Healing Prayer To Hecate
O Sweet Dark Mother of the Night,
please turn your sympathy toward us
and send us your deep healing.
Lady, let your glimmering Moon
lighten all the dark places in our hearts
that need your bright clarity.
Send your dark hounds to protect us
and sleep near us, so we feel safe;
heal our pains of body and mind.
Please bring your fiery torches
as we walk beside you in the night time;
teach us more understanding.
Enfold us with the strength of your love;
as you teach us, let us share with others
the love and healing of your Light.
© Beth Johnson
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, May 24th
Sun Direction: ↑ 71.36° ENE
Sun Altitude: 10.09°
Sun Distance: 94.142 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 20, 2017 11:24 pm (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 5:39 am↑ 63° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:03 pm↑ 297° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 23 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 89.86° E
Moon Altitude: 18.22°
Moon Distance: 223433 mi
Next New Moon: May 25, 20172:44 pm
Next Full Moon: Jun 9, 20178:09 am
Next Moonset: Today6:48 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
The Sky This Week for May 24 to 28
The Big Dipper, a crescent Moon, and other fascinating things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Wednesday, May 24
The Summer Triangle asterism dominates the eastern sky in late evening. Vega, the triangle’s brightest member, shines at magnitude 0.0 and stands highest of the three stars. To its lower left lies Deneb; at magnitude 1.3, it’s the faintest of the trio. Magnitude 0.8 Altair completes the bright asterism. Despite its name, the Summer Triangle appears prominent from late spring until the onset of winter.
Thursday, May 25
New Moon occurs at 3:44 p.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden by our star. Because the Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, only six hours later (at 9:21 p.m. EDT), residents in coastal areas can expect higher than normal tides for the next few days. At perigee, the center of the Moon lies 221,958 miles (357,207 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Friday, May 26
Although the Moon passed nearly between the Sun and Earth yesterday, it reappears as a slender crescent in this evening’s sky. Scan just above the west-northwestern horizon with binoculars about a half-hour after sunset, when the Moon stands 5° (less than a typical binocular field) high. You also should see Mars some 5° to Luna’s upper right.
Saturday, May 27
Saturn offers a visual treat all week. The ringed planet rises before 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs some 30° above the southern horizon by 2 a.m. Shining at magnitude 0.1, Saturn is easily the brightest object in the constellation Ophiuchus. When viewed through a telescope this week, the gas giant world shows an 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Sunday, May 28
Look high in the northwest after darkness falls this week and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the Big Dipper. The Dipper is the sky’s most conspicuous asterism — a recognizable pattern of stars that doesn’t form a complete constellation shape. It makes up the body and tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. Use the Pointers, the two stars at the end of the Dipper’s bowl, to find Polaris, which lies due north for everyone north of the equator. Polaris marks the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. On evenings in late May, the relatively faint stars of this dipper arc directly above Polaris.
Wednesday – is associated with Mercury
Candle colors – Purple
Magickal Conjuring for the Day: Mastery, Domination Work, Wisdom, Healing, Dealing with Legal problems.
—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Wednesday, May 24
Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo
Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx
Animal: Raven & Cat
Color: Red & Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Hauth (Hawthorn) – May 13 – June 9. Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire. Also associated with the realm of Faerie.
Runic Half-Month of Ing (expansive, energy) – May 14 – May 28
Goddess of the Month of Hera – May 16 – June 12
The Pagan Book of Days
The Pagan Book of Days for Wednesday, May 24
This day is sacred to the Mothers, three goddesses worshiped in Celtic countries as bringers of prosperity and a good harvest. Also the feast day of Hermes Trismergistus, patron of alchemy.
The Pagan Book of Days
The Witches Guide to Wednesday
Ruler: Wodin, Mercury
Colors: Orange, light blue, and gray
Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following
Keywords: Success, creativity, communication
The word Wednesday is reminiscent of the Norse wind god Wodin, which is referenced in the popular rhyme verse “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” This does not mean that those born on this day are full of sorrow or trouble. To be full of Woden (Wodin) means to be full of wind, to be spirited. Woden was such a powerful pagan god that the German church fathers changed the name of his day to Mittwoch, meaning midweek, in an attempt to exorcise his influence.
In the Spanish word for Wednesday, miercoles, we clearly see its connection to Mercury. Under the guidance of Mercury; Wednesday is a day of swift activity, communication, correspondence, and phone calls. This is a good day for journalists, writers, poets, bargaining, hiring employees, and visiting friends.
On Wednesdays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mercury, making these times of the day doubly blessed. These are the strongest four hours for ritual work. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine when sunrise occurs.
A Little Witchery for Your Wednesday
Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.
Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?
Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.
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The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, May 24th
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Moon phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Taurus
The Magick of the Fourth Quarter Moon
Fourth Quarter: (waning half moon until the new moon) At this point of the moon phase, some folks may find that their psychic talents go on holiday, or you may notice that they come howling in with an all-out assault on your senses. The reason for this is, I believe, that during the last waning lunar phase, all psychic work turns within. This often forces a person to contemplation, and it nudges them into turning their psychic abilities and all that focus within. Then they gain the opportunity for self-discovery. Work with your divinatory tools now to gain an appreciation for what events and people have led you to this point of your life. By looking to the past, we can acquire a good overview on what has brought us to the point we are standing at now. Then we may gain understanding, wisdom and insight.
Fourth Quarter Moon Spell
Finally, here is a spell for the final phase of the moon. This is the Crone’s moon, and at this time your psychic gifts may be at their strongest. As the energy turns to a hushed, waiting mode, it doesn’t mean it’s gone, just that it is extremely focused and internal. So if you aren’t paying attention, you may not pick up on those psychic impressions. If this is a problem for you, ask the wise old Crone for her assistance. As far as magick is concerned, this is the time to deal with those more serious issues. Check out the final line of this spell and adjust as necessary for your purposes; for example, the word “protection” can be easily switched to “banishing.”
The Crone’s moon grows smaller at the passing of each eve.
For this magick to work, in myself I must believe.
Charms performed now require a wisdom most sublime
The protection spell is now cast, sealed up with a rhyme.
That orbed maiden with white fire laden whom mortals call the moon.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
— Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick
The Witches Correspondences for Wednesday, May 24
Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the “All-Father” god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes.
Element : Air
Zodiac Sign : Virgo / Gemini
Angel : Raphael
Metal : Mercury
Incense / Perfumes : Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Oil: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender
Color : Red, Orange, Light Blue
Stones : Bloodstone,Garnet, Aventurine, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Plants/Herbs : Almond, Anise, Cherry, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Fern, Hazel, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain
Magick to Work: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, consulting oracles, wisdom, communication ,cleverness, contracts, creativity, information, intellect, memory, erception, science, wisdom, writing
Wednesday Is Ruled By Mercury
Wednesdays are wild and wacky days. They are for communication, change, cunning, and the arts. This is a Mercury day, and just its patron god this day is full of contradictions, change, and excitement. Some suggestions for Wednesday enchantments would include:
Pulling a little Wednesday color magic into your life by wearing purples or orange
Carrying a multipurpose agate with you and tapping into its various charms
Working with magical plants such as the fern for protection. This plant will also boost the power of any other magical plants with which it is arranged.
Incorporating lavender into charms and spells for transformation
Using the charming scent of lily of the valley to improve your memory, or working with the aspen tree for communication
Calling on Athena, patron of arts and crafts, for inspiration for a new project
Fanning out a Tarot spell to increase you creativity
Calling on Hermes on a Wednesday night to bring movement and good luck into your life
*Notes: perform on a Wednesday and/or during the waxing Moon with the Full Moon being strongest. An orange or violet candle is associated with any magick cast on this day.
Color: Orange, violet, multicolored, pale yellow
Metal: Quicksilver, alloys.
Stones: Carnelian, fire opal, agate
Plants: Anise, caraway , cassia, club mosss, dittany of Crete, lavender, licorice, parsley, sandalwood, storax
Rules: Gemini, Virgo
Oils: Lavender, lemon, lily of valley, nutmeg, sandalwood, styrax, vervain
Rituals Involving: Intellect, memory, science, creativity, business, magickal conjuration, divination, prediction, eloquence, gift of tongues, speed, speech, writing, poetry, inspiration, improvement of mind power, healing of nervous disorders.
Physical Chant for Mercury:
Magick, the Arts, success on my trade,
Business wisdom and divination,
These gifts I would gain for my physical growth
And to help in my conjurations.
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Magickal Applications for Wednesday
To the Romans, this day was called Dies Mercurii, or “Mercury’s day” Mercury was a popular character in the Roman pantheon. A messenger of the gods, he presided over commerce, trade, and anything that required skill or dexterity. The Celts also worshiped Mercury and eventually equated him with the Norse god Odin (some spelling variations on this name include Wotan, Wodin, and Wodan). In Norse mythologies, Odin, like Mercury, is associated with poetry and music. Interestingly enough, both Odin and Mercury were regarded as psychopomps, or the leaders of souls, in their individual mythologies.
Odin, one of the main gods in Norse mythology, was constantly seeking wisdom. He traveled the world in disguise as a one-eyed man with a long gray beard, wearing an old, beat-up hat and carrying a staff or a spear (which brings to my mind images of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings). In the Old English language, this day of Mercury evolved into Wodnes daeg, “Woden’s day,” or Wednesday.
Wednesday carries all of the planetary and magickal energies and associations of the witty and nimble god Mercury himself. Some of these mercurial traits included good communication skills, cleverness, intelligence, creativity, business sense, writing, artistic talent, trickiness, and thievery. And don’t forget all of those wise and enigmatic qualities associated with the Norse god Odin/Wodin, not to mention the goddess Athena’s contributions of music, the arts, handmade crafts, and writing. Wednesdays afford excellent opportunities for seeking wisdom, changing your circumstances, and improving your skills, be they in trade and commerce, music and art, or in communication and writing.
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Wednesday & The Perfect Corresponding Spell
Clearing the Air with Lace Agates
Here is a Wednesday-night ritual that will help clear the air after a nasty argument. This crystal magick will help to remove any family discord in the home. This is also excellent witchery to work if you think that things feel “off” or if you believe that the psychic energy in your home needs a good clearing out.
It happens to all of us-you think you have things all on track energy-wise and then you start to notice that things feel sour or that there are bad vibes lingering. Maybe you had a visitor who dumped their psychic garbage in your living room, or perhaps you had a coven meeting and all that energy is still boiling around in the house, making things feel frantic. Or maybe someone in the family just got over the flu, or the kids have just been wild and crazy lately. . .whatever the cause, let’s clean house!
You can easily and quickly tap into Mercury’s planetary magick of the day. Be clever and canny, like our featured gods Hermes/Mercury, and use some of that sense of speed and movement to send any negativity and lingering bad vibes on their way. Bear in mind that the planet Mercury has a mutable energy-it is always in motion and constantly changing, which is perfect for this type of witchery.
As you look over this ritual, you may realize that while you are working crystal magick, which is associated with the element of earth, you are also tapping into some water energy as well (the color blue from the candle and the blue lace agates). If you recall, this particular type of agate is connected to the element of water. Their cleansing ing energy is very complementary for this spell. In addition, you will be working with the element of air, because this is the elemental correspondence of both Hermes/Mercury the god and Mercury the planet. Finally, just to keep things nice and balanced, you’ve got yourself a dash of fire energy, too, from the candle flame.
Pretty clever, eh? What you thought was primarily crystal spellwork ends up being a much more advanced and involved witchery. Try it for yourself, and see the difference that it makes when you work magick in balance with all four of the natural elements.
• i blue votive candle
• I votive cup
• 4 blue lace agates
• A picture of your home and/or your family and pets (whoever lives in the house)
• Lighter or matches
• A safe, flat surface on which to set up the spell
Place the blue votive in the votive cup. Set the photos of your home and family on either side of the candle holder. Next, arrange the four blue lace agates in a small circle around the candle holder. As you place the tumbled stones one by one, say these lines:
Blue lace agates, lend me your power
Cleanse this home in this time and hour
Around this candle I create a ring
These four blue lace agates are just the thing.
Now light the spell candle and hold your hands out and over the stones and candle. (Not too close, we don’t want you scorching your witchy fingers.) Finish the spell by saying the following verse:
I now call the four elements on this Wednesday night
On the wings of Mercury, I quickly set things to right
By blue lace agates and candle flame, this spell is begun
Now remove all negativity, and let it harm none.
Allow the votive to burn until it goes out on its own. (Most votives take four to six hours to burn completely out.) When the spell candle is consumed, take the four blue lace agates and place one in each of the four main corners of your home. This will keep the spell moving along quickly, and it will reenforce the cleansing. Clean up the rest of your spellwork supplies, and put up the pictures of your family in a prominent place so you can enjoy them.
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Let’s Talk Witch: So What Actually is a Witch?
What is a Witch? A witch is any person who practices magick. Witchcraft is considered a practice, craft or even an art form. It’s important to note that not all witches are Wiccan. A witch can be a person of any faith who practices magick. Learning about magick and witchcraft might be why you’re reading this book; to learn about witchcraft, magick, and Wicca. First, you’ll need a brief history of witchcraft.
Those with knowledge have been either highly regarded or feared. Those who had knowledge that was dangerous to those in power have been labeled all sorts of things to instill fear in the populace to ensure their disposal. This had been the case for most of our past.
You may have learned about the Witch trials in Salem. This was one such case of those in power using their authority to label a boogie man. As was the inquisitions burning of Witches in Europe. The Church needed to blame a boogie man for the plague. Witches haven’t always been viewed as negative. In certain cultures, those who practice magick have been highly regarded. Such as in ancient Egyptian and Viking cultures.
Even your local pharmacist or doctor would have been considered a witch 1,000 years ago for the knowledge they possess. The knowledge of the healing properties of herbs was the norm for witches or the local village wise person.
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The Mothers or Three Marys
This French holy day celebrates the cult of the Goddess as a triad of mothers at Aries, in Provence. Also referred to as “The Three Marys of Provence” or “Three Marys of the Sea,” this ancient festival acknowledges the three phases of woman-hood as a triad, from birth, through life, to death. It was common for husbands to give flowers and candy to their daughters, wives, and mothers at this time.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for May 24th is Waning Crescent
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 27.98 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 365,250.87 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,522,723.79 km