Friday, July 29, 2011

Pagan-Musings Podcast




I was a guest on the radio program, Pagan-Musings , Saturday, July 23, 7-9pm. If you missed this program, you can listen to the archived show here:



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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lammas...Let the Harvest Begin

As the dog days of summer are still upon us, it's strange to realize that so is the first of the pagan harvest festivals, Lammas...aka Lughnasadgh. Summer will soon be winding down, and August is the transition that will carry us into autumn. As we celebrate the first harvest of wheat, let's also celebrate the changing of seasons, the transparency of time, and the miracle of continuity.

Happy Lammas!

August

Barley Moon

Herbs: rosemary, jasmine, lilac, violet, calamus

Stones: bronzite, peridot, green sapphire

Scents: frankincense, heliotrope

Colors: yellow, gold, green

Trees: hazel, alder, cedar

Deities: Ganesha, Hathor, Hecate, Nemesis

Astrological Signs: Leo, Virgo

Elements: Earth/Air

Crafting Your Magic:

The Barley Moon is the time to reap the harvest of magic cast at the beginning of the summer season. It’s a time for the powerful assertive energy of Leo to give way to the calmer vibrations of Virgo. Do magic at this time to cleanse before the winter, cleansing not only your personal space, but intangible aspects as well. Clear out unwanted rubbish, whether it be inertia, conflict, indecisiveness, or some other personal weakness. As the summer winds down and wildlife begins to prepare itself for the dark months to come, this is where the heart of your magic lay as well.

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August 1: Lammas
(also known as Lughnasadgh)

Traditions: celebration of first harvest/grain harvest, celebration of the Feast of Bread, weather magic, gathering bilberries as a symbol of abundance, games showcasing athletic ability

Pagan Lore:

Lugh…Lughnasadh celebrates the Irish god, Lugh, a god of strength and athletic prowess. Tradition has it that Lugh’s mother Tailtia passed to the Summerland while working in the fields preparing for the planting season.

This is the first of the harvest festivals, and in the ancient world this was indeed a time of celebration. A successful harvest would mean survival in the harsh winter months to come. In the northern countries this was a celebration of the first harvest of wheat and grain, thus bread is featured in the celebration of Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas. Freshly baked loaves of aromatic bread are the main feature found upon pagan alters for this holiday.

As modern-day Pagans celebrate the festival of Lughnasadh, they will build roaring bonfires, feed each other a mouthful of bread, and with wine they will toast each other…”May you eat the bread of life”.


For more more information on Pagan Holidays, including videos and rituals, visit my website, The Witch's Corner:

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/wheeloftheyear.htm

© "The Gray Witch's Grimoire"
Amythyst Raine 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday: Magick & Musings

I've been busy updating my website, particularly the Enchanted Jewelry page-- make that 'pages' now. Enchanted Jewelry has grown to the point that the main page is very full and some people might find it hard to load on their computer. Don't worry, the main page is still there, intact, but I've added individual pages that carry specific items:

Rings

Necklaces & Pendents

Earrings

Bracelets

There's also been another change at my online shops this summer:

I will no longer be selling my merchandise internationally. Thank you to all my international customers for your support and enthusiasm. I've shipped items to Europe, Great Britain, Australia, Africa, and New Zealand, and it was always thrilling to know that my creations were going round the world.

I've stopped international sales just because, as a small cottage industry, I can't afford the exhorbitant cost of international postage, and passing this cost on to my customers just didn't seem fair.

The newest item up is Alpaca Silver Bracelets, enchanted, bedazzled, and loaded with magickal energy, ready to go:

You'll find an assortment of these bracelets in a variety of colors and a slew of spells & enchantements.

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Tuesday Magick

Planet: Mars

Color: orange

Herbs: allspice, basil, blood root, cactus, chili pepper, dragon’s blood,

garlic, ginger, holly, horseradish, mustard, nettle, onion, pepper, pine, radish, snapdragon, thistle, tobacco, wormwood

Stones: bloodstone, garnet, jasper (red), ruby, tourmaline (red

Element: Fire

Energies: defensive magick, regaining lost territory, assertion, resolving disagreement, successfully handling disruption, goals

© The Book of Magick
Amythyst Raine 2011

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Today's Goddess

Minerva

She is the virgin goddess of wisdom, knowledge and commerce. Minvera is the ultimate original feminist, dependent on no one but herself. She never took a mate, but followed her path in the solitary shadows, and it's in this manner that we often discover ourselves and our full potential. She is a healing goddess, the patroness of doctors and nurses. As an inventor and alchemist, Minerva is attributed with the creation of numbers, muscial instruments, medicines, and machinery.

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Today's Tarot Card

Six of Wands

The six of wands is a card that smacks of victory, the victorious, acclaim, admiration and adulation, achievement, and full-blown in-your-face success. At its best it tells me that the querent has risen to the challenge of meeting goals and ambitions. At its worst—reversed, the six of wands warns me of an expanded ego, pompousness, conceit, and sometimes an obstinate nature. The reversed six of wands shows failure, blocked paths to success, apathy, and a lack of motivation.

Sometimes the character on this card may view himself or herself in any of these positive/negative lights, or this may be how he/she is viewed by others.

When this card pops up in a reading, it may foretell of great potential in a querent and in their life, or a total lack of talent/drive/ambition needed to complete a project-in-progress. The most positive thing about a reversed minor Arcana card is that it can be turned around—it will be totally up to the querent.

© Tarot: A Witch's Journey
Amythyst Raine 2010

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Today's Spell

Quitting Powder

(Also known as Boss Fix Powder)

This Hoodoo formula could be called "Love Fix Powder". It allegedly forces someone to quit bothering you and leave you alone, halting unwanted romantic and sexual advances. As a bonus, it may also be used to stop any attempts at placing a hex on you.

1. Blend and powder the following ingredients:

ground cinnamon

ground nutmeg

powdered newsprint-- Preferably from the target's favorite publication or even a newspaper that has been in their possession

tobacco taken from a cigarette-- ideally obtained from that person, but their favorite brand would be a good second choice.

2. Use the resulting powder in any of the following ways:

Sprinkle it where your target is sure to sit on it or step over it.

Sprinkle it to create a boundary of safety for yourself.

Carry it in a mojo bag as a protective talisman.

You'll find plenty of free spells at my website to fit a wide array of situations and circumstances to meet your needs:

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/spellspotions.htm

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/spellspotions2.htm

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/spellspotions3.htm

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Like A Tree"-- great summer read

I found my favorite book for reading this summer, "Like A Tree", by Jean Shinoda Bolen. My first thought was, 'Thank goddess, it's not just me! There are other people out there who also feel a unique connection to trees.' What a relief.

I can so connect with this book and Jean's thoughts. Over the past 53 years, besides feeling an empathy and a unique clairvoyant connection with trees, I've had particular trees whose personalities and energies were keenly felt-- and understood. These trees were friends and provided inspiration for living life to its fullest potential. Indeed, there certainly are "Tree People"-- and I'm one of them.

I heartily recommend this book-- Happy Reading!

"The seed idea for this book began with the observation that there are “tree people,” and that I am one of them. A tree person has positive feelings for individual trees and an appreciation of trees as a species. A tree person may have been a child who kept treasures in a tree, or had a sanctuary in one, or climbed up to see the wider world, a child for whom trees were places of imaginative play and retreat. A tree person is someone who may have learned about trees in summer camp or through earning a scout badge or was a child who could lose track of time in nearby woods or the backyard. A tree person met up with Nature in childhood or as an adult, and like the four-footed ones who retreat to lick their wounds, may still heal emotional hurts by going to where the trees are. A tree person understands why a young woman might spend over two years in an old growth, ancient redwood, in order to protect it from being cut down. A tree person can become a tree activist at any age."

Like A Tree by Jean Shinoda Bolen







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at Amazon, click Here.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

21 Summer Memories

21 Summer Memories

1. The smell of hot pavement damp with rain.

2. Cool green grass beneath my grandmother’s apple trees.

3. Chocolate ice-cream cones from the little shop around the corner.

4. Short pixie haircuts and matching short outfits.

5. Panting dogs, lazy cats.

6. Summer storms coming-- black angry skies, rumbling thunder, and those first large hesitant drops of rain.

7. Watermelon

8. Grandma’s large old picnic basket with a complete set of brightly colored plates, cups, and utensils.

9. Kool-Aid in a large clear pitcher, with enough sugar to kill a horse; and iced-tea.

10. Fans humming at night.

11. A cool pillowcase turning warm, till you turn it over to another cool side.

12. Hot cement on bare feet.

13. The smell of tomato vines.

14. Early morning sunshine falling across the flower beds.

15. The fishy smell of Lake Mitchell and the winding tree-lined gravel roads around it.

16. Cool linoleum floors.

17. Silver nail polish

18. Bicycling everywhere, on a new girls' blue bike (circa 1968).

19. Silver moonlight falling on my grandmother’s pear tree, so bright it was hard to believe it was night.

20. My grandmother’s turquoise & white checked table cloth used for family dinners.

21. Laying lazily on my bed on hot afternoons, in front of an open window, with the elm tree right outside, reading old copies of Nancy Drew mysteries, Ann Sheridan in the ‘Sign of the Sphinx‘, Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Eight Cousins’, and the adventures of flight nurse Cherry Ames.

 

 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Prairie Magick

I don't know how Laura Ingalls Wilder survived the pioneer age through summer heat and humidity with no air-conditioning and not even one lousy electric fan. I would've died. I took my camera outside to capture some of our flowers and stuff this week and was amazed when the lens fogged over. I guess you can tell how cool we keep our house.




This is my new birdbath. I wanted something large enough for the larger birds to be able to get in and really enjoy-- and they do! I make sure that I empty, rinse, and refill all birdbaths at least every other day, so that the birds always have fresh clean water and so that mosquito larvae will not thrive in this standing water.
My Virginia Creeper is running amok in this small garden space at the east side of the house, and I let it have it's way-- love it! The Day Lilies and the Echinachea are still blooming. Everything seems a bit later than usual this year, I suppose because May was so darn cold, everything got a late start.

Lily: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planet-- Moon; the element-- Water; deities include Venus, Juno, Nepthys, Kwan Yin. It's magickal powers include protection, especially against the evil eye, ghosts, and unwanted visitors. (And I'd have to say that they've done an exceptional job on a couple of these points!)

Lilies are also used magically to break love spells (keep a note of this!) and to help bring clues to light in criminal cases.

Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower): This plant was used by American Indians to ensure and strengthen spells. It's also used medicinally to treat infections. It's an extraordinarily popular flower, and it grows like gangbusters here in Nebraska. I started years ago planting it in my virgin flowerbeds and it has since spread on it's own, coming up in some rather unusual places; and me being me, I let it stay where it wishes to go.



Summer wouldn't be summer without a pot of petunias sitting around somewhere. They bring to mind childhood memories, when my Aunt would buy large boxes of a lavender petunia they called "Sugar Daddy", and my sister and I would each be given our own little spot of ground to plant them.
My daughters enjoy these vibrant blossoms just as much as my sister and I did.



The treehouse deck is very cozy and private this year, the tree limbs have grown down around the front of it so that you feel very hidden and protected, magickal and empowered, when you sit up there. It's also very peaceful, and if it weren't for the large swarms of mosquitoes that we have right now, or the stifling humidity, you'd find me up there more often. But that will change with fall and the color of the leaves.

I have a birdbath and feed platter, as well as the cats' water bowl and food dishes up here. I know that those two things don't sound like they go together, but so far, everyone has gotten along. (It must be a special place, where nature can call a truce.)

The girls, and some of the cats, have enjoyed the carpeted treehouse this year-- the entrance is above the chair, to the right side of the photo.



My sunflowers surrounding a bird feeding station in the front yard are tall, waaaay above my head, and they're blooming now! Sunflowers (and lilacs) are my favorite flowers, so I'm always tickled to see these large cheerful blossoms. I leave all plants stand until spring, so during the winter birds enjoy the natural food of seeds, right from the stem. It's taken me a while to convince my ex-farmer husband to let everything just sit and do it's normal and natural thing in the autumn and winter, but I think I've won him over.

Mother Nature knows best. There's a rhyme and reason for everything.

Sunflower: the energy is masculine (projective); the planet is the Sun; the element Fire. The seeds of the sunflower are said to enhance fertility, and women wishing to get pregnant would benefit by eating the seeds. (That's easy-- they taste good!) Sunflowers make wishes come true, reveal the truth, guard against pests (all varieties), keep you virtuous ( if you wish to be :), and give good luck to their gardener. What more could you want?



This is the remnants of my Elemental candles. Skry the wax and tell me if you see anything. We have fun doing this at our house, and some of the unusual observations have really hit the mark, more often than not. Some people are actually very gifted with this type of magick. I don't always allow my candles to burn down this way, most of the time I burn the votive candles in glass candle holders; but once in a while, I'll just let them pool. I burned these candles over the course of several evenings, a week or two ago.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tarot Magick...The Queens' Oils

Coming Soon!

I've decided to capture the essence of the Queens found in the tarot, to use their energy to create natural magickal oils that will enhance a variety of areas of life connected to the energy and the elements which are in turn connected to the Queens:

Queen of Pentacle Oil

This Queen is tied to the element of Earth. In her oil you'll find the musky herb of patchouli, as well as other herbs grounded to this element. Use a touch of Queen of Pentacle Oil on a green candle, a dab on your paper money or your debit card, or carry a stone of aventurine annointed with her oil to enhance the energy for wealth and prosperity.

The Pentacles Queen: She's solid and grounded, down to earth and strong. It's this Queen people seek out for security and assurance, and it's this energy that you'll find in her oil.

Queen of Swords Oil

The element of Air touches this Queen, and with it will be herbs that enhance communication and unleash the muses of creativity. Use this Queen's oil on yellow candles, your favorite pen or paintbrush, a much used journal. Put a dab on a clear quartz crystal and keep it near your computer, enhancing the flow of words and communication in this area.

The Swords Queen: This lady is fluent in speech and quick of wit. She thinks fast on her feet, is immersed in quiet and intense energy that embraces intelligent thought and deductions. Her energy, and her oil, are conducive to no-nonsense practicality and uneffected strength.

Queen of Wands Oil

This fiery Queen is connected to the energy of Fire, and her oil is not for the feint of heart. Use a touch of the Queen of Wands oil when you need no nonsense in-charge energy. This oil also enhances the energy for positive outcomes in business and financial ventures. Place a dab of this oil on contracts you're going to sign, or a pen you're going to use to sign a business contract.

The Wands Queen: Passion is her center. It's what drives ambition and the need to succeed. This is a 'hot' oil in more ways than one. Passions are unleashed with the Queen of Fire, and that is the unabashed energy found in her oil.

Queen of Cups Oil

The essence of this Queen and her element, water, is one that inspires dreams, visions, and psychic awareness. You will want to use a touch of this Queen's oils on blue candles to enhance psychic awareness and sharpen clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudio gifts. Put a dab of Queen of Cups oil on a lace handkerchief and place it beneath your pillow to inspire prophetic dreams.

The Cups Queen: This is a gentle Queen, the Queen who hangs on the edge of mystic dreams and surreal insight. Her energy is soft and dreamy, ethereal, and magickal. It's her persona and mystique you'll seek to reveal magickal secrets, entities, and energies.

Watch for these magickal oils at my website:

The Witch's Corner

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/wytchywares.htm

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/oilspotionspowders.htm

Sunday, July 3, 2011

New! Online Tarot Classes

Online Tarot Lessons
to begin Your Tarot Journey!

I've developed an online tarot class comprised of three lessons to start you down the road to tarot interpretation. The first class touches on a card a day in a way that literally dismantles how you look at tarot cards, how you view traditional meanings, and the art of intuitive reading. You'll quickly move on, learning how to put the cards together in a simple spread, discovering the story the tarot tells, as well as learning how to write your own interpretation through the cards. The third lesson will teach you how to broaden your tarot connections and add unexpected insights into a reading.

My book, "Tarot: A Witch's Journey", is the textbook used for these online tarot classes. You can purchase this book at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Labyrinth House Publishing.

These tarot classes will be emailed to you in rich text format.

Online Tarot Lessons 1, 2, & 3

$30.00