Let’s try something interesting and useful as a new way to write a short spell.
I have been watching a YouTube family channel designed with the idea for families have fun and maybe try some things they do. Caution they may get loud at times but I have gotten at least a chuckle on the over 30 videos I have watched so far.
The hosts Rhett and Link do some strange things. But one thing they do sometimes is talk in a Japanese from of poetry known as Haiku. Which can be explained easily with this
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.
As I read about Haiku I realized while it may take some getting use to writing nd reading it, it could be a different way to write a short, simple for something easy. For example (this is my first try in trying to do this so if it sounds strange it gives me room to improve and to find knowledge)
“I want Mother Earth,
To be clean and renewed So
Tell me pick up trash.”
Ok, I guess most people would not really a spell in the sense that we are use to writing them in. But to finish it I would write it on a small 1 inch by 3 inch piece of paper then the roughly burn the piece of paper. Once the ash is COMPLETELY COLD I would grinded it into a fine dust to mix into a small amount of lotion, about 1 tablespoon (if you lotion tends to go a long way when you use it regularly a just the amount you would use for this so you can rub in the lotion completely or than rub a tip of your index finger amount throughly into my crown chakra to remind me to pick up the trash and on my 3rd eye area so I would not over look the trash. Than rub the rest into my hands to remember to grab the trash. I would do this just before bedtime and let the lotion with the spell paper dust in it soak into my skin to set the spell. If you can wear a long weight pair of pure cotton gloves which will help the lotion moisture your hands more.
Here is my first attempt using a Japanese Haiku Poem to do a Spell. I will let you know how it goes.
I am really looking forward to reading your Haiku spell and how you are going to put it into action.
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DO NOT REQUEST ANY TYPE OF SPELLS OR RITUALS TO BE DONE FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY, A FRIEND, CO-WORKER, ETC. NO ONE THAT IS ON WITCHES OF THE CRAFT, COVEN LIFE, HEART’S SPIRIT COVEN WILL DO THESE EVER NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE FOR WHY YOU WOULD REQUEST IT!!!!
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.”
To protect yourself in dream state from dark entities that try to enter your realm.
Before going to sleep.
Your favorite protective crystal.
Rub your feet with the protective crystal and say:
We all need to protect ourselves from unwanted energies that we pick up from others, so today I thought I would share with you a modality that is completely mine that you can use on a daily basis to protect yourself in your path of being a witch.
When we pick up others energies, we are taking on their emotions and moods. This shield should be practice at lease once a day, so either in the morning or at night, whichever is best for you.
Start by getting comfortable, and a place you will not be disturbed. Start by closing your eyes and releasing tension or anxiety as much as you can.
Now visualize a purple light surrounding you, starting at the top of your head and then flowing down your entire body, through your heart Chakra down into your feet and then releasing into Mother Earth.
Now remember the purple light will get stronger and stronger and it is filling your body and its origin comes from the Goddess and God of your choice.
Next you will let the purple light come back up into your feet and then it surrounds your entire body into an oval shape, expanding out from your body. As the light forms around your body it encases you and it stretches out for 2 inches, then four inches, then 6 inches out from your body.
Now, affirm this statement: “The power of the Universe has surrounded me. Therefore the purple light around my aura is strong and protected, whereas it will repell any and all unwanted energy from others. I am safe within the boundaries of this purple light and nothing can harm or affect me. So mote it be!”
Now image the purple light going into the Universe, but the protection shield around you will remain enforced.
Now severe the rest of the energy by placing your hands about your head and slowly coming down and touching Mother Earth.
This is a very strong modality that I can up with about six months ago and it is very strong. I use it daily.
Written By Priestess Hypatia
For Coven Life
Basil is the king of herbs. Here we enter the land of royalty in herb law. The word origins come from the Greek word meaning king or emperor.
A member of the mint family, basil is native and spread throughout the tropical regions from Central Africa to South East Asia. Its texture is tender with a pungent intoxicating aroma that is used in cuisines worldwide.
The Many Beliefs of Basil
The many beliefs about the herb ranged and ranges from, the ancient Greeks placing it in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe passage to the underworld. In India it is dedicated to the Gods Vishnu and Krishna. In ancient Egypt they would embalm their dead. In Mexico it is carried around for prosperity and wealth. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it was a symbol of malice and lunacy. Pliny a Roman scholar believed that it was an aphrodisiac, it was not only given to animals for successful reproduction but also used as an herb to welcome love among couples. Basil is also gifted to new homeowners and new business owners as it attracts prosperity.
Very easy to grow basil can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill or outdoors in a sheltered sunny position.
Tomatoes, goats cheese, Mozzarella cheese, lemon, eggs, mint, shellfish, lamb, chicken, raspberries, strawberries, figs.
A few torn basil leaves over fresh raspberries is absolutely delicious. Add a handful of basil leaves when making strawberry ice-cream. Poach white peaches in sugar syrup and add a handful of basil leaves then serve with extra shredded basil. Make bruschetta- one of my absolute favorite as a snack with a beautiful glass of vino!
Try this recipe by clicking on the link below:
A beautiful basil Pesto Humus
The volatile oils present in the herb has many healing properties. Used in a variety of culinary preparations some of the benefits of basil include:
- Good for digestion– It fortifies the nervous and digestive system and can be good for headaches and insomnia. Assisting with the body’s acid balance it restores the bodies PH balance.
- Anti-inflammatory- Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are the powerful essential oils that can help lower inflammation through their enzyme inhibiting properties. Consumption of basil could also soothe fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help lower risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
- Skin benefits– By applying as a facial mask
- Mood disorders– Known as a hormone regulator
- Liver support– assist with liver detoxification
As if the above is not magick enough. Here I will be briefly mentioning some of its metaphysical properties. According to Paul Beyerl, Basil is associated strongly with Dragon-like Basilisk and its contemporary association with the salamanders and dragons. It is used to invoke astral and mythological creatures. One can burn basil to invoke these creatures to assist in advice, inspiration and protection.
Basil has been planted upon graves and used as incense in the ritual of the dead. I suppose this goes back to the above mentioned ancient Greeks sending off their dead with basil in their hands.
One can use basil in a fertility spell work, to enhance psychic vision and used in a mojo bag for protection.
Written By Priestess Hypatia
For Coven Life
By Ogden Nash
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.
The above poem is an understated description of the true talents of celery.
It’s an herbaceous plant from the parsley family that actually has a parsley like aroma with a pleasingly bitter taste.
Home grow celery is crispy, juicy and absolutely delicious!
You can grow celery from seed in soil that has a high level of moisture therefore you need to water frequently. This plant grows throughout winter and summer.
It is wonderful and juicy when fresh. You can have with chicken, pork, lamb, blue cheese, apples, nuts, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and even rice, its just one of those great all-rounders.
Add chopped celery leaf to potatoes or bean salads. Mix with tuna and mayonnaise for a sandwich filling. Cook celery leaf in tomato sauce to serve with pasta. Stir finely chopped celery into celeriac remoulade.
It can assist in reducing blood pressure as it contains phthalides which can lower stress hormones in the blood and reduce arthritis symptoms. It is known for its cholesterol reducing properties.
It also contains apigenin and has been praised for its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria, antiviral and antioxidant in Chinese medicine. It can be helpful for kidney problems cystitis and assist in neurogenesis (development of nerve cells).
The seed of the celery plant can be used to enhance visions. Drinking it as a divination tea to open up the mind and allow for better concentration. I love drinking this tea just before a tarot reading. Drink before bedtime to enhance prophetic dreams, this is one of the main ingredients in Psychic Vision Oil one used in traditional Conjure. You can make your own oil by infusing the seeds in a base oil such as almond oil. Mojo bags made with the celery seed are another way to carry the psychic vision with you, you can place these in your bag, in your pocket or under your pillow.
It is under the rulership of the Mercury, a planet that represents the mind, intellect and all forms of communication.