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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Feast of the Queen of Heaven

May 30 is celebrated as the Feast of the Queen of Heaven. Queen of Heaven, lovely goddess of May, fully grown and gloriously enthroned in pagan and Christian times. May honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the modern-day Queen of Heaven, though somewhat demoted in status from her original divinity.

Have you noticed that it was always Mary who caused the miracles, who appeared to children - as at Lourdes and Fatima? the Queen of Heaven is a hard-working woman, and we light white candles to her....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cotton Magick

Ruler: Moon
Type: Plant
Magickal Form: Woven, Cotton balls

In southern lore, if you shape a piece of cotton into the initial of the one you love and lost, and hold it in your lap, this person will return to you.

Cotton brings good luck and it is the best material to use to create an ouanga bag to hold roots and talismans for magick spells. Burn a piece of cotton or soak it in camphor oil when you need rain.

For a simple banishing spell, soak a cotton ball in banishing oil, then slip it into your target's pocket.

In Pennsylvania folklore, it is said that if any one suffering from corns takes a small piece of cotton, rubs it over the offenders and hides it, unobserved, with a body about to be buried, the corns will leave him.

From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients and other sources.

Ritual For Mother Cotton

In India a ritual was held when the the cotton boles (pods) ripen and burst. When this change in the plant occurs, it was the custom to select the largest plant in the field and having sprinkled it with buttermilk and rice water, to bind it all over with pieces of cotton taken from other plants in the field.

The selected plant is called "Mother Cotton"  and after salutations are made to it, prayers are offered that the other plants....

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The Ambarvalia

May 29 is the date given for the Roman festival of Ambarvalia, or the Corn Mother Festival. The Goddess Ceres, the food giver, now has her corn festival, which was the cause of a great deal of festivity. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields. It is from this practice that the name Ambarvalia comes Ambio meaning I go round and Arvum meaning field....

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day in Ancient Rome

On 10 May, and again on 31 May, the Roman legions at Duro Europa celebrated the Rosalia. This again connects the flowers of Spring with rituals for the dead, only this time the rituals were performed by military units for their fallen comrades rather than for family members. We learn of this celebration first with a military calendar from Syria.

We do not know if the Rosalia was celebrated on the same dates by other legions throughout the Roman Empire, but we hear descriptions of the Rosalia in other texts suggesting that the Rosalia was common in the Roman army....

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Invocation To Mother Gaia

This spell is best performed outside in nature, in a secluded private place free from interruption. It can also be done indoors if an outdoor area is not possible. You will need your ritual items and/or items to represent the four elements, a crystal, and also some food and wine.

Cleanse your self and space before you begin the ritual. This could include a ritual bath, smudging, or any other method of cleansing that is comfortable for you.

Stand facing east and say:

''I call to the forces of air to watch over my rite and to offer assistance and protection and to protect me from harm... 

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Celebrating the Mother of the World

May 25 is the Chinese and Japanese Celebration of the Tao - The Mother of the World. In Taoism, a great spiritual tradition of the East, the Goddess is perceived as the mother of the world, the Way to the heart. On this day, burn incense to the Goddess and...

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Three Mothers Tarot Divination

The Three Mothers (Maiden, Mother, Crone) are not just symbols of the cycles of growth upon the Earth, they also represent phases we physically go through, cycles of events within our lives.

Sometimes we are uncertain as to where we actually are in a cycle of events. This can be frustrating and depressing. We may have to endure until the completion of the cycle, but it's comforting to have some idea of where you are in that cycle. If you are observant, wise enough to seek guidance, and willing to make changes, however painful, you can often shorten the cycle.

This divination ritual (which uses tarot cards) is best done during the waxing or Full Moon, but in a pinch can be performed any time...

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Honoring the Three Mothers

The Three Mothers, or Triple Goddess, were known around the world. The Triple Goddess represented the three stages of human life: youth and puberty, parenthood and maturity, old age and wisdom; or body, mind, and spirit. This triad symbolizes the three phases of the Moon: Crescent, Full, and Dark. The goddesses were most often known by the titles of Maid, Mother, and Crone. The ancient Mystery schools, which were originally centers of Goddess knowledge, had three main steps or  degrees....

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The Mothers of Arles

The Mothers of Arles is a French festival that runs from May 24 through May 28. This unique festival celebrating the triple goddess is still alive and well in France, celebrated mostly by gypsies. The "Three Maries of the Sea" recall the ancient goddess of life, death, and beauty. The gypsies gather from all over Europe and carry on their...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Powerful Egyptian Healing Chant

The ancient Egyptians used this powerful meditation to infuse their bodies with light. Each body part was dedicated to a divinity who directed the flow of life energy. This meditation may be recited upon waking while standing in an eastern window facing the sun, or before sleeping while lying in repose. After deep relaxation, begin naming the parts of your body that you dedicate to the Divine:

My head is the head of Seshat, 
filling with thoughts of the power of the Divine, remembering my soul's purpose.

My face is the face of Nefertum, 
the golden child arising above chaos in beauty....

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The Egyptian Pantheon

This is a simple list of Egyptian gods and goddesses from Egyptian mythology, along with their titles and some of their attributes. The ancient Egyptians worshiped many gods at different times and in different places. Some gods changed in importance over time.

Amaunet (Amen) - Goddess of Heaven - wife of Ammon.

Ament (Amenti) - The Westerner; The Hidden Goddess; Goddess of the Land of the West; Goddess with Beautiful Hair - She welcomed all deceased people to the land of the dead with bread and water....

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Gemini Begins

Themes: Communication; Creativity; Art; Humor; Playfulness
Symbols: Paired Items
Presiding Goddess: Iambe

To Do Today:

Astrologically, the twins personify individuals who have dual natures: they are filled with charm and creativity but also seem elusive, like Iambe and her poetic method....

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Gemini Oil

Add the following essential oils to 1/8 cup of a base oil. Visualize as you mix and smell.  For best results, don't use synthetics.
  • 4 drops Lavender ...
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Visit the Crystal Fountain

The Crystal Fountain is a place of peace and tranquility, you can visit whenever you feel stressed or tired. Here you can ask a question and seek the answer in the waters.

Lie down comfortably, with your arms by your sides and your legs uncrossed, close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Visualize yourself walking through the woods on a Summer's evening. The trees along each side of the path are Oak and Ash and Elm, and they move softly in the gentle night breeze. The air moving through their branches seems to whisper a welcome. The ground beneath your feet is soft and mossy, and cool. You slip off your shoes to make contact with the earth. Above you the sky is a deepening blue and the Full Moon lights your way.

As you walk, you hear the sound of running water, and through the trees you glimpse a small stream, tumbling over rocks and macing music which complements the night. Turning a bend, you see a small waterfall descending into a pool almost at your feet. Take a step towards it and kneel at its edge. Reflected in the rippling waters you see the face of the Moon and below the surface stones and crystals of differing colours. Gazing at the Moon's reflection you ask your question and then, dipping your hand into the waters, you withdraw a stone. Look carefully at the stone and remember it. Now give your thanks to the Moon and the waters, and return to the here and now. Remember the stone and seek the answer to your question through its meaning.

Note: This is a really nice meditation for cleansing and healing as well. Instead of asking a question and dipping your hand into the waters, step into the water and ask to be healed and cleansed. Take plenty of time to relax and allow the magickal waters of the crystal fountain to cleanse and heal you. When you are complete, take time to relax as you return to the here and now. And as always, be sure to express your gratitude.

From: The Real Witches' Year

Simple Purification Ritual

What follows is a simple purification ritual that can be used on crystals and stones, and other sacred objects. This rite is best done at sunrise or during the day, on your altar (if you have one) or on any table that can be used for this purpose.

Fill a basin with pure water and place this to the west on the table or altar. Next, light a red candle and set this to the south. Light some incense and place this to the east. Finally, place a dish or flowerpot filled with freshly dug earth to the north on the altar. In between all these objects, set the stone (or stones) to be purified.

When all is readied, still your mind and pick up the stone in your projective (dominant) hand. Turn your attention toward the bowl of earth. Place the stone on it and cover with fresh earth. Say something to the effect of:

I purify you with earth!

Leave the stone there for a few minutes, all the while visualizing the earth absorbing the stone's impurities. Then remove it, dust it clean, and hold it in the incense smoke. Pass it nine times through the smoke, from the right to the left, saying words like these:

I purify you with air!

Next, quickly pass the stone through the candle's flame several times, saying:

I purify you with fire!

The fire burns away all negativity. Now place the stone in the water and say this or your own words:

I purify you with water!

Visualize the water washing it clean. Leave the stone in the water for a time, then dry it with a clean cloth and hold it in your receptive hand. Is the stone "clean"? If not, repeat this simple ritual as many times as necessary, until your are sure it has done it's work. Afterward, store the stone in a special place. It is ready for use in magick.

From: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic

Spiritual Spring Cleaning

From May 19-28 is the time of the Greek festival of Kallyntaria and Plynteria, a time that is also known as a time for "spring cleaning". Most of us have already started our spring cleaning in various forms, but this particular time of the Sacred Year is dedicated to spiritual cleaning - the cleaning and nurturance of the sacred places.

The Greeks were good at that, and they called this festival Kallyntaria and Plynteria, by which they meant making a special effort to clean the sacred statues of the goddess and god. With all that incense burning and dust gathering, the sacred images get pretty dirty...

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Peppermint Healing Spell

Place peppermint leaves on top of a photograph of the person who needs help healing. (This could be a picture of you, if you wish.)

"Charge" a blue candle with your desire for perfect health for the person in the photo.  Carve the candle with ...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Banishing Ritual

One of the most basic and useful ceremonial rituals of magick is called the *banishing ritual*, or lesser ritual of the pentagram. A pentagram (or pentacle) is a five-pointed star with the point up. The banishing ritual is helpful in psychic protection and healing since it forms a protective barrier against malevolent forces. The psychic barrier it creates can be made to permit entry of desired (constructive) forces and the exclusion of negative ones. Thus, the banishing ritual is an essential first step in almost any formal full magick ceremony....

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Psychic Healing

Psychic or spiritual healing is a human potential we all possess. Some people are especially good at this. It is probably easier to heal someone else by occult means than yourself. In addition to healing in the presence of the person, there is 'absent healing' in which the healing occurs at a distance....

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Apollo's Grain Oracle

Although he is most famous as the solar-affiliated lord of medicine, music and prophesy, in the guise of his familiar, a mouse, Apollo also guards grain. Through this venue, he provides another oracle. Once upon a time, this system of divination, known as "aleuromancy," was available if one made a donation at Apollo's shrine. This ancestor of the fortune cookie, is easily reproduced at home.

Whether this oracle tastes good or is even completely baked depends entirely on whether you plan to eat the oracle once its answer is received....

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Apollo Love Spell

Apollo is a spirit of omnivorous sexuality. His romantic desires for men and women are equally strong; what seems to be the bottom line of attraction for him is beauty, intelligence, and talent, rather than gender. His is a complex myth. Classical Greek mythology paints him as the handsomest, most talented, most clever spirit of all, yet the women he pursues inevitably run from his embrace. Apollo had better luck with male lovers, with whom he had happy, successful relationships. Request his assistance, especially with someone who's hard to get.

Here's how:

Carve and dress a large yellow or gold candle and dedicate it to Apollo. You can use any love drawing oil. Roll the candle in powdered Saint John's Wort. Burn it and make your appeal.

Apollo's sacred creatures include crows and mice. Significant or surprising appearances may signal your response.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The God Apollo

Other names: Apollon; Apellon; Phoebus; Apollo; Aplu
Titles: Lord of the Storehouse; Lord of the Sun; Distant Deadly Archer; Descended from the She-Wolf; Wolf-Like;
Motto's: "Know thyself" and Nothing in Excess"
Planet: Sun
Plant: Saint John's Wort; Bay laurel; Apple trees; Mistletoe (especially on apple trees): Poplar trees.
Number: 7 (he was born on the seventh day of the seventh month of the old Delphian Calendar)
Animals: Wolf, griffin, mouse, rat, dolphin
Bird: Raven, carrion crow,
Gem: Amber
Spirit allies: Artemis, Leto, Hyacinth

Apollo is the Golden Boy of the Olympian pantheon, a spirit of healing, hunting, music, poetry, and prophecy. He radiates such dazzling charisma that he was eventually venerated as a solar deity. Although he never completely took over Helios' functions, Apollo overshadowed him.

To call someone an "Apollo" is to imply that they are blindingly handsome. He is a beautiful killer. Apollo is a master healer because he is a master of epidemic, plague, and disease, lifting and inflicting as he wishes. He attacked the Greeks with plague during the Trojan War. Apollo is blamed for sudden death. His arrows kill instantly.

The most familiar Olympian myth explains that Apollo was born on the isle of Delos, where his mother, Leto, one of Zeus' many conquests, was hiding from Hera, Zeus' jealous wife. However, Apollo is also described as coming from Hyperborea, a land to the north. Alternative myths suggest that Apollo and his mother arrived in Greece together in the form of wolves, or that Leto, in the form of a pregnant wolf, made the trek alone, giving birth to Apollo in Greece.

Hyperborea's location has never been identified, nor is it clear if it is even an actual physical destination or a spirit realm. One theory suggests that it is in the extreme north, near the Arctic Circle. Another suggests that Apollo comes from Rugen Island in the Baltic, first encountering the Greeks via amber trade routes. Alternatively, he is originally a Hittite spirit from Anatolia (Asia Minor), perhaps the underlying reason for his support of neighboring Troy.

Apollo is the Greek male deity with the greatest number of male lovers. In general, his relationships with men are happier than those with women. Apollo is the patron and sponsor of young men, teaching them music, divination, and various sports.

Apollo does not have an official "wife" or female consort. Although incredibly handsome, brilliant, rich, and royal (not to mention a god), most of the women he pursues flee from him, some committing suicide rather than submit to him. Others don't flee but meet fatally tragic ends anyway. What's going on?

On closer examination, the women Apollo pursues are rarely mere mortals. Although now trivialized as Nymphs or princesses, many were powerful goddesses. The big three of the Olympian pantheon - Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon - all "marry" female deities, thereby cementing their own right to power. Apollo's path to power, on the other hand is reminiscent of the character Sylar from the television series, Heroes. He absorbs and takes over the power of others. For example, having killed the serpent at Delphi, Apollo becomes able to manifest as a snake.

Apollo's veneration spread to Rome, where he was initially worshipped as a healing spirit: a Roman Temple was dedicated to Apollo Medicus in 433 BCE. Veneration of Apollo became widespread after Augustus Caesar claimed him as his personal patron. In return for Apollo's favor, Augustus built him a magnificent temple on the Palatine near his own palace. Apollo, who is the spirit with dominion over colonization, became the face of Western civilization and was praised as the calm, rational Lord of Reason (as opposed to his half brother, Dionysus).

The Romans carried Apollo with them through Gaul, identifying him with the many Celtic spirits associated with therapeutic baths and springs. Apollo assumed the identities of many, including Belenus and Grannus. He was married to local goddesses like Damona, Ianuaria, Rosmerta, and Sirona. In Celtic Gaul, Apollo is worshipped as a healer specializing in eye disorders. Apollo restores physical vision and bestows second sight.

Apollo protects his devotees and their cattle and livestock. He is loyal to those he loves. Apollo is a master healer who can heal anyone except those he himself has slain. He is the spirits' doctor too, helping them when they are ailing.

Favored people: Healers, musicians, psychics, diviners and mediums, good looking young men, philosophers, Leos, those who protect and care for wolves.

Manifestation: A breathtakingly handsome young man with long golden hair. He assumes the guise of his sacred creatures, traveling as a wolf on land and a dolphin at sea.

Iconography: Frequently depicted naked or near naked, Apollo is always envisioned as young and never with a beard like Zeus, Poseidon, or most other Greek male deities.

Attributes: Bow and arrows; lyre; the wreath of laurel leaves that he wears may be understood as Daphne's hair.

Sacred Places: Delphi; Delos; he had shrines in Anatolia (now modern Turkey) and Italy; Apollo is associated with various healing sanctuaries in Gaul, especially Burgundy.

Altar: Apollo's altar should be neat, clean, orderly, and not cluttered. He is a gregarious spirit: surround him with those he loves, especially  his male lovers, Leto and Artemis; and add images of wolves, mice, and ravens.

Offerings: Wine, incense, gifts of solar imagery. Petition with intense 7 day vigils.

Sacred Days: The seventh day of each month is sacred to him; this is literally the seventh day of the solar calendar and also the waxing half moon of the lunar; Roman games held in Apollo's honor were celebrated from July 6 - 13.

From :Encyclopedia of Spirits
Art by: Pearl Whitecrow

Happy Birthday Apollo!

According to some pagan calendars, May 14 is listed as the Birthday of Apollo. However, according to the mythology, Apollo was born on the seventh day of the month Thargelion. Wikipedia goes on to say that this was according to Delian tradition, and that according to Delphian tradition, it was the seventh day of the month of Bysios. The seventh and twentieth, the days of the new and full moon, were also held sacred to him.

If the exact date is important you you, I'd suggest you take a look at the Wikipedia article on the Attic Calendar which gives the names of the months and their approximate times in the year....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ice Saint Toxic People Banishing Spell

In southern Germany, the eisbeilige - the iceman days - is the brief cooling trend in May. The "ice saints," Mamertius, Pancratius, and Servatus, were celebrated on May 11. Along with Cold Sophie, these "strong lords" are pagan figures who were turned into Christian saints were said to bring cold weather during planting season. They'd kill a budding tree or a field of sprouting wheat the minute they touched it with their frosty fingers or blew on it with their freezing breath. Farmers learned early on not to set plants out until after the ice saints had come and gone.

Sometimes we find ice saints in our lives, people whose presence chills our blood and infects our happiness with frostbite......  They're toxic people. We need to get them out of our lives......

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Cold Sophie

May 15 is the feast day of Saint Sophia of Rome. On this date, Saint Sophia was regularly invoked against frosts that occurred late in the year; thus she was called kalte Sophie 'cold Sophia' in Germany by those who requested her aid in planting arable crops. Considered to be one of the "Ice Saints". Sophia is also an "ice saint" in Slovenia and Central Europe, where St. Sophia's day ("Cold Sophie") is considered the last day of cold weather. There, Sophia is associated with rain and is nicknamed poscana Zofka 'pissing Sophie' or mokra Zofija 'wet Sophia' in folk tradition. In Czech, the Sophia is known as "Žofie, ledová žena" (Sophia, the ice-woman).

Many of the old weather rules are now forgotten. Nowadays, we rely on the weather forecasts of radio and television. According to lore...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

More Hawthorn Lore and Magick

The hawthorn, or May tree, is a particularly sacred and holy tree wherever it is found. In the Celtic Ogham tree alphabet, it represents the letter H, or Huath.

As well as having magical properties, the hawthorn is an incredibly useful tree. When it is cut back to make hedgerows its thorns become sharp, providing an excellent barrier for sheep and other livestock. The berries of the hawthorn provide food for birds and can be made into syrups, preserves, and wines. The leaves, too, are nutritious, giving it the nickname of the 'bread and cheese" tree.

The hawthorn is particularly tolerant of other plants growing close to it and so its presence encourages biodiversity. The hawthorn is a symbol of protection not only because of its thorns. There's an ancient belief that the tree will protect from fire, too. Every year a hawthorn "globe" would be woven and brought into the house as insurance against fire damage of any kind. The following year the globe would be replaced, the old one being burned and scattered on the fields to ensure a healthy harvest.

The white flowers of the hawthorn, which blossom in the late spring (hence the name May blossom), have five petals, with the matching sepals looking exactly like a star. Consequently, as with all members of the rose family to which it belongs, the flower is a natural example of the pentagram.

The hawthorn is symbolic of fertility and sensuality, underlined by the heady, strong, almost narcotic scent of its flowers that bloom during the time of Beltane, when the sap rises in both plant and animal life, a natural time for fertility rites and sexual congress.

Although the hawthorn is symbolic of frivolity and mirth, there's a legend which provides a contrasting imagery for the tree. Joseph of Arimethea, resting on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury, leaned on his staff and in doing so pushed it into the ground. The staff sprouted into a thorn tree, and a Christian chapel was built at the site. Traditionally, this magical and holy tree, the "Glastonbury Thorn," blossoms at Christmas time and a sprig is sent to the Queen every year. The current tree is a very distant relative of its legendary parent.

From: Element Encyclopedia of Signs and Symbols

Sacred Thorn Tree Day

Sacred Thorn Tree Day and the Hawthorn Moon Month begins annually each year on this date,  It goes from May 13 - June 9. This is a great time for magic concerning peace, prosperity, protection, fertility and marriage.

The Hawthorn is a prickly sort of plant with beautiful blossoms. Called Huath by the ancient Celts, and pronounced Hoh-uh, the Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire...

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Think Cat Magick!

Themes: Animals; Magic; Overcoming; Playfulness; Joy; Humor;
Symbol: Cat
Presiding Goddess Bast

About Bast: Bast is the Egyptian cat-faced goddess of sorcery, beneficence, joy, dance, and fertility. Being a cat in nature, Bast teaches us to land on our feet in any situation, using a positive, playful attitude as our best ally. Bast and her minions were so revered in Egypt that to kill cats was a crime punishable by death. Archaeologists uncovered mummified cats there, whose owners wanted the companionship of cats even in the afterlife. May is one of Bast's traditional festival months.

To do today: 

In Belgium, on the second Sunday in may, every third year, people dress as cats and hold a parade in which Bast is featured as Queen of Cats (see Kattestoet - Festival of Cats). So today is a day to think cat magic! If there's a cat in your life, pamper the creature today and include it in spellcraft as a magical partner (a traditional "catty" role in history). For example, if you find any of your cat's whiskers, keep them. These may be burned for Bast in return for a wish. Or, carry a pinch of cat hair to tickle your funny bone.

Painting the image of a cat on a paper lantern and lighting it (with either a bulb or a flame) draws Bast's attention and energies to you. Or, carry a cat's eye in your pocket today to begin developing catlike instincts and playfulness.

From: 365 Goddess

Mother Goose Magick

Old Mother Goose, when
She wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.

Today, Mother Goose is limited to the nursery, her rhymes intended to entertain only the youngest, least sophisticated children, yet Mother Goose's namesake bird links her to a host of powerful spirits: Aphrodite, too, rides through the air on a goose. The bird is sacred to Egyptian Hathor and Roman Juno, both valiant protectors and advocates for women....

... One thing is certain... if "she" were one individual, she was passing down oral history, lore and adages... from people of other eras. In the early days, before they were "collected" into the somewhat familiar form of today; these rhymes were actually methods of preserving history, customs, lore and fears for the common man....

Here is a short grimoire of Mother Goose spells, charms, chants, and divinations, taken from the 1916 edition of "The Real Mother Goose."

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Black Opal Charm

The black opal is widely known as the "Witches Stone" and is prized for its magic enhancing properties. To increase your magickal power, charge the stone with the following chant and place it on your altar...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Spells for the Solar Eclipse

On May 10th 2013 there will be a solar eclipse. It will only be visible from northern Australia and the Pacific. The moon will obscure 95% of the sun's disk. Here is a list of spells to harness the energy of the solar eclipse:

Contact the Faeries Eclipse Spell

An eclipse can be an excellent time to make contact with the Faerie realm. Here is a great how-to that I found at Ancient Magical Recipes:

To initiate contact with the Faeries during the eclipse go out in a place which feels familiar and alive. By that I mean a place in Nature that you love either because you felt close with the Fae or because you have really good memories of that place (for example having a good time) or just because that place feels like home....

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Solar Eclipse Magickal Meaning

A Solar Eclipse occurs in nature as a phenomenon when the Moon enters between the Sun and the Earth therefore blocking (or better thinking as filtrating) the light of the Sun. In astrology a Solar Eclipse is a very powerful New Moon, while every month has a new Moon, a solar eclipse occurs approximately every six months. A Solar Eclipse can be seen as a very powerful...

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Boneset Ghost Spell

Boneset guides ghosts elsewhere, attracting protective, benevolent spirits instead. Boneset may also be used to protect people and animals from "ghost sickness," the illness that some believe may emerge after extended contact with the dead....

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Revenants – The Unquiet Dead

A revenant is an animated corpse typically possessed by a spirit that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living. The word "revenant" is derived from the Latin word, revenans, "returning" (see also the related French verb "revenir", meaning "to come back").

Vivid stories of revenants arose in Western Europe (especially Great Britain, and were later carried by Anglo-Norman invaders to Ireland) during the High Middle Ages.,,,

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Day of Remembrance

The ancient Romans celebrated the Lemuria on May 9, 11, and 13. During these times they honored the wandering ancestral and family spirits. Many modern people still make the trip to the cemetery during the Memorial Day weekend for the purpose of putting flowers on graves, a way of acknowledging and remembering deceased family members.

However, it is not necessary to go to cemeteries to honor your ancestors. In your long lineage, most of your ancestors will not have been buried near you, and some will have...

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

27 Wisdom Enhancers

Got questions about life? Need answers? wisdom? guidance? Here is a basic (but by no means complete)  list of herbs, spices, fruits, gemstones, and food that promote and enhance wisdom along with a short explanation as to how to use them:
  1. Azalea - flowers and plants bring knowledge of the beyond.
  2. Beeswax - when burned send prayers directly to heaven.
  3. Bristles - pluck the bristles from a man's beard to increase wisdom.
  4. Chestnuts - eat for love and wisdom.
  5. Crossroads - when looking for the right direction invoke Hekate at the crossroads.
  6. Cypress - burn the leaves to receive the wisdom of the Goddess....
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The Festival of Mens

According to many pagan calendars, May 8th is listed as "the festival of Mens , the Roman goddess of mind and consciousness." I did not, however, find any information on Mens or on a festival of Mens - what I did find was this small excerpt at Wikipedia:

By a process of folk etymology, the Romans could have confused the phones of her foreign name with those of the root men- in Latin words such as mens meaning "mind", perhaps because one of her aspects as goddess pertained to the intellectual....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Working With Magick Lamps

The type of lamp refered to here is the hurricane or kerosene lamp. Like gris-gris bags, magick lamps are made for many purposes. The basic fuel used is a blend of castor oil, olive oil and kerosene. here you will use two thirds kerosene to one third oil mixture. To this basic fuel mixture is added other ingredients which are analogous to the magick being worked: magnets, essential oils, herbs, pepper, red wne, etc.

Note: You can also use other simple oil lamps, such as terracotta lamps or homemade lamps using mason jars, wine bottles, shells, and etc. When using those types of lamps the basic fuel would be either olive oil, palm oil, or coconut oil. As always be careful and follow fire safety rules.

When properly made, magickal lamps have excellent results. Results obtained from working with lamps are best when prayers are said as you fill the lamp with more fuel each day at the same time. Once the lamp is lit, it cannot be extinguished until satisfaction is obtained. If you don't need to fill the lamp as you say your prayer, then the lamp is moved in a circular motion, clockwise, as you repeat your desire.

The prayers which are give to use with the individual lamps are usually directed to a particular Saint due to the Catholic influence, however there is no reason why a prayer cannot be directed to whatever God or Goddess you feel an affinity for.

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From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas

A Magickal Employment Lamp

The type of lamp recommended is a hurricane or kerosene lamp.The basic fuel mixture is a blend of castor oil, olive oil, and kerosene. Use 2/3 kerosene to 1/3 oil mixture. A simple terracotta oil lamp may also be used - the basic fuel mixture would then be olive oil, or palm oil.

Start with a clean lamp - a new one is best - but a used one is fine as long as it has been thoroughly cleansed.

At the bottom of the lamp place a magnet, a personal object or picture of yourself, and something connected with the type of work you're seeking - this can be the name of a specific company, their logo, a small item representing the type of work, or you can simply write what kind of work you want on a small piece of parchement and include that. Add a teaspoon of molasses. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been thoroughly infused with two tablespoons of the following mixture:

Equal parts lovage root and grated lemon peel

Now select four of the herbs from the following list and add 1/2 teaspoon of each:

Cinnamon - Yellow Dock - Squill Root - High John the Conqueror - Red Clover - Irish Moss - Five-finger Grass - Tonka Bean - Sweet Flag - Buckeye - Wheat - Coffee - Sesame Seeds - Fenugreek - Tobacco - Jezebelle Root

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Saint Joseph, or whatever deity you wish to invoke for help with employment and/or steady rewarding work.

Once it is lit, the flame must not be extinguished until the goal is accomplished. Each day at the same time, your desire should be restated and the prayer recited while turning the lamp in a clockwise direction (to get the ingredients moving), and the lamp should be refueled if necessary.

Note: If some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for employment. For example, coffee can be substituted for lovage root.

From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas
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