Sunday, August 31, 2014

Black Walnut

Black Walnut is used to access divine energy, bringing the blessing of the Gods, wishes

Feminine and Masculine energies are present in Black Walnut. Closely aligned with the elements of Earth and Spirit. Walnut is sacred to the Gods Vashaan, Zues, Jupiter, Thor, and Vishnu.

Black walnut wands are well used in magics of teleportation, astral travel, weather working, averting lightening, powers of the wind and breath, and motivation.

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Atlantisite

Atlantisite is used for Spiritual Awareness, End Disputes, Healing

Also known as: Tasmanite, Stichtite-Serpentine

Atlantisite is a combination of Green Serpentine and Stichtite, and as such, has a synergistic energy that includes the energies of the two stones but has its own energies.

Atlantisite has been used to end disputes, for Spiritual awareness, and to understand the concept and energies of love. Atlantisite is considered by many to bring the energies of ancient civilizations from Mu, Atlantis, and Lemuria, particularly in healing energies.

Atlantisite is used in crystal healing to bring energy  for heart; lungs; muscular issues such as cramps, menstrual cramping, hernias; and glucose control metabolic disorders such as diabetes and hypoglycemia, as well as a general crystal healing stone.

Atlantisite is considered to be a stone that resonates to and links the energies of the Crown and Heart chakras.

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The Birth of Anubis (Egyptian)

When her birth time came, Nephthys fled into the desert by night, knowing that the last place her husband would go to find her would be his own hunting ground. One of her servant women saw her go, and secretly followed her. The Goddess stopped where there was water, she writhed alone in the pain of birth amid the howling of the wolves, and delivered her son. She dared not take him home. She nursed him for as long as she could, until her milk ran dry, and she saw that unless she could nourish herself, she and her son would both die. So she made a shelter covered with melilot flowers, which had begun to grow everywhere, not only in the royal garden. Then she asked the mothers of the desert to guard her son.

The servant ran to find Isis, who was at the river at dawn, picking herbs as usual, and told her everything, of course. They ran at once to find the baby, who was still alive. His cries were heard by a greyhound who had just mothered four pups nearby, and who suckled the boy like one of her own young. By the time Isis found him, he was red and very sore from crying in the glare of the sun, but he was healthy and strong. Isis knew from her first look at his face who had cared for him.

Isis cradled the boy and said. "What a beauty. You will grow up to have the same keen senses, most of all right here, in the nohohohohose as the one who's protected you. The same swiftness. You will have a new mother in the Black Land, and your father Osiris will call you the One who Opens the Way. Anuuuubis. You will teach healing to other men who don't want to learn it from women. You will prophesy with the truth, and only when you are asked. Your understanding of friendship will be the deepest of all."

Isis and Nephthys were the only ones who knew whose child Anubis was. Osiris never knew that until his first son was old enough to be his physician. Osiris was so innocent that at times he seemed much less intelligent than Set, in that way that leaders would have later, when Set gained so much influence: from now on kings, prime ministers and others of high power would be one of two kinds: affable, charming men operated by groups of craftier men; or secretive, pinched men whose eyes are moving all the time.

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Spiritual Power


Witchcraft


Hanuman: Hindu Monkey God

Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. Hanuman's tale in the epic Ramayana - where he is assigned the responsibility to locate Rama's wife Sita abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka — is known for its astounding ability to inspire and equip a reader with all the ingredients needed to face ordeals and conquer obstructions in the way of the world.
The Necessity of a Simian Symbol
Hindus believe in ten avatars of Lord Vishnu among a multitude of gods and goddesses. One of Vishnu's avatars is Rama, who was created to destroy Ravana, the evil ruler of Lanka. In order to aid Rama, Lord Brahma commanded some gods and goddesses to take the avatar of 'Vanaras' or monkeys. Indra, the god of war and weather, was reincarnated as Bali; Surya, the sun god as Sugriva; Vrihaspati, the preceptor of the gods, as Tara, and Pavana, the god of wind, was reborn as Hanuman, the wisest, swiftest and strongest of all apes.

The story of the birth of Hanuman goes thus: Vrihaspati had an attendant called Punjikasthala, who was cursed to assume the form of a female monkey — a curse that could only be nullified if she would give birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Reborn as Anjana, she performed intense austerities to please Shiva, who finally granted her the boon that would cure her of the curse.

When Agni, the god of fire, gave Dasharath, the king of Ayodhya, a bowl of sacred dessert to share among his wives so they may have divine children, an eagle snatched a part of the pudding and dropped it where Anjana was meditating, and Pavana, the god of wind delivered the drop to her outstretched hands. After she took the divine dessert, she gave birth to Hanuman. Thus Lord Shiva incarnated as a monkey, and was born as Hanuman to Anjana, by the blessings of Pavana, who thus became Hanuman's godfather.

The birth of Hanuman released Anjana from the curse. Before she returned to heaven, Hanuman asked his mother about his life ahead. She assured him that he would never die, and said that fruits as ripe as the rising sun would be his food. Mistaking the glowing sun as his food, the divine baby leapt for it. Indra struck him with his thunderbolt and hurled him down to earth. But Hanuman's godfather, Pavana carried him to the nether world or 'Patala'. As he departed from the earth, all life panted for air, and Brahma had to beg him to return. In order to appease him they conferred a lot of boons and blessings on his foster child that made Hanuman invincible, immortal and super powerful.
Hanuman's Education
Hanuman selected Surya, the sun god as his preceptor, and approached him with the request to teach the scriptures. Surya agreed and Hanuman became his disciple, but had to face his constantly moving guru by traversing the sky backwards at equal pace, while taking his lessons. Hanuman's phenomenal concentration took him only 60 hours to master the scriptures. Surya considered the manner in which Hanuman accomplished his studies as his tuition fees, but when Hanuman requested him to accept something more than that, the sun god asked Hanuman to assist his son Sugriva, by being his minister and compatriot.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Paganism is Wholesome


Truth & Fairness


Atacamite

Atacamite is used for Spiritual Guidance, Emotional Healing, Energy Blockages

Atacamite is a crystal with powerful energy. It is used for emotional healing quite often, and to expand one's ability to show one's love.

It can be used as a protection stone and help keep away from harm. It can also be used as a stone for spiritual connection and various psychic and mystical practices such as meditation, astral travel, higher spiritual guidance. Thus it is considered a stone of visualization.

Atacamite is also used for removing energy blockages. It can be used to enhance motivation and optimism during trying times.

Atacamite is used in crystal healing and folklore for thyroid, fertility, nervous system, gonads, and the heart.

Atacamite contains copper, which though a necessarily micronutrient can cause copper toxicity in large amounts. I suggest using the indirect method if creating gem elixirs.

Atacamite is associated primarily with the heart chakra.

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Sekhmet & Anubis by Dark Natasha

Cerunnnos: Celtic God of the Forest

Cernunnos is a horned god found in Celtic mythology. He is connected with male animals, particularly the stag in rut, and this has led him to be associated with fertility and vegetation. Depictions of Cernunnos are found in many parts of the British Isles and western Europe. He is often portrayed with a beard and wild, shaggy hair -- he is, after all, the lord of the forest.

With his mighty antlers, Cernunnos is a protector of the forest and master of the hunt. He is a god of vegetation and trees in his aspect as the Green Man, and a god of lust and fertility when connected with Pan, the Greek satyr. In some traditions, he is seen as a god of death and dying, and takes time to comfort the dead by singing to them on their way to the spirit world.

Because of his horns (and the occasional depiction of a large, erect phallus) Cernunnos has often been misinterpreted by fundamentalists as a symbol of Satan. Certainly, at times, the Christian church has pointed to the Pagan following of Cernunnos as "devil worship." This is in part due to nineteenth century paintings of Satan which included large, ram-like horns much like those of Cernunnos.

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Blackberry

Blackberry is used for healing, protection and money. Sacred to Brighid. Leaves and berries said to attract wealth and healing.

According to some English folklore, passing under the archway formed by a bramble branch will cure (or prevent) all manner of afflictions including hernia, ruptures, pimples and boils. This has also been used as a remedy for "downer" cows. (I have not found a description of this last healing rite, but I suspect it involves passing the archway over the cow rather than dragging a cow under it.)

Celtic lore said that blackberries were fae fruit, and thus bad luck for people to eat, but blackberry wine was somehow still okay. Mythology relating both Christ and the Devil to blackberries also made them taboo eating.

According to some Christian lore, Christ's crown of thorns was made of brambles, and thus the berries were turned from red to black.

Another tale says that Lucifer landed in brambles when he was cast down from heaven and thus he cursed them so that they would be ugly. It is said that he hates them so much, he stomps on them on Michealmas Day and after that, it's unlucky to harvest them. Other folklore says this happens on Halloween.

Even so, blackberries were considered protective against earthbound spirits and vampires. If planted near a home, a vampire couldn't enter because he would obsessively count the berries and forget what he was about.

In Greek mythology, the hero Belleraphon was thrown into brambles when he dared to ride the Pegasus to Mount Olympus and was blinded by the thorns and wandered outcast and alone therafter.

Different parts of the blackberry plant have different correspondences. The thorny branches are ruled by Aries and fire and are used for protection. Blackberry vines can be woven into protective wreaths, especially in combination with Rowan and Ivy and the thorns and leaves can also be added to mojo bags and other preparations for general household protection and prosperity.

Blackberry leaves are ruled by the Venus, Scorpio and the element water and are used for everything related to female fertility. The tea from the leaf is also said to work as a mild aphrodisiac.

A healing spell that invokes Brigid makes use of blackberry leaves. Dip nine leaves in a natural water source and lay them on a burn or a red inflamed area. Say to each leaf as you lay them on the wound- "Three ladies came from the East, One with fire and two with frost, Out with fire, in with frost!"

The berries themselves are feminine in nature and ruled by the element of earth. They represent an abundant harvest and can be used in spells and magical cooking for prosperity. Blackberries are traditionally baked into pies to celebrate First Harvest festivals, such as Lughnassadh and Lammas

In dream symbology, blackberries represent loss, sorrow and remorse. If you are pricked in your dream, the your enemies will conspire with your friends against you. If they draw blood, then you will get the raw end of a deal.

Blackberry is a cooling herb.

Fresh leaves, bruised can be applied to give some relief to burns, especially from steam or boiling water and is also useful for hemorrhoids, skin ulcers, and eczema. A decoction used as a mouth rinse is also good for sore throats.

The fruit is especially good for the liver and kidneys, while the leaf acts on the stomach and intestines.

The fruit should be eaten, either fresh, or in jam or wine, by those having trouble with stones or diarrhea. A decoction of the root bark or an infusion of the leaves may also be used. For stones, simmer 1 tbsp of root per cup of water for 20 minutes. Add enough water to return it to one cup, and drink one cup per day, spaced out throughout the day in 1/4 cup intervals.

In the summer when the berries are ripe, make this syrup to help ease winter colds and flu- cover fresh berries with malt vinegar and let them stand for three days. Mash and strain. Add one pound of sugar for each pint of juice that results and bring it all to a boil. Allow it to boil for five minutes, then let cool and seal. Add a teaspoon of this syrup to a cup of water to help keep your feverish little ones hydrated.

The root is used to make an astringent tea to ease diarrhea.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sekhmet: Egyptian Goddess of Divine Retribution, Vengeance, & Conquest

Appearance: a woman with the head of a lioness.

Description: Sekhmet means "The Mighty One," and she was one of the most powerful of the gods and goddesses. She was the goddess who meted out divine punishment to the enemies of the gods and of the pharaoh. In this capacity she was called the "Eye of Ra." She also accompanied the pharaoh into battle, launching fiery arrows into battle ahead of him. Sekhmet could also send plagues and disease against her enemies, but was sometimes invoked to avoid plague and cure disease.
Sekhmet's capacity for destruction is well-documented. In one story, Ra sends her to punish those mortals who have forgotten him and she ends up nearly destroying the entire human race. Only the cleverness of Ra stops her rampage before it consumes every living thing.

Worship: Worshipped as part of a triad made up of herself, her husband Ptah and their eldest child Nefertem, her cult center was at Memphis.

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Bide the Wiccan Law


Smokey Pentacle


Astrophyllite

Astrophyllite is used for Soul Purpose, Self-Acceptance, Astral Travel

Astrophyllite has a name that comes from the Greek words astron meaning "star" and phyllon meaning "leaf." for the patterns it tends to grow in.

Astrophyllite is a stone of self-knowledge and self-acceptance that is said to promote a feeling of well-being.Through this self-awareness and acceptance, it is said to be excellent for releasing unhealthy behavior patterns or bad habits. It is said to help one reach and align with the soul's purpose.

Astrophyllite grounds and calms, as well as protecting. It can bring fidelity, honesty between partners by activating a soul-connection that allows the partners to "see into" the other's soul. It is said to give the ability to make major change that moves forward your life journey in a positive way, something akin to the saying that when a door closes, a window opens somewhere. Astrophyllite is said to help with astral travels.

Physically, Astrophyllite is said in folklore and crystal healing to be helpful for ADD, ADHD, anxiety, eliminating fat deposits, seizures, cellular regeneration.

Astrophyllite is related to all of the chakras and can energize each with the energy needed to align to the soul's purpose.

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Black Pepper

Black Pepper is used for banishing negativity, exorcism, and protection from evil.

Burn to rid the home or office of bad vibrations or before you move into a new place.

Carry with you to ward off petty jealousy against you.

Aids in summoning up your courage to face things or do things you just don't wanna do but have to.

Pepper is added to amulets as a protectant against the evil eye, and when worn it fees the mind of envious thoughts.

Mixed with salt and scattered about the property it dispels evil.

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Triple Goddess (Mother, Maiden, Crone): Wiccan Goddess of the Moon & Fate

The Triple Goddess, often seen as the goddess of the Moon and of Fate, is a deity widely honored by contemporary pagans; especially in traditional Wicca, where she is viewed as one of the two supreme or primary deities, along with her lover and consort the Horned God. The term triple goddess is infrequently used outside of Neopaganism to instead refer to historical goddess triads and single goddesses of three forms or aspects. In common Neopagan usage the three female figures are frequently described as the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone, each of which symbolizes both a separate stage in the female life cycle and a phase of the moon, and often rules one of the realms of earth, underworld, and the heavens. These may or may not be perceived as aspects of a greater single divinity. The feminine part of Wicca's duotheistic theological system is sometimes portrayed as a Triple Goddess, her masculine counterpart being the Horned God.

The relationship between the neopagan Triple Goddess and ancient religion is disputed, although it is not disputed that triple goddesses were known to ancient religion.

While many Neopagans are not Wiccan, and within Neopaganism the practices and theology vary widely, many Wiccans and other neopagans worship the "Triple Goddess" of maiden, mother, and crone, a practice going back to mid-twentieth-century England. In their view, sexuality, pregnancy, breastfeeding — and other female reproductive processes — are ways that women may embody the Goddess, making the physical body sacred.

The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth and youthful enthusiasm, represented by the waxing moon;
The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfilment, stability, power and life represented by the full moon;The Crone represents wisdom, repose, death, and endings represented by the waning moon.

The triple goddess sign is identified with Greek moon goddesses:

Artemis - the Maiden, because she was the virgin goddess of the hunt;
Selene - the Mother, for she was the mother of Endymion's children and loved him;
Hecate - the Crone, as she was associated with the underworld and magic, and so considered to be "Queen of Witches".

The Dianic tradition adopted Graves's Triple Goddess, along with other elements from Wicca, and is named after the Roman goddess Diana, the goddess of the witches in Charles Godfrey Leland's 1899 book Aradia.  Zsuzsanna Budapest, widely considered the founder of Dianic Wicca, considers her Goddess "the original Holy Trinity; Virgin, Mother, and Crone." Dianic Wiccans such as Ruth Barrett, follower of Budapest and co-founder of the Temple of Diana, use the Triple Goddess in ritual work and correspond the "special directions" of "above", "center", and "below" to Maiden, Mother, and Crone respectively.

Some neopagans assert that the worship of the Triple Goddess dates to pre-Christian Europe and possibly goes as far back as the Paleolithic period and consequently claim that their religion is a surviving remnant of ancient beliefs. They believe the Triple Goddess is an archetypal figure which appears in a number of different cultures throughout human history, and that many individual goddesses can be interpreted as Triple Goddesses.

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Cerberus: Greek Guardian of the Underworld

Cerberus was a vicious beast that guarded the entrance to Hades and kept the living from entering the world of the dead. According to Apollodorus, Cerberus was a strange mixture of creatures: he had three heads of wild dogs, a dragon or serpent for a tail, and heads of snakes all over his back. Hesiod, though, says that Cerberus had fifty heads and devoured raw flesh.

Cerberus' parents were the monster Echinda (half-woman, half-serpent) and Typhon (a fire-breathing giant covered with dragons and serpents). Even the gods of Olympus were afraid of Typhon.

There are only a couple of myths in Greek mythology where a hero gets the better of Cerberus. The first is when Orpheus (Greek mythology), the famed musician, sneaks into Hades by lulling the usually unstoppable Cerberus to sleep with his beautiful music.

The second myth is when Hercules (Greek mythology), with the approval of Hades (Greek mythology), the god of the Underworld, gets Cerberus in a choke hold, knocks him out, and kidnaps him. He is eventually returned to his post where he remains to this day. Cerberus, Guardian of Hades Other than these myths, the three-headed hound of Hell is an unmatched force for anyone trying to get in or out of Hades without express permission.

Some believe that due to his unmatched dedication to the gods of ancient Greece, Cerberus was eventually released by Hades and was able to join the gods in a more human immortal form, thereafter being known by the name Naberius.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Evocation of the Witch


You Have the Right


Witches Bottle (Protection)

Witches Bottle (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."

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Black Haw

Black Haw-Protection, gambling, luck, power and employment. Carry in the pocket while seeking employment, if you are having problems at work, or if you are asking for a raise.
Also known as: Devil's Shoestring, Stagbush, American Sloe

Devil's Shoestring is used for protection, to "trip up the Devil" or "hobble" him so he can't get in a house.

They are also carried for gambling luck and for job-getting.

Some folks drive them into the ground around the front door or place a bundle of them above the door lintel or mantelpiece.

In past days, it was not uncommon for folks to wear an ankle-bracelet made with nine pieces of Devil's Shoestring and a silver dime to prevent being "poisoned through the feet" by stepping in Goofer Dust.

Devil's Shoestring is widely believed to have the Power to Protect against Evil, Harm, or Gossip. Some folks carry them in a red flannel bag for Protection from Crossed Conditions, others carry them in a green flannel bag for Money Luck.

Some place a whole John the Conqueror Root and 7 DEVIL'S SHOE STRINGS in Whiskey for seven days and that they rub their money with this liquid before going out to gamble.

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Arkansas Quartz (Clear Quartz)

Arkansas Quartz brings energy that is Potent, Robust, and Consistent

Clear quartz is a silicon dioxide crystal with a hexagonal crystal system. The specimens in this category are the very, very best from the famous Ron Coleman Mine in Arkansas, thus where it gets it's name of Arkansas Quartz.

Clear Quartz is by far the most versatile and multidimensional stone in the mineral realm. Three of its key properties are energy amplification, programmability and memory. Clear Quartz is also a stone of Light, bringing heightened spiritual awareness to whoever wears, carries or meditates with it.

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Gaia: Greek Goddess of the Earth (Mother Nature)

The first Greek god was actually a goddess. She is Gaia, or Mother Earth, who created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang, and unto Mother Earth all living things must return after their allotted span of life is over.

Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. Mother Nature is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet, and ultimately all life and health depend on Her. In time, Nature heals all ills.

The way of Mother Gaia is the passive, feminine, Yin way of healing. All we need to do to regain our health is to return to the bosom of Mother Nature and live in accordance with Her laws. The Gaia archetype underlies all notions of the Nature Cure. Mother Nature is a healing goddess.

In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated the Gaia hypothesis. It states that all life, and all living things on this planet, are part of a single, all-encompassing global entity or consciousness which he named Gaia. It is this global consciousness, Mother Gaia, that makes our planet capable of supporting life, while our near neighbors in the solar system are barren and lifeless.

Through the global consciousness of Mother Gaia, all living things on this planet, from their most primordial instincts, are constantly interacting with their environment to ensure the harmony, balance and continuity of Life. Live in abalance with Mother Nature and health and healing are yours; violate Her laws and get out of balance, and you pay the price in suffering and disease. In this sense, all medicine and healing can be seen as a system of ecology.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

War Water (Borrowed with permission from Nalaya Oddly)

in a jar place three rusty nails you found. . .they must be iron. . . not steel, fill the jar with water, I use rain water and drinking water, if you have some lightning water that's awesome ( extra brownie points and juju)! leave to sit for about a week and you have yourself a great starter. Don't forget to agitate often and open the jar to re oxygenate the water, you need those nails to get all sorts of rusty in the water.

From here you can chose whether to hex or sain.
To sain you want to add essential oils of lavender, rose and orange a few drops will do. If you have rose water on hand you may want to add that to the mix as well and keep it in a pretty vessel in the back of your fridge.

to hex: add Spanish moss, sulphur powder, saltpeter and your own urine ( yes add the pee!) and get rid of it as soon as possible!

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Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is used for love, courage, protection and potency. Use in love sachets or in the bath to prevent impotence. Carry in pocket or amulet for courage and/or strength. Sprinkle around a room to drive away evil. Add an infusion of the herb to bath water to ensure a long and happy life. Burn as a love incense. Put in purple flannel bag for protection for accidents and sudden death and to keep others from doing you wrong.
Also Called: Black Snake Root, Bugbane, Squawroot, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Rattlesnake Root, Richweed

Black cohosh is ruled by Scorpio and the planet Pluto and is associated with the element of fire.

Use in sachets for love, courage and potency or add to the bath. Add to holy water and sprinkle around the room to drive off negative influences.

It can also be used for  Hot flashes, menstrual irregularity, headaches before a period, menstrual cramps, excessive menstrual bleeding, delayed or painful menstruation, ovarian pain, post-hysterectomy symptoms, endometriosis, childbirth and after birth pains, nervous conditions, hysteria, neuralgia, cramps, whooping cough, asthma bronchitis, rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica amenorrhea, PMS, colds, flu, sore throat, swollen or painful gums, skin rashes. Exhibits an oestrogen-like effect, tones uterine muscles and alleviates fatigue and mood swings. Research shows it is very useful for menopausal symptoms. Antispasmodic action, diaphoretic, expectorant, alterative, antirheumatic and emmenagogue.

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Aragonite

Aragonite is used for Magick Charms, Increase Energy, Boost Self-Confidence

Aragonite increases energy, in particular it increases the energy of prayers and magick charms. Metaphysically is it said to boost self-confidence and feelings of self-worth. Diminishing anger and relieving stress are other metaphysical properties of this crystal. Aragonite is professed by mystical lore to be beneficial for chronic fatigue, hair loss.

Aragonite may contain lead, so it is best to use only an indirect method for creating gem elixirs with Argonite.

Yellow Aragonite is usually associated with the solar plexus chakra. Orange or brown Aragonite is associated primarily with the sacral chakra.

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Brigid: Celtic Goddess of Poets, Bards, Healers, & Magicians

In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid (or Brighit), whose name is derived from the Celtic brig or "exalted one", is the daughter of the Dagda, and therefore one of the Tuatha de Dannan. Her two sisters were also called Brighid, and were associated with healing and crafts. The three Brighids were typically treated as three aspects of a single deity, making her a classic Celtic triple goddess.

Brighid was the patron of poets and bards, as well as healers and magicians. She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination. She was honored with a sacred flame maintained by a group of priestesses, and her sanctuary at Kildare, Ireland, later became the home of the Christian variant of Brighid, St. Brigid of Kildare. Kildare is also the location of one of several sacred wells in the Celtic regions, many of which are connected to Brighid. Even today, it's not uncommon to see ribbons and other offerings tied to trees near a well as a petition to this healing goddess.

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Solace & Peace


Magick


Monday, August 25, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Spell Book by Gilliam Kemp

Title: The Good Spell Book
Sub Title: Love Charms, Magical Cures, and other Practical Sorcery
Genre: spell Book
Author Gilliam Kemp
Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1AMzBqT

I really enjoyed this book. The spells are all Romany, some dating as far back as the 1600's. Personally, I've always been fascinated by the Gypsies and Gilliam Kemp's series on their spells is just amazing.

I found the spells fairly simple. I don't even the most thrifty of witches having a problem obtaining the small amount of things needed throughout the book. Some of the spells don't require anything other a candle, a campfire, paper, or a bay leaf.

This book has a collection of spells for just about any purpose. From love spells, to spells to get rid of an old lover, even spells to make siblings get along, spells for weather, home protections, and even your pets!

I recommend this book to any witch who interested in simple spell casting. While some spells have to be cast repeated over several days, they are still easy to follow and an asset to any spell book collection.

I give this book 4 of 5 pentacles

THE SPELL OF THE CORD

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.

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine is used for Courage, Peace, Communication

Aquamarine is metaphysically known as a stone of courage and fortitude that can bring great power. It is said to assist with quick intellectual response. It brings inner peace, hope and self-love, gives shielding for the aura, and is said to bring angels for their guidance and protection. As such, it is an excellent crystal for meditaiton. Aquamarine is used metaphysically to dispel anger and fear.

Aquamarine is also used psychically to do past life recall and work. It is also said to be a wonderful good luck stone. Aquamarine is reputed to assist with calming communication issues. It is said to be attuned to the sea and protect travelers on water and  sailors.

In crystal healing lore Aquamarine is said to be helpful for healing GERD, chronic fatigue, the endocrine system, eyes and eyesight, fluid retention, headaches, intestinal disorders, the nervous system, phobias, and teeth and gums.

Aquamarine is associated primarily with the throat chakra.

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Orunmila: African Orisha of Wisdom, Divination, & Foresight

He is the great benefactor of the humanity and his main advisor. He reveals the future through the secrets of Ifa, the supreme oracle. He is also a great healer, and those who ignores his advices can undergo the ups and downs produced by Eshu.

Orunmila represents the wisdom, the intelligence, and the cleverness that can superpose the badly. When Oloddumare created the Universe, Orunmila was there like witness. It is why it knows the destiny to everything what exists. That is also why he is called the eleri-ipin ibikeji Olodurmare (Witness of all the creation and the second in charge after Olodumare).

Orunmila is the first prophet of the Yorùbá religion, sent by Olodumare to control the births, the deceases and the development of the human beings and other species. Fortune teller and owner of the Oracle and interpret of Ifá. He was in the Earth like prophet with the 16 celestial ancestors (the Meyi of Ifá), between 2000 and the 4000 year a.c. Its cult comes from Ilé Ifé and its name comes from the Yorùbá Òrúnmìlà (“Only the sky knows those who will be saved”).

It personifies the wisdom and the possibility of influencing the destiny, thus is most adverse. Those who doesn't accept the advice of Orula, being men or Orishas, can be victims of the Osogbos sent by Eshu, close to Shango, who provided with the permission of Olofi the gift of adivination to him, and Eshu, it's faiftfull ally. Orunmila forms an important trinity with Olofin and Oddúa (Oduduwa). Only those choosing by him can enter their cult through the “hand of Orula” (Awofakan) for the men and the Ikofafun, for the women. Women who receive him are considered women of Orula and receive the name of Apetebí, being this the most important consecration that a woman receives in the cult of Orula. In the case of the men they can arrive if Orunmila therefore decides them to be priests, in which case receive the name of Babalawo (Father of the secrets).

Orunla has the accumulated knowledge of the secret things of the human being and nature, as well as knowledge on the history of the humanity. In the human plane it represents the spiritualities of all the Awó of Orunmila. He is the governing Orisha and interpreter of the Odun of Ifá Oracle. Orunmila isn't crowned as guardian Orisha and the Oracle only communicates through him. He enjoys the privilege to know the principle and origin all the things, including the Oshas and Orishas. He allows men to know their future and how to influence it. He is very related to Eshu and Osun.

Orunmila is present at the moment at which the spirit who is going to incarnate to an individual is choosing his destiny. It represents the security, the support and the consolation before the uncertainty of the life. With his aid everything is possible.

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Bistort

Bistort is used for fertility, divination, clairvoyance, psychic powers. Carry in a sachet for fertility and conception. Add to any herbal mixture to boost divination. Burn with frankincense during divination or to enhance psychic powers. Carry in a yellow flannel bag to attract wealth & good fortune. Sprinkle an infusion of bistort around the home to drive out poltergeists.
Also known as: Bistort Root, Dragonwort

Burn bistort with frankincense to improve psychic powers.

Carry it with you if you wish to conceive; use in sachets and incenses for this purpose.  

It can also be added to the holy water or smudge mixture that is used during exorcisms. An infusion of bistort root is said to help chase away spirits of the earthbound dead.

Sprinkle an infusion of bistort around your home to keep out unwanted visitors of the mischievous variety, such as poltergeists, sprites, etc.

Can be carried for purification and protection. Used in magical formulas, or sprinkled in the purse or wallet, to promote prosperity.

Dwellings can be cleared of ghosts by burning the root as an incense or making an infusion and sprinkling about the house.

Bistort can be used to mark boundaries for protection.

The Serpent is also good for invoking in order to make sense of strange nonverbal images that come to you; she speaks in a language without words.

As the Big Snake, Bistort root carved with a Ior rune is a good charm for third-gender spirit-workers. 

May be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Saturn matters.

There is close relationship between snakeweed and smartweed and both are interchangeable magically to attract money, use money wisely for generation of profits and good building projects as well as clearing one’s mind.  This is done as you add snakeweed to some money drawing or protective mojo hand.

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Seven Beliefs for Manifesting Real Magic


Familiars: Introduction & Spells

In light of my familiar, Monkey Slice, passing away this morning.. I wanted to take a minute to explain the role familiars have and why we witches hold them so dear.

Monkey Slice
August 16, 2011- August 25, 2014

To the normal person, a familiar is nothing more than a pet, a furry family member. To a witch they are so much more. Familiars are our closest allies, our partners in crime. They help us with our spells, they know us better than anyone else, and they bond with us in ways no one else can. Familiars are also a witch's strong line of defense. They can and will take any hex, curse, or negativity sent at you without a thought... Even if it costs them their lives. These animals not only share their lives with their witches, but their energy, their knowledge, and their hearts.

The most common belief among non pagans is that a familiar houses a demon and was given to the witch by Satan as part of a pact.

However, we pagans know better. Most believe the soul of a familiar is a loved one that's passed on. Others believe it's the Fae. Regardless, these animals are not just pets; they are a part of our families and held close to our hearts.

Familiars are often the first targets a weak witch will attack when trying to get to a stronger opponent. Back in the days of Cunning Folk, people were hired to spy on, rob, and even kill a witch's familiar as it was believed that the witch stored some of their own energy within the animal.

when a familiar steps onto the Rainbow Bridge, it hurts as much as losing a child. It leaves a hollow feeling in the pit of your very soul, and you feel like you're missing a piece of your soul; in essence you are.

So today, I'd like to take a minute to delve into the role of the familiar as a final tribute to by dear Monkey Slice, who was called home by Artemis at 5:00 am this morning.

I hope these spells, prayers, and rituals help you with all you need concerning a familiar.

Finding A Familiar

This spell is best cast on or just before the full moon~ Best cast outdoors but can be cast indoors by an exit.

Preparation: Bathe in a warm sea salt bath

Cleanse your magickal space
Dress a pink or white candle with your favorite oil/oils
Burn cleansing incense like patchouli or dragons blood, or simply light the corner of a dried sage leaf and “smudge” your space
Light your oil dressed candle, reciting words to this effect, or make up your own incantation (Make sure you give clues as to what kind of familiar you would like.

“I ask the Great Mother to send me a special friend~
Bringing love that knows no beginning, and no end~
Claw and tail, and loving eyes~
Warm and gentle, wildly wise~
Let me know and let me see~
One with eyes for only me~
So mote it be!”

(Remember that normally the witches familiar comes to her, she doesn't "buy" a familiar or shop for a familiar)


To Bless A Familiar

Optional extras:
White candle (or any candle in the shape of your familiar);
statue or picture of Bast, Hecate, or another appropriate animal patron
god/dess

Magic’s notes: Bast is the goddess of cats, Hecate is the patron of dogs and snakes. Herne is good for almost any wild animal, should you happen to have one for a familiar. If your animal will sit still for this magickal working, it is nice to have them there for the spell, but you can do it without them. If they are not present, substitute a picture.

“Furry and mysterious
You have blessed my life
And my magickal practice
With your sweet spirit
And the essence of your soul.”

“Be blessed and welcome
Companion and helper
As you boost my power
By lending your strength
And your own deep magick.”

“May we live together
And practice  together
For many years to come
And bring joy and strength
As we grow in our bond.”

“In perfect love and perfect trust
May we practice our magick
O blessed familiar.”

So mote it be!


Pet Protection Collar

Materials:
Tiny amber beads with holes through them
Jeweler’s elastic

Best time to cast: Anytime

The Spell:

Collect the ingredients listed. Cast a circle around the area were you will do your spell. Cut a piece of stretchy jeweler’s elastic long enough to fit over your pet’s head. It shouldn’t be so loose that your pet can slip out of it easily, nor so tight that it’s uncomfortable around his/her neck. Leave enough elastic to tie a knot when you’re finished.

String the beads on the elastic, one at a time. With each bead say the following affirmation also: “{Pet’s name} is safe and sound at all times and in all situations, now and always.” Visualize a ball of white light surround your pet, keeping him/her safe. When you’ve finished, tie a knot and repeat the affirmation a final time. Open te circle. Slip the protection collar over your pet’s head.

Note: Get a name tag for your pet with your name, address, and phone umber on it and attach it to the gemstone collar.


Familiar Consecration Spell


To cement and/or formalize the psychic bonds between you and your familiar:
 
Cast a circle large enough to hold you, your familiar and any magickal tools that you wish to consecrate (these may include leashes, collars or similar pet paraphernalia, as well as spell components or ritual tools).
 Burn frankincense on the periphery of the circle.
Sit within the circle, with your familiar, until you feel that it’s time to come out. 
Repeat as needed.

Live dangerously! If your familiar is a cat, cast your circle with dried catnip and instead of frankincense, burn diviner’s sage to enhance your powers of prophesy. Let the cat play, while you allow yourself sudden bursts of inspiration.


Prayer For A Deceased Familiar

Mother Earth, we return to you
the body of one of your children.
Her spirit will return to her ancestors,
and she will continue to live in our memories.
We are thankful that we were able
to share our lives with her,
and give her to your loving arms.


Burial Ritual For A Familiar

(Taken from The Enchanted Cat by Ellen Dugan)
(You can substitute the gods/goddesses mentioned for your familiars deity)

 Supplies
Rosemary sprigs (for Remembrance)
Basil leaves (for love and devotion)
Lavender sprig (for protection)
A small tumbled amber stone
A small white charm bag or a square of plain fabric

Directions
Gather together your supplies. Tuck these into the white bag or tie in white square of fabric and enchant the bag with this charm:

I call upon the goddesses of the cat,
Sekhmet, Freya, Mafdet, Diana and Bast.
Accept now this token and welcome my friend
May they know love and happiness without end.

This token may be buried with your pet or if you live in the city or have chosen cremation, it  may be left as an offering to the cat goddesses in a wild place. Once your task is complete, give yourself time to recover.

(If there are things which you do not have you could always substitute for other things (ie herbs) which stand for the same properties or if the herbs listed do not resonate with you, choose ones which do. It is all about intention after all. Also add in words of your own as you knew this pet and you will do what feels right for you and your family at this difficult time)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Space Cleansing Ritual

For this ritual to cleanse your magick space, 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!

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Birch

Birch is used for protection, exorcism and purification. A birch planted close to the home is said to protect against lightning, infertility, and the evil eye.

Also known as: White Birch, Canoe Birch, Paper Birch, Tree of Life, Lady of the Woods

The oil from Birch bark is used for treating skin conditions, and insect repellant. The sap is a natural shampoo, and can be a remedy for dysentery and urinary infections. An infusion of Birch leaves is an antiseptic and diuretic.

Birch wood is believed to ward off evil, banish fears and build courage.

Associated with beauty and tolerance, the Birch's vibration heightens tolerance of oneself and others.  Use a Birch Broom to brush out the old year on the morning after Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.  Add the cut bark to protection spells or drink birch beer if you feel you are under psychic attack.

Stripped of its bark, Birch is the traditional Yule Log.  Traditionally, Birch twigs were used to light the Beltane fires, and couples paired off to the Birch forests. Later is when they began to make the Maypoles out of Birch, setting them up and decorating them as the focal point in the villages.  The traditional broom of the Witches was made of birch twigs, and cradles were once made from birch wood for the sole purpose to protect the helpless children. 

The birch tree symbolizes a fresh start and can bring courage and determination to those of us who are treading the path of spiritual growth and development

for the first time.

Although the birch does appear fragile, it is in fact extremely hardy. This teaches us that in apparent weakness there is often to be found great strength.

The birch also promises new life and love, and is a potent symbol of purification and renewal, which focuses our attention on our potential for the change and on the consideration of new directions and goals to be experienced in our lives.

It teaches the lesson of unselfishness and of caring for the needs of others in ways that help them to flourish of their own accord.

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Aqua Aura Quartz

Aqua Aura is used to Increase Psychic Awareness, Increase Conscious Awareness

Though not created through a natural process, the synergy of the quartz and gold combine to bring about a new crystal of intense energy and power.

Aqua Aura can enhance communications of all kinds. It can help one both speak and see the truth. Because of bringing energies of truth in, this crystal is used to enhance speaking, whether in a small group or a larger public group. This also assists with growing and using self-expression in a calm and loving manner.

Aqua Aura is called both a success stone and an abundance stone. It is said to attract success to all who use or carry it, and help them understand that it is indeed success. Aqua Aura can bring prosperity, even possibly wealth.  

Aqua Aura is an outstanding tool for people wishing  to increase their psychic skills and awareness. Aqua Aura strengthens meditation which can enhance any psychic endeavors. Aqua Aura is used to empower and enhance telepathy, clairaudience, clairvoyance, psychic healing, and automatic writing as well as other modalities. In part this psychic empowerment is due to bringing more intense energy to the effort.

The strength of Aqua Aura is also excellent protection from psychic attacks.   It helps strengthen and heal the auric field which is a first line against negative psychic energy. It can protect against psychic "vampires", and other parasitic or draining negative energies.

Aqua Aura is said to assist in conscious awareness of one's own motivations and patterns.   As humans we tend to spend a great deal of emotional energy closing our eyes to our own truths. Ceasing to expend this energy brings a calm sense of clarity about these motivations and patterns. This enables us to improve these for our highest good.

Aqua Aura is used by crystal healers and others to calm the emotions and the emotional body. It is a powerful stress reliever. It is also a strong energy for reducing or eliminating anger. It is said to help process emotional disturbances, grief, and traumas to a point where they are no longer stressful.

Aqua Aura is said to ease the transition of death process by bringing calm and a sure inner knowledge of universal truths. This easing can be brought about by placing an Aqua Aura crystal or cluster on or near the person approaching this transition or by using it in a meditative prayer for that person's best and highest good.

Physically Aqua Aura is reputed to help with throat problems, stress-related physical or mental illness,   depression and anxiety disorders, thymus bland, vertigo,  immune system issues. Aqua Aura is particularly helpful for distance spiritual energy healing because of its ability to send energy. It is also said to be outstanding at activating and energizing other stones for healing, making it especially good for crystal layout or grid healing.

Aqua Aura, as with all types and varities of  quartz also has the basic properties of quartz. in addition to their own specific properties., and those of the gold it is synergized with.

Aqua Aura is related primarily to the throat and third eye chakras.

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Cleopatra: Nea Isis

Egyptians thought Cleopatra was a reincarnation of the goddess Isis, as she called herself Nea Isis.

Cleopatra VII Philopator (Late 69 BC – August 12, 30 BC), known to history as Cleopatra, was the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. The name Cleopatra is derived from the Greek name Κλεοπατρα (Kleopatra) which meant "glory of the father" in the feminine form, derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory" combined with πατρος (patros) "of the father" (the masculine form would be Kleopatros Κλεοπατρος).

Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great's death during the Hellenistic period. The Ptolemies, throughout their dynasty, spoke Greek and refused to speak Egyptian, which is the reason that Greek as well as Egyptian languages were used on official court documents such as the Rosetta Stone. By contrast, Cleopatra did learn to speak Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.

Cleopatra originally ruled jointly with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, and later with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, whom she married as per Egyptian custom, but eventually she became sole ruler. As pharaoh, she consummated a liaison with Julius Caesar that solidified her grip on the throne. She later elevated her son with Caesar, Caesarion, to co-ruler in name.

After Caesar's assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar's legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (later known as Augustus). With Antony, she bore the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son, Ptolemy Philadelphus (her unions with her brothers had produced no children). After losing the Battle of Actium to Octavian's forces, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra followed suit, according to tradition killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12, 30 BC. She was briefly outlived by Caesarion, who was declared pharaoh by his supporters but soon killed on Octavian's orders. Egypt became the Roman province of Aegyptus.

Rev. Terry Michael Riley

Rev. Terry Michael Riley is the founding High Priest of the Southern Delta Church of Wicca - A.T.C. in Jonesboro, Arkansas, established in 1994. He was ordained by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church in 1993. He is a respected sage in his Pagan community. He has been teaching men's mysteries in the craft through workshops, classes and open festivals for the past sixteen years. He is a healer and teacher.

Since 1995 Terry has performed over 180 Rites of Passage for the Pagan community in his tri-state area.

Rev. Riley has also published a book via Createspace.com called Brothers of the Sun: Pagan Men Mysteries

With the final recognition of Paganism as a world religion it is more essential now than ever before to teach accurate information about the Pagan God. This book is to help men connect with their inner God, understand why they do what they do; and give them the tools to empower themselves so that they continue a legacy and traditions in the Pagan community as a whole. If you only buy one pagan book this year, this is the book. It includes rites of passages, a Book of Shadows, Candle magick, and the philosophy and the psychology of why the God is so essential to our Pagan community.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Saci Perere: Brazilian Myth

Saci Pererê is a very playful character in Brazilian mythology. The color of his skin is black and he has only one leg. He is always depicted smoking a large pipe. He wears a red pointed hat, which gives him magical powers like the ability to appear or disappear whenever he wants to.  He loves to play pranks like distracting people who are cooking so that the food burns on the stove. Some of his other pranks are to hide kitchen utensils, bang doors or letting animals penned in corrals loose. Another favorite of his is to startle travelers or hunters who venture alone in the forests, by whistling loudly in their ears. After this, he appears to them in a cloud of smoke, asking them to light his pipe. During full moon nights, he hops onto a horse and gallops merrily around the countryside.

According to legend, inside every small tornado that raises dust and sweeps everything it finds in its way, there is a Saci Perere. People say that if someone throws a rosary made of seeds inside the tornado, Saci Perere can be captured. By taking possession of his hat, the person can have any wish fulfilled.

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Bilberry

Element: Water
Planet: Venus
Gender: Feminine

Bilberry is used for Luck, protection, dream magick, hex-breaking

Also known as: Black Whortleberry, Blueberry, Burren Myrtle, Dyeberry, Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Whinberry, Whortleberry, Wineberry.

Carrying a sachet in which bilberry leaves are placed will increase your luck, keep away evil and break hexes or curses. Eating the berries provide protection from within. Burn the leaves like incense in the bedroom directly before going to sleep. Do this for 7 days to make all your dreams come true.

It can be used for protection use while calling upon Dadga or Manannan Mac Lir for protection while at sea/ against drowning.

Place some blueberries, or the leaves of the plant around the entrances to your home to prevent malign influences from entering.  Eat blueberry pies or tarts when you feel you are under psychic attack, this will protect you from the inside.

Bilberries have long been considered as protective herbs. When employed esoterically, the dried leaves may be powdered and sprinkled around the perimeters of a household or otherwise burnt as an incense to protect the inhabitants within from malign forces and to drive away negativity. An incense of bilberry leaves is also said to generate luck and facilitate in the acquisition of material desires or wealth. The leaves may be encased in a medicine pouch or juju bag and carried upon one's person during travelling to protect one from harm. When worn next to one's skin, it is said to effectively nullify nearly all forms of psychical attacks. The protective properties of the leaf are also possessed by the berries, and it is said in folklore that eating foodstuffs containing the berry effective de-hexes a person of any spell or enchantment.

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Lakshmi: Hindu Goddess of Wealth & Beauty

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu. Also known as Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows. Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Jain monuments.

Lakshmi is called Shree or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas, and also because she is the source of strength even to Vishnu. When Vishnu incarnated on the Earth as the avatars Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi took incarnation as his consort. Sita (Rama's wife), Radha (Krishna's lover), Rukmini and Satyabama are considered forms of Lakshmi.

Lakshmi is worshipped daily in Hindu homes and commercial establishments as the goddess of wealth. She is also worshipped as the consort of Vishnu in many temples. The festivals of Diwali and Kojagiri Purnima are celebrated in her honour.

As per Devi, the Supreme power, is called Durga or Shakti. The abstract power has been imagined by the Hindus as Durga Shakti. Both Lakshmi and Saraswati are forms of Durga or Shakti or Tridevi the eternal consort power of Parabrahman the Trimurti. By the help of the Supreme soul (Adi Purusha) to create the Supreme Power (Adi-shakti), three other shapes have been created from the Supreme Power.

She is seen in two forms, Bhudevi and Sridevi, both either side of Sri Venkateshwara or Vishnu. Bhudevi is the representation and totality of the material world or energy, called the aparam Prakriti, in which she is called Mother Earth. Sridevi is the spiritual world or energy, called the Prakriti. Most people are mistaken that they are separate beings although they are one, that is, Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the power of Vishnu.[citation needed]

Mahalakshmi's presence is also found on Sri Venkateswara (at Tirumala) or Vishnu's chest, at the heart. Lakshmi is the embodiment of love, from which devotion to God or Bhakti flows. It is through Love/Bhakti or Lakshmi that the atma or soul is able to reach God or Vishnu. Lakshmi plays a special role as the mediator between her husband Vishnu and his worldly devotees. Lakshmi represents a more soothing, kind, warm and approachable mother figure who willingly intervenes in the lives of devotees. When asking Vishnu for grace or the forgiveness, the devotees often approach Him through the intermediary presence of Lakshmi. She is also the personification of the spiritual Fulfillment. Also, she embodies the spiritual world, also known as Vaikunta, the abode of Lakshmi-Narayana or Vishnu, or what would be considered Heaven in Vaishnavism. She is also the divine qualities of God and the soul. Lakshmi is the embodiment of God's superior spiritual feminine energy, Param Prakriti, which purifies, empowers and uplifts the individual. Hence, she is called the Goddess of Fortune. She is believed to be the mother of the universe.

Devas (gods) and asuras (demons) were both mortal at one time, in Hinduism. Amrit, the divine nectar that grants immortality, could only be obtained by churning the Kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk). The devas and asuras both sought immortality and decided to churn the Kshirsagar. The samudra manthan commenced with the devas on one side and the asuras on the other. Vishnu incarnated as Kurma, the tortoise, and a mountain was placed on the tortoise as a churning pole. Vasuki, the great venom-spewing serpent, was wrapped around the mountain and used to churn the ocean. A host of divine celestial objects came up during the churning. Along with them emerged the goddess Lakshmi. In some versions she is said to be the daughter of Varuna, the sea god since she emerged from the sea.

In the Vishnu Purana, Garuda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana she is said to have been born as the daughter of the divine sage Bhrigu. In the Vishnu Purana, she was born to Bhrigu and his wife Khyaati and was named "Bhargavi". According to the Vishnu Purana, once when the sage Durvasa was once traversing the earth he saw a celestial garland in the hands of a celestial maid and requested her to give it to him. The nymph agreed and gave the garland to Durvasa who placing it on his head yielded to its influence and wandered about inebriated. While wandering he met Indra who was accompanied by the Devas and gave the garland to him. Indra then placed the garland on his elephant Airavata where it shined brightly and blinded Airavata who seized the garland with his trunk and threw it to the ground. Durvasa on seeing this becomes infuriated and curses the whole universe to be devoid of "Shri". The Devas unable to bear this told about the matter to Brahma and he instructed them to request Vishnu to help them solve this situation. Vishnu agreed and instructed them to seek the help of the Asuras and churn the Ksheera Sagara in order for the effect of Durvasa's curse to be removed. The Devas and the Asuras together churned the cosmic ocean. First to come out of the ocean was the divine cow Kamadhenu, then Varuni, then the tree Parijat, then the Apsaras, then Chandra (the moon), then Dhanvantari with Amrita (nectar of immortality) in his hand. Then Lakshmi appeared seated on a lotus and placed herself on the chest of Vishnu.

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Green Apophyllite

Green Apophyllite is used for Growth, Abundance, Heart Chakra

Green Apophyllite has the energies of clear Apophyllite, plus its own energies. It is a stone of growth, universal love, and nature. It is said to bring abundance. It is related primarily to the heart chakra and connects the heart to the Crown Chakra and Spirit.

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