The Cosmic Witch Part 9

Written for Coven life

By Priestess Hypatia

30/01/2020

 

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The 4th Pentacle of mercury- Seal of Solomon

 

Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

In this post I will be discussing the 7th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts.

Here I will be talking about the final planet of the sacred seven and not in that order, the planet Mercury. Ruling over Gemini and Virgo it is the planet that influences the intellect and of communication and therefore the element of air.

Mercury the planet is androgynous and neutral, it is neither masculine nor feminine, neither positive nor negative, taking on the qualities of whatever aspects it comes into contact with.

The Planet

Distance from Sun: 57.91 million km
Orbital period: 88 days
Length of day: 58d 15h 30m
Mass: 3.285 × 10^23 kg (0.055 M⊕)
Surface area: 74.8 million km²

The God

In the Ancient Roman World Mercury was the equivalent of the Greek God Hermes. The swift-footed messenger God traversed between the upper and lower worlds and his origins can be traced back as far as 13th– 15th Century BCE.

The many associations of Mercury include that of fertility, communication that include writing, messengers, trade, luck, and thievery. He was the patron saint of merchants, business people that were involved in all types of trade. The staff of Hermes, the Kerykeion is recognized as a symbol of trade and commerce and not that of medicine.

As the God of Medicine Aesculapius and His Rod is attributed to the arts of health and healing.

In the ancient Egyptian world he was connected to Thoth that is also connected with communication and responsible for writing the Emerald Tablet.

Planetary Magick Correspondences

Day- Wednesday

Colour– Purple, yellow and sometimes Orange

Element– Air

Gem stone– Opal, aventurine, moss agate, fluorite, and sodalite

Herbs– Almond, Anise, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain

Number(s): 8, 64, 260, 2080

Archangel: Raphael

Metal: Mercury (toxic), safe replacement used in modern magick is Aluminum, sometimes also Zinc is mentioned

Olympic spirit (ruler): Ophiel

Importance in Alchemy– Spells, ritual and charms

Astrology

Due to Mercury’s speedy elliptical orbit, Mercury often appears to be going backwards, with frequent retrograde motions of about 3-4 every year. The good news is that these retrogrades are short lived, the bad news is that when they are in that motion they can at times wreak havoc in your life. Caution in signing contracts, breakdown in communication, avoid surgery, avoid travel, heightened anger, frustration, anxiety and of course the list of all your insecurities goes on. Now the majority of the time such retrogrades go unnoticed, that is until something happens in your life, then there is always Mercury retrograde if it does.

Spell Against Mercury Retrograde

If you are familiar with spell work you can try this to draw the positive aspects of Mercury during its retrograde. It encourages harmony, balance, protection and healing is such tumultuous times.

Spell work-

  1. Purple candle
  2. Anointed with frankincense
  3. Surround with your choice of crystals and herbs from the magickal correspondences above
  4. Light the candle and say:

‘My mind is a fortress, backwards Mercury, shall cause no deceit, nor damage. The light and stones shall save me’.

  1. When the candle has burned all the way down, and extinguished itself, take the stones, place them in a mojo bag, and carry with you as long as Mercury stays in retrograde.

Orphic Hymn

Below is a beautiful hymn or prayer to the great God Mercury- Hermes. Use this if you want to invoke the energy of Mercury- Hermes, use the planetary magickal correspondences for extra guidance and remember as with any spell work to understand, observe and respect the energies that you are working and drawing from and with.

Invocation/ Prayer to Mercury- Hermes

The Fumigation from Frankincense.
“Hermes, draw near, and to my pray’r incline, angel of Jove [Zeus], and Maia’s son divine;
Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow’rful arts could watchful Argus kill:
With winged feet, ’tis thine thro’ air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse:
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine:
With pow’r endu’d all language to explain, of care the loos’ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Corucian, blessed, profitable God;
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind:
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory’s increase.”

Orphic Hymn- #27

The Cosmic Witch Part 8

Written for Coven life

By Priestess Hypatia

23/12/2019

Saturn

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“A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.” ~ Buddha

 

Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

In this post I will be discussing the 6th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts. Here I will be talking about the planet that is connected to your 6th chakra and spiritual evolution. Saturn is the highest planet in the hierarchy of planets (of those known to the ancients) and thus the closest to the Gods and thus associated with immortality and longevity.

Saturn is associated with time and is timeless.

So what does this mean?

In Mythology:

In Greek antiquity Cronus was the counterpart of the Roman Saturn. Cronus was the titan son of Uranus (heaven) and Gaia (earth). The word Cronus in Greek actually describes time therefore he was the personification of time itself and ruled the cosmos during the Golden Age. Later the Romans adopted him into their religion and renamed him Saturn.

Saturn helps us realize that we are beyond time, that we are one with the universe, originating from the very energy that created us. We are all STARDUST. This energy was created during chaos, and yes the Greeks also had a God by this name that personified the chaotic birth of the Universe.

3rd Eye

This planet assists in unlocking our sacred place in the universe and by meditating on your 6th Chakra you can learn to melt away the complicated world around you. The 6th Chakra is connected to what they call your 3rd eye. This is the place where the human body meets the celestial spirit, it is the Anja (in Hindu).

The 3rd eye is actually our Penal Gland in in our anatomical structure, so once again the ancients knew what they were talking about. Shaped as a pine cone- hence its name derivative, this gland is responsible for secreting melatonin which plays a role in the body’s internal clock or what medical science calls the circadian rhythm, one that regulates our relaxation and sleep.

This chakra is also called the brow chakra as it is located between your brows on your forehead and is considered to be the ‘seat of your soul’.

In Ancient Egypt

The eye of Ra or Horus is actually a representation of the penal gland, not only in a spiritual sense but also in a pictorial depiction.

Below is a picture comparing the 2 with rather uncanny similarities.

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http://www.ourwonderlife.com/de-calcify-the-pineal-gland-our-eye-of-horus/

 

The penal gland is where we perceive or see all things as energy around us. This is a place where you gain your multi-dimensional vision.

Meditation

The colour of this Chakra is Indigo. Each Chakra also has a sound, this is the sound of the universe- the sound of OM, the symbol is.

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Below is a short meditation on YouTube that you can try to assist you in connecting to this Chakra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab9LTtBZjeM

You can meditate on the above- sounding the OM loud or within and using the colour for visualization.

Saturn correspondences

Ruling planet of Capricorn and Aquarius

Astrologically Saturn is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, boundaries, practicality and reality, crystallizing and structures.

Governs ambition, career, authority and hierarchy, and conforming social structures.

Peoples sense of duty, discipline and responsibility, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships.

Day- Saturday

Herbs- Bindweed, Bistort, Bluebell, Comfrey, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Foxglove, Hellebore, Holly, Indigo, Juniper, Mandrake, Monkshood, Mullein, Pine, Rue, Solomon’s Seal, Witch Hazel, Wolfsbane, Yew.

Minerals- Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline,

Color- Black
Number- 3
Elements- Water and earth
Incense- Myrrh
Animals- Goat, crocodile
Angel- Tzaphqiel

N. H. Count Down to Yule

THE WICCAN CALENDAR: YULE (WINTER SOLSTICE)

When is Yule: December 20-23
Yule pronunciation: Yool
Themes: rebirth, quiet introspection, new year, hope, setting intentions, celebration of light
Also known as: Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Yuletide

In most traditions, Yule is the Sabbat that begins the Wiccan Year. This is the Winter Solstice—the shortest day and longest night we will experience in the Northern Hemisphere. Though it’s typically celebrated on December 21st, the exact moment of the Solstice varies from year to year due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. It also occurs at differing local times, so that depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or the day after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of December 20-23 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.

To read the rest of this very informative article by one of my favorite authors Lisa Chamberlain of Wicca Living

You can find her books on Amazon.com. Click here for a list of Lisa’s books. If you have Kindle Unlimited most of Lisa’s books are free to read with it.

S. H. Countdown to Litha

THE WICCAN CALENDAR: LITHA (SUMMER SOLSTICE)

When is Litha: June 20-22
Litha pronunciation: LEE-tha
Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic
Also known as: Midsummer, Midsummer’s Eve, Gathering Day, St. John’s Day, St. John’s Eve, Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin, Feill-Sheathain

“Litha” is the name given to the Wiccan Sabbat celebrated at the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year, marking the pinnacle of the Sun’s power to fuel the growing season. From here on out, the Sun will set a little earlier each night until Yule, and so we recognize and give thanks for its warmth.

Though it’s typically celebrated on June 21st, the exact moment of the Summer Solstice varies from year to year. This is due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. The Solstice also occurs at differing local times, so depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of June 20-22 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.

To read the rest of this very informative article by one of my favorite authors Lisa Chamberlain of Wicca Living

You can find her books on Amazon.com. Click here for a list of Lisa’s books. If you have Kindle Unlimited most of Lisa’s books are free to read with it.

 

The Cosmic Witch Part 7

Written By:

Priestess Hypatia

for Coven Life

12/12/2019

JUPITER

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Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

In this post I will be discussing the 5th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts. Here I will be talking about the giant of the solar system, the grand planet Jupiter known as the Lord of Plenty.

Its magnitude commands respect with dozens of moons and an expansive magnetic field, this mighty planet has its own miniature solar system.

“Beyond the sphere of Mars, in distant skies
Revolves the mighty magnitude of Jove
With kingly state,
the rival of the Sun,
About him round four planetary Moons
On earth with wonder,
all night long beheld
Moon above Moon,
his fair attendants dance.”

… Raphael …

Jupiter’s expansive size reflects its principle of drawing us towards a sense of fullness and offering a grander, more expansive vision of reality. Taking these things into consideration as well as the Mythos of the God(s) associated with this planet makes Jupiter’s energy prime for workings relating to abundance, most notably financial prosperity. This speaks both to the laws of attraction but also to the ability to being open and receptive to that attraction through cultivating a broader view of what the possibilities and potential may be.

Writing about this beautiful giant has come at the most auspicious time. It is that time of the year again where we are overwhelmed with all that is happening around us. Using the power of Jupiter to bring the calm, allow the balance within that radiates without and lastly but not least understand that WE ARE sitting in abundance. Jupiter is about realising that precious perspective of having enough, feeling enough and being enough is simply enough!

This planet brings a greater freedom to think and act for ourselves. Such freedom calls for conscious awareness of what we do, why we do it, and how we balance the urge for instant gratification against the need to invest in the future. If we fail to acknowledge the value of caution and moderation, we can be fooled into exploiting opportunities that lead towards financial failure, spiritual dissatisfaction, or the boredom and depression that accompanies surfeit and over-indulgence.

In Greek mythology Jupiter is Zeus, heavenly father, lord of the day and king of the gods. No star shines as brightly as his; Venus may do so at times, but she is constricted to morning and evening. Jupiter’s celestial brilliance portrays vitality, power, strength, and freedom of will.

Jupiter and Spell Work

Always remember, that “with great power comes great responsibility” and I would add that with more knowledge comes greater selectivity in its use.

There are many spells concerning the energy of abundance, freedom, expansion, etc….. regarding the planet Jupiter. Allow yourself to be adventurous and create your own. Here I will give you the correspondences and a kind reminder of the foundations concerning undertaking any Spell Work. The rest is up to you!

The following magickal correspondences are used to enhance your spell work. Understand these aspects well before beginning.

Jupiter Correspondences:

Jupiter Animals

Eagle

Unicorn

Jupiter Astrological Correspondences

Sagittarius

Pisces

Jupiter Colors

Deep Green

Deep Purple

Jupiter Crystals & Minerals

Amethyst

Emerald

Green Aventurine

Diamond

Lapis Lazuli

Tin

Jupiter Day of the Week

Thursday

Jupiter Deities

Adonai

Archangel Zadkiel

Chango

Dagda

Hera

Isis

Juno

Jupiter

Odin

Zeus

Jupiter Elemental Correspondences

Air

Fire

Jupiter Gender

Male

Jupiter Health Correspondences

Blood

Liver

Pituitary gland

Jupiter Herbs & Plants

Carnation

Chestnut

Dandelion

Nutmeg

Oak

Rose

Sage

Jupiter Incense

Cedar

Nutmeg

Jupiter Magickal Correspondences

Abundance

Authority

Career Advancement

Career Growth

Expansion

Fatherhood

Fatherly Traits

Growth

Influence

Increasing Personality

Leadership

Legal Matters

Politics

Self-Awareness

Self-Confidence

Stability

Success

Jupiter Number

4

Jupiter Oils

Almond

Aloe

Cinnamon

Clove

Jasmine

Nutmeg

Sandalwood

Jupiter Tarot Association

The Wheel of Fortune

Jupiter Symbol

Remember with ANY Spell Work it is important to Recognise and Understand:

Why you are doing the spell work?

When you are doing the spell work?

What you are doing the spell work with- that is your equipment?

Who you are doing the spell work for or even with and most importantly do you have their permission?

What are your intentions for doing it?

What is your outcome?

Define the time span, in other words set yourself a time goal of when you want to achieve the result of this spell.

What are the benefits and what are the consequences?

Are you respecting your space, others privacy and of course the integrity and love of the Earth?

Are you familiar with the rules of protection?

Are you in a safe environment?

Are you in a good mental and physical space to perform the spell work, if not, please avoid?

You need to recognise and understand the powers that you are working with. Ensure you are familiar with those energies and their aspects. For every action there is a reaction.

Spell work can be greatly rewarding, but please ensure that you follow the rules, do as much research as possible and only then can you begin.

 

For further understanding I have supplied links below:

http://www.dragonoak.com/Rules-of-Spell-Casting.html

https://spells8.com/lessons/protection-safety-casting-spells/#8-safety-rules-for-casting-spells-smoothly

 

Many Blessings and please enjoy your Journey with the Great Jupiter.

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 …

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Medical Wheel

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.

To read about the rest of the directions please click on this link: Native American 4 Directions

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

To read this rest of this article please click on this link: Native American Medicine Wheel and 4 Directions

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.