Jacob is suppose to be released from the hospital today. It will be week tomorrow since his horrible accident. We have all missed his smiling face and wonderful spirit around here. We are excited that he is now well enough to come home. Lady A told us the doctors have come in and told them he was going to be released today. All of his tests came back looking good and now he is ready to go. They made him promise no more four wheeling, ever!.
We have several things we have to get done around here, not here at Lady A’s cabin. We are going to straighten it up and check her fridge. I know Lord M and Joseph have been running in and out to grab things for her. No telling what shape it is in. We plan on going to the grocery and purchasing some of Jacob’s…
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Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Written for: Coven Life
On: May 5th 2018
By: Hypatia of Alexandrea
Continuing on with tools of the trade, or the Craft should I say.
In the previous lessons in Making Tools and your spiritual Journey we covered the reverence of space and respect needed to make these sacred objects, ones that will assist you on your Magickal Journey. Please review if need be on Coven Life web site.
Allow yourself time and space to be creative by adding to your Witches armamentarium.
All good things take time, time to make, time to collect, and the right time to make such as certain moon phases or even planet and other star alignments. I have known people to take years to make a tool. This does not need to be the case with you, however the more energy you weave through it the more of a Magickal significance it will have to you and the reason you choose to use it for, Just like the incredible Magick that is weaved into tapestry, carpets, quilts, clothing for war that was made by the women throughout the ages to protects their loved ones from harm.
In this Lesson we will continue with scrying.
This is a technique where with practice one becomes better. Others are born with the sight and scrying allows one to hone in on that sight, others need to practice and become better equipped with this skill as time goes on. Either Way, it is an invaluable tool to possess.
Through scrying we can tap into the sacred knowledge of all mankind. Scrying is best done when the sun has completely descended and the moon is at her peak.
Learn to work with the Earth and her phases, both the masculine and feminine energy that is needed to weave such Magick. Use the energy that descends from the Cosmos and bring it into your working space. Use the energy that ascends from the Great Earth Mother and use it ground yourself. This can be done as a daily ritual too.
As a Witch you have been gifted with the ability to harness from this universal energy. However do keep in mind that this is ONLY to be used for the greater good, this does not include personal gains. Please refer to previous lesson on how to harness this energy and the importance of purity of thought and deed when using it. Use your gift wisely!
A shiny piece of obsidian palm stone used for scrying is perfect!
Just like a crystal ball and water, anything that lends a reflective surface can be used for scrying.
Making your own mirror can also be a great deal of fun. This is best prepared during the waning of the full moon, so ensure the materials are gathered before that time.
Ideally leave it for one whole moon cycle before scrying.
You will need:
- Photo frame with backing, choose any size you desire, smaller ones are great to carry around with you, larger ones can be displayed in the home. This will get the visitors talking! Start small and if you feel it works for you than go ahead and make a larger one.
- Non aerosol, black high gloss paint
- Dried herbs that will enhance your psychic ability such as dragons’ blood, hyssop, orris root, mugwort, or whatever herb you choose during your research. There are a number of psychic herbs, I personally use mugwort and jasmine flower (all dried and crushed well in a mortar and pestle).
- Disposable mixing container
- Paint brush
Mix the paint and herbs together. Ensure there is not too much of the herb mix that will interfere with the final glossy finish, just enough to create the texture yet still somewhat smoothed out.
While mixing, visualize the light of the moon and say:
By the Moon’s darkest light
Perception of the night
Become part of my skills
And thus banish all ills.
- Paint inside of the glass using long brush strokes.
- Cover the surface completely leaving no gaps.
- When completely dry, place the backing back on the frame.
- Leave your mirror outside in the moonlight for as long as you can, then keep it covered by a dark cloth. I even like to put a piece black silk over mine.
Note: Such mirrors can also be used to deflect negativity back to where it belongs. If it ever needs to be used for this purpose, it needs to be reconsecrated if it is to be used for scrying again. It might be best to keep a separate mirror for such purpose.
Please look up consecrating your sacred objects on Coven Life search if not sure.
In the up and coming lessons I will be talking about using your mirror for protection of personal space and finding lost objects.
Written for Coven Life
By: Hypatia Of Alexandrea
Lessons 1 and 2 in the previous posts covered making tools with sacred wood that included wands and runes. It often takes time to prepare such tools in order for one to imbue their magical energies though the object. At times the object will change as the practitioner progresses through their spiritual journey. Remember that nothing is static, where there is energy there is movement, vibration and frequency, this includes all inanimate objects as well.
Lesson 3 will introduce one of the many methods of scrying, divining.
Scrying tools are used to develop ones clairvoyance skills. It assists one to see the past in order to understand the present and give some kind of direction for mastering the future.
Scrying requires concentration and of course an object to focus your mind.
Before you prepare your tool for scrying you may like to make your own scrying incense. Setting the mood by stimulating your senses that also includes your olfactory is important. This all helps to stimulate the penal gland or 3rd eye in order to reach a state of focus, trance or meditation call it what you will.
1 part Mugwort
1 part Wormwood
You may even wish to make your own bowl and decorate the bowl with motifs and symbols that correlate to your own belief system. Let your creativity run wild. Just remember that every step of creating whether it is the bowl the incense or the scrying liquid to imbued your own personal energy in it. Take your time in choosing and making your item and allow yourself to connect what it is that you are creating!!
In the next step we will be making the divining liquid.
This should be made during the full moon to give time for the liquid to infuse sufficiently to be used in the 1st quarter.
Please use the reference of the ephemeris of the moon as a guide.
Moon phases for all magical use is important. Please take the time to learn the energies that she gives. A simple and wonderful book to have on hand is “Mansions of the Moon for the Green Witch”. I’ll write a little book review of this at a later stage.
During the Full Moon-
You will need:
Dried herbs that include rose petals, jasmine and hyssop.
A medium clear bottle or jar
Small bowl (not scrying bowl)
In the small bowl mix the herbs
Add 1 part herb mix to 4 parts water
Stir 3 table spoons of sea salt
Pour the mixture into a jar, cover, in a sunny spot.
Leave it as undisturbed as both the moon and the sunrays energy are hitting it until the last quarter.
During the Last quarter-
During the time of the last quarter, strain the herbs and store the liquid in a jar until ready for use in the 1st quarter.
Effectively just remember the most powerful time to divine is Seven Days after the New Moon which is the first quarter!!!!!
During the First Quarter-
This is the time you use the liquid. It is seven days after the new moon which falls on the first quarter of the moon. I know it doesn’t give you much window to divine, however this is just a guide that has been used by the oracle in ancient times.
Create your mood, place your mind in a space of divining. Use your imagination, wear your favorite gown, jewellery, anoint yourself with your favorite essential oil, jasmine is mine. Divining is a scared time, don’t just use it Willie Nillie.
Who or what is assisting you with allowing you to see and giving you the messages.
Accessing beyond the veil needs preparation, such as placing protection around you, ensuring your mind and surroundings are cleared of clutter and most importantly just like anything become familiar what energy it is that you are drawing this from! Are you calling in the elements, the Gods and Goddesses, other earth spirits, Totems, ancestors, spirits beyond this earth or simply Mother Earth her self?
Remember that the energy around you is something that you allow in, nothing comes if it is not called or conjured! If you are not familiar with personal protection, please do a quick Coven Life or general web search on such methods and choose what you resonate with.
Yes, this does all sound time consuming, however everything has a time and place. Learning timing and patience is part of understanding your magical practice. Revering the seasons and following the earth’s rhythms is essential for any spiritual practice and finally learning to protect yourself even if it is just using divination.
Once again use your intuition and allow yourself to connect as you please. There is no right or wrong. You choose as you please and what makes you most comfortable!
The timing of this suggested method of scrying was taken from an academic extract called “Portrait of a Priestess” by Connelly, that described actual events and practices of the ancient priests and priestess in antiquity namely in the temple of Delphi used by the Pythia. A wonderful academic read, well researched and accredited throughout the epistemological arena it offers an insight of how humans throughout history have moved with the earth’s rhythms.
Entrench yourself in the energy and see what you yourself discover. You may even find a better method that suits you. Just remember to be in the flow of that energy around you. Learn how to navigate the sky, read the seasons and feel the pulse of the earth and her energy meridians. This is how humanity has always done and will continue to do it. Why? BECAUSE IT WORKS!
What is Scrying?
Scrying is an ancient form of divination, dating back thousands of years. Different forms of scrying have been present in ancient to modern day civilizations all across the world. Scrying can also be found in many different religious and spiritual beliefs and is often used to tell a person their past, present or future. Many people since the witch-burning ages have called scrying a form of witchcraft; however, this is untrue. Many cultures have used scrying in their spiritual rites and journeys, including the Native Americans and Ancient Celtic Druids. It is quite interesting to find that even some Christian Kings of the past called upon “seers” to use different methods of scrying to aid them in battle or love scenarios.
One of the most well-known forms of scrying is crystal-ball gazing. This type of scrying really became popular in the fifteenth century all throughout Europe. Seers were able to look into the crystal ball and see images that took form within the crystal’s many layers. They would then interpret this image and speak that interpretation to the seeking person…who many times was of royal descent. There is also mirror scrying, fire scrying, cloud scrying, pond/lake scrying, and different forms of stone scrying and earth scrying. There is a type of scrying for every person’s element…you just have to find the one to suit your soul and third eye.
Check out some or all of the forms of scrying that I have written about below. Maybe you could try each of these forms of scrying for yourself and determine which was your favorite and to which you most felt connected?
What does the mirror represent to you? Most people see it as a symbol of beauty and vanity. Magical people dating back hundreds of years used…
For the rest of this article please click on this link: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Scrying-Ancient-Forms-of-Divination
Scrying is something I bet you’ve done without even realizing it – the beginning part of it anyway.
How many times have you watched the clouds drifting by in the sky, seeing faces and shapes in them? Have you ever stared blankly at a wall, ceiling, or floor and seen faces and shapes move across them?
That is scrying. (kind of) 😉 It means getting into a relaxed, meditative state and focusing on the shapes and symbols we see, and trying to interpret what meaning they may have for us.
Scrying is a form of divination, which means “fortelling the future,” but it is also a great tool…
For the rest of this article please click on this link: http://wingsforthespirit.com/scrying-divination/scrying-divination-techniques/
The full moon has long been considered a symbol of wisdom and intuition. We feel its connection every month, when it lights the night sky. Many of us feel more energetic and alert during the full phase of the moon. This is partly because our bodies and mind are intricately connected to the lunar cycles. Like our selves, water is also linked to the changing face of the moon — just ask anyone who lives on the coast about the phenomenon of “lunar tide”!
This divination is one of the simplest. It’s best to do it outside if at all possible, because, after all, you are relying on the moon to illuminate the water for you! If you can’t perform this ritual on the night of the full moon, the night immediately before or immediately after is just as acceptable.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
In addition to a clear sky and a full moon, you’ll need the following items:
- A table or some sort of flat work space
- A dark bowl
- A pitcher containing enough water to fill the bowl
- A journal or notepad to write in, as well as a pen
- Optional: your favorite meditative music
If your tradition normally requires you to cast a circle, do so now. If you’d like to play some music, go ahead and start your cd player. Sit or stand comfortably at your workspace.
Begin by closing your eyes, and attuning your mind to the energy around you. Feel the soft earth under your feet. Hear the rustling of the wind in the trees. Breathe in the scent of grass and earth that lingers in the air. Raise your arms out to your sides, palms facing up, and feel the energy of the moon above you.
Take some time to gather that energy. It’s a pull, a palpable sensation that we can feel, if we just take the time to look for it. Feel that silvery power above you, and recognize your connection to it, and to the Divine.
When you are ready to begin scrying, open your eyes. Notice the night all around you. You may feel an unusual sense of clarity and alertness – don’t be alarmed, it’s just that lunar energy at work. Raise the pitcher in one hand, holding it over the bowl. As you do, visualize wisdom and guidance within the water. As you pour the water into the bowl, from the pitcher, see the energy of the moon charging that water. Recognize that this water can show you the mysteries of the moon.
When the bowl is full, position yourself so that you can see the moon’s light reflected directly into the water. Stare into the water, looking for patterns, symbols or pictures. You may see images moving, or perhaps even words forming.
You may have thoughts pop spontaneously into your head, that seem to have nothing at all to do with anything. Use your journal, and write everything down. Spend as much time as you like gazing into the water — it may be just a few minutes, or even an hour. Stop when you begin to feel restless, or if you’re getting distracted by mundane things (“Hm, did I feed the cat?”).
WHEN YOU’RE DONE
When you are finished gazing into the water, make sure you have recorded everything you saw, thought and felt during your scrying session. Messages often come to us from other realms and yet we frequently don’t recognize them. If a bit of information doesn’t make sense, don’t worry — sit on it for a few days and let your unconscious mind process it. Chances are, it will make sense eventually. It’s also possible that you could receive a message that’s meant for someone else — if something doesn’t seem to apply to you, think about your circle of friends, and who it might be meant for.
Afterwards, you can leave your water out overnight to charge it even more, or you can pour it away into your garden as an offering.
** Note: If you live near a natural body of water such as a pond or lake, you can perform water scrying with these larger “bowls” instead!