The Witches Digest for Friday, June 22
THE WITCHES’ REDE OF CHIVALRY
Insofar as The Craft Of The Wise is the most ancient and most honourable creed of humankind, it behoves all who would be witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods and Goddesses, to their brothers and sisters of The Craft, and to themselves
Chivalry is a high code of honour, which is of most ancient Pagan origin and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.
Know well that thoughts and intent put forth will wax strong on many planes of existence and return, bringing into creation that which has been sent forth. For this reason the adept must exercise discipline over his or her thoughts. Remember, ” as you sow, so shall you harvest”
It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we may one day unite with the Godhead.
“This above all … to thine own self be true…”
A witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed document. It is only by developing such mental discipline that great power may be controlled and directed
It is well to refrain from speaking ill of others for not all truths of the matter may be known
Pass not unverified words about another. For the most part hearsay is a thing of falsehoods
Be honest with others. Have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them
The fury of the moment plays havoc with the truth. Strive always to keep your head
Harm not another. Think always of the consequences of your actions
Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humour are much to be admired
As a witch you wield much power. Therefore exercise much discretion in its use
Courage and honour endure forever.
Offer friendship only to those worthy of it. To associate with younger souls will only pull you down
Those who follow the mysteries must be above reproach in the eyes of the world
Keep pride in thyself. Seek perfection in body and in mind
Today Is Friday, June 22
Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:
Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra
The Celtic Tree Month of Duir (Oak) (June 10 – July 7)
Runic Half Month of Dag ( June 14 – June 28)
Goddess of the Month of Rosea (June 13 – July 10)
The Pagan Book of Days
On Friday, June 22, We Honor The 12 Olympians Gods & Goddesses
The 12 Olympians – Mount Olympus
The 12 Olympians achieved their supremacy over the older primeval gods when they were victorious in the Battle of the Titans. According to mythology and the legend in the Greek Creation Myth the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece consisted of three major groups and generations:
During the Battle of the Titans the older gods were believed to have been based on Mount Othrys and the rebellious new gods were based on Mount Olympus – hence their title of the Olympians. Mount Othrys and Mount Olympus are two actual mountains that exist in Greece. The people of ancient times believed the story that the gods lived above the mountains that were protected by golden clouds. The Ancient Greeks could easily believe that their gods and goddesses lived in golden palaces, far out of the reach of men, and hidden from their sight by the protection of the clouds in the secluded domain of Mount Olympus.
The Names of the 12 Olympians
There were twelve major gods and goddesses who resided in the magnificent palaces on Mount Olympus, referred to as the 12 Olympian gods or simply the 12 Olympians.
Gods on Mount Olympus
According to Greek mythology the 12 Olympians used to meet together in their grand council hall which was presided over by Zeus, who was the king of the gods and his wife, Hera, who was the queen of the gods. The ancient Greeks believed that the Olympians were a family, and just like mortal families, there jealousies, quarrels and arguments between the gods and goddesses. The names of the principle Olympians were:
Hestia or Dionysus
There is some confusion in this list as the god Dionysus is sometimes replaced by the goddess Hestia. Hades, also known as Pluto, was not usually included among the 12 Olympians because his realm was the underworld.
The 12 Olympians and their symbols and attributes
The following image depicts an ancient bas-relief of the 12 Olympians accompanied by various symbols and the attributes associated with each of the major Greek gods and goddesses. In ancient Greek art the sculptures, vases, mosaics and paintings of the 12 Olympians were often depicted with images representing their symbols. The symbols of the 12 Olympians enabled the ancient Greeks to easily recognise and identify the names of their gods and goddesses.
Hestia, the goddess of the hearth who is depicted with the symbol of the scepter associated with rulers
Hermes, the messenger of the gods, is depicted with the symbol of the cap and the caduceus (a staff that was entwined by snakes)
Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, is illustrated with the symbol of the veil that represented femininity
Ares, the god of war, is depicted with his symbols of the helmet and spear
Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, is shown with the symbol of the scepter and wheat sheaf
Hephaestus, the god of fire and metal-working, is depicted with the scepter
Hera, the queen of the gods holds a scepter
Poseidon, the god of the sea, is depicted with the symbol of the trident
Athena, the goddess of wisdom is shown with the symbols of the owl and helmet
Zeus, the king of the gods, is illustrated with the symbols of the thunderbolt and scepter
Artemis, the goddess of the hunt is shown holding the bow and quiver
Apollo the god of the sun and music, is depicted with the lyre
Mythical Facts about the 12 Olympians
Discover interesting information and fun facts about the 12 Olympian gods and goddesses. The fun facts about the 12 Olympians for provides a list detailing fascinating information to increase your knowledge about the 12 Olympians and their roles in Greek Mythology.
12 Olympians Fact 1: Zeus was the king of the gods and responsible for justice, law and order. Zeus had the power to hurl his thunderbolts which had the power to shatter mountains. He was a notorious womaniser.
12 Olympians Fact 2: Poseidon the god of the sea had power over the sea, tempests, storms and earthquakes. In mythology he was described as greedy, bad-tempered, moody and vengeful
12 Olympians Fact 3: Hera, the wife of the unfaithful Zeus, was suspicious, cruel, jealous and vengeful
12 Olympians Fact 4: Ares was described as fierce, merciless, moody and argumentative. Ares was unpopular with the Olympians
12 Olympians Fact 5: Apollo was young, handsome with golden hair. He had the power to bring the sun and well-being to humans and rode his golden chariot pulling the sun across the sky.
12 Olympians Fact 6: Artemis remained unmarried. She was independent, loved sports and hunting
12 Olympians Fact 7: Hephaestus was the master craftsman of the gods and created the weapons and palaces of the 12 Olympians. He had the power to make amazing mechanical robots, such as the giant Talos.
12 Olympians Fact 8: Demeter, the goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature and the seasons. She is depicted with a torch that represents the pair of flaming torches she carried in her search for her daughter, Persephone
12 Olympians Fact 9: Hermes was the messenger of the 12 Olympians and the god of travel, commerce, luck, gambling and thieves.
12 Olympians Fact 10: Dionysus was the god of wine, celebrations and merry-making. His thyrsos was a magic staff that could turn a rock into water and the water into wine
12 Olympians Fact 11: Aphrodite was described as passionate, weak, all smiles but little substance. She possessed a magic girdle, called a Cestus, that had the power of inspiring love.
12 Olympians Fact 12: Athena the goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare was depicted as tall, slim, wearing armor and carrying weapons
12 Olympians Fact 13: Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and the home. Every town of Greece had a fire sacred to Hestia (Vesta) that was always kept burning.
By Linda Alchin
Some Interesting Facts About the Ancient Gods
Their powers were legendary and seemingly limitless. But how did the ancient Greeks perceive the Ancient Gods? What were the Ancient Gods like?
The Ancient Gods lived forever – they were vulnerable, they could be wounded but they could not be killed
They lived in beautiful golden palaces, golden chariots drawn by fabulous creatures.
They had mechanical servants similar to robots but who could talk and think
They had fabulous weapons such as the thunderbolts hurled by Zeus
They could control the weather
They had the magical power of transformation – the gods and goddesses could transform themselves into animals or inanimate objects. They also had the power to transform others in terrible monsters or objects such as trees
Their blood was a bright unearthly fluid called Ichor that had the power of producing new life
The Immortal gods were perceived as resembling mortals, but they were superior in every way
They were more beautiful
They were taller
They were stronger
They had superior mental capabilities
The Immortal gods married and had families
The Immortal gods needed food, drink and sleep to nourish their bodies
The Immortal gods wore the same styles of clothes to mortals but were made of finer materials
The Immortal gods used similar styles of weapons as humans
The Immortal gods had the same emotions as mortals and displayed feelings of love, gratitude, jealousy, hate and revenge
In Ancient Greek mythology the Immortal gods and deities visited humans. fell in love and their children were called ‘demigods’ or ‘Heroes’ who were famous for their courage and great strength.
By Linda Alchin
Friday: The day of beauty
Frigg was the Norse goddess of beauty, love, household, fertility and motherhood. She was Odin’s wife. She wonderfully balances out the dreadfulness of all the masculine gods sitting around our week table.
Derived from Latin Dies Veneris, Friday is viernes in Spanish, vendredi in French and venerdi in Italian. The day belongs to Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, love and fertility.
Friday – is associated with Venus
Candle colors – Green, Red, Blue, White, Purple
Spellwork for the Day: Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships, Power and Success
—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies, Starr Casas
Colors: Pink, Aqua, Seafoam
Crystals: Coral, Emerald, Rose Quartz
Friday–The Day of Freya
In the stories of the gods and goddesses of the Angles and Saxons we find two goddesses, Frigga, the wife of Odin and queen of the gods, and Freya, the Goddess of Love. Some people think that Friday was named after Frigga, and others that it was Freya’s day. Since very similar stories are told of each of them, it is quite probable that they were really the same person. The Roman name for the day was Dies Veneris, the day of Venus, who, it will be remembered, was the Goddess of Love, and so corresponded to Freya. The modern French name is taken from the Latin and is vendredi.
Frigga was the Goddess of the Clouds, and, when she was not with her husband Odin, spent her time in spinning clouds. Her spinning-wheel was studded with jewels, and at night could be seen in the sky as the constellation to which the Romans gave the name of Orion’s Belt, as we have seen in the story of Orion.
Frigga was also the Goddess of Spring, and as such was known as Eastre, whom we have already mentioned as giving us the word Easter.
Freya, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, like the Venus of the Romans, received a great welcome when she came to the home of the gods, and was given a special kingdom called Folk Meadow, where was a vast hall known as the Hall of Many Seats. Here she received half of those slain in battle, the other half being entertained by Odin, as we have seen.
Freya is depicted as having blue eyes and golden hair, and often as wearing a robe of feathers, which enabled her to fly through the air like a bird.
The goddess is said to have married Odur, who was probably Odin under another name. Odur once had occasion to leave Freya and travel over the world, and the goddess was broken-hearted at his departure. Her tears fell among the rocks and were changed to gold, while some which fell into the sea were transformed into amber. All nature mourned with her: the trees shed their leaves, the grass withered, and the flowers drooped their heads. At last Freya in her distress set out to find her husband, and, passing through many lands, where her golden tears were afterwards found, came to the sunny south, and there overtook the wandering Odur. As the lovers returned, the fields and the flowers rejoiced with them. The frost and snow fled before them, and the earth became green again as they passed.
“And Freya next came nigh, with golden tears;
The loveliest Goddess she in Heaven, by all
Most honour’d after Frea, Odin’s wife.
Her long ago the wandering Odur took
To mate, but left her to roam distant lands;
Since then she seeks him, and weeps tears of gold.”
MATTHEW ARNOLD–Balder Dead.
This story, of course, reminds us of Ceres and Persephone, and is only another fanciful explanation of summer and winter.
Freya was the proud possessor of a dazzling necklace of gold, which had been made by the dwarfs, and which she wore night and day. On one occasion only did she lend the necklace, when Thor, disguised as Freya, went to the land of the giants to recover his hammer, which had been stolen by the Giant Thrym. Loki, by borrowing Freya’s robe of feathers and flying over the country of the giants, had discovered the thief, but had also found that Thrym would only return the hammer on condition that Freya would become his wife. When Freya heard of the giant’s presumption, she became greatly enraged, and vowed that she would never leave her beloved Odur and go to live in that dreary and desolate land of cold. Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge Bifrost, then suggested that Thor should go to Thrym disguised as Freya, in company with Loki disguised as Freya’s attendant. The gods at last allowed themselves to be persuaded, and Thor, having borrowed Freya’s clothes and necklace and wearing a thick veil, set out with Loki, who was dressed as a handmaiden. On reaching the giant’s palace, they were welcomed by Thrym, who was delighted at the success of his plan, and who led them to the banqueting hall, where a great feast was held. At the end of the feast, Thrym ordered the famous hammer to be brought in, and he himself laid it in his bride’s lap as a marriage gift. Thor’s hand immediately closed over the hammer, and in a few moments Thrym and all the guests invited to the wedding feast lay dead.
Freya was greatly relieved to have her necklace returned in safety, but the evil Loki, attracted by its wonderful beauty, determined to steal it. One night the god, by changing himself into a fly, succeeded in entering Freya’s palace. He then resumed his own shape, and, creeping stealthily to Freya’s bed, gently removed the necklace from the goddess’s neck. The watchful Heimdall, however, had heard Loki’s footsteps, and, looking in the direction of the Folk Meadow, became a witness of the theft. He at once set off in pursuit of Loki, and, overtaking him, drew his sword and was about to kill the thief, when Loki changed himself into a flame. Heimdall immediately changed himself into a cloud, and sent down a shower of rain to put out the fire. Loki then took the form of a bear, and opened his mouth to catch the water. Heimdall also took the form of a bear and attacked Loki, who, finding that he was being overpowered, changed himself yet again, into a seal. Heimdall followed suit, and fought again with Loki, and at length compelled him to give up the necklace, which was returned to Freya.
On another occasion Freya was sought by one of the giants, and it was only by the cunning of Loki and by an act of bad faith on the part of the gods that she was saved. The gods, ever anxious lest the giants should invade Asgard, decided to build a stronghold which would prove impregnable. They received an offer from a stranger, who was willing to undertake the work in return for the sun, the moon, and the goddess Freya. By Loki’s advice they accepted the offer on condition that he should complete the work in one winter, aided only by his horse. To the surprise of the gods the stranger agreed to these conditions, and with the help of his horse, which could haul the heaviest stone, set to work. The gods, who at first felt sure that their conditions had made the task impossible, were alarmed to find as time went on that the stranger was working so quickly that it seemed certain that he would be able to keep his promise. The gods on their side had no intention whatever of keeping their promise, since they could not possibly part with the sun and the moon and the Goddess of Love, and they angrily pointed out to Loki that since it was he who had got them into this difficulty, he must find some way out of it. Loki replied that the gods need have no fear, for with his usual cunning he had thought of a plan whereby the stranger might be made to forfeit his reward. On the last day, when only one stone remained to be dragged into position, Loki changed himself into a horse, and, trotting out from the forest, neighed loudly to attract the attention of the stranger’s horse. Tired of his continual labour and longing for freedom and rest, the horse broke free from its load and galloped after Loki. The stranger, after pursuing it vainly through the forest, at last made his way to Asgard, and, full of anger at the trick which had been played upon him, took on his real shape, for he was a frost-giant, and was about to attack the gods when Thor hurled his hammer at him and killed him.
Frey, the god mentioned in the story of Loki and Sif’s golden hair, was Freya’s brother. He was the God of the Fields, and sacrifices were made to him for the crops. In the early spring his wooden image was driven in a chariot through the countryside, in order that he might bless the fields and bring a fruitful harvest: Frey, as we have seen, became the possessor of a ship which could travel over land and sea, and though large enough to contain all the gods, yet could be folded up like a cloth, and he also possessed a boar with golden bristles. The god often rode on this boar, which was swifter than a horse, and was no doubt a symbol of the sun, which ripened the crops. We find the same idea of sunshine in Frey’s flashing sword, which fought of its own accord as soon as it was drawn from its sheath.
The month of the Angles and Saxons which begins just before our Christmas was sacred to both Frey and Thor, and it was customary at that time, as we have already mentioned, to bind a huge wooden wheel with straw, and, setting fire to it, to roll it down a hill. The wheel was a symbol of the sun, which at that time began to chase away the winter. At this time, too, was held a great feast to all the gods, and the chief meat eaten was a boar’s head, in honour of Frey. The missionaries who first brought Christianity to the Northmen, finding this feast was of great importance and was celebrated by all the people, did not try to do away with it. Instead, they changed it from a heathen to a Christian festival by putting Christ in the place of the Norse gods, and calling it the Feast or Mass of Christ. A similar change was made, it will be remembered, in the case of the Easter festival, held in honour of Eastre or Frigga, the wife of Odin.
A Little Witchery for Your Friday
Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell.
Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes, while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.
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The Witches Guide to Friday
Ruler: Freya, Venus
Colors: Emerald green or pink
Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following.
Key Words: Love, money, health
It is easy to spot the ruler of this day by its name. In the word Friday, we see the roots of the name of the Norse goddess Freya, a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses thus the verse “Friday’s child is loving and giving.”
In Spanish this day of the week is called Viernes and is derived from the goddess Venus. Matters of love, human interaction, the fluidity of communication, sewing and the creation of artistic garments, household improvement, shopping, and party planning all fall under the aspects of Friday and its ruling planet, Venus.
Friday’s angels are Ariel/Uriel, Rachiel, and Sachiel. Rachiel also concerns himself with human sexuality and is a presiding spirit of the planet Venus.
On Fridays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Venus, 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.
The Witches Almanac for Friday, June 22
Teachers’ Day (El Salvadoran)
Moon phase: Second Quarter
Moon Sign: Libra
Moon enters Scorpio 3: 11 pm
Witches Correspondences for Friday, June 22
The day of Venus, Friday takes its name from Frigga, the Goddess of Love and Transformation. She rules the spiritual aspects of people as they manifest on the physical. because of this, Friday is sometimes thought of as unpredictable.
Element : Water / Earth
Zodiac Sign : Taurus / Libra
Angel : Ariel
Metal : Tin
Incense / Perfumes : Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Oils : Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow
Color : Green, Aqua, Rose
Stones : Emerald, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Jade
Plants/Herbs : Apple, Balm of Gilead, Bergamot, Birch, Catnip, Clematis, Damiana, Dragons Blood, Geranium, Heather, Hibiscus, Ivy, Magnolia, Mugwort, Plumeria, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sage, Strawberry, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet, Water Lilly
Magick to Work: love, friendship, beauty, sensuality, arts, attraction, healing, peace, harmony, artistic ability, creativity generally, reconciliation, beauty, female sexuality, luxury, music, pleasure, scent, sensuality, social affairs
Magickal Applications for Friday
Friday is named after the Norse goddesses of love, Freya and Frigga. There seems to be some debate as to whom the day is actually named after, so I thought I would share a little information so you can decide for yourself.
In Latin, this day is known as Dies Veneris, “Venus’s day.” In Greek, it’s Hermera Aphrodites, which translates to the “day of Aphrodite.” In Old English, this day is called Frige- daeg, or “Freya’s day.” This day has the Germanic title of Frije-dagaz, which, once again, could be Freya’s day or Frigga’s day.
Both Freya and Frigga were Norse goddesses of love and were the Teutonic equivalent of the Greco-Roman Venus/Aphrodite. However, Freya was one of the Vanir—the gods of fertility who supervised the land and sea—and she was the leader of the Valkyries. Frigga, Odin’s wife, was the goddess of the heavens and of married love. She was one of the Aesir—the gods associated with battle, magick and the sky. Freya and Frigga could be looked upon as different aspects of the same goddess. They both were called on to assist in childbirth and then in naming of the new baby. Frigga represented the faithful wife and loving mother, while Freya, who really captured the hearts and imagination of the Norse people, was the passionate mistress and lover.
Fridays classically are days for love, fertility, romance, and beauty magick, as well as working for happiness, harmony in the home, and friendship. So let’s take a look at some of the mythology involved with this loving, voluptuous, passionate, and luxurious day of the week, and see where it leads us.
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Friday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell
For many, Friday is the last work day of the week. It’s considered the fifth day of the work week and, also, the “cut loose” day. By Friday night, people are out having a party. That makes Friday the perfect day for lust, banish, fast-grant, and find spells. This day is so powerful (energy wise). That’s why whatever you do on this day will, usually, have a strong effect. If you want things out of your life, the darkness and power, associated with this day, bring the energy you need for that. If you need strong, immediate results, this is your day, as well.
MONEY DRAWING SPELL
In addition to your white altar candle and quarter candles you will need a green candle for this rite. Do it on the night of the full moon just as you usually do. Gather into the circle articles made of silver (such as pentagrams and coins). Use St. John the Conqueror incense. Call upon the Lady and the Lords of the quarters and cast your circle just as you always do. As you light the green candle (after you’ve lit the others) say this:
Lady of Night Your praises I sing,
Into my hands gold and silver now bring.
comfort and coins now come unto me
The Moon passes o’er and poverty flees!
Just before you close the circle drip a little green wax onto a penny and hold it up while the wax cools. Say this:
“Bring unto me that which is rightfully mine, oh Lady of the Night.”
Meditate on your magical goal.
Let’s Talk Witch: The Opening of the Elements
For fulfillment of your wish or change of a situation in your favor, use that element of nature which most suitable for achievement of a specific goal. Here is the general list of the elements and situations in which their power can be useful for you.
The Water — happiness, confidence, peace, reconciliation, patience, spirituality, peace of mind, rest, satisfaction, fidelity, prediction, intuition and flexibility of thinking, skill to make a compromises, charm, emotionality, marriage, strengthening of love unions and friendly relations, harmony in a house, partnership, reflection of mental attacks, healing, cleaning from negative powers, elimination of bad spells and pernicious habits.
The Earth — money, success, prosperity, growth, benefit, surplus, fertility, employment, action, behavior, any business, medical practice, healing and restoration, carnal love, sexual power, reliability, stability, architecture, fashion, history and agriculture, protection against brute power influences, keeping secrecies.
The Fire — physical strength, strong emotions, sex, passion, hatred, anger, fearlessness, courage, defense and attack, ability to influence on people, ambition, sports, competition, rivalry, career, professional success, conflicts, disagreements, enmity, struggle and victory, elimination of gossip and lie, recovery of health, physical protection.
The Air — intellect, idea, eloquence, intuitive thinking, wisdom, memory, training, learning, dexterity, cunning, analytical skills, creativity, hobbies, various sciences and all kinds of art, confidence, communications, contacts, travels, independence, generosity, liberation, prediction and clairvoyance.
For example, if you want to have the more passion and sex with your lover you must choose energy of the fire element. If you need reconciliation, choose the water element.
Difficulties for money — use power of the Earth. When creative forces are necessary for you, derive them from contact with the air element.
First, make ritual of perception of the element energy. Imagine that your body and mind are amalgamating with the necessary element of nature. Concentrate all your power in the palms. Hold the hands in front of you, palm to palm, and imagine that power issues from them, that a luminous sphere forms between your palms. Color of the sphere is corresponding to power of the element with which you work: the Earth — green, the Air — yellow, the Fire — red, the Water — dark blue.
When the sphere has amounted to the necessary capacity and the size, direct this bunch of power in the imaginary direction of your goal. If fulfillment of your wish depends on only your personal skills and abilities, direct the sphere inside yourself. Repeat this ritual each day until then the goal will be achieved.
Household Magick for Friday, June 22
Use Friday to cast for love, luxury, pleasure, and entertainment.
Planetary Influence: Venus
Household Symbols: A seashell, a fountain, fresh flowers, your wedding ring or wedding photo, red or pink paper hearts, apples and cherries.
Colors: Pink and aqua green
Kitchen Spices: Thyme and sugar
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year 20, 21, and 22 June: Midsummer Eve/Summer Solstice
20, 21, and 22 June
Midsummer Eve/Summer Solstice
The Summer Solstice is celebrated between June 20 and June 22-the longest day and shortest night of the year. The festival of Midsummer venerates the potential of the life-sustaining powers of fire and water, forces that were vital to our ancestors’ survival. It was believed that fire would help keep the sun alive and that the blessing of waterwells would continue their flow to nurture the parched earth. Without sun and water, there would be no crops and all would perish.
One of the most popular customs that grew out of the early fertility rites was that of jumping or leaping over Midsummer bonfires. The idea being, the higher one jumped, the higher the crops would grow.
Another symbol that was popularized at this time was the wheel. The turning of the wheel represented the turning or progression of the seasons. Wheels were decorated with brightly colored ribbons and fresh flowers. Lighted candles were placed on them, and then they were set afloat on the lakes and rivers.
Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Night are genuinely thought to be particularly uncanny times. It was reasoned that certain plants were endowed with magickal properties on this night, that, if gathered before sunrise, could be used for protection against all evil spirits and forces.
With the sun at its zenith, Midsummer was, and still is, a time for marriages, family celebrations, and coming-of-age parties.
Symbolically, Midsummer is the time to nurture those goals you made at the beginning of the year as you reflect on the progress you have made toward bringing them into fruition.
Fridays Things To Do for The Witch
Fridays are days of loving enchantments and passionate emotions.
See how many ways you could add a little loving enchantment into your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you wish to explore the topic of love and romance witchery even further, then check out my book How to Enchant a Man: Spells to Bewitch, Bedazzle &Beguile. If cat magick has tickled your fancy, then for further study read my book The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells &Magick.
In the meantime, try sharing red berries with your partner some enchanted evening. Work that meditation, and see what other mysteries Freya has to teach you. Wear a Venus planetary color and call on the Goddess for a little inner sparkle. Burn some floral incense, light up some rosy candles, and set a romantic mood. Try wearing a little copper jewelry, and see how it affects you and your Friday magick. Get those potpourri and philter recipes going, and see what you can conjure up.
Advancing your magickal skills takes drive, ambition, and passion. Work with Eros to discover just how much enthusiasm, inspiration, and drive he can bring into your days, for the imagination is a place where dreams flourish and ideas come to fruition.
Call on these fertile and romantic powers, and create your own unique spells and charms. Just think of all the magickal information that you can now add to your repertoire of witchery. Lastly, remember this: when you combine imagination and a loving heart with magick, you’ll succeed every time.
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