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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rainwater Magick

Ruler: Moon, Jupiter
Type: Water
Magickal Form: Rain falling during a storm, or collected and saved.

Collect the first spring rainwater and add it to love baths to attract a new partner. It is a great way to cleanse and renew yourself before opening your heart to love again. Use summer rainwater for ...

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Rain Spell To Break A Bad Habit


With water colors or chalk, draw or write the bad habit on a piece of paper.
Immediately take it out into the rain....

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Dance Naked In The Rain Spell

In the secret language of fertility magick, both human and agricultural, rain is synonymous with semen, hence the traditional machismo and promiscuity of storm gods.

Because myth and legend have become relegated to children's tales, euphemisms are used to obscure reality. Male storm spirits like Baal, Zeus, Chango, Susunowo, or Thor are inevitably described as "thunder gods." Not that the thunder isn't impressive, but it's that fertilizing rain that provides the magick. Rain that must be applied in just the proper amounts and with just the right touch to keep the Earth Mother happy, satisfied and flourishing.

This old Slavic spell intends to pacify a rainstorm by making this magickal point.

For this spell you need a premenstrual virgin girl or a child, although a young girl on the cusp of womanhood is considered most powerful. She must be the daughter of a woman who is post-menopausal.

Here's how it works:

First, get rid of all the men. They cannot participate or witness this ritual but must be sent off somewhere. The girl must undress completely. Then she is clothed and ornamented with fresh flowers, as many as possible. (If no real flowers are possible, go with paper, jewelry, beads, or paint her with henna/body paint flowers.)

Now, everyone goes outside. The girl should whirl and dance while calling out to the Water Spirits. In the meantime, other women toss water over her. Have a party. This is supposed to be fun. Laughter helps. If the girl doesn't want to do it, forget about it - the spell won't work. A crying, nagging, sullen, embarrassed child defeats the purpose.

Allegedly the rain should lessen quickly.

Here's an alternative spell

This spell that uses the same premise as the one above: All that is required here is that women expose their genitals to the storm to quiet it.

Note: This is a spell for women only. Not men. Exposing male genitalia is interpreted as a challenge and we never want to challenge nature when it really matters. An even more destructive storm may result.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Calling Isis On Her Birthday

Isis just might have more titles and names than any other goddess. I personally love invocations that involve saying the names of the deity preceded by words such as: adoration to, all haillove to, glory to, I bow before, praise and gratitude, etc. This is a very powerful way to invoke a Goddess or a God.

According to ancient lore, today, July 30, is considered Isis birthday. Why not light a candle in her honor and  do an invocation of love, gratitude, and praise? Here is a list of the names and titles of the Goddess Isis so that you can create just such an invocation. Feel free to pick out the ones that particularly resonate with you, and arrange them in a way that feels right:


Great Lady
 God-Mother 
Lady of Re-a-nefer
Isis-Nebuut 
Lady of Sekhet
Lady of Besitet
Isis in Per Pakht
The Queen of Mesen
Isis of Ta-at-nehepet
Isis, Dweller in Netru
Isis, Lady of Hebet
Isis in P-she-Hert
Isis, Lady of Khebt
Usert-Isis
Giver of Life
Lady of Abaton
Lady of Philae
Lady of the Countries of the South
The Divine One
The Only One
Greatest of the Gods and Goddesses
Queen of all Gods
The Female Ra
The Female Horus
The Eye of Ra
The Crown of Ra-Heru
Opener of the Year
Lady of the New Year
Maker of the Sunrise
Lady of Heaven
The Light-Giver of Heaven
Lady of the North Wind
Queen of the Earth
Most Mighty One
Queen of the South and North
Lady of the Solid Earth
Lady of Warmth and Fire
Benefactress of the Tuat
She Who is Greatly Feared in the Tuat
God-Mother of Heru-ka-nekht
Mother of the Horus of Gold
The Lady of Life
Lady of Green Crops
The Green Goddess -Uatchet
Lady of Bread
Lady of Beer
Lady of Abundance
Lady of Joy and Gladness
Lady of Love
Maker of Kings
 Lady of the Great House
Lady of the House of Fire
The Beautiful Goddess
The Lady of Words of Power
Lady of the Shuttle, 
Daughter of Seb, 
Daughter of Neb-er-tcher, 
Child of Nut, 
Wife of Ra, 
Wife of the lord of the Abyss, 
Wife of the lord of the Inundation, 
Creatrix of the Nile flood.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Magickal Tears

Ruler: Moon
Type: Water
Magickal form: Fresh

Drum up some tears while working a spell to get a lover to come back. Let them fall freely into your potion and mix well. The love gods are very partial to tears and suffering of the heart. Tears will make them answer your requests quickly. In general, petitioning for anything with heartfelt tears makes the gods more open to answering your prayers.

From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

The Goddess Salacia

In ancient Roman mythology, Salacia was the female divinity of the sea, worshipped as the goddess of salt water who presided over the depths of the ocean. She was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea and water.

You can petition Salacia for safety on the sea, prosperity, abundance, and true love. She has powers of healing and fertility and access to all the treasures of the sea.

Her story is as follows:

The god Neptune wanted to marry Salacia, but...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Brainstorming Spell


Goal: To come up with new ideas.
Optional extras: A yellow candle (to represent intellect); a cauldron or empty bowl (to represent the open possibilities)

Note: The best time to cast is early morning, just as the sun is rising. Stand in front of the empty bowl, light the candle, and hold out your empty hands in front of you. Try to visualize yourself as being as open and empty as the bowl...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Neptune and Magick

Ruler: Water and the Sea
Colors: Green, blue, lavender
Minerals: Coral, aquamarine, platinum, neptunium
Body Part: Thalamus and spinal column
Astrological sign: Pisces

This god of the ocean can be summoned in spells to reveal treasures from the deep. Use his energy to gain riches and unconditional love. Neptune energy is useful for any magick related to the nonphysical including connection to the divine and divination, especially concerning cataclysmic issues. It is also useful for any ritual relating to the sea or any large body of water. Neptune energy is useful in any healing magick associated with the spinal canal, mental illness, neuroses or any illness of mysterious origin.

As a planetary energy, Neptune rules illusions and psychic powers. As a relatively recently discovered planet, it does not have much in the way of ancient associations.

Action: Dissolving boundaries, expanding upon ideas, changing established rules
Represents: Intuition, idealism, sacrifice, glamour, illusion, evolution and decay

Neptune plants tend to be gently aromatic with a watery fragrance and/or intoxicating. Plants that grow in or near the sea and plants that seem to grow randomly in all directions may also be associated with Neptune:

Bulrush, Lobelia, Morning glory, Night-blooming jasmine, Phragmytes, Perilla, Pine, Reed, Reed canary grass, Water Lily

Found at: Witchipedia and The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Neptune - Lord of the Waters


Although Neptune is now considered the Roman Lord of the Sea, he was originally a freshwater spirit. His associations with the ocean derive from his identification with the Greek Poseidon. The identities of the two originally distinct spirits are now so intertwined that it is virtually impossible to distinguish between them. Their names are used interchangeably. If you search for information about Neptune, you will almost certainly find only information that originally pertained to Poseidon. Little information survives regarding Neptune prior to his identification with Poseidon. However, we know that the Romans invoked Neptune to protect fresh water, especially for agricultural uses.

July 23, his Roman feast day known as the Neptunalia. His festival was celebrated with feasting. Games were held in Neptune's honor.

Neptune was also held in high regard as Neptune Equestor, the god and patron of the extremely popular horse races and of horses. As early as 206 BC, one of his temples was located near the Circus Flaminius, one of the larger trace-tracks and the place where the equites, members of the equestrian class, mustered for their ceremonies outside the pomerium or ceremonial boundary of the city. The horse connection was obvious: Neptune Oceanus was often depicted surfing on a sea shell towed by "sea horses" (actually hippocampi, half horses and half fish -- in front to back order, of course: think of the alternative!) Part of the Neptune/Poseidon myth is that he gave the first horses to men.

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mushrooms and Moon Lore


When the Moon is at the full,
mushrooms you can safely pull,
but when the Moon is on the wane, 
wait ere you think to pluck again

From: Moon Magick

Tennessee Moon Love Divination


An old moon belief in Tennessee says to look over your right shoulder at the Full Moon, take three steps backward and say:

If I have a lover, let me dream of him/her tonight.
If I am to marry far, let me hear a bird cry.
If I am to marry near, let me hear a cow low.
If I am to marry never, let me hear a hammer knock.

From: Moon Magick

Purification Bath

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In the privacy of your bathroom, or if possible, in a large "kiddie pool" in your backyard under a full moon, draw a purification bath...

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Full Moon Power Spell


The Moon's energy is most intense when she reaches abundant fullness. Any magical effort, especially difficult ones, can benefit greatly from the potency of this phase. Use the full Moon to amplify magical intent and to give spellworkings additional power. To seal spells performed during the full Moon, use this chant or one of your own choosing....

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Spell Binding By The Moon


"Hear me, O Goddess of the moon,
 Hear me, and grant me success
 In the ways of Magick.
 Send to my spell
 Thy powers of enchantment.
 Assist me in all my endeavors....

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Moon Bathing and Purification Rites


You will need a cup, bowl, or chalice of silver. Glass is the best substitute. On the night of a full moon, set the chalice outside or in a window to absorb the moon's lunar rays and energy. Leave it there for a few hours before the ritual.

Place the chalice with water in it, in your non-dominant hand and place your other hand over the top of it. To empower the water, say:

"By the silver light of Lady Moon,
By my hand and will so sure...

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Full Moon Lore


If the full moon fell on a Friday that was also the thirteenth, it was considered the most unlucky day there could be.

Some farmers still believe that crops sown near a Full Moon will be ready for harvest a month earlier than crops sown during a waxing moon.

Wood cut at the Full Moon is easy to split. (On the New Moon - difficult to split).

Grass crops should be sown at the Full Moon. Then the hay will dry quickly.

The Fenland country of England is a very strange place and has kept its superstitions longer than other areas. They say that if public dinners are not held at a Full Moon, tragedy will follow. Since Fenland roads are built high above the marshy land and bordered on both sides by deep ditches, one can see why this is more sense than superstition.

The Gaelic word for fortune comes from "that which denotes a Full Moon." The Druids believed that when the circle of the Moon was complete, good fortune was given to those who knew how to ask the gods for it.

It is said that cats' eyes will be open wider during a Full Moon than at any other time.

In Ireland, it is said that if you walk nine times around a faery rath or hill at the Full Moon, you will be able to find the entrance.

From: Moon Magick

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lion Lore and Superstition

Strength, courage, power, wisdom, ferocity, dignity, justice are symbolic meanings associated with the magnificent lion. Lions also symbolize the sun.


In ancient Egypt, this living creature was a metaphor for the ferocious heat of the sun. It was said that the sun rose in the east over the backs of two lions which represented the mountains. This symbol was referred to as the 'double lion' and was considered a form of the sun god Ra.

The lion is an Etruscan and Greek charm for strength and bravery. Live lions and leopards were used as mascots by Assyrian kings who had them trained and brought along to battles.

Throughout history, lions’ faces have often been added to architecture, such as in the design of door knobs and knockers in order to protect the inhabitants of a residence against the entrance of negative energy.

It is believed that wearing a lion's claw will bring strength to the wearer. This is why the paws of lions are used so extensively for the carvings of the legs of chairs and tables, as being emblems of strength and stability.

Images of lions can protect sacred ground. Lions are symbolic of just laws and fairness prevailing. Use the image of a grown lion to inspire strength and courage, and of baby lion cubs to inspire mercy and gentleness.

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Lion's Tail Herb

Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus) also known as as Lion's Ear and Wild Dagga, is a plant species in the mint family. The plant is a broadleaf evergreen large shrub native to South Africa and southern Africa, where it is very common. It is known for its medicinal and mild psychoactive properties.

Magickal uses:
This herb is reputedly endows men with the positive qualities of a lion, including their legendary sexual prowess. Eat it and see (but first read the note at the bottom of the page).

Traditional uses:
Leonotis leonurus has long been used in traditional African herbal medicine for fevers, headaches, dysentery, flu, chest infections,epilepsy, constipation, delayed menstruation, intestinal worms, spider bites, scorpion stings, hypertension and snakebites. Externally, it is often used for hemorrhoids, eczema, skin rashes and boils.

One experimental animal study suggests that "the aqueous leaf extract of Leonotis leonurus possesses antinociceptive, antiinflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties; thus lending pharmacological credence to folk usage of the herb in the management and/or control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as for adult-onset, type-2 diabetes mellitus in some communities of South Africa."

Recreational uses:
The dried leaves and flowers have a mild calming effect when smoked. In some users, the effects have been noted to be similar to the cannabinoid THC found in Cannabis, except that it has a much less potent high. It has also been reported to cause mild euphoria, visual changes, dizziness,and lightheadedness.

It is sometimes used as a Cannabis substitute by recreational users looking to evade current laws on cannabis and other psychoactive plants. Leonotis leonorus is not currently scheduled under federal law in the United States. The smoke is reported to have an unpleasant taste and to be an irritant to the lungs and throat.

The picked and dried leaves are also commonly brewed as a minty tea.

Description:
The shrub grows 3 to 6 ft  tall by 1.5 to 3.5 feet wide. The medium-dark green 2–4 inches  long leaves are aromatic when crushed. The plant has tubular orange flowers in tiered whorls, typical to the mint family, that encircle the square stems. They rise above the foliage mass during the summer season, with flowering continuing into winter in warmer climates. A white variety (known colloquially as 'Alba'), as well as a yellow variety also exist.

In its native habitat Leonotis leonurus attracts nectar loving birds (mainly sunbirds), as well as various insects such as butterflies.

Lion's Tail is cultivated as an ornamental plant for its copious orange blossom spikes and accent or screening qualities for use in gardens and parks. It is a moderate drought tolerant plant, and a nectar source for birds and butterflies in landscape settings.

Lion's tail can especially be found in other subtropical and Mediterranean climate regions beyond South Africa such as California, Hawaii, and Australia where it has naturalized in areas. In cooler climates it is used as an annual and winter conservatory plant.

NOTE:
An animal study in rats indicated that in high doses, lion's tail has significant toxicological adverse effects on organs, red blood cells, white blood cells and other important bodily functions.

From Wikipedia

Leo Begins

Themes: Devotion; Strength; Sun; Magic; Passion
Symbols: Lion; Strawberries
Presiding Goddess: Freyja

About Freyja: In Nordic tradition, Freyja's name means "lady." Generally speaking, it is her domain to care for matters of the heart. In mythology, Freyja is stunningly beautiful, a mistress to the gods, and she appears driving a chariot pulled by cats. When saddened, Freyja cries gold tears, and she wears a shining necklace (alluding to some solar associations). Many people in northern climes credit her for teaching magic to humankind.

To Do Today

In astrology, people born under the sign of Leo are energetic and filled with Freyja's solar aspect. And, like Freyja, they are ardent, dynamic lovers. If your love life needs a pick-me-up, Freyja's the goddess to call on.   Start with a bowl of strawberries and melted chocolate that you feed your lover. Remember to nibble passionately while biting into Freyja's sacred food! This will digest Freyja's energy for lovemaking. If you're still single, eat a few berries at breakfast to internalize self-love so more loving opportunities will naturally come your way.

To improve love in other areas of your life (the love of friends, love for a job or project, etc), wear gold-toned clothing or jewelry today to emphasize Freyja's solar powers. This will give you more tenacity, focus, and esteem for whatever you're putting your hands and heart into.

Leo 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.
  • 3 drops Petitgrain ...
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

About Moon People


Moon Men:  In medieval Europe and England, "Moon's men" were thieves and highwaymen who plied their trade by night. The current term "moonlighting" is similar, meaning to hold down an additional night job.

Moon Struck: Originally, the term Moon-struck or Moon-touched meant chosen by the goddess. These people were considered to be blessed.

Moon Calf: A Moon-calf now means someone who is absent-minded or not very bright. At one time it described a person who was so carried away by love of the Goddess that he/she was nearly oblivious to the world around them.

Moonrakers: In certain parts of England, the term "Moonrakers" eventually came to mean simple-minded people. The factual story behind this, reveals some pretty fast thinking by local smugglers. The English excise men (a combination of border patrol, ATF, and IRS) were out at night, trying to catch the smugglers red-handed. Hearing the excise men coming, the smugglers sank their loot in a lake and pretended to be fishing for the Moon reflected in the water. When the excise men asked what they were doing, the smugglers innocently replied they were raking for the moon. The excise men went away shaking their heads over the stupidity of the local folk, while the smugglers fished up their goods and went on with their business.

Moon Folk: The Danes believed in a type of elves they called the Moon Folk. These were perfect in appearance when seen from the front, but were hollow when seen from the back. It was said that the Moon Folk caused sickness by blowing on humans.

Lunatic: The term "lunatic" was used as far back as Roman times to describe someone who was mentally unbalanced. May cultures believed that sleeping out in the moonlight or where the moonlight came in through a window would cause mental illness and/or blindness

Moon-Eyed People: Moon-eyed people is a term referring to a race of people allegedly remembered by the Cherokee when they came to their homeland in the Appalachians. The group was described in 1797 by Colonel Leonard Marbury. According to Marbury, when the Cherokee arrived in the area they had encountered a "moon-eyed" people who could not see in the day-time. They were said to track time by watching the night sky.

From Moon Magick

More Moon Lore

When anyone spoke of Mountains of the Moon, it simply meant white mountains. The Arabs call white horses "Moon-colored."

Mount Sinai was probably named after the Chaldean Moon god Sinn, shich would make it another Moon mountain.

In Italy they say that if the moon changes on a Sunday, there will be a flood before the month is out.

A ring around the Moon means rain or snow.

The Irish say that to see the future, for good or ill, take a mirror outside. Let the light of the Moon fall on the surface and stare into it. Any face that appears will be connected with your future.

Cornish tin miners had some very interesting ideas about the Moon. One of these said that if you put a piece of tin in an ant hill near a certain phase of the Moon (unspecified), it would turn into silver.

If there are too Moons (two New or two full) in the same month, the weather will be unfavorable and unsettled until the next New Moon

In Wales, fishermen avoid the moon line, or the moonlight showing on the water, when setting out to sea; they consider crossing this bad luck. However, in other areas they say to make a wish when crossing the Moon line.

Many cultures felt that it was extremely unlucky to point at the Moon, and that bowing to the Moon would bring a present before the next change of Moon.

Country people said that the weather was more likely to change at the four quarters of the Moon than any other time.

Rain is coming when the Moon has a halo around it, or when an outline can be seen between the horns of a waxing or waning Moon.

One old legend says that on the Moon is everything that was wasted on Earth: misspent time, squandered wealth, broken vows, unanswered prayers, fruitless tears, unfulfilled desires and intentions, etc.

Once in a Blue Moon doesn't mean never; it means a rare occasion. The Egyptians connected their thirteenth month with the color blue, which was a lucky color.

Thessalian priestesses at one time laid curses using "moon-dew." Even into medieval times people believed that such curses were incurable.

To cry for the Moon is an old saying that means you are craving or demanding something that you can't have.

The word moonshine has two meanings. In the US it means "illegally distilled liquor," also known as "white lightning." An older meaning was "total nonsense."

In English, French, Italian, Latin, and Greek, the Moon is feminine; but in all the Teutonic languages the Moon is masculine. In Sanskrit, the word for the Moon is mas, which is masculine.

In some legends, the Egyptians said that the Dark Moon and the Full Moon were the two eyes of Horus.

From: Moon Magick

Deciphering the Moon


What follows is a simple explanation of the phases of the moon and how to know them by sight:

The Waxing Crescent Moon
rises after sunrise and sets after sunset --
it is only seen in the night sky for a short
time after the sun goes down.
The dark side is to your left, more or less, 
and the bright Crescent is to your right

The Waxing First Quarter Moon
rises about at noon
and sets about at midnight.
It is dark on the left and bright on the right

The Waxing Gibbous Moon
rises in the middle of the afternoon
and sets before well before sunrise.
It is perfectly round on the right side, 
but bulged out past half-way on the left.

The Full Moon
rises almost exactly at sunset
and sets almost exactly at the next sunrise.
When completely full, it is a perfect circular disk.

The Waning Gibbous Moon
rises in the early evening
and sets some time after sunrise.
It looks perfectly round on the left side, 
but bulged out past half-way on the right.

The Waning Last Quarter Moon,
also called the Third Quarter Moon,
rises about at midnight
and sets about at noon.
It is dark on the right and bright on the left.

The Waning Crescent Moon
rises between midnight and dawn,
but fades out when the Sun comes up.
The dark side is to your right, more or less, 
and the bright Crescent is to your left.

The New Moon is the Dark Moon, 
you will see no Moon at all.
It rises at sunrise
and sets at sunset.

Found at Moon Magick

Friday, July 19, 2013

Isis and Osiris

According to D.J. Conway's book Moon Magick, July 19 is the date of the Egyptian New Year. The Opet Festival or Marriage of Isis and Osiris. There is a fair amount of disagreement about the Egyptian calendar and how it relates to the calendars we use today. Some sources base the dates on the rising of Sirius, the dog star, which varies from year to year, while some list this date as August 1.


From the book Sacred Mysteries, here is a simplified story of the legend of Isis and Osiris:

The ancient Egyptian myth of the marriage of Isis and her brother Osiris begins before the creation of the world, in the womb of the mother goddess of the night, with the twins twisting and twining together in the throes of first love.

When they are born, the world is born with them, and the opposites of day and night, male and female, life and death emerge from the primordial abyss of the deep. Osiris has a wicked brother, Set, and Isis a sister, Nephthys, who emerge together as a divine family from the chaos of the cosmos.

As with all marriages, family complications form the context for the relationship of Isis and Osiris.

One day, Set, the wicked brother, envious of the power of Osiris, pulls a memorable prank during a wild party. He brings a coffin cut to the precise measurements of Osiris into the room, and asks who would like to try it out. At the stroke of midnight, at the peak of the party, Osiris climbs into the coffin, much to the amusement of the guests. But at that moment, 72 cohorts of Set rush out of the dark corners of the palace and nail the coffin shut, trapping Osiris inside. Then they throw it into the river, and the bier floats up the Nile like a barge, to a place called Abydos.

A princess who has just given birth takes the sweet smelling cedar wood out of the river, and erects it in the courtyard of her riverside palace, where an incense-bearing tree springs up to enclose the coffin.

Meanwhile, Isis, the bereft sister-bride, tracks her brother's coffin down, and comes to the palace of Abydos. Disguising herself as a mortal nursemaid, she gets a job watching after the child born to the princess.

Each night, Isis resumes her divinity, and, after anointing the boy with ambrosia, dips him in the fire on the hearth to purge him of his mortality. As the boy sits happily squealing in the flames, Isis turns herself into a sparrow, and flits lamenting around the erica tree in the courtyard, in which Osiris lies entombed.

One night, awakened by the song of mournful sparrow, the princess bursts into the nursery-only to find her little boy cavorting in the flames. The princess lets out a shriek which breaks the spell. Isis assumes her divine form and chastises the bewildered mother:

"If only you'd let me be, your boy would have become immortal. But now, he must die, like all men and women."

The princess is overcome with grief, and awe, in the presence of the goddess.

"By the way," Isis continues, "you've got my husband's coffin in the erica tree growing in your courtyard. Would you mind giving it me please?"

The princess complies, and Isis floats off down the Nile on a barge bearing the bier of the dead Osiris. Flapping her wings over his mummy, Isis revives the dead god, and makes love to him.

This will not be the last time in the sacred mysteries of marriage that a husband or a wife is brought back to life by the power of love.

The child born from the union of Isis and Osiris represents the perennial emergence of life from death. His name is Horus, the hawk-headed deity, and he will play a crucial role in the second death and resurrection of his father Osiris.

After giving birth to Horus, Isis sits suckling the baby in the reeds alongside the river-the first Madonna, and the first savior of our religious and mythological tradition.

While she sits happily nursing the boy, the wicked brother Set finds the mummy of Osiris, and tears it to shreds, scattering the pieces of the body all over Egypt. With the help of his son Horus-who is able to get a little distance from the situation by flying high over the land-the various pieces of the dismembered corpse of the father are put back together.

What was lost is found.

Horus gets above it all, gaining that higher perspective we need in marriage to cope with its rhythms of death and rebirth.

All of the pieces are recovered, with the exception of the phallus-which a fish has swallowed! Isis has to make the first prosthetic penis, and rouse it to life by flapping her wings over her dead husband.

An eye Horus has lost in a battle with the wicked brother Set is also needed to bring the father back to life. It represents the insight we need to penetrate the mysteries of our relationships, and bring us out of the dark moments.

The resurrected Osiris becomes the Lord of the Underworld, to whom all of the dead are brought for judgement, and for rebirth in the spiritual kingdom to come. He sits on a magnificent throne, with 24 cobras sitting in a row above him. The snakes' hoods are erect, bearing solar disks on them.

Behind the throne stand Isis and her sister Nephthys, their arms uplifted in a gesture of reverential support.

Without his wife, Osiris would be a rotting corpse on the bottom of a muddy river.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

For A Magickal Bastille Day

Theme: It's time for a revolution!
Colors: Blue, white, and red
Symbols: The Eiffel Tower and the French national flag
Presiding Goddess: Lady Liberty

About Lady Liberty: Although, Lady Liberty is not a goddess in the true sense of the word, she is a potent symbol of freedom. The statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom ....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website The Pagan Calendar, and can be found in its entirety here: Bastille Day

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Goddess Scáthach



Names and titles: The Shadowy One, Shadow, Shade, She who strikes fear, The Fierce Woman, King Maker, Scatty, Scatach, Scota, Scatha
Pronunciation: Scatt-tock
Goddess of: Death and Battle
MythologyGaelic; Irish; Scottish

Scáthach is a warrior goddess who appears in the Irish epic, the Ulster Cycle.  She was known for being invincible in battle and by her great leaps and battle cries. She runs a martial arts academy where she trains only the finest heroes. One must pass a series of tests before she will train you. Scathach lived on the Isle of Shadows (Isle of Skye), where she offered spiritual and magickal instruction as well as physical. Not only did she train young warriors in battle, she distributed magickal weapons, and it was said she took them as bedfellows as well.

Scathach did not train women because of a Celtic belief which stated that only women could teach men effective battle skills, and only men could teach them to women.

Her most famous student is Cú Chulainn. Among the arts she teaches Cú Chulainn is something called the mighty salmon leap. She also gives him a weapon called the Gáe Bulg - a type of barbed spear launched through water - and instructs him in its use. Its aim is true; it cannot miss its target. No adequate defence against it exists. Once it enters the victim's body, it's thirty barbed points expand; they cannot be removed without excruciatingly cutting away flesh.

Scáthach is the shadowy one. The gaelic word Scath means "a shadow or phantom" (although it may once also have had further implications, now lost). It may also be related to the word scathe. Scáthach is a prophetic goddess: as Cú Chulainn leaves her island, she fortells his future.

It was her job to look over the battlefield after a war for the souls of the dead to lead them on the Death Journey. Although she had a preference for warriors, she would also make sure to collect any wandering soul that had gotten lost on the path. As such, it was said that she is helpful when mourning for the death of a loved one, as she leads the dead through the dangers found on the path to the Land of Eternal Youth.

If she collected any wrong-doer on her journey, she would leave them on an island where they would pay for their crimes and learn their lessons.

She was not only a warrior goddess, but was also an accomplished blacksmith, healer, and prophetess. She would use “The Light of Foresight” to see into the future. Many people have tried to go on vision quests to see her, but it is said that most get lost, as she does not guide the living.

Realm: Scáthach lives in Dún Scáith, the Fort of Shadows, described as being on the Isle of Skye. The portal may be on Skye, but her home is beyond the Veil in the Otherworld. It is a difficult journey; one must cross a bridge and pass many tests to reach it.

From: Encyclopedia of Spirits and other sources

Magick for the Highland Games

Themes: Sports; Strength; Excellence; Kinship; Art; Tradition; Magick; Protection; Victory
Symbols: Tartan (plaids); Celtic Music
Presiding Goddess: Scáthach

About Scáthach: This Celtic mother figure endows strength, endurance, and the ability to "go the distance" no matter our situation. In Scotland she is also a warrior goddess who protects the land using magick as a weapon, as implied by the translation of her name, "she who strikes fear." Warriors from around Scotland were said to have studied under Scáthach to learn battle cries and jumping techniques (possibly a type of martial arts).

To Do Today:

In Scotland, the second weekend in July marks the gathering of Scottish clans to revel in their heritage through numerous games of skill, strength, and artistry (including bagpipe competitions). If you have any Scottish or Celtic music, play it while you get ready to energize your whole day with Scáthach's perseverance. If you don't have the music, for a similar effect find something to wear with a Scottish motif, like heather perfume, a plaid tie, things bearing the image of a thistle or sheep, or anything woolen.

To make a Scáthach amulet to protect your home, car, or any personal possessions, begin with a piece of plaid cloth and put some dried heather in it (alternatively, put in several strands of woolen yarn). Tie this up and keep it where you believe her powers are most needed.

From: 365 Goddess

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sock Spells for Love, Luck, and More


These spells work on the concept that the feet are an entry point for the body and soul. White socks should be used unless stated! Wear the socks all day and sleep in them if possible discarding the contents/herbs/salt in the morning, in any way you please.

Protection, Breaking Bad luck, Removing Hexes
Wear white socks with...

Good Luck 
Wear either brown or green socks with a pinch of ...

Love ...

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com and can be found in its entirety here: Sock Spells for Love, Luck, and More

Easy Seaweed Bottle Spell For Luck


Many good fortune spells feature seaweeds like bladderwrack and agar-agar, both popularly known as Sea Spirit. Seaweeds, in general, are perceived as auspicious; other species such as kelp and dulse may be easier to obtain, along with other seaweeds associated with Japanese cuisine or nutritional supliments....

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Getting Help From the Dragon King


The Dragon King of the Sea can be called upon for help and assistance. Here's how:

Whisper your message, needs, or desires over a loaf of bread.
Feed this bread to river or ocean fish.
Tell the fish to please deliver your message to the Dragon King of the Sea.
When help arrives, be sure to return with offerings of gratitude.

From: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

Gemstones For Luck


This is a list of gemstones believed to bring luck:

  • Agate - protection from bad luck
  • Amazonite - luck in hopes and dreams
  • Amber - promotes luck and success
  • Amethyst - brings luck in making your dreams come true
  • Aventurine - brings good luck in chance or gambling
  • Black Tourmaline - increases luck, brings success in business and relationships
  • Carnelian - brings luck in physical situations (Athletes)
  • Chrysanthemum Stone - brings luck by unexpected opportunities
  • Citrine - promotes luck in sales
  • Emerald - brings luck in keeping your lover faithful
  • Garnet - stimulates success in business
  • Malachite - brings luck in business
  • Moonstone - brings good fortune and success
  • Quartz Crystal - brings luck to get through the day
  • Red Jasper - reduces fear of dark and night to increase luck
  • Sodalite - promotes clear mind for creative luck
  • Tektite - good luck
  • Tiger's Eye - provides insight, good luck
  • Tourmaline - doubles your luck in any situation
  • Turquoise - brings good fortune, protects from negative energy, symbolizes wealth

Herbs for Luck


Here is a list of herbs associated with luck:

  • Alfalfa
  • Angel's turnip
  • Ash tree leaves
  • Basil
  • Blessed thistle
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Galangal root
  • Grains of paradise
  • Mustard seed
  • Peony
  • Yellow dock
  • Wonder of the world root
  • Jezebel root
  • Mandrake root
  • May apple root
  • Little John chew
  • Lucky hand
  • Tonka beans
  • Irish moss
  • Queen of the meadow root
  • Quince seeds
  • Parsley
  • Five-finger grass
  • Swiss leaves
  • Silver weed
  • Seven barks
  • Sacred bark
  • John the conqueror root
  • Four leaf clover
  • Jamaica ginger root
  • Rosemary
  • Sumbul root
Note: This post was put together by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

It's Good Luck Day

Themes: Luck; Health; Home; Travel; Prosperity; Work; Wealth
Symbols: Your lucky number; Clothing; Tokens; Etc
Presiding Goddess: Lakshmi

About Lakshmi: The Goddess Lakshmi means "Good Luck" to Hindus. The word 'Lakshmi' is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, meaning 'aim' or 'goal', and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. She is the household goddess of most Hindu families, and a favorite of women. Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility.

To Do Today:

Legend tells us that Gabriel declared this day among the most fortuitous on the calendar, especially for those wanting to travel, find a new home, improve their health, or embark on any prosperous project (like looking for a new job). Lakshmi joins in these efforts by adding even more luck to a day already filled with positive influences. Take out any lucky items and wear or carry them today to augment the energy further.

Add luck-inspiring foods and spices to your diet to help you internalize your good fortune and make it last longer than twenty-four hours. Examples include consuming oranges, pineapples, and strawberries (or juices from these fruits) for breakfast. Or, bake with allspice and nutmeg.

As you dress, add a rose or violet to your outfit; both of these vibrate on lucky levels. Alternatively, carry a piece of turquoise, a piece of jet, or an Apache tear in your pocket to transport Lakshmi's good fortune wherever you go today. Leave an extra stone at home to encourage luck there, too!

Adapted from: 365 Goddess

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fishing With The Four Winds


When the wind is in the north,
The skillful fisher goes not forth;

When the wind is in the east,
‘Tis good for neither man nor beast;

When the wind is in the south,
It blows the flies in the fish’s Mouth;

But when the wind is in the west,
There is it the very best.

From the Farmers Almanac 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Croissant Magick

Ruler: Moon
Type: Bread
Magickal Form: Crescent shaped
Also called: Media Luna

There is much controversy over the true origin of the croissant, but the fact is that these "moon cakes" were offered to the lunar goddess of Mesopotamia long before the French pastry chefs claimed to have invented it.

Eat the crescent moon cakes for protection on the dark moon, energy on the new moon, and blessings on the full moon. Offer them as thanks to the Goddess of the Moon whenever she fulfills a request.

From: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

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