The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 29th

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The Witches Almanac for Monday, February 29th

Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.

Leap Day

Waning Moon
The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation, and little magical work (except magic designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Scorpio
Scorpio: Increases awareness of psychic power. Precipitates psychic crises and ends connections thoroughly. People tend to brood and become secretive. Moon sign. Favors expansion and growth.
Moon enters Sagittarius 6: 56 pm

Moon enters Sagittarius 6: 56 pm
Sagittarius: Encourages flights of imagination and confidence. This is an adventurous, philosophical, and athletic

Incense: Hyssop

Color: White

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Lupercalia: Celebrate the Coming of Spring

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Lupercalia: Celebrate the Coming of Spring

February was considered the final month of the Roman year, and on the 15th, citizens celebrated the festival of Lupercalia. Originally, this week-long party honored the god Faunus, who watched over shepherds in the hills. The festival also marked the coming of spring. Later on, it became a holiday honoring Romulus and Remus, the twins who founded Rome after being raised by a she-wolf in a cave. Eventually, Lupercalia became a multi-purpose event: it celebrated the fertility of not only the livestock but people as well.

To kick off the festivities, an order of priests gathered before the Lupercale on the Palatine hill, the sacred cave in which Romulus and Remus were nursed by their wolf-mother. The priests then sacrificed a dog for purification, and a pair of young male goats for fertility. The hides of the goats were cut into strips, dipped in blood, and taken around the streets of Rome. These bits of hide were touched to both fields and women as a way of encouraging fertility in the coming year. Girls and young women would line up on their route to receive lashes from these whips. There is a theory that this tradition may have survived in the form of certain ritual Easter Monday whippings.

After the priests concluded the fertility rites, young women placed their names in a jar. Men drew names in order to choose a partner for the rest of the celebrations — not unlike later customs of entering names in a Valentine lottery.

To the Romans, Lupercalia was a monumental event each year. When Mark Antony was the master of the Luperci College of Priests, he chose the festival of Lupercalia in 44 BC as the time to offer the crown to Julius Caesar.

By about the fifth century, however, Rome was beginning to move towards Christianity, and Pagan rites were frowned upon. Lupercalia was seen as something only the lower classes did, and eventually the festival ceased to be celebrated.

 

Author

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

As Imbolc Approaches

Imbolc/Candlemas Comments
As Imbolc Approaches

a guide to the Sabbat’s symbolism

by Arwynn MacFeylynnd

Date: February 1 or 2.

Alternative names: Imbolg, Candlemas, Oimelc, Brighid’s Day, Lupercus, the Feast of Lights, Groundhog’s Day

Primary meanings: The name “Imbolc” derives from the word “oimelc,” meaning sheep’s milk. It is considered a time of purification, preparation and celebration for new life stirring, anticipating spring. The holiday is also known as Candlemas; the custom of blessing candles at this time signifies awakening of life and honors the Celtic goddess Brighid, to whom fire is sacred. This Sabbat also celebrates banishing winter.

Symbols: Candle wheels, grain dollies and Sun wheels, a besom (witch’s broom), a sprig of evergreen, a bowl of snow and small Goddess statues representing her in the maiden aspect.

Colors: White, yellow, pink, light blue, light green; also, red and brown.

Gemstones: Amethyst, aquamarine, turquoise, garnet and onyx.

Herbs: Angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, clover, dill, evergreens, heather, myrrh, rosemary, willows and all yellow flowers.

Gods and goddesses: Brighid, the Celtic goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft; all virgin and maiden goddesses; all fire and flame gods, connected with the newborn Sun.

Customs and myths: In Irish legends of the Tuatha De Danaan, Brighid is the name of three daughters of Dagda who over time were combined into one goddess. She was venerated in Scotland, Wales, on the Isle of Man and in the Hebrides. When celebrating Candlemas or Imbolc, spellwork for fertility, inspiration and protection are appropriate, defining and focusing on spiritual and physical desires for the future. Imbolc is a good time to get your life in order — physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Make plans, organize, clean out drawers and closets to bring in the new and clearing out the old. Make and bless candles; light one in each room in honor of the Sun’s rebirth. Carry out rites of self-purification. Burn mistletoe, holly and ivy decorations from Yule to signify the end of harsh weather and old ways.

Aspects of the Moon in Virgo

my laptopAspects of the Moon in Virgo

 

General: Organization, detail, health, reaping your just rewards, fitness, refining your diet, purification, acquiring or improving skills, ensuring a good ‘harvest’ from a project, analysis, logical choices, precision and solutions.

Watch out for criticism, arguments, control and lack of trust.

New Moon: Problem solving, information, choices, accuracy, inner work and finding mistakes.

Full Moon: Problem solving, intuition and divination.

Element: Earth.

Colours: Grey, green, black.

Incense: Lemongrass, caraway, fennel, bergamot, dill, mint, horehound, marjoram.

Virgo Incense Blend: Equal parts of fennel, mint and marjoram with a few drops of bergamot essential oil.

 

 

Pagan Portals – Moon Magic

Rachel Patterson

 

Purification in All of Its Forms

Purification in All of Its Forms

Author: Taylor Ellwood  

I had to laugh when I saw what Witchvox’s latest topic was…purification. I laughed because over Imbolc I’ve been involved in a highly unusual purification ritual. So the timing was naturally appropriate for writing an article about purification. A disclaimer to those who read this article: My approach to purification may sound bizarre, but please be open-minded enough to realize that it works for me. It may not work for you, but it works for me.

Let me tell you that purification comes in all forms and approaches for magick. There is purification that is done daily and there is purification that is done for special occasions. There are extreme forms of purification and there are forms of purification that are simple and yet nonetheless do the job. What is purification? Purification is the grounding of yourself, as well as the protection you make for yourself on your spiritual and physical levels. It is the closure you create when you finish a ritual and disperse the energies you work and it is also the affirmation of your own energy.

Does purification really make you pure? Purification purges you of energy that is not your own energy, so in a sense it purifies you. I think though that purification is more of an affirmation of your identity, a way of grounding your identity back into reality. Consider that when we do magick, we do ritual; we create around ourselves a different space, a different way of thinking. The purification is necessary to ground you back into yourself, ground you back into reality.

Of course the energy that is purified from you has to go somewhere else. And it does. The energy you work with goes back to where it is from. Now whether that energy is a godform, or elemental energy, or something else, it still has a place it returns to. The point of ritual is to create interaction. The point of purification is to return everything where it belongs.

But what if purification is used for more than just a ritual where you invoke a godform? For instance what if you’re purifying yourself, and doing so not to disperse energy, but actually to deal with an issue or emotion that comes from you? Or to purge yourself of your own energy for the purpose of cleaning house, so that you can achieve a different perspective of yourself and the connections you have with others?

Purification is different then. Purification is the means by which you begin the process of facing yourself, begin the ritual to change yourself and grow from the situation you are in. And purification, when it occurs like this, can take an unusual approach.

I mentioned earlier in the essay that’d I’d been doing a purification ritual earlier this week. My purification ritual lasted for two days and involved, among other things, willingly poisoning myself to stimulate a state of near death. Now no doubt you read this and you think he’s crazy…that isn’t purification…but it is. Purification is any process, which allows you to establish closure and move on from a situation. I’ll come back to this in a bit.

How often should you do purification? It really depends on you. I do purification every day when I get up, exercise and then meditate. I start my purification by first calling the Reiki energy to me. After that I do a Chinese energy induction ritual, followed by some Tibetan techniques and then finally lie down in the corpse pose and use pranayamic breathing, focusing on calling up the energy within me so that when it comes and pushes the other energy, the energy of everything else away from me, allowing me to establish and center myself. I do this every day if I can, though occasionally my work schedule will interfere. I know the days I don’t purify myself I don’t feel as focused.

But let’s get back to the ritual I mentioned. I’d said I’d intentionally poisoned myself. There is a magickal tradition called the path of poison. One of the ideas behind it is that purification can be achieved through the poisoning of the self, and the consequential purging of the self. Now if you think about it, this actually makes sense. The reason it makes sense is simple. When you get sick what does your body do? It sweats the toxins out. Sometimes you get sick because of the build up of toxins over time. Your body sweats the toxins out and purifies you in an effort. Now apply this to yourself on a spiritual level. Sometimes we need to sweat our spiritual toxins out. The path of poison is one way to do this.

I rarely use the path of poison, but sometimes it is useful. For this ritual I did not actually take any physical poison, but I nonetheless induced a state of near death in my physical body through what I call inner alchemy. Inner alchemy is the ability to manipulate your physiology. This can be done. Read John Lilly’s Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer, if you don’t believe me. Also check out Hereward Carrington and Sylvan Muldoon’s book The Art of Astral Projection, which has in it an exercise that teaches you how to control your heart beat rate. If you can learn how to control your heart beat rate, why not be able to learn how to alter your physiology?

For my purification I did just that, poisoning my body, expunging out of it both the physical and spiritual toxins that needed to be ejected. And then from there I continued my ritual. The ritual was a death-rebirth ritual. The idea was to create a state of near death, to experience as it were, the ending of a life, and then the rebirth of that life, after a period of time. For those actually interested in learning more about the ritual check out my livejournal, which provides some of the details for the ritual. Read the posts from February 1st through the 3rd. Go to http://www.livejournal.com/users/teriel/. Now I realize that the ritual sounds extreme, but bear in mind that it worked for me, and gave me the purification I needed.

The purpose of the ritual was to cleanse myself of my own energy, to attain a state of zero, of being everything and nothing, for a little while, to gain some perspective on myself and situations I was facing. I wanted to establish equilibrium in my life and I felt this ritual was the best way to do it. So I poisoned myself and then two days later I brought my essence, my energy back into being. And I felt purified in a number of ways. I felt that I had purged my body of toxins, because although I poisoned myself, my body now had an urgent need to clear out what was affecting it. I felt purified energetically and perceptively. I was able to view my situations from a completely different perspective because the state of mind I was in for two days was essentially one that had nothing to do with my personality of Taylor and all of its hang ups, but rather was one that was objective, clinical, and removed enough to provide perspective. And finally when the rebirth occurred, that is the essence of my energy, my personality was reabsorbed into me I had those perspectives as well as a renewed appreciation for life. Admittedly it was extreme, but not as extreme as some cultural purifications go.

What I know ultimately in the end is that purification comes through all kinds of methods. Look at any culture and you will find some method of purification. Some methods are even more extreme than mine, but all of them work.

Taylor Ellwood

Purification: What is it? How Does it Work?

Purification: What is it? How Does it Work?

Author: B. T. Newberg  

Many Pagans use purification rites before entering rituals or sacred spaces. A magician may asperge herself with an herbal mixture before entering the magick circle. A shaman may dive into a cold spring before journeying to meet the spirits. A Wiccan may fast before initiation. What is the point of such purification? How does purification work? What are some obstacles to purity? What are the implications of holding views of objective purity? These are the questions I’ll engage in this essay.

What is the Point?

First, what is the point of purification? Purification aims to make ready: the magician is readied to enter the circle, the shaman to meet the spirits, and the Wiccan to undergo initiation. In a word, my concept of purity is readiness. The function of a purification rite is to make yourself or something ready for what is about to happen next. Since Pagan experience often includes some very intimate, mystical, or even divine communications, we want to do everything we can to make sure we’re ready if and when such things arise. Even run-of-the-mill ritual experiences are sacred, and we want to be paying attention. Purification rites help us become ready.

The state contrary to purity is un-readiness. You may be distracted, overly hopeful, in a fault-finding mood, or just plain bored. In all cases, you are unable or unwilling to fully embrace what is about to happen (whatever that may be). Once, when I was a teen, my parents took me on a hay-ride. All I could think was how lame it was to be stuck with my parents when I could be riding with my friends. That is a good example of non-purity. I was not ready to accept the simple pleasure of bouncing in a horse-drawn cart filled with hay. My preconceived notions were too strong. A ritual is like this hay-ride: you have to be open to how it goes, not stuck on how you’d rather have it. Another time, more recently, I was driving with a friend. My friend began telling me of a sensitive episode in his love life, but I interrupted him to point out a funny billboard. I was not ready to hear his delicate story. A ritual is similar: you have to lay aside the distractions in order to be fully absorbed in the intimacy of the moment.

Purity is being open to and ready for whatever happens. The drummer who listens to his band-mates and adds to their rhythms, without forcing the others to adjust to his beat, is pure. The Witch who uses a formula to call in the guardians of the East, but who allows the unique mood of the moment to fill up her otherwise rote words, is also pure. The shaman who asks her power animal what she can do for Mother Earth, and is neither disappointed by a fairly mundane task nor doubtful of a grandiose one, is pure as well.

All these examples imply a special readiness of mind and heart. Very few of us are able to consistently embody this readiness in our daily lives. Distraction, irritation, boredom, and other annoyances get the best of us. That is why we need something to help us let it all go when we approach ritual. Purification does this for us. It helps us get ready.

How does it Work?

How does a purification rite bring about readiness? There are two ways to think about how it works: as an objective but intangible phenomenon, or as a subjective, psychological phenomenon. If we take as our example a simple sage smudge preceding ritual, the former view sees the sage as doing all the work: no matter where your mind is during the smudge, in some mysterious way you still get clean. The latter view sees the sage as a mere reminder for you to open your mind and heart to the ritual. According to this view, the purification is in vain if you can’t let your mundane worries go.

My opinion is that the objective element plays a part, but the subjective is vital. I’ll return to the objective aspect in a bit, but first I want to focus on the subjective: tools such as sage or saltwater help to purify, but they alone do not purify. What it takes is a certain state of mind, or state of heart. It takes openness. Before entering the circle, the Witch must open herself to what is going to happen when she steps inside it, which may be quite other than what she expects. Without this subjective aspect of opening, the purification will not work.

There is a great diversity of methods used by Pagans for purification, ranging from the traditional (sage smudge, saltwater bath) to the innovative (immersing yourself in booming music, humming your favorite song). This diversity suggests that one’s internal focus is more crucial to the purification than the particular tool or method used. When a purification rite works, it may be because you used the right method, but it is most certainly also because you focused your consciousness to the task.

Focusing consciousness is not always easy. Purity helps a lot, and two great obstacles to purity, in its subjective aspect, are hang-ups and preconceived notions. Hang-ups are lingering irritations. Before a ritual, you may have worries about tomorrow’s interview, annoyances about what so-and-so said to you at work today, or compulsions to compose grocery lists in your head. If you don’t “purify” yourself of these, they may distract you and spoil the ritual. Preconceived notions may also spoil it, but they work in a different way. Preconceived notions are prejudices about what is supposed to happen during the ritual, or the way in which the ritual must be done. If the ritual departs from your expectations via mistake, innovation, or chance occurrence, you may be disappointed. Let’s say, for example, that the candle of the South blows out in the middle of a ritual. It may have been that the Goddess or the spirits intervened to teach a lesson or just to say hello, but you will not recognize any such marvel if you are too stuck in your preconceived notion that the candle must remain lit. To take another example, let’s say you attend a ritual lead by someone you’ve not worked with before. To your dismay, you find that this person reads liturgy with an awful, ceremonious, pseudo-British accent. You just can’t get over it, and the whole ritual is spoiled for you. Your preconceived notion of how liturgy should be read has kept you from enjoying the ritual. Who knows…perhaps higher powers lead you to this person in order to teach you to lighten up? Had you been ready for anything, would your experience have been different? Between hang-ups and preconceived notions, considerable obstacles to readiness exist. Fortunately, we have purification rites to address them.

The Objective Aspect: Cleanliness or Cooties?

Many Pagans insist that tools or methods have magickal energies of their own. Different herbs, for example, each have peculiarities which work better for this or that magickal purpose. Sage has long been recognized as an excellent purifier. These properties would seem to be objective, independent of the psychological state we take to them. Some things are inherently purifying. The flip-side of this view is that some things are inherently polluting. Kaldera and Schwartztein in The Urban Primitive, for example, insist that cities are more polluting than natural areas.

The problem with thinking in terms of inherently polluting things is that we end up looking like elementary school boys afraid of getting cooties from girls. If a thing can be objectively purifying or polluting, a whole Pandora’s Box of messy questions is opened. For example, where does the human body fit into the scheme of things? In many forms of Paganism, especially Witchcraft and Goddess religion, the body is very important. Can the body be inherently, objectively pure or impure? Throughout history many societies have built elaborate customs around cultivating bodily purity and avoiding impurity. In some cultures, a woman’s body is impure while menstruating. In old India, a caste system designated a whole segment of the population untouchable. Does the idea of objectively purifying or polluting things lead in this direction? Is this estimation of objective purity unfair? I don’t have the answer to this one. I only raise the question as a potential problem.

One thing I will say, however, is that impure things don’t have to be absolutely impure. For example, a shaman told me a story about an energy extraction ritual she observed in Tibet. A Tibetan shaman removed a handful of icky, black, impure energy from a patient, then immediately ran to the nearest crossroads and left it there. Why did he leave it at the crossroads? Because in the Tibetan view, crossroads are home to spirits for whom the energies which poison us are nourishing. The old adage applies: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Conclusion

In sum, purification is the making ready of mind, body, and spirit for what is about to happen. There are obstacles to this readiness, including hang-ups, preconceived notions, and perhaps even inherently polluting things. Purification rites help us to wash away or let go of these obstacles. In this way, we get ready to enter a magick circle, meet the spirits, or just take on life with an open heart and mind. Some things may be inherently better purifiers than other things, but there are potential problems with this view.

As a final note, I wonder what would be the most powerful purifier of all? If purity is an open mind and heart, I would have to say that the most powerful purifier of all must be laughter. Not giggling or snickering, but good, hearty, full-bellied laughter. After a good laugh, what are you not open to? From hang-ups, preconceived notions, stress, distractions, or general cantankerousness, I can think of no better liberator than laughter.

Herb Lore And Magick (Herbs A thru L)

Herb Lore and Magick

 

HERB LORE
Acacia – Protection, Psychic Powers
Adam & Eve Roots – Love, Happiness
Adders Tongue – Healing
African Violet – Spirituality, Protection
Agaric – Fertility
Agrimony – Protection, Sleep
Ague Root – Protection
Alfalfa – Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money
Alkanet – Purification, Prosperity
Allspice – Money, Luck, Healing
Almond – Money, Prosperity, Wisdom
Aloe – Protection, Luck
Aloes, Wood – Love, Spirituality
Althea – Protection, Psychic Powers
Alyssum – Protection, Moderating Anger
Amaranth – Healing, Protection, Invisibility
Amber – Success, Love, Insipration
Ambergris – Psychic Ability, Viions
Anemone – Health, Protection, Healing
Angelica – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions
Apple – Love,Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality
Apricot – Love
Arabic Gum – Purify negativity and evil
Arbutus – Exorcism, Protection
Asafoetida – Exorcism, Purification, Protection
Ash – Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
Aspen – Eloquence, Anti Theft
Aster – Love
Avens – Exorcism, Purification,Love
Avocado – Love,Lust, Beauty
Bachelor’s Buttons – Love
Balm, Lemon – Love,Success, Healing
Balm of Gilead – Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing
Bamboo – Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes
Banana – Fertility, Potency, Prosperity
Banyan – Luck
Barley – Love, Healing, Protection
Basil – Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
Bay – Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength
Bayberry – Properity
Bean – Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliations, Potency
LoveBedstraw/Fragrant – Love
Beech – Wishes
Beet – love
Belladonna – astral projection *DEADLY POISON*
Benzoin – Purification, Prosperity
Bergamot – Focus, Manifestations
Bergamot, Orange – Money
Be-Still – Luck
Betony wood – Protection,Purification,Love
Birch – Intution,Empathy, Protection, Exorcism, Purification
Bistort – Psychic Powers, Fertility
Bitter Almond – Peace, Meditation
Bittersweet – Protection, Healing
Blackberry – Healing, Money, Protection
Black Pepper – Energy, Strength
Blackberry – Money, Healing, Protection
Bladderwrack – Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers
Bleeding Heart – Love
Bloodroot – Love, Protection, Purification
Bluebell – Luck, Truth
Blueberry- Protection
Blue Flag – Money
Bodhi – Fertility, Protection, WIsdom, Meditation
Boneset – Protection, Exorcism
Borage – Courage, Psychic Powers
Bracken – Healing, Rune Magic, Prophetic Dreams
Brazil Nut – Love
Briony – Image Magic, Money, Protection
Bromeliad – Protection, Money
Broom – Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination
Buchu – Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams
Buckeye – Divination, Money, Wealth
Buckthorn – Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters
Buckwheat – Money, Protection
Burdock – Protection, Healing
Cabbag – Luck
Cactus – Protection, Chastity
Cajeput – Healing
Calamus – Luck, Healing, Money, Protection
Camellia -Riches
Camphor – Chastity, Health, Divination
Caper – Potency, Lust, Luck
Carawy – Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-theft, Mental Powers
Cardamon – Lust, Love
Carnation – Protection, Strength, Healing
Carob – Protection, Health
Carrot – Fertility, Lust, Grounding
Cascara Sagrada – Legal Matters, Money, Protection
Cashew – Money
Cassia – Stimulant
Castor – Protection
Catnip – Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness, Psychic Development
Cattail – Lust
Cedar – Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
Celandine – Protection, Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters
Celery – Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers
Centaury – Snake Removing
Chamomile – Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
Cherry – Love, divination
Chestnut – Love
Chickweed – Fertility, Love
Chicory – Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, Favors, Frigidity
Chili pepper – Fidelity, hex Breaking, Love
China Berry – Luck
Chrysanthemum – Protection
Cinchona – Luck, Protection
Cinnamon – Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust Protection, Love
Cinquefoil – Money, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep
Citron – Psychic Powers, Healing
Citronella – Beauty, Enjoyment
Civit – Lust, Sexuality
Cloth of Gold – Understand animal languages
Clove – Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money
Clover – Protection, Money, Love, fidelity, Exorcism, Success
Club Moss – Protection, Power
Coconut – Purification, Protection, Chastity
Cohosh,Black – love, courage, protection, potency
Coltsfoot – Love, Visions
Columbine – Courage, Love
Comfrey – Safety during travel, Money
Copal – Love, Purification
Coriander – Love,Health, Healing, Happiness
Corn – protection,luck, divination
Cotton – Luck, Healing, Protection, Rain, Fishing Magic
Cowslip – Healing, Youth, Treasure Finding
Crocus – Love, Visions
Cubeb – Love
Cuckoo-flower – Fertility, Lover
Cucumber – Chastity, Healing, Fertility
Cumin – Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism
Curry – Protection
Cyclamen – Fertility, Protection, Happiness, Lust
Cypress – Longevity, Healing, Comfort, Protection, Grief
Daffodil – Love, Fertility, Luck
Daisy – Lust, Luck
Damiana – Lust, Love, Visions
Dandelion – Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits
Datura – Hex Breaking, Sleep, Protection
Deerstongue – Lust, Psychic Powers, Love, Fedility
Devils Bit – Exorcism, Love, Protection, Lust
Devils Shoestring – Protection, Gambling, Luck, Power, Employment
Dill – Protection, Money, Lust, Luck
Dittany of Crete – Manifestations, Astral Projection
Dock – Healing,Fertility, Money
Dodder – Love,Divination, Knot Magic
Dogbane – Love
Dogwood – Wishes, Protection
Dragons Blood – Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency
Dulse – Lust, Harmony
Dutchmans Breeches – Love
Ebony – Protection, Power
Echinacea – Strengthening Spells
Edelweiss – Invisibility, Bullet-Proofing
Elder – Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Sleep
Elecampane – Love, Protection, Psychic Powers, Strengthening
Elemi – Grounding
Elm – Love
Endive – Lust, Love
Eryngo – Travelers Luck, Peace, Lust, Love
Eucalyptus – Healing, Protection
Euphorbia – Purification, Protection
Eyebright – Mental Powers, Psychic Power
Fennel – Protection, Healing, Purification
Fenugreek – Money
Fern – Rain Making, Protection, Luck, Riches, Eternal Youth, Health, Exorcism
Feverfew – Protection
Fig – Divination, Fertility, Love
Figwort – Health, Protection
Fir Balasm – Expansion, Success
Flax – Money, Protection, Beauty, Psychic Powers, Healing
Fleabane – Exorcism, Protection, Chastity
Foxglove – Protection
Frankincense – Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality
Fumitory – Money, Exorcism
Fuzzy Weed – Love, Hunting
Galangal – Protection, Lust, Health, Money, Psychic Powers, Hex breaking
Galbanum – Purification
Gardenia – Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
Garlic – Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
Gentian – Love, Power
– Fertility, Health, Love, Protection
Ginger – Love, Money, Success, Power, Protection
Ginseng – Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust
Goats Rue – Healing, Health
Goldenrod – Money, Divination
Golden Seal – Healing, Money
Gorse – Protection, Money
Gotu Kola – Meditation
Gourd – Protection
Grain – Protection
Grains of Paradise – Lust, Luck, Love, Money, Wishes
Grape – Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers, Money
Grass – Psychic Powers, Protection
Ground Ivy – Divination
Groundsel – Health, Healing
Hawthorn – Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness
Hazel – Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes
Heather – Protection, Rain Making, Luck
Heliotrope – Exorcism, Prophetic dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisbility, Opens Chakras
Hellebore,Black – Protection *POISON*
Hemlock – Destroy sexual drives *POISON*
Hemp – Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation
Henna – Healing
Hibiscus – Lust, Love, Divination
Hickory – Legal Matters
High John the Conquerer – Money, Love, Success, Happiness*POISON*
Holly – Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic
Honesty – Money, Repelling Monsters
Honeysuckle – Money, Psychic Powers, Protection, Peace
Hops – Healing, Sleep
Horehound – Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Horse Chestnut – Money, Healing
Horseradish – Purification, Exorcism
Horsetail – Snake Charming, Fertility
Houndstongue – Tying dogs tongues
Houseleek – Luck,Protection, Love
Huckleberry – Luck, Protection, Dream Magic, Hex Breaking
Hyacinth – Love, Protection, Happiness, Self Confidence, Grieving
Hydrangea – Hex Breaking
Hyssop – Purification, Protection
Indian Paint Brush – Love
Iris – Purification, Wisdom
Irish Moss – Money, Luck, Protection
Ivy – Protection, Healing
Jasmine – Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Meditation
Jobs Tears – Healing, Wishes, Luck
Joe-pye weed – Love, Respect
Juniper – Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism, Health
kava-Kave – Visions, Protection, Luck
knotweed – Binding, Health
Ladys mantle – Love
Ladys slipper – Protection
Larch – Protection, Anti theft
Larkspur – Health, Protection
Lavendar – Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Leek – Love, Protection, Exorcism
Lemon – Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
Lemon Balm – Clearing, Success, Love, Healing
Lemongrass – Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic powers
Lemon Verbena – Purification, Love
Lettuce – Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
Licorice – Love,Lust, Fidelity
Life Everlastin – longevity, Health, Healing
Lilac – Exorcism, Protection
Lilac (Blue) – Inner Harmony
Lilac (White) -Purification
Lily – Protection, Breaking Love spells
Lily of the Valley – Mental Powers, Happiness
Lime – Healing, Love, Protection, Energy
Linden – Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Liquidamber – Protection
Liverwort – Protection
Liverwort – Love
Looestrife – Peace, Protection
Lotus – Protection, Lock-Opening
Lovage – Love
Love Seed – Love, Friendship
Lucky Hand – Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel

 

From the Website, Coven of the Goddess.com

 

 

A Witch’s Magickal Herbal

A Witch’s Magickal Herbal



There are many herbs that can be used for magickal purposes; Herbs are wonderful for magick – they can be burned or tied up in sachets or made into amulets to wear.


Anise: purification, protection, keeps away nightmares


Basil: purification, protection, exorcism, love, prosperity


Chamomile: prosperity, meditation, calmness


Cinnamon: psychic powers, protection, success, healing, clairvoyance, prosperity


Dill: seeds draw money and protection, the flowers are used for love


Hazel: mental powers, hazel nuts are used in fertility amulets or spells


Lemon Balm: health, success, love


Mugwort: divination, clairvoyance, psychic powers, protection,
strongest when picked on a full moon night


Nutmeg: clairvoyance, prosperity


Parsley: purification, protection


Peppermint: healing, purification


Rosemary: protects from negativity, blessing, consecration, aids memory, protection rituals of all kinds


Sage: healing, prosperity, wisdom


Thyme: burn for purification, protection from negativity, clairvoyance


Yarrow: for a happy marriage, defense, protection

A Self Purification Spell

A Self Purification Spell

The purification of self is a way to remove the accumulation of all negative things that happened during the day and to prepare for the work to come.

Before ritual work, you have to change your frame of mind from the everyday mundane world. Here are a couple of ways to do this.

Incense:
You may use incense in the common stick form or in what is called a smudge stick. This is a small bundle of incense. The incense is lit and is passed around the body, but not too close to the hair (fire hazard). As you pass the incense around your body, concentrate
on the smoke passing through you. Invision all the negativity and the excess baggage of the day leaving you as the smoke rises around you. When you feel cleansed, put out the incense. You will need a container to put out the smudge stick. A terra cotta saucer filled
with sand is ideal.

Ritual Baths:
A ritual bath is a great way to shed the day and concentrate on the ritual to come.

Supplies:
–White candles, for Spirituality and Higher Self, Salt, Herb or Herbs for Purification, Candle Snuffer.

Run a bath of very warm water. As the water is running light the white candles. Use as many as you wish. Three is an appropriate number as it represents the three aspects of the Goddess.

As you light a candle think or recite aloud:
“I light this candle in truth and peace”.

Repeat with each candle.

While the water is running, add a small amount of salt into the water, then add the herb or herbs of your choice.

Step into the water and slowly sink down into the tub. Relax and feel the water covering your body. Let the day and all negativity be drawn into the water.

Concentrate on letting go and moving to the positive. Wash slowly. Turn the bath into its own ritual. Think or say aloud :

” All negativity is flowing out of me into the water. I am pure for the work to come.”

Take as long as you need.

When you feel you are clear and relaxed step out of the tub and drain the water. Watch the water flow down the drain.Envision all the negativity and the day behind you flowing down the drain with the water.

Dry yourself slowly, deliberately. As you snuff out the candles, think or say aloud:

“I leave this bath in truth and peace.”

You are now ready for the ritual to come.

The Direction South & Its Correspondence

South

The Wheel of the South- Faith and Trust, Elusiveness, Innocence, Physical and Personal Vulnerability, Strength, Protection, Relationships with others, with self. with nature, Renewal, Self-Healing, Stress, Love, Courage

Element- Fire

Energy- Quick, Rapid, Fire.

The Journey- The Journey of Purification.

Traditional Colors- Red, Orange, Scarlet, Yellow, The blue of flame, Gold

Sacred Spirits– Bridget: Goddess of the inner flame of life and creation, Pele: Goddess of Purification and Upheavals, Mars: God of strength and conflict, Michael: Archangel of the South, warrior of the Sacred Flames, Djinn: Servant of Michael, great Fire giant, for protection, Salamanders: Elemental Spirits of Fire, ruled by Djinn, Adonai: Elemental King of Fire

Sacred Animals- Squirrels: Vulnerability and Delusiveness (relationships) tricky, Tigers and Lions: Stress, Courage, Porcupine: For Protection and to prick you into action. Defense, Badger: For Protection in Conflict. Defense, Coyote: For Protection in tricky situations. Vulnerability and Elusiveness, Fox: For Elusiveness and Innocence. Vulnerability, Hawk: For Protection and Relationships, Mouse: For Vulnerability and Elusiveness. Renewal and Self-Healing, Cats: For All sorts, for what Mark Twain called that “Mixture of Innoncence and sin.”, Bear: Physical Self-Healing

Rabbit: Renewal, Self-healing, Snakes: Protection, Possum: Renewal and Self-Healing

Sacred Items- Fire-forged items, Red feathers for courage.

Sacred Plants- Maple Tree, Nuts, seeds, pods (for relationships), Nut Trees for love, Cactus, thorn bushes, spiney plants for protection.

Purification Incenses- Sage, Clove, Thyme, Juniper, Cinnamon, Cedar

Guardian Incenses- Sweetgrass, Myrrh, Cedar, Frankincense, Dragon’s Blood Resin, Juniper

In the South We Work With- Protection: Establishing personal security, Love: Balancing the energies of our realationships, Self-Power: Developing our gifts of Strength, Purification: Cleaning our Self and Cleaning our Path.

Sacred Minerals- Pink Carnelian: For Kinships and relationships, Red Carnelian: For strength and protection, faith, Gold Amber: For clarity in relationships, Red Amber: For courage and faith, Blue Amber: For shamanic journeys of purification, inner flame, Yellow& Gold Flourite: For personal protection on journeys, Citrine: For clairty and purification, Fire Opal: For deep inner vision, physical purification and cleansing, Steel: For Strength in trials of life, Iron Ore: For courage and protection

Lava: For purification and upheavals, Smokey Crystal, Beach Sands, Gold, Copper, Pyrite, Textured or patterned Stones

Human World Helping Activities- Expressive art, Dance, Drama, Movement, Exercise, Physical Communication, Sensuality, Love, Western Body Awareness, Philosophies, Spirit Vibration

Helping Thoughts- In Innocence I am born, In Faith do I Grow, In Strength am I Purified, In Protection I walk.