Spirit: Mini Fertility Ritual

This is a picture of a working I did to increase the financial aid (or ensure that I got enough aid for school) I got this year. When I got the letter, it didn’t tell me how much I had recieved and I had been trying to work out issues with recieving any this year so, as blessed as I was to even get the news that I had recieved financial aid, I wanted to do a spell to ensure I was getting enough to actually go to school.

So, the night I got the letter it was too late for me to come here to the library to check out how much I had recieved, so I did the following ritual that night.

First, let me say that I did this to Dagda and Danu in their Great Helper/Deity of Justice aspect. It was very spontaneous so I had to work with what I had. Dark Blue and Deep Purple are associated with Deities of Justice and it just so happened that the mat on my altar that I use for an altar cloth is purple so that was helpful. Unicorns (as well as Eagles) are also associated with Deities of Justice and I happened to have this little plaque art with a unicorn and a baby unicorn on it so I put my letter on top. Amethyst is associated with the Deities as well and so I placed the two Amethyst stones I had on top of the letter. I lit my God and Goddess candles, inviting Dagda and Danu and stating which aspect I was inviting. I prayed and called upon the properties of both the amethyst and the associations and spirit of the unicorn to help. I don’t own a wand (which is associated with the Deities of Justice) but I do own a staff which is practically the same thing and I held that as I sat before my altar. I rocked a little back and forth, twirling the staff a little as I focused on my intent to raise energy. I raised the energy and then released it as I ended my ritual saying how I believed that everything and anything and all was possible with and in the God and Goddess, said that I would let it sit there overnight so that as midnight came (the time of North and Earth which is associated with Deities of Justice) the Earth would soak and saturate my spell with it’s energies through my open window. I said “So mote it be”, thanked the God and Goddess and gave a departing, and ended my ritual.

This was this past weekend where we had a crap ton of rain starting the night I did the ritual. Talk about a sign of prosperity and fertilization.

I checked the financial aid the next day and low and behold, X), I had received more than enough money for this coming Fall semester AND next Spring semester. How awesome is that? Very.

I used Celtic Deities of Justice but I hope this inspires you to do impromptu rituals with whoever and for whatever (as long as it is ethical) reasons you need. Blessings and Love to you all!

P.S. – I know it’s a very dark image but it was rainy and cloudy and nothing I could do would get me a brighter image in my room, with my phone. Smh, crappy camera phone. lol.

 

Spirit: Midsummer Ritual

This was the Altar at the Midsummer Ritual a couple weeks ago. My friend Moonlight performed the ritual for the Sabbat and this was how she decorated her Altar. It was also the ritual where she became a Dedicant.

As you can see, she has her quarter candles and her God and Goddess candles. The cloth with flames was fitting since Midsummer celebrates the Summer Solstice, a time where the day is longest and full of sun. South is the corresponding direction and South is the direction of Fire. Moonlight used the Hat with flames on it to cast the circle. We passed the hat around the circle, saying things that reminded us of summer. We called the Quarters and Invited the God and Goddess then after a dicussion about the history of Midsummer we did two meditations. Then there was the short ceremony of her becoming a Dedicant to Wicca and soon we were finishing up the ritual.

It was a fine ritual though I never would have done it that way. That’s the beauty of being both a Solitary and a Coven Witch. As a Solitary, I can control the rituals I perform myself and also in the Circle I’m a part of. As a Coven Witch (in this case a Circle Witch), I get the chance to see how other Witches perform ritual. It means I don’t always have to do all the work and I get to see other ways of performing the practice of Witchcraft which can inspire my own practice and open my mind.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Spirit: Observing the Directions

In Wicca and other paths you can take through Pagan religions, we observe and call quarters in our rituals; East, South, West, North. These directions are called in the beginning of a circle for a ritual and they are sometimes invoked (invited) as well. The directions correspond to other things as well; elements, times of day, and so on. East is Air and Sunrise; South is Fire and Noontime; West is Water and Sunset, North is Earth and Midnight.

In the Reclaiming Tradition (a pagan spiritual path you can learn and follow), they are taught to observe these times of day, thus observing and aquainting yourself with the directions, days in advance before performing a ritual. This is to make a more powerful (spiritual and energy wise) ritual. *

I love the idea of this and took the time to observe Noontime today (South, Fire). It was refreshing and uplifting. I’ve also been observing Sunset (West, Water) the last few days. I love the feel and look of Sunset. It’s renewing like drinking cool water on a very hot day.

I would suggest this practice to all Wiccans and other Pagans. The God and Goddess are the time of day, the directions, the earth, air, fire, and water. They are everything and we are a part of that everything. Through them, we are connected to everything around us and everything far away. Tomorrow (if I remember), I’ll be quoting parts of the book I’m reading right now. It’s a great book and the inspiration for this post. I’ve read parts of it before but am reading all the way through now.

The book is (*):  The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action by Starhawk and Valentine

Picture Sources: (Sunrise) http://damabeats.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/markus-schulz-gbdjb-ibiza-sunrise-set/ (Noontime) http://alorika–crazy4frnz.blogspot.com/2010/07/sun-at-noon-time.html (Sunset) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saguaro_Sunset.jpg (Midnight) http://my.billingsgazette.com/post/WikkedTrewth/photos/img0836.html

Rocks: Onyx (Black)

Onyx is a member of the Chalcedony family which also includes carnelian, agate, bloodstone, adventurine, etc. The Chalcedony family “ is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals quartz and moganite.“* Onyx comes in a variety of colors but black onyx is what most people think of when they think/see/hear the word onyx.

Onyx is used like many other stones for mundane purposes including for countertops and whatnot. Magickally though, it is used for many purposes with a rich history. Onyx is a common find in jewelry for purely aesthetic and magickal reasons.

Greek mythology says onyx was once the fingernails of Venus but Cupid cut off her fingernails and scattered them on the Earth which the Fates turned into onyx so that no heavenly body part would ever perish. Weird, I know.

Corresponces: Linked to Celtic Great Mother Goddesses and Dieties of the Underworld as well as to the sabbat of Imbolc.

Mystical Properties: “Onyx is thought to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition and one’s instincts. It is also told to decrease sexual desire, and to aid in changing bad habits.”** Also said to deflect negative energy and aid in self control.

Healing Properties: “It is known to be particularly helpful with skin ailments, healing infected wounds as well as fungal infections, inflammation and even sunburn.“**

Magickal Uses: In amulets or talismans to combat negative energies or for any of the reasons as listed in mystical properties above or in rituals for the sabbats and dieties they correspond to.

Picture Source: (1) from me!, (2) http://www.thecrystalfox.com/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=onyx&category_id=54&product_id=1681. Both pictures are of Crystal Fox products though. It’s where I bought my hunk of onyx.

Wikipedia page for Chalcedony (*): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalcedony

** Link: http://shimmerlings.com/gemstones/onyx.htm

Other Correspondences to Celtic Great Mother Goddesses and Dieties of the Underworld (as well as other groups of Celtic dieties and their correspondences): http://www.oocities.org/athens/olympus/6581/correspondences9.html

Other Correspondences to Imbolc: http://www.workingwitch.com/yearwheel/imbolc.html

For more information on Onyx (listed my favorite sources):

  1. http://books.google.com/books?id=8KQQTcjkVgoC&pg=PT115&lpg=PT115&dq=onyx+dj+conway&source=bl&ots=9yedK_gwtl&sig=32rfaFwaMLVdgpfYqBoV1IdEcZw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JDriT6_3Kqn86gHv-b0K&ved=0CEIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
  2. http://www.bardwood.com/stones.htm
  3. http://wicca.com/celtic/stones/stonek-o.htm
  4. (mundane) http://www.mineralszone.com/stones/onyx.html

Spirit: Daily Doses of Paganism

I think it’s important to get a little daily dose of not only the God and Goddess but of the craft itself (witchcraft or whatever). I first got the idea from reading The Goddess is in the Details by Deborah Blake where she says it’s important to try and fit some daily Wiccan or Pagan elements into your life including prayer and a few other things. Since I finished reading the book, a few days ago, I’ve been doing just that.These are the things I’ve tried and how they’ve worked for me.

  • Morning Prayer: Blake suggests what she does, and that is a little talk to the God and Goddess just as you’re waking up for the day, before you even open your eyes or get up. I open my eyes and try to wake up just a little so I don’t slur my words and can put sentences together better. For me, it’s helped be feel less weird and awkward when speaking out loud to the gods, which sometimes to me it does. It’s help shake my insecurity and find my voice better.
  • Praying when you need help: Just yesterday the negativity and bad energies were getting really high in my house. I lit some sage and prayed to the God and Goddess, even tied in Air and Water to help. I ended it with “So mote it be” and everything went quiet, though that happened just a few seconds before I said it. My parents argument didn’t start up again and even later in the night there were only a few rumbles of discontent. After I said “so mote it be” I pretended everything was just like I prayed for it to be. Soon I had this strange song in my head and all I remember of it was “Green eyes shining” or something like that. I had never heard of the song before but now it was stuck in my head. I had been trying to shake off anger and depression before the prayer but after it melted away and as that song played in my head I started, though not seemingly by intention, started forming a plan to fix my problems. As the plan began to form more and more and solidify, I heard the song less and less, finally not at all to the point I can’t remember anything but the few words. Not only did I have a plan to solve my problems, I was filled with joy and love and serenity. It was amazing.
  • Getting in touch with nature: Whether you  exercise outside or just take a moment to appreciate nature while you walk to your car, it’s important to get that connection because nature is a core piece of Wicca and other Pagan religions. I’ve haven’t been on a run at Centennial Lake in the last few days but I’ve taken the time to enjoy nature whether taking in deep breaths on fresh air, enjoying the sight of the sky, taking in the small wildlife in my neighborhood or paying more attention to the plants and trees around me any time I’m outside. Small things can make a real difference and just taking a deep breath of fresh air can be soothing and/or re-energizing.
  • Meditation: Haven’t done much of this, but it is useful.
  • Realization: You use the four elements everyday from the food you eat to the air you breathe to the water in you shower and in your glass. Think about those elements next time and every time you use them.
  • Learning: The God and the Goddess created everything around you. Connect to them about the amazing things they created and what people create with their creations.

DIY: Housemade Cleaners!

I made them, the house cleaners I wanted to try and that I posted about two days ago. the window cleaner is on the left in an empty baby wash container and the cleaning paste (which needs to be stirred) is on the right. All the Baking soda has separated and settled on the bottom, thus the plastic knife on top I’m using to stir. I added a little Orange and Rosmary Essential Oil. I also made them during an informal ritual to Dagda in his aspect of the Great Warrior God and blessed them by word and also by passing both the ingrediants and the finished product through pine incense. I also lit a red candle for my intent, burned pine incense, put garnet and ruby and bloodstone on the altar, and stated by intent while asking for help.  I asked for energy, discipline, and help in ridding the house of bad energies and garbage and all the bad stuff bringing me and my parents (who I live with) down. I stated that the cleaners were my weapons in cleaning and that with the help of Dadga, my blessed weapons, the energy from this ritual, the power in the oils and incense, but most importantly with my own efforts, that the house would be clean and that it was more than possible.

Note: If you just make the household cleaner then that great! You don’t have to do a ritual or anything else. I have always had a lot or problems cleaning my house but it needs to be done. It’s cluttered, dusty, and dirty in places. Most of all, my house is holding a lot of negative energy. I needed the extra boost, but that doesn’t mean you do. Do what you can, do what you will. All efforts will help your house become a positive and healthy place to live!

Note 2: Pine, the color Red, Rubies, Garnets, and Bloodstone are all Correspondences to Celtic Warrior Deities according to DJ Conway’s book Celtic Magic that I use as my reference in my Celtic rituals.

Note 3: Rosmary’s properties are Protection, Purification, Love, Mental Sharpnes. Orange’s Properties are Love. It also smells great!

Roses: What to do when someone is allergic to incense

As well as doing Solitary work, I am also a member of an Eclectic Wiccan circle though I should say Eclectic Pagan Circle. In this circle there are quite a few beloved members that cannot stand incense and even get sick from it. I have been trying to figure out awhile how I could incorporate plants and smells without using incense. I was just searching through Tumblr, with no real purpose in mind, and saw this picture and thought “Finally! I have found the cure!” This would be the perfect way to incorporate the scents of plants into a ritual without using incense. The plants themselves emit smells and putting them so close to a warm and unscented candle would also heightened the scent some too. It wouldn’t be as potent as incense but sometimes thats good. If you use incense to symbolize air then you can still do this with said method. The way the scent carries on the air in the room or on the breeze outside would be a perfect symbol for air. Heck, if you put the candle holder in a large flat dish of water then you would have all four elements represented.

So, tying the actual plant you want to use, for their scent/smell in your ritual, around a candle holder with a lit unscented candle in/on it is a terrific way of replacing incense. Hope this might help!

Picture source: http://b-ek.tumblr.com/post/24457127235/want-more-like-this-click-here