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Sunday, September 29, 2013

September Magick

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


September gets its name from the Latin word septum, meaning "seven," because it was originally the seventh month in the old calendar system. While the early portion of this month has many summery-feeling festivals, slowly we see a change in focus toward the fall and harvest celebrations. Children return to school, outdoor activities start to wane, and the Wheel of Time begins to paint the trees with color.

September's energy augments magic for prosperity and abundance, balanced with sensibility and a little frugality. It is especially a time for rituals that thank the goddess for all her gifts throughout the year. Beyond this, start making amulets for health so that when the cooler winds come, you'll be magically fortified.

More Michaelmas Customs

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

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

Fishing:
Michaelmas marks the end of the fishing season.

Curfew:
The start of the curfew for winter night nights. The local church bell sounded each night from Michaelmas until lent. Curfew is derived from the French phrase 'courve feu', which means to cover, or to dowse a fire.

Mop Fairs (Hiring Time):
Michaelmas was traditionally time when labourers and servants were hired. As the name suggests, maids would carry mops, but other trades carried the tools of their trades. Thus the squires or the lord's of the manor could tell what skills the prospective employees had, for example, a Shepherds his crook, and a gardener a rake.

Rent:
When tenants came to pay their quarter's rent, they bring a fowl at Midsummer, a dish of fish in Lent, a capon at Christmas, and on Michaelmas Day, a goose.

Trees:
'A Tree planted at Michaelmas, will surely not go amiss'

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Pomegranate Binding Spell

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


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

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

Pomegranate Protection Spell


If you fear that the child in your womb has been exposed to illness, obtain a pomegranate.

  1. Cut the pomegranate in half.
  2. Rub one half over yourself, especially your belly.
  3. Envision any ills or pain or damage being drawn into the pomegranate.
  4. When you are finished, bury this half in earth.
  5. Eat every seed in the other half.
Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Sheela na Gig


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

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

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

Plant Magic

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

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

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

source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Harvesting Botanicals


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Work Some Coffee Magic


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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hyssop Magick and Lore

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

Hyssop will:

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


How to harness Hyssop's magical properties:

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

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

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

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

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

Medicinal Uses:

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

From: Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants

Aura of Venus Bath Salts

  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 drops rose oil
  • 4 drops synthetic musk oil
  • 8 drops jasmine oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • 4 drops frangipani oil
Lightly mix the ingredients together and place them in a jar for storage.

From: Moon Magick

Festival of Venus

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

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

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

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

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Peaceful Home Oil Spell

This condition oil allegedly ends familial quarrels and encourages reconciliation. An excellent spell to coincide with a family reunion!

  • Create Peaceful Home Oil by grinding brown sugar, bee pollen, orrisroot, and peppermint leaves together.
  • Place this in a bottle together with pink rose petals.
  • Cover with sweet almond and jojoba oils.
  • Soak cotton balls in the oil and tuck them strategically through the room.

Five Pebbles Protection Spell


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

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

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

Wealthy Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

From: The Good Spell Book

Lampblack Ink


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

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

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

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

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

Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Make Egyptian Kyphi

Here we have a rather vague recipe for Kyphi. I have not actually made it, so I have no idea as to how it would turn out. It does look interesting and adventurous. If anyone tries this, I'd love to hear how it worked out.

  1. Begin by blending equal parts dried ground acacia, henna, and juniper.
  2. Soak the resulting powder in wine.
  3. In a separate container soak golden raisins in wine.
  4. Allow this soaking process to continue for seven days.
  5. Take equal parts cardamom, sweet flag/calamus, cinnamon, peppermint, bay leaves, galangal, and orris root.
  6. Grind each one separately then blend and grind again into a fine powder.
  7. Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of myrrh resin to the spice mixture.
  8. Drain the herbs and raisins that have been soaking in the wine, and add them to the honey/myrrh/spice mixture.
  9. Add sufficient wine to steep the combined materials, terebinth and raisins to form a thick paste.
  10. Use this as is (simmer it to release the fragrance) or dry it, cut into squares, or form into balls and burn as incense
Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The Four Ingredients For Successful Magick


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

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

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

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

Attracting Romance

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

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Image by Francene Hart

Urgent Money Spell


Urgent Money Spell

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

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

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

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Increase Money - Decrease Money Problems

A Charm to Increase Money and Decrease Money Problems

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

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

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Meet With Success

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


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

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Bringing Money Home

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

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

It will be charged with positive energy...

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The Gypsy Way

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

Magic

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

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Festival of Kore

Themes: Luck, Cycles, Youthful Energy

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

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

Kore, whose name means "maiden," is the youngest aspect of the triune goddess. She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, as beautiful as spring's blossoms and as fragrant as its breezes. It was this beauty that inspired hades to tempt her with a pomegranate, a symbol of eternal marriage. Because she ate the fruit, Persephone spends winter with Hades as his wife and returns to the earth in spring.

To Do Today: Traditionally, on this day the Greeks carried an image of Kore around the temple seven times for victory, protection, and good fortune. Since your home is your sacred space, consider walking clockwise around it seven times with any goddess symbol you have (a round stone, vase, or bowl will suffice). As you go, visualize every nook and cranny being filled with the yellow-white light of dawn, neatly chasing away any lingering winter blues.

This day marks winter's passage and perpetuates Kore's gusto and luck in your home year-round. Also consider carrying a little unpopped popcorn in your pocket to keep Kore's zeal and vigor close by for when you need it.

Other Rites of Kore: Epiphanius (fourth century), gives an account of a rite held at Alexandria on the night of January 5-6.

In the temple of Kore - the Maiden (Persephone) - he tells us, worshippers spent the night in singing and flute-playing, and at cockcrow brought up from a subterranean sanctuary a wooden image seated naked on a litter. It had the sign of the cross upon in gold in five places - the forehead, the hands, and the knees. This image was carried seven times round the central hall of the temple with flute-playing, drumming, and hymns. It was said: "To-day, at this hour, hath Kore (the Maiden) borne the Aeon." The image was then taken back to the underground chamber.

Source: 365 Goddess

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Balance in Magick- Left and Right

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


Left and Right:

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

Connections between genders and these directions, however, predate Dualism and Christianity. They exist in completely unrelated cultures, including some that were isolated for a very long time. Hawaiian magic, for instance, associates left with female, right with male as surely as the Chinese and many Asian, African and European traditions. Frequently offerings to female deities are made with the left hand (by both men and women) while offerings to males are made with the right (by both men and women). Feng shui suggests that it's beneficial for women to sleep on the left side of a common bed, while a man should sleep on the right. (Although spells intended to reverse the power dynamic within a relationship may suggest those sides be switched.)

Sometimes spells direct that an action be performed with either your left or right hand. Either one of two things is being requested.

1 - Because left is yin and yang is right, the left side of everyone's body is yin or affiliated with "female forces" while the right side is yang and affiliated with "male forces." Most frequently a spell's success depends upon accessing one force or emphasizing one quality over the other.

2 - Sometimes the spell's success depends upon not suing your dominant hand. Because until recently everyone was forced to be right-handed, many older spell books will specify casting a spell with your left hand, because it's assumed that everyone is right-handed. This is, obviously, no longer the case.

In newer spell books, where the importance lies in not using your dominant hand, this is specified in spell-directions. Left-handed people will be directed to use their right hands. Where no such direction is given, if the only stipulation is to use your left hand, then this applies to everyone across the board.

Article from: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Libra Begins

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

About Tula: this Hindu goddess is represented by the constellation Libra, her name even meaning "balance." In all things, Tula teaches us how to harmonize the diverse nature ofo ur hectic lives and reintegrate goddess-centered ideology within that framework.

To Do Today:

People born under the sign of Libra seem to integrate Tula's characteristics of harmony and balance, especially in aesthetic sense. They cultivate relationships carefully and enjoy fighting for just causes. When those of us not born under this sign would like to do similarly, we can call on Tula for aid. Stand on the bathroom scale first thing in the morning and invoke her, saying:

Tula, instill in me a growing sense of harmony.
Between sound and silence let serenity dance;
between the shadow and the light, let peace prance.
where'er injustice dwells, let equity swell;
in my heart, in my life, bring an end to all strife.

Afterward, try to dress in balanced tones of clothing (like a white shirt and black pants) and spend the rest of the day monitoring your personal balance - your sense of equilibrium - maintaining your temper, pacing your steps, being aware of your center of gravity. In all these things, Tula's equitable energy abides.

From: 365 Goddess

Libra Oil

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

Moon Wishing

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

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

From Moon Magick

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Story behind Anant Chaturdashi


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

Sushila and Kaundinya:

There was a Brahmin named Sumant. From his wife Diksha he had a daughter named Sushila. After the death of Diksha Sumant married Karkash, who began to give a lot of trouble to Sushila. Sushila married Kaundinya, and both decided to leave the house to avoid the harassment of the step-mother. On the way they stopped near a river. Kaundinya went to take bath, and Sushila joined a group of women who were performing worship. They told Sushila that they were worshipping "Anant". "What kind of worship is this?" Sushila asked. "Anant's Vow"

They told her that it was Anant's vow. Then they explained to her the importance of that vow. Some fried "Gharga" (made of flour) and "anarase" (special food) are prepared. Half of them have to be given to the Brahmins. A hooded snake (cobra) made of "darbha" (sacred grass) is put in a bamboo basket. Then the snake ("shesh") is worshipped with scented flowers, oil lamp and incense sticks. Food is offered to the snake and a silk string is kept before the god, and tied to the wrist. This string is called "anant", it has 14 knots, and is coloured with "Kunkum". Women tie the "anant" on their left hand and men on their right. The purpose of this vow is to obtain divinity and wealth, and is kept for 14 years.

After listening to this explanation Sushila decided to take the Anant vow. From that day she and her husband Kaundinya began to prosper and became very rich.

One day Kaundinya, noticed the Anant string on Sushila's left hand. When he heard the story of the Anant vow, he was displeased and maintained that they had become rich, not because of any power of Anant, but because of the wisdom he had acquired by his own efforts. A heated argument followed, and at the end Kaundinya took the Anant string from Sushila's hand and threw it into the fire.

After this all sorts of calamities happened in their life, and finally they were reduced to extreme poverty. Kaundinya understood that it was the punishment for having dishonoured "Anant", and decided that he would undergo rigorous penance until God Himself appeared to him.

In Search of Anant

Kaundinya went into the forest. There he saw a tree full of mangoes, but no one was eating the mangoes. The entire tree was attacked by worms. He asked the tree if he had seen Anant, but got a negative reply. Then Kaundinya saw a cow with her calf, then a bull standing on a field of grass without eating the grass. Then he saw two big lakes joined to each other with their waters mixing with one another. Further he saw a donkey and an elephant. To every one Kaundinya asked about Anant, but no one had even heard this name. Then he became desperate and prepared a rope to hang himself.

Then suddenly an old venerable Brahmin appeared before him. He removed the rope from Kaundinya's neck and led him into a cave. At first it was very dark. But then a bright light appeared and they reached a big palace. A great assembly of men and women had gathered. The old Brahmin went straight towards the throne.

Then Kaundinya could no longer see the Brahmin, but only Vishnu instead. Kaundinya realized that Vishnu himself had come to save him, and that Vishnu was Anant, the Eternal One. He confessed his sin in failing to recognize the Eternal in the string on Sushila's hand. Anant promised Kaundinya that if he made the 14-year-vow, he would be free from all his sins, and would obtain wealth, children and happiness.

Then Anant disclosed the meaning of what Kaundinya had seen during the search.

Anant explained that the mango tree was a Brahmin, who in a previous life had acquired plenty of knowledge, but had not communicated it to anyone. The cow was the earth, which at the beginning had eaten all the seeds of plants. The bull was religion itself. Now he was standing on a field of green grass. The two Lakes were two sisters who loved each other very much, but all their alms were spent on each other only. The donkey was cruelty and anger. Finally the elephant Kaundinya's pride.

From: Wikipedia

Festival of Anant Chaturdasi


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

Anant Chaturdashi is also the last day of the Hindu festival of Ganeshotsav. It is generally the tenth or eleventh day after Ganesh Chaturthi, and all the Ganesh idols brought into homes and communities are immersed in the sea or nearby lakes and rivers.

On this day, people travel to the waterfront with the idols, large and small, dancing and singing in large processions. Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.

In parts of Bihar and Eastern UP, the festival is closely linked to Ocean of Milk  (kshirsagar) and Lord Vishnu's Anant Roopa. The ritual is as follows:

Fourteen tilaks (small vertical strips) of vermilion are made on a wooden plank. Fourteen puri (fried wheat bread) and fourteen pua (deep fried sweet wheat bread) are placed on these vermilion strips. A bowl containing Panchamrit (made of Milk, Curd, Jaggery, Honey and Ghee) symbolizing kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk) is placed on this wooden plank. A thread having fourteen knots, symbolizing Lord Anant is wrapped on a cucumber and is swirled five times in this "Ocean of Milk". Later this Anant thread is tied on the right arm above the elbow by men. Women tie this on their left arm. This Anant thread is removed after fourteen days.

From: Wikipedia

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday The 13th Protection Spell

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

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

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

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Friday the 13th Protection Spell

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Correspondences and Symbols for Mabon



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

Symbols of Mabon:
Acorns; Apples; Autumn flowers; Corn; Cornucopia; Dried seeds; Gourds; Grains; Harvested crops; Horns of plenty; Leaves; Marigolds; Nuts; Oak sprigs; Pine and cypress cones; Pomegranates; Red poppies; Wine, Wreaths.
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Altar Decorations:
Any of the symbols of Mabon, including acorns, autumn leaves, pinecones, pomegranate, statue of the Triple Goddess in her Mother phase.

Activities of Mabon:Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings of Mabon:
Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Foodstuffs:
Acorns; Apples; Beans; Berries; Bread; Corn; Cornbread; Dried fruits; Goat; Grains; Grapes; Hops; Horn of plenty; Indian corn; Nuts; Pomegranates; Roast goose or mutton; Root crops (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc); Seeds; Squash; Sunflower seeds; Wheat bread and wheat products.

Drinks:
Wine, Ale, and Cider.

Colors :
Red, Deep Gold, Orange, Brown, Maroon, Violet, Russet, Yellow, and Indigo.

Animals:
Dogs, Wolves, Stag, Birds of Prey (especially the Blackbird, Owl, and Eagle), Salmon, and Goat.

Mythical Creatures:
Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaurs, Cyclops, Andamans, and Gulons.

Tarot Cards:
Judgment and The World

Stones:
During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help bring the Sun's energy to you. Clear quartz, Amber,
Peridot, Diamond, Gold, Citrine, Cat's-eye, Aventurine. Yellow Topaz, Carnelian, Sapphire, Yellow Agate, Lapis Lazuli, and Amethyst. Also, river or stream stones which have been submerged for the Summer may be used.

Plants:
Vines, Garlands (made of these various plants), Gourds, Pine Cones, ferns, Acorns, Wheat, grains, Dried Leaves, Corn, Pomegranate, Ivy, Hazel, Hops, Cedar, marigold, milkweed, thistle, and Tobacco, Walnut leaves and husks, bittersweet, rose hips, oak leaves, dried apple or apple seeds, Sunflowers.

Herbs:
Myrrh, Thistles, Tobacco, Oak Leaves, Hazel, Mums, Hops, Acorns, Marigold, Roses, Sage, Milkweed, honeysuckle, Solomon’s Seal, sage, Asters, Ferns, Honeysuckle, Benzoin, Passionflower, Pine, and Cedar, Rue, Yarrow, Rosemary, Saffron, Chamomile, Rose hips, Sunflowers.

Incense:
Aloes Wood, Oak moss, Cinnamon, Cloves, Benzoin, Jasmine, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Sage, Black pepper; Patchouly.

Dieties:
All wine Deities (especially Dionysus and Bacchus), the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess, Persephone, Demeter, Ceres, Bona Dea, Thor, Modron, Morgan, Snake Woman, Epona, Pamona, Muses, Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, Thoth, Hotei, Sky Father, John Barleycorn, The Green Man, the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Harvest Deities, and Aging Deities.

Other:
Burial Cairns, Rattles, and Sun Wheels

Taboos:
It was considered unlucky to cut down the very last of the Harvest, and so was also left to stand in the field by some traditions.

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.

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