WOTC Extra (b) Seasonal Spells

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Seasonal Spells

This time I thought we would mix things up a bit – bit— instead of the usual spell candle setup, I decided it would be more interesting to work with the aroma lamps that are often used in aromatherapy. These small ceramic dishes are inexpensive and easily found in candle shops or arts and crafts stores. I picked one up for about five dollars. I have a friend who is an aromatherapist, and she uses these little lamps often. She asked me why I never wrote spells that included these handy little lamps, and the more I thought about it, the better I liked the idea.

After all, as she pointed out, the four elements are all represented neatly. The lamp itself is typically made of ceramic material (representing earth). The small tealight that is placed inside represents fire when it is lit. There is water that sits in the dish above, and the fragrant essential oils that you drop into the water are for the element of air.

As the water heats up from the candle below, the scent is released into the room, and scent is one of our most powerful senses. It evokes strong memories and affects the magickal mood. Certain scents can affect your psychic centers and your awareness on a subtle level. They do this as the magickally charged aroma filters into the body, and this, in turn, creates a change in your conscious and psychic mind.

Supplies
An aroma lamp
Plain, unscented tealight candles (most tealight candles burn for approximately four hours)
Essential oils (use the suggested seasonal scent or choose your own)
A lighter or matches
A safe, flat surface to set up on
Other items as desired to personalize the spell

A Note for Personalizing

You may wish to personalize these seasonal spells; that is completely up to you. But if the idea gets your Witch’s imagination running, here are just a few quick ideas you can try: scatter metallic star confetti on the work surface and around the lamp. Add a snip or two of fresh pine, or arrange seashells, stones, flower petals or even colorful autumn leaves on the work surface. (Be sure to keep flammable items well away from the tealight and the lamp, of course. That ceramic dish does heat up!) If you live in the tropics, Deep South, or desert Southwest, obviously you might wish to incorporate natural items and plants that are local to you during the various seasons. So improvise and adapt. Don’t be bashful about putting your own spin on these seasonal spells!

Witchery tip: don’t go crazy on the oil. You can always add more. The first time I tried it, I added several drops of essential oil to the water, and it was very strong. My entire house was scented in only twenty-five minutes from one little aroma lamp. I was surprised at how powerful the scent was when it heated through. So I blew out the candle, let the ceramic dish cool off, and dumped out the water and oil. My second attempt was much better, as I just added two drops of essential oil to the water.

Directions

To begin, set the aroma lamp in a safe place away from small children or curious pets. Slip the tealight candle into the bottom section and then add two tablespoons of water to the dish. Choose the essential oil that coordinates with the season and the goal, and add a drop or two to the water.
As the oil hits the water, begin the spell by saying,

Now this natural oil so fair
Adds psychic power to the air.

Recap the vial of the essential oil and set aside. Light the tealight candle. While you put the essential oil away, allow the water to heat up and the scent to start diffusing within the room. It takes about three to five minutes. Once you can smell the aroma and know that it is indeed releasing its fragrance into your environment, then repeat the spell verse. Afterwards you can meditate for a while, or relax and take notes in your journal. Jot down what your intuition tells you and what your feelings were. Lastly note how your intuitive spells manifested.

Ellen Dugan, Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick

WOTC Extra (a) Psychic Energies of the Seasons

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Psychic Energies of the Seasons

Here are the themes I have always found to work well with the four seasons. Experiment with these for yourself, and see what you can discover. In the winter months, we traditionally want to stay indoors and snuggle up, and our intuition leads us into looking within and personal introspection. In the springtime, we feel the need to shake ourselves off and to do something creative. We are motivated and full of new, fresh energy, hope, and ideas for the year. During the summer months, the tempo slows a bit, and we are influenced by the heat of the day and those sultry evenings. In the autumn months, the inner focus shifts to a personal harvest— what we have learned all year and how we will put this all to practice.

Discovering these intuitive energies and psychic cycles for yourself is an excellent way to expand your magickal abilities. It also gives you an opportunity to design and live your own personal magickal tradition. If you want to understand the nature of magick, you have to be attuned to her seasons, for the most intuitive Witches know that in order to work harmoniously with the earth’s energies, they need to be in step with the planetary rhythms and seasons of the earth. What follows are a few ideas to help you develop that intuitive connection.

—Ellen Dugan, Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick

Let’s Talk Witch – Sensing the Energies of the Seasons

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Sensing the Energies of the Seasons

Have you ever tuned in to your intuition and noticed what different psychic energies are available to you during each of the four quarters of the year? Or are you too busy cursing at the weather and finding the whole thing a general inconvenience to your daily schedule? Yes, it is certainly easier to rhapsodize over a gorgeous spring day or a lovely autumn evening. But the seasons and their cycles each bring their own magick.

For example, this past winter was a gloomy one. It was on the dry side, and we didn’t get very much snow. We did, however, get more than our fair share of days when it was overcast, windy, and cold. Occasionally we would get a tease of spring, where milder temperatures prevailed. But the sporadic mild winter weather did make me appreciate the break in the temperatures. One late winter afternoon, I took advantage of the break and managed to sneak in some winter gardening. As the temperatures had hovered in the forties for a few days with a bit of rain, the ground was soft, and I was even able to get that last renegade bag of pink tulip bulbs planted.

It was muddy and chilly outside, and the gardens did not look especially pretty while I dug around. But the scent of the fresh-turned earth and the fragrance of last year’s fallen leaves were bracing. That day, I simply ignored the mud and felt my spirits lift. As I pulled back fallen leaves to dig the holes for my tulip bulbs, I discovered the earliest of the bright green shoots of my daffodils just breaking the ground. As I carefully dug around my other sleeping perennials, I made sure to cover back up those tender spears as I planted my tulip bulbs.

My husband walked outside to find me gently reminding the daffodils that we still had a ways to go before spring and to not be fooled by a midwinter thaw. When he asked what I was doing, I pulled back the leaves to show him the hints of spring green. His reaction was the same as mine had been— a big smile.

The halfway point between winter and spring, Imbolc, was only days away, and here was a physical reminder for both of us that the Wheel of the Year was indeed turning. And the two of us stayed there for a while, hunkered down next to the winter-dormant perennial beds, making sure the fallen autumn leaves were patted snugly back down to protect those shoots.

It was an excellent reminder for me that while that particular time of the year may not be especially pretty in the garden, there is still magick happening and plenty of natural energies to sense. Just remembering what it felt like to get in a bit of unexpected winter gardening cheered me right up. Plus knowing that the daffodils were waiting— not too patiently— to pop up and to welcome back the spring in another six weeks didn’t hurt either.

The trees and plants were still dormant, but change was coming. You could feel it in the air and sense it when you placed your hands on that water-logged garden soil. There had been a sleepy sort of vibe to nature at that time. But I was reminded on that midwinter afternoon that underneath those fallen leaves and brown grass, nature was just beginning to stir— and that was a creative type of energy that I could certainly put to good use in my magick.

—Ellen Dugan, Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick

The Energies of the Moon for Each Calendar Month


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The Energies of the Moon for Each Calendar Month

 

January Moon: Also called the Wolf Moon, the January Moon has the energies of the New Year.

February Moon: Also called the Ice Moon, the February Moon has the energies for a soul searching journey.

March Moon: The March Moon, also called the Worm Moon, has the energy for new beginnings.

April Moon: The April or Growing Moon is packed with energies for growth and gatherings.

May Moon: The Hare Moon, also called the May Moon, is known for its energies for physical, emotional and mental nourishment.

June Moon : The Mead Moon is the best time for understanding.

July Moon: The Hay or July Moon is full of energy for the future.

August Moon: Also called the Corn Moon, the August Moon energizes you with the ability to let go and move on.

September Moon: Also called the Harvest Moon, the September Moon is the best time for achieving results

October Moon: The October Moon, called the Blood Moon, gives positive energies related to building, creating and beginning new relationships, business ventures etc.

November Moon: The Snow Moon equips you with the energy to give up negativity and bad thoughts. It gives you the power to release all that bothers you.

December Moon: The Cold Moon is the best time and energizer to leave behind what doesn’t fit in your life.

With this knowledge about the moon, its sighting and its phases, anyone wanting to cast a spell can plan when to do so in the best manner. Because every spell has a particular lunar phase during which it has maximum effect, the moon and its movements should be considered beforehand so that the ritual yields the best results.

Source:

Wicca Made Easy: Simple Spells for Love, Money, Luck, Success, Weight Loss & More!
Sarah M. Lancaster

Let’s Talk Witch – The Magic of the Moon


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The Magic of the Moon

The Moon is an alluring object. While we have grown used to seeing it many nights and taking it for granted, its mere presence and beauty remain a mystery. Apart from being seen as a wonder of nature, the moon is also known to have secrets of the years gone by and of those who seek its beauty for worldly means.

In Wiccan tradition, the moon forms the center of most of this discipline’s concepts. Just like this object has different connotations in various religions, for Wicca Witchcraft, the moon stands as a powerful force that affects the efficacy of spells and incantations. In the previous section, together with the spells and their mantras , the phase of the moon has also been mentioned. The importance of the phases will now be explained in detail.

The magic of the moon is a very strong pillar of Wicca. It has been explained previously that magic and spell casting have a lot to do with positive thinking, visualizing and the subconscious thought process in general. The role played by the moon is emphasized because, according to tradition, the moon controls the entire subconscious domain. Therefore, the phase it is in, or the cycle it experiences, has a direct effect on the power of visualization and spell casting.

Consequently, a person who wants to practice Wicca or cast spells precisely would do well if he/ she learns about the moon and its magic. Two concepts, namely: The Phases of the Moon and The Energies of the Moon are the most important when it comes to enhancing the power of spells and improving their effectiveness.

Source:

Wicca Made Easy: Simple Spells for Love, Money, Luck, Success, Weight Loss & More!
Sarah M. Lancaster

The Witches Spell for September 17th – Spell To Deepening Your Communications with Nature Spirits


Dragon Comments & GraphicsSpell To Deepening Your Communications with Nature Spirits 

Make contact with spirits that seem receptive, deepen the communication:
– Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm, and with each
breath, feel more refreshed.
– Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a tree; and, from
its base, roots extend deep into the Earth. Deep into the
rich moist Earth.
– With every breath, feel the roots extending deeper,
– Feel the energy deep within the Earth and within the waters
of the Earth. Feel your roots absorbing nourishment from the
Earth and from its waters.
– Feel the moist, warm energy rising.
– Feel it bursting up from the Earth and rising up your spine,
like sap rises in a tree.
– Feel the energy rise to your crown chakra (at the top of your
head).
– Now imagine that you have branches, branches that sweep up
and then bend down towards the Earth, like the limbs of a
willow.
– Feel the branches extending and interweaving with your
surroundings.
– Feel the warm, moist energy of the Earth flowing through your
branches. As it flows, feel yourself being purified,
centered, and connected to the Earth.
– Feel the power from the Earth flowing through your branches
and then down back to the Earth, like a fountain.
– Note how your branches absorb energy from the air. Also,
feel them receiving light (fire) from the sky.
– Feel the energy from above penetrating deep through your body
into the Earth.
– Feel the warmth of the Earth rising also.
– Feel the energy circulating.

Notice how your branches intertwine with the branches of energy
surrounding you.
– Feel the energy dancing among your branches and the branches
around you.
– Notice how your roots also intertwine with underground energy
channels.
– Feel the energy dancing between your roots and the
surrounding energy patterns.
– Notice how you and the life around you are rooted in the
same Earth, breathing the same air, receiving the same fire,
drinking the same water, sharing the same underlying
essence. You are one with the magical grove.

Telepathically mention the time in the past when nature spirits
and people communicated regularly and the need to establish
such communication now.

Test your connection by asking questions and observing the
responses.

WOTC Extra – Interacting with nature spirits and devas


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Interacting with nature spirits and devas

Take a blanket or rug to a peaceful and secluded place in nature. Announce your presence and state your intention to meditate and meet some loving nature spirits. Ask permission to use the space and be still and wait for a response; proceed if there is no negative indication. It is respectful to do this in any part of the world, particularly in Australia where some places have been honoured as sacred to Aboriginal people for many thousands of years.

When you feel comfortable and ready to proceed, carry out the exercise and affirmation under “Caring about our home, our planet” then announce that you have come to this place with love in your heart to meet with any loving nature spirits who would like to talk or play with you. State that you freely give your permission to those beings who love you unconditionally and are focused on your divine highest good to interact with you.

Find a place to lie down on your rug, cover yourself if necessary and prepare yourself to meditate. As you reach the end of this exercise allow your senses to be immersed in nature, smell the earth and vegetation, listen to the trees, birds or water, feel the air on your face and allow yourself to drift.

You may drift off into a half waking half dreaming state. Do not question what comes into your mind, relax and enjoy any interaction or play that takes place. Savour the simple pleasure of being at one with nature. Nature spirits may be shy but if you radiate feelings of peace and love they will approach you. You can radiate positive loving feelings by remembering those nearest and dearest to you and focusing on the warm feelings of love that the visualisation generates. Note down any impressions you have, and please do not dismiss anything as flight of fancy.

Source:

Spirit Guide
Raym Richards (2011-03-28).

Let’s Talk Witch – Nature spirits and devas


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Nature spirits and devas

 

We understand that we as humans are an infinitesimally small aspect of the same Being or Oneness evolving towards reunification with itself. We are part of that Being’s consciousness enjoying free will and having fun evolving, in our limited human consciousness, here on Earth.

In order that we might experience this earthly reality of trees, rocks, rivers, sky etc., other evolved beings have volunteered themselves in service as part of their growth to maintaining this reality for us. They are dedicating their consciousness to holding this reality in place for our enjoyment and unfoldment. One of these very wise and loving beings, for example, has dedicated itself to being water and its consciousness is in all water throughout the planet. This applies to trees, rocks, flowers, vegetables, etc. – in fact everything on Earth.

Naturally there are beings dedicating themselves to sustaining the animal kingdom and all species therein. So, for example, we have a being that is dedicating itself to creating and imbuing all bird life with its spirit or life force. This being dedicates parts of its consciousness to creating and sustaining particular species. The aspect of that being that is focused entirely on starlings, for example constitutes the spirit or group soul of that species and is referred to as the “overlighting deva” of starlings. This nature spirit or deva directs, sustains and is aware of every starling on the planet. This applies to every species of every creature living on this plane. There is spirit in all things, rocks, plants, animals, insects, fish, etc. and, as our Native American ancestors and other indigenous peoples knew very well, we are able to dialogue with any of these nature spirits, and work with them in all sorts of positive ways. Therefore if we take part in a Native American ritual, when we call on the spirit of the bear, we are not communicating with just any bear, we dialogue with the overlighting deva or spirit of all bears.

All things are imbued with spirit, indeed all things must be imbued with

spirit in order to materialise or continue their existence. Each type of animal, bird, fish, rock or plant has its own overlighting deva, spirit or group soul.

Apart from these overlighting devas there are nature spirits which include the “little people,” the pixies and fairies our Celtic ancestors loved, cared for and respected. These small and beautiful beings have retired to the deeper sections of forest and woodland not wishing to interact with a species that cares so little for its environment. As part of larger Earth spirits they continue to look after unspoiled areas of land but will not go where they are not welcome. If you would like them to return to your garden, create a small area of uncultivated land just for them and invite them back. Your garden will do very well if they feel comfortable there.

There is spirit in all things, all things have consciousness and all things are part of the same Great Spirit.

Source:

Spirit Guide
Raym Richards (2011-03-28).