The Sky’s Celebration 

As I wake in the morning,

On this most auspicious day, 

The sky is bursting with raw energy and potential.

Gray clouds plump with rain,

Electric streaks of white crack

Them open and roar power at the peak.

A darkened, New Moon crosses

In front of the face of the Sun.

Eclipsed by the New.

The World is changing. 

I am changing.

What was once a Maiden,

Now a Mother.

Bless us powerful Sky.

Let the full range of your wonder 

Spill over today 

On this day of worshipped transition.

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New Moon Ritual January 27th, 2017

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As I head off to my New Moon Ritual with my ladies at the Sekhmet Goddess Temple, I though I would share the ritual I created for this evening. I’m leaving it in the template I use so you can see what the breakdown of time is like. This is just one example of a ritual and you can use it to create your own or simply enjoy thinking on the words and information presented for the Chinese New Year.

  1. Smudging– Have priestesses smudge in participants and have participants form a circle inside the temple and remain standing.
  2. Toning– use Mah to create sound vibrations. Repeat for 3 breaths.
  3. Call in Elements:
    1. East- Spirts of East, powers of air. You are the cool breeze that rushes over our skin in the dark of night, fueling an inner spark. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
    2. South- Spirts of South, powers of fire. You are energy and transformation made manifest. You fill us with the courage, strength, and passion to our sparks build into roaring fires. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
    3. West- Spirits of the West, powers of water. You are the blood flowing through out veins. You are an emotional quiet and stillness that balances our growing flame. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
    4. North- Spirts of the North, powers of earth. You are the firm earth that creates a foundation for our fiery expansion. A root to ground the explosive transformation of our roaring fire. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
    5. Above- Spirits of Cosmos, powers of above. You are the arching totality of the universe. You guide us and create a big picture where we can direct our fire. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
    6. Below- Spirits of Silence, powers of below. You are the void and the quiet from which our souls, our embers are born. You are the cauldron from which this miraculous potion boils over. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
    7. Within- Spirits of Enlightenment, powers of within. You are at our core connecting us to our sisters. You are the light that keeps our inner flames glowing bright and proud. Welcome to our circle. Blessed Be.
  4. Call in Sekhmet– Sekhmet, Great One of Magic, Awakener, Lady of Transformations, The Aware, and Enlightener. You are our Great Mother.  We ask that you join us now so that we may be aware and awakened to the growing flame within us all, so that we may release that which doesn’t serve us and move forward toward transformation.  Sa Sekhem Sahu.
  5. Call in Self:
    1. If small group, go around circle and we will repeat your name back after you say it three times.
    2. If large group, go around circle saying name once.
    3. Both end with in saying “Mother we are here,” in unison.
  6. Declaration of the Year of the Fire Rooster: Information from the Numinous- A flock of hot-tempered fowl strutting around like they own the place in not what we need right now. We need love, compassion, and action. We should take heart however. Fire Roosters can be show-offs, but if we look past the plumage, beautiful in its own right, we’ll be relieved to see they are not the competitive trickster like 2016’s Fire Monkey. This change in sign for 2017, indicates a change toward playing fair again, realizing that “winning” and slinging mud isn’t worth our pride and personal relationships.

If you were born in 1933, 45, 57, 69, 81, 93 or 2005, you could very well be born under the Chinese astrology sign of the Rooster. But January or February birthdays should look at when the New Year fell that year.

The Year of the Rooster holds:

Hard work will pay off—so tend to that nest egg.

Good old-fashioned hard work—with some Rooster-style flair—will rule. The rooster rises with the Sun, so get an earlier start to your days. Create a morning ritual and become mindful with money. This is not the year to rush ahead without a plan. Good habits and regular exercise will keep us productive during uncertain times.

Beware: This may be a year of inflated egos and power tripping. Be clear about the pecking order in joint projects, even if some people have more authority than others. If you’re in charge, don’t be “all squawk, no action.” And watch the cutting critiques of other people in power.

The Year of the Fire Rooster is a fine time for joint ventures. Gather the flock and pool your resources. With the thrifty and financially strict Fire Rooster leading, there could be large cuts in government spending to get national debt under control. Collecting back taxes and recouping old debts may also be deployed with vigilance.

Love will get flirtatious, showy, and hot.

The feisty Fire Rooster is a shameless flirt who loves attention. Let yourself be a little more flamboyant as you court the sizzling spotlight or strut through the metaphorical henhouse. As modern-day humans, let’s take gender out of the equation. No matter your romantic preferences, welcomed, titillating, and tawdry exchanges can get some serious sparks flying. However, don’t mistake Rooster swagger for the real deal. Occasionally, a little tempting and teasing is just for fun, so enjoy this “cage-free” fun for what it is.

Flamboyant fashion will be a trend.

Break out the feathers, headdresses, and showboating style! The preening Rooster loves to be noticed. Mega-entertainers like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez were born under the sign of the Rooster. A little of the area’s natural Vegas-style glitz or a return to the 1970s wild patterns could return.

The role of men will get a much-needed upgrade.

With 2016’s Monkey-minded misogyny hopefully fading in our rearview mirrors, and though the barnyard king can be cocky, the Rooster is known to take care of his hens. In 2017, the fight for gender equality wages on—and it won’t come solely from women. We can expect to hear more men and non-binary people standing up for women’s rights and embracing the feminist label. This works especially well when women as feminist’s open and embrace diversity beyond womanhood. Think on your transgendered, gender-fluid, intersex, and ethnically diverse sisters, and even brothers, listen to their voices, welcome them, and we’ll all be the better for it.

Simultaneously, a return to chivalry, which can appear chauvinistic at times, could also occur. There’s a fine line between helping and treating women like helpless “little ladies.” Certain men must learn this.

On the world stage, 2017 could bring more swagger from governments who puff themselves up to look strong. Global leaders must be careful not to get swept into petty “cockfights,” while also being strategic and focused on details. Homeland security will be a big issue for many countries, got to keep that coop safe! Left unchecked it could bring another wave of xenophobia however. We have to work harder to keep open dialogues in 2017, instead of continuing to polarize across racial, philosophical, gender, and class lines.

Health and wellness will continue to be thriving issues.

Are you caring for your body? The fastidious, Virgo influence of the Year of the Rooster helps us incorporate wellness as part of our regular routines. Find a gym or set one up at home, move every day. Schedule checkups and find a doctor who listens to you and wants to help you discover underlying chronic health issues.

In 2017, preventative medicine like massage, acupuncture, and a vitamin-rich diet is the smartest prescription. Clean eating gets another boost from the Rooster year, and with the fire element afoot, the menu will likely include more spices, spicy and savory, cooked foods, raw juices, and smoothies. Results won’t come overnight this year, but by putting healthy practices in place, we’ll be crowing AND glowing by the time 2017 is through.

  1. Activity- A tradition when celebrating the Chinese New Year is a complete cleaning of the house and removing the old and welcome the new. This can also mean cleaning your physical self through a ritual shower or bath, and cleaning your mind. To great the New Year, consider cleaning the house, taking that special bath, and work out releases old emotions and thoughts and welcoming new, positive ones. You can try it a little right now. Think on a thought or feeling that’s been holding you back. Focus on a single idea. Then, let it fill your mind, not to let it take over but to understand it entirely. Next, as you breathe in think to yourself I welcome the new, and as you breathe out think I release the old. Let go of that thought. Release it to the universe where it can be safely recycled. You can take a few more breaths to fully let it go. Try this with different thoughts, with bigger habits, each time releasing and welcoming new, better thoughts and habits.
  2. Discussion– Open chat about what we want to create and transform, go around circle. If don’t want to say anything, simply say blessed be.
  3. Release Elements:
    1. East- Spirits of East, powers of air. Thank you for your presence and blessings of knowledge, happiness, and renewal.  Blessed Be.
    2. South- Spirits of South, powers of fire. Thank you for your presence and blessings of courage, passion, and transformation.  Blessed Be.
    3. West- Spirits of West, powers of water. Thank you for your presence and blessings of peace, compassion, and balance.  Blessed Be.
    4. North- Spirits of North, powers of earth. Thank you for your presence and blessings of stability, abundance, and resilience.  Blessed Be.
    5. Above- Spirits of Cosmos, powers of above. Thank you for your presence and blessings of expansion, creativity, and hope.  Blessed Be.
    6. Below- Spirits of Silence, powers of below. Thank you for your presence and blessings of quiet, confidence, and beginnings.  Blessed Be.
    7. Within- Spirits of Enlightenment, powers of within. Thank you for your presence and blessings of acceptance, magick, and oneness.  Blessed Be.
  4. Release Sekhmet– Sekhmet, Mother of the Gods, Lady of the Place of the Beginning of Time, Finder of Ways, Keeper of the Light, and Beloved Teacher. We thank you for you ever present love and guidance.  You are in all our days and nights, within and without.  Sa Sekhem Sahu.
  5. Closing song and cackle

Winter Solstice Meditation

“I lay to rest all the worries and all the negativity of the old year.”

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Let Go & Be Still

Winter Solstice, a time of quiet on the longest night. This is the moment where the pendulum hovers at the time of darkness ruled over by the Holly King and the Dark Mother.

As this cold, long night reaches its peak, the pendulum swings back. Now we journey toward the time of light, of energy. The Bright Mother and the Oak King will reign over this other half of the year.

To the rest of the world the year itself is coming to an end. But we know this is only a tipping point. Nothing is “ending.” In fact, each day will get longer and longer. This is a time of beginnings.

We look forward to ushering in the hope and promise of this lighter half of the year. Our solstice is a time of renewal. It is also a time to let go of that which is no longer serving you.

 

This winter solstice meditation will allow you to ease yourself into this new half of the year. Welcome the turning of the Wheel and step into the light as your best self.

As you begin your meditation, follow your typical habits. Get comfortable, relax, and take a deep breath. Feel the Earth beneath you as you sit or lie down. Feel the air around you. Feel the fire within you. Feel the water as your blood flowing through you.

Breathe deep.

Think on this affirmation, “I lay to rest all the worries and all the negativity of the old year.”

When ready, hold your hands to your chest to form the Dharmachakra Mudra.
To do this mudra, pinch your left middle finger with the index and
thumb of your right hand. Put your index finger and thumb together with both hands, this symbolizes the Wheel of Life. The left hand represents your inner
world, and the right hand represents the external environment. This mudra brings the two worlds together. During this meditation think of one wheel as the ending half of the year, and the other wheel as the new half.

Take another grounding breath and think on something you wish to release. As you inhale, pull all the energy connected to that item into your lungs. Then, exhale and as the air leaves your lungs imagine yourself blowing out the negativity, the habit, the thought, holding you back. Blow out all that doesn’t serve you.

Take six more breaths, totaling seven. Inhale and release as before. Think of something you wish to let go and blow it out of your life. Imagine your breath as a cool rush of Winter air. Let it sweep clean the things from your past you don’t need.

When you have completed your seven breaths, think on a symbol, a sigil, that represents what you wish to achieve in the coming months. Brew the image in your mind like a hot cup of tea, filling you with warmth and power.

With the image solid and strong in your mind, open your eyes and draw it on a piece of paper. Hold it tight to your chest and fill it with your intention.

Work on this goal each day and when you feel you have accomplished it, or are ready to move to a new goal, burn the paper in a sacred fire.

The time of darkness is ending and a new light lies around the corner. The Wheel of the Year turns again and each time it does we have a chance to learn something about the world and ourselves.

Let go of the past, welcome the future. Be present, be hopeful, be the light.

Blessed Be.

 

Super Full Moon Magick

We can work to bring about changes in our attitudes as well as manifest and welcome new things into our lives.

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The moon is upon us.

During this night’s full moon, the eve of November 14th, the Moon will appear very large and bright . This is the closest the Moon will be near the Earth until November 25th 2034. There is some powerful magick blooming on this night. Take advantage.

The Full Moon a spark to our creative inspiration and magick. The powers of nature have reached their peak. The unconscious mind now opens to gentle, quieter influences. In it’s round presence it symbolizes abundance and fulfillment. By observing the Full Moon as the powerful time to invoke ceremonial affirmations, we can align ourselves to this natural magic.  We can work to bring about changes in our attitudes as well as manifest and welcome new things into our lives. To experience the Full Moon’s full potential, you can light a candle each evening upon the rising of the full moon. You can also include the three nights prior to the Full Moon. I will be saying these affirmations as well as personal ones for fertility tonight and the three nights following. You can say the following or choose your own words:

Full Moon, Moon of Fulfillment,
Your beauty wonders me with enchantment.
Your magick works in the world and through me.
I am reminded of my own power
To shape my own reality.

Now, if you wish, recite affirmations which you have chosen to fit your situation. I would write them down in a list  in advance. An example of mine is “I am fertile and strong. I am the mother of a new child. I am pregnant at the time of my ovulation.” Then finish by reciting:

Oh Moon of Completion,
So this is and so shall it be.
Oh Moon of Celebration,
I dance in the joy of being
As I affirm the completion of my magick and my desires.

For an added power boost, you can write your affirmations down on a piece of special stationery. Maybe writing them ten times each. Then, fold the paper and burn it in a brazier, flame-proof vessel, or sacred fire. Now, your desires have been given over to the universe.
Candle Magick Addition

White and silver candles connect with lunar powers. You can also use any color which connects to your ideal of high energy and fulfillment. Large, spherical glow candles are also very symbolic. For candle scents, anointing oils, or incense, fragrances which connect to the Full Moon include frankincense, lemon, rose, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. You can also choose fragrances which connect to your desires.

If you have an altar, a Full Moon celebration provides the opportunity to be creative. You can decorate it with round white stones, sea shells, silver coins, silver touches, a strand of white globe-shaped Christmas lights or fairy lights, round mirrors, white flowers or those with sphere heads, and objects which symbolize things you want to bring into your life or the moon in general. A small round cake can also be eaten on the night of the Full Moon, if you so choose. Cakes are frequently used to celebrate the completion of goals and moon cakes are a symbol from many Asian countries. Also don’t forget the rabbits.

Halloween/Samhain 2016

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Hello All!

I’ll do a post about my Samhain altar and celebration once we get a bit closer to the lovely day, but…

It’s October!!!

I just can’t contain my excitement. We’ve reached my favorite month! My home is officially filled to the brim with witchy, classically creepy decorations. I actually got a late start this time. I usually have that stuff up just after labor day, but since I was hosting my housewarming party I waited. Much to my chagrin.

This month holds so much magick and wonder for me. I have always been deeply connected to the dark time of the year, especially since I was born in October. I’m right on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio. That means this month, especially the end with Samhain, is especially powerful for me. But don’t forget, it’s powerful for everyone.

At this turning of the Wheel of the Year, beginning our descent into the dark time of the year, remember all that has come before. Be grateful for past sacrifices and lessons. Learn and journey forward, steeling yourself against the Winter ahead.

Remembering our ancestors is a huge way many pagans celebrate the season. I, since I am a bit on the goth side, decorate the house with skeletons and skulls. They’re creepy and keeping with the spooky feel I want to create for fun but they also signify the passing of ancestors who have enabled me to live the life I do. I also like to put my spell supplies and bottles all around the house. Again, this looks creepy in terms of Halloween but its also a sneaky little way to fill my home with witchy vibes for Samhain.

This season is definitely a balancing act for me.  I love to play up the gothic, spooky decor and I also want to remember the significance of Samhaim. Hopefully it’s working.

Plus, another interesting challenge I faced this year was the bigger space to decorate. Now I am certainly not complaining. I love my new home but I didn’t have nearly enough Halloween stuff.

*Guilty Smile*

Alright, I was fine. But any excuse to get more Halloweenie stuff and I’m in. And at least I was smart about it. I went to the dollar store and searched for items that could be spruced up or paired with something else for an improved look. I also love making decorations and creating little arrangements throughout the house so that each surface tells a little story.

For Example:

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So as you can see, Halloween is kinda my thing.

Now that the house is all set up, it’s time to slowly stock up for altar items. I’m going to do a relatively traditional altar set up. Things you can include on your Samhain altar include:

  • Colors of late autumn like rich, deep colors purples, burgundies. and black. Also harvest shades such as gold and orange.
  • Altar cloths in dark colors welcoming the darker nights and spirits of those passed on.
  • Candles in deep, rich colors and some special ones in white, silver, and gold.
  • Photographs of your deceased ancestors
  • apples, pumpkins, squash, or root vegetables
  • Tools of divination or spirit communication
  • Offerings to the ancestors
  • Animal horns, skeletons, skulls, candy skulls, ghosts, feathers or talons as a power symbol
  • Statuary of deities connected to death: Hades (Greek God of the Underworld), Demeter (Greek Goddess),  Persephone (Greek Goddess), Hecate (Greek Goddess of the Cauldron, Crossroads, Magick, and the Underworld, of whom I am named), Thanatos (Greek God of Death), Freya (Norse Goddess), Hel (Norse Goddess), Yama (Hindu God), Kali (Hindu Goddess), Anubis (Egyptian God of the Dead), Osiris (Egyptian God of Underworld), The Morrigan (Celtic Goddess of the Crossroads, Triple Goddess), etc.

So with that my lovelies, I wish you a happy October! Have fun during this glorious month and enjoy the turning of the Wheel. When Samhain draws closer, I’ll give you a peek at my altar and the Samhaim ritual I have written for solitaries as well as the group ritual I will be participating in at the Temple of Sekhmet.

Magick & Ritual

Spells, remedies, and ritual celebrations for every Sabbat and Esbat!

Alright, start your broomsticks! (If only we really could fly around on those bad boys. My travel time would be cut in half!) Here’s where things get magickal. As inspiration strikes I will post new rituals I have made, spells, herbal remedies, and anything else the God and Goddess tell me to post. I encourage you all to comment with your own tips and tricks which have worked for you as well as asking any questions you may have. I’m here to help!

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