Sui Generis

August 1, 2007

Home, Hearth & Food Charms….

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Pagan,Spirituality,witchcraft — by Joyful Girl @ 10:02 pm

I can never resist lists like this…who knows if this stuff works or if it doesn’t, but it’s always fun to try…

50 SIMPLE CHARMS
by Victoria Martyn

Who says that magick has to be complex? Here are fifty simple charms that
utilize many different common items, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Note: Please do not use any of these charms in place of medical treatment,
or when outside help is obviously advisable.

1. Lay thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil from your dwelling.
2. Eat a pinch of thyme before bed, and you will have sweet dreams.
3. Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
4. Carry an anemone flower with you to ward against illness.
5. Hang a bit of seaweed in the kitchen to ward evil spirits.
6. Keep a jar of alfalfa in your cupboards to ensure the prosperity of your
house.
7. Burn allspice as an incense to draw money or luck to you, as well as
speed healing.
8. Cut an apple in half, and give one half to your love to ensure a
prosperous relationship.
9. Carry an avocado pit with you to let your inner beauty shine outwardly.
10. Avocado is an aphrodisiac.
11. Strawberries are an aphrodisiac.
12. Place a piece of cotton in your sugar bowl to draw good luck to your
house.
13. Celery is an aphrodisiac.
14. Place almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
15. Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
16. Carrying a packet of strawberry leaves will help ease the pains of
pregnancy.
17. Scatter some sugar to purify a room.
18. Throw rice into the air to make rain.
19. Carry a potato in your pocket or purse all winter to ward against colds.
20. Eat five almonds before consuming alcohol, to lighten the effects of
intoxication.
21. Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away.
22. Chew celery seeds to help you concentrate.
23. Carry a chunk of dry pineapple in a bag to draw luck to you.
24. Ask an orange a yes or no question before you eat it, then count the
seeds: if the seeds are an even number, the answer is no. If an odd number
yes.
25. Eat olives to ensure fertility.
26. Toss oats out your back door to ensure that your garden or crop will be
bountiful.
27. Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
28. Place lilacs around your house to rid yourself of unwanted spirits.
29. Eat lettuce to drive lustful thoughts from your mind.
30. Rub a lettuce leaf over your forehead to help you sleep.
31. Add lemon juice to your bathwater for purification.
32. Eat grapes to increase psychic powers.
33. Carry a blade of grass to increase your psychic powers.
34. Smell dill to get rid of hiccups.
35. If you place a dill sachet over your door, those who wish you ill can
not enter your home.
36. Place cotton on an aching tooth, and the pain will ease.
37. Buy cotton to cause rain.
38. Place pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to make a charm to
bring back a lost love.
39. Carry a small onion to protect against venomous animals.
40. Eat grapes to increase fertility.
41. Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the
sickness.
42. Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams.
43. Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares.
44. Walk through the branches of a maple tree to ensure that you will have a
long life.
45. Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel
evil.
46. Smell peppermint to help you sleep.
47. Hang a pea pod containing nine peas above the door to draw your future
mate to you.
48. Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision.
49. Carry peach wood to lengthen your lifespan.
50. Carry a walnut to strengthen your heart muscle.

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July 24, 2007

Pagan Prayer Beads

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Goddess,Pagan,Spirituality,witchcraft — by Joyful Girl @ 10:13 pm

 Written by Cauldron Living staff writer Eevie Keys

A set of Pagan Prayer Beads is similar to a Rosary (indeed, in some
circles they are known as the Witch’s Rosary). This project is perfect for
customization. I will give you a set pattern. Feel free to follow or
create your own! Likewise, I will give you set prayers for each bead, but I
will also include variations. As always, your spiritual practices are as
unique as you are. Take what suits you from the following guidelines, but
please make this your OWN set of Prayer Beads.

Creating Your Own Witch’s Rosary

My set of Prayer Beads was created to remind me of the forest. I knew
that I wanted to have nine sets (3 x 3, number of the Divine Mother) of
three beads for the Maiden, Mother and Crone and eight single beads in
between the Goddess sets for Earth prayers.
I purchased thin leather cord; a set of green, dark green and amber
beads; a set of varying sized wooden beads and small silver beads for
spacers.
When stringing the beads, I kept this pattern in mind:

Three spacers
Earth bead (soft green bead)
Three spacers
Amber bead
Dark green bead
Small wooden bead
Large wooden bead
Small Wooden Bead
Dark green bead
Amber bead
Three spacers
Earth Bead, etc.

Some variations might include a simple large bead in place of the Goddess
sets of three, or, even simpler, alternating different color beads. When
you think of a pattern you like, write it down before you begin. It always
helps to have a simple chart to work with to start.
Depending on which deities you invoke, the colors will change. For example,
if you worship Brigid, your set of Prayer Beads would probably be made up of
red, gold and white. If you worship Diana, you would use blue and silver.
But please don’t get carried away with “traditional” color meanings! The
colors themselves have deeper magical meanings, so choose your colors with
intuition and heart.
Once you have your pattern and beads chosen, string the beads onto the cord.
As you place each bead onto the cord, say something that binds it to you.
A good chant to keep up the rhythm of the stringing is, “Goddess come and
bless this art, merry meet and merry part.”
Once the pattern and desired number of beads is strung, it’s time to knot
the cord. Bring both loose ends together and tie a knot, double-knot it and
triple-knot it, saying the chant firmly and with conviction for the final
three times. Your set of Prayer Beads is ready to be consecrated!

Consecrating your Beads!

A simple consecration ritual to dedicate this magical tool involves a white
candle, sandalwood incense and no interruptions! Sit comfortably with the
candle in front of you — the incense should be close but not distractingly
so. Place the string of beads open in a circle before you and set the
candle in the center of the circle. Notice what a perfect circle it forms.
It never ends. It is the spiral, it is the sphere…it is part of the Goddess
just as you are. Take some deep breaths and place your hands over the
beads. State your intention, words full of heart:

“Woven in an endless sphere,
These beads become a string of prayers,
Full of hope and dreams to be,
Goddess bless and please hear me.”

Prayers for your Beads

Now individual prayers need to be assigned to the beads. They can be
as simple as a “Thank you” to a full-fledged recitation of the Charge of the
Goddess. My advice? Keep it simple. If it’s too complicated and involves
too much pageantry, it might not remain a daily practice, no matter how
firmly you wish to include it.
For ideas, look at the many beautiful Pagan songs and chants that have
been created over the years. Take lines or couplets (two lines) from these
songs to create your prayers — or write your own!
To get you started, here are the prayers I use on my set of forest
beads.

Spacer beads:
“For She says: All acts of love and pleasure are my ritual.”

Earth bead (soft green bead):
“The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her —
Her sacred ground we walk upon with every breath we take.”

Amber bead:
“Ancient Mother, I hear you calling,
Ancient Mother, I hear your song.”

Dark green bead:
“We all come from the Goddess, and to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.”

Small wooden bead (MAIDEN):
“Maiden, sister, lover, friend,
I am grateful without end
For all.”

Large wooden bead (MOTHER):
“Mother mine, I have been blessed —
I thank you for all of this.”

Small wooden bead (CRONE):
“Crone, wise one and dearest sage,
I thank you for all that I have
Or will.”

Further Ideas

If you absolutely do not have enough time to devote to this in a day,
here’s an idea that I’ve used in a pinch that has certainly helped me!
Create a small set of prayer beads — a string that’s only long enough
to be a bracelet. Use a pattern and the appropriate beads, but make it in
miniature. Once tied, it certainly looks like a bracelet and could be used
for such. Consecrate and dedicate it as you normally would and wear it to
work or school. There are precious free moments in every day, even if it is
among a large group of people. Fingering the beads and saying your prayers
silently does just as much good as in your own home or behind closed doors.

July 17, 2007

I am a High Priestess; Armenian Water Sports, Living Goddess Knocked From Her Pedestal

Filed under: Goddess,News and Culture,Pagan,Spirituality,tarot,witchcraft — by Joyful Girl @ 2:59 am

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

 

Water “holiday” in Armenia mixes Pagan and Christian traditions, cultures.

Nepalese “living goddess” gets the pink slip for travelling to U.S.

July 16, 2007

Times, Seasons & Reasons for Magick

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Pagan,Spirituality,witchcraft — by Joyful Girl @ 10:09 pm

Magickal Times

THE SEASONS
The powerful effects of the seasons can also, according to some Earth
magicians, subtly affect magickal workings. Traditionally, these types of
magick are performed during these seasons:

SPRING: A time for healing; purification spring cleaning is one survival of
this); psychic awareness; paying bills; fertility; planting magickal
gardens; & ecological rituals. Air magick.

SUMMER: A time for love, marriage, friendship, beauty, protection, courage,
magickal energy, physical energy, & strength. Fire magick.

AUTUMN: A time for money, employment, new possessions (including cars &
homes). Water magick.

WINTER: A time for banishments of disease, habits & addictions, seeking past
lives. This is a time for introspection, meditation, reading, & magickal
exercises designed to renew the magician for the coming spring. Earth
magick.

SPECIAL TIMES

LIGHTNING STORMS: are periods of intense energy. All spells cast during
storms will be empowered by them, and may prove to be more effective.
Protection rituals are ideal at these times.
RAINSTORMS: are fine for purification, love, compassion, friendship, beauty
rituals, & releasing guilt & jealousy.
SNOWSTORMS: are the time for gentle magick, purification, & stilling
emotions. release unrequited love.
HEAVY WINDS: empower rites designed to break addictions, assist study, &
travel spells.
SEARING HOT DAY: charge rites of protection, courage, & energy.
SOLAR & LUNAR ECLIPSES: are dramatic moments both for their observers as
well as for magicians. In the past, magicians were urged not to perform
magick during eclipses. Today, many natural magicians use the suggestive
power of
an eclipse to fuel spells involving banishments, including the destruction
of
disease. These have been some timing suggestions. Let them be guides, not
shackles!
THE SUN
Some magicians may wait months for the sun to enter the proper sign of the
Zodiac. This is fine for major workings but unrealistic for those who are
working everyday magick. However, there are other solar cycles worth
following… if you have the time. If not, don’t wait.
SUNRISE: Day begins as light stretches out from the eastern horizon. This is
an excellent time to perform rituals involving purification, business
success, study, employment, breaking addictions of all kinds, travel,
releasing guilt & jealousy, healing diseases, & the conscious mind.
NOON: The sun shines far above at full strength. This is fine for all
sunrise ritual purposes, as well as those that involve magickal energy,
physical energy & strength, protection, money & courage.
SUNSET: The sun slips below the western horizon, signaling the time for
breaking addictions, weight-loss, banishing misery & pain, transforming
anguish & negative habits.
NIGHT: The sun is out of sight. This is the drowsy time for beauty, dreams,
psychic dreams, psychic awareness, spirituality, sleep, sex, purification,
love, friendships, peace, releasing stress, healing wounds.
THE MOON
The moon waxes & wanes each month, rising an hour or so later during each
twenty-four hour period. When it is full, it rises as the sun sets. There
are different types of spells traditionally performed at the phases of the
moon.
More complicated patterns exist, relating to the specific day of each lunar
month, but these methods are rarely followed today. The Moon’s phases & the
types of magick appropriate to them are:
WAXING MOON: (From New to Full) When the Moon is waxing it is a time for
beginnings, health & healing, psychic awareness, beauty, fertility & all
positive magickal workings.
FULL MOON: All positive magickal spells are performed beneath the potent
glow of the Full Moon, including protection, love, healing, purification,
psychic awareness, money & travel.
WANING MOON: (From Full to New) This is the time for banishments of habits,
addictions, disease & negative thoughts. jealousy, guilt, & hurts are
released under the waning Moon. The old is swept away to make room for the
new.

June 20, 2007

Midsummer Ritual

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Pagan — by Joyful Girl @ 2:42 am

Tools:
A Golden Yellow Altar Cloth, Small Cloth Pouch of Summertime Herbs, Cauldron, 1c Fresh Spring Water, Red Sun God Candle, Green Earth Goddess Candle, Summer Blend Incense (Jasmine, Rose, Lotus, Wysteria, or combination).
Preparation: Sweep area moving in deosil manor. Set up Quarter Candles and any accessories
symbolizing the Elements of the Quarters. Decorate the alter with seasonal flowers, especially Sunflowers. Prepare your Pouch of Summertime Herbs, and as you make it, pour your troubles, pains, sorrows, illness, and regrets into it. Place the Cauldron in the center of your alter, the Red Sun candle to the right of it , the Green Goddess Candle to the left of it. Place the cup of Fresh Spring Water in front of the Goddess Candle. Take a shower or bath for purification. Sit quietly and meditate for a while, then ground and center. When ready, play some peaceful music for the ritual.

Cast the circle….Pick up your Wand, and with arms upraised, face South and say:


“I celebrate the Mid-of-Summer, held in honor of the Blazing Sun God.
All of Nature vibrates with the fertileness of the Goddess and of the God.
The Earth basks in the light and life of the Sun.
The ever turning Wheel of the Year has made the light ever stronger
And the light has kept growing longer, until today
The middle of the time of light, Litha, MidSummer’s Day, Summer Solstice.
From here, the light begins to fade, again,
Until once more the Wheel turns to the time of darkness, Yule, Winter Solstice.
Yet, for today, the Sun is high, the light is bright, the Earth is warm.
As the Sun God blazes above, may the fires of my rite flame below.”

 

 

Face the altar, put down your wand, and light the Green Goddess Candle to the left of your cauldron, saying:

“Oh, Mother of Nature, She that brings the meadow to bloom,
Green Forest Mother, from lakes and streams your children spring forth.
Blessed Lady of the stars and the Moon,
Fruitful Womb of which I honor, and ask of Thee, Thy Blessings.
Light the Red Sun God Candle to the right of your cauldron, saying:
“Oh, Father of all things, He that plants the seed and nurtures Life.
God of Fertility and Fruitfulness, from hill and forest your children emerge.
Blessed Lord of the blazing Sun,
Potent Consort of which I honor, and of Thee, Thy Blessings.”
Take the Herb Pouch and hold above your head, saying:
“By thy power, oh sacred herbs, may the Lord of the Sun
Burn away the hurtful, the troublesome, and the painful,
Leaving me purified through His warmth and Light.”

Hold the pouch over your main Altar Candle to take flame. While it is burning, drop it in the cauldron, saying: Great Goddess and Great God, from Thee all powers flow forth.
The Two that are One, Great Spirit of All-That-Is,
By Thy powers, and the powers of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth,
By Thy powers, and the powers of the Sun, Moon, and Stars,
I banish these negatives from my life.”

Visualize the negatives burning away to nothingness. When all that is left is ashes, douse the ashes with the cup of Fresh Spring Water, feel as if the water were being poured over you and your negatives washed away. Air dry by dancing and running your hands up and down your arms, body, and legs. Don’t forget your head, lay it back and shake running your fingers through your hair. When done, face altar, wave hand over the cauldron and say:
“As the Phoenix rises from the ashes, so let this water be pure and new.
Mother Goddess, bless this water so that it may bless and renew me.
Father God, may your rays of the MidSummer Sun bless and nourish me.
Two that are One, may your blessings sustain me as I journey, anew.”

Pass your cupped hands over the cauldron, pausing briefly each time to “pour” in wishes for health, prosperity, and good fortune to be part of your life. Dip the forefinger of your right hand into the cauldron water, and trace a pentagram on your forehead, saying:

“Let my mind be open to the truth.”
Anoint your lips saying:
“Let my lips always speak the truth.”
Anoint your heart area, saying:
“Let my heart seek the ways of the Goddess, now and always.”
Anoint the centers of your palms, saying:
“Let my hands be gifted to work in m’jyk-l ways.”
Anoint the soles of your feet, saying:
“Let my feet ever walk upon the sacred paths!”

 Now is the time for meditation and any spellworkings. MidSummer spellworkings include: prosperity, fertility, and plentiful harvests. Finish by having the Cakes and Ale Ceremony and releasing the circle. Clean up. You are done.


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June 12, 2007

Goddess Worship Vs. Patriarchical Religon, Pagan Radio, July Astrology

Filed under: astrology,Creativity/Fun,News and Culture,Pagan,Spirituality — by Joyful Girl @ 2:32 am

Outdated, “neander-thoughts” about religion.  Interesting stand on goddess worship.

Pagan radio stations online through Witchvox.

July Astrology Forecast:

For Everybody ~ Amidst tremendous impatience and intense but unrealistic desires, we must address immediate challenges and make wise, far-sighted decisions.  We have room to maneuver and we sense the support of circumstances.  The right thing to do is consolidate your position and prepare to meet challenges you know or sense very strongly are on the way.  The mistake would be to overreach.  Don’t use your previous resources to pursue a new and unrealistic goal. Whatever choices you make will have lasting and far reaching consequences.

 

Sign by Sign Astrology Forecast for July 2007

ARIES ~ You are feeling the need for personal independence and self-expression. Or maybe you just need to assert yourself in your present situation in order to make it more comfortable for you.  But take care.  There is only so much flexibility in this situation.  Continued stability and security will depend on your patience and forbearance.  You must adapt your deeply felt, powerfully charged personal ideals and your urge for self-expression.  If you don’t bend a little, you risk a major upset.  You could tip over the proverbial apple cart.

TAURUS ~ You are feeling the tug of your hopes and ambitions and the pull of your personal ideals intensely about now.  You are also feeling blocked and impatient because of your relative powerlessness.  My advice is to work patiently through the details of the complex and demanding situation in which you find yourself.  Observe changes in your neighborhood and community, also.  Some of these changes will not be well thought-out.  They will require foresight and careful responses on your part.  Meanwhile, take comfort from positive developments in long-term financial matters.

GEMINI ~ You are sensitive to the numerous concerns expressed by others, but like others, you aren’t yet in a position to change anything.  It is true that opposition forces are weaker.  But there is too much confusion for effective action.  There is also risk of overreaching or premature action.  The foundation you have worked so hard to create can only take so much weight.  Let those in charge do what they can.  Meanwhile, you would benefit by working through some tricky philosophical and spiritual issues.  Your personal position is secure.

CANCER ~ Others will be influenced naturally and spontaneously by your response to events.  You must rise above your disappointments or risk spreading gloom and dissatisfaction.  Your personal bonds with others in the community are especially lively and productive right now.  You can use this influence to make people see beyond their own self-interest and work cooperatively.  Cooperation is a necessity if everyone is to come out of this OK.  You’ll have to be even more diplomatic and sensitive to the feelings of others than usual.  Impatience and irritability are running high.  

LEO ~ Leo has been under a tiring, inhibiting planetary influence for a couple of years.  Fortunately, this influence will leave Leo early in September.  You will then experience an immediate boost in mood, attitude and energy levels.  The first half of July will offer a preview of this new condition.  Don’t be discouraged when the preview ends and things bog down again in late July.  In September, a new, refurbished Leo will arrive on the scene to stay, minus lots of old baggage and full of new life and energy.

VIRGO ~ Your input will be important.  People, including some powerful and highly motivated people, will depend on your input.  However, it could be hard to express some of your more innovative, intuitive ideas, especially since some of your thoughts will involve rebellion against the system.  Your ideas will be quite influential in any case.  You might be surprised at what people do or say on the basis of your advice.  Overall, you are under very supportive and protective influences. If you keep work and partnership affairs under control, you’ll do quite well.

LIBRA ~ This month, the challenges will not be in any of the financial, or economic, areas of your life.  (Although, if you allow it, professional and work issues could spill over, upsetting the rest of your affairs.)  The challenges will be kind of spiritual, philosophical and generally abstract.  They will involve relationship and emotional issues, which are so important to Librans. Even relationship matters that seem to go well might conceal knotty problems for later resolution.  Your solution of these intellectual and emotional issues will eventually have important, concrete benefits.

SCORPIO ~ You are still being powerfully affected by a lot of things over which you have little or no control.  It seems that your own commitments and loyalties, especially in partnership and professional areas, are helping contribute to the impasse.  The wise, selective use of financial resources can supplement your personal capacity while you work toward a resolution of some stubborn issues.  You are certainly coping very well.  However, coping well is not at all the same thing as prospering.  Take advantage of upcoming changes to further lighten your load.

SAGITTARIUS ~ There is nothing motivating you strongly in one direction or another.  Also, a lot of tricky issues are keeping you from decisive action.  Normally thoughtful people, Sagittarians are now overly thoughtful people, preoccupied by many complicated and subtle questions.  This lengthy standstill will end later this year.  When it’s over you will have changed your mind about many things.  But the *way* you think about things is going to change also.  Reason and evidence won’t be enough to convince you anymore.  You will take imponderables–feelings, conscience, and intuition–much more seriously.

CAPRICORN ~ The options are rattling around out there, but none of them measure up to your expectations, yet.  You might have to disappoint a lot of eager people.  If you said yes now, you know things wouldn’t work out anyway.  It’s partly a question of keeping finances within bounds.  But you are also troubled by a lot of subtle philosophical issues.  To be honest, it would probably be best for all concerned if you held off completely on some things until late summer.  New and more promising conditions will emerge then.

AQUARIUS ~ Relations with those close to you are strained.  Even casual friendships seem to have chilled somewhat.  Present tensions are part of a planetary renovation of your social life that will soon be completed. Relationships are being put on a sounder footing.   When this seeming chill has passed, your relationships overall will be more flexible and sustainable than before.  These new arrangement will work better for years to come. Shakeups in relationships can be upsetting, but you should remain confident.  The planets have placed a protective mantle over your affairs.

PISCES ~ There is a lot riding on your decisions.  Your choices are influencing the lives of those around you.  This is partly because you have special insight into what’s happening.  But it’s also because your understanding of underlying realities is very clear.   Many in your life don’t quite understand where you are coming from or what your needs are anymore.  You should make a special effort to explain your thoughts. You’ll have to break free of some old ties or at least adjust the terms in accordance with recent insights.

September 16, 2006

Cooking By Moonlight

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Pagan — by Joyful Girl @ 2:25 am

Foods for Autumn Moons

As the harvest is gathered and the earth’s bounty celebrated, the moon rises golden and heavy. Birds mark the sky in their arrow-shaped instinct. Frost is around the corner, the dark time is coming. But not today. Today the Goddess breathes her burnished breath upon the land, spinning straw into gold. This is the Crone’s alchemy, her last turn at beauty etched in wisdom, bittersweet. It is a time for noticing the small things, such as the creatures preparing for the colder nights ahead, it is a time of sleep and prophesy, it is a time for gathering – gathering strength, wisdom, patience, and substenance.

Foods now become strengthening, boosting the immune system with earthy root vegetables and harvest flavours, restorative spices and herbs. Slow-cooked stews and lemon-roasted chicken nurture the spirit and support the body. Freashly baked breads, and muffins laced with cinnamon fill the house with the fragrance of the harvest. The Goddess’ favored apples abound in an array of colours and textures, tempting us into the kitchen to conjure up batters for breads, cakes, and pies, comfort foods to face the shortening daylight.

The kitchen truely becomes the soul and centre of the home during this wistful season, as Hestia, Goddess of the hearth, moves quietly into our hearts. She teaches us patience and the art of centering, the art of being, and knowing. It is a time to go within and cultivate our intuition, a time to reflect upon our connection to our ancestors, a time to collect a new stack of books and put the tea kettle on. It’s important to feed the imagination as well as the body.

Taken from ‘Cooking by Moonlight’ by Karri Ann Allrich

April 30, 2006

Rain Magick

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Creativity/Fun,Pagan,Spirituality — by Joyful Girl @ 2:23 am

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When Witches Gather Rain

Witches have always known the special meaning of nature’s acts. They are
warnings, blessings and magickal guides to the living world around us. Rain
is a special gift from the sky and its power should be used wisely.

Try never to shelter yourself from it’s fall, but rather accept the rain as
we should accept life with all its trials and blessings.

*Rain while the sun shines is a healing rain. Catch and store it in blue
glass. Use the water for all manner of healing magick. Place in the bath for
an all over body cleaning.

*The blessing of Fairies is upon anyone who catches rain in a silver spoon
after the rain has bounced off a flat stone. Place some of this water on any
frequently lost object (keys is a good choice).

*Place midnight rain of a New Moon on the third eye to bring visions and to
see future events.

*The first rain gathered in May is symbolic of May dew and holds much power.
It is used when very special favours are needed. Do not gather this rain in
metal container or it’s power will be lost. Glass would be better.

*When rain runs off a gravestone gather carefully and use with caution.

*Rain gathered during a thunderstorm holds much energy and can be used to
enhance spells and potions. But be aware that the energy does not last long
and the spell should be completed before three days and nights have passed
or the rainwater will be of little use.

*House plants enjoy the outdoor rain, this cleanses their leaves and helps
to purify the indoor air when they are brought back home. This is especially
good to do when you are in need of a clear mind and strong thoughts

*Jewelry, charms and other objects can be purified by standing in the rain,
facing west and tossing the object into the air 3 times, catching it in your
hands each time.

The sound of the rain carries the voices of the water spirits. Listen to the
rain and enjoy the gifts of the undines. They will speak to you of Love, and
Friends.

The wise also realize that rain is just one aspect of Nature. We should look
to the Wind, Trees, Lightning, Fire, Stones, and other forms of Nature’s
expression for clues to the magick of the world.

~ Original Author Unknown

 

Tarot Symbolism In Stones

Filed under: Book of Shadows,Pagan,Spirituality — by Joyful Girl @ 2:16 am

STONE TAROT

There are many ways to use stones and crystals. One way they can be used is fairly similar or as tarot only instead of cards with symbolism its stones with meanings. Mind you I am only listing the Major Arcana (those 22 cards) for correspondence with stones. If you wanted to have a full out stone Tarot deck ( including Court “cards”) I would suggest finding 10 stones per suit in relation to their element and numbering them.

Here is a list of stones, the card they represent and the qualities to the stone.

 CARD/ STONE /QUALITIES of Stone / Meaning of Card
    
       FOOL
      AGATE
      Strength, Courage,   Love, Healing
      Starting on a new journey. Leaving previous concepts, precepts and other emotional or mental judgements and baggage behind. Curious seeker.
    
       THE MAGICIAN
      CRYSTAL ( QUARTZ)
      Power, Psychicism, Healing
      Taking action to make things happen.Using or discovering your personal power. Creative power and control. Ambition.
    
       THE HIGH PRIESTESS
      EMERALD
         Mental Power,Psychism, Protection
      Intuition, Mysteries, hidden knowledge and wisdoms or influences. The subconscious.
    
       THE EMPRESS
      TURQUOISE
      Protection, Love, Courage,Healing,  Friendship
      Fertility, and abundance. Dealing with all aspects of the self as mind, body and spirit. Mother aspect. To nurture.
    
       THE EMPEROR
      RUBY
      Power and Wealth
      Leadership and Authority. To take responsibility for your own actions.
    
       THE HIEROPHANT
      TOPAZ
      Healing, Love
      Conformity. Aneed for outside approval. Feeling bound  by others expectations.
    
       THE LOVERS
     ROSE QUARTZ
      Promoting peace and happiness. Harmony.
      Temptation. Tension. Duality. A harmony or union fo the self ( male/female – conscious/ subconscious). Choices and decisions.
    
       THE CHARIOT
      STAUROLITE
      Health, Money, Protection
      Self discipline and control. Moving on in life. Strength of character. Vicory or success.
    
       STRENGTH
      GARNET
      Haling, Protection, Strength.
      Inner strength. Quiet persuasion over brute force. Listening to your gut and using you instincts.
    
       THE HERMIT
      SAPPHIRE
      Psychism, Meditation, Healing, Peace
      Looking for the truth on your own. A time for self reflection. Going within for the answers.
    
       THE WHEEL
      SARDONYX
      Peace, Courage, Happiness, Strength, Luck
      Change is coming your way. New choices and opportunities ( unexpected even). Going with the flow but not because you have to.
    
       JUSTICE
      CARNELIAN
      Peace, Healing, Courage
      Achieveing balance by letting go of things to become more objective. Fair. Justice.
    
       THE HANGED MAN
      AQUAMARINE
      Psychism, Courage, Peace, Purifiaction
      Limbo. Sacrificining yourself ( conscious beliefs) to your Higher self. Letting go. Listening to the inner wisdom of the heart. Following what you truly believe in.
    
       DEATH
      AMBER
      Luck, Healing, Strength
      Change. Something must be let go for something new to begin.
    
       TEMPERANCE
      AMETHYST
      Dreams, Healing, Psychism, Peace, Courage, Happiness
      Self control and moderation. Staying safe but still willing to take risks. Learning to work with others.
    
       THE DEVIL
      BLACK TOURMALINE
      Grounding and repelling negativity
      Self indulgence. Temptation. Letting your desires control you. Letting others perceptions delegate who you are.
    
       THE TOWER
     LAVA
      Associated with the volcano which is all about disruptive and explosive change.
      Unexpected ground breaking change that can shatter you to your foundation. The good news is that this leaves you a clean slate and a better opportunity to see things clearer.
    
       THE STAR
      METEORITE
      Protection and Astral Projection
      Hope and understanding. Optimism. Clarity and understanding  from a harmony of the conscious and subconsious working together.
    
       THE MOON
      MOONSTONE
      Divination, Psychism, Sleep, Protection
      Intuiition and instinct. Listen to them as things may not be what they seem. Wildness and danger. Trying to keep your mind in tact.
    
       THE SUN
      TIGER’S EYE
      Energy, Health, Protection, Courage
      Purity of spirit and mind. Happiness and Joy. Success.
    
       JUDGEMENT
      FOSSIL
      Past- life regression, longevity,Protection
      Spiritual Awakening. Getting out of old patterns.Karma. Facing up to your actions and consequences.Forgiveness and the power of.
    
       THE WORLD
      OPAL
      Astral Projection, Psychism, Beauty,Luck, Power
      A sense of oneness with the world (and/or with others).Spiritual understanding. Cycles and travel.
    

For Court “cards” ( Stones):

Cups = Water so Water related stones  that you can mark 1-10 and Pg ( for Page) Kt ( Knight), Q ( Queen) K ( King).

Blue Lace Agate

Azurite

Celestite

Lapis Lazuli

Selenite

Sugilite

Blue Tourmaline

Swords = Air so  Air related stones  that you can mark 1-10 and Pg ( for Page) Kt ( Knight), Q ( Queen) K ( King).

Adventurine

Mica

Pumice

Coins = Earth so Earth related stones  that you can mark 1-10 and Pg ( for Page) Kt ( Knight), Q ( Queen) K ( King).

Moss Agate

Coal

Green or Brown Jasper

Jet

Malachite

Wands = Fire so Fire related stones  that you can mark 1-10 and Pg ( for Page) Kt ( Knight), Q ( Queen) K ( King).

Red Agate

Obsidian

Onyx

Ruby

Bloodstone

Citrine

Hematite

Serpentine

Sunstone

Topaz

Again this is a general listing. If you find others that work for you then use them.

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