The magickal use of thistle

Magickal Uses of Blessed Thistle

Zodiac: Aries

Gender: Male

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Pan

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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Magickal Uses of Milk Thistle

Gender: Maculine

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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Beltane/Samhain gathering ritual

 Our Beltane/Samhain gathering was written by Two Feathers and Hypatia. They  will also be lead this gathering. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:45 PM CT Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP. Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you! WHERE:I Coven Life’s Chatroom
Items you need : one white candle, candle holder, matches; plant in a pot; plate with these things on it : a small cup of milk, a little bit of bee honey or a piece of sweet or bonbon as a gift; a bell
small piece of paper and a pen

Ritual

Two Feathers: I call You Great Circle of Crystal Light to Be our vehicle in time untime. Take us where Dragons fly and connect us with the Fae Realm. This Circle is sealed with harm to none. This is so.

Hypatia :

To the winds of the east, great Eagle, Condor, come to us form the place of the rising sun, keep us under your wing, show us the mountains we only dare to dream of. Teach us to fly wind to wings with Great Spirit.

 To the winds of the West, the land of the great waters, I call upon the Great Mother Jaguar, the protector of our medicine space. Teach us peace both without and within, teach us to live impeccably and show us the way beyond death.


To the winds of the North, the land of the Great Mother, I call upon the ancient ones, our ancestors, our grandmothers, grandfathers and Hummingbird. We listen to the whispers in the wind and honour you who have come before us and those who will come after us, our children’s children.

 

To the winds of the south, great Serpent, wrap your coils of light around us teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin, to walk softly on the earth, teach us the way of beauty.

Two Feathers : Everyone, please type your name and the country/state you are now located.

Two Feathers: / everyone who are at the Northern hemisphere / light the candle and say the following, 
, when ready , ring the bell and type “Done”:

Welcome Fairies and Beings , come to us and work with us, help us  to fulfill our dreams , help us live in Light and Peace.

Hypatia : /everyone who are in the Southern hemisphere, send fairies to safe rest until the spring comes / light the candle and  say the following,
, when ready , ring the bell and type “Done” :

To the wee folk so fair, shy as swallow and swift as air and bid you well rest during the winter the days, for all you spirits, elementals and little sweet fae.

 

Two Feathers : now everyone write your desire on the paper, fold it 3 times towards you if you want to draw something in your life and outwards from you if you want to get rid of something , then bury the paper in the dirt under the plant, when ready type : done

Hypatia

To the winds of the south, the land of the great serpent, thank you allowing us to see how to shed our past and walk the beauty way. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.

 To the winds of the North, the land of the Great Mother and Hummingbird, thank you and to all the ancient ones that have come before us and will come after us for the wisdom to act as Earth keepers. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.

 To the winds of the West, the great waters and the Great Mother Jaguar, thank you for offering protection of our medicine space and teaching us the way beyond death. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.

 To the winds of the East, the land of the great Condor and eagle, thank you for showing us our power to be able to live our dream. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.


Two Feathers : I take us back to time on Earth. Thank You to all of the Dragons that helped us connect with the Fae realm. Thank You to all of the Fairies , Spirits and Beings that work with us and joined us in the circle . Go now in Peace and Harmony to where you belong. The crystal circle is now open but unbroken, with harm to none. This is So.

After the circle you can put the plate with the gifts/milk and honey or sweet/ next to the plant and leave it there to stay during the night.

Novice Lesson Outline

Novice Lesson Outline
1. Making Your Book of Shadows
2. Definition of Common Words and Phrases
3. Define Moon Phases
4. Corresponding Days of the Week
5. Elemental Placements, Gods and Goddesses
6. What is a Witch’s Familiar
7. Set up Basic Altar
8. Meditation Basics
9. Do Your First Circle
10. Write A Spell
11. Write a Ritual to go with Your Spell
12. Explain what an Esbat is
13. Write an Esbat Ritual
14. Explain what a Sabbat is Including Dates They Are On and How they are Placed of the Wheel of The Year
15. Write a Sabbat Ritual
16. Write a Ritual for Your Personal Dedication to The Craft
17. 13 Question You Should Now Be Able To Answer
18. Write a Review about Being a Novice Within Coven Life’s Coven
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SunRay Sorceress’s Musings

Weather Overload

The Pacific Northwest has had some wild weather. We’ve had rain, then hard rain and then very hard rain. We’ve had high wind gust warnings of 45 miles per hour, with hail and then more rain. 
I do love all this wild weather, it allows my spirit to feel invigorated and my spirit wants to fly free, but I also feel  overwhelmed with so much stimulation. I am so grateful to my Spirit Guides and Lady Beltane for being alert enough to say, “Hey, something’s going on! Wake up!”
That was done by her asking if I was okay on Saturday. 💜 I hadn’t realized until that moment that I was trying to protect my self from Sensation Overload, by blocking every sensation out and hiding in a type of shell. So today’s plan, I will focus on grounding and getting in touch with what this weather is saying to me. 
I’m curious if anyone else feels like this and what do you do when you have weather overload or sensation overload.
Bright Blessings Sisters and Brothers,
SunRay Sorceress

Norse 101, Part 10

TGIF– Thanks Gods it’s Freyja’s Day!  It’s been some time since my last Norse 101 post.  Sorry, everyone.  I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I’m back.  Last week, I wrote about Hel, the Goddess of the dead.  This week, it’s Jormungandr’s turn.  Jormungandr (YOUR-moon-gand) is also called the Midgard Serpent and is the sibling of Hel and Fenrir.  Xe is genderfluid, but will sometimes present as either gender, neither gender, or both genders, in a humanoid form.  Or xe could present as a snake.  (Remember that the Gods will assume any form They wish!)

Jormungandr is an enormous snake that circles Midgard (Earth) to establish the boundary between our realm and the empty void beyond.  Xe is so massive that xe wraps around Midgard completely and holds xir tail in xir mouth, like an Ouroboros.  Xir presence at the outermost reaches of Midgard protects us from any Cosmic Bad Guys or Not-So-Nice forces that may want to wreak havoc or hurt us.  Yes, Jormungandr does have a role in the story of Ragnarok, which is the “end of all creation” story for the Norse.  In the lore, xe and Thor are said to battle one another.  However, Jormungandr does protect Midgard, which Thor also does.  They just protect us in different ways.  Jormungandr establishes and guards boundaries while Thor uses His hammer.

Time for some of my own experience with Jorm.  The first time I saw xir was in a vision.  Xe appeared as a very large, green boa constrictor.  Xe approached me, but I wasn’t sure who xe was.  The next time I saw xir, xe was in a male humanoid form.  Actually, xe appeared as the now-grown-up actor who played the character of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.  Any of you who happen to be Potter fans will know that the House that Draco belonged to was Slytherin.  I was a little confused until I made the connection: Slytherin, snakes, Jormungandr!  Yes, the Gods can be cheeky.

That’s all for this week.  Next time, I’ll tell you about the Sky deities.  The sun Goddess Sunna and Her brother Mani, the Moon God.  Have a lovely Freyja’s Day and a fabulous weekend!

green_emerald_boa_as_totem_by_ravenari
Green Emerald Boa as Totem by Ravenari, Deviant Art

Understanding What It Means To Respect

A few days ago I was exploring the ocean shore for driftwood that might want to come home with me. It was close to noon and when I got there I noticed the tide was high. Before I started hiking on and around the driftwood I felt my Spirit Guide give me a nudge to check the local tide chart. I discovered another important piece of information, the tide would be coming in for another 30 minutes, so I decided to move back a couple of feet. All of a sudden, I looked to the left and a sneaker wave was quickly approaching me. I can tell you that the Sea Spirits weren’t against taking me to the ocean depths, so I turned and ran to higher ground. A few minutes earlier I had noticed a family farther down the shore. They were teasing the edge of the Sea, laughing, just before getting their feet wet and having a great time. The father and daughter couldn’t see that as they turned away from the ocean to run, a second and third wave were coming . Those two were so much bigger then the first wave. In that moment I knew that they were going to get hit and I was horrified! All I could do was watch a young girl possibly die. The wave hit the dad and the girl with a terrible force. They were no longer in sight. After that I could see the dad stand up, look around with complete fear as he saw his daughter slam against one of the 2000 pound driftwood logs. He dove  back into the wave, grabbing his daughter seconds before she was dragged back into the ocean.
I talked to the family afterwards and found out that they were on their way to a memorial and decided to stop for a little fun. I said that I was so glad that his little girl was going to be okay and I was grateful this situation didn’t turn into a second memorial. I tuned to look out at the fierce ocean and thought, you are beautiful, wild and most importantly, you are to be respected.  I also discovered the importance of finding out anything and everything before working with an Element. Appreciate your Gift and Work your Craft Intelligently.
I am very grateful for all of you.
Bright and Safe Blessings,
SunRay Sorceress