The Psychic & Magickal Properties of the Second Quarter of the Moon


Second Quarter

(From the waxing half moon to the full moon)

During this lunar phase, emotions and instinct are heightened. You will notice that precognitive dreams, intuition, and clairvoyance will peak as the full moon gets closer. During this lunar phase, spells will come to fruition swiftly, especially if they are uncomplicated and sincere. The closer you can cast your spells to the actual time of the full moon, the more power and oomph your spells and charms will have. Now, the day of the full moon is actually a time of maximum magickal power. This is an all-purpose lunar phase, so get in there and start casting! The full moon aligns with the Mother aspect of the Goddess; for example, Selene, Luna, Freya, Isis or Aphrodite.

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

Let’s Talk Witch – Do spells really work?

Let’s Talk Witch – Do spells really work?

Spells really work. Why? Because there is magic in everyone, each person, everyone creates their own reality. We are the creators of our universe of our world. We create magic when we wish for something or intend something to happen. We create magic by imagining what we want and holding it in our hand even if we don’t have it yet. For example, you may want to have a new car, or you may want to attract your soul mate or whatever you with to yourself. So you think about it first, and if you believe, and I mean really believe with unwavering faith then you get your wish. It is as simple as that.

Some folks will say that they tried a spell once and it did not work for them. My grandmother would have told them they didn’t believe in the spell itself, or even in the “wish.” Those who make a wish and believe it will come true, always comes true.

Now in the 21st century, it has become scientifically proven fact that “thoughts become things.” Quantum physics say that we draw thing to us, good and bad things through the law of attraction so of course a spell would work, even if we give it a scientific explanation. Magic has always been here and it has always worked.

Spells are the conscious desire and the mixing of elements with incantations, like following age old formulas much like your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, in order to have a desired effect come into being. Spells tap into the universe, which we are all part of, to aid in a desire, or a powerful intention. Spells also tap into your psyche. Spells are very simple rituals to make something happen in your life. I choose to make good things happen for me.

Casting spells is an age-old skill and talent used by many, but known to few. In casting a spell you frequently need to have the support of a god or goddess or universe to give you the ‘oomph’ you need. Picking the right deity is for some the first step. I choose the universe because everything I am, everything I use in all my spells are made of the same elements as the universe. So to me, a spell, is 10 times more powerful when I use the universe to help me manifest a desire or intention. You can call the universe anything you want, universe, spirit world, God, Goddess, you choose. I choose to call the universe God. My gypsy grandmother, Antolina’s deity was the Virgin Mary. Whatever you identify with best is what works best.

It is important to always be grateful for what has been given you, for what you have manifested in your life already. In order for a spell to work, a prayer of thanks for all you have should come first. Even if the only thing you have to be thankful for is the clothes on your back. The ancient gypsies were always grateful for what they had since many lived a “hand –to-mouth” existence. Therefore, the very food found that day was always appreciated.

Once you master the art of gratitude, THEN and only THEN can you truly master magic. The first step in invoking a magical way of life is Intent. Intent is the beginning of all Spells- the consciousness of what it is that you want or need help with, even how to get rid of something. It is the intent that helps with the focus and the desire to create the true magic and the start of what you want. Having too many desires or intents only clouds the ideas of what is it that you truly want. Is the spell that you consider casting realistic? To spend your magical energy on casting a spell or to get a job that you are unqualified to perform is not the best way to have a spell become real. Be pragmatic and be methodical. It is the same with any spell; you cannot cast a spell on someone to love you with whom you have had little contact. It just is not a strong enough connection.

Not only that, we are all given the gift and power of FREE WILL. NO magic can MAKE someone love you and dump his wife or girlfriend. Because he has his own power, his/ her own free will to choose to either like you or not. However, you can conduct a spell to change something within you. In other words you cast a spell to make someone notice YOU, or make them see qualities in you that are good for them, you can cast a spell on yourself, to make yourself more attractive to the person you wish to be with. Then you let it go into the universe and allow the universe to unfold the way it’s supposed to.

The next step in magic is to banish. You cannot create something new unless the old is taken care of. Clean the area where you will perform the spell. Look at it as performance art and you need a clear stage. Get rid of all that clutters your mind, heart and soul. Make your banishing internal. Do not perform magic with a full stomach, heart, or a stuffed soul. You need to be rested and tranquil. Your feet planted firmly in the astral plane where magic takes place. This is where you need to clean the space. Where you do your meditation or your holy spot in your home or garden. One of the key elements in casting a spell is to get a feeling of centeredness. It is not to your advantage to be thinking of your grocery list or your pile of things to do when you are ready to cast a spell for something like ‘health and well being.’ Keeping focused and in tune is the first step in the art of casting a spell.
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