WOTC Extra (b) – The Basic Steps in Spellcraft

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The Basic Steps in Spellcraft

 

As in crafting rituals, creating and casting a spell follow a certain sequence of events. While every spell is different, the basic steps are:

  1. Establish your need or desire. Doing a spell for the sake of doing a spell is a waste of time and energy. Why trouble the web and the pattern of energy around you if you don’t have to?
  2. Compose your spell. It is essential to determine a clear and precisely defined goal. Take the time to think about your desired outcome. Think, too, about the energies you wish to incorporate or call upon to help you achieve that goal.
  3. Shift consciousness. Your mind must be in the correct mode for working spells. A mind overrun by everyday thoughts isn’t very efficient at gathering energies, weaving them into a tight and well-focused spell, and then releasing them toward a goal. Shifting your consciousness allows you to attain a different state of mind ideal for ritual or spell-craft. You need to be able to filter out the surface noise and distractions to concentrate and focus on what you’re doing. (This state is often referred to as alpha.)
  4. Raise energy and release it toward your goal. Spells are powered by the energies possessed by the correspondences you incorporate in your spell and by your own personal energy as well.
  5. Manifestation. Ideally, the final step is the achievement of your goal.

 

 

Solitary Wicca For Life: Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own

Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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Power Portal Report for 9/23-28, 2015

Power Portal Report for 9/23-28, 2015

Cosmic Weather – Fall (Spring) Equinox,
Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse and Energy update

Hello friends. There is so much going on at the moment I have extended the usual Full Moon report to include the Physical Avatar report and other pertinent information.

Fall (Spring) Equinox, 9/23

Equinox gateway periods are always significant points of power on the planet as the magnetic field of the earth is impacted by the placement of the Sun in its alignment with the equator. This is why ritual and meditation have been significantly observed at these points by many different cultures around the globe. The Equinox kicks off this portal of energy nicely to set the stage for what is to follow with the upcoming Full Moon/Eclipse.

Dear ones, based on your question we see that the upcoming period of the Fall (Spring) Equinox, Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse bring a vibrational opportunity that could be described as a “quickening” of sorts. Though these energies are already present in your realm, we see the period of the most significance will be 9/23-28, with an integration period to follow 9/29-30.

Some of the possible uses for these energies can manifest in the following ways:

1) The shift and healing of physical and emotional issues, especially of a chronic or long-term nature as these energies will be impactful though all of your energetic bodies and also at a cellular level.

2) The dropping of energies most commonly in the form of beliefs, especially those that are no longer useful or in support of you being your most authentic divine self.

3) The realization and shift around any “roles” you have taken on as part of your soul mission that are no longer necessary. More veils will be dropped so to speak, as you step into greater levels of alignment and realization.

In combination with some of the other astro-cosmic energies present at the time (i.e. Mercury Retrograde) it will be helpful to remain open and flexible. Energies, concepts and situations will be moving through quickly.

We would especially like to invite those who identify as Empathic and/or highly sensitive to remain in their own circle (of energy) so to speak, and remain grounded and centered. This is one of the periods where the astral realms will be “busy,” and this could prove distracting or unbalancing to you. Be at peace dear ones. These periods in your world are wisely designed, as the energies that have configured are highly intelligent and purposeful. In periods of change and evolution there may be some discomfort that arises for some beings in which resistance can increase its intensity. Please do know that you are not without spiritual assistance at all times. You are dearly loved. Shanti. – The Keepers, 9.19.15

Physical Avatar Report for 9/23-28, 2015

NOTE: The Physical Avatar is an aspect of the collective in the akashic level that is related to health and well-being especially experienced by Empaths, light workers and sensitives. I started these particular reports in 2010 with the Akashic Wisdom Keepers as a form of guidance and service.

Some of the physical effects are: headache, “brain fog,” either an increase or decrease of physical pain issues, fatigue, greater thirst and appetite or possible decreased appetite. Organ “twitching” or slight discomfort, especially in the Liver and Gallbladder areas which are detoxing.”Cold” symptoms that never quite materialize, especially involving sinus issues, slight cough and/or sore throat. Dream activity is also on the increase including lucid dreaming and possible OBEs (out of body experiences.)

I am being told in this upgrade that it is essential to stay extra hydrated as this is related to the way the energies are impacting the system. One of the signs of dehydration is headache, especially for people who don’t normally get them. I was also told that it is important to not withhold proper nutrients the body, especially of protein which is also needed to synergize the incoming energies on a physical level.

Emotionally we may be mood swinging from releasing/crying to moments of great clarity, peace and joy. Thought this may mimic more problematic emotional issues such as BPD, unless you have a history of emotional disorders it is probably not cause for concern. I would hold off on any particular self-diagnosis if possible until this next “wave” has passed, around 9/29-30.

Dreamtime and Reality Shifting

Expect a “colorful” dreamlife in the coming week, where the metaphors are flowing freely. This is not uncommon in upgrade periods as energies that are no longer useful or needed make their way out. I would recommend keeping a journal closely as some of the symbols may be so deep they are not obviously apparent upon first glance. We may be sleeping very deeply or sleeping so lightly it feels like a more relaxed meditation. In that case, we may not feel entirely rested when we awaken. This is not uncommon in periods of strong portal energies.

Full Harvest/Blood Moon in Aries and Lunar Eclipse

Higher Ground and Pure Desires

As per every year this Full Moon highlights the Aries (me) vs. Sun in Libra (we) dynamic. The shadow side of Aries energies can be aggression, hostility and fighting for the sake of fighting. The light side however can be very high as it embodies the I AM presence along with desire in its pure form, courage and spiritual bravery. The overall theme of these portal energies are: transformation, healing and releasing all that no longer serves our higher purpose and calling.

I can light the night up with my soul on fire. I can make the sun shine from pure desire. – Steve Winwood

During a Full Lunar Eclipse we have a powerful energetic point in time; since the moon it is related to emotions, yin energy and inwardness. The moon sign of Aries is Yang, martial and dynamic. This creates an interesting juxtaposition spiritually and also an interesting energetic opening as we are presented with the creative, harmonic still point between opposites.

The Sabian Symbol for 5 Aries is: A Triangle with Wings

This is the symbol of the desire to reach a higher level of existence, of pure aspiration or devotion, of bhakti. What has emerged in the first phase of the process of differentiation is becoming aware of the possibility of further up-reachings. The principle of “levitation” is seen as one of the two essential factors in evolution. The emergent being glorifies and deifies it, but it is still only an ideal. At this stage, nevertheless, the whole being experiences a childlike longing for its eventual realization. At this point the last and synthesizing stage of the first five-fold unit in the cyclic process is reached. A NEW DIMENSION of being is envisioned mobilizing creative endeavors. – Dane Rudhyar

What a beautiful and appropriate symbol for these energies: The polar opposites making up the two sides of the triangle (Libra/Aries) give rise to a magical “third” based on the quintessence of both.

I was thinking about the 2016 yearly forecast which I will start writing in December and how intense the past two years really have been, which is fitting for “7” and “8” Universal Years. The “8” energies being about magnification and manifestation, sometimes in very unexpected ways. I can already tell no matter what will be happening next year astrologically and cosmically, many of us will need some integration time. 2016 is a “9” year which will be about the harvest, completion, goodness and Grace.

Though we pass through this gateway every year around this time, the energies always take a different form depending on what is traveling with them. This year this is especially the case. Another note to add is that Pluto (Capricorn) will also be stationing DIRECT 9/24-25. This will also help to lighten the load of Plutonic intensity and inwardness. For many, the spiritual cleanse and detox has definitely done its job and we’re ready to emerge into our new creations. Do keep in mind however, at any planetary station the main planetary energetic message may come in more loud and clear as it passes through.

Happy Equinox and Full Moon Eclipsing friends and remember to keep it Cosmic!

NOTE: The Full Moon in Aries is 9/27/15 at 7:51 pm PDT/10:51 EDT. The Lunar Eclipse occurs at 7:47 PDT and 10:47 PDT. Please check an ephemeris source for other times globally.

The Importance of Pre-Ritual Preparations

The Importance of Pre-Ritual Preparations

Author: Colleen Criswell

Most, if not all of us, who perform rituals and spell work, lead busy and eventful lives. During the day we go to work or school, we run errands, do housework, take care of our families, take care of our pets, deal with our responsibilities that we have in life. We all have stresses, worries, anxieties, regrets, angers, disappointments, frustrations, sorrows that we face. We have our excitements, joys, pleasures, passions, involvements, hopes, dreams, and wishes. All of these different emotions and energies that surround us in our day-to-day lives.

At the same time, we are all on our own personal spiritual paths. We have taken upon ourselves to open our minds and gain more knowledge of our chosen religion and belief and faith system. In our practices with rituals and spell casting, we have a knowledge and understanding of the energies we are raising and sending out, however life does go on and with it are the natural ups and downs that we face with our responsibilities as functioning human beings living in the world today.

How is it that we can deal with a balance of these energies? How do we manage working with positive energies and focusing on our ritual energies when we have had a stressful or bad or even a wonderful and exciting day?

How is it we can separate and have a nice balance of our personal energy with our magickal energy we are working with?

Remember, none of these things have to be done at all. But by even just doing one thing suggested here, you may find that your spell and ritual work is more potent because of the little extra boost that these suggestions can add to your experience.

At the school we hold rituals online for every Sabbat and every Esbat. We also hold other rituals that your fellow students create for class projects. These rituals are usually done in the evening, and where time zone issues can be a factor, there are things that can be done to help ease your self from “Muggle” life to “Magickal” life.

As always, you know when each ritual the school is holding will be, normally, a month in advance. This means you have plenty of time to get the materials you need for the ritual. By immediately gathering things that you need for a ritual ahead of time, you are taking away a lot of the stress and anxiety of being unprepared for the ritual. It also gives you time to charge any new tools you may need or find suitable substitutions for items that are on the list that you do not have.

Waiting to the last minute will have you scrambling around to find what you need. You may find you do not have an important element for the ritual or a suitable substitution. You may be working with tools that have an energy that may not be compatible with the work you are doing. This may hinder the desired result.

So, you have all the items you need. So what, you come home from work, get dinner, put the kids to bed, walk the dog, set up and do the ritual, right? Sure you could do that. But what about the stress that you had from the workday? The fact you burnt the chicken? You son just dumped baby powder all over the rug? You have a test or a presentation to give tomorrow? You are out of toothpaste?

All of these things effect you, effect your emotions, your energy, and in essence your ability to concentrate on your ritual and the magick you are working on. No, it won’t make these things go away, but if you do some pre-ritual preparation it can help you adjust from those stresses and allow them to be put aside for the time being.

This way we can focus on what it is that we are doing.

There are a number of different ways you can make this transition, the thing is you have to take the time to do it, make the known effort and possibly make adjustments to your schedule. I do understand that due to time limitations and schedules and things that need to be done in every day life may cause obstacles for you.

You might feel that you are unable to do these things. The rituals run at 8pm EST, but you live in California, so that makes the ritual start at 5pm PST. You get home at 4:45. You have to fix something to eat for the family or check the kids’ homework first or a million other things.

List out what it is that you normally do when you get home. Is it possible to make any adjustments to these things? A typical ritual runs one hour. So, if you get home at 4:30, your ritual begins at 5:00, it is easy to estimate that it will conclude at 6:00 or around there.

Can you adjust your schedule so that you check the homework a little bit later? Is it possible that someone else will be willing to make dinner for the family that night or is it possible to create the meal the day before so it just needs a few minutes to heat up? Is it possible to get off work a little early that day? We are talking about something that we do once or twice a month.

Is it a lot to ask for one hour from your families to pursue this?

Many people share computer space with other members of the family, so you may not be able to use your computer desk as a permanent personal and sacred space. If this is the case, since you know when the ritual is going to be, gather your tools the night before the ritual to make sure you have every thing you need.

If you can have them set up the night the before and you know they will be undisturbed, by all means get your space ready and set up. This makes it one less thing you need to worry about. If you cannot have it set up the night before, then bring your tools into the room where you will be having it.

It is good to keep them in a container so that people know that this is for something specific and not to move or mess with it. Keep it in the area where you will be having the ritual. Now, as you know when we have the online rituals I ask that you join the room no later than fifteen minutes before the actual ritual begins. Just because you are logged into the chat room does not mean you have to be sitting at your computer.

So when you get home, set up your space, log into the chat room. I usually open the chat room an hour before the ritual is to take place. You now have your tools set up.

Ready to start the ritual? No, not yet.

One aspect of pre ritual preparation that we hear of a lot, but many do not incorporate is the pre-ritual bath. Now many people might say, especially if they are the ones getting home at 4:30 and only have 30 minutes or less before the ritual, I am not going to spend the time to draw a bath!

Then there are people who do not have bathtubs or simply do not like to take baths. One thing that you can do is a ritual shower. Another argument is “But I took a bath or shower this morning, do I really need to take another one?”

Now why is it that ritual baths and rituals showers are important before a ritual? What purpose do these activities accomplish? What all is involved in a ritual bath or shower?

When we hear these words, the images that usually pop into mind are, for a bath a long relaxing lounge in bubbles with maybe some candles maybe some music playing. A shower is usually considered something quick, cleansing your body fast and efficient. A ritual bath and ritual shower are not about physically cleaning yourself.

The purpose of a ritual bath or shower is to remove negative energy from you and to put you in the proper mindset before a ritual. Now this can also be done simply by using sage incense to smudge yourself, however where this is a fast and simple quick fix, it may not be enough.

The element of water is in tune with our emotions. It can be an amplifier for your emotions and it can be soothing to them as well. After a long day where maybe you had a rough day at the office, maybe you got a nasty call from a bill collector, you daughter’s teacher called you and she is failing math, your sister’s water just broke and is off to have her first child, you have a hot date tomorrow night. All of these things are running in your mind. With all of this built up energy, how might it affect your magickal work?

Taking a bath or a shower is relaxing. Allowing the water to carry some of that excess energy away from your system. When you add other elements to it, you can purify and cleanse your energies to prepare you to do what magickal work that you have planned.

For a bath, I would recommend adding salt to the water. You can use something as simple as table salt or use sea salt. However, for this type of thing I would not suggest bath salts that are commercially made or bath beads or bubbles. To purify, just water and salt is all you need. If you feel that your energy needs a positive or protective boost I would add a 1/4 to a 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar. This helps cleanse and balance the aura. You would put these elements into the bath as you are running the water to help disperse the energies.

Next, think of the type of ritual you will be doing. What sort of energies are you going to be working with? Check your correspondence charts for proper oils, stones, incense, even music that might help aid in the energies you are planning on raising.

For instance, if we are doing a ritual to help increase your psychic abilities, I know that lavender and amethyst both help aid in this. I also know that the color purple promotes strengthening your psychic abilities. So, for my bath I would light some purple candles, light some lavender incense, put some amethyst stones into the bath water, and then once my bath is completely ready I would drop in a few drops of lavender essential oil. I would then soak for no less than ten minutes. Allowing myself to relax. Breathing in the scents, absorbing the energies, meditating on opening my Third Eye Chakra.

This can also be done for a shower. If you can close the drain, do so. Gathering the water in the bottom as you shower. Again place the salt, vinegar, oil, stones that you are going to use to aide you in the energy that you need to bring in. Also, get a washcloth, and create a bundle. In the bundle put the salt and some of the essential oil that you are planning on using, and then using the base of the bundle you have created scrub yourself. Focusing on the energies you are removing and on the energies you are bringing in.

Now we have finished with our bath or shower and have dried off. Next what is it we should be wearing? Depending on your personal tradition, you might choose to practice skyclad. However, there are times when skyclad may not be appropriate.

Having ritual wear is not mandatory, however it is a way you can prepare yourself for what it is you are going to do. Our clothes that we wear from day to day also attract energies. Also, remember, colors have specific energies as well.

When you are doing magickal work it is good to make sure that all the energies you are working with are in sync. Taking the time to wear something special for your ritual work also puts you in a more relaxed and proper state of mind. Removing the “Muggle” clothing, as it were, into your ritual robes is a ritual all unto itself.

I have created not only my ritual robes, but I also have specific jewelry that I wear only for ritual work. I also have created slippers for my ritual work. Many of us may like to go around barefoot, but there are times when we may need the protection. Deciding on ritual wear doesn’t have to be extravagant. If you can afford a bulky medieval costume and feel comfortable with it, then by all means wear it, or if you find a simple cotton nightdress that you like, then by all means use that.

One thing I will mention about ritual wear, proper care and storage is important. Our ritual wear is part of our magickal tools. Just as your athame or wand or incense, it is to be respected and cared for. Also, just as you would with any ritual tool, you should charge it with energy and consecrate it. We will discuss more on ritual wear in another discussion.

When putting on your ritual wear, don’t just throw it on, take your time and focus on each item you are putting on, and what it represents to you. Feel your own transformation from the busy executive or housewife into a practitioner of magick.

Now you are ready to sit down and perform your ritual.

Now, before I end, please note, that these are not the only ways of preparing yourself before a ritual. When you understand the different correspondences, the different vibrations that certain colors, scents, stones, foods and music give off, you can incorporate it all in your entire day.

Wear colors that promote the energy that you are going to be raising during the day, even if it is just one item in the color. Wear a scent that will draw the energies to you. Wear or carry gems or stones.

If you do daily devotions, focus on the deities that will help you create that energy. Also, your whole day can reflect the energy you are going to be raising that evening. If you can find ways that are appropriate, do it, try it.

One of my favorite things, as I am a Kitchen Witch is to eat foods that might be known to assist with the energy I am planning on working with. I usually plan a menu for a special dinner around it, but also I do start in the morning with breakfast and through out the day I try to think of what the energy is I am going to work with and what things I can eat that will add to it.

This is why I make you create so many charts here at the school. When you understand your correspondence charts; know the colors, numbers, symbols, herbs, foods, drinks, teas, deities, times of the day, when you have this information, why not use it to your advantage?

Now let me give you an example of a day of preparation for me that I would do. Keep in mind I am a stay at home mom, so I do know that what I do may not work with your own personal schedule, I am just giving you an idea to help you come up with your own plan.

Lets go back to the example I gave before, on a ritual for increasing your psychic abilities. Things I might do to prepare during the day would be:

I know that purple is a color that I associate with psychic awareness. So, I would wear my purple shirt or add a purple scarf to my clothes, or even wear purple underwear.

I know that the Third Eye Chakra is used when working with your psychic abilities. So during the day I would do meditations and exercises that I know help open and balance the Third Eye Chakra.

I know that the number 7 is associated with psychic energy, so maybe during the day I would do things in 7’s or possibly I would have a snack of 7 slices of apple.

Speaking of foods, I know that dandelion leaves, grapes, olives, lavender, beans, cheese, eggs, tea, anise, cloves, marigold, onion, peppermint, yarrow, cinnamon, poppy, saffron, thyme, celery, rosemary, chamomile, corn, lettuce, among other things can help promote psychic abilities. So I can choose recipes and plan my meals using some of these items.

I know amethyst is a gem associated with divination and psychic abilities. So I would wear jewelry that has this stone in it.

I know that the runic symbol Laguz; the planetary symbols of the Moon, Neptune and Pluto; symbols of the Dark moon, spirals in the Deosil direction, representations of the Moon, the ocean, the pentacle, the rainbow, the scales, spirals, the Waning Crescent Moon, and the wind also help with this purpose.

I can put these images on the candles I will be using for my ritual, when I put on my scent, maybe draw the pattern, visualize the symbols during meditation, carve them into the food, trace the pattern as you stir something, or how about a snack? Take a piece of bread, and using a squeezable bottle of grape jelly draw the pattern onto the bread?

I know that lavender is associated with this, so I would possibly burn lavender incense during the day, or put a little lavender EO on my wrist. Maybe pick some fresh lavender and bring it into the home.

Prepare my ritual space in advance.

Create a special meal for my family that uses the ingredients, numbers, and symbols that I know will help enhance my psychic abilities.

Take time during the day for reflection and meditate on Selene and Pan or other deities who are associated with divination and psychic abilities.

Research psychic abilities and new forms of divination.

Take a pre ritual bath with salt, lavender oil, amethyst crystals, lavender incense and purple candles.

Turn on some soothing New Age music

Dress myself in my ritual wear

Perform my ritual

When you put your mind set into what it is you are planning on raising, energy wise, you will find that not only does it add to your entire experience, it transforms the entire day into a magickal day. Our magick doesn’t have to be only on Sabbats or Esbats. Our magick doesn’t have to only be practiced at the main altar you have set up. Magick can be done all day, every day. These tips and ideas don’t have to be only done pre-ritual. You can incorporate these things into just about any part of your life. It is simply deciding to take the effort to do so.

So, to recap:

Have your items in advance. Make sure your tools are ready for your work before the ritual is to take place.

Try to give yourself time to prepare yourself for your ritual.

Take a pre-ritual bath or shower to help balance your energies and use tools to help increase the energies you are going to be working with.

Put on your ritual wear.

During your day, incorporate the elements or theme of the ritual into what you wear, what you eat, and what you do.

Even if you just take the time to do one little extra thing, you will very likely notice the difference in your magickal work. If you start doing this in your everyday life, you may find it a bit more magickal.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, August 25th

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, August 25th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

The Moon moves into your responsibility sector early into the day, dear Aries, bringing your attention to professional and practical priorities. Happily, there is a Mercury-Saturn aspect forming, exact tomorrow but influencing today as well, that supports your efforts to prioritize and take care of business. It’s a strong time for limiting distractions and activities so that you can concentrate. It’s also a good period for focusing on one thing at a time, one step at a time. You can benefit from ordering and organizing your personal workspace.

Taurus

Taurus

You can accomplish quite a bit on practical levels today, dear Taurus. Energies are best for focusing on one thing at a time right now, so set aside some hours alone, if possible. If a project or area of your life can benefit from some tidying, downsizing, or editing work, you may want to focus your energies on it. You are seeing things more clearly and have a good eye for detail. Romantic relationships and partnerships can be strengthened today by shows of reliability and security.

Gemini

Gemini

The ability to organize, plan out, and edit is strong today, dear Gemini, and your focus on long-term benefits rather than short-term pleasure can help you prioritize and take care of business. You’re also appreciated for “being there” for someone or for being responsible and reliable. It can be a good time for gaining clarity in your personal life, and for making clarifications as well. This is a strong day for research and finding the information you need, but do watch for digging too deeply when it comes to personal matters.

Cancer

Cancer

This is a strong day for getting a handle on some pesky little problems, dear Cancer, as you’re more patient and strategic in your thinking, and especially careful with your methods and overall approach. You can win the respect of elders or authority figures, and learn a little something from them today. Showing your humble side is favored now. It’s a good time to plan ahead. In your personal life, clarifications might be made without too much ado. You’ll appreciate dealing with straight facts, and fortunately, the day’s energies favor clarity.

Leo

Leo

It’s a good time to have a meaningful or practical conversation with someone, dear Leo. The day’s energies are not very spontaneous, but you may enjoy some level of routine as well as increased clarity today nevertheless. It’s a time for attention to details, building, planning, and organizing. You are more able to think of long-term benefits, and less concerned about short-term pleasures, and this helps you to approach your work and endeavors with patience. It also helps you to see your priorities, at the very least in the material world.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

Your words have more impact today and tomorrow, dear Virgo, and you generally possess more clout than usual. Today brings nice energy for self-expression, although you are of a somewhat more serious frame of mind than you typically are. It’s a good time for learning endeavors, speaking, and writing, especially if these things require special attention to details. You possess more self-discipline now, but you are also in more need of changes of scenery with the Moon now in your adventure sector, turning your emotional attention to dreams, ideals, and life experience.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

This is a strong day for getting a handle on practical matters, dear Libra, but you’re also very focused on personal affairs, family, or home life. You would benefit greatly from concentrating on one or two tasks and making real headway. Priorities tend to be clearer today and tomorrow, and fulfilling responsibilities can be especially satisfying. You can also crave an overhaul or of sorts, or a reorganization, particularly on an emotional level or in your home environment.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

You have a strong grasp of both traditions and trends today, dear Scorpio, and this helps you to make solid creative decisions that are also practical. It can also be easier than usual to convince others of the value of your ideas today and tomorrow, and in fact, your ideas can have quite the gold touch right now. You might settle into a routine quite willingly today, and productivity improves as a result. Your concerns tend to be about the long-term, which keeps you in a practical frame of mind and helps you to see priorities.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

The Moon moves out of your sign shortly into the day, dear Sagittarius, and into your resources sector. This tends to have the effect of settling your emotions and can turn your attention to more practical than emotional matters. It’s in fact a good time for getting a little more serious, concentrating, and attending to details, and this energy continues into tomorrow. Patience and precision are not generally associated with your sign, but today’s energies favor these things. You might decide to cut out some of the extras so that you can focus better on what needs to be done. For some of you, a partner or special friend can be especially supportive or helpful today and tomorrow.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

With the Moon in your sign today, dear Capricorn, emotions are larger than life. It also gives you a sense of a new beginning on a personal level, and your Lunar Return to your Sun this month looks quite good. The Moon aligns with Pluto tonight, making it important, however, to focus more on dealing with core issues than spreading your attention around. Make an effort to hone in on essentials and let go of the rest as much as possible. Your personal appeal is strong today and tomorrow, and especially so when it comes to your ideas, communications, and intelligence.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You are expressing yourself especially clearly right now, dear Aquarius, and others are truly listening! It’s a strong time for performing tasks that require attention to detail, and for learning new methods or picking up new skills. Even so, honing or improving existing ones can benefit as well. The long-term is more interesting to you than immediate results, making it an ideal day for working on projects of value and for knowing your priorities. Your judgment is especially sound today and tomorrow. The Moon moves into your privacy sector shortly into the day, reminding you of the need to rest and/or reflect on an emotional level. This short period is good for slipping under the radar and seeking out more peace and quiet.

Pisces

Pisces

Today is strong for sharing your thoughts with a special someone, dear Pisces. There need not be a solution to problems, but talking about them can certainly help. Even so, on practical levels, you are looking for answers, and you’re likely to find them. While routine might bore you on other days, you are able to see its value today and tomorrow, and might take some comfort in it. Today’s energies favor a step-by-step and traditional approach. Tried and true methods tend to be called for now.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, August 25th

 

 

 

 

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…

Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, August 25th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

The Moon moves into your responsibility sector early into the day, dear Aries, bringing your attention to professional and practical priorities. Happily, there is a Mercury-Saturn aspect forming, exact tomorrow but influencing today as well, that supports your efforts to prioritize and take care of business. It’s a strong time for limiting distractions and activities so that you can concentrate. It’s also a good period for focusing on one thing at a time, one step at a time. You can benefit from ordering and organizing your personal workspace.

Taurus

Taurus

You can accomplish quite a bit on practical levels today, dear Taurus. Energies are best for focusing on one thing at a time right now, so set aside some hours alone, if possible. If a project or area of your life can benefit from some tidying, downsizing, or editing work, you may want to focus your energies on it. You are seeing things more clearly and have a good eye for detail. Romantic relationships and partnerships can be strengthened today by shows of reliability and security.

Gemini

Gemini

The ability to organize, plan out, and edit is strong today, dear Gemini, and your focus on long-term benefits rather than short-term pleasure can help you prioritize and take care of business. You’re also appreciated for “being there” for someone or for being responsible and reliable. It can be a good time for gaining clarity in your personal life, and for making clarifications as well. This is a strong day for research and finding the information you need, but do watch for digging too deeply when it comes to personal matters.

Cancer

Cancer

This is a strong day for getting a handle on some pesky little problems, dear Cancer, as you’re more patient and strategic in your thinking, and especially careful with your methods and overall approach. You can win the respect of elders or authority figures, and learn a little something from them today. Showing your humble side is favored now. It’s a good time to plan ahead. In your personal life, clarifications might be made without too much ado. You’ll appreciate dealing with straight facts, and fortunately, the day’s energies favor clarity.

Leo

Leo

It’s a good time to have a meaningful or practical conversation with someone, dear Leo. The day’s energies are not very spontaneous, but you may enjoy some level of routine as well as increased clarity today nevertheless. It’s a time for attention to details, building, planning, and organizing. You are more able to think of long-term benefits, and less concerned about short-term pleasures, and this helps you to approach your work and endeavors with patience. It also helps you to see your priorities, at the very least in the material world.

Virgo

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Virgo

Your words have more impact today and tomorrow, dear Virgo, and you generally possess more clout than usual. Today brings nice energy for self-expression, although you are of a somewhat more serious frame of mind than you typically are. It’s a good time for learning endeavors, speaking, and writing, especially if these things require special attention to details. You possess more self-discipline now, but you are also in more need of changes of scenery with the Moon now in your adventure sector, turning your emotional attention to dreams, ideals, and life experience.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

This is a strong day for getting a handle on practical matters, dear Libra, but you’re also very focused on personal affairs, family, or home life. You would benefit greatly from concentrating on one or two tasks and making real headway. Priorities tend to be clearer today and tomorrow, and fulfilling responsibilities can be especially satisfying. You can also crave an overhaul or of sorts, or a reorganization, particularly on an emotional level or in your home environment.

Scorpio

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Scorpio

You have a strong grasp of both traditions and trends today, dear Scorpio, and this helps you to make solid creative decisions that are also practical. It can also be easier than usual to convince others of the value of your ideas today and tomorrow, and in fact, your ideas can have quite the gold touch right now. You might settle into a routine quite willingly today, and productivity improves as a result. Your concerns tend to be about the long-term, which keeps you in a practical frame of mind and helps you to see priorities.

Sagittarius

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Sagittarius

The Moon moves out of your sign shortly into the day, dear Sagittarius, and into your resources sector. This tends to have the effect of settling your emotions and can turn your attention to more practical than emotional matters. It’s in fact a good time for getting a little more serious, concentrating, and attending to details, and this energy continues into tomorrow. Patience and precision are not generally associated with your sign, but today’s energies favor these things. You might decide to cut out some of the extras so that you can focus better on what needs to be done. For some of you, a partner or special friend can be especially supportive or helpful today and tomorrow.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

With the Moon in your sign today, dear Capricorn, emotions are larger than life. It also gives you a sense of a new beginning on a personal level, and your Lunar Return to your Sun this month looks quite good. The Moon aligns with Pluto tonight, making it important, however, to focus more on dealing with core issues than spreading your attention around. Make an effort to hone in on essentials and let go of the rest as much as possible. Your personal appeal is strong today and tomorrow, and especially so when it comes to your ideas, communications, and intelligence.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You are expressing yourself especially clearly right now, dear Aquarius, and others are truly listening! It’s a strong time for performing tasks that require attention to detail, and for learning new methods or picking up new skills. Even so, honing or improving existing ones can benefit as well. The long-term is more interesting to you than immediate results, making it an ideal day for working on projects of value and for knowing your priorities. Your judgment is especially sound today and tomorrow. The Moon moves into your privacy sector shortly into the day, reminding you of the need to rest and/or reflect on an emotional level. This short period is good for slipping under the radar and seeking out more peace and quiet.

Pisces

Pisces

Today is strong for sharing your thoughts with a special someone, dear Pisces. There need not be a solution to problems, but talking about them can certainly help. Even so, on practical levels, you are looking for answers, and you’re likely to find them. While routine might bore you on other days, you are able to see its value today and tomorrow, and might take some comfort in it. Today’s energies favor a step-by-step and traditional approach. Tried and true methods tend to be called for now.

The Energies of August 2015

The Energies of August 2015

 

a message from Jamye Price

To read more of Jamye’s insight, please visit her website, Crystalline Soul Healing

 

July Review

July had a lot of focus around heart/mind coherence. As we unite these two powerful aspects, we become connective, wise, discerning, focused and able to choose and participate with life more fully.

Participation is a big theme this year. As you participate in your life more fully, you are strengthening your clarity, force and connection. What I mean by ‘force’ is your power to flow. Kind of like how a stage actor will strengthen their voice so that they can project loud enough to be heard throughout the theater.

You need that same flow in your own life. Project your energy into it! Wise yet fearless creative flow. When you feel a path of flow opening, know that you can swim that current. (Or wisely wear some floaties!)

July had some emotional intensity to it. Especially toward the end of the month, there was some raw and/or inflamed emotions. As the heart opens, you release vibrational data that is not resonant with your soul path of Ascension into a higher state of consciousness. You also must strengthen emotionally so that you are strong enough to maintain your authentic vibration rather than getting thrown off balance when viewing something challenging.

When you are strong, that is when true compassion is available. Viewing another in a state of weakness (the active force that is visible), while knowing their strength that has the potential to emerge (the passive force that builds true change in the invisible). Are you viewing yourself with compassion?

Some may have also noticed some sensations and changes with the brain. For many months now, those on a path of self-development have been collectively moving into more of an active alpha wave (~8 to 15 Hz) brain state.

Generally once you start taking action or talking, you are in a beta wave brain state (~12 to 35 Hz). We are blending access into the active awareness and the meditative connection. A very cool upgrade! Sometimes these brain changes have caused a need for more sleep, disrupted sleep, a need for more food (proteins and/or carbohydrates), mental fuzziness, more daydreaming. All good stuff ultimately, as we will integrate into a higher functionality as the heart and mind unify into greater coherence.

August Energies – Hear Me Roar!

I was shown one vision: a human throat but with a lion roaring out of it! Lions don’t just walk around roaring for no reason. They roar to establish their territory. They roar to warn. They also roar to call in reinforcements, if they have established them. When a lion roars, the power is felt and they don’t do it lightly. Are you roaring in your own life? In a moment of creation, it looks like powerful flow. YES! In a moment of mundane it looks like appreciation. Thank you.

This vision for August energies has a lot to do with boundaries. Are yours helping you to connect with your pride, emanate your truth, and say ‘yes’ to what you want, sometimes by saying ‘no’ to what you don’t want? Healthy boundaries protect in a way that still keeps you open and interacting with life, but in safe and supportive ways.

It isn’t always pleasant holding healthy boundaries. When you first establish a new boundary, it is like building a muscle. It takes some effort at first, but it gets easier as you increase your strength. And there are benefits beyond just a stronger muscle. Your hormones, endurance, metabolism and many more systems are positively affected as you strengthen a muscle. It’s the same with boundaries.

You may say YES! to sharing your art in a gallery, but it will have a greater potential than just who sees it in the gallery and purchases a painting. It can enhance your creative flow, improve self-perception, open you to collaborations, help you focus to a better schedule, and more.

You may so NO! to a bad relationship. Instead of that being a track to loneliness, it is actually a powerful vibrational emanation that can establish a boundary of respect, honesty, clear communication, and deeper connection in all of your relationships.

Why do I say that ‘it can’ instead of ‘it does?’ You are a powerful co-creator of your life. When you make a choice, you must continue your effort in the direction of improvement. You don’t get stuck on what amount of art sales equals success/failure. You don’t get stuck on not having a date for a while. If you keep spinning in a circle of worry, doubt and resentment, you don’t spiral out into a new expansion.

You must keep focusing your effort toward improvement (which sometimes looks like rest). Improvement may not be obvious in the moment, and it takes patience as the new ‘muscle’ is built. Sometimes improvement is tears releasing. Sometimes improvement is laughing with a friend or watching a funny movie. Sometimes improvement is a new action step. Improvement is the active/passive force meeting from many different angles (ha! I typo’d angels there! ;o)

Areon has channeled that our boundaries mimic the atomic structure (as does life in general). Boundaries are 99% ‘space’ (invisible/subconscious) and 1% matter (action). 99% of your boundaries are your vibrational emanation and 1% requires your active choice in the moment. But when you are in the midst of creating or strengthening a boundary, it feels like the reverse!

Remember that with some effort of choosing a healthy boundary, support may be invisible in the moment, but it is there. Know that your choice to say YES! to yourself, is a choice of saying YES! to improvement. Know that you are in a continual process of improvement that sometimes may feel like the safety of a cocoon or the effort to push out of the cocoon so you can fly free. This is your time of expression!

Throat Chakra Energy

The throat is the chakra of manifestation. What you begin as creation within, manifests through the throat. A sculptor that works with his or her hands is utilizing throat chakra energy. It is not just the words we say aloud or don’t say, that is only part of the throat chakra energy. It is the result of your internal choice. Are you choosing a YES! for yourself? It changes your world.

In this Year of Creativity – participate! Participate in your life – choose! Life wants you to choose. Life wants you to thrive. You are life!

Get in the mud of your life and make pies. Get in the clouds of your life and float. Get in the deep waters within and be still enough to hear what your heart has to say. Does it tell you it’s afraid? It’s lonely? It’s longing? Then choose! Choose to take a risk on courageously reaching out to life and participating! When you meet a challenge, roar your courage into the action of Love! It’s a verb! Participate with it!

August Summary

This will be a month of movement. I feel like there is still a bit of ‘burning off’ of energies that will begin to smooth out in September – and be SO beneficial for what September offers. The energies are building into a beautiful culmination point that never ends, it just keeps improving. That is the natural pull of Life. You are on a path that is worth letting your ‘roar’ of Love be heard! That vibration penetrates your world and your life changes. You are so worth it!

Happy August!

 

 

Article located on Spiritlibrary.com

 

The Energies of July 2015

The Energies of July 2015

a message from Jamye Price
To read more of Jamye’s insight, please visit her site, Crystalline Soul Healing

June Review

June was a fast paced month with a focus on dealing with change. Whether you were feeling frenetic with the pace or a sense of freedom, time kept moving you toward more creative abilities and participation with life. Have you noticed the pace of change? Time seems to be moving faster than ever. June kept us on our toes as we found life calling us into great participation with it. Have you noticed that meditation is shorter and more potent? Have you noticed your manifestations speeding up? If not, deepen your focus and start with simple things that have no emotional charge and look for synchronicity. Clear the heart for more access to Love. July will be supporting this.

For some, I noticed a theme of anger, rage and hatred releasing in June, especially around family. These are emotions that those on a spiritual path often don’t like to deal with. They aren’t comfortable to feel or receive, that is why it is best to move through them in the healthiest way possible. These emotions can get stuffed deep and even covered with more comfortable things like martyrdom, judgment, avoidance, etc. This creates an addictive effect as one continues to suppress and avoid.

Not everyone has the same path, pace or need to process in the same way. For those that were clearing these energies, it may have processed as they slept, either in dreams or just in less rejuvenative sleep. Others had a harder time concentrating or meditating. Others had it in their experience and were learning boundaries. If you were experiencing this, you are clearing your vibration for greater freedom. Without the past silently creating discord within you, you are free in the present moment. This is the power of forgiveness. It frees you. Thank you for all that you are doing!
July Energies

Heart/Mind balance is moving to a new level! This is a core aspect of Ascension. It is natural for our bio-mechanism to evolve into greater coherence in our subtle expression. As our subtle expression of feelings and thoughts become more coherent, we are amplifying our electromagnetic force.

Esoterically, the heart is connective, vast, timeless and KnowsLove. The mind delineates, as does time; it is a vehicle of refinement in physical form. It takes the vast information and deals with what the conscious mind can access. This is why it is important to stay open-minded, so your unconscious can relay information to the conscious mind more easily. To have the heart and mind in coherence means that the Loving information of the heart is leading the mind to create through a foundation of connection and co-operation. Nature shows us how powerful that is for thriving.

In June, some were clearing out emotions that were blocking them from a greater access to Love. In July, I feel a focus around letting go of control and emphasizing the deep knowing of the power of Love to heal and create something magical that we couldn’t have imagined was possible. Letting go of control is a mixed bag, it’s not all bad. For instance, controlling your negative thought chatter, healthy eating and exercise habits, or anger processing are a few examples of things that are benefited by control. Any of them could also be imbalanced, like avoiding reality and only thinking positive thoughts or controlling your anger to the point that it just gets stuffed inside and you do not hold healthy boundaries. Balance is key, nothing is just bad on Earth. It is all an experience that has a potential benefit that must be found. Heart/mind coherence allows new information to surface.

July feels as if it is moving us more toward mind connection with ease and the potentials of the future. That is easy when things are good. It is a different feeling in the midst of chaos. Whichever you are experiencing in a moment, keep a little detached observance of how you are reacting, the motivations of anyone involved, the fears that are surfacing and seek a focus on an empowering, though unknown, outcome. It’s important to do this when things are easy so you become accustomed to what it feels like to observe. It’s not as easy and doesn’t feel as good in challenge, so practice when things aren’t so charged.
Summary

Things are moving so fast! I hope the improvement is becoming apparent to you. You can’t just watch the news and see it, but sometimes the clues are in there. July is an exciting building of personal empowerment and the improvement of the bio-mechanism that is inherently divine. As we each become personally empowered, responsible, focused, peaceful, joyful and embrace human life, the world really begins to change. July will support you into more peace, even as things are moving quickly. That requires a strength from within that isn’t just dependent on good circumstances, but it does create good circumstances over time. July will call you to more focus on the beautiful potentials of life. Focusing some Love within will help you amplify your potentials. Loving yourself increases your flow of Love so that life is manifesting powerfully through you. Your Love flow changes the world.

Have an amazing July!

 

 

Article located on Spiritlibrary.com

Reaching Gods And Goddesses In Trance

Reaching Gods And Goddesses In Trance

 

Modern Wiccans call into themselves the energies of the Goddess to amplify their own innate divine spark and at times may work in a deep trance, uttering words of prophecy or profound teaching. This is said to increase the power entering the body, like turning up the current from a power source. But until you have practised magick for many years, I would advocate working only in light trance and then only in the controlled situation of a very spiritual group. You can think of this as opening a channel between your own higher energies and the Goddess or powers of light.

I said just now that the power of a trance can be compared to an electric current. The analogy can be taken further: just as sending a sudden surge of electricity can cause a power failure, deliberately inducing a deep trance can be dangerous. Those who use drugs to induce such experiences are, in my opinion, playing with fire and may in fact be blocking their innate wisdom in return for an artificial mind-bending experience.

Most people quite rightly shy away from the idea of possession by a force, however benign, preferring to work with the energies indirectly – and this is what I believe is safest and most effective. For even if you are working with an experienced group in healing magick and do want to allow power of light or the Goddess to manifest in you directly, it is pretty heady stuff. So go cautiously, work only in the most positive of minds for the good of all, and for trance work have other experienced witches or mediums to guide you and help you to centre.

The gods themselves can offer protection when you are performing rituals. In formal magick, the Guardians, or Devic Lords of the Watchtower, are invited to guard the four directions of a magical circle. The term deva in Sanskrit means ‘shining one’, and the Devas represent the higher forms, akin to angels, who watch and direct the natural world.

They communicate with people by psychic ‘channeling’ and rule over the beings associated with the four elements, Fire, Air, Water and Earth. In less formal practices, either archangels or pillars of light may be visualized in the corners of the room to offer protection at a time when a person is opening then-psyche to the cosmos, to keep out all negativity, earthly or otherwise. But the greatest protection is a pure heart and pure intent, much harder to attain than learning any complex ritual.

 

Source:
Cassandra Eason

The Witches Magick for Friday, April 25th – Conjuring Raw Power

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The Witches Magick for Friday, April 25th

Conjuring Raw Power

 

Items You Need:

None

The Spell:

This is a spell for conjuring raw energies of the environment around you and focusing it toward a powerful goal. The results are usually immediate, and become more powerful with practice. Here is how it’s done.

You sit down with your legs crossed. Next, clear your mind and become one with yourself. Your mind truly needs to be clear in order for this to work. Then hold out both of your arms, and have your recessive hand and your projective hand in a fist, both of arms parallel to each other. Feel the energies of the universe entering into your recessive hand and flowing through your body towards your projective hand. Let the energy build up in your projective hand until you feel you have an immense amount of energy. Then fling your arms to the right, open your projective while doing this, and envision the energies flying towards your goal. Then recite a quick, chant that will suit your goal.

This, if practiced, will become a very powerful and useful talent.

Daily Feng Shui News for April 9 – ‘National Cherish An Antique Day’

You may want to follow today’s ‘National Cherish An Antique Day’ advice but be sure to follow mine as well. Feng Shui teaches that anything old that has had a prior owner also carries something called ‘predecessor’ energies, or the energy of the prior owners. Therefore, this philosophy strongly advises that you cleanse those energies before putting an antique into your home. You can use dried sage or even sandalwood or frankincense incense for this. Simply light the incense and let the smoke surround and infuse the antique in order to make its energy brand new again.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com