Divination Tea

Drink this tea an hour before undertaking any form of divination. If you wish, you can continue sipping it through the divination process.

3 tsp rose petals

1 tsp jasmine flowers

2 crushed bay leaves

1 pinch nutmeg

1 pinch cinnamon

Reading tea leaves is one of the older forms of divination. You do not need to use this recipe to perform a reading any tea will do.

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

It has been said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But it is even truer that there is no hell more furious than those humans beings who feel scorn within themselves for themselves. It is natural but painful for those who do not know the meaning of love to find fault and grief within their own existence. Unable to accept the blame for their actions, there is a continual search for the cause in other people.

How can we tell what point in life others may have reached in their development? We can only see and sense the pain that some carry while they learn the way. If it is impossible to get along with them, we should get along without them, but condemning them will never turn the tide.

Understanding of others and of ourselves has been a great human need for all time. The fact that we do not look with a critical eye, pecking away in constant irritation at another’s faults, but give some sign of friendliness, some patience for rebellious spirits, may serve as the turning point for that spirit. And to try for such understanding does no harm for the one who makes the effort.

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Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 18

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 18

“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.”

–Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

Be still and know. All new learning’s, all ideas about new things, creativity, daydreaming and mental effectiveness come to those who learn about silence. All warriors know about the power of silence. All Elders know about stillness. Be still and know God. Meditation is about the place of silence. This is the place to hear God’s voice. We can find tremendous amounts of knowledge in the place of silence. This is the sacred place of God.

Great Spirit, teach me the power of silence.

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January 18 – Daily Feast

January 18 – Daily Feast

A certain amount of protection from the wind makes it pleasant to walk in the deep woods, even in January – Uno lv ta na. It is quieter and without the activity of other seasons, but the deer come daily to feed on acorns that litter the moss covered earth. Timing is important, even though the Cherokee has been said to have a time of his own – arriving and leaving as he see fit. But even nature gets ahead of herself or lags behind at times. Here in the dead of winter, a shaft of sunlight brings out tiny moth-like insects that dance straight up and down, going nowhere. Doing the right thing at the right time is all-important. We tend to get overanxious and want to push ahead when it is not the time nor the right thing to do. We are not programmed by nature but by Spirit, and from that comes the wisdom to stay or act.

~ I beseech you…..by everything you hold sacred and dear, abandon this wild visionary and desperate undertaking and return to your village. ~

KEOKUK, 1832

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

“The Goddess Companion”

“The Goddess Companion” 
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I am whatever is. Whatever is, I am.

I am whatever is visible. Whatever is visible, I am.
I am whatever is invisible, Whatever is invisible, I am.
I am whatever is alive, Whatever is alive, I am.
I am whatever moves and breathes. Whatever moves and brethes, I am.
I am the very spirit of life. The very spirit of life, I am.
Everything that exists in time is part of me. I am everything that exists.
When time ends, I will end. I will vanish, disappear, dissolve.
And with me, everything else will vanish, disappear, dissolve.
I alone can create, and I alone destroy, this universe.
Everything that exists is mine. Everything that exists is me.
~Invocation to Lakshmi, India
  
There is nothing in the  U niverse that does not partake in the essence of the Goddess. In Hindu religion, the  Goddess creates everything we see, hear, feel, smell, taste. She is the energy from which all the matter in the universe is made.
 
The vision of the Goddess is echoed by contemporary science, which has rediscovered what some philosophies have long known: that matter and energy are intimately connected. The dance of subatomic particles, flashing in and out of existence as they swim in their quantum soup, is not far distant from the dancing Goddess who creates all the visible and invisible world through her movement. Whether we call her Lakshmi or the implicate order, there is an ultimate reality to this universe. Whatever we call it, we must marvel at its greatness and its mystery.

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By Patricia Managhan

Crone’s Corner – New Ventures Spell

Crone’s Corner –   New Ventures Spell

If you need support for a new venture, fill a small jar or tin with popcorn, and carry it with you for at least twenty-four hours. First thing in the morning and last thing at night, or whenever you think of it, shake the tin and say:

Corn of Kore, oh Goddess grand!
Let my business grow and expand.
I will till and plant the seed.
Goddess Kore, let me succeed!
After one day, pop the corn and visualize your fortunes expanding. Internalize the power of this spell by eating the popcorn. In the spring, plant a small patch of corn in honor of Kore.

  

The Herban Corner – Celtic Tree Magic

The Herban Corner –  Celtic Tree Magic

 
SAILLE   WILLOW
 
Willows are magical trees with slender pale silver-green leaves. The weeping willow originated in China, where it graced cemeteries as a symbol of immortality, and the tree had spread to the Near East by Biblical times. As Old Testament reference to the exiled Jews hanging their harps upon the willows as they wept beside the rivers of Babylon led to the weeping willow’s classification by Linnaeus as Silax babylonica. In ancient Greece, the goddess Hera was born under a willow on the island of Samos, where a magnificent temple was built to honor her. In the underworld kingdom of Pluto and Persephone, Orpheus touched a willow branch and received the gift of supernatural eloquence. Willow groves are sacred to Hecate, dark goddess of witchcraft.

During the Middle Ages, the willow became a traditional motif adorning tombs. Early 19th-century gravestones throughout New England were decorated with the willow emblem.
An old spell uses willow to dismiss love and transform passion into friendship.
At Full Moon snip a foot-long tendril from a weeping willow tree and braid it with equal lengths of bright red and cool green yarn. Tie three knots in the braid and hang the charm in an airy room until the Moon is in its last quarter. On three successive nights untie the knots one by one in privacy and silence while concentrating on your desire. Before the New Moon rises, burn the red strand to ashes and throw to the winds. Coil the willow and green wool together and place in an envelope for safekeeping. 

The willow of the Druids was not the weeping willow, but the tree or shrub we know as the pussy willow. The Irish called the pussy willow one of the “seven noble trees of the land.”
The pussy willow is used in love charms as a guard against evil and its wands are often employed in divination. Reflecting the ancient status of the pussy willow, it is the wood to “knock on” and avert bad luck.
Medieval herbalists placed all willows under the rulership of the moon.
 
 

Excerpted From Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd.

 

GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course

Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Go Astray

Daily Aromatherapy Tip  –  Go Astray

Sprinkle in an essential oil burner…

Patchouli                                 1 drop
Sandalwood                                2 drops
Clary sage                                1 drop
Mandarin                                  4 drops

This wayward fragrance wafting through the air
leads a girl astray, and entices her to enjoy
the naughty pleasures of misbehaving for a day.

From  Releasing Aphrodite , “A modern Kama Sutra of scent”
A refreshingly original new book on using essential oils
   
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and erotic love.
   
Enjoy 

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Change You Spell

Change You Spell
Incense of the day: Poplar 

 

The first thing any spell changes is you. Words have power, and as you weave a spell, you must be aware of what you are saying. “I will do something” is a very different statement from “I will try to
do something.” A friend once told me his tribe teaches never to say “try”; instead, always say “I trust I can do this.” This advice is in fact very invaluable in spellworking. If there is an area in your life you’d like to improve, try this simple affirmation. First, gaze into your mirror. Light a pink votive candle, and turn off the lights in the room. Say this affirmation three times: “I trust that I am an honorable person. I trust my deities to be with me in all things. I trust I can change those things that are harmful to me. I trust that I can achieve my goals.” Do this as often as you like.

By: Paniteowl

Goddess Of The Day: GUNNLOED

 

Goddess Of The Day: GUNNLOED
Wassail Day (England)
 
Themes: Creativity; Wisdom; Health; Protection; Fertility
Symbols: Mead; Poetry; Cauldron or Cup; Apples
 
About Gunnloed: This Teutonic Goddess guards the mead (a honey wine often made with apples) of sagacity and the muse- a refreshment most welcome at the outset of a new year. In art, Gunnloed is depicted as a giantess; according to stories about her, she stood vigilantly by the magic cauldron of Odherie until Odin wooed her and stole much of the elixir away.
 
To Do Today: For inspiration and insight, pick out a cup that’s special to you and fill it with apple tea and a teaspoon of honey (a mock mead). Stir it clockwise, saying,
 
Gunnloed, come to me, put ingenuity in this tea! Drink the tea to internalize the magic. If possible, sip it quietly while enjoying a good book of heartening poetry.
 
Alternatively, sip some mead, quaff some apple juice, or eat an apple today for health, and give a little of the leftover liquid to nearby trees. In Anglo-Saxon tradition, this festival marked a time to enjoy wassail, a spiced apple cider or mead with herbs. Farmers shared this beverage with the apple groves to keep them fertile. Wassail literally means “be well” or “be whole.” Drink of the wassail cup to ensure yourself of Gunnloed’s gifts of well-being, creativity, and happiness all year . 

 
 By Patricia Telesco

Light A Candle Today!

Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express.

It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places.

You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness.

One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

Seasons of the Witch

Seasons of the Witch 
 

Straying Toward the Path Day
World Religion Day
Business Day
National Feedback Day
Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Day
Felcitas (Old Roman Goddess of Good Luck)
San Antonio Abad (Mexico)
National Public Employees Appreciation Day
Carnivale begins (Italy)
St. Anthony’s Day (patron of basket weavers, brush makers, butchers, domestic animals, grave diggers, herdsmen, swine; against eczema, ergotism)
National Printing Ink Day
Pig Day
Thomas Crapper Day
Constitution Day (Philippines)
St. Devota’s Day (patron of Corsica, Monaco)
Fire From the Sky Day
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Professional Boxers Day

Today Is: Tiu’s Day


Today Is: Tiu’s Day  

  
The day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars, whose Magickal  influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good to be cautious—especially while traveling. Tuesday  is the proper day of the week to perform rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, surgery, and the breaking of negative spells.
  • Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
  • Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
  • Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
  • Incense:   Lignum Aloes, Plantain
  • Color of The Day:  Red
  • Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
  • Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries and Scorpio
  • Candle: Red

Runecast for Tuesday January 18

Today it’s Raidho of Freyja’s Aett Raidho pronounced “rye-though” (R: Wagon or chariot) Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life.

Birds fly south, but return in the spring to their native places. Travel far and you can bring together many threads in your life. The situation most important for you now is probably to do with traveling – either a journey you are already making or one which you wish to make. Another important concern is your desire to connect and communicate with people who are far away. Often, the goal of this kind of travel is an event or an achievement which you attain at the end of the journey. For example, this may be some kind of knowledge which you wish to attain. This rune reminds you that the final purpose of all traveling is to integrate new experience with past experience and get a better sense of your life, so that you see yourself in a wider perspective. If you forget this purpose, you may easily lose yourself in new impressions and become ambiguous and confused. You may feel a need to divide your efforts into several areas in order to succeed with a number of different concerns. The main thing is not to separate but to unify different parts of your life by taking into account new possibilities and understanding.

Raidho Reversed or Merkstave: Crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality. Disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a death. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)

As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.

**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission**

In the Light…

Tom

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