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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spell for Sunshine

No need to cross your fingers and hope for good weather. According to the Romanies, you can make the sun shine whenever you want it to.


Here's how:

  • Light a golden candle.
  • Draw a five-inch map of the area where you want the sun to shine.
  • Moving the map clockwise, circle it three times around the candle flame, imagining the flame is the sun.
  • Burn the map in the flame while making your wish.
You could say:

Fair weather I ask you to shine,
On this special day of mine,
I've chased the clouds away,
So the sun will shine all day.
Your special day will be filled with sunshine.


Source: The Good Spell Book

About Weather Magick

Weather spells are an ambiguous topic. It is extremely personal magic. My desire for a beautiful sunny day may correspond to your need for rain. Will our spells cancel each other's out? Does the most powerful magician win?

Despite these inherent difficulties, Weather Spells are among the most ancient magical genres. The most successful weather spells are cast by a community in response to a consensus regarding a weather emergency, typically either too much or too little rain. It was believed that one could summon or banish storms by invoking ancient spirits. In essence the storms and winds are spirits.

This belief remains personified in the orisha Oya, who embodies the hurricanes that travel from West Africa to the Caribbean annually. Vestiges of these beliefs linger in the tradition of naming hurricanes, by naming the spirit, a measure of control is maintained.

Magical and spiritual aspects of weather have always been controversial:

  • Ancient Mesopotamian wind spirits could be destructive, as can the modern Central American "Aires."

  • Jews perceived winds as messengers of the Creator, although not all are inherently benevolent.

  • In the Odyssey, Odysseus is given a bag of winds as a divine gift, sealed up with knot magic. When his curious men release the knots too soon, the gift turns to disaster.

  • According to Saint Thomas, wind and rain could be produced by demons. Hence magicians who offered to sell storms to those who needed them.

  • The earliest ecclesiastic law in England, the Liber Penitentiales of Saint Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury from 668 through 690, was directed against those who caused storms by invoking "fiends."

Source: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

St Paul's Day Lore

st paul's dayToday (Jan 25) is St. Paul's day, a festival of the Roman and English churches in commoration of St. Paul. This day is thought to be prophetic as to the weather of the year:

  • "If St. Paul's day be fair and clear, It doth betide a happy year; If blustering winds do blow aloft. Then wars will trouble our realm full oft; And if it chance to snow or rain, Then will be dear all sorts of grain."

  • In Germany when the day proved foul the common people used to drag the images of St. Paul and St. Urban in disgrace to duck them in the river.

  • On the day of the conversion of St . Paul, (January 25th,) the four winds wrestle and the winner will blow most of the year. (Belgium.)
  • If it rains on St. Paul's day there will be plenty of mushrooms. (Bohemia.)
Other omens and folklore for St Paul's day include the following:
  • Fire will not burn a man born on St . Paul's day, but if a woman who was born on that day is burned, the wound will never heal. Interestingly, in Sicily, it doesn't matter what day you were born on - if you are a man fire will not burn you, but if you are a woman it will not only burn, it will eventually cause your death!
On a more positive note:
  • If you set your hens to hatch on Paul's day, they will become good layers.
Found in: Encyclopedia of superstitions, folklore, and the occult

Monday, January 24, 2011

Grow A Seed Spell

The most basic fertility spell of all may not seem magical to our jaded eyes: grow plants from seed. What might be considered a child's kindergarten project can actually be an act of power, fraught with mystery and magic.


Do not transfer mature plants or cuttings, it is crucial that you sprout the seeds and nurture the plants. This may be done directly on earth, or in pots within your home.

The choice of plants is entirely up to you; however, plants that are metaphysically associated with fertility will increase the power of the spell. Furthermore, time spent in the presence of plants radiant with fertility power can only be beneficial.

Grow plants that can assist you in the quest for conception or plants that will serve as herbal remedies. By doint this, you set up a symbiotic relationship, a true alliance, each of you depends on the other. Talk to the plant, tell it what you need it to perform for you.

Herbal remedies grown in this manner will be more potent than anything you can purchase. Faithfully keep a gardening diary. Eventually within its pages you may discover parallels and clues to your own condition.

Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Friday, January 21, 2011

Spells for St Agnes


Here we have a variety of old old spells for St Agnes night which is pretty much dedicated to finding a husband.

On Saint Agnes' night, 21st January, take a row of pins and pull out every one, one after another, saying a Pater Noster, sticking a pin in your sleeve, and you will dream of him or her you will marry. Knit tne left garter about the right-legg'd stocking (let the other garter and stocking alone), and as you rehearse these following verses, at every comma knit a knot:

"This knot I knit,
To know the thing I know not yet,
That I may see
The man that shall my husband be,
How he goes and what he wears.
And what he does all the days."


Accordingly in your dream you will see him, if a musician, with a lute or other instrument; if a scholar, with a book," and so on.

Another dream-charm for St . Agnes' Eve was to take a sprig of rosemary and another of thyme and sprinkle them thrice with water, then place one in each shoe, and stand shoe and sprig on either side of the bed, repeating:


"St Agnes, that's to lovers kind.
Come ease the trouble of my mind."

In many places the notion prevailed that to insure the perfection of these charms the day must be spent in fasting. It was called "St . Agnes' fast."

Keat's beautiful lines commemorative of the day seem doubly exquisite when read after conning the clumsy folk-rhymes:


They told me how upon St. Agnes' Eve
Young virgins might have visions of delight,
And soft adorings from their loves receive
Upon the hony'd middle of the night.
IF ceremonies due they did aright;
As supperless to bed they must retire
And couch supine their beauties lily white;
Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Of heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire.

In Scotland the lasses sow grain at midnight on St . Agnes Eve, singing,—


"Agnes sweet and Agnes fair
Hither, hither now repair.
Bonny Agnes, let me see
The lad who is to marry me."

And the figure of the future sweetheart appears as if reaping the grain.

Here is yet another one:

A key is placed in the Bible at the second chapter of Solomon's Song, verses 1, 5 and 17, and the book tied firmly together, with the handle of the key left beyond the edges of the leaves. The tips of the little finger of the charm-tester and of a friend are placed under the side of the key, and then they "tried the alphabet" with the verses above named; that is, they began thus:

"A. My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feedeth among the lilies. Until the day break and the shadows fall away, turn, my beloved," etc.

At the word "turn" the Bible was supposed to turn around if A were the first letter of the lover's name. Thus could the entire name be spelt out.

Found in:Encyclopedia of superstitions, folklore, and the occult sciences of the world

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rhymed List of Gypsy Verbs


To dick and jin,
To bikn and kin;
To pee and hal,
And av and jal;
To kair and poggra,
Shoon and rokra;
To caur and chore,
Heta and cour,
Moar and more,
To drab and dook,
And nash on rook;
To pek and tove,
And sove and rove,
And nash on poove;
To tardra oprey,
And chiv aley;
To pes and gin,
To mang and chin,
To pootch and pukker,
Hok and dukker;
To besh and kel,
To del and lel,
And jib to tel;
Bitch, atch, and hatch,
Roddra and latch;
To gool and saul,
And sollohaul;
To pand and wustra,
Hokta and plastra,
Busna and kistur,
Maila and grista;
To an and riggur;
To pen and sikker,
Porra and simmer,
Chungra and chingra,
Pude and grommena,
Grovena, gruvena;
To dand and choom,
Chauva and rom,
Rok and gare,
Jib and mer
With camova,
And paracrova,
Apasavello
And mekello,
And kitsi wasror,
Sore are lavior,
For kairing chomany,
In jib of Romany.

From: Romano Lavo-Lil by George Borrow

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Eyebright Anti-depression Spell

Does everything appear dismal, dark, and hopeless?

The botanical eyebright is used therapeutically for various eye ailments but also to help one see the sunny side of things, especially when it is extremely difficult to find. Create an infusion by pouring boiling water over eyebright. When it cools use the liquid as an eye wash.

Found in: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Friday, January 07, 2011

St Distaff's Day

Themes: Work, Weaving, Destiny
Symbols: Web, Spinning Wheel, Needle

Presiding Goddess: Arachne, the Greek spider goddess, inspires positive changes in your destiny for the new year. Legend tells us that Arachne challenged Athena to a weaving contest and won. In anger, Athena destroyed the girl's tapestry. Arachne, grief-stricken, took her destiny in hand and turned herself into a spider, but she continues to use her weaving talents to spin and pattern the lives of mortals.

To do today: According to lore, Saint Distaff, the patroness of weaving, was a fictional persona made up to mark the resumption of normal activity after the holidays. Instead of this imaginary figure, we turn to Arachne to help us take the strands of our fate in hand and begin weaving a year filled with goddess energy.

To direct your spiritual focus toward the goddess, wear something woven today, or display it proudly. If you have no such items, braid together three strands of thread or yarn, saying:

Arachne, bless this magic braid,
so on you my mind is staid.

Carry this as a charm to keep your thoughts and actions goddess-centered.

Finally, mend any work clothes in need or repairs to improve your job standing. As you make the final knot in a button or hem, bind the magic by saying:

This thread I wind,
The magic bind.

Visualize your professional goals as you work.


Source:365 Goddess
Art by: Queen LilSis

Family Unity Spell

Magic can be created from the humblest articles. This spell derives from a time when sewing, mending, and needlework were constant, everyday practices. Here's how it works:


  • Keep a little jar beside you as you sew.
  • Every time you finish a thread, toss the bit into the jar, saying something to the effect of "Bless this house. Protect all within from harm and hardship."
  • When the jar is full, seal the blessings within by laying one protective leaf or root on top. (For example: bay laurel leaf, angelica root, bethroot, or wormwood)
  • Close the jar tightly and store it near the top of the house, in the attic, or hang it from the rafters.
Source: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Magickal Uses of Pomegranate

Ruler: Persephone, Astarte, Sekhmet
Type: Fruit
Magickal Form: Seeds, juice, outer skin
Symbolism: Blood, Journey into the underworld
Brings: Prosperity, protection, fertility, conception, wisdom

Strong traditions surround the pomegranate. In Wicca it is the sacred fruit of Persephone and represents her journey into the underworld. Much superstition revolves around the eating of the fruit.

It is customary to eat three seeds on Samhain (Halloween) in remembrance of her journey; eating more than that is believed to bring hardship into the coming year.

Another tradition stems from the Middle East where the fruit symbolizes wealth and fertility. Here the custom is to eat as much as possible in order to bring prosperity into the life.

In the Egyptian legend of Ra and Hathor, Sekhmet was released by Ra to slay humans who were plotting against him. Made intoxicated by blood lust, she would have destroyed all of mankind if Ra had not taken pity on us. He tricked her by dyeing beer blood-red with pomegranate juice which she drank believing it to be human blood, and became drunk. She soon forgot her anger and we were saved from destruction

Pomegranate juice symbolizes the menstrual or wise blood of the goddess; to drink it is to gain her wisdom. Carry a dried piece of the outer skin or add it to spells for conception.

From: Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Why Crossroads Are Magickal


The crossroads are literally where different roads meet and where they separate, where opportunity emerges to change directions. They are unpredictable; you could take any one of a variety of choices. Magically speaking a crossroads is the place where multiple forces converge, where anything can happen, where transformations may occur. Energy is liberated and expanded at the crossroads. Instead of hopping over boundaries, you can stand in the center and be inundated by power, potential and choices.

Crossroads are ubiquitous in magic. Many spells demand to be cast at the crossroads, others require that the remnants of spells - left over candle stubs, ahses and the such - be buried at the crossroads where their energy can safely disperse.

Specific types of spiritual entities, known as "road-openers" and inevitably beings of great power preside over crossroads. These beings can be petitioned for knowledge, information and for a change in destiny. They control thresholds and roads and determine who has free access and who finds roads barred, who will choose the right fork in the road and who will wander hopelessly lost forever.

In ancient Greece, Hermes ruled the four-way crossroads, while Hecate presided over three-way crossroads. In West Africa, Eshu-Elegbara rules the crossroads as does his Western hemisphere incarnations Elegba, Papa Legba and Exu. In Brazil, Exu's female counterpart, Pomba Gira, presides over T-shaped crossroads.

Once upon a time, crossroads were where people met, where nomads rendezvoused, where gallows stood, where the death penalty was enacted and corpses left to hang, where suicides were buried. If magic spells were cast according to direction, then midnight at the crossroads must have frequently been a crowded, busy place, especially on a night like Halloween when the veil that divides the realms of living and dead is at its most permeable, leaving an open road for inter-realm communication.

Christian authorities frequently urged people to avoid the crossroads, particularly at night, as it was the devil's stomping grounds. If you were looking to meet Satan, howver, if you had a proposition or a request for him, the crossroads was where you were most likely to find him.

Unfortunately, the most accessible modern crossroads are traffic intersections. The magic energy remains, however. Think about a busy intersection: on a good day you fly straight through, making a journey faster and easier. A traffic tie-up, however, is an energy build-up with added potential for accidents and road rage.

Faithfully attempting to follow a spell's directions may leave you playing in the middle of traffic. In Rio de Janeiro, Pomba Gira's devotees take this into account: offerings aren't left where you might expect, at the center of the crossroads, but by the side of the road. No matter how powerful your spell, it will have no opportunity to work if you get hit by a car during the casting.

Find an appropriate old-fashioned crossroads, a safe area of a modern crossroads, or read between the lines - figure out what the spell really requires (why you're being sent to the crossroads, for what purpose) and adapt and substitute as needed. Not all crossroads are literal intersections of roads. Other crossings include: Graveyards, bathhouses, ruins, bike paths, and altars.

Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
Art from: Cotton Fine Arts

Monday, January 03, 2011

Festival of Pax


  • Theme: Peace
  • Symbols: White items, Corn, Cornucopia, Olive branch
About Pax: Pax is the Roman goddess of peace; she urges us to keep harmony among one another as a sacred commodity throughout the year. On coins, Pax appears youthful and often bears an olive branch to extend the hand of truce or a cornucopia, indicating that there is an abundance of peace for those who truly seek it.

To Do Today: Remember Pax by wearing or carrying something white today and offering to make amends with someone with whom you've had an argument.

Alternatively, make a funnel from a piece of white paper (like a cornucopia). Leave this somewhere predominant. Each time you have an angry or discordant thought, toss a coin into the funnel. At the end of the day donate these coins (plus a few dollars) to a charity that promotes peace.

Roman custom dictated that the images of all leaders were to be placed at Pax's feet on this day, as if to invoke her amicable energy in their interactions. This isn't a bad idea for modern leaders either! Take any pictures you have of world leaders (check newspapers and magazines). If you can't find pictures, write their names on white paper instead. Put these in a pile before a white candle. As you light the candle, say:

Pax.
Let peace fill their hearts.
Let all hatred depart.
Peace be between me and thee,
and all those I meet.
Source: 365 Goddess

Negativity; Begone!

Cast this spell on a happy day, whose ambience you'd like to preserve forever.

Blend cumin with sea salt and scatter a circle sunwise around the perimeter of your property to banish negativity and dissension.

Oil On Troubled Water Spell

Here is a very simple spell to dispell negative energy:

  1. Pour olive oil on the exact spot where an argument, unhappy confrontation or scene of humiliation occured.
  2. Let it stay for a little, to absorb the tension and negative energy before cleaning it up.

Onion Vacuum Spell


  • On a Friday night when everyone else in the house is asleep, cut an onion in half.
  • Hold it up, visualize it as a psychic vacuum cleaner.
  • Let it suck up all negativity.
  • Let the onion rest on a table.
  • Hold up one peeled crushed garlic clove.
  • Visualize it as a psychic air cleaner.
  • Leave it out for a little while.
  • Put both the onion and the garlic in a paper bag and dispose of them outside the home.
Found in:
The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Onion Magick


Use this many-layered food to peel away problems in life and to dispel anger. The onion is also a love food and is said to increase male virility.

  • Red onions promote lust when added to dishes.
  • White onions clear away obstacles when peeled to the core.
  • Use purple onions for power and seduction.
  • Yellow onions dispel anger between friends.
Carve the names of quarreling parties into a yellow onion and keep until it forms roots. At this time, the two friends or family members will begin to recall the positive roots of their relationship and let go of their anger toward each other. Do not get rid of the onion until apologies have been made and accepted. You may then offer the onion to the earth in thanks.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

January Magick

Gaze, Janus, my lord
with two strong faces
through the doorway of this moment.
See coming times and distant places.
Reveal the past to us, its secret omens.


January starts the year with a plethora of fun, frolicsome festivity. The new year in particular is celebrated by at least 170 nations. The month gets its name from Jana, a moon goddess, which explains the abundance of water-related observances this month (in esoteric traditions, the moon represents the water element). It's also named after Janus (Jana's husband), the gatekeeper of heaven, who sees the past and future. This couple oversees the year's beginning by offering you refreshed perspective and hope for a better tomorrow.

In terms of energy, January focuses on beginnings. It's a time for personal renewal, starting any beloved project, and sustaining those things already in progress. Magic for health, protection, and prosperity is particularly augmented by working during this month.

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