I Am A Witch
When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a “Witch”.
Being a witch entails raising my children to be strong people
|Who have a solid sense of personal and social responsibility
Who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in
Being a witch means that I am free to be the wonderful creature I am,
When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak up against it, I am defined as a witch.
I am proud to be a witch! It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won’t become anyone else’s idea of what they think I “should” be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined.
So, try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won’t succeed.
And if that makes me a witch, so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it. I love this, I can call myself a witch now and not feel bad about it!
SO MOTE IT BE!
Adapted from By Candlelight, by Diana Rosen (Storey Books, 2002).
If you want to remember a departed human or animal loved one, the simple act of making a Memory Candle can bring great relief and healing. You can also do this to celebrate someone living, or to mark an important event like a graduation. Either way, the Memory Candle is a beautiful way to honor someone important to you.
1. Decide who you would like to honor in this way: it could be a deceased relative, friend, or companion animal, or someone with whom you have lost contact but still want to remember.
2. Choose a clear glass candle holder-a water tumbler or glass works well.
3. Find a photograph of the person you wish to honor in this way and make a photocopy of it, enlarging or reducing it to fit the height of the candle holder. If you don’t have a photo, you could do a simple drawing or make a photocopy of a memento you associate with that person or animal.
4. Wrap the photocopy around the glass and tape it securely. Place a nontoxic beeswax or soy wax candle in the glass. Place the Memory Candle in a special safe place and light the candle.
4. The soft glow of the candlelight will illuminate the photograph in a very beautiful and special way.
5. You can also pay homage to the living by naming this an “Honor Candle” and using a photograph to celebrate a graduation, marriage, birthday, retirement, anniversary, or other accomplishment of note.
Adapted from The Phoenix Cards, by Susan Sheppard (Inner Traditions, 1990).
A great deal of romance and intrigue surrounds the early Celts and their beliefs.
It is believed that the Celts may have originated around the Caspian Sea near Iran or in Kazakh, a province of Russia. Some have noted that there are striking similarities between the religious beliefs, laws, and languages of the Celts and those of the more ancient Hindus of India. After their arrival in Ireland, the Celts divided themselves into three classes: the Farmers, The Warriors, and The Druids.
There are mysterious connections between the Celts and many other indigenous peoples. Do you have Celtic heritage? Or do you feel a spiritual affinity with the Celts? Check out these personality traits:
These characteristics are generally true of those with Celtic leanings or heritage:
* You have tremendous insight into the psychology of others.
* Your understanding of human nature makes you especially perceptive, and potentially a gifted psychic.
* Your abilities tend to be more of an intuitive understanding of the motivation of others.
* You find your highest inspiration in the rhythms of nature.
* You are attracted to beautiful or unusual stones.
* You love a good story, whether it be in the listening or the telling.
* You are sensitive to both of the polarities that live inside of you. You naturally understand the concept of androgyny or unixsexualism, and recognize that you have both masculine and feminine traits.
* Although you may be mentally oriented, you are attracted to sensuality.
* You are a powerful, transformative individual. You realize that in order to bring positive change in our outer world, an idea must first be born within.
Adapted from The Chakras in Shamanic Practice, by Susan J. Wright (Inner Traditions, 2007).
For millennia, eight colors have been thought to correspond to energy centers in the body. Wearing or surrounding yourself with these colors leads to balance and inner healing. For example, if you want to open your heart, there is a color that corresponds to the heart that will help. If you need to speak your truth to someone, you can wear a throat-chakra-colored scarf for encouragement. Find out about the chakra colors and what they do.
Red – First chakra, base of the spine. Groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust.
Orange – Second chakra, belly just below the navel. Sensuality, emotion, creativity, lessens feelings of inferiority.
Yellow – Third chakra, solar plexus. Will, identity, commitment, lessens feelings of confusion.
Green – Fourth chakra, heart. Compassion, forgiveness, intimacy, lessens feelings of isolation.
Blue – Fifth chakra, throat. Expression, communication, power to manifest, generativity, lessens feelings of stagnation.
Indigo – Sixth chakra, third eye, between the eyes. Clear sight, intuition, integrity, lessens feelings of despair.
Violet – Seventh chakra, crown, top of the head. Spiritual connection, mastery, lessens feelings of distraction.
White – Eighth chakra, just above the head. Radiance, expansion, lessens feelings of limiting attachment.
Adapted from Plant Spirit Shamanism, by Ross Heaven and Howard G. Charing (Inner Traditions, 2006).
Focusing our intention can help us to get what we need. This ancient shamanic technique uses the spirit power of plants aligned with your own desire to make a simple bundle that you carry with you. It’s like a spiritual radio, transmitting its energy and your requests to the universe and receiving the blessings that the spirits send back. Here is how to make a mojo bag to attract what you need.
Before you create a mojo bag, be clear on your intention, what you want the charm to do. Holding this intention in mind, take a walk in nature and allow yourself to be drawn to the plants that reflect your purpose. Spend a little time with them and speak to them of your needs. Request that they offer a little of themselves to help you.
The creator has given us clues to the healing and spiritual power of plants by ensuring that their outward appearances reflect their uses and intentions. Thus, the seed pods of the honesty plant, dried and relieved of their outer skins, are shining, translucent, and silver, round like coins and round like haloes. They can therefore be used to attract spiritual blessings and truth (honesty) or to draw in wealth, according to your intent.
When you take your plant materials home, dry them and then gently crush them. Mix them with a little rum, Florida Water, or essential oil and allow them to dry again.
Choose a piece of fabric in a color that corresponds to the qualities you wish to draw into your life. Colors are have traditional associations with certain energies: red with power and energy, pink with love, green for abundance, blue for peace, white for purity, and so on.
Place your plant material in the center of the fabric. You may add other objects to help: for more money, for example, add a few small coins on the homeopathic principle of like attracting like; a magnet to pull in success; a rose quartz for love, and so on. You can also write out your intention on a piece of paper and include it if you wish.
Sew up the bag or tie the bundle with a ribbon to keep the materials in place. Then smudge it with sage smoke and sprinkle it with a little Florida Water or essential oil. Carry your mojo bag with you.
Inspired by Power of the Soul, by John Holland (Hay House, 2007).
Clairvoyance is the inner sense of seeing. It’s when you receive information in the form of images, symbols and colors. The soul never speaks without a picture, according to psychic medium John Holland. This exercise of his trains your clairvoyant eye, so you will better see your soul’s messages to you, in pictures.
You’ll need a beeswax candle and a comfortable place to sit.
Sit comfortably with the burning candle in front of you. Relax your eyes and stare into the flame.
Once your eyes start to water, close them and put the palms of your hands over your eyes to create a total blackout. You should soon start seeing the flame, flickering slightly above and between your brows.
Keep your “eye” on the flame until it disappears. Repeat for another 10-15 minutes.
The exercise teaches you where you will see the vision in your third eye.
The next time you want a vision of what to do, focus on this area of your third eye. Ask your question and wait until you get a response, whether it was a symbol, a word, a color, a person, or even an object.
As a maven of luck and foreteller of fortunes it’s fitting that I share this next fact about the merry month of May. According to ancient traditions, May was once thought to be an unlucky month. Somewhat supportive of this theory is the old rhyme that says: ‘Marry in May and rue the day.’ And while June is traditionally the month for marriage, what would happen if you jump the gun and marry in May? Do you end up shooting yourself in the proverbial foot? And if that’s the case, what’s a May wedding couple to do? But don’t worry if you or someone you know is planning on a May wedding — all the happy couple needs is a little Wedding Day Shui! They can take two champagne flutes and tie either nine or eighteen inches of red thread, ribbon or string around the stems. They would then visualize filling themselves with the golden light of good intention while tying the stems of the two glasses together, leaving a few inches of red string between each flute. You can even perform this secret ceremony for them. Hold the visual of the couple living happily ever after while additionally bathing them in waves of protective and lucky golden light. Place this energizer into the Romance area of the bride-to-be’s bedroom and leave it there for at least nine days prior to the wedding day. As quickly as you can say ‘cheers,’ the sparkling energies created by this cure will bring bubbly days and fizzy, sizzling nights to the happy and harmonious newlyweds, no matter what month they marry! I hope you trust that this tip will work. I know I do!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Your independence is highlighted today. It’s time to stand on your own two feet and forge forward, despite a perceived lack of support. You may find yourself starting a new project today, and the possibility of meeting someone new is strong. Guard against forgetfulness.
About the Number 1
General Meaning: Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.
We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.
In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.
Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.
Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.