Witches Of The Craft’s Northern Journal For Friday, January 25
NEVER AGAIN THE BURNING
It is always the morning of my execution……
….I know they will come for me today.
Last night the jailer, pulling up his trousers,
Sneered, “Perhaps you’ll fancy the poll
They give you in the morning more then mine,
Stubborn bitch.” I think
He liked it better when I had strength
And spirit enough to fight him.
He is too stupid to lie just to torment me.
I will welcome death, though the dying scares me…
I was a healer…. how long ago? Oh Gods,
I cannot think straight anymore! And I know
That their gross insults to my body will never mend.
And the pain is constant, and they have sworn me
That I will go to the fire conscious and aware.
My Goddess, I am sick to my very soul with shame;
At the last I gave them screaming what they wanted,
Mouthed any obscenity they asked, told them
What they told me to say. My sanity remains
Only because Your names to with me to the pyre,
And the grave beyond, and only there.
Oh, Beloved, if I could only see you
One last time, that your clean spirit’s fire
Could rid me of this filth and fear….
The crowd gathers now.
I hear them outside, laughing, festive….
Gods grant I will be entertaining enough….
I wonder if those pious souls who in the past
Have asked my help will mourn me?
Well, I shall be glad to quit this stinking cell…
The rats grow bolder as I decline…
Oh, Mother, give me strength!
I hear the guards outside.
“What,” I taunt, “three of you
All for one small half-starved wench?
Indeed, terrible I must be!”
They have the grace to look ashamed,
The youngest one grown pale and horrified
At the light of me; I delivered his wife
Of a fine strong one not many weeks ago.
But now I dare not ask how the child fares.
“Nay, you must carry me or drag me,
My fine bravos….these ruined feet will never
Bear my weight again. I fear I danced too long
With your good priest and his fine Spanish boots.”
They haul me to my feel and the pain….
I will not scream again for their amusement!
I must go naked, then, to my death before these fools?
I would not have them see me so, who danced
Naked for the Goddess, graceful and free,
On winged feet without a trace of shame.
Their avaricious eyes defile me; as their
Twisted priests defiled my body’s temple….
There are many strangers here in the square,
Churchmen and villagers from all the country round….
I am to be a marvelous, far-felt lesson, I see.
They bind me to their stake, too tight, more agony…
The splintering pole claws my raw back,
My shoulders wrenched and cramping, the rough rope
Burning my wrists. My legs will not support me,
And I sag in my bonds, and I fill with terror,
As a pitcher with muddy water. A priest approaches….
Oh, Goddess, must I suffer them even now?
The crowd protests the cup in his hands.
He exhorts them gently; his sect bears mercy towards all,
Malice towards none, and might not even such as I
Be saved at the bitter end?
I don’t know this one. I fight to raise my head,
To spit in his face, for one last shred of defiance….
Mother of All, no! Not you…. here!
How have you come, Beloved,
To trade your green robes for their black,
Your antlered crown for their cross?
Surely I dream, I dream…..
But now I smell your clean scent,
And your dear presence cloaks me in peace.
Rage fires in your eyes, but your pure love
Sustains me, strengthens me and warms me.
You brush the hair back form my face….
The cup you hold gently to my bruised lips I gave you
At our handfasting…. softly you whisper,
“Drink deep of salvation, my dear love,”
And your voice, harsh with unshed tears,
Rips at my soul and my own tears begin, and fully
Do I drink of your deep eyes and the chalice,
And the taste of the flying herbs bursts upon my tongue,
Belladonna, aconite, dark sweet dreams….
They are coming now with the fire.
Almost you linger too long, haunted eyes on mine,
But as sleep steals over me, I see you melt
Safely into the throng.
I am drifting now; I hear my mother singing, far away….
The pain is gone. I am a little girl again…I am safe,
My mother is calling me and I run gladly into her arms….
But in the room I have left behind, someone has been careless
With the supper, Mother, they must turn the spit faster,
For I can smell the roasting meat burning,
And the dinner guests are shouting….
I wake in cold sweat, and cannot drink
From the glass you bring me. Oh, sisters, hear:
Our daughters must not dream these dreams!
We must defend ourselves, stand with out brothers,
And make the arsonists let us be.
Oh, sisters, hear: Never again,
Never again the burning….
–Gale Perrigo (1985)
Timeline of the witch craze in Europe
Let’s look at a brief timeline of the witch craze in Europe:
906 C.E. The Canon Episcopi is written by a young abbot named Regino of Treves. Regino’s treatise reinforces the Church’s existing stance on witchcraft, which is that it doesn’t exist.
Around 975 C.E. The Church decides that the penalty for witchcraft – which apparently does in fact exist, despite the Canon Episcopi’s assertions to the contrary – is fairly mild. A woman convicted of the use of “witchcraft and enchantment and … magical philters” shall be sentenced to a year-long diet of bread and water.
1227 C.E. Pope Gregory IX announces that it’s time to form an Inquisitorial Court to weed out heretics, who are summarily executed.
1252 C.E. Pope Innocent III carries on the Inquisitions. However, he discovers that a much higher rate of confession is obtained if torture is permitted.
1326 C.E. The Church authorizes the Inquisition to go beyond the investigations of heresy. Now they are encouraged to ferret out people practicing Witchcraft. The theory of demonology is created, establishing a link between witches and the Christian Satan.
1340’s C.E. Europe is pummeled by the Black Plague, and a significant amount of people die. Witches, Jews and lepers are accused of spreading disease intentionally.
1450 C.E. The Catholic Church announces that witches eat babies and sell their souls to the Devil. Witch hunts begin in earnest throughout Europe.
1487 C.E. Publication of Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches’ Hammer). This book describes all sorts of vile activities allegedly practiced by Witches, and also details some creative methods of getting confessions out of the accused.
1517 C.E. Martin Luther leads the way to the Protestant Reformation, which in turn causes a decrease in the number of witchcraft convictions in England — because the Protestants won’t allow torture.
1550 – 1650 C.E. Trials and executions reach their peak. Many of the people accused of witchcraft are actually being targeted in battles between Catholics and Protestants, and others are landowners whose property has been seized by the Church.
1716 C.E. The last accused witches — Mary Hicks and her daughter Elizabeth — are executed in England. Other countries eventually follow suit and stop executing people for witchcraft.
–Patti Wigington, Author
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Before trial surveys were made available to scholars, the only way to guess how many witches were killed during the Burning Times was to… well, guess. Estimates were just that — estimates. Since most of the literature available was written by the witch hunters of the Inquisition, the numbers all seemed high. In fact, at one point scholars said that as many as nine million people could have died — which is simply a Really Big Guess.
When trial information was at last made available, historians first looked at all the trials in an area. Then they made allowances for missing records, inaccuracies, and lost court information. Finally, they examined literature from the Inquisitorial records, to see if any major witch-hunt cases took place at the time in that particular area. What they eventually ended up with was a collection of numbers far lower that originally suspected. In fact, modern scholars place the actual Burning Times death toll at between 40,000 and 200,000.
Patti Wigington, Author
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Custom Planetary Positions
January 25, 2019
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)
Sun: 05 Aquarius 18
Moon: 06 Libra 05
Mercury: 02 Aquarius 15
Venus: 19 Sagittarius 28
Mars: 16 Aries 33
Jupiter: 16 Sagittarius 38
Saturn: 14 Capricorn 15
Uranus: 28 Aries 45
Neptune: 14 Pisces 43
Pluto: 21 Capricorn 25
Planetary aspects for the Month of January
25 January 12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter
27 January 04:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38
29 January 09:51 pm – Sun conjunct Mercury 09 54
31 January 09:14 am – Saturn sextile Neptune
Mars Trine Jupiter 25 January 2019
Mars trine Jupiter natal is an indicator of success in life. Some may call you lucky but you actually make your own luck through a strong self belief and good, honest intentions. No one can doubt your strong work ethic and productivity.
You are bold, confident and never shy to try your hand something new or difficult. This aspect is particularly noted for its physicality with a sexy appearance, strength and athleticism. Victory in sports and war can also apply these days to the business world and politics where you leadership talents bring loyal colleagues and fans.
You would make a good warrior but your integrity and generous nature brings more compromise and win-win situation than hostilities. You are the one who will take the first bold step to make things happen for the benefit of all involved. It may be your instinct or judgement but decisive action is definitely your strong point.
Getting people to work together on common goals may also come down to your tremendous creative talents. This is an aspect of birthing, applying your ample energy and initiative to making something big, useful and successful.
There is also a primal creative energy behind your sexuality. Yet the proud manner in which you express your sexuality can be far removed from survival of the species. The sexual magnetism you ooze wins you many admirers but can also open many doors in life.
Mars Trine Jupiter Transit
Mars trine Jupiter transit increases your desire to compete to win. Almost any action you start now will turn out to be successful. This transit is one of the best indicator of successful action. Successes in war, sport, sexual conquest and business.
The good fortune you enjoy comes from your own strong self belief and good intentions. Applying such bountiful and positive energy toward any righteous cause is bound to bring the benefits you desire. This is one of those rare times when risk taking is advised.
Even with selfish intentions you should get what you want, so long as no one is hurt along the way. Use your initiative and act on your instincts. This is the right time for decisive actions, making important decisions, taking the lead and increasing your wealth.
You can count on good judgement to take advantage of any opportunities for personal, material or spiritual growth that come your way. This is a particularly good time for dating and improving existing relationships. Other people will be strongly drawn to your sexual aura and confidence presence.
Mars Trine Jupiter Celebrities
Roseanne Barr 0°02′, Julian Clary 0°02′, Hank Locklin 0°07′, Mia Farrow 0°13′, Stephen King 0°22′, Ferruccio Lamborghini 0°22′, Steve Winwood 0°27′, Chrissie Hynde 0°34′, James Madison 0°34′, Mike Barson 0°34′, Upton Sinclair 0°35′, Achmed Sukarno 0°45′, Gamal Abdel Nasser 0°51′, Brian Eno 0°54′, Yehudi Menuhin 0°54′, Gregory Peck 0°54′, Robert Hand 1°07′, Heinrich Himmler 1°28′, Leonardo DiCaprio 1°30′, Heath Ledger 1°33′, Rihanna 2°05′.
A Look At The Stars for January 25 thru January 27
Friday January 25
12:53 pm – Mars trine Jupiter increases your desire to compete to win. Almost any action you start this weekly horoscope will turn out to be successful. This transit is one of the best indicator of successful action. Successes in war, sport, sexual conquest and business. The good fortune you enjoy comes from your own strong self belief and good intentions. Applying such bountiful and positive energy toward any righteous cause is bound to bring the benefits you desire.
Sunday January 27
2:30 am – Moon enters Scorpio
4:10 pm – 3rd Quarter Moon 07 38 conjunct fixed star Khambalia at 07 12 causes swift violence, unreliability, changeability, and an argumentative nature. Khambalia is very much a star of the penetration of secrets. It denotes those good at applying intellect to deep research of any kind, to police-type investigation, to espionage, and also to such pursuits as alchemy and the esoteric in general.
The Solar Almanac for Friday, January 25th
Sun Direction: 129.57° SE↑
Sun Altitude: 15.88°
Sun Distance: 91.510 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2019 4:58 pm (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:02 am↑ 113° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:11 pm↑ 247° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 0 minutes
The Lunar Almanac for Friday, January 25th
Moon Direction: 258.54° WSW↑
Moon Altitude: 17.09°
Moon Distance: 229454 mi
Next New Moon: Feb 4, 20193:03 pm
Next Full Moon: Feb 19, 20199:53 am
Next Moonset: Today10:14 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Observe the moon over a few nights and you’ll soon notice a couple of things about it. It doesn’t rise and set at the same time of day (as does the Sun) and the bright portion of its disk changes slightly from night to night; sometimes the bright fraction decreases and sometimes it increases.
Other observations you might make are that the moon looks bigger on the horizon that when overhead; you can see large dark and bright areas on its surface and smaller features as well; you can sometimes see it during the day and occasionally, it turns a coppery brown color.
There’s more to the moon than meets the eye!
The Sky This Week from January 25 – January 27
A total eclipse of the Moon Sunday night highlights a week that also boasts a stunning predawn conjunction between Venus and Jupiter.
Friday, January 25
With the waning gibbous Moon now rising late in the evening, it’s a good time to look for Sirius. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears prominent in the southeast as darkness falls and lies due south and at its highest elevation around 10 p.m. local time. From mid-northern latitudes, it then stands about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) If you point binoculars at Sirius, look for the pretty star cluster M41 in the same field of view, just 4° south of the star.
Saturday, January 26
Mars continues to put on a nice show in January. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the southwestern sky as darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude 0.8 against the much dimmer stars of southern Pisces. (Tonight, Mars slides 0.9° south of the 4th-magnitude star Epsilon () Piscium. A telescope reveals the planet’s 6″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface features unless you have exceptionally good seeing.
Sunday, January 27
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 4:10 p.m. EST. The Moon doesn’t rise until nearly 1 a.m. local time tomorrow morning, however, by which time it will appear slightly less than half-lit. The Moon spends the morning hours set against the background stars of northern Libra.
By Richard Talcott
Moon Phase Calendar for January 25
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Currently in Libra
Moon in Libra:
You might have a strong need for balance and harmony now. You probably desire to keep things “nice” rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. You must learn to share your good and bad feelings. Do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you.
Organs influenced by Libra Moon Sign:
Organs: Kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, veins, skin as an organ of touch, pancreas, insulin, glucagon.
These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.
Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.
Today is Friday, January 11
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 Luis (Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)
The Runic Half Month of Peorth (January 13 – January 27)
Goddess of the Month of Freya
—The Pagan Book of Days
About The Rowan Moon: January 21 – February 17
Rowan Moon – Represents insight and intuition, protection and blessings.
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic goddess of hearth and home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearthfires. This is a good time of year to perform initiations (or, if you’re not part of a group, do a self-dedication). Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
Rowan – The Thinker
Celtic tree astrology recognizes Rowan signs as the philosophical minds within the zodiac. If you were born under the Rowan energy, you are likely a keen-minded visionary, with high ideals. Your thoughts are original and creative, so much so, that other’s often misunderstand from where you are coming. This sometimes makes you aloof when interacting with others as you feel they wouldn’t understand where you are coming from anyway. Although you may appear to have a cool exterior, you are burning within from your passionate ideals. This inner passion provides inner motivation for you as you make your way through life. You have a natural ability to transform situations and people around you by your mere presence. You are highly influential in a quiet way and others look to you for your unique perspectives. Rowan pairs well with Ivy and Hawthorn signs.
Patti Wigington, Author
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The Goddess Book of Days for January 25
Tu Bi-Shevat, Hebrew holiday showing respect for trees and growing things, a day of Hebrew- derived Goddesses Matronit, Ashtoreth, Lilith, the Shekinah, Sarah, Esther, and Goddesses of Plants and Crops, Flora, Mayauel, Daphne, Ceres, Demeter, the Com Mothers, Bunzi, Ukemochi, Gaia, Ge, and Tellus.
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
~ The Goddess Days of the Moon ~
Days 25-27 Ruled by Hecate, queen of the underworld and the shades, she is seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose thier paths in the next phase of existence and rebirth
The remaining days of the moon – the dark days – are those of the unknowable Masked Goddess, who is present, but invisible.
The Wicca Book of Days for Friday, January 25
Good-luck rituals are traditionally performed during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival (Tet), which takes place annually on or around this date. Offerings are made to ancient deities and ancestors, traditional feasts are prepared, and evil spirits are driven away with whistles, bells, and horns.
The Wicca Book of Days
On Friday, January 25th, We Celebrate….
Chinese New Year (China)
Themes: Long Life; Luck; Fertility; Wisdom; Tradition
Symbols: Dragons; Sun and Moon Symbols; the Numbers Three and Eighteen
About Jun It: This Chinese Buddhist goddess oversees all matters of life generously. In works of art she is depicted as living on Polaris, the star around which all things revolve, including each individual’s fate. She has three eyes for wise discernment, eighteen arms holding weapons with which to protect her people, and a dragon’s head that symbolizes her power and wisdom.
To Do Today: Jun Ti can help you live a more fulfilled life this year by overseeing your fortune and well-being. To encourage her assistance, think silver and gold (or white and yellow)—the colors of the moon and the sun. Wear items in these hues, or perhaps have a glass of milk followed by pineapple juice in the morning to drink fully of her attributes!
On or around this day, the Chinese take to the streets with new year festivities that last two weeks. Eating various rice-based dishes today encourages fertility, respect, and long life, while wearing new shoes brings Jun Ti’s luck. It is also customary to be on one’s best behavior and honor the ancestors throughout the day for good fortune. The climax of festivities is a dragon parade, the beast, Jun Ti’s sacred animal, being associated with ancient knowledge and tradition. So, find a way to commemorate your personal or family customs today to draw Jun Ti’s attention and blessing.
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
Spellcrafting Associations: Love, Marriage, Money, Attraction, Luck, Healing, Prosperity, Change, Road Opening work, Bring Peace, Relationships.
–Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
The Magickal Day of 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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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, January 25
Burns Night (Scottish)
Moon phase: Third Quarter
Moon Sign: Libra
Charlie Rainbow Wolf
Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac (p. 119). Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
What is Burns night and who was Robert Burns?
It’s a night that features whisky, haggis and poetry in honour of ‘Rabbie’ Burns – but why and how is it celebrated?
Burns Night, held in honour of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year.
The night is a way to celebrate the life of the 18th century bard and it falls on his birthday – Monday, January 25.
The tradition started a few years after the poet’s death in 1796, when his friends commemorated his career on the date of his death (July 21) each year.
So began the Burns Supper, and more than two centuries later it is has become a nationwide event with recitals of the poet’s works and a haggis dinner.
Who was Robert Burns?
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.
Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.
After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.
Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV, narrowly beating William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace.
Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne
His poem (and song) “Auld Lang Syne” is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and “Scots Wha Hae” served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country.
Burns collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them, as well as making original compositions.
Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include “A Red, Red Rose”; “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”; “To a Louse”; “To a Mouse”; “The Battle of Sherramuir”; “Tam o’ Shanter”; and “Ae Fond Kiss”.
How do you celebrate Burns Night?
By wearing a kilt? Whether or not Burns would have worn kilts is still disputed, with some arguing that as a Lowlander he would not have worn them, although he was a champion of the right to wear traditional dress.
The full ritual of the night involves whisky, haggis and poetry readings. Those who partake are piped in and then The Selkirk Grace – the prayer of thanks attributed to Burns – is said before dinner.
By Rozina Sabur
Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart
Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels
Number: 5, 6
Charm: green or white garments, scepter
Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline
Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow
Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers
Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents
Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta
God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra
Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas
Let’s Talk Witch – Faeries and Love
BY CASSANDRA EASON
The lore of the faery realm has, like the world of humans, traditionally focused on love—both tales of faery lovers and of fey beings who have fallen in love with mortals and sometimes tried to keep them forever in their faery kingdoms. These stories, whether perceived as pure lore or used as a way of explaining past mortal occurrences, tell the tales of true love, of faery temptresses, of lover’s quarrels, and more.
Perhaps the most tragic fey love story is that of the Celtic Cliodna of the Golden Hair. The daughter of Manannan mac Lir, who ruled over the sea, Cliodna was reputed to be the most beautiful woman in the world in mortal form. She loved the young mortal Ciabhan so much she left faeryland to live with him. However, while Ciabhan was hunting, Cliodna’s father sent a faery minstrel to enchant her; she was carried back to fairyland in a magical sleep. She is still seen on seashores, either as a huge wave or a seabird, seeking her lost love; she is said to help parted mortal lovers to be reunited.
Below are two methods of invoking Cliodna if you are longing to be reunited with a parted love.
Name your lost love as you hold matching shells, found on the shore or by a lake, tied together with seaweed or dried grasses. Cast your shells on the ninth wave as it moves into shore. Call your lost love’s name nine times.
If you are landlocked, improvise with matching aquamarine crystals cast into any body of flowing water. Count nine before throwing the crystals into the water together. Call your lost love’s name nine times.
Some tales of faery brides who married mortals seem to have earthly verification.
The Gwragedd Annwn are beautiful, Welsh, fair-haired faery women, the same size as humans, living in underwater palaces in lakes close to the Black Mountains. These lake maidens have, on occasion—according to folk lore of the area—taken human husbands, though they rarely stayed with them. Some local families still claim fey heritage.
One Lady of the Lake in Llyn y Fan Fach is, however, said to actually be the fairy ancestor of an unbroken line of Welsh healers and physicians. Even more unusual, this faery legend can be dated. Around 1230, records tell that a young farmer saw three beautiful women dancing on the shore. The most beautiful agreed to be his wife and her father, the king of the lake faeries, came from under the lake to bestow a dowry of fairy cattle. However, the faery king imposed a number of conditions on his daughter staying with her mortal husband. One condition was that she should never be touched with iron, another that she should not be made to go to church, and a third that if her husband struck her three times she and her dowry would return to the lake.
The couple had three sons, but the farmer broke his bargain by striking his faery wife three times (though according to less enlightened male folk tellers, the poor husband only tapped the faery lightly and for good reason). A faery bargain being a faery bargain, off went the cattle and faery maiden, though she did return to teach her sons knowledge of herbs and healing. They became the Physicians of Myddfai, healers to the Welsh kings. When they died, they left a medical treatise, copies of which exist today. I believe there is one in Cardiff Castle Museum.
Brides in Faeryland
Mortal women who married to or were abducted by faeries seem to have had an even less than happy fate.
A woman on her wedding day or night was, according to Celtic myth, considered a great prize by the faeries as she was still a virgin but at peak fertility. For this reason, until medieval times, a woman would be accompanied to the church by identically dressed bridesmaids, so that watching faeries could not identify the true bride.
Some of these faery abductions may have had a less ethereal explanation. In parts of Europe during the Middle Ages, the local lord of the manor was unofficially allowed the use of his serfs’ brides on their wedding night. Rape by wealthy landowners and their sons was a real threat for country women even in Victorian times, especially among servants in big houses. It could be that the story of a traditional return of the abducted bride from the faeries after a year and a day bearing a babe several months old was an acceptable way for a peasant husband not to appear cuckolded by the squire, if the unfortunate bride became pregnant during this abduction. A despoiled bride might have been placed in a distant workhouse during the pregnancy, with the collusion of the husband or a father in the case of an unmarried girl.
A typical bride abduction story made into a ballad was of Colin, a Scot, whose wife was taken by the faeries. His wife, it was said, returned invisibly each day to milk to cows and do the chores; only her singing could be heard. In other versions she returns after a year and a day with a baby. Was Colin keeping his bride locked away because he discovered on the wedding night she was pregnant by someone else, albeit by rape? Or was she truly a bride of the faeries?
Some faery abductions had more serious consequences. A wife who consistently produced sickly boys who did not survive or female offspring for a man who desperately needed an heir, might suddenly disappear; the official and often unquestioned explanation of her disappearance was that she was spirited away forever by the faeries. There are still parts of the world where the value of a woman except as a bearer of sons is low; this is a reminder that it has not that long been otherwise in Westernized society also.
Records from centuries past are obviously sparse, and faery abduction as an excuse for wife murder or beating may sound to be pure speculation. That said, we do know that in Tipperary in Ireland as recently as 1895 Bridget Cleary was tortured and burned to death by her husband Michael. He claimed that his wife had been stolen by the faeries and a changeling substituted. Michael insisted that by destroying the enchanted form of his wife, the true Bridget herself would return on a white horse at midnight. Seven of her neighbors and relatives, including Bridget’s father and aunt, were involved and later convicted of the crime. A hundred years later, Angela Bourke, a professor at University College, Dublin and author of The Burning of Bridget Cleary, stated that the case demonstrated the clash between two different world views, two ways of dealing with troublesome people, two ways of accounting for the irrational, at a time of profound social, economic, and cultural change.
Bridget Cleary’s crime was that she was economically and socially independent by her own efforts, rather than by birth. Presumably, had the case gone unpunished, her death would have been very profitable for her husband and family, who would have inherited her money.
Fairy Queen Temptresses
As the goddesses were downgraded into faeries, some acquired the role of temptresses and abductors of innocent males. In Scotland, myths tell of the Bean chaol a chot uaine’s na gruaige buidhe, “The slender woman with green kirtle and yellow hair”—a fairy queen who had the ability to turn water into red wine and spin the threads of the spiders into tartan. The fairy temptress would, by playing her magical reed pipe, lure young men into her faery hill. Unless they left a piece of iron over the lintel of the entrance, they would be forced to dance and serve the pleasure of the faery queen until she tired of them and sent them home. It is said these young men would find that though it only seemed one night had passed in faeryland, decades might have gone by in the mortal world and the fresh-faced milkmaid sweetheart to whom he had sworn his eternal fidelity was now an aging grandmother.
The most famous young male abductee who seems to have actually gained from his visit to faeryland was Thomas the Rhymer, whose ballad is still performed in folk clubs with Celtic connections. The true Thomas was Thomas of Earlston (Erceldoune), a thirteenth century poet who claimed to have met the Queen of Elfland under a magical elder tree. In return for a kiss he tells how he was forced to go to faeryland with her, though other versions suggest Thomas was more than willing to be seduced. In a few accounts the Queen becomes an ugly hag and the ritual mating of youth with the ancient crone goddess occurred to maintain the cycle of the seasons and ensure the fertility of the land. Thomas remained in faeryland for seven years, though they were only three days in fairy time. He was rewarded with the gifts of poetry, prophecy, and a magical harp.
It has been argued in recent years that Thomas was in fact initiated into a local witch cult and that his visions of faeryland were shamanic.
An Escape from the Faeries
Not all captives were as willing as Thomas, nor the faery queen as willing to part with her mortal lover. One of the most famous tales, recorded by the Scottish poet Robert Burns as well as several other poets, is that of Tam Lin, a Scottish knight who fell from his horse and was captured by the Queen of the Faeries. She bound him with magic and posted him to guard one of the entrances to the world of humans at the well of Carteraugh, close to the borders of Scotland.
Young maidens were warned not to drink at the well, for every time they did and picked one of the roses that overhung it, Tam Lin would appear and demand that either the girl gave him a green mantle or offered up her virginity.
One bold young woman, Janet, decided to see whether the myth was true, and plucked a rose from the well. She and Tam Lin fell in love, and he wanted to escape from the Faery Kingdom to wed Janet.
The next night was Halloween, and Tam Lin explained that there was an opportunity that only occurred every seven years for him to escape. The Faery Ride would take place, when then the faeries moved to their winter quarters (in some versions seen as hell). The faery troop had to ride on horseback along the road. Tam Lin told Janet to wait for him at the crossroads at midnight and to hold on to him, whatever form he took.
As Tam Lin rode by in the faery procession, Janet pulled him from his horse and held tight. Just as he had warned Janet, the Faery Queen turned Tam Lin first into a newt, then a snake, a tiger, a bear, and finally into red hot metal. Janet held fast, and as he became molten metal, she plunged him into the magical well.
The spell was broken. Tam Lin emerged from the water in human form, and he and Janet were soon married.
Faery Marital Quarrels
Faery marriages were frequently as turbulent as earthly ones.
Titania is most famous in literature as the wife of Oberon, King of the faeries, in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this play she is depicted as petulant, willing to let the seasons go to rack and ruin while she pursues her vendetta against Oberon, who retaliated by making her fall in love with a peasant with a donkey’s head.
Titania was, before she was Christianized and downgraded (like many Pagan goddesses) to faery status, known as Themis the Ancient Greek Titan Goddess of Justice and Order, and the mother of the Fates and the Seasons.
Finvarra or Fin Bheara, who ruled the faeries of the west Of Ireland, was the apparently devoted husband of Queen Oonagh. Oonagh has been described in true Victorian style by Lady Wilde, who collected accounts of faery folk lore in Ireland, as having golden hair sweeping to the ground, clad in silver gossamer glittering as if with diamonds, which were actually dew drops.
In spite of his wife’s ethereal beauty, Finvarra was obsessed with mortal women who, overpowered by the music of faeryland, were spirited away to live there with him forever. He was also said to have a second Queen, Nuala. Oonagh was unsurprisingly not welcoming to mortal maidens to the fairy court.
Other maidens seduced by Finvarra’s music danced all night with him and in the morning, found themselves on a faery hill, possessing knowledge of love potions and of magic—and sometimes a faery pregnancy.
A Fairy Love Wishes Spell
Find a faery tree: a hawthorn, elder, ash, willow, or oak, or in the southern hemisphere, a eucalyptus, tea tree, golden wattle, or the bushy manuka.
Sit beneath or close to its branches on a bright moonlit night during the week of the full moon.
Best of all is the night of the full moon. Look upwards at the moon and feel the positive energies of the cosmos and the moon mother, associated with faithful love and fertility, flowing into you.
Watch the moonlight filter through the leaves and make patterns, and you may be aware of living, moving energies within the branches and leaves.
Touch the trunk of the tree with your hands, and let the life force of the tree spirit flow into you, so that you can feel the pulsating energies of its essence like mild electricity.
Standing and still touching the tree, press your feet down towards the roots, allowing the Earth mother to offer you her fertility and the power so you will find or live with the right mate forever.
Now extend your arms upwards, and draw inwards strength and healing from the moon-dappled leaves.
Move away from the tree and, keeping the moon in view, spiral the tree nine times clockwise (widdershins) in ever decreasing circles, letting your feet guide you. The nine circles of power are an ancient magical device, and if you now stand within the innermost ring, reaching out with just your fingertips to the trunk, you may momentarily make contact with the spirit of the tree.
Ask the essence within the tree, the earth, and the moon mother to bless your love or to bring to you the person who will make you happy. You can also ask for fertility if you are trying to conceive a child.
Spend a little longer watching the moonlight filter through the leaves and amplifying the tree energies.
Bury a silver earring or nine silver-colored coins, the metal of the moon mother, beneath the roots as a token of thanks; whisper your love’s name or call out on the air the one who will make you happy to find you.
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The Witches Magick for Friday, January 25
Ask a Fairy Wish Spell
I don’t recommend asking the fairy folk for favors or wishes all the time, but this is a nice alternative to the usual wish spell. Only use this fairy magick spell when you have a sincere need in your life, or the fairies won’t bother with you.
A handful of small natural stones
A flat green oak leaf
Rose petals (any color)
Do this spell outdoors on a sunny day. You’ll have to return later so choose a place you have easy access to.
First you have to ask for your wish. Go to a private outdoor place on a bright day, and make a circle of stones. Use regular stones, not crystals, and it should be at least 6 inches across. Write your wish on the oak leaf, and set it in the center of the circle and cover that with a few rose petals. Say the following out loud:
Fairy, fairy, hear my call,
I have a need and that is all,
I’ve made a circle, please come in,
Grant my wish, we’ll both win.
After the spell is spoken, explain what you need and that you’ll leave a gift if your wish is granted. Leave the area and hopefully one of the local fairies will take pity on you.
If your request is granted, you have to go back to the same place and leave them a gift (something sweet or pretty is a good idea). If your original circle of stones is still there, just add your offering to the middle. Otherwise, make a new circle and leave it in the center.
Do not skip the gift step. If you promise the fairies something and don’t follow through, you will regret it. Fairy magick spells can be tricky this way because you are dealing with other beings rather than just your own personal energies.
Witchy Tip # 139 for Thursday, January 4
Many witches believe that turning or stirring things clockwise (Deasil) will bring positivity, luck, and success. Using the counterclockwise (Widdershins) motion, however, can bring chaos and misfortune. These two are often reversed when practicing in the Southern Hemisphere.
Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
Spirit Message of the Day – Ahh…The Possibilities
“A life is not measured by the games that are won, but that you lived in the moment and learned how to have fun.”
“Remember that feeling of being invincible, optimistic, wide-eyed, and carefree? Remember that excited sense of anticipation you have felt for most of your life? Remember plotting your course around ‘the fun’ and saying ‘Let’s Go!’ and ‘Let’s Get Together!’ often? When almost every day was an adventure?”
“First of all, back then, you never even knew you felt like that. It’s only with the clarity of hindsight that you can now see the magic that really did hold you in the palm of its hand. And today, you are still carried, ever so lovingly, by that very same magic. Choose to feel it again, now. It never left you. It’s still there. Don’t let another year or ten or more go by before you recognize today’s magic. Because right here and now, even more so than back then, you are poised to have more fun than you have ever had before! Oh Yeah!”
“Having fun is why you’re here. It’s not frivolous, it’s not just for kids, it’s important! And the art of having fun lies in the appreciating wherever you are, whenever you are. Its potential hides at work, it hides in your routines; it even lurks in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It begins by realizing that every moment that ticks by brings you closer to manifesting your heart’s desires, understanding life’s mysteries, and comprehending that you are bathed in love always. It is a wonderful life and it offers endless opportunities for fun to those who seek even when they wouldn’t think of seeking! Here’s hoping you find plenty of fun this week!”
Today’s message is from author Mike Dooley’s new book entitled Choose Them Wisely Thoughts Become Things!
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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for January 25
A blessing for your shoes, to take you on a positive path every day. Single shoe, pair of shoes, heels or flats,
Choose the path of happiness wherever I’m at.
Walk me through difficulties, never lead me astray,
All things negative will be kept at bay.
Bless your shoes as you put them on, repeating once for each shoe. And for extra measure once again after you have both of them on.
The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30
Witch Tip #109 for January 25th
Tie a strand of your hair to a cherry blossom tree as it blooms. This will help to attract love into your life.
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