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Lady Beltane is fairly ill with???? her doctors are not sure at this time what is wrong but they do know through two tests it is not COVID-19. She is not feeling up to doing all the regular daily WOTC’s post but will make sure each days birthday horoscope is posted. She will post when she can on Coven Life. She hopes to be back feeling better by the weekend.
Hypaia of Alexandria works at an elderly health care facility in her native Australia and is having to work extra hours because of restrictions the government has imposed to help safe guard the health of the elderly. She also runs her own business as a licensed nutritionist. Leaving her little time for sleep and her family much less trying to fit in posting on the two websites.
Samhain had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago but is recovering at home under her doctor’s supervision. His computer set up which he refers to as “The Beast” because of it’s 6 monitors plus other extras is located in his basement. The problem here is he is not allowed to walk up and down stairs as yet. Last time Lady Beltane talked to him he was having a family member help to move The Beast upstairs and was working on getting it to work. So without a working computer he cannot post either.
Dawn of the Day has been busy with her full time job as a high school teacher and cooridinator of the graduation ceremony which to say the least has been very tricky and time consuming this year because of the Stay at Home and Social Distancing orders. Now that, that is over she is getting ready to leave for her annual volunteer work helping to repair and/or do remolding plus some farming duties for a place she goes to every year in West Virginia to help the organization helps people that could not afford much need repairs or whatever to their homes otherwise.
PynkMoon had fallen last week and required stitches. Besides that he has been battling pneumonia for a couple of months. Lady Beltane received word yesterday that he has now been hospitalized for treatments that cannot be done at home.
Raven Spirit Walker is having to see a cardiologist because of a very low heart rate. She also is the sole care giver for her beloved husband who is dealing with many different medical issues. She is also having to dedicate more time to her own business to keep their bills paid up. Raven is a psychic medium who reads all different types of cards, helps locate missing persons in AZ, and a few other abilities she has that she puts to good use not just for an income but to help other people wherever and whenever she can.
As you can see at this time we all have things going on in our personal lives that if you are willing to we could use some prayers and/or a candle lit to help us. We will post what we can when we can please just have patience and ask the Lord and the Lady to let our lives get back into their usual routines. We all thank you for your understanding and support. If anyone and I mean anyone needs prayers and/or a candle lit for something you feel you need help with please leave a comment telling this fantastic community what it is you need help with.
June Esbat gathering is this Friday, June 5th for the N.H. and S.H. slick on Daily Posts and scroll down for all the information you need for this gathering.
There will be a remembrance ceremony honoring 1 year since she crossed over the veil into the Summerlands for our beloved sister Lady of the Abyss in the N. H. on Friday, June 12th starting at 5:00 PM CDT this includes a time to gather to talk about our memories of her before the ceremony. For the S. H. it will be on Saturday, June 13 starting at 8:00 AM AEST. It will be held in the Heart’s Spirit Coven’s Private Chatroom
There will be a Summer/Winter Solstice gathering for the N.H. Saturday, June 20 and for the S. H. on Sunday, June 21. More information will be posted closer to these dates.
Written for Coven life
By Priestess Hypatia
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.
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
Colour– Purple, yellow and sometimes Orange
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
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
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.
- Purple candle
- Anointed with frankincense
- Surround with your choice of crystals and herbs from the magickal correspondences above
- 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’.
- 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.
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.”
Written for Coven life
By Priestess Hypatia
“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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Below is a short meditation on YouTube that you can try to assist you in connecting to this Chakra.
You can meditate on the above- sounding the OM loud or within and using the colour for visualization.
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.
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,
Elements- Water and earth
Animals- Goat, crocodile
Written by Priestess Hypatia
For Coven Life
“History is the script of those in power, and whoever holds the power writes the history.” – Jose Arguelles –
A Blue moon- when there is 2 full moons in one month.
In 2020 its occurrence is in October, this means that there are 13 full moons in that solar year cycle. Our last Blue Moon was back in March 2018.
Observation of the lunar calendar is not only by humans, but by nature Herself. Friday the 13th having just passed is interesting to note that the possible notion of this world wide superstition is the occurrence of the 13th moon in a solar year.
The fact is that during one solar year there is ALWAYS a 13th lunation which transits from one solar year to the next. The taboo nature of the number 13 seems to stem from the mysterious 13th moon. There is an eleven day discrepancy between the length of the solar year of 365.242199 days and twelve complete synodic lunations of 354.36706 days. The number of days in thirteen synodic lunations amounts to 383.5, a discrepancy of 18.25 days more than the solar year.
This discrepancy between the solar and lunation cycles only become a problem for civilised man, for women they have ALWAYS carried the 13 moon cycles with her. The female menstruation cycle of 28 days is the mean between the synodic lunation cycle of 29.5 days and the other lunation cycles of less than 27.5 days. Factor the mean lunation cycle of 28 days into the solar year and the result is thirteen moons, or 364 days, one day less than a mean solar year!
In ancient times a solar calendar was associated with the sun, it was the masculine energy and associated with the male, the lunar calendar was associated with the feminine and therefore the woman. A calendar based exclusively on the solar year became paramount and instrumental in bringing the masculine energy into power.
GREAT RESPECT goes to the native cultures that are still following their ancient ways around the world for they are the protagonists of the true Mother Earth Calendar. 13 moons in each calendar year is observed by numerous peoples that are connected to the rhythms of the earth.
A REMINDER THAT ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED AND THAT WE MUST LIVE IN BALANCE………..
Below is a link with the dates UTC times for the full moon.
for Coven Life
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 Astrological Correspondences
Jupiter Crystals & Minerals
Jupiter Day of the Week
Jupiter Elemental Correspondences
Jupiter Health Correspondences
Jupiter Herbs & Plants
Jupiter Magickal Correspondences
Jupiter Tarot Association
The Wheel of Fortune
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:
Many Blessings and please enjoy your Journey with the Great Jupiter.
Written by Hypatia
For Coven Life
03/ 08/ 2019
In this post I will be discussing the first of the Sacred Seven that I have been mentioning in the previous posts, the Sun.
You might be surprised to know that the Sun is considered a star, in antiquity however it was considered a planet.
The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System (Jupiter contains most of the rest).
Ahhhhhh the giver of life and the bringer of energy. It’s no wonder throughout time the Sun has been worshiped by everything, including all our planets, asteroids and everything and everyone here on earth.
Have you seen the way the sunflower turns to hail the sun, or the way plants and trees grow to the light, animals do it too? We as humans are unable to live without this beautiful ball of energy literally. Our entire world and celestial sphere is dependent on this energy.
The Sun is attributed to the element of Fire, the aspect of creation that propagated all of existence. It comes under many names, there is not one culture on earth during humanities existence that has not perceived its power and strength and therefore dedicated an appropriate God head to this Star.
A list of endless solar deities listed in Wikipedia alone, in the link provided below.
Solar Mineral– Gold
Crystals– Amber, citrine, tiger’s eye, yellow topaz
Plants & herbs– Sunflower, calendula, marigold, orange, citron, saffron, pine, rosemary, heliotrope, bay laurel, daisy, walnut, acorn, maize, wheat, hops, cloves, cinnamon- and the list goes on…….
Holidays– Winter and Summer Solstice
Zodiac– Leo, Sagittarius, Aries,
Magick– Prosperity, wealth, wealth, growth, confidence, clarity, commonality, abundance, truth, harmony, partnerships.
Having a love affair with the Sun is really quite magickal.
- The energy of the Sun that is received as rays of light, sends codes through our entire being to recharge and energise our soul.
- Face the Sun and allow its divine energy to illuminate your being through every cell in your body
- Soak in the light by bringing it into your body through your heart space. It is through the heart space that the Suns energy is soaked through to energise the rest of your chakra system. The sun through the heart space is the powerhouse for your chakras and therefore your entire cellular body.
- Envision the interior of your body glowing in a red light
- See your bones, veins, muscles, arteries, venules, your skull, your arms, legs, chest, your entire body and ALL of its organs filled with this energy
- Know that every aspect of your body, that also includes your spirit and your soul is aware of the Sun
- Sit and enjoy this for as long as you dare, continue to breathe rhythmically and enjoy. Do this every morning. Salutations to the Sun every morning is probably one of the most invigorating things you can ever do in your life.
- If there is no Sun, you simply need to imagine this beautiful ball of light, it’s as simple as that!!!
Use the above information including the meditation to make a Sun spell!
May your next Sunday morning be a magickal one.
Written by Hypatia
For Coven Life
21/ 07/ 2019
So how does the Cosmic Witch connect to the Universal Powers and why?
In order to understand the true essence of the Witches’ Power, it is important that we at the very least try to understand where this power is drawn from.
As I have mentioned in numerous previous posts, everything is made of energy, frequency and vibration and I mean everything. These 3 words define the entirety of our universe or multiple universes.
Thoughts that are set as intentions and become actions are also described as energy frequency and vibration. When these energies are somewhat grasped, one can truly perform what is called by some miracles and by other magick!
“If you want to understand the secrets of the Universe you need to think in terms of Energy, Frequency and Vibration”
So how do you picture this Universal Power?
This is where you require a little imagination, and I suspect if you are interested in Magickal practices and the Craft, you won’t be short of one. However for some it just takes that little bit more help to try and understand.
We are all made of Star Dust.
The ancients have always known this. As above so below, as within so without, describes the origins of our existence. We don’t need to travel to other planets and out into the Universe to see this. We have this very map inside of us. It runs through our veins and into every bodily system that keeps us alive. It runs through our very being as this is the stuff that created us and the very stuff that takes us away. It is embedded in the Great Earth Mother in what they call the Doctrine of Signatures. Her streams are our veins, Her Earth that feeds and heals us is our body, Her air our breath that fills our lungs, and Her fire (the sun) is what illuminates our spirit and brings it all to life. The Great Earth Mother joins with Father Spirit to make The One.
Fact– did you know that there are 98 known elements that compose our entire Universe. These are the same 98 elements on Earth!
“From the elements we came from to them we shall return-
Our body to Earth,
Our breath to Air,
Our blood to Water,
Our heart to Fire”
The 5th element belongs to the quintessence that is spirit.
Every galactic influence including that of the sun, the moon and all the stars and planets in the universe are inside of us. You may find it hard to believe, however we are all made of the same stuff and moving to the same rhythmic energy that is created by the very powers within and without.
Fact– did you know that humans share 60% of the same DNA as a Banana! In North America the native peoples of the land say Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related), clearly they have always known something modern science has just found out.
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks that include such greats as Plato and Pythagoras tuned their musical instruments to 432Hz.
Why is the question?
The answer may once again surprise you. They too knew the connection between all that is. You see this is the very Frequency that Tesla was speaking of, it is the Frequency that the Universe is said to Vibrate!
How did they know this?
This frequency is in every sound that is made by nature, in a frog, the whirling of the wind, the song of a bird, the rumbling of a volcano, the sound of running water. It is in ALL of nature’s sounds. Science calls this the Schumann resonance and the Heart Beat of the Earth.
When we begin to attune ourselves to these natural frequency’s we begin to move to the rhythms of the Earth Herself. Exposing ourselves to a natural environment we naturally fall into this rhythm. For instance a menstruating woman can synchronize herself to the moons cycles and other women around her.
Nature can be healing and therapeutic, it’s because we are tuned to Her Frequency, She who is connected to the essence of the Universe and the Great Father Spirit. We are NOT connected to synthetic foods, synthetic materials for clothes, virtual work environments and virtual relationships. We need that physical and natural interaction with another human to feel their friendship, love their essence. Such things as Skype, Facebook and other social media and synthetic environments DO NOT offer that. In fact the frequencies omitted by your communications devices throws our natural rhythm right off and are in fact known to be very toxic! They release BFR and PVC, chemicals that can accumulate in the human body and cause great harm- Yes I do in fact limit myself on the computer as much as possible.
Our body’s natural rhythm is connected to that of Nature, once this is interfered by unnatural devises, the electrical currents in our body, the very frequency, rhythm and energy that makes our heart beat becomes faulty.
We are a Heliocentric Universe after all.
Without this ball of energy that is made of Frequency and Vibration we would not exist!
So for the next post I will begin with the first of what the ancients called the Sacred Seven Planets namely the Sun……
In the meantime…..
It is important that you begin to attune yourself to natures rhythm, to the Great Mother Earth Herself and Father Spirit….
Swim in natural water ways, eat whole organic foods. Avoid toxic clothing, cosmetics, and unnecessary toxic medications (if you can). Drink clean natural water filled with natural spring minerals, minimize your time on the computer and other electrical devices. Spend more time going for nature walks, making yourself herbal teas from Herbs that you have grown, observe nature and all her other living creatures, they have naturally attained themselves to Her rhythms. Talk to trees, keep a moon diary that showcases the monthly cycles of the entire earth that include her seasons, people, animals and plants.
Hello lovely people! Happy Magickal Monday!
Yes, it’s Mercury retrograde time…..but it doesn’t always have to be bad. If you watch the video, you’ll see what I mean.
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Victoria, the Silver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life.com ♥
Image credit The De Morgan Foundation, The Love Potion, Evelyn De Morgan, 1903, 40″ x 21″, oil on canvas, held by The De Morgan Center, London.
Written by Hypatia
For Coven Life
Planetary knowledge that can assist you in developing your Magickal Practice.
Know They Self
While embarking on my path to understand the self, I stumbled on the magickal world of the Alchemist. ‘Know thy Self’ the very words inscribed on the entrance of many great temples from Kemet and Luxor in Egypt to Delphi in Greece.
This was an axiom practiced by the great minds of the ancient world that brings the knowing of one’s self in accordance with the understanding of the creation of ‘All That Is.’
Through the process of alchemy -transformation and transmutation, one takes a glimpse into the world of the Divine by looking into their own being. The Wise person, Witch, Seeker call yourself what you may, understands that the search of the Holy Grail, the Philosophers Stone, the meaning of life and the reason for all existence only lies within. The Witch that realizes their true power and potential understands this well, giving them the power to create a beautiful existence for them selves and all they are in contact with.
Alchemy- Word Origin.
The word originated in ancient Egypt from the word Khem meaning the black land. It was here the sacred art of alchemy was practiced through methods of mummification for the goal of immortality. It was then later taken by the ancient Greeks that introduced the word Khemica meaning chemical. It trickled down to the Arabs where they then called it AlKhemica- Al- meaning the all mighty or sacred and Khemica meaning the chemistry. Putting that all together it translates as the sacred chemistry of the Divine. Egyptians were big on magic and it was all through their practice of alchemy that connected them to the celestial energies of the ‘Sacred Seven’.
Who are the Sacred Seven?
The ancients spoke of the Seven Sacred Planets that were Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon. You may also know them as Cronus, Pluto, Aries, Helios or Apollo, Hermes and Selene or Artemis.
They are in Druid, Norse, Indian Ayurvedic, Australian and American Native Aboriginal Law, in the Far East of Asia to Europe, Scandinavia, and beyond! All the ancients were observers of the same sky, just from a different perspective.
The Witch as the Alchemist
Much like the Witch, the Alchemist is the seeker of truth obtained through a perpetual path of encountering the Divine and a mystical path of knowledge.
Alchemy is not just restricted to that of the Alchemist. It is the formulation and the foundation of creation itself. Its essence belongs in all spiritual, philosophical and religious paths. It connects ourselves to that of the spirit and the soul of the earth and that of the whole of the celestial spheres. In fact it is the very root of our modern science, medical and spiritual Reductionism.
Now astrology may not be for everyone, however it is very important, that in order to understand the natural order, and be in tune with the Great Mother and The Great Father, we at least need to learn the foundations of the rhythm of the earth. It is respectable that we learn to understand the essence of the ephemeris of the planetary cycles such as the moon phases, especially when we are drawing down the moon, creating affirmations, spells, wishes, call it what you may. What does each moon phase mean, the new moon, the waning, waxing, gibbous and crescent moon, the full moon? Each phase of the moon has its own energy that is created by the other planetary alignments in the celestial spheres.
How about the energy of the other planets such as Mercury that is connected to the ancient God Hermes. The planet Venus, this is connected to the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and so on. The ancients knew this connection all too well and honored these planets as their Gods. They called them the ‘Sacred Seven’ and built grand temples in their honor. Their temples were built according to astrological alignments such as Stonehenge, the Acropolis, the pyramids from Machu Picchu to Egypt.
In the study of Witchcraft, Alchemy, Wicca etc., in fact any other earth based religion as well as philosophy and spirituality, such knowledge is not only invaluable but imperative for the connection to the natural environment that one will be closely working with. In our modern world of sciences we have completely removed ourselves from this energy. Have we forgotten that the seasons are connected to this energy created in the celestial spheres? The earth’s rhythm is expressed through the seasons, this is why we honor each and every turning of the Wheel. We see this respectful honoring through the animal, plant and mineral kingdom, it is all around us, it is right there in front of us.
It’s important and respectable that a Witch or any one studying a nature based religion understands where the very energy that they are drawing for their magickal use comes from.
So how is a Witch connected to Alchemy, Astrology and the Elements?
Every time you make a potion, an elixir, cast a spell, make a wish on a full moon, perform a ritual for Esbat, Sabbat of ANY form that includes the Great Mother Earth, the Great Luna Mother and Solar father or Solar King, you are performing Alchemy. In fact when there is a solar and Luna eclipse they call this the Alchemical Wedding. The time where 2 great celestial energies merge in the quintessence of the Cosmos (celestial bodies).
The very elements that a Witch honors are the quintessence of these celestial bodies. Most advanced civilizations understood that our origins were from the stars, the Star Nations, the Star Seeds, The Pleiades etc… It was believed that of these classical 5 elements we (including all that is on earth and Earth Herself) were created from.
“To the elements it came from
Everything will return.
Our body to Earth
Our Blood to Water
Heart to Fire
Breath to Air.”
-Empedoclese- (495 BCE)
The fifth element is the quintessence or spirit that brings everything on this Great Mother Earth into existence as a result of the celestial energy.
whenever you use a herb for magickal purposes, a crystal, make a talisman, burn a candle for a desire, burn a piece of paper with written words to acquire an effective outcome, collect rain water or morning dew of a plant for spell or any magickal work, this is practicing Alchemy!
When we take something with intention and desire it to be turned into something else we are are performing alchemy. It is the transformation and transmutation that is achieved through the energy of the soul, connected to that of the body and spirit that originates from the celestial sphere, the cosmos, the Universe, the Goddess, God, Great Spirit etc……
The more that you are in tune with these energies and understand what they are ‘gifting’ you, the more effective your magick will become. This method puts you in alignment with the very essence of your path.
In Hermetics the saying ‘As Above so Below, as Within so Without’ explains that what is in the celestial spheres above is in the very essence of ourselves, hence the God and Goddess living within our being. It is through alchemy that we connect and are the embodiment of the God and the Goddess and representation here on earth.
In the following weeks I will attempt to include a small list of ephemeris that will include the ‘Sacred Seven’ and hopefully this will give you an understanding and a foundation to your energetic emanation of magickal power.
Alchemy and astrology can be a very precise science that includes specific times of the day, hours of planets and so forth. In this short series of posts I will only give you the outline, the basic understanding of where these energies are coming from and what their foundation concerning your magickal ephemeris can be. If you wish to do further studies and have an interest in this area the rest is up to you.