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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday Ace in the Hole

Many spells demand discretion, if that's a concern for you, you'll never be able to cast this Russian gambler's spell. It can only be accomplished at church on Easter Sunday. If, however, you don't mind making a bit of a commotion - it just might work for you.

Here's how it goes:

Go to church on Easter Sunday morning. Be alert and pay attention. When the priest (or whoever is leading the service) announces, "Christ is risen." Immediately shout out loud something like, "I've got an ace!" or "I have a full house." or whatever it is that you need. Allegedly whatever you call out will be yours for the year.

Presumably this will work for anything you might shout out, including: "I am awesome." "I have an A on my exams." "I have the winning ticket!" or "Everybody loves me!" etc

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Friday, March 29, 2013

Gnocchi Magick

Ruler: Mercury
Type: Pasta
Magickal Form: Cooked

In Argentina there is a special ritual practiced by Italian immigrants. They eat gnocchi on the twenty-ninth day of the month to prevent poverty; and they believe it enables them to meet all their financial obligations in the coming month.

To follow tradition, place some coins or a bill under the plate of gnocchi before you eat. After the meal, place this money in your pocket or purse as a money-drawing talisman.

Bad Spirits

From time to time, we are likely to find ourselves the unwitting and unwilling hosts to bad luck entities. These entities can be sent to us by the jealousy and ill-will of others. Sometimes we pick up the negative vibrations when we are out in public; these entities will leap into our auras because we are depressed, angry, upset in any way, or ill. One must be really careful when going to a doctor's office, for example. Stores having big sales are another place where one might inadvertently pick up such creatures. The last category of these bad luck entities consists of the ones we create ourselves through our own negativity.

Because we aren't often aware that we've attracted them, it's a good idea to set up a regular program of thoroughly cleansing your home and your aura. There are many ways to do this.

What follows is a list of links to cleansing, clearing, and banishing spells to rid you of bad spirits and negative vibes:

Visit Cleansing Spells and/or Banishing Spells for more on this subject published subsequent to this post, and not listed here.

Expelling Bad Luck Entities

Toward the end of March, the people of Tibet had a ceremony to expel the demons of bad luck from their homes, lives, and communities. The people of Bali, which is east of Java, also hold public expulsions of demons at least once a year, and on a new moon.

Each village sets food at the nearest crossroads and then goes to the local temple. Everyone prays and blows horns to summon the demons. Then people begin to bang on anything that will make a loud noise, thus frightening the entities which flee the area.

The demons can't resist the food, pause at the crossroads, and are ambushed by a priest who curse them. This final ambush causes the evil demons to leave the area, and order is restored.

You can duplicate this ritual at home by leaving food on your front doorstep. The food is not going to come back into your home - so leave it on a paper plate instead of your good china. Then go through the house, calling and whistling to summon the demons. When you have gone through every room of your home, suddenly begin banging on pots and pans making a loud noise. Have someone stationed at the door, and when the loud noise begins, have them open the door.

The noise will frighten them, but the bad luck entities of the house won't be able to resist stopping for the food. Now, use this charm to send them packing:

Off with you spirits of fear, spirits of poverty, spirits of evil, spirits of anger, spirits of unhappiness, spirits of pain, spirits of death. 
(You can add to this list and personalize it as much as you'd like.)

Repeat three times - each time louder and more commanding than the last.

Give way to the sun, and the moon,
For this is a sanctuary,
This is a place made safe.

Repeat three times - starting with a loud commanding voice and then diminishing in volume but increasing in determination.

Now, very dramatically and decisively, shut the door and lock it. Say:

Blessings and peace upon us,
Blessings and peace.

Repeat three times - smiling.

Do not bring the food you left on the doorstep back into the house, rather, take it away and leave it in a dumpster or put it by a crossroads not close to your home.

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.

Dark Huntress Bath Salts

  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 drops rose geranium oil
  • 4 drops synthetic ambergris oil
  • 2 drops pine oil
  • 8 drops magnolia oil
Lightly mix the ingredients together and place them in a jar for storage. Use during the Waning Moon

From: Moon Magick

Happy Birthday Artemis

An ancient Greek custom of honoring Artemis's birthday with a Full Moon cake is still seen today in our birthday cakes. The Greeks even put lighted candles on the Moon cake.

To honor the birthday of the goddess Artemis, bake or buy a small cake or cupcake. In Moon Magick, D J Conway recommends this ritual be performed on the night of the March crescent  - it feels more appropriate to me to do the ritual on the night before or the night of her actual day.

Dress in nice clothes as if you were entertaining a friend. Cover your altar or spiritual place with a nice cloth. Put the cake with a small candle on it in the middle of the altar. Set pictures or statues of animals around it for decoration. Artemis loves cats of all kinds, deer, and all wild animals. Set a glass of juice or wine next to the cake.

Take a sip of juice and light the candle. Sing "Happy Birthday" to the goddess if you wish - or simply and sincerely wish her a happy birthday. Then say:

Lady of Wild Things, Moon Huntress,
Mistress of magick and enchantment,
I chant your lovely name for protection.
Artemis! Artemis! Artemis!
I whisper your praises to the Full Moon.
Cradle my restless, worn spirit
In the secret places of your deep woodlands.
Renew my life, swift Artemis.

Cut yourself a piece of the cake and eat it. Drink the juice. Tell the goddess why you need protection. When you are finished, thank her for the help that will come. Put the remainder of the cake outside as a feast for the birds and animals.

From: Moon Magick

NOTE: This ritual can be tweaked for use for any god or goddess on his/her day. Simply find an appropriate invocation - or rewrite the one above to fit, and decorate the altar with whatever might please your chosen deity.

ANOTHER NOTE: I think it's nice to simply honor the gods without necessarily asking for anything in return. A powerful blessing could be as simple as a recitation of her names and titles. For example:

Hail Mistress of the Animals
My heart opens to the Moon Huntress
Blessings to She of the Wild
Love to the Most Beautiful
Praise to the Lady of Many Shrines and Many Cities
I Worship the Lady of the Wild Mountains
Adoration to the Opener of the Womb
Gratitude to the Mistress of Magic and Enchantment
Artemis! Artemis! Artemis!

For maximum effect - repeat each line three times.

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sixteenth Century Potpourri Mix

  • 1 pint peppermint leaves, cut
  • 1 pint lavender flowers
  • 1 tablespoon well-crushed caraway seeds
  • 1 pint thyme
  • 1 tablespoon crushed cloves and coriander
  • 1 tablespoon crushed gum benzoin or orris root.
Lightly mix together all of the ingredients. Put into a potpourri jar with a few dried rose and marigold petals on the top for color

From Moon Magick

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's Smell The Breeze Day

Themes: Air, Health
Symbols: A Pot; Turquoise; Musk; a Star; Wind; Cow Images
Presiding Goddess: Nut

About Nut: This great Eypptian sky goddess bears a star spangled belly that stretches over the earth like a protective atmosphere. Today she breathes on us with a late March zephyr bearing health and well being.

Legend tells us that when Ra went to escape the earth, Nut offered her aid by becoming a huge cow who lifted him into heaven. When Nut found herself dizzy from the effort, four gods rushed to her aid. They later became the four pillars of creation - the four winds.

To Do Today:

If the weather permits, I highly recommend a brisk, refreshing walk. Breathe deeply of the air, which has rejuvenating healthy energies today. As you exhale, repeat the godess's name, Nut, and listen as she responds in the breeze.

Any type of wind magic honors Nut, and it is certainly fitting today. If the wind blows from the west, sprinkle water into it for emotional healing. If it blows from the east, toss a feather out so it can return to you with healthy outlooks. If it blows from the north, sift a little soil into the wind to give gruitful foundations to a generating idea, and if it blows from the south, burn musk incense to manifest vital energy and a little passion.

From: 365 Goddess

Note: I personally think that any day is a good day to go outside and smell the breeze. The simple wind mgicks mentioned here are also effective at any time and in any place.

The Four Winds

For centuries peoples have thought of the wind as being of four basic types, corresponding to the four directions or quarters of the Earth. These are the North, East, South, and West winds. Each is possessed of its own magical virtues, and certain spells are best cast during certain winds.

This may seem to rather unnecessarily complicated but it needn't be. Looking to the winds when performing magic is no more difficult than checking the phase of the Moon, although the "phase" of the wind doesn't last as long.

At best, if you can rig up a weather vane or windsock to determine the winds, you can adjust your magical workings slightly by waiting for the right wind.

Naturally, if the wind has been blowing steadily from the North all morning, it won't do to wait for a Westerly one. The system is here to guide and aid, not to control our actions. Check the winds or not as you wish.

What follows are links to posts on each of the four winds, their meanings, and magickal workings:
In looking over the above discussions of each of the winds, bear in mind that this is not an absolute system. Different parts of the world have different attributes to the winds. The qualities discussed are those in favor in North America and Europe. Changes may be necessary for your own area due to climate, location, and weather patterns. As always, follow your own intuitive guidance when it comes to deciphering what each wind brings you.

The four winds are at least superficially related to the elements, and this can be kept in mind, but each has its own powers particular to the winds themselves. 

One important point: In speaking of, say, the North Wind, it is the wind which blows from that direction rather than to the direction that is in question.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Virginal Ploughing Spell

I assume this spell is for blessing and protecting the fields. It's an old one, I'm sure. Here's how it goes:

One dozen naked virgins of each sex must plough the perimeter of the area. Seven circumambulations must be made, no one may glance at anyone of the opposite sex for the duration of the spell or it won't work.

From The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Note: I really did try to find a picture of naked virgins plowing a field - that was well... you can imagine. So I settled for a rather mundane image of a plow.

Celebrate Plowing Day

Themes: Earth; Nature; Harvest; Birth; Protection 
Symbols: Soil; a Leaf; Seeds
Presiding Goddess: Leshachikha 

About Leshachikha: A goddess who sometimes appears as a Slavic forest, a wild animal, or a leaf, Leshachikha is said to have died in October and revived around this time in spring. She fiercely protects her lands, not taking kindly to any who abuse them. In this manner she teaches us about reciprocity and nature's fury. Additionally, Leshachikha's watchful aspect can be applied to our figurative lands - for example, safeguarding our homes.

 To Do Today:

Whenever you need a little extra protective energy, pick up a fallen leaf and put it in your pocket. This will keep Leshachikha's guardian powers with you all day. To bring that protection into your home, wax the leaf to preserve it, symbolically sustaining the magical energy forever. Put the waxed leaf near your entryway or in the room where you spend the most time.

 Go to a nearby field or park today and scatter some seed to Leshachikha to greet her as she awakens. Today (March 26) marks the beginning of the plowing season in Slavic regions. Before this date the earth is regarded as pregnant. It is a crime against nature and leshachikha to plow the soil with iron tools when it till bears a magical child (spring). Once earth has given birth, the fields can then accept new seed, which the birds will also appreciate!

 From 365 Goddess

Sunday, March 24, 2013

How To Make An Origami Crane

Here is a video "how to" for those of you who would like to make a Thousand Origami Cranes for good luck and lifelong happiness.

Crane Lore and Meanings

Keynote: Longevity and Creation through Focus 
Cycle of Power: Year-round - during daylight

 The crane was a powerful symbol to the ancient Chinese. It is a symbol of justice and longevity, and it is one of the many solar symbols. The crane is a bird of the waters, and so is one that will often help teach you how to express your own feminine energies.

 The whooping crane, since the early part of this century, has been a symbol of the wildlife conservation movement. At one point, due to over hunting, they almost became extinct. If the crane has shown up in your life as a totem, it could very well reflect that you are about to recover what had almost become extinct within you.

 Most photos of cranes only reveal the adult birds. This is partly due to the fact that the young are very scarce and also because the parents are highly secretive in rearing their vulnerable young. This can reflect a new sense of protectiveness, or even a need for secrecy in regard to something new you have give birth to or are about to give birth to.

 Although the crane lays two eggs but usually only raises one, it will also reflect the importance of not dividing your attention - especially in rearing your children, be they your actual children or symbolic children, as in the case of special projects. Women who have cranes as totems do better to stay at home with the children rather than to divide their time between work and motherhood. If this is impossible, as is often the case in today's world, the crane can teach you how best to accomplish both.

 The crane can also provide possible clues to past life experiences. In China it is "The Patriarch of the Feathered Tribe" and in Japan it is "Honorable Lord Crane." It is usually depicted with the sun and pine tree in oriental art. In direct contrast, in Celtic mythology, it is sacred to the king of the underworld and heralds war and death.

 One of the most remarkable aspects of this bird is its loud whooping sound. It's haunting tone is reminiscent of a primal celebration over birth. The crane can teach you how to celebrate your creative resources and keep them alive, regardless of the conditions in which they are manifest, both by simply having the proper focus in your life.

 From: Animal-Speak

Crane Watching

Themes: Air; Earth; Nature; Health; Longevity; Devotion; Wishes; Relationships
Symbols: Feathers; Birdseed
Presiding Goddess: Tamra

About Tamra: In Hindu tradition, this goddess was the ancestor of all birds. As such she can teach us their special language, which often bears communications from the divine. As the consort of the turtle god Kashyapa, she also represents a potent union between earth and air elements.

To Do Today:

People in Nebraska spend six weeks watching the cranes who rest and feed here during the migratory season. (For information and dates of the annual Crane Festival visit Nebraska Crane Festival). This region of the United States boasts the largest group of sandhill cranes, about fifty thousand birds. Magically speaking, these creatures represent health, longevity, and devotion. Visualize a crane residing in your heart chakra anytime you feel your eyes straying from the one you love, or whenever you need improved well-being.

Birds offer numerous magical applications. For warmth in a relationship, scatter feathers to the winds with your wish. The birds will use the feathers in their nests, symbolically keeping your nest intact and affectionate. Or, disperse birdseed while thinking of a question and wait for the birds to come. After they feed, as the birds fly away, watch their movement. Flight to the right indicates a positive response; to the left is negative. If the birds scatter, things are iffy. If they fly straight up overhead, a heartfelt wish is being taken directly to Tamra.

From: 365 Goddess

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Celebrating The Tubilustrium

Themes: Protection; Victory; Communication; Strength
Symbols: Swords (or Athame); Spear
Presiding Goddess: Bellona
Dates: March 23 and May 23

About Bellonna: She who kindles the fire of the sun and the fire in the bellies of warriors, Bellona is both a mother and a battle goddess, being the female equivalent of Mars with a distinct diplomatic twist. Those who call upon Bellona receive strategy, tactfulness, and a keen sense of how to handle explosive situations effectively.

To Do Today:

Romans spent today ritually cleansing their trumpets for battle and honoring the people who make the trumpets. In this part of the world, a horn not only signaled a charge but invoked the goddess's attention. So, for what personal battle(s) do you need to sound Bellona's horn today? Find a horn with which to do just that. In a pinch a kazoo or a piece of construction paper rolled to look like a megaphone will do. Shout your battle plans to Bellona so she can respond with all her resources to help you.

If you use a sword, athame (sacred knife), or wand in magic, today is an excellent time to take out that tool and invoke Bellona's blessing on it. Oil and sharpen the blade, polish the wand, then hold it in your hand as if it were a weapon, saying:

Bellona, see this implement of magic, which, as any,
has two edges - for boon and bane. 
May only goodness flow through this tool, 
and may I ever remain aware of the responsibility for its use.
So be it.

From: 365 Goddess

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Aries Vervain Medicine Bag

This simple and easy to make medicine bag is specifically for, and said to especially provide relief for seizure disorders. Here's how to make it:

  • Gather vervain when the sun and/or moon are in Aries. 
  • Carry the botanical in a bag with a kernel of corn or a piece of grain, plus a one year old penny or other coin of trivial value.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Aries Begins

Theme: Arts; Excellence
Symbols: Stone, Mirror
Presiding Goddess: Ishikore-Dome

About Ishikore-Dome: This Shinto goddess is the protectress of all stone cutters and smiths, having fashioned the mold from which an eight-petaled mirror was made for Amaterasu (the sun goddess). The beauty of Ishikore-Dome's creation ws such that Amaterasu came out of hiding, bringing spring's wonderful sunshine with her! Similarly, Ishikore-Dome tempts us to come out of our home-cave today, explore and express our talents, and enjoy the warmer weather.

To Do Today:

The sign of Aries is said to produce a feisty, courageous spirit, which is exactly what it takes sometimes to stop being the proverbial wallflower and try new things. If there's an art form you've always wanted to try, or one that you love but hesitate to try because of perceived shortcomings, let Ishikore-Dome's encourageing energy nudge you into action today. Remember, Buddhists believe that developing artistic proficiency comes down to three things: practice, practice, practice!

To conduct yourself with greater courage and a unique artistic flair, make a simple Ishikore-Dome charm from a small mirror. Face-down on the mirror, glue a symbol of the area in your life in which you need more creativity, mastery, or mettle and cary it with you. This symbolically reflects your desire to the goddess.

From: 365 Goddess

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Isis Psychic Power Powder

To tap into the essence of the Mistress of Magick, blend powdered orris root, sweet flag (calamus) and ground myrrh. Add the herbs to a base of rice flour or powder and sprinkle on yourself for added psychic power.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Isis Spring Harvest Festival

Themes: Magic; Harvest; Dreams; Divination; Perspective; Faithfulness; Love; Spirituality; Destiny
Symbols: Bloodstone; Amethyst; Silver; Myrrh; Cedar; Hawk; Moon
Presiding Goddess: Isis

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

To Do Today:

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

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

From: 365 Goddess

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Damballah's Day

Other names: Damballah Weddo, Da, Papa Damballa, Obatala
Holiday: March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)

Once upon a time, there was only Damballah. He lay beneath Earth, a great snake, cushioning and protecting it from falling into the watery abyss below. Although he lay still for a long time, eventually he had to move. His movements raised mountains and created valleys. Stars were shaken up into the sky. Sacred waters were released, forming oceans, rivers, springs and streams. The first rain began to fall, and Aido-Hwedo, in the guise of the first rainbow, appeared. Damballah and Aido-Hwedo fell in love. They remain in love today. The intensive all pervasive power of that love infiltrated the entire universe. That power is manifest in human geings in the form of white liquids: milk and semen.

Associated Catholic Saint Patrick (who drove the snakes out of Ireland), and sometimes also Moses, whose staff transformed into a snake to prove the power of God over that wielded by Egyptian priests, Damballah is the primordial snake Iwa of life, wealth and wisdom. He is venerated in Dahomey as well as Haitian Vodou. He may also survive in the New Orleans folk saint Blanc Dani.

Damballah is among the most beloved and important Iwa. He associated with creation and is viewed as a loving father to the world. His presence brings peace and harmony. He bestows wealth, prosperity, good health, and fertility to devotees and can expose the location of missing treasure. Damballah and his true love, the rainbow serpent, maintain the balance of forces, which sustains all ife on Earth. As a source of life, he is also strongly associated with water and regulates moisture and the rain.

He is incredibly old and powerful and is usually not bothered for trivial matters. He can be extremely generous, however, and so may be approached when one is genuinely desperate or really in trouble. Despite his venerable age, he remains interested in people. He will engage in sacred marriages with women but also occasionally with men.

Dambullah appears in dreams. He does not communicate well. You must pay attention. He is so old and primal that he is pre-articulate; he emerges from a time before speech. Damballah may hiss or make whistling noises but does not speak human language.

When he possesses a human, he does not speak but instead only hisses and whistles. His movements are also snake-like, and can including slithering along the ground, flicking his tongue, and climbing tall objects.

He is a stickler for cleanliness. He doesn't like strong, pervasive odors of any kind, but especially tobacco. If you smoke, then do so far from his altar space or anywhere associated with him. He may object to cleaning products with strong odors too, as well as air fresheners with strong aromas. Rooms should smell clean and fresh. Open a window to aerate them. He does not object to light floral odors, like rose or orange blossom water, and traditionally expresses a fondness for Pompeii Lotion, a cologne product found in botanicas and spiritual supply stores.

  • Manifestation: Damballah is a huge snake, so big his body forms seven thousand coils
  • Color: White
  • Day: Thursday
  • Plants: Bougainvillea, trees in general, but especially the silk cotton tree (Bombax ceiba) and the Royal palm.
  • Altar: Keep shallow vessels of clean, fresh water for him to curl up inside.

For a very traditional offering, make a bed or hill of white flour on a perfectly clean, pure white plate. Nestle one whole, raw white egg into the center of the flour and serve.

Other offerings could include white candles and white foods like rice, milk, whole raw eggs (leave them plain or rub gently with rose or other mildly scented, fine quality floral water), corn syrup, white chickens, or white flowers. More lavish offerings might include luxurious white fabrics, crystal or porcelaing eggs and/or snakes.

From; Encyclopedia of Spirits

Liber - The Male Fertility God

Attribute: Phallus
Sacred day: March 17, the Liberalia
Plant: Ivy

Liber, in his original Roman conception, was a god who presided over male fertility and especially the act of ejaculation. Like the name of his counterpart deity Libera, his name is derived from the Latin word that meant "liberation". A cult that worshiped the phallus in the name of Liber was practiced in Lavinium and later brought to Rome.

The phallus was carried about the countryside for a month in a wagon, repelling the Evil Eye and beaming fertility energy to women, animals, and land. During that month the citizens were allowed to indulge in saying obscene words in public until the phallus was carried through the forum and put in its resting place. Then respected matrons would crown it publicly with wreaths. A representation of the human phallus was kept in the temple of Liber.

Liber is the primordial spirit of libido and vitality. He is the essence of life; male procreative energy. Liber is the spirit of irrepressible fertility, invoked to stimulate agricultural abundance. At his most primordial stage, Liber was partnered with his female counterpart, Libera, the yin to his yang. He was then partnered with Ceres, spirit of grain.

Liber protects all kinds of seeds: plants as well as sperm. Eventually Liber was identified with Dionysus  The name Liber is sometimes used to indicate Dionysus but they were originally distinct spirits.

The Liberalia is celebrated in his honor, along with his counterpart deity Libera, on March 17. Games held in Liber's honor were wild and raucous, as befitting his nature. A major part of the festival featured old women called sacerdotes Liberi wearing crowns of ivy selling honey cakes in the street. The cakes were fried on portable hearths, and a part of each cake bought was offered to Liber in the name of the buyer. Young men who have reached seventeen years of age also gain the right to wear man's clothing, the toga uirilis or liber, during this festival.

Offerings: His traditional offering was a cake called a libia formed from honey and olive oil; phallic imagery; fruits and vegetables; packets of seeds.

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits and other sources

The Goddess Libera

Attribute: Vulva
Sacred Day: March 17, the Liberalia
Offerings: Vulva shaped candles

Libera, in her original Roman conception, was a goddess who presided over the fertility of women and especially the reception of semen. A representation of the female genitalia was kept in her temple. Libera is the feminine counterpart of Liber. She is the goddess of libido; spirit of irrepressible female vitality. Liber guards seed; Libera makes sure that seed is planted in a fertile, nurturing environment. The relationship between Liber and Libera is not entirely clear. She may be his:
  • Sister
  • Wife
  • Daughter
  • Some or all of the above
In their most ancient manifestations, Liber and Libera may have been the Italian equivalent of sacred yang and yin energy. Eventually Liber was considered to be the spouse of Ceres with Libera as their daughter. Under Greek and Roman influence, Libera became identified with Persephone. (The logic being that if Ceres is identified with Demeter; then her daughter must be Persephone.)

Liber and Libera were also identified with Dionysus and Ariadne. Less is now known about Libera than Liber possibly because no matter how offended later Christian commentators were by Liber's phallic processions, Libera's, which displayed vaginal images, must have been even more shocking.

She is sometimes referred to as "the female Bacchus", perhaps because of her close association with the similarly named Liber.

IconographyStatues of Libera sometimes depict her as Persephone or Ariadne. She may also be represented by cleft stones or images of female genitalia.

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits and other sources

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Whale Totem - Basics

Magickal attributes: The sea, music, long life, family, friends, trust. Developing psychic and telepathic abilities. Using sound and music to balance and heal. Learning new magick. Working with Elemental magick.

Symbolism: The whale is an ancient symbol for creation - be it of the body or our world..This large aquatic mammal has variously represented the earth, the physical body of a man, and the final resting place of all humans, the grave. In the mythology of some cultures, the whale replaces the more common image of the turtle as the creature that supports the Earth Mother in space.

As a totem and guide: Using the whale as a totem guide will encourage you to pursue your spiritual development, and at the same time, to maintain a good balance between your family life and your responsibilities in the workplace.
  • Whale is about precision, intellect, and spirituality. 
  • Magical influences are telepathic communication, ability to resolve personal emotional blockages, summons the aid of undines and mermaids, deep mysteries revealed.
  • Imitating the spouting breath of whales can aid in freeing your own creative energies. 
  • The whale can help teach you how to insulate yourself and use your own creative energies more conservatively. 
  • Whale has tremendous power and strength and yet is gentle and considered nonaggressive. You can access the inner strength within yourself and still be gentle and loving. 
  • Toothed whales have demonstrated great reasoning capabilities and even creative thinking at times. They can stimulate this in those with them as a totem.
  • The Norse believed that whales had magick powers and were often the vehicles of witches. 
  • The whale can be a sign of perception and intuition...use your intuition to tune in to the situations in your life. 
  • The beautiful sounds are sung by the males, and each breeding season brings with it corresponding song changes. This reflects the ability of the whale to teach us how to create through sound and song, adjusting it to the time and place and individual. By drawing upon your own creative instincts, you can sing forth your own song.
  • Whales sensitivity to sound links the whale to the primal creative sounds of life. Sound is the creative force of life. Directing it and responding to its feedback is part of what the whale teaches. This can be used to tap hidden levels of your own mind or even to accelerate the manifestation of goals.
  • Whales at one time were also symbols of containment, concealment, and even resurrection. 
  • When we learn to go deep within ourselves, the creativity that we awaken can resurrect our lives - if we bring it out and apply it.
  • Whale people are very creative, but they have to come out of those creative waters. They must stay in contact with the real world. 
  • Creativity for the sake of creativity is not what whale teaches. It awakens great depths of creative inspiration, but so it can add color and light to your outer life to make it more wondrous.
Questions to ask yourself if whales are showing up in your life:
  • Are you becoming lost in your own creative imagination? 
  • Are you not taking it and using it in your outer life? 
  • Are you keeping everything inside and afraid to let it out? If so, it is time to breach. Show the magnificence and power of your own creativity. Do not hold back.
  • If whales are showing up in your life you should examine your use - or lack of use - of your own creativity. Are you mimicking what others have done?
  • Are you building on your own creativity in new and dynamic ways? 
  • Are you applying your own creative intuition to old processes and life formulas? This and this alone is what imbues them with power and magic.
From: Animal-Speak and other sources

La Baleine

Title: Mother of the Sea
Manifestation: She is a whale
Also known asLa Balen or Ezili Baleine
Classification: Vodou Iwa

La Baleine, the whale is a mysterious, powerful spirit of the sea, invoked for protection, prosperity, and fertility; both creative and procreative. La Baleine travels the length, breadth, and depth of the seven seas; she carries secrets and messages from the depths to the surface. She is usually venerated alongside the mermaid, La Sirene; they are celebrated in the same songs. Their relationship is subject to debate: La Baleine may be La Sirene's sister, mother, or lover. They may be aspects of each other, with La Beleine the more distant, mysterious, elusive aspect. They may also be aspects of Ezili: La Baleine is sometimes called Ezili Baleine.

Unlike most Vodou Iwa, who were either born in Haiti or Africa, La Baleine may have arrived via European route. Late medieval European sailors and travelers described a female sea-monster named Balena.

La Sirene and La Baleine may be venerated on an altar together. Lord Agwe, La Sirene's husband, may be venerated alongside.

Offerings: Seawater; gifts with marine motifs; offer what a whale would eat, symbolically if not literally, for example: a bowl of goldfish crackers or Chinese dried fish crackers.


Obtain or create an image of a whale's huge, open, gaping jaw. Visualize yourself entering the jaw as if it is sacred space. Although this is reminiscent of Jonah and the Whale, be assured that you can come out whenever you choose onto dry land. La Baleine is a font of secret, hidden mystic and erotic information; explore and see what you experience. When your journey is concluded, thank La Baleine and ask her for a gift.

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits

Whale Festival

Themes: Nature; Meditation; Rebirth; Movement
Symbols: Water; Whale
Presiding Goddess: Whale Goddess

About the Whale Goddess: In arabic tradition, the Whale Goddess swallowed Jonah, neatly giving him time to consider his life and actions seriously before his figurative rebirth. Let's hope she doesn't have to go that far to get our attention this month (or anytime, for that matter).

In some stories, the earth rests on this goddess's back, and earthquakes result when she gets upset and shakes her tail. Symbolically, when your life seems on shaky ground, consider what this goddess is trying to tell you!

To Do Today:

Around this time of year, in Northern California, people examine the coastline with renewed interest and anticipation. They're watching the annual whale migration - a breathtaking sight. Since many of us cannot experience this first hand, consider the whale as a magical symbol instead. The gods ride whales to carry messages to the mortal world. Witches ride them to bear their magic on the water. In both instances the whale carries something - either to your heart or toward a goal. Use this image in meditations for movement, and consider the symbolism if whales show up in your dreams tonight.

If possible, visit an aquarium and watch whales there. Or send a donation to an accredited facility to give something back to the Whale Goddess and her children.

From: 365 Goddess

Note: Whale watching festivals occur around the world and the dates vary widely.  In South Africa, the town of Hermanus is one of the world centers for whale watching. Between May and December Southern Right Whales come so close to the Cape shoreline that visitors can watch whales from their hotels. The town employs a "whale crier" to walk through the town announcing where whales have been seen.

In California, the Fort Bragg Whale Festival is set for March 16 -17, 2013. 20,000 gray whales are expected to pass by. For more details, and other Whale Festival dates visit MendoWhale

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ritual to Ward Off Poverty

To do this ritual, you will need a green taper candle, mint or honeysuckle oil, and some play money. Choose the largest denomination of play money you can get.

Two days before the Full Moon (March 27 in 2013), take the green candle to your altar or spiritual workplace. Carve several dollar signs into the candle, thinking of a more prosperous life as you do so. Anoint the candle with the essential oil by rubbing it from the wick down to the end. Place it in a fireproof holder and set it in the middle of your altar. Light the candle.

Spread out your "money" in front of the burning candle. Sort it out by denomination, or in piles for each bill or purchase you would like to take care of. Spend at least five to ten minutes thinking about how you would responsibly use this money. Then extinguish the candle by pinching or snuffing the flame - don't blow it out.

The next night light the candle again and shuffle through the "money" again. After ten to fifteen minutes, extinguish the candle as before.

The third night, the night of the full moon, go through the ritual another time, but this time let the candle burn completely out after you have finished sorting the "money."

When the spell is complete, put the money in an envelope or box that you have designated as a "bank."

From: Moon Magick

Warding Off Poverty

The Greeks had a celebration called the Diasia to ward off poverty each year on March 14th. In a time (and when isn't there such a time?) of economic uncertainty, it is up to each person to do what they can to keep his or her life in a positive, prosperous mode. Sometimes circumstances, for whatever reason, have landed us in financial straits. There are certain practical things we can do to improve the situation and eventually eliminate the lack in our lives.

The very first thing is to become financially responsible. I think we all know the basics:
  • Check your monthly expenses; eliminate the non-essentials. 
  • If you have a bad habit of charging purchases only to find yourself struggling to meet the payments, stop immediately! 
  • Don't carry credit cards with you. 
  • If the situation has gotten really bad, see a credit counselor.
  • Make a budget and stick to it.
Begin a habit of tucking away a little cash each payday. This money is your investment in your future and your dreams - it's an investment in you. Make a special money jar, or box, and each payday make a contribution - it doesn't have to be much. Even a few pennies will do. Add a pinch of cinnamon. And think about how money begets money, and how grateful you are for this "seed" money. Periodically count it, love and appreciate it, and think about how much fun it will be when there's more.

From Moon Magick

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