Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Cone of Power Charm

Moon Phase: 2nd in Gemini
Planet: Sun
Colour: Amber

Since the cone is one of the most ancient and magical of all symbols, here is a simple charm you can create to invoke the mystical energy of the cone.
Upon a sheet of clean white paper, draw a triangle with three equal sides. Beneath the base of the triangle write the name of the ancient Mother Goddess, Astarte. She was considered a warrior and a creator. The cone was one of her sacred symbols.
Within the triangle write your wish. When you feel the time is right--next week, next month, or next year--burn your wish in a ritual of fire. And, like the cone of power, may your wish soar to the Heavens. So mote it be.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Moon Phase: 2nd in Taurus (enters Gemini @ 1210 EST; Venus enters Pisces @ 2232 EST)
Planet: Saturn
Colour: Indigo

Friday, January 26, 2007

Moon Phase: 2nd in Taurus
Planet: Venus
Colour: Coral

Thursday, January 25, 2007

History of the Cone of Power

Moon Phase: 1st in Aires (enter Taurus @ 0828 EST, enters 2nd @ 1801 EST)
Planet: Jupiter
Colour: Crimson

The act of raising a cone of power is one of the oldest magical rituals known to the human race. In fact, the cone of power concept was already ancient before the great empires of Egypt, Greece, or Rome ever existed.
Stone-age cave art discovered in Spain supports this theory. Some early primitive cave art found in northern Spain depicts women dancing around the nude figure of a man. The women are wearing pointed Witch-style hats (a cone of power symbol), and appear to be raising magical energy. The nude male figure in the center may represent a spiritual leader. Or, he may symbolise the Hunter--the life-giving provider which the ancient clan depended upon for food. Considering this, we could conclude that the dancers are raising a protective cone of energy to attract a bountiful food supply.
Pre-Columbian Mexican art has also been found depicting Witch figures wearing pointed hats, indicating that the magical cone shape was also known in ancient North America since early times.
One of the most enduring rituals in history, which echoes many of the same basic elements as the cone of power, is the 700-year-old traditional dance performed by the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey. This sacred dance or rite was created by the great poet and mystic, Mevlana Caelaleddin Rumi. The ritual dance is still performed by the Whirling Dervish Order. And, although the rite is not identical to raising a cone of power, there are some fascinating similarities.
The dance is also performed in s circle, and, like the dancers in the magic circle, the dervishes achieve an altered stated of awareness. The white skirts worn by the dancers flow outward as the spin and resemble the sacred cone shape. The tall hats worn by each dervish are not pointed, but do allude to the shape of the ancient wizard's hat. And the mystical energy raised during the whirling is achieved by chanting, music, and movement--methods also found in building a cone of power.
Throughout history the cone of power has been used to raise a shield of protective energy, just one of its many uses. Perhaps the most poignant example of this took place in England during World War II. It was 1940. Nazi forces had already invaded Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. In June of that year, France surrendered to Germany. Fear swept through England that a Nazi invasion was imminent.
So, on August 1, 1940 (Lammas), covens from southern England gathered in the New Forest region to raise a cone of power which would protect their nation against the Nazi armies. A month the witches in attendance was the famous occultist, Gerald Gardner. This was one of the greatest rites in modern Witchcraft. So strong was the determination to repel the evil Nazi forces that the extraordinary ritual was performed four times.
Collectively, the covens attempted to send out a psychic message to the Nazis that they would fail if they tried to invade. The purpose of this ritual was not only to build a protective shield, but to affect the decision-making process of the Nazi High-Command.
As it turned out, the Nazis did not invade England. And we will never know for sure if the Lammas Day rite had anything to so with this outcome. But, this was one of the Craft's finest moments, and is an excellent example of how the cone of power can be used for "the good of all."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Cone of Power

Moon Phase: 1st in Aires
Planet: Mercury
Colour: White

The Cone of Power
by James Kambos

The human body contains a great deal of psychic power and energy. It is this power that magical people draw upon when performing any magical work. Card reading, working a pendulum, scrying, and spell-casting are just a few examples of magical activities that require focusing our energy on a specific desired goal.
When magical energy is raised by a group of individual working toward a common positive outcome, and within the sacred space of a magic circle, the psychic energy released is known as "raising the cone of power." When a group or coven concentrates on a specific magical goal and wills their objective to physically manifest itself, the results can be awesome
Magical energy raised in this manner is called a cone of power because the force is visualized as a cone rising from the outer edge of the magic circle. As it rises, the group members visualize the energy peaking, or coming to a point, above the centre of the circle. At this time each person releases their energy and lets the cone of power go. In their mind's eye, they see the cone of power flying through the unseen realm to its geographic destination. The cone of power can be used to attract any positive need into your life--protection, health, prosperity, a new home--or anything else you may desire.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Moon Phase: 1st in Pisces (enters Aires @ 0552 EST)\
Planet: Mars
Colour: Grey

Geodes look like plain rocks on the outside, but crystals line their hollow interiors -- perfect for childbearing spells.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Moon Phase: 1st in Pisces
Planet: Moon
Colour: Silver

In Greece, purple is the colour of royalty, secrecy, and divine mysteries.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Rowan Month

Moon Phase: 1st in Aquarius (enters Pisces @ 0348 EST)
Planet: Sun
Colour: Gold

The Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins today.

January 21st to February 17th

Luis or Rowan (LWEESH)

Latin:Sorbus aucuparia

Associated with The Fire Festival of Brigantia

Celtic Symbol : The Green Dragon

Other symbol: Duck

Zodiac Degrees : 0º00` - 27º59` Aquarius

Ruling Planet : Uranus - Brigantia

Other names: caorthann, cerdinen, criafol

Ancient Gods Associated With Uranus : Greek : Chaos, Aether And Hemera, Uranus Celtic : Brigantia, Brigid

Moon info: Masculine, Moon of Vision, Spirit Moon, Astral Travel Moon

Magickal Properties: Healing, personal empowerment, divination

Tarot Key: The Chariot

The month of Luis begins on January 21st and ends on February 17th. This month is connected to the expansion of self, and its symbols are horses and the sea. Mannanan Mac Lyr, like Poseidon (the Roman Neptune), possessed a magic boat. Lunar deities such as Chandra (Hindu) and Khons (Egyptian) also travel across the Ocean of Night in their magic chariots.

The Rowan tree was believed to be magical tree which grew red berries that were the food of the gods. These berries were so sacred that it was believed that the Gods guarded them jealously and kept them from man. The Druids believed that the Creator, Celi who was an invisible god, manifested in nature including the restless elements such as lightning, which was also associated with Dragons. Dragons are associated with new life and thus this period of time is also associated with the coming of new life out of the dark winter.
The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) thrives in poor soils and can colonize well in disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe, rowans are most commonly found around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 50 feet and are members of the rose family (Rosaceae).
The rowan, which presides over the month of December, has a reputation as a protector against enchantment. Rune staves, (sticks upon which runes were inscribed,) were cut from this tree. Rowan wood was also used to divine for metal, as hazel twigs are used for water.
Along with several other trees, the rowan played a central role in Druid ceremonies. Sprigs of rowan were hung over the main door of the house, and often worn to ward off enchantment or "the evil eye." In Wales, rowans were planted in churchyards to watch over the spirits of the dead.

The rowan is the tree of divination, protection, and good luck. It was considered by the Celts to be the "Tree of Life," and magic fires were made from it. The rowan is a good tree to use against psychic attack or bad luck &emdash; whoever uses it is under the protection of the Sidhe (fairy folk). It is better to find rowan twigs than to cut the branches, and if ones does cut them, they should leave something of themselves behind (a lock of hair, fingernails or blood). Rowan bark is used in tanning and dyeing, and its edible berries make an excellent jelly when cooked and sweetened. It is said that the taste of rowan berries can ward off hunger.

Celtic Astrology

Rowan tree people have visionary minds and well defined humanitarian principles. They remain, however, self contained individuals and their vision is not always shared by the rest of humanity. Their cool te,temperament disguises some passionate beliefs, for they need to argue their case against bigotry and ignorance. The new moon people born during the first two weeks tend to become impatient and frustrated in this struggle toward a greater awareness. Although they may be quite reticent on a personal level, they will, nevertheless, help pioneer great social changes with reforming zeal. Full moon people born in the last two weeks are less reticent all around, but are inclined to promise more than they can deliver. This will not negate their powerful influence and inspiration, and their response to all situations is primarily directed to asserting the rights of the individual.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Totem

Moon Phase: 1st in Aquarius (Sun enters aquarius @ 0601 EST)
Planet: Saturn
Colour: Blue

What is a Power Totem Animal?

Native Americans believe that animals have much to teach us as they are messengers of Great Spirit

In Native American Culture a Power Totem Animal is an animal symbol that is there to guide them through their entire life.

There are three other types of totems:
A Journey Totem that is with you for a period or phase of your life perhaps anywhere from a week to a year

A Visiting Totem who comes briefly with a message for the moment. It could be like a gentle nudge or a slap in the face calling us to awaken to a certain situation.

A Shadow Totem is an animal who intitialy you may fear. They represent the hidden side of yourself and will soon become your allies after certain initiations giving you the opportunity to overcome your fears.

How do I know who my Totem Animal is?
Totem animals come through to people in many ways including:
Asking animal power cards which are a set of cards with different animals created especially for exploring the lessons they have to teach us.

Seeing a particular animal all the time ie. in books, when your out walking, on sign posts.

Having a favorite animal or one that you are particularly drawn to

An interesting way to discover which animals medicine you could learn from is to pick up a wild life book and with your eyes closed and the intent of finding your totem animal open it up seeing what page it opens to.

You may come across the hair or feathers of a certain animal on a medative walk

You may hear the call of an animal and be intruiged to learn whose call it was.

You can call on the power of a particular animal to assist you in any area of your life. For example if you would like assistance bringing abundance into your life call on buffalo.

This list will help you discover why you are drawn to certain animals and the gifts they bring you.

Animal Totem Meaning
Bear is known for its period of hibernation. Bear can help us with the ability to turn inward to access our strength and honor your nature cycles. He teaches us when it is time to act and when it is time to be still.

Beaver Has an amazing ability to build and create. Beavers can help you solve problems by creating solid solutions

Buffalo /Bison Buffalo brings abundance and healing. The buffalo is sacred to Native American people and no part of him wasted.

Cougar A symbol of power. Cougar teaches you to balance your own. Cougar responds to any challenge with swiftness.

Coyote Is known as the trickster. He calls on us to look truthfully at our selves and our behavior.

Crow is a messenger, keeper of sacred law who sees with a unified eye (non-duality)

Deer is alert and a symbol of sensitivity and kindness.

Dolphins are messengers between water and sky. They are playful and intelligent. They bring the message of harmony and balance.

Eagle is a symbol of freedom and perspective. As a representation of great spirit eagle carries our prayers to the sky. He teaches us to fly. Elk Elk teaches about stamina, the importance of pacing yourself enabling you to successfully complete your chosen task

Fox is cunning and clever he moves with the utmost discretion. Fox teaches us to slow down and observe. Frog Assists with the cleansing of our emotions. With the element of water frog shows us how to start afresh.

Hawk is a symbol of observation and awareness. Horse Represents strength and freedom. Horse teaches us how to use our power gracefully.

Mole explores below the surface by digging a little deeper therefore he helps us with our subconscious minds. Mole will help you explore the hidden parts of yourself.

Moose teaches us to be proud of our accomplishments.

Otter is the master at enjoying life. Otter is playful and chatty. The otter reminds us that play is a important aspect to enjoying our lives fully.

Owl represents wisdom. Owl has amazing vision bringing the gift of insight.

Rabbit is a symbol of fertility. Rabbit help us reveal our hidden talents.

Raven is the messenger from spirit world. He represents mystery

Snake symbolizes transformation and the shedding of ones skin.

Spider shows us the connection of all life through the power of her web.

Squirrel is prepared for anything that life may present. They are extremely adaptable and teach us to trust that with preparation our own life will be simple and safe.

Turtle is protected by her shell. She represents mother earth to some tribes.

Whale are the record keepers of the ocean. They bring us the gift of telepathy and teach us the value of sound.

Wolf is a great teacher. He helps you find the answers within yourself. Associated with the moon wolf will help you develop your intuition.


Friday, January 19, 2007

Eagle Totem

Moon Phase: 1st in Capricorn (enters Aquarius @ 0115 EST)
Planet: Venus
Colour: Rose


Family Accipitridae

Throughout history and and across many cultures, Eagle has been seen as a symbol of strength, ferocity, vision and endurance. Mythology abounds with tales of Eagle, from the Native American's Thunderbird to Eagle which tore at the liver of Greek Prometheus, to Llew Law Gyfes, who transformed into an Eagle to escape his enemies. This great bird has also come to be the symbol of several nations, such as the Double- Headed Eagle of Poland and the American Eagle. (Over the objections of Ben Franklin, who supported the Turkey as the national bird.)

Eagles are renowned for their superior vision. The wedge tailed eagle can see twice as well as a human. The rods and cones of their eyes are concentrated in the top portion of their eyes, so that their best vision is from above, looking down. They must actually turn their heads upside down to view the sky above. As with other raptors, a protective shelf above their eyes helps to shadow their vision from the sun.

Attacking in a swift dive, which can reach speeds of up to 100 m.p.h., eagles grasp their prey in long talons. Bald eagles subsist mainly on fish and waterfowl, while the golden eagle's diet tends toward rabbits and other rodents. Generally their prey is smaller than they, however a South American harpy eagle was seen carrying a 13 lb sloth, and a bald eagle was once recorded as carrying a mule 15 lb mule deer fawn. Bald eagles will also steal food from ospreys and other birds.

Eagles are not social animals, and the main family group is generally the breeding pair. They build nests high in trees or on the edges of cliffs. Bald eagles return to the same nest every year, adding sticks each time. The largest recorded nest was 9.5 ft wide, 20 ft deep and weighed over 2.9 tons. Although eagles usually lay a clutch of 2 or 3 eggs, often only one is raised. Hatching over a couple days time, the smaller, younger chicks often starve, or are killed by their larger nest mates. Because of this, eagle populations are slow to grow, and slow to bounce back from ecological threats.

Many species of eagles are presently considered threatened or endangered. The bald eagle population was nearly wiped out (down to 700 known breeding pairs in 1974 in the contiguous 48 states). Since the ban of various pesticides including DDT, and severe laws concerning poaching and nest disturbance, they have climbed to a present number of 4,500 breeding pairs. Presently the Harpy Eagle of South America and the Philippines eagle are considered extremely endangered as well.

Eagle Energy

Because of his high flight, Eagle has been seen as a symbol of divinity among many cultures. To the Greeks he symbolized Zeus, father of wind and lightning; while the Native Americans see him as connection to Great Spirit. Eagle teaches us that we have the ability to soar to great heights if only we will find the courage to do so. Once we dare to reach, we find that the upcurrents and thermals of the Universe will support us. Through Eagle we learn that the joy and freedom we gain through reaching for the Sun is worth the fear of singed feathers.

From his great height, Eagle's view of what is possible becomes broader, his horizons more limitless. Eagle people are may often seem apart from the crowd, where their perspective can give them a better view of the big picture. Their broader perception gives them an inherent understanding of what must be done, and that in nature, the greatest mercy is often a swift kill.

However, Eagle's beak is swift and tearing, and Eagle people should remember that others view of the situation may be limited and to temper their words so that they do not cut others apart. It is important to learn that there is a time for force and a time for gentleness. There may also be a need to work at releasing past and repressed angers, so that the heart is lighter and can soar to greater heights.

Eagle's talons are strong and fierce. Those with Eagle medicine should be willing to grasp opportunity as it comes. To dive towards what they deem necessary or helpful.

The feathers of the Eagle are said to hold great cleansing and healing power. Legend also tells that the Eagle would undergo a Phoenix-like rejuvenation by flying close to the Sun and burning away its feathers, then bathing in clear water and be reborn. Eagle medicine teaches us to work towards releasing past hurts by embracing our inner core self -- the Sun at our heart, and by being willing to accept our emotions and heal. For those working Eagle there is a need for purification; willingness to embrace the creative Child Self at our core; and courage to let the processes of growth move through our lives.

Eagle thrives best in an environment of quiet isolation. Eagle people should be certain to make space in their lives for alone-time.

Though a creature of the air, Eagle has strong associations in all elemental realms. He soars toward the sun (Fire) and yet purifies in a lake, according to legend (Water) -- also, the Bald Eagle lives near water & dines on fish -- and eats of the creatures of Earth. The strength of his legs, far stronger than most birds, also speak of a need for grounding and Earth association. Through this, we understand that the journey to our Higher Self is an alchemical process wherein the greatest growth will occur when there is balance in all dimensions.

Connecting with Eagle

To bring Eagle energy into your life, try some of these exercises:

Water (Emotional):
Write poetry or draw pictures of eagles
Hang pictures of eagles around your house or work area.
Wear eagle jewelry.
Go flying, especially in a small plane, or hangglider -- or go skydiving.
Wear, or decorate your favorite items with "eagle" feathers -- turkey feathers that have been dyed brown at the tips. Spread your arms out and run and dance and spiral, pretending to be a bird. If you're worried about acting silly, keep going till it feels fun! (Preferably do this out of doors, where you won't bump into furniture.)

Air (Mental):
Read books about eagles.
) Meditate, opening yourself to your higher wisdom.
Spend a day being conscious of your words before you speak.
Practice stepping back from a situation and trying to see the greater picture.

Fire (Dynamic):
Practice courage -- do something you're afraid to do.
Grasp an opportunity that comes your way.
Preen your feathers a bit -- take note of where you have been courageous and be willing to praise yourself.

Earth (Physical):
Eat fish or rabbit, Eagle's favorite foods.
Wear blue and indigo colored stones (sky) for communication (such as sapphire) or golden stones (fire) like topaz and citrine, for courage and strength of will.
Have your eyesight checked to make sure your physical vision is up to par.
Reduce pesticide use which can cause harm to Eagles and other birds. See below for a link on pesticides.

Partake in a purification ceremony. Smudge (Fire + Air) with sage, cedar and copal or join in a sweat lodge (Fire + Water).
Spend time alone, getting in touch with who you are. Go on a vision quest to learn what your highest ideal is for yourself.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Pagan

Moon Phase: 4th in Capricorn (New Moon @ 2301 EST)
Planet: Jupiter
Colour: Purple

SO HERE are you, and here am I,
Where we may thank our gods to be;
Above the earth, beneath the sky,
Naked souls alive and free.
The autumn wind goes rustling by
And stirs the stubble at our feet;
Out of the west it whispering blows,
Stops to caress and onward goes,
Bringing its earthy odours sweet.
See with what pride the the setting sun
Kinglike in gold and purple dies,
And like a robe of rainbow spun
Tinges the earth with shades divine.
That mystic light is in your eyes
And ever in your heart will shine.

~Eric Blair (George Orwell)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Moon phase: 4th in Capricorn
Planet: Mercury
Colour: Topaz

In Babylonian tradition, heliotrope is the stone of divination and invulnerability, sacred to the gods.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Honey Cakes

Moon Phase: 4th in Sagittarius (enters Capricorn @ 2049 EST) (Mars enters Capricorn @ 1554 EST)
Planet: Mars
Colour: Black

Hecate Honey Cakes

1 stick butter
4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
Grated rind of orange
1(1/2) baking powder
2 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 cup milk
3 tbs superfine sugar
2 tbs honey

Cut the butter into the flour, salt, orange zest, and baking powder. Beat the two egg yolks and one egg white with the milk. Heat sugar and honey, stirring until well mixed. Stir wet ingredients in the dry mixture and turn out on a floured board. Roll lightly to half-inch thickness. Cut out 2-inch rounds or ovals. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in oven preheated to 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove to a rack and reduce oven heat to 250 degrees F. Pour topping (one cup of flavourful honey) over the hot cakes and sprinkle three tablespoons of ground, blanched almonds. Place rack of cakes in the cooler oven for five minutes or until set.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Omio Yemaya

Moon Phase: 4th in Sagittarius (Mercury enters Aquarius @ 0424 EST)
Planet: Moon
Colour: White

Yemaya is an orisha/loa from the Afro-Caribbean pantheon of spirits. Her feast day in Brazil is January 1st.

We praise a woman
Ancient ancestress
We praise a goddess
Mighty Yemaya
We praise a dancer
Who flows like oceans
We praise a helper
Who has known trouble
We praise a priestess
She who knows magic
We praise an elder
She who remembers
We praise a woman
Mother of millions
We praise a goddess
Hear us, Yemaya

~Elizabeth Barrette

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Wolf Totem

Moon Phase: 4th in Scorpio (enters Sagittarius @ 1311 EST)
Planet: Sun
Colour: Orange

Animal Totem-Wolf

Wolf, Canis Lupus

Much maligned throughout history, the wolf is a shy creature which would prefer to have little to do with humans. Certainly it is not the vicious marauder of faery tales and fables. Perhaps people fear the Wolf because of the way he calls to them. His howl in the night raises the hackles of our souls and calls us awake and wondering. Perhaps what we fear is not the wolf, but the wildness in ourselves.

Like humans, wolves live in a communal structure. The pack has a strict hierarchy, with the alpha male and female leading the pack. The beta wolves do not breed, but instead care for the pups of the alpha male and female. At the bottom of the hierarchy is the Omega wolf, the scapegoat, who is bullied, and who often goes without when food is scarce.

Wolves hunt in a cooperative technique that served as a model for many "primitive" tribes who watched them. Pack members take turns chasing the prey, in a "tag team" manner so that they can exhaust their prey long before themselves.

As with most animals who live in social groups, wolves have evolved a variety of ways to communicate. The communicate through an evocative mix of body postures, facial expression and tail stances as well as through vocal means -- yelps, whines, growls. And they howl. And incredible hair- raising, spirit wakening sound. The howl is used to help locate members, establish territorial boundaries, strengthen group unity, and dare I suggest -worship the Moon.

With the exception of Alaska and Canada, where wolves are abundant, and Montana, where wolves are only considered "threatened", wolves are an endangered species throughout North America.

Wolf Energy

In Native American traditions, Wolf is said to be "teacher" medicine. Humans have followed Wolf for millennia, studying Wolf's ways of the hunt, learning from their social structure. Wolf is allied with Sirus, the Dog Star, and it is said in many cultures, that our ancestors and teachers came from there. This is agreed upon by Australian Aborigines, and the Dogon tribe of Africa, as well as certain Native American tribes. Wolf has much to teach us, if only we will listen.

Wolf is allied to the moon and lunar energies, teaching us to respect our emotions and unconscious urges. Respect for the wildness of our animal natures, and willingness to face the dark within ourselves is an imperative for Wolf people. Trust in the unspoiled nature of your Child/Wolf self.

Because the Moon rules psychic perception, Wolf people should work on learning to trust their intuition and psychic urges, to listen for the still small voice within.

The communal nature of Wolf's culture and hunting helps us to learn to cooperate to achieve a goal. Wolf people make good "team players" and are fiercely loyal to those they consider part of their pack. They often have strong leadership qualities, however they must often learn to balance their tendency for "social dominancing." As a predator, Wolf culls the sick and weak of the herd. Wolves are often quick to scent when a situation is "sick," and will work to change it. It is important that they learn to lead the situation gently, and without tearing others apart, or the pack may turn on them.

Wolf's capacity for communication suggests that Wolf people should learn to utilize the strength of their voice and to be aware of their body language. When dealing with Wolf people, listening for the nuances of vocal tone and watching their motions will help in gaining an understanding of them. Wolves often make excellent bards and storytellers.

Ritual is very important to Wolf. Both the little rituals of day-to-day conduct, and the bigger rituals of lunar howling. Whatever their spiritual beliefs, Wolf people will feel more in tune when they honor and re-link (the actual meaning of the word "religion") with the life force.

Connecting with Wolf

To bring Wolf energy into your life, try some of these exercises:

Water (Emotional): Write poetry or draw pictures of wolves Hang pictures of wolves around your house or work area. Wear wolf jewelry. See our Wolf Jewelry Go for walks in the woods. Lift your head and howl at the Moon. (Note: If you live in a wolf-populated area, howling should be done rarely, as by listening to humans howl, wolves learn to sound like humans, and forget the correct wolf-way to do it.)

Air (Mental):

Read books about wolves. Utilize your voice. Work at mellowing your vocal tone, and take note of the way that your tones affect the way people hear you. You may even want to take vocal lessons. Tell stories

Fire (Dynamic):

Teach someone something you have learned. Learn something from someone. Play tag. Sniff out a situation you don't like, and DO something about it. Participate and cooperate with others.

Earth (Physical):

Eat venison, one of Wolf's favorite foods. Wear moonstone, and other lunar stones.Let your hair grow.


Make up a simple daily (or nightly) ritual that makes you feel closer to your spiritual self. Use any motions, noises, words and props that you feel comfortable with. Join in group ritual with others. This can be as simple as a sing-along, or as complex as high church rite or magickal ritual. Go with whatever feels right for you


Saturday, January 13, 2007

Horseshoe Spread

Moon Phase: 4th in Scorpio
Planet: Saturn
Colour: Grey

A 7-card spread that is geared to help you understand the basis and circumstances surrounding a particular issue.


Horseshoe Tarot Spread

1 - The Past. Events from the past that are having an effect on the question.

2 - The Present. This card will describe the current situation.

3 - The Future. Who the situation will change in the near future.

4 - Your Thoughts. Your own concerns and interests in this matter, either conscious or subconscious. How you really feel.

5 - Others. The thoughts and feelings of people who are close to you and this situation.

6 - Obstacles. Something that might be blocking

Friday, January 12, 2007

Triple Spiral

Moon Phase: 4th in Libra (enters Scorpio @ 0208 EST)
Planet: Venus
Colour: Pink

Triple Spiral Spread
Ok, this spread is only vaguely shaped like a triple spiral. It's a 5-card spread that can help you get details on a specific issue, rather than a general reading.


Triple Spiral tarot spread

1 - Covers. Influences that surround the issue.

2 - Crosses. (This card is placed on top of the 1 card). Obstacles or conflicts that are working against the issue.

3 - The Base. Events from the past that have played a role in the creation of the situation.

4 - The Future. Events that may take place in the near future as a result of this issue.

5 - Outcome. The final outcome, how the issue will finally resolve itself.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Elemental Spread

Moon Phase: 3rd in Libra (4th qt. @ 0744 EST)
Planet: Jupiter
Colour: Turquoise

This spread is used to see what may need work in the 4 aspects of your life (based on the 4 elements)


Elemental tarot spread

1 - You. This card represents you, or some important aspect of your life at this point in time.

2 - Air. Your intellectual or mental life.

3 - Fire. Your passionate or physical life.

4 - Water. Your emotional life.

5 - Earth. Your spritual life.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Moon Phase: 3rd in Libra
Planet: Mercury
Colour: Brown

This 4-card spread is specifically designed for aid in making decisions, by showing you which path to take as well as what obstacles to watch for.

Decisions tarot spread

1 - Ahead. This card shows what actions should be taken in order to get ahead to achieve your goal.

2 - Back. Actions that will have a negative effect on what you are trying to accomplish. It will show obstacles or other potential problems.

3 - Stray. Influences in your situation that are misleading you and confusing the issue.

4 - Fortune. What is shown on this card will be an added bonus for you.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Basic Tarot Spread

Moon Phase: 3rd in Virgo (enters Libra @ 1315 EST)
Planet: Mars
Colour: White

Learning the meanings of the tarot cards is one thing, but there are many different ways to lay them out for a reading.

Past, Present, Future:

This quick and easy spread is a personal favourite. Just three cards, and it can give results for an immediate issue or simple question.


1 - Past. Events in the past that directly influence the situation.

2 - Present. Where the situation stands now, or actions you need to take now.

3 - Future. The outcome of the situation.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Dove's Blood Ink

Moon Phase: 3rd in Virgo
Planet: Moon
Colour: Lavender

Dove's Blood Ink
1 oz dragon's blood ink
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
10 drops bay essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil

Cinnamon is also credited with the properties of love and lust and is associated with the love goddess Venus. Roses are a terrific ingredient to use to create effective love spells. Bay is associated with the property of helping love to stay strong.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Emergency Spells

Moon Phase: 3rd in Leo (enters Virgo @ 0118 EST)
Planet: Sun
Colour: Yellow

"There are times when a challenging situation occurs quite quickly and you need to carry out emergency magic for your immediate protection. There's no time to collect ritual tools, write spells, and wait for the right Moon phase. Don't underestimate the power of visualization. If you need to perform contingency magic and wish to craft a spell write quickly, you can recall a simple, all-purpose spell, visualize the symbolism you need (such as a protective goddess or white light) and repeat to yourself like a mantra to raise the energy. Here is a simple one I wrote with my daughter to help her visualize protection from school bullies.
All the energy you send me
Will be returned to you times three
This short spell has served as a useful backup in many stressful situations for myself as well as my daughter. I often use it at work."

--Emily Flak
Tips for the Busy Witch

Emergency Spells

Moon Phase: 3rd in Leo (enters Virgo @ 0118 EST)
Planet: Sun
Colour: Yellow

"There are times when a challenging situation occurs quite quickly and you need to carry out emergency magic for your immediate protection. There's no time to collect ritual tools, write spells, and wait for the right Moon phase. Don't underestimate the power of visualization. If you need to perform contingency magic and wish to craft a spell write quickly, you can recall a simple, all-purpose spell, visualize the symbolism you need (such as a protective goddess or white light) and repeat to yourself like a mantra to raise the energy. Here is a simple one I wrote with my daughter to help her visualize protection from school bullies.
All the energy you send me
Will be returned to you times three
This short spell has served as a useful backup in many stressful situations for myself as well as my daughter. I often use it at work."

--Emily Flak
Tips for the Busy Witch

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Bat's Blood Ink

Moon Phase: 3rd in Leo
Planet: Saturn
Colour: Brown

Bat's Blood Ink
1 oz. dragon's blood ink
10 drops German chamomile essential oil
10 drops myrrh essential oil
10 drops cinnamon essential oil

German chamomile essential oil is a dark blue colour and is used to combat curses and spells. Myrrh is associated with the powers of protection, exorcism, healing, and spirituality. Cinnamon has magical attributes similar to myrrh, namely spirituality, healing, and protection, along with the properties of success and power.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Kindle a Candle of Remembrance, Support, & Freedom

Join with Pagans and others of many paths across the USA and around the
world in kindling a candle of Remembrance, Support, & Freedom in personal
and group rituals and meditations tomorrow, January 6, 2007.

January 6, 2007 marks the one year anniversary of the date that Circle
Sanctuary filed Karen DePolito's request to the US Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) for a memorial marker with Pentacle to honor her deceased
husband, Jerome Birnbaum, a Wiccan teacher and Korean War veteran.
Accompanying this marker request was Circle Sanctuary's second application
to the VA to have the Pentacle included on the VA's list of emblems of
belief that can be part of the memorial markers, headstones, and plaques
the VA issues to honor deceased veterans.

Jerome's remains are interred at Circle Cemetery, located on Circle
Sanctuary's land near Barneveld, Wisconsin. Because the VA still has not
approved the Pentacle for use on its markers, Jerome's grave remains
without the government-issued memorial marker he is due. His grave is
marked only by a small cairn of stones and some sprigs of evergreens placed
there at Yuletide. A blank stone holds the spot where the memorial granite
marker with Pentacle is to go. Some photos of Jerome's gravesite are
http://www.circlesa liberty/veteranp entacle/jbirnbau mphotos.htm


Kindle a candle of REMEMBRANCE for Jerome and for all deceased Wiccan and
Pagan veterans who had the Pentacle as their emblem of belief but who do
not yet have it at their gravesites because of the VA's failure to approve
it for use on the markers its issues despite repeated requests to do so for
over 9 years.

Kindle the candle for SUPPORT of spouses, parents, and other family members
of deceased Wiccan/Pagan veterans still awaiting the VA to add the Pentacle
to its list, and for Support of those individuals and organizations on the
front lines of the Veteran Pentacle Quest.

Kindle the candle also for FREEDOM -- that Religious Freedom and other
American Constitutional Freedoms be upheld for Wiccans, Pagans, and All.


Please continue to support the Veteran Pentacle Quest. More information
about the Quest and how to help is on-line:
http://www.circlesa liberty/veteranp entacle

Help spread the word about this working -- forward this email to e-lists,
blogs, websites, others. Thanks!

Circle Times: Friday, January 5, 2007
Moon Phase: 3rd in Leo
Planet: Venus
Colour: White

The hearth is the heart of the home, and hearth fires embody loyalty to family.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Dragon's Blood Ink

Moon Phase: 3rd in Cancer (Enters Leo @ 1614 EST)
Planet: Jupiter
Colour: Green

NOTE: Dragon's blood resin is not soluble in water. However, it is soluble in a high proof alcohol, so use an alcohol base when making magical inks. It is recommended to use isopropyl alcohol, which is 91% alcohol by volume. Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 70% alcohol by volume, can also be used, but the dragon's blood resin will take longer to dissolve. Both varieties are available at your local pharmacy. Alcohol is also a preservative, so this ink (and future ones) may be stored at room temperature.

Dragon's Blood Ink
2 tbs. powdered dragon's blood resin
1 cup isopropyl alcohol

Place the powdered resin in the bottom of a one-pint canning jar. Top off with the alcohol and cover with the lid. Shake the jar once a day for up to one week. Strain out and discard the resin by placing a paper towel or coffee filter inside a mesh strainer, which is placed over a clean container. At this point you have dragon's blood ink. Store the finished ink in a dark amber glass bottle with a screw-on lid.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Cold Moon

Moon Phase: 2nd in Cancer (Full Moon @ 0857 EST)
Planet: Mercury
Colour: Yellow

On the year's first full moon, also called the Cold Moon and Wolf Moon, take time to reflect on the magic and medicine of the wolf. A popular animal ally with Witches and magic users, the wolf is a pathfinder, leader, and teacher. The wolf has an incredible sense of family, but also independence. The wolf encourages the teacher in us to share our knowledge. Perform a spell to tap your inner wisdom. Whether sharing your knowledge with circle or coven mates or teaching a formal class, calling on the wolf will give you the strength to walk your individual magical path and help others find theirs.
Set up your altar with white candles and a representation (small statue, photo) of the wolf. As the full moon rises, face the moon and call upon the wolf's magic. When ready, repeat the spell below three times.

On this enchanted night of the full Wolf Moon
Send wisdom to me, by this Witches' tune.
Ally and friend, I honor the moon at which you bay,
Help me teach and lead in the best possible way.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Moon phase: 2nd in Gemini (enters Cancer @ 1014 EST)
Planet: Mars
Colour: Red

If you dream of an antique shop, you may wish to connect with your past, and you have choices ahead.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Gaining Confidence

Moon phase: 2nd in Gemini
Planet: Moon
Colour: Grey

"Don't be turned off by pre-written spells. In fact, reading them will help you collect ideas on how to use rhyme and/or structure and how spells are closed. If you need to change a spell to better suit your needs, don't feel guilty. Changing spells will build your confidence for writing new ones.
"Start off by keeping it simple. If the spell is too long to remember, recite it from a written document. If you are writing it by hand into you Book of Shadows, don't forget to include colour. Make use of different coloured pens to match the energy you want to raise or attract. For a love spell, use a red pen. For a healing spell, maybe use blue.
"Remember to record all aspect to your magical work in your BOS. Your BOS (or D[isk]OS, if you're totally techno-Pagan) is not only a record of your ritual work, it's a reflective learning tool to give you inspiration and confidence for your next round of spells. Assess what went well and what parts of the ritual can be improved. This makes your path an ongoing learning journey.
"There will be times when a pre-written spell suits your purpose or requires only minor adjustments. On other occasions, you will need something unique. Tailor-made spells and rituals are intensely personal because they are imbued with your specific intent and energy. Even with a busy lifestyle, it's worth taking the time to master the skill of spell-crafting so you can create customized solutions for yourself."

-Emily Flak
Tips for the Busy Witch