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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.

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. If performed during a Crescent Moon, it will predominantly point out the root beginnings of the cycle, possibly what started the events in motion. The Full Moon will tell you how the events went, or will go, during the height of the happenings. The Dark Moon reveals the outcome or ending of the cycle.

Spread a nice cloth on a table where you can sit and spread out your tarot cards. Light a white candle on each side of your working area. Burn a good divination incense. If you use charcoal and a burner, add mugwort to the incense. Sit for a few moments with the tarot cards in your hands. Breathe out all negatives, and breathe in positive energies.

Shuffle the cards three, six, or nine times, while thinking strongly about the cycle of events you wish clarified. Six and nine are multiples of three and therefore powerful. Divide the deck into three piles from left to right. Tap each pile three times with your fingers and chant:

One for the Maiden, free as the air;
One for the Mother, lovely and fair;
One for the Wise One, in her dark hall;
Harken, Great Ladies! Listen to my call.

Turn up the top card on the left-hand pile. Think carefully about it, as this card represents what set the cycle in motion. Turn up the top card on the center pile; this symbolizes the full-blown activity of the cycle. Turn up the top card on the right-hand pile; this is the ending, the winding down of the cycle. From these three cards you should be able to determine where you are in the cycle of events.

If you feel you can endure through the rest of the cycle, you need do nothing further. If, however, you wish to change or end the cycle, you will need spiritual guidance as to which steps to take. In this case, turn up another card on each pile, moving from the left to the right. These revealed cards should give you clues as to what action, if any, to take.

It is a good idea to make a note of the cards you turned up, in their proper order. In this way you can think about the things you need to do or change, and refer back to it if you have questions, or as things begin to unfold.

From: Moon Magick

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.

The number three was a sacred number from the time of the ancient Babylonians on. Pythagoras wrote that the Universal Order had to manifest itself in threes. The ancient Chinese thought that three engendered all things. Even today, in numerology the number three stands for activity, creativity, talent, and knowledge.

The Celtic countries, in particular, honored this triad as the bringer of prosperity and a good harvest. The Celts considered the Horned God of the Forests to be Her consort and help-mate. During the month of May, especially at the ceremony of Beltane, wearing of the color green and freely expressing themselves sexually was widely practiced by the Celts. This practice became a real headache for the Christians when they took over. They tried to curb this custom by declaring that the color green was unlucky ant that sex was sinful and dirty.

We can look at the Three Mothers as more than sexual activity. They are symbols of the cycles of growth upon the Earth, the phases we physically go through in our present life, 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 how much longer we must grin and bear it. The Three Mothers Tarot Divination can give you some insight:

From: Moon Magick

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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 worshipped 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.

Ammit (Ammut, or Ammit or Ahemait) - The Eate;, Devourer of the Dead; Eater of Hearts; Bone Eater; Devourer of Millions; Greatness of Death - This is the crocodile goddess also known as Ammit the Devourer. She also assists Anubis with carrying out the Judgements, 

Ammon (Amun, Amen, Amon) - The Hidden One; Lord of the Libyans; Lord of the Setting Sun and Moon; The Time Lord; Earth Father; Giver of Breath; Giver of Life, Vizier of the Humble, Who Answers the Voice of the Poor - The great god of Thebes of uncertain origin; represented as a man, sometimes ithyphallic; identified with Re as Amen-Re; sacred animals, the ram and the goose. 

Amonet (Amunet, Amaunet, Ament, Imentet, Amentat) - The Mother Who Is Father - A primordial spirit composed of the two deities Ammon and Ammit.

Anat (Anath, Anta) - The Girl; Lady of Heaven; Mistress of All Spirit; Strength of Life; Lady of Mercy - A goddess of Syrian origin, with warlike character; represented as a woman holding a shield and an axe.

Anhur (Anher, Anhert, Onuris) - Skybearer, The Divine Huntsman - Very early aspect of Osiris, God of war, sun and the sky. 

Anubis (Anpu) - Foremost of the Westerners - He is god of judgement of life and death, the jackal-god, patron of embalmers; the great necropolis-god.

Anuket (Anukis, Anoukis, Anqet) - The Clasper; The Embracer; Bestower of Life; Lady of Nubia - She is the goddess of river Nile and the cataract-region at Aswan; wife of Khnum; represented as a woman with a high feather head-dress.

Apep (Apophis) - Demon enemy of the Sun, the eternal enemy of Ra. He is a god of chaos and war.

Arsaphes (Herishef) - A ram-headed god from Heracleopolis.

Astarte (Ashtarte) - Lady of Heaven; Mother of the Blessed - A: goddess of Syrian origin; introduced into Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty.

Atargatis (Dea Syria) - Whale of Der - The great fish mother of Syrian origin, and adopted into the Roman Pantheon.

Babi - The god of baboons.

Ba Neb Tetet (Banabdedet, Banabdjedet) - The Soul of Mendes; Lord of Mendes; The Ram of Mendes - The calm cool headed ram deity who found a peaceful solution to the power struggle between Horus and Set.

Bastet (Bast) - Mistress of the Oracle; Great Conjuress of the Casket - The cat goddess with dominion over sex, fertility, marriage, magic, music, childbirth, and the pleasures of life.

Bes - Dancing. Lord of the Land of Punt - Bes is the dwarf god with leonine features; a domestic god, protector against snakes and various terrors; helper of women in child-birth. 

Buto (Uajyt, Uatchet, Utchat, Per Uadjit, Uazit, Uto, Uraeus) - Eye of Ra; Lady of Heaven; Lady of the North - At times she was portrayed as a cobra, sometimes winged, sometimes crowned. Goddess of protection, hiding from evil. See also Wadjet.

Geb (Seb, Heb) - Father of the Gods - A fertiltiy Earth god, similar to the Greek Cronus, always shown with erect phallus. Presides over fertility, new beginnings, creation, and crops.

Hapi (Hapy) - God of the Nile in inundation; represented as a very fat man. God of the Nile, crops, fertility, water, and prosperity.

Hat-Hehit - Fish-goddess of Mendes in the Delta; sometimes represented as a woman with a fish on her head.

Hathor (Athor, Athyr, Het-Hert, Hat-Hor) - The Great One of Many Names; The Golden One; Lady of Malachite; Lady of Turquoise; Sady of the Sycamore; Lady of the Date Palm; Lady of the West; Lady of the Dead; The Womb of Horus; House of Horus; Lady of the Evening; My House in the Sky; Lady of the Uterus; Lady of the Vulva; The Womb Above - This popular goddess is the matron goddess of all women, the embodiment of the female principle. She has many functions and attributes.

Heh (Neheb) - God of eternity, longevity, and happiness. Shown as a man squatting on the ground wearing a curved reed on his head.

Heket (Heqet) - Giver of Life; Spirit of the Primordial Waters; Mother of the Spirits - She is the frog-goddess of Antinoopolis where she was associated with Khnum; a helper of women in child-birth.

Horus (Haroeris; Haru-Er, Harsiesis, Harpocrates) - The Enchanted One - Horus is the god of war, sky, and falcons. He is regarded as the son of Osiris and Isis, for the former of whom he became the avenger.

Imhotep (I-Em-Hetep, Imouthes) - He Who Comes In Peace - The deified chief minister of Djoser and architect of the Step Pyramid; in the Late Period venerated as the god of learning and medicine; represented as a seated man holding an open papyrus; equated by the Greeks with Asklepios.

Isis (Au Set) - The Great Lady; Queen of the Earth; Light Giver of Heaven; Mistress of Magic; The Many Named; Queen of the Throne; She Who Is Rich in Spells; Great of Sorcery; Redemptress: Star of the Sea; The One Who Is All; Mother of Gods - Isis is the divine mother, goddess of magic, marriage, healing, and motherhood. She is the wife and sister of Osiris and the mother of Horus. She is one of the four ‘protector’-goddesses, guarding coffins and Canopic jars; sister of Nephthys with whom she acted as a divine mourner for the dead.

Khephri (Kephera, Khepera, Kefri) - Father of the Spirits, He Who Becomes - The scarab-beetle god, identified with Re as a creator-god; often represented as a beetle within the sun-disk. A god of transformations, reburth, resurection of the body, reincarnation, and rebirth.

Khnum (Khnoum) - The Sculptor Who Gives Life; The Molder; The Divine Potter; Lord of Destiny; Father of Fathers; Mother of Mothers; Lord of the Cool Water - The ram-headed god of Elephantine, god of the Cataract-region; thought to have moulded man on a potter’s wheel.

Khonsu (Khensu, Khons) - God of the Moon; Traveller; The Navigator; He Who Crosses The Sky In A Boat; God of the New Moon - He is the moon-god, represented as a man; with Amun and Mut as father and mother, forming the Theban triad.

Ma'at (Maat) - Lady of Heaven; Queen of Earth; Mistress of the Underworld; Eye of Ra; Daughter of Ra; Lady of the Judgment Hall - Ma'at is the goddess of justice,order, truth, right, and orderly conduct; represented as a woman with an ostrich-feather on her head. 

Mehueret (Mehurt) - Lady of Heaven; Mistress of the Earth - A universal Mother Goddess associated with night.

Menthi (Menthu-Ra, Mentu, Mont, Munt) - Sun god, often with a bull head. In his war aspect he personified the destroying heat of the sun. God of protection, war, and vengeance.

Meretseger - She Who Loves Silence; Lioness of the Summit; Lady of the Necropolis - A protector of tombs and guardian of the Necropolis.

Meskhenet (Meshkenet, Meshkhener) - Goddess of Childbirth - Protects laboring women and newborn babies.

Min - Lord of the Eastern Desert; Lord of Foreign Lands -The primeval god of Coptos; later revered as a god of fertility, and closely associated with Amun.

Mut - Lady of Heaven; Queen of Deities; Mother of the Mothers - The vulture-goddess who is the spirit of maternity. Her name means "mom." An extremely beloved goddess later represented usually as a woman.

Nefertem (Nefert-Temu, Nefertum) - The Lord of Fragrance - He is the god of the lotus, and hence of unguents, perfumes and fragrance; worshipped at Memphis as the son of Ptah and Sakhmet; represented as a man with a lotus-flower head-dress.

Nehebkau (neheb-kau) - A serpent god of the Underworld, dangerous to both the gods and humans. Death, cursing, vengeance. Some-times represented with a man’s body and holding the eye of Horus.

Neith ( Nit) - The Oldest One; Nurse of the Crocodiles - This goddess of Sais is represented as a woman wearing the red crown; her emblem, a shield with crossed arrows; one of the four ‘protector’-goddesses who guarded coffins and Canopic jars; identified by the Greeks with Athena.

Nekhbet (Nekhebet) - Lady of the South - The vulture-goddess of Upper Egypt, presides over maternity, childbirth, life and death.

Nephthys (Nebt-Het, Nebthet, Nebhet) - Lady of the House; Lady of Life; Lady of Darkness; Lady of Death that Is Not Eternal; Mistress of the Palace, The Revealer, Mistress of the West - Nephthys is the river goddess, sister of Isis; one of the four ‘protector’-goddesses, who guarded coffins and Canopic jars; with Isis acted as mourner for Osiris and hence for other dead people.

Nun (Nu) - god of the primeval chaos.

Nut (Nuit, Nu) - Mother of Stars; Queen of Heaven; Mother of the Deceased; She Who Holds a Thousand Souls; Mistress of All; She; Who Protects - Nut is the goddess of sky and stars, represented as a woman, her naked body curved to form the arch of heaven.

Osiris (Auser) - Lord of the Far World - Osiris is the god of the underworld and the afterlife. He is identified as the dead or mummified king; also a god of the inundation and vegetation.

Ptah - Lord of the Sky; Lord of the Two Lands; Lord of Truths; Lord of Sunrise; Father of Fathers; Power of Powers - He is the god of creation, creator-god of Memphis, the patron god of craftsmen; equated by the Greeks with Hephaestus.

Ptah-Seker-Osiris - a composite deity, incorporating the principal gods of creation, death, and after-life; represented like Osiris as a mummified king.

Qebhut (Qeb-Hwt, Aebehout, Kebehet, Kabachet, Kebhut, Kebechet) - Goddess of the Water of Life - The goddess of purification, also is known as the wandering goddess or the lost child, she presides over the magical reviving power of water.

Ra (Re, Phra, Amun-Ra, Akmun-Rah) - The Creator; The Supreme Power; The Only One; Great Father; Father of the Gods; Sun God - Ra is the god of the Sun, head of the great ennead, supreme judge; often linked with other gods aspiring to universality, and king of the gods until Osiris took over his throne.

Rait (Rat, Tat-Taiut, Rat) - Lady of the Heavens; Mistress of the Gods; Mistress of the Heliopolis; Mother of the Gods; Goddess of the Two Lands - Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, shown as a woman wearing a disk with horns and a uraeus.

Renenet (Renenutet, Renenuter, Ernutet, Thermuthis, ) - She Who Rears; The Nourishing Snake; Lady of the Double Granary - Goddess of harvest and fertility; represented as a snake or a snake-headed woman.

Renpet - Mistress of Eternity - Goddess of youth, springtime, the year, and the general idea of time.

Reshef (Reshpu) - god of war and thunder, of Syrian origin.

Sarapis - A god introduced into Egypt in the Ptolemaic Period having the characteristics of Egyptian (Osiris) and Greek (Zeus) gods; represented as a bearded man wearing the modius head-dress.

Satis (Sati, Satet) - She Who Shoots Forth; She Who Runs Like an Arrow; She Who Pours - This Nile River spirit is entrusted to maintain balance and peace at the Nile's first cataract, the traditional border between Egypt and Nubia.

Seker (Sokar, Socharis) The guardian god of the door to the Underworld.

Sekhmet (Sakhmet) - The Mighty One; The Terrible One; The Powerful; The Beloved of Ptah; Dark Sister of Bast; Great of Magic; Lady of Terror; Lady of Action; The One Before Whom Evil Flees; Mistress Dread; Lady of Flame; The Scarlet Woman - Goddess of lions and fire also goddess of vengeance, a lion-headed goddess worshipped in the area of Memphis; a fiery manifestation of the Eye of Ra. She represented the destroying power of sunlight and was the goddess of war and battle, physicians and bone-setters.

Selket (Serket, Serquet, Serqet, Selqet, Selquet, Selchis) - Mistress of the Beautiful House - A scorpion-goddess, identified with the scorching heat of the sun; one of the four ‘protector’-goddesses, guarding coffins and Canopic jars.Protectress of marriage, goddess of happy marriages and married sexual love.

Seshet (Seshat, Sesheta) - Lady of the Builder's Measure; The Great One; Lady of the House of Books, Queen of Construction; Goddess of Writing - The goddess of writing and measurement, the divine keeper of royal annals.

Set (Seth, Sutekh, Sertesh) - Great of Strength; He Who Is Below; Lord of the Desert; Lord of Chaos and Disorder -God  of deserts, storms and violence, evil, and chaos also later version ruler of the underworld. He is brother of Osiris and his murderer; the rival of Horus; equated by the Greeks with Typhon.

Shai (male) / Shait (female) - Sometimes a goddess, sometimes a god. This deity had a role like a guardian angel presiding over destiny and fate.

Shu - Lord of the Sky - God of Air and the North wind. Connected with the heat and dryness of sunlight. Shu and Tefnut - his twin sister-  form the first pair of gods in the Heliopolitan ennead; shown often as a man separating Nut (sky) from Geb (earth).

Sobek (Suchos, Sebek, Sobk) - Lord of Dark Water; The Hidden One; He Who is Shut In - Sobek is the crocodile-god, worshipped throughout Egypt. An aggressive guardian who repels and devours malevolent spirits who threaten his devotees.

Tatjenen - The primeval earth-god of Memphis; later identified with Ptah.

Taweret (Thoeris, Taurt, Ta-Urt, Apet, Opet, Rertrertu) - Mistress of Talismans - The hippopotamus goddess, a beneficent deity, the patron of woman in child-birth and goddess of fertility. In her darker aspect she was the goddess of darkness and revenge.

Tefnut (Tefenet) - The goddess of moisture, dew, rain, and mist. She is said to live at the bottom of the underworld. She and her twin brother - Shu - form the first pair of gods in the Heliopolitan ennead.

Temu (Tem, Atem, Atum) - Dark Eye of Ra - Personification of God in human form and of the setting Sun. Father of the human race, he helped the dead. In one of his forms he was worshiped as a huge serpent.

Thoth (Tehuti, Djehuti) - Lord of Divine Words; Lord of Books - Thoth is the ibis-headed scribe of the gods, the god of wisdom, inventor of writing.The ape as well as the ibis is sacred to him.

Unnefer (Wenen-Nefer, Onnophris) - a name meaning ‘he who is continually happy’, given to Osiris after his resurrection.

Wadjet (Udjat, Edjo, Buto) - Lady of Flame; Lady of the North; Lady of Heaven; Queen of Holy Spirits - The cobra-goddess of Buto in the Delta, a goddess of protection, appearing on the royal diadem, protecting the king. See also Buto.

Wepwawet (Upuaut) - Opener of the Ways - the jackal-god of Asyut in Middle Egypt; a god of the necropolis and an avenger of Osiris.

Note: This post was compiled from various sources 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.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gemini Begins

Themes: Communication; Creativity; Art; Humor; Playfulness

Symbols: Paired Items
Presiding Goddess: Iambe

About Iambe: Iambe means "speech," indicating this goddess's intimate connection with the art of communication. In Greek stories, Iambe always had a witty (and sometimes satirical) comeback. This may be why she was credited with creating the writer's bane of iambic pentameter verse (a metered verse with two distinct accents). In mythology, Iambe used this form of poetry to cheer up Demeter, with tremendous success.

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. You can remember Iambe and learn more about her style today by reading Shakespeare, one of the few humans to master it (or perhaps rent one of the recent Shakespearean movies).

If that's not your proverbial cup of tea, use this invocation to Iambe as a prayer, part of a ritual, or whatever is appropriate for you:

Iambe, I sing your mystic poems.
From dots and titles, the magic's sown.
With celestial pens, you scribe each spell,
and lessons in joy, may I learn them well.
Iambe, your metered muse confounds,
yet where'er it's spoken, magic abounds,
full and fierce, potent and free,
and when I hear it I know, that magic is me!

From: 365 Goddess

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

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.

Here's how it works:

Make a very simple bread dough from approximately one cup of flour, one egg, and one quarter cup of water. Write your choices or alternatives on slips of paper. Place each within a ball of dough. Each ball must appear reasonably identical. Bake these balls so that they're sufficiently hard. When they cool off, request Apollo's blessings, then select a ball and an oracle. The oracles that are not chosen can be left outside in an area frequented by field mice as an offering and a thank you.

Adapted from: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

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. For the purposes of simplicity, I would suggest that the 7th day following the New Moon in May (May 16 in 2013) would fit the criteria and make for a fine day to celebrate the birth of the God of Light Apollo.

Who is Apollo? Here's a brief profile:

Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto. His twin sister is Artemis. He is the god of music, playing a golden lyre. The Archer, far shooting with a silver bow. The god of healing who taught man medicine. The god of light. The god of truth, who can not speak a lie.

One of Apollo's more important daily tasks is to harness his chariot with four horses an drive the Sun across the sky. He is famous for his oracle at Delphi. People traveled to it from all over the Greek world to divine the future. His tree was the laurel. The crow his bird. The dolphin his animal.

Source: Wikipedia

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

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.

In the Middle Ages, the once sacred goose became associated with witchcraft and disreputable women. Attempts to discredit Lilith and the Queen of Sheba depict them as dangerously beautiful, seductive women, with one goose's foot peeping from beneath a skirt.

Interestingly, the recent backlash against "nursery rhymes" being taught to our children has a lot to do with the content of the rhymes; if you've never read them as an adult, you may not realize just what they actually "say." In fact, most of the "nursery rhymes" were noy originally intended for children!

Why is Mother Goose never portrayed as a plump Grandmotherly type bouncing a grandbaby on her knee? Why always an elderly hag? Gasp! Could Mother Goose be the prototype of the stereotypical "witch"?

Witches were the keepers of knowledge for the common folk-- it was she who nursed the sick babe as well as birthed calves or treated illnesses. She was a "wise woman". She was a valued member of her community; but, as in any human endeavor, she was not infallible. It was when things went wrong that this woman - often old with no close family ties - was accused of heinous acts. (We are all human and tend to blame others for our misfortune. In today's society we hire a lawyer and go for blood... in earlier times... they just went for blood.)

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. (We need to recall that the majority of people in the earlier centuries could neither read or write. That is why roving troubadours, bards and minstrels were so popular.)

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

Hawthorn Beauty Spell

The fair maid who, the first of May,
Goes to the fields at break of day,
And washes in dew from the hawthorn-tree
Will ever after handsome be.

Rain Begone Chant

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.

Bridal Protection Spell

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a sixpence in her shoe!

Bee Omens and Luck

A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.

Storm Prediction Lore

As the days grow longer
The storms grow stronger.

Lucky Pin Spell

See a pin and pick it up,
All the day you'll have good luck.
See a pin and let it lay,
Bad luck you'll have all the day.

Friday Dream Divination

Friday's dream,
on Saturday told,
Is sure to come true,
be it never so old.

Sneezing Divination for the Days of the Week

If you sneeze on Monday, you sneeze for danger;
If you sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger;
If you sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter;
If you sneeze on a Thursday, something better;
If you sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow;
If you sneeze on a Saturday, joy tomorrow.

Rain Prediction

A sunshiny shower
Won't last half an hour.

Saturday Night Love Ritual

On Saturday night
Shall be all my care
To powder my locks
And curl my hair.
On Sunday morning
My love will come in.
When he will marry me
With a gold ring.

Counting Love Divination

One, he loves;
Two, he loves;
Three, he loves, they say;
Four, he loves with all his heart;
Five, he casts away.
Six, he loves;
Seven, she loves;
Eight, they both love.
Nine, he comes;
Ten, he tarries;
Eleven, he courts;
Twelve, he marries.

Health Wealth and Wisdom Ritual

Cocks crow in the morn
To tell us to rise,
And he who lies late
Will never be wise;

For early to bed
And early to rise,
Is the way to be healthy
And wealthy and wise.

To Stay Young

Tommy's tears and Mary's fears
Will make them old before their years.

Birthday Predictions

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living,
But the child that's born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.


Collected from various sources including an article by Ashlynn Ward found at Lady of the Earth, Project Gutenberg, and The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Friday, May 10, 2013

Spells for the Solar Eclipse


On May 10th 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:

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.

The most potent boneset is found growing on or near graves. Supplement it with white pine for added enhancement.

Hang fresh boneset branches over doorways, or burn young boneset branches and twigs within a cauldron to drive away existing ghosts.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

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. Though later legend and folklore depicts revenants as returning for a specific purpose (e.g., revenge against the deceased's killer), in most Medieval accounts they return to harass their surviving families and neighbors. Revenants share a number of characteristics with folkloric vampires.

Many stories were documented by English historians in the Middle Ages. William of Newburgh wrote in the 1190s, "It would not be easy to believe that the corpses of the dead should sally (I know not by what agency) from their graves, and should wander about to the terror or destruction of the living, and again return to the tomb, which of its own accord spontaneously opened to receive them, did not frequent examples, occurring in our own times, suffice to establish this fact, to the truth of which there is abundant testimony."

Stories of revenants were very personal, always about a specific individual who had recently died (unlike the anonymous zombie depicted in modern popular culture), and had a number of common features.

Source: Wikipedia

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 been creamated and their shes scattered or their physical bodies lost. This day of remembrance is not to honor a decayed physical body, but to honor the bloodlines that led to your existence.

Set up a spot within your home as a temporary ancestor altar; choose a setting that will not be disturbed for at least a week. On this altar place what pictures you have of deceased family members. If you have no pictures, print out their names on a nice piece of paper. Arrange a small vase of fresh flowers near the pictures. Burn lavender or rose incense daily near this area.

Sometime during each day of this week, go to your remembrance altar and talk with your ancestors. Don't forget to call upon the ones so far back in your lineage that you never met them. burn a white candle there for at least an hour each day.

Perhaps you have a few immediately deceased family members with whom you didn't get along. Most people do. If you find their spirit energies causing problems (and some will do this), simply remove their pictures until they can behave themselves. This may sound silly, but it works on most spirits. They want to be remembered and acknowledged not put out of mind and sight. Often those family members with whom there was the most friction will be of most help because they may want to make up for bad karma.Occasionally, a very few will be incorrigible and will have to be denied admittance to your home.

Each day, ask you ancestors for advice and help. If you meditate near this shrine, you may well find yourself visiting with loved ones. And remember to think about and call upon them throughout the rest of the year, especially at important occasions. You can light candles, or set extra places at the table for them during seasonal festivities such as birthdays, thanksgiving and christmas.

From: Moon Magick

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.
  7. Eggplant - carve your name in it and then cook and eat it for wisdom and guidance.
  8. Gold - colloidal gold when ingested reveals secret wisdom.
  9. Grapes - eat purple grapes on a dark or full moon to gain psychic insight.
  10. Hazel - branches are a powerful divination tool.
  11. Herring - eat to increase wisdom.
  12. Jade - carry to attract wisdom.
  13. Jalup - rub the oil on purple candles for wisdom.
  14. Lamp - oil lamps can light the way or inspire answers.
  15. Malachite - opens the subconscious and allows deeper understandings.
  16. Maple - the trees attract wisdom.
  17. Molasses - scry in a bowl of molasses and seek Hekate's wisdom.
  18. Myrhh - burn it to gain wisdom.
  19. Obsidian - breaks illusions and promotes realistic thinking.
  20. Olive - a gift of wisdom from the goddess Athena.
  21. Owl - brings messages and represent the wisdom of Hekate.
  22. Pear - eat one on your birthday for wisdom.
  23. Pepper - eat purple peppers on Thursday for wisdom.
  24. Pomegranate - drink pomegranate juice to ingest the wisdom of the Goddess.
  25. Raisin - eat sun dried raisins for wisdom and longevity.
  26. Solomn's seal - sleep with a root under your pillow for wisdom or prophetic sight.
  27. Yogurt - brings insight when eaten on a new moon.

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. The word mens is built from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- 'mind' (linked with memory as in Greek Mnemosyne; memory, remembrance, recollection, Manush in Sanskrit meaning mind ).

Because of this, I can only assume that the Festival of Mens is actually a Festival of Minerva, Goddess of wisdom and learning, meditation, inventiveness, accomplishments, the arts, spinning and weaving, and commerce. Minerva was identified with Pallas Athene, bestower of victory, when Pompey the Great built her temple with the proceeds from his eastern campaigns.

The Romans celebrated her festival from March 19 to March 23 during the day which is called, in the neuter plural, Quinquatria, the fifth after the Ides of March, the nineteenth, an artisans' holiday . A lesser version, the Minusculae Quinquatria, was held on the Ides of June, June 13, by the flute-players, who were particularly useful to religion.

Source: Wikipedia

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.

For specific needs visit the following posts:
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

A Magickal Lamp for a Peaceful Home

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 and a hair from the head of each person the lamp is intended for or their names written on parchment paper cut a circle. Add a teaspoon of honey. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been thoroughly infused with two tablespoons of the following mixture: two parts of white rose petals and one part cumin seed.

Now add a small piece of orris root and High John the Conquerer root, along with 1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: passion flower, mistletoe, jasmine flowers.

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Saint Raymond, or whatever deity you wish to invoke for harmony and happy relationships.

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.

NoteIf some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for harmony and peace. For example, a small rose quartz can be substituted for the orris and High John the Conquerer root..

A Magick Lamp for Self Improvement

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 and a personal object or picture. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been thoroughly infused with two tablespoons of the following mixture: two parts frankincense and one part benzoin gum.

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

Cinnamon - Yellow Dock - Squill Root - John the Conqueror Root - Silver Weed - Jezebel Root - Prince's Pine - Red Clover - Buckeye - Irish Moss - Five-finger Grass - Elm Bark - May Apple or Mandrake Root - Tonka Bean - Sweet Flag Root - Vervain - Golden Seal 

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Mary Magdelene or whatever deity you wish to invoke to help you with your desire to improve yourself.

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.

NoteIf some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for self esteem and/or success. For example, rum and coffee can be substituted for the frankinscense benzoin mixture..

From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas

A Magickal Lamp For Justice

The following is good for court cases and legal matters. 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 and a personal object from the person the lamp is intended for or their name written on parchment paper cut in the form of a cross. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been thoroughly infused with two tablespoons of the following mixture of carnation petals, anise seed, and cinnamon: 2 parts carnation petals, 1 part anise, and 1 part cinnamon.

Now add a small piece of galangal root and 1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: yellow dock, snake root, carnation, and five-finger grass.

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Saint Basil, or whatever deity you wish to invoke for justice and/or mercy.

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.

NoteIf some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for justice. For example, seeds from a green (sweet) pepper can be substituted for galangal root, basil can be substituted for snake root, etc..


A Magick Lamp for Quick Help

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 and a personal object from the person the lamp is intended for or their name written on parchment paper cut in the form of a cross. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been thoroughly infused with two tablespoons of the following mixture:

Two parts cinnamon and one part chamomile and one part peony (flowers or oil).

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

Alfalfa - Basil - Blessed Thistle - Mustard Seed - Yellow Dock - Irish Moss - Five-finger Grass - High John the Conquerer Root - Four Leaf Clover - Cinnamon - Red Clover - Buckeye - Tonka Beans - Golden Seal - May Apple or Mandrake Root - Sweet Flag Root - Vervain

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Saint Expedite, or whatever deity you wish to invoke for quick help.

Once it is lit, the flame must not be extinguished until help arrives. 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.

NoteIf some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for luck, success, or the removal of obstacles. For example, nutmeg can be substituted for peony flowers.

From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas

A Magickal Lamp for Success

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 and a personal object from the person the lamp is intended for or their name written on parchment paper cut in the form of a cross. Add a small piece of High John the Conqueror root. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been thoroughly infused with two tablespoons of the following mixture:

Two parts sandalwood, five-finger grass and frankincense with one part cinnamon and one part grated lemon peel or lemon flowers.

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

Cinnamon - Yellow Dock - Squill Root - Silver Weed - Jezebel Root - Prince's Pine - Red Clover - Buckeye - Irish Moss - Five Finger Grass - Elm Bark - May Apple or Mandrake Root - Tonka Bean - Sweet Flag Root - Vervain Leaves - Golden Seal - Bay Leaf - Laurel - Curry Powder - Nutmeg - Fenugreek - Tarragon

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Saint Anthony, or whatever deity you wish to invoke for success and/or victory.

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.

NoteIf some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for success. For example, a small citrine can be substituted for High John the Conquerer Root.

From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas

A Magick Lamp for Love


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. If this spell is to attract a specific person, put in a personal object from the person or their name written on parchment paper cut in the form of a heart. Or you can write a description of the type of person you wish to attract on a piece of paper cut in the form of a heart. Add a small piece of Orris Root. Pour in two ounces of virgin olive oil that has been infused with two tablespoons of  rose petals and cinnamon (2 parts rose petals to 1 part cinnamin) or two tablespoons of any one of the following essential oils:

Jasmine - Rose - Lavender

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

Spikenard - Violets - Vanilla Bean - Vervain - Cubeb Berries - Adam and Eve Root - Laurel - Horse Chestnut - Lavender - Lotus - Lovage - Magnolia - Mistletoe - Passion flower - Patchouli Leaves - Rose Buds - Yerba mate - Sweet Bugle - Scullcap - Rose Hips - Orange Blossoms - Five-finger Grass - Linden Flowers - Gentian Root - Couch Grass - Heart ease Herb

Fill the rest of the way with your basic fuel mixture. Light the lamp and recite a prayer to Saint Anne, or whatever deity you wish to invoke for bringing love and romance into your life.

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.

NoteIf some of the ingredients seem difficult to acquire, feel free to use any herbs and oils that are useful in spells for love and romance. For example, a small rose quartz can be substituted for the orris root.

From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas

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