Sometimes, the most difficult thing is to speak your truth - and to do it in love & with respect.
I have found, throughout the years, that speaking my truth is very empowering. And the opposite also holds that speaking a falsehood erodes my strength. A witch's word is sacred.
But still, there are times when I hold back. When I refuse to speak up in someone's defense. When I tell those "little white lies."
There is a body of research that tells us these small, social lies are part of the fabric of society.
The little lies we tell each other out of protection for them, protection for our self-esteem, or simply to grease the wheels are a part of our world. But, each time we speak a lie, we tell ourselves that we are less powerful, less capable, less real.
So, what's a witch to do?
Well, I think that active listening is one of the keys to speaking truth.
Listening is difficult! Most of the time, when we think we are listening, our minds are racing in an attempt to create our response. We truly hear very little of what the other person says.
By listening intently, without an agenda, we can often eliminate those awkward moments where social lies seem necessary. We can live & speak authentically while empowering others.
Here is the most important tip I've found after years of training in conflict resolution:
Ask real questions.
Doesn't that sound simple? Ask real questions...but, what does it mean?
Basically, asking real questions requires us to put aside our own agendas, focus on the person we're interacting with & then dig deeper.
When I've talked with others about this, they often say "but I can't come up with any questions!" If that is the case, just pay attention a little more...there is a question that brews within every interaction...usually, we shy away from it, because it feels too intimate.
Ask the real question.
See what happens. There may be a period of awkwardness. But, most often, there is a sense of connection. You and your conversation partner become aware that both are valid, real, interested. Try this out on the people you love. See what happens.
Please, when doing this, though, avoid giving advice or "helping". These are behaviors that come very naturally to most of us, but they dis-empower others - they separate us by creating hierarchy.
Just listen. Interact. Ask questions.
And then, speak from your heart...Your Own Truth...
It's shocking how easy & powerful speaking truth really is.
Sometimes our magickal endeavors don’t always work the way they’re suppose to. Sometimes we mess up and get a whole lot of scattered energy running amok with all kinds of consequences, both for us and our targets, and sometimes even innocent bystanders. I’ve heard over and over again, “Never do magick when you’re angry”, but at the same time, “Cast your spell while you’re all revved up emotionally, in the heat of the moment, because this is when you are the strongest and your magick will be most successful.” You hear lots of things, honestly, and sometimes I don’t know whether it’s good to take all this in, or whether it’s best to follow your own instincts. I guess it depends on how serious a situation is that you would want to cast a spell to change it; or how threatened you feel in order to cast; or how out-numbered; or pissed off; or ‘revengeful’…I know, ‘revengeful’ sounds awful, but it can feel so good (oops).
Everyone has cast a spell that they wished they could take back. If they say they haven’t, they are probably lying, or they’re in denial. Because, in spite of what Hollywood movies & tv shows tell us, witches are not some mysterious drop-dead gorgeous immortal creature who can rise above everything– or destroy anything that gets in her way. Absolutely not– we’re mortal, just like the rest of humanity, and we make mistakes, just like everybody else; and sometimes we even lack good judgment– occasionally, once in a rare while (oops).
Romance is a biggy. People fuck up here all the time, especially if jealousy and spite come into play, but sometimes just because we can be mean-spirited. Say you jump on the magickal band-wagon to split up a couple because…because she was a real bitch and you want to teach her a lesson; or because he was dating you first and things were moving along smoothly till she showed up; or because they were crappy to you for a long period of time and by the time fences were mended and you were really getting to know them and possibly to like them, you had already thrown caution to the wind and cast this great big black spell to split them up (oops).
Then there’s those god-awful “love me forever” spells that are just a disaster waiting to happen; because if you’ve went ahead and cast one of these idiotic spells, you could be in for a rude and irritating awakening when you open your eyes some morning and decide you cannot stand anything about the guy in bed next to you. You decide it’s time to gracefully move on; you decide that there’s ‘bigger fish in the ocean’ (older relatives always tell you this); or you just plain can’t stand the way he whines, eats his food, leaves junk all over your house, or clips the hell out of your trees and flowers when you’re not around to stop him– you also may not like how he belches after a can of pop, or forgets to brush his teeth, or any number of things, but that’s beside the point. The bottom line is that you want him to “Go Away”…If you’ve already cast one of these sappy “love me forever” spells, while you were caught up in the heat of passion so hot your ass was sizzling no less, when your energy (and hormones) were raging, you are in for one nasty surprise. To get rid of this love-lorn target, you may find out it’s going to take a lot more than a candle in a cauldron. These are terrifically difficult spells to break. What it may take is an attorney and a restraining order (oops).
Money spells– I’m not even going there. No amount of money is ever enough; and when it is enough, it never seems to arrive on time, it’s always late. I’m just not sure that spiritual things are in tune with financial issues, and I know that this might not apply to everyone, but for me, this is my personal experience. Sometimes I believe it’s like ‘selling your soul to the devil’ (which is a really ironic and weird way for a pagan to put it) but that’s the truth– you give up almost everything, like your dignity and self-respect, to grovel and beg the universe for some currency. It’s too human. It’s too beneath what we’re really here to learn, what we’re here to experience; it’s the least important thing there is to cast magick for, yet we all do it, we’ve all done it…we’ve sold our proverbial ‘soul to the devil’ for some extra moolah (oops).
How many of us have hired a magickal hit-man? Huh? Who’d be willing to ‘fess up to this one. I can only imagine the eventful, unexpected, grandiose, or sublime ways this spell could go awry– it would be like a loose cannon; it would be like trying to teach an old maid to shoot a handgun…yeha, and get out of the way. She’d be shooting the hell out of everything in front of her, but most likely missing her intended target and leaving a bloody trail of victims who happened to be in the line of fire (oops).
Magick, like everything else in life, needs to be learned and practiced in order for anyone to be really good at it. It needs to have some personal guidelines, and most important of all, it needs to be practiced with a little restraint and a whole lot of common sense. And, like everything else in life, you’ll find people who will listen to advice like this and take it into serious consideration; and then there are those people who have to learn everything the hard way (oops).
Magick is a learning experience, and some people never learn…
When you purchase poppets from my website, they are charged and ready to go– all that’s left is for you to add a ‘personal’ touch with a photo, a lock of hair, a signature, etc. But did you know that there is a ritual to ‘breathe them to life’ ? Well there is, and I’m passing one on to you which I wrote myself. It would be preferable to work this magic within a cast circle. If you aren’t a practiced occultist, know that this ritual is not a requirement– but I won’t tell you that it doesn’t make a difference, because it sure can.
[Image] Assemble those items that correspond to the four elements– a bowl of water, a lit candle, an incense of your choice, and a bowl of salt.
1. Cast your circle & call the quarters.
2. Have your altar prepared, the color of your altar cloth, the herbs and stones present all corresponding to your intentions.
3. Upon this altar place the items belonging to the elements.
4. Take a few moments to ground yourself, to gather your energy, to fill your mind and this magical space with your intentions for this poppet.
5. Lay the doll upon the altar.
For the element of Earth:
Take a handful of salt and sprinkle it across the figure, saying:
“I infuse you with Earth, that you feel physical touch.”
For the element of Air:
Take the doll in your hands and hold it in the smoke of the incense, turning it, moving it, that it is consumed with the smoke, saying:
”I infuse you with Air, that you think.”
For the element of Fire:
Lay the doll upon the altar once more and hold the burning candle above it, saying:
”I infuse you with Fire, that your passion be unquenchable and you feel the heat of my fury (or love, hate, etc.)”
For the element of Water:
Dip your right hand into the bowl of water and sprinkle the water upon the poppet as it lay on your altar, saying:
”I infuse you with Water, that your emotions be overwhelming.”
6. Leave the poppet lay on the altar. Take a deep breath and slowly lean over it, until you hover above it’s mouth, your own lips almost touching it. Exhale now, allow your breath to escape from your body in one long warm draught of air. And this breath shall enter the poppet and give it life.
7. Open your circle, dismiss the quarters. Do with the poppet what you must, according to your intentions.
(waxing/44% of illumination)
During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.
Moon 24° Aries opposes Mars 24° Libra
Moon enters Taurus
Moon 3° Taurus sextiles Mercury 3° Pisces
Moon 4° Taurus sextiles Neptune 4° Pisces
Something REAL needs to manifest and will happen in your life
The Aquarian New Moon has defined a specific REAL event in your life - between the New Moon and today - you've had a lot of things happening - many REAL events - and undeniable REAL events - however when Moon enters Taurus 10am GMT - 11am Europe - 3:30pm India - 7pm Sydney Australia - 5am USA EST - will create an earth-moving shift in your life.
I've defined Moon in Taurus as "something real needs to manifest" and that's because the New Moon in Aquarius - wants and needs to prove to you that your life is changing and you ARE being liberated - so it needs to DO something REAL - to prove to you that it has a REAL power of transformation.
The astrological chart for 6th February 2014 - Moon in Taurus
The blue lines define the "Good mood" - adaptability, flexibility and change which is crushing the fixed red lines. Everything is fluid - moving - unpredictably good - and changing for the better - world is a good place with a good aura. The only people who will get ANGRY are people that want to live-in-the-past and hate change. Many of the positive moments will be positively triggered by the Moon in Taurus - as it will make you FEEL FANTASTIC - and get your life moving in REAL terms - with REAL events happening.
During the past few days - Moon in Aries has made you think a lot - and Moon 24° Aries opposes Mars 24° Libra has certainly created a HUGE amount of energy - that you know you MUST change something in your life - and you feel you MUST do it today. The ironic thing with Moon in Aries - is it makes you want to EXPLODE - because something has deeply affected your mind, thoughts and aura - and it makes you want to BATTLE the things that are wrong with your life - but Moon in Taurus will show you - there's no need to FIGHT the world nor DO battle with anyone - because your aura will make the right things "just" happen - WITHOUT any confrontation.
When you see a "GUARD DOG" protecting a building - there's no need for the DOG to say anything - you "know" what the message is - likewise Moon in Taurus - will help you EMIT an AURA to the world - that defines what you are and what you want. Based on what you've been thinking about in the past few days - "things" will just happen today - with great ease and without any effort. Which will prove to you that when the time is right - everything that destiny wants to make "happen" - happens.
Moon enters Taurus creates coincidences in REAL life - things will happen - and not because YOU decide to make them happen, or plan them to happen, or want them to happen, or force and push them to happen - but - "things" will just happen - like magic !
From the moment Moon enters Taurus - you will become QUIET and introvert - even though Sun in Aquarius is making a facet of you extrovert - Moon in Taurus - means you will be contained and living WITHIN yourself. No-one will bother you - nothing will disturb you - because from WITHIN you - Moon in Taurus will make you peaceful and calm - it will be a contrast to the mayhem and intensity of Moon in Aries.
From the above astrological chart - you can see that the numerous blue lines of stability formed by Moon in Taurus - Mercury & Neptune in Pisces - therefore it is clear that Moon in Taurus is going to bring a LOT OF STABILITY to make your life worth living - and the way it will do this is creating and manifesting something GOOD in your life.
Moon 3° Taurus sextiles Mercury 3° Pisces
Moon 4° Taurus sextiles Neptune 4° Pisces
Both these aspects are very close to each other - and will ensure a profound aura of PEACE and TRANQUILITY in your life - your mind and thoughts will be calm and from within you - you will be emitting a stability to the world - whilst being 100% detached from the garbage in the world. Have you ever tried talking to yourself and asking for things - in your mind - without saying anything ? On Wednesday you will be able to focus your mind to ASK - and you will receive - your ability to attract good things and avoid bad things will be controlled by your thoughts - so use your mind wisely and you'll be surprised.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Although you wish your life was less complicated today, you might have more work to do before you can separate yourself from the noise you have created. Your path may seem clear now, but it still could take quite a bit of determination on your part to reach your destination. Be careful not to slip into denial and fall back into complacency. There are changes that need to be made, so don’t give up the good fight. Your passionate persistence is your secret weapon.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
No matter how much you might want to focus on your feelings, it’s challenging to stop your mind from spinning around in circles today. You are thinking about so many different things and the thoughts continue to fly by, just out of your grasp. Frustration arises if you attempt to make use of your fantastic ideas, but there’s no reason to be overly concerned about productivity for now. Instead, just sit back and enjoy the show.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You don’t want to wait quietly on the sidelines and let something important happen without adding your two cents. In fact, you may be so sure of your convictions today that you are driven to speak your mind whether or not others want to hear your opinion. Keep in mind that you will be better off in the long run if you limit your comments to only the most critical issues. Your words will have more impact if you choose your battles wisely.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your flexible attitude allows you to temporarily minimize an unresolved issue today. You can easily let go of emotions that were bothering you in return for a bit of spiritual refreshment and social enjoyment. However, you might not be ready to relinquish all your feelings, but at least set them aside for a while without judging anyone too harshly. Spending some quality time with your friends or family is more restorative if your heart is fully open to the experience.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You may be lost in contemplation today, as you Lions drift off into a rather complex dreamscape. However, ignoring the interpersonal dynamics at work is not a wise move since the current situation could be complicated by someone’s unexpressed feelings. As much as you want to escape into your inner world now, you must meet your professional obligations before slipping away to explore your imagination.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You might have already scheduled some fun for yourself today, only to discover that nothing is going to happen quite as you thought. You can still enjoy yourself, but it won’t be without a bit of confusion creeping into your life. Bring yourself back to your center and shrug off the minor inconveniences or you could inadvertently make things worse. Remember the best way to minimize stress and impress others is to keep your sense of humor intact.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You can get all wrapped up in mental gymnastics now, even though your stoicism may prevent you from talking about your worries with others. You feel like you should be more lighthearted today, but there are serious issues that just won’t go away until you deal with them. Even with singular focus, resolution probably won’t come quickly. In the meantime, do something creative with your irritation instead of spreading it to others.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Ironically, you are aware of life’s simplicity and its many complications at the very same time. With the evocative Moon moving through sensible Taurus today, your primary drive is toward experiencing pleasure. Yet, as a Scorpio, you always enjoy delving into a good mystery. Be careful if it appears that someone else can ameliorate your need for complexity, for this is just an illusion. Like it or not, your fate is completely in your own hands.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Returning to the basics isn’t what normally motivates you, but simplification just may be the most critical theme in your life now. You are at a significant intersection today, and taking the on-ramp to the busy freeway might not be your best choice. You could have a very positive influence on your environment, but you must step out of the fast lane and onto the road less traveled so you can create the type of connections you want.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Rethinking your core assumptions or reinventing your image offers the best chances for success today. Since this transformational process may continue for a while yet, it’s wise to review and reevaluate last year’s accomplishments while they are still fresh in your mind. Strive to put closure on as many loose ends as possible over the next few weeks to make plenty of room for your future exciting endeavors.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Inner conflict may stress you out as you begin to reconsider a logical decision you recently made. Unfortunately, your feelings might not fall in line with your rational analysis today as you expected. Thankfully, your dilemma isn’t all that obvious to anyone else; nevertheless, a special person could come to your rescue now. Remain open to receiving good news from a friend or family member, for it can provide just enough hope to settle your angst and nudge you in the right direction.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your current indecision gets in the way of finalizing your plans. Naturally, you want to do what is best, but your good intentions may go awry today, especially if your expectations are unrealistic. It’s difficult to say no to anything that sounds like fun, even if it isn’t very practical. Instead of needlessly complicating matters even more, rely on a second opinion from someone you trust before making any commitments now that you will later regret.
Y [bw-isa] our Rune For Today
The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days.
Today's Tarot: Star
What has traditionally been known as the Star card is about reconnecting one’s Soul with the Divine — the transcending of personality, family, community and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s Self. The Soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a Higher Union.
This card could also be called the “Celestial Mandate” — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of Divine Will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible Helping Hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger Cosmos.
Today's Spirit Animal Oracle
hat Which is Behind You
Wake up! Cardinal is chirping at you—bringing a message of personal power. Stop shrinking from your destiny. Stop pretending that you are less than. If you are unsure of your path, ask Cardinal to fly with you—it’s certain he will help you focus, gain clarity, formulate a plan, become self-assured, and step out into the world with the confidence befitting a person of your power.
Your Current Place
This masked bandit can make you laugh with his antics, or make you angry when you realize he’s made off with your food! Raccoon is incredibly curious—to the point that he’ll walk into a potentially dangerous situation just to see what’s up. Like Raccoon, are there situations you’re barging into before you have all the information? Might want to re-think this one.
That Which is before You
Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??
Spring Class Roster
Well it's that time again and spring class enrollment is now open for registration. So come and see in full detail about the class for you~
LEGION OF PAGANS SPIRITUAL MINISTRY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF MAGICK
SPRING CLASSES REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
January 6th 2014
***Visit website for detailed information***
~~~ THE BASIC WITCH CLASS~~~
CLASS REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FEBRUARY 9TH
CLASS ORIENTATION BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 10TH. ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK INTO THE CLASSROOM
DESCRIPTION & OUTLINE
This class will be following the teachings of the old Celtic Aoumiel Witch.
We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft.
The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing.
(Instructor-Falling Star-aka Diana S.)
~~~BEGINNERS HERBOLOGY 101~~~
For centuries Witches have grown there own herbs for magickal,
culinary and medicinal uses. A garden or container with herbs,
can focus on elementals, planetary influences, a particular deity
or particular spell work, such as protection, prosperity or love
magick. The possibilities are endless.
You will learn how to grow,harvest,dry and use 50 basic herbs in
a Witches daily life.
Class is a 12 week course
(Instructor-Elder Airwolf-aka Donna M.)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH FEBRUARY 23RD, ORIENTATION BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 24TH.
This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an aptitude test to gain entry.
In this class the witch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive spells and casting arts of the craft.
(Instructor Elder Airwolf-aka Donna M.)
~~~WELCOME TO THE HERBS & POTIONS~~~
The next progressive class of Herbology 101
Within the Herb & Potions class
you will discover, how to use
Witchy Herbs as the art of healing.
You will learn how to combine Witchy
Herbs with Astrology, Tarot, Gemstones
and Planetary correspondences to
enhance your magickal spells and rituals.
I also will include some Herbal Potions,
that will be a great benefit to every
Required Book need for Class :
The Master Book of Herbalism
By Paul Beyerl
Registration begins on January 6th 2014 until minimum quota is met. Notifications will be posted.
This will be a 12 week class.
(Instructor Elder Airwolf-aka Donna M.)