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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grapefruit Magick

Ruler: Moon
Type: Fruit
Magickal Form: Skin, flesh

On a dark moon, peel the skin off the fruit in one whole piece and hang the skin above a doorway for serious protection. By the full moon, the skin should be completely dried. Remove it and grind to a fine powder. Sprinkle the dust outside your home (at doors and windows) to keep enemies away for good.

Eat the flesh of the grapefruit to promote chastity and heal sexual hang-ups. When eaten during a waning moon (the full moon to the new moon period), it can left the spirits and reenergize the weary.

From Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

To Autumn

O Autumn. Laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof, there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe;
And all the daughters of the year shall dance,
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

-William Blake

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rhodium Oil Spell To Lure Dogs

This perfume oil allegedly attracts dogs and was once used by thieves in order to lure dogs away. Play with the proportions until you achieve an effective fragrance.
Blend the following essential oils with a carrier oil, such as jojaba oil:
  • Essential oil of cedarwood
  • Essential oil of rose geranium
  • Essential oil of palmarosa
  • Essential oil of sandalwood
 You can then wear the oil as a perfume, or use the oil to mark a trail.
Note: It may work on other animals too. Experiment and see.

Found in: Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
Ingredients at Amazon: Cedarwood Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Jojoba Oil

Old Earache Cure

Cure for earache: Find a dog that had just recently had puppies. Get some of her milk, warm it and put it in the ear. The natural antibodies in the milk will help fight the disease.

~UCLA Folklore Archives

42 Superstitions About Dogs

  1. Being followed by a strange dog - bad luck (especially black dogs).
  2. Alternatively, being followed home by a strange dog might indicate good luck.
  3. A dog walking between a courting couple indicates a quarrel will soon take place.
  4. Black dogs are generally considered unlucky, especially if they cross a traveller's path or follow someone and refuse to be driven away.
  5. To meet a dog with her whelps was considered in the highest degree unlucky.
  6. It is good luck for dogs to come to your house.
  7. A strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship.
  8. Meeting a dog - good luck (especially Dalmatians).
  9. To meet a spotted or black and white dog on your way to a business appointment is lucky.
  10. Three white dogs seen together are considered lucky.
  11. If a dog does not like a man, it is a sign the man has a bad character.
  12. A greyhound with a white spot on its forehead - good fortune.
  13. A home where a well cared for, happy greyhound lives will never be haunted by malicious spirits.
  14. When a dog is staring intently, at nothing, for no apparent reason, look between the dog's ears and you'll see a ghost.
  15. A dog with seven toes can see ghosts.
  16. The ancient Greeks thought dogs could foresee evil.
  17. Howling dogs mean the wind god has summoned death, and the spirits of the dead will be taken.
  18. A dog howling at night is a sign of bad Iuck.
  19. A dog howling for no reason means unseen spirits.
  20. Dogs howling at a crossroads mean the goddess Hecate is near.
  21. A howling dog outside the house of a sick person was once thought to be an omen that they would die, especially if the dog was driven away and returned to howl again.
  22. The howling of a dog four times while under the front porch - harbinger of death.
  23. A dog howling three times means a death has occurred.
  24. A dog which gives a single howl, or three howls, and then falls silent is said to be marking a death that has just occurred nearby.
  25. If a dog howls at night, it is a sign of the death of a friend.
  26. If a dog sits and howls at the moon, it is a sign of death.
  27. The spectral black dog (barguest) - a harbinger of death.
  28. If a black dog appears in your car when you are driving alone, you are in danger of an accident.
  29. Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
  30. If you are sick, touch a piece of bread to your lips and then give it to your dog. You can detect how serious your condition is depending on whether the dog eats it or not. 
  31. From a elder South Dakota Lakota Sioux Indian: if a member of the tribe would get sick they would lay with a dog and the sickness would transfer from the tribal member into the dog.
  32. One old charm which was often used for childrens' illnesses was to take some of the patient's hairs and feed them to a dog in between slices of bread and butter; the ailment was believed to transfer to the animal, healing the patient.
  33. If you have your new-born baby licked by a dog, your baby will be a quick healer.
  34. If a dog eats grass, it is a sign he needs a tonic.
  35. A dog eating grass means it's going to rain.
  36. If a dog lies on its back, it is a sign of rain.
  37. A dog sitting with crossed fore-paws indicates rain.
  38. Give your dog a bath and it will rain for sure.
  39. Fishermen traditionally regard dogs as unlucky and will not take one out in a boat, or mention the word 'dog' whilst at sea.
  40. If the inside of a dog's mouth is black, it is a sign he is well-bred.
  41. To keep a new dog, measure its tail with a cornstalk and bury the latter under the front step.
  42. At one time a dog that had bitten someone was immediately destroyed to protect the person from rabies (even if the dog was healthy).
Collected from various sources
Art by: Ron Krajewski

The Goddess Gula

The Great Physician,
Queen of Physicians,
Lady of Birth and Mother of Dogs,
The Lady Who Restores To Life

Other names: Bau, Bawa, Belit-Illu, Belitis, Damkina, Damgalnunna, Gam-Tum-Dug, Gula, Gula Bau, Gulu, Innini, Ki, Meme, Ninisina, Ninisunna, Ninka, Ninkarrak, Ninki, Ninlil, Ninmah, Nintinuga, Nintu, Nm-din-dug

  • Origin: Mesopotamia
  • Animal: Dog
  • Herbs: Tarragon and Bay
  • Star: Sirius, the Dog Star
  • Mystic Number: 93
  • Color: Red
  • Day: Sept 19
  • Consort: Ninurta, Ninurtu (Ningirsu), Ninib (sun-god), Pabilsag, Abu, moon man
  • First mentioned: 4,500 B.C.E.

Bau (also known as Gula), Goddess of Healing and Life, was once among the most significant deities of the Sumarian pantheon. She is intensely associated with dogs and may appear as a dog-headed woman. It is very tempting to associate her name with "bow-wow." Dog and puppy burials have been found amidst her temple ruins.

Field of influence: The internal heat of the earth. Healing, therapeutic arts. She was the Goddess who wrote a man's destiny at his birth, was petitioned to change this destiny, to heal diseases and to prolong lives. Patron of physicians; Goddess of inflicted illness and restored health. Also associated with the underworld; possibly a former death goddess. Could cure or cause sickness.

Appearance: A mature goddess, stocky and short in stature. Her black hair was straight and held in place by a gold circlet inset with pieces of carnelian. She wore a full-length robe of bleached wool with long sleeves. Also known as Gulu, (the earth-goddess, mother goddess; and Ninmah, goddess of the underworld) - she sits below ground with her dog, where the cosmic serpent begins to rise. She is the patroness of herbs, healing, life, as her flowered garment shows. Hands lifted in prayer, she sits with her dog, defender of homes, while before her a Scorpion Archer mounts guard at the uttermost bound of the earth (cosmic sea), to defend against demonic powers and protect the rising and setting sun.

Sacred Animal: Dog/Bitch; it is uncertain whether Gula was imagined as having canine form or the dog was sacred to her, since the antiseptic action of a dog's tongue in licking wounds was early recognized. She was sometimes addressed as Bawa, which may have been either a name or an epithet, and could have been onomatopoeic ('bow-wow').

Occupying a threshold between the world of the living and the dead, a faithful friend and guardian of Hades, the dog can symbolize a connection between consciousness and the unconscious.

Legends: Helped breathe life into mankind after the Great Flood. After seeing the terrible destruction wrought by the Flood and losing her husband to the Netherworld, Gula became interested in caring for the sick and wounded in the Great Above. And so, after the raging of the storm god NinUrta, she smiles down upon them as the rainbow or as in Hungary in the mirage of the sun called the "déli BÁB" on the the moist lowlands of Hortobágy. She feeds them, brings new life and is the protector of birth, the mother, the baby and life in general. In all the folds of her skirt are hidden unborn children.

Historical information: The Sumerian BAÚ saw her prominence around 2,500 BC and earlier. She was once the third in rank among the ancient Sumerian gods. She is also called GULA by Sumerians and is mentioned to be the goddess of bounty, a healer, provider of harvest and food, giver of birth and fertility etc. She was also BABA the life giver (midwife) who helps bring life into the world, GAL-AMA =the great mother, or NIN-AN-NA the queen/lady of heaven.

She has a prominent role in incantations and incantation rituals intended to relieve those suffering from disease. And could also be invoked to curse those who trample upon the rights of rulers (elections were held in her temple) or those who do wrong with poisonous potions.

Various Sumerian hymns praise her as the giant Gúla, who heals, she is the queen of heaven, and is the "light of the world". She is also called the quickener of the dead, which may refer to the idea that she may quicken the rebirth of the spirit of the dead and shorten their stay in the underworld.

In her later Babylonian incarnation, Gula Bau, spirit of healing, walks the Earth accompanied by her pack of hounds.

Offerings: Build her an altar featuring dog imagery; appropriate gifts would include contributions to dog shelters and hospitals, or acts on behalf of dogs in need.

Birthing ceremony: In the southern Hungarian city of Szeged it was recorded that the women celebrated her in a closed ceremony, where only mothers were allowed. The eldest most respected mother offers to the goddess, a plate of pastries and wine to thank the successful birth of the new mother. Not performing this ritual means that the girl or boy will not find a suitable mate in their adult life. Similarly in Sumerian cylinder seals show a row of women lined up to offer cake and drink to the goddess BAÚ sitting on an elevated throne.

Sources: Encyclopedia of Spirits, Wiggage, and the work of Dr. Ida Bobula

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gypsy Spell For Love

Perhaps 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 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.

The Seeker should set a wineglass on the table. Then suspend a ring (traditionally the mother's wedding band) from a length of red silk ribbon. Holding the ribbon between thumb and forefinger, as a pendulum, with the elbow resting on the table, let the ring hang in the mouth of the wineglass. Initially you should try to keep the ring still.

In a loud, clear voice, call out your own name followed by the name of your would-be love. Repeat the name of your love twice more (three times in all). Then, thinking of him/her, allow the ring to swing until it "chinks" against the side of the wineglass once for each letter as you spell out the name.

Now take the ribbon and tie it about your neck, allowing the ring to hang down on your chest over the heart. Wear it for three weeks. Every Friday repeat the above ritual. By the end of the third week, if it is meant to be, then the loved one will come to you.

From: Secrets of Gypsy Love Magick

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Healing Mantras Romany Style

Here are five simple mantra style Romany chants for vitality and good health. These are enhanced when done on a Sunday. Light a candle and some incense, (pine is a good choice) and then spend 10 minutes chanting one of the following mantras:
  1. Remma, Remma, Remma, Remma ...
  2. Ergoo, Ergoo, Ergoo, Erboo ...
  3. Salaba Poten Salaba vo; Salaba Poten salaba vo;
    Salaba Poten Salaba vo: Salaba Poten salaba vo ...
  4. Akasa, Akasa, Akasa, Akasa ...
  5. Tatum tatum tatum vel; Tatum tatum tatum vel;
    Tatum tatum tatum vel; Tatum tatum tatum vel ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Egyptian Ceremony of Lighting the Fire

September 13-14 is the Egyptian Ceremony of Lighting the Fire, an Egyptian All Soul's day honoring Nepthys and the spirits of the dead. This was a festival of light, people placed candles, lanterns and lamps in front of their deities and statues of their ancestors who were encouraged by the light to journey back to loved ones for a visit.

In the book, 365 Goddess, the author explores a different goddess every day in the context of rituals, feast days, holidays, festivals, and celebrations from around the world. This is what she has to say about the Ceremony of Lighting the Fire:

"Today was Nepthys' festival day in ancient Egypt. As with other festivals for the dead, it was a time not only to propitiate the goddess with offerings of aromatic incense like myrrh but also to satisfy any wandering spirits. 

Themes and symbols for today are:  Death; Spirits; Rebirth Fire; Basket; Myrrh, and the presiding goddess is Nepthys.

"This Egyptian funerary goddess has a hawk for a sacred animal. Together they guide and watch the souls of our loved ones in the afterlife. In Egyptian tradition, Nepthys lives in the east, where she can receive the rising sun, a symbol of the hopefulness she can instill and of resurrection."

The book also includes ideas for simple magical rituals and/or easy spells that are in keeping with the theme for the day. And so we find that today is a good time for the following:

If someone you care about passed away during the last year, burn some incense for this goddess and leave a small basked filled with a token for her on your altar. This acts as a prayer to Nepthys to keep a watchful eye on that soul and grant them peace."

Other ideas include the following:

"If you find your sense of hopefulness waning under everyday pressures, light a candle honoring Nepthys today, and every day, until you sense a difference in attitude. Try to choose a candle whose color represents hope and change to you (sprout green is one good choice). Inscribe the candle with a symbol of what you most need to turn things around so that this goddess can shine dawn's revitalizing light into your heart and begin lifting some of that heaviness."

Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Word Play

Imagic - the image is the heart of magic which is made by imagination - what we see in the mind's eye makes magic - makes us magic - the mage - who casts the net - the magenet - the magic magnet - net of subtle power dipping into the lifesfield - imagnetic - how we are attracted to magic - it draws us in - we are fish remember, the source, the origin, the beginning - imagenesis - creation out of image - creation of the image - from the image all is born - all is magic - imagnosis - this, through what we imagine, we know.

~Starhawk, The Spiral Dance

Friday, September 09, 2011

Chrysanthemum Luck Spell

Fill a white basin with water, add sugar cane syrup and liquid bluing (the kind used in laundry). Place a large seven day candle in the center of the basin (the kind that come in their own glass jar) and light it. Float a white chrysanthemum on the water, add a bit of your favorite perfume.

The water represents the flow of life, the syrup is the sweetness, the bluing protects you from bad luck and washes away any negative energy that may have accumulated around your life. The chrysanthemum flower gives even more protective influence and wards off danger. The candle flame acts as a beacon of light to bring your luck to you, and the perfume provides an inviting aroma so that your luck will come and stay.

Think about how lucky you are, and allow the candle to burn for seven days.

Note: This post was written by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Chrysanthemum Magick

  • Ruler: Goddess of seasons and change; Fire
  • Type: Plant
  • Magickal form: Flower
This multicolored fall bloom holds cooling properties. The Chinese brew tea from its flowers to reduce fevers. For magickal purposese sprinkle the petals around a space to stop arguments and calm fiery tempers.

Add whole fresh flowers with stems to the bathwater to get rid of a bad mood. Before exiting the bath, break all the stems of the flowers to cut off the negative energy they have absorbed.

Mums are the flower of choice to decorate the altar for autumn equinox rituals. On the ninth day of the ninth month (September 9) drink Chrysanthemum tea to magically encourage longevity. The Chrysanthemum blossom is a symbol of an easy life, longevity and retirement. Plant some by your front door.

Found in: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Chrysanthemum Day

I have been enjoying the book, 365 Goddess. In this book, the author explores a different goddess every day in the context of rituals, feast days, holidays, festivals, and celebrations from around the world. Today is Chrysanthemum Day.

On this day, "... people in China drink chrysanthemum wine for longevity and wisdom, eat chrysanthemum petals in salads, and enjoy a plethora of flower displays throughout the land."

The goddesses assigned for this day is Lan Caihe, " ... the Buddhist patroness of florists or anyone who enjoys making things grow. This goddess often walked the streets playing flute music. Her name means "red-footed genius," alluding to a strong connection with the earth and rich soil."

The book also includes ideas for simple magical rituals and/or easy spells that are in keeping with the theme for the day. And so we find that for Chrysanthemum Day, the themes are longevity, nature, flowers and flute music. And the suggestions for today are to " ... take a leisurely walk today and enjoy people's gardening efforts. This honors Lan Caihe and allows you to revel in this goddess's artistry first hand. If you can't walk around because of bad weather, send yourself a bouquet filled with Lan Caihe's abundance. When it arrives at work or home, it bears this goddess's energy within."

Other ideas include the following:

"If anyone in your neighborhood grows chrysanthemums (organically), definitely try a few petals tossed with a green salad and lemon juice. Consume Lan Caihe's green thumb and internalize her awareness of earth directly! You might also get out and work with the land in some way today. Plant a little hanging flower arrangement. Weed your lawn or garden. Lan Caihe will reward your efforts with a growing connection to earth and its greenery."

Note: This post was put together by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Ingredients for Magick

The Gypsies say that the power of magick lies in four simple ingredients. The first of these is the desire/need of the practitioner. The stronger your desire for something to happen and the stronger your need for a thing, then the stronger is the power that you generate towards that goal. We can say, then, that the first ingredient (indeed, the first necessity) for successful magick is will.

Along with the will for something to happen must go a certain amount of concentration, the second ingredient. It is no good doing anything, least of all magick, in a halfhearted manner. You must concentrate on what you are doing so that you can put that necessary will power into it.

There is no magick wand as described in children's fairy tales. There is no way you can wave a wand or utter a chant or spell, and FLASH! the thing is done. No; even magick takes time. Some spells can have effect within 24 hours, but most take longer. Some can take weeks, months, or even more. So the third ingredient is patience. Do the work with the necessary will power, give it the required concentration; then be content to sit back and wait for it to have an effect... and it will take effect.

The final ingredient is simply secrecy. Gypsies don't announce when they are doing magick, nor what exactly they are doing. They do it quietly, within the privacy of their vardos. So you, too, should keep secret what you are doing. By running around telling - perhaps bragging to - your friends, you are only weakening the power of what you have done.

From: Gypsy Love Magick

Monday, September 05, 2011

For a Magickal Labor Day

  • Themes: Work; Rest; Recreation; Prosperity
  • Symbols: All the Tools of Your Trade
  • Presiding Deity: Ka-blet-jew-lei-hat
About Ka-blet-jew-lei-ha: The Assam goddess of the marketplace and merchants takes a much deserved rest from her labors today and focuses on rewarding tasks that have been well done throughout the last eight months.

To do today:

For most folks in the United States, Labor Day represents a long weekend without normal workaday activities. From a magical perspective, this holiday offers us a chance to thank Ka-blei-jew-lei-ha for our jobs (which keep a roof overhead and food on the table) and ask for her blessing on the tools we use regularly. For example:
  • A secretary might empower his or her pen and steno pad.
  • A musician can charge his or her instrument.
  • A shopkeeper might annoint the cash register.
  • A book dealer might burn specially chosen incense near goddess-centered books (and in the business section).
Some potential herbal tinctures and oils to use for inspiring Ka-blei-jew-lei-ha's prosperity and watchfulness include cinnamon, clove, ginger, mint, orange, and pine. To partake of the goddess's abundance by energizing your skills with her magic, blend all of these (except pine) into a tea. To bless your home or your workplace blend the above oils with water and wash the front steps with it.

The goddess can help with job searches too. Just tell her your need then review the newspaper  and see what companies catch your eye. Then get on the phone or get the resume out so Ka-blei-jew-let-hat can open that doorway.

Source: 365 Goddess

Note: The only reference to this goddess that I could find was the one in the book 365 Goddess. More commonly, Oya and Ayizan are the goddesses associated with the marketplace.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Grapes as a Magickal Ingredient

Ruler: Bacchus and his maenads, Moon,
Type: Fruit
Magickal Form: Green, purple, red

Grapes can be used in many types of prosperity or money attraction spells. They can be eaten as part of prosperity spellwork if the person casting the spell visualizes money energy vibrating as the grapes are eaten. You can also place grapes on the altar during money spells. Pictures of Grapes or grape Vines can be painted onto garden walls to ensure the garden's fertility, as was done in ancient Rome. Eating grapes or raisins is said to increase fertility, as well as strengthen mental powers.

Consume green grapes every day from new moon to full moon to increase your income. Eat purple grapes on dark and full moons to gain psychic sight and increase your power and influence. Red grapes promote love; feed a crush a cluster to summon playfulness and lust.

This sacred fruit invokes "madness" or the frenzy of being possessed by the god. Eat some on a full moon to open your ability to channel divinity.

From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

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