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Holly Bush

HOLLY

(This is just one type of Holly bush. There are a few different varieties.)

The holly was a deeply masculine symbol to the Celts, one that represented the God and his polarity with the Goddess. Its magical and ritual uses are numerous, and so are its gifts.

Often we don’t know what it is we really need. We’re usually pretty sure we know what we want, but when we get it we end up reminded of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”

During the Holly Moon, approach the as the embodiment of your father God, and ask if you may take a sprig of the plant. Place it under your pillow for the next seven night. As you ready yourself to fall asleep, pray to the God for enlightenment. Look to your dreams for answers. During the day be aware of things you haven’t noticed before or opportunities that present themselves unexpectedly.

Copyright Edian McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 83

 

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Samhain Baked Apples

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Not a picture of this recipe cooked.

What you will need:

4 red cooking apples (Rome, McIntosh, etc.)

4 teaspoons brown sugar

4 teaspoons butter

5 teaspoons nuts, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

[4 squares aluminum foil to wrap apple in, to bake]

Rinse and dry apples. Cut each apple into quarters. Cut each apple into quarters, keep the quarters of each apple together on cutting board. Core apples by cutting a notch around the core in each quarter. Remove stems and flower ends.

In small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, chopped nuts (your choice), and cinnamon.

Tear off four pieces of aluminum foil, each just big enough for one apple. On each square, reassemble three quarters of an apple, Fill the center with on fourth of nut stuffing. Press final quarter of the apple into place. Seal foil around apple. Then bake apples for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree F oven, on a grill, or in the coals of a campfire; turn once or twice to ensure even cooking. Carefully unseal foil to check if it’s done; apples should be soft all the way through and filling melted together. (If not, reseal and cook longer.

Copyright Elizabeth Barrette Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2011 Page 115

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Flashback 2011 Samhain

SAMHAIN 2011

An example of a Samhain (pronounced sow-en) altar.

Every Samhain marks the passage of a year, and those who parted ways during the journey of that year. While popularly we do enjoy the frivolity of the ghosts and goblins, the silly costumes, the sugar highs, the underpinnings of this holiday are quite serious. While Christians had All Souls’ Day on November 2, to Wiccans, October 31 is the day that you just might hear and see the souls in their march to the lands of hidden beyond the knowledge of the living. This is the time to clean the graves if your ancestors, and to make right any debts you may still owe. If you have access, go to a river or creek and recite the names of your beloved dead, starting with the people who have passed most recently. As you speak, throw a leaf, flower, or branch in the water to represent their boat as they travel down the river of souls. When you finish, watch your vessels float away and listen carefully for what the dead may have to say to you. This is a time to make peace and to forget old wrongs–the sins have died with the person, leaving you behind to msake your own world right, When you return home, sit down for a quite meal with those you love most.

Copyright Diana Rajchel Lelwewllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2011 Page117

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Romantic Beltane Fruit Salad

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What you will need:

1 pint strawberries

1 pint sweet cherries

1 bunch red seedless grapes

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon lemon balm

1/4 rose hip tea

1/4 cup sugar (approximately)

Rinse and drain all the fruit. Hull the strawberries and slice them length-wise into heart shapes. Cut sweet cherries in half and remove pits. Cut red seedless grapes in half lengthwise. Combine fruit in large bowl. Add lemon juice and toss the fruit to coat. Add lemon balm and rose hip tea. Taste for sweetness, then gradually add sugar by sprinkling it over fruit until desired flavor is reached.

A long winter can deplete the body’s store of essential vitamins and minerals. Fresh fruit helps restore theses, along with vitamin C, which the body cannot store. The fruits and herbs above all have uplifting and/or aphrodisiac associations; some can help prepare the mind and body for a traditional Beltane celebration with dancing and other activities.

Copyright Elizabeth BArrette Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2011 Page 61

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Flashback 2011 Beltane

BELTANE 2011

An example of a Beltane altar.

Finally, the last of the snow has cleared, you’ve got some good weather to put your plant sprouts in the ground, and the extra sunlight has got you feeling good.

It’s time to celebrate. Not only have you survived the winter, you have many months of warm weather, green growth, and sensual pleasure to enjoy. Make the most of it bu having a honey fire and inviting your honey or someone you are interested in romantically. With the crackling fire and the first stirrings of summer breezes, see what stirs inside you and do what comes naturally. If it’s a party for two, have a little unscented message oil nearby. If it’s a larger party, use this time to tell stories and inspire each other to begin new projects in the coming season. If you don’t have a lover or prospective interest, this is also a time to bring out a creative project–have your favorite art-making tools on hand to create as you sit fireside. To help passion along, add a few chips os cedar wood and sandalwood to the flames. Inhale the heady scent, and pour a little honey into the flames as well–ask for the season ahead to be filled with sweetness and passion, and then pursue some passion of your own.

Copyright  Diana Rajchel Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2011 Page 63

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Spell, Aromatherapy and Candle Magic to Help with Fevers

Combat Fever {Folk Remedy} # 2

Ingredients: Almonds

To help combat fevers, a very old folk remedy is that of eating almonds. This can also be a preventative measure for fevers, if eaten on a regular basis.

Reduces Fever {Aromatherapy & Candle Magic} # 3 Ingredients: Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil & 1 Purple Candle Gather together one purple candle, and three drops each of Lavender & Rosemary oil. Anoint the candle with a few drops of both oils, (rub entire candle with oil) and light the wick. Wait about ten minutes, until the wax at the top of the candle has melted into a small pool. At this time, pour the rest of the oils into the melted wax at the top of the candle. Place this candle close to you, and inhale the scent deeply. Burn for at least one hour, but you may burn it as long as the candle permits. Keep the burning candle near you until you extinguish the flame.

Ingredients:

Lavender Oil,

Rosemary Oil

& 1 Purple Candle

Gather together one purple candle, and three drops each of Lavender & Rosemary oil. Anoint the candle with a few drops of both oils, (rub entire candle with oil) and light the wick. Wait about ten minutes, until the wax at the top of the candle has melted into a small pool. At this time, pour the rest of the oils into the melted wax at the top of the candle. Place this candle close to you, and inhale the scent deeply. Burn for at least one hour, but you may burn it as long as the candle permits. Keep the burning candle near you until you extinguish the flame.

Flowers, Dawn (2012-03-24). The Spell Book of Wiccan Shadows (Kindle Locations 889-892). Under the Moon. Kindle Edition.

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Computers and the Craft

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[Indicates notes by Lady Beltane. The website and the opinoin of the author of this article are not the opinons of myself, this website or Witches of The Craft website and its contributors.]

Witches have taken to computers like ducks to water because the technology is incredibly useful. But are you applying your witchcraft to your computer?

Fro example, do you use magic to protect your computer? To physically protect your computer, use a guardian figure,  like a small dragon statue or a small protective goddess or god image. Set this on top of your CPU or monitor [Double sided tape works well to keep it where you put it]. Invoke the spirit or deity and ask it to protect your computer and other equipment. Do not burn incense or sage around your computer, however. Smoke of any sort contains particles than clog up moving parts, which can reduce air circulation and cause overheating. If you must use incenses, do it when computer is off. If you have a laptop with no place to put such a guardian, you can find a picture to put somewhere on your laptop or carry a small figurine in your laptop case. You could even have your wallpaper display a protective image. [You can also get covers for laptops, netbooks, tablets, etc with dragons and other symbols on them to use. ]

If you are keeping your Book of Shadows or other materials related to your Craft practices on your computer, you should consider either password protecting or encrypting those files. This is especially important if you share your computer, but useful even if you have your own. Computers may get stolen, and eventually you will upgrade or recycle your old computer. Check the help files for your word processing program for details on how to password protect your special files. Many programs that compress files so that you must have a password to read them.

Your passwords can provide magical as well as mundane protection. Mix numbers and letters, and, if application is case sensitive, mix upper and lower case. To avoid words found in an ordinary dictinary, go to an old grimoire or other book of magic the uses unusual words. Pick a few names that are associated with communication or protection. Associations with Mercury or Mars are good, but avoid evil or chaotic names, Change passwords on a regular basis, at least every holiday if not every New Moon. If you use numberology, the numbers may also be chosen according to your intent.

Of course you do regular backups. Wednesday, the day of Mercury, is connected to communication, so it’s a good day if you do weekly backups. Do an extra set of backups a day or two before Mercury goes retrograde, when communication will be more difficult and more likely to get quirky.

Defragmenting the hard drive, of just called defragging, gets rid of the extra dead space, allowing you to store more information on your hard drive and enabling your computer to find that information more quickly and easily. Because this is a form of banishing, I would recommend that you defrag your hard drive during the waning Moon.

My favorite thing about computers is e-mail, I can e-mail my coven about as idea I’ve had for a ritual, or ask who left behind a baking dish, even though it’s nearly midnight. I don’t have to worry about who is awake, and I can tell everyone the same thing at the same time. (There are also file-sharing programs that can enable your group to share the writing and revisiting of rituals online.) One etiquette note: if you are sending e-mails to a larger group then your coven or other small group of friends, ise”:bcc,” blind carbon copy so the e-mail addresses of the recipients aren’t displayed. It keeps people’s e-mail address private, which is very important to some people in the Craft. It also keeps the display smaller.

Since e-mail is all about communication, during Mercury retrograde be sure to reread everything before you send it to ensure it says exactly what you mean. Also, be sure to pause before responding to any e-mail sent. As you follow up, even if a message seems somewhat alarming, be prepared to cut other people more slack about what they intended to say during this time because Mercury retrograde affects everyone, whether they know about astrology or not.

If you are online, you have to decide how much you want other people to know about you and your practices. Would you prefer that people like your employer or your landlord not know you are a Witch? Pick a pseudonym that resembles neither your legal name nor your Craft name. Get a separate e-mail account from a free service such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail [There is also Aol and many other free email services on the web.] Give as little information as you can, such as giving only the city you live in, or the general area. Since online site want your name and e-mail address use it only for suffering, to keep your main e-mail address from attracting so much spam as to make it unusable.

Other things you can do to protect yourself online, besides the usual mundane warnings, including spells to keep away viruses and other malware, and against spam. Make a talisman in the shape of your cursor icon, an arrow for example. Color it bright red, or make it out of red paper. In bleack letters, write the word “advert.” Chant “avert. virus, advert spam, advert harm,” several times, ending with “Advert!” shouted as loudly as you cas to the upper right corner of your monitor, with the arrow pointing toward the center of the acreen.

If you want to attract people to your Web site, come up with a short phrase that sums up your desires: “Buy my magaical herbs,” or “Join my group.” Reduce th ephrase to one “word” made up of nonduplicate letter, for example, “readmyblog.” Place those letters in the html or other code for the page in such a way that it doesn’t display. Another way is to come up with a sigil of attraction, and place it in the background of your Web page nearly–but not quite the same–color as the background. As an added bonus, doing this will also enable you to find out if someone is copying your Web pages and using them without your name.

There are many Web sites for Witches, Pagans, and other magical folks. Like eveything else on the web, you have to use common sense when reading them. It helps to know what lind of site you are viewing. For example, the suffix of a site tells you what kind of site you are viewing. For example, the suffix of a site tells you what sort of organization runs the site. Dot com, “.com” means it’s a commercial site. If it is suppose to be a commercial site, for example http://www.Llewellyn.com that makes sense because it’s a business. SOme large nonprofit organizations are also .com. A smaller nonprofit will be .org or .net for example, hhtp//paganpride.org, which is  organizing site for Pagan Pride nationwide. Here are a few sites I have found useful.

Witchvox

The Witch’s voice, http://www.wicthvox.com, is the best networking site for Witches and Pagans on the Web. The content consists of news stories, srticles, editorials, and book reviews, as well as extensive database of networking contacts. This is the place to start when looking for resources, such as covens to join and events to attenf. The site has been up for more then ten years and has an amasing amount of information.

Pagan Pride

This event happens every fall all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, and at facilitees for military personnel. Some local groups also sponsor fall equinox rituals and other events. These are free and open to the public. Most also sponsor charitable work such as food shelf drives. The main site, http//paganpride.org/, can help you find an event in your area.

Lleweylln Worlwide

Lleweylln’s Web site, http://www.llewellyn.com, has an abundance of free information, as well as the opportunity to order the latest books, get a tarot reading, check the Moon’s sign, and many other useful features.

The Covenant of the Goddess

Information about The COvenant of the Goddess, one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations, can be found at http://www.cog.org. The Covenant is an umbrella organization of cooperating autonomous Witchcraft covens, groups, and individual practitioners, and has the power to confer credentials on qualified clergy, It fosters cooperation and mutual support among Witches and provides legal recognition as a religion.

Isaac Bonewits

The author of Real Magic, has an excellent informativie site with lots of links at http://www.neopagan.net His Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (ABCDEF) is very useful in determining if a group is potentially harmful.

There are also a number of Pagan magazines available both in print and online. Check out http://www.pangaia.com for Pangaia and links to New Witch and Sage Woman.

Blogging is very popular in the Pagan community as elsewhere, If you are practicing alone, it can give you a sense of community, sharing with other Witches whether they are nearby or across the country. It’s a great way to share rituals with the rest of your coven; somecovens keep a group blog, each member adding to it as they will. Blogsd are a way to get feeddback from a wide audience as was as to keep many people up to date on your activites with one post. There are so many blogs and they change so quickly that there is no point in listing them here.

Blessed computing!

Copyright Maganeta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Pages 14-18

 

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Oak Tree

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The oak is a masculine as the willow is feminine. Its solar influence covers the peak of the Sun’s power–a time when the nights are the shortest and the days are hot and long.

The oak tree can teach us about endurance and fortitude when we’re ready to give up on something we want.

If the fight has gone out of you, renew it during the Oak Moon. Scour the earth for acorns, collecting one for each area in which you need a boost of courage, mental, physical, or spiritual.

Empower the acorns by holding them close to your heart and saying:

From tiny acorns the oak does spring,

Stronger each year, with each new ring;

Teach your secret of strength to me,

Each new challenge overcome shall be.

Sleep with the acorns under your pillow and carry them with you until you overcome your obstacles.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweyllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 75

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