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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess
I have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Fire Ceremony in Cherokee: (gata gauwatlunehi)

 

WHAT IS A FIRE CEREMONY?

A fire ceremony is a Native American practice that is usually performed every full moon. You do not have to wait for a full moon in order to do a fire ceremony. Fire Ceremonies are wonderful during a New Moon, when you want to introduce newness into your Life. This Native American ritual is easy, simple and an awe-inspiring event.

I often do a fire ceremony by myself during the New Moon (probably every other month) and I've done them many times with friends in the backyard where we dug a large pit in the ground in order to build a safe fire. I've also used a large clay pot, a campfire, a bonfire or an old barbecue grill.

HOW IS A FIRE CEREMONY PERFORMED?

Each of us bring something to burn that we would like to rid from our past (in Full Moon) or a prayer request of something new (in New Moon), that will burn, turn to smoke and release into the ethers. This allows the past energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression path and the new prayer request to move along to its highest spiritual progression path. We may bring pictures, drawings, or intentions written on a piece of paper for the past or the newness. For the past, after we have burned and released it, then we have something prepared that is written down on a clean sheet of paper. This would be something new that we would like to call forth from God. For the newness, the prayer request is then burned and released into the ethers thereby replacing the past.

We form a circle around the fire and one by one we call in support from Divine Sources that give us peace. E.g. - God, Jesus, Creator, the Blessed Virgin Mother, Spirit, the Universe, the Archangels, the Saints that we may feel closest to, Guardian Angels, etc. We start with a prayer, and end with a prayer that is coupled with thanksgiving that our prayers and intentions have already been answered.

Keep in mind, no one is obligated to speak during a Fire Ceremony. Anyone can participate without stating what they are releasing or calling forth.

After we have called in our Divine Source we place into the fire our pictures, drawings and intended release of the past. Once these things have burned to smoke and ash, we then place into the fire what we have written on clean sheet of paper. This would be what we desire to replace those old energies with and call in new.

The things we address from our past or call into our future can be shared with the group or kept to ourselves as we go through the Fire Ceremony.

YOU WILL NEED ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

A fire pit or fire place where you can safely burn a fire. A barbecue pit or fireproof pot works well too. If you live in an apartment, it is best to find a place outdoors where you can safely burn a fire.
A bucket filled with water or a water hose to put the fire out after the ceremony.
Items such as a drawing, picture or written intentions that you would like to release from your past.
Anything else that you feel would serve you that need to be released.
In strict Native American custom - the burning of sage, sweetgrass or tobacco is burned along with the past, which is given as an offering. When the smoke rises up into the ethers and is carried away to God there should be a quiet or meditative break in order to embrace a new awareness of transformation in your life. It is also symbolic that you can offer up a bit of food you wanted and only ate half of so that you could offer the other half in thanks.

THE VALUE OF IMAGERY

Do not minimize the value of imagery in Native American ceremony. The Spirit of God is real. This is a way of demonstrating our gratefulness and thanksgiving to God. When we pray to our Source and Supply who is God; He can, will and does affect our lives. So honoring Him and showing Him respect is part of this ceremony.

After your fire gets going, each person may contribute to the prayer and then the items are offered to the fire. Tell God and all the Divine Spirits that you have called forth that you offer these things in thanksgiving. Meditate and feel the presence of God all around you. Singing praise, playing peaceful music either through tapes or instruments may also be used.

A TIME FOR CELEBRATION

You can sing, dance and enjoy yourself. Experience a feeling of thanksgiving that your prayers are already answered. This is a time of celebration.

Every Divine Source you called in is present, so give thanks and believe you have already received.

Ritual*

In the sky, a big, fat Moon looms; her light dripping down upon a clearing in the forest. In the center of the clearing a fire blazes in a stone pit, and around this pit, dancing wildly to the rhythm of drums, are people wearing masks.

or....

The room fills with the fragrant smoke of incense and the flickering light of many candles. On the floor a group of people sit in a circle holding hands. Quietly, the sound of a drum begins to resound throughout the room; the sound of a heartbeat.

or....

A group of drummers gather off to the side of the festival space and begin beating out a dancing rhythm. Into the center of the space moves a woman wearing veils and tinkling bells. She begins moving to the beating rhythm, her body undulating, her hands beckoning, her eyes peeking over a shimmering veil that covers the rest of her face.
The above, and variations on theme, were the scenes described by almost everyone to whom I asked, "What is ritual drumming, and how can it be used?"

My first experience with ritual drumming was in a Native American continual heartbeat rhythm, which was explained as being a connecting vibration to the Great Spirit of all life. The "medicine" drum, or "medicine" rattle, is used in many Native American ceremonies as a telephone line between human beings and god. The different rhythms are believed to communicate the essence of what we are trying to say.

Ritual drumming is not exclusively used by Native Americans, but in almost every endogenous tradition worldwide. More often then not, drumming is used to bring on an altered state of awareness in much the same way a hallucinogenic drug is used. A constant drumming can force the mind to cross through an inner threshold into another realm of examining, or experiencing, life for that moment in time. Thus, using drums as a transcendental aid in such ceremonies as the shamanic journey, became a reliable and common way of altering consciousness by native tribal shamans.

Vibration is said to be the foundation upon which the physical manifests. When the drum is used as a visionary tool to alter one's reality, a new avenue for personal expression is opened.

Visions can teach us how to relate to an aspect of our personality that is very similar to, let's say, those characteristics associated to a deer. When the drum is used for visioning, it can help the individual free the trapped deer that dwells within, and bring its energy, or "medicine", to the surface of their consciousness. When this freeing occurs, many people experience the desire to become the full energy of their inner animal. This experience is demonstrated when the person, in their visioning, actually feels that they are this animal and stands up to physically move with, or dance, the energy of this new-found part of their personality.

In an ancient shamanic ceremony called Guedra that was performed by the women's society in Morocco, drums were used to hold the energy around the participants in the ceremony; creating a circle of vibration around the group in much the same way as the sacred circles which are cast in Wiccan and High Magick circles. As long as the drum rhythm was played, the circle was cast. When the ceremony ended, the drums would stop and the energy released; the circle would therefore, be open and the ritual ended.

I use drums quite extensively in my circles for grounding and centering, and quiet meditation times by playing a simple heartbeat rhythm. I equate this drumbeat to the Mother's heartbeat, to Gaia's heartbeat, to our own heartbeat, to the one heartbeat of all life. A heart that continually beats in all living things; the living heartbeat vibration of life. For Full Moon celebrations, the added rhythms of drumming helps me move deeper into my celebration of life, freeing my inhibitions and allowing me to dance under the full light and become the essence of that light in the darkness.

Whether in quiet times or wild jubilation, the vibrations that are created by a beating drum can greatly enhance the energy, alter the mental facilities of the participants, and produce vision. Just recently, I experimented with ritual drumming during a personal past-life regression. The need for this past-life regression came during the time I was writing my fourth book, THE ORAL FAERY TRADITION OF CELTIC -- my working titled, but published as Faery Wicca, Book 1 -- always felt connected to Ireland because of my Irish heritage on my mother's side of the family, and the realm of Faery has always attracted me, but during the course of writing the book, I began to experience a deep knowing that I truly had lived in Ireland at one time. Because I am not completely sure what reincarnation is and whether or not we do have past-lives, I decided to keep an open mind and try doing a regression using a drum. The following story is taken from the recording produced during my attempt to delve into a possible past-life.

The morning is gray, shrouded from the solar rays, allowing me to journey within the lunar realm; inner realm. Jack and I share breakfast, coffee and oatmeal. I read a book on the lunar aspects of astrology while he reads the Sports page of the LA Times. I am anxious to begin, but patiently await the passage of the morning time which we always share before rushing off into our respective daily activities.

The Moon has moved into Pisces during the night and this will be part of the energy surrounding my ceremony. I like the way the energy feels because it is "psychic" energy, going with-in energy, and I know I will be able to reach my desired destination.

As Jack takes his morning shower, I start setting up the altar; it is to be a Faery altar with only Faery tools of power. I take the St. John's Wort flower essence. As Jack prepares to leave, I walk with him to the front door and decide to take a stroll in the garden.

"Ah, going for your morning walk?" he teases and closes the gate behind him. He sticks his tongue through a knothole in the fence, then makes a sound. We laugh. I begin my rounds at the flowerbed dedicated to Ishtar.

In the distance I can hear Jack's car start and know he has departed. Here and there I stop to admire the beauty of the garden; the dahlia, deep red; the pink frilly rose blossoms; Faery Rath; white sweet¬pea-like blossoms of the Chinese pea pods; bergamot growth; stop to toss the petals air-drying in baskets on the outside Temple altar; the coyote hind-leg bone catches my attention; rock-rose; notice that the California poppy petals have dropped to the ground; wonder if I should thin-out the green bean seedlings now that they've grown to a substantial size and notice the purple blossoms on them; the chamomile will be ready to harvest soon - mustn't forget to send a batch off to Starhawk as she requested; lavender looking a little yellow - maybe getting too much water; ah, the glads are starting to bloom; stoop and pluck a gardenia flower, hold it up to my nose and take a deep in-breath; all is well in the garden; things grow good in the garden; head towards the door; must water the marigold and basil pots on picnic table today - check; exit garden; enter house.

Before the altar I sit. The pink candle is lit and the charcoal. I arrange the other items around the altar, and as the charcoal begins to turn gray, I place a drop of the Faery Oil onto it. As the smoke curls gray and white, I run my arms through it and draw it over my head and into my heart to smudge self and body. With wand crystal in hand I travel to each quarter and cast circle.

"The air that is her breath; the fire that is her spirit; the water that center. The circle is cast. I am between the worlds."

In my left hand I pick up the two pence Eire coin and anoint both sides with a drop of the holy water from Bridget's Well. Next, a drop of Faery Oil is applied to my left wrist, against which I rub my right wrist. As I do this I am thinking of my spirit energy; consecrating it to be receptive and giving. Applying another drop to the first fingertip of my right hand, I trace the Celtic cross on my forehead.

"For awakening," I whisper and wonder is this Sinend anointing me?

Onto the gray charcoal, I dump the Faery Incense. Picking up the bell, I intone it every four beats as I sing the invocation to the Faery Queen. After the invocation I pick up my dumbec drum and say to the spirit realm,

"I go on my Journey now Queen Fay, to remember Sinend, the Cunning Woman. To awaken the Sinend and Cunning Woman of Kisma. I ask your assistance as I go on this Journey."

Dum ca tek ca-tek-ca, dum ca tek ca-tek-ca, dum ca tek ca-tek-tek, dum ca tek ca-tek-tek.

I close my eyes and began breathing, centering myself. Letting the thoughts come and go; being sidetracked, releasing the sidetrack and breathing on into center. The drumming fills my ears and I focus on the rhythm and breathe with the rhythm. Feeling here, feeling stilled, feeling ready.

My Inner Guide begins to direct: Let your focus drop inside, breath inside, breath to center, breath to Earth. Focus on Earth, submerge your energy roots into Mother Earth. My energy intensifies. My mind swirls deeper, deeper, deeper into her core and rise the energy, rise the energy, rise energy. Up my roots, into yoni rises this energy. With one full breath, it rises to crown. My spine straightens. Head comes upright.

Crown releases and shines and connects with solar light. Branches reach-up and feel the light connection and sweep down around you to touch the Earth; around you now, womb of energy, of light energy. I breathe and my Shaman's Eye pops and is filled with a solar light. I can see the solar light shining inside - ah, the St. John's Wort is activated.

Marry solar and lunar; light and dark. Channel light energy through you and into core of Mother. Connect. Breath release and focus rushes through my body and empties into the Earth. Ah, I am connected; very complete. I feel my Guide smile.

Step in elevator. I do and turn to the buttons and push "basement". The doors close and the movement is downward. Relax. I will guide you. I will ask you the necessary questions. Just let go and journey. We know how to do this. We can do this. We will do this. I breath a great big release of air out of my lungs. I squarely face the door. The area in the elevator is predominantly dark.

The elevator doors slide open and I step out into what at first seems the lobby hallway before the swimming pool in the Bethesda, Maryland, Pook's Hill Marriott. Follow the light. Pinhole of light. Flash! Then...

Dum ca dum-dum, dum ca dum-dum, dum ca dum-dum, dum ca dum-dum.

Look at your feet. Grass. Ladyslipper? I've never seen Ladyslipper before so I'm not sure I'm really seeing that, it's just that that's what I think is in the grass.

Then lift one up.

Oh. Barefoot. It's my right foot. Wait a minute. There's a design on my foot. I think it's henna. Let's see, hum, it begins at the ankle and crosses the top of my foot and ends at my big toe. It's a serpent! I'm looking around the grass and thinking, but there are no serpents in Ireland! We are the serpents! WE ARE SERPENTS! I'm not so sure why I feel so strongly about that. Yes, I do.

Look up your legs.

Clothe. A skirt; a little ragged. Well, it isn't my best dress, I can tell you that because I'm out in the forest gathering herbs. Higher. A cape or cloak around me. No hood. Dull green color. I am wearing no jewelry.

Look at your hands.

Dum-ca-dum, dum-ca-dum, dum-ca-dum, dum-ca-dum.

I can't see anything.

See your hand.

Right hand. Fingernails. They're long, but I've chipped the pinky fingernail pulling up the roots. Left hand. It's touching my chest. I've got something around my neck, under my clothes. I think its some kind of necklace or bag.

Look at it.

I'm trying to pull it out, but I've got something on my back. It's a bundle.

Remove the bundle.

Oh, my! It's a baby. The bundle is a baby. Oh, look at his beauty. Oh, look at his tiny body. I've opened up the swaddling wrap and he's laying on it on the grass and he's wearing a little white dress. His hair is so red. And he's so fair skinned. His little legs are kicking out and his arms are flinging about.

Crying. Crying. I... he's hungry. He's my child. I lift him to my breast and I am shocked by the color of his eyes. They are cloudy blue, see-through blue, white-blue. They frighten me. I sense he--

How old are you.

Thirteen. No, twenty-three. I was thirteen when I had menarche. At thirteen it was suggested I conceive, but I ran from the men. I did not want a man to touch me. I am old for having a first child, but it was during the ceremony, during the first waning night that I danced and felt the energy explode in me and pulled my dress away from breasts and allowed them to be seen. The fire raged around me. My head was spinning. I felt as if I was swimming, sinking. Lost in the dancing figures around me; lost in the chaos of the releasing of the new tide. The darkness had begun to swallow us and we were celebrating the approach of Lughnasadh. He mounted me and I opened to receive him.

What's the necklace around your neck?

Let me lay my child down. A pouch made out of Cervus-megaceros. Inside it is a braid of red and black hair that is fastened through a holed spiral shell. Inside the shell is the Chuisheag grass. This was given me at my initiation; for at La Baal Tine I was the first to draw the Sgaith-an-tobar that year.

Who are you?

Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum

I am Cunning Woman. I am story woman. I am healer. I am strong woman. I am Fay. I am this land. I am ready to tell my sgeal. I am ready!

The regression continued on for some time after this. I relived, or visioned scenes from the age of five until my death in my late twenties. When I woke from the regression, I was a bit disoriented and surprised to find that I was still sitting in my living room. I looked down at the Faery altar and then out the window into the garden that stood boldly outside ¬ a witness that Sinend, the Cunning Woman, Kisma now lived in the twentieth century.

Sometime during the course of the regression the beating of the drum completely disappeared, for when I came out of it, my hands were resting in my lap and the drum had actually slipped off my lap and was resting on its side. Powerful!

What is ritual drumming, and how can it be used? Ritual drumming is a tool we can use to alter our atmospheres and consciousness during sacred ceremonies, meditations, psycho-therapy, wild celebrations, and, as I have recently found out, even as an aid to performing a past-life regression. The usage of drumming is open to exploration. In your attempts to connect with the Great Spirit, or your Higher Self, may your drumming heartbeat provide you with a rich rhythm of life.

~Elder Airwolf~

[Ya Ta Say Tribal Families~ Fire Ceremony in Cherokee: (gata gauwatlunehi) WHAT IS A FIRE CEREMONY? A fire ceremony is a Native American practice that is usually performed every full moon. You do not have to wait for a full moon in order to do a fire ceremony. Fire Ceremonies are wonderful during a New Moon, when you want to introduce newness into your Life. This Native American ritual is easy, simple and an awe-inspiring event. I often do a fire ceremony by myself during the New Moon (probably every other month) and I've done them many times with friends in the backyard where we dug a large pit in the ground in order to build a safe fire. I've also used a large clay pot, a campfire, a bonfire or an old barbecue grill. HOW IS A FIRE CEREMONY PERFORMED? Each of us bring something to burn that we would like to rid from our past (in Full Moon) or a prayer request of something new (in New Moon), that will burn, turn to smoke and release into the ethers. This allows the past energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression path and the new prayer request to move along to its highest spiritual progression path. We may bring pictures, drawings, or intentions written on a piece of paper for the past or the newness. For the past, after we have burned and released it, then we have something prepared that is written down on a clean sheet of paper. This would be something new that we would like to call forth from God. For the newness, the prayer request is then burned and released into the ethers thereby replacing the past. We form a circle around the fire and one by one we call in support from Divine Sources that give us peace. E.g. - God, Jesus, Creator, the Blessed Virgin Mother, Spirit, the Universe, the Archangels, the Saints that we may feel closest to, Guardian Angels, etc. We start with a prayer, and end with a prayer that is coupled with thanksgiving that our prayers and intentions have already been answered. Keep in mind, no one is obligated to speak during a Fire Ceremony. Anyone can participate without stating what they are releasing or calling forth. After we have called in our Divine Source we place into the fire our pictures, drawings and intended release of the past. Once these things have burned to smoke and ash, we then place into the fire what we have written on clean sheet of paper. This would be what we desire to replace those old energies with and call in new. The things we address from our past or call into our future can be shared with the group or kept to ourselves as we go through the Fire Ceremony. YOU WILL NEED ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING A fire pit or fire place where you can safely burn a fire. A barbecue pit or fireproof pot works well too. If you live in an apartment, it is best to find a place outdoors where you can safely burn a fire. A bucket filled with water or a water hose to put the fire out after the ceremony. Items such as a drawing, picture or written intentions that you would like to release from your past. Anything else that you feel would serve you that need to be released. In strict Native American custom - the burning of sage, sweetgrass or tobacco is burned along with the past, which is given as an offering. When the smoke rises up into the ethers and is carried away to God there should be a quiet or meditative break in order to embrace a new awareness of transformation in your life. It is also symbolic that you can offer up a bit of food you wanted and only ate half of so that you could offer the other half in thanks. THE VALUE OF IMAGERY Do not minimize the value of imagery in Native American ceremony. The Spirit of God is real. This is a way of demonstrating our gratefulness and thanksgiving to God. When we pray to our Source and Supply who is God; He can, will and does affect our lives. So honoring Him and showing Him respect is part of this ceremony. After your fire gets going, each person may contribute to the prayer and then the items are offered to the fire. Tell God and all the Divine Spirits that you have called forth that you offer these things in thanksgiving. Meditate and feel the presence of God all around you. Singing praise, playing peaceful music either through tapes or instruments may also be used. A TIME FOR CELEBRATION You can sing, dance and enjoy yourself. Experience a feeling of thanksgiving that your prayers are already answered. This is a time of celebration. Every Divine Source you called in is present, so give thanks and believe you have already received. Ritual* In the sky, a big, fat Moon looms; her light dripping down upon a clearing in the forest. In the center of the clearing a fire blazes in a stone pit, and around this pit, dancing wildly to the rhythm of drums, are people wearing masks. or.... The room fills with the fragrant smoke of incense and the flickering light of many candles. On the floor a group of people sit in a circle holding hands. Quietly, the sound of a drum begins to resound throughout the room; the sound of a heartbeat. or.... A group of drummers gather off to the side of the festival space and begin beating out a dancing rhythm. Into the center of the space moves a woman wearing veils and tinkling bells. She begins moving to the beating rhythm, her body undulating, her hands beckoning, her eyes peeking over a shimmering veil that covers the rest of her face. The above, and variations on theme, were the scenes described by almost everyone to whom I asked, "What is ritual drumming, and how can it be used?" My first experience with ritual drumming was in a Native American continual heartbeat rhythm, which was explained as being a connecting vibration to the Great Spirit of all life. The "medicine" drum, or "medicine" rattle, is used in many Native American ceremonies as a telephone line between human beings and god. The different rhythms are believed to communicate the essence of what we are trying to say. Ritual drumming is not exclusively used by Native Americans, but in almost every endogenous tradition worldwide. More often then not, drumming is used to bring on an altered state of awareness in much the same way a hallucinogenic drug is used. A constant drumming can force the mind to cross through an inner threshold into another realm of examining, or experiencing, life for that moment in time. Thus, using drums as a transcendental aid in such ceremonies as the shamanic journey, became a reliable and common way of altering consciousness by native tribal shamans. Vibration is said to be the foundation upon which the physical manifests. When the drum is used as a visionary tool to alter one's reality, a new avenue for personal expression is opened. Visions can teach us how to relate to an aspect of our personality that is very similar to, let's say, those characteristics associated to a deer. When the drum is used for visioning, it can help the individual free the trapped deer that dwells within, and bring its energy, or "medicine", to the surface of their consciousness. When this freeing occurs, many people experience the desire to become the full energy of their inner animal. This experience is demonstrated when the person, in their visioning, actually feels that they are this animal and stands up to physically move with, or dance, the energy of this new-found part of their personality. In an ancient shamanic ceremony called Guedra that was performed by the women's society in Morocco, drums were used to hold the energy around the participants in the ceremony; creating a circle of vibration around the group in much the same way as the sacred circles which are cast in Wiccan and High Magick circles. As long as the drum rhythm was played, the circle was cast. When the ceremony ended, the drums would stop and the energy released; the circle would therefore, be open and the ritual ended. I use drums quite extensively in my circles for grounding and centering, and quiet meditation times by playing a simple heartbeat rhythm. I equate this drumbeat to the Mother's heartbeat, to Gaia's heartbeat, to our own heartbeat, to the one heartbeat of all life. A heart that continually beats in all living things; the living heartbeat vibration of life. For Full Moon celebrations, the added rhythms of drumming helps me move deeper into my celebration of life, freeing my inhibitions and allowing me to dance under the full light and become the essence of that light in the darkness. Whether in quiet times or wild jubilation, the vibrations that are created by a beating drum can greatly enhance the energy, alter the mental facilities of the participants, and produce vision. Just recently, I experimented with ritual drumming during a personal past-life regression. The need for this past-life regression came during the time I was writing my fourth book, THE ORAL FAERY TRADITION OF CELTIC -- my working titled, but published as Faery Wicca, Book 1 -- always felt connected to Ireland because of my Irish heritage on my mother's side of the family, and the realm of Faery has always attracted me, but during the course of writing the book, I began to experience a deep knowing that I truly had lived in Ireland at one time. Because I am not completely sure what reincarnation is and whether or not we do have past-lives, I decided to keep an open mind and try doing a regression using a drum. The following story is taken from the recording produced during my attempt to delve into a possible past-life. The morning is gray, shrouded from the solar rays, allowing me to journey within the lunar realm; inner realm. Jack and I share breakfast, coffee and oatmeal. I read a book on the lunar aspects of astrology while he reads the Sports page of the LA Times. I am anxious to begin, but patiently await the passage of the morning time which we always share before rushing off into our respective daily activities. The Moon has moved into Pisces during the night and this will be part of the energy surrounding my ceremony. I like the way the energy feels because it is "psychic" energy, going with-in energy, and I know I will be able to reach my desired destination. As Jack takes his morning shower, I start setting up the altar; it is to be a Faery altar with only Faery tools of power. I take the St. John's Wort flower essence. As Jack prepares to leave, I walk with him to the front door and decide to take a stroll in the garden. "Ah, going for your morning walk?" he teases and closes the gate behind him. He sticks his tongue through a knothole in the fence, then makes a sound. We laugh. I begin my rounds at the flowerbed dedicated to Ishtar. In the distance I can hear Jack's car start and know he has departed. Here and there I stop to admire the beauty of the garden; the dahlia, deep red; the pink frilly rose blossoms; Faery Rath; white sweet¬pea-like blossoms of the Chinese pea pods; bergamot growth; stop to toss the petals air-drying in baskets on the outside Temple altar; the coyote hind-leg bone catches my attention; rock-rose; notice that the California poppy petals have dropped to the ground; wonder if I should thin-out the green bean seedlings now that they've grown to a substantial size and notice the purple blossoms on them; the chamomile will be ready to harvest soon - mustn't forget to send a batch off to Starhawk as she requested; lavender looking a little yellow - maybe getting too much water; ah, the glads are starting to bloom; stoop and pluck a gardenia flower, hold it up to my nose and take a deep in-breath; all is well in the garden; things grow good in the garden; head towards the door; must water the marigold and basil pots on picnic table today - check; exit garden; enter house. Before the altar I sit. The pink candle is lit and the charcoal. I arrange the other items around the altar, and as the charcoal begins to turn gray, I place a drop of the Faery Oil onto it. As the smoke curls gray and white, I run my arms through it and draw it over my head and into my heart to smudge self and body. With wand crystal in hand I travel to each quarter and cast circle. "The air that is her breath; the fire that is her spirit; the water that center. The circle is cast. I am between the worlds." In my left hand I pick up the two pence Eire coin and anoint both sides with a drop of the holy water from Bridget's Well. Next, a drop of Faery Oil is applied to my left wrist, against which I rub my right wrist. As I do this I am thinking of my spirit energy; consecrating it to be receptive and giving. Applying another drop to the first fingertip of my right hand, I trace the Celtic cross on my forehead. "For awakening," I whisper and wonder is this Sinend anointing me? Onto the gray charcoal, I dump the Faery Incense. Picking up the bell, I intone it every four beats as I sing the invocation to the Faery Queen. After the invocation I pick up my dumbec drum and say to the spirit realm, "I go on my Journey now Queen Fay, to remember Sinend, the Cunning Woman. To awaken the Sinend and Cunning Woman of Kisma. I ask your assistance as I go on this Journey." Dum ca tek ca-tek-ca, dum ca tek ca-tek-ca, dum ca tek ca-tek-tek, dum ca tek ca-tek-tek. I close my eyes and began breathing, centering myself. Letting the thoughts come and go; being sidetracked, releasing the sidetrack and breathing on into center. The drumming fills my ears and I focus on the rhythm and breathe with the rhythm. Feeling here, feeling stilled, feeling ready. My Inner Guide begins to direct: Let your focus drop inside, breath inside, breath to center, breath to Earth. Focus on Earth, submerge your energy roots into Mother Earth. My energy intensifies. My mind swirls deeper, deeper, deeper into her core and rise the energy, rise the energy, rise energy. Up my roots, into yoni rises this energy. With one full breath, it rises to crown. My spine straightens. Head comes upright. Crown releases and shines and connects with solar light. Branches reach-up and feel the light connection and sweep down around you to touch the Earth; around you now, womb of energy, of light energy. I breathe and my Shaman's Eye pops and is filled with a solar light. I can see the solar light shining inside - ah, the St. John's Wort is activated. Marry solar and lunar; light and dark. Channel light energy through you and into core of Mother. Connect. Breath release and focus rushes through my body and empties into the Earth. Ah, I am connected; very complete. I feel my Guide smile. Step in elevator. I do and turn to the buttons and push "basement". The doors close and the movement is downward. Relax. I will guide you. I will ask you the necessary questions. Just let go and journey. We know how to do this. We can do this. We will do this. I breath a great big release of air out of my lungs. I squarely face the door. The area in the elevator is predominantly dark. The elevator doors slide open and I step out into what at first seems the lobby hallway before the swimming pool in the Bethesda, Maryland, Pook's Hill Marriott. Follow the light. Pinhole of light. Flash! Then... Dum ca dum-dum, dum ca dum-dum, dum ca dum-dum, dum ca dum-dum. Look at your feet. Grass. Ladyslipper? I've never seen Ladyslipper before so I'm not sure I'm really seeing that, it's just that that's what I think is in the grass. Then lift one up. Oh. Barefoot. It's my right foot. Wait a minute. There's a design on my foot. I think it's henna. Let's see, hum, it begins at the ankle and crosses the top of my foot and ends at my big toe. It's a serpent! I'm looking around the grass and thinking, but there are no serpents in Ireland! We are the serpents! WE ARE SERPENTS! I'm not so sure why I feel so strongly about that. Yes, I do. Look up your legs. Clothe. A skirt; a little ragged. Well, it isn't my best dress, I can tell you that because I'm out in the forest gathering herbs. Higher. A cape or cloak around me. No hood. Dull green color. I am wearing no jewelry. Look at your hands. Dum-ca-dum, dum-ca-dum, dum-ca-dum, dum-ca-dum. I can't see anything. See your hand. Right hand. Fingernails. They're long, but I've chipped the pinky fingernail pulling up the roots. Left hand. It's touching my chest. I've got something around my neck, under my clothes. I think its some kind of necklace or bag. Look at it. I'm trying to pull it out, but I've got something on my back. It's a bundle. Remove the bundle. Oh, my! It's a baby. The bundle is a baby. Oh, look at his beauty. Oh, look at his tiny body. I've opened up the swaddling wrap and he's laying on it on the grass and he's wearing a little white dress. His hair is so red. And he's so fair skinned. His little legs are kicking out and his arms are flinging about. Crying. Crying. I... he's hungry. He's my child. I lift him to my breast and I am shocked by the color of his eyes. They are cloudy blue, see-through blue, white-blue. They frighten me. I sense he-- How old are you. Thirteen. No, twenty-three. I was thirteen when I had menarche. At thirteen it was suggested I conceive, but I ran from the men. I did not want a man to touch me. I am old for having a first child, but it was during the ceremony, during the first waning night that I danced and felt the energy explode in me and pulled my dress away from breasts and allowed them to be seen. The fire raged around me. My head was spinning. I felt as if I was swimming, sinking. Lost in the dancing figures around me; lost in the chaos of the releasing of the new tide. The darkness had begun to swallow us and we were celebrating the approach of Lughnasadh. He mounted me and I opened to receive him. What's the necklace around your neck? Let me lay my child down. A pouch made out of Cervus-megaceros. Inside it is a braid of red and black hair that is fastened through a holed spiral shell. Inside the shell is the Chuisheag grass. This was given me at my initiation; for at La Baal Tine I was the first to draw the Sgaith-an-tobar that year. Who are you? Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum I am Cunning Woman. I am story woman. I am healer. I am strong woman. I am Fay. I am this land. I am ready to tell my sgeal. I am ready! The regression continued on for some time after this. I relived, or visioned scenes from the age of five until my death in my late twenties. When I woke from the regression, I was a bit disoriented and surprised to find that I was still sitting in my living room. I looked down at the Faery altar and then out the window into the garden that stood boldly outside ¬ a witness that Sinend, the Cunning Woman, Kisma now lived in the twentieth century. Sometime during the course of the regression the beating of the drum completely disappeared, for when I came out of it, my hands were resting in my lap and the drum had actually slipped off my lap and was resting on its side. Powerful! What is ritual drumming, and how can it be used? Ritual drumming is a tool we can use to alter our atmospheres and consciousness during sacred ceremonies, meditations, psycho-therapy, wild celebrations, and, as I have recently found out, even as an aid to performing a past-life regression. The usage of drumming is open to exploration. In your attempts to connect with the Great Spirit, or your Higher Self, may your drumming heartbeat provide you with a rich rhythm of life. ~Elder Airwolf~]

Getting Ready for the Supermoon: 6 Step New Moon Manifestation Ritual

One of the supermoon dates in 2014 is about to take place this Saturday, July 12.

This supermoon is especially important for yogis as well.

Supermoons refer to when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than usual. The effect of the closer orbit is most noticeable when there is a full moon.

“So, the moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent at such times,” said Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the space agency’s website. “It is called a supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment that at first glance would seem to have an effect. The ‘super’ in supermoon is really just the appearance of being closer.”

Because of how close the supermoon is, it can appear as much as 14 percent larger in the sky and 30 percent brighter to our eyes than normal moons, according to NASA.

These supermoons don’t typically impact the Earth in any big ways, though they usually bring higher tides. Perigee new moons, or perigee full moons, elevate the tides even more than normal supermoons, according to EarthSky.

“Each month, on the day of the new moon, the Earth, moon and sun are aligned, with the  [Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 3.07.10 PM] moon in between. This line-up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low,” it reports.

“The January 1 and 30 extra-close new moons will accentuate the spring tide, giving rise to what’s called a perigean spring tide. If you live along an ocean coastline, watch for high tides caused by the two January 2014 new moons – or supermoons. Will these high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system accompanies the perigean spring tide. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate perigean spring tides.”

The other supermoons this year are forecasted to happen on July 12, August 10, and September 9.The one is August is supposed to be the closet to Earth.

The term supermoon came from astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago, and is only now coming into popular usage, according to EarthSky. Nolle said a supermoon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

Before supermoons were called supermoons, they were referred to perigee full moon, or perigee new moon. Perigee means “the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth,” being derived from the Greek word perigeion, which meant “close around the Earth.” [The Epoch Times]

6 Step New Moon Manifestation Ritual

The new moon is the birthing cycle of the moon’s various phases. Are you ready to attract your heartfelt longings by doing a moon ritual focused on manifestation? The new moon phase is an optimal time for planning and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight. This is also true for our cultivating our ideas and clearing the way for our visions to surface in reality. The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our intentions can establish roots before their miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars.

Supply suggestions:
:: notebooks
:: pen and colored markers
:: scissors
:: scotch tape
:: candle
:: matches
:: incense
:: smudge sticks
:: meditation CDs

**Prepare yourself a sacred space where your will perform the ceremony when the new moon arrives.

Cleanse your sacred area with an opening prayer, a sage smudging, and/or by burning some incense.

Light one or more candles.

Center your being and calm yourself in whatever way is appropriate for you. Take some deep cleansing breaths, slip in a meditation CD to listen to, and/or leisurely sip on a cup of relaxing herbal tea.

Open your notebook, and date the first page. Write down these words “I accept these things into my life now or something better for my highest good and for the highest good of all concerned.” or something similar. Below your affirmation statement, begin writing down your desires. Your list may consist of a single item or you may have several pages listing multiple items. Try not to limit yourself. If having many things in your life helps to fulfill you then don’t deny yourself wanting these things.

During the month when an item on your new moon list comes to you no not merely cross it off of your list. Take the time to rewrite the list in its entirety eliminating the manifested item from the listing. Revising your master list in this way is highly recommended. At the same time you may add whatever else that you have decided you would like. Feel free to reword any of the original phrases to better suit your life now. It is natural that your desires will change as time advances.

A second notebook will be used as a manifestation scrapbook where you can paste in pictures or catalog clippings of items that you are wanting to manifest. Creating manifesting scrapbooks or vision boards is a fun project to undertake, enjoy yourself! You will soon be amazed how these things begin to find their way into your life once you start this process.

Rededicating your New Moon Intentions

Each month at the new moon rededicate your intentions by renewing your list at a repeated ritual. This is accomplished by rewriting your list out using a fresh sheet of paper. Please don’t get in the habit of simply scratching out the items you no longer desire and simply adding the new stuff to the bottom of your old list. You don’t want clutter and sloppiness energies messing up the path meant to deliver new stuff into your life do you? Disregard any items that no longer feed your soul and add new things which will.

It is helpful to salt and pepper your manifest list with smaller items that will manifest quickly, such as tickets to the ballet, lunch with a friend, or a day at the spa. You may think that smaller things are too trivial to put on your intention list… Wrong! Things that tend to manifest with less effort still deserve to be written down. Write down everything that you desire, no matter how little or simple. If it is something that makes you happy, write it down.

Manifesting smaller items on our lists actually creates a steady flow of chi giving your list a boost. These smaller manifestations create movement, allowing an ebb and flow of the tides. We are dealing here with the moon cycles after all. Besides, sometimes we forget to appreciate the smaller pleasures in our lives while we are waiting for the BIG stuff to come in. If you only write statements like, “I want to win the lottery” in your notebook then you are limiting yourself by not allowing abundance to flow to you from a multitude of avenues.

On its elliptical orbit, the moon reaches perigee [the point when it passes closest to the earth].  When this close approach coincides with the whole illumination of the full moon... blam!  SUPERMOON!  Though, don't try to discuss this term with a full-blown astronomer.  They don't recognize it.  To them it just happens to be that perigee and the full moon share a day and because of it, the moon will be noticeably larger than it is when it is full at apogee (the point in its orbit farthest from Earth).

Yawn!

Good thing the Witching World knows there's more to our moon than just science!  The moon, in all of its phases -- from dark to waxing crescent and full to waning Crone -- embodies the Goddess aspect of our divinity.  She is a symbol of the ever-changing, ever-flowing energies around and within each of us.  There are many in our Faith who draw her down and soak in her light and who follow her through her cycle -- taking on new goals and projects as she grows; discarding negativity and completing what lies pending and in wait as she descends into darkness once again.

 

Image by Kane L Strand

In honor of Saturday's extreme Supermoon, I humbly share with you the ritual prayer that I wrote for my children to recite on the esbats.  For those of you with Pagan children of your own, I hope that you find its innocence touching -- [to hear my son's voices as they repeat it is nothing shy of angelic].

To our Esbat Blessing we like to add Moon Cookies [recipe provided] and a selection of incenses and essential oils under the moon's rule [camphor, jasmine, lemon, lily, melon, night-blooming cereus, sandalwood, stephanotis and water lily -- thank you to Scott Cunningham's "Magical Aromatherapy" for those particular correspondences].
 

Moon Cookie

MOON COOKIES
1C butter, softened
1/2C brown sugar
3/4C white sugar
2 eggs [cage-free please!]
2 3/4C flour
2TSP baking soda
1TSP vanilla

Oven: 375

Cream butter.  Add sugars.  Beat one minute.  Add eggs one at a time.  Beat well between eggs.  Slowly add flour and baking soda.  Then vanilla.  Beat well for three minutes.  Refrigerate ten minutes.  Roll out between parchment paper [with flour if needed].  Use a clean aluminum can [or circle-shaped cookie cutter] to cut 'full moons' from the dough.  Re-refrigerate to make the transfer to the cookie sheet easier.  

Bake 8 - 10 minutes.

We like to add two crescent moons to either side of the cookie in a light blue frosting to get the full effect of the triple goddess.  We also make them during crescent moon phases [any excuse for a cookie, right?!] and frost accordingly. 


***A CHILDREN'S FULL MOON RITUAL

Begin by casting your circle -- to make it fun for a child, hold hands and move in a circle as you call upon the elements and invoke the gods. 

PRAYER
 "Mother Moon, so bright,
so full and round,
do you know my voice
within the sound --
of life on earth,
of all the noise,
of cars, of tools,
of games and toys?
For though I’m small,
I am here,
the only Me
that you will hear.
Bless my dreams.
Keep them true.
And when fears I face,
please see me through–
from dark to light,
from night to day.
By you, I live
to laugh and play."
Reach your arms toward the moon and recite the following as you pull your hands toward the center of your chest, welcoming the energy being offered:
"I draw you down,
a light so whole
and keep you
in my very soul."
  
At the close of our prayer we blow our goddess a kiss as we proclaim, "Bless-ed Be".  And, of course, we end our night reading "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown.

Good night moon.  Good night cow jumping over the moon.
Good night stars.  Good night air.  Good night noises....
everywhere.

 

Drawing Down The Moon

I have a small confession. It's been years since I've drawn down the moon. I really miss drawing down the moon though. If this is something you have never experienced, tonight is the absolute perfect night to do it. Tonight we have what they call a super moon. It is when the moon is closest to the earth. But, wait Luna! What is drawing down the moon? Oh, I'm so glad you asked my friends!

Drawing down the moon is an amazing experience where you draw the power of the moon inside you, as well as invoking the Goddess inside of you. It's a very beautiful and powerful experience. Let me break it down for you a little bit more.



The time of the full moon is a very magickal and powerful time. This is the perfect time for big spells that you need quick results from. But the most important part of it is this: at the time of the full moon, magick reaches it's peak of the month for drawing things to you. After the full moon, you go into the waning phase. During the moon's waning phase it is best to do spells that send things away from you such as banishings, releasings, etc. During the waning phase, many witches notice that their powers seem to dwindle a little bit as well. Ever noticed how around the time of the waning moon you seem a little sluggish and tired? No? Well, maybe that's just me. However, because of the waning phase of the moon, things are diminishing and decreasing, so when you have a full moon, drawing down the moon will help you store up extra energy. Make sense?

It's a lot like a solar powered battery. It stores up energy during the day because of the sun, and at night time it uses that energy to produce light, etc. We are a lot like that. During the waxing moon we have all sorts of energy and are capable of storing up more energy. During the waning moon, we can become a little sluggish and seem to be dispelling energy. So, how do we go about remedying that? Drawing down the full moon. The full moon is like when the sun is at it's full peak with your solar battery storing even more energy from it. So, we draw down the moon to keep a well of energy stored during the waxing phase to use for any of our spell work then.

So how do we go about doing that? Well, my friends, I have a little ritual that I like to do from time to time. As I stated before, it's been years since I've done this, but this is a tried and true ritual!

Full Moon Ritual
Items needed:
Drinking glass
Water
Incense
Salt
Candle
The incense can be any scent that you feel called to. The candle would be perfect if it were silver, but sometimes silver candles are hard to come across, so a white candle will do as well. You don't have to have a huge candle, it can be a tea light, but some people do like having one large candle, dedicated to full moon work, that they light only during their full moon rituals. If this is your first time doing a full moon ritual, please make sure that the candle is new. Otherwise, if you have a dedicated full moon candle, please feel free to use it.
If the weather allows it, go outside where you can see the full moon in absolute plain sight. If it's raining or just too darn cold, or your neighbors might freak out, it's fine to do this ritual inside. If working inside, make sure you are near a window where you can get full view of the moon. 
Now, once you've decided where you are going to do your ritual, it's time to set up a ritual altar. This is not as scary as it may seem. The way I view a ritual altar is as my work place to hold my tools. I very rarely view it as an altar in the sense of say a Catholic altar, because that makes it seem almost like a forbidden place. I say that because as a child, raised in a Catholic church, I always loved the church. I was most especially drawn to the altar, mainly out of curiosity because it had all these super cool gadgets on it. However, one time I was in the church alone, and I let my curiosity get the better of me. I approached the altar and decided I wanted to see what it was all about. 
While snooping around, one of the adults came in and pretty much screamed at me and informed me I was promptly going to hell because I was desecrating their altar! There wasn't even anything on the damn thing! So from then on, altars became an off limits, absolutely not for mere mortals to touch, type thing. So, my altar is a place to set up my candle, hold my incense, and whatever else I need for the working. We'll do a further post on different types of altars in a later post. For now, just make sure you have a flat surface to set your candle, bowl of salt, incense, and glass of water on. 
Now, in Wicca, we would cast a circle. Circles are meant to keep negative ickiness away from you while you are working with the powers that be. Some people work in circles, some don't. We won't get into the debate about whether or not to work in a circle in this post, we'll save that for another time. For now, if you want to work in a circle, you can cast one now. I'll share an example of what I would do, and you can go from there if you like. Otherwise, skip this step.
Casting the circle:
Give yourself lots of room to work. You don't want to feel confined to a tiny space, so don't just stand in one place and turn around in a circle, walk a large circle. If you're inside your home, and have just a small space to work at, like myself, you can envision a circle forming around your entire home. I like to walk a salt circle completely around my house, and when working inside, I'll find that circle in my mind, touch it with my energy, and watch a circle cover my whole house. More on that tomorrow. 
Anyway, if working outside, walk a large-ish circle around your altar/workspace. While walking the circle, walk in a clockwise motion, and you can point with your finger, an athame, a wand, or not at all, however you are comfortable. As you are walking clockwise, envision a magickal boundary appearing and covering your workspace in a big bubble. You can say fancy words while the circle is forming if you like, but I just go with something simple that I can remember, because I can be a little bit scatter brained. I would say something like: "As this circle opens, all negativity is kept at bay. Only those invited within this circle may enter, and may only come with an open heart." Then when I see the circle complete itself, I'll walk to the middle and say, "As above, so below, this circle is now open." There's a reason behind that, and if you're new to the craft, we will cover that next Wednesday during our next Witchcraft 101 post. 
So, now you're circle is open, and you have a safe place to work. Now you're probably wondering what to do next. That's pretty easy. Remember where you started walking your circle? Grab your salt, and go there. Walk the circle again and toss a little salt as you walk saying, "By the power of earth, this circle is protected." Next grab your water, and walk the circle, saying, "By the power of water, this circle is protected." Grab the incense, light it, and walk the circle saying, "By the power of air, this circle is protected." Light the candle, walk with it around the circle saying, "By the power of fire, this circle is protected." 
Now you're circle is completely protected and ready to go! Sounds repetitive and boring, I know, but believe me when I say there's some scary shit out there, and if you're going to cast a circle, you want it completely sealed and protected. But, now comes the fun part, I promise!
Walk to your altar, gaze up at the moon. Now say:
Goddess of the Moon, full, beautiful, and fair. Please enter into this circle with me.
Envision the pure silver light of moonlight tunneling into your circle, filling it, but not blinding. Feel the goddess standing beside you. Now, hold your glass of water above your head, facing the moon. Envision that same silver light filling the glass and swirling through the water. Envision the silver light overflowing the glass. Feel the energy tingle through the glass, through your fingertips, and into you. Now say:
Goddess of the Moon, I ask that you fill my glass with your pure energy.
As the water turns into your energy, I ask that you sustain me through all the days to come.
Now drink the water. Feel the energy coursing through your body. Let it swirl throughout every part of your body. Envision it filling you with silver light from your toes to the crown of your head. When it reaches the crown of your head, let it spill out in a straight line, back to the moon, connecting you with the Goddess of the Moon. Envision your toes as roots, and meditate momentarily on how the Moon sustains the earth, and all that live in it. Once you've finished, feel the energy, and everywhere that it has touched within your body. By now, your body is probably tingling all over, and it may be hard for you to focus, which is totally normal. Pull the energy from your fingers, toes, and head, down into the center of your belly. Feel it's warmth and strength there. This is where you will carry the energy until the next time you draw down the moon. 
Now that you've centered the energy, there will probably be excess, and you may feel a bit light headed, or dizzy, or even just super amped. If you are outside, sit on the ground, and let the excess energy flow into the ground. Do not let the energy in your center flow out, only the excess that is buzzing around everywhere else. Now is the perfect time to talk with Goddess, cast any spells you had planned for tonight, or just be at peace inside your circle. Once you've finished whatever you planned, you can close the circle. 
Walk counterclockwise, watching the circle disappear. Thank the Goddess for all of her blessings, and for sharing her energy with you before closing the circle. You can let the incense burn down, put out your candle, and clean up the area. Now that everything is cleaned up, it would probably be a good idea for you to have something to eat. Even after grounding (when you sat on the ground and let the excess energy flow into it), you are probably going to feel a little off in some way. Eating something will help fully bring you back to this world, and fully ground you. 
My rituals are always very simple, and most are planned for people on a strict budget. There's no need for fancy tools, and in my personal practice, the fancier things are, the more likely I am to get distracted from what I'm actually doing. The fancier the wording is in my rituals, the more likely I am to forget what the hell I was saying, and then I'll get distracted again. So I keep things simple. It doesn't matter how fancy or simple you go, what is most important is what is in your heart when you enter the ritual. 
I hope this helps you guys be able to plan your full moon ritual tonight. I will be doing this ritual later tonight, maybe in an even more simplified version, depending on what kind of mood Knight is in. How do you plan on celebrating the super moon?
~Elder Airwolf~

All About the Esbats

 Pagans and Witches dearly love their holidays and sometimes go to extremes to celebrate them. But what if they need to cast a particular spell, remove, lessen, or increase some aspect of their life, or if they need to perform a healing ritual, or connect with their personal deity, or ask for protection, energy, insights, or help? All these things can be aligned with the phases of the moon. If you have a particular need, determine what phase the moon is in and write your spell/ritual accordingly.


On this page I've included a run-down of the various moon-phases and what they mean in your life. Keep in mind that one is not limited to following the meanings too rigidly. For example: If you need to bring money into your life and it's the waning moon ask that your bills be removed or that your needs be lessened.
 

Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life; protection magick; and divination. Planning, releasing, and working backwards in time are done on the full moon as well.


It is said theat the best Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days after the Full Moon. Sometimes the results of Full Moon magick can take aproximatel one moon cycle to take hold and come to completion.*

The Full Moon is the time to invoke the Mother Goddess at the height of her glory, this is when the ceremony called "Drawing Down the Moon" is performed. During this ceremony the energy and essence of the Full Moon is drawn into oneself, when done properly you will feel a heightened trance state combined with a power surge that radiates through your whole body. Traditionally this is only done within a protective circle. 

The Mother is the ripeness of womanhood, the boiling pot of Badb which is the richness of life. Her color is red, the color of blood and the life force. The Mother is Summer, the day, lustiness, teacher, The Full Moon.**

The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a new project or venture, etc. If done correctly, success should be obtained by the first Full Moon.*


This is the time when the Crone is transformed into the Maiden. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings.

The Maiden is essential to the continuation of all life; her color is white, denoting innocence and newness. She is the springtime, the dawn, eternal youth and vigor, enchantment and seduction, the new and waxing moon.**
 

Dark Moon


The three days before the New Moon is known as the dark of the moon. This is when you can't see the moon at all in the heavens. Traditionally, this is a time when no magick is performed. It is a period to give yourself a break; a time of rest. Deep meditation and vision questing can be performed now, but not for a specific magickal purpose. However, The Crone, or the Dark Mother, rules this time, and if her magick is needed, now is the time when you should use it.*
 

The period between the New Moon and the Full Moon is called the Waxing Moon. This is a good time for attraction magick, especially between the New Moon and the First Quarter.*


The Waxing Moon is the time for invoking the Goddess in her guise of Maiden.
 


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[spacer gif] The period between the Full Moon and the New Moon is called the Waning Moon. This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us. Negative emotions, bad habits, diseases, and ailments can successfully be banned during this time.*

During the Waning Moon the Mother Goddess is transformed into the Crone. Invoke Her in this guise.

The Crone, or Dark Mother, sometimes called the Hag, has black as her color, the color of darkness where all life rests before rebirth. This aspect of the Goddess is Winter, night, wisdom, counsel, the gateway to death and reincarnation, the Waning Moon.**
*From "To Ride a Silver Broomstick" by Silver RavenWolf

**From "Celtic Magic" by D.J. Conway


~Esbats Rituals~
Moon Magick
Did you know that all lunar Holy-days are called Esbats, but any Wiccan ritual held at any time other than a Sabbat may be called an Esbat? I didn't, and I think most Witches call rituals performed on or around a lunar holy-day an esbat, while other rituals are simply, rituals. Due to the rotation of the earth, the Wiccan calendar contains 13 Full Moons, which means a full moon happens every 28 1/4 days. Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences, protection and divination. A Full Moon is also a good time
for planning, releasing and working backwards in time. Full Moon Magic can be done for seven days, three days before, the day of, and three days after the full moon.
The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a new project etc.
Between the New Moon and Full Moon is the phase called Waxing Moon. Magick for this phase includes attraction magick, increasing, growth, and gain. Make statements on how your life should be.
Between the Full Moon and New Moon is the phase called the Waning Moon.Magic for this phase includes banishing magick, such a loosing negative emotions, bad habits etc.
Three days before the New Moon is known as the Dark Moon, as it is not visible in the sky. Traditionally, no magick is performed at this time. It is a time for rest.
Due to the rotation of the earth there are thirteen Full Moons, each carrying a traditional name.
January - Wolf Moon
February - Storm Moon
March - Chaste Moon
April - Seed Moon
May - Hare Moon
June - Dyad (pair) Moon
July - Mead Moon
August - Wyrt (green plant) Moon
September - Barley Moon
October - Blood Moon
November - Snow Moon
December - Oak Moon
Types of Rituals
Consecration of Tools
Purifying ritual to cleanse the Witches tools.
Erecting the Temple
Is done at the start of all rituals, purifies and establishes were the ritual is to take place.
Clearing the Temple
Is also performed at all rituals, disperses any energies raised during the ritual.
Sabbat Rite
Each Sabbat has it own unique style of ritual to recognise and worship the goddess and god and the turning of the wheel.
Esbat Rite
A basic ritual that can be performed at any time.
Full Moon Rite
A ritual designed to be done once a month at full moon.
Dark Moon Rite
A ritual designed to be done once a month at new or dark moon

January ~ Storm Moon
A storm is said to rage most fiercely just
before it ends, and the year usually follows suit.
February ~ Chaste Moon
The antiquated word for pure reflects the
custom of greeting the new year with a clear soul.
March ~ Seed Moon
Sowing season and symbol of the start of the new year.
April ~ Hare Moon
The sacred animal was associated in Roman legends with springtime and fertility.
May ~ Dyad Moon
The Latin word for a pair refers to the twin
stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.
June ~ Mead Moon
During late June and most of July the , or meadows, meads, were mowed for hay.
July ~ Wort Moon
When the sun was in Leo, the worts (from the Anglo-Saxon wyrt plant) were gathered to be dried and stored.
August ~ Barley Moon
Persephone, virgin Goddess of rebirth,
carries a sheaf of barley as a symbol of the harvest.
September ~ Blood Moon
Marking the season when domestic
animals were sacrificed for winter provisions.
Libra's full moon occasionally became the Wine Moon when a grapeharvest was expected to produce a superior vintage.
October ~ Snow Moon
Scorpio heralds the dark season when
the sun is at it's lowest and the first snows fly.
November ~ Oak Moon
The sacred tree of the Druids and the Roman
God Jupiter is most noble as it withstands winter storms.
December ~ Wolf Moon
The fearsome nocturnal animal represents the "night" of the year.
The Blue Moon ~ Variable
A Blue Moon occurs when the moon with its 28 day cycle appears twice within the same calendar month, due to that month's 31 day duration. Many consider the Blue Moon to be a goal moon where you set specific goals for yourself.
The Black Moon ~ Variable
A Black Moon occurs when there are two dark cycles of the moon in any given calendar month. It is believed that the second dark moon of a time of great power within the spiritual world and any magick worked during this time is especially powerful. right © 2004 The Celtic
Source: www.wicca.com. All rights reserved




From the Farmers Almanac
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the full Moon names.
• Full Wolf Moon - January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
• Full Snow Moon - February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
• Full Worm Moon - March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
• Full Pink Moon - April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox
, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
• Full Flower Moon - May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
• Full Strawberry Moon - June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
• The Full Buck Moon - July July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month's Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
• Full Sturgeon Moon - August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
• Full Corn Moon - September This full moon's name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon.
• Full Harvest Moon - October This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.
• Full Beaver Moon - November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
• The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon - December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low.

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~Elder Airwolf~

Blessed Be the next supermoon in 2014 is July 12

Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
The July 12, 2014 supermoon isn’t the closest supermoon of the year. For that, you’ll have to wait until August.
According to the definition of supermoon coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, over 30 years ago – and popularized only in the past few years – the year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. Follow the links below to learn about the supermoons of 2014.
What is a supermoon?
What did astronomers call these moons before we called them supermoons?
When are the next supermoons in 2014?
Spring tides will accompany the July, August and September supermoons.
Dates of closest full supermoons in past and future years
What is a Black Moon?
About three or four times a year, the new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon—the point when the moon is closest to the Earth. These occurrences are often called 'perigean spring tides.' The difference between ‘perigean spring tide’ and normal tidal ranges for all areas of the coast is small. In most cases, the difference is only a couple of inches above normal spring tides. Image and caption via NOAA.
About three or four times a year, the new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon—the point when the moon is closest to the Earth. These occurrences are often called ‘perigean spring tides.’ The difference between ‘perigean spring tide’ and normal tidal ranges for all areas of the coast is small. In most cases, the difference is only a couple of inches above normal spring tides. Image and caption via NOAA.
Photographs or other instruments can tell the difference between a supermoon and ordinary full moon. The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to an average moon of December 20, 2010 (left). Image by Marco Langbroek of the Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons.
Photographs or other instruments can tell the difference between a supermoon and ordinary full moon. The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to an average moon of December 20, 2010 (left). Image by Marco Langbroek of the Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons.
What is a supermoon? We confess: before a few years ago, we in astronomy had never heard that term. To the best of our knowledge, astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon over 30 years ago. The term has only recently come into popular usage. Nolle has defined a supermoon as:
… a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.
That’s a pretty generous definition and allows for many supermoons. By this definition, according to Nolle:
There are 4-6 supermoons a year on average.
What did astronomers call these moons before we called them supermoons? We called them a perigee full moon, or a perigee new moon. Perigee just means “near Earth.”
The moon is full, or opposite Earth from the sun, once each month. It’s new, or more or less between the Earth and sun, once each month. And, every month, as the moon orbits Earth, it comes closest to Earth. That point is called perigee. The moon always swings farthest away once each month; that point is called apogee.
No doubt about it. Supermoon is a catchier term than perigee new moon or perigee full moon.
We first became familiar with the supermoon label in the year 2011 when the media used it to describe the full moon of March 19, 2011. On that date, the full moon aligned with proxigee – the closest perigee of the year – to stage the closest, largest full moon of 2011.
When are the next supermoons in 2014? By Nolle’s definition, the new moon or full moon has to come within 361,863 kilometers (224,851 miles) of our planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, in order to be considered a supermoon.
By that definition, the year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. The first supermoon, for 2014, came on New Year’s Day, with the January 1 new moon. The second came with the new moon of January 30, 2014. The full moons of July, August and September will also be supermoons, by Nolle’s definition. Thus, the next supermoons – aka perigee full moons – in 2014 are:
Full moon of July 12 at 11:25 UTC
Full moon of August 10 at 18:09 UTC
Full moon of September 9 at 1:38 UTC
The full moon on August 10, 2014, will present the closest supermoon of the year (356,896 kilometers or 221,765 miles).
However, the new moons on January 1 and January 30 were not far behind, featuring the year’s second-closest and third-closest supermoons, respectively. On January 1, the moon turned new less than 10 hours before reaching lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. On January 30, the moon turned new nearly 12 hours after reaching lunar perigee.
Want more detail? Okay. In 2014, the moon comes closest to Earth on August 10 (356,896 kilometers), and swings farthest away some two weeks before, on July 28 (406,567 kilometers). That’s a difference of 49,671 kilometers (406,567 – 356,896 = 49,671). Ninety percent of this 49,671-figure equals 44,703.9 kilometers (0.9 x 49,671 = 44,703.9). Presumably, any new or full moon coming closer than 361,863.1 kilometers (406,567 – 44,703.9 = 361,863.1) would be “at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth.”
Around each new moon (left) and full moon (right) – when the sun, Earth, and moon are located more or less on a line in space – the range between high and low tides is greatest. These are called spring tides. A supermoon – new or full moon at its closest to Earth – accentuates these tides. Image via physicalgeography.net
Spring tides will accompany the July, August and September supermoons. Will the tides be larger than usual at the July, August and September 2014 full moons? Yes, all full moons (and new moons) combine with the sun to create larger-than-usual tides, but perigee full moons (or perigee new moons) elevate the tides even more.
Each month, on the day of the new moon, the Earth, moon and sun are aligned, with the moon in between. This line-up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low.
The July, August and September extra-close full moons will accentuate the spring tide, giving rise to what’s called a perigean spring tide. If you live along an ocean coastline, watch for high tides caused by these full moons.
Will these high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system accompanies the perigean spring tide. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate perigean spring tides.
Dates of closest full supermoons in past and future years. More often than not, the one day of the year that the full moon and perigee align also brings about the year’s closest perigee (also called proxigee). Because the moon has recurring cycles, we can count on the full moon and perigee to come in concert in periods of about one year, one month and 18 days.
Therefore, the full moon and perigee realign in periods of about one year and 48 days. So we can figure the dates of the closest full moons in recent and future years as:
March 19, 2011
May 6, 2012
June 23, 2013
August 10, 2014
September 28, 2015
November 14, 2016
January 2, 2018.
There won’t be a perigee full moon in 2017 because the full moon and perigee won’t realign again (after November 14, 2016) until January 2, 2018.
By the way, some astronomers will call all the full moons listed above proxigee full moons.
But, like you, we’ll have fun just calling ‘em supermoons.
What most call a Blue Moon isn't blue in color. It's only Blue in name. This great moon photo from EarthSky Facebook friend Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho. 
What does a full supermoon look like? Astronomers say you can’t really detect any difference with your eye between a supermoon and any ordinary full moon. This great moon photo is from EarthSky Facebook friend Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho.
What is a Black Moon? We had never heard the term Black Moon until early 2014. It doesn’t come from astronomy, or skylore, either. Instead, according to David Harper, the term comes from Wiccan culture. It’s the name for the second of two new moons in a month. January 2014, for example, had two new moons. Does a Black Moon have to be a supermoon in order to be called Black? No. You can read more about Black Moons here.
The next Black Moon by the second-of-two-new-moons-in-one-calendar-month definition will occur on October 30, 2016. Sten Odenwald at astronomycafe.net lists some other names for the second new moon in a calendar month: Spinner Moon, Finder’s Moon, Secret Moon.
However, we’ve also come across another definition for Black Moon: the third of four new moons to occur in one season. In 2015, the new moon coming on February 18 will present the third of four new moons in between the December 2014 solstice and the March 2015 equinox. This February 18, 2015 Black Moon will also be the closest new moon supermoon of 2015, but, once again, a seasonal Black Moon doesn’t necessarily have to be a supermoon.
Bottom line: The term supermoon doesn’t come from astronomy. It comes from astrology, and the definition is pretty generous so that there are 4 to 6 supermoons each year. This post explains what a supermoon is, how many will occur in 2014, which moon is the most “super” of all the 2014 supermoons, and gives a list of upcoming full supermoons for the years ahead.
See a supermoon! Awesome photos of the June 2013 full supermoon
Learn more: Tides and the pull of the moon and sun
The next supermoon in 2014 is July 12
Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
The July 12, 2014 supermoon isn’t the closest supermoon of the year. For that, you’ll have to wait until August.

According to the definition of supermoon coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, over 30 years ago – and popularized only in the past few years – the year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. Follow the links below to learn about the supermoons of 2014.

What is a supermoon?

What did astronomers call these moons before we called them supermoons?

When are the next supermoons in 2014?

Spring tides will accompany the July, August and September supermoons.

Dates of closest full supermoons in past and future years

What is a Black Moon?

About three or four times a year, the new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon—the point when the moon is closest to the Earth. These occurrences are often called 'perigean spring tides.' The difference between ‘perigean spring tide’ and normal tidal ranges for all areas of the coast is small. In most cases, the difference is only a couple of inches above normal spring tides. Image and caption via NOAA.
About three or four times a year, the new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon—the point when the moon is closest to the Earth. These occurrences are often called ‘perigean spring tides.’ The difference between ‘perigean spring tide’ and normal tidal ranges for all areas of the coast is small. In most cases, the difference is only a couple of inches above normal spring tides. Image and caption via NOAA.
Photographs or other instruments can tell the difference between a supermoon and ordinary full moon. The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to an average moon of December 20, 2010 (left). Image by Marco Langbroek of the Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons.
Photographs or other instruments can tell the difference between a supermoon and ordinary full moon. The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to an average moon of December 20, 2010 (left). Image by Marco Langbroek of the Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons.
What is a supermoon? We confess: before a few years ago, we in astronomy had never heard that term. To the best of our knowledge, astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon over 30 years ago. The term has only recently come into popular usage. Nolle has defined a supermoon as:

… a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

That’s a pretty generous definition and allows for many supermoons. By this definition, according to Nolle:

There are 4-6 supermoons a year on average.

What did astronomers call these moons before we called them supermoons? We called them a perigee full moon, or a perigee new moon. Perigee just means “near Earth.”

The moon is full, or opposite Earth from the sun, once each month. It’s new, or more or less between the Earth and sun, once each month. And, every month, as the moon orbits Earth, it comes closest to Earth. That point is called perigee. The moon always swings farthest away once each month; that point is called apogee.

No doubt about it. Supermoon is a catchier term than perigee new moon or perigee full moon.

We first became familiar with the supermoon label in the year 2011 when the media used it to describe the full moon of March 19, 2011. On that date, the full moon aligned with proxigee – the closest perigee of the year – to stage the closest, largest full moon of 2011.

When are the next supermoons in 2014? By Nolle’s definition, the new moon or full moon has to come within 361,863 kilometers (224,851 miles) of our planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, in order to be considered a supermoon.

By that definition, the year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. The first supermoon, for 2014, came on New Year’s Day, with the January 1 new moon. The second came with the new moon of January 30, 2014. The full moons of July, August and September will also be supermoons, by Nolle’s definition. Thus, the next supermoons – aka perigee full moons – in 2014 are:

Full moon of July 12 at 11:25 UTC

Full moon of August 10 at 18:09 UTC

Full moon of September 9 at 1:38 UTC

The full moon on August 10, 2014, will present the closest supermoon of the year (356,896 kilometers or 221,765 miles).

However, the new moons on January 1 and January 30 were not far behind, featuring the year’s second-closest and third-closest supermoons, respectively. On January 1, the moon turned new less than 10 hours before reaching lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. On January 30, the moon turned new nearly 12 hours after reaching lunar perigee.

Want more detail? Okay. In 2014, the moon comes closest to Earth on August 10 (356,896 kilometers), and swings farthest away some two weeks before, on July 28 (406,567 kilometers). That’s a difference of 49,671 kilometers (406,567 – 356,896 = 49,671). Ninety percent of this 49,671-figure equals 44,703.9 kilometers (0.9 x 49,671 = 44,703.9). Presumably, any new or full moon coming closer than 361,863.1 kilometers (406,567 – 44,703.9 = 361,863.1) would be “at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth.”

Around each new moon (left) and full moon (right) – when the sun, Earth, and moon are located more or less on a line in space – the range between high and low tides is greatest. These are called spring tides. A supermoon – new or full moon at its closest to Earth – accentuates these tides. Image via physicalgeography.net
Spring tides will accompany the July, August and September supermoons. Will the tides be larger than usual at the July, August and September 2014 full moons? Yes, all full moons (and new moons) combine with the sun to create larger-than-usual tides, but perigee full moons (or perigee new moons) elevate the tides even more.

Each month, on the day of the new moon, the Earth, moon and sun are aligned, with the moon in between. This line-up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low.

The July, August and September extra-close full moons will accentuate the spring tide, giving rise to what’s called a perigean spring tide. If you live along an ocean coastline, watch for high tides caused by these full moons.

Will these high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system accompanies the perigean spring tide. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate perigean spring tides.

Dates of closest full supermoons in past and future years. More often than not, the one day of the year that the full moon and perigee align also brings about the year’s closest perigee (also called proxigee). Because the moon has recurring cycles, we can count on the full moon and perigee to come in concert in periods of about one year, one month and 18 days.

Therefore, the full moon and perigee realign in periods of about one year and 48 days. So we can figure the dates of the closest full moons in recent and future years as:

March 19, 2011

May 6, 2012

June 23, 2013

August 10, 2014

September 28, 2015

November 14, 2016

January 2, 2018.

There won’t be a perigee full moon in 2017 because the full moon and perigee won’t realign again (after November 14, 2016) until January 2, 2018.

By the way, some astronomers will call all the full moons listed above proxigee full moons.

But, like you, we’ll have fun just calling ‘em supermoons.

What most call a Blue Moon isn't blue in color. It's only Blue in name. This great moon photo from EarthSky Facebook friend Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho. 
What does a full supermoon look like? Astronomers say you can’t really detect any difference with your eye between a supermoon and any ordinary full moon. This great moon photo is from EarthSky Facebook friend Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho.
What is a Black Moon? We had never heard the term Black Moon until early 2014. It doesn’t come from astronomy, or skylore, either. Instead, according to David Harper, the term comes from Wiccan culture. It’s the name for the second of two new moons in a month. January 2014, for example, had two new moons. Does a Black Moon have to be a supermoon in order to be called Black? No. You can read more about Black Moons here.

The next Black Moon by the second-of-two-new-moons-in-one-calendar-month definition will occur on October 30, 2016. Sten Odenwald at astronomycafe.net lists some other names for the second new moon in a calendar month: Spinner Moon, Finder’s Moon, Secret Moon.

However, we’ve also come across another definition for Black Moon: the third of four new moons to occur in one season. In 2015, the new moon coming on February 18 will present the third of four new moons in between the December 2014 solstice and the March 2015 equinox. This February 18, 2015 Black Moon will also be the closest new moon supermoon of 2015, but, once again, a seasonal Black Moon doesn’t necessarily have to be a supermoon.

Bottom line: The term supermoon doesn’t come from astronomy. It comes from astrology, and the definition is pretty generous so that there are 4 to 6 supermoons each year. This post explains what a supermoon is, how many will occur in 2014, which moon is the most “super” of all the 2014 supermoons, and gives a list of upcoming full supermoons for the years ahead.

See a supermoon! Awesome photos of the June 2013 full supermoon

check you exact time zone at:http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/moonphases.html...

Moon phases for UTC in year 2014
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The moon phase calculator shows exact times of the various moon phases for UTC in year 2014 or in other locations and years.

Helpful tips for Poison Ivy & Poison Oak

 

by Colleen Hulett

Poison Ivy 
Toxicodendron radicans
Rosemary Gladstar teaches one to learn how to identify poison ivy and oak, respect it and to keep our distance from it. She tells us they provide ground cover protection of the vibrations from sacred burial grounds and power centres in North America. How can we not respect poison ivy of Eastern N.A. and poison oak of Western N.A.? Besides, the plants when touched give us such a nasty rash!

The first thing anyone should do is go to the library and search for photos and drawings of the poisonous plants or go on a local herb walk and ask to be shown the plants. They can look very different depending on where they are growing. Poison ivy or oak can be a single plant, shrub, vine and can be toothed, etc. It always has only three leaves. An old saying, warning of the plants is “Leaves of three, Let it be.” Once you get to know the plant you can avoid it. About 65 percent of the population is allergic to these plants.Fels-Naptha Soap

Prepare for the Outdoors

Always dress properly when hiking in the woods. Wear pants and socks with hiking boots.

Burt's Bees Poison Ivy SoapIf you see the plants. . . wash your pants and socks afterwards with Fels-Naptha Soap or green soap. You should be able to find these soaps at your local camping store. Wash yourself with the same soap after a walk or with jewelweed soap. Burt’s Beeshas a good poison ivy soap containing jewelweed.

If you get a rash:

For those of you who are suffering right now with the awful rash I’ve put together some helpful tips I’ve learned from Rosemary and from experience with customers I have assisted. For severe poison rash that covers half the body or has extreme swelling, redness, or fever; or if you have it near your eyes, genitals or mouth, please consult your healthcare practitioner.

Do not use oil based preparations (salves and ointments) for itch on the rash because oil will spread the allergic substance from both plants.

NOW C-1000Heat activates oils and helps spread the rash so avoid the sun, hot showers and hot water. Stay cool to keep the itch down.

Avoid all sweets because they will aggravate the rash.

Vitamin C serves as a natural antihistamine that can help reduce swelling. It can also help prevent infection and spreading. Take at least 3,000 mg of Vitamin Cdaily.

Make a clay paste with water and apply to the rash. Let it completely dry, then rinse with cold water. Do not scrub off but soak dried clay with a wet cloth for removal. Any type of clay will work. You can either dig some up or purchase it at your local health food store.

Apply yogurt or buttermilk on all sensitive areas like around the eyes because it is slightly astringent and drying.

Soak in a bath of tepid water with baking soda for soothing relief. Apply Clay Mint toothpaste by Au Natural. This toothpaste is drying, cooling, and astringent and quickly relieves itching.

Herbal Remedies

Spotted Jewelweed
Impatiens capensis
A jewelweed or plantain poultice is a quick remedy if fresh plants are handy. Pick fresh jewelweed or plantain leaves and blend with a little water in a blender. Apply immediately to rash for soothing relief. Both plants may be close at hand if you are in the middle of the woods and you can chew the plantain and put it on the rash to stop the itch and heal the skin. You can pinch off jewelweed leaves and apply the milky juice to the rash. Do not chew the jewelweed.

The following herbal recipes can be made ahead of time to keep on hand during the summer months:

MUGWORT REMEDY

Fill a jar with fresh wilted mugwort. Cover with apple cider vinegar and let sit in a shaded warm area for two weeks. Strain and add one tablespoon salt for every pint. Apply frequently diluted with water. It will sting but not burn.

Goldenseal Powder
Goldenseal Root Powder
HERBAL LINIMENT

Add 1 oz goldenseal root powder, 1 oz myrrh powder, & 1/4 oz cayenne powder to 1 pint of rubbing alcohol. Let sit in a shady warm area for two weeks. Strain. Apply frequently diluted with water. It will sting but not burn.

Homeopathic Remedies

Many people have successfully taken homeopathic poison ivy/oak remedies for relief. A healing crisis may occur in some where the rash gets worse before getting better. However, in my experience, this has been rare. Many have had instant relief.

Grilled Chicken with Tomato, Lime & Cilantro Salsa

This dish is also delicious served cold or at room temperature over salad greens.

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chipotle chiles 
chicken breasts 
cilantro 
 
tomatoes 
scallions 
 
limes 
granulated sugar 
olive oil 
black peppercorns 
kosher salt

2 cups seeded, diced ripe tomatoes (2 to 3 medium tomatoes)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2 to 2 tsp. granulated sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 lime (about 1 tsp.)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. minced chipotle (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 to 2 lb.)

Prepare a medium-hot grill fire.

In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, lime juice, 1 Tbs. of the oil, 1-1/2 tsp. of the sugar, and the lime zest. If your tomatoes aren’t perfectly ripe and sweet, add the remaining 1/2 tsp. sugar. Season with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper, or to taste.

In another medium bowl, mix the chipotle, the remaining 2 Tbs. oil, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

Trim the chicken. If the tenderloins are still attached, remove them and save for another use. Use the flat side of a meat mallet to pound each chicken breast to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Add the chicken to the chipotle mixture and toss well to coat.

When the grill is ready, lay the chicken on the hot grill grates and cook, covered, until the chicken has grill marks and the edges turn opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the breasts and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice each breast crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the chicken on a platter and top with the salsa.

Make Ahead Tips

If you're serving at room temperature, the chicken can be grilled ahead. After grilling, let it cool for 20 minutes, refrigerate (for up to 8 hours), and slice just before serving with the salsa. The salsa ingredients may be prepared up to 2 hours ahead, but mix them together just before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Mexican Tomato Rice & Beans.

nutrition information (per serving): 
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 130; Fat (g): fat g 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1; Protein (g): protein g 14; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 4; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 190; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 35; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

PHOTO: SCOTT PHILLIPS

Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers

This burger gets a Middle Eastern twist from the addition of garlic, cumin, coriander, and fresh mint and parsely folded into the ground turkey. Fat is flavor, so for the best results, choose a ground turkey that's not too lean. Serve with Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce.

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coriander seeds 
paprika 
 
cumin seeds 
ground turkey 
 
garlic 
kosher salt 
 
mint 
flat-leaf parsley 
olive oil 
 
cayenne

1-1/2 lb. ground turkey, preferably including some dark meat (93% lean)
2 medium cloves garlic
Kosher salt
1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. cayenne

Gently break the meat into large pieces in a large bowl. Mince the garlic, sprinkle with 1-1/2 tsp. salt, and using the flat side of a chef's knife, smear and mash to a paste. Gently mix the garlic paste, mint, parsley, olive oil, paprika, cumin, coriander, and cayenne into the turkey. Shape the meat into 4 equal 1-inch-thick patties. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Prepare a medium charcoal or gas grill fire. Grill the burgers, covered with vents open, until nicely marked and just cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted in a burger should read 165°F), 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Serve with the Cucumber & Yogurt Sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these burgers with Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta on the side.

nutrition information (per serving): 
Calories (kcal): 400; Fat (g): fat g 26; Fat Calories (kcal): 230; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 7; Protein (g): protein g 36; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 4; Polyunsaturated Fat (g):5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 840; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 130; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

PHOTO: SCOTT PHILLIPS

Turkey-Chorizo Burgers with Guacamole

Adding chorizo to ground turkey boosts its flavor and makes these burgers juicier. Don’t use cured Spanish-style chorizo, though; instead, use the fresh Mexican-style sausage (learn more about the difference).

more about:

chorizo 
 
ground turkey 
kosher salt 
 
olive oil 
avocado 
 
cider vinegar 
cumin seeds 
Hot Sauce 
 
dinner rolls 
tomatoes

1/2 lb. fresh pork chorizo, casings removed
1 lb. ground turkey
Kosher salt
Olive oil, for the grill
1 medium ripe avocado, seeded and peeled
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 or 3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
4 rolls, split and toasted
1 medium ripe tomato, sliced

Prepare a medium (375°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

Over a large bowl, break up the chorizo into small pieces. Add the turkey and 1/2 tsp. salt and mix well with your hands. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Press the center of each patty with 3 fingers to make an indentation to help it keep its shape during cooking.

Oil the grill grates and grill the burgers, covered, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of a burger registers 165°F, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mash the avocado, vinegar, cumin, hot sauce, and 1/2 tsp. salt until fairly smooth.

Spread the guacamole over the bottom of each roll, top with a burger, tomato slices, and the top of the roll and serve.

nutrition information (per serving): 
Calories (kcal): 600; Fat (g): fat g 39; Fat Calories (kcal): 350; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 11; Protein (g): protein g 40; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 18; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 22; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 6; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1240; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 125; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

PHOTO: SCOTT PHILLIPS

A MAGIC SPELL TO FALL OUT OF LOVE WITH YOUR EX-LOVER OR TO CAST OUT A WORTHLESS FAMILY MEMBER FOREVER (THE BLACK WALNUT SPELL)

Be sure you want to break the link completely.

This is folk-magic, and it works. It is best worked in Fall, when the black walnuts are ready to harvest. Because it is performed naked, in the dark, it is not suitable for everyone.

You will need:

a piece of paper from a brown paper bag, freshly torn on
       all four sides
a small pencil with no eraser on it
matches
1 black candle -- it can be a plain offertory candle, a
       taper, or a figural candle of a human being or a devil.
black powder incense to which you should add Valerian
       Root, Red Pepper, and Mullein Leaves. (If you cannot find
       plain black powder incense and those herbs, use an
       herb-based mixture containing them, such as Black Arts
       incense.)
a silver-coloured metal bowl.
9 black walnuts in their green hulls.

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Place the walnuts in the bowl. Undress at midnight on a night when the moon is dark. Take all the supplies into your bathroom.

In the dark, with no light, write your ex-lover's name on the piece of paper, and say

      [Name of Person], 
      this is the last time i will write your name!

Light the candle, use the candle to light the incense, look at the name paper and say

      [Name of Person], 
      this is the last time i will see your name!

Fold the paper in half so the name can no longer be seen.

Draw a hot bath and throw the nine black walnuts into it. The water may turn brownish. Get into the bath with the walnuts. Pour the dark water over your head nine times and each time you pour it, say

      [Name of Person], 
      i wash you out of my life.

Arise from the bath and pull the plug. As the water runs out, pick up the candle and hold it over the bath water. Take the person's name-paper in your other hand and set it on fire with the candle. As it burns, say

      [Name of Person], 
      i burn you out of my life.

Drop the burning paper into the bath water, wait a brief moment, then plunge the candle upside down into the bath water to extinguish it while you say

      [Name of Person], 
      i extinguish you.

Do not dry yourself with a towel, only let the air dry you. When the water has all run out, collect the nine walnuts (and the husk fragments) and place them back in the bowl.

Now, still entirely naked, walk outside carrying the bowl of walnuts and throw them away at a crossroads or street intersection or, if that is impossible, throw them against a tree -- but be careful to not drop any pieces of them in your own yard. As you throw away the walnuts, say,

      [Name of Person], you are dead to me 
      And dead to me you'll always be

      Wander the world both near and far 
      But touch me not, for dead you are!

Carry the empty bowl home without looking back, wash it out, and put it away.

As long as you never write or speak the person's full name again, he or she will remain out of your life and your former love will be broken.

NOTE: I have read that this spell can be satisfactorily performed with English or Persian Walnuts (the kind sold in stores, not in their green husks), if the walnuts are prepared first. To do this, get 9 Walnuts and boil them in 3 quarts of water until the water evaporates down to 1 quart in volume and turns brown. Then place the walnuts and their water in the bowl, as described above, and proceed as described except that when it comes time to throw the Black Walnuts into the bath with their husks, throw in the boiled walnuts with their quart of brown water. The reason that English or Persian Walnuts are boiled first is that without the green husks, and not being Black Walnuts, they are milder, so their essence must be concentrated before use.

After you have performed the Black Walnut Spell, immediately commence the Cut and Clear Spell below.

A MAGIC SPELL TO DESTROY YOUR PAST CONNECTION TO A LOVER OR FRIEND 
AND DRAW A NEW AND BETTER LOVER OR FRIEND TO YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE 
(THE CUT AD CLEAR SPELL)

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Take a piece of lined paper and fold it in half the long way, then unfold it. You now have two columns side by side. In the left-hand column, make a list of the qualities this cheating lover or lying friend or bad seed family member had that you really loved and admired, whatever they are -- good looks, friendliness, humour, money, talents, sweet eyes -- WHATEVER it was you liked. Now, in the right-hand column, make a list of everything about him or her that you did not like, whatever that may have been -- the continual lies, immaturity, failure to come through on promises, fear of commitment, nasty language, alcohol or drug problems, whatever it was that disturbed you or turned your good moods to bad moods when you were around them. Try to make the lists about even in length.

Obtain the following items:

1 black Male or Female Figure Candle
1 bottle of Cut and Clear, Cast Off Evil, or Run Devil Run Dressing Oil
1 half-handful of Salt
1 pinch of red pepper powder
1 pinch of Graveyard Dirt
1 white Male or Female Figure Candle
1 bottle of Come to Me or Love Me type Dressing Oil
Dried flower petals (roses are best)
1 packet Cut and Clear Incense Powder
       -- something that will really clear your thoughts.
       King Solomon Wisdom, Clarity, pure Frankincense resin,
       or Frankincense mixed with Copal resin will also do.
       (Don't use a heavy incense like Myrrh or a sweet one
       like Benzoin or Vanilla or Musk.)
1 packet of Cut and Clear or Van Van type Sachet Powder
A pair of scissors (optional)

Set up your altar space like this:| | incense burner | | white candle l black candle dressed dressed with i with Cut and Clear Oil Come to Me Oil n or Run Devil Run Oil or Love Me Oil e or Cast Off Evil Oil | | | dried your dirt and pepper flower 2-column list: in ring of salt petals good side | bad side (in small dish) |

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First, lay down the line of Cut and Clear or Van Van type Sachet Powder where it says "line" in the layout and then arrange everything else. Dress the candles. Light the Incense Powder first, then the white candle, then the black candle. Center your thoughts and concentrate on clarity and wisdom. Say aloud:

Cut and clear.

Carefully crease the paper and cut or neatly tear it along the original fold, separating the two sides, and holding the "bad" side in your right hand and the "good" side in your left hand as you concentrate on your desire for clarity. When you feel the time is right, put both sides down in front of you and again say,

Cut and clear.

Then pick up the bad side of the list and say,

This is what i cast aside, cast out, and cannot abide and i will have no more

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-- and read the list of unpleasant qualities aloud, slowly, with great feeling. When you are finished, place a small pinch of the red pepper in the middle of the paper and fold it into a packet. Hold the packet over the black candle and set it on fire. As it burns, drop it down onto the salt. When it is finished burning, grind out the ashes into the salt and red pepper, mixing them all together. Then blow out the black candle.

Now pick up the list of good qualities and say,

This is what i desire, call forth, and require, and this will come to me

Read the list of good qualities out loud, slowly and with warm feeling. When you are finished, place three of the white flower petals in the middle of the paper and fold it into a packet. Hold the packet above the white candle flame to warm it, but do not set it on fire. Say,

Cut and clear, cut and clear, i'll keep the things that i hold dear

-- and touch the packet to your heart, then place it atop the rest of the flower petals, in front of the white candle.

Let the white candle burn all the way to the end, then take the packet and put it away someplace among your private things where no one will find it. The next man who loves you will come to you with as many of these good qualities as he can muster and will be an all-around better person than the last one.

When cleaning up after this spell, bury all the left-over incense ashes, white wax, and unused flower petals from the white / good side in your own yard. Carry the left overs from the black / bad side to a crossroads, or running water and throw them away so that passersby will disperse the energy they hold. The ground-up ashes, pepper, and salt should be thrown over your left shoulder as you walk away from the disposal-ground -- and don't look back.

Wear Cut and Clear conjure oil as a scent when you think you will have to see the person again, and you will not be drawn back into the relationship. 

How to make your Smudge sticks & Plant Guide

How to make your Smudge sticks

&

This helpful guide will help you gather the right plants for the right occasion.

 


 

Smudge sticks can be used for any ritual or just general house cleansing

Native American tribes used smudge sticks, there fires where always built with a combination of herbs and flowers, also the smoke signals were made with white sage, this herb produces a lot of smoke.

 

I have given you an alphabetical list of the herbs and flowers you can use also the meanings, which is helpful when you want to make a special one.

 

I have grown many of these herbs and flowers myself over the years, the different fragrant  smells from them, also are stunning having them around the house in pots or in the garden.  I pick many of them now off the mountains, only taking as much as I need and never digging the full plant up. Leave it in its own environment.  You benefit from them in every way then, it also keeps your costs down.

 

You will also need natural twine or cottons in different colours, the colours help define which rituals you have made them for, try to keep everything as natural  as you can. other materials give off toxins that can be really harmful.

 

You will also need a selection of herbs and plants that are appropriate

Collect a selection cut them neatly, I usually do this when it has been a dry day when the sun starts to go down, they are usually quite dry then, (full moon can be more beneficial to)  only take as much as you need and thank them afterwards, I usually tidy them up then give them some special  tea’s ( my own rotted down vegetables which  I strain off and then water down, the rest I don’t need then goes into the compost bin) always giving them my thanks and blessings.

 

Lay them flat on newspaper, when assembling them start at the bottom secure tightly with twine or cotton then wrap the twine or cotton around the herbs or plants making sure plenty of the leaves show through, while trying to encase them securely.

Always working from the bottom to the top and securing again at the top end  

Trim them when finished, don’t worry too much how messy they may look at this time everything will shrink as they dry then you can tidy them up.

 

Lay them on fresh paper and wrap tightly this helps them to dry quickly store in a cool dry place, changing the paper every day. If you don’t do this they will take longer to dry and then they will start to rot and smell fusty do this for about seven to 10 days.

 

Your smudge sticks should now be dry trim off any wayward leaves etc  

 

Always light your smudge stick with a candle, it’s easier this way as the smudge stick takes awhile to ignite fully once alight

place in a fire proof bowl. Once it starts burning gently blow the flame out it will then start to smoulder gently fan the smoke around yourself this will bring positive energy replacing all your negative thoughts with good ones

 

 

Guidelines

Never leave them unattended

Always blow out the flame leaving it to smoulder like an incense stick

Never inhale the smoke

Always dispose of the stick in  an environmentally friendly way

I usually run it under the tap and then put into the compost bin

 

Happy smudging and love and light

 

 

 

This helpful guide will help you gather the right plants for the right occasion.  

Agrimony – helps to see thing as they truly are , and for psychic shielding

 

 

Aloe – strong willpower and inner energy

 

Angelica –burn died leaves for protection and healing

 

Anise – keeps away nightmares

 

Apple- for love beauty friendship youth and innocence

 

Arnica – speed healing

 

Ash- the world tree purification and cleansing

 

Aspen – higher power

 

Basil – sacred whole spiritual  gives protection repels negativity brings wealth

 

Bay- guardian of the house protects against illness, burn leaves to produce visions

 

Beech-stability flow of energy protector of written wisdom guardian of knowledge

 

Black cohosh – positively and energy

 

Blessed thistle – protection against negative influences

 

Blessed thistle-brings spiritual and financial blessings fresh plant brings strengthening energy to the sickroom  

 

Blue flag iris – calming helps you trust those inner feelings

 

Borage – courage optimism

 

Broom- ardor


 

Cabbage-brings good luck

 

California poppy – spiritual highs awakening the light within

 

Camellia- perfect loveliness

 

Candytuft-indifference

 

Carnation- pure love

 

Carrot seed-illuminating use for visions and vision quests journeying

 

Caster oil plant – vitally mind and body

 

Catnip – awakens the mind body and soul encourages a psychic bond with cats attracts luck and happiness

 

Cayenne – creative energy and new phase of life

 

Centaury – self will and assertiveness

 

Chamomile-for meditation and relaxation use in prosperity charms to attract money soothes inner tensions the sun behind the clouds

 

Chickweed – helps you let go of the past

 

Chickweed-for attracting love and maintaining a relationship

 

Chicory – give love unselfishly

 

Chili- assures fidelity and love

 

Cinnamon- aphrodisiac draws money protection and success

 

Clove- banishes hostile or negative forces and helps to gain what is sought use it in spells to spot gossip

 

Clover- for love and fidelity  happiness

 

Coltsfoot-brings love wealth and peace

 

Comfrey- for safety when traveling

 

Cowslip – primrose keeps you grounded

 

Cranes bill – joy happiness

 

Cyclamen-for love and truth

 

Daffodil-in matters of regard

 

Dandelion –energy activity and inner ease enhances dreams and prophetic power

 

Dill – spiritually develop a understanding of our inner self’s

 

Dogwood- charm and finesse

 

Elder – calms fears strength

 

Elm- love light purification death and rebirth

 

Eucalyptus – librating effect helping one to except life as it is

 

Evening primrose – silent love and inner calm

 

Eyebright – insight and inner visions

 

Fennel- protects from curses

 

Feverfew – soothing and calming

 

Forget me not – deeper understanding of love

 

Gardenia- for peace and healing

 

Garlic – flower of power gives protection for fears anxieties and negative influences for magical healing protection and exorcism

 

Gentian – faith and confidence  you are unjust

 

Geranium- comfort

 

Ginger – relives tension and fear

 

Ginger- for success and empowerment

 

Ginseng – helps you connect to your spiritual side

 

Grape-for fertility and garden magic attracts money

 

Greater celandine – telepathic communication

 

Hawthorn –enhances love and opening the heart and hope  marriage fertility happiness protection of children

 

Hazel-wisdom fertility used for wands and divining

 

Heartsease – healing the heart and happiness

 

Hibiscus-attracts love aids divination and dreams

 

Holly-strongest protective tree dream magic wisdom and courage healing of subtle bodies insecurity lack of love

 

Hollyhock- use if you feel lonely cut off ,helps you over come barriers that hold you back  ambition

 

Honey suckle – helps you let go of the past strengthens the memory

 

Hops – spiritual growth improves health and induces sleep goddess  energy

 

Horse chestnut – the flower of Jupiter helps to calm mind and to learn life lessons

 

Hyacinth-for love and protection

 

Hyssop – forgiveness   purification dispels negativity


 

Jasmine-induces lucid dreaming brings good fortune in love friendship and wealth raises self esteem  awareness and wisdom

 

Juniper- calms and brings good health .berries ward off evil

 

Ladies mantle – eternal for female divine power

 

Ladies slipper – inner strength and calming wisdom

 

Larch – hidden abilities

 

Lavender-purifying brings peace and happiness love and helps sweet dreams calms the mind spiritual growth

 

Lemon- attracts happiness relives stress

 

Lemon balm – lifts the spirits strength and courage

 

Lettuce-induces sleep assists in divination

 

Lily of the valley- brings peace harmony and love

 

Lime- increases energy encourages loyalty

 

Linden lime – love sweetness peace happiness

 

Lotus- emblem of enlightenment elevates and protects

 

Magnolia- assures fidelity

 

Marigold – the cycles of life for communication

 

Meadow sweet – peace and harmony

 

Mistletoe- for protection love and visionary ability hang on the bed post for beautiful dreams strength and energy

 

Mugwort – enhances moon like receptive quality of the psychic awareness of dream world  inner light helps you to be true to your self

 

Mullein – Mustard – inner peace and joy

 

Nasturainium – warmth vitality earthly

 

Nettle – re – establish unity

 

Oak- wisdom strength endurance grooves of oak trees associated with prophecy and divination strength willpower courage

 

Olive- brings peace of mind and fidelity in love fruitfulness an security peace and inner strength

 

Opium poppy – strength and courage

 

Orange- attracts peace power and luck

 

Oregon grape – self love trust and good will

 

Orris- attracts love and romance

 

Passion flower – helps you get in touch with your inner soul calms the spirit fosters friendship brings peace and understanding

 

Penny royal- increases alertness helps peace between partners

 

Peony – strength helps with disturbing dreams

 

Peppermint – awakens the mind body and soul

 

Periwinkle – closeness clears the mind

 

Pine- grounding and cleansing for use with a fresh start repels evil cleansing and purifying  forgiveness

 

Pique flower – enhances the inner strength

 

Prunellia -  confidence  self heal

 

Purple cornflower – Echinacea helps to bring about a sense of wholeness and inner peace  

 

Red clover – balancer self awareness

 

Rice- attracts fertility and money

 

Rock rose – courage

 

Rose  Hybid – love warmth

 

Rose- blesses love domestic peace generosity and beauty

 

Rosemary – clarity inner peace

 

Rosemary- protects the home brings mental clarity and sharpens memory

 

Rowan- protection against evil enchantment and negative energy’s development of psychic powers

 

Sage – inner peace and wisdom  brings wisdom fertility healing and long life

 

Silver birch-new beginnings healing mysteries of the maiden

 

Skullcap – relaxation

 

St johns wort – dispels fears an negatives

 

Strawberry- for love and luck

 

Sundew – keeps you focused

 

Sunflower –happiness joy and inner light

 

Sweet chestnut – inner transformation

 

Sweet marjoram – helps you to be more self reliant

 

Sweet pea-  for friendship and courage

 

Sweet violet – openness and warmth


 

Thorn apple – it opens doors to perception

 

Thyme – increase in energy and long life for courage and confidence

 

Tiger lily – inner calm harmony and good

 

Tobacco- introduces sacred spirit

 

Valerian- brings love and harmony

 

Vervain – more balanced with life  for inner strength and peace

 

Violet- contentment and love

 

Wallflower- confidence beauty in the inner self  and fidelity in adversity

 

Walnut – protection and self fulfillment

 

Water lily – releases your fears

 

Which hazel – helps when you feel impure

 

Willow- love and regeneration lunar and feminine rhythms healing and to empower wishes and good fortune

 

Wood betony – higher spiritual energies

 

Yarba Santa – promotes the release of unresolved emotions

 

Yarrow – protects against negative influences and psychic influences

 

Yew- immortality transformation and inner wisdom

 

 

 

 

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Ancient Egyptian Magic

 

By Dr Geraldine Pinch
Last updated 2011-02-17

[Amulet of Thoth in the British Museum]

From everyday healing to treachery in the court of King Ramesses III, magic pervaded every aspect of ancient Egyptian life. Geraldine Pinch delves into the underworld...

 

Magicians

In Egyptian myth, magic (heka) was one of the forces used by the creator to make the world. Through heka, symbolic actions could have practical effects. All deities and people were thought to possess this force in some degree, but there were rules about why and how it could be used.

The most respected users of magic were the lector priests...

Priests were the main practitioners of magic in pharaonic Egypt, where they were seen as guardians of a secret knowledge given by the gods to humanity to 'ward off the blows of fate'. The most respected users of magic were the lector priests, who could read the ancient books of magic kept in temple and palace libraries. In popular stories such men were credited with the power to bring wax animals to life, or roll back the waters of a lake.

[Sekhmet] Statue of Sekhmet  ©Real lector priests performed magical rituals to protect their king, and to help the dead to rebirth. By the first millennium BC, their role seems to have been taken over by magicians (hekau). Healing magic was a speciality of the priests who served Sekhmet, the fearsome goddess of plague.

Lower in status were the scorpion-charmers, who used magic to rid an area of poisonous reptiles and insects. Midwives and nurses also included magic among their skills, and wise women might be consulted about which ghost or deity was causing a person trouble.

Amulets were another source of magic power, obtainable from 'protection-makers', who could be male or female. None of these uses of magic was disapproved of - either by the state or the priesthood. Only foreigners were regularly accused of using evil magic. It is not until the Roman period that there is much evidence of individual magicians practising harmful magic for financial reward.

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Techniques

[Detail from an ivory wand showing one of the 'fearsome' deities at the command of the magician] Detail from an ivory wand  ©Dawn was the most propitious time to perform magic, and the magician had to be in a state of ritual purity. This might involve abstaining from sex before the rite, and avoiding contact with people who were deemed to be polluted, such as embalmers or menstruating women. Ideally, the magician would bathe and then dress in new or clean clothes before beginning a spell.

Metal wands representing the snake goddess Great of Magic were carried by some practitioners of magic. Semi-circular ivory wands - decorated with fearsome deities - were used in the second millennium BC. The wands were symbols of the authority of the magician to summon powerful beings, and to make them obey him or her.

[An ivory wand in the British Museum] Ivory wand  ©

Private collections of spells were treasured possessions, handed down within families.

Only a small percentage of Egyptians were fully literate, so written magic was the most prestigious kind of all. Private collections of spells were treasured possessions, handed down within families. Protective or healing spells written on papyrus were sometimes folded up and worn on the body.

A spell usually consisted of two parts: the words to be spoken and a description of the actions to be taken. To be effective all the words, especially the secret names of deities, had to be pronounced correctly. The words might be spoken to activate the power of an amulet, a figurine, or a potion. These potions might contain bizarre ingredients such as the blood of a black dog, or the milk of a woman who had born a male child. Music and dance, and gestures such as pointing and stamping, could also form part of a spell.

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Protection

[alt] Headrest of a scribe protected with protective deities including the god Bes, who warded off evil demons from the headrest's owner as he slept  ©Angry deities, jealous ghosts, and foreign demons and sorcerers were thought to cause misfortunes such as illness, accidents, poverty and infertility. Magic provided a defence system against these ills for individuals throughout their lives.

Stamping, shouting, and making a loud noise with rattles, drums and tambourines were all thought to drive hostile forces away from vulnerable women, such as those who were pregnant or about to give birth, and from children - also a group at risk, liable to die from childhood diseases.

The wands were engraved with the dangerous beings ...

Some of the ivory wands may have been used to draw a protective circle around the area where a woman was to give birth, or to nurse her child. The wands were engraved with the dangerous beings invoked by the magician to fight on behalf of the mother and child. They are shown stabbing, strangling or biting evil forces, which are represented by snakes and foreigners.

Supernatural 'fighters, such as the lion-dwarf Bes and the hippopotamus goddess Taweret, were represented on furniture and household items. Their job was to protect the home, especially at night when the forces of chaos were felt to be at their most powerful.

Bes and Taweret also feature in amuletic jewellery. Egyptians of all classes wore protective amulets, which could take the form of powerful deities or animals, or use royal names and symbols. Other amulets were designed to magically endow the wearer with desirable qualities, such as long life, prosperity and good health.

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Healing

Magic was not so much an alternative to medical treatment as a complementary therapy. Surviving medical-magical papyri contain spells for the use of doctors, Sekhmet priests and scorpion-charmers. The spells were often targeted at the supernatural beings that were believed to be the ultimate cause of diseases. Knowing the names of these beings gave the magician power to act against them.

Since demons were thought to be attracted by foul things, attempts were sometimes made to lure them out of the patient's body with dung; at other times a sweet substance such as honey was used, to repel them. Another technique was for the doctor to draw images of deities on the patient's skin. The patient then licked these off, to absorb their healing power.

Acting out the myth would ensure that the patient would be cured...

Many spells included speeches, which the doctor or the patient recited in order to identify themselves with characters in Egyptian myth. The doctor may have proclaimed that he was Thoth, the god of magical knowledge who healed the wounded eye of the god Horus. Acting out the myth would ensure that the patient would be cured, like Horus.

Collections of healing and protective spells were sometimes inscribed on statues and stone slabs (stelae) for public use. A statue of King Ramesses III (c.1184-1153 BC), set up in the desert, provided spells to banish snakes and cure snakebites.

[Statue of Horus] Horus  ©A type of magical stela known as a cippusalways shows the infant god Horus overcoming dangerous animals and reptiles. Some have inscriptions describing how Horus was poisoned by his enemies, and how Isis, his mother, pleaded for her son's life, until the sun god Ra sent Thoth to cure him. The story ends with the promise that anyone who is suffering will be healed, as Horus was healed. The power in these words and images could be accessed by pouring water over the cippus. The magic water was then drunk by the patient, or used to wash their wound.

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Curses

Though magic was mainly used to protect or heal, the Egyptian state also practised destructive magic. The names of foreign enemies and Egyptian traitors were inscribed on clay pots, tablets, or figurines of bound prisoners. These objects were then burned, broken, or buried in cemeteries in the belief that this would weaken or destroy the enemy.

In major temples, priests and priestesses performed a ceremony to curse enemies of the divine order, such as the chaos serpent Apophis - who was eternally at war with the creator sun god. Images of Apophis were drawn on papyrus or modelled in wax, and these images were spat on, trampled, stabbed and burned. Anything that remained was dissolved in buckets of urine. The fiercest gods and goddesses of the Egyptian pantheon were summoned to fight with, and destroy, every part of Apophis, including his soul (ba) and his heka. Human enemies of the kings of Egypt could also be cursed during this ceremony.

Magical figurines were thought to be more effective if they incorporated something from the intended victim, such as hair, nail-clippings or bodily fluids.

This kind of magic was turned against King Ramesses III by a group of priests, courtiers and harem ladies. These conspirators got hold of a book of destructive magic from the royal library, and used it to make potions, written spells and wax figurines with which to harm the king and his bodyguards. Magical figurines were thought to be more effective if they incorporated something from the intended victim, such as hair, nail-clippings or bodily fluids. The treacherous harem ladies would have been able to obtain such substances but the plot seems to have failed. The conspirators were tried for sorcery and condemned to death.

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The dead

All Egyptians expected to need heka to preserve their bodies and souls in the afterlife, and curses threatening to send dangerous animals to hunt down tomb-robbers were sometimes inscribed on tomb walls. The mummified body itself was protected by amulets, hidden beneath its wrappings. Collections of funerary spells - such as the Coffin Texts and the Book of the Dead - were included in elite burials, to provide esoteric magical knowledge.

The soul had to overcome the demons it would encounter by using magic words and gestures.

The dead person's soul, usually shown as a bird with a human head and arms, made a dangerous journey through the underworld. The soul had to overcome the demons it would encounter by using magic words and gestures. There were even spells to help the deceased when their past life was being assessed by the Forty-Two Judges of the Underworld. Once a dead person was declared innocent they became an akh, a 'transfigured' spirit. This gave them akhw power, a superior kind of magic, which could be used on behalf of their living relatives.

 

Egyptian Prosperity Magic for Beginners~

 

The ancient Egyptians had a different spin on prosperity, and it requires a change in thinking. Prosperity was not individual, though they did have upper and lower classes. Prosperity was agriculturally-based, so if the crops thrived, everyone benefited; if they failed, it affected everyone. So, how can a modern practitioner approach Egyptian prosperity magic? Simply put, light a black candle.

Black, really? For the ancient Egyptians, black symbolized fertility and abundance. It was the color of the earth laid down by the annual inundation. Fertile soil meant abundant harvests; in ancient Egypt, that meant prosperity. Other colors appropriate for Egyptian prosperity: green and white. Green symbolized the lush vegetation that grew around the river and in the Delta. White was the skin of Osiris, god of the Underworld, and he was associated with rebirth and regeneration.

Items of great value to a desert people were water, wood, and tree resins. The Nile aided in trade and moving materials and people. Ebony and cedarwood were treasures few could afford. And, even the Bible attests to the value of tree resins; frankincense and myrrh were two of the gifts brought to the Christ child. What about gold? Gold was plentiful, as evidenced by the many artifacts found that were crafted in gold, though silver was a more scarce commodity.

Prosperity had nothing to do with money in ancient Egypt, since it had not yet been invented. The Greeks introduced coinage to the Egyptians during their occupation of the land. So, a wealthy man in Egypt did not possess caches of gold and silver, but he might show off his wealth with beautifully crafted jewelry and furniture of imported wood.

So, what does this have to do with prosperity today? If one wishes to practice Egyptian magic, one must understand where their spells came from. Approaching Egyptian magic is not like other traditional paths; Egyptian magic is more forceful, filled with threats and curses to the gods, and definitely, the spells are written from a great need.

That is not to imply that other traditions do not write their spells from the heart or from a need, but the spells of the ancient Egyptians reflect their love of their gods, their land, and their fellow man. Reading the literature, religious and secular, that has been left and meticulously translated really brings their beliefs to life, and proves they are just as relevant today as they were when they were written millennia ago.

Using this as a starting point, let’s look at some simple ways to use Egyptian magic for prosperity by today’s practitioner. Since the vast majority of ancient peoples were illiterate, all of the magical practices were performed by priests in the temples. Pagans today are cast in the role of high priest and are therefore responsible for their own worship.

The temples performed rituals to the gods three times daily, at sunrise, noon, and sunset. Offerings of food, grains, incense, and other items were presented to the gods, libations were placed in the sanctuary, and oil and incense pots were lit. In your role as high priest, you need to set aside a time, not necessarily three times every day, that will work for you to perform your spells and rituals.

Start with an appropriately colored candle, which will work nicely in place of an oil pot. The candle does not have to be anointed, though many practitioners do like to anoint their candles. Anise, cinnamon, sesame, and acacia are all good prosperity oils that would have been used by the Egyptians. Cinnamon was a favorite spice for the Egyptians, often offered to the gods in the temples and used heavily in preparing the dead for their journey into the Underworld.

Next, light an appropriate incense. Whether cone or stick or loose, it really is a matter of choice to the individual practitioner. Resinous incenses, frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, acacia, and copal would all be good choices. Frankincense and myrrh were two resins burned extensively in the Egyptian temples, as well as specific blends, and some of the recipes do survive to the present. Frankincense was considered the tears of Ra and acacia wood was used for sarcophagi.

The gods always appreciated a good libation and, surprisingly, beer would be an excellent choice. Though the upper classes did enjoy a variety of wines, locally produced, as well as from Cyprus, Kush, Canaan, and other Mesopotamian regions, beer was drunk by all in ancient Egypt. It was brewed in large quantities by the temples, but it was also brewed personally by the average citizen. Brewing beer was even considered an acceptable excuse to not report for work.

Acceptable libations to the gods would include beer, wine, and any number of fruit juices. Wines were fermented not only from grapes, but from dates, figs, plums, and pomegranates. A glass of grape or prune juice would be just as pleasing an offering as would an expensive wine. Water, though used in some rituals in other traditions, would have been too precious for use in rituals, preferring instead to use water in purifying the priests before entering into the presence of the gods.

Purity was strictly observed in the temples. All priests were circumcised, bathed four times each day, and shaved their entire bodies before they were allowed in the sanctuaries. Only the high priests were allowed in the inner sanctuary, where they tended to the statue of the god.

Offerings to the gods ran the spectrum from animals sacrificed specifically for the ritual to flowers, grains, spices, fruits, incense, resins, and vegetables. The choice is up to the practitioner. Obviously, slaughtering an animal is no longer a practice in Pagan religions, but there are plenty of offerings available that would be just as pleasing. A handful of sesame or pumpkin seeds, cinnamon sticks, a bunch of grapes, a pomegranate, a bunch of marigolds, all would be pleasing to the gods.

Now that all is in readiness to make your plea to the ancient gods—what do you say? The ancient Egyptians loved word play and, unfortunately, many of their intentions have been lost in translation. However, the ancients believed that the words themselves had a magic all their own. Spells and rituals did not have to rhyme or have a particular cadence; it was the words that carried the power of the spell to the god’s ear.

What does this mean to today’s practitioner? It means a little bit of work because you will be either writing your own spells or speaking off the cuff at the moment of ritual. You see, in Egyptian magic, there are no right or wrong words. The words should come from the heart and speak to the nature of the request. And, be specific. If you are in desperate need of a new job, then say so. Don’t use flowery language, just state the purpose of the spell.

Now, the next dilemma: which god to address? The gods associated with fertility would be the most obvious choice: Osiris, Min, Hapy, Ptah, Hathor, Renenutet, though there are others. And, the god Amun hears all requests, so he would be a good choice for the beginner. Amun was venerated throughout ancient Egypt, eventually being considered the state god. His temples and priesthood were almost as powerful as the king, to the point where the temples actually held more land and wealth than the ruler of the empire. Yet, he was the god of the common man, as well. Many Egyptians had a niche in their homes for personal devotion and Amun was quite popular. He may have been popular with the common man because Amun was an accessible god. Questions could be posed to the god’s statue during festivals, though the answer was conveyed by the priests. Amun was often called upon to settle disputes, bring blessings, and cure illnesses. So, for an all-around god, Amun would be beneficial to the beginner.

You have all the tools at your disposal to call upon the ancient Egyptian gods. Their appearances may be odd (gods with animal heads or bodies), but their appearances had a purpose in the Egyptian cosmology. Getting past appearances, the gods exist as they did thousands of years ago, just waiting to be called upon again. All they ask from you, the practitioner, is the respect that any deity should be shown, and a vessel of beer now and again.

by~Claudia R. Dillaire

Magic Types

 Magic is the art in which a magician expends magical energy into something usable, such as a spell. Magicians must be extremely careful while doing magic because if they exert too much energy, their lifeforce will burn to ashes.

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Divine Words

Divine Words, or words of power, are Ancient Egyptian pronunciations for hieroglyphs; magicians speak them to create or tweak reality. To use them, no papyrus or other equipment, such as amulets, potions, shabti, and statues are needed. Sadie Kane can only speak Divine Words by tapping into the power of Isis as she was initially the host of the goddess. However, with Isis' power, she can speak almost every Divine Word in the world. Carter Kane, though not as proficent at this type of magic, has been shown to be able to speak fourteen Divine Words over the progression of the series. Due to being the former host of Horus, Carter can effortlessly summon the Eye of Horus symbol.

It is shown that, to be Chief Lector, a magician needs to be able to speak a good number of Divine Words. Former Chief Lectors Iskander and Desjardins were strong enough to summon a cloud of hieroglyphs around them. Amos can also do this, albeit only when he becomes very angry or emotional. Words of power can also be used to use the Path of the Gods as Carter can use the Divine Word khefa to summon the Fist of Horus.

List of Hieroglyphic Spells/Divine Words with their English Translations

Ma'at - "Order" - The most powerful spell in existence and can restore order in times of chaos or disaster. Used by Sadie Kane.

Ilen En-mar- This is a spell which causes the target to approach you. Used by Amos.

Khefa - "Fist" - Summons a fist of energy; for people channeling the power of the god, the Fist of Horus. Used by Carter Kane.

Sa-mir - "Pain" - Causes extreme agony for the victim. Used by Carter.

Ha-di - "Destroy" - This is a spell which causes the target to explode. Used by Sadie and Sarah Jacobi.

Hah-ri - This is a spell which causes silence. It can be used to disable earthquakes and put people to sleep. Used by Sadie and Iskandar.

Ha-tep - "Be at peace" - This spell destroys all negative feelings and also calms rogue creatures. Used by Carter.

Ha-wi - "Strike" - This is a spell used to strike the opponent; for people channeling the power of the god, the Fist of Horus. Used by Set and Carter.

Hi-nehm - "Join" - This is a spell used to join or re-construct broken objects. It can also be used to connect two things like statues and shadows or pebbles and rocks and can even be used to bind a sheut to a shabti once it is summoned inside. Used by Sadie, Walt, Desjardins, Carter and Amos.

A'max - "Burn" - This spell summons a fire to burn the target. It is the opposite of Maw. Used by Amos and Zia.

Sa-hei - "Bring down" - This is a spell which brings down entire buildings like the Hall of Ages. Used by Kwai.

N-dah - "Protect" - This is a spell used to shield people or objects. It is stronger if used with protective circles. Used by Carter and Sadie.

Heh-sieh - This causes something to halt and turn back. Used by Desjardins.

W'peh - "Open" - It is used to open things, even portals and summon gods. Used by Sadie, Zia, and Julius Kane.

Zeheb - This spell makes the target return to its home. Used by Sadie. Opposite of Ilen En-mar used by Amos and closely related to Heh-sieh used by Desjardins.

Sahad - This spell is closely related to W'peh except that it unlocks doors and opening is not involved. Used by Sadie and Zia.

Tas - "Bind" - This command spell causes any string-related object to wrap around a foe and can be used to control the Seven Ribbons of Hathor. It can also disable any present magic. Used by Sadie, Carter, Zia, Julius, and Setne.

Heqat - It is the command spell to transform a rod into a staff and to summon a staff.Used by Sadie, Leonid, Zia, and Julius.

Med-wah - "Speak" - A spell used to communicate between two or more different languages by turning the foreign language(s) into English. Used by Amos.

Fah - "Release" - A spell that is used to release something or a spell's magic. Used by Sadie and Isis.

Hapi u-ha ey pwah - "Hapi, arise and attack" - A spell used to summon Hapi, the God of the Nile. This can only be used in the Nile. Presumably used numerous times by Setne prior to the books. Used by Setne and Carter.

Se-kebeb -  "Make Cold" -This spell is used to summon ice or cold. Used by Felix.

Isfet - "Chaos" - This spell is the opposite of Ma'at and reeks chaos. Used by Apophis and Menshikov.

I'mun - "Hide" - This spell turns releases a dark cloud which turns the user(s) invisible. However the spell requires black linen and the same number shabtis as the number of people. Can be seen by a powerful magician. Used by Zia and Carter.

Sa-per - "Miss" - This spell causes the target to completely miss their target. Used by Alyssa.

Drowah - "Boundry" - This spell causes a wall of light to appear to separate two things or defend something. Used by Sadie.

Maw - "Water" - This spell summons water to douse the target. Used by Carter.

I-ei - "Come" - This spell causes any god or mystical object to come. Used by Julius.

Elemental Magic

Doughboy stated that there are 5 main elements: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Cheese. Zia is a fire elementalist, Leonid is an air elementalist.  Michel Desjardins and Alyssa are earth elementalists. A cheese elementalist was shown attacking the Hall of Ages alongside Sarah Jacobi as a part of her elite kill-squad during the third book. There are also elemental demons which can use the element they are made off. Cheese demons are quite dangerous as Carter says, in the Son of Sobek, the entire 21st Nome and Sadie Kane were learning how to defeat them.

While not being one of the main five, Light and Darkness are also other elements that can be used such as when Sadie Kane utilizes them against Thoth's shabti, the tjesu heru, enemy magicians in the Battle of Brooklyn House. Ice is also another element although Sadie Kane and Felix are the only magicians that have been shown to use it. Elemental magic can be employed by speaking Divine Words and/or English, although it is much harder unless the magican is familiar with the element. When a magician has become proficient with their element, they do not need to speak to be able to use elemental magic such as Zia, Leonid, Desjardins, Alyssa etc.

Storm Magic

Storm Magic, also referred to as Chaos magic, is a branch of Elemental magic that specializes in summoning weather disasters. It is not good magic and magicians do not use it, unless following the path of a Chaos god, such as Set or Apophis. With storm magic, magicians are able to use extreme winds, lightning, tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes etc. Storm magic also enables the user to summon deserts and sand-based disasters as Egypt experiences many of these. Storm magic and combat magic can also be employed simultaneously, an example being Amos Kane with the Set avatar.

Other Magic
Glamor

A spell that deceives the weak minds of mortals and even demons, allowing a gods, magicians, and demons to appear differently. Once a magician becomes aware of the spell, their glamor becomes see-through. However, on mortals, it works just fine and it is effective to move around security. It also makes it so that mortals can have a understandable explanation of events, such as destruction created by demons or a group of magicians fighting gods. Setne was able to manipulate a glamour with a tas spell to become a binding until the glamour was dispelled.

Similar to the "Mist" in the Greek-Roman stories.

Demon Controlling

Unknown spells can be used to control Demons. Many magicians have used these spells.

Seven Ribbons of Hathor

A spell which summons seven ribbons and binds a god or magician, banishing them to the Duat. This was used by Zia Rashid against Serqet, goddess of scorpions, in the New York Museum when she was trying to save Carter and Sadie Kane. However, this spell can only be used once an year due to its immense restricting force (the ribbons are powerful magical items that can be made by a charm maker, each set takes a year to recharge after use but in though if a magician has more than one set then they will be able to cast it multiple times a year). Setne has the Ribbons of Hathor to prevent him from going on a killing spree and Zia and Carter Kane are able to use it to control him, binding him up more when need be by using the spell tas and are able to make the Ribbons appear and disappear as well. Setne somehow escapes from the Ribbons eventually.

Summoning Spell

A spell that summons a shabti or a minor creature out of the Duat. However, if it is powerful object like a part of the soul, then it only shows itself and its location. Zia uses this on Apophis' shadow and because its a part of the soul, it merely shows itself in front of them. Zia refers to it as being simple to cast, but ghosts like Setne are unable to cast it like many other spells.

Telepathy

This is the art of manipulating another's mind with one's own. Used by gods and Magicians alike, it has many applications. It can be used to overpower the will, forcing the target to perform actions against their choosing, such as when Set possessed Amos Kane. In the case of the gods, using extreme telepathy can cause their hosts to burn up or lose their sanity completely.

Sleep Spell

A spell to force sleep onto another opponent. This is also handy against security and if they draw weapons on you. After this spell wears off and the targets awake, their memories are rubbed about the magician. Sadie Kane used it to calm down Amos in The Red Pyramid. It was also used by Carter Kane, when chasing Sadie in The Throne of Fire. It was never mentioned again in the series.

Magical Persuasion

This type of magic is used by Apophis, Setne, Amos Kane, and Sadie Kane. It is done by lacing one's words with magic so that it persuades the target to do what the magician wants. To do this, you need to exert your magic on your target. Despite the imminent threat of Apophis and resurrecting Ra, Amos calmed down the initates of Brooklyn House with magical persuasion. Later, Setne used it to get Sadie to tell Julius/Osiris to release Setne although it didn't work as Julius/Osiris was aware of the ghost's powers.

Setne also tried to get Carter to let down his guard with magical persuasion but Horus alerted Carter, since gods are seemingly immune to a mortal using it. Apophis also has a specialty of magical persuasion and it is so potent that the victim doesn't realize what he is doing until it is too late, such as with Kwai and Vlad Menshikov. It is so great that Face of Horror, hosting a tiny fraction of Apophis' power, almost succeeded in getting Set to destroy the world.

Similar to the "Charmspeak" ability in Greek-Roman series

Surveillance Magic

This magic is used to see into the Duat, the magical realm underneath the mortal world. Using it, a magician can locate people even in the dark, gods, demons, godlings etc. Carter used it to see Thoth and how many demons were attacking him, estimating the time Thoth had before he would be overwhelmed. When reinforced with power from gods, the magician can see further in the Duat and his/her senses are expanded greatly. This was used by Carter and Sadie Kane.

Telekinesis

This is the art of moving objects using the brain. Carter possesses this ability and uses it on a number of occasions throughout the books. Jaz can also use this as she hurled enemy magicians, who were attacking her from afar. So far, only Carter and Jaz can use telekinesis and there aren't many magicians that can use telekinesis since it is a very unique magical ability.

Portal Summoning

This magic is used to go from one place to the other. However, it is very difficult and therefore, is usually done with artifacts, even those that aren't from Ancient Egypt but are replicas. It can also be done with anything in the shape of a pyramid or obelisk. A portal is described a swirling vortex of sand. A portal cannot be used in the Demon Days unless using the power of a god or goddess of magic like Isis or Thoth. When Apophis was loose, the portals didn't reach their destination as displayed by Sadie unless opened by a god or their host like with Walt/Anubis. Sadie Kane has summoned a portal in every book.

Duat Travel

Strong magicians can pass through the Duat and go to their destination in the world, in a short matter of time. Amos can travel from London to Brooklyn, New York in a couple of hours. Although to journey through long distances, a travelling item is needed like Amos' boat. Carter and Sadie can also use this, by tapping into the powers of Horus and Isis respectively, but can only pass through small spaces, like into Menshikov's palace.

Transformation

Transformation, also known as morphing, is magic used by magicians to transform their body into another using magic. This is done only for a short period of time as sustained transformations can result in the magician being unable to change back. It can also result in a magician burning up from staying too long. If following the path of a god, or hosting one, the magician usually assumes the form of the god's sacred animal. For example, Carter can transform into a falcon while Sadie can morph into a kite. When transforming via the power of the gods, the magician can stay longer in the morphed state although it is much more difficult to change back. This is evidenced when Carter had trouble transforming back and Sadie was stuck as a kite for a while.

Forceful Transformation

This is a version of Transformation that is used by magicians to transform another person's body into something else using magic. This is done by overpowering the person's will and morphing them. Typically, magicians transform the target into an animal they know since it requires less energy. When used via the power of the gods, the magician can gain enough strength to forcefully transform another god into whatever they want. This was shown when Carter, after becoming the Eye of Horus, overpowered Set's will and forcefully morphed him into a fruit bat although it wasn't very long since Set overcame the transformation.

Scrying

A magician learns to scry as an initiate. Scrying involves a spell with a bowl of oil to see other faraway places. If the place is being concealed or in presence of a god or goddess or their host, the bowl will erupt in black flames which are lethal in a close distance. Walt Stone created a scrying bowl for Carter Kane, though it was automatic as Carter never learned how to scry.

Sympathetic Magic

Sympathetic magic is a powerful form of magic that binds a target's soul completely to an object somewhat similar to the target. Thus, if any damage is caused to the object, the same thing will happen to the target. It is very useful in execration spells. It needs usage of the target's secret name. It was used by Vladimir Menshikov to bind Death-to-Corks to a corkscrew and used to execrate Death-to-Corks. Divine magic can be used via sympathetic magic, as the Path of the Gods also require a connection between the god and the magician. Carter and Sadie both connect with Horus and Isis respectively with their common emotions, being able to do many of the powerful spells they had lost access to after giving up the gods, until they learn to channel their respective god's power without it.

Execration

This magic is very powerful and destructive. Execrating someone erases the being completly from existance, destroying their bodies,their soul (except for the shadow) and even their secret name. It is described as being effective in destroying all manner of beings from mortals, magicians, ghosts and demons. With gods, it isn't able to erase them completly, but instead banishes them deep into the Duat for a long time until they can regain enough power to rise again to the mortal world.

Execrating someone generates a lot of power and that can be used to power spells. It was first used by Vladimir Menshikov on his minion, Death-to corks, to summon Set. In this case he used a corkscrew as Death-to-Corks had a corkscrew head. It was used again by Michel Desjardins to execrate Apophis for a while using what is refered to as a makeshift shabti of Apophis, leaving time to the Kane siblings to teach other magicians the Path of the Gods.

Shadow Execration

This is magic that is a highly kept secret of the gods as it has the potential to destroy them completely. This version of execration is used to finally destroy Apophis where so much else had failed. The spell takes the power of both Kanes and Horus and Isis to work, but they succed in execrating Apophis' shadow, destroying him. This version of an execration is very similar to the normal version: instead of performing the execration on a shabti or other representation of the target, it is used on a shabti that the sheut of the being is bound to.

The hard part is the amount of power needed to cast the spell which can cost the magician their life and locating the target's sheut which if its a god is kept well hidden. The spell has to be cast in the god's presence, but is the same besides that. While restoring Bes' ren using his sheut, Walt Stone has Sadie do it by reversing an execration spell once he has captured the sheut in a shabti. This returns the sheut to Bes and restores him to normal.

Other Forms of Magic
Statuary magic

This form of magic is used to create perfect shabtis or transporting armies. Chief Lector Iskander could do this type of magic.

Divining

This form of magic is used to see bits of the future. Ruby Kane could use this type of magic. It is said to be incredibly rare with Ruby being the first person to posses this power in centuries. Even as a ghost she still possesed it. It's possible Jaz also possesses it, though this is unconfirmed, as she was aware that Sadie would need a special healing statue of Carter in the future and that she wouldn't be there to help at the time.

Music

According to Thoth, music is a form of magic as Elvis Presley a famous magician.