Upon my altar a crystal ball,
An athame, candles and chalice tall,
A pagan goddess, a pagan god,
All laid upon my altar cloth,
A bell to help me celebrate,
Offerings placed upon a plate,
My pagan tools I now display,
How I love my pagan ways.
I’ll cast my circle upon the floor,
Then call upon the quarters four,
Earth, Fire, Water, Air,
The God and Goddess may join me there,
I may sing, or I may dance,
I may even dare to chant,
As pagan music softly plays,
How I love my pagan ways.
My ritual over, now time to seek,
I’m feeling light upon my feet,
I’ll walk among the trees and plants,
And search for berries upon the branch,
I’ll feel the breath of natures kiss,
At one with all is total bliss,
I wish I lived in bygone days,
To learn first hand these pagan ways.
Today is Monday, February 12th
Monday is the sacred day of the moon, personified as the goddesses Selene, Luna, and Mani. The moon is ruler of flow, affecting the changeable and impressionable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, then the powers of the moon are at their most potent.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Rune: Lagu (L)
The Celtic Tree Month of Luis(Rowan) January 21 – February 17)
Runic Half Month of Sigel (sun) (February 12 – February 26)
Goddess of the Month of Bridhe (January 23 – February 19)
The Pagan Book of Days
The Pagan Book of Days for Monday, February 12th
Artemis/Diana/Runic half- month of Sigel commences
Holy day of the divine huntress, the goddess Artemis or Diana. The runic half-month of Sigel commences. It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
The Pagan Book of Days
The Wicca Book of Days for Monday, February 12
Today marks the start of the runic half-month of Sowelu (which may also be spelled Sowilo or Sowulo, and is sometimes called Sigil), whose last day will fall on February 26This rune represents the sun, which has been growing every brighter since December’s winter solstice, and has been shining a little longer each day, too. Scholars of the runes generally link Sowelu with Baldur, the “Shining One,” or the “good god” of Nore myth, who was murdered through the trickery of Loki, Odin’s foster brother. Symbolically, Sowelu can be inerpreted as denoting such positive, dynamic concepts as enlightenment, strength of will, solar energy and victory.
Here Comes the Sun!
If you have been feeling a little down, turn to clary sage which is governed by Uranus, today’s planetary ruler to life your spirits. Either take it in the form of an herbal supplement or tea, or heat 5 to 10 drops of the aromatherapy oil in a vaporizer.
The Wicca Book Book of Days
Selena Eilidh Ash
On Monday, February 12, We Honor the Goddess Artemis
The Greek Goddess Of The Hunt
Areas of Influence: Artemis is the Greek Goddess of the hunt, nature and birth.
She is also described in Greek mythology as “Goddess of the night”, “Lady of the Beast”, “Woodland Goddess” and “Phoebe,” which translates as the bright one.
Several of this Goddesses roles may appear incompatible in nature. An example of this is that she is associated both with death, brought swiftly through her arrows and healing. She is also both Goddess of the hunt and the protector of wild animals. These contradictions are in reality just a reflection of the cycles of life, death and rebirth.
Artemis is also a bird Goddess as she is linked to several wild birds including guinea fowl, buzzards and an unidentified sea bird.
She was also known as a moon Goddess. Where she represents the new moon. As such Artemis is an important archetypal figure for young independent and unmarried woman in the form of the maiden goddess.
Birth and Genealogy: Born to Leto and Zeus, she is also the twin sister to Apollo, whom according to myth, she helped her mother to deliver. This is why she was traditionally called upon by woman to ease the pains of childbirth.
She was a virgin Goddess who never married or had any children.
Strengths: Independence, courage, confidence and physical strength.
When this Goddess is only three years old she asks her father, Zeus for her own bow and arrow.
Her independence and free spirited nature is not appreciated however by all the Goddesses. Aphrodite has no control over her as she is not interested in love. The Queen of the Gods, Hera is also forced into confronting her when Artemis sides with the Trojans during the war.
Weaknesses: Vengeful, impulsive and aloof. When one of priestesses is caught with her lover in the temple grounds she punishes the whole surrounding community with a plague.
On another occasion she discovered a man out hunting named Actaeon, peeping at her and her companions she transformed him into a stag and his own dogs devoured him.
Like many of the Greek Goddesses she does not like to be beaten. When Agamemnon kills a stag and boasts that she could not have done it better, she is swift in seeking her revenge, holding back the winds and preventing his fleet from sailing.
Roman Equivalent: Diana
Temples: The Temple of Artemisium in Ephesis was regarded as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was a blend on Greek and eastern influences and held an unusual statue of the Goddess. She is depicted as having numerous breasts (although some historians argue they are bulls testicles which seems more likely) and legs covered and adorned with lions, oxen and other animals. This statue is now housed at the museum in Selcuk.
Festivals: The most well known festival was held at Brauronia. Where the people had angered the Goddess by killing a bear and were punished by a plague. Young girls played the parts of the bear in an attempt to appease her.
There were many other festivals held throughout ancient Greece dedicated to this Goddess including the Elaphebolia, Mounikhia and Laphria.
The Goddess also oversaw the rites of passage for young girls up until the time of their first pregnancy. These girls were expected to remain chaste until marriage.
She continues to be an important Goddess to Pagans and Wiccans today.
Symbolism: Her bow and arrow that were a present from Zeus.
She is often drawn wearing a short functional tunic. One of the oldest representations of her also depicts her as a winged Goddess holding a stag and a leopard or lion.
Other works of art illustrate her riding a chariot drawn by four stags.
Sacred Animals: Deer, bears and hunting dogs.
Sacred Birds: Guinea fowl and Buzzards were associated with this bird Goddess.
Sacred Plants: Cypress, almond, fir, walnut and willow trees. Amaranth, daisy, wormwood. Like her brother she was also associated with laurels.
The Child of Nature :
This stereotype feels most at home outside bonding and communicating with the forces of nature. The Child of Nature is often emotionally very sensitive and prefers solace and the company of animals to being with people. They are often independent and physically fit.
The shadow aspect abuses animals and destroys the environment around them.
Artemis embodies this role as she is the Goddess of wild animals. As the huntress she becomes the shadow attribute of this stereotype, killing the animals and attacking anyone who tries to take away her dignity.
The Virgin :
This Archetype represents the desire to remain sexually pure and uncorrupted, maintaining your energy for other projects. It can also symbolise a deep desire to create brand new ideas and methods of working.
The shadow virgin, resists her sexuality due to fear and revolution of sex and the loss of innocence it symbolises.
This Goddess is a prime example of this chaste Archetype as she asked her father, Zeus to grant her eternal virginity. All her companions were also virgins and she was extremely protective of her purity. When a hunter saw the Goddess and her nymphs bathing, one myth says she turned him into a stag and set his dogs upon him.
How To Work With These Archetypes
The Child of Nature:
To have this particular Archetype you need more than a love of nature. Your health and well-being is affected if you are unable to spend time outside working with animals, plants and other nature spirits. Your idea of hell is likely to be working in a busy office in the center of town.
People who possess the shadow aspect are cruel to animals and have no interest in preserving the natural world.
The Virgin is one of your main Archetypes, if you are continually preserving your vital energies, for spiritual pursuits. The Virgin may also represent a desire to explore virgin territory; inventing refreshing, new ideas and ways of doing things.
On the shadow side, fear and disgust caused by bad past experiences could be preventing you from exploring your sexuality.
Ritual Work Associated with Monday The Day of the Moon
Perfume: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color: Silver, Grey-white
Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Longlife, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft (new moon)
A Book of Pagan Rituals
The Magickal Days of the Week – Mondays
Monday is the day of the moon itself, and it’s a day that’s connected to lunar colors like silver, white, or even a pale blue. Metals and gemstones like silver, pearl, opal and moonstone all come into play today.
There are plenty of deities associated with the moon – Thoth and Diana for instance – and herbal correspondences include many members of the mint family. Utilize wintergreen or peppermint, as well as catnip, comfrey, sage and chamomile in your workings.
When it comes to Monday magic, because of that lunar connection, it’s a good time to focus on workings related to childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, and intuition. Do a little bit of self exploration and work on developing your intuition – learn to trust your gut. Celebrate birth and life, and make some magic to fix what is broken.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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Monday–The Day of the Moon
The moon, like the sun, was an object of wonder in the days of old, and was worshiped almost everywhere in some form or other, but it does not play quite so important a part in story as the sun. Since the moon is paler than the sun and its light soft and gentle, it was often regarded as being a chariot driven by a woman, but the course of the moon-goddess across the sky was similar to that of the sun-god.
Diana, the moon-goddess of the Greeks and Romans, known also as Cynthia, Phoebe, and Arterms, was the twin-sister of Apollo, and drove a golden chariot drawn by milk-white horses. Diana and Apollo were children of Jupiter, and were born in the Island of Delos, where a temple to Apollo was afterwards built. Another of the Seven Wonders of the World was the temple to Diana at Ephesus, on the west coast of Asia Minor. The worship of Diana at Ephesus is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles: “And when the town clerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, ‘Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great Diana and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?’” The temple was destroyed in the year A.D. 263, but remains of it may still be seen.
Diana was also the Goddess of Hunting; she was a skilled archer, and spent the day in huuting, as we have seen in the story of Orion.
The most famous story of Diana is that of her love for Endymion, a young shepherd–a story which has been told by the poets many times. One evening as the moon-goddess was driving silently across the sky, she saw sleeping on a hillside a handsome youth, his resting flock scattered over the gentle slope. Attracted by his beauty, Diana stepped from her chariot and gazed long at his face; then softly stooping, she kissed him lightly on the lips. Endymion, half wakened by her touch, caught a fleeting vision of the fair goddess as she hastened to her chariot. Filled with wonder at the sight, he rose quickly and rubbed his eyes, but all he saw was the bright moon floating across the dark sky, and he thought that he had been dreaming. The next night the goddess came to him again, and again he saw her with his half closed eyes. Each night when the bright rays of the moon fell on his upturned face he dreamed this wonderful dream, but he was always sleeping when the goddess came, and nevr saw her in her full and dazzling beauty. The days now seemed long and dreary to Endymion, and he waited anxiously for the night that he might see again the glorious vision.
Diana was filled with dread at the thought that the beautiful youth would lose his beauty as the years went by, and at last she cast a spell over him while he slept, so that he should never wake again, and carried him away to a cave in a mountain-side known only to herself. There the loving Diana paused each night in her journey across the sky, and gazed on the face of the fair Endymion.
Diana, when hunting in the forest, was attended by a band of wood-nymphs who were her faithful followers. One of these nymphs, Arethusa, was one day cooling herself after the chase on the banks of the River Alpheus, when suddenly the God of the River appeared. The startled nymph ran quickly into the woods, but the god Alpheus pursued her, telling her that he loved her and that she need fear no harm. Arethusa was too frightened to listen to the god, and ran on, till at last, worn out, she prayed to Diana for help. The moon-goddess was ever ready to help her faithful nymphs, and in answer to the prayer transformed the girl into a fountain, which she hid in a thick mist. Alpheus, suddenly losing sight of the nymph, wandered sorrowfully about, calling out her name in his distress. Arethusa now thought that she was safe, but the wind-god, Zephyrus, blew aside the mist, and Alpheus saw a fountain where there had not been one before, and guessed what had happened. He quickly changed himself into a river and rushed towards the fountain, but Arethusa sprang from the rocks and hastened away over the stones and grass. Diana now saw her fresh danger, and made an opening in the ground, through which Arethusa slipped, to find herself in the kingdom of Pluto, the God of the Underworld. Here she wandered until she found another opening, by which she escaped once again into the sunshine on the plain of Sicily. Alpheus, however, at last made his way across the sea to Sicily, where he found Arethusa and won her love. The Greeks believed that flowers cast into the River Alpheus in Greece were carried by the river as gifts to his lover, and appeared later in the fountain of Arethusa in Sicily!
Among the Egyptians the moon was regarded as a god, who was named Thoth (The Measurer). He was also the God of Wisdom, Invention, Writing, and Magic. He was one of the earliest of the Egyptian gods, having come into being at the same time as Ra, the sun-god, and it was he who was said to have created the world. The Romans compared him with Mercury because, like Mercury, he invented writing. As the God of the Moon, he was represented as wearing a crescent moon on his head, and holding in his hand a stylus, a pointed instrument used by the Egyptians for writing on their wax tablets.
The Babylonian moon-god was Sin, the Lord of Wisdom. He was the father of the sun-god, and was one of the greatest of the gods, owing to the fact that the Babylonians regulated their calendar by the moon.
The Angles and Saxons believed that the moon was driven across the sky by Mani, the son of a giant, in a golden chariot drawn by a horse named the All Swift. As in the case of the sun, our ancestors had no distinct goddess of the moon.
Hymn to Diana
Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep:
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.
Earth, let not thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia’s shining orb was made
Heaven to clear when day did close;
Bless us then with wished sight,
Goddess excellently bright.
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever,
Thou that mak’st a day of night,
Goddess excellently bright.
BEN JONSON–Cynthia’s Revels.
The Witches Monday
In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked. Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.
Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.
Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.
Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.
On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.
Think for a moment on all of the witchery, magick and enchantments that you have discovered. Don’t be afraid to adjust spells to suit your own specific needs. Any gentle, illusory, and dreamy charms and spells can be enhanced when you work on the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon. Mondays are a fantastic day to boost your psychic abilities and to tune in to your intuition and empathy. It also gives you the opportunity to work with a different lunar phase each and every Monday, which means in one month you could work four different types of moon magicks on Mondays. How’s that for adding to your repertoire? You are going to have mad skills in no time at all.
So light up those lunar scented candles and add a little mystique to your outfit by wearing an enchanting lunar color. Wear your sparkling silver jewelry and maybe add a pair of dangling silver earrings or a pendant shaped like a crescent moon. Create lunar potions and philters; make a dream catcher and give it as a gift to someone you love. Burn some sandalwood or jasmine-scented incense today to inspire the glamour and magick of the moon. Slice up a favorite variety of fruit that is in season for a snack or share it with your love and enjoy his or her lunar and romantic qualities. Brew up a cup of chamomile tea, enchant it with a little moon magick, and relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Most importantly, get outside tonight and watch the moon for a while. What phase is she in? What color was the moon as she rose? Why not start a journal and write down at what location the moon rises and sets for a few seasons? This is a great way to teach you to tune in and to become more aware of the moon and the influence that she pulls into our lives. Try calling on Selene for her magickal assistance, and call Thoth for wisdom and strength. Get to know the Norse Mani and the Latvian Meness. These gods of the moon have plenty to teach, and if you allow their influence to cycle through your life, you’ll receive many blessings. Be imaginative, and create your own personal lunar magick and witchery. Go on….the moonlight becomes you.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 12
Abraham Lincoln’s birthday
Moon phase: Fourth Quarter
Moon Sign: Capricorn
The Witches Correspondences for Monday, February 12
Day: Monday ( Moon-day)
Colors: Silver and White and Grey
Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite
Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood
The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.
Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility
Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.
This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.
Monday Is Ruled By the Moon
This day of the week is dedicated to the moon and all of her magic and mystery. Mondays are for women’s mysteries, illusion, prophetic dreaming, emotions, travel, and fertility.
Some suggestions for Monday enchantments would include:
*Getting outside and looking for the moon in the heavens. Sit under her light and absorb a little glamour. Call on the moon goddess Selene for practical help in magical issues.
*Invoking the god Thoth for wisdom and insight
*Empowering your silver jewelry under the light of the moon. Wear moonstone or pearl jewelry today to add a lunar and magical shimmer to your outfit. Be mysterious and subtle and wear moon-associated colors such as white, silver, and blue.
*Working spells for safe travel with a simple moonstone
*Gathering bluebells, jasmine, gardenias, or white roses to create a little garden witchery with the flowers that are associated with the moon
*Setting up a lunar Tarot spell today to increase your psychic powers
*Eating a lunar fruit such as a melon to be healthy, serene, and at peace
*Brewing up a cup of chamomile or mint tea and enchanting it for sweet dreams and restful sleep
The Energy of the Moon
Color: Silver, white, light blue, purple
Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Monday & The Perfect Corresponding Spells
When dealing with a weekly spell guide, Mondays are thought to be the logical day for money, love, time and meditation spells. Since Mondays are thought to be the start of the work week, it gives plenty of time for a Monday spell to gain strength throughout the rest of the week.
Love Envelope Spell
Things you will need for this spell:
1 sheet of paper
1 small, pink string or yarn
On a sheet of paper, write all the good qualities you want a future love interest to have. Once you are finished, fold the paper up and put it in the envelope. Place the pink string, or yarn inside the envelope. Allow some of the string, or yarn to hang outside of the envelope. Lick the envelope, to seal it. Keep the envelope underneath your pillow at night. Pull the envelope out of your pillow and lay it on top of your bed, when you leave for the day, or before a date. This is so any potential date you bring home and into your room can see the envelope. Leave potential dates alone (with the envelope in sight) for a few minutes. It is believed that the person, who is brave enough to open the envelope and read it, is going to be a “keeper.”
A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen
Let’s Talk Witch – Choosing Your Pantheon
When starting on your Wiccan path, you must find a pantheon you identify with most. In order to do that, you must look deeper into the different pantheons. In this chapter, I am going to list the pantheons, their countries of origins, and a short list of most used Gods/Goddess.
Ancient Egypt, there are over fifty gods and goddesses, and so, I will list the most commonly worshipped ones in Wicca
Anubis: God of Death, funerals, and mourning. Anubis is commonly called upon to help contact family and friends who have passed on.
Bast/Bastet is the Goddesses of cats and the protector of pregnant women and children She is often called upon to ensure the health of an expectant mother and children who are ill.
Isis is the Goddess magic, marriage, healing and protection. She is also the Goddess of rebirth in the Wiccan faith.
Osiris is the God of the underworld. He is called upon in Wiccan rites to ensure a good harvest.
Ra is and God of the Sun and is often worshipped during the summer when the days are longer.
Tammuz is the green God of this pantheon. Thoth is called upon for wisdom.
Adonis is the patron God of rebirth, vegetation.
Apollo, also Roman, is the God of light, archery, medicine, healing, music, poetry, the arts and truth and prophecy.
Dionysus is usually worshipped during Beltane and Ostara. He is usually invoked for rituals of ecstasy. He is also the God of agriculture, music, theatre and communication between the living and dead.
Eros is the God of fertility and sexuality. Hades, god of underworld and death.
Hephaestus is the God of forge, technology, craftsmen, sculptors, fire and volcanoes.
Hermes is the God of boundaries, travelers, shepherds, and cowherds. Hermes watches over speakers, writers, poets, inventors, commerce and thieves. He was the messenger and tricksters.
Pan is the Greek nature God. This is the horned God that many Wiccans refer to when they mention a horned god. He is the God of fertility and spring.
This pantheon has a rich history of nature, war, protection, and fertility. There are many Celtic Gods and Goddesses in this pantheon and are mainly used by Druids. These are just a few of many pantheons you can choose from.
Next question, With so many Patheons How do I choose?
This is a highly personal choice for many Wiccans and Covens. You must first research the history of the myths and the listings of Gods and Goddesses. Clear your mind and ask yourself how you feel about each one as you read about them. If they make you feel comfortable and you can relate to them in some manner, then those may be the deities for you.
Wicca for beginners: Guide to Wicca spells, rituals, gods, magic, witchcraft and more!
Home & Hearth Magick for Monday, February 12th
On Monday, casts for matters concerning the home, emotions and nurturing.
Planetary Influence: The Moon
Household Symbols: Silver platters and bowls, moon shapes
Color: White and Silver
Kitchen Spices: Lemon rind and wintergreen.
Natural Magick for Hearth and Home
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for February 12
Holy Day of Diana
Diana was the Roman Goddess of the moon. She was the patroness of hunters and the guardian of the forest, where her sacred grove stood near Aricia. Diana is called upon to protect animals, children and the forest. As light and life return to the Earth, her powers of protections are invoked for all creatures great and small.
A Prayer to Diana
Goddess of the Hunt, Lady of the bow,
I ask you now the way to show.
I pray you bless me from this hour,
With your strength and with your power.
Through times of sorrow and times strife,
Help me make the most of life.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for February 12th
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 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 26.46 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,368.74 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,697,304.18 km
The Moon is currently Capricorn
The Moon is traveling through Capricorn today. Make a list of goals. Work overtime. Climb higher. Don’t sulk.
We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead with a Capricorn Moon. We are instinctively aware of the limitations of time and motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are more important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a somewhat sober influence, but it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.
The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.