Wise Advice on our Aries New Moon

The astrological signs that govern our unique personalities are more than just that. When the Moon is in a particular sign, it can have great influence on our mental and emotional states of mind. To know how these phases affect you specifically, look deeper into your astrological chart. For now, lets look at how this […]

via Aries New Moon March 2017 — Triple Moon Alchemy

Great advice for the Aries New Moon from Triple Moon Alchemy! Now get  out there and courageously find a new adventure!

Why Do We Hide?

Are you living a lie? Many Witches think that way. They hide their tools in closets and drawers or they tiptoe around family or party conversations on spirituality. Some have altars out in the open but they are disguised to look like average knick-knacks. Why do we do this? There are many reasons, but here is a couple:

Fear of being outed as a freak comes to mind. A little harsh? Maybe so, but sometimes that’s how it feels. We’ve all been in that conversation with a trusted friend when they spout off something that hits our core. We want to speak up and assure them that they are wrong, but we know that would only end the friendship and start a load of gossip.

Fear of being made fun of. People can be mean and they often poke fun at things they are uncomfortable with. It hurts when someone trivializes something that is very important to you. Of course, being a Witch requires a thick skin, but everyone is vulnerable in some way.

What do these things do to our magick? They can definitely be a wet blanket. They can also help feed that side of our ego that sounds like Gollum from Lord of the Rings…Not someone you want around when you are performing spellwork. How do you deal with these issues?

Yes, I have people in my life that I hide my Witchy side from…not many, but they are there. I have whittled down my friendships to a very select group who, for the most part, accept me “as is.” However, I do have one dear friend that I think would loose her mind. I feel like I am keeping this great secret from her, that if she were open minded about it, would improve her life. It’s sad really that we have people in our lives that we can’t share with.

So, this was just a quick thought for today and maybe some of you can share your thoughts.

Why do we hide?
What does this do to our magick?
What would the Witch’s perfect world look like?

I would love for you to share! Until next time….

Are You Witchy Enough?

I see many new people to The Craft that are getting bogged down in the performance of “being a Witch” and not understanding what it means to Be a Witch. I’ve listened while they stress about which ritual to follow and how to memorize lines and what kind of tools to use…it’s enough to make me drink!

So, for any of you who find yourself on either side of this teeter-totter (yep, I know, they don’t make those anymore thanks to insurance actuaries), let me help with some advice.

As Witches, we walk between the worlds. Our main goal is to maintain a balance between those worlds. It doesn’t matter what ritual or tools we choose to strike that balance. What does matter is our awareness of our own wisdom and strength to do proper magick. If we doubt our abilities or fear outcomes, then our magick will be blocked or corrupted.

We also need to stay aware of our vibrational state. If we drop to lower vibrational levels, then we attract those icky things that dwell in the lower vibrational levels.

If things are not going well for you, change the way you think. By listening to your inner voice, you may be surprised to hear some really negative things like: “I’m worried I won’t have enough to pay my bills.” or “What if I don’t get that job promotion?” These are thoughtforms that are soaked in fear and they will only produce negative results.

Change your inner voice to something positive and change your environment. Have you been spending too much time indoors? Then get outside! Maybe you’ve been hanging out with some real downers…find some positive people to spend time with. Whenever you feel yourself going negative whether it is in your day-to-day life or dealing with magick (“I hope my spell works” or “What if my spell doesn’t work”), change your state of mind. Over time, positive thoughtforms will become natural for you; and thanks to those positive thoughtforms, you won’t have to worry about which ritual to pick or what kind of tools to use. You will be your magic, not your “show.”

I think next, I will talk a little about hiding your Witch side. You know what I’m talking about. Everyone has someone (or ones) in their life that they feel they need to hide from. What is this doing to your magick?

Time For Some Divination

Last week I took a little time off from my blog to enjoy the arrival of Ostara but it wasn’t all play…I had a lot of work to do. I am a freelance writer and I recently accepted a contract that involves a high volume of intense research work. Yes, that sounds crazy but that is the kind of thing that I enjoy. However, I am a little out of shape. I’ve spent the last several weeks trying to remind myself to get up and walk around every now and then, oh yeah, and remember to eat and drink.

I decided this weekend I needed to tune-in and take a look at how the Elements were balanced (or not) in my life. Every so often, I use one of my tarot decks to pull Elemental spreads. I usually keep my Renaissance deck divided out into suits to make this task easier. Once I have grounded myself and found my quiet place, I pull one card from each suit. By doing so, I have a good snapshot of how the Elements are influencing me at that moment.

Here was my message:

  • Earth – hard work and attention to detail (No kidding!)
  • Air – Self-centeredness / worn out by demands & I need to take care of myself (Yep!)
  • Fire – take a stand / believe in myself / strength of character / don’t just pretend – do it!
  • Water – celebrate community (I have found my people!)

What was surprising to me was that Air and Fire seemed to be out of balance for me. This is odd because those are my two strongest Elements. Thinking back, with the last moon cycle, I worked hard to bring my Earth and Water Elements into balance. Oops! It looks like I forgot to keep Air and Fire balanced as well. That’s what happens when I’m in a hurry and not paying attention.

For this Dark Moon, I will do an Element Balancing Ritual to try to find some peace in my life. Yes, I am one of those odd Witches that does rituals during the Dark Moon time. I even practice widdershins. I actually am more at ease with the Dark Moon. This makes sense when I tell you that my main Goddesses are The Morrigan and Persephone. The dark illuminates as much for me as the light. In the dark, there is quiet and I can focus on the necessary and not be distracted by the light.

If you feel a little out of sorts, try doing an Elemental spread. It may just surprise you.

Bottle of Confusion

Today’s bit of advice is for all of you living in difficult neighborhoods. I’m not sure what your situation is but my house is on a half-acre lot in the middle of the block. All of the houses on my street were built between 1925 and 1950. There are rent houses on either side of me and through the years some pretty scary people have resided in those houses.

As you all know, neighborly relations can go south real fast if they aren’t handled well. As I own my house, it isn’t easy to just pull up tent stakes and move when things get bumpy. I have handled these situations in different ways through the years. For the past two years, our street has become quieter and more peaceful….it’s not perfect but much better than it was. Many years ago, I went about placing 13 charged crystals around the boundary of my yard and in my house. I had these crystals charged at a special place on my cousin’s farm that is a particularly strong energy vortex. After laying those crystals, the negativity came down several notches.

Later, I had some very negative and aggressive people living next door that kept trying to push my buttons. Finally, I did a special ritual that I will share at another time, but it did the trick and they quickly moved out of the house a week later.

Currently, the people living in the two houses to the south of me have been very quiet and are actually planting flowers in the flower beds and sprucing the place up. The rent house to the north of me has been vacant for well over a year as the owner has been slowly fixing it up in his spare time.

The two main spells that I use on a constant basis to lay protection inside my house are: the bottle of confusion and outward facing mirrors. Let me explain:

The Bottle of Confusion –

I have a glass bottle with a long skinny neck and a cork top in which I place my thread trimmings that are a product of my sewing. Once I had this bottle mostly full, I raised energy and charged the bottle with a protection spell. The threads (none are longer than a couple of inches) in all different colors serve to trip and tangle any visitors with ill wishes. I keep it in a south window of my home since that is the direction from which most of the negativity creeps on my street. Note: If you are preparing your own bottle of confusion, you can’t take a short cut and cut up a spool of thread and fill the bottle in a day. The magic won’t be there. You will just be left with a bottle full of thread. You must use threads that have been cut from projects you have been working on over time and the threads must be short (a couple of inches long). You also must do your homework when preparing to raise the energy to charge the bottle. If you are doing so while thinking about how much you hate or fear your neighbor, that energy will boomerang back at you with equal force.

Outward facing mirrors –

This is an old practice of taking a small mirror or piece of mirror and placing it in the corner of your window, facing outward. This mirror will deflect any negative energy directed toward your house. As you are placing the mirror, (assuming you have already raised the energy and your personal protection) you will need to prepare words of magic to direct your intention into the ritual. My words of magic were something like this:

Heed this warning,
Leave me be.
I wish not to be disturbed,
So away with thee you go!
So mote it be!

What is a Cauldron?

The cauldron has always been a symbol of the witch. When Halloween approaches, you see them everywhere. Cauldrons often bring up images of Shakespeare’s three witches in Macbeth. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. And all that jazz…

Cauldrons are actually something we use everyday. They are Mamaw’s cooking pot. They are that bucket we keep near the door full of pocket change. In this way, they exist in the mundane but they also are used for deeper magic as well. They are alchemical or transformative in their very nature and use. We use them to cook up a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. The whole time we are thinking about bringing health to our family and ourselves and lo and behold….it does the trick.

Some famous cauldrons of the ancient include…

those of Cerridwen and Dagda. Cerridwen is the Welsh goddess of grain and prophesy. Her cauldron has the power of inspiration and divine knowledge from the Invisible World. Dagda is the fertility god of the Tuatha De Danaan and his cauldron is one of plenty and abundant food. It will only feed someone according to their merit, however. It also has healing powers and is said to be the resting place of the Spear of Lugh.

I have a couple of small cauldrons that I keep in my kitchen for magical work. One of them has a bit of sand and a tealight in the bottom of it that I use for my kitchen altar. I occasionally add herbs, flowers, oils, stones, etc.. to the cauldron depending on my ritual need.

I also have another cauldron, so to speak, in my kitchen window. This is actually one of my Granny’s special tea cups that she drank from often. In that cauldron, I keep some salt and a couple of bay leaves. This is used to ward away all negativity and to protect my hearth.

If you have a cast iron cauldron, here are some tips on keeping it in tip-top shape:

  • If you notice rust forming in it, take some steel wool and scrub the rust away. Follow that with some hot, soapy water.
  • Next, you will want to season the cauldron inside and out with shortening or lard. Using cooking oil will just leave a sticky mess.
  • Following that treatment, you will want to place the cauldron in an oven on a baking sheet set around 300F degrees.
  • After 15 to 20 minutes, take the cauldron out (carefully) and wipe the excess lard off and out of the cauldron.
  • Place the cauldron back in the oven for an hour. At the end of the hour, turn the oven off and vent the door. Allow the cauldron to cool in the oven

 

Spell Work

According to Murry Hope: Practical Magic is the transformation of the neutral Universal energies into practical frequencies that can be molded according to the practitioner’s intentions.

In most studies of spell work and practical magic, it is made clear that there are four main ingredients to any successful spell. Think of them as table legs: need, intention, visualization, and desire.

Many people who are new to spell work mistakenly think that the ritual of the words and the symbolism are the vehicles that bring the magic to our world. Nothing could be further from the truth. A person could have all the right tools and words to perform a spell on just the right day at the right time but if the four pillars mentioned above aren’t present, no magic will occur. Also, spells don’t work immediately. Often, it takes weeks or months to see a spell come to fruition.

Before you begin serious spell work, it is important to do some soul searching first. Those who have a weak emotional or mental state experience great difficulty when it comes to practicing the Craft. It is best to do some meditative therapy first to gain an understanding of your shadow side before beginning spell work otherwise you run the risk of seeing your fears and weaknesses brought into the material world.

Another important factor in spell work is correct timing. When considering the energetic atmosphere in which a spell is to be performed, you must look at the solar time of the year and the lunar time of the year. Also, the day of the week should be considered. Doing an increase spell during times of decrease is like trying to swim against a very strong current with an undertow. When you want to do a spell of attraction in times of releasing energy then take time to rethink your approach.

For example: A popular type of spell is one for prosperity.

First, you must look at your need. Are you behind on your bills and about to lose your vehicle? Or, are you just tired of scraping out a living?

Once you have pinpointed the severity of your need, then you can move on to your intention. This will be something like, “bring a new opportunity for a well paying job that is enjoyable” or “send some financial relief.” With all intention and all magic performed, the most important intention is “with harm to none.” Otherwise, if you work a spell for financial relief now, you may find that a beloved family member will pass on and leave you an inheritance. This shouldn’t be what you are intending.

The next two steps really go hand-in-hand. Visualization and desire are a lot like a covalent bond in chemistry where two atoms share electrons and form an extremely strong bond. (Yes, there goes my scientific mind.) Picturing in your mind’s eye what you want along with how it feels, smells, tastes, etc…. That creates strong magic. You will need to learn to see future events as if they are happening in the present.

Now, for the timing… If you need to do a prosperity spell immediately and you are on the back side of vernal equinox and in a waning moon (both are times of decrease and release)…try a spell which will release poverty or fear of lack instead. Often, we create our own poverty through our fear of lack. Like energies attract, so if you are sending a message to your mind’s eye and the Universe that you fear poverty, you will attract more poverty to you. Instead, if you feel you must worry about something, choose to worry about where you will keep all of the money you will soon be making. Again, make sure that all of your intentions include the affirmation: “with harm to none.”

The Magical Year

It is very important to become fully acquainted with the Magical Year or the Wheel of the Year. Just as the ocean has tides, so does the energy around us. We are all made of energy and everything in the Invisible World and the World of Form is made of energy. Energy travels in waves so doing an increase spell during times of decrease is like trying to swim against a very strong current with an undertow.

The Wheel of the Year is divided into eight events that mark the progress of birth, death and rebirth of our world. These eight divisions are called Sabbats: Yule (winter solstice), Imbolc, Ostara (vernal equinox), Beltaine, Midsummer or Litha (summer solstice), Lughnasadh, Mabon (autumnal equinox), and Samhain. These Sabbats mark changes in the invisible tide of energy.

The Magical Year really ends and begins with Samhain but for our purposes here, we will begin with Yule. This is also known as winter solstice. On this day, we have the shortest amount of daylight. It also marks the time when the daylight begins to increase; thus, marking the time of waxing energy. Our energy levels continue to increase until Midsummer or Litha when we have the longest day of the year. After summer solstice, the wave of energy begins to wane or decrease.

As we are all taught in school, vernal equinox and autumnal equinox are the two times of the year when day and night are balanced. This time is marked by a very harmonious energy.

The quarter celebrations of Imbolc and Beltaine happen during the light half of the year and Lughnasadh and Samhain are in the dark half of the year. During these celebrations there is a natural rise in the energetic field. Here is a listing of the Sabbats, their dates and descriptions:

The hidden Wheel of the Year

Yule: December 21st – winter solstice and the rebirth of the sun
Imbolc: February 1st or 2nd – changing of the Goddess energies from Crone to Maiden
Ostara: around March 20th, – vernal equinox and equilibrium; youthful Goddess and God frolicking
Beltaine: May 1st or 5th , – celebration of union between God and Goddess
Midsummer or Litha: around June 20th – summer solstice; handing off from the Oak King to the Holly King
Lughnasadh: August 1st or 2nd – a switch from growth to harvest; a time of gathering for family and friends
Mabon: around September 23rd – autumnal equinox; self-accounting of your harvest
Samhain: November 1st – honor and remember ancestors; rededicate oneself to the old ways

The Wheel of the Year brings change on three different levels:

The Invisible World – From winter solstice to summer solstice our light increases. This is when the ebb and flow of energy is conducive to increase spells. On the down side of the wheel from summer solstice to winter solstice, our light decreases. This is a time when the energy tides are leaning toward decrease and release.

The World of Form – The Wheel of the Year marks the important signals for our weather which in turn decide our planting schedules and the success of offspring in the animal world. The winter is when everything is resting; the spring brings forth the shoots and buds; the summer offers plenty of sunlight to grow things big and strong; the fall brings in the harvest.

Our Inner Being – The Wheel of the Year also directs the ebb and flow of our inner energies. Beginning with Yule, we quietly meditate on the direction we wish to take during the next turn of The Wheel. With Imbolg and Ostara, we start out on our chosen path and revel in the light. As Midsummer arrives, we stand tall in our present accomplishments and as Lughnasadh arrives, we begin to harvest our talents that we have cultivated all year. Mabon brings a time of accounting. We begin to weigh out our accomplishments of the year and our defeats. We sort out those energies that no longer serve us and look towards cultivating the good energies in the next year. And finally, Samhain is much like our New Year’s celebration. We take time to honor those who have passed and we rededicate our paths in The Craft.

You Can’t Fool Mother Nature

Greetings, from a somewhat grumpy witch! For those of you who woke up in Daylight Savings Time hell this morning, I commiserate. Whether they have me springing forward or falling back, I always end up off-step for about a week. I hate that feeling. Why does it mess with us so bad? Because it isn’t natural (or necessary)!

Cycles are a part of nature. Cycles are what the Wheel of the Year is all about. Without cycles, we are chaos. So, why do we put up with an unnatural cycle substitute like Daylight Savings?

Next week, we will be celebrating Ostara, Vernal Equinox. That is a natural cycle of growth. With Ostara, we get a brief balance of light and dark and then we will travel to longer days and shorter nights. I will be spending most of this week getting my bearings dialed back in so I can focus on Equinox. The modern world seems intent upon chaos sometimes. Like everyone is trying to sing the same song but no one can find the harmony. There are so many kids today who don’t know when seasons begin and end. They even have a hard time with pinpointing holidays. No wonder…this last year, I saw Halloween candy in the stores at the end of August!

Cycles are important. We need to tune our lives with them and we need to learn from them. Tune into the cycles before doing any magick. Don’t make the mistake of doing a prosperity spell during a waning moon. However, there are times when you find yourself in a growth cycle but you need to release negativity. There are ways to do that but you have to work with the cycles in which you find yourself. Use the cycles to your benefit; don’t try to bend the cycle to your will. That is just insanity.