Moon Phases

I came across a nice blog post that goes into more information about Moon phases.  They really explained how to know if the Moon is waning or waxing.  I was glad to learn this since I tend to have a hard time remembering which is which!  You can read the blog post at the following link:

http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/moon-phases.html

Enjoy!

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Planets in astrology and what they represent

The Cosmic Cookie trail took me to this blog post today:  http://silverwitch.tumblr.com/post/136110665297

It is a very nice list of the planets and what they represent.  I found it interesting since a friend of mine has been putting together a grimoire based on AstroMagic.

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So Mote it Be

“So Mote it Be” is one of those archaic phrases that many people in the Pagan community use, yet its origins may not be Pagan at all.

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word mote was originally a Saxon verb which meant “must.” It appears back in the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, who used the lineThe wordes mote be cousin to the deed in his prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Occultist Aleister Crowley used “So mote it be” in some of his writings, and claimed it to be an ancient and magical phrase, but it’s possible he borrowed it from the Masons.

To read the rest of this article by PAtty Wigington on About.com please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/SoMoteItBe.htm

What is an Animal Familiar?

In some traditions of modern Paganism, including the various Wiccan paths, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection, but in truth, the concept is a bit more complex than this.

History of the Familiar

During the days of the European witch hunts, familiars were “said to be given to witches by the devil,” according to Rosemary Guiley’s Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.

To read the rest of this article by Patty Wigington on About.com please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/magicandspellwork/a/AnimalFamiliars.htm

The Witch’s Familiar

Here I will try to enlighten you on what exactly is a witch’s familiar. I have found some cool history, as well as meditations to help find your own familiar. I give credit when I know it, if the author is unknown I will provide the link where the information was found. Remember, though, that a familiar usually finds us, when we least expect it. It is hard to say when or where we might find our familiar, when we do, they deserve the utmost respect and kindness.

In legend, a familiar or familiar spirit is a supernatural being that helps and supports a witch or magician. Traditionally, a familiar is an animal, but some are said to be humanoid. Familiars often have special powers of their own. When witchcraft is portrayed as a type of communication or alliance with evil forces in order to gain magical powers, a familiar may be considered a type of demon.

The stereotypical familiar in Western culture is the black cat. Because black cats are strongly associated with witchcraft, there are a number of superstitions regarding them. A black cat crossing ones path is said to be a portent of doom, for example. A familiar may be nearly any animal, however. Other common forms for a familiar to take are a dog, an owl, and a toad.

To read the rest of this article on the website Wiccan Magic please click on this link: http://wiccanmagick69.tripod.com/id15.html

Spell Timing

Choosing when to cast a spell need not be complicated. If you feel like casting a spell, go to it. However, many people feel that spells are more powerful when they are cast during certain moon phases and moon signs and even during specific days of the week. This is because various planetary energies are believed to be more available for use during this time and those energies can add a bit of strength to your own.

There are many options for spell timing listed here. Please do not feel that you need to time your spell to coincide with all of these options. Any one is helpful. You can layer them if you like, but it is not necessary.

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For further information from Witchipeda on this topic click on one of the links above or this link: http://www.witchipedia.com/main:spell-timing

The Witches Correspondences for Friday, July 10th

FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

 

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

A Thought for Today

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The outdoors is my temple/church. Mother Earth and Ra (Egyptian Sun God) are my guides as I travel the path of my spirituality. I look to all positive beings alive or dead to keep me company on this journey. The animals, birds and reptiles are also my brothers and sisters on the path of enlightenment. The trees, flowers, bushes, etc all give me something beautiful to look at no matter what season it is. My Spirit Guides, Totem/Spirit Animals, my Protectors and ancestors keep my safe and lead me in the right direction in life (when I listen).

What travels with you on your spiritual path?

Blessed be