Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Knot Magic

New Year's Knot Magic

Materials
10' long rope
Find 9 objects that will be tied into the knots

As you say each line of the spell, tie a knot around the object that goes with that knot. Each knot should be about 12" apart (or at least evenly spaced), so there will be a rope at the top and a tail of rope at the end. If you have to measure it out and mark the rope at each 12", this way you'll know where to place each knot.

The objects should represent aspects of your life you want covered in the coming year.

For example, these are what I have planned (at the moment, but I tend to change things on the spur-of-the-moment):
1) Money - tie a small bag of coins in one knot
2) Good Health - for me, the Sun represents "healing", so I will tie a sun shape into this knot
3) Employment/Career - I do pyrography, so I will make a small woodburned talisman to tie in this knot
4) Family - tie a small picture of your family to this knot
5) Happy Home - tie something that reminds you of "home" in this knot
6) Marriage/Relationship - tie a ring or other item that would remind you of your partner
7) "Wants" - write a Petition Paper the (reasonable) things you want to get or achieve this year (for me it's a new pyrography pen set, and other craft tools)
8) "Needs" - write on a Petition Paper the things you know you will need that will improve your life (for me, that would be the materials to make the pyrography designs to sell, and the materials to finish the renovations on our old brick one-room schoolhouse)
9) "Blessings" - write the most memorable blessings that happened for the previous year (2013)
10) Good Luck - tie a good luck talisman to this knot. I decorate old horseshoes with beads & wire, I will place this one on the bottom knot, 1) because it's heavy, and 2) then all of the blessing from the other knots & items can flow into the horseshoe and overflow until "my cup runneth over".
11) Protection of All - tie the 2 ends together to make it into a circle, and this is your protection that seals and protects the other knots in the spell.

These are just a few ideas.There are as many ways to do this as there each of us who will do it. So have fun, and have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.

By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine
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New Year's Eve Dark Moon Banishing Ritual

New Year's Eve Dark Moon Banishing Ritual
Today, December 31, 2013 is a special day! It is a Dark Moon, and the Dark Moon phase is thee perfect time for banishing rituals, and the fact that today is New Year's Eve is beyond excellent! So that means a banishing work is definitely in order.

Tools:
Paper
Pen (black ink)
Cauldron (or other fire-proof item)
Matches
String

Materials:
Candles: Black - banishing, Purple - remove bad luck, Red - fast action
Place these in that order (black, purple, red) on a fire-proof surface or stand in sand which is in a fire-proof bowl or plate.
The cauldron is placed in front of the candles.

Banishing Herbs: choose any odd number of the following (I will be choosing 9):
Agrimony, Ague Root, Angelica Root, Asafoetida, Ash, Avens, Bamboo, Basil, Bean, Belladonna, Bergamot, Birch, Black Locust, Blessed Thistle, Boldo, Boneset, Brimstone, Buckthorn, Cayenne, Celandine, Chili pepper, Clover, Cloves, Copal, Cramp Bark, Cumin, Datura, Devil’s Bit, Dill, Dragon’s Blood, Egg Shell, Elder, Elderberry, Fern, Fleabane, Frankincense, Fumitory, Galangal Root, Garlic, Gentian Root, Heliotrope, Holy Thistle, Horehound, Horseradish, Huckleberry, Hydrangea, Hyssop, Juniper, Knotweed, Leek, Lilac, Mallow, Marshmallow, Mint, Mistletoe, Monkshood, Mullein, Myrrh, Nettle, Nuts, Onion, Peach, Peony, Pennyroyal, Pepper, Peppermint, Pine, Pistachio, Poke Root, Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Sagebrush, St. John’s Wort, Sandalwood, Sloe, Solomon’s Seal, Squill, Sulfur, Tamarisk, Thistle, Toadflax, Vetivert, Vinegar, Wahoo, Wintergreen, Witchgrass, Wormwood, Yarrow
Place half of your chosen herb mixture in the cauldron. The other half the candles will be dressed with and will be spread in a circle around the candles, and around the top of the altar

Banishing OIl: Dress the candle in the Banishing Oil and roll in the herbs to dress.


Resins:
Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense

Hour: Mars, Saturn, or Sun
Time: (Saturn) 7 pm, (Mars) 9 pm, (Sun) 10 pm (In Lesson 3: Potions & Powders is a set of Planetary Correspondences you can use to see where I figured this from: day - Tuesday, hours of Mars, Saturn, & Sun)
If you started your work at 7 pm during the hour of Saturn,it would definitely run through the hour of the Sun, so you would get the power of each of them!

Petition Paper:
First write your name, then on top of that write 9x's that which you wish to banish, then turn the paper to the left one time, and write again 9x's, that which you wish to banish over the top of the first set.
Next, fold the paper in half away from you, turn it to the left and fold it again away from you. Keep turning & folding until you can't fold it any more.
Tie the petition paper closed with the string.
Place this in the cauldron.
(You could, instead make a Petition Planetary Paquet, if you wanted to.)

If you like to use the appropriate Seals of Solomon or Black Pullet Seals, be sure to have these placed around the outside circle of herbs that are around the candles & cauldron, or placed on top of the Circle of your choice (Punish Evil, Mercy, Blessings - either of the latter 2 would actually be more appropriate for tomorrow's, New Year's Day's Full Moon work, but you do what you feel is most appropriate for your situation). This Circle and the Seals would then first be placed under the candle plate, in the center of the altar.

For the ritual itself you will light the candles with matches. The sulfur from the matches will begin the banishing, and the ritual will complete it.

You can either have a spell written to speak/read or just stand and envision all of your troubles leaving so you will begin the New Year with a completely clean & pure energy surrounding you, having all negative energies banished.

Other items you may wish to place around your altar could include anything you feel reminds you of "removing" or "banishing" or "binding". I have a couple of balled-up rusted together lengths of chains, and my altar cloth will be black. I will post a picture of it once the ritual has been started.

**Ok, promised you the picture, so here it is. I just started it 1/2 an hour ago.

 

Tomorrow, a New Moon ritual will be done to bring to me that which I need and want during this coming year. I will do basically the same as here, except the herbs will be for blessing, and the candles and altar cloth will be white. If it happens to snow (not likely, unfortunately), I will gather some to place in a bowl on the altar.


Wishing all y'all a very Blessed and Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

January 2014 ~ Special Moon Phases!

January 2014 ~ Special Moon Phases!



Lunar Phase Spell Workings

"Black Moon"
Black Moon -
Finder’s Moon
Secret Moon
Spinner’s Moon
Beginnings, Negative magick
Extremely powerful time for any magick workings, especially any negative intent
Banishing, Binding, Exorcisms, Hexing, Revenge, Vengeance
Third New Moon in a Four New Moon Season & Second New Moon in a month

**Note that the meme above refers to the "Dark Moon", this also is correct, especially as the New Moon also falls within the same month, thus making it a "Black Moon". So the Dark Moon, the night before the New Moon, is for banishing, etc., but the New Moon is for beginnings, etc. With both of the "Black Moons" coming in January you are then given an extra powerful boost for each type of work; banishing, etc. & beginnings, etc.

January Lunar Correspondences

Names:
Chaste Moon, Cold Moon, Disting Moon, Moon of Little Winter, Quiet Moon, Snow Moon, Wolf Moon
Deities:
Ch’ang-O, Freyja, Hera, Inanna, Saraswati
Nature Spirits:
Brownies, Gnomes
Element:
Air
Herbs:
Cones, Holy Thistle, Marjoram, Nuts & Seeds
Trees:
Birch, Hazel
Flowers:
Crocus, Snowdrop
Scents:
Mimosa, Musk
Stones:
Chrysoprase, Garnet, Hematite, Onyx, Jet
Colors:
Black, Blue-Violet, Bright White, Silver
Animals:
Coyote, Fox
Birds:
Blue Jay, Pheasant
Energy:
Adventurous, Ambition, Awareness, Beauty, Beginning & conceiving; Business, Career, Conserving energy; Energy below the surface, Organization, Political matters, Potential, Protection, Recognition, Reputation, Reversing spells, Sluggish, Spirituality

Too Funny ~ Have to Share!

Too Funny ~ Have to Share!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Santa's Making His Deliveries!

Santa's Making His Deliveries!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Yule Log & Christmas Dinner Centerpiece

Yule Log & Christmas Dinner Centerpiece
A nice article I found regarding the history of the Yule Log (easier than copying and re-writing, and I like the way this person writes, clear & simple.):

In Northern Europe, Winter festivities were once considered to be a Feast of the Dead, completeyule log with ceremonies full of spirits, devils, and the haunting presence of the Norse god, Odin, and his night riders. One particularly durable Solstice festival was "Jol" (also known as "Jule" and pronounced "Yule"), a feast celebrated throughout Northern Europe and particularly in Scandinavia to honor Jolnir, another name for Odin. Since Odin was the god of intoxicating drink and ecstasy, as well as the god of death, Yule customs varied greatly from region to region. Odin's sacrificial beer became the specially blessed Christmas ale mentioned in medieval lore, and fresh food and drink were left on tables after Christmas feasts to feed the roaming Yuletide ghosts. Even the bonfires of former ancient times survived in the tradition of the Yule Log, perhaps the most universal of all Christmas symbols.

The origins of the Yule Log can be traced back to the Midwinter festivals in which the Norsemen indulged...nights filled with feasting, "drinking Yule" and watching the fire leap around the log burning in the home hearth. The ceremonies and beliefs associated with the Yule Log's sacred origins are closely linked to representations of health, fruitfulness and productivity. In England, the Yule was cut and dragged home by oxen or horses as the people walked alongside and sang merry songs. It was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally set alight.

In Yugoslavia, the Yule Log was cut just before dawn on Christmas Eve and carried into the house at twilight. The wood itself was decorated with flowers, colored silks and gold, and then doused with wine and an offering of grain. In an area of France known as Provencal, families would go together to cut the Yule Log, singing as they went along. These songs asked for blessings to be bestowed upon their crops and their flocks. The people of Provencal called their Yule Log the trefoire and, with great ceremony, carried the log around the house three times and christened it with wine before it was set ablaze.

To all European races, the Yule Log was believed to bring beneficial magic and was kept burning for at least twelve hours and sometimes as long as twelve days, warming both the house and those who resided within. When the fire of the Yule Log was finally quenched, a small fragment of the wood would be saved and used to light the next year's log. It was also believed that as long as the Yule Log burned, the house would be protected from witchcraft. The ashes that remained from the sacred Yule Log were scattered over fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. Sometimes, the ashes were used in the creation of various charms...to free cattle from vermin, for example, or to ward off hailstorms.

Some sources state that the origin of Yule is associated with an ancient Scandinavian fertility god and that the large, single Log is representative of a phallic idol. Tradition states that this Log was required to burn for twelve days and a different sacrifice to the fertility god had to be offered in the fire on each of those twelve days.

(The History of Christmas)

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I figured I'd share this simple explanation of the Yule Log and then share the one I made this year. In 2011 we lived in KY and there was this incredibly beautiful 75 year old Holly tree in the high pasture. There was large branch that had fallen and the leaves had finally died off of it. I found a good sized piece of this branch and saved it for my Yule log. It is this piece that I have decorated again this year. I have to say, it looks far better than that first one! LOL

Here are the materials I gathered:


Holly Yule log
1/4" thick Plywood
Screws
Drill
Juniper & Cedar branches
Small Pine cones
Red & Green satin string
Curly branches from a Harry Lauder Walking Stick tree (I'd saved them from our tree in KY)
Red, White, Blue, & Silver glitter
White Feathers
Red & White candles
Hot glue gun & sticks
Spray Adhesive

I attached the Yule log to the plywood, having discovered the last time I decorated the Yule log that it wasn't very stable, and would tip easily.

I first placed the curly branches around the log and attached with the hot glue. I really hate hot glue for permanent projects, but for something that I want to disassemble and re-decorate year after year, it's perfect.

Next, I placed the Juniper & Cedar branches (which I'd acquired from a few of the trees in our windbreak, and gave "thanks" for their sharing for this project), hot gluing them in place as well.

Then I placed the pine cones in the branches, and the candles on the log. Around the base of the candles I hot glued some of the red & green satin string (OMG that sucked! The wax was melting and the hot glue & wax together were sticking to my fingers! Note to self: Need to find a better way to do that next time! LOL)

I used the spray adhesive very lightly in places and then sprinkled a tiny bit of glitter on the branches, log, candles, and a bit more heavily, around the candle bases. I'm not for "glittery" things, (and don't get me started on "bling"! ugh), but considering that I didn't have any trees or plants on the property that have red berries on them, I felt the whole design needed a touch of color somewhere besides just the candles.

Lastly, I placed a few of the white feathers. And that was the last of it. Until one of the dogs decided to eat one end of the design and I had to re-do that portion. :( Oh well, no one but me (and hubby) knows, and it still looks great, so no biggie.

As I worked on this project I prayed thanks to the trees that shared of themselves to contribute to the beauty of the piece and I thanked Spirit for the gift of inspiration and the ability to create something of beauty to share with others.

Here is this year's Yule Log & Christmas Dinner Centerpiece:



WISHING ALL OF YOU A MAGICAL, BEAUTIFUL, LOVE-FILLED, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wishing Everyone A Merry Yule & Merry Christmas!

Wishing Everyone A Merry Yule & Merry Christmas!
Yes, I used the no-no "Merry Christmas" greeting. Oh well. For those sad enough to be "offended", suck it up! Why would anyone be offended at being sent a greeting that is sent from the heart?! Who cares what faith system it comes from, it's still a greeting sent in love, and "love" is from the Divine. Those who don't like it, and complain about it, must be some really sour-ass people in my book.

When someone wishes me a "Merry Christmas", or if someone says "Happy Hannukah", or "Have a blessed day", I smile and return the greeting, and I feel lighter and happier for it. For one, it's only polite, and two, the feelings of mutual greeting make for a much better day for both parties. Why ruin theirs, and yours, by getting all bent because they didn't do the bullshit "pc" thing and just give the generic greeting, such as "Happy Holidays". Ugh. I'm sick to death of the pc bs being shoved down everyone's throat, especially around the holidays.

So, with that said, whatever the holiday it is that occurs during this time of year (and there sure do seem to be more than a few of them!), I want to wish all of you the greeting that holds the most importance to you! So here are a few, and I apologize if I missed yours. If so, please consider it bestowed upon you! :)