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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Moonstone Travel Charm

Charge a moonstone with your blessings, love, and best magic wishes and then activate it by exposing it to moonbeams overnight. Ask the Goddess of the Moon, Selene, to guide and watch over the person carrying the stone. Give it to someone you love for protection while they travel.

Moonstone Magick

Ruler: Moon
Type: Mineral
Qualities: Sensitivity, intuition, clairvoyanceMagickal Form: Gemstone

The physical appearance of a stone often suggests its spiritual qualities, and moonstone's foremost attribute is the ability to assist us in calming and soothing the emotions. Even its appearance is subtle. They aren't brilliant stones; all specimens, from the peach and gray hues to the gem-quality blue, and rainbow-colored pieces, cast a light which is soft and translucent.

Said to be infused with the light of the moon, this gemstone holds the power of prophecy and divination. It lends great protection to its wearer. Use moonstones to tell the future and to increase psychic awareness. Wear the pink or rose-colored stones near the heart to attract love.

Moonstone stimulates confidence and is worn for protection. It is also believed to increase fertility and honors the energy of the moon. Because of this, it is useful in fertility matters, protection, and increasing one's psychic vibrations.

Moonstone assists with greater clarity and light while opening doors to ones inner capabilities. It is considered a talisman for good fortune and success as it helps the wearer to see all possibilities and discard tunnel vision.

When one has achieved a state of emotional calmness, this stone may be used to open people to an intuitive understanding of spirituality. An important aspect of this understanding is the acceptance and appreciation of the nature of change in physical existence -- just as the moon herself undergoes constant change.

Though wearing moonstone as a ring is often recommended, it is equally effective in other forms of jewelry. If you want to use it as part of a meditation you can either sit and hold it in your receptive (non-dominant) hand, or, if lying down, place it on the heart, solar plexus or third eye.

Compiled from various sources including:
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Feast of the Moon

  • Themes: All lunar attributes - Instinct, Creativity, Luck, Reminity, Water elements, Safety in travel
  • Symbols: Silver or white items, water, moon images, the number 13

About Luna:

The Roman goddess personifying the moon, Luna had the additional unique quality of being a protectress of charioteers, which in modern times could make her a patroness of automobiles.

March may come in like a lion, Luna escorts it out lambishly, with her soft, shimmering light. She is the full moon, which symbolizes the growing awareness developed this month, the fullness of loving emotions, and charms and enchantments empowered by the silvery light of the moon.

To do today:

Go moon gazing (if it's cloudy, or if the moon can't be seen, you'll have to wait for another day). To encourage any of Luna's attributes, recite this invocation to the moon:

Moon, moon, Lady Moon, shine your light on me.
Moon, moon, Lady moon, bring ________ to me.

Fill in the blank with your heart's desire. If possible, gear your request to match the energy in today's moon phase. A waxing moon augments spells for any type of growth or development. A full moon emphasizes maturity, fertility, abundance and "ful"-fillment. Waning moons help banish unwanted characteristics or shrink problems, and dark moons emphasize rest and introspection.

Found in: 365 Goddess

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Snake Dream Diagnosis Spell

It's no accident that the caduceus, the staff entwined with double serpents, is the modern symbol of the medical profession. Snakes are the primary animals of healing and have been so since ancient days. Once maintained in the temples of healing that were the first hospitals, their venom both heals and harms. Their old skin fades and grows dull, only to be shed painlessly as the snake emerges vivid and youthful once again, revived and refreshed. Because they lack limbs, snakes are always in contact with Earth. They burrow in Earth's crevices, live in the sea and in trees; they are privy to all Earth's secrets. Snakes are the guardians and sometimes sharers of Earth's wisdom, the guardians of her treasures, including secrets of healing.

This magical diagnostic technique is especially suited for conditions that defy conventional identification or treatment. An image of a snake is required. It may be a photograph, a stone fetish, or other artistic rendering, however, it must fit comfortably under your pillow and not disturb your sleep.

1. Bring the image to bed with you before going to sleep.

2. Gaze into the snake's eyes and charge it with its mission: to reveal the mysteries of your ailment and its required treatment.

3. Place the image under your pillow, then go to sleep. The goal is to incubate the required dream.

4. Repeat this ritual until the dream has been received, clarified, and understood and no further dreams are required.

Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Festival of Salus

Today is the Festival of Salus, the Roman goddess of public safety, health and welfare.

Salus was a minor goddess, the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of healing, whose staff, with a snake coiled round it, is symbolic of the practice of medicine. Their Greek equivalents were Aklepios and Hygeia. Her role in the pantheon was to feed and care for her father's sacred snakes and act as his assistant. She was worshiped as being responsible for the welfare, not just of individuals, but of the people as a whole....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

About Magical Names

Many Wiccan books discuss the taking of a Wiccan /magical name. The ceremonial bestowing of such a name upon the initiate is a part of many initiation ceremonies. Afterward, the new Wiccan is usually exclusively called by this name within the circle.

Magical names are quite popular among Wiccans; so popular, in fact, that many Wiccans have two or even three such names (none I've met so far though...): a public Craft name (used at Wiccan gatherings, when writing articles, and so on); a secret name (the one bestowed during initiation), and perhaps even a third name which is used only when addressing the Goddess and God, and is known only to Them and the Wiccan. Wiccans who are members of more than one tradition may have ...

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Go Move Shift!

Another great video about the traveler lifestyle.
Great stories - music - and images!

Kushti Atchin Tan

This is a short film developed by group of young Romany Gypsies living in Kent, about their history and culture and lifestyle. It features Billy, Charlene, Hayley, Henry Joe, Joe, Maria, Saedie, Maryann, Ollie, Samantha, Stacey.

It stops rather abruptly - but definitely worth watching!

Romany Gypsies in Canterbury Kent 1939

Here we have a really interesting YouTube video documentary about Romany Gypsies in Canterbury Kent 1939. It's the work of filmmaker Mr. Barnes

Romani Gypsy Folklore

Here is a bit of Romani Folklore on video.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day of Artisans

Today (March 23) is the fifth day of the Quinquatria. A five day Roman festival to honor Minerva which coincides with the five day Ancient Greek festival to honor Athena - her Greek counterpart. Here is a ritual designed for group participation. It can, however, be modified for the solitary practitioner.
  • Colors: Blue and brown
  • Elements: Air and earth
  • Altar: Upon a brown cloth light five blue candles, incense, and many tools of the crafter.
  • Offerings: Make something.
  • Daily Meal: Let those whose craft is cooking or baking make what they will as an offering.

Quinquatria Invocation III
Bones and clay of earth,
Flesh of trees and vines,
Thread from plant and animal...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cybele's Day

  • Color: Golden
  • Element: Fire
  • Altar: Upon a golden cloth set five gold candles, a chalice of wine, the figure of a lioness, and a crown resembling a turreted city.
  • Offerings: Lions, herbs, wild game, music.
  • Daily Meal: Game birds, such as turkey, goose, pheasant, or quail. Moretum, made of feta cheese, olive oil, herbed vinegar, chopped celery, and ground coriander.

Invocation to Cybele

Magna Mater
Great Lady of the City
Protector of Civilization...

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The Hilaria

In Ancient Roman religious tradition, the hilaria (Greek: ἱλάρια; Latin: hilaris, "hilarious") were festivals celebrated on the vernal equinox to honor Cybele, the mother of the Gods. The Romans took this feast originally from the Greeks, who called it ΑΝΑΒΑΣΙΣ, (Ascensus)

The day of its celebration was the first after the vernal equinox, or the first day of the year which was longer than the night. The winter with its gloom had died, and the first day of a better season was spent in rejoicings.

The manner of its celebration during the time of the republic is unknown, except that Valerius Maximus mentions games in honour of the mother of the gods....

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Festival of Salii

In the Roman calendar, March was sacred to Mars. The "jumping priests," or Salii began the Festival of the Salii on March 21 with a purification of the sacred trumpets that the Romans carried off to war. That date was originally the Roman New Year's Day because it was the start of the growing and campaign season.

On March 21, the Salii marched to the Regia taking the bronze Ancilia, the sacred shield...

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Music Day

Today (March 21) is the third day of the Quinquatria. A five day Roman festival to honor Minerva which coincides with the five day Ancient Greek festival to honor Athena - her Greek counterpart. Here is a ritual designed for group participation. It can, however, be modified for the solitary practitioner.
  • Color: Blue
  • Element: Air
  • Altar: Upon a blue cloth lay many musical instruments, blue candles, a clear glass bowl of water, and a fan made from a bird's wing.
  • Offerings: Song and music.
  • Daily Meal: Light vegetarian meal.

Quinquatria Invocation II (to be sung)
Hail Athena, true and bright,
Sharp your blade and keen your sight,
Goddess of a Thousand Works,
Giver of the soul in flight....

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Isis Snake Divination

Spring is the time of nature, revelation, and discovery. Just as plants peek out of the gound, so do snakes and other creatures that have rested over the winter. March is the time of Isis, moon mother, and mother of the sea. Snakes are one of her symbols. This ritual respectfully conjures her symbolic reptile, paying tribute to her while invoking her spirit.
  • Draw a bath. 
  • Into the bath, pour 1/4 cup Epsom salt, 1/4 cup coarse and 1/4 cup fine Dead Sea salt.
  • Put on a piece of moonstone...
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Festival of Isis

  • Themes: Magic, Harvest, Dreams, Divination, Perspective, Faithfulness, Love, Spirituality, Destiny
  • Symbols: Bloodstone, Amethyst, Silver, Myrrh, Cedar, Hawk, Moon
About Isis:

One of the most complete goddess figures in history, Isis breathes on us with spring winds to revitalize and fulfill our spirits in every way. Egyptians venerated Isis as the Queen of Sorcery, Life of the Nile, Mother Moon, and Protectress. Isis taught humankind the basic skills necessary to build civilizations, and she came to represent the powerful attribures of faithfulness, love, inner beauty, oracular insight, and spiritual awareness (to name just a few). She could also change her followers' destinies.

To Do Today:

Today is the spring harvest festival in Egypt, honoring the giver of all life, Isis. Put a bloodstone or amethyst in your pocket today to inspire any or all of Isis's characteristics in your soul and life. If you have any silver or white clothing, wearing them will also foster Isis-centered energy, because these colors are associated with the moon.

Our traditional activity today is fortune telling, an art under Isis's dominion. To encourage visionary dreams from her, put some rose petals under your pillow before going to bed, and burn some myrrh or jasmine insence. Keep a dream diary handy, and write your impressions immediately upon waking so you won't lose the insight.

From: 365 Goddess

Egg Charms:

Eggs are an ancient symbol of fertility, new life, and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth of the Universe. As such, they make terrific charms for fertility, pregnancy, new endeavors, and similar types of magick. These types of charms are fairly easy, and very versatile.

Start with raw eggs. My favorite tool to pierce the shell is a small nail ~ for some reason, I've never had good luck piercing the shells with needles.

Pierce the narrow end of the shell with a tiny hole. At the wider end of the egg, use the nail to pierce a wider hole. This is the trickiest part of the operation, but I've been lucky and only lost a few eggs. Just handle the eggs gently, and once you make the hole in the wider end, use the tip of the nail to gently enlarge the hole.

Then, for those of you who have never done this before, simply place your lips over the smaller hole and blow. (No, you don't want to know what it looks like! LOL)...

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Magickal Colors for Ostara Eggs

  • Black - Absorb and dispel negative influences, Mystery, Rememberance, Eternity, Constancy
  • Blue - Healing, Peace, Astral projection, Fidelity, Sleep, Unity
  • Brown - Animals, Helps connect to the rythms and energies of the Earth
  • Gold - Activity, Money, The God, The Sun...
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An Altar To Ostara

Here are some ideas for what you might want to include in an Altar to Ostara.

Ostara, the ancient German Virgin Goddess of Spring, loves bright colors. The light pastels of spring are perfect offerings for Ostara. To represent earth on your altar, choose bright or pastel colored stones like Rose Quartz, Amethyst, or any of the Calcites (blue, red, yellow, or green). If you have some Citrine, be sure to include it. Citrine has long been an aid for mental clarity....

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Celebrate Spring With Flowers

Celebrate the arrival of spring with flowers. Bring them into your own home and give them to others. You do not have to spend a lot of money - one or two blooms given for no other reason than 'spring is here' can often bring a smile to even the most gloomy face.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

On The Fence Good Luck Spell

Rise before the Sun on the morning of the Spring Equinox. Find several stones and place them on the fence posts that surround your property, visualizing yourself, your home and your life filled with luck.


The Quinquatria

The Quinquatrus (March 19 through March 23) was named for the fact that it was the fifth day after the Ides (by the Roman method of inclusive counting), but popularly it came to be regarded as a five-day holiday in honor of Mars.

It marked the start of the traditional campaign season for the army. The day also became a feast day for Minerva, despite any clear link between the two deities....

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Liberalia

The Liberalia (17 March) is the festival of Liber Pater and his consort Libera. In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Liber ("the free one"), also known as Liber Pater ("the free Father") was a god of viniculture and wine, fertility and freedom. He was a patron deity of Rome's plebeians and was part of their Aventine Triad. His festival of Liberalia became associated with free speech and the rights attached to coming of age. His cult and functions were increasingly associated with Bacchus and his Greek equivalent Dionysus, whose mythologies he came to share.

The Romans celebrated Liberalia with sacrifices, processions, ribald and gauche songs, and masks which were hung on trees.

This feast celebrates the maturation of young boys to manhood. Roman boys, usually at age 14, would remove the bulla praetexta, a hollow charm of gold or leather, which parents placed about the necks of children to ward off evil spirits.

At the Liberalia ceremony the young men might place the bulla on an altar (with a lock of hair or the stubble of his first shave placed inside) and dedicate it to the Lares, who were gods of the household and family. Mothers often retrieved the discarded bulla praetexta and kept it out of superstition.

If the son ever achieved a public triumph, the mother could display the bulla to ward off any evil that might be wished upon the son by envious people. The young men discarded the toga praetexta, which was probably derived from Etruscan dress and was decorated with a broad purple border and worn with the bulla, by boys and girls. The boys donned the clothing of adulthood, the pure white toga virilis, or "man's gown". The garment identified him as a citizen of Rome, making him an eligible voter.

The celebration on March 17 was meant to honor Liber Pater, an ancient god of fertility and wine (like Bacchus, the Roman version of the Greek god, Dionysus). Liber Pater is also a vegetation god, responsible for protecting seed. Liber, again like Dionysius, had female priests although Liber's priests were older women.

Wearing wreaths of ivy, the priestesses made special cakes, or libia, of oil and honey which passing devotees would have them sacrifice on their behalf. Over time this feast evolved and included the goddess Libera, Liber Pater's consort, and the feast divided so that Liber governed the male seed and Libera the female.

On the Liberalia it was tradition for women to bake smaller pieces of flatbread or consecrated cake (liba) on outdoor ovens with different ingredients (e.g. eggs, cheese, oil or honey) and hand it to the people who were passing by. Ancient sources speak of a significant variety of recipes, and the tradition has been retained to this day as part of the Holy Week.

In Germany the Liberalia dish is still known as lebkuchen (“leb-cake”), with leb- derived from the Latin libum. In German Christian tradition the lebkuchen used to be consumed during Lent and the Easter season, but today has almost exclusively reversed its meaning and shifted to Christmas and the Advent. Aside from the wafers, real liba are also served in Spain, the traditional torrijas at Easter made of flour, wine and honey.

This ancient Italian ceremony was a "country" or rustic ceremony. The processional featured a large phallus which the devotees carried throughout the countryside to bring the blessing of fertility to the land and the people. The procession and the phallus were meant also to protect the crops from evil. At the end of the procession, a virtuous and respected matron placed a wreath upon the phallus.

Related to the celebration of the Liberalia is the Procession of the Argei, celebrated on March 16 and 17. The Argei were 27 sacred shrines created by the Numina (very powerful ancient gods who are divine beings without form or face) and found throughout the regions of Rome. However, modern scholars have not discovered their meaning or use.

In the argei celebration, 30 figures also called Argei were fashioned from rushes into shapes resembling men; later in the year they were tossed into the river(s). The origin of this celebration is not certain, but many scholars feel that it may have been a ritualistic offering meant to appease and praise the Numa and that the 30 argei probably represented the thirty elder Roman curiae, or possibly represented the 30 Latin townships.

Other ancient scholars wrote that the use of the bull-rush icons was meant to deter celebrants from human sacrifice, which was done to honor Saturn. Some historical documents indicate that the argei (the sacred places) took their names from the chieftains who came with Hercules, the Argive, to Rome and then occupied the Capitoline (Saturnian) Hill. There is no way at present to verify this information, but it does coincide with the belief that Rome was founded by the Pelasgians and the name Argos is linked to that group.

Source: Wikipedia

About St Patrick's Day

The day of St. Patrick's, the patron-saint of Ireland who was born about 386 A. D., is celebrated by Irishmen, wherever they exist. The shamrock is worn everywhere, in commemoration of the fact that when St. Patrick was preaching the doctrine of the Trinity, he made use of this plant, which bears three leaves upon one stem, as a symbol of this great mysterium.

Liberal participation of "Patrick's pot" and great feasting are the principal signatures of the day....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wine - Use it Aright

"Mnesitheus [Ancient Greek physician] said that the gods had revealed wine to mortals, to be the greatest blessing for those who use it aright, but for those who use it without measure, the reverse.

For it gives food to them that take it, and strength in mind and body. In medicine it is most beneficial; it can be mixed with liquid drugs and it brings aid to the wounded. In daily intercourse, to those who mix and drink it moderately, it gives good cheer; but if you overstep the bounds, it brings violence. Mix it half and half, and you get madness; unmixed, bodily collapse.

Wherefore Dionysos is everywhere called Latros (Physician).’ The Delphic priestess, too, has directed certain persons to call Dionysos Hygiates (Health-Giver).

Euboulos makes Dionysos say: ‘Three bowls only do I mix for the temperate – one to health, which they empty first, the second to love and pleasure, the third to sleep. When this is drunk up wise guests go home. The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence the fifth to uproar, the sixth to drunken revel, the seventh to black eyes. The eight is the policeman’s, the ninth belongs to biliousness, and the tenth to madness and hurling the furniture.

Too much wine, poured into one little vessel, easily knocks the legs from under the drinkers."

- Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae

Let us be merry

"Let us be merry and drink wine and sing of Bakkhos [Dionysos] , the inventor of the choral dance, the lover of all songs, leading the same life as the Erotes (Loves), the darling of Kythere [Aphrodite as goddess of pleasure]; thanks to him Methe (Drunkeness) was brought forth, the Kharis (Grace) was born, Lupa (Pain) takes rest and Ania (Trouble) goes to sleep."

- Greek Lyric II The Anacreontea

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Marduk's Feast Day

Today, March 12th, is the Feast of Marduk, an ancient Babylonian God. Acknowledged as the creator of the universe and of humankind, the god of light and life, and the ruler of destinies, he rose to such eminence that he claimed 50 titles. His name literally means "bull calf of the sun".

Aside from being a fertility god and god of thunderstorms, Marduk's original character is obscure. Later he became connected with water, vegetation, judgment, and magic. He is normally referred to as Bel "Lord", also bel rabim "great lord", bêl bêlim "lord of lords", ab-kal ilâni bêl terêti "leader of the gods", aklu bêl terieti "the wise, lord of oracles", muballit mîte "reviver of the dead", etc....

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Ritual For Marduk's Day

  • Colors: Light blue and grey
  • Element: Air
  • Altar: On a cloth of pale blue place a naked sword,
    three grey candles, and a loaf of bread shaped like a dragon.
  • Offerings: Cut something into pieces.
  • Daily meal: Fish or meat, chopped finely.

Invocation to Marduk

The warrior's sword is clean and bright
And has two edges. So Marduk found.
Taking up the sword, he slew
The Dragon Mother Tiamat
And from her body carved the earth
And the overarching sky....

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Sunrise In The Garden

East, we enter the Dawn. The robyn comes, heralding youth and new beginning. Richness, color, growth, childlike innocence, deep rain, longer sun to linger. In what we have been given, tending to our lives to the richness, the color, the ability to share appreciation in silence or with words and action.

Are you tending to your garden? What do you want to grow and flourish? Give it attention, give it appreciation, call understanding, time. Spend some time watching nature unfold. Enjoy today; it is whatever you have been given to tend....

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hiccups - Old Gypsy Cures

  • To cure hiccups repeat in one breath the words:
    There was an old woman who lived all alone,
    And she was made of skin and bone.
    One day to church she went to pray,
    And on the ground a man there lay,
    And from his head unto his feet
    The worms crawled in, the worms crawled out.
    The woman to the parson said:
    Shall I be so when I am dead?
    The parson he said yes

  • In a droning, deep, ghostly tone say the following:
    There was an old man an' an old woman,
    And they lived in a bottle and eat BONES

  • Munch a spoonful of sugar
  • Scare the one troubled with hiccoughs by some startling announcement or accusation, as, See, you've torn your dress! or, How did you break my vase? etc
  • Steadily point a finger at the hiccougher, or to make him hold up his arm and shake it
  • Slowly take nine sips of water
  • Put the thumb up against the lower lip, with the fingers under the chin, and say, "hiccup, hiccup, over my thumb," nine times
  • Try for a long time to make the edges of the thumb-nails meet at the end
  • Think of the one you love best, to cure hiccoughs
  • Put a butter knife in a glass of water with the handle up. Keeping the knife in the water, hold the handle of the knife to your left temple while at the same time drinking the entire glass of water.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Magick of Ashes

Ruler: Fire, Air
Type: Mineral
Magickal Form: Residue from something that is burned

The religious and magickal uses of ash include weather magic, healing, divination, acknowledgment of mortality and immortality, resurrection, mourning, purification, repentance, sorrow, protection, the conquering of fear, remembrance, fertility, and luck. Ash also represents the intellect, memory, new clarity and vision.

The best known spiritual rite using ash is the burning of the sacred palm to obtain ashes to mark the forehead on Ash Wednesday. Witches burn paper or herbal talismans to unlock their energy and work with the ash to bring about magickal transformation.

Source: Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Ash Wednesday Healing Water

On Ash Wednesday before sunrise dip a pail of water in a running brook (up stream), bottle it, and keep as a cure for anything.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Romany New Moon Ritual

The following is a Romany ritual to greet the New Moon. Greet each new moon by chanting something like this:

Here is the New Moon.
The New Moon has arrived.
Be lucky for me now.
You've found me penniless....

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wishing Wells and Well Magick

Each well is said to have it's own guardian spirit. The guardian sprits of wells are sometimes deities and other times nymphs or sprites. Water drawn at dawn from a particularly deep well is said to cure a toothache. Traditionally, a well should be fed a slice of bread each year on New Years Day. In some parts of the world, it is also traditional to dress the well with flowers.

Wishing wells specifically collect offerings from those petitioning the guardian spirit of the well. The petitioner must ask for the wish to be granted silently or by whispering. Typical offerings are coins, pebbles, and pins. This custom derives from an older custom that utilized stones. It is thought that when you toss your coin into the well, the guardian spirit will then decide whether or not to belss you with what you desire.

Wells, especially in areas where drinking water is scarce, evoke radient fertility power. This is particularly true of open wells, fed by rain and constantly charged by moonlight. To utilize this power, charge a rag with your desire for fertility and attach it to the well.

The first water of a new well is charged with extra power. Therefore the first drink is customarily offered to a childless woman as a fertility potion.

Source: Elemental Witch

Holy Wells Day

Today is Holy Wells Day, a day dedicated to Caedda, the celtic goddess of healing springs and wells.

Ceadda, an Old English Goddess of healing springs and wells, enjoys her holy day of celebration on March 2. While Her place in the hearts of the people has since been appropriated by St. Chad of Mercia, Catholic patron saint of wells, those of us who follow the old ways  ...

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Mars - The Marcher

"You’re right to come, Marcher; your days demand their place
and the month that bears your stamp is here."

March (Martius), the first month of the lunar calendar, was named after Mars and the entire month was dedicated to Him. The festivals reflected a purification and regeneration of the arms and fields, marking a time when farmers had to think of cultivating and protecting their lands. The efficacy of Mars’ divine aid was much needed in preparation for the seasonal crop growth and upcoming military campaigns, as wars often began or were renewed in the spring.

March 1st was the lunar calendar’s New Year’s Day, and may have also been Mars’ birthday. The festival of Quinquatrus (named for its length of five consecutive days) commenced on 19 March when the ancilia of the Salii and the weapons of the whole army were purified. On 23 March, the Romans venerated Mars during the Tubilustrium, a cleansing ceremony for the trumpets used in sacred rites and the instruments of the entire army....

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Hymn to Mars

Oh! Help us, ye Household Gods!
Oh! Help us, ye Household Gods!
Oh! Help us, ye Household Gods!

And let not bane and bale, O Marmor Mars, assail more folk!
And let not bane and bale, O Marmor Mars, assail more folk!
And let not bane and bale, O Marmor Mars...

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Saint David's Day

  • Colors: red, green, white
  • Plants: Daffodills, leeks
  • Activities: Send flowers, attend concerts, host a dinner party

Saint David's Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March each year. The date of 1 March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David on that day in 589, and has been celebrated by followers since then....

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Daffodil Magick

Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. Though their botanic name is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily.” Lore connecting the daffodil to not only a sign of winter’s end but a lucky emblem of future prosperity is found throughout the world. In Wales, it’s said if you spot the first daffodil of the season, your next 12 months will be filled with wealth, and Chinese legend has it that if a daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home.

The March birth flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower, a gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness. But always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.

The name daffodil is a derivitave of affodell, which is a variant of asphodel. The Latin name for the daffodil is narcissus. Narcissus are also referred to as jonquils in North America. The March birth flower is poisonous if eaten. The daffodil is the emblem of Wales and is worn on St David's Day. For spring flowers the daffodil is one of the best bulbs to plant. As the daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, it has the flower meaning of hope.

Daffodil commonly refers to narcissus with large trumpets, but may be used for all types of narcissus. The March birth flower daffodil that is commonly known, is yellow with a sweet frangrance. It is native to the mediterranean, but has been cultivated all over the world as a decorative plant. The daffodil is a perennial grown from a bulb. It can reach heights of two feet. The daffodil is a dependable spring flower and a favorite for its long life and colorful blooms. In England the daffodil birth flower is known as the lent lily because it blooms during lent.

Daffodils are ruled by Venus. The part of the plant that is normally used in magick is the flowers - either fresh or dried.

  • Sprinkle dried petals or place fresh flowers on an altar to attract friendly sprits.
  • Keep in the house or garden to cheer you up.
  • Add to bathwater to increase your luck and bring new people into your life.
  • Mix with rose petals and place around a photo of a lover you want to return to you.
From: Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

March Magick

Inanna, come forth from the Underworld,
goddess of the lapis measure.
Rise, like new leaves that unfurl
bringing forth the summer treasure.

Britons call March a "loud and strong" month because of its blustery nature. Before the calendar changed to the present system, the new year took place during March, likely due to the official beginning of spring, which is ushered in by March's winds.

In terms of magical energy, think growth and prosperity! Everything that dwells on the planet is showing signs of life and fruitfulness. Let the Goddess inspire your spirit similarly. Other characteristics for March include cultivating the spirit of adventure and fertility, and focusing on personal maturity in any area of your life.

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