Hecate Ritual: Banishing Negativity

Hecate Ritual: Banishing Negativity

In this ritual you will be calling on Hecate in Her Crone aspect. It is performed during the Dark of the Moon. Some people are fearful of working with the Dark Moon and the Crone, but She is the wise protector who will take your negativity and transform it in her cauldron of change.  Begin by setting up your altar as you normally do for ritual, making sure you have a black candle and wine or water in your chalice in addition to anything else you use. You will also need cleansing, purifying incense and a censer or some kind of container, which can be carried, around your home.  (I use a large shell to hold smoldering charcoal, or stick incense.) It is best to set your altar on the floor for this rite, but you may do it however you feel most comfortable.

Cast your circle as you normally do. When you are through, kneel before your altar and light the black candle. With your arms held, palms upward, at your sides, call Hecate by saying three times:

Hecate, beautiful Crone of Night

I call you here to put things right.

Transform the negative thought and pain

And help my life be whole again.

Close your eyes. When you feel the presence of Hecate and know she is there to help you, open your eyes. Bow your head to her to show your reverence, then take the chalice, saying:   

Lady of the Dark Moon,

Share with me this wine.

Bring your protection to

Flood this life of mine.

May the waters of your eternal womb

Bring change most divine.

Sip a small amount of the wine (or water), envisioning it as liquid energy, flowing to effect a positive change within and outside of you.  Leave the rest as an offering to Hecate.  Light the purifying incense in the censer, cut a door in the Circle, and, beginning in the eastern-most corner of your home, smudge your home, going counter-clockwise. Go into every closet, the bathroom, and the garage – make sure your entire house is smudged. As you go, chant: 

Negativity be gone.

Come back into the Circle and visualize your entire house and yard bathed in a peaceful blue light. Since you have created a void by banishing the negativity, you will need to fill that void. Now going deosil (clock-wise), re-trace your steps through the house, asking that good, protective spirits come into your home and that positive energies replace the negative ones that have just been banished. This is an important step, because if you don’t fill the void with something good, the negativity will come right back. Sometimes during such a ritual, I take one large and one small black stone and charge them to keep away negativity. I promise Hecate that the large one will remain in a prominent place in my house and that I will keep the small one with me at all times.

Thank Hecate. Meditate if you wish, visualizing your life free from negative happenings and feelings and full of love, prosperity, and happiness. Feel how She has changed your home and your life.  Close the Circle and know that it is done.

Let's Talk Witch – Magickal Talents of Each Birth Sign

Let’s Talk Witch – Magickal Talents of Each Birth Sign

 

Some witches examine their birth charts when planning important magickal events such as an initiation or eldership rite. They might also consider how their charts relate to the charts of other members in a spiritual group they wish to join. Each natal chart is unique, with special strengths and weaknesses that affect the individual’s magickal life as well as his mundane life.

Many good books exist that explain the personality traits of the twelve sun signs. The following paragraphs describe some magickal proclivities of people born under each sign. Look for your birth sign and read the generalized description. Does it ring true?

Aries

These independent people often become spiritual leaders and pioneers, seeking enlightenment in their own way rather than following established traditions. They may devise new magickal approaches or explore uncharted territory.

Taurus

People born under this sign love earth-oriented magick and make excellent druids. They also have a knack for expressing magickal ideas through art, food preparation, herbalism, gardening, and healing.

Gemini

These individuals may take an eclectic approach to witchcraft. Their quick minds and communication skills enable them to learn magick quickly and teach it to others. Chanting, incantations, and affirmations are among their favorite magickal practices.

Cancer

Intuitive Cancers frequently possess divination and dowsing skills. Many excel as kitchen witches and healers, for they enjoy nurturing and caring for other people.

Leo

People born under this sign have a strong sense of drama. These natural leaders enjoy performing rituals and may gravitate toward ceremonial magick. They may also turn their talents toward spiritual art or music.

Virgo

Natural healers, Virgos frequently apply their magickal abilities to herbalism and working with the plant kingdom. Let them handle the details of rituals and spellworking. Some are skilled artisans who craft lovely magick tools.

Libra

These sociable people like handling the logistics and atmospheric elements of ritual celebrations and spiritual events, especially the décor. Usually they prefer to work with a magickal partner or coven, rather than solo.

Scorpio

Scorpios are instinctively drawn to occult knowledge and the unseen realms. Many possess keen intuition and divination ability. Their strong wills can help them succeed in all forms of spellworking.

Sagittarius

Spiritual subjects and higher knowledge appeal to Sagittarians, who are often great students of magick as well as teachers. Many enjoy the drama of ritual and make colorful, inspired leaders.

Capricorn

Let the Capricorns in your magickal group handle the money. They also excel at planning, organization, and the practical aspects of the Craft. Prosperity magick, in particular, may appeal to them.

Aquarius

The ideal chaos magicians, Aquarians tend to be unconventional in life and in magick. These innovative people may reject the formality of high magick, preferring to create their own rituals and spells. Many have a natural proclivity for astrology.

Pisces

These sensitive individuals are adept at visualization and usually have highly attuned psychic abilities. Music or art may play a part  in their magickal work.

Although your sun sign is certainly important, it’s only part of your astrological makeup. Other factors in your birth chart will also influence your magickal talents and learnings. Consider the whole chart and all its distinctive features in order to understand the big picture.

Magickal Tip – Spelling on a Budget

Magickal Tip

Spelling on a Budget

As kids stock up on new supplies for back to school time, take advantage of all the broken crayons, old erasers, and short pencils that would otherwise be tossed aside or left on a shelf to collect dust. Melt and recycle broken crayons into customizable effigies and magickal candles to boost energy and creativity, and crumble up old erasers to use in diminishing, curse-breaking, and banishing powders. Keep a few short pencils in your car to use for written spells on the go, or grind the graphite into an energy-boosting dust to use in your wandcraft.

—Melanie Marquis

The Witches Correspondence for August 26

The Witches Correspondence for August 26

Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

The Witches Almanac for Monday, August, 26th

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The Witches Almanac for Monday, August, 26th

Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.

Pardon of the Sea (French)

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation, and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon Phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Taurus

Taurus: Things begun now last the longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to alter. Brings out appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Incense: Clary sage

Color: Gray

Current Moon Phase for Aug. 26: Waning Gibbous

Gibbous Moon

(waning /60% illumination)

This is a tremendous time of transmutation. All of the prior elements are coming together for a final burst of creative output. You have seen a clear view of your own needs and the posture of significant others. Now the accumulation of that input is leading to a deep, core change within you. In this phase, you will naturally be inclined to seek higher guidance so that you can emerge from this transformation successfully. The Disseminting Moon favors sharing what you have learned (and are learning) with others.

Feng Shui Tip for August. 26: 'National Dog Day'

How apropos that ‘National Dog Day’ falls during the traditional dog days of summer. If you suspect that Fido is overheated, don’t immerse him in cold water. The water trapped in the haircoat will warm and act as insulation against the cooling intent, actually working in reverse. Rather, station him in front of a fan and mist him with ice cold water. Do this briefly and then stop all cooling efforts — the process continues even after you stop. I cannot emphasize this enough. A very brief effort is all it takes to get a dog’s temperature down. Obviously, the best way to prevent overheating is to keep Spot in a controlled and cool environment. You’ll be the coolest owner around if you just do that.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Animal Spirit for August 26 is The Horse

Your Animal Spirit for Today
    August 26, 2013 

Horse

When Horse came back to the Americas, he brought with him the ability to move rapidly from place to place—and it’s this rapid movement that he brings to you today. Get up, get out of the rut you’ve created. Grab Horse’s mane, pull yourself onto his back and let him carry you across the plains of your life. The time for being stuck is over.

Today's Tarot Card for Aug. 26 is The Moon

The Moon

Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

What has traditionally been known as the Moon card refers to a deep state of sensitivity and imaginative impressionability, developed within a womb of deep relaxation. Here we dream and go into trance, have visions and receive insights, wash in and out with the psychic tides, and experience deep mystical and/or terrifying realities beyond our ordinary senses. The full moon and/or eclipse cycle charted by the Magi (as in some of the earliest Moon card images) exemplify this as a mechanism that Nature uses to expand consciousness.

The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters the Ocean of Being. What transpires next is between a soul and its Maker

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, August 26th

We long for peace and quiet today, but the simplistic Taurus Moon isn’t enough to alleviate the cosmic tension that is agitating our lives. Romantic Venus in pleasure-seeking Libra opposes uncontainable Uranus in spontaneous Aries, encouraging reckless behavior that can upset the status quo. However, we still may be confused about what to do or say because the willful Sun and chatty Mercury are engaged in a tug-of-war with surrealistic Neptune.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Although you have responsibilities to fulfill today, it’s difficult to resist creating a bit of mischief, instead. You want to take a risk and break out of your normal routine, even if you realize self-indulgence isn’t the smartest course of action now. You may attempt to justify your behavior, yet your current judgment might not be very clear. Ask a trusted friend for a different perspective before doing something you will later regret. Following your whims is fine as long as no harm comes to others.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You feel as if you’re wired for pleasure today since your ruling planet Venus opposes electric Uranus. Nevertheless, your intense desires might create an emotional short circuit if you think that satisfaction is out of reach. Your fantasies may be quite unrealistic, but it really doesn’t matter if you believe in your daydreams or not. You don’t need to follow through with every wish. What’s important now is to give yourself permission to imagine what would bring you happiness if anything was possible.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may hope to float through the day on a cloud of romantic illusions, but an unexpected event can shock you out of your reverie. Even if you quickly adapt to a change of plans, you still might overlook the significance of what is happening. Although you could be surprised by what you learn, it’s still wise to contemplate what the cosmos is attempting to tell you. Taking time to interpret your dreams reveals secrets you could otherwise miss.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Someone’s reaction to your request at work today might not be what you expect; however, you can take nearly anything in stride with the right attitude. At first, you may be anxious because you don’t want to confront the unknown, but you’re relieved to learn the truth now, even if it catches you off guard. Don’t let your subconscious motivations mislead you into pushing the information away; integrate the new data and alter your plans as needed before moving on.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are super excited about someone or something new in your life now, but you’re afraid that your current enthusiasm won’t last. You may be overly cautious about letting completely go and enjoying yourself because you believe that your sense of freedom will quickly be restrained by limiting circumstances. Change is inevitable, but worrying about the future doesn’t have to interfere with today’s pleasures. Enjoy the present moment while it lasts.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You might be surprised by someone’s selfish behavior today and you could even be offended by people’s lack of compassion. Rational analysis won’t help you to understand their actions because logic is not the motivating factor now. Unexplainable changes are to be expected if tension is stressing a relationship. But don’t over-analyze anyone’s motives; simply respond with kindness and honesty. The storm will pass quickly if you keep your heart open and remain flexible in your thinking.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Previously hidden desires may float to the surface today. Your key planet Venus is visiting your 1st House of Self and her opposition to unorthodox Uranus in your 7th House of Relationships can uncover something about your partner that you didn’t previously know. But rather than waiting for anyone to surprise you with an unexpected revelation, take the initiative and be an agent of change, yourself. Embrace the shift proactively instead of resisting it.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You would like to let go of old expectations once and for all and express your current feelings spontaneously today as creative Venus opposes progressive Uranus in your 5th House of Romance. Unfortunately, you might not know exactly what you want. Your emotions are slippery now, making it difficult to choose any one course of action. Nevertheless, you have an amazing opportunity to learn something important about love if you’re willing to relinquish control and go with the flow.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You wish a friend or partner would make a straightforward decision today, but the clarity you seek may continue to be elusive. Instead of receiving a yes or no answer now, you’re required to live with someone’s uncertainty. However, it’s likely that other people’s ambivalence might simply be a reflection of your own, even if you believe that you already made your choice. Don’t push for resolution since it will take time for all the facts to fully emerge. A little patience gives inspiration a chance to strike.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You want to gather as much useful information as you can today, since you might mistakenly believe that the solution to your current dilemma is in having all the facts. Unfortunately, you may be in a hurry now, allowing you to make a wrong assumption and jump to an incorrect conclusion that’s based on your desires. Acknowledge what you want, but be smart and postpone any major decision until your energy settles down. Your path should begin to clear in just a few days, bringing success within your reach.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your craving for connection pushes you one way today, while your need for independence pulls you another. You may long for more intimacy in your everyday life, yet still keep others at an arm’s length if you’re afraid of losing your autonomy. Thankfully, a sudden breakthrough in your awareness can zap your heart open and instantaneously intensify the dynamics of a relationship. If lightning strikes, set aside practicalities and be flexible enough to fully engage the magic of the moment.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your perspective on a close relationship could be challenged today, making you weary of the familiar tensions you feel. You don’t want to argue with your partner over another misunderstanding; nor do you want to waste energy justifying your desires. Your needs are simple now; you just want your heartfelt disclosure to be heard and acknowledged. Avoid ultimatums; just share what you need in a gentle manner and then be patient. The dynamics are shifting quickly and you just may receive what you want.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of August 26

The week begins with a jolt when it comes to romantic matters, thanks to an erratic opposition between Venus and Uranus on Monday. If you’re in a relationship, this may reflect a sudden need to loosen any chokehold you feel your partnership restrains you with. Whether single or taken, there might also be a sudden new love interest. Then, on Tuesday Mars — the planet that rules our libido — will enter flamboyant and amorous Leo, where it remains until October 15. Love and sex are about to get loud and theatrical!
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Expect no shortage of drama in your love life. On Monday, Venus — now in your 7th House of Partnerships — will oppose Uranus in Aries. There may be a see-saw feeling when it comes to your role in a relationship. On one hand you want to be partnered up, but on the other hand you refuse to do so at the expense of your individuality. On Tuesday, Mars will enter your 5th House of Love and Sex. For the next several weeks you can certainly anticipate more fun in bed.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your mental focus this week will decidedly revolve around matters of the heart. Mercury, the planet of communication, will continue to move through your 5th House of True Love. On Monday, Mercury will link up to Saturn, and you might have a serious conversation with your sweetheart about your commitment to each other. On Friday, you’ll likely make a positive decision together — possibly about a much-needed getaway. Your trip will likely be local and short (a long weekend perhaps), but it will surely be memorable.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Sudden interference from a friend regarding your love life might unnerve you this week. On Monday, Venus will oppose Uranus, now in your 11th House of Groups and Friends. You might receive an unexpected opinion about someone you’re dating. Even worse, your pal might give you a vibe that he or she is attracted to your sweetheart! Be careful on Tuesday not to overspend on your love. With Venus square Jupiter, now in your 2nd House of Earned Income, it’s possible you’ll purchase an extra indulgent gift. Don’t break the bank!

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Saturn continues to move through your 5th House of True Love, and if you’re single it may be difficult to get exactly what/whom you want in love. You might have found the perfect soul mate, but due to circumstances beyond your control, you find it’s difficult to be together — at least for now. Or, you might be in a relationship and you’re not feeling as if you and your love are having much fun anymore. Responsibility may weigh you down. Tuesday is a good day to discuss how you feel with your lover. The dialogue will help.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You and your partner might have an unexpected difference of opinion this week — one that proves to be more than just a slight disagreement. You’ll want to remain open to your partner’s viewpoint, but there is likely to be something that rubs you the wrong way on Monday. Do your best to remain gracious even if you blurt out something less than tactful on this day. On Tuesday, Mars will enter Leo — a once in every two-year event! Your stamina will be incredible until October 15 and you’ll passionately pursue anything — or anyone — you want!

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

The week is likely to start out in a relationship haze, thanks to Monday’s opposition between the Sun and Neptune. You’re in a phase now where the potential to hold your mate on a pedestal is extremely likely. While it’s wonderful to practice unconditional love, at the same time you might ignore a potentially large blemish in your relationship. Remember to take off the rose-colored glasses long enough to see any flaws in your union. Then, you’ll be equipped to make a decision about whether or not your partner still deserves that podium.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

An existing relationship is likely going through extensive change now. The parameters of your union will be revolutionized as you both challenge the traditional status quo of what a relationship “should be.” That definition simply does not work for you and your mate any longer and you’ll need to find your own way. The question is: Can you do this together? While you might begin to think that the grass is greener on the other side, consider what might happen if you take more time to water your own grass first.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You’re typically the one who can see right through anyone and uncover their true motivations. These days, however, nothing could be further from the truth — at least when it comes to a love interest. Neptune, the planet of unconditional love — but also confusion and potential disillusion — is moving through your 5th House of True Love. While this transit might bring your soul mate, at the same time you might go through at least one major disappointment in love. You’re so caught up in getting lost in a blissful union that you may choose to ignore a romantic entanglement.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

If you’re single, or even if you’re in a relationship, a love opportunity may arrive in the most unexpected ways these days. This potential is due to the influence of Uranus in your 5th House of Romance. On Monday, Venus will oppose Uranus, stimulating this energy in an extraordinary way. You might suddenly meet someone who gives you an uncontrollable physical reaction. This might even be a case of “love at first sight.” In addition, someone you thought was only a friend might surprise you with a declaration of love. Wow!

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your erotic side is about to be stimulated! On Tuesday, Mars — the planet that rules our sex drive — will enter the most erogenous zone of your chart — the 8th House of Intimacy. You’ll have an opportunity to explore your deepest physical desires with your partner, which will last until October 15. You might even reach a new level of closeness as you find more courage to truly reveal yourself. Baring your body is one thing, but baring your soul is another altogether. Now, you’ll have the gumption to do both.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

On Tuesday, Mars will enter your 7th House of Partnerships, where it will remain until October 15. Over the next several weeks there might be a few loud and dramatic squabbles between you and your mate. Still, whatever conflict may occur you’ll feel motivated to resolve it. Just be aware of how fragile your partner’s ego is now, and how the smallest bruise to it may result in a major fallout. You might have little patience for this, but the truth is if you embarrass your mate in public, expect to pay hefty price for it in private.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You might feel more intellectually connected to your partner this week. On Friday, Mercury will be at a friendly angle to Jupiter, now in your 5th House of Romance. An extra special conversation between you and your mate will put you in a positive frame of mind. You might also decide to pursue a new academic or spiritual interest together. If single, this will be a great night for a first date with someone new. The Moon will also enter your 5th house on Friday evening, adding to the emotional romantic potential.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for August 26

[All times are calculated for the Pacific Daylight Zone. If you are living in a different time zone, add or subtract the necessary hours so that any timed alignment will be exact where you live.]  This day is as puzzling and disturbing as yesterday. Juno square to Saturn (5:32AM) is not a friend when it comes to creating harmonious, respectful relationships. You may want to slow down regarding holistic healing matters as Venus makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link to Chiron (9:14AM).  If shocks and surprises suddenly show up in the midst of one or more key partnerships, then you are responding to the annual Venus-Uranus opposition (10:57AM). Be pragmatic and sensible when it comes to dealing with loved ones and important friendships.  In the meantime, the cosmic confusion machine is deftly at work later on during the annual Sun-Neptune opposition (8:44PM) and a Mercury-Neptune contra-parallel (11:14PM). If you remember, it was only yesterday that Mercury opposed Neptune. Now the Sun is adding to the potential haziness and psychic cloud cover.  Of course, it is always possible to tweak these aspects in the direction of creating psychic sensitivity and utilizing your higher, creative imagination. Nevertheless, most people become more ensnared by the deceptions and illusions woven by fascinating, addiction-generating Neptune than by the enlightenment that this planet also emanates if you are living on a more exalted level of human spirituality.  Try to utilize a frictional, 45-degree tie between Mercury and Pallas (7:08PM) toward solving some of your current problems.

Crone Chant for Good Judgment

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Crone Chant for Good Judgment

Ancient Hag, Wise Grandmother,
You of Wisdom, like no other,
Help me weigh choices with precision,
To make a good and fair decision
Show me what I need to see,
Shed some light on what should be.
And should I turn a deafened ear
Open it so I can hear
Help me feel what I should know.
Show me now which way to go.    
Guide me in what I just do.
This, Old Crone, I ask of You.

Wonderful Day Wishes to Everyone At the WOTC!

 

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The Winner for one of those Beautiful Books of Shadows is…..

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