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One of our members is interested in the Calendonii tradition formerly known as the Hecatine Tradition, of The Craft. When I did a search for an article on it many came up so instead of me picking out ones I thought were interesting I decided to leave it up to you to read whatever articles you want to.
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Basic Powers: Protection
Magickal Uses: An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells.
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Planet: Mars (in Aries)
Deities: Thor, Minerva
Powers: Strenth, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Hex Breaking
Folklore: Milk-thistle is a strikingly beautiful member of its family – with its sharply serrated, white veined leaves they cannot be overlooked. The name ‘Milk-thistle’ refers to a legend according to which 3 drops of holy milk from the Virgin’s breast is said to have dropped on to the leaf, forever marking it as an herb of our Lady (formerly known as the Great Goddess).
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magical traditions of ancient Greece encompassed spells, curse tablets, drugs, potions, poisons, amulets, and talismans. For many cultures of the past, there was a very fine line between magic, superstition, religion, and science. The ancient magicians were seen as symbols of wisdom, keepers of secrets, and masters of the arts, mathematics and science, particularly chemistry. Because magicians were believed to be individuals with access to supernatural powers, they were both feared and respected.
Spells and incantations had been used by the Egyptians for thousands of years and the Greeks carried this tradition forward, as evidenced by surviving Greek papyri containing magic records that date back to the 4th and 3rd century BC.
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I have been a practising witch/pagan for over 40 years as a coven member, coven leader, and solitary witch. But at times of great stress as I have dealt with at work and I’m my personal life the last 10 days it still takes a reminder now and than to go back through the years to when I was a young witch learning The Craft.
I allowed myself until about an hour ago to be so stressed out I have hardly slept in 72 hours. Than my guides have me a figurative knock up the side of my head to light one of my two favorite incensed, sandalwood (the other being jasmine) find some soothing whale song/waves breaking music on YouTube as I was to keyed up to find my CD. Now I am almost relaxed enough to get a good night’s rest. If it was not for a couple of the Elders in the coven where I did my novice studies I would never have thought whale songs could be so beautiful and relaxing to listen to. I send a heartfelt thank you to my Elders. May your lives still be filled with joy, love, and a will to teach. Blessed be dear ladies!
I have always been of the firm belief that to create one’s own tools of the craft is to imbibe them with one’s own personal “magick”.It all begins with the seeking process and ends with an item that will be treasured always.I myself have found that holding the intent that one wishes to do this is always the best place to start…and often what you are seeking will FIND you first!By sending out our request to the universe we are setting in motion the magick that will make this happen.Thus…I did just this to find my own tools throughout the 30 years[on and off]that I have been practicing my craft and have acquired quite a collection now.Those that are pictured are only some of the many…and are perhaps the ones I use the most.The very first tool I ever created was a Willow Wand, which unfortunately I no longer have..for reasons I can’t quite remember,but since then I have made several others.
The Wand pictured is crafted from Apple wood and has an Amethyst crystal point in the tip.Living in the suburbs[at that time],I had no access to an apple tree, so I decided to call up an apple orchard farmer and told him I was in need of an apple branch, for a “craft” project[I wasn’t lying!]He was very obliging and so I traveled the one and a half hour drive to seek my wand out.I found it in a pile of off-cuts he had and I knew there and then it was the “one”.Of course,I had previously put out the call that I was searching for one…and just “Knew”, when I had found it !I had intended initially to use this wand for Faery Witchcraft,but over time it became my favorite and therefore,multi-purpose.The crafting process entailed firstly sanding all the bark from it and then varnishing it.During this whole project,I held it’s purpose firmly in my mind, thereby giving it a reason for it’s beingness.Next,I glued green felt around the handle part and then dug a hole in the tip,in order to insert and glue in place, the Amethyst point.I mixed a little of my own blood with some red paint and daubed it around the tip first.Lastly, I decorated it to my desire-I wrote my craft name in Ogham[using a permanent marker] and a sigil that I had devised and then it was all ready for cleansing and consecrating!
My Athame was constructed from a bought Kitchen knife that was initially single bladed and I had to file the other other side down , in order to make it double-bladed.I wrapped the handle with black leather and inserted a Quartz point[which I entwined the leather around]I had to use a little bit of glue in this process, but tried to keep it as minimal as possible[as I didn’t want anything coming between the crystal and the wooden handle]and decorated it to my desire.My Goddess and God statues were made from craft clay.I could never find a statue that I really liked, that I could afford!The best ones are always costly…and so I decided to make my own.It took some moulding and shaping, but eventually I achieved the look that I desired.My Goddess represents Danu[in her guise as Moon mother] and Cernunnos[in the guise of green- man] and the hours I spent forming them were instilled with much energy…of which I am sure they would have been proud!I painted them with regular acrylic paint and decorated them as was fitting.I initially had my “Green-man” naked, but my husband suggested putting an oak leaf over his privates and I thought this was a fabulous idea…so I did!My Danu wears a plastic crescent moon head-piece [care of the craft store] and until I find a silver one…it will suffice.They are not the most beautiful Godform statues, but they are my time and energy[ and love] and hence…they serve me well!I have a store-bought pentacle [in the picture]which I use mostly, at present, but I possess several others that I have also crafted myself.I have a pentacle to suit all purposes and needs-one for Moon rites, one for solar rites, one for Green witchcraft and also one crafted from clay.The Faery star is a substitute “pentacle”, that I use for Faery witchcraft.For this, I used a 10 inch wooden disc, which I bought from the craft store.I found a suitable Faery Star on pinterest, which I then printed, cut out and glued on to the wooden disc.It was originally uncolored…so I painted it with acrylic paint and made it my own.Again, the time and energy put into this act made it uniquely mine and utterly con-joined to my energy….thereby making it more powerful[and I know the Faeries like it!].Lastly, my Book of Shadows….ofcourse I HAD to make this my own…and thus, it is crafted from a plain and simple ring binder, which I covered with black leather and glued in place.The Triple Goddess sigil is also from leather[white] and has a wooden pentacle in the circle[Full Moon]and amethyst crystals surrounding it[which are glued in to place.I then used some silver paint to add the border touches and finally, I made a BOS Protection pouch bookmark[my own idea][.I stitched a length of black satin ribbon on to a black velvet pouch that I had made and filled the pouch with protective herbs and crystals, and a lock of my hair.I also stitched a silver bell on the outside of the pouch[to add more protective qualities] and lastly,I anointed it with a drop of my blood.I then charged the end product with my intent and it was done!My offering bowl, and salt and water bowls are store bought,but I intend constructing my own of versions of these one day also…perhaps from earthen clay or such like….it is in the cards.The satisfaction from knowing that you have made it yourself [in my mind] far outweighs the bought items and I believe that …not only do your own creations retain a substantial amount of your own energy…but they also develop an energy of their very own, that increases with time and use.When I created each and every one of my tools, I infact gave them “life”, and just as a mother to her child…I gave them birth.
By Susan member of Coven Life’s Coven
It is a rule in many Wiccan traditions to strenghten the protection of the magickal space/circle by the help of the Watchtowers. Basically this is calling the four Directions and their corresponding elements arround the magickal circle. If you visualise this, it is a sqare built around the magical circle that is in fact a sphere that holds the magical energy within.
Each one of the four Watchtowers is “inhabited” by the Guardians during the ritual. The Guardians of each Tower are its corresponding elements , elementals, Spirits or corresponding Beings of other planes of existence like Dragons, Archangels , Winds, Spirit Animals and even Stars. The Guardians are given specific tasks by the witch for the ritual : protecting the circle, witnessing the ritual, helping the witch do particular work, open portals for certain energies, Spirits, Beings, Gods to come into the circle by the witches will.
With this article I am going to give some information about one type of Guardians that are four Stars corresponding to each one of the four directions. I first came to know their names and how to call them and work with them thanks to Silver RavenWolf /”To stir the magick cauldron”/. These four stars Guardians of the four directions are : Fomalhaut / North/, Aldebaran/ East/, Regulus / South/, Antares / West/.
These stars have been known since Ancient times and were called “Royal Stars”, the Key stars, Archangel Stars.
Direction : North
Archangel : Gabriel
Zodiac : Aquarius
Season : autumn
Planetary behaviour : it carries energies close to these of Mercury, Uranus and the Sun
Other name : The mouth of the Fish
This star is also considered Dragon star. Fomalhaut consists of 3 stars : Fomalhaut A is 14 times brighter than the Sun and is a blue dwarf star, it belongs to the constellation Southern Fish. Fomalhaut B is an orange dwarf star and it is this one that is described as Dragon star. Fomalhaut C is a red dwarf star and belongs to the constellation Aquarius.
The energy of Fomalhaut helps the transition from material towards the spiritual. It gives information, courage, helps with the scientific work and writing and also with the spiritual work.
Direction : East
Archangel : Michael
Zodiac : Taurus
Season : winter
Planetary behaviour : it carries energies close to these of Mars and Jupiter
Other names : The eye of the Bull, The Star of Buddha, The Star of the Light, The Eye of God, Alef, Rohini.
This is a double star that consists of a red giant and a dwarf star /M2/. This is the brightest star from the constellation Bull. Aldebaran is situated at the eye of the Bull. Aldebaran is the 14th brightest star in the sky. Its energy is Mars type energy and mostly male energy. It brings courage, honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, ferocity, a tendency to seduction, power, wealth. But these are short lived. There is a certain danger of violence. Aldebaran though can be a happy star because it can help one to overcome the lower vibrations through action. Its negative aspects are violence, obedience, anger, envy, cruelty, arrogance.
Direction : South
Archangel : Raphael
Zodiac : Leo
Season : spring
Planetary behaviour : it carries energies close to these of Mars and Jupiter
Other names : The Heart of the Lion, The Little King, The Destructive Step
This is the brightest star in the constellation Leo and one of the brightest stars in the sky. It is situated into the heart of the Lion formed by the stars of the constellation Leo.
Regulus consists of four stars that are two couples. Regulus can affect the human body at the area that is 2 inches above the kidneys. It has a connection with the death and the Ascension of kings and queens.
It brings success, short lived military victory, destruction, military honor, spiritual strength. Regulus provokes ambition, power, independence, a desire to command. This star is connected with the images of lion, cat and sitting king on a throne.
Regulus is one of the 15 Behenian Stars that have magical skills because they are associated with plants and stones. Regulus corresponds with Granite and Mugwort.
Direction : West
Archangel : Oriel
Zodiac : Scorpio
Season : summer
Planetary behaviour : it carries energies close to these of Mars , Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn
Other names : The Heart of the Scorpio, The Rival of Mars.
In Ancient Egypt Antares was a symbol of the Goddess Selkit.
Antares is a red supergiant star, its size is much bigger than the size of our Sun, by comparison with Antares our Sun looks like a white dot next to a giant red star. Antares is nearing the end of its life and will explode as super nova. This will not happen in the near future/human time/ and when this happen it will not affect the Earth because of the huge distance between the Earth and Antares.
Antares is the brightest star from the constellation Scorpio and is situated at the heart of the Scorpio. It is the 16th brightest star in the sky. The best moment tp observe it is the time around 31st of May. It pulsates with red light. Antares has a hot blue giant star twin.
According to an old Egyptian myth Gaia sent the Scorpio to sting Orion who threatened to kill all animals on Earth. The Scorpio killed Orion and later they both were placed on the sky in opposite directions. The Scorpio chases the Mighty Hunter Orion. Antares is considered “ Guardian of the West”. It corresponds with water and carries Mars type energy mixed with the energies of Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. Anteres is important for soldiers, it makes one stabborn, warry, brave and fastens the mind. It gives strategy skills and courage.
Note : the stars Fomalhaut and Regulus are also described as Guardians of North / Regulus/ and South / Fomalhaut/ in the articles I found out online , but I work with them considering Fomalhaut as a Guardian of North and Regulus as a Guardian of South / I follow what Silver RavenWolf has written about them/.
Until We merry meet again
Mistress of the Mountains
The Dragon in one form or another was known to the majority of the world cultures in both the Old and New Worlds. It was one of the early symbols of the Great Mother Goddess of the matriarchies. Until the arrival of patriarchal societies, the dragon was considered to be a sacred, benevolent creature; its serpent body symbolized matter and life-giving water of creation, its wings spirit and the breath of life.
It was used as an emblem for divinity and royalty in Babylon, Egypt, China, Japan, Greece, and Rome. The Chinese Manchu dynasty, the Phoenicians, and the Saxons all showed it as enthroned, a symbol of the power of the ruler. The Chinese dragon symbolized the masculine yang power, very high spiritual power, and the emperor himself. This connection with imperial power carried over to England and Wales.
The dragon was known as the Ling of Larger Serpents to medieval writers. Dragons and bulls in the Western world were fought by such Sun-heroes as Mithras, Sigfried, Hercules, Jason, Hours, and Apollo.
In Hindu myth, Vitra, the Dragon of Waters, was killed by Indra so that the waters could be released upon the Earth. The dragon was also the emblem of Aruna and Soma.
There are two major categories of physical appearance of dragons: those of the East and those of the West.
The Oriental or Chinese dragon looked terrible and fierce, but was a symbol of prosperity, rain, wisdom, and hidden secrets. Oriental dragons did not have wings, but were shaped more like huge serpents with four legs. The early Chinese worshiped the dragon, and at one time had its image on national flags. Using the symbol of the five-toed imperial dragon was reserved for emperors. The guardian of the mansions of the gods was the Chinese Celestial Dragon, T’ien Lung; he also prevented the deities from falling out of their heavenly realm. Oriental heroes did not hunt dragons, as Western heroes. The Oriental dragons were said to leave their mountain caves or watery homes in the spring to bring fertilizing rains.
Both Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons can turn themselves into birds. The three-clawed dragon of Japan symbolized the Mikado, the imperial and spiritual power. Most Japanese dragons were said to live in lakes and springs.
Ancient Western writers wrote all kinds of terrifying things about the Western dragon. These creatures were built like enormous lizards with wings, their bodies were thicker than those of the Oriental dragons. Their throats and back legs were like those of an eagle, the grasping front legs like those of a reptile, and a tail that ended in an arrow-point. Western dragons were considered to be enemies of the humans, and heroes were always hunting them down and killing them. Under the circumstances, its no wonder that Western dragons stopped trying to get along with humans. They liked to live in dark caves, a few of them in water. They breathed fire, and their breath was supposed to spread plagues.
The dragon in alchemy had a number of meanings. If several dragons were shown fighting each other, it meant separating out the Elements, or psychic disintegration. A dragon biting its tail symbolized cyclic processes and time; this particular dragon was known to the Gnostics as Ouroboros. A winged dragon represented a volatile Element, while the wingless dragon stood for a fixed Element.
In spiritual definitions, the dragon represents the supernatural, infinity itself, and the spiritual powers of change and transformation.
Magickal Attributes: Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra power to magick.
Dragons strong and dragons bright,
Dragons full of wisdom old,
Teach to me the spiritual light,
Let me walk in knowledge bold,
Dragon fire, lift me higher!
Animal Magick Copyright D. J. Conway 1995 Pages 242-243
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Written for: Coven Life
On: May 5th 2018
By: Hypatia of Alexandrea
Continuing on with tools of the trade, or the Craft should I say.
In the previous lessons in Making Tools and your spiritual Journey we covered the reverence of space and respect needed to make these sacred objects, ones that will assist you on your Magickal Journey. Please review if need be on Coven Life web site.
Allow yourself time and space to be creative by adding to your Witches armamentarium.
All good things take time, time to make, time to collect, and the right time to make such as certain moon phases or even planet and other star alignments. I have known people to take years to make a tool. This does not need to be the case with you, however the more energy you weave through it the more of a Magickal significance it will have to you and the reason you choose to use it for, Just like the incredible Magick that is weaved into tapestry, carpets, quilts, clothing for war that was made by the women throughout the ages to protects their loved ones from harm.
In this Lesson we will continue with scrying.
This is a technique where with practice one becomes better. Others are born with the sight and scrying allows one to hone in on that sight, others need to practice and become better equipped with this skill as time goes on. Either Way, it is an invaluable tool to possess.
Through scrying we can tap into the sacred knowledge of all mankind. Scrying is best done when the sun has completely descended and the moon is at her peak.
Learn to work with the Earth and her phases, both the masculine and feminine energy that is needed to weave such Magick. Use the energy that descends from the Cosmos and bring it into your working space. Use the energy that ascends from the Great Earth Mother and use it ground yourself. This can be done as a daily ritual too.
As a Witch you have been gifted with the ability to harness from this universal energy. However do keep in mind that this is ONLY to be used for the greater good, this does not include personal gains. Please refer to previous lesson on how to harness this energy and the importance of purity of thought and deed when using it. Use your gift wisely!
A shiny piece of obsidian palm stone used for scrying is perfect!
Just like a crystal ball and water, anything that lends a reflective surface can be used for scrying.
Making your own mirror can also be a great deal of fun. This is best prepared during the waning of the full moon, so ensure the materials are gathered before that time.
Ideally leave it for one whole moon cycle before scrying.
You will need:
- Photo frame with backing, choose any size you desire, smaller ones are great to carry around with you, larger ones can be displayed in the home. This will get the visitors talking! Start small and if you feel it works for you than go ahead and make a larger one.
- Non aerosol, black high gloss paint
- Dried herbs that will enhance your psychic ability such as dragons’ blood, hyssop, orris root, mugwort, or whatever herb you choose during your research. There are a number of psychic herbs, I personally use mugwort and jasmine flower (all dried and crushed well in a mortar and pestle).
- Disposable mixing container
- Paint brush
Mix the paint and herbs together. Ensure there is not too much of the herb mix that will interfere with the final glossy finish, just enough to create the texture yet still somewhat smoothed out.
While mixing, visualize the light of the moon and say:
By the Moon’s darkest light
Perception of the night
Become part of my skills
And thus banish all ills.
- Paint inside of the glass using long brush strokes.
- Cover the surface completely leaving no gaps.
- When completely dry, place the backing back on the frame.
- Leave your mirror outside in the moonlight for as long as you can, then keep it covered by a dark cloth. I even like to put a piece black silk over mine.
Note: Such mirrors can also be used to deflect negativity back to where it belongs. If it ever needs to be used for this purpose, it needs to be reconsecrated if it is to be used for scrying again. It might be best to keep a separate mirror for such purpose.
Please look up consecrating your sacred objects on Coven Life search if not sure.
In the up and coming lessons I will be talking about using your mirror for protection of personal space and finding lost objects.