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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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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
September 29th is a medieval holiday which the Church Christianized under the label of “Michaelmas,” a feast in honor of the Archangel Michael. It is thought that the Roman Catholic Church at some point considered assigning the quarter dates to the four Archangels, since they had assigned the cross quarters to the four gospel-writers. Making the Vernal Equinox a holiday called “Gabrielmas” was taken into consideration in honor of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary on Lady Day.
This Sabbat can also be known as:
- Second Harvest Festival,
- Festival of Strong Will
- Feast of Avalon,
- Wine Harvest,
- Fall Equinox,
- Harvest Home,
- Autumnal (or Autumn) Equinox,
- Festival of Dionysus,
- Alban Elfed (Caledonii, Druidic),
- Winter Finding (Teutonic),
- Equinozio di Autunno (Strega).
Old Michaelmas Day falls on October 11 (October 10 according to some sources). According to an old legend, blackberries should not be picked after this date. This is because, so folklore goes, Satan was banished from Heaven on this day, fell into a blackberry bush and cursed the brambles as he fell into them. In Yorkshire, it is said that the devil had spat on them. This old legend is well known in all parts of the United Kingdom, even as far north as the Orkney Islands. In Cornwall, a similar legend prevails, however, the saying goes that the devil urinated on them.
Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic. Much of the information came from wikipedia. You may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"be like the moon. the moon will never lie to anyone. no one hates the moon or wants to kill it. the moon does not take anti-depressants and never gets sent to prison. the moon never shot a guy in the face and ran away. the moon has been around a long time and has never tried to rip anyone off. the moon does not care who you want to touch or what color you are. the moon treats everyone the same....
... 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: Be Like The Moon
I stumbled onto this wonderful festival which has been celebrated in China for a very long time. It doesn't qualify as "gypsy" magic, but it is a great way to celebrate the autumn equinox, and gave me lots of ideas of how to honor the fullness of the moon. This year (2010) the Moon festival is celebrated on Sept 22 (which is tomorrow).
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.
I have gathered a great selection of poems to recite, songs to sing, legends to watch, recipes to prepare, and more. If you're interested, follow the links below and enjoy creating your own "Moon Festival" celebration.
- Meditating on Moonbeams
- Full Moon Luck and Joy Spell
- Moon Water Tonic
- Moon Mirror Healing
- Pour Out Your Troubles
- Full Moon Meditation
- Make a Moon Water Tonic
This is really wonderful! I love fire, fireworks, dragons, and full moons. Here we have it all! The Fire Dragon Dance complete with fire, fireworks, all performed during the Chinese Moon Festival.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Suppose there is someone in whom you are very much interested. He or she seems to notice you but makes no move to develop a relationship. This is the spell to use. It is not a spell to draw that loved one to you, but more to "open the way," so that if there is interest there, he or she will feel free to make advances.
Set a wineglass on the table. Then suspend a ring (traditionally the mother's wedding band) from a length of red silk ribbon....
... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, and can be found in its entirety here: A Gypsy Spell for Love
Twist the stem of an apple. On each rotation call out a letter of the alphabet. Begin with A. The letter you call out as the stem comes off will be the initial of your true love. If you do not trust your luck, you can purposely pull the stem on a particular letter (this is called using your will). Once you have pulled the stem from the apple, hold it between your teeth and make a wish to be with that particular person. If you have pulled a random letter (not someone you have in mind), --say, S-- then ask the Goddess to bring this S to you.
The second part of the spell can only be performed if you have...
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Nothing can resist the will of man when he knows what is true and wills what is good. Learn how to will. How can one learn to will? This is the first Arcanum of magical initiation.
- E. Levi
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
A Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy (c. 1565) spuriously attributed to Agrippa gives detailed instructions as to how pentacles should be formulated:
But we now come to speak of the holy and sacred Pentacles and Sigils. Now these pentacles, are as it were certain holy signes preserving us from evil chances and events, and helping and assisting us to binde, exterminate, and drive away evil spirits, and alluring the good spirits, and reconciling them unto us. And these pentacles do consist either of Characters of the good spirits of the superiour order, or of sacred pictures of holy letters or revelations, with apt and fit versicles, which are composed either of Geometrical figures and holy names of God, according to the course and maner of many of them; or they are compounded of all of them, or very many of them mixt.