How to Understand and Make a Sacred Medicine Wheel by MATEO SOL

When you think of “medicine” what is the first thing that comes to mind?

For many modern people, medicine is associated with drugs, surgical procedures, nurses, dentists, or doctors that all improve one’s physical health. However, “medicine” in many past ancient cultures was understood as an interrelated process of physical and spiritual well-being. Medicine was once thought of as a way of being in harmony with the primal energy of nature, and a way of becoming aware of the personal power within each of us that allows us to become more whole and complete.

Before we based our lives on beliefs and interpretations of “holy scriptures,” we looked to the surrounding world for answers and we observed the rhythm of nature to guide our existence. What we discovered is that life behaves in cycles or circles rather than Cartesian “line” that we perceive time and existence these days. We discovered that the seasons came and went in cycles as did the Sun cycles and Moon phases, and we observed that even living beings like humans, trees and animals worked in cycles of births, death and rebirth.

With this understanding of life came a respect for the sacredness of the circle, and its medicinal …

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A Candle and Suggestions to Help a Person Not Feel so Alone

Wanting to Connect with Others a Big Part of What Makes Us Humans

I was watching this video by The Bronze Witch and felt it was a good idea to share it with all of you. There are many illnesses, conditions, and disease that cannot be seen by others on the outside but that does not mean the person suffering through them does not have whatever it might be. As mentioned in the video the cold weather when we tend to stay home more can bring on a depression so it is important to reach out to your brothers and sisters in The Craft as well as other friends and family especially if they live alone just to chat for a few minutes.  This is not something you need to find time in your busy schedule daily but make an effort to communicate with an email, phone call, an online or paper card, short text or any way you want just to let someone know they are cared about and not forgotten at least once a week. Also in the United States from just before Thanksgiving until about the middle of January the suicide rate increased to It’s highest point throughout the entire year. If you can take a goodie or two to someone in a nursing home or rehab center once a month or every other. Many of our elderly have no family left to bring them joy. Check with your local senior center or town council on aging to ask if there is any type of an adopted a grandparent near you.

As a witch you have the capability to help people you know to feel better at least a little bit. How? Charm a candle in a bright color, like yellow, red, orange, to bring a person some joy and happiness.

How to Charm/Empower the Candle

Start with a large candle like the big jar ones with a kind in  one of the colors mentioned above or the person you are giving it to favorite color and/or scent IMPORTANT if the person cannot or should not be left alone with a burning candle for safety reasons you can substitute a battery power candle.

Engrave their name into the top of the Candle while saying this spell 3 times and after the 3rd time seal the spell by saying “So more it be” or however you seal your spells If using a battery type candle use a permanent market to write the person’s first name on the candle.Love

SPELL

 Artemis and Apollo infuse this candle with healing, love from my heart, happiness the Sun brings and the joy friends and family can bring.

I give this candle to (insert persons name) to help them remember there is light and joy in this the dark, cold time of year.

This is my wish for them. So mote is be.

If the person is in a nursing home, assisted living place, or rehabilitation center of some kind check the rules they may have about what a person can be gifted.

Wrap the Candle or place it in a gift bag. Maybe add a handwritten note and a word puzzle book or a light, happier style book they would enjoy it a gift card if they own an d-reader or a coupon or a few coupons (the coupons can be for anything like spending an hour or two with them, a household chores or two that might not be able to do themselves, hugs, an putting of some kind the only thing holding you back from making some coupons is your own imagination) tailored for the person you are giving them to, a few candies -sugar free of the person is diabetic, some home made goodies or even a couple of prepared meals that could frozen and the heated up or whatever else you want to add that would put a giant smile and warm the heart of the person you are giving the “Cold Weather Smile or Hoodie Bag” or whatever you want to call it Side note this was always my mom’s favorite gift from me and she looked forward to seeing the design I picked out for that years slippers I crocheted. Do not wait for a specific holiday to give it to the person do it as soon as you have it ready, I use to give my mom hers right after Samhain with Do Not Open Until and then picked the first date before Thanksgiving that popped into my head. Every year for the last 8 I had with her she’d call me on Samhain just to ask if she was getting her cold weather surprise goodie bag. Another side note of you know someone who is housebound for whatever reason you could make a candle and goodie bag for each season and give it to them. In my family we at times give small gifts for no reason what do ever and call them “I love you gift.”

 

A huge thank you to my dearest sister The Bronze Witch for making the video that reminded me of this made from the heart with love gift I use to give my mom. I can think of a couple people I can do it for this year.

Here is the link that set off the idea for this post: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kvtz2HH21G0

The Meaning of the Four Directions in Native American Culture

As part of the Lakota culture, when people pray or do anything sacred, they see the world as having Four Directions. From these Four Directions — north, east, south, west — come the four winds. The special meanings of each of the Four Directions are accompanied by specific colors, and the shape of the cross symbolizes all directions. Like many Native American beliefs and traditions, specific details regarding colors associated with directions varies.

East (Yellow)

The direction from which the sun comes. Light dawns in the morning and spreads over the earth. This is the beginning of a new day. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us see things the way they really are. On a deeper level, east stands for the wisdom helping people live good lives. Traditional people rise in the morning to pray facing the dawn, asking God for wisdom and understanding.

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Medicine Ways: Traditional Healers and Healing (Native American)

The Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions

The Medicine Wheel, sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, has been used by generations of various Native American tribes for health and healing. It embodies the Four Directions, as well as Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree—all of which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life.

The Medicine Wheel can take many different forms. It can be an artwork such as artifact or painting, or it can be a physical construction on the land. Hundreds or even thousands of Medicine Wheels have been built on Native lands in North America over the last several centuries.

Movement in the Medicine Wheel and in Native American ceremonies is circular, and typically in a clockwise, or “sun-wise” direction. This helps to align with the forces of Nature, such as gravity and the rising and setting of the Sun.

Meanings of the Four Directions

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Simple Basic Altar Set Up

When setting up an altar it is nice but not necessary to have a lot of magickal tools.

A basic altar can be set up using different colored tea lights or candles to represent the five elements, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. To make the candle burn a little longer and drip less keep them in your freezer until you are ready to use them. You can put your personal candle back into your freezer after it has cooled down for at one hour after use. Place your elemental candle in the shape of a pentagram. You can use a piece of chalk to draw the outline of a pentagram wherever you are setting up your altar. When you are done with the circle and have removed all things off wherever your atar was set up just use a wet paper towel to wipe off the chalk. It may take more than one depending on how hard use pressed with the chalk when drawing the pentagram. When I to this I either bury the paper towel in one of my gardens or burn it in my outdoor fireplace as a sign of respect for the remains of the pentagram it holds.

A few other ideas  to use for the elements are:

SPIRIT: A statue or picture of an angel or a picture of ancestor

AIR: A feather or incense stick or cone or windchimes

FIRE: A book of matches or lighter or wooden matches

WATER: A seashell or any type of aquatic wildlife statue or picture or a small container of water

EARTH: A stick or some rocks or a small container of dirt or salt (not sea salt but regular table salt)

The Goddess and God you wish to have present can also be done by using a candle or tea light. Some other objects you could use are:

GODDESS: Eggshell or birds nest or a statute of a woman of any size or a picture of a Goddess

GODS: A pine cone or small tree branch with leaves or a statute of a man any size or a picture of a God

You can take a glass r cup and a small plate of some kind from your kitchen that you rarely use to consecrate for use as your chalice and offering dish.

Your personal candle you will want to use a bigger candle so you do not have to dedicate and personalize one every time you use it in a circle. I have a 12-inch (30.48 cm) taper candle works very well for my personal candle and lasts about 2 to 4 months depending on how often I make a circle.

As for your Book of Shadows being on your altar or not is up to you. I keep a couple of pieces of paper and a pen on my altar when doing a circle, especially if it is a circle meditation, just in case something happens during the circle I want to remember. My BOS is a three-ring binder with lots of empty pages in it so I do not have to cleanse them before using them on my altar or placing them back into my BOS.

WAND: Your do not absolutely have to have a wand to do a basic altar. But if you live near a park, forest or have trees in your yard look on the ground for a fallen branch. Ask the tree if you can have it for your personal use as a wand and leave a small token of appreciation such as a little water, a small stone or whatever else you feel might be appropriate.

SIDE NOTE: Left handed people sometimes put their Personal Candle on the left and BOS on the right.

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane.

Colors of Candles: What Do Different Candle Colors Mean

Colors play an important role in our lives and even when we do creative work or meditate, we can lend distinctive vibrations and focus our intentions better through the burning of different colored candles. Indeed; candle “magick” is an important and much studied science and art (which many feel, wrongly, is associated with black magic or witchcraft).

In this guide, we will only refer to the use of candle colors and their meanings for linking to individual energies as based on different colored Chakras. We hope that the candle colors and their meanings given below will work positively on specific forces of the Universe in order to strengthen your affirmations. This, in turn, can help you direct the Universal energy towards particular (positive) conclusions.

This article on Color_means.com has a lot of information about how colors can work in magic and our daily lives. Please click on the following link to read this rest of this information: http://www.color-meanings.com/colors-of-candles-what-do-different-candle-colors-mean/