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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Full Buck Moon


July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. It is known as the Hay Moon or the Meadow Moon because the meadows are at their greatest point of growth in this month, and it is a time for hay-cutting.Other names for this month’s Moon include: Blood Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon, Wort Moon....

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Mint - A Gypsy Favorite

As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat.

~Pliny


Mint is another commonly used herb and a real favorite with the true Romanies. Mint is sweet and refreshing, try a few chopped fresh leaves in a salad, also chop and add to pea soup and add it to the water of potatoes when they are nearly cooked....

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A Sweet Bath for Insomnia

  • One cup of milk
  • One quarter cup of honey
  • One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Four drops essential oil of lavender
  • Four drops essential oil of chamomile
Warm the milk gently over a low heat and stir in the honey. When they are blended, remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and essential oils....

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Spell To Quiet a Noisy House

  • Lavender (crushed fine)
  • Salt
  • Sugar
Mix all three ingredients in a small bottle. Cover tightly and...

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Energy Restoration Potion

Searing hot temperatures have a way of sapping the energy right out from one’s body. The following energy potion can help replace this lost energy. Brew pinches of mint and ginseng herbs along with a green tea bag. Steep for three minutes. Strain and serve over ice with lemon slices for a refreshing tonic....

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Blessing for Your Garden Herbs

To bless your kitchen herbs, rise at dawn and then gather all of your herbs together on the kitchen counter. Hold your hands above them with your palms down, and then say:

God and Goddess of the good Earth
Bless these herbs with love and mirth...


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Herbal Prosperity Powder


Herbal powders have long been used to improve the quality of a person’s life. Here is one herbal potion that will make you prosperous. Take equal amounts of ground cloves, cinnamon, mustard seed, and ginger and grind in a mortar and pestle to a fine powder. Visualize the mixture drawing wealth to you as you work....

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Activities For The Summer Solstice


  • Rise early on the summer solstice and greet the sun as it begins to brighten the sky.

  • Create protective amulets out of rue, rowan and basil. Place these herbs in a clean white or gold cloth, and tie the cloth securely....
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Midsummer Celebrations In Ancient Times


The celebration of Midsummer's Eve was from ancient times linked to the summer solstice. People believed that mid-summer plants had miraculous and healing powers and they therefore picked them on this night. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southwards again.

The solstice itself has remained a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times. The concentration of the observance is not on the day as we reckon it, commencing at midnight or at dawn, but the pre-Christian beginning of the day, which falls on the previous eve....

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Solstice Spell


The Summer Solstice is one of the holiest days of the year. At first light, take a tall white or yellow candle and a short black candle outside; light them to symbolize the longest day and shortest night of the year. A flower-scented incense is good to burn while you intone the words below:

Brother Sun and Mother Moon,
Day is longest now.

Energies of the brilliant Sun
Aid all at work or having fun....



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Summer Solstice Love Spell


The Summer Solstice love ritual is strongest done during the June full moon, but the ritual may be done on any full moon. It is best done out of doors, but may be done indoors.

Bathe before doing the ritual. Add flowers to your bath. If you shower, rub you body with a flower scented lotion or oil. Clean the stones with running water....

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Monday, May 29, 2017

To Write a Letter to the Beloved Dead


In this manner the letter must be written: first, the ink prepared from soot mixed with pale wine; next, the pen made, shaped from a quill never before cut; then, the paper arranged on a table between two black candles. At the top of the paper this inscription should be set:

See now, thou who are mourned, the nature of this mourning: as thou knowest even now my sorrow, so on this paper do I doubly affirm it....

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Litany For The Dead


From The Papyrus of Ani, we have this Egyptian litany for the dead:

Homage to you, stars in Heliopolis, men and women in Kher-aha, god of existence, more glorious than the hidden gods in Heliopolis.

Homage to you, o moon-god Iwen in Iwen-des, great god, Harmachis travelling with long strides over heaven, he is Harmachis....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Honey Moon

In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come....

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Kupalo


In Slavic mythology, Kapalo or Kupalo is the god of the summer solstice. Kupalo is the mature, the aging Yarilo. Yarilo comes into human world (Yav) every spring to bring new life, fertility and rich harvest. In the summer he turns into Kupalo. His life on the world gradually moves to its end....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Angels Unawares



In the beginning the immortals
who have their homes on Olympos
created the golden generation of mortal people
These lived in Kronos' time when he
was the king in heaven.
They lived as if they were gods,
and their hearts free from all sorrow,...

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Conjuration of the Good Spirits


O you glorious and benevolent angels,Urzla, Zlar, Larzod, Arzal, who are the four angels of the East, I invocate you, adjure and call you forth to visible apparition in and through the great prevalent and divine name of the Most Holy God Erzla, and by the ineffable and efficacious virtues and power thereof, whereby you are governed and called forth...

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Fairy Wine Recipe


It is said that if a human drinks from fairy wine, he or she will see fairies. If a fairy happens to drink from the same goblet, then the person will see fairies forevermore. The following is a traditional recipe for fairy wine.
  • 7 lbs. elderberries, stripped and stalked
  • 3 gallons boiling water
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 lbs. loaf sugar...
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Blessing For Your Garden


On the night of the full moon, go into your garden, pour a libation of fresh spring water, and say:

Plants of wonder plants of power
Increase in potency by minute and hour
I conjure you now, I charge you with strength...


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It's A Hare's Moon


The May full moon is also known as the Flower Moon, Milk Moon, Corn Planting Moon, and Corn Moon. The energies around this moon are ones of health, romance, love and wisdom. We are encouraged to begin to take action on the things we’ve recently been planning....

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

More About Parsley




Common Names: Parsley, Persil, Devil's Oatmeal, Perceley
Latin Name: Petroselinum crispum
Parts Used: Leaves, stems, roots, and seeds

Magickal Uses: Parsley promotes fertility and encourages lust. Use it in purification baths. Sprigs of parsley were once used on plates to keep food from becoming contaminated.

Medicinal Uses: Parsley has more vitamin C, proportionally, than an orange. Take infusions of parsley for bladder infections. It is also rich in other vitamins, like A, several B's, and contains good quantities of calcium and iron....

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Why Parsley?

If parsley is thrown into fishponds,
it will heal the sick fishes therein.

~Turner



The most popular culinary herb is probably parsley. The Romany folk used it for many cures. Parsley is best when fresh and green, and goes with almost any dish, adding not only flavour but also helping to keep the system clear and disease at bay. Incidentally, a sprig dipped in vinegar and chewed will sweeten the sourest of breath....

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Gypsy Open Sandwich


Mix grated cheese, chopped parsley and a little cream from the top of the milk. Spread on thick slices of brown bread and butter, surround with a border of finely chopped parsley and ...

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Parsley Soup

Saute a minced onion in a little butter or olive oil and add two large diced potatoes, 1/2 cup of white rice, 1 cup of chopped parsley (no stems) and about 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock. Simmer half an hour. Just before serving, add...

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Parsley Jelly

This is a wonderful recipe for relieving rheumatism and cleaning the blood:

Wash a big bunch of parsley, put it into a large earthenware pot or flameproof casserole dish. Press it down tightly and cover it with water, bring it to the boil and simmer with lid on for two hours. Strain the liquid, measure it, and add...

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Beltane Blessing


Bless, O threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, my children.
Bless everything within my dwelling and in my possession,
Bless the kine and crops, the flocks and corn...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One Herb Incenses

Here is a list of one herb incenses and their magickal uses:
  • Allspice: Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Arabic(gum): Attracting money, good luck, and providing extra physical energy.
  • Bay: Purification, healing, protection, and enhancing psychic powers.
  • Benzoin: Purification, prosperity, and increasing mental powers.
  • Cedar: Purification, protection, speed healing, promoting spirituality, and obtaining money.
  • Clove: Protection, exorcism, money, love, and purification....
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The Magic of Basil


To attract love and money, bring the magic of Basil into your home. It's amazing what something as simple as fresh basil can do.
  • Grow basil in your garden and around the house.
  • Place pots of fresh basil by your front entrance and around the perimeter of your home....
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Optimum Times For Specific Spells and Rituals

Here is a small list of the optimum times of the day, the month, and even seasons of the year for specific spell work and rituals. This short list is intended as a spell enhancer, and is not the be all end all of when to work your magic. There is no WRONG time for magical spells and rituals. The important thing is to have fun and allow the zee energy to flow through you.

Times of the day:

  • Sunrise: purification, business, success, study, travel, employment, breaking habits, guilt, jealousy, healing disease, conscious mind
  • Midday: magickal energy, physical energy, strength, protection, money, courage...
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Charms for Breaking Through Road Blocks

Petition the Goddess Hecate to break your block through the use of her sacred emblems.

Hecate's attributes include a key, a broom, a torch, a cauldron, dragons, and dogs. Collect charms representing these images to place on a charm bracelet. This is a spell in progress. Each time you locate a charm...

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Spell for Unlocking and Opening Up


Here is a simple ritual to invoke the power of Hekate to unlock doors which until now have been closed to you, to create openings in the impenetrable areas of your life, or to open and unblock areas in your self that have been locked away:

You will need the following:

  • A three way crossroads in your area that offers some privacy.
  • Bake or buy a small cheesecake - this will be left as an offering
  • 13 small black candles...
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Getting Unstuck

Here is a great spell to get energy moving and good things happening in any area of your life that feels "stuck".


You will need:
  • Soft butter (margarine will do, but real butter is better)
  • Powdered ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Sugar
  • A bowl you often use when cooking
  • Wooden spoon
  • Paper
  • Red pen, pencil, or marker
Take some time to think about what it is that feels stuck in your life. Do some journaling if it is helpful. This is a very powerful spell, and it is important to be really clear about what it is that you really want....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Eostre's Bunny

The Easter Bunny has its origin in the tradition of honoring of rabbits during spring as an animal sacred to the goddess Eostre. According to lore, she is the goddess of spring who presides over the birth of babies, both animal and human, and of the pollination, flowering and ripening of fruits in the plant kingdom.

The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit, comes from a popular Pagan legend about Eostre. According to the legend, Eostre was walking one fine spring day and came upon a beautiful little bird. The poor bird's wing was badly injured and Eostre, feeling great compassion for the little creature, wanted to heal it....

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Silence of the Night - A Meditation

night sky
Night is tremendously beautiful. It is a good time for meditation. It helps you release the tensions of the day easily and effortlessly. This particular meditation will increase your connection to the Zee Energy inherent in darkness, starlight, and moonlight.

Here's a very simple, very effective meditation:

Before you go to bed at night, alone or with a partner, sit silently, look into the darkness. Become one with the dark, disappear into it. Look at the stars....

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Inner Cosmos Meditation

From the space of stillness, something beautiful can flower. Life can be a song, a dance.. from that space of stillness... Where you become magnet of abundance at all levels.

How to attain that stillpoint? Concentrate the energy on the Hara, the point two inches below the navel.

That is the center from where one enters life and that is the center from where one dies and goes out of life. So that is the contact center between the body and the soul. If you feel a sort of wavering left and right and you don’t know where your center is, that simply shows that you are no longer in contact with your Hara, so you have to create that contact...

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Blood Bone and Ancestors

blood

In this exercise you will meditate on your skin, muscles, bones, and blood. You'll discover that your blood runs not only in your veins, but also flows back in time to its ancestral source. Thus you can find or better determine your spiritual and magical roots, the exploraiton of which will be part of your own unique brand of magickal initiation.

Read through the exercise to get a good idea of how it flows, and then begin....

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Full Moon Ritual

Spring is finally arriving, and there's a different sort of feeling in the air. The frigid cold of winter has been replaced by the promise of new life and growth, and a spring full moon is a magical time. It's a season that offers a chance at fertility and abundance, rebirth and regrowth. Whether you're celebrating March's Crow Moon, the Wind Moon of April, or May's Flower Moon, the focus in Spring's lunar cycles is that of the element Water.



Here's How:

Along with the sun, water helps bring life back to the earth. It is the source of much of our existence, and helps to cleanse and purify us. It can both destroy us and heal us. In ancient times, the well or spring was often seen as a sacred and holy place -- a place in which we could truly bathe in the touch of the Divine. To celebrate the arrival of Spring's full moons, we acknowledge and honor the many aspects of Water....

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Celebrate the Wind Moon


In April, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. In fact, this month's full moon is the aptly named Wind Moon, although in some traditions this lunar cycle is often known as the Seed Moon....

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

April Moon Names

What follows is a list (in alphabetical order) of the names given to the April moon. Also listed is the tradition and/or origin of that moon name:


Ashes Moon ~Taos
Awakening Moon ~Neo Pagan
Big Leaves Moon ~Apache
Big Spring Moon ~Creek, Cree
Broken Snow Shoe Moon ~Anishnaabe
Budding Moon ~Mohawk...

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Chocolate Bunny Ostara Ritual For Children

For this ritual, you'll need the following:

  • A bag of jellybeans
  • Marshmallow Peeps -- chicks, bunnies, etc.
  • A chocolate rabbit for each particpant
  • A glass of milk for each participant
Arrange your ritual supplies on your altar so they look pretty. Kids can do this -- typically the chocolate rabbits end up in the center, surrounded by an army of Peeps and several rings of jellybeans. A quick note -- you might want to perform this ritual well in advance of mealtime, or all the kids will be too full of candy to eat a real dinner....

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Earth Mother Chant

Earth Mother, we sing to your body,
Earth Mother, we sing to your bones...



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The Charge of the Dark Goddess

Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, Banba, Erda, Macha, MotherNight, Sekhmet, and many other names:



Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon, come together in love and trust and learn of Me, who am the Wisest of Crones...Ye who search the mysteries of the Earth, the secrets of Air and Darkness, of Blood and Fire, the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto me, and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight....

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Oestara


It is no coincidence that the name for this sabbat sounds similar to the word 'Easter'. Eostre, or Ostara, is an Anglo-Saxon Dawn Goddess whose symbols are the egg and the hare. She, in turn, is the European version of the Goddess Ishtar or Astarte, whose worship dates back thousands of years and is certainly pre-Christian. Eostre also lives on in our medical language in the words 'oestrous' (the sexual impulse in female animals) and 'oestrogen' (a female hormone). Today, Oestara is celebrated as a spring festival....

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Personal Housekeeping For Oestara

We live in an age where guilt is more often encouraged then pride, where we are encouraged to dwell upon our 'negative' points and habits. This is not the way of the Witch. As Witches we must learn to be as honest about our plus points as society would like us to be about our minuses.

Advertising, probably the most pervasive kind of propaganda, encourages us to think of ourselves as 'less than perfect' unless we look and dress like the people in the adverts and possess all the things that the advertisers would like us to spend money on....

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About Ostara


Oestre, Easter, the Spring Equinox, Vernal (Spring) Equinox, Alban Eiler (Caledonii).


March 20 - 23 Northern Hemisphere
September 20 - 23 Southern Hemisphere

This is the official return of the young Goddess after her Winter hibernation. Traditionally celebrated on March 21st

The Simple Facts

The Spring Equinox is the point of equilibrium - when light and darkness are in balance but the light is growing stronger. The balance is suspended just before spring bursts forth from winter....

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An Oestara Ritual

The main points of Oestara are those of balance and of spring.

This ritual is best performed outdoors. In advance you will need to collect a small handful of old leaves and write on each something that you would like to be rid of. Also take a small number of seeds or seedlings (if these seedlings come from the seeds you planted at Imbolg, so much the better), one for each new thing that you wish to attain.

Silently ask the elements, the Goddess and the God to be with you, then when you are ready, dig a hole large enough to give space to the seedlings...

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A Ritual for Ostara

For this ritual, you'll want to decorate your altar with symbols of the season. Think about all the colors you see in nature at this time of year -- bright daffodils, crocuses, plump tulips, green shoots -- and incorporate them into your altar. This is also a time of fertility in the natural world -- the egg is the perfect representation of this aspect of the season. Symbols of young animals such as lambs, chicks, and calves are also great altar adornments for Ostara.

In addition, you'll need the following:

  • Three candles -- one yellow, one green, and one purple
  • A bowl of milk
  • A small bowl of honey or sugar
Perform this ritual outside if at all possible, in the early morning as the sun rises. It's spring, so it may be a bit chilly, but it's a good time to reconnect with the earth. If your tradition normally requires you to cast a circle, do so now....

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Simnel Cake

A wonderful spiced & fruited cake which heralds the advent of Spring, simnel cake has a fascinating cultural heritage with roots that stretch back to the Romans and Athenians. In Britain, known as the Shrewsbury Simnel, it is simply made using white flour, fragrant spices and is generously studded with dried fruits and pungent peel.


Like a Christmas cake, it is covered with pale sweet almond paste. The decoration is plain - twelve little balls of smooth paste. A specially baked simnel cake is a wonderful gift to take to your mother for Matronalia, Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday Tea Time. Decorate it with crystalised flowers and tie some yellow ribbon around the side.

INGREDIENTS:

For the almond paste:

  • 400 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 250 g ground almonds...
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Hymn to Hera for Matronalia


Let us sing now of Hera, the women's goddess.
she who rules from her throne of gold.
Let us sing now of Hera, child of earth,
daughter of that most ancient of goddesses.
Let us sing now of the queen of gods....


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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Curing Depression

The Romany philosophy is that depression attracts depression like a vibration. To ward it off play happy music or mix with happy people. Alternatively, walk to a hilltop to literally rise above your problem. Looking down on roads, cars, houses, and people makes them appear in better perspective.

Romanies always try to look on the bright side of any situation. However, if that is not so easy, try this Romany antidote to the blues...

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