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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crossroads Possibilities Spell

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

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pagan Calendar of Days for 2011

Here is a quick and extensive listing of pagan, wiccan, roman, magical, and other holidays for November 2010 through December 2011. The dates of the new and full moons are also listed. As you can see there is a reason to celebrate just about any day of the year. Some of the more obscure holidays have short explanations. As we post about the various festival days and celebrations, links will be updated, so be sure to bookmark this post.

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.

November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
  • 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
October 2011
  • 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).
November 2010
  • 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.)
December 2011
  • 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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ode to Hecate

Oh nether and nocturnal, and infernal
Goddess of dark,
Quiet and frightful one
O you who have your meal amid the graves
Broad Chaos
Hard to escape are you.

~Greek Magical Papyri

Monday, November 01, 2010

Contemplate the Mysteries of Death with Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is the Russian spirit who rules the conjunction of magic and harsh reality, of limits and possibilites. This Death Spirit provides fertility when she chooses, but she also consumes those who disappoint her.

Baba Yaga, iron-toothed and boney-legged, wears a neclace of human skulls; her ome is surrounded by a fence crafted from human bones. She offers comprehension, not comfort.

Like her compatriot spirits, Kali and La Santisima Muerte, Baba Yaga encompasses all the mysteries of life and death; contemplate her in order to begin to comprehend these mysteries. This spell doesn't suggest contacting her (the Baba has little patience; don't waste her time without good reason), but this kind of magical contemplation instead.

  1. Build an altar featuring birch wood and leaves, animal imagery, a mortar, pestle and broom, and especially, food and drink. Baba Yaga is always voraciously hungry. Offer her real food or cut out photo images for the altar. She is especially fond of Russian extravagances like coulibiac. Offer her a samovar with blocks of fine Russian caravan tea and perhaps a water pipe.
  2. Sit with the altar, gaze at it from different angles, play with the objects and see what comes to mind.

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