The roots of Hogmanay perhaps reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Norse, as well as incorporating customs from the Gaelic New Year's celebration of Samhain. In Rome, winter solstice evolved into the ancient celebration of Saturnalia, a great winter festival, where people celebrated completely free of restraint and inhibition. The Vikings celebrated Yule, which later contributed to the Twelve Days of Christmas, or the "Daft Days" as they were sometimes called in Scotland. The winter festival went underground with the Protestant Reformation and ensuing years, but re-emerged near the end of the 17th century....
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Friday, December 31, 2010
At sunrise on the morning of the new year, go outside and find the largest stone you can carry. Take this back to your house and put it in a place of prominence. If you keep the stone in your house for a year, it will be one filled with prosperity. Replace the stone every year.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
- 1 ice tray
- Water, to fill the ice tray
- Yellow food coloring
- Lemon wedges
Each time you add ice, affirm, "As the ice melts away, so too does my excess weight. So mote it be!"
From: Elemental Witch
Friday, December 24, 2010
If one goes on Christmas night in the morning twilight into a wood or forest without uttering a word or letting a sound be heard, without looking around, without eating or drinking, without seeing any fire, and follow a path leading to a church, when the sun is rising, he will see as many funerals as will pass that way during the year. He can also see how the produce will be in the meadows and pastures, and whether any fires will break out, or epidemics occur; in fact, for the time, he will be clairvoyant.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This is an old old spell - and posted here for educational and informational purposes only. Mistletoe berries are poisonous. This is the reason there will be dreams - some of them bad - some of them possibly fatal - so do not make or ingest this mixture!
Steep mistletoe berries, to the number of nine, in a mixture of ale, wine, vinegar and honey; take them on going to bed, and you will dream of your future lot. A storm in this dream is very bad; it is most likely you will then marry a sailor, who will suffer shipwreck at sea; but to see either sun, moon or stars is an excellent presage; so are flowers; but a coffin is an index of a disappointment in love.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Magical Attributes: Generosity, goodwill, empathy, service, and depending on which goodies you put into the dough other blessings will abound.
- 3 parts frankincense
- 3 drops orange oil
- 3 ...
Yule, also known as Midwinter and Winster Solstice, occurs on the Winter Solstice. This is the time of year when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky (Northern Hemisphere) and the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. This usually happens between December 20th and December 23rd. The sun will only rise higher and higher in the sky from this point onward. Since it appears that the sun's light is growing as each day passes after this one, this holiday is celebrated as the birth of the sun.
The word Yule comes from the Old Norse "iul," meaning wheel ,and refers to the 'wheel of the year', (or the idea of the year, seen as a wheel turning as the seasons change)....
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Also known as Mithras (for the Persian Sun God), Saturnalia (for the Roman God of sowing and husbandry) and The Great Day of the Cauldron (from Druid Legend). It is the celebration of the return, or rebirth, of the Sun God, the Lord of Life. The celebrations were traditionally performed with the utmost solemnity, yet also with the highest rejoicing, for they resolve the paradox of Death and Rebirth. It represents the redemption of the world from Death and Darkness, as such it is a celebration of hope and joy amidst the gloom of winter.
The word Yule can be traced to the Celtic word `Hioul" which means wheel. This festival is an important point in the turning of the wheel of the year. Wreaths were made to symbolize this wheel, combining solar significance with tree-god significance. In ancient times Celts venerated trees as earthly representatives of the Gods, and it was felt that nothing short of the sacrifice of a mighty tree-god would cause the receding sun to take pity on them and return....
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- symbolizing: Continuity of Life, Protection, Prosperity
- types: Pine, Fir, Cedar, Juniper, other evergreens
- forms: boughs, wreaths, garlands, trees ...
- Burning the Yule log
- Decorating the Yule tree
- Exchanging of presents...
Friday, December 17, 2010
The Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of Saturn, celebrated on the 17th of December. Saturn being an ancient national god of Latium, the institution of the Saturnalia is lost in the most remote antiquity. Falling towards the end of December, at the season when the agricultural labors of the year were completed, it was celebrated by the country-people as a sort of joyous harvest home, and in every age was viewed by all classes of the community as a period of absolute relaxation and unrestrained merriment. The festival was extended in later times to three and still later to seven days.
During the celebration of this holiday no public business could be transacted, the courts were closed, war was suspended, all private enmities were for the time forgotten, and the city was alive with hilarity. On this day the slaves feasted and were waited upon by their masters, as the female slaves were waited upon by their mistresses on the Matronalia.
The special feature of the festival was the gift of wax candles and of little images of wax or clay called sigilla. The public festival, in the time of the republic, was for only one day; but for seven days the celebration continued in private houses.
Many of the customs of the Roman Saturnalia were taken over by the Christian Church in celebrating Christmas. Thus the origin of the Christmas-tree, and the custom of making presents to children and friends may be traced back to the Roman Saturnalia, while the Yule-log and Yule-fire are remnants of ancient sun-worship, one of the Roman festivals in honor of the Sun god being celebrated on the 25th of December as "Dies Natalis Solis Invicti."
From: Encyclopedia of Superstitions, Folklore and the Occult
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Calling a situation into balance can be a bit tricky. For example, suppose you are upside down in your finances - more going out than you can bring in. You can use fire and ice to call for a balance. Here is a spell that can be used to bring balance to any situation.
You will need the following:
- An empty paper milk carton (quart size)
- Water, to fill the milk carton
- A gray or brown taper candle as tall as the milk carton
- A pencil
- Piece of string
- Cooking spray
- Large bowl or cauldron (gallon size)
- Sand or soil
Carefully fill the carton with water and place it in the freezer. When the water is frozen solid, tear the carton away. Place the candle in your cauldron, or other large ceremonial bowl. Note: The bowl or cauldron must be deep enough that the layer of sand or soil will easily absorb all the melting ice without covering (and thus putting out) the lighted candle.
Say, "I call upon the universal forces of my Lord and Lady to bring balance to my life. I will that my current financial situation become balanced in the most beneficial way for me and my loved ones. As I will it, so it shall be." (This can be reworded to fit your specific situation exactly.)
As you light the candle, visualize yourself happily spending and receiving money in perfect balance, always having enough for what is needed. Allow the candle to burn completely down, and then pour the water and sand out under a tree.
Found in: Elemental Witch
When using fire and ice together, you are calling for a natural balance to take place. It can be a balance of the self, a balance of a situation, or even a balance of the checkbook. This is a great spell to do during the Christmas Lunar Eclipse.
You will need:
- A large clear glass bowl
- Equal amounts of water and ice
- 3 floating candles (these can be multicolored, gray, or brown)
- Handful of salt
Place the candles in the bowl and say, "I call upon my higher self to bring my being into harmony. I will myself to be balanced in all situations. So mote it be!"
Clap your hands three times and light the candles. This is a good time to reflect on which areas of your life need balance the most. It also is a beautiful sight to sit and watch the ice melt while the flames dance. Spend an appropriate amount of time in reflection before you close your circle or leave the area.
From: Elemental Witch
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Notes: I am assuming that this counting of the days begins and ends with the new moon. Notice that there are 29 days listed even though it only takes the moon 27.3 days to orbit the earth. I also found the juxtaposition of the Major Arcana of the Tarot with Old Testament happenings, and the Goddess Hecate (see day 27), an interesting mix.
1. The Juggler, or Magus— The first day of the moon is that of the creation of the moon itself. This day is consecrated to mental enterprises, and should be favorable for opportune innovations.
2. Pope Joan, or Occult Science — This day is propitious to revelations, initiations, and great discoveries of science.
3. The Celestial Mother, or Empress— The third day was that of man's creation. So is the moon called the MOTHER in Kabbalah, when it is represented in association with the number three....
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Saturday, December 04, 2010
- 3 cups fresh Juniper Sprigs -with berries
- 2 cups red Rosebuds
- 1 cups Bay Leaves
- 1/4 cup Cinnamon chips
- 2 tablespoons Cloves
- 10 drops Rose Oil...
Friday, December 03, 2010
For this spell you will need to bake gingerbread cookies. The cookies are made the usual way, with the exception of one large cookie with a hole cut out of the middle (before baking). While rolling out and cutting the cookie shapes, spend time thinking about what it is that you are trying so hard to fill up with food. Is there an empty place inside you, a place of lack and hunger?
While the cookies are baking, find a red or gold ribbon long enough to tie around your wrist.
After the cookies are baked and cooled. Take the cookie with the hole in the middle, hold it gently in your hands and say the following charm:
In me I can't fill
I ask now the Goddess and God
If they will
When enough is enough
When more isn't right
please fill me instead
with love laughter and light
And give me just what is needed
To move through the day
In the very most possible (magical, powerful, wonderful... etc) way.
Now share the rest of the cookies with family, friends, and wildlife. When that empty feeling comes again, and it will, take hold of the ribbon, and repeat the charm, remembering the sweetness of cookies and the joy of sharing, opening yourself again to the Goddess and the God.
Spell by: Madame Fortuna
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
To relieve feelings of depression, helplessness, and hopelessness, journey to a crossroads and absorb the power.
The crossroads is the juncture of powerful energies, where all possibilities meet. Don't go to a traffic intersection - the most common modern crossroads. Excessive yang energy will only worsen the situation. What you need is a traditional witch's crossroads, ideally the intersection of remote streets but at least roads with minimal traffic.
You don't have to do anything; just linger, keep your mind open and absorb the converging energies.
Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Even though "Thanksgiving" is only celebrated in the United States, this is the perfect time of year for everyone around the world to be thankful for what they've been given....
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Sunday, November 21, 2010
Note: some of the holidays are different depending on which side of the equator you are on. Also the dates of some festivals and feast days vary from year to year.
- 6: New moon
- 11: Veteran's Day
- 16: Night of Hekate
- 21: Full moon - Mourning Moon
- 21: Sun enters Sagittarius
- 25: Thanksgiving day (United States)
- 30: Festival of Hecate Trivia (The night of the crossroads.)
- 5: New moon
- 17: Beginning of Saturnalia
- 20 - 21: Full Lunar Eclipse
- 21: Full moon - Big Winter Moon
- 21: Winter Solstice or Yule
- 21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere)
- 22: Sun enters Capricorn
- 25: Christmas Day
- 25: Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic goddess
- 31: Festival of Hogmanay
- 2: Advent of Isis
- 3: Festival of Pax the Roman goddess of peace.
- 4: New moon
- 5: Festival of Lares Compitales - Roman guardian deities of crossroads.
- 5: Twelfth Night
- 6: Festival of Kore
- 7: Feast of Sekhmet, the Egyptian New Year's Day.
- 7: Epiphany
- 7: Distaff Day
- 8: Midwives' Day
- 9: The Agonium, festival of Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings.
- 10: Plough Monday
- 11 and 15: The Carmentalia, festival of Carmenta, the Roman goddess of childbirth
- 16: Festival of Concordia, the Roman goddess of harmonious relations
- 17: Good Luck Day, the festival of Felicitas, the Roman goddess of good luck
- 19: Full moon - Wolf Moon
- 21: Sun enters Aquarius
- 24: Feriae Sementivae - blessing the seeds
- 25: Up Helly Aa - Scottish Viking celebration
- 25: St Paul's Day
- 30 - Feb. 2: Roman celebration of Februalia
- 31: Disfest/Disablot
- 1: Festival of Brigit, the Celtic goddess of healing, fertility, and patroness of smiths.
- 2: Imbolc - the Celtic festival marking the period of lactation of the ewes.
- 2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere)
- 2: Candlemas
- 3: New Moon
- 3: Setsubun, celebration - Japan
- 4: Disting - The Charming of the Plow
- 5 thru 17: Fornacalia - The Day of the Ovens
- 12: Festival of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt
- 13-21: The Parentalis - festival to honor the spirits of the ancestors.
- 14: Valentine's Day
- 15: Lupercalia - the festival of Lupercus, the Roman god of flocks and fertility.
- 17: Festival of Quirinus, god of war, storms and thunder.
- 18: Full moon -- Quickening Moon
- 21: Feralia - an ancient Roman Day of the Dead
- 21: Sun enters Pisces
- 22: Caristia - Roman holiday of family reunions
- 23: Festival of Terminus, the Roman god of boundaries and border markers.
- 24: Flight of the King - Regifugium
- 28: The epic poem, Kalevala, is celebrated by the Finns with parades and readings from the poem.
- 1: Matronalia, the Festival of Women
- 1: New Year's Day in the old Roman calendar.
- 1: Saint David's Day
- 2: Holy Wells Day, the day of Ceadda, the Celtic goddess of healing springs and holy wells.
- 4: New moon
- 8: Pancake Day
- 9: Ash Wednesday
- 12: Marduk's Feast Day
- 14: Feriae Marti - Festival of Mars
- 16 - 17 : Bacchanalia - The festival of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine
- 17: Liberalia, the festival of Liber and Libera, a Roman fertility god and goddess
- 17: St Patrick's Day
- 19 - 23: The Mivervalia and Quinquatria, main festivals of Minerva, the Roman goddess of war, wisdom arts and trades.
- 19: Full moon Crow Moon
- 19: Ides of March
- 19: Festival of Anna Perenna, the Roman goddess of the circle of the year.
- 20: Ostara - Vernal Equinox
- 20: Festival of Isis
- 20: Mabon (Southern Hemisphere)
- 21: Festival of Salii
- 21: Sun enters Aries
- 22: Hilaria
- 30: The Festival of Salus, the Roman goddess of public safety and welfare.
- 31: Festival of Luna, the Roman goddess of the moon.
- 1: April Fool's Day / Loki's Day
- 1: The Veneralia, the festival of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
- 3: New moon
- 3: Mothering Sunday - 4th Sunday in Lent
- 4: Megalesia - Celebrates the accuracy of the Sibylline oracles
- 5: Lady Luck Day, the festival Fortuna, the goddess of good fortune
- 6: National Tartan Day
- 8: Hana-Matsuri - Japanese Flower Festival to honor the Buddha's birthday.
- 8: Geranium Day - England
- 9: A-ma Festival - Portugal and China
- 12 - 19: Ludi Cereales
- 12: Chhau Festival - India
- 13: Songkran - Thailand
- 15: Fordicia, the festival of Tellus, the Roman earth goddess
- 16: The feast day of St. Bernadette.
- 18: Full moon -- Wind Moon
- 19: Festival of Ceres, a Roman corn goddess.
- 20: Furukawa Matsuri - Japan
- 21: Palilia (Parilia), the festival of Pales, the Roman goddess of sheperds and flocks. This is also the legendary founding date of Rome.
- 21: Sun enters Taurus
- 21: Ascent Of The Christ Of The Gypsies - Holy Wednesday
- 22: Festival of Ishtar
- 22: Earth Day
- 22: Good Friday
- 23: St George's Day
- 24: Easter Sunday
- 25: Dyngus Day - Easter Monday
- 25: The Robigalia, the festival of Robigus, a Roman corn god.
- 27: Peppercorn Ceremony - Bermuda
- 28 - May 1 The Floralia, the festival of Flora, Roman goddess of fruitfulness and flowers.
- 29: Tako-Age - Japan - Kite Flying Day
- 30: May Day Eve - Walpurgisnacht
- 30: Beltine, on this Caileach Beara, a Celtic goddess, turns to stone. She is reborn on October 31, Samhain.
- 1: Beltane - Mayday
- 1: Festival of Belenus, the Celtic god of fire and the sun.
- 1: Samhain (Southern Hemisphere)
- 1: Bona Dea
- 1: Humane Day - United States - 1st Sunday in May
- 3: New moon
- 5: Cinco de Mayo
- 6: Durdevan - Feast of St. George
- 8: The festival of Mens, the Roman goddess of mind and consciousness.
- 9: Mother's Day
- 9, 11, 13: Roman festival - Feast of the Lemures - in honor of the Lemures, the spirits of dead family members who wander the earth on these three spring nights.
- 13: Hawthorn Moon begins - 6th month of the Celtic Calendar
- 13: Friday the 13th
- 15: Festival of Mercury, the Roman god of merchants and travellers.
- 17: Full moon -- Hare's Moon
- 20: Sun enters Gemini
- 24: The Thargalia
- 25: Festival of the Holy Marys - Gypsy festival and pilgrimage
- 27: Frigga Blot
- 30: Memorial Day - Einherjar Day
- 31: Flores de Mayo
- 1: New moon
- 1: The festival of Carna, the Roman goddess of bodily organs.
- 2: Festival of Juno
- 3: The festival of Bellona the Roman goddess of war.
- 3: Pharmakos
- 4: The Rosalia
- 9: Festival of Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth.
- 10: Oak Moon begins - 7th month of the Celtic calendar
- 11: Lunar eclipse - total
- 11: Festival of Mater Matuta, old Italian goddess of the dawn.
- 12: Zeus' Day
- 14: Birthday of the Muse
- 14: Vidar's Day
- 15: Full moon - Honey Moon
- 16: Night of a Teardrop
- 17: Ludi Piscatari
- 20: Father's Day
- 21: Summer Solstice - Litha
- 21: Yule (Southern Hemisphere)
- 21: Sun enters Cancer
- 23: Day of Bad Omens
- 23: Rousalii
- 24: The festival of Fata, the Roman goddesses of fate and chance.
- 24: Saint John's Day - Feast of the Dews
- 24: Sânziene - A Romanian Midsummer Festival
- 29: Feoh - First day of the Rune Cycle
- 1: New moon
- 2: Feast of Expectant Mothers
- 3 thru Aug 11: Dog Days of Summer
- 3: Festival of Cerridwen
- 4: Independence Day
- 5: Poplifugia
- 7: Festival of the Handmaidens - Nonae Caprotinae ("the nones of the wild fig")
- 7: Tanabata
- 7: Rumilia Festival
- 8: Holly Moon begins - 8th month of the Celtic Calendar
- 9: Day of Un the Wise Person
- 10: Day of Hel
- 10: Festival of Knut the Reaper
- 10: Lady Godiva Day
- 11: Naadam Festival
- 13: O-Bon Festival - welcoming the spirits of the dead
- 14: Uruz - The second rune cycle begins
- 15: Full moon - Buck Moon
- 15: St. Swithin's Day
- 15: Day of Rauni
- 16: Feast of Our Lady of Carmel
- 17: Festival of Amaterasu - Shinto Sun Goddess
- 17: The Maidens Fair on Hen Mountain
- 18: Day of Bad Omens
- 19: Feast of Kuan Yin
- 19: Lucaria
- 20: Moon Day
- 21: Sun enters Leo
- 22: Feast of Mary Magdalene
- 23: Neptunalia - the festival of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
- 23: Sign of the Sunflower Begins
- 23: Saint Anne's Eve
- 25: Furinalia
- 27 - 31: The Five Epagomenal Days
- 27: Birthday of Osiris
- 28: Birthday of Horus
- 29: Birthday of Set
- 30: New moon
- 30: Birthday of Isis
- 31: Birthday of Nephthys
- 1: Lammas or Lughnasadh
- 1: Festival of Lugh, the Celtic hero god.
- 1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere)
- 4: Festival of the Tooth
- 5: Hazel Moon begins - 9th moon of the Celtic Calendar
- 6: Festival of Thoth
- 7: Blessing of the Sea
- 9: Festival of Sol Indigis, the Roman sun god.
- 12: Blessing of the Boats
- 13: The Vertumnalia, the festival of Vertumnus, the Roman god of seasons, gardens and orchards.
- 13: Day of Hecate
- 13: Full Moon -- Corn Moon
- 15: Festival of Torches - Nemoralia
- 15: Herbal Holy Day
- 17: The Portunalia, the festival of Portunes, the Roman god of gates, doors and harbours.
- 19: The Vinalia Rustica
- 21: Festival of Consus, the Roman god of good council.
- 21: Sun enters Virgo
- 22: Sign of the Morning Glory begins
- 23: Freyfaxi
- 23: The Volcanalia, the festival of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
- 25: The Opiconsivia, the harvest festival of Ops, the Roman goddess of harvest.
- 27: Volturnalia
- 29: New Moon
- 2: The Sign of the Vine begins - 10th moon of the Celtic Calendar
- 5: Labor Day
- 9: Double Ninth Day
- 9: Chrysanthemum Day
- 12: Full Moon --Harvest Moon
- 12: Chinese Moon Festival -The Festival of Chang O, on the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, the Chinese people pay homage to the moon goddess Chang O. Some Chinese celebrate this day as the moon's birthday.
- 19: The Fast of Thoth, this day-long fast honors the Egyptian god of wisdom and magic.
- 21: International Day of Peace
- 21: The feast of the Divine Life, this ancient Egyptian feast honored the great goddess in her three-fold aspect as mother (creator), daughter (renewer), and dark mother (the absolute).
- 21: Sun enters Libra
- 23: Fall Equinox or Mabon
- 23: Michaelmas
- 23: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere)
- 27: New Moon
- 1: Festival of Fides, the Roman goddess of good faith, honesty and oaths.
- 3: The festival of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and revelry, also known as Bacchus to the Romans.
- 4: Feast of Ceres
- 6: Day of Bad Omens
- 9: The festival of Felicitas, the Roman goddess of good luck and joy.
- 11: Winter Nights - Sacred to Freya
- 11: The Meditrinalia, the festival of Meditrina, the Roman goddess of healing.
- 12: Full moon -- Blood Moon
- 12: The festival of Fortuna Redux, the Roman goddess of successful journeys and safe returns from those journeys.
- 13: The festival of Fontus, the Roman god of springs.
- 19: The Armilustrium, the second festival of Mars, the Roman god of war. On this day, military arms were ritually purified and put in storage for winter.
- 21: Sun enters Scorpio
- 26: New Moon
- 31: Halloween
- Oct 31 - Nov 1 Samhain, the Celtic festival marking the beginning of the winter and the Celtic New Year. Also the rebirth of Caileach Beara, the Celtic goddess who turned to stone on May 1 (Beltane).
- 1: Samhain
- 1: Beltane (Southern Hemisphere)
- 2: Festival of Woden
- 5: Bonfire Night
- 10: Full moon -- Mourning Moon
- 11: Veteran's Day - Hero's Day
- 11: Lunantishees Day - Celtic Faery Day
- 11: Martinmas
- 13: Epulum Jovis
- 15: Feronia Festival
- 16: Night of Hekate
- 21: Sun enters Sagittarius
- 24: Brumalia
- 24: The feast of Baba Yaga. On the full moon of November, the supreme crone goddess of old Russia is honored with a feast day. Once honored as an important old goddess, she is now often portrayed as a wicked old witch.
- 24: Thanksgiving day (United States)
- 25: New Moon
- 27: Feast of Ullr
- 30: Festival of Hecate Trivia (The night of the crossroads.)
- 1: The festival of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Poseidon is also the god of rebirth.
- 4: Bona Dea, a Roman fertility goddess
- 5: Faunalia
- 9;: The festival of Ops, the Roman goddess of harvest.
- 10: Full moon - Long Nights Moon - total Lunar Eclipse
- 11: Agonalia
- 13: The Sementivae, the second festival of Tellus, the Roman earth goddess.
- 15: The second festival of Consus, the Roman god of good council.
- 17: Beginning of Saturnalia - festival of Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture. The most popular Roman festival, for on this day the roles of master and slave were reverted.
- 18: Eponalia
- 20: Mother Night
- 21: Winter Solstice.
- 21: Divalia - Angeronalia, festival of Angerona, the Roman goddess of secrecy.
- 22: Winter Solstice or Yule
- 22: Litha (Southern Hemisphere)
- 22: Sun enters Capricorn
- 23: The Larentalia (Larentinalia), festival of Acca Larentia the Roman goddess who gave the early Romans their land.
- 24: New Moon
- 25: Christmas Day
- 25: The birthday of Mithra, the Persian god of light and wisdom.
- 25: Festival of the Invincible Sun God
- 25: Feast of Frau Halle, Germanic goddess
- 26: Boxing Day
- 31: Festival of Hogmanay
Saturday, November 20, 2010
During the Thanksgiving supper,...
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Goddess of dark,
Quiet and frightful one
O you who have your meal amid the graves
Hard to escape are you.
~Greek Magical Papyri
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of deceased ancestors which occurs on November 1 and November 2, coinciding with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
While it is primarily viewed as a Mexican holiday, it is also celebrated in communities in the United States with large populations of Mexican-Americans, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Latin America.
Despite the morbid subject matter, this holiday is celebrated joyfully...
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Baba Yaga is the Russian spirit who rules the conjunction of magic and harsh reality, of limits and possibilities. This Death Spirit provides fertility when she chooses, but she also consumes those who disappoint her....
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Saturday, October 30, 2010
Although it's customary in many traditions to spend time at the grave site, cleaning, caring, and sometimes bringing offerings of food and drink, particularly during Day of the Dead celebrations, a more direct method was used in ancient Greece....
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The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and other countries can be traced back to the indigenous peoples such as the Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Mexican, Aztec, Maya, P'urhépecha, and Totonac. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2500–3000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, it was common to keep skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.
The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. ...
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Magick is in the air, and it's important to just let things happen.
Keep good fun thoughts in your mind, with hope for the future. These positive thoughts will turn into Magick energy and be released... that is the power of Samhain!
Here are 5 ways to celebrate Samhain....
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Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
(Macbeth by W. Shakespeare; Act IV, Scene 1)
Friday, October 29, 2010
When the devil appeared to Cuvier, the great man looked at him nonchalantly and asked curtly: "What do you wish of me?" "I've come to eat youl" said the devil. But the great anatomist's shrewd eye had already examined him. "Horns and hoofs !" he retorted, "granivorous. You can't do it!" Whereupon, outfaced by science, Satan departed.
Plinius Secundus remembers a house at Athens which Athenodorus, the philosopher, hired, and which no man durst inhabit, for fear of the haunting devils. Hesperius, the tribune's house, at Zubeda, near the city of Hippos, was also thus haunted; and he was so much vexed with these demons and ghosts that he could not rest....
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A black dog keeps the devil away. (Russia.)
In Crete, basil is placed on windowsills to charm away the devil.
Never look in the looking-glass at night, unless you wish to see the devil. (Russia.)
The devil often takes the form of a black dog.
The Scotch believed that the devil had two crows sitting on his shoulders, who told him everything that goes on in the world.
As long as the people of Europe represented the devil in human form, they made him black; but the Australians and Africans make him as white as possible. Perhaps that suggested the saying that the devil is not so black as he is painted.
The Jews believed that by sounding a consecrated horn, the devil was made to take to his heels.
In Yorkshire, if you walk three times around a room at midnight in perfect darkness, and then look in the glass, you will see the devil's face.
There is a superstition that the devil always appears with a cloven foot, horns, and a tail. He disguises himself in many ways, but sooner or later one or the other of these will be sure to be seen.
The satan of superstition used to be thought to be the builder of all castles, bridges, monuments and works of art beyond man's strength, and he was also the moulder of the mountains and valleys.
The Australian aborigines believe that the devil is a night-bird, which they call Kvingan. The explorer frequently hears the strange, unearthly cry of this bird, but when he attempts to shoot a specimen, the natives refuse to accompany him on these occasions, and he will always be unsuccessful
The devil is betokened to be standing behind a person who makes faces in the looking-glass.
To raise the devil, the Scotch people made a circle with chalk, put a hat on it and said the Lord's Prayer backwards.
If, in conjuring the devil, you have a light, your words will have power.
The devil's grandmother is, as the Magyars say, 777 years old.
To say the word "devil" and not cross yourself, will bring him near.
If you wish the devil and his angels to flee from your dwelling, always bless your candle before you light it.
In conjuring the devil, it is necessary to have a light; words spoken in the dark having no power.
The Welsh have a custom of whitening all their houses, as they think the devil cannot come through white doors.
An English superstition is to the effect that you can call the devil to sight by saying the Lord's Prayer backwards.
In Russia, the devil prefers places with a great deal of water near them, therefore it is unlucky to live near a pond or river.
At Cape Coast Town, the natives arm themselves with sticks and other weapons, and prepare with much ceremony to drive out the devil. This takes place once a year toward the close of August.
There was a very tall, leafless, and black tree that stood many years ago at the end of the village of Biggar, in Scotland, which was generally believed to be possessed by the devil. No boy would pass that tree after dark on any account, as it was sure ill luck to do so.
Many conflagrations, in Bulgaria, are attributed solely to the power of Satan, who, when angry, can send all sorts of evil on men. Some did bloody penances of propitiation to ward off the ill influence.
If something is missing from its usual place and you cannot find it, it is a sign that the devil is holding his hand over it.
Many old traditions of Western Norway report a "black book," by means of which the devil could be let loose to do the service of the owner. He also could tie him up again when he so desired.
The Gold Coast people believe that the devil is always on hand to do mischief, and for that reason, slaves are made to slip into the seats of their masters as soon as they rise, to prevent the devil from sitting in the master's seat.
In the "Customs of the Welsh," by the Rev. W. Bingley, it is stated that it was usual in some parts of North Wales, whenever the name of the devil occurred, for the congregation to spit on the floor, and when the name of Judas was mentioned, for them to express their abhorrence of him by striking their breasts.
In New England, the devil was called, in the old days of witchcraft, "the black man," a soubriquet probably borrowed from English superstition. In "The Golden Legend," there is a story representing the evil spirit as a man clad in black, of great height, and mounted on a superb black horse.
Perfume made of the gall of a black dog, and a black dog's blood smeared on the walls and posts of the house, were believed by the Scotch to drive out both devils and witches.
In New Brunswick, it is believed that the devil and a select company come upon the draw of the bridge and dance a hornpipe there, it is therefore very unlucky to cross the fatal draw after ten o'clock at night
Amaymon was a mythical king of the East, one of the principal devils who might be bound or restrained from doing harm from the third hour till noon, and from the ninth hour till evening. He is alluded to in Shakespeare's "Henry IV.," and in the "Merry Wives of Windsor." According to Holme, he was the chief of the dominion of the north part of the infernal gulf.
If anyone wishes to know whether a deceased person ever had intercourse with the devil during his life, let him peep through the hames of the horses that carry the hearse, when, if such has been the case, he will see a black dog sitting behind the carriage.
An old French recipe for raising the devil is the following: Take a black cock under your left arm, and go at midnight to where four crossroads meet, then utter "Robert!" nine times and the devil will appear, take the cock, and leave you a handful of money.
The devil hates dried peas in Japan, and flees from them; they are therefore thrown about the houses to drive the devils out. Devils are also very much afraid of a holly leaf and the head of a sardine-like fish, called the iwashi. If you nail these to the entrance of your house, no devil will dare to enter in.
The Chinese believe that those who eat of the plant called Shuimong will die immediately after and become shui-mong devils; such devils are incapable of being born again, unless they can find someone else who has eaten the same plant, and is willing to take their place.
In North Wales, it used to be the custom to spit at the name of the devil and strike the breast three times at the name of Judas, to ward off evil influences. This was especially done in church.
If a man in Denmark wishes to have any communication with the devil, he must walk around the church three times, and on the third, stop and either whistle or cry, "Come out!" through the keyhole.
Persons who enter into a compact with Satan can raise wind and storms by calling him up, and these disturbances cannot be stilled save by the death of a black cock, a black dog, or an unchristened child.
In Scotland, the devil was supposed to appear often as a goat with rough hair, as the devil in the Scriptures is represented as such an animal. Sometimes he is seen riding on a goat with fire between its horns, to join in the Sabbath dance of the witches. He has a long curling tail, horns on his head from which sparks fly out, cloven hoofs, and a terrible smell of brimstone.
The following three proverbs, now applied metaphorically, are based on ancient superstition about the devil:
- "Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear."
- "Talk of the devil and he will show his horns."
- "Think of the devil and he is sure to be back of you."
Thursday, October 28, 2010
In this twilight of the years, the veil between this world and the world of the spirit is thin. It is a time when ghosts and spirits can interact with the living, and a time when divination is most effective. This is a sacred time when all warriors were to keep their swords sheathed....
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Friday, October 22, 2010
The Hunter's Moon is so named because plenty of moonlight is ideal for hunters shooting migrating birds in Northern Europe. The name is also said to have been used by Native Americans as they tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead.
The Hunter's Moon and Harvest Moon are not brighter, smaller or yellower than during other times of the year, but all full moons have their own special characteristics, based primarily on the whereabouts of the ecliptic in the sky at the time of year that they are visible. The full moons of September, October and November, as seen from the northern hemisphere — which correspond to the full moons of March, April and May as seen from the southern hemisphere — are well known in the folklore of the sky.
Variation in time of moonrise:
In general, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, as it moves in orbit around Earth. All full moons rise around the time of sunset. The Harvest Moon and Hunter's Moon are special because — as seen from the northern hemisphere — the time of moonrise on successive evenings is shorter than usual. The moon rises approximately 30 minutes later, from one night to the next, as seen from about 40 degrees N. latitude, for several evenings around the full Hunter's or Harvest Moons.
Thus there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise, around the time of these full moons. In times past, this feature of these autumn moons was said to help hunters tracking their prey (or, in the case of the Harvest Moon, farmers working in the fields). They could continue tracking their prey (or bringing in their crops) by moonlight even when the sun had gone down. Hence the name Hunter's (or Harvest) Moon.
The reason for the shorter-than-usual rising time between successive moon rises around the time of the Harvest and Hunter's Moon is that the orbit of the Moon makes a narrow angle with respect to the horizon in the evening in autumn, leading the Moon to higher positions in the sky each successive day.
Brightness and distance:
Since the Moon's sidereal period differs from its synodic period, the perigee of the Moon (the point where it is closest to the Earth) does not stay in sync with the phases of the Moon. Thus the Hunter's Moon does not correspond to any special timing of the Moon's distance from the Earth. This is why the Hunter's Moon is not, in general, brighter than any other regular full moon.
Traditional association with feasting:
In the northern hemisphere, the Hunter's Moon appears in October or November, usually in October. Traditionally, it was a feast day in parts of western Europe and among some Native American tribes, called simply the Feast of the Hunter's Moon, though the celebration had largely died out by the 18th century. There is a large historical reenactment by that name in Lafayette, Indiana during the early part of October 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This means that the name given to each moon applies to the whole cycle of the moon, from its dark beginning to its dark ending. 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.
What follows is a list of links to each Month's moon names based on the month in which the full moon occurs. I find it helpful to know the names of the upcoming moon as this gives me focus and ideas for ways to celebrate Grandmother Moon as she moves through the wheel of the year.
What follows is a list of links to each month's moon names:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Blood Moon Falling ~Janic (full)
Corn Ripe Moon ~Taos
Falling Leaves Moon ~Arapaho
Full Dying Grass Moon ~Algonquin Native American, Colonial
Hunter’s Moon ~Neo-Pagan, Algonquin, Native American, Colonial
Leaf Moon ~Janic (dark)
Leaf Fall Moon ~San Juan, Native American
Long Hair Moon ~Hopi
Moon of the Changing Season ~other
Shedding Moon ~other
Snow Moon ~other
Spirit Moon ~other
Ten Colds Moon ~Kiowa
Travel Moon, ~Algonquin, Native American, Colonial
Vintage Moon ~other
White Frost Moon ~other
Wine Moon ~Mediaeval English
Winterfelleth Moon ~other
Winter's Coming Moon ~other
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
If there's one presence you'd want to have on your side in the courtroom, in a dark alley, or at any time you feel threatened, it's the Archangel Michael. Michael's celestial mission is to be humanity's defender. He epitomizes justice. You can request that he come to your assistance.
Post his image, burn fragrant gum resins and use his invocation to call him...
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Michael the Archangel's flaming sword illuminates dreams and provides safety as you linger in dreamland. This dream oracle affirms whether a spiritual petition or request is appropriate or not. This spell is based on surviving remnants of Alexandria's Magical Papyri. The request for the dream is made using a magic lamp.
This spell doesn't assume that you have a special ritual lamp. Oil lamps were once common houseold articles, like a table lamp is today: it wan't a big deal back then for a spell to suggest using one, any more than a modern spell's request for a spoonful of salt is an inconvenience. An everyday oil lamp may be used, or you can dedicate and charge a special lamp just for spell casting.
- Set aside some time - as this spell will take a while to complete
- Cleanse and purify yourself thoroughly using whatever methods you prefer.
- Light the lamp
- Speak to the lamplight, (using the incantation below) observing it, reacting to it until it burns out.
- Repeat the following incantion periodically throughout the vigil. It must also be recited at the very conclusion:
If my petition is appropriate,
show me water and a grave
If not, show me water and a stone.
- Be silent, go to sleep, and dream.
Source: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells