If you made it through yesterday’s torrent of sky patterns, give yourself a few rows of gold stars for diligence and skill on the higher astrological path. You have your work cut out for you again early since Mercury in Capricorn makes an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Jupiter in Gemini (12:10AM PST). Mercury-Jupiter challenging aspects can have deleterious effects on communications, travel plans, and educational endeavors. Be extra attentive when reviewing papers, agreements and legal contracts. Antique hunters and collectible aficionados do receive a celestial favor as the Moon trines Ceres in air signs (9:37AM PST). Money-making ventures carry an aura of success in the couple of hours preceding the Moon making a supportive, 60-degree liaison with Venus (3:14PM PST). The few hours before-hand can also signify a great time-period for artistic expression across the board. However, the 3:14PM PST time also starts a void lunar twilight zone that lasts nearly 7 hours until 10:10PM PST. Keep a fairly low profile during the void time-span by finishing up odds and ends with common sense and efficiency. Once the Moon enters Scorpio (10:10PM PST), try your Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie disguise on for size. Study your ancestral tree, solve family problems, and ferret out old secrets during the next two days. Keep a notebook of nocturnal soul wanderings and visions of the great beyond overnight as the Sun makes a dynamic and yet frictional, 45-degree link with dreamy Neptune (forming exactly at 1:20AM PST tomorrow morning).
Calendar of the Moon
5 Beth/Poseideion II
Day of Danu
Altar: Upon a white cloth set two figures of snow-capped mountains, and two white candles.
Offerings: White food.
Daily Meal: White food – rice, cream soup, white bread, etc.
Invocation to Danu
Mother of the Tuatha De Danaan,
Mother of mighty gods,
Mother of mighty heroes,
First Goddess of Ireland,
Your ever-giving breasts provided for your children
Nourishment, and love.
Goddess of Primordial Waters,
Mother of Rivers,
Your blood runs across the land.
Though your memory has dwindled,
Mother of the Daoine Sidhe,
Mother of mysterious Fae,
Mother of the Little People
Who dwell under the Hill,
Your ever-giving breasts provide for your children
Shelter, secrecy, and love.
Song: The Queen Of Air And Darkness
(All come forward one at a time and bow before the altar, and present white food as an offering. Afterwards, the food is ceremonially taken out somewhere to be left as an offering to the Little People, in honor of Danu.)
Calendar of the Sun
Burning of the Evergreen
Color: Dark green and red
Elements: Fire and Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of dark green and red place many boughs of evergreen, tied with paper messages for the Gods, and a single red candle.
Offerings: Messages to the Gods, of hope and faith and rebirth.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian. Warm food.
Invocation to the Evergreen Spirit
Evergreen Man of the Winter,
Spirit of the Eternal Forest,
You have blessed our home,
Now bless our hearth.
You have danced in our halls,
Now dance for our warmth.
You have sung out your life,
Now sing in your death.
You have lifted up your boughs in stillness,
Now lift them one your final motion.
You have kindled our hopes,
Now kindle our flame.
Evergreen Man of the Winter,
Spirit of the Eternal Forest,
May we learn, like you,
To let no cold devour us,
Until we perish joyfully
In the flame of the heart.
(All take armloads of the evergreen boughs and bring them to the kitchen hearth, where a fire is started from the single red candle. Each places a bough onto the hearth, saying, “Forgive our fire, faithful tree; warm us now as we have warmed thee.” The remainder of the boughs are stored in the kitchen for future kindling, and this mantra is said whenever they are laid to make fire. Today, all chant as the fire burns, until the evergreen twigs are burned away.)
Fire flow, fire flow through me,
Bonfire, brush fire, lightning strike,
Fire flow, fire flow through me,
Fire burn, give me light.
Last Quarter Moon
The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.
Revive Your Magickal Powers
On the night of the full moon, anoint a purple candle with vanilla
oil. while annointing, raise energy and focus it into the candle. See
it glow with magick. Light the candle and go outside (if possible) or
near a window where you can see the moon. Place the candle on the
ground or windowsill. Reach your arms out to the moon and say:
I ask for your power on this night,
By the powers of the stars above me,
So shall it be
Visualize your arms and hands soaking up the powers of the moon and into your body. Put out the candle and leave it on your altar
overnight. The next morning, repeat the spell with this chant.
Oh dear Lord of sky and seaa,
Lead your magick unto me,
By soil, wind, flame, and sea,
This is my will, so mote it be.
Soak up the powers of the sun. Go to your altar and light the purplle
candle from the night before and meditate on it until it burns out.
Power Removal Spell
The One Shot Spell
(NOTE: Do not use rum for this spell! As it is sacred to some of the Afro-Caribbean deities, using it as such may be offensive to Them.)
1 shot of vodka, bourbon, gin or scotch
1 glass to hold the shot of alcohol
1 12 oz. glass of water
Pour the shot of alcohol, then swirl it in the glass, saying:
“(Name of target) you’ve become
(Name of target) you shall stay
And I’ve become the nemesis
“Who will take your power away.”
Take a sip from the glass, saying:
“One sip and you feel weak.”
Take another sip, saying:
“Another makes you fall.”
Then chug the rest of the shot and say:
“As I toss back the rest of this
I own your power: All!”
Now chase the shot with the full glass of water, drinking it down as quickly as possible. Then say:
“In an hour’s time, I’ll piss you out.
And you’ll be laid to waste,
Weak and lowly like the piss
And swimming in disgrace.”
Reference: Utterly Wicked Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions By Dorothy Morrison
Does everyone have a totem animal that stays with them their entire life? Some say yes, others say no. Regardless, totemism isn’t just about those “primary” totems. The same person may have all kinds of different relationships and interactions with animal totems, and they don’t all have to last a lifetime.
That has been my experience since I began working with animal totems in my spirituality since the 1990’s. Rather than following what other people told me to do to connect with totems. I found my own path through that forest via a lot of trial and error. I quickly discovered was that there was no set number of totems a person could or should have and not every totem stuck around for a long time.
As I met and worked with more and more totem animals. I created an easy organizational system to help me describe some of these totemic relationships:
*Primary totems are what most people think of when they talk about animal totems. These are your “life” totems, the ones who are around for the long haul, as it were.
*Secondary totems are ones that come into your life on their own volition to help you through a stage of your life or a particular time period. Once their intent has been fulfilled, they generally leave your life, though some do make visits later on.. But even then, they aren’t as consistently present as primary totems.
*Tertiary totems are totems that you approach to ask for help with something specific or simply to find out more about them. If you want elp with a single ritual or untangling a problem in your life, you can find out what totem or totems may be best able to help you, and then approach them for that help.
Any totem animal can be primary, secondary or tertiary totem. It all depends on the nature of its relationship with that person. The particular totem itself isn’t crucial — what matters is the intensity and duration of the connection between the totem and person.
While not everyone may have a primary totem, just about anyone can ask totems for help with more short-term goals, even if you’ve never worked with totems before.
Reference:Excerpt from: Everyday Totemism By Lupa Llewellyn’s 2013
When the air gets chilly, it’s time to dig out your sweaters, hats, and scarves and bundle up. Don’t let all those extra clothes get you down, though — make the most of it by adding a dash of magick to your cold weather wardrobe. Draw pentacles on clothing tags to attract wealth, anoint zippers with magickally attuned essential oils, decorate sweater buttons with meaningful sigils. Pin small pieces of herbs onto hats: pine for prosperity, holly for protection, fir for extra energy and a youthful flow. You can even charm your favorite scarf to encourage good cheer — choose beads in a happy color like blue or yellow, add your own symbols to the beads using a permanent marker, and tie them onto the scarf with yarn.
Reference:Sweater Magic By Melanie Marquis Llewellyn’s 2013 Magical Almanac
The Witches Correspondences for Saturday, January 5th
Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death
Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius
Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects. It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.
The Witches Almanac for *Saturday, January 5th
*Saturday (Saturn): Longevity, exorcism, endings, homes and houses.
*The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation, and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).
Moon Sign: *Libra
*Libra: Favors cooperation, social activities, beautification of surroundings, balance and partnership.
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter
Mystical Months – January
…You’d be so lean, that blast of January
Would blow you through and through. Now, my fair’st friend,
I would I had some flowers o’ the spring that might
Become your time of day…’
William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act IV Scene 4.
This is the second month of winter, the ‘Gate of the New Year’, the first of the Gregorian calendar, and the third month of the Celtic seasonal calendar known as Samhain, which translated means ‘The coming of the dark’.
The name, given to the month of ‘January’, is derived from the ancient Roman name ‘Janus’ who presided over the gate to the new year. He was revered as the ‘God of Gateways’, ‘of Doorways’ and ‘of the Journey’, later known as ‘St. Januarius’. Janus protected the ‘Gate of Heaven’, known as the ‘Lord of Beginnings’, is associated with the ‘Goddess Juno-Janus’, and often symbolised by an image of a face that looks forwards and backwards at the same time. This symbolism can easily be associated with the month known as for many the start of a new year bodes opportunity, casting out the old and in with the new. It is the time when many reflect on events of the previous year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of daily life or personal philosophy. January has traditionally been also associated with the qualities of ‘Goddess Venus’, ‘Freya’, ‘Hera’ and ‘Irene’, and the Egyptian ‘Nile God Hapi’ amongst many others.
‘Lauwmaand’ (The frosty month)
‘Wulf-monath’ (Wolf month, a threat in a time of little food)
‘Se oeftera geola’ (After yule)
‘Forma monath’ (First month)
Saxon (after influence of Christianity)
As part of the seasonal calendar January is the time of the ‘Wolf Moon’ according to Pagan beliefs, and the period described as the ‘Moon of Frost in the Tepee’ by Black Elk, Mystic and Medicine Man of the Oglala Sioux (Black Elk Speaks, Neihardt). It is a time when favourable colours to improve personal healing are black (jet stone), white and blue-violet (the colour of crocus flowers). These are the colours often associated with winter whilst the delicate crocus and snowdrops, along with the scented carnation lend beauty and a glimpse of the fine weather to come in spring to a time of austerity. The herbs and produce of the woodland too are closely connected, with nuts and cones, musk, marjoram and mimosa lending sweetness. As the second month of the winter calendar the holy thistle too reminds us of the link with winters rule and faith tested in times of extreme hardships..
The fox and its brother on a distant shore the coyote find the ability to retrieve food in the harshest of environments. As we approach spring birds too are seen to be remembered with January, with the pheasant appearing from the hedgerow and the jay (and the blue-jay) taking to the wing as a sign of the skies and earth giving hope of insect life and nesting materials.. A traditional belief amongst farmers in the British Isles said that a mild January was an omen of wet weather to come (from February through to May) and would give a bad crop in the field.
‘Bid the past farewell,
and receive the year that has just been born.’
As part of the astrological calendar, January has many associations. This is the month of the house of Capricorn (December 20 – January 20) and the house of Aquarius (21 January – February 18). Capricorn is the tenth sign of zodiac and depicted by the symbol of the ‘Goat’. The resolve to achieve is evidenced by Capricorn’s who work hard and long, like the goat, slowly but surely to reach the top of their mountain until they wish to move on to new and better pastures. The sign is said to embody authority and maturity being associated with the stage of latter life of the adult. Here is the chance for a Capricorn to work and rework ideas to get it right, as second best is not bad but things can always be better. In ancient Babylonian mythology Capricorn was depicted as the ‘God Ea’, fish-tailed, also known as the ‘Antelope of the Sea’. Capricorn is also known by the name the ‘Gate of Death’ (opposite sign Cancer, ‘Gate of Birth’). This is the time when the Sun enters its tenth phase of the journey and a time of new wisdom; Ea is seen to rise from the deep waters and instruct Man on the divine wisdom.
‘Saturn’ is the ruling planet of Capricorn bringing with it the qualities of wisdom, security, self-control, discipline, determination, responsibility and limitation. Saturn is also known as ‘Lord of Saturday’, ‘Kronos’ or ‘Time’. Capricorn is a cardinal and negative earth sign associated with the statement ‘I master’ and ‘I will refine’. It rules the skin, knees and bones. It is associated with the Aspen, Elder, Elm, Pine, Poplar, Weeping Willow and Yew, and with Burdock, Hemlock, Holly and the Black & Red Poppy. Colours associated with Capricorn are black, earth tones, indigo and orange. The main stone associated with Capricorn is the Garnet, and the main stone associated with December is the Turquoise. Lucky number is eight, lucky day Saturday. Metal associated is lead.
‘In spring, when woods are getting green,
I’ll try and tell you what I mean:
In summer, when the days are long,
Perhaps you’ll understand the song?’
Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac and depicted as ‘Ganymede’, a youthful male water carrier, also known as the ‘God with Two Streams’. Ganymede became cup-bearer to the ‘Olympian Gods’, ruled over by ‘Zeus’, and borne to ‘Mount Olympus’ on the back of an eagle. Out of the carrier springs new wisdom, for the good of humanity. The ‘Age of Aquarius’, generally thought to commence around 2000 AD, is foreseen as one which will embody these qualities. It is also the subject of many predictions, some of which indicate Armageddon, the Second Coming of Christ, one of major natural cataclysmic occurrences, and a shift in the earth’s axis. Yet the New Age is also the subject of excitement not because as it has been suggested the beginning of Aquarius will prelude either the weakening or strengthening of Christianity, but that with the new era comes a religion will be wholly embraced. So far this has been deemed to be one based on the now famous statement ‘Make love not war’. A desire to move away from materialism and violence is predicted to surface. There has, however, been extreme concern shown on the place of drugs in all this with some predicting that the New Age will signal no more than the beginning of a period not of reawakening but of sleep dictated by a drug induced delirium.
‘Uranus’ is the ruling planet of Aquarius bringing with it the qualities of revolution, change, unpredictability and disruption. Aquarius is a fixed and positive air sign associated with the statement ‘I am the embodiment of all that society needs or desires’, ‘I universalise’, and ‘I will change’. It rules the circulation and ankles. It is associated with the Ash, Birch, Cherry, Elder, Fig, Plum, and the Rowan, and with the flowers Apple, Lemon & Peach Blossom and Orchid. Colours associated with Aquarius are aquamarine, electric blue and turquoise tones. The main stone associated with Aquarius is the Aquamarine (this also has associations with Pisces, but the main stone associated with the month of January is the Garnet . Lucky number is four, lucky day Saturday. Metals associated are aluminium and uranium.
‘The dream-child moving through a land –
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or beast –
And half believe it true.’
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TO BE A WITCH
To be a witch is to love and be loved.
To be a witch is to know everything, and nothing at all.
To be a witch is to move amongst the stars while staying on earth.
To be a witch is to change the world around you, and yourself.
To be a witch is to share and give, while receiving all the while.
To be a witch is to dance and sing, and hold hands with the universe.
To be a witch is to honor the gods, and yourself.
To be a witch is to be magick, not just perform it.
To be a witch is to be honorable, or nothing at all.
To be a witch is to accept others who are not.
To be a witch is to know what you feel is right and good.
To be a witch is to harm none.
To be a witch is to know the ways of old.
To be a witch is to see beyond the barriers.
To be a witch is to follow the moon.
To be a witch is to be one with the gods.
To be a witch is to study and to learn.
To be a witch is to be the teacher and the student.
To be a witch is to acknowledge the truth.
To be a witch is to live with the earth, not just on it.
To be a witch is to be truly free!