In Memory of WOTC Founder Lady of the Abyss

I type this with tears flowing because I still think about our Lady A everyday especially when I still pick up the phone for our daily phone call. I had very few people in my life that helped and guided me as a sister and friend as much as she did when I was lost after my mother crossed in 2015. Lady A has touched the hearts and minds of so many people both face to face and through WOTC. She would find time to reply to emails from people needing help or just to say hi to her.

Her and I had a running joke that she twisted my arm hard to come out of retirement and once again help people who want to learn about witchcraft, and/or attend an online coven gathering. There have been times I wanted to throw in the towel on Coven Life, but she always had a way to talk me out of it. Now when I have those thoughts, she comes to me in my dreams and first kicks my ass for even thinking of doing that and then give me a pep talk about all the people I have helped become a safe practicing witch. I gave Coven Life to a former student in 2021 so I could put all my efforts into WOTC.

I am thankful for all the years I got to know and love our Lady. I am trying to keep WOTC the kind of website she would be proud of. I might not have everything posted every day that she had but I am trying to do my best for her and all of you dear Sisters, Brothers, and Guests. Am I succeeding?

Please leave your thoughts and memories of Lady of the Abyss in the comments section below as we honor her crossing into the Summerlands 4 years ago.

Flashback 2019 _ A Laugh for Today – Ms. Witch (Wild and Crazy is in Rare Form Today)……The Witch Said What?

Flashback 2011 – SPell for Today – Better Business Floorwashes

Floorwashes are a traditional–and discreet–method of casting spells. The herbal infusions are used to radiate magickal power, drawing or repelling your desire as the case may be. Floorwashes are used to scrub front steps to provide spiritual protection and attract free-spending customers. Within a building, the term “floorwash” is somewhat deceptive, in general, this is more of a  “floor final rinse.” It is assumed that the floor is clean prior to applying the spell floorwash: the floorwash isn’t rinsed off, but should be allowed to dry and radiate its fragrance and power. The physical labor involved in applying the floorwash also enhances the casting of the spell your effort transmits your intentions and desires.

Applying Better Business Floorwashes

  • Scrub the walkway and the doorway of your business, beginning at the street and moving toward your front door, just the way customers should

  • Scrub the front steps

  • Cleanse the interior floors beginning at the front door and corners and working toward the center of each room

Floorwashes may be created with any of the following or a combination:

  • Boiled cooled salted water

  • Pure spring water (bottled water)

  • Strained, collected rainwater

  • Plain tap water

Flashback 2019 – Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Mondays

 

Magickal Applications for Mondays

Monday is named after the moon. The Latin term for Monday is Dies Lunae (“moon’s day”); in the Old English language, this day was Monandaeg; in Greek, it was Hermera Selenes. All of these different names and languages translate to the same thing: the “day of the moon.”

Working with the different phases of the moon is an important skill that takes a bit of time for Witches to learn. So why not cut to the chase and experiment with the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon in all of its magickal energies and aspects?

Magickally, Monday encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, women’s mysteries, and fertility.

 

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

 

JAnuary 30th Divination Journal

Today’s Divination Journal takes parts from divination posts done by Lady of the Abyss spending a few different years. The year they were first posted and any notes by Lady Beltane will be in { } next to the type of reading it is. With doing this tribute to Lady Abyss some of the regular divination topics will be missing because Lady A did not post the topic.

Tarot Card {c. 2017}

Earth Reversed

{Deck this came from is unknown to me}

Earth reversed denotes a lack of positive connection with the life spirit–a lost soul. If you are not careful you may miss much of what life has to offer you.

Your Daily Rune for Today is Isa {c. 2017}

Isa 

 

“Iss-ah” – Literally: “Ice” – Esoteric: Stasis, Stillness

Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.

Psi:
mental faculties, focus, ego, self-image/self-identity

Energy:
stillness, contraction, stasis

Mundane: cold, self-preservation, harsh reality

Divinations: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being; or egomania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy.

Governs:

Development of concentration, will and focus
Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defense (ard against demonic influences)
Basic ego integration within a balanced multiversal system
Power of control and constraint over other wights (entities), emotional outbursts
Focus of the will into single-minded action

Your Animal Spirit for Today {c.2017}

Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are master imitators, and can mimic the calls of many other birds. They’re also fearless protectors of their nest, and will attack any bird (no matter how large) to protect their young. Mockingbird’s lesson for you today is twofold: to listen to how you might be mimicking others—instead of listening to your own true voice; and to examine the value of what you defend. Hmmm?

Ogham {c. 2018}

 

Fearn-Alder

The third letter of the Ogham alphabet is Fearn it means alder-tree. Alder-bark has been used by many cultures to treat various health problems and disorders, everything from insect bites to tuberculosis. Alder is a very water resistant hardwood and is often used in foundations where water is present. The key points to remember with alder are confidence, shielding, guidance, and standing up to ones enemies. Just as water stands no chance against alder, your enemies are at a loss when you have the protection of the alder.

Fortune – Drawing this Ogham is a sign to remain true to yourself and resist all temptation!

I Ching

Hexagram 27: Jaws

 

 

Summary:
Speak plainly and sincerely. Feed your hopes and dreams. Nurture others. Do good deeds.
Line One of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Avoid envy and jealousy. Be proud of your achievements.
Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Make opportunities for those with talent. Seek roots that empower you.
Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Do not choose partners based on their financial status.
Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Do not do unjustified favors or let others influence your decisions.
Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Embrace your ideals. Move slowly toward new endeavors.
Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Put your ideas into action. It is time to realize your goals.

Rune {c. 2019}

Nauthiz

“Not-this” – Literally: “Need-fire” or “Necessity” – Esoteric: Constraint, Friction

Key Concepts: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain

Psi: resistance, need, effort

Energy: necessity, coming forth into being, urgency

Mundane: doing what must be done, chores, hard work

Divinations: Resistance (leading to strength), recognition of örlög (ultimate law, primal truth), innovation, need-fire (self-reliance), personal development and life lessons, achievement through effort; or constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity, warnings, worry, guilt, moral cowardice, unfulfilled or unrecognized needs.

Numerology {c. 2011}

Today is a lucky day for you, in which you’re likely to experience progress in your career and/or finances. You feel a sense of closeness with relatives and friends, and an overall healing of the heart. Few things could be better

Fast Facts

About the Number 6

Theme: Family and Social Responsibility, Service, Healing
Astro Association: Gemini
Tarot Association: Lovers

Lady Abyss did not post Angel numbers

 

January 30, 2023 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be more positive than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org 

JANUARY 30 birthday horoscope predicts that you are stimulating! You are a multi-tasker who can be anything you so desire. As the January 30 zodiac sign is Aquarius, you have an intuitive side that allows you to tap into your innermost desires. You have a knack to make others feel better.

If today is your birthday, then you are a sharp-minded Aquarian who maybe worries too much. You despise feeling cooped up or restrained. You need to have direction in your life but sometimes want to be free.

As time allows its natural course, you gain satisfaction in knowing that your expectations are going to power. There is very little that you cannot achieve. If a new project has come into your life, you will be the one to initiate it.

January 30 birthday personality have the kind of energy that is perhaps magical. This energy can start up a new relationship or new circumstances in your life. Concurrently, you have the ability now to work within your spiritual being.

The Aquarius love relationships are particularly demanding but are fulfilling. Aquarians can be jealous people and can become irritated easily. Otherwise, you have a great sense of humor and enjoy being around others.

You are forthright and sincere when it comes to handling your friends and family. Those who are born on January 30 make loyal friends and try to be supportive of everyone in your circle. Your friends say that you are “tight” with your money, however.

January 30 Aquarius birthday personality shows that you are gypsy-like people as you are restless. You tend to move around a lot. It is good that you are adaptable to these situations of change. You are receptive to new ideas and are “quick-witted.” The future of person who born on 30 January depends on how smart you are.

Aquarius, you are prone to risky actions, and as a result, you lose some of your financial resources. When you encounter these problems, you make new contacts. Your reputation sells your next venture and all ends well, but you could learn to set yourself up for success instead of failure.

When you fall in love Aquarius, your partner will replace your obsessive need for instant gratification. Strong romantic relationships are rewarding as they pose a balance for emotions and impulses. But they need to control their sentiments.

January 30 zodiac predicts that Aquarians born on this date will express a need to be challenged. The partner that you choose will appreciate your unique abilities and will work to keep your attraction exciting.

Born on this date are Aquarians that seek to be alone although you enjoy people and even reconnecting with those from your past. Mainly, your energy is spent on developing the future.

You even look for occupations that will allow you to work in solidarity. Practice using patience and be open to the ideas of others. At the same time, Aquarius, avoid entertaining too many opportunities at once warns your birthday horoscope.

You who are born on January 30 birthday can be stubborn. You are curious and very observant. Conning an Aquarius in a business situation is hard. Anyone attempting to mask the situation will not get any brownie points in favor of them.

January 30 horoscope predicts you are open and straightforward. People with Aquarius birthday believe that integrity, understanding, and egalitarianism are the keys to success.

In conclusion, the astrology by birthday profile shows that Aquarians also believe in family values and love to have people around them. However, you need your space. You never seem to let all of your guards down. Somehow, you feel that you lose some of your independence in doing so.

You are highly thought of by your loved ones and peers. You should allow yourself the right to err. Your friends and family find it impossible to manage you during times of withdrawal. Aquarius, you are human.

See: Famous Celebrities Born On January 30

This Day That Year – January 30 In History

1487 – Bell Chimes were invented.
1790 – Henry Greathead invents and tests the lifeboat.
1847 – Yerba Buena was renamed as San Francisco.
1928 – First radio telephone link between Netherlands & US.

January 30 Kumbha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

January 30 Chinese Zodiac TIGER

January 30 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Uranus that signifies a change in thinking, new ideas, revolution, and modernization.

January 30 Birthday Symbols

The Water Bearer Is The Symbol For The Aquarius Star Sign

January 30 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Empress. This card symbolizes good news and the need to take action after careful thinking. The Minor Arcana cards are Six of Swords and Knight of Swords.

January 30 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Libra: This can be an excellent and perfect relationship.

You are not compatible with people born under TaurusThis relationship will not work out due to the difference in opinions.

See Also:

January 30 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number symbolizes that you are a visionary with high optimism and communication skills.
Number 4 – This number symbolizes organization, responsibility, high morals, and discipline.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For January 30 Birthdays

Blue: This color symbolizes communication, understanding, productivity, and calmness.
Purple: This color signifies spirituality, psychic, transformation, and nobility.

Lucky Days For January 30 Birthday

Saturday – The day of planet Saturn stands for foundation, stability, dedication, and competence.
Thursday – The day of the planet Jupiter stands for expansion, philosophy, happiness, and good luck.

January 30 Birthstones

Amethyst is your gemstone and is suitable for the healing of mind, body, and soul.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On January 30

An exclusive pen for the man and an antique piece of jewelry for the woman. The January 30 birthday horoscope foretells that you believe in simplicity.

January 30, 2023 Daily Horoscopes

Click here to read Georgia Nicols Daily Horoscopes

Moon Alert

After 4 AM EST today (1 AM PST) there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Gemini.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is an upbeat, optimistic day for you. You’re in a positive frame of mind and mentally, very energetic. Enjoy short trips. This is a strong day for those of you in sales, marketing, writing and teaching because you’re keen to tell it like it is.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Business and commerce are favoured today. You have lots of mental energy to explore business ventures and financial discussions. Take yourself seriously because the ideas that you entertain today could become profitable. Remember – you are the financial wizard of the zodiac!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is a powerful day for you because the Moon is in your sign lined up with fiery Mars. Furthermore, it is dancing with lucky, moneybags Jupiter! You will enjoy being with friends. In fact, you might be concerned for their welfare. You will be very persuasive dealing with groups.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Respect your ideas today. You might play things low-key and work alone or behind the scenes; nevertheless, some of your notions and concepts might promote your good name among your peers. Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with a boss or someone in authority.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today you can deal with groups, clubs and organizations with skill and ease. People will listen to you! You will succeed if you have to teach or train others. You might also convince a friend to take a trip or do something to explore their surroundings. “Follow me!”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are high viz. today, which means people notice you more than usual. (Very likely, you will do something that does call attention to yourself.) Nevertheless, be aware that others are also privy to private details about your personal life. (You might have to do some damage control.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is the perfect day to learn something new and exciting! You will enjoy classes, groups and gatherings, especially with people from other cultures or different backgrounds. Basically, you want to do something today that expands your world! Some will make travel plans.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You might have a significant discussion with a parent or a family member today, especially dealing with shared expenses, inheritances or how to use money from a third party or financial resource. (You probably have definite ideas about this.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a fast-moving day for you. Expect to attract someone to you who is bouncy, energetic and a bit “in your face.” You will certainly have a lively encounter with someone, perhaps a partner, spouse or close friend. You might need to demonstrate some friendly patience.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Without question, this will be a productive day for you! You have focus, determination and energy to get things done. This will apply double if you are working in a home business. You might also use this energy to expand or renovate where you live. It’s exciting!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is a fabulous, playful day for you! Get out and have some fun times. Enjoy playful activities with kids. Attend a sports event. Explore the arts. Grab a movie or see a musical performance. Meanwhile, this is a great date day! Romance will sizzle!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Keep your eyes open for real-estate deals today because you can benefit by improving your home or exploring real estate. You might also entertain at home today. A lively family discussion might take place. This is also an excellent day to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself (including boots and shoes).

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Christian Bale (1974) shares your birthday today. You have great speaking skills and a wonderful sense of humour. You are intelligent, disciplined and dedicated to whatever you do. You are a generous leader. This year is a quieter year that will give you a chance to rejuvenate your energy. Focus on business and personal relationships. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

January 30, 2023 Moon Goddess Current Phase

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious, you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else was born.

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Gibbous phase. Visible through most of the night sky setting a few hours before sunrise. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts about 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon rises in the east in mid-afternoon and is high in the eastern sky at sunset. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

Visit the January 2023 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Gibbous Phase

The Waxing Gibbous on January 30 has an illumination of 68%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On January 30 the Moon is 9.13 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

Phase Details

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 68%
Moon Age: 9.13 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 393,928.29 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,376,398.47 km

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Useful Moon Resources

January 30, 2023 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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

Currentplanetarypositions.com

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

For Your Local Time and Date 

Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

January 30, 2023
11:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM PST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:10 Aquarius 47
Moon:07 Gemini 21
Mercury:15 Capricorn 51
Venus:04 Pisces 48
Mars:10 Gemini 04
Jupiter:05 Aries 52
Saturn:25 Aquarius 44
Uranus:14 Taurus 58
Neptune:23 Pisces 34
Pluto:28 Capricorn 38

True Lunar Node:08 Taurus 47 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 37 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Leo 31

Chiron:12 Aries 36
Ceres:06 Libra 55
Pallas:11 Cancer 59 Rx
Juno:08 Aries 34
Vesta:26 Pisces 25

Eris:23 Aries 57

Fire:5
Earth:5
Air:5
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:6
Mutable:5

Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

January 30, 2023
09:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM CST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:10 Aquarius 42
Moon:06 Gemini 20
Mercury:15 Capricorn 46
Venus:04 Pisces 41
Mars:10 Gemini 03
Jupiter:05 Aries 51
Saturn:25 Aquarius 43
Uranus:14 Taurus 58
Neptune:23 Pisces 34
Pluto:28 Capricorn 38

True Lunar Node:08 Taurus 48 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 37 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Leo 30

Chiron:12 Aries 36
Ceres:06 Libra 55
Pallas:12 Cancer 00 Rx
Juno:08 Aries 32
Vesta:26 Pisces 23

Eris:23 Aries 57

Fire:5
Earth:5
Air:5
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:6
Mutable:5

Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

31 January 2023
02:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM CET
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:10 Aquarius 24
Moon:02 Gemini 46
Mercury:15 Capricorn 27
Venus:04 Pisces 20
Mars:09 Gemini 59
Jupiter:05 Aries 47
Saturn:25 Aquarius 41
Uranus:14 Taurus 58
Neptune:23 Pisces 33
Pluto:28 Capricorn 37

True Lunar Node:08 Taurus 48 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Leo 28

Chiron:12 Aries 35
Ceres:06 Libra 55
Pallas:12 Cancer 03 Rx
Juno:08 Aries 23
Vesta:26 Pisces 15

Eris:23 Aries 57

Fire:5
Earth:4
Air:5
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:5
Mutable:5

A Thought for Today Flashback 2019 – Be Proud…….The Witch Said What?

This is one of the last few posts done by WOTC’s founder Lady of the Abyss. I am missing my dear friend and sister today so many of the posts for today will have been originally posts a few years ago by Lady Abyss.

Spell for Today -Moonstone Travel

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

Moonstone Travel Spell

This spell will call on Meness, the patron moon god of travelers. We met Meness earlier, in the meditation for Monday. I suggest setting up this spell in the evening. Find a spot that faces east or that is illuminated by moonlight. Or try setting this up under the moon, in the garden, or on the porch or your outside deck. Get some atmosphere going! Try using a scented candle, such as jasmine or gardenia, to coordinate the fragrance with the moon’s energies.

Gather the following items:

• A photo of your destination, your travel itinerary, or your airline tickets

• 4 small tumbled moonstones

• A scented white votive candle and holder

• A lighter or matches

Set up this spell on a safe, flat surface. Light the candle and place it in the holder. Place your paperwork/tickets or itinerary to one side of the candle. Arrange the four stones in a circle around the holder. Place your hands on the travel paperwork, and ground and center. Then repeat the following spell three times:

Meness, patron of travelers, watch over me

Whether I travel in the air, on land, or sea

Like a talisman in my pocket a stone will I tuck

Moonstones do encourage a safe journey and bring good luck. Take one of the stones and keep it in your pocket while you travel. You may close the spell by saying:

For the good of all, with harm to none

By the moon and stars, this spell is done.

Gather up your papers and tuck them away for your trip. Allow the candle to burn out on its own. If you performed this outside, then move your candle and the remaining stones indoors to let the candle safely finish burning. Never leave your candle unattended.

Source

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

*All of Ms. Dugan’s books used on the WOTC are available for purchase on Amazon.com. 

The Various Paths of Witchcraft: Celtic Witchcraft

Celtic Witchcraft

 

The History of Celtic Magic

Celtic witchcraft has as its basis a strong sense of spirituality and a love of the earth. Central to this love are the Goddesses and Gids, who play a strong role in Celtic worship. The Celtric religion recognises two main deities; the Earth Mother Goddess and the Horned God. But Celtic Wiccans also worship many othre minor deities who each represent specific qualities important to Celtic individuals. Celtic worshippers celebrate the same Sabbaths, perform rituals and magic, and have a strong faith in their spirituality, just like any member of the Craft. The main differences between Celtic witchcraft and other forms of the Craft is that with Celts, magic is everywhere. Magic is woven into their jewellery, their tattoos and all their artwork and everyday items such asclothing and cutlery.

The Druids are the religious leaders of the Celtic people,the wise and magical priestd and priestesses whose special blend of wisdom and magic provided a powerful role model for all the Celtic people. The Druidic priesthood was orginally all-female, which male initiates only becoming accepted after many years.

According to Laurie Cabot, Druidesses were divided into three levels, or classes: the highest class were celibate and lived in convents, and were eventually assimilated into Christianity as nuns. The other two levels could be married and lived either with their husbands, or in the temples. With the onset of Christianity these wise women were called witches.

Spirituality is of primary import to Celtis, and their devotion to the earth, their goddesses and gods and the effeort which they put into their worship is proof of their highly spiritual nature. Although the names of the deities worshipped and the titles of the SAbbats may be different to other Pagan practices, despite the regional dialects which occur in the Celtic rituals, there are strong similarities between Celtic witchcraft and Wicca practiced elsewhere on the globe.

Faerie Magic

Despite the interest in the Celts, there is a great deal of confusion as to who the Celtic people actually were, and where they came from. DJ Conway in her book Celtic Magic explains that the Celts were not only inhabitants of Wales Ireland and Scotland, as is commonly thought, but resided in much of Western Europe. They were a strongly spiritual, artistic and creative people, with a distinctive artwork, orginal alphabet (the Ogham) and a deep respect for faeries, elves, pixies and gnomes.

One need not be of Celtic heritage to practice Celtic magic. Each person who is interested in Paganism will follow a basic set of guidelines, but will adapt the rituals and spells to suit her/himself. One aspect which sets Celtic magic apart from others is their respect for the “little people”: faeries, elves and gnomes, whom the Celts called “Good Neighbours” and treated with honour. Much of the Celtic magic calls for the assistance of their Good Neighbours, with those who were familiar often using the little folks’ fairy circles of mushrooms found in fields, rather than casting their own magic circle. However the Celts realised that it is very important to use another’s circle with respect, and with permission, they are aware that you should never encroach upon another’s magic.

The Warrior Goddess

The Celts were unique in the level of power they attributed to their female Gods. Warrior Goddesses were relatively common, and it was not unusual for Celtic women to fight alongside the male warriors during wartime. Subsequently, women were highly regarded in the Celtic community, with children taking their mother’s name, and daughters inheriting the mother’s property upon her death.

Celtic magic is rooted strongly in the four natural elements: earth, air,fire and water, with many spells and rituals corresponding to at least one of these elements. As in all Wiccan magic, each of the elements is associated with a colour, and with certain powers. For the Celts the colours were North, black; South, white; East, red and West, grey. The Celts also placed a great deal of faith in stones and plants and in their ability to heal. Therefore any practitioner of Celtic magic would be well versed in plants and herbal medicine.

Ritualsinterwined the use of colours, stones, incense and elements representing the natural elements, which are all extremely powerful tools in Celtic magic.

Magical Lives

With the Celts, magic was a common part of everyday life, completely accepted and never questioned. In order to practice Celtic magic one needs to suspend disbelief, turn around the conventional ideas and accept magic into your life. Magic becomes s natural as breathing, sleeping and smiling : a completely normal part of life. As one becomes more familiar with magic, the more accepting one becomes, until there’s not even a second thought about the magic in one’s life.

The White Moon Goddess and the Honrned God are the two deities which personify nature for the Celts, and while the Celts, like Wiccans, believe that all Gods and Goddesses are one God united, is is these two which are the most prominent. Celts worship the triple Goddess: the deity recognised as the maiden, mother, crone. The maiden is Anu, the mother Badb and the crone Ceridwen: each representing woman at three important phases of her llife cycle.

Just as the lunar calendar is important to all witches, it plays a strong role in the Celtic lifestyle. The thirteen lunar months in the Celtic calendar are all named after certain plants and trees. The new year for the Celts starts the day after Samhain (on November 1, its origins being in the Northern hemisphere). Nights were counted, not days, and feasts, rituals and celebrations were always based around the moon. The Celtic day began at midnight.

The Celts were an extremely spiritual people, so when Christian leaders looked down upon their magical tradition, the Celts moved underground: or more specifically to the nearest forest. The Celts were not a sexually repressed people, sexuality was encouraged, and women with children were paid a higher dowery than virgins to become wives – so much was fertility prized. Beltane was considered a most auspicious festivals were often held during this time.

Celtic Rituals

In Celtic witchcraft, rituals honour the essential elements of earth, air, fire and water, and the deities that personify them. Rituals are held in honour of the seasons, the Sabbats and to celebrate auspicious moments in pagan history. Numbers are extremely important to the Celts, with three, five, seven, nine and thirteen holding special significance. Therefore it is auspicious to repeat rituals or affirmations a specific number of times.

Ritual is vital for Celtic magic. The wearing of ceremonial robes, the burning of incense and candles, and the tools on the ceremonial altar – all play an important role in setting the scene for magic. Magic is an oft overused term, but those in the Craft know that it works. With spellcraft one can practice and see the results of magic, constantly gaining strength with each day that passes.

Candle magic was greatly favoured by the Celts, although they preferred tallow lamps and bonfires using specific woods to modern candles we use today. Candle rituals are specific to the individual, but there are a few simple rules to follow unless the ritual specifies otherwise. To perform a spell to increase or obtain, burn during a waxing moon (the period leading up to the full moon). To decrease or remove, burn during a waning moon (the period after the full moon).

Use candles of a specific colour relevant to your spell. Anoint the candle with incense or oil, working from bottom to top for a spell to increase or from top to bottom for a spell to remove. You may also wish to etch words, such s your desires or the name of the deity to whom you are appealing, along the side of the candle to strengthen the purpose of the spell. When performing a ritual with a candle, unless otherwise stipulated, allow the candle to burn out to the end.

 

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Celtic Witchcraft – A Distinct Tradition

In the last decade or so, people have been obsessed with anything that is Celtic, from myth to music.

While witchcraft based on the Celtic tradition has been increasing in popularity, there are many followers who are still not very sure about how this kind of witchcraft is different from the other types of Pagan worship.

This is the kind of witchcraft that loves the earth and it also believes strongly in theology. As such, Gods and Goddesses are important to the followers of this form of Wicca.

The Celtic witchcraft identifies two chief deities. These are the Horned God and the Mother Goddess. Celtic Wiccans do worship other deities as well apart from these two deities, but these are by far the most prominent figures in this tradition.

The Celtic Wiccans are of the opinion that all goddesses and gods are one – but that the Horned God and the Earth Mother Goddess possess real authority. Another deity who is worshipped to a similar degree the Triple Goddess who is identified as the maiden, the mother and the crone. This underlines the female aspect to Celtic Mythology.

The followers of this religion carry out the same magic/rituals as other Wiccans. They tend to celebrate the same holidays or sabbats and they are also very dedicated to spirituality – just like any other Craft member.

Perhaps the main difference between the Celtic followers and other Wiccans is that when it comes to the Celtic tradition, their brand of Magick pervades everything, and it has a very ancient sense of history. Celtic-themed tattoos, jewelry, everyday items and artworks have the presence of magic and they hark back to an ancient but much cherished past.

The religious leaders of the Celts were the druids, a profession that now has a strong modern follower. Those were intelligent priestesses and priests that possessed the perfect blend of magic and wisdom. Only the most respected members of Celtic society rose to the level of becoming a druid. There was a time when the priesthood of the druids included only the females. However, this changed later on and the druidic orders started to accept males too. Again, this points to the very strong female basis that underpins the Celtic outlook on life.

Druidesses were said to be of three classes or categories.

DruidsThe first class was the celibate class and the priestesses of this class lived in convents. The other two levels of Druidesses had the freedom to marry and live with their husbands. They could also live in the temples.

The Celtic Wiccans of today are extremely spiritual people and you will be able to see this when you see how much work they put in to their worship. They are also very dedicated to earth as well as their gods and goddesses. While at first glance there seems to be very little difference between the Celtic followers and other Wiccans from all over the world, they have an outlook and a world view that is quite unique.

However, the fact remains that the Celtic Wiccans have a lot in common with non-Celtic Wiccans worldwide. The philosophy and ‘world view’ which emphasizes the power of nature remains central amongst all Wiccans.

When it comes to Magick, the Celts have woven it into each and every aspect of their lives. This outlook often has complete acceptance amongst all followers. If a person wishes to become a Celtic Wiccan then he or she will have to completely believe in magic and accept it into his or her life. People consider magic as normal as smiling, sleeping and breathing.

The Celts honor the earth’s essential elements like air, water, earth and fire in their rituals and they also pay respect to the deities that represent these elements. Rituals are held by the Celtic Wiccans to pay respect to the Sabbats, the different solstices and the various seasons. Harking back and celebrating the ancient past in a constant in these ceremonies.

The Celts believe that numbers are of vital importance to them and some of the numbers that have special meaning. These include 13, 9, 7, 5 and 3. The Celts are also of the opinion that rituals are of vital importance for their magic.

They pay attention to each and every minute aspect when it comes to creating a setting for Magick, such as using candles and incense, the necessary tools and wearing the correct ceremonial robes.

What you may not know is that the Celts are very religious people. In the ancient Celtic nations, women who had children were given a higher ranking in society than women who were virgins. This was because the Celts prized fertility.

For many, the Celts represent a freedom and an alternative society to the modern day one. The ancient Celts of northern Europe strongly resisted the advance of ‘civilization’, in the form of the Roman Empire, upon their lands.

They were outsiders and connected directly to the land, so the idea of instead aligning themselves with a foreign emperor clashed directly with their beliefs. It is this free-spirited nature that still attracts people to the Celtic ideal.

 

Reference

Cormac O’Dwyer, Librarian and Senior Witch
7 Witches Coven

A Laugh for Today

Spell for Today – Banishing ritual

This Banishing Ritual is very intense and powerful like many of my other Rituals such as the Full and Dark Moon Rituals. This ritual should be done as close to the Dark Moon as possible. This ritual is for someone(s) who has done you harm by gossip, lies, deceit, etc. Because you are calling on the Goddess Hecate and Her powers to aid you, please make sure that you are completely innocent of the situation.

This ritual is for someone(s) who has done you harm by gossip, lies, deceit, etc. Because you are calling on the Goddess Hecate and Her powers to aid you, please make sure that you are completely innocent of the situation.

If you do not know who the person is, or are not positively sure, do not mention any names. Leave that to the Dark Goddess, as She knows.

This ritual deals with the use of parchment paper (or regular paper, if you do not have it). Gather all your material that you need for this ceremony. If using a lit charcoal in the cauldron of Hecate, make sure that the charcoal is hot enough to burn your parchment paper. If you are going to light the parchment paper from the Goddess candle to put in the cauldron, then there is no need to worry about any charcoal after you cleanse the temple room. You will need piece of parchment paper, patchouli oil or clove oil to sprinkle on the parchment paper. (If you do not have any of these oils, that is fine. But I would suggest perhaps ordering some of these oils from a Witchcraft supply store for future use. ) You will also need Dragon?s Blood ink or your magickal pen. Before ritual, on a small piece of parchment paper, write down what has been done to you either with Dragon?s Blood ink and a feather or your magickal pen which you have only used for magickal workings. Then put a few dabs of Patchouli or Clove oil on the parchment paper. Fold the parchment paper in half and put a banishing pentagram on top and bottom of the folded paper.

RITUAL

After meditating and getting yourself focused and centered, cast and cleanse your circle in the manner you are accustomed to, or you can use the Circle Casting chant either from the Full or Dark Moon Ritual which I prepared. In casting a Circle and calling in the Watchtowers, I go deosil no matter the time of the Moon. When I take the ritual down, I go widdershins in dismissing the Watchtowers and calling back the Circle. To me, when when “closing” a bottle, you go deosil. So, in casting a circle you are closing and making it air tight; when opening a bottle, you go widdershins. So in opening the circle, you are once again letting anything back in. Also, since this is a Dark Moon ritual, and you are working with the Crone and Her energies, there is no need to call in any God. Moon rituals are sacred and for the Goddess only. You call in the Goddess and God at Sabbats, as the Sabbats are the interaction between the Goddess and her Consort…between Earth and Sun. And the Moon……is for the Goddess only!

Calling in the Dragon Watchtowers. (Dragons are great protectors and are also the ones who pulls Hecate?s Chariot.)

Move to the East – raise your wand and say

Hail, Great Dragon of the East

Whose yellow eyes see all in the Element of Air

I do summon, stir, and call thee up to attend this rite

and call upon your forces to protect and defend me this night!

(Light the candle and draw an evoking pentagram into the air)

Move to the South – raise your wand and say

Hail Great Dragon of the South

Whose red eyes see all in the Element of Fire!

I do summon, stir, and call thee up to attend this rite

and call upon your forces to protect and defend me this night.

(Light the candle and draw an evoking pentagram into the air)

Move to the West – raise your arm and say

Hail, Great Dragon of the West,

Whose blue eyes see all in the Element of Water

I do summon, stir and call thee up to attend this rite

and call upon your forces to protect and defend me this night

(Light the candle and draw an evoking pentagram into the air)

Move to the North – raise your arm and say

Hail, Great Dragon of the North

Whose green eyes see all in the Element of Earth

I do summon, stir, and call thee up to attend this rite

and call upon your forces to protect and defend me this night.

(Light the candle and draw an evoking pentagram into the air)

Go back to the East and make an envoking pentagram and say:

The Circle is sealed and I am

completely cut off from the outside world

in order to perform my magickal workings in

sending back all the evil that has been sent against me

Lighting of the Triple Goddess Candles – (optional)

Three Candles do I light

In Honor of Thee, O Goddess this Dark Moon Night

White for the Maiden pure as snow

Red for the Mother full within

Black for the Crone, old and wise.

(Light each candle as you address each Gddess)

Evoke the Goddess – raise your hands up high

Oh Great Goddess of Darkness, the Sorceress

who will not be ruled, the Weaver of time,

The teacher of Mysteries.

O Hecate, you who slit the throats of the cruel and drink

the blood of the heartless, yet are the shining sword

that protects us from harm.

You are the healer of wounds;

the Warrior who rights all wrongs.

You make the weak strong and the arrogant humble,

and you are Justice tempered with Mercy.

I call upon you Dark Goddess Hecate to attend this rite

and to send back all the evil that has been sent against me.

(Light the Dark Goddess candle)

Prayer to the Dark Goddess Hecate of your plight

Dark Mother, Queen of the Night, there are

those who stand against me.

Let their efforts fail. Let them go down into darkness

Let them stand in your Courts

May their efforts always be lost in the darkness

with no light to guide them.

I am your child Dark Mother, protect me!

Dark Mother, help me to reach my goals, live my life to the fullest,

and walk the path of the Goddess.

Sweep away all barriers built by those who want me to fail.

(Now…..your intent – holding your parchment paper over your cauldron say with total conviction and emotion from deep within your heart. Poor the anger into your words for the injustice done to you. Do not just say the words, but feel the words)

Crush the evil sent against me!

Sweep its evil remains back int the bodies and brains of those who sent it!

The evil is dead…the attackers taste their just rewards!

The mouths are full of ashes, their thoughts of nightmares

their lives of unfulfillment!

Hecate, Dark One, hear my plea,

Bring justice now, I ask of Thee!

Right the wrongs that have been done,

Avenge me now, oh Mighty One

Light your parchment paper by the Goddess candle and then put it in the Cauldron of Hecate and release you requests to Her and watch it burn. As you are watching it burn, envision the darkness/negativity being lifted from you and returning to the sender. If you know how it is, fine. If you do not, then just see the shadow of the person receiving what they had sent out. After the parchment paper is done burning say:

It is finished! (In saying this, you are now allowing the Dark Goddess Hecate to handle the situation. It is in Her hands now!)

Then say:

Oh Great Goddess, wrap me in your dark cloak and

protect me from Dark Moon to Dark Moon.

May your Dragons guard me from Dark Moon to Dark Moon.

If you have prepared for Cakes and Wine/Juice (which is in your chalice), bless them both by saying:

I bless thee of Creature of Wine and Cakes

knowing that as I drink and eat of thee

I partake in the power of the mysteries of You,

Great Goddess Hecate, the three and the one.

Libation: (Take the chalice of wine/juice in both hands and hold it up and say:)

In Honor of Thee O Great Goddess Hecate,

Do I pour this Libation and drinketh this Toast.

All life is your Own

All fruits of the Earth, your power, your wisdom

your liberation

I thank you for your blessings, strength and protection.

(Remember eating of the cakes and wine help to ground you. So it is important to eat and drink.)

If you wish to do any sort of divination and/or meditation, now is the time.

Thanking the Triple Goddess –

Wise Crone, who face is hidden from the starlit night,

Thank you for attending and witnessing my rite

on this most my sacred night.

(Put out the Crone Candle)

Mother, nurturer and giver of life

Thank you for attending and witnessing my rite

on this most sacred night.

(Put out the Mother Candle)

Maiden, bringer of new ideas and inspiration

Than you for attending and witnessing my rite

on this most sacred night

(Put out the Maiden Candle)

Thanking the Dark Goddess – Hecate

O Hecate, My Queen, My Goddess

You who awaits for me at the end of Life.

I thank you for thy blessings and of your spirit

from Your cauldron of the sacred fire this night of the Dark Moon

I bid thee farewell.

(The Goddess Candle is put out)

Releasing of the Dragons

Dragon of the East of gentle breezes and of winds

Who protected this Circle and witnessed my quests

of magick performed and all blessings poured out

Thank you for attending this rite

I release you back to your windy realm

I bid thee hair and farewell

(Put out candle and draw a banishing pentagram in the air)

Dragons of the West, of Oceans, streams and rainstorms

Who protected this Circle and witnessed my quests

of magick performed and all blessings poured out

Thank you for attending this rite

I release you back to your watery realm

I bid thee farewell

(Put out candle and draw a banishing pentagram in the air)

Dragon of the South of bright dancing flames

Who protected this Circle and witnessed my quests

of magick performed and all blessings poured out

Thank you for attending this rite

I release you back to your fiery realm

I bid thee farewell

(Put out candle and draw a banishing pentagram in the air)

Dragon of the North of forests, mountains, and land

Who protected this Circle and witnessed my quests

of magick performed and all blessings poured out

Thank you for attending this rite

I release you back to your fertile realm

I bid the farewell

(Put out candle and draw a banishing pentagram in the air)

Go back to the East and once again draw an banishing pentagram to break the seal.

Calling back the Circle – (I go widdershins to open circle, since I went deosil to create my sacred circle)

Power cast and then forgotten is power wasted

Wherefore do I call ye back O circle of Power

into my holy staff (or whatever you use)

By the holy flame, this circle disappears and becomes no more

Everything is as it was since the beginning of time.

Circle is now opened once again.

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Sunday

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightenment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

Sign: Leo

Angel: Michael

Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White

Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak

Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate

Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success. Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.