The Witches Digest for Saturday, November 4th
(The Witches Guide to Saturdays)
Today Is Saturday, November 4th
Saturday is dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon God Saetere or Seater, July 15equivalent to the God Saturn. It is a day also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of Three Fates, and the trickster God Loki. It is connected generally with apprehension, austerity, caution, and excessive self-limitation.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Color: Dark Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal(Reed) – October 28 – November 24
Runic Half-Month of Hagal(constraint) – October 28 – November 12
Goddess of the Month of Cailleach/Samhain – October 31 – November 27
The Pagan Book of Days
On Saturday, November 4th, We honor the Goddess Gaia
The Greek goddess of the Earth
Gaia’s Appearance: A beautiful and voluptuous woman. Sometimes she is shown as half-buried in the earth.
Symbol or Attributes of Gaia: The earth. Fruits.
Gaia’s Strengths: She is a primal mother goddess, complete in herself.
Gaia’s Weaknesses: She brought forth from her own body Uranus, to be her companion. This turned out to be a mixed blessing.
Gaia’s Parents: None. She is “born” of Chaos, but this not really a birth; as Chaos receded, Gaia came into being.
Gaia’s Spouse: Uranus; then Tartarus, Pontus
Children of Gaia: Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, the Titans Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Tethys, Cronus or Kronos, and the Python of Delphi, among hundreds of others.
Some Major Temple Sites of Gaia: She was usually worshiped in the open or in caves. Delphi was probably one of her main sites in very early times.
Gaia’s Basic Story: Gaia was the first deity, from whom all others sprang. But Uranus, her first creation, was lusty and cruel to Gaia. Gaia persuaded her other children to help her subdue their father. Cronus, her son, took a flint sickle and castrated his father, throwing his severed organs into the great sea. The goddess Aphrodite was then born of the mixing of the blood and foam. Gaia went on to have children with other mates.
Frequent Misspellings and Alternate Spellings: Gaea, Gaya, Ge, Gea. The goddess Rhea is sometimes considered to be similar to or another form of Gaea.
Interesting Facts about Gaia:The Greeks believed that an oath sworn by Gaia was the strongest, since no one could escape from the Earth herself.
In modern times, some earth scientists use the term “Gaia” to mean the complete living planet itself, as a complex organism.
Colors: Black, Dark Purple
Crystals: Apache Tear, Obsidian, Hematite
The Magickal Day of Saturday
It’s the end of the week for many of us, so Saturday – named for the god Saturn – is a good time to wrap things up. Associated with the colors black and dark purple, and the metal lead, this day is also connected to the goddess Hecate. Gemstones like Apache tear, obsidian, and hematite are all connected to Saturday’s magic, as are plants such as thyme, mullein, and the cypress tree.
When it comes to magical workings, focus on agriculture and creativity, fortune and hope, protection and banishment of negativity. Put up a barrier to keep the unwelcome out, eliminate the things that make you miserable, and wash your hands of anything other than your hopes, dreams and goals.
The Witches Guide to Saturday
The planetary correspondence for Saturday is Saturn. Matters dealing with the public, farming, family ties, legal matters (such as wills and estates), taking care of debts, dealing with lawyers, financing, joint money matters, real estate, older people, banishing or binding negativity, and getting rid of bad habits all fall under the charge of Saturn. It’s easy to see why “Saturday’s child works hard for his living.”
Saturday’s angels are Cassiel, Machatan, Uriel, and Orifiel. Cassiel is the angel of solitudes and tears. He is one of the rulers of the planet Saturn and occasionally appears as the angel of patience. Cassiel links himself to dragon energy. Regarding Machatan, the only information we get is that he works well with Cassiel and is also a power of Saturn. Orifiel is an angel of the wilderness, a ruler of the second hour of the day, and also associated with Saturn.
On Saturday, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Saturn, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.
Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.
Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.
While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.
Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Saturday, November 4th
Loy Krathong Lantern Festival (Thai)
Full Moon 1:23 am
Moon Sign: Taurus
About the Full Moon
The Full Moon is ruled by the Mother Goddess, and contrary to popular belief, Her energy isn’t necessarily just a one-day affair. In fact, many practitioners consider it to be full (and use its energy as such) for one day before the calendar date and one day after. This is really good news magically for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the Full Moon can be used for any effort at all, but more importantly, the Moon’s energy peaks during this time. This means that any effort performed during the Full Moon is not only charged to the max, but packs a cosmic wallop when released into the Universe. Because of this, most practitioners save this phase for handling difficult or complicated matters, or for efforts that require an extra boost.
What about the debates on the phases of the Dark and Waxing Moons? Who’s right? Who’s wrong? More specifically though, how should practitioners handle the Moon phases in order to achieve the best magical success?
The fact of the matter is, like magic itself, there is no right or wrong. How you handle the energies of these Moon phases and apply their powers is your decision alone. Just remember that magic is designed to make your life easier, not the other way around, so do whatever feels right for you and let it go at that. Remember that you are the magician, the matrix from which all magic flows, and as such, you are at the controls.
Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living
The Witches Magick for the Full/Waxing Moon
Witches’ Ladder for General Good Fortune
Materials 1 yard each red, white, and black 1⁄4-inch ribbon
9 bird feathers of different colors
1 orange candle
Quick-drying glue (optional)
Braid the ribbons together and knot both ends, then attach the feathers by knotting them at equal intervals in the braid, adding a drop of glue to secure them if you wish. Enchant each feather with a particular characteristic as you knot it. While attaching a green feather, for example, you might spell it for prosperity by saying something like:
Financial gain now comes to me
As I will, so mote it be
On the other hand, a blue feather might be enchanted for peace and tranquility by saying something like:
Blue of tranquility, bring me peace
By this knot, all stresses cease
You get the idea.
Once all the feathers are attached, tie the ends of the braid in a bow. Light the candle, place the feathers in front of it, and say something like:
Feathered circlet, braid of three
Bring good fortune unto me
I conjure you unto this task
Work now, ring— do as I ask
Leave the circlet in front of the candle until the wick burns out, then hang it in an inconspicuous spot in your home.
Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living
Correspondences for Saturday, November 4th
Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death
Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius
Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects.
It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.
Saturday Is Ruled By Saturn
This day of the week got it’s name from the god of karma and time, Saturn. This day is obviously associated with the planet Saturn and is our last day of the week. Traditionally Saturdays are great days for protection, banishing a negative situation, and generally a good time to clean up any magical messes that you have been ignoring. Some suggestions for Saturday enchantments would include:
◦Wearing the colors of the day, black and deep purple. Here’s your perfect excuse to be dramatic and witchy. Empower these dramatic pieces of your wardrobe for protection and strength.
◦Burning black candles to absorb negativity and burning purple ones to increase your magical wisdom and boost your spirituality
◦Adding a touch of garden witchery to your Saturday spells by working with the pansy (in black or purple of course), the morning glory flowering vine, or the cypress tree.
◦Carrying an obsidian, hematite, or jet tumbled stone in your pocket to reinforce your personal protection and to ward off bad vibes and sour feelings. You can also add these crystals to a candle spell on a Saturday night to really increase the punch of your spellcasting.
◦Cleaning your house and cleansing it while you are at it. Tap into those obstacle-removing vibes and the positive, concluding energies.
◦Closing up the final day of the bewitching week with a bang by calling on Hecate for protection and guidance.
Let’s Talk Witch – Magical Banishing Spells
In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives. While some traditions frown upon banishing as manipulative magic, on the theory that it impacts the free will of another, if your tradition has no prohibitions against such things, then there’s no reason you can’t do a banishing spell.
There are a number of different methods to accomplishing a successful banishing. Which one you choose will vary, depending on how comfortable you are with the different techniques, and what you’re trying to achieve.
Disclaimer: The spells contained here are collected from years of personal experience, folk magic traditions, and various occult sources as noted. They are posted with the intention of being helpful to those who are looking for spell resources, and may need to be adjusted to fit your individual need. Please bear in mind that if your particular belief system prohibits you from casting certain types of spells, you should probably not do so—however, it’s important to recognize that not all magical traditions follow the same set of guidelines when it comes to spellwork.
If you’re here on this page, chances are good you’ve already read about the basics of banishing and getting unwanted metaphysical entities out of your life. However, sometimes, we have actual people in our lives that cause problems, and this is where a banishing spell comes in handy. There are a number of different methods you can try – just make sure that the one you use doesn’t violate any of your own personal moral or ethical guidelines.
If you’re trying to get rid of an unwanted spirit, one of the most effective methods is to simply give it its marching orders. Be firm and blunt, and say something along the lines of, “This is not the place for you, and it’s time for you to leave.” You may wish to offer a blessing or well-wishes if it makes you feel better about things, and say, “It is time for you to move on, and we wish you the best in your new place.” Frequently, this will do the trick and eliminate whatever problems you may have been having.
A popular method of banishing is the use of the various elements, such as fire or water. Fire can be used as a method of purification and cleansing, by way of destruction. Water is used in a number of religions for a variety of purposes, including banishing. You can make your own consecrated water for use in rituals.
Salt is also a great tool for banishing. In some magical traditions, it represents earth, and has been used for centuries to get rid of negative energy. In some folk magic traditions, black salt – a blend of sea salt and another item such as charcoal – is used as a protective barrier.
Use fire to burn a symbol of whatever it is you wish to be rid of, or earth to bury it.
Ritual and Spellwork
In some circumstances, banishing may involve more than simply sprinkling some salt and telling someone (or something) to go away. If you have a person, for instance, who is harassing you, it may be time to do a full fledged banishing ritual. A banishing ritual usually includes a combination of the following:
The name of the person you wish to banish from your life
A specific and active description of what you intend to happen. For instance, “Make Susan a better person” is rather vague and passive – instead, try “Susan will stop harassing me at work.”
A magical link, or taglock, connected to the person you wish to banish
A great deal of magic relies on symbolism, so use this to your advantage in a banishing. You can freeze someone’s behavior by magically binding them, or even reflect the negative behavior back at them. A couple of simple methods include:
A basic binding which metaphysically ties the hands of the individual. Try the tongue-binding spell if you’re dealing with someone who is spreading nasty rumors about you.
Use a box with mirrors inside it to reflect negativity back to the individual who is harassing you.
You can create a banishing spell using the basic Spell Creation Template, and perform it as necessary. Feel free to make your banishing ritual or spell as over-the-top and extreme as you wish – getting rid of someone who is causing you pain or heartache is a pretty significant thing, so unleash as much magical mojo as you feel you need!
To Make Someone Leave You Alone
This one comes in handy when you’ve got someone in your life that you can’t avoid—a co-worker or classmate—but you’re tired of being harassed by them. They’ll still be around, but they’ll stop bothering you.
Write the individual’s name on a piece of paper. Burn the paper around the edges using a black candle (black is associated with banishing magic), and as you do so, let them know that you are burning away whatever feelings (animosity, lust, jealousy, whatever) they may have towards you. Burn as much of the paper as you can, until all that’s left is their name.
Take the last bit of paper to the place where you normally see them— work or school or wherever—and dig a hole and bury it. You can also tear the paper into tiny pieces, and blow it away or scatter it to the winds.
Another option? Use the Chill Out spell, to get the person to chill out and move on.
How about some balloon banishing? Write the person’s name on a small piece of paper, and insert it into a balloon. Fill the balloon with helium, and then take it far away and release it into the sky.
The Get Out of My Life Poppet
This is a good one to use when you not only want to be left alone, you want the person completely out of your life. Light two black candles (black for banishment!), one on each side of your workspace.
Create a poppet out of whatever material you prefer to use (cloth, clay, wax, etc). As you assemble the poppet, make sure you tell the poppet how much you dislike it, and how your life would be a heck of a lot better if it would get out. Make sure you use a magical link so the poppet knows who it represents.
If you’re in a hurry to get the person out of your life, you can “light a fire under their butt” with the candles (important safety tip here, make sure you only SINGE the bottom of the poppet rather than actually lighting it on fire). Take it to the edge of your town, and bury it outside the city limits… if you make it out of clay you can smash it instead of burying it. Allow the candles to burn down until they are gone.
Four Thieves Banishing Spell
In some Hoodoo and folk magic tradition, an item known as Four Thieves vinegar is used. You’ll need to brew up a batch before you get started. Use the recipe, Four Thieves Vinegar
Use this spell to keep someone bothersome away from you.
Write your target’s name on a piece of paper—some traditions recommend you use brown paper, or parchment. Soak the paper in Four Thieves Vinegar. Fold the piece of paper up as small as you can, and bury in the dirt somewhere. One school of thought is that you should bury it in a pot, preferably under a plant like a cactus, so no one will ever disturb it.
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year
November 4th – Ludi Plebii
Ludi Plebii (Plebian Games) were held from the 4th to the 17th of November to honor Jupiter. The games included chariot racing and entertainment in the Circus Maximus. It is believed that the games were established around 220 B.C. by Gaius Flaminus when he was the censor. The only games that were more important than the Ludi Plebii were the Ludi Romani that were held during September, again in honor of Jupiter.
Magickal Goody for Saturday, November 4th
Make Your Own Four Thieves Vinegar
Four Thieves Vinegar is an ingredient found in many Hoodoo and folk magic spells. The recipe seems to have evolved from Western Europe, around the fifteenth century, and there are many variations on how to make it. The common thread between all the legends is that there was a horrible plague in a village, and the only people who survived were four thieves. Each of them contributed one ingredient to a jar of vinegar and garlic, they drank it, and somehow survived the plague unscathed.
Since they were healthy and everyone else was dying, the four thieves went around the town and robbed the empty houses. Eventually they were caught, and sentenced to hanging, but they were able to escape the gallows by sharing their secret formula. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess, but Four Thieves Vinegar is a useful item to keep on hand because it can be used in a wide variety of spells, from healing to protection to banishing.
Author and educator Jessie Hawkins says, “While the legend changes as much as the formula for this historic blend, the gist of the story is this: During the plagues (enter your favorite plague here, the Black Plague is most common, but the tale has even made its way to America, as a plague that struck New Orleans), a group of four brothers began robbing the dead. At first, they were largely ignored, as everyone knew they would eventually pay the price by catching the plague themselves but, to everyone’s surprise, they managed to avoid catching the plague and continued robbing graves, amassing a great deal of wealth.” She goes on to say that, as is common in the different versions of the tale, it was the four men’s knowledge of herbal remedies that kept them alive a time of pestilence. She adds that the blend has other names, including Thieves Blend, Legend of the Thieves Blend, and Grave Robbers Blend.
How to Make Four Thieves Vinegar
First, find the best vinegar you can get. Apple cider vinegar is good, red wine vinegar is popular too. Peel and mince four garlic cloves and add them to the vinegar, in a jar with a lid.
Traditionally, each thief contributed a single ingredient – choose any four of the following: black or red pepper, cayenne or chili pepper, lavender, rue, rosemary, mint, sage, wormwood, thyme, or coriander. Add these to the jar.
Allow the mixture to sit for four full days – some people recommend placing it in the sun, others in a dark cabinet. Either way, be sure to shake it once a day. After the fourth day, use it in spellwork.
How to Use Four Thieves Vinegar
Here are some ways you can use Four Thieves Vinegar in a magical working:
Banishing: Use this spell to keep someone bothersome away from you. Write your target’s name on a piece of paper – some traditions recommend you use brown paper, or parchment. Soak the paper in Four Thieves Vinegar. Fold the piece of paper up as small as you can, and bury in the dirt somewhere.
Protection: Use Four Thieves Vinegar to prevent magical attack, as well as to protect your property. Sprinkle it liberally around the perimeter of your property, and keep intruders away.
Ending a Relationship: In some Hoodoo traditions, there are a variety of spells that use Four Thieves Vinegar to break up a couple, or to cause strife in a relationship.
Healing: This is a great ingredient to use in a healing ritual – after all, look at the history behind it! Use it to anoint a poppet of a sick person, or dab it on the walls and floor of the room where the ill individual lies. Believe it or not, it can even be consumed internally as a tonic to keep disease away.
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