Monday, June 30, 2014

Witchcraft


Forget Not


THE SPELL OF THE CORD - By Doreen Valiente

By the knot of one
The spell’s begun
By the knot of two
It cometh true
By the knot of three
Thus shall it be

By the knot of four
‘Tis strengthened more
By the knot of five
So may it thrive
By the knot of six
The spell we fix

By the knot of seven
The Stars of Heaven
By the knot of eight
The Hand of Fate
Byt the knot of nine
The thing is mine.

Azalea

Azalea is used for Happiness, gaiety and light spirits, first love.

Note: Poisonous, do not consume.

Crab Fire Agate

Crab Fire Agate is used for Individuality, Courage

Fire Agate has a deep calming energy that brings security and safety. It is a protection stone with strong grounding powers.
Fire agate is said to represent absolute perfection. It instills spiritual fortitude.

Fire agate links to the fire element and is used as an aid to improve sexual activity, stimulating vitality and opening the base chakra.

Hold a fire agate to inspire inner knowledge to emerge in the resolution of problems. It also helps in overcoming addictions, and other destructive desires.
Healing properties of fire agate

Healers use fire agate to Assist with healing the stomach, nervous, endocrine systems, Strengthen night vision, Reduce hot flashes 

Insight on Myself Spread

1-past attitude
2-past actions
3-card to sum up past

4-present attitude
5-present actions
6-card to sum up the present

7-how the past made me who I am
8-how the present influences who I am

9-future attitudes
10-future actions
11-card to sum up the future

12-final thought card (card to sum up the whole reading)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Tale of the Two Brothers (A Story of Anubis & Bata)

Once upon a time there were two brothers, so the story goes, having the same mother and the same father. Anubis was the name of the elder, and Bata was the name of the younger. Now as for Anubis, he [possessed] a house and had a wife, [and] his younger brother was (associated) with him after the manner of a son, so that it was he (that is, the elder brother) who made clothes for him while he (that is, the younger brother) followed behind his cattle to the fields, since it was he who had to plow. It was he who reaped for him, and it was [he] who did for him every chore that was in the fields. Indeed, his younger brother [was] a perfect man: there was none like him in entire land, for a god's virility was in him.

After many days following this, his younger brother / [was tending] his cattle according to his daily habit,and he would [leave work] for his house every evening laden [with] every vegetable of the field, [with] milk, with wood, and [with] every [good produce of] the field; he would place them before his [elder brother] while he was sitting with his wife, and he would drink and eat, and [he would leave to spend the night in] his stable among his cattle [daily].

After dawn and the next day had come about, [he prepared foods] which were cooked, and he would place them before his elder brother, [and he would] give him bread for the fields, and he would drive his cattle to let them graze in the fields while he followed behind his cattle. [And they [would] tell him: The herbage of such and such a place is good. And he would listen to all that they said and take them to the place / with good herbage which they were desiring. The cattle that were in his charge became so exceedingly fine that they multiplied their offspring exceedingly.

At plowing time his [elder] brother told him: have a team [of oxen] made ready for us for plowing, for the soil has emerged so that it is just right for tilling.Also, you are to come to the field with seed because we shall begin to cultivate tomorrow. So he said to him. Then his / younger brother made all preparations that his elder brother had told him to [make]. And after dawn [and the next] day had come about, they went to the field carrying their [seed] and began [to] plow with [their hearts] exceedingly pleased about their project as [they] began to work.

After many [days] following this, while they were in the field, they needed seed. He sent his younger brother, saying: You shall go and fetch us seed from town. His younger brother found the wife of his elder brother seated plaiting her (hair). he told her: Get up and give me seed / so that may hurry off to the field, because it is for me that my elder brother is waiting. don't cause a delay. Then she told him: Go, open the magazine and fetch for yourself what you want. Don't make leave my hairdressing unfinished.

then the youth entered his stable and fetched a large vessel, since it was his desire to take out a lot of seed. he loaded himself with barley and emmer and came out carrying it. Then she said to him: how much is it that is on your shoulder? And he told her: It is / three sacks of emmer and two sacks of barley, totaling five, that are on my shoulder. So he said to her. Then she [spoke with] him, saying: There is [great] virility in you, for I have been observing your exertions daily. For it was her desire to know him through sexual intimacy. she got up, seized hold of him, and told him: Come, let's spend for ourselves an hour sleeping (together). Such will be to your advantage, for I will make you fine clothes.

Then the youth became like an Upper Egyptian panther in harsh rage over the wicked proposition that she had made to him, and she become exceedingly fearful. he argued with her, saying: Now look, you are (associated) with me after the manner of a mother, and your husband is (associated) with me after the manner of a father, for the one who is older than I it is who has brought me up. What means / this great offense which have said to me? Don't say it to me again. but I shall tell it to no one, for I will not let it escape my mouth to anybody. he picked up his load and went off to the field. Then he reached his elder brother, and they began to work their project.

Afterward, at evening time, his elder brother left work for his house, while his younger brother was (still) tending his cattle and [would] load himself with all produce of the field and bring back his cattle / before him to let them spend the night their stable, which was in town. The wife of his elder brother was fearful the proposition which she had made. She then fetched grease and fat and feigningly became like one who has been assaulted with the intention of telling her husband: it's your younger brother who has assaulted . Her husband left work in the evening according to his daily habit.He reached his house and found his wife lying (down), feigning (to be) sick, so that she did not pour water upon his hand(s) according to his custom, nor had she prepared lighting for his arrival, so that his house was in darkness as she lay vomiting. her husband said to her: Who has quarreled with you? She said to him: No one has quarreled with me except your / younger brother. When he returned to take out seed for you, he found me sitting alone and said to me, "Come, let's spend an hour sleeping (together). You shall put on your wig." So he said to me, but I refused to obey him. "Isn't it so that I am your mother, and that your brother is (associated) with you after the manner of a father?" So I said to him. And he became afraid and assaulted to prevent me from making a disclosure to you. Now if you let him live, I'll take my life. See, as soon as he returns, don't,,,him, because I denounce this wicked proposition which he would have carried out yesterday.

then his elder brother became / like an Upper Egyptian panther, and he had his spear sharpened and placed in his hand. His elder stood behind the door his stable in order to kill his younger brother upon his return in the evening to let his cattle enter the stable. Now when the sun set, he loaded himself all (sorts of) vegetables of the fields, according to his daily habit, and returned. the lead cow entered the stable and said to its herdsman: Look, your elder brother is standing in wait for you bearing his spear to kill you. You shall depart from his presence. He understood what his lead cow had said, and / the next one entered and said it also. He looked under the door of his stable and observed his elder brother's feet as he was standing behind the door with his spear in his hand. he set his load onto the ground and hastened to run off flight, and his elder brother went in pursuit of him, carrying his spear.

Then his younger brother prayed to Pre-Harakhti, / saying: My good lord, it is you who distinguishes wrong from right. Thereupon Pre heard all his petitions, and Pre caused a great (gulf of) water to come between him and his elder , infested with crocodiles, so that one of them came to be on one side and the other on the other (side). His elder brother struck twice upon (the back of) his hand because he had failed to kill him. Then his younger brother called to him on the (other) side, saying: Wait there until dawn. As soon as the sun rises, I shall / be judged with you in his presence, and he shall deliver the culprit to the just, for I will never again be present in your company nor will I be present in a place where you are. I shall go to the Valley of the Pine.

Now after dawn and the next day had come about, Pre-Harakhti arose, and they observed each other. Then the youth argued with his elder brother, saying: What's the meaning of your coming in pursuit of me in order to kill unjustly without having heard what I have to say? for I am still your younger brother, and / you are (associated) with me after the manner of a father, and your wife is (associated0 with me after the manner of a mother, isn't it so? When you sent to fetch us seed, your wife said to me, "Come, let's spend an hour sleeping (together)." But see, it has been distorted for you as something otherwise. Then he informed him about all that had transpired between him and his wife. he swore by Pre-Harakhti saying: As for your in order to kill me unjustly, carrying your spear, it was on account of a sexually exhausted slut. he fetched a reed knife, cut off his phallus, and threw it into the water. The catfish swallowed , and he / grew weak and became feeble. his elder brother became exceedingly grieved and stood weeping for him aloud. He could not cross over to where his younger brother was because of the crocodiles.

then his younger brother called to him, saying: If you have recalled a grievance, can't you recall a kindness or something that I have done on your behalf? Please depart to your home and take care of your cattle, for I shall not stay in a place where you are. I shall go off to the Valley of the Pine. now what you shall do on my behalf is to come and care for me if find out that something has happened to me I extract my heart and put it on top of the flower of the pine tree. and if the pine tree is cut down and falls to the ground, / you are to come to search for it. If you shall have spent seven years in searching for it, don't let your heart become discouraged, for if you do find it and put it into a bowl of cool water, then I will become alive in order that may avenge the wrong done to me. Now you shall ascertain whether something to me if a beaker of beer is delivered to you in your hand and produces froth. Don't delay upon seeing that this comes to pass with you.

then he went off to the Valley of the Pine, and his elder brother went off to his home with his hand(s) placed upon his head and his (body) smeared with dirt. Presently he reached his home, and he killed his wife, cast her the dogs, and sat down in morning over his younger brother. After many days following this, his younger brother was in the Valley of the Pine with no one with him while he spent all day hunting desert game. He returned in the evening to spend the night under the pine tree on top of whose flower his heart was. And after / many days followed this, he built for himself a country villa with his (own) hands the Valley of the Pine, filled with all (sorts of) good things with the intention of establishing a home for himself.

Presently he went out form his country villa and encountered the Ennead as they were walking (along) governing the entire land. The Ennead spoke in unison, saying to him: Oh, Bata, Bull of the Ennead, are you alone here having abandoned your town before the face of the wife of Anubis, your elder brother? / See, has killed his wife, and thus you will be avenged upon him every wrong done against you. For they were exceedingly sorry for him. Pre-Harakhti told Khnum: Please fashion a marriageable woman for Beta so that he does not (have to) live alone. thereupon Khnum made for him a house-companion who was more beautiful in her body than any woman in the entire land, for every god was in her. then the seven Hathors came see her and said all together: It is by an execution knife that she shall die.

Then he proceeded to covet her exceedingly while she was dwelling in his house and while he spent all day / hunting desert game, bringing (it) back, and putting (it) down before her. he told her: Don't go outside lest the sea carry you away, for I will be unable to rescue you from it, because I am a female like you and my heart lies on top of the flower of the pone tree. but if another finds it, I will fight with him. Then he revealed to her all his inmost thoughts.

After many days following this, while Bata went to hunt according to his daily habit,/ the maiden went out to stroll under the pine tree which was next to her house. thereupon she beheld the sea surging up behind her, and she hastened to flee from it and entered her house. then the sea called to the pine tree, saying: Seize hold of her for me. And the pine tree removed a curl form her hair. The sea brought it to Egypt and deposited it in the place of the launderers of Pharaoh, l.p.h. then the scent of the curl of hair appeared in the clothes of Pharaoh, l.p.h., and the king wrangled with the launderer of Pha. oh, l.p.h., saying: Scent of ointment is in the clothes of Pharaoh, l.p.h. The king came to wrangling with them daily, but / they didn't know what to do. the chief launderer of Pharaoh, l.p.h., went to the bank with his mind exceedingly vexed as a consequence of the wranglings with him daily. then stopped still and stood by the seashore opposite the curl of hair that was in the water. he had someone go down, and it was brought to him. scent was found exceedingly fragrant, and he took it away to Pharaoh, l.p.h.

then the learned scribes of Pharaoh, l.p.h., were brought. They told Pharaoh, l.p.h.: As for this braid of hair, / it belongs to a daughter of Pre-Harakhti in whom there is the seed of every god. Now it is a tribute to you another country. Send envoys forth to every foreign country in order to search for her. As for the envoy who will go to the Valley of the Pine, have many men go with in order to fetch her. Then His Majesty, l.p.h., said: what you have said is very good, very good. and (they) were sent off.

After many days following this, the men who had gone to a foreign country returned to render report to His Majesty, l.p.h., whereas those who had gone to the Valley of the Pine failed to return, for Bata had killed them leaving (only) one of them to render report to His Majesty, l.p.h. then His Majesty, l.p.h., again sent forth many soldiers as well as chariotry in order to fetch her, there being / a woman among them through whom all (sorts of) beautiful feminine adornment were presented to her.

The woman returned to Egypt with her, and there was jubilation for her in the entire land. Then His Majesty, l.p.h., proceeded to love her exceedingly, and the king appointed her to be Chief Lady. the king spoke with her in order to have her describe the nature of her husband and she said to His Majesty, l.p.h.: have the pine tree cut down and hacked up. the king sent / soldiers bearing their copper (implements) in order to cut down the pine tree, and they reached the pine tree. they cut off the flower upon which was Bata's heart, and he fell dead at the very same moment.

After dawn and the next day had come about and after the pine tree had been cut down, Anubis, the elder brother of Bata, entered his house and sat down and washed his hand(s). he was handed a beaker of beer, and it produced froth. Another of wine was handed him, and it turned bad. then he took his / staff and his sandals as well as his clothes and his weapons, and he hastened to journey to the Valley of the Pine. He entered the country villa of his younger brother and found his younger brother lying dead upon his bed. He wept when saw younger brother lying in a state of death, and he went to search for his younger brother's heart beneath the pine tree under which his younger brother slept in the evening. / he spent three years in searching for it without finding it. Now when he had commenced the fourth year, his heart desired to return to Egypt, and he said: I shall depart tomorrow.So he said in his heart.

After dawn and the next day had come about, he began walking under the pine tree and spent all day searching for it. he gave up in the evening. Again he spent time in order to search for it, and he found a (pine) cone. he left for home with it. It was really his younger brother's heart. And he fetched a bowl of cool water, dropped it into it, and sat down according to his daily . After darkness had fallen, / his heart absorbed the water, and Bata shuddered over all his body and began looking at his elder brother while his heart was (still) in the bowl. Anubis, his elder brother, took the bowl of cool water in which was his younger brother's heart and him drink it. His heart assumed its (proper) position so that he became as he used to be. Then each embraced the other, and they conversed with one another. Then Beta said to his / elder brother: Look, I shall become a large bull that has every beautiful color and whose sort is unparalleled, and you shall sit upon back. As soon as the sun rises, we shall be where my wife is that may avenge myself, and you shall take me to where the king is, for every sort of good thing shall be done for you and you shall be rewarded with silver and gold for taking me to Pharaoh, l.p.h., because I shall become a great marvel, and there shall be jubilation for me in the entire land, and (then) you shall depart to your (home) town.

After dawn / and the next day had come about, Bata changed into the form which he had mentioned to his elder brother. Then Anubis, his elder brother, sat down upon his back until dawn, and he reached the place where the king was, and His Majesty, l.p.h., was informed about him. He saw him and became exceedingly joyful over him. He served him a grand oblation, saying: It is a great marvel that has come to pass. And there was jubilation for him in the entire land. then / his weight was made up in silver and gold for his elder brother, who (again) took up his abode in his (home) town. the king gave him much personnel and a lot of goods, for Pharaoh, l.p.h., preferred him exceedingly over anybody (else) in the entire land.

Now after many days following this, he entered the kitchen and stood in the place where the Lady was. he began speaking with her, saying: See, I'm still alive! She said to him: Who are you, I ask? And he told her: I am Bata. I realize that when you caused the pine tree to be hacked up for Pharaoh, l.p.h., it was on account of me, to keep me from staying alive. See, / I'm still alive, but as a bull.

The Lady became exceedingly fearful because of the revelation which her husband had made to her. then he left the kitchen, and His Majesty, l.p.h., sat down and made holiday with her. She poured (drinks) for His Majesty, l.p.h., so that the king was exceedingly happy in her company. then she said to His Majesty, l.p.h.: Swear to me by god as follows, "As for what will say, I shall grant it to her." And he heard all that she said: Let me eat of the liver of this bull, / for he never will amount to anything. So she said speaking to him. The king became exceedingly vexed over what she had said, and Pharaoh, l.p.h., was exceedingly sorry for him.

After dawn the next day had come about, the king proclaimed a grand oblation as an offering to the bull, and the king sent a first royal cupbearer of His Majesty, l.p.h., to sacrifice the bull. And subsequently he was sacrificed. While he was upon the shoulders of the men, he trembled in his neck and caused two drops of blood to be shed beside the two doorposts of His Majesty, l.p.h., one landing on one side of the great portal of Pharaoh, l.p.h., and the other on the other side. they grew into / two large Persea trees, each one of which was choice. Then someone went to tell His Majesty, l.p.h.: Two large Persea trees have grown this night as a great marvel for His Majesty, l.p.h., beside the great portal of His Majesty, l.p.h. And there was jubilation for them in the entire land, and the king presented an offering to them.

After many days following this, His Majesty, l.p.h., appeared at the audience window of lapis lazuli with a wreath of every sort of flower on neck, and he a chariot of electrum / and came out from the palace, l.p.h., in order to inspect the Persea trees. Then the Lady came out in a chariot following Pharaoh, l.p.h. His Majesty, l.p.h., sat down under one Persea tree, spoke with his wife: Ha, you liar! I am Bata. I'm alive in spite of you. I realize that as for your having had cut down for Pharaoh, l.p.h., it was on account of me. And I became a bull, and you had me killed.

After many days following this, the Lady stood pouring (drinks) for His Majesty, l.p.h., so that the king was happy in her company. She told His Majesty, l.p.h.: Swear to me by god as follows, "As for what the Lady will tell me, I shall grant it to her." So you shall say. and he heard / all that she said, and she said: have these two Persea trees cut down and made into fine furniture. Then the king heard all that she had said, and after a brief moment His Majesty, l.p.h., sent skilled craftsmen, and the Persea trees were cut down for Pharaoh, l.p.h. the queen, the Lady, observed it (being done), and a splinter flew up and entered the Lady's mouth. / She swallowed and became pregnant in the space of a split second, and the king made out of them whatever was her desire.

After many days following this, she bore a son, and someone went in order to tell His Majesty, l.p.h.: A son has been born to you. then he was brought, and nurse and maids were assigned to him. There was jubilation in the entire land, and the king sat down and made holiday and proceeded to hold him on his lap. His Majesty, l.p.h., cherished him exceedingly immediately, and the king appointed him / Viceroy of Kush.

After many days following this, His Majesty, l.p.h., made him crown prince of the entire land. and after many days following this, when he had completed many [years] as crown prince in entire land, His Majesty, l.p.h., flew up to the sky. Then the (new) king said: Have my great officials of His Majesty, l.p.h., brought to me that I may inform them regarding every situation / that I have been involved in. His wife [was] brought to him, and he was judged with her in their presence. A consensus was reached among them. His elder brother was brought to him, and he appointed him crown prince in the entire land. he thirty years as King of Egypt. he departed from life, and his elder brother acceded to his throne on the day of death.

(source: http://www.touregypt.net)

Elephant

  • Reliability
  • Dignity
  • Power
  • Royalty
  • Pride
  • happiness
  • longevity
  • good luck

To the Hindu way of thought, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha who is the god of luck, fortune, protection and is a blessing upon all new projects. Ganesha in all his magnificently vibrant elephant glory, is intent on bulldozing obstacles on your behalf (funnily, male elephants are termed "bulls").

the elephant is considered a symbol of responsibility because it takes great care and responsibility of its offspring as well as their elders.
The elephant also has immense determination and loyalty - always standing up for others and always defending members of the group in its natural habitat.
Elephants also express advanced sensitivity and social connection, particularly during time of death - they travel to a specific place upon their death - fulfilling personal responsibility - even at the end of their days.

Witches Bottle for Protection

What you need

* Mason Jar with Lid
* Pins
* Needles
* Razor Blades
* Broken Glass

While you are making your bottle, be sure to have your thoughts on what and why you're doing.
Take the pins, needles, Razor blades, broken glass, in the jar.
Prick your finger and drop at least 3 drops of blood into the jar. (This binds the jar to you)
Urinate in the bottle and seal it well.
Dig a hole deep enough to bury the bottle and say:

"Lord of Life, Lady of Light.
Join me here for this rite.
I have made this bottle for my protection.
According to ancient ways and tradition.
Direct all harm sent my way - To this grave I make today.
Return it three fold to the send - And let my life ever be better
Open my ears to hear and my eyes to see
As I will it so mote it be."

Avocado

Avocado (Persea americana) aka alligator pear
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water.
Uses: Love, Beauty, Lust

To make yourself appear younger to others or increase personal beauty or attractiveness. Avocado is the love apple of Venus.

Thunderegg

(Pictured, my thunderegg)

An often drab and uninteresting egg-shaped or spherical stone with a matrix shell comprised of silica birthed within volcanic ash, it's what is encapsulated inside of these natural wonders that has captured the minds and hearts of collectors over the years and throughout the world.  When cracked open, the inside of the Thunderegg (called the lens or window) is most often comprised of a beautifully banded, moss or plume Agate, but can alternately contain Jasper or occasionally Common Opal.

In myth, the Thunderegg was believed by the Pacific Northwest Native Americans to be thunderous rock eggs thrown across the valley between two mountains (specifically Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson in Oregon) by the warring Thunder Gods whenever they became angry with or jealous of each other.  Hence, the English version of the Indian name "thunder eggs".  Or, as another story goes, they were thrown from the mountains by the angry gods who were displeased with the humans there.  Thundereggs are also associated with the Norse god, Thor (known as Donner in German), the god of thunder.

Metaphysically, the Thunderegg is known to quell anger and hostility in those who work with it.  It also acts as a glue, enhancing community cooperation and bringing people together to work for a common cause.  It brings stable progress and helps us put the right thought together with the right action in order to manifest our intentions properly and in the best manner.

Thundereggs are excellent for helping us reach and work with the Other Realms and for providing a link to them, along with facilitating a greater awareness for what we will gather there.

With the main lore connected to Thundereggs revolving around the mythos of being a weapon of the gods or being attached to the thunder of Thor, we can connect this hearty stone to clairaudience - its own "thunder" creating an attention-grabbing way for us to hear and discern what messages we are receiving from practically anything around us.  If you have trouble hearing or noticing opportunistic mystical guidance, a Thunderegg can be a very helpful aid.

C-A-R-E-E-R Spread

C: Creative Expression (What you bring to the job)
A: Action (how this helps you reach your goals)
R: Responsibility (what to be aware of)
E: Energy (what drives you)
E: Earnings (what this job gives you)
R: Relationships (Coworker influences, new interpersonal relations)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pagan Wolf by Rotarr

Life Purpose Spread

Card 1: Your personal life purpose
Card 2: Your life purpose in your family/community
Card 3: Global life purpose
Card 4: You in relationship to your life's purpose

Space Cleansing Ritual

you will need:

A broom
A silver candle
A white candle
A chalice with charged water
A small bowl of earth
4 element candles (red, blue, brown, yellow)
Incense (sage)

Space Cleansing Ritual Steps
1. Gather all the items and place on the altar, cover with a black cloth until you are ready to use them.

2. Choose the date and time for the ritual to be performed. (Use an astrological calendar or pick the date of the next New Moon.)

3. Clean the area that is to be cleansed thoroughly. (Wash all walls, floors etc.)

4. Take a shower or bath with scented oils, envision all debris being washed from your body and allow a feeling of complete clean to come over you.

5. Once you are ready to begin, place the element candles in position in the appropriate compass points. (East yellow, South red, West blue, North brown.) Then place the silver candle on the altar.

6. Stand before your altar, breathe deeply and light the white candle.

7. Circle the room in a clockwise direction lighting the element candles.

8. Pick up your broom and sweep the circle as you walk inside clockwise and say:

Sweep, sweep, sweep this place
By powers of Air, I cleanse this space

Close your eyes and feel the element of air move within the circle. Return to the altar, pick up the silver candle. Use your white candle to light it, then walk around the circle clockwise and say:

Light, light I light this space
By the powers of Fire, I cleanse this space

Concentrate on fire energy flowing around the circle. Return to the altar and pick up the chalice of holy water. As you walk clockwise round the circle, sprinkle the water with the fingers of your right hand and say:

Liquid, liquid I wash this place
By powers of Water I cleanse this space

Feel the element of water flow in a clockwise direction around the circle. Return to the altar and pick up the bowl of earth. Walk clockwise around the circle, sprinkle the earth and say:

Dirt, dirt as I walk this place
By powers of earth I cleanse this space

Feel the element of earth bringing gifts to the circle. Return the bowl of earth to the altar and move to the centre of the circle. In the Goddess position say:

I now direct the energy of the Universe to forever fill and bless this place.

Feel the energy from your body meld with that of the universe. When the energy begins to dissipate, turn back to the altar lay your hands upon it and say:

This altar is dedicated to the Lord and Lady of Light. May it serve me well.

If you will not be cleansing any tools you will end the ritual here by thanking the God and Goddess and the elements for their participation in the ritual. Then ground the energy that you have raised by putting your palms to the floor and feeling the sensation being drained to Earth Mother. Then raise your right hand over your head in a counter-clockwise motion, circle it around the room and say:

The circle is open, may it never be broken!

Botswana Agate

Botswana Agate is used for Transitions, Creativity, Solutions, Nervous System, Broken Bones

An "eye" formation in Botswana Agate is both protective and considered especially lucky. Consider holding one while picking lottery numbers or choosing a horse for a race. 

Botswana Agate is an ideal crystal for very sensitive children or teenagers who are easily hurt by teasing or pressure, and can assist them in finding more like-minded friends. It also supports adults who join a dating agency or online services to find partners who are spiritually in tune and shares their dreams.

Botswana Agate is excellent for those serious about giving up smoking. To increase success drink an elixir first thing each morning, made by soaking the crystal in water for a few hours. Botswana Agate is also a stone of protection for all who work with fire, and protects the home from fires.

Botswana Agate is a useful receptacle for negative energy and toxicity, excellent for gridding around a house. It prevents out-of-body visitations from another soul and turns back unwelcome spirits.

Botswana Agate is said to repel spiders.

Botswana Agate encourages treating the underlying causes of illness rather than the symptoms. It may be used to treat depression and stress, and relieve sexual dysfunctions in both sexes.

Botswana Agate is beneficial in ridding the body of toxins and is believed to be good for the skin. It helps stimulate the immune and nervous systems, and aids in brain oxygen assimilation for a healthy circulatory system.

Botswana Agate is a comfort stone, beneficial in overcoming depression, and strengthening during a grieving process. It helps alleviate obsessive thoughts and destructive mental patterns, and assists in overcoming fears, such as agoraphobia and panic attacks in crowded places. It encourages one to view the bigger picture in life, and look toward practical solutions rather than dwelling on the reasons for a situation or assigning blame.

A crystal of possibility and hope, Botswana Agate encourages artistic expression and exploration of the unknown, while still maintaining logic and attention to detail that brings projects and ventures into reality. It also releases emotional repression and blocks to fertility, by lending the knowledge that sexuality is a natural function and sensuality is the body's appreciation of the fullness of life.

Botswana Agate, with its energies of pale red, gray and brown, stimulates the Base Chakra. The Base, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine, and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When physically out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as lethargy, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation. When its spiritual energies are out of balance, you will feel flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body regains its strength and stamina, and the spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one's own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.

Botswana Agate exudes soft pink color energy, the rays of determination, commitment, and caring. Its soothing color calms feelings of anger or resentment, and can aid efforts to meditate and reflect. Pink is the color of new love, new romance and new relationships. It increases developing sensuality, and can help overcome heartache, aiding in the improvement of our caring and loving abilities.

Silver layers in Botswana Agate embody the silver ray of reflection and the path to inner consciousness. Much like pure white, lighter gray is the color of the moon, the feminine, the cool stillness of night, magic and ambiguity. It is lonely, altruistic, and aloof. As Seekers, gray objects find patterns and the inner meanings of events. Use light gray or silver talismans for quiet meditation, finding purpose in life, and for calm reflection on life’s meanings.

The areas of brown and apricot in Botswana Agate reflect the rich, brown rays of the natural earth. It is the color influence of home, hearth, and nature, of comfort and connection. It lets you relax, reconnect, and regain your composure. It is a grounding stone. Brown crystals promote security and stability.

Botswana Agate is extremely effective for multi-dimensional healing and soul-work. The bands across its surface allow for traveling into another reality, different streams of consciousness or accessing other lives.


Botswana Agate is used for grounding and centering in the beginning of meditation rituals. It allows for harmony with nature and in easing into a transition state. Use a Botswana Agate for the first few minutes of any meditation, then switch to a crystal attuned to the intent of the session.

Botswana Agates can be used in devotions to Clota, the Goddess of the River Cldye; Callisto, the Greek Moon Goddess; Chirakan-Ixmucane, the Mayan Creator Goddess; Dione, Phoenician Earth Goddess; Itzpapaloti, the Aztec Butterfly Goddess; and Jana, the Roman Goddess of Secret and Hidden Things.

Thyme

The name Thyme (pronounced Time) comes from the Greek thymos meaning spirit or smoke. In mythical folklore, Thyme flowers were full of perfume and nectar for the bees, traditionally the messengers of the fairy world. It was believed that the soul of the deceased took up residence in the flowers of the Thyme plant, and that Thyme assured the passage of the deceased into the afterlife. Thyme is used in Healing Rituals and in Spells for good luck and success. It is said women who wear or carry Thyme are irresistible to men, and carrying sprigs in your pocket aids in developing your psychic abilities.

Thyme is used in Healing Rituals and in Spells for good luck and success. It is said women who wear or carry Thyme are irresistible to men, and carrying sprigs in your pocket aids in developing your psychic abilities.
Burn some Thyme to help boost your courage and confidence when facing challenging situations

Finding Your Soulmate Spread

Split your deck into four parts: Aces, Court cards, Majors and other Minors.
Shuffle each part.

Card 1: Court Card (What your soulmate is like)
Card 2: Minor Card (In what situation will you meet your soulmate)
Card 3: Ace Card (How to approach/charm your soulmate)
Card 4: Major Card (Advice)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

3 Card Past Life Spread

Card 1: Main challenge/Theme of past life
Card 2: How this theme shows up in current life
Card 3: Most important lesson you learned in a past life

Artemis: Greek Goddess of the Hunt, Virginity, the Moon

In Greek mythology Artemis (also known as the Roman goddess Diana) was the daughter of Zeus, the mighty ruler of the Olympian gods. After an affair and secretly impregnating Leto, Leto had to give birth to Aretmis while being chased by the Python sent by Hera. Fortunately for Leto her first child, Artemis, was birthed without any pain. However Leto had twins so her labor continued, and as weak as she was the newborn Artemis quickly took the roll as midwife and helped birth her twin brother Apollo. You could say that, of all the Greek goddesses, the goddess Artemis was literally born to serve as a nurturer and protector! It looks like though both twins had young knacks for things.
On her birthday Artemis asked for Six wishes from Zeus, his father. These wishes were.
1. To be able to live life chaste.
2. To be able to be a lifelong bachelorette and never marry.
3. A bow and arrow like that of Artemis’s
4. Hunting dogs to assist her hunting.
5. Stags to lead her chariot.
6. And 80 virgin nymphs to be her hunting companions.

Zeus was amused by wishes and being the good father granted her each wish she asked for. Artemis would never marry, and would be chaste for all eternity. She roamed with her hunting dogs, nymphs, and her stags, hunting all throughout the mountains where she resided.
Artemis was very protective of the chastity of her nymphs and was angered when they didn’t keep their purity. In the case of Callisto, Zeus had disguised himself as Artemis and took advantage and impregnated Callisto, Artemis was furious that she was no longer chaste and blamed her loss of purity on her. Artemis then immediately irrevocably turned her into a bear. However before Artemis killed Callisto in bear form Zeus intervened turning Callisto into constellation in the stars, as Callisto the Bear, also known as Ursa Major.

The Greek goddess Artemis was frequently called upon to nurture her needy and somewhat ineffectual mother. Many times she came to the aid of her mother healing her from sickness. Artemis very naturally became the patron saint of childbirth, the protector of children, and the goddess who especially heard the appeals of women. Helping women in childbirth by relieving them of the pain they suffer on several occasions.
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Artemis is unsurprisingly associated with the wilderness and the natural world. She symbolizes the untamed spirit, never being tied down by things such as love, being the eternal huntress of the forests.The Greek goddess Artemis was famous for her hunting skills, especially with her bow and arrow. She had unerring aim that never missed her target. She was a very able hunter taking down some of the most terrifying beasts with ease and grace.
Artemis was also very protective of the animals in her domain. Once the King Agamemnon slaughtered one of Artemis’s sacred stags and boasted that he was a superior hunter to Artemis. In vengeance while Agamemnon and his forces were sailing to Troy for the Trojan War Artemis becalmed the ships so they were stuck in the middle of the sea with no wind. Artemis then demanded Agamemnon sacrifice his daughter and then Artemis would restore the wind. In the end Artemis herself swaps the sacrifice of
Artemis was a goddess very comfortable with her female companions and rarely ever had male companions excepting her twin brother. She often bathed and danced with her nymphs and womanly companions. Once the hunter Actaeon saw Artemis bathing with her nymphs and was paralyzed in wonderment staring at all the women bathing in the river. Artemis, was none too pleased at the peeping tom and so she turned him into a stag and made his own dogs attack and kill him.

Artemis never had any love affairs, but one. That was with the mortal Orion. Artemis was in love with Orion. However, upset that his sister's time and attentions had been diverted away from him, the God Apollo, her twin, became very jealou. So when Orion was swimming far into the ocean Apollo made a wager with Artemis that she couldn’t hit the floating object on the horizon.
Artemis being the prideful archer she was took the wager gladly and proudly drew her bow and shot the object on the horizon winning the wager. However once she won she realized that the “floating object” was actually her only lover Orion. In her great grief the Goddess Artemis turned Orion into various stars and shot him into the night sky, making him a constellation in the night sky forevermore.
The Greek goddess Artemis was often associated with the moon, especially the crescent or "new" moon. Phoebe was one of the many names she was called. The name Phoebe means the "light one" or "bright one".
Artemis "Goddess of Light" had the divine duty of illuminating the darkness. Artemis was often depicted carrying a candle or torch, lighting the way for others, leading them through territories yet uncharted.
In Greek mythology Artemis, despite her "wildness" (her refusal to conform to conventional ways or tradition) and her fierce independence, was depicted as one of the compassionate, healing goddesses. Of all the Greek goddesses, she was the most self-sufficient, living life on her own terms, comfortable both in solitude and in holding the reins of leadership.
The Greek goddess Artemis gives us courage. Like her counterpart, the Roman goddess Diana, she illuminates those places that terrify us and lends us her strength to bring us safely through our fears.

(Source: http://www.godandgoddess.com)

Stone Protection Spell by Mike Fox

If you have stones, pick out one with a high vibration, or go outside and find one. Go outside with it and sit on the ground somewhere peaceful. Stare into the stone, ground yourself, and charge the rock with energy, saying:

"Stone, evil shall you deny.
Send it to the Earth and sky.
Send it to the flame and sea,
Stone power, protect me."

You can carry this stone with you or keep it in your home or give it to someone else to protect them.

Sage

Sage is used to purify a Ritual Sacred Space, an Altar or Magical tools. It is often burnt to purify and cleanse any space. It is associated with protection, wishes and prosperity. It is said, that if you want to make your dreams come true, put Sage leaves under your pillow. Sage is used in attraction Spells to bring wealth and prosperity and for wish manifestations. Place near your Tarot cards or Runes to protect and purify them

Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate is used for Gentleness, Tranquility, Communication

Blue Lace Agate is a stone of communication, helping those who have difficulty being heard by others, or who need confidence and articulation to share their truths. It provides clarity of thought and unwavering intent in regards to what matters most. Blue Lace Agate is a Stone of the Diplomat, assisting communication in situations were angry words must be avoided, but clear understanding is necessary.

Blue Lace Agate inspires loyalty and trustworthiness. It is a support crystal for all caregivers, calming stress-related situations and overcoming communication difficulties. Carry or wear Blue Lace Agate if you struggle to express your emotions without getting upset.

Blue Lace Agate counteracts the repression and suppression of feelings caused by past fears, judgments, or rejections. It dissolves old blockage patterns and doubt, and permits new methods of self-expression and growth. Blue Lace Agate is especially beneficial in helping men realize and accept their feelings and sensitivities.

Blue Lace Agate assists those who fear speaking in public or sharing thoughts and ideas with strangers. It is a great stone for those who communicate for a living, such as workshop directors, lecturers, teachers, or anyone who must connect in a clear, intelligent manner. Blue Lace Agate also tranquilizes and relaxes the mind of executives, and calms stress in postal workers.

Blue Lace Agate's calm, centering properties also aid those who are unable to stop talking, or who speak before thinking about the consequences of their words. It encourages discernment about the thoughts they share and the beauty of inner silence. It helps those who have trouble keeping a secret, and promotes understanding in the sanctity of trust. It is an excellent stone for imaginative children who present created stories, and may need help in discerning whether an event was real or imagined.

Blue Lace Agate is thought to relieve sore throats, aching or swollen glands in the neck, and may aid thyroid problems.  It helps strengthen the skeletal structure, and is useful in treating arthritis and hereditary bone deformity, as well as the mending of breaks and fractures.

Blue Lace Agate is soothing for tension-related headaches and high blood pressure.

Blue Lace Agate, with its blue crystal energy, will open and clear the Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. In balance, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions. When the throat chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release.

Blue Lace Agate can also be used on the Third Eye to soothe an overactive mind and to still one's thoughts. The Third Eye, or Brow Chakra, is the center of perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world.

Blue Lace Agate contains the qualities of flight, air, movement and grace, and helps one attain an extremely high spiritual level, especially when used for inner attunement.

Blue crystals bring faith, patience, and respect, lending the focus we need to become more sincere, act more responsibly, and become more trustworthy. The lighter bands of Agate help us reflect on, question, and relax in our acceptance of the life we have. They help us develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They're excellent for recovery efforts from addictions or destructive patterns, aid in curbing tempers, and help us become more dependable and cheerful. The darker layers of Blue Lace Agate enhance respect and compassion within ourselves. They teach us humanity, discretion, and honor.

Blue Lace Agate provides a wide variety of formations conducive for meditative focus. The intricate movements within the crystal encourage a calm, relaxing state and open the mind to higher thought and inner truths.

The Divinatory meaning of Blue Lace Agate: Express the feelings that are in your heart honestly and you will receive a favorable response.

Blue Lace Agate is dedicated to Nerthus, the Norse/Germanic Earth Goddess of Fertility, and Hanwi, The Sioux Moon Goddess. Her name means "Night Sun" and she guards her people during the night, protecting them from harm and from evil spirits.

All Agates honor Aurora, Roman Goddess of the Dawn and Mother of the Winds. She brings the beauty of dawn each day, the vivid colors streaked and swirled across the clouds.

All Agates honor Bona Dea, the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility and the Greek Goddess of Women. She protects women through all of their changes, and is a skilled healer, particularly with herbs.

All Agates honor Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess. Born directly out of Chaos, the primal emptiness, she was the first (or one of the first) beings to appear during the process of creation, and is honored as being the Earth itself.

All Agates honor Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration and Knowledge. She rules the gifts of prophecy and magic, and powers death and rebirth. She is the guardian of spiritual transformation.

All Agates honor Nyx, the Greek Goddess of the Night. She is usually seen riding in a chariot, trailing stars and painting the night sky. Agate is strongly associated with Nyx because of its properties to protect against stress and for keeping bad dreams away.

Blue Lace Agate can also can be used in devotions to Clota, the Goddess of the River Cldye; Callisto, the Greek Moon Goddess; Chirakan-Ixmucane, the Mayan Creator Goddess; Dione, Phoenician Earth Goddess; Itzpapaloti, the Aztec Butterfly Goddess; and Jana, the Roman Goddess of Secret and Hidden Things.

Relationship Problem Spread

Cards 1,4,7 represent you.
Cards 2,5,8 represent your partner.
Cards 3,6,9 represent your relationship as a whole

Card 1: Problems you feel are in the relationship
Card 2: Problems your partner feels are in the relationship
Card 3: What the relationship was founded on
Card 4: What you need to work on
Card 5: What your partner needs to work on
Card 6: What the relationship needs
Card 7: What you expect
Card 8: what your partner expects
Card 9: the future of the relationship

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bastet: Egyptian Goddess of the Sun

The goddess Bastet was usually represented as a woman with the head of a domesticated cat. However, up until 1000 BC she was portrayed as a lioness. Bastet was the daughter of Re, the sun god. It may have been through him that she acquired her feline characteristics. When Re destroyed his enemy Apep, he was usually depicted as a cat. As portrayed as a cat, she was connected with the moon (her son Khonsu was the god of the moon). When shown as a lioness, she is associated with sunlight.

Bastet was the goddess of fire, cats, of the home and pregnant women. According to one myth, she was the personification of the soul of Isis. She was also called the "Lady of the East". As such, her counterpart as "Lady of the West" was Sekhmet.

Bastet as a cat headed womanBastet seemed to have two sides to her personality, docile and aggressive. Her docile and gentle side was displayed in her duties as a protector of the home, and pregnant women. Her aggressive and vicious nature was exposed in the accounts of battles in which the pharaoh was said to have slaughtered the enemy as Bastet slaughtered her victims.

Her center of worship was in Bubastis (Per-Bast, Pa-Bast, Pibeseth, Tell-Basta), in the eastern Delta. Her chief festivals were celebrated in April and May. Herodotus, the famous Greek historian, provides the following description of one of the festivals:

"When the Egyptians travel to Bubastis, they do so in this manner: men and women sail together, and in each boat there are many persons of both sexes. Some of the women shake their rattles and some of the men blow their pipes during the whole journey, while others sing and clap their hands. If they pass a town on the way, some of the women land and shout and jeer at the local women, while others dance and create a disturbance. They do this at every town on the Nile. When they arrive at Bubastis, they begin the festival with great sacrifices, and on this occasion, more wine is consumed than during the whole of the rest of the year."

Ganesha: Hindu God of Intellect and Wisdom

Ganesha, also spelled Ganesh, and also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon.

Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify.

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.

Ganesha emerged as a distinct deity in the 4th and 5th centuries CE, during the Gupta Period, although he inherited traits from Vedic and pre-Vedic precursors.  He was formally included among the five primary deities of Smartism (a Hindu denomination) in the 9th century. A sect of devotees called the Ganapatya arose, who identified Ganesha as the supreme deity.

One of his popular forms, Heramba-Ganapati, has five elephant heads, and other less-common variations in the number of heads are known. While some texts say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head, he acquires the head later in most stories. The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesha was created by Parvati using clay to protect her and Shiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesha's original head with that of an elephant. Details of the battle and where the replacement head came from vary from source to source. Another story says that Ganesha was created directly by Shiva's laughter. Because Shiva considered Ganesha too alluring, he gave him the head of an elephant and a protruding belly.

Ganesha's earliest name was Ekadanta (One Tusked), referring to his single whole tusk, the other being broken. Ganesha's protruding belly appears as a distinctive attribute in his earliest statuary, which dates to the Gupta period (4th to 6th centuries). The serpent is a common feature in Ganesha iconography and appears in many forms.

The number of Ganesha's arms varies; his best-known forms have between two and sixteen arms. Many depictions of Ganesha feature four arms.

According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra, called Muladhara. Mula means "original, main"; adhara means "base, foundation". The muladhara chakra is the principle on which the manifestation or outward expansion of primordial Divine Force rests.

Though Ganesha is popularly held to be the son of Shiva and Parvati, the Puranic myths give different versions about his birth. In some he was created by Parvati, in another he was created by Shiva and Parvati, in another he appeared mysteriously and was discovered by Shiva and Parvati or he was born from the elephant headed goddess Malini after she drank Parvati's bath water that had been thrown in the river.

The family includes his brother the war god Kartikeya, who is also called Subramanya, Skanda, Murugan and other names.

Ganesha's marital status, the subject of considerable scholarly review, varies widely in mythological stories. One pattern of myths identifies Ganesha as an unmarried brahmacari. This view is common in southern India and parts of northern India. Another pattern associates him with the concepts of Buddhi (intellect), Siddhi (spiritual power), and Riddhi (prosperity); these qualities are sometimes personified as goddesses, said to be Ganesha's wives. Another pattern connects Ganesha with the goddess of culture and the arts, Sarasvati or Śarda (particularly in Maharashtra). He is also associated with the goddess of luck and prosperity, Lakshmi. Another pattern, mainly prevalent in the Bengal region, links Ganesha with the banana tree, Kala Bo.

The Shiva Purana says that Ganesha had begotten two sons: Kşema (prosperity) and Lābha (profit). In northern Indian variants of this story, the sons are often said to be Śubha (auspiciouness) and Lābha.

Rose Buds

Roses have been effectively used throughout the ages in love potions and in Love Spells and have long been associated as the symbol of true love. Use in any Love Spell you want to cast but also rose buds are good for increasing psychic ability, healing and general good luck. They are great to throw into a ritual bath and also to make a wonderful perfumed tea that is said to aid psychic awareness. I combine a couple of rose buds with a little lavender and chamomile to make a soothing tea before I Spell cast.

Agate Eyes

Also known as: Third Eye Agate, Shiva Eye Agate

They are used to deflect the evil eye, repel negativity and warn of and prevent psychic attack, as they are the watchful and protective eye that does not close and sees beyond appearances.  When carried close to the body, Third Eye Agate can stimulate psychic abilities and aid in developing awareness of the Divine without losing the connection to the Earth. This stone is also used for general protection. Third Eye Agates serve best when worn, carried, or placed on an altar or in a sacred space.

Eye of Shiva is a stone for the Third Eye, or as it is also called, the Brow Chakra. We see ourselves and the external world, interpret what we see and are aware of ourselves and the world through the brow Chakra. The brow Chakra interprets the world - our inner world, and the world that comes into the body, primarily through sight. It is the code breaker, the pattern maker, and the seat of understanding. It balances the important and the unimportant, sorting meaning from data and impressions. It commands the energy flow within the body.

Dream Exploration Spread

Card 1: Relevance of the dream to your life
Card 2: Lessons to be learned from dreams
Card 3: How to apply dreams to your life

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nefertari led by Goddess Isis

Queen Nefertari and Isis. Wall painting in the tomb of Queen Nefertari. It portrays the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis (right) leading Queen Nefertari by the hand. Nefertari lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II. The tomb of Queen Nefertari, located in the Valley of the Queens, Thebes, Egypt, is one of the best preserved and most ornately decorated of all known tombs. It was rediscovered in 1904 by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli, but has been closed to the public since 2003.

Anubis

Anubis is one of the most iconic gods of ancient Egypt. Anubis is the Greek version of his name, the ancient Egyptians knew him as Anpu (or Inpu). Anubis was an extremely ancient deity whose name appears in the oldest mastabas of the Old Kingdom and the Pyramid Texts as a guardian and protector of the dead. He was originally a god of the underworld, but became associated specifically with the embalming process and funeral rites. His name is from the same root as the word for a royal child, "inpu". However, it is also closely related to the word "inp" which means "to decay", and one versions of his name (Inp or Anp) more closely resembles that word. As a result it is possible that his name changed slightly once he was adopted as the son of the King, Osiris. He was known as "Imy-ut" ("He Who is In the Place of Embalming"), "nub-tA-djser" ("lord of the scared land").  

He was initially related to the Ogdoad of Hermopolis, as the god of the underworld. In the Pyramid Texts of Unas, Anubis is associated with the Eye of Horus who acted as a guide to the dead and helped them find Osiris. In other myths Anubis and Wepwawet (Upuaut) led the deceased to the halls of Ma´at where they would be judged. Anubis watched over the whole process and ensured that the weighing of the heart was conducted correctly. He then led the innocent on to a heavenly existence and abandoned the guilty to Ammit.

Rose Water

what You Need
A Large sauce pan
A smallish dish
A flat surfaced clean stone or brick
Ice
A sauce pan lid
Your rose petals (im using pink)
A container or jar for your Rose Water when its done
And also a spoon or baster

First place your sauce pan on your stove and place your flat surfaced stone or brick into the center and then fill your sauce pan with water , now this can be rain or storm water you have collected or bottled water or tap water if you have filtered it , and fill up to till its just about reaching the top of the stone but does not spill over and cover the stone then place your rose petals around the stone into the water making sure also that the stone remains uncovered because this is where your bowl will sit to collect the rose water.

Once your rose petals are in place your bowl onto the stone and make sure it is in the center of the sauce pan in this bowl is where your rose water will collect.

Next place your saucepan lid up side down onto your sauce pan ensure the handle is just about or inside the center of your bowl and then add the ice one top of the lid this will help the rose water on the underside of the lid to dip into the bowl more quickly.
Turn on the heat under your sauce pan on full until it brings your water to a boil then turn it down till it begins to simmer.

Use a clean medicine syringe as I am doing or a spoon or baster to remove the water from your lid.
Keep adding ice to the top now and then about three times and periodically kept removing the water from the ice on the lid.
Once you have re added ice about 3-4 times on the lid turn off your stove and remove any water left from the ice ,add half a glass of cold water on top of the lid to encourage any further droplets to fall into the bowl and leave this to stand for about 15 - 20 mins .Then carefully with an oven mit or cloth remove the lid and carefully lift out your bowl being careful not to spill your rose water collected in the bowl and place to one side while you drain your petals from the water in the sauce pan , the water the petals have been boiling in can be discarded this is NOT the rose water the rose water is what has been collected in the bowl.

Next the Rose Water that has collected in your bowl will be colorless and odorless but this is your rose water and depending on the amount of time you spent boiling and how many rose petals you used ( you can top up your rose petals during boiling with more if you'd like just be careful not to burn) you may only have quarter or half you bowl filled not look like much but you only need a drop or two during your craft.
Can be used in Love spells especially if the petals are pink or red , to fill little glass viles to add to spell bags or witches bottles, to sprinkle on your bed to attract love , to add love to incense or oil recipes etc Different coloured roses can be used for the different meanings and also other flowers can be used not just roses.

Rosemary

Rosemary was burnt at shrines in Ancient Greece to drive away evil spirits and illnesses. It was believed that a fresh twig beneath your pillow will keep away nightmares, or lay it under your bed for good night’s sleep.
The Ancients were well acquainted with the shrub, which had a reputation for strengthening the memory. On this account it became the emblem of fidelity for lovers. Its magical properties include good luck, purification, protection, love and healing.

Agate

Agate is used for Protection, Calming, Courage

This is THE stone everyone should have for protection. This group of stones are variegated chalcedony. (see also moss agate, eye agate) The agate is one of the oldest stones in recorded history.

Agates attract strength. Agate is a protection from bad dreams. It also protects from stress and energy drains. Agates have been used in jewelry since Biblical Babylonian times. They were used to ward off storms. They were prized gems in antiquity. The agates with banded colors were placed at the head of a sleeper to give rich and varied dreams. Agates have been thought to be good to harden the gums.

Agate is used for stomach upsets. Place the agate on the solar plexus. The agate can't change emotions, but helps to change our level of acceptance of the emotion. Such as when you are very sad the agate will let you know that this will pass and help you get on to another and better day. This is why the Agate is considered so powerful as it gives us the strength to carry on. Carry an agate when you have to make an important decision.

Tree of Life Spread

Card 01: Highest ideals
Card 02: Creative power
Card 03: Wisdom
Card 04: Virtues
Card 05: Force of your being
Card 06: Health, beauty, and altruism
Card 07: Lovers, lust, artistic self, and instincts
Card 08: You as procreator, designer, and scientist
Card 09: Imagination and psychic self
Card 10: Physical self

Myth of the Satyr

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In Greek mythology, satyrs (Ancient Greek: Σάτυροι, Satyroi) are a troop of male companions of Pan and Dionysus — "satyresses" were a late invention of poets — that roamed the woods and mountains. In myths they are often associated with pipe-playing.

The satyrs' chief was Silenus, a minor deity associated (like Hermes and Priapus) with fertility. These characters can be found in the only complete remaining satyr play, Cyclops, by Euripides, and the fragments of Sophocles' The Tracking Satyrs (Ichneutae). The satyr play was a short, lighthearted tailpiece performed after each trilogy of tragedies in Athenian festivals honoring Dionysus. There is not enough evidence to determine whether the satyr play regularly drew on the same myths as those dramatized in the tragedies that preceded. The groundbreaking tragic playwright Aeschylus is said to have been especially loved for his satyr plays, but none of them have survived.

Attic painted vases depict mature satyrs as being strongly built with flat noses, large pointed ears, long curly hair, and full beards, with wreaths of vine or ivy circling their balding heads. Satyrs often carry the thyrsus: the rod of Dionysus tipped with a pine cone.

Satyrs acquired their goat-like aspect through later Roman, conflation with Faunus, a carefree Italic nature spirit of similar characteristics and identified with the Greek god Pan. Hence satyrs are most commonly described in Latin literature as having the upper half of a man and the lower half of a goat, with a goat's tail in place of the Greek tradition of horse-tailed satyrs; therefore, satyrs became nearly identical with fauns. Mature satyrs are often depicted in Roman art with goat's horns, while juveniles are often shown with bony nubs on their foreheads.

Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk — subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly.[citation needed] As Dionysiac creatures they are lovers of wine and women, and they are ready for every physical pleasure. They roam to the music of pipes (auloi), cymbals, castanets, and bagpipes, and they love to dance with the nymphs (with whom they are obsessed, and whom they often pursue), and have a special form of dance called sikinnis. Because of their love of wine, they are often represented holding wine cups, and they appear often in the decorations on wine cups.

Monday, June 23, 2014

We Are Not Evil


The Pagan Serenity Prayer


Walk the Path


Stop Gossip Spell (Borrowed from Nina Marie Sponholtz-Ferreri)

Items needed-
Double sided compact mirror (Walmart or Dollar Store)
Sea salt
Permanent marker

Write the name of the person spreading gossip on both sides of mirror. If you don't know the persons name, write person or people slandering.

X over the names on both sides.

Put sea salt on one side and really concentrate on the gossip/slander being said. Release it into the compact.

Close the compact, tape it shut and stash it away.

The salt protects you. The mirrors facing each other causes their gossip/slander to go back to them. It will not hurt them as long as their not gossiping about you.

Mint

Mint is used in Money Spells and Prosperity Spells. It is also good for gaining confidence, success and the motivation to accomplish.

Aegerine

Aegerine is used for Energizing, Protection Against Psychic Attacks

Aegirine is a good crystal for overcoming self-consciousness and unnecessary shame over appearance, and is an excellent companion for those with disfigurement or body image problems.

A very female-friendly crystal, Aegirine assists women in overcoming hidden prejudice in the workplace, and lends emotional support when returning from maternity leave.

It is an excellent crystal for doctors, nurses or others who are continually exposed to the toxic energies of traditional hospital environments, and shields those in home office and workplace settings when constantly exposed to the electromagnetic fields of computers and electronics.

Aegirine expands the power of other stones in all healing situations by boosting the body's own ability to self-heal.

Aegirine is a powerful protector of those suffering jealousy, malice, mental influence or psychic attack from others. Use once a week as a wand in the hand you write with to thrust energies away from you in all directions as you state your intent of protection.

Carrying or wearing Aegirine helps force the release of negative attachments that may have taken root in the aura's protective field weakened by abuse of alcohol or drugs, or by smoking cigarettes (though the effect is more gradual). Working with Aegirine in body layouts or in conjunction with other subtle body healing can, in time, regenerate the damaged auric shield.

Take Aegirine on journeys of self-discovery, whether spiritual or traveling to new destinations. It is a good talisman for backpackers for protection against negative energies and inhospitable places and people.


Mandala Spread

Card 1: Self
Card 2: Ambitions, Desires, and Primal Urges
Card 3: Ideals, Goals, and Path to Spiritual Contentment
Card 4: Real Accomplishments and Life Path
Card 5: Dependents, Addictions, and Erroneous Values
Card 6: Strengths and Positive Personality Traits
Card 7: Faults and Weaknesses
Card 8: Self-awareness and Self-image
Card 9: Desires and Higher Purpose