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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Invocation of the Goddess


Lift up thy arms and call my many names, 
I am known as Innanna, Diana, Demeter, Isis, Neth, Brid, Astar, Hecate, Selene. 
Beyond death I am but eternal even the passing of the seasons. 
I am inside you, your mother, and your sister. 
I have been with you since the beginning 
and I will be with you in transformation of spirit....

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Hekate Suppers At The Crossroads

A practice particularly associated with the sacred three-way crossroads of Hekate was the Hekate Supper, or depina Hekates. It may be that these offerings were made to appease ghosts and keep them at the crossroads, avoiding trouble from them whilst traveling etc. Alternatively these offerings were described as being made to placate the goddess and ensure that she would look favorably upon those who made regular offerings.

It has been suggested that the crossroads was sacred to Hekate due to her having been abandoned at a crossroads as a baby by her mother Pheraea, and then rescued and brought up by shepherds. This Thessalian tale comes from a scholiast to Lycophron's 3rd century BCE play Alexandria, and was a late invention.

Aristophanes recorded that offerings to Hekate were made "on the eve of the new moon" which is when the first sliver of the new moon is visible, signifying a possible connection with Hekate as a lunar goddess, rising, like the moon, from the underworld on the night of the new moon.

There are also references to the offerings being made on the thirtieth day of the month, but keep in mind that this was calculated on the Greek calendars, it would vary from state to state as there was no uniformity in the calendar system being used.

It has further been suggested that the offerings made at the Hekate Suppers were a form of charity, and certainly the consumption of the food by the poor was noted by Aristophanes (5th century satirist):

"Ask Hekate whether it is better to be rich or starving; she will tell you that the rich send her a meal every month and that the poor make it disappear before it is even served."

The 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia, the Suda, paraphrased this quote and added the following:

"From her one may learn whether it is better to be rich or to go hungry. For she says that those who have and who are wealthy should send her a dinner each month, but that the poor among mankind should snatch it before they put it down. For it was customary for the rich to offer loaves and other things to Hekate each month, and for the poor to take from them."

Various sources mention different foods offered to Hekate at the suppers. These were:
  • Magides - A type of loaf or cake
  • Mainis - Sprat
  • Skoroda - Garlic
  • Tigle - Mullet
  • Psammeta - Sacrificial cake somewhat like the psaista
  • Oon - Eggs (raw)
  • Tyros - Cheese
  • Basunias - A type of cake
Another type of food offering which was left to Hekate on the eve of the full moon was the amphiphon, a type of cake. Amphiphon means light-about, an appropriate name for this flat cheesecake which was surrounded by small torches.

The supper, or leaving of offerings at the crossroads was one of the hardest practices for the Christian church to stamp out. Records indicate it was still taking place in the 11th century CE, and it may well have continued far longer.

From: Hekate Liminal Rites

Monday, January 28, 2013

Digging Up Buried Treasure

Account of an Experienced Fortune Hunter, How Treasures Beneath the Earth Rise and Fall.

If one is contemplating to dig up a treasure, he should above all other things know, whenever the treasure stands highest to rise with the sun and return again with the sinking of the same. If the treasure happens to be hidden in an open field...

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Healing Oil


Add these essential oils to 1/8 cup of a base oil. Visualize as you mix and smell. For best results, don't use synthetics
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 2 drops Juniper
  • 1 drop Sandalwood...
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Incantation Against Sickness


O malady, disappear into the heavens;
pain, rise up to the clouds;
inflamed vapour, fly into the air, 
in order that the wind may take the away...

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wolf Lore and Superstition

During the middle ages, wolves were ascribed magical powers and wolf parts became an important part of many early pharmacies. Powered wolf liver was used to ease birth pains. A wolf's right paw, tied around ones throat, was believed to ease the swelling. 

It was widely believed that a horse that stepped in a wolf print would be crippled, the gaze of a wolf would cause blindness, the breath of the wolf could cook meat, and that wolves sharpened their teeth before hunting.

Dead wolves were buried at a village entrance to keep out other wolves (some farmers continue to shoot predators and hang them on fence posts to repel other predators.)

Travelers were warned about perils of walking through lonely stretches of woods, and stone shelters were built to protect them from attacks. Our modern word "loophole" is derived from the European term "loup hole," or wolf hole, a spy hole in shelters.

Modern (one could say, more enlightened) ideas about wolves hold that they embody the following attributes and qualities: 
  • Facing the End of One's Cycle with Dignity and Courage, Death and Rebirth, 
  • Spirit Teaching, An Astral Wolf Could Lead You to a Spiritual Teacher, Learning, the Shadow, Careful Study, Spiritual Guidance in Dreams and Meditations, 
  • Instinct Linked with Intelligence, Cunning, Intuition, Thought
  • Social and Family Values, Loyalty, Steadfastness, Stability, 
  • Spirit, Inner Divinity, Psychic Energy, Ritual, 
  • Strong Protection, Skill in Protection of Self and Family, Ability to Pass by Dangers Invisibly, Escaping Hunters, Guardianship,  Outwitting Enemies, 
  • Taking Advantage of Change, Perseverance, a Pathfinder, Success, 
Collected from various sources.
Image found at: Deviant Art

It's the Full Wolf Moon


And the wolves they are singing that sweet but haunted song,
Oh father oh sister,
Take me home today...

~unknown

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Seed Blessing


When you start a plant from seeds, it is proper to bless the seeds beforehand. Place them on your altar and light a white candle. Add a clear quartz crystal to the altar for extra energy. Say something like:

Lord and Lady, 
I ask that you bless these seeds and impart your energies into them 
so that a large, beautiful, strong plant may ....

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King Midas’ Golden Soup

Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large Yellow Beets, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small-medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 small potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bay leaf 
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Gold Rush Day

Presiding Goddess: Nokomis
Themes: Prosperity, Luck, Providence
Symbols: Gold, Golden items, Corn

About Nokomis: in Algonquin tradition, Nokomis is the "grandmother" who supplies us with the earth's riches and gives nourishment to humankind in times of need. When people are hungry, Nokomis provides food. When there is no food to be found, she offers to let us consume her spirit, thereby continuing the cycle of life.

To do Today: Today marks the anniversary of the discovery of gold in California and the resulting expansion westward in the United States. In keeping with this prosperous, fortunate theme, wear or carry something gold today to bring a little more of Nokomis's abundance your way.

For financial improvements, especially if you have any pressing bills, eat corn (any type) today. Before consuming it pray to Nokomis, saying:

"Grandmother, see the sincerity of my need. 
Go to your storehouse and dispense _____ 
(fill in the minimum amount you need to get by) 
so that I might meet my obligations."

Eating the corn internalizes the energy of the prayer so opportunities to make money start manifesting.

If you're pressed for time, grab a kernel of unpopped popcorn and put it in your wallet or purse to keep Nokomis's prosperity (and your cash) where it's needed most.

The History: In January of 1848, James Marshall had a work crew camped on the American River at Coloma near Sacramento. The crew was building a saw mill for John Sutter. On the cold, clear morning of January 24, Marshall found a few tiny gold nuggets. Thus began one of the largest human migrations in history as a half-million people from around the world descended upon California in search of instant wealth.

From: 365 Goddess and other sources

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Importance of Salt


Salt is a primary tool of any Witch, regardless of the personal path. Sacred to all ocean deities and considered one of the most sacred substances of earth. It is a representation of earth herself in a mineral form. Salt is used in traditional magical practices for blessing, grounding, protection, and cleansing. It is frequently used as a base for other ingredients in powders, floor washes, bathing spells, and charm bags....

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Astrological Healing Waters

Each part of the body is under the dominion of an astrological sign, from the head (Aries) to the feet (Pisces). The sign influences that part of that anatomy. In days long gone by, medical physicians were expected to have strong working knowledge of astrology.

Astrological Healing Waters consist of lunar-charged healing water, corresponding to the astrological signs. Here's how:

Each month, on the night of the full moon, expose a glass bottle filled with pure spring water to the moonbeams. In the morning, label the bottle with the appropriate astrological sign. (or place in smaller bottles, then label.).

Apply these waters to the parts of the body ruled by that astrological sign for healing purposes. (See astrological correspondences for parts of the body.)

Note: If the sun and moon happen to be in the same astrological sign, the effectiveness of the water would be enhanced. To calculate what sign the moon is in on any given day, you can use this nifty Moon Sign Calculator.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Astrological Bodily Correspondences

Dates given for each astrological sign are approximate, and indicate the sun's position in the sign; moon signs can be determined by referencing in an ephemeris, almanac, or Moon Sign Calculator.


Aries - Mar 21 to Apr 20 - Head
Taurus - Apr 21 to May 20 - Neck, throat, shoulders
Gemini - May 21 to June 20 - Lungs, hands, arms
Cancer - June 21 to July 20 - Breasts, stomach
Leo - July 21 to Aug 20 - Heart, solar plexus
Virgo - Aug 21 to Sep 20 - Digestive System
Libra - Sep 21 to Oct 20 - Kidneys, back
Scorpio - Oct 21 to Nov 20 - Reproductive and eliminatory organs
Sagittarius - Nov 21 to Dec 20 - Thighs
Capricorn - Dec 21 to Jan 20 - Knees, bones
Aquarius - Jan 21 - Feb 20 - Calves, ankles, circulatory and glandular systems
Pisces - Feb 21 to Mar 20 - Feet

Aquarius Begins

Themes: Justice; Tradition; Zeal; Femininity
Symbols: Fire; Water
Number: Nine
Presiding Goddess: Oya

About Oya: A Yoruban mother goddess and spirit of the river Niger. Oya flows with us through the last day of January, strengthenning our passion for and appreciation of life. She is wild and irrepressible, like the fire she's said to have created, yet Oya presides over matters of fairness and custom, using that fire as the light of truth. Artistic depictions of Oya show a nine-headed woman whose bosom speaks of fertile femininity.

To Do Today:

Enjoy a glass of water when you get up to begin generating Oya's zest for life in your body and soul. This is also very suited to the energies of the day. Aquarius represents the Water Bearer who continually pours inspiring, creative waters from celestial spheres into our lives.

Get out and do something today. Invoke Oya through your pleasure and pure excitement. Dare to dream; then try to make that dream come true somehow.

If there's some area in your life that needs more equity, try making this Oya charm: Take any small candle and carve Oya's name into it. Have a glass of water nearby. Light the candle to invoke the goddess. Hold the water over the candle, saying:

What injustice consumes,
Oya's waters quell.

Drop a little water on the candle, then trim off the taper, carrying it with you to draw justice to you.

From: 365 Goddess

Aquarius Oil

Add the following essential oils to 1/8 cup of a base oil. Visualize as you mix and smell.  For best results, don't use synthetics.
  • 5 drops Lavender ...
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Simple Sea Salt Magicks

In maritime lore, seawater was thought to cleanse a person thoroughly, absorbing any bad luck, due to the salt content of the water. Throwing salt into a fire for nine consecutive days was thought to break any chain of bad luck...

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Shell Magick


Shells hold universal energies. They can be used for spell work in the same manner as crystals or herbs:
  • Abalone: The abalone shell is often featured on an altar as a focal point. It can be used to hold smaller items, to burn things, or simply to add extra power to a spell.
  • Clam: Clam shells are used for purification and love spells. They can be placed in charm bags.
  • Conch: Conch shells work best in love spells.
  • Coral: Coral works well in matters of health and healing.
  • Cowries: Sacred to the Orisha Oya, the cowrie shell has a prestigious magical pedigree. Due to its vulva-like appearance, this shell is frequently used upon altars as a representation of the Goddess. Cowries work well in matters involving money and prosperity.
  • Oysters: Oyster shells work best in matters pertaining to luck. They are said to promote good fortune. They make wonderful additions to charm bags.

Water Charms

Naturally occurring objects that are said to be empowered with magical properties manifest themselves in water as well as they do in the other elements. A sand dollar, for instance, is a potent a natural charm as a four-leaf clover. Here is a list of the magickal attributes some common and  naturally occurring objects, brought by water:

Coral: The name coral has its roots in the Greek language. It translates literally to "daughter of the sea." An extremely protective talisman, coral has been accredited with driving away nightmares, harmful spirits, ghosts, theft, accidents, sterility, and violence. It is also credited with regulating menstruation.

Holey stones: Waves, sea creatures, and wind have been known to erode stone surfaces in such a way that a natural hole is created in the stone. These "holey stones" are very powerful in matters of protection. They are also said to be useful in healing rituals, as they absorb sickness and disease. An old wives' tale relates that looking through a holey stone will improve one's eyesight.

Mother-of-pearl: Mother-of-pearl is said to attract money as well as to protect. It is frequently used in ritual jewelry and placed on altars as a representative of water.

Pearls: Pearls have been thought for eons to be the tears of the Goddess. They are useful for attracting love and protection and improving one's luck.

Sand Dollars: The sand dollar is a potent natural good luck charm. A sand dollar is the skeleton of tiny sea creatures with the imprint of the five-pointed star upon them. In spell work, they are useful in matters involving protection, wisdom, and luck. The sand dollar can also be used as a representation of the pentacle on your altar.

Seaweed: The lore of seaweed was plentiful among the sailors of old. Seaweed was said to foretell the weather, promote friendships, and protect against fire or evil spirits. To divine the weather, keep a piece of seaweed beside the front door. If it shrivels, there will be warm weather. If it becomes moist, it will rain. To harness the friendship and protective aspects of seaweed, you only need to carry it. Burning seaweed produces a rich fertilizer that has been used in farming for centuries.

From: The Elemental Witch


Simple Water Magic


Some of the most effective types of magic are the easiest to perform. One method of water magic is to draw symbols on a sandy beach and wait for the waves to erase them and bring your spell to completion. You can use magical symbols or simple stick figures. You can also draw with soapstone or natural chalk and allow the rain to wash it away. Releasing things into a running stream is yet another method. The following spell is just one example of this type of magic. When it comes to simple ways to work with water, you are limited only by your imagination.

Note in a Bottle Spell
  • 1 glass bottle
  • 1 piece of paper
  • A writing implement.
Take the paper and write your wish upon it. Petition the goddess of the sea to bring this to you. Roll up the paper, slip it into the bottle, and cap it. Begin to count the waves rolling into shore, and on the ninth wave, cast the bottle far out into the sea. You can go about your day with confidence, knowing your wish will be fulfilled.

Don't live near the ocean? That same spell can be performed by any body of water large enough to produce waves. If you are throwing the bottle into a lake or river, petition the goddess of lakes and/or rivers.

From: The Elemental Witch

Blessings of the Waters

Themes: Joy; Health; Cleansing
Symbols: Water; Flowers; Fern; Birchwood
Presiding Goddess: Kupala

About Kupala. The Slavic goddess of springs and water, Kupala, whose name literally means "to bathe," washes us with happiness and longevity. Oddly enough, she has a fire aspect too, which likely alludes to purification, protection, and transformation. Wildflowers, birch trees, and ferns are sacred to her.

To do today:

To bring a year filled with joy, contentment, and health, leave a natural-fiber cloth outside today to gather dew. Use it tomorrow to bathe in Kupala's magic.

Take some flower petals to any moving water source (even a hose) and toss them on the stream. As you do, make a wish for something that will make you really happy. Let Kupala, in the form of the water, carry your wish toward manifestation.

To rid yourself of sickness, negativity, or a bad habit before the year gets really rolling, find a safe fire source (such as a candle that's self-contained in glass). Put this on the floor and jump over it. As you do, say:

Old burns away; only the good, the good shall stay.
Old to new, old to new, Kupala, my heart renew.

This symbolically leaves the old behind and invokes Kupala's aid in your efforts for positive change.

Note: This post came from the book 365 Goddess , and today, January 19, is the day given to the Water Blessing Festival in Bulgaria. However, I think she must have been referring to the Anastenaria, a firewalking  ritual performed primarily in May with a smaller one on an unspecified date in January, which culminates in a water blessing after the fire walking. ..

Water Stones

This is a fairly comprehensive list of stones and crystals ruled by the element of water, along with their attributes and uses.


Amethyst: The amethyst is one of the best known magical stones. Said to cure drunkenness, a chunk of amethyst was often dropped into a goblet of wine. The amethyst is an intensely spiritual stone and is useful for opening the third eye, shifting consciousness, and increasing psychic awareness. It is said to have a calming influence. It also works well in beauty spells.


Aquamarine: The aquamarine is the stone of the Sea Witch. It is useful for increasing psychic awareness, cleansing, purifying, travel protection, and promoting peace and harmony.

Azurite: This stone promotes psychic awareness and divination. It may also be used in healing spells.

Beryl: Beryl is the material used for true crystal balls. It can be worn to protect against foul weather or to call rain. It is said to aclm arguments by allowing civil, intelligent debate.

Blue calcite: Blue calcite is useful for healing and purifying.

Blue lace agate: This stone promotes peace and happiness when worn or carried. It also absorbs stress. Blue lace agate has a calming influence on the household when placed about the home or worn as jewelry.

Celestite: Celestite absorbs stress, promotes healing, and helps the wearer express emotions. This stone is particularly useful in therapy settings.

Chalcedony: Chalcedony is another good stone in therapy settings. It also serves to guard against psychic attack and nightmares.

Jade: According to African belief, jade has the power to stimulate rain to fall. It is also used in fertility matters, as an attractant for good luck, and to attract love and friendship.

Lapis lazuli: Lapis lazuli is a stone of personal strength. When worn, it is said to improve one's mood, mental state, and eyesight and to calm the spirit by attracting universal forces of love. It also works well in matters pertaining to fidelity.

Lepidolite: Lepidolite is a stone of peace. Its relaxing vibrations are said to calm even the most hostile of tempers. It absorbs stress and anger.

Moonstone: The moonstone attracts love vibrations. It is also useful in fertility matters, protection, and increasing one's psychic vibrations.

Sapphire: Sacred to Apollo, the sapphire has been credited with increasing psychic awareness, love, protection, improving one's social life, and relieving anger.

Selenite: Selenite is used for boosting one's personal energy and deepening the bond between lovers.

Sodalite: Sodalite is another therapy stone. It is thought to relieve fear, stress, nervousness, anger, and mental imbalances.


 From: The Elemental Witch

Water Correspondences


  • Attributes: Feminine and receptive
  • Season: Winter
  • Magical Virtue: To Dare
  • Direction: West
  • Time of day: Dusk
  • Sense: Sight
  • Fluid: Tears
  • Planet: Moon
  • Power animals: Turtles, dolphins, whales, otters, frogs, seals, crabs, horses
  • Places of power: Beaches, harbors, piers, rivers, streams, creeks, waterfalls
  • Commonly associated colors: Blue and sea green
  • Linking items: Sand, shells, mood rings, seaweed, coral, mirrors
  • Gods and Goddesses: Tara, Poseidon, Yemaya, Ochun, Ganga, Sedna, Kanaloa, Venus, Neptune
From: The Elemental Witch

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

To Make Yourself Invisible


Pierce the right eye of a bat, 
and carry it with you, 
and you will be invisible.

Note: It is unclear if you are to carry the bat with it's eye put out, or the eye itself....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Gypsy Medicine Bag


Here is a Medicine Bag to be carried or worn to facilitate healing. Gather the following ingredients:
  • A sprig each of St. John's wort, woundwort, and self-heal
  • Twig or leaf from an oak tree
  • Tiny water-worn pebble, which should be round or disc-shaped and preferably have a reddish or orange hue...
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Gypsy Pouches and Mojo Bags

Magickal pouches are found universally. Australian aboriginals, Amerindian shamans, Voodoo Bokos, African medicine men, European wisewomen - all employ pouches stuffed with various ingredients that they feel bring health, wealth, luck (good or bad), and/or protection. They may be called wanga, gris-gris, mojo bags, or whatever.

The Gypsies, too, make and carry such items. Depending on the purpose, so do the contents vary. The name for a Gypsy pouch is "putsi," the real meaning of which is "pocket." ...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Exercise Your Mind Power

There are simple tricks to flex the hidden mind power you possess, and like a bodybuilder looking to add more muscle mass, the key to realizing mind control is through regular, simple exercises. Psychokinesis, often referred to as PK, is a term used to describe the ability of the brain to affect inanimate objects and otherwise control your surroundings, and there have been many famous users of this ability. Benefit from their knowledge by practicing these simple exercises every day, and over time you will realize your mind’s full potential.

Starting with the right mindset is the most important prerequisite to your psychokinetic work out. Arrogance, fatigue, anxiety, doubt, and over excitement are all enemies of your success, and will hinder even your best efforts....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Doorway Folk Remedies

Doorways have power, down through the centuries we have always known this to be true. The door is the way in, and the way out. How you step through it, what you put over or in it, who comes and who goes all have their causes and effects. Here we have an extensive collection of folk remedies that use the power of going in and coming out to cure all sorts of maladies.
  • ArmsWhen you stand in a door jamb and press your palms against the sides as hard as you can, then when you step out of the doorway, your arms will automatically rise up.
  • Asthma For asthma, bore a hole in the doorway the height of the child; put in the hole a piece of the child's hair after spitting on it. Plug it up, and as the child grows above the hole, the asthma will leave.
  • Chicken pox: If you would cure chicken pox, lie in the doorway and let a chicken run over you. Or find a place where a cow has been wallowing and lie down in it. 
  • Childbirth DifficultiesIf child delivery is difficult, pregnant woman sits on doorway - interestingly pregnant women were often told never to stand or sit in a doorway as this would cause a difficult childbirth. 
  • Child Safety: If a feather is placed in the doorway, a young child will not pass it to go out.
  • Crying BabyFor a crying child, the baby is put down in the doorway of the house and all the dirt swept up from the various rooms is quickly swept over him.
  • Enganido (a general weakness in children): at hour of Angelus or prayer, several blessed herbs (rosemary, olive laurel) are burned in the doorway, along with cat hair and a hen’s feather; 2 women named Mary stand on either side of fire; one hands child to other and a certain charm or prayer is recited (prayer is unknown); done nine times on nine days. 
  • EpidemicsA monkey’s skull is placed on one’s doorway to ward off epidemics
  • Good HealthThe Druids hung mistletoe over their doorways, believing that only happiness could enter a house so protected, and it was credited with curative powers in the homes where it was hung. Alternatively hang garlic cloves in the doorway to keep illness away. Also, onions hung at the door-way absorb all disease from anyone entering, but the onions must be thrown away.
  • Health and WealthSprinkling salt across your doorways will keep health and wealth inside your house.
  • HealingA woman was cured by different mystical expedients and certain enchanted yarn which was laid in the doorway. The first man who entered the room through the door was infected by the disease and the woman recovered.
  • Induce Insanity (in women): To induce insanity in women, hang horse’s hoofs and ox horns in bag at doorway. 
  • LuckIf the left hand itches, be sure to rub it on wood, especially on the side of the doorway, that all that enter will be good luck or bring good luck to you.
  • NosebleedsA jar of blood placed over a doorway will stop nosebleeds.
  • Pregnancy Gender TestFirst foot by which a pregnant woman enters a doorway determines the sex (but it is not stated which). A more definitive gender test is as follows; Hang needle from doorway. Female with burden stands there under. If needle circles-female. If needle swings-other type.
  • Pregnancy Test: The Berlin and Carlsberg Medical papyri give almost identical instructions: examine the woman’s eyes while she stands in the doorway. If one eye looks like that of an Asiatic and the other like that of a Negro, she is not pregnant, but if both have the same color, then the test is positive. Wreszinski suggests that the woman is made to stand in the doorway so the light will be good without the sun shining in her eyes. L├╝ring implies the examiner stands outside the house. Since the eyes of the Egyptian, the Asiatic, and the Negro are dark anyway, the “difference” must have been rather subtle at best.
  • Puncture WoundsIf you step on a nail, grease the nail and put it over the doorway or somewhere where it will not rust, to prevent infection.
  • Sign of a Good HousekeeperIf a broom should fall across the doorway, and the next person to enter is a woman and picks the broom up, stands it on the handle, broom end up, she will be a good housekeeper.
  • Sunburn protectionOn first of march, even if it’s snowing, leave the house for the first time by going backward through the doorway. This insures protection from sunburn in the summer
  • Teething problemsWhen a baby is born, write its name and birthday on an egg, put it in a sock and hang it above the doorway he is carried through most often, and the child will have no difficulty cutting teeth. Or you can simply tie an egg in paper sack, hang it over doorway so baby may pass under it. 
  • Tooth Ache: A girl’s toothache is cured by making motions over tooth with a nail and mumbling an incantation. On floor of doorway make 3 crosses with the nail and drive it into the boards with hammer. Every blow of the hammer was striking the tooth itself.
  • Walking DifficultiesTo make a stunted child walk: set him in the doorway and sweep his legs with a new broom.
  • Wart removal: Cut a potato in half, sprinkle cut side of one piece with salt. Rub the wart and then run through three doorways and outdoors toss the potato over your left shoulder without looking.
Contraindications - When doorways are to be avoided:
  • A patient suffering from fever who leaves his house before dawn to obtain a cure should leave by the window rather than by the door. Otherwise, the first person to pass through the doorway would catch the fever.
  • Carry anything on the shoulder through a doorway will stunt the growth of a child
  • Do not allow a pregnant woman to sit or remain on the doorway lest she have difficult delivery.
  • If you step over a broom that has fallen across a doorway, it brings sickness.
  • If you step over someone lying on the floor his growth will be stunted. This may be averted by stepping back over him.
  • It is bad for a rooster to crow in the doorway if someone is ill inside. It may mean death.
  • It is bad luck to walk under the extended arm of a person standing in a doorway.
  • Never make the sign of the cross in a doorway, or death will come to your family.
  • Never place a small child near a doorway when the -door is open, or a witch will cast a spell over it.
  • Never shake hands through a doorway; it is bad luck.
  • Stumbling at the doorway upon one’s going out of the house will bring misfortune.
  • To prevent your baby from having a hard delivery, do not stand in open doorways when you are pregnant.
  • You should break a glass at the front doorway after returning home from a funeral. It is supposed to break the trend of deaths.
  • Witchcraft curses are put on families by secretly sprinkling a potion on the doorway or making a circle around the house so that contamination will occur on contact.
Remember this rule: Always step through a doorway with your right foot first. If you should step through with your left foot first, go back, turn around three times and then go through with your right foot

The Magick of Doorknobs

Ruler: Ellegua, Mercury
Type: brass, copper, silver
Magickal Form: Attached or unattached to a door

Gaining access is always an issue in spellcraft. Doorknobs often provide an innocuous and subtle way to influence another person. Doorknobs can also be used in personal rituals to open metaphorical doors....

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Janus - Lord of Beginnings

Title: Lord of Beginnings
Also known as: Giano, Dianus
Origin: Roman
Feast Day: January 9th, The Agonalia
Tree: Oak
Number: 1
Time: Month of January

Janus is the two-faced spirit, but in the most positive sense of that term. Janus literally has two faces, indicating his power to see from all directions and perspectives. He sees the past and future simultaneously. Janus is a guardian and protector....

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Festival to Janus

In ancient Rome, January 9th was the Agonalia or Festival to Janus, god of gates and doorways. There seem to be many different legends about the history of Janus. One has him the son of Uranus and Hecate. Another says he had a son named Tiberinus whose accidental drowning named Roma's river. According to another he was a son of Apollo and the first king of Latium. His colony near the Tiber is supposed to have given the name to the Janiculum Hill. Another story says that Janus welcomed Saturn to earth after the latter was driven out of Olympia by Zeus.

Janus was very important in Rome because the weakest point in any building or municipality is its doorway. Anything from human enemies to evil spirits could enter via that route. So strong was this feeling that Romans always carried corpses out of buildings feet first so that the departed spirits would be less likely to find their way back in....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It's Midwives' Day

The ancients honored their midwives today (January 8) as the goddess's assistants by giving them gifts. In modern times, this might equate to sending a thank-you note to your physician or pediatrician.
  • Patron Goddess: Eleithyia
  • Themes: Birth; Children; Creativity; Fertility
  • Symbols: A Torch; White Flowers
About Eleithyia:

As the aegean goddess of birth...

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Monday, January 07, 2013

More on St Distaff's Day


In times past, January 7th, the first free day after the twelve of Christmas was known as St. Distaff's Day. It had no connection whatsoever with any saint but its place in the folk calendar gives an indicator of the importance of spinning at a time when this was the only means of turning the raw wool, cotton or flax into thread capable of being woven into cloth....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Epiphany Lore and Superstitions


"Twelfth-day" is the twelfth day after Christmas, or Epiphany, occurring on the 6th of January. It is a festival of the Christian church in commemoration of the manifestation of Christ by the star which guided the magi to Bethlehem. "Twelfth-night" is the eve of Epiphany, when many social festivities and superstitious rites were observed. "Twelfth-tide" is the time or festival of twelfth-day. "The Twelfths" are the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany. Epiphany is also called "Little Christmas," being the social festival which brings the merry-makings of the Christmas cycle to an end.

A special cake, called "Twelfthcake," is prepared for the festivities on twelfth-night. A bean or a coin is baked into it, and, the cake being divided by lot, whoever draws the slice containing it is entitled to preside as king or queen over the festivities. This custom is a relic of the old Roman festival of the Saturnalia, at the close of which the Roman children drew lots with beans to see who would be king....

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It's Plough Monday!


In Belgium, the Monday after Epiphany is called "lost Monday" and is a day of universal idleness. Hence probably has arisen the custom, not confined, however, to Belgian workmen alone, of idling every Monday or as they call it "making blue Monday."

Plough-Monday is the first Monday after Twelfth Day (6th of January). It is so called because, the Christmas holidays being over, the men return to their plough or daily work. It was customary on this day for farm laborers...

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To Dismiss Winter Greens


All trees or boughs
That have been cut
And kept for luck
Within the house...

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Twelfth Night Cake

Traditionally, a cake was baked for this day, and a bean hidden somewhere in the mixture and baked along with it. Whoever received the piece of cake with the bean was appointed King or Queen of the Bean for the night, and lead the company in songs and games. Here's a recipe:


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups currants...
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Twelfth Night


In Old England, The Twelfth Night marked the end of the winter festival that started on Samhain. The Lord of Misrule symbolizes the world turning upside down with the coming of winter. In the middle ages, the Twelfth Night began on the eve of December 25th moving forward 12 days to January 6th, hence the name the twelve days of Christmas.

The Twelfth Night festival marked the onset of the winter solstice, the point in late December when the sun, whose daily arc had reached its lowest, darkest, coldest point, began its rise toward the longer, warmer days and the coming of spring. ...

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Evergreen Renewal Bath

  • 5 drops of essential oil of Silver Fir
  • 5 drops of essential oil of Myrtle
  • 5 drops of essential oil of Pine
  • 1 shot of Vodka
  • 5 drops of Larch Flower Essence Remedy
  • Pine scented candles
Add the essential oils to a shot of Vodka. Shake it up to distribute the oils. Throw the now scented Vodka into a bathtub filled with warm water. Add the Larch Flower Essence to the bath. Light the pine scented candles. Soak in the bath and feel your energy returning.

Ingredients at Amazon: Silver Fir Oil, Myrtle Essential Oil, Pine Essential Oil, Larch Flower Essence
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