Seax Wiccan-Psalm

Seax-Wiccan Psalm

by Raymond Buckland

Ever as I pass through the ways do I feel the presence of the Gods. I know that in aught I do they are  with. They abide in me and I in them, forever.

No evil shall be entertained, for purity is the dweller within me and about me. For good do I strive and for good do I live.

Love unto alll things.

So be it forever

The Goddess Companion

The Goddess Companion       
  
Juno is our queen, the most important

of the Goddesses, the one who holds
the golden staff of sovereignty.
She is the light each child beholds
at birth; she is the mother who gives birth.
At her command girls are made safe
from the labors of childbed, in this way:
an old man sacrifices a male goat;
and from the goatskins, strips are cut;
and those strips are used to strike
the backs of fertile girls, a magic charm
to make them and their children safe.
~Roman Poet Ovid, Fasti
  
In ancient Rome, this was the day of Lupercalia, the Feast of Juno Februa – she who gives our month its name. Queen of the Goddesses, Juno represented the inner essence of femininity found in every woman. Part of this power was the great gift of motherhood which, throughout human history, has been a dangerous occupation for women. Such rituals as the one the Roman poet Ovid describes here emphasized the risk women took with their lives in bringing forth their children.
  
Whenever we enact the creative power of the goddess, we open ourselves to risk and potential loss. This deep truth is often hidden today, when creativity is diminished to entertainment. But to truly create something new, we must encounter our fears and our despairs, as well as our hopes and great dreams. Queenly Juno reminds us of the power and risk of the creative imperative.

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By Patricia Monaghan

Crone’s Corner – Yes! Another Love Spell

Crone’s Corner  

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 Yes! Another Love Spell
 
It all starts with two red candles and a small piece of chocolate. Light   the candles and eat the chocolate just before reciting this verse: 

“Candles glow and love grow, Fill my heart with sacred play. Love be
near and love be clear, Open hearts so they can hear. Expressions of
love, joy, and trust, Not confused by want and lust, Magnify my love to
see, The heart whose love is meant for me. Love’s great beauty, Love’s
great truth Is in my heart and spirit too. Open my heart to the one for
me; Open my eyes so I can see. If another heart yet waits for me, Reveal
my soul mate, whe’er he may be. Make me wise to love as you. Reveal my
soul mate, loving and true. Fill my true love’s mind with thoughts of
me. Happy, caring, loving, and free. Keep me happy, cheerful and true,
Patiently awaiting my lover new. True love will come when time is right,
May it be this very night. If time be right, and I be prepared, Speed my
love’s journey with no time spared. So mote it be.”   
  
 ~Abby Willowroot 

Pagan Studies – Singing with Wolves Spell

Pagan Studies  – Singing with Wolves Spell

  

An unusual park can be found in north-central Indiana. It exists not for the people of the state, but as a preserve for wolves and other wild canines that still roam this industrialized state. On Friday evenings, just before sundown, a guide takes parties out to small hill. There is no light except the Moon’s. Everyone stands in silence waiting for the ancient song of the wolves to begin. You may feel you’ve been holding your breath when finally the first howl of the night is heard echoing from another hilltop. Soon the chorus is picked up by the other wolves, a discordant yet beautiful song. As you raise your head to join the chorus, you may feel a primal stirring inside you. You know without being told that this is an ancient magic. Wolves mate for life, and often will remain in their birth packs unless dominance issues force part of the pack out of the area. In honor of this love and loyalty, the Romans instituted the festival of Lupercalia, or the Festival of the Wolf. Later on the church would rename this festival in honor of St. Valentine. If you want to call out for a mate, or you wish to strengthen your bonds with your present partner or coven, go outside on Lupercalia Eve and raise your voice high in the ancient wolf song. This will help bond you with your partner, and bond all who participate to beautiful Mother Earth.  ~ Edain McCoy 
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Today’s Goddess: SHAKTI

Today’s Goddess: SHAKTI

Losar (Tibet) 
  
Themes: Protection; Banishing; Communication
Symbols: The Number Six; Magic Charms; Lotus
  
About Shakti: The Tibetan supreme feminine power, Shakti does not stand by idly when we are in distress. She is an active, loving force for change. When called upon, Shakti manifests within us as intelligence, instinct, willpower, energy, action, and ultimately, magick. Shakti especially energizes communication skills, so that our words will be heard clearly and understood.
  
To Do Today: Losar is the Tibetan new year celebration, highlighted by monks casting out negative influences using brilliantly colored costumes, masks, and joyful dancing. Burn lotus incense (or any sweet, floral scent) to remember Shakti today, and fill your living space with her abundant power for postitive transformation. Alternatively, boil some pleasant-smelling cooking spices in water to release their aroma and energy throughout the sacred space of your home.
  
If possible, make a mask or a token that represents what you want Shakti to banish. Put it on (or carry it) early in the day, and remove it vigorously sometime during your festivities. Bury this with six stones (to represent Shakti’s control) to symbolically bury the bad habit or situation, giving it into Shakti’s care.
 
In keeping with today’s celebrations, wear bright-colored clothing to chase away evil influences, which cannot bear the sight of radiant beauty.

 
 
 

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Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)

 

Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)  
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Remember the Maine Day
Lupercalia (Old Roman Festival to Paganism)
Faunus (Celebrates Animals Helping Humans)
Kamakura (Snow Cave Festival; Japan)
Senior Day
Flag Day (Canada)
St. Sigfrid’s Day (patron of Sweden)
Battleship Day
Decimal Day (UK)
St. Euseus’ Day (patron of shoemakers)
National Gumdrop Day
  
The Lupercalia was one of the most important Roman festivals, a rowdy fertility festival loosely connected to the legend of the wolf that suckled the twin babies, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, in her cave the Lupercal on Palatine Hill.

On this day, a band of priests called Luperci gathered at the Lupercal, sacrificed goats and a puppy and made offerings of a sacred grain mixture, mola salsa. Two youths were smeared on the forehead with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off with swatches of milk-soaked wool. After a feast, they stripped off their clothes, wrapped themselves in the still-warm, still-wet skins of the sacrificed goats and ran around the circumference of the hill, striking everyone they met with goatskin thongs, called februa. Being struck by these whips was considered lucky for women who wanted to become fertile.

The whipping may have served several functions. It may have stirred up the blood. Or it may have been considered an expiation, a way of driving out sins and demons (as the Japanese expelled them at Setsubun by throwing beans (see Feb 5)). A similar custom is found at Carnival time in France and Germany: inflated pork bladders, said to contain the souls of the dead, are attached to sticks and used to beat members of the opposite sex.

When the Pope first tried to ban the Lupercalia in the 5th century, there was so much outrage that the papal residence was completely surrounded by the angry mob. He backed off and the festival was not officially banned again until the next century.
Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994  Orloff, Alexander, Carnival: Myth and Cult, Perlinger 1981

Feb 15: Lantern Festival
The culmination of the New Year’s festivities occurs on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, during the full moon, with the Feast of the Lanterns. The Chinese hang lanterns of all shapes and sizes from doorways. Popular designs include lanterns shaped like red carp and goldfish and sheep (because the word for sheep is the same as the word for good auspices). Also popular are multifaceted good-luck lanterns, designed to resemble a water caltrop, a root vegetable whose name in Chinese sounds the same as the word for good luck.

Sweet rice balls (yuan xiao), are the traditional food for this holiday. Traditionally they are made by dipping a kernel of flavored sugar repeatedly in rice flour and water to form successive layers. The balls are then boiled in water until the sugar center dissolves into syrup. The simpler version, usually served today, involves stuffing the sweet rice balls with red bean paste, sweet crushed sesame seeds or peanut paste. Making the rice balls is a family ritual and while they are being made, family members only mention good things, to insure luck for the coming year. Simonds, Nina, Chinese Seasons, Houghton Mifflin 1986

 

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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.
  
Tiw was a God of athletics, combat, and law.
Consider meals to improve physical well-being, encourage justice, or increase strength and strategy.
 
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 February 15

Sowilo of Heimdall’s Aett is the rune today Sowilo pronounced “so-we-lo” (S: The sun) Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire.

Sunrise drives away the fears of night. Open your inner source of creativity. Let the energy of nature flow through you. The source of your difficulties is that you have forgotten to pay attention to your creative talents and are giving too much significance to surrounding circumstances. Be more relaxed and joyful about life. Do everything in a way which gives you the opportunity to create, to use your imagination and really enjoy whatever you are doing. Then the problems disturbing you may simply disappear and vanish into thin air. If you feel tired and at a low ebb, this rune remains you that your body needs to restore its own energy balance, so try to relax and be less stressed out.

Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals. Destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity. Wrath of god. (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

SoulDiscoveryThruReiki
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…

Daily Devotions of the Goddess

Daily Devotions of the Goddess

Dance with the moon and give release.
Blessings will come to your heart in peace.
Let go of that which withers and dies,
That which makes your spirit cry.
Plant anew the seeds of your life,
Weeding our the worry and strife.
Dance with the moon and free your heart.
Blessings shall come that never part.

Lady Abigail
Copyright © 02142011

Power Animal of the Day: Owl

The Owl

Wisdom          Perception          Truth

The owl brings you wisdom as well as great powers of perception and intuition.  Welcome her into your heart and life gladly!

The owl has very keen hearing and vision, enabling her to perceive what others cannot.  With her powers within you, you will be able to penetrate the darkness with your intuitive senses.  You will see through deception and illusion.  You will uncover all mysteries and bring truth to light.  Fill yourself with her power whenever the truth is unclear or hidden; she will shine the light so you may see.

The owl also allows you to move silently and unseen.  When you do not want undue attention paid to you, when you wish to just quietly keep your own counsel, call in her spirit as you would an invisibility cloak. 

One of the greatest powers the owl brings you is to penetrate your own secrets, to see into the beauty of your own soul and uncover there your personal truth and intentions.  Feel her within you now, opening yourself to yourself, your true purpose sparkling like a treasure within.

Ah, what a blessing to be the owl!

‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
 
The Universal Heart Center
 

Daily Crystal: Apache Tears

Crystal Reflection » Apache Tears
 
Apache Tear  

Apache Tear

Grounding and Protection

One off natural raw Apache Tear – maximum dimensions about

  • 3.3 cm x 3 cm (narrowing) x 2.7 cm (max) and 35g weight

About Apache Tears Obsidian
Apache Tears are a variety of Obsidian, a silica rich glassy volcanic rock, originating from Mexico and South West of United States of America. It is found in small roundish shapes of about 10 to 15 mm (1/2″) diameter and are a dark brown/black colour, semi-transparent when a strong light is viewed throught the stone.

The frequency of Apache Tears is connected to the Earth star, base, sacral and heart chakras. Apache Tears Obsidian acts as a good grounding stone. They allow one to understand the lessons of the third dimensional physical plane. Their energy helps to cleanse and purify one’s energetic fields and chakra system.

Through the heart chakra Apache Tears link to one’s emotions and can thus aid with the acknowledgement and release of emotional patterns such as grief.

Apache Tears Obsidian acts as a psychic protector allowing one to “feel” negative energies within one’s energy fields and environment thus helping to repel any negativity that is directed at one.

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Apache Tears

Apache_Tear_in_matrix Crystal Information – Products Below

Crystal Meaning
Black Velvet, its subtle male energies attract the spiritual adventures, it keeps energy well grounded, clears subconscious blocks and brings an experience and understanding of silence, detachment, wisdom and love. A powerful healer for those it recognizes, not to be used unconsciously.

Magical Uses -Divination, grounding, peace, protection, scrying, mirror magic. 

Healing Uses – Stomach, intestines.

Physical Properties – Apache Tears are Obsidian, a natural glass ( a silica rich volcanic rock), with glass as its main component. It is sometimes defined as being a glassy volcanic rock, with less than 1 per cent water content in its structure. It is formed from volcanic lava that cooled to quickly for significant crystallisation to occur. Hence it is amorphous, with no cleavage; fracture is conchoidal. Obsidian is usually black, but brown, grey and more rarely red, blue and green material is found. The colour may be uniform, striped or spotted. It may contain rare phenocrystals of quartz and feldspar. Some inclusion give obsidian a metallic sheen, while internal bubbles or crystals produce a snowflake effect (hence snowflake obsidian) or an iridescence seen in flashes of colour. Group IGENOUS, Composition Mainly SiO2, Hardness 5.0, Crystal structure AMORPHOUS.

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Apache Tears are wonderful in relieving grief and sadness, and assist in giving and receiving forgiveness. They can help release negative emotions and they also can balance our emotional state. They are good luck stones, said to bring good luck to anyone who has one. They are excellent meditation tools, especially for clarifying issues and gaining insight. Apache Tears are a gently grounding stone. Purges toxins from the blood stream, alleviates muscle cramps and spasms.Chakras: Base
Astrological sign: Aries
‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
  
The Universal Heart Center
  

World Forecast 2011

World Forecast 2011

Forecast for 2011: the Chinese year of the Yin Metal Rabbit (or Hare) – 3rd February 2011 to the 22nd January 2012.

Although the world economy will technically be out of recession, many countries will still be marred in debt and subject to high taxation.  Unrest will grow and governments will be forced to place their dometic agendas above the demands of international co-operation.  This will place great strain upon the European Community, the Russian Federation, the Chinese Communist Party and the economic co-operation between Canada, the USA and Mexico.

This is because the Yin Metal Rabbit is an introspective, home loving pacifist with a sharp business acumen who will ensure the preservation of his own creature comforts to the exclusion of outsiders.  It is a year in which the family will come first.  Expect moves by some States in the USA and China to demand greater autonomy, and for pressure to grow in Britain to withdraw from the European Community.

Expect that individual countries (and those in a currency union) will introduce protectionist measures by raising tariff barriers leading to disputes at the WTO, and moves to manipulate currencies to ensure competitive export prices.

Housing markets in the Anglo-Saxon world will fall back to their long term average and a mood of realism amongst both buyers and sellers will lead to a propitious year for Estate agents as volumes increase.  Interest in the Art world will increase markedly.

Expect too that NATO countries will tire of the war in Afghanistan as Al Quaeda and other Jihadists lose their enthusiasm for attacking the West.  And the Middle East should also expect a period of relative calm.

But please note: our prediction for 2010 included these words: “We must also face the possibility in a Metal Tiger year of yet more military conflict between opposing idealogies, rather like the Korean War that started in 1950 – a previous year of the Yang Metal Tiger.” It is conceivable that 2011 will be affected by events that have their origin in 2010.

All this will be in marked contrast to what will happen in 2012 – the Year of the Water Dragon which starts on the 23rd January 2012, and finishes on the 9th February 2013. Our forecast for 2012 will be available soon.