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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wassail!!

image from Blisstree

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
Goddess bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
Goddess send you a Happy New Year.

For the first time, we made Wassail to enjoy during our Yule festivities.  There are several Wassail recipe online, but we opted for a simple version and were pleasantly surprized with the delightful taste.  As the witchlets were enjoying the Wassail as well, we did not add brandy to our recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Ingredients:
  • 1 Gallon apple cider
  • 2 C. cranberry juice (I used white cranberry juice)
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 2 oranges
  • Whole cloves (I will use less cloves next time, as they were overpowering)
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
  • Spices (ginger, allspice, nutmeg) (optional)
  • 1/2 C - 1 C brandy (optional)
Preparation:
Set your crockpot to its lower setting, and pour apple cider, cranberry juice, and honey in, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey dissolves. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they'll float). Add the diced apple. If desired, add spices to taste - spices may include ginger, allspice and nutmeg -- usually a couple of tablespoons of each is plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.
Cover your pot and allow to simmer 2 - 4 hours on low heat. About half an hour prior to serving, add the brandy if you choose to use it.


A wonderful holiday...

Greetings dear readers!!
I hope that you all had a warm and loving holiday season.
Ours was wonderful, although we will be doing some changes to next year's Yule and Christmas festivities.  I think we will open all of our gifts on Yule and save Christmas simply for Santa and the non-Wiccan members of the family.  I think it will make things less hectic for us, and it will make Yule seem more special for the children, because, let's face it... this season is mainly about the gifts for young children.

At the beginning of the week, I hope to be back on a more regular blogging schedule, so until then, brew a potion, kiss your familiar and add some magick into someone else's life :)

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Moon

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The Winter or Oak Moon is December's full moon.  It may also be known as the Long Nights Moon.  Now is the time for friendship and compassion... reach out to those in need; take your good fortune and share with others. Be reminded of the Oak King's return.

The Winter Moon in December 2010 is an especially magickal one, as there is also a total lunar eclipse.

 Correspondences:
  • Colors: White, red, and black
  • Gemstones: Obsidian, ruby, serpentine
  • Trees: Pine, holly 
  • Gods: Minerva, Osiris, Athena, Persephone and Hades
  • Herbs: Ivy, mistletoe, holly and berries, cinnamon
  • Element: Fire
 
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Daily Correspondences

Sunday

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

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense

Planet: Sun

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.



Monday

Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women's Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver, White and Gray

Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris

Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes

Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday's energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.




Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon's Blood, Patchouli

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Orange

Herbs/Plants: Red Rose, Cock's Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper

Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline

Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.



Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea

Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)

Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet

Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle

Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite

Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

This day is governed by Mercury. Wednesday's vibration adds power to rituals involving inspiration, communications, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.



Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success Incense: Cinnamon, Must, Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter

Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigot

Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak

Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire

Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.




Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla

Planet: Venus

Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua

Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade

Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow

Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.




Saturday

Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundries, Time and Death

Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh

Planet: Saturn

Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo

Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir

Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice

Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouly

Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects. It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.

Colour Correspondences

Black:
  • to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals
  • Crone Magic
  • Mourning a loss
  • Meditation
  • Feminine Divinity
  • Samhain
  • rituals to induce a deep meditational state
  • attracts Saturn energy


Blue (Light):
  • a spiritual colour and is helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations
  • brings peace and tranquillity to the home
  • radiates Aquarius energy

Blue (Royal):
  • Loyalty and is used to promote laughter and joviality
  • promotes Jupiter energy

Blue:
  • symbolic of the spirits of the West and the elements of Water
  • in rituals to obtain wisdom, peace, healing, tranquillity, truth, sleep, prophetic dreams, friendship, physical protection and hope

Brown:
  • symbolic of the spirits of the North and the elements Earth
  • for rituals involving animal magic and the Hhome in regards to material increase
  • eliminates indecisiveness and improves the powers of concentration, study and telepathy
  • for increasing financial success
  • for locating lost objects

Gold:
  • fosters understanding and attracts the power of cosmic influences
  • for rites intended to bring about fast luck or money
  • communicating with solar deities and for honouring the Gods
  • generates solar energy

Grey:
  • a neutral colour
  • useful when pondering complex issues during meditation
  • sparks confusion
  • negates and/or neutralizes a negative influence

Green (Emerald):
  • important in Venusian rituals
  • attracts love, social delights and fertility

Green (Dark):
  • used for beauty, employment, fertility, healing, success, good luck, prosperity, heart matters, money and masculine divinity
  • being colour of ambition, greed and jealousy, it can be used to counteract these influences in a ritual

Orange:
    used for creativity, attraction, stimulating energy
  • legal matters, success, new home, intelligence and mental clarity
  • charges and recharges the intellect and combines with any other candles to stimulate their actions
  • for rituals stipulating Mercury energy, and sometimes-solar energy
  • also used during Samhain

Pink:
  • promotes romance and friendship
  • standard colour used for rituals to draw affections
  • used for love, honour, friendship and fidelity
  • colour of femininity, it brings lively conversation to the dinner table

Purple:
  • used for psychic ability, wisdom, spirituality, success, independence, spiritual growth, power, healing and the Feminine Divine
  • for rituals to secure your ambitions

Red:
  • is symbolic of the spirits of the South, and the elements of Fire
  • used for strength, courage, power, passion, health, energy, vitality, love and will power
  • increases magnetism in rituals and draws on Aries and Scorpio energy

Silver:
  • is used to remove negativity, encourage stability and helps to develop psychic abilities
  • for protection, honouring the Goddess, telepathy and clairvoyance
  • attracts the influence of the Goddess.

White:
  • is a balance of all colours
  • used for meditation, healing, truth seeking, peace, spiritual strength and enlightenment
  • rituals involving "Lunar" energy, purity, protection, happiness, Masculine Divinity
  • may be substituted for any other colours

Yellow:
  • is symbolic of the spirits of the East and the elements of Air
  • used for charms, confidence, attraction, wisdom, visions, psychic powers, mental powers, activity, creativity and unity
  • used to bring the power of concentration and imagination to the success of a ritual
  • used in rituals where you need to gain someone's confidence or need to persuade someone
  • generates solar energy

Magenta:
  • is a combination of red and violet that oscillates on a high frequency
  • it energizes rituals where immediate action is needed or when high levels of power and spiritual healing are required

Indigo:
  • is the colour of inertia
  • used to stop situations or people’s intentions
  • used in rituals that require deep meditation and rituals that require Saturn energy.

Fruit, Vegetable & Nut Correspondences

ALMOND
Masculine, planet is Mercury, element is Air.
USES: Money, Prosperity and Wisdom. The leaves, wood and fruit is great to use in money and prosperity spells and rituals. It is often used to make wands for it's element is air, and wands are associated with air. Eating of the Almond will help in the cure of fevers, and also bring wisdom to the well eater. Placing almonds in your pocket will lead you to a source of money or treasure.

APPLE
Feminine, Planet is Venus, element is Water, powers of love healing and prosperity.
USES: Samhain is often called the "Feast of Apples" and is used on the altar during this time, apples are considered the fruit of the dead, and are also burried so that the souls that will be reborn in the Spring will have something to eat during the long Winter months. The Apple is the symbol of
immortality and a branch carried with the fruit, buds or flowers will gain you access into the land of the Gods. The buds are used in poppets, sachets and incenses to gain and bring love. Put the juice in pink wax to make candles, burn the candles to attract love. Unicorns are known to reside near apple trees. Cutting an apple in half and giving the other half to a loved one to eat insures that the two of
you will stay happy. Cutting the apple in 3 pieces and rubbing on ailing parts of your body, near the place if inside your body, and buring the three pieces when finished will help aid in the healing of the ailment.

APRICOT
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, power of Love.
USES: The juice of the apricot is used in rituals and love potions. You can carry the pits to attract love and drinking of the juice will soften your personality.

AVOCADO
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, Powers of beauty love and lust.
USES: Eating of the avocado will bring lust, carring the pit with you will cause an aura of beauty to surround you.

BAMBOO
Masculine, powers of protection, hex breaking, luck and wishes.
USES: Carve a pentagram on the bamboo tree and plant outside of your home for protection. Placing bamboo over your doorway will give luck. If under a hex or spell, burn the powder from a grinded bamboo plant. It was used a divination tool in Chinese Temples, the bamboo is cut into pieces and the story told from how the pieces fall. It was also used as a charm against evil spirits.

BANANA
Feminine, planet is Venus, Element is Water, powers of fertility, potency and prosperity.
USES: In Voodoo the banana is often used to represent the God. If a couple is married beneath the banana tree, the bride will have luck in the marriage. The banana is used to increase fertility and cure impotency. You can use any parts of the banana tree in money and prosperity spells. To Cut a banana
is considered very bad luck, they should only be broken open.

BEAN
Masculine, planet is Mercury, element is Air, Powers of protection, Exorcism, Reconsiliations, portency, love and wort charming.
USES: Used to charm away the evil in a person. In Ancient Rome, they were given to people at funerals to help bless the dead. Beans are carried to ward off negative energy and evil. Used in
rattles to scare off spirits, very potent when ridding evil spirits that have taken a living form hostage. To cure worts, rub dried beans on them while saying, "As this bean decays, So wart, fall away."

BEET
Feminine, planet is Saturn, element is Earth, Power of Love.
USES: Beet juice can be used as a replacement for blood in spells of old, also in Love magic. It is said that if a couple eat of the same beet, then they will fall in love forever.

BLACKBERRY
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, powers of healing, love and protection.
USES: Blackberry pies are baked for Lughnasadh for the blackberry is seen as a symbol of the death of the God. Use blackberry vines in wreaths to serve in protection of your home, and the plant vine and berry can be used for prosperity and money spells. To heal burns and scalds, dip 9 leaves of the blackberry in spring water, lay them gently on the wound while saying this chant
three times to every leaf "Three ladies came from the east, one with fire and two with frost.
out with the fire, in with the frost"

BLUEBERRY
Power of protection.
USES: Place under the home or under matts at doorway for protection and to ward off evil. Eat blueberries while under psychic attack in tarts and pies to increase the strength of the berry and decrease the effects of the attack.

BRAZIL NUT
Masculine, planet is Mercury, element is Air, power of Love.
USES: Carry as a talismen to attract love and bring luck in matters of the heart.

CARROT
Masculine, planet is Mars, element is Fire, powers of feritility and lust.
USES: Carrots are eaten to cause lust. If the seeds are eaten it will help a woman become more fertile, if a man is impotent eating carrots will solve this problem.

CASHEW
Masculine, planet is the Sun, element is Fire, Power of Money.
USES: The cashew can be carried to help find a job, and also used in money and prosperity jobs.

CELERY
Masculine, planet is Mercury, element is Fire, powers of lust, mental and psychic powers.
USES: The stalk and seeds will induce lust upon consumption. Chewing on the seeds will help center yourself and help along in consentration. The seed can be used in spell pillows to induce sleep. To increase psychic powers, burn with orris root.

CHERRY
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, Powers of divination and love.
USES: In Japenese lore it is said to tie a strand of hair on the blossom of a cherry tree will attract love. Cherry juice can also be used as a replacement for blood in spells of old.

CITRON
Masculine, planet is the Sun, element is Fire, powers of the psychic and healing.
USES: To increase psychic powers eat of the citron. Can be used in most healing spells and in incense to aid in healing.

COCONUT
Feminine, planet is the Moon, element is Water, powers of chasity protection and purification.
USES: To protect your property, cut the coconut in half, fill with protective herbs, seal shut again and bury somewhere on your property. Hang a whole coconut in your home for protection. Is used in chasity and protection spells.

CORN
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Earth, powers of protection divination and luck.
USES: The Corn Mother is a Goddess that has been worshipped through time by East and North America. She is the deity of fertility and plenty, the corn either whole or ground is used to bless
and scattered for ritual. Make a necklace of whole kernels to prevent nose bleeds. Cornstalks hung over the mirror brings good luck to the household. Red corncobs were burned in the mountains of North America on the homes doorstep or under the bed to aid in childbirth. Pollen from corn was used in rain making rituals by Meso-Americans. Placing an ear of corn with a sleeping infant will keep out negative energy.

CUCUMBER
Feminine, Planet is the Moon, element is Water, powers of chasity fertility and healing.
USES: The peels of the cucumber placed on the forehead will help aid in the cure of a headache. Eating of the seeds will help with fertility, and when the cucumber it's self is eaten it hinders
lust. Sliced thinly and placed on the eyes it cures dry and swollen eyes.

FIG
Masculine, planet is Jupiter, element is Fire, powers of love, divination and fertility.
USES: If eaten fresh, the fig will help aid in conception and and impotence. Small phallic images carved in the wood and carried will do the same role. In the home, if the fig is grown in the bedroom it helps bring sleep, in the kitchen it aids with the knowing the family will never go hungry, anywhere else it will bring luck and protection. If placed on the doorstep before leaving it will ensure you will arrive home safely.  To charm a man or woman, give them a fresh fig grown by you, they will be bound to you for as long as they like figs.


GRAPE
Feminine, planet is Moon, element is Water, powers of mental power fertility, money and garden magic.
USES: In ancient Rome they painted pictures of grapes on the garden walls to ensure fertility. Eaten grapes increase mental power and help aid in fertility. When doing a money spell, grapes are very valuable on the altar.

HAZEL NUT
Masculine, planet is the Sun, element is Air, powers of protection, luck, wishes and fertility.
USES: Hazel wood is great for the wand. The twigs of hazel placed in the window will gaurd against lightning. When the nuts are eaten it increases wisdom, fertility and aids in divination. Crowns maid from hazel will help aid in invisability. The branches are naturally forked and are great for dowsing. Also when wore in a crown and a wish made, it is said the wish will come true.

LEMON
Feminine, planet is the Moon, element is Water, powers of love, purification, friendship and longitivity.
USES: Lemon juice and water can be used to concencrate magickal tools and items when added to the water during the full Moon. The dried flowers and peel are used in love sachets and concoctions. The leaves can be used in tea to induce lust. place a slice of lemon under a visitors chair to ensure a long, honost friendship. If made in a pie and given to your spouse it will ensure that he stays faithfull. Poking colored pins into the lemon (no black ones) and hung in the home brings luck to all that reside in the home.

NUT
USES: All nuts are used to promote fertility and are often carried for this reason. They bring luck and prosperty so are used in rituals for this reason. Heart shaped nuts are carried to attract love and double nuts are considered lucky talismens.

OLIVE
Masculine, planet is the Sun, element is Fire, Powers of healing peace, lust, potency, protection and fertility.
USES: When eaten olives promote lust and fertility in men. The leaves spread through a room will cause peacefull vibrations. Athenian brides wore a crown of olive leaves to insure fertlity. The branch on the chiminy will ward off lightning. The oil used in anointing oils helps aid in healing. The leaf imprinted with Athena's name and placed on the head or body will aid headache to go away.

ONION
Masculine, planet is Mars, element is Fire, powers of protection, healing, dreams, money and lust.
USES: Dry the flowers and place around the home as a gaurd for protection. Rub a cup piece of onion over ailing parts of the body and bury or destroy the onion to give healing. Tie a red onion to the bed post to protect the sleepers from sickness. Cut onions into quarters and place around the home to absorb negative energy and rid the home of sickness. Onions promote lust when eaten.

ORANGE
Masculine, planet is the Sun, element is fire, powers of luck, money, divination and love.
USES: When added to a sachet and given to the bride it insures happiness in the marriage, the peels and seeds are best. Add dried blossoms to the bath water to aid in beauty. Orange juice can be a replacement for wine in rituals. Water distilled with orange blossoms aid in love and lust potions.

PEA
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Earth, powers of love and money
USES: Use the dried peas on rituals and spells for money. Hand shelling of peas bring money and fortune. If an unmarried woman finds exactly 9 peas in a pod and hangs it from the door the next single man to walk through the door will be her future husband.

PEACH
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, powers of love, wishes, and fertility.
USES: The fruit is eaten to induce love and gain wisdom. Wearing the pit from your neck will ward off evil. Carring a piece of wood from a peach tree will help you live a longer life. The wood is often used for wands and for divination.

PEAR
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, powers of lust and love.
USES: It is eaten to induce sexual arousal. The fruit is used in in rituals of love. Pear wood is good for magickal wands.

PECAN
Masculine, planet is Mercury, element is Air, powers of money and employment.
USES: Pecans should be added to all money, prosperity and job related rituals. To ensure your job is kept, shell and eat some pecans while envisioning yourself at the work place happy and content, take the shells and wrap them in a bag, leave them in the job place where they will neither be found nor tampered with.

PINEAPPLE
Masculine, planet is the Sun, element is Fire, powers of luck money and chasity.
USES: Dried pineapples placed in a bag and added to bath water will bring luck. The juice hinders lust when drunken, dried peel is great in money spells and mixtures.

PISTACHIO
Masculine, planet is mercury, element is Air, power of breaking love spells.
USES: When dyed red and given to the undead, it eases the soul into restfull death. When the nut is eaten it will break a love spell.

PLUM
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, powers of love and protection.
USES: Eat of the fruit to induce love, place a branch of the plum tree over the door to keep out negative energy and evil.

POMEGRANATE
Masculine, planet is Mercury, element is Fire, powers of divination, wishes, luck, wealth and fertility.
USES: The seed should be eaten to increase fertility, and the rind carried for this same reason. Always make a wish before eating the fruit, for your wish will come true. The juice of the pomegranate can be used as a blood substitute.

POTATO
Feminine, planet is the Moon, element is Earth powers of healing and image magic.
USES: Many use the potato as poppets, and the eyes used as eyes for other kinds of poppets. Carry a potato in the pocket to cure toothache, this also wards agains rhumatism, warts and gout.

RASPBERRY
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water, powers of love and protection.
USES: The brambles are hung at doors when a person in the house has died so that the spirit wont enter the home again. The leaves are carried by pregnant woman to help with the pains of childbirth and pregnacy itself. Rasberries often served to induce love. Strawberry leaves also help with childbirth
and the leaves are also carried for luck.

TOMATO
Feminine, planet is Venus, element is Water powers of prosperity, protection and love.
USES: Place a new tomoto on the mantle every three days to bring prosperity. When eaten it inspires love and grown in the garden as an aid to ward off evil.

Monthly Moons

Please note: Lunar Names may differ from region to region, or various Pagan paths...

January -- Wolf Moon or Cold Moon: This is a good time to work on magic related to protection, both physical and spiritual. Use this time to develop your inner self, and advance spiritually, becoming closer to the higher aspects of your deities.

February -- Storm Moon: This is a good time to do magick related to the protection of your home against natural disasters and storms. Witches quite often call upon the aid of Salamanders - spirits of fire.

March -- Chaste Moon: Excellent time to work spells of self acceptance or the declaration to await for true love.

April -- Seed Moon: Now is the time to plant your herb garden for magickal purposes. Also, use this time to commune with the mother aspect of the Goddess.

May -- Hare Moon or Flower Moon: The rebirth of the Earth is upon us... this is a good time to attune with this magickal creature.

June -- Dryad Moon or Sun Moon: Dryads are the elemental life force of trees; each tree has it's own guardian dryad. Now is the time to commune with your garden dryads and leave offerings.

July -- Mead Moon or Blessing Moon: The Earth's fertility is evident as the fields rippen. Mead is known as an ancient elixir of the Gods and was used by witches due to it's intoxicating effect to aid in the magickal workings and communion with the Gods.

August -- Wyrt or Wort Moon: Meaning "plant". Now is a good time to converse with the Green Man. Perhaps plant an offering in your garden to honour him.

September -- Barley Moon or Harvest Moon: The sacred harvests have begun. THis is a good time to work on spiritual and physical health.

October -- Blood Moon or Shedding Moon: This is the time when the veil between worlds is the thinnest. Commune with your ancestors or use this time for spiritual growth. Pay attention to the messages sent to you in your dreams.

November -- Snow Moon or Mourning Moon: A time of release... get rid of the exess baggage you have been carrying, then you can experience the joy that the future holds. Strengthen your connection with your Deities.

December -- Oak Moon or Winter Moon: Now is the time for friendship and compassion... reach out to those in need; take your good fortune and share with others. Be reminded of the Oak King's return.

Animal Correspondences

Note: All birds are considered messengers from the divinities.

Badger: 
- tenacity and courage
- teaches perseverance and endurance in the face of adversity
- a powerful protector of both material possessions and ideals held close to your heart

Bat:
-  a messenger
- may bring a message from either the otherworld or your subconscious

Bear: 
- Strength and stamina

Bee:
- symbolizes industriousness, hardworking and very family/clan oriented

Boar:
- a sacred animal
- is both cunning and ferocious

Bull:
- strength and potency
- a symbol of mobile power

Butterfly: 

if seen while vision questing, no negative energy will be in the immediate area

Cat:
- a strong protector in confrontational situations
- a prowling animal, the cat is also a strong guardian of inner powers

Crane:
- the bird of the Moon, magick, shamanic travel, secrets and reaching deep mysteries
- represents the logical mind as well as patience while healing occurs

Crow:
- symbol of conflict, war and death
- its skill is wisdom with trickery
- also a protector of scared records

Deer or Stag: 
the white Stag is a messenger from the otherworld
- following the animal often leads to a quest through the Otherworld
- represents grace, swiftness and gentleness

Dog:
-  Underworld hounds are white with red ears, they hunt and punish the guilty
- they represent tracking skills and companionship as well as loving protection

Dolphin:
- represents harmony, balance and traveling from rough to smooth waters

Dragon (lizards):
- wealth, raw powers of nature, the treasures of the unconscious mind

Eagle:
- wisdom and long life, keen sight, knowledge of magick and swiftness
- a strong ally when traveling into new territory

Eel:
- adaptability, wisdom, inspiration and defense

Fox:
- cunning, slyness, Perceptive
- makes fools of those who chase it.

Frog:
- shamanism, magick, nasty illusion with something wonderful hidden inside

Hawk:
- clear sightedness
- teaches how to receive and interpret inner and outer signals

Heron:
- of the Moon and magick, shamanic travel, secrets, the logical mind
- through the heron one can find magick in nature

Horse:
- stamina, endurance, and faithfulness
- a faithful guide to the otherworlds

Magpie:

- Omens and prophecies

Mouse:
- secrets, cunning, shyness, the ability to hide
- if you see a mouse in a vision quest--pay attention to details

Otter:
- enjoying life, recovering from a crisis, faithfulness, friendliness, and being helpful to others
provides valuable assistance in the otherworlds

Owl:
- teaches us to silently observe life, and gather information to gain understanding

Raven:
- the battle cry of an upcoming life crisis
- a powerful protector if one can gain its favor

Snakes:
- wisdom, reincarnation and cunning
- if you see a snake while vision questing, be prepared for the power of transformation to enter your life
- represents the life-death-rebirth cycle

Swan:
- Helps to interpret dream symbols, smoothes transitions and spiritual evolution

Tiger:
- Passion, power, devotion and  sensuality

Vulture:
- Purification; Death and Rebirth, New Vision

Wren:
- wren's song was used in divination
- the power of strengthening and cleansing.

The Wiccan Way

1. That there is above all, the Goddess in her threefold aspect, and many are her names. With all of her names, we call her - Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

2. That there is a God and by which ever name we so choose to call him, he is consort, husband, lover, and Sun, and most willing of sacrifice.

3. That ye harm none, do what ye will. This be the law.

4. That each of their children are bound by the Threefold Law, and whatever we create, be it laughter or pain, joy or sorrow, is returned to thee threefold.

5. That as the Mother of All living things, and we are her children, we seek to live in harmony, not only with each other, but with the Earth, that which is our womb and our home.

6. That death is NOT the end of existence, but a step in the ongoing circle of life.

7. That there is NO sacrifice of blood, for she is the mother of All living things and from all things proceed unto her, and unto her, all things return. Killing is for survival and defense only.

8. That each and everyone of their children that follows this path has no need of another between themselves and the God and Goddess.

9. That there shall not by intent, be a desecration of another’s symbols or beliefs, for we are all seeking harmony with Deity.

10. That each person’s faith is private unto her/himself, and that another’s beliefs are not to be set out and made public.

11. That the Wiccan Way is not to seek converts, but that the Way is to be made pen to those, who, for whatever reason, seek and find the craft.

12. And As It Is Willed...So Mote It Be!

What is Wicca

Wicca (also known as the Craft or Witchcraft) is a religion based on pre-Christian Pagan beliefs. It is a recognized religion that might best be described as a modern religion, based on ancient Witchcraft traditions. It is a very complex faith which embraces widely varying practices and many different traditions. Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life. Wiccans promote oneness with the Divine and all that exists.

Wicca is typically a duotheistic religion, worshipping both a Goddess and a God, who are traditionally viewed as the Triple Goddess and Horned God. These two deities are often viewed as being facets of a greater pantheistic Godhead, and as manifesting themselves as various polytheistic deities. It is important to note the Horned God is NOT the devil of Christian beliefs. His horns are more commonly "antlers" and he is a representation of Divine Nature. The Triple Goddess refers to the various states of womanhood: Maiden, Mother and Crone.

To Be a Witch

To be a witch is to love and be loved.
To be a witch is to know everything, and nothing at all.
To be a witch is to move amongst the stars while staying on earth.
To be a witch is to change the world around you, and yourself.
To be a witch is to share and give, while receiving all the while.
To be a witch is to dance and sing, and hold hands with the universe.
To be a witch is to honor the gods, and yourself.
To be a witch is to Be Magick, not just perform it.
To be a witch is to be honorable, or nothing at all.
To be a witch is to accept others who are not.
To be a witch is to know what you feel is right and good.
To be a witch is to harm none.
To be a witch is to know the ways of old.
To be a witch is to see beyond the barriers.
To be a witch is to follow the moon.
To be a witch is to be one with the gods.
To be a witch is to study and to learn.
To be a witch is to be the teacher and the student.
To be a witch is to acknowledge the truth.
To be a witch is to live with the earth, not just on it.
To be a witch is to be truly free!

Rule of Three



Evermind the Rule of Three.
Three times what thou givest returns to thee.
This lesson well, thou must learn.
Thee only gets what thou dost earn.

-- By Scott Cunningham

Witch's and Wiccan Redes

The word REDE means to give advice, or to counsel.
The Wiccan Rede provides Wiccans and witchcraft-based religions with a key moral system. It contains a good set of basic principles and is a liberal code of morality.

Wicca is generally described as being eclectic and non-dogmatic, however, many have adopted the theology of the Rede, especially the final lines "an it harm none, do what ye will". I believe this line is mainly about intent; it is usually interpreted as a declaration of freedom, along with the necessity of taking responsibility for what follows from one's actions and minimising harm to oneself and others.

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Wiccan Rede


Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:
"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"   

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Witch's Rede

Hear now the words of the Witches, the secrets we hid in the night. When dark was our destiny’s pathway. That now we bring forth into the night.

The birth and rebirth of all nature, the passing of Winter and Spring. We share with the Life Universal, rejoice in the Eternal Magickal Ring.



Four times a year the Great Sabbats, return, and the Witches are seen, At Lammas and Candlemas dancing, on May Eve and ‘ole Halloween.

When daytime and nighttime are equal, when the Sun is at it’s greatest and least, the four Lesser Sabbats are summoned, again, the Witches gather in feast.

Thirteen Silver Moons in a year there are. Thirteen is the Coven’s array. Thirteen times at Esbat make merry, for each year and a day.

The power has passed down through the ages, each time between man and woman. Each century unto the other, ‘ere times and ages began.

When drawn is the Magickal Circle, by sword or Athame’s power, It’s a compass between two worlds lies in the Land of Shadows of that hour.

Our world has no right to know it, and the world beyond will tell naught. The oldest of Gods are invoked there, the great works of magick is wrought.

For two are the mystical pillars, that stand at the gate of the shrine, and two are the powers of Nature, the forms and the forces divine.

And do what thou wilt be the challenge, so be it in love that harms none. For this is the only commandment, by magick of old be done.

Principles of the Craft

1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called "supernatural", but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither (gender) above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, of psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc.-and we see in the inter-action of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it-a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft-the Wiccan Way.

8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch-but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to other and in harmony with Nature.

9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be "the only way" and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

11. As witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil", as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

Lunar Phases

New Moon - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing.

Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing.

First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing.

Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing.

Full Moon - The Moon’s illuminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon appears to be completely illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing.

Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing.

Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing.

Goddess, Are You Real?

The little child whispered, "Goddess speak to me."
And a meadowlark sang.
But the child did not hear.

So the child yelled, "Goddess speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the child paid it no attention.

The little child looked around and and said, "Goddess let me see you."
And a star shone brightly.
But the child did not notice.

And the child shouted, "Goddess show me a miracle!"
And a baby was born.
But the child did not know.

So the child cried out in despair, "Touch me Goddess, and let me know you are here!"
Whereupon the Goddess reached down and touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away and walked on unknowingly.

Goals of a Witch

I. Know Yourself
II. Know your Craft
III. Learn
IV. Apply knowledge with wisdom
V. Achieve balance
VI. Keep your words in good order
VII. Keep your thoughts in good order
VIII. Celebrate life
IX. Attune with the cycles of the Earth
X. Breath and eat correctly
XI. Exercise the body
XII. Meditate
XIII. Honor the God and Goddess

Decrees of Witchcraft

1) Never experiment or practice with magickal applications, symbols, or systems that you do not FULLY understand. If you do not know the full gambit of what you are doing, Do Not Do It. Retribution and causalities can be far reaching and abound in more ways than you can imagine.

2) Do not link money with your magick. It will effect the outcome and the caster. Reimbursement for supplies, time, and effort is acceptable but, never demanded.

3) Never use your skills and abilities to impress or fascinate someone. The God and Goddess do not need another arrogant buffoon. You will fail miserably.

4) Do not scare or threaten others with magickal intimidations or the like. We are Witches, not thugs. Remember the Law of Three.

5) Know that thoughts are things, and that which you create may and probably will manifest in this reality.

6) Never lie to yourself or others. This is the epitome of deceit. This becomes a circle of self-destruction.

7) All things that are -bad- in your life are most often the result of low self-esteem or negative self-think, not bad luck.

8) The power of a Witch grows in direct relation to his or her wisdom and capability.

9) Nothing can harm you or control you unless you allow it to and believe that it does.

10) Never use your abilities to harm another. However, you may defend yourself, and the ones you love, the best way you see fit.

11) Always do the best that you can do. No one is perfect but, we try to constantly improve ourselves and to evolve. Have faith. The God and Goddess will take care of you in the best possible manner.

12) As long as you adhere to what you believe in, do not worry about the ridicules of others. Ridicules are the result of fear, low self-esteem and self-doubt. Do not waste your time on such nonsense.

13) Regard property of another better than you would have them regard your own. Be respectful.

14) Do nothing that would endanger the Craft or someone of the Craft.

15) Do not do something that will bring about conflict with the law of the land. Do mind your beliefs, the beliefs and laws of your Coven, and the beliefs and laws of your Clan - above all others.

16) Witches may teach to others outside of the Craft if: The environment is safe to all, The teacher is knowledgeable and responsible, The student is willing and sincere, The information is already available to the general public-no secrets, and The information Harms None.

17) Perform all magick within the circle. This is especially true for beginners. Only those of great experience and ability may work outside of the circle.

18) Do Nothing to bring Shame to yourself, your coven, and your clan. We, as Witches, have a responsibility that others only speak about but, never fully practice. Each of us is a direct representative of our religion and the Craft, as a whole.

19) Always be proud of who and what you are. Know that you are among the elite and of something far greater than most will ever know. Be proud, be compassionate, and be kind, for you can afford to be.

20) Never shed blood in circle . The God and Goddess do not want us to waste their creations and their children in such a manner. All things are of the God and Goddess. Respect theirs and ours. Killing is for defense and survival -only.

21) Always remember that the God and Goddess are with us. They will provide and protect us. We are never alone. As such, be mindful and remember.

22) Always keep the laws, the Rede, and the rules of the coven and clan. They are written for a purpose and not to fill space on the paper. Keep the laws and they will keep you.

23) Always follow your beliefs diligently, for they are who you are, and they define you for all to see.

24) Do not cast spells while sick, ill, or under the influence of drugs or heavy medication. The results can and probably be extremely baneful. Always be in complete control of yourself.

25) Do not let anyone tell you that what you believe in - the Craft- is wrong, evil, or bad. This is a trick to persuade you to be a puppet of another.

26) Always keep an open mind to the ways and beliefs of others. We are all here to learn and grow together. Keep yourself and your beliefs but, learn from and about others. The higher mind is a diversified mind.

27) Do not mock the way of others. For they may know something you may not -and you might not realize it ...yet.

The Wiccan Creation Story

The best creation story I have ever come across is in Silver Ravenwolf's book: Solitary Witch: the Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation.

I found this snippet online, but it is the closest to the book version that I found...


Long, long ago, the world slept in the arms of a dark void. From this place of nothingness, Spirit drew together and created Our Lady of Infinite Love. She danced among the heavens Her feet beating out the rhythm of all creation. Sparks of light flew from her hair, giving birth to the stars and planets. As She twirled, these heavenly bodies moved with Her in the divine symphony of the Universe. When Her dancing quickened, She formed the seas and mountains. She chanted words of love and joy, as these sounds fell to Earth the flowers and trees were born. From the pure, white light of Her breath came the colours of the universe, turning all things to vibrant beauty. From Her bubbling laughter came the sounds of the pristine running water of the streams, the gentle lapping waters of the lakes, and the roaring screams of the oceans. Her tears of joy became rains of survival.

When Her dancing slowed and She sought a companion with whom to share the wonders of the world, Spirit created The Lord as Her lifemate and companion. Because The Lady so loved the Earth, Spirit made Her companion half spirit, half animal so that together the Lord and Lady could populate the Earth. The Lord’s power moves through her and She showers the Earth and all upon it with Her blessings. Together the Lord and Lady gave birth to all the birds, animals, fishes, and people of our world. To protect and guide the humans, the Lord and Lady created the power spirits. These energies walk with us always, though we often cannot see them. Their speech creates positive energy, from which we draw strength. To each bird the Lady gave a magic song, and to each animal the Lord bestowed instincts to survive. The Lord is the master of the animal and vegetable kingdoms, and therefore wears the antlers of a stag upon His great head. This half-man, half-animal aspect shows His great joy in both the human and animal creations of the Spirit.

As the humans began to grow and prosper, the Lord and Lady saw the need for healers among them. And so they drew forth energy from the realm of angels and from the realm of power animals and from the human realm to create the Witches. The Witches brought with them the wisdom of the Lord and Lady, the ability to heal, and the art of magic. The Lady taught the Witches how to cast a magic circle and talk to the Spirit, the Lord taught them how to communicate with the energies of water, fire, air and earth and commune with the animal and plant kingdoms.

At first, the humans accepted the Witches and treated them fairly; but because the Witches were different, humans began to fear the Wise Ones of the Lord and Lady, thus the Witches became the Hidden Children, conducting their rites of positive energy in secret lest they risk capture and death at the hands of uneducated humans.

As the world grew darker with ignorance and hate of human creation, the Lady took the body of the Moon to represent the gentle light of Her perfect peace, and the Lord took the vibrant rays of the Sun as His symbol of strength in perfect love. And once a month, when the Moon is full, the Witches celebrate and remember the blessings our Mother has bestowed upon us. We call forth Her energy to help us take care of ourselves, our families, our planet, and our friends. Four times a year the Witches celebrate the festivals of fire and honour the Lord and His love for us - these are called the cross-quarters. At the four quarters of the seasons, the Witches honour the cycle of life and the gifts of the Earth with festivals to both the Lord and Lady-signifying the balance they have brought us- the Equinoxes and Solstices.

The Lady has many names- Isis, Astarte, Bride, Diana, Aradia, Hecate- and the Lady walks within and beside each woman. The Lord has many faces, from the strong Cernunnos to the delightful Pan. He guards and guides us and resides within and beside each man. When thunder roars in the heavens, and lightning crack from the ground, the Lord and Lady dance the divine myth of creation so that we may remember them and know that we are never alone. When the Sun rises each morning, we bask in the joy of His love for us, and when the Moon moves through her phases, we understand the cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth.

When it is our time, the Witches enter the Summerland, From the Spirit that moves and flows through the Lord and Lady we continue to learn the mysticism of the Universe so that we may return, life after life, to serve our brothers and sisters. In each lifetime, Spirit guides us through learning experiences, preparing us along the way for our individual missions. Sometimes we are born among our own kind, and in other instances we must seek out our spiritual family. Many of us do not remember our chosen path until we reach adulthood, but others know instinctively of their heritage from the time they form their own thoughts.

We are the Witches, the representation of the growth of wisdom on our planet. We are the Hidden Children, back from the dead. We are the people, the power, the change, and we have incarnated in every race and culture and continue to do so. We are the divine angels of Earth.

So mote it be

~Silver RavenWolf~

Kitchen Witch Alphabet

Always stir in a clockwise motion
Before you chop veggies, offer thanks
Cut mindfully, gratefully
Do all preparations in a loving spirit
Energize food with good thoughts
Feast gratefully
Give and share what you can spare
Home and hearth are sacred
Invoke blessings of Goddess on all food
Join hands with friends often
Kindness shows in serving food
Love goes into every dish
Mindfully gather ingredients
No wasting - recycle, compost, feed animals
Open your senses, enjoy your surroundings
Play as well as work
Quench thirst, thinking of clear clean rivers
Resolve to be grateful & waste not
Salivate as you smell fragrance & anticipate flavors
Thank the Universe & Goddess for health
Use utensils carefully, then clean up
Value time spent with loved ones
When possible grow & harvest your food
eXtra food is for creative recombining
Yearly rituals & feasts build traditions
Zestful living in every area is our goal.



~ Source Unknown

Kitchen Witch's Creed

In this pot, I stir to the sun
an' follow the rule of harming none. 

Banishment of bane when goin' widdershins;
an' with water and salt negativity is cleansed. 

Household duties are more than chores.
Magick abounds when mopping floors. 

With this broom, I do sweep
to clean my house and safely keep. 

Marigold, Basil, Thyme, and Yarrow
my spell is cast for a better tomorrow. 

Lemons for joy and apples for health
the pow'r within brings great wealth. 

And, in this kitchen I do pray
To truly walk the Witches' Way.

Copyright 1998, 1999 E. Zeigler

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bewitching Buys: The Circle Within

 Today's Bewitching Buy is a book that I feel is a must-have for Witches.  It truly has been one of my favourite witchy reads.

A close friend of mine mailed me a copy of The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition by Dianne Sylvan.  This book covers many topics from incorporating Wicca into your daily life to strengthening your connection with the Deities.  This is a book you will want to check out!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

KWW: Magickal Print

I was going to make my Kitchen Witch post last night, but I kept thinking... oh I can do it in the morning.  And of course - I forgot.  So here is my LATE Kitchen witch post.

Etsy is a wonderful crafters site - similar to ebay - filled with hundreds of thousands of handcrafted items.  It is a great site for witches... when searching for kitchen witch related items, I stumbled across this print, and fell in love with it!


Snow

Snow...
It can be beautifully magickal or deadly.
I happen to be in the location in South Western Ontario where 300+ motorist were stranded on the highway 402 for over 30 hours.  (See news reference here)

But let's focus on the beauty that snow can have...  I loved this poem found in The Witch's Almanac 2010 by Marie Bruce
Snowflake Whispers

Darkness falls on Solstice Night
Windows lit by candle light
Outside the moon is shining bright
And the sky is filled with snow.

Softly, softly, one by one
A winter snow-fall has begun
Striking wide-eyed children dumb
As they watch the falling snow.

Indoors logs flame and embers glow
Outside the world is chill and cold
Now icy stars are full in flow
Creating a carpet made of snow.

Winter's tears are raining down
They bring a hush to all around
The clothe the fields in ice-cold down
And wrap the earth in snow.

Silently the world stands still
The night is bright, the wind is chill
Enchantment cast by winter's thrill
When snow is all around.

Beneath the full moon shining bright
Sparkling and winter-white
A fey world gleams with silver light
A wonderland of snow.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On top of the tree...

When my husband and I celebrated our first Christmas together (before I became a practicing Wiccan) we purchased an angel for the top of our tree.  It took alot of hunting to find the perfect one.  And I really fell in love with her once we had found her.  This Christmas I wanted something a little more Pagan for the tree, but I just couldn't part with the serene, beautiful face of our angel.  My darling sister had an idea - she found some faery wings to attach to the angel and added a bead belt with a spiral triskele key dangling from it.  I also want to make a small beaded headpiece for her... Just small additions, but it makes my angel look less "Christian" and more Pagan.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Oh Come All Ye Faithful...

Another Pagan-esque song I found...

OH, COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL!
Ellen Reed


Oh, come all ye faithful
Gather round the Yule Fire
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye,
To call the Sun!
Fires within us
Call the Fire above us

O, come, let us invoke Him!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
Our Lord, the Sun!

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee!
Born again at Yuletide!
Yule fires and candle flames
Are lighted for You!
Come to thy children
Calling for thy blessing!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
Our Lord, the Sun!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cutting Ties

Normally I wouldn't post any spells on here dealing with relationships (be it friendship or other) because the line between interfering with someone's free will is so thin.  However, some times it is necessary to rid yourself of what is or may become a toxic relationship.

Whether you have ended a strong friendship or a romantic relationship with someone, this spell could be easily modified to suit your circumstances.  Remember -- harm none!



You will need:
  • a candle (colour of your choice depending on whether this was a romanitic relationship or a friendship - I have used a white candle)
Light your candle.
Meditate on the light until you feel that you are ready to continue.
Picture yourself and your lover/friend standing under the full moon in the clearing of a forest, or next to a body of water - somewhere in nature that holds meaning to you.
Call out to the Goddess:
    Once bound together
    Through love and tenor;
    I cast off the ties that bound us so,
    And to separate lives we now must go.
    Bittersweet though the parting may be
    Great Goddess, let my heart and soul be free.
    An' it harm none, as I will, so mote it be.

    Visualize yourself cutting or undoing the cord that binds you and walking away.
    Take a few deep breaths feeling more relaxed with each exhale.

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    Thursday, December 9, 2010

    Pedro... Cutest giveaway EVER!


    Meet Pedro.
    Isn't he this cutest lil creature ever?!

    If you'd like a chance to win this lil hand-made darling, pop over and visit The Blue Faerie and her blog here: Dancing with a Spatula Wand.

    Good luck!!




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    Hark! The New Age Pagans Sing

    In the mood for some a family Yule song?
    Holly King by Hikari

    HARK THE NEW AGE PAGANS SING!
    "Coeis and Morrigant "
    (Tune: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing")

    Hark the New Age Pagans Sing,
    Glory to the Holly King,
    Peace on Earth and mercy mild,
    God and Goddess reconciled,
    Hear us now as we proclaim,
    We have risen from the flames,
    Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
    In the God and Goddess' names
    Hark the New Age Pagans Sing,
    Glory to the Holly King!

    Herne by highest love adored,
    Herne the ever-reborn Lord,
    At all times behold Him come,
    Offspring of the Holy One,
    Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
    Hail Incarnate Deity!
    Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
    in the God and Goddess' names
    Hark the New Age Pagans Sing,
    Glory to the Holly King!

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Bewitching Buys: Flu Inhalation Bag

    I love to shop.
    I love finding deals.
    I love shopping with friends and finding deals...

    So, I have decided to start a new segment here at Broom Closet Confessions... I will share my favourite shops, items and/or cool finds with everyone weekly.

    Today's item is one of my favourites... from one of my favourite Etsy Shoppes too!  Moonlit Herbals offers a variety of items for the everday day witch - from ritual kits to incense, candles to pendants, you are sure to find something to suit your fancy.  Within the Pampered Witch Bathery section, you will come across the Cold/Flu/Sinus/Allergy/Headache Relief Herbal Inhalation Bag.  My family and I have been using this product for well over a year and it has helped immensely.  With just the slight onset of the sniffles, we "sniff" the bag and almost immediately can feel our airways opening up.  The herbal/menthol aroma also aids in stress reduction.

    This herbal product could be just what you need for the cold and flu season!

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    KWW: Kitchen Tool Consecration

    Consectration of Kitchen Tools (New Pot)


    Use this simple spell to bless a new pot or other kitchen tool.
    Start by lighting your favorite incense.
    Draw a pentagram on the inside and one of the outside of the pot with a wooden spoon.

    Say: Blessings of earth for abundance

    Pass the pot through the incense.
    Say: Blessings of air for fragrance.

    Turn on the burner of your stover and place the pot on the flame.
    Say: Blessings of fire for purity in preparation.
    Stir in a little water.
    Say: Blessings of water for love.

    Your pot is now blessed & ready to prepare food.

    (until I get more participation, I've removed Mr. Linky... be sure to leave a comment though, and i will visit your blog :) )

    Saturday, December 4, 2010

    Magickal Carpet Powder

    Nothing smells better then the fresh aroma of a clean house.  Freshen up your carpets with this simple recipe.  The baking soda will help to remove old odours and the herbal mixes will refresh the carpet fibres.  Your carpet should hold the scent for 3 days before fading out.

    Herbal Carpet Freshener
    1. Using your mortar and pestle, crush your herbs/flowers/resins to release the fragrance.  The amount of herbs you use is really up to you.
    2. Add your herbs 1 cup of baking soda.  If the baking soda has masked the aroma, you need more herbs.  Your mixture should be very fragrant.
    3. Secure the lid on your conatiner and SHAKE WELL to mix the herbs and the baking soda.  The mixture is most effective when fully blended.
    To Use
    • Sprinkle onto carpets.  Make sure to thoroughly covers the carpet area, but refrain from sprinkling it in excess. You do not want to drown the carpet a thin coating is actually most effective.
    • Allow the mixture to set for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming up.

    NOTE: You can use various herbal combinations to suit your needs.
    Try making a Sweet Dreams Powder combining lavender, linden flowers, peppermint, thyme, valerian and/or chamomile.  How about a Home Protection Powder with a combination of chrysanthemum, cinnamon, cloves, dragon's blood and/or honeysuckle.

    Be creative and blessed be!

    Friday, December 3, 2010

    'Tis the Season...

    Source: http://www.dosomething.org/
    Is it just me, or is religious intolerance and discrimination multiplied ten fold this time of year??

    From the comments found on Facebook to the general attitude of the population - it's saddening really.

    Open your hearts and accept all.  You may not believe in our faith, but you don't need to look down on us for it either.  Our faith may not be like yours, but it is ours and we are proud.


    "For those who love and magnify love, the richness of life shall be your reward. So love the Goddess and God, and harm none!" -Scott Cunningham.


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