A Magickal Touch with Pets

A Magickal Touch with Pets

Author:   Luna 

At the time of writing this, I’m currently on spring break and spending time with my sister and relatives (many of whom I haven’t seen in five years) in the Upper East Coast of the US. It’s been awhile since I’ve been out here, but my Grammy’s house still feels like home. But there’s always been something about her house, our family (both on Mom and Dad’s sides) and my life in general that’s really come to the forefront in the last couple days: pets.

I’ve only been a Witch for a few years now, but I’ve been around pets all my life. Some of my first memories are of my uncle’s first dog, Dillan, a wonderful male border collie. He and I were around the same age, year wise (dogs and cats age faster than humans) , so I guess you could say I basically grew up with him. Then there was Lita, Jazz and Zeer, the three cats my Grammy had for a long time. On Mom’s side, one of my uncles had a golden retriever named Sporty, already old when I first met him. Then came Skye, who my uncle and my then-new aunt got as a companion for Dillan. And their puppies. There were five in all, though my family kept two: Nellie, who belongs to my Grammy, and Burn, who stayed with my uncle and aunt (and her parents) .

When I was about 9 or so, my mom and dad got our first dog: a Portuguese water dog by the name of Georgie. I still remember the first night we had him home. The poor boy hadn’t had a fun time on his flight to us (he never liked planes) , and he came out of his crate scared and sopping wet at home. But it was love at first sight. We dried him up, gave him something to eat and lots of love and petting, and he cheered up. From then on, he was our “choochie.” Or “Chooch, ” as we nicknamed him later on. Sadly, Georgie didn’t live as long as we had hoped. Shortly after he turned five and a half, he began to get sick for the first time. By the time we figured out that it was heart cancer, it was already too late. Georgie was already in the terminal stages and, rather than let him suffer for a few for weeks before death, we gave him a tearful goodbye (even thinking of it now makes me cry) , and we had him euthanized. I was about 14 years old then, but I cried like a baby from losing my best friend.

Despite how much we missed Georgie, we couldn’t bear not having a dog in our lives. Mom noted how she couldn’t bear to wash Georgie’s old nose prints off the living room window. So, after enough mourning time had passed, we went to another breeder and got Annie, a border terrier who was very active in her youth. She loved us, and we loved her dearly, but she seemed lonely without another dog around. So we went back to the same breeder and got her little cousin Iggy as well. Love at first sight, once again. I remember I had just come back from camp and Mom met me and her parents (who had picked me up from camp) at a strip mall on my way home, and there was Iggy, the tiniest little thing I ever laid eyes on. He rode in my lap the entire way home. We’ve been best buds ever since (and he still hasn’t grown up) .

We still have both Iggy and Annie today, despite the fact that my sister and I are both in college and don’t come home too often (Sis lives too far away, and I love my college a lot) . They’re both getting older now. Annie just recently turned 8 and has had three different knee surgeries within the last couple years. You’d never know it if you met her, though: she’s recovered beautifully. And Iggy… I think he’s one of a couple exceptions to the “Dogs age faster than humans” concept. He’s not as small as he once was, but he still looks and acts like a puppy. By the time this is posted on the Witches’ Voice, he’ll be seven years old.

So why do I mention all these dogs and cats? Well, there are two strange stories that go along with this. One is something I figured out a while ago, the other is more recent (like, just happened in the last 48 hours recent, as I’m writing this) . Both of these happened after I came to Wicca and dedicated myself to Witchcraft. You see, as I watched Iggy grow up, I began to notice many of his behaviors mimicked that of our first dog, Georgie. He was especially close to Mom and me, as Georgie had been. He loved popcorn, jumping on the table (well, as close as he could come—border terriers are a lot smaller than Portuguese water dogs) and doing 180-degree jumps. Eventually I began thinking about reincarnation, especially in a Wiccan context.

I remember reading in one of my books that “cats reincarnate too” along with humans. So I thought, “Well, if cats can reincarnate, why can’t dogs?” Over time, I came to the conclusion that Iggy was Georgie’s reincarnation, not only because they were so similar but also enough time had passed between Georgie’s death and Iggy’s conception (Annie was either already in her mom’s tummy or newly born when we lost Georgie) . It seemed like too much of a coincidence. I guess Georgie loved us so much that he couldn’t bear to be away from us. Frankly, if this is the case, I’m glad he came back. My life wouldn’t be the same without him.

The other story literally happened as soon as Grammy and my step-grandpa (long story—she’s still good friends with my Granddad, and I didn’t even know they were divorced until I was nine) brought me back to their house, the same house I mentioned earlier. They still have Nellie, though the rest of her family has passed on to the Summerland. Dillan lived to be sixteen, Skye lived to be thirteen, and Burn lived to be eleven. Nellie’s currently twelve, and Grammy and Grandpa Bill wanted another dog to keep her company. So they brought home a rescue dog named Candy, a little shih tzu who’s now five years old. Now, according to Grammy, Candy’s not usually fond of strangers, and she and I had never met before. However, within the space of five minutes, we bonded. She’ll come for me, she snuggles next to me on the couch, and she lets me pet her. Grammy says I have “the touch” when it comes to animals, and that I’ve become her new best friend.

But it didn’t stop with Candy. My other aunt and uncle on Dad’s side (his sister and brother-in-law) also have a border collie named Daisy. I met Daisy a long time ago, and we got along okay, but it was clear she wanted space between us. I obliged her that. Now, she’s twelve years old as well, and dealing with arthritis, but still well loved by her mommy, daddy and their two children (my younger cousins) . And now Daisy let me pet her and talk to her. Then we went up to my uncle’s house, where we were celebrating another cousin’s (his son’s) birthday. After their dogs passed on to the Summerland, they adopted two cats and recently adopted another border collie—well, Border collie mix– named Maggie (I guess border collies are popular on my dad’s side) . Within five minutes, she was giving me little doggie kisses and following me everywhere. Again, Grammy said I had “the touch” when it came to animals.

Now, I’m still not sure how I feel about Grammy saying this about me. She still doesn’t know I practice Wicca, and this feels like it’s hitting pretty close to home for someone I haven’t told. Still, she might have a point. I’ve been starting to work a little more magick with pets—I remember performing a little color magick for Annie while she was recovering from her knee surgeries—and I try to treat them with as much love and respect as I can. And I’ve begun to pick up on some of the vibes they give off.

For one thing, despite Iggy’s cuteness and love for me, I’ve realized he doesn’t like getting a lot of baby talk. Annie’s the same way, and I can’t say I blame them too much. Some of my family’s other dogs seem to feel the same way. I know they do like it when I talk to them as if I were talking to another human being, despite my sister’s objections to this idea. After reading about faeries from Ellen Dugan’s books, I’ve figured out that, whenever we think Iggy’s barking at nothing, he might be barking at brownies or other fae in our neighbors’ yards. And I’m always able to pick up jealousy vibes from my dogs—if I play catch with Iggy while Annie’s in the same room and not otherwise engaged, she’ll bark angrily and steal the ball. My parents managed to pick up on this too after I mentioned it enough. Always got to remember to give them equal treatment, otherwise one gets jealous and then chaos ensues.

So is Grammy right? Do I have a touch with pets? Are they able to detect that I’m a Witch and maybe feel more comfortable around me? Or do they just sense that I love pets and treat them with love and respect? Maybe all of this is happening. I’m not completely sure myself. All I know is that, whatever this is, I’m glad to have this connection with pets. The God and Goddess have blessed me not only with a loving family, but with a long history of loving pets, perhaps even one that came back through reincarnation to be with us. I earnestly thank them for it, and wish that this connection would stay strong in the years to come.

And to all of you and your pets, canine or feline (or perhaps something completely different) , I wish you all a heart-felt Blessed Be.

A Sampler of Eclectic Belief

A Sampler of Eclectic Belief

Author:   Bright-Summer Natsukamiki 

I have been on and off Wicca for many years. My mother was Neo-Pagan, and so I suppose I grew up always thinking about Paganism and what it was that I believed myself. For a long time, I didn’t even let it enter my mind. However, I was always a kid that lived within her own head, and the older I became the more time I spent thinking about my personal spirituality. It was only recently that I decided to document all that I held as strong points within my personal faith. My view on our relationship with the Gods, Animism, and Reincarnation are all points elaborated on within this article.

I hope that a look into the belief below offers some insight or contrast to enhance your own personal path. I wrote this and thought it good, so I decided to share the work as an article. I understand if you do not share the same beliefs, I only wanted to write out the path, which I came to follow over my life of study. I first wrote this within my book of shadows and have re-read it since. It is the best summary of my belief system as an Eclectic Wiccan. Many opinions here, I am aware, are universal to the Craft, but others are not so much. Please note that this is my belief at the moment, but I am still young. Practicing as a Wiccan could easily mean that this belief may become outdated to me in future years. However, for now, it is held close.

“I have come to believe that there are many Gods, but all gods are one God in different aspects, and all Goddesses are the one Goddess in different aspects. There are many paths, but each path is true because all that the deities want is for their creatures to find contentment and balance. They require nothing, but deserve all. For the ability not only to believe, but also through belief create, I feel an obligation to praise and give thanks. Thank you, God and Goddess, for the power to create change, and the ability to use our will to bring about that change. This is the greatest gift, and it is the gift that Witches implement in magic to enhance their world.

I believe that perhaps the world was created, and people developed with the animals, in order to make the gods feel a little less lonely. We are all the children of the Parent-Gods, Mother-Goddess and Father-God. However, we have been granted the freedom to bring up ourselves, and one another. We can forge our own paths. The love our Parent-Gods have shown us doesn’t need reciprocation to remain, for they aren’t simply parents either. They are All things and take many forms, Lovers, Friends, Companions to all beings who live, and all things that do not. The Gods and Spirits are ever present, because we are designed to be the companions of Gods.

Since the moment we came to be, each of us has a spirit. Who is to say that we ourselves are not the vessels of the spirits of Gods, that we are not the God/ess in human form for someone who needs us? What separates us is only what they have done, and we have yet to do.

I believe that we can, through our actions and experiences, become Gods of our own. Gods are our potential equals, and that I believe is part of why they grant us such respect and allow such freedom- but we must always consider that Wisdom is the strongest Tool. Wisdom, which is only gained through practice. It is important never to consider yourself ‘above’ any other being – we may become equals, but only after many lifetimes.

I believe that our God-like souls are taken from our bodies in order to be reunited with their home and those who created it. The soul, (our true self) , then would decide how much more practice is needed. We would know instinctively. When the soul is done practicing and learning through its various lives on Earth… that is when it joins the ranks of Gods. We, as People, as Spirits, have far more power than we truly know.

Spirits of the earth exist for things that are inanimate. Such as rocks, formations, rivers, reefs, fields and trees with the age enough to project their Spirits. Potentially, everything could have a Spirit.

The entire universe was created in order for the God and Goddess to be their companions, and potential equals. The goddess can be worshiped as the triple moon because it is symbolic of the universality of her form, and the idea of her watching from the abyss of space, watching over us and out for us. The God can be seen as the sun because his light maintains our life, and without the God we would never have found a balance for life on earth. All things owe the sun deep praise.

The 4 elements as considered first by ancient Greek philosophers were a very simplified and spiritual representation of our very existence. Not only our existence but also our source of life. Without Earth, we could not be. Without Air we could not breathe. Without Water we could not drink, and without Fire we would not have grown into a civilized society, or have found warmth in the wintertime. It is to simplify how much we connect with the world.

Our physical shells were chosen and designed by our souls for a reason. We need to learn to appreciate what we have received because it is what we had wanted, and the reason is to learn.

And so, to Worship is to thank, to Relive is to step up, and to Spellcast is to both thank and Practice Change, so that we may gain the wisdom through our cyclical lives to become a potential future deity once our soul has learned enough. Carve out your path and follow it with confidence, for it will lead you to the greatest possible end. Forever remain both patient and optimistic. Never let your life pass by too quickly. Learn as much wisdom as you can by experiencing as much as is safe. Worship your body, Pay Reverence to all around you, Respect and Grant Praise to your Gods. Do not disrespect anything, because all paths lead to a better future. Ultimately, time can be the greatest force. Diligence, Fun, and Intelligence can be one’s best friends. Train yourself. Love your gods. Your personal power can grow to be enough to change the world. Let it be for the better.”

A Decade of Paganism

A Decade of Paganism

Author:   SylvanFox   

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I had a children’s Bible that I must have read a hundred times. I quickly noticed that it didn’t have any of the quotes that I heard in church, so I knew I had to get my hands on the real thing. I struggled with this mammoth book and its Jacobean writing style, and once I got past that I struggled with its contents. I had no trouble believing that Moses had parted the Red Sea or that Jesus could turn water into wine. What troubled me was the way the Bible regarded women.

You see, in my childhood I had a more fervent faith that any adult I’ve ever met. It wasn’t ever enough to read about all that stuff happening so long ago, I wanted that stuff to happen here, now. I wanted to be involved in my faith, not just have it spoon-fed to me on Sundays. I wanted to be a preacher, or a prophet, or a modern-day Biblical hero. Reading the real-life grown-up Bible made me realize that could never happen, and for no better reason than that I am female.

That’s how it came to be that at the age of fourteen, I was looking for new options. I didn’t have much to go on, just some vague idea that other religions existed plus a love for mythology and stories. Then one of the other kids in the neighborhood found a battered old brown book that was simply titled Wicca (no idea who the author was) . We never really knew where this book came from, but all the kids were fascinated with it because it mostly contained what we recognized as Witchcraft (in hindsight, this was not a very good book on Wicca) , but it opened us up to new possibilities, and the few mentions in the book of “The Goddess” caught my interest. Surely a Lady god would let women step up to the plate! There was no way to find out more about this Goddess at the time, but that problem soon disappeared, when we got the internet hooked up at the house.

Online, I ran into Wicca again when I met a lot of Witches on a site I frequented. This led me to do further research, and I liked what I found out. Soon my prayers were directed at an equal Goddess and God, and I worked out a plan to get the book that everyone online recommended to me as a great starting place- Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. This was a lot better than that battered old book we had been toying around with. I learned a lot from it, and for the next two or three years I was a devoted and enthusiastic Wiccan.

I’ve always heard a lot of complaints about teen witches, but people have got to start somewhere. I won’t say that I was always mature and grounded in my approach to Wicca at that time, but I don’t think I was a total Fluffbunny either. It wasn’t a phase. It wasn’t a fairy tale version of my life. It was my new path, and I’m still walking it, so I try to show respect to teen Pagans when I run across them on the net

When I was old enough to get a job, I bought more books on Wicca and Witchcraft, including more Cunningham books and Raymond Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft. I liked all of these books, but I started to get a little bit disenchanted with Wicca. I might never have done so if I could have been a part of some organized Tradition or coven.

The problem was something I had trouble grasping at the time. Wicca was a hodge-podge of stuff borrowed from older religions and often watered down a lot. While I liked and believed in the idea that “All gods are one God”, I wasn’t really interested in worshipping some flavorless compilation of gods. It’s hard to put into words what I needed, but the closest thing I can think of is discipline. Wicca didn’t seem to have any standards to live up to outside of “harm none, ” and I thought there should be more to it than that. I also thought that Wicca, and many Wiccans, focused too much on sex, both as a part of the religion and as a major sign of freedom. It made me feel left out, because I had an “inexcusable” aversion to sex (will get into that later) .

Another thing was that I wanted to stick to one god or set of gods. I researched a number of Pagan paths, including Hellenic Reconstructionism, Celtic Reconstructionism, and Discordianism. I also read up a bit on Theraveda Buddhism. It was a while before I would settle for any one thing, however, and instead of moving on, I incorporated pieces of these other paths (especially Discordianism and Buddhism) into my faith.

Then there came a day when I stumbled across an article on The Witches’ Voice that talked about something called soul retrieval. I was interested in this, and resolved to contact the person mentioned in the article. I was now nineteen and no longer living with my Southern Baptist mother so it was no trouble for me to do so. I had progressed over the last five years, but not as much as I thought. The process of soul retrieval marked the beginning of the real growth, perhaps due as much to becoming an adult as to the soul retrieval itself.

When I talked to the woman, she told me about a lot of things. First off, she said that I was a “walk-in”, a person who steps into the body of another, sometimes for a specific purpose. According to her, my specific purpose was to get back into the world of life so I could repair myself of damage done in my last life.

I take what I hear about past lives and such with a grain of salt, as I’m not even sure how reincarnation works, or if it works at all, but what I was told about my past life in this conversation answered some very important questions about things in my life, most notably my big sexual hang-up. A lot of family members had been thinking that I had been molested at some point, but the truth is that such a thing never happened in my childhood. I had no real reason for my unnatural fear and aversion that made me feel weak, ashamed, and confused. That’s why I was inclined to believe her when she told me that I had been brutally assaulted in a past life.

Believing in those gory details opened me up more to the rest of what she said. She explained that she was a “Plant Woman”, and that I was training to be a sort of Norse version of that in this past life. “Plant Woman” was her preferred term for what we might call a Medicine Woman or a Shaman.

After the soul retrieval, I felt revitalized, and there was a definite feel of beginning. I felt like an apprentice or acolyte, just beginning my spiritual path. I decided to check out Norse mythology and Heathen faiths such as Asatru and Odinism, and (how had I not already done so by that point? I have no idea) , and I loved what I found.

From then on, my primary focus would be on Heathen gods and Heathen lore. The only exceptions have been two occasions wherein I implemented Chaos Magic in order to use another belief to further my path. The first time was in order to understand better the rifts between my Christian family and myself by sliding back into the Christian paradigm for a while. The second was a time I felt that I specifically needed to the energies of the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet. Both of these experiences were very powerful, but I was happy to get back to my Heathen comfort zone.

Being a Heathen fulfilled a lot of my personal needs that Wicca just didn’t fulfill. I’m not saying Wicca isn’t a good religion, it’s just that being a Heathen rocks my socks. I liked that the structure was just a little more rigid (even though I never joined up with any specific Heathen path) and that there were ancient, poetic texts to study and ponder. I suppose I had missed these things since leaving Christianity. I started reading the Eddas on sacred-texts.com and eventually bought a copy of each one.

As I’m reviewing the last ten years (going on eleven- I am now 25 years of age) , I can’t help but think about exactly what it means to be Pagan. Oh, I know about the standard definition, but there’s also a tiny but unique culture we have. Even though I’ve primarily been solitary, only attending one full-on Pagan Festival the entire time and one year’s celebration of the NYC Pagan Pride gathering, there is this very real culture of which I am a part.

I’ve seen this culture change over time, watching from underneath my little rock. At first, Wicca seemed to be the only form of Paganism I ran across. Within five years, there were tons of people claiming this little religion or that, and many people seemed to open fire on Wicca the same way they would on Christianity. For the most part, though, no matter what religion we claim, we all seem to go our own way (I’d like to see whether it works that way with more organized Pagans) . And somehow, all those little roads go in roughly the same direction and get us to roughly the same place. Modern Pagan culture, because of its diversity, is less about the Gods we believe in and more about a spiritual journey, a process of growth and learning.

It changes the way we see the world. I know Christians and atheists and even Asian Buddhists, and all of them have a different way of seeing things than I do. It’s hard to explain exactly what this difference is. Christians and Buddhists have texts to guide them in religious conduct and thought. Atheists prefer to just live life and not think about any spiritual aspect in life. As for us, I think we tend to look at the same situations through a different lens. We try to understand things. That doesn’t make us any better than anyone else, nor does it guarantee that we will always come to the most logical conclusions, but it is something.

There are other things Pagans tend to have in common, such as knowledge of other Pagan paths, a certain degree of Occult knowledge, and the experience of being a tiny religious minority. This what makes us into a single large community (well… roughly speaking, anyway) . Though my practice is solitary, there are a lot of big things in my life that could not have happened without the existence of this community.

Ten years, you guys. What now? There aren’t any books or guides to tell a Pagan what to do at this point. (Should there be?) I know what I’d like to do next, though. I want to be more involved in this community. I feel like it still has a lot to offer me, and I finally feel like maybe I have some things to contribute. That remains to be seen. It’s the next chapter I choose to embark upon, now that my first decade of Paganism has come to a close.

The Father-Son Talk: Reincarnation

The Father-Son Talk: Reincarnation

Author:   Panisch Lockelear 

So one day I am minding my own business reading a magazine, when I hear my seventeen-year-old son come banging down the stairs. I mean, is there any other way a seventeen-year-old comes down the stairs? He walks right up to me and asks a question. Normally, I am quite immune to the questions my teen-age son asks of me. We have an agreement that he can ask me anything. However, this time I was a little startled.

“Dad, what does your faith tell you about reincarnation?” ” I mean what is it all about?”

I blinked several times at him going over the vast amounts of answers and ways I could answer him in my head. I caught myself just in the nick of time, as I was tempted to give a quick answer and be done with the subject. Upon pondering the question, I told him to let me think of how I could explain it to him, in terms he might understand and I would get back to him.

Very clever on my part, I must say myself.

However, I was now stuck pondering this and trying to coming up with an answer he would accept and one that made sense to him. I thought about it and asked the Goddess for the wisdom to explain this to my son in a good way that he might understand it.

I did think of a way to explain my thoughts and views on what I believe in regards to the subject. And with the help of the Goddess, I came up with a way to get the idea and the belief I share, to my son. This is what I told him…

Imagine that you are a thread pulled from the hem of the Lord’s garment and Lady’s gown. Imagine that our cosmos and all the planes or levels in our cosmos are similar to a train station. Now imagine that the Lord and Lady pull that thread from Their robes and They lean over and drop it into the train station. As the thread falls, They give it a name.

They give it your name.

You then awaken in the train station. There is a large round building with thousands of doors encircling the station. Each door has a name above it. You look around and you can see that there are hundreds and hundreds of train platforms as well.

Imagine that as you look around behind you, there is a door with your name on it. So you decide to go into that door. You open it and walk inside. Inside you see a vast room with rows and rows of empty shelves lining the walls.

Not really understanding what they are for, you leave your room and go back into the large train station.

A thought hits you that as long as you are in a train station you might as well ride a train. So you pick a train that is closest to you. You go out and stand on the platform and are then loaded onto a train that says “WOMAN” on the side. You sit down in the seat and the train leaves the station.

As the train pulls out and enters under a golden arch you are born as a woman. You live your life as a woman. You get to experience what it means to be a woman and all the mysteries of that life.

As the train runs the rails, so do the days of your life. During Midlife, the train does a u-turn and starts heading back to the train station. As your life as a woman starts to end, you enter back into the train station. You pass through the veil and can now see that you are seated back on the train as it pulls to a stop.

If you have learned what you needed to learn in that life as a woman, the conductor on the train will walk up and give you a trophy. You then get off the train with that trophy and enter the train station again.

You watch as other riders go into their own doors with their trophies. So you walk up to your door and go inside. Inside, you carefully take your trophy and put it on one of the shelves.

Looking at all that shelf space, it becomes apparent to you that you must ride many, many more trains.

So you set out to ride the trains. You ride the trains and come to know what it means to live as a man and a woman in different lives. You come to ride the trains and live as an animal and perhaps as a plant. You ride and you live all these different kinds of lives. You might even ride a train in which you are born as light or darkness.

Every time you ride and learn whatever that life had to teach you, a trophy was given as a testament to your newfound knowledge. Each time, you enter into your personal door and room and place your new trophy on the shelves there.

At some point you will ride every train in the station.

Some long trains and long lives. Some not so long and some very short. Some very difficult lives and some very easy. As you ride the trains you are filling up your shelves in your personal room. With trophy in hand you walk in to your room and place it on the very last spot, on the very last shelf. You look around and there is no more space. Perhaps not knowing what else to do, you leave your room to enter the train station again.

As you open the door you find yourself face to face with the God and Goddess. They greet you and lead you a place overlooking the train station. They point down at the people all running about on the floors below. The Lord and Lady then simply vanish leaving you to ponder the train station below you.

You look around and notice that you have a small thread hanging from your robes. You pull the thread and speak the name ‘John’ or perhaps ‘Mary’ as you drop it into the train station.

Then you watch and listen as they ride the trains…

At the end of my story my son stood there blinking at me in wonderment. “That’s so cool, Dad. I know exactly what you mean. That’s how you see reincarnation?”

“Really, really cool … can I have the keys to the car now?”

Peaceful Home Spell

Peaceful Home Spell

This spell is very good if there is a lot of turmoil or stress in the household.
Do the following spell, and while doing so, remember to focus on your intent for a peaceful household.

Sew a small pouch of lavender cloth.
Place a small trinket in the pouch for each member of your household.

Add to this a pinch each of lavender, rose and chamomile, before placing each pinch in the
pouch, remember to hold it for a moment and REALLY focus, finally, add a small amethyst.

Now, anoint a lavender or pink candle with peace oil and then light it.
Sit in front of the candle and hold the pouch in your hands and whisper the following chant
over it softly 3 times:

“Blessed Goddess, most gentle one, calm my home for me.
Relieve all tension, send it far, so from stress we shall be free.
Touch my family with peace and calm, and the sweetest softest bliss,
Bless my home, Great Gentle Goddess, with your calming kiss.”

Set the pouch with the candle. Allow the candle to burn down completely.
Hang the pouch in your home, preferably in the room where everyone gathers the most.
Whenever tension seems to build, repeat the above chant 3 times and envision peace
and tranquility radiating from the pouch and The Goddess.

Peace Ritual

Peace Ritual

Choose candle colors that represent the things you seek peace for

“From out of the dark and into the light
A circular mark, a candle burns bright.
I look towards the sky…my song do I sing.
Spirits soar high and gifts do I bring.
I offer my all! My mind, I then clear
Hearken my call! I feel you are near!
Candle burns higher; my spirits set free!
Hotter than fire, this magic will be!
Let magic come ’round, from under the ground,
To form with my sound and then, to be bound!
Around me I feel the magic so real,
Before you I kneel.. the spell I now seal!
Let all hatred CEASE! And let there be PEACE!
These words that I say, with magick AWAY!
This spell that I send is now at an end.
Let the magick I’ve laid, go forth and not fade!
SO MOTE IT BE!”

Magickal Relaxing Peace Bath

Magickal Relaxing Peace Bath

Draw a bath for yourself.
Pour a tablespoon or so of milk into a large bowl of water and say:
‘Water ripples on the breeze…’

Add several rose petals (fresh or dried) to the bowl of water and milk.
Say: ‘Thistledown flies through the air…’

Stir the water, milk, and rose petals with the index finger of your right hand. Say:
‘Silent as the mighty seas…’

Gently pour the mixture that you have created into the bath. Say:
‘Peaceful here without a care.’

Step in. Bathe for as long as you wish.
Let the water absorb negative thoughts and worries.
Allow yourself a few moments of healing peace.

Relaxing Spirit Tea

Relaxing Spirit Tea

1 cup dried rosemary
1 cup dried lavender flowers 1 cup dried sprearmint leaves
1/2 cup dried chamomile
1/4-1/2 cup dried cloves

Blend all herbs thoroughly.
One tsp herbs makes 1 cup tea.
Steep about 5 minutes.

For a special treat: Place a handful of this mixture in a muslin bag and add to bath for a soothing treat.

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Feng Shui Tip for September 12 – 'School Year Clutter'

By now, you should be starting to nip that new school year clutter right in the bud. Start like this: Keep all school books in a single space per student. Put all the things needed for work into another specific space. Donate any books that don’t fit into your current lifestyle. And except for the most recent issues, recycle all magazines, catalogs and circulars. Even get rid of the articles that you’ve been meaning to clip. Trust your Higher Power to always provide you with the information you really need to live your luckiest life. Once the clutter is cleared, feel your incredible lightness of being, and then enjoy your Ahhhhh-Ha moment!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Today's Tarot Card for Sept. 12th is The Devil

The Devil

Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces.

The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal.

 

Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, September 12

Although we can see off into the distance today, it’s a struggle to balance our far-sightedness with our ability to focus on the current details. The globe-trotting Sagittarius Moon expands our horizons, enabling us to visualize an upcoming great adventure. However, the Moon’s dynamic square to the detail-oriented Virgo Sun heightens the conflicts that could teach us a lesson. Exploring beneath the surface may be enough to prevent a meltdown

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

It’s surprising how quickly and easily a complex situation can resolve into a much simpler one. You might think that you’re out of the woods, but don’t fool yourself into believing you’re home free. Your current relief may largely result from the improving circumstances, but some denial could also contribute to your positive state of mind. Remember, avoiding an awkward issue feels good for a while, but it’s not the same thing as really fixing a problem

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Normally, you assume that you understand what’s going on because you instinctively trust your senses. But it’s difficult to settle down today because somehow you know more than you actually perceive. Logically, you can convince yourself not to take a leap of faith, but in your heart you still believe your intuition. Ultimately, you will feel more empowered once you open your mind and give yourself permission to dream.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be uncomfortable with your feelings and might attempt to hide them from someone close to you, but this doesn’t mean that you are antisocial today. Paradoxically, your easygoing banter could encourage others to believe that you are being more revealing now than you actually are. Even if you are clever enough to fool everyone else, be careful about going so far that you also fool yourself. What you share is up to you; just make sure you know where to draw the line.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Your sweeping vision is easily communicated to others today. Your associates at work are eager to place their trust in you because it seems as if your feet are placed solidly on the ground. But you may not be as sensible now as you appear. It’s best to be honest and let others know that there are still a lot of details missing from your plan. It’s more important to be real than to sound as if you have all the answers. Collaborating with others enhances your chances for success.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Although you’re likely to take the high road today, you’re still itching to make a statement about something that bothers you. Fortunately, you can ward off negativity by concentrating on your spiritual beliefs instead of being sabotaged by your own emotions. But the power of positive thinking alone isn’t enough to permanently put things back in order. You will have to follow up with decisive actions or your good intentions will be for naught.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Even if you’re stressing over significant issues, ultimately they won’t matter all that much in the long run. You want to resolve a conflict, but the specifics of the situation are not as important as you may be led to believe. Too much information could make you anxious because you want to focus on the bigger picture. Unfortunately, it’s always a challenge for you to let go of the details. Taking the time to relax or meditate allows you to put your worries into proper perspective.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You have high hopes about accomplishing many things today, but you may be unrealistic in your expectations. Your current ability to complete your list of ambitious chores is complicated by a louder-than-usual creative buzz that you don’t want to waste. Naturally, you would rather be artsy and crafty, but now you might just have to fulfill your responsibilities before you follow your muse.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Maintaining a high level of integrity is essential to you, yet it’s challenging to convince everyone else to go along with your priorities today. Each person that is involved with you and your work has a different idea about what is necessary. Unfortunately, others may be unwilling to listen to what you have to say now, complicating your efforts. Nevertheless, staying focused on your final goal allows them to join in with their support when they are ready.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your flexible attitude is an asset today, yet your ability to adapt doesn’t mean that you’re wishy-washy. In fact, if someone at work pushes you too hard, you may become quite stubborn in your defense of your job performance. But don’t allow your ego to convince you that it’s okay to tell others what to do. Instead, encourage each person to find his or her own unique way. Give everyone else the same freedom that you want in return.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Getting over your fears is hard work, but reality is offering you a special opportunity to learn how to deepen your trust now in all things that are beyond your five senses. The veil between worlds has grown thinner and you may see visions now, even when your eyes are closed. Usually you do well when you rely strictly on the facts; today, you’ll perform even better if you put your imagination to work, too.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Messages may pop into awareness in symbolic form today and you might have to step out of your comfort zone to receive them. Pay careful attention to your friends and associates for clues. They will be guiding you now, even if they seem to have nothing to say. However, you have to listen with your heart to hear what’s going on beneath the surface. Recognizing the limitations of language empowers you to see the potential everywhere you look.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You are traveling on automatic pilot today as you express your desire to take care of others. But this isn’t about any sort of verbal disclosure on your part; rather it’s more about what you actually do. You’re not interested in discussing your life intentions now. Stop thinking and initiate direct action before you talk yourself out of a perfectly fine strategy. He who hesitates is lost.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for September 12th

In the early going, you can rest on your laurels following yesterday’s grand trine in fire signs — composed of the Moon in Sagittarius, Mars in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Revelations abound and ingenious ideas can appear in your mind’s-eye like fiery comets dashing through the evening sky.  However, if you need to run important errands and take care of key business matters, then consider accomplishing these tasks well before the First Quarter Sun-Moon Phase clocks in at 10:09AM (activating 21 degrees of Virgo and Sagittarius). Quarter moon cycles like this one emphasize the need to cut through apparent obstacles on physical-emotional levels while you manage your professional affairs with greater finesse. Nevertheless, this solar-lunar face-off of 90-degrees also begins a void lunar uncertainty zone that lasts until 2:57AM tomorrow.  Once the void-of-course Moon takes over, pushing the envelope in any direction is fruitless. Relax, smell the roses, appreciate life’s little blessings, and sip your favorite beverage to chase away the blues or a recent build-up of stress.  Expect the unexpected around the time that the Sun parallels Uranus (4:50PM). Breakthroughs in higher consciousness can occur when the Sun makes this highly illuminating alignment. Healing forces rise to the occasion when Mercury parallels Chiron (10:06PM). Think more like a mentor or shaman — being a conduit for heavenly wisdom to become earthly knowledge in service to humanity.  Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.

Current Moon Phase for Sept. 12 – First Quarter

First Quarter Moon

(waxing/52% illumination)

Emotions begin to stir coupled with recognizing that the new beginnings you are making must also increase personal security to be worthwhile over the long haul. This is a time when it’s appropriate to get in touch with your gut instincts and begin to guide your life more deliberately, with an awareness of using your “sixth sense” as well as your enthusiasm. Obstacles may emerge that require you to reevaluate how to better integrate yourself into your immediate environment

Let's Talk Witch – Do You Know Your Altar Has to Have Balance

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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Altar Has to Have Balance

If you choose to leave your ritual tools out on your altar, be sure to display all four principal items—Athame, pentagram, chalice and wand—together to establish balance. These four implements represent the four elements: Air, Earth, Water and Fire respectively.

In addition to the four primary tools, you’ll want to keep a variety of other magick items and ingredients on hand for your workings. Most Witches store a supply of candles in different colors, along with incense, essential oils, herbs, crystals, and gemstones. In time, you might also consider adding ribbons, parchment, small bags, a crystal ball, bells a cauldron, tarot cards, runes, pendulum, ritual clothing and jewelry and a Book of Shadows for recording your spells.

Some Witches change the decorations on their altars to coincide with the seasons and sabbats. This practice keeps your altar looking fresh and attractive, while also linking you to the Wheel of the Year and the cycles of life.