The Witch's Corner
We have two important pagan holidays coming up this fall: the Autumnal Equinox, also known as Mabon; and Samhain, also known as Halloween, or All Hallows Eve.
The pagan definitions of these holidays have almost become clique: the autumn equinox celebrates not only a day with equal amounts of darkness and light, but also the final harvest that will see us through the long hard winter months ahead; and Samhain, celebrating not only a night of enhanced spirit activity and ancestral adoration, but also the last of the slaughter of livestock, in order to store our meat for winter. Well, these meanings and their significance were all very well and good back in the day, but in the modern world I'm not going to have to worry about starving to death just because there is a hard winter, and quite frankly, I'd never be able to slaughter anything.
So what is the significance of these holidays to the modern pagan? Why do we still celebrate them, and what do they mean to us?
I think, for one thing, we have some innate deep-seated unspoken need to have our lives punctuated by milestones; whether personal milestones like weddings, graduations, and births; or societal, communal, and spiritual milestones. There’s a strange reassurance that the universe works in an ordered and predictable manner and time table. And maybe this is comforting to us because so much of life is unexpected, unpredictable, played without a script, and undeniably finite.
Long after we are but a memory, there will still be people celebrating these autumnal holidays, punctuating the end of summer, welcoming with open arms the predictable end to the season of light and warmth, retreating into the dark and comforting confines of winter and the still peace that it will bring. Every season, and every seasonal celebration, holds its own kind of magick and adds to our lives in a way that helps us to explore the possibilities, survive the inevitable, and move toward the future.Blessings,
Online Tarot Lessons
I’ve developed an online tarot class comprised of three lessons to start you down the road to tarot interpretation. The first class touches on a card a day in a way that literally dismantles how you look at tarot cards, how you view traditional meanings, and the art of intuitive reading. You’ll quickly move on, learning how to put the cards together in a simple spread, discovering the story the tarot tells, as well as learning how to write your own interpretation through the cards. The third lesson will teach you how to broaden your tarot connections and add unexpected insights into a reading.
These tarot classes will be emailed to you in rich text format.
Lessons 1, 2, & 3
We started our lessons gently with the first class, easing into the tarot and the idea behind divination. But now, get ready to roll up your sleeves and do some serious work. I'm sure you'll enjoy these expanded classes, and along the way you'll learn more about the tarot-- and more about yourself-- than you ever thought possible.
The three lessons in this class will help you get aquainted with the court cards in an up-close and very personal manner-- who are they, really? You'll follow a card of your choosing through a guided meditation, and you'll learn to categorize individual cards within the deck, making readings by association fast, easy, and enlightening.
Lessons 4, 5, & 6
Flower: morning glory
September Moon Magick:
Herbs: lilac, mugwort, marjoram,
Stones: sapphire, bloodstone,
Scents: gardenia, rose, lilac
Colors: brown, yellow-green, amber
Trees: hazel, larch, bay
Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis,
Virgo: ruled by Mercury, receptive/feminine, mutable/earth
Libra: ruled by Venus, projective/masculine, cardinal/air
This day brings equal hours of light and dark, a second celebration of perfect equality. Beyond this day, light will gradually fade as the dark season descends upon the world. At this time of year, the ancient Druids would burn a large human-like wicker figure as part of their celebration.This figure represented the vegetation spirit, and indeed, the heralding of the dark season would bring an end to the growth and flowering of summer.
Modern Pagans may celebrate this holiday with many of the foods connected with this time of year in their area. For us this would include pumpkin pie and apple cider. Decorations may include leaves of autumn hues, sunflowers, pumpkins and gourds.
Herbs: marigold, myrrh, thistles, sage
Altar Flowers/Herbs: asters, mums, pine, ferns, milkweed, honeysuckle
Feast Foods: autumn berries, nuts, roast game, root vegetables, cider, wine, bread
stags, goats, blackbirds, canines, owls, birds-of-prey
Incense: cedar, myrrh, patchouli, pine, sage, sweet grass, oak moss
Rituals/Spells: drying herbs, gathering late harvest, past life work, harvest moon rituals, making willow wands, harmony spells, protection spells for winter
The material above is an excerpt from my book,
"The Book of Magick", and is copyrighted material.
© The Book of Magick,
Amythyst Raine 2011
The Witches' Year
I've created a calendar for 2012 composed entirely of original nature photos taken by me, as well as monthly moon correspondences from my book, "The Gray Witch's Grimoire".
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I've recently added pendulums to the list of merchendise that you can find at my website, The Witch's Corner
For more information on pendulums and how to use them; to view the pendulums that are available; or to purchase one for dowsing or for your own magickal use
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"The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells" by Judika Illes
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'Round the Kitchen Table
As I sit here, right now, let's put a spell together on a whim and a fancy, by the seat of our pants. So often I've noticed, especially with people new to witchcraft, that we tend to rely on spells being laid out before us, all black and white, neatly listed, pre-packaged, and ready to go-- kind of like fast food. We shouldn't be afraid to slap together a spell of our own making, our own unique creation. Not only will it 'feel' good when you cast it, it will carry so much of your magickal energy and power of intention that it's bound to cause a tremor through the universe.
1) Intention...Let's concentrate today on the workplace and the problems that we find there. These 'problems' almost always tend to have two arms, two legs, and a great hole in their face called A Mouth.
2) Candle Color...If it's The Mouth that's causing problems, let's go with a yellow candle-- for the element of Air and communication. If we just want this 'problem' to go away, as in banishing to other-worlds, or in this case other departments, let's go with my favorite candle color-- black.
3) "Dressing" the Candle...We're going to do several things. First: carve the name of your problem on this candle, and then sit quietly and hold it in your hands for few minutes, visualizing this individual, seeing in your mind what you want to happen, where you want this person to go, how you want the negative energy dispersed.
Put a bit of oil on your fingertips, either a magickal oil made for specific intentions, or a little olive oil from your kitchen cupboard, and smooth this oil over the candle.
Crush up or grind some herbs that are related to the energies that we're dealing with and the intentions that we're raising. If you're using a yellow candle to shut a big mouth, you'll find that slippery elm and cloves work great for this, and I've discovered that dieffenbachia will also stop the flow of word vomit just as effectively. As you grind or crush these herbs, you should chant a little chant and get yourself all worked up over this issue. After all, if you've come to the point of casting magick spells to defend yourself against an individual, you've got a right to be pissed-- so get pissed, and imbue these herbs and this candle with all that emotion and intentions.
Pour the prepared herbs in a nice line the length of your candle or in a pile on the table. Lay your oiled candle on its side, and roll it in the herbs so that they adhere to the candle.
4) Igniting the magick...Okay, you can set this candle up now and light it. And while it's burning, write down the name of the big fat old problem on a small slip of paper. Set this paper on fire by the flame of your spell candle and drop it in a bowl, allowing it to burn to ash.
While you're doing this, chant your little chant, get mad, stamp your feet, spit in the bowl, and just throw a good old hissy fit. It will make you feel better, and it will direct the negative energy caused by this individual to come right back at them, full force. It's kind of like slapping them in the face, but you won't leave a mark.
5) Cleaning up...Once the candle is burned out, gather up the left-over wax, the ashes, and anything else from the makings of this spell and go bury it somewhere-- but not on your own property.
Note: If it's the black candle you used and banishing was your intention, these would be among my favored herbs for this deed: cloves; banishing powder-- if you've got it; anything 'hot'-- like cayenne pepper, black pepper; anything stinging-- like nettles; anything sharp-- like thorns, which you can stick right into the sides of your candle.
It would be nice if we didn't have to waste our time and energy on this type of person and this kind of magick, but the real world dictates otherwise. We can at least be thankful that there are measures we can take to defend ourselves and to make life bearable.
If you're the victim of bad workplace behavior, go for it-- more power to you! If you are the perpetrator of bad work place behavior...beware.
From the Witch's Kitchen
2 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ cup shortening
½ cup milk
1 slightly beaten egg
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in shortening
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in shortening. Cut out the dough with an inverted glass, cutting the biscuits into round shapes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
The milk and eggs are symbolic of feminine Goddess power, whose energy will be amplified upon a Full Moon night. The sugar is drawing, the salt is grounding, and the wheat equates with fertility. This is the perfect food to serve during a Full Moon esbat, along with a glass of red wine, symbolic of the feminine cycle.
The material above is an excerpt from my book,