Healing Arts and Pagan Studies – Reap the Harvest Spell
When we find ourselves repeatedly in situations that yield a grim emotional, spiritual, or physical harvest, we need to look inward to ascertain if the seeds that we are sowing will grow the crops that we desire. To do this, light a green or brown candle. Place malachite in front of the candle representing your heartfelt desire for change. Focusing on the candle, ask for guidance from your higher self in discovering your heart’s desires and ambitions. Script these desires in a visual present tense. State these or similar words:
The universe unfolds her abundant path for me.
Her fruitful harvest is mine,
So mote it be.
Focus the stream of your visualizations on the malachite. That is, visualize the malachite lending vibrations to your vision as it sends your energy out to the universe. Afterward, extinguish the candle. Hold onto the malachite as a reminder of your heart’s harvest.
Today commemorates the day that atomic bomb Little Boy fell, in 1945, on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Within a few minutes, some 75,000 people perished in the shock waves and fires that swept though the city. Tens of thousands more died of radiation sickness afterward. In Japan, on this day, the people of Hiroshima celebrate a peace ceremony in memory of the dead. You may also take today to offer a silent prayer vigil, chanting: “Never again, never again.”
Our notions of what traditionally constituted black, white, and gray were incorrect. The practitioners of ancient magick were not necessarily working on a specific ethical basis at all. What was once under the guise of “white” magick (like herbalism) is now being usurped by technology, science, and medicine. In many areas of daily life, we find ourselves turning to a reliable procedure and trusting in it, while we overlook the spiritual portion of the equation. For example, a dam might help direct a mighty river, but without putting a spiritual covenant in place with that river, the spirits of that place might break that dam. We can call our technology “good,” and we can call our magick “white,” but unless we honor all aspects of the equation to which we’re applying our power, we will fall short and feel that lingering resonance (kind of like an itch you can’t scratch).
Historical references aside, it would be naïve to say that evil does not exist. The law of balance requires that for there to be “good,” there must also be the proverbial “bad.” Today we say that a person who uses black magick or walks the left-hand path is considered to be working from a selfish or malevolent vantage point. In Lewis Spence’s Encyclopedia of the Occult we read:
To gain limitless power of god, demon, and man; for personal aggrandizement and glorification; to cheat, trick and mock; to gratify base appetites; to aid religious jealousies and bigotries; to satisfy public and private enmities; to further political intrigue; to encompass disease, calamity and death—these were the ends and aims of black magic.
For a person to exhibit this type of behavior externally in any realm of life, he or she would have to have that darkness as part of their makeup (the within) according to this concept. However, the question remains as to what is truly “black” and what’s required necessary to raise that kind of energy. Some practitioners, for example, categorize working with entropy (the tendency of an energy system toward inertness through the breakdown of organized structure and pattern) or chaos energies as “black.” It receives this designation because, superficially, this so-called magick has the opposite effect from white (destroying or decreasing instead of creating). Yet the forces of nature perform these same functions. This makes us ask: if a form of energy exists in nature, can we call it “black”? Nature’s pattern is eat or be eaten, which can seem very cruel. But, again, it is only illustrating balance. Some “black” magicians would reply that they, too, are illustrating the law of nature in becoming the predator instead of the prey, or in being protectively proactive (doing everything possible mundanely and magickally to safeguard that which they hold dear).
Since we are also animals, humans exhibit similar instincts. Yet, somehow we expect that our reasoning nature will suddenly take that instinct and put it neatly away like some toy that we’ve outgrown when we work magick. I’m not sure that’s a wholly reasonable expectation, let alone a truly healthy one. Instead, a holistic approach would be to balance helpful instincts with rational thought and spiritual guidance.
Let’s take this one step further, out of nature and into the divine realms. In the world’s mythologies, we see images of gods and goddesses that take revenge against those who harm their followers (or children). We also see gods and goddesses that destroy to create. Kali (the Hindu Creatrix/Destroyer) comes immediately to mind. If the external divine uses the energy of reversal or diminishing, can that truly be called “black,” or is it merely the universe’s checks and balances? These are not easy ethical questions to consider or answer, but an honest examination of two things may help us gain some perspective—namely, intent (the internal motivating source) and the situation (the externals).
Let’s say someone chooses to cast spells aimed specifically at exacting revenge because their family had been targeted by a person or a group. This would be considered gray magick, because it is a situation when an ill has been done and has not been balanced.
Now, the sender may not enjoy the feeling of that magick. There’s a natural lingering temptation to lash out with unbridled anger and lose all focus. However, if similar circumstances occurred again, many people would be hard pressed not to do likewise. We simply want to protect those we love. Also, it is possible that people would feel inaction on their part would dishonor a sense of inner sacredness, and that sometimes we are the hand of karma (just as anything in life’s network might be).
This is where the lines of black and white get blurred. You’re not alone in facing a struggle between personal and spiritual ethics, potential karmic repercussions, and the natural desire to act . . . to do something, anything, to return the situation to a more equitable equation. It’s part of human nature. If you find yourself in such a place consider the following advice:
Always step back and cool off. Any magickal working is going to go better when you’re thinking clearly.
Ask yourself if there is a mundane alternative that could fix things. You can often use the energy generated by a bad situation to turn things around in your favor.
Always make sure you know (beyond any doubt) the focus of the spell. Otherwise you could harm an innocent person.
Consider using a “universal clause” (like “for the greatest good” or “and it harm none”) so that no one on the edges of the situation gets harmed by the energy you’re creating.
Pattern your response to only visit like for like (no embellishing—think balance).
Continue personal efforts on the mundane level to rectify things and put your life in order. This gives the universe more opportunities to open doors, heal wounds, and provide closure.
For a good book that discusses this subject in more detail than this book’s space allows, try How to Be a Wicked Witch. Let’s talk a bit about action and inaction and situational ethics.
A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life
The universe is our mirror. As we look into the world, something of self and the divine is reflected back to us. Where exactly do we fit in? What is the right or wrong way to walk our talk?
Physics tells us that energy is neutral. The application of energy, however, is not neutral. So humans, seeking definitions, start using terms like “good” and “bad,” “black magick” and “white magick,” and the “right-hand path” or the “left-hand path” to describe the results of applied energy and intention. Generally speaking, most practitioners define black magick as selfish, destructive, and manipulative. White magick, conversely, is giving, creative, and mindful of freewill.
Be aware, however, that black and white are only part of the spectrum. Left and right are only two directions or dimensions. These “extremes,” if you will, are easier to see by the contrast they create and consequently attract our visual attention. But our eyes and souls are capable of seeing a myriad of colors, shades, hues, blends from gray to plaid! We are aware in everyday life of several directions: left, right, backward, forward, up, and down.
Additionally, the terms “black” and “white” do not necessarily properly describe the ethical component of a magus. In fact, historically speaking, “black” implied forcefully interacting with hostile or hazardous beings to try and engender their cooperation. Perhaps it’s the forceful part that gave us modern folk the willies. After all, we talk about nonmanipulation. We’d be hard pressed, however, to find all of the spirits that we encounter willing to help out those in the mortal realm. In fact, many spirits have agendas of their own. White magick was traditionally defined as dealing with those positive energies and beings active and present in nature (like devas), inviting the voluntary participation of such forces even as we continue to do with the watchtowers of the cardinal directions. Interestingly enough, there are no moral qualifiers here – just who the magus invoked. So if an herbal magus evoked a nature spirit to create a lustful potion, it was not considered immoral since nature spirits are neutral.
A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life
Yes, unfortunately we are going to have to leave your good company shortly. Today has been a hairy day especially for me. I have been posting here and in the Coven. Lady Beltane’s Mother is not doing so well. She asked me yesterday if I would put some posts over there. My heart is breaking for Lady B. I lost my mother when I was very young. Mothers hold a very special place in our heart, no one can ever replace. I know Lady B and her mother are very close. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers today.
I was watching the clock as it got later, I just skipped the rest of the morning routine. I have two wonderful articles on magick. I am going to post them right after I get through here. Also I wanted to let everyone know the information about Lammas on the blog page is coming down tonight. So if there is any recipes or information, grab it. Personally, I thought it was great information(of course, I would, lol!)
Hopefully tomorrow, we will be back to normal. Keyword “hopefully!” I don’t know how the doctors are in your state but here they will not call in a controlled substance to the pharmacist. So I have to drive 50 miles for my ex to pick up his prescription. Then they told me I wouldn’t be able to get it filled till tomorrow. I swear, all this is due to new state regulations. I think everybody ought to write them and tell them what they think of their “new regulations.” Oh, only those in Kentucky! Just kidding but the government is a little pathetic on some things that is for sure.
Well if I don’t hush, I won’t never get those articles on and get out of here. Remember if you want anything from the blog page, get it. I have some work to do on the site tonight and that is part of it. I hope everyone has a very blessed weekend. Till tomorrow, my sweets……
Six of Swords Reversed
Life is at a standstill. Difficulties will probably remain as they are.
Mysteries will become known to you. You should be able to see your life’s path clearly at this time. Perthro is often thought of as “Gambler’s Rune.” You are in a lucky period right now. Chance is your ally. Take advantage of it.
Scorpio the Scorpion
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is determined, forceful, emotional, intuitive, powerful, passionate, exciting and magnetic. This person is probably an acquaintance you made at work
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
Meaning: The Romance rune is also a symbol of connection, just like the Rings rune. But differently from the latter, the former implies a deeper sort of connection. While in the Rings we have two (or more) people joining to reach a similar goal, here we have two people joining for reasons they can’t quite explain.
Hence this rune is related to love, passion, emotional bonds, sexual chemistry and sudden attraction. Any strong bond can be symbolized by this rune, including the unconditional parental love or a very strong friendship. And it’s not limited to the emotions that sparkle between individuals – the love can be also directed to an object, a subject or even a work.
It’s important to not limit this rune to the emotional field. It can be quite physical, representing sexual relations, arousal and irresistible magnetism. This rune is powerful, and often gives an extra impulse to any rune that is close it. Charismatic and seductive people are represented by the Romance rune as well.
Outside from the field of romance and sex, this rune is concerned with any act of creation. If you have any ongoing projects, you can be sure an extra impulse will come and spur you on. The Romance rune can also represent the reconciliation of opposite forces or tendencies, and the resolution of conflicts. Obsessive thoughts, stubbornness in pursuing a person or a goal and lack of objectivity are the downfalls of this rune.
Fortune represents that aspect of life that is directed by forces and events we may not understand or even be aware of. In short, Fortune deals with chance—those occurrences that manage to alter even the most structured of lives, usurp man’s “best laid plans.” While the effects of Fortune are unpredictable, the outcome is always change; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Our path through life is never a ride down a perfectly straight highway. Sometimes we may even experience hairpin turns or complete reversals of direction. Fortune is strong reminder that despite our plans, the Universe has its own agenda from which we cannot escape participation.
Casting the Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for Today
The Past Perthro
Mysteries will become known to you. You should be able to see your life’s path clearly at this time. Pethro is often thought of as “Gambler’s Rune.” You are in a lucky period right now. Chance is your ally. Take advantage of it.
The Present Fehu
Fehu is the Rune of prosperity, good luck and unbridled creative energies. Being associated with Frey, this Rune is also a powerful omen of fertility. Fehu is one of the three Mother Stones and should never be taken lightly.
The Future Naudhiz
Naudhiz reversed may tell of needs met and harmonious relationships. Your passions for someone or something may be at their pinnacle.
In modern symbology, fire is generally masculine and ice (or earth) is feminine, but it is unknown whether the Norse shared this association. Certainly, ice was a constant factor in their day to day lives. It threatened their crops and their ships almost throughout the year, but it also served as a symbol of creation, from which all life will eventually spring. It says something about the Norse mind that they could recognize the need to have such a seemingly destructive joining of elements in order to create and maintain life. Fire may be warm and pleasant, but it must be balanced by the freezing of winter just as birth must be balanced by death. Even the little death of sleep has been proven to be vital for our mental and physical well-being.
Isa encompasses all of these ideas, but primarily represents a period of rest before activity, and itself forms the material from which life can be created. It is matter, inert by itself, but transformed into the stuff of stars when wedded with energy. It is the immovable form acted upon the irresistible force. In many ways, the Norse predicted Einstein with their version of the creation of the universe, recognizing that everything in their world contained both fire and ice (energy and matter), and that the relationship between the two defined the processes of life itself.
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lovers’ embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
You are a person who is very concerned with balance so that you always aim to be fair. Even so, you are in fact given to excess and at times you can be quite indulgent, as you love all the good things in life. You are charismatic with a friendly, communicative matter but also a highly developed spiritual or imaginative side that others might not always know about. In love you can sometimes be impulsive, as you follow your heart and not always logic, as logical as you are in other areas of life. You might notice that you are more accountable than most when things go wrong. Famous people born today: Mata Hari, David Duchovny, Charlize Theron, Brit Marling, Liam James, Michael Shannon.
Today, Mercury leaves your self-expression sector and tomorrow, Mars will enter it, dear Aries. Mercury transits your sector of work, service, health, and routines until the 27th, making it a strong period for really sorting things out, organizing, and taking care of details. It’s also a good time for learning new skills, information that helps your health or work, and conversations that lead to making improvements. You are seeing things for their details and perhaps their flaws as well now. While there can be some tendency to fret and worry during this cycle, it’s otherwise very helpful and useful, particularly if your daily life and routines can use some shaping up. With so much emphasis on your creative, expressive, entertaining sector these days, Mercury moving on from it can point to the beginnings of a mindset that is geared up to take care of business. There may be some conflict over issues of independence stimulated today that pits home life and outside responsibilities against one another.
Mercury leaves your home and family sector today, and Mars will enter it tomorrow, dear Taurus. From now until the 27th, with Mercury in the sector of your solar chart that rules creative self-expression and pleasure, you’re beginning to think about having a bit of fun and sharing your ideas with others. In truth, you have been a tad withdrawn lately with so many planets in your hearth sector and your ruler, Venus, retrograde. While this trend continues a while longer, Mercury’s move today can bring you out of your shell a little. You might take a few more risks when it comes to expressing yourself and learning. Others tend to respond better to your ideas as well during this cycle. The Moon continues to transit your sign all day (until very early into the day tomorrow), and your emotions tend to rule.
Mercury moves out of your communications zone and into your sector of home and family today, dear Gemini. Until the 27th, you’re likely to think a lot about home, family, and personal matters. You may keep a little more to yourself during this cycle. At times, you could discover that you’re not coming across as smoothly or can’t seem to find the right words to express yourself. There can be a lot of mental activity at home, learning and working could be done in the home environment, and there can be interesting tidbits of information coming your way through family. There continues to be a strong focus on reaching out to others with many planets still in your communications sector and Mars entering it tomorrow, but starting from today, you’re a little more inclined to need your personal space in order to arrive at decisions.
There is a strong focus on your sector of comfort, material goods, and resources these days, dear Cancer, and while this will continue a while longer, Mercury moves on from this zone of your solar chart today. With Mercury transiting your sector of communications from now until the 27th, you’re becoming more curious, branching out a little more, and reaching out as well. You can be more communicative and interested in learning. There is more mental activity in your life, and eagerness to either write, study, speak, or share ideas. Today, with Mars in your sign opposing Ceres, you may need to watch for coming on too strongly or brusquely with others, and especially a partner.
There is a strong emphasis on your personality these days with so many planets in your sign, dear Leo. This will continue a while longer, and Mars is set to enter Leo tomorrow as well. However, today, Mercury leaves your sign and enters your solar second house. This transit that lasts until August 27th can stimulate preoccupation with practical matters, money, resources, talents, and business affairs. You are beginning to want to see more in the way of tangible signs of success or progress now. You might attempt to learn more in order to earn more, and you are better at strategic planning with money at this time, largely because Mercury’s energy is reasonable and rational. During this cycle, you might also seek out feedback for your intelligence or talents. Today could bring some feelings of being under the weather if you’re not feeling motivated. Otherwise it’s very strong for seeing patterns and coming up with useful ideas.
Mercury enters your sign today, dear Virgo, where it will stay until the 27th. There continues to be a strong emphasis on the sign just behind yours and your privacy sector, and this will happen a while longer, especially with Mars entering that area of your chart tomorrow. However, Mercury is the first of these planets to move into the light in your solar chart. In less than a week, Jupiter will emerge as well. For now, you are beginning to share a little more, by talking, writing, and connecting with others. This is nevertheless a rather independent time, as you tend to be a self-starter and you often make executive decisions during this cycle. However, you are more aware of the goings-on around you, and you are more willing to talk about yourself and your plans. Today’s Moon in your adventure sector all day can certainly get you moving, whether this is physical or mental or both.
Mercury begins its transit of your privacy sector today, dear Libra, where it will influence until August 27th. There is a move towards more insular but also more intuitive thinking during this almost three-week cycle. Decision making can also be more solitary, and it can also take a little longer, even than usual, as you can feel as if there are so many variables to consider that it’s hard to come to definite conclusions. There can be an increased tendency to think about matters of the past now, and this is reinforced with your ruler, Venus, retrograde through to the first week of September. You are more inclined to keep secrets or simply spend more time in your own little world. This is certainly not the most outspoken period in your life, but this can be a necessary thing for the time being. You might also frequently work and learn in solitude.
From now until the 27th, you’re likely to have more contact with friends, groups, and associates, dear Scorpio, and you can pick up some very useful information through others. Networking assumes more importance in your life with Mercury now in your solar eleventh house, and it’s a time for sharing your knowledge with others, taking part in group activities, or simply spending more time with like-minded people. You are more likely to entertain non-traditional ideas and you can be attracted to alternative subjects or plans. You can be especially excited about new, unusual, and original ideas for future projects or long-term plans during this cycle. The Moon spends another day in your partnership sector today, however, and you may in fact feel better in one-on-one situations than group settings just for now. There may be some angry words or frustration with narrow viewpoints.
Today until the 27th of August, Mercury transits your tenth house of career and reputation, dear Sagittarius. During this cycle, your thoughts might often turn to your responsibilities, plans, work, and reputation. You tend to be more accountable for what you communicate, and you might be more aware of how you are coming across when you speak or write. People may be turning to you for advice, as your intelligence or knowledge is more noticeable to others during this period. This can be a good time for making business contacts and connections or simply for learning more about your field. You might find yourself in the position to make important decisions, or decisions about your life direction now. There could be new goals or lifestyle changes entertained now. Today, the Moon is in your work and health sector, and you continue to take special interest in the details of your daily life.
The Mercury cycle that begins today and runs until the 27th eases self-expression and smooths out communications, dear Capricorn. There is a more positive outlook, although also a searching, somewhat restless spirit on a mental level. Your thinking is less about the details and more about the bigger picture. The down side of this is that you may overlook important points, but the positive side involves more enjoyment and pleasure in learning, and less stressing about problems. This is an excellent time for learning, particularly of broad subjects rather than developing skills and know-how. Today brings nice energy for recreational pursuits and self-expression overall, but you could find someone is coming on too strong or is pushy with you when a more delicate approach would be more effective.
Mercury moves out of your partnership sector today, and Mars will move into it tomorrow, dear Aquarius. Mercury’s transit of your solar eighth house until the 27th brings a stronger interest in, and attention to, the hidden elements of your life. You are picking up a lot more from your environment than usual, and seeing motives, subtleties, power dynamics, and more in your own behavior and in the people around you. There can be less impetus to share your ideas with others, with the possible exception of a trusted friend or partner with whom conversations can be frequent, during this cycle. You might have less patience for conversation, information, or learning that is superficial. Today, you continue to crave more time to yourself or with family.
Today, intelligent Mercury enters the sign directly opposite yours and your partnership sector, dear Pisces. This transit, lasting until the 27th, brings a stronger tendency to seek out others for ideas and decisions, as well as to attract talkative people into your experience. You tend to enjoy input from others not so that they can make decisions for you, but so that they can help stimulate your own thought processes. Today’s Taurus Moon is a usually busy one for you, as it falls in the communications sector of your solar chart. Watch for a conflict with a friend over issues of protectiveness or freedom. Look for every opportunity to learn something new now.
The Moon will be in sensuous Taurus on Friday accompanied by communication planet Mercury moving into fellow Earth sign Virgo. As a result, you’ll find ways to practically communicate your physical needs to your lover. It should prove to be an interesting Friday night!
Things get even better on Saturday and for the rest of the weekend when the Moon sails into Gemini and action planet Mars enters romantic Leo. It is often said that being with someone who makes you laugh is integral to relationship happiness. The combination of Gemini and Leo assures laughter and good times are in the air. And with the planet of sexual drive (Mars) in Leo you know the weekend will ultimate be all about sexy love!
This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*
* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for August 7th
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
BALANCE OF MODES
We are thinking about the long view, seeking out security and stability rather than change. We may be committed, focused, resistant to making changes, and stubborn.
We can have a hard time adapting to changes and to others’ agendas.