A Thought for Today – What is a Witch? by Ann Moura

A Witch stands between the worlds of physical being and spiritual being, communicating with plants and animals, the energies of Nature, the spirit entities of other worlds, and the spirits of ancestors or the recently deceased.

She respects the world and sees herself in harmony with her surroundings and with her fellow beings. The changing of the seasons, the scents in the air, the comings and goings of animals, birds, fish, insects, and reptiles are all observed and understood as part of a vast integrated pattern of life.

She is the shaman, medicine person, healer, herbalist, and spiritualist, found both in ancient and modern societies, linking the past, the present, and the future.

A Laugh for Today

Spell for Today

When dealing with a weekly spell guide, Mondays are thought to be the logical day for money, love, time and meditation spells. Since Mondays are thought to be the start of the work week, it gives plenty of time for a Monday spell to gain strength throughout the rest of the week.

Time Spells – Hand of Time Spell

Items you will need:

Both hands
6 fingers

Hold both of your hands in front of you. Stare at your hands, noticing your palms and fingers, for about thirty seconds. Then, say this chant one time:

“Palms sweaty,
From watching clocks.
No more.
One finger,
For every ten docked.
Seconds in a minute
1440 in a day.
Stop a few,
For singing birds
And trees that sway.”

This should feel like time has slowed-down and allowed you to appreciate life more.


A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Monday


Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood

Herb: Moonwart

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at theirmmost potent. Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.

From modernwellnesswitch.com

Mondays are best spent as quiet days for reflection. You can work best with Monday energies by journaling or writing, reflecting on your dreams, doing divinations, gentle movement practices such as yoga or swimming. Spend time on self-development or other types of studying and enjoy a laid-back evening with close friends or family.

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Tarot Card: The Moon

Rune: Laguz

Colors: Silver, Grey, White, Blue

Plants*: Aloe, Cabbage, Camphor, Cotton, Cucumber, Dulse, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Gourd, Grape, Pea, Peach, Pear, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemonbalm, Lettuce, Lily, Lotus, Myrrh, Papaya, Poppy, Potato, Purslane, Sandalwood, Turnip, Willow, Wintergreen

Stones: Milky/Snow/Phantom/Rainbow Quartz, Moonstone/Rainbow Moonstone, Selenite, White Opal/Rainbow Opal, Sodalite, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Calcite, Bowenite, Rainbow Obsidian, Pink Chalcedony, Geodes, Black Pearl

Magical Uses: Channeling Intuition, Divination, Illusions, Dreams, Fertility, Sleep, Emotions, Completion of Cycles, Wisdom, Glamour

6 March 2023 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link  

For Your Local Time and Date 

Southeastern Hemisphere

This local time is in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

6 March 2023
06:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Pisces 54
Moon:07 Virgo 13
Mercury:06 Pisces 35
Venus:17 Aries 39
Mars:21 Gemini 28
Jupiter:13 Aries 10
Saturn:29 Aquarius 54
Uranus:15 Taurus 43
Neptune:24 Pisces 46
Pluto:29 Capricorn 38

True Lunar Node:05 Taurus 04 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Taurus 47 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):06 Leo 24

Chiron:14 Aries 09
Ceres:03 Libra 38 Rx
Pallas:12 Cancer 04
Juno:27 Aries 13
Vesta:11 Aries 51

Eris:24 Aries 10


Southern Hemisphere

This local time is in Cape Town, South Africa

6 March 2023
03:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Pisces 46
Moon:05 Virgo 43
Mercury:06 Pisces 22
Venus:17 Aries 30
Mars:21 Gemini 25
Jupiter:13 Aries 08
Saturn:29 Aquarius 53
Uranus:15 Taurus 43
Neptune:24 Pisces 46
Pluto:29 Capricorn 38

True Lunar Node:05 Taurus 05 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Taurus 47 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):06 Leo 24

Chiron:14 Aries 08
Ceres:03 Libra 40 Rx
Pallas:12 Cancer 02
Juno:27 Aries 09
Vesta:11 Aries 48

Eris:24 Aries 10


Southwestern Hemisphere

This local time is in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

6 March 2023
04:00 am GMT 3:00 PM AEDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Pisces 19
Moon:00 Virgo 11
Mercury:05 Pisces 34
Venus:16 Aries 57
Mars:21 Gemini 14
Jupiter:13 Aries 02
Saturn:29 Aquarius 50
Uranus:15 Taurus 42
Neptune:24 Pisces 45
Pluto:29 Capricorn 38

True Lunar Node:05 Taurus 09 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Taurus 48 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):06 Leo 21

Chiron:14 Aries 07
Ceres:03 Libra 45 Rx
Pallas:11 Cancer 58
Juno:26 Aries 54
Vesta:11 Aries 35

Eris:24 Aries 10


Thought for the Day


Astronomy Picture of the Day February 27th to March 5th

These are the Astronomy Picture of the Day for the proceeding week starting on the past Monday through this Sunday. Just click on the hyperlink next to the date for the pictures you want to see.

2023 March 05: Jupiter and Venus over Italy
2023 March 04: 10 Days of Venus and Jupiter
2023 March 03: RCW 86: Historical Supernova Remnant
2023 March 02: Unraveling NGC 3169
2023 March 01: The Flaming Star Nebula
2023 February 28: Crescent Moon Beyond Greek Temple
2023 February 27: Zodiacal Ray with Venus and Jupiter

Let’s Have Some Fun – Printable Coloring Page

It is small but I enjoyed coloring it with one of my grandchildren.

Let’s Have Some More Fun – Printable Coloring Page

Meet Your Moon Sign C. 2011

Meet Your Moon Sign

What do you need to feel happy, safe
and fulfilled?

by Emily Trinkaus

Everyone wants to feel good but how to get there varies significantly depending on your unique needs. While your Sun sign shows how you express your identity and shine your light out in the world, your Moon sign gives insight into your inner world, revealing what you need to feel safe, happy and comfortable.

The Moon moves so quickly — changing signs every two and a quarter days — that you need to know your time of birth in order to be sure about your Moon sign. Once you know your Moon sign, read below to discover your path to emotional fulfillment. Learning about a friend or loved one’s Moon sign is a great way to get deeper understanding into their needs and desires.

Moon in Aries
Aries is the warrior, and you need to express your fiery, creative and pioneering spirit. Ideally, you have a place in your life where you can take the lead and be number one, possibly within your home or family. To feel safe in relationships, you require honesty and directness — you prefer to experience conflict and get your emotions out in the open rather than gloss over unpleasantness for the sake of harmony.

Moon in Taurus
Your earthy, sensual and peace-loving temperament requires frequent communion with nature, and you appreciate having plants and animals in your home. You feel best when you have a stable routine, are surrounded by creature comforts and can indulge in the pleasures of the physical world. In relationships, you need loyalty, reliability and sensuality. Naturally grounded, you have the ability to remain calm even in the midst of crisis.

Moon in Gemini

With your Moon in the airy and mentally active sign of the Twins, staying connected with others through various forms of communication brings a feeling of security. You’re happiest when your ever-curious mind is being fed with new ideas and perspectives, and when you’re sharing the knowledge you’ve acquired. You need a steady flow of communication in relationships, and subscribe to the theory that variety is the spice of life.

Moon in Cancer

The Moon is strong in its home sign of Cancer, so lunar themes are prominent in your life — home, family, food and your inner world. You need plenty of time to devote to these realms. With your strong connection to the past — especially family and ancestors — you feel secure when surrounded by family photos or other mementos. You need nurturing relationships where you can share your deepest feelings and be treated with tenderness and sensitivity.

Moon in Leo

The Lion is the king of the jungle and you need to be treated like royalty — to feel special and be the center of attention. Leo also represents the archetype of the child, and playing and having fun are food for your soul. Expressing your creativity leads to satisfaction and is your best bet for avoiding emotional drama. You have a big heart and need to demonstrate your generosity, perhaps through entertaining in your home.

Moon in Virgo

Above all, you need to feel useful — to know that you’re contributing your skills and talents to a worthy cause. Order, efficiency and simplicity give you a feeling of comfort and ease — otherwise, you can be prone to overwhelm, worry and anxiety. You find security in the little things in life, and feel best when you’re in your own environment. You have high standards in relationships, and require reliability and responsibility from your partners.

Moon in Libra

Your inner world is symbolized by the Scales, giving you a strong need for balance, justice and harmony. You feel secure in peaceful and beautiful surroundings, while discord can throw you off-kilter. You enjoy an active social life, but withdrawing into solitude from time to time is essential to discover what you really want. Expressing your needs leads to genuine harmony — avoid the temptation to suppress your desires to please others.

Moon in Scorpio

With your Moon in the sign associated with the Underworld, you need to dive into the emotional depths. While other Moon signs may feel uncomfortable with emotional intensity, you thrive on it. Scorpio symbolizes the process of transformation and rebirth, and you need to engage with this process in some way — creativity, spirituality and psychology are some possible healthy outlets. In relationships, you require passion, depth and loyalty.

Moon in Sagittarius

You have the soul of a gypsy and need travel, freedom and adventure to feel fulfilled. Most of all, you require a lot of personal space — being tied down by routine or obligations stifles your spirit and dampens your naturally buoyant personality. Being active, including vigorous exercise, healthy competition and time in the wilderness helps you thrive. You’re happiest when you balance your physical activity with philosophical and spiritual exploration.

Moon in Capricorn

Your highly pragmatic Moon finds satisfaction through being productive and competent and by achieving your ambitious goals. You need to feel respected by others and are willing to earn this respect through hard work. Being organized and surrounded by the highest quality material objects gives you a sense of security. In relationships, you seek long-lasting quality, and are willing to wait for the best. You may need to let go of control and show vulnerability.

Moon in Aquarius

In an intellectual Air sign, your Moon requires mental stimulation and social activity. Aquarius is the sign of friendship and your many friends are likely to feel like family. You need an outlet for expressing your uniqueness and unconventional thoughts, perhaps through writing or another form of creativity. A sense of freedom and independence makes you feel secure in relationships while too much clinginess turns you off.

Moon in Pisces

Pisces represents dreams, fantasy, spirit and the imagination. To feel nurtured, you need to take regular time out from ordinary reality to connect with these other-worldly realms, whether through meditation, creative pursuits or daydreaming. Your highly sensitive nature easily picks up on others’ emotions, and you need solitude to identify your own feelings. You feel the urge to merge with others in relationships, but need to be careful not to lose yourself.

Let’s Talk Witch – Sigils and Symbols Used In Magick c. 2014

Let’s Talk Witch – Sigils and Symbols Used In Magick

Sigils, symbols and names are often carved into candles to add to the intent, power and purpose of the spell.

To draw something to you carve your symbol or sigil into the candle by starting from the bottom and make your sigil ‘grow’ moving it upwards. To banish something start your carving from the top of the candle moving downwards.

If you are drawing letters you can stack them, by drawing each letter one over the top of another. Again if you are drawing something to you start to carve at the bottom of the candle and if you are banishing something start at the top.

The spiral method means you start your carving at the bottom of the candle and move to the right, spiralling the letters of your carving upwards to bring something towards you, or start at the top and spiral downwards to banish something.

For a straightforward carving just draw your design in the middle of the candle, it could be a heart for a love spell or a pound/ dollar sign to draw money.

To reverse a spell or when banishing negativity, you could try writing a word backwards on the candle.

If you don’t want anyone to see what you have carved into the candle use a needle as this makes a very fine line and even you probably won’t be able to make out the end result, but the important thing is that spirit will.

Another way of hiding what you are doing is by carving your intent on the base of the candle so that no one can see it.


Pagan Portals – Hoodoo: Folk Magic
Patterson, Rachel

16 Common Witchcraft Spell Casting Essentials c. 2018

These common witchcraft spell casting essentials are not listed in any particular order. They are listed in the order in which they came to me for the purpose of writing this article.

These are not the only common witchcraft spell casting essentials, however, they are some of the ones that I feel are the main ones.

THE most important witchcraft spell casting essential is intent. Without intent, you have nothing but words and actions, and not really a spell cast at all.

In no particular order, a list of Common Witchcraft Spell Casting Essentials

1. Salt
Used for cleansing and banishing. It is also used for protection during cleansing and banishing spells. Salt is a natural antiseptic. Salt is commonly used for circles for standing or sitting in while casting. It also ensures a clean spell.

2. Broom
Brooms are highly symbolic. Brooms symbolize the sweeping away of anything unwanted. They are used physically, as well as symbolically. You would use a broom to physically sweep away in a cleansing spell, banishing spell, also in some protection spells (ones that would rid unwanted energy from your home to keep it out).

3. Candles
Candles are used for focus and mood. Candles should be readily available in as many colors as you can get a hold of. Different colored candles hold symbolism for a variety of spells. Colors are chosen based on the nature of the spell and what feels right. White can be substituted for any color in the absence of the chosen color.

For example, some people like to use the color Red for love spells, or the colors Green or Gold for money spells, or Blue for healing spells, etc.

You can choose what colors feel right for you for any spell of your choosing. You do not have to go with the commonly used color associations if you feel another color will work better for you in a certain spell or ritual.

4. Crystals and Stones
You should have a variety of stones and crystals for different purposes. Crystals and stones contain a charge for various things so you will want to choose wisely based on your spell. In the absence of the proper crystal, Quartz can be charged with the necessary properties. I find Quartz to be quite powerful and quite generic because of its nature.

Important: You do not want to use crystals or stones of any kind (even wedding rings or other jewelry) when doing banishing spells. When you are working to banish (especially with entities), crystals and stones can absorb the energy of the entity, keeping the entity attached to that stone forever.

Be selective in what spells you use crystals and stones in.

5. Incense
Incense comes in a wide variety of scents /odors. You will always want to choose what suits the spell best and what feels right for you at the time of casting.

Incense can be used to trigger certain emotions or invoke a mindset. Different smells for different purposes.

I prefer vanilla for most spells, as it is very soothing and calming, and helps to set the mood for casting.

6. Anointing Oils and Essential Oils
Oils are used for various purposes. Some are for scent and feeling, and others are for cleansing or blessing. The different oils are chosen based on items they are needed for and for the spell they are being used in.

7. Silence

Silence is optimal for casting any spell. You need to be able to focus on your spell without distraction. If you have children, especially young ones, you need to choose your timing wisely.

8. Isolation

Unless you are with a coven, isolation is a preferable. (If you are with a coven, then the coven should be isolated.) Being alone goes hand-in-hand with silence.

9. Book of Shadows (Spell Book)

A book with your spells written inside it. It is important to always write down your spells that you cast in the event that you want to perform a certain spell again. This is something that you will always have and should keep protected. A notebook can be used, but you should transfer your spells into something more permanent. Spells, although written down in this book can be altered at any time.

10. Intent

THE most important thing you need when casting any spell. Witchcraft is based on intent. Make sure that your intentions are known before you even begin casting your spell. Know what you want to achieve and focus on it.

11. Focus

Focus works alongside intent. You want to focus on your intentions and on what it is that you are doing throughout the spell to make those intentions be your outcome.

12. Confidence

You must have confidence in order for your spells to take effect. The more confident you are, the stronger your casting will be. Know in your heart and in your mind that what you are doing within the spell has worked, is working, and will work. Believe it and so shall it be.

13. Altar

A place where you have all of your essentials gathered together to perform your rituals and castings. Usually a table or desk dedicated to your collection of Witchcraft items. This is also where you would perform offerings to the Gods or Goddesses that you are calling upon to help you. For lack of a table or desk, you can use the top of a dresser or a shelving unit, a shelf, or even a window sill.

14. Herbs and Flowers

You will want to have various herbs and flowers on hand at all times for various spells. Herbs and flowers can be used fresh or dried. If burning the herbs or flowers, you will of course want to use dried. Fragrance from fresh herbs and flowers may be needed depending on the spell to be cast and the ritual to be performed. Also, if being used for symbolism, you would choose fresh or dried accordingly. (eg. dried to symbolize old, and fresh to symbolize new)

15. Cauldron

A fireproof container for burning various objects, incense, images, herbs, etc. When a spell calls for it, you will need to burn certain things, so a cauldron will make the perfect venue for this. A cauldron is not used only for burning; it is also used for mixing. In your cauldron, you can mix any of your “ingredients” that you need to bring together for your spell or ritual. You may want to heat some mixtures in your cauldron, so this is another reason it should be fireproof. It should also be food-safe if you are mixing potions
Go with your instinct no matter what kind of spell you are casting or ritual you are performing. Use your instincts when choosing every element and every word to a spell or ritual. Only you know what is right for your spell or ritual, no one can tell you what should be used and what shouldn’t. Go with your instinct every time, even if you have a spell previously written. If that spell feels like it should be changed, then change it. Instincts will get you very far with witchcraft.

This is not a complete list of everything that you will ever need or that you will ever use in your spells and rituals, and it is not meant to be. It is simply a list of some of the most common witchcraft spell casting essentials that are important to ensure a great spell.

You don’t need all of these things for each spell. You want to use any combination of the essentials (and anything else that you feel is necessary) in each individual spell.
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A Little Humor for Your Day – Signs That You Might Be a Pagan c. 2019

Signs That You May Be A Pagan

You Might be Pagan If …

  1. You know the term “fluffy bunny” has nothing to do with Easter.
  2. When you’re sworn in in court, you bring your own grimoire.
  3. You’ve been seen talking to cats. They talk back. You understand what they’re saying.
  4. When asked if you believe in God, you ask, “Which one?”
  5. You know what “widdershins” means. You apply it.
  6. You have an entire spice cabinet and you don’t cook. You know that laurel and bay leaves are the same thing.
  7. You have a frequent buyer card at the local antique bookstore. The proprietor of said bookstore picks out anything to do with the Celts and saves it for you.
  8. You think Mercedes Lackey should be a cultural icon.
  9. You know that there are exceptions to the laws of physics. You’ve caused them.
  10. The first thing your guests say is, “My, that’s a nice… altar… you have there.”
  11. On Halloween, you yell “Happy New Year!” at passers-by.
  12. You know that Christmas trees were originally pagan symbols. That’s why you bought one.
  13. You have friends who say they are elves. You believe them.
  14. You commit blasphemy in the plural.
  15. Upon dying, your first thought is, “Darn it, not AGAIN.”
  16. When you say “Mother Nature,” you don’t mean it in an anthropomorphic way.
  17. Gaia is NOT the lady on Captain Planet.
  18. You think The Mists of Avalon should be a religious text. You use it as such.
  19. In Religion 100, you were disappointed because they didn’t cover YOUR gods.
  20. You know that there is a right way and a wrong way to draw a pentacle. You can explain the difference.
  21. You’ve spent the last year and a half looking for a familiar.
  22. You talk to trees. They talk back.
  23. You know dragons and fae exist. You’ve seen them.
  24. Painting yourself blue, spiking your hair, and dancing naked around a bonfire sounds like large amounts of fun.
  25. You’ve seen “The Craft.” You know where they were making stuff up in “The Craft.” You have explained this to other people. You can do it better than they did it in “The Craft.” You know it’s a load of crap.
  26. You understand the symbolism behind a maypole.
  27. You’ve ever ended a phone call with “so mote it be.”
  28. Your children go around telling people that “the Goddess loves you.”
  29. You consider unicorns to be an endangered species.
  30. You commonly (and frequently accidentally) call the days of the week by alternate names: Sunday, Moonday, Tyr’s Day, Woden’s Day, Thurse Day, Frigga-Day, Satyr Day.
  31. You keep wondering what year this is, as that whole time-travel thing has you confused.
  32. The Futhark or the Theban alphabet (one of them) was the first alphabet you learned to write.
  33. When someone says they have a headache, you pull out White Willow Bark and a Crystal Healing Kit.
  34. You wonder why the Pope doesn’t have any concubines in his position of obvious power.
  35. Your candles outnumber your light bulbs.
  36. Your telephone, computer, radio, television, or other electronic device is in a spot where you can protect the rest of the house from it.
  37. Your telephone, computer, radio, television, or other electronic device is in a spot where you can protect them from the rest of the house.
  38. You feel inclined to dance around and/or jump over a campfire, and keep piling wood on it because it’s not a proper bonfire.
  39. You go on religious pilgrimages that end up in or pass through (with a stop) any of the following: Nepal, the Burning Man festival, the woods (nearby or not), Stonehenge, the Pyramids or any other place with a usable pyramid, Salem (Massachusetts), Eerie (Indiana), Avalon, Atlantis, anywhere where there are standing stones or burial mounds, any cave with drawings older than the nation it’s in, or pretty much any place wild.
  40. You really do wonder why the faeries keep hiding from you… after all, you’re one of them.
  41. You keep getting mistaken by religious zealots for someone Satanic, or you are directly called by these same zealots a “devil-worshipper” or some such.
  42. You like the movie “The Matrix” for its philosophical content more than its technological aspects.
  43. You dislike the Christian Bible because it’s “way too strict for fun-loving people.”
  44. You can accurately quote the Bible better than your Fundie neighbor, relate said scripture to parallel sources in other cultures and religions, and rebut it all from quotes of the Seth books or material you have channeled on your own.
  45. You constantly wonder why all the decent people in the world are in hiding.
  46. You never blow out your candles because you consider it an affront to the element of fire. Your kids have to snuff out their birthday cake.
  47. You don’t keep your hammer in the toolbox.
  48. The last time Jehovah Witnesses came to your house they ran away so fast they forgot to leave any pamphlets behind.
  49. Your friends talk about “WitchCraft” or “The Occult” among themselves and then aren’t surprised when you give them a referenced, coherent, well-formed explanation for whatever they were talking about at the time, from memory.
  50. People who you vaguely recognize ask you to fix deeply personal problems so they don’t have to do it themselves.
  51. You’re reading this page. You understand what it’s talking about.
  52. You have argued for the acceptance of Paganism as a mainstream religion.
  53. You honestly didn’t understand what Jerry Falwell was blaming you for, or why he has such a problem with your beliefs.
  54. You write your philosophy papers comparing the beliefs of Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley.
  55. When people ask “What’s Wicca?” you are genuninely shocked that they have never heard of it.
  56. Instead of singing “God Bless America”, you change it to “All the Gods Bless America”.
  57. You can point out exactly where Silver RavenWolf is inaccurate.
  58. Your home doubles as an evergreen wood or rain forest.
  59. You know that Ragnarok is not a heavy metal band.
  60. You keep referring to the Bible as Christian Mythology.
  61. You keep talking about how Jesus had the perfect coven of 13.
  62. You make arguments that you are not a Neo-Pagan but a Reconstructionist Pagan.
  63. You cheer when watching Marilyn Manson say we must “fight the Fascism of Christianity.”
  64. You say, “Yes I have found Christ. I added him to my Pantheon only last week.”
  65. You think that Julian is the greatest Roman Emperor.
  66. You call yourself a Vinelander.
  67. You have to explain that you can’t be a Satanist because Satanism is merely Xian heresy.
  68. You know the difference between a Heathen and a Neo-Pagan.
  69. You try to trace your ancestry back to Odin or Lugh.
  70. You learn Old Norse just to be able to read the Eddas and Sagas easier.
  71. You have multiple translations of the Eddas and Sagas on your book shelves. You’ve read all of them and wrote one of them. You can discuss the finer points of interpretation.
  72. You get tired of explaining the your Hammer necklace is not an upside-down Satanic cross.
  73. You argue that we are in cyclical time and not linear time.
  74. You know that the Swastika was not invented by Hitler.
  75. The phrase “It’s Hammer Time” brings up thoughts of Thor.
  76. When family members here you’re not Christian, they ask if you will still celebrate Christmas and Easter. You reply, “Those were my religious holidays first!”
  77. You refer to your religion as Celtic or Germanic.
  78. When a Christian asks if you’ve found the Lord, you ask “Which one Freyr or Jesus?”
  79. When asked if you’ve found Jesus, you reply: “I wasn’t aware he was lost.”
  80. You don’t want to go to Hel, since it’s such a dark, cold and dreary place. Valhalla is better.
  81. You’ve ever answered “Yes?” when someone said “Oh God” or “Oh Lord”.
  82. You don’t work in a New Age/Occult shop, but you know the inventory better than most of the employees.
  83. … and you know most of the employees
  84. … and they call you when they have questions.
  85. The last time a screaming, proselytizing, evangelist Christian fundie told you that you were going to hell, you just gave him a big hug and told him you hoped you could be roommates when that happened.
  86. Somebody asks you what time it is and you look at the sky, not your watch.
  87. Your entire neighborhood comes to you first when they have a cold, asking for a cup of your special tea.
  88. People look at the way you’re dressed and say “Nice Halloween costume!” but you’re wearing your everyday clothes and jewelry.
  89. You absentmindedly use DragonScript or Theban when taking notes, and you can speak the language it comes from as well. Fluently.
  90. Last time you heard a Pentacostal Christian speak in tongues you winced due to the horrible grammar and weird pronounciations.
  91. You understand what people say when they speak in tongues and have responded, arguing a point just made. (Extra points if you won the argument without using violence or shouting.)
  92. People have introduced you to their friends as a practicing witch. You’ve gotten used to it.
  93. That funny feeling in your stomach whenever you’d go to church as a kid-it wasn’t a breakfast gone bad. It was a sign.
  94. You see people reading various pagan literature and feel compelled to give commentary.
  95. You think there’s something suspiciously pagan about the way Mary Poppins comes and goes with the directions of the wind.
  96. You’re still looking for your ruby slippers.
  97. You think a South Park episode making fun of Wiccans would be really really funny.
  98. … and you’ve written scripts for such an episode, but none of your friends got the humor.
  99. You greatly enjoy explaining your religion to the Mormon missionaries who knock on your door. (Let’s face it, the confused looks on their faces were priceless.)
  100. Every Halloween, news stations and schools call you up asking you to talk about paganism.
  101. … and after talking to them about it, you make the mistake of giving out your email address, and find your inbox stuffed full of love spell requests.
  102. The local church kept asking you to bring in some baked goodies for their bake sale. You brought in cookies made using a pentacle cookie cutter. They stopped calling.
  103. You have close to a dozen (or more) quick, witty and/or cutting remarks at the ready whenever you might be asked if you’re a good witch or an evil one.
  104. After having spent 10 minutes out of doors you can do a week long weather prediction. It’ll be more accurate than what the weather forecasters on TV manages.
  105. If getting wet isn’t an option and you’ve forgotten your raincoat or umbrella, you walk between the raindrops. That is, if the rain won’t hold up a couple of minutes just for your sake.
  106. You’ve been asked by your co-workers to perform a binding spell on your boss, to allow them to slack off, and you’ve considered how to do it without doing harm.
  107. You spend all day trying to get kids not to run away from you whenever you talk about “Spells”.


–Turok’s Cabana

Sunday’s Witchery c. 2018 (Correspondences and Spell)

Gna’s Blot

Colors: White and blue
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of white and blue set twelve white candles, one sky-blue candle, a great jug of mead, and a white feather. Throughout the next ten days, the altar stays the same, and one more candle is lit. On this day, light the blue candle and two white candles.
Offering: Take a message of truth to someone. Speak the truth. Do things correctly.
Daily Meal: Soup or stew. Bread with cheese, meat, or jam.

Invocation to Frigga’s Handmaidens

Call: Twelve maidens hold the halls of Asgard!
Response: Twelve virgins hold the pillars of heaven!
Call: Twelve mysteries hold the luck of Asgard!
Response: Twelve virtues hold the Law of heaven!
Call: Twelve words of power resound through Asgard!
Response: Twelve stars light up the dome of heaven!
Call: We call upon the power of Virtue!
Response: We call upon the mysteries of heaven!

Invocation to Gna

Hail, bright messenger of Frigga,
Bringer only of the truth,
Be it joyful or painful.
You whose lips speak only what is true
And whose wings rush the truth to every corner of the world,
Teach us to love that messenger when she comes,
Even when she bears tidings
That wring the heart to sorrow.
Teach us that truth is never unwelcome,
And that its radiance burns through
All confusion, all illusion, and all shadows.
For truth is more than merely our words;
It is every step that we take on the road of life.

Cloth of honor from the thread of truth
Weave your heart into all you offer

(A libation of mead is poured out for Gna, and the jug replaced for the next day’s ritual. There should be a House meeting for this day, during which the virtue of Truth is stressed.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Goddess of the Day – Frigg


Areas of Influence: Frigg was the Norse Goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood, wisdom, household management and weaving and spinning.

She was the Queen of Aesir and the only one permitted to sit on the high seat other than her husband Odin.

This Goddess’s home was Fensalir (Marsh hall) in Asgard. All marshy and boggy ground was sacred to this Goddess.

As Goddess of weaving she was associated with weaving clouds and the threads of fate, known as Wyrd in the Nordic tradition. Despite this and the gift of prophecy she is unable to save her own son from his fate. The Goddess made him invincible to everything other than mistletoe but unfortunately Loki disguised himself and tricked her in to revealing this weakness.

She has more than ten handmaidens who assist her, the most well known of these are Hlin (Goddess of Protection), Gna (a messenger Goddess) and Fulla (a fertility Deity). Some academics have suggested that the attendants represent different faces of this particular Deity.

Barren women would invoke this Goddess and ask her to bless them with children.

Her name means “beloved one.” Other spellings of this Goddesses name include Frea, Fija, Friia, Frig and Friggja.

Origins and Genealogy: She was the daughter of Fjorgynn (the male personification of the earth) and was married to Odin with whom she had two sons, Balder and Hodr.

She was briefly married to Odin’s brother’s Vili and Ve as Odin had been away travelling a long time and was believed to be dead. When he finally returned, the marriage to Odin’s brothers was dissolved and she returned to her husband’s side.

Strengths: A loving mother and home maker.

Weaknesses: Unable to save her son.

Like Freya she wears a ravens clock.

She is associated with constellation the Orion’s Belt which was known as the Frig’s Distaff upon which she winds the threads of fate and weaves the clouds.

Sacred Birds: Ravens, hawks and falcons.

Sacred Plants: Frigg’s grass is a plant was traditionally used as a sedative during birth. Mistletoe is also sacred to her.

Frigg’s Archetype
The Mother
The Mother is a life-giver and the source of nurturing, devotion, patience and unconditional love. The ability to forgive and provide for her children and put them before herself is the essence of a good mother.
In its shadow aspect the Mother can be devouring, abusive and abandoning. The shadow Mother can also make her children feel guilty about becoming independent and leaving her. It is not necessary to be a biological Mother to have this stereotype. It can refer to anyone who has a lifelong pattern of nurturing and devotion to living things.

This Goddess was a devoted mother who was unable to prevent the death of her son. She is also a great domestic Goddess looking after the home.

How to Work With This Archetype
The Mother

You are exhibiting the features of the shadow Mother if you smother your children and are over protective. Encourage independence and allow children to make mistakes but be available to give care and advice when it’s needed.

The other shadow Mother is the one that abandons her children, or is so busy that she has no time for nurturing her young.