The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties,
Legendary Uses and Meaning
Amazonite Healing Therapies - Overview
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Amazonite has healing powers to help with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and chakra balancing. Amazonite crystal therapies are primarily associated with filtering out stresses, healing traumas, and soothing energies in the home and workplace. Its spiritual power is personal truth and communicating that truth to others.
[healing power of crystals] Amazonite Physical Healing Energy
Amazonite is known for maintaining good health in general. It aids in cell regeneration and healing after illnesses, trauma or injury, and relieves muscle spasms. It may be used in treating disorders of the nervous system and blockages in the flow of neural impulses, as well as issues with the throat and thyroid gland. [Eason, 286][Ahsian, 23][Melody, 107][Hall, 50]
Amazonite is helpful in balancing the metabolic processes related to calcium assimilation. An elixir of Amazonite taken three times a day is believed to rectify a calcium deficiency, and may be useful in resisting tooth decay and osteoporosis, and for diminishing calcium deposits.[Melody, 107][Hall, 50] Amazonite may also be used to prevent hair loss, and in repairing brittle hair and nails. [Ahsian, 23]
Rubbing an affected area with a polished Amazonite is thought to prevent infection, soothe rashes and heal blisters. It is also beneficial in clearing up acne, and may relieve the pain of rheumatism, gout and osteoarthritis. [Megemont, 20]
Amazonite is useful in treating sexual disorders, such as lack of desire, impotence, vaginitis, sexual obsession, and priapism. [Megemont, 20] It is also believed to aid in childbirth. [Gienger, 12]
[physical healing crystal uses] Amazonite Emotional Healing Energy
Amazonite is a wonderful healer for the emotional body. It soothes trauma and calms the mind, alleviates worry and fear, and directs anger and irritability into a more positive action. It regulates the aggressive aspects of one’s personality and urges the mind to seek emotional balance. [Megemont, 20][Gienger, 12][Melody, 106][Hall, 50]
Amazonite increases self-esteem, especially in women, and reduces tendencies to self-neglect. It enhances the ability to communicate more effectively by identifying how one’s words have created the current reality, and how to change one’s vocabulary to reflect a higher, more aligned reality. It also empowers one to set appropriate boundaries, inwardly in self-discipline, and with others in establishing healthy relationships. [Eason, 286][Ahsian, 22]
[chakra balancing with crystals] Amazonite Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy
Amazonite is deeply stimulating to both the Heart and Throat Chakras. The Heart Chakra, located near the center of the breastbone, regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. When the Heart Chakra is out of balance we may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship, and become critical of the little foibles of others. We may find ourselves having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli. Green crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the Heart Chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.
The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body. It is, in essence, a pressure valve that allows energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked, or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When the Throat Chakra is in balance and open, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions, bringing our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release. Blue crystal energy will unblock and balance the Throat Chakra. Darker shades of blue encourage the power of truth, while lighter shades carry the power of flexibility, relaxation, and balance.
[spiritual crystals] Amazonite Spiritual Energy
Amazonite carries a spiritual energy of personal truth. It enkindles a harmonious interaction between the intellect and intuition, allowing one to find what it right and true within oneself and to lovingly communicate those values and beliefs to others. Amazonite can provide clarity for those who are out of touch with their truth, or who are unsure of what they have to offer the world, by gently guiding them toward their gifts and knowledge. [Gienger, 12][Ahsian, 22-23]
Amazonite also empowers us to manifest our dreams and desires by magnifying our intentions. Because it works through the Throat Chakra, these intentions must be spoken aloud. By holding an Amazonite and forcefully affirming aloud what one wishes to create it can powerfully enhance one’s ability to bring it into being. [Simmons, 22]
[crystal color power] Amazonite Color Energy
Amazonite reflects the Turquoise ray of influence, the color of the world at the vernal equinox, as the blues of winter melt into the greens of spring. It is a fresh, welcome energy that moves us to serenity as new growth and life emerges. It brings hope, discovery and balance. Turquoise color energy tempers excess, restores calm after a storm, relieves stress, and neutralizes extremes. It helps us moderate aggressiveness and deal with rage. It brings us back to center. In lighter shades, Amazonite crystals promote inner harmony and peace through spiritual understanding. Darker, richer stones bring considerable power - and flexibility. They counter intolerance and let us adapt to new ideas and environments.
[Meditation Crystals] Meditation with Amazonite
Meditating with Amazonite brings a keen awareness of everything to the consciousness. It inspires one to listen to and integrate all aspects of the self, and because it is a stone of truth, one can trust the visions, dreams and intuitions that surface while working with Amazonite. [Simmons, 22]
Amazonite also allows one to simultaneously attune to both the spiritual dimension and the world of chaos in order to traverse all boundaries. It assists in finding a harmonious balance and bringing one back to center in order to live within the duality. It enables one to both manifest and retain the pure energy of universal love. [Melody, 107]
[divination uses of crystals] Amazonite Divination
Dreams of Amazonite bring peace and calmness to the day.
[angel crystals] Amazonite and the Angelic Realm
If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Amazonite of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
Date Crystal Color Name of Guardian Angel
March 21 - March 25 Light Turquoise Vehuiah (Vehujah)
July 12 - July 16 Turquoise Melahel
August 23 - August 28 Turquoise Lecabel
February 20 - February 24 Dark Turquoise Eiael
There are other Angels that are partial to Amazonite. The table below gives you the information about them.
Purpose Crystal Color Name of Angel
Guardian of the Twelfth Mansion of the Moon and is associated with Leo. Dark Turquoise Abdizuel
Guardian of the Seventeenth Mansion of the Moon which is Scorpio. Dark Turquoise Adriel
Ruler of Earth/Hail. Dark Turquoise Baradiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates February 20-24; Pisces. Dark Turquoise Eiael
Master of the 7th Tarot Card "The Chariot". and is associated with the sun sign, Cancer. Dark Turquoise Muriel
Master of the 7th Tarot Card "The Chariot" Dark Turquoise Pakhiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates June 11-15; Gemini. Light Turquoise Luaviah
Master of the 4th Tarot Card "The Emperor". Light Turquoise Malkhidael
Master of the 17th Tarot Card "The Star". Light Turquoise Tzakmaqiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates March 21- 25; Aries. Light Turquoise Vehuiah
Master of the 14th Tarot Card "Temperance". And is associated with Sagittarius. Turquoise Adnachiel
Guardian of the Sixteenth Mansion of the Moon; Scorpio. Turquoise Azeruel
Guardian of the Sixth Mansion of the Moon; Gemini. Turquoise Dira
Protector and Ruler of the dates August 23-28; Virgo. Turquoise Lecabel
Protector and Ruler of the dates July 12-16; Cancer. Turquoise Melahel
Sandalphon is the Kingdom Angel; Tree of Life, the Master of the 20th Tarot Card "Judgment". He also Heals Aggressive Tendencies and is known as the Angel of Glory. Turquoise Sandalphon
[Goddess Crystals for Amethyst] Amazonite Goddess Crystals
Amazonite honors the goddess Tiamat, the Sumero-Babylonian Mother and Chaos Goddess. She is the elemental powerful force of chaos that was split in two to form the heavens and earth, often depicted as either as a serpent or a dragon. Tiamat is the personification of the primordial waters from which all life was formed.
Amazonite can be used in honoring Estsanatlehi, the Navajo Fertility Goddess and Whope, the Lakota Sioux Goddess.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
[traditional birthstone] Amazonite Traditional Birthstone
Amazonite is not a traditional birthstone.
[Natural Birthstone] Amazonite Natural Birthstone.
Amazonite which is turquoise in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born as spring begins (20 March to 19 April). Turquoise crystals bring you discovery and balance. Their vibrations help you find yourself and return to equilibrium.
[zodiac uses] Amazonite - Zodiac Stone
Though there is no zodiac stone assigned to Amazonite, those born under the signs of Aries and Leo have a natural affinity for this crystal. It may also be used to treat depression in Scorpios. [Megemont, 20]
[talisman uses] Amazonite Talismans and Amulets
Amazonite, green Feldspar known as uat, was frequently used in amulets in ancient Egypt. The Assyrians associated it with the god Belus. [Simmons, 22][Kunz, 292]
As an amulet of protection, Amazonite is a powerful Barrier Filter. Barrier crystals have incredible abilities to help us focus and amplify our efforts to keep undesirable elements out of our lives. Its crystalline structure gives it strength in all directions, allowing it to provide barriers to attack from all directions simultaneously.
Crystals with the earth power of a Filter, absorb positive energy flow but work to keep negative energy away from us. They help us view the world in a “glass half full” outlook, to see the best in others, the beauty in life, and the good in humanity. They keep us focused on the positive in situations and to not be overwhelmed by the negative. In our technological world, Filters also work to keep harmful electromagnetic transmissions from sapping our energy and health.
[Feng Shui uses] Amazonite Feng Shui
Amazonite's elemental energy is Water. Water energy lies in its stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The water element brings the power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life.
Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area. Its flowing energy will assure a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows. To keep your life moving forward towards your goals use the water elements energy.
[Lore_and _legend of crystals] Amazonite in Ancient Lore and Legend
Amazonite is revered as a stone of courage, said to have adorned the shields of the Amazonians, a formidable tribe of female soldiers. Though reputed to be mythological, some evidence suggests they were a matriarchal society of the Bronze Age. Legends claim some of these warriors had one breast removed to be more effective in their archery skills, and rubbed their wounds with a polished Amazonite to avoid infection. It was also used to heal lesions and illnesses of all kinds. [Eason, 286][www.bernardine.com][Megemont, 20]
A Brazilian legend claims the Amazon women gave green stones, thought to be Amazonite, to the men who visited them. [www.gemselect.com]
To the Egyptians, Amazonite symbolized good luck and fertility. It was carved into small amulets for strengthening the reproductive capabilities of its wearer. [www.crystal-cure.com]
In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Chapter Seven, “The Judgment of Osiris,” was carved on tablets of Amazonite. [Simmons, 22][Altman, 18]
Many objects of Amazonite were found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, including jewelry, beads and a scarab ring set in silver. It is also thought to be one of the stones on his famous gold mask. [Simmons, 22][www.powertreasuresonline.com]
Amazonite, rather than Emerald, is believed to be more likely the smaragdus, or green stone, used as the Bereketh, the third stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, Aaron. It was engraved with the tribal name of Levi. [Kunz, 292]
One legend regards Amazonite as a “Hope Stone,” whether for its strong potassium content that strengthens physical stamina, or its soothing color of the spring sky that inspires hope and faith. [Mella, 71-72]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Altman, pp.] Jennifer Altman, Gem and Stone: Jewelry of Earth, Sea, and Sky. (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2012)
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
Valerian is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century. It is used medicinally as a tea for restful sleep and as a calming agent for those with high anxiety. Sprinkle Valerian at the front door to deter unwanted visitors, or hang the leaves around the home to promote harmony amongst loved ones.
Sunday, May 15th
Moon Phase: Second Quarter and Waxing, Incense - Heliotrope, Color - Amber
In addition to representing the actual feathers from angels’ wings, the spiritual symbolic meaning of feathers can be seen in many different cultures, each referring to spiritual communication, and ascension to the higher realms.
The Egyptians believed feathers to be a symbol of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, justice, and order. Native American Chiefs wore feathers in their head-dresses to represent their communication with the spirit world, and believed finding feathers was a sign of new beginnings and rebirth from spirit. Celtic Druids wore ornately feathered robes to transcend the physical plane and gain celestial knowledge from the realms of spirit. In the Bible, feathers metaphorically represent loving care and protection and as a common dream symbol, feathers signify the ability to freely move throughout life. Feathers can also represent a fresh start in a spiritual sense, as well as truth, speed, love, lightness, and flight.
Feathers clearly have a strong connection to the spiritual realms.
There is quite a bit of information out there about white feathers, but really angels will use feathers of all shapes, colors and sizes to get your attention. The cool thing about finding feathers, is the angels will align them on your path at just the right time to offer validation, comfort, or clue to in as to the answer of a question you’ve asked, or encourage you that you’re on the right path.
For me, feathers are a beautiful reminder to pay attention. When you find a feather and increase your awareness, it’s usually pretty easy to tune into the knowing of what it means. You may find it right when you’re thinking about making a change, worrying about something, or you may simply associate the feather with something when you find it.
Feathers can also be a simple reminder that your angels are near, and they want you to know it, and ask for their help. Angels are always near, but as I mentioned earlier, they’re easy to overlook, and they deeply honor your free will and will not interfere unless asked. So ask for help when you need it! There is no request too big or too small, and you can’t ask for help too often. As long as your request is in alignment with Divine will, and for the highest and greatest good of all involved, the angels will work behind the scenes to help.
Next time you find a feather, use it as a reminder that your angels are with you. If you’re not finding feathers, don’t worry your angels may prefer another sign… Just pay attention. Want to find feathers?
Just think or say: “Angels I’d love a sign of your presence. Would you help me to find a feather?”
Have you wondered about what it might mean when you find a feather? Feathers are ways that Spirit (of different forms) sends us signs.
For a start, feathers (and other items such as coins, and creatures such as birds, butterflies) and dragonflies), can be signs from the angels, guides, or loved ones in that they are near - that they hear you, guide you and are supporting you. It can be an acknowledgement of you or your thoughts or it is their way of saying hello.
Finding a feather is often a magical moment. I have had many beautiful feather experiences and have watched one fall down from the sky onto my daughter's lap while we had a picnic in our backyard! In my children are often sign-bearers, delivering me feathers from their playtime travels.
Feathers represent flight and freedom, soaring above, looking from a higher perspective, and moving beyond boundaries and limitations. Different colours and colour combinations can also add extra meaning. (see further below about various colour meanings).
Interpreting the Meaning of the Feather Sign
Whenever you observe a sign, take note of what you were thinking just before it happened, or what is going on in your life at that moment.
What could the sign be telling you? Don't stress yourself about finding a meaning. Even if you do not understand the meaning of the sign at the time, it could become clearer later, or you may be absorbing it in at a sub-conscious level. Just trust that it is a sign and let go of any doubts. Enjoy the way that Spirit works, and embrace the fact you are intermingling with it and paying attention.
Asking for Feather (& other) Signs
You can ask for feather (or other) signs to come to you. And you can be specific.
I once asked for confirmation that I had a male guide watching over me (which is what I was feeling and just wanted the magical validation). I asked that if it were true I be shown in the form of a blue feather. I picked blue because it was rarer and unusual, and I saw it as an obviously male colour.
Exactly one week later I went to work and as I approached some steps outside there were bright blue feathers everywhere! They were fake ones but it didn't matter. It was another of those magical moments.
It is just a matter of believing, letting go, and staying aware. Signs often remind us to be at peace and relax into the nature and flow of life. The meanings can at times be profound, and at other times quite simple. The best advice when signs happen is to not put any pressure on yourself to understand it. Take it as an opportunity to connect, take notice of and thank the ever-present Spirit. If your sign is an item such as a feather, you can keep it in a special place whether that be by your bedside, on your dresser, or added to your sacred space / spiritual altar. Or you can gently release it back to nature or where you found it.
How do you know for sure your feather is a sign?
It is especially a sign if it comes in a magical way or you find it in an odd place. Feather signs often appear on your path in front of you, or at your doorstep. Once a feather appeared in my bag, and on my bedroom floor.
This article by Natalia Kuna was published in the magazine "Alive, So Make it Count!"
So, what does it truly mean when:
You see a feather falling from the sky?
You are being asked to stop and take notice of your surroundings and what kind of energy and people you are surrounding yourself with.
Many times in our lives we look towards the heavens to ask for guidance and help and the symbolism of a feather falling towards you is a strong
reminder that you have no control over a situation OTHER than being true to yourself and the greater good of all involved.
Are you truly being the best person you can be right now? Is there a situation you are involving yourself in that you have been asking for guidance with?
Go through this guide to find the Colours of Feathers, to find the one that you have noticed.
Then ask yourself these questions:
Am I ready to accept guidance and divine intervention for a question I have wanted answers too?
Am I allowing myself to feel pure love from the Universe that I can then give to myself?
Am I ready to accept healing, guidance and financial abundance from the Universe by truly believing in the sign-posts and messages I am receiving?
Find a Feather lands on you?
Heaven is literally reaching out and touching you. A guidance and answer to your prayers is happening. A loved one that has passed is right beside you. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Allow any feelings and thoughts to come to you right at that moment.
Are you being guided to rest?
Are you being guided to forgive others, as well as to forgive yourself?
Is there a word, phrase, name that continues to be present in your mind?
What colour is the feather? Your loved one is healing you, raising your vibration to one of health, not fear. Raising your energy to one of happiness not loss and loneliness.
Be still and know that you are loved.
Find a Feather in your house?
A spiritual visitation has taken place.
Be aware of the colour of the feather that has presented itself (see Colours of Feathers etc,. for the meaning), and on what side (left, or right) of the room it was found in.
If the feather was:
Just inside the front door: A new cleansing has taken place. Happiness, joy and laughter are surrounding all those that reside in the house. Using a smudge stick/incense of your choice (I prefer Nag Champa) cleanse your front door by using the Tune in and Tune out guide.
In the lounge room: Comfort and peace-filled energy are coming to you. Communication will flow more fluidly; heated arguments will dissipate. A calm, loving space is being created.
In the kitchen: A body detox/cleanse is taking place. Take notice of what you are nurturing and feeding your body. You may go through a healing/health clearing within the next 7 days. Drink warm water with a squeeze of lemon throughout the day to help your body eliminate toxins. A letting go of old, chipped glassware and containers is needed.
Clean your kitchen out to clean your body. Archangel Raphael is near.
In the bedroom: Take notice and be aware of your dreams. You are being visited while you sleep, and given the answers to questions you can’t bring yourself to speak out loud. Ask for Archangel Michael to cut the ties of insomnia and worry, stress and mistrust. A loved one is visiting. Is there a recent anniversary of someone’s passing coming? This visitation is filled with pure love, pure bliss. Know that you are loved. Know that you are guided.
Just outside the back door: A visitation has occurred, a clearing of the past has happened. Have you moved furniture lately? Resolved issues? This visitation symbolizes a renewal of healthy, happy energy. A letting go of the past. An old grudge let go of.
Take notice of the colour and become aware of which area of your body and life this is a direct symbol for. Take a broom, and with the energy of the colour and visitation, ‘sweep’ away any residual energy that may be lurking.
What Different Feather Colours Mean
The Native American people had a great spiritual understanding about feathers, their colours and their meaning. They would take the utmost care of any feathers that came their way as they saw it as a sacred gift, or a powerful talisman in battle.
When considering feather colours, firstly I always recommend seeking the answer within yourself first. Do you have any particular personal association with the colour? What does the colour make you think of or feel? What are the universal meanings of that colour to your knowledge? Does the feather you found act as an answer to a question or some kind of acknowledgement. Always go with your gut and the first impressions you get, and trust. I recommend noting it down and keeping a journal of signs and synchronicities. You might see more in connection to this sign, so stay alert and enjoy the mystery of the process.
Below is a brief rundown of the possible colour meanings of feathers (though trust your own heart and use this as a general guide - you can experiment with this!):
WHITE - purification, spirituality, hope, trust, faith, protection, peace, Heaven, angels, and also act as blessings and wisdom connected with moon.
RED - the root chakra (money, possessions, security, career), physical vitality/energy/life force/action, good fortune, passion, emotions, courage.
BLUE - throat chakra (communication, acceptance, speaking your truth) peace, inspiration, mental abilities/knowledge, connection with spirits, spiritual protection and psychic awareness.
YELLOW - solar plexus chakra (gut intuition, happiness), blessings and wisdom connected with powerful sun energy, intelligence, playfulness, joy, cheerfulness, mental alertness, vision.
GREEN - (heart chakra - love, emotions, relationships, forgiveness), health, healing, nature, environment, nature spirits, plant spirits, animal spirits, growth, fertility, harmony, unity, money, prosperity, success.
ORANGE (sacral chakra - sex/physical relationships, love, appetitive, attraction), energy, change, optimism, and ambition, success, new ideas, will power, creativity, physical love, new ideas, will power, independence.
PINK - unconditional love, romance, feelings, friendship, caring, compassion, harmony, service, empathy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, honour, inspiration.
GREY - peace and neutrality (as it is in the middle of black and white), authenticness, flexibility.
PURPLE - (crown chakra - universal consciousness, spiritual connection), heightened spiritual growth and experiences, higher thought.
BROWN - earth, stability, grounding, endurance, home, friendship, respect.
BLACK - protection, warning, repelling or warning of negative energy, death (as in a closed chapter), mystical wisdom - a sign that you are undergoing a spiritual initiation, growth or increased wisdom. When the feathers are iridescent, or represents high mystical insight (especially if there is a shiny iridescence).
Black and white mixed feathers can represent protection, or the sense of union.
Black mixed with purple represents a very deep spirituality. i would take it as a feely mystical sign.
Black, white, and blue mixed feathers denote change on the horizon.
Brown and black striped pattern (like a pheasant/s feather) - balance between the physical and the spiritual.
Brown and white - happiness, and you will go under the radar from psychic or other harm.
Feathers with red and green in them or together would denote that you are being assisted financially. I would take it as a very lucky sign.
Grey and white symbolize hope.
FROM A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE
Meaning of Feathers
The Meaning of Feathers plays an important role in the belief system of Native American Indians. Their beliefs are based on Animism which embodies the spiritual idea that all natural things within the universe, including birds, have souls or spirits. Animists believe that souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in birds, their feathers and in animals, plants, rocks and natural phenomena. The doctrine of animism is that everything is alive, and possesses an inherent virtue, power and wisdom.
The Meaning of Feathers
The generalized meaning of feathers signified honor & connected the owner with the Creator and the bird the feathers came from. Native Indian warriors were awarded a feather when they took coup or were particularly brave in battle. When a feather falls to earth, the Native Americans believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to a living being. Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose.
Meaning of Feathers and Birds
Birds were revered as bringers of messages and symbols of change and often symbolized light-hearted freedom and their feathers have many spiritual, ceremonial & ritual uses. Decorated feathers were sometimes attached to sacred pipes or prayer sticks. In the ancient culture and traditions of Native Americans the meaning of feathers is inextricably tied to the belief that birds, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.
The Meaning of Headdress Feathers
The image of the Feather Headdress and War Bonnet are instantly associated with the culture of Native Indians. The different types of headdress feathers worn by Native American Indians all had specific meanings and symbolism. The way a feather was cut or colored had great significance and represented the history and deeds of a warrior. For additional facts refer to the Meaning of Headdress Feathers.
Native American Meaning of Feathers Chart
The meaning of birds and their feathers are of great significance as they are believed to possess supernatural powers that can embody, attach and influence a person empowering them with the powerful traits, attributes and characteristics of the bird. The following chart describes the meanings of feathers providing information of the significance of each bird together with its meaning, attributes, characteristics and symbolism.
Meaning of Feathers Chart
Names of Birds
Meaning of Feathers
Meaning of Feathers of the:
A feather from a bluebird symbolizes happiness and fulfilment
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A feather from a crow symbolizes balance, release from
past beliefs, skill and cunning
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A feather from a dove symbolizes love, gentleness and kindness
Meaning of Feathers of the:
A feather from an eagle symbolizes great strength, courage leadership and prestige. The bald eagle and the golden eagle were considered sacred birds
Meaning of Feathers of the:
A feather from a falcon symbolizes soul healing, speed and movement
Names of Feathers
Meaning of Feathers
Native American Meaning of Feathers Chart
The following chart describes the meanings of Feathers providing information of the significance of each of the birds together with its meaning, attributes, characteristics and symbolism.
Meaning of Feathers Chart
Names of Birds
Meaning of Feathers
Meaning of Feathers of the:
A feather from a hawk symbolizes guardianship, strength
Meaning of the Feather of the:
A feather from a heron symbolizes patience, grace and confidence
Meaning of the Feather of the:
A feather from the hummingbird symbolizes love, beauty, intelligence - A Spirit Messenger and Stopper of Time
Meaning of the Feather of the:
A feather from a kingfisher symbolizes luck, patience, speed and agility
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A feather from an owl symbolizes wisdom, the ability to see things normally, a creature of the night - silent and swift,
Meaning of the Feather of the:
A feather from a raven symbolizes creation & knowledge - the Bringer of the Light
Meaning of Feathers of the:
A feather from a Swallow symbolizes peace and love
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A feather from a turkey symbolizes abundance, pride
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A feather from a Woodpecker symbolizes self-discovery
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A feather from a Wren symbolizes protection
To make your own set of Ogham staves, start with sticks or twigs in even lengths. You'll need 25 of them, or 26 if you want to include a "blank" Ogham. If you have trouble finding sticks that are the right size, you can use dowel rods cut to short lengths. About 4 - 6" is a good size for Ogham staves. The ones in the photo are made from apple branches.
Sand the bark off the sticks so that they're smooth. Inscribe each of the sticks with one of the Ogham symbols. You can do this either by carving them into the woods, painting them on, or using a wood burning tool. The ones in the photos were made with a wood burning tool, which cost about $4 at a craft store.
Consecrate your staves as you would a Tarot deck or other magical tool.
There are a number of methods to reading the staves for divination, and you can figure out what works best for you. Many people like to simply keep their staves in a pouch, and when a question comes up that needs to be answered, they place their hand in the bag and pull out a designated number of staves.
Three is a good number to use, but you can pick as many or as few as you like. As you pull each stave out of the bag, use the information at the Ogham symbol gallery to determine its divinatory meaning.
Making own Ogham set
I've been reading about different divination methods and how they work. There are so many cool oracle decks and runes and things, but as far as money goes that kind of thing isn't a priority. I only had a Tarot deck I picked up 9-10 years ago (The Glastonbury Tarot) so I decided to find out if it was possible to try make anything myself.
I'm most drawn to Celtic paganism so decided to have a go at drawing the Ogham symbols. I've read about drawing them on a set of cards, and also making staves, so decided to do cards first as it is simpler. I got a pack of small plain white cards and after some practice runs on scrap paper I managed to draw the whole alphabet. It's pretty basic but it gets the job done and pretty good for a first try.
I used green markers to write the names of the symbols. I have a set of Mont Marta watercolor pencils which are a good quality which I used for the rest. I decided they needed some kind of background so I drew light green spirals on all the cards (had been thinking about spirals in nature), then after they dried I used pencil to lightly draw the symbols on, then went over them with dark green watercolor pencil. I chose to use those rather than paint as I can manage to draw fine lines with the pencils a LOT better than a brush. Plus, they were small cards.
After they were dry I dedicated the deck to use for spiritual guidance and purified them in the incense smoke. I've drawn cards 3 times so far since I finished them in the weekend, it comes easier to me than reading tarot.
The guide also explained how to make the Ogham staves which will be my next project when I get either sticks or dowel rods as it mentioned. Can either use a wood burning tool, carve the symbols on or paint them on. Other thing to find out is what it meant by dowel rods. Basically you can use whatever materials you have even popsicle sticks, it’s up to you what you want, so take pride in your staves and make them like you plan to use them like any other magickal tool.
In the Irish myth Tochmarc Etaine1, “the Wooing of Etain,” a Druid named Dalan used a method of Ogham divination to find where the God Midir had taken Etain. He cut four wands of yew on which he cut three Oghams, and with them he found the "eochra ecsi (keys of science and Ogham)," with which he was able to discover that she had been taken to the Sidhe-mound of Breg Leith, where Midir dwelt. Therefore, when Midir abducts Etain, Dalan discovers where she is by using Ogham but we simply do not know precisely how Dalan did his divination.
So, is Ogham divination an ancient tool?? Quite possibly. Is it the same as modern Ogham divination? Most likely not. Does this make the modern use of Ogham in divination somehow less valid? Most definitely not.
Ogham divination uses staves of wood with an individual few carved on each. You may also use paper cards, as paper comes from wood. Some prefer this method because they are easier to store and manipulate than 25 sticks. I have also seen Ogham placed on stone, but I believe wood staves are better as they more traditional and remains true to the importance that woods play in the art. However, there is some legitimacy to this practice lent by the fact that all surviving Ogham inscriptions were written on stone. Some Ogham staves will also include the Irish name and the corresponding wood, and I recommend this if you are just learning the correspondences. The more you see them, the quicker you will learn them. You need to make sure that you have a way to tell which way is upright because this will make a difference in the way the Oghams are read.
Ogham fews are given “kennings” or associations based on the letter which they represent. For instance, if you wished to give Ogham deity correspondences, you could associate Beith with Brigid and Bel. Or for animal correspondences you could associate Ruis with the Raven and the Rattlesnake. It is perfectly acceptable in Ogham divination to create your own correspondences. In fact, sometimes this is better because they are more personal to you. In addition to kennings, fews can also be assigned divinatory meanings. I will include some examples of these in another post.
Like any other art, Ogham divination should be practiced as much as possible, preferably every day. Below is a simple spread that is easy to incorporate into your daily ritual.
The Ray of Light Spread2
This spread is based on Awen, the three rays of light, which is a classic symbol in modern Druidry. The first ray, on the left, is the Ray of Knowledge, and represents the influence of the past. The middle ray is the Ray of Peace, and represents the present. The third and final ray, on the right, is The Ray of Power, and it represents potential for change, the future.
To use the Ray of Light Spread, the practioner will shuffle the staves or the cards, and then draw three, one by one. The first stave will be placed on the left, for the past. The second stave draw will be placed on the right, for the future. The final stave, the Ray of Peace, will be placed in the middle, representing the future. This order is very important in druid ideology. The middle stave is the grey area, the middle ground. This stave represents the area where the other two meet, the in between. This is the area where druids strive to exist, in the grey between *black and white,* between extremes. Essentially, living in the present; knowledgeable of the past, with the power to face and influence the future, but living in peace in the present.
Your spread should be representative of this image, Awen::
After the few are placed, you can begin to study and interpret their meanings. At first, this task can seem daunting, much like tarot. Remember that there are no clear cut answers and no definitive correspondences and meanings. John Michael Greer recommends that you ask yourself “What does this remind me of?” or “What does this make me think of?” in place of “What does this mean?” The first two leave more room for personal interpretation, any rely a tab bit less on the stock meanings and correspondences you are working with. Over time you may develop meanings that are exclusive to your own work, and this is wonderful.
Well, what about the question? What should you ask while using Ogham? If you are just beginning, I suggest you start with a simple, relatively short term question. “What does this day hold for me?” You can do this as part of your morning ritual. Take notes in your divination journal; the fews, the order, your interpretations. Then, as part of your night time ritual, compare your interpretation to your actual day. Then compare the fews to your day. Were your interpretations accurate? Were there possibly more appropriate interpretations? Notice, from time to time, if certain fews begin to develop their own meanings which are unique to you. Remember, there are no *right* meanings in Ogham divination, so it is most important to concentrate on developing your intuitive abilities and to find the meanings that speak to you.
After you become more familiar with Ogham and individual few meanings for you, you can gradually expand your questions to encompass the next week, the next three months, the next year, and so on. Remember this is an art. It takes practice, and you cannot get in a rush.
Now, here is another example of Ogham divination. The interpretation here is much more involved and should be attempted after one is comfortable with the Ray of Light Spread, in my opinion.
With this approach, a practioner would draw three circles on the ground, or the circles can also be drawn on a piece of cloth that you use repeatedly for this purpose. The circles can represent different things; past, present, future; earth, sea, sky (the Celtic elements); etc. The staves are then tossed in the air, and interpretation is based on which staves fall into which circle. I recommend journaling this process the same as you would with the Rays of Light spread, or any approach for that matter.
WITCHES LADDER FOR COMFORT AND BLESSING 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.
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’e or 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 unfinished
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 every night
for a month, or whenever the timing is right, whether that's once a
month, once a year, to 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
WEEK 6-VI-STUDENT EDITION
What is the “Golden Bough?”
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?
What was the cord spell used for traditionally? Be specific please.
What is the purpose to the following types magic for spells? (be specific please.)
5- Knot Negativity=
6-Symbol and Image=
13- Potted Plants=
14-Gems & Stone Spells=
17-Amulets & Talismans=
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?
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!
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?
Give me three “personal examples” of a De'ja'vu moment?
Student personal experiences.
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?
How many Kings are there in the Ogham, and what directions do they represent?
How many Queens are there in the Ogham and what directions do they represent.
What is a few and fifths in an ogham?
How many paths to each realm?
What is the world, direction, and its aspect for the following?
When throwing a ogham spread, describe the four interpretation process?
In throwing a spread, which fews do we not use?
In the “overall reading uses and interpretations” how many aspects and what are they?
What is “Passing the Midhes?”
A: (note-be precise)
In this week’s test you will be asked to make a witches’ ladder and submit a picture. I will provide two examples.
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 weeks test 7on Thursday the (date) next full moon 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 attach 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.
Happy & Safe Spellcasting!
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Bonfire for Beltane!
Although bonfires tend to be popular in all ancient pagan practices, Beltane is the time of year when it seems the most fitting! There are many ways to incorporate a Bonfire into your ritual – and it doesn’t even have to be large. Sure, if you have the space and a nice fire pit, a big Beltane fire is idea – but if not, there are other ways to still bring the feel of a Bonfire into your celebration!
These can be great if you have no permanent fire pit in your backyard or if you want to be able to travel with your fire pit. They can range in price from under $20 all the way up to over $300 – so there is an option to fit any budget. You can purchase these at any home improvement store or even make your own! This blog tells you step by step how to make one out of a flower pot!: Create a Fire pit out of Flower Pot!
Please remember that no matter what you decide to do, be safe! Here are some fire tips from a former firefighter to help you have a fun and safe experience: Fire pit safety tips
Indoor Cauldron Fire
If your only option is to be indoors, you can still have the fire experience with an indoor cauldron fire! You will need the following items
Cast-Iron Cauldron – mine is quite small, about 4″ in diameter
Epsom Salts – easy to find at the supermarket or pharmacy
Rubbing Alcohol – 70% isopropyl (safer) or 90% isopropyl (hotter)
Fire-Proof surface, preferably not heat conductive
Long Wooden Matches
It is best to use a cast-iron cauldron, since one won’t be too hard to get and it can withstand the heat. Don’t use aluminum, since it sometimes melts or can even catch on fire. Never make an indoor fire in a cauldron that is painted, since burning or even very hot paint will produce dangerous fumes.
Use half (by volume, not weight) alcohol and epsom salts. Always put the cauldron on a fireproof surface (such as a hearth, other tile surface, metal, etc.) and make sure that the only nearby objects are reasonably heat-resistant. Taper candles, if placed too close, will bend or even melt. Votives in glass holders work better.
Always keep a bucket of water nearby in case things somehow get out of hand. A big box of baking soda also works well. Let the cauldron burn out by itself (how long this takes depends on the size of the cauldron and how much fuel you have put into it), wait till it is cool, and then soak the inside in water to loosen the grayish mass of salts that’s been fused together by the fire. After letting it soak overnight it’s not too hard to clean.
If it’s necessary to put the cauldron out suddenly, covering it with a fireproof lid is the easiest and least-messy method, but be careful not to burn yourself while putting the lid on. One of those big leather work gloves might be good to keep around.
Now that you have a fire, what can you do?
Once you have your fire pit – there are many different ways to incorporate this into your ritual!
– Use herbs – you can burn any herbs in your fire pit. If you are using an indoor fire pit be sure to only burn a very small amount at a time so that you don’t have an out of control fire.
– Burn small pieces of Parchment: You can write messages or spells on parchment and burn those as part of your ritual.
– Fires can symbolize messages moving up to the universe to to deity – they can also symbolize the cleansing or banishing of bad things and bad energies.
– Fires can make the start a new phase in life – can be used at the start of a project, symbolizing burning down the old to pave the way for the new.
What are the Nine Sacred Woods?
The nine sacred woods – or nine sacred woods of the bonfire are part of a traditional Celtic ceremony. They represented the first nine tress in the Celtic calendar and are generally listed in the long version of the Wiccan Rede by Doreen Valiente. Over the years, this has been changed to a Nine Sacred Herbs incense, which you can make yourself or purchase from us here: Nine Sacred Woods Incense. This blend is a nice way to add a Celtic touch to any bonfire celebration!
Preparation & Set Up
This Ritual shall be performed at whatever time of day or night you prefer. The corresponding time would be midmorning, as dawn represents Springtime, and noon does Summertime. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with a white or dark green altar cloth. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with seasonal flowers of any color of the rainbow spectrum (silk are acceptable), along with whatever else feels right. In addition to your usual tools and props, upon the altar should be:
White or Dark Green Altar Cloth
Symbol or Statue to represent your Household Guardian
Small Cauldron with a Dark Green Candle inside
Wood Chips from Birch, Oak, Rowan (Ash), Willow, Hawthorne, Hazel, Apple, Vine and Fir (to burn in the cauldron)
(Note: it is not absolutely necessary to get all of these different woods, but do the best you can.)
Athame (for Great Rite Ceremony)
Chalice (for Great Rite Ceremony)
Incense - Any of the following either alone or mixed together:
Lilac, Jasmine, Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sage, Strawberry, Orange Peel, and Rose Petals
(and charcoal if using powdered or granulated incense)
When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your Ritual Robe or other Ritual attire. Be sure to wear your Magickal jewelry, if you have any. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while - to ground and center. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the Ritual.
Cast the Circle... begin the Beltane Sabbat Ceremony by sitting quietly for a few moments, then say these words aloud:
"Blessed be this day of Beltane, Wedding day of the Goddess and the God. Holy day of Sacred Marriage, Holy night of Sacred Union. The fertile Goddess of Summer walks through the land With the Great Horned God of the Forest, And the dark time of Winter is behind me.
Ring the bell seven times, then continue, saying:
"The animals breed and the plants pollinate, As the May Queen and Green Man bestow Their blessings upon the Earth and Earth's creatures. I, (magickal name) who am Their child, rejoice with Them and ask that Their happy union become the example for all humanity to live in love and harmony."
Light the candle in the cauldron and say:
"The dark days are cleared away so that the May Day can now begin!"
As you drop the wood chips one by one into the flame in the cauldron, state the properties of each, as follows... (be careful, and use a small cauldron that can be covered with a snuffer or lid in case things get out of hand --- you don't need to use a lot of chips, just a little for the symbology). Say:
"I burn thee Birch to honor the Goddess; and now add thee Oak to honor the God. Thou Rowan I add for a magickal life; and add thee Willow to celebrate death. Thou Hawthorne I burn for fairies near me; thou Hazel I burn for wisdom you bring. I add thee good Apple to bring me love; and thou Vine whose fruit is the symbol of joy. Fir you are added as the symbol of rebirth; your sweet scent reminds me of my immortality. My blessings I give to all of thee, and thy blessings I call from thee upon me. So as I will, So Mote It Be!"
At this point, you will perform the Great Rite (symbolically). Some Wiccan Traditions insist that a Pagan working solitary cannot properly perform this act. Since the act is a symbolic one, there is no reason you cannot make it a part of your ceremony alone. Take your athame in your right hand, and your chalice in your left, and hold them in front of you. See them as the Earthly vessels of deity. Now say these words:
"I greet the time of unions and give honor to the Lord and the Lady for Their fruitfulness! Tonight (today) I witness the marriage of my Goddess and God. May Their union be fertile and productive!"
Slowly lower the athame blade into the chalice and feel the union of the deities. Say:
"As They are one, They become one. As They become one, They are one. And I am also one with Them."
Raise the athame and chalice, still united, to your forehead to honor this union of the three of you. Place them back upon the altar. Now dance or at least march around the altar, beginning in the North, and moving deosil. Pause to greet each Elemetal quarter with outstretched arms. Move back in front of the altar when you are finished. Now pick up the symbol of your house Guardian, concentrate on these words, as you say aloud:
"Lovely Lady and Great Horned Lord, I present to You the Guardian of this house which is my home. I have invited this Special Spirit into my home as my protector and helper in all things. I honor this Spirit in this symbol of its being. Great Ones, bless this Guardian of this Home. And to Your blessings, I add my thanks. Blessed be!"
You should now lightly anoint the Guardian symbol or statue with some appropriate oil. If the symbol is such that it cannot be oiled, at least swing the smoking incense burner around it.
When you have finished and you are ready, the time is now here to perform any works of magick or spells, follow then by the Cakes & Ale Ceremony, and finally, Releasing the Circle.
INTERMEDIATE WITCH CLASS
Name the meditations, name the three aspects we can connect with?
Name three positive and three negative aspects to doing and not doing meditation?
What is Ritual Meditation?
What is meditation of the Craft?
What is “knowing a person meditation,' and what is it used for?
In “dark power tools,” what is the black mirror used for, and what is the gourd rattle used for?
Q: 7 b
If you were to make your own gourd rattle, what “ogham's, runes and dark power colors would you use and why for what purpose?
student choice (be creative but specific not to confuse the main purpose of your rattle. Make any variety of combinations)
When would be a good time to empower your dark aspect tool, and what is that moon called?
What is the “Oracle Cave Meditation: use for?
What is the name of famous oracle cave, who was it sacred to and for how long?
What are the three basic types of purpose for a spell, and define what each one is used for?
What is a deflection, reflection, and return to sender spell and what do we use them for?
What are the four magical methods of conducting spells?
What is “sympathetic magic?”
What is “comparative magic?”
What is “directive magic?”
What is “transference magic,” and what are the risks of using it?
Sensing energy isn't about getting the answers correct; it's about interpreting new information in a fashion that is uniquely your own. You will be preforming the following exercises and summarizing your experience for each one.
Exercise (1) Sensing Energy?
Exercise (2) Kim's Game?
Note you can do this without a partner just place the objects in the beginning of the day, and go back in the evening without looking at them sit, meditate, and proceed.
Exercise (3) Creative Visualization?
What is “aspecting and invocations?'
Name five ways of raising energy?
We know grounding is important after raising energy because otherwise one could burn out, but what about casting a circle, do we need one and if so when?
Why is it important to take down a circle?
SPELL ASSIGNMENT: May 6th,2016
All students are required to perform a “meditation of knowing spell” on the next dark moon.
Please read the test carefully for its going to be more complicated and demanding as we go along. The spell to do at the end is mandatory and timing is essential. I want each of you to use your conversion table format from the last chapter but in your own time zone. Use the days (dawn, midday, sunset, and midnight, seasons, as well as the day aspect to your conversion. Please include your geographical time zone and season for it. As we do spells you will be using this format to each one so please make your own personal copy for these conversions and aspects.
Have fun )O(
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Institution of Magick
The Worship of Hekate.
Those of us who are dedicated to the service of the Great Goddess Hekate, are actively involved in Her worship. To help facilitate this we create alters in honer of our Goddess. An alter is an expression of spiritual devotion that is influenced by those who create the alter. The pentagram is the holy symbol of the Wiccan religion, and as such it is often placed at the center of the alter. This symbol is also sacred to Hekate, and as such the pentagram may also be placed at the center of an alter to honer Hekate. Some may choose to use the Wheel of Hekate as the center piece of the alter.
– Alter of Hekate
The alter cloth is the first tool that is placed upon the alter. Here is a way to add color to the alter.Many choose to use a white, red, or black alter cloth as these are the classic colors of Hekate. Many see the colors black and white as good colors as they can be used within any spell or ritual. The color that you choose can be a way to align the alter to the spell or ritual that you are preforming. Symbols can be embroidered into and/or painted onto the alter cloth. These can include the Triple Moon sign, the Horns Up Crescent Moon, the Pentagram, the Triangle, an equal arm Cross or a Y can be added to represent the crossroads, an Ankh – the Key of Life, and the Wheel of Hekate.
Next the symbols of the five sacred Elements are added to the alter, for these five forces are the foundation of our magick. For the Element of Earth place a dish of salt, an alter pentagram, and some common Earth stones from your local area. For the Element of Air place incense with a heat safe censer, the athame, and a freely shed feather or a folding fan. For the Element of Fire place a red candle with a steady holder, the wand, and a box of wooden matches. For the Element of Water place a Chalice of Water and sea shells. For the Element of Spirit place a white candle with a steady holder and a large clear quartz crystal. Other tools that can be place on or near the alter include : the staff, the broom / besom, and the cauldron. The Book of Shadows is placed at the front of the alter as it is used in all parts of our rituals.
To attune the alter to the worship of Hekate you should add tools that are sacred to Her. Some of the images of Hekate show Her in triple form, while others show Her in singular form. Each of us must choose the image that resonates most strongly with us. Next you should place an old fashion skeleton key, in honer of the key that Hekate carries. Cords, that honer our connection to the Great Goddess Hekate are placed upon the alter. One can either use three cords ( White / Red / Black ) and/or a single cord of Her three sacred colors. Some images of Hekate show Her with a scourge, and thus this tool can be included if you choose to include it. A crystal ball to symbolize the various spheres of Hekate’s influence. A black candle to symbolize the torch of Hekate. In this way there are three candles upon the alter that are Hekate’s sacred colors. A small bowl or jar of soil from a crossroads. An offering bowl that will serve as a vessel to hold the food offerings and libations that are given to Hekate.
Aspects of Hekate 2
Triple Goddess (continued)
While we all can benefit from working with Hekate as She who is Maiden, Mother, and Crone within one Great and Eternal Goddess, at times we should also work with each of these aspects. Regardless of what stage of life that we may find ourselves at, we all can learn sacred lessons from the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone.
– The Maiden
Here is S
he who brings the power of renewal, as She reminds us that every stop is but a place to start anew, and every end is but a place of new beginnings. Here is She who guides souls through the Gates of Rebirth, thusly the Maiden is the manifestation of the sacred Promise of Rebirth. We see the Maiden within the waxing moon and the season of spring. Here is She who inspires us to walk the path/road that is right for us. Here is She who teaches us the importance of standing on our own two feet and meeting our own needs/desires, for the Maiden is the embodiment of independence.
We can invoke Hekate in Her Maiden aspect as…
– Hekate Parthenia, She who is the sacred Maiden
– Hekate Nemorenis, She who is the Maiden of the Greenwood
– Hekate Britomartes, She who is the sweet Maiden
– Hekate Atalos, She who is the tender one
– Hekate Skiala, She who is the Warrioress/Amazon
– Hekate Renovatio, She who brings renewal and rebirth
– Hekate Angelos, She who is the sacred messenger
As we transition between the Maiden and the Mother, we can encounter the Great Goddess Hekate as the sacred Lover. In this aspect we can invoke Hekate as…
– Hekate Kourtrophos, She who is the Giver of Love / She who draws the affections of love and sexual passions
– Hekate Nymphe, She who is the sacred lover (bride)
– Hekate Phoinikopeza, She who is the Ruddy Footed Goddess (this is a reference to the practice of painting the feet with henna as a sign of beauty)
– The Mother
Here is She who is the Giver of Life and the Great Mother of all of Creation. Here is she who manifests fertility, without which none would be. Here is the strength that helps us to move through any challenge. Here is She who inspires us to create that which we need and desire. We see the Mother within the round full moon and during the season of summer as well as the early part of fall.
We can invoke Hekate in Her Mother aspect as…
– Hekate Prothyraia, She who is Goddess of Hearth and Home
– Hekate Abundatia, She who is Goddess of Plenty and Abundance
– Hekate Galenaia, She who calms and brings peace
– Hekate Genetrix, She who brings fertility / She who protects the sacred union (hanfasting)
– Hekate Phyrne, She who is Giver of Fertility
– Hekate Chloaia, She who is the flowering Green Goddess
– Hekate Evolusia, She who is Goddess of the Harvest
– Hekate Kalliste, She who is the Most Lovely One
– Hekate Atimite, She who is Goddess of the Forest/Wild
As we transition between the Mother and the Crone, we can encounter the Great Goddess Hekate as the wise Teacher. In this aspect we can invoke Hekate as…
– Hekate Dea Mystica, She who is Goddess of sacred mystery that calls all who walk the paths of wisdom
– Hekate Sophia,She who is Goddess of Wisdom
Here is She who is elderly and yet at the same time ageless. Here is She who is the Keeper of all Wisdom, as all things have passed before Her eyes. Here is the lorekeeper who teaches us that which we need as well as desire to know. Here is She who shows us that we can face our fears, and become stronger for the experience. Where the Maiden guides souls through the Gates of Rebirth, the Crone guides souls through the Gates of Death.
We can invoke Hekate in Her Crone aspect as…
– Hekate Kourtrophos, She who is the deliverer of the soul /the Sacred Midwife
– Hekate Nekuia, She who is the guardian of the grave
– Hekate Melaina, She who grieves and understands loss
– Hekate Evolusia, She who is Goddess of the Soul
– Hekate Vendicti, She who avenges those who have been wronged
– Hekate Anassa Eneioi, She who is Queen of those below (the dead)
– Hekate Thesmophoras, She who is Keeper of Sacred Law and Giver of Justice
– Hekate Pytania, She who is Queen of Ghosts and Spirits
By these names can we honer, celebrate, and worship the Great Goddess Hekate. May all who are called to Her service find that which they seek.
This layered beauty is stacked with fresh vegetables, baby greens, aromatic herbs, three kinds of Italian cheeses, and a rich, hearty tomato-basil sauce. It's ideal for a special-occasion dinner.
14 dried lasagna noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped carrots (3 medium)
2 cups finely chopped zucchini (1 medium)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (8 ounces)
2 6-ounce package prewashed baby spinach
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 26-ounce jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce (2-1/2 cups)
2 cups shredded Italian Fontina or mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles; rinse with cold water. Drain again; set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, zucchini, and half of the garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Transfer vegetable mixture to a bowl. Add the remaining oil to the same skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer spinach-mushroom mixture from skillet to a bowl. Stir basil into spinach-mushroom mixture; set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
To assemble pie, in the bottom of a 9x3-inch spring form pan, spread 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce. Arrange three to four of the cooked noodles over the sauce, trimming and overlapping as necessary to cover sauce with one layer. Top with half of the spinach-mushroom mixture. Spoon half of the ricotta cheese mixture over spinach mixture. Top with another layer of noodles. Spread with half of the remaining pasta sauce. Top with all of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with half the Fontina cheese. Top with another layer of noodles. Layer with remaining spinach-mushroom mixture and remaining ricotta cheese mixture. Top with another layer of noodles (may have extra noodles) and remaining sauce. Gently press down pie with the back of a spatula.
Place springform pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Fontina cheese; bake about 15 minutes more or until heated through. Cover and let stand on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving. Carefully remove side of pan. To serve, cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with rosemary sprigs. Makes 10 servings.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 450, Fat, total (g) 23, chol. (mg) 82, sat. fat (g) 12, carb. (g) 37, fiber (g) 6, pro. (g) 26, sodium (mg) 966, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
All you need to know about how to make a compost pile.
So you're ready to take the plunge and start composting. You've made the space, and put aside time to figure it out: this is the year. Two deep breaths. Now, how do you do it? Don't worry! We've got you covered.
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Here’s What You Need
1. Carbon-rich “brown” materials, such as fall leaves, straw, dead flowers from your garden, and shredded newspaper. Blood meal and bone meal helps to start the decomposition.
2. Nitrogen-rich “green” materials, such as grass clippings, plant-based kitchen waste (vegetable peelings and fruit rinds, but no meat scraps), or barnyard animal manure (even though its color is usually brown, manure is full of nitrogen like the other “green” stuff). Do not use manure from carnivores, such as cats or dogs.
3. A shovelful or two of garden soil.
4. A site that’s at least 3 feet long by 3 feet wide.
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Here’s What to Do
1. Start by spreading a layer that is several inches thick of coarse, dry brown stuff, like straw or cornstalks or leaves, where you want to build the pile.
2. Top that with several inches of green stuff.
3. Add a thin layer of soil.
4. Add a layer of brown stuff.
5. Moisten the three layers.
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Continue layering green stuff and brown stuff with a little soil mixed in until the pile is 3 feet high. Try to add stuff in a ratio of three parts brown to one part green. (If it takes a while before you have enough material to build the pile that high, don't worry. Just keep adding to the pile until it gets to at least 3 feet high.)
Every couple of weeks, use a garden fork or shovel to turn the pile, moving the stuff at the center of the pile to the outside and working the stuff on the outside to the center of the pile. Keep the pile moist, but not soggy. When you first turn the pile, you may see steam rising from it. This is a sign that the pile is heating up as a result of the materials in it decomposing. If you turn the pile every couple of weeks and keep it moist, you will begin to see earthworms throughout the pile and the center of the pile will turn into black, crumbly, sweet-smelling “black gold.” When you have enough finished compost in the pile to use in your garden, shovel out the finished compost and start your next pile with any material that hadn’t fully decomposed in the previous one.
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You don’t need a compost bin to make compost. You simply need a pile that is at least 3 by 3 by 3 feet. A pile this size will have enough mass to decompose without a bin. Many gardeners buy or build compost bins, however, because they keep the pile neat. Some are designed to make turning the compost easier or protect it from soaking rains.
What Is Trench Composting:
Composting  converts organic material, such as yard waste and kitchen scraps , into nutrient-rich material that improves the soil and fertilizes plants. Although you can use an expensive, high-tech composting system, a simple pit or trench is highly effective.
What is Trench Composting?
Trench composting is nothing new. In fact, the Pilgrims learned how to put the theory into action in a very practical way when Native Americans taught them to bury fish heads and scraps in the soil before planting corn. To this day, trench composting methods may be slightly more sophisticated, but the basic idea remains unchanged.
Creating a compost pit at home not only benefits the garden; it also reduces the amount of material that usually goes to waste in municipal landfills, thus reducing the expense involved in waste collecting, handling and transportation.
How to Compost in a Pit or Trench
Creating a compost pit at home requires burying kitchen or soft yard waste, such as chopped leaves or grass clippings, in a simple pit or trench. After a few weeks, earthworms  and microorganisms in the soil  convert the organic matter into usable compost.
Some gardeners use an organized trench composting system in which the trench and the planting area are alternated every other year, providing a full year for the material to break down. Others implement an even more involved, three-part system that includes a trench, a walking path, and a planting area with bark mulch spread on the path to prevent muddiness. The three-year cycle allows even more time for decomposition of organic matter.
Although organized systems are effective, you can simply use a shovel or post hole digger to dig a hole with a depth of at least 8 to 12 inches. Place the pits strategically according to your garden plan or create small compost pockets in random areas of your yard or garden. Fill the hole about half full with kitchen scraps and yard waste.
To speed the process of decomposition, sprinkle a handful of blood meal  over the top of the waste before filling the hole with soil, then water deeply. Wait at least six weeks for the scraps to decompose, and then plant an ornamental plant or a vegetable plant, such as a tomato , directly above the compost. For a large trench, till the compost evenly into the pit.
f you live in a place where digging holes in the ground is no big deal, you can make a pit compost. The following info helps you add anaerobic composting to your repertoire. Good choices for your pit compost include areas where you want to add a future garden bed or between rows of existing garden beds. Avoid marshy areas or low spots with wet soil or poor drainage.
Stay away from existing root systems when digging composting holes. Tree and shrub roots easily expand to twice the diameter of their aboveground canopy! Slicing through roots with a shovel creates easy wounds for pests and diseases to enter, ultimately weakening and possibly killing your plant. If you're unsure how far roots may have spread, stick to digging compost trenches in garden beds.
Depending upon what you want to achieve, you can employ several different methods of pit or trench composting, such as digging random holes, filling trench rows in garden beds, or rotating trenches over a three-year period to improve an expanded planting area. Use the basic anaerobic trench compost recipe that follows for whichever method you choose.
How deep and wide to dig depends on how much organic matter you have to compost, what kind of material it is (landscape waste versus kitchen waste), how easy it is to dig, and whether digging pests might be an issue.
Follow these steps to create a pit compost.
Dig the hole or trench, reserving the soil that you remove.
Start with browns on the bottom, alternate layers of brown and green materials, moistening as you build.
Spread a 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) layer of your reserved soil between layers of browns and greens.
Cover with 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of soil. If you plan to retrieve the compost later, mark the area with a stone or other reminder.
If you grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables in straight rows with plenty of space between them, dig and fill composting trenches between the rows. As the organic matter in the trenches decomposes, nutrients become available for nearby plants. Dig trenches early in the planting season before vigorous roots expand into the area. Alternatively, dig trenches at the end of your growing season, so material is decomposed by the next planting season.
Certain plants really thrive on soil that's rich in organic matter and water-holding material, particularly sweet peas, runner beans, zucchini, pumpkins, and squash.
Six to eight months before planting, dig a trench or pit where you plan to grow these crops, 18 inches (45 centimeters) deep. Fill with kitchen waste, newspaper, manure, and other retentive materials, then top with a 6-inch (15-centimeter) layer of soil, heaping it up to form a mound. By the time your planting season rolls around, the site will have settled and will be ready for seeds or transplants
So why let others profit from your organics you paid and cared for? Recycle the organic matter into perfect fertilizer and grow again from its nutrients!
Q: 1 bk shadow cpt 4
How does the Dark Lord bring order out of chaos, and is it a selfless act, and for what reason?
Q: 2 bk shadow
In the Green Craft, what does the numbers represent and stand for?
Q: 3 bk shadow
In the Sabbats Cross Quarters, which one is where the Dark Lord and Crone meet as equals and why?
Q: 4 bk shadow
In chapter four of the shadow what is the other number, how does it come to be, why do we use it, and from what order of law does it come from?
Q: 5 bk shadow
When was the last time we had the phenomenal two dark moon in one solar month?
Q: 6 bk shadow
What is a Sidhe Moon ritual quest used for, what aspect of the moon does it represent, and when is the time to do this ritual?
Q: 7 bk shadow
What tools are used to prepare a Companion Quest? (be very Specific-Altar, Bath, Tea)
Q: 8 bk shadow
What is the one thing we must not do in a black mirror passage ritual and why?
Q: 9 bk green cpt 4
What are the types of energy we use for craft and how to we get them?
Q:10 bk green
What is the primary tools for raising energy and what type of energy do we use it for?
When raising energy, would we do it the same way with dark energy and why?
Q: 12 bk green
In the Green Craft, where do we draw energy from and why?
Q:13 bk green
Through another method of raising energy, the chant or chant dance witches have used the “eko.” What does this mean and where did it come from?
Q:14 bk green
Why is it important to send and or direct energy?
Q: 15 bk spell cpt 6
Why is it important to clear and charge your component? List two examples?
Q:16 bk spell
Working with correspondence we use many from a number of categories, list the categories?
Q: 17 bk spell
Name four tool components?
Q: 18 bk spell
Name four element components?
Q: 19 bk spell
Name four herb components?
Q: 20 bk spell
Name four stone components?
Q: 21 bk spell
Name four numbers and their associations?
Q: 22 bk spell
Name two planets and their planetary associations?
Q: 23 bk spell
Name two days and their associations?
Q: 24 bk spell
Name four angle names, association meaning and planetary associations?
Q: 25 bk spell
Name four color and their correspondences?
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Institution of Magick
Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing~HP)
In the Carmina Gadelica, folklorist Alexander Carmichael shared with readers hundreds of poems and prayers that he had collected from residents in various areas of Scotland. There is a lovely prayer in the Gaelic entitled simply Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing), which pays tribute to the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This is a much shorter version, and has been adapted for a Pagan-friendly format.
Bless, O threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, my children.
Bless everything within my dwelling and in my possession,
Bless the kine and crops, the flocks and corn,
From Samhain Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,
From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.
Be the Maiden, Mother, and Crone,
Taking possession of all to me belonging.
Be the Horned God, the Wild Spirit of the Forest,
Protecting me in truth and honor.
Satisfy my soul and shield my loved ones,
Blessing everything and everyone,
All my land and my surroundings.
Great gods who create and bring life to all, I ask for your blessings on this day of fire.
Call the Quarters HPS
Spirits of the East, Powers of Air!
Laughing sylphs that ride the winds,
Faery dancers laughing on the breeze,
Pixies in the morning’s meadow,
Sprites that fly on gossamer wings!
Devas of the Realms of Air,
Be with us!
We come before you with open eyes,
Glorying in the rising sun of spring!
Let this day be a new beginning for all of us!
Spirits of the South, Powers of Fire!
Flaming phoenix of rebirth,
Salamander walking unharmed through flames,
Dragon sleeping on riches and breathing fire,
Faery horses striking sparks from your hooves!
Devas of the Realms of Fire,
Be with us!
We come before you with open spirits,
Glorying in our freedom from the winter!
Let this day create our future anew!
Spirits of the West, Powers of Water!
Naiads of the flowing rivers,
Undines of the oceans deep,
Mermaids singing siren’s songs,
Tritons swimming with the dolphins!
Devas of the Realms of Water,
Be with us!
We come before you with open hearts,
Glorying in the circle of community that heals us!
Let this day teach us that we are never alone!
Spirits of the North, Powers of Earth!
Dryads who safeguard the great trees,
Gnomes who mine the depths underground,
Elves of the forests walking silent trails,
Deep faeries of the hidden caves!
Devas of the Realms of Earth,
Be with us!
We come before you to be at home in our bodies
And glory in the solid truth of our flesh!
Let this day teach us that we are Earth,
And Earth is sacred,
And we are sacred.
Blessed be the Guardians of the world.
Blessed be the Guardians of the world.
Blessed be the East at dawn.
Blessed be the South in fire.
Blessed be the West waters.
Blessed be the Northern earth,
Homeland of our Lady and Lord.
Blessed be the Guardians of the world
For they stand on a barren plain,
Watching, watching all that goes round.
Blessed be the Guardians of the world.
East Dragon: (HP)
I am the wisdom of the wind that whispers in your ears.
I am all that knows the secrets of the universe.
I am awakening the earth with my touch.
Now ice and snow have faded away
And we greet the oncoming summer.
Yet we must remember,
Even as we lift our arms to the sky,
That the future is uncertain.
So let this moment stand in our minds
As one perfect memory to be cherished.
I am the wisdom of the fire that burns in your souls!
I am all that wills manifestation into existence!
I ama awakening the earth with my warmth!
Hear me, O people gathered here today!
Your ancestors burned in fires
Because they would not forswear us!
Your ancestors hid in the dark
And worshiped us in secret.
Your ancestors turned to other faiths
To save their lives and their children
And forgot us, but we never left them!
Will you take up what they lay down?
Will you bring into the open what they hid?
Will you celebrate what they died for?
(All shout, “We will!”)
I am the wisdom of your blood that flows in your veins.
I am all that dares to love.
I am awakening the silent earth with my gentle rains.
We water you with our joy
We water you with our tears
We nourish you with the hope
Of more than three thousand years.
May we all remember the fountain of ancient wisdom,
May we all come to drink at its waters.
(Pours May wine as libation.)
I am the wisdom of the Earth, which lies hidden.
I am all that knows when to be silent.
I have awakened, and I give thanks for this day.
Receive this sign, this perfect flower,
Token given of this hour,
Though its petals fade and wither,
What we worship lasts forever.
(Lays flowers on altar.)
A Prayer to Cernunnos:(HP)
God of the green,
Lord of the forest,
I offer you my sacrifice.
I ask you for your blessing.
You are the man in the trees,
the green man of the woods,
who brings life to the dawning spring.
You are the deer in rut,
mighty Horned One,
who roams the autumn woods,
the hunter circling round the oak,
the antlers of the wild stag,
and the lifeblood that spills upon
the ground each season.
God of the green,
Lord of the forest,
I offer you my sacrifice.
I ask you for your blessing.
A Thanks to the Earth Mother (HPS)
Great earth mother!
We give you praise today
and ask for your blessing upon us.
As seeds spring forth
and grass grows green
and winds blow gently
and the rivers flow
and the sun shines down
upon our land,
we offer thanks to you for your blessings
and your gifts of life each spring.
Honoring the May Queen (HPS)
Make an offering of a floral crown, or a libation of honey and milk, to the Queen of the May during your Beltane prayers.
The leaves are budding across the land
on the ash and oak and hawthorn trees.
Magic rises around us in the forest
and the hedges are filled with laughter and love.
Dear lady, we offer you a gift,
a gathering of flowers picked by our hands,
woven into the circle of endless life.
The bright colors of nature herself
blend together to honor you,
Queen of spring,
as we give you honor this day.
Spring is here and the land is fertile,
ready to offer up gifts in your name.
we pay you tribute, our lady,
daughter of the Fae,
and ask your blessing this Beltane.
Beltane Bonfire Rite (Group Ceremony)
First, have the group circle around the fire, with the May Queen and the King of the Forest on opposite sides. The High Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) should welcome everyone with this:
Beltane is here! It is a time when the earth is fertile and full.
Long ago, our ancestors planted their fields at Beltane.
The fields that lay fallow for months are now warm and waiting.
The soil that was dormant for the winter now begs us to plant our seeds.
The earth is awakening and ripe, and this is a season of love and passion.
It is a season of fire.
At this point, the fire starter should begin lighting the bonfire. The HP or HPS continues:
As our fires grow, lighting up the night sky, the fire within us grows stronger.
It is the fire of lust and passion, knowing that like the earth, we too are fertile.
Tonight, the God emerges from the forest. He is known by many names —
he is Pan, Herne, Cernunnos, the Green Man. He is the God of the Forest.
Tonight is the night he will chase and capture the maiden.
She is the Queen of the May, Aphrodite, Venus, Cerridwen.
She is the Goddess of fields and flowers, she is Mother Earth herself.
As the HP introduces the God of the Forest and the May Queen, they should each step forward into the circle. The HP says: Bring fertility to the land! Let the hunt begin!
At this point, the May Queen and the God of the Forest begin the chase, traveling sun wise around the circle, weaving in and out of the other participants. Remember, the May Queen wants to make love to the God of the Forest. This is a fun chase, a joyful courtship, not a mock rape; make sure both parties understand this and prepare accordingly. She can even allow him to get close to her, pretending she’s ready to join him… and then slipping away at the last second. They should travel the circle three times in the chase, and finally stop at a point in front of the bonfire — hopefully, it will be burning well by now.
While the God of the Forest is pursuing his lady love, everyone else in the circle starts drumming. Start of slowly — after all, a courtship can take some time to get started. As the couple begins to speed up, increase the tempo of the music. If you’d like to chant instead of or in addition to drumming, go ahead. There are many popular traditional chants in Wicca and Paganism, and nearly all sound good when you sing them with a group. When the May Queen and the God of the Forest finally complete their three-times journey of the circle, the drums should stop abruptly.
The HP says:
Fire and passion, love and life, brought together as one.
At this point, the May Queen says to the God of the Forest:
I am the earth, the womb of all creation.
Within me, new life grows each year.
Water is my blood, air my breath, and fire is my spirit.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.
The God of the Forest replies to her, saying:
I am the rutting stag, the seed, the energy of life.
I am the mighty oak that grows in the forest.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.
The couple kisses, long and passionate. If they’re feeling really lusty, they can fall to the ground and roll around for a while — feel free to cover them with a blanket if you like. This kiss (or more) is the symbolic union of the male and female spirit, the great rite between man and woman. Once the embrace is broken, the HP calls out:
The earth is once more growing new life within! We shall be blessed with abundance this year!
As withies are yellow the willow shall bring
Gold for the Earth-maiden and for her green king:
A sheaf and a crown and a pledge-bearing ring,
For this is the song that the willow doth sing:
O golden the sun that shall turn him to green,
And golden his fires that burn for his queen,
Green are his branches that wave o’er the twain
Till we weave them a cradle of green leaves and rain.
This is the circle of the sun,
This is the circle of the earth,
This is the circle of his flame,
This is the circle of her love,
This is the circle of our faith,
This is the circle that welcomes them in.
HP (call and response):
By seeds of all beginnings, may our magic spring skyward.
By roots of all depths, may we stand strong in our convictions.
By stem and trunk that reaches for the sky, may our spirits soar.
By bud that grows, may our dreams never be crushed.
By leaf that kisses the Sun and rain, may we share our joys and sorrows.
By flower that opens to the dawn, may we learn to trust in each other and in the Gods.
By fruit that gives forth sweetness, may we nourish each other.
By seed within the fruit that grows the tree anew,
We shall live, and live again each Spring,
By life and death, by Lord and Lady, by hand and eye, by heart and spirit,
As all green things grow, so shall our faith,
And its memory be carried forever beneath the feet
Of a thousand generations to come.
For the Green Man in all his glory, blessings and praise!
For the May Queen in all her beauty, blessings and praise!
For the new grass beneath our feet, blessings and praise!
For new baby animals, blessings and praise!
For the birds returned from the south, blessings and praise!
For the heat of the Sun, blessings and praise!
For the Lady’s hawthorn, blessings and praise!
For the wisdom of the ancients, blessings and praise!
For fertility of the fields, blessings and praise!
(All may join in with other calls, to which all reply, “Blessings and praise!” Then the rite is ended, the quarters dismissed, and all retire.)
Everyone else in the circle claps and cheers — after all, you’ve just guaranteed that your village will have hearty crops and strong livestock this year! Celebrate by dancing around the bonfire.
Coven of Witch Mountain Wolf Run
The next few days until the Scorpio Full Moon Friday 22nd April 2016
There's going to be a lot of sudden changes to everyone's lives
I will tell you the truth that sometimes when I predict "change" and predict events happening - I become panicky when things don't happen - because I see the planets defining specific things about to change in all your lives and when nothing happens - I become puzzled.
The problem is not the planets - the problem is often defined by DELAYED reactions and people blocking the flow of energies. However, there are times when the astrological charts that define destined changes are so strong that NO-ONE can block anything. The next few days - leading to the Full Moon define - nothing or no-one can block or delay anything - as these are going to be STRONG days ahead.
If you're a psychic, gipsy or astrologer - then it's going to be your BEST week - all you have to say to people who ask you anything - is by Saturday 23rd April 2016 - you can guarantee with 100% assurance that EVERYONE's lives will be changing. There's something STRONG and DESTINED for everyone.
And for many people - especially negative people who like to block things for others, grumpy or lazy people who do nothing for others and whom nothing normally happens in their boring lives - then this week - it will be changing for them in a BIG week. That's because as soon as Sun enters Taurus on Tuesday - it will UNLOCK movement - leading to the Scorpio Full Moon will make the most stubborn blockages vanish.
You see - Sun in Aries [Fire Sign] working with Venus in Aries [Fire Sign] Mars in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] Saturn in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] and Uranus in Aries [Fire Sign] - BUT on Tuesday as soon as Sun enters Taurus [Earth Sign] - the SWITCH OVER immediately comes to everything that's been neglected in the past 3 months - as Sun enters Taurus [Earth Sign] energizes Mercury in Taurus [Earth Sign] Jupiter in Virgo [Earth Sign] Neptune in Pisces [Water Sign] Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign].
The remarkable facet is that Jupiter in Virgo [Earth Sign] and Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign] are both in RETROGRADE - which means - everything that should have already been - everything that's been blocked and delayed as far back as September 2015 - will now happen. It will be a BIG SHOCK for some people - because of how much will suddenly happen - so quickly. And due to Jupiter going direct on 9th May in Virgo [Earth Sign] - means that NOW - this is the beginning of the turnaround - you've been waiting for.
The Full Moon problem for all of us - will be realizing a truthful clarity and then being forced or enticed to doing whatever it is that destiny wants you to do. The heading of "your dreams coming true" - for me - is easy to write - because I can guarantee change for everyone. The only problem will be realizing the difference between your realistic dreams and your illusions.
You see realization of the TRUTH is a best healing facet of Sun in Taurus - because that's when you'll stop wasting time on nonsense or anything that's got no future to it - and then you will focus on the TRUTH - the destined truth that gives you - your own life. Yes - that's right - the Scorpio Full Moon will finally END an END to an ENDING - which will simultaneously set-you-free to your destined truthful future.
The question you should have in your head for the next few days is whatever "it" is you are doing, attached to or want in your life - is it your destiny - OR - is it not your destiny. The unexpected surprises will be due to Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Pluto in Capricorn - all 4 planets of which are in RETROGRADE - which will define - all your answers are in your "past". Things you should have done and people you already know.
Indeed as I explain on Week's astrology with 4 planets - Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto in retrograde - means the PRESSURE that's been forcing changes will be off - that doesn't mean there won't be any changes - to the contrary people will be feeling FREED and LIBERATED as RETROGRADES - means the PRESSURE is off.
You see some people can't function properly or make good decisions when they're under PRESSURE - and hence as you will soon see -Sun entering Taurus on Tuesday - leading immediately to a Full Moon on Friday 22nd April 2016 means - MOVEMENT and CHANGES for everyone.
Tuesday 19th April 2016 - Sun enters Taurus & Moon enters Libra
Movement and changes - even if you don't want to change or move ...
Sun enters Taurus & Moon in Libra on Tuesday 19th April 2016 will make it a BIG day of cusps - everything will be both unlocked and magnified - both good and bad - 100% clarity for every star sign - and this day of cusps will be stronger than normal because the Moon almost on Full strength.
You see - Sun on the cusp - of Aries / Taurus - unlocks it all for all star signs - so if nothing has happened in your life for the past 30 days - then today unlocks it to happen. And it's not just for people who've had nothing happening - as Sun in Taurus UNLOCKS the energies of Jupiter in Virgo.
You see - we all need a Jupiter in our lives - but during Sun in Aries - Jupiter wasn't making any strong aspects - so whilst it was there but weak. From the moment Moon entered Virgo on Sunday 17th April you've begun to feel more optimistic about the future - but it will be Sun in Taurus that you will feel it's presence in your life - manifesting something REAL in REAL LIFE - and I should add - something STRONG and REAL in REAL LIFE.
For many of you - you will not have felt Jupiter since January 2016 when Sun was in Capricorn - that's because Jupiter in Virgo needs the right combination to work and to do defined something. Sun in Taurus & Jupiter in Virgo as earth star signs defines movement and changes in REAL life.
And - and this is an important AND - the Moon enters Libra. You see the Moon is the only planet in communicative Air star sign - and this is the reason why some of you haven't had the energy to communicate. Moon in Libra - with a Moon on almost Full power - and being illuminated by Sun on the cusp of Aries/Taurus means it will unlock the power of communication.
Now I should add that emailing and internet communication is NOT astrological communication - talking and speaking with your voice is the communication Moon in Libra is referring to. You communicate because your emotions will make you talk.
The astrological combination of Sun in Taurus & Moon in Libra is neither positive or negative - it merely communicates the TRUTH - the destined TRUTH which needs to be communicated - however, the emotional power of Moon in Libra - means you'll have a lot more power in asking for your destiny and getting it in a positive way. But you'll see many people using Moon in Libra to be argumentative to get what they want by being "loud" - unfortunately for them if they're shouting and screaming to get something that's not their destiny then no-one will listen to them as Sun in Taurus has the power to IGNORE nonsense, lies and anything that's not right.
Tuesday 19th April 2016 - Sun enters Taurus - life's on-the-move - "day of cusps"
Moon enters Libra - 12:30noon UK - 1:30pm Europe - 7:30am USA EST
5pm India - 10:30pm Sydney, Australia
Sun enters Taurus - 4:30pm UK - 5:30pm Europe - 11:30am USA EST
9pm India - [Wednesday 2:30am Sydney, Australia]
Wednesday 20th April 2016
Moon 8° Libra sextiles Mars [retrograde] 8° Sagittarius
Moon 15° Libra sextiles Saturn [retrograde] 15° Sagittarius
Moon 17° Libra squares Pluto [retrograde] 17° Capricorn
Moon 18° Libra opposes Venus 18° Aries
Thursday 21st April 2016
Moon 21° Libra opposes Uranus 21° Aries
Friday 22nd April 2016 - "suddenly very sharp and life-changing for everyone"
Moon enters Scorpio - 1am UK - 2am Europe - 5:30am India
[Thursday 8pm USA EST] - 10am Sydney, Australia
Full Moon 2° Scorpio at 6:25am UK - 7:25am Europe - 1:25am USA EST
10:55am India - 4:25pm Sydney, Australia
All the planets that have created stress and problems are overruled at the Full Moon
Hence all the worries created by Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus will be solved by the Full Moon
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I explained on Months Astrology that Sun in Taurus [Earth Sign] - the BIG SWITCH OVER - A BIG SWITCH ON - COMES IMMEDIATELY to everything that's been neglected in the past 3 months - as Sun in Taurus [Earth Sign] energizes Jupiter in Virgo [Earth Sign] - and Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn & Neptune in Pisces too - most importantly it awakens everything that's been a PROBLEM, blocked and making you worried in the past 30 days - Sun in Taurus will either make it vanish, get it solved and move it forward.
You see - depending on your personality - are you someone who resonates to your emotions more than you resonate to logic - hence you've either loved or hated the past 30 days of Sun in Aries. So if you've hated Sun in Aries - you're going to love Sun in Taurus as now Sun in Taurus will begins your astrological zodiac year as Sun in Aries did nothing for you. And if you've loved Sun in Aries because you're zodiac year has already begun - you're now going to be ready to move-on forward to the 2nd stage.
Sun in Taurus & Moon in Libra will be unusually STRONG - and that's because - the current lunar cycle began as New Moon in Arieswhich expects to end it's journey as Full Moon in Libra - but due to the fact Sun entered Taurus - the opposition, the challenge and the stress will vanish - and hence any problems you've had and been worried about will now be solved during Moon in Libra - and will be solved by destiny.
Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st April 2016 - Sun in Taurus & Moon in Libra
Whatever you're worried about is solved ... sorted out and cleared
Moon in Libra on Wednesday and Thursday will be creating UNEXPECTED SURPRISES for EVERYONE.
Many of you will wake-up on Wednesday morning and feel positively liberated from anything that's been disturbing or worrying you. Sun in Taurus with Moon in Libra will calm your aura - and ensure that YOU are YOU - without being connected to anything or anyone that isn't the real you.
Indeed, I always say that the Moon has powerful healing qualities - as it cleanses our aura's from anything that is BAD for us. It does this by creating CLARITY and TRUTH - a clarity and truth that is specific to you. So it talks to you and defines everything that destiny wants you to be attached to - simultaneously it detaches you from anything that destiny wants you to be detached from. It does this by giving you GOOD vibes and BAD vibes. All you have to do is listen to your feelings - follow the GOOD vibes and dump the BAD vibes.
Due to the power of the astrological charts and even though there are 4 outer planets in retrograde - you will see life is going to be moving everyone forwards, you're being moved-away from anything bad and moved-towards something good for you. And most importantly whatever you've become stressed-out about or worried about is solved during Moon in Libra - so that you will be liberated and smiling at the Full Moon on 22nd April 2016.
The reason Moon in Libra on Wednesday and Thursday will be creating UNEXPECTED SURPRISES for EVERYONE is that - the opposition that was expected if Sun would have been in Aries vanishes because Sun is now in Taurus - hence it's 100% predictable to say - these will be 2 days of totally unexpected surprises. WORLDWIDE and for EVERYONE. Creating destined events that you never thought possible - proving that when destiny decides changes need to happen - then changes happen.