A Laugh for Today

Spell for Today – Spell To Create A Unicorn


From shirleytwofeathers.com

Spell To Create A Unicorn

You will need the following items for this spell:

  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Coloring items

Casting Instructions:

Draw what your unicorn will look like. Color in your unicorn, according to the element of your choice (fire, earth, air, or water). Draw yourself next to your unicorn. Draw your height next to the drawing of yourself and color yourself in (optional).

Fold the paper hamburger style. Write it’s info in either side ( name, element, breed, coat color, accessories, behavior, wingspan if have any, tail, what it eats, speed, etc). Fold paper hamburger style again.

Write and say this aloud: ” _____ (element) unicorn of mine, come to me, by egg of _____ (element). I summon the newborn mythical creature. So mote it be.” Then fold paper again. Draw a pentagram know either side. Now fold it once more.

Now every night, for three nights, chant, “God/ Goddess, grant my dream unicorn in the real world from egg to end.* then chant, ” _____ (element) unicorn of mine, come to me, by egg of _____ (element). I summon the newborn mythical creature. So mote it be.”

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Monday

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

From learnreligions.com

Monday is the day of the moon itself, and it’s a day that’s connected to lunar colors like silver, white, or even a pale blue. Metals and gemstones like silver, pearl, opal, and moonstone all come into play today.

There are plenty of deities associated with the moon—Thoth and Diana for instance—and herbal correspondences include many members of the mint family. Utilize wintergreen or peppermint, as well as catnip, comfrey, sage, and chamomile in your workings.

When it comes to Monday magic, because of that lunar connection, it’s a good time to focus on workings related to childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, and intuition. Do a little bit of self-exploration and work on developing your intuition—learn to trust your gut. Celebrate birth and life, and make some magic to fix what is broken.

Gods – Cernunnos

Cernunnos – Wild God of the Forest from learnreligions.com

Cernunnos is a horned god found in Celtic mythology. He is connected with male animals, particularly the stag in rut, and this has led him to be associated with fertility and vegetation. Depictions of Cernunnos are found in many parts of the British Isles and western Europe. He is often portrayed with a beard and wild, shaggy hair–he is, after all, the lord of the forest.

With his mighty antlers, Cernunnos is a protector of the forest and master of the hunt. He is a god of vegetation and trees in his aspect as the Green Man, and a god of lust and fertility when connected with Pan, the Greek satyr. In some traditions, he is seen as a god of death and dying, and takes the time to comfort the dead by singing to them on their way to the spirit world.

History and Worship of Cernunnos

In Margaret Murray’s 1931 book, God of the Witches, she posits that Herne the Hunter is a manifestation of Cernunnos. Because he is found only in Berkshire, and not in the rest of the Windsor Forest area, Herne is considered a “localized” god and could indeed be the Berkshire interpretation of Cernunnos. During the Elizabethan age, Cernunnos appears as Herne in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. He also embodies fealty to the realm, and guardianship of royalty.

In some traditions of Wicca, the cycle of seasons follows the relationship between the Horned God–Cernunnos–and the Goddess. During the fall, the Horned God dies, as the vegetation and land go dormant, and in the spring, at Imbolc, he is resurrected to impregnate the fertile goddess of the land. However, this relationship is a relatively new Neopagan concept, and there is no scholarly evidence to indicate that ancient peoples might have celebrated this “marriage” of the Horned God and a mother goddess.

Because of his horns (and the occasional depiction of a large, erect phallus), Cernunnos has often been misinterpreted by fundamentalists as a symbol of Satan. Certainly, at times, the Christian church has pointed to the Pagan following of Cernunnos as “devil worship.” This is in part due to nineteenth-century paintings of Satan which included large, ram-like horns much like those of Cernunnos.

Today, many Pagan traditions honor Cernunnos as an aspect of the God, the embodiment of masculine energy and fertility and power.

A Prayer to Cernunnos

God of the green,
Lord of the forest,
I offer you my sacrifice.
I ask you for your blessing.

You are the man in the trees,
the green man of the woods,
who brings life to the dawning spring.
You are the deer in rut,
mighty Horned One,
who roams the autumn woods,
the hunter circling round the oak,
the antlers of the wild stag,
and the lifeblood that spills upon
the ground each season.

God of the green,
Lord of the forest,
I offer you my sacrifice.
I ask you for your blessing.

Honoring Cernunnos in Ritual

If your tradition calls for you to honor Cernunnos in ritual–especially around the season of the Beltane sabbat–be sure to read John Beckett’s article at Patheos, The Cernunnos Ritual. Beckett says,

“His presence, which had been mild but undeniable since we started setting up (what, you think a Forest God is going to sit quietly outside the door till he gets a proper invitation?) became overwhelming. Someone shouted. Someone got up and began to dance. Then another got up, and another, and another. Before long we had a whole line of people dancing, spinning, and chanting around the altar.
Cernunnos! Cernunnos! Cernunnos!”

Juniper, at Walking the Hedge, has an absolutely lovely and moving ritual worth reading about called A Devotional Ritual to Cernunnos. She says,

“I call to Him with feeling, with love with desire. I call until I feel His presence, I do not assume a few words of poetry will be enough and carry on. I call until the hair on the back of my neck stands up and goosebumps run down my arms. I call until I can smell His scent on the air… When Cernunnos has arrived I thank Him with gifts, by showing Him what offerings I have brought for Him and placing it at the foot of the god-stang.”

Other ways you can honor Cernunnos in a ritual setting include making offerings to him, particularly if you have a forest or wooded area nearby. Take some wine, milk, or consecrated water in a chalice and pour it upon the ground while calling to him. You can also decorate your altar with his symbols, such as leaves, shed antlers, moss, and fresh clean soil. If you’ve trying to conceive, and you’ve got a significant other who’s open to the practice of ritual sex magic, consider a bit of outdoor passion some evening, and call upon Cernunnos to bless your union.

Goddess – Epona

The motif of the “Lady of the Animals” lives on this religious depiction. Flanked by two horses, Epona is shown sitting on a throne holding a fruit basket on her lap. The Celtic goddess was revered as the patroness for wagoners. She was also popular among the military. The images was mainly occurred in the provinces of Gaul and Germania. Image credit: Rosemania – Flickr  

Epona – One Of The Oldest And Widely Known Celtic Deities from ancientpages.com

Epona is the Gaulish goddess of horses, donkeys, and mules. She was one of the oldest and most notable Celtic deities and was worshiped in ancient Rome.

Her name, ‘Epona,’ means ‘mare,’ and she was believed to be the protector of horses, donkeys, mules, and ponies.

As involved in ancient beliefs of many cultures, some scholars do not exclude that this goddess was often associated with death, similar to other mother goddesses. In that case, her symbol was a crow, a raven, or a dog symbolizing the afterlife.

As the guide (or companion) of souls, leading the deceased to the land of the dead, Epona had a mysterious key to opening the underworld (otherworld).

No doubt, Epona was a very popular deity in the Roman Empire, but as we said, she was not of Roman origin, for there were no such equestrian goddesses in the pantheon of these people. The Roman army adopted her worship and spread her cult throughout the empire. She was the only Celtic goddess granted a feast day (December 18).

The greatest concentration of inscriptions to Epona, along with altars and depictions of her, have been found in Roman Gaul, especially in Burgundy, and in the Metz-Trier and Meuse valley regions of Germany, Britain, Bulgaria, and North Africa as well.

In Celtic Gaul, Epona was initially associated with the beliefs of the tribe of Aedui, who inhabited the regions between Liger (Loire, the longest river in France) and Arar (the modern Saone river of eastern France).

In historical records, these people were remembered as allies of Rome, who in time supported Vercingetorix, a brave warrior who gathered an army of Gallic people against the Roman Empire and in 52 BC was defeated by Julius Caesar. At the same time, the Aeduians were incorporated into Roman Gaul.

Despite Epona’s wide popularity in ancient times, very little is known about her.  Many believe this goddess had many local incarnations and appeared under other names.

However, there is one interesting mythological story about when our planet Earth was almost empty. There were no gods or humans, only the sea and the land. When the sea met the ground, a white mare, Eiocha, made of sea foam, was born.

In the vicinity of this critical event, a strong oak tree grew, giving support to “a plant with white berries of “foam tears” from the sea. The white mare, Eiocha, ate the berries and grew heavy with the child. She gave birth to the first god, Cernunnos. The birth was painful, and in her struggle, Eiocha ripped pieces of bark from the oak tree and threw them into the sea, thus creating the Giants of the Deep. Cernunnos was lonely and coupled with Eiocha to produce other gods: Maponus, Tauranus, Teutates, and the goddess Epona.” 1

Horses for the Celts were vital because they were used for transport. In war and agriculture, it is only natural that the cult of the goddess – patroness of horses- constituted an essential part of their religious views. She was usually depicted on a horse, feeding a horse from her hand, leading two horses, or standing with horses around her.

Other attributes were a horn of plenty and a loaf of bread, which means she was also worshiped as a fertility goddess.

Archangel – Ariel

Meet Archangel Ariel, the Angel of Nature from learnreligions.com

Ariel means “altar” or “lion of God” in Hebrew. Other spellings include Ari’el, Arael, and Ariael. Ariel is known as the angel of nature.

As with all archangels, Ariel is sometimes depicted in male form; she is, however, more often seen as female. She oversees the protection and healing of animals and plants, as well as the care of the Earth’s elements (such as water, wind, and fire). She punishes those who harm God’s creation. In some interpretations, Ariel is also a liaison between the human and the elemental world of sprites, faeries, mystical crystals, and other manifestations of magic.

In art, Ariel is often depicted with a globe representing the Earth, or with elements of nature (such as water, fire, or rocks), to symbolize Ariel’s role caring for God’s creation on Earth. Ariel appears sometimes in male form and other times in the female form. She is often shown in pale pink or rainbow colors.

Origins of Ariel

In the Bible, Ariel’s name is used to refer to the holy city of Jerusalem in Isaiah 29, but the passage itself doesn’t refer to Archangel Ariel. The Jewish apocryphal text the Wisdom of Solomon describes Ariel as an angel who punishes demons. The Christian Gnostic text Pistis Sophia also says that Ariel works punishing the wicked. Later texts describe Ariel’s role caring for nature, including the “Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels” (published in the 1600s), which calls Ariel “Earth’s great lord.”

One of the Angelic Virtues

The angels were divided, according to St. Thomas Aquinas and other medieval authorities, into groups sometimes referred to as “choirs.” The choirs of angels include the seraphim and cherubim, as well as many other groups. Ariel is part of (or perhaps the leader of) the class of angels called the virtues, who inspire people on Earth to create great art and make great scientific discoveries, encourage them, and deliver miracles from God into people’s lives. Here is how one of the medieval theologians called Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite described the virtues in his work De Coelesti Hierarchia:

“The name of the holy Virtues signifies a certain powerful and unshakable virility welling forth into all their Godlike energies; not being weak and feeble for any reception of the divine Illuminations granted to it; mounting upwards in fullness of power to an assimilation with God; never falling away from the Divine Life through its own weakness, but ascending unwaveringly to the superessential Virtue which is the Source of virtue: fashioning itself, as far as it may, in virtue; perfectly turned towards the Source of virtue, and flowing forth providentially to those below it, abundantly filling them with virtue.”

How to Request Help From Ariel

Ariel serves as the patron angel of wild animals. Some Christians consider Ariel to be the patron saint of new beginnings.

People sometimes ask for Ariel’s help to take good care of the environment and God’s creatures (including both wild animals and pets) and to provide healing that they need, according to God’s will (Ariel works with the archangel Raphael when healing). Ariel can also help you to forge a stronger connection with the natural or elemental world.

To call upon Ariel, you need only request her guidance for goals that are within her realm. For example, you might ask her “please help me to heal this animal,” or “please help me to better understand the beauty of the natural world.” You can also burn an archangel candle dedicated to Ariel; such candles are typically pale pink or rainbow colored.

SOURCE: Hopler, Whitney. “Meet Archangel Ariel, the Angel of Nature.” Learn Religions, Feb. 8, 2021, learnreligions.com/archangel-ariel-the-angel-of-nature-124074.

Witchcraft Symbols, Terms and Definitions – Seax Wica

Seax Wica

From thoughtcatalog.com

Seax Wica is one tradition of Wicca. The symbol of this tradition, also called the the Seax Wica, refers to the moon, the sun, and the eight Wiccan holidays (like Samhain, winter solstice, autumn equinox).

Represents: the moon, the sun, the seasons, the Seax Wica tradition.

Used in rituals for: the Seax Wica tradition.

Crystal, Gems, and Stones Meanings and Magickal Usage – Unicorn Crystals: 7 Gems Attuned to Their Realm

Unicorn Crystals: 7 Gems Attuned to Their Realm from llewellyn.com

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tess Whitehurst, author of a number of books, including Magical HousekeepingYou Are Magical, and the new Unicorn Magic.

Both crystals and unicorns are of the earth, and both also transcend the earthly plane to align us with the Otherworld, the realm of Faerie, and the eternal consciousness of Spirit. But some crystals are particularly aligned with unicorn energy, making them uniquely relevant to those of us drawn to the magic and wonder of the unicorn realm.

Here are 7 gemstones that will help you attune to the purifying, healing, and courage-inspiring realm of the unicorns.

Amethyst Amethyst is a purple-colored quartz with a soothing and spiritual vibration. It’s calming and stress-relieving and supports a deep and restful night’s sleep. Amethyst also helps heal addictions and addictive behaviors. Like unicorns, amethyst is aligned with the crown chakra, which opens up our connection the the realm of dreams and the Divine.
Apophyllite Apophyllite is a starlight-colored, bright, clear-white stone that often appears as a tiny little luminous pyramid. When you meditate with it, it can help you enter into other worlds and dimensions, including the fairy, unicorn, astral, and angelic realms.
Aquamarine Aquamarine is reminiscent of pale blue tropical oceans and pristine alpine streams. It purifies mind, body, and spirit, and helps relieve any sense of uncleanliness or toxicity. This mirrors the unicorn’s fabled ability to instantly and completely transform any poison or noxious pond into sparkling, clear, drinkable water.
Larimar Larimar is an opaque, vibrantly aqua-toned stone that looks like the brightest blue sky after its been purified by a heavy rain or strong wind. Simply glimpsing a larimar can infuse you with deep and abiding joy. Quite like a unicorn sighting, larimar helps bring back our joy when it seems to be lost. It also reminds us to prioritize joy every day, and to spread it to everyone we meet.
Lepidolite Lepidolite is a sparkly, lavender-hued stone that is perhaps the answer to the question, if a unicorn were a crystal, what would it be? Like unicorns, lepidolite reminds us to love freely, purely, and deeply. It also attunes us to the inner knowing that we are lovable, adorable, and deserving of every wonderful thing. Carrying or wearing it helps us draw true love and lasting friendship.
Peridot Peridot is a pale, grass-green crystal. It’s as serene and comforting as a late summer day. Unicorns are perfectly harmonized with the magic and wisdom of herbs, flowers, trees, and the seasons, and peridot helps us harmonize with these things in a similar way. It also helps strengthen physical and emotional health, healthy habits, and feelings of grounding, inspiration, and interconnection.
Druzy Clusters Spirit quartz, also known as drusy, is a quartz covered with lots of smaller crystal points, resulting in a breathtaking, sparkling effect. It appears in clear, amethyst, aqua aura, and angel aura varieties, and all can help foster a harmonious sense of community and interconnection. Additionally, just like unicorns, spirit quartz boosts energy, creativity, inspiration, wonder, vitality, and joy.

To work with one of these crystals in order to gain greater access to the wisdom and healing power of unicorns, first cleanse it in sunlight and/or running water. Then hold it in your right hand and set the intention to align with unicorn consciousness and to open up to the magic of the realm. Next, carry it, wear it, sleep with it under your pillow, or place it on your altar. You can even create an altar specifically for the purpose, by placing an attractive image of a unicorn as a focal point, along with any other altar items you may like to include such as candles, flowers, or offerings (hint: unicorns like cinnamon sticks, apples, and sweet-smelling flowers).

Did you work with any of these crystals to attune your energy to the realm of the unicorns? Or do you plan to? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Herb Magickal and Medicinal Uses – White Willow Bark DO NOT USE IF PREGANT or Try to Become Pregant

Disclaimer: No herb should be used for medicinal use until you have check with your health care professional to ask if it safe for you to use it for any reason. WitchesofTheCraft.com, any staff member of WitchesofTheCraft.com, and Lady Carla Beltane are not responsible for any type of a negative reaction when using this herb for any reason.

The content provided on this is website is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

White Willow Bark magickal properties from hermitscupboard.com

This website sells this herb at what I consider a reasonable price – 1 ounce for $2.49 USD


White Willow Bark magical properties, associations & metaphysical properties are like defining its personality.


Feminine – Water – Moon – Saturn- Neptune

Magickal Properties:

Healing – Immortality – Liminal travel – Love – Protection

Associated Deities:

Deities: Artemis – Belenus – Brigit – Ceres – Diana – Hecate – Hera – Orpheus – Mercury – Persephone

Common Names:

European Willow

Willow is one of the 9 sacred woods of the cauldron. Willow is also sacred to Celtic Druid’s. It’s the forth few of the Ogham alphabet which is Saille. It’s meanings include: Feminine Principle Intuition, and Psychic Encounters. It also means moving with the flow and letting go of fixed forms. Willows typically grow on banks of streams or ponds. This is liminal space between Water and Earth. Willow can be used as a portal to liminal space.

White Willow Bark magical properties in use:

  • Combine with herbs, oils and crystals that have similar properties to potentially increase magick’s power.
  • Use combinations to dress candles for specific intent.
  • Make an offering of HERB to a Goddess or God.
  • Powder with herbs and resins to create incense. Check out our Charcoal Incense Burners.
  • Infusion – Place herb in a cup, then pour hot water over them, steep for 15-20 minutes.
  • Infusions can be used in the sacred cup for specific magickal workings, moons, or times of year. – Place herb in a cup, then pour hot water over them, steep for 15-20 minutes, strain. We have an assortment of Mesh Infusers to choose from.
  • Add herbs to sachets, or talisman’s.
  • When making a spell box include herbs related to your intent.
  • Sprinkle herbs around sacred space that match your magickal intent.

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**Herbs should not be ingested, applied or inhaled by: those who are pregnant or attempting to
become pregnant; individuals who are breast feeding; or those age 17 or younger.
** Use at your own risk.
** Metaphysical properties and/or outcomes are not guaranteed.


White Willow Bark: The Natural Pain Reliever that Works Like Aspirin

Because frequent use of anti-inflammatory drugs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other pain medications is now linked with a growing number of health concerns, many people are interested in using natural painkillers as alternatives. One option, called white willow bark — which has been utilized in folklore and natural medicines for centuries — shows promise for treating pain naturally with little risk for side effects.

According to a 2015 article published in the journal Pythotherspy Research, “Willow bark extract has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and analgesic.”

In other words, white willow bark benefits include lowering inflammatory responses that contribute to chronic diseases, fighting pain and reducing fevers.

Whether in extract or tea form, willow bark can provide relief to those suffering from back pain, recurring headaches, muscle pains, menstrual cramps, arthritis symptoms and more.

Flower – Rainbow Roses

This rose caught my attention because of its beautiful magickal appearance. Granted it is a man-made variety and at this time I good not find a definitive spiritual meaning for it. To me this rose represents hope and good days ahead.


How to Make a Fresh Rainbow Rose Bouquet from thespruce.com

The technique florists use to turn roses into a rainbow. This article has a video with it.

Place Roses Into the Dye

Each color dye will go into its own narrow container, such as bud vases or test tubes. Place sections of each stem into the different containers. Be gentle when bending the stem sections apart as you place them into separate containers. Try not to leave them exposed to air and drying out for more than a few minutes.

You could also use plastic bags filled with dye and attach one to each stem section with rubber bands. That way you can stand roses up in a single larger container. That will minimize the bending of the cut stem sections.


For more vivid colors, use professional floral dyes instead of food coloring. These can be purchased online or from a floral supply company.


Store Roses Away From Sun

Leave each stem section in the dye mixture for several days.

Place the roses out of direct sunlight while they are absorbing the dye. The cut flowers are already under stress, and extreme heat or light will weaken them further.

Keep Roses Hydrated

Now be patient. You may notice the petals changing color within a couple of hours, but leaving them in the dye for up to a week will result in the most dramatic colors. Make sure the roses are not left sitting in dry containers once the water/dye solution is all absorbed.

Finish Trimming the Stems

Once the desired effect is obtained, you can cut off the split section of the stems and place your roses in a vase of fresh, room-temperature water and enjoy.


How to Make a Rainbow Rose from thoughtco.com

A Real Rose With Petals the Colors of the Rainbow

How Real Rainbow Roses Work

The “rainbow rose” was developed by Peter van de Werken, the owner of a Dutch flower company. While special roses are used, the plants are not bred to produce rich colors. Actually, the rose bush would ordinarily produce white roses, but the stems of the flowers are injected over time with dyes so that petals form in bright single colors. If the flower isn’t treated as it is growing, the blooms are white, not ​rainbow. While the rainbow is a special version of the technique, other color patterns are also possible.

It’s not a science trick you can achieve quite so well with your home rose bush, at least not without a lot of experimentation and expense, because most pigment molecules are either too large to migrate into the petals or else too toxic for the rose to flower. Special proprietary organic dyes said to be made from plant extracts are used to color the roses.

Making Rainbow Roses at Home

While you can’t duplicate the exact effect, you can get a lighter version of a rainbow using a white rose and food coloring. The rainbow effect is much easier to achieve with white or light-colored flowers that aren’t as woody as a rose. Good examples to try at home include carnations and daisies. If it has to be a rose, you can do the same project, but expect it to take longer.

  1. Start with a white rose. It’s best if it is a rosebud because the effect relies on capillary action, transpiration, and diffusion in the flower, which takes some time.
  2. Trim the stem of the rose so that it is not extremely long. It takes more time for the color to travel up a longer stem.
  3. Carefully split the base of the stem into three sections. Make the cuts lengthwise up the stem 1-3 inches. Why three sections? The cut stem is fragile and likely to break if you cut it into more parts. You can use color science to achieve the full rainbow using three colors—red, blue, yellow or yellow, cyan, magenta—depending on what dyes you have available.
  4. Carefully bend the cut sections slightly away from each other. Now, one way to apply the dyes would be to bend the stems into three contains (e.g., shot glasses), each containing a single color of dye and a bit of water, but this is hard to accomplish without breaking the stems. An easier method is to use 3 small plastic baggies, 3 rubber bands, and one tall glass to hold the flower upright.
  5. Into each bag, add a small amount of water and several (10-20) drops of one color of dye. Ease a section of the stem into the bag so that it is immersed in the dyed water, and secure the bag around the stem with a rubber band. Repeat the process with the other two bags and colors. Stand the flower in a glass. Check to make sure each stem section is immersed in the liquid since the flower needs water to live.
  6. You may start to see color in the petals as quickly as half an hour, but expect to let the rose soak up dye overnight or possibly for a couple of days. The petals will be the three colors, plus the mixed colors, for petals receiving water from two parts of the stem at once. This way, you’ll get the whole rainbow.
  7. Once the flower is colored, you can trim off the cut section of stem and keep it in fresh water or a homemade flower food solution.

Helpful Tips

  • Flowers take up warm water more quickly than cold water.
  • Keep the rose away from light and heat, since these can cause it to wilt and die too quickly.
  • If you want to try injecting flowers with natural colors, learn about natural pigments you can use.

SOURCE: Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. “How to Make a Rainbow Rose.” ThoughtCo, Sep. 8, 2021, thoughtco.com/how-to-make-a-rainbow-rose-606168.

27 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

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

Sun:06 Aries 48
Moon:21 Gemini 40
Mercury:17 Aries 11
Venus:12 Taurus 58
Mars:01 Cancer 06
Jupiter:18 Aries 06
Saturn:02 Pisces 17
Uranus:16 Taurus 36
Neptune:25 Pisces 34
Pluto:00 Aquarius 04

True Lunar Node:04 Taurus 20
Mean Lunar Node:05 Taurus 40 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Leo 46

Chiron:15 Aries 20
Ceres:28 Virgo 57 Rx
Pallas:17 Cancer 05
Juno:09 Taurus 13
Vesta:21 Aries 23

Eris:24 Aries 23


Southern Hemisphere

This local time is in Cape Town, South Africa

27 March 2023
01:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:06 Aries 36
Moon:19 Gemini 05
Mercury:16 Aries 46
Venus:12 Taurus 43
Mars:01 Cancer 00
Jupiter:18 Aries 03
Saturn:02 Pisces 15
Uranus:16 Taurus 35
Neptune:25 Pisces 33
Pluto:00 Aquarius 04

True Lunar Node:04 Taurus 20
Mean Lunar Node:05 Taurus 40 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Leo 44

Chiron:15 Aries 19
Ceres:29 Virgo 00 Rx
Pallas:17 Cancer 01
Juno:09 Taurus 05
Vesta:21 Aries 17

Eris:24 Aries 22


Southwestern Hemisphere

This local time is in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

Sun:06 Aries 14
Moon:14 Gemini 26
Mercury:16 Aries 01
Venus:12 Taurus 16
Mars:00 Cancer 49
Jupiter:17 Aries 58
Saturn:02 Pisces 13
Uranus:16 Taurus 34
Neptune:25 Pisces 32
Pluto:00 Aquarius 04

True Lunar Node:04 Taurus 19
Mean Lunar Node:05 Taurus 42 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):08 Leo 42

Chiron:15 Aries 18
Ceres:29 Virgo 05 Rx
Pallas:16 Cancer 55
Juno:08 Taurus 52
Vesta:21 Aries 07

Eris:24 Aries 22


A Thought for Today

Weekly Horoscope Sunday, March 26, to Saturday, April 1, 2023

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All Signs

This is such a marvellous and upbeat week, when I saw this coming, I booked a little getaway. After all, timing is everything; and when the good times roll – you’ve got to rock! (My first and last impression of a daytime DJ). Everyone will want to seek out adventure this week. They’ll be eager to try new things. This is because we’re full of positive energy! Confidence is strong. Please note that Thursday is a particularly lovely day for romance. What is my little getaway going to be? Well, as someone who thinks outdoors is where the car is – I assure you I’m not a “back to the land” person. I’m all about “back to the hotel.” (If my kinda first date ever suggested a walk – there will be carpet.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This super positive week begins with Mercury lined up with Jupiter in your sign. Not too shabby! Mercury is all about communicating, thinking and learning, plus daily activities and road trips. When it lines up with Jupiter, it enhances your appreciation of things. It makes you see the most comprehensive view possible. You will be more tolerant of the viewpoints of others. This is an excellent week for business and commercial activity, in part because you’re confident. However, you will do something impulsively, like shopping. (Check Moon Alert on my daily.) Money, gifts and goodies might unexpectedly come to you. (Well, guess whose birthday it is?) Big changes might take place on the home front. Enjoy!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a feel-good week! It begins with a vibe of quiet enthusiasm and confidence for you. You’ll be eager to communicate your ideas to others, which means if you’re in sales, marketing, teaching and acting, you’ll be persuasive! Meanwhile, Venus is in your sign lined up with unpredictable Uranus, which will create unexpected events, new experiences and excitement in your world! You might encounter a new relationship with someone different from you. This could also mean a sudden financial gain. (We can only hope.) Expect to amuse yourself in stimulating and different ways because you’re open to trying new and unusual things. (I’ll never tell.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You hate to be bored and you love excitement. This week will not disappoint because you’re popular! Expect increased interactions with groups and friends, especially younger people. Discussions with others might encourage you to rethink future goals. Admittedly, you might be tempted to go overboard financially this week; do be aware of this. This means be cautious and think things through a second time if you’re doing financial negotiations. Likewise, if you’re spending money, think twice before you part with your cash. A secret flirtation or love affair might take your breath away. The main thing to know is that this week schmoozing with others will please you and also benefit you. You can’t lose!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It’s important to know when to act and when not to. Likewise, it’s important to know when you have a winning hand. This week, you’re a winner because you have the energy of fiery Mars in your sign making you confident, proactive and up for anything. Meanwhile, the Sun, Mercury and lucky Jupiter are at the top of your chart making you look wonderful in the eyes of others, especially bosses and VIPs. People admire your big ideas! You impress people from other cultures or different countries. The important thing to know is that you look confident. (Confidence is sexy.) You have the ability to see the big picture, to see trends and patterns and amaze others with your insights. Don’t waste this – use it!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You need a change of scenery this week. This is why you’ll enjoy seeing new places and meeting new faces. You will be fired up by new ideas and love to learn new philosophies and belief systems. Fair Venus is at the top of your chart, which creates favourable circumstances for business and attracting people to help you. Someone will ask your advice about how to make something look better perhaps design, layout work, office redecorating or PR ideas. Because you look so attractive to others right now, a romance with a boss or someone in a position of authority might begin. Thursday is a romantic day and the weekend promises fun times. The Moon enters your sign Thursday afternoon to stay until Sunday morning. Yeehaw!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Every aspect of travel and exploration will appeal to you this week. For some, romance with a person from another culture or a different country might blossom. This person feels “different”. Meanwhile, business and finance favour you this week. It’s an excellent time to ask for a loan or mortgage. Discussions about shared property and inheritances will be in your favour. Don’t be afraid to show largess and be generous because you can afford to do so. (You might want to help a friend or a group or a charitable organization.) Meanwhile, this week is full of passionate feelings and secret romance. Definitely some potential juicy diary entries – but who has time to write?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a great week to schmooze and enjoy the company of others, even though you will need more sleep. Relations with partners and close friends will be upbeat and friendly; and intimate relations will be passionate and affectionate. Meanwhile, fiery Mars is at the top of your chart arousing your ambition. Very likely, others will notice you and realize that you are doing something “big”. People will be aware of your ambitions and that you intend to reach out and make a difference. This is timely because you’re willing to work hard right now. This is a time of culmination for you, which helps you to expand beyond your usual sphere of influence. Work with others for your best success.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This is a happy week but it’s also a busy, industrious time, which is why you will accomplish so much. Please note: Your ambition and optimism are key. It’s an important truth that motivation is everything. Once you have the motivation, the rest unfolds. W.H. Murray said, “… The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too…. raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamt would come their way.” You can improve your work situation; and you can improve your health. Not through magic fairy dust; but through effort and commitment on your part.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You are a lucky person because lucky Jupiter is your ruler. (On the other hand, Gen. Custer was a double Sagittarius.) This is a marvellous week to party, socialize, enjoy vacations, attend sports events, delight in playful times with children plus, travel for pleasure and appreciate the arts in galleries and museums. Whatever you do this week will be a fun way to expand your world. Some might have disputes about inheritances and shared property. However, likely, these will be settled in your favour. Meanwhile something unusual or sudden might impact your work or your health. Many of you will be pleasantly surprised and delighted by something related to a pet. “Oh, how adorable! And you say it doesn’t shed?”

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Home, family and your private life continue to be your primary focus. Because this is a lovely, friendly week for everyone, this means you will enjoy entertaining at home. Invite the gang over for good food and drink because warm camaraderie and friendly feelings are the flavour of the day. Family gatherings will be happy. In addition, social outings, playful activities with children and romance are beautifully favoured. Admittedly, your relationship with a partner or close friend might be tested. (A little jealousy?) Instead focus on enjoying good times with family and friends where you live. Likewise, real-estate exploration could be profitable. Ka-ching!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This week is busy, fast-paced, upbeat and joyful! Short trips and a demanding schedule are likely; nevertheless, because you’re in a happy mood, everything will flow beautifully. (I’m telling the truth.) Unexpected and spontaneous situations may take place at home. For example, you might suddenly entertain. Or you might impulsively buy something modern or high tech for your home. Or a family member might have surprising news? You might even make a sudden decision regarding real estate or a residential move. Could be anything. Your ability to think big and convince others of the wisdom of your ideas is what makes this a winning week for you. Plus, you’re busting your buns working hard!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is the year for you to increase your earnings. It’s also another week, which is one step in that path to doing so. Many of you will get a raise or see a way to earn more money. Some will get a better paying job. Some will have excellent moneymaking ideas. Whatever the case, you can boost your wealth. (This will happen next year for later born Pisces.) Work-related travel will please many of you. Stay light on your feet so that you can impulsively take a short trip if you want. Opportunities to appreciate your daily surroundings and meet exciting people will abound. Much of this good fortune comes your way because of your power of positive thinking and motivation.

March 21th to 26th Astronomy Picture of the Day

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 26: Wanderers
2023 March 25: Venus and the Da Vinci Glow
2023 March 24: Outbound Comet ZTF
2023 March 23: Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841
2023 March 22: M31: The Andromeda Galaxy
2023 March 21: Dark Nebulae and Star Formation in Taurus

Let’s Have Some Fun for Children of All Ages – Coloring Page

For Your Listening Pleasure

Born of Water

For Your Viewing Pleasure – In Memory of Lady Abyss and Her Appalachian Blood Family

A small part of the Appalachian Mountains

Donnie Laws Narrator

Presents Applanation folk tales and beliefs of these proud citizens of the USA.

The videos I choose to post here have to do with ghosts, witches, superstitions. All videos can be seen on YouTube.com under  Donnie Laws YouTube.com Channel

The Guardian Ghost of the field. True Story of Unexplained Appalachia.

Appalachian Story of Mountain Witches

Appalachian Story of a Strange Hunting Encounter

Mountain superstitions of Appalachia Myths, Wives Tales and Signs

Rare Mountain Superstitions and sayings of Appalachia

Appalachia Mountain Roots Plants and Herbs

He has more videos to see and enjoy. I looked for ones that more or less tied in with Samhain. I hope you learned a little something, I know I did, and enjoyed the videos I picked out.

Casting The Runes c. 2018

Casting The Runes

Each individual will eventually devise his or her own way of casting the runes. What follows are some
suggestions, all following a similar path, but they are by no means fixed rules.


It is important to remember that your runes are your own, and are special. You have created a link
with them and that is important. Never lend your runes, unless you feel comfortable doing this. I
personally would never lend runes, Tarot cards or crystals to anyone else. If you are unsure, maybe
you should try drawing a rune from your pouch and seeing what you get as an answer. It is suggested
that an upright rune gives a Yes answer, and an inverted one a No answer. However, those runes
which look the same either way may prove a problem!


A traditional way of casting the runes is to mix them in a pouch and cast them on a cloth, usually
velvet. I keep my runes in such a pouch and use them in this way. It usually happens that the runes I
am intended to use find their way into my hand or between my fingers as I mix them in the pouch. I
usually draw nine runes.


Others have suggested drawing three runes at a time, three times, with a break in between each set of


Old Nordic tales suggest that throwing runes at a person was a means of casting a magical spell.
Likewise spells are said to have been cast by writing certain runic inscriptions on a piece of paper and
passing it to the unsuspecting intended victim.


All these things may belong in folklore, and have no bearing on the modern usage for runes; it is up to
the individual to decide. One runemaster I know draws three runes which represent current
circumstances. Having looked at these three runes, he returns them to the pouch and draws three
more. The second set of three represents courses of action or possible outcomes. The second set is
then also returned to the pouch and a final single rune drawn, which indicates influences likely to have
a bearing on the problem as a whole.


Tradition suggests that Odin’s number was 5. For this reason, some runemasters work with only five
runes. Those interested in numerology will note that the runes total 25 if you include the blank rune.
This all adds up to 7, which is a powerful and spiritual number, and for this reason, perhaps, some
runemasters draw seven runes when casting.


Another means of casting the runes is to ‘shuffle them’ and leave them to their own devices for a while
(15 minutes is usually suggested), and then draw 12, laying them on a runic chart especially
prepared for the purpose.

A Little Humor for Your Day – Fortune Teller Jokes

Fortune Teller Jokes

Griselda goes to see a fortune teller, who tells her “Two men are madly in love with me!”

Grizelda asks “Who will be the lucky one?”

The fortune teller answers “Morris will marry you, and Irving will be the lucky one.”

Fortune teller One: “Lovely weather we’re having.”

Fortune teller Two: “Yes, it reminds me of the summer of 2023.”

Paul was ambling through a crowded street fair when he decided to stop and sit at a Palm Reader’s table.

Said the mysterious old woman, “For fifteen dollars, I can read your love line and tell your romantic future.”

Paul readily agreed and the reader took one look at his open palm and said, “I can see that you have no girlfriend.”

“That’s true,” said Paul.

“Oh my goodness, you are extremely lonely, aren’t you?”

“Yes,” Paul shamefully admitted. “That’s amazing. Can you tell all of this from my love line?”

“Love line? No, from the calluses.”

Why did the witch give up fortune telling?

There was no future in it.

“Five dollars for one question!” said the woman to the fortune teller.

“That’s very expensive, isn’t it?”


Spell for Tody – A Colorful Sunny Day Spell c. 2018

Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day, but I’m sure many Pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory. Not only is it a good day to worship, it seems good to do more relaxed spells, such as, sleep, dream and rebirth.

A Colorful Sunny Day Spell

Try working this spell on a gloomy, rainy Sunday, or any day. It will lift your spirits, no matter what the weather.

Slip on your sunny outfit or wear your sun-themed jewelry, and then take a moment to imagine yourself either on a sun-drenched beach or in the middle of a bright meadow with the sun streaming down on you. Now picture that a little of the sun’s warmth is soaking into the bright colors or jewelry that you are wearing. Do you feel a bit warmer? While you are visualizing this for a moment or two, repeat the following spell three times:

Even though the skies may be cloudy and gray
I will wear the colors of the sun today
For the colors of yellow, gold, and orange, you see
Work their own sunny magick; so mote it be!

Close the spell by saying:

For the good of all, with harm to none
By color and light, this spell is done!
Then take a deep breath, blow it out, and go dazzle ’em today!

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan