

If Ladybug has come into your Dreams;

To dream of a ladybug (also known as a ladybird) is a sign that you are likely to experience a run of good luck in the near future. To dream of many ladybugs can point to feeling as though things are somewhat out of control, as though a lot of small things are going wrong. Consider ways in which you can take one step at a time to feel more in control of your life and your work. To see a ladybug in your dream can also symbolizes beauty. The dream may also be a metaphor for a lady who is bugging you in your waking life. Perhaps there is an issue that you need to address with this lady. If the ladybug is unusually big, then it is analogous to the magnitude of the problem.

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[Ladybug, Animal Totems, Animal Messages, Spirit Animals,]

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Additional Associations for Ladybug;

Past Lives
Sacred Knowledge
Astral Flight
Easy Going
Balancing Work, Play, Rest
Fortune Protection Through Color
Ability to Dispel negativity
Connection to the Labyrinth of the Universe
Passive Aggression
Spiritual Enlightenment
Wish Full Filled

The Ladybug

Yearly Cycle of Power: Summer
Time of Power: Day
Attributes: Luck, Joy, Easy Going, Bright, Trust, Passive Aggression, and Faith

The ladybug is a paradox in terms of its interaction with humans. While generally humans detest beetles of any sort, we tend to love the ladybug. While most people would shriek when a beetle flew and landed, or walked on our skin, we take great pleasure in having a ladybug walk across us. Why do we love these festive little beetles? Is it because of their bright colours or their happy nature? Regardless, the ladybug is an animal that we have held in high regard for thousands of years. These creatures seem to be the essence of trust and an easygoing nature. They will crawl onto you without fearlessly, even though you could kill them in an instant. They seem to know that you will not. To kill them would be counter to the joy that they seem to emanate from within. 

The ladybug is a member of the beetle family. Beetles are the largest order of animals, with some estimating over 10 Million species (about 350000 have been identified). Beetles make up almost a full quarter of animal species on our planet. There are about 4500 species of ladybugs worldwide, with over 400 in North America. They are found in nearly all climates and latitudes. They are hemispheric in shape, looking like a red pea cut in half with 6 black spots on their backs (some species have more or less spots). The adult is generally red in colour but can also come in yellow, orange, or pink tones depending on its age. Like all beetles, ladybugs are insects and have 6 legs. They eat by chewing with their teeth. Their scientific name is Coccinellidae, the meaning of which is subject to debate. Some think it derives from the Latin Coccinatus, which means 'Clad in Scarlet'. Others think it means 'Little Sphere'. Other common names for the Ladybug are: 'Lady Beetle', 'Lady Bird', 'Good News', 'Gods Little fatty' (They call it this in Switzerland), 'Cows of the Lady', 'Mary's Beetle', 'Cows of the Virgin', 'Flower Lady', 'Indra's Cowherd', 'Crop Picker', 'Lady cow', and 'Freya's Hens'. Its hard shell is actually wing covers called Elytra. Elytra are made of the same material as human fingernails. When a ladybug flies, its elytra move to the side to reveal delicate transparent wings. These wings flap at a rate of 85 times a second, giving the ladybug flight. They have antennae, which they use for touch, hearing and smell. They also use their feet to smell.

Ladybugs reproduce sexually, but they are not monogamous in any way. Their eggs are small and yellow and often laid in small clusters stuck to leaves. Some ladybugs lay up to 1000 eggs at a time. The mother takes great care to make sure that aphids (their food source) are plentiful in the area she lays her eggs, but this is her last parental duty. After this she wishes them the best of luck and heads off on her own. The eggs hatch in about a week's time. The larvae have six legs and are black with small orange or white markings. The larvae look like spiky accordions with legs. They molt a few times before pupating at about 1 month old. The pupal period lasts about a week and when the adult of the species emerges, it is yellow until its wings harden. Mating takes place in the spring and since the growth cycle is so quick, several generations can be produces within one summer. In the winter, ladybugs huddle together under logs or rocks for warmth. As many as 10000 may be found in such groups. Those that survive the bitter cold winters emerge again in spring to mate once more.

Ladybugs are predators by nature, feasting on aphids, mites, and other small plant-eating insects. They may eat thousands of these in their lifetime. The female may eat up to 75 aphids a day, while the smaller male may eat up to 40 aphids a day. Since aphids are generally bad for plants, farmers and gardeners see ladybugs as a good luck omen. Some of them even import ladybugs to counteract pests like aphids. Ladybugs march forward in a straight line, feeling for aphids and other prey along their way. Its not really an active hunting of prey, but more of a faith that what they need will be in their path. On the other side of the coin, not much preys on ladybugs. They secrete a bad tasting fluid from their legs if caught by a predator (bird, spider, etc). This fluid is called beetle juice and it is so distasteful that the spider or bird will let them go and remember not to try to munch on a ladybug again. The ladybugs bright colouring and spots are nature's way of saying 'don't eat me'. Ladybugs will also often play dead in dangerous situations to deter predators, as many predators of small insects wont eat something that is already dead. The only other killer of ladybugs is mankind.  They have been traditionally been killed for their supposed medicinal properties. Ground up they supposedly cured everything including toothache, crying babies, stomachache, and measles. Generally in the modern age, we kill most ladybugs through the use of pesticides. This is quite ironic, as by killing the ladybugs, you are killing the creatures that are natural pest controllers. By using pesticides you may kill some pests, but you also kill those that kill those pests, so at the end of the day you may be no better off.

The ladybug has a rich history of folklore and mythology. It is said to be good luck if a ladybug lands on you. It needs to fly away on its own will if you wish to keep the luck, and the ladybug rhyme must be recited (mentioned below). Seeing a ladybug is supposed to indicate good weather. In Switzerland, they thought that human babies were brought by ladybugs. Fewer than seven spots on a ladybug was supposed to bring a good harvest. A ladybug crawling across a girl's hand was supposed to mean marriage was in her near future. The key to much of the ladybugs mythology comes from its rhyme, of which there are a few versions.

'Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. 
Your house is on fire and your children are gone. 
All but one, and her name is Ann, 
And she crept under the pudding pan.'

'Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. 
Your little house is burning. 
Your little mother is crying and 
Your father is on the threshold, 
Fly away to heaven, away from hell'

This rhyme is interesting. There are some that think it has to do with harvesting. One interesting interpretation is that it has to do with the suppression of paganism in Europe. This seems like a stretch, but lets look at the rhyme closer to see where this is coming from. The theory is that this rhyme originated around the time that Christianity took over. The Ladybug before this time was a symbol of goddess worship. In particular Freya, Lucina, Anu, Juno, and all white goddess figures like Selene, Isis, and Arianrhod. The 'ladybug, ladybug, fly away home' line is a reference for the pagans to either go away or go into hiding. 'Your house is on fire and your children are gone' is a reference to destruction of temples and scattering of worshippers. And then there is the last part 'All but one and her name is Ann, and she crept under the pudding pan'. This part is a vague reference to the mother goddess Anu: it refers to some that are in hiding still. The second rhyme is similarly interpreted, with the mother crying referring to the goddess, and the father representing the Christian god. Fly away to heaven, away from hell is taken to be a plea to convert to the new religion. When Christianity finally took over, the name of 'ladybug' was appropriated to mean sacred to the virgin Mary. In truth, the goddesses that the ladybug was sacred to are much older than Mary, be they Freya or Isis. They were said to punish anyone for 9 days if they harmed a ladybug. Some believe that the ladybug is a holdover from scarab worship with Isis. Whatever the source goddess, the ladybug represented spiritual faith and devotion.

Like their totem animal, those with a ladybug totem will probably bring joy to those around them. It will simply emanate from them. People will enjoy being around them. This does not mean that they are social by nature. They may be social, they may be not, it is quite irrelevant. They may be the life of the party without even desiring to be so (or even noticing that they are). They will be trusting and happy and easy going. Like the ladybug marching in a straight line to get food, they may have an immense trust that things happen that need to happen and there is no need worrying about it overly. It's this easy-going trusting nature that allows a person with a ladybug totem to blow into your life and not feel like they are trespassing in your life. A person with a ladybug totem will be quite tactile, often using touch as their primary sense. One might think that a ladybug totem would be fearless like their namesake. While ladybugs seem to not fear humans, they are not stupid. If there is real trouble they know it and will either play dead or excrete noxious beetle juice. They are simply masters of knowing when there is trouble and when there isn't. A person with a ladybug totem would be very similar. They would have a talent of knowing when a situation is trouble or not. If it there is no trouble, then they are fearless and at ease. When trouble is abound, or they are not getting their way, that's when the personality of a ladybug totem changes. A person with a ladybug totem is a master of passive aggression. They will never act in an aggressive way if they are threatened, but they may find a way to make the situation intolerable to the aggressor. This could include guilt trips, faking injury, or other passive aggressive techniques. As it is a creature with a heavy myth that ties it to female divine figures (Christian or otherwise), a person with a ladybug totem will most likely have a spiritual focus in their life. As a career, people with a ladybug totem will prefer careers with either a spiritual focus or work that happens in batches. This calls to their core of spirituality, or recons back to the ladybug marching in a straight line to gather aphids (batch work). Work as a reverend, pastor, minister, nurse, charity work, etc will fill the spiritual career side. Batch work like accounting, banking, cashier, assembly line work, etc fills the other aspect of their career. A ladybug totem will most likely find it optimal to do a little of both of these paths.

An ancient Norse belief says that the ladybug first came to earth by lightning and was connected to the goddess of love and beauty. The ladybug was associated with the Norse Goddess Freya, also a virgin mother. In German, the name “Marienkafer” , and in Scandinavia, the name “Nyckelpiga”, both relate back to “Goddess”.

In shamanism, Ladybug is associated with spirituality and religious devotion. Its life is short and it teaches to let go of worries and fears, to trust the great spirit and enjoy life. It is thought to be connected with the powers of renewal and regeneration. The Ladybug’s appearance brings joy and changes and is a message to have faith in the greater powers.

European folklore said that if one landed on your clothing you would soon get married, and if it landed on your skin or hair you will have good luck. It was also thought to be a fairy’s pet and one could make three wishes when it was seen.


Why do ladybugs come into my house? Should I get rid of them?

If you find ladybugs in your house, typically between September and November, chances are these are multicolored Asian ladybugs. These Asian ladybugs are native to Asia and in their native range spend the winter hibernating in cracks and crevices of cliff faces. However in Canada, where cliff faces aren’t particularly common, Asian ladybugs have found an alternative spot to overwinter – in and around buildings. They may seek shelter under siding, roof shingles, within soffits, wall cavities, attics, as well as cracks around doorframes and windows. 

Rest assured however that these ladybugs are not known to eat building materials, wood, or clothing and are not interested in eating any of our food. In fact, Asian ladybugs do not eat when they overwinter but instead survive off of their body fat stores. They also are not known to carry any human diseases and while they don’t sting they may give you a light bite. 

Native ladybugs are one of the good bugs — they help gardeners and farmers by getting rid of insect pests, most notably aphids. While Asian ladybugs also feed on insect pests they can also compete with our native ladybugs for food and habitat.  

When ladybugs come en masse inside your house it is understandable if you would prefer them to be outside. 

You can try sweeping or vacuuming the ladybugs. It is important to note that they do release a yellowish secretion when disturbed which can be quite smelly and can also stain some surfaces. Some people therefore prefer to vacuum them. If you intend to release them outside place a knee-high nylon stocking into the extension hose or wand of your vacuum, securing it in place with a rubber band, creating somewhat of a bag. When done vacuuming, turn the vacuum off and remove the stocking right away to prevent them from escaping and you can now release them outside. I have been told that if you do not make the “nylon stocking bag” do not leave the lady bugs in the vacuum for too long as you will have an unpleasant smell every time you vacuum. 

One source also recommends placing some apple slices where there is ladybug activity. The ladybugs will gather on the slices making it easy to remove them. The apple slices should be replaced every few days.  

To prevent further invasions seal any cracks and openings around windows, doors, fascia boards, soffits, pipes and wires with caulking or another appropriate sealant. This is best done in late spring or early summer before ladybugs begin looking for places to overwinter.

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So the question is, "to ladybug or not to ladybug in your house"?

~Elder Airwolf~



Blessed Freya's Day Pagans!

Today I post in honor of Old Pippin and for all those beloved pets that are sick, starving, abused, neglected, lost, or passing. They our familiars, friends, guides, and guardians are a true gift from the Gods! So here are some prayers of love, hope, healing, and rememberance.

Blessed Be the Pets!


Blessing for a Sick Pet 


Goddess take this pet if it be your will she's so young and small and she's/he's oh so ill Don't let her suffer we ask you please take this little soul and set our mind at ease

Guide her/his to Heaven where she'll/he'll be at home where with all the other animals; she can play and roam Playing all day up in the meadows above cradled in Your arms covered with Your love

With no more aches and no more pains she'll/he'll play in bright sunshine no more rain We'll see her/him again we know we will so take her/him Goddess if it be your will.

So Mote it Be!

Copyright©10012014 Reverend Elder Airwolf, Dr. of Ministry


Prayer of Our Goddess
Goddess, make me an instrument of Thy Peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Goddess, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born into a new Life.

Blessed Be!


Goddess Prayer for the Animals


Blessed Goddess, our human ties with our friends of other species is a wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your loving care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of yours. They have trust in us as we have trust in You; We are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have. ( Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer ) Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. Grant to our special animal companions ong and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our petitions through the blessed prayers of goodness who honored You through all Your creatures. 
So Mot it Be!


Celtic Horses of Healing

Good health gallops full speed, Like a pony colt of Connemara Slow even the mighty Clydesdale. Sickness is the bridle of halting. Goddess, keeper of donkeys And tender of wounded sheep, Lead us to green pastures of Healing

Celtic The Earth of God/dess

O God/dess, at the very center From whom all being ripples forth, Bring us to the circled cross. There to be saved. There to be healed. There to be enlivened.

For without Divine, at the crux, The center does not hold. Without reverence all around, The Great Circle is broken Without recycling and reviving- The great circle is broken- The web does not hold.

The whales sing sad songs. The bear, fewer woods to roam. Rainforests, torched and trampled. Rivers choked and clogged. Ask the Ancient Ones. Be they kinfolk, clan, tribe, nation They will tell you.

The trees do sing! The rocks do speak! The soil gives birth! God/dess's breath fills the Earth! We live on the Earths Circle.

Cod/dess Halo - the moon, sun, stars, and planets. To heal the Great Circle is to recircle. To heal is to forgive and mend. This day, and every day, Let me heal my circle, Blessing and reverencing all around.

I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty beneath me. I walk with beauty behind me. I walk with beauty above me. I walk with beauty all in and around me. Your Earth, our home, is so beautiful, O God/dess.



Grandfather Great Spirit,
All over the world, The faces of living things are alike. With tenderness, they have come up out of the ground. Look upon your children that they may face the winds And walk the good road to the day of quiet. Grandfather Great Spirit, Fill us with the Light. Give us the strength to understand and the eyes to see. Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives To all that live.
~Sioux Prayer


Be Blessed Today Pagans!

~Elder Airwolf~

Witches Ladder


The Witches' Ladder

Knots, cords, beads feathers, bones, sticks and stones - the Witches'

Ladder is made up of any combination of these things. Simple and

effective, the Witches' Ladder incorporates basic knot magic with

elemental correspondences to create a distinctive and powerful

talisman that you can hang in your home for protection or give as a

gift to your friends for one of the sabbats.

A Witches' Ladder is a length of cord that is knotted to hold feathers

or other objects. It is used in multiple-part spell or consecration

practice that takes place over the span of a lunar month, though you

could construct one based on planetary hours, or tie it at the same

time each day, or link it to a certain sabbat or Full Moon etc. The

important thing is to remain consistent and to repeat the same

procedure each time so that you keep charging the ladder the same way

each time. This is part of the power of this particular charm, as it

is a highly charged and potent reservoir for certain very specific

energies reinforced by selected correspondences. Thus you can make a

Witches' Ladder for home protection, fertility, prosperity, and so on.

To make a Witches' Ladder, first cut a length of stout cord. Colored

silk cords are attractive, but leather strips or macram?? can also be

used. Be sure to pick a color that corresponds to your goal, such as

green for prosperity, blue for healing, and white for protection. I

prefer to keep things manageable, so I recommend that you cut the cord

at about eighteen inches or thereabouts. Cut as many lengths as you

plan to make your ladders with. If you are planning on braiding your

ladder, you'll need as many lengths as you care to braid together.

Whether you want three, five, seven or more is up to you, though I'd

stick with three or five. You might want to seal the ends with candle


Loosely roll up each length of your cord and use a small piece of

scrap cord to tie into a bundle. Fumigate the little bundles with

incense smoke and ritually cleanse them with the elements. Then place

each set of cords into a black fabric sack, or wrap them in a square

of cloth or handkerchief. If you like, you can add a few pieces of

gemstone, some herbs, or whatever other purification or blessing

materials you care to include at this time. Store the unifinished

ladder components in this bag, a cloth, or somewhere dark and safe

until it's time to work on the ladder.

When the time is right, take your packet of cords into sacred space

and begin tying them onto rings or tie a loop into the top part.

Select the objects you intend to incorporate into your ladder -

feathers, shells, beads, crystals, etc. Be sure to pick objects that

relate best to your goals, like tiny brass bells for a ladder of

protection or small scraps of hand-made paper on which you've sketched

a sigil or set of runes, rolled up and tied into the ladder. You might

like to try using feathers that you braid into the ladder; much like

is done for a prayer stick. Use your imagination and creativity.

Tie one object - such as a feather or a piece of rock crystal - into

the cord, or braid the cord a bit, and then insert the object. As you

do this, you may wish to use a chant of visualize your intentions as

vividly as possible and thus embed them to seal in the power. If

working with a group, you could have the group raise power to charge

the ladder and then complete the whole piece in one session. If you're

on your own, you'll probably want to do a section at a time. There's

something to be said for slowly accumulating power and letting

something like this develop and grow over a period of time.

If you are doing the ladder in stages, be sure to clamp or twist-tie

the braid and return it to the bag or cloth. Repeat this every night

for a month, or whenever the timing is right, whether that's once a

month, once a year, ot every odd numbered day - select the scheme that

worked best for you and stick with it.

Basic Witches' Ladder Chant

By knot of ONE, the spell's begun *--------

By knot of TWO, it cometh true *-------*

By knot of THREE, so mote it be *---*---*

By knot of FOUR, this power I store *-*-*---*

By knot of FIVE, the spell's alive *-*-*-*-*

By knot of SIX, this spell I fix ***-*-*-*

By knot of SEVEN, events I'll leaven ***-*-***

By knot of EIGHT, it will be Fate *****-***

By knot of NINE, what's done is mine *********

At the tying of the last (ninth) knot, all the energy is directed into

the cord and its knots, with a final visualization of the object of

the work. The power has been raised and is now "stored" in these

knots in the cord.

Why would you want to store a spell? For some magick, the time for it

to happen is important. Suppose, for example, that you want something

constructive to happen but the most propitious time for it to do so

happens to be close to the New Moon. Do you do your constructive

magick during the Waxing Moon? No. You do it early on, at the Full

Moon, using a cord. Now the power is there, properly raised, but

stored for use.

You have nine knots. Although they are all tied in one ritual, these

must be released one at a time - one a day - for nine consecutive

days. Release them in the same order in which they were tied, NOT the

reverse order. In other words, on the first day untie the knot that

was first tied (to know which end you started with, when making the

cord, braid in a small wooden bead at one end and always start with

this end); on the second day, the second knot tied; and so on. In

this fashion, the last knot untied, on the ninth day, is the ninth

knot that was tied at the climax of the tying ritual - the time of

greatest power. Each day, before you actually untie, do your

concentration on what is to happen, rocking and again building power.

Then, as you release the knot, release the power also with a shout.

Witches Ladder for Comfort and Blessing

If you want to do a spell to comfort [a sick friend], try making a

witch's ladder. Take a long blue cord or ribbon, and collect 7

symbols to hang from it -- things like Grey feathers for protection

during sleep, sprigs of healing herbs, garlic for healing and

protection, small talismans, conjure bags, charms you get the idea.

The important thing is that the symbols should represent comfort,

protection, and healing. Tie them to the cord and charge it with

comforting power.


Intermediate Witch Class~Week #6







Q: 1

What is the “Golden Bough?”



Q: 2

What is the “Law of Similarity” and the “Law of Contagion?”




Give me 1 example for each of the following “magical methods?”

A: (Note-we have reviewed examples in previous chapters.)

Student examples for the following categories.

1-words of power?





Q: 4

What was the cord spell used for traditionally? Be specific please.




Q: 5

What is the purpose to the following types magic for spells ? ( be specific please.)


pg 131-152

1-Embroidery/ cross-stitch=



4-Witches Ladder=

5- Knot Negativity=

6-Color Magic=

6-Symbol and Image=

7-Green Magic=


9-Bath Salts=



13- Potted Plants=

14-Gems & Stone Spells=

15-Magical Batteries=


17-Amulets & Talismans=

18-Talisman Bags=

19-Petition Magic=

20-Kitchen Spellcraft=


Q: 6

A Greenwitch is constantly aware of her surroundings and takes nothing for granted, so what are the 5 basic thing she/he is aware of at all times?



Q: 7-

When working with elements and most aspects it usually falls in groups of two or four and all these need to be respected, so name all the “tides correspondence” for each element?

A: Be exact!


Q: 8

In the psychology of magic, please explain the process of the “De'ja' Vu” experience in detail?




What is “keening” and how can you obtain it?



Q: 10

Give me three “personal examples” of a De'ja'vu moment?


Student personal experiences.


Q: 11

Give me the six “herbal/plant listings by dark power purpose with three herbs for each?




What is the definition of Ogham and why do we use it for?





What are the realms of the Ogham?




Q: 14

How many Kings are there in the Ogham, and what directions do they represent?




Q: 15

How many Queens are there in the Ogham and what directions do they represent.





Q: 16

What is a few and fifths in a ogham?



Q: 17

How many paths to to each realm?




Q: 18

What is the world, direction, and its aspect for the following?








Q: 19

When throwing a ogham spread, describe the four interpretation process?





In throwing a spread, which fews do we not use?




Q: 21

In the “overall reading uses and interpretations” how many aspects and what are they?




Q: 22

What is “Passing the Midhes?”

A: (note-be precise)





In this weeks test you will be asked to make a witches ladder and submit a picture.

You will also be asked to create and submit a petition spell.

You will also be asked to submit a description of a kitchen craft spell.

You will also be asked to submit documented “Meditation of Knowing” spell with conversion chart.


In the following week, test 7 on Thursday  you will be asked to create your own Ogham, submit a picture (paper, sticks, and stones will do but it is up to you how elaborate or creative you want to be) state your intent and perform the “Passing the Midhes” spell. You will also attache your conversion table with this spell. Since the “ Passing the Midhes” involves many worlds it can be used anytime, but makes sure your intent matches all aspects. Please follow and document all preparations for this spell.




If you want to do a spell to comfort [a sick friend], try making a witch's ladder.
Take a long blue cord or ribbon, and collect 7 symbols to hang from it -- things like
Grey feathers for protection during sleep, sprigs of healing herbs, garlic for healing
and protection, small talismans, conjure bags, charms you get the idea. The important
thing is that the symbols should represent comfort, protection, and healing. Tie them to
the cord and charge it with comforting power.



Happy & Safe Spellcasting!





Copyright ©042513

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Institution of Magick

Elder Airwolf~Founder/Owner


Basic Witch Class-Week 6




What are some of the magical uses green witches use herbs all?

How can cloud divination become what you seek?

Name all nine of the herbs and their meaning reasons for being used?



How does a witch read tea leaves?

What power does the tea have for the practitioner?

What are the two special things a witch in green practice needs to know about her base tea and why?

How many magical tea combinations did Ann list, and which one is the one you would use the most and why?

What was the specific ingredients to Ann's favorite cup of tea?

According to Ann, what type of Crystal Ball should we use?

How should we care for our Crystal Ball step by step?



What is the important thing to remind the querent before a reading?

What did Ann say were some of the reasons why some prefer not to do their own readings?

What did Ann say are the reason why a reader does not want to do self readings?

When is the reader ready to do an accurate reading?

What is the biggest misconception of the Ace of Spades, and what does it really mean?

How do we care for our tarot cards?

What is Ann's favorite card spread and why?




What is the magical purpose of  taking a herbal bath and for what beneficial reasons?

What is the magical purpose for using oils for, and for what reasons?

What are some factors in spell work?

What are some of the precautions to remember in spell work?


Choose one spell from your Craft Companion that has to do with "divination," Cast that spell, document with photo of the divination tool used, and the preperation set up for use along with documented results.

Submit seperately please 

Copyright © 11222012
Elder Airwolf~Founder Owner
Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry
Educational Institution of Magick



Moon Blessing

It’s that time of the month again!

Goddess of the moon -
Mother of the earth -
We pray to you now,
Bless us with mirth

And trust in our path
And show us the way
With no harm to any
Bring on these new days

We dance to you skyclad
In our hearts and souls
With two sacred passwords
To love and to know

We seek out your blessing
And revel in your love
Goddess of many
Bright lady above.

Have a happy esbat!







I first met La Santisima Muerte -- "The Most Holy Death" -- in Austin Texas, down at Cantu's Herbaria. I saw a row of statues of what seemed to be a typical European "Grim Reaper" rather unexpectedly holding a balanced pair of scales and standing with one foot upon a stylized Aztec skull. Underneath the figure, when i picked up a statue, i could see an assortment of embedded lucky charms: lucky Abrus precatorius red "beans", grains of wheat, and a lucky trunk-up elephant. Another statue had a cross of Carava charm, some rice, and a pinch of magnetic sand inside.I was intrigued by the lucky charms encased within what seemed to be a dire and forboding figure, and so i asked who "he" was, but i was quickly corrected: La Santisima Muerte is a SHE. I was then given a long story of how she keeps men faithful to their wives and will judge and kill men who violate the sanctity of marriage if called upon to do so, because her husband was unfaithful to her, causing her to commit suicide, and to hate and punish all unfaithful men.


The shop owner, Mrs. Cantu, even took me in a corner, away from my husband and taught me how you perform a seven-knot spell for La Santisima Muerte -- it's virtually identical to the hoodoo nine knot spell for a Nation Sack, but you keep the knotted string that has been smeared with semen tied around her statue, for safe-keeping. The statue is actually designed with a groove around the base to accept the wound-up string. After that, she gave me a Santisima Muerte holy medal as a gift and told me with smiling eyes to not let my husband see it.


Later, down in San Jose, California, at Dos Aguas Botanica, where i bought my first statuette of Santisima Muerte, i was told that "women perform a novena to her to keep men faithful."


And in Sebastopol, California, at the Flea Market, where i first encountered her image on a novena booklet, i asked the old woman selling it, in my broken ugly Spanish: "La Santisima Muerte -- la razon por la que? [gesture of praying hands] Por que ... oracion?" -- and she replied, "Matrimonio" -- marriage.


So who was this Holy Death? Where did she come from? Why does she judge men and protect women's marriages?


One occult shop owner without much knowledge of Mexican folk culture loftily explained to me that she is "The Angel of Death," a European or Judeo-Christian concept that accounted for her skeletal visage, but certainly did not explain why Mexican gardeners were gravely showing me the Santisima Muerte holy cards in their wallets and telling me that "She is The Virgin Mary as a skeleton" -- which itself begged the question -- "Why on earth would folks want to depict the Virgin Mary as a skeleton in the first place?"


Eventually i ran into the true story, as least as scholars of Mexican culture present it these days: La Santisima Muerte is a "banned saint," the Roman Catholic "cover" for an ancient Aztec goddess named Mictecacihuatl, a death goddess and co-ruler, with her husband, of the underworld.


Mictecacihuatl, the wife of the Aztec death god Mictlantecuhtli, is the sister to the Aztec heavenly goddess Tonantzin, who has been syncretized with the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe. That's why Mictecacihuatl became "Most Holy Death, The Virgin Mary as a Skeleton."


As to the idea that this goddess was a living woman who committed suicide when her husband proved unfaithful, i am not so sure. I consider the stories of her death and subsequent haunting of the living to be similar to, or influenced by, the folk tales of La Llorona, the weeping woman who mourns for her dead children, and who is a cautionary popular figure along the Texas, Arizona, and California border. In other words, the goddess is thus demoted to the status of a ghost. 



Here is a nine-day cycle of prayers to Santisima Muerte, taken from a Mexican Novena booklet. It begins with a separate prayer to the string that has been covered with the semen of the beloved and knotted with seven knots. This "Ejaculatory" prayer is recited as the string is wound around into the groove in the base of the statue. Following this, the oration for the "First Day" is to be recited. This "First Day" of the spell should be a Sunday, for reasons that will become apparent later within the text.





Death, dear to my heart,don't abandon me, protect me,and don't let ____name____have one moment of peace;keep him restless and botheredwith the thought of me always.

(*Say Three Our Fathers*)


Muerte querida de mi corazon nome desampares de tu proteccion,y no dejes que fulano.......un solo momento tranquilo,molestalo a cada inquietarlopara que siempre piense en mi.

(*Se resan 3 Padres Nuestros*)


Most Holy DeathThe favours that you haveto grant me:

Make me overcome all difficulties so that for me nothing is impossible,no obstacles, barriers,no enemies, that no onedoes me any harm,that everyone is my friendand that I am victoriousin all my dealings and things I do;May my house be filled with all the goodvirtues of your protection.

(*Three Our Fathers*)


Muerte Santisima:Los favores que me tienes queconceder:

Haras que venza todas lasdificultades y que para mi nohalla nada imposible, niobstaculos, infranqueables, nitenga enemigos, ni que nadiequiera hacerme dano, quetodos sean mis amigos y que yosalga vencedor en todas lasempresas o cosas que haga;Mi casa se llenara de bienescon las virtudes de tu proteccion.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Death Saint, my great treasure,never go away from me at any time:You ate bread and gave me bread, andas you are the powerful owner of the dark mansion of life andEmpress of darkness, I wantyou to grant me the favour that___name___ is at my feethumiliated and repentantand that he never leaves myside when I need him, and that you make me get what was promised to me. 

(*Three Our Fathers*)


Muerte Santa, mi gran tesoro,no te apartes en ninguna ocacion:Pan comiste y de el me diste, ycomo eres la poderosa duena dela oscura mansion de la vida y laEmperatriz de las tinieblas, quieroque me hagas el favor de quefulano......... se presente a mispies humiliado y arrepentido yque nunca mas vuelva a irse de milado, mientras yo lo necesite. Yhas que me cumpla lo que me haprometido.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Jesus Christ Conqueror who on the crosswas conquered, conquer ____name____that he is overcome by me.  In thename of God, you are a ferocious animal;you will come back to me as a   tame sheep, mild as the Rosemary flower.Adored Death, I implore youearnestly that with this titanic forcethat God gave you, instill in____name's____ heartthat he has eyes for no one but me, and that I am his everything,that you grant me this which I ask,having great faith in this Novena,and I light a candle every Tuesday of every week at twelve midnight. 

(*Three Our Fathers*) 


Jesucristo vencedor que en la cruzfuiste vencido, vence a fulano......que este vencido conmigo. En elnombre del Senor si eres animalferoz, te volveras manso comocordero suave como la flor deromero. Muerte adorada: Te suplicoencarecidamente que con esa fuerzatitanica que Dios te dio me intro-duscas en el corazon de fulano.......que no tenga ojos, mas que parami, ye que yo sea todo para el,hazme el favor que te pido conmucha fe en esta Novena, ye te pren-dere una vela todos las martes decada semana a las doce de la noche.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Dear Death: I ask you with all my heart,that as God made you Immortal, and the powerful owner andQueen of the Darkness Unknown hereafter,that with your great powers,which you have over all mortals,make ____name____ unable toeat at any table or sit in any chair andgrant that he has no peace; I wish that he becomesobliged to be humble and devotedat my feet and that he never againgoes away from me.

(*Three Our Fathers*)


Muerte querida: Yo te pido contodas las fuerzas de mi corazon,que asi como Dios te formoInmortal, ye poderosa duena yReina de las tinieblas del mas alla,que con ese gran poder quetienes sobre todos los mortales,hagas que fulano....... no pueda enmesa corner, ni en silla sentarse, nitranquilidad tenga, deseo que loobligues a que humilde y rendidovenga a mis pies y que nuncajamas se aleje de mi.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Glorious and Powerful Death,taking advantage of your kindness,as my protector and owner, I ask this favour: As the invicible madam thatyou are, I beg that you make____name____ so that he can't enjoy strolling around, so hat he can't walk or eat with other women,or sleep unless he's at my side. Grant that his thoughts are about me only, by his own choice,and that he gives me the happinessof having all of his love.

(*Three Our Fathers*) 


Gloriosa Y Poderosa Muerte:Abusando de tu bondad, comomi proctetora y duena te pido estefavor: Como senora invencible queeres te ruego que hagas quefulano.......  no pueda en paseosgozar, ni con mujeres andar nicomer, ni dormir si a mi lado noesta. Que sus pensamientos seansolo para mi, lo mismo que suvoluntad y que me de la felicidadde todo su amor.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Oh Sovereign Lady! In that the Holy Trinity in our Eternal Fatherhas blinded the life of all mortalsto the fact that you will cometo everyone sooner or later,whether rich or poor orin youth, who does to us all the same,old, young, child;we enter your domain of deathwhen God decrees.I implore you that ____name____is much in love with me, not justfor physical beauty, but alsofor my soul, and that he comes to mefaithful, submissive, kneeling at my feet.

(*Three Our Fathers*) 


!Oh Soberana Senora! a la que laDivina Trinidad en el Padre Eternopuso para cegar la vida de todoslos mortales, a la que a todos llegamas tarde o mas tenprano y queno le importan las riquezas ojuventudes, pues es pareja conviegos, jovenes o ninos, a los quehabra de llevar a sus dominios,cuando Dios se lo indique. Tesuplico que fulano....... se ena-more mucho de mi, que no se fijeen la hermosura fisica, sino en lade mi alma, y que venga a misumiso, field, arrodillado a mis pies.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Liberate me from all evil, andwith the titanic power with whichGod endowed you, make it sothat we enjoy eternalheavenly nightless days.Protector and owner: I beg youto grant me the favors I requestin these prayers.I ask that _______________________.

(*Three Our Fathers*) 


Librame a mi de todo mal, ycon este titanico poder que tienescon el cual Dios te doto, harasque gocemos eternamente, undia glorioso sin noches. Por esoprotectora y Duena: te pido meconcedas los favores que yodeseo en esta Novena. Se hace lapeticion........

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Miraculous and Majestic Death:I ask that with your immense poweryou return my beloved,____name____. Don't let him for one minutebe sociable or tranquilwith anyone he comes across; neither withfriends nor with women may he be at ease.Grant that while sleeping, he thinks of me,and that he listens to thewords I say to you in his sleep,and that he does what I ask.

(*Three Our Fathers*) 


Milagrosa Y Majestuosa Muerte:Te pido que con tu poderinmenso me devuelvas el carinode ........   No lo dejes unmomento sociego, ni tranquilocon nadie se halle, ni conamigos ni con mujeres contentoesta. Si esta durmiendo me estepensamiento este en mi, y en laspalabras que yo te digo lasescuche y haga lo que yo te pido.

(*Tres Padres Nuestros*)


Blessed Protector Death:By the virtues that God gave youI ask that you free me from allevil, danger, and sicknessand that instead you give me                                        LUCK, HEALTH, HAPPINESS ANDMONEY, that you give me friendsand freedom from my enemies,also making ____name____come before me, humbledto ask my forgiveness, humble as asheep, keeping his promises andalways loving and submissive.

(*Three Our Fathers*) 


The reference to the pale blue Rosemary flower in the prayer of the "Third Day" has a significant dual meaning -- ros marinus ("the dew of the sea") is the ancient Latin name for the Mediterranean Rosemary herb much used in spells for female domination and in Peaceful Home spells -- but the sound of the words also makes a pun with the idea of a Rose of [the Virgin] Mary (whose sacred flower is the Rose), and so the herb, not at all related to Roses, has come to symbolize certain aspects of Mary, especially her sea-borne and home-strengthening apparitions.


This spell-work must be done at night. The prayers for both "The Third Day and "The Eightth Day" make that clear, for the former refers to "midnight" and the latter to the beloved being asleep while the work is underway.

The reason that it is necessary to begin this Novena on a Sunday night is because in the prayer for the "Third Day," mention is made of "Tuesday" -- but only if the first day is a Sunday will the third day will be a Tuesday.

Also, as the prayer of the "Third Day" makes clear, even after the nine-day novena cycle is completed, the supplicant must continue to offer a candle to Santisima Muerte "every Tuesday of every week at twelve midnight" as long as the spell is desired to be in effect. In other words, the Novena cycle gets things going, but to keep them working, a candle must be offered to Holy Death every Tuesday at midnight.

Finally, it is worth noting that this prayer-cycle contains elements rather similar to the better-known 


Prayer of Intranquility designed to bring back a lost lover. The "Ejaculatory" prayer and prayers of "The Third Day" and "The Eighth Day" all make a point of condemning the wandering lover to have no peace or tranquility in his social life until he complies with the desires of the petitioner.



Spell casting, in and of itself, is not difficult. Generally, it follows an
easy formula with separate and distinct steps. A spell is a procedure to
follow to reach a desired end. It does not require a great deal of money, a
huge compendium of tools, or exotic ingredients to work. It does require
faith in yourself and a communication with deity.
When describing spells to non-magickal people, a witch will often tell them
that a spell is much like a prayer. You are calling upon divinity to assist
you, as in a prayer, but a spell requires more than just pleading to divinity
to help you out of a jam. In a spell YOU are an active ingredient. Your
faith and your knowledge are as important as understanding there is divinity
out there to call upon.
Many of you have already heard of the Witches' Pyramid, the foundation of our magickal acts: To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Be Silent. This pyramid is  the underlying structure of any spell formula.
To Know 
Before you can cast a spell, you need to know who you are. Ego aside, you
have to come to terms with who you are, how you operate, and why you do the things you do.
The second thing you must know is precisely what you want. This is not as
easy as it seems. People rarely sit back and consider what they really want
out of life. Part of this is because they are afraid. They fear they may not
get what they want, and they fear that they will fail. These fears stop us
from knowing.
For example, time and time again people I know have spelled for love. They
have not done the ultimate no-no by targeting a specific person, but they do
something just as bad--they don't really know what they ultimately want.
When they get what they spelled for, often they are disappointed, because
there is something attached to that new lover they didn't think of.
Therefore, all spells must be specific.
One of the best ways to begin a working is to write out, in detail, exactly
what you want in one straight line on a piece of paper. Underneath,
phonetically begin to pare each word down. Underneath that line, pare the
words down again. Continue this procedure until only one letter from each
word is left. Interlock the few remaining letters into a sigil. Use this
sigil in whatever magickal application you have chosen to ensure your spell
remains specific.
To Will  
Another stumbling block in spell casting is lack of will, whether it is will
power, belief, or conviction. Will depends on how badly you want to make a
change. Do you believe you are capable of making the change, or do you think
it is only wishful thinking? Are you willing to re-program your mind, your
environment, your relationships, in order to bring about ther change you
desire? Without will, a spell will fizzle. Is your mind fogged with doubt,
or unnecessary problems that will prevent bringing about the change you say
you want?
One of the best techniques for increasing your will power is the use of
meditation on a daily basis. Once you have learned to relax, use the alpha
state to program the events you wish to come to pass. You should work on
both short-term and long-term goals.
Another technique that is useful in spell casting is to write down why you
wish to manifest something. Let this explanation sit on your altar
overnight, then re-read it. Does it make sense? Is this what you really
want? Does your reasoning still appear firm, or is it full of holes?
Are you patient? Patience has a lot to do with will. Once you have a firm
grip on "will," you are a third of the way through on accurate spell casting.
To Dare  
To dare means you are not inclined to sit around on your laurels. It means
that you are not choosing to procrastinate, rather you are choosing to move
with purpose. To dare indicates that you are no longer afraid of the
outcome, or fear failure. You are confident that you control your own
destiny to the point where you won't even argue about it, either with someone
else, or yourself.
Although "to dare" doesn't appear to create a lot of work, it does require
you to make an active decision. This is the next catalyst for your magickal
operation. From here, you will plan the appropriate day, hour, moon phase,
astrological energies, and tools required for working magick,including what
divinity you will choose. To dare can lead to a great deal of work and
To Be Silent  
Even if you are an adept, you should learn to be quiet about your magickal
operations. There is only one exception, which is when you are working with
a group. If the group mind is actively participating on a project they
should be informed of their success or failure.
In the beginning, you should be silent so that you are not affected by
others' opinions. Don't tell them what you are performing magick for, as you
risk failure. Why? Because they can unconsciously affect you with their
disbelief or negativity.
Likewise, once you become proficient at spell casting, don't announce
it--especially to a novice. No real adept will ever tell a novice that "My
spells always work." Not only is it rude, it is also untrue. Everyone
fails. Imagine what a novice would think if they knew you lost your job,your
kids are running rampant, and you are deeply in debt. If your spells always
worked, you would not be in such a fix, would you? Foolish words can ruin
your reputation, which in turn, will ruin your own self-confidence.
Therefore, keep your trap shut--this ensures success in your magickal
operations as well as keeping your reputation intact. No one likes a
braggart, and no one considers an egotistical Witch a good leader or cleric.
When Spell's Fail  
Try this chant

Oh God/dess (whoever you worship) I am not worthy of    
your perfect grace, nor the magick I find within myself    
and within you. I ask now in Just, for I have grown weak    
that thou would accompany me in rituals and spells.    
Be By my side in this time of need. I do not deserve you    
Oh God/dess. but still I ask, for I am only but a mortal    
Oh God/dess, Bless me!    
Oh God/dess, accompany me!    
Oh God/dess, Shine light upon me!    
Oh God/dess, grant me wisdom!    
Oh God/dess, Grant me Humility!    
Oh God/dess, Stay with me!    
Oh God/dess, Protect me from evil!    
Oh God/dess, I love thee above all things!    
Please Oh ancient ones, hear me!    

Blessed Be!