Mail Order Witchcraft

National Enquirer runs my advertisements
Even though last week the revoked my license
Hexes and Love Spells for $9.95
It’s this kind of garbage that keeps me alive

(Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot)

I’ll sell you crosses and religious icons
I buy them wholesale, I get them in Taiwan
Copy my spells from off bathroom walls
Write them in Latin, my fans are enthralled

Mail Order Witchcraft, it’s a living, and I’m doing well
I claim tax exemption because of a religion and then I just sell, sell, sell

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Crowley’s the author of my favorite spell
For summoning demons up out of Hell
Wasn’t poetic, I changed it a pinch…
Last one to use it has not been seen since

(Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot,
Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot)

I’ve written a book about spells and their uses
Catching familiars in spell-woven nooses
Changing your husband into a small pup
It’s all quite authentic, I made it all up

Mail Order Witchcraft, it’s a living, and writing is not hard
I’ve written booklets and pamphlets and novels, I’m thinking of greeting cards

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I’m quite advanced, I’ve even made Elder
Though at the seminar they made us swelter
Took me three days but I got my degree
For a nominal fee you can get yours from me

(Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot,
Doot-Doot-Doot, Doot-Doot-Doot)

My Wiccan acquaintances cause a sensation
Claiming that I’ve ruined their reputation
I think that’s nonsense, just jealous I fear
What I learned in three days has taken them years

Mail Order Witchcraft, it’s a living, my clientele is large
I’ll accept cash, money order or Visa, I even take Master Charge

Daily Aromatherapy Tip

Daily Aromatherapy Tip   
 
Sandalwood is indicated for obsessive worry, and for worldly “over attachment”.
Whenever we over invest in seeing specific outcomes for our efforts, Sandalwood
helps us to re-establish an acceptance of reality as it is.

From the book “Aromatherapy For Healing The Spirit”
by Gabriel Mojay

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Pre-Spring Cleaning Ritual

Pre-Spring Cleaning Ritual
 
What is cluttering up your home, both literally and metaphorically? Now is a good time to clear your home of clutter and to clear whatever blocks your progress. Begin with your altar. Is it cluttered? Clear it, put down a fresh altar cloth, and place a new white candle on it. Take a cleansing bath or shower with sage, lavender, or hyssop, chanting “Pure, pure, I am pure” as you bathe. (Purity was very important to the priests and priestesses in ancient times.) At dusk, light the candle. Look into the candle flame and meditate on its solitude and purity. Feel burdens slip off your shoulder, and open the shades so you can see the Moon. Promise the Moon and Virgo the Virgin that you will focus on what is important in life and remove whatever is blocking you. Set aside the time between the Full and New Moon to clear clutter from your life.
 
By: Denise Dumars 
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Today’s Goddess: MINERVA

 

Today’s Goddess: MINERVA

Terminalia (Rome)
 
Themes: Earth; Home
Symbols: Owl; Geranium
 
About Minerva: This Etruscan/Italic Goddess blended the odd attributes of being a patroness of household tasks, including arts and crafts, and also being the patroness of protection and of war. Today she joins in pre-spring festivities by helping people prepare their lands for sowing and embracing the figurative lands of our hearts, homes, and spirits with her positive energy.
 
To Do Today: In ancient times, this was a day to bless one’s lands and borders. Gifts of corn, honey, and wine were given to the earth and its spirits to keep the property safe and fertile throughout the year. In modern times, this equates to a Minerva-centered house blessing.
 
Begin by putting on some spiritually uplifting music. Burn geranium-scented incense if possible; otherwise, any pantry spice will do. Take this into every room of your home, always moving clockwise to promote positive growing energy. As you get to each room, repeat this incantation:
 
Minerva, protect this sacred space and all who live within. By your power and my will, the magic now begins!
 
Wear a geranium today to commemorate Minerva and welcome her energy into your life.

 

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By Patricia Telesco ~

Cosmos

Cosmos

 

A small blue world

Sits in my palm,

Perfect;

I don’t know why,

But I am sad;

It marked me

Somehow,

That small world,

Seeded with hopes of

Future worlds

And new cycles

Of life

 

   Written and Submitted by Nicole S Kapise  

 Copyright August, 2005

(PaganDreamr) 

Seasons of the Witch

Seasons of the Witch 

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Venice: PANCAKE DAY. Pancake tossing, pancake races. King Carnival is greeted with much ceremony. He is a very fat man,
his straw body stuffed with explosives. He is burned at midnight.

Terminalia – On this day, Romans honored boundary god Terminus. Neighbors met at the boundary stones between their properties, with the women bringing torches ignited on their hearths, the sons with baskets of produce from the property and the daughters with special honey cakes. The women kindled twin altar fires made of neatly interlaced sticks. The sons held their baskets over the fire and the girls shook them three times to scatter its contents into the flames, then fed the cakes to the fire. Employees stood by dressed in white, wine in hand. The two landowners slaughtered a lamb and a suckling pig and let the blood spatter on the stone. Then the two families sat down for a feast.

A good day to honor boundaries of all sorts, from property boundaries to personal boundaries. How can you mark and define your space? What tokens will you set up to show others where your boundaries are? And how will you honor these?   Rufus, Anneli, The World Holiday Book, Harper San Francisco 1994

St Mildburga – This sixth century Shropshire saint was associated with plowing and sewing from an early date. She protected a newly-sown field from the depredations of worms and geese. While fleeing from her enemies she caused water to spring up out of the ground and a field of barley to grow to maturity in one day. Her feast day falls in the middle of the spring wheat sowing season in Shropshire. Berger,
Pamela, The Goddess Obscured, Beacon Press 1985

St Polycarp – The LaPlante sisters recommend St Polycarp as the saint to invoke when looking for a parking spot, although the connection between his life (he was a student of the Apostle John, a Bishop of Smyrna and martyred at the age of 86) and parking places is obscure. They suggest the following prayer: “Polycarp, find me a spot.”
LaPlante, Alice & Clare, Heaven Help Us: the Worrier’s Guide to the Patron Saints, Dell 1999

  

 NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple  


Source: The Daily Globe, School Of The Seasons and/or The Daily Bleed

 

From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!

February’s Flower is the Blue Violet

February’s Flower is the Blue Violet.  The blue violet stands for watchfulness and faithfulness.   According to Greek a legend, Zeus was in love with a beautiful nymph names Io. Naturally his wife, Hera, was not to pleased. So, to hide Io from her he changed her in to a white heifer. When Io ate the grasses she found them too coarse and bitter for her and she began to cry. Zeus changed her tears into violets that were tender and sweet enough for her to eat.

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. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention. 

The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess

Lady  

You heal by look and touch
and thought.
You heal by herbs of earth.
You heal by day and through the night,
in sorrow and in mirth.
 
You heal by breath of Spring and Fall.
You heal both flesh and soul.
You heal the spirit beyond hope
with unbound love make whole.
 
O Lady of the laughing eyes
with heart and hands and breath,
heal Thou mine uneasy heart
or heal me on past death. ++99 
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Blessed Be!

 

 The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess

By Galen Gillotte 

Lunar Lore

  Lunar Lore 

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Instead of chatting with them in the dusk,
he wandered about the woods, whispering to the moon.
            – “The Red Fairy Book” (1890).

…   

The shadowy hour melts into purple day ;
  And, through Aurora’s fields of azure air,
The crimson stream of morning pours its way,
  And tints the snow-clad hills with colors rare.
 – Ernest Warburton Shurtleff, in the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” for 1911.
Crops planted on the increase of the moon will surely flourish.
 – Encyc. of Superstitions, Folklore & Occult Sciences of the World.
 

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Daily Crystal: Aragonite

Daily Crystal: Aragonite

Translucent purple-pink-brown hexagonal, or white needle crystals. Deep, peaceful meditation; uplifts emotions. Centering, overview, patience under stress, helps us navigate business/managerial/personal challenges with a clear head and steady hand. Giving and receiving easily. Balances yin-yang. Eyes, brain, Central Nervous System, heart, opens spiritual/brow chakra for day-to-day living with an open heart and mind.

Most of the incredibly beautiful variations of stones and crystals, come from a few selected sites we have come across and have been listed with using their current inventory.

Golden Aragonite are powerful allies for the healing and balancing of the emotional body. They can assist in maintaining a centre of serenity in trying circumstances and in discharging subconsciously held tensions relating to past emotional wounds. Meditation with these beautiful crystals can open the inner eye to visionary experiences of past lives and forgotten events in this lifetime. Such memories can initially occur as the vivid re-experiencing of old wounding. These stones can help one be consciously aware of imbalances within one’s energy field or within the field of someone else who holds them. They are powerful diagnostic tools for crystal workers who do body. They are wonderful tools for releasing pain and fear, and bring more love into the world.

Aragonite, like calcite, is made up of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). It differs from calcite, however, in its internal crystalline structure. Dense masses of tiny aragonite crystals can be difficult to distinguish from calcite, but when the crystals are large, they reveal a distinctive external form, or crystal habit. Aragonite crystals are long and needle-like (acicular), whereas those of calcite tend to be stubby or dog-tooth-like (often rhombohedral, but calcite is a master of disguises–easily the most capricious of minerals when it comes to outward appearances). Bushes of acicular aragonite crystals are also known as frostwork, as in the top photo.

If you simply can’t resist the urge to ire some student of mineralogy, remind them that aragonite and calcite are happy bedfellows in many caves. They’ll stammer, stab at phase diagrams like they were holy scripture, and insist that aragonite just plain isn’t stable at such low pressures and temperatures. But even as they speak, cave aragonite grows on, seemingly in open defiance of the laws of chemistry. Its secret: a loophole clause known as “magnesium-poisoning”.

“Magnesium-poisoning” is the name given by carbonate geologist Robert Folk to the phenomenon by which certain solutions supersaturated with respect to calcite are inhibited from actually precipitating calcite due to high concentrations of magnesium. It seems that the magnesium ion somehow interferes with the lateral growth of calcite crystals. As calcite deposition is suppressed throughout evaporation or degassing of carbon dioxide, the higher supersaturation concentration of aragonite is eventually reached. The lengthwise growth of aragonite crystals is not inhibited by magnesium; they grow freely in an environment that would otherwise be foreign to them.

Due to its dependence on the magnesium ion, aragonite is typically the product of evaporation. Evaporation drives the concentrations of all ionic species up. As calcium is lost to calcite precipitation, the magnesium-to-calcium ratio increases to the point at which calcite growth is inhibited (about 2.9:1), and aragonite is thenceforth deposited. A common progression from calcite to aragonite due to evaporative enrichment is seen the bottom photo, where a nodular mass of calcite popcorn is tipped by sprays of aragonite needles.

Aragonite crystals can be used for centering oneself before healing or meditation, allowing for stimulation of communication on the higher planes. Relieves stress and anger, bringing patience when it is needed most! Aragonite promotes reliability in people and discipline. Provides insight into problems. An aragonite elixir can be used as a “spring tonic” and for the amelioration of general aches and pains.” Aragonite increases self-worth and self-confidence. In business, Aragonite helps clear the mind and provide energy required to meet professional challenges. Thought to teach the art of deep thinking, Aragonite gives the ability to live everyday life with an open heart and mind. An earthly grounding stone, Aragonite shows one how to effectively give-and-take, by making one think before acting, and is believed to teach moderation in all things. Aragonite has also been used to help access past lives. Aragonite increases energy levels and the energy of prayers. Because of its positive influence on the brain, nervous system and heart it brings energy to chronic fatigue sufferers. Aragonite helps with hair loss and skin disorders, working on areas that need calcium, such as strengthening and mending broken bones and providing relief from spinal pain. It is said that placing Aragonite on the body when chilled from the flu or a cold will bring instant warmth to the body and rid the body of the chill.

Chakras: Sacral
Astrological sign: None

Aragonite

Aragonite was named after the Aragon region in Spain where it was discovered. It is an excellent stone to have around in times of stress as it is said to reduce anger and to enhance patience and acceptance under stressful conditions. It is also believed to raise energy levels and to help clear and focus the mind so that you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Aragonite is good to use when you are preparing for a meditation session, as it is said to raise vibrations to a high spiritual level.

In healing Aragonite is believed to aid calcium absorption, heal bones and relieve pain. It is also said to be beneficial for Reynaud’s disease. Aragonite can be used to relieve a painful knee by placing it on the affected area and holding it in place with a bandage.

‘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
 

Runecast for Monday February 21

Our rune today is Uruz of Freyja’s Aett Uruz pronounced “ooo-rooze” (U: Auroch; a wild ox) Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self.

Young men prove their manhood in the hunt. Test yourself, develop your will-power, and you will gain your rights of passage. Your situation may seem hostile and difficult but this could be a good opportunity to test yourself. If you are strong and determined, you will achieve great success. A sudden change may have placed you in a position of added responsibility but it has also opened up fresh possibilities. Rely on your energy and don’t be afraid to show your will-power. In personal relationships, be braver and more incisive. Your happiness is at hand – just take a step forward and make it happen. In health matters, this rune is a good sign. It advises you to become aware of your body’s natural rhythm, and indicates that you are building up strength.

Uruz Reversed or Merkstave: Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. Sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence. (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…

Mixing Traditions: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Mixing Traditions: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Author: ShadowNight

Have you ever noticed how humanity loves to label and categorise things? From bugs to the way we dress, all things have a label and a category they fit nice and neatly into, or so we would like to believe (wouldn’t it make life so much simpler?) . What is unfortunate and fortunate all at the same time is that nothing ever really fits perfectly into one given category. This makes things a little messier when you are trying to catalogue all the different types of fashion there are in the world, but also gives the world an endless and beautiful variety. The same happens with Paganism.

So we have this big ‘umbrella’ term ‘PAGANISM’ but can anyone truly describe in one sentence what Paganism really is? I bet you’re all saying no at the screen right now. This is because Paganism isn’t so much one big religious/spiritual belief as it is a culmination of many several different beliefs from all walks of life with a few general basics in common.

For example many, but not all, Pagan paths include the following: Witchcraft, working with the seasons, celebrating the Sabbats, viewing the divine as a God and Goddess Who also grow and change with the seasons, and having respect for nature; this is just to name a few. Without these fundamental bonds, there would be no such thing as Paganism. There would be a myriad of different religions, all different from the next.

I’m sure many of you who haven’t had a particular calling from the beginning of your journey, or followed a family tradition, have been troubled with the question of “Which Path do I choose to follow?” This happens all the time.

We have Joe Bloggs to the left of us going “I’m This Path and it’s awesome. I can read runes and we go into the woods to camp, drinking mead and swapping stories all night! Join us!” Then on your right is Sally Smith saying “I’m That Path; we’re all about empowering women and communing with the Goddess. Join us!” And now you’re stuck in the middle thinking, “Argh, but I like the sound of both of those!!” Well don’t despair, because in Paganism you can have your cake and eat it too!

The problem with the term ‘Path’ is that we imagine when we hear or read the word, one straight road that is rather monotone all the way, bushes to the left, bushes to the right and a dirt track in the centre. This is how I used to see it anyway. This is not the way it is supposed to be viewed at all! Your Pagan Path should be how YOU want it… with a rainbow to the left, Munchkins to the right and a yellow brick road to walk on if that’s how you really want it. Your Pagan Path should be a reflection of you and of what you hold dear and true to your heart. Your heart has no limits, so why should your Path?

It is healthy and, in my Coven encouraged, to not follow just one set of beliefs (unless of course this is what you find comfortable and works for you) . It can be so hard, even with how many different belief systems there are out there, to find one single system that completely works for you. I always find that you can fulfill your potential more if you branch out and find your own way of working that fits you.

I, myself, started with Heathenism. I put a lot of energy and time into learning all the Heathen ways, but I couldn’t follow it to the letter and traditionalist Heathens would have hated to work with me. After a while I thought I was ‘going off’ Heathenism as I became fascinated with the Celtic, particularly Merlin and the Morrigan.

However, it wasn’t that my Heathenism was just a phase; it was that there were areas that I needed fulfillment in that Heathenism alone couldn’t give me. So I mixed the two together.
Now, depending on your views you might be thinking “you can’t just mishmash things together how can all the Gods and Goddesses be real. You either must believe in one set of Gods and Goddesses or another.”

While as in some people’s views this may be true, in mine, it is not. I believe in what I like to call ‘The Diamond Theory’, in the way the books by Christopher Penczak describe it. If you think of one divine being or energy (conscious, primordial, unconscious, universal however you view it) in the shape of a giant diamond, the top half of the diamond is the masculine traits, the bottom half is the feminine traits and then each facet is an aspect of the masculine or feminine trait depending on which half of the diamond it is on.

Okay, so to break it down, let us use the Greek Pantheon as an example. Start with one divine in the shape of a diamond. Now the top half is all of the Gods and the bottom half is all of the Goddesses. In the top half, you will have facets to represent the war-like aspect (Aries) , the ruler aspect (Zeus) , the party-fun-loving aspect (Dionysus) and so on. In the bottom half, you will have facets representing the queen-like aspect (Hera) , the wise aspect (Athena) , the crone aspect (Hecate) and so on. Using this Diamond Theory, you can follow whichever gods call your fancy, whether they are in different pantheons or not.

This theory also opens the doorway to even broader thinking about the energy systems of the universe. For example, can there be a ‘Heaven’ and ‘’Reincarnation? Well why not? I believe that our souls/spirits are born into physicality, die, then after a while, come back again. Then again and again we return until we have learnt all we can from the physical realms, after which, we ascend into what we could call Heaven. I believe that the universe was created by divine will, yet I also believe in the Big Bang theory. This approach works for me because I see the divine as energy, flowing through all things and not as a bearded man on his lofty perch.

You will often find that many symbols, creation myths, systems, Gods and Goddesses from various Pagan religions are all extremely similar, if not the same, with different visual descriptions. As I said at the beginning, all the basics are generally the same in the various paths, which brings in this beautiful opportunity to mix and match without causing much conflict.

So before you start worrying “What path should I take?” I already have the answer for you. Your own! Tweak it. Mold it. Shape it as you see fit. It is no one else’s but your own! Always remember, nothing fits perfectly into any label or category.

[P.S. I would like to state that the examples of ‘This Path’ and ‘That Path’ I used above were purely stereotypical and I do not see these values to be solid truths in any religions.]