Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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.
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
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.
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
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:
© "The Gray Witch's Grimoire"
Amythyst Raine 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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:
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.
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
Energies: defensive magick, regaining lost territory, assertion, resolving disagreement, successfully handling disruption, goals
© The Book of Magick
Amythyst Raine 2011
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.
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
(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:
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:
Saturday, July 23, 2011
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Friday, July 22, 2011
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Sunday, July 3, 2011
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.
These tarot classes will be emailed to you in rich text format.
Online Tarot Lessons 1, 2, & 3