Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Season Begins

Holiday Season Begins
I haven't had a Christmas tree in over a decade, but this year I finally have one! LOL I won't be able to put decorations on it, only lights, LOTS of lights; because we have 5 cats and 4 dogs, a pig and a Macaw, and there is no way to keep them from destroying everything so bright and shiny and sparkly...and chewable! ;)

Here's my tree prior to getting the lights on it. We're letting it "settle" and the limbs relax before putting on the lights. My Hoodoo-man had to photo-bomb because he saw something outside that caught his interest. :)


I also put up my Christmas/Holiday altar.  That was the first thing I did actually. I have to have my altars up for each season. For January I'll alter it a bit so it is a "winter" altar - adding more white and maybe finding some white garland on sale after Christmas to add to it.


Today I will be baking the cookies that will be sent out to my family (the boys in FL and my sister and nephew in CA). Su likes the chocolate chip cookies, so she'll get most of those. My boys just like "everything", so I'll make sure they get lots of "everything"!

Well, it's time to get to that baking, but I just wanted to stop in to wish all y'all



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Tarot Reading Special!

Holiday Tarot Reading Special!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Busy Season is Here and Blessings Abound!

The Busy Season is Here and Blessings Abound!
Wow, time has flown by and I didn't realize I've been so neglectful here. I apologize sincerely!

Part of my lack in posting has been because the Divine has provided me with the work I could only dreamed of ever getting. I am now working part time as proofreader and office manager for our local newspaper. This newspaper is over 125 years old! I have been working there for a month and a half now and I LOVE it! The man who is my boss, 'S', and the editor, is very laid back, and his wife, 'M', who had filled in for the last year hoping someone else would take the job, has quickly become a very good friend. I love them both, they are great people.

LOL He was worried that I, a Pagan, wouldn't be comfortable working in a Christian environment. I told him I would be uncomfortable working in an environment where there was no faith. The Divine is definitely in our little office, blessing us each day. I've seen It working on S, relaxing him considerably. He used to be so uptight on deadline-day (Tuesdays), that he was always having stomach problems and racing to the bathroom every few minutes. Now, it's not like that. Yes, I will say that it is my organizational skills and office skills and abilities that are directly attributable to this improvement for him. His stress level has been reduced greatly and it shows. So for him, the Divine sent me so he can stay healthy for him family and his job.

The Divine always knows what we need and when we need it. M & S's youngest son was diagnosed with Juvenile Type 2 Diabetes, so M's working was very difficult on the medication and feeding schedule. She has to go to his school to give him his shots every 4 hours and give him something to eat. That and working just wasn't working out at all. So they placed an ad back in June. I didn't see it until mid October. Called, went in for the interview, and was hired. :D My background in owning businesses, blogging, book writing, computer knowledge, etc. was exactly what they were looking for. I intend to be there until I retire. I also 'know' something else regarding the newspaper, but I'll save that for when it manifests as well. It won't be for a while (a year or two), but when it does I'll definitely share. :)

After getting the position at the newspaper I did a ritual of "thanks". Perfect timing since we are in the season of thanksgiving. :) I have been blessed by the Divine with a great new job, doing what I already love (reading, proofreading, research, writing and working with the public), and having an income that is helping out already around here with feeding the animals and ourselves (inflation has really cut into the food budget!), as well as spending money for auctions or whatever. (Ooooh, the goodies I've gotten at auctions lately!)

Now we  are in the Christmas season and last night our little town held its Winterfest. It opens the Christmas season each year with this little festival with street decorations lit up for the first time, bonfires, hay rides, free food from all the stores, sales in all the stores, and a big give-away at the end of the evening that include foods, gifts and town scripts (vouchers to be spent in town)...I won a ham!

The day had been a sunny warm 73 degrees and the night was clear and only 56, so it was perfect!



I hope your Thanksgiving was a wonderful one and I wish all y'all a Blessed Christmas Season!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blood Moon Correspondences

Blood Moon Correspondences


Deities: Afriel, Anael, Gazardiel, Luna, Mars, Persephone, Saturn

Nature Spirits: Salamander

Element: Fire

Herbs: Basil, Birch, Dragon's Blood, Egg-shell, Elder, Rose

Trees: Birch, Elder, Gorse, Yew

Flowers: Elder Berry, Rose

Scents: Elder Berry, Rose

Stones: Carnelian, Garnet, Herkimer Diamond, Iron, Quartz, Ruby, Selenite, Silver

Colors: Crimson, Gold, Red, Silver, White

Animals: Armadillo, Bat, Butterfly, Calf, Cat, Crow, Cuckoo, Dove, Falcon, Grasshopper, Groundhog/Woodchuck, Halcyon/Kingfisher/Kookabura, Horse, Lady Bug, Mule, Raven, Reindeer, Rhinoceros, Stork

Birds: Cardinal, Grackle, Grouse, Hawk, Robin

Energy: Extremely powerful time for magick workings for total life changes, Abundance, Breaking through obstacles, Growth, New beginnings, Power, Prosperity

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waxing Toward October's Full Blood / Hunter's Moon

Waxing Toward October's Full Blood / Hunter's Moon
Today is a New Moon, so we are waxing toward October's Full Blood or Hunter's Moon, which will occur on Wednesday, October 8th. October's Full Moon is called both the Hunter's Moon and the Blood Moon. 

It is called the Hunter's Moon because it was during this Full Moon that the hunters would go out to hunt their game for stockpiling up for the winter season.


The Full Blood Moon refers to the color of the Moon at this time of year. It is quite often an orange-red due to the elevation of its rise through the atmosphere. The Blood Moon is the Full Moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the closest Full Moon to the Autumn Equinox. The Blood Moon may occur as late as November, but usually it is in October.

While Samhain, the Witch's New Year, is considered the time that the Veil is thinnest and contact with those who have passed is easiest, it is also believed by some that this Full Blood Moon is when the Veil is the thinnest. I find this more likely to be historically correct. Our ancestors worked and lived by the sun and moon. Planting and harvesting by the sun, and hunting by the moon, thus Blood Moon would have been more likely to be the sign they would've looked for as the "right time" for the Veil to be its thinnest.

Regardless of when you honor your ancestors, at Samhain or the Blood Moon, know that the Veil is beginning to thin now, from this New Moon and will continue to do so for the next 6 weeks (this year). Begin now to plan for what sort of ritual you will do to honor those who've passed before you. Simply lighting a candle and a moment of reminiscing is more than enough to acknowledge them. Or you could plan a full ritual. Even a Dumb Supper might be something to consider! (here is an excellent article on the subject

This is a very powerful time of year so don't let it pass you by without acknowledging it in some way. Go outside and enjoy the cooler weather, the changing colors on the trees, watching the squirrels horde their nuts for the winter, notice the color of the light as the day wanes. There are an unlimited number of things you can do!

Why not consecrate a bottle of water under the New Moon, leaving it out until the Full Moon. Use this sacred consecrated water in a ritual for your Loved Ones. The blessings of Sister Moon and Mother Earth can help send love and any necessary healing to those who have passed and those left behind. When the ritual is completed, then either keep the water in a bottle on the altar until next year's Blood Moon (or Samhain), or pour it out on the ground as an offering of thanks.

Whether simple or elaborate it doesn't matter...but do something to honor your ancestors this beautiful Autumn Season!

New Moon Correspondences
Phase:
Attribute:
Intents:
Time:
New Moon
Beginnings
Beginnings, Creation, Examine what’s hidden, Purity
New Moon to 3½ days after

October:
Names:
Blood Moon, Falling Leaf Moon, Harvest Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, Shedding Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Winterfelleth, Windermanoth
Deities:
Apollo, Astarte, Belili, Cernunnos, Demeter, Hathor, Herne, Horned God, Ishtar, Kore, Lakshmi, Mercury
Nature Spirits:
Frost Faeries, Plant Faeries
Element:
Air
Herbs:
Angelica, Apple Blossom, Burdock, Catnip, Mint family, Pennyroyal, Sweet Annie, Thyme, Uva Ursi
Trees:
Acacia, Apple, Cypress, Yew
Flowers:
Calendula, Cosmos, Marigold
Scents:
Apple Blossom, Cherry, Strawberry
Stones:
Amethyst, Beryl, Obsidian, Opal, Tourmaline, Turquoise
Colors:
Black, Dark Blue-Green, Purples
Animals:
Elephant, Jackal, Ram, Scorpion, Stag
Birds:
Crow, Heron, Robin
Energy:
Artistic works, Balance, Creativity, Harmony, Inner cleansing, Justice, Karma, Legal matters, Mental stimulation, Partnerships, Reincarnation, Uncover mysteries or secrets



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Equinox / Mabon Correspondences

Autumn Equinox / Mabon Correspondences


Date: September 22nd

Other Names: Cornucopia, Mabon, Witch’s Thanksgiving

Element: Air

Herbs: Acorn, Benzoin, Cedar, Ferns, Grains, Hazel, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Marigold, Milkweed, Myrrh, Passionflower, Rose, Sage, Solomon's Seal, Tobacco, Thistle, Vegetables

Oils/Incense: Apple, Benzoin, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sage

Colors: Brown, Gold, Maroon, Orange, Red, Russet, Violet

Stones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow Agates, Yellow Topaz

Foods: Apples, Breads, Carrots, Nuts, Onions, Pomegranates, Potatoes

Symbols: Acorns, Apples, Balance, Corn, Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty), Dried Seeds, Equality, Gourds, Grains, Grapes, Ivy, Mysteries, Pine Cones, Pomegranates, Second Harvest, Wine

Activities: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over

Spellworkings: Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance

Deities: 
Goddesses - Epona, Modron, Morgan, Muses, Pamona, Persephone, Sin, Sophia, Sura
Gods - Green Man, Hermes, Mabon, Thoth, Thor

Related Festivals:
Sukkot - This Jewish holiday which is celebrated in early October commemorates the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert. It is also a harvest festival of thanks.

Thanksgiving - This is a secular holiday which is similar to the Pagan festival of Mabon; a day to give thanks for the food and blessings of the previous year. The American Thanksgiving is the last Thursday in November while the Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in October.

Festival of Dionysus - There were several festivals that honored Dionysus, the God of Wine. It was a time of fun, games and feasting and of course drinking of wine!

This festival is celebrated on or about September 21st and is the eighth Sabbat of the year. It celebrates the Autumn Equinox and is the second harvest festival, when Nature is preparing for the winter months. Night and day are of equal length and the God’s energy and strength are nearly gone. The Goddess begins to mourn the loss she knows is coming, but knows He will return when he is reborn at Yule.

Autumn is Officially Here!

Autumn is Officially Here!
My favorite time of year is from the Autumnal Equinox to the Spring Equinox. Yes, I'm one of those people who love the colder half of the year! 

Last night I lit my Mabon altar candles, thanked the Gods for the blessings we received in the season just passed and for the blessings coming in this new season.

Here is a blessing for y'all as well:



We've been so busy around here with the renovating, the family reunion, then  relaxing a bit afterward, I have become lackadaisical in my spiritual life. Autumn being the time I really feel "alive" has me also re-evaluating my daily rituals and communing with Spirit, as well as some of the more mundane aspects of daily living too.

I have a had a daily ritual that I used to do "religiously" every morning, but I've not done so in a few years - sadly. It is time to pick it up and do so again. Other than the change in season, what made me decide I needed this?

I was part of an online webinar where the speaker explained that (in his view) that if we do not work daily in our magic and spiritual rituals that we will not be strong in our energies. The stronger our energies the stronger our rituals and the higher the rate of manifestation. This is something I already knew, however, it was also one of those things that can slip by the wayside if not consciously diligent with it.

So, since I consider Autumn to be the true beginning of my year, and not the usual New Year's Day of January 1st, then this has become my "New Year's Resolution". I miss my feeling of inner power...and peace. I've allowed the hectic day-to-day events to put my spiritual life aside. But no more!

I have begun, and will continue, my daily rituals and if nothing else, I will be closer to the Divine and my abilities to manifest all that I need and want. :)

If the changing of the seasons is something that resonates with you...why not re-evaluate your spiritual life? Is it as strong as it could/should be? Do you want it stronger? Are there aspects of your mundane life that (also) need re-evaluating?

Even if this isn't "your" season, begin re-evaluating anyway. Begin making changes now, and then by the time "your" season comes around, you will have a better idea of changes you can make or continue. You could also plan for something special on the first day of "your" season.

Our abilities are limitless, because we are a part of the Divine. We are not separate from It, we are a living, breathing part. So why not begin strengthening our Divine muscles and be as strong as we can. Our strength will allow us to manifest what we desire.

Of course we also have to be positive in our thinking! No negativity or doubts allowed. ;)

I read recently that we should do a minimum of 10 things just for ourselves each day. This can be as simple as getting out of bed to doing a full-on ritual. Nothing is too small, so it doesn't have to be "big" things to accomplish each day. But they must become a routine. A part of your life. Everyday.

So work out your daily routine, stick to it, and watch your abilities and your daily life expand exponentially!

***
My daily routine:
Get up, get Amanda's (the Pot Belly Pig) food, let her out.
If it's sunny or at least warm out, I take Nici (the Macaw) out to her cage.
Let the goats out, and spread some feed for them and the chickens.
Come inside and clean the cat litter box, the rabbits cage, and Nici's perch floor area.
Set the table for breakfast.
Wash my face and brush my teeth.
Light my daily candle(s), send thanks for my blessings (past & future), say my daily spell, envision my future goals as manifest.
Get on the computer.
Have breakfast when it is ready.
And the rest of the day is what ever it is we're doing for the day.

During all of this I try to be speaking with the Divine on what my wishes are for that day. I also talk to Mother Earth, the Dragons, and the Fae.

Try it yourself. Write out what your routine is, and what you'd like it to be. Then begin. Forgetting every now and then is no biggie. Don't worry about it. Just begin again. There is no failure! Unless you give up and quit. And you only "quit" when you die. But then you'll just be starting over on the Otherside, so you'll just have all new routines then! :D

Have a blessed Autumn season!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Full Moon of September ~ Last of the Summer of 2014 "Super Moons"!

Harvest Full Moon of September ~ Last of the Summer of 2014 "Super Moons"!


Full Moon Correspondences:
Attribute: Completion
Intent: Divinations, Fertility, Fulfillment, Illumination, Invocations, Power, Prophecy, Sexuality, Transformation

September Full Moon Correspondences:
Lunar Month Names:
Appalachian: Vine/Thistle Moon
Celtic Tree: Muin-Vine
Druid: Samonios - Harvest Moon
Native American: Fruit, Harvest, Nut, Dying Grass or Hunter’s Moon
Pagan: Hunter’s, Dying Grass or Blood Moon
Witch’s: Snow Moon

September:
Names:
Haligmonath, Harvest Moon, Moon When Deer Paw the Earth, Singing Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Wine Moon, Witumanoth
Deities:
Brigid, Ceres, Ch’ang-O, Demeter, Freyja, Isis, Depths , Vesta
Nature Spirits:
Trooping Faeries
Element:
Earth
Herbs:
Copal, Fennel, Rye, Skullcap, Valerian, Wheat, Witch Hazel
Trees:
Bay, Hawthorne, Hazel, Larch
Flowers:
Lily, Narcissus
Scents:
Bergamot, Gardenia, Mastic, Storax
Stones:
Bloodstone, Chrysolite, Citrine, Olivine, Peridot, Sapphire
Colors:
Browns, Dk. Blue, Earth-tones, Greens, Yellow, Yellow-Green
Animals:
Jackal, Snake
Birds:
Ibis, Sparrow
Energy:
Balance of Light & Dark, Cleaning & straightening mentally, physically & spiritually, Dietary matters, Employment, Health, Intellectual pursuits, Prosperity, Psychism, Rest, Spirituality, Success, Work environment




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Clootie Tree

The Clootie Tree
Also called a Clootie Tree, Cloutie Tree, Raggy Tree, Wish Tree or Wytch Tree. Strips of cloth or ribbon representing a wish or a need (usually a physical healing) to be granted were tied to the branches of the tree. As the cloth or ribbons fluttered in the wind the request was carried on the wind to be manifest by the Gods or Saints (depending on the belief system of the person placing it on the tree).

(This one is not mine, but I'm hoping it will look like this in time!)

The word “clootie” in Scottish, means “cloth”. In various parts of the British Isles and across northern Europe, the tradition of tying a piece of cloth to a (usually Hawthorn) tree near holy wells is still relatively common. After taking water from the well, the people then take a piece of their clothing (or just a piece of cloth), dip it into the water and tie it to the tree. If it was for healing, then the wetted cloth would be used to wash the affected part of the person's body. The illness would then dissipate as the cloth disintegrated. The tree is a symbol of long life and health, and water is the essence of life.


This practice was brought to America with the immigrants, and can be found throughout the south, the Appalachias, and other areas where they settled.

As these cloths are tied to hold them to the tree, this is also a form of Knot Magic. As the cloths become more ragged in the wind, they will disintegrate, but the knot will continue to hold it in place. In time the entire piece will eventually fall off and blow away, but it will take such a considerable amount of time, imagine how much of a blessing it will have bestowed upon those who placed it there!

I have started one here in our front, tying strips of cloth cut from beautiful old men's ties I had collected for my crafts. They have all kinds of beautiful colors, but as there aren't too many on the tree as yet, they're barely noticeable. I have decided that I will begin adding one each week for either a specific blessing request, or just to bless the week coming in general. As I tie each of the clooties, I will envision what it is for specifically, as well as recite this spell for it and the others on the tree.

Clootie Tree Spell
Clootie, Cloutie, Raggy, Wish & Wytch
I tie this cloth for the wind to toss & pitch
Branch of tree hold the cloth real tight
To keep the blessings flowing right
Blessings to us on the wind do send
Long life, good health, and wealth are ours til the end

We have a well, but it's not quite like the old ones the people dipped out of, so I will use the birdbath under the tree as my "well". It is very dry here, so I will have to remember to keep it filled. :)

For those living in an apartment or other small place, you don't have to have a yard with a tree to do this. A small potted tree or branching plant can be used, just cut your cloth strips to an appropriate size so as not to over-power the tree or plant.

For anyone who does this, or has done this, why not share it on the Hoodoo Hill's Facebook page? I will set up a photo album specifically for everyone to share their works (Clootie Trees, rituals, dolls, and crafts - whatever). I'd love to see what you come up with!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gemstones and the Seals of Solomon

Gemstones and the Seals of Solomon
I was asked a very good question which had me doing a bit of research this morning that took longer than expected but had me really "putting on the thinking cap". The question was regarding gemstones and the Seals of Solomon - which stones for each of the Pentacles?

From what I found after searching through the Keys of Solomon books and then looking online and couldn't find anything either (and I'm certainly not saying this definitively), there was nothing on the subject. However, after reading through quite a few sites and looking through my own books, I came to the realization that the use of the Pentacles and their associated colors can easily determine the stones to be used with them in ritual.

If you take into consideration the colors associated with each of the Pentacles:

Saturn: Black
Jupiter: Blue
Mars: Red
Sun: Yellow
Venus: Green
Mercury: Mixed
Moon: Silver

Then using stones of those colors should be more than appropriate. Another aspect you can take into consideration is the opacity or translucence of the stone to be used.

Fire & Air stones are clear or translucent and easy to see through, while the Earth & Water stones are opaque and cannot be seen through. When considering the Pentacle to be used and the color associated with it, you may also want to consider the Element of that Pentacle's planetary alliance and choose a stone accordingly:

Earth (opaque stones): Saturn
Air (clear stones): Jupiter & Mercury
Fire (clear stones): Sun & Mars, also Jupiter
Water (opaque stones): Moon & Venus, also Saturn

This is only a suggestion, and is not found to be absolutely how to choose the stones to use with the Seals of Solomon, but the correspondences fit and can be combined for use with the Pentacles to add their energies and power to the ritual or work being done. And I'm all for finding new ways to add energy & power to my works!