Create Your Own Love Ritual
Choose a Friday, when the moon is waxing, or preferably full. Place roses on your altar – choose red for passionate love, pink for affection. Place Venus herbs there, also, if you wish, such as thyme. Have candles of rose pink. Enjoy a long bath first and anoint yourself with rosewater, or ylang-ylang oil. Call on Aphrodite to help you. After you have invoked the elements, ask for the special help of the salamanders, or Fire spirits, to bring you passion, the Water spirits, the undines, to bring emotional fulfillment, the Earth spirits, or gnomes, to endow you with earthy sensuality and knowledge of the senses, and the Air spirits, or sylphs, to bring you communication. In my view all are operative, but you might like especially to focus on one aspect. Then you may proceed to a specific ritual, which may be about empowering a special crystal to wear, or similar. While in your circle, clearly visualize the love you want. Perhaps write down all the attributes of the lover and burn the paper in the flame of a candle, placed in your cauldron. Touch each part of your body, caressing it and loving it, imagining that a lover will soon be doing this. Affirm that the love you want is now entering your life. Don’t forget to let the energies go and close down firmly, because this is the sort of spell that can linger, sapping your energies by unfulfilled desire.
Gabby Benson, Spells and Rituals: A Beginners Guide To Spells And Rituals
Simple Love Spells
Apples are sacred to the Goddess because of the five-point star shape that appears at the centre when the apple is cut, crossways. They are also an underworld fruit, special to the festival of Samhain/ Halloween, and we all know how love connects us to our own personal ‘underworld’! Cut an apple in half, crossways, and give half to your lover to eat, eating one half yourself. This ensures an undying love and eternal connection. Sharing any fruit partakes of this symbolism. If you don’t have a lover but wish to attract one, you could make an apple part of your ritual, consecrating one to the love-goddess in full ritual, cutting it in half, eating one half and burying the other, feeding it to the birds, or floating it downstream. Don’t forget to affirm strongly the type of person you want to attract so you do not throw yourself open to all manner of advances. At the least, you may find an apple tree growing from the buried core!
• Carry rose petals or rose quartz crystals, for both of these attract love. Preferably consecrate them in a ritual first.
• It may be cheating to use Feng Shui, as this is an Eastern tradition and here we are primarily concerned with Western ways. However, the Chinese system of Feng Shui (which means wind, water) is extremely popular and effective. It is concerned with the meanings and sacredness of the space we inhabit. This is a complex and delicate art, but there is no harm in cautiously using some of the basics, to effect a specific result. A Feng Shui consultant told me that it is a big mistake to obtain a book on Feng Shui and to go madly reorganizing your home on the basis of it when your life is pretty tidy, anyway. However, for a specific task, you can make a small change and see if it works. Feng Shui is based on the arrangement of the environment and the relationship area of the home is the far right-hand corner. Take your bearings from your front door, whether or not it enters the house from the side, or you have a flat that you enter from a hall or the back of the house. This is still your ‘front’ door. Where is the far right-hand corner? This is the love and marriage section. If this area has been cut into by irregularities of the building, draw energies back into it by using a crystal at the window. You may merely place a piece of rose quartz in the relationship area, or perhaps a pair of soft toys, or a statue of an embracing couple. There are some lovely candles obtainable that are shaped like a pair of entwined lovers. Here you could choose according to your wish – a red candle for passionate love, blue or purple for soul-mates, etc. I have found such things to work, especially in respect of the money corner, which we shall discuss in the next section. Unless you are prepared to hire a qualified Feng Shui practitioner to comment on your area, you need to keep the changes small and wait a couple of months to see if they take effect before doing anything else. Of course, if your ‘love corner’ is home to a pile of old magazines, half-eaten packets of biscuits, torn envelopes and a dirty ashtray, I would suggest tidying it up first!
• Simplest spell of all, adopted by a friend of mine: add ‘lover’ to your shopping list!
• To ensure the continuance of love, break in half a bay twig and each one of the couple keep half. Or feed each other chestnuts.
• Brazil nuts, carried, are a love talisman. Women can also carry ivy. For men, it is best to carry holly.
• To choose between several admirers, take a green rose leaf for each, name them and note which shrivels last. This is the most enduring love. (However, if you are this unsure, perhaps you need to do some spells to make you more decisive!)
• To find love, tie a hair or two taken from your head to a blossoming cherry tree. (The Latin name for this tree is Prunus avium. As it is a beautiful tree, why not plant one in your front garden, anyway?)
• If you fear that someone has put a love spell on you, eat pistachio nuts.
Gabby Benson, Spells and Rituals: A Beginners Guide To Spells And Rituals
Perhaps the most important thing to all of us is to have someone special of our own to love. Ethics and approach are important in love spells, for it is not a good idea to try to ‘get’ someone specific, however desirable they seem, however perfectly matched to our requirements. This is because, in so doing, we are seeking to influence someone else’s actions and interfere with their path. Sex and human nature being what it is, sexy spells often do work, but if a relationship isn’t ‘meant to be’ then trouble generally results for both parties. So if you are going to do love magic, I would strongly suggest that you aim to attract love into your life in a general way, not someone specific. There is no harm in imagining exactly the kind of person you would like, but that is different from directing your efforts towards a real human being. As for trying to pinch someone else’s lover – that really is asking for trouble. Look elsewhere.
Magic can be used to improve an existing relationship. If you do this for a couple, make sure they both want this. Doing magic for others is a big responsibility and generally it is best to work for happiness and peace, in a general way, for friends, rather than respond to their avid desires. As for your own existing relationships, you can work to bring more love in, if you wish. If you have doubts about your lover’s wishes, work for clarity first. Of course, you could ask your lover if he or she still loves you and wants the relationship. Hopefully they will respond candidly. In this way your lover takes a fair share of the responsibility.
Gabby Benson, Spells and Rituals: A Beginners Guide To Spells And Rituals
I occasionally have to repeat this funny, it is one of my favorites, Enjoy!
Why keeping summoned beings as pets is a bad idea…
They may be cute and cuddly when they’re little, but they tend to grow. Fast. To something large.
You can’t flush your overgrown summoned pet down the toilet and no pound will take one. (Trust me on this one. )
Unless you spay or neuter them, they will breed, quickly.
Good luck trying to find a vet that will spay or neuter one…
The feeding costs are astronomical. New Age shops are very expensive. Oh, sorry, I meant “astrological”.
An exotic summoned pet is very difficult to feed. Museums start suspecting your interests in ancient cultures rather quickly.
Getting them used to gourmet food is a bad idea: there aren’t that many virgins around, you see!
Cats sitting on the chest of a sleeping child sucking their life-force out may be a myth. With summoned pets, it isn’t.
No insurance will cover it if your summoned pet bites your guests.
They may even eat your guests while you pop into the kitchen for tea.
When they nibble your toes on Sunday morning, it does NOT feel nice. Besides, you need those toes for proper balance.
Clipping their toenails to save your sofa from being torn into shreds is pretty damn hard.
You think a pet stealing your stuff is bad? Summoned pets steal your stuff and hide it to the astral plane!
Summoned pet dung is difficult to get rid of. They won’t accept it at the toxic waste plant anymore …
Cat’s hairballs are easy to clean away. Try dealing with astral slime puke.
They don’t stay in their cage unless you remember to seal it magickally properly. Every single time.
It also gets a bit tedious to keep that triangle of salt intact in the corner of the living room.
A summoned pet possessing your grandmother is NO fun, I can tell you!
A summoned pet possessing your stereo system may be painful.
Having them play with your altar tools is not cute.
Having them play with your Book of Shadows is even less cute.
Smell of sulfur wafting in the apartment tends to deter Jehovah’s Witnesses and other pests, though… But it does make breathing labored in the long run.
Landlords tend to dislike the “things that go bump in the night” routine you have going on in your flat.
Landlords will detest finding out that paying residents in your block are disappearing as if by magick.
On the other hand, the police may become a tad too interested in the very same phenomena.
It’s not fun to have your pet deciding to “hump” your neighbor’s dog in the middle of your daily walk.
It’s practically impossible to find new, caring homes for the resulting Cerberoses, too.
While it may be cute to have a pet that actually does talk back to you, it’s not nice when they start throwing curses.
It may be nice to have a pet that can retrieve your e-mail along with regular post, but it’s NOT fun having them actually posting replies…
Advanced summoned pets may summon pets of their own. That means BIG trouble.
Last but not least: If you’re not quite careful, you may one day wake up realizing that it is in fact YOU who are the pet in this deal.
Author: Faerie K.
Article Published On Ecauldron
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 February 26
The Tarantula Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Processing – Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari
Data – Hubble Tarantula Treasury, European Southern Observatory Explanation: The Tarantula Nebula is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 180 thousand light-years away. The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies, the cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular composite view constructed with space- and ground-based image data. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments. Around the Tarantula are other star forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds In fact, the frame includes the site of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A, at the lower right. The rich field of view spans about 1 degree or 2 full moons, in the southern constellation Dorado. But were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky.
Arc to Arcturus, the springtime star
At mid-northern latitudes, look for the brilliant star Arcturus to climb over your eastern horizon around 9 to 10 p.m. local time in late February. South of the equator, this northerly star rises considerably later in the evening. Click here to know when Arcturus rises into your sky.
Extend the natural arc of the Big Dipper handle to verify that you’ve found Arcturus. The Big Dipper can actually be seen from as far south as the tropical and subtropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere. However, the Big Dipper doesn’t reach its high point for the night in late February until an hour or two after the midnight hour.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Arcturus counts our faithful springtime star. At present, Arcturus rises about three hours after sunset at mid-northern latitudes. Yet this shining beauty of a star rises about 4 minutes earlier each day whereas the sun sets a bit later daily. All added up, that means Arcurus will be sparkling above the horizon at dusk/nightfall in late March to announce the return of spring to the Northern Hemisphere!
Use the Big Dipper to locate the yellow-orange star Arcturus before going to bed tonight!
The Words of Confucius
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
Your Daily Influences
February 26, 2016
Five of Cups
That which was expected to bring joy may bring sorrow. Disillusionment with relationships. The loss of friends, partners and lovers.
The Sun Rune, denotes power and strength. That which you want may be attained. Sowilo also denotes mental clarity and added warmth to your relationships.
The Tau Cross
A journey that your or someone close to you must make will influence this aspect. The reason for the trip nor the outcome will have much bearing on your future, but the trip itself will be journey not soon forgotten. This journey may have a short-term, negative impact.
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
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The mythical, endearing Phoenix has long been a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and coming full circle. Tired in both body and spirit the aged Phoenix combust into flames and from its ashes is reborn. The Phoenix does not indicate change so much as it does renewal and revitalization. It denotes the completion of a cycle and beginning anew.
As a daily card, The Phoenix suggest you are at a place where some aspects of your life have reached the end of a cycle. Your energies may be weakened from use and stretched over too many arenas to be as effective as they once were. As a result, now may be a good time for you to take a step back and allow yourself time to revitalize both your physical and spiritual self.
Today’s Witches Rune
Meaning: This is a very positive rune, related to abundance, rewards, growth and benefits. But it’s important to not mistake this rune for mere luck… while luck may help, the Harvest rune is usually related to the blessings that you have brought to yourself and to others, through your actions and investments.
“Reaping what you sow” is the message of the Harvest rune, but with a positive connotation. All that you worked and fought so hard to get will finally come to you, and you’ll be able to enjoy a time of tranquility, optimism and expansion. As the obstacles that were (or still are) in the way become smaller, you have a solid ground to reach out for your dreams.
Thus, the Harvest rune is a positive sign, telling you that you are in right path. However, it’s important to know that this symbol is always attached to personal responsibility… it’s what you do with your tools (whether they be mental, emotional or physical) that determines what you’ll get back in the end. Use them wisely, and luck will serve you well.
On a more negative side, this rune can make one sleep on their laurels and cling to past victories. One can become too reliant on “what works” and refuse to try new things (specially if the Crossroads rune is near). The Harvest runes should inspire you to take some risks and keep evolving, and not to crystalize yourself in one position because it proved to be successful.
In relationship readings, this symbol is connected to more practical aspects than emotional ones. Usually it represents couples who grow together, financially, socially and/or professionally. Security becomes an important factor when the Harvest appears. It represents the moment in which the couple begins to build their nest together, and think about starting a family. This rune tends to be very positive for all relationships, but doesn’t always inspire much passion.