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.
|Jade Runes are most commonly used for questions about love, friendship, and relationships. Inguz is the rune of completion and fertility. The presence of this rune suggests that tasks which have been initiated will come to fruition. This rune is associated with Ing and Frey, it is this connection that explains its connotations of both fertility and sexuality. The variant of this rune shown here is reminiscent of the twin strands of life, and of the challenge and rewards of bringing together things complimentary.|
This Tarot Deck: Cagliostro
by Annie B. Bond
Most of us have read the personality descriptions on the online horoscope sites, or in the newspaper. But here is a somewhat deeper look at your Sun Sign’s primary qualities, seen from the perspective of the spirit.
Find out more about your deeper nature, right here:
Aries, March 21-April 19: Forceful, self-willed, enthusiastic, exaggerative, passionate, extrovert, pioneer, courageous, self-sufficient, idealistic.
Taurus, April 20-May 21: Strong-willed, toiling, practical, sensuous, musical, literary, artistic, temperate, moist, fruitful, magnetic, beneficent, intractable.
Gemini, May 22-June 20: Communicative, inventive, alert, inquisitive, swift, sharp, versatile, dry, mental, ardent, youthful, mobile, idealistic.
Cancer, June 21-July 22: Reflection, sensitivity, memory, receptiveness, fluctuation, responsiveness, sympathy, magnetism.
Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Initiation, power, glory, vigor, ardor, beneficence, creative force, self-expression, full of ideas, talent.
Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Practicality, discernment, intelligence, healing (health, hygiene, diet), duty, fundamentals, craftsmanship, purity.
Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Harmony, gentleness, stability, discrimination, beauty, affection, partnership, marriage, social awareness, justice.
Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Power, energy, intensity, will, magnetism, subtlety, resurrection, elimination, renewal, resolution.
Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Honesty, clarity, dignity, benevolence, magnanimity, jollity, encompassing quality, optimism, loyalty, independence, generosity, love of education, literature, justice.
Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Responsibility, duty, toil, enquiry, restraint, secrecy, discipline, patience, persistence, doggedness, indefatigable aspiration, limitation, taciturnity, practicality, idealism.
Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Independence, turbulence, fellowship, friendship, relationship, originality, genius, brotherhood, abstraction, optimism, intellect, remoteness, literature, science, inventiveness, peace, artistry, inspiration, perversity, tenacity, intuition.
Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Intuitive, impressionable, fanciful, naïve, free spirit, unworldly, creative, imaginative, clairvoyant, retiring, vulnerable, studious, romantic, emotional, trusting, vacillating, melancholy, indecisive, insecure, artistic.
Jupiter, planet of luck and expansion is on his own in your income sector and due to leave in just 2 weeks time, he won’t be back for another 12 years. Even the Moon has made his last visit and with all your cards on the table it’s time to bring things home. It’s the Moon’s position in your work sector today that is sharpening your instincts, allowing you to put your income and work objectives on the same page.
When the Sun and Mercury left your sign last week, as well as wrapping up your birthday month they left Jupiter, planet of luck and expansion on his own. With Jupiter due to leave your sign in just 2 weeks time and not to return for another 12 years, today marks the start of the 14 day wind down of your Jupiter return. It’s now that you’re laying down the foundations for the next 12 years, with a need to keep your expectations for the future high.
With the main thrust of your professional year underway there is a real call to pull back. While new doors will open on the work front in the second half of the year and the busiest months of the year are still in front of you, you’ve reached a point where having the right work/life balance is more important than anything else. With this comes a need to spend time revisiting the professional dreams and aspirations you came into the year with.
It’s where you feel that you’re having to put on a face or go along to social engagements because you have to, that you need a bit of a wakeup call. As tempting as it might be to issue a rain check or come up with some kind of excuse, trust that this is as important for you as it is for anyone else. Instead of thinking that you can’t let others down, think about not letting yourself down, for this is an important day for both networking and connecting.
The Moon is making his last visit to your income sector before Jupiter leaves your career sector in just 14 days time, giving you a chance to not only sharpen your nose for money but to hook into your warrior spirit. This is the Moon’s first visit to your income sector since Mars cleared his final roadblocks and with his drives and passions now unfettered, you have a chance to breakthrough any remaining glass ceilings.
The Moon and Mars align in your sign today, evoking your passions and bringing some strong emotional responses. At a time when things are heating up on the professional front, but also Neptune is slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn in your relationship sector next week, this is going to stir your personal and professional passions. All of a sudden you’re waking up to the fact that if you don’t like something you can change it.
Mars, planet of passion, drive and ambition will normally spend 6 weeks in an intuitive part of your chart, giving you a chance to slow down and recharge your batteries, before returning to your sign and opening the door to new quests. But Mars has already been here for 6 ½ months and won’t return to your sign until early July, with signs of frustration starting to show. Ease that frustration by exploring the kind of quests that excite your passions.
As financially focused as things are right now, it’s on the personal front that a new sense of urgency is setting your priorities. With Neptune turning retrograde in your romantic sector in a week from today and Jupiter leaving your relationship sector in 2 weeks from today, both not only need your attention but for you to focus on the future. It’s by knowing what you want from love and from your relationships that you’re less likely to lose your way.
As the Moon and Mars align in your career sector this puts your professional instincts and passions on the same page, just 14 days before Jupiter, planet of luck and expansion is due to leave your work sector. This gives you the motivation to make the next 2 weeks count and with the relationship focus due to expand dramatically over that time, this brings a need to create some clear boundaries.
As professionally focused as things are right now they’re going to become even more professionally focused, with even more stunning developments on the work front over the coming weeks. This makes it important to hold back, holding onto a passion for adventure and discovery and a sense of curiosity. You’ll get a lot done if you have your head down and your tail up, but you’ll lose your sense of vision if you do this 24/7.
As the Moon and Mars align in your financial sector today expect your financial instincts and passions to fuse, igniting your fighting spirit but not the financial tensions of previous months. This is the Moon’s first visit to your financial sector since tensions between your income and financial sectors eased back, giving you a chance that time really has moved on. Instead of using your fighting spirit to fight challenges, use it to chase opportunities.
As the Moon not only makes his first visit to your relationship sector since personal and relationship tensions eased, but aligns with passionate Mars energy, this gives you a chance to identify what you need to be fighting for or against. The Moon will only make one more visit to your relationship sector before Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos leaves in early July, with his visit today all about evoking your passions and getting you involved.
With Jupiter on his own in your income sector but getting ready to leave in a few weeks time, this is a week for consolidating things on the income front, cementing your expectations and beginning the process of walking the talk. This comes just as Mars is about to move into his last full month in your work sector, with a visit from the Moon from Monday to Wednesday sharpening your instincts and evoking the kind of emotional responses that will get your passions moving. Meanwhile, although Jupiter is still another 2 weeks away from your communication sector there is something special developing there, with the communication lines now running in all directions. This is having the most impact on the relationship front, where the door is open to second chances and making up for lost time.
The Sun and Mercury both left your sign last week, wrapping up your birthday month and setting your new solar year on the course you want it to continue on. Yet with Jupiter still here the much bigger job of laying down the foundations for a Jupiter cycle of expansion that won’t run its course until 2023 is still under way, although due to leave on the 12th June this has become a lot more urgent. Already the focus is shifting to your income situation, which is fast becoming the biggest game in town. Jupiter will return to your income sector on the 12th June, kicking off the most expansive year in over a decade for both income matters and for expanding your expectations across all the currencies in your life, but already the door is open to both new opportunities and second chances.
After a solar eclipse in your sign last week and a lunar eclipse in your relationship sector next week, a week off from the intensity eclipses bring is just what you need. While the Sun returned to your sign and kicked off one of your most important solar years in a decade last Monday and Mercury returned last Thursday this is the first, last and only full week that they’ll spend here together. You begin the week with the Sun and Mercury aligned in your sign, giving you the clarity and intellectual savvy to take your power back and start making informed choices and decisions. It’s Mercury’s alignment with Venus over the weekend that not only puts heart and mind on the same page but the past and future as well, a time when the door is open to both new opportunities and second chances.
More and more there is a need and a desire to pull back, for you’re not only now in the wind down period of your current solar year, a time when there is a need to review and look back over the year that has been, but heart and mind are also in need of respite. If life has been hectic, then this gives you a chance to step back, though any thoughts of being able to retreat to your cave and stay there will soon be discarded. With Jupiter now in his final weeks in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking and Mars coming into his own in your communication sector, the need and the call to connect is just too strong and too important to isolate yourself completely. However, you do need time to stop, recharge your batteries and hear yourself think, so set some clear boundaries.
Already the professional focus that over previous months has been all consuming, is starting to wane, especially after the Sun and Mercury’s departure from your career sector last week. Even Jupiter, here since June 2011, is getting ready to leave and in just 2 weeks from Wednesday you’ll be left with no planetary activity in your career sector, something you haven’t experienced since April 2011. With Pluto staying on in your work sector there is no danger of losing your professional momentum anytime soon, though the focus is shifting more to your income situation, where your fighting spirit is starting to emerge. Where all the energy that was focused on your professional game is shifting to is social, personal and professional networking.
The only thing that is stopping your life from becoming professionally dominated is Jupiter, who won’t return to your career sector until 2 weeks from Tuesday. However, with the Sun and Mercury not only spending their first, last and only full week together in your career sector, but moving into the week aligned and Mercury aligning with Venus here over the weekend, this is still going to be a professionally dominated week. But with Jupiter still in an adventurous part of your chart there is a reluctance to fully throw yourself into your professional game, with a chance instead to keep your options open. With Mars igniting your personal passions, chances are you’re looking for a new quest to get excited about or at least an unwillingness to engage in anything that doesn’t excite you.
Give yourself a week off this week, either literally or metaphorically and embrace a sense of adventure. With things slowing down on the work front ahead of Neptune’s retrograde turn in your work sector next week and Chiron’s the week after and Mercury not returning to your career front until next week, regardless of the conditions in play this week this was always going to be a week for taking your professional hat off as much as possible. However, it just so happens that the Sun and Mercury are spending their first, last and only full week of the year together in your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery and that a desire for adventure and richer experiences finally has something concrete to latch onto. Life is too short for simply going through the motions.
After a solar eclipse in your financial sector last week and a lunar eclipse in your income sector next week, regardless of what the stars are up to this week this was always going to be a week where money matters were likely to dominate. This is doubly so with Mercury spending his first, last and only full week in your financial sector, giving you both a smart head for money and a chance to tap into the forces that are opening new doors and those that hold the door open to second chances. Until next Monday’s lunar eclipse the focus is on your financial situation as a whole though. Yet as much as this is a week where money matters may dominate, this is also an important week on the relationship and romantic fronts, with a reminder that there are some things in life that money can’t buy.
Next Monday’s lunar eclipse in your sign will bring you to a fairly dramatic turning point in your solar year, marking the halfway point where you have a chance to look back at where you’ve been and forward to where you’ve gone. In the lead up to this, in what is an important and busy week on the relationship, work and career fronts, it’s more important than ever that you remain true to yourself. What you will find, especially the closer to next Monday’s lunar eclipse, is that this is being tested and that there are likely to be plenty of situations where standing up for or being true to yourself might mean rocking the boat. Yet this gives you a chance to come up against the very blocks that stopped you from being true to yourself in the past, this time with the support to push through.
It’s hard to imagine a more professionally focused week, except I don’t need to imagine because I know things are set to become even more professionally focused over the coming weeks. You begin the week with the Sun and Mercury aligned in your work sector and over the weekend Mercury will be the first planet to align with Venus since she arrived in early April. This is Mercury’s first, last and only full week in your work sector, with his intellectual savvy the clue that holds everything together. This comes just as the Moon’s last visit to your career sector while Saturn is in retrograde motion for another 30 years sharpens your professional instincts and hindsight. Yet playful Jupiter vibes and Mars’ passion for adventure won’t let you get away with life becoming all work and no play.
Mercury’s return to your work sector next week will open the door to the first planetary activity in either of your professional houses since November 2011. While it will be good to finally find your professional groove and get your professional year up to speed, it’s also important to make the most of one of the last weeks between now and mid 2015 that you can take your professional hat. For once the tide turns there’ll be no going back. Yet it’s where forces are now gathering in a playful, creative and romantic part of your chart that instead of dying down and giving over to busy work forces, will only get stronger over the coming months. The message coming through loud and clear from the stars this week is that finding and maintaining a balance between work and play is a must.
Despite the fact that you begin the week with the Moon in your work sector and you have a lunar eclipse in your career sector next week, this is a week where the majority of the focus is on home and family matters and on your relationships. After a solar eclipse in your home and family sector last Monday the Sun is settling into his month long visit with a lot less fanfare than it started with and with lucky Jupiter returning in 2 weeks from Tuesday, this is becoming an increasingly important area of your life. With Mercury, planet of communication spending his first, last and only full week in your home and family sector, communication is essential, not only on the home front but on the relationship front as well, where things are finally catching their second wind.