August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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 “Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer’s queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”


–  R. Combe Miller  

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August, the Eighth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

August is the eighth month of the year and name for Augustus Caesar. Its astrological sign is Leo the Lion (July 22 – August 23) a fixed fire sign ruled by the Sun. In August, we are surrounded by the power and glory of the Goddess. The fields of August bring forth bounty. In nature, yellow and gold dominate with corn, sunflowers, black-eyed Susan’s, and goldenrod brightening the landscape. The month begins with Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the first of the harvest sabbats. Brains are honored now, and breads are always found on the Lammas table. Nowadays, attending a country fair is a pleasant way to observe the harvest seasons. Produce, canned foods, and baked goods are proudly displayed along with prize ribbons. In August you can occasionally feel the breath of Autumn. There’s a coolness in the breeze, and a change in the angle of the sunlight, which reminds us summer is not endless. At twilight, the katydid begins scratching its late summer son. The ancient Romans held Diana’s feast day on August 13. It was a time of feasting and enjoying the farmer’s bounty. Many Native Americans celebrated the corn harvest in August. This fstival eventually gave August’s Full Moon its name, the Corn Moon Magick for the Corn Moon may focus on health, fertility or abundance.

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Correspondences For August

NATURE SPIRITS: dryads

HERBS: chamomile, St Johns wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange

COLORS: Gold and Yellow

FLOWERS: Sunflower, marigold

SCENTS: Frankincense, heliotrope

STONES: Cat’s eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate

TREES: Hazel, alder, cedar

ANIMALS: lion, phoenix, sphinx and the dragon

BIRDS: crane, falcon, eagle

DEITIES: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hectate, Nemesis

POWER/ADVICE: Energies should be put into harvesting, gathering vitality and health, also friendships.

Magickal Themes for August

Reflecting, sacrificing, planning, celebrating

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Symbols for the Month of August

 August’s  Zodiac Symbols

Leo the Lion (Until 22)

Virgo the Virgin (From August 23 onwards)

August’s Birthstones

Peridot

Sardonyx

August’s Flowers

Gladiolus

Poppy (meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family).

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Monthly Observations for August

  • The first full weekend in August each year, Twinsburgh, Ohio, celebrates Twins Day

  • Bon Festival– (Obon Festival) is a Japanese traditional Buddhist custom, evolved into a family reunion holiday. Many Japanese manufacturers and firms give their employees three to five days off around the 15 of August.

  • Indian Independence day on August 15

  • The Glorious Twelfth, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse in the United Kingdom August 12th

  • International Lefthanders Day August 13th

  • Pakistan’s Independence day on August 14th

  • Vietnam Veterans’ Day (Australia) marking the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966)

  • World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes on August 19th

  • Black Ribbon Day, commemorating the peaceful political demonstration in 1989 when two million people joined hands across the Baltic states of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR August 23rd

  • The International Day against Nuclear Tests August 29th

  • The International Day of the Disappeared, drawing attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives August 30th

  • Kilkenny Arts Week in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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 Earth Magick

I always have a magickal feature tied in with whatever Sabbat we are having or even what season it maybe. This time I chose Earth Magick. To me, Earth Magick and Lammas go hand in hand with each other. When you stop to think about it, our Mother Earth is indeed an amazing being. We have abused Her, soiled Her, stripped Her of all Her natural resources and yet, she still provides for us.

We start in early March planting our seeds for Harvest. We put those seeds in the ground. Mother Earth takes those seeds and protects them, She guards them and watch over them. After a few months, those seeds have turned into plants. Plants that Gaia has watched over and ensured our continuous survival. Without these plants our dear Earthly Mother has nurtured, grown and cared for, we would not exist. But even though, Gaia provides for us, gives us food and resources that are absolutely essential for our survival, we still abuse Her.

We are just now coming to the realization without our blessed Gaia, we could not exist. We would not exist. We are trying to rectify the damage that we have done to our Mother Earth but is it too late? There is an old saying around here, “you never know what you had till it is gone.” Let us hope and pray that it is not to late to save our beloved Mother Earth.

As Witches, I do not have to tell you our part that we play in this role. We all know it too well. It is one of our Laws, “to protect and preserve our Planet in and all ways possible. To aid and assistance mankind in anyway possible.” I did paraphrase the Law but we all know it by heart. The Goddess gave us our powers for many reasons. I believe strongly that one reason was for us to prevent the destruction of this beautiful world she has given us. It is time to stop the destruction of Mother Earth and try, if we can, to heal the wrongs that have been done to Her. I only hope and pray we are not too late.

Now on to the magick I promised….the following articles are taken from one of my favorite Pagan author’s Scott Cunningham and his book, “Earth Power, Techniques of Natural Magick. I love Scott Cunningham because he tells it like it is. Some don’t like him because of that fact but I do. He gives no hype, he tells our rich history and magickal practices the way they should be told, honestly.

I hope you enjoy the section on Earth Power by Scott Cunningham.

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Earth Magick

By

Scott Cunningham

 

Earth is our only home. It is that from which mythologically we sprang, and in its moist soil we bury our deceased. From its surface we pull verdant vegetables and healing plants. Animals graze atop it, and within it lie riches of gold and silver, precious stones and oil. Until recently, no living thing— save birds—left its surface for more than a few moments.

The ancient goddesses of the earth have survived to this day in the guise of Mother Nature, a deity being reclaimed by nature-conscious souls in the dawning of the twenty -first century. The earth was once worshipped for its own sake, and today it is newly revered as our home and our sustenance; without it we would perish.

Ecological movements have sprung up to fill the need of protecting our planet. Spaceship Earth, as it came to be called once we had succeeded in leaving its atmosphere and gazed at its bluish mass from space, is Gaia: our Mother, our home, our all. It always has been.

As such, it has entered into religious and magical thought and practice for thousands of years . Some of the spells and techniques presented in this chapter are as ageless as the thrust of a mountain. In these earthy spells lie the roots of all magic, for if all forms of magic are not of this element, they are certainly performed upon the earth.

Think of a freshly dug handful of earth. Smell the richness of the fertile soil. See the striking color, from whitest clay to volcanic red to blackest black. This is the fertilizing nature, the storehouse of vitamins and minerals essential to life. This is also an excellent arena in which (or with which) to practice magic. Here is some of that magic.

 

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Healing with the earth works through the process of transference. The wound or disease is transferred magically to another substance, usually an organic one, which is then buried. As it rots, it releases the wound or disease.

To remove a disease or heal a wound, rub the afflicted part with an apple or potato . Then, as quickly as possible, dig a hole in the ground , put it in, and cover it over with earth. It is done.

One note here might be wise. Healing magic should always be used in addition to conventional medicine and never as a replacement. Doctors are the only people qualified to help your body heal itself.

By all means perform healing magic for yourself or friends, but not in place of qualified medical attention. The medicine of today was the magic of yesterday.

 

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THE EARTH BED

If you are sick, find a spot where the earth is bare, uncovered by concrete, plants, and leaves— pure fresh soil.

Sit or lie down on the earth. Mentally see your wound or disease sinking into the earth. Feel the pain and anguish, the physical and emotional effects of the problem running down into the ground beneath you.

Sense the rhythm of the earth —feel the steady beat of nature pounding away. It should pulsate in tune with your heart, pounding until you feel your whole body undulating with energy.

Then feel it coming— cool, deep, soft energy rising from the ground up into you.

Rise, dust yourself off, and check to see if you feel different.

If you are bedridden or otherwise cannot do this, have a dish or pot of fresh soil in your sickroom. Earth gives off healing vibrations and its presence will aid your recovery.

A simple method would be to place a potted plant in your sickroom. Not only will the plant lend its own healing energies (ivy is great and will cause no strange looks) but the soil in which it is placed will aid you as well.

 

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TO LOSE YOUR TROUBLES

Take a handful of earth and gaze into it; pour into it all your problems . Outline, in minute detail, all of those problems plaguing you.

When you are finished, throw the dirt behind you and walk away from it, not turning back.

 

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AN EARTH CHARM

Tie up in a small green square of cloth some fresh, rich soil.

Firmly tie this so no earth can escape.

Carry this with you if you have troubles with stability, security, and self-control. If you are apt to let your emotions rule your life or if you are constantly angry or nervous, this amulet of earth will help.

 

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EARTH SCRYING

Fill a small flat vessel at least seven inches in diameter with earth. Sit relaxed and gaze not only at, but into the soil. You will eventually begin to notice symbols staring up from the earth.

 

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AN EARTH PROTECTION BOTTLE

Into a long, small bottle pour fresh, clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place this bottle near the entrance , preferably in a window, to guard against evil entering into your home.

In past ages earth was thought to confound evil spirits and demons, who had to count every grain of earth in the bottle before entering the dwelling.

Today, evil spirits are seen as negativity that floats around the earth in large quantities. This negativity can enter your home. This earth protection bottle can, therefore, be useful in blocking negativity from entering your house.

 

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TO PROTECT CHILDREN

To protect them while you are away, throw a handful of earth or sand after them as they leave, without their knowledge. This will ensure their safety.

 

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A LONG-TERM EARTH SPELL

This spell is ideal if you are a good gardener, and if you have a need that you don’t mind waiting several months before it manifests.

Take a seed from a plant that is symbolically related to your need. Over a pot of soil or a special plot of land, hold the seed in your power hand and visualize your need strongly.

Speak to the seed. Tell it why you need its help to make your need come to fruition.

Then plant the seed, giving it loving encouragement and water.

Tend to the seedling when it appears and be sure that the plant doesn’t die due to your own neglect or carelessness . If this happens, your need won’t manifest. At least not until you do another spell.

If the plant grows up healthy and happy, expect your need to arrive. Once it has, take very good care of your magical plant, for it not only represents your need, but it also is now a growing, living thing, which you brought to life in order to fulfill your need.

You are responsible for the plant. Take care of it and it will sing to you alone all the secrets of earth magic.

 

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“Whether we chose to agree or disagree on our chosen Paths, we must always remember we have one common goal, that is to protect and preserve the greatest gift our Divine Mother has given us, our home, our Mother Earth.”

 
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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for August 18th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The greatest tragedy of life is not that we quarrel with our fellows, but that we do not take time to know them.

In his great understanding of man and nature, Thoreau wrote, “Let a man take time enough for he most trivial deed.” Take time.

How often what seems to be an unfriendly atmosphere is only a lack of time. Some of our dearest friends are hidden behind the mask of hurry. And we need so desperately to know each other.

Understanding comes when people are allowed to talk to one another. They discover the ways and needs, the love and hopes, and the despairs and fears when they take enough time to speak of them. All these things that make for understanding and compassion come from personal contact and the knowledge and practice of good will.

People become more civilized, more peaceful, more as God intended them to be when they take time to make friends out of acquaintances.

To be a good listener endears many a friendship. Everyone needs someone with whom to talk at length on all subjects without later regret. It has been written, “What a great blessing is a friend with breast so trusty that you may bury all your secrets in it.”

And how often we need to be that friend and be the listener, and to make sure we are worthy of that trust.

Listening comes in many ways. We listen with all our senses, knowing many times without having to be told what someone’s needs are. Charles Dickens said that no one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else. And it just may be by listening that we lighten another’s load.

Sometimes we listen with our hearts and understand in silence. Sometimes we simply have to put ourselves into a situation to understand all sides of it. And we best do so be listening.

All our lives we carry secrets with us that we long to reveal to someone who understands.

These are relationships in our lives better and closer than the ordinary. Closer yet than brothers or sisters are those with whom we can share all our secrets, we think.

What a sad state of affairs when life imparts that others cannot always be trusted. What a shock to realize we have given all our hearts and bared our souls to people whose curiosity was the only motive that compelled them to listen.

Phillip Massinger, sixteenth century poet, wrote, “I have played the fool, the gross fool to believe the bosom of a friend would hold a secret mine own could not contain.”

Not one of us can testify that we have nothing within our lives and thoughts that we cannot reveal. And many of us have not expressed our innermost thoughts because we have found no one in whom we can confide.

As Shakespeare said, “Many a man’s tongue shakes out its master’s undoing.” Sometimes the loquacious tell their secrets not out of a need to tell them, but our of a love of talking.

One of the greatest feelings in the world is to discover we haven’t told something we cherish very much to someone we once thought we could trust.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day August 18

Elder’s Meditation of the Day August 18

“You have to have confidence in your own ability to be able to go it alone, to go against what the rest of the culture is doing.”

–Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT

God, this is hard. Today, allow me to be a Warrior. Let me be strong. Let Your voice be clear to me. Let me hear Your guidance. My goal today is to serve You, to develop myself to be the kind of Indian person that You would have me be. To Walk the Red Road must sometimes be walked alone.

Great Spirit, let me walk the Red Road today with the confidence that You are with me. If I fall, I will quickly ask You to help me know what I should do next.

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August 18 – Daily Feast

August 18 – Daily Feast

It takes enthusiasm to do anything. We go through so many of the same things day after day that we tend to lose our eagerness for some of it. But if we stir ourselves up, enthusiasm, like a primed pump, will flow more easily. When people lose their taste for life, it is not that there is no longer anything interesting – but they are no longer interested. They need to stir themselves up and get out of the doubting rut they have dug themselves into. The Cherokee associates the lack of enthusiasm with being sad, which he calls, u hi so di. Enthusiasm has wonderful effects on the mind and body – giving them a chance to heal, to recover from unhappy experiences. When we lack enthusiasm, let us say we have it – enough to do anything we have to do.

~ The Great Spirit smiled upon us and made us glad….but we had to agree…. ~

KEOKUK

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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The Daily Motivator for August 18th – What you need to hear

What you need to hear

Many times, what you need to hear is not what you want to hear. Yet when you pay heed to what you need to hear, it can make a positive difference in the direction of your life.

It can be painful to hear an uncomfortable truth about yourself. It can also be highly useful, and even transformative.

Is there something you’ve been avoiding admitting to yourself, something you need to hear? Go ahead, put it into words, and then get busy doing something positive about it.

Do you resent others who have attempted to tell you what you need to hear? Let go of the silly resentment, listen carefully, and then move forward with newfound strength.

Truth is powerful and it can also be uncomfortable, inconvenient, embarrassing and troublesome. Truth is worth the trouble, however, and when you’re willing to accept the truth it will add great effectiveness to whatever you’re doing.

Go ahead, be strong, and listen to what you need to hear. Put yourself on the bright, clear side of truth, and move forward more positively than ever before.

— Ralph Marston

 

Source:
The Daily Motivator

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The Daily OM for August 18th – The Status Quo

The Status Quo
Life as We Know It

by Madisyn Taylor

Our lives can sometimes become status quo and that is ok as long as we aren’t keeping it that way on purpose.

When our lives are going well, and sometimes even when they aren’t, we may find ourselves feeling very attached to the status quo of our existence–life as we know it. It is a very human tendency to resist change as though it were possible to simply decide not to do it, or have it in our lives. But change will come and the status quo will go, sooner or later, with our consent or without it. We may find at the end of the day that we feel considerably more empowered when we find the courage to ally ourselves with the universal force of change, rather than working against it.

Of course, the answer is not to go about changing things at random, without regard to whether they are working or not. There is a time and place for stability and the preservation of what has been gained over time. In fact, the ability to stabilize and preserve what is serving us is part of what helps us to survive and thrive. The problem comes when we become more attached to preserving the status quo than to honoring the universal givens of growth and change. For example, if we allow a situation we are in to remain stagnant simply because we are comfortable, it may be time for us to summon up the courage to challenge the status quo.

This may be painful at times, or surprisingly liberating, and it will most likely be a little of both. Underneath the discomfort, we will probably find excitement and energy as we take the risk of unblocking the natural flow of energy in our lives. It is like dismantling a dam inside ourselves, because most of the work involves clearing our own inner obstacles so that the river of our life can flow unobstructed. Once we remove the obstacles, we can simply go with the flow, trusting the changes that follow.

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A Quick Word About Spells

A Quick Word About Spells


Always remember, when casting spells, to mind the rule of three. Some believe that it will come back three times what you send out. Others believe that it will come back equally. Whatever you believe, know that it W ILL come back to you. Always do good deeds. Good will always return. Casting spells on others, even if you think that they are good spells, should never be done without that person’s permission. No matter how good the spell, it ca always turn out bad. Make sure that after each spell chant thrice:

In no way will this spell reverse
Or place upon me any curse.
So mote it be!

Spells are almost always performed within the cast circle and may be performed during any ritual except the dedication ritual.

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The Dedication Ritual

The Dedication Ritual

Ritual portion from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

(special tools: chalice of wine, white taper candle in cauldron, piece of magical jewelry, perfumed oil)

The dedication ritual should be performed when you have decided to devote your time and being to the craft. You do not have to perform a dedication ritual in order to be able to perform spells and rituals just as a Baptist does not have to be Baptized in order to pray. It is simply a symbolic self-dedication to your new way of life, should you choose it as your path. Prepare yourself beforehand with at least one hour of meditation. This ritual should be done on the full moon. For the dedication ritual, one should be skyclad. You may have a piece of magical jewelry chosen at this time which will stay with you and be worn under your clothing and during ritual and spellwork in the future. This should not be worn, but placed on the altar for the dedication ritual.

Begin by casting the circle. Insert the following where the sample circle casting states: “proceed with the planned spellwork or ritual.” Put a pinch of salt on your tongue and say:

I am a mortal, loved and cared for by the Triple Goddess and the Great God. Through the Great Mother, all things are born; to her all things, in their season, return. Through her sacred cauldron, I enter and leave this physical world, until by my actions I no longer must return to learn.

Set the perfumed oil on the pentacle. Kneel before the altar and say:

I, (magical name), come into this sacred place willingly. I come to dedicate my life to the pagan way, to the Old Celtic Gods, whose power is still strong and vital. Here I give my word-bond to follow the ancient paths that lead to true wisdom and knowledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the earth, Yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Gods witness my words!

Rise and go to the eastern quarter.

Behold, O powers of Air! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the south.

Behold, O powers of Fire! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the west.

Behold, O powers of Water! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the north.

Behold, O powers of Earth! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Return to the altar. Take the perfumed oil and, with a drop on the forefinger of your power hand, anoint your forehead. Say:

Let my mind be open to your truth.

Anoint your upper lip. Say:

Let my mouth be silent among the unbelievers.

Anoint your heart. Say:

Let my heart seek you always.

Anoint the center of the palms of your hands. Say:

Let my hands lift in praise of you.

Anoint the tops of your feet. Say:

Let my feet always walk your sacred paths.

Stand in silence to receive a blessing. Lay your piece of jewelry on the pentacle, saying:

This emblem shall I wear for all things magical. Bless this (name of jewelry), O Great Ones, that I may be blessed and protected in all ways.

Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments. Then lift it high, saying:

To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people..

Now is a time for meditation.

Close the circle.

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Closing The Circle or Dismissing the Watchtowers

Closing the Magic Circle (dismissing the Watchtowers)


When you are ready to end the ritual, go to the east and extinguish the yellow candle. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Air. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the red candle in the south. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Fire. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the blue candle in the west. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Water. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the green candle in the north. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Earth. My thanks and blessings.

Return to the altar and say:

To all beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace.
May there always be harmony between us.
My thanks and blessings. .

Cut the circle with a backwards movement of your tool to release all remaining traces of power for manifestation. Say:

The circle is open, yet ever it remains a circle.
Around and through me always flows its power.

Put away the tools and clear the altar. Make sure to wash all dishes and put the remainder of cakes and ale (if you choose to do a dedication ritual or holiday ritual) outside for the little people. Leave any objects which must remain either to burn or be empowered for a stated period of time.

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