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Monday, September 30, 2013

About Ivy People

  • Birth dates: September 30 thru October 27
  • Gemstone: Opal
  • Spirits: Faery people
  • Animal: Butterfly
  • Flower: The Woody Nightshade
  • Tree/Plant: Ivy
  • Planet: Moon veiling Persephone


Representing the mysterious and mythical, Ivy’s ability to cling and bind make it a powerful symbol of strength and determination. Ivy can take over and kill larger trees which lend it a rather sinister quality....

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

September Magick

Lakshmi, white as the inside of a lotus flower,
you smile at us with tender care.
We sing your praises, hour upon hour,
and twine white blossoms
in your midnight hair.

September gets its name from the Latin word septum, meaning "seven," because it was originally the seventh month in the old calendar system. While the early portion of this month has many summery-feeling festivals, slowly we see a change in focus toward the fall and harvest celebrations....

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More Michaelmas Customs

The one Michaelmas custom that survives to this day is that you should not eat blackberries after the 29th of September. There is a very good reason for this custom, namely that by this time of year blackberries are tasteless and watery.

Other fruits, particularly nuts and rose-hips also have customs associated with Michaelmas. For example, 'Hipping Day' in Yorkshire, or Michaelmas pie in Ireland (Made of apples)...

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Pomegranate Binding Spell

How do I love thee?
Let me count the seeds...

Here is a binding spell to do with your partner, lover, or spouse. The doing of this spell will bind the two of you together, and bring prosperity, protection, and fertility.

To effect the binding:
  1. Break open two pomegranates.
  2. One partner eats 220 seeds, the other eats 284 seeds .
  3. Count them and eat them together
Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Pomegranate Protection Spell

If you fear that the child in your womb has been exposed to illness, obtain a pomegranate.
  1. Cut the pomegranate in half.
  2. Rub one half over yourself, especially your belly.
  3. Envision any ills or pain or damage being drawn into the pomegranate.
  4. When you are finished, bury this half in earth.
  5. Eat every seed in the other half.
Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Sheela na Gig

The sheela na gig is the crossroads where fertility and steriilty, birth and death meet. The sheela na gig is a genre of ancient Celtic images depicting a naked wizened crone holding her legs open as if she were giving birth, although she is clearly too old to do so. The sheela na gig stretches her parturient vagina open with her hands as if it were a gate, while looking the viewer in the eye.

Many traditional belief systems perceive the Earth Mother as the ultimate source of life and death. One returns to her after death only to emerge again. The sheela na gig invites you to contemplate these mysteries

  1. Create an altar of contemplation with a sheela na gig as the focal point.
  2. Combine images of fertility and death - include pomegranates, bones, seashells, and feathers.
  3. If one is brave or curious enough, visualize stepping through the gate the sheela na gig holds open.

Plant Magic

If you are pursuing a spiritual or magical alliance with a specific plant, this is best accomplished with a living plant, redolent with power and consciousness, rather than processed, dried plants that retain power but lack conscious intelligence.

You can grow plants necessary for magic spells and/or physical healing. As you nurture the plant - communicate with it: share your fears and desires, let the plant know what you want from it. These plants will potentially provide more power for you than any others. They become your partners in healing and magic. It is a symbiotic relationship: they care for you as you care for them.

In many cases if you want to work with a plant, you'll have to grow it. that's the only way it is guaranteed to be available. The plant realm is as ecologically devastated, if not more so, than the animal kingdom. Many plants are extinct or seriously endangered. The only way to work with some magical plants (Solomon's Seal or Low John the Conqueror, for example), the only way to incorporate them into any spell is to grow and nurture them. It is the only way their power will be available to you.

source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Harvesting Botanicals

In order to maximize botanicals' magic potential, magic rituals and spells are incorporated into their harvesting.

Because plants are alive, removing them from Earth is a risky operation. One has the option of increasing and enhancing their inherent power, or of offending Earth and the presiding Plant Spirits.

Once upon a time, all harvesting, for magical or other purposes, was accompanied by spells, rituals and propitiation of various Earthly and Spirit forces. Unless you purchase your botanicals from magically oriented vendors, one can safely assume that modern harvesting is accompanied by no such rituals or spells.

If you practice extensive botanical spell-casting you may wish to incorporate similar gestures in other ways, to enhance your spells and to provide spiritual protection for oneself. If however, one grows and harvests one's own botanicals, ancient spells, and rituals may be borrowed or adapted.

Because they're alive, have power, and must be treated with respect, it's not appropriate to just go out and grab a handful of plant. Botanical materials are safely harvested through magic ritual. Essentially you cast a spell in order to gain materials to cast more spells.

The plant (or its presiding spirit or Earth herself, however you best understand this) must be addressed. The purpose for gathering should be explained. Because of the principle of reciprocity, gifts are exchanged. Libations of water are always appropriate, howver different traditions favor different gifts. native Americans offered pinches of tobaccop; Anglo-Saxons once offered oatmeal. The ancient Romans offered bread and wine. Honey, wine, and menstrual blood are popular offerings. Fragrant incense may be burned in the vicinity as a gift.

Use your intuition and your judgment to discern what is proper when collecting in the wild. If botanicals are purchased, consider a blessing spell and/or some kind of offering and acknowledgement of the disrepect the plant may have suffered before it came to you.

source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Work Some Coffee Magic

  • Sprinkling ground coffee in the four corners of a room, or brewing coffee in the room will make the occupants work harder.
  • Add a brewed pot of coffee to the bathwater for energy. It will give you extra stamina and push you to forge ahead and work longer hours. The coffee bath is more beneficial than drinking it because it will not cause undue stress and there is no risk of overdosing.
  • Carry whole coffee beans in the pocket for success in love.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hyssop Magick and Lore

Hyssop, (Hyssopus officinalis) is the herb that purifies your life.

Hyssop will:

  • Protect you and your home
  • Purify your altar or sacred space
  • Dispel depression

How to harness Hyssop's magical properties:

To remove negativity, tie a bunch of hyssop branches together to create a symbolic broom. Then use it to sweep your home, removing any negative energy or spirits.

You can also add about a half a cup of Hyssop tea to your mop water to cleanse your house To make the tea, add two tablespoons of dried Hyssop to two cups of boiling water and allow the mixture to steep for about ten minutes before straining it.

Finally you can use a small bunch of Hyssop leaves to sprinkle water over objects or around rooms to bless them.

Add a pinch of dried Hyssop to your bathwater as part of a ritual of healing and purification, especially if you have been feeling depressed.

When burned as incense, dried Hyssop will raise the spiritual vibrations of your home and release the energy of protection.

Medicinal Uses:

Hyssop tea will settle an upset stomach and ease the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. A poultice made out of the leaves will heal wounds and help the discoloration from bruises to fade more rapidly.

From: Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants

Aura of Venus Bath Salts

  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 drops rose oil
  • 4 drops synthetic musk oil
  • 8 drops jasmine oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil...
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Festival of Venus

In ancient Rome, September 26 was the Festival of Venus Genetrix ("Mother Venus"), and celebrated her role as the ancestress of the Roman people.

Venus was originally the Italian goddess of fertile soil, the presiding spirit of the vegetable garden. She was a rustic garden goddess with a relatively minimal cult until the Romans identified her with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. According to Roman legend, the Romans were descendants of Trojan refugees, the last survivors who escaped the burning city and fled to Italy, where they founded the city of Rome. These Trojans were led by Aeneas, whose survival was ensured by his mother, Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Julius Caesar traces his ancestry to one of Aeneas' sons, Aphrodite's grandson. He wished to honor his divine ancestress, but Aphrodite was a bit too foreign for Roman taste and too associated with the sea and lascivious rites. A homegrown Aphrodite was sought and found in the beautiful, fertile, vegetable goddess Venus. Julius Caesar dedicated a magnificent temple to Venus Genetrix in the Roman Forum.

In addition to assuming Aphrodite's traditional attributes and functions, Venus evolved into an ancestral goddess of the Roman elite, those who descended from Aeneas. Venus and mars, ancestor of Romulus, founder of Rome, serve as the guardians of Rome.

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Peaceful Home Oil Spell

This condition oil allegedly ends familial quarrels and encourages reconciliation. An excellent spell to coincide with a family reunion!
  • Create Peaceful Home Oil by grinding brown sugar, bee pollen, orrisroot, and peppermint leaves together.
  • Place this in a bottle together with pink rose petals.
  • Cover with sweet almond and jojoba oils.
  • Soak cotton balls in the oil and tuck them strategically through the room.

Five Pebbles Protection Spell

Go to a moving brook or stream. While standing in the water and facing downstream, remove five small pebbles from the stream bed. As you do this, visualize your need for protection.

As your hand closes over the pebbles, see them beaming out protective energies. Just as the pebbles are hard and have weathered for eons, so too will they strengthen your protective shield.

Now carry them at all times for protection. If you wish, place them in a small pouch or a fold of cloth, or incorporate them into some form of jewelry.

Wealthy Week

On a Sunday evening, burn a gold candle surrounded by piles of loose change. It is important not to count the cash. If there are so few coins you cannot help but notice, cover them with a handkerchief. Watching the candle flame, say: "Thank you for the money I have already received from the invisible world."

Leave the candle to burn down and extinguish itself. Afterward gather up the coins. You will need them for the next evening's spell.

On Monday burn a white candle in the same way, adding to the heap of coins any more you have accumulated throughout the day. Repeat words of thanks for money already received from the invisible world.

On Tuesday use a pink candle and add to the coin collection the loose change the day has brought you. Speak the magic words again.

Continue with the words and the same coins, adding daily to the pile. Use a red candle on Wednesday, a green candle on Thursday, a blue candle on Friday, and on Saturday a green candle.

Stash away your cash and reserve it for money spells. The more coins you accumulate, the greater the power of attraction.

(Of course, you can also throw the coins into your purse.)

These cool candles are from More Than Light, a nifty little website with really neat candles that burn with colored flames.

From: The Good Spell Book

Lampblack Ink

Choose a candle color to coordinate with the purpose of your spell. (Green for money, for instance.)

Carve and dress as desired. (This means carve symbols or words into the candle, and annoint with essential oils that are appropriate to your purpose.)

Hold a spoon over the candle flame until black soot forms. (This takes a while; it's a time-consuming process requiring patience.) This soot is lampblack.

When sufficient lampblack has been produced, carefully tap it off the spoon and into a bowl.

Add spring water or wine, drop by drop, to dissolve the soot and then add gum arabica to thicken the ink.

Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Make Egyptian Kyphi

Here we have a rather vague recipe for Kyphi. I have not actually made it, so I have no idea as to how it would turn out. It does look interesting and adventurous. If anyone tries this, I'd love to hear how it worked out.
  1. Begin by blending equal parts dried ground acacia, henna, and juniper.
  2. Soak the resulting powder in wine.
  3. In a separate container soak golden raisins in wine.
  4. Allow this soaking process to continue for seven days.
  5. Take equal parts cardamom, sweet flag/calamus, cinnamon, peppermint, bay leaves, galangal, and orris root.
  6. Grind each one separately then blend and grind again into a fine powder.
  7. Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of myrrh resin to the spice mixture.
  8. Drain the herbs and raisins that have been soaking in the wine, and add them to the honey/myrrh/spice mixture.
  9. Add sufficient wine to steep the combined materials, terebinth and raisins to form a thick paste.
  10. Use this as is (simmer it to release the fragrance) or dry it, cut into squares, or form into balls and burn as incense
Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The Four Ingredients For Successful 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 spell with the necessary will power, give it the required concentration; then be content to sit back and wait for it to have 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.

Attracting Romance

If you wish to attract romance to your life, choose a night when the moon is new or full. Stand outside next to water - a stream, a well, a river, or even a garden pond....

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Image by Francene Hart

Urgent Money Spell

Urgent Money Spell

The Romanies say that when money is urgently needed by a certain date, this spell works wonders. One thing to remember: it must be performed at the witching hour of midnight.

Take one white votive (or tea light) candle to represent each $100 or $1,000 that you critically need. Stand them on a plate you often eat from.

At a quarter to midnight, sit in a room with no electric lights. Light a gold or silver, green or white candle (not one of those representing money). This is the candle that will give power to the "money" votive candles and will enable you to see what you are doing....

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Increase Money - Decrease Money Problems

A Charm to Increase Money and Decrease Money Problems

On the night of the crescent moon,
place a coin on a windowsill with the head facing up.
This encourages money to increase.

Leave it there until the moon is full,
then flip the coin so the tails side is facing up...

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Meet With Success

This is a "commanding" spell and will place you on the threshold of success.
(It may also be used to increase your personal power before an important meeting.)

Have in your mind a clear idea of what it is that you want to succeed with. Light a blue candle in front of a mirror. Sit at the mirror and stare into your own eyes in search of your soul....

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Bringing Money Home

Here is a spell for bringing money right through your front door:

When the moon is new, sprinkle a $1, $10, $20 or $50 bill with cinnamon and then secretly place it underneath the front doormat inside your home.

It will be charged with positive energy...

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The Gypsy Way

The Gypsy tradition goes back to the darkest reaches of time. It uses simple spells and rituals to harness the power of nature and of the elemental spirits that are all around us.


The Gypsy people are as independent in thought as they are in other areas of life, and they don't believe that a clergyman is really necessary to intercede between a person and the 'powers that be'. Although most Romanies would profess a belief in  ....

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Festival of Kore

Themes: Luck, Cycles, Youthful Energy

Symbols: Coins, Corn, the number 7, Flower Buds, Pomegranate

About Kore: An aspect of Persephone before her marriage to Hades, this youthful goddess motivates good fortune, zeal, and a closer affinity to earth's cycles during the coming months.

Kore, whose name means "maiden," is the youngest aspect of the triune goddess....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Feast of the Divine Life

The feast of the Divine Life honors the great goddess in her three-fold aspect as mother (creator), daughter (renewer), and dark mother (the absolute).

More info can be found on my new website, The Pagan Calendar.

The Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox refers to a time of the year when day and night are equally balanced. The sun is in the process of crossing the equator and in astrological terms is entering the sign of Libra. The sun is the focal point of energy (along with the moon) and such; its life force pushes us to discover more about ourselves. This movement into the Libra puts a congenial, cooperative outlook on that time of year, just what was needed by the communities, as they all worked together to complete the harvest.

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Mabon History

Mabon (May-bawn) is also known as the Feast of Avalon and the festival of the Wine Harvest. To the Celts, Avalon is the mysterious place for the land of the dead. and literally means the “land of apples”. Thus this is a holiday for celebrating the bounty of the harvest and the desire for the living to be reunited with their deceased loved ones.

But the holiday is also named for the Welsh God Mabon. Mabon means the “great son”. He was the son of Modred, kidnapped at the age of 3 and later rescued by King Arthur. His life represents the innocence of youth, the strength of survival and the growing wisdom of the elderly....

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Balance in Magick- Left and Right

Consider the herbalist's scales: things are carefully weighed out to achieve a desired balance. Magic plays with balance too. Sometimes the desire is for all forces to be equal and harmonious. At other times goals are accomplished by deliberately, consciously tipping the scales to provide the required effect.

Left and Right:

Once upon a time, not too long ago, the concept of Dualism associated the direction right with God, high, male, and all those good things. Thus children were forced to use their right hands, the dexterous hand, whether that was their dominant hand or not. Children who were naturally left-handed (the sinister hand) literally had it beaten out of them until they were dexterous too....

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Libra Begins

Themes: Balance; Justice; Peace
Symbols: Scales; Balanced Items
Presiding Goddess: Tula

To Do Today:

People born under the sign of Libra seem to integrate Tula's characteristics of harmony and balance, especially in aesthetic sense. They cultivate relationships carefully and enjoy fighting for just causes....

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Libra 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 Rose Geranium ...
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Moon Wishing

To wish on the moon in order to see a specific person soon, say while looking at the moon:

I see the Moon, The Moon sees me
The Moon sees (name of person)
Who I want to see.

From Moon Magick

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Story behind Anant Chaturdashi

Ganesha Chaturthi also known as Ganeshotsav is a ten day festival which ends on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period). The dates of the festival vary from year to year, in 2013 Ganesh Chaturthi will fall on 9th September and Anant Chaturdashi will fall on 18th September. The story behind this festival goes like this...

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Festival of Anant Chaturdasi

The festival of Anant Chaturdasi is a festival of purification. Because this festival falls on the fourteenth day of the waxing moon period, the dates of the festival vary from year to year. In 2013, the Anant Chaturdashi will fall on 18th September....

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday The 13th Protection Spell

You'll need 1 small cup of your favorite beverage, 1 piece of your favorite fruit cut up into 7 slices, and 1 long red ribbon cut into 7 pieces.

1.  Create an offering table to call the attention of the Hathors.

2.  Spread out the cup filled with your beverage, the fruit slices, and the ribbons on the table.  One for each Hathor.  (The Hathors are ancient birthroom spirits, but they also provide protection on certain days... and can grant gifts and wishes as well) ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Correspondences and Symbols for Mabon

Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance. Day and night are equal and the God prepares to leave His physical body and begin the great adventure into the unseen.

Symbols of Mabon:
Acorns; Apples; Autumn flowers; Corn; Cornucopia; Dried seeds; Gourds; Grains; Harvested crops; Horns of plenty; Leaves; Marigolds; Nuts; Oak sprigs; Pine and cypress cones; Pomegranates; Red poppies; Wine, Wreaths....

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Michaelmas Lore

  • If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day, you will not be short of money all year round.
  • A Michaelmas rot comes ne’er in the pot.
  • If St Michael brings many acorns, Christmas will cover the fields with snow....
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Herbs for Luck

  • ACORN is a symbol of great luck and fortune.
  • ALLSPICE is burned as an incense to attract money or luck, and is also
    added to such mixtures.
  • ALOE is hung over houses and doors in Africa to bring good luck.
  • ANGELICA is considered lucky. Rub the root between your palms when you gamble or pick your lottery numbers....
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