Use this link for youtube.com if you are interested in seeing and hearing about Ottawa, Illinois, USA and the historic things that happened here in the past. Just copy and paste this link into your internet browser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0OJI2OUYns&t=400s
Being an empath during this unprecedented time in recent history that is battling a worldwide pandemic called COVID-19/Cornavirus/Novel Coronavirus. This virus that we have not been exposed to ever is making some people very ill and killing a lot of them is very difficult for the human population in just about every part of our lives. Many people are having moderate to high levels of, hopelessness, grieving, worry, anxiety, depression, etc, and we as empaths can feel this no matter how strong of an empathic ability.
I am a strong emotional empath and have not been feeling well for weeks now to the point where my doctors had me do to different tests to make sure I did not have COVID-19. Thank the Goddess both the nasal swap and blood test came back negative. My fibromyalgia flare pain is off the charts, daily migraines, and reaching for sweets in place of dealing with what I was feeling, have a terrible cough, sore throat, and just want to sleep until this whole thing passes. I do know almost nothing in the USA will be the same as before COVID-19 and that scares me.
So I thought I had figured out why I was not feeling well at all and felt so weighed down when I stood up I had to have my knees slightly bent. My shoulders felt as if there was a huge weight on each of them. I could feel negativity literally bouncing around inside of me. Yesterday was the feeling that broke this camel’s back. It was a feeling of this is the simplest thing to pay a bill online but I couldn’t get it done.
Somehow I allowed energies in again yesterday, probably because my bubble wasn’t strong enough to start with, and last night the coughing kept me up most of the night. During this period of coughing and no sleep I came up with a solution with what to do with all the negative feelings of others no matter what they are based on. First and always smudge or however you cleanse negativity out of your sacred space your your are working this request in a clean environment. I proceeded to make the bubble I have around me very thick and sticky so the negative feelings stick to the bubble than I can gather them up and then banish negativity into the Sun, I use the Ancient Egypt God name RA, to have them burned up so they do not transfer to another person especially those who are sick, worrying about a loved one or grieving those who died.
To help protect yourself from everyone else’s feelings that are good and/or bad call upon the Goddess and/or God you feel most comfortable working with to wrap you in a cotton bunting full of their love and comfort. Next ask them to surround you in a bubble that will hold the negative feelings but strong enough that they do not get through to you. Then as often as you feel you need to banish those feels into the Sun do so. This will put you in an emotional void of all but your true feeling making it easier to deal with them. I used this to put my 2 familiars in separate from me and each other bubbles. I left a very minute way for my husband’s love which I found out yesterday was a mistake as we had a small tift and all that negative energy started bouncing around my bubble working itself inward which brought back all the bad side effects that I had before I put my bubble up. So as hard as it may be for you to cut all emotional ties with everyone in your life until you feel you have healed and are ready to go back to deal with everyone’s feelings from anywhere in the world Keep your emotional vacuum bubble in place. Now that negativity cannot attach to or be around you do a very thorough smudging of your entire home and either put up for the first time or to reinforce the blessings you already have on you home, After this collect up all the negativity and banish it into the Sun to be incinerated,
I hope this story and ideas for dealing with not wanting to feel other’s emotion helps at least one empath to reclaim their own feelings, to let your empathic ability to hibernate so you come back feeling better and stronger. If any empath wants to “speak” with me about what I have written here please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am in a valuable position myself because of being a strong emotional empath and can help the dead cross from this plain into the next and hear spirits talking to me I need to be a little selfish and not reading a venting email. You can still email you venting to me but please put “This is a Venting” in your emails Subject Line and then I will put it aside until I can read and reply to them. No matter how long you may have studied magic or what position we hold in our coven we are still humans with human frailties.
You to take if you want to – For my Sisters, Brothers, and myself I ask the Universe to help me send love, comfort, healing, and positive energy to each of you dear Sisters and Brothers and Others. May the Goddesses and Gods watch over you in this period of so many uncertainties and bring you through to the other side of “Stay at Home” in one piece mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. May you find at least one small thing that brings a smile to your face and/or a calming of mind, body, and spirit. Until we meet again Sisters and Brothers Blessed be.
Follow, Your Roots
Not only is it important to acknowledge the patterns of the land where you live, but you may also find exploring your roots very inspiring. Where are your ancestors from? What traditions and celebrations did they observe historically? You probably won’t find books on these subjects in the New Age section of the library or bookstore — instead you’ll want to wander over to anthropology and folklore sections. If a particular tradition or day really resonates, consider how you can sincerely explore it. Are the people who live in that area today still observing it? Can you find videos online of the festivities? It might be worth a trip to immerse yourself more and see what you can discover about your roots.
Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23
Family and Familiar Feasts
Is there a particular occasion that has been long celebrated in your family or has a speical place in your heart? Carry on that tradition then! Even if it is tied to a religious tradition that you no longer follow or is completely secular in origin, consider what makes that day special to you. Is the meaning rooted in who was in attendance, the time of year, or what meal was always served? Think about what spiritual or magical context that feast has for you now. Traditions survive through a healthy mixture of both preservation and change.
Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23
Any Witch or Pagan is welcome to come celebrate Imbolc and Lammas with us. Everyone attending needs to stay until the rituals for both hemispheres are done. It is up to you if want to do both rituals. For these Sabbats we are doing something new the sacred circles and Watchtowers will be called and dismissed for each hemisphere. We ask that you do not print these rituals out but you are welcome to bookmark them for future use.
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS GAIA AND GOD AENGUS OG Written and Led by our novice Melinda.
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT LAMMAS: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS HARVEST MOTHER AND GOD LUGH Written and Led by our adept Dawn of the Day
Northern Hemisphere –
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Chatroom opens at 3:00 PM CT
Circle will be cast at 4:00 PM CT
Southern Hemisphere –
Monday, February 3, 2020
Chatroom opens at 8:00 AM AEDT
Circle will be cast at 9:00 AM AEDT
If you have applied to be in the chatroom and have not received a reply yet, it will come to you at least 5 minutes before the circle is cast on Sunday. No approval for entering the chatroom when we are only 5 minutes away from casting the circle to begin the Imbolc and Lammas Rituals.
EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents .each of the elements so they form a pentagram.
In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram –
Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, any object that you are drawn too
Lower right-hand point of the Pentagram
Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire.
Lower left-hand point of the Pentagram
Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, or object of your choice
Upper right-hand point of the Pentagram:
Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, object of your choosing
Top point of the Pentagram Spirit:
Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.
Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in color of green. You can also use green crystals in place of the candle which are green calcite, amber. Fragrances can be used such as honeysuckle or cypress, or any flower, or a picture of Gaia.
God: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of Green, pink, or red. You can also use crystals such as Rose Quartz, Peridot, Copper. Incense such as Sandal wood, Rose, or Lavender, Or a picture or statue of the God Aengus.
Casting the Circle:
Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.
EVERYONE: Face your altar and touch what is representing the Goddess and say:
“Gaia, our mother, You who nourishes all living things I honor and pray to thee, guide us and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”
Now touch what is representing the God and say:
Aegnus, God of love, youth, and poetic inspiration, guide us from this day forward and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”
(Now light the incense or candle if you are using one)
Mediate for 1 minute to allow the rise of power from the Goddess and God
When you have meditated for a minute with the God and/or Goddess please type “DONE”
Opening the Circle:
To the Guardians of the West, Archangel Gabriel:
We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.
To the Guardians of the South, Archangel Michael:
We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..
To the Guardians of the East, Archangel Raphael:
We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..
To the Guardians of the North, Uriel:
We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.
Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle counter-clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.
(You can go back and commune with the Gods and/or Goddesses from one or both rituals after the Southern Hemisphere circle is opened)
Remember to offer a bite to the God and Goddess of your favorite snack and drink to give thanks to the God and Goddess.
Lammas is known as the 1st of the 3 harvest festivals, it is still a time of hot intense sun but the days are starting to get shorter. The grain is starting to ripen in the fields along with some of the fruits on the apple trees.
The goddess is pregnant and the god is still very strong but slowly weakening as we move into fall. The animals are fattening for the winter slaughter and there is a push to start the process of storing food away for the lean months but at this time the days are still easy
Items needed for the ritual:
Apples, grapes, bread
gold or yellow cloth
sunflowers or raw wheat
Incense sandalwood and frankincense
Have a candle on your altar to represent the Harvest Mother — choose something in orange, red or yellow.
Corn husk or two
Place symbols of your craft or skill on the altar—a notebook, your special paints for artists, a pen for writers, other tools of your creativity. To represent the god Lugh
Please decorate your altar properly with a yellow or gold cloth, a nice sunflower and or a sheath of wheat, maybe an apple or a few grapes and/or a loaf of bread. This is to represent the sun in the yellow or orange cloth. A goblet of ritual wine is optional.
EVERYONE IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: We open the ritual with the walking around the circle 3 times in a counter clockwise direction. We first point at the ground with our dominate hand asking the earth for its power to make this circle secure for the work we are to do here. We walk a second time with our dominate hand outstretched at shoulder level asking water to secure our circle and finally we walk a third time with our hand pointed to the ceiling asking air to help secure our circle and the work that we do here. We finally say what is above is below and what is below is above we have created a circle to protect ourselves while we do our work may we harm no one and may no one harm.
Starting in the west and while touching the item that represents the west say watchtower of the west please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work
Next is the south and while touching the item that represents the south say watchtower of the south please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work
Next the east and while touching the item that represents the east say watchtower of the east please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work
Finally in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say watchtower of the north please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work
Light the candle, and say:
The wheel of the year is upon use
The food is plentiful and soil fertile
With this ritual we ask for the blessings
Of the Mother of the harvest
In honor of the Harvest we now will make a representation of the goddess using your corn husk and once the ritual is over please leave it on your altar to honor the goddess.
PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE THE GATHERING AND PRINT THEM OUT OR TAKE NOTES SO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT.
When you are done please type the word “DONE”
Now we will finish our ritual. Point to the ceiling with your dominate hand and walk in a counter clockwise direction and say thank you air for your protection of our circle. Now at shoulder level walk around the circle in a counter clock wise manner and thank water for the protection of our circle. Finally point to the ground and walk in a counter clockwise manner thanking earth for protecting our circle. Finally raise your hands above your head bring them down and point your palms at the ground and send any extra energy into the earth to help and heal our Mother. End with the comment our circle is now open but it is never broken our work is done now may everyone go in peace.
Starting in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say Thank you to the watchtower of the north for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like
Next is the east and while touching the item that represents the east say Thank you to the watchtower of the east for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like
Now the South and while touching the item that represents the south say Thank you to the watchtower of the south for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like
Finally is the west and while touching the item that represents the west say Thank you to the watchtower of the west for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like
Please enjoy some of the gifts from your altar, take a sip of the wine some of the bread etc. Make sure you have enough, to enjoy the treats, also that you can leave some on the altar but also make sure you share some with the creatures of nature. As you eat of your sacrifices remember and meditate on how the cycle of life goes from the seed to the plant and then back to seed to start all over again just like the wheel of the year continues to cycle through birth, adolescents, maturity, age, death and then of course rebirth.
References for Lammas ritual:
Wicca Wheel of the Year Lisa Chamberlain pgs 88-95
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.”
Priestess Hypatia and got to talk for a while Wednesday late afternoon. Physically she and her family are. But just as probably most Australians emotionally tore up with what has happened to their beautiful country basically needlessly. If the government would have been listening to the ingenious residents of many centuries and allowed those, to my way of thinking, who are learned and professional bush burners to keep the land productive with controlled burns that do not kill and destroy needlessly.
I ask each person reading this to pray or talk to or however you choose to communicate with the God or Goddess of your choice asking that they help open the closed minds of those with power and even those without open their minds to listen to the elders that have had instructions handed down from generation to generation on how to burn the bush in a manner that is safe for Mother Earth and her inhabitants.
Priestess Hypatia also told me there is talk of the ingenious elders teaching people from the USA how to safely do controlled burning to keep us from having out of control wildfires. Which to me would be answering many Californians prayers, especially those that have lost everything in a wildfire some people more than once.
In Wisconsin when I was a child, as you enter it from another state, in most rest areas along major highways, and in other locations they have very big signs of Smokey the Bear with his ranger hat on and a dirt shovel in his hands with his famous saying “Only you can prevent forest fires.” and blow that the risk of fire for that day in different colors depending on the level of risk for a spark or a carelessly thrown out burning cigarette or lightening or anything else that could start a fire. Even though we do not hear about fires in Wisconsin I have seen a couple and as a child I was terrified and as an adult just very angry at whoever the careless person had been. These fires I saw would be only a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the fires in Australia that burned so huge and hot as to create their own weather systems and kill even the seeds that would make the plants and trees starting to grow in the next year or so.
Us as humans, supposedly the smartest animal on this planted, need to learn that “new, improved modern ways” are not always better especially when it to caring for and living in harmony with all living things. We need to listen to the ingenious people who have inhabited the lands we live on for the best way to keep the land and I do not mean just the piece of land your own, as Priestess Hypatia told the land is the whole country around you not just your tiny piece of it, but your state, country, and continent you live in is also something we all need to take better care of. Than maybe…hopefully we will go back to when controlled burns were done instead of uncontrollable wildfires burning, actually having a distinction between the 4 seasons, enough rain globally for crops to grow, humans, domestic and wild animals would have clean water to drink, humans in what we consider 3rd world countries could live as their ancestors did and manage the land and fresh water in such away we would not see commercials asking for donations to feed hungry children or adults. It is time we look back before the industrial revolution to see how things with the land were done not just for the betterment of Mother Earth but for the betterment of all living things that grow upon her. It is time to quit raping the land and to again start caring about it.
So, please in your daily communication with whoever the Goddess and/or God you commune with ask for enlightenment not only for others but for yourself as well to open minds globally to listen to the elders of the land on the old ways of keeping Mother Earth healthy and living in harmony with her. Thank you for doing this!
Blessed be dear ones.