Mercury stations and turns retrograde on August 12th, 2017. The retrograde will last for 23 days, until Mercury turns direct again on September 4th. The current Mercury Retrograde cycle is closely linked to the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. Gravitating around the Sun, Mercury will turn direct exactly at 28°, which is the […]
Witches, if you are only going to have one crystal, then this is a must have. Quartz is one of the most versatile of crystals, and it is able to do just about everything you need. It boosts the powers of other crystals, focuses and directs energy, especially quartz points, and can be used for protection balancing, meditation, and dispelling negative energy.
All witches have a wand, although traditionally a wand is associated with wood rather than crystal, a crystal can be equally effective in directing the energy of the caster. Long pieces of quartz can be used to define the circle or simply to direct will when working.
We have to cleanse our crystals and there are many ways to charge them, by using moon water, moon light, even burying in the earth, one of the simplest ways is to leave crystals to charge on a bed or inside a geode of quartz, I do this often to the ones that I wear. Quartz is a charging crystal that rejuvenates your other crystals and leaves them cleansed and charged.
Quartz has protective properties and can be worn close to the body either in the form of jewellery or in a pocket or bra to protect the wearer. It can also be placed around the home for protection to your property.
Quartz can be used in a ritual, it can be worn as jewellery, sewn into ritual robes or even attached to magical tools, it helps channel the energy and is used for protection, to keep negativity out and enhance the safety of the circle and the participants.
For psychic dreams, if you place this crystal beneath your pillow, the quartz can assist you to have dreams of a prophetic nature.
During healing, quartz can be moved over the body this helps to heal any weak patches in the aura and restores energy. When using quartz to heal remember to cleanse your stones after using as they will pick up any residue of negativity clinging to the aura.
Infused your crystal in water, ideally its best left overnight in the full moon. The water can then be used for cleansing your magic tools, and for home or work clearings and blessings.
Lastly, probably the most widely known use of clear quartz is the crystal ball. A crystal ball is used for divination, some seers see a physical image in the crystal and others use the surface to rest and clear their mind and allow them to either see images in their mind’s eye or to enable knowledge to come forward, this can take a lot of patience and practice as my development circle tribe will tell you.
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Knowing which moon phase we are currently in can help us to arrange and run our lives more smoothly. Below is an introduction to the Moon Phases giving an insight into which is the best phase to do things in our day to day lives to help achieve the best result.
The New Moon
The New Moon, can be seen as a symbol of new beginnings, it is a good time to start new work projects and build new relationships, a time for new challenges and new cycles. This is not a time to analyze but to allow things to grow and flourish. Any new starts at this time will grow and develop. Our energy levels are usually high at this time.
The Crescent Moon
The Crescent Moon, can be seen as a time of transition when we become aware that although we are still influenced by the past, it is over and the promise of the future is yet to be revealed. There are things from the past that we may have to lay to rest before moving forwards to fulfil our hopes and dreams. You may find that this is a good time to open up and talk.
First Quarter Moon
The First Quarter Moon, is a time when things are starting to come to a peak you may feel a slight irritation but this is just due to the need to sort things out, as yet you may not know what needs sorting. Step back and assess things objectively. It’s a time for looking at ideas and searching for solutions to any problems that may have arisen. This can prove to be a very sensitive time, but can also bring you the courage needed to help you to move forward.
The Gibbous Moon, is a good time to devote ourselves to that which has great meaning to us. We are able to use our mental abilities which are very clear during this time. You may have truly brilliant discoveries or ideas and can look clearly at what you have already accomplished. Due to our heightened energy levels we are able to give more of ourselves.
The Full Moon, often during this time we are able to see ourselves clearly and any hidden tensions within are revealed. We are able to see both sides of any issue and we are able to work on any imbalances. This is an excellent time to meditate in relation to any personal issues that may be concerning you. A time for acknowledgments and answers to things that may have been hidden from view until now. It is also a good time for romance and fertility.
The Disseminating Moon, this is often when we are aware of what we have already learned and we have probably have learned our lessons well. It is a time to take any social obligations sincerely. You may feel strongly that you want to pass on those hard learned lessons. At this time you may wish to share your knowledge and wisdom with others.
Last Quarter Moon
The Last Quarter Moon, is a time when all aspects of our lives that need balancing are magnified, a time to tie up those loose ends, and a time of conscious action. You have the ability to choose how to act or react and you are in charge of the outcome of any difficult situations. It is up to us whether we act or not.
The Balsamic Moon, is a time to reap what you have sown. If you have learned those lessons then you are now able to move on. This is a time of karma, this is when the outcome, is out of our hands and we have to accept the decisions we have made previously. This is a good time to let go of the past and get ready to move on.
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On May 10th we have the full moon in Scorpio.
The flower moon in Scorpio invites us to embrace love, intelligence and creativity, it leads us to try and experience new things, as well as heal and release old emotions. Don’t not forget that Scorpio has a sting in its tail, so take each new step slowly and calmly.
It is the fifth full moon of the year, the name of the month comes from Maia, the roman goddess of fertility, chastity, wealth and health. May is the month of flowers and berries, the time to fill our home with flowers.
The moon of May is powerful for performing all kinds of magic to develop and strengthen your spiritual side as well as a time of transformation and understanding your personal power by knowing that you are not alone, and that you have a team of spirit guides and angels that are on your side to help you move through life.
Many astrologers and ancient cultures have always believed that the Scorpio full moon is one of the most powerful for reaching out to ancient ancestors and guardian spirits. It is also believed to be one of the best full moon’s for rituals and manifestation work and psychic readings.
With so much magic energy circling in the first part of May, it is going to be impossible not to feel the effects of this full moon.
When the moon is in the water signs like Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces it is a good time for magic involving the element water, for increasing our intuition and to bring about changes.
When the moon is in Scorpio, it is also good for revealing secrets using magic, spells and rituals, related to passion, love and intense emotions, It is the best night to make love potions and spells, so during this moon why not take full advantage of her power 🙂
You can use it to combat apathy or depression if you have been feeling a little off balance lately.
It is the moon of knowledge, the best moon to conjure spirits that reveal the past and the future of things. The full moon nourishes us with energy in every aspect of our life, but not everything is love or light remember that the moon also has its dark side that assumes an important role in balancing our emotions and different facets, the moon in Scorpio produces uncomfortable situations where jealousy, resentment, revenge, violence, desires and passions are intermingled.
Rituals & Magic
This lunar phase is a good time to carry out regressions, have psychic / future readings and strengthen clairvoyance.
On this moon you can also invoke water nymphs and inhabitants of the deep sea.
Use blue shades green candles for rituals, altars should face west if possible.
Crystals: Moonstone, Emerald, Amber, Jade and Pearls.
Moon flowers: Lilies & Roses
Colours: Yellow, Blue and all shades of Green.
Animal, the Bull and the Eagle.
Incense, Angelica, Cinnamon and Star anise
Maia, goddess of prosperity and health with her blessing you receive calm to make good decisions. Draw the magic circle, this time we can do this either in a room or in an open space. Burn some cinnamon sticks or incense, fill a small cauldron with a blend of essential oils that have floral scents, your choice, flower petals of different colours, sugar, cinnamon and a piece of peridot or agate, while mixing recite the following.
“We wake Nature up and in this ritual we invoke its spirits, make me tolerant, make me patient, make me wise and accompany me in every choice and every step with calm and wisdom.”
Remove the crystal from the mixture and bury it as an offering to the spirits. You can use the mixture try adding it to your bath.
During May full moon we can make this simple but effective love spell place in your Altar some flowers and roses, symbolizing the nature and the power of spring. In a circle made with rose petals place a rose quartz, burn a jasmine incense stick and light a strawberry or other scented candle, write in a paper or parchment your full name and that of your loved one, write your love one’s initials on a rose petal and your initials on another rose petal.
Place both petals and the parchment inside of an envelope with the crystal, close it and anoint it with a few drops of essential oil roses or jasmine oil at each end, leave it on the altar until midnight, then light a new red candle and burn it. The only thing left will be the rose quartz and ashes, which you will bury in a garden the following morning.
If you have been thinking about having a reading, to see where your life is heading this would be a good week to book one and start to make some positive changes.
(Some aspects have been taken from the Rites of Happiness: Secrets, Spells & Reflections by Elhoim Leafar)
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This Sunday, March 12th is the full moon in Virgo this may fill some of us with anxiety, try to stop worrying about the small things and seeing problems where there aren’t any, for others it will be time creativity.
Use the energy of the full moon of this month to carry out any investments and consolidate business, even if the position of Venus Retrograde tries to slow down the process.
March’s Full Moon is commonly known as the Worm Moon because it’s the time of the year when warmer temperatures thaw the ground and earth worms re appear bringing migrating birds back to feed on them.
The Moon in Virgo is a good time to organize ourselves, to organize the life, to clean the house and the workplace and organize all documents and papers.
During the full moon there is often more creativity this creativity is usually more linked to business and personal entrepreneurship, especially in the fields of beauty, gastronomy, health and personal care.
On the not so positive side some will take perfectionism to the extreme, as well as becoming highly picky, critical and intolerant these are very common tendencies that occur when the moon is in the sign of the virgin, so be aware and avoid confrontation with people that have arrogant attitudes and bad character.
Flowers: daffodils and jonquils
Stones: aquamarine and bloodstone
Use spells to purify and balance mind, body and soul. Nature always fills a void, so any negative energy that you release must be consciously replaced with positive vibrations.
This is the best time to work magic involving employment, intellectual matters, health, and dietary concerns. Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during this period of time.
A Spell to improve your life
You will need pen & paper 4 white candles; incense
Cast a circle
Light a white candle at each quarter and light the incense.
Take the paper and draw a circle, inside the circle, write everything you want in your life.
Outside the circle, write everything you want in your life by invitation only.
Around this draw a second circle.
Outside this circle write all the negative things and people that you don’t want in your life.
Fold up the paper.
Open the circle but let the candles burn down until they are finished.
Put the piece of paper away in a draw or cupboard and forget about it.
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Grounding is one of the first things that we are taught when beginning our practices of energy work and magic. Some people say that it doesn’t work, others abandon the practice of consciously grounding after a time, and some of us leave it behind because it is a basic technique, because we think that more complicated practices are more important. I do stress the importance of grounding, especially when out and around a lot of people, like shopping centres, bars even the gym.
Grounding is a technique that helps keep you in the present. Grounding skills can be helpful in managing over helming feelings or intense anxiety. It helps some people to regain their mental focus from an often intensely emotional state.
Just take a few minutes each day to do your grounding, rather than just visualizing, use all of your senses. During grounding, see the energetic roots growing out from your feet, pushing through the layers going down until it taps into the earth’s energy core. For some people using colour can also be quite helpful, deep earthy colours such as red and browns are always good.
Or just imagine a bright white light drawing upwards from the roots that totally surrounds you. Use the earth energy to protect and support you, imagine it as either a light a cloak or bubble, whatever is easier for you.
Be aware of how your body feels to be grounded. Think about how all your other senses feel with feeling of being grounded. What does everything smell like, taste like, sound like when you are grounded. How do you react to the various environments and people around you, when you are grounded, remember the triggers and feelings that come about when you’re not grounded. I know many of you have at least one time just walked out of a shopping centre or a really busy place because you found it too over whelming, that’s what it feels like to not be grounded.
Crystals can be very helpful in the grounding process. It is best to carry them in a trouser or skirt pocket. You must remember to cleanse and dedicate your chosen crystal for this purpose before using it. A small piece of tumbled stone will be sufficient to carry with you. Here are a few that are easy to obtain that could be used for this purpose.
Red jasper, Hematite, Gold tigers eye, Carnelian, Garnet, Pyrite, Copper, Amber, Unakite.
Here are some of the more common symptoms of being ungrounded.
- A feeling of being ‘Spaced Out’
- Feeling sick
- Heart palpitations
- Eyes flickering
- Weight gain
- Static shocks
- Falling asleep when meditating
- Noise and light sensitive
- Having brilliant ideas that never happen
- Arguing and unable to get your point across
Here are some things you can do that will help you.
- Eating (hence sometimes the weight gain) – healthy & balanced.
- Drinking water
- Walking, especially in natural surroundings
- Sports, yoga, running etc.
- Animals – walking the dog
- Being purposeful
- Visualization of roots & colour
- Carrying or working with crystals
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MABON is one of the eight annual holidays, referred to as ‘Sabbats’, which are observed as part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Mabon/Autumn Equinox (22nd September). Solstices occur when the Sun enters Capricorn and Cancer; Equinoxes when the Sun enters Aries and Libra.
This is a time of balance, at the Autumn Equinox, the Sun enters the sign of Libra bringing balance and harmony and, of course, change and transformation. Autumn is a season of reflection, darkness is growing and daylight wanes this is the doorway to winter. The harvest has been gathered and safely stored.
Mabon is a time to prepare for winter, to release the past and move forward. At this time when day and night are in balance, it is a time for us to reconcile our opposites and understand that they are part of the whole use this time to embrace the whole of ourselves, honour them, accept them and celebrate the season, which allows us a chance to start again.
The Goddess slowly withdraws from the land to reside in the Underworld, awaiting the birth of her child at Yule. At Her departure, the Earth withers and dies and the trees burst into fiery colour like torches, marking her departure until Her Spring return.
The gathering in of the Harvest was a time for rituals to the Corn Spirit and Mother Earth. The last sheaf gathered in by the harvesters was sometimes known as Bride or the Corn Maiden, corresponding to the Spring Goddess, Brigide and was wrapped in magic. In Scotland, the Harvest Supper was known as the Feast of the Maiden, the man who cut the last sheaf was known as the ‘Lord of the Harvest’ and given the seat of honour next to the Master (the farmer who laid on the supper for his workers). The young woman who had made the Corn Dolly sat next to him as ‘the Lady’ – she was treated with the greatest respect and the man was treated as her consort. After eating and drinking, there would be dancing and singing until dawn.
Old Harvest customs have gradually waned to be replaced by the Christian Harvest Festival. However, the Pagan rites survive and flourish.
Gods and Goddesses of Mabon- Lord of the Underworld, Queen of the Dead, Persephone, Osiris.
Mabon Incense – Pine Resin, Oak Bark, Blackberry Leaves, Patchouli, Dried Apple.
Candle Colours – Orange, Brown.
Organic Materials- Nuts, Apples, Seasonal Vegetation.
Mabon Harvest Display – Collect Autumn leaves, nuts, seeds, fruits and berries and display on cloths of Autumnal colours or woven baskets decorated with ribbons, proudly display in your house.
Prepare a hearty Autumn Equinox feast for friends and family. Place your Corn Dolly in the seat of honour, be sure to give thanks for the bounties of life and the Earth.
Make fruit wines, jams and preserves, reflecting the abundance of the season.
Wash your crystals and put them out under the Harvest Full Moon to recharge.
Make time for meditation and connection to your inner self.
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