One Simple Protection for Your Home and Property

This is to be done after you have blessed your home so you know all negative energy and/or beings are out of it.

The easiest way to make sure your home is protected from anything negative or evil is to put a mixture of salt, bay leaves or basil, and garlic in the four cardinal points (North, East, South, and West) of your home. If you want to use a compass to make sure you have the exact location of the direction that’s fine but as long as you know it is the basic area of the direction that is fine too. Personally, I used a compass the first time and then put a little dot with a Sharpie on the baseboard just above the floor so I do not need the compass again until the dots wear away.

Than using regular table salt walk clockwise around your home starting with the door that people use to enter or exit the house more often. Call upon Hekate to keep the people in the home safe from all harm and to walk with you as you sprinkle a thin layer in a circle completely surrounding your home overlap the place you start at to make sure the circle is complete. Make sure you put a little extra salt by every entrance into your home including window sills. Is there is any type of fence or other obstruction be sure to overlap the salt when moving around it so there is no break in the warding.

Last come to protecting the land that surrounds your home to do this I again use table salt and walk clockwise around the edge of my property line asking Hekate to keep your family safe when they are in the yard for whatever reason. Make sure the salt overlaps where you began at. I usually start in the Northeast corner of our yard. If you have a fence in the way of walking from front to back – sprinkle the salt on top of the fence than walk around to your backyard and start by sprinkling a little more salt on top of the fence so there is no break in the ward, do this everytime you need to stop and start the outside lines.

Remember when you are done with the protection wards to thank Hekate for her help.

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What Makes it Witchcraft .1

Cyndi Brannen of Keeping Her Keys recently posed the question, “What is it that makes Witchcraft…Witchcraft?” I love this question because it not only allows us to see the tremendous variability in what Witchcraft involves for different people, but it also encourages me to revisit my own core beliefs. Sometimes, in the craziness that is life, we can lose focus of the fundamental elements that make up our identities as Witches. When feeling overwhelmed or stuck along my path, I have found that it’s immensely helpful to return to this core, to the basic nature of your Craft – in whatever variation that may be. You may be surprised by what new things you can learn!

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To Keep Silent

The witch’s pyramid is a concept with a lot of mystery around it. The actual origins of the witch’s pyramid have been hotly debated, but the first writings come from Eliphas Levi in his Transcendental Magic. The pyramid is made up of four corners or pillars. These four pillars come together in a point, just like a pyramid, as a focus. Combined the pillars direct the power of the witch – the power of magick. The four pillars or points of the witch’s pyramid are: to know, to will, to dare, and to keep silent.

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2018/07/to-keep-silent/

Jewelry as Protection

I was leaving for a rally the other day. Which one it was, doesn’t really matter. Won’t be my first, nor will it be my last in these turbulent times. As I was getting ready to leave, I went to my “accessory tray” (a family joke with my sons, as I am obsessive about everyone having one of these. Where you drop your jewelry, change, keys, etc.) I absent-mindedly began armoring up.

Yes, armoring up.

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/07/jewelry-as-protection/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Pagan&utm_content=37

 

 

Self Care Both Practical And Mystical: Techniques For Defensive Coping

It should go without saying but taking care of yourself is crucial for anyone in any viable spiritual, mystical, or occult practice. Now more than ever it is crucial, especially if you’ve decided to do your part in ways either practical and/or magical in order to help out with the current state of affairs.

For you, for anyone feeling more stress than usual in general, I have the following tips:

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/06/self-care-for-practical-and-mystical/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Pagan&utm_content=37

 

The “Selfish Ritual” To Cut Off Energy Vampires

The problem with being a healer is that people will take advantage of you.  They sense your ability and are attracted to you.  There’s something about you that makes them feel good, at peace, and happy.

If only it worked both ways.

To read further please click the link below.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2018/05/09-selfish-ritual/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Pagan&utm_content=37

 

The Witches of Thessaly

By Hypatia

Written for Coven Life

4th June 2018

 

Thessaly was a region in antiquity that was mentioned in Homers Odyssey. There he described the already infamous witches of Thessaly that were active from the 1st to the 3rd Century BCE. Before him both Plato and Socrates spoke of them. These women were both feared and revered.

So who were the Thessalian Witches?

In the centre of it all was the Goddess Hecate. Servants and priestesses of Hecate were already famous for their witchcraft. Thessaly was located in the northern region of Greece that bordered Macedonia. It was considered to be the home of witchcraft and magic, a place where the first known historical Witch-Cult was recorded.

The Thessalian Witches had incredible Magickal abilities, sayings, prayers and incantations mentioned in Homers Odyssey that are still till this day used by modern practitioners of Magick to draw down the moon.

“If I command the Moon it will come down: and if I wish to withhold the day, night will linger over my head: and again, if I wish to embark on the sea, I need no ship, and if I wish to fly through the air, I am free from my weight”.

Wow, it looks like witches have been flying through the air since the 2nd century BC according to this extract from a Greek text.

The red headed women of Thessaly would use the magical powers of the moon. The Magickal concept of the moon was that it had the ability to perspire Magickal sweat, which in the hand of a witch revealed truly wondrous powers. There was a Magick called virus lunare, through which the moon could be invoked and a liquid secreted from it and then dropped on the herbs. This was the ambrosia that was acquired during the waxing period of the moon and was part of some of the most famous potions ever created throughout history.

The Thessalian Witches were mainly women, however there is also indication of male members as well.

These servants and priestesses of the Goddess were attributed for their all-powerful Love Potions and their aphrodisiacs, ones that rarely come without consequence. Some of these preparations could “make someone crazy” and even impotent, so as legend has it .

Some of the less desirable traits of the Witches of Thessaly included, cannibalism and traits of scatological nature. I can see similarities where the trickling down of descriptive and I believe deceptive characteristics that were adopted for the persecution of witches in European “Christendom” held steadfast from the ancient times.

One of the famous Witches of Thessaly included Aglaonike, a natural philosopher in c 200 BC. She was a master of the arts predicting Lunar cycles that included lunar eclipses. Armed with this knowledge, she was able to, what others believed to control the moon. This power gained her both respect and fear from not only the everyday person but heads of state and country. Now that’s wisdom in all it’s glory!! It’s no wonder these women and men were so feared.

Throughout history the Witches of Thessaly have endured much literary criticism that was written from a range of perspectives, interpretations and even theoretical structures. Either way their stories that were once fact adorning the temples of Hecate, soon became history, then legend and finally mythology. The Priestesses and servants of the Great Goddess have left us with their incredible legacy, one that till this day connects the feminine aspect of humanity with the moon and spans globally throughout generations. Take what you may from the historical interpretations and stories of the Thessalian Witches, they were and are legendary. They were Priestesses and servants of the Great Goddess, a Goddess that was venerated and worshiped throughout the world in many different aspects . Remnants of their legacy is evident in our modern understanding of the historical concepts of earth based religions. Ones that are clearly still needed and yearned from humanity till this day.

Pagan Chant Library The EarthSpirit Pagan Chant Library

When people gather and sing together, they share a language stronger than just words.The harmonies created as human voices blend open our hearts and lift our souls. EarthSpirit is an extended community which gathers together throughout the year to celebrate our connection with the sacred Earth. Since the late 1970s, we have evolved our own culture of ritual, music and song that binds us one to another and each to the natural world. Whether celebrating the joy of new life in the spring, the rite of passage of a young person into adulthood, or quietly honoring our ancestors, our music holds the threads of the web we weave together.
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EarthSpirit sharing the abundant creativity within our Community with our collection of songs and chants in the Pagan Chant Library.

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Success Witch Spell

To bring the energy of success into your life, try out this beginner magic witch spell.

 

What you will need for this spell are a yellow votive candle, a candle holder or plate, a knife or something to carve with, and a lighter or matches. This spell is best to do during a full, new, or waxing moon, but not a waning moon.

 

Candle magic is great because there are many ways to personalize the spells as you can get all different kinds of candles with different colors, tones, shapes, and sizes. You can also get candles with different symbols or shapes on them, or you can carve these in yourself.

 

1. Cast your circle.

 

2. Take your candle and carve a symbol of success into the side. The symbol is up to you and can be whatever you feel like represents success to you. You can use a rune, a money sign, or some other symbol relating to success, as long as it has meaning to you.

 

3. Ignite your candle, and focus on the flame.

 

4. Visualize yourself successful. Feel how you would feel as if you were already successful. Visualize as much detail as you can using all of your senses. Feel the happiness and joy you have from being successful. Make yourself believe that you are currently successful and you have achieved the level of success that you want.

 

5. Focus on the flame, watching it as you are visualizing this feeling of success.

 

6. When you are ready, dismantle your circle, but leave the candle burning. Let the candle burn until it goes out on its own. Make sure you don’t leave the candle alone though and accidentally cause a fire.

 

7. When the wax has cooled off after the flame goes out, take the wax and put it somewhere safe, in a bag or another container.

 

8. As often as you can, tell the universe and yourself that “I am successful. I am worthy. I am powerful.”

From Spells for Beginners