The Witches Magickal Journal for Friday, August 17th
Witchcraft is not evil. At least not any more than lighting a votive candle, praying for a sick friend, or carrying a lucky charm is. However, there are some who do view witchcraft as evil. This is only because organized religion (primarily the Christian church) has conditioned them to fear anything which strays from their narrow condemning view. After all, if you have the ability to fend for yourself, solve your own problems, and choose your own method of spiritual expression, why would you need the confined structure of a church?
LADY SABRINA, Secrets of Modern Witchcraft Revealed
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..
Today is Friday, August 17
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
Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) ( August 5 – September 1)
The Runic Half Month of As ( August 13 – August 28))
Goddess of the Month of Hesperia (August 8 – September 5)
The Pagan Book of Days
The Wicca Book of Days for August 17
As a Leonian day, August 17’s “planetary” ruler is the sun, with which many Gods have been identified, including Helios. A tale told by the ancient Greeks about this golden deity concerns the nymph Clytia (or Clytie), who feel in love with Helios, but whose passion was not returned. Jealous of his affair with Leucothoe, a Babylonian princess, Clytia told her strict father of it, whereupon he buried his daughter alive. As for Clytia, she eventually wasted away gazing at Helios, whereupon she was transformed into a sunflower, which still follows the movement of the sun with its head.
A Sun-loving Flower
Place a sunflower on your altar, both to concentrate your thoughts on the Sun and as a reminder of the destruction inherent in burning passion. When they have ripened, harvest the seeds. Remove the tough cases to find a delicious, nutritious snack.
The Goddess Book of Days for Friday, August 17th
Feast of Diana in Rome, on the Full Moon. She is Artemis, Oya, Selene, Hathor, Ishtar, Luna, Erzulie, Hina, Danu, Coatlique, Chalchiuhtlique, Yemaya, Ix Chel, Lilith, the Shekinah, Jezanna, Bomu Rambi, Isis, Changing Woman and Ata Bey.
Goddesses Associated with Friday
Friday For Freya: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wooo, Eve, Venus, Diana, Isis, the Witch of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
The Goddess Book of Days
On Friday, August 17th, We Celebrate ….
Festival of Diana (Rome)
Themes: Fertility, Children, Providence, Abundance, Harvest
Symbols: Moon, Water, Forest Items, Sun
About Diana. This Roman Godddess embodies the moon’s fertility and watery aspects, along with the sun’s protective and nurturing power over the forests and its creatures. On this day she was celebrated in Rome and she will be remembered in our hearts as the huntress who helps us capture the spiritual food we need.
To Do Today: Starting on August 13, the Romans had a weeklong festival for Diana, praying to her for the harvest’s bounty, and to turn damaging storms away. The traditional place to leave an offering of fruit or vines for her is in the forest, or at a crossroads. As you do, if any stone or leaf catches your eye, pick it up and carry it as a charm that will keep Diana’s power with you that entire day. Come night, release the gift to flowing water or back to the earth with a prayer of thanks and a wish for one of Diana’s attributes that you wish to develop in your life.
It is also customary to light some fire source to honor her on August 15 or anytime during the festivities. Afterward, to generate this goddess’s physical or figurative fertility within you, follow Roman convention and wash your hair with specially prepared water (water to which just a little milke is addes so that it looks white, like the moon). If you have children, doing this for them incurs Diana’s protection over their lives.
365 Goddess, A Daily Guide to the magic and Inspiration of the Goddess
Friday – is associated with Venus
Candle colors – Green, Red, Blue, White, Purple
Spellwork – Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships, Power and Success
—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Ritual Influences for Friday, August 17
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Color: Light Blue, Pale Green
Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection, Partnerships, Money, Sex
A Book of Pagan Rituals
Magickal Days of the Week – Friday
Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite – goddesses of love and beauty – are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.
Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings
*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday, because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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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.
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.
On Friday’s 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 ing 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.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
The Witches Almanac for Friday, August 17
Black Cat Appreciation Day
Moon phase: First Quarter
Moon Sign: Scorpio
Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day.
As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.
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.
Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
The Witches Magick for Friday, August 17th
The Love and Lust Spell (No Harm to be Done to Anyone)
A male action man type doll that closest resembles the sort of man
you lust over secretly
A Barbie, Cindy or other fashion type doll you think is like you
and has your hair colour
3 red taper candles
2 large, strong rubber bands
Cloth that is large enough to wrap the dolls in and yarn of the same color.
Cast your circle the way you are comfortable with and call the Quarters and Deities associated with love. ( Freya, Aphrodite, Eros…….) whichever you feel is appropriate to you.
Light the incense that you feel attracts love/lust – e.g. musk or whatever feels right to you. Anoint your candles with rose or other love attracting oils. Light the candle that is for you, and say:
“This candle is my burning love/lust for you. ”
Then also light and anoint the one for your target, and say:
This candle is your will to love/lust me. (Envision and think of the sort of man you long to be with in an intimate way!)
Get out your cloth and write “Lust” on it and tie two knots in the yarn one at each end. Place your male target doll by its candle and your doll by your candle. Anoint the last anointed red candle and place it between the other two, say:
“This is the growing love/lust attracting us to each other. “
Take the two lit candles and light the last candle with them at the same time . Now extinguish the candles for the target candle and your own candle and say :
“By the light of this growing lust for each other I bind him with it until I choose to break the bonds and part ways with you.”
Cover the dolls facing each other with the rubber bands around them if desired , then bind the cloth with the yarn or sting and tie with one more knot in the center. Place the dolls in the shoebox and put them somewhere they are not disturbed.
Thank the Quarters and the Deities you called for their presence at your spellcasting. Close the circle your usual way
On a Friday evening when the Moon is waxing gather a little orris root, an earthen bowl and a quantity of pure olive oil. If you are a woman also have a vial of jasmine oil; patchouli will do for.
Lay a pink cloth on the altar. Light pink candles. Pour the orris root into the earthen bowl, then add about half a cup of olive oil. Stir with the forefinger of your strong hand seven times clockwise. Now add the essential oil, no less than three drops, no more than seven.
Place the bowl on the altar. Gaze into it, infusing the oil with your desire for love. Enchant it by saying:
“Love, love, love, love, love, love, love.”
Simple and to the point, right? You might want to substitute a favorite love poem or sonnet.
Pour the oil into a jar and cork it tightly. Leave in a dark place, surrounded by the pink altar cloth, for 7 days. Upon the next Friday night uncork the bottle, strain and then store in the same bottle until needed.
Love oil should only be worn by its creator.
You Will Need:
1 pinch of rosemary
2 teaspoons of black tea
3 pinches thyme
3 pinches nutmeg
3 fresh mint leaves
6 fresh rose petals
6 lemon leaves
3 cups pure spring water
Sugar to taste Honey
To make another person fall in love with you, brew this tea on a Friday during a waxing moon. Waxing = moving from dark or no moon to full
Place all ingredients in an earthenware or copper tea kettle.
Boil three cups of pure spring water and add to the kettle.
Sweeten with sugar and honey, if desired.
Before drinking, recite this magical rhyme:
BY LIGHT OF MOON WAXING BREW THIS TEA TO MAKE [lover’s name] DESIRE ME.
Drink some of the tea and say:
GODDESS OF LOVE HEAR NOW MY PLEA
LET [lover’s name] DESIRE ME!
SO MOTE IT BE
On the following Friday, brew another pot of the love potion tea and give some to the person you want to love you. He or she will soon begin to fall in love with you.
Let’s Talk Witch – What Love Spells Are, and Why You Should Probably Not Use Them.
A few months ago, I received a question from a new client about love spells. What are they? What can they do? Could they bring back a man who had left her? Were they safe? Should she hire someone to do one for her, or do it herself?
Love spells are probably one of the most badly misunderstood elements of magick and energy. If you watch a children’s movies you will walk away with this idea of love magick: “And he fell madly in love with her with the first kiss and they lived happily every after.
On the other hand, if you are more inclined to listen to adult movies than children’s fairytales, you will likely feel that love spells work like this; “And the other woman/man was banished forever and they fell back, madly in love. To spite all odds, love conquered all.”
Both of these philosophies on love spells are frighteningly, shockingly, dangerously in error.
To explain why I’m qualified to talk about love spells in the first place, let me recount a little bit of my personal history. I was born able to speak to spirits. My knowledge of ‘magick’ was little to none until I was an adult. Angels don’t really use ‘magick’ as much as believe that bringing about miracles is simply a part of life. I put my hands on my grandfather and he was healed. I visualized my father coming home safe from a war zone, and he did. I asked the angels for a kitten, they got me one. Magick was just part of life.
At this time in my life I was introduced to a person who became and still is a very dear friend. She had been studying magick for years; pagan magick, love spells, and all that went with them. Partly out of curiosity, and partly out of a teenagers desire to see cool tricks, I started studying with her.
Years later, I know more about love spells than I ever cared to. I know for example, that there is a GOOD kind of love spell; a love spell that brings happiness, peace, romance, and joy. I also know that there is a BAD kind of love spell, and that this kind is that type almost everyone is asking about.
This article is about the negative kind of love spells, just to be clear.
Love spells can range from a simple repeating of a poem, to a prayer to your chosen entity of faith, to the lighting of a candle, all the way to very complex multi-day rituals that involve multiple people and huge expense. Any one of these types of spells can be negative or positive.
So, what is the difference between negative and positive love spells? It’s very simple. It’s something called intention.
Intention is what you mean for energy to do. Intention goes into everything. Cooking, cleaning, speaking, eating, exercising… No matter what you do, you do it with the idea in mind that you want a particular result. When you bake a cake, you might be expecting delicious chocolate indulgence for yourself, or you might be hoping to impress your date, or maybe your mother-in-law. Whatever it was that you were hoping that cake would accomplish, that was intention.
In love spells, intention is very important. Any spell who’s direct intention is to bring about the highest good is positive. Any magick that is intended to bend, break, or influence the will power of another person is negative. Period. The rule is that simple.
Angels will tell you that if there is one thing they envy human beings, it is out ability to choose. Our free will is the things we choose to do. It is not the ‘secret’ desires of our heart the no one knows about, but what we actively put our enery toward. It is a sacred trust, and it is hugely powerful in manifesting our path. However, any magick that seeks to take that basic right away, or even abridge it, has dire karmic consequences.
This is why the title says you should probably not use love spells. Pure intention in love spells is rare, and hard to form. Think about it; if you are in any situation in a relationship where you are desperate enough to seek magical intervention (and let’s face it, in our culture, magick is an absolute last resort), then you are more than likely too emotionally invested in the outcome to have a completely pure intention.
What would be a pure intention for a love spell? You have a right as human being to work magick on yourself, and to ask the universe to bring about the highest good for others. That’s where it stops.
This is why almost all love spells are negative. If you cast a love spell to bring a certain person back into your life, that is violating their free will. If they wanted to be with you, they would not have left. To cast a spell to bring about a divorce between to people is also negative, because if they want a divorce they can get it themselves. To work magick to make someone love you when they do not already have those feelings is to break their freedom to choose who they love.
One of the hardest things to accept about love magick is that no matter how strong our emotions are for someone, they do not justify us stepping in and changing things magically. No exceptions.
Now, before you start to think that I’m sounding like I’m judging you, let me tell you about my personal experience with love spells. I had a man I was very much in love with. He told me he loved me too, but his actions failed to live up to his words. I put so much energy into love magick to make him ‘keep’ his promises. First of all, even though they worked, I found that I was never happy with the results. He would shape up for a little while, and then misbehave again. I was caught in a loop of manipulating him into behaving the way I wanted him to, then getting angry at him for not sticking with that behavior.
But at the same time, I knew in my heart that if he really wanted to behave the way I wanted him to behave, he would do it. The fact was, he didn’t want to. And not amount of burning candles, begging the universe, or anything else was going to make him be someone other than who he was.
This is the best and biggest reason to avoid love spells. If you are in a relationship that is bad enough to require magical intervention, then you are in a bad relationship. If you have been abandoned by someone, then spells will only bring back to you the same disloyal person how betrayed you the first time. If someone doesn’t love you, casting a spell to make them love you will only temporarily give them an emotional high, not build true lasting love. As soon as the spells wears off, and they always do, that person will be gone.
So what love magick can you do, ethically and without breaking someone’s will?
You can ask the universe to bring you your own perfect true love. You can ask the universe to make your heart ready to receive that love. Last but not least, you can ask that the universe work for your highest good in love and romance. This means opening your heart to receive the right person, even if that person is not the one you have your eye on. You can also work magick on yourself to bring your desire into alignment with what is best for you, so that you will want only the right person, not the wrong one.
You can do this through prayer, poems, chants, candles, crystals, or whatever resonates with you most deeply.
But when it comes to casting love spells on someone else, it’s better to steer clear and leave that person’s destiny up to fate.
Asking for your own highest good will almost always bring about longer lasting, happier results for everyone involved.
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality for August 17 – 24
August 17 – 24
Odin’s Ordeal Begins
According to legend, Odin hung on the World Tree Yggdrasil for nine days, during which time he discovered the runes. In modern Asatru, this discovery is celebrated with a nine-day festival starting on August 17. To those who follow the Norse traditions, Odin is the chief deity and appears in many aspects, among them leader of the wild hunt, God of magick, chooser of the slain in battle, and the dispenser of gifts. As king of Aesir, he was the God of fertility and the last sheaf of wheat was left in offering to his horse. His magickal number was 9 (the days he endured initiation on the World Tree), his color is blue (as is his cloak), and the raven of the Valkyries who attend him are sacred.
Magickal Activity for August 17th, The Ordeal of Odin
Items needed: One small square of blue paper; a silver marking pen; one blue candle; nine inches of silver cord.
On the blue square of paper inscribe the pictured rune with the silver pen.
Light the blue candle and place it on top of the rune. Hold your hands over the candle and visualize your psychic abilities increasing as you chant:
“Let it be, that from this hour,
I know the secrets of psychic power.”
Leave the candle to burn for three hours. Extinguish the candle. Fold the paper in half and bind with silver cord. Place the packet with your runes or cards. Keep the packet near when reading for yourself or others.
Spirit Message of the Day – Have Faith in the Future
“Say positive affirmations each morning to open the gates of manifestation.”
Before arising from your bed, spend a few moments thinking about your desires. Don’t worry about how to bring them into physical form. Just allow yourself to imagine that they’ve already manifested.
“Then, make one or more positive affirmations relating to your desires. When you open your eyes, write down these affirmations (it’s a good idea to keep a pad and pen on your nightstand). During the day, look at the affirmations and say them mentally or verbally.”
Once you are able to articulate your needs and wants, focus on them for a short time; then send your wish request out into the Universe with good intention. Next, detach from each of your desires and any expectations you might have around their outcome. Trust in the Universe that your requests and desires have been heard, processed, and will come into being in their own time; in unexpected and wonderful ways.
Today’s inspiration comes from Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.
“Repeating positive affirmations several times a day is a powerful ritual that can reach your subconscious mind and help you reprogram your self image. To escape the trap of negative affirmations, you have to believe the positive affirmation with every fiber of your being. You may feel like an actor at first, but soon you will be able to see the truth in what you are saying and your affirmations will work that much better. When you start using these powerful affirmations, practice believing what you are saying for a few minutes, several times a day. After a while, these affirmations will become the way your body, mind, and spirit respond to the challenges of everyday life.”
- I have faith in the future I cannot see.
- I make my highest ideals real by my actions.
- I have all that I need to get what I want.
- I blend intuition and logic to guide my decisions.
- I deserve love and respect because I give them.
- I am attractive because I feel good about myself and others.
- I experience my emotions and channel them into useful actions.
- I let go of things that are no longer useful.
- I appreciate all that I have and have accomplished.
- I believe in myself now, always, and in all ways.
- I surround myself with beauty and positive people.
- I am content in all circumstances.
- I invent creative solutions to the challenges in my life.
- I am open to new ideas, techniques, and people.
- I accomplish anything I put my mind to.
- I have faith in miracles to bless and protect me.
- I am patient in the face of delay and obstacles.
- I enjoy being healthy and doing what is good for me.
- My willpower is stronger than my bad habits.
- I use my fears as signs that guide and protect me.
- I love and accept myself as a unique individual.
- I enjoy being independent and taking care of myself.
- I create partnerships that are fair and pleasureable.
Excerpt from Amy Zerner and Monte Farber from The Gifts of Goddess Affirmation Cards.
Published on Spiritblogger’s Blog
Your Daily Witchcraft Tip for Friday, August 17th
If you need an energy cleansing real quick this is a simple spell to do the trick:
Light a black candle, wait until the flame is at its peak. Then take a white candle and light it with the black candle until the white candle’s flame is larger than the black candle’s. Then, verbalized or think of the negative energy leaving you and blow the black candle out.
You should notice a difference in the energy by the next morning!
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