Cast your circle and invoke the Elemental Guardians. Light the black candle (for solving mysteries, and drawing away the negativeness of the loss), and then the orange candle (for luck and precious objects). Visualize the lost object(s) in the mirror as already being found. Place the magnet between the two candles and stroke it towards you as you say the following three times, substituting the name of the lost object for "(lost object)":
By the wavering flame of this black light,
Grant to me of my (lost object) a sight.
By the power of this orange flame,
Give me luck to find the same.
In this mirror the (lost object) I see
Make the magnet draw them to me.
Close the circle, but leave the candles burning with the magnet between them until the candles burn down.
Blyssful Dark Moon Thor's Day my Lovely Crone Sisters!
When is the Dark Moon?:
Also known as the "dead" Moon, this is the time when there is no solar reflection, leaving the lunar face in darkness. The dark lasts about three days before the new crescent appears.
Is this the same as the New Moon?:
For many, the new Moon begins at the moment of the Sun-Moon conjunction, but for others it remains the dark Moon until that crescent is in view. As the Moon wanes toward those final days of darkness, there's often a turn inward. In those contemplative moments, the inner reality is presented through dreams and waking visions. It's fertile ground for the new Moon intentions to be conjured.
How does the Dark Moon differ from the New Moon?:
The dark of the Moon is the most powerful time psychically. It seems to lure us toward the deepest self, the longings of the soul, and restful listening is a great way to receive these messages. It's been compared to the dormant seed under the winter snow, or the cocoon holding the butterfly. You might feel tired, or crave quiet solitude. It's important to make space for the unfolding of the spirit at this time. Like death itself, it's preparation for the new beginning that begins with the crescent.
The Dark Moon and Women's Cycles:
You've probably heard about the "menstruation hut" of matriarchal and so-called primitve cultures. The dark of the Moon was one of those times when women gathered together to draw wisdom from the powerful psychic energy afoot. Often there was a merging of women's cycles -- as there is now when women live in close quarters -- and this created an amped up collective power. In the hut, women could share visions, divine messages and open to higher wisdom.
The Dark Moon and grief:
Whenever we experience a deep loss, we are changed profoundly, which is a kind of death. This is considered a dark Moon phase, and lasts as long as it takes to fully integrate the experience. Sometimes others are made uneasy by our personal confusion, melancholy, soul angst, etc, and try to prevent us from fully dwelling in the dark. But taking a cue from nature, we can see that everything dies for a time, before coming alive again in a new form. Just like that, there are times when we die to our old self and are reborn to a new life.
The Dark Moon and the Seasons:
During the Winter Solstice, when the days are short (in the Northern Hemisphere), it's an inward time with a cozy intimate feeling. It's always a surprise to see the green things come to life again after being stripped to such a bare state. The growth at this time is underground, hidden, but powerful because it's often the base, the roots.
The Dark Moon and Growing Older, Dying:
In our own lives, there's a dark Moon phase toward the end as we prepare to enter the mystery of death. Often there is a convergence of memories, making time seem to run together. So many traditions believe the spirit carries on, but to where? This is the great unknown, and a dark Moon period that is taken on faith, with the hope of new life to come. The dark Moon is associated with the underworld, a separate plane where the dead and almost born are together.
Are we living in a Dark Moon phase?:
In her book, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, Demetra George presented this concept. We live on a dying planet in the sense that her form is changing, from the rain forest floor to the air encircling her. Part of the dark Moon is a break-down of old systems, and letting go, and there's some review going on of how we've been living, what we believe, our relationship with the natural world. The new seeds are being planted, but there's still a lot of uncertainty and fear -- darkness. Seeing this time as a dark Moon period can put it in a broader perspective, with hope for a new beginning.
The Power of the Dark:
The dark Moon is private, intimate, richly renewing and full of depth. The waning Moon is a time of letting go, and as you're stripped of what you've known, there's a moment of standing naked, not knowing who you are. This might be what dying is like, an awesome mystery that makes us feel fully awake at that final moment. What comes next, we wonder?
I've found the dark Moon to be the most powerful time for organically unfolding soul-searching. The inner Self starts to grow in power, and make its presence known. Ideally, you can listen, integrate, and set intentions that will bring you into harmony with yourself during the waxing Moon.
Stillness is the key word for the dark Moon. Restful, rich solitude gives you the chance to hear that inner voice. With the lunar face hidden, the intuitive-psychic self takes over. Make space for a clearing of the mind and spirit, so that you can be ready to receive.
There's a historic pattern of fearing the dark, and denying death. But it's a fact of nature, and if embraced, can be met as the winding down before the next new beginning. The Moon is associated with women, and many Goddesses like Hecate, Kali, Lilith, represent her dark aspect. The dark Moon reminds us of nature's cycles of death and rebirth. The grave and the womb become the same place, a transition when you're held in the mystery beyond physical existence.
Each dark Moon is a chance to be renewed, to experience unknowing, and to gain timeless wisdom. The dark Moon opens a door to the past, and it reaches back far into the collective memory. Make it a sacred time for yourself each month, a time to connect to the great mystery of life.
I hope you all had a chance to embrace your dark moon and purge away negativities. I wrote and proformed a combo ritual of blood ritual to the Morrigan with special acknowledgments to Hecate. Was powerful and as soon as I released Morrigan the black feather FLEW off the idol. The snuffer was 8" away from the feather, no movement, no air candles all still except Morrigan's as the flame grew higher. Graywolf had a look of disbelief ans the feather flew...I told him that tha Morrigan must be real busy today and had to fly and we are blessed that she graced us with her presence for 20 minutes. Needless to say once again I love having a second dark moon ritual in a lunar month and know that the Morrigan will come to join us. Blessed Be!
OK, well we have a start date for the Basic Witch Class and orientation week will begin on February 10th, so those of you still wanting to enroll there is time. You can follow the directions from the Legion of Pagans World School of Magickal Education at:
or feel free to message me or Diana.
One one thing on the agenda and this pertains to unauthorized posting of personal links in our face book groups. For the most part 98% of my members are very respectful of following the guidelines always present in the groups pinned post, but there are a few still that test my patience. Again I have these guidelines in place to keep all the trolling, stalking, harassing, and spammers out of the group. We the Legion do want to help when we can with your personal businesses and ask to preview the link first before posting. The Legion's groups are specific in their path so we can better assist you with the information pertaining to that area, and some requested post are not the best fit for that group. So by previewing it I can determine the best place for your business link to be viewed. This is smart marketing. There is absolutely no posting in any Legion groups other face book groups links. I find this kind of request rude and unethical. I do not go into other facebook groups an post my group links unless pre-authorized first. So if for some reason you have posted an unauthorized post you will receive one message from the administration of the violation. Second time you and your post have been removed from said group permenately. If in doubt just ask......that simple!
So pagan remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday!
Humbly serving my Goddess )O(
You are within the green glow of the living earth,
Feeling the sphere of the globe
As the physical extent of your body,
The manifestation of your flesh.
The seas are the flow of your blood,
The mountains are your bones,
The winds your breath.
The roads and cities are your nervous system,
The dreams of humanity your mind.
And throughout this body
There is warfare and destruction,
An there is the making way
For the New life
There is anger and contention
And there is friendly competition
The cry of teams and players
There is negative conflict
There is positive competition
In the midst of both
There is crackling energy
There is the strength
The Great Warrior Goddess
Who wears two faces
It is the Goddess who is the world,
It is she who fights in every battle
Who competes in every race
And in her rage and frenzy
Joy and ecstasy
You sense the defense of the good
And the opposing of evil.
In the ceaseless struggle of the people
Are the birth-pangs
Of a better future striving to be born.
In the revolutions are cries for justice,
In the wars are a reaching for peace,
In the violence a need for self-defense.
In all of this rough play
The mind of the world is striving
For better dreams,
And the heroes strive to defend what they love.
And this is Joy of Morrigan!
For we are all one world,
One life, one flesh;
And life is struggle, competition and joy
And from lesson you turn away,
Falling back to where you began,
To breathe in the healing and hope of the world
The energies of strength
Herbs For Protection
The herbs that are most normally used for protection are those that have powers to disperse evil and create a protective barrier when burned, carried on your person, or hung wherever protection is needed. Because these herbs contain positive energy they are able to repel, or bounce back negative vibrations or energy.
Angelica, Balm of Gilead, Basil, Betony, Dill, Elder berries, Fennel, Garlic (of course), Horehound, Hyssop, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mullein, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rue, St John’s Wort, Tarragon and Vervain.
One of the simplest protective spells is to make a charm using three of the above herbs, mix them together and place them in the center of a red or white piece of cloth. (One made of Elderberries, Rosemary and Tarragon has a really delightful fragrance if it is to be used indoors.) Gather up the corners, tie and charge the sachet saying words like:
Powder the herbs you wish to use (use 3, 7 or 9 different herbs, or multiples of these) and make a purification incense. As you charge the herbal mix, visualize a crisp, clean breeze blowing all the negativity out of the house. Then light the incense and carrying it through every room in the house. As you go from room to room, visualize the incense driving away any leftover negativity. This should be done with all the windows open and pets and other people out of the house.
It is good to purify a new home, before you move in, just to make sure the previous tenant didn’t leave any nastiness behind. A favorite is to brew up some rosemary tea (nice and strong) and dip a branch of rosemary, rue or yarrow into the tea and thoroughly asperge (sprinkle) every room in the house. While doing this visualize washing away of all negative influences. The rosemary is a wonderful odor-chaser as well; it leaves a clean, fresh smelling house to return to.
Many people like to purify by smudging. Sage is a very commonly used smudge. If you can gather and dry your own wild sage for smudging, do so. Just light a sprig of dried sage (You can carry a little tray or saucer under the lit sprig, in case some burning bit drops) and carry it from room to room, visualizing any negativity being replaced by the purifying fragrance of the sage. One can also make a protective sigil at each window and doorway, thus purifying and protecting in one fell swoop!
Follow up your purification with a new protective charm, and you should be good to go for several months. Many witches and pagans do a purification and protection sequence every full moon, others every quarter and some only when needed.
Making charms for a variety of purposes is both easy and effective. And what’s more, it is even fun! Here are a few simple but powerful charms:
Herbs For Purification
"By Water, Earth, Fire and Air,
Protect ion be for all I love and care
Repeat the chant three times, with greater strength and authority each time. Carry the charm with you. To protect the home, place it in the highest point of the house or near the hearth (the kitchen if you don’t have a fireplace). To protect you and your car while driving, place the charm under the driver’s seat.
When you talk about illness and disease, scientists believe all chronic illnesses are accompanied by "nutritional deficiencies" and imbalances in the essential chemical elements that make up our bodies. Many think of nutritional deficiencies in terms of an inadequate diet and this is often the case. There are, however, other ways in which the body exhausts its valuable supply of chemical elements.
Excessive mental work, for example, can deplete the brain, nerves and glands. Stress can wreak havoc on our immune system. Sometimes we simply neglect our bodies or forget to get enough fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Bottom line, any abuse, neglect or overwork to our bodies can leave us with nutritional deficiencies. Once the body is depleted of needed chemical elements, the tissues begin to breakdown, weakening a particular organ, gland or tissue and disease ensues.
Symptoms of ill health may not express themselves for quite some time. Typically, the first symptom of disease to appear is fatigue. Next, we may get frequent infections, colds or the flu. Many times early symptoms we experience are taken for granted as a natural sign of aging. When left unchecked the underlying causes can grow and proliferate, creating chronic disease.
It's helpful to remember that the appearance of symptoms, such as arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis, mark the clinical stage of a disease. However, when our skin becomes dry, when we have shoulder pain, or excessive bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, each tell us something is wrong that healing needs to occur.
Over the past decade, the popularity of herbal medicine has exploded. Walk into any drugstore, supermarket or discount store and you can easily find herbal remedies on the shelves. Herbs are natural remedies derived from whole plants, their roots, leaves, stems or seeds. Herbs are available in a variety of forms, including fresh, dried, in tablets or capsules and even bottled in liquid form. You can buy them individually or in mixtures formulated for a specific condition.
Historically, the use of herbs to facilitate healing predates some of the earliest written documents known to man. These documents record dozens of medicinal plants, including myrrh, castor oil, garlic and their healing properties. Over the years, the curative properties of herbs and medicinal plants have not changed. Herbs that were used for healing thousands of years ago are still utilized by many herbalists today.
For those new to the world of herbal therapy, the most extraordinary and tantalizing thing about herbs are their proven action and incredible versatility. The actions of herbs are due in part to their active constituents. Active constituents are special chemicals and combination of chemicals and oils that are present in each particular plant that work together synergistically to give the plant its particular therapeutic value.
Therapeutically, the goal of herbal therapy is to help the body cleanse itself and heal naturally. In today's society, we have become accustomed to magic bullets and instant fixes. Herbs don't function that way. Herbs work to feed the body the nutrients it needs so our bodies can heal themselves. Herbs have three general functions in the body 1) they can be used to help the body eliminate or detoxify; 2) they can help the body "maintain" by counteracting physical symptoms, thus allowing the body to heal or 3) they can be used to help the body build or tone an organ.
When working with herbal remedies, some notice an improvement of symptoms within a few days. Chronic health problems, on the other hand, often take longer to resolve themselves. As a general rule, you should allow the body a minimum of three months to correct itself. Individuals suffering from long term chronic conditions should stay on their herbal program for an additional month for every year they have experienced their health concern. So for example, if you're working on a problem you've had for two years, give your body three months plus an additional two months to correct itself. This is obviously just a guideline, but it does tend to put a bit of perspective into the use of herbs.
So while we have talked about using herbal therapies to help the body rebuild itself from chronic illnesses, herbs can also be used to address a number of minor health concerns that we may experience as part of our every day lives. For example, herbs can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. They can be used to kill the bacteria and viruses associated with the common cold or flu. They can be used to calm us down, speed us up and even spice up our sex life.
Around the world, there are hundreds of herbs and medicinal plants that are currently being used to improve health. If you have never worked with herbs before, it is best to start off with a few herbs, work with them for a while and then expand your repertoire over time. To help you get started, I have provided you with a number of herbs that can be used to meet many health conditions you may experience. This should get you well on your way to working with herbs and herbal remedies.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera) Aloe Vera gel is considered one of the most effective healing agents for treatment of burns and injuries. It is also considered one of the best herbal laxatives available. Its soothing, cleansing properties help the body maintain healthy tissues.
Buchu (Agathosma Betulina) Buchu is often used to treat inflammation of the urethra, blood in the urine, bladder infections and other chronic urinary tract disorders.
Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) Cascara Sagrada is a popular treatment for chronic constipation because it is not habit-forming. It is used to increase the secretion of digestive fluids, create large soft bowel movements, and stimulate the peristaltic action of the colon.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) Chamomile is best known as a relaxing tonic for jangled nerves. Its oils also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in persons sensitive to ragweed or daisies.
Cloves (Caryophyllus Aromatices) Clove oil is highly antiseptic and a time-honored remedy for toothaches. It is also used to stop vomiting. It also has a history of relieving indigestion, controlling diarrhea and healing cuts and bites.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Comfrey is often used when rapid wound or bone healing is required. It can be used both internally and externally in the healing of fractures, wounds, sores and ulcers. Its astringent properties make it useful for stopping hemorrhaging, whether from the stomach, lungs, bowels, kidneys or hemorrhoids.
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca) Damiana stimulates the production of the male hormone testosterone. Often used by women for hormone balancing, hot flashes, infertility and menopause. Damiana is used for both frigidity in women and impotence in men.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Dandelion has helped serious liver conditions such as hepatitis, jaundice and cirrhosis by stimulating the liver and eliminating toxins from the blood. Dandelion has also helped strengthen the kidneys and is used in combinations for high blood pressure and water retention.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) Dong quai is considered the "female ginseng". Dong quai helps to regulate monthly periods, relieve menopausal hot flashes, eliminate cramps, as well as help a mother's recovery after childbirth. Avoid using during early pregnancy.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) Echinacea's traditional usage is as a topical agent to help the body repair skin wounds, and internally enhance the immune system and stimulate the activity of white blood cells, which destroy bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Eyebright has anti-bacterial and astringent properties that make if useful for cleansing the eyes both internally and externally as an eyewash. It can improve vision; relieve intra-ocular pressure and protect the optic nerve in early stages of glaucoma.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) Fenugreek is one of the oldest medicinal plants and is known for its ability to sooth inflamed tissues and improve mucus and lymph system flow. It can be taken for bronchitis or fevers and gargled for a sore throat.
Garlic (Allium sativum) Garlic is one of the most important herbs; it has a broad range of well-documented healing properties. It fights bacteria, fungi and worms. It supports the circulatory system by fighting against blood clots. It also stimulates bile, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves the bloods LDL/HDL ratio.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Ginger stimulates the circulatory system. It acts directly on the stomach and liver to reduce nausea and vomiting and is more effective than Dramamine for motion sickness. Ginger can prevent the onset of migraine headaches, especially if they start with strong nausea or vertigo.
Golden Seal (Hydrastis Canadensis) Goldenseal's numerous uses are attributed to its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It soothes irritated mucus membranes aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat and has been used to help reduce fevers, and relive congestion and excess mucus. Golden seal should be used with caution by hypoglycemic people because it is known to lower blood sugar levels.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Gotu Kola is used for ailments of the nervous system. It builds circulation in the brain and lower limbs and is often used to help improve memory. Gotu Kola also exhibits antibiotic properties, where it helps to break down the cell walls of invaders so the body's immune system works more effectively.
Licorice Root (Glytcyrrhiza glabra) Licorice feeds and activates the adrenal glands for a higher, more even level of energy. Licorice helps destroy viruses and stimulate and clear the lymphatic system. It can also be used by hypoglycemics to improve blood sugar regulation.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Milk Thistle is among the most ancient remedies used for liver complaints. It is used to improve liver function, protect against liver damage and enhance the regeneration of damaged liver cells and is often used in cases of cirrhosis, toxic liver and other chronic liver conditions.
Oregon Grape (Berberis Aquifolium) Oregon grape is a powerful antibiotic that is best known as a lymphatic and liver-stimulating blood cleanser. It is particularly effective for skin diseases, which often occur when metabolic acids build up in the body. Oregon grape can be used as a substitute for golden seal.
Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Red Raspberry has a wide reputation as a female tonic for relieving excess menstrual bleeding. It strengthens and normalizes female organs. Pregnant women can use red raspberry throughout the entire term of pregnancy, where it is used to relieve nausea, prevent spotting, tone the uterus in preparation of childbirth and reduce false labor. It can also be used to lessen the pain and bleeding of child-birth and increase milk production.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa serrulata) Saw palmetto is an important glandular strengthening herb. In men, it is used for impotence, sterility, underdeveloped testicles and enlarged prostate. In women it is used for infertility, lack of stamina, ovarian dysfunction and underdeveloped breasts.
Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) Scullcap is a nervous system and muscle relaxant where there is excess excitement or uncontrolled movement. As an antispasmodic, it has a sedative action that contributes to formulas for asthma, seizures, menstrual cramping, and Parkinson's disease.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva) Slippery elm bark is a contact healer that coats, soothes and heals irritated or inflamed tissues including hemorrhoids, ulcers, burns and sore throats. It is a mild bulk laxative that absorbs toxins from the bowel. Slippery elm and marshmallow root are very similar.
St. John's Wort (Hypericum persoratum) St. John's wort is known for its soothing, anti-depressant properties. It is often used to help improve the irritable, stressed disposition of individuals trying to break their addiction to tobacco and alcohol. St. John's Wort may cause photosensitization so be cautious of overexposure to sunshine. Persons taking anti-depressant prescription drugs should not take St. John's Wort at the same time.
White Willow (Salix alba) White Willow Bark is best known for its ability to alleviate pain and reduce fever and can be thought of as an aspirin pain substitute. White Willow Bark is also beneficial for infections, heartburn, cancer, and neuralgia.
Yarrow (Achillea milleforlium) Yarrow has been used extensively to stop bleeding of all kinds. It can be used externally and internally for wounds, sores, rashes and piles. Yarrow encourages sweating which can reduce fevers and take pressure off the kidneys and help remove toxins from the body. Yarrow can produce darkened urine.
Before you run to the store and stock up on some herbs, it is important to realize herbs have powerful ingredients and must be used appropriately. Although herbal remedies are less likely than conventional medicine to cause side effects, herbs nevertheless can be very potent. With that said, here are some guiding principles for safe use of herbs.
Do your homework. Investigate the herb or herbal remedy before using it. Whatever type of product you choose, the quality of an herb or herbal preparation is only as good as the quality of the raw herb from which it was made. Personally, I recommend using well-established brands of herbal remedies. This can save you the time and energy of investigating products and often increases your chances of getting reliable ones.
It is best to initiate an herbal program slowly. Start with one product at a time and build to the desired amounts so you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t overwhelm your body.
It is also important to mention that when working with herbs, you may experience a "healing crisis" as your problem begins to work its way out of your body. A healing crisis is often experienced as a temporary aggravation of symptoms that can flair-up for a few days. If the symptoms last longer than that, discontinue your herbal regimen and visit your primary care provider.
From a practical point of view, it is best to work on only one or two health problems at a time. Focus on the most important problem first. What you may find is that your other health issues go away by themselves as the original problem is eliminated.
Check with your primary care provider before starting an herbal therapy program. As with all complementary therapies, individuals who considering herbal therapy should consult with their doctor to avoid harmful interactions with any of their current medications.
Do not take an herbal remedy instead of the medicine prescribed by your doctor without discussing it with him/her first.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding it is even more important to investigate the action of specific herbs. There are a number of herbs that are contraindicated for pregnant or lactating women. If in doubt, it is best to just avoid them all together.
In addition to taking herbs to help restore your body, here are some additional tips to help you experience optimal health.
Drink lots of pure water. Get plenty of high quality sleep.
Exercise daily - take a walk, stretch or do yoga.
Try eating a diet rich in natural foods. Cut down on white and refined sugars, white flour, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, fats and foods with additives.
Increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains and raw nuts in your diet.
Keep in mind, taking supplements is only part of the answer. At times emotional issues may inhibit our body's ability to heal itself.
Try to have a positive outlook on life.
Find ways to relieve stress and release pent-up anger or resentment whenever possible.
Become spiritually stronger! It has been scientifically proven that prayer or meditation have a positive effect on healing.
Most importantly, be patient. Don't expect instant changes. Your body didn't get that way overnight, so give it some time to heal. Building new cells and restoring the body's valuable supply of chemical elements takes time and a commitment on your part to get better. Although there IS a point of no return in tissue damage caused by severe long-term deficiencies, it is surprising to see how well the body responds to herbal therapies. It has been found that by combining herbal therapies with dietary and lifestyle improvements, you can work toward the remission of symptoms and the reversal of the disease process naturally.
Blend the following dried herbs together: 1/4 cup sandlewood powder 1/4 cup patchouli 1/2 cup myrh This add the following essential oils and stir together: 10 drops of jasmine oil 4 drops chamomile (or lemon) oil 10 drops of Mugwort
Dark Moon Oil
Into 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil, blend the following essential oils: 7 drops jasmine 10-13 drops mugwort 4 drops patchouli
It is time once again to dance in the dark moon embracing Hecate Morrigan and casting out all the negativity. For those of you new to the dark moon ritual, make sure it is done on the waning of the moon, never waxing. Here is a link for you to check your specific time zone.
New Dark Moon Ritial
Altar with Elemental representations of Earth (Salt), Air (Incense), Fire (Red Candle) and Water (Water).
Ritual cakes (any natural bread or cake, no junk food)
Wine or Ale (anything from the fruit of the vine/grain, fermented or not)
Black Crone Goddess Candle
Quarter Candles - Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South) and Blue (West)
Matches or lighter
Wand or Athamé for casting circle
Broom or Besom for cleansing the circle
Chalice or Cup for Libation for God and Goddess
Separate Wine Glass or Cup for yourself or coveners
Cauldron for burning negativity
Light the altar candle and the altar incense.
Take up the besom and walk widdershins around the circle sweeping from the center outward to cleanse the circle of negative energy. Recite this chant as you sweep from the center of the circle outwards:
"Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, Where I do the Lady's will. Besom, besom, Lady's Broom, Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom.
Witch's broom swift in flight, Cast out darkness, bring in light. Earth be hallow, air be pure, fire burn bright, as water cures. A sacred bridge this site shall be, As I will, so mote it be."
BLESS THE ALTAR AND TOOLS
Pick up the athame and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar. Replace the athame and say this invocation:
"Blessed Be, Instruments of Light, Tools now of magick with power and might."
BLESS THE ELEMENTS AND SPACE
Hold your hand over each of the four Altar Elements and say for each one:
"Element of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady. I bring their blessings upon you now. So mote it be."
Pass your hand over the element 3 times to banish, and then hold your hand steady to bless. Visualize a sparkling light surrounding and infusing the element. Take up that element and go once deosil around the circle. While walking, disperse the element while reciting the corresponding blessing below:
"Powers of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space."
CAST THE CIRCLE
Face north. Hold your athamé or wand out at waist level. Walk deosil thrice around the circle perimeter charging it with this chant.
Recite one verse for each of the three circles:
Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past A Sacred Place, A World Apart, Where Powers Merge and Magick Starts.
Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past This Sacred Space shall now be Bound, As I cast this Circle Round.
Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past Thrice is the Circle cast this Night/Day and now begins my Magick Rite/Way."
Once the circle has been cast, salute in the following way:
Take up athame and point it to the sky, while saying, "As above..."
Then lower athame to point it at the ground, while saying, "So below."
CALLING THE QUARTERS:
Starting in the North and moving deosil around to the West, light the corresponding elemental candle, and then invoke the quarter:
Hoofed One, Spirit of Earth, your child invites you here.
Come from the mountains of midnight, with new strength and vigor appear.
You are the field of my pleasure, you are the source of my might.
Hoofed One, Spirit of Earth, keep me strong through my rite.
Winged One, Spirit of Air, your child invites you here.
Come on the winds of the sunrise, give me your vision so clear.
You are the gentle spring breezes, you are the glory of flight.
Winged One, Spirit of Air, keep me wise through my rite.
Fierce One, Spirit of Fire, your child invites you here.
Come with your blazing noon passion, banish all sorrow and fear.
You are the flickering candle, you are the bonfire bright.
Fierce One, Spirit of Fire, keep me brave through my rite.
Swift One, Spirit of Water, your child invites you here.
Come on the waves of the sunset, bring to me joy and good cheer.
You are the well of deep comfort, you are the crashing waves height.
Swift One, Spirit of Water, keep me sure through my rite.
INVOKING THE CRONE GODDESS
Light the Black Crone candle:
"Oh Dark Mother hear my call. Hecate, Goddess of the Moon, your daughter (son) is in need your wisdom and strength on this night.
Your child walks with shadows when they wish to walk with the light. Fears and negativity haunt me, sapping me of my energy and my strength.
I call upon you this night of the dark moon to aid in the banishment of these shadows."
LIBATION AND OPENING TOAST
Pour some wine into the libation dish and say, "To the Lord and Lady!"
Fill the altar goblet with wine. Hold up the altar goblet and say, "I drink to the God and Goddess."
Take a sip from the goblet, and say, "Blessed Be."
RITUAL OR SPELL WORK
Write down on a piece of paper those negative traits or problems you wish to be rid of. Then as you burn your paper concentrate on the things to be banished from your life. Feel the fear or negativity and then let it go as you cast it into the fire reciting:
"Hecate, Honored Crone of Night, I call upon you to put things right.
Transform these negative thoughts and pain and help my life be whole again."
Since you have created a void by banishing the negativity in your lives, you will need to fill that void.
Close your eyes and visualize a blue light washing over you, filling you.
You will now need to envoke laughter because that is the strongest banishment of all and the best protection. As you circle deosil, visualize the happiest moments in your life. Let the uninhibited child in you come out to play. Laugh. Even if it is forced in the beginning, it will come if you open the door. Let the laughter fill you.
CAKES AND ALE
Take up the plate with the cakes and say "May I never hunger." Take a bite, and then say, "Blessed Be."
Take up the wine and say "May I never thirst." Take a sip of the wine and and then say, "Blessed Be."
Give thanks for one thing that you are thankful for, and request assistance for one thing that you are in need of.
RELEASING THE QUARTERS
Starting in the North, and moving widdershins around the circle to the East, go to each element candle and say the following release:
Strong One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell. As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.
( Extinguish the Northern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)
Sure One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell. As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.
( Extinguish the Western element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)
Brave One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell. As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.
(Extinguish the Southern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)
Wise One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell. As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.
( Extinguish the Eastern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)
THANKING THE GODDESS
"I give thanks to the Goddess for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell."
Extinguish the black candle.
CLOSING THE CIRCLE/SALUTE:
Take the Athamé or Wand and retract the energy of the circle back into yourself moving widdershins beginning in the north around to the east using the following chant:
"Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
I now Dissolve this Sacred Space and send all Powers back to place.
Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
Stay if you can, Go if you must, with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
My Work is finished for the Night/Day and now I End my Magick Rite/Way."
Once the circle is closed, say the following salute:
"The circle is open, but unbroken."
Imbolc is right around the corner and how much do you know about this Sabbat?
Beannocht leó a los a saoire,
dronga ar nár cheisd cruadhlaoighe,
am coimhthinál dar chóir searc,
doircheadhán dóibh nir dhoircheacht.
Blessing upon their noble nature,
to whom complex poems were no hardship,
to that beloved gathering of poets
the darkest verse was daylight dawning.
Caitlín Matthews, The Celtic Tradition
Brigid, whose name means "bright arrow," is the Celtic Goddess of poetry, healing and craft (especially metalcraft). She is the inspiration to all bards and artisans, scholars and any who work with words. Brigid, known also as Bride, Brigit, Brigantia, Brid, Brighid, and Briginda, is so greatly beloved in Ireland that when Christianity became the accepted faith throughout the land, the Goddess was transformed into saint, and St. Brigid's church in Kildare was built on a site sacred to Brigid. Where Her eternal flame had once been tended by 19 priestesses, now 19 nuns took it in turn to each tend the flame for a day and a night. On the 20th day, the Goddess (or the saint) tended the flame herself.
Brigid of the mantles, Brigid of the hearth flame,
Brigid of the twining hair, Brigid of the augury,
Brigid of the white feet, Brigid of calmness,
Brigid of the white milk, Brigid of the crossroads.
I am under the keeping of my Mother Mary.
My companion beloved is Brigid.
I shall not be slain,
I shall not be sworded,
I shall not be put in a cell,
I shall not be hewn,
I shall not be anguished,
I shall not be wounded, I shall not be blinded,
I shall not be left bare,
Nor will Mary leave me forgotten.
I am under the shielding of good Brigid each day.
I am under the shielding of good Brigid each night.
I am under the keeping of the Midwife of Mary
Each early and late, every dark, every light.
Brigid is my protector, Brigid is my maker of song.
Brigid is my sword and shield, Brigid is my guide.
mbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.
To the Romans, this time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox was the season of the Lupercalia. For them, it was a purification ritual held on February 15, in which a goat was sacrificed and a scourge made of its hide. Thong-clad men ran through the city, whacking people with bits of goat hide. Those who were struck considered themselves fortunate indeed. This is one of the few Roman celebrations that is not associated with a particular temple or deity. Instead, it focuses on the founding of the city of Rome, by twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf -- in a cave known as the"Lupercale".
The Feast of Nut:
The ancient Egyptians celebrated this time of year as the Feast of Nut, whose birthday falls on February 2 (Gregorian calendar). According to the Book of the Dead, Nut was seen as a mother-figure to the sun god Ra, who at sunrise was known as Khepera and took the form of a scarab beetle.
Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration:
When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was hard to convince people to get rid of their old gods, so the church allowed them to worship the goddess Brighid as a saint -- thus the creation of St. Brigid's Day. Today, there are many churches around the world which bear her name.
Purification and Light:
For Christians, February 2nd continues to be celebrated as Candelmas, the feast of purification of the Virgin. By Jewish law, it took forty days after a birth for a woman to be cleansed following the birth of a son. Forty days after Christmas – the birth of Jesus – is February 2nd. Candles were blessed, there was much feasting to be had, and the drab days of February suddenly seemed a little brighter.
Love & Courtship:
February is known as a month when love begins anew, in part to to the widespread celebration of Valentine's Day. In some parts of Europe, there was a belief that February 14th was the day that birds and animals began their annual hunt for a mate. Valentine's Day is named for the Christian priest who defied Emperor Claudius II's edict banning young soldiers from marrying. In secret, Valentine "tied the knot" for many young couples. Eventually, he was captured and executed on Feb. 14, 269 C.E. Before his death, he smuggled a message to a girl he had befriended while imprisoned -- the first Valentine's Day card.
Serpents in the Spring
Although Imbolc isn't even mentioned in non-Gaelic Celtic traditions, it's still a time rich in folklore and history. According to the Carmina Gadelica, the Celts celebrated an early version of Groundhog Day on Imbolc too – only with a serpent, singing this poem:
Thig an nathair as an toll
(The serpent will come from the hole)
la donn Bride
(on the brown day of Bride (Brighid)
Ged robh tri traighean dh’an
(though there may be three feet of snow)
Air leachd an lair
(On the surface of the ground.)
Among agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term "ewe's milk" as "Oimelc"). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.
The Goddess Brighid
Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.
Brighid is known as one of the Celtic "triune" goddesses -- meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant "bright one." In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed in her aspect as crone as Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. Brighid was also a warlike figure, Brigantia, in the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. The Christian St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptized by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare, Ireland.
In modern Wicca and Paganism, Brighid is viewed as the maiden aspect of themaiden/mother/crone cycle. She walks the earth on the eve of her day, and before going to bed each member of the household should leave a piece of clothing outside for Brighid to bless. Smoor your fire as the last thing you do that night, and rake the ashes smooth. When you get up in the morning, look for a mark on the ashes, a sign that Brighid has passed that way in the night or morning. The clothes are brought inside, and now have powers of healing and protection thanks to Brighid.
So pagans make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday!
Humbly serving my Goddess~
Kitchen Witchery: Common Herbs/Magickal Energy
“Kitchen Witchery”: Old garden variety witchcraft…the “green” witch; the wise-woman; the magickal herbalist; the mundane wife and woman of the house; the mysterious woman whose back porch is graced with cats, the unusual house down the block– where wild animals are inexplicably drawn; the garden that sprouts petunias, peonies, rosemary, and sage, along with nightshade, mugwort, and blessed thistle.
“Kitchen Witchery”: Old-fashioned witchery, the easy non-ritualistic, non-neo anything type of magick, that’s what this blog post is about. It’s about the world of a real witch, not the flashy media type of witch, not the fashionable neo-pagan witch, but women who practice the Old Ways– women of all shapes and sizes and ages; magickal practices that are drawn out of a hat, worked up with simplicity, worked matter-of-factly. This particular blog post is about the “green” aspect of Kitchen Witchery, the herbs– the flowers, the spices, and them thar’ weeds. This blog post is going to contain a list of herbs that are used for both regular mundane culinary purposes, as well as witchcraft and magick. Work with what you have, find magick in everyday items, and this most definitely includes plants, herbs for a wide variety of magickal intentions and good old honest spell-crafting.
The following list of twenty herbs are herbs that I’ve personally used; and these herbs can be found in my own kitchen cupboards, flowerpots, or herb garden.
How do you use the Herbs?
Charms & Sachets: Herbs are added to mojo bags or tied up in small cloth bundles for numerous intentions and carried in a purse, stuffed in a pocket, tucked beneath a pillow, hidden in the attic, laid upon your altar, or kept in a special place connected to your intentions. The use of herbs in the practice of magic is only limited by your own imagination and ingenuity.
Incense: Herbs are ground and blended in numerous combinations to create an aromatic incense for rituals, specific intentions, or pure enjoyment. Witchcraft smells good– usually, this was one of my first impressions. But then you might find yourself creating concoctions that don’t smell so good, or are ‘unusual’ to say the least, and these concoctions will do their work, dance their dance, and you’ll love them just the same.
Baths & Washes: Herbs are dropped into bathwater in tea balls, bundles, or sprinkled liberally directly in your water for healings, cleansings, and numerous other intentions. I must warn you here that you should be knowledgeable about the herbs you are using, and don’t use anything that would be irritating to your skin: for instance, ‘hot’ herbs– like cayenne pepper, or stinging herbs– like nettles, would not add to a pleasant bathing experience. If you run across anything that you are personally sensitive too, I’m betting you’ll remember what it is and you won’t use it again.
Oils: This is my favorite use of herbs. They are used in the creation of magickal oils. The base you use for your oils may depend on your intentions– when making Black Cat Oil for protection, use castor oil; if you’re making it to draw romance into your life, use almond oil. Grape seed oil makes another wonderful base, though it’s a bit expensive. If you’re pinched for funds, you can use olive oil, or even a cheaper oil from the grocery store.
Teas: This is one of the most delightful ways to use herbs, by making a delicious old-fashioned pot of tea. And it’s in this type of use that you must be very cautious about what herbs you‘re using. Make darn sure that you are 100% positive that the herbs you’re adding to your pot of tea are edible and harmless.
Smoking: Shamans and spiritualists have smoked herbs for millennia for the purpose of vision questing, altering the sub-conscious mind, and opening oneself up to enlightenment. I have friends, dear witches– mothers, grandmothers, crones– who burn such herbs as mugwort before rituals or during divination sessions to benefit from the magic of the smoke. Native Americans may still legally use peyote, a very potent hallucinogen, during their spiritual rituals and vision quests.
thyme: love, purification, courage, health, healing, sleep, psychic powers
sage: purification, exorcism, protection, longevity
rosemary: protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification,healing, sleep, youth/beauty
coriander: love, health, healing
cardamom: lust, love
anise: protection, purification, youth
fennel: protection, healing, purification
marjoram: protection, love, health, happiness, money
ginger: love, money, success, power
basil: love, exorcism, wealth, protection
dill: protection, money, lust, love
oregano: exorcism, protection
allspice: money, luck, healing
cinnamon: spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, lust, protection, love
cloves: protection, exorcism, love, money
bay: protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength
licorice root: lust, love, fidelity
cumin: protection, fidelity, exorcism, protection against theft
garlic: protection, purification, exorcism
mint: money, good fortune, prosperity
The following are a few of my favorite ways to tease the magick from “The Green”.
You can carry a leaf of mint in your wallet, where your money lay, allowing it to soak up the energy for prosperity. I carry a mojo bag in my purse containing mint, patchouli, a stone– aventurine, and a gold coin.
You can add a pinch of ginger to whatever spell you are doing in order to speed the magick up. Think of it as the fast forward button of magickal herbs.
Sage is such a standard herb in the practice of witchcraft. Use it for cleansing and purification by smudging with it. The cleansing smoke of sage will clear the air of negative energy, unwanted entities, and any other spiritual/emotional/psychological ‘grime’.
You can write your wish on a whole bay leaf, wrap it in a small white cloth, and keep it carefully tucked away until your wish comes true…then burn it in the flame of a candle and scatter the ashes to the wind.
Rosemary is a cleansing herb, almost as popular as sage, but in a different way. Where sage is mysterious and ancient and conjures up pictures of shamans and rituals, rosemary is the practical old washerwoman, down on her knees with her chapped red hands, scrubbing away the dirt. And you will take advantage of this aspect of rosemary by adding a pinch of this herb to your wash water when mopping the floor. You’ll be washing away much more than the physical dirt.
I think that one of the most popular uses for cloves is to shut the big fat mouth of an obnoxious gossip. If it were me– and it may have been *smile*– I’d make a poppet of this offensive creature, as much to the likeness as possible, and I’d stuff it’s mouth *full* of cloves.
This herb wreaks of Love Energy, and you can sprinkle it, ever so subtly, into a cup of tea to serve to the one that you desire. Before you hand this cup to the target, take a sip of tea yourself.
Use this herb for the smudging properties of the smoke. Oregano will keep your in-laws away. All you have to do is smudge their photo along with every single entrance into your home. It works– believe me.
These are just a few ideas for the magickal use our herbs. I’m sure that the creative witches out there will come up with even more inventive ways of tapping into this natural magick.
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