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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spring Flower Magickal Correspondences

As spring arrives, our gardens begin to bud and eventually bloom. For hundreds of years, the plants that we grow have been used in magic. Flowers in particular are often connected with a variety of magical uses. Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for some of these flowers around you, and consider the different magical applications they might have.

•Crocus: This flower is one of the first you'll see in the spring, and it's often associated with newly blooming love. The crocus is also known to enhance visions and bring about intuitive dreams.

•Daffodil: The bright petals of the daffodil are typically found in shades of white, yellow or even pale orange. This flower is associated with love and fertility....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Magickal Ingredients, and can be found in its entirety here: Spring Flower Magickal Correspondences

Monday, May 17, 2010

Invitation to The Rite of Her Sacred Fires

The facebook group, Hekate: Her Sacred Fires, is inviting you to join in a worldwide day of celebrating and honouring the Goddess Hekate on the Full Moon, Thursday 27th May 2010.

You can participate from wherever in the world you are - all you need is a place to light a flame. This can be a candle, tealight, etc.

A ceremony with instructions written by Sorita d"Este will be made available in the days leading up to the date. This is the first ceremony of it's kind being organisedfor Hekate - the same words being spoken, candles and fires being lit - all over the world on one day for the Goddess Hekate!

Join us in making this a very special event! Some participants are organising group ceremonies, others will be doing it by themselves - from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Mexico, USA, Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Sweden ... and many other locations!

Details of this special ceremony will be made available on the facebook page, and here at Gypsy magic we'll try to keep you updated. You will need no special equipment to join in - all we ask is that you do so with sincerity and clarity of purpose.

The goal is to find at least 1000 people to light a flame on the 27th of May with ceremony which will be made public in the days leading up to the date - so please help us by inviting friends to celebrate with you, each of you lighting a flame, or by inviting others to this event.

Great Hekate,
who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life
Guide me through towards pathways of understanding,
From Crossroad to Crossroad,
The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,
will always find one another..."

~From the Rite of Her Sacred Flames

We invite you all to post photographs of your altars, shrines and flames - and even youtube videos if you want to film it - on and after the 27th.

The Ceremony will be published on the 20th of May - make sure to keep an eye out for it so that you can prepare! It will take only 5-10 mins of your time to be part of this special rite! Here's a link to the event: The Rite of Her Sacred Fires at Facebook

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Invocation To Hekate

“O Night-bellower,
Lover of solitude,
Bull-faced and Bull-headed One” and
“bull-eyed, horned, mother of gods and men.”

~from the Greek Magical Papyri

.... More invocations and prayers to Hekate can be found at my new website, Widdershins 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Chant For Guidance

Find a quiet place, light a candle if you wish, and then begin the following chant. Chant until you begin to feel a deep connection to the Goddess. Then be silent. Your guidance will come.

Speak to Me
Speak to me,
Speak to me Goddesses.
Speak to me...

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, and can be found in its entirety here: Chant for Guidance. More cool chants can also be found at Widdershins.

A Simple Chant for Fire

spirits of fire come to us
we will kindle a fire
spirits of fire come to us
we will kindle a fire
we will kindle a fire...

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Widdershins, and can be found in its entirety here: A Simple Chant for Fire

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Feast of the Lemures

In Roman religion, the Lemuralia or Lemuria was a feast during which the ancient Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome spectres of the restless dead, the lemures or larvae were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa (salt cake) from the first ears of wheat of the season.

In the Julian calendar the three days of the feast were 9, 11, and 13 May. The myth of origin of this ancient festival, according to Ovid, who derives Lemuria from a supposed Remuria was that it had been instituted by Romulus to appease the spirit of Remus.

Ovid notes that at this festival it was the custom to appease or expel the evil spirits by walking barefoot and throwing black beans over the shoulder at night. It was the head of the household who was responsible for getting up at midnight and walking around the house with bare feet throwing out black beans and repeating the incantation, "I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine (haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis.)." nine times. The household would then clash bronze pots while repeating, "Ghosts of my fathers and ancestors, be gone!" nine times.

Because of this annual exorcism of the noxious spirits of the dead, the whole month of May was rendered unlucky for marriages, whence the proverb Mense Maio malae nubent ("They wed ill who wed in May").

On the culminating day of the Lemuralia, May 13 in 609 or 610 (the day being recorded as more significant than the year), Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, and the feast of that dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres has been celebrated at Rome ever since.

According to cultural historians, this ancient custom was Christianized in the feast of All Saints' Day, established in Rome first on May 13, in order to de-paganize the Roman Lemuria. In the eighth century, as the popular observance of the Lemuria had faded over time, the feast of All Saints was shifted to November 1, coinciding with the similar Celtic propitiation of the spirits at Samhain.

Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Study of Magic

The study of magic is not a science, it is not an art, and it is not a religion. Magic is a craft. When we do magic, we do not wish and we don't pray. We rely upon our will and our knowledge and our skill to make a specific change to the world.

~The Magicians' by Lev Grossman

... more quotes about magick can be found at my new website, Widdershins.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


“And as you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged on the shingly beach of a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.”

– Stephen Graham

Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Moon Names

What follows is a list (in alphabetical order) of the names given to the May moon. Also listed is the tradition and/or origin of that moon name:

Alewive Moon ~Passamaquoddy
Big Leaf Moon ~Mohawk
Blossom Moon ~Anishnaabe
Bright Moon ~Celtic
Corn Planting Moon...

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar, and can be found in its entirety here: May Moon Names

Magic Is Afoot

May is the time of fertility and new beginnings after a long winter. The Faeries are afoot! They dance in the hills and roll in the grass, reveling in the joy of warm May breezes. Our spirits are high with the lust and heartiness of spring. New life is stirring and appetites are keen.

-Laurie Cabot


The first of May is Beltane or May Day, a time to celebrate the leaping fires of passion. Traditionally celebrated on Ajpril 30, or May eve, it marks the height of spring and the flowering of all life. Beltane is a festival of sensuality, sexuality, flowers and delight. It is a traditional time to make love, preferably outdoors.

Beltane is the time when fairies return from their winter rest, carefree and full of mischief and delight. On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar, and can be found in its entirety here: Beltane

A Fairy Spell for Beltane

In a woodland clearing, spread a clean green cloth. On it place small cakes and flowers, especially primroses, in a circle. Imagine the magic around you and say:

O Fairy Queen,
Upon your white steed,
Within me plant...

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, and can be found in its entirety here: A Fairy Spell for Beltane

Make A Maypole for Beltane

This isn't as difficult as you might think. Purchase a twenty foot wood pole from your local hardware store, or make a shorter one with a yardstick, broomstick, or even a twig. Set it up in your backyard.

Invite a group of friends, and ask each one to bring a 2 inch by 20 foot  length of brightly colored ribbon (or whatever the length of your pole). Alternatively, you could provide ribbons of various colors. At the top of the pole affix the different colored ribbons - one for each person....

... I am so sorry, but this post has been combined with another, and moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar. It can be found in its entirety here: Beltane

May Wine

  • 1 cup sweet woodruff
  • 2 bottles rose' wine
  • 4 dozen rose petal ice cubes
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 quart chopped peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white rum...
... I'm so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar, and can be found in its entirety here: May Wine
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