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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spell to Conceive a Son

At your most fertile time of the month, place one red rose in a vase on a table.

Light a red candle, which is symbolic of Mars, ruler of vigor and vitality. Next, light a green candle. This color is associated with Venus, love, and harmony. Place it to the right of the red candle. Place a yellow candle, to represent the sun, above the red and the green candles to form a triangle. The number three represents the male reproductive organ, and sexual force....

... 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: Spell to Conceive a Son

Spell to Conceive A Daughter

You need to prepare and work this spell when you are reaching your most fertile time of the month.

The idea is to make a doll that resembles you as closely as possible. Take some modeling clay and mold it into the form of a pregnant woman, press hair from your comb into her head, dress her in clothes like yours, even cut out a photo of your face and place it on hers...

... 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: Spell to Conceive a Daughter

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Joe Grey Soup (Traditional Gypsy Recipe)

An authentic Romany Gypsy recipe for a cheap and filling sausage and potatoes soup. Like most traditional Romany recipes, its easy to make and can feed a large family cheaply.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 links pork sausage
  • 8 slices unsmoked back bacon, rindless
  • 2 onions, chopped into large chunks
  • 5 tomatoes, sliced...
I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website Gypsy Magick and Lore (hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com) and can be found in its entirety here: Joe Grey Soup

Sunday, February 14, 2010

To Bring a Special Spark to a Date


Some dates are just waiting for the right spark to make them truly passionate. Here are just the right ingredients to throw in that spark.

You will need:
  • Red lipstick
  • Rose Oil
Before your date, put on that red lipstick....

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Spell to Regain Sexual Excitement between Lovers

Take a fully blooming rose, and chant:

Lovers,
 ________ and __________,
side by side,
Passion and desire fill your hearts and loins.
May this night be one of great delight!


Scatter the petals in the bed and...   ...   I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Spell to Regain Sexual Excitement between Lovers

Friday, February 12, 2010

Marriage and Fertility Charms

Carry a sachet of orange flowers to get the word out that you are in the mood for marriage.

Carry a bagful of hazel nuts to ensure your own fertility, or give to a bride to ensure hers.

Other herbs to ensure fertility are basil, hazel, poppy, cucumber, apple, pomegranate, acorns, myrtle, and all nuts.

Men should carry a piece of mandrake root to ensure their own fertility and sexual prowess, while the jasmine flower does the same for women. The first seven herbs listed above can be added to food and taken internally to ensure proper fertility, or they can be introduced into sachets, as can acorns, myrtle, and nuts.

Yarrow makes an excellent marriage charm. On a friday during Waxing Moon, take nine dried yarrow flower heads. Bind the stems together with a copper wire. Then, tie a small bow over the wire with a green ribbon. Present it to the married couple, with the instructions to hang over their bed. Or place it on the headboard.

If you get into a fight with your husband or wife, wear the oil of basil and endeavor to have him or her smell it. Both tempers will instantly be soothed and calmed.

~Scott Cunningham

Friday Night Love Potion

In a small pot, put one cup of Spring water, 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon fennel, 1 teaspoon vervain, 3 pinches of nutmeg....

Sit before the pot with a pink candle, and concentrate on the man or woman from whom you wish ...

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Love Potion

Fill a small pot with a handful of rosemary leaves, thirteen anise seeds, two cloves, three rose geranium leaves, a tablespoon of honey, and some grapefruit juice.

Place the pot over a fire and bring the brew to a boil. ... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Magickal Apothecary, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Love Potion

Love Perfume

Add to your favorite bottle of cologne or perfume a few drops of musk oil, a pinch of ground coral, cantharides ("spanish fly"), brown sugar, cinnamon, and three rose petals. Shake well and then place the bottle...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Primrose Lore and Magicks

Ruler: Freya
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth

Often associated with the month of February, Primroses attract fairies to the garden.

I'm so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to a brand new website Magickal Ingredients, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found here: Primrose

By the light of the silvery moon

Moon, worn thin to the width of a quill,
In the dawn clouds flying,
How good to go, light into light, and still
Giving light, dying.

Sara Teasdale



Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Traditions and Symbols of Imbolc

Imbolc, (pronounced "IM-bulk" or "EM-bowlk"), also called Oimealg, ("IM-mol'g), by the Druids, is the festival of the lactating sheep. It is derived from the Gaelic word "oimelc" which means "ewes milk". Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year. It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. Brighid's snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Ground Hog Day), and in many places the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth....

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been merged with more information on Imbolc, and moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Imbolc - A New Beginning


Milk Magic

Imbolc is the festival of the lactating sheep. It is derived from the Gaelic word "oimelc" which means "ewes milk". It's a great time for crafting spells using milk. Here we have a short list of the magical uses for milk:

  • Cow's milk is one of the best magickal ingredients for spells to summon nurturing, prosperity, and protection.
  • Goat's milk brings power and success....
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: Milk Magick

The Story of Imbolc


Kate West has written a number of excellent books on witchcraft.
This is what she has to say about Imbolc:

"At Imbolc the spark of light born at Yule becomes a flame to warm people and the land. Now we see the first signs of spring. The trees are in bud and some flowers (snowdrops for example) begin to blossom. The word 'Imbolc' means 'in the belly', whilst 'Oimelc' means 'ewe's milk'. Both refer to the fact that many ewes are pregnant at this time and in a mild year the first lambs will be born about now. Imbolc is the quickening of the year, the time when the Earth is made pregnant with the promise of summer fruitfulness and the harvest to come.

At Imbolc the Goddess casts aside the robes of Wise One and returns as Maiden, dressed in white. In some groups a Maiden will be chosen and will wear a crown of lights and a white robe or cloak for the ritual. It is worth noting that up until relatively recently, the term 'maiden' was used to denote a female who had not yet given birth to child, so that even an obviously pregnant married woman could be a maiden and take this role in ritual. The God, who was reborn at Yule, is now seen as a young man, full of vigour, and his pursuit of the Maiden starts at this sabbath.

Imbolc is the time when the last of Yule's festive evergreens are removed. In some places it is still traditional to hold on to the (undecorated) Christmas fir until Imbolc, when it is taken and burned on the Imbolc fires. These days few of us can afford to keep the tree in place, especially as our modern forced and treated trees find it hard to keep their needles until January, let alone a whole month later. However, there is a practical alternative. As part of your Imbolc celebrations, take all the Yule and Christmas cards you have been given and recycle them, either making them into gift tags for the following year or cutting out the pictures to give to a local playgroup.

In ancient Rome this was a festival of Pan and the priests of Pan, called the Luperci, would run through the streets dressed in goatskin cloth whipping the people, especially women, to make them fertile for the coming year.

In many parts of the British Isles you will find wells dedicated to Bride or to the Christian St Bridget. Originally these would have been associated with the Goddess. If you are lucky enough to live near one of these, or able to visit one, look for a nearby tree with scraps of fabric tied to its branches. This will be a 'wishing tree'. Many people, whether Witches, Pagans or otherwise, visit these places to make an offering to the Goddess in the hope of having a wish granted. Such offerings are usually a strip of cloth, but it is not unusual to see necklaces of plaited grasses, small posies of flowers and even a child's shoe tied to a wishing tree. If you do visit such a site and wish to leave an offering, try to make it something which will soon return to the earth - a small circlet of grass plaited whilst thinking about your wish, or a hair from your own head, offered as a form of sacrifice. Look in your local press for notices of well-dressing celebrations, as many of these still take place at this time of year."

~Kate West

Correspondences for Imbolc


Other names for Imbolc:
Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonni), Imbolic (Celtic), Disting (Teutonic, Feb 14th), Lupercus (Strega), St. Bridget's Day (Christian), Candlemas, Candlelaria (Mexican), the Snowdrop Festival. The Festival of Lights, or the Feast of the Virgin. All Virgin and Maiden Goddesses are honored at this time.

Deities of Imbolc:
All Virgin/Maiden Goddesses, Brighid, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Gaia, and Februa, and Gods of Love and Fertility, Aengus Og, Eros, and Februus....

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved and merged with more information, it can be found at my new website, The Pagan Calendar, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, Here's a direct link: Imbolc - A New Beginning

Monday, February 01, 2010

February Moon Names

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



Avunnivik Moon ~Inuit
Big Winter Moon ~other
Bony Moon ~Cherokee
Chaste Moon ~other
Cleansing Moon ~other
Coyote Frighten Moon ~San Juan...

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