January, the First Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

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“Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”

-  Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne

791973ppcvu2wvydJanuary – Wolf Moon

January is the first month of the Gregorian calendar. Its name comes from the two-faced Roman God Janus, ruler of gates and doorways. Its astrological sign Capricorn, the goat (December 21- January 20), is a cardinal earth sign ruled by Saturn. January is a time of new beginnings. New Year’s Day brings with it the tradition of making resolutions for the new year. Popular customs include opening the front and back door of the home, a symbolic way of letting the new year in and the old year out. Epiphany or Twelfth Night, falls on January 6 and is the final night of the Christmas season. This night is a time to gather family and friends near a crackling fire, enjoying food and sweets and sharing hopes and wishes for the coming year. January’s Full Moon was known as the Wolf Moon, a time when the hungry pack would search for food. In many regions, snow blankets the ground, icicles hang from the eaves, and the night sky is spangled with starlight. Evergreen trees, symbols of eternal life, stand out now in the winter woodland. Blue jays and cardinals brighten the winter landscape. Traditionally during this month, Pagans perform purification magic, using seasonal scent such as pine and ginger. The ritual burning of written charms so that their magic may be released is also popular in January.

791973ppcvu2wvydThe Wolf Moon

The First Esbat or Full Moon after Yule is the Wolf Moon. A time of unity, purity, and dormancy, it represents the primal nature of the Goddess being reborn into a new cycle of light. The light of the solar cycle is increasing, and nights are gradually becoming warmer and shorter all the way to the Summer Solstice.

Wolf Moon Folklore

A bright first Moon promises rain and a bountiful harvest; a red-tinted Moon means a dry year.
A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
A halo around the Moon predicts wet or stormy weather.


NATURE SPIRITS : gnomes and brownies

HERBS: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones

COLORS: white, blue-violet and black

FLOWERS: snowdrop, crocus

SCENTS: musk and mimosa

STONES: garnet, onyx, jet, and chrysoprase

TREES: Birch

ANIMALS: Fox and Coyote

BIRDS: pheasant and the bluejay

DEITIES: Freya, Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera, CH’ang-O, Sinn

POWER AREAS: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else. Time to work on new goals

791973ppcvu2wvydSymbols for the Month of January

January’s Sign of the Zodiac
Capricorn:  December 22 – January 19
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18

January Birthstone
(represents constancy)

January Birth Flower
January’s Birth Flower is the Galanthus

Characteristics of Capricorn
Self-disciplined, serious, determined, mature and able to persevere in the face of adversity.

791973ppcvu2wvydJanuary’s Month Long Observations

  • National Thank You month
  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Independence Day in Haiti – January 1
  • Handsel Monday in Scotland and northern England – First Monday
  • Three Wise Men Day, or Epiphany, in Latin America, Spain, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, and is, although not celebrated as widely or in the same way as in countries with a Spanish history, an official holiday in many European countries, for example Austria, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Croatia, as well as in parts of Germany and Switzerland.  – January 6
  • Russian and Ukrainian Christmas Eve, also known as Svyat Vechir – January 6
  • Plough Sunday in Scotland and northern England – Sunday after January 6
  • Coptic and Russian Orthodox Church Christmas – January 7
  • Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no hi?) in Japan – Second Monday
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States – January 11
  • Makara Sankranthi (Festival of Harvest) in India – January 14
  • Third Sunday is Pongal in India and Feast of the Santo Niño in the Philippines
  • Chinese New Year – between January 21 to February 20
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States – Third Monday
  • The uniting of Moldavia and Wallachia under the same ruler in 1859, Romania – January 24
  • Burns night in Scotland – January 25
  • Republic Day in India – January 26
  • Australia Day in Australia – January 26
  • Auckland Anniversary in Auckland, New Zealand – Monday closest to January 29

791973ppcvu2wvydNew Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Steeped In Household Magick

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are other times steeped in household magic, most of which ensures that the home and it residents will have a safe, comfortable, plentiful year.

There are many traditional New Year’s Eve rituals. Burning seven candles on this night bring household luck. If you want more than luck, light a candle on each side of a mirror five minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Then look into the glass, and you’ll see a vision.

A few minutes before midnight on the eve of the New Year, open the doors and windows for a few minutes to release any negative vibrations from last year.

New Year’s Eve is also an excellent time to increase your beauty. At midnight, wash your face in well water, look into a mirror by candlelight, and you will improve your appearance.

If you have a fireplace, you might want to try this spell. To be rid of last year’s banes and pains, bind your now-obsolete calendar with wool yarn. Place it in a hot fire while chanting:

Burn, burn, you day-book burn;
Last year’s worries ne’er return!

The preceding rituals are simple to follow, but some are more complex. At one time in Scotland, each resident of the household washed his or her entire body in water into which three live embers from the household fire had been place. Next, clean clothing was donned, the house thoroughly scrubbed, every lock opened and a shiny knife left near the front door. A light burning in the window all night topped off the ritual.

On New Year’s Day itself, there is much to do in the way of good-luck rituals. First off, ensure that your pockets and cupboards are full on this day; that way, you’ll have money all year. If you have greens in the house on New Year’s Day you have plenty of “green” cash during the following 12 months.

Juniper incense—or dried, crumbled juniper burned on charcoal blocks—ritually cleanses the home and is highly traditional. Grass and water can also be brought into the home to ensure plenty of food and drink.

Burning bayberry candles is a pleasantly scented custom. An old poem goes:

Bayberry candles, when burned to the socket,
Bring luck to the home and gold to the pocket.

Since you must let them burn down all the way, choose small tapers and place them in fireproof holders.

On New Year’s Day, not before, it is permissible to hang up new calendars and almanacs.

—-The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham;David Harrington.

791973ppcvu2wvydA New Year’s Blessing for Your Home

At dawn, rise and light some incense. Walk slowly through the quiet house and say the following words while visualizing their meaning and intent:

House of stone,
wood and earth;
silent one,
protective one,
you of the four winds;
house of health, wealth,
joy and peace;
you of the Earth;
house of stone,
wood and earth,
secure one, peaceful one,
you of the charm:
guarded and protected you be,
cleansed and pure you be,
peaceful and loving you be.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty,
it is finished in beauty.

Set down the incense and draw as exact a likeness of your house as you can from your imagination. Draw it from all angles: from above, from the front, from behind. If you live in an apartment, draw the building as well.

When finished, go outside and check your drawing. Is it as accurate as you can make it? If not, draw a new one or make changes until the drawing satisfies you. No great skill is required; you need only make a recognizable likeness of your home.

When finished, take a white candle and a sharp knife. Cut seven evenly spaced notches in the candle so that you create a knob bed candle. Now set the drawing down on a table where it can remain for seven days. Set the candle on top of it and light it while visualizing your home as blessed, safe and loving.

Let the candle burn down one notch the first day as you go about your early morning business, then pinch or snuff out the flame and leave it until the next day. The next morning, repeat the ritual-from lighting the incense and saying the blessing chant to burning one candle notch.

On the seventh day, after the candle has burned down all the way, fold the drawing into a tight package and secure it with red or white cord. Place it in a wooden box with salt and dried roses and tie the box firmly shut with another white cord. Finally, place the box in the home where it won’t be seen or found.

—The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham;David Harrington.

791973ppcvu2wvydPrayer For Strength and Wisdom In The New Year

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.
Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow’s spotless page.
Almighty Lord & Lady, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord & Lady, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

–Edgar A. Guest


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A Spell to Cast When You Feel Threatened

A Spell to Cast When You Feel Threatened

We all go through times when we feel that we are under threat, perhaps at work when schedules are tight and tempers are about to snap. Or maybe in the home when tensions are making themselves felt, creating a chill in the air. This spell, which calls for excellent visualization skills, protects you by forming a crystal shell around you, protecting you from
the bad vibrations of ill temper.
You will need:
A clear crystal of quartz or any favourite one that is full of clear
Place the crystal on a table where it will catch the sunshine. Sit at the table and breathe in deeply through the nose. Hold the breath for a moment or two before exhaling through the mouth. Repeat this several times, absorbing the light cast by the crystal as you inhale and exhaling any negative feelings, doubts and darkness.
After a minute or two, stand and begin visualizing a ring of crystal rising around you, from your feet upwards, getting higher and higher with each breath you take.
When the crystal ring is above head height, see it close over you, forming any shape in which you feel comfortable to be enclosed – a pyramid perhaps, or maybe a dome. Still breathing deeply, feel the crystal form a floor beneath your feet. Stretch your arms and feel your fingers touch the sides. Look upwards and see the dome or pyramid point. If you can, see yourself from outside the protective crystal in which you have surrounded yourself.
Now say:
Within this crystal, I am safe from negative thought,
And will be so, whenever I return to it.
And let it be done, that it harm no one
When you feel it is right to do so, return to normal breathing and see the crystal open to allow you to step outside it, safe in the knowledge that you can return to it whenever you need to.
Those who have used this spell find that keeping a crystal in the house, office, or wherever else they think they may need protection from negativity strengthens the spell’s potency.
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A Spell to Ask for Whatever You Want

A Spell to Ask for Whatever You Want

This very simple spell can be used to ask your deities for anything you want – wealth, health or happiness for yourself or someone else. The phase of the moon is, as usual, important. If you are asking for some sort of gain, then weave the magic when the moon is waxing. If you want to banish something, weave the spell when the moon is waning.
You will need:
A shell
Watercolour paint of a colour
appropriate to the reason for
the spell
A paintbrush
Next time you visit a beach, look for a shell sitting in the shallow water. Take it home and dry it thoroughly. On a clear moonlit night at a time when the tide is about to go out, paint the desire of the spell on the outer part of the shell and take it to the beach. (The one you found it on is best but if that’s not practical take it to a convenient beach that lies in the same direction as the original one.) Place the shell pearly side down, written side up, where the waves will soon lap over it and draw a triangle round it. As the sea begins to wash over the shell, say:
Powers of Earth, Moon and Sea,
Lend your power, please, to me.
Forces which the tide do make,
Ask the waves, my spell to take.
And let it be done, that it harm no one.
As the watercolour paint is washed off the shell and out to sea, the spell is set. It should start to work within seven says but it could take a full lunar month for the magic to begin.
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A Spell to Recover Something that has Been Mislaid

A Spell to Recover Something that has Been Mislaid

This spell has an excellent success rate, but it does require well-developed visualization skills.
You will need:
Honeysuckle essential oil
A piece of new writing paper
A new pen
Write whatever it is you have mislaid on the paper and lay it on your altar. Rub a drop or two of the honeysuckle oil on your temples, forehead and hands. Now move to the north of your circle and sitting facing south, the palms of your hands facing upwards, visualize yourself sitting on top of a mountain, able to see far in any direction. With this picture firmly in mind, say:
Safe and sure as I can be
May my ***** return to me.
And let it be done, that it harm no one.
Now see the lost item floating on the horizon. Focus on it and see it float towards you, noting the direction from which it comes. See it safe into your hand before relaxing and bringing the ritual to an end as usual. Look for the missing object in the room that faces the direction from
which you saw it float towards you when you were visualizing yourself on the mountain top. If it doesn’t turn up the same day on which you cast your spell, put the paper under your pillow and keep it there until the object does turn up.
If it fails to do so, you can try the spell again and if that still doesn’t work, accept that someone has found what was lost and decided to keep it, or that it is well and truly lost.
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A Spell to Stop Tongues Wagging


If you feel that you are the subject of unjust gossip, this spell should stop the tongues wagging. As well as the items listed, you will also need access to a holly bush as you are going to seek the protection it offers.

The spell is best cast on a Tuesday when the moon is waning.

You will need:
A red taper candle
A red pen
A very small square of paper
A snapdragon (antirrhinum) stem
A thorn
Some red ribbon

Facing south, light the red candle, seeing in its flame the face or faces of the source of the gossip. Write their names on the paper with the red pen. If you are unsure of who it is, simply write, ‘whomever you maybe’. Fold the paper into a tiny scroll.

Carefully pluck the largest flower from the snapdragon and very gently
open it out. Roll it round the scroll, repeating these words or ones
similar, five times:

Let your tongue speak goodness,
Let your thoughts be kind,
Consider your own faults,
I know mine.

Use the thorn to keep the scroll in place and as you pierce the flower, say:

Protect me as their lips do part,
Words not spoken from the heart.
And let it be done, that it harm no one.

Now take the floral package to the holly bush and bury it in the bush’s shade. Tie the ribbon to a convenient branch and as you walk away, see the gossip as being in your past. And don’t look back.

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A Spell to See a Rival on Their Way

A Spell to See a Rival on Their Way


All’s fair in love and war, and as no one is actually harmed by this voodoo spell it’s included in this grimoire. Start this spell after the full moon has risen.
You will need:
A new, small glass bowl
A cup of stagnant water
Two teaspoons of vinegar
Some ground angelica
Lime juice
A wooden spoon
On the night when the moon starts to wane take all the ingredients outside and mix them in the bowl with the wooden spoon. When everything is thoroughly mixed, hold your face close to the bowl and say something along the lines of:

I’m the man/girl **** wants to love.
We go together hand in glove,
And so I want you to know,
The time has come for you to go.
And let it be done, that it harm no one.
Now spit into the mixture and, unseen, make your way to your rival’s house. Pour the liquid on his or her front step, repeating the words of the incantation as you do so. Repeat the ritual seven nights in a row.
The spell has its origins in voodoo tradition and there are several reports, from Hispaniola and other areas where voodoo is respected, of two young men, bowls in hand, making their way to one another’s houses under cover of darkness
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A Spell to Counter Another’s Magic

A Spell to Counter Another’s Magic


If, for some reason you believe that another person is using their powers adversely to affect you in some way, remove their negative influences with this simple spell.
You will need:
Two teaspoons of almond oil (or any suitable carrier oil)
Rosemary essential oil
A mixing bottle
A sheet of white paper
A black ink pen
A white altar candle
A purple taper candle
A fireproof bowl
Add three drops of the rosemary essential oil to the carrier oil and charge it by rolling the mixing bottle between the palms of your hands, focusing your thoughts on the purpose of your spell weaving. Now light the white candle and, focusing on its flame, see whoever you think is being negative towards you becoming smaller and smaller.
Anoint the purple candle with the charged oil, drawing the oil away from you as you are banishing something that has been directed towards you. Before lighting the candle, write on the paper ‘All blocks are gone’ and fold it three times. Now light the candle and use its flame to set fire to the paper. Focusing on the flames, say the following three times, at the last adding, ‘And let it be done, that it harm no one’:
As this paper burns away,
Elements please hear me pray.
Turn back the ill will sent to me,
And send it on its way.
As the flames dim, see the ill will dissolving with them, then bring the session to an end in the usual wa
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