Before I run……..

I honestly believe this has been the longest week of my life. I know one thing I am emotional drained. I have my highs when the donations are coming in. Then I open our account from the previous night nothing. It has been a roller coaster ride for me, that’s for sure. And I will be so glad when it ends.


I was thinking last night I would love to open a site on Blogger. A site with nothing but spells, spells and more spells. Then I got to thinking, I don’t know right now if I can even begin to start another site. The not knowing part is the roughest.  I know for sure I have been down in the dumps. I am sure some of you can’t understand why I am upset by just a website on the net. To me, the WOTC is much more than just a website. It’s one place in my world, I can find peace and solitude. It give me great pleasure to come here everyday. I know what you are thinking, “wow, this woman has no live!”  No, I have a life, too much of one at times.  I love posting and most of all I love doing the  Goddess’ work. She has spoke to me many times. I only wish you all of you could experience it too. She is loving and kind. Recently, She has been a comforter to me. I know when my shoulders start to sag and my chin drops, She gently touches me and remind me I am a child of Her’s. With Her there is always hope. “So quit shrugging, lift your chin up and remember you are my child and a proud witch.” She also reminds me to leave it in Her hands and everything will work out fine. I know She has stopped my tears and given me hope. Hope that this site will survive and so will I. Then as She starts to leave, she gently whispers in my ear, “Remember my child all things are possible when you place your cares in my hand.” That is what I have done, I left it in our Almighty Mother’s hand.  I know through Her all things are possible.


After today, we only have two days left. We still have a little bit left to go. I glanced real quick and right off the top of my head, I believe it is just $80.00. But when you don’t have a dime to your name $80 can feel like  $8,000.  We have come so far and just a little bit left to go. I know after talking to the Goddess and with her reassurance, we are going to make it. The Goddess was the inspiration for this site. I do not believe She will let it fall, nor do I believe you will either. I know we are one big family and when one hurts or is in need, we are all.


Again, I find myself asking you to make donations.  I wish you honestly knew me personally, you would know how much I hate to ask. I am a proud witch and the WOTC is suppose to be self-sufficient. But like everyone else, we have fell on hard times. So please give whatever you can. No amount is too small, it all adds up. Your donations will keep us on the internet and doing the Goddess’ work.


Remember we only have two days left. Don’t find yourself thinking after we are gone, “gosh, I wish I had donated.” Right now, we still have time but unfortunately the clock keeps ticking. So while that clock is ticking and its not too late, give what you can. Please.


‘Think On These Things’ for May 10th

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

There are so many things we must come to know. If there are obstacles we have made them. And if there is unrest it is because of a lack of holiness, of recognizing the truly important. If our appetites are too great, it is not that we crave food or drink, but something higher than that which we are experiencing.

Sometimes we fail to know the needs of others, but more often we can see their needs more clearly than we can our own. And we can help ourselves quickly by recognizing the truth of our own being.

We are spiritual beings and to operate in the strict physical and mental sense is likened to running a car with only gasoline. It cannot be done efficiently. It takes water, gasoline, and oil.

When we learn that it takes our physical, mental, and spiritual beings to make one person, then we are whole and have eliminated the inability to help ourselves. The outcome depends on you and me. And it is our duty to disqualify the thousand and one excuses that keep us from that duty.


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Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 10

Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 10

“When you go inside that power, there’s no fear. It’s so beautiful!! There’s no fear there. There’s no pain.”

—- Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

Imagine you are standing on the edge of a stage. In the center of the stage is a spotlight shining from above. If you stand anyplace outside the spotlight, in the darkness, you will experience fear. But as soon as you step into the light in the center of the stage, all fear and pain go away. When we stand in the power, fear cannot exist. How do we find this place of power? We pray our way into it. We ask the Creator to take our hand and help us. When we get to that place, we will feel the fear go away.

Great Spirit, hold my hand and guide me today.

May 10 – Daily Feast

May 10 – Daily Feast

We are complex combinations of many things. Mind, body, and spirit, yes, but with all the height and depth and feeling that make up the three. If one of these is not kept in shape and made to be harmonious with the others, we are out of balance. There is almost always more interest in one part rather than seeing the necessity of developing the whole person. What reading a book is to one person equals running a mile to another. It is natural to do what pleases us and makes us feel worthy. The Cherokee claims that if you, tso tle s di, sit down all the time or are idle in mind and spirit, the whole, I ya dv ne li da s di, complex system, suffers. Once upon a time, Indian dancing served the whole person, worshiping, exercising, and activating the mind. True fitness requires it all.

~ We work as hard as you do! Did you ever try skinning a buffalo? ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for May 10th – Keep things in balance

Keep things in balance

You cannot escape the necessity of balance in your life. Anything taken to an extreme will soon cease to have the desired positive effect.

If you relax all the time, relaxation will become nothing but a tedious burden. If you work all the time, with no break for fun and relaxation, your work loses much of its effectiveness.

Be ambitious, be diligent, and work with commitment, but don’t make that work the only thing you do. Have fun, enjoy life, and take it easy, but don’t make leisure your full-time pursuit.

Make it your goal to make sure there is balance in your life. If you don’t, eventually balance will be forced upon you in ways that won’t be to your liking.

It’s only natural to seek more and more of a good thing, yet that can be counterproductive, whatever the good thing may be. Instead, consider adding more good things, new and different good things, to balance your life.

Balance in your life can make every part of it richer and more satisfying. Keep things in balance, and make the very most of it all.

— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator

The Daily OM for May 10th – Fellowship with a Purpose

Fellowship with a Purpose
Starting a Group

by Madisyn Taylor

Starting a group with like-minded people can help you feel grounded and connected to what matters in your life.

Human beings, by their very nature, love to gather. Yet as much as we crave community, the rigors of real life frequently interfere with our efforts to come together with like-minded individuals. For this reason, fellowship is crucial to humanity’s well-being now more than ever. Most towns and cities play host to a variety of small groups that allow people to congregate purposefully, but that does not mean we should not consider founding our own. When people with similar interests, ideals, or aspirations come together as a group, a community is built that provides a new dimensionality to our earthly experiences.

The formation of a group is like an invitation welcoming all those desiring companionship and camaraderie into a circle of support. You may feel driven to found a group for women, healers, knitters, readers, writers, or political activists. Rules need only be a part of your communal experience if you find that level of organization appealing, and it matters little whether your group is large, goal-oriented, or structured. When you have a firm vision of the group you wish to bring into being, hang posters, reach out to acquaintances, and get in touch with similar groups to attract participants. Groups of like-minded individuals are to some extent inherently exclusionary, being that they serve as a supportive environment in which people who have something in common can gather. Yet such groups can also transcend the boundaries that might otherwise keep people apart, The group you create will likely attract people from many different ethnic, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds, and if you make these individuals feel equally welcome, your group will grow and thrive as a result.

Try to ward off any discouragement you feel when those intrigued by your group’s purpose are not ready to contribute actively. They are likely waiting to see how it evolves and whether you are truly committed to serving as its heart and soul. If the group you have founded is a positive influence in the life of even a single individual, it is well worth it. Your intention to bring people together will be the seed that develops into a source of nurturance and community that stays true to its purpose long after its initial inception.



The Daily OM

A Sun Magick Ritual For Energy

A Sun Magick Ritual For Energy

Because it can be dangerous to look directly at the Sun, catch your sunlight close to noon in a large crystal or in water in a brass dish.


* As before, ‘inhale’ the sunlight via the crystal or water with your eyes open. Hold the Sun breath, counting ‘One and two and three’, then close your eyes and exhale the darkness of your doubt, anger or lack of confidence. With practice, this will become a single movement.


* Continue until you are filled with light and energy, then exhale a Sun breath, directing it to someone who is exhausted, frightened or ill.


* Inhale the Sun and again exhale it towards a person or people in need.


* Rinse your face in the Sun water, then tip the rest into the ground to energise a plant.


Whenever you feel tired, recall the Sun and inhale its light in your mind’s vision.


Repeat both these intakes of power once every month. If you have a particularly stressful or challenging time, hold a moonstone for your Moon energies in your power hand. Hold a sparkling crystal quartz for the Sun in the other (receptive) hand to boost the flow as you visualise the natural sources. In this way, you can balance the energies in both spheres of the brain for integrated mind and soul flow.

A Moon Magick Ritual For Calm

A Moon Magick Ritual For Calm


* Wait until the Moon is moving towards full, and is quite bright in the sky.


* Find somewhere as dark as possible so the light is undiluted and slowly ‘inhale’ the light through your nose, looking at the Moon and drawing its light towards you.


* Hold your Moon breath for a count of ‘One and two and three’. Remember to say the ‘ands’ to stop yourself rushing – this is relaxing, not a race.


* Close your eyes and exhale the darkness of your panic, frustration or unhappiness.


* Continue alternately inhaling with your eyes open and exhaling with your eyes closed until you feel that you are filled with silver light.


* Now gently exhale a little of that light in a single breath, this time with your eyes open, directing it in your vision towards someone you know who is also feeling stressed or anxious.


* Inhale more moonlight and continue to exhale, still with your eyes open, continuing to direct the healing light.


* Let the Moon shine into a silver or crystal bowl of water. Before bedtime, tip the water into your

bath so you can absorb the Moon energies through your pores.


Whenever you feel stressed, visualise the Moon, close your eyes and gently inhale; peace will come to you because you gave it out to others.


Uncasting The Circle

Uncasting The Circle


When you have completed your spells or rituals, you should close the circle. This is done by simply reversing the casting process.


* Thank the Guardians and send the light of the elemental candles to whoever needs it.


* Extinguish the elemental candles in reverse order of lighting. Visualise the light fading and say,together with any present:


Let the circle be uncast but remain unbroken.
Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.


* Leave the altar candles to burn down.

Casting A Triple Circle

Casting A Triple Circle


Three is a sacred number in magick and for special ceremonies you can create a triple circle of both power and protection. The number three represents the three aspects of the god figure in many religions: the Holy Trinity, the Triple Goddess, the three aspects of the Moon -maiden, mother and wise woman or crone – the trefoil or triple god of the Celts, and the even older Egyptian trinity of Isis, Osiris and Horus, the young Sky God. This triplicity is still celebrated when we turn our money over and bow three times to the Moon for good luck.


* Create your first two circles of light and salt water.


* Return to the place where you began.


* Place the bowl on the altar and light your incense; you can either light a stick in a secure holder or

sprinkle incense on a charcoal block burning within the censer.


* Make your final circle with incense, just beyond the lines of salt and water.


There are other variations of this, including creating your outer circle of light by walking with your candle in a broad-based holder, followed by the salt water and the incense.

Casting A Dual Circle


You can create a dual circle if you wish.


* First consecrate the salt symbolising the Earth element in the North of the altar by stirring it three times with an athame, wand or crystal, and visualise radiance pouring into it.


* Stir the water, also three times deosil with the athame, wand or pointed crystal, asking the light and the Goddess to enter it.


* Add a few grains of salt to the water and stir it, saying:


May power thus be doubled,
thus increased,
as life joins life
to create a greater force
even than these.

* Stand either just within or beyond the first circle perimeter.

* Walk deosil round the circle, sprinkling the circle line, physical or envisaged, with your salt water.

In formal rituals, the High Priestess consecrates the salt and the High Priest the water and they mingle them. The High Priestess then creates the first circle and the High Priest the second.

Casting A Circle

Casting A Circle


All spells and rituals, however formal or informal, are based on a magical circle. This may be large enough for an entire group of practitioners to stand in, or it may be small enough to fit on your personal altar. I have known practitioners who have only a small area create a circle on a table-top and sit facing North, physically outside it but spiritually within, manipulating the symbols within it. I have also known modern witches who will create an instant circle on paper or even on a computer screen.


If you have the space, you can keep a magick circle marked out with stones in a corner of your garden or painted on the floor of a room covered with a large rug. Attics are especially good since you are nearer the sky. If you are able to keep a special area for your circle, scatter dried lavender or potpourri on it before each use, and sweep it in circles widdershins to remove any negativity.


Whatever the form or size of your circle, mark the four main compass directions within it. In the marker positions, you can use stones, lines on the floor, four crystals hanging on cords on the four walls or candles in the appropriate elemental colours.


Once you know your directions, you can mark out your circle, beginning in the North (although some practitioners begin in the East), and working deosil. Draw your circle in one sweeping movement. You may wish to chant as you go.


If you are working in a group, or if this is a circle for a more formal ritual, you may wish to add god/goddess-power forms as an interspersed chant, with the voices of the group ebbing and rising in waves. You may wish to welcome the Archangels, or Guardians of the Four Watchtowers at the four compass points as you cast your circle. (The Archangels represent the celestial beings that feature in the cosmologies of the three main religions of the Western world -Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Alternatively, you may wish to call upon powerful goddess forms:


Isis, Ishtar, Cerridwen, Innana, Shakti, Yoruba, Danu, Kali and Aine, protect, empower and inspirethis magical endeavor.


You can embellish the casting ceremony as much as you like, perhaps drawing pentagrams in the air at the four main compass points, and combining this with lighting the four elemental candles.


Some practitioners like to cast a circle and then welcome other members of the group to enter, sealing the circle with a diagonal up-and-down slashing movement of their power hand (the one they write with), or a wand or an athame. (An athame is a double-edged knife used in formal rituals. It represents Air and is placed in the East of the circle.


As well as drawing circles, it may be used to conduct magical energies into a symbol.) But I think it is more powerful if one person actually walks around the outside of a circle of people, enclosing them in light. In this way, the circle is created in human dimensions and is as large or small as is required by the actual formation. The circle made to fit the group is far better magically than the group made to fit the circle, for the group is the circle.


If you want to visualize a circle, use a clear, pointed quartz crystal, or wand, or the forefinger of your power hand, and draw an outline, in the air at chest level or on the ground. The circle extends wherever you draw it from the ground upwards to above your head like a wall of gold. Again, begin in the North, and continue in an unbroken, circular movement.


Remember, the circle is created with your own power, amplified if you wish by the sacred Guardians or powers you may invoke. For this reason, creating a light body and thus drawing energy from the ground, before casting the circle, is a powerful preliminary. Some practitioners, having drawn the light, extend then-hands upwards so that light from the cosmos can also enter. Do this before joining hands if you are creating the circle as a group.


In a conventional coven, the High Priestess casts and uncast the circle, but you may prefer to allow the person leading the ritual to cast the magical boundaries.

Empowering Your Altar

Empowering Your Altar


You can further empower your special place as a reflection of the positive aspects of your changing life by placing on it other small items that carry happy memories for you. These might include stones or shells found on an enjoyable outing, presents from friends or family, a letter or even a printed email written in love, pictures or photographs of places and people that are endowed with emotional significance. Holding these can restore the pleasure of the moment and fill you with confidence, so they are magical objects because they are endowed with the power of good feeling.


Some practitioners keep a book, for example a book of poetry, a copy of the psalms, the works of Shakespeare or the I Ching. Whenever you lack inspiration, close your eyes and open your book – the page will be chosen apparently at random but in fact your deep unconscious mind has chosen the most appropriate answer by a process akin to psychokinesis.


Occasionally, gently energies these personal artifacts by burning a candle scented with chamomile or lavender. The domestic altars of many lands were originally the family hearth and an unused hearth will serve well as an altar. They depended for their power on herbs and flowers gathered from the wayside in the days before petrol fumes. Many witches who have a hearth do still keep it well swept and fresh with flowers or seasonal greenery.


Between your altar candles you may like to place statues, a god and goddess figure from either your own spiritual background or from a culture that seems significant to you; this will balance the yang, or male, energies with the yin, or female. The god figure may be represented by a horn, and the goddess by a large conch shell.


There are a great variety of deity figures in museum shops as well as New Age shops and those selling goods from particular areas of the world. You may, however, feel more comfortable with a ceramic animal, bird or reptile for which you feel an affinity: a tiger for courage, an eagle for vision, a cat for mystery and independence, a snake for regeneration. This is what Native Americans call our personal totem or power creature. You may find some of these are, in some cultures, the symbols of divinities. There is, for example, Bast, the cat-headed Egyptian goddess who protected women – especially in pregnancy and childbirth – the home, pleasure and joy. Bast was originally a lion goddess who symbolized the fertilizing rays of the Sun.

Setting Up Your Altar

Setting Up Your Altar


You will need a large, flat surface for your altar; a table or a cupboard will do – you can use the drawers for storage and cover it with a cloth. It does not really matter what shape the surface is –  circles and squares are both sacred shapes and easy to divide into quadrants for the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, that are central to traditional magic and play a part even in informal rituals. A round altar, the shape of the sacred circle, works especially well.


If you do not have a suitable piece of furniture, a piece of uncut stone or unpolished wood, such ashazel, ash, rowan or oak supported on stones or bricks will do. Ensure that it is high enough, so that you are not constantly stooping.


In good weather, if you have a sheltered private place in your garden or back yard, you can adapt a tree stump or tall, flat rock as your work space. But perhaps the best altars of all are those impromptu ones you make – such as the top of a standing stone with a circle of your favourite crystals, or a rock on the beach with a circle of seaweed and shells to mark the directions.

The altar need not be large but you will need to have room to move all the way round it. Many rituals demand that you move in a circle with the altar in the centre, although some place the altar in the North of the circle and you stand to the South, facing North.


The central position of the altar/circle represents the realm of Spirit, or Akasha. Akasha is the name given to the fifth element formed by the combination of the four ancient elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water that were considered in classical times to be the components of all life and matter. It is greater than the other four.


In formal magic, artifacts and lighted candles are kept on an altar but this is not vital. It is quite possible, even if you are using a communal room in an apartment or house, to leave your altar partly prepared, although items such as salt and water are best added immediately before a ritual so they will be fresh. A garden altar can be set with an outdoor candle or torch and stone figurines, perhaps shaded by bushes.


Keep pot pound or living plants on your indoor altar when it is not in use to keep the energies fresh and moving. If it feels stagnant, sprinkle an infusion of lemon or peppermint widdershins, to remove negativity that has come in from the activities of the day, and then deosil, to charge it with power. You can also cleanse it with incense, creating a protective circle of pine or myrrh, again widdershins and then deosil.


Each night, or whenever you have time, you can explore your inner psychic powers at your altar. For example, you can gaze into a candle or scry into a bowl of water on the surface of which you have dripped coloured inks. Try holding the different crystals that you place on your altar and allow impressions to pass through your fingertips, manifest as images, sounds or feelings. This psychic art is called psychometry and is one that will emerge spontaneously.


You may, however, have a more specific aim in mind. For example, to improve your finances, place a pot of basil herbs, surrounded by golden coloured coins and light a green or golden prosperity candle while visualizing golden coins showering upon you. If you have a friend who is sick, and wish to send healing thoughts to them, place a photograph of them on the altar, and surround it with pink flowers, pink rose quartz crystals and a circle of tiny pink candles. Send your message of healing or visualized golden light, then blow out the candles deosil, sending the energies to where they are needed.


When you are not carrying out formal magick, keep on the altar any crystals that are of personal significance to you. You might wish to have a clear crystal quartz for pure energy, a blue lapis lazuli flecked with gold for wisdom, a purple amethyst and rose quartz for healing and harmony, or a gleaming, golden-brown tiger’s eye for grounding. You can also keep different herbs there according to your current focus.

A Deep Sigh

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A Deep Sigh

Have you felt the love of our Mother?
Gently touching all aspects of life
Like the soft caress of a mild breeze
A fleeting ray of sunshine

Her sadness deepens at the course of things
Like a gray cloud stretched across the sky
A deep sigh of understanding
The balance of life forever changing

Her children stumbling all about
Rage and anger our daily fare
Voices rising in a chaotic din
No one stopping to listen

Faster and faster our lives become
Yet where is it that we are running to
Faces become a forgotten blur
Community becomes a lonely place

Brother and sister divided
Each clamoring to be the one
Where peace and harmony once ruled
All is now an emotional chasm

Janus looking to and fro
The Keepers of the gate are lost
Armies on the march
Humans stumbling in the mist

Bloodshed is our legacy
And we pretend to notice not
Justifying our dark deeds
The face of our Mother fades away

And yet, she waits in the shadows
Hoping for the day
When her children rediscovers her love
And thus regain their lost and darkened souls

Like a bright flame in the night
She offers us another chance
A way to find each other
Casting asunder the dark, in favor of the light