Queen of Magic, Witches and Ghosts,

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Call upon Hecate when you find yourselves standing at a crossroads for she is known as the Queen of Magic, Witches and Ghosts, she is a guardian of the spirit world and can see deep into the unseen with her dark intuitive magic. She is connected with the dark aspect of the Moon and the magic that is found in the shadows often accompanied on her travels by an owl, a symbol of wisdom.

She is a protector of travellers as well and those who find themselves in very dark, lonely places, she is a Goddess of seeing deeply into the future, into the threads of the different paths that lay before us and into the darkness. She can see right through into the Underworld she holds great power there, she works with us in times of deep change and release.

She helps us to let go of what is not longer working for us and stunting our ability to grow, she brings us the message that it is time to step away from the familiar and venture deep down into our own depths so we can really see into the truth that lies there.

She calls to us into the darkness to see the truth that lies beyond the veils we hide behind, change is never easy.

But the Goddess Hecate is there to walk alongside us, she imparts her sight, her wisdom and her deep knowing to us and tells us to trust in our intuition and that sometimes there is need for a leap of faith on our path when moving forward.

She calls to us to follow the wild path of the ancient witch within our being and too heed the messages that are calling to us and to trust our inner sight, she tells us not to fear the power that is in our veins but to embrace it.

Her message is for us to know that there is no such thing as a right or wrong choice when we are standing at the crossroads, she tells us that in times when we feel that we are not ready to move, we must nourish and honour all that we are to the fullest in the here and now, just give yourself space to allow the answers to come.

When we honour ourselves, even if we are in a place where we do not want to remain, the answers flow and come when we let go of needing to guide them in a certain direction or outcome. Hecate tells us to trust in our inner knowing and guidance that when the time is right for us we will make the right choice.

I call upon Hecate while I sleep, for she can lead us to see things differently ourselves included and help us find greater understanding of our selves and others especially like me you are questioning your friendships and relationships with others.

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Samhain Rituals

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Many of us will celebrate Samhain over a few days and nights, which usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, spells, feasts, and gatherings with family and friends.

Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1.

Halloween, short for All Hallows Eve, its celebrated on and around October 31. Halloween and Samhain are not the same, they are two separate celebrations that differ considerably in focus and practice.

Samhain’s is associated with death and nature’s rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season, as vegetation dies back with the frosts.

This is also when the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the dead and this enables us to contact and communicate with loved ones.

For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be a way to bring closure to the grieving and to help them adjust to their loved ones being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them.

There are many ways we celebrate Samhain. Here are a few listed below, why not try one of them for yourself.

Samhain Nature Walk. Take a meditative walk in a woodland area near your home. Observe and contemplate the colours, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the season. If possible gather some natural objects and upon your return use them to decorate your home.

Seasonal Imagery. Decorate your home with Samhain seasonal symbols and the colours of orange and black. Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. Light candles in cauldrons.

Ancestors Altar. Gather photographs, heirlooms, and other mementos of deceased family, friends, and pets. Arrange them on a table, along with a few candles. Light the candles in their memory as you call out their names and express well wishes. Thank them for being part of your life. Sit quietly and pay attention to what you experience. Make a note  of any messages you receive in your journal.

Feast of the Dead. Prepare a Samhain dinner. Include a place setting at your table for a deceased loved one. Add a place setting, and to the plate, add a bit of each food served. Invite your ancestors to come and dine with you. After the feast, place the contents of the plate and cup outdoors as an offering for the Dead.

Cemetery Visit. Visit and tend the gravesite of a loved one at a cemetery. Call to mind memories.Place an offering there such as fresh flowers, dried herbs, or water.

Reflections. Reflect on you and your life over the past year. Review journals, planners, photographs and blogs that you have created during the past year. Consider how you have grown, accomplishments, challenges, adventures, travels, and anything new that you have learnt.

Renovate. Select an area of your home or life as a focus. Examine it. Re organize it. Release what is no longer needed. Celebrate renewal and transformation.

Bonfire Magic. Light a bonfire outdoors or kindle flames in a fireplace or a small cauldron. Write down a habit that you wish to end and cast it into the flames as you imagine release. Then imagine yourself adopting a new, healthier way of being.

Divinatory Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. Write a summary of your process and any messages you received.

Divine Invocations. Honor and call upon the Divine associated with Samhain, such as the Crone Goddess and Horned God of Nature. Invite them to aid you in your understanding of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these Divine Ones to comfort and support you.

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Sea Witches and Water Witches

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First let’s start by defining what a Sea Witch is and what a Water Witch is.
Sea witches usually define themselves as a witch that works with sea and ocean energies. Their altar may include sand and water from their local beach or beaches they have visited on their travels .They also may choose to perform magic on the beach with their found ocean treasures such as beach glass, shells, driftwood, bones, stones and fossils.

Not all sea witches work with a deity but for those that do they tend to choose sea deities such as Poseidon or Aphrodite, in some cases they may also choose to work with water spirits such as mermaids, oceanids, nereids or the spirit of sea monsters such as the Kraken or Leviathan. These are just a few examples of course; there are thousands of sea and ocean spirits to work with and some choose to work with living sea creatures such as fish or shell fish. There are so many ways to practice sea and ocean magic if you love the sea and the moon and it heavily influences your path and the magic you work then chances are you are a sea witch.

Sea witches focus on Moon lore, the tides, and weather magic, from these elements came the tradition of witches who could raise wind and cause storms, which even 200 years ago could send them to the stake. The Sea Witch does not just use white magic or black magic but gray magic because the person deals with all elements at their disposal when maintaining a balance between light and dark powers. Not many ordinary persons can manage such a feat, which is why most sea witches are solitary, working alone and by themselves.

According to legends witches were believed to be able to control the wind. One method was with the use of three knots tied into a rope, or sometimes into a handkerchief. When the three knots were tied in the proper magical way, the wind was bound up in them. Witches gave, or sometimes sold, these magic knots to sailors to help them experience safe voyages. The release of one knot brought a gentle, south westerly wind, two knots, a strong north wind and three knots, a tempest.

Although some choose to call themselves sea priestess, rather than witch, a sea priestess has a bit of a different calling than a sea witch. Witches are generally concerned with magic, spirit work and divination. While a sea priestess may also engage in these things, they are more concerned with serving a sea or ocean deity. You may find a sea priestess on the shores performing healing rituals, energy work or cleaning the shores.

Originally water witches were folk practitioners who would use a divining rod or rods to find water where one might dig a well or water source. However in modern times, many witches of the Watery nature have found that the term Sea Witch does not apply to them. Perhaps because they are to inland or perhaps because the lakes, rivers and sacred springs sing to their hearts the way the ocean does for sea witches. Water witches may be found working at their home altar with beautiful sacred bowls or jars of water based potions. Others may work at a sacred water site such as a holy well where they work with the water and the spirit of the well to bring about healing. They may also be found cleaning the shores of the local river bed and performing healing rites in a quite spot under the shade of a willow tree.

There is absolutely no reason why a Sea witch can’t work with water from a sacred well or a water witch can’t work on the sea shore. I personally am more of a sea witch I can use and prefer the pull of power and energy of the waves.

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Witchy bottles & jars for magic.

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In many traditions of folk magic in Europe and  North America, a spell is sealed inside a jar, bottle or other container. This serves a number of purposes, the first being that it keeps the magic concentrated, and prevents it from escaping before the spell has been completed. The other is that you can take it and put it anywhere you like.

Perhaps the best known type of jar spell is the witches bottle. In early times, the bottle was designed as a way to protect oneself from any negative witchcraft, usually around the time of Samhain, homeowners would create a witch bottle to keep evil spirits from entering the home on Hallows Eve. The witch bottle was usually made of pottery or glass, and included sharp objects such as pins and bent nails. It typically contained urine as well, belonging to the homeowner, as a magical link to the property.

The sort of container you use in a jar spell or bottle spell will partially depend on the intent of your working. For instance, if you’re hoping to do magic for healing and wellness, consider putting your spell ingredients into a medicine bottle, pill container, or apothecary style jar.

A spell done to sweeten someone’s attitude can be done with a jar of honey. In some forms of Hoodoo and folk magic, honey is used to sweeten someone’s feelings towards you. In one traditional spell, honey is poured into a jar or saucer on top of a slip of paper containing the person’s name. A candle is placed in the saucer, and burned until it goes out on its own. Another variation, the candle itself can be covered in honey.

You can also make a banishing spell using a jar of hot sauce, for this process the name of the person you wish to be rid of is written on a slip of paper, and stuffed into the jar of the hottest hot sauce you can find. Shake the bottle every night for seven nights during the waning moon, and on the final day, empty it down the loo and get rid of the bottle, hopefully the person will then “hot-foot it” out of your life.

A money jar spell can be done to bring wealth your way, in some traditions nine pennies are used, all though it may be various coins placed in a jar or bottle. The jar may then be painted green or gold if you wish and then put someplace where it can be seen each day. Eventually, according to tradition, money will start coming in, this one is best done on a full or new moon.

Keep in mind that spell jars can be plain and simple, or you can decorate them to look pretty. The nice thing about a decorative, attractive jar is that you can leave them anywhere you like, and no one will even realise that magic is going on.

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Beltane

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Beltane is one of my favourite pagan holidays because it represents fertility, abundance and growth.  Like Samhain, the opposite holiday on the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin, and a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits.

A festival of fun and merriment, a time of feasting and Maypole dancing,  as we celebrate the woodland union of The God and Goddess it is a time of rejoicing in the Earth’s fertility.  A beautiful time of year, often some of the sunniest warm days and surrounded by May blossoms, bluebells in the forests the whole world blooming with new life.

Beltane is associated with the Celtic God Bel, also known as Balor or Belenus. He is a God of Light and Fire, and associated with the Sun (akin to the Greek Apollo). Fires were the traditional symbol of Beltane.

Maypole dancing, originally a trunk of a fir tree with side branches removed, but you can use any large branch to tie your ribbons on its great fun. It also represents the ancient phallic symbol of fertility and the God aspect. The cauldron represents the goddess for love romantic and well as self love.

People would jump over the sacred Beltane fire, the young, unmarried men would leap the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure fertility.

Beltane fire ritual

Build a fire outside make sure it’s somewhere safe and dance round it with your partner or friends. In ancient times this was done naked after drinking a fair amount of wine. It was probably more fun that way! Anyway, fully clothed is more an expectable way to have a fire ceremony.

Designate a May Queen and King of the Forest to lead the celebrations and dancing. Invite your loved ones and friends to celebrate and together you eat and drink.

Beltane blessing

Beltane is here, and we welcome the time of fertility.
We greet this season of fire, love, and passion
with open arms and loving hearts.
We come together to create life
to honour the Divine union between masculine and feminine
from which all life flows.
As the Earth grows and creates life, we shall grow and create life.
So mote it be.

Beltane celebrations

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane – Green Man, Spring Maiden, May Queen.

Prepare a crown of flowers for the May Queen/Maiden.

Prepare a crown of greenery and a staff with bells, long ribbons and leaves for the Green Man.

Beltane Incense: Mulberry, lilac and frankincense.

Candle Colours: Yellow and White.

Ritual Colours: Green and Yellow.

Decorate your Altar with green and yellow, May blossom and young Oak leaves.

Kindle a bonfire, make and cook your own oatcakes.

Create your own Maypole, crown with a circle of young leaves, fresh May blossom and flowers, decorate with ribbons and bells. Go dance and enjoy

Decorate your altar in vibrant flowers you can use roses and flowers in any rainbow hues, and don’t forget your crystals.

Make your own sacred maypole using found wood, rainbow ribbons, and topped with a quartz point you can also place this on your altar.

If you’re looking to attract a new love, light a purple or green candle on the evening before May 1, and again on May 1 night, while you visualize the relationship coming into your life, asking that it manifest for the highest good of all.

So it is, so it shall be, and so it has always been. As you celebrate this special day, let the colours of nature inspire you to remember that all things bloom again, and a time for lovers to find each other again.

May you find yourself, your spirit, your passion, remember it’s never too late for you to become who you are intended to be.

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Samhain,the beginning of the spiritual New Year.

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Many of us will celebrate Samhain over a few days and nights, which usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, spells, feasts, and gatherings with family and friends.

Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1.

Halloween, short for All Hallows Eve, its celebrated on and around October 31. Halloween and Samhain are not the same, they are two separate celebrations that differ considerably in focus and practice.

Samhain’s is associated with death and nature’s rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season, as vegetation dies back with the frosts.

This is also when the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the dead and this enables us to contact and communicate with loved ones.

For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be a way to bring closure to the grieving and to help them adjust to their loved ones being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them.

There are many ways we celebrate Samhain. Here are a few listed below, why not try one of them for yourself.

Samhain Nature Walk. Take a meditative walk in a woodland area near your home. Observe and contemplate the colours, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the season. If possible gather some natural objects and upon your return use them to decorate your home.

Seasonal Imagery. Decorate your home with Samhain seasonal symbols and the colours of orange and black. Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. Light candles in cauldrons.

Ancestors Altar. Gather photographs, heirlooms, and other mementos of deceased family, friends, and pets. Arrange them on a table, along with a few candles. Light the candles in their memory as you call out their names and express well wishes. Thank them for being part of your life. Sit quietly and pay attention to what you experience. Make a note  of any messages you receive in your journal.

Feast of the Dead. Prepare a Samhain dinner. Include a place setting at your table for a deceased loved one. Add a place setting, and to the plate, add a bit of each food served. Invite your ancestors to come and dine with you. After the feast, place the contents of the plate and cup outdoors as an offering for the Dead.

Cemetery Visit. Visit and tend the gravesite of a loved one at a cemetery. Call to mind memories.Place an offering there such as fresh flowers, dried herbs, or water.

Reflections. Reflect on you and your life over the past year. Review journals, planners, photographs and blogs that you have created during the past year. Consider how you have grown, accomplishments, challenges, adventures, travels, and anything new that you have learnt.

Renovate. Select an area of your home or life as a focus. Examine it. Re organize it. Release what is no longer needed. Celebrate renewal and transformation.

Bonfire Magic. Light a bonfire outdoors or kindle flames in a fireplace or a small cauldron. Write down a habit that you wish to end and cast it into the flames as you imagine release. Then imagine yourself adopting a new, healthier way of being.

Divinatory Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. Write a summary of your process and any messages you received.

Divine Invocations. Honor and call upon the Divine associated with Samhain, such as the Crone Goddess and Horned God of Nature. Invite them to aid you in your understanding of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these Divine Ones to comfort and support you.

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Mabon – Autumn Equinox

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Mabon: Autumn Equinox – September 23rd

(Also known as Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Fall Equinox, Autumn Equinox etc.), September 21-24.

Mabon marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. Up until Mabon, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from dusk to dawn. But from now on, it will be the opposite.

It is a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides.

Mabon is a time of celebration and balance, a time for finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle.

This is the time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future. In the rhythm of the year Mabon is a time of rest and celebration, after the hard work of gathering the crops. Warm autumn days are followed by chill nights, as the Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess.

Goddesses – Modron.

Gods – Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

Colours – Green, red, orange, yellow, brown and gold.

Decorate the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colours and kinds.

Incense – Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh.

Mabon is a good time to cast spells of balance and harmony. Protection, wealth and prosperity spells are appropriate as well.

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Lammas

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Lammas is an excellent time to look around and take stock. The year and the summer are half over. Think of the things you meant to do this summer and as yet have not and of the thing that have not come to fruition in your life.

Remember those things that have left your life.

Consider what has come into your life.

This is the experience of the turning of the year. The seasons are winding down to the time of peace and rest from when they rise again anew in the spring.

Things to do on Lammas

You can make a grain doll or bake a grain man and offer it to someone in thanksgiving.

For many witches, finding time to celebrate the sabbats can be a challenge, even in the summer months. Don’t forget that honouring the seasons and deity do not have to be a huge celebration, full of casting circles, fancy rituals and huge feasts. Of course the sabbats can be one or all of those things, but do they don’t have to be. Honoring the change of season can be as simple as a candle lit, a prayer said, and making a toast. Just 10 minutes out of your day to reconnect with your beliefs, your deity and the earth.

For Lammas, a simple ritual that can be done alone or with family or friends, and in just a few minutes. Of course, feel free to use and or change the words for your own private use.

Supplies you will need:
Bread (Home baked, store bought)
Wine, beer, mead or even fruit juice.
A candle gold or yellow, though white always works. Also anything that smells like baked goods like cinnamon.
Anything seasonal that you’d like to set out, such as summer flowers, things harvested from your garden, a corn dolly, etc.
Incense.

Find a quiet place to sit for a moment, or gather around your table if sharing the ritual with others. Have your bread, wine and candle in front of you. Take a moment to think about what Lammas means to you, and what it has meant to those who have followed the season through times past. It’s the first harvest, time to offer bread in thanks for the prosperity of the crops.

Light your candle and incense if you are using it. Take a bite of the bread and a sip of the wine.

Say these words

On this first day of August, I light a candle to celebrate the harvest.

As the wheel of the year turns and the days start to grow shorter, I honour the Lord and Lady (or the seasons, or your specific deity) and thank them for the blessings and prosperity they have brought to me this year.

I honour those who came before me, and all things living on this earth.

Eat more of the bread; drink more of the wine, save a few bits as a sacrifice to the earth. Later put them outside, in your garden, under a tree or into a potted plant.

If you have the time, sit for a few minutes and meditate before putting out the candle. As you go about your day, keep negative thoughts at bay and try to mentally tally all the wonderful things that have come into your life this year.

Have a wonderful Lammas, however you choose to celebrate!

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MABON/AUTUMN EQUINOX

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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 Activities
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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