Working by the Tides
The tides are another power source if you are anywhere near the sea, an estuary of a tidal river. The incoming tide or flow will attract and bring fulfillment of wishes or dreams; the ebb tide will take away negativity and also protect those who travel, especially those who work at sea. The slack tide between flow and ebb, which can last for up to an hour, is excellent for building up power before the surge and moment of release at tide turn.
Calendar of the Sun
Color: Blue-green of the ocean
Altar: Upon a cloth of blue, green, and aqua place a large glass bowl filled with salt water, sand, and shells from the ocean, many small cakes or breads, and a pitcher of milk.
Offerings: Seashells. Make food. Give generously to another.
Daily Meal: Fish. Bread. Dairy products.
Invocation to Mariamne
Lady of the Land and Sea,
We call you to watch over us!
Lady of the Ocean,
Cascading waves that stroke the shore
Again and again, in a never-ending
Mating dance of land and sea;
Lady of whales and dolphins,
Lady of fishes that swim in
Silvery schools like clouds of mist,
Lady who fills our nets and boats,
Lady who keeps us safe at sea,
Lady who brought our ancestors
Safely across their watery travels,
Bless us with your protection
As we navigate the shoals of our lives.
Lady of the Shore,
Mistress of Land and Sea,
Ruler of the tides
And giver of nourishment,
You who make the milk flow
And the mother’s breast give forth,
You who water the fields
And spark the seed,
Bless us with your abundance
As we move with your tidal flow.
Chant: Mariamne Mariamne
Mistress of Earth and Sea
(The breads are passed around, and the one who passes them says, “Taste the bounty of the body.” Then the milk is passed, and the one who passes it says, “Taste the bounty of the heart.”
[Pagan Book of Hours]
April 9 – Daily Feast
A problem of recent times is that we do not have a set of values by which we can live. If we are to live well and be reasonably happy, we have to have an idea of who we are and where we are going. There must be rules to guide us. Tsu gv wa lo di I to the Cherokee means a definite standard by which to live, even when the values of others change by the hour. Without it, we are rafts on a high tide with no direction and no control. If the standard is missing we go with whatever comes along. Even is rules are self-made and are late in coming, if they come at all, it is worth the effort. And if we hold to them with a passion, they will be worth whatever we had to do, whatever we have to give up, to follow.
~ When a child, my mother taught me….to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom, and protection. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
The timing of spells and rituals is crucial. You can draw on the prevailing energies of the moon, the sun and the seasons and also factors like weather to amplify the power of your spells. To flow with the energies of the natural world is like walking or cycling with the wind or swimming with the tide as opposed to against it.
Much of the information on the moon, sun, seasons, the sea tides and weather is contained within different books. However, successful timing are ultimately about trusting your innate instincts. A number of experienced practitioners can feel if the moon is right or sense a rising tide even before they reach the shore.
This is not so easy initially for city dwellers or for people who like me grew up in the center of towns. The more time we spend close to nature, the more this instinctive awareness returns, for we all carry it in our genes from our distant ancestors, though it may be deeply buried.
You can help to reinstate this awareness by rising and sleeping according to natural light patterns. This is easiest done on holidays or weekends especially on natural camping grounds where there is no electric light. Watching the moon in the sky without light pollution is a good way of connecting with natural rhythms and timing especially if you note down your feelings as the moon changes each night. You may find a particular moon day evokes the same emotions each month.
I still have a tendency to think I should switch on the heater on a grey day even if it is muggy but I am getting better at listening to my body and not my logical mind.
Again, successful circle casting is less a matter of accurate measurement and knowledge of correct procedure than a feeling the pulse of the land you are working with and allowing your instincts to help you create an empowered and protective area for magick.